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Rev. William Jenks, D. D., Rev. Alonzo H. Quint, 

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[Note. — An Index of Names is at the end of each Volume.] 

The design of this Index is to facilitate the labors of Genealogists and Town Historians. To obtain 
all the facts contained in the ten volumes, relating to any name or town, the Reviews or Book Isotices 
should first be examined, as they show what works have already been published. Genealogists should 
also consult Biographies, Arms, Autographs, and Obituaries. 

Wherever the month and volume are given in connection with a genealogy, there will be found an 
account of the family in extenso ; but when the page and volume occur, a more brief notice maybe 

The volumes are numbered from 1847, which is the first. w. H. W. 

Adams, family bible, viii 2S3 

Addison Co., Vt., items, vii 253 

Allen monument, iv 103 

Alumni of New England, i 77, 182, 178 

Almanacs, interleaved, i 73 ; vii 205, 341 ; viii 18 

Andover, Mass., Records, ii 377; hi 65 

Anglo Saxon Language, iii 403 

Antiquity, a Relic of, ii 110 

Arms, engraved or described 

Mather, vi 16, 19 
Otis, ii 281 
Parsons, i 159, 264 
Peabody, ii 361 
Pease, iii 27, 29 
Rawson, see portrait of 

Edward R. 
Rolfe, iii 149 
Rollins, viii 2, 54 
Sanborn x 271 
Sewall, see portrait of 

Joseph S. 
Shapleigh, v 345 
Stowe, x 121 
Sumner, viii 128d 
Swett, vi 49 
Tully, iii 157 
Walter, viii 209 
Wentworth, iv 321 

Adams, vii 39 
Amory, x 59 
Balch, ix 233 
Bradford, iv 39 
Bradstreet, viii 313 
Chauncy, x 105 
Checkley, ii 349 
Curwen x 305 
Davie, i 169 
Deane, iii 375, 376 
Endecott, see portrait of 

Farmer, i 33, 360 
Gilbert, iv 223 
Gookin, i 345 
How, iv 63 

Hutchinson, see por- 
trait of Gov. H. 
Leonard, v 406 
Mascarene, ix 247 
Attleborough, Crane's Centennial at, iii 403 
Autobiography of Rev. S. Brown, iii 374 
Autographs : — 
Alden, John, ii 244 
Bakar, Christine, vl95 
Baker, Otis, v 204 
Baker, Thomas, v 195, 

Balch, John, ix 235 
Barstow, Michael, viii 

Baudouin, Pierre, x 79 
Blake, James, Jr., vi 

Bradford, William, ii 

244; iv 42, 45, 46 
Bradford, John, iv, 45 
Bradstreet, Simon and 

Anne, viii 314 
Bradstreet, John, ix 37 
Brainford settlers, iii 

Church, Benjamin, v 

Cogswell, Amos and Ly- 

dia, v 207 

Dane, John, viii 147; 

Dane, Francis, viii 147 
Deane, Silas, iii 382 
Deane, Walter, 384 
Deane, William and 

Samuel, iii 385 
Deane, Samuel, iii 386 
Deane, Thomas, ix 93 
Dearborn, Gen., ii 350 
Drake, S. G , ii 4 
Dudley, Thomas, v 295 ; 

Dudley, Samuel, x 134 
Dudley, John, x 139 
•Dudley, Edmund, x 141 
Fuller, Samuel, ii 244 
Gookin, Daniel, i 350 
How, John, iv 64 
Hyslop, William and 
David, viii 128k 
Johonnot Daniel, vi 366 
Kidder, James,vii 140 

Autographs : — 
Lane, Job, x 356 
Leonard. Thomas, v 407 
Lord, Robert, vii 188 
Lovewell, John, vii 63 
Mascarene, Paul, ix 247 
Mascarene, John, x 147 
Mather, Increase, ii 24 

Philip, King-, v 358 
Scollow, Joshua, ii 351 
Shrimpton, Saml , viii 

Standish, Myles, ii 244 
Sumner, William, viii 


Mavericke, Samuel, viii Sumner, Edw , viii 128g 
378 Sumner, Increase, viii 

Swett, Benjamin, vi 53 
Trask, William, vi 370 

Michael, vi 

Waldern, Richard, 

181 ; vii 94 
Ware, Robert, vi 146 
Ware, Joseph, vi 148 
Weare. Nathl., vi 50 
Whitmore, John and 

Rachel, ix 307 
Wyman, Seth, vii 69 
Yeamans,John, viii 128* 


Metcalfe, Thomas, vi 

Otis, John, ii 283 
Otis, Paul, v 186, 187 
Pease, iii 28 
Pease, J C, iii 237 _ 
Pease, Nathaniel, iii'390 
Pease, Calvin, iii 394 
Pease, E. P. iii 395 
Prince, Thomas, ii 244 
A Word to Modernizers, iii 22 
Barefoot, Walter, v 358 
Barnes, Anne, ix 371 

Barnestable First Settlers, ii 64, 194, 314, 388; 
iii 84, 133, 271 ; iv 192 
Church. See Scituate. 
Battle Abbey, Roll of, ii 25 
Bayard Family. See Rogers. 
Belchertown, Mass., History of, ii 177 

Indians attack, 208 
Bellingham family letters, vii 186 
Berwick, Me., Epitaphs, iv 37 
Beverly, name of, ii 333 

Items, viii 103 
Bible, ancient, i 275 
Biddeford, inscriptions, ii 386 
Billerica Items, vi 85 
Biographies and biographical notices : — 
Allerton, Isaac, viii 265 Eddy, Joshua, viu201 
Appleton, Saml , viii 1 
Bigelow, Benjamin iii 

Brant, ii 345 ; iii 59 
Breck, Edward, ii 255 
Brooks, Peter C, viii 

297; ixl3 
Carver, John, iv 105 
Chauncy, Chas., x 105 
Conant, Roger, ii 233, 

Colman, Dr. Benjamin, 

iii 105, 220 
Crown, Col. Wm , vi 46 

Endecott, John, i 201 
Farmer, John, i 1 
Farrar, Rev. Joseph, iii 

185, 211 
Fitch, Rev. James, ii 

Frobisher, Sir Martin, 

Frost,'Charles, iii 249 
Gorton, Samuel, iv 201 
Higginson, Rev. Fran- 
cis, vi 105 
Hull, Gen. William, ix 


General Index. 

Biographies and biographical notices : — 

Hutchinson, Got. Thos. Prince, Key. Thomas, 

i 297 v 375 

Lawrence, Abbott, x Rawson, Edward, iii 201 

297 Sewall, Samuel, i 105 

Lovewell, Capt. John, Stark, Gen. John, vii 

vii 61 201 

Mather, Increase, ii 1 Sullivan, Gen. John, 
Mather, Cotton, vi 1 vii 137 

Moore, Rev. Z. S., i 361 Sumner, Gov. Increase, 
Morrill, Hon. David, iii viii 105 

199 Upham, A. G., i 365 

Parsons, Enoch, i 159 "Vane, Sir Henry, ii 121 
Perkins, Thos. H.,x 201 Ward, Gen. Artemas, 
Peters, Hugh, v 1, 231, v. 271 

275, 415 Williams,' John Foster, 

Pierce, Benjamin, vii 1 ii 98 
Pomeroy, Dr. John, ii Wolcott, Oliver, iv 1 

Black Art, ii 55 

Black Point, attack upon, ii 206 
Bloody Point, origin of name, ii 39 
Books, Notices of. See Reviews and Notices. 
Boston Records, ii 76, 188. 274, 400 ; iii 38, 126, 247 ; 

iv 55, 181, 267, 359 ; v 97, 243, 333 ; vi 183, 377 ; 

vii 159, 281; viii 37,-345; ix 165, 249, 309; x 

67, 217 

News Letters, Items from, x 33 

Ministers of, i 134, 240, 318 
Bradford, Mass., marriages in, viii 236 
Bradford's History, Discovery of, ix 231; x 353 
Branford, Conn., early settlers, iii 153 
Braintree, Iron Mines, 63 

Iron Work, v 404 

Early Records of, 126-7, 247-8 
Brattle's Advice to his Son, i 284 
Brewster's Island, ix 368 
Browne, Abraham, ii 45 
Brown, Rev. Samuel, iii 374 
Bunker, George, ix 150 
Canada Expedition, ix 354 
Candler MSS. in Brit. Museum, iv 178 
Cape Ann, Colony of, 235 
Capen, Family Record, ii 80 
Casco, Me. , i 53 
Charlestown Epitaphs, v 175 
Charter Oak, x 358 

Chatham, Mass, first settlers, vii 81, 153 
Cherry Valley, massacre at, ii 348 
Chipman Family, iv 23, 251 
Cogswell, funeral sermon, i 294 
Cold Spring, (Belchertown), ii 177 
College of Arms, 343 
Connecticut Archives, iii 167 

Irish Charity to, ii 395 
Copp Family, x 369 
Copp's Hill Epitaphs, ii 391 ; iii 344 
Cradock, Gov., bequest, ix 247 
Craft, Alice, vi 178 
Customs of New England, vi 23 
Danvers, Epitaphs, viii, 73 

Hanson's History of, ii, r 319 
Davis, Dolor, iv 66 
Dedham Items, i 99 

Mann's Annals of, ii 224; iv 354; x 282 
Deerfield, Indian House, ii 110 
Description of New England, i 288 
Discovery of America, vii 13 
Doom's-Da} -Book, ii 29, 30 
Dorchester Epitaphs, ii, 312, 381 ; iv 105, 275 ; v 89, 

255; vi 179, 236 

History of, v 389, 465 
Dover, N. EL, First Settlement of, ii 38 

Items, iv 30, 246 ; v 449 ; vi 35, 258.329 : vii 47, 

165, 255, 353; viii 63, 129, 263 ; ix 65, 143, 364 
Eastham, Mass , Items, vi 41, 167, 234 ; vii 279, 347 
Elliot Bureau, ix 329 
Endicott Rock, i 311 

Pear Tree, ii 402 
Engravings :— 

Landing of the Pilgrims, i, Jan. 

Church St. Edburg at Bicester, Eng., ix, 

Plan of Cocheco, N. H., v, Apr. 

Ruins of Dudley Castle, x, Apr. 

Engravings : — 

Portrait of Samuel Appleton, viii, Jan. 
Peter C. Brooks, viii, Oct. 
Rev. Charles Chauncy, x, Apr. 
Rev. Benjamin Colman, iii, Jan. 
William Cothren, viii, Apr, 
Mark Doolittle, vi, July 
Paul Dudley, x, Oct. 
Joshua Eddy, viii, July 
Gov. John Endicott, i, July 
John Farmer, i, Jan. 
Timothy Farrar. vi, Oct. 
Martin Frobisher, iii, Jan. 
Gov. Thomas Hutchinson, i, Oct. 
Abbott Lawrence, x, Oct. 
John Leverett, iv, July 
Cotton Mather, vi, Jan. 
Increase Mather, ii, Jan. 
Enoch Parsons, i, April 
Thomas H. Perkins, x, July 
Hugh Peters, v, Jan. 
Benjamin Pierce, vii, Jan. 
Rev. Thomas Prince, v, Oct. 
Rebecca Rawson, iii, Oct. 
Edward Rawson, iii, July 
Joseph Sewall, x, Jan. 
Samuel Sewall, i, April 
Gen. John Stark, vii. July 
Gen. John Sullivan, vii, April 
Gov. Increiisi Sumner, viii, April 
Jonathan Trumbull, ix, Jan. 
John Winthrop, vii Oct. 
Oliver Wolcott, iv, Jan. 
Epitaphs, i 72, 195, 376 ; ii 200, 213, 264, 344, 354, 375, 
376, 403 ; iii 58 ; iv 29, 32, 109, 264, 350 ; v 78, 84, 
358; vii, 168, 190; viii 230; ix78,368; x 24 
Essex and Old Norfolk Counties, Mass., early set- 
tlers, vi 205, 243, 339 ; vii 83, 357 ; viii 49, 163 
Evacuation of Boston, viii 77 
Exeter, N.H., settled, ii 81 
Freemen, viii 77 

Wheelwright's deposition, ix 208 
Family Register, form of, i 67 ; ii 227 
Farmington, Conn., Indian Monument, ii 115 

Porter's Discourse on, ii 120 
Farrar, Stephen, iv 24, 91 
Fathers of New England, deaths of, i 74, 286 
First Settlers of New England, names of, i, 137 
Foiger, family name, ix 308 
Fowler family, iv 38 
Foxcroft family, x 305 
Franklin family, iv 170, 188 
Freemen of Massachusetts, names of, iii 41, 89, 187, 

239,345; iv25; vii 28 
French War Papers, iv 275 ; vi 87 
Freetown, Mass , Epitaphs, viii 285; x 53 
Funeral Sermons, researches among, vii 241, 305; 

viii 29, 179, 259, 363; ix 69, 173, 355 
Genealogical Problem, ii 344 
Genealogies : — 
Abbe, vii 325 Billings,'vii 272 

Abbott, vi 200 Bisbee, iv 99 

Adam, ii 320 Blake, vii 372 

Adams, ii 228, 321, 351 ; Boltwood, v 101 
vii, Jan., Oct.; x, Bonner, v 174 
Jan.; viii 41 Bowdoin, viii 247; x, 

Addington, iv, April Jan. 

Allen, x, July Bowes, x, Jan , April 

Allerton, viii 270 Bowles, ii 192 

Ames, iv 374 Boylston, vii, April, 

Amory, x, Jan Oct. 

Appleton, v 144 Bradford, iv, Jan., Apl., 

Ashley, ii, Oct. ; iii 286 July; ix, Apl., July 
Bailey, viii 91 Bradstreet, i, Jan ; viii, 

Baker, v 190 Oct.; ix, Jan., Apl. 

Balch, ix, July Braman, ii, 119 

Ball, ix 158 Breck, ii, July ; v, Oct. 

Ballantine, vi 371 Bridges, viii, July 

Bangs, x, April ; viii, Bromfield, v 100 

July . Brooks, iii 401 ; v, July 

Bates, v 101 Brown, ii, .luly; ix, July 

Bean, v 202 Burr, v, Oct. 

Beede, v 214 Butler, i, April ; ii, Oct. , 

Belcher, iii 281 ; iv 344 iii, Jan., Oct. 
Bigelow, iii 196 ; x Oct. Calef, iv 16 

General Index. 

Genealogies : — 
Carpenter, ix, Jan. 
Carr, v 200 
Caswell, iv 29 ; v 206 
Channing, viii 318 
Chaplaiae, iv 179 
Chase, i, Jan. 
Chauncy, x, April, Ju- 
ly, Oct, 
Checkley, ii, Oct 
Chesley, v 205, 454 
Chickering, iv 180 
Chipman, iv23; vi272 
Clap, vi 373; vii 163, 

270, 335 
Clement, v 473 
Coffin, ii, Oct. 
Cogswell, iv 291 ; vii 102 
Colcord, ix 365 
Collins, v 473 
Colton, v 167 
Copp, x 369 
Cotton, i, April; iv, 

Jan.; vii 305; ixll4 
Cradock, viii, Jan; ix, 

April, July 
Crane /iv 180 
Curwen, x, Oct. 
Cushing, viii 41 45 
Cutler, iv, April; vii, 

Oct.; viii 259 
Cutts, ii, July 
Dam, ix 365 
Dana, iii 287 
Dane, viii, April ", 

Danforth, vii, Oct. 
Davenport, iv, April, 

Oct.; ixl46 
Davis, iv 66 ; vi 35 
Dean, iv 13 ; vi 103 
Deane, iii, Oct. ; ix, Jan 
Dearborn, ii, Jan., Ju- 
ly; vi, 60 
Delano, iii 334 
Dexter, viii 248' 
Dodge, v 328 
Doolittle, vi, July 
Dudley , i, Jan. ; vi 280 ; 

x, April, Oct. 
Drake, iii 197; v 167 
Drew, vi 36 
Eddy, iii 334 
Eliot, vi 277; viii 45; 

x, Oct. 
Ellery, viii 317 
Emerson, vi 37 
Endicott, i, Oct. 
Farmer, i, Jan., Oct. 
Farrar, iii 211 ; vi, Oct. 
Fisher, iv 178 
Fiske, iv 180 
Firmin, ivll 
Follet, ix 166 
Foote, ix, July 
Forbush, vii, April 
Forward, ii 179 
Fowler, ix 218 
Foxcroft, viii 260, 364 ; 

ix 305 
Franklin, viii, Oct. 
French, iii 292 
Frost, iii, July ; v, Apl. 
Frye, viii, July 
Fuller, iii 334 
Furber, ix 366 
Gachet, i, Oct. 
Gay, vi 373 
Gerrish, vi 258 
Gilbert, ii 278 ; iv, July, 

Gilman, v 210, 345 ; vi 

Goddard ; vi 259 
Gookin, i, Oet.; ii Apl. : 

iv 79, 185 

Greene, iv, Jan. 
Greenleaf, x, Jan. 
Gushee, i 344 
Haines, ix 366 
Hale, vii 271 
Hall, ii 41 ; vi 259 ; ix 

Ham, vi 329 
Hancock, viii, April ; 

ix, Jan., Oct. 
Hanson, v 213; vi 329 
Harlackenden, x, Apl. 
Harris, ii, April; viii 

Hayes, vi 333 
Haynes, ix, Oct. 
Heard, v 179, 187; vii 

47 ; ix 366 
Herrick, iv 101 
Hilton, vii 50, 155 
Hinckley, viii 170 
Hirst, viii 260 
Hobbs, ix, July 
Hodges, v 414 5 
Holmes, ivl6; x224 
Hopkins, v, Jan. ; vi 43 
Home, vii 156 
Howland, ix 101 
How, iv Jan. 
Hubbard, v 142, 316 
Humphrey, iv 198 ; viii 

Huntington, i, Oct. ; v 

163; viii, April; x, 

Hussey, vii 157 
Ingalls, v 474 
Ingersoll, ix 157 
Jenks, ix, July 
Jennison, vii 71 
Jessop, x 357 
Johnson, iv, Oct ; viii, 

July, Oct. 
Johonnot, vi, Oct. ; vii, 

Jones, vi, July 
Josselyn, ii, July; iii, 

Kitchell, vii 267 
Knight, v 474 
Lane, x, Oct. 
Lawrence, x, Oct. 
Leighton, v 166; vii 

Leonard,' v, Oct. ; vii 

Leverett, iv, April 
Lewis, viii 47 
Lindall, vii,' Jan. 
Litchfield, ix, April, 

Livermore, iv 272 
Lord, vii 71 
Lorinoc, iv 374 ; vi 374 ; 

vii 163, 326 
Lougee, iii 407 
Mack, vii 307 
Mascarene, ix, July 
Mather, i 166 ; ii 9 ;*vi, 

Matthews, vii 257 
Maxwell, ii 223 
Meader, vii 257 
Meigs, iv, Jan. 
Metcalf, vi, April; vii 

168, 328 
Minot, i, April, July 
Morton, iv, April 
Mosely, vii 329 
Nash, iv 293 
Nock, vii 258 ; viii, 367 
Nute, vii 258 
Oates, vi, April 
Odlin, vi 272 

Genealogies : — 
Otis, ii, July ; iv, Apl, ; 

v, April ; ix 368 
Palmer, vii 330 
Parsons, i, July 
Payne, v, July; vii, Jan. 
Pearce, vi, July; vii, 

Peabody, ii, April, Oct. ; 

iii, Oct. 
Pease, iii, Jan., April, 

July, Oct.; ix, Jan. ; 

x, April 
Perkins, iv 15 ; x, Ju- 
ly; *., 369 
Peters, ii, Jan. 
Phillipse, x, Jan. 
Phillips, vi 273 
Pinkham, v 198, 450; 

vii 353 
Piper, iv 193 
Pitman, vii 355 
Plumer, v 267 
Pomeroy, ii 279 
Porter, viii 54 
Prentice, vi 273, 276; 

vii 71 
Pre nee, vi 234 
Prince, v, Oct. 
Prescott, vi 274; x, Oct. 
Purinton, v 215 
Rawson, iii, Oct. 
Richardson, v 475; x, 

Ricker, v, July, Oct. 
Riddel, iv 199 
Robie, viii 316 
Roberts, vii 356; 

63; x303 
Robinson, v 464; 

64, 172, 251 
Rockwell, viii 164 
Rodgers, x 352 
Rogers, iv 12, 16; v, 

April, July 
Rolfe, iii, April 
Rollins, vl68 ; viii, Ju- 
ly; x306 
Russell, vi 274 
Sanborn, x, July, Oct. 
Sanford, x, July, Oct. 
Sargent, x, Apl., July 
Sartle, vi, 274 
Scammon, viii 65 
Shapleigh, v, July 
Sheafe, iv, Oct. 
Shannon, v, April 
Shepard, vi, April 
Sherburne, ix 180, 208 
Sherman, vii 308 
Smith, ii 146 ; vii, Apl. ; 

viii 65 
Spofford, vii, Oct, ; ix, 

Jan., July 
Starbuck, viii 68, 129 
Stebbins, v, Jan., July 
Stoddard, v 21 ; x, Jan. 
Stone, x, July 
Storer, vi 275 
Stoughton, v, July 
Stowe, x, April, July 
Strong, vii 100 ; viii 180 



Sullivan, iii 63 
Sumner, viii, April ; ix, 

Swett, vi, Jan. 
Taintor, ii 117; iii, Apl. 
Talbot, ix, April 
Taylor, ii, Oct. ; iv, 375 
Temple, x, Jan. 
Tibbetts, viii, 130-2 
Townsend, viii 184 
Tozer, viii 264 
Tufts, ix 116 
Tully, iii, April 
Turner, v 466 ; vii. Apl. 
Tuttle, v 188, 198, 216; 

viii 132 
Twombly. viii 263 
Tane, ii, April 
Yarney, v 197 
Varnum, v, Jan., Apl. 
Vaughan, v, April 
"Vinton, vii 164 
Waite, ii 210 
Waldron, v 182, 205; 

viii, Jan, ix 55 
Wales, v 411 
Wallingford, v 216 
"Walter, vii 166; viii July 
Walton, ix 57 
Ware, vi, April 
Watson, v 216 
Washington, vi 384 
Waterman, vii 308 
Ware, vi, April 
Webster, vii, Jan.; ix 

Weeks, v 467 
Weld, vii 309; viii, Ju- 
ly ; ix, Jan. 
Wells, iv 11 
Wendell, viii 315 
Wentworth,iv 103, Oct.; 

v, Oct. ; vi, July ; vii, 

July, Oct. ; viii, Jan., 

West, vi 282 
White, iv 102 ; v 408-9 
Whiting, iv, 180 
Whitman, vi 376 
Whitwell, viii 317; ix 

Wiggin, viii 324; ixl43 
Willard, iii 232 ; iv,Oct. 
Willey, ix 143 
Willet, ii, Oct. 
Williams, v 414; viii 

321 ; ix 115 
Willis, v 476 
Winget, ix 143 
Winslow, iv, Oct. 
Wiswall, v 468 
Wolcott, i, July ; iv 9 
Wood, ii 259 
Woodbridge, vi 273, 281; 

vii. 75 
Woodman, ix 145 
"Woodward, vi 214 
Wormley, v 268 
Wight, iv Oct 
Wyman, iii, Jan. 

Genealogy, i 290 ; x 82 

Georgetown Centennial, ii 119 

Gloucester, Mass., Items, iv 361 

Golden Hind, passengers of the, i 126 

Gookin, Daniel, iii 123 

Gorham, Me., first settlers, ii 305 

Graduates of Harvard College, i 34 

Gray, Me., Items, x 163 

Great Barrington, Mass., Indian deed of, viii 215 

Great Torrington, England, Records, vi, 151 

Greenwich, Conn., Records, iv 62 

Groton Items, vii 114, 140, 266; x 58, 127, 186 

Hale family, vii 300 


General Index. 

Hammond family, ix 312 

Harris family, v 307 

Hartford Items, vi 369 

Hawley's memorial, x 312 

Harvard College, donations to, ii 265 

Hayden family, iv 18 

Henshaw farm, vii, 46 

Heraldry, i 225 ; ix 288 

Heralds' College, England, ii, 342 

Visitations, ii 343 
Hillsboro' County, N. H , Items, ix 306 
Hill family, v 367 
Hinckley family, i, 92 ; viii 170 
Hingham, Mass., first settlers, ii 250 
Holmes family, x 242 
Huguenots, i 332 

Hull, Mass., Items, iv 75; vi 338; vii 340 
Hunt family, viii 357 
Indian War, ii 206-7 

Children in service, viii 270 

Names of months, x 166 

Summer, iii 26 

Powow, ii, 44 

War Papers, iii 23, 163; vii, 93, 219, 268; viii 
239; ixl61; x 35, 65 
Inscriptions at Merrimack, viii 185 
Inventories, of Miles Standish, i 54 

John Upham, vii 14 
Ip6wich, Mass, early families, ii 174 

Grammar School, ii 64, 159 

Physicians, iv 11 

Proceedings at, ii 50 ; vi 77 
Irish donation in 1676, ii 245, 398 
Jack-in-a-lanthorn, description of, ii 75 
Jamaica Plains Epitaphs, x 20 
Jessop family, x 357 
Jews, how formerly treated, ii 57 
Journals : — of 
Blanchard, Jos., vii 184 Holt, Joseph, x 307 
Bradstreet Simon, viii Russell, Noahdi., vii 53 

325 ; ix 43, 78 Sewall, Samuel, vi 72 

Coflin, Paul, ix 340 Stoddard, John, v 21 

Dane, John, viii 147 Ware, Joseph, vi 129 
Hardy, Capt., vii 352 Wright, Noah, ii 208 

Judges and Bar of Merrimack Co., N. H., i 54,140 

Kennebeck, Me., Items, ix 80 

Kidd, Capt., vi 63, 77 

Kilburn family meeting, ii 316 

Kings and Queens of England, hi 88 

Kingston, Mass., Epitaphs, x 55 
N. H. See Physicians. 

Kittery, Me., Items, vii 134 

liegg, John, deposition of, ix 112 

Letters : — from 
Adams, John, v 414 Pendleton, Major, i 53 

Badlam, Ezra, ii 48 Pepperell, William, v 88 

Bradford, Gov., ii 240 Sargeant, Chief Justice, 
Browne, Arthur, vi 264 i 237 
Brown, John, viii 245 Sewall, Judge, i 111; 
Corbin, John, iv 289 ix 271, 287 

Cranch, William, i 65 Stoughton, William, i 
Deland, Jabez, vii 136 317 

Dummer, Jeremy, ii Smith, Richard, viii 357 
146 Thatcher, Thomas, viii 

Eliot, Andrew, viii 373 177 
Eliot, John, ix 131 Watts, Dr., i 191 

Faneuil, Peter, iv 260 Waldron, John, i 66 
Gookin, Charles, i 113 Wheelock, Eleazer, ii 
Hanctck, John iv 304 311 

Harris family, v 307 White, John, ix 222 

Hollis, Thomas, ii 265 Whiting, Samuel, ii 198 
Jackson, William, x 284 Wolcott, John, ii 373 
Mayhew, Thomas, ivl7 Wright, Noah, ii 207 

Letters from England, vii 273 

Longevity, i 73,196; iii 152; iv 110 ; v 229, 456, 
472; viii 22 

Lower Biddeford, Me., Epitaphs, ii 386 

Lynn, Mass.. Terns, v 93, 251, 339 ; vii 188 

Maiden, Mass., i 368 ; iii 279; iv 65 
Records, vi 335 ; ix 319 ; x 161, 233 

Mansfield family, iv 141 

Mann, Rev. Samuel's Advice, vi 39 

Marblehead Items, vii 70, 76, 276; viii 288 

Marietta, Ohio, physicians, iii 47, 137 

Marlborough, Mass.. x 230, 249 

Marshfield births, &c, iv 315; vi 347; vii 276; 

viii 191, 228 
Mascarene Family, ix 239 ; x 143 
Massachusetts Archives, ii 105, 217 ; viii 369 
Maverick Family, viii 378 
Mayflower, passengers of the, i 47 
Medfield, deed of, vii 301 

contribution to Harvard College, x 49 
Medway Items, ix 51 
Mendon Items, Ix 51 

Middleborough, Mass., iii 213, 330; iv 265 
Middlesex Co., Mass., Items, v 171 
Middletown, Conn., Epitaphs, ii 70 
Milford, Conn., Early Settlers, viii 176 
Milton, Mass., Epitaphs, vii 89 
Minas, battle of, ix 105| 
Ministers, arrival of in New England, i 289 

of Rockingham Co., N. H., i 40 
Names, individual and family, ii 162 

anciently in Boston and vicinity, i 193 
Nantucket Records, vii 181, 261, 323 
Narrative of New England's Deliverances, vii 209 
Newbury, burial place, i 371 

Items, vii 349 ; viii 72, 274 
New England Historic -Genealogical Society, Origin 
of, ix 1 

MSS., v 164 
New Hampshire, first settlers of, ii 37, 202 ; vii 115 ; 

viii 233 
New Haven, proprietors, i 157 

baptisms at, ix 357 
Northampton, Mass., deaths at, iii 175, 398 
Norwich, Conn., Missionariefa from, i 46 

Epitaphs, ii 404 ; iii 125 

First Settlers, i 314 
Obituaries : — 

Adams, Samuel, ix 293 

Addington, Isaac, iv 264 

Ames, Alexander, iv 374 
» Baker, Rev. Daniel, iii 183 

Battell, Joseph, ix 293 

Berrien, Hon. J. M. x290 

Boltwood, Mrs. Jemima, v 101 

Bowen, Mrs. Peddy, v 101 

Bowen, Daniel, x 193 

Bowles, John, ii 192 

Brown, Charles, x 366 

Calef, Jeremiah, x 290 

Church, Col. Benjamin, iv 350 

Clark, Mrs. Irene, x 97 

Colesworthy, Daniel P., vi 389 

Cotton, Rev. John, ix 164 

Curtis, Hon. Edward, x 366 

Cushman, Mrs. M. L., x 97 

Davis, Isaac P., ix 195 

Davis, Samuel, iii 288 

Dodd, Rev. Stephen, x 193 

Farrar, Hon. Timothy, iii 289 

Fay, Hon. S. P P., x 291 

Gorham, Hon. Benjamin, x 98 

Gray, Rev. F. T., ix 196 

Hall, Miss Martha C, ii 148 

Harris, William Thaddeus, ix 98 

Harris, Thaddeus William, x 194 

Hentz, Mrs. Caroline Lee, x 194 

Homer, Fitz Henry, x 291 

Rowland, John,ix 101 

Humphries, Col. David, v 448 

Kidney, Jonathan, iii 292 

Latham, Mrs. Anne, ix 145 

Lawrence, Hon. Abbot, ix 374 

Lincoln, Noah, x 366 

McClintock, John, x 99 

Nash, Cyrus, iv 293 

Phillips, Mrs. Lydia, x 292 

Pluuimer, Hon. William, v 267 

Rogers, Rev. T. F., ii 56 

Sprague, George J., ii 199 

Sturtevant, Zenas, vi 211 

Tappan, William B, iii 295 

Trask, William, x 101 

Tucke, Samuel J, x 197 

Turner, Otis, ix 3/6 

Upham, Timothy, x 101 

General Index. 


Obituaries : — 

Upton, Mrs. Hannah, x 197 

Vose, Thomas, x 294 

Waite, Luther, ii 210 

Waldo, Jonathan, Tii 38 

Warner, Phineas, x 103 

Webster, Hon. Daniel, vii 101 

Wentworth, Ariel, v 269 

Wentworth, Benjamin, x 103 

Wentworth, George W., v 103 

Wentwortb, Isaac, x 368 

Wentworth, Mr.*. Martha, vi 213 

Wentworth, Mrs. Miriam, vi 213 

Wentworth, Oliver, x 368 

Wentworth, Paul, v 176 

Whitmore, James M., x 295 

Wi Hard, Paul, x 295 

Winslow, Isaac, x 368 
Orders in Council, viii 135 
Paddy and Greenough Family, iv 78 
Passengers per Golden Hind, i 126 

per May Flower, i 47 : ii 186 

for New England, i 132; ii 108. 399, 407; viii 
77, 206; ix 265 

for New England, (Scotch prisoners, 1651) i 377 

for Virginia, ii 111, 211, 268. 374 ; iii 184, 388; 
iv 61, 189, 261 ; v 61, 248, 343, 440; ix 58 
Pedigrees. — See Genealogies. 
Peekskill, N. Y., Epitaphs, v 45 
Pennsylvania, its Genealogical Hist, proposed, iv 76 
Penobscot Items, viii 287 
Peterborough, Mass., Items, vi 367 
Petitions of John Eliot, vi 297 ; John Fitch, vi 262; 
Sarah Gosse, ii 44; Mary Hooke, viii 334; 
William Trask, vi 370 , Rachel Whitmore, 

of New Hampshire Settlers, viii 233 

against Imposts, iv 81 
Phipps. Sir William, iv 290 
Physicians of Massachusetts, i 60, 178 

of Kingston, N. H., i 95 

of Rochester, N. H, i 276 
Pilgrim Society, i 114 ; iv 350, 367 
Pirates, ii 39e$ 
Plymouth, Mass., Epitaphs, iv 254 

Assistants, ii 242 

List of those able to bear arms, iv 255 

Early Tax, iv 252 

Wills at— See Wills. 

Colony Records, ix 313 
Poetry, An< ient, i 92 ; ii 272; iv 89; vii 257; ix 

206, 356 
Porter Family, ix 54 
Portland Epitaphs, viii 76 
Portsmouth, Early Settlers at, ix 179 

Epitaphs, x 51 
Pratt Family, v 224 
Primer, New England, iii 209 ; x 184 
Prince's Subscribers, Brief Memoirs of: — 

Names of, vi 189 

Abbe, Richard, vii 325 

Abbot, Rev. Hull, vi 200 

Abbott, Moses, vi 371 

Adams, William, viii 41 

Alford, John, vi 371 

Allen, Rf v. Benjamin, vi 200 

Allen, Rev. James, vi 376 

Appleton, Rev Nathaniel, X 150 

Ballentine, John, vi 371 

Billings, Rev. William, vii 272 

Blake, James, vi 372 

Blake, John, ix 176 

Blanchard, Joseph, x 152 

Boutineau, Stephen, viii 247 

Bowdoin, William, viii 247 

Bowles, John, vi 372 

Brown, John, vi 272 

Bulkley, Rev. John, vii 269 

Bulkley, John, vii 270 

Cabot, Kev. Marston, ix 335 

Chase, Josiah, x 45 

Chipman, Rev. John, vi 272 

Clap, Hopestill, ix 60 

Clap, Nehemiah, viii 248 

Clap, Rev. Nathaniel, vi 372 


Prince's Subscribers, Brief Memoirs of: — 
Clap, Noah, vi 373 
Clap, Rev. Thoma?, vii 270 
Clap, Rev. Thomas, vii 325 
Clap, Thomas, vii 163 
Collins, Rev. Timothy, ix 335 
Colman, Rev. Benjamin, x 151 
Coolidge, Amos, vi 200 
Coolidge, Samuel, vi 373 
Cradock, George, x 151 
Crossman, Nathaniel, vi 200 
Cushing, Rev. Caleb, viii 42 
Cushing, Job, viii 45 
Cushing, John, viii 41 
Cushing, John, Jr., viii 44 
Cushing, Nathaniel, viii 44 
Cushing, Thomas, viii 44 
Cushing, Thomas, viii 42 
Dexter, Rev. Samuel, viii 248 
Eliot, Andrew J., Jr., viii 45 
Eliot, Kev. Jacob, viii 47 
Foxcroft, Francis, viii 171 
Foxcroft, Rev. Thomas, viii 171 
Frost, Simon, x 45 
Fiske, Nathan, vi 200 
Flagg, Benjamin, Jr., vi 200 
Freeman, Enech, vi 200 
Gay, Ebenezer, vi 373 
Gay, Samuel, vi 373 
Gerrish, John, vi 272 
Gilman, Josiah, vi 376 
Greenleaf, Stephen, x 153 
Greenleaf, William, x 153 
Hale, Rev. James, vii 271 
Harris, Peter, viii 250 
Henchman, Daniel, vi 374 
Hobart, Rev. Noah, x 149 
Hull, Eliphalet, x 150 
Humphrey, James, viii 250 
Huntington, Hezekiah, viii 46 
Jennison, Rev. William, vii 71 
Jones, Ephraim, vi 200 
Leonard, Zephaniah, vii 71 
Lewis, Ezekiel, viii 47 
Livermore, Thomas, vi 272 
Lombard, Rev. Solomon, vi 376 
Lord, Benjamin, viii 74 
Loring, Benjamin, vi 374 
Loring, Caleb, vi 374 
Loring, Daniel, vi 374 
Loring, Israel, vii 326 
Loring, John, vi 374 
Loring, Jonathan, vi 374 
Loring, Nathaniel, vii 163 
Messinger, Rev. Henry, ix 59 
Metcalf, John, vii 328 
Metcalf, Jonathan, vii 168 
Mosely, Rev. Samuel, vii 329 
Odlin, Woodbridge, vi 272 
Oxnard, Thomas, vi 375 
Paddock, Zechariah, viii 251 
Palmer, Job, vii 330 
Parker, Isaac, vi 375 
Pecker, Daniel, vi 376 
Pecker, James, vi 376 
Phillips, John, vi 273 
Phillips, Rev. Samuel, vi 273 
Prentice, Rev. John, vii 74 
Prentice, Joshua, vi 376 
Prentice, Rev. Solomon, vi 273 
Prescott, Benjamin, vi 274 
Robinson, Rev. John, viii 172, 251 ; ix 339 
Rockwell, Matthew, vii 164 
Rossiter, Rev. Ebenezer, ix 336 
Russell, Chambers, vi 274 
Russell, Daniel, vi 274 
Sartell, Nathaniel, vi 274 
Sewall, Rev. Joseph, x 46 
Shirley, William, x 47 
Spring, William, vi 376 
Storer, Ebenezer, vi 275 
Sturgis, Samuel, x 150 
"Vinton, John, vii 164 
Vose, Nathaniel, x 177 
Walter, Rev. Nehemiah, vii 166 


General Index. 

Prince's Subscribers, Brief Memoirs of: — 
Whipple, William, x 48 
Whitman, Rev. Samuel, vi 376 
Williams, Rev. Eleazer, x 155 
Williams, Rev. Elisha, x 156 
Williams, Nathaniel, x 156 
Williams, Solomon, x 156 
Williams, Rev. Warham, x 155 
Williams, Rev. William, x 155 
Woodbridge, Rev. Ashbel, vii 75 
Wolcott, Alexander, ix 338 
Printing Press, an old, ii 45 
Provincetown, Mass., Births, &c, viii 217 
Proclamation for Thanksgiving, 1676, ii 201 
Public Library of Boston, vi 382 
Quakers, Examination of, i 132 

of Lynn, ii 149 
Quebec Expedition, vi 129 
Quincy, Mass., Epitaphs, ix 151 
Ratification of the Federal Constitution, i 232 
Rawlins Family, x 306 
Reading, Mass., Early Settlers at, ii 46 

Epitaphs, vii 25 
Reminiscences of J. S. Boies, vi 255 
Report of National Medical Convention, i 384 
Refugees in London, iii 82 
Reviews and Book Notices : — 
Adams Genealogy, ii 320 
Addresses before Alumni of Dartmouth, iv 
New England Hist, and Genealogical Soc, 

vi 217 ; vii 105 ; x 1 
Cape Cod Association, vi 300 
Norfolk District Medical Soc, viii 93 
New England Soc. of Cincinnati, i 100; ii 

222; U227; iv 195 
Maine His. Soc, i 103 
Maryland His. Soc, vi 388 
Mendon His. Soc, vii 287 
Rhode Island His. Soc, i 295; ii 322 
New England ^'oc. of New York, i 294 
Vermont His. Soc, i, 104 
His. Soc. of University of North Carolina, 

Litchfield County His. Soc, x 364 
Albany, Annals of, vi 304 
Ames Genealogy, v 471 

Annals of Dorchester Antiq. and His. Soc, iv 

Mass. Mechanics' Charitable Mechanic As- 
sociation, viii 92 
Antrim, N. H, History of, vii 290 
Appleton Genealogy, iv 368 
Attleborough Centennial, iii 403 
Belchertown, Mass., History of, vi 303 

Sermon at, iv 193 
Bedford, N. H., Centennial, v 369 
Bellows Genealogy, ix 289 
Biography of Self-taught Men, i 383 
Boston, Siege of, iv 93 

Orators, vi 299; viii 292 
Registrar's Report, v 265 
History of Second Church, vi 216 
Epitaphs at King's Chapel. See Pilgrims. 
Guide, v 370 
Notions, ii, 324 

History of, by S. G. Drake, vi 381 
Bradford Mass., History of, x 286 
Brookline Jubilee, Report of, i 296 
Broomfield, John, Memoir of, v 99 
Brown Genealogy, v 471 
Brookfield, History of, ix 97 
Burke, John, " The Patrician," i 104 
Bury St. Edmunds, England, Wills at, vii 285 
Buxton, Me., Centennial, v 369 
Cambridge, Mass.. Discourse at, iii, 281 
Epitaphs, i 102 
Church Gathering, i 296 
Camden, Me., Semi-Centennial, x 191 
Candia, N H., History of, viii, 93 
Cape Ann, Landing at, ix, 94 
Casco Bay, Chronicles of. iv 373 
Chapman Genealogy, ix 95 
Charlestown, Oration at, iv 368 
History of, i 101 

Reviews and Book Notices : — 

Collectanea Topographica et Genealogica, vii 

Concord, N. H., Directory, vii 192 
Connecticut Settlers, (Goodwin), x 285 

(Hinman), ii 117 ; vii 191 

Register, i 200 
Records, iv 372 

History of. (Hollister), viii 290) 
Copp's Hill Epitaphs, vi 367 
Coquette, the, ix 191 
Cushman Genealogy, ix 369 

Family Meeting, x 93 

Sermon, i 103 
Danvers, History of, ii 319 

Centennial, viii 290 
Davenport Genealogy, v 469 
Day Genealogy, v 470 
Dedham, History of, ii, 224 
Dorchester, History of, vi, 97 

Celebration, ix 369 
Dublin, N. H., Centennial, ix 290 
Dudley Genealogy, iii 98 
Durham, Conn., Church Dedication, ii 324 
Duxbury, History of, iv 98 
Ecclesiastical History of New England, ix 291 
Eliot Genealogy, ix 96 
Eliot, John, Life of, i 384; iv 72 
Farmington, Historical Address at, ii 120 
Foote Genealogy, iv 94 

Fort Du Quesne Expedition, History of, ix 190 
Founders of New Plymouth, ix 96 
Freemasons, J Q. Adams' Letters on , ii 223 
Frontier Missionary, viii 31 
Funeral Sermons : — on 

J. Q. Adams, ii 321 

Peter C. Brooks, iii 401 

Susanna Park Champney, x 191 

Timothy Farrar ii 120 ; iii 99 

Thomas Greenleaf, viii 195 

Samuel Hubbard, ii 322 

William M. Rogers, vi 215 

Moses Stuarr, vi 302 

Mrs.H. M. Treat, ii 225 

Henry Wheaton, ii 323 
Gardiner, Me., History of, vi 385 
Georgetown Semi-Centennial, ii 119 
Glastonbury, Conn., Centennial, viii 91 
God's Promise to hi3 Plantation, ii 151, 318 
Goodhue Monitory Writing, iv 372 
Graduates of Yale, 1797, ii 321 

1837, v 370 
Grafton, N. H., History of, ii 320 
Greenleaf Genealogy, viii 290 
Groton, History of, ii 222 
Hanover, Mass., Church History, ii 323 

History of, vii 286 
Harrington, Rev. Joseph, Memoir of, ix 97 
Haven Genealogy, v 99 
Hopkinton, Mass., Centennial, v 266 
Houghton Genealogy, iii 404 
Immigration into the United States, ii 227 
Indians, Drake's Book of the, iv 370 
Journal of the Pilgrims, iii 282 

of Thomas Smith and Samuel Deane, iv 96 
Kilbourne Genealogy, 1st ed , ii 320; 2d ed., 


Family Meeting, vi 97 ; ix 192 
Kings' Chapel Epitaphs, vii 369 
Lancaster Centennial, viii 92 
Lawrence, Amos, Life of, x, 93 

Genealogies, ii 226 ; vii, 289 

Academy Catalogue, iii 284 
Leicester, Academy History of, ix 370 
Leominster, History of, vii 289 
Leverett Genealogy, x 364 
Litchfield Co., Conn., History of, vi303 
Locke Genealogy, vii 288 
Londonderry, N.H., History of, vi 384 
Lowell, Charles, Sermons by, x 92 
Loyalists. See Sabine. 
Lyndeboro, N. H. See Wilton. 
Magnalia, Mather's, vii 369 
Maiden, Bi-Centennial, iv 370 
Manchester Veterans, Address before, ix 290 

General Index. 


Reviews and Book Notices : — 
Marshfield Memorials, ix 97 
Mason and Dixon's Line, History of, ixl92 
Massachusetts Gazetteer, i 101 

Register, i 102 ; viii 194 

State Record, i 199 

Population of, i 102 

Barry's History of, ix 291 ; x 365 

Charitable Mechanic Association, Annals 
of, viii 92 
Maxwell, Col. Hugh, Life of, ii 223 
Merrimack Centennial, ii 225 
Middleborough, History, of, vi 387 
M'Kendree College, 111., Address at, ii 324 
Moody Genealogy, i 99 ; vi 97 
Monson Academy, Semi Centennial, ix 192 
Morse Genealogy, iv 94 
Narraganset R. I. Church, i, 383 
Nash Genealogy, viii 194 
Natick, History of, x 189 
Newark Church History, ix 191 
Newbury, History of, i 295 
New England Societies, ii 198 

History of, I. Mather urged to write it, lb. 

Society of Cincinnati, 222, 227 

Researches for Pedigrees of, 399 

Historical and Genealogical Society, ix 10 
New Hampshire Celebration, iv 97 
N"w Haven, history of ix 97 
New Ipswich, N. H, history of, vi 32 
New London, Conn., history of, vii 95 
Newton, Mass., Monument, vii 96 

History of, viii 290 
Newtown, L. I., history of, vii 95 
New York, history of churches in, ii 118 
Norfolk Co., England, history of, vii 286 
Norfolk, Conn., history of, ii 224 
Norridgewicke, history of, iv 95 
Northwood, N. H , sermon at, i 294 
Norwalk, Conn., Centennial, v 471 

History of, ii 319 
Ohio Valley, history of iv 95 
Olcott Genealogy, ix 
Pennsylvania, Provincial history of, x 190 

Annals of, iv 373 
Pepperell, Sir William, life of, ix 291 

Mass., Centennial, ii 117 
Pilgrim Society, report of, iv 369 
Pilgrims of Boston, x 287 
Piper Genealogy, iv 193 
Plymouth, Mass., Guide, i 100 

Affairs of, ii 240 

Sermon at, iv 194 
Prentice Genealogy, vi, 304 ; viii 333 
Princeton, Mass., history of, ix 370 
Public Libraries, a Glance at, iv 368 
Rawson Genealogy, iii 405 
Riddell Genealogy, vii 191 
Rice Genealogy, v 471 
Rock Hill Cemetery Consecration, viii 94 
Roxbury, Mass., history of, ii 226 
Sabine's American Loyalists, i 293 
Salem, Mass., annals of, iv 195 
Sargent Genealogy, v 471 
Scranton Genealogy, x 365 
Sermons by Rev. David Merrill, ix 289 
Sharpless Genealogy, ix, 371 
Shattuck Genealogy, x 188 
Sheldon Genealogy, x 190 
Shephard, Thomas, life of, ii 119 
Sherborn and Hollister Genealogies, x 285 
Shrewsbury, history of, i 383 
Simple Cobbler of Agawam, ii 221 
Smith Genealogy, vi 386 
Smith's Journal, ii 144 

Societies. See Addresses. Also Am. Antiqua- 
rian Soc. Transactions, iv 371 ; v 100 

New England Soc. of Cincinnati Oration, 
Spofford Genealogy, vi 98 
St-tson Genealogy, i 294 
Taintor Genealogy, ii 117 
Taunton Ministry, vii, 192 
Troy, reminiscences of, vii 371 
Tucker Genealogy, vi 215 

Reviews and Book Notices :— 

Turner Genealogy, vi 385 

Union, Me., history of, v 470 

"Visitations of Seats and Arms, vi 300. 383 

Ward Genealogy, v 368 

Ware, Mass., historical discourse, iii 98 

Warren Genealogy, ix 190 
Mass , history of, vii 95 

Water town, Mass , Genealogies, x 188 

Washington Letters, vi 303 ; viii 94 

Wells Genealogy, iii 98 

Wenham, Mass., Centennial, i 384 

Westchester Co., N. Y., history of, iii 99 

Western Massachusetts, history of, ix 289 

Whately, Ecclesiastical history of, iii 403 

White Mountain history, x 94 

Wight Genealogy, iii 404 

Williams Genealogy, ii 116 

Williams' Redeemed Captive, vii 370 

Winsor Genealogy, ii 116 

Winthrop's History of New England, vii 361 ; 
viii 83 

Wolcott's Administration of Washington , i 382 

Woodbury, Conn, history of, viii, 193 

Woodman Genealogy, ix 370 ; x 365 

Woonsocket, R. I , history of, ii, 116 

Worcester Genealogy, x 285 

Worthington, Mass., history of, viii 93 

Yale Genealogy, v 99 
Revolutionary Memorials, iv 67, 78, 86 ; vii 139 
Rhode Island, first settlers of, i 291 

First General Assembly of, ii 118 
Rochester, Mass., first settlers of, v 85 

N. II. See Physicians. 
Rockingham, Co , N. H. See Ministers. 
Rodgers family, x 352 
Roxbury, Ma?s., early records, ii 52 

Epitaphs, vi 331 ; viii 243 

Items, iii 132 
Saco, Me., burying-ground, ii, 392 
Salem Graduates, v 47, 153 

Epitaphs, iii 128. 276 

Items, vii 92, 151, 190, 288; x 66, 170, 363 

First church covenant, i 224 
Salem Village Difficulties, x 363 
Salisbury, Mass., early settlers, iii 55; vii 311; 

viii 79, 157, 223 

Items, vii 221 
Say brook, Conn., iv 19, 137 ; v 247 
Scarboro', Me., settlers, v 264 
Schenectady, N.Y., destruction of, ii 150 
Scituate, Mass, Epitaphs. ixl78 

Church Records, ix 279 ; x 37, 345 
Sears family, viii 214 ; ix 13i 
Seekonk Epitaphs, x 181 
Sewall, Henry vii 46 
Smith, Capt. John, birth of, viii, 251 
Spofford family, ix 318 
Springfield settlers, v 82 
Stage coach statistics, ii 313 ; viii 103 
Sturbridge lead mines, x 160 
Superstitions, remarkable, ii 54 
Surnames, iii 278 ; vii 135 
Taunton schoolmaster, viii 156 
Thompson Island, deposition about, ix 248 
Topsfield Births, &c, viii 77 
Uncas, pedigree of, x 227 
Virginia Items, iv 73 
Wadsworth Monument, vii 221 
Waltham Epitaphs, v 249 
Wells, Me., Epitaphs, vii 133 
Westfield, Mass., records, vi 265 
Weymouth, Mass., births, iii 71, 166, 269; iv 37, 171 
Wills, Ancient, in Plymouth Co., iv 33, 172, 281, 
319 ; v 259, 335, 385 ; vi 93, 185 ; vii 177, 235 

Suffolk Co., ii 102, 180, 260, 383; iii 77,187, 
265 ; iv 51, 285 ; v 239, 295, 441 ; vi, 89, 152, 
283, 353 ; vii 167, 227, 333 ; viii 55, 128v, 275, 
351 ; ix 35, 135, 223, 343 ; x 83, 173, 263, 359 

Middlesex Co., iii 181 
of Adams, Robert, ix 126 

Andre, Major John, vi 63 

Appleton, Thomas, vii 37 

Avery, Anne, viii 170 

Barstow Michael, viii 169 

General Index. 

Wills of ' 

Bibbell, John, ix 306 
Brookin, John, viii 176 
Bulkley, Peter, x 167 
Corey, Giles, x 32 
Gushing, William, x 79 
Dennison, Daniel, viii 23 
Dillingham, Edward, vii 225 
Fairbanks, George, vii 303 
Greene, John, v 246 
Haffield, Richard, iii 156 
Hills, Joseph, viii 309 
Hills, Richard, ii 218 
Ingersoll, Richard, ix 157 
Lunt, Henry, ix 33 
Pendieton, Bryan, iii 122 
Stone, Gregory, viii 69 
Stone, Elder John, viii 145 
Stone, Mrs. Sarah, viii 71 

Wills of 

Townie , Ann, x 36 

Whitmore, Francis, ix 134 

Woodberry, Elizabeth, vii 320 
Wilson family, vii 45 
Wilton, N. H.. Items, viii 94 
Winchendon, Mass., Items, vi 368 
Windsor, Conn., marriages and births, v 63, 

225. 359 457 
Witchcraft, ii 54 ; v 263 ; viii 238 
Woburn Epitaphs, ii 270, 387 ; iii, 46, 148, 268, 

Woodbury, Conn., Items, iii 69 
Woonsocket, R. I., Newman's Statistics of, ii 116 
Worcester, Rev. Samuel, vi 301 
Wrentham, Mass., iii 31 : iv 83 ; vii 183 
Yale, Elihu, iv 245 
York, Me., Epitaphs, v 67 ; ix 342 
Yorkshire, England, pedigrees, x 314 



VOL. X. JANUARY, 1856. NO. 1. 


At its Meeting on the 1st of August, 1855. 

[By the Rev. William Jenks, D. D.] 

We are citizens of a country, on whose institutions civilized nations 
have looked with growing inteiest. The advance which has been made 
among us, in the establishment of free institutions, while it has excited the 
jealousy of some, has animated the efforts of others, and encouraged their 
hopes. We take rank, as a nation, with the old empires and kingdoms of 
the world, on terms of reciprocal benefit. But not one century has closed 
since the recognition of our nationality, and not more than three centuries 
since our extended shores were visited by Europeans. 

Every tongue recapitulates these facts. We are permitted to enjoy the 
result of them. But such are the facts, and such the results, that it needs 
not the spirit of an overweening fanaticism, or self-applauding supersti- 
tion, to ascribe to their causes a higher origin than mere hazard, or the 
express designs and continuous counsels of men. The hand of God, in 
His providences, has often been recognized by our pious countrymen, at 
various periods of their history, and devoutly believed to be concerned in 
producing the events whence our prosperity has come. 

We rank, as a nation, with old empires and kingdoms, I have said. 
But we are not like them. We have been recognized more than half a 
century, since our Revolution ; and in that period have seen a bloody 
struggle of an oppressed people to shake off its government — which it 
did, and proved itself unable to ordain a substitute ; at least, such a sub- 
stitute as the necessities of the people seemed to demand : and we have 
seen them, after years of anarchy, and its too sure follower, military des- 
potism, relapsing again and again into monarchy. France, has, however,, 
gained much, notwithstanding this relapse. 

But we have also seen the colonies of another nation, which, from the 
very discovery of this continent, occupied the highest eminence of power 
for nearly two centuries, failing to obtain the advantages of revolution, 
and becoming a mutual prey to contention, jealousy, the competition of 
ambitious chieftains, and the incapacity of political leaders. 

No horrors like those of France, no miseries like those of the Spanish 
Colonies of South America, marked our revolution. It was conducted by 
men of a different character. It concerned a people of different descent, 

10 A Paper Read before the Society. [Jan. 

habits, and history. And their descent, their habits, and their history, 
may profitably be reviewed again and again. Our research will be 

It is a memorable fact, that our revolution did not alter what may be 
termed the domestic character of the colonists. And yet they were 
descended chiefly of ancestors born under kingly government, and 
themselves had gloried in their loyalty to a kingly government, until the 
operation of that government ceased, in their view, to be salutary ; or, to 
speak more correctly, until the measures of that government appeared to 
threaten their liberties, both sacred and civil, an interest which they 
regarded dearer than life. 

Our northern colonies were begun somewhat before the struggles com- 
menced in England, which produced " the Commonwealth.'" The first of 
the Stuarts had succeeded the last of the Tudors ; and both were the 
unbending asserters of royal prerogative — tyrants in personal constitution, 
and by no political constitutions bound to respect the rights of subjects. 

And yet we neither have, and have never had, a nobility with heredi- 
tary honors. How has this happened ? It were worth while to inquire. 

Can it be regarded as a sufficient answer to this question, that the court 
of the mother country did not migrate, but that the sovereign continued to 
reside at home ? 

Or, will it be asserted, that no respect to rank and title existed among 
those who engaged in the enterprise of settling this country ? 

Or, can it be maintained that only outcasts from decent society united 
"in colonizing North America ? 

Or, finally, did it simply " so happen," as we ordinarily say, in the 
•common course of events, apparently without any forethought, design, or 
agency of any prominent individuals, or of the body of settlers them- 
selves ? 

In the present address, it will be expedient to discuss each of these 
questions, and, having shown the inapplicability of the several reasons to 
the case, and the insufficiency of such replies to our question, to endeavor 
that a satisfactory reason be given. 

Previously, however, to entering distinctly on this discussion, it will be 
proper to remark, in addition to the observations that have been made, in 
reference to our nation, as such, that, though our population is of various 
descent, blending harmoniously in the general cultivation of our free in- 
stitutions, and enjoying the protection of equal laws, yet is it mainly of 
British origin. This term I use in preference to " English," though the 
latter be more common, and the mention of an Anglo-Saxon descent fre- 
quent and popular. For both Scotland and Wales — yes, and I may add 
Ireland, also — have furnished their several quotas. The German, Dutch, 
Swedish, French, and other accessions, have been either posterior to the 
British settlements, or their influence modified by them. 

Now, our institutions exhibit palpably British features ; and this as actu- 
ally, as our personal features, and constitutions, and minds, develop the 
characteristics of our origin, or descent. But in Great Britain, kingly 
power, as we have seen, was all but adored, and it was, and had been for 
ages, a land of nobles, wearing hereditary honors. 

And it may be remarked, in addition, that the forms of government 
prevailing generally in Europe, at the period, w r ere monarchical, and ac- 
companied with the usual apparatus of feudal governments — with several 
exceptions, indeed. One of these exceptions was Venice ; but her gov- 

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ern merit was avowedly an aristocracy. Poland, too, called herself a re- 
public ; simply, however, because her king was elective, and her heredi- 
tary nobles, some of them bearing the title of princes, had a voice in 
creating him. Holland was a republic ; but in her several states heredi- 
tary nobles swarmed. Even Geneva, and the little mountain-gem of 
republicanism, San Marino, did not abrogate the order ; and Switzerland, 
with all her freedom, retained it, at least in most of her cantons, down to 
the time of the revolution in France. 

We now revert to the several replies to our question. 

First, then : — Have we been left without the Corinthian capital to the 
pillar of our state, solely because we were originally but colonies ; and 
colonies, of course, carry not with them the monarch or the court, being 
only offsets from the parent stock ? 

Yet how many instances does history furnish of a different kind ! 

Colonizing is no novelty. The world has been familiar with the idea 
and the effort from a very early period. Men could not be safely left 
together, in an unobstructed country, for a long period. Their first dis- 
persion produced colonies. And where these colonies found themselves 
on the margins of seas, they learned to navigate them, in several instances, 
and for various purposes. 

In the book of Revelation, when the glory and blessedness of a future 
age are presented in vision to the exile of Patmos, it is said, "And there 
shall be no more sea."* But, however such an arrangement may answer 
to the moral and religious state of our race in such a period of their pro- 
gress, we may be certain that the existence of seas, hostile as it might 
appear to the progress of civilization, has, nevertheless — since men have 
not, thus far, yielded 1o the mild sway of a gospel of peace, and moulded 
themselves on its benevolent maxims — subserved purposes of high impor- 
tance. It has prevented the establishment of universal empire, that 
dream of insane ambition. It has separated the enterprizing, hardy and 
daring from the indolent and inefficient. It has sheltered the persecuted 
from their oppressors. It has given opportunity to correct political mis- 
takes, and to reconstruct society anew. It has rendered it necessary for 
men to recur to the first principles of natural justice ; and, more than 
all, it has called forth and developed the ingenuity, patience, fortitude and 
courage of many, who, by remaining in the parent nest, would but have 
bred down to insignificance. 

But in these spirited efforts, Carthage had her queen, if what we term 
history be not fable. The colonies of Greece along the coasts of Asia 
the Less, and of other parts of the Mediterranean — many of which, in 
their position and connection, as Heeren well observes, remind us forcibly 
of the long line of British colonies on the Atlantic shore of North Amer- 
ica — have little else in common with them. Cyrene was a monarchy 
from the first, and so continued. Sicily nurtured its tyrants. The south 
of Italy copied from Sparta ; and petty chiefs caballed and fought for 
power, and obtained and transmitted it, in many an Asiatic colony. The 
Phocsean migration, which originated, indeed, in such a cause, but event- 
uated in the founding of Marseilles, and impressing a Grecian character 
on the barbarous Gauls, was a noble enterprize, illustrative of the talent 
and civilization of a people trained to instruct mankind, but to subjugate 
them likewise. 

* Chap, xxi., v. 1. 

12 A Paper Read before the Society. [Jan. 

More modern instances were not wanting. The " northern hive " had 
sent forth its swarms. Neustria had received the Normans, but they in- 
troduced hereditary sway, and furnished the conquerors of England and 
of Naples, in both which countries a regal race and feudal nobles were 
and are established. And so might it have been in regard to the coloniz- 
ing of America. But so, in the kind providence of God, it happily was 

II. We attend to the inquiry, if, then, no respect was paid to title and 
rank among the early settlers of this country ? 

Far from such " levellism," to use a phrase of that day, were both their 
feelings and their habits. For proof of this, an appeal might be made to 
their history, from the earliest period, and even down to the revolution. 
The discrimination with which the lowest titles were given is notorious. 
Goodman and goodwife, Mr. and mistress, were so appropriately bestowed, 
that the somewhat ludicrous punishment is recorded by Hutchinson, of 
one offender, that he should thereafter be called only by his Christian 
name, " and not Mr., as formerly he used to be " ; and he remarks, that 
" not more than half a dozen of the principal gentlemen took the title of 
esquire." The attention paid to Vane, as "-a man of quality," and that 
by the people, generally, is well known. Though young, and a stranger, 
the people chose him their governor. 

In fact, a deference and respectful demeanor toward persons dignified 
by station, title, descent, or wealth, were habitual. In these habits they 
had been educated, and they preserved them. Unlike a lawless mob, 
withdrawing themselves from the established forms of civilized society, to 
live with unbounded license, free from the inspection and annoyance of 
order and authority, they recognized and maintained the supremacy of 
law, and reverenced the magistracy and its powers. 

The exception to this remark, which must be made in reference to the 
Merry-mount adventurers, who troubled, for a season, the Old Colony of 
Plymouth, can hardly plead for an abatement of it, since the contrast be- 
tween them and the generality of the early settlers was too marked to 
escape the observation either of cotemporaries or historians. 

I have spoken of the term " levellism," as expressive of the feelings 
and action of a lawless mob, who desire to degrade their superiors to a 
condition no better than their own. Such had been presented in English 
history before this period, and peculiarly in the reign of the second Rich- 
ard, as graphically depicted by Shakspeare. But, so far from partici- 
pating in such a feeling, the eminent Cotton, an oracle of his day, says, 
in a letter to Lord Say and Sele, in 1636 — "Democracy, I do not con- 
ceyve that ever God did ordeyne as a fitt government eyther for church 
or commonwealth. If the people be governors, who shall be governed ? 
As for monarchy and aristocracy, they are both of them clearely ap- 
prooved, and directed in Scripture, yet so as [God] referreth the sover- 
aigntie to himselfe, and setteth up Theocracy in both, as the best form of 
government in the Commonwealth, as well as in the church." And, 
agreeably to this, within twenty years a model or frame of government 
was published, having been drawn up from the Scriptures by this divine, 
in which he proposes, that u all the Magistrates be chosen out of the rank 
of noblemen or gentlemen" that may be "amongst them, the best that 
God sendeth into the country, if they be qualified with gifts fitt for gov- 
ernment, either eminent above others, or not inferior to others." This 
sentiment, it appears, was enforced by him in several sermons before the 

1856.] A Paper Read before the Society. 13 

General Court. To this sentiment, however, I shall have further occasion 
to refer. It did not govern the community. It was not embodied into 
the forms of law : and when the advice of the ministry was required " in 
a contention between the Governor and Assistants on the one part, and 
the House of Deputies on the other," "the Reverend Elders 1 ' being 
" made umpires," had this question proposed, " Whether our government 
be a pure aristocracie, or mixt with a democracie ? If mixt, whether it 
should not be mixt in all the administrations of the same ? " To this 
they replied, 1st, " Our government is not a mere aristocracy, but mixt of 
an aristocracy and democracy, in respect of the generall courte. 2dly, 
notwithstanding it be mixed in the generall courte, yet it followeth not 
necessary thereupon, that it should be mixed in all other courtes and ad- 
ministrations thereof." 

The Marquis de Beccaria, in his celebrated treatise on crimes and pun- 
ishments, lays it down as a maxim, " Would you prevent crimes, let lib- 
erty be attended with knowledge." But our colonists of New England 
had acted on the principle a century and a half, probably, before he 
wrote. And their early establishment of free schools is proof that they 
sought to frame their institutions for their whole community, full of respect 
as they were in regard to persons of distinction ; and that it was far from 
their desire as from their intention, to nurture, or permit by their neglect 
to grow up among them, a mere populace. But I anticipate. 

III. The question is to be discussed, " Could it be that only degraded 
outcasts formed the first settlements, among whom no men of education, 
or genteel accomplishments, were found ? " And is this the reason that 
we have no nobility with hereditary honors? 

Surely it was not thus. New England was not peopled by the mere 
dregs of the community. It was no Botany Bay, to receive the convicts 
of courts of law. And although, subsequently, not a few accessions were 
made of persons " sold for their passage," and prisoners of war ; yet our 
histories, our genealogies, our traditions, show us a totally different origin. 
For if, on the one hand, no single chieftain, aided by subordinate chiefs, 
with subject bands of warriors, invaded these shores to establish a military 
and regal sway ; so, on the other, they were not resorted to by the mere 
fugitives from justice, or those who, for misdeeds, were suffered no longer 
to pollute their native country. 

No! It is the glory and the happiness of New England, that, as was 
asserted, with warm enthusiasm, indeed, but with some show of reason — 
" God sifted three kingdoms, that He might plant His purest wheat in 

But, setting aside so suspicious an eulogy as this, we know that many 
of those with whom originated the plan of emigration, and who carried it 
into effect, were of that class of society .which is not too far separated 
from the highest to be deemed unworthy of associating with them, nor 
too far removed from the lowest to deem them unworthy of its regard. 

How do our early historians dwell on " the sufferings of a daughter of 
a noble earl," in encountering the hardships of an establishment at so 
great a distance from her home ! Yet that lamented lady was the wife, 
the helpmate of a colonist, and that colonist a gentleman — a gentleman 
of landed estate, in easy circumstances, while in England — a " gentle- 
man," technically and legally entitled — not in the sense in which a pro- 
miscuous crowd is now so styled, by those 

-" Who flatter mobs, 

To gain their delegated power," 

14 A Paper Read before the Society. [Jan. 

but in the sense in which Alexander the First, of Russia, understood it, 
when he said, that, could he have his wish, he would rather be an English 
gentleman, than occupy any other situation in the world. And Isaac 
Johnson was not the only one of his class ; many whose names I need 
not repeat before this audience, bore a similar character. 

Yes ; and, as is said of them by the venerated author of the " Essay 
on Canon and Feudal Law,"* who well understood the spirit of the 
Fathers of New England, and well has aided in developing and adorning 
the spirit of their descendants, " The leading men among them, both of 
the clergy and laity, were men of sense and learning : To many of them, 
the historians, orators, poets and philosophers of Greece and Rome were 
quite familiar : and some of them have left libraries that are still in being, 
consisting chiefly of volumes, in which the wisdom of the most enlight- 
ened ages and nations is deposited, written however in languages, which 
their great grandsons, though educated in European universities, can 
scarcely read." 

In fact, the leading men were admirably educated, it must be con- 
fessed — thinking, sober, religious men — acting, not from hasty impulse 
and blind passion, but from plan and foresight, and with design, and prin- 
ciple, as well as energy. And they seem to have known, as well at least 
as human frailty can permit, in what an enterprise they were engaged. 

But there is an inquiry beside, which this remark, however, has almost 

IV. One supposition is, or may be, that " the case simply so hap- 
pened," without special effort, or the intention of any. 

From this idea it would follow, that, if the subject had been proposed 
at all, it either might or might not have been accomplished — no one car- 
ing to agitate the question, as having any peculiar predilections, or to 
prevent the consideration of it, were it proposed. But such suppositions 
are wholly at variance with the facts, to which it is necesary that attention 
should now be drawn. 

Sudden changes are not common in the world. There is a gradation 
generally observable, if we be competent to observe. Even storms have 
their precursors, and in our day an expositor. The seasons advance 
leisurely, as it were ; and day sinks into night, and night breaks into day, 
not by an abrupt, and immediate, and painful change, but rather by a 
gradual process. And so has it been in society, and in great political 
movements. The cause of changes may be remote, as well as near. 
And changes do not occur without their adequate causes. These causes 
we may not always see, as has been hinted, or be able even to trace, at 
the period itself. But, in general, the sagacious observer of human 
affairs will, sooner or later, effect the discovery. 

Hence it is, that we cannot speak of the American Revolution as an 
isolated fact, without precursor or cause — nor, similarly, of the Revolu- 
tion of France, of which it has been said that the origin is to be looked 
for as far back, at least, as the reign of Louis XIV — nor of the establish- 
ment of the Commonwealth of England — nor, by parity of reasoning, of 
its Revolution in 1689. 

So neither can the character or circumstances of the Fathers of New 
England be justly regarded as facts separate from all connection with 
previous facts, isolated and solitary. 

* Written in 1765. 

1856.] A Paper Read before the Society. 15 

God has not made men for a state of permanent slavery to their 
fellow-men. Me has endowed them with powers capable of preventing 
such a state, ami those powers need only to be faithfully developed. Nev- 
ertheless, self-love is strong — ambition, daring — avarice craves with ea- 
gerness — and sensual appetite demands indulgence. Either of these 
passions may be found in connection with circumstances favoring the 
gratification of them. Hence the " wars and fightings,' 1 which have rav- 
aged the earth, producing subjection, enslavement and tyranny. 

Not, however, that men are necessarily monsters, because they are 
kings. What a vulgar prejudice were this! And how unjust to many 
excellent men, who have received their power legitimately, and exercised 
it, not with wanton licentiousness, hut moderately, legally, and with benefi- 
cence ! There has been an Alfred, as there has been a Washington. 

But, in the play of human passions, and the resistance they have en- 
countered, we may discern the elements of human liberty. So has it 
been in Great Britain. We trace its spirit in Galgacus* and his com- 
patriots. We find it displayed, for a series of ages, in the mountain fast- 
nesses of Wales. It gleams in the old gavelkind, a tenure, that, instead 
of originating among the Saxons, in Kent, to which it is ordinarily traced, 
as the tenure of " Ilis Majesty's manor of Greenwich,' 1 is a primeval 
British institution, deriving its name from their ancient language, and the 
very opposite of the unjust and oppressive laws of primogeniture, the 
distinctive feature of the feudal system. 

The elements of liberty arc discovered in the German forests,? and 
were brought thence by the Saxon conquerors of England, and cultivated 
on her genial soil. Alfred, the English personification of all that mon- 
archy has of paternal care, and princely generosity, and heroic self- 
devotion, and courageous patriotism, has left it, as his recorded wish, 
" that the English shall be as free as their own thoughts." 

And even after the Norman conquest, this spirit did not always slum- 
ber. It awoke a/nong the nobles first, and at Runnymede they wrenched 
from the feeble grasp of the least respected of all our ancient kings — 
for I claim them all as ours down to the third George — the immunities, 
pledges and privileges of Magna Charta.| 

In the long and turbulent reign of Henry III., the weak but well- 
meaning son of a weak and flagitious father, the elements of popular 
liberty are detected afresh. " From seeming evil still educing good," 
the wise and gracious providence of God was preparing the way for a 
representative government — or, to speak more accurately, for the enjoy- 
ment by the people, through their own representatives, of a share in the 
government of their country. 

The hordes of barbarian nations who established themselves on the 
ruins of the Roman empire, and laid the foundations of modern European 
kingdoms, did not surrender, in the forms of government they adopted, 
all their own natural rights. The physical force was theirs, and they 
often blended with it political privileges. The estimable historian of 
Isabella and Ferdinand has exhibited the features of ancient liberty in 

*■ Tacitus, in Vita Agricolre. t See Tacitus, De moribus Gemianorum. 

\ " When the barons originally took up arms against John, they exercised the indis- 
putable right of resistance to oppression. They gave a wholesome warning to sove- 
reigns, and breathed into the hearts of nations a high sense of their rights." — Mackin- 
tosh, Hist. Engl., vol. i. p. 245. 

16 A Paper Read before the Society. [Jan. 

Spain, where the assembly of the states retained great power.* This insti- 
tution, we are informed by Palgrave, was bestowed, in part at least, on his 
states in the south of France, by that bigoted and cruel, but too fatally suc- 
cessful leader of the crusade against the Albigenses, Simon, lord of Mon- 
fort. A younger son of his, of the same name, inheriting his English posses- 
sions, or rather rights, came into England, secured his title to the earl- 
dom of Leicester, and the affections and person of the sister of the king, 
and became, to use the style of the courtly Camden, " the English Cata- 
line." In the tumults of the times, Henry was his prisoner for a year, 
and, with his associated band of successful rebellious nobles, Monfort 
governed the realm. Then it was, that, to secure, probably, his usurpa- 
tions, he made court to the people, and in 1265, copying, I have little 
doubt, his father's example, formed the nucleus of what is now the British 
House of Commons, by calling to the parliament two burgesses for each 
of the several shires.t His friends and followers canonized him as a 
saint and martyr for liberty. But the energy of young Edward, first of 
the name in the line of Plantagenet, prevailing, his party was conquered, 
and royalty restored to its paramount honors. The surviving members 
of his family were banished ; yet their posterity may be found among 
the nobles of France and Italy, and his blood has again been mingled 
with that of kings. But though Simon de Monfort perished on the field 
of battle, and his name was attainted, his title and estates forfeited, the 
institution he created has survived and flourished, and is still the most 
important feature of the British government. For, notwithstanding its 
frequent timid acquiescence in the regal will of Tudors and Stuarts, and 
other occasional aberrations from duty, it not only holds the nation's 
purse, but often makes the voice of the people reach the throne. 

Such was a part of the education for liberty which the fathers of New 
England enjoyed at home ; and this, beside all that early Rome and no- 
ble Greece had taught them of a subject so stirring ; and beside iheir text 
book, the Bible. For in that sacred fountain, more than anywhere else, 
are we to look for the waters which have flowed through our country, 
and "gladdened the cities of our God." 

Yes, I repeat it, the Bible was their text-book, not for morals and religion 
alone, but for politics. Hence their restriction of the privilege of voting 
in their community, and this for a considerable time, to church members, 
accounting them " the people of God," and considering the government 
as their creation, under the supremacy of His revealed will in the Scrip- 
tures. Thence had they learned to regard the condition and feelings of 

* Sir James Mackintosh states, that in Spain, in 1 169, " the deputies of towns became 
component members of the legislative assemblies;" — and that this was "the most 
early infusion of a representative principle into an European legislature. — Hist. Eng. 
VOl. i. p. 242. 

t This parliament met at London, Jan. 22d, and the distinguished jurist and histo- 
rian last quoted, says of it, " Simon de Montfort set the example of an extensive 
reformation in the frame of parliament, which, though his authority was not acknowl- 
edged by the punctilious adherents to the letter and forms of law, was afterwards legally 
adopted by Edward, and rendered the parliament of that year [12651 the model of the 
British parliament, and in a considerable degree affected the constitutions of all other 
representative assemblies. It may indeed be considered as the practical discovery of 
popular representation. The particulars of the war are faintly discovered at the dis- 
tance of six or seven centuries. The reformation of parliament, which first afforded 
proof from experience that liberty, order, greatness, power and wealth are capable 
of being blended together in a degree of harmony which the wisest men had not 
before believed to be possible, will be held in everlasting remembrance." — lb., p. 236. 

1856.] A Paper Read before the Society. 17 

the poor with fraternal compassion. And it is one of the most affecting 
subjects of contemplation connected with their enterprise, that, in the 
" Generall considerations for the plantation in New England, with an 
answer to several objections " * — a tract, the authorship of which I have 
good authority for ascribing to Gov. Winthrop himself — it is stated as the 
third, that " the land growes weary of its inhabitants, so that man, which 
is the most precious of all creatures, is here more vile and base than the 
earth they tread upon ; so as children, neighbors and friends, especially 
of the poore, are counted the greatest burdens, which, if things were 
right, would be the highest earthly blessings." This is a beautiful addi- 
tion to the "first" of all the considerations, and which is so familiar to 
all, that the plantation "will be a service to the church of great conse- 
quence, to carry the gospell into those parts of the world, and to raise a 
bulwarke against the kingdome of Antichrist which the Jesuits labour to 
rear up in all places of the world." 

The Bible, I know, has passages which may be applied to the support 
of various and even opposite forms of government. But it represents the 
Israelites as setting out in the relation of brethren. When they should 
choose a king, like the rest of the nations, he was to be of their brethren, 
as the Lord should designate. When a malefactor was to be punished 
with stripes these were not to exceed forty, " lest," says the sacred 
record, u thy brother shall seem vile unto thee." And when, under the 
Gospel, the Christian Church is established, that system wherein all that is 
valuable in democracy — but I speak of New England Congregationalism 
as scriptural — may be enjoyed — a recognition is made expressly of " the 
brother of high degree," as well as " the brother of low degree," each 
enjoying equal privileges within the church, notwithstanding the acknowl- 
edged difference of worldly condition. 

Here, then, we have arrived at the spirit of their institutions. And 
who shall better expound it than that distinguished gentleman, who had 
the honor of leading the principal colony of Massachusetts, the first 
Governor Winthrop. " There is," said he, " a twofold liberty, natural 
(I mean as our nature is now corrupt) and civil or federal. The first is 
common to man with beasts and other natures. By this, man, as he 
stands in relation to man simply, hath liberty to do what he lists ; it is a 
liberty to evil as well as to good. This liberty is incompatible and incon- 
sistent with authority, and cannot endure the least restraint of the most 
just authority. The exercise and maintaining of this liberty makes men 
grow more evil, and in time to be worse than brute beasts." — " This is 
that great enemy of truth and peace, that wild beast, which all the ordi- 
nances of God are bent against, to restrain and subdue it. The other 
kind of liberty I call," says he, " civil or federal, it may be also termed 
moral, in reference to the covenant between God and man, in the moral 
law, and the politic covenants and constitutions, amongst men themselves. 
This liberty is the proper object and end of authority, and cannot subsist 
without it ; and it is a liberty to that only which is good, just and honest. 
This liberty you are to stand for H with the hazard (not only of your goods, 
but) of your lives, if need be. Whatsoever crosseth this, is not authority, 
but a distemper thereof. This liberty is maintained and exercised in a 
way of subjection to authority ; it is of the same kind of liberty where- 
with Christ hath made us free." And to this he adds, " If you stand for 

* See Hutchinson's Collection of Papers. 

18 A Paper Read before the Society. [Jan. 

your corrupt natural liberties, and will do what is good in your own eyes, 
you will not endure the least weight of authority, but will murmur, and 
oppose, and be always striving to shake off that yoke ; but, if you will 
be satisfied to enjoy such civil and lawful liberties, such as Christian- 
ity allows you, then you will quietly and cheerfully submit unto that 
authority which is set over you, in all the administrations of it, for your 
good. Wherein, if we fail at any time, we hope we shall be willing (by 
God's assistance) to hearken to good advice from any of you, or in any 
other way of God ; so shall your liberties be preserved, in upholding the 
honour and power of authority amongst you.' 1 * 

What an admirable description is this of genuine American liberty ! 

Certain noblemen at home, among whom were the lords Say and Sele, 
and lord Brooke, offered to the consideration of those colonists a few pro- 
posals, as conditions of* their own removing to New England. They first 
required, " That the commonwealth should consist of two distinct ranks 
of men, whereof the one should be for them and their heirs, gentlemen 
of the country, the other for them and their heirs, freeholders." 

To this they reply : "Two distinct ranks we wiilingly acknowledge, 
from the light of nature and Scripture ; the one. of them called Princes, 
or Nobles, or Elders, (amongst whom gentlemen have their place), the 
other the people. Hereditary dignity or honors we willingly allow to the 
former, unless by the scandalous and base conversation of any of them, 
they become degenerate. Hereditary liberty, an estate of freemen, we 
willingly allow to the other, unless they also, by some unworthy and 
slavish carriage, do disfranchise themselves." Thus far was agreed. 

But when it was urged, that civil offices should be bestowed on persons 
of this rank, as such, and on their posterity, the reply was decidedly, 
though respectfully given in the negative ;f and, though it was their 
intention and practice to choose their governor " out of the rank of 
gentlemen," they stated that personal qualifications, " a spirit and gifts 
fit for government " must be the foundation of their choice. "And thus," 
says (another of our respected fellow-laborers) the able historian of the 
United States, "the proposition for establishing hereditary nobility was 

What a happy escape for us ! But, though a legal aristocracy was not 
established or countenanced by our Puritan Fathers, human differences, 
as we have seen, and the decencies of civil life were carefully regarded. 
Not only is there an express recognition of them, but respect was actu- 
ally paid to them. Nor should it be otherwise. For it cannot be denied, 
that there are and must be distinctions among men. Could you equalize 
their external conditions to-day, these would be altered to-morrow. 

Families differ in character also. And races of men differ. Their 
moral sentiments, intellectual powers and animal propensities vary, to 
say the least. They may all, nevertheless, have and enjoy their title to 
civil liberty, and in the eye of the law are equal. Yet in the constant 
bickerings concerning aristocracy and democracy, let us ever remember, 
that there are other aristocracies besides those which are established by 
mere law. We have them among ourselves, nor could we well be with- 
out them. Possession of office creates for a time, at least, one class of 
aristocrats — for they would not be invested with it, if their partizans did 
not reckon them among the " best " men. Wealth is another form — 

* See Winthrop's Journal, vol. ii. t See the Hutchinson Collection of Papers. 

1856.] Interesting Geological Discoveries. 19 

felt everywhere among us, but having no authority by law. The mystic 
ballot-box is a decided leveller ; and the poor man's vote counts as does that 
of the man of millions. Family, family, I repeat, even among ourselves, 
constitutes another class, and establishes its own circle — and what unquali- 
fied individual would wish to intrude, or be permitted with any personal 
comfort if he did ? It is happy, in fact, that there are incitements to excel- 
lence, if that be the avenue to the favored coterie. Eminent talents and 
acquirements, too, constitute an aristocracy. And who more noble, than 
those whom we customarily style " the nobles of nature?" In fact, what- 
ever creates distinction has the eflect to produce, while it lasts, the aristoc- 
racy whose existence among us we cannot deny. And even grace, and ele- 
gance, and beauty claim the honor, and it is granted by young and old, 
most cheerfully. 

We are embarked, my friends, on " the tempestuous sea of liberty. " 
And we may say to our cherished Massachusetts, to New England, to 
our blessed country — in the words of the poet, but slightly altered — 

"Through the wild waves, a< thej roar, 

With watchful eye, and danntlos mi< n, 

Thy Bteadr course of honor keep, 
Nor tear the rock, nor seek the -liorc : 
The Btar of ' Freedom' 'shines serene, 
And gilds the horrors of the deep.' " 


Interesting Geological Discoveries. — The workmen employed in 
making excavations for the proposed improvements at the Upper Water 
Shops in this city, made a discovery on Monday of last week, which prom- 
ises to be of great value to the geological world. In preparing the foun- 
dations for the new buildings, it was found necessary to penetrate a con- 
siderable depth of red sandstone, which in this valley is remarkable for its 
fossil footprints, and here, at about six feet below the surface, a piece of 
rock was turned up, found to contain a number of fragments of petrified 
bones, some of which formed a complete bone eight inches in length and 
about an inch in diameter. Subsequently other fossiliferous rocks were 
found, containing similar bony fragments. 

The bones that have been exhumed thus far have been examined by 
President Hitchcock, of Amherst, Lieut. Benton, and others, and are re- 
garded as portions of a skeleton, whether of bird or reptile is not yet 
known. If of the former the discovery will be of the highest value, as it 
will tend to convert European savans who are loth to agree with President 
Hitchcock in his conclusions relative to the formations of the Connecticut 
valley, because, as they claim, no bones have yet been discovered to es- 
tablish his theory based on the " bird-tracks." The whole matter, how- 
ever, is to be investigated by Mr. Hitchcock, and Profs. Agassiz, of Cam- 
bridge, and Silliman, of New Haven. In addition to the above, other 
interesting petrifactions have been exhumed ; among them two eels each 
about two feet long, and several leaves perfect even to a minute represen- 
tation of the fibres and stems. — Springfield Republican, 15 Oct. 1855. 

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Crowfoot. — Mr. John Crowfoot of Springfield went to bed the Night 
following the 20th of March [1727] as well as he had been for some 
years, but dy'd in the Night, as is supposed, in an Epiliptick Fit. — N. 
Eng. Week. Jour. 17 April. 

20 Jamaica Plain Burial Ground. [Jan. 


[Copied by Luther M. Harris, M. D.] 

Samuel Keyes died Oct. 26, 1785, aged 9 weeks. 

In memory of Mary Woods, Daught. of Mr. George Woods & Wife, 
who died Apl. 17, 1795 ; aged 5 years and 6 months. 

In memory of Mr. Sylvanus Woods, youngest son of Mr. George 
& Mrs. Dolly Woods, who died March 25, 1808 ; aged 17. 

In Memory of Mr. George Woods, ob l Oct r 15, 1815, Aged 73 years. 

George, son of Mr. Richard and Mrs. Mary Lethbridge, died Sept. 21, 
1818, aged 5 mo. 14 da. 

In Memory of Mrs. Mary Lethbridge, wife of Mr. Richard Leth- 
bridge, Who died Dec. 27, 1818, M. 32. 

In Memory of Mrs. Martha Ellis, Wife of Mr. Amasa Ellis ; Who died 
Nov. 26, 1812. 

Erected in Memory of Mrs. Mary Harris, Wife of Mr. John Harris, 
who died May 7, 1814, in the 57 th year of her age. 

In Memory of Mr. John Harris, born Oct. 1, O.S. 1750, died Dec. 5, 
1831, in the 82d year of his age. 

In Memory of Mr. Robert Harris, who died April 8, 1826, Mi. 40. 

In memory of William Henry Cobleigh, who died Aug. 21, 1836, 
aged 17 years and 10 mo 8 . 

In memory of Capt. Lemuel May, died Nov r 19, 1805, M. 67. 

In memory of Miss Rebecca Goddard, Daughter of Mr. Samuel & Mrs. 
Joanna Goddard, who died March 26, 1798, in the 12 th year of her age. 

Erected to the Memory of Mr. Lyman Springer, Who died Nov. 25th 
1839, aged 32 years & 11 months. 

In memory of Mrs. Rosina Lawrence, wife of Mr. Reuben Lawrence, 
who died Dec. 3, 1842, aged 36 years. Also Hannah S., daughter of 
Reuben and Rosina Lawrence, who died Mar. 7, 1841, aged 8 years. 

In Memory of Mr. David White, who died April 28, 1816, aged 
70 years. 

Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Margaret White, who died July 18, 
1841, aged 92. 

Sacred to the Memory of Capt. Isaac Sturtevant of Roxbury, who 
died July 10, 1806, M. 66. 

In memory of Mrs. Rebecca Sturtevant, who died June 7, 1827, 
aged 69. 

Sacred to the memery of Betsey S. Gregory, who died Jan. 4, 1834, 
aged 17 years. 

Sacred to the memory of Sila Pierce, who died Oct. 13, 1837, aged 30. 

Sacred to the memory of Mrs. Esther Weld, wife of Mr. Thomas 
Weld, who died July 1, 1811, aged 56 — and Mr. Thomas Weld, who 
died May 12, 1821, aged 70. 

In Memory of Mr. Samuel White, who died Sept. 8, 1793, iEtatis 52. 

In memory of Thomas W. Seaverns, son of Josiah & Rebecca 
Seaverns, who died January 29, 1802, aged 4 months. 

In memory of Mrs. Anna Winchester, wife of Mr. Gulliver Win- 
chester, who died April 18, 1797, ^Etatis 60. 

1856.] Jamaica Plain Burial Ground. 21 

Erected in Memory of Mr. Gulliver Winchester, who died Nov r . 12, 
1811, ;Et. 79. 

In Memory of Mr. Henry Winchester, who died June 12, 1801, 
/Etatis 40. 

In memory of Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of Mr. William Holmes, who 
died Jan. 6, 1835, aged 50 yean. 

In Memory of Mr. Charles Stimpson, died Aug. 15, 1800, aged 27 years. 

In Memory of Capt. John Gould, died Jan. 10, 1814, aged 41. 

In Memory of Mr. Royal Gould, died July 13, 1822, Aged 35. 

Sacred to the Memory of Mr. Lemuel JIarring, Obit June 20, 1815, 
M. 20. 

John Payson died Jan. 14, 1819, aged 6 yean. 

[On a tasteful marble monument.] Passed into the Superiour State, 
June 9, 1832, Frederick Chandler, A\\. 40 years. Elizabeth N. Angus, 
Jan. 6, 1847, iEt. 53. 

In memory of Frederick, son of Frederick & Elizabeth Chandler, 
who died Dec. 14, 1830, aged 19 years. 

In Memory of Mr. William' Shepherd, who died Aug*. 28, 1801, JEt. 38. 

In Memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Child, wife of Mr. Phineas Child, 
who died Sept. 28, 1800, M. 49. 

Sacred to the memory of Abigail Child, dan. of Mr. Phineas and 
Mrs. Elizabeth Child, who died May 10, 1795, aged (> yean. 

In memory of Mr. Phineas Child, who died March 17, 1813, aged 64. 

In memory of Mr. Joseph Cranch, who died Nov. 17, 1806, JE. 60. 

In memory of Maria Vietch Cranch, JE. 22, died May 29, 1810, 
of a lingering and painful disease, which she bore with almost unex- 
ampled patience. 

In Memory of Andrew Riddle, who died Dec. 14, 1830, aged 58 years. 

In memory of Jane Riddle, wife of Andrew Riddle, who died Sept. 
18, 1830, aged 56. 

In memory of John Riddle, who died July 24, 1836, aged 29 years. 

Mrs. Margaret Smith died Sept. 25, 1812, aged 47. 

Henry J., son of Morris and Esther Millet, died Aug. 24, 1836, 
iEt. 2 years. 

In memory of Mrs. Zibiah Randall, wife of Mr. Abraham Randall, 
died Mar. 18, 1833, aged 78 years. 

In memory of Mr. Abraham Randall, who died April 7, 1834, aged 
78 years. 

Joseph Randall, son of Mr. Abraham Randall, died Oct. 7, 1793, 
aged 14 months. 

Mary Jemerson died Aug. 31, 1839, aged 63 years — Louisa Jem- 
erson died Oct. 15, 1844, aged 38 years. Wife and daughter of Wil- 
liam Jemerson. 

[A monument — on one side of the shaft is inscribed — ] A. P. H. 
died Apr. 3, 1836, aged 3 years and 9 months. — J. W. H. died July 
7, 1842, aged 2 years, children of Mr. Abraham and Mrs. Emily Hodg- 
don. [On another side.] Sacred to the Memory of Mrs. Emily Hodgdon, 
wife of Mr. Abraham Hodgdon, who died July 1, 1843, aged 41 years. 

Sacred to the memory of John Fessenden, Esq., who died Nov. 16, 
1845, aged 75 years. 

[Two monuments within an enclosure. On the shaft of one is in- 
scribed — ] Mary Ashton died Dec. 15, 1840. [On the other — ] Sarah 
E. H. Ashton, wife of Benjamin Callender, died Feb. 3, 1848, aged 
31 years. 

22 Jamaica Plain Burial Ground. [Jan. 

[On a marble slab within an inclosure is inscribed] — 

Those flowrets fair, so lately given, 
Have joined their Parent Rose — in Heaven. 

Ellen, aged 30. 
J. W., 14 m. 
J. S. W., 3 m. 

[The two next inscriptions were copied from head stones standing 
in open fields.] 

1st. " In memory of Miss Sarah Druse, who died Dec. 23, 1792, 
aged 42 years." 

[She was the housekeeper and intended wife of the late Dea. Nathl. 
Weld. She died of natural small-pox. The Deacon had her buried 
on his own ground, about 30 rods from his house.] 

[On a marble slab standing in a field on the Boylston estate, about 
20 rods from Boylston street.] 

2d. " In memoria Doctoris Ludovici Leprilete, Mass. Med. Soc. 
Socii, Nati Nante in Gallia, Oct. 10, Anno Domin MDCCL. Obiit 
carcinomate in glandula prostata, Julii die 29, MDCCCIV. ^Etat suae LIV. 

Celeberrimus in Chirurgia. 

Hie etiam, ejus filius solus Ludovicus Leprilete sepultus est, natus 
Jan. 12, Anno Domini MDCCLXXXV. Obiit Oct. 30, MDCCXCII. 
iEtat. suaa octavo anno." 

[The burial ground at Jamaica Plain is a part of the original parish 
lot. At a parish meeting held March 14, 1785, it was voted, u that 
the ground behind the meeting-house stable, when wanted, shall be 
appropriated to a burying yard." The stable has been removed ; and 
the appropriated yard now lies directly in the rear of the Unitarian 
Church, and fronts upon Eliot street. There are within its area 24 
tombs, which contain, probably, more remains than are deposited in 
graves. Since the current of public opinion has set so strongly in 
favor of cemeteries in retired locations, and particularly since the con- 
secration of Forest Hills, comparatively few interments have been 
made in this ground. It is even whispered, occasionally, that it would 
be good policy to "remove the deposits" entirely; as by so doing two 
or three good house lots might be gained. The ground belonging ex- 
clusively to the Unitarian Society, they might authorize their Treasurer 
to give warranty deeds of it ; but could he, or they, warrant that the 
old occupants should not sometimes appear there to " revisit the glimpses 
of the moon," or that the ghosts of "unmannerly corses," whose 
names no monuments preserve, should not so infest u the allarge," 
that no one, except a butler who " speaks latin," or a spiritualist, could 
lay them. 

There are three other places within the limits of Jamaica Plain, 
where burials have been made. 

In the summer of 1775, one or more regiments were stationed on 
the Plain, and many of the soldiers quartered in different houses, upon 
the inhabitants. (See Dr. Gray^s Half Century Sermon.) 

Three estates in the place were confiscated, and the houses stand- 
ing on them used as hospitals ; viz., Commodore Loring's, Governor 
Bernard's, and Capt. Benjamin Hallowell's. The Commodore's house, 
built in 1760, on a corner made by the intersection of Austin and 
South streets, after having weathered the storms of 95 years, is at this 
day, taken in connection with its surroundings, hardly exceeded by 

185G.J Jamaica Plain Burial Ground. 23 

any modern built mansion in its neighborhood. About a quarter of a 
mile baek of this then hospital, the soldiers who died within its walls 
were buried. 

Col. Ilenly, who had some charge over Burgoync's captive army 
while at Cambridge, is recollected to have occupied the Loring house 
at that time. 

It came next into the possession of widow Ann (Hough) Doane, 
who, in 1784, married David Stoddard Grecnough, Esq. Their son, 
and only child, Col. David Stoddard Grecnough, owned it on the death 
of his father. Col. David Stoddard Grecnough, of the third generation, 
now owns and occupies it ; he also having a son David Stoddard. 

It is creditable to the Grecnough family that, through their several 
ownerships and occupancies, no violation of the graves of the revolu- 
tionary soldiers, on their ground, has yet been allowed. The number 
of burials made cannot now be ascertained, from the mounds having 
become levelled by the rains of so many years, and by the tread of 
cattle in feeding over them. But from the number of rude stones, prob- 
ably taken from walls or picked up in the fields, and set up as head 
and foot stones, they may be estimated at thirty — or more. 

The following inscription, pretty well executed for the time, was taken 
from the only headstone showing the mark of a graver's tool : 

"Here lies y e Body of serg' 1 Dan 1 Niles of Easton, who Died Nov*. y° 
2 nd A. D. 1775. Aged 41 years." 

The Governor Bernard estate was situated on the westerly side of Ja- 
maica Pond, having thereon a considerable extent of shore and a liberal 
share of front on Pond street. After the removal of the soldiers from the 
premises, the first remembered occupant was Martin Brimmer, Esq., who, 
after a long residence, died there in 1804. Capt. John Prince bought the 
estate in 1806, and in 1809 took down and removed the old house, a part 
of which had stood 141 years; and in which no doubt many bumpers of 
good wine had been drunk to the healths of the seven sovereigns of Great 
Britain, who had flourished during that period. 

Some few years before his decease, Capt. Prince procured a road to be 
laid out and made through the premises, from Pond street to Perkins street ; 
after the accomplishment of which, he divided the whole into good sized 
building lots, on several of which beautiful houses have since been 

The burial ground on the Bernard estate was near a small fish pond, 
on elevated ground, at some distance back from the buildings. The 
spot was ploughed many years ago ; and it is said some of the coffins 
were disturbed in the operation. No one in the neighborhood remembers 
to have seen the ground before the ploughing, and therefore no estimate 
can be made of the number buried. 

The Hallowell house, built about 1738, stands on a corner made by 
the intersection of Austin and Boylston streets. It has lately been pur- 
chased by Dr. B. F. Wing, who has thoroughly repaired it, and, by the 
addition of one or more wings, has given it something more of quaint- 
ness than it previously exhibited. 

Capt. Hallowell married a Boylston, and in the right of his wife held 
the above property ; but his sympathies happening to be with the Roy- 
alist party, he left Roxbury in some haste for Boston in 1775, and thence 
took passage for England, where he passed the remainder of his life. 
While the Hallowell house was used as a hospital, the burials from it were 

24 Bird. — NevilL — Brown. [Jan. 

made near the road, about forty rods from the house, on the way to 
Boylston street depot. 

An octogenarian pair noted for their accurate recollections, who were 
born and have always lived near the Hallowell house, think the first 
occupant of the place, after the term of its hospital-ity, was a French- 
man, whose name was Lefabre ; and that it was he who, to the aston- 
ishment and universal indignation of the neighborhood, ploughed over 
and obliterated all marks of the graves. They likewise say that people 
who had set up marks whereby to distinguish the graves of their friends 
or kinsmen, and came afterwards to remove them, returned home disap- 
pointed and in sorrow. 

About the year 1789, Dr. Leprilete bought the premises and kept pos- 
session till after the decease of Capt. Hallowell, when a son of his 
assumed the name of his mother's family — Boylston. This son, Ward 
Nicholas Boylston, presuming, or being advised, that the confiscation 
could hold no longer than his father's lifetime, came over, and in the 
name and right of his mother, laid claim to, and by process of law ob- 
tained the property, about the year 1800. It now belongs to Mr. Thomas 
Boylston, by the will of his grandfather, the late Ward Nicholas Boyls- 
ton, Esq. 

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Bird. — In the chancel of Wendlebury church is a stone inscribed, 
" Here lies the body of that reverend laborer in Christ's harvest, pastor 
at Bisseter * Ann. 49, and at Wendelbury Ann. 39, deceased September 
19, 1653, John Birde, anno setatis 77." 

Anagram. — Birde, Bride. 

" This Birdes the bride the lambe the bridegroom 
This graves the brides retireing room 
Old clothes mast off iicav ones be on, 
Against a joyful resurrection 
Thrice happy Birde thrice happy bride 
Thus to be wedded next Christ's side 
John Birde a bride mounting aloft doth fly 
To the sacred hills of blest eternity; 
Which place of rest now terminates his flight 
Crowning his faith with his redeemer's sight." 

Monumental Inscriptions, taken May 25, 1660, No. 4170 Harleian MS., from 
History of Bicester, Eng., by John Dunkin, London, 1816, p. 89. 


Nevill. — The testimony of Jeremiah Cushin Aged forty years or 
thereabouts testifye & saith he neuer knew nor Vnderstood more or les 
that Jane Nevill was with child in all the voyage & further saith that he 
had as little suspition of hir as of any in the ship, because she was instru- 
mental for the discouery of one that was with chil d w ch was turned ashore 
at the Dounes & father saith not. Deposed in Court, febr. 1665. 

E. Rawson, Suffolk Court files. 

Brown. — Wm. Brown, Major, & Benjamin, executors of the will of W m 
Brown, Esq., of Salem, deceased ; s d W m Esq. owned the brick dwelling 
house in Boston " formerly known by the name of the Castle tavern," 

* John Bird, B. A., presented February 15, 1604 — Mist, of Bicester, p. 87. 

1856.] Philipse of Philipsbargh. 25 


(Connected with the Family of Robinson of Rokeby.) 

[The following Communication was originally made to the " Yorkshire- 
man," (a newspaper published at York, England,) by the Rev. F. O. 
Morris, of Nunburnholme Rectory, Hayton, York, England ; under this 
head, — " Genealogies of Yorkshire Families, and others connected with 
them. Collated and written expressly for the Yorkshire man ; " and by 
him, communicated also, (at the suggestion of Mr. Winthrop Sargent of 
Philadelphia,) to the New Eng. Hist. Gen. Register. — Editor.] 

The ancient Dutch family of Philipsc is presumed to have been origi- 
nally of Bohemian extraction, and to have fled thence on the persecutions 
that arose in the times of John Huss and Jerome of Prague. Cooper, the 
American novelist, in his preface to the original edition of " The Water 
Witch," speaks of them as the " Bohemian Felipses," and in the stand- 
ard novel edition as having obtained a re-grant of their original manor of 
Philipsbourg, from which they derived the title of M patroon," or " Phil- 
ipse of that ilk," as it would be termed in Scotland. 
Viscount Felyps was father, by Eva his wife, of 

The honorable Verderych Felypsen, of Philipsbourg, unquestionably 
one of the principal founders of New York, who emigrated from Holland 
to America with Gen. Stuveysant, and arrived at New York in 1658, at 
that time in the possession of the Dutch, and called Nova Belgia, or New 
Netherlands. He brought with him money, plate, and jewels, having left 
East Friesland with the consent of the stadtholder and the states-treneral, ' 
to take possession of a large purchase of land he had made in the prov- 
ince of New York, Fredcricksbourg. called the Upper, and Philipsbourg, 
called the Lower, Patent, with many houses he had purchased in the city 
of New York, and land which he laid out in streets, and afterwards built 
upon. He settled in the town, and also erected the house at Philipsbourg. 
He married Margaret Dacres, and had a son and a daughter. 

1. Verderych Felypscn, his heir. 

2. Eva, (Felypsen), who married Jacobus Van Cortlandt, and had issue. 
( See Family of Van Cortlandt.) 

The son, 

Verderych Felypsen, or Philipse, first lord of Philipsbourg (1656 : — 
1702), married first, Margaret Hardenbrook, who died in 1662 ; and sec- 
ondly, Catherine, widow of John Derval, Esq., and third daughter of the 
Right Hon. Oliver Stephen Van Cortlandt, of the manor of Cortlandt (see 
Family of Van Cortlandt), and had issue by her. He died in 1692 or 

1. Philip Philipse, of whom presently. 

2. Adolphus Philipse, born in 1657. To him his father left Fredericks- 
bourg Highlands, Upper Patent, and other parts of his- large property, 
which he, dying unmarried, bequeathed to his grandnephew and 
grandnieces, Philip Philipse, Susanna Philipse (wife of Colonel Bev- 
erly Robinson) and Mary Philipse (married, as hereafter shown, to 
the Hon. Lieut.-Colonel Roger Morris ;) and if any of them died 
issueless, their property was to be divided among the survivors. He 
died in 1749. 


26 Philip se of Philipsburgh. [Jan. 

3. Eva Philipse, born in 1658, married Jacobus Van Cortlandt. (See 
Family of Van Cortlandt.) 

4. Annetje Philipse, married Philip French. 
The elder son, 

Philip Philipse, of Philipsbourg, born in 1656, who married, at Bar- 
badoes, in 1697 (whither he had been sent by his father to an estate he 
had there, called Spring Head, and where he quickly recovered his health, 
having been before of a very delicate constitution), Maria, youngest of 

the four daughters of Sparkes, Esq., governor of Barbadoes, by 

Joyce, his wife, daughter of Farmer, Esq., (two of whom had re- 
turned to their father's estate in Worcestershire, and the others accompanied 
their parents to the island), and, dying in 1700, lefl a son and successor. 
She also died in 1700. 

Frederick Philipse, second lord of Philipsbourg, founder of St. 
John's church, Yonkers, born in 1698, at Barbadoes, was sent, in 1701, 
to New York, by desire of his grandfather, who immediately sold the 
estate, called Spring Head, in Barbadoes, for <£10,000, that the property 
might not afterwards be an inducement to his grandson to settle in that 
island, an arrangement which so displeased his mother's relations, that 
Mr. Farmer, dying soon after his neice, Maria, left all his large fortune 
to Mrs. Sparkes, and only a legacy of .£10,000 to his grandnephew, 
Frederick Philipse, who died of consumption A. D. 1751, aged 52, and 
left Philipsbourg and most of his houses in New York (bequeathed to him 
by his grandfather) to his son Frederick, with reversion to his son Philip, 
if Frederick should not marry ; but if either of them married and had 
only daughters, then the properties were to go to his own daughters, 
Susanna, (afterwards Mrs. Col. Robinson,) and Mary, (afterwards Mrs. 
Col. Morris). He married, in 1726, Johanna, youngest daughter of 
Anthony Brockholes, Esq., (see Brockholes, of Claughton Hall,) fourth 
Governor of New York after its cession to Great Britain, by Susanna 
Maria, his wife, daughter of Paulus iEmilius Schrect, of the Pompton 
Estate, in New Jersey, who had emigrated from West Friesland, and 
had issue by her, who was killed in 1765 by a fall from her carriage, no 
surgical assistance being at hand : — 

1. Frederick, his heir. 

2. Philip, part proprietor of -the Upper Patent (baptized in 1724, and 
died in 1768), who married Margaret, daughter of Mars- 
ton, Esq., and by that lady (who, by his early death, saved her 
share, as she took no part in the Revolution, and who married, 
secondly, the Rev. J. Ogilvie, of Trinity church, uncle of Admiral 
Sir Richard Grant,) had issue : — 

1. Adolphus Philipse, died in 1785. He took no active part in 
the war. 

2. Frederick Philipse, an officer in the British service, resident 
in America, who married, first, his cousin Mary, daughter 

of Marston, Esq., and, secondly, daughter of 

Kemble, niece to Lord Gage. (See Family of Van Cortlandt.) 
He died in 1829 ; she died young, after giving birth to a 

Mary Philipse, who married Samuel Gouvernier, by whom 
she had issue : — 

1. Frederick Gouvernier. 

2. Adolphus N. Gouvernier, married Mrs. Gill, and died 
Aug. 28, 1853, leaving a daughter, 

1856.] Philipse of Philip sburgh. 27 

Mary Gouvernier, born Jan. 8, 1852. 

3. Samuel Mangin Warburton Gouvernier. 

4. Margaret Philipse Gouvernier, married William . 

3. Nathaniel, killed at Germantown. 

3. Susanna, who married Colonel Beverley Robinson of Virginia. (See 

4. Mary, born 5th July, 1730, married, 19th January, 1758, to the 
Hon. Lieut.-Col. Roger Morris, of York, (see Morris of Netherby 
Court), and died 18th July, 1825, in her 96th year, leaving issue as 
already shown. Her family appear to have been remarkable for 
longevity ; her sister Susanna, who was married to Col. Beverley 
Robinson, attained also the great age of 94, as appears above. " I 
wonder,' 1 says Cooper, in his Water Witch, " there 1ms never been 
an intermarriage among you with the Van Cortlandts ; that blood is 
as good as an insurance to four score and ten of itself. 1 ' 

5. Margaret, died in 1752, aged 18. 
The elder son, 

Frederick Philipse, last Lord of Philipsbourg, a Colonel, married 
Elizabeth Rutgards, widow, daughter of Charles Williams, Esq., and died 
at Chester, in 1785, having had issue, with other children, who died 

1. Frederick Philipse, of whom presently. 

2. Philip Philipse, an officer in the Roval Artillery, died unmarried, in 
Wales, in 1829. 

3. Charles Philipse, drowned in the Bay of Fundy. 

3. John Philipse, Captain R. N., promoted to that rank for his part in 
the gallant affair at Campertown, under Lord Duncan, and was after- 
wards killed at the battle of Trafalgar. 

5. Maria Eliza Philipse, married, 4th September, 1779, to Lionel, 7th 
Viscount Strangford, and had issue. (See Peerage.) 

6. Sarah Philipse, married to Mungo Noble, Esq., and had issue : — 

1. Colonel Frederick Noble, O. S. P. in India. 

2. Eliza Noble. 

7. Charlotte Margaret Philipse, married to Lieutenant-Colonel (Cap- 
tain?) Webber, (afterwards Lieutenant-General), of Caynton House, 
county of Salop, and died in 1840, at Belle Vue House, near Oswes- 
try, and had issue by him three children. 

8. Elizabeth Philipse, died unmarried, at Bath, in March, 1828. 

9. Susan Philipse. 

10. Catherine Philipse, died young. 
The eldest son, 

Frederick Philipse, Esq., married Harriet, daughter of Thomas Grif- 
fiths, Esq., of Rhent, Flintshire, North Wales, niece of General Sir 
Alured Clarke, G. C. B., Captor and Governor of the Cape of Good Hope 
in 1795, and Commander-in-Chief in the East Indies (his banner hangs 
in Westminster Abbey), and had issue by her (who died in Park Street, 
London, in 1843) : — 

1. Frederick Charles Philipse, his near, 

2. Charlotte Elizabeth Philipse, married, 8th of June, 1818, to William, 
eldest son of Sir Henry Allen Johnson, Bart., (see Baronetage), and 
had issue. 

The son, 

Frederick Charles Philipse, Esq., of Rhual, in the county of Flint, 

28 Pliilipse of Philip sburgh. [Jan. 

a Colonel in the army, married daughter of Palliser, of the 

county of Tipperary. (See Baronetage.) He died in 1851, and had 

Frederick, born in 1829. 

Edwin William, born 1830, and three others. 

Arms. — Azure, a demi-lion rampant, rising out of a coronet, arg. 

Crest. — A demi-lion, rampant, as in the arms and in some of the most 
ancient plate, also surmounted by a coronet. 

Motto. — Quod tibi vis fieri facias. 

There is in the possession of the Morris family, among other plate of 
the Philipses, an extremely ancient silver canteen cup, with the initials 
" V. F.," which stood, no doubt, for Verderych Felipse ; thus corroborating 
the orthography of Cooper, given above. 

Anna Philipse and Eva Philipse married respectively George Cham- 
bers, Esq., and had issue, and John Jay, Esq., but their exact places in 
the pedigree have not been correctly ascertained ; their marriages are 
inserted in the old family Bible of the Van Cortlandts, in the possession 
of Colonel Pringle Taylor, of Pennington House, Hampshire. 

Anthony Brockholes, born about the year 1679, had issue : — 

1. Anthony Brockholes, born , died unmarried. 

2. Margaret Brockholes, born , died unmarried. 

3. Judith Brockholes, born married Henry Vanvactor, and had 

issue by him : — 

1. A son. 

2. A daughter. 

4. Johanna Brockholes. 

5. Anne Brockholes, born , married Philip French, Esq., and 

died in early life, leaving issue by him : — 

1. Susanna French, married William Livingstone, Esq., of New 

2. Ann French, married David Vanhorne, Esq., of New York. 

3. Margaret French, married David Clarkson, Esq., of New York. 

4. Mary French, married William Brown, Esq., of Boston. 
There are pictures at the Grange, (in America,) of Adolphus Philipse, 

born in 1657 ; Philip Philipse, baptized in 1724 ; Mary Philipse, born in 
1730 ; Margaret Philipse, died in 1762 ; Frederick Philipse, died in 1829. 

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Hoff. — On the 21 March [1765] d. at Fishkill, in Duchess co., in the 
12.8th year of his age, Mr. Edglebert HofT. He was b. in Norway, 
never used spectacles, and could read common print very fluently ; could 
remember that he was a lad driving a team when the news was brought 
to his country that King Charles the First was beheaded ; served as a 
soldier under the Prince of Orange in the time of King James the Sec- 
ond ; after which time he came to America, and went a privateering out 
of New York, with the noted Capt. Claver, in Queen Anne's wars, being 
then about 70 years old. When he returned he married, and became the 
father of 12 children ; afterwards lived a widower 33 years. He had his full 
senses, and strong memory till within a few hours before he died. The 
immediate cause of his death was from a wound which he received in his 
hip from a fall. He was in low circumstances, but of an honest principle, 
and died seemingly a true Christian — Gazette and News Letter, 9 May, 

1856.] Researches among Funeral Sermons. 29 


[Continued from Vol. IX., p. 356.] 

USHER. — u The character of Anna, the Prophetess, considered and 
applied. — In a Sermon preach'd after the Funeral of that Honourable and 
Devout Gentlewoman, Dame Bridget Usher ; who deceased at Boston, 
N. E. May 25th, 1723. Being a Widow of a great Age. — Published 
(icith some enlargements) at the desire of the honoured Executors to her 
Will. By Thomas Foxcroft, M. A. And a Pastor to the Old Church in 
Boston. With a Preface by the Rev. Mr. Wadsworth. Boston : Printed 
by S. Kneeland, MDCCXX1II." 12mo. pp. 62. 

There is nothing in the Preface by Mr. Wadsworth respecting the fam- 
ily of Mrs. Usher. But her character he gives in these words : — " I never 
heard to the contrary, but that aged Handmaid of the Lord, Madam 
Bridget Usher, was from her youth up, sober, virtuous and religious. Ever 
since I have known her (which has been many years) she has had (and 
I think justly) the character of an holy, blameless, close walker with 
God," &c. 

In his Sermon Mr. Foxcroft dwells upon the character of u Anna the 
Prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher," to whom 
" our Anna" is compared. At page 13 he remarks : — " You need not (I 
presume) be told the solemn occasion, which determined my thoughts at 
this time to such a subject; it being known to all, what repeated bereave- 
ments have lately befallen us, in the death of several excellent aged 
women of our communion. " In a note to this the Author says, " Particu- 
larly Mrs. Martha Dasset, who died suddenly, and went to rest on the 
Lord's day, March 17th. — And Dame Bridget Usher, who finished her 
long pilgrimage on earth, May 25th." 

These are all the facts I have been able to discover in Mr. Foxcroft's 
62 pages. But an account of the Usher family may be seen in the His- 
tory of Med ford. Mass. Mrs. Usher was the widow of Dr. Leonard Hoar, 
third President of Harvard College, and daughter of Lady Alice Lisle, of 
whom (Lady Lisle) English history affords an account, at once lamenta- 
ble, as it regards her, and monstrous as it regards the state of the times. 
Her second husband was Hezekiah, son of Hczckiah Usher, a merchant 
of Boston. He died 25 May, 1723. 

WEBB. — " Genuine Christianity. — Or, a true Christian both in Life and 
in Death, glorifying the most glorious Lord. A Sermon on the departure 
of Mrs. Frances Webb, the virtuous Consort of Mr. John Webb, (a Pastor 
to one of the Churches in Boston.) Who expired Sept. 14, 1721. In the 
28th year of her age. By C. Mather, D. D. and F. R. S. Boston : 1721." 
12mo. pp. 20. 

The Sermon contains nothing of the personal history of Mrs. Webb, ex- 
cepting her religious character, and a note stating that she was a daughter 
of Edward Bromfield, Esq. 

WEBB. — U A burning and shining light extinguished. — A Sermon 
preached the Lord's Day after the Funeral of the late Rev. Mr. John 
Webb, Pastor of the New North Church in Boston, who died April 16, 
1750. JEtat. 63. By Andrew Eliot, A. M. Pastor of the same 
Church. Boston : Printed by Daniel Fowle, for Joshua Winter in Union 
St. opposite the King's Arms." 8vo. pp. 43. 

30 Researches among Funeral Sermons. [Jan. 

Mr. Eliot gave a fine Discourse, and in his "Application" there is 
something about the subject of it. " His death," he observes, " is not 
only a great loss to this Church, but it is also a great loss to the Town 
and Land." On leaving College, Mr. Webb taught a School in Reading 
about a year ; thence he went to the Castle, where he was " for some 
time Chaplain, and afterwards preached a considerable time to one of 
the Parishes in Newbury." But the Sermon contains nothing concerning 
his family. 

The following are a few disconnected items, some of which may be 
valuable to persons of the name of Webb : — John, of Boston, sells house 
and lands at Braintree to Samuel Allen of Braintree, sawyer, 19:2: 
1648 — Suffolk Deeds, i. 90. Henry of Boston takes a mortgage of land 
in Haverhill, of Richard Littlehale of H., 27 : 8 : 1648— lb., i. 96. Henry 
(the same probably) owned a wharf in Boston, 1649 — Suffolk Deeds, i. 
115. — Henry (same no doubt) Will, 5 April, 1660. To only dau. Mar- 
garet, the late wife of my dear son Jacob Sheaffe, c£500, " in good pay, 
with all that my store-house at the Dock, with wharf." Date of Inventory, 
25 Sept. 1660. " Old Warehouse, wharf and land, .£200." Appraisers, 
John Cullick, Henry Shrimpton, Wm. Davis. Articles of agreement 
about dividing the property, dated 23d Aug. 1697, " between Jona. Cor- 
win of Salem, and Elizabeth his wife, one of the daus. and coheirs of their 
mother, Mrs. Margaret Thacher, late of Boston, also one of the surviving 
executrixes of Henry W T ebb's will. And Sampson Sheaffe, of Boston, 
merchant, and Mehetable his wife, the coheir of the daus. and coheirs of 
said Margaret Thacher, deceased, and of the coexecutrixes to the last will 
of said Henry Webb." — Orig. MS, in possession of Mr. M. A. Slickney 
of Salem. 

" We have an account that on Tuesday last the Seabrook [Saybrook] 
Ferryboat overset, wherein were the Rev. Mr. Joseph Webb of New 
Haven, and his son, a young woman and several others. The two former 
were drowned ; the others with great difficulty got safe to shore." — 
Boston Gazette and Weekly Journal, 27 Oct. 1741. 

" William Webb, late of Boston, deceased, John Webb, executor." 
Said John W.'s warehouse was " below the Swing Bridge." — News-Let- 
ter, 12 June, 1760. 

" The beginning of this week died here, Mr. Joseph Webb, se. 64, for- 
merly a noted Barber in this Town." — lb. 14 Oct. 1762. 

" Died in this Town [Boston] Mrs. Mehitable Webb, widow of the late 
Rev. Benjamin Webb, in the 95th year of her age. Funeral from her 
son's house in Fore street." — Herat of Freedom, 24 April, 1789. 

"Died yesterday morning [30 Nov. 1789] Jonathan Webb, A.M., aged 
53, son of the late John Webb. Funeral from the Rev. Dr. Lothrop's 
house."— lb. 1 Dec. 1789. 

WEBSTER.—" A Sermon, delivered July 20, 1796, at the interment 
of the Rev. Samuel Webster, D. D., late Pastor of the Second Church 
and Congregation in Salisbury. By Thomas Cary, A. M., a Pastor of the 
First Church in Newburyport." 8vo. pp. 32. 

" Death is the lot of all mankind. Good men have the same seeds of 
mortality as the wicked, which spring up in diseases and ripen into 
death." The fate of humanity is here beautifully expressed, and the 
Sermon abounds in good and sensible remarks. 

Mr. Webster " had a numerous offspring." A son, Samuel, Jr., was 
ordained Pastor of the Church in Temple, N. H., Oct. 2d, 1771, and died 
at the early age of 33, Aug. 4th, 1777. Page 24.— Mr. Webster, the 

1S56.] Researches among Funeral Sermons. 31 

father, was born [in Bradford] August, 1718, ordained Aug. 12th, 1741, 
died July 18th, 1796, in the 78th year of his age, and 55th of his minis- 
try." The Second Church in Salisbury was gathered Nov. 19th, 1718, 
and on the 26 following, the Rev. Joseph Parsons, A. M. was installed 
their Pastor. He died March 13th, 1739, in the 69th year of his age and 
21st of his ministry. Page 28. 

WINTHROP. — u The high value of a great and good name, and Death 
and entrance into perfect Life. — A Sermon delivered in the First Church 
in Cambridge, May 9th, 1779. Being the Lord's Day after the Interment 
of the Hon. John Winthrop, Esq., Ilollis Professor of Mathematics and 
Natural Philosophy in Harvard College, Cambridge, LL. D. and F. R. S. 
Who departed this Life May the 3d, 1779, in the 65th year of his age, 
and in the 41st of his Professorship. Bv Samuel Lang don, D. D. Presi- 
dent of Harvard College. Boston : 1779." 8vo. pp. 23. 

" The Hope of Immortality. — A Discourse occasioned by the Death of 
the Honorable John Winthrop, Esq., LL. D. and F. R. S.," &c. " Delivered 
at a Public Lecture in Harvard College. By Edward Wigglesworth, A. M., 
Hollis Professor of Divinity. Published at the request of the Students. 
Boston, New England.'" 

President Langdon's Sermon is what may be called a very good old 
fashioned Discourse, and he tells us the important events in Mr. Win- 
throp's life. He thus commences his " Application :" — " And now, 
brethren, how can I forbear bringing into your view that remarkable ex- 
ample of a great and good name which you have in our most valuable 
deceased friend and brother, the Honorable Dr. Winthrop, whose remains 
we followed yesterday to the grave.' 1 In referring to the ancestors of 
Mr. Winthrop, he says, " It may he remarked, that through the various 
civil commotions and revolutions in England, that family always took part 
on the side of the liberties of the people.'" 

In 1738 he was chosen Hollis Professor of Mathematics. In 1765 he 
was chosen into the Corporation of Harvard College. In 1771 the Univer- 
sity of Edinburgh conferred the degree of Doctor of Laws upon him. kt In 
1773, when the contention with Great Britain for the liberties of these 
American States bcjmn to run high, he was chosen into the Council of this 
State [Colony] and gave his assistance in all the measures taken to secure 
his country from the power of oppressors, and prevent the calamity of a 
civil war." 

Mr. Wigglcsworth is more particular respecting the personal history of 
Mr. Winthrop. But as President Allen has nearly the same in his 
American Biography, that need only be referred to. As the important 
note on page 23 is omitted by Dr. Allen, it is here extracted : — " The 
Doctor's descent was as follows : 1. Adam Winthrop, Esq., Sergeant at 
Law, Lord and Patron of Groton in Suffolk ; his eldest son was, 2. Adam 
W., Esq., Master of Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and Vice Chancellor of that 
University ; his eldest son was, 3. Adam W., Esq., of Groton ; his eldest 
son was, 4. John W., Esq., of Groton, afterwards Governor of the Colony 
of Massachusetts Bay, who was born the 12th of June, 1587, and died at 
Boston the 26 of March, 1649. His fourth son was, 5. Adam W., Esq., 
one of the Council. He died Aug. 1700. His eldest son was, 7. Adam 
W., Esq., one of the Council. He died Oct. 2d, 1743. His second son 
was, 8. The deceased Professor." But Mr. Wigglesworth probably errs 
in making out 8 generations ; he should strike off one of his first Adams. 
The pedigree in the History and Antiquities of Boston is believed to be 
entirely correct. See page 72 of that work. 

32 Giles Corey's Will. [Jan. 


[Communicated by Joseph Moulton, Esq., of Lynn, Memb. N. E. Hist. -Gen. Soc.] 

[This will was no doubt made in view of the distressing fate which awaited the 
testator, who, it will be remembered, was put to death at Salem, on the 16th of Septem- 
ber, 1692.— See Hist. & Antiqs. of Boston, p. 500.] 

Gyles Coaree to Wm. Cleeves. — Recorded ye 25th July, 1692. 

To all people to whome this p r sent wrighting shall come, I Gyles Coree 
of y e town of Salem in y e County of Essex in New England (Send 
Greeting) Know yee y 1 I y e said Gyles Coaree lying under great trouble 
& affliction through w ch I am very weake in body but in perfect memory, 
knowing not how soone I may depart this life, In Consideration of which 
and for y e fatherly Love & affection w ch I have & doe beare unto my be- 
loved sone in Law William Cleeves of y e town of Beaverly, in y e aboves d 
Countye and to my sone in Law Jn° Moulton of y e town of Salem in 
s d County both yeomen as also for divers other good causes & Consid- 
erations, mee att y e p r sent Espetially moveing, Have Given, Granted and 
by these p r sents doe Give Grant & Confirm unto y e said Will™ Cleeves 
my sone in Law & to y e said Jn°. Moulton my full power strength and 
auctority to occupie possesse & enjoye & manage in my stead & place all 
my Land & Meadow lying & being in y e bounds of Salem town afores d , 
& being Butted & bound as p. my deed doth appeare & all my neat cattle 
& all other my stocke upon s d Farme or elsewhere as Likewise all my 
howsing & all my moveable estate whatsoever or wheresoever found w th 
all y e p r viledges and app r tenance thereunto belonging or in wise app r tain- 
ing in my stead & for my use & supply during my natural life And af- 
ter my decease I y e said Gyles Coaree doe by virtue of these p r sents 
ffreely Give Grant & Confirme unto y e aboves d Will™ Cleeves my sone in 
law & Jn° Moulton my soiie in law all my aboves d Land Meadow Hous- 
ing Neat Cattle Stocke & p r mises with all their p r viledges & app r tenances 
w t{l all my moveable estate as mony houshold stuffe apparrell brass peauter 
bedding & all other substance whatsoever, moveable or immoveable 
Quick & dead of w tl kind Nature Quality or Condition soever y e same 
are and in w tl place or places y e same bee shall or may bee found as well 
in my owne custodye or possession as in y e Possession hands power & 
custody of any other person or persons Whatsoever. 

To have & to hold all & singular — y e Land Meadow Housinge Cattle 
Stocke moveables or immoveables money apparrell & all other y e afore- 
s d p r mises w tn their app r tenances unto y e said W m . Cleeves & Jn°. Moul- 
ton their heirs Ex" Adm rs & assigns to them & their owne proper uses & 
behoofs forever freely & Quietly without any maher of Challeng claime 
or demaund of me y e said Gyles Coaree or of any other p r son or p r sons 
w u soever for me in my Name or by my cause means or procurement 
And I y e s d Gyles Coree all & singular y e afores d land howsing Cattle 
moveables & immoveables & p r mises to y e said W m . Cleeves & Jn°. 
Moulton their heirs Ex" Adm" & assigns to y e use afores d against all peo- 
ple doe Warrant & for ever defend by these p r sents. In Witnesse where- 
of I have hereunto sett my hand & fixed my seale this twenty fourth 
day of Aprill anno dom one thousand six hundred ninety & two. 

Gyles oxB Coree 
Signed sealed & delivered ~) Ipsw ch July y e 25 tl » 1692 his mark & Seale. 

in y e p r sence of us I Gyles Coree p r sonally appeared & did 

Jn°. Gyles, Will m . Downton | acknowledge this instrument above-written 

Richard Prytherche [?] J to bee his act & voluntary deed before mee 

Thos. W^ade Justice of Peace in Essex. 

1856.] Items from Boston News Letters. 33 


14 On Thursday night the Reverend Mr. Gardner, Minister of Lancas- 
ter, was unfortunately shot by the Sentinel on the Watch, supposing him 
to be an Indian climbing over the Walls of the fortification ; of which 
Wound he dyed in an hour's space or little more." — Boston News Letter, 
No. 28, October 30, 1704. 

44 Boston. In our Numb. 28, As we then received it, we gave you the 
Account of the Death of the Reverend Mr. Gardner, Minister of Lancas- 
ter ; and having since had a perfect and exact account of the same from 
Eye and Ear Witnesses ; we thought it expedient to insert it here, to 
prevent various reports thereof: And is as follows. 

44 That a man being killed the day before between Groton and Lancas- 
ter, and the Indians having been seen the night before nigh the Town, 
Mr. Gardner (three of the men belonging to his Garrison being gone out 
of Town, and two of the remaining three being tyred with Watching and 
Travelling in the Woods after the Indians that day) being a very careful 
as well as couragious man, concluded to Watch that night himself; and 
accordingly went out into the little Watch-house that was over one of the 
Flankers, and there stayed till late in the night, whence and when he was 
coming down (as it was thought) to warm him. The man that shot him, 
who was not long before sleeping by the fire, came out, and whether be- 
tween sleeping and waking, or surprized with an excess of fear, fired 
upon him as he was coming down out of the Watch-house, through a 
little Trap-door into the Flanker, where no man having the exercise of 
his Reason could suspect the coming of an Enemy, or suspect him to be 
so, when in a clear Moon light night he was so nigh him. Mr. Gardner 
(though his wound was in his breast, being shot through the vitals) came 
to the door, bid them open it, for he was wounded ; after he came in he 
fainted away, but coming to himself again, asked who it was that shot 
him, and when they told him he prayed God to forgive him, and forgave 
him himself, for he believed he did not do it on purpose ; and with a 
composed Christian frame of spirit, desired them that were bitterly 
lamenting over him, not to weep but to pray for him, and comforted his 
sorrowful wife, telling her he was going to Glory, advising her to follow 
him ; and in about an hour Dyed, leaving his sorrowful friends to lament 
the loss of so worthy and desirable a Person.'" — Boston News Letter, 
No. 31,20 Nov., 1704. 

Fire at Harvard College. 

44 Cambridge, Oct. 29. About 1 of the clock in the morning there 
happened a Fire in Harvard College, occasioned by a foul Chimney 
which took fire, and the soot being blown into the Belfry, fired some old 
ft Boards, and melted the Lead (wherewith the Colledge was covered) and 
then fired the Planks ; but one of the Tutors having the Key of the 
scuttle, which was lockt and barr'd, was absent, wherefore 2 of the Stu- 
dents putting their backs to the scuttle, forced it open, and threw water 
briskly, so that they quickly extinguished the Fire, which otherwise had 
been of very ill consequence." — Boston News Letter, No. 29, Nov. 6, 

Degrees conferred on Graduates. 

44 Harvard College, Cambridge, November 1. This day there was a 
Meeting of the Honourable and Reverend, the overseers of Harvard Col- 
lege, in the Library of said College. And after the Business of their 

34 Items from Boston News Letters. ' [Jan. 

Convening was over, His Excellency Governor Belcher produced three 
Diplomas from the University of Glasgow, which were directed and 
inclosed to him. By them it appears the Senate of that Ancient and 
Illustrious University have conferred the Honour of a Doctor's Degree of 
Divinity on the Rev. Mr. Benjamin Colman, and Mr. Joseph Sewall, 
Ministers in Boston; and of a degree of Master of Arts on Mr. Mather, 
Chaplain to his Majesty's Castle William. The Gentlemen who have 
been so honoured by the University, cannot but be gratifyed with the free 
and generous manner wherein their Degrees have been conferr'd being 
what they never sought. And indeed this must be mentioned as one, 
among the many, distinguishing Honours of that University, That they 
look on Real Merit in Foreigners, as worthy of their Encouragement, 
without any application for it. 

" After His Excellency the Governor had delivered these diplomas, the 
Overseers order'd them to be inrol'd in the Publick Records of Harvard 
College."— Boston News Letter, No. 1449, Nov. 4, 1731 ; and New 
England Journal, Nov. 8, 1731. 

Rev. Samuel Pai*r is, of Salem Village. 
"Any Person or Persons who knew Mr. Samuel Porris formerly of 
Barbadoes, afterwards of Boston in New England, Merchant, and after 
that Minister of Salem Village, &c, deceas'd to be a Son of Thomas 
Parris of the Island aforesaid, Esq., who deceased 1673, or sole Heir by 
Will to all his Estate in said Island, are desired to give or send notice 
thereof to the Printer of this Paper, and it shall be for their Advantage." 
—Boston News Letter, No. 1433, July 15, 1731. 

Jonathan Belcher. 

" Piscataqua, January 11th. On Fryday the 4th Currant several Gen- 
tlemen went from hence as far as Hampton, to meet Mr. Jonathan Bel- 
cher, Merchant of Boston, where he was met, being accompanyed by 
several Gentlemen, and arrived here the said night in order to his Mar- 
riage on Tuesday the 8th inst., being his Birthday, unto Mrs. Mary Par- 
tridge, Daughter to William Partridge, Esq., late Lieutenant Governour of 
the Province ; But at the motion of the Gentlemen that accompanyed him, 
they were Marryed the same night as he came off his Journey in his 
Boots : The Wedding was Celebrated on the Tuesday following, when 
there was a Noble and Splendid Entertainment for the Guests, and hon- 
oured with a Discharge of the Great Guns of the Fort, &c. — Boston News 
Letter, No. 91, January 14, 1705-6. 

" On Tuesday, the 8th Currant, being the day designed for the Mar- 
riage of Mr. Jonathan Belcher at Piscataqua, There was several great 
Guns discharged at his Father Capt. Andrew Belcher, Esqr's. Wharffe, 
and aboard of several ships." — Boston News Letter, No. 91, January 14, 

Extract from Gov. Jonathan Belcher^s Speech, December 16, 1730, to the 
General Assembly of Massachusetts. 
" When you consider what a diffusive Blessing the College at Cam- 
bridge has been to this Country, in its Learning and Religion, and how 
much all the Estates among you have thereby been rais'd in their value, 
and that while other Plantations are obliged to send their sons abroad for 
Education at a great Expence, and often to the Ruin of their Morals, we 
reap that Advantage at Home : I say I hope these things will make you 
ready on all Occasions to Nourish and Cherish that Society. And what I 


1856.] Indian War Letter.— Ward. 35 

would particularly point at is, the Complaint of the sons of the Prophets 
that they are straitened for Room. I am told that Stoughton College is 
gone much to Decay, and not without danger of falling : I should be 
therefore glad that a Committee of this Court might be chosen to view it, 
and Report what may be proper to be done for the better Accommodation 
of the Students there. "—Boston News Letter, No. 1403, Dec. 17, 1730. 

4 — »». » 1 


[Communicated by John S. II. Fogg, M. D.] 

Boston, November the 3d, 1693. 
To Capt John Hill, 

Wee Having Advice from Majo r Francis Hooke that their Majesties 
fort now erected at Sacoe Is made tenable, Have ordered Him to dismiss 
the Soldiers Imployed in that service, Reserving only twenty of them : 
or soe many as may make up that number, with such of those parts as 
are willing to be Imployed In that Serviss. these are therefore to order 
and Impower you forthwith to Repairc unto that place, & then to take the 
Charge of said fort & the soldiers that shall be Appointed by Major 
Hooke to keep that post, whoum you Arc to com'and, order & direct In 
their duty, watchfuly & carefully to prevent surprize, & In Case any 
Attempt be made upon the same By assault oi* otherwaise, to make the 
uttmost defence ; and so far as you can you are to Imploy the soldiers 
under yo r Com'and In the finishing the fort and Building & makeing the 
Lodgings Convenient, & this untill you Have further orders from His 
Excelency the Govourn r , whoc is daily expected to Arive from the 
Eastern parts. Bartii . Gedney, ) Comissii™ 

John Walley, ]for if Warr. 

If by any Accident supply s of provision should not come seasonable 
for y e souldicrs in y e majesties service, you are hereby to furnish, or 
cause to be furnished, what is of necessity untill supply 3 come, ffor w cl * 
this shall be your warrant. Boston, y e 3 Nov : 1693. 

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Ward. — On the 20th of last month, died at Salem, Deacon Miles 
Ward, aged 92 years. He was of a chearful disposition, which he 
retained with his memory to the last. He never had been ill till very 
lately, and then only weak and lame with age. He was able to give a 
very particular account of things done upwards of 80 years ago. He 
was a person of good conversation, a good neighbor and friend, and a 
sincere though chearful Christian. His first wife was daughter of Mr. 
John Massey, who was the first English male child born in the Massachu- 
setts Colony. — Boston Gazette and News Letter, 6 Sept., 1764. 

" It is said the week before the death of that old gentleman, he told a 
relation that went to see him, that he had had 19 weddings of his children, 
and all married into different families ; that he had 91 children and grand- 
children, 26 males of the name of Ward, now living; that he had 27 
children of the fourth generation, and not a fatherless child in all his 
family.— Ibid., 20 Sept., 1764. 

36 Will of Ann Towne. [Jan. 


[Communicated by William B. Towne, Esq., Brookline, Mass.] 

[Verbatim copy of the Will of Ann, widow of Richard Towne, of 
Braceby, Lincoln Co., England, dated Dec. 10, 1629, and proved May 
10, 1630.] 

In the name of God Amen I Ann Towne of Bracebie in y e Countie 
of Lincoln widdowe sicke in bodye but whole & pfecte of mind & mem- 
orye thanks bee unto god doe make this my last will & Testam* in mann er 
and forme followynge. ffirst I comitt my selfe to the mercy of Allmightie 
god my Creato r redemer & soule savioure in &; by whome I hoope for 
resurrection to eternall life & my bodye to be buried in y e meane time in 
y e Chapell of Bracebie aforesaid. Ite m . I give to y e poore of Bracebie 
fyve shillings. Itc m I give to my sonne Edward Towne one silver salte 
pcell gilte, one peece of gold of x j s one pe of lyninge sheets. Ite m I 
give to my daughter Elisabeth Phillip xx s & one linninge bordcloth. 
Ite m I give to my daughter Hellen Oxman one linninge bordcloth & 
xxs to buye her a feathe 1 " bedd ticke & one kertle. Ite m I give to my 
daughter Prudence Walton xx s and one linninge bordcloth. Ite m I give 
to my daughter Ann Armestone xx s the best Coveringe but one, one 
sheete w th a black seameinge, one longe bordcloth, two pillowe beares of 
y e same one pe of harden sheets, one pe of curtens. Ite m I give my 
daughter Katherine Towne one bedstead w th featherbed & matris one tur- 
linge boulster, one tycke boulster, two fustine pillowes, one pe of blanck- 
etts w th broad yellowe lists, twoe Coverings, one blacke and yellowe, y e 
oth r the best, one pe curtens of my own makinge, one lynen bordcloth, 
one flax harden bordcloth, one trended Cowe, three pe hempen sheets, 
three pe Lynen sheets, one sheet w th a seaminge of owne makinge, 
twoe pillowe beares of y e same, halfe a dozen of hemp midlaie napkins, 
one little putor dishe, one brasse pann, one charger, halfe a dozen of 
pewter spoones, one lynen towell & xx 9 in monye. Ite m I give to my 
daughter Mary Towne one matte ress, one ticke boulster, one bedstead, 
twoe tartlinge pillowes, twoe coverings, one blacke & white, the oth r 
white, one pe of tartling blancketts, twoe pe of hempen sheets, one pe of 
Lynen sheets, one pe of harden sheets, one lynen towell, halfe a dozen 
napkins, one pyde Cowe, one Charger one title pewter dishe, one sauser, 
one brasse pott and xx 8 in money. Ite m I give to my daughter Margery 
Towne one silke apron. Ite m I give to my grandchild Ellen Towne one 
Ewe. Ite m I give to every godchild xij d . Ite m I give to everye grand- 
child ij 8 \'f- Ite. I give to my grandchild Katheren Phillip one pe hemp- 
en sheets. Ite. I give to my sonne Edwards children Twoe sheepe. Ite. 
I give to my daughter Elisabeth her children Twoe sheepe. Ite. I give 
to my daughter Ellen her children Twoe sheepe Ite. I give to my 
daughter Prudence her children Twoe sheepe. Ite. I give to my sister 
Ellen Parker one silke doublet. Ite. I give to my grandchild Leonard 
Towne one cheste standing at y e bedds feete in the chamber, Ite. I give 
to Richard Chopman ij 3 vj d . All the rest of my goods & Chatties my debts 
& legacies beinge payde my funerall & testam 1 expences discharged I 
give them to my sonne William Towne, my sonne whome I make & 
ordayne full executo r of this my last will & testam 1 . In witness whereof 
I have hereunto sett my hand the xth daye of Decemb r , 1629. 

Redd published & delivered as my will in the p r esence of Katherine 
Towne Marye Towne. 

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[Concluded from page 287, vol. ix.] 

Situate. Some Acts of y e People & Church. 
Dayes of Humiliation. 

1. Novemb 6 1634 att Mr. Cud worths 

2. Decemb. 25 1634. 

3. Janu: 8 1634 which day wee joyned into covenant 

4. Janu: 19, 1634 att my house, uppon w c h day I was chosen Pastour & 

invested into office 

5. August, 13, 1635 y l God might direct us for further officers particu- 

larly for Deacons. 

6. Decemb. 15, 1635 our Brother Cobb was invested into the Office of a 


7. Aprill. 7, 1636, in respect of p r sent outward Scarcity & in respect 

of helpes in ministcry, as also for the p e vcntion of Enemies. 

8. Novemb. 11 1636 Ffor a blessing uppon their consultation aboute 

the Lawcs for Settling the State of this Patten. Some differences 
arising aboute some p ticulars in judgement, wee were by the mer- 
cye of God reconciled joyntly. Aprill y c 27, 1637 Ffor this pur- 
pose I had taught out of Gen. 13, 8. 

9. June 22, 1637. Ffor Successe in warring against the Pequeuts, as 

alsoe for composing differences amongst o r Brcathren in y c Bey, 
& for helpe in y e Ministerye in respect of our selves. 
10. Ffcbru. 22, 1637, partly for the tow Deacons more, but especially for 
our removeall, as alsoe for the remoueall of these Spreading opin- 
ions in the churches att y e Bey, as alsoe for the preventing of any 
intended evill against the churches here, uppon w c h day Broth 
Ffoster, and Brother Besbetch were invested into the office of 

10. Novemb. 29, 1638 especially for the grevious affliction uppon Gods 

people in Jermany & elsewhere, as alsoe for our further Successe 
in our Remoueall. 

11. Janu. 23 1638 Wee that were for Sippicann devided into 3 compa- 

nies in this service for preventing of exceptions. Wherein wee 
petitioned for Direction in Electing of Committyes for the Setting 
downe of our towne, for good orders in beginning and proceeding, 
for more Spirituall helpe for us, as alsoe for our Breathren here. 

12. June. 13, 1639, First occasioned by reason of much drought, as 

alsoe in regard of great dissentions in generall, as alsoe for Gods 
directing & provideing for us in the point of remoueall. 

June 26, 1639. Ffor the presence of God in mercy to goe with us 
to Mattakeese. 

Dayes of Humiliation at Barnestable. 

Octob. 31, 1639. Ffor the grace of our God to Settle us here in 
Church Estate, and to unite us togeather in holy Walkeing, and to 
make us Faithfull in keeping Covenaunt w th God, & one to another. 

2. Aprill. 15, 1640, att the investing of my Brother Mao into the office 

of a Teaching Ellder, uppo whome, my Selfe Brother Hull, Broth- 
er Cobb Lay on hands, and for the Lord to finde out a place for 
meeting, & that wee might agree in it, as also y 1 wee might agree 
aboute y e division of Lands. 

3. August 5 1640, in the behalfe of England, the Sadd differences be- 

38 Scituate and Barnstable Church Records. [Jan. 

twixt it & Scotland as alsoe for direction and Successe in our pri- 
vate com union and for the continuance of peace & good agree- 
ment amongst us. 

Dayes of Humiliation. 

March 24, 1640. In regard of England & for others, & our owne 
particular, our Brother Cooper then invested into y e office of a Deacon, 
I Brother Mao, & brother Cobb laying on handes. 

June, 10. 1641 In regard of y e wett & very cold Spring, as also for 
the quelling of Strange & heretical tenets raised principally by the 
Ffamilists, as alsoe for y e healing of a bloodye Coffe amonge children 
especially at Plimouth. 

Septemb. 23, 1642 Ffor old England & Ireland, & for the p r vention 
of y e Jndians here, & our owne Sinnes 

March. 21, 1642. Ffor old England — and Ireland — & for o r owne 
P ticulars 

May ye 10th 1643 Ffor old England— & for our Selves. 

October, 3, 1643. Ffor old England & for ourselves. 

Dayes of Humiliation. 

November y e 30, 1643. Ffor old England & for ourselves 

August y e 1, 1644. Ffor old England & for ourselves 

August, y e 14, 1645, Ffor old England & for ourselves 

July y e 22, 1646 Ffor the reforming of things amongst ourselves, espe- 
cially y e Deadnes & drousynes in publique dutyes. 

Aprill the 22, 1647, partly for old England, partly for the State of this 
countrey, to prevent any evill that might come by their Synod, or by 
discontented persons. & partly for ourselves Ministery with us beeing 
uppon the pointe to be laid downe, & spirituall deadnes yett much con- 
tinuing, & for reforming other thinges. 

July the 22, 1647, partly for old England, partly for this countrey As 
alsoe in Speciall for ourselves for the redressing of our Spirituall evills, 
& for a Sanctifyed use of Gods generall correction of Sickness uppon 
every fTamily — in a manner of every one in every ffamilye. 

Dayes of Humiliation. 

March 16 1647 principally for old England requested by Sr Thomas 
Fairfax and the parliment, in regard of many feares of the presbyte- 
rians, with many others to raise upp new warres in the Land, and not- 
withstanding all their troubles much pride & excesse abounding, with 
an unframed Spiritt to humble themselves by praying and Seeking unto 

November 15, 1649 — principally for old England & alsoe for our owne 
particulars, God's hand beeing uppon us by Sicknesses & disease many 
Children in the Bey dyeing bye the Chin cough & the pockes & wee 
beeing alsoe many visitted to Sicknesses or diseases. 

December 19, 1649. In regard of our owne particulars, very many 
amongst us beeing visitted with colds and coughes in a strange manner 
especially children theire coughing constraineing casting & bleeding 
att y e nose & mouth, & principally in regard of my selfe beeing 
brought very low by the cough & Stitch in my left side, by reason 
whereof I was detained from Ministery seven weekes, but our God was 
intrcated to shew mercye 

Dayes of Humiliation. 

August, y e . 7, 1650. Ffor the investing of my Brother Dimmicke into 
the office of an Ellder 

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• ^ 

Aprill y c 9, 1651. Ffor getting & obtaining an able & godly minister or 
Teacher from God. As alsoe in speciall & particular in the behalfe of 
my selfe toutching the Recovery of my weakeness, and the raising upp 
of my Spirit with Cheerful lnes in performance of my Ministerye Upon 
which day I was att home beeing weakc. 
March, 30, 1653. Ffor the preservation of Gods people in this Land 
from the purposed invasion of the Indians, especially the Narragansetts, 
being instigated thereunto by the Dutch even to cutt of all y c Inglish, 
uppo which day I was absent fro the people, haveing a great cold & 
cough, & alsoe for our owne countrey beeing att warr with the Dutch. 
May 11, 1653. Beeing requested by our Governours, Maiestraites & 
Commissioners being att Boston in Consultation togcather aboute their 
present conceived dangerous Estate of the Inglish, and haveing sent 
Messengers unto the Dutch here in this Land. 

John Smith & Susannah Hinckley contracted at o r Syster Hinckleycs 

house — P me I: Lo: 
May 22, 1643, exercised uppon this Scripture Lett yo: r conversation be 

as becomes y e Gospel Phil: 1. 27. 
Our Syster Hull renewed her Covcnaunt with us, rcnounccing her joyne- 

ing w l h the at Jarmouth confessing her evill in soe doeing 

wt Sorrow . . March. 11, 1642. 
Henry xYctkins: & Elizabeth Wells contracted by my Brother Cobb, att 
Brother Wells his house July y e 9, 1647. 

Dayes of Thanks giveing. 
1. Decemb: 22, 1636, in y e Meetinghouse, beginning some halfe an 
houre before nine & continued untill after twelve a clocke, y e day 
beeing very cold, beginning w l a short prayer, then a psalme sang, 
then more large in prayer, after that an other Psalme, & then the 
Word taught, after that prayer — & the a psalme, — Then makeing 
merry to the creatures, the poorer sort beeing invited of the richer. 
October. 12, 1637, performed much in the same manner aforesaid, 
mainely for these tow particulars. 1. Ffor the victory over the 
pequouts, y e 2. Ffor Reconciliation betwixt Mr. Cotton, and the 
other ministers. 

Dayes of Thanksgiveing since ice came to Barnestallc. 
Decemb. 11, 1639, att M r . Hulls house, for Gods exceeding mcrcye in 
bringing us hither Safely keeping us healthy & well in o r weake begin- 
nings & in our church Estate. The day beeing very cold o r praises to 
God in publique being ended, wee devided into 3 companies to feast to- 
geather, some att Mr Hulls, some att M r Maos, some att Brother Lum- 
beids senior. 

Dayes of Thanksgiveings 
September 2, 1641, Especially for good Tydeings fro old England, of 
amost happie beginning of a gracious Reformation both of Religion 
and State, the Lord in the tyme of Reformation, discovering & also 
preventing sudry Treasons, one amongst others was this a diabolicall 
intendment to sett y e cittye of London on fire att six sundry places 
haveing an armie prepaired uppon it to massacre whome they thought 
good, but that snare is broken, & Gods people in England are yett pre- 
served blessed be God. as alsoe for Gods good hand of providence over 
us & his churches here. 
Octob. 14, 1647. Both in regard of our native countrey, God in his infi- 

40 Scituate and Barnstable Church Records. [Jan. 

nite Love, goeing on with his Servaunts raised upp by him to doe his 
worke there, giveing them admirable successe, and in particular by the 
hand of S r Thomas Ffarefax and his armie, as alsoe for many singular 
mercyes bestowed uppon us here, and in and among the rest, ffor re- 
covering us, & all the people in this countrey from a generall visitation 
of sickenes, none or very few dyeing of it, and likewise for continue- 
ing our outward peace and Liberty, with the blessed privilidges of Gods 

Dayes of Thanksgiveing. 

March 13, 1649. Ffor God his gracious restoreing & recovering manye 
of our Little children who hadd beene very nigh death with very vio- 
lent coughings, & my selfe alsoe in my left syde God beeing by the 
congregation sought unto herein, and beeing intreated, shewing mercy, 
wee as duely required, rendered praise. 

January, y e 8, 1650, Ffor gods exceeding mercyes towards old England 
in the prosperous good successe of the armie there under the conduct 
of Coronal I Crumwell, & particularly for their prevaileing against the 
Rebells in Ireland, as alsoe their admirable victory against the Scotts, 
The Inglish beeing but a Leaven thousand • att the most, But they at 
Least one & twenty thousand. 

March 24, 1652. Ffor the Lords admirable powerfull workeing for old 
England by Coronall Crumwell & his Armye against the Scotts 

June 14, 1652, w c h should have beene a day of humiliation for want of 
Raine, but the Lord giveing us in mercy on the day before raine, itt 
was turned into a day of Thankesgiveing 

Children of the Church — 

Martha Ffoxwell dwelling w* Goody Hull summoned before y e congrega- 
tion in publique, & delt w* & reproved for ioyneing w* her Dame in 
beateing the maide Servaunt of Samuell Mao. delt w* for itt, Ffebru. 
22, 1651. 

David Linnell & Hannah Shelley beeing questioned by the church uppon 
a publique flame toutching carnall & uncleane carriages betwixt them 
tow, beeing in y e congregation confessed by them, they were both by 
the sentence & joynt consent of the church, pronounced to bee cutt off 
from that relation w c h they hadd formerlye to the church, by virtue of 
their parents covenaunt, acted & done by y e church, May 30, 1652. 
— They both were for their ffaults punished with Scourges here in 
Bernestable by the Sentence of Magestracye Jun. 8, 1652 

Excommunicated out of the Church of Christ att Situate 

Christopher Winter, partlye for marrying of one M M Cooper a woman of 
scandalous carriage, beeing vaine, light, proud, much given to scoffing: 
and partlye for his unchristian passages in his proceeding, as, 

1. making a soelaim covenaunt to her not acquainteing any of the 

Brethren therewith. 

2. pretending sometymes to us hee had made noe absolute covenaunt 

with her 

3. Breakeing frequentlye his word & promise, in promising to us hee 

would not proceed therein without the church consent. 
Lastly in his finall Summons before the church he seemed to cast asper. 
tions uppon the church, & raither to justifye than to humble himselfe- 
Excomiinicated, Aug. 26, 1658. 

Hereunto M r Vassell didd not consent, no r Goodman Raylings, who 
purposely went out of the congregation before w . . . . delt with him. 

1856.] Scituate and Barnstable Church Records. 41 

Nor Mr. Hetherly who discontent to y e Greife of . . . . went 

out, while wee w . . . . dealeing w l h him. 

att Barnestable 

William Carslej* excommunicated & cast out of the church att Bernesta- 

ble for carnall carriages [&c, .... 9 lines omitted ] Hee was 

alsoe much given to Idleness, & too much to Jearing and had of late 
tymes slacked in the duty of prayer, observed alsoe by some to bee 
somewhat proud. — The sentence of Excommunication was pronounced 
by Brother Mao. William Carsley tooke it patiently. Excomunicated, 
Septemb. 5, 1641 

Mr. Hull excommunicated for his willfull breakeing of communion w* us, 
& joyneing himselfe a member w* a companie at Yarmouth to be their 
Pastour : contrary to y e advise and Counsell of o r Church, May, 1, 641 

Mr. Hull in the acknowledgeing of his sinn, & renucing his covenaunt 
was received againe into fellowshipp with us, August, 10, 1643. 

Samuell Jacksonn excomunicated, & cast out of y e church for Lyeing & 
sundry suspitions of stcaleing, as pinncs w c h were John Russclls & 
divers other thinges from others, Ffebru: 23, 1644. 

Samuell Jacksonn in the acknowledging of his Evills, & renucing his 
covenaunt, was received againe into fellowshipp with us January 31, 
1646, & went from us to live at Situate, beeing necessitated thereunto. 
Ffebru: 10, att night 1646. 

Goodye Shelley excommunicated & cast out of y e church though absent, 
for shee would not come, setting att nought y e messengers of the 
church sent to her, principally for slaundering of 2 systers, Syster 
Wells & Syster Dimmick saying syster Dimmick was proud, & went 
about telling Lyes but could never prove any thinge by any Testimo- 
nye. And alsoe afirming that myselfe & Brother Cobb, to my syster 
Wells att her house didd talke of her, uppon a day I went to see .... 

.... Hukkins beeing sicke there, wee denying noe speach 

of her ontinued from tyme to tyme 

to affirme it as confidently as if shee hadd hadd a spirit of Revelation, 
Saying also that I had confessed it, and after didd denye it: and that 
all the church knew it was soe, but durst not or would not speake, 
And that I deserved raither to bee cast out then shee, for shee was inno- 
cent but I was guilty. Shee would never be convinced of any of her 
conceived Jealousyes, was wondrous perremptorye in all her carriages, 
many tymes condemning the Breathren that they delt not with her in a 
way of God. wee had long patience towards her & used all courteous 
intreatyes & persuasions, but the longer wee waited the worse shee 
was. The Beginning of all this was, because uppon some occasion shee 
was not called to a christian meeting which some of the Systers hadd 
appointed among themselves, many untrueths shee haith uttered from 
the beginning unto the end of this busynes. Excommunicated, June, 
4, 1649. 

Brother Henricke dealt w l all for Lyeing & other evills — & some satisfac- 
tion given by him, Aboute latter end of Octob. 1640. 
We had a meeting uppo y e 7 th of Decemb. 1640 to expresse our greiv- 
ances w l out takeing exceptions, but noe great satisfaction was in y e 
thinge, yet wee concluded peaceably & promised not to speake of each 
others infirmityes to any, but to deale in a way of God, onely we 
thought it expedient by way of advise to propound a case in gen- 


42 Scitaate and Barnstable Church Records. [Jan. 

erall not nameing any person. M r Tillden & some of o 

concluded peace with Love be them, Decemb. 28, 1636, att 

our Brother Gillsonns. Divers of the people haveing some dista .... 

to M r Vassell, & hee w* them, were recon & they & all of us 

in generall renued our covena . . . . w* God & one another to walke in 
Love & peace, Novemb. 20, 1637, att our Brother Gillsonnes, & there 
& att that tyme, W» Tillden & Hennery Lazell were agreed, o r Broth- 
er Hennery confessing his faileings in some termes towards him. 
Christopher Winter beeing exhorted by my selfe, & other of y e Breath- 
ren, Goodma Anniball, Goodma Cobb, Goodma Bessbetch M r Cud- 
worth, Goodma Turner, Isaac Robbinson, Goodma Rowly, either to de- 
sist in his suite toutching M ra Cooper, or at least not to proceed in it, 
unlesse it might bee apparent that the Lord went on along with him in 
the same, w c h exhortation after many Wordes hee accepted of & 
promised soe to doe, March 21, 1637, att my house. 

The Houses in y e planta 


Att my Comeing hither, onely these 

w c h was aboute end of Sept. 1634 

1. M r Hatherlyes " 

2. M r Cudworthes .... now Goodma Ensiynes 

3. M r Gillsonns 

4. Goodman Anniballs 

5. Goodman Rowlyes 

6. Goodman Turners . 

all w c h small plaine pallizadoe Houses 

now Goodma Jacksons 

{now Goodma Rowlyes 
now Goodma Vifialls 
now Goodma Coopers 

7. Goodman Cobbes . . 

8. Goodman Hewes . . 

9. Edward Ffosters \ 

Since my Comeing to Octo. 1636 

10. My House 

11. Goodman Ffoxwells . . Hennery Boornes 

12. Watts house 

13. Goodman Chittendens 

14. Goodman Lumbers . . w c h is bought by goodma Winter 

15. My sonnes 

16. Goodman Haites . . . . w c M r Bower haith bought 

17. Goodman Hatches 

18. Goodman Lewice senio r . . now Goodma .... 

19. Goody Hinkles 

20. Mr Tildens 

. . . The Smiths. Goodma Haits brother 

22. Goodma Lewice junio r 

23. Goodma Rowley es new house, on his Lott. 


24. M r Vassells 

25. Goodman Stockbridge y e wheeler 

26. Goodma Stedmans 

27. Goodman Lumbers uppon his Lott 

28. Meeting House erected & on L . . . Aug. y« 2 d & 3 4 dayes 1636. 

Exercised in Novemb. 10. & 11. 1636 

29. Isaac Robinsons .... now Goodma Twisdens 

30. M r Cudwoiths house on his Lott 

1856.] Scituate and Barnstable Church Records. 43 

31. Brother Turners, on his Lott 

32. Brother Cobbs, on his Lott 

33. Goodman Hewes on his Lott 

34. Goodman Lewice on his Lott . . now Goodma Williams 

35. Goodma Lewice Juniour his new house haveing sold his other to Mr 


36. Goodman Kenricks 
. . . M r Bavers 

. . . The young Mas. Edward Ffittsrandolfs 
now Goodma Syllice 

39. Robert Shellyes 

40. John Hanmers .... now Goodma H . . . . 

41. Henney Ewells . . w c Goodma Merritt haith bough 

42. M r Hatches new House 

43. George Suttens 

44. Brother Crockers junio r 

45. John Emmersonns 

46. Goodman Hommes 

47. John Hammers on the Cliffe 

48. Goodma Birds 


49. Isaac Robinsonns new house 

50. Goodma Ffoxwells on his Lott 

51. My house on the Lott erected Sept. 26 

52. Thomas Lapphams 

53. Goodman Edendens 

54. Goodma Hylands 

55. Goodma Rawlings on his Lott 

56. William Parkers 

57. Goodma Lewice seniors 

[Note by Dr. Stiles.] 
Transcribed from the Rev d John Lothrops originall MS. being 
all the Entries I find in his own Hand writing 

By Ezra Stiles Aug* 24, 1769 

« — »<» » 

Hampton in New Hampshire, June 12 th 1731. 

D — r B — r : — I think I shall not be with you at the Commencement. 
I hope you and my other Friends will direct my Son in anything wherein 
he wants : He is now to take his Degree, and I take the Occasion of it 
to let you know the remarkable Kindness of my Neighbours to me ; 
Since he has been at the College, they have by free Contributions given 
me One Hundred and Fifteen Pounds, to assist me in Maintaining him 
there ; and they did it with all the Freedom that can be imagined, I hav- 
ing never asked them to do it, nor indeed, did I so much as think of such 
a thing till of their own accord they offered it. You may inform who you 
please of this, for, indeed, one end of my Writing it is, that other Con- 
gregations may be stirred up by this good Example, to do the like for 
their Ministers ; I boast of my Parishioners, hoping that their Zeal in this 
matter will provoke many others to go and do likewise 

I am, dear Sir, your affectionate B — r. G. 

[Neivs Letter, July 1, 1731. 

44 Note on the Swan Family. [Jan. 


[Communicated by Mr. William Whitmore.] 
Samuel Swan of Charlestown, born 1720, was an only child of an only 
child. His ancestors came from Manchester, England, in the reign of 
Charles the Second, before 1685, on account of religious proscription ; 
they had ample property, and purchased of government a patent for a 
large tract, now Haverhill and Methuen. They were three brothers. 
His father married Miss Austin of Charlestown, and died in 1746. 

In March, 1746, Samuel Swan married Miss Joanna Richardson, of 
Woburn. His house, in Charlestown Square, was burnt by the British 
at the battle of Bunker Hill, April 1775, and he went with his family to 
Concord. After the English army left Boston, March, 1776, he returned, 
built another house on the Neck, and died there, August, 1808. As 
lately as 1798, he was urged by a lawyer of respectability, of Cambridge, 
to prosecute his claim to a large amount of productive real estate in the 
settled part of Haverhill and Methuen, showing him he was the sole sur- 
viving heir to the large property. From a delicate sense of justice he 
firmly refused to entertain the idea, — saying he was happy to hear that 
the title expired with him, as the honest purchasers would not now be 
disturbed in their possession after his death. After this, the sheriff of the 
county united in the application, and offered to purchase part of the 
claim ; but Mr. Swan told him he would not dispossess so many people 
of their houses and lands for the whole county of Essex. They then 
applied to his son Samuel, of Medford, who told them he heartily con- 
curred in the decision of his father. 

Mr. Swan died Aug. 6, 1808, aged 88. Mrs. Swan died July 4, 1796. 
Their children : Samuel, b. August, 1747, d. September, 1749 ; Samuel, 
2d, b. Jan. 17, 1750, m. Miss Hannah Lamson, d. Nov. 14, 1825 ; Daniel, 
b. 1752, m. Miss Elizabeth Tufts, d. 1780 ; Caleb, b. 1754, m. Miss 
Joanna Burt, d. March, 1816 ; Joanna, b. 1756, d. Dec. 1791 ; Mehitable, 
b. 1757, d. 1759 ; Timothy, b. Dec. 1759, an eminent physician Wash- 
ington, N. C, Jan. 1788 ; Joseph, b. Aug. 1766, d. Nov. 1767. 

Samuel Swan, Jr., served under General Lincoln in the Revolutionary 
War. He was appointed Quarter Master General, with the rank of 
Major, under General Lincoln, during Shay's Rebellion in 1787, and for 
his conduct on that service, he received the written thanks of Governor 
Bowdoin. He ^removed from Charlestown to Medford in 1790. He was 
the first Treasurer of Maiden Bridge ; then Treasurer and Paymaster of 
the Middlesex Canal, until its completion in 1804. He was appointed 
Justice of the Peace by Gov. Bowdoin in 1787 ; and by General Wash- 
ino-ton Deputy Collector of the U. S. Revenue, under General Brooks. 

He m. Miss Hannah Lamson of Charlestown, 5 March 1778, he d. Nov. 
14, 1825, aged 75 ; she d. Nov. 18, 1826, aged 70. Their children 
were : Samuel, b. May 9, 1779, m. Miss Margaret Tufts, d. March, 1823 ; 
Daniel, b. Feb. 17, 1781, m. Miss Sarah Preston ; Joseph, b. Sept. 8, 1784, 
m. Miss Ann Rose, d. Jan. 21, 1853 ; Hannah, b. Aug. 13, 1785 ; Benja- 
min Lincoln, b. June 15, 1787, m. Miss Mary C. Saidler ; Timothy, b. 
Nov. 5, 1788 — he lived fifteen years in England, until 1829 — d. in St. 
Croix, Jan. 20, 1830 ; Caleb, b. June 23, 1790, m. Miss Harriet Stone. 

Children of Benj. L. Swan and Mary C. Saidler: Benj. L., b. July 7, 
1818, m. Caroline Post ; Mary, b. May 26, 1820, m. Charles N. Fearing ; 
Edward Henry, b. Mar. 14, 1822, m. Miss Julia Post ; Emily, b. Aug. 6, 
1824, d. June 13, 1829 ; Robt. Jas., b. Aug. 26, 1826, m. Miss Margaret 
Alex'r Johnston ; Otis Dwight, b. Oct. 23, 1828 ; Fred. Geo., b. 22 Feb. '31. 

1856.] Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. 45 


[Continued from Vol. IX, p. 339.] 

CHASE, JOSIAH, a student at Harvard College, was b. at Newbury, 
30 November, 1713. [His father was Thomas, 3 his grandfather Thomas 2 
and his great-grandfather Aquila 1 Chase, who came from England, settled 
in Hampton, and afterwards removed to Newbury. See Hist, and Gen. 
Reg., Vol. I, p. 68. He m., 5 April, 1743, Sarah, dau. of Rev. John 
Tufts, of Newbury. Her mother was Sarah Bradstreet, her grandmother 
Mercy (Cotton) Tufts, and her great-grandmother Dorothy (Bradstreet) 
Cotton, dau of Gov. Simon Bradstreet.]* He graduated at Harvard Col- 
lege in 1738, was ordained as the first minister in Spruce Creek Parish, 
in Kittery, 19 September, 1750, and d. 17 December, 1778. Having 
attended a wedding, and on his way home, in a snow storm [in the night, 
which was most severely cold] he missed his way and fell into Spruce 
Creek near his own house, ana perished. His widow, Sarah, d. 23 Oct. 
1799. Their children were : — 

1. Bradstreet? b. in Salisbury, Mass., 19 Jan. 1743-4; m. SheafF 

of New Castle, N. H., and left children ; but it is not known to us 
that there are any descendants now living. 

2. Josiah? b. in Kittery, 16 April, 1746. He was a clothier, and settled 

in York, Me., where his grandchildren now carry on that business. 
He had several children. Josiah Chase, the present representative 
from York is his grandson. 

3. Thomas? b. 14 Aug. 1747. He lived in Kittery : m. Sally Dennett of 

that place, 7 Jan. 1778, and d. 14 Sept. 1799. They had children, 
1. Joshua T., G b. 6 July, 1778 ; m. Nancy, dau. of Rev. Joseph 
Litchfield, 18 July, 1792. They were the parents of Dr. Charles 7 
Chase, a surgeon in the United States Navy. 2. Folly, 6 b. 11 April, 
1779 ; 3. Sally, 6 b. 27 Jan. 1781 ; 4. Thomas, 6 b. 13 Sept. 1788 ; 
5. Nancy, 6 b. 16 March, 1792 ; 6. Ruth, 6 b. 27 Oct. 1796, m. Den- 
nis Shapleigh. 

4. John? b. 15 June, 1749. 5. Cotton? b. 21 Feb. 1750-1. 6. Simon? b. 

8 Jan. 1754. 7. Sally? b. 31 May, 1757. w. f. of Kittery, Me. 
FROST, SIMON, A. M., Deputy Secretary, was son of Charles 2 Frost, 
Esq., of Eliot, (who was son of Maj. Charles 1 Frost, named in the Regis- 
ter, Vol. Ill, page 261,) and who m. Sarah, the dau. of Simon Wain- 
wright of Haverhill, Mass., 7 Feb. 1699, and for his second wife, Jane, 
the dau. of Robert Eliot. Esq. of Portsmouth, N. H., and widow of Capt. 
Andrew Pepperrell, 25 Nov. 1714. Pie d. the 14 Dec. 1724, se. 47. His 
children were : — 

1. Sarah, 8 b. 6 Nov. 1699. 

2. Charles, 3 b. 21 May, 1701. 

3. Mary, 3 b. 18 Sept. 1702, m. Rev. Edward Clark of Kingston, 1727. 

4. John, 8 b. 9 Feb. 1704. 

5. Simon, 3 b. 8 March, 1705. 

6. Elizabeth, 3 b. 10 Nov. 1707. 

7. Mehitable, 3 b. 23 Dec. 1709. 

8. Abigail, 3 b. 6 Sept. 1712. 

9. Jane, 3 b. 2 March, 1715-6, d. 9 May, 1716. 

* The passages inclosed in brackets are from another communication in relation of 
Rev. Josiah Chase, received from a descendant, Jotham G. Chase, Esq., of Springfield. 

46 Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. [Jan. 

10. Eliot, 3 b. 29 June, 1718, m. Miriam, dau. [of Hon. John Frost of 

New Castle, N. H., in 1742 ; built a large house in Eliot, which 
is now standing, and d. 6 Jan. 1745. Left no children. 

11. Jane, 3 b. 9 July, 1720, d. 3 July, 1721. 

Simon 3 Frost, the 5th child, and 3d son of the said Charles, 2 was b. as 
before stated, 8 March, 1705, graduated at Harvard College in 1729, and 
was subsequently an assistant secretary of state iu Boston. At the age of 
44, Feb. 20, 1749-50, he m. Mary, the widow of Joseph Harmon of York, 
and dau. of Samuel Sewall of that place. He was a son of John Sewall, 
and was b. in Newbury in 1688, and d. in York, 28 April, 1769. 

Frost's children were : — 

1. Sarah, 4 b. at York, 21 March, 1751, old style. She m. Rev. Alpheus 

Spring, the second congregational minister in Eliot, 18 May, 1769, 
and left three daughters, Sarah,* b. 15 Jan. 1772, m. Rev. Hezekiah 
Packard, D. D., of Chelmsford. They were the parents of Professor 
Alpheus Spring 6 Packard of Bowdoin College. Mary, 5 b. 19 June, 
1773, m. A. Jackson, and left two daughters. Lydia, 5 b. 8 Jan. 
1775, m. Rev. Samuel Chandler, a native of Lexington, Mass., and a 
successor to her father in the ministry in Eliot, 3 Jan. 1793, and left 
one son and two daughters. 

2. Lydia, 4 b. 20 June, 1753, in Eliot, m. William Stacey, and settled in 

York, d. and left children. 

3. Mary 4 b. 1 May, 1655, m. Henry Sherburne of Portsmouth, 30 Dec. 

1779, and d. in Eliot, 19 April, 1791. Left no children. 

4. Simon, 4 b. 7 Aug. 1757, d. 10 Oct. 1803. Left children, but it is not 

known that there are now any descendants. 

On the south side of the road leading from South Berwick to Ports- 
mouth, through the north side of Eliot, about fifty rods from the former 
residence of Simon Frost, Esq., there is a small yard, inclosed by a rough 
stone wall, in which there is an appearance of several graves, and lying 
on the ground is a slate stone much broken, and, as far as can be seen, 
it contains the following inscription : — 

In remembrance of Simon Frost, Esq. Justice of y e Court of Common 
Pleas and Register of Probate for y e County of York. He departed this 
life y e 3 of Feb'ry, 1766, sb. 60. w. f. of K. 

SEWALL, Rev. JOSEPH, D. D., son of the Hon. Chief Justice Sam- 
uel Sewall, was born in Boston, 26 August, 1688, graduated at H. C, 
in 1707, and by a regular course of studies prepared himself for the min- 
istry. He was ordained over the Old South Church in Boston, as colleague 
with the Rev. Mr. Ebenezer Pemberton, 16 Sept. 1713. It is remarkable that 
he served with three colleagues, all of whom he survived. He died on the 
27th of June, 1769, aged nearly 81 years. He was an excellent minister, 
an honor to his calling, and his memory cannot fail to be cherished as 
long as there is virtue in the world. His other colleagues were the Rev. 
Thomas Prince, the Rev. Alexander Cumming, and the Rev. Samuel 
Blair. The latter survived Mr. Sewall. 

In 1724 Mr. Sewall was chosen President of Harvard College, but that 
office did not appear inviting to him, and he declined its honors. His wife 
was Elizabeth Walley, who died before him. One child only survived 
him, a son, Samuel, Deacon of the Old South Church from 1763 to 1771. 
He received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from the University of 
Glasgow in 1731. He possessed a large estate, and he appropriated a 
tenth part of his income to pious and charitable objects. He made a do- 
nation in money to Harvard College, the income accruing from which to 

1856.] Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. 47 

be appropriated to the aid of indigent scholars ; and when the library of 
that institution Was destroyed by fire in 1764, Dr. Sewall was among the 
first to contribute to the formation of a new one. His own publications, 
though somewhat numerous, consists mostly of Sermons, the chief of 
which are, a Sermon on Family Religion, 1716 ; Funeral Sermon on Wait 
Winthrop, 1717 ; on George the First, Thomas Lewis, and Samuel Hirst, 
1727 ; on his Father, 1730 ^ on Benj. Wadsworth, 1737 ; Josiah Willard, 
1756 ; Thomas Prince, 1758 ; Alex. Cumming, 1763 ; Caveat against 
Covetousness, 1718 ; Election Sermon, 1724 ; A Day of Prayer, 1728 ; 
Ordination of three Missionaries ; Fast Sermon, 1740 ; Thursday Lecture, 
1741 ; Day of Prayer, 1742 ; Ser. on Rev. v. 11, 12, 1745 ; Friday Even. 
Lect. 1741-2 ; besides Prefaces, Introductions, &c. to the works of others. 

SHIRLEY. — William Shirley, Esq., Governor of Massachusetts, and 
Lieut.-General in the British army, was son of Thomas Shirley, Esq., of 
Preston in Sussex, and was born in 1693. The immediate ancestor of 
Thomas Shirley, Esq., was Sir Thomas Shirley of Whiston in the same 
County. Thomas, the grandfather of the Governor, married Elizabeth, 
daughter of Drew Stapley of London, by whom, inter alios, he had Wil- 
liam, a third son, who had William, an only son, merchant of London. 
This son married Elizabeth, daughter of John Goodman, and died in 1701. 
These were the parents of the Subscriber for the Chronology. Gov. 
Shirley's first wife (by whom he had his children) was Frances, dau. of 
Francis Baker, of London. They had William, Secretary to Gen. Brad- 
dock, and with that unfortunate Commander was killed on the banks of 
the Monongahela, 1755. John, a Captain in the army, died at Oswego ; 
Thomas, the only surviving Son, was born in Boston, Governor of the 
Leeward Islands, a Maj. -General in the army, created a Baronet in 1786. 
He d. in March, 1800, leaving a son, the late Sir William Warden Shir- 
ley, of Oat Hall, Wivelsfield, Sussex, who, dying sine prole, Feb. 1815, 
the Baronetcy became extinct. Of the daughters of Gov. Shirley, Eliza- 
beth m. Eliakim Hutchinson ; Frances m. William Bollan, Esq. ; Har- 
riet m. Robert Temple, Esq. ; Maria m. John Erving, Esq. Mrs. Bollan 
d. 21 March, 1744, in her 24th year, in giving birth to her first child. 

Gov. Shirley built the spacious mansion in Roxbury, since the well 
known residence of the late Governor William Eustis. He d. in Rox- 
bury, March 24th, 1771, aged about 77. Mr. Shirley came to this Coun- 
try about 1734, and was Governor of Massachusetts Bay from 1741 to 
1756. He was an honor to the Country, and did much to give it impor- 
tance in England. It is unpleasant to note at this day, that the accounts 
given of him partake of the partisan stamp of Mr. Shirley's time ; for he 
was not without enemies ; and their accounts have been too much credited 
by our most prominent historians, who have overlooked the other side of 
the question. See Hist, and Antiqs. of Boston, pages 613-14, 621, 627- 
8. — See also Allen, Biog. Diet, and Dr. O'Callaghan's able note in Doc- 
umentary Hist of New York, volume now in press. 

Had we space, it would not be to the present purpose to dwell upon the 
different branches of the Shirley family, though their history is of much 
general interest. This notice will therefore be closed by an inscription 
once standing (and perhaps now) in St. Bartholomew's Church the Less. 
It was legible one hundred years after Stow made his " Survey," and was 
erected about 1456. Edward Hatton thus introduces it in his " New 
View of London," which he printed in 1708 : — 

" On the south side of the Church, near the Vestry door, a large grave- 
stone, with the Effigies in brass of a Pilgrim and his wife ; he (towards 

48 Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. [Jan. 

the right hand) having a bag, and she a bottel, with each a staff; round 
which stone are the words following, done in brass letters (an old Church- 
text character) and thus spelt ; beginning at the South-west corner of the 
stone : 

" Behold how ended is our poor Pilgrimage, 

Of John Shirley, Esq. with Margaret his Wife, 
That twelve Children had togycler in Marriage, 

Eyght Sones and four Daigters withouten Stryf, 
That in Honour, Norture and Labour floured in Fame, 

His Penne reported his Lives Occupayon, 
Saing peer his Lyfe time John Shirley by name, 

Of his degree that was in Bruty's Albyon, 
That in the Yeare of Grace dysesyd from hen, 

Fourteen hundred Wynters and six and fifty, 
In the Yerys of his Age fourscore and ten, 

Of October Moneth the day one and twenty." 

" This extends just round the Grave-stone ; also cross the stone in the 
like brass letters (the first part of the line being razed out) there only ap- 
pears, — c And ye yet levyn learn for to deye.' — I have inserted this ac- 
count," continues Hatton, " chiefly for the sake of its antiquity ; that we 
may see what kind of spelling was in use (even among men of learning 
as this was) 250 years ago." Hence, if that Antiquary thought the an- 
tiquity of the Epitaph of sufficient excuse for its insertion in his day, we 
certainly need no apology for it in ours, now that we are removed just 
400 years from the time of Iohn Shirley's death, and 150 from Hatton's 

Stow copied the same Inscription, but he changed the orthography to 
that of his own time, which does not appear to be more intelligible. But 
the Old Chronicler added this curious piece of information : — " This Gen- 
tleman, a great Traveller in divers Countries, amongst other his Labours, 
painfully collected the Works of Geffrey Chaucer, Iohn Lidgate, and other 
learned Writers ; which Workes he wrote in sundry Volumes, to remain 
for posterity : I have seen them, and partly doe professe [possess ?] them." 

This extract from Stow serves a double purpose. That already noted, 
and also that there was no attempt in his time to spell with uniformity, or 
to be uniform in the use of capital letters. 

Near Shirley's monument in the same Church is one to William 
Brooks, Esq., and another to Sir Robert Danvers (or as Stow has it 
Danvars) and dame Agnes his wife, daughter to Sir Richard Delabar 
[Dolbeare ?] 

WHIPPLE, Capt. WILLIAM, was a merchant of Kittery, Foreside ; 
he m. 14 May, 1722, Mary, the dau. of Robert and Dorcas Cutts of Kit- 
tery, as stated in the Register, Vol. V. p. 246. He d. 7 Aug. 1751. 
Their children were : — 

1. Mary, b. 13 Jan. 1728, m. Robert Trail of Boston, 1 Sept. 1748. 

2. William, b. 14 Jan. 1730, was a seaman until about 30 years of age, 

then entered into mercantile business in Portsmouth, N. H. He 
early took part in favor of the American revolution, and was one of 
the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, as a Delegate from 
N. Hampshire. He d. in Portsmouth, 10 Nov. 1785. Left no children. 

3. Hannah, b. 15 Feb. 1734-5, m. Dr. Joshua Brackett of Portsmouth, 14 

April, 1760. He was b. in Greenland, N. H., May, 1733, and d. in 
Portsmouth, 17 July, 1801. 

4. Robert Cutt, b. 6 April, 1736, d. 4 May, 1761, se. 25. 

5. Joseph, b. 14 Feb. 1737-8, m. HannarTBillings of Boston, 9 Oct. 1762. 

He was collector of the customs in Portsmouth. w. f. of K. 

1856.] MedjielxPs Contribution to Harvard College. 



[Copied from the original MS. by Mr. John Dean.] 

The 15 : 2 : 78. This is a true Coppye off the subscription of the 
inhabitance of MedField towards the buillding of the new Collidg at 

lb. s. d.* 
2 00 00 

lb. s. d.* 

Alexander Louet (b) 
John Harding (t) 
03 00 Nicholas Rockwood (g) 

02 00 

08 00 
10 00 

01 00 



M r John Willson (a) 
M' Rallph Whellock (h) 
Thomas Wight se. (n) 
John Frairy sen. (m) 
Henry Smith (j) 
Timothy Dwight (r) 
William Partredg (Z>) 
John Prat (c) 
John Bowers (o) 
Thomas Mason (c) 
Thomas Elice (c) 
Nathanell Whiting (b) 
Ephraim Wight (h) 
Thomas Thurston (/) 
Joseph Cheny (b) 
Edward West (h) 
Benjam Clarke (b) 
Benjam Whellock (b) 
Samucll Bulling (b) 
Thomas Boyden (f) 
Ephraim Clark (/;) 
John Turner se. (h) 
Samucll Smith (/*) 
Sam u ell Barbur (b) 
Samucll Rockwood (b) 
John Bulling (o) 
John Elice ju. (b) 
John Bullard (c) 
Joseph Bullard (b) 
Gamaliell Hinsdell (h) 
Nathauell Sutlife (s) 
John Medcallff (i) 
Benjam Rockwood (o) 

George Barbur, in the nam of the Select men. 

Much Honored Gentlemen, 

In obedience to the Comands Received from the Honoured Council 
under the Secretarys hand Dated from 3 d of May last, we Judge it our 
duty to declare that in this paper is Conteyned the whole and full Guift of 
ye poore Inhabitants of Meadfeild in the day of it, w th what was then 
paj'd in the specie giuen & subscribed, and had there bein any such 
solicitous motion from the ouerse rs of that to haue p'served the 

gift in Corne as exprestly Giuen, wee may say w th truth that it might haue 
bein had & payd, but since God hath seen it meet to turne the wheele of 
his good Providenc towards vs, in letting loose y e Barbarous natives vpon 

* This column is headed, "A true account off what is payd in mony, & by home." 

01 00 

01 00 
01 00 

John Bowers se. (h) 
Elizabeth Frairy (q) 
George Barbur (e) 
Joshua Fisher se. (d) 
Joshua Fisher ju. (t) 
John Plimpton se. (/<) 
John Thurston, ju. (&) 
George Farbank, ju. (o) 
Samucll Wight (b) 
Daniell Morse se. (&) 
Obedy Morse (p) 
Daniell Morse ju. (b) 
Jonathan Morse (/) 
John Peery (b) 
Samucll Bulling se. (u) 
Ephraim Bulling (o) 
Elisha Bulling (o) 
Benjam Bullard (/i) 
Joseph Danielles (d) 
Marye Farbank (o) 
Henry Laland (v) 
Joseph Morse (o) 
John Elice se. (/) 
Thomas Wight ju. (Z>) 
Joseph Clarke se. (/*) 
Eliezer Adams (b) 
Seth Smith (5) 

More payd in money as 

apre. by receite 03 06 

5 00 00 

05 00 
03 00 
02 06 
01 00 

01 00 

01 06 

02 00 

03 00 
01 00 
01 00 

02 06 
01 00 
03 00 
01 00 

50 Interesting Relics. [Jan. 

vs, that much of our Toune hath bein Consumed, many Hues & estates 
lost, & some few, exprest in a noate hereto Annixt, by y° enemy brought 
to great want & inability to p'forme, scarsly able to suport themselves y e 
fourteen bushells of Indian Corne and one bushell of wheate then sub- 
scribed we humbly desire those p'sons may be excused & Indulged and 
for the Rest yet behind, if the Hono r ble Court shall see cause to appoint 
one or two of ou r Towne & Impower to Gather it vp, it may and will be 
had so as (M r Maning?) please to take care to gett it doune and Re- 
ceive it. All which is hoped will Reach this Honorable Courts satisfac- 
tion, w ch will be Acceptable to, Honoroble S rs , 

Your Very Humble Servant, George Barbur. 

In y e name and by order of our Pastor & selectmen. 

The names of those that sence their subscription to the new Collidge 
were burned out by the Endians. 

Thomas Mason (c), Nathaniell Whiting (£), Benja m Clarke (b), Joseph 
Bullard (&), Thomas Thurston (k), Alexander Louet (&), Nicholas Rock- 
wood (g), John Bowers se. (/i), John Plimpton se. (A), Samuel Wight (&), 
Thomas Wight, ju. (&), Eliezer Adames (b). 

The wholl som is 14 [altered afterwards to 17, which is correct] bush- 
ells of Endian Corn & one Bushell off Wheat. 

[In order to abbreviate the foregoing we have omitted the amount and 
kind of each individual's subscription, and have supplied their places by 
letters of reference, of which letters an explanation follows : 

(a) payd in mony. — (b) 1 bushell off Endian Corne. — (c) 1 bushell off 
Endian Corne & a halfe. — (d) 1 bushell of Endian & two shillings & 6 d 
in money. — (e) 1 bushell of Endian Corne & three shillings in mony. — 
(f) 1 bushell of wheat. — (g) 1 bushell & a half off Endian and a bushell 
off wheat. — (h) 2 bushelles of Endian Corne. — (i) 2 bushelles of Endian 
& one shilling in mony. — ( ;') in mony 8% and in Endian Corne 2 bush- 
ells. — (Ic) 3 bushells of Endian Corne. — (Z) 3 bushelles of Endian Corne 
& one shilling in mony. — (m) 4 bushelles of Endian Corne. — (n) 4 bush- 
ells of Endian Corne, off which he haue payd 3 3 in mony. — (o) in mony 
one shilling. — (p) in mony one shilling, six pence. — (q) in mony flue 
shillings. — (r) ten shillings. — (5) in siluer one shilling. — (t) in mony 
two shillings. — (u) 2 bushells of Endian Corne & three shillings in mony. 
— (v) in mony three shillings.] 

Interesting Relics. — At the meeting of the descendants of Israel 
Putnam, recently, a number of articles were exhibited which served as 
reminiscences of bygone and perilous times. The original commission 
issued by order of the Continental Congress, dated 19th June, 1775, and 
signed by John Hancock, was brought from Mississippi by W. W. Put- 
nam, and was an object of much interest. The military coat which the 
General wore in the war of the Revolution was forwarded by A. W. Put- 
nam, Esq., of Tennessee. A bullet mould was exhibited, and also a 
powder horn of curious workmanship, on which was delineated the route 
of the army from Albany to Fort William Henry, together with all the 
stations between those points ; and it bears the following inscription : 

W. A. R. 

Capt. Israel Putnam's Horn, made at Fort William Henry, Nov. the 10th, A. D. 1776. 
[1756 ?] When bows and weighty spears were used in fight, 

'Twere nervous limbs declared a man of might ; 

But now, Gun-Powder scorns such strength to own, 

And Heroes not by limbs, but souls are shown ! 

1856.] Inscriptions in Portsmouth Burying Ground. 51 


[Communicated by J. K. Rollins.] 

Here lies interred the body of the Hon. Richard Wibird, Esq., who 
departed this life Sept. 25, 1765, aged 63 yrs. 

Also Thomas Wibird, Esq., who departed this life Nov. 12, 1765, 
aged 59 years. 

Hon. Hunking Penhallow, who died Sept. 24, 1826, aged 60. 
[These three are on one stone.] 

The monument of Mr. Jacob Treadwell, who died April y e 17, 1770, 
aet. 71. 

And Mrs. Sarah Treadwell, his wife, who died Mar. 16, 1770, set. 
68 yrs. 

John Treadwell, their son, who died June, 1759, set. 13 yrs. 

Anna Treadwell Walden, mother of Jacob Walden, died 1806, aged 
82 yrs. 

[All these on one slab.] 

Miss Harriet Claggett, daur. of Hon. Clifton Claggett & Margaret his 
wife, died Dec r . 25, 1818, ait. 20. 

Mrs. Sarah F. Claggett, wife of William Clagget, Esq., and daur. of 
Governor Plummer, Sept. 18, 1818, set. 28. 

In memory of Capt. Samuel Dalling, who died Oct 1 ". 15, 1788, aet. 
77 yrs. 

Mrs. Mary Jackson, relict of Hall Jackson, Esq., M. D., died March 
30, 1805, set. 62. 

Mary Elizabeth Symmcs, widow of Dr. Joshua G. Symmes, and 
daughter of Dr. Hall Jackson, died Nov. 6, 1808, aet. 39. 

Hall Jackson, Esq., M. D., died Sept. 28, 1797, aet. 58. 

In memory of Clement Jackson, Esq., an eminent physician of this 
town, who died Oct r . 10, 1788, set. 83 yrs. His whole life was one con- 
tinued act of benevolence and charity. The man who raises a monu- 
ment by his virtuous actions will be held in grateful remembrance, when 
the boasting; marble and flattering brass are mouldered to dust. 

In memory of Joseph Jackson, A. M., only son of Rev. Joseph Jackson 
of Brookline, Mass 113 ., who died in the 23 d yr. of his age on the 19 l >» of 
August, 1790, while pursuing his studies under the direction of Ammi 
R. Cutter, an eminent physician of this town. 

In memory of Theodore Jackson, only son of Dr. Hall and Mary Jack- 
son, died Dec. 5, 1784, est. 18. 

Daniel Hart, died Dec. 11, 1791, aet. 50. 

Miss Sidney Cutts, youngest daur. of Samuel Cutts, Esq., died Oct r . 17, 
1792, aet. 17. 

Mary, daur. of Edward & Mary Cutts, died Aug. 12, 1797, aet. 5 

Mr. John Fernald died Nov. 23, 1792, aet. 50. 

Mrs. Elizabeth MacClintock, widow of Rev. Samuel MacClintock,D.D., 
of Greenland, d. Aug. 24, 1813, aet. 68. 

Joseph Allcock, merchant, died Feb. 14, 1795, aet. 77. 

James Stoodly Lewis d. Oct. 21, 1783, aet. 5 y. 4 mo. Son of Capt 
Thomas & Sarah Lewis. 

James Stoodley, Esq. d. June 6, 1779, aet. 62 yrs. 

Near this Stone, lies the body of Katharine Mclntire daur. of Mr. 
Neil & Mrs. Mary Mclntire, who died July 27, 1781, aet. 4 yrs. 10 mos. 

52 Inscriptions in Portsmouth Burying Ground. [Jan. 

Clarissa, daiir. of Neil & Mary Mclntire, died Nov. 28, 1791, set. 
19 mos. 

Mr. Nathaniel Adams died Oct. 13, 1768, set. 40. The man who con- 
secrates his hours by vigorous efforts and an honest aim, at once he 
draws the string of life and death ; he walks with nature, and her paths 
are peace. 

This stone, erected by filial affection, is sacred to the memory of Mrs. 
Elizabeth Adams, relict of Mr. Nathaniel Adams, who departed this life 
Nov. 20th, 1814, aged 81. 

In peace, amidst y e rage of noise and war, here rests the remains of 
Col. John Hart, Esq., who departed this life Oct r . 30th, 1777, &{. 72 yrs . 

Mrs. Sarah Hart, wife of Col. John Hart, died April 24, 1757, set. 
42 yrs. 

Mehitable, daughter of John & Sarah Hart, died July 2, 1753, set. 
5 yrs. 

Miss Martha Russell, died Sept. 21, 1798, set. 65. 

Vivit post funera virtus. Eleazer Russell, Esq., naval officer for the 
Port of Portsmouth, under the Govt. f Great Britain, which office he 
retained under the government of New Hampshire, Collector of imposts 
for the State of New Hampshire, and naval officer under the United 
States from the commencement of the Federal Government till his death. 
He was distinguished for his benevolence, probity, and the faithful execu- 
tion, of the several trusts which were reposed in him. Died Sept r . 18, 
1798, set. 76. 

Samuel Drown, Jr., d. Dec. 20th, 1797, set. 18. 

Here lies the body of Mrs. Elizabeth Fitch, who departed this life 

Oct 1 ". 18, 1765, set. 84 ; the pious & virtuous consort of the Rev. Jabez 

'Fitch, pastor of the first church in Portsmouth, who deceased Nov r . 22, 

1746, set. 73, and daughter of the Hon. John Appleton, Esq., of Ipswich. 

Stephen March, d. March 1 st , 1772. 

Mrs. Jane Hill, wife of Mr. Elisha Hill, dec 3 . May 18, 1773, in her 
29th year. 

Hsec limina Victor, Christus Subiit. Mrs. Abigail Pickering, consort 
of Hon. John Pickering, LLD, and daur. of Jacob Sheafe, Esq., died 
Dec. 10, 1805, set. 62. 

Nomen in exemplum Sero Seroabimus iEvo. Hon be John Pickering, 
L. L. D. Having sustained the offices of Chief Justice & District Judge 
of N. H., and various other civic honors, deceased April 11, 1805, 
set. 67. 

In peace, here rest the remains of Mrs. Hannah Sheafe, formerly wife 
of Jacob Sheafe, Esq., died Nov r . 12, 1773, in the 55 th yr of her age. 

Jacob Sheafe, Esq., dec d June 26, 1791, in the 76 th yr of his age. 
His useful life was deservedly esteemed, and his death sincerely la- 
mented. As a man, he was humane, just and generous ; as a merchant, 

[The remainder of the inscription is buried.] 
Dr. Benjamin Dearborn, d. April 9, 1775, set. 30. 

< *»•** ► 

Walter. — Monday last [17 Sept. 1750] died, and on Thursday was 
buried, the reverend and venerable Mr. Nehemiah Walter, pastor of the 
first Church in Roxbury, in the 87th year of his age. — Boston Evening 
Post, 24 Sept. 1750. 

1856.] Inscriptions from Freetown, Mass. 53 


[Communicated by Ebenezer W. Peirce, of Freetown.] 

The following arc copies of inscriptions to be found in the old burial 
ground in Fall River, (near the line of Freetown), upon the land that 
Samuel Lynde, of Boston, gave the inhabitants of the town of Freetown, 
about the year 1730, and where the first meeting-house in Freetown was 
erected. In the division of Freetown in 1803, this lot of land fell within 
the limits of Troy, now Fall River. 

Here lieth y e Body of Capt. Constant Church, died March y e 9 th 
1726-7, aged 49. 

Here lieth Nathaniel, y e son of Constant & Patience Church, died De- 
cern 1 '" 14, 1726, aged 4 mo. 2 days. 

Here lies the body of Capt. Charles Church, died March y e 9 th , 1727, 
aged about 42 years. 

IN MEMORY of Capt. Charles Church, who died May 6th, A. D. 
1762, aged 52 years. 

Here lies the body of James Barnaby, died July ye 5 th , 1726, in the 
56 year of his age. 

Here lies the body of Johannah, wife of James Barnaby, died Sept. ye 
4, 1725, aged about 36 years. 

In Memory of Capt. Ambrose Barnaby, he died April ye 18 th , 1775, 
in the 69 th year of his age. 

In Memory of Mrs. Elizabeth, the wife of Capt. Ambrose Barnaby, she 
died Jany. 28, 1788. 

In Memory of Mr. Ambrose Barnaby, who departed this life June 8th, 
A. D. 1802, in the 57th year of His Age. 

Id Memory of Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of Mr. Ambrose Barnaby, she 
died December ye 23 d , 1775, in the 32 d year of her age. 

In Memory of Mrs. Philena, wife of Mr. Ambrose Barnaby. She died 
Oct. 3 d 1790, in the 32d year of her age. 

In Memory of Capt. Ambrose Barnaby, who died May 26, 1820, in the 
36 year of his age. 

In Memory of Lydia, ye wife of Mr. Nathan Simmons, died June ye 

10, 1747, Aged 29 years. 

Remember me as you pass by, 
For as you are so once was I ; 
But as I am now so must you be, 
Therefore prepare to follow me. 

In Memory of Abraham Simmons, died May ye 22 d , 1749, in ye 70 th 
year of his age. 

In Memory of Experience, the wife of Jeremiah Simmons, died 
January, 1756, in ye 25 year of her age. 

In Memory of Capt. NATHAN SIMMONS, who died June ye 26th, 
1774, in the 65th year of his age. 

Death, thou hast Conquered me, 

1 by thy dart am slain ; 

But Jesus Christ has Conquered the, 
And I shall Rise again. 

Inscriptions from stones found in the Evans burial ground in Freetown : 

Here lieth Ebenezer, ye son of Ebenezer & Sarah Rumreill, died Feb. 
1732-3, aged 3 years and 11 Mo. 

Here lieth Abagail, ye Daughter of Ebenezer & Sarah Rumreill, died 
Octo. ye 26, 1733, aged 6 months. 

In Memory of Baly Evins, died June ye 12, 1748, in ye 37 year of 
his age. 

54 Inscriptions from Freetown, Mass. [Jan. 

In Memory of Marey, Daughter of David & Sarah Evins, died June 
ye 21 st , 1748, in ye 48 year of her age. 

In Memory of Mrs. MARY PARSONS, Wife of Capt. David Parsons, 
she died Nov. 24*, 1783, aged 58. 

In all the foregoing, care was taken to copy capital letters where they 
were used upon the stones, and the same is true of the following, the 
oldest to be found in the old burial ground, near the First Christian 
Chapel in Assonet Village. 

In memory of Isaac Hathaway, died June ye 7 th , 1749, in the 45 th 
year of his age. 

In Memory of Bettey, ye Wife of Barnabas Canady, died Nov. 6, 
1758, in ye 21 year of her Age. 

In Memory of Betty H., dau tr of Zeph r . & Mrs. Hope Terry, she 
died May 17 th , 1779 aged 5 years, 2 mts & 8 days. 

Memento Mori. In Memory of Capt. Jael Hatheway, Obiit Jan. 10 th , 
1811, in his 92 d year. 

Rejoice in Glorious hope 
Jesus the Judge will come, 
And take his Servants up 
To their Eternal home". 

In memory of M rB . Rebeckah wife of Capt. Jael Hatheway, who died 

Jan. 24th, 1735, in ye 69th Year of her age. 

My children dear, this place draw near, 
A mothers grave to see ; 
Not long ago I was with you, 
And soon yoll be with me. 

In memory of Mrs. Elizabeth, Wife of Mr. Jule Hathaway, Who died 
May l 6t , 1816, aged 65 years. 

Capt. Russel Hathaway, of Fall River, is a son of Capt. Jael Hathaway, 
and Capt. Jael was the youngest son of Jacob Hathaway, of Freetown. 
Capt. Jael was a workman in the forge owned in part by Jacob, and in 
old deeds is called Jael Hatheway, Bloomer. Tradition tells us that in 
the war of the Revolution, Capt. Jael took sides with the mother country, 
and was a very strong Tory. An armed force being sent to arrest him, 
he shut the door of his house against them, and as they entered, stood in 
the attitude of defence armed with a broad axe, which he threw with 
violence among them. The exasperated soldiers seized him and dragged 
him out of the house by the heels, and to silence his cries crammed his 
mouth with dirt and filth. 

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Newell. — In ans. to a pet n . 10 June last [1735] of Samuel N. & 
others, Canada officers and soldiers 1690, & representatives of such as 
are decs d . of Capt. Andrew Gardner's compy. — grant confirmed. Capt. 
Gardner was decs d . — Jour. H. Reps., 4 June, 1736. 

On 5th June, 1695, Samuel Neioell of Roxbury, petitions, in which he 
gives some account of his sufferings in the ExpecK agt. Canada ; that he 
" with the company were Ship wrackd, were 6 weeks in the wilderness, 
feeding sometimes on rotten wood & sometimes on such vermin as they 
could find," some perished & the rest fell into the hands of the Indians. 
" One of us they killed & others Dyed, & yo r Peticionr after one year of 
Indian Slavery got to the French, which was somewhat better." Spent 
all his father left him for his ransom, " & having been Near five year 
gone hence," &c., prays for some allowance. They granted him ,£25. — 
Cop*. Archs. 19. 

1856.] Kingston Burying Ground. 55 



Kingston, Sept. 20, 1855. 
S. G. Drake, Esq. — Dear Sir: — I beg leave to hand you inclosed " Notes from 
a Grave Yard," which I have made during my researches among the old tomb-stones 
at Kingston, Mass., for facts concerning the genealogy of the Holmes'. The list is 
not as lull as I could wish, not having the time to spare to attempt to copy but a few 
of the most dilapidated ones ; but if I have an opportunity before returning to your 
city, will avail myself of it, to make further copies from the yard at this place, or at 
Duxbury — and remain, very truly yours, D. W. IIolmes. 

" Notes from a Grave Yard" 

In memory of Mr Ebcnezer Cobb who Died Dec br 8th 1801. Aged 107 
Years 8 months 6 days. 

Here lyes buried Mrs. Lydia, y e wife of M r Ebcnezer Cobb who Dec d 
Sept br y e 10 th 1745 in y* 47 th year of her Age. 

In memory of Mr s Joanna Cobb wife of M r Ebenezer Cobb who died 
January y e 15 th 1791 in y e 87 th year of her age. 

In memory of Deac n Wrastling Brewster, who dec d Jany ye 21 st 1761 
aged 72 years 4 months 28 days. 

In memory of Mr 8 Hannah Brewster, Widow of Deac n Wrastling 
Brewster, who died Augs 1 y e 20- 1788- aged 90 Years, wanting 21 

Here lyes the body of Mary Partridge, wife to M r John Partridge. She 
Dec d Nov br ye 12 th 1742- aged 80 Years 11 m & 29 Days. 

Here lyes ye Body of James Stubbs* Who dec d Jany y e 20 th 173J- in 
y e 30 th year of his age. 

Mary Dau tr to M r Joshua & Bethiah Cushing his Wife, Dec d April 
ye 6 th 1741 aged 4 years 4 months & six days. 

In memory of Mr s Patience, Widow of Mr Samuel Gray, she died 
April ye 23- 1782, in y e 76 th year of her age. 

Eliza bth Dau^ To M r Samuell & Mr 3 Patience Graf who died Nov br 
ye 4 th day 1740 aged 6 years 6 m n & 6 days. 

Mary Dau tr To^Samuel & Patience Gray, His wife Dcc d Sept ye 10- 
1728 aged 5 weeks. 

Thomas Gray son of Co 1 John Gray & M rs Dezire his wife — Died De- 
cern** 24 1707—7 yrs & 8 m. 

In memory of M r Benjamin Bradford who died Nov ye 16, 1783 aged 
78 years. 

In memory of Zeresh Bradford the wife of M r Benjamin Bradford 
dec d April y e 6th 1763 in y e 51 st year of her age. 

Here lies buried Mr. Israel Bradford who died March y e 26-1760 in 
y e 83 d year of his age. 

Here lies buried Mr 8 Sarah y e widow to M r Israel Bradford who dec d 
April y e 3 rd 1761 in ye 80 th year of her age. 

In memory of M r Abner Bradford who died June y e 18-1784 in ye 78 th 
year of his age. 

Priscilla Croade dau to Thomas and Rachel Croade aged 1 month 18 
days, dcc d Feby 18* 1724-5. 

Rachel dau to M r Thomas and Mr 3 Rachel Croade his wife, dec April 
2d 1726-7. 

* Not perfectly legible. 

t There was not room to put on the t, so they left it off, I suppose. 

56 Humphrey Bradstreet. [Jan. 

John son to M r Thomas & Mrs Rachel Croade his Wife, dec d Jany 30 th 
1725-6 aged 15 days. 

Thomas Croade son to M r Thomas & Mrs Rachel Croade Born 3 d 1722 
died July 9-1729. 

In Memory of Mr John Holmes who died January 23 d 1748 in y e 66 th 
year of his age. 

Here lyes 2 daugh trs To M r William and Mrs Johannah Goumer, his 
wife — Priscilla Dec d April ye 14 th 1726 age 3 Weeks — Rebeckah, Dec d 
Sept br y e 3 d 1728—18 months. 

Here lyes y e body of Mr 8 Priscilla Wis wall widow of the Rev d Mr Ich- 
abod Wiswall Ob* June y e 3 rd 1724— age 71. 

Here lyes body of Mr 3 Elizabeth Bradford wife to Ln l Ephraim Brad- 
ord dec d Dec br 5 th 1741 in y e 51 st year. 

Deborah Bradford dau to Lieut Ephraim & Elizabeth Bradford his 
wife, Dec June 10-1752 aged 19 years 11 m & 20 Days. 

In memory of Mr Nathan Bradford who died Oct y e 14-1787 aged 
65 years. 

In memory of Mr 3 Elizabeth y e wife of M r Nathan Bradford who 
Deed April y e 30 th 1773 age 42 yrs 11 mos 19 days. 

In memory of Mr 3 Mercy Fuller widow of M r Jabez Fuller . . . (not 
readable) ... 5 th 1782 in the 79 th year age. 

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In the first note on p. 325, Vol. VIII., of the Register, there are some er- 
rors which we wish to correct. John, 2 son of Humphrey 1 Bradstreet, was 
of Rowley 1651, of Marblehead 1657, and died as early as 1660.* We 
find no evidence that he was married, or had children. Dr. Humphrey 
was certainly not his son, but the child of his brother Moses, 2 whose name 
is omitted among the children of Humphrey, 1 in the above named note. 
Joshua Coffin, Esq., of Newbury, states that Moses 2 Bradstreet " is styled 
in the record Mr. Moses Bradstreet. He lived and was married in Ips- 
wich, and had four children. The family," he adds, " was one of dis- 
tinction in its day, and was probably related to that of Gov. Bradstreet." 
Dr. Humphrey, 3 son of Moses 2 Bradstreet, Mr. Coffin also informs us, 

" was born in Ipswich, Jan. 6, 1669-70, married Sarah , and had the 

following children, born in Newbury, viz. : — 1. Deborah* b. 19 Dec, 
1692, m. Mr. Nathaniel Sargent, 16 Oct., 1711 ; 2. Joshua* b. 24 Feb. 
1695 ; 3. Sarah* b. 14 Jan. 1697, and m. 9 Dec, 1714, Rev. John Tufts, 
of Newbury ; 4. Dr. Humphrey* b. 1700, d. 19 Dec, 1719 ; 5. Daniel* 
b. 13 Feb. 1701-2 ; 6. Moses* b. 17 Feb., 1707 ; 7. Betty* b. 16 May, 
1713, and m. 30 Aug., 1731, Rev. William Johnson. Dr. Humphrey 3 
Bradstreet died in Newbury, 11 May, 1717, aged 49. His widow, Sarah, 
was married to Capt. Edward Sargent, 9 June, 1719. Anne Bradstreet, 
probably a daughter of Dr. B., was married to Benjamin Moody, 7 Nov., 
1728. Mr. Benjamin Bradstreet, probably a son of the Doctor, married, 
9 Nov., 1726, Mrs. Sarah Greenleaf." j. d. & d. d. 

* Hist. & Gen. Reg., Vol. VI., p. 244. 

1856.] Inscriptions from S. Berwick Graveyard. 57 



[By John S. H. Fogg, M. D.] 

Here lyes buried the body of Ann Moore, deed Aug* y e 1st 1732 in ye 
28 th year of her age. 

Here lyes buried the body of M r Ebeneezer Crosbey of Braintree, aged 
49 years, who died July y e 7 th 1744. 

Here lyes y e body of Nathaniel Gerrish, Esq r , died April y e 10 th 1729 
in y e 49 th year of his age. 

Here lyes the body of Mrs Bridget Gerrish, wife of Nath 1 Gerrish Esq r , 
died Sep 1 15 th 1743 in y e 65 th year of her age. 

In memory of Eunice, relict of the Honble Richard Cutts Esq. late of 
Kittery, who departed this life March 29th 1795 Mt. 97. 

Mrs. Hannah Goodwin, consort of Dominicus Goodwin Esq. died March 
10th 1772, Mta.t 31. 

Ichabod Goodwin, son of Dominicus Goodwin Esq. died July 21st 1793, 
jEtal 16. 

Gen. Ichabod Goodwin died May 25th 1829, aged 86 years. " Blessed 
are the dead who die in the Lord." 

In memory of Madam Molly Goodwin, consort of Maj Genl Ichabod 
Goodwin, who died May 21st 1825, in the 74th year of her age. 

In memory of Mr. William Hight, who died Nov 30th 1782 jEtat 75. 

In memory of Mrs Elizabeth Hight, consort of Mr William Hight, died 
April 18th 1776 Mi 63. 

In memory of Mrs Mary Hovey, consort of Doct Ivory Hovey, daughter 
of Mr William and Mrs Elizabeth Hight, who died Nov 7th 1770 M 25. 
u Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." 

In memory of Frances Hovey, consort of Doct I. Hovey, died Feb 3d 
1816 aged 68. 

Doct Ivory Hovey died Oct 17th 1818 aged 70 years. 

In memory of Temple Hovey, son to Doct I. Hovey, died Aug 23d 
1811 aged 36. 

Here rests for a season, Fanny, daugt of Ivory and Frances Hovey ; 
she was born Feb 7th 1779, and fell asleep May 3d 1799. 

Parents ne'er lost a child more justly dear, 

A lovelier sister ne'r resided here ; 
Her Heavenly Father called her from our love 

To join His family of saints above. 
Let then each tear be dry'd, each sigh supprest, 
Why should we mourn since she 's supremely blest ? 

Let us like her a spotless life pursue, 
Then we shall meet again no more to bid adieu. 

Erected in memory of 3 children of Doct Ivory and Mrs Fanny Hovey, 
viz*., Dominicus, born July 11th, and died July 12 1783. Dominicus 2d, 
still born, March 4th 1790. Samuel, born March 4th and died the 27th 

In memory of Mrs Sally Ham, wife of Capt Samuel Ham, who died 
June 30th 1799 aged 26. 

In memory of Joseph Hamilton, Jun., son of Jonathan Hamilton, Jun. 
Esq, who died July 15th 1788. 

Mary Goodwin, daughter of Mr Thomas and Mrs Elizab th Goodwin, 
aged 3 years and 4 months, deed July 18 th 1736. 

Here lies the body of Mrs Sarah Tompson, the truly amiable and vir.- 

58 Groton Items. [Jan. 

tuous consort of the Rev John Tompson. She died Augt 30th 1783 aged 
33 years. 

Here lyes the body of Ann Haggens, died Jany 26 th 1748 aged 4 years 
and 6 months. 

Dudley Hubbard Esq died April 26th 1816 aged 53 years. 

Mrs Sophia Hubbard died Nov 10th 1828 aged 56. 

Humphrey Goodwin, son of Mr Ichabod and Mrs Elizb th Goodwin, 
aged 1 year and 8 months, deed Aug 26th 1736. 

Here lyes the body of Capt Samuel Lord, who departed this life 11th, 
May 1762. 

In memory of the Hon John Hill Esq, who after 28 years successively 
serving the Massachusetts Bay as a Member of his Majesty's Council, re- 
signed his seat at the Board ; at the time of his death, and for many 
years before, he sustained the offices of first Justice of the Inferior Court 
and Judge of Probate for York County. Honesty and integrity marked 
his path thro life with distinguished lustre. Died the 2d of March 1779 

Mrs Sarah Hill, wife of late Hon John Hill, and late widow of Rev John 
Blunt, and daughter of Hon John Frost of New Castle, N. H. Died 1772. 

In memory of Capt Elisha Hill, who departed this life June 1st 1764, in 
the 54th year of his age. He left 14 children who all followed him to the 
silent grave. He was in life universatly esteemed, and his death greatly 
lamented. " An honest man's the noblest word of God." 

In memory of Mary, relict of Capt Elisha Hill, who departed this life 
Augt 6th 1785, in the 68th year of her age. Her numerous offspring 
have erected this stone, as a tribute due to her memory. "Happy are 
the dead who die in the Lord.'' 

Here lyes buried the body of the Revd M r Jeremiah Wise, who died 
Jan 21st 1756, in the 77 th year of his age. 

Here lies buried the body of Mrs Mary Wise, the wife of the Revd M r 
Jeremiah Wise, who died Nov 12th 1742, aged 62 years. 

Here lyes buried the body of Mary Wise, died Dec r the 22d 1736, in 
the 19 th year of her age. 

Here lyes y e body of Mrs Elizabeth Butler, deed December y e 2d 1728. 
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[Communicated by Samuel A. Green, M. D.] 

Groton. August : 5. 1673. 
Received by John Lakin of Groton the full sume of fourty shillings 
upon the account of a legacye of the said sume, bequeathed to mee by the 
last will & Testament of my Loving friend Wm Martin deceased 
Witnesse I say Received 

William Lakin by me 

Elizabeth Sherman Sami Willard. 

Groton : August. 5. 1673. 
Received by my Bro Jno Lakin of Groton, ten pounds in the pay of 
Ralph Dix of Reading, upon the account of a legacy of the said sume be- 
queathed to me, by my Father William Martin in his last will & Testa- 
ment ; as also two ox chains, & faure wedges, & a beetle ring : be- 
queathed to me in the said will : I say 
Witnesse Received by me 

Samuel Willard William Lakin 

Elizabeth Sherman. 

1856,] Memoir of the Family of Amory, 59 


In the Probate Records for the county of Suffolk, under 
date of 1670, are found the names of Simon Amory, Mary 
his widow, and William his son. They passed away, and no 
descendant of theirs is known to have existed. Whence 
they came, and if of kin to those of the name now here, how 
nearly, cannot probably at this distant day be determined. 
The ancestor, who first came to America, of a family now 
amory.* somewhat numerous in Massachusetts, was Jonathan Amory, 
who established himself in South Carolina about the year 1685. He was 
born in the county of Somerset, in England, not far from the year 1640. 
His father owned the estate of St. Anns, and other lands in that county, 
which in the next century vested in his descendants in this country, but 
too heavily encumbered to be of value. 

This family, sometimes supposed to be a branch of the Montfort 
PAmaury familyt of France, a supposition strengthened by the authority 
of the learned antiquarian Hooker, was numerous in England during the 
earlier periods of its history, in the counties of Dorset, Devon, Somerset 
and Oxford. In the latter county, they were long seized of the manor 
of Bletchingdon, and in Dorset still exists as a farm-house, D'Amory 
Court, at one period in the family of Rives, with a famous oak once stand- 
ing near by, called the D'Amory Oak. A father, son, and grandson, 
named Thomas Amory, in succession, between 1560 and 1630, possessed 

'* The shield annexed was taken from a silver tankard, brought over to this country 
by Jonathan Amory of S. Carolina in 1686, and is the same, doubtless, mentioned in the 
will of Mrs. Martha Amory his widow, who died in 1699. The tankard is now in the 
possession of Mrs. Amory of Roxbury, and the shield is that of the family of the 
name, formerly living in Oxfordshire in England. During the latter part of the last 
century, as America was becoming democratic, coats of arms were regarded by many 
persons as somewhat opposed to the spirit of our institutions, and their use very gen- 
erally relinquished. This prejudice was soon considered unfounded, and arms not only 
quite innocent, but of some value in distinguishing different branches of the same fam- 
ily, or different families of the same name. About fifty years ago, and again later, in 
1824, "different members of the family, not aware probably of the existence of the tank- 
ard, which being somewhat out of fashion was possibly not often in sight, chancing to 
be in London, applied at the Herald's Office, to ascertain the particular arms they were 
entitled to bear according to the laws of Heraldry there recognized. Those most 
usually borne by families of the name in England were in both cases assigned to the 
applicants, and since have been used by some members of the family here. The shield, 
in heraldic phrase, has, in addition to the bend, a barry nebulee of six, ar. and gu.., 
is without the eaglets, and the crest is a talbot's head az. out of a mural coronet or. 
These arms are those borne by the name in Somersetshire, in which county the immi- 
grant ancestor to this country was born, and where his family had held lands for several 
generations. The applicant of 1810 or thereabouts adopted for his motto the Spanish 
words, Amor y Amistad. Love and Friendship. The English motto is " Tu ne cede 
malis," taken from the 95th line of the sixth book of the JEniad, the rest of the sentence 
being "scd contra audentior ito. Qua tua te fortuna sinet." 

t Dr. Robert Amory, in a notice of his father, published in one of the London news- 
papers of 1788, says, " We are lineally descended from Amory de Monfort, brother-in- 
law of Henry III." As it was Simon de Monfort, now generally recognized as the 
introducer of the principle of popular representation into the English constitution, at 
least under the Normans, who married Eleanor countess of Pembroke, an earlier de- 
parture, if any, from the main stem of the Montforts, is more probable. The statement 
having been made so positively, it seemed best not to pass it entirely unnoticed, and 
those of the name can pursue the inquiry, as they feel disposed and have opportunity. 
No expression of opinion is here intended as to the reliance to be placed on the as.- er- 
tion. It was made beyond doubt, on conviction, by a person of good faith and intelli- 
gence, and there are circumstances enough to support it, to warrant some degree of 

60 Memoir of the Family of Amor y. [Jan. 

Barrow Hall in Essex, and many other places in England are mentioned 
as at different times their property. Some of the name were summoned 
as peers to parliament, and their barony is stated by Burke to be still ex- 
tant in abeyance, in the family of Sir Walter Raleigh. Sir Roger 
d'Amory married the granddaughter of Edward the First. Sir Richard 
was long a leader in the wars of Edward the Third. Sir Robert fought 
at Crecy, and the exploits of Sir John occupy some entertaining pages of 
Froissart. In the last century, the R,ev. Thomas Amory of London, a 
distinguished Unitarian Divine, published several volumes of sermons and 
other theological works, and another Thomas Amory in 1756, John 
Buncle and other writings, which are still read in England, and have 
their admirers. The name has been variously spelt. The Darners, for- 
merly earls of Dorchester, now represented in the female line by the 
earls of Portarlington, bearing the name of Darner, traced in Collins their 
origin to the same line of ancestry. There is believed to exist in the Ulster 
Herald Office a pedigree, carrying the line of ancestors of Jonathan Amory, 
the first settler of the name in Carolina, back through many centuries. 

His father died about 1650. He left five sons and two daughters. 
Thomas, the eldest, married a daughter of the 19th Lord Keny, ancestor 
of the present Marquis of Lansdowne. In consequence probably of this 
connection, he removed to Ireland, and purchased estates in Kerry, worth 
<£600 a year. He died in 1667. In his will, on parchment, now in the 
possession of Col. Thomas C. Amory of Boston, he is stiled of Galy in 
the county of Kerry. He left one son, Thomas, and two daughters, 
one of whom, Elizabeth, became Mrs. Croker, and the other Mrs. 
Hart. The son, in several Biograghical Dictionaries called Counsellor 
Amory, is in his will described as of Bunratty, a castle still standing on 
the banks of the Shannon, where he resided. He died in 1728. He 
married about 1700, Mrs. Luttrell of Luttrellstown, and afterwards 
again, his widow surviving him till 1730. He was the father of Thomas 
Amory, author of the Life of John Buncle, born in 1691, and who 
died in 1788, at the age of 97, and of a daughter Lucy, who married 
Terence McMahon. Dr. Robert Amory of Yorkshire was son of the 
author, and at the time of his father's death in 1788, had three sons hold- 
ing commissions in the British service. Robert, a brother of Thomas 
of Galway, born 1635, settled in the West Indies. He purchased lands 
in the county of Clare in Ireland, worth ,£800 a year, and died un- 
married and intestate in 1710. John, another brother, born 1638, died 
in Galway in 1730, aged over 90 years. Of Henry, another brother, 
mentioned in the parchment will, nothing is known. Jonathan, the 
first settler in this country, was the youngest of the brothers, and the 
only one besides the eldest Thomas of Galy, who left descendants. Their 
sisters were Mrs. Hoskins, who died in 1719, and Mrs. Conyers, still 
living in 1730. 

Jonathan Amory, born, as already stated, in Somersetshire, was brought 
up under the care of his elder brother, and resided some time near him in 
Ireland. He was at one time a merchant in Dublin. He married Miss 
Rebecca Houston, who died in 1685, in the West Indies, where he, as 
also his brother Robert, were then residing. Soon after her death, he 
went to Charleston, S. C, married again, invested largely in lands and 
houses, was elected Speaker of the Colonial Legislature, and subsequently 
Treasurer of the Province, the first Treasurer of the Proprietors. He 
died in the fall of 1699, of yellow fever, and his widow, Mrs. Martha 
Amory, three months afterwards. We have copies of their wills, and in 

1856.] Memoir of the Family of Amor y. 61 

that of Mrs. Amory, Madam Sarah Rhett, wife of Col. William Rhett, 
was appointed executrix. The children of Jonathan of Carolina were, 
Thomas, Robert, who died young, a daughter, who married Joseph 
Croskeys, Ann, wife of James Ramsay, and Sarah, wife of Governor 
Arthur Middleton. Judge Johnson of Charleston, and Dr. Joseph John- 
son, his brother, were descended from the Treasurer, but the descent 
is not correctly stated in the Traditions of the Revolution, by the latter. 
The Rev. Isaac Amory, their great uncle, was grandson of the Treasurer. 
He studied Divinity, was ordained in England, and came out to South 
Carolina, and became Rector of St. John's, on John's Island, in the year 
1765. He returned to England before the Revolution, and obtained a 
rectorship near Newark upon Trent, in Lincolnshire. His wife was Mary 
Wilson. He had no children, and died 1789 at Rockingham. His widow- 
lived till the year 1833. His elder sister Sarah was the grandmother of 
Judge Johnson and Dr. Joseph Johnson, and his younger sister Mary died 
unmarried before 1800. 

Thomas Amory was born in Limerick, Ireland, in 1682, and accom- 
panied his father to Carolina. In the year 1696 he was sent with his 
sister Ann to their relatives in England, to be educated, placed under the 
care of his cousin, Counsellor Amory, and sent to Westminster School. 
After his father's death he entered the counting-house of M. Ozell, a 
French merchant in London, who in the year 1709 sent him to the 
Azores as supercargo. He here established himself as a merchant, was 
appointed Dutch and English consul, and, making only an occasional 
visit to Europe, remained many years on the Islands. Correspondence in 
those days was not easy, and he had but little intercourse with his family. 
His uncle John in Galway, and cousin Thomas of Bunratty, wrote him at 
long intervals, and his sister, Mrs. Middleton, and Madam Rhett, who had 
charge of his property in South Carolina, wrote him urgently and repeat- 
edly to come to Charleston. 

He was for a long time too much engrossed by his affairs and the duties 
of his consulates to leave the Islands, and it was not before the 4th of 
June, 1719, that, resigning his office and winding up his affairs, he em- 
barked for Boston, and arrived there after a passage of thirty-nine days, 
on the 13th of July. His letter and account books, of which many vol- 
umes remain, written in English, French and Portuguese, in all of which 
he seems equally at home, furnish many interesting particulars of his 
plans and movements. He passed the following winter with his sister in 
Carolina, and in the spring travelled over Pennsylvania, New York and 
Rhode Island. Returning to Boston he met Miss Rebecca Holmes, daugh- 
ter of Francis Holmes, who passed his winters in Charleston, and sum- 
mers at the north, and by the Providence of God, as she says, married 
her in May, 1721. He bought lands at the south end of Boston, built a 
house and wharves, hired a counting-house of his friend Gov. Belcher on 
the Long Wharf, engaged in commerce with England, the Azores, and 
Carolinas, and died here in 1728. His widow long survived him, and 
died in Boston, at the age of 70, in 1770. Their children were three 
sons and two daughters. A copy of his portrait, after the style of Sir 
Godfrey Kneller, is still in the possession of his family. 

1. Thomas, his son, born April 22, 1722, graduated at Harvard 
College in 1741. He studied Divinity, but never took orders. As eldest 
son, he inherited a double share of his father's estate. He married in 
1765, Elizabeth, daughter of William Coffin, and purchased the house 
built by Governor Belcher at the corner of Harvard and Washington 

62 Memoir of the Family of Amory. [Jan. 

streets, the gardens to which extended to the water. He here resided till 
his death, August, 1784. He engaged in commerce, and, had it not been 
for the embarrassments to trade consequent on the Revolution, would have 
left a large property. In 1776, at the request of the selectmen of Boston, 
one of whom was his brother-in-law, Timothy Newell, he went with his 
brother Jonathan to Dorchester Heights, to request General Washing- 
ton to permit the British troops to retire from the place unmolested, on 
condition it should be left by them uninjured. This was with the full 
sanction of General Howe, but as it was not avowed, no agreement could 
be entered into, though the understanding was respected on both sides. 
His wife's family, the Coffins, were generally Refugee Loyalists, and he 
was regarded with some suspicion, and passed some time at Watertown. 
He died soon after the peace. His widow survived him many years, dy- 
ing in 1823. The house built by* Gov. Belcher was burnt in the great fire 
of 1790, and Madam Amory moved soon after into the house on Franklin 
Place, now occupied by the family of the late Col. Winchester. Their 
children were five sons and three daughters. Their portraits by Copley 
and hers at a later period by Stuart are in the possession of her grand- 

2. Mary, born 1723, married Mr. Timothy Newell, long one of the 
selectmen of Boston. They resided on Bowdoin Square. Mrs. Newell 
died in 1804, leaving no children. 

3. Rebecca, born 1725, married Edward Payne. They resided on 
State street, then called King street. He was standing at his door at 
the time of the Boston Massacre in March, 1770, when a musket-ball 
struck his arm and broke it, as the troops fired on the people. He was 
rich, and left a handsome fortune to his children. Mrs. Payne died in 
1796. Their children were William Payne, who married Mrs. Doble, 
born Gray, and had two sons, who grew up, but died unmarried. Rebecca 
Payne married Gov. Christopher Gore, who left a large estate to Harvard 
College, and for whom the Library building is called Gore Hall. He 
built the fine old house at Waltham, now in the family of the Greenes. 
He was for many years our minister in London. Two sisters of Mrs. 
Gore, Miss Mary Payne and Miss Sally Payne, lived long in the house next 
south of the Athenaeum on Beacon street. This family is now quite extinct. 

4. Jonathan, born December 19, 1726, engaged early in business 
with his brother John, on Dock Square, and afterwards where stands the 
large warehouse with double pitched roof on Washington, near Franklin 
street, still owned by the family of his nephew. Mr. Daniel Dennison 
Rogers and Mr. Joseph Taylor were also at one period partners of the 
house. Their Letter Books from 1760 to 1790 give very interesting 
accounts of the events and agitations of that stormy period. They, long 
before the war, predicted what actually ensued, a sanguinary conflict and 
eventful separation from the mother country, if the government persisted 
in its measures of coercion. Many of Mr. Amory's own letters were pub- 
lished in the English papers, and to one, a correspondent a member of 
parliament, ascribes the meril of influencing the repeal of the Stamp Act. 
At the commencement of the war, the house owed their English creditors 
thirty thousand pounds sterling, and while their debtors here, from inability 
or taking advantage of the times, paid, if at all, in a very depreciated cur- 
rency, their whole debt was remitted in full, within the year. Jonathan 
Amory married Miss Abigail Taylor, and they resided on Washington, 
near Winter street, in a house still standing, masked with shops, and 
owned by his family. He had no children. He died in 1797, leaving a 

1856.] Memoir of the Family of Amor y. 63 

large estate to his brother John and John's children, who, during their 
father's absence in Europe at the time of the Revolution, had been left to 
his care. 

5. John, born in 1728, was a partner with his brother Jonathan, and 
married Catherine, daughter of Rufus Greene. He built and occu- 
pied the house at the corner of Tremont and Beacon streets, where the 
Albion now stands. In 1774 it became important that a partner of the 
house should go over to England, and Mr. Amory was selected, and his 
wife went with him. The war soon after broke out, and Mrs. Amory 
lost her health, and after a protracted illness died in 1778. He was then 
regarded as a Refugee, and not permitted to return. His sympathies 
were, however, all with his countrymen, and the struggle in which they 
were engaged for their liberties, and he left England and resided on the 
Continent. Shortly before the peace he returned to America, but landing 
in New York, then occupied by the British, he was not allowed to join his 
family in Boston. His name had been placed on the list of proscribed, 
and preliminary measures were taken to confiscate his property. His 
brother wrote him, should this be done, he would always share what he 
had with him. In 1783 he resided at Providence, some of his family 
being with him, and the next year, through the influence of his friends, 
and upon his petition to the legislature declaring his allegiance to the 
new government, he was allowed to return to Boston. He died in 1805, 
leaving six sons and four daughters. The portraits of himself and his 
wife, by Copley, are in his family. 

Of the children of Thomas Amory, the first settler in Boston, and 
Rebecca Holmes, Thomas the eldest, and John the youngest, alone have 
descendants now existing. 

The ^lildren of Thomas Amory and Eliz. Coffin, were the following : — 

1. I^fcecca, born 1766, married Dr. Aaron Dexter, a physician and 
professor of chemistry at Harvard College. He long resided on Milk 
street, opposite the head of Pearl street. His children were Thomas A. 
Dexter, Charles P. Dexter, George M. Dexter, John M. Dexter, Mrs. 
Wm. D. Sohier, Miss Catherine Dexter, and Miss Marian Dexter, d. 1830. 

2. Thomas C, born 1767, married in 1795 Hannah Rowe Linzee, 
daughter of Captain John Linzee, who commanded a British vessel of 
war in our harbor at the time of the battle of Bunker Hill. 

Mr. Amory was engaged extensively in commerce with his cousin, 
William Payne, and after 1800 with his brother, Jonathan Amory, and 
was very successful in his enterprises. It is the object of this sketch 
merely to preserve facts and dates for those who may be interested in 
them, and any attempt to portray character would be out of place. It 
may be permitted to say, that he was among those of his day in Boston 
most beloved and respected, and his death the cause of very general sor- 
row and mourning. His residence in Boston was at No. 21 Franklin 
Place, and in summer in Brookline. He died in 1812. Mrs. Amor)- long 
survived him, and died Dec. 1846. His children were Col. Thomas C. 
Amory, Samuel Linzee, who died in 1829, William, Charles, Mrs. Thom- 
as A. Dexter, Mrs. William H. Prescott, Mrs. George M. Dexter, and 
Mrs. Edward D. Sohier. 

3. Elizabeth, born July 26, 1768, married Stephen Deblois. Their 
children were Stephen Deblois, Thomas A. Deblois, late United States 
District Attorney for Maine, John A. Deblois, late of Columbus, Georgia, 
James Deblois of Florida, Edward A. Deblois, and Catherine Codman 
Deblois, who d young, and two other daughters. Mrs. Deblois d. in 1852. 

64 Memoir of the Family of Amor y. [Jan. 

4. Jonathan, born in 1770, graduated at Harvard College in 1787, en- 
tered the counting house of his uncles, J. & J. Amory, and engaged 
in business with James Cutler. He married Ruth Wier, then resid- 
ing where had stood the Belcher house, in which he was born. She 
died in 1795, and after Mr. Cutler's death he married his widow, Mehet- 
able, daughter of Governor James Sullivan. His eldest brother, Thomas 
C. Amory, took him into partnership, and he accumulated property. He 
resided from 1811 in Park street, where now stands the house of the 
late Mr. Abbott Lawrence, and died there in August, 1828. Mrs. Amory 
survived him, dying in 1847. Their children were Jonathan, James S., 
Thomas C, Jr., Mrs. Samuel Meredith, and three other daughters. 

5. John, born 1771, married Sarah Gardner and resided at Dor- 
chester. His children were John G. of Dorchester, Nathaniel of 
Texas, George Frederick, who died 1849, Mrs. William Perkins, Mrs. 
Amory Davis, and two other daughters. Mr. Amory died 1834. 

6. Mary, born 1773, married Jonathan Davis. She died 1835. Their 
surviving children are Francis Davis and I. Amory Davis. 

7. William, born 1774, was a midshipman in the English navy, and 
afterwards in our own. He was appointed lieutenant of marines in 1798. 
He displayed great gallantry in several engagements, and was much 
beloved by his brother officers. He died young in 1812. 

8. Nathaniel, born 1777, was engaged in business in New Orleans 
with Messrs. Nott and Callendar. He married Mary, daughter of Eben 
and niece of Commodore Preble, and long resided at the beautiful place 
in Watertown, now the residence of Mr. John P. Cushing. He was ap- 
pointed navy agent at Pensacola, by President John Quincy Adams, and 
passed the last years of his life at Newport, Rhode Island, where Mrs. 
Amory, his widow, still resides. Mr. Amory died in Boston, le^jng no 
children. ^ 

The children of John Amory and Catherine Greene, were — 

1. John, born June 21, 1759, married Catherine Willard of Lancaster. 
He was engaged in business with his brother Thomas, and left a very 
large estate to his only child, Mrs. Henry Codman. He died 1832. 

2. Rufus G., born 20 December, 1760, graduated at Harvard Col- 
lege, 1778, studied law and acquired a good practice. He married 
Miss Nancy Geyer, and resided on Beacon street in Boston, and on Elm 
Hill, Roxbury. He died May 15, 1833. His children were Mrs. Joseph 
L. Cunningham, Mrs. Coll Freeman, Mrs. Dr. Jeffries, and Mrs. Edward 
Linzee Cunningham. 

3. Thomas, born May 9, 1762, was a partner of his brother John, 
and at one period had accumulated a large fortune. He erected for 
his dwelling the large building at the head of Park street, now occu- 
pied as three houses, but severe commercial reverses prevented his 
occupying it, and he removed to Roxbury. He married Miss Elizabeth 
Bowen of Providence. Their children were John H. Amory, who died 
1836, Mrs. Robert Ives, Rev. Mrs. Howe, Mrs. W. Raymond Lee, and 
two other daughters. Another son d. early. Mr. Amory d. Oct. 25, 1823. 

4. Jonathan, born June 1, 1763, married Miss Ly^ja Fellowes of Cuba. 
His children were Mrs. David Eckley, Mrs. John Lowell, wife of the founder 
of the Lowell Institute, and Mrs. Poussin of France. He died Jan. 8, 1820. 

5. William, born April 18, 1765, graduated at Cambridge, 1784. He 
married Miss Lucy Fletcher. His children were Lucy, Mrs. Bennet, and 
Caroline, who died April, 1792. 

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6. Francis, born Dec. 28, 1766, married July 4th, 1804, Miss Sarah 
Kirkland, sister of President Kirkland. He resided at Milton. His children 
were Francis, George, and Mrs. Charles G. Loring. He died July, 1845. 

7. Catherine, born March 24, 1769, married John Codman. She died 
Dec. 20, 1832. Her children were George Codman, William Codman, 
both deceased, Francis Codman, Mrs. Catherine Hurd of New York, Mrs. 
William Ropes, and Miss Elizabeth Codman. 

8. Rebecca, born Jan 8, 1771, married John Lowell. Their children 
were John Amory Lowell and two daughters. Mrs. Lowell died April, 1842. 

9. Mary, born Jan. 30, 1773, married George Bethune. She died 
Jan. 24, 1844. Her children were Dr. George A. Bethune, and John 
McLean Bethune. 

10. Ann, born June 4, 1774, married John McLean, who left a large 
estate to Harvard College and to the Massachusetts Hospital, the branch 
of which at Somerville bears his name. After his death she married 
William Lee. She had no children. 


Samuel G. Drake, Esq. Lenox, Nov. 28, 1855. 

Sir, — I am indebted to Dr. Thomas Mcckins of Williamsburg, for the following let- 
ter, which he says was " found at the ancient residence of the Mcekins family," in Hat- 
held. As several names are mentioned in it, I send it to you. Thomas Meekins was 
at Braintree as early as 1641, Deputy from that town in 1644, at Hatfield in 1661, 
and died there in 1687. I should be glad to know whether Thomas Mekyn, Jr., free 
May 25, 1636, and Thomas Mcakins, free March 9, 1636-7, are the same person 1 If 
not, were they father and son, were they both of Braintree, and which settled at Hatfield 1 

Yours respectfully, Henry W. Taft. 

[Address.] — This for Louing Master Thomas Meekins living at 
Hatfield — This deliver. 
Loving and much respected Master. 

My Love is remembered unto you and my dame Hopeing you are 
wel as I am at the writing hereof, blessed be God for it. My wiff 
desiars to be remembered unto you and my dame, and wee are yet in 
our habitations thro' Gods marsi, but we are in expectation of the enimi 
everi day if God be not the more marsiful unto us. I have been out 
7 weeks my self and if provisions had not grown short we had folood 
the enimi into your borders, and then I would have given you a visit 
if it had been possibel, for I went out a volintere under Capt. Wards- 
worth of Milton, but he is coled horn to reout about there owne toun, 
so I left off the desire at present. 

There is many of our friends are taken from us — Cap. Jonson of 
Roxberi was slaine at Naragansit, and Will lincon died before his 
wound was cured ; filup Curtis was slaine at a wigwame about Mend- 
ham ; but we have lost but one man with us these wars. My mother 
Vose is ded and my sister Swift. I pray remember my love to John 
Elis* and his wiff and the rest of our frends, and however it is like 
to fare with us God knows, and wee desiare to comit all our affairs into 
his hands. So having nothing els desiaring your praiars for us I rest 

Your Sarvant, John Sharfe. 

Mudiriver 8 of the lmo. 1676. 

* John Allis of Hatfield — son in law of Meekin. 


Petition of the Salem Troop. 




To the Hon d . Maj. Gen 1 . Dan 1 . Dennison. 

Hon d . Sir — We : the vnderwritten, belonging to the Reserve of Salem 
old Troope, & being willing still in the best way Wee can to be ser- 
viceable to God & y e Country, & being sensible of y e vnsettled estate 
of y e Troope for want of Commission officers established amongst vs, 
& thereby many vnsettled in o r Spiritts ; & the Troope vnfett to doe that 
seruice to God and the Country w ch otherwise it might, (& Severall 
that would), want vncouragemen* to Joyne & Compleat y e Troope. We 
humbly make o r Address to yo r honors Favor, to take o r Case into yo r 
Judecious Consideration. We haue Serious thoughts about Some meet 
person to be Commander in cheife, in Whom the Country & o r selues 
might Confide, & that the whole Troope might vnanimously acquiess in. 
And wee humbly make bold to present M r William Browne, Junior, to 
yo r Hono rs consideration, Who is well knowne to your hono", & wee 
conceive meetely qualified, & would be to greate acceptance generally ; 
& allso, Corporall John Puttman, for Lieu tnt , w ch if yo 1 Hon" be pleased 
to Favor vs therein, & see meet to encourage yo r poore petition" herein, 
wee hope the Isue will be o r mutuall settlem* & peace, & encouragem*, 
to cheerfully attend that seruice. Humbly craveing pardon for o r Bold- 
ness, desire to submitt to y e good will of God in what he shall see good 
to direct yo r Honor in. 

Yo r Hono rS humble servants. 

Oct. 15, 1678. 

Anthony Needham 
John Beckett 
John Norman 
Manasses Marston 
Joseph Home 
Peter Cheevers 
Ezekiel Cheevers 
John Pickering, Jun r . 
Thomas Flint 
Eliezer [Kesar ?] 
William Traske 
John Turner 

Steephen Haskell 
Edmond Bishop 
Isaack Cooke 
Henry Kenny 
Jonathan Knight 
Phillip Knight 
John Traske 
John Micaster 
Thomas Wilkins 
Tho Fuller 
Benj Wilkins 
Jacob Fuller 

John Stacy 
Sam 1 Stacy 
John Cooke 
Henry Cooke 
Jn° Rucke 
William Reeves 
John Proctor 
Jn° Pudney 
Willm Osborne 
William Curtis 
Daniel Bacon 
Tho Putnam, Jn r 

An Interesting Occasion. — An event which few men see, was cele- 
brated at the Cataract House, Niagara Falls, on Wednesday evening last. 
It was the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the marriage of Gen. 
Parkhurst Whitney and wife. For fifty years had this couple stemmed 
life's vicissitudes, and on this occasion the numerous friends and kindred 
of this remarkable couple gathered in social communion to bestow con- 
gratulations, and renew the recollections of early days. The ceremonies 
of the " Golden Wedding," were touching and imposing, and were 
conducted by Rev. E. W. Reynolds of this city. Gen. Whitney emi- 
grated to this country with his wife 45 years ago, and they have well 
earned that health and happiness which is with them in their old age. 
That it may remain with them for many years to come is the wish of all. 
— Buffalo Commercial, 17 Oct. 1855. 


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Boston Birthes. 

John sonne of Thomas and Elizabeth borne 11 Aprill 1656. 
Sarah dau. of Nathaniell and Christian borne 20 July 1656. 
Walter sonne of Walter & Mary borne 3 June 1656. 
Sarah dau. of James & Mary borne 18 March 1655-56. 
Benjamine sonne of Samuell & Johanna borne 15 June 1656. 
Samuell sonne of Thomas and Ann borne 26 June 1656. 
Elizabeth dau. of Anthony and Alice borne 21 May 1656. 
Mary dau. of Ensigne Joshua and Lydia borne' 11 May 1656. 
John sonne of Robert and Mary borne 9 June 1656. 
Anthony sonne of Anthony & Christian borne 16 June 1656. 
Benjamine sonne of William and Mary borne 8 July 1656. 
Benjamine sonne of Benjamine & Wilmott b. 15 July 1656. 
John sonne of Rober and Sarah borne 14 July 1656. 
Rebeccah dau. of Francis & Mary borne 22 July 1656. 
Elizabeth dau. of Richard and Jane borne 28 Nov. 1653. 
Mary dau. of Richard & Jane borne 18 Jan. 1655. 
John sonne of John and Elizabeth borne 3 Aug. 1656. 
Joshua sonne of Thomas and Sarah borne 23 Dec. 1655. 
Stephen sonne of Isaacke & Susannah borne 13 Aug. 1656. 
John sonne of James and Mary borne 26 Jan. 1654. 
Mary dau of James and Mary borne 22 July 1656. 
John sonne of Robert and Catherine borne 12 Aug. 1656. 
Sarah dau. of John & Abigail borne 8 Aug. 1656. 
Anne dau. of Arthur and Johannah borne 10 Aug. 1656. 
Elizabeth dau. of Jeremiah and Elizabeth b. 15 Aug. 1656. 
Joseph sonne of Thomas & Naomi borne 7 June 1656. 
Mary dau. of Richard and Mary borne 22 Aug. 1656. 
Mathew sonne of Mathew & Elizabeth borne 5 Sept. 1656. 
Dauid sonne of William & Hannah borne 24 Aug. 1656. 
Sarah dau. of Isaac and Elizabeth borne 31 Aug. 1656. 
Thomas sonne of Dauid & Mary borne 26 Sept. 1656. 
Samuell sonne of Richard & Francis borne 11 Sept. 1656. 
Lydia dau. of Jonathan & Mary borne 9 Oct. 1656. 
Mary dau. of John & Anne borne 24 Oct. 1656. 
Abigail dau. of John & Mary borne 21 Oct. 1656. 
Hannah dau. of Samuell & Maiy borne 26 Oct. 1656. 
John sonne of Joseph & Elizabeth borne 2 Nov. 1656. 
Elizabeth dau. of John & Anne borne 25 Oct. 1656. 
Martha dau. of Thomas and Martha borne 9 Nov. 1656. 
Samuel sonne of Cap 1 . Thomas and Mary b. 16 Nov. 1656. 
Samuell sonne of John & Susanna borne 24 March 1656. 
Mary dau. of John & Susanna borne 6 Oct. 1658. 
John sonne of Mr. Robert and Katherine b. 12 Aug. 1655. 
Mary dau. of Andrew & Elizabeth borne 22 July 1656. 
William sonne of Samuell & Sarah borne 4 Sept. 1656. 
Elizabeth dau. of John and Susanna borne 26 Aug. 1656. 
John sonne of Lieu 1 . W m . & Bridget borne 18 Sept. 1656. 


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Travis Jeremiah sonne of Samuell and Ester borne 9 Sept. 1656. 

Stephens Henry sonne of Henry and Mary borne 20 July 1656. 

Messinger Lvdia and Priscilla, Twins, daus. of Henry and Sarah borne 

*22 Nov. 1656. 

Shattocke Exercise dau. of William & Hannah borne 12 Nov. 1656. 

Shrimpton Jonathan sonne of Henry and Elino r borne 18 Nov. 1656. 

Knight Sarah dau. of Richard & Johannah borne 6 Nov. 1656. 

Ellis Edward sonne of Edward & Sarah borne 26 Nov. 1656. 

Andrewes John sonne of John and Hannah borne 21 Nov. 1656. 

Davis Mary dau. of Cap 1 . William & Huldah borne 3 Dec. 1656. 

Peck Joseph sonne of Thomas & Elizabeth borne 11 Dec. 1656. 

Wittoms Peter sonne of Peter and Reddigan borne 15 May 1656. 

Browne Mary dau. of Edmund and Elizabeth borne 15 Dec. 1656. 

Ingolsby Ebenezer sonne of John & Ruth borne 13 Dec. 1656. 

Peirce Mary dau. of William & Ester borne 10 Dec. 1656. 

Phillips Henry sonne of Henry & Mary borne 1 Oct. 1656. 

Osborne Jonathan sonne of William and Friswith borne 16 Nov. 1656. 

Keskeys Henry sonne of Henry & Ruth borne 3 May 1656. 

Mellowes Elizabeth dau. of John and Martha borne 15 Dec. 1656. 

Rex Ezekiell sonne of William and Grace borne 30 Nov. 1656. 

Gill John sonne of John & Elizabeth borne 11 Jan. 1656. 

Burrell Samuell sonne of George and Deborah borne 10 Jan. 1656. 

Hicks Richard sonne of Richard & Mary borne 20 Jan. 1656. 

Read s Elizabeth dau. of Thomas & Mary borne 28 Jan. 1656. 

Browne Sarah dau. of William & Elizabeth borne 8 Jan. 1656. 

Jackson Elizabeth dau. of Edmund and Mary borne 11 Feb. 1656. 

Sumner William sonne of William & Elizabeth borne 9 Feb. 1656. 

Ingram William sonne of William & Mary borne 9 Feb. 1656. 
Negro Serv*t Rebecca dau. of Besse, the Negro servant of Mr. Thomas 

Lake, borne 1 Feb. 1656. 

Lake Thomas sonne of Mr. Thomas & Mary borne 9 Feb. 1656. 

Pollard Joseph sonne of William and Anne borne 15 March 1656-7. 

Broughton Thomas sonne of Mr Tho : & Mary borne 23 Dec. 1656. 

Barrell John sonne of John & Mary borne [ 

Oris Jonathan sonne of George and Elizabeth borne [ ]. 

Phillips Nicholas sonne of Nicholas and Hannah borne 26 Feb. 1656. 

Phipeny Rebecca dau. of Gamaliel & Sarah borne 12 Feb. 1656. 

Gallop Samuell sonne of Samuell & Mary borne 14 Feb. 1656. 

Crocum Hannah dau. of Francis & Joan borne 15 Feb. 1656. 

Watkins Sarah dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth b. 1 March 1656-57. 

Prout Ebenezer sonne of Timothy & Mary borne 14 March 1656. 

Hawkins Mehitabell dau. of Thomas & Rebecca borne 27 Jan. 1656. 

Cumbee Hester dau. of Humphery Cumby & Sarah b 1 March 1656-57. 

Furnell Joseph sonne of William & Hellen borne 19 Jan. 1656. 

Belcher Satisfaction sonne of Edward & Mary borne 23 Feb. 1656. 

Jephson John sonne of John & Emm borne 1 March 1656-57. 

Woody Mary dau. of Isaac & Dorcas borne 22 March 1656-57. 

Rogers Gamaliel sonne of Symon & Susanna borne 26 March 1657. 

Salter Lydia dau. of William and Mary borne 24 March 1656-57. 

Coleman James sonne of Edward and Margaret borne 31 Jan. 1656. 

Duncan Elizabeth dau. of Peter and Mary borne 28 Feb. 1656. 

Phillips Zechariah sonne of Zekariah & Eliz. b. 5 March, 1656-57. 

Bastar John sonne of Joseph & Mary borne 25 March 1657. 


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Amee William sonne of John & Martha borne 24 March 1656-57. 

Johnson Mary dau. of Capt. James and Abigail borne 27 March 1657. 

Davis Grace dau. of John and Returne borne 4 March 1656-57. 

Downes Mary dau. of John and Dorothy borne 4th March 1656-57. 

Dawes Mary dau. of John & Mary borne 12 Aprill 1657. 

Browne Mary dau. of William & Lydia borne 23 Aprill 1657. 

Blower Mary dau. of John & Tabitha borne 25 Aprill 1657. 

Howard Hannah dau. of Samuell & Isabell borne 11 Aprill 1657. 

Page Sarah dau. of Edward & Elizabeth borne 13 Aprill 1656. 

Winsor Constance dau. of Robert & Rebecca borne 7 May 1657. 

Arnold Elizabeth dau. of Edward and Martha borne 7 May 1657. 

Dod Elizabeth dau. of George & Mary borne 5 Aprill 1657. 

Barnard Thomas sonne of Mathew & Sarah borne 14 Aprill 1657. 

Robinson Elizabeth dau. of Nathaniell & Damaris b. 24 Feb. 1656. 

Clarke Rebecca dau. of Christopher & Rebecca borne 4 May 1657. 

Yeomans Edward sonne of Edward and Elizabeth borne 6 May 1657. 

Anderson Anna dau. of John & Mary borne 5 May 1657. 

Tiler Samuell sonne of Thomas & Hannah borne 1 May 1657. 

Rucke Elizabeth dau. of Samuell & Margaret borne 11 May 1657. 

Tozer Thomas sonne of Richard & Judeth borne 5th May 1657. 

Evans Martha dau. of David & Mary borne 28 May 1657. 

Felch Samuell sonne of Henry, Junio r & Hannah b. 3 June 1657. 

Clarke Abigail dau. of Mathew of Winisemet, & Abigail borne 17 

June 1656. 

Mavericke Paule sonne of Elias & Anne borne 10 June 1657. 

Lane Sarah dau. of William & Mary borne 15 June 1657. 

Allen Leah dau. of Hope & Ratchell borne 16 May 1657. 

Kibby Rebecca dau. of Edward of Muddy River, & Mary borne 1 May 


Smaledge Abigail dau. of William & Mary borne 28 May 1657. 

Roberts Simon sonne of Simon & Christian borne 22 Nov. 1656. 

Dowse Sarah dau. of Francis & Catherine, borne 2 June 1657. 

Allen John sonne of Edward & Martha borne 8 June 1657. 

Blake Rebecca dau. of Henry & Elizabeth borne 5 July 1657. 

Hamblelon Sarah dau. of William & Mary borne 7 Aprill 1657. 

Mar tine Sarah dau. of Richard and Sarah borne 2 July 1657. 

Curtis John sonne of Henry & Jane borne 2 July 1657. 

Balston James sonne of James & Sarah borne 22 June 1657. 

Shore Elizabeth dau. of Sampson Shore & Abigaile borne 25 June 


Toy Jeremiah sonne of William & Grace borne 18 July 1657. 

Ting Joseph sonne of Mr. Edward & Mary borne 12 July 1657. 

Richeson Sarah dau. of Amos & Mary borne 19 July 1657. 

Halsey Joseph sonne of William & Sarah borne 29 May 1657. 

Willis Henry sonne of Henry & Mary borne 2 Aug. 1657. 

Burgesse Benjamine sonne of Francis & Joice borne 11 Oct. 1654. 

Davis Johannah dau. of William & Susannah borne 26 July 1657. 

Cobitt Ruth dau. of Josiah & Mary borne 6 Aug. 1657. 

Ley Richard sonne of Henry & Mary borne 27 July 1657. 

Stockbridge John sonne of John & Mary borne 19 July 1657. 

Bowen Mary dau. of Henry & Francis borne 14 Aug. 1657. 

Adams Sarah dau. of Nathaniell & Mary borne 9 Aug. 1657. 

Baker Joseph sonne of Thomas & Leah borne 16 Aug. 1657. 


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Savage Samuell sonne of Cap*. Thomas & Mary b. 22 Aug. 1657. 

Neighbour Rebecca dau. of James and Lettis borne 30 March 1657. 

Bowd Elizabeth dau. of Joseph and Elizabeth borne 20 Aug. 1657. 

Turrell Anna dau. of Samuell & Lydia borne 20 Aug. 1657. 

Harwood Anna dau. of Thomas & Rachell borne 26 Aug. 1657. 

Bushncll Elizabeth dau. of John & Jane borne 30 Aug. 1657. 

Barker Thomas sonne of Edward & Jane borne 23 Aug. 1657. 

Kelly David sonne of David & Elizabeth borne 18 Dec. 1647. 

Barker Elizabeth sonne [?] of Edward & Jane borne 17 July 1650. 

John sonne of Edward & Jane borne 15 Jan. 1653. 

Mary dau. of Edward & Jane borne 15 Feb. 1652. 

Brakenbury John sonne of John & Emm borne 9 Aug. 1657. 

Place Sarah dau. of Peter & Alice borne 3 Sept. 1657. 

Stevens Sarah dau. of Thomas & Sarah borne 31 Aug. 1657. 

Mason Sarah dau. of Robert & Sarah borne 20 Aug. 1657. 

Deuce Richard sonne of Richard and Jane borne 4 Sept. 1657. 

Wiseman Sarah dau. of James & Dorothy borne 18 Sept. 1657. 

Talbott Joseph sonne of William & Secilla borne 13 Oct. 1657. 

Atkinson Abigail dau. of Theodore & Abigail borne 9 Dec. 1657. 

Rawson Elizabeth dau. of Mr. Edward & Rachell b. 12 Nov. 1657. 

Norden Elizabeth dau. of Samuell & Elizabeth borne 2 Sept. 1657. 

Haviland Susan dau. of Edward & Susan borne 2 Sept. 1657. 

Hamlin Joseph sonne of Ezekiell & Elizabeth borne 18 Aug. 1657. 

Winthrop Sarah dau. of Mr. Deane Winthropp & Sarah b. 11 Feb. 1657. 

Grosse Mary dau. of Mathew & Mary borne 17 Sept. 1657. 

Scottow Sarah dau. of Thomas & Sarah borne 27 Sept. 1657. 

Sweet Mehitabel dau. of John & Susanna borne 8 Oct. 1657. 

Parnm John sonne of William Francis borne 24 Aug. 1657. 

Snelling Sarah dau. of John & Sarah borne 4 Oct. 1657. 

Kelly Samuell sonne of David and Elizabeth borne 9 Oct. 1657. 

Belcher John sonne of Josiah & Ranis borne 9 Oct. 1657. 

Frery Theophilus sonne of Theophilus & Hannah b. 20 Sept. 1657. 

Hemes Hannah dau. of Leif fc Joshua & Alece borne 28 Oct. 1657. 

Shaw Joseph sonne of John & Martha borne 11 Nov. 1657. 

Barlow Elizabeth dau. of Thomas & Elizabeth borne 13 Nov. 1657. 

Willborne Mary dau. of Michael! & Mary borne 30 Oct. 1657. 

Fryer Elizabeth dau. of Nathaniell & Christian borne 1 Nov. 1657. 

Woodward Elizabeth dau. of Ezekiell & Anna borne 22 Oct. 1657. 

Davis Sarah dau. of Samuell & Sarah borne 19 Dec. 1657. 

Lynde John sonne of Mr. Simon & Hannah borne 8 Nov. 1657. 

Read Ephraim sonne of William & Ruth borne 23 Nov. 1657. 

Eliot Abigail dau. of Jacob and Mary borne 16 Dec. 1657. 

Travis Hannah dau. of Richard and Grace borne 21 Aug. 1657. 

Coggan Sarah dau. of Mr. John & Martha borne 25 Dec. 1657. 

Hurd Mehitabel dau. of John & Mary borne 21 Dec. 1657. 

Ballentine William sonne of W 7 illiam and Hannah borne 20 Dec. 1657. 

Lowell Mary dau. of John & Hannah borne 7 Jan. 1657. 

Browne Jane dau. of Abraham & Jane borne 9 Aug. 1657. 

Dinsdall Sarah dau. of William & Martha borne 7 Jan. 1657. 

Blake Hannah dau. of John & Mary borne 16 Jan. 1657. 

This aboue written & in the seuerall pages vnder the title of birthes, 
was brought in by M r Jonathan Negus, Clarke of the Writts in Boston, as a 
true transcript since what he brought in to the time he begins them, as he 
Affirmed this 28 : 8 mo : 1657. 


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Houchine Jeremiah y e sonne of Jer: Houchine dyed y e 8 th 10 mo (51.) 

Richards Hannah y e dau. of Thomas Richards, deceased and of Wel- 

tham, his wyfe, dyed the lOth of 9 mo (51.) 

Wayt Joseph y e sonne of Richard & Elizabeth aged 14 yeares 

dyed the 20 : 9 mo (51.) 

Webb Richard sonne of John & Anna dyed 30 : 10™° : (51.) 

Hallsell Sarah dau. of George & Joan dyed 16 : 10 mo : 51. 

Swan Sarah dau. of Henry deceased & Joan dyed 23 : 10 mo : (51.) 

Webb * Susan y e dau. of Jo n & Anna dyed 17 : 10 mo : (51.) 

Winthrop Joshua youngest sonne of y e Late Mr Jn° Winthropp Esq r 

dyed 11 : ll mo : (51.) 

Astwood Mary y e dau. of James & Sarah dyed 21 : ll mo : 1651. 

Biggs Mary y e wife of John Biggs dyed 10 : ll mo : (49.) 

Norton Richard y e sonne of Rich<J & Dorothy dyed 10 : 12 mo : 49. 

Ingolsby John y e sonne of John & Ruth y e 3 : 6 mo : (49.) 

Ting Rebeccah y e dau. of Edward & Mary dyed 16 : l mo : 49. 

Savage Faith y e wife of Cap* Thomas dyed 20 : 12 mo : 51. 

Phillips Susan dau. of Philip Phillips dyed 14 : 10 mo : 51. 

Purchase Sarah y e dau. of Jn« & Elizabeth dyed 14 : 12 mo : 51. 

Coggan Mary y e wife of Mr Jn° Coggan dyed 14 : 11 : 51. 

Bishop Elizabeth dau. of Job & Eliz. of Ipswich d. 27 : 12 mo : 51. 

Cullimore Margarett y e wife of Isaac Cullimore dyed 13 : 10 mO : 51. 

Button Hannah ye dau. of Robert & Abigail dyed 20 : l mo : 51. 

Souther Alice y e wife of Nathaniell Souther dyed 27 : 7 : 51. 

Baker Mary y e dau. of Wm & Mary dyed 25 : 6™° : 52. 

Tinker- Sarah y e dau. of Jn° & Allice dyed 28 : 6 : 52. 

Waker Jno ye sonne of Rob 4 & Sarah dyed 22 : 5 mo : 52. 

Addington Sarah y e dau. of Isaac & Ann dyed 2 : 6 mo : 52. 

Farnum John y e sonne of Jno & Elizabeth dyed 26 : 6 : 52. 

Turner Rob 1 y e sonne of Rob 1 deceased & Elizabeth d. 21 : 6 : 52. 

Phillips Zechary y e sonne of Zachary & Elizabeth dyed 2:7: 52. 

Josline Phillip y e sonne of Abram & Bitteris dyed 2:6: 52. 

Allen Bozon Allen Dyed 14 : 7 : 52. 

Ludkine William Ludkin Drowned 27 : lm° ; 52. 

Olliver Samuel Olliver Drowned 27 : 1 : 52. 

Bennet George Bennet Drowned 27 : 1 : 52. 

Nichols David Nichols dyed 13 : 1 : 52. 

Winthrop Adam Winthropp Esq 1 " dyed 24 : 6 : 52. 

Woodward Jn° ye sonne of Rob 4 [&] Ratchell dyed 23 : 6 : 52. 

Davis Ephraim y e sonne of W m & Margaret dyed 2:6: 52. 

Cotton W m y e sonne of Wm & Anne dyed 29 : 6 : 52. 

Webber Mehitabel y e sonne [?] of Thomas & Sarah dyed 7 : 7 : 52. 

Shaw Samuel I y e sonne of John & Martha dyed 15:7: 52. 

Long Joseph y e sonne of Phillip & Ann dyed 28 : 6 : 52. 

Gill Nathaniell ye sonne of Arthur Gill dyed 2 : 7 : 52. 

Knight James y e sonne of Rich' d & Johannah dyed 27 : 7 : 52. 

Phipeny Gamaliell y e sonne of Gamaliell & Sarah dyed 8:7: 52. 

Ivery W m Ivery Carpinter & Inhabitant of Lynn dyed 3:8: 52. 

Vsher Francis y e wife of Hezekiah Vsher deceased 25 : 2 : 52. 

Phillips Zechariah y e sonne of Zecha: & Elizabeth dyed 4:7: 52. 


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Jackson Martha y e wife of Edmund Jackson deceased 12 : 9 m0 : 52. 

Dure Thomas y e sonne of Thomas & Anne dyed 3 : 10 : *>2. 

Hudson Ann y e wife of James Hudson dyed 3 : 10 mo : (52.) 

Parker Mathew Parker the 19 : 7 : 52. 

Stanbury Thomas Stanbury deceased 26 : 7 : 52. 
Perry Arthur Perry deceased 9:8: 52. 

Blanchard William Blanchard dyed 7:8: 52. 

Cotton Mr Jn° Cotton Teacher of y e Church of Boston dyed 15 : 10 : 52. 

Hull Elizabeth dau. of Jn<> & Judeth dyed 12 m0 : 52. 

Mary dau. of Jn° & Judeth dyed 30 : 11 : 1652. 
Pittney John y e sonne of Francis & Sarah dyed 17 : 8 mo : 5$. 

Stark Jn° Stark Scottishman servant to Lieu 1 W« Hudson dyed 

22 : 3 : 52. 
Smith Mercy dau. of Francis & Elizabeth dyed 4:7: 52. 

Haniford Jn° sonne of John & Hannah dyed 7 : 12 : 52. 
Ting Capt W m Ting dyed 18 : ll mo : 52. 

Jane wife of Capt W m Ting dyed 3 : 8 mo : 52. 
Willis John sonne of Henry and Mary dyed 8:1 : 52 : 53. 

Lindon Jane wife of Augustine Lindon dyed 16 : 1 : 52 : 53. 

Samuell y e sonne of Augustine Lindon dyed 26 : 1 : 53." 
Furnell Susan y e dau. of Strong Furnell dyed 21 : 7 : 52. 

Alleson Jn° y e sonne of James & Christian dyed 2 : 2 mo : 53. 

Barrell John y e sonne of John & Mary dyed 27 : 3 : 1653. 

Critchett Clement Critchett servant of John Sunderland d. 29 : 3 : 53. 
Wright John y e sonne of Robert & Mary dyed 22 : 4 : 52. 

Merry Rebeccah the wife of Walter Merry dyed 4:5: 53. 

Davis Margaret wife of Lieu 1 Wm Davis dyed 3:5: 53. 

Peacocke Jane the wife of Richard Peacocke dyed 29 : 5 : 53. 
Eire Lydia the wife of Mr. Simon Eire dyed 10 : 6 : 53. 

Phipeny Elizabeth dau. of Joseph & Dorothy dyed 14 : 5 : 53. 
Hanniford Hannah y e wife of Jn Hanniford dyed 16 : 6 mo : 53. 
Lake Mary dau. of Thomas & Mary dyed 1 : 7 : 53. 

Walters Rich** Walters Mate of Dickory Carwithy died 3:6: 53. 

Millerd Tho Millerd of Newbery deceased 1:7: 53. 

Fisher Mary Fisher Widdow deceased 6:7: 53. 

Carwithen Dickery Carwithen shipmaster deceased 6:7: 53. 
Dod Mary dau. of George & Mary dyed 4:8: 53. 

Lord Thomas sonne of Robert & Rebeccah dyed 6:8: 53. 

Andrewes Lucie y e wife of John Andrews dyed 1:7: 53. 
Howen Elizabeth Howen Widow deceased 27 : 7 : 53. 

Read Susana wif of W m Read dyed 12 : 8 mo : 53. 

Boltin Robert Boltin of Saffron Walden in England, a seaman, was 

accidentally slaine at Nantasket in New England, by a 

shipp Gunne 28 : 5 : 53. 
Michell Paul Michell, a fisherman, Liueing at Crafthold in England, 

deceased at William Cousers house at Boston in New 

England, died intestate 18 : 9 mo : 53. 
Olliver Hannah dau. of Mr John Olliver dyed 11:9: 53. 

Sellick Susanna dau. of David Sellick dyed 10 : 9 mo : 53. 

Mason Henry Mason servant to James Everill of Boston dyed 

10:9: 53. 

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1856.] An Account of the Temple Family. 73 


[Communicated by Mr. W. H. Whitmore, of Boston, M. N. E. Hist. Gen. Soc] 

To the Editor of the Register: — Boston, Dec. 1, 1855. 

Dear Sir, — In handing you the accompanying record of the Temple and Bowdoin 
families, allow me also to acknowledge that I am indebted to Hon. R. C. Winthrop, for 
gome of the materials from which these records are compiled, and to him and to Hon. 
James Savage, for correcting some errors in the Bowdoin pedigree, which have never 
before been rectified, I remain with much respect, yours truly, W. H. Whitmobe. 

1. Leofric, Earl of Mercia, husband of the famous Countess Godiva, 
and founder of the great monastery at Coventry, was chiefly instrumen- 
tal in raising Edward the Confessor to the throne, as also his successor 
king Harold II. He died 31 Aug., 1027. 

2. Algar, Earl of the East Saxons, son and heir, took that title upon 
Harold's quitting it for the Earldom of the West Saxons, after Earl 
Godwin's death. He died, 1059. 

3. Edwin, Earl of the East Saxons, son and heir, was deprived of his 
Earldom by the Conqueror, and killed in defending himself against the 
Normans, 1071. 

4. Edwin or Henry, son and heir, sometime styled Earl of Leicester 
& Coventry, is said to have assumed the name of Temple from the 
manor of Temple, near Wellesborough, county Leicester, and is sup- 
posed to be Henry de Temple, lord of Temple and Little Shepey, temp. 
King William I. 

5. Geoffrey de Temple son and heir of Henry de Temple. 

6. John de Temple, son and heir, temp. King Henry I. 

7. Henry de Temple, son and heir, m. Maud, dau. of Sir John Ribbesford. 

8. Henry de Temple, son and heir, Temp. K. John. 

9. Richard de Temple, son and heir, married Katherine dau. of 
Thomas Langley, Esq. Living 1295. 

10. Nicholas de Temple, son and heir, married Margaret, dau. of 
r Robert Corbet of Sibton, co. Leicester. Living 1322. 

11. Richard de Temple, son and heir, married Agnes, dau. of Sir 
Ralph Stanley. Living 1346. 

12. Nicholas de Temple, son and heir, married Maud, dau. of John 
urguillon of Newton, co. Leicester. 

13. Richard de Temple, son and heir, married Joan, dau. of William 
Shepey of Great Shepey, co. Leicester. 

14. Thomas Temple, of Witney, co. Oxford, third son, married 
Mary, dau. of Thomas Gedney, Esq. 

15. William Temple, son and heir, married Isabel, dau. and heir of 
enry Everton, Esq. 

16. Thomas Temple, son and heir, married Alice, dau. and heir of 
John Heritage of Burton Derset, co. Warwick. 

17. Peter Temple, of Stow and of Burton Dorset, second son, m. Meli- 
cent, dau. of William Jekyl of Newington, co. Middlesex, and had issue — 

18. i. John, of whom presently. 

19. ii. Anthony. 

Peter Temple, Esq., died 28 May, 1577. 

19. Anthony Temple, second son, had 

20. Sir William Temple, son and heir, who married Martha, dau. 
of Robert Harrison, co. Derby, and died aged 73, 15 Jan. 1627. 

21. Sir John Temple, son and heir of this last, married Mary, dau. of 
John Hammond of Chertsey, co. Surrey, and died 1677. Children: 

74 An Account of the Temple Family. [Jan. 

22. i. Sir William, Bart., who married Dorothy, dau. of Sir Peter 
Osborne, and had an only son Peter, who left two daus., Elizabeth 
married John Temple, Dorothy married Nicholas Bacon. Died aged 
71, 1700. 

23. ii. Sir John. 

23. Sir John Temple, second son, married Jane, dau. of Sir Abraham 
Yarner, of Dublin, and had — 24. i. Henry, ii. John, married Eliz. Temple, 
his second cousin. He died, aged 72, 10 March, 1704. 

24. Henry, First Viscount of Palmerston, son and heir, born 1673, 
married 1st, Anne, dau. of Abraham Haublon, Esq., of London, and had 
by her, who died 1735, issue — 

25. Henry. 
He married 2d, 1738, Isabella, dau. of Sir Francis Gerard of Harrow, 
co. Middlesex, Bart., and widow of Sir John Fryer, but had no issue. 
He was created Baron Temple of Mount Temple, and Viscount Palmer- 
ston, 1722, and died aged 84, 10 June, 1757. 

25. Henry, married 1st, Miss Lee ; and by Jane, dau. of Sir John 
Barnard, Lord Mayor of London, his 2d wife, had issue — 26. Henry. 

He died vita patris, 1740. 

26. Henry, second Viscount, born 1739, married 1st, in 1767, Fran- 
ces, dau. of Sir Francis Poole, and she dying without issue, he married 
secondly in 1783, Mary, daughter of B. Mee. He died in 1802, his 
children were, 

27. i. Henry John. 

ii. William, now Sir William. 

iii. Frances, married Capt. Bowles, R. N., now Rear Admiral, 
iv. Elizabeth, married Rt. Hon. Lawrence Sullivan. 

27. Henry John Temple, born 20 Aug. 1784, Lord Palmerston, the 
present head of Her Majesty's administration. 

To return to the elder branch. 

18. John Temple, Esq., of Stowe, married Susan, dau. and heir of 
Thomas Spencer of Everton, co. Northampton, and had — 

28. Sir Thomas Temple, Knight of Stowe, was created a Baronet ; 
his will is dated 4th Feb., 1632, and proved 13 March, 1637. He mar- 
ried Esther, dau. of Miles Sandys of Latimers, co. Buck, who died 1656, 
and had thirteen children. Of these were 

29. i. Sir Peter. 

30. ii. Sir John of Biddleson and Stanton Bury. 

29. Sir Peter Temple, married 1st, Anne, dau. of Sir Arthur Throg- 
morton of Paulerspury, co. Northampton, by whom he had 

i. Anne married Thomas Roper, Viscount Baltinglass. 
ii. Martha married Weslon Ridgway, Earl of Londonderry. 
He married secondly, Christian, dau. of Sir Richard Leveson, of Trent- 
ham, co. Staff., and had 

31. iii. Richard, born 1634. 

30. Sir John of Stanton Bury, married Dorothy, dau. of Edmund Lee, 
and died 33 Sept., 1632. 

32. i. Peter. 

33. ii. Edward. 

34. iii. Purbeck. 

35. iv. Thomas, Gov. of Nova Scotia, died s.p. 27 March, 1674. 

v. Dorothy married John Alston, 
vi. Hester married Edward Pascal. 
viL Mary married Robert Nelson of Gray's Inn. 

1856.] An Account of the Temple Family, 75 

31. Sir Richard Temple of Stowe, who died 15 May, 1697, married 
Miss Knapp, and had 

36. i. Richard. 

ii. Hester, md. in 1710, Richord Grenville, Esq., of Wooton.* 
iii. Christian, married Sir Thomas Lyttleton, Bart, 
iv. Maria, married 1st, Dr. West, 2d, Sir John Langham. 
v. Penelope, married Mercy Berangcr. 

32. Sir Peter Temple of Stanton Bury, married Eleanor, dau. of Sir 
Timothy Tyrrell of Okely, co. Bucks, who remarried Richard Gran- 
ville, great-grandfather of the first Earl Temple. She died 24 May, 
1671, aged 57. Issue — 

37. i. William. 

38. ii. John. 

iii. Eleanor, married Richard Grenville, Esq., her step-brother. 

33. Sir Edward Temple of Selby ; his will was proved 30 March, 

34. Sir Purbeck Temple, was the father of 

39. i. Thomas Temple. 

40. ii. Sir John Purbeck Temple, of Edscombe, co. Surry, who 
died 1694. 

35. Sir Thomas Temple, Governor of Nova Scotia, died at Ealing, 
co. Middlesex, 1674. 

36. Sir Richard Temple, fourth Bart., was created Baron Cobham 
and Viscount and Baron Cobham. He married Anne dau. of Edmund 
Hulsey, and dying without issue 1749, the Viscounty devolved upon his 
sister Hester, and her heirs male. She married Richard Grenville, son 
of Richard Grenville and Eleanor Temple (daughter of Sir Peter, No. 
32, vide ante,) and her descendant, the Duke of Buckingham, now enjoys 
the dignity. 

37. William Temple of Lillingstone Dayrell, had issue 

41. i. William. 

42. ii. Peter. 

39. Thomas Temple, had issue, his eldest son, 

43. Robert Temple of Ten Hills, Mass. 

41. Sir William Temple, fifth baronet, married Elizabeth, dau. and 
heir of Peter Paxton, and had by her 

i. Henrietta, married William Dicken. 
He married secondly, Elizabeth, dau. of Hugh Ethersey, Esq., and had 
ii. Anna Sophia, married Sir Richard Temple, seventh baronet. 
He died 10 April, 1760. 

42. Sir Peter Temple, sixth baronet, succeeded his brother, and died 
1761, leaving 

44. Richard. 

43. Robert Temple, Esq., of Ten Hills, married Mehitabel, dau. of 
John Nelson, whose mother was Mary, dau. of Sir John Temple (No. 30. 
ante.) Children : 

45. i. Robert, died 1781. 

46. ii. John, born 1731. 

47. iii. William, married dau. of Gov. Whipple. 

48. iv. Mary. 

49. v. Margaret, m. Mr. Dowse and had an only dau., Mary, who 

m. Com. Nicholson, U. S. N., and had three daughters.. 

50. vi. Elizabeth. 

* From this marriage descends the present ducal house of Buckingham and Chandos.. 

76 An Account of the Temple Family. [Jan. 

44. Sm Richard Temple, seventh baronet, m. his cousin Anna Sophia, 
but dying s. p. in 1786, he was succeeded by his relative, John, No. 46. 

45. Robert Temple, m. Harriet, second dau. of Gov. Shirley, and had, 

i. Anne Weston, married Temple Emmett, a near relative of the 

Irish patriot, 
ii. Mehetabel, married Hans Blackwood, Lord DurTerin. 
iii. Harriet. 

46. Sir John Temple, eighth baronet, married Elizabeth, dau. of Gov. 
Bowdoin, 20 Jan., 1767, and died 17 Nov., 1798. Children : 

51. i. Grenville, born 16 Oct, 1768. 

ii. James B. born 7 June, 1776, married Maiy, dau. of Thomas 

Dickason of Fulwell Lodge, co. Middlesex, and died 1842. 

51.* iii. Elizabeth B., b. 23 Oct., 1769, m. Hon. Thomas L. Winthrop. 

52. iv. Augusta, born about 1780, married Wm. L. Palmer, Esq., 

and died 18 Aug., 1852. 
51. Sir Grenville Temple, ninth baronet, married 1st, Elizabeth, 
dau. of George Watson, Esq., widow of Hon. Thomas Russell ; she died 

4 Nov. 1809, and had issue : 

53. i. Grenville, born 20 July, 1799. 

ii. John, b. 1801, m. in 1828, Jane, dau. of J. Marshall, Esq.,M.P. 
iii. Elizabeth Augusta, married in 1829, Maj. Gen. Byam. 
He married, 2d, in June 1812, Maria Augusta, widow of Sir Thos. 
Rumbold, and died in 1829. 

53. Sir Grenville-Temple Temple, tenth baronet of Stowe, married 

5 May, 1829, Mary, dau. of Geo. Baring, Esq., brother of Lord Ashbur- 
ton, died June, 1847, and had, 

i. Grenville Leofric, born 5 Feb., 1830. 
ii. George Ernest A., born 4 Jan., 1832. And six other children. 

54. Sir Grenville Leofric 

Female Branches. 
1. Robert Nelson, married Mary, dau. of Sir John Temple. (No. 30.) 
Will proved 4th Aug., 1698. Children : 

1—2. John. * 

3. Temple, died s.p. 1671. 

4. Margaret. 

1 — 2. John Nelson came to New England in 1734, and married Eliza- 
beth, dau. of Lt. Gov. Tailer, and had, 
2—5. Temple. 

6. Pascal, died unmarried. Will proved 19 Sept., 1760. 

7. Mehitable, m. Robert Temple, (No. 43, ante), and d. 1775. 

8. Elizabeth, married Hubbard. 

9. Rebecca, married Henry Lloyd, of Lloyd's Neck, N. Y. 

2 — 5. Temple Nelson, married Mary, dau. of John Wentworth, Esq., 
Governor of New Hampshire, and had, 

5 — 10. John, b. at Boston, d. on the the Island of Grenada, aged 52. 
William Lance of Sandwich, co. Kent, married Maiy Temple (No. 
48), and had, 

David, born 1757, maried dau. of William Fitz. 

William, married dau. of Gawin Elliott of Blackheath. 
Mary, married John Paton of Grandhome. 
51*. Hon. Thomas L. Winthrop m. Elizabeth B. Temple, and had ch. : 
Elizabeth Bowdoin Temple, b. May 16, 1787, m. Rev. Dr. Tappan, 
and has six children. 

1856.] An Account of the Temple Family. 11 

Sarah Bowdoin, b. June 3, 1788, m. George Sullivan. 

Thomas Lindall, b. July 23, 1789, d. January 12, 1812, 5. p. 

Augusta Temple, b. Nov. 3, 1791, d. Sept. 18, 1792. 

Augusta Temple, b. April 23, 1793, m. Dr. John Smyth Rogers, d. 
Dec. 7, 1828. 

James Bowdoin, b. July 23, 1794, d. March 6, 1833. 

John Temple, b. May 14, 1796, d. May 5, 1843. 

Francis William, b. Dec. 1, 1797, d. June 23, 1798. 

Francis William, b. May 31, 1799, d. March 7, 1819. 

Jane, b. March 15, 1801, d. Feb. 22, 1819. 

Anne, b. April 14, 1803, m. Dr. J. C. Warren, d. Dec. 16, 1850. 

George Edward, b. June 15, 1805. 

Grenville Temple, b. March 23, 1807, m. Frances M. Heard, and d. 
Sept. 14, 1852. 

Robert Charles, b. May 12, 1809, m. first, Eliza Cabot Blanchard, and 
has children ; and secondly, Laura Derby Welles. 

William L. Palmer married Augusta Temple, (No. 52), and had, — 
John T., d. s. p. Charles C. Frederick T. William B. Anne E., born 
1802, died 14 June, 1808. Augusta T., married Rufus Prime, of N. Y., 
and died leaving issue. Elizabeth. 

Notes on the Preceding. 

Burke's Peerage, 1854, gives Edward Temple [33] as the father of 
Thomas [39], but a copy of the Temple pedigree from Johnson and Kim- 
be r's Baronetage, now in the possession of Hon. R. C. Winthrop, formerly 
belonging to Sir John Temple [46], and containing his own interlineations, 
says as follows :— 

" Sir John, the present baronet, is the son of Robert, eldest sorfof 
Thomas, the son of Purbeck, who was second son of the aforementioned 
Sir Peter Temple Bart, of Stowe, ." 

47. William Temple, third son of Robert of Ten Hills, m. first, a dau. 
of Gov. Whipple, and had, i. John, d. unm. ; ii. Sarah, m. Mr. Shields of 
Granby, S. C. He m. second, Amy, dau. of Col. Eleazer Fitch of Wind- 
ham, and had, iii. Nelson, b. 1781, drowned, aged 11 ; iv. Robert, b. 
Aug. 29, 1783. 

Robert Temple, m. Sept. 1805, Clara, only child of Joseph Hawkins, 
and had, 1. Clara, b. Oct. 24, 1806 ; 2. Robert Emmett, b. Sept. 24, 1808 ; 
3. Mary, b. Aug. 24, 1810 ; 4. Charlotte, b. May 13, 1813. His wife dy- 
ing, Dec. 1814, he m. 2d, Charlotte, dau. of Doctor Green, and had, 5. 
George, b. April 2, 1820, d. unm. ; 6. Charles, b. Nov. 1821 ; 7. Eliza- 
beth, b. Jan. 1823, d. young ; 8. William Grenville, b. March, 1826 ; 
9. Helen Augusta, b. April 9, 1828, d. unm. Feb. 1854. 

Of these, 1. Clara, m. in 1827, Henry Chapman, Esq., and has issue : 
2. Robert E. Temple, m. June 12, 1839, Catherine M. James, and had 
William, b. March, 1842 ; Catherine, b. Aug. 1843 ; Mary, b. Dec. 1845 ; 
Clara, Charlotte, and Grenville, who d. young; Ellen, b. Oct. 1850; 
Henrietta, b. June, 1853. 3. Mary Temple, m. Edmund Tweedy, and 
had issue ; 4. Charlotte Temple, m. Robert Sweeney, and had issue ; 6. 
Charles Temple, m. Margaret, dau. of Major Lowe, U. S. A., and had 
Edward, Arthur, Alice, Charlotte, and Eloisa ; 8. Wm. Grenville Temple, 
m. Oct. 10, 1851, Catalina, dau. of Gen. Totten, U. S, Army. 


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The following records relate to the Virginia branch, descended from 
John, son of the immigrant : — 

" At a Court held by her Majestie's Justices of the Peace for North- 
ampton County, this 29 day of March, 1708. Present Capt. William Har- 
manson, Capt. Benjamin Nottingham, Mr. Hillary Stringer, Mr. John 
Harmanson, Mr. John Powell. 

" This daye was Presented to this Court by John Bowden, a letter of 
Attorney to his Brother, James Bowden, Mariner, living in Boston in 
New England, which Letter of Attorney was acknowledged in open 
Court by the said John Bowden, and proved by the Corporal Oaths of 
Thomas Savage & Thomas Harmanson, Junior, and at the request of the 
said John Bowdoin is ordered to be put upon Record.'" 

The power of Attorney is still in record, but only adds the fact that 
this John Bowdoin was also a mariner. 

From a letter of Peter S. Bowdoin, Esq., of Cherrystone, Northampton 
co., Va., dated in 1854, I learn that his father was Peter Bowdoin, who 
d. 1825, leaving three sons and two daughters. His younger sons are 
now living in Philadelphia ; his daughters married respectively Prof. 
George Tucker, now of Philadelphia, formerly of the University of 
Virginia, and Dr. Smith of Northampton co., Va. 

Belthazer Bayard, who d. Dec, 1778, aged 71, had six children by 
his wife, Mary Bowdoin; the names of three of them were, Samuel, b. 
23 March, 1738 ; Mehitable, b. 26 April, 1741 ; Mary, m. Melatiah 
Bourn, and had issue, Sylvanus and a dau., wife of Col. Greatton. 

For the descendants of Hon. James Pitts and Elizabeth Bowdoin, see 
Bridgman's " Memorials of the Dead in Boston, 1 ' pp. 274-6. 


-4 — ■■. »- 


[Copy of the will of William Cushing, of Hingham, dated 1492, and proved in the 
Bishop's Court of Norwich, the next year. From this William, who is styled Gentle- 
man in ancient deeds relating to his estates, descended, in the sixth generation, Matthew 
Cushing, also of Hingham, who came to New England in 1639, and from whom 
descended all bearing the name of Cushing in this country.] 

In the name of god Amen, The xx th Day of the moneth of Septemb?, 
in the yere of o r lord god M 1 cccc lxxxxij, I William Cusshyn of Henghm, 
in my hoel mend And good memory beying, make my testament and my 
last will Declare in this forme Folloyng. Furst I comende my sowle to 
god Almighty, o r lady seint mary, & to all the blessed copany of heven, 
and my body to be buryed in the churchyard of Henghm foreseid, To the 
wich high Auter ther for my tithes negligently wtholden, I bequeth x". 
Itm to the repawn and sustentacon of the same chirch, yj 8 viij d . Itm I be- 

80 William Cushing's Will, 1492. [Jan. 

queth to the high Aut. of the cbirch of Hardynghm for my tithes forgotn 
xl d . It. to the repacon of the same chirch vj" viij*. Itm I bequeth to the 
lights of sent Andre we, sent Peter, the Rode ov r the pke, the Bronn 
Rode, o r lady in the chapell, to iche of them ij d . Itm to all oy r liglfts a 
costom to be kepte in y e seid chirch, I beqeth I d . Itm I geve and bequeth 
to the Gilde of Sent George in Hardynghm xl d . Itm I bequeth to the 
house of the Grey fryrs in Norwich, in the wich I am a brother, x* to 
sing and say placebo and Dirigo for me w l a masse of Requiem. Itm I 
geve and bequeth to Emme, my wifT, my mease in the wich I dwell in 
henghm, as it is edified, togeder w 1 xl acrs of my land wheare she shall 
chose it, in close or feld, as wele in Hardynsrhm as in Hengham, To 
haue and to hold them to the seid Emme, hir hyrs & assignes, in fee 
symple fore v more, to gif and sell. Also I bequeth to the seid Emme my 
wifF, all my utensils and stuff of my hous, to hold for ey, to gee w l all my 
catali of what kende thei be of, to do yfore & yw l as she thenketh most 
pleaso r to god and helth unto my sowle. Itm I bequeth to Elyne my 
Daught r xxvj s viij d in money, And to Anable my Dought 1 " xxij s viija. Itm 
to Margaret the wifT of Thomas Crowe, xiij* iiij d . Itm to William Crowe, 
my godson, xl d . Itm I wull y l my detts be payde. And I wull and be- 
queth to Thomas, my s^i 9 my mesuage as it is edified, in Hardynghm, 
w l xx»i acres of pasture and land arrable, w l thapptenfics, to have to him, 
his eyrs and assignes, in fee simple for e v . Itm I bequeth to John my 
yongest son, my mesuage as it is edified and Lieth in frostrowe in 
Henghm, togeder w l xiij Acrs of land, w* thepptennces, to have to the 
seid John, his eyrs and assignes for e Y in Fe symple. And I wull y e seid 
John have and entre into the seid messuage and lands at the age of xx^ 
yers. And if the seid John win tha age of xx li yers fortune to deceasse* 
y l then I wull the seid mesuage and lands be sold by Emme my wifT or 
by hir executours, and the money yof comyng to dispose for me & hir, 
and o r befifactours. It. I wull and bequeth to Robt my Son, my litell 
tefite as it is edified, sumetyme Thomas Brokholt, to have to hym, his 
eyrs and assignes for ey, and he to have, occupie & entre the seid tente 
at his age of xxiiij yere. And if he happe or fortune to disceasse w*in 
the age of xxiiij yere, y fc then I wull the seid tenle be sold and the money 
yf coming disposed like man and forme as foreseid. Itm I wull and re- 
quire all my feoffs wich be infeoffed of and in my mesuages tents pasturs 
fedyng meddows &c, and wods, yt thei & iche of them make and 
delyv to Emme my wif my executrixe, or to other by her named, a 
Sufficient astate whan so ey thei shall be required. Itm I woll have a 
secular p'st to syng and p'y for my sowle & my faders and modir by 
the space of two yere, yt is to sey oofi yere in the chirch of Henghm 
and a nother yere in the chirch of Hardynghm. The residue of all my 
goods & catali and londs in this my p'sent testament and last will, not 
assigned nor bequethed, I gif and bequeath to the fore seid Emme my 
wif, whom I chose, make and ordeyne of this my p'sent testament and 
last will, myn executrixe : And I woll the seid Emme chese to hir whom 
she will to helpe hir in the pformaunce and fulfillyng of this my testa- 
ment, to the pleaso 1 " of god and helth unto my sowle, gevying to the 
same pson so occnpyeing for his labo r as he desyrith. goven the day and 
yere as above seid. 

[Proved in the Bishop's Court of Norwich, March 11, 1493.] 


1856.] Stoddard, Bowes and Hancock Pedigrees. 81 


[The following letter will explain the reasons for inserting the accompanying Pedi- 
gree. It will be perceived that had the Author of it been in possession of the previous 
publications of the Register, he would have constructed a much more perfect account ; 
yet it is valuable as it is, and could not be improved without redrafting, which might 
do injustice to the ingenious Contributor. It is therefore admitted as it came to hand. 
— Editor.] 

Valentine House, Brook Street, Upper Clapton, 
Near London, England, Sept. 25, 1855. 
To the Editor of the New Eng. Hist, and Geneal. Register : 

Sir, — On visiting the Library of the British Museum with a view of 
tracing the connection of my family (which came from Boston on the 
rupture of the United States with England) with that of Sir Martin 
Bowes, Lord Mayor of London, temp. Eliz., I discovered the existence 
of your Society, the volumes of which seem so full of interesting rec- 
ords of a similar nature, that I have ventured to address you, in the 
hope of your being able, by making my aim known, to assist me, through 
some of your talented correspondents. 

My object is to discover the individual of our name who first settled 
in America, and I enclose a short Pedigree containing all I have yet 
been able to learn of the families of Bowes, Hancock and Stoddard, 
from my father's papers. John Hancock the first President of Congress, 
and who as such signed the ever memorable " Declaration of Inde- 
pendence," was my grandfather's first cousin ; and William Bowes and 
John Hancock were left conjoint heirs to Thomas Hancock, Esq., their 
mutual uncle. 

I think that this circumstance will make the enclosed Pedigree of 
interest to your readers, and perhaps induce them kindly to aid me in 
my researches. I know from the Arms that the first Nicholas Bowes 
mentioned in the Pedigree must have been a descendant of Sir Mar- 
tin, the Lord Mayor, (of whose family I have full accounts from re- 
cords in this country), and most probably he was the son of the first 
of the name who emigrated to New England. The most common 
name in our family is William (no Nicholas occurring in the Eng- 
lish Pedigrees), and William, you will observe, is the name of the 
eldest son in every descent of the American family tree. The only rela- 
tives I have must be living in America at the present time. 

As I may not have sketched the Arms (which I have copied from 
the old family seals) correctly, I enclose my late father's old Book-Plate.* 
I have made my communication as short as possible, not to encroach 
on your valuable pages, and trusting you will have the kindness by insert- 
ing this to aid the object I have in view, I remain, sir, your ob't serv't, 

Arthur Bowes. 

4 • « ■ ► 

Wallis. — Ipswich, Oct. 16. [1728.] This morning died Dr. Samuel 
Wallis of this place, about 40 years of Age ; a Man much employed in 
the Publick Affairs of this Town, in which Trust he discharged himself 
with singular Faithfulness ; and as he lived possessed of the great Es- 
teem and Affection of the People, so his death is very much lamented 
among us. — Boston Gaz., 21 Oct. 1728, 

* As we cannot furnish a cut of the Arms accompanying Mr. Bowes's communica- 
tion, a description is necessary. — Erm. three bows in pale gu. stringed sa. On a chief 
az. a swan between two leopards' heads arg. Crest — a demi lion, ramp, holding a 
bundle of arrows, banded vert. — Editor. 


Stoddard^ Bowes, and Hancock Pedigree. 


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[Prepared by Mr. William B. Trask, of Dorchester.] 
[Continued from Vol. IX, page 348.] 

Samuel Bidfield. — Will. 12 : 3 : 1659. I giue vnto my wife my 
dwelling house and yard with the out house in the yard during hir life, 
p r uided shee stay in this Cuntry and keepe the sayde house in repare, and 
after her decease or going out of the Cuntrie into England, my will is, 
saide house shall fall to Samuell Plumer, my grandchild, and to his heires. 
If hee dye with oute issue, it shall goe to the next sonn and his heires, 
and soe to the rest s,uccessiuly. Unto my wife, <£40, and halfe the hous- 
hould goods ; the other halfe to bee devided to my tow dau's children, to 
each of them Alike, that is to say, Samuell Plumer, John Plumer, Ephraim 
Plumer, Mary Plumer, John Steuens, Samuell Steuens. Also, vnto John 
Steuens and Samuell Steuens, <£10, to each ; also, my two mares and two 
horses, after my decease, if non of them bee sold beefore ; and they to 
receiue this gift at the age of 21 yeares. Vnto my sonn, Samuell Plumer, 
all my wareing Cloths, both linell and wollin. To Mr Tompson, <£5 ; to 
Mr Willson, 40s. ; to Mr Norton, £3 ; to James Penn, 40s. ; to John 
Seirch, 20s. ; to William Dinsdale, my Joynter, axes, oders, and all my 
other working tooles, w th on coat and a pare of britches. My wife ex- 
ecutrix, and James Penn and Samuell Plumer, ouerseers. It is my will 
that James Penn shall take the <£20 I doe giue to my two grandchildren, 
and keepe it till they come to age. 


Nathaniell Williams 
Madott Enges. 
Who deposed 20th Sept. 1660. 

Inventory taken 13 th 7 th mo 1660, by Richard Dole, Joseph Armitage. 
Amt. ,£512. 

Elizabeth Bidfield, widow of Samuel, deposed. 

Nathaniel Barnard. — Inventory of the Goods and Chattells of Na- 
thaniel Barnard, of Boston, deceased, prized by James Euerill and God- 
frey Armitage, 18th Nov r . 1659. Amt. <£11. 12. 01. Mentions Thomas 
Baker, Smith, and Thomas Starr. Power of Administration granted to 
Mary, Relict of Nathaniel Barnard, 13th Jan. 1659. She deposed, the 
same day. 

Estate indebted to Zachary Phillips, Nathaniell Adams, Capt. Thomas 
Savage, James Greene, Richd Bennet, George Nowell, David Showell, 
John Lewes, Mrs Susanna Gibbins, Esdras Read, Samll Sendall, Elieazer 
Heaton, Jno Winslow, Jno Meers, Jno Roades, Tho : Baker, Tho Starr, 
and others. 

Mr. Jacob Sheafe. — Inventory of the Estate of Mr Jacob Sheafe, de- 
ceased, taken by Anthony Stoddard, Edward Hutchinson, Tho: Brattle, 
Henry Shrimpton. - Sum Total. ,£8528. 08. 03. Among the items men- 
tioned, is " a quarter p* of 3 Mills at Roxbery,<£173 ; dwelling-house and 
ground therevnto belonging, <£220 ; 50 thousand of sugar, at England and 

84 Abstracts of Early Wills. [Jan. 

Barbadoes, at c£10 p. thousand, <£500 ; a q r ter p* of y e Ketch Tryall and 
the Cargo, <£155 ; for y e Sayles of provisions at Newfoundland, p r Mr 
Croad, c£170. 02. 09. &c. &c. Mrs Margaret Sheaje, widow of Jacob, 
deposed, 23: 9 mo: 59. 

Robert Sharp. — 24 l h Aprill 1656. On request of the former widow 
of Robert Sharp, Thomas Mekins and Peeter Aspinwall are appointed to 
take the children of the said Sharp's Porcon, and to Improve them for the 
best advantage of the sonne and daughters, defraying all necessary 
Charges for their Clothes and keeping, by letting the Land and Improove- 
ing the rest of the estate, belonging to the Children, to the best Ad- 

[See Lib. iii. fol. 67. for the Petition of said Mekins and Aspinwall, in 
which it is proposed that Aspinwall " take y e two daughters and finde 
them meate, drinke and Apparrell, learne them to read ; to knitt, spine 
and such Houswifery and keepe them either to y e day of marriage, or 
untill y e age of eighteene," for which said Peeter is to have " y e vse 
and profitt of y e house and land y l was s.aid Sharps, only y e said Peeter, 
besides bringing vp y e said daughters, in consideration of y e benefit of said 
house and land, alow y e sonne £5 p. Annum, &c. ( u Tho Mekinnes had 
the sonne to Bring up to His trade.'") Signed, 15 Jan. 1656. Witnessed 
by Abigail Clapp, Relicte and Administratrix to the Estate of the Late 
Robert Sharpe. See also Lib. iv. fol 228, for the Petition of said Abigaill 
Clapp, to the Court, on the 15 April 1665, that said Meekins and Aspin- 
wall be discharged, having fullfilled their trust. In this Petition it is 
stated, that Robert Sharpe left three Children Behind him in the year 54, 
one sonne, John, and 2 Daughters, Abigail and Mary. John being then, 
(in 1665) 22 years of age, and married ; the eldest dau. about 17 yeares ; 
the youngest, about 12 yeares ; &c. &c. Said Petition was witnessed by 
John White, and Ja. Pemberton.'] 

See Register for July, 1854: p. 276. 

Margaret Johnson. — Inventory of the Estate of Margaret Johnson. 
Widdow, in the Towne of Hingham, Prized 10 th Jan. 1659, by John Per- 
nig, Edmund Hubberd. Power of Administration to y e Estate granted to 
John Tucker, 25 Jan. 59, in behalfe of Mary Tucker, his daughter, un- 
less better Clayme appeare. John Tucker deposed, 25: 2 mo: 1660. 
The Court Considering y e Evidence p r duced by Mr Hubbard, in Relatio 
to y e good will and affection y* Thomas Johnson, Late of Hingham, did 
beare to Mr Peeter Hubbard, Minister there, doe order y l y e Administra- 
tors to y l Estate, pay vnto y e said Mr Peter Hubbard, £5. out of y fc 
Estate, and y e Dau. of John Tucker to have the rest, when y e debts be 
payd and account thereof Given. Edw. Rawson, Record 1 ". 

Wee whose names are underwritten doe testifie vnto y e Hono r d Court 
y l about 8 or tenn dayes before Margaret Johnson, Widow, dyed, she 
being in p r fect memory, I y e said Thomas Lincoln, weaver, was at y e 
dwelling house of Margaret Johnson, I fell into discourse with her Con- 
cerning y l Estate y t she had, and Richard Wood was p r sent with me, 
and wee, y e said Thomas and Richard, heard her say, y l when she dyed, 
it was her husbands will (he expressed it before he dyed,) y fc when he 
and Margaret, his wife, dyed y l y l Estate y* was Left, they would give it 
to Mary Tucker, and as it was my husbands will & minde, so it is mine, 

1856. J Abstracts of Early Wills. 85 

yt all y* Estate y t I haue shall be Mary Tuckers, and she desired me, y e 
said Thomas Lincolne, weaver, and Richard Wood, to beare witnes y l it 
was her will, y l she should haue it in case she should dye wilhout a writ- 
ten will ; and to this testimony wee set to o r hands, 10 Jan. 1659. 
Thomas Lincoln and Richard Wood, deposed, 25 Jan. 1659. 

Margarett Johnson's Estate, late of Hingham, Cred r . To Lycorice and 
Sugar spent at her burryal, 15s. 4d. ; to the burryall, more, one bushell 
wheate, 4s. 6d. ; to Mr Kimball, of Charles Towne, £2 ; &c. &c. Given 
in by Joseph Church, 30 : 2 mo : 1662. 

Whereas the Late Jno Tucker, senio r , of Hingham, tooke Administra- 
tion to the Estate of Margarett Johnson, in behalfe of Mary Tucker, his 
Daughter, 25 Jan. 1659. The Court order the said Jno Tucker, senio 1 *, to 
pay Mr JIubbard, minister of Hingham, <£5., out of the same, the said 
Mary Tucker being marryed to Joseph Church, of Hingham. On Request 
of said Joseph, the Court order that the Estate Left in the hands of the 
Administrator, Jno Tucker, senio r , be deliured to said Church. Allowed 
30 Oct. 1662. Liv. iv. fol. 88. 

William Paine, of Boston, having binn a longtime by the hand of God 

much exercised with infirmity of body, yet in perfect memory, [do] make 

my will. Vnto Hanna, my wife, c£200,and my dwelling house, sittuate in 

Boston, with all the out houses, archard, gardens, &c. ; allso, my mill, at 

-Watertowne, with the houses, lands, &c. ; allso all my househould stuffe, 

the vse and Improuement of it for life. Vnto my three grand children, 

which ware the Children of my dafter, Hanna Appleton, deceased, the 

some of <£1500, viz. to Hanna, <£600, to Samuell, <£500, and to Judeth, 

.£400. And if any of my sayd grandchildren depart this life, Leaueing 

noe Issue, Then the sayd Legicie or Legicies shall remaine to them that 

surviue and their heires for euer. If they depart this life leaueing noe 

Issue, Then my will is, that the sayd <£1500, bee repayd back vnto my 

sonn John Paine, to him and his heires. Said Legicies shall bee payd 

vnto my grandchildren as they shall attaine vnto age, or vppon the day of 

marridge. I giue to Hanna Appleton, my said grand child, all the house- 

lould stuff that now standeth in the hall chamber, to remaine to her after 

my wife depart this life. The rest of my househould stuffe I giue vnto 

he other of my grandchildren, after my wifes decease. I giue vnto the 

Children of Symond Eyers, sen r . deceased, viz : Beniamine, Mary, Re- 

wkah, Christian, An, and Dorothy, £5 to each. To Symond Eyes the 

;onn of Symond Eyes Jn. deceased, £5 to bee payd when of age. Vnto 

ny Sister Page, £3. p r yeare dewreing life. Vnto my kinsman, John 

Page, which now is in his hands the some of £5. and to the other Children 

f my sayd Sister Page, viz. To Samuell, Elizabeth, Mary, Pheebee, 

£5., to each. Vnto the children of my Sister Hament, viz : To John, 

Elizabeth, and hanna, £5., to each. To my kinswoman, Elizabeth House, 

lafter to Samuell and Elizabeth House, <£10. Vnto the two dafters of my 

vosan, John Tall, 40s. to each, when of age. Vnto my sonn in law, 

Samuell Appleton, <£10 ; to William Howard, £15 ; to Jerimy Belcher, 

0s. ; vnto Mr Anthony Stodder, <£10 ; vnto Christopher Clarke, £10 ; 

nto Mr Joseph Tainter, £\0 ; vnto Mr Oliuer Puerchis, £\0 ; vnto 

Wary Ingion, 40s., yearely, dureing life. I giue vnto the free scoole of 

pswitch, the little neck of land at Ipswitch, commonly knowne by the 

ame of Jeferrys neeck. The which is to bee, and remaine, to the beni- 

tt of the said scoole of Ipswitch, for euer, as I haue formerly Intended, 

86 Abstracts of Early Wills. [Jan. 

and therefore the sayd land not to bee sould nor wasted. I giue vnto the 
Colledg at Cambridge, c£20., The which is now payd for that end into 
the hands of the worshippfull Mr Thomas Dauenport, of Cambridge, and 
shall remaine in the hands of the Committie and president of the Colledge, 
and by them, for the time beeing, and theire suckcessers after them for 
eucr, Imploy sayd Twenty pounds for the benifitt of the said Colledge. 
But the sayd Twenty pounds not to bee expended But to remaine as A 
stock to the College for euer. I giue vnto my reuerent freinds, viz : 
Mr Norton, and Mr Willson, Paster and teacher of the Church of 
Boston, 40s. to each. To Mr Shirman, Paster of the Church at Water- 
towne, to Mr Browne, paster of the Church at Sudbery, to Mr Cobbit, 
paster of the Church at Ipswitch, to Mr Fisk, passter of the Church at 
Chensford, to Mr Phillops, teacher of the Church at Rowley, to Mr 
Mayhoo, paster of the new Church of Boston, 40s. [each.] All the rest 
of my estate vnto my sonn, John Paine. If John depart this life, leaue- 
ing noe Issue, nor Children of sayd Issue, Then my will is that the 
houses and lands which of right doe beelonge vnto mee, within the bounds 
of Ipswitch, with the privileges, &c. I giue unto the Children of my sayd 
dafter, Hanna Appleton, deceased, namely, Hannah, Judeth, and Samuell, 
or soe many of them as shall bee then aliue, as Coe heires to the same, 
to them and their heires for euer, according as there is p r vition made in 
A deede of gift, formerly giuen vnto my sonn, John Paine. If John de- 
part this life, leaueing no issue, nor Children of said Issue. Then my will 
is, that the Children of my sister Page, mentioned aboue, shall haue out 
of my estate the some of <£300, to bee equally deuided between them. If 
my wife should depart out of this life beefore myselfe, Then my will 
is, that the Children of Simond Eyers, sen., deceased, shall haue <£5 
apeece, A deed to theire former <£5 ; and the Children of my sister Page 
and sister Hanna, shall haue £5 apeece, aded to their former £5. I doe 
heareby earnestly request Mr Olliur Purches, to be helpcfull to my sonne, 
John Paine, concerning the Iron worke and the accounts thereof, whose 
Abilities and faithfullness I haue had experience of, vnto whose Ceare I 
doe Commit the sayd accounts. I make my sonn, John Paine, my Sonn 
in Law, Samuell Appleton, and Mr Anthony Stodder, my executors. And 
I doe request Mr Christopher Clarke, Mr Joseph Tainter, and Mr Olliuer 
Purches, to bee my ouerseers and feofess in trust of this my will. My 
will is, that if my sayd Ouerseeres with my Executors shall see Just Case 
for some pyous vse and nesessary worke to giue c£100., They shall haue 
power to take it out of my estate. 2 Oct r 1660. 

Will Paine. 

Postscript. — I giue vnto Doctter Clarke, £5 ; and I doe giue to Capt 
Thomas Clarke Company, to bye them Cullers, the some ofjiue pounds. 

In presence of vs, 

John Mayo, Christopher Clarke, 
Will: Howard. 

14 Nov r 1660. Mr Samuell Appleton appeared beefore the Court and 
declared by reason of his remote living and inability to manage such A 
trust hee did renounce his excetership to the will. Also, Anthony Stod- 
derd, on Request of Mr John Payne, sonn to the late Mr William Paine, 
did renounce his executorship to this will, which was done before the 
probate of the will. Edward Rawson Recorder. 

14 Nov. 1660. Mr John Mayo, Christopher Clarke, and William 
Howard, deposed. 

1856.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 87 

Inventory of the Estate taken by Henry Shrimpton, Joshua Scotlow, 
John Richards, 22 : 8 : 1660. Amt. .£4239. 11. 05. Mr John Paine 
deposed, 14 Nov 1660. 

Martine Saunders. — Inventory of the Estate of Marline Saunders, 
senior, of Brantrey, deceased, 4th: 6 mo : (58) Amt. £321. 17. Ap- 
prizers, William Allis, Moses Paine, Edmund Quinsey. 

For a full, fynall & Amicable Conclusion & Agreement betweene John 
Saund r s, Martine Saund r s, Francis Elliott & Robert Parmenter, all of 
Brantrie, sonnes & Sonnes in Law to y e Late Martine Saund r s, of Brain- 
trie. It is agreed vpon, y e 10th 8 mo. 1658. 

That John Saund r s, Eldest sonne to the Late Martine Saund r s, (the 
will of y e said Martine, the father, notwithstanding,) shall haue the house, 
barne, Cowhouse, together with y e yards, Orchards, Gardens & a Little 
piece of meadow lyeing to y e house, all w ch y e said Martine Saund r s died 
possessed of, with all y c liberties, &c. 

2. It is agreed vpon, yt Francis Elliott, in right of his wife, shall haue 
yt piece of meadow Lying on y e neck, 6 acres, more or less, to him & to 
his heirs, &c. And also, with y e £7 he hath had, haue it made vp out of 
y e Estate of Martine Saund r s. y e father, an equall portion with Martine 
Saund r s & Robert Parmenter. 

3. It is farther agreed vpon, y t Martine Saund r s, youngest sonne, to y e 
late Martine Saund r s, shall haue a piece of vpland & meadow, form r ly 
his fathers, in pumpkin hill, Running from his broth r John Saund r s Lyne 
of 25 Rodds brooad, till it come to the sea, & shall also haue it made vp 
an equall p r portion with y e rest of his sisters, with what he hath had, at 
his marriage. 

4. It is Lastly concluded & agreed, yt Robert Parmenter, in right of 
his wife, shall haue all y e Lands Lying in Pumpkin hill, together with y e 
meadow thereunto belonging, excepting 4 acres, yt is John Saund r s, as 
aboue, & ye vpland & meadow yt is Martine Saund r s, w ch Lyeth at y e end 
of John Saund r s, as aboue, to y e sea, & shall also receiue £15, of John 
Saund r s, for his dau. in Law RachelVs, vse, & shall also haue it made vp 
out of y e Estate Left by y e said Martine Saund r s, y e father, an equall 
p portion, with his sister Elliott, accounting what his wife had at marriage. 
Y e parties aboue mentioned bind ymselues in y e penall sum of £100. 
This 10 Oct*. 1658. 

John Saund r s 
In p r sence of vs, Peter Bracket, William Ellis. Martine Saund r s 

Francis Elliott 
Robt Parmenter. 
Whereas Francis Elliott, Sonne In Law to the Late Martine Saund r s, 
p r senting a will signed by the Late Martine Saund r s, bearing date 5th 5 
mo. 1658, about w ch y r was some difference & discontent between y e 
sonnes of y e said Saund r s, w ch y e Court Considering of, advised ye Chil- 
dren to Come to a Loueing Agreem* amongst ymselues, y r being seuerall 
objections made against y e said will. [All things being amicably settled, 
an inventory was made, and allowed by the Court, 2 Feb. 1659.] 

Lewis Martine. — Inventory of y e Goods of Lewes Martine, deceased, 
taken at y e Request of Thomas Trapp, by John Wiswall, Henry Powning, 
John Phillips. Amt. £64. 16. llj. 

Whereas Administration to y e Estate of Lewes Martine, was giuen, 21 

88 Abstracts of Early Wills. [Jan. 

July '59, to Thomas Trapp, in behalfe of Mr John Andrewes, to whom it 
was giucn, & y e said Trapp failing in giueing securitie to y« Recorder, 
who, finding y« said Thomas Trapp to be Conveying himselfe & ye said 
Goods out of this Jurisdiccon, to Martin Vineyard, to Thomas Bur chard, 
who marryed y e said Thomas Andrews mother, y e said Burchard hauaing 
wrote to Mr Elliott to giue securitie to y e Court for y e said Goods till 
Order Come from y e said Andrcwes for y e disposeing thereof, & y e 
Magistrates finding y* y e said Trapp hath vsed £6 of y e said Goods for 
paying his owne passage & other charges, & being informed of y e great 
paines y e said Trapp tooke with y e said Lewes Martine, whiles aliue, & 
about y goods, Judge meete y l he be allowed y e said £6. ; & whereas, 
he p r tends his chest was broken vp & some goods taken out. The Magis- 
trates Judge meete to Order, y fc y e Marshall, with y e said Trapp, in sight 
of y e Record 1 *, overhale y e goods now in hand, with y e Inventory thereof, 
& what is found to Comit into y e hands of Mr John Elliott, who is to 
giue y e Recorder Securitie, &c. 22 Sept 59. 

Mr Robert Gibbs, of Boston m r chant, p r ducing a Lett r of Atturney, 
Signed by John Andrewes, of y e Cittie of London, m r chant Taylor, Im- 
powering to Receiue Goods bequathed vnto him by Lewis Martine, de- 
ceased, & in Custody of Marshall Richard Waite, secured by Order of 
Court, p r serued from Imbecelling, It is ordered y 1 said Gibbs Record his 
power with y e Recorded, & on Receipt of said Goods, to procure a dis- 
charge from John Andrews, within two years, &c. 

[An Invoyce of Goods, found in y e Chest of said Trapp, belonging 1o 
Martin's Estate, on behalfe of said Andrewes, examined by JohnWiswall, 
Henry Poivning, Richard Waite, Thomas Trapp. 23 Sept 1659. Re- 
ceived by Robert Gibbs, 5 May 1660.] 

Thomas Trapp, aged 20 yeares or thereabouts, saith Lewis Martine, of 
Porley, in Essex, husbandman, to me well knowne, haueing wrought with 
him seuerall times at harvest time, y e Last yeare, in England, was also 
with him when he tooke vp a p r cell of goods, & borrowed seu r all times 
money, of Mr John Andrewes, of Fanchurch Streete, London, Lynnen drap r , 
& Coming ouer with y e said Martine, In y e shipp Exchange, Capt John 
Peirce, Comand r , who, falling sicke, on his death bed, called me, Thomas 
Trapp to him, & said, Thomas, I am sicke & weake, & know not how y e 
Lord will dispose of me, but, if I should dye, I would haue all y' I haue 
on board, & y e p r duce of it, goe to yo r Coussin, John Andrewes, for he is 
my best friend I haue in y e world ; and y e deponent further saith, y l y e 
said Lewes Martine, for seu r all moneths, Lodged at y e said John An- 
drewes, & had his dyet also free, for what euer he heard. Taken on 
Oath, before y e Magistrates, 21 July 1659. 

p r Edw. Rawson Record 1 ". 

Thomas Trapp indebted to Thomas Smith, £6. 04. Power of Ad- 
ministration to y e Estate of Lewis Martine, Graunted to Thomas Trapp, 
in behalfe of Mr John Andrcwes. 

Thomas Collier. — March 23, 1659. Inventory of the Estate of the 
Late Thomas Collier, as it was Giuen in to y e Court, 1647, the goods be- 
ing then Apprized by Jno Ottis & William Hersie, as in y e file of the 
Courts may Appeare ; y e house & Lands being now Apprized, tho then 
Giuen in, also, without price, by those whose names are vnderwritten, 
George Lane & Thomas Hewct. Am 1 . £96. Moses Colier, son of said 
Thomas, deposed, 22 April 1660. See Will. Reg. vol. vii. p, 173. 

[To be Continued.] 

1856.] Descendants of Matthew Adams. 89 


Mr. Editor : — Matthew Adams was one of three brothers, who flour- 
ished in the first half of the last century ; all of whom were distinguished 
men. The Hon. John Adams, of Nova Scotia, probably the eldest of the 
three, was the father of the Rev. John Adams, who was graduated at 
Harvard College, 1721, and died at Cambridge in 1740, aged 36, much 
distinguished as a writer, preacher, and poet. The other of the three 
brothers was the Rev. Hugh Adams, first minister of Oyster River Parish, 
(now Durham,) in Dover, N. H. He was graduated at Harvard College 
1697, settled in Durham 1718, where he died 1750. The family name 
of his wife was Winburn, and they left several children, many of whose 
descendants are living in this city and vicinity. Of Matthew, Dr. Franklin 
says in his autobiography, (see Sparks's ed., p. 16,) he " was a merchant, 
an ingenious, sensible man, who had a pretty collection of books, fre- 
quented our printing office, took notice of me, and invited me to see his 
library, and very kindly proposed to lend me such books, as I chose to 
read." The most common editions of Franklin's autobiography are cop- 
ies of the first English edition, which was, awkwardly enough, only a 
re-translation from the French edition, which had been translated and 
published in French, from the Dr.'s manuscript. The word " merchant" 
by being translated into French, and then back again into English, came 
to be " tradesman" and hence the authors generally, who have spoken of 
Matthew Adams, have called him a mechanic. See the Biographical 
Dictionaries of Elliot, Allen, A. Bradford, and the Mass. Hist. Collections, 
vol. 5, p. 211. But I have the authority of your friend, the learned his- 
torian of Boston, for saying that he was in fact a merchant, as Dr. Frank- 
lin originally wrote. We know from other sources that he was a popular 
writer, and that he, with Dr. Mather Byles and others, constituted a club, 
which furnished literary essays periodically to the New England Journal, 
and other papers published by the Franklins, and which essays were 
afterwards reprinted in more formidable monthly magazines. The histo- 
rian of Boston, p. 634, says that Elliot and Allen " appear to have known 
nothing of his ancestry.' 1 For aught that appears, the same may, with 
equal truth, be said of the learned historian himself, and every other au- 
thor who has mentioned him. I certainly shall not have the presumption 
to attempt to supply this deficiency, " for what can a man do that cometh 
after the king" ? All I shall attempt will be to give an account of some 
of his descendants ; but hope, nevertheless, that you may be able to find 
some one, among your society of antiquarians, bold enough to undertake 
to give you the much-desired information in regard to his ancestors. 

His first wife and mother of his children was Katharine Brigdon, whom 
he married Nov. 17, 1715. They had five children — Matthew, William, 
Katherine, John, 2 b. June 19, 1725, and Nathaniel, 2 b. 1726. His second 
wife was Meriel Cotton, whom he married June 10, 1734; and he died in 
1753. Of the history of the three first children we have no knowledge. 

John, 2 the third son and fourth child of Matthew, 1 was graduated at 
Harvard College, 1745, and settled as minister in Durham, 1748. He 
was dismissed in 1778, and soon after re-settled in Newfield, or Parsons- 
field, Me., over a parish embracing several precincts. He moved his 
family thither in Feb., 1781. See Greenleaf's Sketches of the Ecclesi- 
astical History of Maine, p. 113. He is said to have been "a man of 

90 Descendants of Matthew Adams. [Jan. 

superior natural talents," and to have inherited much of the ability of his 
father as a writer, a fine specimen of which is exhibited in an address 
sent by the town of Durham to the town of Boston, with a donation, in 
1774, signed by himself and Gen. John Sullivan as a committee. He is 
honorably mentioned in the biographical dictionaries, among the distin- 
guished men of New England. He married Hannah Chesley, who died 

1814, and had 14 children, viz.: Sara, Catharine, John, Deborah, John, 
Nathaniel, Thomas, Hannah, William, (grad. Dart. 1799,) Abigail, Eben- 
ezer, Samuel, Eliza, and Amos Chase. He died June 4, 1792, aged 67. 
Two of the daughters married and lived in Parsonsfield ; the one Morrill, 
and the other Allen. Samuel, born Sept. 19, 1777, married Betsey 
Prentice, daughter of the Hon. John Prentice, of Londonderry, and died 

1815, leaving children. Thomas, the only child of Rev. John Adams 
now living, was born Sept. 11, 1769, and married, March, 1803, Sally 
Wilson. They have several children, one of whom, Samuel Chesley 
Adams, Esq., of Newfield, born Oct. 11, 1807, married Oct. 15, 1833, 
Theodate Drake Page, a grand-daughter of Simon Drake, Esq,, formerly 
of Epping, N. H. 

Nathaniel, 2 the fourth and youngest son of Matthew, 1 was a merchant, 
and settled in Portsmouth, N. H. His first wife, Deborah Knight, married 
1752, had one daughter, b. 1754, when she died. This daughter, Elizabeth, 
married John Raynes, of Portsmouth, and died there without issue in 
1834. His second wife, whom he married in 1755, was Elizabeth, born 
1734, daughter of Hon. William Parker, of Portsmouth ; sister of Judge 
Parker, of Exeter, (William); of Sheriff Parker, of Portsmouth, (John); 
of Bishop Parker, of Boston, (Samuel) ; of Matthew, of Wolfborough, 
N. H. ; of Mary, wife of Hon. David Sewall, of York, Me., of Lydia, 
wife of Samuel Hale, mother of the late Hon. John Parker Hale, of 
Rochester, N. H., the father of the present senator of the same name ; 
and of Sarah, wife of Col. Toppan, of Hampton, N. H., the mother of Mrs. 
Chas. H. Atherton and Mrs. Dr. Nath'l Thayer. They had six children — 
1. Nathaniel, 3 2. Mary, 3 3. Deborah, 3 4. John, 3 5. Anne, 3 and 6. William. 3 
He d. in 1766, aged 40, and she d. in Nov. 1814, aged 80. His talents, en- 
ergy and success were somewhat extraordinary. Though he began with 
nothing, and his life was comparatively so short, he died possessed of one 
of the most valuable real estates in Portsmouth, including all the lots on 
Pleasant Street, south of the Market House, to State Street, and on that 
eastward to Col. Sheafe's estate. 

His oldest son, 1. Nathaniel, 3 b. 1756, grad. Dart. 1775 ; began the 
study of law with Gen. Sullivan, but, before his term had expired, was 
appointed Clerk of the Superior Court of N. H. for the whole State, and 
officiated as clerk, in that and other courts, for more than fifty years, and 
till the end of his life. There is probably now existing, in his handwrit- 
ing, a larger amount of regularly kept and well-written court records, 
than can any where else be found as the work of any one man. He died 
while attending court at Exeter, in the execution of the duties of his 
office, Aug. 1829, aged 73. He was the reporter of the first volume of 
the Decisions of the New Hampshire Court, published in 1819, and the 
author of the Annals of Portsmouth, published in 1825. He married 1st, 
Eunice Woodward, in 1784, and had three children ; and 2d, Martha 
Church, in Oct., 1795, and had five more, to wit — 1. Nathaniel, 4 b. April, 

1785, m. Nancy Payson, and lives in Milton ; 2. John Woodward, 4 b. 

1786, and d. unm. ; 3. Benjamin West, 4 b. March 31, 1788, m. Sarah 

1S56.] Descendants of Matthew Adams. 91 

Hart, and d. leaving children ; 4. Martha Church, 4 b. Jan. 22, 1798, m. 
Dudley Buck, Esq., Hartford, Ct. ; 5. Eunice Woodward, 4 b. Nov., 1801 ; 
6. Charles W., 4 b. 1803, and d. unm. ; 7. Samuel Church, 4 b. 1806 ; 8. 
Mary Elizabeth, 4 b. Aug. 1808, m. Samuel Williams, Esq., of N. York, 
and d. Dec. 1843, leaving children. 

2. Mary, 3 b. 1758, m. Dr. Abiel Pearson, of Andover, physician, who 
grad. Dart. 1779. They had four children — 1. David Sewall, 2. Eliza 
Adams, 3. Mary, who m. Rev. David Oliphant, formerly of Keene, N. 
H., now of Andover, and 4. Samuel Moody. She d. in 1802. 

3. Deborah, 3 b. 1759, m. 1786, Nathaniel Sparhawk, Esq., of Kittery, 
grandson and heir of Sir Wm. Pepperrell. He was b. 1744, grad. Harv. 
1768, and d. 1814. She afterwards, in 1816, m. Dr. Abiel Pearson, of 
Andover, who d. in 1827, leaving her a second time a widow, and she d. 
childless in 1838, ae. 79. Dr. Parsons, in his life of Sir Wm. Pepperrell, 
erroneously calls her, at the time of her first marriage, Miss Parker. 

4. John, 3 b. 1761, m. Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. Dr. Haven, of 
Portsmouth, and sister of the late Hon. Nathaniel Appleton Haven and 
John Haven. He d. in 1802, leaving one daughter, Ann Hall, b. 1794, 
who m. 1814, William Appleton, of Quincy, and d. leaving children. 

5. Anna, 3 b. 1763, m. the Hon. Joseph Hall, late Sheriff and Judge of 
Probate of Suffolk County, and d. in 1793, leaving one son, the late Jo- 
seph Hall, Esq., of the Hamilton Bank, who m. Bartlett, and died a 

few years since, in this city, leaving children. 

6. William, 3 the youngest son of Nathaniel, 2 was b. in 1765, m. Han- 
nah Hubbard, of Middletown, Ct., 1784, and d. in Nov. 1790, at 25 years 
of age, leaving three daughters, each of whom have children and grand- 
children in this vicinity and in various other parts of the United States, 
and one son. 1. Eliza, the eldest, b. May 16, 1785, m. July 25, 1812, 
Gen. Upham, (whose obituary is contained in a subsequent page of this 
number of the Register,) and d. March 18, 1854 ; 2. Anna Maria, b. 
March 23, 1787, m. Nov. 1813, Rev. William Allen Thompson, of South 
Berwick, who grad. Bowd. 1808, and d. 1835; 3. Sarah, b. May 22, 1789, 
m. Sept. 14, 1817, T. Farrar, a member of your Society ; and 4. Wil- 
liam, b. Feb. 29, 1791, who d. young and unmarried. 

Now, Mr. Editor, if you will persuade some of your antiquarian friends, 
without disparagement to the learned historian of Boston, to give you an 
account of Matthew Adams's ancestors, I shall hope they will, at the same 
time, fill up the many blanks in this account of his descendants. f^ 3 

< -»»•» » 

Eldrington. — "Elizabeth-Town (in New-Jersey) Jan. 23, 1764. Last Friday de- 
parted this life, Miss Mary Eldrington, an old virgin, in the 109th year of her age. She 
was of an ancient family, born at Eldrington-Hall, in Northumberland, Old England, 
and on the next day she was decently interred in St. John's Church-yard, at Elizabeth- 
Town. — It is remarkable, that, notwithstanding her great age, she was very desirous of 
getting a husband before she died ; and not two years since, nothing could offend her 
so highly as to tell her that she was too old to be married. — Mass. Gaz. §• News-Let., 
16 Fe6.,"l764. 

An Ancient Manuscript. — Mr. Arder, of London, having purchased from an 
Arab, at the sepulchral diggings about Luxor, Egypt, a roll of papyrus, has been in- 
strumental in the publication of two pleadings at the Greek bar of Hyperides, felicit- 
ously deciphered from the reporter's notes, which, from the fact of their being 300 years 
older than the Christian era, claims precedence in seniority before all known manu- 
scripts. Longinus had a high opinion of" the orator Hyperides. — Newspaper, 2 Sept., 1 853. 

92 Notices of Publications. [Jan. 


History of the Town of Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, from 
its First Settlement, in 1630, to the Present Time, 1855. By Charles 
Brooks. Boston : James M. Usher, 1855. 8vo., pp. 576. 

The History of Medford has been compiled in a comparatively brief period, and 
when that is the case with any considerable historical Avork, expectations ought not to 
be very high as it respects the manner of its accomplishment. Yet the industry of Mr. 
Brooks has been untiring, and he has produced a very valuable book ; one which must 
be very satisfactory to the people of that ancient town. And though the author has 
not given a regular history of the town, he has given the most striking events in its 
history. Indeed, to have gone more into detail would have required a much larger 
work than was intended, or was practicable. 

The " Register of Families," appended to the History of Medford, is comprised in 
about 72 pages ; concerning which, the author says : — " It has been prepared by my 
young friend, Mr. William II. Whitmore, of Boston. With the patience that belongs 
to older scholars, with an accuracy that belongs to a true lover of genealogical inquiry, 
and with a generosity that issues from a Christian heart, he has devoted himself to 
these researches, and every family mentioned in the Register owes him a debt of grati- 
itude. Collegisse juvat." We take pleasure in transferring this tribute to our pages, 
because we know it to be well deserved. Some of these registers, or pedigrees, Mr. 
Whitmore has printed separately, especially that of his own family, to be distributed, 
with the hope of deriving aid in its future perfection. 

In crediting gentlemen from whom the author has received assistance, he has no 
doubt intended to be just, and no doubt is so, with a single exception. We refer to one 
whom he has styled a " benefactor." We would not detract a hair's breadth from any 
honors due to that " benefactor " ; but with all deference we submit, that it is our hum- 
ble opinion, that in this case, the word or title benefactor is entirely misapplied ; and had 
the author known what we know relative to the publishing and distributing the " Massa- 
chusetts Colony Records," he never would have applied benefactor in the direction which 
he has. In a proper time and place, we shall, life and health permitting, set the public 
right about the publication and distribution of the "Massachusetts Colony Records." 

Mr. Brooks is a sprightly writer, and his biographical and other sketches are exceed- 
ingly interesting. The paper used in printing the work does not quite come up to what 
it should be, and the binding is not up to the paper. But the engravings are many and 
beautiful. The appropriate frontispiece — the portrait of Governor Brooks — cannot fail 
to do every one good who looks upon it. That of Mr. Brooks, the author, is likewise 
very fine and lifelike. The numerous views of residences are truly superb, and we 
wish we had space to say more about them. 

Sermons, Chiefly Occasional. By Charles Lowell, Senior Minister of 
the West Church in Boston. Boston : Ticknor & Fields. 1855. 
12mo., pp. 329. 

The volume of Sermons, of which the above is the title, has been looked for by Dr. 
Lowell's numerous friends, with very great interest. It is a beautiful memorial of a 
Long and eminently useful life, which it is hoped may be much farther prolonged. This 
collection of sermons is mostly composed of those upon historical occasions, in the 
treatment of which the author is happily qualified, in all respects. It is dedicated to 
Charles G. Loring, Esq. It is but a short time since there was published a volume of 
Dr. Lowell's "Practical Sermons." That volume was highly gratifying to the com- 
munity, as the present cannot fail to be. 

Of the style in which the work is got up, it will be enough to observe, that it has 
issued from the house of Messrs. Ticknor & Fields. It is accompanied by a spirited 
and life-like engraving of the author, as he appeared in the prime of life. 

Dealings with the Dead. By A Sexton of the Old School. Boston : 
Button & Wentworth. 1856. 2 vols. 12mo., pp. 698. 

To the readers of the Boston Transcript, (and their name is legion,) the names of 
*■" A Sexton of the Old School," "Sigma," &c, &c, are as household words. They 
do not require to be told that the writer of the essays over those signatures is Lucius 

1856.] Notices of Publications. 93 

Manlius Sargent, Esquire^ Nor do those essays require any praise from us, to aid in 
giving them the wide circulation they deserve and cannot fail to attain. Of their 
author we will take the liberty to observe, that if LL. D., &c, &c, has never been 
attached to his name, it is not because his acquirements do not, in a superlative degree, 
entitle him to such distinction. But it is quite probable, that, if a degree were tendered 
him, he would not accept of it, judging from the manner he has recently spoken of 
such titles, and the machinery now in use to obtain them. 

We had hoped the " Sexton" would have profited in several parts of his essays by 
our humble labors ; as, for example, in speaking of the Faneuil family, and the Wood- 
bridge and Phillips duel. The History and Antiquities of Boston would materially have 
aided him to correct some things, and to add to others. This is mentioned, because we 
took occasion to call his attention to the subject. But he probably had not the time to 
devote to any considerable revision of his original work ; nor was it, perhaps, necessary. 

Messrs. Dutton & Wentworth have brought out these volumes not only in beautiful, 
but in splendid style, and they have accompanied them with two indexes ; one of mat- 
ters, and the other of names. It is a pity that both of these indexes do not refer to 
the pages, instead of the chapters or numbers, which often extend over several pages. 

Extracts from the Diary and Correspondence of the late Amos Lawrence ; 
with a Brief Account of Incidents in his Life. Edited by his Son, 
William R. Lawrence, M. D. Boston : Gould & Lincoln. 1855. 
8vo., pp. 369. 

There is no kind of reading more attractive, especially to the younger portion of the 
community, than autobiography. And, while the work before us may not be, strictly 
to speak, an autobiography, yet that element so far enters into it, that it possesses all 
the charm of that class of works. The materials of which it is composed fell into the 
hands of the proper person, Mr. Lawrence, the son, who has edited them with excellent 
taste and judgment. 

As a specimen of what the press of Boston produces in 1855, the Diary and Letters 
of Mr. Lawrence are a very beautiful criterion. The volume is embellished with fine 
portraits of Mr. Amos, and his distinguished brother the late Hon. Abbot Lawrence, 
and a view of their birth-place at Groton. 

Address delivered before the Historical Society of the University of 
North Carolina, June 6, 1855. By Rt. Rev. Bishop Atkinson. Pub- 
lished by, and at the request of the Society. Raleigh : 1855. 8vo., 
pp. 32. 

It is very pleasant to meet occasionally with a few stray leaves, showing that there 
are those, in a distant part of the Union, who, like us in the far North, are awake to 
the importance of historical inquiries, and to the importance of preserving such facts as 
yet remain, and placing them in situations of security, where they may eventually con- 
tribute to perfect the history of a remarkable people and countiy. 

The author of the address here alluded to seems to be well acquainted with what his- 
tory should be, and that it has another eye besides those usually claimed as its sole con- 
stituents — namely, that of genealogy. Although he has not said this, his work is a 
convincing proof that he will fully subscribe to it. As Rome was " overcome with 
Roman arms," Charles the First was overcome by Stuart arms in the hands of a Crom- 
well, whom Mr. Atkinson makes " a far-oflf cousin " to that misguided monarch. 

For a copy of the address we are indebted to Prof. F. M. Hubbard, of the N. C. U. 

The Proceedings at the Cushman Celebration, at Plymouth, August 15th, 
1855, in Commemoration of the Embarkation of the Plymouth Pil- 
grims from Southampton, England ; together with an Account of the 
Services at the Grave of Elder Thomas Cushman, August 16, 1855. 
Boston : 1855. pp. 76. 

Although it does not appear from the title-page, the most prominent of the "proceed- 
ings " in the tract before us, is an eloquent and able discourse by the Rev. Robert W. 
Cushman, D. D., formerly the minister of Bowdoin Square Church. This discourse 
has for a motto, "Plymouth Rock" — "'The Rock whence we were hewn.'" It 
extends to 31 pages. 

The Cushman Celebration is a memorable epoch in the history of those bearing the 

94 Notices of Publications. [Jan. 

name of Cushman ; and it is proper that the descendants qf the same progenitor, in 
distant ages, should know to whom they are chiefly indebted for the movement which 
resulted in the agreeable and happy celebration, an account of which is the subject of 
this notice. None of the name of Cushman, of the present day, require to be told that 
they are primarily indebted to the Hon. Henry W. Cushman, for whatever of pleasure 
and satisfaction they have derived from the gathering at Plymouth in August last. To 
him they are indebted also for a family memorial, such as few families can boast, in 
this or any other country. 

It would be highly agreeable to the editor to give a synopsis of all that took place 
on the interesting occasion, but the limits here assigned will not admit of such an 

Love for the Sanctuary. — A Sermon : Preached in the High Street Con- 
gregational Church, Providence, R. I., Sunday Morning, Oct. 21, 
1855,ow the Re- Opening of the Church for Public Worship. By 
Samuel VVolcott, Pastor of the Church. Providence : 1855. 8vo., 
pp. 26. 

It is an excellent and highly commendable thing for societies and churches to com- 
memorate occurrences of the nature of that upon which this sermon was composed. 
If the sermon or discourse itself contains nothing of moment touching the event, the 
title-page alone may be a record of inestimable value to the annalist or historian of re- 
mote times. But Mr. Walcott, we can say from personal knowledge, is one of those 
who highly appreciate historical matters in all their branches. He will let no opportu- 
nity pass of making such use of such occasions as will always suggest itself to literary 
men of enlightened minds. This is by no means the first of his productions in a simi- 
lar field. 

The New Hampshire Annual Register, and United States Calendar, for 
the Year 1856 : with a Business Directory for New Hampshire. By 
G. Parker Lyon. No. 13, New Series. Concord. 18mo., pp. 213. 

. Looking at Mr. Lyon's Register by the side of this of Massachusetts, one might be 
led to suppose that New Hampshire is an uncultivated waste, or that it is of exceeding 
small dimensions. But such a judgment would be a very erroneous one, as will readily 
enough be perceived, on examining the contents of the little 18mo. While Mr. Lyon 
has managed to keep his work within a small compass, he has at the same time suc- 
ceeded in crowding into it an immense amount of statistics, useful to every inhabitant 
of the State ; and while it is not much larger than it was in the days of John Farmer, 
it contains all of three times as much matter. 

Incidents in Wliite Mountain History : Containing Facts relating to the 
Discovery and Settlement of the Mountains, Indian History and Tra- 
ditions, a minute and authentic Account of the Destruction of the 
Willey Family, Geology and Temperature of the Mountains ; together 
with many interesting Anecdotes illustrating Life in the Back Woods. 
By Benjamin G. Willey. Boston : Nathaniel Noyes. 1856. 12mo., 
pp. 307. 

There have been several works upon the "Wliite Mountains, (particularly how to get 
to them), but this is far the most attractive of them all. It is very neatly got up; 
well printed, and on good paper. There are in it some six or seven engravings, and a 
large map. The latter is a very important accompaniment, but we do not think so 
highly of the lithographs ; but the two wood-cuts are excellent — one of the " Willey 
Slide," the other of the " Summit House." 

Mr. Willey gives the following reason for publishing his book : — " Almost invariably 
the question is asked me, on an introduction to a stranger, ' Are you a connection of 
the family destroyed at the White Mountains ? ' And, on learning that I am, the ques- 
tion is almost certain to follow, • What were the facts in regard to their destruction 1 ' 
The frequency of the inquiry, and the apparent interest with which the narration of 
that fearful scene has been listened to, have led me to suppose that a particular account 
of that terrible storm, and the destruction of my brother's family, would be interesting 
to the public." 

1856.] Notices of Publications. 95 

The author has taken considerable range in his book, and it is all interesting ; written 
in a plain, matter-of-fact way, as such a book should be written. The Indian history 
contained in it is peculiarly interesting. The country of Paugus and the fate of Love- 
well, are well described. Portions of the history of the towns of Fryeburg, Gilead, 
Shelburne, Gorham, Albany, Franconia, and Bethlehem arc given. And when it is 
considered that the work is done by one brought up and living " in the Mountains," it 
is not a small recommendation to its accuracy. 

Japan as it Was and as it Is. By Richard Hildreth, Author of iC History 

of the United States," &c. Boston : Phillips, Sampson & Co. 1855. 

12mo., pp. 576. 

To those who would stay at home, and at the same time visit Japan, we can heartily 
recommend the work of Mr. Hildreth. It is no small monument to his industry, and 
to his ability, in bringing together the most complete account of that hitherto little 
known country which has yet appeared. The publishers, Messrs. Phillips & Sampson, 
have brought it out in excellent taste. The work has three indispensable accompani- 
ments : a glossary, a map, and an index. Mr. Hildreth has gone considerably into the 
antiquities as well as present condition of Japan. 

Prospective. — We are authorized to state that Dr. Bond's great work on Water- 
town and its Families, will be ready by Christmas next. To those who know the im- 
mense labor bestowed on that work, by one so well qualified for it as that author is, 
nothing need be said in this periodical. He has, we are informed, taken a wide range 
in his family pedigrees, insomuch that it cannot fail to interest the majority of the 
descendants of the early settlers of New England. It will be for sale at this Office, as 
soon as it is issued. 

« — »«» » 

Genealogy of the Greenleaf Family. By Rev. Jonathan Greenleaf. 
pp. 116. 

We have ascertained that Enoch Greenleaf, Jr., of Maiden, Mass., who is mentioned 
in this book, (recently noticed in this paper,) as a "common ancestor," was a grandson 
of Edmund Greenleaf, the dyer, of Boston, and probably the one mentioned in his will. 
This is proved by a deed recorded in Middlesex Registry of Deeds, vol. 3, p. 2, wherein 
Edmund Greenleaf, of Boston, county of Suffolk, dyer, gives to " his son, Enoch 
Greenleaf, of Maiden, county of Middlesex," a farm of 46 acres, with a new house, 
cattle, &c, &c, thereon, " to the said Enoch aud his wife Mary, and the lawful children 
of their bodies forever," — July, 1663. 

In 1683, Middlesex Registry, vol. 8, p. 425, said Enoch, (who there styles himself a 
dyer of Boston,) and wife, "and their children " — viz. : Enoch Jr., Joseph, Ruth, and 
Rooksby — mortgage the said premises, "which was given to them by their father Ed- 
mund." The facts that Enoch, senior, came to this country, and that he was related to 
Edmund, were wholly unknown to the Rev. author. [Note 95, p. 109.] 

It is probable that a thorough investigation will prove that Robert Greenleaf, the 
"cabin boy," who settled near New York "about 1750," was also a descendant of old 
Edmund the dyer. 

In Johnson's History of New England, page 193, old Edmund is mentioned as "an 
ancient and experienced Lieutenant" under Capt. Gerrish, in 1644. In Farmer's 
" Genealogical Register of the first settlers of New England," Stephen, the son of said 
Edmund, is mentioned as a resident of Newbury, where he was admitted a freeman in 
1677, and elected representative in 1676 and 1686. In Thomas' History of Printing, 
Joseph Greenleaf, the father of Thomas Greenleaf, the printer, who died in New York 
in 1798, is mentioned as being "of Abington," not Maiden, as in this book. 

Other omissions we may notice hereafter. — Bunker Hill Aurora, 1 Sept., 1855. 

A Singular Relic. — We were shown, on Saturday, by Col. Ogle, of this county. 
a small copper tobacco-box, about two by six inches. The history of this box is inter- 
esting. When William Penn first began the settlement of Philadelphia, he gave it to 
an Indian chief, as a present. The box then was perfectly plain. Long afterwards it 
was procured from the Indians by a white man, and then it was discovered to be rudely 
carved all over. One part of it represents Penn treating with the Indians, and the fig- 
ures of Indians are scattered in many places. The carving has evidently been done 
with a sharp stone — the cuts seem to be scratched out. It is a living illustration of the 
artistic skill of the aborigines. The box has been in the possession of the family of 
Col. Ogle for over 100 years. — Terre Haute (Ind.) Express, 17 Oct., 1855. 


Marriages and Deaths. 




Gatch, Philip B., M. D. to Miss Elizabeth 
Love, daughter of Mr. Josiah Drake, of 
San Francisco, Cala., 17 Oct., by the 
Rev. John F. Wright, at Milford, Ohio. 

Veazie, Mr. William, bookseller in Corn- 
hill, Boston, to Miss Mary Annette, 
daughter of Mr. Harry W. Hatch, 25 
Nov., at Chelsea, Vt., the residence of 
Mr. Hatch. 


Aiken, Mrs. Elizabeth, Andover, 31 Aug., 
ae. 89 ; widow of Deac. Phincas A., of 
Bedford, N. H. 

Anthony, Mrs. Mary G. Providence, R. 
I., 16 Nov., in her 91st year; widow of 
the late Joseph Anthony. 

Amsden, Mrs. Sarah, Northampton, 28 
Sept., ae. 79 ; widow of the late Deac. 
John Amsden, of Deerfield. 

Atwood, Mrs. Hannah, Ludlow, 1 Oct., 
ae. 84. 

Backus, Mr. Absalom, Pittsfield, 14 Sept., 
ae. 75. 

Barker, Jacob W., Esq., Andover, 10 
Oct., ae. 62 ; well known for his great 
skill and success as a farmer. 

Barnard, Mr. Isaac, Amesbury, 25 Nov., 
ae. 84. He fell dead suddenly from his 
seat, while attending the Friends' meet- 
ing in that place. He was highly re- 

Bartlett, Mr. Elisha, Georgia, Vt., 30 
Sept. ae. 100 yrs. 9 mo. 13 days, He 
was born at Chatham, Ct., 16 Dec, 
1754; was son of Minister, and the 
youngest of 10 children ; served 13 mos. 
in the Continental Army, under his 
brother, Capt. Samuel B. Marched for 
Boston, where he arrived just after the 
battle of Bunker's Hill ; was at the evac- 
uation of Boston ; at the capture of Bur- 
goyne, and several other battles. 

Baxter, Mrs. Sarah, West Newton, 11 
Oct., ae. 93 yrs. 2 mo. 3 days ; widow of 
the late Mr. Daniel Baxter, of Boston. 

Belcher, Miss Eunice, Enfield, Mass., 20 
Sept., ae. 80 ; formerly of Boston. 

Bourne. — "Suffering and Death from Ex- 
posure on the White Mountains. Gorham, 
N. II., Sept. 14. Mr. Bourne, lady and 
daughter of Kenncbunk, Me., left Glen 
House at Mt. Washington, at 3 o'clock 
yesterday P. M., to ascend on foot, with- 
out a guide ; but, when a part of the way 
up, became lost in a cloud, and remained 
without shelter all night. All suffered 
extremely. The daughter died during the 
night. The others are now doing well." 
The age of Miss Bourne is not stated. 

Boltwood, Elijah, Amherst, 13 April, ae. 
75. Mr. B. was a man universally re- 
spected and beloved by all classes of the 
community. Possessing the confidence 
of his fellow-citizens, he was much em- 
ployed in town business, and was Repre- 
sentative to the General Court in 1829, 
1834 and 1835. For many years he kept 
the hotel now owned by Mr* A. P. Howe. 
He lived and died on the same farm 
where his father, grandfather and great- 
grandfather had lived. 

On his father's side, he was descended 
from Robert Boltwood, one of the first 
settlers of Hadlev, who died at H., April 
6, 1684. Samuel was the son of Robert, 
and was slain at the taking of Deerfield, 
on the memorable 29th Feb., 1704. Sol- 
omon, born at Hadlcy, July 2, 1694, was 
the son of Samuel. He removed to 
Amherst, where he died 20 April, 1762, 
ae* 67. Solomon, Jr., born at Hadley, 
26 Dec, 1727, was the son of Solomon. 
He died at Amherst, 17 May, 1777, ae. 
49. Samuel, born at Amherst, 12 Juno, 
1754, was the son of Solomon, Jr. He 
died at Amherst, 2 March, 1808. He 
was the father of Elijah, who was born 
at Amherst, 19 Feb., 1780. 

On the side of his paternal grandmoth- 
er, Mr. Boltwood was descended from 
Elder John Strong, of Northampton, his 
grandfather, Solomon Boltwood, having 
married Mary, only daughter of Nehe- 
miah Strong, of Amherst, and sister of 
Judge Simeon Strong, of Amherst, and 
Professor Nehemiah Strong, of Yale 

Burnham, Mrs. Mary, Ipswich, 10 Nov., 
ae. 88 ; widow of the late Mr. Thomas 
Burnham, and daughter of the late Rev. 
Dr. Dana. 

Chauncy, Catherine, New York, 24 Oct., 
ae. 76 ; widow of the late Commodore 
Isaac Chauncy. 

Cheveldine, Mrs. Martha G., Cincinnati, 
Ohio, 30 Oct, ; wife of Mr. G. R. Chev- 
eldine, and daughter of the late Samuel 
W. Phelps, Sen., formerly of Salem, 

Cleveland, Hon. Mason, Hampton, Ct., 
in his 66th year. He has held many im- 
portant offices in the government of the 

Coffin, Miss Margaret, Boston, 21 Nov., 
in her 87th year. 

Collins, Mr. Benjamin, New Bedford, 14 
Sept., ae. 86. 

Cooley, Mrs. Rebecca, Eaton, O., 25 Oct., 
ae. 96 ; formerly of Springfield, Mass. 

Crofut, Mrs. Sarah, Danbury, Ct., 13 
Sept., ae. 97 ; widow of Seth C, a sol- 
dier of the Revolution. 


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Clark, Mrs. Irene, Amherst, 11 May, ae. 
92 ; widow of Simeon. She was the 
daughter of Noadiah Lewis. On her 
mother's side, she was descended from 
Roger Clapp, of Dorchester. On her 
father's, from William Lewis, of Cam- 
bridge, Hartford, Hadley and Farming- 
ton, as follows : — 

William Lewis== Felix. 
d. 1683. 

Capt. Wm. Lewis of= 
Farmington, d. Aug. 
18, 1690. 

Nathaniel Lewis, of= 
Farmington, b. Oct. 
1, 1676, d. Feb. 24, 
1752, aged 75. 

Noadiah Lewis, of 
Farmington, b. Apr. 
27, 1708, d. Nov. 4, 

Mary Cheever, d. 
of Ezekiel, Nov. 
22, 1671. 

^Abigail Ashley, 
Nov. 25, 1699. 

Elizabeth Smith, 
Dec. 4, 1735. 

Noadiah Lewis, of= 
Amherst, b. Nov. 
24, 1736, d. 

Irene Clapp, dau. 
of Preserved, 1759. 

Irene Lewis, b. April 20, 1763, 
d. May 11, 1855. 

Crowe ll, Mr. Thomas, W. Dennis, 6 
Sept., ae. 95. 

Crowell, Rev. Robert, D. D., Essex, 10 
Nov., ae. 68 ; pastor of the Congrega- 
tional Church in that town. He was 
born in Salem, 9 Dec, 1787; graduated 
at Dartmouth College, 1811, in the class 
with Joel Parker, now of the Dane Law 
School, Cambridge, Justice Shepley of 
Maine, Gov. Arnold of Rhode Island, 
Rev. W. Cogswell, Dr. Poor, Amos 
Kendall, &c. He studied divinity with 
the late Dr. Worcester, of Salem ; set- 
tled in Essex, 10 Aug., 1814, where he 
continued to the time of his death, over 
41 years. He published a History of the 
Town of Essex, 1853, a small 12mo. 
This he intended to continue in another 
volume, " now ready for the press," as 
he wrote the editor, on the 24th of Au- 
gust last. Dr. C. was brother-in-law to 
the Hon. Rufus Choate. 

Cushman, Rev. Henry, of Phillips, Me., 
at Newburyport, 12 Nov., ae. 74. 

Cushman, Mrs. Maria Louisa, Bernards- 
ton, 11 Oct., ae. 51 ; wife of the Hon. 
Henry W. Cushman, and daughter of 
the late Thomas Dickman, of the 
same town ; after a sickness of but 31 
hours. [The following obituary is extract- 
ed from that in the Franklin Democrat, of 
Oct. \5th, prepared for that paper by S. O. 
Lamb, Esq.] : — 

" The week preceding her death, Mrs. 
Cushman was present with her husband 

at the Farmer's Festival in tins town. 
She was then apparently in excellent 
health, and took a lively interest in the 
exercises of the occasion. We saw her 
then, as she moved among the happy 
throng, with that unaffected cheerfulness, 
ease and dignity which ever charmed all 
who met her. 

"Last Tuesday she was to all appear- 
ance in good health, and was busy dur- 
ing the day in making preparations for 
the wedding of a young female relative, 
a member of her household, whose mar- 
riage was to have been solemnized there 
on the morning, and within one hour of 
the time when she died. 

" Soon after retiring for the night, she 
awoke in great pain ; but, as she had 
been subject to attacks of the same kind, 
the family felt no immediate alarm, and 
applied those remedies which on former 
occasions had proved efficacious, but 
which failed to produce the desired ef- 
fect. Early Wednesday morning, medi- 
cal aid was called, and, during the day, 
all that medical skill and experience 
could suggest was done, and done in 
vain. The disease baffled the skill of 
physicians, and defied the power of med- 
icine. Wednesday night, it became ap- 
parent that she could not survive. Her 
attendants expressed to her their fears. 
She had anticipated, and was prepared 
for the result. She was ready to die. 
For her husband's sake, and for his sake 
only, she wished to live. About four 
o'clock on Thursday morning, after a 
night of extreme distress and suffering, 
the pain abated, and she slept quietly for 
an hour or more ; then awoke, and, with 
the icy hand of death upon her, proceed- 
ed calmly to set her house in order for 
her departure. She gave such directions 
as she wished, and conversed freely and 
cheerfully with her agonized husband 
and the friends who gathered Aveeping 
around her dying bed. She expressed 
a lively hope of eternal life, relying 
with implicit confidence on the blessed 
Saviour, with whom she trusted soon to 
be, and in whose presence she hoped 
they would all meet again. About half 
past six she became speechless, but 
continued sensible till about half past 
seven, when her gentle spirit took its 
flight, and, ' by guardian angels attend- 
ed,' winged its way to Him who gave it. 
So peaceful and serene was her death, 
that the watchers by her bedside were 
hardly aware of the precise moment 
when her spirit departed. 

" This sad and unexpected event has 
cast a deep gloom, not only over a large 
circle of afflicted friends and relatives, 
but also over the whole community in 
which she dwelt, and to which she had 
in an eminent degree endeared herself by 


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the practice of those virtues which most 
adorn and beautify the character of wo- 
man. She was gentle, kind and benev- 
olent, active and efficient in good works, 
in labors of love to promote the happi- 
ness of those around her. Placed high 
in social position, the centre of a circle 
as wide almost as her acquaintance ex- 
tended, she was unaffected, modest and 
approachable. With her, those in trouble 
and distress ever found sympathy and 
aid. As wife, friend, neighbor and chris- 
tian, she was most e^Sfemplary in her de- 

" The funeral services were attended 
at the Unitarian Church in Bemardston, 
yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. Rev. Mr. 
Tenney, of Northfield, preached an im- 
pressive discourse on the occasion, from 
the 12th verse of the 90th Psalm. There 
was a large audience, including many 
people from Greenfield, Northfield, War- 
wick, and other adjoining towns. 

" The disease of which Mrs. C. died 
was peritonitis." 

Davenport, Mrs. T., Newburyport, 13 
Nov., ae. 77 ; widow of the late John 

Denison, Joseph A., M. D., Royalton, 
Vt., Sept., ae. 81. 

Derby, Mrs. Lucy, Roxbury, 4 Oct., ae. 
84 ; widow of the late Gen. E. Hasket 

Doolittle, Hon. Mark, Bclchertown, 7 
Nov., ae. 74; a gentlemen who has filled 
important public offices, and an excel- 
lent man. He took great interest in the 
Hist.-Gen. Society, of which he was a 
member. In 1852, Mr. Doolittle pub- 
lished a " Historical Sketch of the Con- 
gregational Church in Belchertown," 
which will always be regarded as a valu- 
able contribution to the local literature 
of the State. His portrait accompanies 
our volume for 1852. At pages 295-6 
of the same volume will be found a no- 
tice of the subject of this sketch. 

Duane, Miss Virginia, Philadelphia, Pa., 
27 Sept., ae. 21 years and 18 days ; only 
daughter of William Duane, Esq., and 
great-grcat-grand-daughter of Dr. Frank- 

Eames, Daniel, Esq., Rutland, Jefferson 
Co., N. Y., ae. 88 ; a native of Hopkin- 
ton, Mass. 

Farley, Geo. F., Esq., Groton, 8 Nov., 
ae. 62 ; an eminent lawyer of Middlesex 
County. He graduated at Harvard Col- 
lege in 1816. 

Faxon, Mr. Elisha, of Boston, at New 
York, 3 Oct., "well advanced in life." 
He was accidentally killed, at a store 
where he was transacting business in his 
line ; falling through a scuttle, the dis- 
tance of two stories, striking upon his 
head. He did not speak after his fall, 
and died immediately. He was of the 

firm of E. Faxon & Co., 17 Fulton St., 
and long and well known as an upright 
and talented merchant. His business 
was dealing in leather, and the sign of 
the Great Boot, near Dock Square, is in- 
separably connected with the name of 
Faxon. Mr. Faxon resided at Jamaica 

Field, Mrs. Elizabeth B., Middletown, 
Ky., 20 Oct., ae. 71 ; formerly of Wal- 
tham, Mass. 

Fiske, Rev. Thaddeus, D.D.,tCharlestown, 
14 Nov., ae. 93 years and 5 months. His 
funeral took place on the 16th, at the 
First Congregational Church in West 
Cambridge, of which he was pastor for 
40 years. He grad. H. C. 1785; made 
D. D. Columbia College, N. Y., 1821. 
He survived the 4th minister who had 
been settled over his church, and wit- 
nessed the settlement of the 5th. Three 
of them he outlived, viz. : W. Ware, D. 
Damon, and J. F. Brown. 

Gorham, Hon. Benjamin, Boston, sudden- 
ly, at his residence in Tremont St., 27 
Sept., ae. 80. 

Mr. Gorham was a son of Nathaniel 
Gorham, who assisted in forming the 
Constitution of the United States. He 
grad. H. C. 1795, and read law with the 
renowned Theophilus Parsons. The de- 
ceased was an intimate personal friend 
of Joseph T. Buckingham, who wrote a 
brief sketch of Mr. Gorham, while on a 
visit to Washington in April, 1828, which 
was published in the Galaxy. We are 
indebted to that source for most of our 
facts. Mr. Gorham ably represented the 
Suffolk District in Congress. While in 
Washington, he made but few speeches, 
but when he took the floor, he gave 
proofs then of his abilities that were not 
easily forgotten. He was remarkable for 
the stern independence of his character, 
for his unconquerable integrity, his moral 
and physical courage. 

At the time of his death, Mr. Gorham 
was one of the oldest members of the 
Suffolk Bar. When a young man, Judge 
Parsons said he "possessed a logical 
mind of great acuteness " ; and his sub- 
sequent career proved that this opinion 
was correct. Mr. Gorham was a manly 
advocate ; he defended Mr. Buckingham 
in the famous libel suits brought against 
him while editor of the Galaxy, and 
evinced a determination to sustain the 
freedom and independence of the press 
at any hazard. His professional services 
were freely given at these trials, and he 
declined to receive any pecuniary com- 
pensation therefor. It is a noteworthy 
circumstance, that while three of the 
ex-members of Congress from this dis- 
trict — Gorham, Webster and Lawrence — 
have died within three years, the venera- 
ble predecessor of them all, the Hon. 


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Josiah Quincy, Senior, whose congres- 
sional career commenced fifty years ago, 
survives. Long may he continue to be a 
connecting link between the revolution- 
ary period and our own times. — Tran- 
script, 28 Sept., 1855. 

Hamblen, Mr. David, Boston, 29 Nov., 
ae. 35 ; an upright and active merchant, 
beloved by all who knew him. His dis- 
ease was consumption. Mr. Hamblen 
was, almost from its beginning, one of 
the best friends and supporters of the 
New Eng. Hist. & Gen. Society, of which 
he was several years an officer. His 
contributions to the Register are many, 
and of great value. 

Haskell, Rev. Henry Mills, St. Peters- 
burg, 31 Oct., of typhus fever. He was 
ord. in March last, at the Central Church, 
Boston, and immediately set out for St. 
Petersburg, to enter upon his charge as 
minister of the British & American Cong. 
Church & Soc, in the capital of Russia. 

Holden, Capt. Oliver, Poughkeepsie, N. 
Y., 22 Sept., ae. 89£ ; formerly of Prov- 
idence, R. I. 

Horsford, Mrs. Mary G., at Shelter Isl- 
and, suddenly, at the residence of her 
father, Samuel S. Gardiner, Esq., 29 
Nov., ae. 31 ; wife of Prof. E. N. Hors- 
ford, of Harvard College. 

Hoyt, Mrs. Harriet M., Newburyport, 15 
Sept., ae. 56. 

Jewett, Mr. Jonathan, Bolton, 29 Oct., 
ae. 81 ; formerly of Boston. 

Kent, Mrs. Abigail, Duxbury, 13 Sept., 
ae. 90 \ ; widow of Capt. Nath'l Kent. 

Kettell, Samuel, Esq., Maiden, 3 Dec, 
in his 56th year; senior editor of the 
Boston Courier, and one of the smartest 
political writers in New England. New- 
buryport was his native place. He has 
left a wife, but no children. He had 
been sick several months. His descent 
from the first Kettell ancestor in this 
country, is thus given by Mr. T. B. Wy- 
man : — He was born 5 Aug., 1800. Son 
of Jonathan & Mary (Noyes) K., New- 
buryport ; of James & Sarah (Call) K., 
Charlestown ; of John & Mary (Bachel- 
der) K., Danvers ; of James & Elizabeth 
(Hay ward) K., Salem; of John & Eliz- 
abeth Kettell, of Gloucester. 

Lincoln, William Shattuck, Boston, 16 
Oct., ae. 51 ; an industrious and j^rudent 

Long, Dea. William, Shelburne, 13 Sept., 
ae. 99| yrs. ; " the oldest person in 
Franklin County." 

Lorman, Mr. Jacob, near Barnsville, Mont- 
gomery Co., Md., 13 Nov., in his 110th 
year; a soldier of the Revolution. He 
entered the army in 1775, as one of the 
Pennsylvania line, and served through 
the whole war; was at White Plains, 
Trenton, Yorktown, and other sanguine 
fields of those days. 

Mallory, Mr. Amory, Barkhamstead, Ct., 
9 Nov., ae. 93. 

Marston, Miss Martha Washington, Bris- 
tol, R. I., (at the residence of her neph- 
ew, Maj. Ward Marston,) 6 Nov., ae. 
76 ; youngest daughter of the late Col. 
John Marston, of this city. 

Maxfield, Mr. Samuel, Roxbury, 19 
Sept. ae. 88. 

McClintock, Capt. John, Portsmouth, N. 
H., 13 Nov. in the 95th year of his age. 
When sixteen years old, he entered the 
service in the private-armed ship Alex- 
ander, of 20 guns, under Capt. Thomas 
Simpson, who afterwards succeeded Paul 
Jones in command of the Ranger. At 
the age of 17, John McClintock was 
master's mate, and was entrusted with 
conducting a prize into the West Indies. 
He remained in the service nearly four 
years, but not being in any public ship, 
he received no pension for revolutionary 
service. After the peace, John McClin- 
tock entered the merchant service, and 
before the close of the last century, was 
ship-master and owner. He was engaged 
in mercantile pursuits for many years af- 
ter. Capt. McClintock has been Naval 
Officer for the city of Portsmouth for a 
long time, having served during the ad- 
ministrations of Harrison, Tyler, Taylor, 
Fillmore, and Pierce. He was faithful 
in the duties of his office, and remarka- 
bly punctual and attentive in the dis- 
charge of them. For more than seventy 
years he had no occasion for a physician. 
His seat in church was never vacant, 
when the church was open, either in the 
forenoon or afternoon, for nearly half a 
century. At the time of his death, Capt. 
McClintock was the oldest man in Ports- 

The genealogy of the family, as far as 
is known to the writer of this article, is 
as follows : — 

William was in Medford, Mass., in 

Children. — 1. , a farmer, and 

was settled in Boothbay, Me., in 1776; 
2. John, was living in Cumberland Co., 
Penn., in Oct., 1753; 3. Ruth, m. Rob- 
ert Wier, a distiller in Boston, Mass. ; 
they were living there in Nov., 1777 ; 4. 
Rev. Samuel, D.D., b. in Medford, Mass. , 
1 May, 1732 ; grad. Princeton Coll. 1751; 
m. Mary, daughter of and Eliza- 
beth Montgomery, of Portsmouth, N. H. 
(The latter was living in said town in 
1756.) Dr. McClintock was a man of 
note and influence in his day. He was 
one of the chaplains of the provincial 

* In the Addenda, p. 570, of the History of 
Medford, by the Rev. Charles Brooks, a list of 
names on the town records after 1718, is given. 
Among these is Mac Clinton, 1750. Should 
this not be McClintock ? 


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troops in the " Old French War," and 
accompanied the soldiers in their march. 
He was also appointed chaplain of the 
New Hampshire troops in 1775, and was 
at the battle of Bunker Hill. In Trum- 
bull's picture of this battle, Dr. McC. is 
represented in the middle ground, distin- 
guished by clerical bands, and ramming 
down a musket. He was pastor of the 
Congregational Church in Greenland, N. 
H., where he died, 27 April, 1804, after 
a ministry of 48 years. 

The children of Rev. Dr. Samuel and 
Mary McClintock were: — 1. Nathaniel, 
b. 21 March, 1757, Major in Gen. Poor's 
brigade, and died in the service ; 2. Sam- 
uel, b. 21 Feb., 1758; 3. William, b. 4 
Feb., 1759; 4. Mary, b. 4 Aug., 1760, 
m. William Stoodley, of Portsmouth, 
N. H. ; 5. John, b. 28 Aug., 1761, m. 
Betsey Bigelow ; 6. Robert, b. 29 Aug., 
1762, m. Sally Sherbum; 7. Elizabeth, 
b. 3 Sept., 1763 ; 8. Catherine, b. 14 Sept., 
1764, m. Tristram Morrill, of Saco, Me. ; 
9. Ann, b. 30 Sept., 1765; 10. Joseph,b. 
13 Sept., 1766, m. Sally Potter, of Ken- 
sington, N. H. ; 11. Ruth, b. Dec, 1767, 
m. Caleb Bartlett, of Pembroke, N. H. ; 
12. Benjamin, b. 2 Jan., 1769; 13. Hen- 
ry, b. 8 Aug., 1770; 14. Ann, b. 22 Nov., 
1771 ; 15. Henry, b. 5 Aug., 1773, m. 
Nancy Halliburton. 

The above list is remarkable, not only 
for the number of births it contains, but 
also from the fact that these fifteen births 
are included in about sixteen years. The 
mother of the above died 4 Aug., 1785, 
aged 48 years. 

Dr. McClintock married as a second 
wife, widow Elizabeth Dalling, of Ports- 
mouth, N. H., by whom he had one son, 
Samuel, who died on Deer Island, 19 
Oct., 1855. Dr. McClintock had in his 
possession the portrait of a female in the 
dress of by-gone days. He used fre- 
quently to say that it was the likeness of 
the great-aunt of his wife, and that the 
original was a natural daughter of James 
II., King of England. What was the 
foundation of this assertion is unknown. 
The picture is still in existence. 

The children of William and Mary 4 
(McClintock) Stoodley, were : — 1. Eliza- 
beth, m. William Bartlet, Jr., of New- 
buryport, Ms. (H. C. 1801) ; 2. Mary, m. 
Capt. John Gookin, of Portsmouth, N. 
H. ; 3. Nathaniel, m. Adelaide Hill. 

The children of William, Jr., and 
Elizabeth (Stoodley) Bartlet, arc:— 1. 
Rev. William S., of Chelsea, Mass., m. 
Hannah M. Stevens, of Pittston, Me. ; 
2. Elizabeth, m. Charles J. Brockway, of 
Newburyport, Mass. ; 3. Margaret, Brit r- 
/y, d. ; 4. Edmund, m. Louisa Bartlett, 
of Newburyport, Mass. ; 5. Margaret Ihi- 
erly, m. Albert Holton, of Bangor, Me. ; 
6. Caroline H., m. Frank Williams, M. 

D., Yonkers, N. Y. ; 7. Mary M., unm. ; 
8. Henry, m. Abbie M. Williams, of 
Newburyport, Mass. ; 9. Adelaide S., m. 
J. Deane Alden, of Hartford, Conn. ; 
10. Nathaniel S., m. Frances Bartlett, of 
Newburyport, Mass. 

Mcnn, Mr. Stephen R., N. York, 1 Sept., 
ae. 90 ; a native of Massachusetts. 

Nuttek, Rev. James, Newington, N. H., 
Oct., ae. 80. As he was standing in his 
doorway, he fell dead instantly. 

Parker, Miss Ann, Roxbury, 9 Sept., ae. 
47 ; daughter of Isaac Parker, Esq. 

Perkins, Mrs. Rebecca E., San Francisco, 
Cala., 14 Oct., ae. 36 ; formerly of Mid- 
dleboro', and wife of Mr. Dennis Per- 
kins ; an amiable and excellent woman. 
She had joined her husband in that coun- 
try about two years ago, after a tedious 
voyage of about five months from Bos- 
ton, by way of Cape Horn. She was 
daughter of Mr. Leonard Elmes, of 
Dighton, and gn.nd-daughter, by the 
mother's side, of the late Judge Wilkes 
Wood, of Middleboro' Four Corners. 

Pillsbury, Maj. Oliver, 5 Nov., ae. 81. 

Plumer, Miss Kezia, Newburyport, 10 
Oct., ae. 91 i. 

Pomeroy, Hon. Benjamin, Stonington, 
Ct., 20 Sept., ae. 68 ; judge, representa- 
tive, &c, a prominent lawyer of New 
London Co. for upwards of 40 years, and, 
at his death, the oldest practising attor- 
ney in the county. He was a native of 
Hebron, Ct., and was descended through 
Elihu and Lydia Barber, Benjamin, D. 
D., and Abigail Wheelock, Joseph and 
Hannah Seymour, Medad and Experi- 
ence Woodward, from Eltwecd Pomeroy, 
first generation in this country, who land- 
ed at Dorchester, Ms., in 1635, settled in 
Windsor, Ct., and d. in Northampton, Ms. 

Pratt, Mr. Benjamin, Cohasset, 25 Sept., 
ae. 89. 

Quintaro, Capt. Isaac, New York, 4 
Nov., ae. 92; an officer in the Revolu- 
tionary War. 

Reed, Mrs. Mary, Brighton, 24 Nov., ae. 
82 ; widow of the late Nathaniel Reed, 
Esq., of Boston. . 

Reynolds, Mrs. Jane, Tisbury, 28 Oct., 
ae. 85. 

Rice, Mrs. Mary, Framingham, 13 Sept., 
ae. 92. 

Sargent, Mrs. Sarah, Newburyport, 10 
Oct., ae. 68 ; widow of the late Mr. Ne- 
hemiah Sargent. 

Smith, Mr. Joseph, Cornish, N. II., 28 
Oct., ae. 95. 

Smith, John A. Esq., Newburyport, 24 
Sept., ae. 75. Though a native of N., 
Mr. S. spent about thirty years in Ha- 
vana, most of which, as acting vice-con- 
sul of the U. S. in that place. For the 
last few years he had resided in the place 
of his nativity. 

Soutiiworth, Mrs. Ann Elizabeth, West 


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Springfield, ae. 45 ; wife of Hon. Ed- 
ward, and daughter of the late Rev. 
Mase Shepard, of Little Compton, R. I. 
Her father, Rev. Mase Shepard, was 
born at Norton, 28 May, 1759 ; grad. at 
Dart. Coll., 1785; was ordained pastor 
of the Congregational Church at Little 
Compton, K. I., 19 Sept., 1787, where 
he remained until his death, 14 Feb., 
1821. He m., 6 July, 1788, Deborah 
Haskins, dau. of John, of Boston. 

Her grandfather, Thomas Shepard, 
was born in Foxboro', part of Dorches- 
ter, 24 March, 1706; m. Content, dau. 
of Cornelius White of Taunton, 5 June, 
1735; settled in Norton, where he died, 
19 Oct., 1774, aged 68 years. 

Her great-grandfather, Jacob Shepard, 
was born probably in Maiden ; m. Mer- 
cy, dau. of Dr. John Chickering, of 
Charlestown, 22 Nov., 1699; settled first 
in Medford, but removed thence about 
1703, to " Wadeing River between Ded- 
ham and Seaconck," what is now Fox- 
boro', and died not far from Dec., 1715. 
Her great-great-grandfather, Thomas 
Shepard, was at Maiden in 1658, and on 
19 Nov. of that year, m. Hannah Ensign, 
dau. of Thomas, of Scituate. He died 
at Milton, 29 Sept. 1719. 

Spencer, Mrs. Nancy, Haddam, Ct., 11 
Nov., ae. 88. 

Strickland, Mrs. Lidoa, 27 Sept.ac 91. 

Sumner, Bradford, Esq., Cambridge, 25 
Sept., ae. 73 ; an honorable and upright 
lawyer of the Suffolk Bar. 

Sutton, Mr. Samuel, Sen., Roxbury, 21 
Sept., ae. 754 ; a native of Alfreton, Co. 
of Derby, England. 

Talbot, Mrs. Eliza, Pontiac, Mich., 17 
Oct., ae. 74 ; widow of the late Theo- 
dore E. Talbot, and daughter of the late 
Commodore Truxton, U. S. N. 

Taney, Mrs. and Miss, died at Old Point 
Comfort, Va., where they had been 
spending the summer. These were the 
wife and daughter of Chief Justice Ta- 
ney. Mrs. T. died of paralysis, and the 
dau. of yellow fever. — Bait. Pat., 2 Oct. 

Titcomb, Mr. Ephraim, Boston, 16 Sept., 
ae. 73 ; formerly of Newburyport. 

Trask, Mr. William, Dorchester, 5 Dec, 
ae. 75. He was born in Dan vers, South 
Parish, now South Danvers, 27 Oct., 
1780. This precinct was called " Salem 
Village," until it was incorporated as a 
distinct town in 1752. He was the only 
son of William Trask, who died 22 Nov., 
1806, ae. 62 ; who was the son of Wil- 
liam, born 10 Sept., 1702 ; who was the 
eldest son of John, the son of William, 
who was bap. 19 Sept., 1640, will proved 
30 June, 1691; who was the eldest son 
of Capt William, one of the pioneers of 
Salem, who was born in England about 
1587. He came to this country previous 
to the arrival of Gov. Endicott, in 1628, 

and was a conspicuous man in the Col- 
ony. The house in which he died, in 
1666, was, according to tradition, about 
200 feet in the rear of the present one, 
built by his son William, probably about 
1680, which has been the birth-place of 
his descendants for five generations. The 
well, dug by the elder William, two cen- 
turies ago, still remains, the water of 
which is in constant use. The original 
grist-mill, erected by him in 1636, was 
situated on the river, back of his dwell- 
ing-house ; and it is said, that remnants 
of the dam are now visible, when the 
water in the pond is drawn off. 

William Trask, the subject of this no- 
tice, m. Patience, dau. of Mr. John 
Pierce, of Dorchester, 4 Aug., 1811. 
She was a sister of the late Rev. Dr. 
Pierce, of Brookline ; was born 26 Dec, 
1787, and died 7th Dec, 1844. She had 
four children, three of whom survive 

her. Mr. T, m. 2d, Ann, dau. of 

Andrews, 19 April, 1846, and was buried 
on the 7th of December, eleven years 
after the death of his first wife. 

Tucker, Seth, Esq., Winchendon, Nov., 
ae. 98 ; a soldier of the Revolution. He 
was a native of Milton, b. 1758, and was 
one of the first settlers of Winchendon. 

Tuckerman, William, Esq., Broadway, 
S. Boston, 20 Sept., ae. 75 ; for many 
years a hard-ware merchant in Liberty 
Square. He was the father of the late 
Treasurer of the Eastern Railroad. 

Upham, Col. Timothy, Charlestown, 2 
Nov., in his 72d year ; and on Monday 
following, 5 Nov., his remains were tak- 
en to Portsmouth, N. H., for interment, 
and there rest in the family ground, in 
Auburn Street Cemetery. The inter- 
ment service was performed by the Rev. 
Dr. Burroughs, whose church he was in the 
habit of attending for more than 35 years. 
Col. Upham was a descendant of John 
Upham, who was born in England dur- 
ing the latter part of the reign of Queen 
Elizabeth, in the year 1597. It is sup- 
posed that he came to this country in 
1635, in company with the Rev. Joseph 
Hull and 21 families, all of whom settled 
in Weymouth, Mass. The son of John, 
Lt. Phineas Upham, resided in Maiden, 
Ms. ; was engaged in military campaigns 
against the Indians, and died of wounds 
received in the assault of an Indian fort, 
while engaged under Capt. Johnson in 
an attempt to destroy King Philip. 

The father of Col. Upham, a descend- 
ant of John Upham, was the Rev. Tim- 
othy Upham, who was born at Maiden, 
Mass., 20 Feb., 1748. He grad. II. C, 
1768, being then 20 years of age. He 
studied divinity under the Rev. Mr. 
Trask, of Brentwood, N. H., and was 
invited to settle in this city, but accepted 
a previous invitation from a parish in 


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Dcerfield, X. H. A year after his settle- 
ment he married Miss Hannah, daugh- 
ter of the Key. Nathaniel Gookin, of 
Northampton, in this State. Her 
father and John Wingate, graduates of 
Harvard College, assisted in her educa- 
tion ; she also received material benefit 
from the instructions of her aunt, Mrs. 
Col. Pickering, of Salem. Her piety 
was said to he pure and fervid. The 
Rev. Mr. Upham was distinguished for 
rectitude of character, for being hospita- 
ble to the extent of his means, and for 
being respected and greatly beloved by 
his parishioners. He d. 21 Feb., 1811, hav- 
ing been an affectionate and faithful pas- 
tor to his flock for more than 38 years. 

Col. Upham was horn in Deerfiekl, N. 
H., in the year 1783. He inherited the 
amiable, generous, pious and hospitable 
disposition which belonged to his parents. 
They trained him up in a holy nurture 
and admonition, which ever shone con- 
spicuously in his life. He came to this 
city in the year 1807, and at the early 
age of 24 entered into business and had 
a store in Market Street, where he se- 
cured public favor by the strict integrity 
of his dealings, and his gracious manners. 

He had a strong passion for a military 
life, to which his patriotism impelled 
him during our contest with England 
on the subject of impressment. In March, 
1812, he received the appointment of a 
major in the army, and was soon after- 
wards placed in command of the forts 
and harbor of Portsmouth, with the su- 
perintendence of a recruiting service. In 
the following July he received a com- 
mission in the 11th regiment of infantry. 
Two months afterwards, he joined the 
army at Plattsburg, in New York. From 
thence he went to Champlain, on the 
borders of Canada, and was engaged in 
many skirmishes. In the spring of 1813, 
he was ordered to select a battalion of 
500 men from his regiment, and proceed 
to Sackett's Harbor, to be attached to 
the forces under General "Wilkinson, to 
descend the St. Lawrence and join the 
troops of General Hampton, for the pur- 
pose of an attack on Montreal. He 
commanded one division of the boats, 
and lost some of his men from a tremen- 
dous cannonade poured on them while 
passing the enemy's batteries at Fort 
Prescott. On arrival at Cornwall, below 
the rapids, they were followed by the 
enemy with a considerable force and a 
flotilla of gunboats. The troops debarked 
at Chrystler's field. Col. Upham was 
ordered to hold the enemy in check, till 
ammunition could be procured from the 
boats. This he did most gallantly for 
an hour, when he was ordered to retreat 
and return to Saekett's Harbor. The 
object of the expedition was defeated. 

Having just before this action been 
promoted to a lieutenant colonelcy of 
the 21st, Col. Miller's celebrated regi- 
ment, he went to Fort Erie to resume 
the command of his men. The fort had 
been captured, and was then held, by 
Gen. Brown ; but it was invested by the 
enemy's force, which was twice as large 
as that of the garrison. Gen. Brown 
determined upon a sortie, to put to rout 
the enemy. He earned his purpose into 
action on the 17th of Sept., 1814. Gen. 
Ripley's brigade, which included Col. 
Upham's regiment, was posted as a corps 
de reserve between the new bastions of 
Fort Erie. Gen. Miller, at the begin- 
ning of the action, pierced the enemy's 
entrenchments. But he was in imminent 
danger, so that Gen. Brown ordered a 
regiment to his rescue. Col. Upham 
eagerly and promptly replied to the or- 
der, and rushed with ardor into the fight. 
An explosion took place, and Gen. Rip- 
ley was so much disabled, that Col. Up- 
ham was obliged to take command of 
the reserve. In ihe account of this ac- 
tion, Gen. Brown said, that he wanted 
words to express his satisfaction at the 
gallant conduct of the officers and men, 
as having been superior to their trials. 

Col. Upham's health suffered so much 
from his exposures and fatigue at tins 
campaign, that he was kindly ordered to 
a recruiting service on the sea-board. 
On the cessation of hostilities, he re- 
signed his commission in the army. In 
1816, he was appointed, by President 
Madison, Collector of Customs at Ports- 
mouth; an office which he held for 13 
years, and its duties he discharged with 
acceptableness, honesty and fidelity. 

In 1819, he was appointed brigadier 
general of the first brigade of the N. H. 
militia, and in 1820, was made major 
general of the first division. In 1841, he 
was appointed Navy Agent in this city, 
by President Harrison. He soon resigned 
that office. Political vicissitudes led him 
again to mercantile pursuits, and he en- 
tered on them with enterprise and zeal, 
industry and ability. But success was not 
the reward of his honest and faithful la- 

But bright prospects were presented to 
him in the city of Boston, so that, in the 
year 1845, he was induced to commence 
business there, while he resided in Charles- 
town, Mass. Misfortunes visited him; 
and those, with increasing ill-health, in- 
duced him to retire from active life to the 
more tranquil scenes of his happy home. 
She on whom his hope, reverence and 
heart most rested — his strongest staff and 
dearest tie of life — was, about two years 
since, snatched from his faltering strength 
and support. An amiable son suddenly 
sickened and died. Excruciating pains 


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crushed his own powerful frame. It 
yielded under his accumulated infirmities 
and sorrows ; but from them all he has 
been mercifully released. 

Vaughan, Betsey, Middleboro', 1 Sept., 
ae. 87 yrs. 5 mo. 

Waldo, Gen. Samuel Lovett, New Or- 
leans, 19 Oct., ae. 93. 

Walton, Gen. Ezekiel P., Montpelier, 
Vt., 27 Nov., ae. 66. He was editor of 
the "Montpelier Watchman & State 
Journal," and had been longer connect- 
ed with the press of Vermont, than any 
other man in that State. He was a pop- 
ular military officer in the militia, and 
a good citizen. Mr. Calvin Walton, 
printer, of this city, was his brother. 

Warner, Phineas, Amherst, 17 July, ae. 
69. Mr. W. lived and died on the farm 
allotted, April, 1703, to his great-great- 
grandfather, Jacob Warner, in the laying 
out of Amherst. The line of his descent 
from Andrew Warner, one of the first 
settlers of Cambridge, Hartford and 
Hadley, is as follows, viz : — 
Andrew Warner == 

Jacob Warner, of Hadlev,= Elizabeth 
d. 29 Nov., 1711. I Goodman. 

Jacob Warner, of Hadley, = Mary, 
b. 29 Sept., 1691. 

Aaron Warner, of Am-: 
herst, b. at Hadley, Mch., 


David Warner, of Am- 
herst, bapt. 1756; d. 10 
Dec, 1828. 

Ruth Shel- 

Mrs. Lucy 

Phineas Warner, b. 28 April, 1786. 

Wells, Hon. John, Boston, at his resi- 
dence in Summer St., 25 Sept., in his 
91st year; having been born in this city, 
14 Oct., 1764; H. C, 1782, and at the 
time of his death was the oldest gradu- 
ate of that institution. He was son of 
Arnold Wells, for some time President 
of the first U. S. Branch Bank. He was 
one of a banking-house established in 
Paris, under the name of Wells & Co., 
that being the first American house of 
the kind in that city. He served the city 
in the legislature, was one of Gov. 
Strong's council, president of the city 
council, &c, &c. 

Wentworth, Benjamin, Lodi, Columbia 
Co., Wisconsin, 11 June; formerly of 
New Lebanon, De Kalb Co., 111. The 
deceased was born in Newent Society, 
Norwich, Ct., 28 May, 1777. He m. in 
Canaan, Columbia Co., N. Y., 4 Sept., 
1803, Rachel, daughter of Dan. Barnes, 
and left children and grand-children. His 
wife died at Canaan, N. Y., 12 Mav, 

1818. He was son of William 4 Went- 
worth, of Ashford, Ct., who m. Zerviah 
Chapman, 9 Nov., 1766. He was grand- 
son of William 3 Wentworth, of Norwich, 
Ct., who m. Martha Armstrong, 16 June, 
1731, and was born at Rowley, Mass., 
25 Dec, 1680. This latter William 3 was 
son of Elder William Wcntworth's son 

Paul, 2 Avhose wife was Catherine , 

believed to be Barnard. He removed 
from Dover, N. H., to Rowley, Mass. ; 
thence to New London, Ct. ; thence to 
Norwich, Ct., and died in that part of 
Norwich now known as Preston, about 

Wentworth, John, Rollinsford, N. H., 
25 Aug., ae. 82; born 30 Jan., 1773. 
He m., Oct., 1804, Joanna, daughter of 
Capt. William Hall, of Berwick, Me. 
He was the fifth in descent from Elder 
William Wentworth, through Bartholo- 
mew, 4 m. Ruth Hall ; Lt. Benjamin, 3 m. 
Deborah Stimpson ; and Benjamin, 2 m. 
Sarah Allen. 

White, Mrs. Mabel, Belchertown, 20 
Sept., ae. 88. 

Whiting, Mrs. Abigail S., Roxbury, ae. 
83 £ yrs. 

Wilder, Peter Andrew, Leominster, 5 
Oct., ae. 90 yrs. 1 mo. and 23 days. He 
was a descendant of the sixth generation 
from the Thomas Wilder who removed 
from Charlestown to Lancaster, 1 July, 
1659. On the maternal side, his geneal- 
ogy may be traced back to the Rev. 
Thomas Carter, the first minister of the 
town of Woburn. He was also a de- 
scendant from Peregrine White, who was 
born in the Mayflower, before the Pil- 
grim Fathers landed on Plymouth Rock. 
He married Sally, a daughter of Abijah 
Joslin of Ashburnham, and who was of 
the fifth generation from the Thomas and 
Rebecca Joslin who "were among the 
passengers in the ship Increase, that em- 
barked from London for New England, 
17 April, 1635." She died 31 Oct.,1847. 
They lived together more than 50 years, 
and had a family of 12 children. 

Williams, Mrs. Sarah, Providence, R. I., 
10 Nov., ae. 86; widow of Mr. Joshua 
W., formerly of Dighton, Mass. 

Winslow, Mrs. Hannah, Pittston, Me., 
17 Nov., ae. 91 ; one of the earliest set- 
tlers of that town. — See Hanson's Hist. 
Gardiner 8f Pittston. 

Woodcock, Mrs. Ann, Boston, 22 Sept., 
ae. 91 ; wid. of the late Dea. Joseph W. 

Wyman, Justus, Montgomery, Ala., 8 
Sept. Born 16 Sept., 1798; son of Ben- 
jamin and Hannah (Boynton) W. ; of 
Benjamin and Elizabeth (Swain) W. ; 
of Benjamin and Esther (Richardson) 
W. ; of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Han- 
cock) W. ; of Francis and Abigail Wy- 
man; all of Wobum. Wife, Mary 
Stokes, 6 sons, 4 daughters. 

104 Miscellaneous Items. [Jan., 1856. 

The Rev. Benjamin Huggles was the first minister of Suffield, Ct., where he was 
ordained 26 April, 1698. He died, it is supposed, inRoxbury, Mass., his native place, 
when on a visit there, 5 Sept., 1708, [ae. 54.] The town voted to erect a monument to 
his memory. Was such monument ever erected ? 

The Ballard Family. — Persons desirous of giving or receiving information re- 
specting this family, can communicate with Ballard Smith, Esq., of Cannelton, Ind. 

Candee, or Candy. — It is traditionally stated that the Candee family, of New 
England, is of French extraction. It has been said that the family is descended from 
John Candy, who resided in or near Boston from 1639 to 1650, and then left for Con- 
necticut ; that he was a grandson of Jean de Cande, a soldier under Admiral Colignv. 
I am desirous to know if there is any record showing an older member of the family 
than Samuel Candy (or Condv) of Marblehead, 1664? — Address Avery J. Skilton, 
M. D., Troy, N. Y. 

Payments for the Register. — Albany, H. D. Paine ; Boston, A. Phelps, Glover 
& Co., A. Sargent, T. C. Amory, A. Bugbee, F. A. Hall, M. P. Wilder, J. Brown, J. 
Willard, T. Waterman, L. M. J. Mignault, N. W. Coffin, S. M. Allen. 

Binghampton, N. Y, A. B. Knowlton ; Barrington, N. H., J. S. Fernald ; Chicago, 
UL, B. Pomeroy; Cannelton, Ind., B. Smith ; Chelsea, W. S. Bartlet; Cambridge, C. 
Lowell; Durham, N. H., V. Smith; Dorchester, T. Farrar; Dennisville, Me., P. E. 
Vose ; Fort Edward, N. Y, B. D. Ames ; Gouverneur, N. Y, H. D. Smith ; Gloucester, 
J. Babson ; Georgetown, S. Nelson ; Henniker, N. H, N. Sar,born ; Hampton, N. H, 
J. Page ; Hartford, Ct., J. B. Hosmer, J. Ward, N. Goodwin ; Loioell, J. Avery, J. 
Nesmith; Lynn, J. Moulton; New York, S. Wetmore, C. C. Gardiner, J. E. Bulkley, 
J. S. Rockwell ; New Haven, Ct., T. R. Trowbridge ; Northampton, C. A. Dewey, E. 
Barnard, D. Stebbins ; Philadelphia, Pa., T. Ward, H. Bond; Providence, R. I., J. A. 
Howland ; Quincy, E. Woodward ; Rockingham, N. C, L. H. Webb ; Rocky Hill, Ct., 
H. Bulkley; Randolph, E. Alden; Springfield, J. Parker; Taunton, C. H. Brigham; 
Troy, N. Y., J. M. Corliss ; Worcester, E. Washburn. 

Donations to the Library of the Society have been received from the following per- 
sons during the last quarter : — 

Emoiy Washburn, Wm. H. Montague, Edward Everett, J. S. Loring, Wm. H. Kelly, 
Wm. H. Whitmore, Benj. P. Richardson, Jas. W. Tucker, Wm. G. Brooks, J. B. Bright, 
Wm. Duane, B. Homer Dixon, H. G. Somerby, Henry Harrod, John Jordan, Jr., N. 
Wyman, J. L. Sibley, Cyrus Woodman, John Frost, Regents of University of New 
York, Miss C. Butler, R. Famham, Jr., Jos. S. Clark, John Dean, S. H. Walley, 
Nicholas Dean, William Appleton, F. Kidder, Samuel Wolcott, William S. Bartlett, 
Samuel A. Green, Proprietors of Newburyport Herald. 

Literary Curiosity. There is occasionally to be met with a tract of the follow- 
ing title : — " A Discourse, uttered in part at Ammauskeeg-Falls, in the Fishing Season. 
1739. Boston: Printed for S. Kneeland & T. Green in Queen-Street, MDCCXLIII." 
It is in octavo, and contains 22 pages. Few people who are collecting rare and curious 
pamphlets, know who was the author of this. The following is therefore extracted 
from a manuscript memorandum, in a copy which belonged to the Rev. Josiah Dun- 
s ter : — " The Author of this Sermon was the Rev. Joseph Secome [Seccombe] who was 
settled not far from Merry mack River." 

Newspaper Items.. — We have received from the editors of the Newburyport Herald 
a file of their paper, containing valuable Genealogical Articles ; for which the Society, 
(to the library of which they are a donation,) takes this opportunity to return thanks ; 
and to say that, if other editors will forward their papers containing genealogical or 
historical articles, they will be carefully preserved in the Society's archives, and may 
be of great use hereafter. 

< ~».«. > 


P. 357, (last Vol.,) among the children of John Allen, the date "1658, May 23," 
should be repeated before Lydia. Same p., among the children of Joseph Alsop, the 

in Italic. P. 363, 1. 36, for Gale. r. Yale. P. 360, 1. 10, for 1841 r. 1641. Same p., I. 
24, for Johson r. Johnson. P. 161, 1. 31, for Serqt. (Robert) Boltwood r. Sergt. (Samuel). 
P. 163, 1. 25, for Ke&y r. Keny. P. 163, 1. 31, for Mosset r. Mojet. 

, bs o i;i:,:\. I'l'ix- v , 



YOL. X. 

APRIL, 1856. 

NO. 2. 




[By William Ciiauxcet Fowler.] 

Charles Chauncy, the second pres- 
ident of Harvard College, was the 
emigrant ancestor of all who bear the 
name of Chauncey in the United 
States. He was the fifth son of 
George Chauncy of Newplace and 
Yardley-Bury in Hertfordshire, who 
died 1627, and the third, of his sec- 
ond wife. His mother, Agnes, was 
the daughter of Edward Welsh of 
Great Wymondley, and the widow 
of Edward Humberstone. He was 
baptized and registered on the fifth of 
November, 1592, 34 of Elizabeth, in 
Yardley-Bury Church, Hert. 
From long lines of ancestors, converging in him, he received those 
intellectual and moral endowments, which, developed by education and 
the grace of God, made him, in his eventful life, one of the lights of the 
age in which he lived, both in England and in America. He was pre- 
eminent among the Pilgrim Fathers, for his learning as a scholar, for his 
genius as a poet and orator, for his piety as a Christian, and for his suffer- 
ings and sacrifices as a confessor. If in some one of these particulars 
there were those who equalled him, in the whole, taken together, he was 
primus inter pares. 

We feel, therefore, encouraged to believe, that, in presenting some 

features of his character, some passages of his life, and some extracts 

from his works, we shall have the approbation and sympathy, not only of 

his descendants, but also of those who appreciate learning, who admire 


106 President Charles Chauncy. [April, 

genius, and who reverence that self-sacrificing yet buoyant piety, which 
made him a moral martyr at Ware, and a triumphant saint at Cambridge, 
New England. • 


At the celebrated Westminster School, he received the training prepara- 
tory to his entrance into the University. It w T as here that his love of 
knowledge was developed, and his love of right strengthened. It was 
here that on the fifth of November, 1605, he, with the other members of 
the school, came near falling a victim to the famous " Gunpowder Plot," 
devised by the infamous Guy Fawkes. The edifice, where the school was 
kept, was in close proximity to the parliament-house. And if the diabol- 
ical design of Fawkes and his fellow-conspirators had succeeded, the 
parliament and the school would have been involved in one common fate. 

Upon a reflective mind like his, this event could hardly fail to produce 
a deep and lasting impression, awakening not only gratitude for his deliv- 
erance, but also abhorrence of that spirit which contrived the plot. And 
we can easily believe, that associations, connected with this event in his 
vouthful mind, must have contributed to give a certain shape to his opin- 
ions, and a certain tone to his feelings, for which he was distinguished. 
W r e can easily believe that the sentiments thus generated were, with his 
ardent temperament, transmitted to his immediate descendants, to be 
nourished and strengthened by every annual commemoration of the fifth 
of November, by every remembrance of the fires of Smithfield, and by 
every manifestation of ecclesiastical domination in the current events of 
the times. The following quotation from Dr. Charles Chauncy of Boston, 
his distinguished descendant of the fourth generation, shows his own pious 
appreciation of this event. " I particularly mention this fact, because it 
is emphatically an important one as relative to myself, and strongly points 
out the special obligation I am under, to set an asterism on the fifth of 
November, which, to this day, is commemorated in the colonies, as well 
as in the mother country, as I hope always will be, with joy and gratitude. 
My existence, with all its connections in this world and another, which 
were then only possible futurities, were absolutely dependent on this 
deliverance by an extraordinary interposition of God's all-governing 


Having completed his preparatory studies, he entered the University as 
a student of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he proceeded Bachelor in 
1613, and Master of Arts in 1617. Here he prosecuted his studies with 
so much diligence that he became a Fellow of the College, and was 
honored, 1624, with the degree of Bachelor of Divinity. 

In consequence of his distinguished attainments in Oriental literature, 
he was chosen by the Heads of the Houses, Professor of Hebrew. But 

1856] President Charles Chauncy. 107 

Dr. Williams, the Vice Chancellor, preferring a relative of his own, Mr. 
Chauncy resigned his pretensions, and was appointed to the Greek pro- 

Cole, in his collections for an Athena Cantabrigiensis, has the follow- 
ing note in respect to him : — 

"Charles Chauncy, A. M., a Fell, of Trinity Coll., Cambr., made an 
oration 27 Feb. 1622, 19 James I., at y e Departure of the Embassadors 
fr. y e k. of Spain & Archduchess of Austria, who had been entertained 
in Trin. Coll. during their stay in y e univ., where they were created 
A. M. ; in Latin printed among, 8 True copies of all y e Latin Orations 
made at Cambr. by y e Vice Chancellor and others, &c. Lond. 4°. 1623.' " 

The Oration is given below. As it could not be obtained in this coun- 
try, the present writer procured a transcript of it from the Bodleian 
Library, in the University of Oxford, England. Whether the translation 
was made by the author, or by another, does not appear. The antique 
style as well as the date shows that it belongs to the epoch at which the 
original was delivered. Following this are certain Latin and Greek 
poems composed by Mr. Chauncy while residing in Cambridge, England. 
As these could not be obtained in this country, the present writer obtained 
transcripts of them from the British Museum in London. Here I ought 
to express my obligations to Prof. C. C. Felton, who consented to trans- 
late the Greek poem, and thus to honor an ancient President of the Col- 
lege, which he in turn adorns by his learning. 

Oratio Valedictoria habita coram Dominis Legatis in Collegio Sanctae 
et Individual Trinitatis, in presentia Doctorum, per Carolum Chauncy, 
Mag. Art. et Socium illius Collegii 27 Febr. 1622. 

Viri Illustrissimi. 

Summo cum studio, et perquam grata recordatione nunquam non 
agnoscemus humanitatem Vestram, quibus (ut ex adventu vestro etiam 
iterato conijcimus) pro judicii vestri candore placuit, nostras esse aliquid 
putare nugas: neque nostram ver6 laetitiam, quas non arctissimis pectoris 
angustiis circumscribi potest, celare volumus qui in hisce Musarum 
aedibus, per se quidem si spectentur satis spatiosis, sed si cum vestra 
Amplitudine conferantur sane perexiquis, in his inquam Musarum aedibus, 
quasi maxima quaedam in minimo, tantos Heroes hospitio exceptimus : 
qui Senatum Populumque Musarum tali corona donatum et ed decoratum 
vidimus, vel Alexandri diademati praferenda. Sed quid de corona verba 
facio? in coelo profecto se quis esse suspicetur, qui tot luminibus, et 
quasi stellis Nobilitatis, sapientiae, fortitudinis se undiquaque cinctum 
conspicetur. Et certe quam hoc unum spectarunt mod6 cogitationes 
nostrae, ut concentu nostro, velut harmonia caelorum Pythagorica, quae 
in aures vestras suaviter influeret, ita animos vestros permulcere, ita 
sensus vestros xal ijvouaot xal iStouaoi pascere possemus, ut Vestra etiam 
Celsitudo in coelo esse videretur? Verum orbes illi caelestes, ut ud 
vaelocissime moveantur, tamen mensis saltern unius, aut anni, aut plurium 
annorum spatium requirunt, ut circulum suum et harmoniam possuit 
conficere : quanto minus ab orbiculo (ut ita loquar) Academico in hoc 

108 President Charles Chauncy. [April, 

vestrse apud nos commorationis biduo tantum negotium expectare potu- 
istis ? Quamobrem id a Vcstris Clcmentiis summopere contendimus 
(Viri Inclytissimi) ut siqua in re ingrato aliquo et injucundo sono vestras 
aures ofFcndimus, errata saltern leviora velo humanitatis Vestrse contega- 
tis : ncque ex imberbis juventutis laboribus, quos persepistis, vel de 
Cantabrigice, vel de Collegii istius dignitate judicetis, sed cogitate potius 
quanta sit horum grauissimorum virorum facundia, et quasi Mada 
Medulla, quanta in suggestis et pulpitis fulminatio, quam mira in dis- 
putationibus Theologicis subtilitas, et quam invictum robur ! illos si 
audivissetis nulla hsee fuisset venial deprecatio, illos si audivissetis vel 
Autarchi ipsius judicium non detrectassemus : verum ut se res habent, 
humillime coram indulgentise Vestrse genibus procumbit Oratio nostra. 
Sed et alia etiam nos arget infselicitas, quod tarn subito tantorum virorum 
consortio, vel potius prsesidio carendum sit : nam nihil mirum videatur, 
si, cum Vestras Excellentias, velut radios a sole in speculum transmissos 
recepimus, radiis tarn fulgentibus ad Solem, id est, Regem Prseclarrissi- 
mum recollectis, atra nos doloris caligio et obscuritas involuat; nihil 
mirum, inquam, videatur, si, cum Vestras Excellentias, velut sanguinem 
purissimum, et spiritus vitales diffusos a. corde ad cerebrum, id est a 
Serenissimo Rege ad Academiam, intromissimus, si spiritibus ad cor 
ipsum remeantibus, nos in subitum pallorem, squalorem, et Ut&o6vfiiav 
incidamus. Sed unicum hoc nobis solatium superest, quod relicta Athe- 
niensium arce pulcherrima radii ad Solem, id est, cor coeli, se recipiant ; 
et quod deserto cerebro spiritus vitales ad ipsum cor, et Solem hujus 
Microcosmi, Augustissimum nempe Jacobum, reuertantur: illius Majcstas 
vere Regia, incredibilis prudentia, et stupenda plane in Principe eruditio, 
facile supplere porsunt, si quid in Academia defuit : illi igitur, velut 
Academiarum omnium quotquot sunt in Christiano orbe epitome, et com- 
pendio, vol potius allcri Academico cuidam maxima? et fiorentissimse 
vos jam restituendos esse, solidum gaudemus gaudium ; et quod superest 
(Heroes Nobilissimi) Vestrse Celsitudini iter faustum, caelum propitium, 
faelices nobis omnibus in Vestris tanti momenti negotiis comprecamur, 
Deumquc impensi rogamus, ut Dominationes Vestras ad Rcip. Christianse 
emolumentum, et Ecclesise totius militantis incolumitatem et tutamentum 
benigne conservet, ac tueatur. 

The Oration of Master Charles Chauncy, Master of Artes and Fellow 
of Trinitie Colledge, 27 Feb., 1622. 
Most illustrious Lords, Who (as wee conjecture by your second com- 
ming) have beene pleased in the candor of your judgements, to thinkc our 
triffles to bee something, wee shall ever with greatest affection, and most 
thankfull remembrance acknowledge your favours : neither are wee will- 
ing to conccale our joy, which can no wayes bee confined in the narrow 
streights of our b rests, who have in these dwellings of the Muses, spa- 
cious enough if considered by themselves, but if compared with your 
Greatnesse, surely, of small capacitie, who have, I say, in these dwellings 
of the Muses, received as greatest things contayned in the least so great 
Heroes for guests : who have seen this Senate and Common-wealth of the 
Muses, rewarded and beautified with such a Crowne as may well be pre- 
ferd before Great Alexanders Diadem. But why make I mention of a 
Crowne ? Surely, well might lie thinkc himselfe to be in Heaven, who 
should behold himselfe circled on every side with so many Lights, and as 
it were Starres of Nobilitie, Wisedome, Fortitude. And surely, how 

1856.] President Charles Chauncy. 109 

much our cogitations have beene bent on onely this, that with our .consent 
of voyces, as with some Pythagoricall harmonie of the Heavens, which 
might sweetly flow into your Eares, we might so please your Thoughts, 
so feed your Senses with all dainties and delicious food, that your Excel- 
lencies might also thinke themselves in Heaven. But those Celestiall 
Orbes, how swiftly soever they are moovd, doe yet require the space at 
least of a moneth, or of one or many yeeres, to the perfecting of their 
Circle and Harmonie ; how much lesse could you expect so great a worke 
from this (as I may say) small Academicall Orbe in this your two dayes 
abode with us ? Wherefore (Most famous Lords) we earnestly entreat 
your clemencies, that if in any thing wee have offended your Eares, with 
any ingratifull and unpleasant sound, you would vouchsafe to cover, at 
least our smaller errors, with the vaile of youre benignitie ; and that you 
judge not of the dignitie either of Cambridge, or this Colledge, by the 
labours which you have received from bcardlesse youth, but that you 
rather thinke how great is the force of speech, and as it were pith of elo- 
quence of these most grave persons ; how great is their thundering in 
Chaires and Pulpits, how admirable their subtiltie in Theologicall Dispu- 
tations, and how invincible their force. If you had heard them, there 
were no neede of this request for pardon ; if you had heard them, we 
would not have declinde the censure even of Aristarchus himselfe ; but 
as things now are, this our prayer most humbly prostrateth it selfe at the 
feete of your clemencie. But an other infelicitie also presseth us, that 
we must so suddenly be deprived of the presence, or rather protection of 
so great persons ; for, let it seeme nothing strange, if since we received 
your Excellencies as Rayes cast in a mirrow from the Sunne, that those 
so bright shining Rayes being called backe upon the Sunne, that is, unto 
our most Renowned King, wee are over-whelmed with a black and dark- 
some Mist of sorrow ; Let it, I say, seeme nothing strange, that if we re- 
ceived your Excellencies as most pure Bloud, and vitall Spirits, diffused 
from the Heart unto the Braine, that is, from our most Renowned King 
unto this Universitie, that the Spirits flowing backe unto the Heart, we fall 
into a sudden palenesse, horror, and deadly swound. But yet, wee have 
this comfort left, that those Rayes departing from this most beautifull fort- 
resse of Athenians, reflect themselves unto the Sunne, that is, the Heart 
of Heaven ; and that those vitall Spirits, though they forsake the Braine, 
reconvey themselves unto the very Heart, and Sunne it selfe of this our 
little World, that is to our Most Imperiall James. His truely Royall Maj- 
estie, his incredible Wisedome and Learning, even to amazement in a 
Prince, can easily supply whatever hath beene wanting in our Academic 
Therefore, because yee are to be restorde to him as to an Epitome, and 
Sunne of all Academies, the Christian World contaynes, or rather as to 
some one more great and flourishing then all the rest, we feele a joy most 
solid, and complete. And that which now remaynes (Most Noble Heroes) 
wee joyntly wish unto your Excellencies a prosperous iourney, faire 
weather, and happie successe unto us all, in your affaires, of so great 
importance, and earnestly beseech the Almightie, that hee would gra- 
ciously vouchsafe to preserve and protect your Lordships to the good of 
the Christian Common- Wealth, and to the Weale and safetie of the whole 
Militant Church. 

110 President Charles Chauncy. [April, 


Gratulatio Academic Cantabrigiensis in reditum Illust. Caroli 
Wallio Principis. 4°. Cant. 1623. 

Gratulor, haud cantarc tuum volo, Carole Princeps, 
Fcelicem reditum, prcebit tibi mantua vatem. 

Mn. fi. Concordes animee, # ]aetas advertite mentes, iEn. 5. 

iEn. 8. Cingite fronde comas, # et vina reponite mensis. JKr\. 7. 

Geor. 4. Namque *hoc ista sibi tempus spectacula poscit. J&n. 6. 

Mn. 12. Conspectu in medio procerum # spes altera regni, iEn. 12. 

Mn. 10. Quod votis optastis, ade^t, *quod ssepe petistis. iEn. 12. 
Geor. 4. Quis dubitet? Nam # hinc ille avium concentus in agris. Geor. 1. 

Et lsetae pecudes, et ovantes gutture corvi : 
Eel. 5. Ipsi lsetitia voces ad sydera jactant 

Intonsi montes, # strepitu collesque resultant. ^En. 8. 

iEn. 8. Quare agite 6 juvenes, # pueri, innuptseque puellse, iEn. 2. 

iEn. 1. 2. Invalidiq'; senes (*iterumque iterumque monebo) JE>n. 3. 

^En. 1. Solvite corde metum, # nihil nisi carmina desunt: Mr\. 9. 

Mn. 4. Et nunc # quse differre nefas, celebrate faventes, J&n. 8. 

Eel. 10. Carmina sunt dicenda, *nihil nisi carmina desunt* Eel. 8. 

JGn. 5. Ore favete omnes, # evincti tempora ramis. ^En. 8. 

Mn. 7. Carole *avis atavisque potens, *lumenque juventee ; iEn. 1. 
Mn. 6. Venisti tandem, tuaque expectata parenti 

(Vicit iter durum pietas) datur ora tueri, 

iEn. 12. Non ha?c humanis opibus *sine numine divurn. iEn. 2. 

Eveniunt, # coelum et terras qui nnmine et torquet ^En. 4. 
^En. 12. Major agit Deus, atque opera ad majora remittit. 

Eel. 5 Tu decus omne luis; # patriis ut redditus oris, ^En. 11. 

iEn. 12. LsBtitia exultans # magnas it fama per urbes JEn. 4. 
iEn. 3. Delectos populi ad proceres, primumque parentum. 

JE>n. 3. Maximus unde pater # oculos ad sydera laetus iEn. 1. 

Extulit, et ccelo palmas : *pavor ossa reliquit JEn. 3. 

Mn. 6. Magnanimura Heroum : nee solos tangit Atridas JE>n. 9. 

^En. 11. Hie amor, hoc studium non cursu segnius illo ^En. 7. 

Per medias urbes agitur # gentemque togatam : ^En. 1. 

Mn. 7. Protinus hinc # adsunt evincti tempora ramis ^En. 2. 

Hie juvenum chorus, ille senum, *tua dicere facta. Eel. 8. 

iEn. 7. Idem omnes simul ardor agit, # clamore sequuntur iEn. 9. 

Lffititiaque fremunt, animosque ad sydera tollunt. 

JE,n. 3. Omnibus idem animus : # princeps, tu rite propinques, Mn. 10. 
JEn. 8. ' Et nos, et tua dexter adi pedi sacra secundo. 

iEn. 1. Parce metu, haud credo invisus ccelestibus auras ^En. 1. 

Vitales carpis, *nunquam te crastina fallet Geor. 1. 

Hora, *haud ille sinit superi regnator Olympi. ^En. 2. 

Geor. 3. Ictibus et *pulsa? referunt ad sydera valles, Eel. 6. 

Eel. 5. Ipsa sonant arbusta Deus, Deus # otia fecit. Eel. 1. 

C. C. C. P. 

In the signature c. c. c. p. we have Charles Chauncy to prince Charles. 

Epithalamium illust. Principum Caroli Regis et H. Marine Reginje, etc. 

4°. Cant. 1G25. 

Adsunt nunc optata diu sponsalia nobis ; 

Ad sua maturi tempora venit Hymen: 
Atque mora? precium dulci pensabit amore, 

Et steriles noctes diluet sequus Hymen : 
Atque in se rediens designat pignus amoris 

Annulus, seternae prolis adesse diem. 
Et bene conveniunt sincero lilia amori, 

1856.] President Charles Cliauncy. Ill 

Gallica de gremio lilia lapsa Jovis. 
Lilia jucundos quae spirant undique odores, 

Et candore nivem qua? superare queunt: 
Lilia taediferae Cereri et gratissima Florce, 

Nee Clario nostro displicuere Deo: 
'Eg nay.anwv n]aovq translata et in Albion ilia 

Monstrant perpetuo veris adesse diem : 
Lilia faecunda nunquam sine prole, Britannia 

Sponsores multae posteritatis erunt: 
Atque utinam vincant numero vel sydera coeli, 

Si Carolum referant, si Carolive patrem. 

In tres divisa est a Caesare Gallia partes, 

A populo in partes mille resecta fuit: 
Felix C(Bsarei nunc dicam gluten amoris, 

Jungere quo partes tot Cytherea potest : 
Felix quo potuit Sestum conjungere Abydo: 

Quos undo? aequoreae dissociare prius, 
Et felix toto divisos orbe Britannos 

Jungere cum Gallis quo Cytherea potest. 

Cantabrigiensium Dolor et Solamen, etc. Cant. 1625. 
Nondum lugubrem Miseranda Britannia formam 
Deponis qua Ca?sareis sub fascibus olim 
Induta es ? turn te matronam turpiter atram, 
Mcerentem pulla, succinctam Veste, capillis 
Sparsis, Oceanum lacrymarum ob tristria fata 
Undique fundentes oculos, quo brachia lassa 
Tantum non submersa moves, ccelumque tueris, 
Descripsit Victor Romanus ; et ilia doloris 
Prassenti a luctu non multum abludit imago : 
Hoc tantum dispar, quod turn de Caesare questa es, 
Nunc (meminisse piget) nunc de non Caesare questa es, 
Atque haec fertilior longe seges altera questus 
Luxuriat, Vastique novum maris aequor arandum est. 
Exul Agenorea numquis de stirpe creatus 
Anguineos nostris, lethalia semina dentes 
Sevit agris, cladis dira incrementa futurae ? 
Aut fera fatali de pyxide fudit in orbem 
Funestas Pandora faces ? Libitinave tandem 
Delicias facit, et vulgaria fercula temnens 
Regali gestit pretioso sanguine pasci ? 
Non Hamiltonius, nee uterque Lenoxius Heros 
Queis pia divinis ardebant pectora flammis: 
Non JVbttinghamius, Belfastius, aut Sackvillus, 
Pignore cum charo vel South-Hamptonius urriffi 
Sufficerent ? Quern das finem Libitina dolorum ? 
Quo tendes ? Vasto guttur distendis hiatu, 
Utque lupus perstas dulcedine sanguinis asper: 
Caesareumque petis jugulum, quo corpora tradas 
Tergemini regni maestis exanguia bustis. 
Sperasti erepto Palinuro, et in aequore merso 
Atque gubernaclo fracto exundante procella, 
Cui dolus harebat custos, cursusque regebat, 
Nostra quod expoliata armis, excussa magistrOj 
Deflcerit tantis navis surgentibus undis : 
(Qui non deficeret clavum nisi protinus orbum 
Exciperet pius JGneas, Geminique repente 
Fulgerent/ra£res, perlucida sydera, nobis.) 

112 President Charles Chauncy. [April, 

Sed quis sustineat tanti momenta doloris ? 
Non humero torquens axem, non caelifer Atlas. 
Die ubi, mors truculenta, secundum auferre Jacobam 
Terrarum e gremio possis, soliove superbo ? 
Die ubi flos alter Clarius, suadaeque medulla 
Consimilis ? linguam quis sic in nectare tinxit ? 
Sic quis Urinator naturae arcana retexit ? 
Seu te Triptolemi serpentes altivolantes 
Traxere, aut totum Cybele circumtulit orbem, 
Aut quo Bellerophon musarum prodidit undas 
Ungula equi: Phcebusque suas tibi flectere soli, 
Quos male tractarat Phaeton, concessit habenas ; 
Haeremus taciti : doctrinae maxima nostras 
Laus angusta tibi, spatiosa volumina nobis 
Sunt argumento foliis aequanda Sibyllae. 
Cujus enim a calamo defluxit principis unquam 
Appello monumenta annalibus eruta priscis 
Et longa serie signantes tempora fastos) 
Melleus Euphrates, torrens rapidissimus, omnes 
Sectae perrumpens objees atque undique sternens 
Romuleae, vel qui compescuit arma minasque 
Seu Bellarmini fuerint dudum Arminiive 
(Namque habet haud falsum consensus nominis omen) 
His nuper monstris ecclesia msesta marinis 
Exposita est, dura Scopulis religata catena. 
Sed tu devotee miseratus virginis, ales 
Accedis Perseus, balaenas conficis, almam 
Jlndromedam exolvis vinclis, et Gorgont victa 
Servas incolumem Sponsam, fortissime Princeps. 
Tuirigeros humeris Marti sacros elephantos 
Duxisti domitos pariter, stimulisque subactos 
Junxti Caesareos currus ad templa vehentes : 
Sic tu qua possent muniri sceptra, docebas : 
Nam non mobihbus nituntur regna columnis, 
Non Crcesi gazis, populive examine denso, 
Nee si rex vafram fallendi noverit artem. 
In coelo regni sed fundamenta locanda : 
Ilia Syracosius non conquassare valebit, 
Haec Pyrius pulvis non conquassare valebit. 
Per te sub patulae ficus vitesque canebant 
Tegmine Brutigena coelestia cantica laeti, 
Atque Caledonii saltus latuere sub umbra 
Post desolatos ferro, flammaque penates. 
Cum lyra nativo squalleret Hibernica tabo 
Lugubrisque modos ageret; cumque undique fracta 
Discordes raucosque sonos daret ; ipse, Jacobe, 
Omnia componis, nervos distendis Apollo 
Adque melos numerosque tuos stupet Orpheus ipse. 
Singula non memoro, sed tecum gloria nostra 
Substitit, atque alium tecum volitavit in orbem ; 
Non aliter quam cum (ut perhibent) versatus Ulysses 
Palladis obsessa. Danais sub dux it ab arce 
Coelitus elapsam effigiem, sic Pergama vincens : 
Turn primum Phrygii sine vi cecidere, sine armis, 
Et meruit turn Troja capi: nee victor Achilles, 
Ant AgamemnonifB tantum potuere Mycenct. 
Tecum una columen patriae, sic gloria nostra 
Haesit, et infaustam tecum migravit in urnam. 

Accipe, quae pietas, patriis quae manibus una 
Noster cum tenui farre litavit amor : 

1856.] President Charles Chauncy. 11! 

Accipe, tarn sacro stirps non indigna parente, 

Nostraque connectas tristia damna tuis. 
Omnibus ex aequo dolor est, exundat in omnes, 

Angustos fines sanguinis exuperat. 
Est pedibus jactura prior, mens quando recedit: 

Nunquam cor solam dixerit esse suam : 
Occasum citius vallis persentit opaca 

Solis, quam quae sunt montibus alta juga. 
Grancia transfossum cum deploravit Achillem 

Enumcro Pyrrhus pars quotacunque fecit? 
Orbatique sumus nos charo patri, Britannos 

Dicatur solus qui genuisse suos : 
Charior ille fuit nobis patre, spiritus oris, 

Dextra, caput, cor, mens, omnia solus erat: 
Ergo Jacobides non patrem, lege Jacobum, 

Plus proprio cuivis patre Jacobus erat. 

Car. Chauncy Bac Tiieol. Coll. Trin. Soc. 

'Etj tov ydpov rov d>aiSip.u)TaTOV fiaaiXiwg, 
KAPO'AOY, tTTidaXa^iov. 
Tig wore <pf\<rei{.v av typtvoftiXyt'i ftaiov ZpuTa 

"Aipsiv 'HtpaiaTov irvp roaov aiOo/xtvov, 
"Hare Tro\v<p\oi(j0ov Jtac dneipirov olSpa OaXdaar/g 

'EpTrpfjoat, vf\(jov ^djvtov r]ptripaq ; 
Ovk dpCTprjTov epcjTOi dv vSacn Kavp.a Ylooeioojv 

llavaEUv, siv awXircj TiKTopevov ncXdyef 
Kai KcXtcjv j/i0o/?Arjrus del Kpvp.o')6eas"AXn£tg 

'E£ai0»/>7? (pXtyidei Seo-rrtdaris <piXoTr)g' 
Tovvcku koVKeXtui vipocvTES kcu fiopeaToi 

Xaipopeu ol BpETCtvol ttJ (pXoyl Sconeciy 
QdXipei J' dpcporCpovg 'Ypevaiov Seppos dvryifi, 

Ewrf oaXafidvSpag Tzvpoip dyuXXopivovg. 

Epithalamium on the Marriage of the Most Illustrious King, Charles. 

[Translation by Prof. Felton ] 

Who would believe heart-melting Love could raise, 
Himself so small, of Vulcan such a blaze, 
That the huge billow of the roaring sea, 
Belt of our Isle, should so enkindled be. 
Great Neptune cannot with his waves restrain 
Love's endless ardors in the whelming main. 
Instant the glow of heaven- inflamed desire 
Sets Keltic Alps' eternal snow on fire ; 
The chilly Britons, and the snow-beat Kelt, 
Exult in fires* the gods themselves have felt; 
Hymen's hot breath the souls of both shall tame. 
Like salamanders sporting in the flame. 

While residing in Cambridge he enjoyed a high reputation for learning 
and eloquence, genius and piety. The following is an extract of a letter 
to Dr. Samuel Ward from the distinguished chronologist and divine, Dk. 
Usher, Archbishop of Armagh : — 

" Remember me to Mr. Chauncy, and learn of him what he hath done 
for Mr. Broughton's book. Entreat him also to look into the manuscript 
Psalter in Hebrew and Latin in Trinity College Library ; and there trans- 
cribe for me the last verse save one of the fifty-second psalm, which is 

114 President Charles Chauncy. [April, 

wanting in our printed Hebrew Bibles. The Latin of that verse begin- 
neth, if I forget not, Consilium Moses, &c. I would willingly also hear 
how he hath proceeded in the Samaritan Bible, and what Mr. Boys hath 
done in the transcribing of the Greek manuscripts, which I left with him." 
— From the Life of James Usher, Archbishop of Armagh. By Richard 
Parr, D.D., Lon. 1786. Circ. 1626. 

From the following translation of a Hebrew Anagram it appears, that 
he must, before the date, to wit, A. D. 1626, have written a book, proba- 
bly on some theological subject. But such a work has not come within 
my knowledge. Neither have I been able to obtain the original Hebrew 
Anagram, either from the Bodleian Library, or the British Museum, 
where only was I able to find the poems and the oration. The transla- 
tion of the anagram was obtained through the favor of Edward Herrick, 
Esq., from President Stiles' Diary, vol. 9, p. 144. 



His shadow is without deceit. 

Arise and look into the book the learned author has written, the pains he has 

taken in it deserves a great reward : or the work therein is its own reward : 
He is a powerful preacher, knowledge proceeds out of his mouth, he abounds in 

reproofs proper to bring all men to a sense of their sins. 
He delights in the fear of God, he excels in humility, it is his delight to speak 

the words of wisdom. 
His name is famous and renowned among' the wise and prudent, among the 

upright ; and is great or illustrious among the Doctors or Divines. 
Blessed is the man who hearkens to the instructions of his speech ; for he teacheth 

sound doctrine, and all this is the desire of his soul. 
He has planted his vine among the learned, good works are his secret, he is a 

man mighty in the knowledge of divine things, none is equal to him in scholastic 

He is just and righteous in his actions, and speaks truth from his heart. She was 

happy who brought him forth, a person so good and wise a 3 he is. 
May his days be prolonged and those of his relations ; nny he live to raise the 

honor of his house ; and may they, or the world bless him in the name of the 


In the honor of Charles Chauncy ; written in Hebrew by Maria Antonio, Anno 
\&Z(i. Translated by T. Russell, Anno 1712. 


In A. D. 1627, 3 of Charles I., he became vicar of Ware in his native 
county. The Master and Fellows of Trinity College were patrons of the 
vicarage according to the grant of Henry VIII. He probably obtained 
the place through them. It was rated at the yearly value of c£206.8.11. 

Having, by his long residence at the University, disciplined his mind 
and gained large stores of knowledge, having a fervid and bold imagina- 
tion, and an ardent restless temperament, in the consciousness of mental 
power, he applied himself earnestly and indefatigably to the duties of 
his calling. He soon became eminent as a preacher of the gospel in his 
vicarage, and in the whole region. Here he soon became involved in 
difficulties with the government. The principal occasion of this was his 
opposition to the Book of Sports. 

185').] President Charles Chauncy. 115 

This book, drawn up by Bishop Moreton, and dated from Greenwich, 
May 24, 1618, in the 15 of James I., is to this effect : " That for his 
good people's recreation, his Majesty's pleasure was, that after the end of 
divine service, they should not be disturbed, letted or discouraged from 
any lawful recreations ; such as dancing, either men or women, archery 
for men, leaping or vaulting, or any such harmless recreations, nor of 
having May-games, Whitsonales, or Moriscedances, or setting up of May- 
poles, or other sports therewith used, so that the same may be had in 
due convenient time, without impediment or let of divine service ; and 
that women should have leave to carry rushes to the church for decorating 
it according to their old custom ; withal prohibiting all unlawful games 
to be used on Sundays only ; as bear-baiting, bull-baiting, interludes, and 
at all times bowling." 

The reason assigned for this imprudent measure was that the Puritan 
preachers endeavored to raise the Sabbath, and to depress the festivals ; 
and hence the popish priests took occasion to create the impression 
that the reformed religion was incompatible with that Christian liberty 
which God and nature had indulged to the sons of men ; so that to pre- 
serve the people from Papacy his Majesty was brought under a necessity 
to publish the Book of Sports. 

To this Mr. Chauncy was strongly opposed, and as preaching in the 
afternoon of Sunday was prohibited by statute, he would in that part of 
the day, " catechise as many as he could, both young and old." A cate- 
chism composed by him, which he probably employed for the instruction 
of his people, I have lately procured in the Loganian Library, Philadel- 
phia. It is entitled, " The Doctrine of the Sacrament, with the right use 
thereof, catechetically handled by way of question and answer, by Mr. 
Charles Chauncy, sometime Minister at Ware." The emblem on the 
title page is an anchor wreathed with flowers. The motto is Anchora spei, 
printed by G. M. for Thomas Underhill, at the sign of the Bible, in Wood 
street, 1642. The Bishop was not satisfied with this substitution, and 
said, " that catechising was as bad as preaching.'''' 

Most of the Puritan divines were now treated with the utmost cruelty. 
Bishop Laud was determined to bring them to an exact conformity, or 
stop their mouths, or cast them into prison, or drive them out of the land. 
Mr. Chauncy did not escape the vengeance of this tyrannical prelate. 
In January, 1629, he was questioned in the high commission court for 
having used the following expression in his sermon : " That idolatry was 
admitted into the church : that not only the prophets of Baal, but Baal 
himself was received, and houses multiplied for their entertainment; and 
that the preaching of the gospel would be suppressed. That there wanted 
men of courage to remind their superiors of their neglect, and that there 
was a great increase of atheism, heresy, popery and arminianism in the 

To the charge founded upon these expressions, Mr. Chauncy gave his 

116 President Charles Chauncy. [April, 

answer upon oath in the high commission in the month of April follow- 
ing. The next day, the cause, by order of the court, was referred to the 
decision of Bishop Laud. This was on condition, that if Mr. Chauncy 
did not submit to observe what the Bishop should appoint, his Lordship 
might, if he pleased, refer him back to be censured in the high commis- 
sion. But he is said to have made his submission to the Bishop. 

This, however, was not the end of his troubles, for in 1635, he was 
again prosecuted in the high commission for opposing the railing in of the 
communion table at Ware : when he was suspended, cast into prison, con- 
demned to costs, and obliged to make a humiliating recantation. * f 

This submission is said to have been forced from Mr. Chauncy, and 
designed only to deter others from opposing the Archbishop's innovations. 
After he had made this disgraceful recantation in the open court, the 
Archbishop judicially admonished him " to carry himself peaceably and 
conformably to the doctrines, the discipline, and rites and ceremonies of 
the Church of England ; and that in case he should be brought before 
them again for any similar offence, the court intended to proceed against 
him with all severity ; and so dismissed him." J 

Though Mr. Chauncy was overcome in the hour of temptation, and 
enforced, by the terrors and censures of his cruel oppressors, to make 
the above recantation, he afterwards felt the bitterness of it, and deeply 
bewailed his sinful compliance. Though he obtained forgiveness of God, 
he never forgave himself as long as he lived. He often expressed a holy 
indignation against himself, as well as the superstitious innovations in 
the church. He was a most exemplary man, and lived a most holy life ; 
yet at the time of his death he made the following humiliating declaration 
in his last will and testament : " I do acknowledge myself to be a child 
of wrath, and sold under sin, and one who hath been polluted with innu- 
merable transgressions and mighty sins ; which, as far as I know and 
call to remembrance, I keep still fresh before me, and desire with mourn- 
ing and self abhorrence still to do, as long as life shall last; and espe- 
cially my so many sinful compliances with and conformity unto vile 
human inventions, and will-worship and hell-bred superstitions, and other 
evil things apatched to the service of God, with which the English mass- 
book, I mean the book of Common Prayer, is so fully fraught.'" § 

He appears to have preached for a season in Marston-Lawrence before 
he was settled at Ware. 

* Prynne's Cant. Doome, p. 362. Rushworth Collection, v. 11, p. 34. 

t This persecution was procured chiefly by the tyrannical power and influence of 
Laud ; and when Dr. Merick, counsel to Mr. Chauncy, endeavored to vindicate his 
client, because the setting up of a rail was done by a few parishioners, and without any 
warrant from those in authority, the Archbishop in a rage, threatened to suspend the 
Doctor from his practice, for pleading thus in his favor. — Prynne's Cant. Doome, pp. 93, 
95, 96. — Rushworth's Collect., vol. 2, p. 316. 

% Prynne's Cant. Doome, pp. 96, 494. 

$ Mather's Hist, of New England, vol. iii. pp. 134, 135. 

1856.] President Charles Chauncy. 117 


Mr. Chauncy left England the latter part of the year 1637, and 
arrived in Plymouth, Mass., a fc\v days before the great earthquake, 
which happened Jan. 1, 1638. Here he was employed to preach the 
Gospel with the Rev. Mr. Reyncr, for something like three years. He 
would have been called to settle in the ministry over this people, but for 
his opinions in favor of immersing infants in baptism, and of celebrating 
the Lord's Supper in the evening, and every Lord's day. The following 
is Winthrop's account of the matter : — 

" Our neighbors of Plymouth had procured from hence this year, 
1639, one Mr. Chauncy, a great scholar and a godly man, intending to 
call him to the office of Teacher. But before the fit time came, dis- 
covered his judgment about baptism, that the children ought to be dipt 
and not sprinkled, and he being an active man and very vehement, there 
arose much trouble about it. The Magistrates and the other Elders then 
withstood the receiving of that practice, not for itself so much as for fear 
of worse consequences, as the annihilating of our baptism, &c. Where- 
fore the church then wrote to all the other churches, both here and in 
Connecticut, for advice, and sent Mr. Chauncy's arguments. The churches 
took them into consideration and returned their several answers, wherein 
they showed their dissent from him and clearly confuted all his argu- 
ments, discovering some great mistakes of his about the judgment and 
practice of antiquity. Yet would not he give over his opinions ; and the 
church of Plymouth, though they could not agree to call him to the 
office, being much taken with his able parts, they were loth to part with 
him. He did maintain also that the Lord's Supper ought to be adminis- 
tered in the evening and every Lord's day." — \Vinthrop''s Journal, p. 330. 

He appears to have been greatly blessed in his ministry at Plymouth., 
both in respect to religion and learning. His influence was felt long after 
he was in his grave. An examination of the catalogue of Harvard Col- 
lege shows, that from 1661 to 1815, inclusive, forty-eight persons who 
were born at Plymouth were graduated at Cambridge. First on the list 
are the names of Nathaniel Chauncy and Elnathan Chauncy, twin sons 
of President Chauncy. 


tn 1641, he was elected pastor of the church at Scituate, as successor 
of the llev. John Lathrop, who, with a part of his congregation, had 
removed to Barnstable. At the renewing of his ordination, as Cotton 
Mather terms it, he preached from Proverbs ix. 10, " Wisdom hath sent 
forth her maidens." In allusion to the regretted recantation which he 
made in England, he said, "Alas, Christians, I am no maiden; my soul 
hath been denied with false worship ; how wondrous is the free grace of 
Christ that I should be employed ' among the maidens of wisdom ! ' " 

A controversy on the subject of baptism, which had existed in Mr. 
Lathrop's church before they left England, and which had produced the 
establishment of a Baptist church after they had settled in Scituate, and 
which had caused Mr. Lothrop to remove to Barnstable, bad planted 

118 President Charles Chauncy. [April, 

roots of bitterness in the hearts of the people. At his settlement another 
church was formed under the lead of William Vassal, a man of decided 
ability. With him Mr. Chauncy soon found himself engaged in a con- 
troversy on the subject of the seals, particularly on the mode of baptism. 
This controversy must have been a source of great disquietude to him. 

There are many evidences on record that Mr. Chauncy was unhappy 
at Scituate. " The circumstances by which he was surrounded, together 
with his ardent temperament, make an apology, in part, for his uneasi- 
ness. He was a studious man beyond what is often known, and was 
subject to the nervous sensibility peculiar to hard students. He was con- 
sciously endowed with great talents and learning. He was devoted to his 
profession, and he was too apt to accept it as an indignity that his powers 
should not keep down all opposition, and his labors bring him at least the 
comforts of life in temporal things." — Deane's History of Scituate. 

In 1649 Mr. Chauncy made known the poverty of his circumstances to 
the Governor and Assistants, though we do not find any grant was made 
with reference to this application. The following is a list of his property, 
extracted from the colony records : — 

1. The house Mr. Hatherly bought of Mr. Vassal, with the enlarge- 
ments. A new building and barn and other out-houses. 2. All the 
ground about it being six acres. 3. An enclosed stony field near the 
marsh. 4. An orchard behind the house. 5. The barn close, comprising 
the barn. 6. Twenty acres of upland, ten of it enclosed, called the new 
field. 7. Twelve acres of Cohasset marsh. 8. Twenty acres of land 
on Hooppole Island, with undivided land among the Cohasset purchasers. 

Charles Chauncy, 1649. 

" In 1654, Mr. Hatherly, the untiring patron of the plantation, offered 
to make a deed of gift to Mr. Chauncy of a house and land on Statuit 
brook, on condition that he would spend his life in Scituate, which he 
declined. Mr. Hatherly then made a deed to the church, and submits 
the farm to their disposal. The same year the church conveys it to Mr. 
Chauncy by deed of gift. 

" Though this was given without any condition to be performed on Mr. 
Chauncy's part, at least specified in the deed, yet on his retiring at the 
close of the same year, the farm seems to have been relinquished to the 

Besides performing his ministerial labors, he practised, to a consider- 
able extent, as a physician, for which, Mather informs us, he was emi- 
nently qualified ; and moreover was engaged in instructing his own sons, 
and preparing young men for the ministry. We state for a certainty that 
the celebrated Mr. Thomas Thacher, who came out from England be- 
fore his theological education had been completed, was under the care of 
Mr. Chauncy at Scituate. He was the ancestor of the eminent ministers 
of that name. 

While in Plymouth, or in Scituate, it does not appear that he published 
any of his writings. The following letter, written by him, is prefixed to 
the second edition of Leigh's Critica Sacra, ed. Lond., 1646 : — 

1856.] President Charles Chauncy. 119 

'Etiihqktis amici cujusdam doctissimi, juxta atque piissimi. 
Erudite vir, 

Perlegi (ut pej^ alia negotia licuit) horis subcisivis Lexicon tuum 
Sacrum, sive Critica Sacra; & videtur mihi certe opus elaboratissimum, 
& multiplici eruditione refertissimum, & ab authore t«. aiadr^Tngia <5<«. 
Ti]v i^iv yEivjxvauneva 'iyovxi n^o; diux,qi(jiv kuIS ts v,a\ j««jcS, concinnatum. 
Verbo dicam, non solum tyronibus in lingua Gra3ca, sed etiam Criticis- 
simis Philologis, imo & Theologis, & politioris literaturse studiovis quibus- 
cunque, addo etiam, toti Reipublicse Christianas & literaria?, summe 
profuturum esse judico. Tibi devotissimus, c. c. 


At length Mr. Chauncy made up his mind not to remain in Scituate. 
He had encountered great trials during his residence there. He had 
found a controversy raging from which his predecessor was glad to 
escape with a considerable part of his church. He saw upon his settle- 
ment a new church formed upon former issues, but also from dissatisfac- 
tion with his doctrines. He found himself obliged to take a leading part 
in the controversy that followed. His admiring friends there were indeed 
faithful to him, and, for the times, generous, but he lived in actual want 
even of some of the necessaries of life. Dr. Charles Chauncy, of Boston, 
remarks, that he had more than once heard the Rev. Mr. Nehemiah 
Walter, of Roxbury, say, that he had seen a letter of his, wherein was 
his complaint to his friends, that his necessities were so great, that he 
might with truth declare, " deest quidem panis" indeed I have not bread 
to eat. 

Thus situated, he could hardly fail to contrast the privations he suf- 
fered, with the abundance he once enjoyed ; a new country and its 
privations, with an old country and its improvements ; Puritan New Eng- 
land with merry old England. We can believe that the same spirit of 
dissent with which he sympathized while opposed to the powers that be 
in England, would be somewhat disgusting to him in America. His heart 
must have yearned for his mother country. Times had changed there. 
Laud had given his head to the block to expiate his crimes and his un- 
popularity. His old people in Ware had sent him an invitation to return 
and be their minister. Accordingly he came to Boston to make arrange- 
ments to remove his family to England. 


But while he was in Boston in order to take passage, the Overseers of 
Harvard College, not willing that the country should suffer the loss of so 
valuable a man, " on November 2, 1654, deputed Mr. Richard Mather 
and Mr. Norton to tender to him the place of President, with the stipend 
of one hundred pounds, to be paid out of the county treasury, and also 
to signify to him, that it is expected and desired that he forbear to dissem- 
inate or publish any tenets concerning immersion baptism, and the cele- 
bration of the Lord's Supper in the evening, or to expose the received 

120 President Charles Chauncy. L^P r ^> 

doctrine thereon." " He made no difficulty in complying with this desire, 
and was after punctual in the regard he paid to it." W his opinions had not 
undergone any change, his feelings, at least, had becoine mellowed by time. 

His inauguration was solemnized Nov. 29, 1654. In the language of 
Cotton Mather, " he concluded his excellent oration, made unto a venera- 
ble assembly then filling the college hall, with such a passage as this, to 
the students there : Doctiorem certe president, huic oneri ac staiioni multis 
modis aptiorem, volts facile licet invenire, sed amantiorem, et vestri boni 
studiosiorem, non invenistis." 

He was now placed in his appropriate sphere in the new world, where 
his influence could be proportioned to his talents and learning. Cotton 
Mather, speaking of the manner in which he performed his duties, says, 
" How learnedly he now conveyed all the liberal arts unto those who sat 
at his feet ; how wittily he moderated their disputations and other ex- 
cesses ; how constantly he expounded to. them the scriptures in the 
college hall; how fluently he expressed himself unto them in Latin of 
Terentian phrase, in all his discourses ; and how carefully he inspected 
their manners, and above all things was concerned for them — will never 
be forgotten by many of our most worthy men, who were such men, by 
their education under him." 

" He was a most indefatigable student, which, with the blessing of God, 
made him a most incomparable scholar. He rose very early, about four 
o'clock both winter and summer ; and he set the example of diligence 
hard to be followed. But, Bene orasse, est bene studuisse; by inter- 
weaving of constant prayers into his holy studies, he made them indeed 
holy; and my reader shall count, if he pleases, how oft in a day, he 
addressed Heaven with solemn devotions, and judge whether it might not 
be said of our Charles, as it was of Charles the Great, Carolus plus cum 
deo, quam cum hominibus loquitur, when I have told, that at his first 
getting up in the morning, he commonly spent near an Hour in secret 
prayer, before his minding any other matter ; then visiting the college 
hall, he expounded a chapter (which was first read from the Hebrew) 
of the Old Testament, with a short prayer before, and after, in his family ; 
about eleven in the forenoon, he retired again about three quarters of an 
hour for secret prayer. At four in the afternoon he again did the like. 
In the evening, he expounded a chapter (which was first read in Greek) 
of the New Testament, in the college hall, with a prayer in like manner 
before and after ; the like he did also in his family ; and when the bell 
rang for nine at night, he retired for another hour of secret prayer before 
the Lord. But on the Lord's day's morning, instead of his accustomed 
exposition, he preached a sermon on a text, for about three quarters of an 
hour in the college hall. Beside this, he often sat apart whole days 
for prayer, with fasting alone by himself; yea, and sometimes he spent 
whole nights in prayer, before his Heavenly Father who sees in secret. 
Many days of prayer with fasting, he also kept with his religious consort; 
and many such days he also kept with his family, calling in the assist- 
ance of three or four godly neighbors ; besides what he did more pub- 
licly among the people of God. Behold, how near this good man 
approached unto the strictest and highest sense of praying always ! " 

(To be Continued.) 


The Stowes of London. 



[For the New England Historical and Genealogical Register.] 

Stowe or Stow, (for the word is 
spelt both ways,) is a very ancient 
name in England, and is found par- 
ticularly in Middlesex and Lincoln- 
shire. My great-uncle, Timothy 
Stowe of Dedham, who died some 
thirty years since at a very ad- 
vanced age, frequently told me. that 
our ancestor was from Middlesex, 
and that his wife, who was a Weth- 
erbee, was from the adjoining coun- 
ty of Essex. It is then from the 
London branch of the family, and 
not from the Lincolnshire, that we 
are descended. 

John Stowe came over in one of 
the Winthrop companies, settled in 
Roxbury, and took the freeman's 
oath Sept. 3d, 1634. He was a mem- 
ber of the Ancient and Honorable 
Artillery Company, which was instituted in 1638. Samuel Stowe, a 
preacher, was graduated with the third graduating class of Harvard 
College in 1645. Another of the same name took his degree at the 
same university in 1716. I know nothing of his profession or his place 
of residence. 

The principal facts which I have been able to collect in regard to the 
family previous to the settlement of this country, are recounted in the 
following pages. 

In 1285 King Edward II. presented John de Stowe, of London, to the 
living of Rotherfield. 

In 1297, Henry Stowe, draper of London, bought of Sir John Abel a 
lot of land on the Thames, in Allhallows ad Foenum, where goods were 

Two centuries after this, Thomas Stowe, tallow-chandler, dwelt in St. 
Michael's parish, Cornhill, London. In his day a great prodigy occurred, 
which excited the wonderment of the good citizens. The steeple of St. 
Michael's church was famous for its superior chime of bells ; and on St. 
James's day, as the ringers were ringing, there came up a dreadful tem- 
pest of thunder and lightning, and suddenly there rushed in at the south 
window an ugly shapen sight, and lit on the north side ; and presently 
the terrified ringers let go the bells, and lay as dead for fright. When 
they came to themselves, they found the stone sill of the north window 
razed, and scratched and marked with a lion's claw, as i/*(says the narra- 
tive) it had been a lump of butter. Stowe himself measured the depth of 
the print with a stick, and found it to be between two and three inches. 
Nothing in Cotton Mather is more marvellous than this. 

Thomas Stowe died in 1526, and his will, which is recorded in the 
Bishop of London's Register, is as follows : — 

" In the name of God, Amen. In the year of our Lord God, 1526, 

122 The St owes of London. [April, 

the last day of December, I, Thomas Stowe, citizen and tallow-chandler 
of London, in good and hole mynd, thanks to our Lord Jesu, make this 
my present testament. First, I bequayth my soul to Jesu Christ and to 
our blessed lady Seynt Mary the Virgin, etc. My body to be buryd in 
the little grene church-yard of Seynt Mychel, Cornhill, between the 
crosse and church wall, nigh the wall as may be, by my father and 
mother, sisters and brothers, and also my own children. Also I bequayth 
to the hye altar of foresaid church for my tyths forgotten 12 d . Item, to 
Jesu's Brotherhedde 12 1 . I gyve to our Lady's and Seynt Brotherhedde 
12 d . I gyve St. Christopher and St. George 12 d . Also to the vn altars 
in the church aforesaid, in worship of the vn sacraments, every year 
during three years, 20 d . Item, v shillings, to have on every altar a 
washyng candel burning from vi of the clock till it be past vn, in 
worship of the vn sacraments. And this candel shall begin to burn, 
and to be set upon the altar, from Allhalloween day till it be Candlcmass 
day following ; and it shall be washyng candel of vn in the lb. Also 
I give to the Brotherhedde of Clerks to drynke 20 d . Also I give to them 
that shall bayre me to church, every man 4 d . Also I gyve to a pore man 
or woman every Sunday in 1 year l d to say v pater nosters and aves and 
a creede for my soul. Also I gyve for the reparation of pales 8 d . Also 
I will have vi new Torches, and n torches of St. Mychel and St. Anne, 
and ii of St. Christopher, and n of Jesus, of the best Torchys. 

Also I bequaith to Tho's Stowe, my son, xx lb. in stuff of household, 
as here followyth, that is to say, my grate melting panne, with all the 
instruments that longeth thereto. Also I bequaith to my son Thomas 6 lb , 
13 s and 5 d , as hereafter followith. Item, a nest of silver and gilt, 55 s , 4 d . 
Item, a pounced piece weiing 6 ounces and more, 40 s . Item, a mass of 
a pynt 26" 8 d . Item, a little maser, 13 s 4 d . Item, of this my present 
Testament I make Elizabeth my wife mine executrix, and Thomas Stowe 
my son my overseer, and Mr. Tindal as a solicitor with my son Thomas, 
and he to have for his labor 10\" 

Thomas, Jr., being thus enriched with his father's " grate melting 
panne and all the instruments longing thereto," pursued his tallow- 
chandler's trade with such success, that besides his city house in Corn- 
hill, for his pleasure and diversion he rented a garden and cottage in 
the country, situated on the back side of Throckmorton street in Broad 
street ward, near to the place where Draper's Hall now stands. This 
garden, which was five and forty foot in length, he rented of Sir Thos. 
Cromwell, King Henry the Eighth's great minister and secretary of state, 
for the yearly sum of six shillings and eight pence. Here an incident 
occurred strikingly illustrative of the condition of our fathers in their 
native land, which stands recorded as follows: u A garden house, close 
by Stowe's south wall, stood somewhat in Sir Thos. Cromwell's way, and 
obstructed his convenience, whereupon, without any more ado, or asking 
leave of the proprietor, Sir Thomas's workmen loosed it from its foun- 
dations, and bare it on rollers 2 and 20 foot, into Master Stowe's garden, 
before he heard any thing thereof. Whereupon remonstrating with Sir 
Thomas's steward, he got no answer, but that Sir Tho's commanded 
them to do it, and none durst argue the matter. And notwithstanding he 
was fain to continue to pay his old rent for the garden without any 
abatement, though the half of it was covered with Sir Tho's his garden 

This Thomas Stowe died in 1559, and was buried in St. Michael's, 

1.856.] T lie Stow es of London. 123 

Cornhill. His will is not to be found. His widow Margaret, however, 
left a will bearing date June 29th, 1568 ; which affords many graphic 
illustrations of the times. She bequeathed her body to be buried by her 
husband in the cloister, and 30s. to bury her decently — and 10s. to her 
children and friends to drink withal after her funeral — to the poor 5s. 
worth of bread — to the company of tallow-chandlers 6s. and 3d. to follow 
her corpse to the church. 

A comparison of her will with that of her father-in-law above recited, 
shows the progress which the ideas of the Reformation had already be- 
gan to make among the common people. She writes, u I bequeath my 
soul unto Almighty God my Maker and Creator, and to his only Son our 
Lord Jesus Christ, my only Saviour and Redeemer, with the Holy Ghost, 
and into the fellowship of the Holy Host of Heaven.'" She makes no 
provision for altar candles, aves or paters. Her father-in-law had left 
five shillings for altar candles, and one penny a year for some poor per- 
son to say aves and paters for his soul ; but she leaves ten shillings for 
her friends to have a drink withal after her funeral, and five shillings to 
buy bread for the poor, without either aves or paters in return. 

John Stowe, the famous chronicler of the kings of England, and sur- 
veyor of the city of London, a painstaking and voluminous writer, was 
the oldest son of Thomas and Margaret. He belonged to the honorable 
company of merchant tailors, a company which has now the most splen- 
did and best conducted school in the old city of London. He endeavored 
to make his living as a draper and tailor ; but by his enthusiastic devo- 
tion to the study of antiquities, he exposed himself to many suspicions 
and persecutions, was all his days plagued with poverty, and after a long 
life spent in hard labor, he died in the depths of penury, leaving little 
behind him except piles of MSS., to which posterity has paid all desira- 
ble honor. 

His first trouble was, that in the reign of the capricious tyrant Henry 
VIII., he was accused by a priest of disaffection to the government, and 
an inclination to Lutheranism, and brought to trial. He, however, de- 
fended himself so well, that he was not only acquitted, but his accuser 
condemed to stand in the pillory, and to have the letters F A {false 
accuser) burned into his cheek with a hot iron. 

A short time after this he took a house in Leadenhall street, near its 
intersection with Fenchurch street, where an event soon occurred that 
increased his horror of arbitrary government^ and which vividly illustrates 
the spirit of the times and the condition of the people anterior to the 
great Puritan movement. One Sir Stephen, the curate of Cree church, 
during the time of some troubles in the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and 
Essex, meeting one evening a plain, honest man from Essex, asked him 
the news ; and the poor man making a blunt answer, Sir Stephen 
accused him to the government, which immediately, without judge, trial 
or defence, ordered the harmless rustic to be hung in the street. Early 
next morning the gallows was erected on the pavement close by Stowe's 
door. Aroused by the tumult, he left his bed and found the sheriff of 
London and the knight marshall dragging the poor fellow to his death ; 
who, when he came to the gallows, addressed the people to the following 
effect : " Good people, I be come here to die, but for what offence I know 
not, except it be words spoken yesternight to Sir Stephen the curate and 
preacher of this parish, which were these : He asked me what news 
from the country. Heavy news said I ; and when he said, What ? I 

124 The Stowes of London. [April, 

replied, There be many men up in Essex, but all are in good quiet about 
us ; and this is all, as God is my judge". And so the well meaning 
countryman was hung. Such was the security then for a poor man's 
life ! This was perfect Lynch Law, though executed by an organized 
government ; but the democracy of London were so irritated by it, that 
Sir Stephen was obliged to flee for his life, " and (says Stowe) I never 
heard of him after." 

Stowe neglected his trade and studied with great assiduity the antiqui- 
ties of England, (going on foot from cathedral to cathedral, throughout 
the kingdom,) and especially of London, in which pursuit he was greatly 
animated by the praises of Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, and Dr. 
Parker, Archbishop of Canterbury, who gave him plenty of good words and 
flattering commendations, but very little of material aid. Living much in his 
solitary chamber, and collecting great quantities of curious old publications 
and MSS., his neighbors, not knowing how else to account for his conduct, 
thought that he must be secretly a favorer of popery and a worshipper of 
popish books. Accordingly he was denounced to Queen Elizabeth's 
council as a suspected person, and Grindal, bishop of London, sent three 
commissioners to arrest Stoioe the tailor and search his premises. 

He had been in danger of dying for suspicion of Lutheranism in King 
Henry's time, and was now prosecuted for popery in the reign of Eliza- 
beth. Such were the annoyances to which our ancestors were subjected. 
To Stowe's great Vexation the three commissioners entered his house 
without ceremony, tumbled over his precious collection of old books and 
MSS., dear to him as his heart's blood, ransacked his closets, eviscerated his 
bundles of papers, and reported to the bishop that they " found books in 
defence of the Papistry, which show him to be a great fautor of that 
religion." His friends, the earl of Leicester and archbishop Parker, 
here did him good service, and interposed for his acquittal. A discarded 
servant, however, who had a spite against him, again accused him before 
the archbishop, and drew up charges in one hundred and forty articles ; 
but the learned prelate still stood by him, and he was again declared 

After publishing several large works, he became so poor and needy, 
that he petitioned the lord mayor and aldermen of London for help. He 
tells them he is of the age of threescore years and four, that he has for 
the space of about thirty years last past, besides his Chronicles dedicated 
to the earl of Leicester, set forth divers works to the honor of the city of 
London. He, therefore, petitioned them to bestow on him some yearly 
pension, whereby he may reap somewhat towards his great charges. 
This petition seems not to have been very liberally responded to, for we 
soon find Stowe at his tailor's board again, and that, too, in circumstances 
which exposed him to great annoyance from his illiterate neighbors. 
They were somewhat envious ; they disliked it that one of their own 
rank in life should have the presumption to write and publish folios, and 
number among his friends earls and archbishops ; especially one who had 
no more sense than to spend all his earnings in buying useless old books, 
and now in his old age have nothing left to live upon. 

So many were the insults and abuses which came upon his harmless 
old head, that he was fain to petition the magistrates for protection. This 
was in the reign of Elizabeth, and the petition presents a curious picture 
of the manners of the times. It begins as follows : " Pleaseth it your 
worships to understand how your poor orator, John Stowe, hath of late 

1856.] The Stowes of London. 125 

been more than too, too much abused by one William Ditcher and his 
wife, — said Wm. railing at him, and calling him pricklouse knave and 
beggarly knave and rascally knave, and that he made a chronicle of 
lies. That Wm.'s wife, before the stall of said John, railed at him more 
than a long hour — but that he, John Stowe, kept himself above stairs 
without any answer making. That one day said Wm. leapt in his face, 
and he feared he would have digged out his eyes, — foully scratched him 
in the face, drew blood from him, and was pulled off by the neighbors. 
That said Wm. threw tilesherds and stones at said Stowe's apprentice, 
till he had driven him off his stall from his work. Further, that said 
Ditcher caused one John Snellynge, being drunken, to come to the stall 
of said Stowe, and there call him by such a name as himself better 

It is to be hoped that the magistrates shielded him from such abuses 
as these ; especially as they were brought upon him mainly in conse- 
quence of his indignation against prevailing wickedness, and his, perhaps 
sometimes, too open endeavors to expose and check it. He enjoyed the 
confidence and friendship of the truly enlightened, and among others, 
the poet Spencer was a frequent visitor to his library. Stowe himself 
had a poetic taste, and it was chiefly by his labors that the first good 
edition of Chaucer was given to the public. 

In the year 1603, near the age of eighty, he was eight months confined 
to his bed with the gout in his feet, whereupon he observed that his dis- 
ease lay in those parts which formerly he had so much used in walking 
many a mile in search of antiquities, ancient books and MSS. 

In the year 1604, the second of the reign of James I., he applied to 
that patron of literature for relief in his helpless and pennyless old age ; 
and in October of that year the learned monarch was so kind as to grant 
him a license " to collect the charitable benevolence of well disposed 
people for his subsistence, in recompense of his labor and travail of 
forty-five years in setting forth the chronicles of England, and eight 
years taken up in setting forth his survey of London — and towards his 
relief now in his old age — having left his former means of living, and 
only employing himself for the service and good of his country.'" The 
king in addition gave him a private letter, in his own hand writing, re- 
commending his object. On the back of this letter of the king, Stowe 
writes, that he first made application to the rich parish of St. Mary Wool- 
noth, the result of which was a collection amounting in all to seven shil- 
lings and eight pence ! ! as appears by the certificate of the church 
warden, written with his own hand. The letters were originally granted 
for a twelvemonth, and were to be read by the clergy from their pulpits ; 
but they produced so little that at the end of the year they were renewed 
for a twelve month longer. How much he finally obtained is unknown, 
but probably very little. In 1605 he died, and was buried under the 
eastern end of the north aisle of the old church of St. Andrew Undershaft, 
St. Mary Axe, London, which had long been his parish church. Some 
time after his death, his widow, Elizabeth, found means to erect to his 
memory a very handsome alabaster monument, in which he is represented 
at full length, sitting at his study table in a furred gown, surrounded by 
books, with a grave, round face, high forehead and bald head. 

[I give here the inscription upon Stowe's monument, as it is printed in 
an edition (1633) of his Survey of London : — 

126 The Slow es of London. [April, 

Memorise Sacrum. 
Resurrect lonem in Christo hie expectat Ioannes Stowe, Cwis Londi- 
nensis : Qui in antiquis Monumentis eruendis accuratisima diligentia 
usus, Angliaz Annates, fy Civitatis Londini Synopsim, bene de sua, 
bene de poster a ait ate meritus, luculenter scripsit. vitaq ; Studio pie et 
probe decurso. Obiit JEtatis Anno 80. die 5. Aprilis, 1605. Eliza- 
betha Conjux, ut perpetuum sui amoris Testimonium, dolens posuit* 

This inscription was copied in 1633, not long after it was placed upon 
the monument which had been erected by his aged widow ; and nothing 
could be more happily expressed, or could give a more excellent idea of 
the merits of one of the most remarkable men, in the brief compass 
which it occupies. 

John Stowe's monument had stood about seventy years, when its inscrip- 
tion was copied into an admirable account of London, accompanied by the 
following : — " On the north side of the chancel [in the church of St. 
Andrew Undershaft] is a monument for that laborious Antiquary, Mr. 
John Stowe, to whose memory London is so much indebted for accounts 
of her ancient state. It is a large marble monument with his effigies 
sitting at study, and fenced in with an iron rail. Over his head are these 
words, done in gold letters upon black : 

Aut Scribenda f Aut Legenda | 

Agere. Scribere. 

Above which is a Cornish, and the Merchant Taylor's Arms ; and un- 
der the figure of him " the inscription first given. 

In his edition of his Survey, 1603, Stow, in copying the monuments 
of St. Peter's in Cornhill, gives " Thomas Stow my grandfather, about 
the yeere 1526, and Thomas Stow my father, 1559." 

A handsome tribute to the value of Stow's works may be seen in 
Bishop Nicolson's Historical Library, p. 18. — Editor.] 


In St. Margaret's church yard, adjoining Westminster Abbey, I found, 
when I was in London in 1838, the gravestone of a John Stowe, who 
died since the commencement of the present century, and there is still a 
draper of that name on Holborn Hill. 

C. E. Stowe. 

Andover, Mass., Christmas, 1855. 

* Translation : — 

To Memory Sacred. 

A Resurrection in Christ here John Stowe expects, a citizen of London, who, 
using most accurate diligence in investigating ancient monuments, wrote with great 
clearness the Annals of England and the Survey of the City of London, meriting well 
of his own generation and of posterity, his life being piously and honestly spent in 
study. He died April 5th, 1605, in the 80th year of his age. Ilis mourning wife Eliza- 
beth erected this as a perpetual testimony of her love. 

t Either do things J Or write things 

worthy to be written. worthy to be read. 


1856.] Col. J. Uphani and the Attack on Groton, Conn. 127 


[Communicated by the Rev. J. L. Sibley.] 

Extract of a letter from Lieutenant Colonel Upham, to his Excellency 
Governor Franklin, dated Fort Franklin, Sept. 13th, 1781 : — 

Immediately on the receipt of yours by Capt. Camp, I made every 
preparation consistent with the necessary secrecy, to furnish as many 
refugees for the proposed expedition as could be spared from the garri- 
son. My first care was to put a supply of provisions on board the vessels. 
I talked of an expedition and proposed to go myself, nor could I do more 
until the fleet appeared in sight. Major Hubbill was too unwell to go with 
me. T therefore left him to take charge of the fort, and, with as much 
dispatch as possible, embarked one hundred Loyalists, exclusive of a suf- 
ficient number to man the two armed sloops. With these we joined the 
fleet in season to prevent the least delay. By the inclosed arrangement 
you will see we had the honor to be included in the first division, and 
I have the pleasure to add we were the first on shore. We advanced 
on the right of the whole to a height at a small distance from the shore, 
where we were ordered to cover the xxxviiith regiment from a wood on 
our right, until the second division came up. We were then ordered to 
change our position from the right to the left, at the distance of two hun- 
dred yards from the main body. This alteration derived its propriety 
from the circumstance of the rebels having gone over to the left, from an 
apprehension of being too much crowded between our troops and the 
river on their right. Thus arranged we proceeded to the town of New 
London, constantly skirmishing with rebels who fled from hill to hill, and 
from stone fences which intersected the country at small distances. 
Having reached the southerly part of the town, the General [Arnold] 
requested me to take possession of the hill north of the meeting-house, 
where the rebels had collected, and which they seemed resolved to hold. 
We made a circle to the left, and soon gained the ground in contest. 
Here we had one man killed and one wounded. This height, being the 
outpost, was left to us and the Yagers. Here we remained exposed to a 
constant fire from the Rebels on the neighboring hills, and from the fort 
on the Groton side, until the last was carried by the British troops. We 
took the same rout in our return as in going up, equally exposed, though 
not so much annoyed. Everything required was cheerfully undertaken 
and spiritedly effected by the party I had the honor to command. A 
small party from Vanalstine's post joined us, which increased my com- 
mand to one hundred and twenty. They landed and returned with us, 
and behaved exceedingly well. The armed vessels Association and Col. 
Martin, went close into the shore, and covered the landing on the New 
London side. At the request of the General I furnished boats to land 
forty of the troops on the Groton side. Captains Gardner and Thomas 
would gladly have gone up to the town, but were not permitted. 

[The above is from an account of Arnold's expedition to Groton, Conn., 
contained in the New York Gazette, 24 Sept., 1781.] 

Mr. Rivington. Sir. By giving the following letters a place in your 
paper, you will oblige a number of refugees on Long Island : — 

Sir. Permit us to return you our sincere thanks for the kind atten- 
tion you have paid us during the time you acted as Deputy Inspector 

General of Refugees on this Island. 

128 Col. J. Up ham and the Attack on Groton, Conn. [April, 

Driven from our respective homes, having left our property in the 
country, and dependent on the bounties of government for a support, 
we felt a sensible relief in having that support communicated to us 
through a hand ever ready to relieve our wants. 

Your easiness of access, and generous sympathy in our distresses, 
proceeding from a heart enlivened with the strongest attachment to the 
best of sovereigns ; as well as susceptible of the tenderest feelings of 
humanity, impress our minds with the highest sense of gratitude to his 
Excellency the Commander in Chief for your appointment, while we 
lament our loss in being at this time deprived of so friendly a patron. 

We have to add our warmest wishes for your prosperity, and earnest 
prayers that you may yet have it in your power to do that good which 
your loyalty to your king, and benevolence of disposition, would prompt 
you to on every occasion. 

We are with the greatest esteem and respect, Sir, 

Your most obliged and most obedient, humble servants. 
Signed by Thomas Gilbert, Joshua Chandler, Malcolm Morrison, 
John Cochran, and a number of others receiving provisions on 
Long Island. 

Long Island, Feb. 10, 1782. 

Lieutenant Colonel Upham, 

Late Deputy Inspector General of Refugees. 

Gentlemen, — 

I take the earliest opportunity to acknowledge the receipt of your 
obliging letter of the 10th inst., and to assure you how highly I think 
myself honored by your kind approbation of my conduct when in office. 
The distribution of a liberal, seasonable and most grateful donation 
from a gracious, munificent king, to his faithful suffering subjects, has, 
in every instance of my duty, afforded me the greatest pleasure and 

Convinced that your sacrifices of property and consequent distresses, 
have proceeded from hearts enlivened with the strongest attachment to 
the best of Sovereigns, I have ever, as well in obedience to the orders of 
the Commander in Chief, as from motives of sympathy, paid the strictest 
attention to the duties of my appointment. And now, though removed 
from that employment, I have the highest satisfaction in assuring you, 
that you cannot thereby suffer the least possible loss, as your wants 
will need only to be made known to the Commander in Chief to be 

I cannot express how much I feel myself obliged by your benevolent 
wishes for my prosperity ; in return, have only to lament that it is 
no longer in my power to promote yours. 

I am, with the greatest esteem and respect, Gentlemen, 

Your most obliged and most obedient humble servant, 

J. Upham. 
Lloyd's Neck, Feb. 17, 1782. 

To Col. Thomas Gilbert, Joshua Chandler, Esq., Malcolm Morrison, 
Esq., Capt. John Cochran, and others receiving provisions on Long 

[New York Gazette, 23 Feb., 1782. 


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1856.] Gov. Thomas Dudley and his Descendants. 1 33 


Of a family descended from the Barons of Dud- 
ley, (whence he derived his name and armorial 
ensigns,*) Gov. D. was born at Northampton, 
as we are told, in 1576. He was the only son 
of Capt. Roger Dudley,! a warrior slain in bat- 
tle, when this son and an only daughter were very young. Of his mother 
we know little, except that she was a relative to Sir Augustine Nicolls of 
Faxton, Kt., one of His Majesty's Justices of his Court of Common Pleas 
and Keeper of the Great Seal to Prince Charles. J She probably died 
soon after her husband, since an early writer, § who pretends to have had 
correct information, says of Thomas, when forsaken by both father and 
mother, then the Lord took him up, and stirred the hearts of cerlain 
friends, who assumed special charge of him in his childhood. One of 
these special friends is said to have been a " Mrs. Purefoy." Probably 
she was that sister of Judge Nicolls, who married Wm. Purefoy of 
Muston, Leic. Of young Dudley's heritage we have no particular 
account ; but five hundred pounds in money had been left in trust for 
him, and was duly delivered into his hands, when he became of age. 
He was trained up in some Latin school " by the care of Mrs. Purefoy," 
and, afterwards improving himself by self-culture, he became " as good 
a reader of Latin as the best clerk in the country." 

Then he was preferred by his best friends to be a page in the family of 
the Earl of Northampton, || where he remained several years. Next he 
became a clerk to his kinsman, Judge Nicolls, under whose instruction 
he acquired much skill in the law. 

At twenty, Queen Elizabeth sent him a captain's commission, and he 
led a large company of the Northampton gallants over to the siege of 
Amiens, in Picardy. 

On his return, soon after, to Northampton, he married a gentlewoman 
of that vicinity, and took up his abode for some time, where he enjoyed 
the ministry of Mr. Dod,^| Mr. Cleaver and Mr. Winston. 

Mr. Dudley soon became a zealous Puritan, and so continued through 

* These are thus blazoned: Or, a lion ramp., vert. Crest : a lion's head, az. 

t There is a crescent in the dexter chief of his escutcheon, signifying that he was 
descended from the second son of the Baron Dudley. 

| Sir Augustine's father was Thomas, Esq., of Pytchley, county of Northampton, 
son of William, Esq., who died at Hardwick, 17th Eliz., aged 96. And his mother 
was Anne, who died at the age of 82 years, a dau. of John Pell, Esq., (of Elkington,) 
the former owner of Faxton, a hamlet in the county of Northampton. 

§ The author of an anonymous manuscript, — which Dr. Cotton Mather evidently 
used in making up his account of the Governor, for the Magnalia. 

I! There was no Earl of Northampton during his minority ; but two personages were 
living, who subsequently became such, viz. : Henry Howard, son of the famous Earl of 
Surrey, and William Compton, son of Sir Henry, who died in 1589. Howard was 
born at Shottisham, county of Norfolk, about 1539; created Earl of Northampton in 
1603, and afterwards Warden of the Cinque Ports, Lord Privy-seal, &c; dying un- 
married in 1614, at Northumberland-house, a noble mansion of his own building, near 
Charing Cross, London. Compton seems to have been born about 1570, created Earl 
of Northampton in 1618; was Lord Lieutenant of Wales, Worcester, Hereford and 
Salop, died in 1630, and was buried with his ancestors at Compton, in Warwickshire. 
His countess was Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Sir John Spencer, Lord Mayor of 
London, called "the rich Spencer/' See Collins's Peerage. 

Tl This was the celebrated Puritan, Rev. John Dod, who, at that time, preached at 
Canons Ashby, in Northamptonshire. See Brooke's Lives of the Puritans. 

134 Gov. Thomas Dudley and his Descendants. [April. 

life. He was many years steward to Theophilus, fourth Earl of Lincoln, 
and managed the vast estates of that earldom with great success. Toward 
the close of King James's reign, he retired to a more private life at Bos- 
ton in Lincolnshire ; but, ere long, was recalled by the Earl, who thought 
he could not live without Mr. Dudley's advice and assistance. With the 
Earl he continued, in a manner, till 1630, when a spirit of persecution 
arising against the Nonconformists, " he came to the deserts of America 
for the sake of enjoying his liberty to the utmost of what he desired." 
Before leaving England, Mr. Dudley was chosen an Assistant and Deputy 
Governor of the Massachusetts Company, John Winthrop, Esq., being 
Governor. In 1634,* Dudley was elected Governor, and three times 
afterwards, viz., 1640, '45 and '50. In 1644, he was elected Commander- 
in-chief of the military forces of the Colony, with the title of Major 
General. When not Governor, he was ever Deputy Governor or Assist- 
ant, so that he came to be looked up to as a chief pillar of the new Com- 
monwealth. He was greatly esteemed for wisdom, piety, justice and 
zeal. His death occurred at his house in Roxbury, 31 Dec. 1653, and 
his tomb may yet be seen in that city. 

Rev. Samuel 2 Dudley, and Descendants. 

/? f\ /) tne e ^est °f Gov. Thomas 1 D's eight children, 

7 ' ^'VU&iAa/ ' an( ^ tne 011 ty son *^ D y ms fi rst wife, was b. ab'out 

w/<^c. vvfy 1610,| probably at Canon's Ashby, Northamp- 

<~-^ tonshire, Eng., and was educated for the ministry. 
He came over to America with Winthrop, Johnson, and his father, in the 
Arbella, 1630, resided at Newtown, now Cambridge, in 1631, and is 
mentioned as one of the officials sent to capture Sir Christopher Gardner, 
who had been accused of having two wives in England and a mistress 
here.§ In 1632 or 3 he m. Mary Winthrop, dau. of Gov. W., and it was 
on this account that the latter sometimes calls Gov. Dudley his brother, j J 
He removed in 1635, with his father and his brother-in-law Bradstreet, to 
Ipswich, and, two years after, went to help settle Salisbury.^ Here he 
dwelt about twelve years, preaching a part of the time and holding marly 
public offices. In the years 1641, 42, 43, 44 and 45, he was Deputy to 
the General Court at Boston.** 

Sometime about 1649 he appears to have been a temporary preacher at 
Portsmouth, N. PI. The next year he settled as the minister of Exeter, 
with a salary of c£40 a year, and " the use and betterments of the house 
and land where he lived." 

The people of Portsmouth offered him <£80 a year in 1656, but he de- 
clined leaving Exeter. He labored assiduously to improve the morals of 
the community, and to benefit the town. Pie built mills, cultivated farms, 
and attended, somewhat, to the breeding of cattle. The town granted him, 
on one occasion, 600 acres of land near the Great Hill, in that part of Ex- 
eter called, since 1742, Brentwood, and here have some of his descendants 
by the name ever since resided. 

Mr. Dudley had been a judge, and held other appointments from the 

* This period has been styled a new era in the history of the colony, being the first 
time the representative principle was recognized. See Moore's Lives of the Governors, 
t He is so called in the MS. life of his father, written in his own time. 
\ Rev. Simon Bradstreet of New London, Ct., his nephew, so stated in his Journal. 
\ See Gov. Dudley's Letter to the Countess of Lincoln. 
|| Savage's Winthrop, II. 435, &c. 
IT Felt's Hist, of Ipswich, p. 72. ** Salisbury Town Records. 

1S56.] Gov. Thomas Dudley and his Descendants. 135 

colonial government. He might, doubtless, have had more ; but he was 
not ambitious, like his younger brother Gov. Joseph, so conspicuous in the 
history of his time. He was a quiet, tolerant, Christian minister, and spent 
his days in usefulness and honor. Though not celebrated like his sister, 
Madam Bradstreet, for literary performances, yet he is said to have been 
a person of good capacity and learning.* He died 10 Feb. 1682-3, and 
was interred probably in the burial ground west of the road leading from 
the Court House to Newmarkct,f where yet stands an old table tombstone 
supposed to have been his ; but the inscription is gone. A fragment of it, 
with the syllable " Sam' 1 still legible, was in the possession of Winthrop 
H. 8 Dudley, Esq. of Brentwood, son of Hon. John S. 7 , in 1848. Rev. 
Samuel 2 had been three times married. By his first wife, the dau. of Gov. 
Winthrop, he had five children : Thomas 3 ; John, 3 bap. at Boston, 28 June, 
1635, died young ; Margaret, 3 d. young; Samuel, 3 bap. at Cambridge, 2 
Aug. 1639, d. in 1643 ; and Ann, 3 wife of Edward Hilton, Esq. 

Thomas, 3 the eldest, was bap. 9 March, 1634, at Boston,- where his 
mother was a member of the church,^ though residing at Cambridge. 
He grad. at Harvard College in 1651, with the usual honors, taking his 
second degree, that is, A. M., in 1654, and was elected Fellow of the 
College. § He had been maintained at school by Gov. Dudley, his grand- 
father. || He d. unm. at Boston, 7 Nov. 1655, aged a little over 21 years. 

Ann, 3 b. 1641, the youngest child by the first wife, m. Edward Hilton, 
Esq.,^j a very prominent citizen of Exeter, who d. 28 April, 1699. Their 
eldest son, Col. Winthrop, 4 ** b. 1671 ; was a judge and leading military 
man in N. Hampshire ; — killed by the Indians at Epping,tf 23 June, 1710, 
leaving a widow Ann, dau. of Humphrey Wilson, and six children, viz. : 
Judith,* m. 1st, Wm. Pike, 29 July, 1725, whose dau. Elizabeth 6 m. Dea. 
Samuel Brooks, and had Elizabeth, 7 wife of Rev. Wm. Woodbridge, first 
preceptor of Philips Academy, Ex. ; and Mr. Pike dying 1726, she mar. 
2dly, 1731, Rev. Elisha Odlin, of Amesbury, Mass., and had by him 
John, 6 a physician ; Winthrop, 6 William, 6 Anna, 6 and Elisha, 6 of Gilman- 
ton. Ann 6 mar. Ebenezer Pierpont of Roxbury, Mass., and had John, 6 
William, 6 Benjamin, 6 of Boston, and Ann. 6 Deborah, 5 wife of Samuel 
Thing, m. 26 Dec. 1722, and, secondly, of Benj. Thing, in 1725. Eliza- 
beth, 5 wife of Capt. John 5 Dudley of Brentwood. Bridget, 5 wife of An- 
drew Gilman, son of Jeremiah G., which lady d. 10 Nov. 1736 ; and Col. 
Winthrop 5 Jr., born 21 Dec. 1710, d. 21 Dec. 1781, leaving by his wife 
Martha, who was widow of Chase Wiggin and dau. of Joshua Weeks of 
Greenland, N. H., Winthrop, 6 who died in 1775 at Newmarket, leaving a 
son Ichabod 7 , d. March, 1822, aged 82, who had a son Winthrop, 8 lately 
residing upon the homestead of his ancestors in Newmarket. 

The other children of Edward and Ann 3 (Dudley) Hilton were Dudley 4 
of Newmarket, who m. Mercy, dau. of Hon. Kinsley Hall ; Joseph, 4 born 
about 1681, mar. 1st, Hannah, dau. of Richard Jose, and 2dly, Rebecca, 

widow of Adams, and d. in 1765 ; Jane, 4 wife of Richard Mattoon of 

Ipswich and of Newmarket in 1699 ; Ann, 4 wife of Richard Hilton, Esq. 

* Belknap's Hist, of N. H., I. 52-53. See also sketches of his life m the N. H. Hist. 
Coll., I. 156, II. 237, and Hon. John Kelly's Collectanea in Exeter News Letter. 

t N. H. Hist. Coll., I. 155 ; II. 237. % Boston Church Rec. of First Ch. 

§ Harvard Triennial Catalogue. || See their wills in Suffolk Prob. Records. 

T[ His father was Hon. Edward Hilton of Dover, who commenced the settlement of 
N. Hampshire in 1*623, having come from London, Eng., where he was born. 

** Col. W. had the chief command in one or more of the expeditions to the eastward. 
See sketch of him in N. H. Hist. Coll., Vol. I. 

tt This town was detached from Exeter in 1741. 

136 Gov. Thomas Dudley and his Descendants. [April. 

of Newmarket and Portsmouth ; Sobriety, 4 wife of Jonathan Hilton ; and 
Mary, 4 wife of Joseph Hall, by whom she had Edward, 6 Esq. of New- 
market, and Joseph, 6 Esq., who died in 1767; of whose children were 
Love, 6 b. 10 June, 1716, m. Israel Bartlett of Newbury, and had Joseph 
H. 7 of Massachusetts ; Sarah, 7 wife of Col. Winborn Adams, and after- 
wards of Col. Hubbard ; Hon. Israel, 7 of Haverhill ; Mary, 7 wife of 
Gen. Henry Dearborn ; Josiah 7 of Lee, and the late Judge Thomas 
Bartlett of Nottingham, of whose sons are Hon. Bradbury 8 Bartlett of 
Nottingham, and Hon. Josiah 8 Bartlett of Lee ; Mary, 5 dau. of Joseph and 

Mary 4 (Hilton) Hall, m. Sargeant ; her sisters were Sarah, 5 wife of 

John Burleigh of Newmarket ; Deborah, 5 wife of Folsom, and Re- 
becca, 5 wife of Samuel Adams of Durham, and mother of Col. Winborn 6 
Adams of the Revolutionary army, father of Col. Samuel 7 Adams.* 

Rev. Samuel's 2 second wife, m. at Salisbury about 1643, was " Mary," 
perhaps sister of Mr. Henry Byley of S., who came from Sarum, Wilts., 
Eng., in 1634, she being then 22. f She d. about 1651. Children by this 
wife : Hon. Judge Theophilus, 3 b. 31 Oct. 1644, a military captain in his 
youth, and afterwards representative, &c, sat on the bench from 1707 till 
his death, 1713 — never was married; Mary, 3 b. 21 April, 1646, died 28 
Dec. same year; Byley, 3 Esq. b. 27 Sept. 1647, m. 25 Oct. 1682, Eliza- 
beth Gilman, dau. of Mr. Moses G., son of the first Edward G., who came 
from Hingham, Eng ; made his will 24 Jan. 1722, giving his estate to his 
beloved wife, and kinsmen Theophilus 4 Hardy, Byley, 4 and Stephen 4 Ly- 
ford ; Mary, 3 b. 6 Jan. 1649-50, m. at Beverly, 24 Jan. 1675, Mr. Samuel 
Hardy, schoolmaster and physician, son of Mr. Robert H. of London, 
Eng., haberdasher ;| Thomas, 3 m. " Mary,"§ and d. in 1713, — not known 
to have left children. 

Rev. Samuel 2 had eight other children, probably by his third wife Eliz- 
abeth, who survived him, viz., Stephen, 3 James, 3 Timothy, 3 mentioned by 
his brothers, in a paper dated Nov. 1702, as " our deceased brother" ; 
Samuel 3 ; Elizabeth. 3 b. 1652; Abigail, 3 m. Mr. Watson of Northampton ; 
Dorothy, 3 m. Moses Leavitt ; and Rebecca, 3 m. Francis Lyford. 

Stephen 3 Dudley, Esq. sometimes called himself " planter.' 1 He m. 
24 Dec. 1684, Sarah Gilman, dau. of Hon. John G. of Exeter, a judge, 
speaker of the assembly, Royal Councillor, &c, and his wife Elizabeth 
(Trueworthy), dau. of Mr. James T. and his wife Catharine (Shapleigh), 
dau. of Alex. S. Esq.|| of Maine. Stephen 3 Esq.'s wife Sarah, b. 25 Feb. 
1667, d. 24 Jan. 1713, after which he mar. Mary Thing, perhaps sister to 
Jonathan T. of Exeter, and, after her death, before 1715, Mercy Gilman, 
who survived him. He was sometimes elected to office, but his elder 
brothers had most of such honors. Good sense, integrity and liberality 
characterized this gentleman, who is now, doubtless, the common ancestor 
of all the Dudleys descended from Rev. Samuel. 2 By will, signed 17 
Feb. 1734-5, and proved 13 May following, he gives the homestead to his 
sons James 4 and Trueworthy, 4 but the use and profits thereof to his " be- 
loved wife Mercy, during her lifetime." The children of Stephen 3 and 
Sarah were Mr. Samuel, 4 b. 19 Dec. 1685 ; Col. Stephen 4 ; James 4 ; John, 4 
slain by the Indians in 1710 ; Nicholas, 4 Esq., father of Capt. John, 5 who 
d. unm. ; Biley 5 of Newbury, N. H. ; Trueworthy, 5 whose son Nicholas 6 

* Kelly's Collectanea, No. XXXIII. 

t Ipswich (Eng.) Custom House Rec'ds, printed in Mass. Hist. Coll. 3d series, X. 144. 
% Beverly, Mass., Town Records. § Reg. of Deeds at Exeter, N. H. vol. 4. 

|| The town of Shapleigh, in York County, Me., was named for this family. 

1856.] Gov. Thomas Dudley and his Descendants. 137 

grad. H. C, taking his second degree (A. M.) in 1767, having been sup- 
ported at College by his uncle Capt. John 5 Dudley, who, afterwards, himself 
became poor, and spent his last days with this Nicholas, 6 then a Congre- 
gationalist clergyman of Connecticut ; Joseph, 5 a soldier of the French, 
and Revolutionary, wars ; — Joanna 4 ; Sarah, 4 mar. Major Ezekiel Oilman, 
who died at the Louisburg Garrison, C. B., in 1746 ; Trueworthy, 4 who 
commanded a company at the siege of Louisburg in 1745, whose son 
Gilman 5 was father of the late Trueworthy 6 Dudley, Esq. of Pembroke, a 
shrewd, intelligent and worthy man, father of Gilman 7 of New York, 
and Trueworthy 7 and James H. 7 late of Boston ; Joseph, 4 born 1702, died 
about 1728; Abigail, 4 mar. Mr. Lyford of Exeter; and Elizabeth, 4 mar. 
Simon Gilman. 

Capt. James 3 Dudley, son of Rev. Samuel, 2 was born about 1663, and 
educated for the ministry, but chose a mariner's life, and soon became 
master of a ship. He used to sail out of Newbury, Ipswich, and Salem, 
to the West Indies, and thence to England with sugar. He witnessed the 
awful earthquake at Jamaica in 1692, and saw Port Royal sink. 

Capt. Dudley, usually styled " merchant," was a man of enterprising 
spirit and solid judgment. He d. 14 Nov. 1720, in his 57th year, leaving 
no children. His tomb, with an inscription, yet remains, on the west 
bank of Exeter (i. e., Swamscot) river a mile below the falls. His wife 
was Elizabeth Leavitt, dau. of Samuel L. of Exeter. She m. 2ndly, 8 
Oct. 1724, Mr. Robert Briscoe, and 3rdly, 22 Sept. 1730, Rev. John 

Mr. Samuel 3 Dudley, son of Rev. Samuel, 2 d. at E. in 1732. Scarcely 
anything is known of him. His wife was called Hannah, and their 
children were several daus. and two sons, Samuel, 4 and Jonathan, 4 Esq. 
The former d. about 1758; the latter m. 13 Oct. 1720, Dinah Bean, dau. 
of John B., lived at Brentwood, and made his will in 1761, bequeathing an 
estate, worth <£1§,661, to his wife Dinah and his children, who were all 
daughters, but three, Samuel, 5 Jonathan, 5 and John,* of whom only the 
last married, and his children were all daughters ; so that this branch of 
Rev. Samuel 2 Dudley's family became extinct in the male lines. Of Jon- 
athan, Esq's daughters, Elizabeth 5 m. 2 Dec. 1741, Mr. Joseph Greely, 
Jr.* of Gilmanton ; Sarah 5 m. Mr. Kelly, Dinah 5 m. J. Johnson, Mercy 5 m. 
1st, Hunneford, and 2ndly, Johnson ; Catharine 5 m. Mr. Severance and 
Mr. Hidden, son of Rev. Mr. H. ; and Joanna 5 m. Mr. Kimball of Gil- 

Elizabeth, 3 daughter of Rev. Samuel 2 Dudley, m. 25 Sept. 1674, Hon. 
Kinsley Hall, of Exeter, a Councillor, and sometime judge of the Superior 
Court ; who lived at Beverly, Mass. in 1718, and d. at Exeter about 1736. 
Their eldest child, Josiah, 4 m. 1st, a daughter of Woodbury of Beverly, 
who bore him two children, viz., Elizabeth, 5 wife of Tobias Lear of Ports- 
mouth, grandfather of Tobias L., who was Washington's private Secretary ; 
and Mary, 5 wife of John Langdon of Portsmouth, mother of Hon. Wood- 
bury L., 6 Gov. John L.,' Mary L. 6 wife of Storer, Elizabeth L. 6 wife of 
Barrel, Martha L. 6 wife 1st of Barrel, 2nd of Simpson, and 3rd of Gov. 
James Sullivan, and Abigail. 6 J. 4 Hall m. 2ndly, 10 May, 1719, Han- 
nah, wid. of John Light, dau. of Robert Lord of Ipswich, by whom he had 
six children, only two of whom lived to full age, viz., Abigail, 5 b. 20 
June, 1726, and Samuel, 5 b. 20 April, 1724, d. 1774, had Kinsley, 6 of 

* Lancaster's History of Gilmanton, p. 266. 

138 Gov. Thomas Dudley and his Descendants. [April, 

whose sons, were Samuel 7 of Gilmanton, and Kinsley, 7 father of Henrv 
R., 8 Catherine N. 3 wife of Mitchell of Ky., Charles E., 8 Mary R. 8 wife of 
Judge Hatch of Ky., and Benjamin E. 8 

Mr. Samuel 4 Dudley, b. 1685, eldest son of Stephen, 3 Esq., was an 
active, useful man, but d. in the prime of life, aged 32 years. He m. 24 
Nov. 1709, Hannah Colcord, daughter of Samuel and Mary C, and had 
John, 5 b. 22 June, 1711, d. young; Capt. John, 5 b. 4 Feb. 1713, a 
military officer before the Revolution, m. Elizabeth Hilton, daughter of 
the much lamented Col. Winthrop H. of Newmarket, and d. at his resi- 
dence in Brentwood, 6 Nov. 1786. His son Samuel, 5 Representative, Sena- 
tor, (?) &c, was father of Capt. Josiah 6 Dudley of Brentwood, an intelligent 
and useful man, who had a son, Mr. J. R. 7 Dudley of Brentwood, d. 23 
Aug. 1832, in the 30th year of his age. The other sons of Capt. John 5 
were John, 6 father of Jeremiah 7 and Andrew 7 Dudley, late of Brentwood, 
many years members of the State Legislature ; Capt. Winthrop, 6 father of 
Hon. John S. 7 who m. Catharine Smith, daughter of the celebrated Judge 
Ebenezer S. of Meredith. Another son of Samuel 4 Dudley was Samuel, 5 
Jr., a man of strong mind, pure character, and large estate, a magistrate, 
both before, and after, the Revolution, and many years m the Legislature, 
father of Josiah, 6 an officer of the Revolutionary War. 

Col. Stephen 4 Dudley, the second son of Stephen, 3 Esq., b. 10 March, 
1 688, at Exeter, removed to Raymond, or that part of R. then called 
Freetown, w r hich he had purchased of Peter Penniwit, an Indian, and his 
squaw Abigail, who was daughter and heiress of Omacancanoe, Sagamore, 
the former owner of this land. Col. D. was accustomed to wear commonly 
a scarlet coat, laced jacket, ruffled shirt, and powdered wig, which occa- 
sioned him to be called " gaffer," the rustic name for lord in those days. 

He m., July, 1708, Sarah Davison, or Davidson, b. 1 Feb. 1682, dan. 
of Mr. Daniel D., sheriff of Newbury, and they had children : Samuel Paul 5 
of Andover, N. H., Davison, 5 Stephen, 5 Paul, 5 Margaret, 5 Sarah, 5 Joan- 
na, 5 and Abigail. 5 

Davison 5 was of Brentwood, a farmer and excellent blacksmith, doing a 
good business, until a shock of palsy nearly paralyzed his hands ; d. of 
the black jaundice about 1787. He m. Anna Ladd, and had at least 
seven sons and two daughters, viz. : Davison, 6 slain in the last French war; 
Davison 6 d. in the army of Washington at Cambridge, Mass. 1775 ; Ste- 
phen 6 m. Phebe Webster, and removed to Maine ; Timothy, 6 a soldier 
of the Revolutionary Army, in which he d. 1776 ; his wife was Mary 
Leavitt) of Brentwood, and they had children, Stephen, 7 mentioned in 
Bouton's History of Concord, N. H., p. 266, d. in the Revolutionary Army ; 
Timothy, 7 Jr. m. Mercy Strong, and was living in 1850 in Vermont, their 
children being Cyrus, 8 Hiram, 8 Timothy, 8 Col. Jonas G. 8 a merchant of 
New York, m. Augusta Aikens, daughter of Hon. Judge Asa A. of Wind- 
sor, Vt., and they have a son 9 ; Levi, 7 lately d. at Vershire, Vt., leaving 
twelve children, of whom are Col. Lorin B. 8 of West Hartford ; Major 
Timothy B. 8 and Rev. Hiram C. H., 8 who graduated in 1847, at Union 
College, Schenectady, N. Y. True worthy 6 d. in Washington's army at 
Cambridge; Peter Coffin 6 removed to Maine; Levi, 6 Margaret 6 m. 
Nathaniel Chase of Brentwood, and Anna 6 m. Walden Webster of B. 

Dea. Stephen 5 Dudley, (son of Col. Stephen, 4 ) b. at Exeter, 14 Oct. 
1724, removed to Gilmanton with his family in 1764. He was chosen 
Deacon of the church there 13 Feb. 1776, and held the office with honor 
all his life. In disposition he was uniformly kind and pleasant, yet firm 

1856.] Gov. Thomas Dudley and his Descendants. 139 

and decided. His conversation was always instructive and interesting. 
He d. 22 Aug. 1811. His wife Hannah, (m. Jan. 1745,) daughter of 
Benj. Sanborn of Gilmanton, d. in 1816, having borne him eight children : 
Nicholas 6 of Brentwood and Barnstead ; John, 6 Samuel, 6 and Peter, 6 of 
Gilmanton; Daniel, 6 and Stephen, 6 of Alton ; Mehetabel, 6 and Sarah. 6 * 

James 4 Dudley, third son of Stephen, 3 Esq., was b. 11 June, 1690; a 
genial and agreeable man, and courageous in time of danger ; a Lieu- 
tenant in Col. Moore's Regiment, of the victorious army which besieged 
Louisburg, and took that place, the strongest fortress in America, 17 
June, A. D. 1745; d. in 1746. He had mar'd Mercy Folsom, daughter 
of Dea. John F. of Exeter, son of John, who came from England to 
flingham, Mass. James 4 and Mercy had children : James 5 of Brentwood, 
father of James 6 of B. ; Eliphalet 6 d. young; Stephen, 6 of Readfield, Me., 
a generous and fraternal man ; Jonathan, 6 b. 1752, a young man of 
promise, but d. in his 24th year of lake fever, in the Revolutionary Army 
at Ticonderoga, N. Y., 1776; John, 6 of Andover, N. H., d. 1776, and 
Hannah, 6 living in 1817, a very sens ; ble woman, m. Mr. Oilman; Abi- 
gail, 5 b. 31 Oct. 1716, m. Dea. Aaron Young of Kingston, a good man, but 
high-tempered ; Samuel, 5 b. 1720, a Sergeant in his father's company at the 
siege of Louisburg in 1745, and, by some bold exploit there, acquired a 
reputation for bravery, had a strong mind, but became a public speaker 
of the Friends' Society, never more engaging in war, not even that of our 
glorious Revolution ; m. three times, and had seven enterprising and 
respectable sons, and three daughters, well married : — 

b. 9 April, 1725, at Exeter, a Judge 

/</ S {J3//J VJ^ °f tne Superior (now Supreme Ju- 

J^^T^L^. -^ZS£t UC--&4-/ dicial) Court ; Joseph, 5 of Raymond, 

^^f /fb* 1728, who, at sixteen years of 

// age, accompanied his father and 
brother Samuel 5 in the expedition 
against Louisburg ; a person of unbounded generosity, but strangely 
enthusiastic in matters of religion ; Joanna 5 m. Daniel Ladd, who owned 
iron works at Dccrfield, and manufactured iron from the native ore ; 
Mercy, 5 m. Mr. Emerson of Maine ; and Sarah 5 never married. Samuel, 5 
the second son of James, 4 was, as above stated, b. 1720, and became a 
Friend or Quaker. His children were the following : Daniel, 6 of Mount 
Vernon, Me., probably the same person mentioned in the pay roll of 
Oapt. Nat. Wilson's company of Gen. Stark's brigade, A. D. 1777 ; a 
man of excellent talents and an amusing conversationalist, whose chil- 
dren were Rev. Daniel 7 of Ohio, Rev. Thomas 7 of Pittsfield, Me., Moses 7 
of Ohio, Samuel 7 and David, 7 also of the West; Mary, 7 b. 6 March, 1777, 
m. Mr. Judkins of Fayette, Me.; Susanna, 7 b. 3 Sept. 1781, of Fayette; 
and Mehetabel, 7 b. 29 March, 1793, m. Mr. Jacobs, and d. 1833 ; Samuel 6 
of Pownalboro', Me., second son of Samuel, 5 smart, generous and brave ; 
was a lumberman, and drowned in the Sheepscot river, Me., 1795 ; 
after which his family removed to the West, of whom were Samuel, 7 
Aaron, 7 and James. 7 Micajah, 6 b. at Brentwood, N. H., according to his 
own records, 9th mo. 27th day, 1751 ; many years a Quaker preacher, 
says the account of Nathaniel 6 Dudley; he m. Susanna Forster, b. at 
Attleboro', Mass., 4th mo. 15th day, 1751, and d. at China, Me., 1, 8, 
1830; he d. at Durham, Me., 3rd mo. 1798; they had eleven children, 

* Lancaster's History of Gilmanton, p. 237. 

]40 Gov. Thomas Dudley and his Descendants. [April, 

viz. : John, 7 b. at Winthrop, Me., 11, 5, 1775, m. Eunice Winslow, had 
eight children, one of whom is Geo. P., 8 Esq., of Boston, Mass., and d. at 
China in 1847 ; Samuel, 7 b. at W. 2, 22, 1777, m. Anna Wing, had four 
children, of whom are Joseph 8 of Fall River, Mass., and the wife 8 of 
David Kelly of South Yarmouth, Mass., and d. 2, 1, 1847 ; Susanna, 7 b. at 
W., 12, 18, 1778, m. Ephraim Jones, who was b. at Brunswick, 2, 11, 
1776, and they have had nine children, one of whom is Sybil 8 , a cele- 
brated public speaker of the Friends' Society ; Mary, 7 b. 9, 3, 1780, m. 
Aaron BufFum, 11th mo. 1804, had three children, and d. 1,3,1823; 
Sybil, 7 b. at W., 3, 16, 1782, m. Benjamin Dunham, 3, 30, 1801, had 
five children, and d. 11, 9, 1808; Thankful, 7 b. at Durham, 3, 31, 1784, 
m. Chandler Alden of Green, Me., 1710, and d. 3, 25, 1835; Micajah, 7 
b. at D., 10, 26, 1786, m. Experience Wing, had eleven children, and d. 
at China, 3, 24, 1837 ; Lydia, 7 b. at D. 10, 22, 1788, m. Robert Jones, 
who was b. 11, 21, 1785, and had seven children ; William, 7 b. at D. 7, 5, 
1790, is the gentleman who furnished these dates, 1 Sept. 1848, evi- 
dently a Friend, m. Sarah Davis 11, 22, 1814, who was b. at Lewiston, 
10, 28, 1798, and had five children ; Anstras, 7 b. at D. 4, 30, 1792, d. 
aged four years ; David, 7 b. at D, 4, 15, 1794, m. Eunice Buffum who 
was b. at Berwick, 7, 8, 1796, and they have nine children. This David 7 
is a well known public speaker of the Friends. Jeremiah, 6 Esq., b. 1755, 
brother to Micajah, 6 and son of Samuel 5 , was a soldier of the Revolution, 
an energetic, strong minded and benevolent man, removed to Bangor, 
and from thence to Bath, Steuben county, N. Y., with his children, and 
d. there, leaving a large estate and good family ; his brother, Rev. Moses, 6 
was a Baptist minister, and removed to Mainesville, Ohio, in 1815. Of 
his children, were Rev. Daniel, 7 Rev. Moses 7 of Mainesville, and Rev. 
Sleeper, 7 all now deceased ; and Silas 8 , son of Rev. Moses, 7 resided, in 
1848, upon the homestead of his father and grandfather, at Mainesville, 
about twenty miles above Cincinnati. Eliphalet, 6 b. 1759, sixth son of 
Samuel, 5 was a Friend and a public speaker, m. Miss Gilman, had a 
respectable family, with whom he removed to western Virginia. James, 6 
seventh son of Samuel, 5 a very sensible, active and worthy man, d. at 
Hampden, Me. By his wife, dau. of Cheney, he had children : Sybil 7 
m. James Gorton of H.; Hon. Elias 7 m. Sarah Crosby; Mary 7 m. Charles 
Godfrey of H., removed to Taunton, Mass.; Capt. James, 7 d. at sea un- 
married ; Pamelia 7 d. young; Edmund, 7 Esq., m. 1st., Maria Crosby, and 
2ndly, Cath. R. Dutton ; Pamelia, 7 2nd., d. at twenty-one, unmarried, and 
John, 7 Esq., of H., m. Eliz. L. Ilsley of Falmouth. Hon. Elias 7 and 
Sarah, have had nine children, viz.: Sarah Crosby 8 m. Barnabas Free- 
man, Jr., Esq., a lawyer of North Yarmouth, Me., graduated at Water- 
ville College ; Mary Godfrey 8 m. Capt. Samuel Child, a shipmaster ; 
Almira 8 m. Jacob W. Curtis of H.; Capt. George, 8 shipmaster, John 
Crosby, 8 Ann Maria 8 d. young, Elias James, 8 • Irving, 8 and Ann Eliza. 8 
Mary, 6 sister of James, 6 Eliphalet, 6 &c, m. Mr. John Haines, who was b. 
1738, and d. 1810, at Hallowell, Me. ; Mehetabel, 6 another sister, m. 
Daniel Stevens ; and Lydia 6 m. Mr. Ingraham. 

Hon. John 5 Dudley, third son of James, 4 was b. 1725, as before noted, 
at Exeter, where at an early age the town employed him much in its 
municipal affairs. In 1766, he removed to his farm in Raymond, eight- 
een miles northwest of Exeter. On hearing of the Lexington battle, 
1775, Dudley was fired with an ardent zeal in the cause of his country. 
He rushed from the quiet of home, and gave himself, body and soul 

1856.] Gov. Thomas Dudley and his Descendants. 141 

and fortune, to the work of the Revolution ; was a member of the Legis- 
lature from 1775 to 1784, and always one of the Committee of Safety, 
which sat in the recess of that body, being clothed with almost unlimited 
power. On the 11th June, 1776, he was chosen by the assembly of New 
Hampshire, one of a committee of three to draw up a Declaration for 
the Independence of the United Colonies, to be transmitted to their dele- 
gates in Congress. This committee, on the 15th June, reported, a Decla- 
ration of Independence,* which was immediately, and unanimously, 
adopted by the Assembly, being, perhaps, one of the precursors of that 
made at Philadelphia the next month. 

He was two years Speaker of the House, and, in 1785, elected Sena- 
tor, but declined taking his seat. He sat on the bench of the C. C. P. 
nineteen years, and was ten years judge of the highest State Court, having 
taken the place of Judge Hubbard in 1785. Though not bred to the law, 
he had those qualifications more essential for his station, than a law educa- 
tion,! being one of nature's scholars, and improving till his death, which 
occurred 21 May, 1805. He m., 22 June, 1749, Eliz. Gilman, who was 
b. 7 Aug. 1727, and d. 13 May, 1806, being a daughter of Mr. Caleb G., 
of Exeter. Their children were, John, 6 b. 29 Dec. 1751, d. young ; 
John, 6 b. 15 Jan. 1754, m. Susanna Smith, — an ingenious, upright and 
useful man, removed to Maine, and d. at Mount Vernon, in 1828 ; James, 6 
of Raymond, b. 4 Oct. 1761, much like the last, m. Polly Stevens; Na- 
thaniel, 6 b. 25 Nov. 1763 ; Moses, 6 b. 29 Jan. 1766 ; Betsey, 6 b. 14 May, 
1750, d. young; Eliz., 6 b. 18 May, 1756, m. Mr. Thos. Bean, and had 
Betsey, 7 wife of John Prescott ; Susanna, 6 b. 3 July, 1759, m. Col. The- 
ophilus Lovering of Raymond, in Jan. 1786, a soldier of the Revolution 
at fifteen, and served during the war, d. at R. in 1853, aged 92. 

Nathaniel, 6 son of Hon. John 5 of Raymond, b. at Exeter, 1763, was, at 
fifteen years of age, a soldier of the Revolution ; at twenty-one, selectman 
of Raymond, Lieut, of militia, and justice of the peace. He removed to 
Maine, at that time a district of Massachusetts, and was soon appointed by 
Gov. Samuel Adams, the renowned patriot, a magistrate for the county 
of Kennebec. His townsmen confided many offices to him, and often 
elected him to a seat in the General Court at Boston. \ He was a great 
reader, a logical reasoner, and fluent speaker, remembering all the par- 
ticulars of what he had learned. He wrote considerably on the genealogy 
of his family in New Hampshire, furnishing many of the details in this 
paper. He died 7 May, 1844, having had, by his wife Anna Smith, 
daughter of Obadiah S., of Brentwood and Candia, many children, of 
whom the eldest was 

(~\ s — w ^^> b. 4 Oct. 1784, at Raymond, N. H., 

y (7 t^ fy^^jf^^^, a celebrated schoolmaster in his 

'Ptsni ' C7 ^ *^\2Z- — — — * younger days and a teacher of mu- 

(Z/ sic, afterwards a farmer ; of strong 

mind and memory ; m. 1806, Rebecca Bangs, an excellent lady, yet 
living, b. at Brewster, Mass., daughter of Dean B., a sea captain and mer- 
chant, who removed in 1802, from Massachusetts, to Sidney, Me., when 
this daughter was seventeen years of age. Of their children, are Elka- 

* Belknap's History of New Hampshire, I. 367. Bouton's History of Concord, 
N. H., p. 267. 

t These facts are taken from the sketch of him in the New Hamp. Hist. Coll., I. 

J See Willliamson's History of Maine, II. 555. 

142 Gov. Thomas Dudley and his Descendants. [April, 

nah B., 8 of Maine ; Dean, 8 a lawyer of Boston ; Miss Eunice Sparrow 8 of 
Salem ; Julia Octavia, 8 wife of Mr. J. A. Paine, merchant, of Salem. 
Mass. ; and Mary Leavitt, 8 wife of Hon. M. E. Ames, of St. Paul, Minnesota. 

The next child of Nathaniel and Anna, was Betsy 7 , b. 1786, m. 
Thomas Atkins, son of Charles, (who was b. at Provincetown, Mass., and 
in. a lady of P.) Betsy 7 Dudley and Thomas Atkins had three sons : 
Rev. Thomas, 8 Joseph, 8 Esq., father of Mr. Henry J. 9 of Bowdoin Col- 
lege ; and Rev. John W. 8 of Saco, Me. 

Moses, 6 youngest son of Hon. Judge John 5 Dudley, was b. 29 Jan. 
1766, dwelt upon the homestead of his father, was fifteen or twenty years 
a member of the New Hampshire Legislature, a very unassuming man, 
of extensive information, passionately fond of books, which he read most 
of the time for the last forty years of his life ; a patriot of the stamp of 
'76 ; like his venerated father, and his brother Nathaniel, liberal and toler- 
ant in religion. He d. 2 July, 1843, having had, by his wife Nancy (Glid- 
den), John, 7 Esq., an enterprising and honored citizen of Maine, late 
Post Master of Waite, trial Justice, and member of the State Legislature ; 
Oilman, 7 Esq., of Raymond, who d. in early manhood, but not before 
having received many honors from his townsmen, and a seat in the legis- 
lature ; Moses 7 removed to the West ; James, 7 Esq., a wealthy and intel- 
ligent gentleman of Worcester, Mass. ; Guilford, 7 removed to the West; 
Franklin, 7 father of Franklin B., 8 of Boston; Elbridge Gerry, 7 Esq., a 
lawyer of Boston, graduated at I). C, 1839, with high honors ; Betsey, 7 
wife of Rev. P. Philbrick of Deerfield, and mother of John Dudley 8 Phil- 
brick, Esq., graduated at D. C, 1842, late Master of the Quincy School, 
Boston, since Principal of the Connecticut State Normal School at New 
Britain, and now Superintendent of Public Instruction for the State of Con- 
necticut ; Sally, 7 wife of Barnard Tucker ; and Nancy, 7 wife of Gen. Henry 
Tucker, (late a distinguished citizen of Raymond, brother to Barnard T.,) 
and mother of Miss Josephine L. 8 of the Quincy School, Boston. 

Joanna 4 , dau. of Stephen 3 Dudley, Esq., was b. 3 May, 1697, m. 
Nich. Perryman, Esq., a lawyer of Exeter, and of their children, were, 
John, 5 d. young; and Joanna, 5 b. 1.3 Nov. 1731, m. Noah Emery, Esq., 
and d. April, 1814. Noah and Joanna 5 (Perryman) Emery had children : 
John, 6 Noah, 6 Elizabeth, 6 Nicholas, 6 Joanna, 6 Theresa, 6 Richard, 6 and 
Margaret 6 b. 15 Oct. 1772, living 1848, unmarried. John 6 Emery m. 
Margaret Gookin, and they had children : Hannah Tracy 7 , wife of Benj. 
Abbot, LL.D., of Exeter Academy; and Robert, 7 b. 20 Sept. 1773. 

Noah, 6 Esq., son of Noah and Joanna 5 , was clerk of C. C. P., m. Jane 
Hale ; and their children were, Mary H., 7 never m. ; Betsy, 7 d. young ; 
Nicholas, 7 graduated at D. C, 1795, Judge of S. J. C. in Maine, m. Ann 
T. Gilman, dau. of Gov. J. T. G.; John, 7 Noah, 7 Jane, 7 wife of Gideon 
L. Soule, principal of Phillips 1 Exeter Academy. Elizabeth, 6 dau. of 
Noah and Joanna, 5 m. Col. Samuel Folsom, and had Eliz., wife of Rev. 
Isaac Hurd. Richard 6 Emery had a dau. Cath., who m. Hon. Boswell 
Stevens, of Pembroke, N. H. D. D. 

Note. — The view of Dudley Castle, at the head of this article, shows a southern 
portion of the ruins fronting the north. This fortress was the ancient home of the 
Barons of Dudley. 


Mascarene Family Papers. 



S. G. Drake, Esq., 

Dear Sir.— I hand you with this some more papers relating to Governor Mascarene, 
being a continuation of those published in the Register for July, 1855. 

You will observe that, though the name of Mascarene is extinct, yet the descendants, 
through the female lines, bear the names of some of the most distinguished Boston 
families. I remain yours, truly, W. H. Whitmore. 

Jean Paul Mascarene, = Elizabeth Perry, 

born 1684; died Jan. 
22, 1760. 

published in Bos- 
ton, Apr. 21, 17J4. 

Elizabeth, == Thomas 

h. 1717; d. Perkins, 

June 30, m. 1741. 


Joanna, = 

= James 


b. 1720. 


b. Apr. 

m. Mar. 


3, 1744. 


Margaret, = Foster Hutchinson, 
b. 1726; died 1799, in Nova 
mar. 1750. Scotia, a refugee. 

Thomas P. 

b. June 30, 


Miss Ap- == Thomas^ 

= Anna James. 

Joanna = Wm. 



Miriam = F. C. Anna = 



— Rogers, Pow- 

Esq. ell. 


b. 1776; 

d. July, 


inter alios. 
= Samuel, b. June 1. = Mary 

1788; died Dec. 24, 

18+7. Associate Just. 

Mass. Sup. Court. 

Jean Paul Mascarene was bom at Castras in Languedoc, France, but 
being obliged to leave his family and country when very young, he fled 
first to Geneva, and thence to England. There he was naturalized in 
1706, and in the same year made lieutenant. The earliest mention of 
him in Boston is in 1714, at which time he is described as of Great 
Britain. He probably resided in the town of Boston until the date when 
the present extracts from his letters show him as an emigrant to Nova 
Scotia. The imperfect examination which I have been able to make, has 
not revealed the cause of his determination to go to that province, but per- 
haps the death of his wife, and a proper anxiety to increase his income, 
may have had weight with him. Indeed, he writes to his daughter very 
soon after his arrival, " I have often represented to you that while I live 
you may expect to live in no want, but that at my death you will find a 
great alteration in your circumstances, and therefore I wanted, whilst it 
was in my power, to lay up something for my children, to make this alter- 
ation seem the less grievous to you.'" As to his duties and actions in his 
new home, the following extracts will afford an indication. 

These extracts are gleanings from a letter-book, still preserved by his 
descendants, and kindly loaned me by them. They are, of course, uncon- 
nected, and are, in fact, of interest chiefly, as the honest sentiments of a 
prominent actor in a series of intrigues, the results of which were of great 
importance to New England. The MS. from which they are copied is 
numbered 3 in the series, and thus commences abruptly, and contains 
reference to matters previously mentioned. There is a letter from Mas- 
carene to Gov. Shirley, dated April 6, 1748, at Annapolis, printed in the 
General Description of Nova Scotia. In Parsons's " Life of Sir William 
Pepperrell," thereare two or three letters mentioned, but none of impor- 

June 7, 1740, writing to his daughter Eliz., he says : — 1 am not sure 
that this title of commander-in-chief over this Province will be of any ad- 

144 Mascarene Family Papers. [April, 

vantage to my income, butt rather an increase of charge, and as another 
person may chance to be soon named att home to succeed me, this airy 
title may soon vanish and leave me, perhaps, worse in my circumstances 
than I was. 

June, 1740, writing to Dr. Douglass : — I have kept my station pretty 
well, notwithstanding some blocks thrown in my way, for to you only be 
it said, I have to do with something like a Proteus or a weathercock, which, 
though it shows fair wind to-day, may not do so the next. 

Sept. 29, 1740, to the same : — We have had a report here by Thorn. 
Donnell, who says he heard it from Mr Wm Clark, that Lt Col Cosby is 
Lt Govr of the Province, but little credit is given here to it nor will it be on 
such a slender authority, that he will be allowed to act here as such. 
This however has elevated him, and made him act too rashly in the mat- 
ter of the foresaid bills. 

Dec, 1740, to his daughter Eliz. : — I seldom, of late, visit at Lt Col 
Cosby but keep up a very friendly intercourse with Capt Handfield and 
Lieut Amhurst and others of our officers. 

December 1 to 23, 1740, to Dr. Douglass : — You. perceived in my 
last that a coldness between Lt Col Cosby and I would naturally ensue 
from his proceeding towards me. It has continued some time, and is 
to like to do so, so far indeed as to interrupt any familiar conversation be- 
twixt him and me, butt not as yet, and I hope will not break upon the 
peace and quiett the place has enjoyed since my arrival. The affairs of 
our Governmeat go on in an easy manner hitherto, and without inter- 

March 18, 1741, to the same : — I have had no conversation at all 
for these six months past with our Lt Col who endeavors to swell his 
power by military honors and other ways, thereby to depress mine. 
We shall soon see what news will come from home, and till then I shall 
hold in as much as possible. 

Our French subjects here keep under obedience and in peace, and our 
civil government has been hitherto carried on with tolerable decency. I 
impatiently expect some lights from, home for regulating my future pro- 
ceedings. Lt Col Cope having directed to C by the title of 

Lt Gov of the Province makes him believe himself to be such, as has 
gained the belief of others so far as to dread it. 

April 20, 1741, to Dr. Douglass : — You'll see by the enclosed 
copy of Lt Col Cosby's letter and my answer, what steps he would take 
if it was in his power to get me away from hence, and how he was 
mistaken in thinking I was not taken notice of at home in the station I 
have sustained. His expectations, which he has kept here very warm all 
winter, are very much cooled since he has had my answer to his letter ; 
butt as he, leaving nothing undone, and makes use of any means that may 
promote his views, I am always oblig'd to be upon my guard. He has 
not dared to refuse from being putt up att the fort gate a proclamation 
issued a few days ago, prohibiting the exportation of provisions to any 
other port than what belongs, and is within his Majesty's Dominions, bear- 
ing my title of President of the Council and Commander in Chief for the 
time being of this Province. 

You'll see three of our council by this opportunity. I would have 
them received with civility, if they visit my family, butt without any great 
fuss, being under no great obligations to them, especially to Phillips, who, 
as farr as he could, has sett himself in opposition to me. 

1856.] Mascarene Family Papers. 145 

June 15, 1741, to the same : — Our affairs here go att the old rate. 
Lt Col Cosby now and then breaks out, but my moderation and coolness 
of temper, I have, much against his will and desire, kept every thing quiet 
and in peace. 

Aug. 4, 1741, to the same : — Our mighty expectations are vanished ; 
the Governor in his letter to me doth not so much as mention the new 
instruction he wrote me in his last he would apply for towards new set- 
tling the government. He writes to me, indeed, in a very civil manner, 
as att the head of the council, butt is cautious in giving me hopes of ex- 
pecting anything for my trouble. The agent is pretty much on the same 
strain, but more open in his telling me of the little hope there is for the 
Lt Col and I to obtain the post of Lt Gov of this Province, there being 
some persons of interest putting in for it, and that as the Governor intends 
for these parts, the management of the affairs of this Province will continue 
lodg'd in me till his Ex. arrival. 

This is the substance on my side. On the other if I may judge by ap- 
pearances and circumstances no very great satisfaction has been given. 
For hopes which are very uncertain conditions hard are imposed, embar- 
rassments by delays of paying Bills, &c. As for my part I have a fair 
acct from the Agent, my bills all paid to December last, to which time the 
acct reaches, and £62 stg balance, so that I am not crampt that way. 
The Lt Col endeavours to keep up his Interest here by giving out that he 
is certainly to be att the head of the Province, which I don't doubt his 
Father-in-law will endeavour to support amongst you. Great endeavours 
have been used to gain the members of the Council from me, even by 
the greatest courtshipp paid to irreconcileable Enemies. This sometimes 
has obtained so farr as to cool the Zeal with which some us'd to act their 
part before ; but the Engine he thought would effectually procure his 
Ends was his ordering me to Canso. You have seen how I withstood his 
attack last spring ; he has since renew'd it, to which I writt an answer in 
stronger terms than I did before, which to the surprise of every Body 
he refus'd to receive from the hands of the officer I sent it by. Had I 
comply'd, an effectual end would have been putt to the Civil Establish- 
ment of this Government and the whole power lodg'd in the military. 

In the midst of all these struggles and many underhand practices used 
to weaken the authority on which I act, I have kept my temper and whilst 
fire and tow was on one side I took care to oppose coolness and steadiness 
on the other. This indeed begins to be tiresome especially as I do not 
find the support I might reasonably have expected from home and there- 
fore if at the return of our members they will not joyn in a representation 
of our case att home, I shall be obliged to represent by myself that the 
King's Authority over His Majesty's Subjects in this Province cannot be 
supported with due weight in the circumstances we are now in. In which 
representation I must make use of another channel than that of Messrs 
Wilks and Kilby who I am afraid are too much influenced by our Agent 
Gould, or too remiss on my ac. The New Governour may afford me 
a conveyance of my letters to the Duke of New Castle by enclosing them 
and making one word of mention only of ihem. I have writ a letter of 
compliment and congratulation to him. If you could have some discourse 
with him on this head and acquaint me with the result it would be a help 
to my farther proceeding. 

Nov. 23, 1741, to the same : — As for what relates to Great Brittain the 
letter you sent me inclosed has given me hopes that my affaires there are 

146 Mascarene Family Payers. [April, 

in a good way and that my acting here is not reckoned so insignificant as 
a certain Person of ours would fain make it appear. I shall endeavour to 
build on that foundation and also make use of the Channell you have 
open'd for me with Governour Shirley. 

My antagonist here has received a very sharp letter from our Agent 
wherein as I have heard his turbulent temper is in plain words laid to his 
charge, and said to be the means which has debarr'd him from obtaining 
any rule in civil authority. 

We have here as well as in other Places what is call'd corruption. 

I go on however hitherto in the Duty of my office of President and 
Commander in chief over the Province and by all means in my power 
endeavor to avoid or remove the blocks laid in my way, in which I have 
hitherto happily succeeded. 

April 12, 1742, to the same : — A little vessel from Salem, trading up this 
bay without caution, was surprised by some roving Indians and plundered. 
I am now taking his examination with the assistance of the Council. 
Whether this beginning of troubles amongst us will have any conse- 
quence, I don't know, nor how our French subjects will behave in case of 
a warr with France. I have done my part to keep them in due decorum 
and have not been wanting in making representations att home suitable to 
our condition. 

28th : — Since my writing the foregoing I have received letters from 
Manis which acquaint me that the Inhabitants as soon as they heard of the 
Robbery before mentioned, fitted out a Vessel, manned her with 20 hands 
and went in pursuit of the Indians, and recover'd a good part of the goods ; 
on which the master returned there again and had a faithful ac of his 
goods so recovered, had them delivered into his hands and is since re- 
turned hither. This is farr from being pleasant to my opposer who I am 
apt to believe rather wishes all in confusion than any credit shall accrue 
to my administration of the affaires of this Province, by the influence it 
has in bringing the People to a sense of their Duty. It is certain they 
never acted with such a vigour in any the like occasion which has hap- 
pened often even in times of the most profound peace. 

Nov. 23. To Dr. Douglass : — We were like to run into a great confu- 
sion on acct of our Provisions and are not out of it yet. The Lt Govr of 
the Garrison having undertaken to provide Beef instead of Pork and fresh 
bread instead of Bisqt &c the Oxen droven for twenty miles from Mavis 
in bad roads soon fell away, and prove when killed wretched meat, which 
occasions murmuring amongst the men of ill consequence and if contin- 
ued may turn to mutiny ; they have had no peace for these twelve months, 
six months whereof by giving them Credit for Rhumm on the settlers has 
been patched up, butt six months remain expected to be paid in specie. 

[Note. Lt Col Cosby d. Dec. 27, 1742, leaving a widow and six children. 
Gov. Mascarene then applied for both posts of Lt Col. and Lt Gov. feel- 
ing that the late controversy being thus ended, it would be most advanta- 
geous to have the military and civil power under one control.] 

July 26, 1743, to Dr. Douglass : — It will be sufficient to tell you that 
our Commissary here has been obliged to apply to Mr Borland for Fifty 
Quintals of Bisq* which accordingly he has received and to buy what he 
could here from the officers who had any thing due and would part with 
it att the rate of a groat sterling for every man's allowance, which is more 
than I believe Mr Borland receives. All this to prepare himself for a 
survey I long ago intimated to him I would order on the Provisions. 

1856.] Mascarene Family Papers. 147 

This survey is over and he is still deficient. As I am not of a revenge- 
full nature and what I do is more to prevent such embezzlements for the 
future, I shall be satisfied when all is put to rights again. By a letter I 
have received from Capt Heron who commands att Canso exery thing 
there is well and if he tells true he has behaved betler than was generally 
expected. He acquaints me with the arrival of Capt Robert Young of 
the Kingsale who brings not other Public news than what w T e have had 
before butt tells in regard to us that on representations made to the King 
in Council it had been ordered that the Regiments in America Gibraltour 
and Port Mohan should be relieved for the future every three years to 
begin from 1843. If this is true a new scene of action will be open for 
me which makes me the more impatient to hear from England Especially 
in answer to my last application which must be att this time in agitation 
att home and to which I may expect answers by the return of our fall 
vessels in September. 

Extracts of Letters from Gov. Belcher to Major Mascarene, 1740, 1741. 

Sir, — Sometime the last Month I received your Favour of the 27th 

March, by which I was glad to find you safely arrived at Annapolis 

Royal and that you had been well received at the head of His Majesty 

Province of Nova Scotia. * * * I see you had issued a Proclamation 

for the Settlement of the Civil Government until your further Orders. 
# # # * 

Boston, May 2, 1740. Honoble Sir, 

Maj Mascarene. Your most obedient, &c. 

To the care of the young lady Jonathan Belcher, 

his Daughter Miss Betty. 

The following letter shows the standing of his son-in-law : — 

Boston, May 19, 1741. 

I have had the pleasure of knowing you personally for 2 and Thirty years 
past. I can say without flattery, such things [animosities among the offi- 
cers of the Government] cannot be imputed to Major Mascarene's Conduct. 

* * * I Congratulate you, Sir, upon the Marriage of your pretty 
and worthy daughter to as good a husband as this part of the world could 
oblige her with. 

Maj r Mascarene. Jonathan Belcher. 

At his death his estate was valued at <£5688. 15. 10. 1. and his wife's 
at her death at ,£1440. His house stood on School Street. 

His son John Mascarene (whose signature is here given) was b. 
April 11, 1722. He m. Margaret Holyoke, whose pedigree is here 




Mascarene Family Papers. 


Nathaniel Rogers = Margaret Crane. 


b. 1620. 


Nathaniel = Samuel = 

Timothy = 
Ezekiel = 


= Wm. Hubbard. 


3 Feb. 


— John 


Margaret, born Feb. 18. 1664. 


July 7, 1666. 

Sept. 25, 1667. 

Feb. 22, 1669. 


John, b. = Ann 
1648; d. Lever- 
1710, ett. 

Jan. 8. 

Na- = 

Mar- = John 

garet. Pyn- 


Dan- = 


b. 8 


= Eliz- 

Nath'l,= Mar- 
born garet 

Dec. 9, Gibbs. 

b. 3 


Eliz. = Jabez 

ret, b. 


= Edw. 





b. 18 

Margaret = John Mascarene b. April 11, 1722 5 
mar. Aug. 9, 1750; d. 1778. 

He was Comptroller of the Customs in 1760. His son, the last of the 
name, lived and died in Dorchester. 

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A correspondent of the Kentucky Statesman gives the following sketch 
of an old citizen in Pulaski county, named Elijah Deny, who is perhaps 
the oldest man in Kentucky. — 19 Nov. 1855. 

" He was 118 years of age on the 10th of September, and is as active 
as many men at forty. He works daily upon a farm, and throughout his 
whole life he has been an early riser. He informed the writer that he 
had never drank but one cup of coffee, and that was in the year 1848. 
He served seven years in the war of the Revolution, and was wounded 
at the siege of Charleston ; he was also at the siege of Savannah, and 
at the battle of Eutaw Springs. He was also present at the battles of 
Camden, King's Mountain, and Monk's Corner. He served under Col. 
Horry and Col. Marion, and was an eye-witness of the sufferings and 
death of Col. Isaac Hayne of South Carolina, an early victim of the Rev- 
olution. He is sprightly and active, and would be taken at any time to 
be a man of middle age. He is a strict member of the Baptist Church, 
and rides six miles to every meeting of his church. He has four sons 
and five daughters, all living, the eldest being now in his seventy-eighth 
and the youngest in his fifty-first year. Such is a brief sketch of this 
aged soldier and republican, who is perhaps the only surviving soldier of 
Francis Marion, Sumpter and Horry." 

1856 ] Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. 149 


[Continued from p. 48.] 

HOBART, Rev. NOAH, of Fairfield, was the descendant of Edmund 1 
of the village of Hingham in Norfolk, England, from whence he em- 
barked in 1633, for New England. His second son, Peter, 2 born 1604, 
was educated at Magdalen College in the University at Cambridge, 1625, 
and became a preacher, but feeling oppressed by the impositions of prel- 
acy, was induced to emigrate to America, where he arrived, with his 
wife and four children, June 8, 1635. He soon after became the first 
minister of Hingham, where he continued till the time of his death, 
Jan. 20, 1678-9. 

Five of his sons were educated at Harvard College, four of whom, with 
two grandsons, became ministers, viz. : Joshua, 3 born in England, grad. 
H. C. 1650, settled at Southold, L. ]., where he d. Feb. 1717, aged 89; 
Jeremiah, 3 born in England, grad. H. C. 1650, first settled at Topsficld, 
and afterwards at Haddam, Conn., where he d. Nov. 6, 1715 ; Gersham, 3 
born at Hingham, Dec. 1645, grad. H. C. 1667, ordained Nov. 26, 1679, 
at Groton, Mass., where he d. Dec. 19, 1707 ; Japhet, 3 born April, 1647, 
grad. H. C. 1667, was lost at sea while employed as surgeon of a ship 
bound to England ; Nehemiah, 3 born Nov. 1648, grad. H. C. 1667, was 
ordained Dec. 23, 1674, where he d. Aug. 25, 1712. 

David, 3 another son, who d. Aug. 21, 1717, was the father of Nehe- 
miah, 4 David, 4 and Rev. Noah, 4 the last of whom was born Jan. 2, 1705, 
grad. H. C. 1724, and was ordained at Fairfield, Feb. 7, 1732-3, as the 
successor of Joseph Webb. At this place he continued till the time of 
his death, Dec. 6, 1773, having been a successful preacher, and a dis- 
tinguished controversial writer. 

He married, Sept. 22, 1735, Ellen Sloss, of Plymouth, Mass., and was 
the father of Ellen, 5 who m. a Mr. Lathrop of Plymouth, and of John 
Sloss, 5 born 1739, who grad. Y. C. 1757, and became a distinguished 
lawyer in New York, where he d. Feb. 4, 1805, having held successively 
the offices of Judge of the Superior Court, and of the District Court, and 
in 1797 that of United States Senator, as the successor of Aaron Burr. 
He left no descendant. 

Rev. Noah 4 Hobart published, in 1747, a Sermon at the Ordination of 
Rev. Noah Wells ; 1748, a Serious Address to the Members of the Epis- 
copal Separation in New England ; 1750, an Election Sermon; 1751, a 
Second Address to Members of the Episcopal Separation; 1761, a Vindi- 
cation of Congregationalism. 

In a nuncupative will, recorded in the Probate Office in Fairfield, and 
bearing date Dec. 6, 1773, he made the following bequests : — 

First. " I give my son John Sloss Hobart, one hundred pounds, Cham- 
bers's Dictionary, the London Magazine, and all my clothing except my 
great coat, which I give to my brother David. 

Second. I give to my loving wife all she brought with her, also ye use 
of my house and home lot, so long as she has a mind to stay here, with 
ye Negro boy Dauphin, and five volumes of Doddridge's Works. 

Third. I give Justin Hobart, (a nephew,) his note, he balancing his 
book account against me. 

Fourth. I give Priscilla Burr the Negro boy Toney. 

150 Memoirs of Prince's Subswibers. [April, 

Fifth. I give the rest of my estate, real and personal, to my daughter 
Ellen Lathrop. 

We, the subscribers, understood from the conversation of the testator 
that he requested yt his son John Sloss Hobart should act as his executor. 
Declared in presence of us." 

" Job Bartram, Justin Hobart, Sarah Penfield." 

[The authorities consulted are Magnalia, Winthrop, Holmes, Allen's 
Biographical Dictionary, and the local Records.] a. w. of f. 

HULL, Mr. ELIPHALET, of Fairfield, was the descendant of George, 1 
the ancestor of the numerous family bearing the name of Hull, in this an- 
cient town. 

First. In his will, bearing date Aug. 25, 1659, the devisees of George 1 
are Josyas, 2 Cornelius? Elizabeth, 2 Mary, 8 Martha, 2 and Naoma 2 ; name 
of widow not given. 

Second. In the will of Cornelius, 2 Sept. 16, 1695, the sons are Sam- 
uel, 3 Cornelius, 3 and Theophilus, 3 — daughters, Rebecca, 3 Sarah, 8 wife of 
Robert Silliman, and Martha, 3 wife of Cornelius Liston. 

Third. In the will of Theophilus, 3 June 4, 1710, the sons are Theoph- 
ilus, 4 Eliphalet, 4 John, 4 and Jabish, 4 — daughters, Mary and Ann. 

Fourth. In the will of Eliphalet, 4 bearing date March 9, 1736-7, the 
devisees are wife Sarah, sons Seth, 5 John, 5 and David, 5 — daughters Mir- 
iam, 5 Sarah, 5 Ruth, 5 and Mary. 5 This is our Eliphalet,* and his age at 
death was 36, as shown on his monument. 

Doct. Eliphalet 6 Hull, the graduate of Y. C. b. 1758, descended from 
George 1 through Samuel, 3 by his son Cornelius, 4 the date of whose will 
was April 18, 1734 ; and grandson Cornelius, 5 the date of whose will was 
June 9, 1775, a. w. of f. 

STURGIS, Mr. SAMUEL, of Fairfield, was probably a descendant of 
Peter, 1 who settled here in 1680. His son Jonathan, 2 in a will, bearing 
date Sept. 11, 1711, devised property to wife Sarah, — to sons Jonathan, 3 
Peter, 3 and David, 3 — and to daughters Sarah, 3 Abigail, 3 and Eunice. 3 

Our Samuel 4 was son of Jonathan, 3 by wife Jerusha, whose will bears 
date Oct. 13, 1742. 

It appears from the will of Samuel , 4 date March 27, 1763, that he had 
by wife Ann Burr, sons Jonathan, 5 Andrew, 5 Samuel, 5 and David. 5 

Jonathan, 5 born 1740, grad. Y. C. 1759, and became a distinguished 
civilian, having been successively State Senator, Judge of the Superior 
Court, Member of Congress from Connecticut from 1785 to 1787, and 
from 1789 to 1793. He died in 1818. By marriage, early in life, with 
Deborah Lewis, he had son Lewis Burr, 6 who grad. Y. C. 1782, and who 
was a Member of Congress from 1805 to 1817. Another son, Oliver, 6 
was engaged in business some years since, with a Mr. Burrows in Savannah, 
which firm fitted out the first Steam-Ship that ever crossed the Atlantic. 

Jonathan 7 Sturges,* Esq., now a distinguished resident of New York 
city, and, we believe, a Vice-President of the New England Society, is a 
grandson of the Judge. a. w. of F. 

APPLETON, Rev. NATHANIEL, of Cambridge, was born at Ips- 
wich, Dec. 9, 1693, and was the son of John Appleton, by his wife Eliza- 
beth, dau. of President Rogers, whom he m. Nov. 23, 1681. She was b. 
1663, and d. 1754. John A. d. 1739 ; he was the son of John Appleton, 

* This name is now written Sturgcs upon the Tublic Records, and also by the living 

1856.] Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. 151 

who was b. 1622, at Little Waldingfield, and m. Priscilla Glover, 1651, 
dau. of Rev. Jose Glover. This John Appleton was the son of Samuel 
Appleton, the patriarch of the Appleton Family, who was b. in 1586, at 
Little Waldenfield, Suffolk County, England, and who was the descendant 
of an old family settled at that place since 1412. Samuel A. m. Mary 
Evcrard, and cl. 1670. His name and upright character are equally 
familiar to all students of our early history. To return to the subject of 
this sketch. Nathaniel Appleton graduated H. C. in 1712, and in 1717 
was ordained at Cambridge, where he continued in the ministry sixty-six 
years. In 1771 he received from Harvard College an honor which had 
before been bestowed solely on Increase Mather. He m. Margaret Gibbs, 
who was b. 1700, and d. 1771. He d. Feb. 9, 1781. 

Compiled by W. H. Whitmore, yro?w Memorial of Samuel Appleton of 
Ipswich, with Genealogical Notices of some of his Deccendants. Boston, 

COLMAN, Dr. BENJAMIN, was b. at Boston, New England, Oct. 19, 
1673, and was the second son of William and Elizabeth Colman. This 
William was the son of Mathew and Grace Colman of Satterly, near 
Beckles, County Suffolk, England, and was baptized there, Aug. 31, 1643, 
[and probably came to New England with his father, 1671, in the ship 
Arabella, Richard Sprague, master. Reg. ii, 407.] Benjamin C. was a 
pupil of the venerable and learned Mr. Ezekiel Chcever, and admitted to 
Harvard College in 1688. He began his stated preaching at Mcdford in 
1694, and in 1695 visited England. Taken prisoner on the voyage, he 
was a prisoner in France, but reaching England at last he stayed there till 
1699. Returning to Boston he was settled until 1716 in the ministry there, 
when Mr. Wm. Cooper was chosen colleague, to whom the Rev. Samuel 
Cooper succeeded as colleague on his death. Dr. Colman held a leading 
place among the writers of his day, and many of his Sermons, &c, were 
printed. He was offered the Presidency of Harvard College, but declined, 
and for many years he had an extensive correspondence with the prom- 
inent personages of Old and New England. 

He m. 1st, June 5, 1700, Mrs. Jane, dau. of Thomas and Jane Clark, who 
was b. March 16, 1680, and d. Oct. 26, 1731 ; he m. 2d, Sarah, dau. of 
Richard and Sarah Crisp, May 6, 1732. [She was b. Sept. 15, 1672, and 
m. 1st, April 1, 1695, Wm. Harris, who d. Sept. 22, 1721 ; 2d, Hon. and 
Rev. John Leverett, April 5, 1722, who d. May 3, 1724; 3d, Hon. John 
Clark, July 15, 1725, who d. 1728; and 4th, Rev. B. Colman.] She d. 
April 24, 1744. He m. 3d, Mary, dau. of Wm. Pepperell of Kittery, 
Aug. 12, 1745. [She was the widow of Hon. John Frost of New Castle, 
and after Mr. Colman's death m. 3d, Rev. Benjamin Prescott, who d. 

His children were, Benjamin, b. Sept. 1, 1704, d. Sept. 18, 1704; 
Jane, b. Feb. 25, 1708, m. Aug. 11, 1726, Rev. Ebenezer Turell of 
Medford, and d. March 26, 1735, leaving a son Samuel, who d. Oct. 8, 
1736. His other daughter, named Abigail, was b. Jan. 14, 1715, m. Mr. 
Albert Dennie, Sept. 1737, and d. May 17, 1745, leaving an only son, 
John. He d. Aug. 29, 1749. [Compiled from TureWs Life of Dr. 
Colman. ,] 

CRADOCK, GEORGE, is said by Hutchinson to have been a descend- 
ant of Mathew Cradock, the well-known patron of the settlement here. 
The pedigree of the Cradock Family is given in the Register for April, 
1855, but there is no authority to support the statement of Hutchinson, 

152 Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. [April, 

who probably mistook, by confounding the brother and nephew of Matliew 
Cradock. The following account of George Ci'adock is condensed from 
the Register for January, 1854 : — He m. Mary, dau. of Byfield Lyde, and 
had Mary, m. l,Hon. Joseph Gerrish, Oct. 10, 1768, 2, Rev. Dr. Breynton ; 
Deborah m. Robert Auchmuty ; Elizabeth m. Thomas Brinley, Jan. 25, 
1749 ; Catherine m. Nathaniel Brinley, and d. April 3, 1807, aged 75, 
her husband dying Feb. 10, 1814, aged 81. George C. was Collector of the 
Customs, and Deputy Judge of the Court of Vice-Admiralty. He d. June 
26, 1771. 

BLANCHARD, Capt. JOSEPH, of Dunstable, was great-grandson of 
Thomas Blanchard of Charlestown, who came here in the ship Jonathan 
in 1639, and d. May 21, 1654. Thomas had a son John of Dunstable, 
who left issue, Joseph and Thomas. Of these, Capt. Joseph Blanchard 
m. Abiah, dau. of Joseph Hassell, May 25, 1696, who d. Dec. 8, 1746, 
aged 70. 

This Joseph Hassell was surprised by the Indians, Sept. 26, 1691, and 
slain, with his wife Anna, and son Benjamin ; and two days afterwards, 
they killed Obadiah Perry, husband of his daughter Esther, and took pris- 
oner his son Richard. 

Joseph and Abiah Blanchard had issue, Elizabeth, b. April 15, 1697, 
who m. Jonathan Cummings; Esther, b. Julv 24, 1699; Hannah, b. Oct. 
28, 1701; Joseph, b. Feb. 11, 1704; Rachel, b. March 23, 1705, d. 
young; Susanna, b. March 29, 1707; Jane, b. March 19, 1709, who m. 
Rev. Josiah Swan; Rachel, b. March 23, 1712; Eleazer, b. Dec. 1, 
1715, d. April 29, 1717. Joseph, senior, d. 1727. 

Col. Joseph Blanchard, the subscriber, only son of the preceding, m. 
Rebecca Hubbard, (who d. April 17, 1774,) and d. April 7, 1758. His 
children were, Sarah, b. 1706, d. Nov. 30, 1726 ; Joseph, b. April 28, 
1729 ; Eleazer and Susanna, b. Nov. 15, 1730, of whom Eleazer d. 
March 19, 1753 ; Rebecca, b. July 20, 1732 ; Sarah, b. Oct. 7, 1734, d. 
young; Catherine, b. Nov. 11, 1736; Jonathan, b. Sept. 18, 1738; 
Sarah, b. Aug. 2, 1740 ; James, b. Sept. 20, 1742 ; Augustus, b. Julv 29, 
1746 ; Caleb, b. Aug. 15, 1749 ; Hannah, b. Oct. 21, 1751, m. Dr. Ebe- 
nezer Starr, April 21, 1776, and d. March 22, 1794. 

His father was a leader in the town, a selectman, &c, and Town 
Trustee in 1721, to loan money issued in the form of bills of credit, by the 
Massachusetts Legislature. He was also one of the first who had permis- 
sion to put up a pew in the meetinghouse. On the death of his father he 
was chosen Proprietors' Clerk, which office he held, with a little intermis- 
sion, until his death. He was a noted surveyor, and, with Rev. Dr. Lang- 
don, projected a map of New Hampshire, and did the greater share of the 
necessary surveys. On the accession of Benning Wentworth to the 
Gubernatorial chair he was appointed a mandamus Counsellor, an office 
which he held probably till his death ; and in 1749 he was appointed a 
Judge of the Superior Court. In 1755 he was made Colonel of the New 
Hampshire regiment, raised for the French War. 

His son, Hon. Jonathan Blanchard, succeeded, at his father's death, to 
his business of Proprietors' Clerk and surveyor, though then only in his 
twentieth year. In 1775 he was chosen a member of the Council of 
Twelve, appointed with a House of Delegates, by the Revolutionary Con- 
vention of the state. In 1777 he was made Attorney General, and in 
1778 one of the Committee of Safety. In 1784 he was appointed Judge 
of Probate for Hillsborough County, and in 1787 a delegate to the Conti- 

1856.] Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. 153 

ne.ital Congress, and d. Sept. 18, 1738. He m. Rebecca Farwell, who d. 
Aug. 20, 1811, and had Rebecca, b. May 4, 1766, m. Augustus Starr, d. 
Oct. 19, 1810; Grace m. Frederick French; Sophia m. Oliver Farwell; 
Charles, b. March 14, 1776, and d. March 16, 1811 ; and Abigail m Dr. 
Joseph F. Eastman of Hollis. Compiled jrom Fox's History of Dun- 
stable, w. h. w. 

GREENLEAF, STEPHEN, M. A., was a descendant of Edmund 
Greenleaf, who was born about 1600, and in 1635 came to this country, 
and settled in Newbury, Mass., with his wife Sarah, whom he had married 
in England, and had had several children by her there. About 1650 he 
removed to Boston, and there m. a widow Hill. His will is dated Dec. 
25, 1668, and proved Feb. 12, 1671 ; in which latter year he is sup- 
posed to have died. He was a dyer by trade. His children were, Ju- 
dith, b. 1628, d. Dec. 15, 1705 ; Stephen, b. 1630 ; Enoch ; another 
son, name unknown ; Elizabeth ; and two daughters, who m. respect- 
ively a Winslow and a Hilton. His daughter Judith m. first, Henrv 
Somerby of Newbury, and secondly, Tristram Coffin, Jr. 

Stephen Greenleaf, son of Edmund, lived in Newbury, where he m. in 
1651, Elizabeth Coffin, his sister-in-law, and had ten children. His wife 
(1. Nov. 19, 1678, and in March following he m. Mrs. Esther Swett, 
who survived him, and d. Jan. 16, 1718. 

He was a militia captain, and was drowned at Cape Breton, Dec. 1, 1690. 
His eldest son was Rev. Daniel Greenleaf, who was b. Feb. 10, 1680, 
graduate H. C. 1699, and a physician at Cambridge, where he m. Eliza- 
beth Gookin in 1701. In 1708 he was ordained pastor of the Congrega- 
tional Church in Yarmouth, Mass., in which charge he remained until 
1727. He then removed to Boston, where he opened an apothecary's 
shop, and lived until his decease, Aug. 26, 1763. His children were, 

Dr. Daniel, b. Nov. 7, 1702, d. July, 1795; Hon. Stephen, the subject 
of this sketch ; Mary, b. Aug. 29, 1706, who m. first, James Blinn, and 
secondly, Josiah Thatcher, and d. 1774; Elizabeth, b. Aug. 24, 1708, 
who m. 1, David Bacon, 2, Joseph Scott, 3, Rev. Joseph Parsons of 
Bradford, and 4, Rev. Jedediah Jewett, and d. 1778 ; Sarah, b. April 
16, 1710, d. unm. 1776; Samuel, b. May 9, 1712, d. unm. 1748; 
Jenny, b. May 24, 1714, who m. Hezckiah Usher, and d. Dec. 10, 
1764; Hannah, b. Oct. 3, 1716, m. John Richards, and d. 1799; Dr 
John, b. Nov. 8, 1717, d. Aug. 27, 1778 ; Mercy, b. Nov. 29, 1719, m. 
John Scollay, and d. 1793 ; Gookin, b. Sept. 1721, d. young ; Susanna, b. 
Nov. 13, 1722, m. John Coburn, and d. Feb. 1783 ; and Hon. William, of 
whom presently. 

Stephen Greenleaf, the subscriber, son of the preceding Rev. Daniel, 
was b. Oct. 4, 1704, graduate H. C. 1723, and was a distinguished mer- 
chant in Boston. He was Sheriff of Suffolk County, and a staunch Roy- 
alist. He m. Mary Gould, and had one son, who d. unm. and six daugh- 
ters, of whom, one m. Admiral David Phipps, R. N. ; Anstice, m. Benja- 
min Davis of Boston ; Abigail, m. Judge Howard, S. Court of South 
Carolina ; and Hannah, m. John Apthorp of Boston. Stephen Greenleaf 
(1. Jan. 26, 1795. 

GREENLEAF, Mr. WILLIAM, was the brother of the above Stephen, 

and b. Jan. 10, 1725; he was a druggist of Boston, where he m. Mary 

Brown of Plymouth. He was one of the " Rebels," and was appointed 

by the Provincial Congress Sheriff of Suffolk, in place of his brother.. 


154 Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. [April, 

After the war he removed to New Bedford, where he d. July 21, 1803. 
He had a family of fifteen children, of whom four sons were married, 
viz. : Daniel, of Quincy, who d. s. p. ; John, of Quincy, who d. there 
March 24, 1848, leaving issue ; James, who d. in Washington, D. C, 
Sept. 17, 1843, leaving two daughters ; and Robert, of East Greenwich, 
who d. June 28, 1816, leaving two daughters. Compiled from the Green- 
leaf Genealogy, by Rev. Jonathan Greenleaf ; New York, 1854. w. h. w. 

WILLIAMS, Rev. EBENEZER, of Pomfret, was descended from 
[I.] Robert Williams of Roxbury, who m. first, Elizabeth Stratton, and 
had Samuel, b. 1632 ; Isaac, b. 1638 ; Stephen, b. 1640 ; and Thomas, 
who d. young. His wife d. July 28, 1674, aged 80, and he is believed 
to have married Martha Strong, who d. in 1704. He d. Sept. 1, 1693. 

[II.] Samuel Williams, his oldest son, m. Theoda, daughter of Deacon 
William Park of Roxbury, and d. Sept. 28, 1698. His widow m. Stephen 
Peck, and d. Aug. 26, 1718, aged 81. Issue, Elizabeth, b. Feb. 1, 1654, 
d- March 10, 1654 ; Samuel, of whom presently ; Martha, b. April 29, 
1657, d. Feb. 1660; Elizabeth, b. Feb. 11, 1659, m. Stephen Paine; 
Theoda, b. July 27, 1672, and d. 1678; John, b. Dec 10, 1664, minister 
at Deerfield ; Ebenezer, b. Dec. 6, 1666, of Stonington ; Deborah, b. 
Nov. 20, 1668, who m. Joseph Warren, grandfather of the Patriot General 
Joseph Warren; Martha, b. May 19, 1671, m. Jonathan Hunt; Abigail, 
b. July 12, 1674, m. Experience Porter; Park, b. Jan. 11, 1676, of 

. [III.] Samuel Williams, Jr., son of the preceding, b. April 15, 1655, m. 
Feb. 24, 1679, Sarah May, who d. Dec. 29, 1712. He then m. April 
28, 1720, Dorothy (Weld) Denison, and d. Aug 8, 1735. His children 
were Samuel, b. April 6, 1681 ; Theoda, b. Dec. 8, 1682, m. Samuel 
Scarborough; John, b. Dec. 1, 1684; Sarah, b. May 19, 1688, m. John 
Pollv ; Ebenezer, of whom presently; Elizabeth, b. Jan. 13, 1692, m. 
Rev"! Samuel Ruggles ; Eleazer, b. Feb. 20, 1694; William, b. April 24, 
1698; Martha, b. Aug. 10, 1701, m. Thomas Cotton. 

[IV.] Rev. Eleazer W T illiams, of Pomfret, the subscriber, and son of 
the preceding, b. Aug. 12, 1690, grad. H. C. 1709, was ordained at Pom- 
fret, Oct. 26, 1715, and d. March 28, 1753. He was a fine scholar, a 
sound and discriminating divine, and of great influence with the neighbor- 
ing churches and clergymen. His children were, Samuel ; Rev. Chester, 
of Hadley ; Col. Ebenezer ; Nehemiah ; and Hannah, who m. Gen. 
Huntington, and had children, Generals Ebenezer and Zachariah Hun- 
tington. Williams's Genealogy, pp. 27, 35, 125. w. h. w. 

WILLIAMS, Rev. JOHN, of Deerfield, is sketched in the Register for 
April, 1854, but without his genealogy. He was the son of Samuel, [II.] 
and b. Dec, 10, 1664- He m. Eunice, daughter of Rev. Eleazer Mather 
of Northampton, by whom he had Eliakim, d. young ; Eleazer, of whom 
presently; Samuel, b. Jan. 4, 1689, d. June 19, 1713; Esther, b. April 
10, 1691, d. March 12, 1751; Stephen, of whom presently; Eunice, b. 
Sept. 16, 1696 ; Warham, of whom presently ; John, b. Jan. 15, 1704, 
killed by the Indians, 1704 ; Eliakim, d. young. 

The stoiy of his captivity among the Indians is familiar to all. He d. 
June 12, 1729. His second wife was Abigail Allen of Windsor, a cousin 
of his first wife, by whom he had John, b. Nov. 23, 1709, d. June 11, 
1714; Eliakim, b. Feb. 6, 1711 ; Elijah, b. Nov. 13, 1712, d. July 10, 
1771; Abigail, b. Sept. 1708, d. Dec. 3, 1781; Sarah, b. Sept. 1716, d. 
Jan. 25, 1734. Ibid. pp. 52-68. w. h. w. 

1856.] Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. 155 

WILLIAMS, Rev. STEPHEN, of Springfield, was son of the pre- 
ceding, b. May 14, 1693, grad. H. C. 1713. He was chaplain to the 
army at Cape Breton, 1745, and Lake George, 1755-56. He received 
the honorary degree of D. D. from Yale, 1741, and Dartmouth, 1773. 
He published a Sermon at the ordination of John Keep, Sheffield, 1772. 
He m. Abigail Davenport of Stamford, and had, John, b. March 8, 1720, 
d. April, 1791 ; Rev. Stephen, b. Jan. 26, 1722, d. April, 1791 ; Eunice, 
b. Jan. 26, 1722, d. Oct. 31, 1805; Rev. Warham, b. Jan. 7, 1726, d. 
April, 1786; Samuel, b. May 31, 1729, d. July 29, 1807 ; Davenport, b. 
May 11, 1731, d. Oct. 18, 1758; Martha, b. May, 1733; Rev. Nathan, b. 
Oct. 28, 1735. His first wife, Abigail, d. Aug. 26, 1766, when he m. 
2d, Sept. 6, 1767, Sarah (Chapin) Burt, and d. June 10, 1782. His 
widow d. Nov. 10, 1790. Ibid. p. 71. w. h. w. 

WILLIAMS, Rev. ELEAZER, son of Rev. John W. of Dcerfield, and 
brother of the preceding, was b. July 1, 1688, was of H. C. 1708, and 
was ordained Oct. 10, 1710. He m. Mary Hobart, (who d. 1766,) and 
d. Sept. 21, 1742. Children, Eunice, who m. Col. Shubal Conant; Sarah, 
m. Rev. Hobart Estabrook ; Hannah, b. 1713, d. 1760; and Mary, m. 
Rev. Richard Salter. Ibid. p. 68. w. h. w. 

WILLIAMS, Rev. WARHAM, of Watertown, brother of the last two, 
was b. Sept. 16, 1699, grad. H. C. 1719, ordained June 11, 1723. He 
m. Abigail Leonard, May 23, 1728. He was captured, with his father, 
by the Indians, and, being in captivity, lost the knowledge of his own 
language, and could speak only French. He was highly esteemed in his 
ministry, as his tombstone witnesses. He was struck, in the pulpit, with 
palsy, Feb. 18, and d. June 22, 1751. His children were, John, b. March 
21, and d. March 24, 1728 ; s Abigail, b. March 21, 1730, d. June 4, 1805 ; 
Ann, b. May 24, 1732, and m. Rev. Job Cushing; Eunice, b. 1753, d. 
1843; Samuel, b. 1734, d. Feb. 27, 1742; Sarah, b. Sept. 20, 1737, d. 
1800; Leonard, b. July 30, 1739, d. 1799; Eleazer, d. young; and 
Samuel, b. April, 1743, d. January, 1817. Ibid. pp. 96-100. w. h. w. 

WILLIAMS, Rev. WILLIAM, of Hatfield, was the son of Isaac, son of 
Robert Williams, the emigrant. He was born Feb. 2, 1665, grad. H. C. 
1683, ordained at Hatfield, 1685, m. a daughter of Rev. Dr. Cotton, and 
had Rev. Solomon, b, June 4, 1700 ; Rev. William, of whom presently ; 
Martha, b. Oct. 10, 1690, m. Edward Partridge ; and Elisha, of whom 

presently. He m. secondly, , daughter of Rev. Solomon Stoddard 

of Northampton, and had, Dorothy, b. June 20, 1713, m. Rev. Jonathan 

Ashley ; , m. Mr. Barnard of Salem ; Elizabeth ; Col. Israel, b. 

Nov. 30, 1709. " He was a person of uncommon natural abilities and 
distinguished learning, a great divine, of very comprehensive knowledge, 
and of a solid, accurate judgment; judiciousness and wisdom were em- 
inently his character. * * * * His presence and conversation did par- 
ticularly command awe and respect, yet it was at the same time humble 
and condescending." Ibid. 160. w. h. w. 

WILLIAMS, Rev. WILLIAM, of Weston, also a subscriber, was the 
son of the preceding minister at Hatfield, b. May 11, 1688, grad. H. C 
1705, and ordained at Weston, 1709. He m. Miss Stoddard, older sister 
of his father's second wife, and had children, Col. William, b. 1713; 
Elizabeth, m. Mr. Crocker of Ipswich ; Lucy, m. Mr. Buckminster ; 
Mary, m. Rev. John Seccomb ; Anne, m. Col. Oliver Partridge ; Nathaniel ; 
Esther, b. 1726, m. Dr. Thomas Williams, and Dr. Solomon. Rev. 

156 Memoirs of Prince's Subscribers. [April. 

William W. d. March 6, 1760. He was esteemed a scholar and a good 
preacher, and preached the Artillery Election Sermon, 1737, and the 
General Election Sermon in 1741. Ibid. p. 187. w. h. w. 

WILLIAMS, Rev. ELIBHA, Rector of Yale College, was brother of 
the preceding W T illiam W. of Weston, b. Aug. 24, 1694, grad. H. C. 1711. 
He was ordained at Newington, in W 7 ethersfield, Conn. Oct. 22, 1722, 
where he m. Eunice Chester, and had children, Elisha, b. Jan. 31, 1718, 
d. May 30, 1784; Samuel, b. Aug. 16, 1720, d. 1740 ; William, b. Nov. 28, 
1722, d, 1739 ; Eunice, b. Feb. 3, 1716, d. in 1741 ; Anna, b. April 30, 
1732, d. in 1750 ; Mary, b. Aug. 5, 1735 ; and one other, name unknown. 
In 1726 he was chosen Rector of Yale College, which office he held until 
1739, when he resigned on account of ill health, and, after being elected 
to the Legislature, was appointed Judge of the Superior Court. After- 
wards he was Chaplain of the Connecticut Regiment at Cape Breton, and 
soon appointed to the command of a regiment. His wife dying in 
England, whither he had gone on military affairs, he married there 
Elizabeth, daughter of Rev. Thomas Scott of Norwich. He d. July 24, 
1755, and his widow in June, 1776. Ibid. pp. 190-191. w. h. w. 

WILLIAMS, Rev. SOLOMON, minister of Lebanon, Ct., was brother 
of the last two, b. June 4, 1700; grad. H. C. 1719. He was ordained 
Dec. 5, 1722, and d. either in 1769 or 1776. He was one of the distin- 
guished men of his day. He published a sermon at the ordination of 
Jacob Elliot at Goshen, in 1730, as well as several other sermons and 
polemical pamphlets. He m. Mary Porter, and had, Rev. Eliphalet, b. 
Feb. 24, 1727, d. 1803; Ezekiel, b. May 4, 1729, d. Feb. 12, 1818; 
Mary, b. Feb. 11, 1733 ; Samuel, b. Dec. 5, 1741, d. January, 1742 ; Dr. 
Thomas, b„ Nov. 12, 1735, d. Feb. 10, 1819 ; Moses, b. May 8, 1740, d. 
1749; Eunice, b. May 22, 1745, d. June 14, 1836; Governor William, 
signer of the Declaration of Independence, b. March 18, 1731, d. Aug. 
1811. Ibid. pp. 162-5. w. h. w. 

WILLIAMS, Rev. NATHANIEL, I suppose to be the graduate of 
H. C. 1693, and of Barbadoes about 1698. He returned to Boston, and 
being an excellent classical scholar, was chosen successor to " Master 
Cheever." He continued in this office from 1703 to 1734, when his in- 
firmities obliged him to resign to Mr. Lovell, his assistant. 

He was a physician, and continued his practice while teaching school, 
and after leaving that occupation. He d. Jan. 10, 1738, aged 63. His 
name is to be found in connection with the " Inoculation" debates. Ibid. 
pp. 325-6, and 362. See Hist, and Antiqs. Boston, p. 604. w. h. w. 

Lake. — Stephen, bailiff of Exeter, 1219. — John, same office, 1401, 
'11, '14, 1407.— Peter, id. 1550. John, b. in Halifax, son of Thomas 
Lake, bapt. at H. 5 Dec. 1624. " Before he was complete 13 yrs. of 
age, he was put under y e care of y e famous Mr. Cleveland, whose 
Poems, Orations, Epistles, &c, he and his friend Dr. Drake, Vicar of 
Pontefraet, collected into one vol., to which they prefixed his Life and 
Parentage, and dedicated them to Bishop Turner. 8vo, Lond. 1687. 
Hist. Halifax, 345-6, He d. 30 Aug. 1689. lb. 350. 

1856.] The Bangs Family. 157 


Since the pedigree of this family was published in the Register, vol. 
viii. p. 368, the following corrections and additions have been made. 

Mr. Edvv. Bangs, the pilgrim, had a daughter Sarah, who m., in 1756, 
Capt. Thos. Howes, Jr., of Yarmouth, and d. the last of Feb. 1682-3. 
Capt. H. was bur. 20 Nov. 1676. They had children : Rebecca, b. Dec. 
1657 ; Thos. b. 2 May, 1663 ; Jonathan, b. 25 Feb. 1669-70 ; and Sarah, 
b. 29 Oct. 1673. John Bangs, son of Mr. Edw. B., m. Hannah Smalley 
23 Jan. 1660-1. His brother, Capt. Jonathan, m. for his second wife, 
"Sarah," who d. 11 June 1719, aged 78, and, 23 July 1720, published 
his intention to m., for his third wife, Mrs. Ruth Young, in 1720. He d. 
9 Nov. 1728. Thomasine,* mother of his first wife, Mary, (Mayo), was 
daughter of Mr. Wm. Lumpkin and his wife Thomasine, original settlers 
of Yarmouth. Lieut. Joshua was m., (according to the Plymouth records,) 

I Dec. 1669, to Hannah Scudder, daughter of John S., of Yarmouth, she 
having been baptized 5 Oct. 1651 ; and they had a son Joshua, that d. 
young. Hannah survived her husband, and m., 2ndly, about 1700, the 
first Moses Hatch. Bethia, dau. of Mr. Edw. Bangs, m. Gershom Hall, 
who was b. 5 March, 1647, son of John H. of Barnstable and Yarmouth, 
and they had children : Samuel of Harwich, Jonathan of H., and Mary, 
m. Mr. Chase of H. Apphia, daughter of Mr. Edw. Bangs, m. 1st., Mr. 
John Knowles, son of Richard, 28 Dec. 1670, and 2ndly, Joseph Atwood. 
She had children by Knowles. — See Regr. vol. vi. p. 168. Her sister 
Lydia had children also. — See Regr. vi. 46. Hannah, another sister, m. 
Mr. John Doane, son of Dea. John, and had at least six children. The 
tradition about his living one hundred and ten years is incorrect. f — 
Rebecca, daughter of Mr. Edward B., m. Jonathan Sparrow, Esq., in 
Oct. 1654, probably the 26th day. She d. before 1677, after which Mr. 
Sparrow m. Sarah, widow of James Cobb, of Barnstable, and dau. of Geo. 
Lewis. | 

Capt. Jonathan Bangs, Jr., d. Feb. 1736-7. His will, dated 3 Feb. 
1736-7,' and proved 17 March following, mentions his wife Experience, 
as then living; so it must have been his father, that m. Mrs. Ruth Young in 
1720. Experience was daughter of John Berry. Capt. Samuel Bangs' wife, 
Mary, was probably daughter of Mr. Sunderland. Capt. B's sister, Mercy, 
was not the lady who m. Benj. Hatch, and had a child b. in 1716. It 
was her neice. Lydia, another of his sisters, m. Shubael Hinckley in 1712, 
and had Sarah, b. 2 March, 1712-13, and Samuel b. 5 Jan. 1714-15, 
and died ; after which Mr. H. m. Mary Snow, 7 Oct. 1718. Capt. Ed- 
ward, and Ruth, Bangs had a daughter Ruth, b. 1699, and d. aged about 
three years. They had, also, a daughter Mercy, who m. Benj. Hatch, 

II Aug. 1715, by whom she had James, b. 1 May, 1716, Mary, b. 21 
April, 1720, Benjamin, b. 11 May, 1724, and Ruth, b, 20 June, 1733. 
Capt. Edward, and Ruth B., were the parents of Dr. Jonathan, and Capt. 
Joshua, who m. Mehetabel Clark, 18 June, 1713, as stated in a foot 
note of the pedigree ; and of Ebenezer, who m. Anna Sears, 18 Dec. 

* This name is sometimes written Tamsen, Tamosin, &c. 

t W. S. Russell, in his Recollections of the Pilgrims, says, on page 255, Deacon 
John Doane of Eastham, died in 1707, aged 110; but this must be a mistake, for he was 
b. about 1590, and d. 21 Feb. 1685-6, aged, according to a true record, 95 years. 

\ This information, with much more of the kind, comes from Amos Otis, Esq., 
of Yarmouth, a relative to the illustrious Revolutionary patriots of that name. 

153 The Ba?igs Family. [April, 

1727, and had Barnabas, b. 11 March, 1728, Ebenezcr, b. 28 Oct. 1729, 
Ruth, b. 28 Sept. 1731, Sylvanus, b. 10 Feb. 1735, at Harwich. An- 
other daughter of Capt. Edward, viz., Rebecca, m. Thomas Young, and 
had Thomas and Moses, both living in 1746. 

Mr. Edward, Jr., m. Sarah Clark, 11 Feb. 1720, who d. 8 Aug. 1727. 
Dr. Jonathan m. Phebe, (widow of Samuel Bangs,) Jr., daughter of Stephen 
Hopkins and his wife Sarah (Howes), and she (Phebe) m. 3rdly, Rev. 
Josiah Dennis. Dr. Jonathan and Phebe's son, Allen, b. 23 March, 1733-4, 
m. 4 Jan. 1753, Rebecca Howes, and had children born at Yarmouth, 
viz., Jonathan, b. 13 Feb. 1755, d. young; Joseph, b. 5 July, 1757; 
Phebe, b. 17 Aug. 1758 ; Jonathan, b. 19 July, 1760 ; Zenas, b. 3 May, 
176- ; Allen, b. 22 April, 1765, d. same year; and Allen 2nd., b. 15 
Aug. 1770. 

Susanna (Dillingham), widow of Mr. Elkanah Bangs, m. Mr. Benjamin 
Freeman, of a wealthy and respectable family at Harwich. The two 
children of Joshua Bangs, son of Benjamin, Esq., were Joshua, d. at 20 ; 
and Sarah, m. Nathaniel Snow, and had three children, two daughters, d. 
young, and a son, who is a lawyer. Capt. Samuel's son, Seth, m. 
Deborah Nickerson, 23 Dec. 1726. Another son, (Samuel, Jr.,) m. Phebe 
Hopkins, as before mentioned, 19 June 1729 ; and David, another of his 
sons, m. Eunice Stone in 1731 — not 1721 ; Meletiah, sister of David, d. 
young; Sarah, another sister, m., 24 Feb. 1736-7, Jonathan Snow, and 
they had several children. The other two children of Capt. Samuel 
and Mary, were Lemuel, b. 2 June, 1719, d. 15 Nov. 1739 ; and Abijah, 
b. 29 July, 1743 — not Abigail. Enoch, son of David, above mentioned, 
was b. 2 Oct. 1734 ; and Nathan and Mary, brother and sister to Enoch, 
were twins, b. 2 May, 1736. Capt. Jonathan's son, James, m. Bethia 
Wing in 1735-6; and Mercy, sister to James, m. Peleg Maker, 12 Oct. 

Capt. Joshua Bangs, (son of Capt. Edward and Ruth,) who has already 
been mentioned, was b. in 1685 at Harwich, Mass., and d. at Portland, 
Me., 29 March, 1762. He was a shipmaster and merchant, a promi- 
nent and highly valued citizen. On his removal to P., he settled on the 
point east of Clay Cove, which he owned from the Cove to King (now 
India) street. He also owned Bangs' Island, named for him. His death 
occurred 23 May, 1762, in the 77th year of his age ; his wife Meheta- 
bel (Clark), having d. 29 March, 1761, in her 65th year. Their children 
were the following : Nathan, b. 23 Nov. 1714 ; Thomas, b. 28 Nov. 
1716, m. Mehetabel Stone of Harwich, in 1751 ; Joshua m. Sarah, eld- 
est daughter of John Waite, and d. 6 July, 1755, aged 32 ; Thankful, b. 
13 Nov. 1720, m. Samuel Cobb in 1740 ; Sarah, m. Gershom Rogers in 
1756 ; Mary, m. Nathaniel Gordon in 1754 ; Mehetabel,* m. 1st., John 
Roberts, Jr., in 1752, and 2dnly, in 1754, Hon. Jedediah Preble, a noted 
officer of the French war and brigadier general of the Revolution ; by 
whom she had Martha, b. 1755; Joshua b. 1757; Edward, b. 1761, 
Commodore in the U. S. navy, much celebrated for his bravery and mili- 
tary exploits during the Tripolitan troubles, at one time being commander 
of the U.S. frigate Constitution;— d. in 1807; Enoch, b. 1763 ; Henry, b. 
1767, and Statira, b. 1770 ; both living in 1833 ; and Susanna m. Elijah 

* Mr. Willis, in his edition of Smith and Deane's Journal, p. 252, says she was a 
woman of character and energy, and well suited to the duties, which devolved upon 
her. She survived her husband, and died at the same age. 

1856.] Pease Ancestry. 159 

Weare in 1761.* Mrs. Mehetabel, widow of General Preble, and dau. of 
Capt. Bangs, was bur. 22 Aug., 1805, aged 77. Mary Hopkins, who be- 
came the wife of Isaac Sparrow, and, afterwards, of Kenelm Winslow, 
Esq., was b. 20 March, 1732-33. dau. of Ebenezer, and Rebecca 
(Crosby), Hopkins, of Harwich. The latter was a descendant of Rev. 
Thomas Crosby, srad. H. C, 1653, d. at Boston, 13 June, 1702. 

D. D. 

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In volume iii. page 30, N. E. Hist, and Gen. Reg., there is mention of 
John Pease, aged 27, and Robert Pease, aged 27, who came from Ips- 
wich, England, to Boston, on board the ship Francis, in April, 1634, and 
removed to Salem, where they were known to have been in 1637. 

It was assumed that John was ancestor of the families embraced in the 
account which was published in that volume, and his name was accord- 
ingly placed at the head. But further research and more reflection have 
served to transfer this honor to Robert. 

Mr. Somerby, to whom much is due for his researches in England, 
writes under date of June 6, 1854, that while making some genealogical 
investigations in Essex, he met with the will of Robert Pease, of Great 
Baddow, and considering it worth the trouble, he visited that place and 
made extracts from the parish register. 

Robert Pease of Great Baddow, Co. Essex, Locksmith. Will dated 
May 10, 1623. Mentions his wife Margaret, sons Robert and John, 
daughter Elizabeth, son-in-law Abraham Page, and brother-in-law Fran- 
cis King. Will proved June 12, 1623. 

From a long list of baptisms, marriages and burials, dating from 1540 
to 1623, the following have been selected : — 

John, son of Robert Pease, baptized May 24, 1593. 

John, infant son of Robert Pease, buried January 10, 1599. 

John, son of Robert Pease, baptized Nov. 20, 1608. 

There is no record of the baptism of Robert, the other son mentioned 
in the will, and Mr. Somerby thinks he must have been baptized in some 
other parish. 

It would be imprudent to assert positively that the John and Robert 
whose names are in the will, are the same who came in the Francis ; but 
it seems not improbable that Great Baddow is the locality, and the family 
of Robert Pease that to which the ancestry of the family may be traced. 

Great Baddow is in what is called the Hundred of Chelmsford, about 
thirty miles north-east from London, on the thoroughfare to Ipswich, the 
most convenient place of embarkation from that neighborhood, and old 
Norfolk and Essex here were settled chiefly by people from counties of 
the same name in England. 

Frederick S. Pease. 

Albany, 21 January, 1856. 

* Capt. Joshua Bangs is mentioned in his father's will, dated 16 April, 1706, and 
recorded at Barnstable Registry. See also Smith and Deane's Journal, above men- 
tioned, pp. 194, 251. 

160 Black Lead Mine at Sturbridge. [April, 


This was first discovered by the Indians, who used the lead to paint 
their faces. When John Oldham came to Connecticut river in 1633, he 
carried back, as Winthrop informs us, "some black lead, whereof the In- 
dians told him there was a whole rock." In 1644, the General Court 
granted to John Winthrop, Jr. " the hill at Tantousq, about 60 miles west- 
ward of Boston, in which the black lead is," and gave him liberty to pur- 
chase some land there of the Indians. The Winthrops subsequently pos- 
sessed at Tantousq four miles square. John Chandler, Jr., a surveyor, 
measured the land in 1728. He called the place " Tanteusque, or the 
Black Lead Mines." When Sturhridge was incorpoiated in 1738, the 
four miles square were a part of it. 

Near two hundred years ago, some enterprising men in Boston expend- 
ed a large sum at this mine. I find in an account book of John Pynchon, 
of Springfield, that Mr. William Payne and Capt. Thomas Clarke, of Bos- 
ton, employed men to work at the black lead mine, in 1657, 1658, and 
1659, and perhaps some years later ; and that Mr. Pynchon procured pro- 
visions for them, and paid the workmen a considerable amount from his 
shop of goods. Mr. Winthrop is noticed two or three times as giving 
orders, but all the charges are made against Payne and Clarke, and they 
paid Pynchon's bills, in goods, at Boston. The name of the principal 
workman, or overseer, was William Deins. Pork, bacon, peas, bread, 
flour, Indian meal, cheese, &c, were conveyed from Springfield to the 
mine on horseback. Pynchon's agency ceased in 1659, but the work 
may have been carried on some years longer, or until 1663. In October 
and November of that year, two yokes of oxen, two cows, a mare and colt, 
and a sow, all belonging to Capt. Thomas Clarke, were brought to Spring- 
field, where some were sold and others wintered. If they came from the 
black lead mine, it may be inferred that there was a house and barn, and 
some land cleared and cultivated, at Tantousque. Capt. Clarke was en- 
gaged in other enterprises, and these animals may have been driven ' 
from another place. But there must have been a house of some kind 
at the mine. 

In 1658 Pynchon purchased in Springfield 26 barrels for black lead, 
and Payne and Clarke paid for them. It is probable that these barrels, 
and many more, were filled with black lead at Springfield ; and that it 
was sent to Boston, and thence to England. But I know not how it 
was disposed of. 

In July, 1675, Ephraim Curtis, who was sent by the Governor and 
Council, to see what the Nipmuck Indians were doing, came, he says, 
"to the lead mine by Springfield old road, where he saw new footing 
of Indians." This seems to be the road from Springfield to the mine. 
In the records of Windsor, " a path near the mountains leading to the 
lead mines," east of East Windsor, is noticed in the 17th century. 

The noise of industrious laborers was heard in the forests of Stur- 
bridge, before white men had taken possession of Norwich and Brook- 
field. S. J. of Northampton. 

1856.] Births, Marriages and Deaths in Maiden. 161 


[The following is a corrected copy of the list of births, marriages and deaths in 
Maiden, which appeared jn the Register for 1852, p. 335, taken from the first and sixth 
volumes of the Middlesex Probate Records, at East Cambridge.* It will be seen, that 
the former transcriber took the liberty of giving the name of the month, instead of 
its numeral. Unfortunately, he mistook the old style for the new, calling the 2 d mo. 
Feb*., the 3 d mo. March, &c, thereby, unintentionally, making a birth, marriage or 
death to have occurred two months before the actual time. Other errors in names, 
dates, &c, it is unnecessary to mention. — w. b. t.] 

Sarah Dickerman daughter of Thomas 
Lidea daughter of Thomas Dickerman 
Mary Tuffis of Peeter Tuffis 
Mary Atvvood of Philip Attwood 
Thomas Birditt of Robert Birditt 
Joseph Hills sonne of Josep Hills Jun r 
Mary Haward of Sam 1 Hawara 
Sarah Haward da. of Sam 1 Haward 
Tho: Greene son of Th Green Jun r 
Mercy Wiglesworth daughter of Michael 
Hannah Wayte da. of Jn° Wayte 
Mary Peirce da. of Sam 1 Peirce 
Hannah Birdit daughter of Robert Bird 4 . 
Hannah Bunker da. of Jn° Bunker 
Hannah Hills da. of Joseph Hills Jun r 
Jonaih. Sprague sonne of Jn° Sprague 
Deborah Hill da. of Joseph Hills sen r 
Jacob Hills of Abram Hills 
Edwd d Bucknam of Willm Bucknam 
Triall Lewis daugh: of Jn° Lewis 
Benj. Mussey sonne of Benj. Mussey 
Jonath. Tuffts sonne of Peter Tuffts 
Thorn 8 Dickerman so: of Tho: Dickerm 
Thomas Peirce sonne of Sam 1 Peirce 
Mathew Luddington, son of W m Luddg. 
Rebecca Lane da. of Job Lane 
Samuel Mudge so: of Tho: Mudge 
Jn° Paul sonne of Jn° Paul 
Mehetabell Wayte da. of Jn° Wayte 
Elizabeth Haward da. of Sam 1 Haward 
Philip Attwood so: of Ph: Attwood 
Abigail Hills da. of Joseph Hills sen r 
Hannah Greene da. of Tho: Greene Jun r 
Mary daughter of Jn° Bunker 
John Greene sonne of Thomas Greene 
Samuel Sprague of John Sprague 
Joseph Mussey of Beniamin Mussey 
John Peirce of Samuel Peirce 

* There are two, or more, books of records of births, marriages and deaths in Maiden, 
and other towns in Middlesex county, to be found in the office of the clerk of the courts 
for Middlesex, as also, some lists in the office of the registry of deeds, of earlier, inter- 
mediate, and of later dates, than those here given. 

In the volumes of the Probate Records, above mentioned, are returns from the dif- 
ferent towns in the county, like those furnished in the present article. — t. 











































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Births ) Marriages and Deaths in Maiden. [April, 

Jos. Peirce of Samuel Peirce 

Hannah Dickerman of Thomas Dickerman 

Hannah Greene of Thomas Greene Jun r 

Mary Winslade of John Winslade 

Joanna Call of Thomas Call Jun r 

Lidia Paul of John Paul 

Samuel Sprague of Samuel Sprague 

Jonathan Tufts of Peter Tufts 

Thomas Wayte of John Wayte 

John Lane of Job Lane 

Mary Sprague of John Sprague 

Willm Aug r of William Augur 

John Bunker of John Bunker 

Mary Nicholls of James Nicholls 


Jn° Bunker & Hannah Miller, by Mr No well 

M r Joseph Hills sen r . & Hellen Adkinson, by Jos: Hills 

Samuel Sprague & Rebecca 

Thorn 8 Michell & Mary Molton, by M r Ri: Belling 

Willm Leraby & Eliz: Felt, by M r Ri: Bellingham 

Jn° Paul & Lidea Jenkins, by Leift: Marshall 

Thomas Call, Jun r & E lidea Shep r dson, by M r Ri. Russell 

Phineas Upham & Ruth Wood, by M r Richard Russell 

Thomas Shepard & Hannah Ensigne, by Leiv: Marshall 

Thomas Greene sen r & Francis Cooke, by Cap 1 Marshall 

Willm Green & Elizabeth Wheeler, by Cap 1 Marshall 

Willm Augur & Ruth Hill, by Cap*. Marshall 

Job Lane & Anna Reyner, by Capt Walden 

James Nicholls & Mary Felt, by M r Richard Russell 

John Greene & Sarah Wheeler, by Cap 1 Johnson 

Walter Power & Triall Shepard, by M r Thomas Danforth 

Phineas Sprague & Mary Carrington by M r Richard Russell 11 


Elizabeth wife of Richard Adams 

Mathew Luddington sonne of Willm 

Jonathan Tuffts sonne of Peeter TufTts 

Elizabeth Greene wife of Th. Greene sen r 

Sam 1 . Bucknam son of W«» Bucknam 

Rebecca Sprague da. of Sam 1 Sprague 

John Paul son of Jno Paul 

Grace Grover da. of Tho: Grover 

Richard Cooke husband of Frances Cooke 

Jn° Lewis husband of Mary Lewis 

Hannah Greene daughter of Th: Greene Jun r 

Sarah Lane wife of Job Lane abt 19 th of May 59. 

John Pierce of Samuel Pierce 

Jonathan Web 

Theophilus Jenkins of Joel Jenkins 

Widow Sarah Learned 

John Bunker of John Bunker 

Joannah Call wife of Thomas Call sen r 

Elizab. Hay ward daughf of Sam 1 Hay ward 


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1856.] Births, Marriages and Deaths in Maiden. 163 

day. mo. year. 

Thomas Grover 28 . 08 . 61 
Returned by Jn° Wayte, Clarke. 

Entre d & Recorded. By Thomas Danforth, Record 1 ". 


William Bucknam son of Joses & Judith his wife Febr 22 1688 
Anna Lynd, Daughter of Joseph & Elisabeth his wife b. 29 th May 1688 
Joanna Daughter of Phineas and Sarah Sprague born 27 Aprill 1688 
Elisabeth Daughter of Jonathan & Sarah Knowlton born 22 Aprill 1688 

Elisabeth Daughter of Thomas & Hannah Burdit born Aug* 28 th 1688 
Mehetabell Daughter of Tryall & Priscilla Newberry born Sept 7th 1688 

Sam 11 of John & Lydia Sergeant born 15th 7 br 1688 

Sarah of John & Hannah Chamberlaine born 25 : 9 br 1688 

Elisabeth of Phillip & Elisabeth Couel born Jan 14th 1688-9 

Sarah of Nathan 11 & Sarah Upham Born Jan 22 1688-9 

Sam 11 son of Michael & Martha Wiglesworth Born Febr 4 1688-9 

Sam son of Sam 11 & Sarah Sprague Born Febr. 2 1688-9 

Benjamin son of James & Hannah Chadwick Born Febr. 2 1688-9 

James of James & Hannah Nicholls Born Jan. 28 1688-9 

John son of Stephen & Sarah Grover Born March 2 d 1689 

Sarah of Joseph & Mary Serjant Born March 22 d 1689 

Sarah of Phillip & Sarah Attwood Born Aprill 13th 1689 

Sam 11 son of Thomas & Rebecca Newhall Born Aprill 26 th 1689 

Jacob of Henry & Esther Green Born May 9 l h 1689 

Nathan 11 of William & Elisabeth Green Septem br 28th 1689 

Abigail of John & Mary Lynde born Octob r 4 th 1689 

Joseph of Joseph & Elisabeth Floyde born Aug 8 ' 22 d 1689 

Elisabeth of Joseph & Elisabeth Lampson Born Aug 81 29 1689 

Benjamin of William & Mary Teale Born Novemb r 2 d 1689 

John of Jonathan & Mary Sprague Born May 7th 1689 

Mary of John & Elisabeth Sprague born Novemb r 27 l h 1689 

Benjamin of John & Sarah Waite Born Octob r 27th 1689 

Mary of Phineas & Mary Upham Born Novemb r 25 l h 1689 

John of John & Mary Serjant Born x br 22 1689 

Elisabeth of Thomas & Mary Green born x br 22 1689 

Abigail of Phineas and Sarah Sprague born March 2 d 1690 

John of John & Abigail Upham Born March 20, 1690 

Hannah of Sam 11 & Sarah Lewis Born Decemb 1 " 12 th 1689 

John of Jonathan & Sarah Knower born March 22 d 1689 

Mary of Tryall and Priscilla Newberry born March 13 th 1689 

Obadiah of Obadiah and Mary Jenkins Born Aprill 4 th 1690 

Thomas of Thomas & Sarah'Oaks Born Aprill 2 d 1690 

Isaac of Sam 11 and Mary Green born 20 May 1690 

Joseph of Joseph & Mary Serjant Born 28th May 1690 

John of Jonathan & Sarah Knower 22. 1690 

Samuel of Andrew & Elisabeth Kenne born Octob 1 " 28 th 1690 

John of John & Martha Pratt Born Augt 24th 1687 

Martha of John & Martha Pratt Born Sept. 26th 1690 

Mary of Thomas & Elisabeth Burditt Born x br 25th 1690 

Esther of James & Abigail Nickolls born Jan. 5 th 1692 

Ebenezer of John & Lydia Serjant Born Septemb r 25 th 1690 

Peter of Joseph & Mercy Wayt Born Jan. 20 th 1689 

Jonathan of Joseph & Mercy Wayt Born Febr. 24 th 1691 

Joseph of Joseph & Elisabeth Lynde bom Septemb r 2 1690 

164 Material for the History of Gray, Me. [April, 

Nathan 11 of Thomas & Mary Skinner Born Jan. 27 lh 1686 

Abigail of Thomas & Mary Skinner born Febr. 17 lh 1691 

Ruth of Nathan 11 and Sarah Upham born Apnll 2- 1691 

Abigail of James and Hannah Chad wick born" Febr. 4 th 1691 

Simon of Simon & Sarah Grover born Aprill 26 th 1691 

Jonathan of Jonathan & Elizabeth Howard born June 3 1691 

Nathan 11 of Joseph & Elisabeth Floyde born 27: 3: 1691 

Sam» of John & Abigail Upham born Aug 1 25 ,h 1691 

Mary of William and Jane Ashfeild born x br . 20 lh 1691 

Rachell of Phillip & Sarah Attwood born 9 br 15 th 1691 

Martha of John & Ruth Mudge born x br 25 lh 1691 

John of John and Rachell Floyd born Augs 1 29 th 1687 

Rachell of John and Rachell Floyde born x br 25 th 1690 

Sarah of John & Mary Serjant born Jan 23 1691 

Sam 11 of John and Mary Lynde born 9 br 29 th 1690 

Edward of Joses & Judeth Bucknam born 22 March 1692 


Joseph Wayt married to Mercy Tuft Octob r 24 th 1688 

John Upham married to Abigail Haward Octob r 31 1688 

Phillip Couell married to Elisabeth Atwood 9 br. 26 1688 

Thomas Oaks married to Sarah TufTt May 22 1689 

Jonathan Haward married to Elisabeth Lee 24 lh May 1690 

Jacob Winslow married to Elisabeth Whittemore 26 May 1690 

Joseph Baldwin married to Elesabeth Grover June 26 lh 1691 

Sam" married to Elisabeth Upham Octob r 28 th 1691 

John Lynde married to Elisabeth Green Aug 1 25 th 1691 

Reced of Sam 11 Sprague Clerk of y e writts 

and Entered p r Sam 11 Phipps Cler. 


Petition to the General Court in 1735. 

fThe town of Gray is in Cumberland county, Maine; 17 miles north by west from 
Portland, and 44 south-west from Augusta. Previous to its incorporation, in 1778, it 
was "called New Boston, because most of its proprietors had their meetings and dwelt 
in Boston." See Williamson's Maine, ii. 465. It was named Gray, for one of its 

To His Excellency Jonathan Belcher, Esq r ., Captain General, Governour 
of His Majestys Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England, 
and Hon b!e . the Councel And Representatives in the General Court, 
Assembled in Boston the 28 of May, 1735 

The Humble Petition of us the subscribers for ourselves and our asso- 
ciates, being about sixty in Number, humbly sheweth, That many of us 
have Large Familys and are much straitined for Land where we dwell, 
and we do Greatly Desire & propose directly to Bring forward & settle a 
Township of the Contents six miles square, Wherefore your Petitioners 
humbly Pray that your Excellency and this Great & honourable Court or 
Assembly will be Pleased to grant to your Petitioners a Township of the 
Contents of six miles square at the Back or Rear of North Yarmouth, in 
Casco Bay, the land there being suitable and very Commodius for a 
Regular & Compact Township, being near and adjoyning to the Township 
your Excellency and the General Assembly lately Granted to Cap 1 How- 
ard & others, of Marblehead, and your Petitioners will, at our own Cost 
& Charge, speedily build Houses, & Clear, fence in, an Improve the 


Material for the History of Gray, Me. 


Land, and build a Meeting House for the Publick Worship of God, settle 
an orthodox Minister and Provide for his Honb la support. And also Lay 
out a suitable Lott for the first Minister, and another Lott for the Ministry, 
and a Lott for the school, and with diligence Compleat the Regular & 
Compact settlement of said Township with sixty Familys under such 
Rules & Regulations as your Excellency Honors shall direct and order. 

The Regular settlement of s d Township will Encourage and Greatly 
strengthen the Frontiers of that part of the County, and be of Advantage 
to the Province as well as to your Humble Petitioners. 

Jon a Powers 
John Hunt 
Benj a Prescot 
Zach y Chandler 
Thomas Chandler 
Samuel Doyle 
John tTill 
Gideon Powers 
Samuel Jones 
Noah Parker 
Ebenezer Parker 
John Fowles 
Nat: Brewer 
Thomas Willson 
John Compton 
Ed: Lutwitch 
John Fowles, Jun r . 
Nath 1 Litle 
Zachy Chandler 

Will" 1 Nichols 
James Lawton 
Isaac Stone 
Sam 11 Carey 
David Jeffries 
Enoch Parker 
John Hammond, Jun r 
John Boydall 
John Lee 
Job Almy 
Thomas Chandler 
Sam 11 Hunt 
Zachy Chandler 
James Allen 
Thomas Hammond 
Silas Houghton 
Jon a Chandler, 
Rob 1 Auchmuty 
Eph m Jones 

Jos*: Richardson 
Thorn 8 Jones 
Isaac Litle 
Benj a : Lee 
Sami. Wilson 
Consider Sopar 
Luke Vardy 
John Powell 
Jon a : Daking 
Job Lewis 
Jacob Sheaf 
John Smith 
Elisha Bisby 
Peter Combs 
Dan" Weld 
Will- Bant 
Will- Dudly 

In the House of Representatives Dec r 3 d , 1735, in answer To the Peti- 
tion of Jon a : Powers, John Hunt, and others, Voted, that the Prayer of 
the Petition be Granted and sent up for Concurrence. J. Quincy, Spk r . 

In Council, March 27th, 173(3. Read & Concurred. 

Simon Frost, Dep y Seer. 
Consented to. J. Belcher. 

A True Copy. Exam d by Simon Frost, Dep y Secr y . 

The Proprietors Mett According to the order of the Honourable Court, 
raised several Taxes for building a Meeting-House for the Publick Wor- 
ship of God, and for Clearing the Rhodds, Building of Bridges, dec, to 
the amount of a Considerable sum ; The Meeting House was accordingly 
Built, and the Major Part of the Proprietors built Dwelling Houses on 
theire Respective Lotts ; they also Agreed for the Building a saw Mill 
for the Use of the Town, but the war Braking out they were all drove off, 
and the Meeting House and all the Dwelling Houses & Bridges are since 
Burnt, as I have been Credible Informed. 

Since the war, the Proprietors Mett, Raised a Tax of 20\ Law 1 Money, 
on each Proprietor, chose a Committee to renew the Bounds of the Towns 
& home Lotts, who went down on s d . Bisseness & Reported to s d Proprie- 
tors Accordingly. John Hill, Prop 1 Clark. 

Suffolk, ss. Boston, 4 th April, 1751. 

Jn° Hill, Esq., appeared & made solemn Oath that the above return 
to the best of his knowledge just & true. Before me, 
[Massachusetts Archives, vol. 1 16, p. 18. T. Hubbard, J. Peace. 


Ib6 Indian Names of the Months. [April, 


On one of the first leaves of an account-book of William Pynchon of 
Springfield, is the following account of the Indian "months or Moons, in 
the handwriting of his son, John Pynchon, written about 1650 : — 

" Papsapquoho and Lowatanassick, they say, are both one. And if 
they be reckoned both for one, they reckon but twelve months to the 
year as we do. And they make the year to begin in Squanni kesos, 
as far as I yet can understand them, and so call the first month : — 

1. Squanni kesos, part of April and part of May, when they set 
Indian corn. 

2. Moonesquanimock kesos, part of May and part of June, when 
the women weed their corn. 

3. Towwa kesos, part of June and part of July, when they hill In- 
dian corn. 

4. Matterllawaw kesos, when squashes are ripe and Indian beans be- 
gin to be eatable. 

5. Micheennee kesos, when the Indian corn is eatable. 

6. Pohquitaqunk kesos, the middle between eating Indian corn and 

7. Pepewarr, because of white frosts on the grass and ground. 

8. Qunni kesos. [No remarks on this month. 

9. Papsapquoho, or about the 6th day of January ; Lowatanassick, 
so called, because they account it the middle of winter. 

10. Squochee kesos, because the sun hath strength to thaw. 

11. Wapicummilcum, part of February and part of March, because 
the ice in the river is all gone. 

12. Namossack kesos, part of March and part of April, because of 
catching fish." 

Mr. Pynchon had another list of the Indian months, but part of the leaf 
has been torn off, and only the following lines are left : — 

Pepewar, November. 

Qunni kesos, December. 

Papsapquoho, January. 

There are some errors in the explanation of the months. If the 9th 
month began on the 6th of January, the 11th month could not have in- 
cluded any part of Februaiy. It is not improbable that the notions of our 
Indians, as to the division of time, were somewhat vague and indefinite. 
In Long's " Expedition to the Source of St. Peter's River," the names of 
the Chippewa months or moons are given ; but the writer doubts their ac- 
curacy, and says, " it may be questioned whether the Chippewas have any 
well defined ideas on that subject." 

Our Indians on Connecticut river, above Windsor, were Nipmucks. 
The sound of the letter I is frequent in their language, though not used 
by the Indians about Boston. The letter I is not found in Eliot's Indian 
Bible. Kesos, the Nipmuck name of the moon, in Pynchon's Indian 
months, is nearly the same with that of the Chippewas of the West, and 
that of the Eastern Indians of Maine, but very different from the Indian 
word for moon in Eliot and Roger Williams. S. J. of N. 

1856.] Will of Peter Bulkely. 167 


I Peter Bulkely minister of the Word, being now in the Seventy six 
yeare of my age, & ready to go the way of all flesh, do make this my last 
Will, & testament as followeth, first I do hereby testifie unto all that I do 
dy in the fayth of that Doctrine, which I have here preached in Concord, 
among my hearers, testifying & sealing the same with this my last con- 
fession, that it is the saveing truth of God, and therefore do humbly desire 
of God, that those who have opposed & gaine sayed may in time bethink 
themselves, & repent, that they may find mercy with the Lord in that be- 
halfe, even the same mercy as I desire unto myne owne soul, desireing 
also that though I have manifested much weakncs in my dispensacion, yet 
the hearers would labor to express the power of what they have received, 
so that both I and they may rejoice together in the day of Christ. Now 
as touching my worldly estate which is now very little in comparison of 
what it was, when I came first to this place, I do dispose thereof as fol- 
loweth. first I do give unto my Sonne Edward Bulkely, (to whom I did 
at the time of his mariage give such a portion as I was then able to give) 
if he continue and stay in this land, these books, following, hereafter to 
be set downe in a Schedule anexed to this my will, or if he should remove 
from this Country to England then (instead of y e books) before expressed 
in gerfall, and to be particularly named in the Schedule) I give unto him 
five pounds of English money to be paid him there in England by my 
Sonne John. Item, I do give unto my daughter in law, the widow of my 
Sonne Thomas deceased, the vallue of one kovv, to be payd unto her by 
my Executor hereafter named, only with this exception, that if her neces- 
sity do require the same to be payd unto her while I am liveing, then that 
so given in my life time, shall be instead of the other here before named, 
to be payd by my Executor, and my Executor to be discharged of that 
legasy. Item I do give to my Sonne Eliezur, either the farme which is 
now used by Widow Goble, & her sonne Thomas Goble adjoining to Mrs. 
Flents farme, or my mill here in the Towne, or the hundred acres of land 
be the same more or less, which lyes at the neerer end of the great mead- 
ow, & together with this land I do give him also twenty acres of meadow 
liing towards the further end of the great meadow, beyond the poynt of 
upland, which shooles down into the meadow, towards the River, one of 
these three, namely either the farme, or the mill, or the hundred acres of 
land with the twenty acres of meadow, I do hereby give unto my said 
Sonne Eleezur but which of the three to settle upon him, I do not at pres- 
ent resolve, but I leave the consideracion thereof to my Executor & the 
overseers of this my will hereafter named desireing them to let him have 
that which will be most usefull & profitable to him, when he is fit to make 
use thereof. Item I do give & bequath to my Sonne Peter, the next in 
vallew of these three things before named, so that when Eliezurs portion 
is sett out, then the next in worth to be for Peter, and the third of the three 
to remayne to those that shall inheritt mine house in which I do now live. 
Item I do give to my Sonne John, Mr. Cartwright upon the Rhemish testa- 
ment & Willetts Sinopsis. Item to my Sonne Joseph, Mr. Hildersham 
upon the one & fiftieth psalme, and y e History of the Councell of Trent 
in English, and Cornelius Tacitry [?] in English, & Mr. Bolton on Gen. 6 : 
concerning a Christian walking with God. Item, I do bequeath to my 
Lord Oliver, St. John Lord Cheif Justice of the Common pleas, my great 

168 Will of Peter Bulkely. [April. 

English Bible in folio which hath the letters of his name (O & G.) upon 
the cover of it ; intreating him to accept this small token of my due love 
which I owe unto him, and as a testimony of my thankfull acknowledge- 
ment, of his kindness and bounty towards me, his liberality, having been a 
great help & support unto me in these my later times, & many Straytes. 
Item I do give unto my cousen Mr. Samuel Haugh Dr. Twisse in folio. 
against the Arminians. Item I do give to my Daughter Dorothy, the hun- 
dred & fifty pounds of English money which I have in England, in the 
hands of my Sonne John, the most part thereof came to me and my wife by 
the death of one of my wives Sisters, 1 mencion here £ 150. be the same 
more or less, — and though I suppose it is some what more, but what it is in 
just and exact account I do not know, but whatsoever it is, to my daughter 
Dorothy I give it, which being lesser then to suffice for her suteable disposall 
in marriage, I do therefore desire my wife when God shall take her to him- 
selfe, to add something more to the said 150c£. as God shall enable her. 
and in the meane time I will that if my Sonne John do make any profitt 
thereof, that then not only the said 150c£. be it more or less, but the profit 
of it also, shall be reserved to the increase of my daughters portion. The 
rest of my Estate unbequeathed before, whether moveables or unmovea- 
bles, as namely my house, land, whether granted me first by the Towne 
or bought by money from others, cattle or money, or household stuffe, or 
plate or whatsoever, I do give unto my dear wife, & her heirs by me be- 
gotten, giving her power, hereby to dispose by sale or otherwise to her 
benefitt of any part of the lands I have in the Towne (except before be- 
queathed & given) to her owne benefitt as her need shall require. And 
in case any of my children before named by me in this my will, to whom 
I have bequeathed the legacies named, should prove disobedient to their 
mother, or otherwise vitious & wicked [which God of his mercy prevent] 
then I will that the legacy before bequeathed to any of them so proveing 
disobedient & wicked shall be- wholly in the power of my said wife their 
mother, to deale with them therein, as shee herselfe in christian wisedome 
shall think meet either to give them their legacy, or to keep it to herselfe, 
and my will further is that if any the three children before named, Eliezer, 
Peter or Dorothy, should dy before their legacyes be paid them, that then 
the legacy of the deceased shall go to the other two surviveing, if my wife 
do not stand in need of it, but if shee do stand in need thereof, for her 
necessary mainetenance, then she shall have power to take it to herselfe. 
It may perhaps be expected that I should bequeath something to the Pub- 
liquc use of the Countrey, which practice I wish were more observed then 
it is by those that are of ability. But were my estate better then now it is, 
I suppose I may be therein excused, in regard, of what I have done for- 
merly in the beginning of these plantations, wherein what I have done, 
some few do know, but I will here be sparcing therein. This only I know 
and may say, that which I did then was an help to the wcake beginning, 
which then were, more then what was then done, I do not thinke God re- 
quires of me now, considering my wasted estate, which I have here con- 
sumed, haveing little to leave to the children what God hath given me, 
and to my pretious wife whose unfeigned piety : and singular grace of 
God shincing in her, doth deserve more then I can do for her. Her & 
her children l>\ me, I do now leave to the goodnes, and mercifull provi- 
dence & care of God, my mercifull father in Christ Jesus, beseeching him 
that as he hath given them to mec so he would take them again as a gift 
from my hands, owncing them as his owne, being a father to the fathcrlesse, 

1856.] Will of Peter Bulkely. 169 

and a Judge unto the widow : to defend her case, in case any should go 
about to do her wrong. And of this my will & testament, I do make my 
loveing wife mine only Executrix, desireing my loveing Bretheren, Robert 
Merriam & Luke Potter, the faythfull Deacons of our Church, & William 
Hunt & Timothy Wheeler to be overseers of this my will, and to assist 
my said wife in any thing wherein shee shall stand in need of their help, 
giving to Robert Merriam Mr. Rutherfords treatise upon the woman of 
Canaan, to Luke Potter Mr. Rutherfords upon the dying of Christ, on Jn<>. 
12. To W m Hunt M r . Cooper on the 8 th chapter to the Romans, & To 
Timothy Wheeler M r . Dike on Jeremiah 17 th concerning the deceitfulnes 
of mans heart, which, small toakens, though the be unanswerable, to the 
care or paynes they may meet with upon these occasions, yet my hope 
and confidence is that they will afford there helpe herein, more out of 
conscience towards God, then out of respect of reward from man. And 
to this my last will & Testament, I have set my hand and seal, this four- 
teenth day of Aprill in the year one thousand six hundred fifty and eight. 
1658. By me Peter Bulkeley & a seale and 17 th of febr. in the same 

An addition to this my Will added Jan. 13. 1658. Be it known also, 
that as a part of my will now written, I do add this namely that whereas I 
have agreed for a sixteenth part of the mill and for a like sixtenth part in 
the Iron Works which is now in frameing, I do give all my interest in both 
these unto my beloved wife Peter Bulkely Jan. 13 : 1658. 

A request to the overseers of this my will & testament, These I do 
earnestly intreate not to suffer any material I or substantial! point of my 
Will to be altered or changed, on any pretence whatsoever, especially, if 
it do concerne my deare wife, whose interest & welfare I do cheifely 
respect, so that be the pretence either coulor of law, or matter of con- 
science, yet I desire them to maintain the substance of my Will as I have 
set it downe, as being that I have herein discharged my duty to each one, 
so farre as my weake decaied estate will beare in Witness whereof I have 
here subscribed my name this 26 th of febr. 1858 : 

By me Peter Bulkeley. 

Witness hereof, 
John Joanes, The names of the books which I bequeath 

Thomas Bateman, to my Sonne Edward : 

Thomas Browne. 1 : I give him all Piscators Commentaries 

on the bible. 

2 : Dr. Willett on Exod. & Levitt, on Sam. 1. 2. & on Daniell. 

3 : Tarnovious in 2 vollums upon prophetas minores. 

4 : Dr Owen, against the Arminians in 4°. 

5 : I give him one part of the English anotations upon the bible, the 
other part to be to my Son Gershom these my two Sons shall divide the 
books between themselves and if they desire to have the whole, they may 
join together in buying the whole and then they may divide those two as 
they have done these of mine, & so each of them may have the whole 

6 : Mr. Aynsworth notes upon the 5 books of Moses & upon the psalmes. 
Item whereas I above bequeathed the vallew of one kow, to my daughter 
in law the Widow of my Sonne Thomas, I do hereby discharge mine 
Executor of that legacy, I haveing already disposed the vallew expressed 
to her use and benefitt. Peter Bulkely. 


170 Juliana Berners. — The First Child born in Salem. [April, 

The witnesses above written gave upon oath to the truth of this will, the 
20 th of the 4 th mo. 1659. Before me Simon Willard. 
Entered and Recorded, June 21, 1659. 
By Thomas Danforth Recorder. 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 
Middlesex, ss. In Probate Office, March 3, A. D. 1849. I hereby 
certify, that the foregoing is a true copy of the last will and testament of 
Peter Bulkely, deceased, as by record appears in the first volume of Rec- 
ords in said office, page 204. Isaac Fiske, Reg. of Probate. 
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Mr. Drake : — To elucidate early times, the following, from Wright's 
History of Essex, Eng., might not come amiss. Yours, T. L. T. 

Juliana Berners, dau. of Sir James B., of the parish of Roding Berners, 
(6 miles from Ongar and 27 from London,) has been celebrated by various 
authors as very learned ; and, undoubtedly, she had the best education 
that could be obtained in that age, as she was appointed prioress of Sope- 
well nunnery, near St. Albans, some time before the year 1460. This 
lady was exceedingly beautiful, and fond of masculine exercises, particu- 
larly hunting and hawking. On these subjects, and on heraldry, she wrote 
treatises, which were so popular that they were amongst the first printed 
books in the English language, in the infancy of the art. Her death is 
not recorded. Her works are, " The Treatyses perteynynge to Hawk- 
ynge, Huntynge, and Fishynge with an Angle ;" and also a " Ryght noble 
treatyse of the lyguage of cot armours, endynge with a treatise, which 
specyfyeth of blazing of armys, Lond. 1496, fol." The first edition of 
her treatise on hawking was printed at St. Albans in 1481. The book on 
Armoury has, near its commencement, the following curious piece of 
sacred heraldry : " of the offspring of the gentilman Jafeth," (she cer- 
tainly meant Shem,) " came Habraham, Moyses, Aron, and the profettys ; 
and also the Kyngs of the right lyne of Mary, of whom that gentilman 
Jhesus was borne, very God and man ; after his manhode Kynge of the 
land of Jude and of Jues, gentilman by his modre Mary, prince of cote 
armure" &c. — Wright., vol. ii. p. 280. 


" The question whether John Massey or Roger Conant was the first child 
born in Salem, formerly received considerable attention. Facts in the case 
follow. January, 1640, Roger Conant had land, as the first born child of 
Salem. John Massey petitioned, March, 1686, for the Ferry, as 4 the 
oldest man, now living in Salem, that was born here.' March, 1704, the 
first Church voted John Massey an old Bible, * he being considered the 
first town born child.' The truth is, that Roger Conant was the first child 
born in Salem. But as he and his father were set off to Beverly years be- 
fore Massey's petition, the last person, when petitioning for the Ferry, was 
the oldest man then living in Salem, who had his birth here. The phrase 
in the Church Records, which represents Massey as the first born of this 
town, seems to have been either a misconstruction of the words in his pe- 
tition, or a mistake of tradition respecting him." — First Edition of Salem 
Annals, p. 256. See Genealogical Register, Vol. X., p. 35 ; notice of Miles 
Ward, from Boston Gaz. and News Letter, Sept. 6, 1764. J. B. F. 

1S56.] Phineas Rice. 171 


Phineas Rice, b. Aug. 24, 1684, m. Elizabeth Willard, Oct. 2, 1707, 
and, after residing at Sudbury about 18 years, removed to Stow, and 
thence, in 1730, to Grafton, that part since included in Milibury, where 
he continued to reside until his death. 

The following notice of him appeared in a Boston newspaper, a few 
days after his decease : — 

" Grafton, September 5, 1768. — Mr. Phineas Rice died yesterday morn- 
ing of a rose cancer, aged 86. It was upon his face ; and when it first 
appeared was a small red spot, but grew to the size of a large hen's 
egg, and eventually wholly prevented his taking any nourishment. 

" He was a member of the church, and formerly of Stow, and many 
years Representative from that town. He lived 50 years with his wife. 
She died March 9, 1761. He has left at Sudbury a brother in his 90th 
year, whose lady, near the same age, still survives. His posterity is not 
very numerous. He was a gentleman of an enlarged soul, bright parts, a 
penetrating wit, tenacious memory, well acquainted with men and books — 
had he been favored with the advantages of a liberal education, per- 
haps his superior had scarce been found in New England. His vigor 
of body and powers of mind were remarkable in his advanced years, and 
his reason continued to the last." 

Mr. Rice was a proprietor of Grafton, and one of its early settlers ; a 
patron of learning, and one of the subscribers for that excellent work, 
Prince's Chronology. His brother, left at Sudbury in his 90th year, 
was Jonathan Rice, b. March 26, 1679, married Anna Derby of Stow, 
March 25, 1702, was Deacon of Sudbury Church, and d. June 7, 1772, in 
his 94th year ; and his widow Anna, Dec. 23, 1773, in her 93d year, 
having lived together in the married state upwards of 70 years. 

They were the sons, and the 8th and 10th children of Joseph Rice, (b. 
about 1637,) and his 4th wife, Sarah — perhaps Sarah Wheeler — he re- 
sided at Sudbury, Marlborough, and Watertown ; and again at Marlborough, 
1682, which he had left for a few years, on account of Indian hostilities — 
he was living in 1685 — son of the Pilgrim, Edmund Rice, known as "old 
Edmond" who, b. 1594, came from Barkhamstead, England, with wife 
Tamasin and several children, and settled in Sudbury, that part now 
Wayland, in 1639, and d. at Marlborough, May 3, 1663. 

John Rice of Sudbury (now Wayland), was born about 1647, and 
married Nov. 27, 1674, Tabitha, born 1655, daughter of John, and 
granddaughter of Deacon Gregory Stone, who was admitted freeman 
1636, and d. at Cambridge, Nov. 30, 1672, aged 82. John Rice was 
son of Deacon Edward Rice of Sudbury and Marlborough, and grandson 
of "old Edmond." He lived in Wayland, on the easterly side of the 
road leading from Weston to Saxonville, and on part of the homestead 
of his grandfather Rice. 

At his request and that of his brother, Dea. Edmund Rice, living near 
him, and in the old mansion-house, the selectmen of Sudbury, in 1710, 
" laid out a way from John's house by Edmond's house to the Spring." 
That way was accepted by the proprietors of Sudbury, and recorded in 
their Book of Records. 

John had no doubt long enjoyed the privilege of a way to that spring, 
but both the brothers, having past the meridian of life, seem to have 

172 Certificate from Mayor Ceely of Plymouth, Eng. [April. 

thought it best to have a way to it laid out in their lifetime, and appear of 
record thereafter; perhaps for peace sake among their children, after they 
themselves were taken away. 

They lived near each other, and died not far apart — John, Sept. 5, 1719, 
aged 72, the eldest of eleven children, and Dea. Edmund, Sept. 25, 1719, 
in his 66th year. 

Large two-story houses now stand on the premises where they lived ; 
and four or five rods westerly of where was Dea. Edmond's residence is 
" the Spring," whose gushing waters flow, as of old, in an undiminished 
volume, summer and winter, be the seasons wet or dry. 

This opportunity is taken to make public the information that the Gen- 
ealogical History of the Rice Family, containing an account of twelve 
hundred families, consisting of six thousand individuals, descendants of 
Edmund Rice, who settled at Sudbury in 1639, is completed, and awaits 
the action of a Rice Publishing Committee. 

Andrew H. Ward, West Neivton, Mass. 

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To all Xtian people to whome this p r sent writinge of true testimoniall 
shall come, or the same shall read, heare, or see. I Olliver Ceely, 
M r chant, Maio r of the Burrough of Plymouth, in the Countie of Devon, 
and one of the Justices of the peace within the same Burrough, doe here- 
by Certifie and make knowne, That the bearer hereof, John Cooke, of 
this Towne, is the Lawfull husband of Elizabeth, the sister of Christopher 
Smith (as I am informed) in New England, lately deceased, and was 
Carpenter of the Shipp Called the Walsingham, whereof one Richard 
Taprell is Commander, which said Shipp was lately at Boston in New 
England aforesaid. And I doe hereby alsoe further Certifie That the 
writinge hereunto annexed was signed and sealed in my p r sence by the 
said Elizabeth, and one Bridgett Jowle, of Plymouth, aforesaid, widdow, 
another sister of the said Christopher Smith. In testimony whereof I 
haue not only subscribed my name, but alsoe my seale of office haue 
herevnto caused to bee affixed geoven the Ninth day of October, in the 
Twelueth yeare of the Reigne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles the Sec- 
ond, by the grace of God King of England, Scotland, France, and Ire- 
land, defender of the Faith, &c. Annoq. domini 1660. 

Ollyver Ceely Maior. 

[The purport of the paper above alluded to, is, that Bridgett Jowle, of 
Plymouth, widdow, and Elizabeth Cooke, (wife of John Cooke, also of 
Plymouth, planter,) sisters of Christopher Smith, lately deceased in New 
England, do constitute said Cooke their Lawful Attorney. Dated 9 Oct r 

In the p r sence of Bridgett X Jowle 

Nicholas Voysey* Elizabeth x Cooke. 

William Browne. 

See Abstract of the Will of Christopher Smith, in Register, vol. ix., 
p. 228.] 

1856.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 173 


[Prepared by Mr. William B. Trask, of Dorchester.] 

[Continued from page 88.] 

Anne Orgraue. — Inventory of the Goods of Ann Orgraue, deceased, 
apprized 7 th May 1660, by Richard Wayte, Tho. Baker. Power of Ad- 
ministration to y e Estate, graunted to Ann Carter, in behalfe of her selfe 
& sister, Dorothy Post. Anne Carter deposed, that this is a true Inven- 
tory of her Late Mother, Anne Orgraues Estate. Edw: Rawson,Record r . 

Thomas Buckmaster. — Inventory of the Goods and Estate of Thomas 
Buckmaster, of Boston, Carpinter, deceased, made and approved by Rich- 
ard Sanford, Roher[f\ Meeres and John Starr, the 15 Dec 1 ". 1659. Am 1 . 
<£39. 16. 

1 Feb. 1659. Administracon to the Estate of Tho: Buckmaster Graunt- 
ed to Mary, his Relict, who deposed the same day, Mentions Richard 
Knight, bricklayer. 

Bridget Busby. — Inventory of y e Goods of Bridgett Bushy, Lately 
deceased, taken out the 3 July, 1660, by Edrnond Eddenden, Ben j amine 
Negus. Power of Administration to y e Estate of Bredgett Busbie, 
Granted to Abraham Busby, her sonne, 5 July 1660, & to p r forme y e 
deede made & signed by her, 14 th May 1651. 

Mathew Cushin. — This is to Certify the Honnored Court now As- 
sembled in Boston, That our honnored Father, Mathew Cushin, who lately 
departed this life, on the 30th day of Sep 1 last, being some whiles beefore 
his decease sensible of his Inabillety, through Age, to make Improuement 
of his estate for his and his Deare wiues, our honnored Mothers, liuely- 
hood, did call vs, his sonns & sonne in Law, whose names are heare vn- 
der written, together, And acquainted vs thai hee was desirous to set his 
house in order, and on termes to settle his estate on those his Children, 
and to giue vs possession of our seuerall portions, that is to say, that all 
his Cattle and Lands, his dwelling house and orchard, with on Cowe ex- 
cepted which hee reserued for his owne mother vse, dureing theire nat- 
urall Hues, with the howse hold goods, after theire death, shuld allsoe fall 
to vs, and bee deuided Amongst vs in proportion, Following, to DanieU, 
his Eldest sonne, hee gaue all the lands, at present, hee paying out of the 
same, after A double portion to himselfe was taken out, what shuild make 
vp A single share to such of his Brothers as had not theire share, or that 
the Cattle fell short of makeing theire shares ; and for that end valued 
the Catle and Lands with what was in his sonn in Law, Mathias Briggs, 
his hand, to c£155. DanieU to haue A duble portion, and the rest, share 
and share Alike ; and soe, allsoe, after y r mothers decease, the house, 
orchard, household goods, and Cowe, to bee diuided, DanieU to haue the 
house and land at an equall value, and paying what it Amounted to more 

(then his double part there from, to the rest, thay, allsoe, During his life, 
paying vnto him, £\4, and theire mother after his death, .£12 in goods 
and suitable pav, DanieU, £4. 6s. Sd. Jeremiah Cushin, £2. 2s. lOd. and 
Mathias Briggs, his sonn in Law, to pay 25s. lOd. ; which we all in- 

174 Abstracts of Early Wills. [April, 

gaged to pcrforme, &c. [They desire that Power of Administration vpon 
upon the Estate of said Matthew Gushing may be given to Daniell, his 
eldest son, their Brother ; which request was granted 15 Nov 1 ". 1660.] 
This Petition was signed by Daniell Cushin, Mathew Cushin, John Cushin, 
Mathias Briggs, Jeremiah Cushin. 

Inventory of the Estate, aprised by Mathew Cushin and his sonns, in 
his life time. Amt. ,£155. Mentions, " a house Lott in Batchalers streete, 
.solt mash bought of Wakly, lands bought of Edward Hubbert & W m 
Johns" &c. On the 12 th Nov. 1660, the remainder of the Estate was 
apprised by Mathew Hawke & Edmond Pitts. Amt. £92. Daniell 
Cushin deposed, 15 Nov. [An addition was made to this Inventory, and 
given in to the Court, 30th April, 1662, by Daniell Cushin. See Lib. 
iv. fol. 88.] 

Mrs. Mary Glover. — Inventory of y e Goods & Estate of Mrs Mary 
Glover, y e wife of Mr Nath. Glover, deceased, taken by Roger Clap, & 
John Gurnell, the 13 : 12 mo. 1659, by y e Request of the said Mrs 
Glover. Amt. c£478. 01. 06. This Inventory waj presented to y e 
County Court, by Mr Tho: Hinckley, on his marriage to Mary, y e 
Relict of said Nathl. Glover. Debts due, to Quarter Master Smith, 
Thomas Danford, Samuel Chandler. On the 31 Aug. 1660, the Court 
made a Division of the Estate of said Nathl. Glover ; and the said Tho. 
Hinckley, in right of Mary, y e Relict of said Nathl. Glover, now his wife, 
to have one third of the said £478. 01. 06. the other two thirds, to the 
Children of said Nathaniel. The Reversion left by y e Will of y e Late 
Mr John Glover, & y e <£40 due from Mr Habucucke Glover, to be 
devided amongst y e Children of Nathl. & theire mother. Mr Habuckuck 
Glover & John Gurnell were by this Court appointed Guardians to y e said 
Children ; & the Administratrix was required to deliver up the Remainder 
of the Goods to the value of £65., or thereabouts, with y e Lands, to said 
Guardians, in behalfe of y e Children, they Giueing security to y e Recorder, 
for y e said £65., & the Increase thereof, with y e Increase of y e Lands to 
Runne to y e benefitt of y e said Children, Mrs Anne Glover & Mr Haba- 
cuck Glover engageing on their owne charge & account, without Looking 
for satisfaction from y e children's Estates, to bring them vp to schoole, & 
find them meate, drinck, & Cloaths, till they be fitt to be disposed of to 
good trads. Debts of the Estate of Mr Nathl Glover, demanded of the 
Administratrix, viz. : to Mr Patten, for sheepe & sugar ; to Goody 
Humphreys, for y e childrens schooling ; to Goody Tappin, for y e Chil- 
drens Hatts ; to Goody Dyer, for Weaving ; to Goody Swift, for Lyquo r ; 
to y e Tucker ; to Mr Greenleife, for Dying ; to y e Shearman ; to Mr 
Tyng, for sundry p r ticul r s ; to Hannah Tolman, for wages ; to Sam 11 Jones, 
for tanning; to Sam 11 Chandler, &c. Amt. £14. 5. 1. Said ace 1 of 
Debts presented by Mr Thomas Hinckley, 2 Nov. 1660. 

Richard Rockwood. — Inventory of the estate of Richard Rockwood, 
late of Braintry, deceased, the 7 : 6 : 60. Amt. £38. 03. 04. Payd oute 
of this estate to his Dafter, in yarne, p l of a Cowe, &c, £3. 8s. to Good' 
man Belcher, for rent of Land ,£1. 6. 8. ; to Dormon Dorneing, for bords, 
£1. 5s. ; to Francis Gold, lbs.; to Richard Thayer, to satisfie for a Cow 
that was killed, p r Jo : Rockwood, £4. 13s. &c. Elder Kingsly and Ann 
Rockett deposed, 15 Nov. 1660. 

1856.J Abstracts of Early Wills. 175 

Capt. Thomas Thornhill. — May 4 th 1660. Debts oweing by the 
deseased, amounting to c£130. 10. 01. Accounts examined by Thomas 
Clarke & Edward Tyng, and the returne accepted by the Court, 31 Oct. 
1660. Estate indebted to Thomas Weborne, Capt James Johnson, Edward 
Co well, M r Robeurt Pateshall, John Poades, John Shaw, Capt Nicolas 
Sharpley; Goodwife George, of Dorchester ; Goodman Rogers, Hudson 
Leuerett, Theodor Atkingson, Josiph More ; Thomas Clarke, of Wenesc- 
nitt; John Sunderland, Euen Thomas, Ann Prince, Mr. John JollifTe, Mr 
Robert Gibbs, Mr Thomas Kellon, Arther Macon, Goodman Edmons ; 
Goodman Johnson, of Piscataway ; Capt Thomas Clarke, Leift William 
Hudson, Mr Scarlett, George Browne; Francis Gray, of Pascataway ; 
Mary Palsgraue, Christopher Lawson, Mr John Woodmancey ; Robeurt 
Worse, of Dorchester ; Leiut Dauis, of Yorke ; Nicolas Lawrance, Maior 
Nicolas Shapley, George Walton, Jonathan Ransford, Good Mettem. 
Whole Amt. c£130. 10. 01. To Funerall charges & his sickness, 17 pr 
white gloues, £1. 15. 6.; 31 J yds of Corle for scarfes, £3. 10. 10J. ; 
black & white ribbin ; 20 lb. of suger ; spice & suger Cakes ; 15 Gall, of 
Wine, o£3. ; for making his graue, bell ringing and Recording his name 
at death, 6. ; p d Rob 1 Browne, 4s. 6d. ; p d Goodman Mesinger, for Coffin 
and rayles, £1. ; &c. &c. Amt. 120. 09. 06.J. Estate Creditor by a 
debt in hands of Joss More, w ch is good ; by a hhd. of Rume and a hhd. 
mallasses, Mr John Cutts rece d at Pascataqua. Doubtfull and desperate 
debts of Henry Lamperry & Jeremiah Belcher. 

Lib. iv. fol. 1 & 2, contains an Inventory of the Estate of the late Capt. 
Tho. Thornehill, taken & appraised by Thomas Clarke, Joshua Scottow, 
Chrispin Hooper, John Winslow, John Farnam, in 1660. 

Mr Thomas Lake, Mr Jno Richards & Mr Tho. Leland, deposed, 31 
Oct. 1660. 

Mrs. Martha Coggan. — Inventory of her Estate, taken 29 8 mo. 1660, 
by Peeler Oliuer, Thomas Bumsted, Thomas Clarke. Amt. £1030. 03. 
Elder James Penn, and Deacon Richard Trusdale, deposed 31 Oct. 1660. 
They are also impowered to sell goods & Lumber not fitt to bee kepte & 
perishable, that damage may be prevented. Mention is made in the In- 
ventory of " sister Robinson," brother John Coggan Sf his sisters Mary 
and, Elizabeth. The farm at Rumly marsh, valued at ,£450. ; ^ of y e 
mill at Charles towne, <£40. ; 500 Ackers of Land at Ouborne, =£10. 

5 May 1662. Administration granted vnto Joseph Rocke, vpon the 
Estate of Mr Jno Coggan, deceased, w ch was in possession of Elder 
James Penn, & Deacon Richard Trusdall, being betrusted with y e said 
Estate by the Court since the death of Mrs Martha Coggan, executrix 
vnto her late husband. Lib. iv. fol. 88. Joseph Rocke deposes 19 Aug. 
1662, that this is a true Inventory of the late Mr John & Mrs Martha 
Coggan, his late father & mother. Caleb Coggan, son & heir of John & 
Martha Coggan. A bill paid for his schooling ; 75 Acres of Land in 
possession of farm 1 " Greene in Maiden. 

Robert Battile. — Inventory of his Estate apprized by Nathaniell 
Williams, & Arther Mason, 13th Nov. 1660. Debts dew from Mr 
Josiph Rock, Mr William Dauis, Mr Mayo, &c. Leift Richard Cooke, 
deposed, 14 Nov. 1660, to the truth of this Inventory of the Estate of the 
late Robeart Battle. 

Lib. iv. fol. 150, contains a list of the Creditors of the said Robt Battile, 

176 Abstracts of Early Wills. [April, 

given in 6 : 6 mo. 1663 by Edward Ting & Anth: Stoddard. Allowed 
of by the Court, 7 Aug. 1663. The names of the Creditors, were, Mr 
Henry Bridgham, Mr Ralph King, Mr Jerimy Hutchin, Mr Thomas Wells, 
Mr Edmund GreenlefFe, Mr Edward Lane. 

John Kingsbury. — Will of John Kingsbery, of Dedham, made 2: 10: 

1659. Vnto Mr John Allen, our pastor, 40s. To my Bro. Josiph Kings- 
bury, of Dedham, one booke, that is allready in his possition, beeing I)r 
Prestons workes, Called Paules repentence, and one other booke, of Mr 
Dyke, his worke, called the deceatfullnes of the hart, and allsoe, one other 
booke, of Mr Cowpers worke vppon Rom : y e 8. I giue vnto John Kings- 
bur a, my kinsman, the sonn of my Brother, Aforesayd, my bible and my 
Psalme booke. I giue vnto Margrett, my well bee loued w r ife, the free 
vse of all the rest of my estate, both reall and p r sonall, during her life. 
I giue' vnto my wife, one halfe of my estate, to her and her heires for euer, 
[to be at her disposal, & after her decease to be divided into two equal parts, 
the one p* to be disposed of to the heires of my wife,] the other halfe, to be 
disposed as followeth : — vnto John Kingsbery, <£15, when hee shall obtaine 
the age of 21 yeares. I giue vnto Thomas Cooper, of Seacanque, my kins- 
man, <£5, in consideration of requitall of such paynes as hee may be occa- 
tioned by this my will. My mind is that after [the] Two Legacies last 
mentioned are set out, the remainder of halfe of my estate, beeing distinct 
from that half beefore giuen to my wife, shall bee deuided into soe many 
equall p ls . that my kindsman, Henry Kingsbery, of Ipswich, and each of 
the Children, sonnes and daufters of my Brother, Josiph Kingsbery, of Ded- 
ham, may haue one equall p 1 ., and that my said brother, Josiph, may haue 
two pts, that is to say, twice soe much as any of the other Legacies in this 
diuision ; allways to bee vnderstood that I entend such and soe many of 
them as shall bee then suruiueing when this deuision shall bee made, [to 
be paid within 6 months after the decease of my wife.] If any of the 
sonns of my Brother, Josiph, at that time shall not attaine the age of 21 
yeares, my will is, that my Executors, shall, within the time of 6 months 
beefore p r fixed, deliuer that p* beelonging to the Leegacies vnder age, to 
my Brother, theire Father, for their vse. I Apointe my two Loueing 
Frinds and Kinsmen, Thomas Fuller, of Dedham, and Thomas Cooper, of 
Seacungne, to bee the executors of this my will. 

John X Kingsbury. 
Signed & sealed in the p r sents of us, 
Eliazer Lusher. John Howard. 

John Howard testified before Eleazer Lusher, Commiss 1 ". 16 : 8 mo : 

1660. Capt Eliazer Lusher deposed, before Court, 16 Oct. 1660. 
Inventory of the Estate, taken the 9 : 8 mo. 1660, by Thomas Fuller & 

Thomas Cooper who deposed, before the Magistrates and Recorder, Eliazer 
Lusher, Henry Chickering, John Gay, John Howard, 16 Oct. 1660. 
Amt. of Inventory, c£405. 06. [In addition to Dr Preston's, Mr Cowper's, 
Mr Dyke's, & Mr Burrowe's works, is mentioned " 9 other smale bookes, 
some being very olde." An additional Inventory is recorded, 22 May, 
1662. See Lib. iv. fol. 84-87.] 

Mahalaleel Munnings. Inventory of Goods of y c Late Mahalaleel 
Munnings, taken & prized by Capt. Thomas Clarke, Sergeant Nathaniel 
Williams & Jno. Richards, the 6th of March, 1659-60. The Goods 

1856.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 177 

were prized according to their Cost in England, as p r invoyce, & are 
bought at 40 p Cent. 

Paid to Mr. Jn°. Cutts, Richard Cutis, & others, bills to ye value of 

Inventory of the Estate of Mahalalcel Munnings, in Dorchester, taken 
23 : 5 : 1659-60, by Robert Voce, & William Robinson. Mr John 
Wisewall, Administrator, Mentions in the Inventory, Henry Gernsey. 

Lib. iv. fol. 93 — 101, contains a list of Debts of Mahaliell Munnings. 
Mentions John Phillips, Hannah Bates, James Bates, John Capen, 
Abraham Dickerman, Robin Wright, Richard Bull, John Blower, Wil- 
liam Searge, Henry Douglas, Sami 1 . Chandler, Thomas Andrewes, Rich d . 
Mason, sister Vpshall, Mr. Barnet, senior; my brother Smith, Robin Ma- 
son, Nathaniell Robinson, Pollard & Burges, Samn Bruet & Sweete, 
Obediah Ward, Jack, & Sam 11 Clement ; Mr. Barnet & Zechariah ; 
Nicholas Cady, Syth & Rub ; Adams & Cushing ; Walker, Brickmaker ; 
John Baker, Mr John Cutts, William Blanton, Thomas Makins, Mary- 
King, Moses Gillman ; Mr. Peter Coffine, Thomas Burd, Mr. Robt 
Cutts, John Rose, Job Judkins ; " yo r . wife Susanna" Robt Thorn- 
ton, Thomas Good wine, Robin Thornton, Rich d Trusdall, Jn° Haw- 
thorne, Robine Mason, William Trescott ; Adams, Shipp Carpenter ; 
Thomas Trewbridge, Thomas Baker, Arthur Mason, Daniell Turrine, 
John Harrison, Nathaniell Williams, Sam" Rigby ; little Davy, the Por- 
ter; Stephen Spencer, Sam" Arnold, Anthony Checkley, Nicholas Clap, 
Randell Nichols; James Knap, of Watertowne ; William Cowell ; Peter 
Gee, at the Mackrell ; Alexander Adams, John Cole, Nath Fryer, Jn°. 
Marshall, Jn° Lake, Rich d Woody & George Speere, Mr Joseph Moore, 
&c, &c. 

Creditors : — Mr Eliazer Mather, Mr Eliazar Way, vncle Withington, 
&c. &c. 

28 : 11 : 61. Edward Ting & Anthony Stoddard were appointed to 
Audit the Accounts of Deacon John Wiswall as Creditor and Admin- 
istrator to the Estate of Mahalaleel Munnings, who examined said Ac- 
counts in the p r sence of Hannah, the Relict of Mahalaleel, 1 : 3mo. 
1662. — See Reg. vol. vii. p. 273, and vol. viii. p. 75. 

[Thus far Abstracts have been made from the Records of Suffolk 
Wills, to page 352 of vol i., which contains nought but wills. Also, Ab- 
stracts of all the Inventories contained in vols. ii. and iii., which are made 
up of Inventories.] 

Henry Webb. — I, Henry Webb, of Boston, merchant, being now in 
good health, doe make this to be my last will. First, that my debts be 
payde, in y e same kinde or specie that I haue, or shall be engaged vnto, 
at y e time of my departure ; for present, I owe very little to Any. To 
my only dau. Margaret, y e late wife of my deare sonne, Jacob Sheafe, 
.£500, which she shall haue, with such further benefitt Accrewing to her 
by Vertue of her Executrixshipp to this my will, withall that my store- 
house, Already built at y e docke, withall wharfe libertys, And privileges 
thereto belonging, dureing her widdowhood. But, my will is, that before 
she enter into a second marriage, shee shall by hir selfe, or by him with 
whom she Intends marriage, or other sufficient security, giue bond to y e 
overseers of this my will, immediately after her death, to pay vnto them, 
their heires or Assignes, y e said ,£500, with the true Vallue of y e benefit 
of such surplusage, by virtue of hir Executrixshipp with the said ware- 
house and land, to be giuen to such Child or Children as shee shall leaue 

178 Abstracts of Early Wills. [Apm, 

behind hir by a second or other marriage. But, in Case shee haue noe 
more, or other child or Children then y e Children she had by my deare 
Sonne, Jacob SheafFe, then the same in like good specie to be given to it 
or them. I giue vnto my said dau. dureing hir life, y e vse of my man- 
sion and now dwelling house, with the land Adjoyneing it, soe as shee 
keepc it in due re pay re. Provided also, that shee lett hir dau. Elizabeth 
Sheaffe, my Grand Childe, dureing that tearme, or vntill y e heire male 
hereafter mentioned shall Come to enjoy it, haue the sole vse and benefit 
of hir owne now dwelling house and land to it belonging, she keepeing 
it in good Repay re. I giue vnto my said dau., as a further remembrance 
of my deare loue to hir, y e two best peeces of Plate I had from Jamaica, 
with my Couch, And best suite of damaske Table Cloath, napkins, and 
Cupboard Cloath. I giue vnto my Grandchild, Elizabeth Sheaffe, =£500, 
three whereof to be payde her in money or Beavor, y e other two, in good 
pay equivalent thereto, at y e age of 21 yeares or day of marriage. 1 
giue vnto my said grand childe, my mansion now dwelling house, with 
y e yard, backe side, Garden and other buildings that shall be thereon at 
my decease, Imediately after my decease and her marriage, Vnlesse her 
mother, my dau., shall Chuse to live in it, and Instead thereof Giue her 
the sole benefit of y e house and Lands shee Hues in, otherwise shee, y e 
said Elizabeth, to Enjoy it, keepeing it in good repayre till y e heire male 
shall Attayne y e Age of 21, or day of marriage, with consent of his pa- 
rents, till when, I Alsoe giue' vnto my Grandchild all my Garden that 
Adjoynes to Capt Leueretts land, with all my other lands at fort hill, my 
third part of A saw mill at Yorke falls, with y e land, timber, Atensills, 
priviledges, &c, and then I giue my said mansion house, lands at fort 
hill, third part of saw mill, &c, to y e heires male of my said dau. Mar- 
garett. [In case neither Margaret, Elizabeth, nor Mehitabel leave heirs, 
then, said property to go] to y e President and fellowes of Harvard Col- 
ledge, forever, to be Improued for y e best Vse and benefit of y e Fellowes 
or scholars there, as my overseers, with the Cverseers of y e said Col- 
ledge, shall determyne, always Provided, that out of y e Rents thereof 
they bee kept in due repayre, And with y e residue of y e said Annuall 
Rents, to promote y e best good of y e said Colledge. I further giue to my 
Grand Child, Elizabeth Sheaffe, my ware house now let out to builde, 
withall libertyes of yarde roome, and the way reserued to it, and free 
wharfage on y e wharfe ; alsoe, y e vse of all my Plate, bedsted, Chayres, 
stooles, and Table, dureing her life and y e nonage of y e heires male, or in 
defect thereof, to y e female heires, besides y e plate, for my other house- 
hould stufTe, linen, Chests, Trunks, &c, I giue to my Grand Childe, 
Elizabeth, forever. [If Elizabeth or Mehittabeli die, before marriage, 
the survivor shall be the heir to the others portion. If both die, their 
mother to inherit, vnlesse she haue other children ; in that case, they to 
be heirs to each other.] To my Grandchild, Mehittabeli, ,£400, in good 
special pay, at my decease, to be put out for her best Advantage, till the 
age of 21, or marriage, by my overseers, takeing good security for 
y e same. To y° first sonne or dau., as God shall please to bestow on 
my dau., Margaret, by a second or other marriage, <£400, to be putt out, 
as is aboue expressed. Vnto my sister, Jane, y e late wife of my brother, 
John Webb, of Titherly, in Hampshire, <£20, if shee be aliue at my de- 
cease, to be payde vnto hir in England, shee running y e Riscoe of y e sea 
for y e same, and y l it be donne by ,£10 a yeare. Vnto Elizabeth Black- 
leach, wife of John Blackleach, ouer and aboue y e .£100, I promised hir, 

1856.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 179 

and A good part thereof Already payd, the summe of £40. more, Pro- 
vided good security be Giuen to my overseers that after y e decease of 
my said Couzin, Elizabeth Blackleach, hir dau. Elizabeth Blackleach, 
shall haue the said £40.; and in case Elizabeth, y e dan., dye, then y e sayd 
legaty, After y e mothers death, remayne to the next childe, y e said Eliza- 
beth, y e mother, shall haue by y e said John Blackeleach, or other husband ; 
and, in Case of noe Children, then to y e said Elizabeth, forever, said 
legaty to be payd within two yeares after my decease. To my Couzin, 
Francis Grunn, and hir two Children, Elizabeth And Jone Grunn, £80. 
Apeece, to be payde within 12 mounthes after my decease, provided I doe 
not giue y e whole, or part thereof, before my decease, and that security 
be taken by my overseers for y e children Legatyes, and that y e mother 
and Children shall be each others heires. To my late sister, Elizabeth 
Sanfords sonnes, John and Samuell Sandford, each, £80. apeece, they 
to be heires each to other; to be payde in good English goods, or other 
good pay, within two yeares after my decease, Provided I giue not soe 
much or part of it to one or other of them before. To my wiues sister, 
Barbara Sewell, y e wife of Reinold Sewell, of Salisbury, Joyner, £20., 
to be payde hir within two yeares by .£10. p r . Annum, she running 
y e Risco of y e sea for y e same. Vnto David Sewell and Elizabeth Seicell, 
my late deare wiues Couzins, £8. apeece, to be payde within 12 monthe 
after my decease, Provided, [as before,] and they to be heires each to 
other, till they be married. Vnto Captayne Edward Hutchinsons eldest 
sonne, that shall be liueing, as a token of my loue to his father, £50. in 
very good English goods, at merchant prises, remembring y e Cordiall 
Loue and kindnesse of his father towards mee and mine, in the tyme 
of my troble and afflictions, which I mett with in y e dayes of my 
Pilgrimage, not to be forgotten of me and mine ; which somme to 
be payde in 12 monethes after my decease. Vnto my louing friend 
Mr Edward Raivson, A small token as A gratuity of his Ainecient loue, 
Viz 1 , that accompt, which is betwixt him and my selfe, as standeth due 
on my booke of Accompt, at this present day, w ch summe I doe Remitt 
Vnto him, and doe make that Ballance y e Valiue of £50. 1 giue vnto 
y e Towne of Boston, y e full Valiue of £100, for A stocke, for y e benefit 
of y e poore of y e Towne, either to provide Corne, provissions of wood or 
Coale for y e winters season, out of y e Increase, or otherwise to build some 
meet house for y e annual 1 Releife of such as y e select men of Boston, 
from time to time, shall see meete, y e whole Towne EngageingTo mayn- 
tayne y e principle, by reedifying in Case of fier, If before my decease I 
shall not otherwise bestow y e like somme on y e said some, And Prouided, 
y c Towne of Boston giue mee, or my Executrixes, firme Assurance of 
my land I purchased, with my money, 18 yeeres since and Vpwards, on 
fort hill, which if they refuse to doe, one three monethes after it is desired, 
my will is, that legacy of ,£100, shall Cease, and be, with y e £20 I lent 
to M r Stoddard for y e Towne house, be Repayed and Returne to my 
Executrixes Vse, forever. I giue to my much Honnoured and Respected 
M r Richard Bellingham, or to his wife, as a token of my respect and 
loue, two Jacobus peeces of Gold. I giue vnto Harvard Colledge, Imme- 
diately after my decease, my house And land which I lately purchased of 
Henry Phillips, and was y e late house of Samuell Oliuer, deceased, with 
such deed or deeds that Concerne the same, the yearely Rent whereof to 
be improued, after y e due and necessary Repayres thereof is provided 
for, to be foreuer, either for y e maintanace of some poore schollars, or oth- 

180 Abstracts of Early Wills. [April, 

crwise for y e best good of y e Colledge, to be Improued by tbe Care And 
discreiion of y e President and overseers of y e Colledge, and Approbation 
of y e overseers of this my will. I further giue vnto y e said Colledge, c£50 
more, to be payd in speciall good pay within 12 moneth after my decease, 
to be layd out by y e Approbation of my overseers, and y e overseers of y e 
Colledge, in some pasture ground, or small house, that may yeeld yearly 
Rent, to bee Improued, as aforesaid, and that both it, and y e house aboue 
mentioned, may Continue as A yearly Incombe, for y e ends aforesaid, for- 
euer. Vnto M r John Wilson, our Pastor, if then liueing, as A token of 
my Respects to him, <£5, to be payde in good pay, within 12 mqnethes 
after my decease ; to M r John Norton, our Teacher, if then liueing, as a 
token of my Respects, £5 ; vnto M r Thomas Thatcher, Pastor of y e 
Church of Christ in Weimouth, my Antient friend, as a token of my love, 
£4 ; [each] to be payd as before. I giue vnto M r Mayo and M r Powell, 
Elders of y e new Church, as a token of my Respects, £5, or 50s- apeece, 
if then liueing within 12 monethes after my decease. Vnto M r Miller, 
teacher at Barnstable, if then liueing, as a token of my love, £3, within 
12 monethes after my decease. My deare dau., Margarett Sheaffe, and 
my two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Mehittabell Shtaffe, Executrixes of 
this my last will, giueing equally vnto them, after y e paym 1 . [of debts, 
legacies, & funeral expenses] all my other estate, goods, debts, merchan- 
dises, Shipps, Chatties, not formerly given, to be devided Amongst them, 
part and part like. I giue vnto such servants as shall be with me at y e 
time of my decease, £5 apeece, to be payd within 12 moneth, in Good 
pay as before. I Appoynt my Friends, Edward Rawson, Elde r James 
Penn, M r Anthony Stoddard and Cap 1 Edward Hutchinson, to be over- 
seers of this my last will, and hereby giue vnto each of them, or as many 
as shall be then here liueing, in English Gold, £5. Tn Testimony that 
what is Contayned in y e flue sheets of paper, hereto Annexed, to y e end 
of each sheete haueing subscribed my name, is my last Will, I haue sett 
my hand and seale. 5 Aprill 1660. 

In p r sence of Thomas Buttolph, Henry Webb. 

Thomas Scolto, Samuell Robinson. 

Thomas Buttolph and Thomas Scottow deposed 13 th Sep 1 1660 ; p r sent, 
Hi. Bellingham, Dep* Gou r no r , Majo r Atherton, M T Russell, & Record 1 ". 
Entered and Recorded 2 Nov r 1661, Edw Rawson, Record". 

Inventory of the Estate taken 25 Sep 1 1660, by John Cullicke, Henry 
Shrimpton, W m Davis. Amt. <£7819. 05. 02. Mentions, "Garden by 
M r ' Richards, in y e Lane." 

Mrs Margarett Sheaffe deposed, 29 Oct 1 * 1662* tct this Inventory of y« 
Estate of y e late Henry Webb, her father. 

Thomas Pigge. — Administration to the estate of the late Thomas 
Pigge, of Dcdham, lately deceased, is Graunted to John Pigge, his 
Brother, in behalfe of himselfe & his sisters. An Inventory of the Goods 
was taken, 5: 7 mo : 1660. Am 1 , including debts, due £42. 3s. Sd. as 
witnessed by Nathan Atdis & Peter Woodard. 

John Pigg deposed, 30th Ocf 1660. 

[In the original, on file, the name is written Pigg', Pigge, and Pidge. 
See Will of Thomas Pig, the father, in the Register, Vol. iii., p. 78.] 

[To be Continued.'] 


Seekonk In scrip tio?is. 



Providence, Jan. 29th, 1856. 
Mr. S. G. Drake : 

Dear Sir, — Ten years ago I copied from the grave stones in an old burying ground 
situated at the head of Bullock's Cove, in the town of Seekonk — originally a part of 
Rehoboth — several inscriptions, some of which you may deem of interest enough to 
occupy a page of the Register. 

The first that I give will be those of Thomas Willett and his wife. The head stones 
of the Willetts are about six inches thick by fifteen inches wide, and are above the 
ground about twenty inches ; they are rough, without attempt at ornament, except the 
top being curved, the lettering being legible and tolerably well executed. I copied 
precisely as the lines, figures, and capital letters are on the stones. J. A. Howland. 

[Head Stone.] 


Here lye h y e body 

of y e Wor 1 Thomas 

Willet esq r who died 

Avgvst y e 4 th in y e 64 th 

year of his age anno. 

[Foot Stone.] 
Who was the 

first Mayor 
of New York 

& twice did 
sustaine y l place. 

In memory of 

Lieut James 

Brown who 

died April 15 th 

1718 in ye 60 th 

year of his 


In Memory of Mr 

Nathaniel Brown 

died Novem r y e 

13 th 1739 In ye 79 th 

year of his age. 

In memory of 

Samuel Brown 

Esq. Dec d June 

y e 2 d 1752 in y e 

76 year of 

his Age 

In Memory of Mr 

Daniel Brown 

Who Departed this Life 

December 25 1750 

[Head Stone.] 


Here lyeth y e body of 

the vertvovs Mrs Mary 

Willett wife to thomas 

Willett esq r . who died 

Janiary y e 8 th about y e 65 tl > 

year of her age anno. 

[Foot Stone.] 

Daughter to 

the Worn John 

Brown esq. 


In memory of 

Mrs Margaret 


Relict of Lieut James 

Brown, Who died on 

the 5 th Day of May 

1741 in ve 85 th 



of her age 

In memory of 

Hannah y e Wife 

of Nathanael 

Brown died 

Novemr 1736 

In y e 66 th year 

of her age. 

In memory of 

Mrs Sarah Brown y e 

Wife of Mr Samuel 

Brown Died y e 9 th Day 

of June 1740 in y e 

58 th year of 

her Age 


Seekonk Inscriptions. 


In Memory of 

Mrs Kezia 

Brown Wife 

of Capt. Benjamin 

Brown Dec d May 

17 lh 1755 in y e 52 d 

year of her age 

Here lies inter dd 
ye Body of Mi- 
Nathan Brown 
Dec d July y e 3^ 
1737 in y e 46 th year 
of his age 

Here lyeth 

the Body of 

Josiah Brown 

died April ye 14th 1724 

in y e 29 th year 

of his age 

In Memory of 

Mrs Anna Brown 

Relict of Samuel 

Brown Esq 1 " Deed 

January y e 2<* 

1753 in ye 63^ 

year of her Age 

In memory of 

Dorothy Brown 

Relect to Nathan 

Brown of Rehoboth 

She died Jancwary 

28 th 1786 in ye 

66 ,h year of 

her age 

Departed this life mid of your tears 
Here I shall lie till Christ Appears 

In Memory of Mr 

Benjamin . Brown 

Son of Capt Benjamin Brown 

& Mrs Kezia his wife 

Departed this Life on the 

29 lh Day of October 1754 

in y e 28 th year of his age. 

My Beauty great is all quite gone 

My flesh is wasted i o the Bone 

My house is narrow now and throng 

Nothing but truth comes from my tongue 

And if you should see me this Day 

I do not think but you would say 

That I had never been a Man, 

So much altered now I am. 

For Gods sake pray th' Heavenly King 

That he my Soul in Heaven would bring. 

All they that pray and make Accord 

For me unto my GOD and LORD 

GOD place them in his Paradice 

Wherein no wretched Caitiff Iks 


Bolton, November 28th, 1855. 
Mr. Editor, — Allow me through your valuable publication to suggest 
to antiquaries and genealogists the following method of abbreviation 
and nomenclature ; devised, some months since, for my own conve- 
nience ; to avoid, in cases requiring it, tedious and perplexing repetitions 
of the word great; and to obtain, as it seemed, greater clearness and 
precision of ideas. 

be styled father. 

" " grandfather. 

" " grandfather 1 . 

« " grandfather 2 . 

" " grandfather 3 ; &c. 

grandfather two, and so on, 

Let father 
" grandfather 

" great grandfather " 

" great great grandfather " 

u great great great grandfather " 

As father is removed one generation, 
it appears, accordingly, that to obtain the remove of any specified ances- 
tor, after father, from the generation on the stage of life, it will only be 
necessary to add 2 to the exponent of the word grandfather (0, or zero, 
being understood to be the exponent where none is expressed.) Thus, 
adding 2 to 0, grandfather is removed two generations ; grandfather 1 
(l-p2=3) is removed 3 generations, &c. The facility with which such 
a sys'em can be applied, and the increased clearness it will often give to 

1856.] Genealogical Suggestions. 183 

one's ideas, when looking up matters of general history, or particulars of 
family descent, will be apparent to your readers, at a glance. It is ap- 
plicable to ancestors of either sex, and, by a slight alteration, can be used 
by one going down the stream of time, as well as up it. Thus, taking 
any one person in the line of a family, we may reckon downward to his 
son, grandson, grandson 1 , grandson 2 , and so on. A slight use of this 
system will show any one how much trouble it saves. 

I avail of this opportunity to tell you something about the old Records 
of Marriages, Births, and Deaths, in this town, of which I was speaking 
to you some time since. Like all records of the kind, they are often 
consulted ; but the trouble of examining them, formerly, was great ; 
inasmuch as, no order of time or of the alphabet being observed, there 
was no system, or but the slightest, in the manner of entry. Marriages, 
births and deaths, were all mingled up together. Up to the introduction 
of the admirable new folio record-book, by authority of the State, in 
1844, there were three books containing these important writings ; but 
they were of different sizes and shapes, and two of them were old, much 
injured, dirtied, and torn from frequent handling and the effects of time ; 
and, moreover, the ink, in several places, was fast fading out. 

It was seen, that, unless something were speedily done, these records 
would become obliterated, or otherwise lost, and with them, perhaps, 
much knowledge of interest and importance, not to be recovered else- 
where. Accordingly, it was recommended to the town to have them 
copied, suitably distributed into different compartments, and alphabeti- 
cally arranged. The recommendation was heeded ; and the Town passed 
a vote, in the spring of '54, to have the work done, appropriating $100 
to the necessary expenses. The Committee intrusted with the matter 
proceeded at once to the performance of their duty, procuring for its 
execution the best record paper they could find in the market, bound in 
handsome folio volumes with Russia backs. 

The arranging, indexing, copying of our records of the kind indicated, 
from the foundation of the town in 1738 to the spring of 1844, when 
the State folio volume was introduced, is now nearly completed, — in a 
few weeks, if no accident occur, will be so entirely. In consequence of 
these measures, the gain in time and in saving of trouble, whenever it 
becomes necessary to consult our books for genealogical items, is very 
great. What formerly required hours of perplexing search can now be 
obtained with entire ease in a few minutes ; and the danger of the loss of 
important parts of our records is, so far as human precautions avail, in 
large measure obviated. I relate, Mr. Editor, what our town has done, 
in the hope that other towns may be induced, by the example, to go and 
do likewise. Respectfully, yours, 

R. S. Edes.* 

Bovvers, Benamuel, Cambridge, 1673, sentenced to imprison 1 & fined 
40s. for neglecting to at d . pub. worship & his family. — Orig. Paper. 

* The records of births, marriages and deaths in Concord were collected, arranged 
alphabetically, and copied, several years since, under the superintendence of Lemuel 
Shattuck. Those of Lancaster and several other towns have also been transcribed 
upon a similar plan. We commend the suggestions of Mr. Edes, in relation to public 
records, to the careful consideration of all concerned ; and we cannot too earnestly 
urge upon all towns to imitate the excellent example of Bolton. — Pub. Committee. 

184 The New England Primer, fyc. [April, 


Mr. Editor, — In a communication in the Hist, and Gen. Reg., vol. iii. 
p. 209, concerning the New England Primer, it is stated that somebody 
had been collecting copies of the various editions, and had not been able 
to find any of an earlier date than 1775. I have one, in a good slate of 
preservation, printed in 1761. It originally belonged to my grandfather, 
Ezekiel Sargent, and afterward to my father, Ezekiel Sargent, who was 
very careful to preserve it from injury. It contains the Assembly of 
Divines, and Mr. Cotton's Catechism, and a dialogue between Christ, 
Youth, and the Devil ; besides other matters usually contained in the 
New England Primer. It is a Boston edition, " Printed by D. and J. 
Kneeland, opposite to the Prison in Queen Street, for J. Winter, opposite 
the King's Arms in Union Street. 1761." 

Having been engaged for several years, when I had opportunity, in 
collecting materials for a history and genealogy of William Sargent (an 
early settler in Amesbury) and his descendants, I feel desirous of obtain- 
ing any information which may assist me in the attainment of that object. 

The following you are at liberty to use as you may think will best help 
promote the object which I desire; a full genealogy of the Sargent 

William Sargent was one of twelve men who commenced a settlement 
at Ipswich in 1633. He soon after went to Newbury, and in 1638 or 
'39, he, with several other residents of Newbury, with the Rev. Stephen 
Bachilor, commenced a settlement at Hampton. (Coffin's Hist. New- 
bury, p. 29.) He soon after removed to Amesbury, at that time a part 
of Salisbury, where he remained through life. He was one of the origi- 
nal townsmen or commoners of Amesbury, and had several lots of land 
assigned him at different times. He was one of the selectmen in 1667. 
The name of his wife was Elizabeth. [Was she a daughter of John 
Perkins? — Hist, and Gen. Reg., vol. 7, p. 357.] They had two sons 
and several daughters. He died about 1675, aged 73. — Hist. Newbury, 
p. 317. 

Thomas 2 son of William 1 and Elisabeth, b. 11th 4 m. 1643, m. Rachel 
Barnes 2nd, 1 m. 1667-8. They had several children. He died 27 Feb. 

William 2 son of William 1 and Elisabeth, b. 2d 11 tin. 1645, m. Mary 
Colby 23 Sept. 1668. Had several children. Their descendants are 
numerous in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. 

Thomas 3 son of Thomas 2 and Rachel, b. 15 Nov. 1676, m. Mary 
Stevens 17 Dec. 1702. Had six children, three sons and three daughters. 
The daughters died in infancy. He died 1 May, 1719, and his widow 
m. Nathan Webster, of Chester, N. H. 

Christopher 4 son of Thomas 3 and Mary, b. 4 Aug. 1704, graduated at 
Harvard University, 1725. Settled in the ministry at Methuen, Mass., 5 
Nov. 1759, m. Susanna Peaslee of Haverhill, 22 Jan. 1729-30. She 
was of the same family from whom the Hon. Charles H. Peaslee, Col- 
lector of Customs in Boston, is a descendant. Rev. Christopher Sargent 
died 20 March, 1790. They had twelve children. One son, Nathaniel 
Peaslee Sargent, b. 2 Nov. 1731, graduated at Harvard University, 17f>0. 
Commenced the practice of law in Haverhill, Mass., and rose to be Chief 

1856.] The New England Primer, fyc. 185 

Justice of the Supreme Court of Massachusetts. He m. Rhoda Barnard, 
of Amesbury, 3 Feb. 1759. He died Oct. 1791. 

Moses 4 son of Thomas 3 and Mary, b. 21 Aug. 1707, m. Sarah Bayley, 
14 Aug. 1727. His descendants are numerous and very respectable. 
Many of them reside at West Amesbury. 

Stephen, 4 son of Thomas 3 and Mary, b. 14 Sept. 1710, m. Judith 
Ordway, of West Newbury, 26 Sept. 1730. Chosen Deacon of the Second 
Congregational Church in Amesbury, 10 May, 1757 ; died 2 Oct. 1773. 
His widow died 4 June, 1790. They had fourteen children, six of whom 
settled in Hopkinton, Warner, and New London, N. H.; one in Methuen, 
Mass.; six in Amesbury (West) ; and one died young. 

Ezekiel, 5 son of Stephen 4 and Judith, b. 12 March, 1748, m. Betsy 
Kelly of Amesbury, 29 Sept. 1784. She was a sister of the late Rev. 
John Kelly of Hampstead, N. H. Had eleven children, two of whom died 
in infancy. He died 15 Sept. 1821. She died 26 July, 1846. 

Ezekiel, 6 son of Ezekiel 5 and Betsy, b. 31 Aug. 1785, m. Susanna 
Dow of Plaistow, N. H., 7 Nov. 1816. They had five children, two of 
whom died in infancy. He died 10 June, 1845. His widow is living. 

Darius, 7 son of Ezekiel 6 and Susanna, b. 25. March, 1820 ; m. Hannah 
H. Gould, 31 Oct. 1849 ; one child, Hannah Elvira, b. 15 Oct. 1850. 

Erastus, 7 son of Ezekiel 6 and Susanna, b. 10 April, 1823, m. Dorothy 
Ann Goodwin ; three children. 

Calvin, 7 son of Ezekiel 6 and Susanna, b. 9 Dec. 1828, m. Love Elvira 
Gould ; one child. 

I will now conclude by inquiring whether any of the following persons 
were related to William Sargent, the early settler of Amesbury. 

1st. Capt. Edward Sargent, who had children born in Saco in 1684 
and '87, and in Portsmouth in 1689, and was living in Newbury in 1705. 
— Coffin's Hist. Newbury, pp. 171 and 317. 

2nd. William Sargent, who came from England in 1638, and settled 
in Maiden. — Gen. Andrew's Chart of the Sargent Family. 

3rd. William Sargent [Seargeant], an early settler in Gloucester, 
(Hist, and Gen. Reg., vol. 4, p. 365), from whom several distinguished 
families of the name of Sargent in Boston and vicinity are descendants. 

4th. Jonathan Sargent, who was living and had children in Branford. 
Ct., in 1651.— Hist, and Gen. Reg., vol. 9, p. 363. 

5th. Rev. John Sargeant, who was born in Newark. N.J. , in 1710, 
graduated at Yale College in 1729, and commenced a mission among the 
Stockbridge Indians in 1734. (Was he a descendant of Jonathan Sargent 
above mentioned?) The first settlers of Newark, N. J., were from Bran- 
ford, Ct. — Hist, and Gen. Reg., vol. 8, p. 186. 

Yours Respectfully, Darius Sargent. 

H --»-•->- 

Knox. — Boston, July 26. Last Saturday, Mr. Henry Knox of this 
town, stationer, being a Fowling on Noddles Island, in discharging his 
Piece at some game, it burst near the breech, whereby his left hand was 
shattered in a very dangerous manner ; his little finger entirely tore 
away, and the two adjoining ones were obliged to be cut off at the middle 
joints ; his thumb and forefinger only remaining, and his hand being 
otherwise so much hurt that it is feared whether these will be saved." — 
New Hampshire Gazette, July 30, 1773. 

186 Materials for the History of Grolon, Mass. [April, 


[Communicated by Samuel A. Green, M. D.] 

To his Excellency Joseph Dudley, Esq r . Cap 1 . General and Governor 
in Chief in & over her Maj tics Provinces of the Massachusetts Bay & in 
New England, To the Hon ble her Maj ties Council in s' 1 Province and to the 
Hon ble the House of Representatives now convened in General Assembly 
within & for said Province, Octob r 25 th , 1704. 

The Humble Petition of John Shepley of Groton Sheweth 

That when Major Taylor was at Groton, having drawn off most of his 
men from the place and marched to Col. Tyng's — yo r Petitioner and 
Thirteen men more being reaping & y e rest Warding in a ffield at Groton 
afor ,d the Indians to the number of about twenty came upon them when 
yor Petitioner and the restbestook themselves to their arms and three others 
being along with yo r Petitioner, the Indians ran round the ffield & met 
them & the s d Indians made severall shott att the English, but amongst 
the rest one lusty stout Indian with a holland shirt on ran about 8 or 10 
Rodd side by side with yo r Petitioner & the other 3 men in his Compa- 
ny about 10 Rodd to the right hand of them when he fired upon us, and 
as soon as he had fired yo r Petitioner fired being loaded with a slugg & 
another of the company at the same time fired a bullet at him whereupon 
the s d Indian fell down & cryed out. These now 3 of our first company 
killed or carried away, Afterwards ye s'd Indian was found dead & a 
slugg & bullet in his Body, his scalp being sent up to his Excellency by 
Major Taylor. 

Yor Petitioner therefore humbly prays yo r Excellency & Hon ble to take 
the Premises in yo v Consideration and he may be allowed such Encourage- 
ment for his service herein as the Laws allow, or as your Excellency & 
Hon ble in yo r Wisdom shall seem meet. 

And yo r Petitioner shall pray &c John Shepley. 

Octob r 26 1704 

In Council Read & sent down. 

In the House of Representatives, Octob r 27, 1704 
Read & Resolved that the sum of four pounds be allowed and paid out 
of the Public Treasury to the Petitioner, and the like sum of four pounds 
to Samuel Butterfield, who this House is informed did also assist in the 
killing of the Indian, mentioned in the Petition, and that no other of further 
sum be allowed for the killing of said Indian. 

Jam* Converse Speaker 
Sent up for Concurrence 

in Council Read & Concurred. Is a Addington, Sec'y. 

From Boston News Letter, Oct. 30th, 1704. No. 28. 
On Wednesday night [Oct. 25 th ] an Englishman was kill'd in the 
Woods at Groton by the Indians which were afterwards descryed in the 
night by the Light of their Fires, by a Person Travailing from Groton to 
Lancaster, and judged they might be about Thirty in number ; pursuit 
was made after them, but none could be found. 

Josiah Parker of Groton testifyes that he is very well acquainted w th y e 
Indian now in prison named Jacob Nonantinooah & that he can say of his 
certain knowledge y t he hath seen him every month since y e last Indian 
warr begun, except it was when y° said Jacob was in y e Countrey service 

1856.] Materials for the History of Groton, Mass. 187 

under y e Comand of Cap 1 Noah Wiswall in y e years eighty nine & ninety ; 
also if he be required he can produce severall y t can testify y e same. 
Hee further saith that as far as it is possible to know an Indian he is a friend 
to the English & hath manifested the same both in word an Action & 
whereas severall of y e Inhabitants of Groton have been out in y e woods on 
hunting they have taken this said Jacob w th them who in y e night hath 
shown his care more than any of them in his watchfullness, expressing 
himselfe to them that it did concern him so to do, for if they were surprised 
by y e enemy Indians he should be worse dealt w th then the English ; also 
many other Instances might be mentioned. Josiah Parker. 

Groton, Decembr 8th 1691. 
The testomoneys of Josiah Parker aged 36 : years : and of Joseph Parker 
aged 40 years Thomas Tarball aged 25 : years or thereabouts ; testify con- 
earning Jacob Indean now in prison ; that the two winters last past y e sd 
Jacob has bin ginerally in our towne with his famely except when he was 
out a hunting and then the s d Joseph Parker or s d Tarball were out with him 
or some other Inglish men who have geeven s d Jacob a good coment as to 
his care and wachfulnes as to y e enemy boath by night and day and by the 
best inquiery that we can make s d Jacob has never bin out a hunting above 
once without some English Companey with him & then he was not gon 
above a fortnight and that was about two years sence : the which if caled 
too am redy too testify upon oath pr me. Josiah Parker. 

Groton, Decembr. 8^ 1691. 
Concarning the man that has accused the Indeins in prison he is a man 
litell to be credeted for on the 2 th day of this Instent at evening : Lef t Bow- 
ers and I at Mr. Sumers'is at Charlestowne discoursing him namly Abraham 
Miller about y e s d Indeans and teling him that he was mistaken for thes In- 
deans ware not at Canedy at that time when he charged them ; s d Miller sd 
louudes [aloud ?] that if ever he saw them Indeans again out of prison he 
would kill them ; and being a litell cautioned to be sober-minded be broke 
out with an oath that if he were but out of ye countrey himselfe : he wished 
the Indeans would knock out the braines of every person in Newe England. 
This was spoke before Mr. Sumers and his wife and severall others : y e s d 
person being asked whether he was not in a passion some time after he Re- 
plyed no he was of y e same mind still that if he was out of y e country he did 
not care if all the Rest ware knocked their braines out. — to which if caled 
to am redy too testify upon oath pr me Josiah Parker. 

To the Constable of Groaten. 

These require you in his Maj tie8 name to sumone & require John Page & 
such other of y e towne, y l went up to inquire for y e catle at Pennicook pres- 
ently on the death of the Englishman murthured by y c Indians there late- 
ly in a drunken fitt, as is sayd & others y l you know to make their appear- 
ances before the Generall [Court] now sitting in Boston on 27 th instant at 
eight of y e clock in the rnorning to give in their evidences iny e case relating 
to y e s d murther & y e occasion thereof by selling strong liquors & by whom 
as they know or have heard making y e return of this warrant to the Secretary 
at or before y l time hereof you are not to faile dated in Boston the 15 of 
October 1668 — By the Court Edw Rawson, Secretary. 

Thes thre men namely John Page [illegible] Thomas Tarball, Jun & 
Joseph Blood [illegible] are commanded to apeare at the Generall Court 
according to the premises by mee 

Matthias Farnsworth Constable of Grawton. 

1S8 Notices of Publications, [April, 


[The Editor is responsible, unless otherwise designated, for these and other Notices.] 

Family Memorials — Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the 
early settlers of Watertoum, Massachusetts, including WaVham and 
Weston ; to which is appended the early history of the toicn. With 
Illustrations, Maps and Notes. Bv Henry Bond, M. D. Boston : 
1855. 2 vols, in 1, 8vo. pp. 1094. 

The readers of the Register are aware that Dr. Bond of Philadelphia has, for several 
years past, been engaged in preparing a history of his native town ; and that he has 
given special attention to the genealogy thereof. It was expected, from the thorough 
manner in which he was conducting his researches, that his work would be a model in 
its department ; and that all the accessible sources of historical and genealogical infor- 
mation in relation to his subject would be exhausted. The work has now appeared, 
and fully justifies these expectations. No work of the kind yet published is so full and 
complete as this ; and it would be safe, we think, to predict that many years will elapse 
before it will be surpassed or even equalled. Nearly one thousand octavo pages are 
devoted to genealogy, and so compactly arranged is the matter on these pages that at 
least twice the quantity ordinarily given on a page is contained on each of these. Sev- 
eral of the genealogies are quite full. We notice especially those of the Bigelow, 
Bright, Bond, Brown, Cooledge, Lawrence, Phillips, Saltonstall, Stearns, Warren, and 
Whitney. The Avork is illustrated by several well executed engraved portraits of per- 
sons connected with the history or genealogy of Watertown, viz. : Sir Richard Salton- 
stall, the founder of Watertown, from a painting by Rembrandt; Thomas Bright, 
alderman of Bury St. Edmund's, England, who died in 1587, and who is the ancestor 
of the Bright family in New England; Rev. Samuel Phillips of Andover ; Hon. John 
Phillips, first Mayor of Boston ; Thomas Bond ; Moses Brown ; William C. Richards, 
and Benjamin Goddard. 

Prom an excellent notice of this work in the New York Christian Inquirer, we quote 
the following just remarks : — 

" The development and progress of the people of such a town, for more than two 
centuries, is a matter for philosophical contemplation. - It is an epitome of the growth 
of the State, exhibited in minute particulars. First, a feeble band, soon sending out a 
large emigration to settle the valley of the Connecticut; then gradually sending offsets 
to help fill up the middle and western counties of their own province ; next furnishing 
emigrants to New Hampshire and Vermont, and gradually progressing into western 
New York and Ohio, till they cross the Mississippi. And we believe that thousands of 
their children, in almost every State, may here find some record of their descent, and 
many yet unborn will have cause to bless the memory of Dr. Bond for preserving the 
record of the early settlers of Watertown ; while the time is not far distant when it will 
be esteemed a greater honor to be a descendant of these men, than it ever was to be en- 
rolled among the posterity of those Norman fillibusters who followed William the 
Conqueror into England." 

About one hundred pages are devoted to the early history and topography of Water- 
town. The same thorough research and industry which the author has bestowed upon 
the genealogical portion of his work are visible in this. 

We hope that others will be stimulated by the example of Dr. Bond to preserve, be- 
fore it is too late, the genealogy and history of other ancient New England towns ; for, 
every year that such undertakings are delayed, the task becomes more difficult, and the 
rcsuit less satisfactory. t 

Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck, the Progenitor of the 
Families in America that hare home his Name ; including an Introduc- 
lion, and an Appendix containing Collateral Information. By Lemuel 
Shattuck, Member of the Massachu. Hist. Society, and of the American 
Antiquarian Society ; and one of the original Founders of the American 
Statistical Association, and of the N. Eng. Hist.-Gen. Society, &c. &c. 
Boston : Printed for the Family. 1855. 8vo. pp. 414. 

Lemuel Shattuck, Esq., is too well known in the literary world to require from us 
any notice of him, personally. His historical labors have been before the public above 

1856.] Notices of Publications. 189 

a quarter of a century, and as a statistician, his authority is of the highest character. 
There is much of originality in whatever is undertaken by Mr. Shattuck, and he de- 
serves more credit than he has received for the plans of registration adopted in this City 
and Commonwealth. We state this, because we have seen a disposition in some quar- 
ters to give the credit due to him to another. 

Mr. Shattuck has cultivated a genealogical taste for many years ; not on account of 
a family pride, but with the high purpose of turning it to the benefit of the human race 
in general. This is ably shown in his Introductory Remarks, in which he takes a phil- 
osophical and physiological view of the great aggregate of the knowledge to be«gained 
from genealogical inquiries ; that thereby future generations may be able to deduce 
results which may tend vastly to better their condition. Hence the work of Mr. Shat- 
tuck will be to genealogists (of every name) what Sir Richard Hawkins's Voyage to 
the South Sea is to every seaman, from highest to lowest, "a book of good counsel." 

Of the plan adopted by the author in making up his work, (we mean the genealogical 
part,) but few words only need be said. When one sets out in a new field of labor, the 
nature of his undertaking often requires machinery hitherto unknown to enable him to 
prosecute his work successfully. Hence the inventive powers arc called into exercise. 
It would be remarkable indeed if a first attempt should prove to be perfect, in laying 
down plans and rules where much complication is liable to arise. Mr. Shattuck early 
invented a system for displaying extensive genealogies, which is quite simple, and has 
been adopted by many. And while we believe it to be far better than most others, our 
preference is decidedly in favor of that system generally adopted in the Register, and 
perfectly carried out in the " Cushman Genealogy," published last year, and noticed in 
the Register, Vol. IX. 369. It avoids the greatest amount of repetition ; its references 
are more full and complete than any other, and every individual named in it is at once 
an ocular key to all the rest. 

There has been no genealogical work published, to our knowledge, in a more finished 
and beautiful style than this before us. The " Shattuck Memorials" is indeed a finished 
and elegant production, both intellectually and mechanically. It reflects credit alike 
on the printers and the author. As a frontispiece to the work there is a finely engraved 
portrait of the author, which we are happy to see, especially as it is an admirable like- 
ness ; and we need not add that the work is indexed in a thorough manner. 

It is desirable, if possible, to ascertain the origin of surnames, and we believe it can 
be done in most cases. In the present case we do not find that the author has been able 
to decide from what that of Shattuck is derived, and we take the liberty to suggest, that 
it may be derived from a well known weapon of defence, many ages since. There was 
a long sword or rapier called a tuck or tucke, so called as late as the " civil Avars" in 
England, time of Charles I., as appears from Butler : 

" The^e b»-ing primed, with force he labor'd 
To free's sword from retentive scabbard: 
And after many a painful pluck, 
From rusty durance he bait'U tuck." 

That this word tuck is not an invention of that wonderfully inventive genius Butler, 
may be seen on a reference to Shakspeare's Twelfth Night, and to Milton's History of 
England. Hence it is inferred, that the inventor or bearer of that weapon took its name; 
and thus came the surname of Tucke. In process of time, the tuck w r as improved by 
teeth being cut in one edge, in the manner of a saw; hence the saw-tuck; and, by an 
easy transition, Shattuck. 

A History of Natick, from its First Settlement in 1651 to the present 
time ; with Notices of some of the first White Families, and also an 
Account of the Centennial Celebration, Oct. 16, 1851, Rev. Mr. Hunfs 
Address at the Consecration of Dell Park Cemetery, 8fc. SfC. Sfc. By 
Oliver N. Bacon, Attorney at Law. Boston: 1856. 8vo. pp. 261. 

On glancing at the title-page of this work, a New Englander would readily enough 
understand that Natick is in Massachusetts ; but persons bora out of New England, 
and know it only from their geographies or maps, might be at a loss as to what State 
it is in. This is a common defect of the title-pages of our Local Histories. 

The name of Old Natick will always call up associations of an interesting nature, and 
we hail every new accession to its history with pleasure. We have had a small work 
by Mr. William Biglow, entitled a History of Natick, and the Rev. Martin Moore de- 
livered a Discourse, many years ago, upon the history of the town ; but this work by 
Mr. Bacon is far more extensive than either or both the others. There is also much 
relating to the history of Natick in Mr. Moore's other work, — the Life of John Eliot, 
the Indian Apostle, and also in a life of that good man by Dr. Convers Francis. 

190 Notices of Publications. [April, 

Mr. Bacon has interspersed his work with several engravings, among which are por- 
traits of the Rev. Martin Moore, the Rev. Samuel Hunt, the Rev. Elias Nason, the 
Rev. Dr. Stowe, Chester Adams, Esq., Edward Walcott, Esq., and William Biglow, 
Esq., with lively and interesting sketches of each of them. 

A Pictorial History of the United States, for Schools and Families. By 
Benson J. Lossing, Author of the Pictorial Field Book of the Revolu- 
tion, &c. Illustrated by over 200 Engravings. New York. [No date.] 
12mo. pp. 343. 

We should he glad to see this little unpretending work introduced into every school 
in the United States. Mr. Lossing is a good writer, and, as a dealer in facts, his works 
already hefore the public prove his great care and fidelity in that branch of history. 
The numerous little engravings on almost every page, being so beautifully executed, 
that they are a great ornament to the work, as well as attractive to the student from 
their prominence in the history. Although Mr. Lossing has comprised the history of 
the United States, from the earliest to the present time, in a small duodecimo volume, 
it comprises more matter, we believe, than is contained in two volumes of Mr. Ban- 
croft's work on the same subject. 

The Shelden Magazine : or, a Genealogical List of the Sheldens in Amer- 
ica, with Biographical and Historical Notes, and Notices of other 
Families with ivhich this intermarried. Embellished with Portraits 
and Fac-Similes. By Rev. Henry Olcott Shelden, Cor. Mem. of N. 
E. Hist. Genealogical Society. Londonville, Ashland Co., O. 1855. 
8vo. pp. 41. 

The author of the Shelden Magazine has been many years, certainly more than ten , 
collecting materials for a full history of his family in this country, as is set forth, in 
part, in the title above transcribed. The short preface accompanying this number of 
the " Magazine" explains the author's present position respecting his work. " After 
the MS. has been in the hands of the printers more than three years, we commence the 
publication of that part of the Shelden Magazine which comprises the list [of names.] 
This is not the promised work, but a cheap proof edition of the list, which is sent to 
the subscribers and others for corrections or additions. We rely upon their kindness to 
examine those parts within their acquaintance, and to furnish those corrections and ad- 
ditions in their power." 

Mr. Shelden's address is " The Shelden Magazine, Sidney, O." 

Letters and Papers relating chiefly to the Provincial History of Pennsyl- 
vania, with some Notices of the Writers. Privately printed. Philadel- 
phia : 1855. 12mo. pp. cxxxviii. 1st part, 312 in 2d part. 

We are sorry that this work was privately printed, (which means that it was not 
printed for sale), because it appears to be of sufficient interest to warrant an edition for 
the public in general. It is composed of copies of original letters and papers, chiefly of . 
the period preceding the American Revolution. Among the correspondence are letters f I 
from Judge Shippen, Charles Thompson, Geo. Croghan, Robert H. Morris, Sir John 
St. Clair, Col. Hugh Mercer, Gov. James Hamilton, Thomas Ponn, Judge Yeates, 
Col. Laurens, &c. &c. 

What renders these volumes peculiarly interesting is the " Genealogical Notices of 
those Families whose members have, more or less, contributed to the Correspondence" 
contained in the work. That of the Shippen Family is of much interest to New Eng- 
land people, as Boston was the first place of residence, in this country, of the ancestor of 
the family. Edward Shippen, born 1639, was at Boston, and a member of the Ancient 
and Honorable Artillery Company in 1669. Taking the part of the Quakers, he was 
banished and went to Philadelphia. He owned considerable property in Boston, among 
which was a wharf (1679) between Eliakim Hutchinson's and Mr. John Woodmansey's. 
See Hist, and Antiquities of Boston, p. 435. 

The accompanying autograph of Edward ~/%^ <2 —P*/^ 
Shippen is from an original paper in the C (/WC/S J fj I IflW/fi tJ 
possession of the writer of this notice. 1/ (/ 

1856.] Notices of Publications. 191 

Ministry at Large. Fourteenth Annual Report of the Ministry at Large 
in the City of Providence, presented and read, at a Public Meeting 
held in Westminster Church, Sunday Evening, Jan. 27th, 1856. By 
Edwin M. Stone. Providence : 1856. 8vo. pp. 20. 

This, though but a tract, a " report," ought to be read by every one of the Providence 
community. It would show them not only what is done, but what there is to do, or 
what ought to be done, to better the condition of a very large class of people. It shows 
too the great labors which devolve upon a Minister at Large, and his greater responsi- 
bilities. A single extract will give some idea of the immense labor which Mr. Stone has 
performed during the past year. He says, " I have received and decided upon 2500 
applications for assistance. These were made at my office, and are exclusive of the 
cases of want brought to light in my daily explorations. They show an increase of 800 
over last year, and 1800 more than were registered in 1849. These applicants repre- 
sented every conceivable phase of human life, from the modest, worthy destitute, to the 
bold, impudent and abusive mendicant." 

When a gentleman undertakes in such an unenviable service, it must be at a great 
sacrifice, and the community should do everything in its power to sustain him, and en- 
able him to ojXTatc to the best advantage. 

An Address delivered at Camden, Maine, Sept. 11th, 1855, at the expi- 
ration of Half a Century from the Organization of the First Congre- 
gational Church in that Town. By Rev. B. C. Chase. Also, a Brief 
Sketch of the Revival there in the year 1836 ; Names of Church Mem- 
bers, Sfc. Boston : 1855. 8vo. pp. 28. 

Camden is a modern town, having been settled in 1769, but not incorporated till 1791. 
According to Williamson, it took its name from Lord Camden, " a parliamentary friend 
of the Colonies." We had supposed, however, that it was named by a proprietor, who 
had, in the revolutionary struggle, fought in the battle of Camden, in South Carolina, 
under Gen. Gates ; but Mr. Williamson is probably right, although Lord Camden's 
parliamentary friendship did not amount to much. 

Mr. Chase's Address is quite a valuable beginning in the history of Camden. The 
Sketch of the "Revival of 1836," is by the Rev. E. R. Hodgman, a gentleman who 
possesses much antiquarian taste, and he has performed his work with judgment and 

The Christian Mother. An Address, delivered in the First Church, 
Brighton, Feb. 14, 1855, at the Funeral of Mrs. Susanna (Park) 
Champney, icho died Feb. 10, in her 95th year. With an Appendix, 
containing a Genealogical Notice of the Champney and Park Families. 
By Frederic Augustus Whitney, Pastor of the Church. Boston : 
1855. 8vo. pp. 36. 

We have here an excellent Sermon, or rather Address, the first paragraph of which 
cannot fail to bespeak for the work a careful perusal. As about 24 pages of the Address 
are devoted to the genealogies mentioned in its title-page, we can give no synopsis of 
that part of it ; but we must do the author the justice to say, we were not prepared to 
see so large an amount of valuable matter in so few pages ; done in good taste, and, so 
far as we can judge, with accuracy. Mr. Whitney is a Member of the New England 
Hist. Gen. Society. 

Mrs. Champney was a native of Brighton, was born Oct. 10th, 1760, was the dau. of 
Thomas and Elizabeth (Harrington) Park, mar. Nathaniel, son of Solomon Champney, 
2 Feb. 1792. For other facts we must refer our readers to Mr. Whitnev's work. 


Marriages and Deaths. 




Edgerly, Mr. Josiah D., of Strafford, 

N. H., to Susan M. Hill, of Nottingham, 

N. H., at Neponset, 24 Jan. 
Wilson, Mr. Simon S., to Mary Adelaide, 

dau. of David Edgerly of Newburvport, 

atN., 2 Oct. 1855. 
Worthylake, Mr. Ephraim, to Rebecca, 

eldest dau. of David Edgerly of New- 

buryport, at N., 16 Oct, 1854. 


Alger, Cyrus, Esq., S. Boston, 4 Feb., 
ae. 74 ; a well known and enterprising 
citizen ; was a memb. of the 1st Com- 
mon Council of Boston, &c 

Andrews, Asa, Esq. We have to chron- 
icle this morning the death of another 
aged man. The venerable Asa Andrews 
died at his residence in Ipswich, Mass., 
on Sunday, the 13th inst., in the 94th 
year of his age. He was the son of 
Robert Andrews, and was born in that 
part of Shrewsbury which is now within 
the limits of Boylston, on the 11th of 
May, 1762. His father was a native of 
Boxford. His mother — who was a Brad- 
street, a native of Topsfield — was a de- 
scendant of Governor Bradstreet. Mr. 
Andrews graduated at Harvard College 
in 1783, and at the time of his death he 
was the oldest surviving graduate of 
Harvard, and the oldest man in Ipswich. 
Among his classmates were the Hon. 
Harrison Gray Otis and the Hon. Wil- 
liam Prescott, of this city, and the Hon. 
Ambrose Spencer, of Albany. He stud- 
ied law with Gov. Strong, of Northamp- 
ton. After completing his legal studies, 
he opened an office in Ipswich, where he 
resided during the remainder of his long 
life. In 1796, he was appointed by 
Washington Collector of the Port and 
District of Ipswich, which office he held 
until 1829, when he was removed by 
Jackson. — Daily Advertiser, 15 Jan. 

Angell, Mr. Randall, Burrillville, R. I., 
5 Sept., x. 87. 

Balcii, Mr. Joseph, Johnston, N. Y., 5 
Dec, 8b. 96, nearly; a soldier of the 

Baldwin, Dr. Cyrus, Goodrich, Mich., 
29 Aug., vc. 81 ; a native of Worcester 
county, Mass. 

Baruer, Mr. Ebenezev, Palmer, 28 Nov., 
a). 92 ; a soldier of the Revolution. 

Barker, Mrs. Ruth, Cornwall, Vt., 16 
Dec, te. 88. 

BEECHES, Mrs. Esther M., Hartford, Ct., 
15 Dec, 3d. 75; sister of Dr. Lyman 

Belknap, John, Esq., at his residence, 
Mount Vernon street, Boston, 8 Feb., in 
his 80th year ; son of the eminent His- 
torian, the Rev: Jeremy Belknap, D. D. 

Bennett, Mrs. Catherine, New Glouces- 
ter, Me., 2 Eeb., a3. 101 years, 2 months, 
20 days ; widow of Mr. Francis Bennett. 

Bissell, Mr. Thomas, S. Windsor, Ct., 
31 Dec, £e. 98 years, 29 days ; a pen- 
sioner of the Revolution. 

Blake, Mrs. Elizabeth, Boston, 16 Dec, 
3d. 78 ; widow of Mr. James Blake. 

Boutelle, Hon. Timothy, Waterville, 
Me., 12 Nov., ae. 77. 

Bowen, Daniel. The Philadelphia papers 
announce the death of Daniel Bowen, 
Esq., who was for a long series of years 
a resident of Boston. He died in Phil- 
adelphia on Friday last, the 29th of Feb- 
ruary, at the advanced age of 96 years. 
He was well known as the proprietor 
of the Columbian Museum, a place 
of amusement remembered by many 
of our oldest citizens. S. G. Drake, 
Esq., author of a history of Boston, a 
valuable work now in press, has fur- 
nished us in advance of publication, the 
following account of the Museum, and 
Mr. Bowen's connection with it : — In 
1791, Mr. Bowen commenced an exhibi- 
tion of wax figures opposite the Bunch 
of Grapes in Ann street. In 1796 he 
established the " Columbian Museum," 
at the corner of Bromfield and Tremont 
streets. This was destroyed by fire on 
the 15th of January, 1803, and in the 
month of May of the same year, he 
opened another at the corner of Milk 
and Oliver streets. In 1806, Mr. Bowen 
in connection with Mr. William M. S. 
Doyle, erected an extensive building, 
five stories in height, in Tremont street, 
between the Chapel Burying-ground and 
Court street. This was burnt on the 
16th of January, 1807. Another small 
edifice was soon erected on the same 
spot, and this was kept up until the 1st 
of January, 1825, when it was sold to 
the proprietor of the New England Mu- 
seum. — [Boston Daily Advertiser, 4 
March, 1856. 
Blanding, Mrs. Martha, Rehoboth, 28 
Jan., a3. 95 ; widow of Col. Christopher 
Bunker, Capt. Reuben R., Nantucket, 26 

Nov., ae. 81. 
Burrill, Mr. William, West Newbury, 

2 Dec, ae, 93. 

Butler, Mr. Jona., West Hartford, Ct., 

3 Dec, re. 86. 

Butler, Mrs. Mary, Gardiner, Me., 10 

Jan., 8B. 100 yrs. 6 mos. 17 days. 
Carpenter, Dr. Elijah Woodward, Ber- 


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nardston, 28 Nov., 83. 67 ; son of a 
revolutionary patriot, born in Brattle- 
boro', Vt., 7 Sept. 1788, settled in Bcr- 
nardston 1814, m. Vallona Slate, 1822, 
who survives him. Being attentive to 
his duties as a physieian, and at the 
same time a close observer of nature, 
his success was great, and his practice 
of forty years gained him numerous 
friends, and gave him a reputation to 
which few attain. 

Chadbourne, Iehabod R., of Eastport, 
Me., 8 Dec, 83. 68. 

Chamberlain, Mr. Calvin, Dudley, 26 
Dec, as. 87. 

Chaining, Edward Tyrrell, LL.D., Cam- 
bridge, 8 Feb. 83. 65'; was Professor of 
Rhetoric and Oratory in H. C. for 32 
years. He was brother to the late Rev. 
Win. E. Channing, D. D. 

Ckoules, John Overton, D. D., N. York, 
5 Jan., at the residence of Nelson Rob- 
inson, Esq., 83. 55. He was a native of 
Bristol, England ; came to the United 
States in 1824; preached at New Bed- 
ford, Mass., and at Buffalo, N. Y., but 
had been for some time a resident of 
Newport, R. L, where he first preached 
after his arrival in this country. He 
was also a teacher, an author, and edi- 
tor of several historical works. His 
remains were taken to Newport for in- 

Clap, Miss Rebecca, Dorchester, 1 1 Dec, 
3d. 71 1 years. 

Clap.k, Mrs. Eunice, Plymouth, 22 Feb., 
83. 89. 

Coffin, Mrs. Mary, Nantucket, 10 Dec, 
a3. 86; widow of Mr. Obadiah Coffin. 

Coit, Mr. Jonathan, N. London, 12 Dec, 
33. 85. 

Crane, Elijah, Esq., at Savannah, Ga., 
Jan., at an advanced age; an eminent 
cotton merchant of that city. He was 
of Canton, Mass. 

Crawford, Hon. Theophilus, Putney, Vt. 
10 Jan. 83. 91}. 

Crocker, Mrs. Sarah K., Boston, 16 Jan., 
a3. 50 ; wife of Uriel Crocker, Esq., and 
dan. of Deacon Elias Haskell. 

Curtis, Mr. Charles, Swanville, Me., 14 
Jan., a3. 95. 

Cushing, Mr. Joseph, Marblehcad, 1 Jan., 
as. 99J years. 

Dean, Nicholas, Esq., New York, 23 Dec, 
83. 65 ; one of the most estimable citi- 
zens of that city. He had held many 
highly important offices, all of which he 
discharged with a fidelity never sur- 
passed. He was a corresponding mem- 
ber of our N. E. Hist, and Gen. Soc, in 
which he took a deep interest. 

De Forest, Capt. Abel, Binghampton, 
24 Dec. 1855, a3. 94 years and 8 months, 
a soldier of the Revolution. Commo- 
dore Isaac Hull served under him as a 
common hand, when Capt. De Forest 

was master of a vessel trading to the 
West Indies. 

Degrand, Peter Paul Francis, Boston, 23 
Dec, 83. 68. He was born in Marseilles, 
France, 7 March, 1787, but had resided in 
Boston since the year 1804. Probably 
no citizen was known to more people 
than Mr. Degrand. Boston will long 
feel the efficiency of his far-seeing pro- 
jects and energetic actions. To him, 
perhaps, more than to any other, is the 
City indebted for the Western Railroad. 
He left a large estate, much of which he 
willed to public uses. He was interred 
at Forest Hills. On the third of March, 
his mansion house in Pinckney street 
was sold for $15,000. 

Dodd, Rev. Stephen, E. Haven, Ct., 5 Feb., 
83. 79, nearly ; a worthy and respectable 
descendant of Daniel Dod, who settled 
at Branford, Ct., 1644. Mr. Dodd was 
born in Bloomfield, N. J., 8 March, 
1777, son of Moses Dodd by Lois Crane. 
He in. 1st, Phebe Peirson, 1799; 2d, 
Abigail Ann Law, 1816; ordained 1803, 
supplied two congregations in Carmel, 
Dutchess co., N. Y., for seven years ; 
removed to Waterbury, Ct., in 1810, and 
to E. Haven in 1817, where he preached 
till within a few years of his death. Mr. 
Dodd was early given to genealogical 
studies, and in 1824 published " The 
East Haven Register," which contains a 
history of the town and a genealogy of 
its first settlers. In 1839, he published 
a genealogy of the Dodd family. He was 
one of the early corresponding members 
of the New Eng. Hist. Gen. Soc, in 
which he took great interest. He died 
childless, leaving a handsome property, 
above half of which he willed to pious uses. 

Dunbar, Deacon Thomas, Canton, 8 Dec, 
83. 80. 

Edminster, Mr. Noah, Dixmont, Me., 
21 Dec, 83. 91 ; a soldier of the Revolu- 
tion, and native of Maiden, Mass. 

Ellis, Mrs. Martha May, Dedham, 15 Feb., 
83. 88 ; widow of Mr. Abner Ellis. 

Field, Mrs. Edith, North Amherst, 7 Oct., 
83.98; formerly of Leverett. 

Forbes, Mrs. Margaret, Milton Hill, 9 
Feb., as. 83 ; mother of Robert B. and 
J. M. Forbes of Boston, and sister of the 
late Thomas H. Perkins. The only 
member of that family now living, is Mrs. 
Mary, widow of the late Dr. Benjamin 
Abbot, of Phillips Academy of Exeter, 
N. H. 

Frye, Mrs. Margaret Ann Choate, Boston, 
27 Feb., 83. 36 £ years ; wife of Mr. I. W. 
Frye of the Boston Courier, and dau. 
of Capt. Richard Picket, of Newburyport. 

Gardner, Miss Mary, Dorchester, 6 Dec, 
83. 86. 

Gates, Michael, Palmer, 15 Dec 83. 92, a 
pensioner of the Revolution. 

Green leaf, Mrs. Mary Deming, Quincy, 


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21 Feb., fc. 88 years, 9 months, widow 
of the Hon. Thomas Greenleaf. 

Hall, Adin, Esq., Boston, 4 Jan., ae. 64 ; 
the well known real estate broker. 

Harris, Thaddeus William, M. D., Cam- 
bridge, 16 Jan., a?. 60. The well known 
and highly popular Librarian of Har- 
vard College, for about 25 years ; and 
without a superior in the science of En- 
tomology in either hemisphere, it is be- 
lieved. He was son of the worthy and 
Rev. Thaddeus Mason Harris, D. D., of 
Dorchester, and father of the late tal- 
ented William Thaddeus Harris, of 
whose death we were latelv called to give 
an account. (See Reg. vol. ix. p. 99.) 

Harrison, Maj. Thomas, Boston, 27 Jan., 
03. about 70 years ; an officer of the war 
of 1812, into which he entered with much 
enthusiasm, and earned a high reputa- 
tion for bravery. His company con- 
sisted of 96 men, With which he went 
into the battle of Chippewa, all but 15 
of whom were cut down in that bloody af- 
fair, himself among the number ; though 
severely wounded, his life was saved, 
but he lost a limb. Maj. Harrison had 
been connected with the Boston Custom 
House many years previous to his death. 

Hathaway, Mrs. Sarah, North Adams, 
11 Jan., a?. 96!f years. 

Mrs. Eliza H., Boston, 18 
; wife of Dr. Daniel Hench- 

Caroline Lee. The follow- 
of this eletrant and gifted 

Jan., 03. 56 

Hentz, Mrs. 
ing notice 

writer will be read with more than usu- 
al interest at this time, when the hand of 
death has set its signet upon one who 
filled so high a place in the social and 
literary world. 

Mrs. Hentz, whose maiden name was 
Caroline Lee Whiting, was a lineal de- 
scendant of the Rev. Samuel Whiting, 
the famous minister of Lynn, whose 
history is so closely identified with early 
colonial times. She was born in Lan- 
caster, in this State, where some of her 
relatives now reside, and was the daugh- 
ter of Gen. John Whiting, who served 
in the Revolutionary army, and who 
died at Washington in 1810. She was 
also a sister of the late Gen. Henry 
Whiting, who was no less distinguished 
for his services in the army, than for his 
literary attainments. 

In 1825 Miss Caroline Lee Whiting 
married Mr. N. M. Hentz, a French gen- 
tleman of accomplished and varied abil- 
ities, whose contributions have enriched 
the scientific literature of our day. Mr. 
Hentz was associated with Mr. George 
Bancroft, now the distinguished scholar 
and historian, in the management of a 
seminary of learning at Northampton. 
While there, Mr. Hentz was invited to a 
professorship in the College at Chapel 

Hill, North Carolina, which invitation 
he accepted, and with his gifted wife left 
New England and remained at Chapel 
Hill several years. From thence they 
removed to Covington, Kentucky, and 
here Mrs. Hentz wrote her successful 
tragedy for a prize of five hundred dol- 
lars, entitled "De Lara, or the Moorish 
Bride." This play was perfonned many 
nights with applause at the Arch Street 
Theatre in Philadelphia. After residing 
some time at Covington, Mr. Hentz with 
his family removed to Cincinnati, where 
Mrs. Hentz became distinguished in lite- 
rary life. Subsequently they established 
a flourishing Female Seminary at Flor- 
ence, Alabama, and for nearly ten years 
devoted their various and accomplished 
powers to the education of young ladies. 
In 1843 they transferred their school to 
Tuscaloosa, Florida, and in 1848 made 
their residence in Columbus, Georgia. 

In addition to the tragedy of " De 
Lara," Mrs. Hentz occupied her leisure 
hours in contributing to various standard 
periodicals;, and wrote "Lamorah, or the 
Western Wilds," a tragedy which was 
published. She also wrote a play en- 
titled the "Countess of Wirtemburg," 
besides many elegant and beautiful prize 
poems and fugitive pieces. For the last 
eight years Mrs. Hentz has devoted her- 
self almost entirely to prose writings, 
and it is to these chiefly that she is in- 
debted for that literary reputation which 
places her in the first rank of female 
writers. In 1846, she published "Aunt 
Pattv's Scrap Bag," which was followed 
in 1848 by the "Mob Cap;" "Linda" 
appeared in 1850; "Rena, or the Snow 
Bird," in 1851; "Marcus Warland, or 
the Long Moss Spring," and "Eoline, 
or Magnolia Vale," in 1852; "Wild 
Jack" and "Helen and Arthur," in 

1853. These works have sustained a 
high reputation, and many successive 
editions attest their great popularity. In 

1854, Mrs. Hentz published " The Plant- 
er's Northern Bride," in two volumes, 
which gave to the world the high evi- 
dence of her fascinating and gifted pow- 
ers. After an absence of twenty years 
And more from her New England home, 
Mrs. Hentz came to the North upon a 
visit, and spent a large portion of the 
year 1854 at Boston and the neighboring 
cities, and among her relatives, where 
she endeared herself to all who came in 
contact with her, by the elegance of her 
manners, by her rare conversational 
powers, and by the "winning graces of 
her spirit." 

It is generally true that "authors 
should be read — not known." Mrs. 
Hentz is an exception, for she was not 
only gifted as a writer, but nature had 
been lavish of gifts upon her outward 


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person. A distinguished and elegant 
person, once writing about Mrs. Hentz, 
used the following truthful language: 

" Never met I a more fascinating per- 
son. Mind is enthroned on her noble 
brow, and beams in the flashing glances 
of her radiant eyes. She is tall, grace- 
ful and dignified, with that high-bred 
manner which ever betokens gentle blood. 
She has infinite tact and talent in con- 
versation, and never speaks without 
awakening interest. As I listened to 
her elocment language I felt she was in- 
deed worthy of the wreath of immortal- 
ity which fame has given, in other days 
and other lands, to a De Genlis, or to a 
De Scvigne. 

"She has great enthusiasm of charac- 
ter, the enthusiasm described by Mad- 
ame De Stael as "God within us" — the 
love of the good, the holy, the beautiful. 
She has neither pretension nor pedantry, 
and although admirably accomplished, 
and a perfect classic and belles-lettres 
scholar, she has all the sweet simplicity 
of an elegant woman. There is a refine- 
ment, delicacy and poetic imagery in all 
her historiettes, touchingly delightful. A 
calm and holy religion is mirrored in 
every page. The sorrow stricken mour- 
ner finds therein the sweet and healing 
balm of consolation, and the bitter tears 
cease to flow when she points to that 
better land, where the loved and the 
lost arc awaiting for us. She exalts all 
that is good, noble and generous in the 
human heart, and gives to even the 
clouds of existence a sunny softness, 
like the dreamy light of a Claude Lor- 
raine picture." 

After lingering amid the homes and 
haunts of her youth, recalling the days 
of her girlhood in New England, Mrs. 
Hentz returned to the home of her adop- 
tion, leaving hosts of admirers and 
friends at the North. During the spring 
and summer of 1855, she devoted her- 
self to the composition of her last work, 
which has just now appeared, entitled 
"Ernest Linwood." The telegraphic 
message conveyed the sad tidings of her 
death upon the very day when her pub- 
lishers issued her new book ; and the 
work is indeed worthy to be the crown- 
ing act of a literary life of such varied 
and rare accomplishments. Its closing 
part seems written with a pen of proph- 
ecy, foreshadowing her own departure. 

As a novel, the work will take a per- 
manent place in American literature. 
"Ernest Linwood" exhibits the varied 
talents of Mrs. Hentz in their highest 
range, combining great vigor of thought 
with graphic delineation of character, 
— the most touching womanly sympa- 
thies with the strongest vitality of genius 
and boldness of conception. A high 

moral, religious charm pervades the en- 
tire work, imparting a glow to the finest 
feelings of our nature ; and from the 
beginning to the end of the work, 
strength is added to strength, and beauty 
to beauty. Its characters are finely 
drawn, and Mrs. Hentz seems to have 
dipped her pen in the fountains of the 
human heart, and with a wizard's wand 
laid bare the various and conflicting pas- 
sions of our nature. The great moral 
tone which is always found in all her 
works, is powerfully predominant in 
"Ernest Linwood." 

In the full strength and prime of wo- 
manhood, this accomplished and elegant 
writer, after a life of such great useful- 
ness and literary honor, has been called 
away from earth. The devoted wife and 
mother, the light of social life, the orna- 
ment of the literary circle, has departed, 
and her star shines with increased bril- 
liancy amidst the surrounding gloom. 
On the 6th inst. she was seized with 
sickness, which proved to be pneumonia, 
and all that affection and high medical 
skill could do, was given to her. With 
unclouded intellect, among her family 
friends, she lingered until the 11th inst., 
and died at the residence of her son, Dr. 
Charles A. Hentz, at Marianna, Fla. 

This elegant woman, this gifted writer, 
has departed ; but the music of her life 
is still sounding its rich and sweetest 
melody in our hearts. In her death she 
exhibited what gave the crowning glory 
to her life, — a high Christian faith ; and 
and although living and dying in the 
land of the orange and the magnolia 
blossoms, she never forgot, in the admi- 
ration bestowed upon her in Southern 
homes, the graceful elms which wave 
over the birthplace of her ancestors and 
kindred, nor the winding river whose 
rippling music found an echo in her 
youthful heart. 

Mrs. Hentz having been bom in the 
year 1800, her age corresponds with that 
of the century. Her pedigree will be 
found accurately traced, in the paternal 
line, in Mr. Drake's Hist, and Antiqui- 
ties of Boston, p. 363. 
Heyer, Mr. Conrad, Waldoboro', Me., 19 
Feb., as. 106 yrs. 10 mos. 9 days. He 
was the first white child born in that 
tOAvn, and his parents were from Ger- 
many. He served three years in the War 
of Independence, was a Pensioner, and 
voted at every presidential election since 
the formation of the Federal Govern- 
ment. — Transcript. For a more extend- 
ed account of Mr. Heyer, see Eaton's 
Annals of Warren, Me. 
Hill, Walter R., Concord (Asylum) N, 
H., 8 Dec, a3. 66 ; brother of the late 
Gov. Isaac Hill. He had been insane 
above 40 years. 



and Deaths. 


Hinman, Mrs. Sarah, Southbury, Ct., 23 
Jan., 03. 93 k yrs. ; widow of Col. Joel 

, Hinman of the Revolution. 

Howard, Hon. Asaph, Auburn, Me., 1 
Jan., ae. 87 yrs. 10 mos. A native of 
Bridgewater, Ms. 

Jackson, Charles, LL.D., Boston, 13 Dec., 
ae. 80; one of the ablest and most hon- 
ored members of the legal profession in 
this part of the country. He was born 
at Newburyport, 31 May, 1775, and was 
the oldest son of Hon. Jona. Jackson, 
prominent during the Revolutionary era. 
Judge Jackson removed to Boston about 
1810, and received the appointment of 
Judge from Gov. Strong in 1813. 

Loud, Mr. David, Braintree, 18 Dec. £e. 
95 ; a pensioner of the Revolution. 

Leonard, Mrs. Betsey, Keene, N. H., 7 
Dec, a3. 100 years, 9 mos. and 10 days; 
widow of Capt. John Leonard. 

Morris, Commodore. We learn from 
Washington that Commodore Charles 
Morris, the head of the navy department 
of ordnance and hydrography — the first 
man in the navy list after Commodore 
Stewart — died in that city on Sunday, of 
pleurisy and inflammation of the lungs. 
Commodore Morris was a native of Con- 
necticut, and he entered the naval service 
of the United States in 1799. 

He was the first officer of the Constitu- 
tion, when, under Capt. Hull, that ship 
met the Guerriere, in the first real naval 
action of the war of 1812, and to him 
much is due for the result of the first 
naval victory which conferred eclat upon 
the arms of the United States on the sea, 
and took away from the British navy the 
inordinate proposition that it was " mis- 
tress of the seas." Capt. Morris has 
commanded at different naval stations, 
always with great popularity. He was 
a great man in the navy, and he leaves 
verv few people equal to him. — Courier, 
29 Jan., 1856. 

Niles, Mrs. Hannah, Stoughton, 5 Dec, 
03. 98 ; widow of Lieut. Nathl. Niles of 
Randolph, and his third wife, whom he 
m. 1 Aug., 1802. He was son of John 
Niles 3d of Braintree, where he was 
Capt., 1735, and a descendant of John, 
who was of Braintree, 1639, and had a 
son John b. 4 March, same year. Lieut. 
Niles served through a great part of the 
Revolutionary War ; a judicious officer. 
He d. 1 Nov., 1817. 

Olmstead, Mrs. J., Meriden, Ct., 3 Dec, 
03. 90 ; widow of Mr. Thaddeus Olm- 
stead, formerly of Ridgefield. 

Pierce, Col. Jesse, Dorchester, 3 Feb., ae. 
67 ; formerly of Stoughton. He was 
many years a distinguished school teach- 
er, and lately a prominent politician. 

Prentiss, Mrs. Diantha A., Keene, N. EL, 
1 March, 03. 74 ; wife of the Hon. John 

Prince, Mrs. Joanna, Beverly, 10 Jan. as. 

Read, Mr. William, New Haven, Ct., 1 
Jan., 03. 91 ; a native of Attleboro'. 

Roberts, Mrs. Elizabeth, Boston, 16 Dec, 
ac. 81 years, 5 months. 

Safford, Hon. Daniel, Boston, 3 Feb., o?. 
63; widely known for his benevolence, 
uprightness, and moral worth. He was 
a self-made man ; his father was a farmer 
of Hamilton. Daniel was born there, 
13 Oct., 1792; came to Boston in 1803, 
with but $20, and soon earned a charac- 
ter by his attention to his business, (that 
of a blacksmith,) and was successful in 
maintaining it. 

Savil, Mrs. Esther, Quincy, 7 Dec, 03. 
89 1 ; Avidow of the late Deacon Samuel 

Sayward, Mrs. Abigail, Gloucester, 17 
Dec, 03. 84£ years. 

Seaver, Hon. Benjamin, of Boston, at 
Roxbury, 14 Feb., in his 61st year. He 
was a native of Roxbury, b. there 12 
April, 1795, was brought up at the auc- 
tion business in the well-known estab- 
lishment of Whitwell, Bond & Co., and 
finally became a partner in it, until its 
failure in 1837. Soon after that he be- 
came associated with a similar house, 
which went under the name of Whitwell 
& Seaver, and was chosen Mayor of the 
City in 1852. Having been defeated of 
an election in 1854, he soon after visited 
Europe. Not being in sound health 
since his return, he had not been much 
in active business, living somewhat re- 
tired, enjoying the society of his friends, 
by whom he was much respected. 

Shaw, David, Esq., Bath, Me., 22 Feb., 03. 
91 £ years. 

Shelton, Thomas J., Esq., Boston, 5 Jan., 
ae. 54 ; a substantial citizen, and an en- 
terprising mechanic ; had held important 
offices, and discharged them faithfully. 

Sherman, Mr. Roger, New Haven, 5 
March, ae. 88 ; the oldest male resident 
of that place. He was son of the Hon. 
Roger Sherman, one of the immortal 
Signers of the Declaration of Indepen- 

Skidmore, Mr. Timothy, Brooklyn, N. Y., 
8 Dec, 03. 95. 

Sparhawk, Mrs. Abigail, Conway, N. H., 
4 Feb., 03. 85 ; widow of Geo. K. S., and 
daughter of Hon. Daniel Humphreys of 
Portsmouth, N. H. 

Spofford, Miss Mary A., Groveland, 
Feb., 03. 31 ; daughter of Dr. Jeremiah S. 
of that town, and late a teacher in the 
Bradford Female Seminary. 

Stearns, Jacob, Esq., Boston, 10 Jan., ae. 
82 ; born in Waltham, Ms., spent a long 
life in business, and d. much respected. 
Stevens, Miss Lavinia, Marlborough, 2 

Dec, ae. 94£ years. 
Swain, Levi, Esq., West Dedhara, 9 Feb., 


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in his 96th year ; a soldier of the Revo- 

Symmes, Mrs. Elizabeth, Ludlow, Vt., 25 
Jan., ce. 91 ; widow of Wm. Symmes of 
Boston, and last surviving sister of the 
Hon. Benj. Russell, of old Columbian 
" Ccntinel'." 

Thomas, Mrs. Temperance, Lowell, 2 Mar. 
at the great age of 103 yrs. 11 mos. and 4 
days. She was born in Dover, N. II., 
28 March, 1752, and had been a widow 
31 years. Her husband served in the 
Revolutionary War, and she received a 
pension. Mrs. Thomas descended from 
a long-lived ancestry, and what is re- 
markable all her eight children are still 
living, as follows: Mrs. Abigail Edgerly 
of Lowell, 76 ; Mrs. Olive Odiorne of 
Portsmouth, N. II., and Mrs. Betsey 
Thompson of Durham, N. H., (twins) 
73 ; Mr. John Thomas of Glenlmrn, Me., 
71 ; Mr. Bradbury Thomas of Centre 
Harbor, N. II., 68; Mrs. Ruhamah Edg- 
erly of Lowell, 64 ; Mrs. Lovey West of 
Lowell, 61 ; and Mr. William Thomas 
of California, 57. There are 31 grand- 
children living, 53 great-grandchildren, 
and 6 great-great-grandchildren. — Cou- 
rier, 6 March, 1856. 

Tucke, Mr. Samuel J., Nantucket, 30 
Dec, ae 88 years, 7 mos. and 26 days ; 
for many years an active and well-known 
merchant of Boston. The generation 
who knew him best have now nearly all 
passed away. Mr. Tucke was a man of 
great benevolence, as many at this day 
can bear testimony ; but he was doomed 
to misfortunes, which commenced with 
the embargo of 1809, and, although 
broken in worldly estate, no misfortunes 
could break his energy and perseverance. 
The situation of his property was such, 
that the war which followed the embargo 
left him scarcely a wreck of his previous 
fortune. To improve this he removed 
to Baltimore in 1816, where he remained 
five years. Erom that city he returned 
to Boston, and a few years* later to Nan- 
tucket, where he has since resided. 

Mr. Tucke was the fourth child of the 
Rev. John Tucke, the first settled minis- 
ter of Epsom, N. H., and was grandson 
of the Rev. John Tucke, of Gosport, N. 
H. He married in 1791 Miss Judith 
Gardner, daughter of Mr. Uriah Gardner, 
2d, of Nantucket. She has been dead 
eleven years ; having died 8 Jan., 1845. 
She was a lady beloved in every com- 
munity where it was her lot to be known. 
The father of Mr. Tueke was a Chaplain 
in the Army of the Revolution, and died 
in the service of his country, leaving a 
family of eight young children, of whom 
the subject of this notice was the fourth, 
and then but ten years of age. Of four 
brothers, three died at sea or in foreign 

Mr. Tucke was interested in the prop- 
erty on Fort Hill, and when the square 
was laid out there, he gave it the name 
of Washington square. — Trans., 5 Jan. 

The paternal ancestor of the subject 
of this notice was Robert Tucke, who 
came from Gorlston in the County of 
Suffolk, England, probably in 1636; 
was at Salem and Watertown, but set- 
tled finally in Hampton, N. II., among 
the first of the English who planted 
there. He is styled Chirurgcon, Vintner 
and Tailor, and died at Hampton, 4 Oct., 
1664. His widow, Joannah, died at, the 
same place, 14 Feb., 1673. Children, 
Robert, 2 left in Gorlston ; Elizabeth, 2 m. 
John Sherburn of Hampton and Ports- 
mouth ; Mary, 2 m. John Sanborn of 
Hampton; Edward, 2 m. Mary, dau. of 
Thomas 1'hilbrick, about 1647, and died 
1653, leaving a son John. 3 

Robert 2 of Gorlston had a son Wil-. 
liam, 3 who heircd the estate of his grand- 
father, Robert 1 of Hampton, and came 
to New England. He settled in the 
County of Essex, and is the ancestor of 
the Tuckes in that County, and their 

John, 3 only surviving son of Edward, 
m. Bethiah, dan. of Maurice Hobbs, sen., 
9 Jan., 1677 ; was a gentleman of much 
consideration. (See Farmer and Moore's 
Hist. Co'ls., [., 127.) He died 4 Jan., 
1742, as. 90 years; had been a Repre- 
sentative, Town Clerk, Selectman, &c. 
He had by wife Bethia, 8 children, the 
youngest of whom, John, 4 b. at Hamp- 
ton, 23 Aug., 1702, grad. H. C, 1723, 
m. Mary, dau. of Dr. Benjamin Dole of 
Hampton, ord. at Gosport, I. S., 26 July, 
1732, d. there 12 Aug., 1773. (Sec Rejj. 
vol. i., pp. 247-8.) His name is found 
among the subscribers to Willard'sBody 
of Divinity, and the copy of that work 
which belonged to him is in the posses- 
sion of a great-grandson, and also many 
other of the books which composed his 
extensive library. Mr. Tucke's wife d. 
a few months before him, viz., 24 May, 
1773. These were the grandparents of 
the subject of this obituary. 

Mr. Tucke 6 received the middle name 
of Jones from his maternal grandfather, 
Mr. Samuel Jones of Boston, whose only 
daughter, Mary, m. the Rev. Samuel 
Parsons of Rye, whose daughter Mary 
was the mother of our subject. 

The ingenious Mr. Joseph Henry 
Tucke of London, England, is his son. 
Upton, Mrs. Hannah. We announced in 
the Daily Advertiser of yesterday, the 
death of this venerable lady, which took 
place in this city on Sunday last, the 2d 
inst. Mrs. Upton was born in Mendon, 
Mass., on the 27th of December, 1768, 
and had therefore attained to the ad- 
vanced age of 87 years. Her husband, 


Philipse of Philipsburg. 


Daniel Putnam Upton, Esq., who was a 
native of Heading, Mass., and a graduate 
of Harvard College in 1797, was a highly 
respectable lawyer in Eastport, Me., but 
he was taken from her at an early period 
of his life, having died in his native 
town, on the 31st of December, 1805, at 
the age of 31 years. Since that time, a 
period of more than half a century, Mrs. 
Upton has remained a widow. She was 
a person of rare intellectual endowments ; 
gifted with uncommon conversational 
powers; of a cheerful, happy tempera- 
ment, and was ever a welcome guest 
among her many relatives and friends. 
Of a well cultivated mind and a reten- 
tive memory, she had a distinct recollec- 
tion of the events of the Revolutionary 
"War, being one of the few of the sur- 
viving links which connect that interest- 
ing period, with the present age. She 
took a deep interest in political matters, 
and being a disciple of the Washington 
school, she ever entertained a deep re- 
gard for that party which adopted and 
adhered to the principles of its founder. 
She was well informed on the current 
events of the day, having been an exten- 
sive reader, until within a few years, 
when the loss of her eyesight deprived 
her of that privilege. 

Her religious principles were of the 
liberal class ; her life was unblemished 
and exemplary, and she was truly a 
good woman. She lived to a good old 
age, and has at last passed away, leaving 
an example worthy of imitation, and to 
her friends and relatives the satisfaction 
of reflecting that her life was a life well 

Mrs. Upton was the mother of our 
well-known and highly esteemed fellow- 

citizen, the Hon. George B. Upton. — 
Boston Daily Advertiser, 4 March, 1856. 

Wait, Mrs. Mary, Windsor, Vt., 5 Dec, 
ae. 88 ; the first female child born in 
that place, and the second birth. 

Walker, Hon. Timothy, Cincinnati, O., 
15 Jan., in his 54th year; was born in 
Wilmington, Ms., 1 Dec, 1802; grad. 
H. C, through which he was enabled to 
pass by the compensation which he re- 
ceived for translating the scientific French 
works for Prof. Farrar. He was the 
author of a Treatise on Geometry, used 
as a Text Book in schools some 20 years 
ago. In 1830 he removed to Cincinnati ; 
m. Miss Anna L. Bryant in 1832 ; estab- 
lished a Law School in Cincinnati ; ap- 
pointed a Judge of the Court of Common 
Pleas in 1842. There is an extended 
Sketch of Judge Walker in Livingston's 
Law Magazine. 

Wentworth, Ichabod French, at Pitts- 
field, Mass., 31 July, in his 78th year, 
having been born at Coventry, Ct., 19 
Oct., 1776. He was son of Ebenezer 4 
Wentworth, who married Sarah French 
of Coventry ; grandson of Ebenezer, 3 
who manied Ann Haskin of Norwich, 
Ct. ; and great-grandson of Elder Wil- 
liam Went worth's son Paul, 2 Avhose wife 

was Catherine , and who died at 

Preston, Ct. 

Weston, Mrs. Hannah, Jonesboro', Me., 
12 Dec, ae. 100. 

Whiting, Rev. George B., Beirut, Syria, 
of cholera, 8 Nov., 1855. He had been 
a missionary in Syria about 26 years. 

Wiggin, Mr. William, Lynn, 8 Feb., ae. 92. 

Willard, Mr. Samuel, Lancaster, 1 Jan., 
83. 96. 

Woodman, Mr. Jeremiah, Portland, Me., 
12 Dec, ae. 86. 

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A few emendations to this article, which was inserted in the Register 
for January, have been furnished by a member of the family. 

Commencing on p. 26, line eleventh from bottom, when corrected, it will 
read thus : — 

2. Frederick Philipse, an officer in the British service, resident in 
America, who married, first, his cousin Mary, daughter of Thomas Marston, 
Esq., and, secondly, Maria, daughter of Samuel Kemble, niece to Lord 
Gage. She was born in England, and was of English descent. (See 
Family of Van Cortlandt.) Frederick Philipse died in 1829 ; his first wife, 
Mary (Marston) died young, after giving birth to a daughter, Mary Philipse, 
who married Samuel Gouveneur, by whom she had issue : — 

1. Frederick Gouveneur. 

2. Aldolphus N. Gouveneur married Mrs. Gill, and died Aug. 28, 
1853, leaving a daughter, Mary Gouveneur, born January 8, 1852. 

3. Samuel Mangin Warburton Gouveneur. 

4. Margaret Philipse Gouveneur, married William Moore. 

5. Mary Gouveneur, unmarried. 

1856.] Officers of the Society, $*c. 199 



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Staples of Providence ; and Connecticut, Rev. Leonard Bacon, D. D. of New Haven. 

Honorary Vice Presidents — New York, Hon. Millard Fillmore of Buffalo ; 
New Jersey, Rev. John L. Blake, D. D. of Orange ; Pennsylvania, Hon. Samuel Breck 
of Philadelphia; Maryland, Sebastian F. Streeter, Esq. of Baltimore ; North Carolina, 
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Charleston ; Ohio, Hon. Elijah Hayward of McConnellsville ; Michigan, Hon. Lewis 
Cass of Detroit ; Indiana, Ballard Smith, Esq. of Cannelton ; Illinois, Hon. John 
Wentworth of Chicago ; Wisconsin, Cyrus Woodman, Esq. of Mineral Point ; Iowa, 
Right Rev. Henry W. Lee, D. D. of Davenport; and California, Andrew Randall, 
Esq. of San Francisco. 

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Swett, and George W. Messenger, Esq. of Boston ; and Nathaniel Whiting, Esq. of 

Committee on the Library — The Librarian ; Messrs. Thomas B. Wyman, Jr. 
of Charlestown ; Charles II. Morse of Cambridge ; William II. Whitmore of Boston, 
and William B. Trask of Dorchester. 

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and Mr. John Dean, of Boston ; Rev. Alonzo H. Quint of Jamaica Plain ; William 
Reed Deane, Esq. of Brookline; and James Spear Loring, Esq. of New York. 

Orcutt, Darius Curtis, was packhorse-master in the Western Army in 1791, and 
was with St. Clair's troops when defeated at Miami, 4 Nov. of that year. 

Moorey, Nicholas, came to America, 1675, was living in Freetown, Mass., 1721, 
and had an estate of above £2000 — but no children or other relatives in New England. 
He came from " East Wordlam alias Wordleham," Co. Hampshire, was third son of 
Thomas and Mary Moorey of that place. He had brothers John, Thomas, Edward — 
sisters Mary, Ann, Elizabeth, Katherine, living when he left England. — Original paper. 

Correction. — The paper published in the Register for 1850, pages 23 and 24, is 
entitled : " A Brief Declaration in Behalf of Jn° Chipman of Barnstable." It is not 
an original paper, but a copy in the handwriting of John Otis, brother of Col. James 
Otis. I have carefully compared the Declaration with John Otis's writing, and am 
confident that I am right. In the printed copy^in important omission is made. Page 
23, line 18 from bottom, after " told the s d John," one line of the manuscript is omitted, 
viz. : " Chipman (being then a youth) that his father Christopher had done him wrong." 
The following errors should also be corrected : — P. 23, 1. 18 from foot, for sold, read 
told; p. 23, 1. 16 from foot, after make, insert more ; p. 24, 1. 17 from top, for Sister 
those, read Sisters what those. A. O. of Y. 

Notes and Queries. — There is in preparation an article on the Perkins family, to 
appear in the July No. of the Register. Any one having information about the early 
members of that family is requested to communicate it to the Editor without delay. 

Jamaica Plain Burying-Ground. — Inscription omitted in our last: — "Henry 
Lowder, died Dec. 30, 1851, aged 78." 

Knowlton. — Augustus B. Knowlton, of Binghampton, Broome Co., N. Y., is en- 
gaged in preparing a memoir of the Knowlton Family, and will gladly receive any 
informatiou which may aid him in his undertaking. 

200 Donations, Payments, $v\ [April, IS56. 

Congress. — The first Congress in America assembled at New York, May 1st, 1690. 
What Provinces were represented, and by whom ? See Bancroft's U. S. iii. 183. 

Adams. — Who were the ancestors of John, Hugh, and Matthew Adams'? 

Hickock. — Mr. W. O. Hickock, of Harrisburgh, Pa., is desirous to obtain informa- 
tion relative to the early settlers of his name in this country, &c. 

Donations.— From Samuel II. Riddel, C. H. B. Caldwell, L. Farnham, W. S. 
Bartlet, John Dean, Henry Bond, Francis Brinley, S. A. Green, John W. Proctor, E. 
Clapp, Jr., F. M. Hubbard, L. M. Boltwood, American Antiquarian Society, Henry 
Clark, S. Wolcott, W. II. Whitmore, G. W. Manypennv, B. Pomerov, N. Wyman, 
11. C. Swain, John W. Thornton, G. C. Haynes, J. B. Bright, T. Farrar, R. C. Win- 
throp, E. Burgess, E. L. Keyes, F. A. Whitney, E. R. Hodgman, G. Davis, (Wil- 
mington, N. C.j, AV. Willis, C. Lowell, B. J.Lossing, Pennsylvania Historical Society, 
T. Baich, II. 0. Sheldon, E. M. Stone. 

Payments.— Albion, N. Y, L. S. Paine ; Alton, III, W. Hayden ; Attld>oro', J. Dag- 
gett ; Andover, S. Farrar; Amherst, L. M. Boltwood ; Boscaicen, N. II, W. Temple ; 
Boston, 0. Carter, B. H. Dixon, J. M. Bradburv, J. AY. Thornton, E. Child, T. L. 
Turner, S. T. Farwell, J. Palmer, Mrs. Lawrence, T. B. Wyman, F. M. Bartlett, 

D. W. Holmes, I. Child, H. A. Whitney, H. N. Perkins, D.' Sears, J. H. Wilkins, 
J. W. Warren, N. Emerson, D. A. Boynton, F. A. Henderson, J. Quincv, N. Apple- 
ton, J. Bryant, C. F. Adams, P. Butler, J. H. Blake, J. K. Hall, T. C. Smith, A. 
Child, J. Savage, J. F. Baldwin, N. T. Andrews, H. Davenport, D. Draper, E. S. 
Erving, C. F. Eaton, T. A. Hall, H. H. Jones, F. Haven, J. R. Kimball, A. A. Law- 
rence, H. Lee, Jr., C. G. Loring, W. M. Lothrop, J. A. Lowell, C. Carruth, S. T. 
Snow, W. S. Thacher, H.Rice, J. Winsor, Jr., J. H. Wolcott, C. Adams, Jr., J. W. 
Clarke, A. D. Hodges, N. W. Coffin, J. W, Page, T. W. Pierce, S. R. Smith, I. N. 
Tarbox, S. E. Sewall, S. Swctt, J. L. Richards, J. Richardson, E. Palmer, AY. Pearce, 

E. Pearson, G. W. Messinger, Mrs. Merrill, S. Mason, J. Merriam, J. P. Cook, A. 
Davis, G. Upton, C. T. Ward, D. Barnard, A. AY. Thaxter, AY. AYhiting, J. Breck, 
G. Lunt, AV. H. Prescott, J. Phillips, Mrs. AYhite, L. Shaw, Mrs. Parker, R. C. AVin- 
throp, F. AY. Lincoln, Jr., J. P. Bigelow, S. Child, T. Parker, D. Dvar, AY. G. Brooks, 
P. AVillard, Jr., AY. Lewis, AY. AY. Greenough, W. S. Leland, G. G. Smith, AY. B. 
Bradford, J. C. AA'arren, AY. Parsons, J. Aikin, A. Phelps, J. G. Chandler, A. Bealc, 
J. AV. Thompson, T. Kelly, P. Kelly ; Brookline, AV. B. Towne ; Bridgewcfier, W. 
Latham ; Buffalo, N. Y, L. K. Haddock; Brighton, F. A. AA r hitney ; Bernardston, H. 
W. Cushman; Cincinnati, 0., J. M. Bradstrcet ; Chelsea, AY/ S. Bartlet ; Cromwell,Ct., 
A. F. Warner ; Cambridge, L. R. Paige, G. Livermore ; Chapel Hill, N. C, F. M. 
Hubbard; Chicago, III., J. AVentworth; Canton, E.Ames; Cleveland, O., W. AA r . 
Mather; Dover, N II., N. Martin ; Duxbury, G. B. AVeston, J. F. Wadsworth ; Ded- 
ham, E. AVilkinson ; Eagleville, Ct., E. Hibbard ; E. Middleboro', Z. Eddy ; Great Bar- 
rington, I. Sumner ; Groton, J. Green, G. S. Boutwell ; Groveland, A. Poor ; Galena, 
111., A. M. Haines ; Great Falls, N. II, M. Noble ; Hampton, Ct., J. Clark ; Hampton, 
N. II, J. Dow; Harrisburgh, Pa., W. O. Hickock; Holyolce, J. B. R. AValker ; Ken- 
dall, III., E. S. L. Richardson; Limington, Me., A. Mc Arthur; Little Compton, 11. I, 
O. Wilbor; Lawrence, J. R. Rollins : Lenox, H. AV. Taft ; Lynn, AV. Bassett ; Middle- 
town, Ct., J. A. Sumner; Meriden, Ct., C. Pomerov; Monson, J. R. Flynt ; New York, 
G. Bancroft, J. Q. Thorndike, E. B. Corwin, G. Chapman ; Northampton, D. Stebbins, 
H. Bright, S. Judd ; Nashua, N. H, B. B. AVhittemore ; N Abington, C. Orcutt ; N. 
London, Ct., AV. AV. Billings, N. S. Perkins, R. Hallam; Putnam, O., A. Kingsbury; 
Providence, R. I, J. Barstow ; Pahncr,i6p. Shaw ; Peacham, Vt., J. S. Pearson ; Ports- 
mouth N. H, A. R. H. Fernald; PaivWcket, R. L, AV. Tyler; Petersburgh, 111., T. L. 
Harris ; Peoria, III., C. H. Dean ; Quincy, J. Marsh ; Roxbury, J. W. Parker, I. Parker, 
L. M. Harris ; Sandusky, O., E. Lane ; Savannah, Ga., E. S. Johnson ; South Reading, 
L. Eaton ; Scarboro', Me., J. B. Thornton ; Sfmngfield, J. W. Crooks ; Waukegan, III., 
E. M. Haines; W. Meriden, Ct.., E. Hubbard; Watertown, B. Dane, Jr. ; W. Newton, 
A.H.Ward; Waltham, J. B. Bright; W. Brattleboro' , Vt., S. Clark; Wdburn, B. 
Buckman, N. Wyman, J. A. Boutelle ; W. Amesbury, D. Sargent ; West Point, N. Y., 
J. AV. Bailey ; Westfield, J. II. Stow ; Yarmouth, A. Otis ; Zanesville, O., Z. Athenaeum. 

O^p* The above list is given as a correct catalogue of all those who have paid for the 
Register since the issue of the previous number. Should any person find his name 
omitted, he is requested to give the Publisher immediate notice, that any error may bo 

Errata. — P. 22, I. 14 of foot, r. cellarage. P. 100, Art. Perkins, I. 3 of foot, r. neice 
for grand-daughter. P. 72, /. 6 of foot, read Coursers. P. 101, Art. Trask. William 
Trask m. Ann, dau. of John and Mary Andrews, 26 April, 1846, not April 19th. 



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VOL. X. JULY, 1856. NO. 3. 


[It affords us much pleasure to make the following extracts from this 
very interesting, well written, and filial tribute to an honored father, from 
his well known and highly respected son-in-law. We regret the author 
has not gone more extensively into the ancestry of his subject, but pre- 
sume he had not the requisite information ; as Mr. Perkins himself, in 
some memoranda made for his children, not many years since, thus most 
touchingly says : — " It has often occurred to me that it would have given 
me infinite pleasure to have known more than has come to my knowledge 
of the early life of my father. He died when I was about six years of 
age, and all I know of him is from report. My recollections of him are 
very faint, though I have an impression that I remember him in an ema- 
ciated state shortly before his death." — Memoir, p. 53. 

The fine accompanying engraving is from a portrait by Gambardella, 
an Italian artist, and is a most excellent likeness of this " noble-looking 
man" at the age of 73. 

We have added a few notices of some of the earliest ancestors of this 
name, and of their descendants.] 

Thomas Handasyd Perkins was born in Boston, Dec. 15, 1764, and 
named for his maternal grandfather, Thomas Handasyd Peck, who dealt 
largely in furs and the importation of hats. His father was a merchant, 
who died in middle age, leaving a widow and eight children, three sons 
and five daughters, most of them very young. She was a woman of 
excellent principles and remarkable energy, and undertook the heavy 
charge thus devolved upon her with deep solicitude, (as appeared from a 
subsequent reference of her own to this passage of her life,) but with 
firmness and ability. She appears to have assumed some part of the 
business of her husband, who had been connected with George Erving, 
one of the principal merchants in the town. Letters from Holland are 
remembered which were addressed to her as Mr. Elizabeth Perkins ; and 

* Memoir of Thomas Handasyd Perkins : containing Extracts from his Diaries and 
Letters. With an Appendix. By Thomas G. Cary. Boston: Little, Brown & Co. 
1855. 8vo. pp. 304. 


204 Thomas Handasyd Perkins. [July, 

the information which he had brought home, he sent a brig — the Hope, 
Capt. lngraham — to the northwest coast, with the intention of terminating 
the voyage at Canton. The most important result of this voyage appears 
to have been the discovery of the northern portion of the Marquesas 
Islands, as now laid down on the map of the Pacific. Its main object was 
defeated by untoward circumstances. 

He soon afterward joined his friend Capt. Magee, however, in building 
a ship — the Margaret — of which the captain went master for the north- 
west coast, and after an absence of two years and a half brought the voy- 
age to a successful close. 

In 1792 the insurrection began in St. Domingo, where his brothers had 
continued their establishment, doing a prosperous business up to that pe- 
riod. Mr. James Perkins, the eldest brother, and his wife were in a peril- 
ous situation at the beginning of it, being in the interior on a visit to a 
friend who had a plantation, next to the one first destroyed, on the plains 
of the cape. They made their escape, however, from the frightful treat- 
ment which waited all who lingered, and reached the cape. The brothers 
(James and Samuel G.) returned to Boston, having lost most of their 
property, to begin the world anew. He then formed a co-partnership 
with his brother James, under the firm of J. & T. H. Perkins, which con- 
tinued until the death of the latter in 1822, though the name of the firm 
was altered on the admission of their sons in 1819. They used the in- 
formation which had been acquired at St. Domingo with advantage, by 
keeping two or three vessels trading to the West Indies, and shipping 
coffee and sugar to Europe. 

But their most important business was the trade of their ships on the 
northwest coast and in China. They were concerned in numerous voy- 
ages in that direction, and eventually established a house at Canton, under 
the firm of Perkins & Co., which became one of great importance and 
eminently successful. 

In December, 1794, he took passage for Bordeaux in a ship belonging 
to his own house and that of Messrs. S. Higginson & Co., — in which firm 
his brother, Mr. S. G. Perkins, had become a partner — with a cargo of 
provisions ; the demand for them in the disturbed state of French affairs 
offering the prospect of a fair result to such a voyage. 

About this time he was made commander of a military corps, the bat- 
talion which constitutes the guard and escort for public occasions of the 
Governor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with the rank of lieu- 
tenant-colonel, having for some time previously held that of major in the 
same corps. 

Soon afterwards he was chosen President of the Boston branch of the 
United States Bank — quite a distinction at that time, when there were few 
banks in the country, and a remarkable one for a man so young as he 
was then. The choice was owing to a warm rivalry for the honor between 
two distinguished merchants, much older than himself, whose friends at 
length mutually agreed to end the contest by selecting a third candidate, 
on whom all could unite. He was too much ensued in his own enter- 
prises to retain the place long, nnd in a year or two he was succeeded by 
the Ho .. George C k !xk, euiaieut not only as a commercial man, but as a 
,.-. ;.^iur of ili<. L nited States. 

In 1805, he was elected to the Senate of the State, as he frequently 
was afterward ; and for eighteen or twenty years following he was, most 
of the time, member of one branch or the other of the Legislature, but 

1856.] Thomas Handasyd Perkins. 205 

generally of the Senate, unless absent from the country. Being a man 
of few words, he rarely took part in debate; but "his opinions were marked 
by decision, what he said was to the point, his language was good, and 
when he was strongly moved he spoke with power. One of his colleagues 
in the Senate, who afterwards had long experience in Congress, and was 
favorably distinguished there as well as at the bar, has remarked since, 
that he had rarely heard public men make a short, off-hand speech with 
more effect than Col. Perkins occasionally did when his feelings were 
deeply engaged in the subject of debate. 

He took an active and very important part in measures for establishing 
the Massachusetts General Hospital with an Asylum for the Insane, the 
necessity for which had begun to be deeply felt. He was one of those to 
whom an act of incorporation had been granted for the purpose, with a 
valuable donation from the Commonwealth, on the condition that the sum 
of one hundred thousand dollars should be raised by subscription within a 
limited time. His name was at the head of the first list of trustees, and 
he undertook the work which his position involved with characteristic 
energy. His influence and his services were highly appreciated by those 
with whom he was engaged in that undertaking. The subscriptions were 
made on the condition that the full sum of $100,000 should be obtained, 
so that the whole depended on entire success. Besides his exertions in 
rousing other subscribers, he and his elder brother contributed five thou- 
sand dollars each toward the fund, and it was completed agreeably to the 
terms of condition. It is well known that the efforts of those who were 
engaged in this movement have been productive of all the good which 
they hoped to effect. 

His elder brother and partner, James Perkins, Esq., died in the year 
1822. The following passages from a notice of his death, published at 
the time, show the estimation in which he was held : — 

" While his real and most eloquent eulogy is to be sought in the course 
of an industrious, honorable, and most useful life, it is due to the virtues 
he practised, to the example he set, to the noble standard of character on 
which he acted, not to be entirely silent, now that nothing remains of them 
but their honored memory. He had received in boyhood, under the care 
of an excellent mother, the preparatory instruction which might have fitted 
him for an academical education ; but the approach of the Revolutionary 
War, and the discouraging aspect of the times, dictated the commercial 
career as more prudent. 

u In enterprises extending over the habitable globe, employing thousands 
of agents, constantly involving fortunes in their result, and requiring, on 
many occasions necessarily incident to business of this extent, no seconda- 
ry degree of firmness and courage, not a shadow of suspicion of anything 
derogatory to the highest and purest sense of honor and conscience ever 
attached to his conduct. The character of such a man ought to be held 
up for imitation.'" 

Mr. James Perkins left a large fortune, acquired in this honorable course ; 
and is still remembered for distinguished liberality in all appeals that were 
made when he lived, for charity or public good, to the affluent and gener- 
ous in the community ; for his liberal donations to several institutions ; 
and especially for a munificent gift of real estate, of the value of about 
$20,000, to the Boston Athenaeum, and the bequest of $20,000 more to 
the University at Cambridge. The decease of such an associate in the 

206 Thomas Hatidasyd Perkins. [Juty? 

commercial vicissitudes of nearly, forty years was deeply felt by his sur- 
viving partner and brother. 

In 1838 his commercial firm was dissolved, and he withdrew from bu- 
siness with a large fortune, after having been actively engaged in com- 
merce for more than fifty years, though within the last ten his personal 
attention to its affairs had been considerably relaxed. His success had 
been great, but by no means uninterrupted. Severe disappointments and 
disasters from causes beyond his control, made part of his experience ; and 
while he had great confidence in his own ability to direct, he well knew 
the importance of leaving as little as possible to accident in any enterprise 
that he undertook. 

After his retirement from commerce, Col. Perkins found sufficient 
occupation in the management of his property ; in various matters of a 
public nature which interested him ; and in the cultivation of trees, and 
particularly of fruits and flowers, on his estate at Brookline. He was re- 
markable for his love of nature ; and in travelling sometimes went far out 
of his way to examine a beautiful tree, or to enjoy an interesting view. 
Occasionally he made a voyage to Europe, renewing his observations on 
the changes and improvements that were to be seen there. He had crossed 
the Atlantic many times beside the instances that have been referred to, 
always keeping a diary, which he filled with the incidents that occurred, 
with the results of his inquiries, and with remarks worthy of an intelligent 
traveller; and sending home works of art, some of which were bestowed 
as gifts. He took a lively interest in the progress and welfare of American 
artists, kindly aiding some who desired to improve by studying the great 
models in Europe, and liberally purchasing the works of those who de- 
served encouragement. He was generally very agreeable to those with 
whom he incidentally fell in as fellow-travellers ; and where he became 
known abroad as an American, he left a very favorable impression of the 
character of his countrymen. 

Numerous instances might be given of his kindness in promoting the 
success of others, and particularly of young men engaging in voyages or 
other commercial enterprises ; and he always showed a warm interest in 
the Mercantile Library Association of Young Men in Boston, to whom he 
made a donation to aid in the erection of a building. 

In a general view of his character, he appeared as exercising the influ- 
ence of one having a nice sense of propriety, with reference to the opinion 
of others ; love of order ; a high standard of action ; and a desire to pro- 
mote whatever tended to general advantage and respectability : with such 
steadiness of purpose as gave power to his example. His manners, formed 
in an age of ceremony which has passed, retained something of its cour- 
teous dignity, divested of what was artificial, and united with the ease of 
our own time. 

His personal appearance so far indicated his character that an observer 
of any class, who saw him for the first time, was very likely to be im- 
pressed with a desire to know who that personage might be. "A very 
noble looking man," said a young woman who was called to fetch him a 
glass of water, when he stopped one day at the house of a friend some 
miles from town. u Cie beau vieillard ! ' " — that beautiful old man! — ex- 
claimed the wife of a foreign ambassador, in speaking of his reception of 
her at his country-seat, when some one was showing her the environs of 
Boston. And in repeated instances foreigners of rank have remarked in 
a similar tone on his person and the high-bred courtesy of his manner. 

1856 ] Thomas Handasyd Perkins. 207 

Though fond of social intercourse, his opinions were often conveyed in 
monosyllables or short and terse expressions, and he was more inclined, 
whether abroad or at his own table, to promote conversation in others than 
to talk much himself. But he listened with attention and contributed 
readily, from the stores of his experience and knowledge, whatever oc- 
curred to him as interesting; occasionally introducing an anecdote with 
striking effect, but rather as if he were stating a fact than telling a story. 
He used language with precision ; his expressions were concise ; and his 
words carried the full force that belonged to them, all the more because 
there was no attempt to exaggerate their true and precise meaning. The 
instances that he gave were usually such as had occurred within his own 
knowledge in reference to remarkable events or distinguished men, and 
most of them might well have found place in history or biography. 

It is not uncommon with those whose feelings are characterized by 
great energy, as his were, that from an apprehension, perhaps, lest strong 
emotion might escape control if expressed in any degree whatever, it is 
guarded with such entire suppression and reserve that they seem to those 
around them almost to have no feeling at all, when, in truth, they feel 
most deeply. A striking instance of this nature may be mentioned of 

The death of his eldest son, who was named for him, and in person, as 
well as in some points of character, bore a strong natural resemblance to 
himself, occurred about four years before his own. They differed in 
character as the son of a widow, moved by strong incitements to assist in 
relieving her of care, and to secure his own advancement in the world, 
might be very likely to differ from one born to the enjoyment and expec- 
tation of wealth, and advancing in youth under the auspices of a parent 
who stood high in public estimation and possessed powerful influence. 
Like his father, he had preferred action to the life of a student, and went 
eaily abroad, having sailed for China during the war of 1812, in a private 
armed ship that was prepared to fight her way for a rich cargo, as was 
successfully done ; and he took part in one bloody naval action beside 
other encounters. Daring in spirit, of a buoyant and generous temper, 
and eminently handsome, he was a favorite abroad, particularly among 
the officers of our public ships as he met them in foreign ports; and he 
had seen much of the world, with various adventures in China, in South 
America, and in Europe. 

He eventually joined his father's commercial house in Boston, and after 
a few years of remarkable success, withdrew with a good fortune, and 
lived in affluence and leisure, amusing himself with field sports, of which 
he was fond, and varying his life with an occasional tour in Europe. 
After rearing a beautiful family, he fell the victim of a distressing illness, 
and died in the prime of life. 

At his funeral, his father appeared tranquil as usual, advising on some 
matters of detail ; and having followed the hearse to the place of inter- 
ment, chose, rather against the suggestions of those near him, to descend 
to the tomb under the church, that he might see that all was arranged as 
he had intended. But when nothing more remained to be done, when the 
single lamp, by the light of which the coffin had been adjusted in its place, 
was withdrawn, and the doer was closed in darkness and silence on all 
that remained of one who had been the object of so deep interest from 
infancy upward, nature prevailed, for one moment only, over all restraint, 

208 Thomas Handasyd Perkins. [July? 

and an involuntary burst of grief disclosed the depth of sorrow that re- 
mained beneath the habitual composure of his manner. 

About two years after this, the death of Mrs. Perkins took place, and 
the dissolution of a tie, which had continued for sixty-three years, had a 
visible effect on him. His younger brother, Samuel G. Perkins, Esq., 
had died blind, past the age of eighty. His own sight was failing. Of 
all the family left by his father, he and two sisters* only remained. His 
friend through life, the Hon. Harrison Gray Otis, was dead. The com- 
panions of his youth and middle age were nearly all gone. Of the asso- 
ciation remembered as the " Saturday Club," consisting of some of the 
most distinguished gentlemen of the town in their day, who, while they 
found mutual enjoyment in dining successively at the houses of each other, 
gave hospitable admission to such strangers as deserved attention, only two 
survived beside himself. The impression had long been habitual with him 
that the close of his own life was near, and he awaited it with tranquillity. 
He had lived as he thought it was right to do. There appears to have 
been no period in which he had been addicted to vice of any sort. His 
life was marked by self-control ; but beside that, he seems to have had an 
innate purity and love of order that made excess distasteful to him. In 
the order of events he had found the enjoyment and incurred the respon- 
sibility of great success in the acquisition of property, and he had shared 
it freely with the community in which he lived ; his gifts and contributions 
continuing numerous to the last. 

After the decease of Mrs. Perkins, some important business in which 
he was concerned required attention at Washington, and his courageous 
spirit still rising above the infirmities of age, he made one more journey 
there, resolved to see to it himself. While there he was concerned to 
find that work was likely to be suspended on the monument to the memory 
of Washington. On his return home, he took measures to rouse fresh 
interest in the work, and a considerable sum was raised for it, through his 
exertions. His action in reference to this has been publicly alluded to, 
since his decease, by the Hon. Robert C. Winthrop, late Speaker of the 
House of Representatives in Congress, who, at the close of an eloquent 
speech addressed to the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association, 
at their annual festival in Faneuil Hall, in October last, spoke as fol- 
lows : — 

" The memory of your excellent and lamented President (Mr. dicker- 
ing) has already received its appropriate and feeling tribute. I can add 
nothing to that. But I will venture to recall to your remembrance another 
venerated name. You have alluded, in the sentiment which called me 
up, to an humble service which I rendered some years ago, as the organ 
of the Representatives of the Union, at the laying of the corner-stone of 
the National Monument to Washington. I cannot but remember that the 
latest efforts in this quarter of the country to raise funds for the comple- 
tion of that monument, were made by one whose long and honorable life 
has been brought to a close within the past twelve months. 

" I cannot forget the earnest and affectionate interest with which that 
noble-hearted old American gentleman devoted the last days, and I had 
almost said the last hours, of his life, to arranging the details and the 
machinery for an appeal to the people of Massachusetts, in behalf of that 
still unfinished structure. He had seen Washington in his boyhood, and 

* But one, now — the venerable widow of the late Dr. Abbott, of Exeter, N. H. 

1856.] Thomas Handasyd Perkins. 209 

had felt the inspiration of his majestic presence ; he had known him in 
his manhood, and had spent two or three days with him by particular 
invitation at Mount Vernon, days never to be forgotten in any man's life ; 
his whole heart seemed to be imbued with the warmest admiration and 
affection for his character and services ; and it seemed as if he could not 
go down to his grave in peace until he had done something to aid in per- 
petuating the memory of his virtues and his valor. I need not say that I 
allude to the late Hon. Thomas Handasyd Perkins. He was one of the 
noblest specimens of humanity to which our city has ever given birth ; — 
leading the way for half a century in every generous enterprise, and set- 
ting one of the earliest examples of those munificent charities which have 
given our city a name and a praise throughout the earth. He was one of 
your own honorary members, Mr. President, and I have felt that I could 
do nothing more appropriate to this occasion — the first public festive occa- 
sion in Faneuil Hall which has occurred since his death — and nothing 
more agreeable to the feelings of this association, or to my own, than to 
propose to you as I now do — 

" The memory of Thomas Handasyd Perkins." 

For a long time he had been deprived of the use of one of his eyes 
which was blinded by cataract ; how long he could not tell with accuracy, 
for the discovery that it was useless, and that he saw only with the other, 
was made by accident and much to his surprise ; but it must have been 
more than twenty years. Opening it one morning while the right eye 
was buried in the pillow, he found himself unable to perceive any objects 
about him. For many years, however, he saw well enough for common 
purposes with the other ; but more recently even that one had caused him 
so much trouble that he lived in fear of total blindness. Early in 1853, 
cataract appeared in that eye also, and was making such rapid progress 
that in a few weeks all useful vision was lost. Under these circumstances, 
he resolved to submit to an operation on the one that had been so long 
obscured. It was successfully performed by Dr. H. W. Williams, of 
Boston, the cataract being broken up in the month of March. Some time 
was necessary for the complete absorption of the fragments ; but in less 
than three months the pupil had become entirely clear, and by the aid of 
cataract glasses, he could not only see large objects as well as ever, but 
could read the newspapers, and even the fine print in the column of ship- 
news. His sight was at times rendered feeble afterward by the general 
debility of his system, and he never recovered the power of reading and 
writing with entire ease ; but to do both in some degree was an advantage, 
in comparison with total loss of sight, that could hardly be appreciated, 
particularly as it enabled him still to manage his own affairs, which he 
always wished to do, and did to his last day, even keeping his books with 
his own hand, excepting for a i'ew months of his last year, when the 
entries were made from his dictation. 

In this, the last year of his life, he gave one more remarkable proof of 
his continued interest in what was going on about him, and of his readi- 
ness to aid liberally in all that he deemed important to public welfare and 
intelligence. A large and costly building had been erected for the Boston 
Athenseum by contribution from the public, liberally made for that pur- 
pose, that there might be such an one as would correspond to the aspira- 
tions of the accomplished scholars who, fifty years before, had founded 
the institution. A fund was now to be provided for annual expenses and 
for regular additions to the library. With this view, an effort was made 

210 Thomas Handasyd Perkins. [July, 

to raise a fund of $120,000. As Col. Perkins had already done a great 
deal for the Athenaeum, no application was made to him for further aid. 
He, however, voluntarily asked for the book containing the largest class of 
subscriptions, and added his name to those contributing three thousand 
dollars each. Soon afterward he inquired of the president of the Athe- 
naeum what progress had been made, and was told that the subscriptions 
amounted to eighty thousand dollars, all of them being, however, on the 
condition that the full sum should be made up within the year; that every- 
thing possible seemed to have been done ; but that as people were leaving 
town for the summer, nothing further could be obtained until the autumn, 
and that it was doubtful whether the object could be effected even then, 
by raising forty thousand dollars more, as the applications appeared to 
have been thoroughly made by a numerous committee. He then gave 
his assurance that the attempt should not be suffered to fail, even for so 
large a deficit as that, and agreed to be responsible for it, in order that 
the subscriptions already obtained might be made binding ; stipulating 
only that nothing should be said of this until the expiration of the last 
day fixed, and that the efforts to obtain it from the public should not be 
at all relaxed in the mean time. Further assistance from him, however, 
was rendered unnecessary, chiefly by the noble bequest of Samuel Apple- 
ton, Esq., a man of liberality and benevolence like his own, who died 
during the summer, leaving the sum of two hundred thousand dollars to 
trustees, to be distributed at their discretion for scientific, literary, religious, 
or charitable purposes. The trustees appropriated twenty-five thousand 
dollars of this to the fund for the Athenaeum, and the remaining sum of 
fifteen thousand dollars was easily obtained by further subscriptions at 
large. But the assurance given by Col. Perkins, although any call on him 
thus became unnecessary, was useful in warranting that confidence of 
success which helps, in such cases, to secure it. 

In January following (1854) he found it necessary to submit to a slight 
surgical operation for the removal of some obstruction that troubled him. 
He had passed most of the day, the 9th, in attending to his domestic pay- 
ments for the preceding year, arranging the papers himself with his usual 
method in business. The operation was successfully performed by Dr. 
Cabot, his grandson ; and he went to bed with the agreeable prospect of 
finding himself relieved for the remainder of his life of what had, for 
some time, made him uncomfortable ; but with a caution, too, from his 
surgeon, not to rise the next morning, but remain in perfect quiet. In 
such matters, however, he had habitually judged and chosen to act for 
himself; and in this instance he gave too little heed to the caution, refus- 
ing, too, to have any attendant in his chamber, as had been recommended. 
He passed a good night, and feeling only too well after it, chose to rise 
rather early the next day. iVfter being partly dressed, becoming faint, he 
was obliged to lie down on the sofa, and never left it. He became more 
and more feeble through the day ; and falling into a state of unconscious- 
ness toward evening, he continued to breathe for some hours, sleeping 
without pain or distress, and died tranquilly on the morning of the 11th, 
soon after midnight, in the 90th year of his age. 

The impression of his character left on the community was such as had 
been sketched, a short time before, in language that admits of no improve- 
ment, and needs no addition, by the Hon. Daniel Webster, in a note writ- 
ten with his own hand on the blank leaf of a copy of his works, presented 
to Col. Perkins: — 

1856.] Perkins Genealogy. 211 

" Washington, April 19, 1852. 

u My Dear Sir : — If I possessed anything which I might suppose likely 
to be more acceptable to you, as a proof of my esteem, than these vol- 
umes, I should have sent it in their stead. 

" But I do not ; and therefore ask your acceptance of a copy of this 
edition of my speeches. 

" I have long cherished, my dear sir, a profound, warm, affectionate, 
and I may say, a filial regard for your person and character. I have 
looked upon you as one born to do good, and who has fulfilled his mission ; 
as a man, without spot or blemish ; as a merchant known and honored 
over the whole world ; a most liberal supporter and promoter of science 
and the arts ; always kind to scholars and literary men, and greatly be- 
loved by them all ; friendly to all the institutions of Religion, Morality, 
and Education ; and an unwavering and determined supporter of the 
Constitution of the country, and of those great principles of Civil Liberty, 
which it is so well calculated to uphold and advance. 

" These sentiments I inscribe here in accordance with my best judg- 
ment, and out of the fullness of my heart; and I wish here to record, also, 
my deep sense of the many personal obligations, under which you have 
placed me in the course of our long acquaintance. 

Your ever faithful friend, Daniel Webster. 

" To the Hon. Thos. H. Perkins." 

Although private interment is most common now, it seemed inappro- 
priate for one who had filled so large a space in public regard. The fu- 
neral service took place at the church of the Rev. Dr. Gannett, where he 
had long worshipped, and was marked by one incident peculiarly touch- 
ing in its association. The solemn music, usual on such occasions, was 
impressively performed by a large choir of pupils from the Perkins Insti- 
tution for the Blind, who had requested permission to sing the requiem for 
that friend through whem they enjoy the comforts of their spacious dwell- 
ing. A further proof of their regard for his memory was seen, but lately, 
in gleams of pleasure lighting their faces on being promised that they 
should soon listen to the story of his life. 



The Rev. William Perkins, of Topsfield, Mass., was an early ancestor 
of this name. 

He was the son of William and Catherine Perkins, of London, England, 
where he was born Aug. 25, 1607, and the grandson of George and 
Catherine Perkins of Abbots Salford, in the County of Warwick, Eng. 

The first mention made of him, is in March, 1633, when, with the 
illustrious John Winthrop, Jr., and eleven others, he began the settlement 
of Ipswich. He was admitted freeman Sept. 30, 1634, and removed to 
Roxbury, where he married Elizabeth Wooton, Aug. 30, 1636. In 1643 
he removed to Weymouth, which town he represented in the General 
Court in 1644. He was also a commissioner to settle small debts, leader 
of a military company, and one of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery 
Company. In 1641 he had a grant of land in Roxbury, his father having 
advanced the sum of i£50 to Harvard College. From 1650 to 1655, he 

212 Perkins Genealogy. [July, 

was preaching to the inhabitants, of Gloucester. From that place he came 
to Topsfield, and after preaching a few years, spent the remainder of his 
life in the calm pursuits of husbandry. He was probably one of the most 
accomplished persons among the early settlers of Topsfield. A scholar 
and a man of business, — a farmer, a clergyman, a soldier, and a legisla- 
tor. In each of these relations, so unlike, and according to present notions 
so incompatible, he bore himself, so far as we can learn, with ability and 
discretion. One of his daughters married a son of Gov. Bradstreet, and 
one of his sons, a relative of Maj. Gen. Denison. He left an interesting 
written account of the births, baptisms, marriages, &c, of his children, 
which was copied into the Topsfield town records, by the late Jacob Town, 
an excellent man and a good antiquary. He often revisited his native 
country, and died at Topsfield, May 21, 1682, aged 75, having the children 
named below. 

1. William, 2 born in Roxbury, Oct. 12, 1639 ; d. Dec. 23, 1639. 

2. William 2 b. in Roxbury, Feb. 26, 1641 ; m. Elizabeth Clarke, dau. 
of Daniel Clarke, of Topsfield, Oct. 24, 1669 ; d. Oct. 30, 1695, set. 54. 

3. Elizabeth 2 b. in Weymouth, June 18, 1643 ; m. John Ramsdell of 
Lynn, May 31, 1671 ; ch. Elizabeth, Nancy. 

4. Tobijah 2 b. in Weymouth, Oct. 20, 1646 ; m. Sarah Denison, Nov. 
4, 1680; d. in Topsfield, April 30, 1723, set. 77. 

5. Catherine? b. in Weymouth, Oct. 29, 1648 ; m. John Baker, of Ips- 
wich, May 13, 1667 ; ch. Eliz. b. 1670, John. 

6. Mary? b. in Gloucester, Feb. 17, 1651 ; m. Oliver Purchis, Sept. 
17, 1672. 

7. John 2 b. in Topsfield, April 2, 1655 ; m. Anna Hutchinson, Aug. 

29, 1695 ; settled in Lynnfield and died there Jan. 12, 1712, a)t. 57; she 
d. 1717. 

8. Sarah 2 b. in Topsfield, March 2, 1657 ; m. John Bradstreet (son of 
Gov. B.) June 17, 1679. 

9. Timothy 2 b. in Topsfield, Aug. 11, 1658 ; m. Edna Hazen of Row- 
ley, Aug. 2, 1686. 

10. Rebecca? born in Topsfield, May 4, 1662 ; m. Thomas Fiske, son 
of Capt. Fiske, of Wenham, Nov. 3, 1678. 

The children of William, 2 second son of Rev. William, were 1. Elizabeth 3 , 
b. July 21, 1670; m. a Wolcott. 2. Mary, 2 b. April 4, 1672; m. a 
Smith. 3. William 3 . 4. John, 3 b. Feb. 20, 1675. 5. Dorothy, 3 b. April 

30, 1678 : m. Jacob Robinson. 6. Timothy, 3 b. Feb. 23, 1680. 7. Na- 
than, 3 b. April 24, 1683. 8. Rebecca, 3 b. Sept. 4, 1685, died unmarried 
1728. The two youngest were minors when their father died. His es- 
tate was valued at .£302. 

The children of Tobijah* (known as Capt.) son of Rev. William, were, 
with probably others, Priscilla, 3 b. April 21, 1689 ; Mary, 3 b. Jan. 19, 
1691 ; Joseph, 3 b. April 1, 1695; Daniel, 3 b. June 15, 1697, graduated 
Harvard, 1717, settled in Bridgewater, 1721 ; d. Sept. 29, 1782, in the 
86th year of his age and the 62d year of his ministry, which was " not 
long only, but peaceful and efficacious. " 

His second wife was Madam Hancock, mother of the Gov. ; and his 
son, Dr. Richard, 4 grad. H. U. 1748; m. Mary a sister of the Gov., 1760. 
[See Judge Mitchell's History of Bridgewater.] 

The children of John 2 (son of Rev. Wm.) were, 1. Anna, 8 b. Dec. 
28, 1696. 2. John, 3 b. March 9, 1698 ; he was an eminent physician in 
his time, had studied two years in London and practised physic forty years 

1856.] Perkins Genealogy. 213 

in Boston. In 1755 he published a tract on earthquakes, and also an essay- 
on the smallpox, in the London magazine. He left a manuscript of 368 
pages, containing an account of his life and experience, which is preserved 
in the library of the American Antiquarian Society. His wife Clarissa 
died in 1749, and he wrote a poem on her death. He died in Lynnfield 
in 1781, aged 83. 3. Elizabeth, 3 b. March 9, 1700 ; m. Rev. Nathaniel 
Sparhawk, and d. May 12, 1768, set. 68. One of their sons was the 
Rev. Edward Perkins Sparhawk, grad. H. U. 1753, and another, John, 
was a physician in Philadelphia. 4. Mary, 3 b. Aug. 20, 1702. 5. Wil- 
liam, 3 b. Aug. 10, 1704. — [See Lewis's History of Lynn.] 

The children of Timothy 2 (youngest son of Rev. Wm.) were, 1. Tim- 
othy, 3 b. Sept. 21, 1687. 2. Nathaniel, 3 b. Sept. 13, 1689. 3. John, 3 b. 
Sept. 2, 1692. 4. Richard, 3 b. Sept. 23, 1694. 5. Jacob, 3 b. Oct. 11, 
1696. 6. William, 3 b. Nov. 11, 1698. 7. Hepzibah, 3 b. Oct. 6, 1702. 
8. Hannah, 3 b. Nov. 14, 1703 ; m. a Nichols. 


John 1 Perkins, the elder, of Ipswich, as he is called on the records, and 
probably a cousin of the Rev. Wm., was also an early and honored an- 
cestor. He was born in Newent, (as supposed,) in Gloucestershire, Eng., in 
1590. Dec. 1, 1630, he embarked with his wife and family for America, 
at Bristol, Eng., and arrived at Boston Feb. 5th, 1631, after a " very tem- 
pestuous voyage." They came over in the ship Lyon, Capt. Wm. Pearce, 
and the famous Roger Williams was one of their fellow passengers. At 
this time their youngest child was about seven, and their oldest seventeen 
years. On the 18th of the following May, (1631.) he was admitted free- 
man. Pie remained in Boston about two years, when in 1633 he removed 
to Ipswich. He was a representative to the General Court from that town 
in 1636, held various town offices and trusts, and appears to have been 
a man of great respectability. He owned the large island at the mouth 
of Ipswich River, which was then, and nearly to our own day, called 
Perkins's Island. It is still believed to be in the family. His house, 
which he gave, after his wife's decease, to his youngest son Jacob, stood 
near Manning's Neck and close to the river. His will is dated March 28th, 
1654, and he probably died not long after, as he then says he was " sick 
and weak in body." It was proved Sept. 1654, and his estate was valued 
at <£250. 05s. He was 64 years old at his death. The name of his wife 
was Judith, and he left six children, as follows : — 

1. John? jun., b. 1614; admitted freeman, May 17,1637; m. Elizabeth 
, who died Sept. 27, 1684. He died Oct. 14, 1686, set. 72. 

2. Thomas? b. 1616, settled in Topsfield ; m. Phebe, dau. of Zacheus 
Gould, and d. May 7, 1686, set. 70. 

3. Elizabeth? m. William Sargent, of Amesbury, and left descendants. 

4. Mary? m. Thomas Bradbury, of Salisbury. 

5. Lydia 2 ; m. a Bennet. 

6. Jacob? b. 1624 ; lived in Ipswich ; m. Elizabeth, who d. Feb. 12, 
1685, aet. 56. He died Jan. 29, 1700, set. 76. [See Jacob 3 .] 

The descendants of John the elder, or senior, are very numerous and 
respectable, and as many of them had the same name, it is extremely 
difficult to trace them. We give an imperfect list of them : 

1. John, 2 jun., his oldest son, lived and died in Ipswich. In Sept. 1633, 
at the first settlement of the town, and when he was only nineteen years 
old, he saved the inhabitants from destruction by the Eastern Indians, who 

214 Perkins Genealogy, [July, 

had come into the river with forty canoes " to cut them all off." Robin, 
a friendly Indian, told him of their plot, and he, with a few others, 
bravely defeated them. He is often called on the records " Quarter Mas- 
ter Perkins." His children were, 1. John, 3 m. Judith ; d. 1659, leaving a 
widow, one daughter, and a child " new born," an estate of .£103, which 
the court gave the widow till her youngest child should be 18 years old. 

2. Abraham? b. 1641 ; m. Hannah, dau. of William Beamsley, of Bos- 
ton, Oct. 16, 1661. He d. April 27, 1722, set. 81. She d. Oct. 16, 1732, 
set. 91. Representative in 1710. Ch., 1. Hannah, 4 b. Aug. 7, 1662. 2. 
Beamsley, 4 b. April 7, 1673 ; d. 1719 ; wife Hannah. 3. John, 4 b. Aug. 
23, 1676 ; grad. H. U. 1695. 4. Stephen, 4 b. 1683 ; Capt. d. 1733. 
Ch., Margaret, 5 Mary 5 m. Norton, Elizabeth* m. Lowater. 5. Abraham, 4 b. 
Dec. 22, 1685 ; d. 1718. Ch., Joseph, 6 Nathaniel, 5 and Abraham. 5 

3. Jacob? m. Sarah Wainwright, 1667 ;* maltster, lived on Saga- 
amore Hill and d. 1719. Had 1. John, 4 b. 1668. 2. Phillis, 4 b. 1667; 
m. Thomas Emerson, 1683. 3. Hannah, 4 b. 1670. 4. Francis, 4 b. 
1672 ; he died before his father and left Robert, 5 Wesley, 5 Francis, 5 and 
Elizabeth ; 5 also probably David, ancestor of Benjamin Perkins, of Rox- 
bury. His widow, Elizabeth m. George Giddings, of Gloucester, 1706. 
5. Wesley, 4 b. 1674. 6. Sarah, 4 b. 1679. 7. Mary, 4 b. 1685. 8. Eliz- 
abeth, 4 b. 1689. 9. Jacob, 4 b. 1690. 10. Eunice, 4 b. 1691. 11. John, 4 
b. 1693.* 

4. Luke? m. Elizabeth Jago [Jaques ?] April 26, 1677. 

5. Isaac? lived at Chebacco ; d. 1725 ; wife Hannah. Ch., 1. John 4 , b. 
July 1, 1670. 2. Abraham, 4 Sept. 1671. 3. Hannah, 4 b. 1673 ; m. a 
Woodward. 4. Isaac, 4 b. 1676. 5. Jacob, 4 b. 1678. 6. Sarah, 4 b. March 
28, 1685 ; m. a Marshall. 7. Mary, 4 m. a Proctor, 1684. 

6. Nathaniel, 3 lived at Chebacco, in 1684 ; wife Judith. Ch., Nathan- 
iel, 4 b. 1685. Jemima, 4 b. June 29, 1686. 

7. Samuel 3 m. Hannah West, 1677 ; d. 1700. Ch., Samuel, 4 b. 1679. 
Ebenezer, 4 b. 1681 ; Elizabeth, 4 b. June 13, 1685 ; John, 4 b. May 12, 1692. 

8. Thomas? perhaps was a son of John, jun. 

The children of Thomas, 2 second child of John the elder, were, 1. John. 3 
2. Thomas. 3 3. Elisha. 3 4. Timothy. 3 5. Zaccheus. 3 A daughter 3 m. 
Joseph Towne ; another, 3 a Lamson, and Judith, 3 b. Jan. 28, 1658. He 
is usually called on the records, " Dea. Thomas Perkins, sen., of Tops- 
field." His will is dated Dec. 11, 1685, and proved Sept. 1686. It is 
quite long and minute, and his estate was large. He died May 7, 1686, 
aged 70. His oldest son, John 3 m. Deborah Browning, Nov. 28, 1666, 
and d. May 19, 1668, leaving a son Thomas, 4 b. Nov. 4, 1667, who went 
to Enfield, Mass., and has descendants there as supposed. 

Thomas, 3 second son of Deacon Perkins, m. Sarah Wailis, 1683, and d. 
1719. Children : Martha, 4 b. 1695 ; Robert, 4 1697 ; Samuel, 4 1699 ; Sa- 
rah, 4 Phebe, 4 Hannah. 4 

Elisha, 3 his third son, m. Catherine Towne, Feb 23, 1680. She was the 
daughter of Jacob and Catherine Towne, b. Feb. 25, 1662. Their child- 
ren were, Thomas, 4 b. Oct. 15, 1681 ; m. Mary Wildes, Nov. 26, 1719, 
and removed same year to Kennebunkport, Me. For his descendants, see 
Bradbury's excellent history of that town. 

Elisha, 4 b. May 27, 1683 ; wife Lucy d. 1751. 

* Mr. Savage says that Jacob 2 m. Sarah, dau. of Francis Wainwright. His second 
wife was Elizabeth , by whom he had Matthew, b. June 23, 16G5. 

1856.] Perkins Genealogy. 215 

John, 3 a house carpenter, was the third son of Dea. Thomas, b. Aug. 2, 
1685 ; wife Mary died June 22d, 1750. Ch.: Elisha, 4 b. 1714; Isaac, 4 1717; 
John, 4 1719 ; Thomas, 4 1723 ; Moses, 4 1732, m. Anna Cummings, 1754. 
His son was the well known Capt. Thomas Perkins, a Salem millionaire. 

Jacob 1 was the youngest child of John the elder, and inherited by will 
all his father's real estate in Ipswich. In 1761 his house was struck by 
lightning on the Lord's day, while many of the people were there to " re- 
peat the sermon." In 1694 he described himself as " Serjeant Jacob Per- 
kins, senior, and as having grown old, and given to each of his children 
their respective parts of his estate." His wife Elizabeth d. Feb. 12, 1685, 
set. 56. He d. Jan. 29, 1700, set. 76. Ch. : Elizabeth, 3 b. April 1, 1650. 
John, 3 b. July 3, 1654, d. 1705; Judith, 3 b. July 11, 1655; Mary ,3 b. 
May 14, 1658 ; Jacob, 3 jun. born Aug. 3, 1662, m. Oct. 15, 1684, Eliza- 
beth, dau. of John Sparks, who d. April 10, 1692. Ch. : Jacob, 4 b. Feb. 
15, 1686 ; Elizabeth, 4 b. March 18, 1691 ; John 4 and others. 

Matthew, 3 b. June 23, 1665; m. a daughter of Lieut. Burnham ; d. 1755, 
set. 90. Ch. : Abraham, 4 Matthew, 4 and others. Matthew, as is supposed, 
was the grandfather of the well known inventor and mechanic, Jacob 
Perkins, who was born in Newburyport, and died in London, July 30, 1849, 
set. 83. 

Joseph 3 and Jabez, 3 the youngest sons of Serjeant Jacob, 9 settled early 
in Norwich, Conn., where they married and left many descendants, noted 
as physicians, clergymen, and lawyers. [See the excellent and interesting 
History of Norwich, by Miss Caulkins. 


Abraham 1 Perkins was one of the first settlers of Hampton, N. H., in 
1638. He was admitted freeman, May 13, 1640. He was a man of good 
i education, an excellent penman, and much employed in town business. 
His will is dated Aug. 22d, and proved Sept. 18, 1683. It is supposed he 
was a brother of John the elder, of Ipswich. His wife Mary d. May 29, 
1706, set. 88. Ch. : Abraham, 2 jun., killed by the Indians at North Hill, 
June 13, 1677 ; wife was Elizabeth Sleeper, dau. of Thomas Sleeper. 
Ch. : Mercy, 3 b. July 3, 1671, m. Samuel Chandler, July 12, 1694 ; Mary ,3 
b. Nov. 20, 1673, m. John Moulton, Oct. 6, 1692 ; Elizabeth, 3 b. April 9, 
1676, m. April 5, 1697, to Jeremiah Dow. The widow again married 
Alexander Denman. 

2. James? whose first wife was Mary and their child, Jonathan, 3 b. 
May 6, 1675. His second wife was Leah, dau. of Moses Cox, m. Dec. 
13, 1681. She d. Feb. 19, 1749, set. 88. He died before Dec* 9, 1731, 
when his will was proved. Ch. : Elizabeth, 3 m. Joseph Philbrick ; Han- 
nah, 3 b. Aug. 18, 1691, m. Simon Moulton, March 2, 1722 ; Mary, 3 b. 
Dec. 1686, m. Jonathan Taylor ; James, 3 b. March 17, 1696, m. Sarah 
Nason, Feb. 22, 1729 ; Moses, 3 b. July 13, 1698, m. Mary Marston, Feb. 
26, 1730, d. Aug. 14, 1765, set. 67; David, 3 b. Nov. 30, 1701 ; Sarah, 3 
m. Samuel Graves, and Lydia 3 m. a Clifford. 

3. Caleb 2 m. Bethiah, dau. of James Philbrick. Ch. : Rhoda, 3 b. June 
24, 1677, m. Elias Philbrick, May 24, 1700; Benjamin, 3 b. May 11, 1680; 
Ann, 3 b. March 19, 1682. 

4- Jonathan 2 d. Dec. 1687 ; wife was Sarah, and their daughter Abigail 3 
was born April 30, 1687. 

5. Abigail? b. April 12, 1655, m. Dea. John Folsom of Exeter, Nov. 
10, 1675. 

216 Perkins Genealogy. [July, 

6. Timothy? b. June 2, 1659, d. Jan. 27, 1659. 

7. Sarah, 2 b. July 26, 1659. - 

8. Humphrey 2 b. May 17, 1661 ; representative in 1696 ; d. Jan. 7, 
1712, set. 51. His wife was Martha, and their children were John, 3 b. 
March 12, 1688 ; Jonathan, 3 b. Nov. 24, 1692 ; Mary, 3 b. Nov. 28, 1693, m. 
Samuel French, Dec. 20, 1722. James, 3 b. Sept. 9, 1695, m. Huldah 
Roby, Dec. 24, 1714; Martha, 3 m. Ephraim Leonard; Sarah, 3 Abigail. 3 
His two youngest sons, David and Luke, settled, perhaps, in Bridgewater. 

Isaac 1 Perkins, probably brother of John and Abraham, was an early set- 
tler in that part of Hampton now called Seabrook, where he still has de- 
scendants. He was admitted freeman in 1642, and died between 1683 and 
1686. The name of his wife was Susannah, and iheir ch. were, 1, Jacob, 2 
who m. Mary Philbrick, Dec. 30, 1669, and had Isaac, 3 b. Dec. 18, 1671 ; 
Jacob, 3 Dec. 24, 1676; Mary, 3 Aug. 10, 1698; Benjamin, 3 Aug. 12, 1693. 

2. Daniel 2 died Aug. 1, 1662. 

4. Mary 2 b. July 23, 1658. 

5. Ehenezer 2 b. Dec. 9, 1659 ; wife was Mercy ; son Jonathan, 3 b. 
May 10, 1691. 

6. Joseph 2 b. April 9, 1661. His wife was Martha, and their children 
were, Joseph, 5 b. July 28, 1689. John, 3 b. June 4, 1691 ; Caleb, 3 b. July 
8, 1693. 


There was a William Perkins, at Dover, 1662 — 1675, born, it is said, 
in the west of England, 1616; took the oath June 21, 1669; died in 
Newmarket in 1732, aged 116. Several of his grand children have lived 
above 70 years, and his great-grandson Thomas died in Wakefield, in 
1824, aged 91. It is not known that he was related to the preceding 
cousins of his name. 

It is supposed that John " the elder," of Ipswich, and Abraham and Isaac 
of Hampton, were brothers, and cousins of Rev. William, of Topsfield, and 
all of them remotely related to that famous old Puritan nonconformist, Rev. 
William Perkins, who lived in the reign of Elizabeth, and was a fellow of 
Christ's College, Cambridge. His writings, in three large folio volumes, 
were held in high esteem by the fathers of New England. His Life and 
Portrait can be found in Fuller's Holy State, who says of him, that " he 
would pronounce the word damn with such an emphasis, as left a doleful 
echo in his auditor's ears a good while after. 

And when catechist of Christ's College, in expounding the command- 
ments, applied them so home, able almost to make his hearers hearts fall 
down, and hairs to stand upright. But in his older age he altered his 
voice, and remitted much of his former rigidness, often professing that to 
preach mercy was the proper office of the ministers of the gospel." 

The Editor, being personally interested, hopes, at some future day, to 
get at the exact facts in this matter, and in the mean time will thank any 
one to give him all the information in their power, or for any corrections 
to this imperfect sketch. 

It may rescue some facts from oblivion, and stimulate some one of this 
excellent and honored name, now found in almost every State of our 
Union, to make researches in both English and American records, and 
give us a complete history of this family. In closing, he would express 
his obligations to Horatio N. Perkins, Esq., of this city, from whose man- 
uscripts much of the preceding has been obtained. 

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[Continued from p. 72.] 

[Copied for the Register, by Wm. B. Trask.] 

Boston Deathes. 

Ellias Manyard Marrincr of Sidmouth in Devonshire dyed 4:9: 53. 
Thomas Oddingsalls a stranger deceased at Mr, Rucks house; at Boston in 

New England 21 : 4 : 52. 
Susan y e dau. of Edward Breeckc of Dorchester servant to Mr W* Paddy 

deceased 11 : 9 : 53. 
Richard y e Neger servant of Cap 1 Robert Kcayne dyed [ 
Sibbell y e wife of Richard Bennet deceased 13 ; 7 : 53. 
David y e sonne of David & Mary dyed 2:9: 53. 
John Looe dyed 1 : 10 mo : 53. 

Malachy Browning deceased at M r Rob 1 Scotts house 27 : 9 : 53 
Rachell ye Daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth Clarke dyed 16 : 9 : 53. 
John y e sonne of James & Johanna Davis dyed 13 : 9 : 53. 
Jonathan sonne of Thomas & Elizabeth Wi borne dyed 10 : 10 mo : 53. 
Jn» Franckline kinsman to W m Franckline of Boston dyed 26 : 9 : 53 
Rebeccah y e wife of James Hudson dyed 14 : 9 : 53. 
Joseph sonne of Thomas Bell & of Ann his wife dyed 29 : 9 mo : 53. 
Peter y e sonne of John & Abigail Jackson dyed 5:9: 53. 
Benjamine sonne of John & Abigail Jackson dyed 11:9: 53. 
Ezra Caue of Fingworth in Lecestershire dyed 4:7: 53. 
John Robinson of Fiddingworth in Lecestershier dyed 7:7: 53. 
James sonne of William Browne & of Hannah his wife dyed 15 : 9 : 53. 
Richard done Neger servant to Cap 1 Rob 1 Keayne dyed 11 : 9 m0 : 53. 
Richard sonne of Richard & Mary Chapman dyed 17 : 9 : 53. 
Elizabeth y e Daughter of James & Abigail Johnson dyed 11:9: 53. 
Mary y e Daughter of W m Cole m r chant & of Ann his wife dyed 23 : 10 : 5.T 
Nathaniell Edwards m r chant deceased 2:11: 53. 
Jn» Whittingham sonne in law to M r Simon Eire dyed 7:9: 53. 
Zacheus sonne of Richard & Elizabeth Fairebanks dyed 10 : 9 : 53. 
William King servant to Georg Hallsell dyed 14 : 10 : 53. 
Elizabeth Daughter of Edward & Elizabeth Page dyed 19 : 9 mo : 53. 
John sonne of James Hudson & of his wife Rebecca dyed 21 : 10 : 53. 
Rebecca wife of Tho : Leader dyed 16 : 10 : 53. 

Patience y e dau. of Samuell 011iver& of his wife Lydia dyed 26 : 9 : 53 
Isabell wife of William Caustine dyed 25 : 11 : 53. 
Johanna Daughter of Christopher & Ann Holland dyed 1:3: 52. 
Richard sonne of Rich d & Sibbell Bennet dyed 26 : 12 : 53. 
Elizabeth Daughter of Francis & Alice Bennet dyed 17 : 11 : 53. 
Naomi Daughter of W m Cope & of Judith his wife dyed 8 : 8 : 53. 
Ralph Waldren borne in Barbadoes dyed 29 : 9 : 53. 
Sarah Daughter of Mr Robert Woodmansey dyed 10 : 9 : 53. 
William Dening dyed the 20th f n« : 53. 

Johannah Daughter of Christopher & Ann Holland dyed 2 : 1 : « 
Joseph sonne of Hen: & Alice Largine dyed 14 : 1 : 53 or 54. 
Pateson of Lyme in y e Countie of Dorset dyed aboard y e shipp 
John & Sarah whereof was m mer M r John Greene 27 : 12 : 51. 

218 Early Records of Boston. [July. 

Samuell y e sonne of Robert <k Hannah Read dyed 3^ : 1 : 54. 

Judeth wife of Robert Hull dyed 29 : 1 : 54. 

John sonne of James & Mary Dennis dyed 31 : 1 : 54. 

Robert Woodward deceased 21 : 9 : 53. 

Jeremiah sonne of Robert & Rachell Woodward dyed 26 : 9 : 53. 

Joseph Shaw dyed 13 : 10 : 53. 

Sarah Daughter of Hugh Browne & of Sarah his wife dyed 2:11: 53. 

Hugh y e sonne of Hugh & Sarah Browne dyed 16 : 5 : 52. 

Sarah y e Daughter of Hugh Browne dyed 3:2: 54. 

John y e sonne of John Sweete & of Susan his wife dyed 3 : 2 : 54. 

Johanna Daughter of Angell Hollard&of Katherine his wife dyed 29: 1 : 54. 

William sonne of Anthony Shaw & of Alice his wife dyed 25 : 1 : 54. 

Jane wife of John Anderson dyed 4:3: 54. 

Ann wife of Thomas Trescott Marriner dyed 10 : 3 : 54. 

Thomas Wheeler dyed 16 : 3 : 54. 

Samuell sonne of Lyonell & EUinor Wheatly dyed 20 : 3 : 54. 

Tabitha Daughter of Thomas & Ann Bell dyed 27 : 2 : 54. 

Elizabeth Daughter of Peter Wittoms & of Redigon his wife 25 : 3 : 54. 

Joseph y e sonne of Daniell Turrill & of Lydia his wife dyed 10 : 3 : 54. 

Benjamine sonne of Benjamine & Wilmott Phipeny dyed 28 : 3 : 54. 

Hannah Daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth Sowell dyed 2:11: 54. 

John sonne of John & Joan Baker dyed 25 : 4 : 54. 

Sarah Daughter of John & Mary Phillips Junio r dyed 29 : 4 : 54. 

Hezekiah sonne of John & Elizabeth Harwood dyed 25 : 4 : 54. 

Zechariah sonne of Zechariah & Elizabeth Phillips dyed 24 : 5 : 54. 

Thomas sonne of Rob* & Rebecca Winsor dyed 8:5: 54. 

Peter ^onne of Samuell & Mary Johnson dyed 19 : 

Samuell sonne of John Anderson dyed 10 : 5 : 54. 

Phillipee wife of William White dyed 5:5: 54. 

Samuell Norton dyed 28 of June 1654. 

James sonne of Arthur Kind & of Jane his wife 19 : 5 : 54. 

Sarah Daughter of Joseph & Elizabeth Rocke dyed 27 : 4 : 54. 

Hannah Daughter of Hezekiah & Elizabeth Vsher dyed 24 : 5 : 54. 

Mary Daughter of Samuell Sendall & of Johanna his wife dyed 23 : 5 : 54. 

Anna Daughter of Mathew Jyons & of Ann his wife dyed 26 : 5 : 54. 

Mr William Hibbins dyed 23 : 5 : 54. 

Elizabeth Daughter of Peter & Alice Place dyed 8:6: 54. 

Elizabeth Daughter of Edward & Margaret Cowell dyed 7:6: 54. 

John sonne of William & Hannah Townesend dyed 17 : 6 : 54. 

Ann Daughter of John Sanford & of Bridget his wife dyed 26 : 6 : 54. 

Mary Daughter of Samuell Wilson of Fairefeild & of Jane his wife dyed 

Eliazer y e sonne of Robert Scott &of Elizabeth his wife dyed 3:6: 54. 
Grace Daughter of Mr Rich d Bellingham, dyed 3:7: 54. 
Thomas sonne of Thomas & Mary Broughton dyed 1 : 7 mo : 1654. 
John y e sonne of Robert Nanny & of Katherin his wife dyed 20 : 7 : 54. 
Hannah Daughter of William Holloway dyed Last : 8 rao . 1653. 
Eliakim sonne of Robert & Sarah Waker dyed 30 : 7 : 54. 
John Avery dyed 31 : 5 : 1654. 
Naomi the Daughter of Francis Douce & of Katherine his wife deceased 

14 : 7 : 54. 
Lydia the Daughter of Francis & Katherine Douce dyed 6:8: 54. 
Mary Daughter of Henry & Sibbilla Sands dyed 14 : 8 ; 54. 


1856.] Early Records of Boston. 219 

Hannah the Daughter Ireson of Lynn servant to Sibbella Sands widdow 

deceased 5:9: 54. 
Ellinor y e Daughter of Henry Shrimpton & of his wife Mary deceased 

9 : 1": 1652[?]. 
Martha y e Neger y e Daughter of Matthew & Dorcas deceased 26 : 6 : 54. 
William y e sonne of Mathew Jyons & of Ann his wife dyed 1:9: 54. 
Mary y e Daughter of John & Hannah Bateman dyed 17:8: 54. 
Elizabeth Looe dyed 24 : 8 : 54. 

John y e sonne of Robert & Elizabeth Sanford dyed 23 : 9 : 54. 
Mathew Cenig deceased 4 : 10 : 54. 
John y e sonne of John & Judeth Hull dyed 14 : 9 : 54. 
Major Genn r all Edward Gibbons dyed 9 : 10 : 54. 
Thomas y e sonne of Thomas & Elizabeth Sowell dyed 7 : 10 : 54. 
Isaac y e sonne of Walter & Mary Sennot dyed 11 : 8 : 54. 
Thomas Dinely dyed 15 : 11 : 54. 

Joshua y e sonne of Joshua & Ann Rog r s dyed 15 : 12 : 54. 
Mary Bigsby widdow dyed 5:11: 54. 
Barnebas Farre dyed 13 : 10 : 54. 

Gustavs the sonne of William & Mary Hambleton dyed 27 : 11: 54. 
Barbary y e wife of M r Anthony Stoddard dyed 15 : 2 : 55. 
Edmund Grosse deceased 1:3: 55. 

Anne y e Daughter of Thomas &; Anne Waker dyed 20 : 2 : 55. 
Susanna wife of Leiut W m Phillips dyed 16 : 4 : 55. 
Silvanus sonne of Walter & Mary Mery dyed 16:4: 55. 
Thomas Bell deceased 7:4: 55. 
Nath Sowther deceased 27 : 4 : 55. 
Mr Robert Knight deceased 27 : 4 : 55. 

Samuell y e sonne of John Baker & of Joan his wife dyed 2:5: 55. 
Hannah y c wife of Robert Read dyed 24 : 4 : 55. 
Rob 1 y e sonne of Robert & Margery Brooke dyed 11:5: 55. 
Margaret the wife of Henry Feltch dyed 23 : 4 : 55. 
Ester Cogsall decease at Godfry Armitages house 7:5: 55. 
Jn° Speres master of the Barque May Flower an inhabitant of Virginia 

deceased at Evan Thomas his house 25 : 5 : 55. 
Zakeus Bosworth deceased 28 : 5 : 55. 
John Coddington deceased 18 : 6 : 55. 
Thomas Bounty of Wappine or Redriffe in England deceased at Leiut 

W m Hudsons 26 : 6 : 55, he dye d intestate. 
John Foote a seaman of Manchester dyed 16 : 6 : 55. 
John y e sonne of James & Mary Dennis dyed 10 : 7 : 55. 
Benjamine y e sonne of Benjamine & Wilmot Phipeny dyed 20 : 7 : 55. 
W r illiam Davis a seaman Liueing in Chadwell in England deceased at 

Isaac Cullimors house 20 : 7 : 55. 
Richard the sonne of Capt Thomas and Mary Savage dyed 23 : 7 : 55. 
Rebecca Daughter of M r Joseph Rocke & of Elizabeth his wife dyed 19 : 

7 : 55. 
Dorcas Daughter of William & Phillip White dyed 30 : 7 : 55. 
Chrestable y e wife of John Gallop dyed 27 : 7 : 55. 
Elisha sonne of William & Mary Salter dyed 14 : 7 : 55. 
William y e sonne of William & Hannah Balantine dyed 4:8: 55. 
Margaret Mathewes deceased 23 : 9 m0 : 55. 

Mary y e Daughter of Arthur Kind & of Jane his wife deceased 27 : 8 : 55. 
John y e sonne of John & Ruth Ingolsby 15 : 10 : 55. 
Mary y e wife of Leiut Joshua Hewes dyed 23 : 6 : 55. 

220 Early Records of Boston. [July* 

John Clemons seaman at a Towne neere Lee in England deceased at 

Isaac Cullemors 13 : 8 : 55. 
Elizabeth Daughter of Andrew Cload & of Elizabeth his wife deceased 

the 17 : 7 : 55. 
George Stevens a Cooper in London deceased at Isaac Cullimors house 

2:9: 55. 
Mary the wife of Ralph Roote dyed 15:9: 55. 
Mary y e wife of W m Baker dyed 12 : 10 : 55. 
Lydia y e Daughter of Jonathan & Mary Balston dyed 6:11: 55. 
Judeth ye Daughter of W m & Scisly Talbot dyed 16 : 11 : 55. 
Francis Bennet was drowned at Nodles Island dyed 4 : 10 : 55. 
Em the wife of Thomas Rawlins dyed 27 : 10 : 55. 
Mary y e Daughter of John & Hannah Keetch dyed 1:11: 55. 
Phillip Sherman Apprentice of John Blower dyed 12 : 10 : 55. 
Elizabeth Rose servant to Hugh Williams dyed 20 : 11 : 55. 
Symon sonne of M r Simon Lynd & of Hannah his wife dyed 4:11: 55. 
Mary y e wife of M r Thomas Purchase dyed 7 : 11 : 55. 
Alice Fermase widow dyed 9 : 12 : 55. 

Mary the Daughter of Moses Maverick of Marblehead dyed 20 : 12 : 55. 
Judeth Whittingham Daughter in Law Vnto Mr. Symon Eire dyed 27 : 

l mo : 56. 
Abigail [?] sonne of John & Susanna Sweete dyed 16 : 3 : 56. 
Mary y e wife of William Lane dyed 2:3: 56. 

Hannah Daughter of M r Edward & Rebecca Rawson dyed 27 : 3 : 56. 
Mathew y e sonne of Mathew Jions & of Ann his wife dyed 13 : 3 : 56. 
Jarvis Goold deceased 27 : 3 : 56. 

Gershom y e sonne of Jn° & Elizabeth Mathew dyed [blank.] 
John y e sonne of John Wilford & of Bridged his wife dyed 12 : 4 : 56. 
Thomas Johnson of Hingham drowned 29 : 3 : 56. 
Stephen y e sonne of Isaac Waker & of Sarah his wife dyed 29 : 4 : 56. 
Johannah y e wife of Samuell Norden dyed 29 : 4 : 56. 
Nath y e sonne of John & Joan Baker dyed 13:4: 56. 
John y e sonne of Thomas & Elizabeth Hunt dyed 19:6: 56. 
Phillip y e sonne of Benjamine Brisco & of Sarah his wife dyed 16 : 6 : 56. 
John y e sonne of James Hudson & of Mary his wife dyed the first weeke 

in February (54.) 
Sarah y e daughter of Thomas & Sarah Moore dyed 25 : 6 : 56. 
Susanna Daught 1 * of Phillip & Ratchell Phillips dyed 15 : 6 : 56. 
John Jellet dyed 13 : 6 : 56. 

Zechariah sonne of M r Hezekiah & Elizabeth Vsher dyed 23 : 6 : 56. 
Sarah y e Daughter of Francis Dawse & of Katherine his wife dyed 18 : 5 : 56. 
Elizabeth Daught 1 " of Clemant & Mary Grosse dyed 1:7: 56. 
Sarah Daughf of Samue 11 & Sarah Bucknell dyed 25 : 6 : 56. 
Elizabeth Egginton wife of M r Jeremiah Eggington dyed 31 : 6 : 56. 
Ester y e wife of Jeremiah Fitche dyed the 14 : 7 : 56. 
John Jarvis m r chant dyed 24 : 7 : 56. 

Ratchell Daughter of Thomas Harwood & of Ratchell his wife dyed 27 : 7: 56. 
Thomas Wiborne deceased 2:8: 53. 
Samue 11 Wilbore deceased 29 : 7 : 56. 
M n Ann Levtjrit dyed 16 : 8 ; 56. 

Sarah Daughter of John & Emm Coddington dyed 8:9: 56. 
Jeremiah sonne of Danieli & Ester Travis dyed 1:9: 56. 
Hannah Daughter of William Read dyed 25 : 9 : 56. 

1856] Early Records of Boston. 221 

Mary the wife of Samuell Flacke dyed 6:9: 56. 

Anne wife of John Kenricke of Muddy River dyed 15 : 9 : 56. 

Elizabeth wife of Isaac Coussnes dyed 14 : 10 : 56. 

Dinah wife of Dorman Mahoon dyed 8:11: 56. 

William sonne of William & Mary Ingram dyed 19 : 11 : 56. 

Mehitabell Daught r of Thomas Hawkins & Rebeccah his wife dyed 14:3: 57. 

Peter sonne of Samuell & Isabell Howard dyed 31 : 1 : 57. 

Nicholas Busby dyed 28 : 6 : 57. 

Priscilla Daughter of Henry & Sarah Messing"" dyed 21 : 4 : 57. 

John sonne of Jer: Houchine & of Ester his wife dyed 2:5: 57. 

Sarah y e wife of John Lewes dyed 12 : 5 : 57. 

John Mosse dyed 26 : 3 : 57. 

Jonathan sonne of Henry & Ellinor Shrimpton dyed 22 : 5 : 57. 

Hannah Daughter of Henry & Elizabeth Powning dyed 6:5: 57. 

John y e sonne of John & Emm Jephson dyed 19 : 5 : 57. 

Nicholas sonne of Nicholas & Hannah Phillips dyed 1:6: 57. 

William sonne of W m Greenoe & of Elizabeth his wife dved 7:6: 57. 

John sonne of Leiut W m Phillips & of Bridget his wife dyed 8 : 6 : 57. 

Mehitabell Daughter of Henry & Elinor Shrimpton dyed 29 : 5 : 57. 

John sonne of Joseph & Elizabeth Rocke dyed 13 : 6 : 57. 

John sonne of Jn° Woodeeof Roxbery & of Mary his wife deceased 12 :6: 57. 

David sonne of W m Balantine & of Hannah his wife deceased 16 : 6 : 57. 

John sonne of John & Elizabeth Picket dyed 14 : 6 : 57. 

Stephen sonne of Walter & Mary Sennet 14 : 7 : 57. 

John sonne of Nathaniell & Sarah Hunn 3^ : 7 : 57. 

Joseph sonne of Thomas & Leah Baker dyed 30 : 6 : 57. 

Mary Daughter of Edw d Coleman &; of Margaret his wife dyed 6:7: 57. 

Leah Daughter of Hope & Ratchell Allen dyed 9 : 7 : 57. 

Edwd Arnold dyed 8 : 6 : 57. 

Thomas sonne of Thomas & Elizabeth Brattle dyed 5:7: 57. 

William sonne of Samuell Davis & of Sarah his wife dyed 21 : 7 : 57. 

Barthelmew Barlooe dyed 26 : 7 : 57. 

Samuell sonne of Cap 1 Thomas Savage &; of Mary his wife dyed 22 : 6 : 57. 

Sarah Daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth Watkins dyed 26 : 6 : 57. 

Sam 11 sonne of Peter & Sarah Olliver dyed 9:7: 57. 

Ann Daughter of Arthur Mason & of Johannah his wife dyed 11:7: 57. 

John Stockbridge dyed 13 : 8 : 57. 

Walter Merry was drowned 28 : 6 : 57. 

Theophilus sonne of Theophilus Frery & of Hannah his wife dyed 24 : 7 : 57. 

Rebecca wife of Mathew Barnes dyed 19 : 7 : 57. 

Elizabeth Daughter of Henry & Hannah Feltch junio r dyed 18 : 8 : 57. 

William Rix dyed 13 : 9 : 57. 

Thomas Alcock dyed 14 : 7 : 57. 

Richard y e Neger servant of Jn° Lowell dyed 7:9: 57. 

Elizabeth Daughf of Sampson &; Abigaile Shore dyed 15 : 10 : 57. 

Sarah wife of Job Judkine dyed 26 : 9 : 57. 

John sonne of Robert & Sarah Waker dyed 3:11: 57. 

Cap* Rob* Keayne dyed 23 : 1 : 56. 

This aboue written was brought in by M r Jonathan Negus as a true 
transcript of the seu r all deathes in Boston since w* he brought in before 
to the beginning of this time as hee affirmed. 


Early Records of Boston. 


Boston Marriages. 

Phillips Nicholas Phillips was marryed to Hannah Salter the 4 : 10 : 51 

p r Richard Bellingham Esq r . 
Philpot William Philpot was marryed to Anna Hunn widdow 16 : 

10 : 51 p r Richard Bellingham Esqu r . 
Isaac Cole John Cole sonne of Isaac Cole was marryed to Susanna 

Hutchinson v e Daughter of y e late W m Hutchinson of Road 

Island 30 : i0 : 51, p r Rich d Bellingham Esq'. 
Baker William Baker was marryed to Mary Eddington the Daughter 

of Edmund Edington 23 : 7 : 51. 
Madocks Edmund Madocks was marryed to Rebecca Munnings the 

14 : 11 : 51 pr Thomas Dudley Dep* Govern 1 " 
Davis Samuell Davis was marryed to Sarah Thayer Daughter of 

Rich d Thayer 20 : 5 : 51 p' M r W m Hibbins. 
Brisco Joseph Brisco was marryed to Abigail Compton the Daughter 

of John Compton 30 : 11 : 51 p r M r W" Hibbins. 
Phillips William Phillips Junio r was marryed to Martha Franklin 

24 : 8 : 50 p' M r W- Hibbins. 
Due Ambrose Due was marryed to Ester Barker Daughter of 

Nicholas Barker 10 : 12 mo : 51 p r Mr W kW Hibbins. 
Coggan Mr John Coggan was marryed to M" Martha Winthrop pr M* 

John Endicott Governo r 10 : 1 : 51. 
Till Peter Till was marryed to Elizabeth Nick 26 : 12 : 51 p* 

M r W m Hibbins. 
Cullimore Isaac Cullimore was marryed to Margery Page 22 : 11 : 51 

p' Rich d Bellingham Esq r . 
Saxton Thomas Saxton was marryed to Ann Atwood widdow 10 : 

1 : 51 p r Rich d Bellingham Esqr. 
Cheeckley John Cheeckley was married to Ann Eires Daught r of M* 

Symon Eires 5 : 1 : 52 p r M r W ra Hibbins. 
Allen Edward Allen of Boston was marryed to Martha Waye 7 : 

3 : 52 p* Tho: Dudley Esq' 
Gallop Nath: Gallop was marryed to Margaret Eueley the 11 : 4 : 52 

p' Rich d Bellingham Esq r . 
Sam 11 Gallop was marryed to Mary Phillips 20 : 11 : 50 p p 

Rich d Bellingham Esq' 
Yeomans Edw<» Yeomans was marryed to Elizabeth Joslin 21 : 4 : 52 

p r Rich d Bellingham Esq r . 
Lunerus Pol us Lunerus was marryed to Margaret Clemons widdow 

1 : 5 : 52 p r Mr W<* Hibbins. 
Howe Joseph Howe was marryed to Francis Willey 16 : 5 : 52 p r 

M r W» Hibbins. 
Ballantine William Ballantine was marryed to Hannah Hollard y» 

Daughter of Angell Hollard 23 : 5 : 52 p' M r W- Hibbins. 
Harbert Silvester Harbert was marryed to Lucie Adams the 21 : 7 : 52 

pr W m Hibbins Esqr. 
Paddy William Paddy of Plymouth was marryed to Mary Paiton of 

Boston widdow 3 : 10 mo : 51 by Rich d Bellingham Esq 1 ". 
Savage Cap 1 Thomas Savage was marryed to Mary Simmes the 

Daughter of Zechariah Simmes Pasto r of the Church of 

Christ in Charlestowne p r M r Increase Nowell 15 : 7 m0 : 52. 
Lord Thomas Lord was marryed to Hannah Thurston the 23 : 7 : 

p r Rich d Bellingham, Esq'. 

1856.] Early Records of Boston. 223 

Edzall Thomas Edzall was marryed to Elizabeth Ferman 16 : 7 : [ 

p r Rich d Bellingham Esq r . 
Ellis Edward Ellis was marryed to Sarah Blott the Daught' of 

Robert Blott of Boston p r Tho: Dudley Dept Gov r 6 : 8 : 52. 
Grossc Mathew Grosse was marryed to Mary Trott p r M r Thomas 

Dudley Dept Gov' 5 : 8 : 52. 
Vsher Hezekiah Vsher was marryed to Elizabeth Simes the Daugh- 

ter of Zechariah Simes Pasto r of y e Church of Christ at 

Charles Towne 2 : 9 : 52 by Increase Nowell Esq r . 
Adams Nath: Adams was marryed to Elizabeth Purmott the Daughf 

of Philemon Purmott 24 : 9 : 52 p r Rich d Bellingham Esq'. 
Jackson Edmund Jackson was marryed to Mary Gawdren widdow 

7 : 11 : 52 pr Rich d Bellingham Esqr. 
Burgesse James Burgesse was marryed to Lydia Meed y e 19 : 8 : 52. 
Mosse John Mosse was marryed to Mary Jupc 24 : 10 : 52 by Rich* 

Bellingham Esq r . 
Robinson Thomas Robinson of Scittuat was marryed to Mary Woodev 

Widdow 10 : 11 : 52 pr Mr W m Hibbins. 
Hull Edw d Hull the sonne of Robert Hull of Boston was marryed 

to Elinor Newman 20 : 11 : 52 p r M r W m Hibbins. 
Hudson James Hudson was marryed to Rebecca Browne Daughter 

of William Browne of Boston 3 : 12 : 52 p r M r W m Hibbins. 
Samuell John Samuell was Marryed to Lucie Wight Widdow 24 : 10 : 

52 p r M r Rich d Bellingham. 
Bill Thomas Bill was marryed to Widdow Elizabeth Nichols 

14 : 11 : 52 p r Rich d Bellingham Esqr. 
Axobery W ra Avvbrey m r chant was marryed to Rachell Rawson the 

Daughter of M r Edw d Rawson 18 : 11 : 52 p r W m Hibbins. 
Lowle John Lowle was marryed to Hannah Procto r Daughter of 

George Proctor of Dorchester 3 : 1 : H p r M r W m Hibbins. 
Lynd Mr Simon Lynde was marryed to Hannah Newgate the 

Daughter of M r John Newgate of Boston 22 : 12 : 52 p' 

M r W Tm Hibbins. 
Jay William Jaye was marryed to Mary Hunting the Daughter of 

John Hunting of Dedham. 
Mattock Samuell Mattocke was marryed to Constance Fairebanks Dau. 

of Richard Fairebanks of Boston 30 : 1 : 53 p r W m Hibbins. 
Shaw Anthony Shaw was marryed to Alice Stanare 8 : 2 : 53 p' 

M r Increase Nowell. 
Gilbert John Gilbert was marryed to Mary Eaton 5 : 3 : p r M r Tho- 

mas Dudley Dept Governo'. 
Beels Jeremiah Beels of Hingham was marryed to Sarah Ripley 

Daughter of W m Repley of Hingham at Boston 26 : 8 : 

pr ^r William Hibbins. 
Glover Habbacuke Glover was marryed to Hannah Eliott y c Daugh- 

ter of M r John Elliott Teacher of the Church of Christ at 

Roxbery 4 : 3 : 53 p r Tho Dudley Dept Qov r . 
Jewitt Joseph Jewitt of Rowley was marryed to Ann Allen widdow 

formerly the wife of Capt Bozon Allen of Boston 23 : 3 : 53 

p r Rich d Bellingham Esq', 
Bull Isaac Bull was marryed to Sarah Parker the Daughter of 

John Parker of Boston 22 : 4 : 53. 
Sandy John Sandy was marryed to Ann Holines the 7 : 5 : 53 p r 

M r W Hibbins. 


Early Records of Boston. 


Dart Ambrose Dart was- marryed to Anne Adis the Daught* of 

M r William Addis of Cape Ann 24 : 4 : 53. 
Chamberline John Chamberline was marryed to Anne Browne Dau. of 

William Browne of Boston 19:3: 53 p r M r W ra Hibbins. 
Manning Georg Manning was marryed to Mary Haroden the 15:5: 53. 
White William White & Phillip Wood were marryed 4 : 6 : 53. 

Spaule Thomas Spaule and Marry Gutteridge was marryed 18 : 6 : 53 

pr M r W m Hibbins. 
Browne Abram Browne was marryed to Jane Skipper 19 : 6 : 53 

pr M r W ra Hibbins. 
Merry Walter Merry m. Mary Doling 18 : 6 : 53 by M r Glover. 

Russell William Russell m. Alice Sparrow widdow the 7:7: 53. 

Page Isaac Pag was marryed to Damaris Shattock 30 : 7 : 53 p« 

M r William Hibbins. 
Bennet Ambrose Bennet was marryed to Mary Simons 15 : 2 : 53 

p r m- \y m Hibbins. 
Rog r s Joshua Rogers was marryed to Ann Fisen 12 : 8 : 53 p r M v 

W m Hibbins. 
Cload Andrew Cload was marryed to Elizabeth Bugby the 29 : 7 : 53 

by M r W m Hibbins. 
Pretious Charles Pretious was marryed to Rebecca Martine 17 : 9 : 53 

by Mr John Glover. 
Endicolt John Endicott sonne & heire to the wor p full M r Jn° Endicott 

was marryed to Elizabeth Houchin the Daughter of M T .. 

Jeremiah Houchin of Boston 9 : 9 : 53 by Riclv 1 Belling- 

ham Esq r . 
Pittman William Pittman was marryed to Barbury Evons 29 : 9 : 53 

by M r W" Hibbins. 
Dobson Georg Dobson was marryed to Mary Bostwicke 24 : 9 : 53 

by Mr John Glover. 
Gillet John Gillet was marryed to Elizabeth Perry widdow 22 : 10 : 53 

by Mr W m Hibbins. 
Breck Robert Breck m'chant was marryed to Sarah Hawkins the 

Daught 1 of Mrs Mary Hawkins widdow 4 : 11 : 53 by 

Rich d Bellingham Dep 1 Gover r . 
Bedwell Samuell Bedwell was married to Mary Hodgkinson the 2 : 

12 : 53 by M r W m Hibbins. 
Martine Richard Martine Merchant was marryed to Sarah Tuttle Dau> 

of John Tuttle of Boston 1 : 12 : 53 p r M r W" Hibbins. 
Prery Theophilus Frery m. Hannah Elliott Daughter of Jacob 

Elliott of Boston deceased 4 : 4 : 53 -p r M r W m Hibbins. 
iMwrence John Lawrence was marryed to Elizabeth Adkinson 8 : 12 

53 by Mr W m Hibbins. 
Robinson James Robbinson m. Martha Buck 21: 12:53 by M r W m Hibbins. 
Read William Read was marryed to Ruth Crooke 20 : 1 : |J br 

M r W m Hibbins. 
Hinckesman William Hinckesman was marryed to Mary Philberd 20 i 

11 : 52 By Mr Glover. 
Sowther Nathaniel Sowther was m. to Sarah Hill, widdow, 5 : 11 : 53. 

Shaw Joseph Shaw was marryed to Mary Sowther the Daughter of 

Nath Sowther 1 : 10 : 53. 
Parnum^ John Farnum was m. to Susanna Arnold the Dau of Thoma* 

Arnold of Watertowne 7 : 2 : 54 by M r Increase Nowell. 
(To be Continued.) 

1856. J The Allen Family in New England. 225 


1. Samuel Allen and his wife Ann were among the first settlers of 
Braintrce, Massachusetts. They had Samuel, 1632, and subsequently 
Joseph, James, Sarah, Mary and Abigail. His wife Ann died 1641, and 
he had a second wife, Margaret. Sarah married Lieut. Josiah Standish ; 
Mary married Nathaniel Greenwood, 1655; Abigail probably married 
John Gary, 1670. 

2. Samuel, the eldest son of Samuel 1 , settled in the parish of Easi 
Bridgewater as early as 1660. He was one of the original landed pro- 
prietors of the town and held many offices of trust and honor from the 
people. He was town clerk from 1683 to 1702, was a member of the 
Legislature in 1693, was in many of the battles with the Indians in those 
times, and once, while on a march to join Capt. Church with twenty of 
his neighbors, took seventeen prisoners after a desperate conflict. The 
records of the town still bear witness of his character for accuracy and 
research. He was a deacon of the church and bore a good character to 
his death. He married Sarah, daughter of George Partridge of Duxbury; 
she was born in 1639. They had Samuel, 1660 ; Essiel, 1663 ; Mehita- 
ble, 1665; Sarah, 1667 ; Bethiah, 1669 ; Nathaniel, 1672 ; Ebenezer, 
1674 ; Josiah, 1677 ; Elisha, 1679 ; Nehemiah, 1681. He died in 1703, 
aged 71. Mehitable married Isaac Alden, 1685; Sarah married Jonathan 
Gary, who died about 1695, and she afterwards married Benjamin Snow, 
1705 ; Bethiah married John Pryor. 

3. Samuel, son of Samuel 2 , married Rebeckah, daughter of John Cary, 
1685, and had Samuel, 1686 ; Ephraim, 1689 ; Timothy, 1691 ; Joseph, 
1693 ; Mehitable, 1695. The mother died 1697, and he married Mary, 
(supposed to be the daughter of Joseph Alden,) 1700, and had Joseph, 
1701 ; Benjamin, 1702 ; Mary, 1704 ; Rebecca, 1706 ; Matthew, 1708 ; 
Seth, 1710, and Abigail. His will 1736. Timothy, Joseph and Benja- 
min are supposed to have settled in New Jersey ; Mehitable married a 
Bushnell ; Mary married Henry Kingman, 1726 ; Rebeckah married John 
Kingman ; Abigail married Shubael Waldo, of Windham, 1730. [There 
was a Samuel Allen, who married Jane Turner, of Weymouth, 1728, and 
died 1750, and called Jr., probably the son ; there is no farther record of 
him.] Ephraim went to Berkley and was a blacksmith. 

Nathaniel, son of Samuel 5 , married Bethiah, daughter probably of Na- 
thaniel Conant, 1696, and lived at Conanfs Bridge, Bridgewater, and 
afterwards at South Bridgewater ; and had Andrew, 1698 ; Hannah, 1700 : 
and James, 1704. The mother died and he had a second wife, Abigail 
(probably Mary,) and had Abigail, 1711 ; David, 1713 ; Andrew, Han- 
nah, and David, no account of, perhaps they went to the Cape. Abigail 
married Nathaniel Carver, 1736. Perhaps there was another daughter, 
Mercy, who married , 1739. 

Ebenezer, son of Samuel 2 , married Rebecca Scott, 1698, and had Sarah, 
1699; Rebecca, 1701; Jacob, 1702; Joanna, 1704; Abigail, 1706; John, 
1708; Ebenezer, 1709 ; Ephraim, 1711 ; Isaac, 1719 ; Joshua, James, 
Jemima and Deborah. The father died 1730. Sarah married Jonathan 
Crocker ; Joanna married David Pratt, 1722 ; Abigail married Samuel 
Smith ; Ephraim died 1734, and Jacob settled his estate ; Rebecca was 
baptized 1725, and died single. 

Josiah, son of Samuel 2 , married Mary Reed, 1707, and perhaps daugh- 
ter of Micajah Reed. Had Micah, 1708 ; Josiah, Mary, Esther, Sarah, 

226 The Allen Family in New England. [July, 

Nathan, 1722 ; Betty, 1724 ; William, 1726. Mary married Benjamin 
Vickery, 1737 ; Ester married James Edson, 1749 ; Sarah married Ja- 
phet Byram, 1742. The father was dead, in 1736. Micah, Nathan and 
Betty sold to Benjamin Whitman, 1781. 

Elisha, son of Samuel 2 , married Mehitabel daughter of Nicholas Bvram, 
1701, and had Elisha, 1704; Japhet, 1705; Mathew, 1708; Samuel, 1710; 
Mehitable, Susannah, Mary, Silence. Mehitable married Jonathan Alden, 
of Duxbury, 1731 ; Susannah m. John Cary, 1733; Silence m. Edmond 
Jackson, 1741. [Quere, if it was not Elisha's daughter that married 
Benjamin Vickery, 1737, not Josiah's as above.] Samuel probably m. 
Susannah, daughter of David Perkins, 1733, and died 1737. 

Nehemiah, son of Samuel 2 , married Sarah Wormell, 1707, and had 
Alice, 1707; Sarah, 1710; Martha, 1713; Nehemiah, 1715; Bethia, 
Lydia. Alice m. Arthur Latham, 1733, and then Jonathan Allen, of 
Braintree, 1739 ; Sarah m. Nathaniel Pratt, of Bridgewater, 1734; Martha 
m. Deacon Jacob Haywood, 1736 ; Bethia m. Micah Turner, of Wey- 
mouth ; Lydia m. Richard Vining, of Weymouth ; Jonathan Allen, of 
Braintree, married Mary, daughter of Captain Chilton Latham, 1742, 
and had several daughters married at Bridgewater ; two m. Ramsdeils 
and one m. Seth Hobart. 

Benjamin, son of Samuel 3 , m. Mehitable, daughter of Ephraim Cary, 
1730, and had Benjamin, Ephraim, Hannah and Mehitable, 1737. The 
father died and his estate was settled among the children 1754. Hannah 
m. John Edson, 1751 ; Mehitable m. Benanuel Leach. Mehitable Allen, 
the widow, m. Caleb Washburn, 1756 Benjamin went to Kingston and 
married a Delano, and was a sargeant with Gen. Winslow, 1755, in secur- 
ing the neutral French at Nova Scotia, where he died. He enlisted from 
Plymouth, where he was a tanner. 

Capt. Mathew, son of Samuel 3 , m. Sarah, daughter of Seth Brett, 1735, 
and had Nehemiah, 1736; Ezra, 1739; Nehemiah, 1741 ; Sarah, 1747; 
Mary, 1750; Simeon, 1753. He died 1787, aged 79 ; she died 1794, 
aged 76 ; Sarah died single, 1812, aged 65. Simeon m. Huldy, daughter 
of Ephraim Cary, 1785, and had Susanah, 1786 ; Simeon, 1788 ; Alfeus, 
1792, who married two daughters in succession of Maj. Nathl. Wilder, of 
Middleborough, and removed to Boston and there died, 1828, without 
children. Simeon, the father, died 1805, aged 52, and Huldy, the mother, 
died 1802, aged 50. 

Deacon Seth, son of Samuel 3 , married Rebecca Rickard, Plympton, 
1735, and had Betty, 1739 ; Mary and Rebecca, twins, 1743. He died 
and the widow married Deacon Thos. Whitman, 1767 ; Betty m. Nathan 
Whitman, 1761. 

Mathew, son of Elisha and grandson of Samuel 2 , m. Sarah Hardin, 
1734, and had Susanna, 1735; Samuel, 1737; Japhet, 1739 ; Sarah, 1743; 
Mary, 1745 ; Mathew, 1747. The mother died 1793, aged 77 ; Susanna 
m. Seth Gannet, 1754 ; Sarah m. Lot Dwelley, 1763 ; Mary m. John Ho- 
bart, 1765, father of John Hobart, Esq., of Leicester, and afterwards a 
Bearce. The father, Mathew, died 1784, aged 76. 

Japhet, son of Mathew and great grandson of Samuel 2 , married Betty 
Thomas, of Marshfield, 1761. She was a sister of Nathan Kingman's wife, 
and had Sarah, 1765; Laban, 1766; Phebe, 1768 ; Japhet, 1771 ; Betty, 
1773 ; Jenny, 1775 ; Lydia, 1778, and Isaac, (born at Tamworth, N. H., 
where the family all moved,) September 29th, 1782. The father was a 
well educated man, but of feeble health for many years previous to his 

1856.] Pedigree of Uncus. 227 

death, which took place February 3, 1791, aged 50 years. He was active 
in the revolutionary struggle and fought at the battles of Lexington and 
Bunker Hill. He served three years in the army after those battles, and 
was in a number of engagements while on duty. His health was broken 
down while in the army, and he retired to live out the remainder of his 
days in the wilds of New Hampshire. His wife died also at Tamvvorth, 
N. H., Feb. 13, 1793 ; Laban died at Rodman, Jefferson County, N. Y. ; 
Phebe m. Capt. Simon Gilman, of Tamworth, N. H., and had a large 
family of children ; but is still living. Japhet went to sea, became 
master of a vessel, and died at St. Mary's about the year 1815. Betty 
married a Cotton, of Wolfsborough, N. H., and had a large family of 
children, but died a few years since. Jenny married a Smith, of Tam- 
worth, N. H., had a large family of children, and died about the year 
1824. Lydia died young. Isaac married Betsey Gilman, daughter of 
Col. Jeremiah Gilman, of Burton, N. H., who was an officer in the revo- 
lutionary war. They were married in 1810, and had Ira, Jan. 3, 1812 ; 
Abigail J., March 17th, 1815; Stephen M., April 15, 1819; Elizabeth G., 
April 15th, 1824. The family moved to Dover, N. H., and subsequently 
to Corinna, in Maine, and from thence to Roxbury, Mass. The father 
died May 3d, 1856, the mother is still living. Abigail J. married H. G. O. 
Winter, and they removed to Hamilton County, Ohio. They have child- 
ren ; Abby Elizabeth, Otis Warren, and Helen ; Elizabeth G. Allen died 
at Roxbury, in January, 1845. 

Ira, son of Isaac above-named, was educated as a physician. He mar- 
ried Harriet S. Lock, daughter of Samuel Lock, of Dover, N. H., in 1832. 
They had children. Lydia Ann, March 12, 1833 ; Amanda, January 3, 
1835 ; Elizabeth G., January 25th, 1837 ; William, March 17, 1841 ; 
Harriet Maria, Oct. 8, 1842 ; Ida Blanch, June 22, 1833. The family all 
still live at Roxbury. 

Stephen M., son of Isaac, married Ann Maria, daughter of William 
Gridley, of Boston, April 15th, 1841, and had children. Maria Malville, 
July 12, 1846; Agnes Elizabeth, October 12, 1848; Marietta Withington, 
July 7, 1853, and Horace Gwynne, July 27th, 1855. Marietta died Sept. 
11, 1854. The father moved to Jamaica Plain in 1845, where the family 
still reside. S. M. A. 

« — ■•■ » 


Colony Records, Deeds, SfC, iii., 312. 

(Saml. G. Drake, Esq. Sir, I am not aware that the accompanying Genealogy of 
Uncas has ever before been printed entire ; it was, in October, 1692, upon Owaneco's re- 
quest, allowed by the General Court to be recorded. De Forest, in his History of the 
Indians of Connecticut, p. 66, refers to it, but spells the Indian names quite differently 
from my reading of them, as will appear upon comparison. — C. J. Hoadly, State 
Library, Hartford, March 26, 1856.] 

March 1679. 

The Genealogie and Lineage of Vncas Sachim of Monheag beginning 
at Tama-qrawshad who was granfather to the said Vncas his father, and 
so bringing it down to Vncas and his Successors, in which is also shewed 
his native right to such Lands with their respective boundaries as are here- 
after mentioned. 

The abovenamed Tamaquawshad had many relations which lived above 
Queenabaug River, and also up the Nipmuck Countrey who were never 
priveledged by Marriage into the Royall Stock, for the said Tamaquaw- 
shad had decreed to keep the Royall blood within the Realm -of the Mo- 
heags and Pequotts. 

228 Pedigree of Uncas. [July^ 

The great Granmother of said Vncas was a great Queen and lived at 
Moheag her name was Au-comp-pa-chauge-Sug-gunsh. 

His mothers Granfather was the Chief Sachim of the Pequot Countrey 
in his time and lived at Au-cum-bumsk in the heart of the Countrey and 
was named Nuck-quut-do-waus. 

Uncas his Granfather was the sonne of Nukquut do waos above named, 
and was the chief Sachim of the Pequot Countrey and lived at Aukum-i 
bumsk abovenamed, and was named Woipequund. 

His Granmother was the daughter of Weeroum the chief Sachim of 
the Narragansetts and her mothers name was Kesh-ke-choo-Walt-ma-kunsh 
the chief Sachims Squaw of the Moheags. 

And she was neece to Ahadon who was the sone of Nuckquutdowaus' 
and she was Sister to Aucomppachaug Suggunsh. 

Uncas his father who was wholly of the Royall blood, his name was 
Owaneco, and he was the sonne of Woipequund, and the said Woipequund' 
and Uncas his mother had both one mother the said Uncas his mother was 
called Muk-kun-nup and her mother before her was called by the same' 
name, Tatobems fathers name was Wo-peg worrit 

The said Uncas further declareth that about the time of his fathers de-< 
cease his said father moved to Tatobem who was then the great Sachim 
of the Pequotts countrey for a match between his eldest sonne and said 1 
Tatobems daughter, the said Tatobem did readily imbrace the motion 
abovesaid and gave his free consent. Alledging that by this coniunctionl 
they should keep their Lands entire from any vio1atio[n] either fromi 
neighboring or forreign Indians, but before the consumation of this match, 
the said eldest sonne died, and then by the determination of the Indian; 
Councill both of the Pequotts and Moheegs, it was concluded and joyntly 1 
agreed, that Uncas the next brother to the deceased should proceed in the j 
said Match, which thing Uncas accepted, and was married to her, about 
ten years before the Pequott warres, and had three children by her, two 
of which died Owaneco only surviving. 

Further the said Uncas doth declare, and looks upon it a thing which 
may be easily proved from the contract of the great Sachims (viz.) his 
father and the sachim of the Pequot Countrey upon the making of that 
match above specified, that his right to the Pequott countrey was good i 
and unquestionable who although she was of the Pequott blood, she neither 
would nor did forsake him in the time of the warre and also he himselfe j 
though in such affinitie unto the said Pequitts yet his wife and he shewing 
their fidelitie unto the English, himselfe adventuring for their assit" in 
that warre, that it would look hard to him by this unhappy warre to be 
deprived of his true and legall right to that countrey, which if it shall 
seem good to my good friends the English to my successors so farre as 
reason shall appear to maintain, it will without doubt be a friendly though 
not a costly requitall of my former or later adventuring myselfe in my 
own person with the lives of my Subjects for their assistance in offence of 
the enemies of my good friends the English I shall thankfully accept it 
from their hands. 

Uncas also declares that his granmother and Momohoes great granmother 
were owne sisters, and that Cattuppessit by Usorquene and Mau-gau-wan- 
mett of Long Island are both derived of the lineage Nukquutdowaus, and 
being of the Royall blood he desires the English would respect them as such. 

[After this there follows "Articles of Agreement between the Governor 
and Companie of his Majesties Colonies of Connecticut and Uncas Sachem 
of the Moheegs." 2 pages.] 

1856. J Memoranda of the Stone Family ) of Watertown. 229 



Old Almanac of Rev. Nathan Stone, in which he kept a Family Reg- 
ister, running back his ancestral line on both sides, the paternal to Simon 
Stone, who came from London, April, 1635, the maternal to Thomas 
Hinckley, the last Plymouth Governor. Lineage traced on the outside 
blank leaves of the Almanac; the rest scattered through it according to 
dates. W. F. Stone. 

My Grandfather Stone was Simon 
Stone of Watertown. who came out 
of England when 4 years old with 
my Great Grandfather Simon Stone, 
whose wife was Joana daugt r of M r . 
William Clark. He had one Brother, 
whose name was John, & three Sis- 
ters, which married Mr. Sterns, Green 
<fc Orne — this last died young. 

My Grandmother Stone was Mary 

Whipple. She had 1 Bro r : who had 

3 sons, John, Mathew & Joseph ; & 

3 sisters, who mar'd Mr. Potter, 

i Worth & Goodhue. My Grandfather 

! 6c Grandmother had 7 sons, Simon & 

I John, who lived at Groton ; Mathew 

at Sudbury, Ebenezer at Newton, 

N Nathaniel, my father, at Harwich, 

I David & Jonathan at Watertown ; and 

3 daugh u Mary who mar 4 Mr. Starr 

& lived at Dedham, Elizabeth marr'd 

Deacon Sterns, & Susannah who 

married Edw d Goddard Esq. of Fra- 

mingham. They were all together 

at my Undo Jonathan's July 1724. 

My Grandfather Hinckley was 
Thomas Hinckley Esq. of Barnsta- 
ble. He had 2 Brothers, Sam" who 
had 5 sons, Benjamin, Joseph, Tho- 
mas, Eben r & Isaac ; and John, who 
had 4 sons, Iccabod, Sam", Job & 

My Grandfather Hinckley's first 

wife was Richards, by whom he 

had 2 sons, Sam" & Thomas, and 7 
Daughters, who married Mr. Bacon, 
Wyburn, Hall, Worden & Avery, 
Crocker, Glover, & Whipple. His 
second wife was y e widow of Capt. 
Glover (I suppose her maiden name 
was Mary Smith) by whom she had 
Nath" & John & Aunt Rawson. 

By my Grandfather she had 2 
sons, John & Ebenezer, and 4 daugh** 
Aunt Mercy Prince, Abigail Lord, 
Thankful Mayhew, & my mother, 
Reliance Stone. 

My Uncle John mar d Thankfull 
Trott of Dorchester about April or 
May 1691, and died about Feb: or 
March 1706. 

My Grandmother Mary Hinckley 
died July 29 th 1703 iET« 73. 


My Father born some time in April 1667 — Died Feb. 8. 1755, se 87 
yrs. and 10 mos. 

My Mother born 15 th Dec r . 1675, mar* 1 same day 1698, and died May 
24, 1759, a?. 83 yrs. & 5 mos. 

My Father Ordained the 16 th of Novemer 1700. 


My Grandmother Mary Hinckley died July 29, 1703, M* 73. 
Grandfather Stone died Feb. 27, 1708, ]&■ 77. 
Grandmother Stone died the 2 d of June, 1720, ffi 86. 


My Uncle Simon Stone died Dec r 20, 1741. 
My Uncle Mathew Stone died 12 Aug 1 1743. 

230 Marlborough. [July 

My Uncle David Stone died 7 Oct . 1750. 

My Uncle Jonathan Stone died 7 Jan r * 1754, (N. S.) 

My Uncle Ebenezer Stone died 4 Oct . 1754. 

My Aunt Goddard died 4 Feb. (N. S.) & Uncle Goddard 9& Feb. 17M. 

N. S. 


Mother Fox* died 5^ of Feb. 1764— Mother Thachert 1" Oct". 1771. 


Sister Mary born 16th Sept. 1669. She died Dec' 22. 1778. 

Sister Kezia born 8. Apr 1 . 1701— mar 4 Apr. 10. 1729— and d. Nov. 2. 
1763, 33. 62 y" & 7 mo\ 

Brother Lincoln died April 19, 1760. 

Sister Reliance born 26 th April, 1703, and died March 26, 1735, se. 31 
y r \ & 11 mos. 

Brother Heman born 4th Sept. 1705, & died April 26, 1779, ee. 75. 

I was b. 18 Feb. 1707-8— mar 4 y« 1st time Oct" 21, 1734, mar* y« 2« 
time May 16, 1751. 

Judith my first wife was b. Aug. 10, 1712 — she d. Feb. 1748-9, about 
2 P. M., aged 36 years. J 

Sister Thankful born 2 d March 1709— mar d . June 11, 1756. 

Sister Eunice born 23 d June 1711. 

Brother Nathaniel b. 29th Nov. 1713, and died Janr 7, 1777. 

Sister Achsah b. 1* Sept. 1715. 

Sister Hannah b. 30th of June 1718, & d. 30th of July 1718, se. 1 month. 

Sister Hannah y« 2 d b. 26th March, 1720, & d. 7th of June 1720, 83. 2 
mo. 12 days. 

Sister Huldah born 6th f July, 1722, & d. 24th Q f Jan' 1727, ae. 4 yrs. 
«& 18 days. 

Sister Freeman's son Nathaniel died 22 d of Nov. 1743. 

Sister Freeman's Mary born 18 th Augt. 1744. 

< «»«— *- 


"On Monday last, the 16th Currant, Thirteen Indians on the Frontiers, surprized 
two men at their labour in the Meadows at Marlborough about four miles distant from 
the body of the Town, took them both alive ; and as they parted out of the Town took 
a woman also in their marching off, whom they killed. How oneof the Prisoners broke 
away in a 6cuffle, and brought home the Indians Gun and Hatchet, and acquainted the 
Garrison and Inhabitants, who speedily followed them, and were joyned by 20 from 
Lancaster, being in all 40 odd, " came up with the Enemy, who were also encreased to 
36, and on Tuesday at ten of the clock found them, and in two hours exchanged ten 
shot a man, in which skirmish we lost two men, and had two slightly wounded ; and no 
doubt we killed several of the Enemy, whose Tracts of being dragg'd away we saw, but 
recovered but one of them, tho' tis probably conjectured, that we kill'd 10 or 12 at 
least ; we took 24 of their Packs and drove them off their ground, and are yet pin suad 
by two Parties of the Forces from Lancaster and Groton, at our Forces overtaking and 
attacking the Enemy they barbarously murdered the Captive." News Letter, 25 Ang., 

* Wife of Rev. John Fox, of Woburn. 

t Wife of Thacher, of Attlebor , where Mary was mard. 

X His 2 d wife, Mary Thacher, survived him, don't know how long ; child" by each, 
all noted in the Almanac, but here omitted. 

Rev. Nathan Stowe died May 31, 1781. Gravestone, Southh r . His son, Rev. Nathan, 
of Dennis, died Ap 1 26, 1804. This entered in Almanac by another hand as were 
some other facts which ought to have been extracted before I returned the precious old 
thing to its keepers on Cape Cod, the greaf-great-grandchild n of Rev. Nathan 1 Stone, 
of Brewster.— W. F. S. 

1856.] Note on the Cradock Family. 231 


Boston, March 8, 1856. 
S. G. Drake, Esq., 

Dear Sir : — As the name of Cradock must always interest the 
antiquarians of this section of New England, I beg leave to hand 
you, with this, some extracts from a rare county history, relating to 
the family of Gov. Mathew Cradock, with a pedigree of a junior 
branch copied from Burke's " Commoners/' In this latter work, 
however, the compiler has failed to mark the connection. 

I remain your friend and servant, 


Extracts from ErdeswicWs History of Staffordshire, ed- 
arms of cradock. ited by Rev . Thomas Harcourt; Westminster, 1820. 

44 Of Caverswall, was Lord in Richard the First's time, as I take it, one 
Thomas de Carswall ; from whom it descended to Sir William de Cars- 
wall, Knt., who had issue, Sir Richard Carswall, Knt., who had issue, 
William de Carswell, (temp. Ed. 11,) who builded there a goodly castle, 
and pools, the dams being of masonry, and all his houses of office like- 
wise. He had issue, Richard de Carswall, who lived 19 Edw. 111. From 
the Carswalls it came by descent to the Montgomerys, and from them to 
the Giffords, and from them to the Ports, and from Port to my lord Hun- 
tington, now (1596) owner thereof in right of the countess his wife. 
[1820. From lord Huntington, it came by purchase to Mathew Cradock, 
in whose family it remained in 1655 ; from Cradock it passed to Sir 
William JolifFe, Knt., and from him, by marriage with his daughter, to 
William, viscount Vane, if Ireland."] page 187. 

44 George Cradock died seized of Pelsall Hall, and of lands in Pelsall, 
Wolverhampton, Wirley, Essington, Bloxwich, Hammerwich, Goscote, 
Houndhill, Handbury, Marchington, Acton-Trussel, Bedenhall, Brocton- 
hall, and the Castle of Caverswall. Matthew Cradock, his son, bought 
Ipstones, and built a new house at Caverswall, which he made his seat." 
—p. 296. 

John Cradock == Jane, dau. of Richard Needham, Esq. 

John == dau. of Richard Middleboro', Esq. 

Richard == Alice, dau. of John Dorrington, Esq. 

Richard == William Thomas 

d. s. p. ancestor of Gov. Cradock. 

John = Alice, dan. of Roger Tempest, (See Register, April, 1855.) 

ancestor of Cradocks, of Hartforth, 
Co. York. (Burke's Commoners, iv. p. 256. ) 

44 Trent being past Barleston and Tittensor enters between Cubleston 
and Darlaston, leaving the one on the east and the other on the west. 
Cubleston is a goodly large manor containing these hamlets, viz. : Mayford, 
Oldinton, Berryhill, Cotwaldeston, Mathershall, the Spot-Grange, Snell- 
hall, and Woodhouses." — (Erdestvick, p. 28.) Caverswall, the above 
mentioned seat of the Cradocks, is upon the river Blyth, a tributary of the 
Trent. Mayford in Cubleston is thus very near to Cavers well, and was 
formerly spelled Metford. 

The deeds of Gov. Cradock's widow and daughter, relating to lands in 
Medford, Mass., describe the property as being " in our manor of Metford 
in New England." 

232 Note on the Sargent Family. [July, 

It is then no very hazardous conjecture to say that our town of Med ford 
received its name from this place in England, and to hold until a better 
surmise is made, that the Governor gave it this name from a place near 
his ancestral possessions, in which moreover he may have had lands. 

Edward Mainwaring, of Whitmore, married a Cradock, as shown in 
the pedigree printed in this journal for April, 1855. 

As Burke's " Commoners" does not show properly the method in which 
that manor came to the Mainwarings, (see article Biddulph, of Biddulph, 
in vol. iii. p. 280,) I copy the record from Erdeswick : — 

Ricardus Forestarius held temp. Conq. several manors in Staffordshire, 
among others Biddulph, Annesley, Buckenhall, and Whitmore. He had 
a son, Ormusle Guidon, who married the daughter of Nicholas, vicecomes, 
and had issue Robert, Edward, Thomas and Alured. Of these, Robert 
married Amabilia de Perpant, and had Ralph, who d. s. p., and Alina who 
fn. Ingenulfus, son of William de Gresley. She had Robert de Gresley, 
who d. s. p., and three daughters, Avisia, Dionisia, and Petronella. Avisia 
m. Henry de Verdon and had Petronella and Henry de Verdon, which 
latter married his cousin Felicia, daughter of Stephen de Wiverston and 
Dionisia. The issue of Henry and Felicia was Henry, who inherited the 
possessions of these three daughters of Alina and Ingenulfus de Gresley, 
which were the manors of Annesley, Biddulph, and Buckenhall. He had 
a son Henry, who had an only daughter, Emme, wife of John de Whit- 
more, (probably a descendant of Ormus, though untraced,) and they had 
an only daughter, Elizabeth, wife of James Boghey, who carried with her 
the four estates of her parents. James Boghey had issue John, who had 
issue James, who had issue Robert, father of Humphrey ; who was father 
of Robert, whose sole daughter married Edward Mainwaring, whose de- 
scendants are still in the possession of these manors. 

« «~»*» ■*- 


" Jonathan Sargent" was one of those who about 1643, at New Haven, 
with Theophilus Eaton, took the " oath of fidelity " to the government 
then and there established. We find him there, in court, in 1647, testify- 
ing concerning the bad quality of the leather of his shoes. " The insoales 
and outsoales and all fell from the upper leather.'" From the Branford 
records we learn that " goodwife Sargent" died Dec. 17, 1651, and Jon- 
athan Sargent, Dec. 9, 1652. Jonathan, Hannah, Thomas, and John, 
children of Jonathan Sargent, " a member of y e church at Branford," 
were baptized at New Haven, 10th 6th mo., 1651. Of these, Jonathan, 
being a young man, was among the first settlers of Newark, N. J., where 
John Sergeant, the missionary, his grandson, was born in 1710. The 
father of the missionary, who was also named Jonathan, died about 1732, 
leaving a widow, subsequently second wife of Col. John Cooper, and four 
sons, Thomas, John, Jonathan, and Daniel. The late Hon. John Sergeant, 
of Philadelphia, was the son of Jonathan Dickinson Sergeant, and grand- 
son of Abigail the daughter of Rev. Jonathan Dickinson, she having mar- 
ried Jonathan Sergeant, the brother of the missionary. These facts, 
though gathered from documents fragmentary and in localities wide apart, 
may be relied on. S. H. C 


Early Records of Maiden. 



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Thomas Skinner, born in Chichester, 

July 25, 1645 

John Lewis 

Dec. 24, 1647 

William Bucknam 

Feb. 164J 

John Chadwicke 

April 1, 1648 

Thomas Ozban 

June 26, 1649 

Thomas Skinner, born in Chichester, 

, Sept. 29, 1649 

Abraham Hills 

Oct. 1649 

Thomas Lynde 

April 20, 1650 

John Chadwicke 

June 1, " 

Richard Pratt 

June 15, " 

Wm. Bucknam 


Samuel Wayte 

Oct. 11, " 

John Lewis 

Dec. 10, " 

John Lewis 

Jan. 4, 165? 

Ralph Shepard 

Feb. 10, " 

John Sprague 

March 9, " 

Thomas Ozban 

" 11, " 

Abraham Hills 

May, 1652 

Joseph Hills 


Wm. Bucknam 

Aug. " 

Thomas Lynde 

Dec. 13, " 

Thomas Grover 

Dec. 27, " 

John Lewis 

Jan. 165f 

Samuel Howard 

Mar. 15, " 

Thomas Greene 

April 1, 1653 

John Chadwicke 

" 15, " 

Thomas Greene 

May 1, " 

Peter Tufts 

May 7, " 

Ralph Shepard 

June, " 

Philip Atwood 

August, " 

John Wayte 

Aug. 31, " 

birth in 


John Barrett 

Dec. 18, " 

Joseph Hills 

Dec. 19, " 

Ralph Greene 

January, 165J 

Thomas Hett 

March, " 

Thomas Ozban 

April 30, 1654 

Wm. Bucknam 

August, " 

birth in 


John Winslow 


for births in 

1655 to 1659 

Wm. Bucknam 

Feb. 1659 

births in 

1660, 1661 

John Bunker 

May, 1662 

Samuel Sprague 

May, " 

John Greene 

Sept. " 

Job Lane 

Sept. " 

John Wayte 

Nov. 22, " 























































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Early Records of Maiden. 

Wm. Augur 
Philip Atwood 
James Nichols 
Richard Adams 
Roger Kenicott 
Lazarus Grover 
Henry Swilloway 
Samuel Tingle 
John Sprague 
John Bunker 
Joseph Hills 
Robert Burditt 
Job Lane 
Samuel Sprague 
Samuel Pierce 
John Winslow 
Phineas Upham 
Joses Bucknam 
Roger Kenicott 
Thomas Shepard 
Joseph Hills 
John Wayte 
Samuel Tingle 
Wm. Greene 
Wm. Augur 
John Shaw 
Joseph Hills 
Samuel Greene 
Benj. Whittemore 
Thomas Grover 
Simon Melins 
Thomas Skinner, 
Wm. Greene 
John Greene 
John Paul 
Gershom Hills 
James Nichols 
Samuel Howard 
John Sargeant 
Benj. Whittemore 
Daniel Sheperdson 
Philip Atwood 
Joses Bucknam 
Robert Carter 
Roger Kenicott 
Samuel Greene 
John Greene 
Isaac Hills 
Abraham Hills 
John Sprague 
Thomas Greene 
Benj. Whittemore 
Thomas Grover 
Samuel Lee 


Nov. 30, 


December, " 














Aug. 19, 






Dec. 9, 








April 13, 
May 27, 






Dec. 16, 








































Sept. 21, 
Oct, 5, 


Nov. 2, 





Early Records of Maiden. 





Jo: Floyd 






Phineas Sprague 

Dec. 27, 





Daniel Sheperdson 






Simon Melins 

March 2, 





Philip Atwood 






Wm. Greene 

May 11, 





Byran Bredune 






Edmund Chamberline 






Edward Counts 






John Scolle 






Zachariah Sawtell 






Samuel Howard 






Lemuel Jenkins 



Mary, dan 

. " 


Gershom Hills 






Samuel Greene 

April 1, 





Edmund Chamberline, 





Patrick Fassett 






Phineas Sprague 

Nov. 21, 





Henry Greene 






John and Lydia Greenland 

Feb. 2, 





John Egron 






Samuel Brackenbury 






John Sprague 






Thomas Skinner 






Abraham Hills 






Joseph Wilson 

Sept. 27, 





Thomas Grover 






Peter Tufts 

Nov. 22, 





John Greene 

Mar. 21, 





Thomas Dickerman 






Joses Bucknam 






Joseph Hills 

July 3, 





Samuel Greene 






Henry Greene 






Phineas Sprague 






John Scolle 






John Ross 

April 24, 





James Barrett 





John Floyd 

Dec. 28, 





John Sargeant 






Thomas Skinner, Jr. 

Jan. 3, 





Edmund Chamberline 

Jan. 31, 





Joses Bucknam 

Aug. 7, 





Robert Carter 

Aug. 28, 





John Paul 






John Greene 

Jan. 14, 





John and Lydia Sargeant 

April 17, 





James Barrett 





John and Lydia Sargeant 

Nov. 20, 





Joses Bucknam 





Michael Wigglesworth 

Mar. 20, 





Abraham and Hannah Skinner 

April 8, 





John and Hannah Vinten 

Jan. 26, 



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Michael. Wigglesworth 
Thomas Burditt 
John and Hannah Vinten 
Michael Wigglesworth 
Pelatiah Smith 

Joseph and Elizabeth Lamson 
Obadiah Jenkins 
John Wayte 
Michael Wigglesworth 
Phineas Upham 
John Sprague 
Joses Bucknam 
Henry Greene 
Samuel Sprague 
John Mudge 
John Lynde 
Jonathan Knower 
Isaac Hill 
Pelatiah Smith 
Wm. Teale 
Stephen Grover 
Nathaniel Upham 
Tryal Newbury 
Phineas Sprague 
Joseph and Elizabeth Lynde 
John Pratt 

Jonathan and Mary Sprague 
Joseph Sargeant 
Thomas Greene 
Thomas Burditt 
Samuel and Sarah Sprague 
John Sargeant 
John and Ruth Mudge 
John and Hannah Chamberline 
Samuel and Mehetabel Wayte 
b. in 
Philip and Sarah Atwood 
Joseph and Elizabeth Lynde 
Michael and Martha Wigglesworth 
Simon and Sarah Grover 
James and Hannah Chadwicke 
Joseph and Elizabeth Lamson 
Thomas and Rebecca Newhall 
William and Elizabeth Greene 
William and Sarah Bordman 
David and Elizabeth Faulkner 
Samuel and Sarah Lewis 
Phineas and Mary Upham 
.' /iin ami Mary Lyml« 
John and Elizabeth Sprague 
Thomas and Mary Dunnell 
Pelatiah and Sarah Smith 
Obadiah and Mary Jenkins 

Sept. 21, 


Jan. 13, 


Mar. 26, 


Dec. 21, 


Feb. 17, 


July 28, 


March 9, 


April 11, 
" 16, 


June 18, 


July 28, 
Aug. 8, 
Aug. 11, 
Sept. 16, 
Oct. 15, 


Oct. 24, 


Nov. 24, 


Dec. 11, 


Dec. 21, 


Jan. 1, 


Feb. 6, 


March 4, 


« 28, 


April 23, 
" 30, 


June 14, 


« 28, 


July 4, 
Aug. 16, 
Aug. 19, 


Sept. 26, 
Oct. 26, 


Nov. 21, 


Dec. 5, 


Dec. 22, 


Feb. 1, 
" 13, 



" 22, 


March 8, 


" 13, 


April 15, 
« 17, 



" 28, 


May 2, 
" 17, 


June 4, 


Aug. 8, 
" 13, 


" 21, 


Sept. 4, 
Oct. 25, 


« 29, 



Early Records of Maiden. 


Elizabeth, dau. of Samuel and Mary Greene 
Hannah, " " James and Hannah Nichols 

See pp. 163 and 164 for births in 
Abraham, son of Isaac and Sarah Hill 

dau. of Phineas and Sarah Sprague 
son of Abraham and Hannah Skinner 
163 for births in 
163 for births in 

dau. of John and Hannah Vinten, 
" " Abraham and Hannah Skinner, 
163 and 164 for births in 


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should have been 169^.) 
Elizabeth, dau. of Phineas and Elizabeth Sprague 
Joseph, son of Jonathan and Mary Sprague 

See pp. 163 and 164 for births in 
Nathaniel, son of Nathaniel and Sarah Nichols 
James and Abigail Nichols 
Joseph and Elizabeth Lynde 
Joseph and Mary Sargeant 
John and Elizabeth Lynde 
John and Hannah Vinten 
Thomas and Elizabeth Burditt 
Richard and Lydia Shute 
Samuel and Elizabeth Greene 
James and Elizabeth Whitney 
Phineas and Elizabeth Sprague 
Isaac and Sarah Hill 
Jacob and Elizabeth Winslead 
Simon and Sarah Grover 
Jonathan and Mary Sprague 
Jonathan and Sarah Knower 
Thomas and Sarah Oakes 
Samuel and Sarah Sprague 
Thomas and Elizabeth Upham 
Thomas and Elizabeth Baldwin 
John and Mary Sargeant 
Phineas and Mary Upham 
Lazarus and Mary Grover 
Stephen and Izebel Lerebe, latt 
Nathaniel and Sarah Upham 
James and Abigail Nichols 
Joseph and Elizabeth Lamson 
Joseph and Elizabeth Lynde 
Samuel and Mehitabel Wayte 
Isaac and Sarah Greene 
Samuel and Sarah Lewis 
Lemuel and Mary Jenkins 
Joses and Judith Bucknam 
Samuel and Elizabeth Greene 
John and Hannah Vinten 
Samuel and Sarah Hills 
Joseph and Elizabeth Floyd 












































































































Nov. 16 

, 1687 

" 22 


Mar. 22 

, 168J 

Apr. 17 

, 1688 

Dec. 7 



Aug. 20 

, 1689 




5, 1692, (probably 

Oct. 11, 


Oct. 24. 



July 30, 


Aug. 25, 



Dec. 20, 



Jan. 2, 


Mar. 8, 


" 26, 


April 4, 


July 29, 


Oct. 15, 


Dec. 1, 


Jan. 7, 


" 25, 


Feb. 2, 


Apr. 28, 


May 23, 


last of June, 


July 7, 


Aug. 9, 


" 12, 


Sept. 2, 


" 22, 


end of Sept 


Oct. 2, 


" 22, 


" 25, 


Nov. 12, 


Dec. 2, 


" 27, 


Feb. 6, 


Mar. 9, 


« 24, 


April 4, 


May 3, 


" 23, 


July 25, 



Early Records of Maiden. 


Edward and Dorothy Sprague 
Thomas and Rebecca Dunnell 
James and Deborah Hovey 
Joseph and Mary Sargeant 
Thomas and Elizabeth Upham 
Jonathan and Elizabeth Howard 
Samuel and Mehitable Wayte 
Thomas and Mary Wayte 
John and Mary Pratt 
Samuel and Sarah Sprague 
Joseph and Elizabeth Baldwin 
daus. of Jonathan and Mary Sprague 
Wm. and Mary Teel 
Richard and Lydia Shute 
Joseph and Elizabeth Lynde 
John and Lydia Sargeant 
Lemuel and Mary Jenkins 
Wm. and Deborah Melen 
Nathaniel and Sarah Nichols 
Phineas and Elizabeth Sprague 
Isaac and Sarah Greene 
Simon and Sarah Grover 
Nathaniel and Sarah Upham 
John and Winefred Dexter 
James and Abigail Nichols 
Jacob and Susanna Wilson 
John and Hannah Vinten 
Stephen and Izebel Lerebe 
John and Elizabeth Lynde 
Edward and Dorothy Sprague 
John and Mary Sargeant 
James and Deborah Hovey 
Joseph and Elizabeth Lamson 
Samuel and Sarah Hills 
Phineas and Mary Upham 
Thomas and Sarah Oakes 
Joseph and Elizabeth Baldwin 
David and Elizabeth Faulkner 
Samuel and Sarah Sprague 
John and Elizabeth Lynde 
Andrew and Mary Grover 
John and Winefred Dexter 
John and Abigail Upham 
Thomas and Mary Grover 
Joseph and Mary Sargeant 
Thomas and Elizabeth Upham 
Jonathan and Mary Sprague 
Edward and Dorothy Sprague 
John and Mary Greene 
Jacob and Susanna Wilson 
Elizabeth and Joanna, daus. of Richard and Lydia Shute 
John, son of Samuel and Mary Lewis 

Mary, dau. of Daniel and Maiy Floyd 


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Sept. 4, 

" 16, 

« 24, 

Oct. 30, 

Nov. 30, 

Dec. 24, 

Mar. 2, 

Feb. 20, 

Mar. 6, 

May 8, 

« 4, 

« 25, 

June 22, 

July 14, 

tt tt 

Sept. 5, 

Oct. 2, 

« 5, 

« 12, 

Nov. lo', 

" 28, 

Dec. 21, 

Jan. 3, 

" 5, 

" 25, 

" 31, 

Feb. 11, 

« 22, 

Mar. 20, 

" 29, 

April 2, 

June 12, 

Oct. 10, 

" 30, 

Nov. 27, 

Jan. 30, 

Feb. 25, 

" 26, 

Mar. 11, 

" 12, 

" 30, 

Apr. 12, 

May 7, 

June 10, 

" 19, 

Aug. 15, 

Sept. 9, 

Nov. 25, 

Jan. 7, 

Feb. 20, 

Mar. 14, 

" 25, 






















Early Records of Maiden. 





















dau. of 
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Thomas and Mary Wayte 
Jacob and Elizabeth Winslead 
Richard and Sarah Dexter 
Samuel and Deborah Bucknam 
Nathaniel and Sarah Upham 
Nathaniel and Sarah Nichols 
Simon and Sarah Grover 
James and Abigail Nichols 
Tho^ & Agnes Degresha, b. at 
Jonathan and Mary Howard 
Lemuel and Mary Jenkins 
Samuel and Sarah Hills 
James and Deborah Hovey 
William and Mary Teel 
Andrew and Mary Grover 
Joseph and Elizabeth Lamson 
Joseph and Elizabeth Floyd 
Joseph and Elizabeth Baldwin 
Samuel and Sarah Sprague, 

Mar. 26, 1699 
" 29, 

April 6, 

« 7, 





Chelsea, May 4, 

May 23, 

June 22, 

" 24 

July 10' 

" 19 

Sept. 7', 

Oct. 9, 

" 29, 

Nov. 2, 

Dec. 30, 








John Lewis 

John Sprague " 

Joseph Hills " 

John Winslow " 

Robert Burditt " 

Joseph Hills, Jr. " 
[See p. 
Roger Kenicott and 

Phineas Sprague " 

Samuel Howard " 

Samuel Lee " 

Edward Counts " 

Isaac Hills " 

Abram Hills " 

Samuel Greene " 

John Winbourne lt 

Daniel Sheperdson " 

Thomas Greene " 

Gershom Hills " 

Zaehariah Sawtell " 

Thomas Grover " 

John Sargeant " 

Benj. Web " 

Phineas Sprague " 

Lemuel Jenkins " 

Samuel Howard " 

John Martinu " 

John Lappam " 

James Barrett " 

Henry Greene M 

Joseph Wayte u 

Joses Bucknam " 

April 10, 1650 
May 2, 1651 
June 24, " 
May 5, 1652 
Nov. 1653 

Nov. 1661 
Dec. 11, " 

Nov. 4, 1662 
Feb. 25, 166| 
June, 1666 
Oct. " 


Mary Brown 
Lydia GofTee 
Hannah Mellowes 
Sarah Moulton 
Hannah Winter 
Hannah Smith 
162 for marriages in 1655 to 1661.] 
Joanna Sheperdson 
Mary Carrington 
Elizabeth Sweetser 
Mercy Call 
Sarah Adams 
Hannah Howard 
Hannah Stower 
Mary Cooke 
Elizabeth Hart 
Elizabeth Tingle 

Elizabeth Web Aug. 19, 

Elizabeth Chad wick Nov. 11, 

Elizabeth Harris April, 

Sarah Chadwick May 23, 

Mary Bense Sept. 3, 

Mercy Bucknam Dec. 7, 

Sarah Hasse Jan. 5, 

Elizabeth Oakes July 12, 

Susanna Wilkinson March, 

Mary Mudge Apr. 14, 

Hollis August, 

Dorcas Greene Jan. 11, 

Hester Hasse u " 

Hannah Oakes Aug. 7, 

Judith Worth May 1, 

Apr. 11, 1667 






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240 Early Records of Maiden. [July, 

Andrew Grover and Hannah Hills 

John Wayte " Sarah Muzzy 

John Shaw " Elizabeth Ramsdel 

Benj. Blackman " Sarah Scottow 

Philip Atwood " Elizabeth Grover 

John Wayte " Sarah Parker 

Thomas Greene " Mary Weeks 

William Bucknam " Hannah Wayte 

Obadiah Jenkins " Mary Lewis 

James Chadwick " Hannah Butler 

John Vinten " Hannah Greene 

John Pratt u Martha [Pratt] 

James Nichols of Maiden and Hannah Whittemore of Woburn, " " 

Richard Wicks and Mercy Lee Dec. 2, " 

Robert Smith of Charlest'n and Marg't Swillaway of Maiden, Aug. 15, 1687 

[See p. 164 for marriages in 1688 to 1691.] 

Edward Sprague, son of John Sprague, and Dorothy, dau. 

of Job Lain, 

Samuel Greene and Mary Wheeler 

John Sterns V Joanna Parker 

Jacob Wilson u Susanna Roas 

John Brown u Rebecca Sprague 

Thomas Grover " Mary Cox 

Samuel Bucknam u Deborah Melen 

Richard Dexter '* Sarah Bucknam 

John Green " Mary Green 

Samuel Smith u Priscilla Hovey 


Margaret, wife of John Lewis, 

Sarah, dau. of Abraham Hills 

John, son of John Chadwick 

Rose, wife of Joseph Hills 

Ralph Sprague, husband of Joan Sprague 

Jonathan, son of Ralph Sprague 

Jonathan, son of John Lewis 

John, son of Joseph Hills 

Mehettabell, dau. of Joseph Hills 

Thomas Bible 

Gabriel Welding 

Nathaniel, son of Joseph Hills 

[See p. 162 for deaths in 1656 to 1661.] 
William, son of William Augur 
Martha, wife of William Howard 
Deborah, dau. of Joseph Hills, sen. 
Abigail, dau. of do. 

Anna, dau. of Job Lane 
Samuel Tingle 
Robert Burditt 

Margaret, wife of Thomas Greene 
Mary, dau. of John Wayte 
Mary, wife of Phineas Sprague 
Thomas Greene, sen. 





























































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Early Records of Maiden. 


Benjamin, son of Benj. Whittemore 

William Brackenbury 

Elizabeth, dau. of John Greene 

Deborah, wife of John Sargeant 

Anne, dau. of Samuel Howard 

Mr. Benj. Bunker, Pastour of the Church of Christ at 

Abram Hill, Sen. 

Mary, wife of John Ridgaway 

Alice Brackenbury, widow 

Mary, wife of John Sargeant 

Mary, wife of Thomas Skinner 

Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Dickerman 

Miles Nutt 

Thomas Greene 

Susanna, dau. of Edmund Chamberline 

Ebenezer, son of do. 

John Bunker 

Rachel, wife of Philip Atwood 

John Grover 

Elizabeth Grover, 

Hannah, wife of John Shaw 

Thomas, son of Thomas Greene 

Joseph Hills, Jr. 

Andrew Grover 

Hannah, wife of Andrew Grover 

Rebecca Greene, widow 

Joan, wife of John Chad wick 

Hannah, wife of Joseph Hills 

Ruth, wife of Lazarus Grover 

Richard Adams 

Rachel, wife of Philip Atwood 

Mary, wife of John Wayte 

George Knower 

John Wilkinson, Sen. 

Martha, of Ri: Newbury 

Phineas Upham 

Elizabeth, wife of Philip Atwood 

Joel, son of John Paul 

Ruth, dau. of Phineas Upham 

Benjamin, son of Benj. Whittemore 

William Bucknam 

Sarah, of Phineas Sprague 

Thomas Dickerman, Sen. 

Sarah, of Samuel Sprague 

Thomas, son of Jonathan Knower 

John, son of John Mudge 

Mary, dau. of Joseph and Elizabeth Lynde 

Elizabeth Howard 

John, son of John Pratt 

Joseph, son of Joseph and Elizabeth Lynde 

James Greene, Sen. 

Elizabeth, dau. of Jonathan and Sarah Knower 

Mary, dau. of Phineas and Mary Upham 

Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas Burditt 

Mar. 31, 




Dec. 20, 


Apr. 20, 


Aug. 16, 


n, Feb. 3, 


" 13, 


Dec. 24, 


Dec. 28, 




April 9, 


May 10, 

July 2, 


Feb. 13, 


May 6, 




Sept. 10, 


Feb. 5, 


Feb. 19, 




April 8, 


" 15, 


" 19, 


" 24, 


May 30, 


June 6, 


July 11, 


U U 


Sept. 27, 


Oct. 6, 


Nov. 7, 


Nov. 25, 


Feb. 13, 

















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Sarah, wife of Peletiah Smith 

Elizabeth, wife of Philip Atwood, Sen. 

Elizabeth, wife of Lazarus Grover 

John Sprague 

Sarah, dau. of John and Mary Sargeant 

Elizabeth, wife of Thomas Lynde 

William Bucknam 

Thomas Lynde 

Thomas Greene 

James Nichols 

Joses Bucknam 

Margaret Every 

Ephraim Greene 

Samuel Sprague 

Ruth Upham 

John, son of John and Winefred Dexter 

Elizabeth, dau. of Lemuel Jenkins 

Winefred, dau. of John and Winefred Dexter 

Elizabeth, wife of John Lynde 

Samuel Lewis 

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Saml. G. Drake, Esq., Cor. Sect. N. E. Historic- Genealogical Society. 

Enclosed I send you a copy of a " Letter of Direction " concerning one of the early 
names of New England. John Holmes, the writer of the original, died in East Had- 
dam, Conn., in 1734. His father Thomas, as he says, was a very aged man, being 98 
years of age at his death. Andrew F. Warner. 

" This letter of direction from John Holmes in Haddam in New Eng- 
land to find the place where his father was born and brought in London." 

" He was son to Thomas Holmes, Councler of Grason, who lived in 
Saintlands parrish in Holburn, in the Keper Crown Corte in Grason lane, 
upper side against Grayson Walk, — his mothers maiden name was Mary 
Thatford — Grandfather was slain in the time of the civil wars at Oxford 
Sege — Our Coat of Arms are the three spurred Cocks fighting in the golden 
fields. My father came out of England in the time of the great plague 
and he thought to have gone down into Norfolk, to a place called Lyn, 
where he had a piece of land, One Edmund But was tenant, and had 
been for many years before ; but all places being guarded he could not 
pass, wherefore he came here unawares thinking to have returned in a 
few years, but it was otherwise ordered for the country proved unhealthy 
to him, and he was poor and low in the world — After a while he recruited 
and as it was ordered, married in New York to one Lucia Dudley of Lon- 
don daughter of Mr. Thomas Dudley who kept the laws court in Clans 
Street in Common garden in London ; she had two brothers — but she 
died about six and thirty years ago. My father died in De c . 12 th , 1724, 
being a very aged man.* My father so long as he lived, lived in the hopes 
of seeing England again, but he is dead and gone and left but only me 
his son being 38 years of age. This direction taken by me John Holmes 
on his fathers death bed." 

* Died aged 98 years. 

1856.] Materials for the History of Groton, Mass. 243 

[Communicated by Samuel A. Green, M. D.] 

Groton, Feb. 16 1706-7 

1 o'clock in y e morning 
May it please your Ex'cy 

I rec. d your Ex'cys Letter, and immediately upon the returne of our 
forces this evening call'd a Court Marshal and made pellicular inquisition 
into Way mans affair, the Coppy of which I send inclosed, and pray your 
Excellencys perticuler direction ; Tarbal who was the person who pre- 
tended the discovery altho' imprudent and so blamable yet would begg 
your Excellencys favour for him as a very honest man willing to do ser- 
vice and infinitely concerned for this ill accident. So that the uneasiness 
and trouble that has posses'd is in it self so considerable a punishment 
that he Deems to need no other. Gladly should wee have found out the 
Ringleaders of the mutinous and disorderly returne but after much Exam- 
ination cant effect it. Wee all wait your Ex'cys ord.™ and shall proceed 
accordingly and am 

Yo r Ex'cys most obed 1 Serv 1 

Ephr: Hunt 

Die Solis Ferbuary 16 1706-7 
At a Court Marshal Held at Groton By orders of his Excellency, For 
the Tryal of Leiu 1 . Seth Wayman Serj 1 Thomas Tarbol and Comp a &c 

Col Ephraim Hunt Preside 
Cap* Jonathan Prescott Cap 1 Jonas Prescott 

Cap 1 losiah Parker Cap 1 Steph. Williams 

Cap 1 Thomas Nichols Cap 1 Joseph Bulkley 

Cap 1 Benjamin Willard 
Col Eph. Hunt the Presid. 1 opened the Court By declaring themselves 
by his Excellencys perticul 1 " Ord r to be a Court Marshal for y e Tryal of 
Leiut Seth Wayman for a false report brought by s d Wayman of the dis- 
covery of the Indian Enemy near Monadnock on the 6th instant, and for 
their returne home, in a mutinous disorderly manner without Endeavours 
after a sufficient discovery. 

Leiu 1 Seth Wayman examined about the sending out of his scouts on 
the Sixth instant sayth that On the 

Sixth instant on our incamping on Sun about an hour high wee sent out 
Two Scouts, of four men each ; one to march on the left wing ; the other 
on the Right ; To march about a mile and a half right out upon discovery 
from the Noyse of our Hatchetts. 

He farther saith that after they had bin upon the Scout about an hour, 
that he saw both scouts returning together, running towards our Camp, as 
men affrighted, and called to me at a distance to put out our fires, for they 
had discover'd a Body of the Enemy. Then Corp 1 Tarbol coming up to 
me told me that he had discover'd the Enemy. The first of their Camps 
that he discover'd he sd the Noyse of their Hatchetts, were as bigg as our 
Company, and so reached a halfe a mile. 

The other part of our Scout told me they had discovered the Track of 
Doggs, which they Judg'd to be Twenty or Thirty. Corp. 1 Tarbol conduct 

244 Materials for the History of Groton, Mass. [July, 

of the scout March'd on the llight wing : being examined concerning his 
discovery saith That they took a Circular March till they had Steared out 
of the Noyse of our owne Camp ; and then thinking wee had heard the 
Noyse of our own Hatchetts, wee took another Circle to the left that wee 
might be sure wee were out of the Noyse of Hatchetts, upon the left wing 
on the side of a Hill which was near us upon which wee march'd toward 
the Place upon discovery : and presently 1 discover'd a Smoak and imme- 
diately marched towards it till the smoke cover'd me (leaving the rest of 
the men behind) I then heard a great discourse of men which I took to be 
Indians and French, and so it held a Considerable way round the Hill, at 
least a half a mile as I judged, upon which wee return'd another way till 
wee came to our owne tracks ; and there wee met with the other Scout, 
and upon our account to them of what wee had discover'd, they had met 
with a track of twenty or Thirty Doggs, which they Judg'd to be the Ene- 
mytb Doggs, upon which wee return'd together to the Camp, to make re- 
port to our Cap. 1 Comander and thereupon Leiu 1 Wayman our Comand r 
call'd his Ofnc'rs together, but before he had liberty to speak his men 
interrupted him ; he bid them move off, Scatter, and Stand on their Guard, 
upon which three quarters of our men ran away homewards, the Cap 1 , 
sent his Serjeant and went himself to Stop them, but could not do it, and 
so wee were forced to march home. 

Samuel Shaddock and William Nutting of Serj* Tarbol's Scout con- 
firmed TarboPs account, and perticulerly that article of the disorderly 
returning of our men or rurling away from their Cap. 1 upon the informa- 
tion rec. d of this discovery. 

The Examination of Samuel Scripture Conduct of the Scout on the left 
wing who saith 

That on the sixth of february upon our incamping I was sent on dis- 
covery about Sun an hour high at night to march on the left wing, and 
having march'd about a mile and a quarter, wee met with a Track which 
Jonathan Butterfield who was w th me thought to have bin a bitch wolfe 
and her whelps, but I thought to be Indian doggs, and followed their track 
about a quarter of a mile, and after a small stop wee Saw Tarbols Scout 
who calPd us away and told us they believ'd there was a thousand Indian 
upon which wee hastened away but Tarbols Scout ran so fast that I could 
not come up with him to und r Stand what their discovery was till I came 
to the Camp : where Tarbol relating what he had seen, all our men 
crowded to hear news : Leiu* Wyman ord r d his men to Stand farther off 
and give room that he might discourse his affairs, upon which many of 
them ran away, and the Cap 1 Sent Serj 1 Parham to stop them : Leiu 1 
Wayman Seeing his men desert him, and TarboPs men representing y e 
Enemy as so very numerous thought it advisable to draw off and accord- 
ingly wee made the best of our way home. 

The Exam, of Jonathan Buttefield being of the scout on the left wing 

Confirmes Sam 1 Scriptures information and tells us Leiu 1 Wayman 
talk'd of marching immediately to the Place of discovery but many of our 
men moved off disorderly which the Cap 1 sent the Serj: u to Stopp but 
could not do it and so were forced to returne home. 

Serjt Jn° Parham being examined upon the article of Leiu 1 Wayman 
men's disorderly and mutinous running away sayth 

That above half of them ran away upon Tarbols Examination and that 
Leiu 1 Wayman sent him after them with orders to turne about and fire in 
case of an attack in the rear. 

1856.] Materials for the History of Groton, Mass. 245 

Leiu 1 Seth Wayman being examin'd of his proceedings upon his re- 
cieving advice of Tarbols Scout Sayth 

That upon recieving this account he incouraged his men by telling 
them that they had a brave advantage of the Enemy, in that they had 
discovered them and were not themselves discover'd, and there was a great 
prospect of doing spoil upon them, and determined that those four Squad- 
rons of men which wee had Stated, should fall on four scouts of the Ene- 
my. My officers advised me not to go on, saying it would be presumption 
and an apparent hazzard of mens lives to Encounter so great a Company, 
upon which Serj 1 Tarbol threw down his Cap, and offer'd himself if but 
four men would go with him, but officers advising to the Company and 
many of my men withdrawing and running away disorderly I found my- 
self too weak to attaque them and accordingly made the best of my way 
home. \_Mass"' Archives, Vol. 51, Page 153. 

To the honoured John Leveret Esquir 
governour of the Massachusets Collony &c. 

Honoured Sir with the rest of your Counsell I have made bold to inform 
your worships how the case stands with us that the Indian are approaching 
near to us our scouts have discovered severall tracks very near the habit- 
able parts of the town and one Indian they discovered but escapt from 
them by skulking amongst the bushes and some of the inhabitants of our 
town have heard them in the night singing and halloeing, which doe de- 
termine to us their great height of Insolency : we are in a very great strait 
our Inhabitants are very much discouraged in their spirits and thereby 
dissuaded from their callings I have received 20 men from the worship- 
full Major Willard and Captain Mosselly men to help secure our town, but 
notwithstanding we are in a very weak capacity to defend our selves 
against the Insolency and potency of the enemy if they should apear in 
number and with that violence that they did apear at Quabog the which 
the good lord forbid if it be his good pleasure. 

Much honoured and respected the good lord be with you In your con- 
sultations that you may understand what to doe for your new england 
Israeli at such a tim as this and in particular our selves and for our dear 
neighbours at Lancaster, upon whom the enemy have made Inroad 6 
persons are already found and buryed the 72 which they doe is kild is not 
as yet found you may be pleased to tak notice that we shall want ammu- 
nition spedily by reason that we have parted with som to Cap 1 Mosselly 
men and som we spent in the fight at quabog as also I have suplyed the 
souldiers with amunition that were sent to me that was suplyed in the ser- 
vice they haveing spent their ammunition If you could help us with 20 
good muskets for our pik men and I will return them again or else give a 
valluable price for them in such pay as we can produce among our selves 
not else at present but leave you to the guidance of the god of heaven 
who is the only wise counsellor and remaining, 
, from Groten Your servant to comand in 

august 25 75 any service to my power 

Mass"' Archives, Vol. 67, Page 244.] James Parker Capt 

The humble petition and request of the greatest number 
of the former inhabitants of y e Towne of Groton 

Humbly sheweth to the Honored Generall Court 
setting in Boston : as followeth viz : 

We who have been great sufferers, by y c hand of God in the late wars 

246 Materials for the History of Groton, Mass. [July> 

by our heathenish enimyes, as is well knowne to all &c : by which we 
have bin enforced to flye before our enimyes ; to our great and grervous 
losse & trouble. By y e good hand of God to us, have had so much 
repreave & respitt, as we have many of us, had y e liberty & opportu- 
nity, to returne to the places, though not y e houses of our former abode. 
And now being under and exercised with many & great difficultyes : 
Apprehending it our duty, to addresse ourselves : not only to our heavenly 
father : but earthly fathers also, in this time of need : do humbly begg 
our case may be seriously considered, & weighed, & that some direction, 
and releife may be afforded unto us. 

Some of us y e Inhabitants have ventured our lives some while since to 
returne againe, and many others have followed us whose welcome com- 
pany is rejoyceing unto us. Yet our poverty, and the non residence of 
others, doth occasion us great & unavoidable .trouble. We have (through 
Gods goodness, & blessing our endeavors, & attempts) procured & ob- 
tained the ministry of y e word among us, & have bin at some considerable 
charge about it. And are willing (if God please) to keep & maintaine it 
among us. Butt there is some discouragements, upon sundry accounts. 
We have had severall towne meetings to consult the good, & welface of 
the towne & place & how things may be caried on, as to defraing publiq 
charges, And it hath bin voated in our meetings (our visible estates 
being small) to lay it on y e lands, y fc to an equality in some respects might 
be reached unto. This is by y e most Judged to be the present best yea 
y e onely present possible way for us to proceed in. which we desire your 
honoured selves to putt y e countenance of authority upon. 

As also That our dredfull suffering ruines, and impoverishments may 
by your honoured selves be so fare minded & considered, that we may 
for the present (till we a little recover ourselves) be released from Coun- 
trey charges. We would be rightly understood as to our first requeste 
That the way by lands accommodations for the levying towne charges 
may be stated butt for y e present few years till God by his providence 
may alter our capacity & condition : Thus craving p done for this our 
boldnesse That successe & a blessing may Attend you in all your affaires : 
That God will accomplish his promises & built y e waste places, sett up 
his house & ordinances whence they have been removed delight to build 
& plant us againe, & not to pull us downe & pluck us up That we may 
yet see This our Jerusalem a quiett habitation. 

Thus prayeth your humble & unworthy petitioners : 
Att A towne meeting at Groton James Parker 

May 20th 1679 Then red & voated Selectman 

by the inhabitants. And Clarke in y e 

Mass"* Archives, Vol. 69, Page 224.] name of y e rest 

We whose names are under written being appointed by y e Honord 
County Court June 20^ 1682, To run the Ancient bounds of Nashobey, 
have accordingly run the said bounds, and find that the Town of Groton 
by their Second laying out of theire bounds have taken in to their bounds 
as we Judge neer halfe Indian Plantation. Severall of the Select men 
and other inhabitants of Groton being then with us Did See theire Erro r 
Herein & Do decline that laying out So far as they Invaded the right of 
y e Indians. Also we find y* the Norwest Corner of Nashoby is run into 
y e first bounds of Groton to y e Quantity of 350 acres according as Groton 
men did then Show us theire Said line, which they Say was made before 
Nashoby was laid out, and which bounds they them selves are willing to 

1856.] Materials for the History of Groton, Mass. 247 

forego that Provided they may have it made up upon theire West line, 
And we Judge it may be there added to theire conveniance. 

2 : Octobr : 1682 Joseph Wheeler 

Exhibited in Court 3 : 8 : 82 John Flint. 

& approved T. D : R 

A true Coppy of y e original on file w th y e Records of 
County Court of Middx. Ened pr 

Mass 1 " Archives, Vol 112, P. 331.] Sam 1 Phipps Cle' 

The Humble Request of Joseph Parker to the Honoured Governo 1 " the 
Honour'd magistrates & deputyes Humbly Requests in behalfe of the 
towne of Grawton that the letter GrT may bee Recorded as the brand 
mark belonging to the towne. I being chosen Counstible this year make 
bold to present this, to the Honoured Court it being but my duty, in the 
townes behalfe thus Hopeing the Honored Court will grant my request I 
rest yor Humble servant Joseph Parker. 

Boston : 31th may . \qqq 

In answer to this motion the Deputies approve of y e letter Gr to be y« 
brand mark of groaten. 
Ye Hono red magists consenting hereto William Torrey Clerk. 

Consented by the magists 

Edw : Rawson Secret [Mass"' Archives, Vol 1, P. 21. 

Ordered by the Representatives That Capt ne Jacob Moore w h his Com- 
pany at Groton be forthw th drawne off and discharged desiring the Hon ed 
the Gov r & Council Censent. 

Novemb r : 6 : 1689 Ebenezer Prout Clerk. 

Consent d to by the Gov r 
& Councill Js r Addington Sec ry . [Mass"* Archives, Vol 35, P. 73. 

" In a List of Frontier Garrisons Reviewed by Order of His Excel- 
lency the Governour, In Novemb r 1711," the following is given of Groton. 











Serjt Gillson 
Deacon Whittney 
Lieut Lawrance 
Capt Prescott 
Samuel Parker 
M r Bradstreet 
Mr Hubbards 
M r Lakins 
Ens" Shipple 
M r Shaddock 
Corp Tarboll 
M r Holdings 
Ens° Farnsworth 
M r Filbrick 
Mt Stones 
y e Capt Mill 
M r Farnsworth 

Archives,t. f n,P.874.'] 


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248 Materials for the History of Groton, Mass. [July, 

To his Excellency the Governour and the Honourable the Council of 
her Majestys Province of the Massachusetts Bay in N. England The 
Humble Petition of John Derbyshire of Groton Sheweth. 

That whereas yo r petitioners wife hath for the Space of Two years Last 
past Seperated herself from yo r petition 1 ", living Sometimes out of the 
Towne but at p r sent in it, yet wholly refusing to take care of her family 
or to returne to yo r petition 1 ", after y e utmost Endeavours and perswasions 
of her Neighbours to returne to her charge which is to the almost utter 
undoing of your Poor petitioner and his family. 

Wherefore yo r humble petitioner intreats the Honourable Board would 
be pleased to take cognisance of his Cause, and that if possible his wife 
might be reduced to her duty, and your petitioner shall as in duty bound 
forever pray &c. his marke 

John D Derbyshire 

Groton Oct 12 1710 [Massachusetts Archives, Vol. 9, Page 164. 

Groton May 28th 1724 
May it please your Honour 

I have Posted the men Committed to my care at the Towns of Lancas- 
ter Groton Dunstable & Turkey Hill according to your Honours orders ; 
and Improve them in the best manner I can for the protection of the Peo- 
ple & Discovery of the enemy and I think to General Satisfaction I 
have ordered one man to Mr. Prescotts Garrison During his attendance on 
the Court. I beg Leave further to acquaint your Honour that y e people 
in these Towns apprehend themselves in Great danger, and cannot (in 
my humble opinion) be in any manner safe with so Small a number of 
men. I am your Honours 

Humble & most obedient 
Serv 1 
Mass tu Archives, Vol. 72, Page 176.] Jabez Fairbanks. 

Groton July 20th 1724 
May it please your Honour 

I have attended your orders in posting the men at the Towns of Groton 
Lancaster & Turkey Hill — precisely except at Turkey Hill there is but 
eleven men Cap 1 Stevens having not as yet sent so many as ordered & 
I have taken my post at Groton where I Improve the Souldiers in the best 
manner I can agreeable to your order, & have ordered them to Lodge in 
some of y e most Exposed Garrisons as often as may be, but I find it im- 
possible to Improve so Small a number of men So as to answer y« Neces- 
sities of the people here whose circumstances are so very Difficult & 
Distressing that I am not able to Represent to your Honor the poor people 
are many of them obliged to Keep their own Garrisons and part of them 
Imployed as Guards while others are at their Labours whose whole Time 
would be full Little enough to be expended in getting Bread for their fam- 
families. my own Garrison at Lancaster is very much exposed & with 
Humble Submission I think Requires Protection as much as any in that 
Town, therefore I Humbly pray your Honor would be pleased to give 
me Leave to post a souldier there Dureing my absence in the Service of 
the province. I beg your Honours Pardon for giving you this Trouble ; and 
as leave to Subscribe my selfe 

Your most Obedient Humble 
Mass"' Archives, Vol. 52, Page 17.] Jabez Fairbanks 

1856.] Votes passed by the Inhabitants of Marlborough. 249 

To his Excellency Jonathan Belcher Esq r Captain General & Governour 
in Chief &c the Honorable Council and House of Representatives in 
General Court assembled at Boston Jan y 1 1738 

May it please your Excellency and the Honorable Court — Whereas 
there is a Petition offered to your Excellency and the Honorable Court by 
several of the Inhabitants of the Town of Groton praying to be annexed 
to the Town of Littleton &c. The Subscriber as Representative for the 
said Town of Groton and in Behalf of said Town doth hereby manifest 
the willingness of the Inhabitants of Groton in general that the Petitioners 
should be annexed to the said Town of Littleton with the Lands that belong 
to them Lying within the Line Petitioned for, but there being a Considera- 
ble Quantity of Proprietors Lands and other particular persons Lying 
within the Line that is Petitiond for by the said Petitioners. The Sub- 
scribers in Behalf of said Town of Groton & the Proprietors and others 
would humbly pray your Excellency and the Honorable Court that that 
part of their Petition may be rejected if in your Wisdom you shall think 
it proper that they be sett off with the Lands only that belong to them 
Lying within the Line Petitioned for as aforesaid, and the Subscriber in 
Behalf of the Town of Groton &c will as in Duty Bound ever pray &c. 
Mass. Archives, Vol. 114, Page 300.] Nathaniel Sartell 


The Inhabitants of the Town of Marlborough in the County of Middle- 
sex, being legally assembled in Town Meeting, and taking into considera- 
tion the deplorable and embarrassed state of America, the many distresses 
it lies under, the violent assaults that are made upon our invaluable Rights 
and Privileges, the unconstitutional and alarming attempts that are made 
by an aspiring, audacious, arbitrary power, to strip us of our Liberty and 
all those glorious Priviledges Civil and Sacred which we thro' the kind 
indulgence of Heaven have long enjoyed, and to bring us into a State of 
Slavery under such Tyrants who have no bounds to their aspiring ambi- 
tion, which leads them to the perpetration of the blackest Crimes even to 
the sheding the blood of Innocents, an instance of which we have very 
lately had in that horrid, detestable and sinful Massacre committed in the 
town of Boston ; and considering that our Estates are not sufficient to 
satisfy the Avarice of a growing arbitrary Power, but that the lives of the 
harmless Subjects must fall a sacrifice to the rage and fury of bloodthirsty 
and mercinary wretches. We think that notwithstanding the unsuccess- 
fulness of the many constitutional methods which have been taken to regain 
to us the free and full enjoyment of our constitutional Rights and Liber- 
ties ; yet it is now absolutely necessary to use our greatest efforts in a 
constitutional Manner to recover our inherent Rights and preserve us from 
a State of Slavery and Misery ; and as it so plainly appears that the Non 
Importation agreement entered into by those truly patriotick Merchants in 
Boston and other Places on the Continent, so directly tends with other 
Methods that are taken to the Restoration of our Liberties which we have 
held so sacred and dear to us and which cost our Predecessors an immense 
treasure to secure, not only to enjoy themselves, but to hand down to their 
Posterity : We are astonished to find that a number are at this critical 

250 Willard. [July, 

time so sordidly detached from the publick Interest and are so selfish and 
impudent as to stand out and not comply with the Non-Importation Agree- 
ment, or break the same when entered into, and remain obstinate and bid 
defiance to their Country when entreated by the Committee of Merchants 
in the most salutary Manner to enter into and abide by the same ; and as 
they continue to practise those things that tend to the ruining and enslav- 
ing their Country and Posterity, we think necessary, and an incumbent 
duty on us to pass the following votes, — viz. 

1. Voted. That we highly approve of the noble and manly spirited 
conduct in those Merchants who have agreed (and firmly abide by the 
same) viz. 

Not to import Goods from Great Britain till the Revenue Acts are re- 
pealed, sacrificing their own private Interest to the publick Good. 

2. Voted the Thanks of this Town to the Town of Boston, for the 
noble spirited Resolutions and Measures they have taken to promote the 
cause of Liberty. 

3. Voted, That we will as far as lies in our Power in and by every 
constitutional Way encourage, strengthen and support those Merchants 
and others who have discovered such a patriotick Spirit, as by the Non- 
Importation Agreement appears. 

4. Voted, That those who have not come into or do not abide by the 
Non-Importation Agreement and those buy Goods of the Importers or 
purchase Goods of those Traders who have them of the present Importers 
are Enemies to their Country and Posterity, and that they ought to be 
treated as such. 

5. Voted, That we ourselves, or any by, from or under us, will not 
directly or indirectly, purchase any Goods of John Bernard, James, and 
Patrick McMasters, William Jackson, John Mein, Nath. Rogers, Theo- 
philus Lillie, John Taylor, Ame and Elizabeth Cummings, all of Boston, 
Israel Williams Esq and Son of Hatfield, and Henry Barnes, of Marl- 
borough aforesaid (being Importers) until a general Importation shall take 
place or they come into the Non Importation agreement of the Merchants 
to their satisfaction. 

6. Resolved and Voted, That the Names of those who purchase Goods 
of the Importers or of those who buy of the Importers shall be made 
publick so far as we have the knowledge of them. 

7. Voted that Messieurs Peter Bent, Hezekiah Maynard, and Robert 
Baker, be a Committee to transmit a Copy of the Above to the Committee 
of Merchants in Boston. 

Attest. Winslow Brigham, Town Clerk. 

-« ■♦•— » 


" Lancaster, June 18. On Thursday last, Mr John Willard, senior, being 
hoeing in his field of corn about a mile from the Garrison, he espied an 
Indian between him and the garrison, about 7 rod oft' him, and not know- 
ing but there might be more he ran another way to the garrison and got 
safe into it and mist the Indian." — Boston News Letter, 25 June, 1705. 

" Boston June 23 We hear from Portsmouth, N. H. that an express 
arrived here last week from No. Four, and informed that one Mr. Willard, 
his wife and 5 children, were taken and carried off from that place the 7th 
inst by the Indians. Scouts were sent out after them, but were not come 
up with when the express came away." — N. Y. Mercury, 30 June, 1760. 

1856.] President Charles Chauncy. 251 



[By William Chauncy Fowler.] 

[Continued from page 120.] 

Some minds never seem to grow old. Even on the verge of extreme 
old age, they retain the same freshness of feeling and the same vigor of 
intellect which they had in their early prime. The mind of President 
Chauncy belonged to this class. It continued earnest, active and strong, 
to the last, bearing fruit even in old age. 

" After age had enfeebled him, the fellows of the college once leading 
this venerable old man to preach a sermon on a winter day, out of affec- 
tion unto him, to discourage him from so difficult an undertaking, told him 
* Sir, you will certainly die in the pulpit? But, he laying hold of what 
they said, as if they had offered him the greatest encouragement in the 
world, pressed the more vigorously through the snow drifts and said, ■ How 
glad should I be, if what you say might prove true ! ' " 

" This eminent soldier of our Lord Jesus Christ continued still to endure 
hardness as a good soldier of the Lord Jesus Christ. When his friend 
pressed him to remit and abate his vast labors, he would reply, ' Oportet 
imperatorem stantem mori ; ' accordingly he stood beyond expectation in 
the learned camp, where he had been a commander. At length, on the 
commencement of the year 1671, he made a. farewell oration, wherein he 
took a solemn farewell of his friends, and then sent for his children upon 
whom he bestowed his solemn blessing, with fervent prayer commending 
them to the grace of God. Accordingly the end of this year proved the 
end of his days. When illness was growing upon him, the Rev. Urian 
Oakes, after his requested supplication, asked him to give a sign of his 
hopeful and joyous assurances, if he yet had them, of his entering into 
eternal glory. Whereat the speechless old man lifted up his hands, as 
high towards heaven as he could lift them, and so his ripened soul flew 
thither, Feb. 19, 1671, in the eightieth year of his age."-CoTTON Mather's 

The following encomium was bestowed on him by Increase Mather, a 
successor in the presidency. Hie Chancaus, quern Carolum Magnum 
jure optimo nominare possumus : Fuit ille senex venerandus, linguarum 
et artium prcesidiis institutissimus, gynasiarcha prazclari doctus ; qui in 
filiis prophetarum erudiendis, fidelem navavit operam omniumque dili- 
gentiam adhibuit. Abitus et obitus tanti viri collegium quasi truncatum, 
ac tantum non enecatum reliquierunt. 

A considerable number of the best men in the country were educated 
by him ; such as Mr. Gershom Buckley, Dr. Increase Mather, Mr. 8amuel 
Willard, Mr. Solomon Stoddard, Gov. Dudley, Judge Sewall, and others, 
of note both in Church and State. About half of the graduates under 
President Chauncy became ministers of the gospel. Two of his pupils 
were chief justices of the colony, and one was afterwards chief justice of 
the colony of New York, and successively governor of New York and 
New Hampshire, and three became presidents of colleges, viz : two of 
Harvard and one of Yale. — See Sketch of Harvard College by Samuel 
A. Elliot. 

252 President Charles Chauncy. [July, 


In reviewing his eventful life, what strikes us forcibly, is the rare com- 
bination of excellences which enter into his character. 

He was endowed by nature with the susceptibilities of genius. Some 
of the fruits of his genius are still visible in his poetry and public ad- 
dresses, though they were especially adapted to a different age, in which 
they could be better appreciated. Whenever he addressed men, his voice 
was a voice of power, whether heard by the representatives of polished 
courts in Trinity College, or by the people in Ware, in Plymouth, in Scit- 
uate, or by the students in the halls of Harvard. 

He was as distinguished for untiring industry even to the close of life, 
as he was for the ardor of his feelings. His ripe scholarship was the 
fruit of this industry. Such was the extent of his literary acquisitions, 
and such was his skill and success in imparting them, that he is appro- 
priately styled by Mather the " Cadmus " who brought letters to this coun- 
try. He seems to have communicated his tastes for letters not only to 
his six sons and to his distinguished son-in-law, but to all who came within 
the sphere of his influence. This taste seems to have come down from 
him, as from a living fountain, to his posterity, even to the present gen- 

He was eminently conscientious in what he did and in what he said. 
When he did what was wrong, he still listened to the upbraidings of con- 
science as to the voice of a spirit, distressing though they were. He 
never seems to attempt, by drawing metaphysical distinctions, to throw off 
the blame from himself upon others, or upon the circumstances in which 
he was placed. He never, in a mercantile way, endeavors to balance his 
account with God, by crediting himself the good which he aimed to accom- 
plish by his sins, or which he did accomplish. He never, by any pretence 
of benevolence, or by any splendid act of charity, endeavors to conceal 
his misdoing from the public. If, like Cranmer, he publicly yielded to 
temptation, like Cranmer he was willing to do public penance. " He felt 
compelled even to the teeth and forehead of his faults to give in evi- 

In his endeavors to instruct and enlighten others, and lead them in the 
way of their duty, he may sometimes have trusted too much to his own 
clear perceptions of truth and to his honesty in imparting it, as the means 
by which to win success, without taking sufficiently into view the dulness 
and the prejudices of men. He engaged in no intrigues. He practised 
no maneuvering. His was a frank, English, noble nature. " True to 
imagined right beyond control," in the ends proposed, and in the means 
employed, he trusted not to those arts by which the " worse may be made 
to appear the better reason." So diligent was he in business, so fervent 
was he in spirit, so ready was he to do with his might what his hands 
found to do, that his appeared like an angelic earnestness, both in intensity 
and constancy. His worldly wisdom might sometimes be doubted ; his 
honesty, never. 

In his views of religious duties he fell into some of the follies which 
characterized some of the Pu -itnns of his day, as for instance preaching 
against the sin of wearing .ong hair. His personal piety was of the highest 
cast, whether estimated by the standard of the times in which he lived or 
by that of the leading reformers, or by that of our own times. In the 
sermons on justification he shows that he was thoroughly sound on the 
doctrine called the articulus vel stantis vel cadentis ecclesice. In laying 

1856.] President Charles Chauncy. 253 

the foundations of the literary and religious institutions of New England, 
he lived a life of labor and of devotion ; he died the death of the right- 
eous ; and his memory is blessed, whether he is contemplated as a man 
of genius, or a scholar, or a confessor, or a christian. 

E p i T a p h . 


hie est corpus 

Caroli Chaunc^ei 

S. S. Theologise Baccalaur : 


Collegii Harvardini Nov-Angl. 

Per XVII annorum spatium, 

prsesidis vigilantissimi, 

viri plane integerrimi, 

concionatoris eximii, 


pariter ac liberali eruditione 


Qui obii in Domino Feb XIX 

Am. Dom. M.DC.LXXI. 

et setatis suae LXXX. 


His wife was Catharine, daughter of the celebrated Robert Eyre, of 
Sarum, Wilts, and Agnes or Ann his wife, daughter of John Still, Bish- 
op of Bath and Wells. He married her on the 17th of March, 1630. 

Mather speaks of her in the following terms : — 

" The happy mother of these worthy sons, was Catharine, the daughter 
of Robert Eyre, Esq., who dying a little before her consort, had her holy 
life quickly after published ; namely, by the publication of the directions 
for an holy life, which her pious father left as a legacy for his children ; 
direction, whereof I shall say but this, that as they express the true spirit 
of Puritanism, so they comprise the wisest, the fruitfullest, the exactist, 
and the holiest rules of living, that ever I saw together in any short human 
composure ; and the representing of them would not only give a descrip- 
tion of the heavenly conversation endeavored by our great Charles Chaun- 
cy, whom we have been considering, but also procure the admiration if 
not imitation of them that read it." 


Aged LXVI Dyed Jan. XXIII 

" We have found in manuscript the following epitaph :" — a. Harris. 

u Upon y e death of y l pious mother in God 
Mrs Katharine Chauncy, deceased 24. 11. 67. 

Here lies interr'd w lh in this shrine 
A spirit meek, a soule divine, 
Endow'd w th grace, and piety, 
Excelling in humility : 
Preferring God's commands above 
All fine delights, and this world's love, 
Whilst here she lived she took delight 
In reading, praying, day and night ; 

254 President Charles Chauncy. [July, 

In faith she was a Puritan 
Daily from-selfe to Christ she ran 
For aid and help whilst here she staid : 
O This was ye sweet, heavenly trade 
Of this renowned matron which 
Was to all saints a pattern rich, 
Most richly fraught w th grace sublime : 
With meeknesse and with love divine : 
By hope she lived in grace she stood 
Washt in her sins w th X t8 own blood : 
Active and constant she was here, 
In heaven above y e palm she weares : 
W lh X st she reignes, in heaven she sings, 
Hosannas to her Lord and King. 

Mm «M» Jfa jfc Jfc Jfa 

■7T -7T *7T -7V* TV" "TT 

Death was ye kev w ch let her out 
* * # # * 

Pale ghastly death hath sent his shaft 

And hath by chance nigh broke our heart 

Deaths volleys sound, sad storms appear, 

Mourning draws on : poor Harvard fear, 

Lest this sad stroke should be a sign 

Of sudden future death to thine.— J. B., 24, 11. 67. 


According to Deane, in his history of the town of Scituate, the children 
of Charles Chauncy and of Catharine his wife were, ■ Sarah ; 2 Isaac ; 
3 Ichabod ; 4 Barnabas ; 6 Nathaniel ; 6 Elnathan, who was a twin brother of 
Nathaniel ; 7 Israel ; 8 Hannah. 
t The sons were all educated at Harvard College and all became preach- 
ers of the gospel. All, it is believed, studied medicine and became phy- 
sicians. He bestowed scriptural names on all of his children. Deeply 
versed as he was in the scriptures in the original tongues, we can easily 
imagine that each name was given because it was significant. His first 
child was named Sarah-a. lady. His first born son, in his joy at his 
birth, he named Jsaac-laughter. The second son born amid his troubles, 
was named Ichabod-the glory has departed. The fourth son, born the 
year he left England, he named Barnabas-the son of consolation. The 
fifth and sixth sons bore substantially the same name, Nathaniel, Elna- 
than-the gift of God. The seventh son was called Israel-the prince of 
God. The second daughter was called Hannah-B. place of rest. Those 
of his children who left issue will be mentioned hereafter. Very little is 
known of the last-named child. 

Barnabas, the third son, was born in England, in 1637 ; was admitted 
a member of the church in Cambridge, Dec. 10, 1656 ; graduated in 
Harvard College 1657 ; was admitted to the degree of A. M., in 1660, 
when he maintained the affirmative of the following question : Utrum 
notitia entis primi sit homini naturalis 1 was a preacher and a physi- 
cian ; is mentioned in the petition of Elnathan Chauncy to the General 
Court as diseased ; died in early life ; left no issue. 

Elnathan, the fifth son of President Chauncy, twin brother with Na- 
thaniel, was born in or about the year 1639, in Plymouth, but baptized in 
Scituate, 1641. "At his birth, Robert Hix, a merchant in Plymouth, gave 
him 50 acres of land, so much were the people of Plymouth attached to 
President Chauncy." Was graduated at Harvard, 1661 ; took his second 
degree in 1664, when he maintained the affirmative of the following ques- 
tion : Utrum detur concursus per modum principii ? studied theology and 

1856.] President Charles Chauncy. 255 

medicine ; was a preacher and a physician ; was a distinguished physician 
in Boston, where he resided ; went to Barbadoes, where he died ; Dr. 
Charles Chauncy says " that he left no children, but his widow was alive 
since my settlement. I have seen and conversed with her." He had 
one child, a son, named Theodore, who died young. 

He presented a petition to the General Court, in which he stated " that 
his father had been a servant of the country in the above trust, (i. e. as 
president of the college,) seventeen years, in all which time he had never 
received for allowance any other payment than what the country rate had 
brought in, which had greatly impoverished his family, through the great 
straits they had been put into ; so that if they had not relief in some other 
kind, they could not have subsisted ; and now after his decease, his 
children are left in a very poor condition, especially our brother, that 
through the Lord's afflicting hand is so far distempered as to render him 
wholly unable to do any thing toward his own maintenance, and he will 
be an annual charge ; and it is a great addition to this so great affliction, 
that his poor brothers have not in their hands to relieve him. 

The petitioner asks nothing for himself, nothing for the other members 
of President Chauncy's family, but only that what is now due may be 
paid in money, and that our dear distressed brother may not perish for 
want of support." 

" On this petition the magistrates grant, that the arrearages due should 
be paid in money, and the deputies assenting did further grant that ten 
pounds a year should be paid by the treasurer of the county to the deacon 
of Cambridge for the support of the petitioner's brother ; to which the 
magistrates found it in their hearts to assent." 


I. The Oration before the Spanish and Austrian Ambassadors, given 
in this memoir. 

II. The Latin and Greek Poems, given in this memoir. 

III. The Catechism, the tille page of which has already been given. 

IV. The Retractation of Charles Chauncy, formerly minister of Ware, 
in Harfordshire, written with his own hand before going to New England, 
in the year 1637. Published by his own direction for the satisfaction of 
all such who either are or partly might be offended with his scandalous 
submission made before the High Commission Court, Feb. 11, 1635. 
London. Printed 1641. This work, the present writer has in his posses- 
sion, transcribed from a copy in the Bodleian Library. It was carefully 
prepared and exhibits great logical accuracy in the statement of the argu- 
ment against the use of the Rail, &c. 

V. A Sermon. God's Mercy shown to his People. Cambridge, 1655. 
VI. A Sermon delivered the day after commencement, in 1665. From 
Amos, II. 11. And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your 
young men for Nazarites. In the course of the sermon, he has the fol- 
lowing passage : " God hath wonderfully erected schools of learning 
and means of education for your children, that these might be continually, 
some comfortably supply our succession in the ministry. Is it not so, O 
ye people of God in New England ? But then let me testify against you 
in the Lord's name for great unthankfulness, fullness to the Lord for so 
great a mercy. The great blessing of a painful ministry is not regarded 
by covetous earthworms. Or some little good they apprehend in it, to have 

256 President Charles Chauncy. [July, 

a minister to spend the sabbath, and to baptize their children, and schools 
to teach their children, and keep them out of harm's way, or to teach 
them to write and cast accurately ; but they despise the angel's bread, and 
count it light stuff in comparison with other things. Yea, there be many 
in the country that account it their happiness to live in the waste, howling 
wilderness, without any ministry, or school, or means of education for 
their posterity ; they have much liberty, they think, by this want." 

Dr. Charles Chauncy says of this sermon, " He takes occasion in this 
sermon to bring in students and ministers, pleading for long hair from 
obligations the Nazarites were under not to suffer a razor to come upon 
their heads ; and rejects their plea with the utmost detestation, represent- 
ing their wearing long hair as abominable in the sight of God, a heathen- 
ish practice, and one of the crying sins of the land. It is strange that 
men of learning, rich good sense, and solid judgment, should be able to 
expend so much zeal against a trifle, not to say a thing absolutely indiffer- 
ent to our nature. But the greatest as well as best men in this country, in 
that day, magistrates as well as ministers, esteemed the wearing of long 
hair as an enormous vice, and solemnly testified against it as such. 

Though it seems " strange" that a " trifle " like this should be magni- 
fied into so much importance, yet we can find something like it in the 
fashionable morality of some portion of almost every generation of the 
Puritans, from their first landing to the present time. There have always 
been those who were ready to tithe mint, anniss and cummin, whether 
or not they neglect the weightier matters of the law. There have always 
been those who were ready to wage war with externals that were of little 
more consequence in themselves than the cut of the hair. Men are gov- 
erned more by associations than by reasons. The Cavaliers of the church 
of England wore long hair, and, from the association, some of the Puritan 
round-heads considered it as sinful. The Roman Catholics have a cross 
on their churches, and, from the association, some of the descendants 
of the Puritans consider this symbol of the religion of Christ as sinful. 

VII. Twenty-six Sermons. This work is entitled WjP 1$ H'TH"' 1 or the 
Plain Doctrine of the Justification of a Sinner in the sight of God. Printed 
in London, 1659. The following is the dedication : 

Honoratissimo et nobilissimo Heroi amplissimo utique et Piissimo domino 
Gulielmo Vicecomiti Sey et Seale ; Nee non illustrissimo et dignissimo 
viro, domino ; Nathaniel! Fiennes, uni e dominis custodibus magni sigilli 
Anglise. Hoc grati animi et debitse observantise fivrnj.6ovfov y.al ^afjuiQcov 

It has been my good fortune to obtain this book from London in a good 
condition. It is a small quarto of three hundred pages. It exhibits great 
vigor and earnestness and vehemence and thought, arranged in logical 
sequence, and thoroughly imbued with a christian and classic spirit. 

VIII. His last published work, so far as is known, is entitled Anti- 
synodalia Scripta Americana, or a proposal of the judgment of the dis- 
senting ministers of the churches of New England, Assembled by the 
appointment of the General Court, March 10, 1662, whereof there were 
several sessions afterward. 

The result of the Synod related to two points : 1. The Baptism of the 
grandchildren of church members, and in what is called the half-way 
covenant. 2. The Consociation of Churches. 

The Anti-synodal ia related entirely to the first point. It exhibits great 
force of reasoning in opposition to the result of the Synod, which was in 

jprirtgrce of dUjatmcg. 

Charlemagne, ob. 814. = Hildegarde, 
I ob. 782. 

Louis 1 st, le debonnaire == Judith, d. of Guelph, 
ob. 840. | Count of Bavaria, 

ob. 843. 

Charles 2d, the Bald ; == Ermantrude, dau. of the 
ob. 877. I Count of Orleans, ob. 869. 

Louis 2d, le Begue == Adelaide, 
ob. 879. I 

Egbert == Redburg. 
ob. 897. 

Ethelwolf == Osburga 
ob. 858. 

Alfred the = Aswinte. 
Great, ob. 
900 or 901. 

Charles 3d, the Simple, 
ob. 929. 

Edward 1st, == Elfiede. 
or Elder, ob. 
924 or 925. 

Ogive, dau. of Edward 1st, 
King of England. 


Earl of 

=Robert de Todenei, 
a noble Norman,who 
built Belvour Castle, 
now owned by the 
Duke of Rutland, his 
descendant and heir, 
ob. 1088. 

Peter de Roos = Adeline 

Robert de Roos, == Sybyl de 
2d Lord Hamlake. I Valoines. 

Everard de Roos, = Rose 
3d Lord Hamlake. I Trusbut. 

Chauncy de Chauncy came into 
England with William the Con- 
queror 1066, from Chauncy, near 
Amiens in France. 

William de Chauncy, 1 Henry 1. 

Waller de Chauncy, Baron de 
Scirpenbeck, 5th Stephen. 

Maud = Anfride de Chauncy, 
12 Henry II., leaving 

Walter and Roger; 
Walter succeeding, died 
without issue, leaving 
his brother. 

Robert de = Isabel, nat. dau. Pretiosa == Roger de Chauncy. 

Roos. 1th 
L'd Ham. 
ob. 1227. 

of Wm. Leo, 
King of Scot- 

Wm. de Roos, = Lucy, dau. 

5th Lord 
ob. 1258. 

of Reginald 

Robert de Chauncy, d. 42 
Henry III. 1258. 

Isabel, dau. == Thomas deChaun- 


Robert de Roos, 6th Lord of 
Hamlake, ob. 1285. 

I de Roos. 

and heir of 

Sir Philip de 


cy, son and heir 

of Robert, died 8 

April, 2 Ed. II. 

rt de Roos. 

'l™.«r.«l heir == Ralph Gilford. 
> l >crl dc Root. 

John Giflbrd. 

H n.. Gilford, 

"•'lie slon. 


William de Chauncy, son and 

heir of Thomas and Isabel, died 

1343, 17 Ed. II. 

Thomas de Chauncy, son and 
heir of William, died 49 Ed. III. 

Sir William de Chauncy, 

lasv D»;on of Scirpenbeck. 

Louis d'Outremer, ob. 954. == Gerberge de Saxe. 

Albreda, dau. of King Louis d'Outremer, == Renaud, Count de Reims. 
l ob. 973. 

Gilbert, Count de Reims and de Roucy, bur. in the Cathedral of Reims. == 

Ebles, Count of, Reims and de Roucy, ob. 1033. == Beatrix. 

Hilduin IV. Count de Mont- ==Alex, Countess de 

Gilbert or Giselbert, Earl 
of Brion in Normandy. 


didier and de Roucy. Roucy de Ebles. 

Richard Fitz Gilbert,= Rohese, dau. of Walter Hugh, 1st Count == Margaret 
1st Earl of Clare. | Gifford, 1st Earl of Buck- of Clermont. de Roucy. 
ingham. 1 

Gilbert, 2d Earl of Clare, == Alex de Clermont. 
! Alice or Adeliza. 

Alice, sis-= Rich'd de Clare, from 
tertoEarl whom descended the 
Chester. Plantagenet Kings of 

Gilbert, first 
Earl of Pem- 
ob. 1149. 

Alberic de Vere = Beatrix, dau. of 
ob. 1088. Henry Castelan. 

Elizabeth, sister to Wal- 
erine, Earl of Mellent, 
& to Robert, Earl of Lei- 
cester 3 and great grand- 
dau. of Henry 1st, King 
of France. 

Richard, 2d = Eve, dau. of 

Alberic de Vere == Adeliza, dau. of 
Gilbert de Clare. 

Earl of Pem- 
ob. 1170. 

Roger Bigod==Adeliza» 
ob. 1107. 

Dermot Mc- 


King of 


Hugh Bigod, Steward to = Julianna, dau. of 

Isabel de=Wm. Marshall, 

Henry I., 1st Earl Norfolk. 
ob. 1177. 

Alberic de Vere. 

only dau. 
and heir. 

Roger Bigod, 2d Earl === Isabel, dau. of Hameline, 
Norfolk, ob. 1220. Earl Warren and Surry. 

Hugh Bigod, 3d Earl Norfolk, = Maud, d.'of W. Marshall, 
ob. 1225. 

3d Earl Pem- 
broke, Strigul 
or Chepstow, 
ob. 1219. 

ob. 1248. 


Hugh Bigod = Roger Bigod, 4th Earl of Nor- = Isabel, sister to Alexan- 

ChiefJust. I folk, died without issue 1270. der, King of Scotland. 

Sir John Bigod Roger Bigod, 5th and last E?rl of Norfolk. 

Roger, youngest son of Sir John Bigod. 

T „ i 

: Joan, dau. of Roger. «; 

Margery Giflbrd == 

John Chauncv, 
died 22 H. 'ith. 


1 m uia Wiltshire Family of Eyre enjoyed for several ccnturio* 
the highest distinction within its native County. 

Humphrey_Le Heyer. 

Nicholas Le Heyer. 

Galfredus_Le Heyer, (time of Edward II.) 

J Til- ..L.iL .J-., nnrt ti*»ir ni 

1851.] President Charles Chauncy. 257 

favor of baptizing under the half-way covenant. It also exhibits a very- 
catholic christian spirit, and must have had great influence in settling the 
practice of the churches. 

The Anti-synodalia was published in 1662. It closes in the following 
characteristic way : " Now our good God which hath made hitherto sal- 
vation for walls and bulwarks to us, and hath led his people like sheep 
by the hand of Moses and Aaron, still make his people steadfast in one 
faith, and the order of the Gospel ; and still call the name of our courts 
and churches and families, Jehovah Shammah. Amen." 

Besides these, he is said to have published an election sermon, preached 
before the General Court in 1656. 


In compiling the following table, great care has been taken to follow the 
best authority, and such as are abundantly confirmed by general history 
or collateral evidence. — W. C. 

The paternal ancestry of President Chauncy is given with general 
accuracy by Sir Henry Chauncy in his History of Hertfordshire. This 
can be inferred not only from the authorities he gives, but from the fact 
that from the time of the Conquest, 1066, to the birth of President Chaun- 
cy in the year 1592, the family had but once removed. They occupied 
their estates as hereditary Barons of Scirpenbeck, in Yorkshire, on the 
river Derwent, from the Conquest to the year 1399, in the reign of Richard 
2d, when, by consent of the king, the estates were alienated and sold, in- 
cluding the title, which was then by tenure or attached to the estate ; and 
they by purchase or exchange obtained the estate of Gedleston or New- 
place, in Hertfordshire, which was entailed, and also that of Pishobury 
by lease. See also Clutterbuck and Burke. 

The name of Chauncy is Norman, and was taken from the name of 
the place in Normandy, near Amiens, where the ancestors of all the 
Chauncys in England and America resided. It has been spelt, at differ- 
ent times, Canci, Cauncy, Chauncei, Chancy, Chauncy, Chauncey. 

1. Chauncy de Chauncy, a Norman nobleman, came into England in 
A. D. 1066, with William the Conqueror. See Roll of Battle Abbey, in 
Stow, Hollinshed, and Grafton's Chronicles. 

2. William de Chauncy, the eldest son of Chauncy de Chauncy, 
was Baron of Scirpenbeck in the reign of Henry the 1st. Another son, 
Auschar, flourished in the same reign. 

3. Walter de Chauncy, son and heir of William, succeeded as 2d 
Baron, 5th of King Stephen, gave ^£15 to the king for license to marry 
whom he pleased. He was a great benefactor to the monastery of 
W T hitby. 

a The record of this payment by Walter de Canci, is in the pipe Roll, 
p. 26. The editors consider that roll to have been made in the 31st of 
Henry 1st, and not in the 5th of Stephen, as was formerly supposed. In 
their preface, p. xxi, they mention the baronial house of Canci as one of 
those whose antiquity is touched by this roll. The wife of this Walter and 
mother of his son and heir Anfride, was Alicia, oldest sister of William 
Fitz Helte (Placitorum Abbreviatio, pp. 56-7, tempore, 9th John.) That 
Walter lived in the time of Henry 1st is proved by the Calendarium Rotu- 
lorum Patentium, p. 206, 5 Richard II, where it is recorded that the king 
confirmed to William de Chancy (so printed) blood relative, (consan- 
guineo) and heir of Anfride de Chauncie, (so printed,) all the land of Wal- 

258 President Charles Chauncy. [July* 

ter de Chancie, (so printed,) in the county of York, " cum sac soc, &c." 
granted by Henry the 1st. — N. C. 

4. Anfride de Chauncy, son and heir of Walter, was a great benefac- 
tor to the canons of St. Peters, at York. On the 12th Henry 2d, upon 
the assessment of an aid for marrying the king's daughter, it was certified 
that he held five knightly fees. He died 6th of Richard 1st, leaving 
Walter and Roger, both under age. Hugh Murdock giving 100 marks 
for the wardship of the heir. 

5. Walter, son and heir of Anfride, came of age 8th of Richard the 
1st. He also became a great benefactor to the York minster, by con- 
firming the gift of his father and otherwise, but died without issue. 

6. Roger de Chauncy, brother and heir of Walter, married Preciosa. 
He died 15 Henry III. leaving Robert and Hugh. The latter became 
afterward lord of the manor of Upton, in the county of Northampton, 
and from him sprang the branch of the family in Edgcott in that 

6. Robert de Chauncy, son and heir of Roger, 23d of Henry 3d, paid 
his 25 marks for five knights' fees for his barony of Skirpenbeck and 
sundry manors connected therewith. 

a He did not long survive his father ; for in the 30th of Henry III. the 
king gave Robert de Cuppings, for his services, and one hundred pounds, 
the custody of the heir of Robert de Chauncy, till his lawful age and his 
marriage, (Excerpta de Rotulis finium, vol. i., p. 458.) — N. C. 

7. Thomas de Chauncy, son and heir of Robert, 23 years of age, 56 
of Henry III., to whom he did homage. He married Isabel, daughter 
and afterwards only heir of Sir Philip de Chauncy, another branch of the 
family. Lord of the manor of Willoughton, in the county of Leicester, 
by whom he became possessed of a large addition to his estate. He was 
one of the barons who joined in a letter to Pope Boniface, 1301, to main- 
tain the king's right to Scotland against the pretensions of the pope. He 
died on the 8th day of April, 2d of Edward II. 

a This is stated by Sir Henry Chauncy. But in the list of those who 
joined in the letter given by Sir Nicholas Harris, (synopsis of the passage, 
vol. ii., p. 761, it says,) " the name of Thomas de Chauncy does not ap- 
pear. That of " Thorn de Chaunes Du's de Norton " was probably 
mistaken for it. — N. C. 

8. William de Chauncy, son and heir of Thomas, 20 years of age, 
did his homage 7th of May, 2d of Edward II. He held, in addition to 
his Barony of Skirpenbeck, the manors of Willington, in right of his 
mother, also Hogham, Camelstown, Bogthorp and Thoraldy. 

9. Thomas de Chauncy, son and heir of William, succeeded the 17 of 
Edward III. 

a There appears to be a clerical error in the statement in the tables that 
Thomas de Chauncy, son and heir of William, succeeded in the 37th of 
Edward III., 3 having been written for 1. From the Calendarium In- 
quintionem post mortem, vol. ii., p. 110, it seems clear that William 
Chauncy was deceased in the 19th of Edward III., having been seized 
of Skirpenbeck manor and other property. And in the new edition of 
the Monasticon, vol. 1, p. 418, there is a deed dated in 1346, which was 
about the 19th year of Edward III., given by Thomas de Chauncy, filius 
Wilhelmi De Chauncy de Skirpenbeck, confirming the gifts of his an- 
cestors to the church of St. Peter and St. Hilda, at Whitby, and adding 
something of his own. 

1856.] President Charles Chauncy. 259 

According to the account of Sir Henry Chauncy, a second Thomas, 
the father of William, succeeded the first Thomas, son of the first Wil- 
liam, and held a short time. If there were two of these Thomases, it 
was the first that held a short time, but it is more probable there was but 
one, son of the first, and father of the last, William. 

The first William died in 17th Edward III. (1344.) In the 31st of the 
same king, only fourteen years after, Thomas Chauncy gave twenty 
marks, for leave to enfeoff William, his first born son (primo genitum) 
and Joan (Johannan) daughter of Roger Bygot with rectine, lands, and 
tenements in Thoraldby and Skirpenbeck, (Rotulorum Originalium in 
Abbreviatio, vol. ii., p. 246, column 1st, at the foot), and the next year it 
appears by Cal. Inq.,post mortem, vol. ii., p. 208, that said Thomas did 
enfeoff William his son and " Joh'an " his wife with six booates of land, 
&c, part of the manor of Skirpenbeck. 

Thus in fifteen years after the death of the first William, the second 
was already married and his father in possession of the baroncy. This 
was ninety-one years after the 1268, when the father of the first William 
was 23 years old. There is a bare possibility that generations succeeded 
each other in this case so rapidly, as they must have done, had there been 
two Thomases between the two Williams, but it is more agreeable to the 
ordinary course of things, to believe that there was but one. 

Another reason that leads me to the conclusion that there is but one, is, 
that I found, after careful research, no records of the decease of two. 
One appears to have died in 49th of Edward III., seized of the manor of 
Skirpenbeck, of Bouthorp and Thoralby. He was certainly the father of 
William, last Baron, as the references given sufficiently prove. They 
also prove that the Miss Bigot, who became the wife of this William, was 
named not Elizabeth, as Chauncy, Clutterbuck and Burke have it, but 
Joan, and that she was the daughter not of John Bigot but of Roger, who 
was John's younger son, that succeeded to the lordship of Settinington, after 
the death of John's eldest son John. John, the brother of the 5th Earl of 
Norfolk, died in the 5th of Edward II., the same year in which Thomas 
de Chauncy died. It is impossible that, as the pedigree given by Sir 
Henry Chauncey represents, that the one was great, great grandfather of 
William de Chauncy, and the other father of William's wife. — N. C. 

10. William de Chauncy was son and heir of Thomas de Chauncy. 
He received from King Richard confirmation of all his titles, charters and 
liabilities. He married, as mentioned above, Joan, daughter of Roger, 
youngest son of Sir John Bigod, brother of the Earl of Norfolk, and not 
Elizabeth the daughter of John, as stated by Sir Henry Chauncy Cluttu- 
buck, and Burke, and in other genealogies. By her he had a son, 1399. 
This Baron, namely, William, 22d of Richard II, obtained license from 
the King to alienate his manor of Skirpenbeck, with the title, and other 
estates in Yorkshire. Besides obtaining on lease the manor of Fishobury, 
he purchased considerable estates in Stepney, near London, where he 
died and was buried. 

11. John Chauncy, son and heir of William de Chauncey, the last 
Baron of Skirpenbeck, married Margaret, one of the coheirs of William 
Gifford of Gedlestone. He died Feb. 22, Henry the VI. 

12. John Chauncy, son and heir of John, married Ann, daughter of 
John Leventhorp of Shingey Hall. He died May 7, 1749, and was 
buried in the church of Sawbridgeworth. 

260 President Charles Chauncy. [July? 

13. John Chauncy, son and heir of John, married a daughter of 
Thomas Boyce. He died on the 8th day of June, 1510. 

14. John Chauncy, son and heir of John, married Elizabeth, widow 
of Richard Morfield, by whom he acquired a large accession to his estates. 
He left issue three sons, Maurice, Henry, and Robert. He died June 4, 

Maurice was educated at Oxford ; studied common law at Gray's Inn ; 
became a Carthusian monk, and resided in a house of that order near 
London, called by some the Charter House, and by others Sutton's Hos- 
pital. At the dissolution of Religious Houses by Henry the VIII, he, 
with his brethren, 18 in number, was committed to custody for denying 
the king's supremacy over the church of England. At length, with much 
difficulty, he escaped out of prison, and so consequently escaped death, 
which all the rest suffered at several different times before the year 1539. 

At length, settling himself at Bruges in Flanders, he became Prior of 
some of his English brethren of the same order there. 

But when Queen Mary came to the crown, he was advanced to be her 
Confessor, and was so acceptable to her, in that station, that he became a 
great favorite, yet never permitted the least matter of state affairs to in- 
terrupt the duties of his province. But when that Queen died, he re- 
turned again to his priory in Flanders, where he wrote the following 
work : — 

I. Historia aliquot nostri saculi Martyrum cum pia turn lectu jucunda 
nunquam antehcec typis excusa : Printed at Mentz in Bavaria, Anno 1550. 
IT. The Passion of 18 Carthusians at London. Printed at Cologne, 1608. 
III. Some additions to a Book entitled Vita Carthusiana. Printed at 
Louvain, 1572. IV. The Divine Cloud of JJnknowing. V. His Epistle 
of private Council. VI. Liber Domus Salvatoris beatissimce Virginis * 
Mariae juxta London Ordinis Carthusiani. 

" Maurice Chauncy died on the 2d day of July, 1581, 23 Eliz. and his 
body was buried in the Chapel belonging to the Carthusians at Bruges. 
He left behind him a most celebrated name for his rare Piety, which is 
preserved among those of his profession at Bruges and Newport, in Flan- 
ders, and at other places ; neither doth any knowing or moderate Protest 
tants deny, but that his name is worthy to be kept in perpetual memory." 
See 1st Volume of Athena Oxonienses. 

15. Henry Chauncy, second son and heir of John Chauncy, married 

Lucy , by whom he had John and George. The family were at 

his time possessed of the manors of East Latham and Cragford in Kent ; 
Bancomb in Sussex ; Owen Hall, Nether Hall, and Gifford's in Hertford- 
shire ; Great Sampford, Little Sampford, Hemstead and Passebury in 
Essex, ten manors in four counties. He built a house called New Place, 
on his manor of Gifford's or Gelston, where he removed, and where he 
resided at the time of his death, April 14, 1587, 29th of Elizabeth. 

John Chauncy, son and heir apparent of Henry Chauncy, married 
Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Holliday, by whom he had issue, Wil- 
liam, who died without issue. 

16. George Chauncy, second son of Henry, and brother of John, be- 
came the representative of the family. He married Jane, daughter and 
heir of John Cornwall of Yardley, by which marriage he became pos- 
sessed not only of the manor of Yardley, but of several other manors and 
estates in addition to those of his paternal ancestors, of New Place, Gif- 
fards, Netherhall, &c. By this marriage he had several children. After 

1S56.] President Charles Chauncy. 261 

her death he married Agnes, widow of Edward Humberston, by whom he 
had George, Edward, and Charles, the last of which is the subject of the 
preceding history. 

As a Baron of the realm, in feudal times, each person above men- 
tioned holding that title, was necessarily a military chieftain, absolute in 
command in his Barony, having the power even of life and death, over 
his own retainers, and, by the tenure of military service, which he was 
bound on summons to render to the King, of whom he held his estates 
and title, must sustain his military organization of Knights and Esquires, 
his Arms, Heralds, and Pursuivants, his Banners, &c. But they enjoyed 
a high social position, as founders and benefactors of churches, and insti- 
tutions for the poor. They were more distinguished for their moral than 
for their military achievements. 

The maternal ancestry, or the families in the female line, include many 
of the highest nobility, both Saxon and Norman, as may be seen by a 
glance at the pedigree. A full history of them would be a history of 
Europe during the middle ages, as well as after the Conquest. 

Several females of the families named in the table were princesses, in 
cases in which the male line had become extinct, so they merged not only 
their estates but their names and honors in the alliance. Thus the arms 
of their families are quartered with the original arms of Chauncy. Of 
these there are Chauncy of Lincolnshire, Gifford, De Roos, De Albini, 
Proffit Horn, Cornwall, &c. 

The reader may be referred to English history for an account of such 
names as the De Veres earls of Oxford, Bigods earls of Norfolk, who 
were hereditary earls, Marshalls of England, Marshalls, Earls of Pem- 
broke, the Strongbows, Gilbert and Richard, Earls of Pembroke, Chep- 
stow, and conquerors of Ireland, Earls of Clare or Clarence, afterwards 
merged in the Royal family of the Plantagenets. 

Siward, Earl of Northumberland, commonlj- called Siward the great, 

immortalized by Shakspeare as the conqueror of Macbeth, and as placing 

'Malcolm, his son-in-law, on the throne of Scotland, when about to die, 

arose from his bed, and arrayed himself in his richest and best armor, 

saying, " It was a shame for a warrior to die in his bed.'" He left 

Waltheof, Earl of Northumberland, to whom William the Conqueror 
gave his niece in marriage, wishing to conciliate the powerful Saxon no- 
bility. Notwithstanding which he entered into a conspiracy against the 
king, was taken and beheaded at Winchester. His daughter Maud 

Simon De St. Liz, Earl of Northumberland, Huntington and North- 
ampton, a great favorite of the Conqueror, whose daughter Maud mar- 
i ried 

William de Albini Brito, son of Robert de Todenir, a noble Nor- 
man, who came in with the Conqueror, who bestowed upon him immense 
estates in the county of Leicester. Here he built Belvoir Castle, now 
owned and occupied by the Duke of Rutland, who inherits them through 
a female coheir of Lord De Roos. This Baron was distinguished by his 
liberality, especially to the monastery at St. Albans, and also for his valor 
on the field. At the battle of Jenarchebry, in Normandy, he was said to 
have determined the fate of the day by breaking through the enemy's 
lines by his single arm. He died leaving two sons, William, his heir, 
and Ralph, from whom descended the Lords St. Daubeny, the Earls 
of Bridgewater. 

262 Hall. [July, 

William de Albini Mesihems also Brito succeeded, and died 4 of 
Henry II, leaving William his heir. 

William de Albini, 4th, was distinguished as one of the rebel Barons 
in the time of King John, and was their general. He it was who made 
so noble a defence as governor of Rochester Castle. He afterwards 
commanded the army for Henry III, at the battle of Lincoln. He died, 

William de Albini, 5th and last of the name, who, dying, left a 
daughter Isabel only heir, who married Robert de Roos, Lord of Ham- 

Robert de Roos, 6th Baron de Roos of Hamlake, was also of a noble 
race. He was chief of the rebel Barons at the battle of Lewes, where 
the King and Prince Edward were taken prisoners, and had the care of 
the Prince committed to him in the castle of Hereford. His grandfather, 
Robert, married a natural daughter of the King of Scotland, and his son 
William was one of the competitors for the crown of Scotland in the time 
of Bruce and Baliol, to the latter of whom it was awarded. His grand- 
father was also one of the twenty-five Barons elected by the whole body 
to secure the Charter from King John, and the performance of its provis- 
ions by the King. This Baron died, leaving two sons, 1. William Lord 
de Roos, through whom Belvoir Castle and estates descended to a fe- 
male heir of Edward Lord de Roos, who married Robt Manners, whose 
descendants now enjoy them as Dukes of Ruthland. 2. Robt de Roos 
and his heirs, ending in a female heir, who married Ralph GifTard, a de- 
scendant of Walter GifTard, Earl of Longueville, in Normandy, who came 
into England with the conqueror, was his kinsman, and was made by him 
Earl of Buckingham. Indeed, the whole county, according to some ac- 
counts, was given to him by King William. The heirs of Ralph GifTard 
ended in a female, Margery GifTard, who was married to John Chauncy. 

a. There are respectable authorities for the supposition that Maud de 
St. Liz, the wife of William de Albini, was the daughter of Simon de 
St. Liz, and his wife the daughter of Waltheop. The deeds recorded in 
the Monasticon, vol. i, p. 370, and vol. ii, pp. 675 and 377, prove clearly 
that there were three ladies who were called Maud de St. Liz. 1st. The 
wife of Simon ; 2d. Their daughter, who married Robert de Clare, son of 
Richard, son of Roger, Earl of Hatford, and 3. Their daughter, the wife 
of William de Albini. N. C. 

b. Roger Bigod had two wives, Ida de Thouy and Isabella de Warren. 
After having made very extensive researches to ascertain which was the 
mother of his heir, I am persuaded that it was Ida de Thouy. N. C. 


We are informed that, some days ago, died at Mendon, Mr. Robert 
Hall, who was, last May, 106 years old. He was born at Hammersworth 
in Old England, and served as a soldier under Cromwell for very many 
years, was in the most if not all the Battles fought by that Warriour. He 
was visited with blindness for several years before his death. If you en- 
tered into conversation with him, his whole discourse assuredly turned 
upon the Civil Wars, upon Expeditions, Campaigns, Fire, Smoke, and 
Slaughter, &c— N. Eng. Weekly Jour., 23 Oct. 1727. 

1856.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 263 


[Prepared by Mr. William B. Trask, of Dorchester.] 

[Continued from page 180.] 

[In the following abstracts, names and dates do not always correspond, precisely, 
with those on the record. Such disagreement, howover, need not be considered, neces- 
sarily, as an evidence of their incorrectness here ; for, so far as practicable, the subject- 
matter has been collated with the originals, on file ; the result of which was, that the 
Probate Records, not infrequently, were found inaccurate. For example, in the will 
of John Luson, of Dedham, (wrongly labelled "Joseph Layton" on the files,) the 
name of William Bearstowe, of Scituate, occurs ; on the record it is William Brearton. 
In the same will, the name of Edward Hawes occurs; but it is omitted on the record. 
Henry Rigby, of Dorchester, reads correctly, Henry Kibby ; Cary, Gary; Powell, 
Cowell; and so on, in many other instances that might be mentioned. — T.] 

Philip Elliot. — Boston 2 Feb. 1660. Power of Administration to the 
estate of the late Philipp Elliot, as it is left by Elizabeth Elliot, his relict, 
is graunted to Rich. Withington, John Aldis, and Jn Smith, to make 
division thereof amongst themselues, according to the late will of the said 
Right of theire wiues. 

Dedham 22 : 11 : 1660. An Inventorie of that part of y e Estate some- 
times Philip Elliots, of Roxbury, deceased, which was in the possession 
of y' men hereafter named after the death of Elizabeth Elliot, y e late wife 
of y e said Philip, taken by John Hunting, Eliezar Lusher, Daniel Fisher. 
Goods in possession of John Smith, of Dedham, John Aldis, of Dedham, 
& Rich d Withington, of Dorchester. Mentions land near Daniell Ains- 
woritis, one bill in y e hand of John Watson. 

Richard Withington, John Aldis, & John Smith deposed 2 Feb. 1660. 

John Dwight, of Dedham, yeoman, being in p r fect health, this 16 th 
June 1658, doe make this my last will. To my wife, Elizabeth, that now 
is, ,£50 sterling, to be payd her by my Executors, in Currant Country 
pay, at my now dwelling house, at Dedham, within 3 monethes after my 
decease, as by Couenant, before our marriage, appeareth ; also all her 
weareing Apparell, both linen and woollen, alsoe that my said wife shall 
haue dyet allowed her, at my said dwelling house, in Dedham, dureing 
y e space of 3 monethes after my decease, if shee shall desire it, that soe 
3hee may y* more Comfortably provide for y e remoueall of hir habitation 
to some other place. I giue vnto my sonne, Nathaniell Whiteing, 20s ; 
vnto my sonne, Henrie Philips, 20s ; vnto my sonne, Nathaniell Reinolds, 
20s. My will is, that my dwelling house, land, and moveables in y e 
Towne of Dedham, or elsewhere, which shall be founde to my estate, at 
my decease, be equally devided into fiue pts, two pts whereof I giue vnto 
my sonne, Timothy Dwight, and one part vnto y' Children of my son, 
Nathaniell Wliiteing, and of Hannah, his wife, or soe many of them as 
shall be surviueing at my decease, to be payde by my Executo r , as in 
lis discretion will best conduce for their benefitt. I giue vnto my 
jrand Child, Eliazar Philips, sonne of my sonne Henry Philips, and of 
Mary his wife, my dau., one part of y e fiue ; and if y e said Eliazar shall 
lot be surviueing at my decease, then my will is, that my Executo 1 ", at 
lis discretion, shall dispose of that one part of y e fiue, vnto y* rest of y e 
children of my son, Henry Philips, and of my dau. Mary, his wife. The 

264 Abstracts of Early Wills. [July, 

fifth part remayneing of y fiue, I giue vnto my dau. Sarah Reynolds, or 
to her child or Children, as my Executo 1 * shall see cause to dispose of it. 
Alsoe, my will is, that my son, Timothy Dwight, shall enjoy all that house 
and land which I gaue him at hir first marriage with Sarah Sibly. Alsoe, 
that my sonne, Nathaniell Whiteing, shall enjoy all that 6 Acres of land, 
be it more or lesse, which lyeth in y* low playne ; and y e 2 Acres of 
meadow lyeing In foule meadow, which I bought of Lieut. Joshua Fisher. 
My will is, that it shall be at my Executo r ' liberty to pay said Legatyes, 
either in land or Currant Country pay, and to pay them at y e same prise 
as they were vallued at by y e prises at my decease. Alsoe, my will is, 
that my Executor shall not be ingaged to pay y e said legatyes to any of 
y e said Children, vnder age, vntill they canne legaly giue a discharge for 
y e receipt of y e same. I Appoynt my son, Timothy Dwight, to be Exec- 
uto 1 " of this my last will. John Dwight. 

In presence of 
Peteer Woodard 
William Averey. 

Peter Woodard deposed, 5 March 1660. 

Dedham 8 th of 12. 1660. Inventory of the estate taken by Eliazar 
Lusher, Timothy Dwight, sen r , Peeter Woodward. Am 1 .£506. 02. 10. 

Isaack Heath. — I giue to my wife, this my dwelling house and orchard, 
barnes, home lott, with all my land in y e lower Calues pasture, both Vpland 
meadow and salt marsh, by estimation 27 acres, more or lesse, dureing 
her life. If my wife thinke this too combersome for her, shee shall be 
[at] liberty to Choose to haue y e new end of my house, and all roomes 
appertayneing to it, and c£14, a yeare, payde duly vnto her by my sonne 
Bowles, of y e Best that ariseth of y e lands, all these lands and all other 
lands as they are in y e transcript of Roxbery (except about 6 acres in y e 
great lott which I haue given my sonne Bowles, as long as he liueth, and 
my part in y e 4000 acres, which I giue to y e schole in Roxbury) I giue to 
my three Grandchildren, John Bowles, Elizabeth Bowles and Mary 
Bowles, to them and their heires foreuer, immediately after myne and 
their grandmothers decease. I giue vnto my sonne, Bowles, full power 
to let, sell, and improue all these lands as they shall come into her hands 
for ye best education of y e children. My will is, that John Bowles shall 
be mayntayned at Schole and brought vp to learning, in what way I haue 
dedicated him to God, if it please him to accept him. If my wife Choose 
y e house and lands, and they be not by due estimation worth 14 ' b by y e 
yeare, then my sonne, Bowles, shall make vp soe much worth vnto her 
out of y e rent of my other lands I giue vnto my Cozin Martha Brand 
2 lb ; to my kinsman, Edward Morice, 2 lb ; to my sonne, Bowles, my 
searge coat and best hatt ; to Isaacke Heath, y e rest of my weareing Ap« 
parell, my moueable goods, both within doores and without, and debts or 
state what eue r of that kind, I will that they be divided into 4 equal p ts . be- 
twixt my wife and my three Grand Children. I giue to Mary Mory, my 
kinswoman, 20s. My will is, if there be no provission sufficient to afford 
my wife what I haue giuen her, and to bring vp John to learning, I giue 
full power to my sonne Bowles, with y e advise of my overseers, to sell my 
pond lot, or woodlot, in y e middle divission for y 1 supply or both. I re- 
quest my well beloued brethren, John Eliot and William Park, to doe 
y e office of loue to oversee y e fulfilling this my last will, and giue counsell 
at all tymes as need shall require, to whom I give as a token of my loue, 

1856.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 265 

each of them, 20s. My will is, before my moveables be divided, all my 
debts be payde, and my houseing conveniently repayred. I allow my 
wife convenient firewood out of my nether wood lot, for her life time, and 
I make my sonne, Bowles, sole Executor of this my will, whom I invest 
with full power to set, let, and Improve y e estate and lands of his three 
Children, my grand Children, to aske, receiue and order all things till y c 
time when Elizabeth Bowles shall attayne to 18 yeares, or day of mar- 
riage, all her p l shall be given her. I giue to John Bowles when hee 
cometh to ye age of 21 yeares, besids what falls to him of his share in my 
goods, a double portion in my land ; to Mary Bowles, when shee attaynes 
to 18 yeares of age, or day of marriage, her p l of my goods and lands. 
If Benjamin Mory duely serue out his time, my will is, that at y e end of 
his time he shall receiue £5, to be payde him by my executo 1 ". 

Witnesses this 19th f y . nth 1660. Isaack Heath. 

John Elliot, George Brand, John Stebbins, 

who deposed, 31 Jan. 1660. 
Entered and Recorded 2 Nov r . 1662. 

The Inventory of the goods & estate of the said Elder Isaac Heath, 
taken 25 : 11 : 1660. Am'. .£671. 06. 04. 

Mention is made of " Benjamin Mories time," Willm Lyon, Joseph 
Wise, Daniell Aynsworth, &c. 

Isaac Marrell and Thomas Weld witnesse to an acco". accepted by the 
overseers of y e will, before the Inventory was put into y e Court. 

John Bowles deposed, 14 th March 1660. 

Charity White. — Boston, 5 Feb. 1660. Whereas y e late Charity 
White, a little before hir death, before diverse friends, declared that she 
gaue hir house and land to the deacons of the Church of Boston,* for y* 
vse of their Church, on Condicon shee be buried at the Churches charges ; 
and also, that shee gaue the rest of hir goods and estate to Deliverance 
Tearne, att request therefore of Miles Tearne, father to the said Deliv- 

Power of Administration to y 8 Estate of the late Charity Wliite, is 
granted to Miles Tearne, y e father, in behalfe of his daughter, in relation 
to all the goods and estate of said Charity, y e house and lands excepted, 
which is left to their dispose to whom it was left and given. 

Inventory taken 1 Feb. 1660, by Chr : Batt & John Marion. AmU 
£24. Goods at Mr Blyes, &c. 

Deacon John Rogers. — 8 : 12 : 1660. Vnto his beloued wife, Judith 
Rogers, his new end of his dwelling house, with one third part of y* 
Barne, and halfe his orchard and p r duce thereof, and halfe his pasture, 
adioyning to y e orchard, to be hers dureing her life. His will is, that his 
sonne, John Rogers, shall pay vnto his mother, Judith, 20 bushells of 
Corne, yearly, one third in wheate, one third peases, one third in Indian 
Come. If his sonne, John, refuse or fayle in paym* of y e said Come, 
then his mother shall haue halfe y e land to improue as long as she Hues, 
viz. y e broke vpland. Hee bequeathes vnto his wife, his feather bed. 
and all y e furniture thereunto belonging, with halfe of all his househould 
goods, giueing hir power to bestow it on whom shee please ; provided it be 

* " Charity White, a singlewoman," admitted to the First Church in Boston, 13:4: 
1641. — First Church Records. 


266 Abstracts of Early Wills. [July, 

given to Deacon Rogers Children. Giues his wife, one Cow, and yVise 
of y e other Cow y e yeare Insueing, except his sonne, John, marry, then 
one Cow to be his. Hee giues one heifer to his wife, and halfe his swine 
and halfe his Goates and halfe his sheep. It is his will that his sonne, 
John Rogers, shall keepe one Cow for his mother, and six Goates at 
winter, only, as long as shee Hues. If John Rogers fayle in refuseing, 
then it is his will, that his wife, Judeth, shall have that part of his mead- 
ow adjoyning deacon Whitmans meadow, dureing her life. Hee Be- 
quathes vnto his dau. Mary Rane, his great lott which is 12 Acres, 
Bounded by Deacon Philips great lot, and further, giues her 40s. ; vnto 
his dau., Liddia WJdtte, six Acres of land lying on y* east necke, or £5., 
which he leaues to his executo r s discretion, either to giue her y c land or 
y 8 fiue pound, soe it be donne in one yeares time after his decease. He 
giues vnto his dau. Hannah Pratt, £5., to be payd two yeeres after his 
decease. He giues his dau. Sarah, £15. ; ten pounds to be payde A 
moneth after her marriage, y e other £&, two yeares after marriage. In 
case shee marry not, shee is to haue .£15; ten pounds at 18 yeares of 
age, and fiue pounds at 25 yeeres old. Vnto his sonne, John Rogers, 
the Remaynder of all his estate, as houseing, Cattle, lands, &c. [said 
John paying his sisters out of that part of the estate given to him.] If his 
sonne, John, dy without wife or Childe, then his sonne in law, Joseph 
White, shall haue y e land Adjoyneing Thomas Dons house, provoided 
Joseph White pay out of it to his sonne in law, John Rane, <£10. It is 
his will that his dau. Sarah haue y' Remaynder of his land, houseing and 
orchard, in Case his sonne John dye as aboue expressed, viz. that which 
belong to his sonne John. And Sarah, shall pay to John Rane, £5 ; and 
to Samuell Pratt, £8 ; and to Joseph White, £4. Further his will is, 
that William Richard, his Apprentice, shall serue y e Remaynder of his 
Apprentiship with his sonne, John, and that his sonne shall cause y e said 
William Richard shalbe taught his trade according to Indenture. It is 
his will that his wife, Judeth, and his sonne, John Rogers, shall be ioynt 
Executo r s of this his last will ; alsoe, that Thomas White & John Hole* 
brooke be overseers,, and alsoe Thomas Dier. 

Signed in y e p r sence of John Rogers. 

William Charde, Thomas Dyar, 
who deposed 30 April 1661. 

Inventory of the estate taken 20 : 12 : 1660, by John Holbrooke. Am 1 . 
«£275. Mentions " one se r vant boy that is apprentice," <£10. Judith 
Rogers and John Roggers deposed, before Court, that this paper Containes 
a true Inventory of y e estate of the late John Roggers 9 of Weimouth, to 
the best of his knowledge. 

Isabell Turner. — An Inventory of y e estate of Isabell Turner, wid- 
dow, late of Dorchester, taken the 17 day of 10 1660, by Richard Baker, 
Nicholas Clapp, John X Gornell. Amt. <£205. 18. 04. Left. Roger 
Clap and Ensigne Hopestill Foster, deposed 8 Feb. 1660. 

Andrew Pitcher, of Dorchester, being by y e present paynes and 
weakenesse vpon mee sensable that my dayes will not be long here, and 
willing to dispose of that little estate God hath lent mee, that it may pre- 
vent trouble hereafter, hopeing ere long I shall be freed from what I now 
Vndergoe, and shall be with the Lord, Therefore, after y e buriall of my 
body and my debts payde, my will is, my wife, Margaret, shall haue all 

1856.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 267 

my estate within Dorchester, dureing life, for her own maintaynance, and 
to bring vp my Children. My will is, that my Eldest sonne, Samuell, 
shall haue halfe my land that lyes neere goodman Wods, behind Med- 
feilde, and halfe y e meadow belonging to it ; that my sonnes, John and 
Jonathan, shall haue y e other halfe of it, with y e other halfe of y e mead- 
ow belonging to it ; that after my wifes decease, my sonne, Nathaniel, 
shall haue my houseing and all my lands and Cattle within Dorchester, 
and shall pay out of it to my eldest dau. Experience, £16, within four 
yeeres [after] he comes to enjoy it, and to my yongest dau. Ruth, <£12, 
within six yeeres after he comes to enjoy it. Further, my will is, that 
what househould stuffe there is left after my wifes decease shall be de- 
vided equally to all my Children. If any of my Children dye before they 
come to enjoy theire portion, it shall be devided Amongst the rest, equal- 
ly, except they leaue Children. I Appoynt my wife, and Eldest son 
Executo™ of this my last will. 4 (10) 1660. 

In p r sence of Andrew X Pitcher. 

William Robinson, John X Gill 

Samuel Wadsworth. 

John Gill and Willm Robbinson deposed, 9 3 mo. 1661. Inventory 
of the Estate taken 19 (1) 1660. Am*. .£286. 08s. Debts <£20. Samuel 
Pitcher deposed, 9 May 1661. 

William Peacocke. — An Inventory of y e estate of William Peacockes, 
prized by Isaac Morell, and Griffen Crofts, the 22 of Jan. 1660 ; for 
debts due to him, they do not yet apeare what they be, or whether any 
thing be oweing him or noe. The summe exprest is <£78. 06. 04. The 
debts demanded of him, besides several charges is, ,£126. 05. 

Robert Seaver deposed, 21 Feb. 1660. 

On the 30th Jan. 1660, the Court appointed William Parke, Edward 
Denison and Thomas Welde to enquire into the estate of said Peacocke. 
They found some difficulty in respect of Trading with the Indians in part- 
nership with John Curtis and Philip Curtis. A proposition was made by 
them for an amicable settlement, which was signed by the forenamed part- 
ners, 29 : 1 : 1661. The commissioners made a return of debts due from 
and to the estate, viz : to Arthur Gary, Thomas Smith, John Weld, Henry 
Powning, John Collins, John Huntley, John Bowles, Henry Bowen, Abra- 
ham Busby, Henry Phelph, John Mirriam, Edward Cowell, Mr. Henry 
Shrimpton, Thomas Hawley, Mr Peter Oliuer, Theophilus Frairy, Isaac 
Morill, Stephen Hoppin, John Jonsons Executors, Mr John Alcocke, Tobias 
Bauis, Richard Meades, George Brand, Robert Prentiss, William Linck- 
horne, Samuel Gore, Joseph Griggs, Robert Seauer, Phillip Curtisse, John 
Peiropoynt, Joseph Wise, John Stebbins, &c. 

John Luson, of Dedham. 15 : 12 : 1660. Age and y e Innrmityes 
thereof increaseing dayly vpon mee, — doe make this my last will. I did 
p r mise Thomas Battely, of Dedham, my kinsman, £60, whereof I haue 
already payde him thirty ; I now giue order, y e other thirty be payde 
him, within one yeare after my decease. I giue vnto said Thomas, and 
his heyres, my now dwelling house, with my Barne, and all other my 
buildings thervnto belonging, and all my orchyard, gardens, fences, &c. ; 
also all my p r cell of land comonly called the Feild, on y e Backeside, 
lyeing betwixt my house and orchard aforesaid, and y e Brooke next y e 
Rockes ; all which houses and lands are given vpon Condicon that y e said 

268 Abstracts of Early Wills. [July, 

Thomas, his heyres or Assignes, pay ,£24, vnto Thomas, Robert and 
Susan, y e Children of Robert Luson, in old England, late deceased, which 
summe I giue them as a Legaty to be equally devided Amongst them, within 
2 yeares after y e decease of Martha my wife. I giue vnto Mary Battely, 
my kinswoman, dau. of y e said Thomas, £5., to be payde hir, or hir As- 
signes, at y e time shee shall Attayne y e age of 15 yeeres ; vnto John 
Batteley, sonne of Thomas, 40s, when [he] come to y e age of 15 ; both 
to be payde in Current Country paym 1 . If John or Mary depart this life 
before y e age before said, y e surviueing partie shall inherit y e Legacie 
given to the deceased. To Edward Hawes, of Dedham & his heyres, 
40s. Vnto Mr John All in, our deare and Reverend Pasto r , as a small 
declaration of my thankefullness to God and to him for that Good I haue 
receiued by his ministery, 40s. to be payd in equall sumes, in 4 yeers 
after y e decease of Martha, my wife. Vnto my wife, for her life, and 
one yeare after, all my houses & Lands withall y e privileges, &c. to her 
or her Assignes ; alsoe, all y e Remaynder of my estate not disposed of. 
If my wife shall not surviue me, then I giue vnto Anne Bearstow, my 
kinswoman, y e wife of William Bearstowe, of Scittuate, £10, to be payde 
her or her Assignes, in Dedham, in 5 yeares after y e decease of my selfe 
or my wife, which of vs shall liue longest ; 40s. each yeare. The rest of 
my estate, giuen to my wife, I giue to Thomas Batteley and his heires, 
foreu r ; y e said Thomas Battely to be my executor, and my very Loueing 
Friend, Ensigne Daniell Fisher, to be overseer. 

In the presence of John ><! Luson. 

Eliezar Lusher, John Kent, 
who deposed 25 May 1661. 

The Inventory of the Estate was taken by Henry Chickering and Dan- 
iell Fisher, 18 (3) 1661. Am*. <£300. 11. 01. Thomas Battely deposed, 
25 May 1661. 

Christopher Batt, of Boston. — Considering y e fraylty of my nature, 
that I am at all tymes and in y e most secure places and Imploym t9 subject 
to many Accidents that might bring me to my End, being now enforced, 
for the better provoideing for my family to goe a Voyage to Virginia, not 
being Capable to Expresse myselfe soe fully as I would, yet haueing soe 
long and large Experience of y e faithfull loue . of my deare wife, Anne 
Batt, both to mee and my Children, doe therefore, Appoynt my wife, 
Executrix of this my last will, and dureing her widdowhood, doe giue 
vnto her y e Vse [of] my whole estate and power to sell house, lands, 
Goods, Chatties, &c. and to Improue y e same for y e best Good of her 
selfe and Children, both one and other which I leaue to her motherly 
Care and Affection to bestow portions on them, as y e estate will beare, 
and they need, onely, if in Case shee marry Againe, my desire is, then 
shee dispose at least of two thirds of my estate to my Children, as shee 
shall thinke best, but somewhat neer to an equallitie, my Eldest sonne ex- 
cepted, which I hope shee will thinke on. 19 of [ ] 1656. 
In p r sence of vs Christopher Batt. 

Edward Rawson, Rachel 
Rawsor,, Anthony Checkley. 

Edward Rawson, Record 1 "., deposed, 19 Sept. 1661. 

Abiell Everell. Inuentory of y e goods of Abiell Everell, deceased, 
appraised by John Sunderland and John Sanford, being Chosen therevn- 

1856.] Abstracts of Early Wills. 269 

to by Mr John Aldin and Elizabeth, his wife, shee being formerly y e 
wife, and after, the widdow of Abiell Everett, before said. Taken 15 : 
12 : 1660. Am*. £119. Jn° Alden deposed, 22 Feb. 1660. 

Mr. Ralph Smith. — 18 th Aprill 1661. Power of Administration to y e 
estate of the late Mr Ralph Smith, is granted vnto Nathaniell Masterson, 
his late wiues sonne, that liued A long time with him, and was servicea- 
ble to him for y e most part of his time. Am 1 , of Inventory taken 16 
Aprill (61) <£377. 04. 04. Nathaniel Masterson deposed same day, 

Richard Langer, of Hinghame, being of perfect memory yet very 
Aged, doe make this my last will. To my dau. Margarets Eldest sonne, 
Joshua Lincon, all my land in Hinghame in New England, That is to 
say, those two home lotts that I Bought of my sonne in law, Thomas Lin- 
con, with my great lott, lyeing neere Glad tidings Rocke, and my lott of 
meadow, at Conyhasset, whom I make my Executor. I giue my Greene 
Rugg to my dau. Margaret, shee giueing as a gift from mee [to] my 
other two dau 9 . Dinah, and Elizabeth, 4s. each. 20 Feb. 1659. 

Witnes Nico Baker. Richard X Langer. 

who deposed 2d May 1661. 

Inventory of the estate, apprized by Mathew Hawkes &TJiomas Hewet, 
18 Feb. 1660. Am*. £21. 02s. 

John Wilkie. — Power of Administration to the Estate of John Wilkie, 
granted to Elizabeth Wilkie, Relict of y e said John Wilkie, and Jeremiah 
Cushin, hir now husband. Inventory taken 11 March, 1661, by John 
Sunderland, and Edward Hutchinson. Am 1 . .£102. 1. Elizabeth Wilkie 
deposed, the same day. 

John Tucker, senior, of Hingham, deceased y e 5 th of August 1661. 
Being by a Providence of God visited with a sad affliction, yet in his Right 
minde, did verbally dispose of his estate as followeth, (viz) I giue vnto my 
sonne, John Tucker, a double portion, and my dau., Mary Tucker, shall 
haue y e Rest, and I would haue yo u to deale righteously by y e mother, and 
said that God will deale righteously with you and wished them to remem- 
ber Mr Hubberd, as a minister of Christ, as yo u and your sister shall 
thinke fit to bestow, and said goodwife Jacob hath beene a mother to me 
and mine, remember her, and remember Goodwife Beats, God by his 
providence did afford me both helpe and Comfort from her. We whose 
names are vnderwritten being at Joseph Churches house, A little before 
he dyed, heard goodman Tucker, senior, speake these words. 

An : Bates, O her marke, Martha Beals, Jane Bates. Taken vpon 
oath, before y e majestrates, 15 Aug 1 . 1661. 

Power of Administration to y e estate of y e late John Tucker, of Hing- 
hame, deceased, is graunted to John Tucker, his sonne, 7 Aug 1 . 1661. 
On the 8 th of Aug 1 , on petition of Anne Tucker, relict of John, power of 
Administration was granted equally to hir as to John, the sonne. On the 
15 th , she Renounct hir power of Administration, and gaue vp to John 
Tucker, for providing for her till next County Court, before y e Gou r no r . 

The Inventory of the Estate was prized the 8 th of Aug 1 . 1661, by 
John Thaxter, and John Ferring. Am*. ,£512. 07. 09. John Tucker 
deposed (9) 1 mo. 

270 Abstracts of Early Wills. [July, 

William Burnell. — Will. Vnto son John, my house & ground in 
Boston, at 21 years of age. If he die before he come to age, & my wife 
living, then, she to haue the use of it during life ; after my death it shall 
be my son Samuel's. Vnto my dau. Sara, <£50 ; [also] two beddes & all 
the rest of my goods in Part of Payment of the <£50., after the death of 
my wife. [After her death,] the house & land to be let, till the Rent 
make up the <£50, vnto Sara, & then I will it vnto Samuel, & not before. 
I haue appointed two men to see this will fullfilled, — Namely, James Bill, 
of Pulling Point, & John Doeletell, of Rumni Marsh, 5:1: 1660. 

[It will be* seen from the above abstract of the Will of Wm. Burnell, 
taken from the files, that it was neither signed nor proved, and that in it 
he gives his house and land, in Boston, to his son John, when 21 years of 
age. In less than six weeks afterwards, viz., on the 16 : 2 mo., Mr. B. 
wrote another Will, in which he gives said property to John on arriving 
at 21 years of age, provided he be not corrupted with the opinions of the 
Quakers. Whereas, if he embraces their views, and conlinues to hold 
them, he is to receive but .£50, to be paid him in instalments of £b a 

In the first Will, Sarah is to receive ,£50, in the second, but <£40. 
James Bill, of Pulling Point, (so written on the files,) is called James Bell 
and James Hill, on the record. See abstract of the Will and Inventory, 
in Reg. for 1855, p. 230.] 

Nathaniell Williams. — 22 : 2 : 1661. It is my will after my estate 
is gathered in, that my wife shall haue y e third part of all my estate, 
houses, lands, and moveables. To my dau., Belknap, beside what I haue 
given her, I give to her & her two Children that part of y e garden next 
Benia. Thwing ; for y e rest of my Children I giue them alike, as my 
estate shall hould out. My wife sole executrix. I desire Mr Willm 
Davis, John Hull, and James Perm to be overseers. 

Nathaniel Williams. 

Witnesse to this will 
Theoder Atkinson, Henry Powning, who deposed 1 st of August. 

Inventory taken of the Goods & Chattells of Nathaniell Williams, Late 
deceased, upon this 7: of 3 mo 1661 by Thomas Clarke, Henry Powning, 
John Wiswall. Am*. £994. 02. 08. 

Debts due to the sume of ,£520. Estate indebted ,£700. 

Mary Williams, Relict of the late Nathaniell, deposed 10. 7. (62.) 

Thomas Loreing, of Hull, lately deceased. Inventory prized by 
Willm Chamberlyne and John Lobdell, 5 June 1662. Amt. c£331. 15. 
Estate indebted to Abraham Joanes, George Vickre, Nathl. Bosworth, 
John Prince, Thomas Loreing, John Tucker, &c. ; due from John Oates, 

27 June 1661. Thomas Loreing deposed to the Inventory of the estate 
of his late father, Thomas Loreing. 

[See Abstract of the Will of Jane, widow of Thomas Loring, in Bridg- 
man's Pilgrims of Boston, p. 352.] 

kj Richard Browne. Inventory of the goods of Rich d Browne, deceased, 
taken by Abraham Browne, and Thomas Clarke. Am 1 . ,£80. 18. 02. 
M r Hezekiah Vsher deposed 19 : 1 : 1661. Mentions M r Mead, Henry 
Smith, Thomas French. 

[To be Continued.^ 


The Sanborn Family. 



[By Nathan Sanborn, M. D., Henniker, N. H.] 

The first lineal ancestor of our 
family, of whom we possess any cer- 
tain knowledge, was a Sanborn, (tra- 
dition says his name was John,) who 
married a daughter of Rev. Stephen 
Bachilor; had three sons and died in 
England, leaving the widow and her 
sons to the care of her father. Mr. 
Bachilor was born in England about 
1561 ; took episcopal orders, but was 
ejected for non-conformity and retired 
with others to Holland, and then to 
America. He came over in ship 
William and Francis, Capt. Thomas, 
and landed at Boston, June 5, 1632, 
and went directly to Lynn, where his 
daughter, Theodate, who married 
Christopher Hussey,had already set- 
tled. Here they remained four or five years, while the old gentleman, 
over 70 years of age, discharged the duties of pastor over a church he had 
constituted, without regular installation, composed of the company he 
brought with him, and such of the former inhabitants of the place as 
chose to associate with them. On account of difficulties in the church, 
owing in part, at least, to Mr. Bachilor's eccentric management, his resi- 
dence here became unpleasant, and taking his company with him, now 
increased by the addition of Mr. Hussey's family, and perhaps some others, 
he removed to Ipswich, then to Newbury, and in 1638 settled in Hampton, 
where he was regularly installed first pastor of the congregational church 
in that place. Here John and William Sanborn lived and died. In 
Hampton, then including Northampton, Hampton Falls, Southampton, 
Seabrook and Kensington, and in Stratham, Exeter and Newmarket lived 
their descendants for near a century, contributing their full proportion to 
the bone and muscle as well as the intelligence and enterprise of the 

At the close of the first century after their immigration*, few of the race 
had passed the limits of Old Hampton as then bounded ; and to the copious 
and well preserved records of that town and its church, we are indebted,