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First Reunion 

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Thursday, August 30, 1900 

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Newburyport, Massachusetts 

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Article I. Name. This organization shall be called The Chase 
Chace Family Association. 

Article II. Object. The object of the Association is to stimu- 
late interest in the family history and aid in its compilation and publi- 
cation, and to promote social intercourse among the members. 

Article III. Officers. The officers of the Association shall be a 
President, three or more Vice Presidents, Secretary-Treasurer, one or 
more Historians and an Executive Committee of three or more, of 
which the President and Secretary shall be members, ex-officio. The 
officers shall be elected at the regular meetings of the Association and 
shall severally perform the duties incident to the positions which they 

Article IV. Membership and Fee. Any person interested in 
the objects of the Association may become a member by the payment 
of the sum of two dollars to the Treasurer, who will issue a member- 
ship receipt for the same. 

Article V. Meetings. Meetings shall be held annually, if practi- 
cable, at such time and place as the Executive Committee may select. 

Article VI. Amendments. These By-Laws may be amended by 

a majority vote at any meeting of the Association. 

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Incorporated at Hartford, Conn., July 6th, 1899. 


JOHN C. CHASE, Derry, N. H. 

Vice = Presidents. 

Charles E. Chase, Worcester, Mass. 

Edward O. Chase, Chicago, 111. 

George W. Chase, Pawling, N. Y. 

Caleb Chase, Boston, Mass. 

William M. Chase, Concord, N. H. 


Mrs. M. L. C. Smith, Hartford, Conn. 

Of the Aquila line. 

Rev. William A. Eardelev, 

I'.i. State Street, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Of the other lines. 


OMAR P. CHASE, Andover, Mass. 

Executive Committee. 

George L. Chase, Hartford, Conn. 

Russell S. Taft, Burlington, Vt. 

Joseph E. Chase, Holyoke, Mass. 

Mrs. Isabella S. Lounsderky, 

Hartford, Conn. 
George F. Chace, Taunton, Mass. 

Josiah G. Chase, Cambridge, Mass. 

Mrs. Caroline Atkinson, Springfield, Mass. 

The Chase-Chace Family Association was organized at Hartford, 
Conn., July 6, 1899, its object being to incite interest and aid in com- 
piling and publishing a genealogical history of the family. 

Will you not assist in this undertaking by becoming a member of 
the Association, and furnishing such data relating to the family as may 
be in your possession ? 

It is hoped that a prompt and gratifying response may be made to 
this appeal, in order that the long delayed work of publishing the 
history of a noted family may be prosecuted to an early and successful 


It is also earnestly desired that any who do not feel like rendering 
financial aid, by becoming members of the Association, will not fail to 
send their own family records, that the work may be made as complete 
as possible. 

The membership fee has been fixed at two dollars; no future 
annual payments being required. Membership fees should be sent to 
the Treasurer, who will return receipts therefor. Genealogical data 
may be sent to either of the Historians, if those sending have any 
doubt in regard to the line to which they may belong. 

Through the courtesy of the New England Historic Genealogical 
Association and George Bigelow Chase, Esq., of Boston, the Association 
has been permitted to copy a large collection made by the latter, and 
has also obtained possession of the collections made by the late Dr. 
John B. Chace of Taunton, Mass., and the late Benjamin Chase of 
Auburn, N. H. 

Those who become members of the Association will be furnished 
with their family lines, if desired, without charge, if they appear in the 
records which have been or may be collected. 

The next meeting of the Association will be held August 30, 1900, 
at ten o'clock a. m., in the Unitarian Church, Newburyport, Mass. A 
cordial invitation to attend is extended to all members of the family and 
its collateral branches; also to any who are interested in the work of 
the Association. Those intending to be present are requested to give 
timely notice to the Secretary. 



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The Chase -Chace Family Association, 


The first reunion of the Chase-Chace Family Association was held 
in the historic Meeting House of the First Religious Society in New- 
buryport, Mass., Thursday, August 30, 1900. 

In the preceding month, over seven thousand circulars were sent 
out announcing the organization of the Association and its objects, the 
names of those to whom the circulars were sent being obtained from 
city directories, and from the records in the possession of the Historians 
of the Association. A copy of the circular appears on the preceding 
pages as a matter of record and for the information of those who did 
not happen to receive it. 

While it could hardly be expected that more than a small portion 
of those notified could be present, the response by letter and in person 
was very gratifying, nearly one hundred and fifty being in attendance, 
although but few more than onedialf of the number registered as 
belonging to the family. 

The day of the meeting was exceptionally fine, and it was assumed 
that Providence as well as nature was smiling upon the venture of 
launching another family association. 

Although the hour of meeting was set for ten o'clock, many came 
an hour earlier and pleasantly passed the time in making and renewing 
acquaintances, sociability without formality being the order of the day. 

Shortly after the hour set for beginning the exercises, the President 
called to order, and the audience joined in singing the opening hymn 


to the grand old tune of Hamburg, played by Miss Alice Louise Chase 
of Medina, N. Y., the organist of the day. The hymn was a selection 
contributed by Mr. Charles Estes of Warren, R. I., who was unable to 
be present, and was sent in response to a request for a poem. 


Two hundred years ! Two hundred years ! 

How much of human power and pride, 
What glorious hopes, what gloomy fears, 

Have sunk beneath their noiseless tide ! 

'Tis like a dream when one awakes — 
This vision of the scenes of old 

'Tis like the noon when morning breaks 
'Tis like a tale round watch-fires told. 

God of our fathers, in whose sight 
The thousand years that sweep away 

Man, and the traces of his might 
Are but the break and close of day. 

Grant us that love of truth sublime, 
That love of goodness and of Thee, 

Which makes thy children, in all time 
To share thine own eternity. 

Rev. Horace C. Hovey, D. I)., pastor of the Old South Church, 

Newburyport, then offered the following prayer: 

All wise and eternal God, who art from everlasting to everlasting, 
we come into Thy presence believing in Thee and trusting in Thee as 
our fathers' and as our God. One generation passeth away and another 
generation cometh, but the Lord abideth forever. 

We pray that Thou wilt bless the family reunions that are being 
held at this delightful season of the year in many parts of our country, 
and as the children meet to rehearse the deeds of the fathers and 
mothers and to recount their struggles and triumphs, may their own 


patriotism be rekindled with new zeal. May their love for God and 
home and native land be stronger, purer and better than before. 

Wilt thou bless all the different branches of this great family bear- 
ing the name of Chase, and those who are represented here to-day, 
either personally or by correspondence, and may all that is said and 
done here to-day be to Thine honor and glory, while it is to the ad- 
vantage, welfare and prosperity of Thy people. 

Closing with the Lord's Prayer. 

The President stated that up to a late hour on the preceding 
day, when the copy for the programme had to be sent to the printer, it 
was not positively known that any of the lineage would be present to 
officiate in a clerical capacity. In this extremity an appeal was made 
to Rev. Dr. Hovey, and, although due at a Sunday School picnic of his 
church, he had kindly consented to come to our relief. An invitation 
to address the meeting was graciously responded to as follows : 


Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen of the Chase Family : 

It gives me very great pleasure to be invited by your President 
to take part in any way in a family reunion of this nature, particularly 
as some of your number are very well known to me personally and 
others are known to me by reputation, and more especially as your 
worthy President is of the Hovey "line of ancestry, and although he 
has come into the list of the Hoveys at the eleventh hour, his name 
being the last to be entered, he shows a good spirit, and it is most 
pleasant to me as President of the Daniel Hovey Association to know 
that the President of the Chase-Chace Association has his heart in the 
right place. 

We have just had our Hovey reunion in Ipswich, on August 21. 
We had eighty sit down at the table at the Agawam House, but we 
labor under some advantages and disadvantages. We have not the 
thought of such a legacy hanging over our heads. Our ancestor was a 
worthy man ; we have the old Coat of Arms and have proved it away 


back to the old Daniel Hovey who came in 1637, or perhaps a little 
earlier. We find considerable satisfaction in that Coat of Arms, but 
what is that side of such a legacy of millions as will come to you when 
you get your rights? In that respect we labor at a great advantage or 
disadvantage. We do not have to bother ourselves with the fear of 
being taxed, nor the fear of a wrong distribution of the estate. We 
came together just because we were Hoveys, and we looked into each 
other's faces and we were as brothers. Some of us were quite sur- 
prised to find how good looking the Hoveys are. A great many of 
the Hoveys remarked upon it. 1 do not know whether they had been 
told a great many times how plain they were, but they were really sur- 
prised to find how good looking they were, and they talked about it. 
And certainly, if it were not for seeming to be flattering and too 
complimentary right to your faces, I might tell you the same thing. 
When you get one of these New England families together you 
get the cream, the best that there is in all America, and there is no 
one here who will deny that. There is one fact which has been im- 
pressed very especially upon my mind with regard to these family 
reunions, and the patriotic societies that have been formed — The 
Daughters of the Revolution, The Daughters of the American Revo- 
lution, The Sons of the Revolution and The Sons of the American 
Resolution, — and that is this: If you went to the annals of families, 
the names that are being taken in the census that is now approaching 
its completion, you would find that probably two-thirds of the people, 
at a moderate estimate, two-thirds of the people who inhabit the cities 
have no ancestry to speak of, they are not descended from the old 
families of New England. Many of them are among the worthiest 
citizens that we have, but they cannot claim this grand ancestry that 
the old families have as a spur to their patriotism, and it is our duty to 
tell them all about the deeds of our ancestors. That is the argument ; 
mere family pride is not the highest motive. We are not responsible 
for belonging to one family or another. There is no particular reason 
why one person is to have one name rather than another, but when 
you know your ancestral history, and what has been done in war and 
peace, in commerce, in literature, and the fine arts, in religion and 
in the education of the whole country, then we have something that 
causes a lot of responsibility to rest upon us concerning the welfare of 
our great, glorious and growing republic, to tell our fellow-citizens of 
the achievements of the past and to help each other, that there may 
be even greater achievements. 


Now, Mr. President, you all know these things. I have simply 
reminded you of them. I thank you for the great favor that you have 
conferred upon me and I express my sincere regret in not being able 
to remain. You have my best wishes, my highest respect and my most 
sincere regard in all the plans which may be formed for your future 
and especially for this reunion. May God bless you all. 

Dr. Hovey's address received close attention and was heartily 
applauded. A motion was unanimously adopted thanking him for his 
courlesy in attending the meeting, and contributing to the enjoyment 
of those present. 

A finely rendered soprano solo by a sweet singer of Chase descent 
as well as present name, Mrs. Katherine Knight Chase of Haverhill, 
was followed by the president's address. 


JOHN C. CHASE, Derry, N. H. 

Kinsmen and Friends : 

It affords me great pleasure to welcome such a goodly number, 
to this, the first reunion of the Chase-Chace Family Association. 
Organized but little over a year ago, the first meeting was practically 
for business only, but to-day we assemble with a different object, and 
it is to be hoped that this reunion will be the first of a series, that shall 
continue as long as any of the name and blood can be found to keep 
the organization alive. Each generation will have its own record to 
perpetuate, and I can conceive of few obligations paramount to that of 
transmitting to posterity a record of the achievements of their ancestors. 
Says Edmund Burke, "People who will not look forward to their pos- 
terity, who never look backward to their ancestors," and it was with the 
object of furthering genealogical research, preserving family records 
and strengthening the ties of kinship, that this Association was formed. 

It is particularly appropriate that the initial reunion of this As- 
sociation should be held in this city, rich in historic traditions and 


hallowed memories, for it was here the progenitor of a numerous and 
important branch of our family took up his abode, a half a dozen years 
alter the first settlement was made on the banks of the River Parker. 

Other gatherings of the family have been held in former years, the 
earliest of which we have any record being held in this city in 1847. 
The main incentive of those gatherings was the pursuit of that will-o'- 
the-wisp, known as the "Chase Fortune." "Hope springs eternal in 
the human breast," and recent correspondence discovers the existence 
of many who still have faith in the mythical fortune awaiting pre- 
sumptive American heirs of the English line. If any here present are 
indulging in such belief, let me assure them that an investment in a 
gold brick is, if anything, of more prospective value than one to prose- 
cute this chimerical claim. 

If the "blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church," then no 
less did those who caused these meetings to be held, render service 
of incalculable value to coming generations, as they stimulated genea- 
logical research, and caused the collection and preservation of historical 
data, that otherwise, in all probability, would have been lost. So we 
may well say, all honor to those who, for whatever motive, initiated the 
movement to collect and preserve the family history. 

Strenuous efforts were put forth to secure an address from some 
noted member of the family, but, possibly on account of our policy of 
"benevolent assimilation," we have been unable to secure anyone, 
consequently the set literary programme will be comparatively brief. 
Personally I do not regard this as an unmixed evil, for I believe that 
in a gathering of this kind the time allotted to social intercourse should 
predominate ; that a large proportion of those who attend, would 
prefer to spend their time in making and renewing acquaintances, re- 
hearsing family traditions, and proving their genealogy, to listening to 
the average oratorical effort. Be that as it may, you have the best we 
have been able to provide. We are certain that the experience gained 
will be of great value in arranging for future reunions, which, we are 
confident, will show a largely increased attendance, and a growing 
interest in the Association and its object. 

Notwithstanding the youth of the Association, it has already been 
called to mourn the decease of one of its members, Henry Martin Chase 
of Barnstable, Mass. Although a native of Philadelphia, some of his 
early years were spent in Newburyport, and his remains rest in the 
beautiful Oak Hill Cemetery not far distant from his former home. 
He was greatly interested in the aims and work of the Association, and 


would have been an exceedingly useful and valuable member. Our 
proceedings will contain a more appropriate biographical notice than 1 
can give at this time. 

It has been suggested that I might occupy a portion of the time 
that happens to be available, with a brief account of our ancestors who 
first settled in this country. There is a popular but incorrect idea 
extant, that all bearing the name of Chase in this country are the 
descendants of three brothers, who settled in New Hampshire and 
Massachusetts in the early part of the seventeenth century. There are 
however, a number who trace their descent from an immigrant who 
settled in Maryland and was the ancestor of Judge Samuel Chase who 
signed the Declaration of Independence. Others are descended from 
a John Chase who came from the Barbadoes and settled in Providence, 
R. I., in 1730. 

From a reply to one of the circulars sent out, we learn of one 
bearing the name who came to this country from Canada, but was born 
in Ireland. Their traditions make the family of Hugenot origin. 
They sought refuge in England at the massacre of St. Bartholomew, 
and for services rendered in Cromwell's army, were given grants of 
land in England and the south of Ireland. 

We also have a colored brother of the name, the editor of an 
Afro-American paper published at the national capital. It is hardly 
probable that there is an Ethiopian line of the family, and in this case 
it is more than likely that the name was adopted rather than inherited. 
Whatever our personal feelings may be in regard to the matter, we can 
hardly criticise the compliment paid us in the selection of the surname. 

However, it is certain that nearlv all of those bearing the name 
are the descendants of three immigrants who settled in Massachusetts. 
William Chace was the first in the field, coming in Gov. Winthrop's 
fleet, in 1630. His name is found m the records of the first church in 
Roxbury, in the handwriting of the Rev. John Elliott, the apostle to 
the Indians. He removed to Yarmouth in 1637, and those of the 
name in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island are'generally of 
this line. They may be identified to a large extent by the spelling of 
the name Cha<re, but it can by no means be assumed that those spelling 
it are not of this line. Nothing is known of his history before 
his arrival here, and if any relationship exists between him and the 
other two immigrants, it is purely conjectural and apparently not sus 
ceptible of proof. 

Aquila and Thomas had grants of land in Hampton, N. H., in 


1640; and it is assumed that they may have arrived the preceding 
year. That they were brothers, is shown by a deed on record, in 
which Aquila conveys a certain tract of land to his brother 'Thomas. 
It is supposed that Thomas lived where the Quaker meeting house 
now stands in the town of Seabrook. As his oldest son, Thomas, was a 
bachelor, it is probable that he remained on the homestead. "For the 
love and good will that 1 have and do bear unto ye people of (iod, 
called Quakers," he deeded on June 1, 1689 to John Hussey, in their 
behalf, about sixty acres of land, "for a burying place and to build a 
meeting house on." (Essex Records, 10-88.) When the estate was 
divided after his death in 1714, the tract by which the above merito- 
rious gift is bounded, is described as his homestead. 

Thomas, the original gfantee, married Elizabeth, the daughter of 
'Thomas Philbrick, and died in 1652, leaving five sons. Joseph, the 
second son was taken prisoner at Dover, N. H., in the assault upon 
Major Waldron's house in 1689. Dying in 1718, his will provided 
that certain beds, furniture, silver tankard and 'Turkey worked chairs, 
should not be divided, but that whichever daughter should occupy the 
house, should take care to entertain strangers, more particularly called 
Quakers. It is recorded that the youngest son, Abraham, born the 
year his father died, "was slain in the warres," in 1676. 

The birthplace of 'Thomas and Aquila is unknown and the year 
of birth of the latter is only known on the authority of Joshua Coffin, 
the historian of Newbury, who has stated that he has seen a deposition 
in which Aquila gives his age. 

It has been assumed that they were the sons of Aquila, the son 
of Richard Chase and Joan bishop, of Chesham, England, but it is 
exceedingly doubtful if satisfactory proof of the fact can ever be ad- 
duced. 'The above mentioned Aquila was baptized August 14, L580, 
but the parish records contain no other mention of him or his younger 
brothers, Thomas and Mordeeai. The marriage or death, and in some 
cases both, of the seven other children of Richard and Joan are re- 
corded, which is strong evidence that the three sons referred to lived 
and died elsewhere. 

'The Hampton, N. H., records show that in 1(>4(> there was 
granted to Aquila Chase six acres for a house lot. In 1 64 1, an additional 
grant was re< orded of six acres "of upland, meadow and swamp." 

The Newbury, Mass., records contain the following: "(banted 
to Aquila Chase, Anno li> 16, lower acres of land at the new towne for 
a house lott and six acres of upland for a planting lott, where it can 


be had, and six acres of marsh where it can be had, also on condition 
that he do goe to sea and do service in the towne with a boate for four 

It is probable that he removed to Newbury the same year, as the 
county records state, that in September, 1646, Aquila Chase and wife, 
and David Wheeler, of Hampton, her brother, were prosecuted for 
picking peas on the Sabbath day. As the patriarch was allowed to 
change his name from Abram to Abraham in witness of the covenant, 
that he should be the father of many nations, so it is perhaps possible 
that the punishment for this transgression of our progenitor was giving 
his name the current pronunciation of ^4-quila instead of the scriptural 

Tradition throws little light upon the" question of Aquila Chase's 
residence. The "Newtowne" where his house lot was located is what 
is now known as Newburyport, the original settlement in Newbury 
having been made on Parker River. It is probable that the "fower 
acres of land at the new towne for a house lott" was at the corner of 
Chandler's Lane, now Federal Street, and the old highway, now Water 
Street, for he conveyed this lot to Robert Rogers in 1659, eleven years 
before his death.* The records of deeds and probate indicate with 
reasonable certainty that he also lived on the north side of what is now 
known as North Atkinson Street, about five hundred feet from its inter- 
section with Low Street. 

In 1668 Daniel Merrill bought of John Godfrey eighteen acres with 
the "housing" near the Great Pine Swamp, which tract was bounded 
on one side and end by land belonging to Aquila Chase. The Great 
Pine Swamp lies a few rods west of Low Street, and is a positive and 
permanent identification of location. Daniel Merrill's will, dated 1717, 
gives his homestead in Newbury to his oldest son, Daniel, who married 
Esther Chase, daughter of Aquila, Jr. Daniel, Jr., died about 1725, 
and the division of the estate is recorded in the probate records. His 
son Peter had half of the house and probably bought the other half, 
and lived there. His will was proved in 1778, and gave to his son 
Jacob all of his real estate. The house stood at the intersection of 
North Atkinson and Low Streets, and was known until its demolition 
as the Jacob Merrill house. 

The will of Aquila Chase, dated December 19, 1670, may be 
seen at the probate orifice in Salem. The homestead was given to his 
oldest son, Aquila, who made a will, now in the possession of one of 

* Currier's " Ould Newbury," page 14". 


his descendants, but died before signing it, and the estate was divided 
by the heirs in 1723. Daniel Merrill and wife Esther had ten acres of 
the northwest end, which was bounded by their homestead, and Joseph, 
the only surviving son, who had settled in what is now West Newbury, 
had the other seven acres and buildings. He sold his share to Daniel 
Merrill, and the deed describes it as "bounding on Sawyer's Lane." 
Enoch 1'. Chase, who was born in L789, and lived on North Atkinson 
Street, says the Sawyers lived where he did, and gave it the name of 
Sawyer's Lane, and that there were two Merrill houses. The Daniel 
Merrill cellar was open until within a few years, and the hollow place 
marking the cellar of the house, where it is confidently believed Aquila 
Chase lived and died, can be identified. 'Die place of his burial is 
unknown, but tradition savs fhat it is in the old cemetery on the Plains. 

Thomas, the second son of Aquila, married Rebecca, daughter 
of Thomas Follansbee, and settled near Amesbury Kerry, about thirty 
rods north of the road leading from the Ferry road to the Artichoke 
River, which also leads by the old cemetery to the Bradford road. 
The deed for his first purchase of fourteen acres is dated June 2, 
1<>77. The estate remained in the family until 1798, and the house 
stood until L875. His son, Thomas, born September 15, 1680, settled 
in what is now West Newbury previous to 1700, and the estate still 
remains in the family. It is now held by Miss Lois Jane and Thomas 
Chase Thurlow, whose mother, Susan Chase, of the seventh generation 
from Aquila, married George Thurlow. 

Aquila, fourth son of Thomas, 2 born July 15, L688, lived in Ipswich, 
and died in 1714. Among the items in the expense account of his 
funeral, we find one of £] : Ids. for eight gallons of wine. 

fohn, the third son of Aquila, bought on December 24, 1698, a 
lot of land "in the upper woods," now West Newbury, giving in ex- 
change a tract of tide meadow in Salisbury. His house was at the 
"Training Field," and was the second east of the present town house. 
Hi. will was dated October 22, L730, ami proved May 19, 1739. He 
gave to his grandson, "John Chase, of Hampton, the son of my son 
John," twenty shillings. "It is all wliich 1 should have given to my 
said son John had he been living." This phraseology of the will settles 
beyond question the identity of the John Chase, grandson of Aquila, 
who married Abigail Green, granddaughter of Thomas of Hampton, as 
there has been some confusion in regard to the matter. The home- 
stead was given to his son David. 

Daniel, Aquila's fourth son, acquired by purchase from his brother 


Aquila, the lot on the west of that owned by his brother John, being 
the one just east of the West Newbury town house. He died in 1707 
and the place soon passed out of the name of Chase, although it re- 
mained in the collateral line of Carr for over a hundred years. 

Moses, the youngest son and eleventh child of Aquila, was born 
December 24, 1663. He married Ann Follansbee, who died April 15, 
1708, at the birth of her youngest son, Benoni. She was buried in the 
old cemetery at the Plains, and her tombstone has the oldest date of 
any belonging to the family so far as I am aware. 

He died September 6, 1743, and was buried in the old Ferry 
Lane (now Bridge Street) Cemetery in West Newbury, where may be 
seen, in addition to his own, the headstones of three others bearing the 
name of Moses of successive generations. 

The elder Moses was styled weaver and ensign and the latter title 
appears on his tombstone. He and his wife were admitted to member- 
ship in the Second Church in 1713, and he signed the covenant and 
helped form the Fourth Church in 1731. September 20, 1700, it 
was "granted to Moses Chase to set in the fore seat by the pulpit." 
His eldest son, Daniel, settled in Sutton and was the ancestor of Chief 
Justice Salmon P. Chase. 

In 1689 he purchased a lot of land in the "upper woods," as that 
part of the town lying west of the Artichoke Piver was then called, 
being the first of the name to settle in that locality. He afterward 
made other purchases so that his farm contained one hundred acres, 
having a frontage of one hundred .and six rods on the Bradford road 
and extending back to the Merrimack Piver. The house he built 
stood about twenty-five rods back of one now standing, which was 
built by his son Joseph in 1755.* 

The Essex records contain numerous deeds of land which he 
bought and sold, and he also acquired large tracts in Sutton and 
Powley, Mass., and Nottingham, N. H., which were willed to his sons. 
The homestead was divided between his sons, Moses and Joseph, the 
first named having the east half, on which his son, Moses, 4 had built 
a house in 173o.* This house is still standing, and is occupied by 
the family of Samuel Carr, a descendant of the original settler of two 
hundred and eleven years ago. The house built by Joseph on his 
part, in 1755, is still standing and has been kept in such a state of 
repair that it little conveys an idea of its age. 

The house built by Ensign Moses' fourth son, Samuel, is supposed 

* See Frontispiece. No. 1, Mosc-;: No. 2, Joseph. 


to be the oldest Chase house in existence. It is of brick and stands 
on the west side of the Bradford road about a mile above the spot 
where Ensign Moses settled. According to tradition, it was erected 
previous to 172V, and the bricks were made on adjoining land and 
carried to the site by Samuel's wife in her apron. The house has 
remained in the family until the present time and is now occupied by 
John Tyler Bailey, a direct descendant of the original owner.* 

I have thus endeavored to give you a brief account of some who 
helped make our early family history, and much could be added did 
time permit. A large portion of what I have given has been compiled 
from the material gathered by my grandfather, the late Benjamin Chase 
ot Auburn, N. H., to whose patient research and unflagging industry 
we are, without doubt, indebted for the preservation of much valuable 
data that otherwise would have been lost. 

A musical number came next on the programme, and Miss Alice 
Louise Chase entertained the audience with an enjoyable organ solo, 
Guilmant's "Elevation" in A flat. 

The poet of the occasion was a son of the late Dr. John B. Chace 
of Taunton, Mass., who for many years gave liberally of his time and 
means towards the collection of material for a genealogical history of 
the family. The task was longer than his life but the results of his 
labor are in the hands of the Historians of the Association, and it is 
hoped that before long they may be seen in print. 

Mr. Chace prefaced the reading of his poem by the statement that 
the imitation to contribute had been accepted with the understanding 
that he might make use of one that had been read upon another 
o< casion, should the demands upon his time be such as to prevent the 
writing of one especially for this gathering. His apprehension of being 
obliged to give us a second hand production had been realized, but it 
was new to all of his hearers without doubt, and was thoroughly enjoyed 
by those who had the pleasure of listening to its reading. 

* Sec Frontispiece. No. .<, Samuel. 



By GEORGE F. CHACE, Taunton, Mass. 

In Afric wilds there grows the grapple plant ; 

With flowers, whose beauteous hues the senses haunt. 

Along the ground its branches trail, a mass 

Of lovely bloom, enchanting all who pass. 

Upon the trees and shrubs as well, this vine 

Lifts high its purple mantle, rich and fine. 

Approach and gather garlands, full and free. 

'Twere shame to leave them here, so fair to see, 

To droop and die, unsought, a withered heap. 

But soft ; a while restrain your rapture deep. 

Beneath those petals, sharp and barbed thorns 

Malignant. hide ; so says a voice which warns 

Unwary travellers to keep away. 

Such was the story that I read one day. 

In sombre mood, long mused I o'er this tale. 

It seemed to picture, how in life we fail, 

The path of wrong e'er charms the seqse of man. 

He seeks alluring pleasures where he can. 

But does he think, in time, to count the cost? 

How sure, in coils of vice forever lost, 

Is he who once shall step aside from right, 

To follow sensuous ways, in downward flight? 

With pain and sadness thought I much on this. 

Is beauty false, and ne'r allied with bliss? 

Is true that phrase, "no rose but has its thorn"? 

Is virtue of all charm and graces shorn? 

I love the rose. Is all its fragrant breath 

Alone designed its friend, to lead to death? 

Its lovely tints, a snare, to make one feel 

The prick of vicious thorns which they conceal? 


While musing thus, with thoughts that made me weep, 

Upon the lounge one day 1 fell asleep. 

In my brain cells, shadowy dreams began to play. 

Methought, I walked a long and dreary way. 

At last, when faint and worn, beside a gate 

I stood, not knowing what might be my fate, 

If entrance sought 1 there, for food and rest, 

At the door of Paradise, where dwell the blest. 

But lo, the gate upon its hinges turns, 
And then a wondrous sight upon my vision burns. 
A form, divine or human, I could not tell, 
Stands in that gateway there, with eyes that well 
With love, and face that shines with heavenly smile. 
Entranced, I gazed, nor dared to move the while. 

"Come in, my brother," said a woman's tone, 
With tenderness to melt a heart of stone. 

"Nay, nay," I faltered, "Messenger of God, 
Give not to me of love the slightest nod. 
Unworthy I to hear thy welcome voice, 
To see the angels, and with them rejoice. 
I'm stained with sin, ashamed to raise my lids, 
To look, where virtue, truth or honor bids." 

But still the angel took my hand and said : 
"Your faults are known. By sympathy misled, 
You've strayed away from duty's path, 'tis true ; 
Yet, brother dear, there's peace in store for you. 
The queen of Heaven doth bid you come within, 
Because you wear a charm, to pardon sin." 

I ken not what she means, but trembling go 

With anxious eagerness to see and know, 

1 low such as I can heavenly favor find. 

The touch of the angel's fingers, as they wind 

About my own, thrills through my doubting soul. 

I've reached at last, it seems, the heavenly goal. 

"Behold," she says, "the queen of Heaven now." 
Amazed, I look, and see a beauteous brow 


Of purest white, and cheeks of carmine hue, 

And lips that melt as if kissed by morning dew; 

A fragrant breath, a figure and a pose, 

The tout ensemble of a matchless rose, 

No thorns I see, but drapery of white, 

And tints of blushing pink, with pure delight. 

Ah, thorns are guardian angels in disguise, 

Protecting beauty, when ruffian hands arise, 

To mar its glory, and rob of all its worth. 

'Tis this they mean, methinks, when found on earth. 

"What talisman gives me this vision sweet, 

And will it from before me never fleet?" 

I asked my guide. She smiling made reply : 
"You wear a flower, the fairest 'neath the sky. 

No soul can wholly fallen be in wrong, 

Whose love for God's own flowers is pure and strong." 

And now my eyes to me the truth disclose, 

For there upon my coat I wore a rose. 

Anon from sleep I woke, with tear dimmed eyes, 
To find upon my cheek a rose leaf lies. 

Miss Emily A. Getchell, the Historian of the Pillsbury Family and 
Secretary of the Historical Society of Old Newbury, presented the 
following communication, which was read and the Secretary instructed 
to acknowledge, with the thanks and fraternal greetings of this Associ- 
ation, in time for their annual reunion, which will be held in this city 
the coming week : 


Newburyport, August 30, 1900. 

The Pillsbury Family Association extends greetings to the Chase 
Family Association and felicitates it on its meeting to-day in the old 
town of which the common ancestor of the family, Aquila Chase, was a 
land holder and resident. 

May the present gathering be a success in every respect and the 
forerunner of others to come. 
For the Pillsbury family, 

Albert E. Pillsbury, Boston, President. 
Emily A. Getchell, Newburyport, Secretary. 


Rev. Kufus Emery, the Historian of the Emery Family and Secre- 
tary of its Association, tendered its greetings, which were accepted 
with thanks. 

Numerous letters were received in response to the circulars and 
those read are herewith appended. 

A private letter was also read from Miss Anna A. Gould, of Chase 
lineage, who was a missionary in China. The letter was dated May 20, 
L900, and told of the dangers she was undergoing from the Boxers, by 
whom she was afterwards inhumanly murdered. 

From Rev. Samuel C. Beane, D. D., Newburyport, Mass., Pastor of the 
Chtkch in which the Gathering was Held. 

Mr. John C. Chase, 

Deny, N. H. 

Fairview, N. H. August 23, 1900. 

My Dear Sir : Your welcome letter, forwarded, found me here 
at the White Mountains. I am sorry, but our plans do not land us 
back at Newburyport till the day after your Chase gathering. I should 
gladly have been one of you, even though I am not conscious of Chase 
blood, wishing all the while that I had some of that fluid in my veins. 
Were I to be there, I should want to give you greeting to our old and 
beautiful First Church of Newburyport, the delight of its worshipers, 
and an almost ideal structure in the eyes of architects, both American 
and European. The first minister was John Lowell, the ancestor of 
the founder of the great city of Lowell, of the successive John Lowells 
who were famous judges, and of our great poet and ambassador, James 
Russell Lowell. Among the worshipers in the edifice which preceded 
this was John Quincy Adams, and Theophilus Parsons worshiped in 
both. Colonel Thomas Wentworth Higginson was one of the late 
ministers. Let the present pastor welcome you thus by letter. 

I shall always be glad to see you at my house. 

Always yours, 

Samuel C. Beane. 


From Hon. William M. Chase, Judge Supreme Court 
of New Hampshire. 

Canaan Street, N. H., August 18, 1900. 

Mr. John C. Chase, 

Derry, N. H. 

My Dear Mr. Chase : I am sorry to say that I cannot accept 
your kind invitation to address the Chase-Chace Family Association at 
its approaching meeting. Mrs. Chase and I are to start for Seattle, 
Wash., about that time — if not before — shall start as soon as I can get 
my affairs into shape, so I can leave. 

I assure you it would afford me much pleasure to be present at the 
meeting, and I should esteem it a great honor to address the "family," 
than which I believe there is no better in the world. 

Yours very truly, 

William M. Chase. 

From Alden Chase. 

Bryant Pond, Me., August 27, 1900. 
Mr. John C Chase. 

My Dear Sir : I sometime since received a circular relative to 
the Chase Association, and will give in answer to it a brief account of 
my family. I am a descendant of Aquila Chase, who came to Hamp- 
ton in 1639, and my line is through Thomas, Nathan, Edmund, and 

Merrill. I am the youngest of ten children and was born June 5, 1819. 

* * * * * * * # * * 

Now I have given a condensed sketch of my family, and if you 
should desire a brief notice of any of my father's other children I 
could help you to it. Myself and my sister Lydia, who is in her 
ninetieth year, are all that are left of the ten children. 

I should be glad to be at your meeting on the thirtieth instant, but 
age precludes it. 

Should you ever obtain the Chase property from England, please 
give my portion of the ninety millions of pounds sterling (?) to my 
legal heirs, as I do not expect to live to obtain it myself ! ! ! 

I am yours respectfully, 

Alden Chase. 


From Geo. C. Chase, President Bates College, Lewiston, Me. 

Andover, Me., August 7, 1900. . 
Mr. John C. Chase, 
Derry, N. H., 

President of The Chase-Chace Family Association. 

Pear Sir: Your courteous note of August 2, inviting me to ad- 
dress a meeting to be held August 30, is at hand. It would give me 
pleasure to meet those of my own name and blood and to extend my 
knowledge of the Chase Family in America. Unfortunately, important 
engagements will require my presence elsewhere. I shall take pleasure 
in sending my membership fee to the Secretary-Treasurer, and shall 
hope to meet you at some future meeting of the Association. 

On the opposite page I give the names of some of my ancestors. 
My life has thus far been too busy to permit me to give much attention 
to the genealogy of the Chase Family. I shall highly prize any data 
that may be sent me. As I am away from home at this writing, I have 
only my memory from which to draw, and, therefore, will not attempt 
much. ' Yours sincerely, 

George C. Chase. 

From P. J. Chase, Attorney at Law. 

Bowling Green, Ohio, August 4, 1900. 

John C. Chase, 

Derry, N. H. 

Dear Sir : Your circular with reference to the compiling of a 
genealogical record of the Chase Family received, and in reply will 
say that my ancestors on the Chase side were born at Taunton, Mass. 
They lived there so long that "The memory of man runneth not to the 
contrary" and were an apple eating, cider drinking, cheese paring set, 
none of whom were exceptionally bright and none of whom were fools. 
However, some of them had the nerve to leave that land of stone walls, 
and codfish, come west, and have been heard from, outside of the 
mausoleum of a genealogical book. Very truly yours, 

P. J. Chase. 


From Hon. George C. Hazelton, Late M. C. from Wisconsin. 

Washington, D. C, August 14, 1900. 
Mr. John C. Chase, 

Deny, N. H. 

Dear Mr. Chase: I am in receipt of two of the Chase Family 
circulars by your kindness, and the first one 1 forwarded to my brother, 
Gerry W. Hazelton of Milwaukee, Wis., now visiting in New England, 
and at Chester now spending a week among our kith and kin, and 
thence to Manchester. I should like very much to attend the meeting 
on the thirtieth instant, but fear that I shall not be able to get away 
from Washington at that time. 

My grandmother on my paternal side of the house was a Chase ; 
but died before my remembrance. 

1 hope that the meeting will be both pleasant and profitable. 

Yours very respectfully, 

George C. Hazelton. 

From Mrs. W. II. S. Hascall. 

North Conway, August 29, 1900. 
To the Chase-Chace Family Association. 

Dear Friends : It would give me great pleasure to meet with 
you at Newburyport and learn something of the large family to which 
I belong. I presume my brother, Stephen F. Chace, of Providence, 
has given you the family record as far as our parents left it for us. 

Were I nearer I should certainly meet with you this year. I have 
left Dover and am now on my way to New York, where my husband, 
Rev. W. H. S. Hascall, has become pastor of the Carmel Church 
(Baptist) and my address hereafter will be 223 E. 123d Street, New 
York City. 

Shall be glad to meet with you next year, if possible. If I can 
give you any information, shall be glad to do so. 

Emma Chace Hascall. 


From Rev. Arthur Chase, Ware, Mass. 

Branford, Conn., August 25, 1900. 
Mr. John C. Chask, 

President of the Chase-Chace Association. 

My Dear Sir : Yours of August twenty-first was forwarded to me 
from Ware, and received to-day. 

I very much regret that I shall be unable to attend the meeting of 
the Association on the thirtieth. 

'Thanking you for your courtesy, and with assurances of keen in- 
terest in the investigations of the Association, I am 

Very sincerely yours, 

Arthur Chase. 

From Rev. J. K. Chase. 

East Hampstead, N. H., August 29, 1900. 
John C. Chase, Esq., 

President of The Chase-Chace Family Association. 

Mv Dear Sir : I am sorry 1 cannot attend your meeting in 
Newburyport. 1 had the pleasure some fifty years ago of being present 
at the great Chase meeting held in Newbury. A dear brother of mine, 
the late Rev. James N. Chase, was present and took an active part in 
the meeting. We were both descendants of Aquila Chase. 

May you have as enthusiastic a gathering as that was. 

Very truly, 

John K. Chask. 

From T. Elw< >od < !hase. 

Lockport, N. V., August 7, L900. 
Mr. Omar P. Chase, Secretary, 
Andover, Mass. 

M\ I »i \r Sir : being in direct line a Chase of the original type, 
and also deeply interested in the work of the Chase-Chace Association, 
allow me to ask you to tender to the officers and members my hearty 


cooperation in the furtherance of the Association. It has already been 
my pride to point to the records of their forefathers in the past as a 
stimulus to my children to encourage them to endeavor to leave behind 
them a record not only stainless, but a record of having advanced the 
cause of humanity. 

As the year 1901 will see the largest purely American and Ameri- 
canized gathering, viz., the Pan-American at Buffalo, permit me to ask 
the Association to adjourn at the close of this, the August, 1900, meet- 
ing, to meet in Buffalo in 1901 at such time as your honorable body 
may deem best. 

During the Pan-American the rates of railroad fare will undoubtedly 
be within the reach of the humblest Chase or his descendants, thus 
affording an opportunity to very largely increase the membership of 
the Association, and also to bring together in one body at one time 
the largest number of relatives descended from one line the world ever 

Should your Association consider favorably the proposition to 
meet in Buffalo, I will now offer my services in any capacity in which 
I can be of service. 

As you undoubtedly know, Buffalo is a large, prosperous city, with 
accommodations for almost unlimited gatherings, both indoor and out- 
door. It seems to me as though the time and. place is so opportune 
that other propositions would willingly withdraw in favor of Buffalo. 

I can promise you in advance, that, should he be then living, our 
next President, William McKinley, will sit with your President and 
honor the illustrious name of Chase with his presence and counsel. 

Sincerely yours to command, 

T. Ellwood Chase. 

From Constantine Chase, Capt. 4th Artillery, U. S. A. 

Fort Trumbull, New London, Conn., 

August 5, 1900. 
Mr. Omar P. Chase, 

Andover, Mass. 

Dear Sir: I have received your bulletin of The Chase Associ- 
ation and wish to be enrolled as a member. To this end I enclose 
check for two ($2.00) dollars. 


I also enclose memorandum of my genealogical record. I have 
more of it of the female side and collaterals, but suppose you don't 
want it. I expect to get more from my father, also, who has made 
it quite a study. 

If you can fill in any of the blank dates in this memorandum I 
will be glad to get them. 

Thomas Chase, my ancestor, came from England with his brother 
and settled in Hampton, N. H. Lieut. Isaac Chase, a British, Colonial 
officer, settled in Martha's Vineyard and died there. I have seen his 
grave. The rest of my direct line, Chase, lived at Martha's Vineyard 
until my grandfather settled in Boston. I was born in Vineyard Haven, 
but was brought up in Boston until the Civil War, when I became a 
soldier. Yours very truly, 


From Philip Brown Chase. 

Roskmont, Penn., August 20, 1900. 
Omar P. Chase. 

Respected Kinsman : Thy letter to son Frederic has been read 
to me. It gave me much pleasure, and it would give me much pleasure 
to meet so many kinsfolk on that beautiful hill at Andover on the 
thirtieth instant. The surroundings on my younger days are perfectly 
familiar to my mind's eye. It was a favorite ride to me from old 
Salem, to start on a fine morning, dine at a very pleasant house of 
entertainment directly opposite to what was then called the Institution 
and ride home in the later afternoon. I enjoyed the air and whole 
environment, and with one of my cousins or an uncle went as often as 
we could. 

Please give my best wishes to the whole assembly for the success 
of their meeting. Respectfully, 

Thy kinsman, 

P. B. Chase. 

The writer of the above letter, Philip Brown Chase, i^ a native of Salem, Mass., 
now residing in Philadelphia, Penn. lie was horn June lf>, 1809, ami his advanced 
age would entitle him to he called the Dean nl the Association. The letter wax 
evidently written under the impression that the reunion was to he held at Andover, 


From Mrs. Elizabeth Chase Palmer. 

Kennebunkport, Me., August 28, 1900. 

Secretary Chase-Chace Association, 
Newburyport, Mass. 

My Dear Sir : I have neither your name or address, therefore 
take the liberty of sending my subscription in this general manner, 
trusting it will serve the purpose of identifying me with the Associ- 
ation, in which I am deeply interested. 

I should greatly enjoy being present on the thirtieth, but have 
found it impossible to accomplish it from this point in one day. 

My great grandfather, Deacon Amos Chase, left Newbury and 
settled in Saco, Maine, before 1760. The old homestead still stands, 
with the noble elms planted by him. My eldest son, Amos Chase 
Palmer, a representative of the fifth generation, was born there. 

I rejoice in this movement and regret that I cannot be present. 
I shall welcome any information on this subject. 

Very sincerely yours, 

Elizabeth Chase Palmer. 

From Samuel A. Chase, Treasurer Central Savings Bank. 

« Lowell, Mass., August 16, 1900. 

Mr. Omar P. Chase, 

Treasurer The Chase-ChaGe Family Association. 

My Dear Sir : In reply to your circular, I enclose two (#2.00) 
dollars for membership. 

I have before me, in a magazine article, an interesting history of 
Bishop Chase of New Hampshire. 

I think I am the only one who has received a cash payment for 
shares in the many millions belonging to the Chase and Townley estate 
in England. With fraternal regards, I am 

Very truly yours, 

Samuel A. Chase. 


From Geo. L.Chase, Pres. Hartford Fire Insurance Co. 

Hartford, August 27, 1900. 
O. P. Chase, Esq., Secretary. 

Dear Sir: 1 will not be able to be with you on the thirtieth, 
which I much regret. 

Wishing success to those who are doing so much for the Associa- 
tion, 1 am Yours truly, 

George L. Chase. 

From Wife of Gov. Allen of Porto Rico. 

5 7 Rolfe Street, Lowell, Mass., 

August 7, 1900. 

Mr. Omar P. Chase, 

Andover, Mass. 

Dear Sir: Enclosed find two ($2.00) dollars for membership in 
the Chase-Chace Family Association. I have also to record the birth 
ill" Allen Hobbs, born July 30, 1899, son of Alexander F. and Louise 
(Allen) Hobbs. 

I enclose my branch to see if you wish any of it. I am very sorry 
that I shall be unable to attend the meeting of August thirtieth. 

Respectfully yours, 

Mrs. Charles 1 1. Allen. 

From Chief Justice Russell S. Taft, Supreme Court of Vermont. 

MONTPELIER, VT., August 28, 190(1. 

Mr. O. P. Cu.\^ . 

Andover, Mass. 

Dear Sir : It will be impossible for me to attend the Chase 
meeting on the thirtieth instant. I regret it exceedingly, but am en- 
gaged in court, although the mercury is about ninety in the shade. 


I am heartily in favor of the object of the Association, but I am 
so engaged that I cannot devote the time to render much aid. You 
ought to choose some one to act as executive committee in my place. 

Extend my hearty greetings to my distant cousins of the Chase 
blood. I am faithfully yours, 

Russell S. Taft. 

From Agnes Blake Poor, Brookline, Mass. 

Andover, Me., August 24, 1900. 
Mr. Omar P. Chase, 

Dear Sir : I enclose a money order for two ($2.00) dollars, 
desiring to become a member of the Chase-Chace Family Association, 
and wish your object every success. I enclose my line from Aquila, 
the emigrant, son of Richard, and grandson of Thomas Chase of 
Hundrick, Chesham, Backs. 

Yours very sincerely, 

Agnes Blake Poor. 

From Hon. Emory A. Chase, Judge Supreme Court 
of New York. 

Catskill, N. Y., August 27, L900. 
( >mar P. Chase, Treasurer, 

Andover, Mass. 

Dear Sir : Enclosed you will find two ($2.00) dollars, member- 
ship fee in the Chase-Chace Family Association. 

I have been in communication with. Rev. William A. Eardeley and 
have given and will give him so far as possible the descendants of 
Zepheniah Chase, of whom I am a descendant. I desire to be fur- 
nished with family line as stated, that I can compare with what I have. 

Will you be kind enough to let me know where you get the coat of 
arms on your letter paper. Very truly, 

Emory A. Chase. 


The reading of the letters was followed by a vocal solo by Miss 
Elizabeth C'arr Adams of Newburyport. Although not connected with 
the Chase family, so far as known, she had kindly consented to assist 
in entertaining the gathering, and her selection was highly appreciated. 

The President and Secretary made verbal reports in regard to 
the business matters of the Association, which reports were accepted. 
A committee, previously appointed, to make nominations for officers for 
the coming year, reported the following list, which were duly elected : 

President — John C. Chase, Derry, N. H. 

Vice Presidents — George F. Chace, Taunton, Mass.; Charles E. 
Chase, Worcester, Mass. ; Caleb Chase, Boston, Mass. ; William M. 
Chase, Concord, N. H. ; Clinton S. Chase, Detroit, Mich. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Omar P. Chase, Andover, Mass. 

Executive Committee — Josiah G. Chase, Cambridge, Mass.; 
Thomas C. Thurlow, West Newbury, Mass. ; William E. Chase, New- 
bury, Mass. ; Harry G. Chase, Tufts College, Mass. 

Historians — Mrs. Mary L. C. Smith, Hartford, Conn.; Rev. 
William A. Eardeley, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

After another enjoyable solo by Mrs. Katherine Knight Chase, 
the President announced that brief addresses would be in order, and 
expressed the hope that no one would hesitate to speak on account of 
not being called upon, as he was not able to call all present by name, 
and an excessive degree of modesty might deprive the meeting of 
entertaining and interesting remarks. 

Remarks by Rev. Rufus Emery of Newburyport. 

The book of heraldry says, that " He who has no desire to know 
what he has been has no knowledge of what he is going to be." And 
this seems to me to enclose a very great truth, one of vast influence 
and power. We are sometimes made fun of or laughed at, as one man 
said, "Genealogy is fit for fools." Of course there is a great deal of 


sarcasm expended on genealogical research and investigation, but I 
have always thought that the more we look into the past, and the more 
we meditate upon the deeds of those brave men, the more we desire 
to imitate them. My ancestors wore no coronet nor ciown ; their 
names were not enrolled on the annals of the College of London or 
elsewhere, but I believe them to have been brave men, and men of 
wisdom, which would offset all that. They dared to care for and to 
feed the Quakers whom others drove from city to city. I believe they 
were men of sterling purpose and great zeal and that they acted in 
truth. My ancestor, Aquila Chase, suffered somewhat when he picked 
his peas on Sunday. I certainly believe in the independence of the 
man ; it was to his credit, and I reverence him for it, as I reverence 
my other ancestor because, when the minister of this town of Newbury 
came to remonstrate with them for harboring the Quakers, he put his 
head in at the door and said, "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, 
for thereby some have entertained angels unawares." I cannot but 
hope that the descendants of the Chase family will strive to imitate 
their efforts and to cherish their memories. 

Remarks by T. C. Thttrlow of West Newbury. 

We live on the place in West Newbury formerly occupied by 
Aquila Chase — whether the original Aquila or one of his sons, I am 
unable to say ; but, according to the record, 1 am of the seventh 
generation direct from Aquila Chase, and own the land where the 
original house stood. My mother was Susan Chase, and the reason 
my name is not Chase is because she was an only child. Many from 
our family formerly settled in New Hampshire and Maine, and in my 
grandfather's day they often came back to the old homestead to visit 
their "cousins." Since, many of their descendants have emigrated to 
New York, Ohio and further west. They were generally of a nervous 
temperament, muscular, and energetic to a remarkable degree, and 
have often retained these characteristics to the present time. 

1 very well remember the Chase gathering at Newburyport, when 
I was a small boy, — at the sudden news of "untold wealth" over in 
England, for the descendants of Aquila Chase. Joshua Coffin, Esq., 
the Old Newbury Historian, was chosen a committee to go to England 
and secure this vast estate and have it divided among the rightful 
heirs; but as the "needful" for the journey was not supplied, Mr. 


Coffin did not go, which shows that the faith in securing this property 
was not any stronger then than now. 

It is said that Aquila Chase first settled in Hampton, N. H., but 
as he understood navigation better than the early settlers of Newbury, 
he was offered a farm if he would come over here and make his home 
on this side of the river. History records it that he was the first white 
man who ever came over the Newburyport bar and went up the Merri- 
mack River in a boat. 

I have never during my travels been ashamed to admit of my 
Chase blood, notwithstanding the crime of our original ancestor in 
being fined for picking green peas on Sunday. 

We are glad to see so large an attendance at this Chase gathering 
to-day. There are many places of historic interest in this and the 
neighboring towns, and 1 would extend a cordial invitation to any and 
all to visit me at the old Chase farm in West Newbury, where the 
cellar of the original house can still be seen. 

Remarks by William E. Chase of Newbury. 

1 have seen a great deal of our honored President recently, but he 
did not tell me that he wanted me to make a speech. I have made it 
the rule of my life, however, never to refuse to say a few words when 
called upon. I presume our President wanted some one to speak 
who had always lived in Newbury for the nine generations. We have 
always lived here, and my son makes the tenth generation. I welcome 
all of you, who have deserted the old town of your ancestors, back to 
where you should have remained. If you had all remained here, we 
should have had a town of our own and have had everything our own 
way, city government and all. I have always lived here and, though 
they have taken the heart of the old town and called it Newburyport, 
I have moved to Newbury, so I still live in Newbury. 

I have heard that story about Aquila Chase being the first white 
man to cross the Newburyport bar, that he was a good pilot and under- 
stood'a boat, and perhaps he was also a farmer. Perhaps he went to 
West Newbury, but I cannot believe that. I rather think he died in 
Newbury, and all my ancestors have lived there a part of their lives. 

I am glad I have met the President and Secretary; I am glad 
that they came to see me, and 1 hope I may be of some future service 
to them, living here in the old place. 1 thank you, Mr. President, for 


the honor of calling upon me, and welcome you all to Newburyport, 
and would like to have you all come to see me, as well as to see 
Mr. Thurlow of West Newbury, of whose invitation I shall avail myself 
sometime and see if I cannot find some trace of the old gentleman. 

Remarks by Rev. William A. Eardeley of Brooklyn, N. Y. 

I consider it a great privilege to be called upon to speak here. 
It is in our articles of incorporation that we are to publish the Chase 
family history. Where this story of the legacy first started I do not 
know. I do not think it was heard of back of 1825. There is an 
impression that it has been handed down from generation to gener- 
ation. I think it is absolutely absurd. I do not think it was heard of 
until some scheming lawyers came along and proposed it to the family. 
There have been a number of people in different places looking it up, 
but they say there is nothing in it. Whether there is anything in it I 
am not prepared to say. From the fact that it is so well known, it 
would almost seem that there is some foundation for it. I wish you 
would all think, if you believe in that estate, that your first duty is to 
have -your family history published. It will be almost impossible to 
get the history of any branch complete, but you- can do nothing with 
that legacy until we have the family history complete. 

Remarks by William Moody Chase of Dorchester, Mass. 

I have sent out a great number of cards to the members of the 
Chase family and they almost universally believe in this Chase legacy. 
Now the minister to London who has -recently died spent a great deal 
of time in looking it up, and he said positively that there was nothing 
of the kind, nothing tangible to get hold of. He was bothered almost 
every day in the year with some correspondence about it, and he stated 
conclusively that there was nothing in it. I have been familiar with 
this Chase legacy for more than fifty years. I think Dr. Chace's 
family sent me the first notice of it, and I wrote back to him that I 
did not think there was much probability of there being anything there. 

I have been collecting the facts in regard to my branch of the 
family and am about to publish it, not for any material gain. This is 
the first time that I have met so many Chases in my life. I am very 


glad to meet the representatives of the family. I must say that I have 
never seen a better gathering for character and ability than those that 
represent our society. 1 am happy to see so respectable a number 
and such good looks. 

Remarks by Miss Alice Louise Chase, Medina, N. Y. 

I am a descendant of William Chase. We have our genealogy 
published, but 1 am not very well versed in the early history. 

I want to say that my grandmother Chase, when eighty-two years 
of age, received a prize for writing one of the memorial poems for the 
Garfield family. All of our family are Republicans except one brother, 
and while it is not a disgrace, still we wish he was a Republican too, 
instead of a Democrat. 

I am very glad to be here and to do what I can for the Associ- 

Remarks by Miss Helen A. Whittier of Lowell, Mass. 

My cousin, Mr. I). B. Whittier, of Boston, now deceased, was 
very much interested in the "Chase estate," and devoted some time 
to the pursuit of information concerning it. His ardor, however, re- 
ceived a check when I was able to prove to him, by computing the 
shares that would lie inherited by the several branches of the Chase 
family, that his portion of the Chase millions would be only thirty- 
seven and a half cents ! Later, in reply to a letter which he addressed 
to Minister Phelps, he received a printed circular prepared by the 
latter, stating conclusively that there was no such estate or inheritance 
that could be claimed by the Chase Family. 

I can add a word in regard to my great grandfather, Francis 
Chase, which may be of interest. He was the son of SamueF and 
became one of the early settlers in Newton, N. H., then known as 
Amesbury Newtown. His wife was Sarah Pike, daughter of Hugh 
I'ike and Hannah Fmerson. He had fourteen children, one of whom 
was my grandmother, Betsy Chase, who married Richard Whittier of 

Francis Chase is said to have been the first man baptized in the 
Merrimack River, and for some time his house was used for the meet- 


ings of the Baptist society which he was instrumental in forming in 
Newton, and of which he was Deacon. 

A short time ago I had the pleasure of visiting the site of Francis 
Chase's homestead, now marked only by the cellar-hole and many old 
hand-made bricks, and I also discovered the family lot and handsome 
slate gravestones of Deacon Francis Chase and Sarah, his wife, also of 
some of their descendants, all of which are beautifully preserved and 
cared for by their lineal descendant, Stephen Chase, of Haverhill, who 
still owns the homestead lot. 

The line of my Chase ancestry is as follows: Aquila, 1 Moses,- 
Samuel, 3 Francis, 4 Betsy, 5 Moses 'Whittier, 6 Helen A. Whittier. 7 


Remarks by Albert H. Lamson, Elkins, N. H, 

In conversation with an old lady whom I met in Scranton, Penn., 
she said : "You do not talk like a Pennsylvanian." I answered, "No, 
I am from New England." She asked me if I knew the Chases there, 
and I said, "Yes, my great grandmother was a Chase." Then she 
asked if I had ever heard of the Chase legacy in England, and I told- 
her that I had. She then inquired how many there were in my family 
that I could think of, and I told her about fifty. She replied : "Then 
there will not be much left for my family." 

After all who desired had availed themselves of the opportunity to 
speak, the President made some announcements and the thanks of the 
Association were tendered the First Religious Society for the use of 
their Meeting House ; Miss Elizabeth Carr Adams, Mrs. Katherine 
Knight Chase and Miss Alice Louise Chase for the enjoyable and 
appreciated music rendered, and to all others who had contributed 
to the enjoyment and success of the occasion. The audience then 
joined in singing America, and the first reunion of the Association 
closed with the benediction by Rev. Mr. Emery. 

In the afternoon a party of nearly forty, personally conducted by 
the President, took the electrics for West Newbury and visited the site 
of Ensign Moses Chase's first settlement and his grave and those of 
other early Chases in the old Ferry Lane cemetery. 


" Waking, I dream. Before my vacant eyes 
In long procession shadowy forms arise; 
Far through the vista of the silent years 
I see a venturous band ; the pioneers, 
Who let the sunlight through the forest's gloom, 
Who bade the harvest wave, the garden bloom. 

"The seasons pass ; the roses come and go ; 
Snows fall and melt; the waters freeze and flow ; 
The boys are men ; the girls, grown tall and fair, 
Have found their mates ; a gravestone here and there 
Tells where their fathers lie ; 

"Art thou not with me, as I fondly trace 
The scanty records of thine honored race, 
Call up the forms that earlier years have known, 
And spell the legend of each slanted stone? 

"Could I but feel thy gracious presence near 
Amid the groves that once to thee were dear ! 
Could but my trembling lips with mortal speech 
Thy listening ear for one brief moment reach ! 
How vain the dream ! The pallid voyager's track 
No sign betrays ; he sends no message back." 

— O. IV. Holmes. 


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The pioneers of 1849 were really few in number, and now, after 
fifty-one years, they are the "lone white peaks of our history" in this 
land of adventure, for one by one these brave men's names are enrolled 
among the silent majority, and we who are left can only tell of their 
courage and patience through repeated strokes of ill fortune and hard- 
ship. This time, last year, one was living who would have been fore- 
most in welcoming all who meet here today, and it is with a sense of 
great loss that we remember the friendship of our kinsman, Henry 
Martyn Chase, who passed from this life November 18, 1899. He 
was born in Philadelphia, March 25, 1831, and was the youngest son of 
William Frederic Chase and Anna Wiley, of Puritan stock on the 
father's side and Scotch Irish on the mother's. His father died in 
September of that year, and his mother married six years after, Joshua 
Coffin, of Newbury, who was at that time in the city of Philadelphia. 

He was descended from Aquila Chase, an early settler of New- 
buryport, and was a direct descendant of the famous Hannah Dustin 
of the Indian war of 1687, of whom you all know, and he was proud of 
the fact. 

In 1844 Mr. Coffin brought his family to the old homestead in 
Newbury, and the boy came soon after and attended school there for 
a year, when he entered a store in Newburyport and was also in Ames- 
bury for a time. In '48 he went to New Orleans by sea, and after that 
he went on a fishing cruise, as his love of the water and of travel was 
inborn. When scarcely sixteen he became so much interested in 
Fremont's account of the far west that he determined some day to find 
that favored land, and the opportunity came soon after the discovery of 


On the eleventh of January, '49, he took passage in the Brig 
Forest, Captain Nicholas Varina, of Xewburyport, and sailed from 
Boston to San Francisco, a boy not eighteen, full of enthusiasm and 
hope for the future. When off Cape Horn, in a terrific gale, the 
Captain and all of the crew but two sick sailors were washed overboard. 
Young Chase happened to be on deck, and the same traits which 
followed him all through his life were then manifest, for he at once 
aroused the sleeping passengers, and by throwing over ropes, life buoys 
and planks, the ship being hove to, they succeeded in bringing these 
men aboard, but one poor fellow was dead. 

After landing in San Francisco, with but a few cents, he went im- 
mediately to work, but in a few weeks was taken very ill, and was be- 
friended by a native of Newburyport, Captain Kilburn, who took him 
on his ship to Portland, Oregon, and thence to Astoria, from there to 
Oregon City, where he was a clerk in the Captain's store, but the 
disastrous floods of that year washed away the stores and he was left 
stranded, and he went to Portland, then a little village, hired a batteau 
and engaged in transporting freight and passengers from Portland to 
Oregon City, a distance of thirteen miles. The rates of freight were 
then $25.00 per ton, and passenger fares $5.00 ; as he afterwards said, 
" unvexed by legislative enactment and anti-monopoly measures." He 
continued in this business until the summer of 1850, when sickness 
compelled him to engage in mercantile business in Oregon City and 
also in Champoeg, in the latter place as factor for the famous Hudson 
Bay Company. 'Phis was not profitable, and he associated himself with 
Dr. William McKay and went east of the mountains on a trading expe- 
dition, going as far as the Nez Perce country. 

In 1853 he returned to the Dalles and was an agent for McKinley 
and Allen, a large trading firm. In '54 he was in business with William 
Craig in trading, and went with' him to the Grande Ronde Valley to 
meet the coming emigration, and then took the stock bought there to 
the Papwai country, where Mr. Craig lived. During the year 185 I he 
married Margaret Raboine, who died in 1873. Two children survive 
him — Henry Dustan and Anna*. 

As he was favorably impressed with the climate and resources of 
this region in Walla Walla County, now known as Eastern Washington, 
he located on the Touchet River, where Dayton now stands, and en- 
gaged in stock raising, putting up large buildings with a force of men. 
In 1855 the Indian war broke out and this region was abandoned, but 
he staid until all had gone, not willing to leave his property ; but being 


warned by a friendly Indian that the hostile tribes were ready to attack 
him, he was forced to go, and on the next day they came, destroying 
everything and driving away his stock. 

In 1855-6 he raised a company of volunteers from the Colville 
miners and friendly Nez Perces. In '56 he was commissioned as 
Captain of Company M, Second Regiment of Volunteers, and did good 
service until the war was over. In August of that year his company 
was mustered out, and he then crossed the Bitter Root Mountains and 
located at Fort Owen, now in Montana. Here, in Major John Owen's 
service, he rebuilt the fort, a large adobe structure. He then concluded 
to go back to Eastern Washington to look up his claims. As he had a 
number of horses, the fruit of his labor in that region, he went with a 
party going to Salt Lake City, to trade his horses for cattle and take 
heavy teams there for Walla Walla. The trip was hazardous and 
lasted forty days. While there he was commissioned by Superin- 
tendent Davies of Utah to find two children who had been captured 
by the Indians, and this he accomplished in the face of many perils. 
After this, in company with three men whom he employed and a 
German family of four people, he left again for Walla Walla, making 
another dangerous trip of twenty-one days. 

He found Walla Walla, when he returned again, a thriving village, 
but his land had been taken, and a law suit was unavoidable. While 
this was pending he located on the Yukannon and engaged in stock 
raising. His claim was unjustly decided against him, so he removed 
to Walla Walla. 

In 1862 he was elected to the Washington Territory Legislature 
and served over a year. He was in the Quartermaster's employ at 
Fort Walla Walla until 'b5, then went to the town with his family. In 
'68 he was elected Probate Judge, in '69 County Auditor ; was re- 
elected in '71, serving four years.. In that time he served as City 
Clerk and City Treasurer, and was also on the Common Council. In 
'69, with others, he organized the Walla Walla and Columbia River 
Railroad. In '75 the road was built, the first in the territory, thirty 
miles long. He was connected with the road, from its organization, 
for many years in various capacities, but for a greater part as a Trustee 
and as Secretary and Treasurer. He was also connected with the 
Oregon Railway and Navigation Company. In '7o he was appointed 
by the Governor as a Commissioner from the Territory to the Cen- 
tennial Exposition in Philadelphia, and spent the summer in the East. 
In '78 he was appointed as Deputy County Treasurer. In '79 and 


until '85 he was in active service for the W. W. & C. R. R. and the 
O. R. & N. Co. In the fall of '85 he again visited the East, and was 
occupied a part of the time in the interests of the Railroad Company 
and the western country, the land of his adoption. In '88 he sold his 
home in Walla Walla and came to Massachusetts to live, settling in 
Barnstable in '91. In '89 he was appointed by the Governor of the 
new state of Washington as one of the Commissioners to attend the 
one hundredth anniversary of George Washington's inaugural in New 
York, and was present at all the ceremonies. Whatever he engaged to 
do, at home or abroad, was always well done. 

He was a member of the Episcopal Church, and gave freely to its 
support in the West, and was one of its vestrymen for many years at 
St. Paul's in Walla Walla and was also senior warden at St. Mary's in 
Barnstable. He was always ready to listen and respond to calls for 
charity, and was one of the first to answer public demands. He was a 
real lover of art in all her phases, was devoted to literature, and very 
fond of reading aloud from his favorite books, which he did to per- 
fection. Within the past four years he collected a large amount of 
genealogical matter, but was not able to finish the work. 

His manner was that of the old school and his hospitality genuine. 
His faults (for who has them not) were more the outcome of circum- 
stances than inborn, and to those who knew him truly, were dear. He 
bore with great fortitude and patience his manifold cares and per- 
plexities and clung to life until the last, feeling that he had left much 
undone. Upon the marble which marks his resting place in the 
beautiful Oak Hill cemetery, in Newburyport, are these words, and 
none could be more fitting : 

"To live in hearts we leave behind, 
Is not to die." 






Benjamin Chase, the subject of this sketch, was born in that part 
of Chester, N. H., now known as Auburn, July 7, 1799, and entered 
into rest after a long, active and well spent life, May 5, 1889. He was 
the son of Benjamin Pike and Anna Blasdel Chase, his family line 
being Benjamin Pike, 6 Wells, 5 Moses, 4 Moses, 3 Moses, 2 Aquila. 1 

The first twenty-six years of his life were spent on his father's farm. 
His education, as stated by himself, was limited to about eight weeks 
each winter, after the age of twelve, at the common school, kept "in a 
house fifteen by sixteen feet, rough boarded and ceiled, with three 
windows of nine panes each, a smoky chimney, and warmed by burn- 
ing green wood, which lay out in the snow until needed. The writing 
desks were planks or boards, one edge fastened to the wall of the 
house and the other supported by legs inserted in auger holes, and 
stools with legs for seats." Three terms previously, in the summers, at 
private schools taught by a woman, made up the sum of his school 
days. Before going to any school he had of his own volition, and 
practically unaided, mastered the common school arithmetic as far as 
the " Rule of Three," in the absence of a slate using a board and chalk. 
We quote further from his reminiscences : 

"The school district to which I belonged had in 1806, $25.00; 
in 1810, $31.67; in 1815, $34.27, which was laid out in the winter, 
paying a male teacher ten or eleven dollars per month and board. 
Grammar was taught but little, geography not at all, except by using 
Morse's Abridgement as a reading book in the highest class. In early 
times the pupils had no arithmetics and the teacher set the sums on 
the slate and the pupils wrought them and carried them up for exami- 
nation. In 1816 I borrowed from Stephen Chase, Esq., an English 
work on Geometry, Trigonometry and Surveying and went through 
that in the school-house, but without a teacher, just for the pleasure 
of it, and without the least idea of any practical advantage. I also 
studied navigation. In the summer of 1816 my brother John and 
my father had a controversy on some point of astronomy, and to settle 


it, father went to Chester to the town library and got Ferguson's 
Astronomy, which contained rules for calculating new and full moons 
and eclipses. I thought that it would be a pleasant thing to know how 
to do it. From the tables certain elements are obtained and then a 
geometrical projection is made. As the book must be returned, I had 
to copy the tables, and now have them. I calculated the eclipses for 
several years and have several of the projections now. I had no other 
instruments than a two foot Gunter scale and a pair of brass dividers. 
If I wished to draw a circle I had to tie a pen to one leg of the 
dividers. These studies, pursued merely for the pleasure of them, 
have proved of great practical utility to me. In 1818, Stephen Chase 
who had done all of the land surveying for many years failed in health 
and I took it up and did much for several years, which prepared me 
to write and make the map for the History of Chester. These studies 
also prepared me to understand the science of the millwrights trade." 

Procuring the necessary tools, he finished the house which became 
his residence on his marriage and was his home to the end of his long 
life. He was married March 2, 1826, to Hannah, daughter of Moses 
Kimball and Fucretia Currier Hall, to whom were born two daughters 
and a son. She died suddenly February 25, 1876, while invitations 
were out for a golden wedding. 

Being a descendant on his mother's side of two generations of 
clock makers, he was a mechanic by inheritance. In 1825 he found 
temporary employment as a millwright, which led him into that line of 
business for the remainder of his most active life, making many im- 
provements on the sawmills and gristmills that were in use preceding 
his time. Though mathematical and philosophical in his tastes, his 
character was well rounded out by the development of moral and 
literary qualities. In his early manhood he heard a discourse on the 
subject of total abstinence from intoxicating liquors, and at once not 
only adopted that principle in his practice, but confined himself mainly 
to water as a beverage the remainder of his life. 

When the docrine of immediate emancipation of the slaves was 
proclaimed by William Floyd Garrison it was embraced by Mr. Chase, 
as well as that of non-resistance and woman's rights, and he often con- 
tributed articles on those subjects to the "liberator" and the "Herald 
oi Freedom." 

In 1864 he commenced the work of compiling the History of 
Chester, N. IF, 1719-1869, with map of the original proprietor's lots, 
devoting to that work the time not occupied in his regular vocation. 


This was published as a volume of seven hundred pages in 1869 and is 
adjudged one of the best of the many town histories. 

When the story of the Chase fortune in England was proclaimed, 
about 1846, Mr. Chase, though giving no credence to the report, be- 
came interested to look up the genealogy of his ancestry and the 
different branches of the immigrant Aquila. This he made complete 
for his own line and collected much more for connecting lines, making 
very thorough search of real estate and probate records, and making 
maps of old Newbury, Cornish, N. H., and other places, and thus 
locating the residences of many of the earlier generations. Copies of 
these memoranda were furnished to Dr. John B. Chace of Taunton, 
Mass., now deceased, who was engaged in the same work for publi- 
cation, giving his attention not only to the genealogy of Aquila and his 
brother Thomas, but also to William, who was contemporary with but 
not certainly related to them. The tangible work of these men is now 
deposited with the New England Historic Genealogical Society in 
Boston, awaiting a master hand who shall complete for publication. 

Mr. Chase was a man of sturdy frame and great earnestness of 
purpose. One of the rules of his life was the scriptural injunction, 
"Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might." Another 
was, "I first endeavor to ascertain my duty and then do it." He knew 
no idle hours. Pushing his business in working hours, he devoted 
all others but those for sleep to intellectual and social enjoyment. 
Though doing a great amount of laborious work in his occupation as 
millwright, he so kept an even balance of physical and mental effort 
that his strength was well preserved and his mind clear until near the 
end, at two months less than ninety years. 


John B. Chace, M. U., of Taunton, was born in Swansea, June 14, 
1816. His father was John Chace, who died while still a young man, 
leaving his only son to the care of his mother, Deborah nee Macomber, 
who afterward married William Wilbur of Little Compton. During his 
early years he attended the district school of his native town. When 
about eleven years of age he was sent to the Friends' School in Provi- 
dence, R. I. There he spent the next five years, including most of the 
vacation seasons. Full of fun he was (to judge from reports of his 
school life still in existence), diligent and faithful in his school work. 
He was very fond of the higher mathematics, and in later life thoroughly 
enjoyed wrestling with hard problems until he conquered. In Taunton 
there lived a man by the name of Williams whose one aim in life was 
to solve mathematical problems which others had given up in despair. 
Dr. Chace and "Mathematical Williams" (the only name by which 
he was called), enjoyed interchanging such difficult problems as were 
brought to them by others. 

At the age of seventeen he began the study of medicine with 
Dr. Wilbur of Fall River. He took his degree in 1838 at the Jefferson 
Medical College, Philadelphia. In the fall of the same year he began 
the practice of medicine in Somerset. There he married Rebecca, 
daughter of Eber and Sybil Chace who belonged to the Society of 
Friends. Three sons and a daughter died in infancy. Two sons and 
three daughters grew to manhood and womanhood, sons and daughters 
for whose lives he thanked God upon his dying bed. 

In 1848, in company with others, he went to California as a 
physician. The voyage was made on the "old Bark Ann," by way of 
Cape Horn. He was away about two years. His stay in California 
was not without its hardships. In later years, when one of his children 
was fretting because the city water was not colder, he said to her : 
"You ought to be thankful for pure water. I remember a time in 
California when, in one of our journeys, we suffered so much from 



thirst that we were thankful to kneel down by a pool of stagnant water 
and brush away the green scum that we might get water to moisten our 
parched lips." 

From California he embarked as surgeon on an East Indian ship, 
and then lived a short time in Manila. While there an English phy- 
sician, Dr. Reed, presented him with an elegant and valuable lace 
handkerchief containing one hundred dollars in gold as an expression 
of appreciation for professional service rendered to his wife. 

On his return from the East Indies, in 1850, he lived in Somerset 
five years, and then in Westport two years, returning to Taunton in 
1857, where he remained until his death with the exception of a short 
time spent in the state of New York. 

"As a physician he was faithful and successful, but it was in surgery 
that he had especial pride. Here his clear judgment, perfect ana- 
tomical knowledge, and steady hand, combined to give him a high 
rank." Many a poor fellow owed the preservation of an arm or a leg 
to Dr. Chace. When others had said "It must come off," he would 
say, "Let us try first to save it," and save it he did if possible. He 
often remarked, "It is much easier for a surgeon to take off a badly 
injured limb than it is to save it ; but it is far better for the man to 
have his limb, even if he can make but little use of it." He despised 
shams and make-believe sickness, but he had long patience with real 
sickness. One day he said to a well woman who was always complain- 
ing, "Madam, what you need is to go home and go to work." Some 
months later she came to him and said : " Doctor, I was mad when 
you told me to 'go home and go to work,' but I did it and it cured 
me. You told the truth." At another time he was asked what en- 
abled him to cure so many people of chronic ailments. His reply was 
short and to the point — "Patience." 

He was a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society from 
1848 until his death, and of the North District Medical Society, and 
one of its board of censors. 

During our Civil War he was assistant examining surgeon for re- 
cruits and substitutes for eastern Massachusetts ; and for ten years 
previous to his death he served as United States Examiner of Pensioners, 
his last illness compelling him to resign a few months before his death. 

He was a member of the Christian denomination to which he was 
strongly attached ; and while there was a church of that name in 
Taunton, his house was always "ministers' hotel." One of the minis- 
ters who was told on coming to Taunton that it was "necessary for him 


to go to the hotel as neither of the deacons could entertain him," re- 
plied, "You needn't think I shall go to a hotel while Brother Chace is 
in town," and he didn't. While in Westport he held pastoral charge 
of the small church at Brownell's Corners for some months, and in 
Somerset and other places he assisted smaller churches by occasionally 
preaching for them. 

In his family relations he was a true and faithful husband and 
father. He trained his children with especial care. Young physicians, 
troubled fathers and neighbors in their perplexities often sought his 
aid, glad to avail themselves of the wise counsel of a true friend. 

His genealogical researches, which continued while strength lasted, 
covered a period of more than thirty years. He thoroughly enjoyed 
the work, to which he devoted a large expenditure of time, money and 
faithful and persistent effort. He was greatly disappointed because he 
was unable to complete and publish the work. 

His last illness was one of intense and prolonged suffering, borne 
with patience and faith until the end, which came May 31, 1881. 
The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. J. Colver Wightman 
of the Baptist Church, assisted by Rev. Martyn Summerbell and 
another minister of his own denomination. 

By Helena P. Chace. 




Lark in E. Bennett 

Charles H. Brown 

John T. Brown 

Mrs. Olive S. Bunce 

Alice Durgin Chase 

Alice Louise Chase 

Mr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Chase 

Anna Louise Chase 

Benjamin Chase . 

Benjamin Hall Chase 

Carolyn Louise Chase 

Charlotte Fabens Chase 

Clinton S. Chase . 

Daniel E. Chase . 

Edward C. Chase 

Elizabeth Moon Chace 

Mrs. Fred W. Chase . 

George Frederic Chace 

Dr. and Mrs. George Thorndike C 

Mrs. Hannah Smith Chase 

Harriett Louise Chase . 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gray Chase 

Mrs. Harvey B. Chase . 

Herbert Appleton Chase 

Herbert Lincoln Chase 

Horace Chase 

Ida M. Chase 

James Albert Chase 

Jenny J. Chase 

J. Herbert Chase 

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Chase 

John M. Chase 

John Tilton Chase 

Joseph Titcomb Chase 

Joseph Titcomb Chase, Jr., 3d 

Joseph Warren Chase . 

Josiah G. Chase . 


Lowell, Mass. 

Newbury port, Mass. 

Newburyport, Mass. 

Groveland, Mass. 

Derry, N. H. 

Medina, N. Y. 

Boston, Mass. 

Keene, N. H. 

Derry, N. H. 

Manchester, N. H. 

Derry, N. H. 

Salem, Mass. 

Detroit, Mich. 

Somerville, Mass. 

Chester, N. H. 

Valley Falls, R. I. 

Newburyport, Mass. 

Taunton, Mass.- 

. New York, N. Y. 

Salisbury, Mass. 

Derry, N. H. 

West Newbury, Mass. 

Lowell, Mass. 

Haverhill, Mass. 

Chester, N. H. 

West Newbury, Mass. 

Newburyport, Mass. 

West Newbury, Mass. 

Nashua, N. H. 

Meriden, Conn. 

Derry, N. H. 

Newburyport, Mass. 

West Newbury, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

Chester, N. H. 

Cambridge port, Mass. 



Mrs. Katherine Knight Chase 

Moses H. Chase . 

Omar P. Chase 

Mrs. Otis Cray Chase . 

Sara Chase 

Sarah Alice Chase 

Mrs. Sarah L. Chase 

Mrs. Thurston S. Chase 

William E. Chase 

William Moody Chase . 

Mrs. Emily A. Clark . 

William J. Creasey 

Mrs. Lucy A. Danforth 

Mrs. Mary F. Dow 

Rev. William A. Eardeley 

Mrs. Ira A. Eastman 

Rev. Rufus Emery 

Mrs. Susie J. Fitz 

Elizabeth M. Cray 

Mrs. Sarah L. Gray 

Mrs. E. Ellen Hayvvard 

Mrs. Minnie Dow Janvrin 

Mrs. Franklin E. Johnson 

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Henry Lamson 

Mrs. Anna Cora Lewis . 

Mrs. Anna Maria Morse 

Mrs. Lucy Hale Ordway 

Mrs. Mary A. Ryan 

Ethyl Ryan . 

Melinda P. Rogers 

Avery Chase Smith 

George Brainard Smith 

Mrs. Mary L. C. Smith 

Mrs. Edward B. Storer 

Dr. and Mrs. Andrew J. Stevens 

Mrs. Lucinda Levina Temple 

Edward Kimball Thurlow 

Thomas Chase Thurlow 

Mary Anna Toppan 

Helen A. Whittier 

Haverhill, Mass. 
Newburyport, Mass. 
Andover, Mass. 
West Newbury, Mass. 
. Parkville, N. Y. 
South Byfield, Mass. 
Newburyport, Mass. 
Newburyport, Mass. 
Newbury, Mass. 
. Dorchester, Mass. 
Derry, N. H. 
Newburyport, Mass. 
Haverhill, Mass. 
Hampton Falls, N. H. 
. Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Andover, Mass. 
West Newbury, Mass. 
Salem, Mass. 
Nashua, N. H. 
Nashua, N. H. 
South Framingham, Mass. 
Hampton Falls, N. H. 
Lowell, Mass. 
Elkins, N. H. 
Newburyport, Mass. 
Keene, N. H. 
Newburyport, Mass. 
Newburyport, Mass. 
Newburyport, Mass. 
Byfield, Mass. 
Newburyport, Mass. 
Hartford, Conn. 
Hartford, Conn. 
Newburyport, Mass. 
Maiden, Mass. 
Manchester, N. H. 
West Newbury, Mass. 
\Yest Newbury, Mass. 
Newburyport, Mass. 
Lowell, Mass. 

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and Third 


The Chase=Chace Family 
... Association ... 



Providence, R.I., Thursday, Sept. 5, 1901 

... AND ... 

Salem, Mass., Thursday, Sept. 4, 1902 


Annual Reunion 


The Chase-Chace Family 




Providence, R. I. 




Article I. Name. This organization shall be called The Chase- 
Chace Family Association. 

Article II. Object. The object of the Association is to stimu- 
late interest in the family history and aid in its compilation and publi- 
cation, and to promote social intercourse among its members. 

Article III. Officers. The officers of the Association shall be a 
President, three or more Vice Presidents, Secretary-Treasurer, one or 
more Historians and an Executive Committee of three or more, of 
which the President and Secretary shall be members, ex-officio. The 
officers shall be elected at the regular meetings of the Association and 
shall severally perform the duties incident to the positions which they 

Article IV. Membership and Fee. Any person interested in 
the objects of the Association may become a member by the payment 
of the sum of two dollars to the Treasurer, who will issue a member- 
ship receipt for the same. 

Article V. Meetings. Meetings shall be held annually, if practi- 
cable, at such time and place as the Executive Committee may select. 

Article VI. Amendments. These By-Laws maybe amended by 
a majority vote at any meeting of the Association. 

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The Chase -Chace Family Association, 


The second annual reunion of The Chase-Chace Family Associa- 
tion was held in the vestry of the Mathewson Street Methodist Episco- 
pal Church, Providence, R. I., Thursday, September 5, 1901. 

The President called the meeting to order at 10.30 o'clock, up- 
wards of an hour having been devoted to a general reception and 
social intercourse. The exercises were commenced by the singing of 
the following opening hymn, to the tune of "Rockingham" : 


[George A. Makden.] 

" How fast the centuries come and go, 
Each with its freight of joy and woe ; 
Whate'er the future holds in store, 
Fixed past recall what 's gone before. 

"Our fathers built in sacrifice 
What we have found beyond all price ; 
When we recall the hopes and fears, 
Which have enshrined these many years. 

"Blest be the memories of the past, 
They shall endure while time shall last; 
Sunshine and shadow, grief and joy, 
All shall our grateful hearts employ. 

" Greeting and parting, we today 
Meet but a moment on life's highway ; 
Count we our joys, forget our woes, 
Each cheering each as he onward goes." 


Prayer was offered by the Rev. Amos F. Chase of Providence, 
R. I., as follows : 


Our Heavenly Father, we come to thank Thee this morning for 
this privilege of a family gathering. We thank Thee for the tokens 
of Thy love manifest all about us. We thank Thee for the blessing 
which Thou hast conferred upon us in giving to men and women this 
relationship, this brotherhood upon earth. We realize that every good 
and perfect gift cometh from Thee. So we gather in this beautiful and 
comfortable place to celebrate the reunion of those ties of kindred 
that bind us to one another. We realize that all we are and all we 
possess and all our hopes in the future have come from Thee. For 
these we return our thanks to Thee this morning. We thank Thee 
most of all that Thou hast given us Thine only begotten and well- 
beloved Son, to take away our sins, and not only for this, but because 
Thou hast made us to know that through Him we are made sons and 
daughters of the living God ; that through Him we are enjoying alj 
the privileges of His love. We thank Thee for the brotherhood in 
Christ. We thank Thee that we are conscious of the close relation- 
ship of those who are united in Christ, under whatever circumstances 
they are placed. Let Thy love rest upon all who are gathered here. 
We ask that each and all our needs may be supplied, through the 
riches of Thy mercy in Jesus Christ, for Thy glory and the salvation of 
all men. We bless Thee that Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us as 
Thou dost not unto the world. We thank Thee that we have had the 
blessings of a religious nurture. We thank Thee because we are made 
to see what the heavenly life will be in the future, in its fellowships. 
Hear and answer our prayers out of the abundance of Thy mercy in 
Christ our Saviour. We ask it for Jesus' sake. Amen. 

The President: It is hardly necessary to introduce to a Provi- 
dence audience the gentleman who is now to speak a few words of 
welcome to us. It is proper for me to say that he has kindly con- 
sented to come here and make a brief address — not as a member of 
this family, but as one who takes a general interest in the Association. 
I take pleasure in presenting to you the Rev. Henry W. Rugg, D. D. 



By REV. HENRY W. RUGG, D.D., of Providence, R. I. 

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen : 

I am pleased and honored to be counted among the goodly com- 
pany gathered here this morning. It is by the favor of my esteemed 
friend, the President of this Association, that I enjoy such a privilege. 
My appearance here is not in any official capacity, and the words of 
hearty greeting and welcome which I would speak at this time are but 
the expression of an individual ; and yet I do not think that I should 
exceed the limits of such a representative position as for the moment 
I occupy, in assuring the members of this Association that they are 
most heartily welcome to Providence. 

We are glad and grateful that you arranged to hold the second 
meeting of your Association in this city — a city of prominence and 
progress ; a city of many notable attainments, some of which attest the 
energy, the varied abilities and the faithful services of the Chase-Chace 

Providence, I believe, will have the "latch-string out" for you at 
the time of this meeting. It has the wish, I am sure, to make your 
visit agreeable and pleasant in all respects. The ancient legend, 
"What Cheer," still appears on our sign-boards, and its significance, I 
like to think, abides in the hearts of Providence people. And thus 
from them to you, if 1 may so phrase it, goes forth the gracious salu- 
tation, "What Cheer." 

If I might enlarge the scope of my representative position a little, 
I would add, welcome to our State — welcome to 

" Rhode Island, fair and free, 
Home of soul-liberty." 

Mr. President and friends, although I may not be included among 
the members of your Association, I have been thinking, since coming 
here, that there is a bond of kinship between us. My mother was a 
"Smith," and surely the Smith family holds a semi-detached relation 
to all the families of earth. 


The Chase-Chace family is to be congratulated that it is numer- 
ous — not quite so large as the Smith kin, but yet of large numerical 
showing and constantly increasing. In looking within the Providence 
directory this morning I found several pages given to members of 
your family, resident in this city. I noted the names of persons 
identified with important material interests, names well known in busi- 
ness and professional life, names of those who have served and are 
serving the community worthily in varied positions of influence and 
responsibility. It is not for me, however, to outline the varied lines 
of effort put forth by the individuals making up the Chase-Chace 
family. In this presence, on this occasion, we meet on the plane of a 
free, inspiring fellowship, and are reminded of the broader relationship 
and of that "one touch of nature which makes the whok world kin" 
— that brotherhood of the race which includes "all sorts and condi 
tions of men." In that family of our common humanity we all have 
place and appointed service. There we stand, or ought to stand, in 
full realization of the truth that " No man liveth to himself and none 
dieth to himself." 

Mr. President, I can see many benefits arising from such Associa- 
tions as the one here represented. They do a good work in preserving 
local and personal items of interest, thus helping the historians to de- 
sired material. They touch the springs of kinship and affection, and 
so exercise a blessed ministry to augment the zest of life. Out of 
such comradeship and good feeling comes the larger recognition of 
humanity, already intimated, and more of that faith, love and true 
service which makes life best worth having, and worth living, through 
and through, as God gives it to us. Thus may we adapt the lines : 
" I live for those who love me, 
For those who know me true ; 

For the heaven that smiles above me, 
And awaits my coming, too. 

For the cause that needs assistance, 

For the wrong that needs resistance, 

For the future in the distance, 
And all the good that I can do." 

The President: I am glad that fraternal association with m\ 
brother Rugg has enabled us to have the pleasure of his presence to- 
day, and without the formality of any vote authorizing it. I will extend 
to him the thanks of the Association for his most interesting address. 


A saxophone solo, entitled "Twilight Reverie," was then given by 
Mr. James M. Kimball, of Woburn, Mass., after which the President 
delivered his annual address. 


JOHN C. CHASE, Derry, N. H. 

Members of the Association and Friends : 

It is again my privilege and pleasure to welcome you in annual 
reunion. A little more than a year ago the ancient city of Newbury- 
port, the home of one of the prominent progenitors of our name, was 
the scene of our first gathering. Today we assemble in the historic 
city founded by that enforced emigrant from Massachusetts, Roger 
Williams, who well deserves the honor of being styled the "Apostle of 
Religious Toleration." 

William Chace, the first of our name to set foot on the New 
England coast, finally settled in southeastern Massachusetts, and a 
large proportion of those bearing our name in this vicinity are of his 
line. While it would have been particularly appropriate to have had 
the meeting at Yarmouth, it was not deemed advisable, but it is hoped 
that at some future time we may honor the former abiding place of our 
ancestor with a visit. 

Comparatively little is known of the early history of William 
Chace. His name is found in the list of those who came in Governor 
Winthrop's fleet in 1630. Of his former history nothing is reliably 
known so far as I am aware, and there is nothing to indicate that he 
was in any way related to the brothers Aquila and Thomas Chase, 
who appeared in Hampton, N. H., in 1639. 

On the records of the First Church of Roxbury, Mass., we find 
in the handwriting of the pastor, Rev. John Eliot, "Apostle to the 
Indians," the following: 

"William Chase, he came w th the first company, 1630 he 
brought one child his son willia., a child of ill qualitys, & a 
sore affliction to his parents : he was much afflicted by the 
long & tedious affliction of his wife ; after his wives recovery 
she bare him a daughter, w ch they named mary borne aboute 
the midle of the 3 d month. 1637. he did after y' remove 


(intending) to Situate, but after went w th a company who 
maide a new plantation at yarmouth." 

It is recorded that on October 19, 1630, he applied for admission 
as a freeman and took the oath on May 14, 1634. He held the office 
of constable in Yarmouth, having been appointed in 1639, and resided 
there until his death in May, 1659. 

The Roxbury Church records, previously referred to, also contain 
the following : 

"Mary Chase, the wife of William Chase, she had a para- 
litik humor vv ch fell into her back bone, so y' she could not 
stir her body, but as she was lifted, and filled her w th great 
torture, & caused her back bone to goe out of joynt, & bunch 
out from the begining to the end of w ch infirmity she lay 4 
years & a halfe, & a great pt of the time a sad spectakle of 
misery : But it pleased God to raise her againe, & she bore 
children after it." 

As throwing a sidelight on this record relating to the wife of our 
ancestor, I present, with due respect, the following bit of humor from 
our witty poet-doctor, Holmes, which has been reposing in my scrap- 
book for the past twenty years, awaiting an occasion like this : 

At the banquet of the Massachusetts Medical Association in Boston 
in June, 1881, the Rev. George E. Ellis, in responding to a toast, read 
the foregoing extract from the church records. He stated that he had 
submitted the case professionally to Dr. Holmes, and assuming that the 
proclivities of his audience would undoubtedly lead them to prefer the 
Doctor's account to the Apostle's, read the reply he had received, as 
follows : 

No. 296 Beacon Street, June 3, 1881. 

My Dear Dr. Ellis : 

A consultation without seeing the patient is like a murder 
trial without the corpus delicti being in evidence. You re- 
member the story of Mr. Jeremiah Mason and the witness 
who had had a vision in which the angel Gabriel informed 
him of some important facts : "Subpoena the angel Gabriel." 
So I should say, carry us to the bedside of Mary Chase ; but 
she has been under green bedclothes so long that I am afraid 
that she would be hard to wake up. We must guess as well 
as we can under the circumstances. The question is whether 
she had angular curvature, lateral curvature, or no curvature 


at all. If the first, angular curvature, you must consult such 
authorities as Bryant, Dewitt, and the rest. If you are not 
satisfied with these modern writers, all I have to say is, as I 
have said before when asked whom to consult in such cases, 
go to Pott, to Percival Pott, the famous surgeon of the last 
century, from whom this affection has received the name, 
by which it is still well known, of " Pott's disease," for if a 
doctor has the luck to find out a new malady it is tied to his 
name like a tin kettle to a dog's tail, and he goes clattering 
down the highway of fame to posterity with his aaolian attach- 
ment following at his heels. As for the lateral curvature, if 
that had existed, it seems as if the apostle Eliot would have 
said she bulged sideways, or something like that, instead of 
saying the backbone bunched out from beginning to end. 
Besides, I doubt if lateral curvature is apt to cause paralysis. 
Crooked backs are everywhere, as tailors and dressmakers 
know, and nobody expects to be palsied because one shoulder 
is higher than the other — as Alexander the Great's was, and 
Alexander Pope's also. 

I doubt whether Mary Chase had any real curvature at all. 
Her case looks to me like one of those mimoses, as Marshall 
Hall called certain forms of hysteria which imitate different 
diseases, among the rest paralysis. The body of a hysteric 
patient will take on the look of all sorts of more serious affec- 
tions. As for mental and moral manifestations, a hysteric 
girl will lie so that Sapphira would blush for her, and she 
could give lessons to a professional pickpocket in the art of 
stealing. Hysteria might well be described as possession — 
possession by seven devils, except that this number is quite 
insufficient to account for all the pranks played by the sub- 
jects of this extraordinary malady. 

I do not want to say anything against Mary Chase, but I 
suspect that, getting nervous and tired and hysteric, she got 
into bed, which she found rather agreeable after too much 
housework and perhaps too much going to meeting, liked it 
better and better, curled herself up into a bunch which made 
her look as if her back was really distorted, found she was 
cosseted, and posseted and prayed over and made much of, 
and so lay quiet until a false paralysis caught hold of her 
legs and held her there. If someone had "hollered" Fire ! 


it is not unlikely that she would have jumped out of bed, as 
many other such paralytics have done under such circum- 
stances. She could have moved, probably enough, if anyone 
could have made her believe that she had the power of 
doing it. Possumus quia posse videmur. She had played 
possum so long that at last it became 11011 possum. 

Yours, very truly, 

O. W. Holmes, M.D. 
I regret that I am not thoroughly versed in the detailed history of 
this branch of our family, but I am confident that this unhappy experi- 
ence of Mary Chace had no detrimental effect upon her posterity, and 
that descendants of both of her sons have achieved equal prominence 
in whatever sphere they may have selected for the exercise of their 
talent, industry and skill. 

Of the two sons of William and Mary, the oldest, William, born in 
England, lived in Yarmouth and died there February 27, 1685, leaving 
eight children. 

Benjamin, the youngest son, born in Yarmouth in 1639, after his 
mother's recovery from her indisposition, became a freeman at Ports- 
mouth, R. I., in May, 1674. He afterwards moved to Freetown, Mass., 
and died there. His will, dated September 6, 1730, and proved July 20, 
1731, indicates that he lived to the ripe age of ninety-two. 

It is not my purpose to occupy much of the time on this occasion. 
More fortunate than last year, we have with us today one of our name 
and kin who will address us, and the subject he has chosen is an 
earnest of an interesting and instructive discourse. 

There are various matters of business to be taken up at the proper 
time, which I trust will have the careful consideration of the Association. 
And now, in closing, let me counsel you to heed not the criticism 
of those who are disposed to belittle the object and jeer at the existence 
of organizations like ours, scornfully saying that, "Genealogy is fit only 
for fools." Let us rather make renewed efforts toward accomplishing 
the objects of the Association, fully believing that we can be engaged 
in no better work or higher duty than preserving for posterity a knowl- 
edge of their ancestors. 

The audience was then highly entertained with a soprano solo by 
Mrs. Katherine Knight Chase of Haverhill, Mass., who gave "Spring's 
Awakening" in her customary artistic manner. 

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The principal address of the day was by the Rev. Edward Abbott 
Chase of Wollaston, Mass., and received careful attention, the subject 
being, "Some New England Traditions." It is a source of great regret 
that through some misunderstanding no report of the address is avail- 
able for preservation in the proceedings of the Association in order 
that their record may be full and complete. 

The President extended the thanks of the Association for the 
address and took occasion to say that those upon whom the duty 
devolved of making up a program for the day had had no easy task. 
He also expressed the hope that the good fortune of the present meet- 
ing might be an augury for the future success of the officers of the 
Association in finding those able and willing to take a prominent part 
in entertainment and instruction. 

Miss Annie Allender Gould, of Chase lineage, was a missionary to 
China and barbarously murdered during the late disturbances in that 
country. A biographical memorial sketch that had been prepared was 
read by Miss Olive Bowers Eddy of Providence. 


Annie Allender Gould was born in Bethel, Maine, among her 
mother's kindred, but lived in Portland during her girlhood. Her 
education began in the public schools of Portland. In 1887 she 
entered Mt. Holyoke Seminary (which was changed to a college while 
she was there), and in 1892, after having been there five years, she 
graduated with the valedictory honor. 

On August 7, 1893, she left home for the city of Pao ting fu, 
North China, Province of Chihli, going as a missionary of the "Ameri- 
can Board." She was faithfully working for the good of the women 
and children under her charge, when in May, 1900, the "Boxer," 
or anti-foreign storm broke over that land. It was then too late to 
escape; or, in the language of her sister missionary (Miss Mary S. 
Morrill), "We cannot go if we would, and we would not if we could." 
All foreigners in that Province were massacred about a month later, 
and also all native Christians, excepting those who contrived to hide 
or escape. 

Miss Gould came of good New England stock. She inherited 


her desire and delight in missionary work from her mother (Amelia 
J. Twitchell), who, as a missionary to the Freedmen, had spent two 
years in South Carolina, during war and reconstruction times. It is, 
perhaps, more interesting today, to this assembly, to say that a very 
strong point of her character was inherited from her "Grandmother 
Gould" (born Althea Chase*), and is thus expressed by Annie herself 
in a quiet word to her aunt :' "When I see a thing to be done I do it." 
She would have been altogether another person had it not been for 
this faculty of ready discernment of the needs of others and her un- 
selfish desire to remedy the evil or right the wrong with prompt and 
vigorous action. As a little girl, though quiet and somewhat bashful 
in the presence of strangers, she had the rare good quality of carrying 
a fearless and level head in the moment of trial or danger. She started 
off alone for Mt. Holyoke, in perfect confidence of her ability to attend 
to all matters of business and steer clear of all dangers from man or 
fate. With much joyfulness she again said good-bye to all her friends 
of '93. 

Her work in China was first to battle with the language : there 
she was most successful. Within a fortnight after arrival, she had 
committed to memory several hymns and the Lord's prayer, and was 
able to take part in the religious services as well as to lead in the 
singing. Another pleasing incident was in keeping with her Chase- 
like character, to which we have just referred. After she had been 
in China about eight months, she was sent up to Tung Chow (near 
Pekin) to the annual meeting to see and hear what she could and to 
get acquainted. Finding no one there but herself to answer when the 
call came for Pao ting fu to report, she quickly jumped up and "did 
what she could." Her speech must have been much like baby-talk, 
but it was received by both foreigner and native with great delight 
and satisfaction. Before she had been a year in China, a small party 
who wished to travel to the great wall needed an interpreter. As no 
one else could be found, Miss Gould accepted the difficult task and 
got on well. The native Christians of the Mission took great interest 
in this somewhat phenomenal development, and one was heard to ask 
the Lord in prayer that the "new lady might quickly learn to twist 
her tongue," and so be able the sooner to help Miss Morrill. 

As fast as she acquired a knowledge of the language her sphere 
of usefulness enlarged and her duties increased. Her daily life at last 
was filled with many burdens and sorrows. Miss Morrill broke down 

* Althea Chase", Asa 6 , William 5 , Wells', Moses'*, Moses 2 , Aquila 1 . 


completely and was sent home — it was not known whether to re- 
cuperate or to die. Miss Gould was left two years as the only "single 
lady" of the Mission. Her letters, or rather the lack of them, showed 
plainly that the added duties were telling hard upon her, but there was 
no complaint. Her last year was spent in teaching the native Chris- 
tians to become teachers. During Miss Morrill's absence Miss Gould 
took the task of "touring," that is, of visiting the people in the country 
towns outside the city, but one cannot judge from the letters whether 
or not she liked this better than other work. She took hold of it, as 
in everything else, with a conscientious determination to do her best. 

The single-lady teachers had the physical as well as the moral and 
religious well-being of the pupils in their hands ; considerable medical 
treatment and nursing were left to them, as well as the clothing and 
cleansing of the pupils. Nearly all the children who came from 
heathen homes required an overhauling from which such a woman of 
less nerve would shrink. Miss Gould's letters reveal a satisfaction at 
her success in transforming these young heathen into at least a set of 
clean-looking and well-clothed children. 

As the Boxer movement gained headway, touring was necessarily 
abandoned ; despite this and the threats made, first to the native 
Christians and later to the foreigners, the ladies kept on with school, 
chapel, and city duties. The work was constantly increasing until the 
spring of 1900, when the Boxers, without rebuke from the Governor, 
began drilling in the city streets. After this many of the natives kept 
away, and others feared to be even at work for the foreigners, or to 
show a friendliness they had been accustomed to before ; but if the 
ladies or any of the missionaries were frightened their letters do not 
show it. Not until late in May, when the Boxers had killed several 
Chinese officials who tried to put them down, and had terrified the 
whole population, is there a note of alarm. Then came the terrible 
news — the letter which was our last — of the destruction of the rail- 
way, cutting of wires, and killing of the Belgian employees on the line 
between Pekin and Pao ting fu. 

What happened after this has been learned little by little and 
after long waiting and suspense. Every truth has been hidden in 
much exaggeration and wilful lying, so that even now it is not safe to 
go far into details. We know, however, that when Admiral Seymour's 
marines were repulsed in their efforts to reach Pekin, the Govern- 
ment was overturned and Prince Tuan, or if you please, the Empress 
Dowager, issued an edict to slay every foreigner in China. This was 


obeyed only in a few of the northern provinces, Chihli being one. It 
was not until June 30th that an actual massacre of inoffensive mission- 
aries was attempted in Pao ting fu. On that day, the Presbyterian 
Mission was burned, all perishing in the flames. This awful fate was 
immediately made known to the little handful remaining at the Ameri- 
can Board compound, and their last night was one of unspeakable 
dread and suspense. We have learned that our people spent the 
night in prayer, in writing good-bye letters, and in sending off the few 
servants and helpers who remained, excepting eight or ten who pre- 
ferred to die with them. Some of these letters were hidden, while 
others were sent off by trusted messengers, but all were found by the 
Hoxers, none having ever reached a friendly eye. No last messages 
have come to us, save those written the last of May before noted. On 
Sunday, July 1st, the mob of roughs broke down the slender barrier at 
the American Board compound, killed Mr. Pitkin, the only white man 
left, and carried our two ladies inside the city. While being led 
across the fields, Miss Gould fainted and became unconscious. Her 
feet were thereupon tied and a pole run between them and through 
her long hair, and thus slung after the manner in which pigs are there 
carried to market, while Miss Morrill walked along side ; she herself 
was borne inside a heathen temple. Here they were soon joined by 
the people of the China Inland Mission. All were knocked about 
during the day, and jeered at by the mob. Some sort of a trial 
was had, but no one has yet been found who can tell what happened 
in those awful hours. About sundown all were led outside the wall, a 
great crowd following, and there they were beheaded and their bodies 
thrown into a common pit. 

In October following, the city was occupied by foreign troops, the 
Governor and some others being shot, and the temple blown up. The 
bodies were more securely buried. In March a party of missionaries 
from Pekin, assisted by the foreign troops and all the new dignitaries 
of the city, held funeral services over the dead, whose bodies were 
then gathered and placed in a new spot, which will have a fitting 
monument and will be known as the martyrs' ground. 

We will close with a quotation from a leaflet published by the 
Woman's Board : "We believe that when she left us that bright August 
day seven years ago, if she could have had the seer's vision and known 
what the years had in store for her and their final ending, she would 
not have deviated from her chosen path, but with the same self- poise, the 
same heroic courage, she would have lived her life and met her death." 


Two solos by Mrs. Chase — an "Irish Love Song" and a "Japanese 
Love Song" — were greatly enjoyed and received hearty applause. 

The Treasurer presented his report, from which it appeared that 
the total receipts for the year had been $262.00 and the expenditures 
$232.25, leaving a balance of $29.75, which he stated would be more 
than absorbed by the expenses of this meeting. On motion the report 
was received and placed on file. 

The President : It is, perhaps, appropriate that I should make 
some general statements at this time. This Association was organized 
at Hartford, Conn., some two years ago and incorporated under the 
laws of that state. Its object is to incite interest in the preservation 
and publication of the family history and the promotion of social inter- 
course among its members. It takes quite a length of time to get an 
organization like this in working order, especially when we take into 
account the fact that those attending the first meetings are nearly all 
total strangers to each other, and it is particularly gratifying to note 
the growing interest manifested. 

It was thought best to hold this second reunion in Providence, on 
account of there being a large number of the descendants of William 
Chace in this vicinity, the first reunion having been held in the section 
where the descendants of Aquila and Thomas Chase are more in evi- 
dence. It has been suggested that we go to Salem, Mass., next year, 
as that city is supposed to have been the landing-place of William 
Chace, and, in addition, is a place rich in historic associations. 

These family associations require money to successfully carry them 
on, and there was a due amount of consideration given to the financial 
question : whether to have a small fee" for admission with yearly dues, 
or to have a life membership fee, naturally larger in amount, with no 
future dues, depending upon voluntary contributions to make up any 
deficit in the running expenses. There are objections to annual dues, 
as usually they are not readily collected unless the members are pres- 
ent at the meetings, and it was assumed that a large portion of them 
would not be regular attendants. The membership fee was fixed at 
two dollars, and the Treasurer will be pleased to furnish his official 
autograph to all who will leave with him that sum. 

Seven thousand copies of a circular announcing the organization 
of the Association were sent out last year to addresses obtained from 
city directories and the historians' records. There are several of these 


circulars on hand which I shall be pleased to give to those who desire 
to have them, and I trust they may be distributed among those who 
may not have seen them. 

The Secretary and President have given freely of their time and 
means to help make the Association a success, and they only ask that 
there may be sufficient enthusiasm aroused to make our organization 
the peer of any now in existence. 

The Secretary : The proceedings of last year's reunion have been 
issued in pamphlet form and contain some fifty pages of historical and 
biographical matter which is of interest and value, also portraits and a 
frontispiece giving views of some old Chase houses and tombstones in 
West Newbury, Mass. Copies are here and for sale by the Secretary 
at thirty-five cents each, the proceeds being for the benefit of the 
Association. I would advise you to secure a copy before the supply is 
exhausted, as I expect to see the time when they will command three 
limes as much as the present price, judging by the experience of other 

The President stated that the By-Laws provided for the election 
of officers at the annual meeting, and on motion a committee of three 
was appointed to report nominations. 

The Secretary then read letters received from the following named 
persons: Judge William M. Chase, Concord, N. H. ; Rev. John K. 
Chase, East Hampstead, N. H. ; Alden Chase, Bryant Pond, Me.; 
S. J. Pattinson, York Harbor, Me. ; Mrs. E. Ellen Hayward, South 
Framingham, Mass. ; Miss Emma E. Peirce, New Bedford, Mass. ; 
Mrs. Arabella Chase Perkins, Falmouth, Mass.; Rev. William A. 
Eardeley, Brooklyn, N. Y. ; Mrs. Caroline Chase Tiffany, New York 

A telegram was also read from William F. Robertson, of Wilming- 
ton, North Carolina, a personal friend of the President, who sent the 
gathering his hearty good wishes. Although a native of South Caro- 
lina, he is of Connecticut ancestry. 

The following volunteer poem from an anonymous contributor was 
also read : 



From old England sailed the Chases, 
Sailed to Massachusetts Bay ; 
William and his son, with Winthrop, 
In the Mayflower, so they say, 
Sixteen hundred something or other, 
O the years are such a bother ! 
William settled down in Yarmouth ; 
Harwich, Truro knew the tribe ; 
Some were lawyers, some were scholars, 
Every one of them a scribe. 
Handsome was the tribe of Chases, 
With no shame upon their faces, — 
William, Thomas and Aquila, 
Good names for a shop or villa, 
How they scattered everywhere ; 
Manly sons and maidens fair, 
Never yielding to despair 
Whatsoever called to bear. 
" Ne cede malis" on their shield 
Like a tribe that foes not yield. 
Though the Chase estate is waiting, 
Not a claim are they abating ; 
When it comes how we will splurge ! 
'Til then we will not sing a dirge. 
Here 's my hand in loving token 

That the Chase tie is not broken. 

— One of the Tribe* 
V. O. Box 173, Falmouth, Mass. 

[ames F. Chase, Esq., of Boston: I am not a member of this 
Association, but propose to become one before I leave the hall. I 
would like to ask if anyone has any knowledge as to the probable 
number of these books that maybe sold? 

The -President : I can only say, in a general way, that the usual 
editions of these genealogies are from five hundred to seven hundred 
copies. The usual price of the standard genealogy is from five to six 

* Since i'dentified as Mrs. Frances E. Chase Swift, born in 1817, and a de- 
scendant of William Chace. 


dollars, for a volume of seven to eight hundred pages, to those who 
subscribe before it is issued. After it is issued the price is generally 
raised some twenty per cent. 

Mr. James F. Chase : It would seem, then, from what you have 
stated, that the total expense would be a matter of some three or four 
thousand dollars, to publish such a number as we may need. I would 
like to say that I was very much interested in what the Secretary said, 
and I would like to see the movement take proper shape* I would 
consider it a privilege to become a stockholder in such a company. I 
think that, by the exercise of proper judgment and energy on the part 
of the right individual, the end may be reached by which we can all 
become possessed of one of these books. 

The Secretary : It is estimated that a genealogy of the Chase- 
Chace family will require about five octavo volumes of some seven 
hundred pages each. The descendants of Aquila would fill two vol- 
umes, those of William the same number, and those of Thomas, the 
brother of Aquila, and other lines another volume. They would all 
be separate, one from another, so that the descendants of Aquila, for 
example, would only need to take the "Aquila Chase" volumes. 

General Thomas W. Chace, from the committee on nominations, 
reported a list of officers as follows, and on motion they were unani- 
mously elected by a viva voce vote. : 

President — John C. Chase, Deny, N. H. 

Vice Presidents — Clinton S. Chase, Detroit, Mich., and Thomas 
W. Chace, Providence, R. I. ; William M. Chase, Concord, N. H.; 
Charles Estes, Warren, R. I. 

Secretary and Treasurer — Omar P. Chase, Andover, Mass. 

Executive Committee — Frank A. Chace, Boston, Mass; Andrew 
J. Chase, Boston, Mass. ; Frederic A. Chase, Providence, R. I. ; Harry 
G. Chase, Tufts College, Mass., and the President and Secretary- 
Treasurer, cx-officio. 

Historian — Mrs. Mary L. C. Smith, Hartford, Conn. 

The President : The hour for lunch was set for one o'clock, and 
there are a few minutes yet remaining which will be devoted to brief 
addresses. The Association is under great obligation to the local 


members of the Committee of Arrangements, and I am going to call 
upon the very efficient Chairman, General Thomas W. Chace, to lead 
the charge. 

Remarks of General Thomas W. Chace. 

Mr. President : 

This opportunity of addressing the present assemblage is entirely 
unexpected by me. I have never before had the honor of attending 
one of your meetings. Some forty years ago (I was quite young, then, 
although I am not even yet old) I was solicited by a good sister to 
contribute five dollars towards a fund to obtain legal services in rela- 
tion to securing that large fortune which was reported to be located 
somewhere in England (whether it was in the Bank of England or 
some sand-bank, I cannot say), which had formerly belonged to the 
Chace family, and of which they had been unjustly deprived for three 
or four hundred years, more or less. This is the first opportunity 
which I have had to converse with the members of our dispersed- 
family in relation to our affairs. I want to say to you all that this 
large meeting here today is a very happy omen. I am most agreeably 
surprised that so many are present. The day is a beautiful one, and 
you have certainly appreciated it and have turned out in full numbers. 

The gentlemen who have addressed us seem to have fully covered 
the ground of appropriate topics. I would like to emphasize one re- 
mark of the reverend gentleman to whom we first listened. It is now 
some two hundred and seventy years since the progenitors of our family 
first landed on the shores of Massachusetts Bay, or of some portion of 
New England. From them all the present members of this family 
have descended. It is a matter for proud reflection that they have 
thus grown and developed with the country. How far the advantages 
of civilization, of education, of the Christian religion, have ministered 
to this growth and upbuilding it is not for me to state. As you know, 
our family have been identified with every worthy interest in the 
Church, the State, the Bar, in commerce and in education. It cer- 
tainly should be considered a matter of just family pride that we have 
so largely and actively entered into all that has concerned the growth 
of this nation, from its foundation to the present time. The Chaces 
have ever exerted a powerful influence in every community where they 
have resided. And I ought further to say, and will say, that it is not 


for us to rely upon that which has been accomplished by our ancestors. 
We must rely upon ourselves, and determine that our lives shall be of 
such a character that we may transmit fully to others those qualities 
which have been so conspicuous in the past. Let us see to it that in 
all the affairs of life and business, and in our labors for the uplifting of 
humanity, those who shall come after us may rightfully entertain the 
same pride in us and our doings that we entertain in what has been 
accomplished by those who have preceded us. 

Remarks of Charles Estes. 
Mr. President and Ladies and Gentlemen : 

Although not as yet a member of this Association, I am a Chace 
by descent and can trace my lineage back by more lines than I can 
count on my fingers. I thank you, Mr. President, for the opportunity 
of saying that f most heartily endorse every sentiment expressed here 
by those who have preceded me. 

The President announced that the sum of $25.88 had been real- 
ized from the collection taken up, and returned his thanks for the 
generous response. 

The customary resolution of thanks to all who had in any way 
assisted to make the occasion such a marked success was unanimously 
adopted; the audience joined in singing "America," and the bene- 
diction having been pronounced by the Rev. Edward A. Chase, the 
second reunion of the Association was brought to a close. 

In addition to the musical numbers already mentioned, the audi- 
ence was further entertained with a volunteer piano and mandolin 
duet by Miss Olive Bovvers Eddy and Lloyd C. Eddy, Jr., and a second 
saxophone solo by Mr. Kimball. The vocal and saxophone solos were 
accompanied on the piano by Miss Alice Durgin Chase of Derry, N. H. 




Mrs. G. F. Albro . 

Mrs. Irene A. Albro 

Mrs. Abbie A. Alger 

Mrs. Edward B. Arnold . 

Mrs. Delia Chace Butler 

Mrs. William Anthony Carlisle 

Alice Durgin Chase 

Mrs. Amey Chase 

Rev. Amos F. Chase 

Amos M. Chace 

Anna Harvey Chace 

Anna L. Chase 

Arthur Taft Chase . 

Mrs. Artner B. Chace 

Baylies R. Chace 

Bertha Allen Chace 

Bertha J. Chace 

Caroline Chase 

Celia W. Chace 

Mrs. Charles F. Chase 

Mrs. Charlotte H. Chace 

Clara M. Chace 

Mrs. Daniel B. Chase 

Rev. Edward Abbott Chase 

Emma Esten Chace 

Ethel Shaw Chase . 

Florence Ethel Chace 

Frederic A. Chase . 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Allen Chace 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Chase 

Geraldine A. Chace 

Grace Izette Chace 

Harriet Rhoades Chace 

Harry Gray Chase . 

Mrs. Harvey N. Chase 

Providence, R. I 

Taunton, Mass. 

Taunton, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 

Boston, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 

Derry, N. H. 

Providence, R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

Dorchester, Mass. 

Valley Falls, R. I. 

Worcester, Mass. 

Haverhill, Mass. 

North Attleboro, Mass.- 

Providence, R. I. 

New Bedford^ Mass. 

Taunton, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 

Taunton, Mass. 

Lynn, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 

North Attleboro, Mass. 

East Providence, R. I. 

Wollaston, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

Newtonville, Mass. 

South Boston, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 

Fall River, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 

West Newbury, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 



Helen G. Chase 

Henry Chase 

Henry Curtis Chase 

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert F. Chase 

Isaac F. Chace 

J. Andrew Chace 

James F. Chase 

Mrs. Jane Carr Chace 

John Alfred Chase . 

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Chase 

John H. Chase 

Jenny Josephine Chase 

Mrs. Katherine Knight Chase 

Lavinia Cynthia Chase 

Lewis Jenkins Chace 

Lizzie Ella Chace 

Lydia F. Saunders Chace 

Mary Eaton Chase 

Mary Elizabeth Chace 

Mrs. Mary E. Chace 

Mrs. Nancy D. Chase 

Mr. and Mrs. Obadiah Chace 

Omar P. Chase 

Mrs. Oscar F. Chase 

Otis Chace 

Phylander Chase 

Reuben A. Chace 

Robert Ames Chace 

Mrs. Sarah E. Chase 

Thomas W. Chace . 

General Thomas W. Chace 

Victoria D. Chase . 

Waldo Irving Chase 

Walter W. Chase . 

Mrs. Ward 1). Chase 

Mrs. William Chase 

Mrs. Eliza S. Collins 

Mrs. Charles I. Comfort . 

Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Cushinu 

Lloyd C. Eddy, Jr. 

Providence, R. I. 

Watertown, Mass. 

Taunton, Mass. 

Andover, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 

Pawtucket, R. I. 

Maiden, Mass. 

Valley Falls, R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

Derry, N. H. 

Pawtucket, R. I. 

Nashua, N. H. 

Haverhill, Mass. 

Brattleboro, Vt- 

Providence, R. L 

Providence, R. I. 

Pawtucket, R. I. 

Lynn, Mass. 

New Bedford, Mass. 

Taunton, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 

Swansea, Mass. 

Andover, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

New Bedford, Mass. 

Brookline, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 

Somerset, Mass. 

New Bedford, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

Providence, R. 1. 

Providence, R. 1. 

Newport, R. I. 

Taunton, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 



Olive Bowers Eddy 

Mrs. Olive Chace Eddy 

Cora Eliza Emmett 

Charles Estes 

Mrs. C. W. Fabyan 

S. A. Gibson . 

Mrs. John W. Greene 

Mrs. Charles W. Harris 

James M. Kimball . 

Mrs. Lavinia G. C. Knickerbocker 

Mrs. Mary E. Lindsey 

Mrs. George O. Manchester 

Mrs. Sophronia Chace Merrill . 

Mrs. George A. O'Neill . 

Mrs. I. M. C. Pierce 

Mrs. Mary L. C. Smith . 

Mrs. Walter N. Smith 

Mrs. Elizabeth J. Chase Welch 

Mrs. Abbie Ann White 

Mrs. Ellen L. Wilson 

Providence, R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

Warren, R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

North Swansea, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 

Woburn, Mass. 

East Providence, R. I. 

Providence, R. I. 

South Swansea, Mass. 

Taunton, Mass. 

Fall River, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 

Hartford, Conn. 

Taunton, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

Brattleboro, Vt. 

Pawtucket, R. I. 



"Well know we our birthright may serve but to show 
How the meanest of weeds in the richest soil grow ; 
But we need not disparage the good which we hold ; 
Though the vessels be earthen, the treasure is gold ! ' 

" Beyond the poet's sweet dream lives 
The eternal epic of the man. 
He wisest is who only gives, 

True to himself, the best he can ; 
Who drifting in the winds of praise, 
The inward monitor obeys ; 
And, with the boldness that confesses fear, 
Takes in the crowded sail and lets his conscience steer." 

— W It it tier. 





Annual Reunion • 


The Chase-Chace Family 




Salem, Mass. 




The Chase-Chace Family Association. 



Derry, N. II. 





Secretary and Treasurer. 

Executive Committee. 

Concord, N. H. 

Detroit, Mich. 

Providence, R. I. 

Warren, R. I. 

Andover, Mass. 

Newtonville, Mass. 

Melrose, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

Providence, R. I. 

Tufts College, Mass. 

And the PRESIDENT and SECRETARY, ex-officio. 



Hartford, Conn. 

Reception Committee. 

Thursday, September 4, J 902. 
JAMES F. CHASE, Boston, Mass. 

DR. A. J. STEVENS, Maiden, Mass. 

HENRY M. CHASE. Lawrence, Mass. 

THOMAS W. CHACE, Providence, R. I. 

HERBERT F. CHASF, Andover, Mass. 

HARRY G. CHASE, Tufts College, Mass. 
PERCY CHASE, Brookline, Mass; 

FRANK A. CI I ACE, Newtonville, Mass. 

FREDERIC A. CHASE, Providence, R. I. 

MRS. M. LESLIE CHASE, Andover, Mass. 


The Chase -Chace Family Association. 


The third annual reunion of the Chase-Chace Family Association 
was held in the North Church (Unitarian) at Salem, Mass., Thursday, 
September 4, 1902. 

Unfortunately the weather was not all that could have been de- 
sired and deterred many from attending, but any lack in numbers was 
more than made up in enthusiasm and interest. 

The church was opened at an early hour, and the Reception Com- 
mittee were soon busily engaged in welcoming, registering and intro- 
ducing the arrivals. 

After an hour or more had been spent in the interchange of greet- 
ings among those who had been in attendance at the preceding re- 
unions, and the making of new acquaintances, the President called the 
meeting to .order and all joined in singing the opening hymn, which 
had been written for the occasion by our kinswoman, Mrs. Ira A. 
Eastman of Andover, Mass. It was sung to the sweet tune of " Federal 
Street," the best known work of the famous composer of church music, 
Henry Kemble Oliver, a former resident of Salem and at one time its 
Mayor. He was born in Beverly, Mass., November 24, 1800, and died 
in Boston August 10, 1885, the tune having been composed in 1832.. 



A gracious gift, an honored name, 

Dear Lord, we thank Thee for the same ; 

Let us our grateful voices raise 

To Thee, dear Lord, in tuneful praise. 

A gift of gifts, this lineage old, 
More precious far than gifts of gold ; 
To God who made these lives divine 
We give all praise — 'tis wholly thine. 

A precious gift, these links that bind 
The lives before with lives behind, 
Uniting both to God's own Son, 
Their noble life work ably done. 

Then, Father, let us do Thy will, 
Into our hearts thy love instill ; 
Let us a nobler life begin 
'Till through the gates we enter in. 

Prayer was then offered by the Rev. Piatt N. Chase, Ph. D., ot 
Woodstock, New York : 

Our God, we draw near to Thee. We come in the name and 
through the mercy of Jesus Christ, our Lord, and would join our 
thanksgiving with our petition to Him who has created us and pre- 
served us and redeemed us. We rejoice that when we gather at such 
times as this we can come to the Mercy Seat and can ask for, and 
expect to receive, the blessings of our Heavenly Father to rest upon 
us. We thank Thee for the past. We thank Thee for the present, 
and we rejoice that there is One who rules in Heaven and earth and 
directs the footsteps of his people. And, as we look over the past and 
study its history, we realize that Thy hand hath guided the fulfilment 
of Thy ways. 

We thank "Thee, our Father, for this Association, into which these 
people of kindred blood have banded themselves together for the 
opportunity to look into each other's faces and talk together of the 
past and of the present. We thank Thee for our noble ancestry. We 
thank Thee that they have toiled so well on the farm and in the busy 
market of trade ; that some have stood in the holy places making 
known the will and word of God. And we pray that Thou wilt bless 


our name, and we pray that Thy Spirit may call for any that may have 
strayed from Thee. We pray that Thy blessing may rest upon the 
deliberation of this hour, and that we may go out more determined 
men. We thank Thee, our Father, that Thou didst preserve history 
and preserve from sudden death the life of our beloved President. 

O, Heavenly Father, bless the members of this Association and 
bless the officers of this Association ; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, 
we ask it. Amen. 

The audience was then entertained with a cornet solo, " Robert 
II Diavolo," by Master Alfred W. Banan of Lawrence, Mass., after 
which the President delivered his annual address. 


JOHN C. CHASE, Deny, N. H. 

Members of the Chase-Chace Family Association, Kinsmen and 

Friends : 

For the third time I have the honor and privilege of welcoming 
you in annual reunion. I assure you it is a great pleasure to see 
the growing interest in the Association as evidenced by the increased 
attendance at successive meetings. 

Like Newburyport, the place of our first reunion, this ancient city 
is of interest to those bearing the Chase name, for it was here that 
William Chace, the progenitor of a large branch of the family, first set 
foot on the Western continent in 1630. Unlike Aquila, who, with his 
descendants, helped make the history of the locality where he first 
appeared, William does not seem to have been identified to any extent 
with this immediate section. A few years later the church records 
locate him at Roxbury, and then he settled in Yarmouth, from whence 
his descendants have spread until they can probably be found in every 
state in the Union. 

While it is naturally expected that the President of an Association 
will be in evidence at its annual gatherings, it is, I believe, a well 
settled principle that he is a law unto himself, in regard to the amount 
of time he may appropriate. Having already put myself on record as 
believing that these reunions should be largely of a social nature, I am 


not intending to do anything today that will convey the idea that I do 
not, in a moderate way, practice what I preach. 

It is particularly easy to "temper justice with mercy" at this time, 
for we are favored with the presence of a noted member of the family, 
the title of whose address promises entertainment and instruction. It 
is, perhaps, not inappropriate at this time to give a little matter of 
interest in connection with one of the subjects of his address, Bishop 
Philander Chase. 

Visiting the churchyard of old St. Michaels' in Charleston, S. C, 
some years ago, I discovered a tablet erected against the rear of the 
church, which contained the following inscription : 

Sacred to the Memory 


The Rev. Philander Chase Junior, 

Who departed this life in this City of Charleston, S. C. 

On the First day of March a. d. 1824 je. 24. 

The Sermon at his Funeral, Preached by his Friend 

The Rev. Edward Rutledge, 

Was reprinted in England and instrumental 

In turning many to righteousness : 

" Some glorify God by their lives 

He by his death." 

His Father, once of Ohio, 

Now the Bishop of Illinois, 

Visiting this City in Feb. 1840, 

Caused this Stone to be erected 

In testimony of his never dying love 

To his deceased Son, 

And of his gratitude to all who 

By their Christian Hospitality 

And kindness 

Alleviated his sufferings and by 

Their sympathy and prayers 

Smoothed his dying pillow. 

Correspondence with inquiring members of the family and others 

interested has been quite extensive the past year, indicating extending 


knowledge of the Association and its aims. I am pleased to report 
that there appears to be a dying interest in the "Chase Fortune," so 
called. Possibly my immunity from inquiry may be on account of my 
well known non-belief in any legitimate foundation for the chimera. 

Information is frequently sought in relation to the true coat of 
arms of one or the other Chase lines. To such queries I am obliged 
to reply that, excepting the Maryland branch of the family, I doubt if 
any of the name in this country are entitled to the use of such device, 
basing such opinion on the broad ground that, so far as I am aware, 
the English connection of William Chace and the brothers Thomas 
and Aquila has not been proven. I am aware that there are in print 
numerous personal biographies giving a connected line in detail three 
generations prior to the first appearance of Chases in Massachusetts, 
but it lacks the endorsement of genealogists of standing who have 
given much attention to the subject. 

In common with many who are content with being Americans 
first of all, I regret the growing and un-republican tendency of the 
present age in this respect, and endorse the following extract from the 
report of the Committee on Heraldry of the New England Historic- 
Genealogical Society : 

" Not for one hundred years past has there been a time when false 
coats-of-arms have been so shamelessly displayed as at present. The 
Committee recommends that all Americans refuse to display coats-of- 
arms, whether they (the Americans) are descendants of families once 
entitled to bear them or not, since the Republic provides no laws to 
regulate their use, and an indiscriminate indulgence of the fad only 
serves to bring the whole science of heraldry into contempt." 

Commenting upon this report, one of the Boston daily papers said : 

" Bravely and wisely spoken. It describes one of the most laugh- 
able exotics in this democratic garden of ours. To judge by all we 
hear of coats-of-arms, every butcher, baker and candlestick maker of a 
few generations back wore some honorable device. However, we read 
in history that most of the American colonists, especially north of 
Maryland, were people of the unadorned middle class. For their 
independence and enterprise in the circumstances, historians have 
praised those colonists. How inconsistent with this praise is the style 
of digging into antiquity for armorial bearings. 


"Some men of this country are unquestionably privileged to dis- 
play coats-of-arms. They are men of noble lineage — men whose an- 
cestors romped from their castles at the head of knights and hangers- 
on, men who can open an encyclopaedia and say, with swelling chests : 
'See those shining names ; who wouldn't be proud of them?' Respect- 
fully you look. 'What ! Is this Count Pompom? And this the Duke 
of Ipecac? My ! Glad to 'meet you ! Have a glass of soda, won't 
you?' You have seen the faces before. Why, of course ! The Count 
has shouldered your trunk and the Duke has served your soup and 
health bread. The demand for tips may sometimes be found to be a 
privilege inherited from the Robber Barons." 

Since our last reunion four of our members have gone 

"beneath the low green tent 
Whose curtain never outward swings," 

and it is fitting that we should tarry for a time to pay a proper tribute 
of respect to their memory. 

Clinton S. Chase, a descendant of Aquila through his son Daniel, 
was born in Springfield, Vermont, May 25, 1831, and died in Detroit, 
Michigan, December 15, 1901. He was one of the Vice Presidents 
of our Association, and those who had the pleasure of meeting him at 
the reunion in Newburyport will ever cherish the memory of a digni- 
fied, yet genial and cultured gentleman. 

George Bigelow Chase, of the line of Aquila, son of Aquila, was 
born in Boston October 1, 1835, and graduated from Harvard College 
in 1856. He became interested in genealogical research at an early 
age, and a memoir from his pen, published in the Heraldic Journal 
and later reprinted in pamphlet form, is a valuable contribution to the 
family history. He spent several seasons in England, and was prob- 
ably better posted than anyone else in regard to our English progeni- 
tors. He acquired a large amount of genealogical material relating to 
the family, by collection and purchase, and expected to publish the 
result of his labors, but impaired health and means compelled the 
relinquishment of his purpose, and his large collection was deposited 
with the New England Historic-Genealogical Society, of which he was 
a life member, and has become its property through decease of the 
donor. He also compiled and published a genealogy of the Lowndes' 
family of South Carolina. He married Miss Anne Lowndes of South 
Carolina in 1860, who, with a son and daughter, mourn his decease, at 
Dedham, Mass., June 2, 1902. 


Stephen F. Chace, of the line of William, was born in Providence, 
Rhode Island, in the year 1844. He was educated in the public 
schools. For a number of years he was in the furniture business, but 
of recent years has been interested in real estate. He had been in 
poor health for a number of years, and in September, 1901, he gave 
up active business. During the following months he grew perceptibly 
weaker until he passed to the better life, March 10, 1902, after a few 
days of intense suffering. Much to his regret, absence from home on 
account of his health prevented his attending the reunion held in his 
city one year ago. He was a member of the Central Baptist Church 
and had been prominently identified with several fraternal societies, 
and was highly respected in friendship and business. He married Miss 
Susan C. Weld, of New York City, who, with a son, survive. 

Russell S. Taft, of the line of Moses, son of Aquila, was born in 
Williston, Vermont, January 28, 1835, and died in Burlington March 22, 
1902, after a brief illness preceded by a year of ill health. He had 
been Chief Judge of the Supreme Court of Vermont since 1899. He 
was in full accord with the objects for which this Association was 
formed, and served on its executive committee, declining further offi- 
cial connection on account of the pressure of other duties, and in his 
decease we have lost a valued and valuable member. He was an 
earnest and indefatigable worker, it being stated that no court had 
ever adjourned its session by reason of his absence, and that he had 
never missed a case in his Supreme Court work. An honorable and 
useful life, rounding out a typical American career, is the heritage left 
his widow and son. 

I regret that the lack of information and limitation of time do not 
admit of more extended mention of our kinsmen, and trust that appro- 
priate memoirs embellished with portraits may appear in our printed 

And now, in conclusion, I have to thank you for the attention 
given me on this and former occasions, and for the honor of being 
continued at the head of the Association for these many years, and let 
me express the hope that my successor may have your hearty coopera- 
tion in furthering the objects for which our Association was formed. 

The Rev. Arthur Chase of Ware, Mass., was presented with some 
appropriate words of welcome and introduction and delivered the fol- 
lowing address, which was listened to with great interest : 




When Aquila Chase, together with his wife, soon alter their arrival 
upon this soil from the Mother Country, were arrested and haled before 
the magistrate for picking pease on Sunday, the scene and conversation 
might have been somewhat after this sort. 

There was the magistrate, with beetling brows and firm, puritanical 
jaw, stern, with the responsibility of the law resting upon him, and the 
culprit, with strong, large-featured face (such as so many of his family- 
have worn), pleasant blue eyes, chin clean cut and honest, indented 
with the Chase dimple, that gives it kindly expression, and hair light 
rather than dark. 

The magistrate speak> : 

"The crime is against the law of the land and the law of Cod. 
The punishment of such is severe." 

"May it please your worship, we be so lately come that we know 
not the laws of the land. As for the law of God, our vicar at home 
never said to pick pease on Sunday were a sin, nor did we so learn in 
the Catechism." 

"Vicar! Catechism! This be no priest-ridden country! No 
Lord Bishop drives his coach and six over this soil ! And if I find 
among thy goods a Catechism or a Prayer Hook or any other idolatrous 
and blasphemous writing, thy ears shall be cropped. Thou art fined 
twenty shillings. Wert thou longer upon this free soil, the better to 
know the law, I'd fine thee forty, and clap thee in the stocks." 

"God fend me from so grim a godliness," said our amazed an- 
cestor as he walked slowly away with his wife. "Methinks 1 could 
swallow the Bishop and his coach, his mitre, his staff and his palai < 
better than yon puritanic scowler. They'd sit easier on my stomach ! 

Had Aquila Chase dreamed that night that two of his own direct 
descendants would become bishops, and then, remembering the grand 
state in which he had seen their lordships in the old country, had 
dreamed further that the Chase bishops would have neither lands nor 
titles, chariots nor livery, wigs nor gaiters, nor plate' nor mahogany, he 


would have writhed and groaned in his sleep until our very great- 
grandmother, with her nightcap awry, had pummeled him into wake- 
fulness, declaring that those pease he had eaten were surely bewitched 
and accursed, for the devil had been riding him like a hobbyhorse all 
night long. 

For four generations, without a single exception so far as I know, 
the Chases all conformed to the Church which was planted by the 
Puritans on the rocky soil of New England. It was hardly respectable 
to be anything but Calvinistic in doctrine and Congregational in polity. 
Or if in some cases it was respectable, it certainly was not comfortable. 
The Church of England seemed to stand for all that the settlers had 
fled from in their old homes. Nor did Governor Andros, with his 
arrogant ways, tend to make the established church any more popular. 
William Blaxton, a quiet English clergyman, whose farm included Bos- 
ton Common, was fain to move on to the less-bigoted neighborhood 
of Rhode Island ; while the revellers of Merrymount were tormented 
for their prayer books no less than for their May-poles, their dances 
and their Christmases. 

About the year 1763, a God-fearing farmer named Dudley Chase, 
of the fourth generation of his family in Massachusetts, moved with his 
wife Alice and their seven children into the forest primeval of Cornish, 
New Hampshire. Indians were to be met there in every direction. 
The great missionary school to the red men, founded by the Earl of 
Dartmouth, was a few miles to the north. The log walls of the rude 
< abin that housed the growing Chase family were raised in a single 
day. Seven more children were added to the household in Cornish. 
The youngest of them all, Philander, was born on the fourteenth of 
December in the eventful year 17 75. 

Philander was a boy of the woods and of the wilderness. He 
loved, as his entire life proved, great stretches of meadow and moun- 
tain, the roughness of the pioneer life. His parents desired to devote 
him, their little Benjamin, to the ministry of the only Church they 
knew — the Congregational. It appears that he was not particularly 
drawn to the career laid out for him. He may not have been espe- 
cially fond of books, for though he was prepared for Dartmouth Col- 
lege, it was not until his sixteenth year, an age at which in those 
days many students were preparing to graduate. I fancy he loved the 
woods and the farm better. 

It is strange how careless the bluest of the Congregationalists 
were about the books that found lodgement in their college libraries. 


Yale University had a terrible misfortune somewhat earlier than this, 
when her President, Dr. Timothy Cutler, and three professors were 
converted at one fell swoop to the Episcopal Church by reading an 
English prayer book which they found on one of the library shelves. 
Like carelessness there was at the Dartmouth library. One day during 
his Sophomore year, Philander discovered a dusty little volume on a 
top shelf, which he opened from curiosity. He took it to his room ; 
he read it ; he studied it. It effected in him what his parents had 
been unable to effect. Now he would enter the ministry ; but not the 
Congregational. So great was his enthusiasm and so contagious that 
he not only won their permission to enter the ministry of the Epis- 
copal Church, but he won them over to membership in the same 
church. His aim in life was now clear. In due time he graduated 
from Dartmouth, and in the following year, being twenty-one years old, 
he did the sensible, old-fashioned thing — got married. 

It seems to have been at Concord, New Hampshire, that Philander 
formally connected himself with the Episcopal Church. He there first 
received the communion from the hands of Rev. Bethuel Chittenden, 
a man who at forty-nine years of age, and at great pecuniary sacrifice, 
had entered the ministry. 

There being no theological seminaries in those days, Philander 
went to Albany to read divinity with an English clergyman who was 
settled there. Already his face was set toward the West. 

After two years, in 1798, he was ordained by Bishop Provost, 
whereupon (a type of his whole life) he turned into the wilderness on 
a missionary tour in the wild regions of northwestern New York. He 
visited Indian settlements and organized parishes — one at Utica, then 
a rough frontier town with stumps of trees still in the streets. After 
the trip was over he settled down in a parish for a few years, only 
to rush off in 1805 to New Orleans, where there was much chaotic 
material for a church and parish, needing a strong man to bring 
strength and order out of chaos. To eke out his salary, Chase founded 
a school at New Orleans, as he had done before at Poughkeepsie, and 
as he kept on doing wherever he tarried for any length of time. We 
cannot too much emphasize this educational element of Philander 
Chase's life. He has been called "the great Christian educator of 
the frontier." He knew what college had done for him, how it had 
opened his eyes and expanded his mind. He believed in meeting 
infidelity with sound learning. He was persuaded of the prime im- 
portance of Christian education under the auspices of the church. 


The more he saw of frontier conditions the more was he persuaded 
that they were to be bettered only through institutions of learning. 

He left his school and parish in New Orleans in 1811, and re- 
turned North to educate his growing boys. He accepted a call to 
Christ Church, Hartford, Connecticut, and sent his sons to the Acad- 
emy at Cheshire. These were his peaceful years. The story is told 
of how he kept a powerful sermon, setting forth the advantages of the 
Episcopal Church as contrasted with the Congregational, under his 
pulpit-cushion, and any Sunday when he saw a particularly large num- 
ber of Congregationalists in the pews he pulled it out and fired it at 
them like a volley of musketry. 

But he could not long rest content amid so much civilization. 
His children no longer needing his parental care, he resigned his 
charge, and without prospect of support, with only the inward call 
of Cod influencing him, he started for the wilderness, and in 1817 
preached his first sermon beyond the Alleghanies in the territory of 
Ohio. Wherever he went he gathered the people together and organ- 
ized parishes. In Cincinnati one of those interested by him was Cen- 
eral Benjamin Harrison, father of a president and great-grandfather of 

Only three months after his arrival in Ohio, Chase was appointed 
principal of a small academy at Worthington, and he characteristically 
bought a farm on the outskirts of the town. But he was not still. At 
leisure times he made missionary tours, becoming acquainted with the 
territory and the settlers. He was so able and prominent in organiz- 
ing Ohio into a diocese that when that was accomplished and a con- 
vention was held, consisting of three clergy and representatives of 
ten parishes, for the election of a Bishop in June, 1818, he was, as he 
relates in his " Reminiscences," "unanimously elected." The query 
has been raised, more in fun than in spite, whether he had voted for 
himself. Let us not be unduly impertinent in our inquiry. 

The seeming restlessness that had marked Philander Chase's life 
not unnaturally aroused suspicions and questionings. For a middle- 
aged man to have lived in so many different states was in itself a justi- 
fication of careful investigation into his character. Was he a fit man 
to receive the office of Bishop? His whole career was passed in re- 
view. Investigations were instituted in every place where he had 
lived, and his character was found to be spotless. In 1819 he was 
consecrated Bishop of Ohio. 


Besides the care oi his huge diocese, from which he received 
no salary, he took the oversight of three parishes, drawing his main 
support at the same time from his farm, lie cut wood, built fins, 
and fed his live stock with his own hands. Wigs and coaches and 
cathedrals did not enter into consideration. In a very few yi 
he matured plans for an institution of learning. He felt if he were 
to have clergy he must make them, by education and training, out of 
the raw material. There were only three or four in his whole jurisdic- 
tion, and of these, two abandoned the ministry, to the ministry's no 
small advantage! His own son, just graduated from Harvard, on 
whose help he depended, died. But where to get money for founding 
his college? It was not forthcoming in America, and he conceived 
the idea of begging it in England. Insane notion ! Why, the war of 
1812 was but just over. Its bitterness had not died out. Most of his 
friends tried to dissuade him from his more than foolish scheme, but 
he persevered with true Chase determination, and sailed for England 
in 1823, without money enough in his pocket to pay his passage home 
if he failed. He knew no one, and had few letters of introduction. 
Then it was that his unique personality manifested itself. No bishop 
like him had ever been seen or heard of in the Old World — a rug 
frontiersman with superb mind. It is enough to say that he became 
the fashion. The English fell over themselves to do him honor, and 
to fill his pockets with money. He returned home with between 
twenty and thirty thousand dollars, equivalent to many times that sum 
in purchasing power today. 

The Bishop found himself in hot water when he proceeded to 
select a site for his new institution. No one in Ohio was much inter- 
ested unless it should be located so as to enhance the value of their 
particular property. And his idea was to [dace it far from any town. 
with its distractions and temptations. It was unfortunate that he 
produced an impression of arbitrariness. Men of his stamp are not 
always tactful. He was outspoken about local policy, with its "selfish, 
mercenary spirit." At last he secured lands, — eight thousand acres,— 
and in the summer of 1826 went into camp with his family on Gambier 
hill, and in the following year laid the corner stone of Kenyon Col 
lege. Bulfinch was the architect, and a stately pile of masonry, with 
walls four feet thick, rose in the midst of the forest primeval, its cen 
tral cupola towering above the tops of the loftiest tn ■ 

The rising walls appeared so thick and formidable that the sus 
picion arose that he was building a fort with British gold, and that the 


Bishop was a base intriguer, aiming to reduce the country again to 
subjection to the British crown ! Well, the college opened and the 
students poured in. They supported themselves in great measure by 
working upon the college farm. Those who were looking toward the 
ministry gave their spare time, and particularly their Sundays, to evan- 
gelical work in the surrounding country. 

Rising early, the student would start out with a book or two, and 
pass beneath the lofty trees toward some log-house half a dozen miles 
away. Unless he was sure of his route and his welcome, he carried a 
luncheon in his pocket. The cabin reached, he gathered the children 
and gave them an hour's instruction, then proceeding on his way. 
Reaching a group of homes, near a mill, perhaps, he proceeded to col- 
lect the people young and old. A familiar hymn was sung. Parts of 
the church service were said from memory (never under such primi- 
tive conditions "by the book"), and an informal talk or address was 
given. And so the day was spent. On pleasant days the services 
were held in the open air. A description is extant of a communion 
service in a beautiful orchard at blossoming time. The white of the 
apples mingled with the pink of the peaches. The hum of the bees 
was the only organ-tone, the birds the only choir. A table was placed 
for the communion, covered with a snowy cloth, upon the green grass. 
It was almost like a vision out of the Apocalypse. 

But all was not smooth and easy. Far from it. Bishop Chase 
liked his own way (who does n't?) He had disagreements with nearly 
every prominent man in his diocese. He became involved financially. 
He quarreled with the faculty of his college, claiming the right to veto 
any action of theirs. The faculty appealed to the convention of the 
diocese, the members of which wer,e more reasonable than kind, and 
they failed to support their Bishop. In a frenzy of chagrin and regret 
he resigned both the presidency of his college and his diocese. He 
wound up his affairs and tied away from so much civilization, buying a 
tract of land in Michigan. Once more a log hut in the woods becomes 
an "Episcopal palace." 

The law of the Episcopal Church respecting bishops is somewhat 
peculiar. The bishop is consecrated for a particular diocese, and he 
may not, under any circumstances, leave that diocese for another more 
congenial. A "Missionary bishop," in a technical sense, may be called 
to a settled diocese, but any other, if he resigns his jurisdiction, retires 
from public life perforce. 


Philander Chase was too forceful an individual to drop into a hole 
or retire into a shell. The church at large was in a quandary as to 
what should be done with him. He was as active and energetic as 
ever, away off there in the northwest. The perplexity was solved 
when, in 1835, a handful of clergy and delegates in convention at 
Peoria chose him for Bishop of Illinois. He accepted as providential 
the unexpected call, though his new diocese contained but one church 
building. But it was the sort of a diocese he loved to work in. 

The loss of Kenyon College, — that child of his love, his labor, 
and his determination (I was about to say his "patience," but fear he 
had given it too little of that), — must have been a sad blow; but it 
was a loss he determined to make good. A new college he' would 
found, five hundred miles west of Kenyon. Off he started, in the 
beginning of his declining years, to England, again to solicit funds. 
It was not so easy this time. He could not arouse the enthusiasm he 
did on his first trip ; yet he was not unsuccessful. He came home 
with pledges amounting to ten thousand dollars. It is hardly worth 
while to go into details regarding this part of Philander Chase's life, 
or to tell how he founded Jubilee College. He met with the same 
difficulties that he had encountered years before in Ohio. He found 
"individual cupidity," as he expressed it, in conflict with and defeat- 
ing "public utility." While visiting New Orleans for the purpose of 
raising subscriptions, it is amusing to note that he collected the arrears 
of his salary, thirty years old, due him when he resigned the rectorship 
to go to Hartford. 

Frontier conditions never fail to be interesting, though they are 
not so attractive to us in our comfortable New England homes in 
practice as in idea. It was the log-cabin age. The ends of the logs 
were notched, and dovetailed at the corners of the house. All crev- 
ices were chinked with clay. The chimney was placed at one end. 
Windows were not always glazed, but were closed in cold weather with 
board shutters. The cabin ordinarily consisted of a single room below 
and a rickety loft above. It was a grand house that could boast two 
rooms on the ground floor. 

But travelers and visitors were not turned away. There was 
plenty of such cheer as could be had. Corn bread, pork and chickens 
formed the staple fare. Pine knots and tallow candles, together with 
the logs in the fireplace, gave light in the evening. When time came 
to retire, modest men-folks would step outside to study the signs of 
the weather and the prospect for tomorrow. 


All sorts of eccentric characters were about. Religious vagaries 
were common, from the ghastly, hysterical, "holy laugh" of the perfec- 
tionists to the polygamy of Mormonism. Noise was in many minds 
synonymous with religion. 

Travel was on horseback or in clumsy, lumbering coaches which 
jeopardized the lives of the passengers. Both the bishops, our kins- 
men, of whom I speak today, suffered serious accidents. Philander 
was upset, and had several ribs broken. 

Cloth leggings and Buffalo-skin moccasins worn over heavy boots, 
a Buffalo-skin great-coat, and cap of rabbit or coon skin pulled well 
down over the ears, constituted the ordinary winter traveling costume 
for bishop as well as layman. 

Bishop Chase never failed of finding a welcome on his long, hard 
trips, at the very humblest cabins. The people were in the struggle 
of making a beginning, wresting a subsistence for their families from 
untamed nature. In such a situation, as the Bishop firmly held, the 
duty of the minister was to go and seek without waiting for call or 
salary. He was a true Evangelical, both in theology and in practice. 
There was little financial support to be had, but a genuine clergyman, 
a man known to be godly, and not an impostor, could travel upon his 
sacred business for weeks, going hundreds of miles, without its costing 
him one single penny. 

There was little or no respect for titles or dignity ; but usefulness 
and sterling worth were valued as always. But even when the West- 
erners began to make money, they cared little about spending it upon 
religion. They hired their pastors, and expected them to be popular 
or get out. 

Bishop Chase singled out wealth as the popular idol, and covet- 
ousness as the besetting sin of the West. "Yet all," he said, "are 
very jealous of the affections of the clergy in this respect, and fain will 
starve their bodies to save their souls." 

The instability of the population was a great drawback to effective 
work. People were on the move, drifting from one place to another, 
forming no permanent attachments. It has been often noted that 
people who go to church regularly at home from force of habit, attend 
but seldom when the home influences are removed. In Chicago, it 
was said, a minister was pastor of a procession. 

Philander Chase, by the time Jubilee College was in running 
order, was getting to be an old man. After but ten years in Illinois, 
he had the pleasure of reporting a clergy-list of more than twenty 


names, and he was training men under his own eyes as rapidly as pos- 
sible. By L847 he was so infirm that he preached seated in a chair. 

During the last years of his life he was bent with troubles, physi- 
cal infirmity and financial losses connected with Jubilee. A flaw in 
the title to the property caused no end of trouble and expense. He 
needed an assistant, and the right man was slow in turning up. The 
old bickerings were renewed, and the old charges of arrogancy and 
self-will. It is not likely that he grew any more yielding as his sun 
went down. When death finally came it cleared the vision even of his 
enemies, enabling them at last to behold him in his historical setting. 
He died in September, just lift) years ago this very month, leaving an 
imperishable name alongside the names of Kemper and Muhlenberg 
in the annals of American Christianity. 

The body of the old hero was laid to rest in the burying ground 
of his beloved Jubilee, and upon the monument that marks his grave 
is carved a great cross, and the motto of his life — "Jehovah Jireh" 
("The Lord will provide"). 

My very earliest recollection is of being led by the hand — a little 
child between two and three years of age — to my grandfather's study. 
Voices were hushed. A solemnity, so impressive to childhood, filled 
me with awe. Upon the great study table, which Carlton Chase him- 
self had made years before, rested a long black box. That box was a 
coffin, and in it lay the mortal remains of the first Bishop of New 
I Hampshire. 

My recently deceased uncle, Frederick Carlton Chase, used to 
relate that when he resided in Washington he was several times intro- 
duced as "the eldest son of the late Bishop Chase." "Ah!" came 
the interested reply: "Of the great Bishop Chase!" Whereupon, 
feeling that his game was up, he desperately exclaimed, "No, my 
father was the Bishop of New Hampshire 

But though in ancient days Moses blessed Cod for the precious 
things put forth by the sun, he thanked him also for the precious 
things given by the moon. And it Philander was the greater light, 
Carlton by no means lacked distinction. And his light was his own — 
not reflected from his more celebrated cousin. 

Aquila Chase's grandson, who was Carlton Chase's great grand- 
father, settled at an early date in our colonial history at Concord, New 
Hampshire. His son Jonathan married and moved on to ;i farm in 
tin: neighboring town of Hopkinton. Here his children were born, 
and here Charles, his son, lived upon the family estate. He married 


Sarah Currier, and their oldest son, Carlton, was born in February 
1794. As the homestead was afterwards purchased by the town for 
use as a charitable institution, Carlton used to remark in after years 
that he was born in a poorhouse. 

From his earliest years Carlton was a delicate child — one of those 
of whom mothers are wont to say, "It is a miracle that he ever was 
raised." His delicate constitution was due to an attack of scarlet 
fever when he was an infant. This delicacy unfitted him tor work 
upon the farm, and perhaps for that reason he was kept at school until 
he was fifteen years of age, when, strange as it may seem, he was 
sought as teacher of a small family school. By this his future was 
directed. He taught and studied at the same time, fitting himself for 
Dartmouth College in 1813. At college he won high distinction as a 
student. Being older than most of the members of his class, his mind 
was mature, and he found no difficulty in standing well. It was always 
a question whether he was first or second. Opinions were divided 
between him and James Marsh, afterwards President of the University 
of Vermont. Fach one claimed that the other had the better right to 
the honor. 

Carlton Chase's father was a Congregationalist, and his mother 
was a Baptist. He himself seems to have received no special religious 
impression during his early years. While at college he intended to 
study law. But in 1815, the middle of his college course, Dartmouth 
was distinguished by a great religious revival, which was not without 
its effect upon Carlton's character. He did not as yet connect himself 
with any church, but he was thinking. 

In the following winter, that of 1816-1817, he taught school in 
his native town, where there was, and still is, an Episcopal Church. 
His attention was attracted by its solemn forms and regular ministra- 
tions. He had found a church which appealed to his judgment ; and 
giving up the idea of the bar, he resolved to enter the ministry. After 
receiving his college degree he proceeded at once to Bristol, Rhode 
Island, where he studied theology under the direction and eye of the 
venerable Bishop Alexander V. Griswold. 

In 1819 Mr. Chase took charge of the parish at Bellows Falls, 
Vermont, together with the church at Drewsville. Dr. Samuel Cutler, 
a physician ami a staunch Episcopalian, was the founder of the Bellows 
Falls Church. Mr. Chase boarded with - tor, and soon fell in 

love with his daughter Harriet. The request lor her hand was m; 
in writing, and the letter, together with Harriet's reply, have been 


preserved in the family archives. The stateliness, courtesy and high- 
toned formality of these letters surprise the impetuous lover of today : 

"Miss Harriet, your virtues and your merits are not unobserved, 
nor is their force lost. They have given an impression — I shall not 
at present say how favorable — to yourself." Thus this self-restrained 
young clergyman began his note. Nor is the young lady's reply less 
admirably expressed : 

"Mr. Chase : I should be unjust to your merits, as well as to my 
own feelings, if I did not answer you with that truth and sincerity 
which your candor entitles you, that I am gratified by the favorable 
opinion you express for me." 

They were married in September, 1820. 

For quarter of a century Carlton Chase ministered to the people 
of Bellows Falls with faithfulness and ability. His scholarship was 
recognized by the University of Vermont in the bestowal of the degree 
of Doctor of Divinity, peculiarly gratifying as coming from President 
Marsh, his old friend and classmate. 

After Bishop Griswold's death, in 1842, New Hampshire was 
formed into a diocese, and in the following year Dr. Chase was unani- 
mously elected Bishop; and to make his acceptance possible (for the 
salary was only three hundred dollars), he was offered the parish at 
Claremont, New Hampshire. 

Dr. Chase was consecrated to the Fpiscopate in the historic 
Christ Church, Philadelphia, the parish church of George Washington, 
his kinsman. Philander Chase was the chief consecrator. This was 
one of the few occasions when the lives of these two pioneer church- 
men touched each other. 

Bishop Chase's ability and tact became widely known and admired 
during a period of three years when the large and important diocese of 
New York was placed under his Episcopal oversight. The acquaint 
ances and friends that he made during this time were numerous. 
Again and again I have met people who learned to know and admire 
him there. 

But these details of Bishop Chase's life are not specirlly inter- 
esting. He was by no means a showy man in any respect, if wc 
except his personal appearance, which was unusually striking; but his 
judgment was valued as sound and well balanced. He was a man of 
few words ; but on the occasions when he spoke, in conventions and 
other bodies of which he was a member, he commanded the pro- 
foundest attention and his words carried the greatest weight. When 


he entered the hall of the last General Convention which he attended, 
the entire convention with one accord rose and remained standing 
until he had taken his seat. 

He had, together with a gravity that might at times have been 
oppressive, a sense of humor that was truly a saving grace. He told 
many good stories, appreciating those at his own expense quite as 
much as any others. One time a couple of laborers had been at work 
for him. It was at the time when treating with hard liquor was the 
rule in New England ; but for some reason or other, he did not offer 
the usual glasses of rum when he paid off his men. The men stood 
about, talking upon indifferent subjects instead of going away. Finally 
one of them, unable longer to bear the suspense, said, "Dr. Chase, has 
your liquor got any bad taste to it?" 

Dr. Chase was an extremely methodical man. He did many 
things by rule. His sermons were always just twelve pages long. He 
wrote upon large sheets, in a fine, distinct hand. He never would 
write more than one page an hour. If the page was completed in less 
time he would walk in the garden or work in his shop (he was well 
skilled in the use of carpenter's tools) until it was time to begin the 
next page. Thus, no sermon took him less than twelve hours in 
preparation. It is needless to say that, measured by the ponderous 
standard of his day, his sermons were excellent. On all special occa- 
sions his church at Claremont would be packed from door to chancel 

On one of these occasions the town sexton, not much of a "go- 
to-meeting" man, was present and was very much impressed. He 
took occasion afterwards to tell the Bishop how grand the sermon was ; 
and then, reminiscencing as sextons of those old days were wont to do, 
he told of an inferior sermon that he had heard somewhere by a young 
preacher whose name he did not know. Time and place were given 
with such accuracy that the Bishop recognized one of his own early 
pulpit efforts. " He compared me with myself to my own great disad- 
vantage ! " 

Bishop Chase was in Baltimore at the time when the first tele- 
graph line was completed between that city and Washington. He was 
greatly interested in the experiment, and Morse, the inventor, turning 
to him, asked him to dictate the first telegraphic message. He re- 
plied with those words that every schoolboy reads today in his Ameri- 
can history, "What has God wrought?" 


I mentioned that both the Chase bishops were injured by the 
overturning of heavy coaches in which they were traveling in those 

ante-railroad days. Carlton Chase was as effectually scalped as though 
he had fallen into the hands of the Indians. He was one night cross 
ing the Green Mountains in company with Judge Hubbard, when the 
coach in which they rode was overturned and fell down the side of the 
mountain, rolling completely Over. His head coming in contact with 
the sharp corner of a rib in the roof of the vehicle, his scalp was torn 
up and turned forward nearly over his eyes. He supposed himself 
fatally injured, but the skin being replaced, it grew on again perfectly, 
the scar remaining through life. 

Another stagecoach incident shows how deep and thorough his 
scholarship was. Though his favorite study was philosophy, Coleridge 
interesting him more than any other writer, he was an admirable lin- 
guist. Several years after leaving college he found himself in a sta 
coach with an educated Pole, who, nevertheless, knew no word oi 
English, and found great difficulty in understanding or making himself 
understood. In a few minutes they found that both knew Latin, and 
in that language they conversed until their ways parted. 

A third stagecoach story, related to me this summer by the vener- 
able bishop Huntington, illustrates bishop Chase's humor, and also 
the wisdom of the biblical precept to answer a fool according to his 
folly. The coach was well filled with people, bishop Chase sat in 
one corner muffled to the eyes in a heavy cloak, apparently paying no 
attention to the chatter of the other passengers. Presently a rather 
noisy infidel began to express his opinion of the early chapters of 
Genesis, declaring that it was all tom-foolery. Presently the Bishop 
stirred himself. "Have you heard," he asked, "of a recently discov 
ered book, the book of Jaazaniah, in the thirteenth chapter of which 
your views are refuted?" "O yes," replied the infidel, "I've seen it 
and read it through. There's nothing in it." The Bishop retired 
into his cloak, and the long-suffering passengers howled, to at 1< 
one man's complete discomfiture. 

When Carlton Chase became Bishop of New Hampshire there 
were but eleven clergymen of the Episcopal Church in the entire 
state. The present bishop, in a convention address a few years sin 
aptly characterized the diocese as a lean one. But if it is lean now, it 
was doubly so fifty years ago. Episcopalian ept in a very few 

towns, were few and scattered and far from wealthy. The care of 
these scattered sheep was ever close to his heart, and as he gave of 


his own time and strength in ministering to them, he expected his 
clergymen to do likewise. He once drove out to some rather remote 
regions in search of some church member of whom he had heard 
rumors. At the country inn he asked whether they knew of any 
Episcopalians in those parts. A shake of the head was the reply. He 
didn't know what they were. The Bishop explained, and elicited the 
information that there was a family down the street that moved in 
about a year ago ; that they were honest, civil people, but that they 
had some queer ways ; that the man gathered his family together on 
Sunday, read the Bible and sung a hymn. This was all reasonable 
enough ; but the next thing they did was to get down on their knees 
and read prayers out of a book. "That's my man," said the Bishop, 
and away he drove. 

During most of his life Bishop Chase, as I have indicated, traveled 
in the old, laborious style. The trips between his childhood's home at 
Hopkinton and Dartmouth College were generally made upon horse- 
back. As Bishop he went back and forth between Claremont and 
Concord — a distance of fifty miles, and a toilsome journey, — several 
times in the course of each year. One had to rise long before light in 
order to make the journey in a single day. Hardships, especially in 
winter, may easily be imagined. The railroad between Claremont and 
Concord was completed the year of the Bishop's death. Yet it was on 
the occasion of a change of can in the later years of his life, and not 
by stage travel, that, aged and infirm, he underwent a painful accident. 

"I had the misfortune," he wrote in his diary, "to fall on an icy 
platform to the serious injury and pain of several parts of my person." 

During these last years he more and more depended upon his 
friends, particularly upon his sons — at first, Francis; later, Arthur, the 
last one of his boys remaining at home. For five or six years it was 
felt that he might pass away at -any time, and he was watched and 
cared for with great tenderness. 

The loss of his wife in L86 1 was a great blow, and though he bore 
it with outward calm, it was the calm of a strongly disciplined nature. 
The Puritan was strong in him, bidding him conceal the emotion that 
stirred him to the bottom of his soul. The last entry in his diary bore 
the date of January 1st, 1870. A week later his last illness began, and 
he died peacefully and happily on the twelfth of the month. It was, 
indeed, the passing of the righteous. 

In the midst of a winter of almost unexampled mildness and 
beauty, and after a week unsurpassed even under the bright skies of 


New England, the morning of the twenty-fifth of January opened dis- 
mal, with cloud and storm. For a time the fleecy snow, pure and 
white as the robes of the righteous, fell lightly upon the earth ; but 
soon followed the dropping rain, — symbol of sorrow, although God's 
instrument of life, — and filled the house with gloom. Such was the 
burial day of the first Bishop of New Hampshire. 

In the presence of a great concourse of notable men, of devoted 
parishioners, and of loving friends, the solemn and stately burial ser- 
vice of his beloved church was read over his peaceful clay ; and as the 
hymn was sung, 

"O sweet and blessed country, 

The home of God's elect ! 
O sweet and blessed country, 

That eager hearts expect ! 
Jesu, in mercy bring us 

To that dear land of rest ; 
Who art with God the Father, 

And Spirit, ever blest." 

no one was there present who heard, but felt in his heart the assurance 
that, lor him who was gone, the prayer was indeed answered. 

The next number on the programme was another cornet solo, 
"The Swiss Boy," by Master Banan ; and then a poem, written for the 
occasion, was read by Miss Carolyn Louise Chase of Derry, N. H., the 
author, unfortunately, being unable to be present. 

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By MRS. LILLIE A. FOLSOM, Oldtown, Me. 

Fitful circumstance coy and environment stern 

Are powerful factors in life ; 
They pelt us with roses of subtle perfume 

Or make us the subjects of strife. 

While heredity potent throws round us her spell — 

Makes the fibre of life coarse or fine ; 
And we cannot break loose from her circling arms 

That fold like the close clinging vine. 

So whenever my eyes on the old patchwork quilt 

Flit from sombre to brilliant hues gay, 
Swiftly noting how each tiny bit makes the whole 

As moments make up the long day — 

Analogous, then, seem our own mortal lives, 

Of which some wiseacre has said, 
That the structural parts which compose the grand whole 

Are but bits of ancestors, long dead, — 

That inherent, innate, are old family traits, 

Transmitted through cycles of years ; 
Some shining like gems ; some, alas, grimly dark, 

Allied to distrust and dark fears. 

Erstwhile, when my soul was tumultuous with hate, 

Defiant like murderous elf, 
Perhaps some old ancestor, long ages dead, 

Was reigning just then o'er myself. 

Again, when keen wit and the bright repartee 

Flash out with a scintillant fire — 
That sparkle of thought effervescent perhaps 

Descended from good old grandsire. 


And when sweet Hope near me her dulcet song sings, 
When love shall my quick pulses haunt, 

The weft of this golden hued texture may be 
Transfused from some saintly old aunt. 

Are we not, after all, like the old patchwork quilt, 

With colors of dun and of flame? 
And for all our caprices and foibles, may be 

Our ancestors old are to blame. 

The Treasurer's report showed the total receipts of the year to 
have been $121.22 and the disbursements $95.38, leaving a cash bal- 
ance of $25.84. As this sum would not be sufficient to meet the cur- 
rent expenses, the usual collection was lifted and the audience duly 
thanked by the President for a contribution of $19.58. 

The Secretary stated that he had received letters from the fol- 
lowing-named persons, extracts from some of the letters being read : 
Judge William M. Chase, Concord, N. H. ; Judge Emory A. Chase, 
Catskill, N. Y. ; Harry Cray Chase, West Newbury, Mass.; Mrs. 
Hannah S. Chase, Salisbury, Mass. ; Alice Louise Chase, Medina, 
N. Y. ; Mrs. Caroline A. Atkinson, Royalston, Mass. ; Emma E. 
Peirce, New Bedford, Mass. ; Mrs. Harriett Chase Runyon, Plainfield, 
N. J.; Annie Chase Riggin, Crisfield, Md. ; Mrs. Lucia R. L. Arnold, 
Omaha, Neb. 

A nominating committee, which, on motion, had been previously 
appointed, reported a list of officers for the ensuing year, and they 
were unanimously elected as follows : 

President — John C. Chase, Derry, N. H. 

Vice Presidents — Hon. William M. Chase, Concord, N. H. ; 
Thomas W. Chace, Providence, R. I.; Charles Estes, Warren, R. I.; 
Rev. Arthur Chase, Ware, Mass. ; Herbert F. Chase, Andover, Mass. 

Secretary-Treasurer — Omar P. Chase, Andover, Mass. 

Executive Committee — James F. Chase, Boston, Mass.; Harry 
Gray Chase, Tufts College, Mass. ; Frederic A. Chase, Providence, 
R. I. : Andrew J. Chase, Melrose, Mass. ; Larkin E. Bennett, Wake- 
field, Mass. ; Georgianna Chase, Boston, Mass. 

Historian — Mrs. Mary L. C. Smith, Hartford, Conn. 


The President : We are fortunate in having with us today a 
widely known member of our family, and if I characterize him as a 
typical New Englander, it is because the Chases are, I believe, true 
representatives of that sectional type. It was my good fortune to hear 
him in New York City in a political campaign nearly a quarter-century 
ago, and his voice gave no uncertain sound in the interests of the 
agricultural class to which he is proud to belong. The "steers" of 
which he made such an important object lesson, have long ere this, it 
is presumed, gone the way of all edible flesh, but their driver and 
exhibitor is still vigorous, and I have the pleasure of presenting to you 
Solon Chase* of Maine. 

Remarks of Solon Chase. 

Mr. Chairman, Men and Women of My Kith and Kin: 

As I live some ways down East, I didn't get here quite as early as 
I wanted to, but I had no difficulty in finding the North Church, and 
I am glad to see you. Now we Chases are a peculiar lot. We don't 
raise a great many bishops, or a great many congressmen or a great 
many presidents of the United States, but, nevertheless, we are a race 
that have as much influence in this country as any you can find. 

In our country public opinion is the power behind the throne, and 
the Chases have as much to do with that as anybody. I believe that 
there is no race in the country that has more influence over public 
opinion than the name of Chase and the descendants of Chase. They 
are all through the country, and wherever you find them you will find 
them as men with minds of their own. 

I have lived an uneventful life on the farm for more than seventy 
years. I have been of some use to myself and of some to the world. 
So vve all have been right along, not unambitious, but surely and 
steadily doing the work of the country. Public opinion, perhaps, may 
not always be right, but it is the power that rules this country. 

While the President has been with us he has been telling us about 
the evils of trusts and what the remedies are, and he has made one 
grand epigram, and that is : "That which is good for the crops is good 
for the weeds"; and he says that so long as we have prosperity, and 
more prosperity growing up, we are going to find obstacles in the way. 

* Solon Chase, 7 Isaac,'' 1 Isaac,' Elcazer, ' Moses, 1 Moses,- Aquila. 1 


He has talked on trusts, but he hasn't offered the remedy ; yet he has 
set the people to thinking, and that is all he has been trying to do. 
He has come before the people of the country, and he has gone away 
simply asking the people to think, and he is endeavoring to point the 

We have a coal strike before us at this time, and the people of 
this country are not going to stand coal at ten dollars a ton, for public 
opinion is going to point the way out, and we Chases are going to 
help. We go forward to remain there and stand there and be equal 
to any of them. 

I don't know quite where I come from, but they say I am a de- 
scendant of Aquila Chase. My father and mother were both Chases, 
and my two grandfathers were half brothers. That is how they stood. 
I have in me a streak of barbarian blood, and perhaps that is not the 
worst thing in the world. The barbarian blood doesn't come from my 
mother's side, but from my father's. My grandmother was a quarter- 
born Indian, and her father sailed away from Salem over the seas and 
was never heard from afterwards ; and his wife was left on Cape Cod 
with her little girl, who afterwards married and went east. 

My grandfather moved into a log house, and everything my grand- 
mother had for housekeeping was a cast-iron pot, and she boiled the 
tea in that pot and got along with that pot for everything. After the 
second year my grandmother thought that they ought to have more 
housekeeping stuff, — more kitchen furniture, — and she kept talking 
to my grandfather about it, and he would say, "We have got the Cape 
Cod pot and don't need anything else." And it went on that way for 
a year or so. Finally, one morning when he said, " We have got the 
Cape Cod pot and don't need anything else," she said, "We haven't 
got the Cape Cod pot, for it has been smashed to pieces." Then 
there had to be something provided, and there was something pro- 
vided. Her standard of living was lifted up, and she had a teakettle 
and a frying-pan and all sorts of things. So you see sometimes in 
order to get justice, you have got to tear things down. Now I would 
like that Cape Cod pot today, but as much as I want it, I think more 
of my convictions that I inherited from my Indian grandmother than I 
do of the Cape Cod pot. 

But I have just come here to get in touch with my kith and kin 
and to see what manner of folk they are, and I guess I have taken 
quite enough of your time and won't say anything more just now. 


The President : One of our kinsmen of the line of Aquila is the 
honored President of the Emery Family Association. I am glad to 
greet him officially, and I know you will be pleased to listen to him, 
particularly as he is somewhat elated at having his genealogy proven, it 
having been an uncertain matter until recently. I present to you the 
Rev. Rufus Emery of Newburyport. 

Remarks of Rev. Rufus Emery. 

Mr. President, Ladies and Gentlemen : 

First of all I wish, in my office as President of the Emery family, 
to present to you and your body our congratulations and good wishes, 
and to say that we hold during this month, at Hotel Berkeley, our 
twentieth anniversary, and would be very glad to see any of you who 
may be twisted in and out of the Emery family. 

When I was at the meeting at Newburyport I knew that my great 
great-grandmother was a Chase, and upon the strength of that I went 
to the Chase meeting ; and I met, naturally, the esteemed President 
and the esteemed Historian, but did not succeed in getting any infor- 
mation in regard to Abigail Chase. When I met your President in 
liy field a few weeks ago, I asked him to hunt it up, and in a few days 
I got word from him and he said, " Your genealogy is as easy as rolling 
off a log." 

Now this morning my esteemed friend has given us some reason- 
able advice on the matter of heraldry. I believe that the Chase family 
have a right to a coat-of-arms to denote their descendants, and I don't 
know why I shouldn't have a shield of arms as well as anybody on the 
face of the earth. It doesn't belong to a family ; it belongs to a name. 
In our family there are half a dozen, and I am going to take one of 
them some one of these days because I like it. I wouldn't use it to 
the detriment or disgrace of my friends, or anything of that kind, but 
I think that the Chase family have a right to a coat-of-arms, and per- 
haps a half a dozen. It is a pretty thing to hang up in one's parlor, 
because it always looks well ; and I take great pride in it because I 
think it is a pleasant thing to have, as it shows descension. I believe 
that the more we honor and cherish the good deeds of our ancestors, 
the more eager we are to know and to follow their examples and their 
ways of doing things which may be contrary to our own. 


The time for adjournment having arrived, the audience joined in 
singing America ; the benediction was pronounced by the Rev. Arthur 
Chase, and the cars taken to Salem Willows, where a genuine shore 
dinner was heartily enjoyed at the restaurant of kinsman Nathaniel S. 

After a local photographer had succeeded in getting a group pic- 
ture, the company dispersed, with the intention of visiting the historic 
sights of the ancient city in which the third reunion had been held, 
their departure being hastened by a heavy shower, which came as a 
climax to the threatening weather that had been an undesirable feature 
of the day. 

Shortly after adjournment a telegram was received from Philip 
Brown Chase of Philadelphia. The sender has the honor of being the 
eldest member of the Association, having been born in Salem in 1809. 
The President wired a reply in behalf of the Association, and both 
messages follow : 

Philadelphia, Penn., September 4, 1902. 
John C. Chase, President, 

North Church, Salem, Mass. 
My compliments and best wishes for a bright and happy day. 

Philip Brown Chase. 

Salem, Mass., September 4, 1902. 
Philip Brown Chase, 

Philadelphia, Penn. 
The Chase Family Association sends cordial greetings, with thanks 
for your kindly remembrance. 

John C. Chase, President. 


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Russell Smith Taft, late Chief Judge of the Supreme Court of 
Vermont, was the seventh in line from Robert Taft, a housewright, 
who came to this country from England and was in Braintree, Mass., 
as early as 1675. He was the seventh of the ten children of Elijah 
and Orinda (Kimball)* Taft, and was born in Williston, Vt., Janu- 
ary 28, 1835, and died in Burlington, after a brief illness, March 22, 

He was educated at the common schools and academies of his 
native state, and began the study of law at the early age of eighteen 
with Hon. George F. Edmunds, afterwards U. S. Senator. Admitted 
to the bar November 12, 1856, on New Year's day, 1857, he entered 
into partnership with Torrey E. Wales, in whose office he had con- 
cluded his preparation. This association lasted for twenty-one years, 
and as his partner was for thirty-six years Judge of the Probate Court 
of Chittenden County, Mr. Taft filled the position of register of the 
court from 1863 to 1880. 

He was honored by frequent elections to public office, and was 
Lieutenant-Governor of the State in 1872-4. Elected Assistant Judge 
of the Supreme Court in 1880, he was re-elected biennially until 1899, 
when he became Chief Judge, which position he held at the time of 
his decease. It is said that in his twenty-two years of service on the 
bench no session was ever adjourned on account of his absence, and 
that he never missed a case in the Supreme Court. Of nearly seven 
hundred cases he tried, less than one in ten were reversed, the small- 
ness of the number being largely due to the fact that he always in- 
tended to solve the doubt in favor of the respondent. His law 
writings have been widely copied, one, an essay on the common law 
of England, gaining him a membership in the Selden Club of Eng- 
land. He contributed an invaluable series of historical papers on the 
Supreme Court of Vermont, to the Green Bag, a law magazine pub- 

*Orinda Kimball, 7 Edith Chase,' 1 Lieutenant Henry,"' Timothy, 1 Isaac,' 
Daniel,- Aquila. 1 


lished in Boston. In all that he wrote he was scrupulously exact, and 
was intolerant of the slightest inaccuracy in the work of others. He 
was greatly interested in genealogical research, and contributed many 
interesting and valuable articles to the publications of the New Eng- 
land Historic-Genealogical Society, of which organization he was Vice 
President at the time of his decease. 

On May 5, 1858, Mr. Taft married Maria L. Carlisle, a native of 
Malone, New York, who died September 23/1873, leaving no children. 
June 27, 1876, he married Mrs. Jane (Marlett) Wyatt, who survived 
him, with a son, Russell Wales Taft, born May 4, 1878. 

A remarkable memory was largely an inheritance from his father, 
and his faculty of remembering names and dates was almost phe- 
nomenal. By some method of association he was able to recall the 
date of birth of every acquaintance or distinguished man, and it was 
one of his favorite amusements to surprise those whom he happened 
to meet, by giving their age in years, months, days and hours. 

It may easily be conjectured that Judge Taft's opinions had un- 
mistakable earmarks. He was fond of putting things as tersely as 
possible, having the Greek's love for laconic expression. He knew 
that, other things being equal, a short opinion is the most useful to the 
profession and to the public, and he would often rewrite his opinions 
at great pains, for the mere sake of condensation. His style was 
singularly lucid, and, as Macaulay wrote of John Bunyan, " nobody 
ever read a sentence of his twice to find out what it meant." Once, 
when sending to the reporter of decisions an opinion which he had 
been unable to make as short and as clear as he wished, he said, " I 
can't seem to get the right twist on this one." He had his own twist 
about everything. Although he often wrote very brief opinions, and 
always preferred to do so, he could also, when occasion required, elab- 
orate his views with the utmost fullness of illustration and minuteness 
of reasoning. 

He had that prime quality of a good judge — an intense love of 
justice. The fundamental question with him always was, What is 
right? Sometimes in closing a decision he would remark, "That is 
the religion of the thing, and it ought to be the law ! " Judged by 
ethical standards, he was a profoundly religious man, yet he called 
himself a materialist, and there doubt that he died fully believing 
that for him, and for all others, individual existence ceases at death. 

He had a quaint and delightful vein of humor, and his manner, 
always dignified and sometimes almost gruff, was only a mask to the 


warmest heart and the keenest sense of fun. Once in a criminal case 
he called the prosecuting officer to the bench and asked him what he 
thought about his ordering a verdict for the State. The astonished 
attorney replied that he had never known such a thing done. "Well, 
then," said Judge Taft, "you hang around here a little while and you 
will." He did it, too, basing his decision upon the ground that the 
question was res judicata. 

In personal appearance he was a man of men — full bearded, with 
a shock of curly hair, black until late in life ; brow large and fine ; eyes 
deep blue, changeful in expression, but always full of thought and often 
full of fun ; massive in proportions and gifted with a great, deep voice 
of wonderful sympathy and charm, and a laugh' that was as silvery as a 

He died of a disease of the heart which had been upon him with- 
out his appreciation for some years. And yet he must have had a 
presentiment that the end was near, for not a year before his death he 
had printed for each of his associates upon the bench a copy of the 
Rules of Practice, elegantly bound, and inserted beneath the cover of 
each, quotations from the Rubiayat of Omar Khayyam, translated by 
Fitzgerald, — a poem of which he was especially fond. One such 
reads : 

"Open thou the door ! 

You know how little time we have to stay, 
And once departed may return no more." 

In one of the others a mandatory injunction was issued which will 
never be disobeyed by those to whom it was addressed. 

"And when thyself with shining foot shall pass 
Among the guests star-scatter'd on the grass, 

And in thy joyous errand reach the spot 
Where I made one — turn down an empty glass." 

(The foregoing is largely taken from an extended memorial by Hon. Wendell 
P. Stafford, which appeared in the New England Historic and Genealogical Register.) 




Helen L. Archer 
Alfred W. Banan 
Frederic Banan 
Everett M. Bartlett . 
Larkin E. Bennett . 
Nathaniel Chase Bousley 
Bernice Boutwell 
Mrs. Edward Boutwell 
Mrs. W. B. Buckminster 
Mrs. Mercy S. Bouton 
Abbie A. Chase 
Albion C. Chase 
Andrew J. Chase 
Anna Ellen Chase . 
Annie J. Chase 
Mrs. Annie M. Chase 
Rev. Arthur Chase . 
Arthur Woods Chase 
Celia W. Chace 
Charles Dyer Chase 
Charles Francis Chase 
Mrs. Charles F. Chase 
Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. 
Clarence A. Chase . 
Daniel E. Chase 
Mrs. Daniel E. Chase, Jr. 
Elizabeth Chase 
Kthel Walcott Chase 
Mrs. Francis A. Chase 
Mrs. Frank Jay Chase 
Fred J. Chase . 
Mrs. Frederic B. Chace 


Salem, Mass. 

Lawrence, Mass. 

Lawrence, Mass. 

Newton, N. H. 

Wakefield, Mass. 

Middleton, Mass. 

Andover, Mass. 

Andover, Mass. 

Maiden, Mass. 

Salem, Mass. 

Salem, Mass. 

Pelham, N. H. 

Melrose, Mass. 

Andover, Mass. 

Beverly, Mass. 

Fall River, Mass. 

Ware, Mass. 

Manchester, N. H. 

Taunton, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

New Britain, Conn. 

Lynn, Mass. 

Lynn, Mass. 

Auburn, Me. 

Somerville, Mass. 

Somerville, Mass. 

Haverhill, Mass. 

Newtonville, Mass. 

Boston, Mass. 

South Boston, Mass. 

Waverly, Mass. 

Winthrop, Mass 



George F. Chace 

Georgiana Chase 

Mrs. Gara D. Chase 

Hannah G. Chase 

Mrs. H. H. Chase . 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Chase 

Herbert Appleton Chase . 

Mr. and Mrs. Herbert F. Chase 

Isaac Chase 

James F. Chase 

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Chase 

Joseph S. Chase 

Josiah G. Chase 

j. Harlan Chase 

Mrs. Katherine Knight Chase 

Lizzie Chase 

Lnra Abbie Chase . 

Mary Elizabeth Chace 

Mary E. Chace 

Mrs. Mary E. Chase 

Myrtie L. Chase 

Nellie C. Chase 

Omar P. Chase 

Percy Chase 

Rev. Piatt N. Chase, Ph.D. 

Robert R. Chase 

Sara Chase 

S. Carrie Chace 

Stephen F. Chase 

Thos. W. Chace . . 

Mrs. W. P. Clark . 

Mrs. W. W. Cleaveland . 

I'M ward E. Davies . 

Mrs. Augustus W. Doyle . 

Cynthia Doyle 

Mr. and Mrs. Ira A. Eastman 

Charles Estes . 

Rev. Rufus Emery . 

Mrs. Addie I. Everett 

Elizabeth M. Gray . 

Taunton, Mass. 

Andover, Mass. 

Ware, Mass. 

Salem, Mass. 

Maiden, Mass. 

Watertown, Mass. 

Haverhill, Mass. 

Andover, Mass. 

Cambridge, Mass. 

Maiden, Mass. 

Derry, N. H. 

Maiden, Mass. 

Cambridge, Mass. 

Bradford, Mass. 

Haverhill, Mass. 

Brookline, Mass. 

South Boston, Mass. 

New Bedford, Mass. 

Fall River, Mass. 

Salem, Mass. 

Pelham, N. H. 

Waverly, Mass. 

Andover, Mass. 

Brookline, Mass. 

Woodstock, N. V. 

Manchester, N. H. 

New York City 

Fall River, Mass. 

Haverhill, Mass. 

New Bedford, Mass. 

Peabody, Mass. 

Haverhill, Mass. 

Lawrence, Mass. 

Cambridge, Mass. 

Cambridge, Mass. 

Andover, Mass. 

Warren, R. I. 

Newburyport, Mass. 

Dan vers, Mass. 

Nashua, N. H. 



Mrs. Sarah L. Gray . 

Mrs. Mary E. Fogg • 

Mrs. Richard L. Gove 

Mrs. Sarah S. Griffin 

Mrs. Mabel W. King 

A 1 van Loring . 

Mrs. Sophronia Chace Merrill 

Mrs. D. Henry Morrison . 

Florence Chase Pevear 

Mrs. George K. Pevear 

G. Brainard Smith . 

Mrs. Mary L. C. Smith 

Mrs. Joshua Stetson 

Mrs. Prudence H. Stokes . 

Emma Sophia Taylor 

Ellen Cabot Torrey . 

Bertha Chase Vincent 

Mrs. Bertha Chase Wheaton 

Mrs. George B. Willis 

Nashua, N. H. 

Seabrook, N. H. 

Lynn, Mass. 

Salem, Mass. 

Peabody, Mass. 

West Newbury, Mass. 

Taunton, Mass. 

Somerville, Mass. 

Lynn, Mass. 

Lynn, Mass. 

Hartford, Conn. 

Hartford, Conn. 

Boston, Mass. 

Wollaston, Mass. 

Worcester, Mass. 

Washington, D. C. 

Maiden, Mass. 

Maiden, Mass- 

Medford, Mass. 

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