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Full text of "Several ancestral lines of Josiah Edson and his wife Sarah Pinney, married at Stafford, Conn., July 1, 1779. With a full genealogical history of their descendants to the end of the nineteenth century. Covering three hundred years and embracing ten generations"

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Several Ancestral Lines 



OF 



JOSIAH EDSON AND His WIFE, SARAH PINNEY, 

Married at Stafford, Conv., July /, I'jjg. 



WITH 



A Full Genealogical History of Their Descendants to the End 
of the Nineteenth Century. 

COVERING THREE HUNDRED YEARS 

AND 

EM BRA CING TEN GENERA TIONS. 

BY / 

HARRIETTE HYDK WELI^S, 

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ASSISTED BY 
HARRY WESTON VAN DYKE. 




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PREFACE. 



If this work, which has occupied much of our time for 
five years, is found to be faulty in construction, it may 
surely be depended upon as reliable. All that is written 
here has been well authenticated. Traditions not proven 
have been omitted. Histories and genealogies have been 
drawn upon liberally, as the interest and value of such 
a work cluster round the lives of the individuals. 

Such as it is, we send it on down the ages, hoping it may 
find friends all the way and among all the many branches 
of our family, and that future generations may continue 
the record, that no one of the family may ever be without 
full knowledge of who they are and from whom they come; 
and may the pages yet to be written show as few blemishes 
in the lives of those recorded as are found upon these. 

The sources from which information has been drawn 
are: "A Genealogical History of the Edson Family;" 
Savage's "Genealogical Dictionary;" Kingman's "History 
of Bridgewater," Mass.; "History of Hingham," Mass.; 
Stiles' "History of Windsor," Ct.; Harris' "History of 
Dorchester," Mass.; Clapp's "History of Dorchester;" 
Trumbull's "Memorial History of Hartford," Ct.; " Colo- 
nial Records of Connecticut;" Records of Bridgewater 
and Hingham, Mass.; Stafford, Ct. ; Randolph, Vt.; 



" Colonial Wars Year Book; " " Soldiers in King Philip's 
War;" "Thomas Joy and His Descendants;" family 
Bibles, and from living members of the family. 

HARRIETTE HYDE WELLS. 

HARRY WESTON VAN DYKE. 
July 31, 1901. 



ANCESTRAL LINES OF SARAH PINNEY. 



HOLCOMBE LINE. 



1 Thomas Holcombe settled early at Dorchester, 

where in May, 1634, he was made freeman. 
In 1635 he removed to Windsor, and in 1639 
was one of those who represented Windsor and 
Hartford in forming the Constitution of the 
Colony of Connecticut. He d. at Windsor, 
Sept. 7, 1657. His wife's name, Elizabeth. 

(i) Thomas. 

Ehzabeth m. Nov. 16, 1654, Josiah Ellsworth. 
Mary m. Oct. 3, 1655, George Griswold. 

2 Abigail, bap. Jan. 6, 1638, m. Samuel Bissell of 

Windsor, June 11, 1658; d. Aug. 17, 1688. 
Joshua, bap. Sept. 27, 1640, m. Ruth Sherwood. 
Sarah, b. Aug. 14, 1642, d. 1654. 
Benajah, b. June 23, 1644, ^- Sarah Enos. 
Deborah, b. Oct. 15, 1646, d. 1649. 
Nathaniel, b. Nov. 4, 1648, m. Mary Bliss. 
Deborah, b. Feb. 15, 1650, m. Daniel Birge. 
Jonathan, b. March 23, 1652, d. 1656. 

BISSELL LINE. 

It is probable that this family is of Huguenot 
origin, many of whom fled to England to 
escape the persecutions which followed the 
massacre of St. Bartholomew. The family in 
England is but little known, and has but one 



coat of arms, which is of a rehgious rather than 
a warHke character. Motto: "in recto 
Decus " (In rectitude honor). 

The family of John, who came to Windsor 
in 1639, is the only one known to have come to 
this country. 

3 John (Capt.) was b. in England, 1591. The year 

following his settlement at Windsor he was 
admitted to the church and declared freeman, 
receiving a grant of land. He secured the first 
monopoly of the ferrying business on the 
Scantic river, a tributary of the Connecticut, 
the ferry still bearing his name. He repre- 
sented his town as Deputy, and was always 
prominent in town counsels, ^e rendered 
military service in King Philip's war; was 
Captain of Windsor Troopers in 1675 and '76. 
His house was fortified and garrisoned, afiford- 
ing protection to his family and neighbors. 
He d. at Windsor, Oct. 3, 1677, aged 86. His 
wife (name not given) d. May 21, 1641. 

(3) John. 

John, b. in England, m. Isabel Mason, dau. 
of the famous Major John Mason. 
Thomas, b. Eng., m. Abigail Moore. 
Mary, b. Eng., m. Jacob Drake. 

4 Samuel, m. Abigail, dau. of Thomas Holcombe, June 

II, 1658. They lived at Windsor, where he 
had 106 acres given him by his father. He d. 
May 17, T697. 

Nathaniel, b. at Windsor, Sept. 25, 1640. m. 
(i) Mind well Moore, (2) Dorothy Fitch. 

Joyce, m. Samuel Pinney, Nov. 1665. 



(4) Samuel. 

John, b. April 5, 1659, m. Abigail . 

5 Abigail, b. July 6, 1661, m. James Enos. 

Jacob, b. March 28, 1664, m. Mary . 

Mary, b. Sept. 15, 1666. 

Samuel, b. Jan. 11, 1668, m. Mary Bissell. 

Benajah, b. June 30, 1671. 

Elizabeth, b. Jan. 4, 1677. 

Deborah, b. Oct. 29, 1679. 

Hannah, b. Sept. 18, 1682. 

(5) Abigail. 

6 Siisanna/i, m. Joseph Phelps, Jr. Their dau. 

Susannah m. Isaac Pinney (3d). 

THRALL LINE. 

7 Willimn Thrall was b. 1606, Aug. 3. He was one of 

the Dorchester settlers who removed to Wind- 
sor. He had a grant of land in Windsor in 
1640, near the old mill. He served in the 
Pequot war, 1637, under Capt. John Mason. 
He was called " Old Goode Thrall." 

(7) William. 

8 Philliiry, m. John Horsford. 

(8) Phillury. 

9 Sarah, m. Joseph Phelps, Sr. 

HORSFORD LINE. 

10 William Horsford came early to America, and was 
the ruling Elder of the church at Dorchester, 
Mass., about 1630, but subsequently returned 
to England. 



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(lo) William. 

1 1 John was a man of considerable wealth and prom- 

inence in Windsor. He served in Capt. Clark's 
company of Dragoons during King Philip's 
war in 1676, seeing much active service. He 
m. PhiUury Thrall. 

GRISWOLD LINE. 

12 Edward Grisivold was b. at Kenilworth, Warwick- 

shire, England, in 1607. He, with his brother 
Matthew, emigrated to this country about 1640. 
Edward brought with him a wife, Margaret 

, and four children, several others being 

added to the group in this country. He set- 
tled at Windsor, and was Representative from 
that place from 1658-61. In 1664 he removed 
to Killingworth, as one of the leaders in the 
settlement of that place, and was its first repre- 
sentative. It may be inferred, also, that he 
stood sponsor when the name was given, 
Killingworth answering to the popular pro- 
nunciation of his native place in England. He 
was the first deputy from Killingworth. and 
continued to represent that place from 1678- 
1689. At one time his son Francis, brother 
Matthew and himself were Representatives in 
one Court. In 1678, when the County Court 
took the condition of the schools into consid- 
eration, he was one of a committee of six, he 
representing Killingworth, to see what could 
be done towards settling a Latin school at New 
Haven. He d. in 1691. 



(i2) Edward. 

Francis, b. in England 1632, d. Oct. 1671. 

John, b. 1634, d. 1642. 

Sarah, b. 1636, m. Samuel Phelps. 

George, b. 1638. All in England. 

Anne, b. at Windsor 1642. 
13 Mary, bap. Oct. 1644, m. Timothy Phelps 1661. 

Deborah, b. June 28, 1646, m. Samuel Buell 
Nov. 13, 1662. 

Joseph, b. March 12, 1648. 

Samuel, bap. Nov. 18. 1649, d. 1673. 

John, b. Aug. 1652. 

These children were the progenitors of many 
distinguished people who are to be found in 
all parts of the United States. 

PHELPS LINE. 

The Phelps family can be traced to England, 
where is found in the church register of 
Tewkesbury the following: 

" William, son of James, bap. 4 Aug. 1560. 

William, son of William, bap. 19 Aug. 1599. 

Mary, dau. of William, bap. 4 Sept. 1597. 

Dorothy, dau. of William, bap. 28 Feb. 1595. 

James, son of William, bap. 14 July, 1601. 

Elizabeth, dau. of WilHam, bap. 9 May, 1603. 

George, b. about 1605. 

Richard, bap. 26 Dec. 1609." 

The first Phelps name is that of James, b. 
probably about 1520. In the parish register 
of Tewkesbury during Lent, 1590, occurs this 
entry: *' I granted a license to William Phelps, 
being then extremely sicke, to eat fleshe, which 
license to endure no longer tyme than during 



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his sickness. Ri: Curteis, curate of Tewkx- 
burie." 

The first name, William, in the above record 
of baptisms, and to whom the Lenten license 
was granted, was mayor or rather BailifT of 
Tewkesbury in 1607, and probably father of the 
emigrant Phelps brothers, William, Richard 
and George, who came to Dorchester, New 
England, in the " Mary and John " in 1630. 
Richard embarked for the islands of Barbadoes 
May 2, 1635, and nothing more was heard of 
him. William and George became the ances- 
tors of the larger proportion of the American 
families of Phelps. 
14 William was b. Tewkesbury, Gloucester, Eng. Came 
to Dorchester, Mass., with Rev. Mr. Warham, 
of whose church, formed in Plymouth, Eng., 
he was an original member. He was accom- 
panied by his wife Elizabeth and five 

children, and by his younger brothers. 

He was from the first a prominent and 
highly respected citizen of Dorchester, his 
name frequently occurring in the Mass. 
records. 

Oct. 19, 1630, he applied to be made a free- 
man. Nov. 9, 1630, he was one of the jury 
empaneled for the trial of Walter Palmer for 
the murder of Austin Brotchus, the first trial 
by jury in New England. Sept. 27, 1631, he 
was appointed Constable of Dorchester. 
March 4, 1634. Ensign Gibbs and William 
Phelps were appointed by the General Court 
to go with a committee of three " to arrange 
the boundaries between Boston and Dor- 



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Chester, and explain what each town wants." 
May 5, 1635, he was a member of the General 
Court from Dorchester. 

In the spring of 1636 he removed with his 
children (his wife having died) to Windsor, 
where his brother George had preceded him. 

In \\^indsor he also ranked as an honored 
and active citizen; was a member of the first 
Court held in Conn.. 1636, also in 1637, which 
declared war against the Pequots; was a magis- 
trate from 1 638-1 642; foreman of the first 
Grand Jury 1643; deputy to General Court 
1645-49, 51, 57; in 1658 was on the petit jury; 
in 1641 was appointed, together with Mr. 
Welles of Hartford, a " committee on lying." 

" He was an excellent, pious and upright 
man in his public and private life, and was 
truly a pillar in church and state." 

He m. second Mary Dover, who is said to 
have been a fellow-passenger in the " Mary and 
John." He d. at Windsor July 14, 1672. She 
d. Nov. 27, 1675. 

(14) William. 

William, b. about 1620, m. (i) Isabel Wil- 
son, (2) Sarah Pinney; no children. 

Sarah, b. about 1623, m. Wm. Wade. 

Samuel, b. 1625, m. Sarah Griswold. 

Nathaniel, b. 1627, m. Elizabeth Copley. 

Joseph, b. 1629, m. (i) Hannah Newton, 
(2) Mary Salmon. 
15 Timothy, b. at Windsor Aug. 1639, m. Mary, dau. 
of Edzvard Griszvold. He was made a freeman 
at Windsor in 1664; was commissioned Lieut, 
in Capt. Matthew Allyn's company, Col. Wil- 



12 

Ham Whiting's regiment, in 1709, and saw 
active service in Queen Anne's war. In 1696 
he was styled " Captain," and his will, dated 
March 2, 171 7, is signed " Capt. Timothy 
Phelps." He d. 1719. 

Mary, b. at Windsor, m. Thomas Barber. 

(15) Timothy. 

Timothy, b. 1663, m. Martha Crow. 

16 Joseph, b. Sept. 2-j, 1666, m. Sarah, daii. of John 

Horsford, Nov. 18, 1686. She was b. same 
day and year as her husband. He owned a 
large tract of land in Hebron, and resided 
there. He d. 1716. 

William, b. Feb. 4, 1668, m. (i) Abigail 
Mudge, (2) Ruth Barber. 

Cornelius, b, April 26, 1671, m. Sarah Mans- 
field. 

Mary, b. Aug. 14, 1673, d. May 23, 1690. 

Samuel, b. Jan. 29, 1675, m. Abigail Enos. 

Nathaniel (Capt.), b. Jan. 7, 1677, m. (i) 
Hannah Bissell, (2) Abigail Pinney. 

Sarah, b. Dec. 2'/', 1679, m. David Marshall. 

Abigail, b. June 5, 1682, m. Samuel Filer. 

Hannah, b. Aug. 4, 1684, m. James Enos. 

Ann, b. Oct. 2, 1686, m. David Porter. 

Martha, b. Nov. 12, 1688, m. Samuel Hol- 

comb. 

(16) Joseph. 
Sarah, b. Aug. 14, 1687. 
Mary, b. June 8, 1689, m. Matthew Griswold. 

17 Joseph, b. March 16, 1692, m. Susauuah, dau. James 

Enos, Jr., March 18, 171 5. He d. at Hebron, 
Conn,, Oct. 17, 1761. Joseph saw active serv- 



13 

ice in Queen Anne's war, in which he had a 
narrow escape from the Indians, while a young 
man. He was engaged in a scout under Lt. 
Crocker, 171 2, and was very nearly taken. He 
" lost his coat, hat, blanket and divers other 
traps." The next year, on application of his 
father, the sum of 30s. was allowed him for his 
loss out of the colony treasury. 

Abigail, b. Oct. 15, 1698, m. Samuel Mar- 
shall. (?) 

Edward, b. 1697, m. Deborah Griswold. 

Benoni, b. June 24, 1699. 

John, b. Sept. 30, 1703, m. Anna Horsford. 

Abel (Capt.), b. Feb. 19, 1705. 

Daniel, b. March 28, 1707. 

Ichabod, b. April 3, 1708, m. Martha Tillot- 
son. 

Jonathan, 

(17) Joseph. 

Doubtless there were several children, but 
we have record of only one. 

18 Susannah, b. at Hebron, Conn., Sept. 23. 1731, m. 

Isaac Pinney, 3d. 

NEWBERRY LINE. 

19 Thomas Nezvberry came from England in the " Mary 

and John," in the Rev. John Warham's com- 
pany, 1630; became one of the earliest settlers 
and largest landed proprietors of Dorchester, 
Mass. 

He received from the General Court a grant 
of 100 acres on Neponset March. 1634, and 
many grants from the Dorchester proprietary. 
He laid out a large farm in Squantum and built 



a house there. He was Deputy to the General 
Court of Mass. in 1634-35. 

Mr. Newberry Hved on " The Rock " in 
1634, when he became freeman and selectman. 
In 1635 he was appointed to oversee works at 
the " Castle; " was early engaged in the Con- 
necticut enterprise. He sold his Dorchester 
property and prepared to move to Windsor, 
but his death Jan., 1636, prevented. His 
widow Jane afterwards became the second wife 
of Rev. John Warham. 

(19) Thomas. 
Joseph. 
John. 
Benjamin. 
Rebecca. 
Mary, m. " Hon. Mr. Daniel Clark " of Windsor. 
Hannah, m. Benjamin Hanford. 
Sarah, m. Henry Wolcott, Jr. 

ENOS LINE. 

James Enos came to Windsor, Conn., 1648. Tradi- 
tion says the family came from France. But 
James Enos' trade of a Barber is as much 
English as French. In his day no man in 
London could vote unless he was a member of 
one of the trade guilds of that city. Nor could 
he be elected Alderman, Sherifif or Lord Mayor 
of London until he had served his apprentice- 
ship in a trade guild. 

James Enos had probably learned his trade 
of " Barber Surgeon " in the Barber Surgeon 
Co. of London, of which Sir Astley Cooper and 
other eminent surgeons were apprentices. A 



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very curious old shaving bowl, 1663, and a 
very ancient baptismal blanket and " fixings " 
are owned by the family of a descendant of 
James Enos living at Torrington, Conn. 

James Enos m. Aug. 18, 1648, Hannah, dau. 
of Richard Bidwell, or, from dates in the Bid- 
well family, more likely Anna, widow of 
Richard. 

In 1664 James Enos, with six others, pre- 
sented a petition to the court asking for church 
privileges and baptism for their children. 

James. 

Sarah, b. June 15, 1649, m. (i) Benajah Hol- 
combe, (2) Samuel Phelps. 
20 James, b. Oct. 30, 165 1, m. Abigail, dau. Samuel and 
Abigail (Holcombe) Bissell, Dec. 26, 1678. 
She d. April 19, 1728; he d. July 16, 1714; both 
buried in " Old Burying Ground," Simsbury. 
He was one of the 11 petitioners, 1705, for a 
grant of land for services in the " Swamp 
Fight " in King Philip's war. He was Ser- 
geant. 

John, b. Dec. 2, 1654, m. Mary Dibble. 

(20) James. 

James, b. Sept. 23, 1679, m. (i) Mary Grant, 
(2) Hannah Phelps. 

Ann, b. April 10, 1682, m. Joseph Case. 
William, b. Jan. 5, 1684, m. Mary North. 
Abigail, b. March 1,1686, m. Samuel Phelps. 
Mary, b. May 5, 1691, d. Sept. 15, 1697. 
John, b. Jan. 5, 1693. 

Samuel, b. July 7, 1696, m. Eunice Marshall. 
(6) Susannah, b. May 16, 1699, ^- ■Joseph Phelps, Jr. 
David, b. Aug. 12, 1702, m. Mary Gillett. 



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Susannah. 

(i8) Susannah, b. Hebron, Conn., Sept. 23, 1731, m. Isaac 
Pinney, 3d. 

CLARK LINE. 

21 Daniel Clark was an attorney at law, a " first settler," 
and a man of much influence and position at 
Windsor, Conn. He held many public offices; 
was secretary of the colony 1 658-1 666; was in 
the " Land Division " 1639-40 at Hartford; 
was admitted to Windsor church June 18, 
1643. At a meeting of Town Council May i, 
1650, he was appointed to sit in " Great Pew " 
in the first meeting house in Windsor. 

He was Lieut, of the First Troop of Mounted 
Horse, under Capt. John Mason, 1657; was 
chosen as its Capt. 1664. He served as Capt. 
until 1 68 1. He was Assistant to Governor 
1662, 63, 64; was Clerk of Court at Hartford 
1665, 66. 

He m. (i) Mary, dau. of Thomas Newberry, 
June 13, 1644. She d. Aug. 29, 1688. He 
m. (2) Martha, widow of Simon Wolcott, sister 
of William Pitkin, Esq., of Hartford. He d. 
Aug. 17, 1 7 10, aged 87; is buried at East 
Windsor Hill. 

(21) Daniel. 

Mary, b. April 24, 1645, d. in infancy. 
Josiah, b. Jan. 21, 1648, 
EHzabeth, b. Oct. 28, 165 1. 
Daniel, b. April 4, 1654. 
John, b. April 10, 1656. 
Mary, b. Sept. 22, 1658. 



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Samuel, b. Feb. 6, 1661. 
22 Sarah, h. Aug. 7, 1663, m. Isaac Pinney, ist, 1685. 
Hannah, b. Aug. 22, 1665. 
Nathaniel, b. Sept. 8, 1666. 

HULL LINE. 

George Hull came to America in the " Mary 
and John " in 1630. No doubt he was accom- 
panied by a family, but we have no record of 
any except one daughter. 

Mr. Hull settled at Dorchester, where he 
soon became prominent in affairs. He was 
representative from that place in 1634 and 36. 
He subsequently removed to Windsor, Conn., 
where he became at once a man of first influ- 
ence, being deputy to General Court (the first 
in Conn.) over thirty times prior to 1654, when 
he was assistant. He was frequently appointed 
magistrate. He had a monopoly of the beaver 
trade in Conn., and became a man of great 
wealth, as shown by his holdings of real estate 
in Windsor and Fairfield, Conn. His daughter 

23 Mary m. Humphrey Pinney, probably in or about 

1633, as one child was b. at Dorchester and the 
next at Windsor, where they removed in 1635. 

PINNEY {also Pinny, Pinne). 

24 Humphrey, son of John, came to America in the 

" Mary and John " with the Rev. Mr. War- 
ham's Co., 1630, and settled at Dorchester, 
Conn., where he m. Mary Hull, who had been 
a fellow-passenger. 

The immediate ancestry of Humphrey Pin- 

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ney appear to have resided in Broadway, Som- 
ersetshire, England. 

From the will of Edmund Pinney, uncle of 
Humphrey, dated 1631, recorded Feb. 2, 1632, 
Humphrey Pinney being administrator, we 
learn that Edmund was buried in the South 
Aisle of Broadway church, in a tomb called 
" The Pinney Tomb." The will also tells us 
that Edmund Pinney had a brother John the 
elder and a brother John the younger, a sister 
Alice, who m. a Way, and a sister Johanna, 
who m. Giles Godwin. 

John the elder m. Johanna and had 

the following children: Elizabeth. Edmund, 
Richard, Roger, Nicholas, Wilham, Humphrey 
(the emigrant to Dorchester and Windsor), 
John of Exeter, Agnes. Mary, Sarah and Alice, 
twelve in all. 

Humphrey Pinney was an original member 
of Dorchester Church. He removed and set- 
tled at Windsor in 1635. where he d. Aug. 20, 
1683. 

(24) Humphrey. 

Samuel, b. at Dorchester. 

Nathaniel, b. at Windsor 1641. 

Mary, b. June, 1644, m. A. C. Phelps 1663. 

Sarah, b. Nov. 19. 1647, m. William Phelps 
1676. 

John, b. Oct. 165 1, d. unmarried. 

Abigail, b. Nov. 26, 1654, m. John Adams 

1677. 

25 Isaac, I St, b. Feb. 24, 1663, m. Sarah Clark, dau. of 

Daniel Clark and Mary Nezvherry, Oct. 6, 

1685. Sergeant Isaac Pinney saw active serv- 



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ice during Qneen Anne's war, and d. on board 
a vessel coming from Albany, doubtless of 
injuries received, Oct. 6, 1709. 

(25) Isaac. 

26 Isaac, 2d, b. Jan. 17. 1686, m. Ahagail Filley Jan. 26, 

1709. She was b. in Suffield Dec. 1685, ^"d 
d. Nov. 1761. He d. Aug. 12, 1717. 

Jonathan, b. Oct. 23, 1688. 

Mary, b. March 4, 1690. 

Sarah, b. March 7, 1692, d. unmarried. 

Humphrey, b. Sept. 5, 1694. 

Elizabeth, b. Jan. 6, 1696, d. Sept. 13, 1715. 

Noah, b. July 24, 1703, m. Mary Allyn. 

Hannah. 

Daniel. 

(26) Isaac. 

Prudence, b. 1710, m. A. B. Stanley. 
Anne, b. Jan. 24, 1712, m. Ashabel Phelps. 
Oliver, b. March 20, 1714. 

27 Isaac, 3d, b. Jan. 15, 1716, m. Susannah Phelps. She 

was b. at Hebron, Ct., Sept. 23, 173 1, d. at 
Stafford, Ct., Sept. 13, 1795. He d. at Staf- 
ford Sept. 1 79 1. He was for over thirty years 
Judge of Probate, and was Ensign in the 
military service. 

(2y) Isaac. 
Susannah, b. 1749, d. 1841. 
Oliver, b. Aug. 175 1, d. Nov. 14, 1827. 
Lydia, b. Jan. 19, 1754, d. March 3, 1836. 

28 Sarah, h. Dec. 25, 1756, m. Josiah Edson 1779. 

They settled at Randolph, Vt. She d. Dec. 
16, 1805. 

Isaac, b. Dec. 18, 1758, d. Feb. 16, 1824. 

Daniel, b. Dec. 17, 1761, d. June 2y, 1823. 



ANCESTRAL LINES OF JOSIAH EDSON. 



CHUBBUCK LINE. 

29 Thomas Chubbuck settled at Hingham, Mass., in 

1634, and the following year received a grant 
of a house lot at " Broad Cove." His wife's 

name was Alice . He seems to have 

been a thrifty farmer, for in his will he disposes 
of several pieces of land to his sons, and pro- 
vides for his daughters. He d. Dec. 9, 1676. 
His wife d. 1645. 

(29) Thomas. 

Nathaniel, m. Mrs. Mary Gannet. 
Sarah, b. 1637, m. Jeremiah Fitch. 
John, b. Jan. 19, 1639, d. next Feb. 

30 Rebecca, b. April, 1641, m. William Hersey.- 

Mary, b. Oct. 13, 1642, m. Thomas Lincoln. 
Deborah, b. July 6, 1645, d. March, 1650. 
Hannah, b. Aug. 8, 1647, d. Nov. 1647. 
John, b. Dec. 30, 1648. 

HERSEY LINE. 

31 William Hersey came to New England in 1635 ^"*^ 

located at Hingham, Mass., with other passen- 
gers who come in the same ship. He was a 
native of England, but the place and date of 
his birth have not been ascertained. 

July 3, 1636. he had a home lot of five acres 



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granted him on what is now South, nearly 
nearly opposite West street. 

The surname Hersey, or Hersy, is a very 
ancient one, and probably of French origin, as 
it appears among the list of noblemen and gen- 
tlemen who went over to England with Wil- 
liam the Conqueror. 

In Hingham it has well represented the in- 
dustrious, as well as the enterprising and 
influential portion of the inhabitants of the 
town. 

William Hersey was " Husbandman " Free- 
man March, 1638. Selectman, 1642, 1647, 
1650. Artillery company, 1652. At the time 
of the trouble about the election ol officers for 
the train bands, 1644-45, he was assessed a 
heavy fine for supporting the views of Rev. 
Peter Hobart and his friends, and the family 
rate towards the erection of the new meeting 
house was the largest upon the list but one. 

His wife's name was Elizabeth . She 

d. at Hingham, 1671. He d. March 22, 1657. 

In his will dated March 9, 1657, proved April 
29 following, he gives " To my son William ye 
house and home lot that he now lives in, and 
ye fence plott before his gate, and ye Lott I 
bought of Matthew Chafey at ye Capt's Tent," 
etc. Also valuables to sons John and James, 
to daus. Frances, Elizabeth and Judith £5 each. 
" To my grandchildren John Croade and Wil- 
liam Hersie 40s each, all ye rest of my Lands, 
housing, goods, etc., to my wife Elizabeth dur- 
ing her life as a widow." Wife, executrix. 
Overseers, " Cousin John Farrington, Thomas 



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Marsh, and my Sonne in Law, Richard 
Croade." Inventory appraised April 28, 1658, 
by Moses Collier and Thomas Marsh, at £419. 
13s, 6d. 

(31) William. 
William, b. probably in England, and came over with 
his parents in 1635. His first wife, whom he 
m. about 1656, was Rebecca, dau. of Thomas 
and Alice Chubbiick. Thomas Chubbuck settled 
at Hingham in 1634, and the following year 
received a grant of a house lot at Broad Cove 
(Lincoln St.). He d. Dec. 9, 1676. He seems 
to have been a thrifty farmer, for in his will he 
disposes of several pieces of land to his sons 
and provides for his daughters. They had 
eight children of whom Rebecca was the 
fourth. She was b. at Hingham, April, 1641, 
and d. June i, 1686. All of William's children 
were by this wife. His second wife was 
" Ruhanah " as appears in his will, but no entry 
of this marriage is recorded. 

He was made Freeman in 1652, Constable 
1 66 1, Selectman 1678, 1682 and 1690. 

Frances, m. Richard Croade. 

Elizabeth, m. Moses Oilman. 

Judith, b. July 15, 1638, m. Humphrey 
Wilson. 

John, b. Aug. 9, 1640. 

James, b. 1642. 



(32) William. 

William, b. Oct. 11, 1657. 
John, b. Oct. 27, 1659. 
James, b. Dec. 2, 1661. 



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Rebecca, b. Aug. 20, 1663, m. Benjamin 
Johnson. 

33 Deborah, b. Jan. i, 1665, m. April 29, 1687, Samuel 

Lincoln. 

Hannah, b. Feb. 13, 1668, m. Ebenezer 
Lane. 

EHzabeth, b. May 26, 1671, m. John Beale. 

Ruth, b. Feb. 20, 1673, m. Caleb Beale. 

Mary, b. June 4, 1676. 

Joshua, b. March 29, 1678. 

Judith, b. Sept. 6, 1680, d. next year. 

Judith 2d, bap. Aug. 29, 1686, m. Israel 
Vickery. 

LINCOLN LINE. 

34 Samuel Lincoln came from Hingham, England, and 

settled at New Hingham, Mass., 1637. His 
age was given as eighteen. He had two broth- 
ers who also settled at Hingham, Daniel, the 
husbandman, and Thomas, the weaver. Daniel 
d. here leaving considerable property to his 
brother Samuel. Thomas d. 1675, and al- 
though twice married he left no children. He 
also left property to Samuel, but more to Sam- 
uel's children. 

One branch of Samuel's descendants still 
occupy a part of the original homestead. 

The christian name of Samuel's wife was 
Martha. She d. at Hingham April 10, 1693. 
He d. May 26, 1690, aged 71. 

The descendants of Samuel Lincoln are 
numerous and widely scattered. Many of 
them have occupied distinguished positions in 
public and private life. 



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(34) Samuel. 

35 Samuel, b. Aug. 25, 1650, m. April 29, 1687, Deborah. 
daii. of William and Rebecca (Chiibbiick) Her- 
sey. Both were b. at Hingham. 

In 1675-6, he was a member of the brave 
Capt. Johnson's Company, and participated as 
cavalryman in the great Narragansett fight. 
In 1679 his name appears upon a list of foot 
soldiers who are willing to serve the country 
in the capacity of troopers. At home he held 
various military offices and was styled " Cor- 
net." He was a carpenter. Selectman in 1694 
and 1698. 

Daniel, b. Jan. 2, 1652. 

Mordecai, b. June 19, 1655. 

Thomas, b. Sept. 8, 1659, d. Nov. 13, 1661. 

Mary, b. March 2y, 1662, m. Joseph Bates. 

Thomas, b. Aug. 20, 1664. 

Martha, b. Feb. 11, 1666, d. unmarried, 
aged 74. 

Sarah, b. Aug. 13, 1669, d. same month. 

Sarah 2d, b. June 17, 1671, d. unmarried, 
aged 72. 

Rebecca, b. March 11, 1673, ^n. John Clark 
and Israel Nichols. 

Abraham Lincoln, President of the United 
States, was a descendant of one of these sons, 
also Maj.-Gen. Lincoln, who received the 
sword of Cornwallis after the battle of York- 
town, wdiich closed the war of the Revolution. 

(35) Samuel. 

Deborah, b. June 15, 1688, m. James Lin- 
coln. 



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Samuel, b. Feb. i, 1690. 

Jedediah, b. Oct. 2, 1692. 

Mary, b. Sept. 18, 1694, m. Nathaniel Fear- 
ing. 

Rebecca, b. Aug. i, 1697, m. Abraham 
Leavitt, and Nathan Stevens. 

Elisha, b. Sept. 3, 1699. 
36 Lydia, b. Sept. 14, 1701, m. Dec. 17, 1724, John Joy. 

Abigail, b. Jan. 11, 1703, m. Matthew Lin- 
coln. 

Susannah, b. April 18, 1706, m. Josiah 
Lincoln. 

ANDREWS LINE. 

T^y TJiomas Andrezvs and his son Joseph came from 
Devonshire, England, and settled at Hingham 
prior to the arrival of Rev. Peter Hobart and 
his company in 1635. 

At the first drawing of home lots, Sept. 18, 
1635, Thomas had five acres, including back 
land granted to him on Town (now North) 
street. 

(37) Thomas. 
38 Joseph was b. at Devonshire, Eng., about 1597. 
Came early to Hingham and had grant of a 
house lot on Town St. Sept. 18, 1635, next to 
his father's five acres, including back lands. 

At the May Court in 1635, Joseph was sworn 
as constable. In 1636, '37, '38, he was one of 
the Representatives of the town at the General 
Court. He was also the first town clerk of 
Hingham. He afterwards removed to Dux- 
bury, and in 1654 was surveyor of highways 
and constable in 1664. 



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Oct. 1 6, 1665, he and his wife Elizabeth con- 
veyed to their son Thomas of Hingham " Our 
home lot and dwelling house, out buildings, 
&c., and ten acres of land which was formerly 
given us by the town of Hingham, bounded on 
Town St. South, Broad Cove North," etc. At 
a later date he returned to Hingham and d. 
there Jan. i, 1697, aged 83. His wife d. 1688. 

His will, which is on file in the S. P. office, 
and dated at Hingham, Sept. 27, 1679, men- 
tions and provides for wife Elizabeth, gives to 
son Joseph among other valuables " my sword, 
gold ring, and a Bible." To son Ephraim " the 
estate in New Jersey." Mentions daus. and 
grandchildren, and gives *' to each of my 
grandsons that bear my name Joseph, a pewter 
platter." 

(38) Joseph. 
39 Thomas, b. Nov., 1632. probably in England. The 
christian name oi his wife was Ruth. She out- 
lived him, and d. at Hingham Oct. 23, 1732, 
aged 97. 

Thomas was chosen Constable in 1654 and 
1661. Selectman 1670, '72, '76. '79, '85, '87, 
'88. Representative in 1678, and to represent 
the town in the Council of Safety in 1689. 

He was for several years Captain of a mili- 
tary company in Hingham, and on Aug. 6. 
1690, he and a number of the soldiers of his 
command went on board ship to go to Canada 
with the expedition under Sir William Phipps. 
Capt. Andrews and most of the Hingham 
soldiers died in the expedition. Captain d. 
Nov. 25, 1690. 



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In his will he provides for wife Ruth, gives 
to son Thomas " The dwelling house which I 
built for him with the land about it, that was 
Edward Pitts' that I bought of his son and dau. 
Eastman." Son Jedediah to be '' brought up 
to learning." Gives to other sons and daus. 
share and share alike. 

Joseph, b. about 1635. 

Elizabeth, b. March, 1637. 

Ephraim, b. Aug., 1639. 

Hannah, m. Mr. Gannett. 

Mary, m. Mr. Beard. 

Hepzibah, m. Jeffrey Manning. 

Abigail, m. John Wadsworth. 

(39) Thomas. 

Joseph, b. Sept. 22, 1656, d. unm. Nov. 24, 
1724. 
John, b. Sept. 30, 1658. 
Ruth, b. Aug. 6, 1660, m. Ambrose Lx)w. 
Thomas, b. June 26, 1663. 

40 Elizabeth, b. Sept. 22, 1665, m. Joseph Joy (109), May 

22, 1690. 

Ephraim, b. Oct. 27, 1667, d. Sept. 7, 1669. 

Abigail, b. Jan. 6, 1669, m. Joseph Blany. 

Stephen, b. March 6, 1672. 

Jedediah, b. July, 1674. 

Benjamin, b. March 11, 1677, m. Mary 
Sweetzer. 

ALDEN LINE. 

41 John Alden was b. in England, 1599. and came to 

America in the Mayflower, Nov. 1620. He 
is the ancestor of all who bear the name of 
Alden in this countrv. 



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He is said to have been the first person that 
landed on Plymouth rock. He did not come 
like the others, for religious privileges, but 
being a good mechanic (cooper) he came to 
try to make his fortune in the new world. On 
the voyage, however, he became imbued with 
the religious zeal of those around him, and 
joined them, and ever after worked faithfully 
with them. 

He was the youngest of those who signed 
the " immortal compact " of civil government, 
in the cabin of the Mayflower, at Province- 
town, Nov. 15, 1620. 

In 1 62 1 he m. Priscilla, dau. of William and 
Alice Molines (commonly called Mullens) of 
the Walloon Huguenot contingent. They 
were also fellow-passengers in the Mayflower. 
Her parents and brother Joseph died in the 
" first sickness," as it was called, and which 
proved fatal to a large proportion of the colo- 
nists. So Priscilla was left alone, when 
scarcely more than a child, a stranger in a 
strange land. But kind neighbors cared for 
her until she m. John Alden. 

They lived at Plymouth a few years, then 
removed to Duxbury, when he obtained land, 
some of which is still in possession of his 
descendants. He was also one of the " orig- 
inal proprietors " of Bridgewater. 

He was a man of great integrity and worth, 
was held in highest esteem by the men of his 
time, and filled many offices of honor and re- 
sponsibility with great credit. 

He d. at Duxbury, Sept. 12, 1687. His wife 
d. Feb. 5, 1688. 



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(4i) John. 

42 Elizabeth, b. 1622 or 23; first white woman b. in New 

England. She m. William Pabodie, Dec. 26, 
1644, d. May 31, 1717. 

John, b. 1624, m. Elizabeth , (2) Eliza- 
beth (Phillips) Averill, d. 1701. 

43 Joseph, b. 1627, m. Mary Simmons, 1657, of Bridge- 

water. His posterity was very numerous 
throughout that district. He d. Feb. 8, 1697. 

Sarah, b. 1629, m. Alexander Standish, son 
of Miles Standish. They had seven children. 

Ruth, b. 163 1, m. John Bass, 1657. 

Jonathan, b. 1633. m. Abigail Hallett, 1672, 
d. Feb. 14, 1698. 

Rebecca, b. 1637, d. leaving no children. 

Zachariah, b. 1641. 

Mary, b. 1643, "^- Thomas Delano of Dux- 
bury, 

David, b. 1646, m. Mary South worth. 

Priscilla, alive in 1688. 

(43) Joseph. 

Isaac, m. Mehitable, dau. of Samuel Allen, 
Dec. 2, 1685. 

44 Joseph, b. 1667, m. Hannah, dau. of Daniel Dunham, 

1690. He d. Dec. 22, 1747. She d. Jan. 13. 
1748. 

John, b. 1674, m. Hannah White, d. Sept. 
28, 1730. 

Elizabeth, m. Benjamin Snow, 1691, d. 1705. 

Mary, m. Samuel Allen, 1700. 

(44) Joseph. 

Daniel, b. at Plymouth, Jan. 29, 1691. m. 
Abigail Shaw, Dec. 25, 1717, d. May 3, 1767. 



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Joseph, b. Aug. 26, 1693, d. Dec. 9, 1695. 

Eleazer, b. Sept. 2y, 1694, m. Martha Shaw, 
1720, d. Jan. 30, 1773. 

Hannah, b. Feb. 1696, m. Mark Lathrop, 
March 29, 1722. 

45 Mary, b. April 10, 1699, m. Timothy Edson, Feb. to, 

1719. They removed to Stafford, Conn. 
; Joseph, b. Sept. 5, 1700, d. Oct. 5, 1700. 
^' Jonathan, b. Dec. 3, 1703, d. Nov. 10, 1704. 
j, Samuel, b. Aug. 20, 1705, m. Abiah, dau. of 
Capt. Joseph Edson, 1728, d. 1785. 
'^*' Mehitable, b. Oct. 18, 1707, d. April 11, 

^737- 
-$* Seth, b. July 6, 1710, m. Mehitable Carver, 
1 74 1, d. Sept. 6, 1784. He was a Capt. and 
inherited his father's farm. {]^ 

GALLOP LINE (or Gallup). — ^^ [^'r*^ 

46 John Gallop (Capt.) came from England in 1630 in 

the " Mary and John." His wife Christabel 
and daughter Joan remained behind, but came 
later, it is believed, in the " Griffin," which also 
brought the two Puritan divines, John Cotton 
and Thomas Hooker, and which John Gallop 
himself piloted to her anchorage before the 
little town. He was a skillful pilot and Indian 
trader, and his services were accounted of 
great value to the colony. 

He was a man of dauntless courage, and 
distinguished himself on many occasions in 
the struggles between the whites and Indians. 
His lands included a house and lot in the most 
desirable part of Boston, with harbor islands, 



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one of which still bears his name. His trad- 
ing shallop was the principal means of commu- 
nication between the Bay Colony and the 
settlements on Narragansett Bay and Long 
Island Sound. 

Capt. John Gallop d. Jan. ii, 1650. His 
wife July 27, 1655. 

(46) John. 
47 Joan, b. in England, m. Thomas Joy. 

JOY LINE. 

47 Thomas. The earliest mention of Thomas Joy, the 
emigrant ancestor of most of the Joy families 
in America, is found in the records of the town 
of Boston. 

Of his birth and early life nothing is known. 
It is probable that he was b. about 1610 in 
County Norfolk in England, and that he came 
to America in that first flood of colonization 
which, in eleven years (1629-1640), brought 
more than 25,000 souls to found a new nation 
on the shores of the North Atlantic. He was 
by occupation a builder, and, indeed, an archi- 
tect. He was very successful in business 
affairs, and was soon able to purchase desirable 
lands on which to found a homestead. He m. 
Joan, dau. of John and Christabel Gallop. 
Thomas Joy acquired considerable real estate. 
He possessed three several tracts of land on the 
east side of the peninsula, and several lots in 
the center of the town's merchandizing and the 
principal landing place for vessels. Up to the 
year 1646 Thomas Joy's life in New England 



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was that of a prosperous and successful man. 
But at this juncture his spirit of independence 
brought him into violent collision with the 
established authorities, with disastrous results. 
His principal resistance was against the narrow 
policy of the colonial government, which re- 
stricted the right of suffrage to the members of 
the local Puritan churches, thus excluding 
more than three-fourths of the adult male 
population from any participation in public 
affairs. The story is too long to be told here. 
The movement was a failure, and Thomas Joy 
exchanged some of his possessions in Boston 
for property in Hingham, removed his family 
there, and made his home in the Rev. Peter 
Hobart's parish. He subsequently regained 
his fallen fortune, and in 1656 is found again in 
active participation in the business and social 
affairs of Boston. On Aug. i, 1657, Thomas 
Joy and Bartholomew Bernad were awarded 
the contract to build the first Town House of 
Boston, which marks him as the master builder 
of the colony, and links his name forever with 
an interesting and historic edifice. This first 
capitol of Mass. stood for half a century. It 
was destroyed by fire in 171 1, and on its site 
was erected the " Old State House," one of the 
most venerated monuments of colonial Boston, 
Thomas Joy d. at Hingham, Oct. 21, 1678, 
in the 69th year of his age. His wife d. at 
Hingham, March 20, 1690. Thomas and Joan 
Joy were buried in the churchyard on the hill 
back of the meeting house, which still stands, 
the most ancient Protestant church in the 
United States. 



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(47) Thomas. 

Samuel, b. at Boston, Feb. 26, 1639, m. Ann 
Pitts of Hingham. 

John, b. Oct. 10, 1641, d. young, 

Thomas, b. March 2, 1642, d. Dec. 2, 1648. 

48 Joseph, b. April i, 1645, "i- Mary, dau. of John and 

Margaret Prince, who settled at Hingham, 
1646. Joseph was constable, carpenter and 
farmer, and was called " Ensign." He d. May 
31, 1697. 

Ephraim, b. Feb. 7, 1646, m. Mrs. Susanna 
(Spencer) Gattersby. 

Sarah, b. April, 1648, m. Hick Dunning. 

Benjamin, b. June 12, 1650. 

Elizabeth, b. Jan. 7, 1653, m. Nathaniel 
Beale. 

Ruth, b. Feb. 28, 1658, m. (i) John Low, 
(2) John Curtis. 

(48) Joseph. 

49 Joseph, b. at Hingham, July 30, 1668, m. Elisabeth, 

dau. of Thomas and Ruth Andrezvs, at 
Hingham. He was Constable, 1697, 171 1. 
He d. at Hingham, April 29, 1716. His 
gravestone, with the inscription still legible, is 
in the Hingham churchyard. It is the most 
ancient Joy grave mark in America. 

Thomas, b. Nov. 25, 1669. m. Elizabeth 
Stodder, 1694, d. 1718. 

Margaret, b. March 6, 1670, d. next June. 

Margaret, b. April 15, 1672, d. next June. 

Mary, b. May 19, 1673, m. John Stodder, 
1699. 

John, b. Aug. 28, 1675, d. next Oct. 

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Benjamin, b. Sept. 9, 1676. 

John, b. Aug. 28, 1678, d. July 17, 1680. 

Simon, b. Nov. i, 1679, d. July 19, 1680. 

Sarah, b. April 14, 1681, m. Nathan Cud- 
worth, 1704. 

Jonathan, b. Dec. 22, 1682, d. Jan. 5, 1683. 

Margaret, b. Dec. 14, 1683, m. Nathaniel 
Chubbuck, 1707. 

Deborah, b. Jan. 14, 1685, m. Thomas Mann, 
1714. 

Ruth, b. Nov. 27, 1687, d. March 28, 1688. 

Lydia, b. March 12, 1689, lived only two 
weeks. 

(49) Joseph. 

Prince, b. March 19, 1690, m. (i) Abigail 
Town, (2) Hannah Orcutt. 

Joseph, b. April 2-^^, 1692, m. Esther Finney, 
1719. > / 

David, b. Feb. 28, 1693, "^- Ruth Ford, 1718, 
d. 1789. 
50 John, b. Feb. 7, 1695, m. Lydia, dau. of Samuel and 
Deborah (Hersey) Lincoln, Dec. 17, 1724, at 
Hingham. " Lydia Joy was admitted to First 
Church, Hingham, Feb. 1728." 

Simon, b. Dec. 28, 1697, m. Hannah 
Humphreys, 1720, d. 1789. 

Ruth, b. March 17, 1699, d. April 12, 1774. 

Abigail, b. Dec. 29, 1701, m. Joshua Bates, 
1 72 1. 

Jedediah, b. Feb. 27, 1703, m. Mary Stowell, 
1733. d. 1798. 

Jonathan, b. Jan. 26, 1705, d. Sept. 21, 1724. 



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(5o) John. 
51 Lydia, b. Oct. 5, 1725, m. Timothy Edson of Bridge- 
water, and removed to Stafford, Conn. She 
d. at Randolph, Vt., Aug. 23, 1806. Her 
tombstone, with its record legible, is still stand- 
ing in the old graveyard at Randolph. 

John, b. June 4, 1727, m. Sarah Horner of 
Boston, d. 1804. 

Relief, b. Sept. 21, 1729, m. Nehemiah 
Washburn. 

Deborah, b. June 25, 1732, m. Daniel Wood- 
ward, 1750. 

Mary, b. May 9, 1736. 

Benjamin, b. July 13, 1740, m. Bethiah 
Sprague, 1762. 

Huldah, b. Dec. 20, 1741, d. April 11, 1746. 

EDSON LINE. 

First Generation. 
52 Deacon Samuel Edson was b. in England in 161 2. 
He came to this country and took up his resi- 
dence at Salem, Mass., in 1639. He is the com- 
mon ancestor of all of that name in this 
country. 

He subsequently removed to Bridgewater, 
where he erected the first com mill in the old 
town, which was the only mill for a long time. 
Samuel Edson was one of the fifty-six "origi- 
nal proprietors of Bridgewater." The grant 
which was seven miles each way from a given 
point, making fourteen miles square, was con- 
sidered little more than authority or right to 
purchase of the Indians. For this purpose 



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Capt. Miles Standish, Samuel Nash, and Con- 
stant Southworth were appointed a committee 
to make the purchase which they did from old 
Massasoit himself, and following was the price 
paid: " 7 coats, a yard and a half in a coat, 

9 hatchets, 8 hoes, 20 knives, 4 moose skins, 

10 yards and a half of cotton." The whole not 
amounting to thirty dollars in value. 

The deed was given March 23, 1649. The 
Committee signed their names. Massasoit 
made his " mark," which was a closed hand 
with the forefinger pointing down. 

The land was divided, as Gov. Hinckly, in 
his confirmatory deed, says " as the inhabitants 
agreed among themselves." 

It is not known that Samuel was a mill- 
wright, nor has tradition represented him as a 
mechanic of any kind. He certainly was a con- 
siderable farmer and probably possessed me- 
chanical genius sufficient for the rough and 
crude work which at that time was required. 

He received his " share " oi the grant, and 
subsequently purchased two others, and in time 
acquired a very large estate, and held many 
local and other responsible offices, and became, 
as has been said, the common ancestor of one 
of the most numerous, popular and respected 
families in Bridgewater, some of whose de- 
scendants can now be found in almost every 
state in the Union. 

He was appointed by the court a member of 
" the Council of War," in 1666, and continued 
in that office to the end of Philip's war in 1676. 
He represented the town in General Court at 



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Plymouth in 1676, and in the same year was 
appointed, with Elder William Brett and 
Deacon John Willis, to distribute Bridge- 
water's share of the Irish contributions for the 
distresses of the Indian Wars. 

He was one of three, " by order of the 
court," to receive a deed of conveyance from 
the chief Pomonoho of the Titicut purchase; 
was one of three to receive a confirmatory 
deed of the Indian Chief Wampatuck, of all 
the lands previously conveyed by Massasoit; 
was foreman of a jury to lay out roads in 1667 
and 1672; was one of three to settle boundary 
lines, and was one of the first deacons of the 
town from 1664 to the end of his life. 

He was of a large, athletic frame and robust 
constitution, and his moral character partook 
of the hardihood of his physical system. He 
was grave, somewhat austere in his manners, 
yet kindly and sympathetic and full of benevo- 
lence. He was a good lecturer and a good 
debater, excessive in nothing and firm in every- 
thing. To him consequences were less to be 
heeded than what of right ought to be done. 
Possessing an integrity that admitted of no 
compromise, his counsels were heard with at- 
tention and respected with the force of au- 
thority. 

His education was superior to that of many 
of his associates, his intellect strong and vigor- 
ous, perceptions quick, and memory' accurate. 
Such men would be comparatively great in any 
community when strong necessity and a 
proper occasion should call them forth. 



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Samuel Edson m. Susannah Orcutt about 
1637, probably in England. His wife was fully 
worthy of him and of the age in which they 
lived. With education and natural abilities , 
fully equal to his, she was his prudent and dis- 
creet counselor and a most faithful mother to 
their children. 

She was b. in England 161 8, d. Feb. 20, 
1699. He d. 1692. In the old town burying 
ground the oldest monument of the kind is one 
over the graves of Samuel and Susannah Ed- 
son. The record is still clearly legible. 

Second Gejteration. 
(52) Samuel. 

Susannah, b. in England 1638, m. Rev. 
James Keith, first minister of Bridgewater. 

Sarah, b. 1640, m. James Dean of Taunton. 
Nov. 7, 1663. 

Elizabeth, b. 1643, m. Richard Phillips of 
Weymouth. 

Samuel, b. 1645, ^- Susannah Byram, 1678. 

Mary, b. 1647, "i. Nicholas Byram. 1676. 
53 Joseph, b. 1649, m. (i) Experience Field, of Provi- 
dence, 1678, (2) Mary Turner, 1686. They 
resided at Ea.st Bridgewater. Joseph does not 
appear to have acquired as much distinction as 
his father and brothers, yet " he sustained a 
hig'h character for integrity; was brave, vigi- 
lant and active in the defense of the colon}-, 
and with the gallant spirit of the soldier, en- 
gaged in the perilous conflict of Philip's war." 

He and his two brothers were of the 
" twenty-one men who went out to join Capt. 



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Church's company, but faiUng to meet it, they 
came unexpectedly upon a party of Indians, 
fought them and took seventeen of them pris- 
oners, whom they brought into the settlement 
and all of them unhurt." They also secured 
" much plunder." These prisoners were sold 
for money, " and the town voted that the 
soldiers who took them should have the 
money." He d. about 1712. 

Josiah, b. 1651, m. EHzabeth Dean, both d. 

1734- 

Bethiah, b. 1653. m. Ezra Dean of Taunton. 

Third Generation. 
(174) Joseph. (53) 

Joseph, b. 1679, m. Lydia Cary, 1704. 

Josiah, b. 1682. m. Sarah Packard, 1704. 

Experience, b. 1685, d. young. These three 
children were by the first wife. Experience 
Field. She d. 1685. 

Benjamin, b. 1686, m. Joanna Orcutt, 171 5. 

Samuel, b. 1687, m. Mehitable Pratt, 1721. 

54 Timothy, b. 1689, m. Mary Alden, 1719. They 

moved to Stafford, Conn. 

Mary, b. 1691, m. John Lathrop, 1716. 

Susannah, b. 1693, m. Solomon Johnson, 
1723. 

Fourth Generation. 

(54) Timothy. 

Hannah, b. 1720. 

55 Tiiiwthw 1). 1722. m. Lydia Joy. dale and place of 

marriage not found, but the births of their first 



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two children are recorded at ' Bridgewater, 
Mass. 

Anna, b. 1723. 

Abijah, b. 1725. 

Jonathan, b. 1728. 

Mary, b. 1730. 

Fifth Generation. 

Timothy. 

John, b. at Bridgewater, Sept. 5, 1746, d. at 
Stafford, Dec. i, 1749. 

Hnldah, b. at Bridgewater, April 13, 1748, 
d. at Stafford, Dec. i, 1749. 

Hiildah, b. at Stafford, 1750, lived to be 
over 80. 

Timothy, b. March 25, 1754. m. Susannah 
Orcutt. 

Calvin, b. July 14, 1756, m. (i) Charity 
Thompson, (2) Azuba Greene. 
56 Josiah, h. 1758 at Stafford, m. there Sarah Pinney, 
July I, 1779. 

Eliab, b. Oct. 27, 1760, m. Prudence Whit- 
taker, d. Nov. 27, 1833. 

Lydia, b. March 4, 1763. 

Relief, b. March 16, 1765, m. Sylvanus 
Blodgett, d. Aug. 22, 1823. 

Mary, b. June 22, 1767. m. Ebenezer John- 
son, d. Jan. 8, 1848. 

Note. — This closes all that we have been able to learn 
of the Ancestry of Josiah Edson and Sarah Pinney. Fol- 
lowing is as full a record as we could obtain of all of their 
descendants to 1901. 



GENEALOGICAL HISTORY OF JOSIAH EDSON 
AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 



(56) JOSIAH EdSON, 

Josiah Edson was b. at Stafford, Conn., in 
1758, m. there Sarah Pinney, July i, 1779. 

He saw active service in the war of the Revo- 
lution, enlisting at Stafford, June 26, 1777, 
when only nineteen years of age. He was 
made Corporal Feb. i, 1778; Sergeant Jan. 9, 
1779. On Jan. 25, 1780, his term of enlist- 
ment having expired, he was honorably dis- 
charged. His record may be found in the 
" U. S. Pension Rolls." also in the " Record of 
Conn. Men in the War of the Revolution," in 
the chapter on " Men of the Second Regiment 
of Conn. Line." 

He saw more active service after his removal 
to Vermont, about 1781 (where he had settled 
at Randolph on a large tract of land, part of 
which is still called " the old Edson place "), 
in the frontier Indian warfare. About the 
time of the burning of Royalton, Vt., by the 
Indians and English, he organized a company 
and went into the service as its Captain, pursu- 
ing the Indians beyond the frontier. He was 
afterward elected Col. of the local regiment 
of militia, and was frequently at the head of his 
regiment in the Indian campaigns. His serv- 



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ice is mentioned in the *' Vermont Historical 
Gazeteer," Vol. 2. Later Col. Edson, as he 
was always called, took an active part in local 
and State affairs in Vermont. He represented 
his district in the State Legislature in 1792, 
1794 and 1796; was High Sheriff of Orange 
Co. 1 797-1802. He was also active in 
Masonry, being at one time Grand Master of 
the State, his son Joseph succeeding him in 
that ofhce. 

After the death of his wife, in 1805, who left 
a large family, the oldest of whom were mar- 
ried, he seemed to take less interest in affairs, 
turned the management of his property over 
to his oldest son. placed the younger children 
among the older, and spent much of his time 
in Aurelius, N. Y., with his oldest dau., Sarah, 
where was also his son John Joy, and later his 
two youngest daus. 

He d. at Randolph, Oct. ij, 18 19, and was 
buried by the side of his beloved wife and two 
children, all of whose tombstones are still 
standing. 

Sixth Generation. 

(56) JO.SIAH. 

57 Alexander, b. Oct. 19, 1780. d. Randolph, Vt.. 

March 6, 1801. 

58 Joseph was, according to the entries in an old Bible 

in the possession of his granddaughter, Mrs. 
Spencer of Lansing, Michigan, which also con- 
tains dates of his children's births and deaths, 
born in Randolph, Vermont, on the 3d of 
March, 1782. On Sept. 29, 1802, he m. 




MAJ.-GEN JOSEPH EDSON 



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Sarah, dan. of Nathaniel de Troope (or 
Throop), who was b. June 28, 1783, in Bethel, 
V^t. Joseph and his wife always made their 
home in Randolph, where their house was the 
scene of much elegance and hospitality. He 
was always a leading citizen of Vermont, and 
was appointed to many local and State offices. 
In 1805 he was elected Constable of his dis- 
trict, serving four years, and served continu- 
ously as School Trustee from 1815 to 1821 
(Town Records of Randolph). In 1812 he 
was elected High Sherifif of Orange County, 
holding the office until 1821. He was ap- 
pointed United States Marshal for Vermont 
and part of New York by President Adams. 
During the war of 181 2 he was conspicuous in 
his town as the organizer of the expedition 
from Randolph and neighboring towns to the 
rehef of Plattsburgh. N. Y., in Sept., 1814. 
At this time he held the rank of Major (see 
iMiss A. M. Hemenway's " Vermont Historical 
Gazetteer " for the above data, Vol. II, also 
account of the relief of Plattsburgh, Vol. II, 
page 998). He afterwards attained the high- 
est military rank in his State, being elected, by 
the Governor's Council, Brig.-General on Oct. 
30. 1818, and Major-General Commanding 
Vermont Militia on Oct. 2^, 1822 (see " Annals 
of Governor and Council," published in 1878, 
by E. P. Walton. Vol. IV. page 237, and Vol. 
'VII, page 31). At his father's retirement he 
succeeded to the office of Grand Master of the 
Vermont Society of Masonry. He d. on 
March 7, 1832, his wife surviving him many 
years, dying June 20, 1863. 



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Lydia, b. March lo, 1784, d. March 6, 1801, 
the same day and of the same disease (scarlet 
fever) as her brother Alexander. A double 
headstone still marks their grave, with the 
following inscription, composed by their father: 



In love we lived, together died, 
And here we lie now, side by side. 
Jesus died our souls to save 
And placed our bodies in one grave. 
Here we shall sleep till God commands 
Us to come forth, hand in hand." 



59 Josiah, b. April 13, 1786, m. Betsey, half-sister of 

George B. Porter, who was Gov. of Michigan 
in 1 83 1. They went west and settled in Ohio, 
where he d. about 1827. His family returned 
to Randolph, where she d. March 18, 1832, 
aged 45. 

Josiah was a private in the war of 181 2, and 
was with his brother's command in the expedi- 
tion to the relief of Plattsburgh. 1814. 

60 Sarah, b. Oct. 2.^, 1788, m. Parker Whitney of Aure- 

lius, N. Y., in 1808, d. 1827. 

61 Susan was b. Dec. 25, 1791, d. unmarried, 1840. at 

Auburn, Mich. 

62 John Joy, b. May 27, 1794. m. Sarah Barnes, Oct., 

1816. Thev lived in Aurelius. He rendered 




HARRIETTE A EDSON 
(MRS. MILTON HYDEi 



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continuous service during the whole of the war 
of 1812, bearing" at its close the rank of Ser- 
geant-Major. At the battle of Lundy's Lane 
he was wounded in the ankle, causing a per- 
manent lameness. At Fort Erie he was active 
and was in the Fort when it blew up. He was 
also with his brother Joseph in the expedition 
to Plattsburgh. 

He d. 1823, when only twenty-eight years 
old, leaving a young wife and four small chil- 
dren. 
63 Harriette Albina, b. at Randolph, April 13, 1797, m. 
Milton Hyde at Aurelius, N. Y., Jan. 3, 1821. 
He was the lineal descendant of ten of the 
" thirty-five original proprietors " of Norwich, 
Conn., who came from England between 1630 
and 1640, also of Richard Dana, of Brighton, 
Mass. His grandfather, Anderson Dana, was 
killed at the battle of Wyoming, July 3. 1778. 
His wife, Susannah (Huntington) Dana, fled 
with her six children through the wilderness 
back to the old home at Ashford, Conn., three 
hundred miles. Milton's mother was one of 
those children, then fourteen years old, and 
there are grandchildren still living who have 
heard her tell the pitiful story of that flight. 
When the home was broken up after her 
mother's death, Harriette lived with her 
brother Joseph, attending the school of the 
celebrated Prof. Nutting, until she was fifteen, 
then she went to her sister Sarah at Aurelius. 
After her marriage they settled at Geneseo, N. 
Y., but soon removed to Livonia, and in Aug., 
1829, they emigrated to Michigan with a 



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family of six children, the oldest barely seven 
years old, and the youngest twin girls of eight 
months. They traveled with household furni- 
ture and provisions to Rochester, twenty-five 
miles, in wagons, then by Erie Canal to Buf- 
falo, and from thence through Lake Erie to 
Detroit on the Superior, the second passenger 
steamer built to ply on the lake, then by wagon 
again twenty-five miles to the little village of 
Auburn in Oakland Co., where Mr. Hyde had 
already purchased a farm. They were five 
days making this journey. In their new home 
all the native energy and capability of both 
were called into action. Supplies in many lines 
were remote and difficult to obtain, so that 
every source of home helpfulness was brought 
into use. Mrs. Hyde learned to card the rolls, 
spin the yarn, color and weave the warm cloth- 
ing for her family, which she also cut and made 
for husband, boys and girls. Mr. Hyde became 
a leader in village affairs and was as long as he 
lived there. Justice of the Peace, the highest 
office in the town, and was always known as 
" Squire Hyde." He was also director of all 
educational and most of the religious matters 
of the village. They were Presbyterians with 
somewhat of the old Puritan spirit. 

Mrs. Hyde became a good " Samaritan " 
throughout the town, ministering to the sick 
and troubled with never-failing patience and 
cheerfulness, often walking miles after getting 
her own little ones settled for the night to care 
for some poor invalid, always carrying a lighted 
torch to protect her from the wolves which 
were often seen. 



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She was a wornan of splendid physique, per- 
fect health, strong character and varied ability. 
Hospitality, generosity, friendliness, unselfish- 
ness, patience, fearlessness, both moral and 
physical, and a never-failing cheerfulness, were 
marked characteristics which never waned as 
long as she lived. 

Five more children were b. at Auburn, and 
as they grew up, none of the boys showing a 
liking for farm life, Mr. Hyde sold his beauti- 
ful place and moved to the promising village 
of Grand Rapids. In 1863, the children all 
having married but one, and Mr. Hyde being 
in feeble health, the home was given up and 
they went to live with a married daughter at 
Grosse He, near Detroit, where Mr. Hyde d. 
June 9, 1866, aged 68. Mrs. Hyde lived to be 
82, spending her time mostly with her youngest 
daughter at Grosse He, but visiting other chil- 
dren and relatives as she pleased. She d. at 
Grosse He Aug. 30, 1879, from the effects of a 
fall down one step, breaking her leg. She re- 
tained full possession of all her senses and 
faculties to the hour of her death, giving words 
of cheer and comfort to her daughters as long 
as she could speak to them. 

64 Daniel Sherwood (so recorded, but always called 

Dan Sherod), b. March 10, 1799. m. Mrs. 
Dorothy (Goodale) Pease, a good and beautiful 
woman who was eleven years his senior. He 
d. about 1850. She lived to be 90, and d. at 
the home of her youngest daughter at Granrl 
Ledge, Mich. 

65 Lydia Alexander, b. Aug. 1801, a few months after 



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the death of her oldest brother and sister for 
whom she was named. When only sixteen and 
Hving with her sister, Mrs. Whitney, she m. 
Ebenezer Smith of Fleming, Cayuga Co., N. 
Y. He was b. May, 1795. 

In the spring of 1825 they moved to Mich- 
igan. After making one^pr two changes they 
finally settled at Wacousta, CHnton Co., on a 
farm. 

Mrs. Smith, like her sister Harriette, proved 
herself equal to pioneer life. She was wonder- 
fully proficient in doctoring and nursing, and 
in those early days and remote places, as in old 
Colonial times, such abilities were rare and 
valuable. Mrs. Smith was wanted far and near, 
and her good heart and ready hand were rarely 
withheld. After her daughter became able to 
take her place at home " Aunt Lydia " be- 
longed to everybody who needed help or a 
friend. No one was more widely or lovingly 
known, and her death at a still early age, 58. 
was a public calamity and lamented sincerely 
by the whole communitv- She d. at Wacousta, 

1859- 

Mr. Smith d. March, 1863. 

Seventh Generation. 

(58) Joseph (Edson). 

66 Elizabeth, b. April 23, 1804, m. Rev. George H. 
Williams. They settled at Pontiac, Mich., but 
he was soon called to a chair in the University 
of Mich., at Ann Arbor, where he remained 
until his death. He was b. April 13, 1802, d. 
1877. She d. Jan. 23, 1850. 



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(>7 Sarah was b. in Randolph, Vermont, June 2, 1806, 
and d. there November 20, 1851. On Jan- 
uary 8, 1829, she m. Edmund Weston, of her 
native town (b. February 18, 1799, at Ran- 
dolph; d. July 14. 1870, at West Randolph). 
A sketch of his life will be found in the '' His- 
torical Souvenir of Randolph," 1895 (Nicker- 
son & Cox). Mrs. Weston possessed with 
marked degree the traits of character that had 
been conspicuous among the women of the 
Edson family, and left behind her at her death 
memories of fair and noble deeds which will 
never be obliterated in that community, where 
she was held in such high esteem. In her 
father's home she had exceptional social and 
educational advantages. 

She was especially talented in music, pos- 
sessing a remarkable soprano voice, thoroughly 
cultivated, and with her husband, who was also 
a fine singer and performer upon the violin, 
made their home most delightful for their 
children and friends. 

At her funeral there were crowded hundreds 
of the poor and suffering whom she had re- 
lieved and cared for. Her home was never 
closed to appeals for shelter and aid; no disease 
was so formidable or distance so great as to 
keep her from the bedside of a needy neighbor; 
and no gathering or enterprise in Randolph 
was successful unless her personality and name 
were stamped upon it. Her splended mother- 
hood, her sweet tenderness and fine capacity 
have given to her children a legacy and mem- 
ory which they held dearer than the wealth 

4 



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that might have been theirs. After her death 
Judge Weston married twice. His only chil- 
dren were those born of his first wife. 

68 Nathaniel, b. Oct. ii, 1808. He graduated at Union 

College, Schenectady, N. Y. He studied law 
at Albany, finishing his studies in the law office 
of Judge Chase, at Randolph. He settled at 
Boston, but subsequently removed to New 
York, where he d. suddenly of heart disease 
April 2, 1853. He never married 

69 Royal, b. Jan. 5, 181 1, m. Adeline Arnold, dau. of a 

retired sea captain. They lived at Woodstock, 
where he carried on a mercantile business. He 
d. there April 12, 1849, leaving one child, 
Luna, who never married. After his death his 
widow and daughter went to live with Mrs. 
Edson's uncle, Gov. Converse, where they all 
d. within a week of each other. 

70 Olivia Chase, b. Jan. 15, 1824. She went when quite 

young to visit her sister, Mrs. Williams, at 
Pontiac, Mich., where she met and m. Rev. 
John A. Wilson, of Baltimore, July i. 1841. 
He graduated from both the Literary and 
Theological departments of Kenyon College. 
Ohio, and received his degree of D. D. from 
that college. He became Rector of Zion 
Church, Pontiac, but in a few years took 
charge of St. Luke's, Ypsilanti, Mich., where 
he was a most faithful and well-beloved Rector 
for thirty-six years, retiring from active service 
on account of feeble health in 1881. He d. at 
Ypsilanti, May 7, 1883. She d. also at 
Ypsilanti Nov. 12, 1893. She was a very 
beautiful woman, of commanding presence, 



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and was full of the hospitality and kindness 
that so prevails in the Edson family. 

(59) JosiAH (Edson). 

70 Wilham, b. April 2^, 181 1, m. Martha Storey, Aug., 

1844, of Randolph. William was about six 
years old when his family moved to Ohio. 
When his father d. and his mother returned 
to Randolph, William was away, a pilot on the 
Mississippi river, and he did not follow them. 
After his mother's death he took his brother 
and sisters to live with him at St. Louis, Mo. 
Date of death unknown. His wife still sur- 
vives him. They had no children. 

71 Susan, b. 1815, m. L. J. Garrison, of St. Louis, Dec, 

1844. They had four children, William, Olivia, 
Elizabeth, and Tappan. No further particulars 
could be obtained. 

jz Joseph, b. 1819, d. unm. at St. Joseph, Mo., Oct., 
■1848. 

73 Mary Ann, b. 1823, m. at St. Louis, Tully W. Stro- 
bridge, also a native of Vermont. They went 
in 1849 'to California by the long water route. 
They lived in or near Sacramento several years, 
then went to Los Angeles. Mr. Strobridge had 
many ups and downs in business, but secured 
sufficient to enable them to hve in ease and 
comfort. They were a most genial, happy 
couple; generous, hospitable, and more than 
interesting in conversation. Their experiences 
had been rich, full of strange events and ad- 
ventures, many hardships, and much pleasure, 
yet they clung to their old New England home- 
ways and religion. 



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Mary Ann d. at Los Angeles, Oct., 1893, 
aged 70. Mr. Strobridge still survives her. 

(60) Sarah (Whitney). 

74 Chauncey Parker, b. at Anrelius in 1812, m. (i) 

Minerva, (2) Julia , who was much 

younger than he. They lived at Livonia, N. 
Y., where he owned much real estate. They 
had one child, Harriet, who lived only one 
year. They brought up two girls, for whom 
he provided handsomely, but the bulk of his 
large estate was left to his wife. He d. 1882. 

75 Constant, b. 181 5, d. 1840. His wife d. soon after, 

leaving a little dau., who was brought up by 
her Uncle Chauncey and his first wife. She 
m. and had two children, and all three d. in one 
week of diphtheria. 

(62) John Joy (Edson). 

76 Chauncey Parker, b. at AureHus, April 24, 1817, m. 

Rebecca La Rue, Feb., 1834. They lived at 
Charlotte, Mich. He d. Jan. i, 1841. 
yy Sarah Philena,b.at Aurelius, Nov. 5, 1819. She grew 
up a bright, ambitious girl, received a good 
education, and went to relatives in Michigan, 
where she taught school at Auburn and Pon- 
tiac. She married, but after a few years, owing 
to the unfaithfulness of her husband, she se- 
cured a divorce. He soon married again, 
after which she took legal measures to have her 
maiden name restored to her, and also to be 
given to her children, and as Edsons their 
record is given in this book. All of this part 
of her life was passed in Indiana and Ohio. 



S3 

She then entered the Hterary field, at one time 
editing a paper very successfully. When the 
Civil War broke out she volunteered her serv- 
ices, and joined the corps of nurses, and be- 
came so valuable that most important work 
was assigned to her, even being sent onto the 
field when other women were debarred. Her 
record may be found in a book entitled " Emi- 
nent Women of the War." 

After the war she took up her residence with 
her children in Washington, D. C, where she 
d. 1871. 

78 Joseph Josiah, b. Jan. 24, 1821, m. Mary Hunger. 

He was a physician, and they lived at Geneva, 
Ohio. They had one child, Estelle, who d. 
young. 

79 Susan Ann, b. June 24, 1823, at Aurelius, very soon 

after the death of her father. She also was 
bright and ambitious. She was one of the first 
women to study medicine as a profession, and 
many were the difficulties with which she had 
to contend. But her will was indomitable, 
and she succeeded, and established a good 
practice at Jefiferson, Ohio, when the Rebellion 
broke out and she offered her services, which 
were gladly accepted, and as nurse, physician 
and surgeon she served at Washington and 
Fort Monroe during the whole war, making 
a record for herself second to none. After the 
war she returned to Washington and resumed 
her practice, where she gained the summit of 
success in her profession. 

Susan never m., but Avas an important factor 
in the bringing up of her sister's children, and 



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made her pleasant home a welcome resting 
place for her mother and half-sisters and other 
relatives. Hers was the warm heart and the 
generous hand. Her health was greatly im- 
paired by her devoted services over President 
Garfield, whose family physician and long- 
time friend she was. 

She d. at her home in Washington, Nov. 14, 
1898, after a very short illness. 

(63) Harriette Albina (Hyde). 

80 Joseph Edson, b. June 16, 1822, at Livonia, N. Y., 
m. Margaret Millicent Hunt, dau. of Thomas 
and Mary Hunt, and niece of Judge James B. 
Hunt, M. C, at Pontiac, Mich., April 12. 1848. 
She was b. June i, 1826. They resided at 
Detroit until bronchial trouble compelled him 
to give up his business (mercantile). He was 
advised to go to Lake Superior, where he d. at 
Eagle River, April 24, i860. He was a 
natural student, and the best education was 
given him that could be obtained in the home 
school, but it was largely through his love of 
good reading that he came to be a man of un- 
usuallv fine intellectual attainments. His kind 
and friendly manner and strong moral char- 
acter won for him the respect and confidence 
of all, and the love of many. He left a young 
wife, beautiful in person and character. She 
never m. again, but devoted herself to the edu- 
cation of her only child, who m. young, and 
with whom Mrs. Hyde has made her home. 
She has traveled extensively at home and 
abroad. 



8 1 Susan Adeline, b. Sept. 6, 1823, m. Orlando B. Clark 
of Green Oak, Mich., May 20, 1847. I" 1^5 1 
Mr. Clark took up a large tract of land near 
Marengo, Iowa, built a house and settled there. 
But some pulmonary trouble developing, he 
decided to seek a warmer climate. In 1859 
he rented his farm, fitted out two emigrant 
wagons, took his family, wife and two sons, 
twelve and ten, and twenty head of cattle, and, 
accompanied and assisted by his hired man 
and his wife, started for California, following, 
but not joining, such emigrant trains as suited 
their convenience for safety, for it was a time 
when there were dangers from Indians and 
wild animals, and from possible lack of food 
and water. They were eighteen weeks mak- 
ing the journey to Sacramento, near which 
place they settled and remained three years. 
In 1862 Mr. Clark decided to return to Iowa, 
and they came back by a military stage route 
that was in use during the Rebellion. But Mr. 
Clark was still discontented in Iowa, so he sold 
his farm and moved to Missouri, and settled in 
a valley of the Oza:k mountains, and had 
just got fairly started when a great freshet 
devastated all his fields, covering them with 
debris. His buildings and stock were on high 
ground, so escaped. Discouraged, he sold out 
at great sacrifice, and went into Kansas, where 
he was not satisfied, and in 1879 they again 
crossed the plains in an emigrant wagon, and 
settled near Union. Oregon. They built a 
comfortable house and proceeded to cut the 
timber for use and for sale, ^^''hile thus en- 



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gaged April 26, 1883, Mr. Clark was killed by 
a branch of a falling tree. Mrs. Clark and her 
only remaining son remained in the same place 
until she d., Jan. 2, 1893. A detailed account 
of this woman's life would make a most ro- 
mantic, thrilling story. Through all her long, 
tedious journeys and the trials they encoun- 
tered she was cheerful and helpful, perfectly 
contented if her husband were only well and 
satisfied. It was bad for the boys, this Bohe- 
mian life, and while in Missouri the oldest one 
left them and they never saw him again. After 
they first went to Iowa she never returned to 
her parents but once, in 1864, but constant 
communication was kept up, and she was 
always in touch with all that transpired " at 
home," and kept them well informed of her Hfe 
in every particular. 
82 George Randolph, b. July 24, 1825, m. Jane EHza- 
beth Nelson at Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 28, 
1848. He studied medicine and practiced 
some, and he was quite successful with pencil 
and brushes. But he was unstable, restless, a 
most loveable, but unreliable man. 

He served with the Michigan " Mechanics 
and Engineers " during the Civil War. He 
enlisted as private, but his medical abilities 
were soon recognized, and he was sent to help 
in the hospital department. After his return 
in 1866 he decided to seek a location in the 
west. He tried Iowa and Missouri, and 
finally started for Montana and disappeared. 
His wife d. Oct., 1869, leaving three daughters. 

In 1898 Milton Clark, who left his father in 



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Missouri, and of whom little had been heard, 
nothing- for years, wrote to his Aunt Harriette, 
and through him the following was learned 
about George. Milton first came across him 
in 1876, at Brownsville, opposite Matamoras, 
Mexico. He was foreman of a large cattle 
ranch. He m. that year Carmen Olivero, a 
Castilian. " She was a lady of distinction, of 
a high class, fair and beautiful, and made a 
splendid wife." She was from San Diego, 
Cal. They had two children, Carlos and 
Annette. George was killed in the fall of 
1884, during a " round up," by some Mexican 
cattle thieves, from whom he and his cowboys 
were trying to rescue them. 
83 William Augustus, b. Feb. 25, 1827. He moved 
with his father to Grand Rapids, where he m. 
(i) Freelove Lenora Hyde, April 15, 1854, (2) 
Kate Nyhart, Jan. 12, 1884. He was a skilled 
machinist, and was especially fond of lathe and 
pattern work. On Aug. 22, 1893, he was mak- 
ing a pattern of a large gear wheel and had it 
in the lathe, when the timber split, one-half 
striking him in the breast, killing him almost 
instantly. 

He was a cheerful, happy-tempered man, 
thinking no evil himself and suspecting none 
in others, a great favorite in social circles and 
everywhere else. 

As a citizen he was always interested in the 
welfare of his adopted home. He joined the 
fire company and eventually came to be chief 
engineer of that department. He served sev- 
eral terms as Alderman. " In later years he 



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was an active spirit in labor organizations, not 
an agitator nor an advocate of stern measures, 
but directed his thoughts and his efforts to the 
permanent advancement and welfare of the 
toilers as a class. He was cool and conserva- 
tive, considerate of the rights and opinions of 
others, and as an adviser in the council cham- 
ber his word had weight, and his opinions were 
worthy of consideration." " He was a man of 
profound convictions, strong and resolute pur- 
pose, endless patience and indomitable perse- 
verance." He was a fine musician, playing 
several wind and string instruments, and his 
fine bass voice was generally heard in the choir 
of his church, Presbyterian. He loved to read 
good books, and his fund of knowledge was 
wide, and his conversational powers much like 
his oldest brother's. He was a ready, im- 
promptu speaker, was never at a loss for some- 
thing to say, and had a most happy way of 
combining the instructive and amusing. 

He was a man of fine physique and splendid 
health, and but for this accident might have 
been spared to his family many years. 

Mary Sophia, Sarah Maria, twins, b. Dec. 
14, 1828, at Livonia, N. Y. They were eight 
months old when their parents moved to Mich- 
igan. 
84 Mary m. George W. Yale of Grand Rapids, Feb. 12, 
1852. They settled on a fruit farm near Grand 
Rapids, where they lived many years. As the 
children left home and Mr. Yale's health failed, 
they moved into the city, where Mr. Yale 
owned several houses. He d. there, after a 



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long and painful illness, Nov. 9, 1880. His 
wife still survives him, dividing her time be- 
tween a grandson and her younger sisters, a 
benediction wherever she is. 
85 Sarah m. William Ives of Detroit, April 12, 1853. 
He was b. at Wallingford, Conn., April 10, 
181 6. He was a surveyor, and worked many 
years under Government contracts. It was 
his compass that indicated the presence of iron 
in the Lake Superior country, as recorded in 
the " Geological Survey of Michigan." In the 
spring of 1850 he was sent to run boundary 
lines in Oregon, where he filled several im- 
portant contracts, and gathered a fund of most 
valuable and interesting information. But it 
was a hard life, and in 1853 he returned to 
Mich., married, and settled upon a beautiful 
farm on Grosse He, in Detroit river, and there 
they lived ten ideally happy years, when Mrs. 
Ives d. very suddenly, leaving four little girls, 
the youngest only six weeks old. It was to 
this home that the parents had been induced to 
come the fall before Mrs. Ives' death, which 
occurred April 24, 1864. 

These twins so closely resembled each other 
in face, form, manner and voice that it fre- 
quently puzzled their nearest friends and af- 
forded themselves much amusement. They 
always dressed exactly alike. They were 
devotedly attached to each other, never 
separated if it could be avoided. 

86 Lydia Albina. b. April 24, 1831, d. Aug. 17. 1832, 

from the effects of a fall down stairs. 

87 Lydia Elizabeth, b. Sept. i. 1833. She was living 



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lETTE HYDE WELLS 




HARRIETTE HYDE WELLS 



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Conn, and Jane Vanderburgh of N. Y. He is 
a lineal descendant of Gov. Thomas Wells of 
Conn. He was b. at Stamford, N. Y., March 
24, 1833. His parents emigrated to Mich, in 
1838, being eleven days making the journey to 
Port Huron, then only a hamlet, with more 
Indians than white people. Only the nearness 
of old Fort Gratiot, where there was always a 
little group of cultivated people, redeemed it 
from utter loneliness. 

Here Frederick grew up with the place, re- 
ceiving a good education, including the clas- 
sics, from private tutors, generally the Chaplain 
at the Fort. As he arrived at man's estate he 
took an active part in the improvement and 
advancement of the then thriving little city. 
It was a great lumbering center, and Mr. Wells 
engaged in that business with his father, and 
also in vessels on the lakes by himself. From 
the time he reached his majority he was rarely 
free from official duties. He was Mayor of 
the city during the Civil War, when " drafts " 
were ordered and much excitement prevailed. 
He represented his district in the Legislature 
three terms, one in the House and two in the 
Senate, 1871-1877; was Eminent Commander 
Knights Templar nine years in succession, and 
has been since 1886 Sen. Warden in his church 
(Episcopal), and was largely instrumental in 
building a fine stone edifice for that denomina- 
tion. His latest work for the city is heading 
a Commission to build a canal from Lake 
Huron to Black river, three miles above the 
city, which is expected to be of great benefit. 



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He is a man whose advice and opinion are 
much sought. He has settled several large 
estates, and arbitrated disputed questions to 
the satisfaction of all parties. In politics he 
always been an active Republican. Perfect 
uprightness, justice, reliability and caution are 
marked characteristics. 

Mr. and Mrs. Wells never had any children, 
but they brought up and educated two of her 
brother George's daus. and the daughter of a 
cousin of Mr. Wells, May Randolph Hill of 
New Haven, Conn. She lived with them until 
she m. Giles Francis Cole, Sept. i, 1898. 

89 Charles Milton, b. Dec. 21, 1838, d. Sept. 3, 1855, at 

Grand Rapids. He was a fine scholar and 
possessed great musical talent. The violin 
was his favorite instrument. He also com- 
posed some very sweet airs. At fifteen he had 
finished the course in the public schools, and 
obtained a position of trust in a book and 
music store. He had grown rapidly, and when 
attacked with typhoid fever had little power of 
resistance, and so passed away. 

90 Julia Josephine, the youngest of this family of eleven, 

was b. June 28, 1841, m. Edward Legrant 
Keith of Grosse He, Dec. 3, 1863. He was the 
son of Capt. Wm. Keith of Scotland and Jane 
Dick of Ireland. Mr. Keith was b. at Grosse 
He, March 10, 1827. He came into posses- 
sion of the fine old farm and home, and there 
they passed very happily the few short years of 
their married life. He d. after a short illness, 
August 22, 1 87 1. She still lives on in the old 
home with her only dau. 




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(64) Daniel Sherwood (Edson). 

91 Dan Sherod, b. at Springfield, Mass., Jan. 2, 1825, 
m. Martha Halverson of Norway, Feb. 8, 1858, 
at Spring Grove, Minn. He received such 
education as could be obtained in the public 
schools of that time, working meantime for 
one and another from the time he was nine 
years old. At the age of sixteen he decided to 
strike out for himself. He made various ven- 
tures, finally going on a fishing voyage to the 
coast of Nova Scotia, which took several 
months, which had the good result of greatly 
strengthening a rather delicate constitution. 
He also tried farming and iron moulding, 
finally bought a carpenter's outfit, and in 1856 
migrated to Minnesota. He worked with his 
tools summers and in the lumber woods 
winters, until Sept. 4, 1864, when he enhsted in 
Co. E, 5th Wisconsin Infantry Vols., Capt. C. 
R. Merritt. He was in several battles and 
skirmishes, and finally, in the charge on Peters- 
burg, was wounded in both legs and was sent 
to the hospital, where he remained until dis- 
charged, at Fort Randall hospital, Madison, 
Wis., June 8, 1865. He then returned to his 
family and former occupation. In 1880 he 
moved to South Dakota, taking up 160 acres 
of land to which he was entitled. There they 
lived until April, 1899. when he sold out and 
moved to Blanchard, Iowa, where he and his 
wife, who is quite an invalid, still live in a cozy 
home of their own in ease and competence. 

In politics Mr. Edson is a " straight Rei)ul)- 
lican." He has always interested himself in 



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town affairs wherever he has lived; has held 
many official positions, District Clerk, School 
Director, Justice of the Peace, Town Treas- 
urer, etc. He has from boyhood and through 
all his trials and struggles held steadfastly to 
principles of truth and honesty, has always 
been prompt and faithful in all matters of trust, 
and has won and held the confidence and 
respect of all, wherever he lived. 

92 Dorothy Ann, b. Oct. 2y, 1826, at Ware, Mass., m. 

George W. Lowell of Wacousta, Mich., at 
Huntington, Mass., June 6, 1853. They set- 
tled on a farm near Wacousta. 

She possessed in a great degree the cheery, 
hopeful temper of the Edsons, was clever with 
her pen, quick at repartee, hospitable, helpful. 
She d. very suddenly of pneumonia, March 29, 
1896. 

93 Sarah Albina, b. Nov. 15, 1830. She and her mother 

went to live with her sister at Wacousta, and 
there she met and m. Calvin J. Covey, a prom- 
inent physician of Grand Ledge. He was well 
and widely known and much respected. He 
d. at his home at Grand Ledge, Oct., 1896. 
She still keeps her home, but visits a good deal 
among her children. 

(65) Lydia Alexander (Smith). 

94 Sarah Pinney, b. Nov. 5, 1818, at Fleming, N. Y., 

m. (i) Alanson Bacon of Pontiac, Mich., 1842. 
He d. 1852, and she m. (2) her cousin, Gus- 
tavus Smith, April, 1857, and d. twelve days 
after of pneumonia. She left no children. 

95 Josiah Edson, b. at Fleming, Jan. 2, 1820, m. (i) 



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Arabella Keyes at Birmingham, Mich. She 
(1. 1844, aged 28, leaving two children; (2) 
Louisa Mosher, who d. 1858, aged 30, leaving 
one child; (3) Mrs. Mary Treat. He d. April 
16. 1896, and she d. Aug., 1896. He was a 
farmer and always lived near Wacousta. 
96 Adoniram Judson, b. March 24, 1828, at Auburn. 
Mich. Went with his parents to Wacousta, 
Mich., in 1837, where he m. Laura C. Lowell, 
June 2^, 1850. 

" On the spot where Mr. Smith lived and 
died his father built his first log house, and the 
playmates of the little white child were the 
children of the Indians, who were still here in 
numbers." 

" He enlisted in Co. H. 23d Mich. Vol. In- 
fantry, Sept. 13, 1864, and served until the 
close of the war. . For the last thirty years of 
his life he was a member of the church, living 
a thoughtful, consistent. Christian life. Being 
a constant reader of the best literature, he was 
a man of superior intelligence. Holding sev- 
eral public offices at different times in his life, 
he always discharged their duties with fidelity 
to the public and credit to himself. 

An honorable, upright citizen, through a 
long life lived among our people, he has en- 
joyed the esteem of the community, the con- 
fidence of his friends, and the love of his 
kindred." 

Eighth Generation. 

(66) Elizabeth (Williams). 

97 Mary, b. about 1834. m. Thomas S. Blackmar, a 



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lawyer of Detroit, d. at Detroit, 1864, leaving 
one son, Paul. Could get no further par- 
ticulars. 

98 Louisa, b. April 4, 1841, at Pontiac, Mich., m. Alfred 

Du Bois, a Professor at the University of 
Michigan at Ann Arbor, Dec. 6, 1871. He 
was b. at New Paltz, N. Y., July 16, 1826. 
They moved to Colorado. 

(67) Sarah (Weston). 

99 Edmund was born at West Randolph. Vermont, 

February 6, 1830. He was entered as a cadet 
at the Military University of Norwich, Ver- 
mont, in 1845, pursuing his academic studies 
at Woodstock and Thetford and completing 
■the same at Randolph. In 1852 he entered 
upon the study and practice of dentistry in the 
office of Dr. A. B. Childs, the leading practi- 
tioner in Boston. While resident in that city 
he became a member of the Boston Cadets or 
Governor's Body Guard, and was with that 
command engaged in the suppression of the 
slave riot in Boston just prior to the War of the 
Rebellion. He entered the University ot Ver- 
mont in 1857, graduating from its medical de- 
partment in the class of '59^ when he returned 
to his native town to practice dentistry until 
the outbreak of the Civil War. He promptly 
responded to Vermont's call for volunteers, 
and on September 13, 1861, received from 
Governor Fairbanks a captain's commission, 
thereupon organizing and enlisting from vari- 
ous towns of the State the first company of 
sharpshooters, which were soon after mustered 




DR EDMUND WESTON 



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into the service as Company F, ist Regiment 
of United States Sharpshooters, under the 
command of Colonel Berdan. Captain Weston 
continued with his regiment during the Pe- 
ninsular Campaign and until forced to resign 
by reason of disabilities resulting from rheu- 
matic gout. He returned at once to Randolph 
and resumed the practice of his profession. In 
1 88 1 he went to Washington, D. C, and be- 
came associated with Dr. D. W. Bliss on the 
Board of Health. After the discontinuance of 
the Board he was given a clerkship in the 
Record and Pension Division of the War De- 
partment, which he retained until forced to 
give it up on account of injuries received in the 
" Ford's Theatre Disaster " of 1893, in which 
twenty-two clerks were killed and over one 
hundred permanently injured. Dr. Weston 
had always been prominently connected witii 
Masonry. The Chapter and Commandery de- 
grees of the York Rite were conferred upon 
him in 1888, and in 1891 he was advanced to 
the thirty-second degree in the Ancient and 
Accepted Order of the Scottish Rite, holding 
his diploma over the signature of General 
Albert Pike. It would be impossible without 
seeming exaggeration to describe the peculiar 
beauty and charm of his disposition. 

Perfect unselfishness was the keynote of his 
character. Generous and chivalrous in youth. 
he was admired and loved by all who knew 
him. And through long years of physical suf- 
fering and of good and evil fortune, he was 
brave, patient, cheerful and loving. Pure in 



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heart and in life, living and dying a perfect 
Christian gentleman. He died in Washington, 
D. C, at the home of his sister, Mrs. Van Dyke, 
on July 3, 1901, after a brief illness and was 
interred in the family burial lot at West Ran- 
dolph. 
100 Sarah Olivia was born at West Randolph, Vermont, 
September 28, 1837. Until the age of sixteen 
her education was supervised at home by her 
father, who being a remarkable scholar and 
having the utmost regard for the mental de- 
velopment of his children, followed his own 
ideas for their education. He provided private 
instructors for their studies of English, classic 
and modern languages and music. She con- 
tinued her studies in Boston, devoting her 
attention principally to classics and history 
under the direction of several professors at 
Cambridge, she being the second of the few 
female students to whom the privilege of 
Harvard University were granted. Her 
thorough knowledge of the ancient languages 
was a great service to the late Professor Elliott 
Cones in his famous work on ornithology, 
" The North American Birds," in which a 
glowing tribute is paid to her attainments. 
After her marriage, in Randolph, to Mr. Fred- 
erick Argyle Aiken, of Vermont, a lawyer who 
had studied law in her father's ofifice, she settled 
in Burlington, Vermont, where her husband 
purchased and edited a newspaper. Mrs. Aiken 
had been from her earliest years a writer of 
stories and poetry, some of which had so at- 
tracted the attention not only in New England 



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but of London publishers, as to be copied in 
magazines and papers. At the time of her re- 
moval to Burlington she wrote continually re- 
views of books in association with John G. 
Saxe as well as original matter. At the open- 
ing of the Civil War, Mrs. Aiken removed with 
her husband to Washington, D. C, where the 
latter established himself as a lawyer, a pro- 
fession in which he soon attained distinction, 
having been the attorney for Mrs. Surratt, one 
of the Lincoln conspirators. He entered the 
army and served on General Hancock's stafif, 
with the rank of Colonel, throughout the War 
of the Rebellion. At the close of the war he 
became managing editor of the Washington 
Post, the Chronicle, and other papers of the 
capital city, and was engaged mainly in jour- 
nalism until his death in 1878. resulting from 
injuries received in the war. Mr. x\iken was 
also interested in national politics and was at 
one time the Secretary of the Democratic 
National Committee. After her husband's 
death, Mrs. Aiken was obliged to enter the 
Government service and held the position as 
clerk in the Treasury Department until her 
death, on May 25, 1900. She left no children, 
loi Mary Elizabeth was born at West Randolph, Ver- 
mont, May 29, 1839, in her father's house. At 
the age of seven she began the study of music 
and Latin and the elementar}^ studies at home, 
under private tuition of law students in her 
father's office, and of the best music teachers 
obtainable. In a short time she attained to re- 
markable skill on the piano and developed a 



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talent that has charmed her friends ever since. 
When ten years of age she entered the Ran- 
dolph Academy with her sister, remaining until 
her fourteenth year, when she was taken by her 
father to Burlington, New Jersey, and entered 
as a boarder at St. Mary's Hall, the Episcopal 
Seminary for Girls, founded by Bishop Doane, 
and still one of the best seminaries for girls in 
the East. After her course at St. Mary's Hall, 
she returned to her father's house and in a 
short time was taken to the French Protestant 
school for girls, founded and presided over by 
Mme. Ameron, in Berthier (en haut), Province 
of Quebec, Canada, where she continued her 
studies in the languages and music and other 
branches for seven years. She then went to 
Washington, D. C, after a short visit at her 
home, to visit with her sister who was Hving 
at the Capital with her husband, Mr. Frederic 
A. Aiken. It was in this city that she met Mr. 
Howard Butler Van Dyke, a young lawyer of 
New York City, the acquaintance beginning 
from their mutual interest in music. Thev 
were married on December 9, 1868, at the 
Epiphany Church, Washington, D. C. After 
their marriage they went to New York, where 
their two children were born, remaining about 
five years, then returning to Washington, 
where her sons entered school. 

(70) Olivia Chase (Wilson). 
102 Mary Clare, b. May 2, 1842, at Pontiac. Mich., m. 
Capt. Clinton Spencer, Aug. 11, 1865. He 
was b. at Ypsilanti, Mich., Jan. 31, 1840. At 



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the opening of the RebelHon he enlisted in the 
1st Michigan Infantry, and was with his regi- 
ment in every engagement until and including 
the battle of Gettysburg, where he was 
wounded in the leg, amputation at the hip 
being the result. He was transferred to the 
Veteran Reserve Corps, in which he served 
until the close of the war. He was a lawyer, 
but on his return to private life he was ap- 
pointed Postmaster of Ypsilanti, which posi- 
tion he held for sixteen years, then obtained a 
position in the Auditor-General's office at 
Lansing and moved his family there. 

Mary possessed literary ability of a high 
order; many gems of poetry from her pen 
have found their way into the papers and been 
copied far and wide. She also gave much at- 
tention to art and music. Soon after they 
moved to Lansing, Mary obtained the post of 
Assistant State Librarian, which she held six 
years, and was then promoted to State Libra- 
rian, which position she still occupies most 
ably and satisfactorily. The work is arduous, 
but she knows her books and is never at fault. 
She has instituted some advance movements, 
*' traveling libraries," for one. She is bright 
and cheery, quick and helpful, commands the 
respect and good will of everybody. 

103 Henry Spicer, b. Oct. 27, 1849. d. Sept. 19, 1870, of 

typhoid fever. 

104 John A., b. Feb. 23, 1856, m. Wilhelmina M'Elchran, 

Aug. 5, 1 88 1, at Ypsilanti. 



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(73) Mary Ann (Strobridge). 

105 William Tully, m. Sarah Marvin at Sacramento, Cal. 

Edson, d.when five years old, at Sacramento. 

(74) Chauncey Parker (Edson). 

106 Sarah, b. Dec. 6, 1834. tl* 

107 Mary Jane, b. Aug. 6, 1836, m. (i) John R. Beck, (2) 

Daniel Spencer. 

108 Harriet, b. June 24, 1838, m. (i) Andrew Nicholson, 

(2) John Warwick. No children. 

{"jy) Sarah Philena (Edson). 

109 John Joy, b. May 17, 1846, at Jefferson, Ohio, m. 

Elizabeth Berthrong at Rochester, N. Y., 
March i, 1869. He attended public school 
until the outbreak of the Civil War, when at 
the age of fifteen he enlisted in the 6ist New 
York Volunteers, and served in the Army of 
the Potomac under Gen'l George B. McClellan 
and Gen'l Burnside. He participated in the 
Virginia and Maryland campaigns, including 
the Peninsula campaign and the battles of 
Antietam and Fredericksburg. After a long 
siege of typhoid fever he was discharged at 
Armory Square Hospital. Washington, D. C.. 
and later was appointed to a clerkship in the 
Treasury Department, where he remained ten 
years, meantime pursuing the study of law at 
the Columbian University, from which he 
graduated in 1868. He then resigned his 
position and formed a partnership with his 
brother, J. R. Edson, in the patent business, 
which continued until 1881. Then he became 
interested in building and loan associations, 




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and in 1879, upon the organization of the 
Equitable Building Association, he was elected 
secretary, serving until 1898, when he was 
elected President, which office he still holds. 
He is also president of the Washington Loan 
and Trust Company, director of the National 
Metropolitan Bank, the Potomac Insurance 
Company, treasurer of the Washington Sani- 
tary Improvement Company, member of the 
Columbia Historical Society and the Cosmos 
Club. He was for many years treasurer of the 
Homeopathic Hospital, and also its president, 
until appointed by President McKinley as 
member of the board of charities. He has 
been one of the prominent members of the 
Washington Board of Trade, and has lately 
entered upon his second term as president of 
that body. He served as chairman of the 
citizens' executive committee of the Grand 
Army of the Republic encampment at Wash- 
ington in 1892. 

Mr. Edson served on the executive com- 
mittee and as chairman of the auditing com- 
mittee at Pre.sident Harrison's inauguration in 
1889. ^^d was also a member of the executive 
committee upon the inauguration of President 
Cleveland four years later. In 1897 he served 
as treasurer of the executive committee at the 
inauguration of President McKinley, and has 
just been tendered and accepted the chairman- 
ship of the inaugural committee and will have 
charge of all the ceremonies connected with 
President McKinley's second inauguration. 
Both President Harrison and President Mc- 



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Kinley tendered Mr. Edson the position of 
Commissioner of the District of Columbia, but 
he was obHged to decHne the honor on account 
of business obHgations. Still he takes great 
interest and wields much influence in all affairs 
of the District. 

His beautiful wife and daughter are fully 
equal to all the demands that are made upon 
them socially, and their elegant home on Six- 
teenth St. is the scene of many delightful gath- 
erings. Mrs. Edson is active in church and 
hospital work, and a member of the Dolly 
Madison Chapter, Daughters of the American 
Revolution. 
I ID Joseph Romanzo, b. Aug. 17, 1847, ^^ 

m. Marion Goodall at Washington, D. C, Jan. 
10, 1876. He is a very successful lawyer, giv- 
ing special attention to Patent Office work. 
His wife is a very fine musician. They are 
very hospitable and fond of society, which they 
both adorn. They have always lived at Wash- 
ington. 

1 1 1 Sarah Levangia, b. June 4, 1849, at 

m. George A. Marks at Washington, 1868. 
He was assistant librarian in the Congressional 
Library. He d. 

(80) Joseph Edson (Hyde). 

1 12 Mary. b. Jan. 14. 1850, at Detroit, Mich., m. Hartson 

Gillett Barnum at Port Huron. Mich., April 
20, 1870. 

Mary was ten years old when her father died, 
after which Mrs. Hyde took up her residence 
at Port Huron, where she had relatives. Here 



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Mary attended school four years, then entered 
the " Detroit Female Seminary," where she 
finished her course, after which they returned 
to Port Huron, where they still reside. Like 
both of her parents, Mary loved to read, and 
she still loves to study. She has most remark- 
able memory, not uncommon among the 
Edsons, is a fine linguist and has traveled a 
good deal at home and abroad. She is active 
and a leader in church (Episcopal), in charity, 
in Study Clubs, Library interests and in 
society. 

Mr. Barnum is a banker, and active and in- 
terested in all city afTairs, a man whose con- 
servative views and careful thought make him 
a valuable member of any branch of govern- 
ment. He has a fine voice, which is heard 
with almost unfailing regularity in his church 
choir year after year. He is high in Masonry, 
and a " Son of the American Revolution," as 
his wife is a " Daughter." Mr. Barnum be- 
longs to a line one of whom has fought in every 
regular war in which this country has been 
engaged. 

(8i) Susan Adeline (Clark). 
113 Milton Claudius, b. May 20. 1848, at Green Oak, 
Mich. He followed the footsteps of his par- 
ents until they settled in Missouri, then he 
started out for himself, and was heard from 
afterwards only at long intervals. Since 1898 
he has written quite regularly to his Aunt Har- 
riette. Says he has lived in every State west 
of the Missisippi between Mexico and British 



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America. He is at present at Carson City, 
Nevada. He never m. 

114 William Lochlin, b. Feb. 25, 1850, at Auburn, Mich. 
He clung faithfully to his parents as long as 
they lived, and still remains near the home at 
Union. Oregon. He has never married. 

J 15 Emma Louise, b. at Sacramento, Cal., 1861, d. on 
the plains near Salt Lake City on the way home 
to Iowa, 1862. The mother carried her little 
dead baby in her arms for hours, never letting 
any one, not even her husband, know it was 
dead, for fear she would be compelled to bury 
it by the way. At night they reached Salt 
Lake City, where the little one was buried. 

(82) George Randolph (Hyde). 

116 Edson Adelbert, b. Dec, 1847, ^t Auburn, d. in 

infancy. 

James Nelson, b. 1850, d. 1852 at Grand 
Rapids. 

117 Alice, b. Nov., 1852, at Grand Rapids, m. Lewis 

Howard of Saline, Mich., April, 1872. He is 
a farmer, and they live near Ypsilanti. 

118 Harriet Lillian, b. July 25, 1854. She went when 

twelve years old to her Aunt Harriette Wells, 
who educated her. She possessed three talents 
in a marked degree, music, art and poetry. 
She was cultivated in all, but preferred art, with 
which she still supports herself. She has never 
married. 

119 Carolyn, b. July 18. 1865. m. Emory Hyde of Burr 

Oak. Mich., Dec. 8, 1894. She also was 
brought up and educated by her Aunt Har- 
riette, who took her when she was scarcelv 



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four years old. She, too, had fine abilities, 
and was given every opportunity of education. 
She graduated at the Liggett's " Home and 
Day School," Detroit, June, 1884. She be- 
came very proficient with the piano, and plays 
several string instruments. She wields a ready 
pen also, and makes some use of it. She has 
no children. 

(83) William Augustus (Hyde). 

120 Frederika, b. July 7, 1857, d. Sept. 17, 1858. 

121 Elizabeth, b. Aug. 16, 1859, m. Loomis Miller at 

Grand Rapids, when only fifteen, without her 
father's knowledge. He was much older than 
she, and the marriage proved a most unhappy 
one, from which she finally retreated. She 
learned stenography and became an expert, 
and obtained a fine position under Civil Service 
examination in the Bureau of Pensions at 
Washington, which she still holds. 

122 Joseph Edson, b. June 10, 1862, m. Mary Trupp. 

Aug. 12, 1885, at Grand Rapids. 

123 William Fletcher, b. Sept. 15, 1865. Is still unmar- 

ried. 

(84) Mary Sophia (Yale). 

124 Sarah Selina, b. Nov. 24, 1852, at Grand Rapids, d. 

Nov. 18, 1879. A sweet singer and a most 
lovely character. 

125 Charles Sanford, b. May 19, 1855, m. Marietta Neahr 

Nov. 3, 1879, just two weeks before the death 
of his sister who was a happy guest at his wed- 
ding. 

Charles graduated at Commercial College at 



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Grand Rapids and took up the business of 
manufacturing chemist, and was succeeding in 
a marked degree when a violent cold ran into 
quick consumption and he d. Nov. 9, 1885, 
leaving a young and beautiful wife and three 
little boys. 

Mrs. Yale had a magnificent voice, which 
was highly cultivated and commanded a good 
church position. In June, 1896, she m. Dr. C. 
W. Reid, a thriving dentist of Chicago, and 
still lives there. 

126 William, b. May 18, 1858, d. Jan. 14, 1859. 

127 Fred Dana, b. Dec. 4, 1861, m. Elizabeth Parsons 

Sept. 19, 1885, at Grand Rapids. He received 
a good education in the public schools and 
went into business with his older brother. 
After Charles' death he gave up that business 
and took up the study of law, to which his 
taste had always inclined. He loves books and 
study, is a good orator and pleader. He re- 
mained a few years at Grand Rapids, but sub- 
sequently went west and is at present located 
at Yakima, Washington State. 

128 Edson Welcome, b. April 12, 1868, d. of diphtheria 

Aug. 17, 1878. 

(85) Sarah Maria (Ives). 

129 Mary Emma, b. Jan. 26, 1854, at Grosse He. Mich. 

She was educated partly at Port Huron, mak- 
ing home with her Aunt Harriette, finishing 
at the " Female Seminary," Monroe, Mich., 
where she graduated June, 1872. She then 
took up the study of medicine with her 
mother's cousin, Dr. Susan A. Edson, at Wash- 



79 

ington, D. C, and in due time entered the 
" Detroit Homeopathic Medical College," re- 
ceiving her degree of M. D. in 1876. She 
soon afterwards took up a special course with 
V Dr. Clemence Lozier of New York City. She 

located at San Francisco, Cai.. where the field 
was open and promising, but she felt the sep- 
aration from her family, so far away, and re- 
turned and settled at Port Huron Oct., 1879, 
where she rapidly built up a large practice, 
winning all hearts by her tenderness and sym- 
pathy, as well as their confidence by her skill. 
Here she met and m. John G. Cobb. Oct. 12, 
1 881. She d. after a short illness of blood 
poison Oct. 20, 1886. 
130 Harriette Lavinia, b. Oct. 26, 1856, at Grosse He. 
She also attended school several years at Port 
Huron, then went to the " Monroe Female 
Seminary," where she graduated June, 1875. 
She m. Charles Pierce Gilchrist of Port Huron 
June 17, 1882. He obtained degree of A. B. 
at the " University of Mich./' June, 1875, and 
of LL. B., March, 1877, and entered upon the 
practice of law at Port Huron, but was subse- 
quently induced by his father to assist him in 
the lumber business at Vermillion, Ohio, and 
there he took his bride. In 1884 he went into 
the vessel business also, and moved his family 
to Cleveland, where they have a delightful 
home. He is a great student of religious and 
social problems, and a very thoughtful and in- 
teresting talker. She also is a reader and 
keeps up as well as she can with so many do- 
mestic duties and cares. They are active mem- 



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bers of the Episcopal Church. In politics 
Charles is a Republican. They keep their cot- 
tage at Vermillion, on the shore of Lake Erie, 
and spend their summers there. 

131 Florence Lois, b. July 30, 1861. She graduated at 

the " Home and Day School," Detroit, June, 
1880. She gives much time to Bible study, 
and finds her happiness and usefulness in that 
work. She is a great favorite in her family 
and has hosts of friends, is always cheerful and 
hopeful, finds good in everybody and every- 
thing. She has never m. She adopted her 
sister Mary's only daughter, Ethel Ives Cobb. 

132 Sarah Maria, b. March 10, 1864. She graduated at 

the High School, Port Huron, 1880, then took 
a two years' course in Mrs. Edna Chaffee 
Noble's School of Elocution at Detroit. Pos- 
sessing decided talent in art, music and poetry, 
she finally chose art for special cultivation. 
She studied with the best masters at Detroit 
and New York, then went abroad and spent 
three years in Paris, part of the time in the 
famous " Julian School," going one summer 
with a class to the coast of Brittany, and an- 
other spring sketching through Italy. She is 
proficient in French and can get along very 
well with Italian. Her letters home \Vere full 
of interest and sparkling with fun and gems of 
thought. In 1894 she returned to Detroit, but 
not feeling: satisfied with the standard of art 
there she located at New York, where she has 
a charming studio and enjoys her work very 
much. She has published one book of poems 
for children called " Songs of the Shining 



8i 

Way," very beautifully illustrated by herself, 
which has proven very successful. She also is 
a favorite, a most charming companion and 
friend. 

(87) Lydia Elizabeth (Ives). 

133 Julia Margaret, b. Oct. 19, 1867. 

134 Zayde Louise, b. June 10, 1872. As soon as possible 

after Mr. Ives' death, Mrs. Ives rented the 
Grosse He farm and bought a cozy cottage at 
Detroit, where Juha and Zayde could attend 
school and live at home. After finishing their 
course in the public schools they took up the 
" Chautauqua " Course. Zayde also studied 
music, becoming very proficient with the 
piano. After the farm was sold, these two 
sisters each bought back a lot, on one of which 
was a cottage, and have always made their 
summer home there. After their mother's 
death, Zayde decided to learn to be a nurse, 
and entered Grace Hospital, Detroit, where she 
took the full course, graduating July, 1900. 
She proves well adapted to that work and is 
very happy in it, and having abundant means 
to live without it, she hopes to do much good 
among the poor. 

(90) Julia Josephine (Keith). 

135 Jessie Dana, b. Feb. 5, 1865, at Grosse He, m. Frank 

Dodge Whitall Oct. 6, 1887, son of Col. John 
Whitall, of the regular army, and Catherine 
Rucker, whose grandfather was a brother of 
Gen'l Macomb. 

Jessie, like her mother, developed a talent 
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for art, to which she gave much attention, ex- 
celling in water colors and china painting, de- 
signing and sketching from nature. Alike in 
character and disposition, amiable and gentle, 
domestic in their tastes, fond of flowers and all 
nature, they still live together in the beautiful 
old home at Grosse lie. 
136 Charles Angus, b. Jan. 23, 1867, m. Annie Palmer of 
Leadville. Col., Sept. 2, 1890. Charles re- 
ceived a good public school education, and 
early evinced a strong desire to get to business. 
He was with '* Parke, Davis & Co.," manu- 
facturing chemists, at Detroit, for a while, then 
an opening was offered him at Leadville in 
1887 in the then great " Iron Silver Mine," a 
position of trust which he filled so satisfactorily 
that his advancement was sure and rapid. 
When that mine closed in 1891 he went in the 
interest of another company to Cripple Creek, 
then just a little hamlet. He remained in this 
employ for several years, gradually accumulat- 
ing interests on his own account, until 1896, 
when he went into the trucking business, draw- 
ing coal to the mines and ore away. His 
faculty of winning friends and the full confi- 
dence of all classes made him particularly 
successful in dealing with men. He still con- 
tinued to reach out, investing in mines which 
were opening up in that part of the country. 
He met his death Aug. 29, 1899, by falling 
down a mining shaft. He had been down in- 
specting the mine, in which he was interested, 
and started up. When near the top the 
bucket became detached, and he fell 140 feet, 




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killing him almost instantly. His death was a 
great loss to the whole country there, where he 
was so much liked and so useful. 

137 Edward Walter, b. Dec. 27, 1870, at Grosse He. He 

was fond of study, and would have liked a col- 
lege education, but his devoted attachment to 
his brother led him to follow him west as soon 
as Charles could secure a good position for 
him, 1887, and the brothers were never long 
separated. Edward is at present at Leadville, 
where he holds a fine and responsible position. 
Both these brothers were of fine physique and 
well qualified in everv way to withstand the 
rough life which surrounded them. 

(91) Dan Sherod (Edson). 

138 Martha Ann, b. at Spring Grove, Minn., Dec. 13, 

1858, m. Milan Stedwell, Feb. 22, 1877. 
Martha early undertook to be helpful and inde- 
pendent, and proved to be a woman of marked 
business ability and strict integrity, having at 
one time the handling of all money for three 
elevators. At another managing the stock of 
a store much involved so successfully that 
many obligations were met and a sale made of 
the entire stock. She has the respect and con- 
fidence of all who know her. Mr. Stedwell d. 
Oct. 8, 1888. 

139 Helen Albina, b. at Spring Grove, May 22, i860, m. 

Harrison S. Dewell at Rampeska, Da., June 
27, 1883. A lovely wife and mother. There 
is no higher position. 

140 Rose Ann, b. at Spring Grove, Feb. 17, 1862, m. (i) 

Aaron J. Nichols, July 3, 1881, (2) James W. 



84 

Helme of Adrian, Mich., 1899. Rose received 
a good public school education, and became a 
teacher at seventeen. After the death of her 
first husband, Sept. 25, 1892, in a railway acci- 
dent, she went to the Pacific Coast, returning 
in a year to Roseland, La., where she resided for 
three years. Having been for years a student 
of physical culture and elocution, she went to 
Washington, D. C, 1896, and took a profes- 
sional course in physical culture, oratory and 
expression, in what is now known as Ralston 
' University, graduating with high honors in 
May, 1897. She went to Chicago, and after a 
brief but enviable career there she m. Mr. 
Helme, and resides at Adrian, Mich., where 
Mr. Helme was b. in i860. 

J. W. Helme, Jr., graduated from Adrian 
High School at the age of fifteen, took up the 
study of law and was admitted to the bar the 
day before his twenty-first birthday. In 1882 
was nominated for Circuit Court Commissioner 
on Democratic ticket and elected; was ap- 
pointed City Attorney in 1884, and served five 
years; was appointed Assistant Prosecutor, 
1892. He is a good stump speaker, fearless, 
strong. In 1900 he was elected State Senator 
from his district, and occupied the unique posi- 
tion of being the only Democrat in that body. 
He attended to business all the same, and was 
heard from in all important affairs. He will be 
heard from hereafter. 

He is a practical farmer, giving special atten- 
tion to fruit growing and stock raising. 
14T Malinda Ann, b. at Union, Wis., May 22, 1864, m. 



85 

Alexander Dalton Smith, Watertown, S. 
Dakota, Nov. 3, 1881, d. April 6, 1887. He 
was a Methodist minister, and she was a great 
help to him in every way. 

142 Dan Sherod, b. at Little Wolf, Wis., March 11, 1866, 

d. same place, 1870. 

143 Mary Elizabeth, b. May 26, 1868, m. Lou Hallett, 

Oct., 1889, at Hazel, S. Dak., d. at San Fran- 
cisco, Nov. I, 1895. She was a very bright, 
enterprising girl. She graduated at Brook- 
ings College, S. Dak. Studied law and was 
admitted to the Bar with honor at the age of 
twenty-two. She also took a course of oratory 
in Boston. Mr. Hallett is a printer. 

144 Oscar Matthias, b. March 6, 1870, at Little Wolf, m. 

Minnie Karn, May 15, 1895, at Castlewood, 
S. Dak. He was educated at Brookings Col- 
lege, the State Agricultural Col. of S. Dak. 
He is a farmer, much resembling his father in 
character, 

(92) Dorothy Ann (Lowell). 

145 Mary H., b. June 2, 1855, at Grand Rapids, Mich., 

d. 1858. 

146 Anna G., b. March 6, 1857, ^- Oscar A. Buck at 

Grand Ledge, Mich., June 15, 1880. He was 
b. Dec. 22, 1850, at Java, N. Y.. where they 
reside. 

147 Thomas J. W., b. March 27, 1858, m. Viola Nye, 

June 2, 1880, d. Dec. 30, 1889. 

148 Sarah E. M., b. Dec. 23, 1865, m. Ira B. Bowman, 

June 15, 1897. They live at Denver, Col. 

149 George F., b. Jan. 30, 1868, m. Lillian J. Phillips, 

June 25, 1890. 



86 

(93) Sarah Albina (Covey). 

150 Calvin Edson, b. at Grand Ledge, Mich., July 28, 

1859- 

Calvin studied medicine with his father, then 

went to the University of Mich., from there to 

the Homeopathic College at Chicago, where 

he graduated; then went to New York, where 

he took three post-graduate courses. He is a 

skillful physician and surgeon. He writes a 

good deal for medical journals and lectures 

before colleges. His home is at present at 

Chicago. 

151 Dorothy Lucy, b. April 23, 1863, at Grand Ledge, 

m. Fayette Webster De Puy, Oct. 7, 1889. 
He was b. at Mount Morris, N. Y., Nov. 21, 
1849. They live at Grand Ledge. 

152 Alfred Dale, b. June 6, 1869, at Grand Ledge, m. 

Jenetta Rachael Bailey at Charlotte, Mich., 
iMarch 19, 1892. She was b. at Beechful, Ont., 
Nov. 26, 1869. 

Alfred is also a physician and a dentist, pre- 
ferring the former and has a large practice at 
Detroit. 

(95) Josiah Edson (Smith). 

153 Lydia L., b. May 14, 1844, m. Nathan Wells at 

Wacousta, Mich., July 3, 1867. 

154 Adoniram Judson, b. June 23, 1846, d. Oct. 24, 1864. 

He served in Co. L. 15th Illinois Cavalry in the 
War of the Rebellion. 

155 Hattie S., b. Aug. 11, 1853, m. April 28, 1872. 

Charles E. Drake, (2) Isaac Sanders, April 15, 
1890. 



87 

(97) Adoniram Judson (Smith). 

156 Eva A. B., b. April 28, 185 1, m. George C. Hig-bee, 

May 14, 1871, d. Feb., 1891. They Hved at 
Marquette, Mich. 

157 Sarah Pinney, b. June 10, 1857, m. Dwight W. 

Lowell, Feb. 13, 1878, at Wacousta, where 
they still reside. 

158 William Herbert, b. Dec. 21, 1858, m. Lydia Grace 

Noah, Sept. 19, 1889, at Brighton, Ool. 

159 Theodore Josiah, b. Sept. 22, 1861, m. Rose M. 

Guazeler, Jan. zy. 1893, at Denver, Col. She 
was b. in Switzerland, Jan. 5, 1869. 

Ninth Generation. 
(98) Louise (Du Bois). 

160 John Henry, b. May 6, 1873, at Buckskin, Col. 

161 Katherine Elizabeth, b. June 7, 1876, at La Garita, 

Col. 

162 Olivia Mary, b. Oct. 2, 1878, at La Garita. 

163 Alfred, b. Nov. 15, 1880, d. Aug. 11, 1882, at Lead- 

ville, Col. 

(loi) Mary Elizabeth {Van Dyke). 

164 Edmund was born in the City of New York, No- 

vember 20, 1869. When a child he was taken 
by his parents to Washington, D. C, where he 
attended school until the age of thirteen, when 
he was entered at the Military School at Had- 
donfield. New Jersey, finishing his academic 
studies at the Emerson Institute of Washing- 
ton, D. C. He then entered the law office of 
Shellabarger & Wilson, the leading members 
of the local bar, and completed his study of the 
law at the Columbian University of Washing- 



88 



ton, D. C, graduating with the degree of 
LL. B. in the class of '94, and was at once ad- 
mitted to the bar. In 1897 he was appointed 
by President McKinley a Justice of the Peace 
for the District of Columbia, but resigned in 
1899 to accept the position of attorney of the 
Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company 
of Washington and Baltimore, a position he 
still holds. He is unmarried. 
1 65 Harry was bom in the City of New York, April 1 1 , 
1872. He passed through the public schools 
of Washington, D. C, graduating from the 
High School in the class of '91. Prior to his 
graduation he spent several years in Canada in 
the Grammar School at Berthier (en haut), 
Province of Quebec, graduating in the class of 
'86 with the degree of A. A. He, like his 
brother, is a member of the bar of Washington. 
D. C, having obtained his degree of LL. B. at 
the Columbian University in the class of '95. 
He was admitted to the bar the same year and 
is now in the Washington ofifice of the Messrs. 
Coudert Brothers of New York. He also is 
unmarried. 

(102) Mary Clare (Spencer). 

t66 Olivia Wilson, b. July 18, 1866. at Ypsilanti, Mich.. 

m. Edgar M. Thorp, Sept. 5, 1894. 
T67 Mary Emily, b. Dec. 19, 1867, d. April 22. 1871. 

168 Zayde Bancroft, b. Sept. 10, 1870. m. Frederick 

Molitor, Feb. 26, 1894. 

169 Norman Lloyd, b. April 14, 1872. 

170 Elizabeth, b. Dec. 15, 1875, ^- J^"- 3^- ^^79- 

171 Clinton, b. Oct. 31, 1879. All at Ypsilanti. 

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class of '95. 
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ELIZABETH EDSON 



89 

(i04) John A. (Wilson). 

172 Florence Mina, b. Dec. 26, 1882, at Ypsilanti. 

(105) WiLLi.\M TuLLY (Strobridge). 

173 Albert. 

174 Frank. 

175 William. 

176 Earl. 

177 Eloise. 

(107) Mary Jane (Beck-Spencer). 

178 Sarah. 

179 John. 

180 Jacob. 
]8i Fred. 
182 Walter. 
] 83 Bessie. 

(109) John Joy (Edson). 

184 John Joy. Jr., b. Jan. 10, 1871, at Washington. D. 

C. After finishing his school course and tak- 
ing a trip abroad, he entered Cokimbia Col- 
lege, where he graduated 1896. He was 
appointed by Pres. McKinley Maj. and Pay- 
master in the Vol. Army for the war with 
Spain, 1898. He subsequently returned to 
Washington and went into business with his 
father. 

185 Frederick Wade, b. May 8. 1874. d. Nov. 3. 1880. 

186 Elizabeth, b. Sept. 2, 1877. She finished her school 

course at La Salle, near Boston, then went 
abroad for a year's study of French and vocal 
music, the latter under the celebrated Madam 
Marchesi. Her mother accompanied her. Be- 
fore returning her father joined them and they 
spent some months traveling on the Continent. 



90 

^iio) Joseph Romaxzo (^Edson). 

187 Loraine. b. Xov. 4. 1S77. graduated at Vassar Col- 
lege 1899. m. Herman Walter Schull. U. S. A.. 
Jan. 26, 1901. 

iSS Florelle. b. Sept. 13. 1883. 

189 Marjorie. b. Sept., 1892. All at Washington. D. C. 

(Ill) Sarah Levaxgia (Marks). 

190 Effie. b. Xov. 4. 1S70. d. Aug. 5, 1S72. 

101 Henry Le Rov. b. Feb. 21. 1877. at Washington. 

'd. C. 

(1 12) Mary (Barnum). 
1Q2 Thomas Edson. b. May 17. 1872. at Port Huron. 
Mich., m. Mary Belle Harrington at Chicago. 
111.. Jime I. 1898. 

He graduated in the Port Huron High 
School. 1888. entered the University of Mich, 
same year: took his degree of B. S. in electrical 
engineering. 1892; then a year's expert course 
in the Thompson-Houston Works at Lynn. 
Mass.. and at 21 found himself ready to enter 
upon his life work. He soon obtained a good 
position at Chicago, but went subsequently to 
Milwaukee. Wis., where he is now chief engi- 
neer at the Cutler Hammer Co.. high-grade 
electrical appliances. 

193 Margaret, b. Jan. i. 1877. d. May 22. 1887. 

(117) .Alice (Howard). 

194 Bessie Margaret, b. Aug. 17. 1874. at Grosse He. 

Mich.^ 
105 Grace Carolyn, b. Oct. . 1884. at Ypsilanti. Mich. 

(121) Elizabeth (Miller). 

196 Evelyn Lenora. b. Sept. 15. 1876, at Grand Rapids. 

197 Fannie Elmira. b. April 14. 1879. 



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(i22) Joseph Edson (Hyde). 

198 Lenora May, b. June 15. 1886, at Grand Rapids. 

199 Lillian Adela, b. Jan. 5. 1889. 

200 Fannie Lane, b. Nov. i. 189 1. 

201 William Edson. b. Feb. 7. 1893. 

(125) Charles Saxford (Yale). 

202 Harold Edson, b. Aug. 21. 1880. at Grand Rapids. 

m. Myrtle Butler. June. 1899. 

203 Ralph, b. Sept. 9. 1881, d. Oct. 24, 1881. 

204 Frederick Xeahr. b. Oct. 1, 1882. 

205 Charles Milton, b. April 12. 1884. 

(127) Fred Dana (Yale). 

206 Fred Wallace, b. Oct. 31. 1886. d. June 30. 1887. 

(129) ^L\RY Emma (Cobb). 

207 Ethel Ives, b. July 24. 1882. After her mother's 

death she went to her grandmother at Detroit, 
and was the special charge of her Aunt Flor- 
ence. She attended the public schools, finish- 
ing at the High School. June. 1900. The next 
Oct. she was appointed by the Gov. of Mich, 
to a scholarship in Mrs. Cory's School of 
Design at Xew York City, where she is at 
work. 

(130) Harriette Lavinia (Gilchrist). 

208 Bessie Ruth. b. June 6. 1883. at Grosse He. She 

graduated at the High School. Cleveland, then 
entered the Woman's College of Western Re- 
ser\e L'niversity of that city, where she is 
studying. 

209 Helen, b. Nov. 6. 1885. at Vermillion. Ohio. She 



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graduated in the High School, Cleveland, 
Prophet in a class of 98, June, 1901. 

210 William Ives, b. Feb. i, 1888, at Vermillion. 

211 Sarah Margaret, b. April 29, 1890, at Vermillion. 

212 Frederick Wells, b. March 17, 1893, at Detroit, Mich. 

213 Donald Charles, b. June 11, 1897, at Vermillion. 

These children are all very fond of books 
and school, and will have every opportunity 
for education. 

(135) Jessie Dana (Whitall). 

214 Laurence Waldemar, b. July 6, 1891. at Grosse He. 

215 Margaret Keith, b. June 24. 1893. Grosse He. 

(136) Charles Angus (Keith). 

216 Hazel, b. June 11, 1891, at Leadville, d. at Cripple 

Creek, June i, 1897. 

217 Erma, b. Oct. 15, 1893, at Cripple Creek. 

218 Charles Angus, b. Oct. . 1895, at Cripple Creek. 

219 Jean Palmer, b. Sept. 25, 1899, Cripple Creek. 

(138) Martha Ann (Stedwell). 

220 Joseph Francis, b. Sept. 22, 1888. A promising 

young electrician, at present studying in the 
school at Scranton, Pa. 

(139) Helen Albina (Dewell). 

221 Nathaniel S., b. Aug. 8, 1885. 

222 Rose, b. Nov. 26, 1886. 

223 Daniel Sherwood, b. Oct. 12, 1897. 

(140) Rose Ann (Nichols-Helme). 

224 Alexander Douglas, b. at Huron, S. Dakota, June 

22, 1887. 



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(141) Malinda Ann (Smith). 

225 Caddie Levann, b. Sept. 11, 1882. 

226 Charles Edson, b. Aug. 19, 1885. 

(146) Anna G. (Buck). 

227 Maya W., b. at Java, N. Y., Nov. 14, 1881, m. Clay- 

ton Cooly, Jan. 24, 1898. 

228 Dawn M., b. July 8, 1884. 

229 Etta Linden, b. March 8, 1890. 

230 Marian D., b. July 28, 1894, d. same day. 

231 Sherod Edson, b. Aug. 3, 1898, d. same day. ^ 

232 Dorothy Silence, b. March 3, 1896. All at Java. 

(147) Thomas J. W. (Lowell). 

233 Austa Harriet, b. June i, 1881, at Wacousta, Mich. 

234 Frank Edson, b. Nov. 29, 1882. Also a twin, who 

d. same day. 

235 Mary Elizabeth, b. July 21, 1885. 

236 James Russell, b. June 25, 1887. 

237 Audry Bernice, b. Nov. 25, 1888. 

238 Sarah Goodell, b. Aug. 19, 1890. 

(148) Sarah E. M. (Bowman). 

239 Eunice, b. Dec. 2, 1898, d. May 21, 1899, at Petoskey. 

Mich. 

(149) George F. (Lowell). 

240 Helen Ann, b. April 11, 1898, at Delta, Mich. 

(152) Alfred Dale. (Covey). 

241 Margaret Dorothy, b. March 20, 1894. at Grand 

Ledge. 

(153) Lydia L. (Wells). 

242 Cora, b. Sept. 13, 1873, near Wacousta. Mich. 

243 Earl, b. July 12, 1876. 



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(155) Hattie S. (Drake-Sanders). 

244 Lucy L., b. April 30, 1873, near Wacousta, d. Sept. 

2, same year. 

245 Fayette E., b. March 26, 1875. 

246 Dora E., b. Dec. 18, 1878. 

247 Lulu, b. Jan. 28, 1881. 

248 Lelia, b. July 15, 1883. 

249 Edson, b. Aug. 30, 1892. 

250 Earl, b. July 6, 1894, d. Sept. 7, same year. 

(156) Eva a. B. (Higbee). 

251 Bertha A., b. May 16, 1878. 

252 Theodore S., b. Aug. 3, 1888. 

(157) Sarah Pinney (Lowell). 

253 Herman J., m. Jan. 26, 1879, at Wacousta. 

254 Laura Hazel, b. Sept. 25, 1881. 

Tenth Generation. 

(166) Olivia Wilson (Thorpe). 

255 Darius Douglas, b. Feb. 17, 1898. at Lansing. Mich. 

256 Helen, b. Oct. 28, 1899. Lansing. 

(168) Zayde Bancroft (Molitor). 

257 Eric, b. Sept. 11, 1896, at Lansing. 

258 Carl Frederick, b. Sept. 16, 1899, Lansing. 

(227) Maya W. (Cooley). 

259 Nathan Claude, b. Feb. 10. 1899, at Java, N. Y. 

(192) Thomas Edson (Barnum). 

260 Charles Norman, b. June 12, 1901. at Milwaukee. 

Wis. 



INDEX. 



Adams, i8. 
Aikin, 68. 

Alden, 27, 28, 29, 39. 
Allen, 29. 
Allyn, 19. 

Andrews, 25, 26, 33. 
Arnold, 50. 
Averill, 29. 

Bacon, 64. 

Bailey, 86. 

Barber, 12. 

Barnes, 44. 

Barnum, 74, 75, 90, 94. 

Bass, 29. 

Bates, 24, 34. 

Beale, 23, 33. 

Beard, 27. 

Beck, 89. 

Berthrong, 72. 

Bidwell, 15 

Bissell, 5, 6, 7, 12, 15. 

Birge, 5. 

Blackmar, 65. 

Blany, 27. 

Bliss, 5. 

Blodgett, 40. 



Bowman, 85, 93. 
Buck, 85, 93. 
Buell, 9. 
Byram, 38. 

Carver, 30. 

Gary, 39. 

Case, 15. 

Chubbuck. 20, 22, 34. 

Clark, 14, 16, 18,24,55,75,76. 

Cobb, 79, 91. 

Cooley, 93, 94. 

Copley, 1 1. 

Corey, 64, 86, 93. 

Cudworth, 34. 

Croade, 22. 

Curo, 12. 

Curtis, 33. 

Dean, 38, 39. 
Delano, 29. 
De Puy, 86. 
Dewell, 83, 92. 
Dibble, 15. 
Dover, 1 1. 
Drake, 6, 86, 94. 
Du Bois, 66, 87. 



95 



96 



Dunning, 33. 
Dunham, 29. 

Edson, 19, 30, 35, 36, 37, 38, 

39, 40, 41,42, 43» 44, 45, 46, 
47,48,49, 50, 51,52, 53,63, 
64, 72, 73, 74, 83, 84, 85, 89, 
90. 

Ellsworth, 5. 

Enos, 5, 7, 12, 14. 

Fearing, 25. 
Field, 38. 
Filer, 12. 
Filley, 19. 
Finney, 34. 
Fitch, 6, 20. 
Ford, 34. 

Gallop, 30, 31. 

Gannett, 20, 27. 

Garrison, 51. 

Gattersby, 33. 

Gilman, 22. 

Gilchrist, 79, 91, 92. 

Gillett, 15. 

Goodall, 74, 

Grant, 15. 

Greene, 5, 40. 

Griswold, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13. 

Guazeler, 87. 

Hallett, 29, 85. 
Halverson, 63. 
Hanford, 14. 
Harrington, 90. 



Helme, 84, 92. 
Hersey, 20, 21, 22, 24. 
Higbee, 87, 94. 
Holcombe, 5, 12, 15. 
Horsford, 7, 8, 12, 13. 
Horner, 35. 
Howard, ']6, 90. 
Hull, 17. 
Humphreys, 34. 
Hunt, 54. 

Heyde, 45, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 
59, 60,62, 74, 'je, 77,91. 

Ives, 59, 60, 78, 79, 80, 81. 

Johnson, 23, 39, 40. 

Joy, 25, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 39. 

Karn, 85. 

Keith, 38, 62, 81, 82, 83, 92. 

Keyes, 65. 

Lane, 23. 

La Rue, 52. 

Lathrop, 30, 39. 

Leavitt, 25. 

Lincoln, 20, 23, 24, 25, 34. 

Low, 27, 33. 

Lowell, 64, 65, 85, 87, 93, 94. 

Mann, 34. 
Manning, 27. 
Mansfield, 12. 
Marshall, 12, 13, 15. 
Marks, 74, 90. 
Marvin, 72. 



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Mason, 6. 
McElchran, 71. 
Miller, ']'], 90. 
Molitor, 88, 94. 
Moore, 6. 
Mosher, 65. 
Mudge, 12. 

MulHno (MoHnes), 28. 
Munger, 53. 

Neahr, j"]. 
Nelson, 56. 
Newberry, 13, 16, 18. 
Nichols, 24, 83, 92. 
Nicholson, 72, 
Noah, 87. 
North, 15. 
Nye, 85. 
Nyhart, 57. 

Orcutt, 34, 38, 39, 40. 

Pabodie, 29. 

Packard, 39. 

Palmer, 82. 

Parsons, 78. 

Pease, 47. 

Phelps, 7,9, 10, II, 15, 18, 19. 

PhilHps, 38, 85. 

Pinney, 6,^, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, 

18, 40. 
Porter, 12, 44. 
Pitts, 33. 
Pratt, 39. 
Prince, 33. 



Salmon, 11. 
Sanders, 86, 94. 
Schull, 90. 
Shaw, 29, 30. 
Sherwood, 5. 
Simmons, 29 
Sm 



ith, 48, 64, 65, 85, 86, 87, 



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Snow, 29. 

Southworth, 29, 
Spencer, 70, 88, 89. 
Sprague, 35. 
Standish, 29. 
Stanley, 19. 
Stedwell, 83, 92. 
Stevens, 25. 
Stodder, 33. 
Storey, 51. 

Strobridge, 51, ^2, 89. 
Stowell, 34. 
Sweetser, 27. 

Thompson, 40. 
Thorp, 88, 94. 
Thrall, 7. 
Throop, 43. 
Tillotson, 13. 
Town, 34. 
Treat, 65. 
Trupp, yy. 
Turner, 38. 

Van Dyke, 70, 87, 88. 
Vickery, 23.. 



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Wade, II. 

Wadsworth, 27. 
Warwick, 72. 
Washburn, 35. 
Weston, 49, 66, ^1, 68, 69. 
Wells, 60, 61, 86, 93. 
White, 29. 
Whitall, 81, 92. 



Whitney, 44, 52. 

Whittaker, 40. 

Wilson, II, 22, 50, 70, 71, 89. 

Williams, 48, 65, 66. 

Woodward, 35. 

Wolcott, 14, 16. 

Yale, 58, Tj, 78, 91. 



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