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HISTORY 



THE REED FAMILY 



In Europe anti America. 



JACOB WHITTEMORE REED, 

MEMBER OF THE NEW-ENGLAND HISTORIC GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY. 



BOSTON: 

PRINTED BY JOHN WILSON AND SON, 

22, School Street. 

1861. 



Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1861, 

BY JACOB WHITTEMORE KEED, 

In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts. 



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PREFACE. 



The author began this work ten years ago, principally 
for his own edification ; but, as he proceeded in his 
labors, his manuscript was sought after by many per- 
sons, who persuaded him to prepare it for the press. 
There are, doubtless, some mistakes in the work ; as 
it is impossible at this late day to prepare genealogical 
statistics with perfect accuracy. There are many 
omissions ; but he has done his utmost to include all 
by the name of Reed, with the collateral branches, 
so far as they could be obtained. He has written 
hundreds of letters of inquiry, to which he never 
received a response ; and many others, to which the 
answers were so meagre, that little information could 
be obtained from them. He has spent much time 
and money in travelling to search old records, and 
has done all in his power to make them as full 
and complete as possible. Not a few, both ladies and 
gentlemen, were unable to give the Christian names 
of grandparents, — showing the deplorable neglect 
of many of their forefathers in preserving records of 



IV PREFACE. 



family events ; while others have provided him with 
much that is valuable and interesting, going back 
several generations. His massive accumulation of 
correspondence, and his copies of records, show a 
great variety of taste and disposition ; and they are 
all preserved as mementoes for the perusal of coming 
generations. 

The origin of the name, and other hypothetical 
remarks, at the commencement of the work, may be 
criticized and ridiculed by some who have never de- 
voted much attention to the subject ; but there is 
much more evidence to substantiate the theory of the 
author than a casual observer would suppose. If all 
the vouchers were inserted, the book would necessa- 
rily be too large. It is much easier for people to find 
fault with the work of others than to do it well them- 
selves. 

The body of the work is mostly taken from state, 
county, town, parish, church, and family records ; but 
in some cases it consists merely of the oral statements 
of members of those particular families to which they 
have reference ; while in most cases, where there 
were no records, different members of the same 
branch would differ in many points of their state- 
ments, and thus make it necessary to search for other 
proof to establish the facts. 

If the subject had been postponed twenty years 
longer, much that is contained in this volume could 



PREFACE. V 

not have been obtained ; for many who, ten years 
ago, stood as landmarks between the riving and the 
dead, have gone to their rest. 

The engravings have been procured at great 
expense, and are generally pronounced complete 
likenesses of those whom they are designed to repre- 
sent. 

The errors, so far as discovered by the author, are 
noticed at the end of the book. Those who find 
their individual record incomplete should turn to the 
Appendix, as all information obtained after print- 
ing the body of the work had to be thus inserted. 
The records here comprised are substantially all 
that can be obtained on the subject ; and the blank 
leaves are inserted to enable each family to carry out 
their record in the book for generations to come. 



CONTENTS. 



Chapter. Page. 

Introduction 1 

I. Origin of the Name, and History of the Clans . 9 

II. William Reade of Boston, and his Descendants . 41 

III. Col. Thomas Read of Salem, and his Descendants 47 

TV. William Reade of Woburn, and his Descendants. 61 

V. Esdras Reade of Boston, and his Descendants . . 151 

VI. John Read of Rehoboth, and his Descendants . . 186 

VII. Elias Read, and his Descendants 272 

VIII. William Reade of Weymouth, and his Descendants 310 

IX. Philip Reade of Weymouth, and his Descendants 414 

X. John Reede of Plymouth County 416 

XL John Read of Freetown, and his Descendants . . 417 

XLI. John Reade and others 427 

XIII. John Read of Alexandria, and his Descendants . 429 

XIV. John Read, Sen., and his Descendants in America 431 
XV. John Read of Norwalk, and his Descendants . . 445 

XVI. Joseph of Lynn, and his Descendants 458 

XVII. Lyme, Halifax, and Wisconsin Stock 461 

XVIII. The Londonderry Reids 464 

XIX. Burlington Stock 470 

XX. The Reads of the Benjamin Franklin Stock . . 473 

XXL The Boothbay Stock 478 



Vlll CONTENTS. 

Chapter. Page. 

XXII. Reeds of various Families 481 

XXLU. Reed of the Boston-Police Notoriety .... 496 

XXIV. Reed of the " Constitution " and " Guerriere " 

Notoriety 498 

XXV. Reeds of various Families 500 

XXVI. The Lancaster Stock 504 

XXVII. Reid of Ethan Allen Notoriety, and others. . 507 

XXVIII. Reeds, Reads, or Reids, not fully traced . . . 514 

XXIX. Miscellaneous List of Marriages 521 

XXX. Josiah Read of Connecticut, and his Descend- 
ants . . . . • 529 



APPENDIX 539 

INDEX 555 



INTRODUCTION. 



HTHE pedigree of different families has been kept up to 
■ some extent by almost all nations, so that every man 
could be called by the peculiar name and relation of his 
family. So strong was this habit in ancient times, that a 
man without a pedigree was considered equivalent to being 
without a parent ; as was Melchisedek, King of Salem. As 
far as my observation extends, the practice of retaining a 
pedigree first fell into disuse among the Americans soon 
after the country began to be settled by European emigrants, 
who came here during the seventeenth century ; and for the 
following reasons : First, the most of those who came here 
were in better circumstances at home than they were after 
their arrival here ; but, having spent all their means in 
emigration, they were obliged to remain. Having been 
misled by designing and interested men to believe that 
America was a land which possessed every thing desirable, a 
large proportion of the emigrants were sanguine in the 
expectation of bettering their temporal condition by emi- 
gration ; very much as people were misled by exaggerated 
statements in reference to California, and as they have 
always been misled by representations in reference to the 
West. But in former days it cost a fortune to come from 

1 



J INTRODUCTION. 

Europe to America ; and those who embarked in such an 
enterprise generally had to give up all they possessed, 
or a great proportion of it, to get here. Many of them 
who had the means returned to England ; but those who 
had not were obliged to make the best of a bad bargain. 
They had abandoned all hope or expectation of any remit- 
tances from Europe. Many had been outlawed, and dared 
not go back. They had turned their backs on all beyond 
sea ; and, under such circumstances, it was most congenial 
to their feelings to bury the whole subject in oblivion. 
It was accordingly annoying to them to converse on the 
subject ; and, to a great extent, they refrained from con- 
versation in reference to these matters in the presence of 
their children. Their location and pecuniary circumstances 
also combined to cause the interest in genealogy to abate, 
as they were scattered over a large extent of country. 
And what attention and strength was not exercised in 
defending themselves, their wives and children, from the 
tomahawk, was required to clear the land, to build the 
cottages and barns, to dig stumps and stones, to build 
bridges, and erect meeting-houses and schoolhouses ; and 
the taste for all kinds of knowledge, not called into im- 
mediate use to accomplish these and kindred objects, neces- 
sarily ceased. 

When these difficulties ceased in some measure to be 
objects of solicitude, and they had greatly overcome these 
almost overwhelming difficulties; when the howl of the 
wild beast and Indian had become in some degree silenced, 
and, in their stead, had been reared in every town the 
parish-church, with its spire pointing towards heaven ; when 
their children began to move to the sound of the church- 
going bell, and peace and comfort seemed to dawn upon 
them, — then the French War broke out, with all the ter- 
rors of the French and Indians combined : and, as soon 



INTRODUCTION. 6 

as they had overcome the innumerable evils of this war, 
that of the Revolution commenced, which called into ser- 
vice all the men that could be spared from the plough ; and 
much of the labor of the husbandman had to be done by 
females. 

The next generation was agitated by another war with 
the mother-country ; so that, till recently, the people had 
no time to spare to study the virtues, the achievements, the 
mental qualities, the political condition, or physical constitu- 
tion, of their ancestors. The first white inhabitants of this 
country were better educated than their children. They 
were brought up in Europe ; and a large proportion of them, 
being younger sons of the landed gentry and of wealthy 
tradesmen, had all the care bestowed upon them necessary 
in those days to fit them for the various civil and military 
stations of life, which were at that time filled generally by 
that class, as was the case with the ecclesiastical. In short, 
the various responsible offices and duties of life were at that 
time filled by the younger sons ; and even tradesmen and 
mechanics were of that class, as none could be put to trades 
without paying a considerable sum of money in addition 
to their personal service ; which made mechanical pursuits 
beyond the reach of the poor. 

It was likewise a time of the greatest religious contro- 
versy ever known in Europe ; and these people had been 
proscribed on account of their theological opinions. This 
controversy was carried on not only in public places, but 
even in private life, and intruded itself on the sacredness 
of the family circle ; so that, in many cases, a man's foes 
were emphatically those of his own household. The father 
would generally be more conservative than his children ; 
and the elder son, aware of his rights by seniority, would 
naturally take the course most likely to be in keeping with 
government and the laws : while the younger sons, with less 



4 INTRODUCTION. 

of the world to control their course, were not so politic, but 
more sincere and enthusiastic. 

Prom these and kindred circumstances, the controversy 
was warmest, and the bickerings most severe, in the do- 
mestic circle. On this account, many left wealthy parents 
and responsible stations, and sought an asylum in the wilds 
of America ; and, when they departed from Catholic Eu- 
rope, they turned their backs on their Catholic friends 
whom they had left behind. 

It was impossible for such people, unaccustomed to hard- 
ship, and surrounded by wild beasts and savage Indians, to 
educate their children. Conseq\iently, the first generations 
of those born in this country could not so well preserve 
written details, — a fact which appears by the church and 
town records. Even up to the period of the Revolution, 
education was in so low a state, that many distinguished 
officers and statesmen were unable to write a legible hand, 
and others were unskilled in orthography. But, since some 
attention has been paid to genealogical research, it is found 
that these persons were descended from illustrious families 
in Europe. 

Since the people of this country have overcome the effects 
of the various wars in which they have been engaged, more 
attention has been paid to education ; and, of late, genea- 
logy has brought many curious and interesting reminiscences 
to light, and, as the community wakes up to the subject, 
will probably bring to light many more. Some, who scarcely 
knew any of their ancestors farther back than grandfather, 
can now trace their genealogy to the Norman Conquest, 
and the blood in their veins to noblemen and kings. 

There is still in the minds of many a prejudice against 
paying any attention to the history of their ancestors : but 
the feeling is fast wearing away ; and the people are now 
gratified in receiving information on the subject, though 



INTRODUCTION. 5 

few are willing to devote to it that time and expense which 
its importance demands. 

The question has been often asked me, and doubtless has 
been put to others, What do you expect to gain by it ? By 
some I have been asked, if I was induced to devote so much 
of my time and money to the subject, from the expectation 
of being able to distribute an English fortune among the 
Reeds of this country. In answer to all such inquiries, I 
can say, that though there are large estates in England, 
which, if they could prove heirship, would go to the Reeds 
of America, yet, for the want of such proof, none of it will 
ever be obtained. But I feel compensated, from day to day, 
by the information which I obtain, and by the satisfaction 
which it affords me. Though laughed at, and called a 
monomaniac on the subject, I have received a constant re- 
muneration in the new discoveries which I have made. 

It is the sincere desire of the author, that those of his 
name and blood may experience as much satisfaction in the 
perusal of the work as he has had in preparing it ; and that 
they will regard it, on his part, as a labor of love. He is 
confident that all who have the blood of the Reeds flow- 
ing in their veins will feel interested in perusing these 
pages. 

He congratulates his friends that he has been able to 
demonstrate that the Reeds are of no mean origin ; that, 
though their connection with thrones and empires has long 
since ceased to exist, they have been, and are at the present 
day, a powerful race, and, as a body, have acted well their 
part on the stage on which they have been placed. 

I have learned, by the investigations I have made, the 
peculiar mould and cast of mind which has shown itself in 
my ancestors, in different ages and under different circum- 
stances, for several hundred years ; also their physical 
strength and developments, the adaptedness of my race to 



6 INTRODUCTION. 

certain occupations, and their average length of life. I can 
say from observation, that, unless through gross careless- 
ness, but few of them die of pulmonary complaints. They 
generally live to old age ; eighty-five or ninety, or even a 
hundred years, being nothing unusual. They are capable 
of great endurance, especially under opposition ; and possess 
a determined will and perseverance, which generally carry 
them through whatever they mean to accomplish. I have 
seen much in them that is praiseworthy, — much worth 
imitation, and less to be condemned. 

The race of Reeds was originally of large and almost 
gigantic size and strength. This is supported by the ac- 
counts we have of them when they fought the Caledonians 
and Romans. Their fiery and poisonous darts struck terror 
into the hearts of the Roman soldiers, and put them to 
flight. Ancient statues also represent them to be of an 
uncommon size ; and, at the present day, they are generally 
taller than the average of men. 

They are to be found in all parts of the civilized world, 
especially in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and the 
adjacent islands, as well as in Germany and America. 
They are mixed witli all classes of society, and pursue all 
branches of business. In intellect they are above mediocri- 
ty. Some are in possession of great wealth, and only a 
few of them are really what is called poor. They have 
generally been found ready, in times of emergency, to place 
themselves in the front rank of danger, in order to defend 
their country and its laws ; and have been always willing 
to encounter difficulty and hardship for the community, 
being strangers to fear, and exhibiting their true character 
best when opposed or persecuted. An instance of this 
force of will is exhibited in the conduct of Gen. Reid, of 
Londonderry, N.H. He had been appointed by Gov. Sul- 
livan Commandei'-in-ohief of the troops raised to put down 



INTRODUCTION. 7 

Shay's Rebellion. The townsmen of Gen. Reid sympa- 
thized strongly with the Shay party, and were very indig- 
nant at Gen. Reid for accepting the appointment. On the 
succeeding night, when people might be supposed to be 
in sound sleep, he saw from his chamber-window a large 
number of men approaching the house, armed with all man- 
ner of offensive weapons, evidently with an intent against 
his person. He raised the window, and told them that the 
man who advanced another step would be shot. His man- 
ner and known determination of character convinced them 
at once that he would act as he said, and that they were 
fortunate in being thus timely discovered by him when 
they were at such a safe distance. He then took advantage 
of the impression he had made, to give them some wise and 
wholesome advice relative to their duty as citizens ; and, 
when he had brought his harangue to a close, the parties 
separated, — the mob to their several homes, and he to 
quiet slumber. The next sabbath morning, he received an 
early call from the venerable pastor of the parish to suggest 
the propriety of his staying at home that day, on account 
of the fury of the populace ; but his reply was, that he 
should be in church at the proper hour. He was accord- 
ingly there ; but his determined countenance and his repu- 
tation were sufficient to keep the people under restraint, 
and no violence was done to him. He lived long enough 
to convince his townsmen of the justness of the cause he 
had espoused ; and they loved and respected him the more 
for his independence of character. 

But few of those bearing the name of Reed have ever 
been a public charge, or inmates of penitentiaries. They 
have been usually of a religious turn of mind, being firm 
supporters of the institution of the gospel ; but they are 
fond of mirth and fun, — a propensity which seems to run 
through all of the name within my observation. 



8 i INTRODUCTION. 

Having gone thus far, I hope to be indulged in noting 
one custom which has to some extent prevailed among the 
Reeds : I mean that of their marrying relatives. This 
practice grew out of the exclusiveness of society in Puritan 
times, and perhaps, in some cases, to save property in the 
family : but its consequences have been injurious ; many 
of the offspring of such marriages dying in infancy, early 
youth, or middle age, and but few of them living to ad- 
vanced years ; to say nothing of cases where the effect has 
been still more melancholy. 



HISTORY OF THE REEDS. 



CHAPTER I. 



ORIGIN OF THE NAME, AND HISTORY OF THE CLANS. 

T)EED, Read, Reid, Rede, Red, Rad, Rheade, Rheadus, 
-*-*' Wrede, Whrede, Reda, Rada, Redha, Wada, Wrade, 
Raad, Ried, are all derived from the word Rhea, which had 
its origin in Phoenicia ; having been used soon after the 
dispersion of the people in consequence of the confusion 
of language at Babylon. Rhea was a name given to the 
Goddess Ops, the daughter of Ccelus and Terra. She was 
the sister and wife of Saturn, by whom she had Vesta, 
Ceres, Juno, Pluto, Neptune, &c, whom her husband de- 
voured. Her next son was Jupiter. Her residence was on 
Cybele, one of the mountains of Phrygia in Asia Minor. 
She was worshipped in that part of the world, and was a 
ruling deity. Her name was in some form attached to 
many persons and places in Phoenicia and Asia Minor, 
and was identified with government and rulers. The na- 
tions that were her votaries became more advanced in 
commerce and civilization than those around them. 

Across the corner of the Mediterranean Sea stood the 
city of Tyre, the capital of ancient Phoenicia, as its name 
implies ; and Ruad, or Raad, was in its neighborhood. The 

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10 ORIGIN OP THE NAME, 

word Tyre probably meant the ruling city, or the city of 
the tyrant, or king. All governments were then despotic. 
" King " and " tyrant " were synonymous terms ; and it 
only became necessary to know that a city or country had 
a tyrant to know that he was a king : and the fact of his 
being a king also gave the assurance that he was a tyrant ; 
each of the words implying one who ruled. The word 
Esau seems to be the word " red," or " read," in another 
dialect ; and the Red Sea is in some books called the Read 
Sea, as was also the Arabian Sea. The name Esau meant 
" the elder," or one having the rights of primogeniture ; as 
Jacob meant " the younger," or one without those rights. 
Tlie rights of seniority were very early established, and 
the elder was in all cases considered the ruler ; while the 
Jacobins, or Jameses, or the younger, were the subjects. 
Esau was called the Red, being one of the greatest men of 
his time ; his country, Edom, or Red ; as the Erythraean 
Sea, contiguous to his dominions, was called the Read or 
Red Sea. 

Phoenicia, Edom, and Asia Minor, were in advance of 
their neighbors in commerce and civilization. They so far 
excelled in manufactures and colors, that the rulers of 
other countries sought their fabrics for their kiugly robes ; 
and thus the passage of Scripture : " Who is this that 
cometh from Edom with dyed garments ? " &c. These 
dyed garments were called red, having reference to Edom, 
or the country, with a ruler or king ; as the fabrics of the 
present day are called damask. The word " read " and its 
affinities are used at the present day among many nations 
in that part of the world. 

One of the principal cities of Persia is called by that 
name ; and some of the rulers of India have a title which 
probably originated from the same source as " raja," or 
" rajah," for king. The word has at times been partly 



AND HISTORY OP THE CLANS. 11 

altered for the sake of euphony, or to suit the idiom of 
other dialects, and has been more or less connected with 
other words, making a union of both definitions : as, Ethel- 
red, or Reed the Good ; Conrad, or Reed the Powerful ; 
Eldred, or Reed the Elder ; Remus, belonging to the State ; 
and Regina, Queen. 

Among the class of words belonging to this stock, in 
addition to those already mentioned, are Wraid,' Rade, 
Gerard, Gerarden, Rath, regium, reign, regent, regalia, 
reason, rhetoric; and also the compound of other words, 
as Erythrasan, Tyrrhenian, Reate, Rages (now called Rei), 
Regia, Rhenus, Rhedarian, Rheidlingine, Reedel (or Riddle), 
Redesdale, Dalraid, Dalreda, and many others. 

At a later period, the word became more extended in its 
signification, and implied counsel, advice, wisdom, &c. 
Still later, it meant one who could read, or the act of read- 
ing ; as so few understood the art of reading, that one 
Bible was sufficient for a parish ; and, the holy book being 
chained to the desk, a person would be employed to read 
as a clerk. This last expression gave rise to the word 
" clergy," or " clergyman ; " meaning one who can read. 
The art of reading was considered so beneficial to the 
public, that all who understood it were entitled to the bene- 
fit of clergy ; which phrase meant boring in the hand, or 
other corporeal punishment, for crimes committed, instead 
of death. 

The following is the definition given by Noah Webster : — 

" Sax. reed, rad, red, speech, discourse, counsel, advice, knowledge, 
benefit, reason ; rcedan, redan, to read, to decree, to appoint, to command, 
to rule or govern, to conjecture, to give or take counsel ; arcedan, to 
read, to tell, to narrate; geraedan, to read, to consult; gerad, mode, con- 
dition or state, reason, ratio or account, knowledge, instruction or learn- 
ing, and, as an adjective or participle, knowing, instructed, ready, suited ; 
gerad beon, to be ready, to accord or agree ; geradod, excited, quick. 
These significations unite this word with ready ; which see. Ger. rede, 



12 ORIGIN OF THE NAME, 

speech, talk, account ; reden, to speak. Dut. rede, speech ; reden, rea- 
son. Dan. rede, account and ready. Ger. bereden, to berate; rath, 
advice, counsel, a council or senate ; raihen, to advise, to conjecture or 
guess, to solve a riddle. Dut. raad, counsel, advice ; raaden, to counsel. 
Swed. rod, Dan. raad, counsel ; rada, raader, to counsel, to instruct. 
Wei. rJiaith, straight, right (that is, set right), decision, verdict; rheitheg, 
rhetoric, from rhaitli. Dan. ret, law, justice, right, reason. Swed. rati, 
ratta, id. Ir. radh, a saying ; radham, to say, tell, relate. Wei. adraivz, 
to tell or rehearse. Gr. fiea, for jie8o, to say or tell, to flow; {njTop, a 
speaker, a rhetorician. Goth, rodyan, to speak. The primary sense of 
read is, to speak, to utter ; that is, to push, drive, or advance. This is 
also the primary sense of ready; that is, prompt, or advancing quick. 
The Sax. gerad, ready, accords also in elements with the Wei. rhad, 
Lat. gratia ; the primary sense of which is, prompt to favor, advancing 
towards, free. The elements of these words are the same as those of 
ride, and Lat. gradior, &c. The sense of reason is secondary, — that 
which is uttered, said, or set forth ; hence counsel also. The Swed. ratta, 
Dan. ret, if not contracted words, are from the same root." 

The present different methods of spelling the word arise, 
in a great measure, from fancy ; there being not less than 
eleven orthographical forms, in which the natural result is 
the same. The mode of spelling in use by our Puritan 
ancestors was usually Reade, but, in some cases, Reede ; 
and one of them spelled it Rede. One who figured with 
Napoleon I. spelled his name Wrede. A Bavarian general, 
who fought against Napoleon at the head of the Bavarian 
troops, wrote it Reid. His biographers, however, sometimes 
wrote it Ried. The Irish formerly spelled it Reedha, or 
Redha ; from which came " ready." The Scotch method 
was formerly Raid. The mode of spelling the name in 
this country has gradually assumed one of the three follow- 
ing forms ; namely, Read, Reed, and Reid : but it affords 
no clew to the history of the word, as different members of 
the same family use all these methods. 

It was common, in the infancy of governments, for kings 
and princes, who had been vanquished in the more civilized 
countries, to steal away with their effects and retainers, to 



AND HISTORY OF THE CLANS. 13 

seek an asylum in the wilds of Europe, and, by superior 
skill, flattery, and strategem, or by marriage, to work them- 
selves into the good graces of the barbarous tribes among 
whom they sought shelter : as was the case with Dido, the 
Carthaginian queen, wbo fled from her oppressive brother 
Pygmalion, the King of Tyre, after he had murdered her 
husband ; or like JEneas, who, after the sacking and de- 
struction of Troy, sought a place of settlement, and finally 
presented his suit to Latinus, the King of the Latins, for 
the hand of Lavinia, his only daughter, — by that alliance 
becoming successor to the throne of his father-in-law, and 
ancestor to the founder of the Roman Empire. 

Many more instances might be named where vanquished 
rulers became refugees among an uncivilized and barbarous 
people, and worked their way into power by dint of su- 
perior skill or valor : as Cecrops, the founder of Athens ; 
Cadmus the Phoenician, who inti'oduced alphabetic writing 
into Greece, and founded Thebes in Boeotia ; Danaus, the 
founder of Argos ; Pelops the Phrygian, whose descendants, 
intermarrying with those of Tyndareus, King of Lacedas- 
mon, acquired the ascendency in Greece. 

About fourteen hundred years before the Christian era, 
Teucer, a native of Crete (now Candia), led, in time of fa- 
mine, a company to a promontory on the shore of the 
Hellespont, and became the founder of the Trojans. He 
introduced the worship of Cybele, who, according to hea- 
then mythology, was the mother of the gods ; and gave to 
the mountains of Phrygia the name of Ida, from a moun- 
tain by that name in Crete ; and to many other locations 
Cretan names, among which was Miletus, — a city so called, 
as tradition says, from Miletus, the son of Apollo, but pro- 
bably from a city of that name in the island. The goddess 
was called Cybele from Mount Cybele in Phrygia, and was 
believed to be the common parent of all the inhabitants of 



14 ORIGIN OP THE NAME, 

the earth. She was called Rhea from her being the ruling 
deity, and from the benefits and patronage she distributed 
to all her votaries. The promontory on which Teucer 
landed and settled was called Rhaeteum. This Cybele 
became the tutelar deity of that region. These emigrants 
were a commercial people, and were called Milesian mer- 
chants. One method used in those times to increase trade 
was to establish colonies in other parts of the world, and 
to extend traffic through them ; which was done by the 
inhabitants of Miletus and other commercial cities. 

A colony of this kind was established in Italy, the founder 
of which was Tyrrhenus. The city of Reate (now Rieti) was 
built by this colony, as were also Ravenna and Veii. The 
sea contiguous was called the Tyrrhenian Sea. This colony 
was vanquished by the Gauls about three hundred and 
eighty-nine years before Christ ; and a portion fled to the 
north of Italy, where they established their new home, and 
called it Rha3tia, which comprised what is now the Tyrol 
and a part of Bavaria. One portion of the Alps is, at the 
present time, called the Rhaatian Alps. The inhabitants of 
ancient Rhaatia were called Rhedarians, — a name which 
was undoubtedly derived originally from Rhea. The river 
Rhine has its source in ancient Retia, and was formerly 
called Rhenus. The government of Rhretia was made 
tributary to Rome, by Nero, in the year of Christ 50 ; and 
the inhabitants were overrun and partially conquered by the 
Alemauni, or Germans, about the commencement of the 
third century. Some of the remnant of the nation of 
Rhedarians continued to lurk about their old homes ; and 
were finally overrun by Otho, Emperor of Germany, in the 
tenth century. In time, they became amalgamated with 
their conquerors ; but some of their ancient towns and 
cities retained their former names, being slightly altered to 
suit the idiom of the languages now in use. The Alemanns 



AND HISTORY OF THE CLANS. 15 

were in their turn superseded in the sixth century by an 
association of German tribes called Bavarians. This ac- 
counts for the existence of Reads in Bavai-ia, and for names 
of places in Bavaria which retain the name in connection 
with some other word indicating their location or history : 
as Rednitz, on the borders of Regia ; and Reidlinggine, 
meaning " the place of the Reids." It is a very common 
name in the German States, and is abbreviated from Rheda- 
riurn. Some of the descendants of the ancient Rhedarians 
may have found their way to England at the time of the 
Saxon invasion, and retained the name ; but I think it is 
very clear that the Reads of England, Scotland, and Ire- 
land, went there by a different route. 

About fourteen or fifteen hundred years before the Chris- 
tian era, there prevailed a general fever for Western emi- 
gration, which was resorted to by tribes, who selected some 
new location in order to get better feeding-places for their 
flocks, or for purposes of plunder. The only method then 
known of obtaining possession of a desired spot was by 
what we now term " fillibustering ; " as was the case with 
the Cretan Teucer and his company, from whom arose the 
Rhedarians, Dalraids, Reedhas, or Reeds. The advent of 
the Israelites into the land of Canaan was in keeping with 
the spirit of the times. The stronger would drive out the 
weaker ; and the vanquished were under the necessity of 
expelling some nation weaker than themselves, in order to 
gain a habitation : and thus a general commotion prevailed. 

The children of Israel fixed on the land of Canaan for 
their portion ; and the Phoenician States, comprising Tyre 
and Sidou, were set off to the tribe of Ashur. Though 
these never got possession of either, their conquests in the 
neighborhood, and almost certain success in every engage- 
ment, filled the minds of the Phoenicians with fear. The 
latter were a commercial people ; their property consisting 



16 



of ships and merchandise, with silver and gold, precious 
stones, &c. 

The people generally were very ignorant of the country ; 
and the popular opinion was that the limits of the world in 
this direction were what were called the Pillars of Hercules 
(now Gibraltar) and a mountain on the opposite side of 
the straits. This place was supposed to be the gates, or 
entrance, to the infernal regions, or dominions of Pluto ; 
but, to the Phoenician or Milesian merchants, tins belief was 
known to be ignorant superstition. The Tyrians had esta- 
blished a colony a little beyond the gates, to which they gave 
the name of Gades (now Cadiz), where they traded, and ex- 
tended their commerce through the colonists to the natives 
of Spain. This place became a rendezvous for their ship- 
ping in sailing and trading along the coast ; and while the 
other inhabitants of Asia, Europe, and Africa, knew com- 
paratively nothing of that section, the Phoenicians and 
Milesians had become fully acquainted with the coast of 
Ireland. 

About five hundred years before the Christian era, the 
Athenians having burned the city of Sardis, — the capital 
of Lydia, one of the provinces of the Persian Empire, — the 
Persians became enraged, and began to invade the Grecian 
States contiguous to them with an immense army. The 
city of Miletus was next in importance to that of Tyre, and 
was one of the twelve cities which constituted the confede- 
racy of Ionia, — one of the Grecian States. A company of 
merchants from Miletus, Erythras, and other confederate 
cities of Ionia, rather than suffer the evils of a Persian inva- 
sion, fled with their shipping, effects, and retainers. They 
visited the friendly colonies along their route, and made 
headquarters at Gacles ; and, from that place, an expedition 
was fitted out against Ireland, which they conquered, and 
divided into two kingdoms. The capital of one they called 



AND HISTORY OP THE CLANS. 17 

Ballyreda, which is in the county of Westmeath, and, in 
English, means Reedstown : the capital of the other kingdom 
was Regia Altera (now Limerick). These invaders were 
called Gadelians by the Romans, because they came upon 
the Roman frontier through the gates of the infernal regions, 
and were believed to be the subjects of old Pluto. 

The figure drawn by St. Paul, in describing the armor 
of God necessary to withstand the fiery darts of the wicked, 
may have had reference to these fillibusters, as it describes 
their weapons and mode of warfare. Their most ancient 
coat-of-arms also had upon it the poisoned or bloody dart. 
The Romans, also having a nation of Rhedarians on their 
frontier in Italy, were under the necessity of distinguishing 
them by different names ; and the name of Gadelian was a 
very proper phrase to express the character of the people 
referred to. The inhabitants of ancient Erin called them 
Dalredas, or Dalredhas. The Caledonians called them Dal- 
raids. On account of their intruding themselves upon the 
ancient inhabitants, and taking possession of their estates, 
they were called Scuits, or " wanderers," — a phrase which 
gave name to Scotland. Surnames were not in use till 
about the year 1170 ; but clans had appropriate names, 
which some retained ; and others took such names as had 
reference to their location, occupation, or some peculiarity 
or achievement. 

The Dalraids crossed over from Ireland to Caledonia, 
and so annoyed the Caledonians and the Romans, that, in 
order to keep them back, the latter built the wall called 
Agricola's, running from the Frith of Forth to the Clyde. 
Prince Reda and his knights scaled the wall, and put the 
Romans to flight, A.D. 180. After he had got possession 
of that part of England and Caledonia, the Romans (A.D. 
210) built the wall, running from Newcastle to Carlisle, 
called Adrian's. 

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18 ORIGIN OF THE NAME, 

The Dalraids kept possession of the territory between the 
two walls, constituting a portion of the county of Northum- 
berland. They finally conquered Caledonia, A.D. 843 ; 
and the Britons, as a sort of reproach, afterwards called it 
Scuitland, or a land of interlopers, or wanderers. The 
predatory excursions of these people were called " raids." . 

The Reads, or Reeds, of England descended from the 
above Raids, Reeds, or Reedhas ; and I am able to trace 
the principal families to them. 

The river Tyne, in the north of England, is so called 
from its having tynes, or branches, — one of which is 
called North Tyne ; another, South Tyne. A third branch, 
taking its rise in Carterfell, and other highlands between 
England and Scotland, is the river Reed. The valley 
through which the stream winds its way to its mouth is 
Redesdale, comprising a portion of Northumberland. This 
territory formed the principal seat of the border wars. On 
the banks of the river Reed was fought the bloody battle 
of Otterburne, or Otterbrook, at the junction of a small 
stream by that name with the Reed Waters, as the river is 
called by Sir Walter Scott. This battle is sometimes called 
the battle of Chevychase ; meaning a chase, or park, for 
deer. Upon the edge of Carterfell — a mountain between 
England and Scotland — is Reed's Square, — a corruption 
of wear, a Scotch phrase for a fort or castle, — named in 
honor of Sir Reginald Reed, who was distinguished in the 
Border wars. Following the stream down, the ruins of 
several Reed castles and fortifications may be seen. Some 
splendid castles still occupied by persons of the same name 
and blood are also found ; among which is Chipchase Castle, 
not far from the junction of the Reed with the Tyne. 

It may not be inappropriate here to give some further 
description of the territory between the wall of Agricola 
and that of Adrian ; it being the hive from which a large 



AND HISTORY OF THE CLANS. 19 

portion of the ancestors of the English and American 
Reeds originated. It is bounded east by the North Sea, 
and extends westerly to the river Tweed, on the borders 
of Scotland ; southerly to the Cheviot Hills, Carterfell, and 
the disputed grounds ; easterly by the river Tyne and 
Adrian's Wall ; and forms a barony by the name of Redes- 
dale. John Thomas Freeman Mitford — a descendant of 
Robert Mitford, otherwise Robert of Redesdale — is the 
present Baron of Redesdale ; who was born Sept. 9, 1785, 
and succeeded to the barony on the death of his father, 
Jan. 16, 1830. He is a prominent member of the House of 
Lords. 

The scenes in Scott's novels and poetical works are laid 
here. The territory is rich in monuments of the past, — 
in the relics of the superstitious ceremonies of the Druids, 
and in the ruins of ancient Roman roads, fortifications, and 
towns. The wild and unfrequented glens, desolate moors, 
interspersed with rich alluvial valleys, splendid towns, 
villages, and castles ; chases, parks, and forests ; with the 
history of momentous events, — make Redesdale a romantic 
and interesting spot. This is the first starting-point of the 
Reeds of England and Scotland. Many of the name still 
remain there, scattered through the towns, cities, and rural 
districts. 

Among the relics of former days at Risingham, — the 
Roman name of which is Habitancum, — on the banks of 
the river Reed, upon an eminence covered with scattered 
birches and fragments of rock, there is cut in alto relievo 
a remarkable figure called Robin of Redesdale ; which, if 
adapted to our language, would be Robert Reed. Tradi- 
tion says he was murdered by his brother, who lived at 
Woodburn (otherwise Woodbrook), an adjoining parish. 
The figure represents a man of large size, dressed in armor, 
and called by the peasantry in the neighborhood " the 



20 



Giant." This Robin of Redesdale (meaning the Dale of 
Prince Rheda) flourished in the fifteenth century, and was 
associated with Earl Warwick. He fought and conquered 
the Earl of Pembroke, in the year 1470, at Danesmore, 
near Edgecoat in Northamptonshire, about three miles from 
Banbury. His name was Robert ; and he took the name of 
Mitford, from a fording-place near his residence, to distin- 
guish him from another of the same name. The monu- 
ment was on his own estate, and intended to perpetuate his 
memory for his valor and success in the Border wars. 

Further up the river is the Pringle, — a small stream 
which empties into the Reed. Tradition says that Percival 
or Percy Reed, Esq., fell into the hands of a company of 
moss-troopers, who robbed and murdered him at Bating- 
hope, — a place on the banks of this stream ; and that his 
spirit haunts the Pringle. 

Another legend is, that Mr. Reed, of Bowland, — a gen- 
tleman of landed property in the Vale of Gala, — was 
prosecuted for a very considerable sum, — the accumulated 
arrears of teind, or tithe, — for which he was said to be 
indebted to a noble family, the titulars of the tithes. Mr. 
Reed was strongly impressed with the belief that his father 
had in his lifetime, by a form of process peculiar to the law 
of Scotland, purchased these lands ; and that the present 
prosecution was groundless. But after an industrious 
search among his papers, an investigation of public records, 
and a careful inquiry among all persons who had transacted 
law-business with his father, no evidence could be obtained 
to support his defence. The period had now arrived at 
which he considered the loss of his case as inevitable ; and 
he had formed his determination to ride to Edinburgh the 
next day, and make the best bargain he could by way of 
compromise. He went to bed with this resolution, and 
with all the circumstances of the case floating in his mind, 



AND HISTORY OP THE CLANS. 21 

and had the following dream : His father, who had been 
dead many years, appeared, as he thought, to him, and 
asked him why he was troubled in mind. Mr. Reed 
thought that he informed his father of the cause of his 
distress ; adding, that it was more distressing on account 
of knowing that it was not due, though he was unable to 
produce satisfactory evidence to the contrary. " You are 
right, my son," replied the paternal shade. " The papers 

to prove the same are in the hands of Mr. , an attorney, 

who has retired from business, and resides at Ivernisk, near 
Edinburgh. He was a person whom I employed on that 
occasion for a particular reason, but who had never done 
any business for me at any other time. It is possible that 
you may find the evidence there. He may have forgotten 
it: but you may refresh his memory by the circumstance, 
that we had some difficulty in making change, as I offered 
him a Portuguese piece of money ; and that we drank the 
balance at a public house." Mr. Reed awoke in the morn- 
ing with the full force of the vision upon his mind, and 
immediately set out for Ivernisk, and found the person 
described in the dream to be a very old man. Upon 
making the inquiry, the old gentleman could not recollect 
the circumstance ; but, on mention of the piece of money, 
it became fresh to his recollection, and be found the papers 
necessary for Mr. Reed to prove his case. 

The theory of Sir Walter Scott is, that this dream was 
only the recapitulation in the mind of the sleeper of what 
he had learned from his father, while awake, many years 
before, but had forgotten it ; there being nothing strange in 
people's recovering, while asleep, the thread of some idea 
forgotten while awake. It may be added, that this remark- 
able circumstance was attended with bad consequences to 
Mr. Reed, whose health and spirits were afterwards impaired 
by the continual contemplation of the matter. 



22 ORIGIN OP THE NAME, 

Many more interesting legends, which would fill a volume, 
might be told of the Valley of Redesdale. Some of the 
present names of towns and parishes are a corruption of 
a former word, which was derived from Reed ; as Redsford 
for Reedsford, Radhani for Reedham, and Riddle for Redes- 
dale. 

One of the most important towns of Redesdale is Mor- 
peth, on the Wensbach River, — a small stream emptying 
into the North Sea. 

The Reeds are numerous, from the fact that they are de- 
scended from a clan, or nation, and not from an individual. 
Though they have taken their origin from Aschanaz, the 
great-grandson of Noah, they have had an opportunity of 
becoming a numerous people ; and, whatever their reputation 
might have been when the world was in a state of barbarity, 
they have, since mankind emerged from darkness, filled their 
places well, and have been among the leading men in this 
country and in Europe. They have generally been of a 
religious cast. But few have been found among the in- 
mates of penitentiaries or alms-houses. 

As the line of England and Scotland was constantly 
changing according to the valor and strength of parties, the 
Reeds became mixed up, more or less, with both nations. 
And as borderers in all nations are more exposed to the depre- 
dations of the enemy, so they have the better chance of 
distinguishing themselves ; consequently are more likely to 
be promoted in civil departments. This was the case with 
the Reeds of the English and Scotch borders. They were 
connected with the royal family of England long before the 
days of William the Conqueror. There was Withred, King 
of Kent, in the seventh century ; Ethelred, or Read the 
Good, King of England, in 866 ; Alfred, or Reed the Shrewd, 
in 871 ; Eldred, or Reed the Elder, in 946 ; Ethelred the 
Second, in 978 ; and when William the Conqueror took 



AND HISTORY OP THE CLANS. 23 

possession of the English throne, in 1066, the legal heir to 
the throne was brother-in-law to the King of Scotland. Na- 
tions have in all ages united as much by marriage as by 
war. The Reeds were of Celtic origin, and the most power- 
ful noblemen were of Saxon blood. Much jealousy existed 
between the two races. Edwari the Confessor, son of 
Ethelred, being aware that his lineal descendants did not 
possess the energy and power to hold the crown against the 
opposition of the Saxon nobles, made a compact with his 
cousin, the Duke of Normandy, by which William was to 
have the crown at his decease ; the crown being then in the 
power of the king to dispose of like other property. Harold, 
the son of Earl Godwin, represented the Saxon stock, and 
was placed on the throne by that interest. It should be 
here understood, that, when English historians speak of 
the people, they mean only the nobility ; as the common 
people then had no more voice in matters of state than the 
kids upon the Cheviot hills. William came over from 
France to carry out the provisions of the compact ; and 
Harold, in behalf of the nobles, met him, and was slain. 
Thus ended the struggle which had been carried on between 
the two races, and which had been the means of inviting the 
Danes, at several different times, to land upon the English 
shores, being encouraged by existing jealousies between 
the races. There appears to have been no difficulty be- 
tween William and the descendants of Ethelred ; the legal 
heir waiving his claim, and the son of William marrying 
the heiress : and both houses merged into one in the chil- 
dren of Henry ; he being descended from Alfred, by both 
father and mother. 

The Reeds were among the reigning princes of North- 
umberland, Kent, Wessex, and Mercia, and seem to have 
been of the same blood ; and political alliances existed 
between them. 



24 ORIGIN OP THE NAME, 

Before proceeding any further, it will be proper to give 
the definition of some ancient English and Scottish words 
which are in some way connected with this subject : viz., a 
" town " is a settlement containing sufficient inhabitants to be 
entitled to a market ; a " village " is a settlement of somewhat 
less inhabitants than a town ; a " hamlet " is less than a 
village ; and a " court" is the manor of a nobleman or gentle- 
man, containing the mansion and dwellings of less magni- 
tude for the residence of his retainers and peasants. Towns 
or villages in England, ending with " ham," were once ham- 
lets ; and the first part of the word, in most cases, though 
not always, was the name of the principal owner. In the 
course of time, the last syllable was dispensed with ; and, in 
some cases, the word " hamlet " has become wholly disused. 
In others, the orthography is slightly altered, so that the 
original cannot be identified without care and attention. 
As for instance : the word " Renham " was, originally, 
" Reed's hamlet ; " and, in the course of time, the last sylla- 
ble and one of the " e's " were omitted, the name being pro- 
nounced Redham ; and, by substituting an " n " for a " d," it 
became Renham. A similar fate has followed the names of 
many other places. Other words have been not only abbre- 
viated, but have entirely lost their original significance. 
Thus Sussex was South Saxony, or the southern settlement 
of the Saxons in England ; Essex was East Saxony, or the 
eastern settlement ; Wessex was the western settlement ; Mid- 
dlesex was the middle settlement ; and Norfolk was the north 
folks. Norwich was the northern bailiwick, or sheriffdom ; 
Canterbury was the place of the principal castle for the 
kingdom of Kent, as " bury " meant castle ; and Kent has 
been somewhat altered by substituting an e for an a. Dor- 
chester meant the place of keeping the chest, or public 
depository, for the county of Dorset. The word Exeter 
meant, " towards the river Exe." Newcastle denoted the 



AND HISTORY OP THE CLANS. 25 

castle built after the erection of Adrian's Wall. In refer- 
ence to the name of Reading there is some doubt; for English 
historians, being disposed to give a Saxon origin to every- 
thing, suggest that ancient Reading was derived either from 
the river (Rhea), or from Redin, the English word for " fern," 
which they say grew in great abundance thereabouts. This 
fact would probably apply to many other places in England, 
if we go back to a time anterior to agriculture : but the 
town is called, in the Saxon annals, Reading, Redding, and 
Raeding ; and, being in the vicinity of several of the Read 
establishments, it is full as reasonable to suppose that they 
gave the name to it. We know that many of the towns by 
that name in America were so called in honor of individuals 
by the name of Reed or Read, who were prominent in the first 
settlement of their respective towns ; and others were named 
from Reading in England. Places ending with "ford" 
had, before the introduction of bridges, reference to a ford- 
ing-place across a body of water ; as Bradford, in ancient 
times, meant Brad's fording-place. The word " burn," an- 
nexed to many ancient towns and parishes, had reference to 
some brook: consequently the word Otterburn would be 
better understood at the present day if called Otterbrook ; 
and the same would be true of Bannockburn, and all other 
places of the same termination. 

Many counties and towns in the United States took their 
names from places in England, Scotland, or Ireland, with- 
out much reference to the original meaning ; as Boston, 
in Massachusetts, from Boston, in the county of Lincoln, 
England ; Plymouth, from Plymouth in England ; Read- 
ing in Pennsylvania, and Reading in Massachusetts, from 
Reading in England. The names of persons have under- 
gone as great a change as those of places. Thus a Welsh- 
man, having pierced the eye of an English officer, received 
the surname of Pierce-eye, which originated the name Percy. 



26 ORIGIN OF THE NAME, 

The same is now Pierce, or Pearce. The name of Peabody 
meant " mountain-man," and had reference to the remnant of 
the subjects of Boadicea, an English queen, who was taken 
prisoner by the Romans, and the remnant of her army fled 
to the mountains of "Wales, and were called Peabodies, or 
" mountain-men." Winn is said to be an abbreviation of 
Llewellyn, the Welsh prince who was taken and slain by 
Edward I. ; Parker, from one who was keeper of a park ; 
Forester, from one who was keeper of a forest, and the 
name became Foster. 

Some surnames have a significance of their own, as being 
illegitimate descendants of princes and noblemen, particu- 
larly all names ending with " son," as Johnson and Peterson: 
the former meaning the illegitimate descendants of John ; 
and the latter, those of Peter. The name of Perry is said 
to be a corruption of Ap Harry, or the son of Henry. 

The first notice taken of any person by the name of Rede, 
in Kent, was Withred, King of Kent, in the seventh century. 
Their seat was at Rede, in the hundred of Merdinnie, the 
modern name of which is Harden. There was John, of this 
place, in the muster-roll of William the Conqueror, a.d. 1075 ; 
and a John of Merdinnie sold the manor of Silham in 
Renham, or Reedham, in the year 1280. Rede is in the 
north-westerly part of Kent, adjoining to Maidstone, a cele- 
brated military station. It is within the district of the 
weald, and has from the earliest times been esteemed a 
part of the king's manor. The mansion is on the north side 
of the district, and has always been called Reade Court. 
There is likewise a Reade Court in the parish of Friends- 
bury, in the same county, situated on the river Medway, 
and adjoining to Hoo. There are likewise two other manors 
in Kent, which for a great length of time belonged to the 
Reads, — namely, East and "West Euherst, in Tunbridge 
Wells ; but they belonged to the Reads of Harden. 



AND HISTORY OF THE CLANS. 27 

The ancient seats of the Reads in Mercia were Rocking- 
ham Castle, at North Hampton ; so named from Roken, a 
small stream and parish of the same name on the banks 
of Redesdale, the residence of one branch of the Reads. 
This castle was the residence of Robin of Riddisdale. The 
Reeds had also an establishment at Wrangle, near Boston ; 
and another, at Norwich. The manor called the Bowers of 
Gifford, about eight miles from Billerica and thirty from 
London, was owned by the Reeds a hundred and thirty 
years, but was not one of their original seats. John died 
in possession of it in 1627, and had a son and heir by the 
name of Roger. Henry died seized of it in 1712 ; but 
the manor passed out of the family in 1747, Henry having 
sold it to George Montgomery, Esq. There was likewise 
Boreplace in the county of Kent, and Barton Court, the 
seat of a bloody battle between the Loyalists and the Parlia- 
mentarians. The last-named manor was defended by its 
owner, Robert Read, till it was burned down over his head. 
The Reads also had an establishment at Barrie, Brocket 
Hall, of Abington, and Renham, or Reedham. Chipchase 
Castle, near the junction of the Reed with the Tyne, is oc- 
cupied by Sir Christopher Reed at the present time ; as is 
also Prestwich Lodge in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the owner, 
son of Sir Christopher, being Deputy-Lieutenant of the 
county. Ewellgrove, Ipsdenhouse, Ashmans, in the county 
of Suffolk, Woodparks in the county of Galway, Ros- 
senara in Kilkenny, and many other manors, are now 
possessed by the Reeds. It was common to have several 
establishments ; a portion of the household residing at one, 
and another portion at another. Those in the remote parts 
of England held the old country establishment, and, at the 
same time, another seat at or near the metropolis. This 
was the case with Robbin of Riddisdale, who held his pro- 
perty on the banks of the Roken and also at Rockingham 



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Castle. The family of Read, in the county of Kent, held 
their estates in the north of England and south of 
Scotland ; and nearly all who lived in and about London 
owned estates in Northumberland or in the southern parts 
of Scotland. They have lost their identity with royal fami- 
lies ; but, as will be shown hereafter, many of them are 
persons of influence and wealth. 

In books on heraldry are laid down a great many coats 
of arms of the Reeds, only a few of which I shall describe 
in their proper place. 

Brianus de Rede was living in the year 1139, and was of 
Morpeth, on the Wensback River, in the north of England. 
He had three sons: 1. Robert of Rede; 2. William, who 
was Bishop of Chichester ; and, 3. Thomas of Redydale. 

Robert of Rede had a son by the same name, who was 
Bishop of Carlisle. He was also Bishop of Chichester, 
and built a fine stone piazza in the centre of the city. 

William, the second son of Brianus, had a son Robert, 
who had a son Galfrinus. The latter had William, Thomas 
of Redydale, and Robert. The latter had sons Richard, 
Philip, and Robert who held the manor of Hallbury in the 
seventh year of Henry VI. 

William, the son of Galfrinus, married Margaret Glan- 
ville : they had Robert, who had David, John, and William. 
The latter was one of the bailiffs of Norwich in 1260, and 
had a son John, who sold the manor of Silham in Reedham 
in 1280. 

David had a Robert, who married Cecilia Randall, and 
died in 1346, leaving a son Robert, Bishop of Carlisle, Feb. 8, 
1396 ; and the same year made Bishop of Chichester, and 
died in 1415. He was chosen in 1381 to provide and deliver 
out bows, arrows, swords, <fec, to defend the city in the 
" Tyler and Jack Straw insurrection." 

William, the son of Galfrinus, also had a son William, 



AND HISTORY OP THE CLANS. 29 

■who was Bishop of Chichester in 1330, and died in 1385, 
leaving a son by the same name, who was Bishop of Chiches- 
ter, Sussex County, in 1369. John, son of William and 
Margaret, was Rector of St. Michael's in Norwich in 1393, 
and died in 1395. 

Thomas of Redydale, the son of Galfrinus, had a son of 
the same name, who was living in 1429, and had a son 
Thomas, who possessed an estate at Heddington, Oxon, and 
married Christiana, daughter of Robert James Lapole, 
and sister of Michael De Lapole, Lord Chancellor. This 
Lapole Family constituted some of the worthless favorites to 
whom, as historians say, the king delivered himself up. 
The true interpretation probably is, that the Lapole Family 
were not of noble birth, and were on that account obnoxious 
to the nobility, who contrived to make them unpopular with 
the common people. Sensible of the value of their services, 
King" Richard, in order to save them, stooped in vain to such 
acts as were considered ignoble in a prince. They were 
attainted, and condemned to suffer as traitors ; and, though 
one of Lapole's associates was hung at Tyburn, Lapole found 
means of escape to the Continent, and much of his effects 
passed into the hands of his son-in-law, instead of the public 
treasury. This name of De Lapole is understood to be the 
same as that of Pool in America ; persons of this name 
being numerous in Weymouth, Taunton, and other places 
in Massachusetts. 

Thomas of Redydale had also an Edmond, who was the 
owner of an estate at Heddington. Thomas and Christiana 
also had John, who was Mayor of Norwich in 1388. The 
latter had an Edward, who married Isiod Stanley; and they 
had John ; Bartholomew, who was Mayor of London in 
1502 ; Robert, who was Lord Chief-Justice of the King's 
Bench ; and William, who was Professor of Divinity. Mayor 
John likewise had a son Henry, who was patron of Clothell 



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in Berks in 1405. John, son of Edward, married Joan 
Ludlow, and died Nov. 11, 1502, leaving a son, Thomas of 
Beccles, who married Philipa Bacon, and had five sons : 
1. William, his heir; 2. John of Norwich, who was warden 
of New College, Oxon, in 1520, and died in 1521 ; 3. Alvan, 
Abbot of Waltham in 1507 ; 4. Edward, Sheriff of Norfolk 
in 1508, and member of Parliament; 5. Thomas, who was 
Rector of Beccles, and died in 1543, leaving a son by the 
name of William, who, in 1538, married a Tooley, and died 
in 1545, leaving a son by the name of Thomas, also a Wil- 
liam and six daughters. The latter William was of London, 
and married Anna, daughter of William Fernley of Creeting, 
and died in 1552, leaving a son, who was Sir William 
of Beccles, born in 1551 ; and Richard, who was Com- 
missioner of the Court of Requests. The widow of William 
of London, who died in 1552, married Sir Thomas Gresham. 
Sir William of Beccles married Gertrude Paston for his 
first wife, and a Goldsmith for his second wife. He died 
in 1599, leaving a daughter, who married Sir Michael 
Stanhope ; a son, known as Sir Thomas, who married 
Mildred Cecil, daughter of the Earl of Exeter ; and Francis, 
who married the widow of Lord Cobham, by whom he had 
four daughters. 

Thomas, son of William and Miss Tooley, married Marga- 
ret Guints for his first wife, and, for his second, the widow 
of John Goldingham, Esq. ; and died in 1554, leaving a son 
Francis, who was incumbent of Ellough ; a George, who 
married Ann Lee ; and John of Beccles and Weston, who 
built Weston Hall, was member of Parliament for Guil- 
ford in 1575, and married Ursula Cook. He sold the estate 
of Oatlands, and died in 1605, leaving a son Thomas, who 
married Anna, daughter of Sir F. Gandy, Judge of the 
Queen's Bench. They had sons Henry, and Edward, who 
married Elizabeth Edgar. Henry married Elizabeth, the 



AND HISTORY OP THE CLANS. 81 

daughter of Nicholas Garneys, Esq., of Redisham, and had 
a son Thomas, who married Abigail Edgar of Glenham, and 
died in 1714, leaving a son Edward, who left by his wife 
Elizabeth one daughter ; Thomas, who left a son Thomas, 
who married Anna Farr of Northcone, who died in 1723, 
leaving Thomas, Esq., of Weston Hall, who married Martha, 
daughter of John Elmy, Esq., of Beccles, and died March 25, 
1766, leaving a daughter Martha, who married a Carter ; 
Anna, who married Col. Anderson ; and a Thomas, who was 
born in January, 1730, and married Theopila, daughter of 
William Lemon, Esq., and married, for second wife, Elizabeth, 
daughter of Robert Wilson, Esq., of Didlington, and, for third 
wife, Rachel, the widow of John Donaldson, Esq. ; and died 
Jan. 29, 1811. Children : Thomas Leman, who married 
Anna Bullen, and had a daughter Louisa, and son Thomas 
William, who married Ann Mills, and had Robert, Char- 
lotte, Anne, Henry, and Sarah Lemon. Thomas and Theo- 
pila also had Robert, who built Ashmans in the county of 
Suffolk, and married Charlotte, the daughter of William 
Anderson, Bart., and died Aug. 13, 1822. Sarah Lemon, 
daughter of Thomas and Theopila, married Rev. Samuel 
Lovick Cooper, November, 1787. Their children were, — 
Bransby Blake ; Robert, born April 10, 1796, married 
Louisa, daughter of Benjamin Henshaw, Esq., of Moor Hall, 
county of Essex ; Louisa Charlotte, Annie, Marianne, Sarah 
Bransby, Madaline Naunton Lemon. He came into pos- 
session of the estates of his maternal uncle, Aug. 13, 1822 ; 
at which time he assumed the name, and lives at Ashmans. 
Edmond, the son of Thomas and Christiana, married Alice, 
and had by her Edmond, who was Lord of Portstal ; Thomas, 
and John. His widow Alice was executrix of the will of 
William De Pulham in 1372. Thomas, the son of Thomas 
and Christiana, possessed great estates in Wrangle, Boston, 
Burgh or Bury, Winthrop, Bennington, Leake, and Lineston. 



32 ORIGIN OP THE NAME 



Edmond, the son of Edmond, had a son William ; also Eobert 
and John : the latter was a* merchant, of great wealth, in 
Boston. He lived at Wrangle in 1460. There continued to 
be a John in this branch of the family till 1626. The last 
one was knighted in 1609, made Sheriff of Lincoln in 1610, 
and died in 1626, aged sixty-five years. Charles Crafts Read, 
who moved away from Wrangle, and in 1676 lived in Bard" 
well, was probably a son of the last-named John. There is 
a record of the death of Charles Crafts in 1662 ; which 
makes it probable there were a father and son by that name. 
The latter married Mary, the daughter of Thomas Henet ; 
and she inherited the manor and royalties of Pishobury. 
The Reads, in 1675, had disappeared from Wrangle, partly 
by emigration to America ; and the remainder had taken up 
their residence on their other estates. Francis, the son 
of Thomas and Bridget, left there in 1674. The Crafts of 
Bard well, the Gerards of Suffolk, the Greshams of Norfolk, 
and the Eltons of Pinsbury in Lincolnshire, were relatives 
of the Reads of Boston and Wrangle. Edmond, the son of 
Thomas and Philipa, married Isiod Stanley ; and they had a 
son Peter, who was knighted by Charles V. at the siege of 
Barbary. He gave his houses in St. Giles to pay for ringing 
the great bell at four in the morning and at eight in the even- 
ing. There is a picture of him in the council-chamber, with 
a hawk on his fist, and the arms of Rede, with an account 
of the donation for ringing the bell, and of a large charity 
to be distributed to the poor of the city. He married Annie, 
daughter of Sir Thomas Bleugrehasset, Knt. She was the 
widow of George, Duke of Brampton. He died in 1568, 
leaving a son Giles. His wife died April 15, 1577. The 
records abound with the charities and bequests of Sir Peter 
Rede ; and his name is spelled Rede, Read, Redde. His 
father's name was spelled Rede and Reed. This family 
dwelt in the black flint house opposite to the north side of 



AND HISTORY OF THE CLANS. 33 

the churchyard in Norwich, in which many of their arms 
remain. There was also a Peter Rede in Boston, in 1332, 
who probably belonged to this family ; but I find no account 
of his pedigree. Thomas, the son of Edmond and Alice, had 
a son William, who inherited great estates from his father. 
He married Alice for his first wife, Margaret for his second, 
and Anna, the daughter of William Fernley, Esq., of West 
Creeting in the county of Suffolk, for his third wife. He 
provided obits to be observed annually for himself and his 
three wives at the Feast of the Invention of the Holy Cross. 
He died in 1453. His widow married Sir Thomas Gresham, 
a wealthy London merchant, who died in 1579, having made 
over a large portion of his estate in fee-simple to his wife. 
After her death, which took place in 1596, that portion 
passed to her son William Reade, who was born in 1538, 
and was afterwards known as Sir William of Rockingham 
Castle in the county of Northampton, one of the ancient 
seats of the Read Family. He had a son Thomas, who died 
without male issue ; a daughter Anne, who married Sir 
Michael Stanhope ; Jane, who married Lord Fitzwater, and 
afterwards Sir William Wetherpole ; Elizabeth, who married 
Lord Berkley ; and Bridget, who married George, Earl of 
Desmond. Sir William died in 1621 ; and his widow mar- 
ried Sir Edward Spencer, of the Sunderland Family, who 
held the Burelston Estate many years in the right of his wife ; 
he having willed it to her, with remainder over to his three 
grand-daughters, the children of his son Thomas. Rocking- 
ham Castle is now a ruin. 

Robert, the son of Edmond, married Christiana Lapole, a 
descendant of Robert James Lapole. She lived at Wrangle 
after the death of her husband. 

Robert, the son of Edward, was executor of the will of 
Hemy VII. He was Justice of the Common Pleas, and 
afterwards Chief-Justice of the King's Bench, in the reign 

5 



34 ORIGIN OP THE NAME, 

of Henry VIII. Lord Chief-Justice Robert Read married 
Margaret Alphew of Ohidingstone, and, when young, lived 
at Morpeth, Blackfriars, in the north of England, the neigh- 
borhood of large paternal estates of the family ; but, in 1530, 
he and his wife were members of the Corpus Christi Guild at 
Boston in the county of Lincoln, ■ — an institution under the 
old English laws, by which the community was divided into 
tens, hundreds, and thousands. The members of ten were 
responsible for the conduct of each member of his ten. The 
tens originated the present institution of towns, — a word 
which is derived from ten ; as also the thousands originated 
that of counties. The hundreds were a class, or division, 
which has never been adopted in this country. The children 
of Lord Robert and Margaret were, — John, who was Mayor 
of Norwich ; Bridget, who married Francis Willoughby, 
afterwards Lord Chief-Justice Willoughby ; and three other 
daughters. He inherited the two manors of East and West 
Euhcrst; and he had estates in Chidingstonc, Morpeth, Bos- 
ton, Norwich, and other places. The estates of East and 
West Euhcrst passed to Lady Willoughby in the division of 
Lord Robert's estate. His son John was Mayor of Nor- 
wich, and was also Sheriff of Norwich in 1568. Bloomfield's 
History says, " In 1572, on the 14th of June, about nine 
o'clock in the forenoon, a good and godly and virtuous 
brother of this house (viz., John Rede, alderman), a big man, 
and hot with travel, after reverence to Mr. Mayor and other 
brethren, and in his place taken in the council-chamber, 
being troubled with a rheum that fell from his head, as it is 
supposed, did cough three times, wherewith he was stopped, 
and his wind failed, and so, in a sudden, seized down, and 
never spake any word ; and so there presently departed this 
transitory life unto a more joyful place of rest." 

Richard, the Commissioner of Requests, had a son by the 
same name, who studied music twenty-two years, and was 



AND HISTORY OF THE CLAN'S. 35 

admitted Bachelor of Music. He composed church-services 
and other matters for instruments, which are scattered in 
several books. 

Giles, the son of Sir Peter and Annie, married Catherine 
Greville, the daughter of Earl Brooke. 

Thomas Read, Esq., of Barton Court in the county of 
Berks, was living in 1575. He married Ann, the daughter 
of Thomas Hoo, Esq., of the Hoo, in the county of Hert- 
ford ; and they had Thomas of Barton, who married Mary 
Stonehouse, of Little Peckham in the county of Kent, and 
Radley. He was Clerk of the Green Cloth. They had a 
son of the same name, who was knighted, and married Mary, 
the daughter of Sir John Brocket, of Brocket Hall in Hert- 
fordshire. Their children were Thomas, John, and James, 
who were all baroneted. They also had two daughters. 
Thomas, son of Sir Thomas and Mary, married Mary, the 
daughter of Thomas Cornwall, Lord of Strophshire. Their 
children were Compton, Edward, and three sons whose 
names are not given, but probably Thomas, William, and 
John, who came to America. Compton, the son of Sir 
Thomas and Mary, married Mary, the daughter of Gilbert 
Cornwall of Berford. They had one child, named Edward, 
who succeeded his father to Shipton House in Oxford, and 
Barton in Berkshire, and was made baronet, in 1660, by 
Charles II. He married Elizabeth, the daughter of Francis 
Hardy, Esq., of Adston in Northampton. Their children 
were, — Thomas, who succeeded his father ; and George, 
who became member of Parliament for Tukcsbury in the 
county of Gloucester, and was a brigadier-general. Thomas, 
the son of Edward and Elizabeth, married Jane Dutton. 
They had a son named John, who succeeded his father to 
his estate and titles. 

Thomas, the son of Thomas and Jane, had a son by the 
same name, who had John and Thomas, twins, born in 1762. 



36 ORIGIN OF THE NAME, 

The latter died in 1837 ; the father died in 1773. John, 
the twin-brother of Thomas, married Jane, the daughter of 
Sir John Candos Hoskins, Bart. They had a John Candos, 
of Shipton Court, Oxford County, who was born Oct. 17, 1814, 
and died July 31, 1851. 

Edward, the son of Thomas and Mary Corwall, inherited 
the estate of Ipsden in 1637 ; he also had an estate in 
Meckford, Essex County. He had a daughter Elizabeth, 
who was married, Feb. 12, 1635, to John Winthrop, jun., the 
first governor of Connecticut, and settled at New London. 
He also had a son Thomas, who was one of the first proprie- 
tors of New London ; and John, who was of New London 
in 1651. The land granted them was forfeited for not being 
occupied ; and they probably never permanently settled 
there. 

William Reade of Aikenhead had a son by the name of 
Robert, who was Bishop of Orkney ; and a daughter Allison, 
who married Edward, the son of Sir David Bruce, about the 
year 1551. 

Alexander Reid of Barrie was created a baronet of Nova 
Scotia in 1706. He married Agnes, the eldest daughter 
of Sir Alexander Oglevie, Bart., of Forglen ; and, dying in 
1770, was succeeded by Iris only son James, who died 
in 1771, and was succeeded by his son John, who was born in 
1760, and married, June 2, 1785, Barbara, the daughter 
of Thomas Livingston, Esq., M.D., of Downyhills in the 
county of Aberdeen. His son John, the fourth baronet, 
had a son Alexander, Nov. 12, 1798 ; and William, a clergy- 
man, who is the present baronet. 

John Reid, Esq., of Kirkmahoe in the county of Dum- 
fries, married Helen, the daughter of John Davison, Esq., 
of Woodside, in 1761, and died May 20, 1775, leaving 
Thomas, born Oct. 26, 1762, who was made baronet, Nov. 10, 
1823, and had sons John and Thomas. The latter had a 



AND HISTORY OF THE CLANS. 37 

son of the same name, bom May 21, 1805 ; Alexander, 
June 8, 1806 ; Joseph, Aug. 24, 1810 ; Edward Maitland, 
Jan. 16, 1815 ; Henry Mansford, Aug. 22, 1817 ; George 
James Greystone, July 30, 1828 ; Agnes M. Helen, Eliza- 
beth B., Mary Ann, and Louisa. He had been an eminent 
merchant in London, and for some time Chairman of the 
Court of Directors of the East-India Company. 

Sir John Reid, of Ewell Grove in the county of Surrey, 
son of James, Esq., married Maria Louisa, the only daughter 
of Richard Eaton, Esq., Sept. 9, 1840. Their children were, 
— John, born Aug. 14, 1841; a son, born Feb. 13, 1845; 
and a daughter, in 1843. He succeeded his father as second 
baronet, Feb. 29, 1824 ; and was Governor of the Bank of 
England in 1840 and 1841. 

William Reade, S.T.P., son of Edward and Isiod, supposed 
to be born about 1450, had a son Sir William, who mar- 
ried Ann Menis, and had a son William, who married 
Rebecca, the daughter and coheir of Menis. Their chil- 
dren were Matthew, John, Richard, Thomas, William, and 
Lucy. 

Matthew, Esq., the son of William and Rebecca, married 
Alice, the daughter of Andrew Ward ; and they had William, 
and a daughter who married Sir Henry Oxinden of Dene, 
and was heir to half his estate. They also had a daughter 
Elizabeth, who married Morace Dixwell, Esq., of Broome 
in the county of Kent. William, the son of Matthew and 
Alice, married Lucy Henage ; and they had John and Wil- 
liam. Richard, the son of William and Rebecca, born in 
1577, married Joan, daughter of Ralph Dale of London ; 
and they had a son Richard, who lived at Whittlesey; Wil- 
liam, and a daughter Rebecca. He was living at London 
in 1657, aged eighty-seven years. John, the son of William 
and Rebecca, was knighted in 1641 by Charles I. William, 
who sailed from Gravesend in 1635, and settled in Wey- 



38 ORIGIN OF THE NAME, 

month, may have been son of Richard, and grandson of 
William and Rebecca. 

Sir John Reade of Bodington in the county of Glou- 
cester, Knt., had Dorothy, who married Lord Oliver St. 
John. 

Thomas Read was admitted LL.D., May 8, 1638, of New 
' College. He afterwards was a great royalist ; and, by his 
majesty, was nominated Principal of Magdalen College, on 
the flight of Wilkinson to the Parliament. Afterwards he 
changed his religion for that of Rome, lived beyond sea, 
and wrote certain matters against Dr. Edward Bangor. 

Thomas Rhcad, M.A., of Aberdeen in Scotland, was an 
author of distinction. 

Alexander Rhead, M.A., of Aberdeen, was created Doctor 
of Physic in the House of Convocation, by virtue of letters of 
King James I. This learned Scot, who was afterwards one 
of the College of Physicians in London, and a brother of the 
Company of Barber-Chirurgeons, has written and published 
" A Description of the Body of Man," and also " Chirogical 
Lectures " on tumors and ulcers. He was afterwards mini- 
ster of Yeatley in Hampshire, where he died in 1628. 

Thomas Rede, Rector of Agotte St. Lawrence, lost his 
living ; and his family was reduced to such necessities, that 
some of them came to be maintained by the public charity 
of the Corporation for Ministers' Widows. One of this name 
was Rector of Offley in 1617. 

John Reade of New College was Fellow of Wykcham 
College, and made Doctor of Decrees, Jan. 29, 1507. It 
was granted to Mr. John Rede, M.A., Bachelor of Divinity, 
and Warden of Wykeham College, near Winchester, that 
he be created D.D. by a cap put on his head by Dr. Faunte- 
roy, the commissioner, the proctor, and two masters. Ho 
had been tutor to Prince Arthur ; was then Canon of Chi- 
chester ; afterwards Warden of New College in Oxon ; and 



AND HISTORY OF THE CLANS. 39 

Master of the Hospital of St. Mary Magdalen, near Win- 
chester. He was made LL.D. in 1528. 

In 1437, Richard, Phillip, and Robert Eede held the 
manor of Hallbury, in the 7th and 15th of Henry VI. 

Henry Reade was Sheriff of London in 1477. 

Simeon Reade was Mayor of Norwich in 1502. 

Edmund Reed of Morgansleigh in the county of Devon- 
shire, rector, was once interrupted and abused in the pulpit, 
and at length deposed when he had been nearly forty years 
minister in that place. The chief accusation against him 
was his approval of the " Book of Sports." He lived to be 
restored, but died soon after. 

Charles Read, Esq., built and endowed a celebrated school 
and hospital at Tuxford on the river Trent. There is at 
the present time a Charles Reed, who is a distinguished 
English author. 

There was a Dr. Samuel Read of Stafford in England, 
who, in 1645, furnished one Cook with funds to build a 
gristmill in Cambridge, Mass., and took a mortgage of the 
same. Whether this mill was on Charles River, or on a 
small stream which is in West Cambridge, I have no know- 
ledge ; but it was a great enterprise for those days, and 
controlled the location of highways in that section. He was 
probably a relative of the Puritan emigrants of the same 
name, and lived in the vicinity of Boston in England. 

There was a John Reade of St. John's College, who was 
made Bachelor of Divinity, April 10, 1516 ; and died in 1587, 
being the Prebendary of Westminster. He was buried in 
St. John's College Chapel. There was a Thomas Reade, 
who was Rector of Adcome in Somersetshire, who died 
about the year 1570. Thomas Reade of Upham married 
Alice Petre, about the time of Henry VIII. Sir John of 
Sussex married Bridget, the daughter of Lord Thomas 
Munson, about the year 1600. Sir John of Bodington had 



40 ORIGIN OP THE NAME. 

a daughter Dorothy, who married Lord Oliver St. John. 
There was a George Reede of Leis Garden, who died Feb. 
25, 1530 ; and there is a monument to his memory in Horn 
Church. 

Clement Reade of Maryfield married Ann, the only 
daughter of John Baker. Ralph Read in Lone, county of 
Kent, married the daughter of Ralph Bufkin. There was 
a James Reade who was Rector of St. Augustine. Thomas 
Rhead, M.A., of Aberdeen in Scotland, was an author of 
distinction. There is a Baron Von Rheede of Von Oudshoorn 
in Holland ; but nothing is known of his pedigree. A 
Roger Reed of Haverhinge bequeathed large amounts 
for objects of charity and public utility. There was also a 
Simeon Reed of the same place. There is one Isaac Reed, 
Esq., at Hampstead in England, who was a companion of Dr. 
Johnson. 



WILLIAM READE OF BOSTON. 41 



CHAPTER II. 



WILLIAM READE OF BOSTON, AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 



We now arrive at a time when it is difficult to trace the 
different families, as there was a great rush for America ; 
in consequence of which, some branches became extinct in 
Europe, and there appeared to be a disposition, on the part 
of at least some of the Puritan emigrants, to blot out every 
tiling that would connect them witli families in Europe. In 
consequence of this, their descendants lost the means of 
proving heirship to great estates, aud left their posterity in 
uncertainty and doubt in reference to their ancestry. 

The author has devoted much attention to the subject, 
and is unable to give that assurance which he would like ; 
but is inclined to think that the first by the name of Reed 
in this country was, — 

1.* William, the son of Richard Read of Whittlesey in 
the county of Kent. He came to America with Gov. 
Winthrop in 1630, or about that time ; and settled first 
in Weymouth, but removed to Boston. He was engaged in 
mercantile business, but, a portion of the time, commanded 
his own vessel. He died on his homeward passage from 
Ireland, on board the ketch " William and Mary," of which 



* The Arabic figures at the commencement of paragraphs, always throughout 
this work, indicate the generation. 



42 WILLIAM HEADE OF BOSTON, 

he was part owner. An inventory of his estate was taken 
Sept. 23, 1667, in the schedule of which was real estate at 
the North End and in King Street (now State Street), 
some broadcloths, a tailor's goose, &c. He probably had 
done some business as a merchant tailor. His first wife's 
Christian name was Susan, who died Oct. 12, 1653. He 
married, for a second wife, a person whose Christian name 
was Hannah, Nov. 25, 1656. His children were, — Edward, 
who was born in 1618 ; John, 1620 ; Samuel, 1624. These 
three settled in Marblehead. He had a daughter Margaret, 
who married Richard Stubbs of Hull, March 3, 1658 ; Rich- 
ard, who settled in Marblehead ; Susanna, who married 
Samue Smith, Dec. 13, 1659 ; William ; Esther, who mar- 
ried John Cann, July 30, 1661; Christopher, who was a 
tanner in Charlestown, and died in 1696, leaving a widow 
by the name of Catherine. 

2. Samuel, the son of Capt. William of Boston, was a 
proprietor of land in Marblehead previous to 1673. His 
children were, — Samuel ; Benjamin, who died in 1700. 

3. Samuel, the son of Samuel of Marblehead, married 
Abigail Rowland, March 17, 1684. Their marriage was 
solemnized by Mr. Moses Maverick, the first town-clerk of 
Marblehead. Their children were Samuel and Benjamin. 
He married, for a second wife, Jane Stacy, Nov. 4, 1692. 
He was a purchaser of land in Marblehead in 1687. 

4. Samuel, the son of Samuel and Abigail, married Mary. 
Their children were, — Samuel ; Richard, born Aug. 4, 1706 ; 
Mary, Jan. 12, 1714 ; Esther ; John ; Bridget. His will was 
dated Nov. 12, 1718. 

5. Samuel, the son of Samuel and Mary, married Mary 
Tyler of Boxford. They were married in Boston, Aug. 18, 
1725 ; and had a son Benjamin Tyler. 

6. Benjamin T., the son of Samuel and Mary, married 
Mary Appleton of Ipswich. Their children were, — Benja- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 43 

min Tyler, William, Polly, Rebecca, Martha. He was a 
cabinet-maker and an innholder. His wife died in 1830. 

7. Benjamin T., the son of Benjamin T. and Mary, mar- 
ried Rebecca Blackley. Their children were,- — -Benjamin T., 
Lucy Ann, Mary, Rebecca. His wife died Feb. 8, 1837, in 
her sixty-third year. He died June 6, 1829, of jaundice, 
aged fifty-four years. He was known as Esquire Reed. 

8. Benjamin Tyler, the son of Benjamin T. and Rebecca, 
was formerly Treasurer of the Eastern Railroad. He married 
Elizabeth T. Hooper; and had a son, — John Hooper, who 
is of the firm of Reed and Hooper, in State Street. 

8. Hon. William, son of Benjamin T. and Mary, married 
Hannah Hooper. He was a member of Congress. He died 
suddenly, of apoplexy, Feb. 22, 1837, aged sixty years and 
six months. This family of Reeds, with their relatives the 
Hoopers, are among the wealthiest people of Massachusetts, 
and are also distinguished for high moral religious standing 
as well as business talents. Benjamin T. was for several 
years Treasurer of the Eastern Railroad, and his son is one 
of the Bankers of State Street. Hon. William Reed was a 
very distinguished man ; and his widow survived him till 
recently, and was known as Madam Reed. She was looked 
up to in Marblehead as a pattern of piety and virtue. Her 
abundant wealth enabled her to do much for the poor, and 
to make her splendid mansion a home to the philanthropist 
and the destitute. 

7. Polly, the daughter of Benjamin T. and Mary, married 
the Hon. William Hooper of Marblehead. Their children 
were, — Robert C: Isaac D., who died young; Mary; Han- 
nah ; Rebecca, who married Robert Hooper, and botli de- 
ceased, leaving one child. 

8. Mary, the daughter of William Hooper and Polly Reed, 
married Francis Blacklie. They have two sons and four 
daughters. 



44 WILLIAM READE OP BOSTON, 

8. Hannah, the daughter of William Hooper and Polly 
Reed, married S. T. Williams, and died, leaving one 
son. 

8. Martha, the daughter of William Hooper and Polly, 
married Rev. Nehemiah Adams, D.D., of the Essex-street 
Church, Boston. She died in 1848, leaving two sons and 
four daughters. 

7. Rebecca, the daughter of Benjamin T. Reed and Mary, 
married Rev. David Jewett. Their children are, — Rev. 
William Reed Jewett ; David Brainard ; Mary A., who mar- 
ried Rev. J. Whitney ; and Elizabeth. Mrs. Jewett died 
at the residence of Mr. Whitney, April 16, 1859, aged 
seventy-five. 

7. Martha, the daughter of Benjamin T. and Mary, mar- 
ried William Ropes, a distinguished merchant in Boston. 
She died in 1829, leaving three sons and five daughters. 

8. Lucy Ann, the daughter of Benjamin T. and Rebecca, 
married Rev. W. C. Woodbridge, and died at Frankfort, 
Germany, in 1839, leaving a son by the name of William 
Reed, now in Yale College ; and Lucy Ann, who was born in 
1837. 

8. Mary, the daughter of Benjamin T. and Rebecca, mar- 
ried Rev. 0. Eastman of New York. Their children are, — 
Benjamin Reed, William, John Cotton, Mary, Elizabeth, and 
Harriet. 

5. John, the son of Samuel and Mary, died in 1764, 
leaving a son by the same name, who administered upon his 
father's estate, and died in 1773, leaving also a son of the 
same name, who was a sea-captain, and a large landholder 
in Windham in the State of Maine. The latter left a widow 
by the name of Annis. He also had a sister Mary, who mar- 
ried a Malcom. She left a son John. Annis, the widow of 
Capt. John, married Ebenezer Foster of Boston, May 2, 
1778. The town of Windham was first called New Marble- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 45 

head, probably on account of so many people in Marblehead 
being proprietors of land in that township. 

5. Richard, the son of Samuel, married Elizabeth Tucker, 
May 5, 1730. Their children were, — Mary, born Dec. 5, 
1730; Samuel, Nov. 23, 1732; Richard, June 6, 1736; 
Elizabeth, Sept. 9, 1738 ; Ebenezer, March 12, 1741 ; Sarah, 
Aug. 31, 1744 ; Andrew, April 1, 1747 ; Benjamin, Sept. 14, 
1749; Tabitha, June 17, 1755; Jeremiah, Oct. 3, 1757. 
Administration was granted on his estate in 1801. 

6. Ebenezer Reed, the son of Richard and Elizabeth of 
Marblehead, born March 12, 1741, married Sarah Harris, 
March 12, 1772, and, in the time of the Revolution, moved 
to Londonderry, N.H., where he made his will, which was 
witnessed by Jonathan Reed. He died in Marblehead early 
in 1785. His widow died Sept. 23, 1822, aged seventy-five 
years. 

6. Richard, the son of Richard and Elizabeth, married 
Hannah Bowen, July 1, 1762. 

6. Benjamin, the son of Richard and Elizabeth, married 
Damaris Picket, Sept. 29, 1774. He married, for a second 
wife, Elizabeth Gordon, Sept. 7, 1779. 

2. Richard, the son of Capt. William of Boston, had a son 
by the same name, who married Hannah Walker, May 21, 
1705. Their children were, — Richard, born in Boston, 
Aug. 26,1708; Esther, Feb. 15, 1706; Hannah, June 17, 
1711. 

There was a Mary Reed of Boston who married John 
Venterman, May 9, 1710. She was doubtless a grand- 
daughter of Capt. William ; but I have been unable to ascer- 
tain who were her parents. They had a daughter Mary, 
who married in Boston to Burges Reed of Marblehead, 
June 8, 1725. Their children were, — Mary, born May 12, 
1726 ; Yenterman, baptized in Boston, at the Second Church, 
May 25, 1729. 



46 WILLIAM READE OP BOSTON. 

5. John, the son of John and Hannah, born Feb. 26, 1722, 
married Ann Mansfield, June 23, 1748. Children, — John, 
a seaman, who died at the Marine Hospital at Charlestown, 
July 20, 1822 ; Lydia, married John Eobertson, May 3, 
1768. 

John Reed in Marblehead married Rebecca Orne, Nov. 10, 
1782; William married Mary Shields, July 21, 1783; 
John married Jane Moon, Sept. 5, 1790 ; Nicholas married 
Anna Gurney, April 17, 1791 ; William married Susan 
Frost, March 23, 1816. 

Venterman, the son of Burges and Mary, married Urith 
Fabins, May 26, 1752. He married, for second wife, Eliza- 
beth, who died at the alms4iouse, Feb. 17, 1817. 

2. John, the son of Capt. William of Boston, settled in 
Marblehead, and had a son of the same name, who married 
Elizabeth. They had a son John, born in Boston, Dec. 29, 
1706, who married Hannah. They had a son of the same 
name, born in Boston, Feb. 26, 1722 ; Benjamin, March 27, 
1724 ; Mary, Nov. 25, 1728 ; Benjamin, Feb. 3, 1731 ; Wil- 
liam, April 10, 1734 ; William, March 8, 1737. 

6. Samuel, son of Samuel and Elizabeth, born Nov. 23, 
1732, married Tabitha. Children, — Mary, born Sept. 5, 
1756, died June 2,1821; Tabitha, Jan. 14,1758; Nicholas 
Gordon, Feb. 10, 1760, died March 28, 1760 ; Nicholas Gor- 
don, May 30, 1761, died Aug. 12, 1761. 

2. Christopher, the son of Capt. William of Boston, mar- 
ried Catherine. He was of Worcester in 1680. He rendered 
some military service under Major Willard in 1675, and 
afterwards lived in Charlestown. Administration of his 
estate was granted to his widow, Dec. 3, 1696. 



COL. THOMAS READ OF SALEM. 47 



CHAPTER III. 



COL. THOMAS READ OF SALEM, AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 



1. Col. Read is supposed to have been a son of Sir 
Thomas and Mary Cornwall, of Brocket Hall in Hertford- 
shire, England. His paternal grandfather had been Clerk 
of the Green Cloth, and his maternal grandfather was 
Lord of Strophshire. His elder brother Compton was a 
baronet. He came to America in the great fleet in 1630, 
with Winthrop and others, and settled in Salem, Mass. He 
was made freeman the same year. He had a town-grant 
of three hundred acres of land in 1637, lying contiguous to 
that of Gov. Endicutt, and being what now constitutes the 
celebrated farms of Kendall Osburne, Esq., and the Hon. 
Ricard S. Rogers, in South Danvers, known many years 
as the Derby Farms, together with some smaller lots. The 
first settlers had grants of land in proportion to their amount 
of funds in the common stock, and their means of cultivat- 
ing the same. There were but four persons in Salem who 
had as large grants of land as Col. Read. The name 
of his wife was Alsea. Their children were Thomas, Jacob, 
and Abraham; and they were probably born in England. 
He was a very prominent man in the Colony, and held the 
rank of colonel as early as 1613, and was probably an officer 
of that rank before he came to America. He was a colonel 
in the British Army, at the restoration of Charles II., in 



48 COL. THOMAS BEAD OP SALEM, 

1660. He died in England in 1663, and his son Abraham 
settled his estate. 

2. Jacob, son of Col. Thomas, was probably born in Eng- 
land, and was a freeholder in Salem in 1661, but lived in a 
house belonging to his father. There is but little known of 
the descendants of this Jacob. There is a tradition that 
they at some time went South ; and he may have been the 
ancestor of Gen. Jacob Eeade, who was United-States senator 
from 1795 to 1801 ; and also of Jacob P. Reed, an attorney- 
at-law in South Carolina at the present time. He had a son 
Aaron, who was accidentally shot in Salem, by Joseph Small, 
when they were out on a hunting excursion, 11th of ninth 
month, 1670. 

2. Abraham, son of Col. Thomas, was probably named for 
Abraham Palmer, a distinguished emigrant, and in some 
way related to Col. Read's family. He occupied the farm 
of his father in South Danvers, and purchased land in Salem 
in 1677. He had a son Samuel, who returned to England, 
and was a merchant in London. 

3. Samuel, son of Abraham, by his attorney Waitstill 
Winthrop, sold the farm in South Danvers to Daniel Epps in 
1701. He was then described as Samuel Read of London, 
merchant. 

2. Thomas, son of Col. Thomas, was born in England. 
He married Mary, and probably lived at one time in Lynn. 
He was appointed ensign, and, in 1647, was made captain, 
and had several lots of land granted him in Salem, of the 
class called ten-acre lots. 

Children, — Susanna, baptized Sept. 23, 1649 ; John, 
June 13, 1651, died young ; Mary, April 10, 1653 ; Eliza- 
beth, May 13, 1655 ; Remember, April 26, 1657 ; Jacob, 
Dec. 22, 1658, died Sept. 19, 1662 ; Sarah, born at Salem, 
March 15, 1660, died March 4, 1662 ; Jacob, 7th of sixth 
month, 1663 ; John, 21st of eighth month, 1662 ; Sarah, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 49 

Oct. 14, 1665. He probably died soon after the birth of 
the youngest child, as his wife was known as Widow Mary 
Read soon after that time. The last known of him is in 
1666, when he conveyed some land in Salem to Richard 
Richards. 

3. Jacob, son of Capt. Thomas and Mary, born 7th of 
sixth month, 1663, married Elizabeth Green, December, 
1693. Children, — Aaron, born at Salem, January, 1694, 
died ; John, Dec. 26, 1695 ; Mary, 1697, married Nathan 
Proctor, March, 1720 ; Jacob, Feb. 4, 1699 ; Jonathan, 
Jan. 12, 1701 ; Sarah, May 15, 1703 ; Elizabeth, March 13, 
1704. His will is dated Jan. 5, 1742 ; and his wife was 
then living. 

3. Jonathan, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth, was born in 
Salem, Mass., Jan. 12, 1701 ; and married, first, a Hanson ; 
and married, for second wife, Sarah Kempton, Jan. 1, 1744. 
His children by his first wife were Benjamin ; Hanson ; 
Daniel; John; Jacob, who died in Smithfield, R. I., in 
October, 1749, and his father settled his estate ; William, 
born in 1729, and settled in North Yarmouth, Me. ; and six 
other children. His children by his second wife were Oliver ; 
Aaron, who died unmarried. Several of his sons by his 
first wife appear to have settled in or near Rhode Island. 
He was principal legatee and executor of his father's will ; 
which was dated Jan. 5, 1742. 

4. John, the son of Jonathan, married a Hanson ; and 
they had a son David, also George and John. 

5. George, the son of John of Salem, lives in Woonsocket 
Village, and has a son Elisha, who is cashier of a bank. 

4. Benjamin, the son of Jonathan, had a son of the same 
name, who moved from Salem to Parmington, and had a 
son George, who married Hannah Jones of Seekonk. Their 
children were, — George J., born at Seekonk in 1813 ; Han- 
nah W., at Providence in 1815 ; Julia, 1817, died young ; 

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50 COL. THOMAS READ OF SALEM, 

William H., 1819. He married, for a second wife, Charlotte. 
Children, — Albert D., born in 1822; Benjamin C, 1824; 
Charles E., 1825 ; Cornelia A., 1826 ; James E., 1828. 

7. Albert D., the son of George and Charlotte, married 
Mary W. Page, and lives in Providence. Children, — Agnes 
C, born in 1842; Alice, 1844; Mary E., 1845; Lucy M., 
1849; Madaline, 1851. 

5. Benjamin, the son of Benjamin of Farmington, lives at 
Franklin Mills in New Hampshire. 

7. Benjamin C, the son of George and Charlotte of Provi- 
dence, lives in East Cambridge, Mass. He married Isabella. 
Child, — Ellen, born March 3, 1846. 

4. Hanson, the son of Jonathan, had a son of the same 
name, who was born in 1773, and died in 1830. He 
married Lucinda Brown, of Cumberland, R.I. Children, — 
William B., bom at Rehoboth, Nov. 23, 1809, and died in 
1830 ; Elias, born at Pawtucket, Jan. 23, 1811 ; Maria, 
Sept. 24, 1813, married Ferdinand Horton ; Thomas, Aug. 
27, 1815, died in 1816 ; Elizabeth, Aug. 19, 1817, married 
Jabez Pierce ; Sarah, born at North Providence, Feb. 23, 
1820, died in 1821 ; Hanson A., Dec. 10, 1822. He was 
a clothier. 

6. Hanson A., the son of Hanson and Lucinda, born 
Dec. 10, 1822. Child, — Elizabeth. He lives at North 
Providence. 

4. Jacob, sou of Jacob and Elizabeth, probably settled at 
what is now Gorham, Me. ; as he was taken by Indians 
at Gorhamtown, and carried into captivity. He died Sept. 20 
of the same year. 

4. William, son of Jonathan of Salem, born in 1729, 
married Mary Tuttle, and settled first in North Yarmouth, 
Me., about the year 1750, and moved to Sedgewick in 1760, 
and was a captain in the Revolutionary War. Children, — 
Samuel, born 1753 ; Abraham, born in 1757 ; William ; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 51 

Isaac ; Zebulon ; Jacob ; Mercy, 1767, married Stephen 
Harris ; Anna, 1761, married a Pray ; Mary, who mar- 
ried John Smith ; Lydia, 1763, married Moses Black. He 
died in 1790, aged sixty-one. 

5. Samuel, son of William and Mary of Sedgewick, born in 
1753, married Sarah Soames. Children, — Abraham, Wil- 
liam, Betsy, Hannah, Anna, John. He died at Mount Desert. 

5. William, son of William and Mary of Sedgewick, born 
1757, married Hannah Merrill, and settled in Cumberland, 
Me. Children, — Prudence ; Mary ; William, who lived in 
North Yarmouth ; Abigail. He died in 1826, aged sixty- 
nine. 

5. Isaac, son of William and Mary of Sedgewick, had 
George, Feb. 7, 1791 ; Isaac, Dec. 17, 1797 ; Elijah, Feb. 
15, 1799 ; Mary, May 29, 1801 ; Elusia, July 30, 1805 ; 
Narcissa, Aug. 2, 1807 ; Reuben M., July 31, 1809 ; Sally, 
Sept. 15, 1811. He was a payer of direct taxes in 1799. 

5. Zebulon, son of William and Mary of Sedgewick, born 
March, 1765, married Anna Merrill. Children, — Abigail; 
Nancy, who married Jeremiah Reed of Bath, Me. ; Reuben, 
who lives in Georgetown, Mass. ; Mercy ; Narcissa ; Ze- 
bulon ; Jane C. ; Jacob ; Enoch M. ; Asa S. ; Cynthia. 
He died in 1841, aged seventy-six. 

Mercy, daughter of Zebulon, married William Lawrence 
of Pownal. Child, — William, who is a sea-captain, and 
lives in Bath. Married Jeremiah Reed for second hus- 
band. Child, — Zebulon, who lives in Bath. She died, and 
Jeremiah Reed married Nancy. Children, — Thomas L., 
Adrian, Calvin, Augusta, Enoch. 

5. Jacob, son of William and Mary of Sedgewick, born 
1755, married Sarah Butler. Children, — Rebecca ;. Lydia ; 
Jacob ; Sarah ; John H., born April, 1799 ; William ; 
Abigail ; Ann. He settled in Cumberland, Me. ; and was 
a seaman, and died at sea in 1802. 



52 COL. THOMAS READ OF SALEM, 

5. Abraham, son of William and Mary of Sedgewick, 
born 1759, married Prudence Soames. Children, — Mercia, 
born in 1784, married John Smith, and live in Brookline ; 
Mary E., Oct. 17,1784; Betsey; Lucy, Nov. 4, 1786, married 
Stephen Cousens, live in Brookline ; Abraham, Nov. 2, 1788 ; 
Prudence, Jan. 6, 1790; Hannah, March 18, 1772, married 
to Thomas Cousens, jun. ; Joseph, Nov. 24, 1795 ; Sally, 
Jan. 3, 1800, married William Jackman ; Jacob, Dec. 22, 
1803. He was a freeholder, and payer of direct taxes in 
Sedgewick, in 1799, and died in 1841. 

6. Beuben, son of Zebulon, married Mary Mitchel. 
Children, — Sewell ; Alvan ; Mary, who married George 
W. Tucker of Bath ; Francis R., lives in Georgetown ; 
Mercy, who married Benjamin Lewis of Waterville. 

7. Alvan, son of Reuben, married Sarah Spencer of 
Machias. Child, — George. 

7. Francis R., son of Reuben, married Ann Elizabeth 
Chase of West Amesbury, Mass. Child, — Eva Augusta. 
He lives at Georgetown, Mass. 

6. Narcissa, daughter of Zebulon, married Jacob Lan- 
caster of New Sharon. 

6. Zebulon, son of Zebulon, married Deborah Shaw of 
Cumberland, Me. Child, — Sarah, who married Eben 
Russell. 

6. Jane, daughter of Zebulon, married Thomas Lancaster 
of New Sharon. Children, — William, Lyman, Prudence, 
Samuel, Sarah, Alman, Orinda, Mary Jane, Clementine, 
Helen. 

6. Jacob, son of Zebulon, was a seaman, and died on the 
Island of Madagascar. 

6. Enoch M., son of Zebulon. Child, — Cynthia, who 
married Hartson Blackstone. 

6. Asa, son of Zebulon, married a Hicks. Children, — 
Albert and Charles, who are traders in Windham. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 53 

6. Cynthia, daughter of Zebulon, married Edward Greely 
of Cumberland. 

6. Elijah, son of Isaac, born Feb. 15, 1779, married 
Judith. Child, — Lois, born at Sedgewick, Nov. 28, 1817. 

Samuel C. Reed, married at Sedgewick, Dec. 3, 1845, to 
E. H. Flye. 

5. Jacob, son of William and Mary of Sedgewick, born 
1755, married Sarah Butler. Children, — Rebecca, born 
Sept. 22, 1783 ; Lydia, Sept. 14, 1785 ; Jacob, Aug. 24, 
1787 ; Sarah, July 9, 1789 ; William, May 10, 1791 ; Abi- 
gail, July 6, 1793 ; Ann, Sept. 5, 1795 ; George, May 28, 
1799 ; John H., April 8, 1801. He settled in Cumberland, 
Me., and was a seaman. He died at sea in 1802. 

6. John H., son of Jacob, married Hannah Cowen. 
Children, — Sarah H., born May 5, 1826 ; Hannah C, 
Feb. 23, 1828 ; Samuel H., May 28, 1830 ; Lydia Ann, 
Jan. 28, 1833 ; Ellen, Dec. 13, 1835 ; Lucy M., May 4, 1838, 
lives in East Boston. 

7. Samuel H., son of John H., married Marietta Vose, 
April 22, 1856. Child, — Walter A., born Jan. 19, 1857. 
Live at East Boston. 

7. Sarah, daughter of John H., married Edmond Ren- 
dexter. Children, — Augustus W., Hannah Jane, Charles F., 
Olive, Samuel. 

7. Hannah C, daughter of John H., married Albert, Jan. 
17, 1841. Child, — Lilla Edith, born July 14, 1855. 

7. Lydia Ann, daughter of John H., married Ezekiel W. 
Hodgdon, Jan. 1,1854. Child, — Ezekiel W., born Octo- 
ber, 1857. Mr. Hodgdon was a police-officer, and was 
shot in the discharge of his duty, Oct. 18, 1857, in Maverick 
Square, East Boston. 

Abraham, son of Abraham and Prudence, born Nov. 2, 
1788, married Prudence Pray, and settled in Oldtown. 
Child,- — Prudence, born in 1791, married John Bailey. 



54 COL. THOMAS READ OF SALEM, 

Joseph, son of Abraham and Prudence, born Nov. 24, 
1795, married Abby Lunt, and settled in Oldtown. 

Jacob S., son of Abraham and Prudence, born Dec. 22, 
1803, married Sally Steples, and lives in Swan's Island, 
Me. Children, — Emily, born Dec. 18, 1831 ; Susan, Feb. 1, 
1834; Allen, July 1, 1836. 

6. George, son of Isaac and of Sedgewick, born 

Feb. 7, 1794, married Lois. Children, — Carlisle, born July 
28, 1823 ; George Dean, Dec. 13, 1824, died Oct. 20, 1826 
(his wife died Dec. 22, 1824, married Hannah Allenpul) ; 
Elijah W., born Nov. 27, 1826 ; Gabrilla, Sept. 6, 1829, 
married Samuel P. Lufkin. He was known as Capt. Reed. 
He died Oct. 4, 1830. 

7. Elijah, son of Isaac of Sedgewick, born Feb. 15, 1799, 
married Judith Allen; published April 3, 1826. Child, — 
Lois, Nov. 28, 1827, married Newell Bowers. 

6. Jacob, son of Abraham, born Dec. 22, 1803, married 

Sally . Children, — Emily, born Dec. 10, 1831 ; Susan, 

Feb. 1, 1834 ; Helen, Jan. 1, 1836. 

6. Abraham, son of Abraham of Sedgewick, born Nov. 2, 
1788, married Nancy Pray ; published June 28, 1810 ; and 
again, in May 27, 1813. 

6. Isaac, son of Isaac of Sedgewick, born Dec. 17, 1797, 
married Sally Staples, March 4, 1830. 

6. Joseph, son of Abraham of Sedgewick, born Nov. 24, 
1795, married Abigail Lunt. 

7. Carlisle, son of George, born July 28, 1823, married 
Almira H. Fly, Dec. 3, 1845 ; married Elmanica H. Flye, 
Dec. 3, 1845. 

7. Elijah W., son of George, horn Nov. 27, 1826, married 
Rebecca Herrick, Oct. 17, 1847. 

8. James, son of William and Mary of Sedgewick, mar- 
ried Polly Mulliken, June 6, 1791, and settled at Mount 
Desert. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 55 

8. John, son of Jacob and Elizabeth, born at Salem, 
Jan. 26, 1695, married Mary. Children, — Isaac, Mary, 
John, Bartholomew, Sarah, Aaron. He died young; and 
his widow, Oct. 3, 1727, owned the covenant and was baptized 
at the Second Parish in Salem, now Danvers. 

4. Bartholomew, son of John and Mary of the Second 
Parish in Salem, now Danvers, lived a while, after his 
majority, in Andover ; married Miss Harris, and settled in 
Falmouth, Me., about the year 1750. Children, — Abraham, 
born in Freeport, Me., in 1751 ; John, 1753 ; Josiah, 1757 ; 
Ammi, 1759 ; Sarah, who married a Harvey, 1761 ; Naomi, 
1763, married a Gibson ; Rachal, 1765, married a Hutchens ; 
Stephen, 1767. He was in the Revolutionary War, with 
three of his sons, and died at the age of ninety. 

5. Abraham, son of Bartholomew, born 1751, married 
Miss Bram. Children, — Eben, John, Mary, Betsy, Abi- 
gail, Hannah, Rachal. He died in 1834, aged eighty-three. 

6. Ebenezer, moved from Yarmouth, Me., to a place called 
Dead River in Maine, married Jane James. Children, — 
Abram ; Ami ; David ; James ; John ; Susan, married 
a Welch ; Lois, married a Welch ; Margaret, married a 
Thompson. 

7. Abram, son of Ebenezer and Jane, married Nancy 
Monsey. Children, — Nathaniel, Lewis, Lyman, Jane, Sa- 
rah, Clarinda, and Permelia. 

7. David, son of Ebenezer and Jane, married Sarah 
Robinson. Children, — Eben, Elias, Abram, Margaret, 
Rachal. 

7. Ami, son of Ebenezer and Jane. Children, — George, 
Margaret. 

8. Nathaniel, son of Abram and Nancy, married Rebecca 
Withey. Children, — Ezra, Julia, Clarinda, and Permelia. 

8. Lewis, son of Abram and Nancy, married Miss Tay- 
lor. Children, — Calvin, Esther, Permelia. 



56 COL. THOMAS READ OP SALEM, 

8. Clarinda, daughter of Abram and Nancy, married 
Calvin Wing, and lives in Michigan. 

8. Jane, daughter of Abram and Nancy, married William 
Stevens. 

8. Permelia, daughter of Abram and Nancy, married 
Henry Thompson. 

7. John, son of Ebenezer and Jane, married Eleaner 
Powers. Children, — William 0. ; Alvin ; John ; Joshua ; 
Ruth, who married Abijah Lowell ; Julia, married Franklin 
Bartlett ; Opha, married Chandler Lovell. 

5. John, son of Bartholomew, born 1753, married Mitchell. 
Children, — Abraham, John, Andrew, Bartholomew, Samuel. 
He was a seaman. 

5. Josiah, son of Bartholomew, born 1757, married Mit- 
chell. Children, — Reuben, Cornelius, Jacob, Charles, Ed- 
ward, Rhoda, Lydia, Hannah, Sarah. He died about the 
year 1850, aged seventy-three. 

6. Abraham, son of John, married . Child, — Free- 
man. 

7. Freeman, son of Abraham, married in Boston, Jan. 29, 
1835, to Eliza C. Malcom of Newcastle, Me. Children, — 
Freeman Harney, born in Edgecomb, Dec. 28, 1835 ; Eliza 
P., born at Newcastle, Nov. 26, 1843 ; Emma Jane, born 
at Chelsea, Mass., Feb. 3, 1846 ; Frank M., Feb. 8, 1855. 
They live at No. 6, Washington Avenue, Chelsea. 

6. Hannah, daughter of Stephen and Mary, born at Free- 
port, Dec. 9, 1789, married Samuel Alden, and died April, 
1850. 

6. Daniel, son of Stephen and Mary, born at Freeport, 
March 19, 1791, married Rachal Loring. Children, — Ed- 
win, Mehitable, Lucy A., Mary G., Prudence. He died 
June, 1856. 

6. Rebecca, daughter of Stephen and Mary, born at 
Freeport, Sept. 20, 1793, married Andrew, son of John 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 57 

Reed. Children, — Philemon P. ; Jeremiah B. ; George 
B. ; Nicholas G. ; Angelia, who died February, 1854. 

4. Stephen, son of Bartholomew, born in 1767, married 
Mary Grant. Children, — Hannah, born Dec. 9, 1789, 
married Samuel Alden ; Daniel, March 19, 1791 ; Rebecca, 
Sept. 20, 1793, married Andrew Reed, son of John ; Jere- 
miah, July 28, 1795 ; Prudence, Oct. 23, 1799, married 
Benjamin Mayo ; Stephen, December, 1801, died in Havana 
in 1836 ; Philander, July 11, 1803, married Jeremiah Ladd ; 
Nicholas G., Jan. 26, 1805 ; Mary, June 26, 1807, married 
Henry Cram; William B., July 13, 1809, moved to New 
Brunswick. He was living in 1857 in Freeport, aged 
ninety. 

4. Annua, son of Bartholomew, was a Baptist preacher, 
and settled in Weld. 

4. Naomi, daughter of Bartholomew, married a Gibson. 

4. Sarah, daughter of Bartholomew, married a Harvey. 

5. Daniel, son of Stephen, born March 19, 1791, married 
Rachal Loring. Children, — Edwin, Mehitable, Lucy A., 
Mary G., Prudence. He died in 1856. 

5. Jeremiah B., son of Stephen, born July 28, 1795, 
married Mercy, daughter of Zebulon Reed. Children, — 
Zebulon, born July 24, 1822, lives in Bath ; married Nancy, 
daughter of Zebxilon, for second wife. Children, — Calvin 
W., born April 11, 1828; Thomas L., March 25, 1830; 
Enoch M., Nov. 25, 1833 ; Adran, Sept. 4, 1826 ; Augusta 
A., Nov. 5, 1831. 

Andrew, son of John, married Rebecca, daughter of 
Stephen Reed. Children, — Philemon P., Jeremiah B., 
George B., Nicholas G. 

6. Zebulon, son of Jeremiah B. of Bath, married Harriet 
N. Green. Children, — Frederick A., George M. 

6. Prudence, daughter of Stephen and Mary, born at 
Freeport, Oct. 23, 1799, married Benjamin Mayo. 

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58 COL. THOMAS READ OP SALEM, 

6. Stephen, son of Stephen and Mary, born at Freeport, 
December, 1801, died in Havana in 1830. 

6. Philanda, daughter of Stephen and Mary, born July 14, 
1803, married Jeremiah Ladd, and lives in Garland, Me. 

6. Nicholas, son of Stephen and Mary, born at Freeport, 
Jan. 26, 1805 ; an Advent preacher. 

6. Mary, daughter of Stephen and Mary, born at Freeport, 
Jan. 26, 1807, married Henry Cram ; and they live in Hol- 
yoke, Mass. 

6. William, son of Stephen and Mary, born at Freeport, 
July 13, 1809, is a seaman, and moved to New Brunswick 
in 1836. 

6. Jeremiah B., son of Stephen and Mary, born at Free- 
port, July 28, 1795, married Nancy M., daughter of Zebulon 
Reed of Sedgewick. Children, — Zebulon, born at Pownal, 
Me., July 24, 1822 ; Adraan, at Freeport, Sept. 14, 1826, 
died Dec. 8, 1847 ; Calvin W., April 11, 1828, died in Cali- 
fornia, Nov. 1, 1851 ; Thomas L., born in Newsharoii, 
March 25, 1830, is a dentist, and lives in Bath ; Augustus 
A., Nov. 5, 1831, lives in Bath ; Enoch M., Nov. 25, 1833, 
lives in Bath. 

7. Zebulon, son of Jeremiah B. and Nancy, born July 24, 
1822, married Harriet N. Green. Children, — Frederick 
A., George M. They live in Bath. 

5. Isaac, son of John and Mary of Second Parish in 
Salem, now Danverse, was in the Revolutionary War, and 
settled in Berwick, Me., where he died. Children, — Isaac, 
James, Samuel. 

6. Isaac, son of Isaac of Berwick, born in 1770, married 
Susan. Children, — Joel, Jacob, John, Isaac. 

7. Joel, son of Isaac of Berwick, married Sally Tinelley 
of Marblehead, June 22, 1841, and lives in Marblehead. 

7. Jacob, son of Isaac of Berwick, lives in Dover, N.H. 
7. John, son of Isaac of Berwick, lives in North Berwick, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 59 

Me. ; married Sarah. Children, — George Herbert, Charles 
Byron, Emma. 

7. Isaac, son of Isaac of Berwick, lives in Sanford, Me. ; 
married Nancy Herd. Children, — Edwin, William, Phebe 
Jane, Nathan. 

8. Nathan, son of Isaac, married Emily Monies of Salem, 
Mass. Child, — Nathan Edwin, born in Salem. 

8. William, son of Isaac, married Margaret Monies of 
Salem, Mass., Dec. 31, 1848, and lives in Sanford. 

4. John, son of Jacob and Elizabeth, born at Salem, 
Jan. 26, 1695. Child, — John, who married Abigail Turn- 
er, Dec. 15, 1742, and died in 1760. Child, —John, born 
Nov. 17, 1743. 

6. John, son of John and Abigail, born Nov. 17, 1743, 
married Desire Cook, Jan. 18, 1774. Children, — John, 
born June 3, 1775 ; Mary, Dec. 22, 1776, died Aug. 15, 
1838. He died June 20, 1779. His wife was living, and 
a payer of direct taxes on real estate, in 1798. 

6. John, son of John and Desire, born June 3, 1775, 
married Mary Fairfield, April 25, 1802. Child, — Mary. 

6. Samuel, son of Isaac of Berwick, married, for first wife, 
a Chase. Children, — John, William. Married, for second 
wife, Sarah Frye. Children, — James ; Silas ; Mary, who 
died, unmarried, in 1858 ; Lydia ; Charles, born Nov. 28, 
1819 ; Ebenezer ; Nathaniel. 

7. John , son of Samuel of Berwick, married Sally Roberts ; 
lives in Newfield, Me., and has several children. 

7. William, son of Samuel of Berwick, married Sarah ; 
and married, for second wife, Abigail D. Dorman. He lives 
in Newfield, Me., and has a large family of children. 

7. James, son of Samuel and Sarah, married Mehitable 
Fernald, and lives in Acton, Me. ; has two children. 
■ 7. Silas, son of Samuel and Sarah, married Hannah York. 
They live in Wolfborough, and have a large family. 



60 COL. THOMAS READ OP SALEM. 

7. Lydia, daughter of Samuel and Sarah, married Say- 
woods of Strafford, N.H. ; and they have a family of chil- 
dren. 

7. Charles, son of Samuel and Sarah, born Nov. 28, 1819, 
married Thirza Whitehouse of West Newfield, Me., and lives 
on the homestead of his father, in Newfield. Children, — 
Thirza Ellen, born January, 1846 ; Joseph Whitehouse ; 
Charles Albert ; John P. H. ; Samuel ; Nathaniel ; Christo- 
pher W., born 1858. 

7. Ebenezer, son of Samuel and Sarah, married a Burbank 
of Acton, Me., and lives in Brookline, Mass. Children, — 
three daughters. 

7. Nathaniel, son of Samuel and Sarah, married a Ver- 
mont lady. He died in Newfield, Me. His wife and one 
child live in Newburyport. 



WILLIAM READE OF WOBURN. 61 



CHAPTER IV. 



WILLIAM READE OF WOBURN, AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 



William Reade, supposed to be the son of Thomas and 
Mary of Brocket Hall, was born in 1587, and was the 
oldest of any of the Puritan emigrants by the name of 
Reade. He sailed from London in the ship " Defence," in 
July, 1635 ; Capt. Edward Fostick, master ; and arrived at 
Boston, Oct. 6, the same year, with his wife, who was Mabel 
Kendall, born in 1605. Their children, who sailed with 
them, were — George, born in 1629 ; Ralph, 1630 ; and 
Justice, afterwards Abigail, born in 1633. He settled in 
Dorchester, but did not remain there. He was made free- 
man, March 4, 1638. In August, 1639, he sold his real 
estate in Dorchester to Thomas Clark, and moved to Scitu- 
ate. He was constable of Scituate in 1644. He sent his 
wife to Dorchester, on horseback, in 1644, with an infant 
named Israel, to be baptized ; he being a member of the 
church in that place. His brother Esdras, who had a grant 
of land from the town of Boston, situated at Muddy River 
(now Brookline), sold the same to William, who took up 
his residence upon it, where he lived till 1648 ; when lie 
bought a farm in Woburn, of Nicholas Davis of Charles- 
town, and removed to that place. He is the ancestor of the 
Woburn, Lexington, Bedford, and Burlington Reads ; he is 
also the paternal ancestor of a large portion of the Reeds in 
Maine ; and almost every State in the Union has some of 



62 WILLIAM READE OP WOBURN, 

his descendants. His children, born in America, were — 
Bethia, who married John Johnson, son of Edward, the 
author of Johnson's " Wonder-working Providence ; " Israel ; 
Sarah, who married Samuel Walker, Sept. 10, 1662 ; Re- 
becca, who married Joseph Winn. He returned to England, 
and died at Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1656. A letter of 
administration was taken out by his widow, under Oliver 
Cromwell. She returned to America, and, after finishing 
the settlement of his estate, married Henry Summers of 
Woburn, Nov. 21, 1660. She outlived her second husband, 
and resided with her son George till her death, which 
took place June 5, 1690, when she was eighty-five years of 
age. 

The following are the copies of two legal instruments in 
connection with this man, and are a specimen of the style 
of such documents in those times. The first is intended 
for a deed, and was found on the records of Suffolk 
County. It runs thus : — 

The bill of sale from Nicholas Davis of Charlestown, to William 
Reade of Muddy River, of his farm in Woburn, containing fifty 
acres of upland ; four acres of meadow, before the door ; four acres 
of meadow in Rockbrook ; and two acres in Brook Meadow ; with 
all barns, outhouses, fences, and all to the same belonging ; which is 
by me an absolute deed of sale. Nicholas Davis. 

Dated 7. 5. 1648. 

The above piece of land is on the old road from Salem to 
Concord, not far from Kendall's mill. The cellar and well 
are to be seen at the present time. The land, after being 
in the possession of his descendants by the name of Read, 
passed into the hands of the Fowles, who were also his de- 
scendants ; from them to Col. Baldwin, through his wife, 
who was a Fowle ; and from the Baldwins to Mr. Samuel 
R. Durant, who is a descendant in a direct line from said 
William Read, and is the eighth generation from him. He 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 63 

purchased other tracts of land in the vicinity ; and his 
descendants settled upon it, and continue to occupy lands 
in the vicinity, although much of it is, at this time, held 
by those bearing other names. 

The other instrument, intended for his last will and 
testament, was written in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in anticipa- 
tion of his decease ; and runs as follows : — 

My will is, that my wife Maybel have threescore pounds for 
herselfe. 

Item, That my wife have the household stuffe to dispose of. 

Item, That the threescore pounds which is owing me by Mr. 
"William Brenton of Newengland be disposed of as followed], if it 
can be got ; viz. : To my wife, twenty pounds. Item, To my four 
youngest children, twenty pounds ; that is, five pounds apiece. 

Item, To my three children that are married in Newengland, 
that is, George, Ralph, and Michael, twenty pounds, to be equally 
divided between them. 

Item, That, whenever any of my four youngest children die, their 
portion be equally divided among the other three ; that is, if they 
die in their minority. 

401b. due me from Mr. Shillingsworth ; 201b. Mark Eaton of 
Blackeallerton ; 301b. from Mrs. Flora Hall ; 201b. from Anthony 
"Walker; 121b. 31b. in my wife's hands, and 61b. in Mr. Oggle's 
hands ; 401b. more in the house. George Errington of Longhouse, 
and his sonne and his sonne-in-law, 40 shillings ; Sawin Anderson, 
forty shillings ; Mary Chicken, alias "Watson, 41b. 10 shillings, and 
10 shillings in my wife's hands, in all ninescore pounds. 

The mark of "Wii. Reade. 
Witness : William Cutter. 
The mark of Thomas Gibson. 

Oliver, Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scot- 
land, and Ireland, or the dominions thereto belonging, to Maybel 
Reade, widow, the relict of William Reade, late of Newcastle-upon- 
Tyn, deceased, greeting. "Whereas the said William Reade made 
his last will and testament, which is hereunto annexed, and therein 
made nor constituted no executor, but nominated and appointed the 



64 WILLIAM READE OP WOBURN, 

said Maybel Reade, his then wife, principal testatrix ; we, there- 
fore, give and grant full power and authority unto you, the said 
Maybel Reade, widow. 

Given at London, under the hand and seal of the Court of Pro- 
bate of Wills, and granting administration, the last day of October, 
1C56. Robert Blackford. B. Sunhenge. Nath. Shoucklegs. And 
seal annexed now, Pesto annexo uli exeant uli nidlus. 

Mr. Watson. T. M. Blackford. 

Entered and recorded, 17. 12. 1661, by 

Thomas Danforth, Recorder. 

The will is recorded in Middlesex Probate Office, Dec. 16, 
1661, vol. i. p. 299. 

The amount of estate appraised in England was two 
hundred pounds. The amount clue him from Mr. William 
Brenton in New England, not appraised, sixty pounds, with 
what he had advanced to his three older children in America, 
made in all over three hundred and fifty pounds ; and, by- 
including the amount necessary to convey himself and family 
to England, it would make his estate, at the time he left 
America, not less than four hundred pounds : which was 
among the largest estates in New England at that time. 

The name of Michael appears to have been a mistake of 
the recorder for Abigail, as he had no son by that name ; 
but his third child, born in England in 1633, and entered 
at the time he embarked for America by the name of Justus, 
was changed to Abigail, who married Francis Wyman as 
his second wife, and was living in Woburn at the demise of 
her father. One of her great-great-grandsons, by the name 
of Edward Wyman, died in Pelham, N.H., Dec. 1, 1856, 
aged eighty-four, having been born in 1772. 

2. George, son of William and Maybel, born in England, 
1629, bought a farm in Woburn of Rebecca Terrace, Nov. 7, 
1651. Married Elizabeth Gennings, or Gennison, of Water- 
town, Aug. 4, 1651 ; bought laud in Weymouth, April 16, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 65 

16G5. Children, — Elizabeth, born July 26, 1653, married 
David Fiske, of Watertown, Dec. 15, 1675, a distinguished 
surveyor of land ; twins, not named, born in 1654 ; Samuel, 
born April 29, 1656, married Elizabeth Mousal of Charles- 
town, April 19, 1679 ; Abigail, born June 27, 1658, married 
Nathaniel Richardson, Sept. 18, 1694 ; George, born Sept. 14, 
1660, married Abigail Pierce, Feb. 18, 1684 ; William, born 
Sept. 22, 1662, married Abigail Kendall, May 24, 1686, his 
father's cousin ; Sarah, born Feb. 12, 1664, married a 
Robinson, Dec. 12, 1685. George's wife, Elizabeth, died 
Feb. 26, 1664 ; and he married Hannah Rockwell of Charles- 
town, Nov. 9, 1665. Children, — Hannah, born Feb. 18, 
1669, married an Elson ; John, born March 18, 1671, 
married Ruth Johnson, June 10, 1697 ; Mary, born June 
15, 1674, married Nathan Johnson, 1697 ; Timothy, born 
Oct. 20, 1678, married Persis Kendal, his second cousin ; 
Thomas, born July 15, 1682, married Sarah Sawyer, 
Feb. 1, 1704. George is mentioned in Robert Gennison's 
will, in 1690. The farm on which he lived is now owned by 
Nathan Blanchard, Esq., in what is now Burlington. He 
was a large landholder and a wealthy man. His children 
formed marriage alliances with the first families in the 
vicinity. He settled his sons around him in what is now 
Woburn Westside, Burlington, and Lexington. His house 
stood where Esquire Blanchard's carriage-house now stands. 
He was deacon of the church in Woburn ; and died Feb. 21, 
1706, aged seventy-seven. 

2. Ralph, son of William and Maybel, born 1630 in Eng- 
land ; married Mary Pierce, daughter of Anthony Pierce of 
Watertown. His name appears upon the records of Wo- 
burn, March 31, 1654. Children, — John, born in 1660, 
married Elizabeth Holden, March 21, 1682 ; Joseph ; Wil- 
liam, born 1658 ; David ; Daniel; Timothy, born Feb. 

14, 1664, died Jan. 12, 1729 ; Jonathan, died May 5, 1710 ; 

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66 WILLIAM READB OF WOBURN, 

Mary, who married Benjamin Pierce. His wife died Feb. 18, 
1700. He occupied the farm bought by his father of Nicho- 
las Davis, but afterwards owned and lived on the farm known 
in the present century as the Sylvanus Wood Farm. He 
died Jan. 4, 1711. 

6. Israel, son of William and Maybel, born 1642. On the 
11th of July, 1660, with the consent of his mother, he bound 
himself, till he should be twenty-one years of age, to learn 
the tailor's trade ; which was a business peculiar to the 
Reeds of that century. Married Mary, daughter of Francis 
Kendall, his own cousin. Children, — Mary, born Aug. 15, 
1670, married Matthew Johnson ; Eebecca, born July 2, 
1678, married John Wyman, Jan. 28, 1697 ; Elizabeth, born 
Oct. 22, 1681, married Richard Snow, Jan. 1, 1706 ; Ruth, 
born Nov. 6, 1683 ; Israel, March 17, 1687, married Hannah 
Johnson, June 1, 1707 ; Jemima, born July 23, 1689 ; Pa- 
tience, Dec. 3, 1697, married Jeremiah Whittemore of Wes- 
ton, March 15, 1722, and died Oct. 24, 1745. The elder 
Israel died June 25, 1711 : his wife died Jan. 17, 1721. He 
lived and owned where the Baptist Meeting-house now 
stands, in Woburn. The house was taken down, about the 
year 1830, to make room for the church. He likewise owned 
a small house where Mr. Bucknam's store now stands, run- 
ning back to the burying-ground ; and a small lot on the other 
side of the street, with a shop on it, called Under the Rock, 
adjoining the town-pound and the king's highway. His 
farming land was situated in that part of the town towards 
Reading. Jan. 6, 1699, one Joseph Whittemore owned 
and occupied the place with his mother, Elizabeth Pierce. 
They sold it to George Read. It was owned and occupied 
by some of his descendants till it was purchased for the 
Baptist Society. Israel Reed was an innholder. 

3. Rebecca, daughter of Israel and Mary, born at Woburn, 
July 2, 1678 ; married John Wyman of Woburn, the son of 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 67 

John, and grandson of John who was brother to Francis, 
who married her aunt Abigail Reed. Children, — Rebecca, 
born Oct. 14, 1699, married Benjamin Thompson of Rox- 
bury, and was a widow, with three or four children, in 1736 ; 
John, born Oct. 30, 1702, settled in Lunenburg, and had 
seven children ; Israel, born Jan. 4, 1704, settled in Leices- 
ter, and was a tanner, — he was one of Col. Tyng's men, in 
service in 1724, — died July 20, 1732 ; Jabez, born July 24, 
1707, settled in Cambridge, had seven children, one of which, 
by the name of Jabez, was killed in Concord fight, April 19, 
1775, aged thirty-nine; Mary, born Aug. 1, 1709, married 
Timothy Johnson of Woburn, Nov. 11, 1734 ; Ezekiel, born 
July 8, 1712, married Abigail Wyman, daughter of William, 
Nov. 12, 1735, and settled in Lunenburg, had ten children ; 
Elizabeth, born July 3, 1714, married Thomas Underwood, 
Oct. 25, 1739; Martha, born July 20, 1718, married Joseph 
Hopkins of Charlestown, published Sept. 14, 1744, and was 
the third of his five wives, — was deceased in 1750, leaving 
a son William ; Abigail, born July 18, 1722, married Joseph 
Bruce of Woburn, Dec. 20, 1758. Mr. Wyman died June 
16, 1727 ; and his wife, Sept. 12, 1734. 

3. Israel, son of Israel of Woburn, born March 17, 1667 ; 
married Hannah Wyman, daughter of Jonathan Wyman, 
June 1, 1717. Children, — Elizabeth, born Dec. 18, 1737, 
died June 1, 1747 ; Israel, born Nov. 25, 1718 ; and Israel, 
Nov. 16, 1722 ; Sarah, who married Hezekiah Wyman, son 
of Seth, had nine children, and died Oct. 16, 1775 ; Abi- 
gail, born Nov. 15, 1724 ; Lucy, Oct. 4, 1728. 

4. Israel, son of Israel, and grandson of Israel, born 
June 16, 1747 ; married Martha Temple of AVcstford, near 
Littleton line. He settled in Littleton, and kept a public 
house. Children, — Israel, born Dec. 19, 1768; Joseph, 
Nov. 29, 1772 ; Jeremiah, Sept. 25, 1770 ; Lucy, June 27, 
1779 ; Mary, Nov. 20, 1781. He moved from Littleton to 



68 



Walpole, N.H., and married, for second wife, Mary, and 
had Mary, born Nov. 20, 1784 ; Betsy, Oct. 11, 1786 ; 
John, Feb. 7, 1784; and probably Benjamin, Gideon, Simeon. 
His first wife died Nov. 18, 1783. 

5. Jeremiah, son of Israel, born at Littleton ; married 
Sarah, daughter of Joseph Tidd of Lexington, Sept. 25, 1770, 
and moved to New Braintree. Children, — Joseph ; Mar- 
tha ; Elijah M., born July 12, 1800. 

5. Israel, son of Israel and Jemima, horn Dec. 19, 1768 ; 
married Mary. Children, — Herman, born Aug. 9, 1793 ; 
Augustus, July 1, 1794; William, July 30, 1796; Henry. 

6. Elijah M., son of Jeremiah, born July 12, 1800 ; mar- 
ried the widow of Asa Reed of Westford. Lives in Tukes- 
bury, and does business in Lowell. Has been a member of 
the Legislature, and holds a Justice of the Peace commission. 
He is a fancy farmer, and a man of wealth and distinction. 

6. Joseph, son of Jeremiah, born Jan. 11, 1791 ; married 
Maria. Children, — John Forbes, born Nov. 4, 1824; Jo- 
seph Mason, Aug. 12, 1826 ; Josiah Miles, Sept. 21, 1830, 
doing business at No. 6, Water Street, Boston ; Malvina 
Maria, born Sept. 20, 1834 ; Martha Malvina, Jan. 9, 1837. 

6. Henry, son of Israel, married Dolly ; settled in Brookfield, 
where he still resides. Children, — Ann Precilla, born Oct. 
15, 1824 ; Henry, July 16, 1826 ; Charles, Jan. 4, 1828, died 
Mar. 21, 1832 ; Micah S., Mar. 17, 1829; Almira H., Aug. 26, 
1830 ; Charles Lyon, June 6, 1832 ; Mary E., June 14, 1834. 

7. Henry, son of Henry and Dolly, born July 16, 1826 ; 
married Mary. Children, — Francis D., born Feb. 19, 
1848 ; Nathan F., Sept. 24, 1856 ; Elizabeth, Nov. 3, 1851 ; 
a son born Nov. 9, 1856. 

Benjamin, son of Israel, born in Walpole, N.H., and had 
Olive, who now lives in New Salem, Mass. ; Benjamin, who 
went to Webster, Mich. ; Joseph V., otherwise Owen, 
Aug. 22, 1812. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 69 

Joseph Videll, born Aug. 22, 1812 ; had his name altered 
from Owen. Married Hannah Goodwin, June 13, 1841 ; and 
lives in West Newbury. 

Gideon, son of Israel, lives in New Salem, Mass. 

Simeon, son of Israel, lived in Whateley. Child, — 
George, who now lives in Whateley. 

3. John, son of Ralph and Mary of Woburn, born 1660 ; 
married Elizabeth Houlding, March 21, 1682. Children, — 
John, born March 22, 1684 ; Ralph, Sept. 5, 1686 ; Eliza- 
beth, Feb. 25, 1690 ; Ralph, Sept. 5, 1686 ; Elizabeth, 
Feb. 25, 1690. He married, for second wife, Abigail 
Baldwin, Dec. 4, 1705, and had Susanna, March 13, 1706 ; 
Henry, 1708 ; Amos, May 25, 1710. John, the elder, was 
a weaver. He bought a lot of land, Jan. 1, 1700, of Henry 
Baldwin, in Woburn, near the line of Billerica, on which 
he moved and settled ; and it is occupied by his descendants, 
Isaiah Reed and others. His will is dated July 20, 1732. 
Died March 9, 1733. 

4. Henry, son of John and Abigail, born in 1708, and 
named, from his paternal grandfather, Henry Baldwin ; mar- 
ried Rebecca. Children, — Rebecca, born June 1, 1731; 
Henry, May 7, 1735 ; Abigail, July 6, 1736 ; Sarah, June 
18, 1741. His wife was burned to death, June 18, 1768. 
Married Prudence Hayward, Sept. 22, 1768, widow of 
Thomas Hayward. The fact that his wife died in a strange 
manner, and that an attachment was discovered between 
him and Mrs. Hayward, led to suspicions that she had been 
murdered. The excitement was great. The civil au- 
thority had the body taken from its resting-place, and he 
was required to touch the body ; it being the general 
belief, that, if the murderer was made to touch the mur- 
dered body, there would be some miraculous demonstration 
of his guilt. But there was no such demonstration ; and 
Mr. Thompson, the recording magistrate, made entry that 



70 WILLIAM READE OF WOBURX, 

some people went home satisfied, and that others were dis- 
satisfied. Mr. Reed, however, married Mrs. Prudence 
Hayward. He lived on a portion of the old farm of his 
father. His house stood near where Mr. Jesse Deane 
afterwards lived, near the line of Billerica, and also near 
that of Wilmington. His second wife was the third daughter 
of Joshua Wyman, and was one of three sisters who mar- 
ried Reeds. 

4. Ralph Read, son of John and Elizabeth, born Sept. 5, 
1686 ; married Mary Pierce, 1709. Children, — David and 
Jonathan, born May 3, 1710 ; John, Aug. 14, 1712, died 
Jan. 14, 1756 ; Maria and Mary, born Nov. 30, 1714 ; 
Abigail, May 25, 1717 ; Jonathan, March 9, 1722, lived at 
Billerica ; Joshua, June 18, 1724 ; Amos, born March 13, 
1728, and died Aug. 23, 1799. 

5. John, son of Ralph and Mary, born Aug. 14, 1712 ; 
married Kerzia Wyman, Dec. 9, 1735, daughter of Natha- 
niel and Mary Winn Wyman. Child, — David. Married, 
for second wife, Judith Proctor. Children, — Judith, born 
Nov. 10, 1745 ; Martha, Dec. 3, 1747 ; John, Jan. 19, 
1749. He was a captain in the French War ; and died 
Jan. 31, 1755. 

6. David, son of John and Kerzia, married Hannah Ray- 
mond, Jan. 9, 1772. Children, — John, born March 3, 
1772 ; Polly, May 31, 1777 ; Hannah, May 14, 1784 ; 
David, May 19, 1787. His wife died April 29, 1790. 
Married Abigail Simonds, Dec. 28, 1792. Children, — 
Benjamin, born Feb. 12, 1793 ; Nabby, Nov. 6, 1794. His 
second wife died Sept. 1, 1803, aged forty-four. Married 
Martha Simonds, March 28, 1804. Child, — Susanna, 
born Jan. 3, 1806. He died Jan. 1, 1832 : his wife died 
Jan. 31, 1834. He was known as Capt. Reed, and kept 
a public house in Bedford, on the road from Boston to 
Chelmsford. 



AXD HIS DESCENDANTS. 71 

7. John Reed, son of Capt. David of Bedford, born 
March 23, 1772. He died Nov. 3, 1846. Child, — Ne- 
hemiah L. 

8. Nehemiah L., son of John, married Anna. Children, — 

— George W., born May 25, 1825 ; Jacob H., Feb. 22, 1828. 
7. David, son of Capt. David and Hannah, born May 19, 

1787 ; married Abigail Danforth, April 23, 1812. Children, 

— Abigail, born Feb. 6, 1813 ; Hannah R., Jan. 14, 1823. 

7. Benjamin, son of Capt. David, born Feb. 12, 1793 ; 
married Sally P. Danforth, April 7, 1817. Children,— 
William D., born Dec. 16, 1817 ; David and William Dan- 
forth, twins, Jan. 28, 1819 ; Lucy, Nov. 21, 1825. 

8. William D., son of Fenjamin, and twin-brother of 
David, born January, 1819 ; married Lydia Butters, April 
20, 1843. 

8. David, son of Benjamin, and twin-brother of William 
D., born Jan. 28, 1819 ; married Sarah Butters, April 15, 
1848. 

5. Jonathan, son of Ralph, 2d, born March 9, 1722 ; mar- 
ried Mary, daughter of Joshua Wyman, Sept. 9, 1742. 
Children, — Mary, born at Billerica, June 20, 1743 ; Eliza- 
beth, who married Thomas Wyman, May 25, 1773, and set- 
tled in Winchinton ; Sarah, born Oct. 8, 1744, at Billerica. 
The residence of Ralph Reed, 2d, in Woburn, was as near 
the centre of Billerica as that of Woburn, being about half a 
mile from the line between the two towns. 

6. Sarah, daughter of Jonathan and Mary, born at Bur- 
lington, Oct. 8, 1744 ; married a Cutler ; and married Fiske 
for second husband. 

5. Joshua, son of Ralph, 2d, married Hannah Procter, 
July, 1742. Children, — Joshua, born Dec. 14, 1742 ; 
Hannah, April 2, 1745 ; Esther, born at Billerica, Feb. 14, 
1746 ; Elizabeth, at Billerica, April 23, 1749 ; Lucy, 
Nov. 25, 1754 ; John, March 29, 1757 ; James, April 14, 



72 WILLIAM EEADE OP WOBURN, 

1759 ; Jonathan, Feb. 13, 1761 ; Mary, May 24, 1763 ; 
Judith, March 6, 1768. He died at Woburn Precinct, now 
Burlington, July 19, 1786. His residence was about one- 
fourth of a mile from where his grandson Isaiah now lives. 
A row of buttonwood-trees marks the spot. He was an 
innholder. 

6. Jonathan, son of Joshua and Hannah, born Feb. 13, 
1761 ; married Ruth Tay of Woburn, Oct. 14, 1790. Chil- 
dren, — Jonathan, born Oct. 26, 1792 ; Isaiah ; Abigail, 
married Jacob Simonds ; Moses Abbot ; Joshua, born April 
3, 1801 ; Eliza ; Franklin ; Mary Ann. He lived on the old 
place, in what is now the north part of Burlington. He 
died Aug. 17, 1820 ; and his widow married Jesse Deaue 
of Burlington, Feb. 1, 1827. She died Feb. 11, 1834. 

7. Joshua, son of Jonathan and Ruth of Burlington, born 
April 3, 1801 ; married Rhoda Goodwin of Billerica. Chil- 
dren, — Charles Otis, born at Woburn, May 22, 1821 ; Reuel 
Goodwin, May 14, 1827 ; Rhoda A., born at Billerica, 
May 20, 1829 ; Moses D., Jan. 21, 1834 ; Nahum, Dec. 13, 
1835 ; Diantha, Feb. 20, 1837 ; Mary Ann, Oct. 4, 1838. 
His wife died at Burlington, Aug. 1, 1843, aged forty-five. 
Married Roxanna Turner of Billerica. Child, — Susan, 
born at Burlington, May 12, 1849. 

6. Joshua, son of Joshua and Hannah, born at Burling- 
ton, Dec. 14, 1742 ; moved to Hebron, N.H. Children, — 
Thomas ; John, who died in Charlestown ; Joshua. He was 
killed in the Revolutionary War. 

6. James, son of Joshua and Hannah, born in Burlington, 
April 14, 1759 ; married Olive Johnson. Children, — Olive, 
born Feb. 4, 1780, married Samuel Beaverstocks ; Betsy, 
born Feb. 26, 1782, married an Alexander of Wilmington ; 
William, born Feb. 18, 1795 ; Samuel, June 4, 1800 ; John, 
Dec. 26, 1787 ; Lucy, who married a Stone ; Orvil ; Abigail, 
born May 17, 1790 ; Lucy, Nov. 19, 1791 ; George, who died 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 73 

in New Orleans in 1853. He died in Charlestown, of 
consumption, June 8, 1796. 

7. Thomas, son of Joshua and Hannah of Hebron, N.H., 
married Sally Alexander of Burlington, Mass. Children, — 
Alexander ; Thomas U. 

8. Alexander, son of Thomas and Sally, married Jennette. 
Child, — Jane Caroline, born in Billerica, Dec. 4, 1842. 

7. William, son of James and Olive, born in Burlington, 
Feb. 18, 1795 ; married Mary Marden of Chichester, N.H. 
Children, — - William Henry, born June 8, 1844 ; Sarah, 
1841, and died April 24, 1856. He died Nov. 3, 1847. 
His widow now lives in East Boston. 

8. Thomas TJ., son of Thomas and Sally, married Mary 
Fiske. Children, — George W. L. ; N. H. ; Eliza A. He 
moved to Lowell, and was killed by the cars. 

9. George W. L., son of Thomas U., married Rebecca 
Chase, and lives in Lowell. 

7. Isaiah, son of Jonathan and Ruth, married Sally Ells- 
worth of Deering, N.H. Children, — Isaiah, born July 7, 
1816 ; Charlotte Lucretia, Dec. 25, 1817 ; Jonathan Ells- 
worth, Jan. 10, 1819 ; Joseph Wyott, April 26, 1820 ; 
Josiah Thomas, Nov. 11, 1821 ; William Abbot, Nov. 8, 
1823, lives in Philadelphia ; Nancy Lowell, born March 24, 
1825 ; Oliver Franklin, July 31, 1826 ; Levi Houghton, 
Nov. 18, 1829. He was an officer, for some years, at 
the State Prison, at Charlestown. 

8. Isaiah, son of Isaiah and Sally, married Mary B. Wales, 
November, 1836. Children, — George Wales, born July 28, 
1840, died April 20, 1848 ; Thomas Isaiah, born July 14, 
1846. He now lives in the north-westerly part of Burling- 
ton, at the junction of the Billerica and Wilmington Roads, 
near the schoolhouse ; it being a portion of the farm bought 
by his ancestor, John Read, of Henry Baldwin, on the first 
day of January, 1700. 

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74 WILLIAM READE OF WOBURN, 

8. Joseph W., son of Isaiah and Sally, born April 26, 
1820; married Mehitabel C. Wynran. Children, — Joseph 
M. ; Abby ; Wyman, born Aug. 8, 1854. He lives in 
Charlestown, and is a trader. 

8. Josiah T., son of Isaiah and Sally, born Nov. 11, 1821 ; 
married Lydia Simonds. Child, — Mary, born Feb. 16, 
1853. Lives in Charlestown, and is a trader. 

8. Franklin Oliver, son of Isaiah and Sally, born July 
31, 1826 ; married Charlotte M. Eoberts. Child, — Frank- 
lin, born May 28, 1855. Lives in Charlestown, and is a 
trader. 

8. Nancy L., daughter of Isaiah and Sally, born March 
24,1825; married Charles Patridge. Children, — Alden ; 
Sarah. They live in Philadelphia. 

8. Charlotte L., daughter of Isaiah and Sally, born 
Dec. 25, 1817 ; married John F. Snow. Child, — Jonathan. 

9. Jonathan Snow, son of Charlotte, married Deborah 
Hunt, and lives in Newport, N.H. Children, — Nathan, 
Franklin, Sarah. 

8. Levi H., son of Isaiah and Sally, born Nov. 16, 1829 ; 
married Jane Cook. Child, — William H., born Oct. 17, 
1856. He lives in Charlestown, and is a trader. 

3. Daniel Eead, son of Ralph, and grandson of William 
and Maybel, married Sarah Johnson, Jan. 17, 1699. She 
died in 1793, and he married Susanna Johnson. He 
purchased the homestead farm of the Squaw Sachem by 
deed, bearing date May, 1707, from one Fowle. The farm 
was situated near Mystic Ponds, near the line between 
Woburn and Charlestown, and comprising the farms now 
owned by Mr. Simms, Mr. Wyman, and others, his descend- 
ants. The heirs to the dignity and estate of the Squaw 
Sachem seemed to hover about this last relict of their sav- 
age royalty. It was on this farm that Seth Wyman shot 
the Indian, who was lurking about the neighborhood with 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 75 

savage intent upon the peaceful occupants of the premises. 
Children, — Daniel, born Oct. 1, 1700; Sarah; Samuel, 
born April 31, 1707 ; Seth, March 23, 1709. 

4. Daniel, son of Daniel of the Squaw Sachem Farm, 
born Oct. 1, 1700 ; married Mary Converse, Dec. 27, 1722. 
Children, — Sarah, born Sept. 8, 1722, married Hezekiah 
Wyman in 1745 ; Susannah, born Sept. 9, 1726 ; Hannah, 
Jan. 28, 1728 ; Ruth, July 9, 1729 ; Samuel, Dec. 16, 1730; 
James, April 4, 1741 ; Daniel, Feb. 19, 1732 ; Joshua, 
Nov. 8, 1734 ; Elizabeth, May 13, 1736 ; Esther, April 24, 
1738 ; Ruth, Nov. 16, 1746. He was an innholder in 
Charlestown. 

Seth Read, son of Daniel, 1st, of Squaw Sachem Farm, 
horn March 23, 1709 ; married Lydia, and lived within the 
bounds of Charlestown, on the old homestead. Children, — 
Samuel, born July 22, 1733 ; Seth, April 7, 1736 ; Lydia, 
June 14, 1745 ; Daniel. 

5. Daniel, son of Seth, married Dorothy Billings, April 12, 
1762, at Medford, and had Daniel, Susan, and Precilla ; 
Henry, born Jan. 27, 1785 ; Abigail, who died Oct. 15, 
1820, aged eighty-seven. 

6. Daniel, son of Daniel, married Precilla Wyman, 
Nov. 26, 1789. Children, — Daniel and Sibra, twins ; 
Benjamin ; Abigail ; Lucretia, Eunice, and Roger, three at 
a birth ; and Mary Billings. 

5. James, son of Daniel and Mary, born April 4, 1741 ; 
married Margaret in 1765. Children, — James ; Margaret ; 
Polly ; Betsy ; Peggy, who was admitted to the church in 
Charlestown in 1788. He lived in Charlestown. 

3. Joseph, son of Ralph, married Phebe. Children, — 
Phebe, born March 22, 1695 ; Joseph, Jan. 22, 1698 ; 
Joshua, Oct. 1, 1700 ; Nathaniel, March 28, 1704 ; Susanna, 
Aug. 17, 1707, married Samuel Fowle ; Abigail, July 29, 
1709. He lived at Woburn Westside, near where his father 



76 



and grandfather had lived. The place was owned and 
known for many years as the Sylvanus Wood Farm. His 
will was proved January, 1741. 

4. Nathaniel, son of Joseph and Phebe, born March 28, 
1704. Owned the farm now occupied by Mr. Gennison, 
a portion of his father's. The old house was taken down by 
Mr. Gennison some twenty or twenty-five years ago, and a 
new one built on the same spot. Married Hannah. Chil- 
dren, — Mary, born April 15, 1735 ; Joshua, Nov. 17, 1739. 

4. Susanna, daughter of Joseph and Phebe, Aug. 17, 1707, 
married Samuel Fowle, Sept. 5, 1727, which resulted in a 
transfer of a portion of the old William Reed Farm from 
the heirs of his son Ralph to the Fowles. 

Seth Reed, who was published in West Cambridge to 
Eliza Frost, July 9, 1820, is supposed to be a grandson 
of Seth, who was the son of Seth and Lydia of Charlestown ; 
but no record. Lives in Lexington. Child, — Joseph G., 
who married N. Murphy in Charlestown, May 12, 1850. 

5. Daniel, son of Daniel and Mary, born Feb. 19, 1732 ; 
married Abigail. Children, — Daniel, who died Nov. 10, 
1800 ; Luke, born in 1769, married Mary Bridge. Married, 
for second wife, Mary Winn of Burlington, March 29, 1801. 
Children, — Mary B., born in 1801 ; Abigail, Aug. 12, 1806 ; 
Caroline, March 31, 1808 ; Delphina, Nov. 23, 1811 ; Caro- 
line Delphina, Jan. 15, 1814. He lived on the homestead 
in Woburn Westside, and died Aug. 17, 1820. His widow 
still occupies the same place. 

6. Daniel, son of Daniel and Abigail, married Elizabeth 
Wyman, second daughter of Ezra and Eunice Wyman, 
Oct. 16, 1788. He died Nov. 10, 1800. Child, — Ezra. 
His widow married Edmond Parker, of Woburn. 

7. Ezra, son of Daniel and Elizabeth, married Fanny 
Fowle, Oct. 27, 1814, and occupied the old Israel Reed 
House at Woburn Centre, and had a blacksmith-shop across 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 77 

the Common, near where the Town Hall now stands. He 
is now deceased. 

Abigail, daughter of Daniel and Precilla, married Thomas 
Sprague. 

Precilla, daughter of Daniel and Precilla, married Stephen 
Symmes ; and they now own and occupy the old Squaw Sa- 
chem Farm. Children, — Precilla, married Josiah Locke ; 
and Stephen. 

Susan, daughter of Daniel and Precilla, married Mr. 
Huffmaster of West Medford. Children, — Martha Reed, 
Susan Jane, John, Isaac, Joseph, Abby, Mary, Sarah. The 
dwelling-house of Mr. Huffmaster stood in the range of the 
tornado that passed through Medford in 1852 ; and during 
this tornado, while he was trying to shut the outer door 
which had blown open, the roof of a barn fell against it, and 
Mr. Huffmaster was mortally wounded, and only survived 
about thirty hours. His widow and some of his children 
still live in the same place. 

Susan Jane, daughter of Mr. Huffmaster and Susan Reed, 
married George W. Symmes of Medford. Children, — 
Louis, Mary, Abby, Ella, Hepsy ; Martha Huffmaster, mar- 
ried John Norton ; Susan Huffmaster, married Kendrick 
Chapman ; Mary, married Henry Drake. 

Henry Reed, son of Daniel of Squaw Sachem Farm, born 
Jan. 27, 1785 ; married Hannah Greenleaf, Aug. 23, 1810. 
Children, — Hannah M., born June 23, 1811 ; Susanna, 
Feb. 15, 1813 ; Henry F., June 15, 1818 ; Isaac R., Dec. 17, 
1820, keeps No. 77, Union Street, Boston ; Rebecca G., 
Sept. 1, 1823. He lived in Medford, and held the rank of 
captain. He was drowned in Medford River, Oct. 13, 1827. 
His widow and some of his children still live at the same 
place. 

Benjamin, son of Daniel of Squaw Sachem Farm, lived and 
died in Medford. 



4. Joseph, son of Joseph and Phehe, born at Woburn, 
June 22, 1698 ; married Sarah Rice of Sudbury, Nov. 26, 
1723. Children, — James, 1724; Bethiah, Aug. 1, 1725; 
John, 1728. Married, for second wife, Sarah Reed, daughter 
of Daniel and Sarah, his first cousin, Jan. 1, 1729, by whom 
he had Joseph, born in Woburn. He died March 6, 1730, at 
Woburn, by some prevailing epidemic which carried off seve- 
ral of the family. He was a distinguished Indian hunter, 
and was associated with Seth Wyman and others of Capt. 
LovwelPs men in 1725, during their scouting for Indians. 
He lived a portion of the time after his marriage at Sud- 
bury, but died at the house of his father at Woburn West- 
side, at the place known, in the present century, as the 
Sylvan us Wood Farm. 

5. James, son of Joseph and Sarah of Sudbury, born in 
1724 ; married Abigail Hinds of New Salem, and settled first 
in Brookfield, next in Lunenburg. Children, — Abigail, 
born in Brookfield, Jan. 20, 1749 ; James, 1746 ; Frederick, 
Aug. 16, 1752 ; Sylvanus, Jan. 7, 1755 ; Barzela, Jan. 23, 
1756 ; Hinds, Nov. 29, 1757 ; Joseph, Feb. 17, 1763 ; She- 
fomith, born at Monadnoc No. 4, May 23, 1766. 

He was one of the principal original proprietors of Mo- 
nadnoc No. 4, now Fitzwilliam, in New Hampshire ; and did 
much for the growth and prosperity of the town. He was 
captain in Col. Blanchard's regiment, serving \inder Sir 
William Johnson against the French and Indians near Lake 
George ; and his military experience, energy of character, 
and commanding appearance, gave him a great influence 
over his relatives in Middlesex and Worcester Counties. 
They rallied with him, in almost countless numbers, at 
their country's call, and reddened the soil of Lexington 
and Charlestown with their blood. He commanded the 
second regiment at the battle of Bunker Hill, and a 
hundred and sixty-six of his regiment were killed or 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 79 

wounded. He was in the battle of Bennington, West 
Point, Valley Forge, and New Jersey. He was the first 
brigade general appointed by the Provincial Congress. 
He had the misfortune to lose his eyesight while in the 
service, and retired on half-pay ; and history seemed to 
neglect to do him justice, as no doubt exists that he was 
one of the most efficient generals of his time, and did much 
to arouse to action the section of country in which he lived. 
Eight of his townsmen were killed in Bunker-Hill battle. 
His oldest son James was in the army with him, and was a 
prisoner at Quebec. The elder James married Mary Farer 
of Framingham for his second wife, daughter of Major John 
Farer, born Jan. 8, 1742. He lived, the latter part of his 
life, in Keene ; and died in 1807, aged eighty-five years. 

6. James, son of Gen. James, born Aug. 25, 1746 ; mar- 
ried Mary Dodge of Lunenburg, Dec. 11, 1768, and left no 
issue. He was a Revolutionary pensioner, and died at Fitz- 
william in New Hampshire. 

6. Sylvanus, son of Gen. James, born Jan. 7, 1755, at 
Lunenburg, N.H.; married Caroline Taylor in 1781. Chil- 
dren, — Caroline, born in 1782; Sylvanus, 1787, died in 
1822 ; Sylvester, born 1791. The elder Sylvanus was with 
his father in the battle of Bunker Hill, and served through 
the war. He was afterwards much in town-business, and 
known as Col. Reed. 

7. Sylvester, son of Sylvanus, born 1791 ; married Mary 
Bachelder in 1817. Children, — Caroline; Mary Ann, who 
married Robert Wade ; Sylvanus ; Lafayette. Sylvester 
lives in Battle Creek, Mich. 

8. Sylvanus, son of Sylvester, married Caroline Gallop. 
Children, — Mary G., Sylvanus A., Suthom G. He is 
rector of an Episcopal church in Albany, N.Y. 

6. Hinds, son of Gen. Reed, born at Lunenburg, Nov. 29, 
1757. Children, — Barzela, born at Fitzwilliam, May 25, 



80 WILLIAM EEADE OP WOBURN, 

1780 ; Nabby Hinds, 1779, married Oliver C. Wyman, who 
died in Boston, Jan. 7, 1850 (she died at Nahant, Jan. 3, 
1851) ; Salome, born Dec. 30, 1781 ; James, July 30, 1784 ; 
Caroline, March 16, 1787 ; Beulah, Oct. 17, 1789 ; Abijah, 
June 4, 1792; Hinds, Nov. 16, 1794; Rapina, April 11, 
1797 ; Eliza, May 14, 1799. 

7. Barzela H., son of Hinds, born May 25, 1780 ; lives 
in Albany, Vt. He has three sons and six daughters, whose 
names are not given. 

5. John, son of Joseph and Sarah, born in 1728. In 
1730, after the prevailing epidemic had carried off several of 
the family, he was taken by the wife of Daniel Bugbee 
of Roxbury, his mother's sister, who carried him before 
her, on horseback, to her residence in Roxbury, where he 
lived till his majority, and learned the trade of a tanner of a 
Mr. Williams. He afterwards became a kind of steward or 
agent for Gov. Bowdoin, who owned great estates near Cape 
Cod, among which was Naushon Island and its dependencies, 
constituting the group known as the Elizabeth Islands, be- 
tween Buzzard's Bay and Martha's Vineyard Sound, in whose 
employ he continued many years. He afterwards moved 
back to Roxbury, and was much in public life ; being repre- 
sentative to the legislature, governor's council, justice of 
the peace and quorum throughout the Commonwealth, and 
land-agent for Massachusetts, which was at that time an 
important office. The town of Readfield in the State of 
Maine was named in honor of him. He named the town 
of Bowdoinham in honor of his early patron, Gov. Bowdoin ; 
he being proprietor of both townships. His residence was 
what was afterwards the residence of Gov. Eustis. He died 
in Roxbury, June 3, 1813. Known as Major Read, from his 
having acted as paymaster of militia before the Revolution. 
He married Hannah Godard. Children, — John; William; 
Thomas, born Nov. 24, 1767. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 81 

6. John, son of Major John, maiTied Maria Goodwin of 
Plymouth, daughter of Gen. Goodwin. Children, — John ; 
Betsy ; Hannah ; George ; Charles ; William ; Joseph ; Isaac ; 
Mary ; Francis ; Nancy, who married Mr. Byles ; and five 
others, who died young. The powder magazine at Roxbury 
was in his charge many years. He was also a wine-merchant 
of Boston, and quite a distinguished man in his time. 

7. George, son of John and Maria, born in Boston, 
July 25, 1789 ; married Rebecca Pierce of Newbury, Dec. 29, 
1819. Children, — Caroline P., born in Boston, Feb. 18, 
1821, married George Drew of Duxbury, Jan. 6, 1842 ; 
George P., born May 24, 1822, died Sept. 14, 1823 ; Mary 
Elizabeth, born April 2, 1824. His wife died May 9, 1824 : 
he died at Roxbury, March 27, 1856. 

8. Mary Elizabeth, daughter of George and Rebecca, born 
April 2, 1824 ; married George Weld of Roxbury, Dec. 14, 

1848. Children, — George R., born at Roxbury, Nov. 25, 

1849, died Nov. 26, 1849; Percy R., born Nov. 2, 1852, 
died Aug. 18, 1853 ; Clifford R., born Aug. 16, 1854. Mr. 
Weld died at his residence in Roxbury, Dec. 21, 1855. He 
belonged to the ancient family of Weld, who were among 
the early settlers of Roxbury ; and lived upon a portion 
of the ancient Weld Lot. 

Joseph, son of Joseph and Sarah, born at Woburn, Jan. 1, 
1730, and settled in Sterling. Children, — Joseph, Joshua, 
Nathan, Danforth, Levi, William, Lincoln. 

Nathan, son of Joseph, married Hannah Brooks, June 4, 
1788. Children, — Joseph; Jabez. 

Joseph A., son of Nathan and Hannah, married Mary B., 
who died July 28, 1822 ; married Turner, who died April 20, 
1846. Children, — Nathan B., born June 17, 1827; Joseph 
P., March 12, 1829 ; Minerva, Oct. 29, 1831. He has been 
a major, and is one of the justices of peace for the county 
of Worcester. 

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82 WILLIAM READE OP WOBURN, 

Jabez, son of Nathan and Hannah, married Lavina B. 
Children, — Mary L., born March 20, 1832, died Jan. 12, 
1852; Henry J., born July 3, 1814; Julia Ann, Aug. 11, 
1837 ; Silas Harrison, Dec. 20, 1839 ; Harriet L., Nov. 30, 
1842 ; Jabez E., Jan. 19, 1835, died March 14, 1845 ; 
Jabez ; Eugine, born Oct. 5, 1848. He died Jan. 28, 1849. 

Joshua, son of Joseph of Sterling, married Mariam Fair- 
banks, March 2, 1784. 

Joseph S., son of Joseph A., lives in Princeton ; married 
Ann E. Ames, May 18, 1854. 

6. Thomas, son of Major John, born Nov. 24, 1767 ; mar- 
ried Euth Wait of Roxbury. Children, — James Bowdoin, 
born July 5, 1790, died July 7, 1823 ; Ruth, Feb. 12, 1802, 
died Dec. 9, 1812 ; Rebecca, born Jan. 27, 1806, married 
John Pratt. Married, for second wife, Margaret Pratt of 
Bowdoinham. Child, — Thomas. The elder Thomas died 
Oct. 19, 1843: his first wife died July 26, 1826. He 
inherited large tracts of land in Maine by the will of his 
father. He settled in Bowdoinham, and was a man of 
wealth and business, and a magistrate. 

James of Bowdoinham, son of Thomas, born July 5, 1790. 
Child, — Thomas, who lives in Waine, Me. 

7. George, son of John, and grandson of Major John, 
married Rebecca Pierce of Newburyport. 

7. Charles, son of John, and grandson of Major John, 
lived at one time in Portland, but moved back to Roxbury, 
and died there. 

7. Joseph, son of John, and grandson of Major John, lived 
and died on the old place in Roxbury. 

3. Timothy, son of George and Hannah of Woburn, born 
1678 ; married Persis Kendall, his cousin. Children, — 
Persis, born July 31, 1711, married Jonathan Gray, Feb. 20, 
1738 ; Timothy, born in 1713 ; Jacob, Jan. 31, 1714 ; 
Jonathan, May 19, 1718, married Kersey Converse, Feb. 26, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 83 

1739; Alice, born March 24, 1720; Amos, July 1, 1722; 
Ezekiel, Aug. 1, 1728. His father gave him forty acres of 
land in Woburn great lots, situated on the third and fourth 
range, by deed, bearing date March 15, 1700, and witnessed 
by John and Thomas. It is the place owned at this time 
by Mr. Duren, whose mother is a descendant of Timothy. 
The elder Timothy likewise owned land in Hodge's Hole. 
He died Oct. 17, 1758, aged eighty : his wife died Sept. 16, 
1748. 

5. Timothy, son of Timothy and Persis, born 1713 ; mar- 
ried Huldah. Child, — Huldah, born Feb. 24, 1745 ; 
married Jesse Russell, Oct. 14, 1779 ; and Russell in- 
herited the estate. 

4. Jacob, son of Timothy and Persis, born Jan. 31, 1714; 
married Elizabeth French of Billerica, June 19, 1774. 
Children, — Jacob, born April 30, 1745, died Dec. 30, 
1770 ; Reuben, born March 2, 1747 ; Joseph, 1748 ; Amos ; 
Isaac ; Elizabeth, April 18, 1750 ; Sarah, July 25, 1752. 
His wife died Axig. 7, 1811, aged eighty-nine. He died 
July 20, 1804, aged ninety. He occupied the homestead of 
his father. 

5. Isaac, son of Jacob and Elizabeth, married Susanna 
Munroe. Children, — Isaac, born in 1781 ; Susanna, 1782 ; 
William, 1785 ; Oliver, 1787 ; Thomas, Jan. 18, 1790; Reu- 
ben, March 25, 1791 ; Maxwell, 1795 ; Enos, Aug. 1, 1796. 
He died April 2, 1848, aged ninety-two. 

6. Isaac, son of Isaac, born in 1781. His widow lives in 
Lexington. Children, — Isaac; William H. 

7. Isaac, son of Isaac, keeps at No. 15 and 17, Boylston 
Market. 

6. Thomas, son of Isaac and Susanna, born June 18, 1790. 
Children, — James M., Thomas, Henry, and one daughter, 
who married William Thomas, and lived at No. 1, Salem 
Place, Boston. 



84 



8. Children of William Thomas are Mary and William. 

7. James M., son of Thomas, married Julia Stone of Port- 
land. Children, — James Henry, Ann Maria, Nelly, John 
Stone, Theodore Franklin. He lives at No. 10, Unity 
Street, Boston. 

7. Thomas, son of Thomas, married Sarah Bellamy. 
Children, — Martha White; William Bellamy. He died 
May 19, 1854, at No. 26, Snow-Hill Street, Boston. 

7. Henry, son of Thomas of Lexington, married Mary 
Ann Austin. Children, — Caroline Austin, Harriet Jose- 
phine. He died April, 1849, in Greenough's Alley, Boston. 

6. Reuben, son of Isaac, married Mary Willard. Chil- 
dren, — Reuben W. ; Jonah H. He lives on the Middlesex 
Turnpike, in the north-easterly part of Lexington. 

6. Enos, son of Isaac and Susanna, born Aug. 1, 1796 ; 
married Sarah. Children, — S. Henrietta, born June 12, 
1823; Helen Maria, April 18, 1826; Weston S., Oct. 9, 
1830 ; Enos W., Oct. 6, 1834 ; Harrietta, Aug. 3, 1837 ; 
Adalade, Oct. 30, 1839. He lives in East Cambridge, 
keeps a shoe-store, and is known as Deacon Reed. 

6. William, son of Isaac and Susanna, born in 1785, died 
1852 ; married Rebecca Wilson. Children, — William, 
George, Ann, Alfred, Franklin, Abby, and Charles. 

7. George P., son of William, born at Boston, Nov. 8, 
1813 ; married Julia W. Belcher of Boston, March 11, 1846. 
Has three children, — William Gorham ; Julia E. ; Alfred 
Augustus. Lives at Roxbury. 

7. Alfred, son of William, married Caroline van Sou ; and 
they have four children. 

7. Frank, son of William, married Laurelia A. Bramwell. 
He died at the Cape of Good Hope, leaving one child. His 
widow lives at No. 37, Essex Street, Boston. 

5. Joseph, son of Jacob and Elizabeth, born in 1748 ; 
married Eunice Cook of Cambridge, July 4, 1785. Chil- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 85 

dren, — Joseph, born April 7, 1776 ; Eunice, April 1, 1780, 
married Ebenezer Jenkins ; Reuben, born May 9, 1785 ; 
Elizabeth, Nov. 22, 1787, married John Raynor ; Sarah, 
born Dec. 22, 1790, married Abel Baker. The elder Joseph 
lived near the College in Cambridge. Died Feb. 23, 1816. 

6. Joseph, son of Joseph and Eunice, born April 7, 1776; 
married Elizabeth Keyes. Children, — Joseph ; Catherine, 
who married Dr. Warren of Newton ; Harriet, married 
Freeman Allen of Boston ; Ellen, married Rev. Dr. Miron 
Winslow, and went missionary to India; Charlotte, married 
Charles Reed of Salem. Elizabeth, the wife of Joseph, died 
Sept. 30, 1825, aged seventy-six. 

6. Reuben, son of Joseph and Eunice, born May 9, 1785 ; 
married Hannah Hovey, May 2, 1813, and carried on car- 
riage-building and harness-making in Elm Street, Boston, 
in all its branches, more than forty years ; but has now 
retired, and lives at No. 39, Lyne Street. Children, — 
Reuben, born Sept. 9, 1814, died Oct. 3, 1814; Reuben 
A., born Feb. 12, 1817, died June 2, 1830 ; Charles H., 
born Feb. 7, 1819, died June 26, 1822. 

6. Oliver, son of Isaac and Susanna, born in 1790 ; mar- 
ried Sarah Thayer of Braintree. Children, — Caroline 
Augusta ; Emily, born April, 1813 ; Theodore, Dec. 19, 
1823 ; Angelina A., Dec. 19, 1825 ; Cordelia R., Sept. 
26, 1827; Julia A., October, 1822. He died in Boston, 
August, 1832 : his wife died in Chelsea, Dec. 8, 1849. 

7. Caroline A., daughter of Oliver and Sarah, married 
George W. Porter. Child, — George Augustus. She is 
not living. 

7. Theodore, son of Oliver and Sarah, born Dec. 19, 1823 ; 
married Martha A. Adams of Quincy. Children, — Oliver, 
born 1851 ; Herbert, 1857. He lives at Portage, Wis. 

7. Angelina A., daughter of Oliver and Sarah, born 
Dec. 19, 1825 ; married James Gammons, jun. Children, 



86 WILLIAM READE OF WOBURN, 

— George Gordon, born Nov. 1, 1853; Elbert Howard, 
Sept. 21, 1855. They live at No. 64, Pearl Street, Chelsea. 

Huldah, daughter of Timothy and Huldah, born Feb. 24, 
1745 ; married Jesse Russell, Oct. 14, 1779. Children, — 
Jesse ; Mary. 

Mary, daughter of Jesse Russell and Huldah, married 
Abraham Duren, from Carlisle, Oct. 25, 1801. Children, — 
Samuel R., born May 29, 1803 ; Lydia, Dec. 13, 1805, mar- 
ried Joseph Kendall ; Warren, born Feb. 14, 1809 ; Wil- 
liam, June 5, 1813 ; Abraham, Nov. 21, 1815. 

Mr. Duren died on the farm formerly owned by the 
grandfather, Timothy Reed. The widow still resides in 
the same place ; and her three sons live on the same 
farm, and also own the farm adjoining, formerly the 
residence of the great-grandfather of Mrs. Duren, Jacob 
Reed ; the house upon it having been built by her great- 
great-grandfather Timothy, and the land given to Timothy 
by his father, Deacon George Reed, the first of Woburn, by 
deed, bearing date March 15, 1700. His father had then 
owned it several years, so that some portion of this property 
has been in the hands of the same family nearly two hundred 
years ; and, though it is now out of the name, the Reeds 
have no cause of complaint, as the present incumbents have 
fitted up the houses and out-buildings in excellent taste. 
They have also covered the land over with a vast number 
of fruit-trees ; and the land, in every respect, shows the 
hand of the skilful cultivator. These houses and farms 
now are known as Durenville ; and it is truly a delightful 
spot, — rich in every thing that makes farms attractive. 
The Duren Family also own the farm which was bought 
by William Reed, the father of George, in 1648, by deed, 
from Nicholas Davis. It is two hundred and ten years since 
this last-named farm came into the family of Reed ; and 
though it passed out of the name more than a hundred 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 87 

years ago, yet it has been in the descendants of William 
Reed the most of the time. It passed, first, from the 
Reeds to the Fowles, but not without marriage alliance ; 
and from Fowle to Col. Baldwin. Baldwin's wife was 
Margery Fowle, married May 19, 1791. It afterwards 
passed into the hands of Capt. Fox. His mother was 
Elizabeth Reed, who married Thomas Fox, March 31, 1763. 
The buildings upon this farm have long been gone, and the 
farm mostly turned to pasturing ; and a good growth of 
wood has been cut from where the first William Reed, and 
his children after him, were wont to swing their scythes. 
The old cellar and well are yet remaining to calr the mind 
back through the centuries that are past. 

Samuel R. Duren, son of Abraham and Mary, and grand- 
son of Huldah Reed and Jesse Russell, born March 29, 1803 ; 
married Sybil Spaulding of Billerica, Dec. 12, 1826. Chil- 
dren,— Samuel R., born Sept. 29, 1828 ; William Henry, 
June 19, 1831, who is now in California. Married, for 
second wife, Ann Searls of Nashua, N.H. 

Warren, son of Abraham Duren and Mary, born April 14, 
1809 ; married Mary Ann Merritt, and, for second wife, Mary 
Chandler, daughter of William Chandler, Esq., of Lex- 
ington. 

William Duren, son of Abraham and Mary, born June 5, 
1813; married Augusta Locke. Child, — Henrietta. 

Abraham, son of Abraham and Mary Duren, born Nov. 21, 
1815 ; married Prudence Simonds. Children, — George, 
Mary Ann, Nelmina, Carry. 

5. Amos, son of Jacob and Elizabeth, born May 15, 1754; 
married Lydia Simonds of Burlington, Oct. 7, 1786. Chil- 
dren, — Lydia, born in Woburn, April 18, 1782, lives in 
Salem ; Jacob, otherwise John, July 31, 1784 ; Elizabeth, 
June 18, 1786 ; Ann, Aug. 29, 1789 ; Amos, Aug. 24, 1791 ; 
Sally, Sept. 16, 1793, lives in Salem ; Reuben, March 5, 



88 WILLIAM READE OF WOBURN, 

1795, died April 3, 1833 ; Fanny, born May 20, 1798 ; 
Franklin, Sept. 20, 1800. The elder Amos died at Danvers, 
Oct. 9, 1812 : his wife died at Salem, Aug. 17, 1850, in 
her ninetieth year. 

6. Jacob Reed, son of Amos and Lydia, born in Woburn, 
July 31, 1784; married Mary Winship of West Cambridge. 
Children, — George Washington, born Oct. 12, 1810 ; 
Charles' Albert, Dec. 25, 1812 ; Eveline, Dec. 15, 1815 ; 
Warren A., Nov. 17, 1823 ; John F., July 28, 1821 ; Eliza- 
beth. He had his name altered to John, and lives in Salem. 
He did business in the market at Salem many years, but has 
now retired ; and his sons succeed him. 

7. George W., son of Jacob, otherwise John, and Mary, 
born Oct. 12, 1810; married Anna Southwick, the twentieth 
day of the tenth month, 1842: they were married at Lynn, 
by the Society of Friends. He graduated at Cambridge Col- 
lege in 1831, and was at first a Baptist minister ; but, em- 
bracing the doctrines of the Society of Friends, he left the 
pulpit, and had his middle name altered from Washington 
to Fox, and is now a teacher, in Salem, by the name of 
George Fox Reed. 

7. Charles Albert, son of John and Mary of Salem, born 
Dec. 25, 1812 ; married Charlotte Reed, daughter of Joseph, 
his second cousin. Child, — Charles, born in 1840. Charles 
Albert lives at Newton Corner, and has been agent of the 
Western Railroad. 

7. Warren A., son of John and Mary of Salem, born 
Nov. 17, 1823 ; married Sarah E. Bennett, March 3, 1853. 
Child, — Charles Warren, born May 18, 1856. 

7. John F., son of John and Mary of Salem, born July 28, 
1821 ; married Caroline Chase of Salem. Child, — a 
daughter, born in 1857. 

6. Elizabeth, daughter of Amos and Lydia, married Ben- 
jamin Gates of Stow, and moved to New-York City. Cliil- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 89 

dren, — Albert, born June 19, 1812 ; Emily, Aug. 28, 1813 ; 
Benjamin F., Sept. 22, 1821. 

7. Albert Gates, son of Elizabeth Reed and Benjamin 
Gates, born June 19, 1812 ; married Harriet, and has four 
children. 

7. Emily, daughter of Elizabeth Reed and Benjamin Gates, 
born Aug. 28, 1813 ; married Christopher Garrison of New- 
ark, N.J. Child, — Christopher, born Aug. 11, 1846. 

7. Benjamin F. Gates, son of Elizabeth and Benjamin, 
born Aug. 22, 1821 ; married Elizabeth A. Mackenzie of 
New- York City, and resides there, and has a child, born 
in 1857. 

7. George Gates, son of Elizabeth and Benjamin, born in 
1816 ; died young. 

6. Ann, daughter of Amos and Lydia, born in Woburn, 
April 29, 1789; married Nathan Frye, June 14, 1812. 
Children, — Lydia Ann, born Oct. 22, 1813; Nathan Au- 
gustus, Nov. 25, 1815 ; Daniel Osmond, 1820, died on the 
coast of Africa, Aug. 15, 1843, aged twenty-three years. 
Mr. Frye is a retired ship-master, and lives at No. 354, 
Essex Street, Salem. 

7. Lydia Ann, daughter of Ann Reed and Capt. Frye, 
born Oct. 22, 1813 ; married Thomas B. Russell, June 14, 
1846. Child, — Thomas Franklin Russell, born in 1847; 
died Sept. 3, 1851. 

7. Nathan Augustus Frye, son of Capt. Frye and Ann, 
born Nov. 25, 1815 ; married Sarah M. Russell in Salem, 
March 11, 1840. Children, — Nathan A., born Dec. 22, 
1840 ; Anna M., Feb. 1, 1842, died Feb. 19, 1848 ; Daniel 
Ormond, born Dec. 5, 1847 ; Charles Russell, March 31, 
1853 ; Arthur M., June 17, 1854. 

6. Amos, son of Amos and Lydia, born Aug. 24, 1791 ; 
married Joanna Allen in Elizabeth town, N.J. Children, — 
Ann, born Aug. 11, 1822; Sarah E., Oct. 22, 1825, died 

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April 4, 1845 ; Henrietta Frances, born Dec. 27, 1829 ; 
Amos A., Dec. 6, 1833, went to Australia. Amos died in 
Elizabethtown, Nov. 30, 1835: his wife died June 6, 1847. 

7. Ann, daughter of Amos and Joanna of Elizabethtown, 
born Aug. 11, 1822 ; married William P. Crawford, Mar. 6, 
1841. Cbildren, — Joseph, born Dec. 11, 1842 ; Sarah E., 
May 8, 1844 ; William Reed Crawford, Dec. 8, 1846, died 
young. 

7. Henrietta Frances, daughter of Amos and Joanna, 
born in 1827 ; married a Mr. Russell of Elizabethtown in 
1857. 

7. Joanna, daughter of Amos and Joanna, born Dec. 27, 
1829; married Henry Smith in 1846. Children, — Joanna 
Eliza, born June 4, 1847 ; William Crawford Smith, Oct. 4, 
1849. 

6. Reuben, son of Amos and Lydia, born May 20, 1798 ; 
married Abigail Foster for first wife, and Fidelia Swan for 
second wife. Child, — Edward. 

6. Franklin Reed, son of Amos and Lydia, born Sept. 20, 
1800 ; died in Salem, Oct. 5, 1823, single. 

6. Frances or Fanny Reed, daughter of Amos and Lydia, 
born May 20, 1798 ; married Amos Breed of Lynn. Child, 
— Amos Franklin. 

7. Amos Franklin, son of Fanny Reed and Amos Breed, 
married Anna Lynsey of Lynn. Children, — Ruth Ann, 
born in 1856; Amos F. 

5. Reuben, son of Jacob and Elizabeth, born March 2, 
1747 ; married Elizabeth Baron, Feb. 2, 1793. 

4. Ezekiel, son of Timothy and Persis, born Aug. 1, 1728 ; 
married Widow Mary Locke, June 17, 1760. Child, — 
Ezekiel, born Aug. 20, 1760. 

3. Thomas, son of George and Hannah of Woburn, born 
July 15, 1682 : married Sarah Sawyer, Feb. 1, 1704. Chil- 
dren, — Thomas, born Nov. 18, 1704 ; Samuel, June 5, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 91 

1710 ; Hannah, June 2, 1714 ; Mary, Jan. 6, 1717 ; Abigail, 
May 24, 1721, died Dec. 7, 1736 ; Kesiah, Oct. 28, 1726 ; 
Charles, May 11, 1730. He received a quit-claim deed of 
half of his father's farm, signed by his brother John and 
wife Ruth and his mother, April 5, 1706. The farm was 
then bounded easterly, westerly, and northerly by land of 
Timothy Walker ; and, on the west, partly by land of Tho- 
mas Kendall ; reserving to their brother Timothy certain 
rights and privileges. His deed also conveyed land at Rag- 
rock and Rockpond. He bought land in Hodge's Hole, 
Aug. 17, 1707. He died Aug. 18, 1736, aged fifty-four ; 
and his gravestone is standing near that of his brother 
George and others of the Reed Family, in the south- 
westerly quarter of Woburn Old Burying-ground. He was 
called Lieut. Reed. 

4. Thomas, son of Thomas and Sarah of Woburn, born 
Nov. 18, 1704; married Lydia. Children, — Lydia, born 
Oct. 17, 1737 ; Thomas, Dec. 22, 1740 ; Sarah, June 26, 
1742 ; Abigail, Aug. 21, 1743 ; Joseph, Dec. 23, 1745 ; 
Kersia, Aug. 24, 1746. In 1714, he bought a farm of John 
Connell, containing several pieces of land ; and Benjamin 
Pierce, Henry Johnson, and William Johnson, are abutters. 
This last-mentioned farm is in Woburn west side, on the road 
by Mystic Pond ; and, I believe, is still in the possession of the 
Reed Family. The Pierce Farm is still owned by a Pierce, 
and is the starting-point of the ancestors of Franklin Pierce. 

5. Joseph, son of Thomas and Lydia, born Dec. 23, 
1745; married Relief Richardson. Child, — William, born 
July 24, 1768. His wife died, and he married Lavina 
Bond. Children, — Joseph, baptized Feb. 3, 1771; Ed- 
mond, baptized Sept. 20, 1772 ; Lydia, born June, 1772 ; 
Moses, 1774 ; John, 1775. Joseph, the elder, was a man of 
property and influence in Cambridge, but suffered much 
in property during the Revolution. 



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6. William, son of Joseph and Relief, born July 24, 1768 ; 
married Lavina Chickering, 1788. Child, — Lorinda. 

6. Joseph, son of Joseph and Lavina, married Mary- 
Massy, July 8, 1794. Children, — Nancy, born May 21, 
1795; Lefa Eichardson, March 8, 1777, died July 9, 1820; 
Jane B.,born Aug. 14, 1799, married D. M. Spear, Nov. 11, 
1834; Joseph M., born Feb. 5, 1802, married M. Seymore, 
July 23, 1828 ; Sophia W.,born March 10, 1804; Leonard 
Eichardson, June 20, 1806, died Oct. 6, 1854 ; Mary, born 
July 1, 1808, died Jan. 31, 1838 ; Sarah Lord, born Feb. 4, 
1811, died Aug. 29, 1813. He died June 28, 1830: his 
wife died Aug. 10, 1845. 

7. Joseph, son of Joseph and Mary of Cambridge, born 
Feb. 5, 1802 ; married Louisa Seymore, July 23, 1828. 
Children, — Sarah Jane, born March 23, 1829, died May 4, 
1830 ; Carlton L, born Jan. 24, 1831, is a professor in 
Union College ; Leonard, Nov. 26, 1832 ; Lucretia, March 3, 
1833 ; Adaline S., Feb. 26, 1836 ; Mary, Feb. 7, 1838 ; 
John, April 6, 1840 ; Francis M., Jan. 20, 1846 ; Nancy 
M., May 26, 1829. 

7. Leonard, son of Joseph and Mary, born June 20, 1806. 
Child, — James, born Nov. 26, 1826; occupies the home- 
stead. 

7. Mary, daughter of Joseph and Mary, born July 1, 
1808 ; married James Eeed, the son of an English barrister, 
Sept. 1, 1830. Children, — Mary E., born June 27, 1831 ; 
William Lowell, Nov. 6, 1835, — a gentleman of liberal 
education, now fitting a class of young men for college in 
Newtown on Long Island. 

5. Thomas, son of Thomas and Lydia, born Dec. 22, 
1740 ; married Ehoda Crosby, July 2, 1761. Married his 
second wife, Alice Pierce, April 1, 1773, in Cambridge. 

Samuel Eead, born in England, March 6, 1774 ; married 
Catherine Hardy, June, 1803. Sailed from England in May, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 93 

1804 ; and died in September, 1804, leaving a son James, 
born Oct. 12, 1804. 

James, son of Samuel and Catherine, married Mary, 
daughter of Joseph Reed and Mary Massy, Sept. 1, 1830, 
and had Mary E. and William Lowell. 

4. Jonathan, son of Timothy and Persis, born at Woburn, 
May 19, 1718 ; married Kersey Converse, Feb. 26, 1839, 
at Lexington. Children, — Jonathan, born in Woburn, 
June 15, 1740 ; Robert, Aug. 3, 1742, at Lexington ; Jude ; 
Mehitabel, born Sept. 25, 1748, married George Lilley ; Joel, 
baptized at Cambridge, Nov. 12, 1749 ; Phebe, baptized 
Feb. 2, 1752, married John Foot ; Amos, baptized Dec. 30, 
1753 ; Samuel ; Ann, born in the boat when they were 
fleeing to escape the tomahawk and scalping4cnife of the 
Indians, married George Cooch ; Mary, married Natha- 
niel Hathorn. He moved from Cambridge to Woolwich, 
Me., soon after the birth of his son Amos, probably in 1754, 
where he and his family suffered much during the French 
and Revolutionary Wars ; but left a numerous and enter- 
prising posterity, and his old homestead is occupied by 
one of his descendants of the name of Alfred Reed. His 
descendants are mostly settled in the neighborhood of the 
Kennebec River. He died in 1803, aged eighty-five; and 
his wife died in 1808. 

5. Jonathan, son of Jonathan and Kersey of Woolwich, 
Me., born at Woburn, Mass., June 15, 1740; married Jo- 
anna Call, and settled in Dresden. Children, — Obadiah, 
settled in Pittston ; Isaac, settled in Pittston ; Stephen, set- 
tled in Dresden ; David, settled in Dresden, and was a 
sea-captain, married Sarah King, died in Pittston, March 
22, 1851 ; Betsy ; Amos ; Daniel, settled in Dresden, and 
was a sea-captain ; Jacob, settled in Dresden ; Rebecca. 
He was a captain of militia at the time of the Revolution. 

5. Robert, son of Jonathan and Kesiah, or Kersey, born 



94 WILLIAM READE OP WOBUEN, 

in Lexington, Aug. 3, 1742, and settled in Woolwich ; mar- 
ried Catherine Mayers. Children, — George; John; Sam- 
uel ; Mary ; Robert, settled in China ; James C. ; Betsy ; 
Ulrich ; Nancy. 

6. Obadiah, son of Jonathan and Joanna, settled in 
Pittston ; married Mary Pottle, Dec. 2, 1810. Children, — 
Betsy, born June 3, 1811, married John R. Taylor ; Frances, 
born Nov. 3, 1812 ; Daniel, April 11, 1814 ; Jonathan, 
March 14, 1816 ; William, March 22, 1818 ; Cordelia, 
Jan. 14, 1820, married Leonard Cooper. He was a 
freeholder, and payer of direct taxes, in 1799 ; and died 
in 1851. 

6. Isaac, son of Jonathan and Joanna of Pittston, married 
Betsy Robinson. Children, — Isaac, born May 3, 1819; 
Robinson, Feb. 21, 1821 ; Lydia, Nov. 12, 1815 ; Elizabeth, 
Oct. 22, 1822; Lucy Freeman, Sept. 21, 1824. He was 
among the freeholders of Pittston in 1799. Died in 1829. 

7. Jonathan, son of Obadiah and Mary of Pittston, born 
March 14, 1816 ; married Eliza A. Richardson. Children, 
— George T., born May 5, 1840 ; Zorushe, Sept. 27, 1843 ; 
Clara Ellen, Dec. 8, 1850. 

7. Daniel, son of Obadiah, born April 11, 1814 ; married 
Hannah. Children, — Hiram, born June 11, 1840; Laura, 
May 2, 1846. He died Nov. 19, 1845. 

7. William, son of Obadiah, born March 22, 1818; mar- 
ried Julia A. Palmer. Children, — Warren A., born July 
11, 1844; Safons, May 19, 1847; Arienna, Feb. 12, 1841, 
died Sept. 14, 1856 ; Daniel A., born Aug. 25, 1852. 

5. Mehitable, daughter of Jonathan and Kersey, baptized 
at Cambridge, Sept. 25, 1748 ; married George Lilley. Chil- 
dren, — Converse, who was a sea-captain ; George ; Robert; 
Samuel, a sea-captain ; Isaac, a sea-captain ; Mehitable ; 
Betsey. 

5. Joel, son of Jonathan and Kersey, baptized at Cam- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 95 

bridge, Nov. 12, 1749, and settled in Woolwich ; married 
Eunice Webb. Children, — Sarah ; Joel, settled in Dresden ; 
Mehitable ; Eunice ; Ebenezer, settled in Brooklyn, N.Y. ; 
Susanna ; Webb, settled in Canaan, Me. ; Betsy ; Nathan, 
went to the British dominions. 

5. Phebe, daughter of Jonathan and Kersey, baptized at 
Cambridge, Feb. 2, 1752 ; married John Foot. Children, — 
Annie, Mercy, Martha, David. 

5. Amos, son of Jonathan and Kersey, baptized at Cam- 
bridge, Dec. 30, 1755 ; settled in Dresden. Married Annie 
Webb. Children, — Amos, Fanny, Mary, Converse. 

5. Samuel, son of Jonathan and Kersey, settled in Wool- 
wich ; married Mary Winship. Children, — Winship, who 
married Mary Ann Hatch, and was murdered at sea ; Sam- 
uel ; Charles, a sea-captain ; Alfred, who now lives on the 
old homestead of Jonathan and Kersey ; Samuel, the son of 
Jonathan, was a sea-captain during the Revolution ; was 
taken prisoner by the British, and suffered many hardships. 

5. Ann, daughter of Jonathan and Kersey, who was born 
after they moved to Woolwich, in the midst of the reign of 
terror caused by the French War, in which the Indians 
as well as French were infuriated against the English and 
Americans, and sought opportunities to butcher them. She 
married George Couch. Children, — Phebe, James, Sarah, 
Stephen, Kesiah. 

5. Mary, daughter of Jonathan and Kersey, born at Wool- 
wich ; married Nathaniel Hathorn. Children, — James, 
Lemuel, Catherine, Amy, Nathaniel, Jude, Matilda, Lu- 
cinda, Wyman, Hannah, Mehitable ; numbering fifty-three 
grandchildren of Jonathan and Kersey, most of whom are 
located in the neighborhood of the Kennebec. 

6. James Converse Reed, son of Robert and Catherine, 
married Kesiah C. Couch, his first cousin. Children, — 
Jude, and two daughters. 



96 WILLIAM EEADE OP WOBURN, 

7. Jude Reed, son of James C. and Kesiah. 

Henry of Pittston, and Mary Ann, had William, born 
Sept. 17, 1815 ; Joseph, April 5, 1817. 

6. Capt. Daniel Reed of Dresden, son of Jonathan, mar- 
ried Sarah King of Pittston, Jan. 18, 1824. 

David Reed of Pittston married Hannah W. Joy ; pub- 
lished Nov. 10, 1838. 

6. Winshop Reed of Dresden, son of Samuel and Mary, 
married Ann Patch ; published Feb. 2, 1843. 

Lewellyn Reed of Dresden married Charlotte McLain, 
June 28, 1856. 

6. Capt. Daniel, son of Jonathan, married Hannah W. 
Joy, Nov. 10, 1838. Child,— Laura, born May 2, 1846. 
He died Nov. 19, 1845. 

2. Rebecca, daughter of William and Mabel, born proba- 
bly at Muddy River, now Brookline ; married Joseph Winn 
of Woburn, son of Edward, who was made freeman in 1643. 
His son Increase, elder brother of Joseph, was the first 
person born in Woburn. The name Winn is said to be a 
corruption of Lewellyn, the name of the Welsh prince 
taken and slain by Edward I. Joseph Winn died Feb. 22, 
1714; and Rebecca died in 1734. Children, — Rebecca, 
born at Woburn, May 25, 1665 ; Sarah, Nov. 9, 1666 ; 
Joanna ; Abigail, June 18, 1670 ; Joseph, May 15, 1674 ; 
Timotby, who died March 22, 1678; Rebecca and Hannah, 
twins, born Feb. 14, 1679 ; Rebecca, married Timothy 
Spaulding of Chelmsford, March 5, 1700 ; Annie, born 
Nov. 1, 1684 ; Timothy, Feb. 27, 1687. 

3. Timothy, son of Ensign Joseph and Rebecca, born at 
Woburn, Feb. 27, 1687 ; married Elizabeth Brooks. Chil- 
dren, — Timothy, who married Mary Bowers of Billerica ; 
Elizabeth, born Sept. 1, 1719, who married Nehemiah Wy- 
man, December, 1742. Married Jane Belknap for second 
wife, Feb. 18, 1730. Children, — Ruth, born Aug. 6, 1732, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 97 

married a Reed, and went to Maine ; Joseph, July 3, 
1734 ; Jerusha, Aug. 4, 1740, who married Jonathan 
Burnham, Sept. 27, 1744. The elder Timothy died in 
1752, aged sixty-five. 

4. Timothy, son of Timothy and Elizabeth, married Mary 
Bowers. Child, — Timothy, born Dec. 20, 1740. The 
father died March 3, 1800. 

5. Timothy, son of Timothy and Mary, born at Woburn, 
Dec. 20, 1740 ; married Sarah Reed, Jan. 23, 1766. Child, 

— Jonathan. Married Mary Bridge of Chelmsford for 
second wife. Children, — Timothy, born Sept. 20, 1773, 
and married Rebecca Delano ; Ebenezer Bridge, Nov. 13, 
1777; Jonathan B., Dec. 8, 17.80 ; William, Feb. 14, 1784. 

6. Timothy, son of Timothy and Mary, born at Woburn, 
Sept. 20, 1773 ; married Rebecca Delano. Child, — Mary, 
born June 8, 1775, and married Luke Reed, March 29, 
1801. 

6. Ebenezer, son of Timothy and Mary, born at Woburn, 
Nov. 13, 1777 ; married Elizabeth Wheat of Burlington. 

6. Jonathan B., son of Timothy and Mary, born at Wo- 
burn, Dec. 8, 1780 ; married Mary Adams of Westford. 

6. William, son of Timothy and Mary, born at Woburn, 
Feb. 14, 1784 ; married Rebecca Walker, daughter of Ed- 
ward and Abigail (Reed) Walker, Aug. 29, 1805. Children, 

— William, born April 8, 1809 ; Jonathan Bowers, Aug. 24, 
1811 ; Abigail, Sept. 6, 1814, who married Jonas Hale ; 
Timothy, born Sept. 25, 1817. His wife died May 11, 1826. 
He married Mary Cutler, for second wife, Dec. 21, 1826. 
Child, — Lavinia, born Nov. 4, 1827; who married Rev. 
Daniel Winn, pastor of the second Baptist Church of Salem, 
Mass. He was a distinguished man in town-business ; was 
a justice of the peace, and a colonel. He died at Woburn, 
April 13, 1856. 

7. William, son of William and Abigail, born at Burling- 

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98 WILLIAM READB OP WOBUBN, 

ton, April 8, 1809 ; married Abigail Parker, April 8, 1834, 
and lives on the old farm, in what is now Burlington, near 
the line of Woburn. 

7. Jonathan Bowers, son of William and Abigail, born at 
Burlington, Aug. 24, 1811 ; married Nancy W. Cummings 
of Woburn. Children, — Maria Ann, born at Woburn, 
Aug. 25, 1836 ; Charles Bowers, May 15, 1838. Jonathan 
B. lives in Woburn, but is an extensive dealer in leather, in 
Boston. 

7. Timothy, son of William and Abigail, born at Bur- 
lington, Sept. 25, 1817 ; married Abigail M. Kendall. 

4. Joseph, son of Timothy and Jane, born at Woburn, 
July 3, 1734; married Betty Pool of Lynn. Children, — 
Betsy, Abel, Joseph, George. 

Joseph, son of Joseph and Betty, moved to Salem, and 
became distinguished in town and county affairs. He was 
a county commissioner several years. 

Abel, son of Joseph and Betty. Children, — Betsy, Abel, 
Joseph, George, Mary. He was an enterprising and wealthy 
man ; was a justice of the peace, <fec. ; and, for many years, 
he supplied the State's Prison with vegetables. His farm 
is now occupied by his sons Abel and George, and is so 
located, that when Woburn Precinct was set off in 1790 
as a town, by the name of Burlington, it left a portion of the 
farm in both towns ; and though Abel and George live only 
a few rods apart, yet the town-line runs between them. 

2. Abigail, daughter of William and Mabel, married 
Francis Wyman of Woburn, Oct. 2, 1650. Children, — 
Judith, born Sept. 29, 1652, died Dec. 29, 1652 ; Francis, 
born 1654, died April 26, 1676 ; William, born 1656, died 
1705 ; Abigail, who married Stephen Richardson, Jan. 2, 
1675, died Sept. 17, 1720 ; Timothy, born Sept. 15, 1661, 
died 1709 ; Joseph, born Nov. 9, 1663, died July 24, 1714 ; 
Nathaniel, born Nov. 25, 1665 ; Samuel, Nov. 29, 1667 ; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 99 

Thomas, April 1, 1671 ; Benjamin, Aug. 25, 1674 ; Stephen, 
June 2,1676; Judith, Jan. 15, 1679, married Nathaniel 
Bacon. 

3. William, sou of Francis Wyman and Abigail Reed, 
born at Woburn about 1656 ; married Prudence, daughter 
of Thomas Putnam. He died in 1705. Children, — Wil- 
liam, born Jan. 18, 1683 ; Prudence, Dec. 26, 1683, married 
Jacob Winn, jun., June 28, 1704; William, born Jan. 15, 
1685, — his posterity live in Charlestown ; Thomas, born 
Aug. 23, 1687, settled in Pelham, N.H. ; Elizabeth, born 
July 5, 1689, died June 25, 1690 ; Francis, born July 10, 
1691, settled in Maine; Joshua, born Jan. 3, 1693, — poste- 
rity in Roxbury, and Keene, N.H. ; daughter, died 1694 ; 
Edward, of Pelham, N.H., born Jan. 19, 1696, — posterity 
in Cambridge, and Cornish, N.H. ; Elizabeth, born Feb. 16, 
1697 ; Deliverence, Feb. 28, 1700, married Ezekiel Gowen, 
jun., of Lynn, Jan. 1, 1732 ; James, born March 16, 1702, 
settled in Maine. 

3. Timothy, son of Francis and Abigail, born at Woburn, 
Sept. 15, 1661 ; married Hannah Wyman. Children, — 
Hannah, born July 7, 1688 ; Timothy, April 5, 1691 ; Solo- 
mon, Oct. 24, 1693 ; Joseph, Nov. 1, 1695 ; Eunice, Feb. 24, 
1697, married Henry Tottingham, Sept. 7, 1771 ; Ann, 
born March 26, 1700 ; Judith, married John Wright of 
Ashford, Conn., March 23, 1725 ; Eli, born March 11, 
1704, died Aug. 22, 1728 ; Ebenezer, born March 21, 1706, 
settled in Townsend, — his descendants in Maine; Hester; 
Elizabeth ; Prudence, born March 8, 1709, married Thomas 
Phelps. 

3. Nathaniel, son of Francis and Abigail, born at Woburn, 
Nov. 25, 1665 ; married Mary Winn ; and his widow mar- 
ried John Locke, Nov. 30, 1720. Children, — Nathaniel, 
born May 23, 1693, died Dec. 13, 1715 ; Mary, born May 28, 
1694, died about May 23, 1763, insane; Abigail, born Oct. 5, 



100 WILLIAM EEADE OF WOBURN, 

1695, married Benjamin Gowen ; Ruth, born April 17, 
1697, married Thomas Gould of Charlestown, Aug. 1, 1721 ; 
Hannah, born April 23, 1699, married Timothy Wyman ; 
Eliza, born Nov. 11, 1700, married John Geary of Charles- 
town ; Phebe, bom June 11, 1702, married Thomas Geary of 
Stoneham ; Rebecca, born April 14, 1704, married Thomas 
Holden, March 7, 1723 ; Joanna, born July 25, 1705, mar- 
ried Jonathan Holden, Dec. 30, 1731 ; Increase, born 
March 1, 1707 ; Sarah, Aug. 21, 1710, married Ezekiel 
Walker, July 6, 1732 ; Keziah, born April 5, 1713, married 
John Reed, Dec. 9, 1735, died Jan. 14, 1756. 

3. Samuel, son of Francis and Abigail, born at Woburn, 
Nov. 29, 1667 ; married Rebecca, daughter of Mathew John- 
son, in 1692. Children, — Rebecca, born Nov. 11, 1693, 
married Thomas Richardson of Woburn, Sept. 29, 1713 ; 
Abigail, born Feb. 5, 1695, married Jonathan Richardson of 
Woburn ; Hannah, born Dec. 10, 1696, married Samuel 
Parker, May 10, 1725 ; Sarah, born Feb. 2, 1698, married 
John Coggin, Aug. 31, 1726, died May 22, 1732; Samuel, 
born March 18, 1700, — posterity in Boston ; Oliver, born 
Sept. 5, 1701, settled in Leominster ; Lydia, born Jan. 1, 
1703, married Oliver Richardson of Woburn, July 24, 1729, 
died Oct. 26, 1754 ; Patience, born Jan. 11, 1705, married 
Edward Deane, May 1, 1740, died June 15, 1741 ; Matthew, 
born Aug. 3, 1707, settled in Lancaster ; Esther, born 
Feb. 25, 1709. 

3. Thomas, son of Francis and Abigail, born at Woburn, 
April 1, 1671 ; married Mary, daughter of Nathaniel Rich- 
ardson, May 5, 1696 ; died Sept. 4, 1731. His widow mar- 
ried Josiah Winn of Woburn, Aug. 17, 1733, and died 
June 7, 1743. Children, — Thomas, born May 12, 1697; 
Josiah, March 18, 1700 ; Phineas, 1701 ; Timothy, March 1, 
1702 ; Benjamin, June 12, 1704 ; John, July 6, 1706, died 
March 26, 1739 ; Mary, born March 10, 1708, married Na- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 101 

thaniel Clark of Watertown, June 13, 1726 ; Aaron, born 
Dec. 6, 1709 ; Eleazer, April 13, 1712 ; Nathaniel, May 18, 
1716 ; Elizabeth, Dec. 19, 1718, married a Blodget. 

3. Benjamin, son of Francis and Abigail, born Aug. 25, 
1674 ; married Elizabeth, daughter of Nathaniel Hancock 
of Cambridge. She married, for second husband, Jonathan 
Bacon of Bedford, Aug. 22, 1739 ; died at Medford, March 
2 or 3, 1749. Stephen, born June 2, 1676, died Aug. 19, 
1676 ; Judith, Jan. 15, 1679, married Nathaniel Bacon. 
Children, — Elizabeth, born May 1, 1705, married Jacob 
Richardson, June 11, 1724, died Oct. 20, 1749 ; Benjamin, 
born Nov. 13 or Dec. 17, 1706, settled in Woburn, — his poste- 
rity live in Lexington, Cambridge, and New York ; Lucy, born 
April 17, 1708, married Nathaniel Davenport of Shrewsbury 
in 1729, and died Oct. 25, 1730 ; Zebediah, born June 21, 

1709, — descendants in Cambridge; Eunice, born Nov. 16, 

1710, married Robert Pierce, Oct. 28, 1736, died May 5, 
1774 ; Jerusha, born July 23, 1712, married Edward 
Richardson, Feb. 24 or April 14, 1730, died April 10, 
1784 ; Tabitha, born April 7, 1714, married Josiah Kendall, 
March 17, 1736, died April 24, 1800 ; Abijah, born Sept. 20, 
1717, settled in Lancaster ; Catherine, born May 6, 1717, 
married William Tufts of Medford, Feb. 28, 1732, died Feb. 
20, 1749 ; Nathaniel, born Jan. 26, 1719, settled in Lan- 
caster ; Abigail, born Aug. 26, 1720, married Jacob Snow, 
April 8, 1740, died Oct. 31, 1771 ; Martha, born May 7, 
1722, married Samuel Deane, Sept. 6, 1739 ; Noah, born 
July 30, 1724, died Dec. 10, 1726 ; Jonas, born July 26, 
1725, died Jan. 20, 1746, — was a soldier at Lewisburg ; 
Reuben, born Nov. 9, 1726, settled in Wilmington ; descend- 
ants in Concord, N.H. 

3. William, son of Ralph, born 1658 ; married Elizabeth 
Pierce. Children, — William, born Aug. 23, 1682 ; Mary, 
March 12, 1685 ; Elizabeth, Feb. 23, 1686. The elder Wil- 



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102 



liam was accidentally shot by his brother Timothy, Nov. 7, 
1688. His widow married John Cutler, Oct. 14, 1694. 

3. David, son of Ralph, married Susanna Johnson, June 6, 
1704, and settled first in Watertown. 

4. William, son of William and Elizabeth, born in Woburn, 
Aug. 23, 1682 ; married Abial, in Lexington. Child, — 
William, born at Lexington, Dec. 7, 1714, and settled in 
Westborough. He married Sarah Wood, in Acton, May 28, 
1740. 

3. Timothy, son of Ralph, born Feb. 14, 1664 ; married 
Martha Boydon, Dec. 27, 1688. Children, — Martha, born 
March 1, 1669 ; Timothy, June 11, 1692 ; William, Oct. 5, 
1694 ; Benjamin, Jan. 31, 1698 ; Jonathan, Dec. 15, 1701 ; 
Elizabeth, Dec. 1, 1706. He sold his farm, in 1719, to his 
nephew, Joseph Whittemore : it was the farm for many 
years owned by the Pierces, adjoining that formerly owned 
by the first William, and afterwards by Ralph. 

4. Timothy, son of Timothy and Martha, born June 11, 
1692; married Mary. Children, — John, born April 11, 
1722 ; Mary, Aug. 12, 1717 ; George, Sept. 26, 1725. 
Timothy lived in Charlestown ; married, for second wife, 
Abigail Frothingham, Jan. 11, 1753. 

4. William, son of Timothy and Martha, born Oct. 5, 
1694 ; married Elizabeth Edes, Dec. 15, 1724. Children,— 
William, born Nov. 6, 1727, in Charlestown ; Elizabeth, 
Jan. 23, 1728. Married, for second wife, Anne, daughter 
of John Mousell and widow of Edward Newell, Feb. 18, 
1731 ; divorced in 1736. He was a seaman. 

5. William, son of William and Elizabeth, married Han- 
nah Lothrop, March 28, 1750, and settled in Charlestown. 
Child, — William C, born in 1757 ; and died at Salem, 
March 15, 1852, aged ninety-five. 

4. Benjamin, son of Timothy and Martha, born Jan. 31, 
1698 ; married Elizabeth Edes, Nov. 4, 1720. Children, — 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 103 

Abigail, born Dec. 21, 1723 ; Elizabeth, Jan. 8, 1724 ; Sa- 
rah, Feb. 17, 1725 ; Mary, June 24, 1728 ; Benjamin, Feb. 5, 
1733; Hannah, May 31, 1736; Susanna, Feb. 6, 1738; 
John, Sept. 10, 1745. The elder Benjamin lived in Charles- 
town. 

5. Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth, born Feb. 5, 
1733 ; married Martha Pitman. Children, — Benjamin, 
born 1785 ; Margaret Daniels ; Martha ; Mary ; Simmons ; 
Thomas. 

6. Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Martha, born 1785 ; 
married Sebra Wellington of Charlestown. Children, — 
Benjamin B., who lives in Chelsea ; Martha, who married 
Mr. Chesman, and lives at South Salem ; Henry J., mar- 
ried three wives, — the first was Martha J. May ; second, 
Eliza Moulton ; third, Mary White. He died in Salem, 
Jan. 20, 1851 : Sebra, his wife, died Oct. 6, 1847, aged 
sixty-three. 

7. Thomas, son of Benjamin and Martha, born 1797 ; 
married Mary Brinley, Oct. 31, 1819. Children, — Debo- 
rah, born Sept. 29, 1823, married Benjamin Lomden ; John 
Brinley, born Sept. 25, 1825 ; Thomas Lyons, Aug. 22, 
1827 ; Mary E., born Jan. 20, 1831, married Andrew 
P. Wood ; Richard, born July 31, 1834 ; Eliza Bryant, 
Sept. 15, 1835. He lived in Salem, and died Oct. 2, 1846. 
His widow, and son Richard, live at No. 13, Warren Street, 
Salem. 

7. Benjamin B., son of Benjamin and Sebra, born in 
Salem, Aug. 7, 1804 ; married Emeline Harrington of Lex- 
ington, Nov. 15, 1832. Child, — Emeline H., born Dec. 14, 
1837, in Chelsea. He followed the sea for many years, and 
was a shipmaster ; but is now superintendent of the Chelsea 
Ferry. 

7. Henry J., son of Benjamin and Sebra, lives in Glouces- 
ter, N. J. 



104 WILLIAM READE OP WOBURN, 

8. Thomas L., son of Thomas and Mary, born Aug. 22, 
1827 ; married Harriet "Woodbury, March 15, 1849. His 
wife died Aug. 22, 1851. Married, for second wife, Phebe 
Irons, Oct. 16, 1854: she died in Providence, Sept. 8, 1857. 
Children, — Thomas Sidney ; Franklin W. Thomas lives in 
Providence, R.I. 

8. John B., son of Thomas and Mary, born Sept. 25, 
1825 ; married Betsy Robinson. Children, — Charles 
Albert, born April 15, 1850 ; John Franklin, Aug. 23, 
1851 ; Georgianna Hale, Jan. 11, 1853 ; Benjamin R., 
Sept. 6, 1854 ; Thomas Edgar, April 23, 1856 ; Richard 
Lyons, June 3, 1858. 

3. Elizabeth, daughter of George and Elizabeth of Woburn, 
and grand-daughter of William and Maybal, born July 26, 
1653 ; married Daniel Fiske of Watertown. Mr. Fiske was 
a land-surveyor, and did much in laying out townships, &c. 
He was of the Lexington stock of Fiskes, who were relatives 
of Rev. John Fiske of Chelmsford. 

3. Samuel, son of George and Elizabeth, born April 29, 
1656 ; married Elizabeth Mousall of Charlestown, April 19, 
1679. Children, — Elizabeth, born April 3,1687, married 
Ebenezer Houlding, Feb. 5, 1712 ; Samuel, born July 16, 
1688 ; James ; Abigail, Jan. 10, 1682 ; Mary, Nov. 29, 1697, 
baptized at Cambridge, Dec. 5, 1697. He lived in Cam- 
bridge, and was a practising physician in Cambridge and 
Boston. He served in King Philip's war, and was wounded. 
Mr. Mousall, his father-in-law, gave him a part of his 
homestead, by deed, bearing date Feb. 2, 1681 ; on which 
he lived the latter part of his life. This homestead was 
situated on the back-side of Winter Hill, on the road to 
Medford. On a stone in the burying-ground in Charles- 
town is inscribed, " Mrs. Elizabeth Read, relict of Dr. 
Samuel Read, died March 12, 1728, in the seventieth year 
of her age." The town-records have it July 15, 1729. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 105 

3. George, son of George and Elizabeth, born Sept. 14, 
1660 ; married Abigail Pierce, Feb. 18, 1684. Children, — 
Abigail, born Feb. 6, 1685, and married Capt. Samuel 
Stone ; William, who died Dec. 9, 1728 ; Ebenezer, March 6, 
1690 ; he also had a daughter, who married Timothy 
Walker of Charlestown ; another daughter, who married 
Jacob Kendall of Dunstable ; and another, who married Sa- 
muel Walker of Woburn ; also Elizabeth, born June 14, 1700, 
who married Deacon Christopher Paige of Billerica, May 23, 
1719. He lived about fifty rods from where Deacon Nathan 
Blanchard now lives in Burlington, and was the first deacon 
of the church in what was formerly Woburn Precinct. A 
silver cup now in use by that church at its communion 
service was presented by him a hundred and fifty years 
ago. His wife died Sept. 9, 1719 ; and he married Sybil 
Rice of Sudbury for his second wife, May 24, 1721. She was 
widow of Isaac Rice : her maiden name was Collins. He 
died Jan. 20, 1756, aged ninety-six ; and his gravestone is 
to be seen in the south-westerly quarter of the old burying- 
ground in Woburn. 

4. Capt. Samuel Stone, and Abigail Read, daughter of 
Deacon George, went to Sudbury, and with Jonathan Fiske, 
who married a cousin to Abigail, settled on Pelham's Island, 
now a part of Wayland. She died at the age of eighty 
years. 

4. Ebenezer, son of Deacon George and Abigail, born 
March 6, 1690; married Huldah. Children, — Ebenezer, 
born Sept. 26, 1715; Huldah, June 11, 1717; Nathan, 
June 3, 1719; Abigail, April 3, 1721; Eliphas, Feb. 11, 
1726 ; George, Dec. 29, 1722, died March 20, 1804, aged 
eighty-one. George, the father, gave Ebenezer a deed of 
his farm, Dec. 11, 1722 ; and his sisters and brothers-in-law 
gave him a quit-claim deed. Ebenezer died at Woburn, 
July 9, 1767. 

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106 WILLIAM BEADE OF WOBURN, 

5. Eliplias, son of Ebenezer and Huldah, born Feb. 11, 
1725 ; married Elizabeth Perry in 1747. Child, — Judith, 
born June 6, 1748. His wife died Sept. 19, 1752. Married 
Sarah Newell of Lexington, May 24, 1753. Children, — 
Eliphas, born Aug. 28, 1752 ; Newell, Feb. 10, 1754 ; Sarah, 
Dec. 12, 1755, married Ebenezer Wood ; Joel, born 1757 ; 
Ward, who served in the Revolution, and afterwards went 
to Maine, and was a pensioner ; Reuben, born March 8, 
1760. Eliphas was in the Revolutionary War, and was 
a prisoner at Quebec, Dec. 31, 1775. 

6. Newell, son of Eliphas, born Feb. 10, 1754 ; married 
Mary Harrington of Lexington, Oct. 16, 1776. Children, 
— Joel, born May 13, 1777 ; Newell, April 5, 1783 ; Nathan, 
Feb. 18, 1786 ; Orlando, Nov. 24, 1793 ; Abigail, Nov. 21, 
1795 ; Polly, April 4, 1799 ; Lorenda ; Daniel. He enlisted, 
in 1776, in Capt. Walker's company, of Woburn Precinct, 
for eight months. He died at Burlington, April 12, 1831. 

7. Newell, son of Newell and Mary, born April 5, 1783 ; 
married Sarah Flood, May 27, 1808. Children, — Joel, 
born Feb. 27, 1813 ; Charles, Oct. 14, 1818 ; Newell, Jan. 19, 
1825 ; Nathan ; Jacob. Newell died in Bedford, April 8, 
1855. His three youngest sons live in Bedford. 

7. Daniel, son of Newell and Mary, married Betsy. Chil- 
dren, — William, who lives in North Woburn ; Augusta, who 
married Prescott Barrett of Woburn ; Hiram, who died of con- 
sumption in Woburn, Oct. 3, 1849, aged twenty-nine years and 
seven months. Daniel moved from Burlington to Oakham. 

5. George, son of Ebenezer and Huldah, born Dec. 29, 
1722; married Mary Wood, March 26, 1746. Children,— 
Mary, born Jan. 19, 1745 ; Kesiah, Nov. 16, 1746 ; George, 
Jan. 7, 1749, killed in Lexington Fight ; Ebenezer, born 
Nov. 29, 1751; Simon, Feb. 10, 1754; Jonas, April 15, 
1758 ; Ruth, July 31, 1760. George died March 20, 1804, 
aged eighty-one. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 107 

fa'. Kesiah, daughter of George, married Joel Reed, her 
cousin-german, Nov. 15, 1787 ; and settled in Washing- 
ton, N.H. 

6. Jonas, son of George and Mary, born April 15, 1758 ; 
married Rhoda Johnson, July 2, 1778. Children, — Rhoda, 
born April 18, 1779 ; Jonas, June 27, 1781 ; Benjamin, 
Feb. 24, 1784 ; Patty, July 28, 1790 ; Nancy, June 7, 1794. 

6. Simon, son of George and Mary, born at Woburn, 
Feb. 10, 1754; married Esther. Children, — George, born 
Oct. 11, 1780 ; Lucy, Aug. 27, 1784 ; William, Feb. 20, 1788, 
graduated at Harvard College, and died of consumption in 
Burlington, June 25, 1812. 

6. Ebenezer, son of George and Mary, born Nov. 29, 1751 ; 
married Ruth Snow, June 23, 1777. Married Anna for 
second wife. Children, — Anna, born Feb. 28, 1781; Ebe- 
nezer, March 1, 1782. The elder Ebenezer bought the Snow 
Place at North Woburn, the homestead of his first wife's 
father, and lived upon it. He died Jan. 1, 1825. 

7. Ebenezer, son of Ebenezer and Anna, born March 1, 
1782 ; married Eleanor. Children, — Elleanor, born Sept. 8, 
1824 ; James, April 8, 1825 ; George. 

6. Joel, son of Eliphas and Sarah, born Jan. 18, 1757 ; 
married his cousin Kersia, daughter of George Reed, Nov. 14, 
1787, and moved to Washington, N.H. Children, — Kesiah, 
Asa, Mary, Sally, Olive. He was in the battle of Bunker 
Hill, and her father was also in the same battle ; and her 
brother George had been killed, in Lexington Fight, on the 
19th of April previous. Joel died March 19, 1830 : his wife 
died July 4, 1845. 

7. Asa, son of Joel and Kesiah, married Sarah Davis ; 
settled in Stoddard, N.H. ; and died May 13, 1830. Child, 
— George D., who, with his mother, lives at No. 74, Andover 
Street, Boston. 

5. Nathan, son of Ebenezer and Huldah, born at Woburn, 



108 WILLIAM READE OF WOBURN, 

June 3, 1719; married Susanna. Children, — Nathan, born 
at Woburn, July 14, 1744 ; Susanna, Dec. 4, 1745. 

Abigail, daughter of Deacon George and Abigail, born in 
Woburn, Feb. 6, 1685 ; married Capt. Samuel Stone, and 
settled on Pelham's Island in Sudbury. He was one of the 
original proprietors of Rutland ; he and his sons owning 
nine hundred acres of land in that township. Children, — 
Samuel, Nathan, Jonas, Isaac. They returned from Sud- 
bury to Lexington, and died on the old Stone Farm, near 
the line of Lexington and Lincoln. 

Samuel, sou of Abigail Reed and Samuel Stone, settled 
on land set off to the right of his father in Rutland, which 
was lot No. 25 in the first division. He was one of the first 
settlers of Rutland. Married Mindwell Stevens, Oct. 20, 
1732. Children, — Esther, born in 1733, married John 
Bryant; Samuel, born in 1736; Isaac, 1739, died in the 
French War ; Mindwell, born in 1742 ; Stevens, 1744 ; 
second Stevens, 1746 ; Elijah, 1749. Samuel, the elder, 
died in the Revolutionary War. 

Samuel, son of Samuel Stone and Mindwell, born at 
Rutland in 1736 ; married Patience Atherton, 1756. Child, 
— Samuel. His wife died of small-pox in 1756. Married, 
for second wife, Dorothy Fletcher in 1761. Children, — 
Thomas, born 1762 ; Dorothy, 1764 ; Alpheus F. F., 1767 ; 
Abigail, 1769 ; Susanna, 1772. The elder Samuel died 
Dec. 10, 1775. 

Second Stevens, son of Samuel and Mindwell, born in 
1746; married Mercy Munroe, Aug. 30, 1770. Child, — 
Elijah, born at Rutland, April 18, 1771, who married Eunice 
Savage. 

Nathan, son of Capt. Samuel Stone and Abigail Reed, 
married Mary. Children, — Mary, born in 1741; Thank- 
ful, 1743 ; Nathan, 1746 ; Jeduthan, 1748 ; Lois, 1752 ; 
Rebecca, 1756. Mary married Edward Rice, May 10, 1758 ; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 109 

Thankful married Isaac Savage in 1766 ; Nathan married 
Preelove Phillips in 1768 ; Lois married Eli Clark in 1770 ; 
Jeduthan married Elizabeth Howe in 1773 ; Eebecca mar- 
ried Thomas Hunt in 1775. They were prominent and 
useful members in society. 

Jonas, son of Capt. Samuel Stone and Abigail Reed, lived 
on a portion of the old lot No. 25 in Rutland ; was a promi- 
nent man in town and church. Married Elizabeth. Chil- 
dren, — Elizabeth, born in 1733; Deborah, 1736; Jonas, 
1741; Lucy, 1743 ; Hannah, 1746; Zeruiah, 1749. Jonas 
moved back to Lexington in 1751. 

Isaac, son of Capt. Samuel Stone and Abigail Reed, mar- 
ried Martha, and settled in Rutland. Children, — Abner, 
born in 1748; Patty, 1751, — these two were born in Lex- 
ington ; Isaac, boru in Rutland in 1753 ; Abigail, 1755 ; 
Alpheus, 1757. Isaac built and kept a public-house in Rut- 
land, and the same stand has been occupied as such ever 
since ; it being lot No. 61, granted to the first settled mini- 
ster, and garrisoned for Rev. Mr. Willard. He removed from 
Rutland to Oakham ; and his daughter Patty married Rev. 
John Strickland, the first minister of Oakham. 

4. Elizabeth, daughter of Deacon George and Abigail, 
born June 14, 1700 ; married Christopher Paige, son of Na- 
thaniel and Joanna, of that part of Billerica which is now 
Bedford, May 23, 1720 ; settled in Hardwick in 1734 or 5, 
where Mr. Paige was selectman seven years, and the first 
deacon of the church in Hardwick at its organization in 
1736. Children, — Christopher, born June 11, 1721; Wil- 
liam, May 2, 1723 ; George, June 17, 1725 ; Timothy, 
May 24, 1727 ; Jonas, Sept. 19, 1729 ; Elizabeth, Oct. 3, 
1731 ; Lucy, Feb. 22, 1734 ; Nathaniel, May 18, 1736 ; 
John, July 6, 1738 ; Elizabeth, June 7, 1743. Deacon 
Paige died March 10, 1774, aged eighty-three. Elizabeth, 
liis widow, died in 1786, aged eighty-six. 



110 WILLIAM EEADE OP WOBURN, 

5. Christopher, son of Deacon Christopher and Elizabeth 
Keed, born June 11, 1721 ; married Rebecca Haskell of 
Rochester in 1739, when he was eighteen years of age. 
Child, — Christopher, who settled in Swansey, N.H., and 
had a numerous family. He died Dec. 3, 1772. 

5. William, son of Deacon Christopher and Elizabeth, born 
May 2, 1723 ; married Mercy Aiken, Jan. 11, 1744. Chil- 
dren, — William, born May 5, 1745 ; James, Sept. 19, 1747; 
Rebecca, Oct. 8, 1749 ; Jesse, March 4, 1752 ; Mercy, May 18, 
1754 ; Lucy, March 19, 1757 ; Christopher, June 12, 1762. 
He succeeded his father in the office of deacon of the church 
in Hardwick, and was captain in the French War ; was 
selectman ten years ; was delegate to the Provincial Con- 
gress in 1775, and delegate to the Constitutional Convention 
in 1779 ; representative fonr years. He died Feb. 14, 
1790: his wife died Feb. 19, 1823, aged a hundred and 
two years. 

6. William, son of William and Mercy, born May 5, 1745 ; 
married Mercy Raymond, Oct. 6, 1768. He was deacon 
of the church in Ware ; where he died June 23, 1826, 
leaving posterity. 

6. James, son of William and Mercy, born Sept. 19, 1747 ; 
married Thankful Raymond, Oct. 6, 1768. Children, — 
Ralph, born Aug. 21, 1769 ; Charles, Oct. 16, 1771 ; James, 
Oct. 14, 1773 ; Nathaniel, April 14, 1776 ; Benjamin, 
July 24, 1778 ; Lucinda, July 28, 1780 ; Mercy, Nov. 12, 
1786 ; Ira, June 17, 1789. He was a major of militia and 
a selectman. Married, for second wife, Widow Mary Lawton, 
sister of his first wife, March 22, 1807 ; and died in Hard- 
wick, Feb. 18, 1818. 

7. Ralph, son of James and Thankful, born Aug. 21, 
1769 ; lived in Rutland, Vt. ; was a justice of the peace; 
and died Aug. 20, 1857, leaving posterity. 

7. Charles, son of James and Thankful, born Oct. 16, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. Ill 

1771 ; lived in Hardwick, where he died April 21, 1853. 
His son, Elbridge Gerry, was one of the editors of the " New- 
York Sunday Mercury," and known as " Dow, jun." 

6. Rebecca, daughter of Deacon William, born Oct. 8, 
1749 ; married John Foster, Oct. 6, 1768. Child, — James, 
who was a clergyman in the State of New York. She was 
married the same day with her two elder brothers ; and the 
wives of her two brothers were sisters. 

6. Jesse, son of Deacon William, born March 4, 1752 ; 
married Mary Breckenridge of Ware in 1780, and lived 
in Hardwick, where he died July 3, 1818. Children, 

— Francis, Mary, Christopher, Nancy, Sally, Jesse, Ha- 
dassali. 

6. Mercy, daughter of Deacon William, born May 18, 
1754 ; married Nathaniel Graves of Athol, May 29, 1777 ; 
and died at an advanced age, leaving children. 

6. Lucy, daughter of Deacon William, born March 19, 
1757 ; married Daniel Ruggles, Esq., of Hardwick, Dec. 30, 
1779; and died Aug. 3, 1840. Children, — Gardner, born 
Feb. 16, 1782, was a major of militia and a representative, 

— he was thrown from a wagon, and killed, Aug. 5, 1853 
(his son Daniel is a brevet-colonel in the United-States 
Army); Anson, born Dec. 17, 1783 ; Franklin, March 21, 
1786 ; Mercy, April 26, 1788, died Oct. 9, 1802 ; Lucy, 
born April 5, 1791 ; Crighton, June 10, 1793 ; Alma, 
July 22, 1795; Luthera, Jan. 4, 1798. 

6. Christopher, son of Deacon William, born June 12, 
1762 ; graduated at Dartmouth College in 1784 ; was a 
clergyman, and settled in Pittsfield, N.H. ; afterwards in 
Roxbury, N.H. He married the widow of Rev. Elijah Flet- 
cher of Hopkinton, one of whose daughters was the first 
wife of Daniel Webster. Children, — Elijah F., graduated 
at Harvard College 1810, and died in Virginia in 1817 ;, 
James W., an eminent merchant in Boston ; Christopher, 



112 WILLIAM EEADE OF WOBURN, 

who lives in Nashua, N.H. ; Nancy, who died unmarried. 
He died at Salisbury, Oct. 12, 1822. 

5. George, son of Deacon Christopher Paige and Elizabeth 
Reed, born June 17, 1725 ; married Rosilla Whitcomb, 
June 4, 1752. Children, — Nathaniel, born Jan. 11, 1754, 
moved to Vermont ; Asa, Jan. 25, 1756 ; George, March 9, 
1758 ; Ehoda, Oct. 5, 1760 ; Nathan, Aug. 7, 1762, moved 
to Vermont ; Paul, Feb. 12, 1765 ; Pierce, July 16, 1768 ; 
Anne, July 23, 1771. He died at Hardwick, May 8, 1781 : 
his wife died Oct. 29, 1807. 

5. Timothy, son of Deacon Christopher and Elizabeth, 
born May 24, 1727 ; married Mary Foster of Rochester, 
Oct. 24, 1754. Children, — Lydia, born Sept. 15, 1755; 
Timothy, Feb. 16, 1757 ; Mary, Oct. 19, 1759 ; Foster, 
Aug. 29, 1761 ; Reed, Aug. 30, 1764 ; Moses, Dec. 12, 
1765, died Dec. 28, 1765 ; Moses, born Feb. 19, 1767 ; 
Rebecca, Nov. 28, 1768 ; Thomas, Nov. 7, 1770, died 
Nov. 21, 1770 ; Thomas, born April 20, 1772 ; George 
Washington, Aug. 24, 1775. He was a captain in the 
Revolutionary War, and colonel in the government forces 
raised to suppress Shay's Rebellion ; was selectman, town- 
treasurer, and representative. Died at Hardwick, Aug. 
26, 1791 : his widow died July 21, 1825, aged ninety-three 
years. 

6. Lydia, daughter of Timothy and Mary, born Sept. 15, 
1755 ; married Deacon Thomas Fuller, Nov. 26, 1778 ; set- 
tled at Hardwick, Vt. ; and died July 8, 1810. 

7. Martin, son of Thomas and Lydia, born June 6, 1780 ; 
married Letitia Duncan of Hancock, N.H. Children, — 
Thomas J. D., born March, 1808, — a lawyer in Calais, Me., 
and a member of Congress ; Lydia, July 2, 1810, married 
Rev. Mr. Stone of Cabot, Vt., — died Dec. 8, 1844 ; Mary, 
Jan. 13, 1812 ; Hiram, Oct. 22, resides in Hancock, N.H. 

7. Thomas, son of Thomas and Lydia, born March 24, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 113 

1782 ; married Sally House of Bennington, Vt., Dec. 31, 
1809, and settled in Enosburg, Vt. ; but recently removed 
to Boston. Children, — Cordelia Hannah Lydia, born 
Dec. 27, 1810, who married Hon. Horace Eaton, late Gover- 
nor of Vermont, and died Feb. 7, 1841 ; Thomas H., born 
March 13, 1815, — a merchant in Boston ; Charles Edwin, 
June 8, 1817, died Sept. 13, 1835 ; Martin Kimball, born 
April 21, 1823, died Aug. 24, 1838 ; Mary C, born Oct. 22, 
1824, died Nov. 16, 1847 ; Sarah Emery, born July 15, 1826, 
died July 26, 1845 ; Martha Rebecca, born March 24, 1828, 
married A. P. Chandler of Boston ; Frances Maria, born 
Feb. 19, 1831, died Feb. 6, 1852. 

7. Lydia, daughter of Thomas and Lydia, born June 6, 
1784 ; married Daniel Weld of Berkshire, Vt. ; and had John 
Fuller, born in Berkshire. They moved to Cornish, and had 
Daniel, Moses, Eben, Martin, and Charles. 

7. Malinda, daughter of Thomas and Lydia, born Feb. 3, 
1787 ; married Charles Steams of Enosburg, Vt. ; and had 
seven children, names not given. 

7. Timothy Paige, son of Thomas and Lydia, born March 
30, 1790 ; married Rebecca Duncan of Hancock, N.H., 
Nov. 14, 1816 ; and died July 21, 1854. He lived in 
Bakersfield, Vt. ; was Judge of the County Court. 

7. Austin, son of Thomas and Lydia, born April 13, 
1792 ; married Betsy Maynard of Bakersfield, where he re- 
sides, and was Judge of the County Court. 

7. Francis E., son of Thomas and Lydia, born March 20, 
1794 ; married Martha Worcester of Hollis, N.H., Sept. 30, 
1819 ; and married her sister Hannah for second wife, 
Oct. 17, 1825. Children, — Samuel Worcester, bom April 
25, 1822 ; Martha Worcester, March 22, 1824. 

7. Rebecca Paige, daughter of Thomas and Lydia, born 
April 29, 1796 ; married Alvan House at Hardwick, Vt., 
and had seven children. Lives at Enosburg. 

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114 WILLIAM READE OP WOBURN, 

7. John Washington, son of Thomas and Lydia, born 
Jan. 4, 1799 ; and died Aug. 15, 1803. 

6. Timothy, son of Timothy and Mary, born Feb. 16, 
1757 ; married Mary Robinson of Hardwick, Jan. 20, 1780. 
Children, — Mary, born Oct. 28, 1780; Sophia, Oct. 31, 
1782; Stephen West, May 3, 1785; Timothy, March 6, 
1788 ; Martin, Sept. 27, 1791 ; Cyrus, April 7, 1794, died 
Jan. 16, 1796 ; Rebecca, born Aug. 27, 1796, died March 30, 
1821 ; Cyrus, born Sept. 16, 1799, died June 28, 1803 ; 
Lucius Robinson, born March 8, 1802. He was a captain 
of cadets, a justice of the peace and quorum, selectman 
eighteen years, assessor twenty-four years, a delegate to the 
State Convention in 1820, and representative to the Legisla- 
ture seventeen years. He died Oct. 29, 1821 : his widow 
died March 29, 1836. 

7. Mary, daughter of Timothy and Mary, born Oct. 28, 
1780 ; married Col. Thomas Wheeler of Hardwick, Feb. 14, 
1805 ; and moved to Ticonderoga, N.Y., in 1819, where she 
died Sept. 18, 1828. Children, — Ann Dexter, born Dec. 3, 
1805, died Jan. 25, 1816 ; Thomas A., Nov. 7, 1808, died 
April 15, 1811 ; Charlotte Sophia, May 8, 1811, who married 
a Bennett, and lives in New-York State ; Mary Emeline, 
June 21, 1813, married Thomas R. Green of Belchertown, 
and died Feb. 20, 1843 ; Rebecca Ann, March 6, 1816, who 
married Lyman Burrill of Dunkirk, N.Y., and died June 10, 
1853 ; Eliza Jane, April 15, 1819, who married Rev. Stephen 
Lovell of Boston, died March 4, 1848 ; Juliet Elvira, Sept. 10, 
1821, died July, 1840. 

7. Stephen West, son of Timothy and Mary, born May 3, 
1785 ; married Lucy, daughter of Daniel Ruggles, Esq., 
Oct. 26, 1809, and lives in Hardwick. Has been representa- 
tive, and justice of the peace. Children, — Adeline, born 
March 20, 1811, who married Capt. Walter Mantlell, Jan. 31, 
1842, and died Oct. 3, 1842 ; Theodore, born Oct. 27, 1813, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 115 

and died March 21, 1814; Lucy, born July 30, 1815, died 
June 10, 1816 ; West, born Aug. 23, 1817, who married 
Caroline M. Warner of Hardwick, Dec. 13, 1848, and died 
Sept. 4, 1853 ; William, born Dec. 18, 1819, resides in 
Hardwick ; Lucy Rebecca, Jan. 19, 1822, married Elbridge 
Mandell of Hardwick, June 18, 1844, and has had four 
children ; Daniel Ruggles, born July 14, 1829, died Aug. 26, 
1838. 

7. Timothy, son of Timothy and Mary, born March 6, 
1788 ; married Cynthia Ammidown, March, 1815. Children, 
— Cynthia Evelina, born Dec. 4, 1815, died Nov. 10, 1850 ; 
Juliet Eliza, born April 14, 1817, who married M. Mansfield, 
a merchant in Barton, Vt. ; Timothy, born Feb. 17, 1819 ; 
Calvin Ammidown, June 7, 1820. He was a lawyer, and 
spent some years in the State of Georgia ; but returned, 
and settled in Soutlibridge, Mass. He died Nov. 16, 1822. 

7. Martin, son of Timothy and Mary, born Sept. 27, 1791 ; 
married Mary Ann Billings, Aug. 20, 1817, and lives in 
Providence. Children, — Timothy, born Aug. 3, 1818, 
who lives in Cavendish, Vt. ; Frederick Augustus, mer- 
chant in Providence, Nov. 6, 1819 ; George, Aug. 17, 1821, 
who was a merchant in Providence, and died, unmarried, 
April 3, 1855 ; Julia Billings, born Jan. 12, 1824, died 
May 14, 1825 ; James, born Feb. 9, 1826, died May 7, 1826 ; 
Henry, born April 5, 1829, merchant in Providence ; Martha 
Pomeroy, Jan. 4, 1832, married William Stone of Worces- 
ter, June, 1854 ; Sarah Pomeroy, born Sept. 9, 1837, died 
Sept. 30, 1838. 

7. Lucius Robinson, son of Timothy and Mary, born 
March 8, 1802 ; a clergyman, who was settled, first in 
Springfield, next in Gloucester, and next at Cambridge. 
Resigned his pastoral charge, on account of ill health, in 
1839 ; and has since preached occasionally. Has published 
four volumes of commentaries on the New Testament. He 



116 WILLIAM READE OF WOBURN, 

was elected town-clerk of Cambridge, soon after he resigned 
his pastoral charge, in 1839 ; and, after Cambridge became a 
city, he was chosen city-clerk ; which office he resigned in 
1855, and became cashier of the Cambridge Bank. He was 
appointed a justice of the peace in 1843 ; and received 
the honorary degree of A.M., at Harvard College, in 1850. 
He married Clarinda Richardson of Brookfield, Sept. 14, 
1826. She died Aug. 29, 1833 ; and he married, for second 
wife, Abhy R. Whittemore of Charlestown, Oct. 5, 1834. 
She died Dec. 23, 1843 ; and he married Lucy Richardson 
of Brookfield, Oct. 22, 1845. Children, — Henry Ballou, 
born Dec. 23, 1827, died Jan. 17, 1828 ; Lucius R., horn 
Sept. 19,1829, — was a merchant in Boston, and married 
Ellen S. Pond of Cambridge, Oct. 15, 1851, and died Oct. 28, 
1852 ; Mary Jane Pearce, born March 8, 1832, died Dec. 27, 
1854; Thomas Whittemore Robinson, Oct. 17, 1837, died 
April 2, 1838 ; Clarinda Richardson, born Dec. 24, 1840, 
died Dec. 30, 1843. He is preparing a History of Cam- 
bridge, and has collected a great amount of statistics for 
that purpose. 

6. Mary, daughter of Timothy and Mary, born Oct. 19, 
1759 ; married Daniel Pay of Hardwick, Aug. 23, 1778 ; 
settled in Bethel, Vt. ; and died at Stockbridge, Vt., March 
27, 1834. Children, — Mary, born March 10, 1779, married 
Rev. Philander Chase, Bishop of Ohio and of Illinois, and 
died May 5, 1818 ; Nancy, March 25, 1781, who married 
Nathaniel Evans, settled in Middlebury, 0., and died July 12, 
1825 ; Elizabeth, born Sept. 3, 1783, married B. Batchelder, 
and died in Bethel, Vt., May 4, 1831 ; Jedediah, born 
Jan. 30, 1786, — a physician, who died at Owego, N.Y., 
April 23, 1848 ; Timothy Paige, May 9, 1788, — a physician, 
who resides in Stockbridge, Vt. ; Almira, July 28, 1790, died 
Oct. 29, 1824 ; Daniel, born Oct. 26, 1792, died March 16, 
1796; Cyrus Paige, born Feb. 17, 1796, — a physician at 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 117 

Columbus, 0. ; Oren, Dec. 17, 1798, — a merchant, who died 
at Madrid, Mo., September, 1834. 

6. Foster, sou of Timothy and Mary, born Aug. 29, 1761 ; 
married Amittai Paige, Jan. 6, 1785. Settled in Hardwick, 
Vt., about the year 1800 ; and from thence went to Bakers- 
field, Vt., where he died June 22, 1843. His widow was living 
in 1860, aged ninety-six years. Children, — Gardner, born 
Oct. 16, 1785, who married Betsey Parker, April 25, 1810, 
and lives at Bakersfield, Vt. ; Seneca, born Feb. 15, 1788, 
was member of the Parliament for the Province of Canada, 
and died in October, 1856 ; Reed, born March 28, 1790, who 
married Eunice Cutler of Hardwick, Mass., and lives in 
Bakersfield, Vt. ; Mary Foster, July 18, 1792, who married 
Jesse Paige of Hardwick, Mass., and died Jan. 19, 1823 ; 
Rebecca Peirce, born March 17, 1797, who married David 
Smith, June 25, 1820 (he died, and she married Asahel 
Deming, Oct. 5, 1828); Foster, Oct. 25, 1801, who married 
Julia Soule, and lives in Bakersfield, Vt. ; Amittai Cutler, 
Nov. 16, 1804, who married Lyman Hurlburt, May 25, 1824 
(he died, and she married Elijah Barns, July 2, 1857); Sally 
Warner, Aug. 5, 1808, who married Fay Brigham, and died 
March 11, 1828. 

6. Reed, son of Timothy and Mary, born Aug. 30, 1764 ; 
graduated at Dartmouth College in 1786 ; the first pastor 
of the church in Hancock, Mass. ; ordained in 1791 ; and died 
July 22, 1816, aged fifty-two years. He was justly esteemed 
a learned, pious, able, and faithful minister; a good citizen, 
and an honest, upright man ; a firm patriot ; a zealous and 
able advocate of his country's rights, — which very much 
endeared him to his people, who frequently elected him 
representative ; which office he filled at the time of his death. 
Married Hannah Paige of Bedford, Dec. 25, 1794. Children, 
— xVbigail, born Jan. 23, 1796, who married Jacob Flint of 
Peterborough, N.H. ; Mary, born Oct. 2, 1799, who married 



118 WILLIAM READE OF WOBURN, 

Moses Whitney of New Boston, N.H. ; David, born March 11, 
1802, — a physician, who married Prances Tyler, Oct. 1, 1844, 
and moved to Belvidere, 111. ; Timothy, born Aug. 31, 1805, 
who was a cadet at West Point, and attained the rank of 
captain in the United-States Army, — resigned his commis- 
sion, and commenced the practice of law at New Orleans, 
and since at New York ; Nathaniel George Reed, born 
Aug. 17, 1807, who lives at Marengo, 111. ; William, 
April 18, 1811, who is a merchant in Mobile, Ala. 

6. Moses, son of Timothy and Mary, born Peb. 19, 1767 ; 
married Lucy Aiken, Aug. 27, 1789 ; and married, for 
second wife, Mary Aiken, June, 1801 ; and died at Hardwick, 
Dec. 5, 1818. Children, — Joel, born Jan. 25, 1793, — a 
physician, who resided many years at Owego, N.Y., and 
removed to Alexander, N.Y., in 1850, and died July, 1855 ; 
Lucy, born April 13, 1796, married Anson Ruggles of 
Hardwick ; Mary, born March 8, 1798, married a Haskins 
of Prescott ; Moses, born Peb. 6, 1800, married the widow of 
his brother Asa, and kept an apothecary-shop in Troy, but 
now lives in Bennington, Vt. ; Asa, born Dec. 9, 1801, a 
physician and apothecary in Troy, N.Y., and married Sarah 
Ruggles of Hardwick ; Hannah, born May 11, 1804, married 
a Haywood of Ware, and died in 1835 ; Clarissa, born 
Dec. 22, 1808, married a Breckenridge of Ware. 

6. Rebecca, daughter of Timothy and Mary, born Nov. 28, 
1768 ; married Capt. Seth Peirce of Hardwick, Dec. 22, 
1793, and had one child, which died soon after its birth. 
She died Aug. 2, 1795. 

6. Thomas, son of Timothy and Mary, born April 20, 
1772 ; married Susan Warner of New Braintree, June 17, 
1798, and lived in Hardwick, New Braintree, and Lenoxville, 
C.E., and Compton, C.E., where he died June 23, 1855. 
Children, — Susan Warner, born Aug. 10, 1800; Hannah 
Ware, June 22, 1802, who married Samuel Wood of Farn- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 119 

ham, C.E., Feb. 9, 1843 ; Daniel Waldo, born Feb. 18, 
1804, who married Sarah Smith of Lenoxville, C.E., in 1836, 
and lives in Canada ; George Washington, born May 18, 
1806, married Elvira Waters of Barre, Vt., Aug. 24, 1835, 
and lives at Chicago ; Almira Clark, born Feb. 7, 1808, died 
March 11, 1838 ; Prudence Maria, born May 15, 1811, 
married Samuel A. Porter of Worcester, April 3, 1831 ; 
Sophia Foster, born March 4, 1815, married Austin Bixby 
of Worcester, March 15, 1836 ; Letitia Duncan, born May 2, 
1817 ; Thomas Reed, June 1, 1821, died May 25, 1836 ; 
Harriet Antoinette, born July 2, 1825, died May 4, 1827. 

6. George Washington, son of Timothy and Mary, born 
Aug. 24, 1775 ; a physician, justice of the peace, and elder 
in the Presbyterian Church at Colchester, N.Y ; married a 
Mrs. Cunningham, and died Sept. 10, 1834. 

5. Jonas, son of Deacon Christopher Paige and Elizabeth 
Reed, born Sept. 19, 1729; served several campaigns in the 
French and Indian wars, and was afterwards of a roving- 
disposition. In consequence of an early disappointment, as 
it is said, he never married. He was living in 1792 ; but the 
time of his death is unknown. 

5. Lucy, daughter of Deacon Christopher and Elizabeth, 
born Feb. 22, 1734; married Seth Lincoln of Western, now 
Warren, Oct. 10, 1751, who died May 6, 1793 ; and she 
married a Tyler, and died Sept. 1, 1821. Children, — 
Thomas, Seth, Asa, Lucy, Betsy, Olive, Thankfull, Mary, 
Levi, Sally. 

6. Seth, son of Lucy Paige and Seth Lincoln, married 
Jemima. Children, — Jemima, born 1780, died Nov. 15, 
1786 ; Lucy, born Oct. 1, 1782, who married Dr. Fairfield, 
and was mother of Sumner Lincoln Fairfield, a poet of some 
note; Hervey, born March 17, 1785, died Oct. 17, 1823; 
Ivers, born July 22, 1788; Warren, March 11, 1791,— 
a colonel of cavalry ; Jemima, 1793, died Jan. 7, 1797 ; 



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Fanny, born Dec. 20, 1796, who married Joseph Paige of 
Barre ; Sumner, born June 20, 1799, graduated at Yale 
College in 1822, — a clergyman, who lived many years at 
Gardner, Mass. 

5. Nathaniel, son of Deacon Christopher Paige and Eliza- 
beth Reed, born May 18, 1736 ; elected deacon of the church, 
May 12, 1785. For the first five years after his election, his 
brother William was his associate in office. They were suc- 
cessors of their father in the same office ; and Nathaniel was 
succeeded by James, son of William. Deacon Nathaniel 
married Joanna Freeman of Sandwich, in 1759. She died ; 
and he married Martha Fisk, daughter of Rev. Elisha Fisk of 
Upton, August, 1783. Removed to Athol in 1812 ; and died 
Jan. 6, 1816. Children, — Elizabeth, born April 27, 1788 ; 
Nathaniel F., Aug. 11, 1790 ; Jason, Dec. 18, 1792, — a mer- 
chant in New York. 

5. John, son of Deacon Christopher and Elizabeth, born 
July 6, 1738 ; married Hannah Winslow of Rochester in 
January, 1765 ; removed from Hardwick to Stephentown, 
N.Y., in 1790, and afterwards to Schaghticoke, where he 
and his wife died April, 1811, and both occupied one grave. 
Child, — Winslow, born Feb. 28, 1767, — a clergyman, 
who settled in Stephentown in 1790, at Schaghticoke in 
1793, at Florida, N.Y., in 1808, and at Broome in 1820; 
received the degree of A.M., at Brown University, in 1828 ; 
married Clarissa Keyes of Ashford, Conn., in 1787 ; and 
died at Broome, March 15, 1838. 

7. John Keyes, son of Winslow and Clarissa, born at 
Hardwick, Aug. 2, 1788 ; graduated at Williams College in 
1807 ; a lawyer, and cadet at West Point ; captain of the 
United-States Army in 1812; a colonel of militia in 1817; 
district attorney in 1818 ; clerk of the Supreme Court in 
1823 ; regent of the University of New York in 1829. 
Married Helen Maria Yates, daughter of Governor Yates, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 121 

Oct. 15, 1817. She died January, 1829 ; and he married 
Anna Maria Bloodgood, Nov. 20, 1833. His general resi- 
dence was at Albany, N.Y. ; of which place he was mayor. 
He died at Schenectady, N.Y., Dec. 10, 1857. Children, — 
Joseph Christopher Yates, born July 8, 1818, graduated at 
Williams College in 1838, a lawyer ; Anna Bloodgood, Dec. 
10, 1834 ; John Keyes, April 18, 1837, died May 29, 1838. 

7. Hannah Winslow, daughter of Winslow and Clarissa, 
born August, 1791, who married Archibald Croswell of 
Broome, N.Y., 1822. 

7. Maria C, daughter of Winslow and Clarissa, born 
1794 ; married David Cady of Florida, N.Y., 1815. 

7. Alonzo Christopher, son of Winslow and Clarissa, born 
July 31, 1796 ; graduated at Williams College, 1812 ; a law- 
yer ; district attorney ; member of the Assembly four years, 
and senator five years ; reporter to the Court of Chancery. 
Married Harriet B. Mumford in 1832, and has generally 
resided in Schenectady. Children, — Benjamin M., born in 
1834, died in 1838 ; Clara, 1836 ; Harriet B., 1838. 

7. Diana C, daughter of Winslow and Clarissa, born 
February, 1799 ; married Allen Jackson of Florida, N.Y., 
in 1820. 

• 7. Antoinette A. L., daughter of Winslow and Clarissa, 
born in August, 1804 ; married George Smith of Florida in 
1825. He died August, 1828 ; and she married Piatt Pot- 
ter, Esq., of Schenectady, N.Y., in 1836. 

5. Elizabeth, daughter of Deacon Christopher Paige and 
Elizabeth, born June 7, 1743 ; manned Solomon Green 
of Leicester in 1765, and died at her birthplace, in Hard- 
wick, April 1, 1802. Children, — Timothy, who resided in 
Ohio in 1838 ; Solomon, who went to New York ; Archelaus, 
July 16, 1770, — a clergyman and physician, and resided at 
Virgil, N.Y., where he died Dec. 25, 1843; John; Mary; 
Lynde ; Isaac, May 25, 1798 ; Serena, 1782, died young. 

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122 WILLIAM READB OF WOBDRN, 

6. Archelaus, son of Solomon Green and Elizabeth Paige, 
born July 16, 1770 ; had Jordan Dodge, who died young ; 
Hiram, a clergyman ; John ; Paige ; Lucy ; Archelaus. 

6. Isaac, son of Solomon Green and Elizabeth, born 
May 25, 1778 ; married Rebecca Gay Harriden of Taunton, 
January, 1808, and lived in Providence, but now lives in 
Rehoboth. Children, — John Harriden, born March 19, 
1811, who married Harriet C. Potter, Feb. 3, 1833, and lives 
in Providence ; Sarah Ann, married Edwin Potter, and lives 
in Providence ; Rebecca, married William Burke, and lives in 
Cranston, RJ. ; Solomon, born Dec. 22, 1819, married Nancy 
B. Manchester of Newport, and lives in Rehoboth. 

3. William, son of George and Elizabeth, and grandson of 
William and Maybal, born Sept. 22, 1662 ; married Abigail 
Kendall, his father's cousin, May 24, 1686. She had an 
unusual number of fingers and toes. Children, — Abigail, 
born May 29, 1687, married Deacon Jonathan Fiske, and 
moved to Sudbury ; William, born July 18, 1693 ; Mary, 
April 8, 1695, married Deacon John Stone ; Benjamin, born 
Oct. 22, 1696, married Rebecca Stone ; Samuel, born Oct. 24, 
1699 ; Joshua, Jan. 20, 1702 ; Hepsibah, Dec. 10, 1705, 
married Daniel Tidd ; Elizabeth, married Joseph Munroe ; 
Rebecca, married Edward Johnson of Woburn. He settled 
in Cambridge Farms, now Lexington ; and was a great land- 
holder in Cambridge Farms, Woburn, and Billerica. He 
held a justice's commission, and was also a military captain, 
but was generally called Capt. Read. He was one of the 
board of selectmen chosen the first year after the incorpora- 
tion of the town in 1713. He died in Cambridge Farms, 
May 12, 1718. I find him purchasing land up to within 
five days of his death. His wife died Oct. 12, 1734. They 
were buried in Lexington old burying-yard ; and two plain 
stones near the centre of the yard, with the common inscrip- 
tion, mark their resting-place ; and around them are clus- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 123 

tered the tombstones and monuments of their descendants, 



filling a large portion of the yard. 

4. William, son of William and Abigail, born July 18, 
1693; married Sarah Poulter. Children, — William, born 
Jan. 1, 1720 ; Samuel, May 4, 1722 ; Sarah, Jan. 3, 1725 ; 
Mary, March 10, 1728, married William Bowman ; Oliver, 
born March 25, 1730 ; John, May 28, 1731 ; Harmond, 
April 28, 1734 ; Eliot, April 28, 1738 ; Hannah, Oct. 21, 
1740: Nathan, Nov. 9, 1743. He lived about a mile from 
the Monument in Lexington, on the road to Bedford, where 
he owned a great tract of land in that neighborhood, on 
which his sons Harmond and Nathan remained and settled. 
He also had six hundred acres in what is now the centre 
of the town of Bedford, on which he settled his sons John 
and Oliver. He settled his son Samuel about a mile north 
of his residence in Burlington, on the farm now owned by 
Mr. Nichols, whose wife is one of his descendants. The 
house in which he lived and died is still standing, in good con- 
dition ; and is owned by Mr. Christopher Reed, his grandson. 
He was a representative twenty years in succession ; a jus- 
tice of the peace during the reigns of George II. and III. ; and 
did much of the public business in the town and county. 
For many years, he officiated in marrying his descendants. 
He died Feb. 11, 1778, aged eighty-five years. He had pre- 
pared a tomb previous to his death ; a splendid affair for those 
times, and is still in good preservation in the old burying- 
yard. He was generally known by the appellation of Esquire 
Read. A portion of his homestead was bought of Robert 
Fiske, his relative, Feb. 6, 1718. 

5. William, son of William and Sarah, born Jan. 1, 1720 ; 
married Abigail Stone, Jan. 1, 1741, on the day. of his ma- 
jority. Children, — William, born Oct. 2, 1742; Abigail, 
Sept. 22, 1744 ; Sarah, May 14, 1747 ; Nathaniel, June 2, 
1749 ; Mary, July 17, 1751 ; Buler, May 4, 1753 ; Thaddeus, 



124 WILLIAM EBADE OP WOBURN, 

Aug. 25, 1755; Josiah, Aug. 25, 1757; Hannah, Oct. 8, 
1758 ; Milley, April 26, 1762 ; Esther, Oct. 25, 1765. 

6. William, son of William and Abigail, born Oct. 2, 1742 ; 
married Elizabeth Davis, Dec. 13, 1768. Child, — William, 
April 5, 1778. He died in Acton, Aug. 31, 1829, aged 
eighty-live. 

7. William, son of William and Elizabeth of Acton, born 
April 5, 1778, in Lexington. Children, — William, born 
Dec. 15, 1804, married Anna Gleason of East Sudbury, 
March 28, 1826 ; Mary A., born June 25, 1807, died Oct. 19, 
1847 ; Joseph W., born Jan. 2, 1810, died Feb. 28, 1813 ; 
Daniel H., born Oct. 29, 1812, died March 11, 1817; An- 
drew J., born Feb. 19, 1815, died Nov. 16, 1851 ; Isaiah, 
born May 18, 1817 ; Charlotte, May 10, 1819 ; Prescott, 
Feb. 14, 1821; Isaac, March 13, 1823; Eliab G., Jan. 15, 
1825. He died in Acton, Nov. 3, 1846, aged sixty-eight 
years. 

4. Benjamin, son of Capt. William of Lexington, born 
Oct. 22, 1696 ; married Rebecca Stone, sister of Deacon 
John Stone. Children, — Benjamin, born May 13, 1718; 
Abigail, March 30, 1720, married Deacon John Muzzy ; 
Jonas, June 7, 1722 ; Rebecca, Nov. 5, 1724 ; Isaac, 
July 30, 1727 ; Jonathan, March 8, 1729 ; Thaddeus, June 
17, 1732; Dorcas, July 18, 1734; Samuel, April 3, 1737 ; 
Ruth, Nov. 9, 1741. He was a major, and a justice of the 
peace. He removed from Lexington to Littleton, and is 
the ancestor of the Littleton Reeds. 

5. Deacon Jonas, son of Major Benjamin, born June 7, 
1722 ; married Elizabeth Wright of Concord, April 17, 1746. 
Children, — Rebecca, born Oct. 26, 1748 ; Jonas, March 17, 
1751 (Jonas and his sister Elizabeth died of the dysentery in 
1756, and both were buried in one grave); Elizabeth, born 
Oct. 9, 1755; Jonas, April 21, 1759; Nathan, May 31, 1761. 

Benjamin, son of Major Benjamin, married Mrs. Hannah 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 125 

Easterbrooks, July 19, 1763. He was a captain of militia. 
He moved to Holden before he was married, and his children 
were born in Holden. His farm was the corner of Holden, 
adjoining Rutland, and about two miles from Rutland 
Meeting-house, where he was deacon of the church. He died 
in 1806, aged eighty-three. 

6. Jonas, son of Jonas and Elizabeth, born April 1, 1759 ; 
married Elizabeth Willson, Jan. 8, 1784 ; and married a 
Hammond for second wife. Children, — Betsy, born 
Jan. 20, 1785 ; Sally, Sept. 28, 1786 ; Jonas, Oct. 3, 1788 ; 
Rufus, Dec. 20, 1790 ; Benjamin H., July 1, 1794 ; Wil- 
liam, Oct. 30, 1798, who married Polly Babcock, April 3, 
1837. He lived in Rutland, and Holden was formerly part 
of Rutland ; was known as Deacon Reed. He wrote a His- 
tory of Rutland. He lived and died on the homestead of 
his father in Rutland. 

6. Nathan; son of Jonas and Elizabeth, born in Rutland, 
May 31, 1761 ; married Lois Maynard, and settled in Royal- 
ston. Children, — Moses M., Tabitha, Nathan, Betsy, 
Arba, Abigail, Isabella, Benjamin, Cyrus B., Phineas W., 
Lois M.j Ainsworth, Sylvanus S., Sally. He married Lydia 
Poor for second wife, and the six youngest children were by 
her. His wife died Dec. 24, 1846 : he died May 6, 1850. 

7. Cyrus B. Reed, son of Nathan and Lydia of Royalston, 
born in 1806 ; married Sarah Godard, Dec. 15, 1831, and 
lives in Royalston. Children,- — Cyrus P., born April 12, 
1834 ; William G., June 26, 1841 ; Charles P., Oct. 11, 1846 ; 
Henry C, March 22, 1852. 

6. Isaac, son of Major Benjamin, born July 30, 1727 ; 
married Mary Bridge of Lexington, April 22, 1754. Child, 
— Isaac, born May 18, 1755. 

7. Isaac, son of Isaac and Mary, born May 18, 1755 ; 
married Mary, the daughter of Gen. Isaac Gardner of 
Brookline, distinguished in the Revolution. He graduated 



126 



at Cambridge in 1780 ; settled in Littleton, and became a 
trader ; and died Nov. 5, 1789, leaving a son Isaac Gardner, 
born Nov. 16, 1783, who graduated at Cambridge in 1803 ; 
Edward Augustus, 1781, died at Westford, 1850. 

8. Isaac C, son of Isaac, practised law with success in 
Waldoborough, Me. ; where he died, much lamented, Feb. 25, 
1847. Children, — Isaac, and three other sons, and two 
daughters. 

Hon. Isaac Eeed of Waldoborough, son of Hon. Isaac G. 
Reed, is a distinguished lawyer in the State of Maine, and 
has been a candidate for governor. 

5. Jonathan, son of Major Benjamin of Littleton, born at 
Lexington, March 8, 1729; married Sarah. Children, — 
Rhoda, born June 13, 1764 ; Anna, Oct. 19, 1766 ; Mary, 
April 20, 1720 ; Jonathan, Sept. 13, 1772. He settled in 
Littleton, and was a colonel of militia, and a justice of the 
peace. He died Oct. 8, 1790 : his wife died June 4, 1803. 

5. Samuel, son of Major Benjamin, born at Lexington, 
April 3, 1737 ; married Hannah Raymond, Feb. 18, 1762 ; 
settled in Littleton. Children, — Isaac, born Oct. 7, 1768; 
Betsy, Aug. 25, 1770 ; Daniel, May 2, 1772 ; James, July 15, 
1774 ; Mary, who died Sept. 23, 1853 ; Benjamin, born 
Jan. 13, 1779 ; Hepsibah, June 27, 1781 ; Jonas, June 21, 
1784 ; Nathan, April 14, 1790. He died at Littleton, 
March 9, 1806 : his wife died Sept. 22, 1819. 

6. Samuel, son of Samuel and Hannah, married an Um- 
phrey, and moved to Lynn. Children, — Benjamin, Tho- 
mas, Nathan. 

6. Isaac, son of Samuel and Hannah of Littleton, born Oct. 
7, 1768 ; married Rebecca Fletcher of Westford, July 9, 1789. 

7. Thomas, son of Samuel of Lynn, married Elizabeth 
Phillips, Dec. 25, 1796. Children, — Eliza, born Nov. 6, 
1797 ; Sally, born Oct. 8, 1800 ; Thomas P., July 9, 1803 ; 
Walter A., June, 1807. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 127 

7. Nathan, son of Samuel, married Nancy. Children, — 
Eliza ; Jane, born Feb. 23, 1813 ; Nathan, Jan. 20, 1815. 
He died March 7, 1820. 

7. Jonas, son of Samuel and Hannah of Littleton, born 
June 4, 1784 ; married Elizabetb, the widow of his brother 
David, and had Jonas, William, and Daniel Mortimer. 

8. Jonas, son of Jonas, lives in South Danvers ; married 
Mary Soames. 

8. William, son of Jonas, lives at South Danvers, and is 
Agent of the Bleachery. He married Elizabeth Newhall of 
Lynn, Nov. 27, 1828. Children, — Sarah Ellen, born 
Jan. 21, 1830 ; Francis Andrews, Sept. 21, 1835 ; William, 
Oct. 5, 1845. 

6. Daniel, son of Samuel and Hannah of Littleton, and 
grandson of Major Benjamin, born May 2, 1772 ; married Eli- 
zabeth. Children, — Samuel, born March 17, 1798; Hannah, 
June 20, 1800 ; Betsy, May 16, 1802 ; Orrin, March 27, 
1804 ; Elvina, June 7, 1806. He died at Littleton, Nov. 24, 
1806 ; and his widow married Jonas, brother of Daniel. 

7. Samuel, son of Daniel and Elizabeth, born at Littleton, 
March 19, 1798 ; married Harriet Hodgeman of Bedford, 
May 12, 1825. Children, — Harriet Ann, born at Bedford, 
Dec. 3, 1826, died Jan. 2, 1827 ; Mary Caroline, March 21, 
1828, died March 11, 1835 ; Jonas H., born April 19, 1829 ; 
Harriet Jane, Aug. 23, 1831, died March 11, 1835 ; Nancy 
E., born March 30, 1833 ; Adaline, Jan. 8, 1835, died 
March 20, 1835 ; Mary Jane, born July 2, 1836 ; Daniel 
Webster, Aug. 5, 1838. They buried three children in two 
months. They now live in Lowell. 

6. Orrin, son of Daniel and Elizabeth, born May 24, 1804, 
and was many years constable and janitor of the Court House 
in Lowell ; but now lives in the west parish of Haverhill. 

6. Benjamin, son of Samuel and Hannah of Littleton, and 
grandson of Major Benjamin, born Jan. 13, 1779 ; married 



128 



Mary Litchfield of Littleton, November, 1797. Children, — 
Daniel, June 15, 1800 ; Thaxter, Nov. 24, 1801, died 
May 28, 1824 ; Mary, horn Nov. 12, 1803 ; Benjamin, 
Aug. 28, 1805 ; Sarah, June 17, 1807 ; Joseph Madison, 
June 24, 1809 ; Catherine, Dec. 13, 1810 ; Jefferson, March 
24, 1813 ; Rebecca, April 26, 1815 ; Ephraim, April 27, 
1813 ; Nathan, June 28, 1819 ; William, Sept. 2, 1821 ; 
Ehoda Jane, Nov. 30, 1824, died March 22, 1825. 

7. Jefferson, son of Benjamin and Polly or Mary, born 
March 24, 1813 ; married Eliza for first wife, who died in 
Concord, July 10, 1845. Married Susan. Child, — Mary, 
born in Littleton, Oct. 15, 1853. 

7. Ephreim, son of Benjamin and Polly or Mary, born 
April 27, 1817. 

7. Nathan, son of Benjamin and Mary, born at Littleton, 
June 28, 1819 ; married Elizabeth Damon of Wayland, 
Oct. 3, 1841. Married Augusta Turbell in Bedford, April 
13, 1841. Child, — Eben P., born May 20, 1844. His wife 
died Nov. 27, 1845. Married Lucy Reed in Boston, Nov. 26, 
1846. He lived in Bedford ; and died Jan. 20, 1847. 

7. Nathan, son of Samuel and Mary, born June 28, 1819 ; 
married Elizabeth Damon of Wayland, Oct. 3, 1841. 

Benjamin, son of Major Benjamin of Littleton, and grand- 
son of Capt. William of Lexington, born May 13, 1718, in 
Lexington ; married Mary Muzzy, Nov. 28, 1743, at Brook- 
field. The record says, Mary Rindall. She may have been 
previously married to a Rindall. She was the daughter of 
Deacon John Muzzey and Abigail Reed: consequently they 
were first cousins. Children, — Mary, born at Rutland, 
Jan. 3, 1744 ; Benjamin, March 28, 1745 ; Edmond, Nov. 8, 
1747,- — the three above-named children all died within 
twelve days of each other, of canker-rash, in 1749 ; Benja- 
min, born May 28, 1750, — a promising young man, who 
fell in the battle of Bunker Ilill ; Edmond, July 8, 1755 ; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 129 

Mary, July 10, 1752 ; Patience, Dec. 1, 1756 ; Silas, Dec. 15, 
1762. He married Hannah Easterbrook of Lexington for 
second wife, July 19, 1763. He was a captain of militia. 

Edmond, son of Capt. Benjamin, born July 8, 1755 ; mar- 
ried Miriam Clements, 1778. Children, — Benjamin, born 
April 24, 1779, died May 14, 1823; Sewell, born Aug. 18, 
1781, died December, 1846 ; Betsy, born July 8, 1783 ; 
Lucy, Sept. 7, 1785, died March 7, 1855 ; Gardner and 
Gerry, born April 11, 1789,— Gardner died Feb. 9, 1807 ; 
Polly, March 31, 1793. He died Feb. 26, 1821 : his wife 
died July 29, 1823. 

Sewell, son of Edmond, born at Rutland, Aug. 18, 1781 ; 
married Elizabeth Browning. Children, — Francis G.,born 
June 6, 1808, died Aug. 8, 1841 ; Elizabeth M., born March 
18, 1810, died Dec. 7, 1851 ; James G., born Feb. 13, 1812 ; 
Emeline R., July 24, 1814, died Dec. 18, 1854 ; Daniel B., 
born June 18, 1817 ; Mary M., March 15, 1820, died Jan. 24, 
1846; Harriet W., born Nov. 16, 1832; Sarah, Oct. 29, 
1825, died July 17, 1850 ; Charles, born Feb. 16, 1830. 

Daniel B., son of Sewell, born June 18, 1817 ; married 
Isabella Easterbrook, June 24, 1844. Children, — Caroline, 
born June 8, 1845 ; Mary, Sept. 7, 1848 ; Edward M., 
April 22, 1852. He is, by trade, a carriage-builder. 

Silas, son of Benjamin and Mary, settled in Oakham, for- 
merly part of Rutland ; born in Rutland, Dec. 15, 1762. 
Children, — Benjamin, Cheeny, Silas, Lewis, Jonathan, An- 
drew. 

Jonathan, son of Silas, married Betsy Temple. Children, 
— Stephen Albert, Edmond Joseph, Ellen Amelia, Leroy 
Sunderland, William P. 

Silas, son of Silas of Oakham, married Lucy House of 
North Brookfield, March 14, 1832. 

Abigail, daughter of Major Benjamin of Lexington, born 
March 20, 1720 ; married Deacon John Muzzey, Nov. 11, 

17 



130 WILLIAM READE OF WOBURN, 

1736. Children, — John, born in Lexington, Dec. 9, 1737 ; 
Abigail, May 16, 1739 ; Thaddeus, born in Rutland, Sept. 7, 
1740 ; Mary, May 20, 1742 ; Olive, Feb. 7, 1744 ; Elizabeth 
B., May 9, 1746 ; Jonas, Jan. 2, 1748 ; Rebecca, May 24, 
1750 ; Sarah, April 24, 1752 ; Bethiah, born in Spencer, 
June 22, 1754 ; Susa, June 27, 1756 ; Dorcas, March 19, 
1758 ; Amos, Feb. 27, 1762 ; Edmond, Aug. 25, 1763 ; 
Benjamin, Aug. 14, 1765. His wife died Feb. 16, 1766. 
Married, for second wife, Eleanor Snow, widow of Jonathan 
Snow, May 14, 1778. He died June 25, 1789, aged seventy- 
five. 

Abigail, daughter of Deacon John Muzzey and Abigail 
Reed, born May 16, 1739 ; married Thomas White of Spen- 
cer, Dec. 30, 1756, and had sixteen children. Their oldest 
son Thomas, born Nov. 24, 1757, married Hannah Easter- 
brook of Holden, Sept. 2, 1784, daughter of Ebenezer 
Easterbrook, and Ruth Reed, daughter of Major Benjamin 
of Lexington : consequently, she was cousin to his mother. 
They had nine children. Hannah, their second daughter, 
born Feb. 27, 1762; married Thomas White, jun., September, 
1784, and had six children ; the oldest of whom (Joseph), 
born Jan. 24, 1792, married Matilda Davis, whose father is 
cousin to Ex-Governor Davis. Married Jan. 30, 1817. 
Children, — Wilson D., born July 24, 1818; Persis A., 
Jan. 11, 1820; Windsor, March 14, 1823; Harriet M., 
Jan. 27, 1825, died young; Joseph E., Jan. 19, 1834, died 
young. He lives at West Boylston, and is known as Deacon 
White. 

5. Samuel, son of William and Sarah of Lexington, born 
May 4, 1722 ; married Eunice Stone, daughter of Deacon 
John Stone and Mary Reed, his father's sister. He lived in 
what is now Burlington, and the farm is owned by Mr. 
Nichols. Children, — Samuel, born Aug. 6,1744; Micah, 
Sept. 28, 1746 ; Moses, May 31, 1749 ; Francis, May 3, 1851, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 131 

died in infancy ; Eunice, Feb. 19, 1754, married Jotham 
Johnson ; Abigail, born Aug. 13, 1757, married Samuel 
Walker ; Lucy, Oct. 12, 1759, married Mr. Blanchard ; 
Sarah, Dec. 31, 1762, married Ichabod Johnson, brother of 
Jotliam ; Mary, Aug. 11, 1767, married Samuel Walker, 
brother of Edward. He was deacon of the church in Bur- 
lington ; and he and his wife lived together sixty-five years in 
the same house, and died at the same time. Both occupied 
the same grave, and one stone marks the resting-place of 
both. The following is the inscription on the gravestone 
in the old burying-yard in Burlington : — 
Here lies buried the body of 



Deacon Samuel Reed; 

who died April 28, 1809, aged 

eighty-seven. 



Mrs. Eunice Reed, 

wife of Deacon Samuel Reed ; 

who died April 25, 1809, aged 

eighty-five. 

They lived happy in the marriage state for sixty-five years, and were 
not separated in their death. 

The Grave its trophies shall resign; 
Christ will the mouldering dust refine; 
And Death, the last of foes, shall be 
Swallowed up in victory. 

Samuel, son of Deacon Samuel and Eunice, born Aug. 6, 
1744 ; married Joanna Page of Bedford, July 25, 1771. 
Children, — Samuel ; Frances, Feb. 5, 1773 ; Eunice, April 3, 
1782 ; Rebecca, Nov. 2, 1788. He lived and died in Graf- 
ton, N.H. He was a man of large size and stature, — a relict 
of olden times. He was in Lexington and Bunker-Hill 
Fights ; and the library and public records of Harvard Col- 
lege were deposited in his house, in Woburn Precinct, 
while the British had possession of Boston. The house is 
standing in what is now Burlington, and owned by Mr. 
Nichols, whose wife is daughter of Hammond Reed. Mr. 
Reed returned from Lexington Fight, having in his custody 
two British officers. 

7. Samuel, son of Samuel and Joanna of Grafton, N.H., 



132 WILLIAM RKADE OF WOBUKN, 

married Anna Sayles of Grafton, N.H.,1801. Children, — 
Anna, born Sept. 13, 1802; Sally, July 22, 1804 ; Marilla, 
April 1, 1806 ; Rebecca, April 3, 1808 ; Samuel, April 28, 
1810 ; Elmira, May 5, 1812 ; Clarissa, April 2, 1814 ; Eze- 
kiel Sayles, June 25, 1816 ; Francis, June 21, 1820. He 
was six feet two inches in height, and weighed two hundred 
and twenty pounds, — a specimen of the olden stock. 

Anna, daughter of Samuel and Anna, born Sept. 13, 1802 ; 
married Tupper Foss of Grafton, N.H., Oct. 31, 1824. Chil- 
dren, — Samuel R., born Feb. 10, 1826 ; Maribeeham, Aug. 
22, 1828, married George Hilton ; Mannassah B., born 
Aug. 21, 1834. 

Samuel R., son of Tupper Foss and Anna Reed, born 
Feb. 10, 1826 ; married Mary Higgerson. Children, — two; 
names not given. Live in Grafton. 

Meribeeham, daughter of Tupper Foss and Anna Reed, 
born Aug. 22, 1828 ; married George Hilton of Grafton, and 
moved to California. 

Sally, daughter of Samuel and Anna, born July 22, 1804 ; 
married William H. Saunders, Sept. 30, 1832, and lived in 
Sanburntown, N.H. Children, — Abigail, born Aug. 19, 
1833 ; Sarah R., Jan. 25, 1835 ; Martha, Pec. 16, 1836, 
died Aug. 17, 1854 ; Joanna P., April 4, 1839, died July 12, 
1839 ; Mary Jane, born March 16, 1842 ; James W., 
Sept. 26, 1844. 

Marilla, daughter of Samuel and Anna, born at Grafton, 
April 1, 1806 ; married George M. Prake, June 23, 1824. 
Children, — Sarah Ann, born Nov. 14, 1824 ; Porothy, 
Sept. 17, 1826 ; George W., June 8, 1831, who lives at 
Salmon Falls, Elderado County, Cal. ; Mary E., May 14, 
1834. Ho died Sept. 3, 1840 ; and his widow, Marilla 
Prake, married Benjamin P. Fifield. 

Sarah Ann, daughter of George W. Prake and Merrilla 
Reed, born Nov. 14, 1824 ; married Rufus Gould of Pan- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 133 

bury, Sept. 3,1846, and lives in Nashua, N.H. Child, — 
Merrilla R., born June 3, 1849. 

Dorothy, daughter of Merrilla and George W. Drake, born 
Sept. 17, 1826 ; married Hiram F. Taylor of Danbury, Oct. 
17, 1845. Children, — Helen Jane, born Aug. 26, 1846 ; 
Clara Emily, May 20, 1848 ; Warren French, June 27, 
1854. 

Rebecca, daughter of Samuel and Anna, born Aug. 23, 
1808 ; married Moses L. Taylor, March 18, 1834, and live in 
Danbury. Children, — Amos Webster, born Dec. 25, 1835, 
died May 22, 1843 ; Anna, born April 29, 1838 ; Frank 
Lennett, May 19, 1844 ; Arthur Henry, June 11, 1848. 

Samuel Reed, jun., born April 28, 1810 ; married Sally 
B. Sanders of Sanborntown, April 22, 1834. His wife died 
July 25, 1835. Married, for second wife, Rebecca Martin 
of Danbury, Juno 11, 1839. 

Almira, daughter of Samuel and Anna, born May 5, 1812 ; 
married Silas Corliss of Bristol, N.H., Sept. 30, 1832, and 
live in Plymouth, N.H. Children, — Emily, born Aug. 26, 
1834 ; Cyrus, Oct. 29, 1836 ; Almira, Dec. 20, 1838 ; Francis 
R., Aug. 9, 1841 ; Clarissa A., Aug. 8, 1843 ; George Henry, 
Sept. 15, 1846. 

Clarissa, daughter of Samuel and Anna, born April 2, 
1814 ; married Ira Heath of Grafton, Oct. 27, 1844. Chil- 
dren, — Frances Warren, born Aug. 2, 1845; Ira; Orin, 
June 18, 1846 ; Merilla, July 15, 1847, died Sept. 16, 1847 ; 
Samuel Oscar, born March 28, 1849 ; Clara Milissa, Aug. 18, 
1851, died Aug. 2, 1856. He died Oct. 1, 1852, aged forty- 
six. She married Frederick Clay, Nov. 15, 1854 ; and lives 
in Danbury. 

Ezekiel Sayles, son of Samuel Reed and Anna, born 
June 24, 1816 ; married Joanna Page Judkins of Danbury, 
March 11, 1841. Children, — Selwin Sayles, born Dec. 17, 
1841 ; Samuel Page, born March 19, 1844 ; Mary Ellen, 



134 WILLIAM READE OP WOBURN, 

Sept. 20, 1846 ; Benjamin Judkins, June 24, 1849 ; Francis, 
April 8, 1852. The wife of Ezekiel Sayles died Oct. 21 
of the same year. He married, for second wife, Betsy 
B. Gilman, Aug. 31, 1854. He is deacon of the church in 
Danbury, a singing-master, and a mill-owner. 

Rev. Francis, son of Samuel and Anna, born July 21, 
1820 ; married Aphia Goodwin of Rumford, Me., at Lowell, 
Mass., July 5, 1849. Child, — Frances Ellen, born Feb. 2, 
1851. He is a clergyman, and lives at Hopkinton, N.H. 

Francis, son of Samuel and Joanna, born in Woburn, now 
Burlington, Feb. 5, 1774 ; married Mary Martin of Grafton. 
Children, — Seth, born July 24, 1801, died Aug. 3,1803; 
Mary, born Feb. 20, 1804 ; John Page, June 24, 1806, died 
Feb. 28, 1839, at Grafton ; Candice, Sept. 12, 1808, died at 
St. Anthony, M.T., Aug. 12, 1855 ; Alsea, May 6, 1811. 

Mary, daughter of Francis and Mary, born Feb. 20, 1804 ; 
married Israel Smith of Grafton. Children, — Alsea S., 
born Feb. 20, 1828 ; Francis R., Nov. 14, 1833 ; Forluska 
M., Sept. 17, 1836 ; Henry Austin, July 27, 1845. 

John P., son of Francis and Mary, born June 24, 1806 ; 
married Clementine B. Abbot of Sutton, N.H., Sept. 19, 
1830. Children, — John Abbot, born at Grafton, Dec. 25, 
1831 ; Ephraim L., July 15, 1835. 

Candice, daughter of Francis and Mary, born Sept. 12, 
1808 ; married Samuel Tukesbury of Grafton in 1839, and 
moved to St. Anthony, Min. She died May 12, 1855. 

Alsea, daughter of Francis and Mary, born May 6, 1811 ; 
married Caleb Sanders of Sanborntown ; and he died soon 
after, leaving an infant child, which soon died. Alsea mar- 
ried, for second husband, George Aldrich of Grafton. Chil- 
dren, — Candice Maria, born June 3, 1841 ; Alsea Ann, 
Oct. 29, 1848 ; Mary Emily, Sept. 7, 1850. 

John Abbot, son of John P. Reed and Clementine, born 
at Grafton, Dec. 25, 1831 ; married Rachel France of Hud- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 135 

son, Ind., and lives at Liberty, Min. Child, — Willey Cla- 
rence, born April 24, 1857. He is a scbool-teacher. 

Ephraim, son of John P. and Clementine, born July 15, 
1835 ; married Sarah Ann Hunter, April 28, 1857, and lives 
at Lewiston, Min. 

Joanna, daughter of Samuel and Joanna, born ; mar- 
ried Moses Leavett, March 5, 1799. Children, — Joanna, 
born Jan. 15, 1800, married Abiram Sanborn, Nov. 9, 1820, 
and lives at Wilmot, N.H. Mr. Leavett died May 28, 1826 : 
Joanna, his wife, died at Grafton, April 23, 1823. Children 
of Abiram and Joanna Sanborn, — Moses Leavett, born 
March 7, 1822; Aaron, March 10, 1824; Isaac, July 4, 
1826 ; Sarah Ann, Sept. 28, 1828 ; Asa Morrison, Jan. 12, 
1831, died Marcli 26, 1832 ; Albert, born March 8, 1883 ; 
Emily Caroline, March 16, 1838 ; Rhoda Maria, March 12, 
1843. 

Moses L. Sanborn, son of Abiram and Joanna Sanborn, 
born March 7, 1822 ; married Eliza A. Burbank of Grafton, 
April 17, 1845, and lives at East Canaan, N.H. Children, — 
Warren L., born Nov. 13, 1846; Morrison L., March 26, 
1849 ; William A. and Susan E., twins, June 19, 1854 
(William A. died Aug. 2, 1854). 

Aaron Sanborn, son of Abiram and Joanna Reed, born 
March 10, 1824 ; married Amanda M. Currier of Grafton, 
Nov. 16, 1848. Child, — Aaron E., bom Aug. 28, 1849. 
He died at Grafton, Jan. 5, 1852. 

Isaac Sanborn, son of Abiram and Joanna, born July 4, 
1826 ; married Azubah Dunlap of Danbury, and lives at 
Wilmot Flat, N.H. Children, — Orin A., born Sept. 24, 
1851 ; Pamelia E., Aug. 4, 1854 ; Charles E., Sept. 21, 
1857. 

Sarah Ann, daughter of Abiram Sanborn and Joanna, 
born Sept. 28, 1828 ; married Alfred S. Williams, April 19, 
1849, and lives in Grafton. Children, — Martin A., born 



136 WILLIAM EEADE OF WOBUBN, 

March 1, 1852, died Sept. 26, 1852 ; Clara E., born July 6, 
1855 ; Sumner R., Feb. 26, 1857. 

Albert Sanborn, son of Abiram and Joanna, born March 8, 
1833 ; married Lucinda Fernald of Orange, and lives at Dor- 
chester, N.H. 

Eunice, daughter of Samuel and Joanna, born March 30, 
1782, at Burlington ; married Levi Martin, March 11, 1802 ; 
died March 20, 1829. Children, — Eunice, born Feb. 27, 
1803 ; Levi, Sept. 5, 1805 ; Samuel R., Nov. 5, 1807 ; Jo- 
anna, May 21, 1810, died Nov. 24, 1812; Rebecca, born 
Sept. 10, 1812 ; Cyrene, Nov. 13, 1813 ; Mary R., March 28, 
1817. She died at Grafton, March 29, 1817. 

Samuel R. Martin, son of Levi and Eunice, born Nov. 5, 
1807 ; married Mercy French of Orange, and lives in Grafton. 
Children, — Candice, Eunice, Samuel R., Carlos. He has 
beeu blind for fifteen years ; but manages his concerns, and 
gains property. 

Eunice, daughter of Samuel R. Martin and Mercy, married 
Samuel P. Haskens, and lives in Grafton. 

Rebecca, daughter of Levi Martin and Eunice, born 
Sept. 12, 1812 ; married Samuel Reed. 

Cyrene, daughter of Levi Martin and Eunice, born 
Nov. 13, 1813 ; married William Sherlock of Royalton, 
Vt., Jan. 19, 18-10. Children, — James M., born July 26, 
1842 ; Eunice R., Feb. 14, 1845 ; Sally B. R., Sept. 21, 1847 ; 
Martha Jane, April 4, 1850 ; Frank, April 11, 1853, died 
May 17, 1853 ; Frank, born Oct. 17, 1854. 

Rebecca, daughter of Samuel and Joanna, born Nov. 2, 
1788 ; married Amos Taylor of Danbury, Oct. 29, 1807, and 
lived in Danbury. Child, — Moses Leavett, born Dec. 10, 
1810. She died Dec. 13, 1842. 

Moses L. Taylor, son of Amos Taylor and Rebecca, born 
Dec. 10, 1810 ; married Rebecca Reed, March 18, 1834. 
Child, — see child of Rebecca Reed. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 137 

6. Micah, son of Deacon Samuel of Burlington, born 
Sept. 28, 1746 : married Elizabeth Page, sister of Samuel's 
wife. Children, — Micah, born at Burlington, Oct. 19, 
1773; Elizabeth, Feb. 25, 1779, lives at Xew Braintree ; 
Samuel, June 11, 1783, born at Hardwick, and died May 5. 
1846, at Burlington, Yt. ; Eunice, born at Hard wick, Jan. 18, 
1787, married James Barn of Xew Braintree, and had four 
children. She married Parley Granger for second husband, 
and has had two children by him. They now live in Xew 
Braintree. He was killed March 1, 1S04, by falling from 
a scaffold : his wife died March 21, 1838, in her ninetieth 
year. 

7. Micah, son of Micah and Elizabeth, born Oct. 19, 1773 ; 
married Deborah Tlmrstain of Hardwick. Children, — 
Arimanily, born Sept. 22. 1798, died Oct. 14, 1837 : Rebecca 
Page, born July 6, 1801, died Jan. 5, 1808 ; Abel Wheeler, 
born Jan. 15, 1805; Micah T., May 21, 1807; Samuel G., 
May 21, 1809 ; Hammond. Aug. 7, 1811 ; Sumner, March 
29, 1813 ; Rebecca, Dec. 7, 1815 ; Dwight, Aug. 25, 1817. 
He was known as Col. Reed ; and died at New Braintree, 
Aug. 3, 1825 : his wife died June 30, 1828. 

8. Abel Wheeler, son of Col. Micah and Elizabeth, born 
Jan. 15, 1805 ; married Widow Elizabeth Scouvel. Child, 
— Ellen Tyler, born Aug. 5, 1847, and died in 1849. He 
lives at Brookfield, and pays the heaviest tax of any person 
in the town. 

8. Micah T., son of Col. Micah, born May 1, 1807; mar- 
ried Abigail Harlow; published Aug. 23, 1834. She was 
killed, June 30, 1852, by being thrown from a carriage. 
Child, — Thomas Harlow, born Sept. 14, 1835. He lives 
at North Brookfield. Married a Miss Gorham for second 
wife. 

8. Samuel G., son of Col. Micah, born May 21, 1809; 
married Fanny L. Tilton ; published March 14, 1832. Chil- 
is 



138 



dren, — Sarah Elizabeth, born April 7, 1833, died Aug. 13, 
1854 ; Charles G., April 22, 1835 ; Henry W., born 
March 11, 1843 ; Mary Frances, May 30, 1845 ; Abby Jane, 
Jan. 31, 1851. His wife died of consumption, Feb. 20, 1856. 
He lives in Worcester, and is probably the largest wheel 
manufacturer in the United States. His wheels are many 
of them sent to California, and are known through the 
country as Reed's Wheels. He was the first to establish 
wheel-making by machinery. Married, for second wife, 
Cleora E. Harlow, April 27, 1857. Child, — George Harlow, 
March 24, 1858. His second wife died Sept. 7, 1858, of 
consumption. 

9. Charles G., son of Samuel G. and Fanny, born April 22, 
1835; married Lucilla P. Ware, May 1,1856. Child, — 
Charles Arthur, Sept. 4, 1857. 

8. Hammond, son of Col. Micah, Aug. 11, 1811 ; married 
Sophia Bailey. Married, for second wife, Caroline Rich. He 
lives at East Brookfield. 

8. Dwight, son of Col. Micah, born Aug. 25, 1817 ; mar- 
ried Susan Vaughn, March 15, 1842. Children, — Susan 
Ella, born May 21, 1851 ; Mary Emma, Oct. 27, 1854. 
Lives at Worcester. 

8. Rebecca, daughter of Col. Micah, born Dec. 7, 1815 ; 
married James B. Bardwell. Children, — James Everett, 
Frederick, Alice Rebecca. Lives at New Braintree. 

8. Sumner, son of Col. Micah, born May 29, 1813 ; mar- 
ried Marcia J. Henshaw ; published April 3, 1843. He 
lives at North Brookfield. 

7. Samuel, son of Micah and Elizabeth, born at Hardwick, 
Mass., June 11, 1783 ; married Patty Warner, Aug. 10, 
1808. Children, — Mary, born May 7, 1809, died June 5, 
1837 ; Eliza, born April 27, 1810, died July 16, 1837 ; Olive 
Sawyer, born Jan. 1, 1813, died Sept. 9, 1842 ; Charles, 
born March 4, 1814; Henry, Aug. 7, 1820, died June 5, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 139 

1822 ; Lauretta, born June 28, 1823, died Jan. 23, 1842 ; 
Samuel H., born Nov. 7, 1830. He died at Burlington, Vt., 
May 4, 1845 : bis wife died Oct. 14, 1857. 

8. Samuel H., son of Samuel and Patty, born Nov. 7, 
1830. Is counsellor and attorney at law in Burlington, 
Vt. 

8. diaries, son of Samuel and Patty, born March 4, 1814. 
Is married, and gone West. 

6. Moses, son of Deacon Samuel of Burlington, and Eu- 
nice, born May 31, 1749 ; married Sarah Whittemore, 
daughter of Jacob Whittemore of Lexington, April 23, 1770 ; 
and settled, with bis father Whittemore, on the farm in Lex- 
ington, known of late years as the Finney Place. Was exe- 
cutor of the will of his father Whittemore, dated June 16, 
1780. Children, born in Lexington, — Whittemore, Feb. 16, 
1771, was killed by the falling of a tree in Bridgeton, Me., 
where he was preparing to settle ; Moses, Aug. 10, 1773 ; 
Sarah, April 1, 1775 ; Abel, May 8, 1777 ; Elizabeth, Feb. 17, 
1779, married Philip Mason of Grafton, N.H., and now 
lives, a widow, in Fisherville ; Eliab, born in 1781 ; Jacob, 
1783 ; Samuel, 1787 ; Abigail, 1789, married a Skinner of 
Chelsea, Vt. A portion of the British troops marched by their 
house at the time of the Lexington Fight. Their daughter 
Sarah was then eighteen days old. There was just time 
enough, after the alarm that the regulars were approaching, 
to take up the bed on which Mrs. Reed was lying, and put her 
and the children into a cart which was at the door. The in- 
mates hastened to a wood near by. The troops fired into the 
house as they passed, but did no further damage. Mr. Reed 
sold the farm in Lexington, and bought the farm in Bur- 
lington now owned by Mr. Wood, where they kept a public- 
house ; and afterwards exchanged the farm in Burlington 
with Mr. Wood of Grafton, N.H., for a tavern stand and farm 
in Grafton, and moved to Grafton. She died in Waterbury, 



140 



Vt., Nov. 2, 1830 : he died in Waterbury, Jan. 27, 1839, 
in his ninetieth year. 

7. Whitteniore, son of Moses and Sarah, settled in Bridge- 
ton, Me. Child, — Whitteniore, born after his father's death, 
in Grafton, N.H. 

8. Whitteniore, son of Whitteniore, born at Grafton, N.H. ; 
went with his mother, when yonng, to Ohio, and settled in 
Orange, Meigs County. Children, — Darius, born 1819; 
Aaron, 1824 ; Whittemore, 1827 ; Enos, 1831 ; Sardine, 
1834. 

9. Sardine, the son of Whittemore, was a graduate at 
West Point. He married Emily Berard, daughter of one of 
the professors ; and died suddenly of an affection of the heart, 
in 1858. His widow still remains at West Point. 

7. Moses, son of Moses, married Mary Kinsman, and went 
to Ohio in 1815. Children, — Aphia, who died in 1838; 
Louvilla, who married Marcus Bosworth, and lives in Pome- 
roy ; Samantha, married John McDonald of Illinois ; Emily, 
married Phineas Robinson, and lives in Chester, Meigs 
County ; Mary, married Harold Wills, and lives in Chester ; 
John Lester and George Moses, live in Cincinnati ; Lucinda, 
married Morgan Wills, and lives in Chester. He died in 
1824, and his wife died in 1836. 

7. Abel, son of Moses and Sarah, born at Lexington, 
May 8, 1777 ; married Euth Lane of Candia, N.H., March 6, 
1800. Children, — John Lane, born Oct. 6, 1801, died in 
1805 ; Abel, March 30, 1803 ; Jacob Whittemore, March 20, 
1805. His wife died June 3, 1814. Married, for second 
wife, Dolly Brown of Candia, in 1815. Child, — Water- 
man, born Nov. 15, 1818. He died in Candia, N.H., 
June 17, 1842. 

8. Abel, son of Abel and Ruth, born March 30, 1803 ; 
married Elizabeth Ann Smith of New- York City, October, 
1828. Children, — Elizabeth Lane, born May 9, 1830 ; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 141 

Caroline Matilda, Feb. 14, 1832 ; Montgomery Sheriden, 
May 6, 1834 ; Jane Maria, June 16, 1836. Married, for 
second wife, Charlotte Bechenbach, July 25, 1838. He lives 
in Philadelphia ; is a man of extensive business, and a lead- 
ing man in the Episcopal Church. 

9. Elizabeth L., the daughter of Abel and Elizabeth, born 
May 9, 1830 ; married Joseph S. Sparks, a teller in the 
Commercial Bank, Dec. 13, 1855 ; and they live at No. 912, 
Mellon Street. 

9. Caroline M., the daughter of Abel and Elizabeth, born 
Feb. 14, 1832 ; married Rev. Thomas S. Yocum, June 23, 
1859 ; and they sailed immediately for China as mission- 
aries. 

8. Jacob Whittemore, sou of Abel and Ruth, born 
March 20, 1805 ; married Ruhamah B. Tenney of Grove- 
land, Oct. 3, 1826. Children, — Celina Lane, born Oct. 2, 
1827 ; Sarah Augusta, June 28, 1829 ; Edward Payson, 
Feb. 13, 1835 ; Helen Abby, May 6, 1838. Celina, their first 
child, was born in Boston ; and the others were born in 
Bradford, East Parish, now Groveland. He is an attorney- 
at-law in South Groveland. 

9. Celina L., daughter of Jacob W., married Benjamin 
Dutton of Hartford, Vt., Sept. 8, 1851. Children, — Wil- 
liam, born July 6, 1852 ; Helen Maria, Oct. 8, 1855 ; Henry 
Abial, Sept. 7, 1857. 

9. Sarah Augusta, daughter of Jacob W., born June 28, 
1829 ; married William James Brown of Bradford, June 18, 
1850. Children, — Clarance, March 5, 1851; Helen Au- 
gusta, March, 1855. They live in Groveland. 

8. Waterman, son of Abel, born Nov. 15, 1818 ; married 
Deborah Lunt of Newburyport, Nov. 25, 1841. Children, — 
Eliza, born July 22, 1842; Sarah Adelaide, Jan. 8, 1844; 
William, Sept. 15, 1845 ; Mary Jane, April 14, 1847. They 
live at Newburyport. 



142 WILLIAM EEADE OF WOBURN, 

7. Eliab, son of Moses and Sarah, born in 1781 ; married 
Hannah Huse. Children, — Warren, born March 1, 1819; 
Eliab H., Sept. 30, 1828. Lives in Craftsbury, Vt. 

8. Eliab H., son of Eliab and Hannah, born Sept. 30, 
1828. Children, — Henry C, born March 2, 1855 ; Charles 
L., Jan. 12, 1857. 

8. Warren, son of Eliab and Hannah, born March 1, 1819. 
Children, — Juliette, born July 21, 1848 ; Willis N., Feb. 4, 
1850 ; George Munsun, Oct. 22, 1851 ; Mason W., May 2, 
1854. 

7. Jacob, son of Moses and Sarah, born in 1783 ; married 
Thurissa Bryant of Scituate, Oct. 2, 1817. Child, — Joshua 
B., born June 28, 1818. He lived at Bryant's Corner, in 
Scituate, and made a misstep in going down stairs in the 
night ; when he fell, and broke a jugular vein, and died im- 
mediately, in 1828. He was for many years a teacher. 
His widow married Martin Stockbridge of Abington, Oct. 3, 
1836. 

8. Joshua B., son of Jacob and Thurissa, born June 28, 
1818 ; married Belinda Holebrook, Oct. 10, 1841. Child, — 
Joshua N., born May 8, 1846. He lives in Scituate, the 
former residence of his father. 

7. Samuel, son of Moses and Sarah, born in 1787 ; mar- 
ried Mary Potter. Children, — Cyrus, who lives in Oregon ; 
George, Dec. 8, 1828, lives in Roxbury ; Sarah ; Mary, 
married Lewis S. Brooks ; Anna. He died in Roxbury, 
Nov. 12, 1858. 

George P., son of Samuel and Sarah, married Mary E. 
Morrill. Children,— Mary Eva, born Oct. 22, 1855; Bcr- 
thia E., Oct. 22, 1856 ; George William, Dec. 4, 1858. 

5. Oliver, sou of William and Sarah of Lexington, born 
March 25, 1730 ; married Sarah Bridge, April 11, 1754. 
Children, — Oliver, born at Bedford, Dec. 11, 1755 ; Sarah, 
Oct. 4, 1757 ; Reuben, Dec. 21, 1759 ; Mary, Sept. 12, 1763. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 143 

Oliver Eeed settled in Bedford, on land his grandfather 
bought of the town of Billerica. 

6. Oliver, son of Oliver and Sarah, born Dec. 11, 1855, at 
Bedford; married Batsy Abbot, May 18, 1786. Child, — 
Oliver. 

7. Oliver, son of Oliver and Betsy, married Mary Pitch, 
Sept. 2, 1810. Children, — Nathan Oliver and Mary Eliza- 
beth (twins), born Feb. 6, 1812. 

8. Nathan 0., son of Oliver and Betsy, married Martha S. 
Fitch, Dec. 18, 1834. Child, — Martha Fitch, born March 2, 
1841. Married, for second wife, Nancy Fitch, Nov. 10, 
1843. Children, — Mary Caroline, born April 1, 1844; 
Nathan Henry, May 25, 1848. 

6. Reuben, son of Oliver and Sarah, born Dec. 21, 1759 ; 
married Sally Burrows, Aug. 28, 1782. Married Alfred 
Fitch. Children, — Lot, born Jan. 19, 1792, died Sept. 24, 
1821 ; Mary, born Sept. 19, 1793, married Abner Wheeler ; 
Sally, Dec. 3, 1795 ; Isaac, Feb. 24, 1798 ; Jesse, Jan. 31, 
1800 ; Louisa, Feb. 22, 1802, married Elbridge Bacon ; 
Betsy, Aug. 29, 1804, died May 3, 1808 ; Hiram, born 
Jan. 31, 1808; Betsy, Jan. 6, 1811. 

7. Jesse, son of Reuben and Sally, born Jan. 31, 1800; 
married Ruth Poole, Oct. 28, 1819. 

5. John, son of William and Sarah of Lexington, born 
May 28, 1731 ; married Ruhamah Brown, Jan. 18, 1755. 
Children, — Ruhamah, born in Bedford, Dec. 11, 1753 ; 
John, June 9, 1758 ; Grace, April 26, 1760, died Sept. 16, 
1763 ; Roger, born June 14, 1762 ; Eliott, Oct. 22, 1764, 
died Aug. 24, 1780; Poulter, Feb. 18, 1767; Hannah, 
July 18, 1763. His wife died June 9, 1798. He, with his 
brother Oliver, settled in Bedford, on a tract of five hundred 
and sixty acres of land which their grandfather bought of 
the town of Billerica, by deed bearing date April 9, 1710. 
It was then in the southerly part of Billerica, nebct to Con- 



144 WILLIAM READE OP WOBURN, 

cord ; but, when the town of Bedford was organized from the 
southerly part of Billerica and the north part of Concord, 
this tract of land became the centre of Bedford, and the 
dwelling-house of John was very near the Meeting-house. 
He held a justice of the peace's commission, and was a 
wealthy and prominent man in town. He died Nov. 20, 
1805. 

6. Roger, son of John and Ruhamah of Bedford, born at 
Bedford, June 14, 1762 ; married Sarali Webber, Nov. 25, 
1790. Children, — Sally, born Oct. 8, 1797 ; Eliott, Nov. 9, 
1800. 

6. Poulter, son of John and Ruhamah, born Feb. 18, 
1767 ; married Molly Hartwell, Sept. 1, 1789, and settled in 
Littleton. Children, — Polly, born June 3,1791; Dolly, Oct. 
6, 1794; Hannah, Jan. 31, 1797; Mary, March 29, 1802; 
Joseph Porter, Nov. 2, 1804 ; John Poulter, Dec. 22, 1805. 

7. John Poulter, son of Poulter Reed, lives in Bedford ; 
is a prominent man. 

7. Joseph Porter, son of Poulter and Molly, married Ruth. 
Children, — Joseph E., born in Littleton, Oct. 11, 1830; 
George S., Dec. 11, 1840 ; Sarah A., Nov. 5, 1843 ; Nahum 
Cole, March 1, 1838; Daniel Elbridge, Oct. 11, 1842; 
Frances Ellis, Feb. 2, 1836. 

8. Joseph E., son of Joseph P. of Littleton, born Oct. 11, 
1830 ; married Frances M. Tuttle, May 1, 1851. Child, — 
Lorenzo Everett, born Aug. 22, 1851. 

6. John, son of John and Ruhamah, born June 9, 1758 ; 
married Hannah Merriam, Dec. 1, 1785. Children, — Anna, 
born July 2, 1787 ; Otis, March 27, 1791 ; Hannah, Sept. 6, 
1795 ; John, April 10, 1798, died May 13, 1819. 

7. Otis, son of John and Hannah, born March 27, 1791 ; 
married Emily Winship. Child, — Anna W., born March 2, 
1820, married to Thomas Stiles, the present town-clerk of 
Bedford, April 11, 1838. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 145 

5. Hammond, son of William and Sarah of Lexington, 
born April 28, 1734 ; married Betty Simonds. Children,- — ■ 
Betty, born Dec. 17, 1757 ; Lydia, July 11, 1760 ; Ham- 
mond, Feb. 24, 1763. The farm given him by his father 
was the same now owned by Mr. Joshua Simonds, across the 
street from the residence of his father ; but he exchanged 
with Mr. Simonds for the farm now occupied by his descend- 
ant, Mr. Benjamin Beed. 

6. Hammond, son of Hammond and Betty, born Feb. 24, 
1763 ; married Sarah Chandler. Children, — Benjamin, 
born June 20, 1790 ; Sarah, June 21, 1792 ; Betsy, June 15, 
1799; Almira. 

7. Benjamin, son of Hammond and Sarah, born June 20, 
1790 ; married Bethiah L. Webber of Bedford, Feb. 3, 1825. 
Child, — Benjamin, who lives on the homestead, and pays 
the largest tax assessed in Lexington. 

5. Nathan, son of William and Sarah of Lexington, born 
May 9, 1743 ; married Mary Page of Bedford, April 3, 1772. 
Children, — Nathan, born Sept. 15, 1776; Mary, Oct. 20, 
1778; Sarah, Aug. 1,1781; Hiram, June 22,1784; Su- 
sanna Whitmore, Aug. 10, 1786 ; Hannah, Sept. 4, 1789 ; 
Christopher, March 18, 1792. He occupied the old home- 
stead of his father, situated about a mile from Lexington 
Monument,, on the Bedford Road ; and was deacon of the 
church in Lexington. His farm at his decease was divided 
among his sons, and is still occupied by them and their 
children. 

6. Nathan, son of Nathan and Mary, born Sept. 15, 1776 ; 
married Polly Mussey. Children, — Cyrus, born Nov. 9, 
1798 ; Nathan H., Sept. 3, 1805 ; , Feb. 3, 1810 ; Mar- 
shal, Oct. 2, 1815. 

6. Christopher, son of Deacon Nathan, born March 18, 
1792; married Betsy Gibson of Francistown. He owns and 
lives on a portion of the home-farm of William Reed, Esq. ; 

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146 WILLIAM EEADE OF WOBURN, 

and the old mansion is kept in good repair by him as a relic 
of olden time, although no person has occupied it for many 
years. 

7. Cyrus, son of Nathan and Polly, born Nov. 9, 1798; 
married Sarah Jewett. Children, — John Mussey, born 
May 24, 1825 ; George Henry, May 7, 1831, died Feb. 21, 
1832 ; Catherine, Jan. 30, 1832. He lives on a portion of 
the farm occupied by his father, and grandfather Deacon 
Reed, and great-grandfather Esquire William Reed ; and 
the title of his great-grandfather has passed to him. 

7. N. Horatio, son of Nathan and Polly, born Sept. 28, 
1805 ; married Lucilla Meigs. Child, — Mary E., born 
Feb. 10, 1842. He is deceased ; and his widow and daugh- 
ter have moved to Janesville, Wis. 

7. Sarah, the daughter of Hammond Reed and Sarah, 
born June 21, 1792 ; married Nichols of Burlington. 

7. Betsy, the daughter of Hammond and Sarah, born 
June 15, 1799 ; married Aaron P. Richardson of Lex- 
ington. 

7. Almira, the daughter of Hammond and Sarah, married 
Ebenezer R. Smith of Lexington. Children, — Emily, who 
married Edward Reed of Burlington ; Almira J. ; Elias 
Reed ; Octavia. 

6. Nathaniel, son of William and Abigail Stone of Lex- 
ington, born June 2, 1749 ; married Hepsibah Bateman of 
Bedford, July 25, 1771. 

6. Thadeus, son of William and Abigail, born Aug. 25, 
1755; married Anna. Children, — Edmond, born Oct. 20, 
1778 ; Esther, Aug. 10, 1790 ; William, July 13, 1792 ; 
Thadeus, Oct. 13, 1794; Anna, Feb. 12,1797; Augustus, 
June 27, 1799 ; Lucy, July 24, 1801. Most of the family 
died of the small-pox, in the early part of the year 1824. 

7. Thadeus, son of Thadeus and Anna, born Oct 13, 1794 ; 
married Phebe Prescott of Concord, Dec. 8, 1819. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 147 

4. Nathaniel, son of Joseph and Phebe, and grandson of 
Ealph, born March 28, 1704 ; married Hannah. Children, 
Mary, born April 15, 1735 ; Joshua, Nov. 17, 1739. He 
lived on the farm at Woburn Westside, known at this time 
as the Gennison Place. The old house was taken down by- 
Mr. Gennison, about twenty years ago, to make room for a 
new one. He was a captain in the Revolution ; and his son 
Joshua was his waiter, and drew a pension under the Act 
of 1818. 

5. Joshua, son of Nathaniel and Hannah, born Nov. 17, 
1739 ; married Rachel Wyman, daughter of Joshua of Wo- 
burn, Nov. 28, 1759. Children, — Joshua ; Martha, born 
March 25, 1764 ; George W., Nov. 8, 1775. He was known 
as Capt. Joshua, and died March 9, 1805 : his wife died 
Oct. 14, 1818, aged eighty-one years. 

6. Joshua, son of Joshua and Rachel, born at Woburn ; 
married Ann Richardson, May 29, 1782. He was in the 
Revolutionary War, and also in the war of 1812. Children, 

— Joshua, born 1790 ; Nancy, 1792 ; John, March 19, 
1795 ; Bill, April 24, 1799 ; Thomas, 1801 ; Zacariah, 
Oct. 21, 1804 ; Ruth, Feb. 6, 1810. 

6. George W., son of Joshua and Rachel, born at Woburn, 
Nov. 8, 1775; married Elizabeth Symmes, Dec. 13, 1801. 
Children, — Mary, born Sept. 13, 1805 ; Elizabeth, June 29, 
1808; Warren, April 10, 1811; Jackson, Jan. 25,1813; 
George W. He was a captain of cavalry, and died in April, 
1829. 

7. George W., son of George W. and Elizabeth, married 
Elizabeth Pearson. Children, — Sarah H., born in 1840; 
Josephene, Dec. 12, 1841 ; Eliza S., 1848. He lives at Wo- 
burn Centx-e, and is a butcher. 

7. Elizabeth, daughter of Capt. George Reed, born June 
29, 1808 ; married Rodney Clement of Salem, N.H.. Child, 

— Fanny, born in 1839. 



148 WILLIAM READE OP WOBURN, 

4. Joshua, son of William and Abigail of Lexington, born 
Jan. 20, 1702 ; married Elizabeth Russell, Jan. 21, 1725. 
Children,— Elizabeth, born Feb. 28,1726 ; Hepsibah, Mar. 8, 

1728 ; Joshua, May 15, 1729 ; James ; Joseph, June 21, 
1739 ; Rebecca Susan. His wife died Feb. 27, 1744. 

5. Joshua, son of Joshua and Elizabeth, born May 15, 

1729 ; married Susanna Leathers, and afterwards Mrs. 
Brooks. Children, — Susanna, born March 11, 1759 ; Hep- 
sibah, Feb. 26, 1769 ; Charles, July 10, 1781 ; Susanna, 
Jan. 30, 1783 ; Phebe, Aug. 28, 1792. 

6. Charles, son of Joshua and Susanna, born July 10, 
1781; married Almira Mussey, Oct. 23, 1817. Child,— 
Charles M., born Sept. 12, 1819. Married, for second wife, 
Martha Wellington, June 28, 1820. He was the first that 
manifested any desire to trace out the genealogy of the 
Reads, and had accomplished much before his death. Had 
he lived, he would undoubtedly have done more. 

5. Joseph, the son of Joshua, born in Lexington, June 21, 
1729; married Elizabeth. Child, — Janus; has a grandson 
by the name of Peter, who is an innholder in Sterling. 

4. Samuel, son of William and Abigail of Lexington, born 
Oct. 24, 1699, and settled in Lunenburg ; married Mary 
Bullard of Lunenburg, Oct. 26, 1738. Children,— Sa- 
muel, born July 13, 1740 ; Mary, July 30, 1742, married to 
Josiah Bailey, April 15, 1760 ; Hannah, born April 12, 1745 ; 
Sarah, July 23, 1747, married Nathan Smith, Dec. 22, 1768 ; 
Precilla, born Aug. 10, 1749, married Thomas Carter, jun., 
Feb. 13, 1765 ; Jesse, born July 23, 1751 ; Rebecca, Jan. 25, 
1753 ; Joshua, Feb. 18, 1757. He moved from Lunenburg 
to Windham, Me., soon after the birth of their first child ; 
and, in 1782, to Otisfield. He was killed by lightning in 
1784. 

5. Samuel, son of Samuel and Mary, born July 13, 1740 ; 
married Mary. Children, — Drucilla, born Dec. 23,1766; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 149 

Mary ; Sally ; Lydia ; Martha ; Samuel, in 1780 ; William, 
was drowned when a young man. 

6. Samuel, son of Samuel and Mary, born in 1780 ; mar- 
ried Martha Maybury in 1805. Children, — William, born 
Sept. 29, 1805, lives on the old farm in Otisfield ; Mary, 
Oct. 22, 1807 ; Samuel Tarbell, Dec. 24, 1809 ; Sally, 
Jan. 30, 1812 ; Martha, Feb. 21, 1814 ; Charles, Jan. 1, 
1816 ; Francis, Sept. 7, 1818 ; George W., May 26, 1821 ; 
Jane, Oct. 17, 1825; John Sullivan, May 7, 1829, lives in 
Otisfield. He died in 1831. 

5. Jesse, son of Samuel and Mary of Lunenburg, born 
July 23, 1851. Child, — Polly, born in Lunenburg, Sept. 10, 
1791. 

5. James, son of Joshua, settled in Hinge, N.H. ; married 
Susanna Stone, Nov. 29, 1792. Children, — Hepsibah, 
Jan. 8, 1793 ; Joshua, Feb. 1, 1795 ; Elizabeth ; Abigail. 
His widow married John Fenno. 

Joshua, son of James and Susan of Ringe, born Feb. 1, 
1795 ; married Betsy Fenno ; published Sept. 6, 1816. 
Children, — James A., born Jan. 21,1815; Charles, April 
24, 1820 ; Lucius, Sept. 29, 1822 ; Abigail ; Hepsibah ; Re- 
becca ; Susan. 

6. Abigail, daughter of Joshua of Ringe, married Ebenezer 
Muzzy. Children, — Isaac ; Betsy ; Thaddeus ; Abigail ; 
John, who does business in Boston, but lives in Lexington. 

6. Hepsibah, daughter of Joshua of Binge, married a 
Wait. 

6. Rebecca, daughter of Joshua of Ringe, married a Wait. 

6. Susan, daughter of Joshua of Ringe, married Jonas 
Bridge, Esq., of Lexington. Children, — Martha, Jonas, 
Bowman, Betsy, Caroline. 

5. Joseph, son of Joshua and Elizabeth, born in Lexing- 
ton, June 21, 1739 ; married Elizabeth Blood, Dec. 22, 
1761; settled in Rutland. Child, — Jonas. 



150 WILLIAM EEADE OF WOBUKN. 

6. Jonas, son of Josqph and Elizabeth of Rutland, married 
Abigail. Children, — Benjamin; Hammond, born July 1, 
1794 ; William, Oct. 30, 1798. 

3. John, the son of George of Woburn, and Hannah, his 
second wife, born March 8, 1671 ; married Ruth Johnson, 
Jan. 10, 1697. His father gave him half of his farm, May 4, 
1696. His wife died in 1703. His children were — Josiah, 
born at Woburn, March 24, 1702 ; Ruth, August, 1708. 
His will was proved July 29, 1723. 

4. Josiah, the son of John and Ruth, was born March 26, 
1702 ; married Elizabeth Williams in 1732, but may have 
had a wife previous. Their children were — Josiah, born 
Sept. 15, 1733 ; Phebe, Sept. 28, 1737 ; Elizabeth, Sept. 29, 
1739, who married John Brent ; Susanna, born at Needham, 
April 9, 1745 ; Mary, March 2, 1747. He lived at one time 
in Watertown, and went from there to Needham ; but it is 
supposed that he afterwards moved to Sudbury, as did many 
others from Cambridge, Charlestown, Watertown, and Wo- 
burn. He died in Dover, Mass., March 9, 1786, aged eighty- 
four years. 



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CHAPTER V. 

ESDRAS READE OF BOSTON, AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 

Esdras Reade, supposed to be a son of Matthew and his 
wife Alice Ward, had a tract of land granted him by the 
town of Boston, situated at Muddy River, now Brookline ; 
but, in 1637, he was of Salem, and a prominent and leading 
member of the church of Rev. John Fiske. He had a tract 
of land granted him by the town of Salem. He went with 
Rev. Mr. Fiske and his church to Wenham, then called 
Enon, meaning " much water." He was representative from 
Wenham in 1648 and in 1651. He was sent in 1655, by 
Mr. Fiske and his church, to look out a more commodious 
settlement ; and he selected Chelmsford. The next spring, 
Mr. Read, Mr. Fiske, and a majority of the church, removed 
to that place. He, however, left Chelmsford in 1661, and 
returned to Boston, where he died in 1680 ; and his grave- 
stone is now standing in Copps-Hill Burying-yard. He was 
a tailor by trade, and owned considerable real estate on 
Copps Hill at the time of his death. He had a son Obediah, 
who married Anna Swift, the 19th of the sixth month, 1664 ; 
and had, by her, Thomas, born in July, 1665 ; Rebecca, 
in 1668; Elizabeth, in Boston, March 29, 1669; Sarah, 
April 16, 1671 ; Anna, Feb. 3, 1772, who married Samuel 
Ensign in 1700; Obadiah, Nov. 29, 1677; James, Feb. 29, 
1679. His wife died Sept. 13, 1680. His will was proved 
in 1718. He was a carpenter by trade. His gravestone is 
also standing in the burying-yard at Copps Hill. 



152 ESDRAS EEADB OP BOSTON, 

3. Thomas, the son of Obadiah and Anna, went back to 
Chelmsford, and had a town-grant in 1665. On the 7th of 
February, 1707, he bought a tract of land in Chelmsford 
of one Fowler, lying between Tadnoc and Stony Brooks, and 
took a deed running to himself and his son Thomas. His 
children were — Thomas, who was born in 1687 ; Jona- 
than ; William; Esdras ; John. He married Hannah for 
second wife ; by whom he had Benjamin, Oct. 23, 1699 ; and 
Timothy. 

4. Thomas, the son of Thomas of Chelmsford, married 
Sarah Fletcher, in Charlestown, March 14, 1709. He had 
a town-grant of land, March 24, 1711. Children, — Sarah, 
born March 23, 1711, died young; Sarah, Aug. 17, 1712; 
Timothy, March 21, 1714 ; Eleazer, Feb. 22, 1731 ; Benja- 
min, Sept. 3, 1732. He was a prominent man in the town, 
and held a commission of justice of the peace. He died 
Dec24, 1773, aged eighty-six years : his son Benjamin died 
April 2, 1778, in that part of the town which was incor- 
porated as the town of Westford. The Reads were the first 
settlers in Westford. All by that name in Chelmsford 
finally located in Westford. 

3. Obadiah, the son of Obadiah, born Nov. 29, 1677 ; mar- 
ried Jane Perkins. Children, — Elizabeth, Jan. 3, 1713; 
Susanna, born Sept. 28, 1717. 

3. James, the son of Obadiah, born in Boston, Feb. 29, 
1679 ; married Elizabeth. Children, — Anna, born June 24, 
1708 ; James, Nov. 28, 1709. 

4. James, son of James and Elizabeth, and grandson of 
Obadiah, born Nov. 24, 1709 ; married Mary. Their children 
were — Mary, who was born Oct. 5, 1730 ; James ; Brack- 
ley ; Thomas ; Elizabeth ; and Anna, who married a Vande- 
lier. Mr. Read was a pump and block maker ; and the 
same business was continued in the family several genera- 
tions. The work-shop was near Oliver's Dock. His sons 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 153 

Thomas and Brackley were his successors : his grandson 
Edward followed in his turn. 

5. Brackley Reed's estate was administered upon in 1786, 
and that of Thomas in 1785. Edward, the son of Thomas, 
took letters of administration, de bonis non, of the estate 
of his grandfather James, who had been captain of an 
engine company at the age of twenty-three years. Brack- 
ley, Thomas, and Thomas, jun., were sufferers by the great 
fire in 1760. 

5. James, the son of James and Mary, married Mehitable 
Fenno in 1759. Children, — James, born Feb. 14, 1762; 
Abigail, March 24, 1764 ; Benjamin, May 20, 1767 ; Thomas, 
March 1, 1770 ; William, May 11, 1775 ; Elisha, Oct. 31, 
1777; William H., Sept. 26, 1779; Samuel, July 5, 1782; 
Clarissa, Sept. 5, 1785. His wife died July 2, 1828, aged 
eighty-eight years. He worked with his father at pump and 
block making, in the shop near Oliver's Dock, till his mar- 
riage. He soon after settled in that part of Dorchester 
which is now Milton. 

6. Benjamin, the son of James and Mehitable, born 
May 20, 1767 ; married Lydia Voce, March 25, 1787. Chil- 
dren, — Joshua V., born Oct. 29, 1787; John, May, 1789; 
Joseph S., March 31, 1792 ; Elijah, April 20, 1795 ; Benja- 
min, Sept. 16, 1796 ; Joseph E., May 16, 1802. 

6. Thomas, the son of James and Mehitable of Milton, 
born March 1, 1770 ; married Polly Allen, April 25, 1803. 
Children, — Joshua Thomas, born Jan. 20, 1806; James; 
Samuel, Jan. 14, 1808 ; Mary Ann, June 27, 1814 ; Me- 
hitable Fenno, Nov. 29, 1816. 

6. Samuel, the son of James and Mehitable, born July 5, 
1782 ; married Phebe Raymond of Westford, Nov. 28, 1816. 
Child, — Henry Rowland, born June 24, 1821. 

7. Joshua, son of Thomas and Polly of Milton, born 
Jan. 20, 1806. 

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6. James,' son of James and Mehitable of Milton, born 
Feb. 4, 1762 ; lived in Boston. Child, — Thomas. 

7. Thomas, son of James of Boston, and grandson of 
James and Mehitable, married Polly Allen, April 25, 1803. 
Children, — Joshua Thomas, born Jan. 20, 1806; James 
Samuel, Jan. 14, 1808 ; Mary Ann, June 27, 1814 ; Mehita- 
ble Fenno, Nov. 29, 1816. 

6. Samuel, son of James and Mehitable, born July 5, 
1782 ; married Phebe Raymond of Westford, Nov. 28, 1816. 
Child, — Henry Rowland, June 24, 1829. 

7. John P., grandson of James and Mehitable. Child, — 
James Sewell, born April 3, 1832. 

7. Joseph Elijah, grandson of James and Mehitable, born 
May 6, 1802 ; married Lydia V. Shepherd, June 18, 1829. 
Children, — Edwin James and Ellen Jane, born May 12, 
1833 ; Mary Caroline, Oct. 12, 1836 ; Frances Abby, Sept. 
11, 1845. 

7. Joseph S., son of Benjamin and Lydia, born March 31, 
1792 ; married Amelia Jenkins, Oct. 20, 1816. 

6. John Walter, son of James and Mehitable, born May 18, 
1789 ; married Mary Bullock, Aug. 7, 1817. He got the 
Walter added after he came of age. Children, — John Wal- 
ter, Joshua H., Caroline, Lorena. He removed to Augusta, 
in the State of Georgia ; and died there in 1825. 

7. John Walter, son of John Walter, married Ellen S. 
Dogan, May 9, 1852. He keeps at No. 4, Brattle Street, 
Boston. 

7. Joshua H., son of John Walter, married Miss Van- 
dyke. 

6. William H., son of James and Mehitable, born at Dor- 
chester, Sept. 26, 1779 ; married Anna Libbey. Children, — 
William F. M., born in Hampden, Me., Aug. 29, 1805; 
Jason, April 26, 1809; Anne, May 5, 1811. Married, for 
second wife, Lucy Grant. Children, — Daniel M., born 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 155 

Aug. 17, 1816; George G., Nov. 9, 1819; Andrew G., 
Jan. 27, 1821 ; Sarah L. G., June 21, 1823 ; Francis A., 
Aug. 10, 1824, died April 18, 1825 ; Francis P., born 
Jan. 27, 1827; Charles A., Sept. 18, 1830; Clara C, 
April 8, 1832 ; William R., Dec. 21, 1833. He died 
March 31, 1858. 

7. William F. M., son of William H. and Anna, born 
A\ig. 29, 1805 ; married Emeline Jayne. Children, — Eme- 
line J., born Nov. 27, 1833; William C, Nov. 1, 1835,— 
a student in Andover Theological Seminary ; Beverly S., 
June 19, 1837 ; Thomas G., July 5, 1845 ; Henry G., 
Nov. 17, 1845. His wife died Dec. 5, 1845. Married, for 
second wife, Sophia S. Towne. Children, — Clarkson T., 
born Feb. 10, 1848; Barrett R., Aug. 8, 1850; Ernest 
R., Oct. 8, 1851 ; Barrett E., April 7, 1853 ; Barrett R., 
died Sept. 11, 1851 ; Ernest R., died April. 18, 1853 ; Bar- 
rett E., died Sept. 7, 1853. 

7. Jason, son of William H. and Anna, born April 26, 
1809 ; married Almira Turener, Jan. 17, 1840, and lived 
in Bucksport, Me. Children, — Augusta, born Nov. 27, 
1840 ; Olin P., July 10, 1845, died April 21, 1855 ; Mary 
A., April 15, 1852, died May 2, 1858 ; Emma S., July 29, 
1856, died Oct. 25, 1856. The last named was by his second 
wife, Laura M. Williams ; to whom he was married in 1854. 
He died March 15, 1858. 

7. Anna, daughter of William H. and Anna, born May 5, 
1811 ; married David B. Kempton, February, 1830, and 
settled in Adams, Mich. Children, — Frances Anna, David 
W., Julia A., Jane D., Albina V., Benjamin F., Elmira E. 

7. George G., son of William H. and Lucy, born Nov. 9, 
1819, and settled in Hampton. Married Sarah H Snow, 
Dec. 29, 1847. Children, — George E., born Nov. 9, 1848 ; 
Susan E., July 15, 1852 ; Emma, June 12, 1854, died 
March 1, 1855 ; Micajah H, Oct. 14, 1856. 



156 ESDRAS READE OF BOSTON, 

7. Andrew G., son of William H. and Lucy, born Jan. 27, 
1821 ; married Rebecca Patridge, Dec. 12, 1852, and set- 
tled in Rockland, Me. Child, — Carance E., born May 31, 
1854. 

7. Francis P., son of William H. and Lucy, born Jan. 27, 
1827 ; married Susan E. Patten, July 15, 1849, and settled 
in Hampton, Me. She died Oct. 6, 1857. Children, — 
Julia F., born Sept. 5, 1850, died 1852; Willis Martin, 
June 19, 1853 ; Arthur B., Sept. 19, 1855. 

7. Charles A., son of William H. and Lucy, born Sept. 18, 
1830 ; married Elmira J. Willson, May 11, 1850, and lives 
in Rockland, Me. Children, — Helen F., born July 5, 1850 ; 
Hattie D., Oct. 21, 1853. 

7. Clara C, daughter of William H. and Lucy, born 
April 8, 1832 ; married Isaac H. Young, June 8, 1851, and 
lives at Hampton, Me. He died Aug. 11, 1856. 

6. Thomas, son of James and Mehitable, born at Dorches- 
ter, March 1, 1770 ; lived in Boston, and died November, 
1852. 

6. Samuel, son of James and Mehitable, born at Dorches- 
ter, Mass., July 6, 1783 ; lived in Beaufort, S.C., and died 
Nov. 22, 1838. 

5. Timothy, son of Thomas and Sarah, born at Chelms- 
ford, March 21, 1714 ; married Mary Cummings, Nov. 10, 
1732. Children, — Elizabeth, born Feb. 2, 1733; Mary, 
Feb. 22, 1734 ; Timothy, Aug. 30, 1736, settled in Putney, 
Vt. ; Eleazcr. He moved from Chelmsford to Dunstable, 
when that was the name of a tract comprising Dunstable, 
Nashua, Nashville, Hollis, and parts of the towns of Pelham, 
Londonderry, Hudson, Merrimac, and Townsend ; making in 
all about two hundred square miles, which constituted for 
many years the northern frontier, where many savage out- 
rages were committed by the Indians, and many deeds of 
valor and heroism were performed by the whites. It was from 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 157 

this region that Lovell and a portion of his men came ; 
and Timothy Read was one of the number selected, after 
Lovell's Fight at Pigraarket, to go and scout for Indians, 
and bury those who were killed in the fight. While 
pursuing that object, they espied something in the bushes, 
which they supposed was an Indian ; and Mr. Read 
was selected, on account of being a superior marksman, to 
fire ; which he did. The sequel shows that he had shot a 
neighbor by the name of Whitney, who had been wounded 
in the fight, and crawled into the bushes to prevent being 
discovered by Indians. This event cast a shade of melan- 
choly over the feelings of Mr. Reed, which he hardly 
forgot through life. The following scrap may give the 
reader some idea of the times in which this man and his 
associates lived : — 

" Old Dunstable was a very different town from that which at 
present passes by that name. It was settled in 1673, and included 
more than two hundred square miles, embracing the towns of Nashua, 
Nashville, Hudson, and Hollis, in New Hampshire ; besides Dun- 
stable and Tyngsborough, Mass. ; also portions of Amherst, Milford, 
Merrimac, Litchfield, Londonderry, Pelham, and Brookline, N.H. ; 
and parts of Pepperell and Townsend, Mass. Dunstable figured 
quite prominently in the Indian wars and in that of the Revo- 
lution. Those who are curious in reference to these and other 
matters can gain a full knowledge of them in Fox's History of the 
old township of Dunstable. 

"A few particulars of the olden times may interest the general 
reader. The following were the expenses of the funeral of James 
Bhmchard, a farmer in tolerable circumstances, who died in Dun- 
stable in 1704: Paid for a winding-sheet, 18s.; for a coffin, 10s.; 
for digging grave, 7s. 6d. ; for the use of the pall, 5s. ; for gloves (to 
distribute at the funeral), £1. Is. ; for wine, cigars, and spice (at the 
funeral), £1. 5s. 9d. ; for the doctor, 14s. 9d. ; for attendance, ex- 
penses, &c, £1. 17s. 5d. 

" So great was the alarm from the frequent incursions of the 
Indians, that the inhabitants lived chiefly in garrisons as late as 



158 ESDRAS READE OP BOSTON, 

1711. There were then seven garrisons, termed Col. Jonathan 
Tyng's, Mr. Henry Farwell's, Mr. John Cummings's, Col. Samuel 
Whiting's, Mr. Thomas Lands's, Queen's Garrison, and Mr. John 
Lollendine's. They contained thirteen families, seven male inhabi- 
tants, nineteen soldiers, — a total of eighty-six persons. 

" So perilous were the times, that Dunstable was scarcely more 
advanced in 1714 than it was in 1680. 'Many of the most useful 
inhabitants had been slain or taken captive, — heads of families 
especially. Some had removed to places more secure from Indian 
depredation, and had deserted all.' " 

6. Eleazer, son of Timothy and Mary, born in Dunstable, 
February, 1749 ; married Rachel Cummings. Children, — 
Rachel, born June 4, 1770 ; Rhoda, Nov. 26, 1772 ; Caleb, 
Aug. 7, 1775, died Nov. 28, 1838 ; Leonard, April 4, 1777 ; 
Rebecca, March 5, 1779 ; Betsy, Dec. 17, 1730. 

7. Rebecca, daughter of Eleazer, married a Pratt. Child, 
— Cummings Pratt, who lives in Roxbury. 

7. Caleb, son of Eleazer, born Aug. 7, 1775 ; married 
Sarah Richardson. Children, — Calvin, born in Dunstable, 
Jan. 20, 1798 ; James, 1799 ; Rachel ; Abigail. Married, 
for second wife, Widow Catherine Blodget. Children, — 
Almira, Catherine, Sarah, Mary Ann, Betsy. 

8. Calvin, son of Caleb, born in Dunstable, Jan. 10, 1798 ; 
married Catherine Baxter. Children, — Sarah Richard- 
son, born in Hawley, Mass., Jan. 4, 1821 ; Calvin Dwight, 
in Ashfield, Feb. 28, 1824; William Eleazer, in Hawley, 
Dec. 19, 1828 ; Calvin Blood, in Hawley, July 13, 1831 ; 
Ann Eliza, in Dunstable, Feb. 8, 1833, died Sept. 1, 1835; 
Charles Freeman, Aug. 7, 1835 ; James Alonzo, Nov. 9, 
1839 ; Emily, in Lenox, N.Y., Sept. 2, 1844. He now 
lives in Durhamville, Oneida County, N.Y. ; having left 
Dunstable in 1844. 

8. James, son of Caleb, married Bethiah Runnels of 
Hollis. Children, — Eben Runnels, born June 20, 1824 ; 
Hiram Augustus, Oct. 13, 1826 ; Calvin Richardson, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 159 

March 3, 1829 ; James Dexter, Aug. 28, 1832 ; Dana 
Dunbar, Dec. 15, 1834 ; Hannah Abba, July 11, 1836. 
He lives in Medlbrd, Mass. 

6. Timothy, son of Timothy and Mary, born Aug. 30, 
1736, and settled in Dummerston, Vt. Children, — Isaac, 
Timothy, William. 

7. Isaac, son of Timothy of Dummerston, Vt. Children, 

— David, Timothy, Sevil, Isaac, Josiah P., Kobert, John. 

8. Robert, who had Robert and Randall. 

8. Timothy, son of Isaac, had Abel, Timothy, John, 
Daniel, Lucy, Charles, Ransom. 

8. John, who married Eliza. Children, — Sarah Jane; 
Daniel H., born Nov. 1, 1838. John lives in Fitzwilliam, 
N.H, 

Timothy, married Sarah. Child, — Sumner S., born 
Aug. 14, 1841. 

8. Timothy, son of Timothy of Dummerston, of the firm 
of Reed and Furbush in Boston, married Jane Childs, Feb. 7, 
1836. Children, — Alden, Emma, Timothy, Nabby, Francis. 
Married, for second wife, Martha E. Whitney. Child, — 
Frank. He died at Boston, July 14, 1858. 

5. Joseph, son of Thomas, born at Chelmsford, June 4, 
1716 ; married Ruth Underwood, May 30, 1737. Children, 

— Joshua, born Dec. 1, 1737; Ruth, Jan. 4, 1740; Benjamin, 
Dec. 31, 1742, died at Crown Point, October, 1760 ; Joseph, 
Oct. 9,1746; Leonard,. April 23, 1750; Molly, Aug. 31, 
1851, died Feb. 14, 1777 ; Sampson, May 13, 1754, died 
Feb. 22,1777. He was a man of distinction; was repre- 
sentative of the town of Westford twenty years in succession ; 
and was one of the Boston Tea-party, although then some- 
what advanced in life. 

6. Joshua, son of Joseph and Ruth, born Dec. 1, 1737; 
married Mary Spaulding. Children, — Elnathan, born 
Oct. 12, 1758 ; Benjamin, Dec. 5, 1760 ; Joshua, March 6, 



160 ESDRAS READE OP BOSTON, 

1763, settled in Stoddard, N.H. ; Phineas, born Oct. 18, 
1765; Amos, Aug. 1, 1768; Isaiah, Oct. 14, 1770, died 
March 13, 1777 ; Zaccheus, born March 8, 1773 ; Joseph, 
March 13, 1776, lives in Montpelier, Vt. ; Isaiah, March 17, 
1778, lives in Stoddard, N.H. He was a justice of the peace 
and an influential man. 

7. Elnathan, son of Joshua, born at Westford, Oct. 12, 
1758 ; was in the Kevolutionary War, during the whole 
term, under Gen. Sullivan and Col. Morgan ; was discharged 
at the close of the war at North Carolina ; and died at 
Cavendish, Vt., leaving nine daughters, who married and 
have families. He was a pensioner. 

6. Joseph, son of Joseph and Ruth, born at Westford, 
Oct. 9, 1746 ; married Sybel Procter of Chelmsford, Nov. 16, 
1769. 

7. Benjamin, son of Joshua and Ruth, born at Westford, 
Dec. 5, 1760 ; served three years in the Revolution ; married 
Olive Robbins of Westford, May 30, 1783 ; settled in Tem- 
pleton, Mass., and followed the occupation of a tanner. He 
was a man of distinction and much wealth. He died in 
1823, leaving one daughter who had buried her children. 

7. Joshua, son of Joshua, born in Westford, March 6, 
1763 ; served three years in the Revolutionary War ; and 
finally settled in Stoddard, N.H., and drew a pension. He 
had a large family, some of which are men of distinction and 
wealth in Nashua, N.H. 

7. Phineas, son of Joshua, born at Westford, Oct. 18, 
1765. He enlisted at fourteen years of age as a private 
under Capt. Tucker of Salem. He learned the tanner's 
trade, after the war, with his brother Benjamin, at Temple- 
ton. He settled in Pitzwilliam, N.H., March 24, 1787, and 
married Elizabeth Day of Templeton. Children, — Eliza, 
born Oct. 21, 1790; Edward O., March 8, 1793; Daniel, 
Jan. 2, 1796 ; John M., Sept. 18, 1802 ; Joseph, Sept. 23, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 161 

1804, who died at Charlestown in 1826 ; Elliot, born April 
21, 1806, wlio died in Georgia, June 15, 1838 ; Sarah, born 
May 21, 1811 ; George, Sept. 3, 1815, who married Maria 
Pray of Salem, Mass., and lives in California. He died in 
1852. 

8. Eliza, daughter of Phineas of Fitzwilliam, born Oct. 21, 
1790; married James Godfrey. Children, — Joseph, who 
is an engineer at Springfield, Mass. ; James, who is in Cali- 
fornia. 

8. Edward, son of Phineas, born at Fitzwilliam, March 8, 
1793 ; graduated at Dartmouth College, and practised 
law in Homer, N.Y. ; was a member of Congress during 
Jackson's administration ; and has two daughters married, 
and one not married, and two sons in California. 

8. Daniel, son of Phineas, born Jan. 2, 1797 ; lives in 
Adrian, Mich. Has two daughters married; one of whom 
is at x\.drian, and one at Worcester, Mass. 

8. Mary, daughter of Phineas, born July 8, 1800 ; mar- 
ried Eli Sprague. They live at Ashfield, Mass., and have a 
daughter and a son with them, and one son in California. 

8. John M., son of Phineas, born Oct. 18, 1802 ; married 
Henrietta Taylor. Has no children. The father of Mrs. 
Reed was connected with the army during the Mexican War, 
and distinguished himself at Monterey. He was afterwards 
in the quartermaster's department, in Gen. Pierce's brigade ; 
and was lassoed the 24th of September, 1847 or 8, while out 
procuring supplies, in charge of a baggage-train from Gen. 
Taylor to Gen. Scott. 

8. Sarah, daughter of Phineas, born May 21, 1811 ; mar- 
ried Major Daniel T. Hayden, Nov. 5, 1833. He was a 
merchant in Fitzwilliam, and accidentally shot, Aug. 18, 
1838, — a sad event. She married, for second husband, 
Dexter Whittemore, a merchant ; and lives in New-York 
City. 

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162 ESDRAS READE OF BOSTON, 

8. Charles, son of Plrineas, born March 17, 1813 ; married 
Betsy Osburn, April 8, 1835. Child, — Daniel H., named 
after the uncle who was shot. 

7. Amos, son of Joshua, born at Westford, Aug. 1, 1768 ; 
married Rachal Prcscott of Groton in 1790. Children, — 
Radial, horn Aug. 19, 1790, married Jacob 0. Parker; Be- 
thiah, May 26, 1792 ; Amos, April 7, 1794 ; Joshua, March 
12, 1796; Otis, May 18, 1807; Stephen, March 5, 1799; 
Francis, March 28, 1809; Augusta Maria, Sept. 4, 1812. 
He moved to Sodus, N.Y. 

7. Zacheus, son of Joshua, born at Westford, March 8, 
1773 ; lived and died on the old farm in Westford ; married 
Mary Parker in 1795. Children, — Zacheus, born Jan. 27, 
1796 ; Abigail, Dec. 23, 1798 ; Mary, May 27, 1801 ; E. 
Haywood ; Josiah, died in Charlestown in 1834 ; Almira, 
Oct. 19, 1811 ; Edwin, Nov. 28, 1814, died in 1832. He 
died Sept. 15, 1854, aged eighty-one years. 

8. Zacheus, son of Zacheus of Westford, born Jan. 27, 
1798 ; married Mary Haywood. Children, — Mary E., 
Sept. 2, 1823, married Silas N. Haywood of Springfield in 
1845 ; Edward L., Aug. 13, 1825, died Jan. 16, 1852 ; Mar- 
tha Ann, Sept. 16, 1828, married E. F. Dupee in 1845; 
Joseph H., Aug. 5, 1835 ; Emily F., Aug. 9, 1837. 

9. Edward L., son of Zacheus of Westford, born Aug. 13, 
1825 ; married Julia A. Chamberlain, Jan. 6, 1852 ; and, by 
my record, died the 16th of the same month. 

7. Joseph, son of Joshua and Mary, born at Westford, 
March 13, 1776 ; was for many years a merchant in Thet- 
ford, Vt. ; but now resides in Montpelier, and has been for 
more than twenty years Judge of Probate. Children, — 
Charles, who is of the firm of Morrill and Reed, attorneys-at- 
law, in Montpelier ; George, who is Secretary of the National 
Insurance Company. 

7. Isaiah, son of Joshua, born March 17, 1778 ; married 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. i 163 

Lydia Procter. Children, — Lydia, born June 4, 1798, 
married Amasa Fairbanks ; Isaiah, June 18, 1802 ; Jonas P., 
Dec. 16, 1806 ; Nancy, Nov. 30, 1809 ; Cyrus, April 24, 
1814 ; John, Feb. 22, 1817 ; Edward, July 30, 1819. He 
lives in Stodard, N.H. 

8. Lydia, daughter of Isaiah of Stodard, born June 4, 
1799 ; married Amasa Fairbanks, March 4, 1813. Children, 
— Sumner; Mary. Tbe family live in Washington, N.H. 
She died March 10, 1846. 

8. Isaiah, son of Isaiah of Stodard, born June 18, 1802 ; 
married Susanna Dodge, Aug. 12, 1830. Child, — Colum- 
bus, born Sept. 14, 1831, who is a law student at Concord. 
He died March 31, 1836. 

8. Jonas P., son of Isaiah of Stodard, born Dec. 16, 1806; 
married Ann Waldron, Dec. 15, 1837. Children, — Fre- 
derick, Feb. 5, 1838 ; Benton H., Nov. 9, 1840 ; Jonas L., 
Nov. 13, 1842 ; Martha, Nov. 29, 1844 ; Isabella A., March 8, 
1854. Lives at Stodard. 

8. Nancy, daughter of Isaiah, born Nov. 30, 1809 ; mar- 
ried Samuel Jenkins, Aug. 18, 1829. Children, — Nancy 
Ann, born Nov. 22, 1830 ; Edmond S., July 30, 1831 ; Lydia, 
Nov. 23, 1837. , Live in Stodard. 

8. John, son of Isaiah, born July 30, 1819 ; married Har- 
riet Wright, April 24, 1842. Children,- — ■ James, born June, 
1846 ; Henry, July 20, 1850 ; Frank, Aug. 8, 1853. 

8. Edward, son of Isaiah, born July 30, 1819 ; married 
Mary A. Page, Oct. 16, 1844. Children, — George E., 
July 24, 1845 ; Mary M., Sept. 18, 1850 ; Joseph A., 
March 18, 1856. 

4. John, son of Thomas of Chelmsford, grandson of Obe- 
diah, married Jane Chamberlain at Charlestown, Jan. 10, 
1707 ; and had Samuel, born Aug 11, 1711 ; Thomas, 
Oct. 25, 1713 ; William, April 2, 1715 ; Jane, April 1, 1717 ; 
Sarah, Feb. 22, 1719 ; Betsy, May 27, 1721 ; Hannah, 



161 



Feb. 15, 1723 ; Lucy, July 16, 1727 ; Jacob. He had a 
town-grant of land, March 28, 1719; and his children were 
all born in Chelmsford. 

5. Jacob, son of John and Jane, married Lucy. Chil- 
dren, — Benjamin, born Feb. 22, 1752; Precilla, June 3, 
1756 ; John, May 22, 1758. 

6. Samuel, son of Samuel and Hannah, born at Chelms- 
ford, Aug. 15, 1774 ; married . Children, — Mary, mar- 
ried a Hosley of Pepperel ; Nancy, married Calvin Fletcher 
of Groton ; Eliza, married Joseph Stevens of Littleton ; A. 
J. ; Walter ; Eufus, 1805. Mr. Samuel Reed is now living 
in Littleton. 

7. Rufus, son of Samuel, born 1805 ; married Hannah 
Fitch. Children, — Mary Louisa, born in Providence in 
1833; Rufus Fletcher and Harriet Fitch (twins), in 1834 
and 5, in two different years, in Newport; Joseph R., 1836 ; 
Pamelia A., at Providence, 1837 ; Sarah F., 1841 ; Samuel 
Rufus, 1843. He is now living in Providence. 

6. Bridget, daughter of Samuel and Hannah, born at 
Westford, July 14, 1762 ; married Jonas Keyes, and settled 
in Putney, Vt. Children, ■ — Raymond ; Jonas ; John, who 
lives in Putney ; Polly, who married a Flint of Royalton, 
Vt. ; Sally, married a Lamb, and married Ephreim Morse 
of Newfane for second husband ; Lucy, who married David 
Reed of Dummerston. 

5. Samuel, son of John and Jane, born Aug. 11, 1711 ; 
married Abigail Cummings, Nov. 23, 1732. Children, — 
Thomas, born in Westford, Feb. 6, 1733 ; Samuel, Jan. 20, 
1735, died Jan. 20, 1755 ; Silas, April 2, 1737 ; William, 
Sept. 24, 1739. His wife died March 31, 1743. Married 
Hannah Underwood, June 22, 1757. Children, — Abigail, 
April 8, 1758 ; Olive, April 13, 1760, married Silas Procter 
in 1784 ; Bridget, July 14, 1762 ; Samuel, Aug. 15, 1764. 
Lived in Westford. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 165 

6. Samuel, son of Samuel and Abigail, born Aug. 15, 
1774. Children, — Mary, who married a Hoslcy of Pepperel; 
Nancy, married Calvin Fletcher of Groton ; Eliza, married 
Joseph Stevens of Littleton ; Walter ; Eufus, who lives in 
Providence. 

6. Thomas, son of Samuel and Abigail of Westford, born 
Feb. 6, 1733 ; married Susanna Button, Dec. 13, 1753. 
Children, — Stephen, born March 26, 1754 ; Abigail, June 5, 
1757 ; Susanna, May 2, 1759, died March 2, 1762 ; Jemima, 
Nov. 10, 1761 ; Susanna, March 29, 1764, married to Wil- 
liam Button, 1781 ; Sarah, June 27, 1766, married Reuben 
Wright, 1787 ; Thomas, Jan. 5, 1768, married Phebe 
Wright ;' Lucy, May 16, 1771; Anna, Dec. 5, 1773, mar- 
ried Daniel Smith, jun., of Exeter, N.H., in 1811. Susanna, 
his wife, died ; and he married Widow Phebe Procter of 
Grafton, Jan. 20, 1784. Children, — Phebe, born Sept. 26, 
1784; Charles, Dec. 11, 1785; Charlotte, Jan. 25, 1787, 
married David Nutting in 1808. Married, for third wife, 
Polly Spaulding, June 19, 1792. Children, — Roswell, born 
Sept. 19, 1793 ; Polly, April 10, 1795, married Samuel 
Spaulding, 1812; Alenath, Oct. 16, 1797, died Oct. 25, 
1802 ; Lydia, May 13, 1798, married Joseph Wild of Brain, 
tree, 1814 ; Phicinda, Nov. 28, 1803 : making seventeen 
children. Tradition says that Polly Spaulding was keeping 
house for Lieut. Thomas Read during his widowhood, after 
the death of his second wife, and that one of his sons be- 
came attached to her. Some time after she was married to his 
father, in the absence of the old man, she asked the son to 
crave a blessing at the dinner-table ; which was done in the 
following words : " Once you was my love, and I loved you 
as my life ; and, if my father had not been so spry, I should 
have made you my wife." 

7. Thomas, son of Thomas and Susan of Westford, born 
Jan. 5, 1769 ; married Phebe Wright, Dec. 13, 1795. Chil- 



166 ESDRAS READB OF BOSTON, 

dren, — Phebe, born May 9, 1795; Lucinda, June 9, 1797 ; 
Joseph, June 27, 1798; Phebe, Nov. 22, 1800; Thomas, 
Feb. 12, 1803; Joel, February, 1807; Stephen, May 19, 
1811 ; Roxanna, July 12, 1815. He lived in Nellson, N.H. 

8. Joseph, son of Thomas and Phebe, born Jan. 27, 1798 ; 
married Rebecca Lyon. 

8. Thomas, son of Thomas and Phebe, born Feb. 12, 
1803 ; married Mariam Clough of Candia, N.H., and kept 
a public-house at East Cambridge. Children, — Dexter, 
Porter, Theodore. He died in Cambridge, July 31, 1841. 

8. Joel, son of Thomas and Phebe, born Feb. 7, 1807 ; 
married Lucinda Sargeant of Candia, N.H. Children, — 
George D., born May 20, 1837 ; Mary J., Aug. 25, 1840. 
He kept a public-house at East Cambridge ; and died 
Dec. 22, 1840. His widow and children still remain there. 

8. Stephen, son of Thomas and Phebe, born May 19, 
1811 ; married Sarah Clark, April 5, 1840. Child, — 
Henry O., born March 25, 1845. He keeps the same public- 
house in East Cambridge that his brothers Thomas and 
Joel had kept, and is doing a flourishing business. He is a 
wealthy and prosperous man. 

8. Silas, son of Samuel of Westford and Abigail, born 
at Westford, April 2, 1837 ; married Hannah Chamberlain, 
June 2, 1792. Children, — Betsy, born Aug. 2, 1773, died 
Sept. 8, 1777; Silas, Feb. 6, 1775 ; Hannah, June 25, 1777 ; 
Silas, July 12, 1778 ; Ephreim, June 3, 1780, died Nov. 20, 
1781; Ephreim, April 30, 1782; Betsy, Jan. 21, 1784; 
Hannah, April 1, 1786 ; Abigail, Oct. 6, 1788 ; Samuel, 
Dec. 20, 1789 ; John C, April 7, 1792 ; Rebecca, June 3, 
1794; Bridget, Jan. 1, 1796, died Nov. 4, 1798; Luther, 
Feb. 12, 1799 ; Bridget, April 30, 1801 ; Harriet : making 
sixteen children. 

7. Rosewell, son of Thomas and Polly of Westford, born 
Sept. 19, 1773 ; married Sybel . Children, — Joanna, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 167 

born July 22, 1815 ; Harriet, Aug. 19, 1817, married Joseph 
Wright; Cynthia, Feb. 2, 1820; Merrick, Nov. 9, 1821; 

Abraham, Jan. 18, 1824 ; Elbridge, 27, 1826 ; Clar- 

rissa, Aug. 13, 1828 ; Elmira, Dec. 25, 1830 ; Laura, 
April 24, 1833. He died in 1856. 

8. Elbridge, son of Roswell, born at Westford, March 27, 
1826 ; married Hannah F. Davis, May 6, 1853. 

9. Luther, son of Silas and Hannah, born Feb. 12, 1799 ; 
married Ann Tliaxter of Boston, April 6, 1828. Children, 
— Luther W., born Dec. 22, 1828, died Jan. 17, 1829 
Nancy T., Dec. 16, 1829 ; Anna R., Feb. 21, 1831 ; Silas C. 
Sept. 7, 1834; Joseph W., Dec. 6, 1836, died Jan. 5, 1837 
Luther F., Feb. 1, 1838 ; Catherine M., April 26, 1840. 

4. Esdras, son of Thomas, and great-grandson of Esdras, 
married Sarah, and moved to Woburn ; and, Sept. 8, 1719, 
sold his real estate in Chelmsford to George Byam. He 
was a tailor, as was his father Thomas, and great-grandfather 
Esdras ; and it was a trade that was common among the 
first generations of Reads in this country. The Reads 
in and about Boston in Lincolnshire were among the 
first who went into the trade of cloth after the influx of 
the French Huguenots into England. One branch of the 
business was to make the cloth into wearing apparel, con- 
stituting what we call merchant tailors ; and the first 
emigrants of Reeds to this country brought their tools with 
them for making clothing. 

4. Jonathan, son of Thomas of Chelmsford, married Mar- 
garet. Children, — Hannah, born May 17, 1715; Betsy, 
Jan. 15, 1717. 

4. William, son of Thomas of Chelmsford, and great- 
grandson of Esdras, married Hannah Bates. Children, — 
Robert, born Dec. 25, 1720 ; William, Feb. 25, 1724 ; Debo- 
rah, July 10, 1729 ; Louis, Feb. 3, 1734. 

5. Robert, son of William and Hannah, Chelmsford, born 



168 ESDRAS BEADE OF BOSTON, 

in Chelmsford, Dec. 25, 1720 ; married Hannah Abbot of 
Andover, and settled in Litchfield ; afterwards went to Am- 
herst. Children, — Sarah, born at Chelmsford, March 9, 
1743 ; Bridget, June 11, 1745 ; Lemuel, who died aged 
twenty-one years ; William, Aug. 14, 1754 ; Mary, married 
Benjamin Bradford ; Olive, married Samuel Greeley ; Ro- 
bert. He was known as Col. Reed, and was for many years 
the jailer at Amherst. He died Sept. 11, 1803, aged eighty- 
three. He married Mrs. David Danforth for second wife. 

6. William, son of Robert of Amherst, born Aug. 14, 
1754 ; married Bridget Greeley. Child, — Robert, born 
Oct. 19, 1786. He died at Amherst, Sept. 10, 1834, aged 
eighty years. Married Abigail Howard for second wife, 
June 27, 1791 ; his first wife having died in 1788. 

7. Robert, son of William of Amherst, born Oct. 19, 1786 ; 
married Rebecca French, Dec. 15, 1818. Children, — Wil- 
liam, born Jan. 29, 1820 ; Abby Greeley, March 4, 1822 ; 
Mary French, March 30, 1824 ; Helen, April 2, 1830 ; 
Robert Leland, July 12, 1841. Married, for second wife, 
Jane M. Leland of Saco, Me. He was for several years 
Agent of the Land and Water Company at Manchester, 
N.H. ; but died at Nashua, leaving a great estate ; and was 
called one of the rich men of New Hampshire. The follow- 
ing biographical sketch of Mr. Read has been contributed by 
his son, Dr. William Read : — 

Robert Read was born in Amherst, N.H., on what is now called 
the " Fletcher Farm," situated about three miles north of the village, 
on the banks of the Souhegan River, — a stream abounding in mill- 
sites, and which has contributed in no small degree to the prosperity 
of the region through which it flows. His grandfather, Robert Read, 
moved from Litchfield to Amherst at an early date ; and, during the 
Revolutionary War, held a commission of lieutenant-colonel, with 
authority to raise a troop of horse. His father, William Read, was 
an active and influential citizen of the town ; and for many years 
served as deputy-sherifi°, in which capacity he acquired a wide- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 169 

spread reputation for his success in executing the duties of his office. 
It was the intention of his father that Robert should prepare him- 
self, by a suitable course of education, for one of the learned profes- 
sions ; and, to this end, he was entered as a student at Exeter 
Academy, then under the charge of the famous Master Abbott. 
The bent of his mind, however, was to a more active life ; and, 
leaving the academy, he was apprenticed to Daniel Hayden, a mer- 
chant in Chelmsford, Mass. Here he remained till his majority ; 
when, returning to his native town, he associated himself with his 
father in business, under the firm of William Read and Son. The 
energy and tact of Mr. Read soon raised the firm to a commanding 
position, and, for man)' years, made their store the centre of trade for 
a large territory. Upon the dissolution of this firm, consequent upon 
the retirement of the senior partner, Mr. Read formed a new con- 
nection with Isaac Spalding; and continued the business at the old 
stand, with increasing success, till the growth of Nashua, and the 
development of the manufacturing facilities at that place, induced 
the latter to establish himself there, when the business was continued 
in the name of Mr. Read alone. It may be remarked here, that the 
business talent of Mr. Spalding soon placed him in a conspicuous 
and commanding position in his new location ; and he now ranks 
among the wealthiest men of his State. Up to the period of which 
we are speaking, the prosperity of Amherst had been constantly 
increasing. The shire-town of Hillsborough County, — it was here 
that the courts were held, and the county business transacted. The 
great stage route from the north, through the centre of the State to 
the seaboard, which took this place on its way, also gave it an advan- 
tage over the less-favored towns on either side. But, as the manu- 
facturing interest developed, other places, more favored by nature, 
began to dispute its supremacy : and with the rise of Nashua and 
Manchester on the south and east, and the increase of Milford on the 
west, came the decline of Amherst, and the withdrawal of almost 
the entire trade, except what was supplied by the wants of its own 
inhabitants ; and of this, even, scarce a moiety remained. From a 
busy mart, its streets thronged with purchasers from all the towns 
around, it has changed to one of the quietest of country villages. Its 
echoes are seldom awakened by the bustle of traffic, and the dust 
lies undisturbed along its highways. The energy and activity which 
marked his character, joined to a most scrupulous regard for equity 



170 ESDRAS READE OF BOSTON, 

and justice, which gained him the confidence of all who knew him, 
from an early period gained for Mr. Read the suffrages of his fellow- 
citizens for various offices of public trust. He held the responsible 
position of town-clerk for thirteen successive years, — from 1817 to 
1828 inclusive. In 1826, he was elected representative to the State 
Legislature, where he served three terms ; being re-elected in 1827 
and 1828. In the latter year, he was appointed aide-de-camp by 
Gov. John Bell, with the rank of colonel. In military affairs he was 
also an active and influential participator. He served in every 
capacity, from private to commander, in the "West Company of 
Infantry, — one of the most efficient companies of the State; and 
in 1814, at the time of the threatened invasion by the British, while 
lieutenant, accompanied it to Portsmouth as its commander, — his 
senior officer not being able to leave home. In 1835, Mr. Read 
removed to Nashua to assume the duties of Agent of the Nashua 
Manufacturing Company ; a position he remained in two years. At 
the expiration of that time (1837) he was appointed general manager 
of the Land and Water-power Company, which had recently pur- 
chased extensive tracts of land at the Amoskeag Falls in Manches- 
ter, and from which the present city of that name dates its origin. 
In this capacity he continued fourteen years, till 1852; when he 
resigned, and took up his residence once more in Nashua, where 
he remained till his death. In 1851, he was elected a member of the 
Convention for the revision of the Constitution of the State, and repre- 
sented Manchester hi that capacity. Of his conduct while in office 
at Manchester, says the author of the History of that city, " he per- 
formed his duties faithfully to the company by which he was em- 
ployed, as every one will testify who had business with him. Strictly 
a business-man, he mingled very little with other than business-men ; 
and hence was very little identified with interests disconnected with 
the corporation: yet no measure connected with the progress of our 
city escaped his attention ; and he most heartily co-incided in all that 
liberal course of policy, on the part of the treasurer and the directors, 
that has added so much of beauty and value to our city." 

After his removal to Nashua, he was once elected a representative 
from that place to the State Legislature ; was a member of the first 
Board of Aldermen elected under the city charter ; and was Presi- 
dent of the Nashua and Lowell Railroad Company until a few 
months before his death, when, warned by increasing infirmities of 
his approaching dissolution, he resigned. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 171 

8. William, son of Kobert of Nashua, and Rebecca, born 
Jan. 29, 1820 ; graduated at Dartmouth College in 1839 ; 
M. D. Harvard University, 1842 ; married Sarah A. P. 
McLellan, June 22, 1843. Children, — William, born in 
Lynn, Oct. 4, 1844 ; Frederick French, born in Lynn, 
May 23, 1847 ; Robert McLellan, born in Boston, Sept. 6, 
1848 ; Charles French, born in Boston, Sept. 17, 1853. 
He is a celebrated physician, and practises his profession in 
Boston. He lives at No. 713, Washington Street. 

8. Abby Greeley, daughter of Robert of Nashua, and Re- 
becca, born March 4, 1822 ; married to Rev. Jonas B. Clark 
of Swampscott, Jan. 11, 1843. Children, — Helen Rebecca, 
born East Windsor, Ct., May 9, 1844, died in Boston, Oct. 11, 
1848 ; Henry Fields, born in Swampscott, Nov. 28, 1846, 
died in Manchester, N.H., Oct. 18, 1848 ; Arthur French, 
born in Swampscott, Aug. 4, 1849 ; Helen Grafton, born in 
Swampscott, July 8, 1851 ; Grace Blanchard, born in Swamp- 
scott, July 14, 1853. Mr. Clark is grandson and namesake 
of Rev. Jonas Clarke, who was pastor of the church in Lex- 
ington at the time of Lexington Fight ; the intimate friend 
of John and Samuel Adams ; and brother-in-law of John 
Hancock. The venerable pastor, on the night previous to 
the fight, sheltered his three mysterious friends from the 
chilling damp of night ; and, when his house was no longer 
a safe retreat, they were conveyed to the house of the 
minister of Woburn Precinct. From thence, a house in 
the wood near the line of Billerica was their safe retreat. 
Their heads being considered of greater value to the British 
than such heads as grew on the shoulders of some other 
men, a large reward was offered for them. The house in 
Woburn Precinct, now Burlington, where one part of this 
affair took place, is now occupied by the venerable Rev. 
Samuel Sewell, a celebrated genealogist and antiquarian, 
and a descendant of the celebrated Samuel Sewell of olden 



172 ESDRAS READB OP BOSTON, 

time. The Rev. Samuel Sewell married the daughter 
of the Rev. Mr. Merritt, who was a young man settled 
over the church in Woburn Precinct, a few months be- 
fore the battle of Lexington ; and was at that time board- 
ing with Mrs. Jones, the widow of the former pastor. He 
afterwards married Mrs. Jones's daughter. It was Mr. 
Merritt who piloted the three guests to their hiding-place in 
the woods. The house has been in the family a hundred 
and six years, and the occupants have been the three suc- 
cessive pastors of the parish during that period. It is 
truly venerable in appearance as well as age, and is much 
enhanced in its attractions by the large and overtopping 
shade-trees, and interesting reminiscences which the vene- 
rable pastor and happy family attach to the buildings and 
trees and other objects connected with the place. If I 
were to give a young clergyman, about to settle in life, my 
advice, one portion of it would be to make it in his way to 
visit this spot, and see illustrated by every thing about him 
the peaceful and happy effect of piety and refinement, accom- 
panied with true politeness and hospitality. The influence 
of such a family in a parish must be truly valuable. The 
house of the Rev. Mr. Clarke is still standing, about one- 
fourth of a mile north of the monument in Lexington. It 
is somewhat dilapidated, but still shows that it is, or has 
been, the dwelling of no ordinary personage. The front- 
yard is somewhat overgrown with ancient lilacs. It has 
been occupied, since the decease of Mr. Clarke, by his 
daughters. 

8. Helen, daughter of Robert and Rebecca, born in Am- 
herst, April 20, 1830 ; married Charles A. Greeley of Nashua, 
Nov. 21, 1855. Child, — George Thornton, born Aug. 23, 
1856. Lives in Nashua, Chickasaw County, Io. 

6. Olive, married Samuel Greele, son of Samuel of Not- 
tingham, now Hudson, N.H. ; and had issue, — Nancy Hoi- 



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AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 173 

land, born 1780 (married Dr. Oliver Scripture of Hollis, 
N.H.) ; Samuel, born July 2, 1783 (A.B. Harvard, 1802 ; 
married, first, Lydia M. Sewall of Marblebead, Mass., daugh- 
ter of Cbief-Justice Sewall, by whom he had a son, who died 
soon after birth ; second, Louisa May, daughter of Col. 
Joseph May of Boston, by whom he had Samuel Sewall and 
Louisa May, both born in Boston ; third, Maria Antoinette 
Paine, daughter of Robert Treat Paine, one of the signers of 
the Declaration of Independence, — no issue ; fourth, Sarah 
Follansbee Emerson of Newburyport, by whom lie has no 
issue) ; Augustus, born December, 1787 (A.B. Dartmouth, 
1813 ; married Caroline Lovett of New York, where be died 
1843 ; no issue) ; William, born 17 — (now residing in Penn- 
sylvania ; married, first, Pelt ; second, ; by 

both of whom be has issue) ; Abigail, born 17 — (married 
Daniel Elliott of Keene, N.H. ; A.B. Dartmouth, 1813 ; and 
has issue) ; Lucy (married Augustus P. Smith, Esq., of New- 
York City, attorney and counsellor at law, and has numerous 
issue) ; Augustus Greele (A.B. Yale, 1839 ; M.D. New York, 
184- ; married Elizabeth Pierce ; has four children); Henry 
Bond, A.B. Yale, now settled in the ministry at Columbus, 
0. (married Martha, daughter of Rev. Dr. Skinner of New- 
York City, and has issue) ; Caroline (married Cornell, 

son of Hon. Robert Cornell, late of New-York City, deceased, 
and has three children); Robert, born 17 — , now residing 

in New- York City (married Harriet , widow of 

Fleming, and has issue). 

6. Thomas, son of Benjamin and Sarah, born March 14, 
1766 ; married Molly Spaulding, 1792. 

5. Benjamin, son of Thomas of Chelmsford, and Sarah, 
born at Westford, Sept. 3, 1732 ; married Abigail Fasset, 
Jan. 2, 1755. Children, — Sybel, Feb. 24, 1755; Abel, 
Marcb 2, 1757 ; Abigail, Oct. 15, 1759 ; Rebecca, Sept. 3, 
1761, married Isaac Procter in 1783; Thomas, March 14, 



174 ESDRAS READE OP BOSTON, 

1766, married Sally Spaulding in 1792 ; Benjamin, June 8, 
1768. He died April 22, 1778 : his wife died May 10, 
1787. 

6. Abel, son of Benjamin and Abigail, born March 22, 
1757 ; married Rebecca Farrer, Nov. 24, 1778. Children, 
— Peter, born Oct. 15, 1788, died April 4, 1853 ; Benjamin, 
born Jan. 19, 1779; Olive, June 30, 1781; Abel, Nov. 1, 
1782 ; Timothy, Sept. 1, 1785, died July 11, 1830 ; Rebecca, 
born Aug. 30, 1786. 

5. William, son of William and Hannah of Chelmsford, 
born at Chelmsford, Feb. 25, 1724 ; married Lucy Spaulding 
of Merrimac, N.H. Children, — Zadoc ; William; Henry; 
Hannah, married Samuel Center of Windham, N.H. ; Lucy, 
married Jonathan Lyon of Pelham, N.H., and had Read 
Lyon ; and Sally, who married Roger Coburn of Pelham : 
the three "daughters lived to be about ninety years each 
before their death. Mr. Reed settled, when young, in 
Litchfield, N.H., on what was at that time the frontier, and 
nigh to the northern border of ancient Dunstable. He was 
a noted bear-hunter, and was killed at the raising of a 
building. He had just received a colonel's commission at 
the time of his decease. Reed's Ferry, at Litchfield, took 
its name from him. 

6. Zadoc, son of Col. William of Litchfield, N.H., married 
Lucy McLean of New Boston. Children, — Francis and 
Dudley. He settled in Antrim. 

6. William, son of Col. William of Litchfield, married 
Lydia B. Nourse of Londonderry. Children, — Patty, Wil- 
liam, Robert, Francis, David, Louisa, Henry, Lydia. Married 
Mary Aikin for second wife. Child, — Phineas. He was 
deacon of the church in Litchfield. 

7. William, son of William of Litchfield and grandson of 
Col. William, married Judith Little. Children, — Lissie S., 
Mary H., John S., and Lydia. He lives upon the old place 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 175 

owned and occupied by the family from its first settlement 
to the present. 

7. Robert, son of William of Litchfield, and Lydia, born 

; married Mary Moody of Newburyport in 1820. 

Children, — William W. ; Enoch M., who keeps in New- 
buryport ; Mary H. ; Robert ; and John. He has been a 
captain of militia, and is now a trader in Lowell (see letter 
to Dr. Read). 

7. Francis, son of William and Lydia, has five children, 
as follows, — Samantha, Caroline, Louisa, Louvisa, and 
George W. 

7. Phineas, son of William and Lydia. Children, — 
Mary J., William T., Walter H., George M., Rachal, Nella 
M., and Phineas. 

7. Louisa, daughter of William and Lydia of Litchfield, 
N.H., married Jesse Little of Atkinson, N.H. ; and his sister 
married her brother William of Litchfield. Children, — 
Lydia, born April 27, 1820 ; William Reed, Nov. 4, 1823 ; 
Albert, Feb. 13, 1835. 

6. Henry, son of Col. William of Litchfield, married Anna 
McMurphey of Londonderry, and went to Canada. Chil- 
dren, — Harry, Phillip, John, Leonard, James, Zadock. 

8. Lydia, daughter of Louisa and Jesse, born April 4, 
1820 ; married Thomas L. Page. Children, — Harriet, who 
died young; William W., 1846 ; Jesse T., 1850, died young; 
Louisa, died young. 

8. William R., son of Louisa and Jesse Little, born Nov. 4, 
1823 ; married Elizabeth A., daughter of Capt. Stephen 
Little of Groveland, Mass. Children, — Mary ; Albina. 
She died in 1853. 

6. Joseph, son of Joseph and Ruth, born Oct. 9, 1746 ; 
married Martha Fletcher, Nov. 11, 1771. Children, — 
Ruth, born Dec. 22, 1771, married Susan Heald in 1813 ; 
Patty, April 4, 1773. 



176 ESDRAS READE OP BOSTON. 

6. Leonard, son of Joseph and Ruth, born April 23, 1750 ; 
married Bethiah. Children, — Bethiah, born June 4, 1770 ; 
Lois, Dec. 26, 1771 ; Ruth, Nov. 12, 1774 ; Joel. 

7. Joel, son of Leonard, married Joanna Chandler, Jan. 7, 
1810. Children, — William, born Dec. 17, 1810; Joseph, 
Dec. 29, 1811 ; Charles G., Nov. 7, 1813 ; Edwin R., July 2, 
1815 ; Joanna, April 5, 1817 ; Bethiah, Dec. 20, 1818 ; 
Leonard, March 12, 1821 ; Nancy, Aug. 30, 1822 ; Sarah R., 
May 21, 1824. 

8. Leonard, son of Joel and Joanna of Westford, born 
March 12, 1821 ; married Leonora Tarr of Rockport, Oct. 7, 
1844. Children, — Emma; Georgianna. Lives in Charles- 
town. 

5. William, son of John and Jane of Chelmsford, born at 
Chelmsford, April 2, 1715 ; married Thankful Spaulding 
of Westford, Dec. 29, 1741, and settled in Westford. Chil- 
dren, — Thadeus, born May 15, 1742; William, July 9, 
1753 ; Oliver, who died June 20, 1791. 

6. William, son of William and Thankful, born July 9, 
1753 ; married Lydia Stratton in 1785. Child, — William, 
who married Lucinda Patch, Jan. 12, 1817. 

5. Thomas, son of John and Jane, born at Chelmsford, 
Oct. 25, 1713; married Olive. Children, — Sarah, born at 
Westford, April 25, 1747 ; Jacob, March 18, 1748 ; Cathe- 
rine, Oct. 13, 1750, married a Fosset, and died April 19, 
1805 ; Thomas, born Aug. 28, 1752 ; Hannah, May 4, 
1754; Rachal, Aug. 20,1756; Martha, March 18, 1758; 
Levi, Feb. 15, 1760; Howard,- Feb. 26, 1762. 

5. Eleazer, son of Thomas and Sarah of Westford, born 
Feb. 22, 1731 ; married Joanna Fitch, March 22, 1754. 
Children, — Joanna, born Oct. 3, 1754; Samuel, March 7, 
1756; Eleazer, March 1, 1760; Eliakim, Aug. 1, 1762; 
Catherine, Feb. 14, 1764, married Samuel Reed of Little- 
ton in 1785 ; Elihu, April 2, 1766, was in the Revolution ; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 177 

Lydia, June 7, 1768, married Jacob Kendall, 1788 ; Rhoda, 
1770, married George Frederick, 1788 ; Mirriam, March 27, 
1772, married Samuel Coburn of Dracut, 1794 ; Sarah, 
March 17, 1776 ; Aaron, Nov. 27, 1778. 

6. Samuel, son of Eleazer and Elizabeth, born March 7, 
1756, and setted in Tyngsborough. Children, — Thomas, 
born Oct. 11, 1778 ; Jesse, Dec. 20, 1779 ; Lucy, April 19, 
1781. 

7. Thomas, son of Samuel and Elizabeth, born Oct. 11, 
1778 ; married Rebecca Cummings, both of Westford, Dec. 8, 
1803. 

6. Eleazer, son of Eleazer and Joanna, born March 1, 
1760; married Elizabeth Fletcher in 1786. Children, — 
Eleazer and Joshua (twins), born Dec. 26, 1786; Jepthah, 
1790, died March 30, 1855. 

7. Eleazer, son of Eleazer and Elizabeth of Westford, and 
twin-brother of Joshua, born Dec. 26, 1786 ; married Mary 
Putnam of Fitchburg, Aug. 13, 1814. 

6. Levi, sou of Thomas and Olive, born Feb. 15, 1760 ; 
married Maria. Child, — Georgianna, born November, 
1855. 

5. Benjamin, son of Thomas and Sarah of Westford, born 
Sept. 3, 1732 ; married Abigail Fasset, Jan. 2, 1755. Chil- 
dren,— Sybel, born Feb. 24, 1755 ; Abel, March 22, 1757; 
Abigail, Oct. 15, 1759 ; Rebecca, Sept. 3, 1761, married 
Isaac Procter in 1783 ; Thomas, March 14, 1766, married 
Molly Spaulding, 1792 ; Benjamin, June 8, 1768. He was 
in battle, and standing by the side of Capt. Davis of Revolu- 
tionary memory, when the latter fell. He died April 22, 
1778 : his wife died May 10, 1787. 

Thomas, son of Benjamin, served in the Revolutionary 
War ; and finally settled in Londonderry, Vt., where he 
brought up a large family. 

6. William, son of William and Thankful, born at West- 

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178 ESDRAS READE OP BOSTON, 

ford, July 9, 1753 ; married Lydia Straton in 1785. Child, 
— William, who married Lucinda Patch in 1817. 

6. Oliver, son of William and Thankful, married Abigail. 
Children, — Oliver, born July 25, 1779; Abigail, Nov. 25, 
1780 ; Patty, Oct. 22, 1782 ; Lucy, Sept. 2, 1785, married 
Joel Hunter ; Richard, April 22, 1789, died April 29, 1790. 
He died June 20, 1791. 

6. Eliakim, son of Eleazer and Joanna, born Aug. 1, 1762; 
married in Chelmsford to Sarah Mansfield, Nov. 28, 1784. 

7. Joshua, son of Eleazer and Elizabeth, and twin-brother 
of Eleazer, born at Westford, Dec. 26, 1786 ; married Char- 
lotte, daughter of Lieut. Thomas, May 15, 1816. Child, — 
Charlotte, born Nov. 23, 1816. 

6. Abel, son of Benjamin and Abigail, born March 22, 
1757; married Farrer, Nov. 24, 1778. Children, — Peter, 
born Oct. 15, 1788, died April 4, 1853 ; Benjamin, horn 
Jan. 19, 1799; Olive, June 30, 1781; Abel, Nov. 1, 1782; 
Timothy, Sept. 18, 1785 ; Rebecca, Aug. 30, 1786. 

7. Timothy, son of Abel and Rebecca, born Sept. 18, 
1785; married Mary Procter, Dec. 6,1825. Children, — 
Timothy, born June 6, 1826 ; Mary Ann, Dec. 22, 1827. 
He had probably married Sarah Pierce, daughter of Jonas 
Pierce, May 16, 1815, and had Sarah E., in Chelmsford, 
Sept. 15, 1815 ; Mary Ann, Aug. 10, 1817. He died 
July 11, 1830. His wife married Mr. Tibbets, and died 
May 5, 1832. 

6. Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Abigail of Westford, 
born June 8, 1768 ; married Jerusha. He settled in Wea- 
thersfield, Vt., about the year 1790. Children, — Jerusha, 
Nov. 10,1793; Abigail, Dec. 4, 1795; Orpha, Jan. 25, 1798 ; 
Timothy, Dec. 5, 1800 ; Lydia, Sept. 4, 1804 ; Benjamin, 
Sept. 7, 1806 ; Ezra, Sept. 11, 1808 ; Franklin, Feb. 16, 
1811; Charles, Sept. 11, 1812; Emerson, Feb. 23, 1811. 
He died at the age of eighty-two years. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 179 

7. Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Jerusha, born Sept. 7, 
1806 ; married Arathusa. Children, — Lorette Ellen, 
May 23, 1839 ; Loren Benjamin, July 1, 1841 ; Adeline 
Jerusha, Dec. 3, 1845 ; Leslie Orwin, June 7, 1848. He 
lives in Waitsfield, Vt. ; is a prominent man, and has been 
for some years a member of the Legislature. 

6. Thomas, the son of Benjamin of Chelmsford, born 
March 14, 1766 ; married Elizabeth Diggins, and settled in 
Londonderry, Vt., Their children were — Elizabeth ; Lucy ; 
Laura ; Sophia ; Louisa ; Rebecca ; Mindol ; Almira ; Theo- 
dotia ; Thomas ; Cyrus ; Martin P., born in Weathersfield, 
Vt., April 20, 1796. Married Nabby Baldwin, May 6, 1799. 
Children, — Lucy H., born in Londonderry, Vt., Sept. 13, 
1817 ; Benjamin B., Dec. 3, 1819 ; Emeline, born in 
Worcester, Vt., Dec. 6, 1822 ; Charles, Jan. 11, 1827, died 
Aug. 13, 1833 ; Elizabeth, born April 21, 1829 ; James, 
Aug. 23, 1831, died June 3, 1844 ; Semantha K., born 
April 1, 1834, died March 19, 1838 ; Henryette S., born 
Oct. 11, 1838 ; Semantha Jane, July 17, 1843. He lives in 
Worcester, and is a justice of the peace for the county 
in which he lives. 

6. Elihu, son of Eleazer and Joanna, born April 22, 1766 ; 
married Lucy Reinsford in Boston, July 23, 1792. Chil- 
dren, — William, born in Boston, Dec. 12, 1792; Thomas; 
Josiah ; George W. ; Mary, who married James Bates. He 
was a soldier of the Revolution, and drew a pension. 

7. William, son of Elihu, born Dec. 12, 1792 ; married 
Hannah Cash of Marblehead, Aug. 26, 1819. Children, — 
William G., born Nov. 27, 1820, died Feb. 9, 1821 ; William 
G., born in Boston, June 13, 1823 ; Charles H., Sept. 23, 
1826, died May 19, 1828 ; Charles H., born Dec. 25, 1831 ; 
Lucy Ann, July 1, 1833 ; Emeline R., born in Chelsea, 
Oct. 2, 1837. He died in 1850 ; and his widow lives at 
No. 66, Shurtleff Street, Chelsea. 



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8. William G., son of William and Hannah, born June 13, 
1823; married Eliza C. Bagnall. Children, — Thomas B., 
born in Chelsea, July 8, 1848 ; Anna D., Oct. 10, 1853 ; 
Mary A., Aug. 17, 1855. He keeps in Broadway, Chelsea. 

8. Lucy, daughter of William and Hannah, born July 1, 
1833 ; married Thomas H. Mayo, June 8, 1854. Child, — 
William R., born in Chelsea, Feb. 6, 1857. They live in 
Chelsea. 

7. Thomas, son of Elihu, married Sarah Jones of Boston. 
Children, — Thomas J. ; Eliza. 

7. Josiah, son of Elihu, married Lucinda. Children, — 
Henry R., born at Chelmsford, Aug. 23, 1837, and keeps 
with Gilbert and Sons in Boston ; Andrew F. ; Lucy ; 
Helen. He lives at New Ipswich. 

7. George, son of Elihu, lives at Fall River, No. 33, Pine 
Street ; married Eveline E. Leonard of Taunton. Children, 
— George Hodges, born Jan. 3, 1836 ; Emeline F., Sept. 25, 
1839 ; Charles H., Dec. 26, 1849 ; Walter H., died young. 

Supply Read of Chelmsford was a soldier of the Revolu- 
tion ; married Susanna Byam, June 7, 1781, and moved to 
Acworth, N.H., where he lived to be ninety-two years of age. 
Children, — John, who became a Mormon preacher, and 
died at Salt Lake ; Tileson, who went West ; Susan, mar- 
ried Silas Rice, and went to Missouri ; one daughter married 
a Benjamin, and went West ; Supply ; Patty, who married 
Asa Shed of Stodard ; Sally, died young ; Lucinda, mar- 
ried a Corey ; Mahalu, married David Currier, and lives in 
Unity, N.H. ; Parker, who went to Missouri. 

Supply, son of Supply and Susanna, born June 2, 1791 ; 
married Mercy Streeter, Nov. 20, 1817. She died March 27, 
1831 : he died in Lowell, June 12, 1854. Children, — 
Sylvester, born July 20, 1818, now living in Acworth ; 
Theron A., Nov. 27, 1819 ; Leusy I., born in Northfield, Vt., 
May 24, 1822; Mary M., March 2, 1825, died Aug. 30, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 181 

1826; Maria F., born Oct. 4, 1827; Mary Ann, Feb. 6, 1829. 
Married, for second wife, Catherine Moors of Stodard, N.H., 
Oct. 27, 1831. Children, — Supply, born July 17, 1832, 
died in Lowell, Sept. 6, 1853 ; Willard B., born in Acworth, 
June 8, 1834 ; Israel, Oct. 16, 1836, lives in Lowell ; George 
W., Dec. 24, 1838 ; Gracy T. H., Nov. 27, 1840 ; Ann J., 
Dec. 3, 1845. 

Willard B., son of Supply and Catherine, born in Acworth, 
N.H., June 8, 1834; married to S. J. Smith. Child,— 
Willard A. 

Tileston, son of Supply of Acworth, had one son, Timothy 
S., now living in Fitzwilliam, N.H. ; married Sarah. Child, 
— Sumner I., born Aug. 14, 1841. 

John Reed of Chelmsford, brother of Supply, settled in 
Acworth, N.H. Children, — Lucy, Amos, and Holden. 

David of Chelmsford, brother of Supply. Child, — John. 

William, son of Samuel and Abigail of Westford, born 
Sept. 24, 1739 ; settled in Hollis, N.H. ; was a captain in 
the Revolutionary War. Children, — Uriah, Samuel, Wil- 
liam, James Gilman, Patty. 

William, son of Capt. William, was also a captain ^ and had 
William, who married Lydia Gilson of Nashua, May 8, 1816. 

James G., son of Capt. William of Hollis, married a 
Wright. Children, — James G., Asa, John L., Luther W., 
Lucinda, Julia, Abigail. 

James, son of James G., married Sophia Wood. Child, — 
James G. 

James G., son of James, married Hannah Pushly. Chil- 
dren, — Aletha ; Gillman. He lives in Newburyport. 

William, son of John and Jane, or of Thomas, born at 
Chelmsford ; married Molly Conn of Shirley, Mass., and 
was the first settler in the town of Chesterfield, Mass. Chil- 
dren, — William, John, Ephraim, Joseph, George, James, 
Thomas, Henry, Polly, Betsy. 



182 ESDRAS EBADE OF BOSTON, 

William, son of William and Molly, married Anabasaba 
Smith of Shirley, and lived in Chesterfield. Children, — 
William, who now lives in Groton ; Thomas ; Boz ; Willard ; 
Sampson ; Nancy, married Reuben Willard of Swan ton, Vt. ; 
Orpha A. ; Anabasaba, married Mr. Chase ; Betsy. He was 
drowned in Chesterfield. 

William, son of William and Anabasaba, married . 

Child, — Dolly, who married a Chambers, and went West. 

Betsy, daughter of William and Anabasaba, married Abia- 
ther Wetherbee, and lives in Chesterfield. Child, — Herbert 
R., born in 1844. 

Joseph, George, and James, sons of William and Molly, 
all settled in Chester, Vt. Thomas went to Ohio ; Ephraim 
went to Newport; William and Henry lived and died in 
Chesterfield ; George died at Crown Point. 

Anabasaba, daughter of William and Anabasaba of Ches- 
terfield, married Mr. Chase. Child, — Charles, who is 
living in Westmoreland. 

Sampson, son of William and Anabasaba, distinguished 
himself in putting down Shay's Rebellion in 1785. He 
was living in Tremont Street, Boston, in 1789. Married in 
Boston to Ann Sargeant, March 28, 1773. Child, — Samp- 
son. 

Sampson, son of Sampson and Ann, married in Boston, to 
Hannah Fiske, Feb. 28, 1799. 

James, son of William and Molly of Chesterfield, born in 
1760 ; settled in Chester, Vt. ; married Lydia Powers. 
Children, — Lydia, who married Mr. Balch of Chester ; 
Phila, who married John Thompson of Chester ; Patty, 
married Mr. Haughton of Cavendish ; Richard ; Jonas ; 
John, who was in the battle of Plattsburg, and died there. 
He died in 1835. 

Richard, son of James and Lydia, married Irene Deane 
of Hartland, Vt. Children, — Alfred, who married Hannah 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 183 

Benjamin ; Edward, married Matilda Pedder of Montreal ; 
James ; Helen ; Sarah, who married C. M. Dorsey of Ben- 
son, Vt. 

Jonas, son of James and Lydia, married Widow Jennings 
of New Haven, Vt. Children, — A. A. Reed, E. W. Reed, 
F. L. Reed. His wife had been the wife of Samson Reed, 
deceased, of Ludlow, Vt., and afterwards the wife of a Mr. 
Jennings ; and Jonas Reed appears to be her third husband. 

A. A., son of Jonas, married S. S. Baldwin of Bristol, Vt., 
Feb. 22, 1855. 

E. R., son of Jonas, married Miss Pippin of Phillipston, 
Mass. 

6. Benjamin, son of Jacob and Lucy, born in Chelmsford, 
Mass., Feb. 22, 1752 ; married Miss Powers. Children, — 
Benjamin, born at Chelmsford, Mass., Feb. 11, 1776, and 
moved to Cherry Valley, N.Y., in 1814 ; Polly, Aug. 3, 1777 ; 
Jacob, Sept. 24, 1779, went to Maine ; Webber, born in 
Princeton, Sept. 19, 1781 ; Elisha, Oct. 18, 1783 ; Bridget, 
April 9, 1786 ; Lucy, Feb. 28, 1788 ; Peter, Feb. 29, 1790, 
went to Munroe, Mich. ; Joseph, Feb. 11, 1794, served in the 
war of 1812, and fell in battle at the Stone Mill ; Samuel, 
May 27, 1796 ; Nancy, Jan. 15, 1798 ; Thomas, May 15, 
1800. He moved to Princeton about the year 1780 ; and in 
1808, he, with two of his sons (Webber and Thomas), moved 
to Durham, U.C. He died in Wirkham, U.C., Oct. 19, 1810 : 
his wife died at Durham, Dec. 27, 1852. He was a soldier 
of the Revolution. 

7. Samuel, son of Benjamin, born at Princeton, May 27, 
1796 ; married Nancy Swett of Bath, N.H., October, 1820. 
Children, — Abiel S., born at Rygate, Vt., Aug. 31, 1821; 
Mary E., Sept. 11, 1823 ; David S., born in Barnett, Vt., 
Nov. 22, 1825 ; Moses, born in Durham, U.C, Jan. 11, 
1827, died Feb. 12, 1828 ; Sarah A., born March 27, 1831 ; 
Elizabeth M., July 18, 1833 ; Samuel A., May 19, 1835 ; 



184 



Nancy, born in Westfield, Vt., May 15, 1837, died Jan. 20, 
1841. His wife died April 9, 1844. Married Jane Thurstain 
of Bath, N.H., November, 1845. Children, — Andrew A., 
born in Lisbon, N.H., March 1, 1848 ; Webber H., Aug. 16, 
1849 ; Mary Ann, March 14, 1851 ; Florence M., Jan. 23, 
1853. 

8. Abiel S., son of Samuel, born at Rygate, Aug. 31, 1821 ; 
married at Bath, Feb. 21, 1847. Children, — Thiah, born 
Feb. 28, 1850, died Aug. 5, 1854 ; James B., born March 17, 
1857. He moved to Peacham, Vt., Aug. 29, 1858. 

8. Daniel S., son of Samuel and Nancy, born at Barnett, 
Nov. 22, 1825 ; married Molly Moulton, March, 1849 ; and 
lives in Bath. 

7. Elisha, son of Benjamin of Chelmsford, born October, 
1783 ; moved to Springfield, Mass. 

Benjamin, supposed to be a descendant of Esdras, born 
May 3, 1752 ; married Huldah Pratt. Children, — Benja- 
min, born Aug. 4, 1779 ; John, Jan. 21, 1781 ; Huldah, 
Aug. 21, 1763, died Dec. 13, 1818 ; Cyrus, born Oct. 24, 
1786, died Oct. 14, 1804 ; David, born Nov. 19, 1788 ; Cal- 
vin, Dec. 2, 1793 ; Luther, April 16, 1796 ; Nancy, Aug. 2, 
1798 ; Almira, September, 1801. He was in the battle of 
Bennington, and drew a pension. Died March 9, 1801 : his 
wife died, and he married Betsy Reed, Aug. 22, 1791. The 
four youngest children were by the second wife. 

David, son of Benjamin and Huldah, born Nov. 19, 1788 ; 
married Mary Martha Morse, July 28, 1789. Children, — 
Reinsford, born Dec. 29, 1810, died July 4, 1818 ; Charles E., 
born Jan. 3, 1813, lives in Boston; Henrietta Morse, Aug. 29, 
1815, died Feb. 12, 1837 ; William N., born Sept. 7, 1817 ; 
Martha Ann, Aug. 26, 1820, married Matthew McLoud, 
Aug. 10, 1844 ; Lucius E., born April 20, 1825. His wife 
died April 24, 1826. Married, for second wife, Lucy Keyes, 
who was the daughter of Jonas Keyes and Bridget Reed, and 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 185 

grand-daughter of Samuel Reed of Westford, Mass., Nov. 23, 
1826. Children, — Lucy P., born Oct. 25, 1827; Juliett 
Emily, July 29, 1831 ; David H., Sept. 7, 1833. He died 
July 13, 1842. His widow lives in Roxbury. 

David H., son of David and Lucy, born at Dummerston, 
Vt., Sept. 7, 1833 ; married Fausta McElroy of Roxbury, 
June 25, 1851, and keeps at No. 121, Washington Street, 
Roxbury. Child, — Henry Eliott, born May 13, 1854 ; died 
Oct. 1, 1854. His wife died July 4, 1855. Married Caro- 
line A. Fernald of Boston, June 2, 1858. 

William N., son of David and Mary, born Sept. 7, 1817 ; 
married Lucy Stevens, Sept. 4, 1839. Children, — Henrietta 
Maria, born at Roxbury, Dec. 30, 1841 ; Melissa Almira, 
Sept. 24, 1843 ; Adeline Louisa and Adelaide Lucy, born 
at Bedford, July 30, 1845 ; William N., at Roxbury, Jan. 31, 
1843 ; Albert Henry, Jan. 9, 1851 ; George Augustus, 
Sept. 10, 1853, at Boston. He died in Stoughton, March 13, 
1855. 

Martha Ann, daughter of David, born Aug. 26, 1820 ; 
married Mathew McLoud, Aug. 10, 1844. Children, — 
Robert Morse, born Oct. 12, 1845 ; Harriet Dexter, Feb. 26, 
1848 ; Ellen Frances, May 1, 1850, died Nov. 14, 1855. He 
died May 24, 1853 ; and she lives in Girard, Penn. 



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186 JOHN READ OF REHOBOTH, 



CHAPTER VI. 



JOHN READ OF REHOBOTH, AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 

1. John Read of Rehoboth came to America with the 
great fleet in 1630. He is supposed to be son of William by 
his wife Lucy Henage ; and was brother to William of Wey- 
mouth. He was born in 1598. The first that is known of 
him, after his arrival, was in Weymouth, in 1637. He was 
of Dorchester in 1638, and went from there to Braintree 
(now Quincy). In 1643 or '4, he went with Rev. Mr. New- 
man and his church to Rehoboth. His name is the third 
on the list of purchasers of that township. He was a man 
of large property for those times, and held the office of con- 
stable, which was the chief executive office in town. He 
lived at what was called the Rim, which is now in See- 
konk. Ancient Rehoboth was divided into seven towns ; 
viz., Rehoboth, Attleborough, Seekonk, Pawtucket, Swansey, 
Barrington, and Cumberland. Many of his descendants are 
still living within the bounds of ancient Rehoboth. He kept 
a public-house, and was a prominent and leading man. 
There is a record that Richard Ponton was " put " to John 
Read in 1644. Mrs. Read's Christian name was Sarah. He 
died Sept. 7, 1685, aged eighty-seven ; and his gravestone is 
standing in Seekonk old burying-yard, inscribed "J. R., 
£et. 87. D. S. 1685." Their children were — Samuel ; 
William ; Abigail, who was baptized in Dorchester the 30th 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 187 

of tenth month, 1638 ; John, horn at Braintree, Aug. 29, 
1640 ; Thomas, Nov. 9, 1641 ; Ezekiel and Zachariah 
(twins), who died in infancy; Moses, born October, 1650; 
Mary, January, 1652 ; Elizabeth, January, 1654 ; Daniel, 
March, 1655 ; Israel, 1657 ; Mehitable, August, 1660. 

2. William, the oldest son of John, married Ruth Crooke, 
Jan. 20, 1653. He was a tailor, and lived at one time in 
Weymouth, and at one time in Muddy River, now Brook- 
line, but principally in Boston ; and was a man of some 
distinction, but had some trouble with his wife, growing out 
of her incontinency. It appears that, at one time, she was 
absent in Europe for a considerable time ; and, on her re- 
turn, brought with her an infant child, pretending that it 
was one which she had adopted: but it was proved to be 
hers ; and she was sentenced by the court to stand in some 
conspicuous place for a certain length of time, to wear a 
badge significant of the crime, and to be gazed upon by the 
populace. Children, — William, born Feb. 3, 1654, died 
Dec. 3, 1654 ; Isaac, born April 18, 1656 ; Ephraim, Nov. 23, 
1657 ; Jonathan, April 23, 1659, died July 2, 1659 ; Timo- 
thy, born Aug. 11, 1660 ; William, May 7, 1662 ; Ruth, who 
died July 17, 1662 ; Hesekiah, born July 6, 1663 ; Sarah, 
June 26, 1665 ; Elizabeth, Dec. 22, 1666 ; Elizabeth, 
April 22, 1669, married Samuel Durham. 

3. Isaac, son of William and Ruth, born April 18, 1656. 
He appears to have been living, and taxed for real estate, in 
1714.' His will is dated Jan. 26, 1712. Child, — Isaac, 
bom at Salem, and married Rebecca Burton, Feb. 24, 1736. 
Children, — Isaac, James, Daniel, Jacob, Abijah, William. 
Isaac the 2d died in the French War. 

5. Abijah, son of Isaac, married Margaret. His will was 
proved Nov. 12, 1795. 

4. Jacob, son of Isaac, married a Wellman, and left no 
issue. He was in the Revolutionary War ; was wounded, 



188 JOHN READ OP REHOBOTH, 

and among the list of invalid pensioners. He lived in Flint 
Street, Salem. He adopted one Luther Brithen, who now 
lives in Reading, and married a Sweetser. 

4. Isaac, son of Isaac and Rebecca. Children, — Joseph, 
Mary, William, Elizabeth, Haffield, John. 

5. Joseph, son of Isaac, had a Joseph. 

Haffield, son of Isaac, married Sarah Patten, formerly 
Sarah Silsbee, Jan. 28, 1808. He was a sea-captain. His 
widow lives at No. 1, Daniel Street, Salem. 

6. Joseph, son of Joseph, married Mrs. Meservey, formerly 
Elizabeth Woodbury. Children, — Mary A., born Feb. 20, 
1811 ; Martha Woodbury, Oct, 20, 1812 ; Joseph W., 
Feb. 28, 1816 ; Matthew Woodbury, May 2, 1818 ; Sally 
Webster, July 29, 1821 ; Tobias Davis, March 16, 1825. 
Joseph, jun., died in Danvers, Dec. 7, 1825. 

7. Martha W., daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth, born 
Oct. 20, 1812 ; married to Joseph Hale of Boxford. Chil- 
dren, — Joseph, Josiah, Martha, Augusta, Henry Otis, 
Mary Ann, Margaret, Sarah Elizabeth, Hatty Florence, 
Hannah. 

7. Matthew W., son of Joseph and Elizabeth, born May 2, 
1816; married Hannah Miller. Children, — George, Mary, 
Wilier. They live in South Bridgeton, Me. 

7. Sarah, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth, born July 29, 
1821; married J. G. Scolley. Children, — Alia L., Grace 
Greenwood, Lucy E. They live in Lynn. 

7. Tobias, son of Joseph and Elizabeth, born March 16, 
1825 ; married Mary Ann Townsend. Children, — Ellen 
Allis, Caroline, Sarah Ann. They live in Boxford. 

4. William, son of Isaac and Rebecca Burton, married 
Mrs. Manning, formerly Elizabeth Stone. Children, — Eli- 
zabeth, who married Thomas Fuller of Salem ; Mary, 
married James Simonds ; Sarah, married Joseph Poor; Re- 
becca and John, died unmarried ; William went to Illinois. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 189 

The elder William was wounded in the Revolutionary War, 
and drew a pension. 

4. James, the son of Isaac and Rebecca, married Amy 
Clark of Wells, Me. Children, — Benjamin C, born 
July 24, 1775 ; Abijah ; James ; John, born in 1791 ; Isaac, 
in 1786 ; Nathaniel, in 1792. The elder James lived in 
South Danvers, near where the Hotel now stands. He was 
in Lexington Fight and the Revolutionary War ; and, at 
one time, did service on board of a privateer. 

5. Isaac, the son of James and Amy, was in the war of 
1812. He went to Plattsburg too late to be in the battle. 
He married Mary Blanchard of Millbury, Mass., Jan. 20, 
1815. He worked in Boston when young, but finally settled 
in Randolph, Vt., where he died in 1858. He married Mi'r- 
riam Edson for second wife, May 29, 1844. His children are 
— Adaline B., born Nov. 10, 1816; Mary, March 28, 1822, 
died April 9, 1855 ; Samuel Tenney, born July 1, 1825. 

6. Adaline, the daughter of Isaac and Mary, born Nov. 10, 
1816 ; married to Rev. Azariah Hyde, Dec. 9, 1838. Chil- 
dren,— Charles, born Aug. 18, 1839 ; William, July, 1847 ; 
George, September, 1852. She died Oct. 9, 1854. 

5. James, the son of James and Amy, married Sally 
Rowell, Sept. 23, 1804. Children,— Mary, born Aug. 31, 
1805 ; Sarah, May 4, 1808. He died in St. Petersburg, 
Russia. 

6. Mary, the daughter of James and Sally, married Micah 
Eaton, and lives in Reading. 

6. Sally, the daughter of James and Sally, married to 
Timothy Dame of Reading. Children, — William, Augus- 
tus, Dexter, Sarah, Francis, Mary, Herbert. 

5. John, the son of James and Amy, married Sally, the 
widow of his brother James, Aug. 14, 1817. Children, — 
Judith and Betsy, born May 3, 1812 ; James ; and John. 

6. James, the son of John and Sally, married Elizabeth 



190 JOHN READ OF REHOBOTH, 

Norwood. Children, — Sarah Augusta, Lorena Sophia, Ju- 
dith, Helen, George, James. James the elder died at Lynn- 
field in 1850. 

6. John, the son of John and Sally, married Barbara 
Thompson, Feb. 16, 1846. Children, — Charles ; John. 
They keep a public-house in Salem. 

6. Judith, the daughter of James and Sally, married Paul 
Buxton in October, 1831. 

6. Betsy, the daughter of John and Sally, married George 
Flint of Reading. Children, — George Harris, Mary Ann, 
Judith, Lucilla, Sarah, Clementine, Francis. They live in 
Reading. 

4. Daniel, son of Isaac and Rebecca, married Lydia Cook, 
Nov. 19, 1765. Children, — Lydia, born April 12, 1766; 
Dorothy, Nov. 24, 1767 ; Daniel, Feb. 3, 1769 ; Stephen, 
Dec. 15, 1770 ; Henry, Jan. 21, 1772, died June 21, 1773 ; 
Henry, born Feb. 14, 1774 ; William, Nov. 3, 1775 ; Betsy, 
March 15, 1778 ; Rebecca, May 4, 1783 ; Nabby, Jan. 10, 
1785 ; Polly, April 10, 1788, married Jeremiah Nichols of 
Reading. Mai-ried, for second wife, Elizabeth Hodgkins, 
Nov. 10, 1797 ; and died Aug. 22, 1819. 

5. Daniel, son of Daniel and Lydia, born Feb. 3, 1767 ; 
married Mary Archer. Child, — Daniel A., born Sept. 9, 
1796. Married Sally Whittemore for second wife, May 8, 
1778. Children, — Mary A.; Hannah W., born April 16, 
1802 ; Henry, Dec. 6, 1804 ; Joseph W., Sept. 26, 1809. 

6. Joseph W., son of Daniel and Sally, born Sept. 26, 
1809 ; married Sarah V. Stevens, April 27, 1838. Children, 
— Sarah W., born Sept. 30, 1839 ; Sarah M., Aug. 16, 1841 ; 
Joseph F., Feb. 23, 1844. 

6. Henry, son of Daniel and Sally, born Dec. 6, 1804 ; 
married Sarah W. Poor of Andover, May 23, 1833. Chil- 
dren, — Sarah A., born June 25, 1834; Mary A. Hunting- 
ton, Sept. 5, 1836. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 191 

7. Stephen, son of Daniel and Lydia, born Dec. 15, 1770 ; 
married Eunice Spaulding. Children, — Henry, born in 
Plainfield, Sept. 4, 1800, died Sept. 6, 1800; Henry C, 
born April 27, 1802 ; Daniel, Feb. 26, 1804 ; Betsy Spauld- 
ing, June 17, 1805 ; Sally Maria, born at Danvers, Jan. 27, 
1810, died June 24, 1810 ; Abigail Maria, Sept. 28, 1812 ; 
Stephen Franklin, May 28, 1815. Stephen lived at one 
time in Plainfield, N.H., where his wife was raised, and his 
four oldest children were born. He died in Danvers, Jan. 1, 
1817 : his wife died June 6, 1829. 

8. Henry C, son of Stephen, born in Plainfield, N.H., 
April 27, 1802 ; married Sarah E. Fiske, June, 1829. Chil- 
dren, — Stephen Spaulding, born July 10, 1837 ; Joseph 
Saunders, Dec. 3, 1838, died Feb. 14, 1844. 

8. Stephen Franklin, son of Stephen and Eunice, born 
May 28, 1815 ; married Eliza Flint Nourse, Jan. 14, 1843. 
Children, — Franklin P., born April 2, 1845; Herbert P., 
Jan. 7, 1847 ; Charles H., March 5, 1850. Stephen F. is 
constable in South Danvers. 

5. Benjamin C, son of James, born July 24, 1775 ; mar- 
ried Betsy Procter. Children, — Clark, born Oct. 24, 1799 ; 
Thorndike, Nov. 30, 1801 ; Betsy, April 25, 1804. Married, 
for second wife, Judith Procter, Dec. 24, 1806. Children, — 
Benjamin, born Sept. 13, 1808; George Warren, Sept. 24, 
1816. 

6. Benjamin, son of Benjamin C. and Betsy, born Sept. 13, 
1808 ; married Joanna B. Jewett of Candia, N.H., Jan. 9, 
1838, and lives at South Danvers. 

5. Clark, son of Benjamin C. and Betsy, born Oct. 24, 
1799; married Hannah Pulsifer, Jan. 12, 1825. Children, 
— Eliza Ann, born Aug. 22, 1825, married Samuel S. Swazy, 
Sept. 21, 1849 ; Ellen Augusta, born March 25, 1827, mar- 
ried Samuel Swazy, and went to California ; Hannah Maria, 
born June 22, 1829, married William Pitman, March 7, 1850; 



192 JOHN READ OF REHOBOTH, 

Martha Hodgkins, born Oct. 3, 1833, married William Ni- 
chols ; George and Benjamin (twins), born Nov. 16, 1835. 

7. Benjamin, son of Clark and Hannah, born Nov. 16, 
1835 ; married Emily Farley, and died in Salem in 1858. 

7. George, son of Clark and Hannah, and twin-brother of 
Benjamin, born Nov. 16, 1835 ; married Cecillia Lorene, 
July 16, 1850. 

6. George W., son of Benjamin C. and Betsy, born 
Sept. 24, 1816 ; married Eliza Ann Verry, July 26, 1838, 
and lives in South Danvers, on Mount Pleasant. Child, — 
Eliza Ann, born Oct. 30, 1840. Married, for second wife, 
Abigail Felton, July 16, 1843. Children, — Rebecca P., 
born June 22, 1844 ; Mary Abby, Sept. 19, 1845 ; George 
Procter, July 15, 1847 ; Zacheriah W., June 7, 1852 ; Betsy 
Preston, Oct. 12, 1854. Married, for third wife, Ann Ellis, 
Oct. 14, 1855. Children, — John Henry, born July 7, 1856 ; 
Phebe Procter, March 3, 1858. 

5. Nathaniel, son of James, born in 1792 ; married Debo- 
rah Witham, Oct. 27, 1813. Children, — Henry L., born 
Oct. 2, 1814 ; Lucy D. ; Samuel. Married Hannah Leach 
for second wife. He was for many years constable of Salem ; 
and died Feb. 28, 1853, aged sixty-two. 

6. Henry L., son of Nathaniel and Deborah, born Oct. 2, 
1814 ; married Mary D. Southwick. They were married in 
Beverly, though both lived in Salem. Children, — Henry 
Alonso, born Nov. 5, 1841 ; Nathaniel R., March 30, 1850 ; 
Charles F., Feb. 25, 1853 ; Henry A., died April 27, 1847 ; 
Nathaniel, died Sept. 15, 1850. Henry L. lives at No. 23, 
Warren Street, Salem. 

6. Samuel, son of Nathaniel and Deborah, born ; 

married Eliza Ann Jepson, April 10, 1843. Children, — 
Eliza Ann, born Aug. 6, 1844 ; Samuel Whittemore, 
March 7, 1849 ; Joseph Henry, Nov. 29, 1856. They live 
in North Salem. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 193 

5. William, son of Daniel and Lydia, Nov. 3, 1775. 
Child, — William. He moved to Norway, Me., and brought 
up a family there. He was a payer of direct taxes in Nor- 
way in 1798. 

6. William, son of William, married Hannah Leach, 
Oct. 28, 1824. Children, — Ann S., born March 3, 1828; 
Abigail, May 13, 1829; David, June 5, 1833; Daniel, 
Feb. 21,1836; Caroline, Feb. 21,1838; Wesley, June 3, 
1842. His widow lives on the old road from South Danvers 
to Lynn. 

7. William, son of William and Hannah, married Laura 
Emerson. Children, — Laura E., born Nov. 21, 1847 ; 
Abby Noy, March 8, 1849 ; Carrie Sonora, Aug. 24, 1854 ; 
and one infant, name not obtained. 

5 Thorndike, son of Benjamin C. and Betsy, born Nov. 21, 
1801 ; married Sarah Wendall, Feb. 11, 1826. Children, 

— Sarah W., who married William B. Ingalls ; Martha W., 
born Nov. 14, 1829, married J. W. Heath. He lives in 
Lynn. 

5. Isaac, son of Isaac, and grandson of Isaac and Rebecca, 
married Mary. Children, — Isaac, Nov. 11, 1797; Esther, 
May 16, 1799 ; Phebe, Nov. 11, 1802. 

5. Abijah, son of James and Amy, married Lydia Kenny, 
and settled in Frankfort, Me. Children, — James, born 
Aug. 20, 1803 ; Anna, Nov. 19, 1804, married Joseph M. 
Carr, July 4, 1823, — married, for second husband, Jonathan 
Towle ; Paul, March 9, 1807 ; Samuel, April 24, 1809, mar- 
ried Aseneth Lamphreys, and they live in Prospect ; Alfred, 
April 31, 1812, who is ferryman at Orono ; George, May 4, 
1813, is quartermaster in the navy ; John, Sept. 24, 1815 ; 
William. Married, for second wife, Lydia Hager. Child, 

— Lydia. 

6. James, son of Abijah and Lydia, born at Frankfort, 
Aug. 20, 1803 ; married Lucy N. Whitney, April 15, 1824. 

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194 JOHN READ OF REHOBOTH, 

Children, — Ann T., born in Corinna, Me., May 14, 1837 ; 
George M. D., born in Bangor, July 4, 1839 ; James H. P., 
Aug. 13, 1841. He was formerly a ship-master, but is now 
one of the harbor police in Boston. His wife is half-sister to 
Redman Puffer, who was on board the " Constitution " when 
she took the " Guerriere : " and she is half-sister also to John 
Puffer, Esq., of Columbia, Me., who was a Dartmore prisoner 
twenty-nine months ; and when they were fired upon by the 
guards, in the prison-yard, a ball grazed his jacket, and 
killed a fellow-prisoner. 

6. John, son of Abijab and Lydia, born Sept. 24, 1815 ; 
married Mary Kelly. Child, — Mary Jane. He is in Cali- 
fornia. 

2. Samuel, son of John of Rehoboth, was constable of 
Mendon in 1681 ; married Hopestill Holebrook in 1668. 
Made freeman, Oct. 15, 1673. Children, — Mary, who 
married Seth Chapin, May 20, 1689 ; Samuel ; Ebenezer; 
John ; Sarah, who married a Murdock, April 12, 1727 ; 
Josiah. His wife died Jan. 12, 1706. Married, for second 
wife, Hannah, who died Jan. 24, 1717. His will is dated 
April 5, 1717. He is the ancestor of the Mendon, Uxbridge, 
Northbridge, Milford, Oxford, and Charlton Reeds. 

3. Samuel, son of Samuel and Hopestill of Mendon, mar- 
ried Deborah. Children, — Mary, born Aug. 11, 1694; 
Deborah, Jan. 25, 1696 ; Hopestill, April 1, 1698 ; John, 
1704, married Abigail White, Jan. 7, 1704, — she died 
June 12, 1706 ; Samuel, born June 7, 1707 ; Ebenezer, 
Aug. 8, 1709, died Nov. 11, 1709 ; Daniel, born Oct. 29, 
1712 ; Abigail, Dec. 23, 1710 ; died July 16, 1721 ; Thomas, 
born Nov. 24, 1715 ; Sarah, Feb. 10, 1717 ; Abigail, 1721 ; 
Hannah, June 11, 1724. He died Feb. 14, 1725. He lived 
in that part of Mendon afterwards set off to Uxbridge. His 
will is dated Feb. 5, 1724. Inventory: .£3,989. lis. 8d. ; a 
vast estate for those times. His purse, apparel, and cane, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 195 

=£188. 18s. 6d. (book 24, p. 128; proved November, 1725). 
It is said that about one-half of the land in Uxbridge and 
Northbridge was formerly owned by this family of Reeds. 

4. Samuel, son of Samuel and Abigail of Mendon, born 
June 7, 1707 ; married Ruth Brown, Jan. 21, 1729. Chil- 
dren, — Ruth, born April 8, 1732 ; Samuel, April 12, 1730 ; 
Eunice B., Oct. 27, 1733 ; Abigail, Dec. 12, 1736 ; Lydia, 
Jan. 10, 1742 ; Catherine, Feb. 23, 1740 ; Thomas, July 11, 
1746. His wife died April 30, 1747. Married Elizabeth 
Hunt. Children, — James C, born July 18, 1750 ; Thad- 
deus, April 9, 1752. His wife died June 22, 1771 : he died 
March 21, 1788. He was deacon of the church, and gene- 
rally known as Deacon Reed. 

4. John, son of Samuel and Abigail, born in 1704 ; mar- 
ried Lucy, and lived in Uxbridge. Children, — Sarah, born 
Oct. 24, 1729, married Josiah Adams, Dec. 27, 1750 ; Joseph, 
born March 6, 1732 ; Peter, Nov. 13, 1735 ; Seth, March 6, 
1746 ; Josiah, July 23, 1753 ; John, June, 1743. John the 
elder was called Lieut. Reed ; and died Jan. 18, 1771. 

5. John, son of Lieut. John, born June, 1743 ; married 
Hannah Tuft, June 23, 1763. Children,— Phila, born 
Dec. 13, 1763 ; Nathan, Jan. 24, 1766 ; John Tuft, March, 
1769. 

5. Joseph, son of Lieut. John, born March 6, 1732 ; mar- 
ried Eunice Taft, Nov. 6, 1753. Children, — Nathan, born 
Dec. 9, 1754 ; Eunice, Dec. 26, 1755 ; Cheney, Sept. 9, 
1757 ; Joseph, Sept. 1, 1760 ; Hannah, July 24, 1762. 

5. Seth, son of Lieut. John of Uxbridge, born March 6, 
1746 ; married Hannah. Children, — James Manning, 
born Jan. 6, 1770 ; John, Dec. 23, 1771 ; Sophia, Sept. 26, 
1773 ; Seth, Oct. 16, 1775 ; Sally Adams, Nov. 1, 1777 ; 
Henry Joseph, Dec. 20, 1779 ; George W., March 24, 1782 ; 
Polly, April 19, 1784, died Feb. 19, 1830. 

6. Cheney, son of Joseph and Eunice, born Sept. 9, 1757 ; 



196 JOHN BEAD OP EEHOBOTH, 

married Sally Rice, Jan. 25, 1784. Children, — John Taft, 
April 19, 1785 ; Sally, March 16, 1787 ; Fanny, Sept. 23, 
1788, died Aug. 22, 1798 ; Caroline, Nov. 21, 1789. His 
wife died Jan. 14, 1791. Married Nancy Cutter, Aug. 26, 
1792 ; who died March 16, 1797. Married Mary. Children, 

— Joseph, born May 21, 1803; Mary Stone, Dec. 1, 1804. 
His third wife died Dec. 1, 1804 : he died May 18, 1822. 
He lived in Brookfield, and was a justice of the peace and a 
distinguished man. 

5. Capt. Samuel, son of Deacon Samuel, born April 12, 
1730; married Abigail Murdock, April 12, 1753. Children, 

— Samuel, born Jan. 10, 1756; Lydia, Feb. 4, 1759; Sub- 
mit, Aug. 23, 1761 ; Ruth, March 3, 1764 ; Samuel, Dec. 12, 
1769. Capt. Samuel died Aug. 24, 1798: his wife died 
Feb. 4, 1806. 

6. Samuel, Esq., son of Capt. Samuel, born Dec. 12, 1769 ; 
married Nancy Whitney. Children, — Nancy "Whitney, born 
Aug. 3, 1794 ; Abigail Murdock, June 12, 1796 ; Elizabeth 
Hill, Sept. 18, 1798 ; Mary Green, Oct. 22, 1800, died 
Sept. 13, 1806. Esquire Read died April 19, 1839: his 
wife died March 26, 1835. He was representative twenty 
years, and was a distinguished man. 

5. Capt. Thaddeus, son of Deacon Samuel, born April 9, 
1752, in Uxbridge ; married Hannah Taylor, May 24, 1780. 
Children, — Betsy, born Oct. 3, 1781, married M. Rider; 
Sally, born Feb. 28, 1784, married John Bachelder; Han- 
nah, born May 9, 1786 ; Mary, Dec. 22, 1789 ; Thaddeus, 
June 8, 1793. Capt. Read removed, when young, to Grafton, 
Mass. ; and was a captain in the Revolution, and a distin- 
guished land-surveyor. He died Dec. 3, 1824. 

6. Betsy Hunt, daughter of Capt. Thaddeus of Uxbridge 
and Grafton, born Oct. 3, 1781 ; married Gilead Rider, and 
live in Malone, N.Y. Children, — Charles Jordan, born 
March 23, 1810; Thaddeus R., Feb. 7, 1812; Joshua Le- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 197 

land, June 20, 1815 ; Elizabeth H., Dec. 25, 1813 ; Hannah 
E., Dec. 5*1817; Mary E., April 5, 1820; Holland H., 
May 1, 1823 ; Harriet N., Feb. 17, 1825. 

7. Joshua L., son of Gilead Rider and Betsy H. Read, 
born June 20, 1815 ; married Philomela N. Edda. Chil- 
dren, — Helen Maria, born July 23, 1840 ; Julia Leland, 
July 11, 1843. Lives at Malone, N.Y. 

7. Hannah R., daughter of Gilead Rider and Betsy H. 
Reed, born Dec. 5, 1817 ; married Parseus Willson. Chil- 
dren, — Joshua, born Jan. 25, 1845; Harriet E., Nov. 13, 
1846; Mary R., June 27, 1849; Winfield Scott, Aug. 11, 
1851 ; Theodore G., Feb. 21, 1854. Live at Malone, N.Y. 

7. Holland H., son of Gilead Rider and Betsy H. Reed, 
born May 1, 1823 ; married Philomela N. Rider. Children, 

— Joshua Leland, born May 7, 1847 ; Henry H., Feb. 16, 
1849 ; Mary E., Dec. 16, 1850. Lives at Malone, N.Y. 

7. Charles J., son of Betsy H. Reed and Gilead Rider, 
born March 23, 1810 ; married Delia E. Blodget. Children, 

— Charles M., born June 6, 1838 ; Delia Jennette, July 12, 
1841 ; Clarida J., Feb. 12, 1847 ; Mary S. B., Nov. 13, 
1850 ; Samuel G., Nov. 10, 1853. They live in Ogdensburg, 
N.Y. ; and he is a teacher. 

7. Thaddeus R. Rider, son of Betsy H. Reed and Gilead 
Rider, born Feb. 7, 1812 ; married Fanny Waldron. Chil- 
dren, — Mary E., born July 14, 1841 ; Thaddeus R., July 27, 
1843 ; Ella E., Oct. 20, 1848 ; Phineas L., Dec. 10, 1850. 

7. Hanson L., son of Thaddeus and Patty, born Aug. 10, 
1818 ; married Eliza M. Kellogg. Children, — William 
Hanson, born Sept. 21, 1852. Hanson L. Reed, Esq., lives 
in Fitchburg. He has a college education. Has been a 
member of the Legislature, and is the principal of an aca- 
demy. 

6. Sally, daughter of Thaddeus and Hannah, born Feb. 28, 
1784 ; married John Bachelder. Children, — Sarah S., 



198 JOHN READ OP EEHOBOTH, 

born Sept. 2, 1808 ; Hannah Reed, Nov. 29, 1811 ; John A., 
May 15, 1814 ; John A., May 1, 1816 ; Holland N., Sept. 28, 

1818 ; Joseph M., Aug. 29, 1820 ; Susan E., Feb. 20, 1823. 
7. Holland N. Bachelder, son of John and Sally Reed, 

born Sept. 28, 1818; married Mary Dennis. Children, — 
Mary Louise, born Jan. 11, 1848 ; John Dennis, July 26, 
1850 ; Joseph Ednaond, July 19, 1852. Lives at Macon, 
Ga. 

7. Susan E., daughter of John Bachelder and Sally Reed, 
born Feb. 20, 1823 ; married Simon J. Umphrey. Children, 
— Grace Brewster, born April 12, 1855 ; Horace Bucking- 
ham, Feb. 25, 1857. Lives at Newark, O. 

7. Julia M., daughter of Thaddeus Reed and Polly, born 
March 26, 1823 ; married Albert H. Daniels. Children,— 
Frances M., born Aug. 16, 1847 ; Lucy H., April 22, 1849 ; 
Isabel R., June 22, 1851. Lives at Manchester, N.H. 

6. Thaddeus, son of Capt. Thaddeus, born June 8, 1793 ; 
married Patty Leland of Grafton. Children, — Hanson L., 
born Aug. 10, 1818 ; Martha E., July 6, 1820 ; Julia M., 
March 26, 1823 ; Samuel F., Jan. 21, 1830. Married, for 
second wife, Abigail Sibley. Children, — Martha E., born 
Sept. 5, 1832 ; Almira S., May 11, 1835. Thaddeus died 
Feb. 4, 1837, at Westborough, Mass. 

7. Nancy W., daughter of Samuel Reed, Esq., of Ux- 
bridge, born Aug. 3, 1794 ; married Luther Spring, and 
lives in Worcester. Children, — Samuel R., born Sept. 7, 

1819 ; Mary E., Jan. 22, 1822 ; Charles C, March 24, 1824 ; 
Emily A., Dec. 21, 1827 ; George W., Oct. 15, 1830 ; Wil- 
liam L., Oct. 25, 1832 ; Nancy J., Aug. 13, 1835 ; Franklin 
H., March 3, 1838. 

7. Abigail M., daughter of Samuel Reed, Esq., of Ux- 
bridge, born July 12, 1796 ; married John W. Capron, who 
died May 21, 1828. Children, — Elizabeth R., born Dec. 3, 

1820 ; Mary Aim, Sept. 9, 1827. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 199 

7. Elizabeth H., daughter of Samuel Reed, Esq., of Ux- 
bridge, born Sept. 18, 1798 ; married Nathan White, Oct. 31, 
1822. Mr. White died at White-Sulphur Springs, Ya., 
July 25, 1837. Children, — Abby R., born March 9, 1827 ; 
Frances E., Dec. 26, 1828 ; Irene J., July 6, 1831 ; Arthur 
J., Oct. 1, 1833 ; Rodney S., Jan. 29, 1836. Mrs. White 
afterwards married Mr. D wight. 

8. Samuel R., son of Luther Spring and Nancy, born 
Sept. 7, 1819 ; married Maria Aldrich, October, 1845. Chil- 
dren, — Mary Eliza, Ellen, Ella Frances. 

8. Mary Spring, daughter of Luther Spring and Nancy W. 
Reed, born Jan. 22, 1822 ; married James Morse, and they 
live in Worcester. Children, — Charles F., born Feb. 21, 
1849; George A., Feb. 1, 1851; Hattie J., Dec. 4, 1855; 
William H., Sept. 18, 1857. 

8. Charles C, son of Luther Spring and Nancy W. Reed, 
born March 24, 1824 ; married E. Prentice, Feb. 18, 1844, 
and lives in Worcester. Children, — Charles A., born 
Jan. 16, 1845; Ellen A., Jan. 6, 1847; Edgar F., July 18, 
1848 ; Alice E., March 21, 1853. 

8. Emily A. Spring, daughter of Luther Spring and Nancy 
W. Reed, born Dec. 31, 1827; married Carter Whitcomb, 
Feb. 6, 1850. They live in Worcester. Children, — Ida F., 
born April 29, 1851 ; Carrie J., Jan. 13, 1853 ; an infant 
boy, not named, born Aug. 29, 1857. 

8. Elizabeth, daughter of John W. Capron and Abigail M. 
Reed, born Dec. 3, 1820 ; married Trueman Richards, 
April 25, 1848. They live in Worcester. Children, — 
John C, born Sept. 27, 1851 ; Charles T., Aug. 26, 1857. 

8. Frances E., daughter of Nathan White and Elizabeth 
H. Reed, born Dec. 26, 1828; married Henry Gale, May 1, 
1854, and has no children. 

3. Ebenezer, son of Samuel and Hopestill, married Sarah 
Chapin, Feb. 7, 1704. Children, — Lydia, born May 15, 



200 JOHN READ OP EEHOBOTH, 

1706, died July 2, 1706 ; John, born Aug. 3, 1707 ; David, 
Aug. 19, 1709 ; Ebenezer, Feb. 27, 1711 ; Hannah, March 19, 
1714 ; Abigail, March 15, 1717 ; Mary, Feb. 4, 1721 ; Josiah, 
Jan. 24, 1723, probably killed by Indians at Housac Fort, 
Sept. 15, 1746. Sarah, the wife of the elder Ebenezer, died 
at Uxbridge, May 16, 1773, aged ninety-five years. 

4. Ebenezer, son of Ebenezer of Mendon, born at Mendon ; 
married Esther Webb of Braintree, June 26, 1736 ; and 
married Hannah for second wife. Children, — John ; Benja- 
min, born Jan. 21, 1740 ; Ebenezer, Aug. 24, 1741 ; Esther, 
Aug. 24, 1743. He was deacon of the church in Uxbridge. 

5. Ebenezer, son of Ebenezer, born Aug. 24, 1741 ; mar- 
ried Sarah. Children, — Alexander, born July 10, 1786 ; 
Samuel T., 1775, died April 1, 1832, aged fifty-seven. Ebe- 
nezer was known as Deacon Reed ; and died May 10, 1823. 

6. Ebenezer, son of Deacon Ebenezer, born Aug. 24, 1741 ; 
married Mary Chapin, Feb. 23, 1764. Children, — Hannah, 
born May 15, 1764 ; Ichabod, Jan. 21, 1766 ; Sarah, March 4, 
1773 ; Mary, Jan. 7, 1769, died May 20, 1770 ; Sylvia, born 
July 18, 1761 ; Samuel Torry, Oct. 17, 1774 ; Mary, Dec. 16, 
1776 ; Ebenezer, May 1, 1779 ; Benjamin, who lives at No. 9, 
Maple Street, Worcester. 

7. Ebenezer, son of Deacon Ebenezer of Uxbridge, born in 
1789; married Sarah Curtis, April 2, 1817. Children,— 
Abigail Curtis, April 28, 1818 ; Ebenezer Chapin, May 10, 
1820 ; Alexander, Feb. 1, 1822 ; Sarah Elizabeth, May 20, 
1826 ; Frances Mary, Sept. 7, 1829. Ebenezer lived in that 
part of the town afterwards Milford ; and died at Worcester, 
July 2, 1837. He was a deacon. His wife died Feb. 19, 
1834, at Worcester, aged forty-eight years. 

8. Samuel, son of Deacon Ebenezer and Sarah, born in 
1775; married Charlotte. Child, — Lucy W. He died at 
Worcester, April 1, 1832, aged fifty-seven : his wife died 
March 20, 1843, aged seventy. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 201 

Samuel T., son of Deacon Ebenezer and Mary, born 
Oct. 17, 1774 ; married, first, Mary Torrey, Sept. 24, 1808 ; 
and, second, Abigail Wight, Dec. 16, 1817. Children, — 
Mary Torrey, born Sept. 4, 1820; Samuel Torrey Wight, 
Jan. 22, 1822 ; Abigail Wight, Dec. 7, 1823 ; Maria 
Hawes, June 24, 1825 ; Lucy Wheelock Warren, Aug. 2, 
1827 ; Josiah Torrey, Aug. 1, 1829 ; Samuel Austen, Jan. 18, 
1832 ; Samuel T. W., graduated at Brown University in 
1854 ; Josiah, graduated at Amherst in 1856, — lives at No. 
15, Portland Street, Worcester. Samuel T. died at Worces- 
ter, April 1, 1832. His widow lives at No. 15, Portland 
Street, Worcester. 

Alexander, son of Deacon Ebenezer, born July 10, 1786 ; 
married Sarah Willis in 1817. Children, — Mary; Sarah; 
William, who graduated at Dartmouth College, and lives in 
New Bedford ; Elizabeth T., born in 1831, and died in 1847, 
and her life has been published by John S. C. Abbot. Dr. 
Alexander Reed was of Worcester in 1818. He was after- 
wards a physician in New Bedford. 

4. John, son of Ebenezer and Sarah, born at Mendon, 
Aug. 3, 1707 ; settled early in life in that part of Windham, 
Conn., which is now within the bounds of Mansfield. Chil- 
dren, — Amasa, Nathaniel, Timothy, Joshua, Rachal. 

5. Amasa, son of John, lived in Mansfield, and raised a 
family of four sons and as many daughters. He served in 
the Revolutionary War. His oldest son was Amasa, who was 
born in 1764, and occupied the old homestead. He served 
some time in the latter part of the Revolutionary War ; and 
died by a fall in his barn, in January, 1836. Children, — 
John, born Dec. 20, 1783, and lives in Mansfield ; Preun- 
day, born June 17, 1785, married a Gurley ; Jesse, born 
Sept. 29, 1786 ; Ethelday, June 26, 1787, died in 1838 ; 
Roina, June 28, 1790, married a Fenton ; Anna, born 
Nov. 18, 1791 ; Samuel F., Sept. 16, 1793 ; Polly, Sept. 9, 

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1795, died April 10, 1808 ; Elson, born Nov. 27, 1797, lives 
in Ohio ; Josiah H., born Dec. 5, 1799, lives in Uxbridge. 

5. Nathaniel, son of John, settled, when young, in Tyring- 
ham, Mass. ; but afterwards emigrated to Ashtabula, in the 
State of Ohio, where he died. He was in the battle of 
Bunker Hill. 

6. Joshua, son of Amasa, settled in Shelburn, Vt., soon 
after the Revolution, and raised a family of ten children ; 
and died in 1846, aged eighty-four years. His wife was 
Orphana Hurlburt of Woodbury, Conn. Children, — Al- 
mon H., Joshua, Myron, Horace, Marshal, Orphosa, Diana, 
Orphena, Clarissa, Ralph H. 

6. Joshua, son of Amasa, settled in Shelburn ; and died 
in 1829, leaving three children. 

6. Myron, son of Amasa, lives in Shelburn. Joshua has 
one son in Iowa; another in New Haven, Conn. ; and three 
in Shelburne. 

6. Ralph H., son of Joshua, married Sophia Olmstead ; 
lives in Shelburn, and is justice of the peace. Children, — 
Cornelia G., born March 12, 1821 ; Lucelia W., June 3, 
1822; Homer J., Aug. 21, 1828, died young; Henry Hurl- 
burt, born Jan. 27, 1831 ; Charles D., Feb. 15, 1833 ; 
Lucian 0., Oct. 20, 1835 ; Sophia J. A., July 25, 1844. 

5. Almon H., son of Joshua, graduated at Williams Col- 
lege, and practised law in Montrose, Pa. ; was a repre- 
sentative to the Legislature, State Treasurer, a delegate to 
revise the Constitution, and member of Congress. He died 
in 1844, leaving a son Charles P., who is living in Montrose. 

6. Samuel P., son of Amasa, lives in Westfield, Mass. 
Children, — Nancy, born May 19, 1817; Mary, April 21, 
1819 ; Prunda, May 7, 1821 ; George, April 16, 1826 ; 
Crelilia, April 25, 1828 ; John, Jan. 2, 1830, died in 1848 ; 
James, born Jan. 18, 1833 ; Roina, Jan. 15, 1836. 

4. David, son of Ebenezer and Sarah of Uxbridge, born 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 203 

Aug. 19, 1709 ; married Thankful. Children, — Henry, 
born Jan. 7, 1735 ; Joseph, Sept. 6, 1736 ; Lydia, Nov. 8, 
1738 ; Mary, Oct. 14, 1740 ; Silence, Nov. 4, 1742 ; David, 
Nov. 14, 1744. David died Jan. 6, 1805, aged ninety- 
seven. 

5. Benjamin, Esq., son of Ebenezer and Esther, born 
Jan. 21, 1740 ; married Comfort Tuft, May 17, 1762 ; and 
died June 18, 1806. His wife died March 16, 1824. 

4. Daniel, son of Samuel and Abigail of Uxbridge, born 
Oct. 29, 1712; married Sarah Tuft of Uxbridge, Jan. 8, 
1736. Children, — Thomas, born May 23, 1741; Daniel, 
June 3, 1743 ; Sarah, Jan. 23, 1740 ; Ezra, June 28, 1737, 
died in 1739. 

5. Thomas, son of Daniel and Sarah of Uxbridge, born 
May 23, 1741 ; married Martha Park of Uxbridge, Dec. 14, 
1763. Children, — Martha, born Feb. 15, 1765, who mar- 
ried Amos Wheeler of Worcester, June 2, 1785 ; Thomas, 
born Oct. 8, 1766 ; Sarah, Sept. 22, 1768, married Calvin 
Hersey of Leicester ; Lucy, born Sept. 20, 1770, married 
Cyrus Emerson of Danville, Vt. ; Mary, married Amos 
Emerson of Danville, Vt. ; Elizabeth, born Jan. 24, 1773, 
married Joab Kimball of Peachem, Vt. ; John Hancock, 
born Oct. 8, 1775 ; Eleaner, Dec. 19, 1777, married Rev. 
Joseph Emerson of Beverly ; Clarissa, born March 12, 
1780, married Deacon Luther Pierce of Enfield, Conn. ; 
Charlotte, Feb. 12, 1784, died Sept. 2, 1811 ; Paulina, mar- 
ried John Burley, Esq., of Beverly; Elizabeth and Lucy, 
who were living, at the age of eighty-four years, in Montpe- 
lier, Vt. The elder Thomas lived in Uxbridge ; which was 
set off to Northbridge in 1772. 

5. Daniel, son of Daniel and Sarah, born June 3, 1743 ; 
married Mary. Children, — Mary, born Feb. 5, 1767 ; Abi- 
gail, Jan. 29, 1769. 

6. Thomas, Esq., of Montpelier, Vt., son of Thomas of 



204 JOHN READ OP REHOBOTH, 

Northbridge, born Oct. 9, 1766 ; married Patty Hutcliins of 
Hampstead, N.H. He settled in Hampstead, and remained 
there till 1799. He then removed to Enfield, N.H., where 
he resided a while ; but moved to Montpelier in 1804, and 
resided there till his death, April 3, 1839. He was president 
of a bank in Montpelier. Children, — Thomas, born March 
29, 1793 ; Hezekiah, May 25, 1795 ; Eliza, Oct. 13, 1798. 

7. Thomas, Esq., son of Thomas of Montpelier, born 
March 29, 1793 ; married L. W. Borland of Billerica. Chil- 
dren, — George B. ; William J. ; Edward D.; Charles, State 
Librarian for Vermont ; Josephene ; Georgianna. 

7. Hezekiah, Esq., son of Thomas of Montpelier, born 
May 25, 1795 ; married Martha Barnard. Children, — • 
Mary B., Cornelia A., Eliza S., Emily D., Gertrude H. 

8. Mary B., daughter of Hezekiah and Martha, married 
Prof. N. G. Clarke of the University of Vermont. She died 
Feb. 11, 1859. 

7. Eliza, daughter of Thomas and Patty, born Oct. 13, 
1798 ; married James Spaulding, a physician in Montpelier. 
Children, — James B., William C, Martha, Jane, George, 
Isabel. 

6. John H., son of Thomas of Northbridge, born Oct. 8, 
1775 ; married Mary Tyler of Mendon. He removed to 
Snow Hill, N. C. ; taught an academy; and died there 
April 27, 1828. His children died young. 

5. Daniel, son of Daniel and Sarah of Uxbridge, now 
Northbridge, born June 3, 1743 ; married Mary Brown of 
Leicester. Children, — Ezra ; Abner ; Amasa ; Acsah, who 
married Mr. Inman, and lived and died on the homestead in 
Northbridge ; other daughters, names not known. 

5. Sarah, daughter of Daniel and Sarah of Northbridge, 
born June 23, 1740 ; married Edmond Potter of Sutton. 
Child, — Sarah, who married William Park, Esq., of North- 
bridge ; and afterwards removed to Woodford, Vt. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 205 

6. Ezra, son of Daniel and Mary of Nortlibridge, settled 
in Champaign County, 0. ; liad a large family of sons, and 
gave them all a liberal education. His son, Daniel was Pre- 
sident of Athens College ; Nathaniel, a lawyer, settled in 
Cincinnati, — is Circuit Judge; Abner, a lawyer, settled 
in Memphis ; his next son, a physician, settled in Paris, 0. ; 
another son is in the navy ; and another, Sheriden P. Eeed, 
is a lawyer in Terre Haute, Ind. 

6. Abner, son of Daniel and Mary of Nortlibridge, settled 
in Champaign County, 0. ; married Syntha Adams, April 8, 
1816. Children, — Nathaniel, who was killed by the falling 
of a tree, when about twenty-one years old ; Arnold, who is a 
farmer in Indiana ; George ; Cyrus ; Clark ; Orail ; Eliza. 

6. Amasa, son of Daniel and Mary of Nortlibridge, settled 
in Champaign County. Children, — Mary, who married a 
Brown in Ohio ; Sarah Ann ; Samuel A., who married Miss 
Dodson ; Mortier L., who married Miss J. C. Wright in 1846, 
and settled in Rushwell, and, in 1851, removed to Beards- 
town, 111., — a lawyer by profession, but is now in a mer- 
chant-tailor's shop, on account of health ; one son died, aged 
twenty years, name not known ; Martha and Hannah, died 
young. Amasa died in Beardstown, 111., September, 1843. 

4. Thomas, son of Samuel and Abigail, born Nov. 24, 
1715; married Experience. Child, — Joseph, born at Ox- 
ford, April 19, 1750. Thomas was known as Deacon Read 
of Oxford. 

5. Joseph, son of Thomas and Experience of Oxford, born 
April 19, 1750 ; married Hannah Learned, April 30, 1775. 
Children, — Thomas, born Feb. 16, 1778; Nancy, Nov. 22, 
1782, married Samuel H. Stebbins, and lives in Belcher- 
town ; John ; Zilpah, born July 12, 1785, married Amasa 
Lincoln, and lives in Athol ; Learned, born Oct. 31, 1786 ; 
Haddassah, May 29, 1788 ; Joseph, May 11, 1790 ; Eliphas, 
Sept. 1, 1792 ; Charles, Oct. 25, 1795, lives in Union, 111. 



206 JOHN READ OF REHOBOTH, 

Hannah, the wife of Joseph, died June 13, 1802. Married 
Louis Sykes at Ludlow, Vt., May 26, 1803. Children,— 
William, born June 1, 1804, lives in Crystal Lake, 111. ; 
Lucetta M., born April 14, 1806 ; Louisa, Not. 21, 1808. 
He died at Belchertown, Dec. 19, 1818. 

6. Thomas, son of Joseph and Hannah, born Feb. 16, 
1778; married April 2, 1801. Child, — Thomas. The 
elder Thomas died at Amherst, May 16, 1832 ; where his 
descendants still remain. 

6. Joseph, sou of Joseph and Experience, born May 7, 
1790, in Belchertown ; married Ruth Dwight, March 22, 
1819. Children, — Samuel D., born Feb. 8, 1820 ; Charles 
F., Jan. 23, 1822 ; Clara A., Aug. 13, 1823 ; Edward L., 
Sept. 4, 1824 ; Henry H, Aug. 16, 1826 ; Jason W., 
June 16, 1829 ; Emily J., Feb. 2, 1834. 

7. Henry H, son of Joseph and Ruth of Wilmington, 
Vt., born Aug. 16, 1826 ; married Lucy E. Lincoln. Child, 
— Judith E., born July 14, 1853. His wife died July 13, 
1855. Married Julia L. Boyd, Oct. 14, 1855. 

4. Sarah, daughter of Samuel and Abigail of Uxbridge, 
and sister to Deacons Thomas and Daniel, married Col. John 
Spring of Uxbridge. Children, — John, Samuel, Ephraim, 
Mary. 

5. John Spring, son of Col. John Spring and Sarah Reed, 
had Adolphus, who married a Tuft of Uxbridge ; and Polly, 
who married Rev. Mr. Dudley. 

5. Rev. Samuel Spring, son of Col. John and Sarah Reed, 
married Hannah Hopkins, daughter of Rev. Samuel Hopkins 
of Hadley. Child, — Gardner. The Rev. Samuel was an 
Orthodox minister in Newburyport. 

6. Gardner Spring, son of Rev. Samuel Spring, is an 
Orthodox minister of distinction in New- York City. A 
daughter of Rev. Gardner Spring, D.D., is the wife of Paul 
Spofford of New York, — a celebrated merchant. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 207 

5. Thomas, son of Deacon Samuel of Mendon, afterwards 
Uxbridge, born July 11, 1746 ; married Ruth Carriel, Dec. 6, 
1768. Children, — Elizabeth, born Oct. 19, 1769; Samuel, 
Jan. 24, 1771; Daniel, March 11, 1774; Thomas, Aug. 28, 
1772 ; Elkanah, Sept. 15, 1780 ; Cheney, Dec. 4, 1794 ; 
Abigail, July 7, 1778, married a Dunn ; Amah, born 
Sept. 18, 1784 ; Ruth, Jan. 29, 1786 ; Lydia, July 20, 
1781 ; Betsey, Oct. 10, 1790. The elder Thomas settled 
in Townsend, Vt., and died in 1814. His wife died in 
1824. 

6. Thomas, son of Thomas and Ruth of Townsend, Vt., 
born Aug. 28, 1772 ; married Betsy Merrifield, Dec. 29, 
1796 ; died June 30, 1853. Children, — Hollis, born 
Aug. 26, 1802 ; Lucius, Aug. 14, 1810 ; Anna, Oct. 10, 
1798; Clark, Oct. 10, 1800; Leonard, Aug. 7,1807; Eliza- 
beth R., March 31, 1813 ; Lydia, March 6, 1816. 

6. Abigail, daughter of Thomas of Townsend, married Mr. 
Dunn. Children, — Ransom, a clergyman ; Lewis, Principal 
of Fairfax Academy in Vermont. 

6. Elkanah, son of Thomas of Townsend, born Dec. 15, 
1780; married Patty Rawson. Children, — Lorain Rawson, 
who married Dr. D. H. Burd ; Emily Ward, born March 29, 
1806, married John R. Skinner ; Olive Wilkinson, born 
Feb. 23, 1808, married Joseph Dunton ; Eunice Worcester, 
born April 28, 1810, married Amos E. Parker ; Nancy Ma- 
ria, born July 31, 1812, married J. W. Barns; William 
Wilson, born Feb. 4, 1814, married Cornelia S. Spooner ; 
Luther Allen, born Aug. 26, 1817, married Mary Gridley ; 
Luke ; Whitcomb, born Sept. 7, 1820, married Abby E. Dar- 
ling, and is Principal of the Academy at Kinderhook. 

7. Hollis, son of Thomas and Ruth of Townsend, Vt., 
born Aug. 26, 1802; married Caroline Hubbell of Benning- 
ton, Vt., June 24, 1830. Children, — Catherine Henrietta, 
born June 26, 1842 ; Edward Griffin, Nov. 3, 1844 ; Hollis 



208 JOHN READ OP EEHOBOTH, 

Reed, graduated at Williams College in 1826 ; taught school 
at Bennington ; finished his theological studies at Princeton, 
N.J., 1829 ; and sailed for India, Aug. 2, 1830, as missionary 
for the American Board. He remained in that capacity five 
years, and then returned on account of the feeble health of 
his wife ; and has since been a settled minister in Derby and 
New Breton, Conn., and Granville, N.J. He is likewise an 
author of distinction. Among his published works of note 
are the " Christian Brahman," " Read's and Romsdail's Re- 
searches," " Hand of God in History," and " Memoirs and 
Sermons of Rev. J. W. Armstrong." He lias likewise con- 
tributed largely to the newspapers and periodicals of the 
day, and has at this time several manuscript-works in 
the hands of the publisher. He is honored with the title 
of D.D. 

Eliza, daughter of Thomas and Betsy, born March 31, 
1813; married Daniel Whitaker, Dec. 13,1835. Child, — 
Ann Eliza, born Aug. 26, 1838. 

Clark, son of Thomas and Betsy, born Oct. 10, 1800 
married Orpha Wright, December, 1824. Children, — Leo 
nard Serena, born Jan. 9, 1825 ; Hollis Sydney, July 20 
1827. Married, for second wife, Lucina Warren, March 27 
1829. Children, — Mary Ann ; Eliza C. ; Horace, January 
1841. 

7. Lucius, son of Thomas and Betsy, born Aug. 14, 1810 
married Emily N. Kimball, Nov. 22, 1831. Children,— 
Martha Elizabeth, born March 10, 1840, died Aug. 28, 1840 
Helen Amanda, Jan. 17, 1844 ; Emily Lucia, November 
1847. Married, for second wife, Tryphena H. Parsons 
April 4, 1848. Children, — Lydia, born Oct. 2, 1849 
Caroline E., June 29, 1852, died Sept. 12, 1852 ; Thomas 
born Oct. 2, 1854 ; Tryphena, July 3, 1856, died Sept. 6 
1856. Lucius lives in Byron, 111. 

Elizabeth R., daughter of Thomas and Betsy, born March 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 209 

31, 1813 ; married David Whitaker, Dec. 13, 1835. Child, 
— Ann Eliza, born Aug. 26, 1838. 

6. Daniel, son of Thomas and Ruth of Townsend, Vt., 
horn March 11, 1771 ; married Betsy Bailey in 1799. 

John, son of Samuel and Hopestill of Mendon, born about 
1673 ; graduated at Cambridge in 1697, and was a distin- 
guished preacher. The following is related of him in the 
Connecticut Historical Collections : " A Mr. Walker and Mr. 
Reed were both preaching at Hartford ; and, about the time 
of the first settlement of the town of Woodbury, there was 
some controversy, which of the two licentiates should go with 
the emigrants to Woodbury : and they were requested to 
deliver a discourse on the day when it was to be decided, — 
Mr. Walker in the forenoon, and Mr. Reed in the afternoon. 
Mr. Walker took for his text, ' What went ye out into the 
wilderness for to see ? — a reed shaken with the wind.' He 
enlarged upon the circumstance and propriety of a reed 
being found in the wilderness, &c. Mr. Reed, in the "after- 
noon, took for his text, ' Your adversary, the Devil, walketh 
about,' &c. In the course of his observations, he stated that 
the great adversary of men was a great walker ; and, instead 
of remaining with the brethren, ought to be kept walking at 
a distance from them. The result was, that Mr. Reed was 
retained at Hartford. He, however, was soon after in Fair- 
field County, where he was a great landholder. He preached 
a portion of the time at New Milford ; and, in 1699, was 
preaching at Waterbury, but refused to be settled. He 
was engaged in a long and tedious law-suit about the title 
of a tract of land in the centre of New Milford, which he 
claimed to have bought of the Indians. He built a dwelling- 
house upon it, near where the Town House now stands, and 
lived there a while to hold possession and defend his title ; 
and, after he moved away, his house was used for some years 
as a place of public worship. His experience in the law 

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210 JOHN BEAD OP REHOBOTH, 

probably convinced him that he was better calculated for 
the forum than the pulpit ; and he afterward practised law 
with great success in Boston. He married Euth. Chil- 
dren, — John, born in 1700; William; Euth, who married 
Eev. Mr. Hann, the minister of Fairfield ; Mary, who mar- 
ried, and moved to Halifax, N.S. ; Abigail ; and Deborah. 
At the time of his death, he owned a mansion-house in Green 
Street, Boston, now Court Street ; which, in the division of 
his estate, was set off to his son William, who was a lawyer, 
but died unmarried. He also owned large tracts of land in 
Fairfield, which then embraced what is now the county of 
Fairfield ; and his son John, and son-in-law Mr. Hann, set- 
tled upon it. He owned also, at the time of his death in 
1749, the township of Ware in Massachusetts, which had 
been granted to certain persons in Narraganset for military 
services ; and he bought it of them for two coppers per acre, 
and a tract in Wellington, now Dayton, and several other 
townships, one of which he bought at auction of the town of 
Boston in 1637, for which he paid about $3,600. He had 
one township at the time of his death, which was called the 
Manor of Peace, probably from the fact that he held peace- 
able possession of it without a lawsuit. He published a 
grammar and some political essays, and was unquestiona- 
bly the greatest lawyer of his time. He was also a man 
of ardent and devoted piety, though somewhat eccentric in 
his manners. He was called, by the people of Boston, 
Leather-jacket John, to distinguish him from the other 
John Eeeds. The following tribute to his memory, taken 
from " Knap's Biographical Sketches," will illustrate his 
character and worth : — 

"John Reed was distinguished for genius ; beloved by the votaries 
of literature ; revered by the contemporary patriots of his country ; the 
pride of the bar ; the light of the law ; and chief among the wise, the 
witty, and the eloquent. One who lived long and did much ; but of 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 211 

whom so little is matter of record, that a single page would contain all 
that is written of him. It is painful to think that a man so proudly 
pre-eminent among his peers should now be buried in obscurity. 
Tradition, it is true, is stored with anecdotes of him ; but we look in 
vain for written memorials. He graduated at Cambridge in 1697. 
He studied divinity, and was for some time a popular preacher ; but 
not liking the religious dogmas of that day, or fearing that he should 
not be able to restrain his wit or keep his gravity at some instance 
of solemn foolery, or perhaps feeling that he was destined for a more 
extended sphere of action, he left that profession for the law. The 
last of his years are distinctly remembered by two votaries of the 
law, who are now living (for he did not die till 1749) ; and those 
living chronicles confirm the statement, that the numerous anecdotes 
of him which have come down to us were current soon after his 
decease. 

" To prove that he was a profound lawyer, not trammelled by the 
mere letter of the law nor confused by its prolixity, it is only neces- 
sary to look at his legal labors which are now extant. One act 
alone should give him immortality. He, from his own high responsi- 
bility, reduced the quaint, redundant, and obscure phraseology of the 
English deeds of conveyance to the present short, clear, and simple 
form now in use among us. Forms seemingly prolix have gene- 
rally their use ; and most lawyers are attached to them from habit, 
and from a belief that it is better to be tautological, than obscure 
from too much brevity. His influence and authority must have 
been great, as a lawyer, to have brought these retrenched forms into 
general use. The declarations which he made and used in civil 
actions, have, many of them, come down to us as precedents, and are 
among the finest specimens of special pleading which can be found. 
Story has preserved some of his forms : and Parsons used to say, that 
many other lawyers had assumed his works, as a special pleader, 
as their own ; and that the honors due him had, by carelessness 
or accident, been given to others, who had only copied his forms. 
In speaking of Reed's knowledge of the science of special pleading, 
Judge Trowbridge related an anecdote to a gentleman of the bar, 
now living. The facts show sagacity and cunning, — then the great 
requisites for distinction ; and which, at all times, have their weight 
in making up a lawyer's character. A merchant of Salem or 
Boston, who had a ship and cargo seized for breach of the revenue- 



212 JOHN BEAD OF REHOBOTH, 

laws, applied to Reed for advice. Reed told him to replevy the 
ship and cargo ; and a writ of replevin was made out, with the forms 
prescribed by the old Province law, commanding the plaintiff, upon 
his giving bond, to answer the cost and damages at the next Court of 
Common Pleas, and respond the judgment finally given thereon ; 
and summon the seizing officer to appear, and show cause why he 
had driven away and impounded the ship and cargo. As the abating 
of writs seemed at that time to be a great part of the practice, Reed 
intentionally had given the defendant in replevin no addition, or 
else the wrong one. On the day of the sitting of the court, the 
plaintiff in replevin came and told Reed that the counsel for the de- 
fendant had found a flaw in the writ, and intended to have the writ 
abated. Reed endeavored to calm the feelings of his client ; and, 
without letting him into the secret of his intentions, told him to enter 
his writ. Upon the sitting of the court, the counsel for defendant 
reached across the table, and whispered to Reed, informing him 
of the mistake made in the writ, and that he intended to have it 
abated. Reed, having examined the writ, and finding the error, 
desired him to let him amend ; but he refused. Reed then told him, 
if he would not let him amend, he could not help it ; but he must 
plead it in writing, for sometimes such pleas were made ore tenus, 
praying that the writ might abate, and for costs, without requesting 
a return of the ship and cargo : and judgment was rendered accord- 
ingly. Then Reed told his client to let execution come out against 
him, and, when the officer came to serve it, to pay it, and not before. 
At the next term, suit was brought on the bond, and Reed prayed 
oyer of the bond and condition ; and pleaded in bar, that he had fully 
complied, and performed its condition by entering and prosecuting 
the suit to final judgment, and by paying the execution ; in proof of 
which, he produced the sheriff's return on the same. The merchant 
having sent his ship to sea upon her restoration thereof to him by 
the writ of replevin, there was an end of the cause. 

"As a legislator, he was conspicuous for several years; but so 
unambitious a man could not have been a regular leader of faction. 
He spoke with frankness, regardless of political consequences. A 
great man who condescends to enter into the politics of the day, 
and bear the heat and burthen of it, owes nothing to the public 
for his honors ; but the public are much indebted to him for his 
exertions. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 213 

" After having been for some time in the House of Representa- 
tives, he was elected to the Council when Shirley was in the chair, 
and there passed the same upright course. Belcher, the predecessor 
of Shirley, had persuaded his council, that, upon the appointment of 
a new Governor, it was necessary to renew all civil commissions. 
This same thing was proposed by Shirley, and the precedent 
brought up ; but Mr. Reed, a very eminent lawyer, and, which is 
more, a person of great integrity and firmness of mind, being then 
a member of the Council, brought such arguments against the prac- 
tice, that a majority of the Board refused to consent to it (Hutchin- 
son, vol. ii.). 

" His method of managing causes, his terse arguments, his cutting 
irony, his wittiness, and his good nature too, were well known to that 
generation of lawyers to which Gridley, Trowbridge, and Pinchon 
belonged ; and facts illustrating his powers and disposition were fa- 
miliar to the next, — to Lowell, Parsons, and those just gone. 

" It is related of him, that at one time he travelled South ; and 
there being no conveyance by stage or railroad, and not much com- 
munication in any way between the North and South, he adopted 
the safest and most feasible mode of travel for the times, — which was 
to obtain a dress of the plainest and most unostentatious kind, — and 
with his change of linen in his pack, and his walking-stick, sat out on 
foot. It was from this circumstance that he acquired the name of 
Leather Jacket, by which he was sometimes called. 

" During his journey, he arrived in a country village, which hap- 
pened to be the shire-town ; and the court was in session. There was 
a cause about to be tried, in which the plaintiff was a poor man, and 
unable to pay such fees as were demanded by counsel, and appeared 
there without any. The defendant was rich and influential, and 
had able counsel*- Mr. Reed listened to the discussion going on in 
relation to the case, at the public-house, during the evening ; and, 
in the morning, intimated to the plaintiff, that he had discovered the 
points in his case, and might render him some service, but without 
making himself known to him. The plaintiff readily availed himself 
of his assistance : and Mr. Reed appeared and opened the case, and 
won it, very much to the surprise of all present ; and immediately, 
without any pay for his valuable services, left the court-house, — he 
to pursue his journey, and they to wonder who the mysterious 
stranger could be. Like Galileo and Bacon, Mr. Reed was too far 



214 JOHN READ OP REHOBOTH, 

in advance of the age in which he lived to have been sufficiently 
honored in his generation ; and it is to be deplored that he had no 
honest chronicler to have traced him from the cradle to the grave, 
however homely the record might at this time appear." 

John, son of Hon. John of Boston, went to Connecticut, 
and settled in the North Parish of Fairfield ; the county of 
Fairfield being then one town. He was one of the first and 
principal settlers ; and when it was incorporated into a town 
in May, 1767, it was named Reading in honor of him. He 
was a military character, and held a colonel's commission ; 
but, like his father and grandfather, was a very pious man, 
and occasionally preached. He had a deer-park, about a 
mile north of the Town House. He died in 1786, aged 
eighty-six ; and his monument is to be seen, a little west of 
the Town House. His descendants are numerous in Con- 
necticut, New York, Vermont, and many of the Western 
States; and the peculiar features in the character of Hon. 
John Reed are strongly imprinted upon his posterity. He 
married two wives, one of which was a Milford lady ; by 
whom he had the following children: viz., — William, Zal- 
mon, Luke, and Huldah. Married, for second wife, Sarah 
Bradley, Dec. 17, 1750, of Greenfield Hill. Children,— 
Hezekiah, born Feb. 23, 1753 ; John, who died unmarried ; 
Sarah, born Nov. 27, 1751 ; Deborah ; Ruth, Sept. 25, 1754 ; 
Marab, March 4, 1758 ; Mable, Sept. 9, 1759 ; Esther, 
Dec. 26, 1760; Levi, March 19, 1764, died when four days 
old ; John, April 30, 1765. 

William, son of Col. John of Reading, went to Ohio many 
years ago with his family, and settled. His wife was a Miss 
Hawley. 

Zalmon, son of Col. John of Reading, born 1763 ; married 
Huldah Bradley of Greenfield, Fairfield County, Jan. 31, 
1758 ; inherited a portion of the landed estate of his father, 
and settled upon it, in Reading. He was also administrator 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 215 

of the estate of his uncle William, who died in Boston. He 
had four sons; viz., Zalmon, Eli, Samuel, Aaron. 

Luke, the son of Col. John, fell into a burning coal-pit in 
the year 1739, and was so badly burned that he survived but 
a few hours. His father wrote a letter to Ruth, his mother, 
in Boston, informing his parents of the melancholy event ; 
and his father sent back a letter in reply. Both of the letters 
are yet preserved, after a period of a hundred and twenty 
years ; and are both remarkable for the piety and Christian 
resignation manifested in them, and form a complete index 
to the turn of mind, and Christian graces, so strongly exhi- 
bited in the writers. 

Zalmon, son of Zalmon, born at Reading, April 28, 1759 ; 
married Huldah Gray in 1780 ; and died on the old estate, 
Oct. 3, 1846. Children, — Aaron, born April 23, 1781; 
Henry, Nov. 11, 1787 ; Samuel, June 9, 1797 ; Benjamin ; 
Betsy, Feb. 24, 1792 ; Clarissa, April 8, 1793. His wife died 
June 27, 1810. Married Hannah Basset, 1819. Children, 
— Frederick, born November, 1821 ; Mary, February, 1824 ; 
Benjamin, May, 1831. 

Aaron, son of Zalmon of Reading, married Maria Hawley. 
Children, — Harriet, who married Richard Smith of Sharon, 
May 28, 1830, and died in fourteen months after her mar- 
riage, leaving an infant son ; Mary, married Mr. Nathaniel 
Church, and moved to Troy, N.Y. Mr. Church died Oct. 22, 
1839 : Mrs. Church died Oct. 22, 1853, leaving three chil- 
dren, — one son and two daughters. Mr. Reed now lives in 
Troy, N.Y., and is widely known as Deacon Reed. He has 
a son (Charles H.), who graduated at Yale College ; studied 
theology at Princeton ; licensed to preach in Troy, N.Y. ; 
settled over the Pearl-street Church, New- York City, where 
he remained five years ; and has been for the last twelve 
years pastor of the United Presbyterian Church in Richmond, 
Va., — a pious and devoted pastor, and popular preacher. 



216 



Frederick, son of Zalmon and Hannah, born November, 
1821; married Zeaner Gray in 1841. Children, — Charles, 
born in 1843 ; Delia G., 1846 ; George, 1850. 

Benjamin, son of Zalmon and Hannah, born May, 1831 ; 
married Catherine Selloch. Children, — John, born in 
1853; William, 1856. 

Samuel, son of Zalmon, 1st, settled in New- York City ; 
married Ruhamah Lockwood. Children, — Charles; Hannah. 

Eli, son of Zalmon, born in 1765 ; married Mabel Lyon. 
Child, — Huldah, born Aug. 16, 1764. He died in Reading 
in 1842. 

Aaron, son of Zalmon, born in 1767 ; received a liberal 
education ; studied law, and settled in Bedford, N.Y. ; mar- 
ried Sally Memming of Bedford. Children, — Sarah, Aaron, 
Frederick. Sally, the wife of Aaron, died in 1829 ; and, 
after living a widower six years, he married Mary, daughter 
of Edmond Mead of Somers, N.Y. He was Judge of the 
County Court ; a ruling elder in the church ; a talented, 
pious, noble-hearted man ; and died Sept. 9, 1855, much 
lamented, aged eighty-eight years. 

Huldah, daughter of Zalmon, born in Reading in 1761 ; 
married Samuel Smith, and had children. She died in the 
twenty-third year of her age. 

Samuel, son of Zalmon, born at Reading in 1763 ; mar- 
ried Ruhamah Lockwood, and had a family of children. He 
settled in Woodbridge, N.J. ; where he died. 

Hezekiah, son of Col. John, born at Reading, Feb. 25, 
1753 ; married Anna Gorham, May 12, 1774. Children, — ■ 
Anna, born Dec. 1, 1775 ; Sarah, Sept. 14, 1777 ; Ulilla, 
Jan. 22, 1780 ; Hezekiah, March 23, 1783, married Nancy 
Banks. His wife died Feb. 23, 1785. Married, for second 
wife, Abigail Hull, Feb. 22, 1789. Children, — Deborah, 
born May 23, 1790; Thaddeus, Sept. 27, 1792 ; Elizabeth, 
June 6, 1795 ; Samuel Bradley, April 1, 1802. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 217 

Thaddeus, son of Hezekiali, married Elleanor Lyon, Jan. 1, 
1823. Children, — George, born Dec. 2, 1829, married 
Eliza Collins, Jan. 23, 1854; Susan, born Jan. 21, 1824; 
Sarah, April 23, 1826 ; Abigail, Sept. 6, 1832 ; Eleanor, 
Aug. 5, 1834 ; Deborah, July 19, 1839. The son George 
lives in Reading. Thaddeus died September, 1846 ; and 
his widow and daughters live in New- York City. 

Sarah, daughter of Col. John, married Jabez Hill of Read- 
ing, and brought up a family of children, whose descendants 
form a numerous and respectable family. 

Samuel B., son of Hezekiah and Anna, born April 1, 1802 ; 
married Camille Lyon, and lives in Ipsilanta, Mich. Chil- 
dren, — William, John, Eliza. 

Josiah, son of Samuel and Hopestill, born about 1675 ; 
married in Marlborough, to Elizabeth Amsden, June 3, 
1697. Children, — William, Joseph, John, Isaac, Jacob, 
David. 

David, son of Josiah and' Elizabeth, born June 20, 1706 ; 
married Hannah Rainsford, March 20, 1733, of Rehoboth. 
Children, — Ebenezer, born March 22, 1734; David, who 
settled in New Marlborough, Mass. ; Hannah ; Elizabeth, 
married Jonathan Alford ; Josiah ; Abigail ; Abijah, who 
married Anna White, and settled in Canterbury, Conn. ; 
Charity, married Stephen Gibbs. David died at Ellington, 
Conn., March 9, 1763. 

Ebenezer, son of David and Hannah, born March 22, 
1734 ; married Mary Fitch of Windsor, Conn., Dec. 6, 1759. 
She died Nov. 11, 1774. Married Widow Elizabeth Barret 
of Thompson, Conn., Nov. 1, 1781. Children, — Justus, 
born Oct. 17, 1760; Chloe, June 1, 1764, married Charles 
May, Aug. 26, 1788, died Jan. 26, 1795 ; Elijah Fitch, born 
May 11, 1767 ; Abner, Nov. 13, 1771 ; Jerusha, Aug. 10, 
1775, died Sept. 4, 1777. He died March, 1818, aged 
eighty-four. 

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218 JOHN READ OF EEHOBOTH, 

Elijah Fitch, son of Ebenezer and Mary, born May 13, 
1767, at South Windsor ; married Hannah M'Lean. Chil- 
dren, — Julia, born Oct. 8, 1792, married Henry Watson 
of South Windsor, Sept. 5, 1809 ; Ebenezer P., born Feb. 4, 
1799, died Nov. 25, 1832; Maro M'Lean, Oct. 18, 1801 ; Mary 
Eliza, Jan. 15, 1804, died at Waverley, 111., in 1850 ; Harriet 
S., born Feb. 12, 1806, married Hon. John Hall of Elling- 
ton, Conn., Sept. 6, 1830 ; Julius Alexander, born Jan. 16, 
1809; Roxanna, May 14, 1810, married Stanley White, and 
died at Andover, Conn., Aug. 20, 1839. He practised medi- 
cine with success fifty-six years, and received a degree of 
M.D. from the Medical Society of Connecticut ; died Sept. 9, 
1847, aged eighty. 

Maro M'Lean, son of Elijah F., married Elizabeth Lathrop, 
June 31, 1831, at Jacksonville, 111. Children, — Harriet, 
born June 31, 1831 ; Edward, March 6, 1833 ; Albert, 
Feb. 12, 1836 (in college) ; Maria L., Jan. 27, 1839 ; Elijah 
F., died young ; Sarah ; Julia; born April 20, 1846 ; Hen- 
ry, died ; Mary Eliza, born June 25, 1849. Maro studied 
and practised medicine with his father, after graduating at 
Yale College in 1822 ; and took his degree of M.D. in 1826. 
He afterwards practised in East Windsor and Hartford, 
Conn., till 1830 ; when he removed to Jacksonville, 111., 
where he is in full practice. 

Josiah, sou of David and Hannah, married a sister of 
Lieut. Pinney of Ellington. Children, — Louisa; Horace, 
born May 15, 1770, — a physician of much distinction, who 
married Betsy Welles of Glastenbury, Conn. He moved to 
Putnam, O., in 1814 ; where he died. Cbildren, — Roswell, 
who died young ; Lucy W., who married Robert Haslet, 
June 8, 1810. They live at Zanesville, O. ; and have eight 
children. 

Rev. Julius Alexander, son of Elijah F., born Jan. 16, 
1809 ; married Caroline Blood, Dec. 1, 1835, and lives at 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 219 

Davenport, Io. Children, — Anna, born 30, 1836; 

Rosanna, Aug. 11, 1839, died April 25, 1840, by being 
thrown from a wagon ; Mary, bora Feb. 9, 18-43. 

Arthur M., son of Deacon Abner, married Harriet, daugh- 
ter of Judge Douglass of Florida ; and is a banker in Jack- 
sonville, Fla. Children, — Louisa and Harriet (twins) ; 
Maro S. Reed, married Elizabeth Loomis of Farrington, and 
lives at East Windsor. 

5. Josiah, son of Lieut. John of Uxbridge, and Lucy, born 
July 23, 1753 ; married Elizabeth, who died at Uxbridge, 

1819. He died at Westfield, Vt., in 1804. Children,— 
Rodolphus, born May 6, 1774, died May 16, 1841 ; Naomi ; 
Lucy ; Hannah ; Ellen ; Chloe ; Abijah. 

6. Rodolphus, son of Josiah, born May 6, 1774 ; married 
Sarah Hill. Children, — Lydia, born Dec. 5,1804; John, 
Nov. 6, 1803, died Dec. 5, 1825 ; Hannah, born Oct. 7, 
1805, died young; Lucy, born Aug. 27, 1807, died young; 
Lyman, born Dec. 25, 1809; Erastus, Dec. 17,1811; Jo- 
siah, Jan. 18, 1813, died in 1843 ; Calvin, born Dec. 11, 
1815 ; Sarah Ann, March 25, 1819 ; Arvilla, March 29, 

1820, died in 1831 ; Royal, born March 28, 1822 ; Willard, 
Aug. 15, 1826. 

6. Lucy, daughter of Josiah, married Erastus Burges. 
Children, — Patience, Hubbard, Arvilla. 

6. Hannah, daughter of Josiah, married Aaron Loveland. 
Children, — Hannah, Alfred, Dinah, Jared, Lorin, Asher. 

6. Ellen, daughter of Josiah, married Josiah Stratton. 
Children, — Josiah ; William. 

6. Chloe, daughter of Josiah, married an Underwood. 

6. Abijah, married Rhoda Chapman of Grafton, Vt. He 
was in the war of 1812. 

7. Lydia, daughter of Rodolphus, born Dec. 5, 1801 ; mar- 
ried Luther Howe, Jan. 16, 1842. Child, — Sarah A., born 
May 23, 1843. They live in Westfield, Vt. 



220 JOHN READ OP REHOBOTH, 

7. Lyman, son of Rodolphus and Sarah, married Mehitabel 
Clark, and lives in Illinois. 

7. Erastus, son of Rodolphus and Sarah, born Dec. 17, 
1811 ; married Betsy Marks of Gillsum, N.H., and lives in 
Peterborough, N.H. Children, — James, Josiah, Mary 
Ann, Lizzie, George. 

7. Calvin, son of Rodolphus, born Dec. 11, 1815 ; married 
Precilla G. Titus, who died Dec. 5, 1845. Married Sarah 
R. Young, Aug. 8, 1846. Children, — Henry D., born 
Nov. 27, 1847 ; Herbert, Sept. 26, 1849 ; Luther H., 
July 15, 1854. He lives in Westfield, Vt. 

7. Sarah Ann, daughter of Rodolphus, March 25, 1819 ; 
married George Howard. Children, — Geoi'ge, John, Sarah. 
Married, for second husband, Luther Bardwell. Children, 
— Moses, William Wells, Melissa. 

7. Royal, son of Rodolphus, born March 28, 1822 ; mar- 
ried Fanny Perkins. Children, — Lydia Ann and Asseneth. 
He died Aug. 21, 1851. 

4. Silas, is undoubtedly a descendant of Josiah of Elling- 
ton, Conn. ; but I am not able to state which of Josiah's 
sons is his immediate ancestor. He married Mary Wallace, 
and settled in Ellington, Conn. Children, — Jacob, born at 
Ellington, Oct. 23, 1775 ; Abraham ; Polly ; Lydia ; Charles ; 
Timothy ; Silance ; Silas. The elder Silas died in 1789. 
His widow married John H. Goodrich, Esq., Sept. 26, 1793 ; 
moved to Ohio, and the children of Silas Read went with 
them, some fifty years since. They were a talented and 
respectable family. 

5. Abraham, son of Silas, married, and moved to Roots- 
town, 0., when there were but four families in that town, in 
1804 ; had four sons. His son Otis Reed, Esq., is Post- 
master of Rootstown. Abraham died Jan. 7, 1849, aged 
seventy-two years. 

5. Jacob, son of Silas and Mary, born Oct. 23, 1775 ; mar- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 221 

ried Chloe Hitchcock in Ellington, Dec. 24, 1800 ; went 
with his brother to Rootstown, and from there to St. Louis 
in 1816, where he built and ran the first steamboat that ever 
went to St. Louis. He died in New Orleans in 1820. 

5. Timothy, son of Silas and Mary, moved to Ohio, and 
died there about the year 1838. 

5. Charles, son of Silas and Mary, went to Ohio ; lives in 
Deerfield, and is the only survivor of the family of Silas. 

6. Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Betty, lived at one 
time in Franklin, Vt. ; and had William Harlow, who lives 
in East Fairfield, Vt. ; Josiah, who lives in Cleveland, 0. ; 
Luman, deceased ; Leonard, born in Franklin, Jan. 24, 
1820. Married Mary Loverin, July 18, 1850. Child, — 
Charles L., born June 18, 1851. Mary, the wife of Leonard, 
died October, 1851. Married Rebecca Gallop, Sept. 4, 1853. 
Child, — Mary A., born April 21, 1857. 

Abijah, son of David, married Anna White, and lived at 
Canterbury, Conn. He was an officer in the Revolutionary 
War, and was imprisoned in the Jersey-prison ship. He was 
exchanged, and died soon after returning home. Children, 
— Nancy, who married Stephen Cole of Manchester, Conn. ; 
Augusta ; Eliphalet ; Reuben ; and two daughters. His 
widow married a Chapin of South Windsor. 

Abner, son of Ebenezer and Mary, born Nov. 11, 1772; 
married Elizabeth Loring, April 9, 1795, and settled in 
Soiith Windsor. Children, — Elizabeth, who died young; 
Jane Anne Maria, married Edward Bossill, and is now living 
at Toledo, O. ; Abner L. ; Charlotte Sophia, who married 
Samuel Stiles of Brooklyn, N.Y. ; Waldo R., who died at 
Genesee, N.Y. ; Arthur M. Deacon Abner now lives in 
Conneant, O. 

Abner L., son of Abner and Elizabeth, born at South 
Windsor, Conn. ; lives at Connaught ; married Abigail 
Tudor. Children, — Sophia; Arthur. 



222 JOHN READ OF REHOBOTH, 

Arthur M., son of Abner and Elizabeth, married Miss 
Douglass, and lives at Jacksonville. 

Justus, son of Ebenezer and Mary, born June 1, 1764 ; 
married Sarah Steel, who died July 15, 1790. Married, for 
second wife, Lucina Elmore. Married, for third wife, 
Widow Lydia Burnham. Children, — Polly, born Dec. 17, 
1781, married E. Loomis of Torrington, Conn. ; Jerusha, 
born Nov. 23, 1783, married Mr. Mo ul ton of Castleton, Vt., 
and lives in St. Louis, Mo. ; Sarah, born Oct. 26, 1785, mar- 
ried Phineas Blodget of East Windsor ; Ann, April 25, 1787 ; 
Selima, who married Mr. Bissil of East Windsor, Conn. ; 
Justus C, born Aug. 31, 1792; Chloe, born Jan. 28, 1795, 
died at East Hartford in 1857 ; Celima, born 1849, died 
Nov. 20, 1849 ; and Emily, who married a Nettleton. He 
served in the Revolutionary War, and died in Torrington, 
Conn., at the age of eighty-four. 

Justus C, son of Justus, has a son John, who is a dentist 
in Hartford, Conn. ; also Waldo and Maro. 

2. John, son of John of Rehoboth, born at Braintree, 
Aug. 29,1640; married Radial. Children, — Sarah, born 
Dec. 14, 1664, died 1675 ; Mehitabel, born April 13, 1667 ; 
John, Dec. 8, 1669 ; Thomas, July 23, 1672. The elder 
John was killed by the Indians, March 21, 1776, at Pierce's 
Fight. He had been quite a prominent man, and was dis- 
tinguished by the appellation of "Mr." 

3. John, son of John, 2d, and Rachal, born Dec. 8, 1669 ; 
married Sarah. Children, — John, born Nov. 11, 1695; 
Moses, May 14, 1698 ; Timothy! July 11, 1699 ; Sarah, 
March 24, 1702 ; Obediah, Jan. 10, 1705 ; Daniel, Nov. 2, 
1710, died Nov. 3, 1710. Married, for second wife, Eliza- 
beth. Children, — Patience, born Aug. 1, 1715; Rachal, 
April 14, 1717 ; Patience, Oct. 15, 1719. The elder John 
died in 1752. 

4. John, son of John, born Oct. 11, 1695 ; married Chisi- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 223 

beth Dere, Sept. 6, 1714. Children, — Radial, born June 2, 
1720 ; John, May 3, 1722 ; Elizabeth, July 10, 1725. 

5. John, son of John, born May 3, 1722 ; married Judith. 
Children, — David, born at Warren, R.I., July 10, 1748; 
Judith, May 5, 1753 ; John, Oct. 11, 1758, died young. 
The elder John died in 1759, and had been a sea-captain. 

6. David, son of John, born at Warren, R.I., July 10, 
1748; married Mary. Children, — John, born at Barring- 
ton, March 3, 1778, died young; Eliza, March 12, 1791, 
married Green Marshall. 

3. Thomas, son of John, 2d, born at Rehoboth, July 23, 
1672 ; married Sarah Butterworth, June 21, 1699. Child, 
— Patience, born at Rehoboth, April 16, 1708. Married 
Martha for second wife. Children, — Thomas, born March 
10, 1712 ; Martha, Nov. 4, 1715 ; Noah, Dec. 26, 1717 ; 
Hannah, June 18, 1720 ; Sarah, Dec. 12, 1722 ; Peter, 
Dec. 26, 1724. Thomas died Nov. 25, 1748. 

4. Thomas, son of Thomas and Martha, born at Rehoboth, 
March 10, 1712; married Bethsheba. Children, — Lois, 
born at Rehoboth, May 27, 1741; Sarah, May 30, 1743; 
Bethsheba, Sept. 1, 1745 ; Orinda, May 15, 1747 ; Huldah, 
Aug. 11, 1752; Hannah, Aug. 28, 1754. 

2. Thomas, son of John, 1st, of Rehoboth, born at Brain- 
tree, Nov. 9, 1641 ; married Elizabeth Clark, March 29, 
1665. Children, — Sarah, born March 10, 1666 ; Elizabeth, 
Jan. 25, 1668 ; Mary, April 11, 1670 ; James, July 6, 1672. 
His wife died Feb. 21, 1675. Married Annie Perrin for 
second wife, June 16,1675. Children, — John, who died 
Oct. 25, 1676 ; Thomas, born March 25, 1678 ; Nathaniel 
and Mehitabel, Sept. 22, 1680; Hannah, April 12, 1682; 
Martha, April 3, 1689. He was in King Philip's War, and 
his house was made a depository for arms. He died Feb. 6, 
1696 ; and his gravestone is standing near that of his 
father's, and is inscribed " T. R., D. Feb. 6, 1695-6 : " and 



224 



the gravestone of his wife Elizabeth, inscribed " E. R., ag. 
32 ; D. F. 1675." He is probably the Thomas taken by 
Indians at Hadley in the beginning of 1676 ; but of this 
there is no positive proof. 

3. James, son of Thomas and Elizabeth, born at Rehoboth, 
July 6, 1672 ; married Mercy Cooper, Jan. 7, 1697. Chil- 
dren, — Elizabeth, born at Rehoboth, May 29, 1699 ; James, 
April 14, 1701, died April, 1725. Married Mary for second 
wife. Children, — Mercy, born May 25, 1706 ; Susanna, 
March 21, 1709; Aaron, April 10, 1710; Hannah, Oct. 11, 
1712 ; Nathan, May 4, 1715 ; Jonathan, April 22, 1717, died 
May 1, 1717 ; David, April 22, 1717, died June 12, 1717. 
James died March 8, 1732. 

4. James, son of James and Mercy, born April 14, 1701 ; 
died April, 1726. Children, — James, born in 1724 ; Ste- 
phen, in 1726. 

5. James, son of James and Mercy, born in 1724. Chil- 
dren, — Hopestill, born in 1762 ; Ephraim and Lucy (twins), 
1764; James, 1765; Leafe, 1772; Elizabeth, 1776; Free- 
love, 1781. 

4. Stephen, son of James and Mercy, born in 1726. Chil- 
dren, — Samuel, born in 1757; Prudence, 1758; Hannah, 
1760 ; Esther, 1762 ; David, 1764 ; Abigail, 1767. 

5. Samuel, son of Stephen, born in 1757. Children, — 
Stephen, born in 1781 ; Polly, 1783 ; Sally, 1785 ; Hannah, 
1787 ; Mason, 1789 ; Samuel, 1791 ; Anna, 1794 ; Priscilla, 
1796 ; Serena, 1800. 

Mason, son of Stephen, born in 1789. Children, — Pa- 
melia M., born in 1816 ; Hiram S., 1818 ; Lorenzo H., 1819 ; 
William M., 1821 ; Elmira, 1825 ; Delia A., 1827 ; Eliza- 
beth, 1828 ; Emily, 1830 ; Amanda, 1836. 

Hiram S., son of Mason, born in 1800. Children, — 
Catherine, born in 1845 ; Jaletta, 1848 ; Frank, 1851 ; 
Anna, 1853. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 225 

William M., son of Mason, born in 1821. Child, — 
Ella W., born in 1847. 

6. Samuel, son of Samuel, born in 1791. Children, — 
Andrew, born in 1815 ; Mary A., 1817 ; Julius, 1819 ; Nel- 
son, 1821 ; Hannah, 1823 ; Ann M., 1825. 

7. Nelson, son of Samuel, born in 1821. Child, — Samuel, 
born in 1846. 

Jonathan, son of James and Mary, born in 1717. Chil- 
dren, — Noah, born in 1740 ; Abel, 1746 ; Silence, 1752. 

Noah, son of Jonathan, born in 1740. Children, — Han- 
nah, born in 1762 ; Dorcas, 1764 ; Huldah, 1766 ; Abial, 
1768 ; David, 1771. 

Nathaniel, son of Thomas, born at Rehoboth, March 30, 
1680 ; married Elizabeth French, July 8, 1709. Children, 
— Samuel, born at Rehoboth, Aug. 12, 1710; Nathaniel, 
Oct. 25, 1712, died Nov. 7, 1732 ; Moses, born Dec. 17, 
1716 ; Ephraim, April 5, 1723 ; Ezra, March 18, 1729. 

Samuel, son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth, born Aug. 12, 
1710 ; married Patience Chaffee, Feb. 28, 1724. Children,— 
Nathaniel, born May 31, 1735 ; Samuel, Oct. 11, 1736, died 
Sept. 8, 1765 ; Mary, born Feb. 13, 1738 ; David, Oct. 5, 
1742 ; Jessie, July 8, 1744 ; Zachariah, Sept. 8, 1746 ; Pa- 
tience, Jan. 22, 1748 ; Experience, April 19, 1755. 

Nathaniel, son of Samuel and Patience, born May 31, 
1735; married Huldah Carpenter. Children, — Nathaniel, 
born at Attleborough, Oct. 21, 1760 ; Huldah ; Dillie, born 
at Rehoboth, Feb. 8, 1765 ; Hepsah, Oct. 30, 1766 ; Samuel, 
May 7, 1769 ; Obadiah, Feb. 14, 1771 ; Daniel, June 25, 
1773 ; Esther, May 3, 1775. 

Nathaniel, son of Nathaniel and Huldah, born Oct. 21, 
1760 ; married Anna. Children, — Nancy, born at Reho- 
both, March 6, 1783 ; Daniel, Oct. 24, 1784 ; Nathaniel, 
Aug. 18, 1786 ; Huldah, June 12, 1789 ; Fanny, Dec. 10, 
1791 ; Lucy, July 19, 1794 ; Barsheba, Oct. 23, 1797. 

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Nathaniel, son of Nathaniel and Ann, born Aug. 18, 
1786 ; married Sally Crossman. Children, — Sally E., 
born at Seekonk, Dec. 7, 1814; Gilbert, Oct. 30, 1816; 
Henry, Sept. 20, 1818 ; Horatio N., Nov. 23, 1820 ; Mary 
Ann, Dec. 26, 1822, who married John B. Humphrey ; 
Lewis Lafayette, Dec. 4, 1824 ; George Bradford, June 23, 
1828. Married, for second wife, Philena Perrin. Child, — 
David P., June 21, 1837. 

Gilbert, son of Nathaniel and Sally, born at Seekonk, 
Oct. 30, 1816; married Almira Budlong. Children, — 
George Edward, born at Pawtucket, April 9, 1844 ; Frede- 
rick P., March 16, 1847 ; Anna Budlong, Aug. 13, 1848. 

Horatio N., son of Nathaniel and Sally, born at Seekonk, 
Nov. 23, 1820 ; married Susan Sunderland. Children, — 
Arthur W., born at North Providence, May 22, 1846 ; Eu- 
gene H., Jan. 2, 1848 ; Georgiana, Dec. 18, 1850, died in 
1852. 

4. Ezra, son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth, born March 18, 
1724 ; married Joanna Read, Aug. 24, 1750. Child, — 
Deborah, born at Attleborough, Aug. 2, 1756. 

Zachary, son of Samuel and Patience, born at Rehoboth, 
Sept. 8, 1746 ; married in Wrentham to Lois Mann, Nov. 23, 
1775. Children, — John, born at Wrentham, Jan. 11, 1777 ; 
Lois, Oct. 29, 1778 ; Polly, Oct. 1, 1780 ; Thomas, Jan. 26, 
1783 ; Harvey, who died June 10, 1747. Zachary died at 
Wrentham, May 7, 1808. His wife died May 7, 1824. 

John, son of Zachary, born at Wrentham, Jan. 11, 1777 ; 
married Lydia Davis. Children, — Charles Jones, born at 
Wrentham, Jan. 30, 1807 ; Loisa Davis, Oct. 12, 1808 ; Daniel 
Davis, June 1, 1810. John married, for second wife, Cathe- 
rine Murphey, Nov. 5, 1848 ; and lives in Attleborough. 

Charles J., son of John and Lydia, born at Wrentham, 
Jan. 30, 1807 ; married Pamelia Vose of Foxborough, 
Dec. 2, 1830, and lives in Foxborough. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 227 

Daniel D., son of John and Lydia, born at Wrentham, 
June 1, 1810 ; married Miranda White, Nov. 27, 1839, and 
lives in Attleborough. Child, — Daniel D., born at Wren- 
tham, Jan. 16, 1845. 

Jesse, son of Samuel and Patience, born at Rehoboth, 
July 8, 1744 ; married in Wrentham, Dec. 3, 1772, to Esther 
Puffer. Children, — Jesse, born at Wrentham, July 2, 
1776 ; Esther, May 23, 1787. His wife died, and he mar- 
ried Susanna, who died July 1, 1799. 

David, son of Samuel and Patience, born Oct. 5, 1742. 
Children, — Betty, born in 1774 ; Zaliome, 1777 ; Alice, 
1780 ; William, 1782. 

7. Lewis L., son of Nathaniel and Sally, born at Seekonk, 
Dec. 4, 1824 ; married Eliza Brown. Children, — Samuel, 
born at Seekonk, Oct. 31, 1852 ; Herman, Feb. 9, 1855 ; 
Emma, born Sept. 19, 1856 ; Martha, Dec. 17, 1857. 

7. George B., son of Nathaniel and Sally, born at See- 
konk, June 23, 1828 ; married Amelia. Child, — George 
Francis, born in New- York City, February, 1858. 

4. Noah, son of Thomas and Martha, born at Rehoboth, 
Dec. 26, 1717; married Anna Hunt. Children, — Peter, 
born at Rehoboth, Nov. 20, 1742, died ; Martha, born May 2, 
1744 ; Noah, Feb. 19, 1746 ; Perez, Aug. 4, 1748 ; Cyrel, 
Sept. 20, 1750, died ; Thomas, Dec. 25, 1752 ; Anna, May 29, 
1755 ; Judith, July 20, 1758 ; William, Oct. 12, 1760 ; Lois, 
Dec. 23, 1762. The elder Noah died Oct. 14, 1773. 

5. Perez, son of Noah and Anna, born at Rehoboth, 
Aug. 4, 1748 ; married Mary Paine, Jan. 9, 1777 ; and 
Synthia Carpenter for second wife. Children, — Anna, 
born at Rehoboth in 1777, and married Samuel Allen ; 
Noah, born in 1780 ; Perez, 1791 ; Cyrel, 1805. 

6. Perez, son of Perez, born at Rehoboth in 1791 ; mar- 
ried Eunice Briggs. Child, — Eunice B., born at Seekonk, 
April 24, 1818, and married Daniel Ide. 



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6. Cyrel, son of Perez, born at Eehoboth in 1805 ; mar- 
ried Sarah Wheaton. Children, — Elizabeth, born at See- 
konk in 1823, and married John A. Wood ; Martha, born in 
1825, married Noah Bliss ; Sarah, born 1826 ; Perez W., 
1828 ; Theofoles H., 1830 ; Cyrel, 1832, died ; William 
Noah, born 1834, died ; Lucius W., born 1836 ; James N., 
1838 ; Louisa E., 1843 ; Charles R., 1845 ; Eunice, 1847. 

6. Noah, son of Perez, born in 1780 ; married Betsy. 
Children, — Mary Ann, born at Seekonk, Sept. 28, 1806; 
Elizabeth L., born Feb. 11, 1808 ; Cynthia, March 14, 1810 ; 
Sarah Ann, Nov. 14, 1815 ; Harriet B., April 22, 1822. 

5. William, son of Noah and Anna, born at Rehoboth, 
Oct. 12, 1760. Children, — William, born in 1791; Za- 
cheus, 1794 ; Anne, 1796. This family went West. 

5. Noah, son of Noah and Anna, born Feb. 19, 1746 ; 
married Pear, daughter of Obediah Read, Jan. 28, 1773. 
Cbildren, — Abial, born at Rehoboth, Oct. 24, 1773, died 
March 18, 1775; Noah, born April 20, 1775, died Jan. 13, 
1777. 

7. Theofoles H., son of Cyrell, born at Rehoboth, 
Sept. 17, 1832 ; married Sarah J. Leonardson. 

4. Aaron, son of James, born at Rehoboth, April 10, 
1710 ; married Tabatha Chaffee, Dec. 20, 1733. Children, 
— Aaron, born at Rehoboth, Nov. 14, 1734 ; Susanna, 
Oct. 29, 1737; Jonathan, Aug. 23, 1739; Simeon, June 7, 
1743 ; Amos, April 27, 1745. 

5. Simeon, son of Aaron and Tabatha, born at Rehoboth, 
Nov. 14, 1734 ; married Elizabeth. Children, — Cynthia, 
born Nov. 12, 1768 ; Sarah, Oct. 16, 1770 ; Aaron, Jan. 29, 
1773 ; Susanna, Dec. 23, 1774 ; Simeon, Sept. 22, 1776, 
died Aug. 15, 1778 ; Elizabeth, Nov. 15, 1778 ; Hannah, 
Nov. 15, 1782 ; Olive, Nov. 20, 1783 ; Orinda, June 25, 
1786. 

6. Aaron, son of Simeon and Elizabeth, born at Rehoboth, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 229 

Jan. 29, 1773 ; married Naomi. Children, — Lorenzo, born 
at Rehoboth, Sept. 20, 1807 ; Cynthia, Feb. 1, 1809. 

5. Aaron, son of Aaron and Tabatha, born Nov. 14, 1734 ; 
married Hannah Carpenter, Jan. 25, 1757. Child, — 
Ephraim, born at Rehoboth, April 10, 1757. 

Daniel Reed, born in Somers, Conn., Dec. 9, 1752; was 
probably of the Rehoboth stock ; but his genealogy is not 
traced. He died in 1840, leaving a son (William W.), who 
was born in Andover, Conn., Oct. 31, 1787, and lives in 
.Albany, N.Y. He married Lydia Rathbone of Salem, 
Conn., Nov. 17, 1819. Children, — Henry, born in Ando- 
ver, Feb. 23, 1821, and lives in Paris, France ; Edward, 
May 22, 1822, who married Fanny Miller, and lives in St. 
Louis, Mo. ; Joel R., Feb. 24, 1829. 

Joel, son of William W., born at Andover, Conn., Feb. 24, 
1829 ; married Marianna Townsend, April 19, 1855, and 
lives in Albany. Children, — William H., born May 7, 
1856 ; Edward T., Nov. 9, 1857. 

4. Timothy, son of John, born at Rehoboth, July 16, 
1699; married Joanna. Children, — William, born June 
18, 1724 ; Joanna, April 5, 1725 ; Timothy, April 24, 1732 ; 
Kesiah, Nov. 8, 1734 ; Sarah, June 1, 1737 ; Rachel, 
Dec. 21, 1739 ; Daniel, Feb. 7, 1742 ; Theodore, Aug. 24, 
1745 ; Huldah, Dec. 21, 1748. The elder Timothy died 
May 8, 1781. 

5. Timothy, son of Timothy, born at Rehoboth, April 24, 
1732; married Martha Pidge. Children, — Obadiah, born 
at Rehoboth, July 24, 1761, died Jan. 31, 1762 ; Joel, born 
Dec. 2, 1762 ; John, Feb. 10, 1765 ; Sabrina, June 4, 1767 
Rachel, May 25, 1769, married Asa Hills of Swansey, N.H. 
Josiah P., born April 28, 1772 ; Benjamin, May 3, 1774 
Robert, March 30, 1776, settled in Shrewsbury, Vt., but 
finally moved to the State of New York, where he brought 
up a large family ; Martha, born Oct. 11, 1778, married 



230 JOHN READ OF REHOBOTH, 

Josiah P. Harvey, and is now living in Shrewsbury, Vt. ; 
Timothy, born in Swansey ; Betsy, May 24, 1781, married 
Sebra Aldrich, and settled in Shrewsbury, Vt. The elder 
Timothy served in the Revolutionary War in 1775 and '6. 
In 1779, he set out with an ox-team to convey his family to 
Swansey. He arrived there in ten days, and settled in the 
east part of the town, -which was at that time a perfect wil- 
derness. He died in March, 1808. His wife died Jan. 30, 
1812. 

5. Daniel, son of Timothy and Joanna, born at Eehoboth, 
Feb. 7, 1742; married Huldah. Children, — Lydia, born 
at Rehoboth, May 6, 1769 ; Nancy, Jan. 5, 1771 ; Abel, 
Sept. 28, 1772; Betty, Sept. 30, 1774; Ezra, Sept. 7, 1777; 
Williams, Sept. 29, 1781. 

6. Josiah P., son of Timothy and Martha, born at Reho- 
both, April 8, 1772, and settled in Swansey, N.H. ; married 
Mary Forbes. Children, — Josiah M. ; Maria, who mar- 
ried Joseph Reed of Rutland ; William ; Malinda, who 
married a Sargeant, and lives in Unionville ; Benjamin ; 
Mary Ann, who married C. Parker, and lives in Unionville ; 
Edwin. Josiah P. is now living, and enjoying vigorous 
health, at the age of eighty-eight years. 

7. Josiah M., son of Josiah P., married Martha Carter, 
and does business at No. 31, Union Street, Boston. Child, 
— Helen. He married, for second wife, Eliza S. Newman 
in Boston, June 26, 1842. Children, — Josiah C, Georgi- 
anna, Emma. 

6. Joel, son of Timothy and Martha, born at Rehoboth, 
Dec. 6, 1762 ; married Judith Mears, and settled in the 
south part of Swansey, N.H. Children, — Sabrina, Betsy, 
and Hannah, who live in Lowell ; Judith, who married a 
Deary, and lives in Athol ; Joel ; Lucinda, who married 
Lyman Parker, Esq., and lives in Swansey. The elder Joel 
died Jan. 22, 1812: his wife died Jan. 22, 1829. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 231 

6. Timothy, son of Timothy and Martha, settled in Swan- 
sey, N.H., and had Abel, Timothy, John, Daniel, Lucy, 
Charles, and Rawson. 

6. John, son of Timothy and Martha, born at Rehoboth, 
Feb. 10, 1765 ; married Lucy Warner, and settled in the 
east part of Swansey. Children, — Abel Warner, born 
Nov. 4, 1796 ; Timothy, 1798 ; Edward ; a daughter, who 
lives in Hartford, Conn. ; John, born May 3, 1800, lives in 
Fitzwilliam, N.H. ; Daniel, born April 1, 1803, who lives 
in Keene ; Charles, born in 1805 ; Rawson, who lives in 
Hartford, Conn. The elder John died June 3, 1813 : his 
wife died Dec. 3, 1846. 

6. Benjamin, son of Timothy and Martha, born at Reho- 
both, May 3, 1774 ; married Phebe Farnsworth, and settled 
in Shrewsbury, Vt. His wife died soon after the marriage, 
and he died while on a visit to his friends in Swansey in 
1812. 

7. Abel Warner, son of John and Lucy, born at Swansey, 
N.H., Nov. 4, 1796 ; married Sylvia Graves, and lives upon 
the old homestead. Children, — Abel Graves and G. H. 

8. Abel G., son of Abel W. and Sylvia, married Hannah 
P. Marsh, and lives with his father. 

7. Timothy, son of John and Lucy, born at Swansey, N.H., 
in June, 1798 ; married Eunice Kelley, and settled in Danby. 
Children, — Timothy ; Edward ; and two daughters, one of 
whom is deaf, dumb, and blind, yet is able to do many kinds 
of work, and cultivates a flower-garden in good taste ; she is 
also an expert at knitting. The elder Timothy died in Fe- 
bruary, 1847 or '8. 

7. John, son of John and Lucy, born at Swansey, N.H., 
May 3, 1800 ; married Eliza Baker, and settled in Fitzwil- 
liam. He has a family of children, whose names are not 
given. His wife died in March, 1849. 

7. Charles, son of John and Lucy, born at Swansey, N.H., 



232 JOHN READ OF REHOBOTH, 

October, 1805 ; married Kesiah Ripley, and settled in Hart- 
ford, Conn. 

William, son of Josiah P. and Mary, married Susan Whit- 
comb, and lives in Swansey. Child, — Joel. 

8. Joel, son of William and Susan, married Helen Wright, 
and has one son. 

7. Benjamin, son of Josiah P. and Mary, married Deborah 
Ballou, and lives in Unionville, Swansey. 

7. Edwin, son of Josiah P. and Mary, married a Stone, 
and lives in West Swansey. They have one daughter. 

7. Maria, daughter of Josiah P. and Mary, married Joseph 
Reed of Rutland, Mass. (for their children, see Joseph Reed, 
son of Jeremiah). She married, for second husband, a Mr. 
Wilde of Boston ; and now lives in New- York City. 

4. Obadiah, son of John, born at Rehoboth, Jan. 10, 
1705; married Ruth Smith, Jan. 15, 1730. Children,— 
Anna, born at Rehoboth, Dec. 7, 1730 ; Sarah, Nov. 1, 1732 ; 
Ruth, Feb. 1, 1734 ; Abial, April 13, 1737 ; Martha, April 6, 
1739 ; Molly, Aug. 15, 1741 ; Ama, May 21, 1744 ; Lydia, 
Aug. 12, 1746 ; Fear, Feb. 18, 1748. 

5. Abial, son of Obadiah and Ruth, born at Rehoboth, 
April 13, 1737; married Lydia White. Child, — Luther, 
born at Attleborough in 1762. 

6. Abel, son of Daniel and Huldah, born at Rehoboth, 
Sept. 28, 1772 ; married Sarah Carpenter. Children, — 
Lyman ; William ; Stephen 0. ; Cyrus ; Abby J., who mar- 
ried Horatio N. Angell ; Sarah A., who married a Johnson ; 
Nancy A. ; Betsy, who married Remember Carpenter of 
Pawtucket. Abel married Lydia Wood for second wife. 
Children, — Ezra, Mary, Huldah. He married Patience 
Chase for third wife. Child, — Abel, of Pawtucket. 

7. Ezra, son of Abel, married Alice Slater, and lives in 
Blackstone. 

7. Stephen G., son of Abel, married Mrs. Hannah Leach 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 233 

at Thompson, Conn., Nov. 14, 1852. Child, — William 
Abel, born at Wrentham, Jan. 7, 1854. They live in Wal- 
pole. 

7. Abel, son of Abel, born in 1821. Children, — Henry 
P., born in 1846; Frederick A., 1847; Delos L., 1850; 
Ormond F., 1852 ; Ella M., 1857. 

5. Thomas, son of Noah and Anna, born at Rehoboth, 
Dec. 25, 1752 ; married Hannah Bourne. Children, born 
at Rehoboth, — William, October, 1785; Francis, Aug. 3, 
1787, died in 1814 ; Betsy, born October, 1789, died in 
1847 ; Thomas, April 28, 1791 ; Samuel, April 3, 1794 ; 
Noah, July 25, 1796 ; John B., May, 1799, died 1848. The 
elder Thomas died at Rehoboth in 1816. 

6. William, son of Thomas and Hannah, born at Reho- 
both in October, 1785 ; married Sarah Rogers. Children, 
— Peter, born at Somerset in 1810 ; Hannah, 1813, married 
James Stone; Thomas, bona in 1815, died ; William, 1817 ; 
Francis B., 1819 ; Joseph R., 1821 ; Julia Ann, 1823. He 
lives in Fall River. 

7. Francis B., son of William, born at Somerset in 1819 ; 
married Mary Brayton. Children, — Benjamin B., born at 
Pall River in 1851 ; Francis, 1853 ; Herbert, 1856. They 
live at Fall River. 

7. William, son of William, born at Somerset in 1817 ; 
married Amanda Snow. Children, — Thomas, born at Fall 
River in 1841; Francis, 1843, drowned in 1851; Julia A., 
born in 1845 ; Frederick, 1848. Lives at Fall River. He 
is, or has been, one of the city police. 

6. Francis, son of Thomas and Hannah, born at Rehoboth, 
Aug. 3, 1787; married Nancy Church. Child, — Mary C, 
born at Seekonk, March 17, 1811, died in 1851. He lived 
in Seekonk, and died in 1814. 

6. Noah, son of Thomas and Hannah, bom at Rehoboth, 
July 25, 1796. Child, — Josephus F., born at Seekonk, 

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234 JOHN READ OP REHOBOTH, 

Sept. 28, 1823, who married Maria Hardy. Child, — Jose- 
phus, born at Seekonk, July 25, 1849. 

7. Josephus F., son of Noah, born at Seekonk in 1823 ; 
married Maria Hardy, and has gone to California. Child, 
— Josephus F., born at Seekonk, July 25, 1849. 

6. John B., son of Thomas and Hannah, born at Reho- 
both, May, 1799; married Seulah Boyd. Child, — Albert 
L., born at Seekonk, Feb. 2, 1825. 

7. Albert L., son of John B. and Seulah, born at Seekonk 
Feb. 9, 1825 ; married Charlotte at Parmenter, and lives at 
Pawtucket. Children, — Frank A., born at Pawtucket, 
May 27, 1851 ; Sarah S., Sept. 7, 1853 ; Clara A., Oct. 2, 
1855. 

7. Thomas, son of Noah, had a son Thomas, born at See- 
konk, Jan. 13, 1822 ; married Anna Hall of Uxbridge, Mass., 
and lives in Providence. 

2. Daniel, son of John, 1st, of Rehoboth, born at Reho- 
both, March, 1655 ; married Hannah Peck, Aug. 20, 1677. 
Children, — Hannah, born at Rehoboth, June 30, 1678, and 
married Daniel Taft of Mendon, July 28, 1703 ; Daniel, 
born Jan. 30, 1680 ; John, Feb. 25, 1681, died March 1, 
1683 ; Sarah, born April 5, 1684 ; Noah, May 17, 1687, died 
Oct 20, 1710 ; Abigail, born June 5, 1690. The elder Da- 
niel died Oct. 17, 1710. 

3. Daniel, son of Daniel and Hannah, born at Rehoboth, 
Jan. 20, 1680 ; married Elizabeth Bosworth. Children, - — 
Beriah, born at Rehoboth, Oct. 29, 1707 ; Ichabod, Oct. 8, 
1708 ; Hannah, Feb. 5, 1709 ; Abigail, April 29, 1709, and 
died young ; Esther, born July 1, 1712 ; Daniel, Sept. 7, 
1713. Married, for second wife, Elizabeth Ide, Dec. 8, 1715. 
Children, — Daniel, born at Attleborough, Dec. 3, 1716; 
Noah, Dec. 17, 1718 ; Elizabeth, April 2, 1721 ; Samuel, 
May 18, 1823, died 1823 ; Abigail, bom April 4, 1725 ; 
Daniel, 1726 ; Rachel, June 10, 1728 ; Benjamin, Aug. 21, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 235 

1730 ; Ebenezer, 1733 ; Thankful, May 12, 1737. He was 
known as Capt. Read. 

4. Daniel, son of Daniel and Elizabeth, born at Attlebo- 
rougb, Dec. 3, 1716; married Mary White. Children, — 
Matthew, born at Eehoboth, July 23, 1742 ; Hannah, 
June 26, 1744, died in 1822 ; Mary, Jan. 29, 1747, and 
died in 1847 ; Daniel, June 9, 1749 ; Peter, July 6, 1751 ; 
Joel, Aug. 16, 1753 ; Eunice, Sept. 21, 1755 ; Daniel, 1757 ; 
Ezra, May 2, 1760 ; Levi, Aug. 23, 1762 ; William, Dec. 27, 
1764. The elder Daniel of this family was known, as was 
his father, by the appellation of " Captain." 

4. Ichabod, son of Daniel and Elizabeth, born at Eeho- 
both, Oct. 8, 1708 ; married Elizabeth Chaffee. Children, 
— Ichabod, born at Attleborough, Jan. 15, 1735 ; Patience, 
Aug. 2, 1737 ; Amos, May 1, 1739 ; Daniel, Aug. 12, 1743 ; 
Olive, April 11, 1746 ; Ichabod, March 2, 1750 ; Jonathan, 
Aug. 8, 1752. Married, for second wife, Elizabeth Robinson. 
Children, — Ebenezer, born July 7, 1757 ; Dan, Feb. 7, 
1766 ; Sarah, April 13, 1768, married Moses Thatcher ; 
Lemuel, born Feb. 1, 1771 ; Asareel, July, 1773, lived and 
died on the homestead in Attleborough. 

5. Amos, son of Ichabod and Elizabeth, born May 1, 1739, 
at Attleborough ; married Mary Ide. Children, — Hannah, 
born at Attleborough, Feb. 6, 1772 ; Anion, Nov. 9, 1773 ; 
David, March 1, 1776 ; Amos, May 9, 1778. He died in 
1779. 

6. David, son of Amos and Mary, born at Attleborough, 
March 1, 1776 ; married Rebecca Pachodie of Providence. 
Children, — Horace, born at Providence in 1806 ; Mary 
Ann ; Eliza, who died young ; Rebecca P. ; Francis, born 
1810 ; Jane ; Eliza Lee ; Alden P. ; Cynthia P., born in 
Attleborough. 

7. Francis, son of David and Rebecca, born in 1810 ; 
married Mary Jewett of Rowley. Children, — Mary R., 



236 JOHN BEAD OF REHOBOTH, 

born at Providence, 1835 ; Francis J., 1837 ; Sarah E. ; 
Harriet C. ; Willie C. ; Webster ; Payson. Francis is a 
dealer in paper-hangings in Providence. 

6. Amos, son of Amos and Mary, born at Attleborough, 
May 9, 1778 ; married Caroline Bowers. Children, — 
Mary, born at Attleborough, Aug. 26, 1806 ; Hannah, 
Feb. 7, 1808, married William Burroughs ; Caroline M., 
Oct. 30, 1815 ; William B., Jan. 6, 1810 ; Anthony S., 
Jan. 18, 1812, died 1813 ; Caroline M., Oct. 30, 1815. 

7. William B., son of Amos and Caroline, born at Attle- 
borough, Jan. 6, 1810 ; married Esther Coburn. Child, — ■ 
Willie Coburn, born at Pawtucket, July 30, 1850 ; died in 
1854. 

5. Jonathan, son of Ichabod and Elizabeth, born at Reho- 
both, Aug. 8, 1752; married Dorothy Blake. Children, — 
John, born at Falmouth, Me., in 1787 ; Abigail, 1789 ; 
Rufus, 1793 ; Samuel, 1797, married his cousin Betsy, 
daughter of Lemuel ; Amos, born Oct. 18, 1796 ; Eliza, 
1799 ; John B., born at Freeport, Dec. 2, 1801 ; Daniel B., 
Jan. 1, 1803 ; Mary Ann, 1806, married a Bracket ; Louisa, 
born in 1808. 

6. Daniel B., son of Jonathan and Dorothy, born at Free- 
port, Me., Jan. 1, 1803 ; married Submit, daughter of Oliver 
Read of Lewiston, and lives in Lewiston, Me. 

7. Horace, son of David and Rebecca, born at Providence 
in 1806 ; married Charlotte Wood of Swansey. Children, 

— Georgiauna D., born at Providence in 1812 ; Horace F., 
1845. 

6. Rufus, son of Jonathan and Dorothy, born in Fal- 
mouth, Me., in 1793 ; married Nancy P. Bailey. Children, 

— George S., born Sept. 21, 1815 ; Ervin, April 11, 1817 ; 
Amos, Feb. 5, 1819 ; Albert, Feb. 22, 1821, died Sept. 5, 
1849 ; Frances A., born Feb. 27, 1823 ; Mary E., Aug. 8, 
1825, died Jan. 15, 1850 ; Leonard B., born July 16, 1827, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 237 

lives in California ; Abba B., born June 28, 1831 ; Martha J., 
July 31, 1835. They live in Westbrook, Me. 

7. George S., son of Rufus and Nancy, born Sept. 21, 
1815 ; married Jennett Estis. Children, — Frederick, born 
1854 ; Ida, 1856 ; Abba E., 1858. They live in Gorham, 
Me. 

7. Ervin, son of Rufus and Nancy, born April 11, 1817 ; 
married Caroline Cotton. Children, — Sewell B., born 
1824 ; Charles, 1828. 

7. Abba B., daughter of Rufus and Nancy, born June 28, 
1831 ; married Nathaniel Small. Children, • — ■ Charles M., 
born in 1854 ; Frederick, 1857. 

7. Amos, son of Rufus and Nancy, born Feb. 5, 1819 ; 
married Sarah Knight. Children, — Charles Read, Daniel 
Knight, Frances C, Leonard Read, George Read, E. Read, 
Sumner Read. 

7. Frances A., daughter of Rufus and Nancy, born 
Feb. 27, 1823; married George L.Walker. Child, — Fre- 
derick, born in 1841. 

6. Amos M., son of Jonathan and Dorothy, born at Fal- 
mouth, Oct. 18, 1796 ; married Mary Drown. Child, — 
Augustus, born at North Providence, June 1, 1822 ; died in 
1840. Married Mary E. Underwood for second wife. Chil- 
dren, — Henry Clay, born June 25, 1831 ; Joseph M., 
May 11, 1832 ; Harriet N., Feb. 20, 1835, married Frederick 
Bates ; Amos Theodore, born Sept. 25, 1838 ; Walter B., 
July 18, 1820, died ; Charles N., Nov. 29, 1845, died in 
1846. Amos M. is a hardware dealer in Pawtucket. 

6. John B., son of Jonathan and Dorothy, born at Fal- 
mouth, Me., June 2, 1801 ; married Jane Ingraham. Chil- 
dren, — Mary D., born at Pawtucket, June 7, 1829, and 
married Edward Lefavour. John B. is a hardware dealer 
in Pawtucket, and is known as Gen. Read. 

7. Henry C, son of Amos M., born at North Providence, 



238 JOHN READ OP REHOBOTH, 

Jan. 25, 1831 ; married Eliza Douglass. Children, — Carrie 
A., born at North Providence, September, 1852 ; Hattie U., 
October, 1855. They live at Pawtucket. 

7. Joseph M., son of Amos M. and Mary, born at North 
Providence, May 11, 1832 ; married Frances E. Richer. 
Children, — Charles M., born at North Providence, Sept. 
12, 1855 ; Fanny L., Feb. 12, 1858. They live at Paw- 
tucket. 

7. Arnan, son of Amos and Caroline, born at Attlebo- 
rough, May 9, 1773 ; married Mary Cushman. Children, 
— George A., born at Attleborough, Jan. 26, 1808 ; Joseph 
T., March 20, 1812 ; Lewis L., March 17, 1815 ; Samuel, 
Nov. 28, 1819. 

4. Ebenezer, son of Daniel and Elizabeth, born at Reho- 
both, 1733 ; married in Windsor, Conn., Dec. 6, 1759, to 
Mary Fitch. Children, — Justus, born Oct. 17, 1760 ; Chloe, 
born at Windsor, June 1, 1764 ; Elijah Fitch, May 11, 1767. 

4. David, son of Daniel and Elizabeth, born at Rehoboth 
in 1726 ; married Hannah. Child, — Elizabeth, born at 
Windsor, Conn., May 26, 1751. 

5. Dan, son of Ichabod and Elizabeth, born at Attlebo- 
rough, Feb. 7, 1766 ; married Susan Hart, and settled in 
Vassalborough, Me. ; but moved from there to Lewiston, 
where he was postmaster forty years. He was also a select- 
man many years. Children, — Martha, who married Richard 
D. Harris of Lewiston; Samuel, who married Huldah Nash of 
Lewiston ; John P., who married Betsy, daughter of Ichabod 
Reed (they being first cousins) ; Sarah, who married John 
Nash; Lois; Jacob, born 1795, married Maria Goff; Ste- 
phen H., married Rachel Brown ; Amaziah, married Margaret 
Randall; Joseph F., married Mary Sturgis ; Lemuel, mar- 
ried Eleaner Russell ; Deborah, who died young ; Mary, 
who married Jonathan Raynes. 

5. Ichabod, son of Ichabod and Elizabeth, born March 2, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 239 

1750. Children, — Betsy, who married Capt. John P., son 
of Lemuel Reed ; Oliver, who married Catherine Hart ; 
Ichabod ; Russell, who married a Sprague ; Nancy, who 
married an Austin. 

5. Lemuel, son of Ichabod and Elizabeth, born Feb. 1, 
1771 ; married Mary Hart, and settled in Vassalborough, 
Me., with his brother Dan. Their wives were sisters, and 
they occupied one house together many years. He after- 
wards moved to Lewiston, as did his brother Dan. Children, 
— Charles T., born at Vassalborough, Oct. 8, 1795 ; Betsy, 
who married Samuel, son of Jonathan Reed of Falmouth, 
Me., her first cousin ; Patience, who married William Web- 
ster of New Gloucester ; Abigail, married Frederick Dana ; 
Susanna, married Enos Dunham of Falmouth ; Jane, mar- 
ried Amasa Storer of North Yarmouth ; Syntha, married 
George Bean of Lewiston. 

6. Charles T., son of Lemuel and Mary, born at Vassalbo- 
rough, March 8, 1795 ; married Syntha Swift of Livermore. 
Children, — Mary Jane, born at Lewis, Sept. 24, 1827 ; 
Amanda F., Feb. 24, 1829 ; Edwin and Edgar, Sept. 20, 
1832 ; Mark L., April 29, 1835, keeps at No. 16, Pearl 
Street, Boston ; Charles A., Nov. 30, 1838. Charles T. 
lives in Boston, No. 16, Chamber Street. 

5. Ebenezer, son of Ichabod, born at Attleborough, July 7, 
1764 ; married Betsy Stanley. Children, — Rosey, born at 
Attleborough, March 6, 1796, married Gideon Young; Rus- 
sell, born July 26, 1792 ; Martha, Feb. 27, 1795, married 
Daniel Bradley ; Dana, born July 18, 1803 ; Hannah, born 
at Lewiston, Me., Oct. 20, 1807. 

6. Russell, son of Ebenezer and Betsy, born at Attlebo- 
rough, July 26, 1792 ; married Susan Alby. Children, — 
Oren A., born at Attleborough in 1814 ; Harriet R., 1816. 
He died in 1816. 

7. Oren A., son of Russell and Susan, born at Attlebo- 



240 JOHN READ OF REHOBOTH, 

rough in 1814 ; married Ellen Slater at North Providence, 
Aug. 12,1840. Children, — Ellen S., born at Providence 
in 1841 ; John Si, 1843 ; Frances Elizabeth, 1846. Oren A. 
is a dealer in stoves and hardware in Providence. He has 
done much to perpetuate the history of his race. 

6. Dana, son of Ebenezer and Betsy, born at Attleborough, 
July 18, 1803 ; married Julia Woodruff. Children, — 
Laura, born 1829 ; Sarah N., 1831 ; Ellen H., 1833 ; Henry 
C, 1834 ; Sarah, 1837 ; Julia W., 1839 ; David H., 1841 ; 
Frederick, 1843. He lives in Springfield, Mass. 

6. Hannah, daughter of Ebenezer and Betsy, born at 
Lewiston, Me., Oct. 20, 1807 ; married Joseph B. Gage of 
Pelham, N.H. Children, ^ Harriet Stanley, who married 
Charles Kelley of Salem, N.H. ; Helen M. ; Sarah ; Joseph 
Alonzo ; William ; George ; Albert ; Joanna ; Ida. 

4. Samuel, son of Daniel and Elizabeth, born at Attlebo- 
rough, May 18, 1723 ; married Barbara Lindley. Children, 
— Barbara, born April 26, 1747 ; Solomon, Sept. 17, 1749 ; 
Thomas, Sept. 12, 1752 ; Alpha, Feb. 23, 1755 ; Lucy, 
July 21, 1758 ; Samuel, Nov. 20, 1760 ; Lois, Oct. 18, 1762 ; 
Betty, Dec. 18, 1766. 

5. Daniel, son of Ichabod and Elizabeth, born at Attlebo- 
rough, Aug. 12, 1743 ; married Bebbe Peck. Children, — 
Barzela, born at Attleborough ; Elizabeth, born April 11, 
1760 ; Cyrus, Jan. 13, 1770. 

5. Thomas, son of Samuel and Barbara, born at Attlebo- 
rough, Sept. 12, 1752 ; married Rachel Titus. Children, — 
Barbara, born at Attleborough, Sept. 13, 1784 ; Artemas, 
April 13, 1787. 

6. Artemas, son of Thomas and Rachel, born at Attlebo- 
rough, April 13, 1787 ; married Abigail French. Children, 
Barbara A., born at Attleborough, Nov. 18, 1813, died 1843 ; 
Albert N., born Jan. 5, 1816, died 1834 ; Eliza W., born 
1818 ; Eunice M., 1822. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 241 

2. Moses, son of John, born at Rehoboth, October, 1650 ; 
married Eebecca Fitch, Dec. 6, 1677. Children, — Zache- 
riah, born at Rehoboth, Oct. 20, 1681 ; Rebecca, Sept. 14, 
1683 ; Ezekiel, Jan. 23, 1685 ; Mary, Sept. 24, 1689 ; Moses, 
Nov. 12, 1691, died Dec. 9, 1697. The elder Moses was a 
representative of the town several years, and was a captain. 
He died Dec. 14, 1716. 

3. Zacheriah, son of Moses and Rebecca, born at Reho- 
both, Oct. 20, 1681 ; married Martha. Children, — Zache- 
riah, born at Rehoboth, Jan. 8, 1718 ; Moses, June 26, 
1720 ; Hezekiah, May 1, 1722 ; Martha, Sept. 13, 1724; 
Ruth, June 21, 1726 ; Hepsibah, June 27, 1730. He died 
March 21, 1732. 

3. Ezekiel, son of Moses and Rebecca, born at Rehoboth, 
Jan. 23, 1685 ; married Mary Ide, May 24, 1714. Children, 
— Mary, born at Rehoboth, April 22, 1715 ; Bethiah, 
July 13, 1718 ; Ezekiel, Aug. 7, 1721 ; Rebecca, Nov. 1, 
1723 ; Oliver, April 21, 1726, died Nov. 7, 1729 ; Joshua, 
born March 7, 1728, died March 23, 1729; Olive, born 
Jan. 19, 1729 ; Kesiah, May 1, 1731. 

3. Moses, son of Moses and Rebecca, born at Rehoboth, 
Nov. 12,1691. Children, — Moses, born in 1716; Natha- 
niel, 1715 ; Ezra, 1718. 

4. Moses, son of Moses, born in 1716 ; married Elizabeth 
George. Children, — Moses, born at Attleborough, Nov. 24, 
1745 ; Elizabeth, May 4, 1747 ; Abigail, Feb. 15, 1750 ; 
Frelove, May 10, 1753 ; Ephraim, July 13, 1756 ; Susanna, 
Aug. 9, 1758, who married a Tyler. 

4. Hesekiah, son of Zacheriah and Martha, born at Reho- 
both, May 1, 1722 ; married Hannah Haddock of Windsor, 
Conn., Feb. 16,1747. Child, — Benjamin, born at Wind- 
sor, Conn., Sept. 30, 1748. 

5. Moses, son of Moses and Elizabeth, born at Attlebo- 
rough, Nov. 24, 1745 ; may have had a son Moses, who 

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242 • JOHN READ OF REHOBOTH, 

married Esther, and had Mary, born at Attleborough, 
Sept. 26, 1812. 

5. Ephreim, son of Moses and Elizabeth, born July 13, 
1756; married Hannah Fuller. Children, — Isaac, born at 
Attleborough, Oct. 28, 1782 ; John, Dec. 20, 1785 ; Tenty, 
June 2, 1789 ; Hannah, May 6, 1792 ; Savira, Sept. 4, 1798. 
He was in the Revolutionary War, and was distinguished 
as a man of a very retentive memory. 

6. John, son of Ephraim, born Dec. 20, 1785 ; married 
Sally Freeman. Children, — Susan, born Sept. 4, 1810 ; 
Marcus, Aug. 7, 1812 ; Edwin, Sept. 28, 1814 ; John, 
Jan. 12, 1819 ; Sarah Ann, June 24, 1820 ; James, April 30. 
1822 ; William, Nov. 10, 1825 ; Ezra, Oct. 19, 1828. The 
elder John is a Baptist clergyman, and lives at Cranston, R.I. 

7. William, son of Rev. John and Sally, born Nov. 10, 
1825 ; married Susan M. Austin. Children, — Samuel, 
born Sept. 19, 1850 ; Edward A., April 27, 1852 ; Jane M., 
Oct. 4, 1843. He is a Baptist clergyman. 

4. Ezekiel, son of Ezekiel and Mary, born Aug. 7, 1721 ; 
married Anna. Children, — Rebecca, born at Rehoboth, 
Sept. 10, 1751 ; Ezekiel, Sept. 13, 1753 ; Samuel, Sept. 18, 
1757 ; Anna, Oct. 28, 1756 ; Mary, June 25, 1759 ; Patty, 
Sept. 14, 1761 ; Joshua, June 30, 1764. 

4. Oliver, son of Ezekiel and Mary, born Jan. 19, 1729; 
married Hannah. Children, — Mary, born at Rehoboth, 
Dec. 10, 1763 ; Oliver, April 21, 1765 ; Hannah, March 29, 
1769 ; Chloe, May 22, 1773. He was deacon of the church 
of Rehoboth. 

5. Oliver, son of Oliver and Hannah, born at Rehoboth, 
April 21, 1765 ; married Huldah Read. Children, — Hul- 
dah, born Oct. 3, 1795 ; Milton, April 21, 1797. 

5. Joshua, son of Ezekiel and Anna, born at Rehoboth, 
June 30, 1764 ; married Kersia. Child, — Joshua, born at 
Rehoboth, Dec. 18, 1793. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 243 

6. Milton, son of Oliver and Huldah, born April 21, 1797 ; 
married Fanny. Children, — Milton S., Albert, William, 
Mary. 

7. Edwin, son of John and Sally, born Sept. 28, 1814 ; 
married Caroline M. Coulton, Oct. 1, 1839. They live at 
Pawtucket. 

2. Israel, son of John, 1st, of Rehoboth, born in Rehobotb 
in 1657 ; married Rebecca Ruggells of Roxbury, Nov. 6, 
1684. Children, — John, born April 22, 1686 ; Rebecca, 
July 14, 1687; Israel, Sept. 3, 1688, died Sept. 22, 1732; 
Mary, born Aug. 4, 1690 ; Joseph, Aug. 19, 1692 ; Eliza- 
beth, April 6, 1694 ; Ann, March 23, 1695 ; Ruth, Nov. 23, 
1697 ; Joshua, Oct. 3, 1699, died Sept. 14, 1722 ; Judith, 
born April 8, 1701 ; Jeremiah, May 8, 1703. The elder 
Israel died Nov. 17, 1732. 

3. Joseph, son of Israel and Rebecca, born Aug. 19, 
1692; married Hannah. Children, — Joshua, born July 1, 

1728 ; Eliphalet, Oct. 6, 1730 ; Joseph, 25, 1733, died 

■without issue ; Ruth, born Oct. 28, 1734 ; Joseph, Jan. 30, 
1736 ; Betty, Nov. 30, 1738 ; Rosanna, Dec. 7, 1740 ; Ben- 
jamin, Nov. 8, 1743. 

4. Eliphalet, son of Joseph and Hannah, born Oct. 6, 
1730 ; married Sarah Bucklin of Providence. He moved to 
New Brunswick, and was with Gen. Wolfe at the taking 
of Quebec in 1759. He finally settled at Sackleville. 
Children, — Eliphalet, William, Joseph, Benjamin, Joshua, 
Hannah, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Sarah. 

5. Joshua, son of Eliphalet, born at Sackleville, N.B. ; 
married Hannah Salisbury of Mount Desert, Me. Children, 
— John ; Joshua ; Joseph, born in 1804 ; Sarah ; Elizabeth ; 
Lydia; Rebecca. 

6. John, son of Joseph of Sackleville, N.B., had one son 
and four daughters. He died many years ago. 

4. Joshua, son of Joseph and Hannah, born July 1, 1728 ; 



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married Betty. Children, — Amey, born Sept. 9, 1756 ; 
Daniel, Sept. 10, 1754 ; Hannah, Oct. 26, 1758. 

Joshua Read married Kesiah. Child, — Joshua, born at 
Rehoboth, Dec. 18, 1793. 

Joshua, son of Joshua, born at Barrington, Oct. 13, 1820. 

6. Joshua, son of Joseph of Sackleville, N.B., has four 
children living. 

6. Joseph, son of Joseph and Hannah of Sackleville, born 
at Sackleville in 1804 ; married Abigail Seaman. Children, 
— Joseph B., born 1830; Augusta A.; Sarah A.; Lucy 
Herbert; Emily C, born in 1842 ; Huldah, 1844; Mary F., 
1846 ; Louisa C, 1848 ; Henry Harris, 1851 ; Eveline, 
1853 ; Barton S., 1855 ; Ellen, 1856. He lives at Minudie, 
Cumberland County, N.S. ; and is of the firm of Reed and 
Seaman of Boston. He is a magistrate for the county of 
Cumberland. 

7. Joseph B., son of Joseph, married Emma Marsters of 
Nova Scotia, and had one child, who, with the mother, is 
dead ; and they lie side by side in one grave. 

7. Augusta A., daughter of Joseph Read, Esq., of Minu- 
die, married Rev. R. H. Emerson of Moreton, N.B., and has 
three children. Mr. Emerson is deceased. 

7. Sarah A., daughter of Joseph, Esq., married Rev. David 
M. Keen. They have two children. 

6. Sarah, daughter of Joseph and Hannah, married Isaac 
Powell, and had seven children, and lives in Farmersville, 
C.W. 

6. Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph and Hannah, married 
Thomas Read (her first cousin), and lives in New Bruns- 
wick. They have nine children. 

6. Lydia, daughter of Joseph and Hannah, married Ro- 
bert Willis. Both dead, leaving eight children. 

6. Rebecca, daughter of Joseph and Hannah, married 
Job Seaman. They have seven children. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 245 

6. Hannah, daughter of Joseph and Hannah, married 
Charles D. Lockhart. They have seven children. 

6. Eliphalet, son of Joseph and Hannah, married Francis 
Patterson. They have eight children. 

6. William, son of Joseph and Hannah, married Mary 
Cole. Both are deceased, leaving two children. 

4. Joseph, son of Joseph and Hannah, went to the British 
Provinces about the year 1755. He was at the taking of 
Port Cumberland. He married Martha, daughter of Elder 
Rounds, a Baptist minister in Attleborough, July 26, 1761 ; 
and he also became a Baptist minister. Settled in Horton, 
N.S., and died young, of a tape-worm, leaving a son Benja- 
min, born in 1769, and settled in Winthrop, Me. ; married 
Mary B. Easty of Sharon, Mass., Aug. 15, 1789. Children, 
— Leonard, born Oct. 13, 1791; Polly, March 12, 1792; 
Benjamin ; Perin and Perintha, June 17, 1796 ; Martha, 
Aug. 16, 1798 ; Joseph, July 9, 1800 ; Draper P., Sept. 5, 
1802 ; Hannah ; Nancy ; Solomon ; Olive M. The elder 
Benjamin was a landholder, and payer of direct taxes in 
Winthrop in 1798, but afterwards moved to Albion. Joseph 
also left two daughters, older than Benjamin ; one of whom 
married a Colburn, and died without issue : the other mar- 
ried a Lake, and raised a large family in Winthrop. The 
children of Joseph were brought up by their grand-parents, 
in Attleborough. 

6. Joseph, son of Benjamin and Mary, born at Winthrop, 
July 9, 1800 ; married Lucinda Hathorn. Children, — 
Mary, born April 27, 1827 ; Bartlett W., May 9, 1829 ; 
Olive M., May 18, 1831 ; Levina C, Dec. 19, 1839 ; Oren J., 
Nov. 16, 1836 ; Mary B., who married Paul Dudley, June 15, 
1850, died Oct. 14, 1854. 

6. Draper P., son of Benjamin and Mary, born Sept. 5, 
1802 ; married Betsy Smith of Orington, and lives in Mil- 
ford, Me. Children, — Martha, William H., Delia S., 



246 JOHN READ OF REHOBOTH, 

George D., Marcellus, Jesse W., Mary E., Essanah Annett, 
Eva, Abby T. 

3. John, son of Israel and Rebecca, born April 22, 1686 ; 
married Susanna Rounds, Feb. 8, 1710. Children, — Eliza- 
beth, born at Swansey, Nov. 23, 1711 ; Oliver, June 18, 
1715 ; probably John, and William. Susanna, the wife, 
died Aug. 21, 1735. 

John, son of John and Susanna, married Susanna Rollins, 
and settled in Bristol, Me. Children, — John, born at 
Bristol, now Damariscotta, in 1750, died in the Revolution- 
ary War ; Polly, born in 1752, married a Ross ; William, 
born in 1754; Sally, 1762; Susanna, April 8, 1765 ; Martha, 
1768 ; Eliphalet, 1770 ; Frank, April, 1772 ; Samuel, Feb. 5, 
1774 ; Joseph, 1776 ; Asa, Oct. 22, 1778. 

William, son of John and Susanna, born at Bristol, Me., 
1754 ; married Eunice Flint, and had two sons and five 
daughters. He died April 15, 1823 : his wife died April 18, 
1834. They settled in Strong, Me. Children, — John, born 
Aug. 24, 1779 ; Thomas, March 16, 1781 ; Eunice, April 18, 
1783; Susanna, March 6, 1786 ; Patty, June 1, 1789 ; Polly, 
June 24, 1793 ; Sally, May 14, 1799. 

William, son of John and Susanna, born at Somerset, 
1708. Children, — John, born in 1729 ; Mary, 1733 ; 
Betsy, 1736; Nathan, 1746. 

John, son of William, born in 1729. Children, — Wil- 
liam C, born in 1755 ; William, 1761 ; Sarah, 1763 ; Mary, 
1764 ; John, 1765 ; Nathan, 1768 ; Nathan, 1774. 

William of Somerset, son of John, born in 1761. Chil- 
dren,— William E., born in 1805; Ruth, 1807; William, 
1808 ; Eben S., 1810; Mary C, 1812; Epaphras J., 1814; 
George, 1816 ; Sarah, 1819 ; Elizabeth, 1821. 

William, son of William, born 1808. Children, — Wil- 
liam F.. born 1838 ; Rufus S., 1840 ; George, 1843 ; Mary 
B., 1845. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 247 

Nathan, son of John, born 1741. Child, — Preserved, 
born in 1777. 

Preserved, son of Nathan, born 1777. Children, — Cathe- 
rine, born in 1807 ; Nathan, 1809 ; Francis, 1812 ; Emeline 
M., 1815 ; Elizabeth, 1817 ; Mariah, 1823 ; Charles G-., 
1829. 

Francis, son of Preserved, born in 1812. Children, — 
Cate, born in 1852 ; Charles, 1853. 

7. Eben S., son of William, born at Somerset, Oct. 6, 
1810; married Sarah Ann Curtis. Children, — Sarah E., 
born at Fall River in 1836 ; Charles M., born at Somerset 
in 1841. They live at Fall River. 

John, son of William and Eunice of Strong, born Aug. 24, 
1779 ; married Abigail Smith. Children, — Susan, Wil- 
liam, Harrison, Mary, John S., Abigail A., Sarah. John 
died May 22, 1837. 

Thomas, son of William and Eunice, born March 16, 
1781 ; married his cousin Polly Flint, and had seven sons 
and two daughters. He died in 1857. 

Polly, daiighter of Thomas and Polly, married John L. 
Blake, and lives at Farmington, Me. 

Sally, daughter of John and Susanna of Bristol, Me., mar- 
ried Micah Wethren, and had two sons and two daughters. 

Susanna, daughter of John and Susanna, married Ephrairn 
Rollins. Children, — Samuel, William, Ephrairn. 

Martha, daughter of John and Susanna, born 1768 ; mar- 
ried Richard Clark. Children, — Lavina, Alice, Adam, 
Eliphalet, Phebe, George, Dennis. 

Eliphalet, son of John and Susanna, born 1770 ; married 
Jane Plumer of Damariscotta. Children, — Abiel, Benja- 
min, Moses, Samuel, Susan, Hannah. He lived and died 
in Bristol, now Damariscotta, Me. : his wife died in Lynn, 
Mass., Sept. 21, 1853. 

Frank, son of John and Susanna, born April, 1772. Chil- 



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dren, — William; and two others, names not given. He 
settled in Knox, Me. 

Samuel, son of John and Susanna, born Feb. 5, 1774 ; 
married Abigail Yeaton. Children, — John G., Henry, 
Harvey, Rufus, Joel, Catherine, Jane, Mary, Samuel P., 
Susan, Abigail. He lived and died on the old homestead 
of his father in Bristol, Me. 

Joseph, son of John and Susanna, born 1776. Children, 
— Waterman, Benjamin, Margaret, Esther, Sally. He set- 
tled in Windsor, Me. 

Asa, son of John and Susanna, born at Damariscotta, 
Oct. 22, 1778 ; married Sarah Yeaton. Children, — Wil- 
liam M., born June 27, 1801 ; George P., Oct. 22, 1803 ; 
Abigail, Oct. 13, 1805 ; Hartshorn, June 27, 1807 ; Francis 
P., Jan. 12, 1809 ; Elbridge G., June 1, 1811 ; Sarah M., 
July 17, 1813 ; Warren A., Feb. 9, 1815 ; John B., April 29, 
1818 ; Jerome, Sept. 23, 1820. Married, for second wife, 
Abigail Huchinson. Children, — Augusta A., born Oct. 18, 
1834 ; Charles L., Oct. 22, 1836. Asa settled in 1803 or '4 in 
New Sharon, and removed to Strong in 1817 ; then to Town- 
ship No. 6, Oxford County, now Phillips in Franklin County, 
where he died in 1849. He was called Esquire Reed. 

William M., son of Asa and Sarah, born June 27, 1801 ; 
mari'ied Anne Wentworth, and is known as Esquire Reed of 
Farmington, Me. 

George F., son of Asa and Sarah, born Oct. 22, 1803 ; 
married Dolly Beedy, and lives at Phillips. Married, for 
second wife, Susan Smith ; and has children, whose names 
are not given. 

Abigail, daughter of Asa and Sarah, born Oct. 13, 1805 ; 
married Enos Hiscock, and lives at Strong Tillage. 

Hartshorn, son of Asa and Sarah, born June 27, 1807 ; 
married Rachel Chandler, and have children, whose names 
are not given. They live at Phillips. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 249 

Francis, son of Asa and Sarah, born Jan. 12, 1809 ; mar- 
ried Jane Lathrop, and they live in Lee, Penobscot County. 
Names of children are not given. 

Elbridge G., son of Asa and Sarah, born June 1, 1811 ; 
married Sarah A. Hussey, and died at his residence in Mil- 
ford, Penobscot County, in December, 1858. 

Sarah M., daughter of Asa, born July 17, 1813 ; married 
Richard Hiscock, and lives at Farmington Centre. Names of 
children are not given. 

Warren A., son of Asa, born Feb. 9, 1815 ; lives at No. 
11, Aroostic County. 

John B., son of Asa, born April 29, 1818 ; has a family, 
and lives in Lee. 

3. Israel, son of Israel and Rebecca, born Sept. 3, 1688 ; 
married Hannah. Children, — Mary, born at Rehoboth, 
Feb. 11, 1730 ; Israel, April 1, 1781 ; a son, born Aug. 11, 
1732. The elder Israel died Sept. 22, 1732. 

5. William, son of Eliphalet and Sarah, married Jemima 
Finney, and lived in Sackville. Children, — William, born 
in 1794 ; Joseph, 1796 ; Eliphalet, 1798 ; Hannah, who 
married Elijah Ayers ; Caleb, lives in Portland, Conn. ; 
James ; Harris ; John ; Asa. 

Joseph, son of William and Jemima, married Mary, widow 
of Valentine Easterbrooks, and lives at St. John's. 

6. Eliphalet, son of William and Jemima, born in 1798 ; 
married Rebecca Outhouse. Children, — Maria A., married 
Samuel Hicks ; William, who went to Illinois ; Alton G. ; 
Elizabeth, who married Edward Smith ; James L., a Baptist 
clergyman ; Jemima, married Seth Campbell ; Eliphalet, a 
Baptist clergyman, settled in Horton ; Rebecca ; Allison, 
who died young ; Hiram ; Joseph B. 

7. Alton G., sou of Eliphalet, married Anna Craig of 
Roxbury, where he resides. 

Eliphalet, son of Eliphalet, married Margaret Stockman. 

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250 JOHN EEAD OF REHOBOTH, 

Children, — Jesse; Otho ; William; Peter; David; James; 
Eunice, who married Thomas Townsend ; Sinthia, married 
Joshua Tingley ; Betsy, married John Anderson. 

William, son of Eliphalet, married Sarah Palmer, and 
lives in Westmoreland County, N.B. Children, — Jane, who 
married Gny Tuttle ; Gideon ; Eliphalet, died young ; Cha- 
rity, married Ebenezer C. Palmer ; Sarah ; Otho R., who 
lives in Roxbury ; John T. ; Ruth E. ; Ellen, who married 
Isaac Anderson ; William M. ; Elizabeth A. 

Joshua, son of Joseph and Sarah, married Pricilla Chap- 
pel. Children, — Eliphalet ; Catherine ; Elizabeth, who 
married James Outhouse ; Ruth ; Hannah ; Charles ; Jo- 
seph ; Richmond ; Otho ; George ; Albert. Joshua died in 
Illinois, where his children live. 

Benjamin, son of Joseph and Sarah, married Jane, and 
settled in Bay de Verte. Children, — Ephraim ; Benjamin ; 
Joshua ; Jonas ; Sinthia, who married William Kay. 

Rebecca, daughter of Joseph and Sarah, married David 
Purrington. Children, — Eleaner; Eliza, who married Dr. 
Knapp. 

William, son of William and Jemima, married Anna 
Easterbrooks, and lived in Sackville. Children, — Sarah, 
who married Joseph Sears ; Allen, who went to Illinois ; 
Nancy, married Albert Peck of Hopewell ; Jemima, died in 
1842; Louis, married Isaac Barns; Tinson ; Direxa; Pur- 
rington, who died young ; Joseph ; Amey. 

3. Jeremiah, son of Israel, born May 8, 1703 ; married 
Patience Goodale, Oct. 18,1732. Children, — Lydia, born 
at Rehoboth, Dec. 1, 1733, died 1739 ; Patience, born 
Dec. 25, 1734 ; Rebecca, born at Attleborough, Oct. 4, 
1736 ; Jeremiah, Sept. 25, 1738, died 1740 ; Lydia, born 
Feb. 3, 1740. 

4. Joshua, son of Joseph and Hannah, born at Rehoboth, 
July 21,1728; married Betty. Children, — Daniel, born 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 251 

at Swansey, Sept. 10, 1754 ; Amey, Sept. 9, 1756 ; Hannah, 
Oct. 26, 1758. 

5. Matthew, son of Daniel and Mary, born at Rehoboth, 
July 23, 1742 ; married Dorothy Bardine. Children, — 
Zelenda, born in Ashford, Conn., May 25, 1770 ; Mary, 
1772 ; Reuben, 1774, died ; Matthew, born Nov. 3, 1776 ; 
Daniel, 1779 ; Olive, 1781 ; David, 1783. 

6. Matthew, son of Matthew and Dorothy, born at Ashford 
in 1776; married Lydia Hotchkiss. Children, — Elizabeth, 
born in East Windsor, Oct. 24, 1802, died in 1808 ; Matthew 
H., born Sept. 2, 1804; Eleazer B., Sept. 12, 1808. Mar- 
ried, for second wife, Lydia P. Allen in 1815. Children, — 
Timothy, born May 15, 1817 ; Francis, Feb. 3, 1819 ; Susan, 
Jan. 29, 1823, died 1825 ; Emeline, born Feb. 10, 1825, 
died 1831. 

6. Daniel, son of Matthew and Dorothy, born in Ashford, 
Conn., in 1779 ; married in Wrentham, Mass., in 1805, to 
Patty Whiting, and settled in Andover, Conn. 

6. David, son of Matthew and Dorothy, is deceased ; and 
his widow lives in Springfield, Pa. 

6. Matthew H., son of Matthew and Lydia, born at East 
Windsor, Sept. 2, 1804. Children, — Louisa P., William H., 
Amelia M., Matthew H., Daniel P. They live in Albany, 
N.Y. 

7. Eleazer B., son of Matthew. and Lydia, born at East 
Windsor, Sept. 12, 1808. Children, — Mary E. ; Benjamin 
F. They live at Albany. 

8. Robert, son of Matthew H. Children, — Robert, Jen- 
net B. They live in Albany. 

8. William H., son of Matthew H. Child,— Addie. They 
live in Albany. 

5. Peter, son of Daniel and Mary, born at Rehoboth, 
July 6, 1751 ; married Mary Pitcher in 1776. Children, — 
Ezra, born in Attleborough, Dec. 16, 1777. Married, for 



252 



second wife, Lydia Gilbert in 1786. Children, — Mary, 
born in New Haven, Sept. 10, 1787, died in 1789 ; Rufus, 
born July 10, 1789 ; Jesse, Oct. 2, 1790 ; Patty, July 11, 
1792, died 1813 ; Peter, born at Ludlow, Vt., Dec. 27, 1793. 
Married Elizabeth Baldwin for third wife. Children, — 
Mary, born May 17, 1796 ; Lydia, Aug. 15, 1797, and mar- 
ried S. W. Goodrich ; Mariam, born June 27, 1802. The 
elder Peter was a clergyman, settled in Ludlow. He died 
in 1839. 

6. Ezra, son of Rev. Peter, born in Attleborough, Dec. 16, 
1777 ; married Harriet Orne Fanning, daughter of Barcley 
Fanning, a captain in the English Army. Child, — Harriet 
Orne Fanning, a distinguished reporteress at Washington. 
He learned the printer's trade at Windsor, Vt., and edited 
a newspaper in that State ; but was afterwards associated 
with his uncle Daniel in publishing musical and other 
works in New Haven. He afterwards moved to Boston, 
and was associated with Alclen Bradford, Secretary of State, 
and an extensive publisher of law, musical, and other works. 
They were the first who published Scott's novels this side of 
the Atlantic. His health failing him, he went to Barbadoes 
in search of a more genial climate ; and died of yellow fever 
soon after his arrival. 

6. Rufus, son of Rev. Peter, born at New Haven, July 10, 
1789; married Rhoda Deane in 1819. Children, — George 
F., born at New Haven, Oct. 24, 1820 ; Ezra G., May 2, 
1822 ; Elizabeth T., March, 1824. 

6. Peter, son of Rev. Peter, born at Ludlow, Vt., Dec. 27, 
1793; married Jane Walker. Children, — David W. A., 
born at Ludlow, December, 1820 ; Cornelia S., July 18, 
1824. 

6. Jesse, son of Rev. Peter of Ludlow, born Oct. 2, 1790, 
and settled in Richmond, Vt. 

5. Daniel, son of Daniel and Mary, born at Rehoboth, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 253 

Nov. 2, 1757 ; married Jerusha Sherman. Children, — 
George F. Handall, born at New Haven, May 21, 1788 ; 
Nathan S., Jan. 31, 1792, died 1821 ; Eliza, born Dec. 12, 
1799, died in 1800 ; Mary W., born June 30, 1802, who 
married Jonathan Nicholson. Daniel was a comb manufac- 
turer and a composer of music in New Haven : he died in 
1836. 

6. Nathan S., son of Daniel and Jerusha, born Jan. 31, 
1792; married Hannah Marriman. Children, — Eliza J., 
born April 26, 1815, died in 1815 ; Sarah C, born Oct. 28, 
1816, died 1818 ; Daniel A., born Sept. 16, 1818, died 
1821. Nathan S. was a graduate at Yale College, and a 
clergyman. 

6. George F. Handall, son of Daniel and Jerusha, born at 
New Haven, May 21, 1788 ; married Miss Dummer. Chil- 
dren, — Theodore, born at New Haven, April 26, 1811; 
Henry A., Dec. 6, 1812, died 1842 ; William S., born 
Oct. 31, 1816 ; George F., July 26, 1819, died 1845 ; Daniel 
E., born Aug. 4, 1827. Married, for second wife, Rebecca 
Sherman ; and the three youngest children are by the 
second wife. George F. is a merchant in New Haven. 

7. Theodore, son of George F. H. and Rebecca, born at 
New Haven, April 26, 1811 ; married Mary Atwater. Chil- 
dren, — Thomas A., born at New Haven in 1835 ; Stephen 
D., 1837 ; Rebecca, 1840 ; Elisha, 1843. They live at New 
Haven. 

7. Henry A., son of George F. H., born at New Haven, 
Dec. 6, 1812 ; married Caroline Curbey. Children, — 
Eunice D., born in 1837 ; Nathan S., 1838 ; Henry, 1840 ; 
Mary M., 1841 ; Cornelia, 1843. They reside at New 
Haven. 

5. William, son of Daniel and Mary, born at Rehoboth, 
Dec. 27, 1764 ; married Selenda Tingley. Children, — 
Mariah C, born at Attleborough, June 24, 1793, died in 



254 JOHN READ OP EEHOBOTH, 

1833 ; Ezra C, Jan. 27, 1798 ; Herbert A., Nov. 18, 1801. 
William was a manufacturer at Pawtucket. 

6. Herbert A., son of William and Selenda, born at Attle- 
borougb, Nov. 18, 1801 ; married Nancy D wight. Children, 
— Martha M., born at Thompson, Feb. 12, 1826, died in 
1837 ; Mary B., born at Leroy, N.Y., Aug. 27, 1830 ; Mar- 
tha M., at Muuroe City, 0., Feb. 12, 1838. He is a clergy- 
man. 

6. Ezra, son of William and Selenda, born at Attleborough, 
June 27, 1798 ; married Martha Simpson. Children, — 
James A., born at Newport, R.I., July 19, 1825, died 1830 ; 
Charles A., born at New York, June 13, 1828, died 1831 ; 
Martha W., born March 10, 1833, married Francis Wayland, 
son of President Wayland. Ezra is president of a bank in 
New Haven. 

5. Joel, son of Daniel and Mary, born at Rehoboth, 
Aug. 16,1753; married Chloe Stanley. Children, — Olive, 
born at Attleborough, Sept. 4, 1780 ; Nancy, Feb. 23, 1782 ; 
Eunice, April 19, 1784 ; Otis, July 29, 1786 ; Chloe, June 5, 
1788 ; John A., Oct. 22, 1790 ; Mary, Jan. 7, 1793 ; Daniel, 
Feb. 14,1795; David, Oct. 21, 1797. Joel lived in that 
part of Rehoboth afterwards incorporated as the town of 
Attleborough ; and was justice of the peace, selectman, and 
representative for many years. 

6. Otis, son of Joel and Chloe, born July 29, 1786 ; mar- 
ried Charlotte Everett. Children, — Julia Ann, born at 
Attleborough, Jan. 4, 1811 ; Charles, Sept. 25, 1813 ; 
Jason, Oct. 11, 1815 ; Amherst Everett, Dec. 5, 1819 ; 
Henry O., July 4, 1823 ; John A., Aug. 28, 1828. 

7. Charles, son of Otis and Charlotte, born Sept. 25, 1813 ; 
married Lucy Newman. Children, — Henry M., born 
Jan. 15, 1838 ; Charles E., March 15, 1840 ; Ellen F., 
Nov. 2, 1841 ; Charles O., Dec. 29, 1846. 

7. Daniel, son of Joel and Chloe, born at Attleborough, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 255 

Feb. 14, 1795 ; married Lydia Miller. Children, — Albert 
M.; Eunice, Feb. 28, 1826; Daniel W., Dec. 26, 1827, 
died ; Daniel F., born April 1, 1830 ; James, April 3, 1837, 
died 1839 ; Adaline, born July 12, 1835 ; Robert, Jan. 29, 
1838 ; George, March 5, 1841. 

5. Levi, son of Daniel and Mary, born at Rehoboth, 
Aug. 23,1762; married Anna Hunt. Children, — Rufus, 
born at Attleborough, Nov. 19, 1800, and lives in New-York 
City; Clement 0., born Aug. 1,1802; Esther, Sept. 4, 1804 ; 
Charlotte A., April 16, 1807 ; William H. Clifford, May 6, 
1809; Sinthia M., Oct. 30, 1811, died in 1836. 

6. Clement O., son of Levi and Anna, born Aug. 1, 1802 ; 
married Miranda Collins in 1826 : she died in 1832. Mar- 
ried Anna Goddard in 1834, and married Lydia Buffam in 
1845. Children, — .Albert O., born in Nashua, N. H., 
Nov. 29, 1826 ; Angelina, April 10, 1829 ; Handall, Dec. 12, 
1832, died ; Herbert G., born March 5, 1836, died ; Mi- 
randa Adeline, born in Worcester, Sept. 18, 1828 ; Mary 
Anna, born at Attleborough, Oct. 2, 1842 ; Lucy E., born 
at Milford, Dec. 12, 1847 ; Edward E., at Brooklyn, N.Y., 
Nov. 13, 1850 ; Sarah B., May 13, 1853 ; Berthy, at Perth- 
amboy, N.Y., Aug. 14, 1854. 

4. Noah, son of Daniel and Elizabeth, born at Attlebo- 
rough, Dec. 17, 1718 ; married Abigail Baldwin. Children, 
— Timothy, born at Attleborough, Aug. 2, 1843 ; Elizabeth, 
April 3, 1745 ; Sarah, Aug. 22, 1746 ; David, Nov. 10, 1747, 
died in 1748 ; Esther, born Feb. 1, 1748 ; Abigail, Oct. 25, 
1750 ; Chloe, Feb. 13, 1752 ; Richard, Dec. 21, 1753 ; Noah, 
Sept. 21, 1755 ; Benjamin, March 5, 1757 ; Hannah, Jan. 17, 
1759, died in 1859. Married Dorcas Chaffe, for second 
■wife, in 1761. Children, — Hannah, born in 1762, married 
Rev. Otis Robinson of Salisbury, Mass. ; Dorcas, born May 6, 
1764, who married Job Harding ; Huldah, born April 18, 
1766, married David Winkley ; Abel, born Feb. 10, 1768 ; 



256 JOHN READ OP EEHOBOTH, 

Olive, June 11, 1770, married Elisha Harding ; David, 
born Aug. 11, 1777. 

5. Olive, daughter of Noah and Dorcas, born June 11, 
1770 ; married Elisha Harding of Medway, Mass., and had 
several children. He died, and she married a Blake of 
Wrentham, by whom she had several children. She after- 
wards joined the Shakers at Lebanon, N.Y. 

5. David, son of Noah and Dorcas, born Aug. 11, 1777 ; 
married Prudence Pitts, July 3, 1798, and settled in Liver- 
more, Me. Married Hannah Abbot of Minot for second 
wife. Children, — Lucinda, who married Elvin Dillance ; 
Phillip P. ; Mary P., married David Rich ; Prudence P., 
married Micah Foster for her first husband, and afterwards 
Orin Andrews of Boston ; Louis and Eunice ; Stillman, who 
died in infancy ; Harry ; Clarinda and David ; Stillman. 

6. Phillip P., son of David of Livermore, married Lydia 
D. Parsons. Children, — Margaret P., Annette E., Emily F., 
Alvan A. He lives at No. 357, Tremont Street, Boston ; and 
is the inventor of a patent horseshoe. 

6. Stillman, son of David of Livermore, married Martha 
T. Thompson, July 1, 1835. Children, — Theron, born 
Aug. 30, 1836 ; Cyrus T., Jan. 4, 1839 ; Clara, Sept. 12, 
1840, died May 5, 1851 ; George E., born Feb. 3, 1843; 
Fred, June 15, 1852 ; Corsel, Aug. 31, 1854 ; Charles Still- 
man, Nov. 16, 1857. 

6. Harvey, son of David of Livermore, married Adaline 
Richards ; and Deborah Macholster, for second wife. Chil- 
dren, — Mary Adaline ; Charles ; Elvah ; Clarinda, who 
married John Bemis in 1836 ; David, who married Sarah E., 
daughter of Dr. Johnson of Newburyport. 

5. Abel, son of Noah and Dorcas, born at Attleborough, 
Feb. 10, 1768 ; married Elizabeth Sweet. Children, — 
Noah, born at Attleborough, June 17, 1789 ; Betsy, Aug. 17, 
1791, died in 1796 ; Fanny, born Jan. 30, 1793 ; Huldah, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 257 

May 24, 1795 ; Elsea, May 7, 1797 ; Betsy, May 12, 1799 ; 
Abel, April 1, 1801. 

6. Abel, son of Abel and Elizabeth, born at Attleborough, 
April 1, 1801. Children, — Abel, born at North Providence, 
Nov. 30, 1821, and married Deborah P. Staples. Children, 
— Henry F., born at Smithfield, March 4, 1846 ; Frederick 
A., Oct. 11, 1857 ; Delos Lebarron, at North Providence, 
1850 ; Osmand F., Feb. 14, 1852 ; Ella M., at Newport, 
April 1, 1857. 

Noah, son of Noah and Abigail, born at Attleborough, 
Sept. 21, 1755 ; married Mary Kobinson at Windham, Me., 
Nov. 26, 1768. Children, — Emma, born at Windham, 
Me., April 25, 1792 ; John, Oct. 8, 1793 ; Nathan, March 2, 
1795 ; Huldah, April 15, 1796, died ; Sarah, born March 13, 
1798, died June 16, 1839 ; Lydia, born March 2, 1802, died 
Feb. 18, 1842 ; Tabitha, born July 17, 1804 ; Jane, April 27, 
1806 ; Eufus, March 5, 1809, died Sept. 9, 1848 ; Noah, 
born Dec. 19, 1810. The elder Noah died April 4, 1844 : 
his wife died Nov. 4, 1842. He was a member of the Soci- 
ety of Friends. The following is taken from " Memorials of 
Deceased Friends of New-England Yearly Meeting," pub- 
lished by the meeting for sufferings, 1849 : — 

" Although considerable time has elapsed since the decease of our 
aged and worthy friend Noah Read, yet the remembrance of him is 
still fresh in our minds ; and we believe it right to preserve the fol- 
lowing testimony concerning him. He was born in Attleborough, 
State of Massachusetts, the 22d of ninth month, 1757, of parents 
not in profession with Friends ; and, in the thirty-first year of his 
age, he was received a member of Falmouth Monthly Meeting, of 
which this Monthly Meeting was then a part. Of his previous life, 
little has come to our knowledge ; but from this time he appears to 
have engaged in the cause of truth and righteousness in the earth, 
and was concerned that his life and conversation might be answer- 
able to the profession he was making. He was, for many years, 
more or less occupied as a teacher of the youthful members of our 
society, in the common branches of school-learning ; which service 

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258 JOHN READ OP REHOBOTH, 

he performed much to the satisfaction of his friends. He was a 
zealous friend of the Aborigines of this country : and, when the situ- 
ation of the Penobscot tribe engaged the attention of our Yearly 
Meeting, he was early appointed one of the committee to look into 
their situation ; and, for many years, gave much personal attention to 
that concern. He often visited them at their location ; going from 
cabin to cabin, and endeavoring to turn their attention to their reli- 
gious duties, and to instruct them in the arts of civilized life. In 
1800, he was appointed an elder; which station he filled till his 
death." 

The testimony is continued to considerable length, and 
signed by the clerks ; but, for want of room, I pass over 
the remainder. 

Emma, daughter of Noah and Mary, born at Windham, 
April 25, 1792 ; married John Robinson, June 11, 1812. 
Children, — Huldah Reed, born July 15, 1813 ; Otis, 
Nov. 25, 1814; Noah, June, 1816, died in 1816 or '17; 
Miriam, born Feb. 21, 1818, died Sept. 14, 1833 ; Mary J., 
June 16, 1819, died Jan. 23, 1834. 

John, son of Noah and Mary, born Oct. 8, 1793 ; married 
Nancy Horton, Jan. 28, 1818. She died June 27, 1832. 
He married Eunice Hodsdon, Jan. 30, 1833 : she died 
Nov. 19, 1843. Married Jane Woodford, November, 1849. 
Children, — Ann Elizabeth, born Nov. 4, 1818 ; James Neal, 
Oct. 17, 1820 ; John H., Sept. 12, 1828 ; Nancy H., March 
22, 1836, died July 30, 1844 ; Noah, born Sept. 23, 1830 ; 
Daniel H., June 15, 1838. John lives in Westbrook, Me., 
near the line of Portland. He formerly kept a publicJiouse 
in Windham. 

Nathan, son of Noah and Mary, born March 2, 1795 ; mar- 
ried Rutb Horton, Jan. 28, 1824. Children, — Emily 
Hussey, born Dec. 15, 1824, died Oct. 7, 1825 ; Emily H., 
Aug. 30, 1826 ; Julia W., Sept. 1, 1831 ; Joseph Warner, 
Nov. 9, 1834, a clerk in Portland ; Charles H., Nov. 17, 
1840, died Feb. 1, 1845. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 259 

Emily H., daughter of Nathan and Ruth, born Aug. 30, 
182(3; married Josiah Jones, Nov. 10, 1853. Child, — Julia 
W., born Sept. 5, 1854. 

Julia W., daughter of Nathan and Ruth, born Sept. 1, 
1831 ; married Nathan R. Dyer, April 28, 1858. 

Sarah, daughter of Noah and Mary, born March 13, 1798 ; 
married Jeremiah Hacker, Sept. 11, 1817. Children, — 
Lydia, born July 8, 1818, died May 23, 1821 ; Mary Read, 
Jan. 26, 1820 ; Emily Ann, Nov. 22, 1821 ; Hannah, Sep- 
tember, 1823 ; Joseph N., Feb. 15, 1826 ; Francis, Dec. 15, 
1827; Lydia, Nov. 24, 1829; Abigail, Aug. 24, 1832, died 
Oct. 16, 1832 ; Jeremiah W., born Nov. 22, 1834. They 
live in Windham. 

Mary R. Hacker, daughter of Jeremiah Hacker and Sarah 
Read, born Jan. 26, 1820 ; married Josiah S. Allen, May 29, 
1845. Child, — George, born June 11, 1853. 

Hannah Hacker, daughter of Jeremiah Hacker and Sarah 
Read, born September, 1823 ; married Stephen Winslow, 
Dec. 2, 1852. 

Tabitha, daughter of Noah and Mary, born at Windham, 
July 17, 1804 ; married Stephen Webb, Dec. 29, 1822, and 
lives in Windham. Children, — Albert, born Feb. 28, 1823 ; 
John M., June 29, 1824 ; Josiah B., Jan. 19, 1826 ; Caro- 
line, Sept. 16, 1827 ; Noah R., May 16, 1829 ; Mary J., 
March 7, 1831 ; Nathan, Jan. 14, 1833 ; Eliza, Sept. 3, 
1834 ; Stephen H., Jan. 25, 1836 ; William B., Jan. 23, 
1838 ; Noah, Sept. 19, 1839 ; Benjamin Read, Sept. 13, 
1841 ; Emma, Oct. 16, 1845 ; Martha M., July 5, 1851. 

John M. Webb, son of Stephen Webb and Tabitha Read, 
born June 29, 1824 ; married Hannah Maybury, Aug. 14, 
1845. Children, — Ellen F., born Nov. 1, 1846 ; Lucius A., 
Nov. 5, 1849 ; Caroline, March 25, 1851 ; Eliza J., July 30, 
1857. 

Josiah B., son of Stephen Webb and Tabitha, born Jan. 19, 



260 JOHN EEAD OF REHOBOTH, 

1826 ; married Sarah Ann Lowell, Sept. 23, 1850. Chil- 
dren, — Hosanna, born March 1, 1854 ; Olive, May 23, 1858. 

Jane, daughter of Noah and Mary, born April 27, 1806 ; 
married William Bailey, July 29, 1841, and lives at Wind- 
ham. Child, — Lydia, born May 8, 1842. 

Rufus, son of Noah and Mary, born March 5, 1809 ; mar- 
ried Martha M. Gerrish, Aug. 12, 1833, and lived at Port- 
land. Children, — Julia Adelaide, born Jan. 27, 1835 ; 
Martha Gerrish, Dec. 9, 1837 ; Ellen L., Sept. 18, 1840 ; 
Rufus Scott, July 26, 1845. Rufus died Sept. 9, 1848 : his 
wife died Sept. 26, 1847. 

Noah, son of Noah and Mary, born Dec. 19, 1810 ; mar- 
ried Sarah Mead, May 16, 1832, and lives at Windham. 
Children, — George R., born Oct. 9, 1832, lives at Lynn; 
Augustus, born Aug. 28, 1834 ; Merriam, June 27, 1838, 
died Oct. 10, 1840 ; Rufus, born April 18, 1839 ; Mary, 
Aug. 3, 1847 ; Martha, Sept. 27, 1844 ; Sarah H., Dec. 10, 
1850, died May 27, 1854. 

Ann Elizabeth, daughter of John and Nancy, born Nov. 4, 
1818 ; married William M. Hall, April 23, 1844. Children, 
— Nancy Read, born June 19, 1845 ; Horace H., April 19, 
1848 ; Charles P., April 16, 1850. She died Nov. 2, 1851. 

James Neal Read, son of John, born Oct. 17, 1820 ; mar- 
ried Rebecca Stevens, October, 1844. She died Sept. 11, 
1854. Married, for second wife, Alice Dow, July 8, 1856. 

John H., son of John Read, born Sept. 12, 1828; married 
Harriet B. Woodford, June 27, 1854. 

4. Benjamin, son of Daniel and Elizabeth, born at Attle- 
borough, Aug. 21, 1730; married Elizabeth. Children, — 
Benjamin and Betsy, born at Coventry, R.I., Aug. 14, 1761 ; 
George, Oct. 14, 1762 ; Esther, July 28, 1764 ; Anthony, 
Aug. 1, 1766, died Oct. 13, 1778 ; Martha, born Dec. 17, 
1796, married Ezekiel Finner; Eunice, born Sept. 20, 1771, 
married Christopher Vaughn ; Joseph, born Aug. 1, 1773 ; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 261 

Margaret, Jan. 16, 1776. The elder Benjamin died Sept. 7, 
1798 : his wife died March 13, 1809. He lived in New- 
port ; and moved from there, at a time when Newport was 
likely to fall into the hands of the British, to Cranston ; and 
finally settled in Coventry. 

5. Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth, born at Co- 
ventry, Oct. 17, 1761 ; married Hannah Remington. Chil- 
dren, — Anthony, born at Cranston, Aug. 1, 1785; Olney, 
1787, died 1793 ; Thomas, born May 14, 1789 ; Anna, 1791, 
married Benjamin Arnold ; Williams, born in 1793. Benja- 
min died in 1832. Lived in Coventry, on the homestead of 
his father. He was a New-light Baptist ; as were also his 
children, except Anthony, who was a Quaker. 

6. Anthony, son of Benjamin and Hannah, born at Cran- 
ston, Aug. 1, 1785 ; married Mary Congdon. Children, 
— Alfred, born at Coventry in 1807 ; Horace, 1813 ; Jabez 
W., 1820 ; Clarissa D., February, 1826. He lived at Coven- 
try ; and died at Warwick, Aug. 27, 1850, aged sixty-five. 

7. Alfred, son of Anthony and Mary, born at Coventry in 
1807; married Dorcas Arnold. Children, — Alfred, born 
at Warwick in 1839, died 1858 ; James, born in 1844. The 
elder Alfred lives at Warwick, and is a trader. 

7. Horace, son of Anthony and Mary, born at Coventry 
in 1813 ; married Miss Sweet. Child, — Rodmoiid S., born 
at Providence in 1832. Horace is a trader in Providence. 

7. Jabez W., son of Anthony and Mary, born at Coventry 
in 1820 ; married Caroline Congdon. Child, — Edward, 
born at Warwick in 1852. They live in Coventry. 

6. Thomas, son of Benjamin and Hannah, born at Cran- 
ston, May 14, 1789 ; married Sarah Congdon. Children, — 
Benjamin, born at Cranston, May 21, 1811 ; George W., 
July 30, 1813 ; Harriet, Feb. 27, 1815 ; Lavina, Sept. 10, 
1816, married William Taylor; William O., June 15, 1856, 
died in 1851. They live at Coventry. 



262 JOHN READ OF REHOBOTH, 

7. Benjamin, son of Thomas and Sarah, horn at Cranston, 
May 21, 1811 ; married Harriet Smith. Children, — Har- 
riet N., born at Coventry in 1841, died in 1842 ; Harriet 
E., born July, 1843 ; Sarah C, April, 1847 ; Benjamin J., 
1849. They live at Coventry. 

7. George W., sou of Thomas and Sarah, born at Cran- 
ston, July 30, 1813 ; married Sarah Briggs. Children, — 
Daniel B., born at Coventry, July, 1836 ; George B., No- 
vember, 1838. They live in Warwick. 

8. George B., son of George W. and Sarah, born at Co- 
ventry, November, 1838 ; married Elizabeth Potter, and 
lives in Warwick. 

7. William 0., son of Thomas and Sarah, born at Cran- 
ston ; married Sarah B. Taylor. Children, — William 0., 
born at Coventry in 1849 ; Anyerette, August, 1850. He 
died in Coventry in 1851. 

6. Williams, son of Benjamin and Hannah, born at Cran- 
ston in 1793; married Freelove Potter. Children, — Brad- 
ford, born at Coventry, Oct. 25, 1822 ; Thomas H., Jan. 26, 
1829. Williams died at Coventry in 1838. 

7. Thomas H., son of Williams and Freelove, born at 
Coventry, Jan. 26, 1829 ; married Ruth Straight. Chil- 
dren, — Anna F., born at Coventry in 1851 ; John W., 
1855, died. They live in Coventry. 

7. Bradford, son of Williams and Freelove, born at Coven- 
try, Oct. 25, 1822 ; married Sarah, daughter of John Read, 
and lives at Coventry. 

5. George, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth, born at Co- 
ventry, Aug. 14, 1762 ; married Nancy Shelden ; for second 
wife, Catherine Perkins ; and for third, Rebecca Williams. 
Children, — Archimedes, born at Cranston, 1783 ; Polly, 
1785 ; William and George, 1788 ; Betsy, 1790, married 
Samuel Mitchell ; Thomas, born 1795. The elder George 
lived at Cranston and Plainlield, Conn. He died in 1856. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 263 

6. George, son of George and Nancy, born at Cranston, 
1788. Child, — Josiah, born at Bristol, R.I., in 1817, and 
married Elizabeth A. Munroe. Children, — Martha 0., 
born at Providence in 1843 ; Selena Edwards, 1846 ; Wil- 
liam W., 1848; Benjamin, 1851; Ann E., 1853; Theodore 
A. A., 1856. 

6. Archimedes, son of George, born at Cranston in 1783 ; 
married Susan Ellis. Children, — George W., born at 
Plainfield, Conn., 1818 ; Elvira M., 1820. He lived in 
Plainfield. 

7. George W., son of Archimedes, born at Plainfield in 
1818 ; has two daughters, and lives at Slatersville in Smith- 
field, R.I. 

6. Thomas, son of George, born in 1795 ; married Sally 
"Watson. Children, — Sally, born at Cranston in 1827 ; 
Margaret, 1829. He died at New York in 1853. 

5. Joseph, son of Benjamin and Elizabeth, born at Coven- 
try, Aug. 1, 1773 ; married Sabra Knight. Children, — 
Henry, born at Coventry, Aug. 7, 1801 ; Shelden, Sept. 8, 
1808. Joseph died in 1835, on the homestead of his father, 
in Coventry. 

6. Shelden, son of Joseph and Sabra, born at Coventry, 
Sept. 8, 1808 ; lives in Coventry, and is a man in good cir- 
cumstances. 

6. Henry, son of Joseph and Sabra, born at Coventry, 
April 7, 1801 ; married Phebe Waite. Children, — Almond, 
born at Coventry, June 8, 1823 ; Levi B. and Julia A., 
Dec. 31, 1824 ; Julia, married David Matherson ; Rebecca 
W., born Jan. 10, 1827, married John Manchester; Henry, 
April 8, 1828 ; Sheffield W., Oct. 24, 1831 ; Cyril W., 
May 17, 1833 ; Joseph, July 18, 1834 ; Shelden, July 18, 
1836 ; Christopher, Oct. 28, 1837 ; Phebe, March 24, 1841 ; 
Jane W., Sept. 24, 1842 ; Byron, April 7, 1845. Lives in 
Coventry. 



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7. Sheffield W., son of Henry and Phebe, born at Coven- 
try, Oct. 24, 1831 ; married Sarah Barber. Child, — Emily 
J., born Oct. 24, 1856. 

7. Almond, son of Henry and Phebe, born at Coventry, 
June 8, 1828 ; married Clarissa Andrews. 

7. Levi B., son of Henry and Phebe, born at Coventry, 
Dec. 31, 1824; married Cynthia Potter. He married Abby 
Mathcrson for second wife. Children, — Cynthia, born in 
1848 ; Melissa (by second wife), born in 1853 ; Selenda, 
1855. 

7. Henry, son of Henry and Phebe, born April 8, 1828 ; 
married Mary Franklin. Children, — Emer, born at Coven- 
try in 1853 ; Anah, 1855. 

7. Sheffield, son of Henry and Phebe, born at Coventry, 
Oct. 27, 1831 ; married Sarah Barker. Child, — Emily J., 
born at Providence, Oct. 24, 1856. 

4. Nathan, son of James and Mary, born at Rehoboth, 
May 4, 1715 ; married Dorothy Titus, Jan. 29, 1735. Chil- 
dren, — James, born at Rehoboth, Aug. 1, 1736 ; David and 
Jonathan, Nov. 21, 1738, died ; Dorothy, Feb. 1, 1740 ; 
Nancy, April 3, 1742 ; Nathan, Jan. 19, 1744 ; Mary, Jan. 
29, 1745, died ; Nathan, born Jan. 29, 1747 ; Mary, Dec. 31, 
1749 ; Jonathan, Feb. 24, 1752 ; Ezra, Jan. 18, 1754 ; Da- 
vid, June 3, 1756 ; John, April 20, 1758, emigrated West. 

5. Nathan, son of Nathan and Dorothy, born at Rehoboth, 
Jan. 29, 1747 ; married Hannah. Children, — Nathan, 
born at Rehoboth, Oct. 22, 1771 ; Hannah, April 14, 1773, 
married Sylvester Gellison ; Mary, born Nov. 12, 1774, mar- 
ried Mason Vial ; Abiel, born Aug. 30, 1776 ; Sarah, 
June 9, 1778, married Lewis Carpenter ; Olive, April 23, 
1780, married Comfort Allen ; Rosey, born May 5, 1782, 
married a Wells ; Nancy, born Feb. 16, 1784, married Olive 
Angell ; Matilda, born April 2, 1786, died single. 

6. Nathan, son of Nathan and Hannah, born at Rehoboth, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 265 

Oct. 22, 1771 ; married Sally Robinson. Children, — Sally, 
born at Attleborough, May 10, 1796, died in 1835 ; Alvan 
0., born March 29, 1798 ; Elijah R., July 20, 1802 ; Mary 
Ann, Dec. 4, 1804, died 1817 ; Nathan A., born Oct. 3, 
1807 ; Edward S., Aug. 13, 1813. Married Bethiah Blan- 
ding for second wife. The elder Nathan is now living, and 
has never had a physician till recently. 

7. Alvan O., son of Nathan and Sally, born at Attlebo- 
rough, May 29, 1798 ; married Martha J. Roberts. Chil- 
dren, — Sarah A., born at Pawtucket, Jan. 15, 1827, married 
Henry M. Wilkinson ; William W., born May 24, 1732. 
Alvan O. Read lives at Pawtucket, and is a manufacturer ; 
has been town-clerk twenty years ; is a justice of the peace, 
a commissioner for qualifying civil officers, and deacon of a 
church. 

7. Nathan A., son of Nathan and Sally, born at Attlebo- 
rough, Oct. 31, 1807 ; married Reliance Williams. Chil- 
dren, — Alvan A., born at Thomaston, Me., Sept. 30, 1833 ; 
Sarah P., March 27, 1836; Marietta S., Jan. 22, 1844; 
William H., Oct. 22, 1846. Nathan A. is, at present, in 
California ; but his family reside in Thomaston. 

7. Elijah R., son of Nathan and Sally, bora at Attlebo- 
rough, July 20, 1802 ; married, first, Lucinda Carpenter; 
and, second, Cynthia Lyon. Children, — Lucinda, born 
at Seekonk, Feb. 10, 1826, married Allen Brown ; Elijah R., 
born Oct. 30, 1827 ; Jane, Nov. 1, 1829, married Ebenezer 
Tiffany ; Julia Ann, born in Newburyport, Sept. 26, 1841 ; 
Nathan H., at Attleborough, April 6, 1844 ; George B., 
Dec. 24, 1848 ; Edward S., Aug. 31, 1853 ; Eva, May 4, 
1856. Elijah R. lives at Attleborough. 

7. Edward S., son of Nathan and Sally, born Aug. 13, 
1813 ; married Sarah Ann Bates, May 8, 1817. Children, 
— Edward E., born at New Haven, May 6, 1839 ; Sarah E., 
Oct. 1, 1840 ; Alvin Orville, April 30, 1842 ; Ellen Frances, 

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266 JOHN READ OF EEHOBOTH, 

Jan. 24, 1844 ; Jane Augusta, April 16, 1845 ; Charles H., 
Nov. 25, 1846 ; Mary L., Aug. 14, 1848 ; Frank H., Feb. 6, 
1850 ; Samuel EL, Oct. 9, 1854 ; Selia Adda, Sept. 15, 1856. 
They live at New Haven. 

5. Jonathan, son of Nathan and Dorothy, born at Reho- 
both, Feb. 24, 1752, and settled in Brookfield, Vt. ; married 
Polly Umphrey. Children, — Polly, born in 1778; Jona- 
than, April, 1780 ; Dolly, July, 1783 ; Lot, July, 1785 ; 
David, 1787 ; Andrew, July, 1790 ; Fry Bailey, July, 
1793 ; Lydia, 1795 ; Richard, 1797 ; Relief, 1800 ; Maria, 
1804. 

6. Andrew, son of Jonathan and Polly, born 1790 at 
Brookfield. Children, — David, born May 31, 1816; An- 
drew, Jan. 13, 1818 ; Mary, June 18, 1820 ; John A., 
Sept. 18, 1823 ; Maria, July 30, 1827 ; William, May 30, 
1829 ; Chester, Aug. 16, 1831 ; George, May 17, 1834. 
They live in Brookfield. 

5. Timothy, son of Noah and Abigail, born at Attlebo- 
rough, Aug. 2, 1743 ; married Priscilla Hatch of Boston. 
Children, — Timothy, Michael, Horatio. The elder Ti- 
mothy was in Bennington Battle, and had charge of the 
wounded. 

6. Timothy, son of Timothy and Priscilla of Cumberland, 
born in February, 1768 ; had a son William, who lives in 
Madrid, N.Y. Timothy served in the Revolution, and drew 
a pension. 

6. Michael, son of Timothy of Cumberland, born at Cum- 
berland, formerly in Massachusetts, now in Rhode Island, 
Sept. 14, 1769 ; married Rebecca Mead. Children, — Dru- 
silla, born Dec. 28, 1791, married John Wescott ; Betsy, 
born at Charlotte, Vt., Jan. 31, 1794, married John Foot ; 
Samantha, March 31, 1796, married Joseph Loomis ; Amos, 
born Jan. 9, 1798 ; Orren, March 18, 1818 ; Louisa A., 
March 19, 1802, married Milo Fuller, March 28, 1854; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 267 

Minerva, April 23, 1807, married Amos Olin, Jan. 1, 1832, 
and lives at Canton, N.Y. 

7. Samantha, daughter of Michael, married Joseph Loomis, 
June 24, 1813. Mr. Loomis was drowned in the St. Law- 
rence River. She married Stephen Smith, January, 1821. 
Mr. Smith died in 1838. She is now living in Brooklyn, 
N.Y. 

7. Orren, son of Michael, born March 18, 1800 ; married 
Julia Powell, March 28, 1820. Children, — William Moul- 
ton, born Aug. 10, 1827 ; Carlton Willard, Oct. 21, 1834; 
Orren ; Powell, Oct. 25, 1843. 

8. William M., son of Orren, born Aug. 10, 1827 ; mar- 
ried Malinda Palmer, Sept. 10, 1848. William M. lives in 
Charlotte, Vt. 

8. Carlton W., son of Orren, born Oct. 21, 1834 ; married 
Vienna Clark, Oct. 31, 1855. They live in Addison, Vt. 

7. Amos, son of Michael, born at Charlotte, Vt., in 1798. 
Children, — Charles H., born March 10, 1830; George A., 
May 14, 1836, died in 1856. 

8. Charles H., son of Amos, born March 10, 1830. Chil- 
dren, — Annie E., born at Lanesborough, March 29, 1854; 
Mary A., Jan. 16, 1856. 

5. James, son of Nathan and Dorothy, born at Rehoboth, 
Aug. 1, 1736 ; married Elizabeth Carpenter, Sept. 3, 1761. 
Children, — Hopestill, born at Rehoboth, July 15, 1762 ; 
Ephraim and Lucy, Aug. 27, 1763 ; James, Aug. 12, 1765 ; 
Leafe, April 6, 1772 ; Elizabeth, Jan. 25, 1776 ; Freelove, 
Feb. 3, 1781. 

5. David, son of Nathan and Dorothy, born at Rehoboth, 
June 3, 1756 ; married Abigail Dagget, Oct. 5, 1781. Chil- 
dren, — William, born at Rehoboth, July 31, 1782; David, 
Nov. 29, 1784 ; Obadiah ; Aaron ; Lewis, who died Jan. 6, 
1823 ; Nathan Dagget, born Oct. 7, 1800 ; Abigail ; Sally ; 
Mary. David died in 1819 : his wife died in 1837 or '8. 



268 JOHN READ OF EEHOBOTH, 

He settled in Swansey, N.H. ; and was known as Deacon 
Read. 

6. William, son of Deacon David, born July 31, 1782 ; 
married Charlotte Crane of Andover, Vt., December, 1813, 
and went to the State of New York. Children, — Adeline, 
Addison, Henry, Horatio, Betsy. He and his wife both died 
in 1847. 

6. David, son of David and Abigail, born Nov. 29, 1784 ; 
married Lucy Thayer of Watertown, Mass., Aug. 14, 1809. 
Children, — Alexander Thayer, born May 19, 1810, died 
March 2, 1838 ; Charles Dagget, born March 30, 1812, lives 
at Philadelphia ; Lucy Susanna, born Jan. 30, 1814, died 
March 5, 1814 ; Maria Louisa, born April 26, 1816 ; Gideon 
French Thayer, March 13, 1817 ; Nancy Pierce, Dec. 19, 
1819 ; Lucy, May 17, 1822, died Sept. 5, 1854 ; George 
Wellington, born April 30, 1824, died August, 1855 ; James 
Bingham, born Dec. 9, 1826, died Oct. 8, 1847. The wife 
of David died Aug. 31, 1828. He married, for second wife, 
Lucinda Knight of Lancaster, Vt., Oct. 14, 1829. Children, 
— Missouri, born Nov. 14, 1840 ; Jackson, March 14, 1845 ; 
Newton, Oct. 30, 1849. David died June 1, 1855. 

7. Maria Louisa, daughter of David and Lucy, born 
April 26, 1815 ; married Charles Jackson of Boston, Oct. 30, 
1843. Children, — Helen Lucretia, born Aug. 14, 1844, 
died young ; Lucy Reed, born May 30, 1846 ; Stephen Win- 
chester, Jan. 16, 1848, died Nov. 9, 1849 ; Rebecca Louisa, 
born Jan. 2, 1850, died Jan. 28, 1851 ; Louis, born June 8, 
1852 ; Horace, Dec. 24, 1853. They are now living at Phi- 
ladelphia. 

7. Gideon F. T., son of David and Lucy, born March 13, 
1817 ; married Rebecca Thayer Jackson of Boston, Oct. 24, 
1839. Children, — Rebecca Jackson, born Aug. 13, 1840, 
died June 27, 1845 ; Charles Alexander, born Dec. 12, 
1841, died Feb. 23, 1842 ; Charles Alexander, born Aug. 1, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 269 

1843 ; Maria Louisa, Oct. 29, 1845 ; Albert Lincoln, 
April 3, 1847, died Feb. 23, 1850 ; Mary Pierce, born Oct. 3, 
1849, died Feb. 28, 1857, in Paris. He kept a jeweller's 
store on the corner of Washington and Court Streets, Bos- 
ton ; and his name is still to be seen over the door : but he 
has removed to Paris, France. 

7. Nancy Pierce, daughter of David and Lucy, born 
Dec. 19, 1819 ; married Edward Richards Mayo of Boston 
May 5, 1840. Children, — Elizabeth White, born March 29 
1841 ; Edward Davis, Marcli 16, 1843, died March 26, 1849 
Eliot Belknap, born July 3, 1848 ; Amy Louisa, Jan. 23 
1851 ; Charles Reed, Sept. 19, 1855. They live at No. 10 
Warren Street, Boston. 

7. Lucy, daughter of David and Lucy, born May 19, 
1822 ; married Edwin Cowperthwait of Philadelphia, Jan. 
21, 1851, and both died in Philadelphia. 

6. Obadiah, son of Deacon David, married Mary Whitman 
of Jeffrey, N.BL, and went to Rockford, 111. Children, — 
Prescott Whitman, Mary Maria, Obadiah Stillman, David, 
Henry, Paschall, George. 

6. Aaron, son of Deacon David, born in Swansey, N.H., 
April 31, 1791 ; married Mary Willson of Keene, Dec. 6, 
1818. Children, — Franklin D., born Sept. 6, 1819; Mary 
M., May 10, 1822; Diantha P., Feb. 10, 1824, died Aug. 7, 
1852 ; Henry W., born April 25, 1827, died March 19, 1832 ; 
William B., born Oct. 17, 1829; Charles I., April 15, 1832, 
died March 31, 1833 ; George F., born June 19, 1834 ; Sa- 
rah E., Sept. 2, 1836 ; Henry V. , 

7. Mary M., daughter of Aaron and Mary, born May 10, 
1822 ; married Daniel L. Tollman, Aug. 20, 1851. 

7. Sarah E., daughter of Aaron and Mary, born Sept. 2, 
1836; married J. S. Herrick, Sept. 13, 1855. 

7. William B., son of Aaron and Mary, born at Keene, 
Oct. 17, 1829 ; married Elizabeth M. Breen, Sept. 9, 1855. 



270 JOHN READ OP EEHOBOTH, 

7. George F., son of Aaron and Mary, born at Keene, 
June 19, 1834 ; married Elizabeth 0. Eveleth, May 19, 
1858. 

6. Lewis, son of Deacon David, married Nancy Harvey of 
Swansey, N.H., Oct. 15, 1812. Children, — Nancy Palmyra, 
born April 9, 1813, died Jan. 18, 1838 ; Fanny K., born 
Feb. 8, 1815, died July 1, 1847 ; Lewis G., Sept. 17, 1816 ; 
Aurelia Maria, April 7, 1818, died Dec. 25, 1854 ; Pliny L., 
born Dec. 6, 1820 ; Diantha C, March 5, 1822 ; Charles 
Henry, May 15, 1823, died April 6, 1826. 

7. Nancy Palmyra, daughter of Lewis and Nancy, born 
April 9, 1813 ; married George Wilcox of Swansey, N.H. 
Children, — Henry Harvey, born Dec. 15, 1831 ; Charles W., 
Aug. 2, 1834; Lewis L., Dec. 2, 1836, died August, 1837. 

7. Aurelia Maria, daughter of Lewis and Nancy, born 
April 7, 1818 ; married George Wilcox of Surrey, N.H. 
Children, — Nancy Aurelia, June 18, 1843; George Lewis, 
March 19, 1841, died October, 1844 ; Mary Ella, born 
Oct. 22, 1849. 

6. Nathan Dagget, son of Deacon David, born Oct. 17, 
1800 ; married Charlotte Dwinnell of Keene, N.H., October, 
1829. Children, — George Milton, born Nov. 1, 1834 ; 
Charles Warren, June 13, 1840 ; Martha Ann, May 6, 
1842; Sarah Rebecca, Sept. 25, 1846. 

6. Abigail, daughter of Deacon David, married David 
Willson of Keene, N.H., and went to Oxford, N.Y. Chil- 
dren, — Maria Louisa, Abigail, James. 

6. Sally, daughter of Deacon David, married Caleb 
Wright of Keene, N.H. Children, — Calvin, Fanny, Rox- 
anna, Eliza, Lorania, Emeline, Caroline, Charles, George, 
Daniel, Mary Ann, Lucy, Rebecca, Ellen, Martha. Mr. 
Wright married, for second wife, a widow with eight chil- 
dren ; and the whole twenty-four were present at the wed- 
ding. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 271 

5. Ezra, son of Nathan and Dorothy, born at Rehoboth, 
Jan. 18, 1854 ; settled in Longdon, N.H. ; married Patience 
Walker. Children, — Leonard, now living in Longdon ; 
Arnold ; Milley ; Esther. 

Col. John Eead, from Rhode Island, was undoubtedly one 
of the descendants of John of Rehoboth, who stands at the 
head of this chapter ; but I have no means of tracing his 
genealogy. He was the first white settler in the town of 
Erie, in Erie County, and State of Pennsylvania, in 1795, 
where he traded. A public-house in that place is known 
as the Read House, in honor of him. He left a son Rufus S. 
Read, who is President of the Erie Bank. 



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CHAPTER VII. 



ELIAS READ, AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 



1. Elias, who is supposed to be a son of William Reade 
of Maidstone, in the county of Kent, professor of divinity, 
and his wife Lucy, was born in 1595 ; and the first that 
is known of him is in Woburn, Mass. He had sons William 
and Philip, who were both born in England. 

2. Philip, the son of Elias, was born in 1623. He mar- 
ried Abigail. Their children were — Philip, born March 13, 
1671 ; Jacob, Jan. 30, 1673 ; Abigail, Oct. 26, 1675 ; Amy, 
June 3, 1678. He was a physician, and settled first in 
Lynn. In 1669, he made a complaint against Margaret, the 
wife of John Gifford, for witchcraft. The complaint was not 
fully sustained ; and, the Gifford Family being influential 
(Mr. Gifford being agent of the iron-works, — an important 
position in those times), it operated against the popularity of 
Dr. Reed ; and he, the next year, moved to Concord, where 
he practised his profession many years. The unhappy effects 
of his controversy at Lynn followed him to Concord, where 
he was bitterly persecuted by or through the influence of the 
Gifford Family, and at one time went to jail for something 
growing out of it. He was one of the trustees of the estate 
of John Proctor of Salem, appointed in 1689. Tins Mr. 
Proctor is supposed to be the father of the person of the 
same name who was hung at Salem, for witchcraft, in 1092 ; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 273 

the principal evidence which contributed to his conviction 
being the testimony of the celebrated Cotton Mather, D.D., 
who testified that he had seen evil spirits come behind Mr. 
Proctor, and hold conversation with him, during the trial. 
Dr. Reed had an extensive practice in Concord, and many 
other towns in the counties of Middlesex and Essex. He 
died at Concord, May 10, 1696 : his wife died April 16, 
1709. 

3. Philip, the son of Dr. Reed, was born at Concord, 
May 13, 1671. He married Thanks Dile, Dec. 6, 1698. 
Children, — Peter, born in 1700 ; David, May 25, 1710 ; 
John, Sept. 7, 1714. He was also a physician, and prac- 
tised in Concord. 

4. David, the son of Philip and Thanks, born at Concord, 
May 25, 1710 ; married Louis. Children, — -Beulah, born 
Jan. 11, 1735 ; Philip, Aug. 6, 1736 ; David, April 7, 1738 ; 
Lydia, June 23, 1740 ; Silas, Feb. 23, 1742. 

5. David, the son of David and Louis, born April 7, 1738 ; 
married Jemima, and settled in Newburyport. Children, — 
William, born Oct. 4, 1758 ; Moses, April 18, 1763 ; Louis, 
May 29, 1765 ; Stephen, Sept. 25, 1767 ; Anna. 

6. William, the son of David and Jemima, born Oct. 4, 
1758 ; married Patience Lervey of Cape Ann. Children, 
— Nancy, born Dec. 22, 1778 ; Anna, July 24, 1785, mar- 
ried Thomas Winden ; Elizabeth, Oct. 26, 1786, married 
William Chase, May 5, 1811 ; William, Nov. 18, 1789 ; Na- 
thaniel, June 18, 1793 ; Charles, Dec. 17, 1796, who married 
Polly Perry in 1818, and lives in Gloucester ; James, born 
April 2, 1799. He was in the war of the Revolution and 
in that of 1812. 

7. William, the son of William and Patience, born 
Nov. 18,1789; married Lucinda Converse. Children, — 
Lucinda, born April 27, 1812, married Joseph Poor of 
Georgetown ; Isaac, April 2, 1814, who died out West; 

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274 ELIAS READ, 

William, March 27, 1818 ; Sarah Ann ; Nathaniel. He 
•was in the war of 1812. 

8. Lucinda, the daughter of William and Lucinda, born 
at Newburyport, April 27, 1812 ; married Joseph Poor of 
Georgetown. Their children are — Sarah Sophia, born at 
Georgetown, Nov. 15, 1835 ; Samuel Thurlow, Sept. 23, 
1842 ; Joseph, Oct. 3, 1848, died 1849 ; Joseph Bailey, 
June 7, 1850 ; Alvan Clifton, Dec. 2, 1852. 

8. Sarah Ann, the daughter of William and Lucinda, 
married Charles H. Hill, and lives in Westbrook, Me. Chil- 
dren, — Edgar, William, Ellen, Elvira. 

8. Nathaniel, the son of William and Lucinda, married 
Pamelia Petit, and lives in Keokuck, lo. 

7. W'illiam, the son of William and Lucinda, born March 
27, 1818; married Sophia Ladd of Haverhill. Child, — 
Waldo, born June 2, 1850. He is a teacher in Newbury- 
port. 

5. Philip, the son of David and Louis of Lexington, went 
to Newburyport, and had a son of the same name, who 
married Elizabeth Foot in 1787. Children, — David, born 
Sept. 25, 1788 ; Elizabeth, Jan. 3, 1791 ; Caleb, Feb. 4, 
1795 ; Mary, April 10, 1797 ; Moses, June 12, 1803 ; Mica- 
jah S., Jan. 12, 1808. 

7. David, the son of Philip and Elizabeth, born Sept. 25, 
1788 ; married Mary Wise, April 11, 1811. She died May 1, 
1849. Children, — David, born Nov. 22, 1817 ; Moses, 
June 20, 1821. His widow died May 1, 1849, aged seventy- 
five. 

8. David, the son of David and Mary, born Nov. 22, 1817 ; 
married Emily Jackman, Aug. 29, 1844. Child, — Henry 
A., born April 2, 1849. 

8. Moses, the son of David and Mary, born June 20, 
1821; married Abigail. Child, — Mary Abigail, born Oct. 
24, 1846. 



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7. Caleb, the son of Philip and Elizabeth, born Feb. 4, 
1795 ; married Mary Corliss in 1818. He married, for 
second wife, Hannah Jenkins, in 1822. Children, — Solo- 
mon and Annis. His widow married Joshua Clark. 

8. Solomon, the son of Caleb and Mary, married Sarah 
Little ; and they have three children. 

7. Micajah S. Reed, son of Philip and Elizabeth, was 
born in Newbnryport, Jan. 12, 1808 ; married Elizabeth C. 
Bachelder. Children, — Edward A., born in Newburyport, 
Sept. 9, 1837, died Oct. 7, 1853 ; Samuel W., Dec. 6, 1838 ; 
John B., May 22, 1840. He died Sept. 4, 1859. His widow 
and sons live at No. 18, Kent Street, Newburyport. 

7. Nancy, the daughter of William and Patience, mamcd 
Robert Cole. Children, — Robert, born October, 1795 ; 
Catherine, November, 1808 ; Eliza, April, 1811. She mar- 
ried Thomas Winder for second husband, and lives in New- 
buryport. Children, — Margaret, born May 12, 1813 ; 
Nathaniel, Feb. 2, 1818 ; Lydia, March 19, 1819 ; Sarah, 
Dec. 29, 1824. 

8. Margaret, the daughter of Nancy Reed and Thomas 
Winder, married James Perkins ; and they live in Water 
Street, Newburyport. 

8. Annis, the daughter of Caleb Reed, married William 
Trevis. Children, — Eveline, Delia, and two others. 

9. Eveline, the daughter of William Trevis and Annis 
Reed, married George Garsley. 

9. Delia, the daughter of William Trevis and Annis Reed, 
married John Tolman. 

4. Peter, son of Philip and Thankful, born about 1702 ; 
married Abigail, and settled in Lexington. Children, — 
Abijah, born May 18, 1727 ; Peter, Feb. 16, 1729 ; Sarah, 
April 26, 1736 ; Thomas, Nov. 3, 1739 ; Rebecca, May 24, 
1743. 

5. Peter, son of Peter and Abigail, born at Lexington, 



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Feb. 16, 1729 ; married Betty, and settled in Littleton. 
Children, — Betty, born Aug. 22, 1752, at Littleton ; and 
Charles (twin of Betty) ; Abigail, July 15, 1754 ; Sarah 
and Abigail (twins), June 17, 1757 ; Walley, May 29, 1759. 
He appears to have married Dorothy Parker of Westford for 
second wife ; published Aug. 22, 1772. 

5. Abijah, son of Peter and Betty of Littleton, married 
Elizabeth Boynton in 1786, and settled in Westford. Child, 

— Elizabeth, born Dec. 31, 1787. His wife died August, 
1789. Married, for second wife, Susanna Coleman in 1793. 
Children, — Susan, born June 21, 1794; Abijah, Feb. 16, 
1796 ; Orphah, Feb. 1, 1798 ; Pamelia, Nov. 27, 1799 ; 
Jeremy B., Nov. 9, 1801 ; Charles H., March 29, 1804; 
Mary Ann, Feb. 8, 1808, died in 1832 ; Nancy Jane, May 27, 
1810 ; James M., April 30, 1813 ; Elvira M., April 7, 1816, 
died Feb. 9, 1835. He died in 1844, aged ninety years. 

6. Abijah, son of Abijah and Elizabeth of Westford, born 
Feb. 16, 1796 ; married Sarah Locke of Boston. Children, 

— Sarah, born Sept. 24, 1831 ; Susan, Jan. 3, 1833 ; James 
H., July 9, 1835 ; Frances A., Dec. 22, 1836 ; Georgianna, 
April 5, 1839, died April 5, 1854. His wife died in Nashua 
in 1856. 

6. Jeremy, son of Abijah and Susanna, born Nov. 9, 1806 ; 
married Louisa Hildreth in 1823. Children, — Elizabeth 
H., born Feb. 19, 1824 ; Harriet A., Feb. 28, 1825, married 
Joseph Wright in 1844 ; Martha Louisa, May 19, 1827. His 
wife died Sept. 6, 1827. Married, for second wife, Nancy 
Parker. Children, — Nancy, born Oct. 30, 1831, married 
Jefferson Wright of Littleton in 1850 ; Charles B., Dec. 7, 
1833 ; Elvira M., Nov. 20, 1835 ; Ellen A., Aug. 31, 1839. 

5. Thomas, son of Peter and Abigail, born at Lexington, 
Nov. 3, 1739 ; married Lucy Farrer of Concord, May 11, 
1764, and settled in Littleton. Children, — Peter, born 
April 14, 1765 ; Thomas, Jan. 23, 1767 ; Simon, Aug. 31, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 277 

1763 ; Lucy, July 9, 1770 ; Asa P., Sept. 20, 1772 ; Diada- 
mor, Dec. 22, 1774 ; Polly, May 5, 1777 ; Barnard, April 27, 
1780 ; Theodore, Sept. 9, 1782 ; Sukey, Aug. 31, 1785. 

6. Theodore, son of Thomas and Lucy, born Sept. 9, 1782 ; 
married Hannah. Children, — Hannah, born in Acton, 
Nov. 24, 1816 ; Louisa Frances, July 10, 1818 ; Theodore, 
Jan. 6, 1820 ; Clarissa, Dec. 17, 1822 : all born at Acton. 

4. John, son of Philip and Thanks of Concord, born 
Sept. 7, 1714 ; married Abiel Butterfield, Feb. 3, 1737, and 
settled in Westford. Children, — Sarah, born June 16, 
1738 ; John, Sept. 1, 1740 ; Abigail, July 21, 1743 ; Wil- 
lard, Aug. 15, 1746 ; Simeon, who moved to Ludlow in 
Vermont, and died in 1783. 

5. Simeon, son of John and Abiel, married Sarah Cum- 
mings. Children, — Samuel Adams, Sarah, Mary, Simeon, 
Samson, Lydia, Nathan, Betsy, Rebecca, Ransom, Alpheus. 
He was in the battle of Bunker Hill. He died in Lud- 
low, Vt. 

6. Samuel, Simeon, and Alpheus, sons of Simeon, moved 
to Ohio. 

6. Ransom, son of Simeon and Sarah, married Mary 
Sprague of Billerica. Children, — Charles F. ; Marietta, 
who is the wife of Paran Stevens, the keeper of the Revere 
House ; Caroline, married George F. Richardson of Lowell ; 
William Henry ; Fanny ; Harriet ; Anna. He lives in 
Lowell, but keeps a store in Boston, and is a man of wealth. 

5. Willard, son of John and Abiel, born Aug. 15, 1746 ; 
married Olive Minot, Nov. 30, 1774. Children, — John, 
born March 20, 1775 ; Willard, Jan. 18, 1777 ; Joseph, 
July 22, 1779, died Sept. 22, 1853 ; Seth, Aug. 24, 1781, 
moved to Milwaukie ; Olive, Oct. 16, 1783 ; Sally, March 30, 
1786, married Frederick Fausel ; Anna, May 2, 1788, mar- 
ried a Smith; Polly, May 1,1790, married F. Leighton; 
Asa, Dec. 23, 1792. 



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6. Willard, son of Willard and Olive, born Jan. 18, 1777 ; 
married Mariam White in 1800. Children, — Jonathan M., 
Jan. 20, 1804 ; Joseph, July 20, 1806. He lived at Chelms- 
ford Centre, and died Oct. 12, 1850. 

7. Jonathan Minot, son of Willard, born Jan. 20, 1804 ; 
married Sarah Fausel, Oct. 19,1840. Child, — Frederick 

M., born 28, 1841. He lives in Lowell ; is a justice of 

the peace, and has been in other public business. 

7. Joseph, the son of Willard, is a justice of the peace in 
Chelmsford ; has been a member of the Legislature, and a 
man of large property ; married Leonora Spaulding for 
first, and Maria Eaton for second wife. Children of Joseph 
and Leonora, — Joseph Willard, March 25, 1833; Charles 
Spaulding, April 29, 1835 ; George E., born Jan. 17, 1838 ; 
Caroline Aiigusta, Nov. 1, 1839 ; Martinee, Aug. 10, 1845 ; 
Catherine Augusta, Dec. 5, 1846. 

6. Samson, son of Simeon and Sarah, married Armina 
Green, and died young ; and his widow afterwards married 
a Jennings ; and, for third husband, Jonas Reed of Chester, 
Vt. Samson left one daughter, who married L. Barton of 
Ticonderoga, N.Y. 

6. Peter, son of Thomas and Lucy, born April 14, 1765 ; 
married Sally Parker of Westford in 1789. 

6. Thomas, son of Thomas and Lucy of Littleton, born 
Jan. 23, 1767; married Anne. Children, — Sophia, born 
June 2, 1792 ; Amory, Oct. 28, 1794 ; Arvada Lucinda, 
Sept. 28, 1799. 

6. Orphah, son of Abijah and Susanna, born at Westford, 
Nov. 27, 1779 ; married . 

6. Joseph, son of Willard and Olive, born July 22, 1779 ; 
married Abigail Winn of Wilmington. Children, — Abigail 
W., born March 11, 1811, and died Sept. 10, 1831 ; Alpheus, 
born Nov. 3, 1815, married Sarah S. Parker in 1849 ; Anan, 
born Jan. 1, 1818, married Almira S. Fletcher in 1850 ; Betsy 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 279 

W., born April 1,1819, married Ivory H. Howe of Methuen 
in 1846 ; Alonso, born June 29, 1823, died July 24, 1824 ; 
Amanda L., born June 9, 1827. He lived on the old home- 
stead in Westford, and was called Capt. Reed. He died 
September, 1854. 

7. Alpheus, son of Joseph and Abigail, born Nov. 3, 1815 ; 
married Sarah S. Parker in 1849. Children, — Alonso Par- 
ker, born March 31, 1850 ; Martha J., Oct. 18, 1853. 

7. Anan, son of Joseph and Abigail, born Jan. 1, 1818; 
married Almira S. Fletcher in 1850. Children, — Eleanor, 
March 4, 1851 ; Warren A., Jan. 20, 1853. He lives on the 
homestead. 

6. Seth, son of Willard and Olive, born July 24, 1781 ; 
married Rhoda Finney. Children, — Julianna, born Feb. 11, 
1806 ; George, Nov. 10, 1807 ; Orison, Sept. 7, 1809 ; Mary 
Augusta, May 23, 1811 ; Harrison, Aug. 26, 1813 (the above 
were born in Littleton) ; Cortes, born in Westford, March 27, 
1815, moved to Milwaukie. 

6. Asa, son of Willard and Olive, born Dec. 23, 1792 ; 
married Betsy Prescott. Children, — Rufus, born Sept. 6, 
1818 ; Olive, Nov. 20, 1821. He died July 8, 1826 ; and his 
widow married Elijah M. Reed of Tewksbury. 

7. Rufus, son of Asa and Betsy, born Sept. 16, 1818 ; 
married Martha E. Dodge of Nashua. Children, — Lizzie 
Mason, born Aug. 9, 1850 ; Albion Rufus, Oct. 27, 1852. 
He is a merchant in Lawrence, of extensive business. 

6. John, son of Willard and Olive, born March 20, 1775 ; 
married Sally Wright. Children, — ■ John, born Aug. 9, 
1805, lives in Nashua ; Walter, April 1, 1807, lives in 
Merrimack, N.H. ; Lowell, Feb. 13, 1810, lives in Salem, 
N.H. ; Sally, March 12, 1812; Dana, March 22, 1814; 
Willard, June 11, 1816, lives in Merrimack ; Olive, May 15, 
1824. 

6. Barnard, son of Thomas and Lucy of Littleton, born at 



280 



Littleton, April 7, 1780. Children, — Barnard, who died 
at Westford in 1855 ; and Mary Jane, who died in 1844. 

3. Jacob, son of Dr. Philip of Concord, and grandson of 
Elias, born at Concord, Jan. 30, 1673 ; married Elizabeth 
Low, April 10, 1699. Children, — William ; Jacob. 

4. Jacob, son of Jacob and Elizabeth, married and settled 
in Sudbury. Child, — Jacob, who married Experience. 
Children, — Thomas, born in Sudbury in 1730 ; Jacob, 
Dec. 2, 1732 ; Isaac, Jan. 15, 1731 ; Experience, who mar- 
ried a Childs of Framingham ; Molly, married a Puffer of 
"Westminster ; Sarah, married a Seaver of Westminster ; 
Ruth, married a Noyes of Shrewsbury ; Lois, married a Hill 
of Framingham. 

6. Jacob, son of Jacob and Experience, born at Sudbury, 
Dec. 2, 1732 ; married Patience Goodrew, Feb. 28, 1757. 
Children, — Abel, born at Sudbury, Dec. 27, 1752 ; Asahel ; 
Jacob, July 21, 1754 ; Sarah, December, 1760, married Eze- 
kiel Stone of Framingham ; Eunice, married Dr. Moses 
Tuft, who died July 12, 1800 (married, for second husband, 
Reuben Moor of Sudbury) ; Pendy, Nov. 8, 1772, died 
Dec. 18, 1792 ; Ruth, who married Samuel Staples of East 
Sudbury, now Wayland, July 31, 1788 ; Bathsheba, who 
married a Bisco ; Relief, married Samuel Warren ; Nancy, 
married Lawson Buckminster of Framingham ; Ezekiel, who 
lives in Framingham ; Curtis, died unmarried ; Susan, mar- 
ried Levi Eaton of Framingham. He died Oct. 4, 1797, 
aged sixty-five: his wife died Feb. 2,1795, aged fifty-seven. 

7. Abel, son of Jacob and Patience, born Dec. 24, 1752; 
married Hannah Gleason' of Framingham, formerly part of 
Sudbury, June 20, 1785, and moved to Rutland. Children, 
— Abel, born Jan. 28, 1792 ; Jacob, Oct. 1, 1797. 

8. Abel, son of Abel and Hannah, born at Rutland, 
Jan. 28, 1792 ; married Polly. Children, — Mary Anna, 
born Jan. 31, 1825 ; Charles Emerson, Nov. 15, 1827 ; Mar- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 281 

tha Augusta, May 31, 1832 ; Marie Antoinette, March 5, 
1837 ; Mira Amelia, July 12, 1815. He lives in Rutland. 

8. Jacob, son of Abel and Hannah, born Oct. 1, 1797 ; 
married Hannah Maynard, Dec. 5, 1826, and lives at No. 55, 
Chandler Street, Worcester. Children, — Hannah A., born 
Sept. 14, 1828 ; Lydia R., May 1, 1829 ; Mary J., May 25, 
1832 ; Isabella S., July 9, 1834 ; Eunice A., Feb. 7, 1837; 
Hannah A., February, 1846. 

8. Lydia R., daughter of Jacob and Hannah, born May 1, 
1829; married Walter Warren, Feb. 6, 1849. 

8. Isabella, daughter of Jacob and Hannah, born July 9, 
1834; married William T. Wildes, August, 1852. 

7. Jacob, soil of Jacob and Patience of Sudbury, born 
July 21, 1754 ; married Betsy Gleason, Feb. 5, 1781. Chil- 
dren, — Micajah, born Dec. 1, 1781 ; Asahel, Sept. 7, 1783 ; 
Charlotte, Aug. 4, 1785 ; Hannah, May 1, 1787 ; Betsy, 
May 7, 1784. He died at Sudbury, Nov. 15, 1795. 

8. Micajah, the son of Jacob and Betsy, born Dec. 1, 
1781 ; married Ruth Gleason, and moved to Hubbardston. 
Children, — George W. ; Eliza, who married Benjamin 
Clark, and died in Boston ; Mehitabel N., who married Wil- 
liam Stowe of Hubbardston ; Sophia P. ; Samuel G. ; Joseph 
B., who is in California ; Hannah, who married George 
Wilbur of Boston ; Charles, who was drowned at Hubbard- 
ston. He was a representative from Petersham ten years, 
and was also a member from Hubbardston after he removed 
to that place. 

9. Samuel G., the son of Micajah and Ruth, married Ca- 
roline Webster of Salem. Children, — Carrie ; Georgianna ; 
Eliza Clark ; George E. Webster ; Ruth, who died young. 
He keeps at No. 85, State Street, Boston. He was born 
March 4, 1816 ; went to Boston, March 4, 1833 ; went into 
business on his own account, March 4, 1837 ; had a soiree 
on board one of his clipper-ships called the " Shooting Star," 

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March 4, 1851, — a singular routine of events of that date, 
and the result of which has been uncommon success. 

7. Asahel, son of Jacob and Patience, was brutally mur- 
dered by the British at Lexington Fight. Having been 
taken prisoner, they were about to shoot him ; when he 
begged for his life, taking out his purse containing his 
money, and a ring valuable for the affection it represented. 
After taking his money, they discharged a musket at his 
hips, breaking his legs ; and another at his head, holding 
the muzzle close to his head, and singeing his hair at the 
same time that they blew his brains out. He held a cornet's 
commission, and was known as Cornet Read. 

7. Ruth, daughter of Jacob and Patience, married Samuel 
Staples of East Sudbury, now Wayland. Children, — Sa- 
muel, born Nov. 13, 1788, died unmarried, April 5, 1850 ; 
William Read, Oct. 10, 1798. 

7. Sarah, daughter of Jacob and Patience, married Eze- 
kiel Howe of Framingham. Child, — Sarah, who married 
John Trowbridge of Cambridgeport, leaving children. 

7. Bathsheba, daughter of Jacob and Patience, married Mr. 
Bisco, a partner in business with John Trowbridge. He is 
dead. She is living with a son who is a clergyman, in Graf- 
ton, Mass. 

7. Nancy, daughter of Jacob and Patience, married Law- 
son Buckminster, and died at the house of her daughter, in 
Philadelphia. 

7. Susan, daughter of Jacob and Patience, married Levi 
Eaton of Framingham. Children, — Levi, who married 
Sarah B. Ruggles of Providence, and had a family of chil- 
dren ; Winthrop, who married a Valentine of New-York City 
one child, living ; Cintis, died unmarried ; Eveline, who 
married William Read Staples. 

8. William Read, son of Samuel Staples and Ruth Read, 
born Oct. 10, 1798 ; married Eveline, daughter of Levi Eaton 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 283 

of Pramingham, and Susan Read, daughter of Jacob and 
Patience. Hon. William Read Staples and Eveline are 
second cousins. They have eight children living ; having 
buried three. They live in Providence. He has been Chief- 
Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island ; and is, at 
the present time, President of the Rhode-Island Antiquarian 
Society. 

6. Thomas, son of Thomas and Abigail, born at Sudbury, 
Feb. 23, 1704 ; married Sarah ; and was, in 1725, the third 
settler in that town, on Lot No. 22. Children, — Jason, 
born in 1732 ; Thomas, born in Rutland, Sept. 10, 1733 ; 
Jonathan, Nov. 28, 1738 ; Micah, May 13, 1742 ; Mary, 
May 11, 1736. 

7. Jason, son of Thomas and Sarah, born in Rutland, 
1732 ; married Zeruiah Nurse in 1756, and settled on the 
north-east part of the Sewell Farm, and land formerly of 
Jonas Stone of Lexington. Children, — Sarah, born Feb. 4, 
1758 ; Enos, Dec. 3, 1760 ; Anna, Nov. 14, 1762 ; Ama, 
July 21, 1766 ; Betty, June 4, 1765 ; Patty, June 2, 1770 ; 
Zeruiah, July 18, 1768 ; Bathsheba, April 29, 1772 ; Jason, 
March 25, 1775. Married Mary for second wife. Child, — 
Amos H., Jan. 20, 1792. He died March 1, 1813, aged 
eighty-one. 

8. Jason, son of Jason and Zeruiah, born at Rutland, 
March 25, 1775 ; married Nabby. Children, — Dexter, 
born Nov. 29, 1801 ; Eliza, March 10, 1803 ; Melissa, Feb. 6, 
1805 ; Clarissa and Clarinda, Dec. 4, 1806 ; James Madison, 
March 10, 1810 ; Adeline, Feb. 8, 1814 ; Albert, April 14, 
1815. 

6. Thomas, son of Thomas and Sarah, born at Rutland in 
1733; married Hannah Nurse in 1756. Children, — Han- 
nah, who married Micah Howe ; Joel, married Abigail 
Newton ; Lucy, married Jonathan Howe ; John, married 
Lydia Watson, and, for second wife, Mary Mason ; Bath- 



284 ELIAS READ, 

sheba, married Alpheus Foster ; Sarah, married Barzela 
Miles ; Thomas, married Lucinda Wheeler ; Daniel, mar- 
ried Rebecca Ames. 

Thomas, son of Thomas and Hannah, born at Rutland, 
Feb. 14, 1772; married Lucinda Wheeler. Children, — 
Abigail, born Feb. 20, 1794 ; Lucinda, Aug. 26, 1800 ; Abi- 
gail Wheeler, Feb. 16, 1804 ; Thomas Lyman, Feb. 2, 1805 ; 
Mary Jemima, Jan. 2, 1810, married Rev. William Murdock ; 
Lorenzo and Lorena, born Sept. 20, 1811. 

Daniel, son of Thomas and Hannah, born at Rutland, 
May 9, 1774 ; married Rebecca. Children, — Eliza and 
Louisa, Aug. 16, 1798 ; Almira, March 5, 1801 ; John, 
April 22, 1803 ; Rebecca, April 7, 1808 ; Daniel, Sept. 4, 
1805 ; Harriet Ann, April 17, 1810. 

Col. John, son of Thomas and Hannah, born April 26, 
1763 ; married Lydia. Children, — John, born Sept. 1, 
1788 ; Joseph, Jan. 1, 1791 ; Hannah, born in Claremont, 
N.H., May 10, 1794, married Esquire Adams of Medfield, 
Mass. 

John, son of Col. John of Rutland, born Sept. 1, 1788 ; 
married Mary Hale, Sept. 10, 1810. Children, — Samuel 
F. ; Lydia W. 

Samuel F., son of John, and grandson of Col. John, mar- 
ried Adaline Wadsworth. Children, — Mary Louisa, Charles 
E., Julia A., Eliza W., Marietta. He keeps at No. 5, Quincy 
Market, Boston. 

Daniel, son of Thomas and Abigail, born at Sudbury, 
May 19, 1714 ; married Rebecca Mead, April 13, 1737. 
Children, — John, born Aug. 13, 1737, married Elizabeth 
Mellen, and moved to Dedham ; Daniel, born Feb. 24, 1739 ; 
Rebecca, Feb. 22, 1742, married Daniel Winch, jun. ; Ann, 
born in Rutland, April 3, 1747. He and his son Daniel 
died of the small-pox in 1759, and were buried on the farm 
in Rutland. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 285 

John, son of Daniel, born Aug. 13, 1737 ; married Eli- 
zabeth Davis, Aug. 25, 1760. Child, ■ — Daniel, born in 
1761. 

Daniel, son of John and Elizabeth, born in 1761 ; married 
in Westborough to Sarah Brigham ; published Dec. 6, 1783. 
Children, — Joseph, born in Westborough, May 14, 1784; 
Davis, April 17, 1786 ; Alexander H., June 16, 1804 ; Eli- 
jah. He moved to Wardsborough, Vt. ; and was in the 
Revolutionary War, and a general of militia in Vermont. 
He died in Wardsborough, Aug. 31, 1845. His son Joseph 
died Nov. 2, 1849, aged sixty-five. 

Davis, son of Gen. Reed, lives in Wardsborough, and has 
three children, names not given. 

Alexander H., son of Gen. Reed of Wardsborough, born 
at Wardsborough, June 16, 1804 ; married Serena Graig, 
July 6, 1835. Children, — Cordelia S., born in Boston, 
Jan. 11, 1836 ; Alexander D., Jan. 11, 1838 ; Charles B., 
born in Cambridgeport, April 19, 1839, died Dec. 27, 1840 ; 
Andrew Jackson, Oct. 8, 1845 ; Henry Hamilton, Oct. 7, 
1847 ; Franklin D., Oct. 10, 1849, died July 8, 1850. His 
wife died in Cambridgeport, Nov. 2, 1849. Married, for 
second wife, Eunice W. Melvin, Oct. 7, 1854. 

Jonathan, son of Thomas and Sarah, born in 1738 ; mar- 
ried Hannah Mayhew in 1766, and settled on the homestead 
with his father. Children, — Molly, born July 4, 1767 ; 
John, April 13, 1770. He died of a cancer. 

John, son of Jonathan and Hannah, born at Rutland, 
April 3, 1770 ; married Hannah Dwilla, Nov. 17, 1791. 
Children, — John, born May 20, 1793 ; Lemuel, Dec. 16, 
1794 ; Harriet, July 3, 1800 ; Hannah, Sept. 29, 1802. He 
settled in Holden, afterwards set off to West Boylston, where 
his descendants now live. 

John, son of John of West Boylston, born May 20, 1793. 
Children, — John G., born in 1821 ; George, in 1823. 



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John G-., son of John of West Boylston. Child, — Amelia, 
born in 1846. 

George, son of John of West Boylston. Child, — George, 
horn in 1856. 

7. Daniel, son of Thomas and Hannah of Rutland, born 
May 9, 1774 ; married Rebecca. Children, — Eliza and 
Louisa, born Aug. 16, 1798 ; Almira, March 5, 1801 ; John, 

22, 1803 ; Rebecca, April 7, 1808 ; Daniel, Sept. 4, 

1805 ; Harriet Ann, April 17, 1810. 

4. Joseph, — son, probably, of Jacob and Elizabeth, and 
grandson of Dr. Philip, — married Sarah Rice of Sudbury, 
Nov. 26, 1723. Child, — Bethiah, born Aug. 1, 1725 ; mar- 
ried Moses Towne of Oxford. 

5. Joseph, who married Sarah. Child, — Joseph, Oct. 5, 
1773 ; died in Wayland, formerly East Sudbury, December, 
1845. 

7. Isaac, son of Jacob and Experience of Sudbury, mar- 
ried Ruth Brown, April 15, 1794. Children, — Clarissa, 
born Dec. 18, 1794 ; Isaac, March 23, 1797 ; Webster ; 
George, Nov. 4, 1813. He lived in Waltham, and was 
known as Capt. Isaac Reed. 

8. Isaac, son of Isaac and Ruth, born March 23, 1797 ; 
married Eunice Tibbets. Children, — William, born in 
1829 ; Roxanna, June 25, 1832 ; Ruth, March 18, 1835; 
Harriet, Oct. 22, 1841. He lives at Amesbury Mills. 

8. Webster, son of Isaac and Ruth, had George H., born 
Oct. 19, 1840; Charles E., Nov. 10, 1843. He is deceased, 
and his orphan children live at Amesbury Mills with his 
brother Isaac. 

9. George, son of Isaac and Ruth, born Nov. 4, 1813 ; mar- 
ried Nancy. Children, — Ellen, born May 3, 1837 ; Geor- 
gianna, June 3, 1839. He died in Waltham, Oct. 2, 1854. 

2. Thomas, son of Elias, settled in Sudbury ; and died 
July 25, 1659, leaving a son Thomas. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 287 

3. Thomas, son of Thomas of Sudbury, married Mary 
Bigelow. Children, — Thomas, Matthew, Benjamin, Ed- 
niond. He was made freeman in 1656. He died in 1701 : 
his wife died in 1707. 

4. Thomas, son of Thomas and Mary of Sudbury, married 
Mary Wood, May 30, 1667. Children, — Thomas, born 
May 22, 1678 ; Elizabeth, married Nathaniel Wilson, 
Dec. 28, 1709. He was appointed a committee to lay out 
highways in 1664 ; was rated to build a bridge in 1693. 
His wife died in 1724. 

5. Thomas, son of Thomas and Mary of Sudbury, born 
May 22, 1678 ; married Abigail Bacon, July 1, 1708, for 
second wife. Children by first wife, — Nathaniel, Oct. 6, 
1702 ; Isaac and Thomas, Feb. 23, 1704 ; Catherine, Janu- 
ary, 1707. By second wife, — Mary, born May 1, 1711; 
Abigail, Feb. 12, 1713, married Daniel Winch of Framing- 
ham, March 11, 1742 ; Daniel, May 19, 1714 ; Betsy, 
June 16, 1716 ; Lydia, Aug. 20, 1718 ; Joseph, Dec. 4, 
1722. 

6. Nathaniel, son of Thomas and Abigail of Sudbury, 
born Oct. 6, 1702 ; married Phebe Lamb. Children, — 
Reuben, born Nov. 2, 1730 ; Joshua, Dec. 14, 1732 ; Phebe, 
Jan. 28, 1734, married Joshua Harrington of Brookfield in 
1754 ; Lydia, born March 13, 1736, married Jonathan Dan- 
forth in 1759 ; Mary, born Jan. 30, 1738, married Judith 
Cutler in 1759 ; Nathan, born March 8, 1740 ; Persis, mar- 
ried a Levins ; Martha, born Sept. 26, 1743, married Henry 
Waldridge in 1762; Abigail, born March 17, 1746, married 
Thomas Cutler of Lexington in 1764 ; Ruth, born Jan. 31, 
1747, married William Gree, Oct. 16, 1769 ; Nathaniel, born 
March 16, 1749 ; Eunice, Aug. 4, 1751 ; Nathan, Oct. 1, 
1758. He settled in that part of Brookfield which is now a 
portion of the town of Warren. He was a large landholder, 
his farm consisting of fourteen hundred acres. 



288 ELIAS READ, 

7. Reuben, son of Nathaniel and Phebe of Brookfield, 
born Nov. 2, 1730 ; married Tamerson Meachem of Enfield 
in 1754. Children, — Reuben, born Jan. 20, 1756; Eliza- 
beth, Oct. 26, 1757, married Daniel Foster, the minister of 
New Braintree ; Nathan, born July 2, 1759 ; Nathaniel, 
April 4, 1762 ; Joshua, Jan. 20, 1764 ; Sarah, April 29, 
1768 ; Tamerson, Dec. 25, 1769, married Lieut. William 
Eastman of Granby, Sept. 5, 1794 ; Levi, born July 17, 1773, 
married Lucinda Morgan of Brimfield. He was a major 
of militia in the Revolution, and a man of note. He died 
May 26, 1803, on the old homestead in Warren, aged 
seventy-three. 

6. Reuben, son of Reuben and Tamerson, born Jan. 20, 
1756: married Hannah Cheney in 1779. Children, — Da- 
niel, born Dec. 9, 1781, married Mary Smith, April 14, 
1803, and died Dec. 17, 1843, aged sixty-three ; Persis, mar- 
ried Joseph Eaton of Granby ; Hannah, married Parley 
Damon ; Reuben, born 1791 ; Nathan, who died in 1856 ; 
Waldo, married Celista Howell, 1822. 

6. Joshua, son of Reuben and Tamerson, born Jan. 20, 
1764; married Anna Chaplin, 1790. Children, — Tammy, 
born Sept. 25, 1791, married Sherbec Foster, June 4, 1812 ; 
Lois, born April 12, 1793 ; Joshua, March 17, 1798 ; George 
W., Dec. 11, 1799. 

7. Waldo, son of Reuben and Hannah, married Celista 
Hamilton in 1822. Children, — Persis Jane, born in Wes- 
ton, March 26, 1823 ; Henry Dwight, Dec. 3, 1824 ; Louisa, 
Jan. 6, 1827 ; Mary Ann, born in Brookfield, April 11, 1835 ; 
Julia Ann, born March 11, 1837 ; Waldo E., May 6, 1839. 

6. Reuben, son of Reuben and Hannah, born 1791 ; mar- 
ried Sophrona Cheney. Children, - — Mary Jane, born May 
17, 1830 ; William, Nov. 15, 1831 ; Heman, April 30, 1833 ; 
Warren, Dec. 10, 1834, died at sea ; Reuben C, born 
March 11, 1836, died Oct. 20, 1857 ; Sarah M., born Feb. 15, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 289 

1838 ; Emily, July 2, 1839, died Sept. 29, 1857 ; Martin, 

born Feb. 4, 1841, Sept. 8, 1856 ; Laura, born Aug. 3, 

1843, died Nov. 1, 1857; Mary Ann, born April 8, 1846, 
died Nov. 2, 1856 ; Alanson, born June 7, 1847, died Nov. 5, 
1856. He was a prosperous farmer, and died Sept. 27, 1857; 
making eight deaths in the family in two or tln - ee years. 
Surely the messenger of death laid his hand heavily upon 
this family, as it is almost unprecedented in the New- 
England States since the time of small-pox in 1720, '21, and 
'22 ; when it was so prevalent and fatal, that, in some places, 
the old records note those deaths not of small-pox, and some 
families became almost extinct by its ravages. 

7. Nathan, son of Reuben and Hannah, married Eliza 
Mills in 1820. Children, — Nathan G., born July 24, 1821 ; 
Emeline A., June 13, 1824 ; John B., April 4, 1828 ; Na- 
thaniel, March 24, 1830 : Cyrus, June 17, 1832 ; Frances E., 
June 20, 1834 ; Columbus F., November, 1836 ; Mary E., 
Feb. 21, 1839 ; Freeman, March 2, 1840, died Aug. 9, 1856. 

7. George W., son of Joshua and Anna of Warren, born 
Dec. 11, 1799; married Julia Ann Hamilton of Hampton, 
Conn., in 1825. Child, — Samuel G., born 1833 ; died 
June 17, 1846. 

6. Nathaniel, son of Reuben and Tamerson of Warren, 
born April 4, 1762 ; settled in Cambridge, in the State of 
Vermont, in 1800, where he died in 1842, aged eighty years. 
Children, — Rensselaer ; Nathaniel, who is a lawyer in Cam- 
bridge, Vt. ; Virgis ; Adeline, married a Story ; Horace ; 
Thomas ; George W. ; Tamerson, married Walter Germain ; 
David, born in Warren, Mass., July 24, 1799, and admitted 
to the bar in Franklin County, Vt., in 1823. 

7. David, sou of Nathaniel of Cambridge, Vt., born 
July 24, 1799 ; married Judith M. Hazel ton, Feb. 2, 1824. 
Children, — Adeline M., born July 4, 1825 ; Eldon W., 
July 7, 1827, died Aug. 19, 1835 ; Harriet Sophia, July 14, 

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290 ELIAS READ, 

1829, died Aug. 30, 1831. His wife died May 30, 1831. 
Married Emily Marsh, Oct. 15, 1832. Children, — James 
M., born Nov. 19, 1833, graduated at Unity College in 
1853, and resides in New-York City, an associate editor 
of the " Courier and Enquirer ; " William J., born Oct. 10, 
1840, died Dec. 4, 1841 ; Ogdon B., born Sept. 16, 1843 ; 
Edward M., July 15, 1846. He resides, and practises law, 
at Winooska Falls in Vermont. 

7. Rensselaer, son of Nathaniel of Cambridge, Yt. Chil- 
dren, — Charles Rensselaer, born in Fairfield, Aug. 6, 1810 ; 
Silas H. ; Maria, who married Warren Root of Burlington ; 
Hannah, married Lanson Read of Columbus, O. 

8. Charles R., son of Rensselaer, born at Fairfield, Vt., 
Aug. 6, 1810 ; married Sally Smith of Fairfield, March 6, 
1831. Children, — Rensselaer Smith, born July 8, 1832; 
Sarah Sophia, Jan. 1, 1836 ; Ephraim S., May 1, 1839 ; 
Charles Joab, Feb. 27, 1843 ; Julius Herbert, Nov. 7, 1845. 

9. Rensselaer S., son of Rensselaer, born July 8, 1832 ; 
married Henrietta Warren, July 4, 1856. Child, — Cora 
Adella, born Aug. 1, 1857. 

Hon. Nathan Read was born at Western (now Warren), in the 
county of Worcester, Mass., July 2, 1759. He was the son of Ma- 
jor Reuben Read, who was born at Sudbury, Mass., Nov. 2, 1730, 
and who held the rank of major in a regiment of minute-men, in the 
Revolutionary War, raised under the command of Major-Gen. Ward. 
After the capture of Burgoyne's army at Saratoga, Major Read was 
detailed by Gen. Heath, who then had the command of the eastern 
division of the army, to take the charge of the Hessian and British 
troops, then prisoners of war at Cambridge ; and who soon after 
removed them to Rutland, in the county of Worcester. He (Reu- 
ben) was the son of Capt. Nathaniel Read, who was one of the early 
settlers of Warren ; took up a large tract of land there ; and who, 
under his good management, and taste for agricultural life, soon ren- 
dered his farm very productive and valuable. In early life he 
learned the carpenter's trade, and always kept on hand a good set 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 291 

of lools, which enahled him to make his own farming utensils and 
erect his own buildings ; which at that earl)' day, when mechanical 
labor was difficult to be had, was a matter of no small moment to 
him. He had the reputation of being a man of great industry and 
perseverance, and proverbially just in all his dealings and transac- 
tions in life. He died June 9, 1785, at the advanced age of eighty- 
one years. He resided upon a portion of the farm throughout his 
life, and made agriculture his employment, save the time he spent 
in the Revolutionary service. He was a man of much activity, and 
fixedness of purpose. He died at his residence in Warren, May 26, 
1803, in the seventy-third year of his age; leaving five sons, among 
whom Nathan was the second. 

The grandmother's maiden name was Phebe Lamb. She was a 
woman noted for her benevolence and piety. The mother's maiden 
name was Tamison Eastman, from Enfield, Conn. : she was cousin 
to Gen. Green of Rhode Island, who, in the Revolution, was next in 
command to Gen. Washington. 

Nathan resided at home with his parents, and occasionally with 
his grandparents, until he was fifteen years of age, and worked on 
the farm ; their farms being distinct, but adjoining each other. In 
the autumn of 1776, having previously had but very little opportu- 
nity, he was sent to Rev. Samuel Willard's school, at Stafford, about 
three months ; where he was taught arithmetic, English grammar, 
and Burr's Latin grammar. He then returned home, and attended 
the town-school about two months, kept byJMr. Dwight Foster, an 
undergraduate of Brown University. The spring following, he went 
to Mr. Nathan Goddard's private school, in Shrewsbury ; where he 
commenced the study of Greek. Mr. Goddard being soon after 
called away to preach for several months as a candidate for the 
ministry, he was under the necessity of seeking a new instructor ; 
and entered the school of a clergyman in a neigboring town, prose- 
cuted his Greek, and prepared himself, as far as he could under the 
disadvantages and limited time that was allowed him, to enter college. 
At the close of the summer vacation in 1777, less than a year from 
the time he commenced his preparatory studies, he appeared before 
the Board of Examiners at Harvard University as a candidate for 
admission. Caleb Gannett and Benjamin Guild were his exami- 
ners : they found him qualified, and he was then admitted to the 
university. As his parents were desirous that he should qualify 



292 ELIAS READ, 

himself for the ministry, he attended Prof. Sewall's lectures on the 
Hebrew language, and acquired so much knowledge of it as to be 
appointed to deliver a Hebrew oration at a public exhibition : and, 
during the interval between the death of Prof. Sewall and the 
appointment of Mr. Parsons as his successor, he was requested to 
instruct such students as wished to learn the Hebrew language ; 
which he accordingly did, and was handsomely rewarded for his 
services. Previous to commencement in 1781, at which time he 
graduated, he was selected by his classmates to deliver a valedic- 
tory address on a fixed day, in compliance with a long-established 
custom of the university. 

After commencement, he went to Beverly, Mass., and taught the 
town-school there about a year and a half; and boarded at the house 
of the Hon. Nathan Dane, the founder of the law-school at Harvard. 
After leaving Beverly, he taught a private school for young ladies, 
in Salem, until October, 1783 ; at which time he was elected a 
tutor in Harvard College, where he continued his labors as such 
until after the commencement of 1787. He then resigned his place 
as tutor, and entered upon the study of medicine with Dr. Edward 
Augustus Holyoke of Salem till October, 1788; when he gave up 
the idea of following medicine as a profession, and opened an apo- 
thecary store in Salem. He built and occupied the mansion-house, 
on Essex Street, late taken down, — where the Plummer Institute 
now stands. 

In October, 1790, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Jeffry, 
daughter of William JeflVy, Esq., Clerk of the Court of the County 
of Essex, and grand-daughter of Joseph Bowditch, Esq. Aug. 24, 
1791, he was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts 
and Sciences. April 4, 1795, he removed on to his farm in Dan- 
vers, and erected a permanent structure across Waters's River, which 
served for a dam and bridge ; and built the splendid mansion-house 
known at the present time as the Capt. Porter Estate. In October, 
1800, hie was appointed a member of Congress from Essex South 
District to fill the vacancy occasioned by the death of Judge Sewall, 
the late member from that district. Nov. 5, 1800, he was also elected 
a member, from that district, of the succeeding Congress, for two years 
from and after the 4th of March, 1801 ; and was a member during 
the contest in the House between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron 
Burr, in which the former became the successful candidate, and sue- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 293 

ceeded to the office of President. Feb. 10, 1802, while a resident 
of Danvers, he was appointed by Gov. Strong a special Justice of 
the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Essex. In 1796, he 
and his associates built, and put in operation, the Salem Iron Factory 
for the manufacture of chain-cables, anchors, and other materials of 
iron for ship-building, for which he acted as the agent of the com- 
pany : and the next year (1797) he invented, and put in operation 
in the above factory, and designed for its own special use, for the 
manufacture of nails and spikes with greater facility and at less cost, 
a nail machine, which cut and headed nails and spikes at one opera- 
tion ; and for which he afterwards received a patent, — it being 
the same machine now used for such purposes. He also invented 
about that time many useful and important agricultural implements, 
for which he took no patent. In November, 1807, he removed from 
Salem to Belfast, Hancock County, Me. ; and for many years pre- 
sided as Chief-Justice of the Court of Common Pleas in said county. 
May 21, 1815, he was elected an honorary member of the Linnsean 
Society of New England. 

After removing to Belfast, he gave most of his time to agricultu- 
ral pursuits ; which he regarded, to use his own language, "as the 
most natural, healthy, and honorable occupation of man." On his 
removal there, he purchased a large farm containing some four hun- 
dred acres, beautifully situated near the head of Belfast Bay, just 
south of the present business part of the city, and fronting about half 
a mile on the bay. His residence overlooked the charming scenery 
of the bay, studded with its numerous islands, and marked by its pic- 
turesque outline, — always presenting a view congenial to his taste 
and pleasing to his eye. Here he spent the remainder of his long 
and useful life ; ever taking a deep interest in all matters of a public 
character designed to benefit and improve the country, particularly 
his own town and people. When the railroad from Quebec to the 
Atlantic coast, in Maine, was projected, he labored earnestly to make 
Belfast the place of its terminus ; which, had such a purpose been 
effected, would, ere this, have made it a large commercial city. The 
cause of religion and education was esteemed by him as the cause 
that involved his highest duties, and his exertions and support were 
constantly applied in their behalf. At an early day, when the town 
was comparatively new, he was instrumental in establishing a high- 
school there, that the youth of the place might be educated at home ; 



29i ELIAS READ, 

the beneficial effects of which have for a long time, and will for a 
long time to come, no doubt, be felt and appreciated. 

He died at his residence in Belfast, Jan. 20, 1849, in the ninetieth 
year of his age. He possessed a strong constitution, as well as a strong 
and highly cultivated mind. His aim was high, and he soared above 
the sordid interests of the world. He was temperate, yet persever- 
ing ; ardent in his emotions, yet possessing a kind heart and the 
best of qualities. With a fine form, a gentlemanly deportment, and 
a highly intellectual countenance, his presence was always command- 
ing, and his conversation appropriate and instructive. His mental 
and physical powers remained with him, with remarkable unifor- 
mity and firmness, until within a few days of his death ; which was 
caused by a lung-fever, produced by exposure to extreme cold, which 
he seldom sought to avoid. He was the last surviving member of 
his college-class ; and, with two exceptions (Judge Farrar and James 
Lowell), the oldest living graduate of Harvard University. 

He was the first who ever made a successful application of steam- 
power to the purposes of navigation ; and the first to invent and 
construct a locomotive-engine, alias steam-carriage. The arts and 
sciences were his favorite study, and his inclinations constantly 
led him to be experimenting therein. As early as 1788, while a 
resident of Salem, he became especially interested in the purpose 
of applying steam-power to the practical use of propelling boats and 
land-carriages. He had the ability to comprehend the results that 
would follow the attainment of such a purpose ; and at that time 
looked forward to the accomplishment of so important a work, then 
universally acknowledged as a desideratum in the mechanic arts. 
The idea as to boats was not new ; various experiments had been 
tried, and different modes for propelling them attempted : but by 
what appliances, and how the thing could be done, remained, as yet, 
a mystery to the world. 

John Fitch, a native of Windsor, Conn., and James Ramsey, a 
native of Maryland, were the first in America who made the at- 
tempt to propel boats by steam. Fitch was the first to commence 
building his boat ; but Ramsey was the first to try his experiment. 
He had settled in Virginia, at Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, on 
the south bank of the Potomac ; where, it is said, his log dwelling 
still stands. His first effort was the application of steam-power to a 
pump ; by which he sought to propel his boat by drawing water in at 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 295 

the bow, and pouring it out at the stern. This proved inadequate 
for loaded boats, or for river navigation (which was then only thought 
of) against the current. He then attempted to apply his steam- 
power to setting-poles, but without success ; and he made no further 
trial. He commenced the building of his boat, near his residence 
in Shepherdstown, in 1783 ; and launched it upon the Potomac in 
1786, where the above experiments were tried. He afterwards 
(about 1788) went to England to prosecute his steam projects there; 
and while about to enter upon a public exposition of his views and 
plans before a crowded audience at Liverpool, as he rose to com- 
mence his lecture, he was struck down with an apoplectic fit, which 
terminated his life, and left his favorite project unattained.* 

Fitch attempted to apply steam-power to oars. He commenced 
the building of his boat the same year, but earlier than Ramsey ; but 
did not complete it, so as to try his experiment, until 1787. He 
launched his boat and made his trial upon the Delaware: but his 
machinery proved insufficient, and ill adapted to the purposes of 
navigation ; and this, being his first, was also his last experiment. 
He made no other attempt, but had great faith in the ultimate suc- 
cess of steam for propelling boats. He died at Bardstown, in Ken- 
tucky, in 1796 ; and, at his death, made the request, that he should 
be buried on the banks of the Ohio, " that he might repose where the 
song of the boatman would enliven the stillness of his resting-place, 
and the music of the steam-engine soothe his spirit." 

Mr. Read, in the mean time, having noticed the failure of these 
experiments of Ramsey and Fitch, and believing that they were 
occasioned by the ill-constructed machinery which they had tried, 
set himself to work to accomplish the end which they had sought 
and abandoned, by the invention and use of machinery of a differ- 
ent and more perfect character, such as would be better adapted 
to the object in view. He believed that their boilers for generating 
steam were poorly contrived, and that a substitute might be got up 
of far greater efficiency ; that their long, awkward oars, and still 
more awkward pumps and setting-poles, condemned themselves, as 
unsuited to the purpose for which they were designed; and that 
some better mode might be adopted. Accordingly, in 1789, eighteen 
years before Fulton appeared with his experiments upon the Hudson, 

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he had succeeded in inventing and constructing a boiler, differing 
essentially from those used by Fitch and Rumsey ; and which, from 
its characteristic principles, he denominated a " portable furnace 
boiler." It occupied but little space, was light and strong, and so 
constructed as to require no other furnace than what itself consti- 
tuted ; and was designed both for steamboats and steam-carriages. 
In the mean time, he had constructed a model of a steam-carriage, 
with one of his newly invented boilers, and other new and suitable 
machinery attached, to give it locomotion ; and, meanwhile, he had 
also constructed a steamboat, with his boiler and one of Watt's 
double-acting rotary engines attached. The boat was of sufficient 
size to carry a man, with the necessary apparatus for propelling it 
through the water. To the axis, which extended across the gun- 
wale of the boat, were fixed two paddle-wheels, constructed precisely 
on the same principles they now are for steamboats, and such as 
are, at this day, almost universally adopted and used for steam- 
navigation throughout the world. With this boat, by means of a 
crank, and without a fly-wheel, he was safely propelled (immediately 
after its completion) with great rapidity, by the force of its little 
engine alone, across an arm of the sea which separates Danvers from 
Beverly. The Rev. Dr. Prince of Salem and several other gentle- 
men were present, and saw the experiment. 

This was the first steamboat, and the first voyage ever taken in a 
steamer, constructed upon the same plan and principles of our present 
boats. The experiment was triumphant ; the work, to human 
reason, was accomplished and proved ; the long-sought desideratum 
had been reached. The emotions of the inventor, as he sat upon the 
deck of his little steamer and watched the seemingly intelligent 
workings of its engine and revolving wheels, but more especially as 
they faithfully shot him along the surface of the deep waters of the 
bay and safely landed him upon the shore beyond, can be better 
felt than described. Seeing as he saw, and feeling as he felt, when 
the evident success of his experiments, with the great results they 
told, flashed upon his mind, and were thus suddenly and successfully 
demonstrated, he could well realize the sensations of Franklin when 
he applied his knuckle to the key, and drew forth the electric spark. 
Surely he felt that he had not labored in vain. 

By this experiment, he knew that he had reduced the power of 
steam to the easy control of man and to practical purposes, that 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 297 

promised untold results upon the industrial, commercial, and social 
interests of mankind ; and, although the success of his improvements 
to him appeared certain, he was not aware that he had yet to en- 
counter the blighting influence of an incredulous and selfish world, 
nor that he had yet to meet the derision of the ignorant (tor whose 
common benefit he had so ardently labored) "as a weak and silly 
projector." Indeed, he was not aware that truth demonstrated 
could be crushed, nevertheless, under the weight of popular igno- 
rance and prejudice. Accordingly, with high hopes, and bright 
prospects in anticipation, he applied, Feb. 8, 1790, to the Congress 
of the United States, then in session in the city of New York, for a 
patent of his inventions and improvements. He spent most of the 
winter of 1790 in New York, and exhibited drawings and descriptions 
of his boat, and also of his steam-carriage, to President Washington 
(to whom he had letters of introduction from Gen. Benjamin Lin- 
coln), and also to the members of Congress and other gentlemen 
there, — among whom were many distinguished mechanics, — and 
explained to them the principles of his machinery, and especially of 
the operation of his paddle-wheels for boats, and of his boilers both 
for boats and land-carriages. While in New York, he boarded at 
Mrs. Wheaton's, in company with Dr. Cutler and Gen. Rufus Put- 
nam, who were attending upon Congress, on business as agents of 
the Ohio Land Company. They introduced Gen. Stevens to him : 
and he then explained to Stevens the principles on which his boat 
was constructed, — combining the tubular boiler, which he had in- 
vented, with paddle-wheels and the double-acting rotary engine of 
Watt, — and made to him a full exhibition of his drawings and de- 
scriptions thereof; who critically examined the same. 

The Congress of 1789 and '90, being the first after the adoption 
of the Constitution of the United States, was, as yet, but imper- 
fectly organized. It was, moreover, overwhelmed with business of 
the most exciting and important character, and had but little time 
or thought to bestow on applications of a private nature. In the 
mean time, no patent-laws or regulations had ever been established 
or patent granted by the government. He presented his petition for 
a patent to the Board of Commissioners, and first asked for a patent 
for a steamboat with paddle-wheels, and for his portable furnace 
boiler for boats and land-carriages. But, unfortunately for the 
petitioner, in looking over some of the first volumes of the Trans- 

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actions of the Royal Society, published upwards of sixty years 
before, he immediately noticed that some experiments had been 
made in Europe, which before that time had never come to his 
knowledge, with a view to ascertain the comparative utility of 
wheels and oars ; and, erroneously supposing that he should not 
be entitled to a patent for a boat with paddle-wheels, he withdrew 
so much of his patent as related to said wheels, and substituted 
therefor a rowing machine, which he had invented and constructed 
upon the principle of the chain-pump, and which he believed would 
insure the next best purpose to paddle-wheels. This change he 
reluctantly made ; and had he been sensible, at the time, of the 
crude and imperfect character of those experiments, and of the great 
dissimilarity in the machinery and combinations used, he most surely 
would have made no alteration, but have taken his patent as he at 
first petitioned. But, under the circumstances and impressions above 
named, he took a patent on his amended petition ; for his rowing- 
machine for propelling boats, in lieu of paddle-wheels ; and for his 
portable furnace boiler, designed for boats and land-carriages. The 
boiler contained no other furnace than what itself constituted ; and 
was constructed internally with tubes, on the same principle, and 
nearly of the same form, with those now in use for locomotive-engines. 
He was, nevertheless, entitled to a patent on his petition as at first 
presented. His combinations and much of his machinery were new 
and original ; his experiments had demonstrated their concordant 
action and success ; and nothing had before transpired in the history 
of steam-power to produce such results, and to have interfered with 
his original application and purpose. This may be clearly seen by 
comparing his boat and experiments with those of an earlier date. 

The Marquis of Worcester, the first noticeable experimenter in 
steam-power, had expressed his belief that it might be used for pro- 
pelling vessels, but had never tried the experiment : this was about 
1655. Next Savary, an Englishman, who is supposed to be the first 
that applied steam-power to any practical purpose (that of raising 
water from the mines of Cornwall), proposed to pump water with his 
engine, and turn a large wheel in the middle of a vessel, with paddle- 
wheels acting on the outside. ; but it does not appear that he ever 
tried it. Soon after (about 1G80), Prince Rupert is said to have 
made an attempt to navigate a boat by steam on the Thames, and 
that he tried wheels without success ; but little is known of his 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 299 

experiment, which was near a century before Watt's invention of a 
continuous rotary motion, which alone could make wheels practi- 
cable for such a purpose. Bornouville, in 1753, — seventy-three 
years after Prince Rupert's experiment, — gained a prize, offered by 
the French Academy of Sciences, for writing an essay ; wherein 
he satisfactorily demonstrated the principle, that the attainment of a 
rotary motion by the steam-engine could alone render wheels prac- 
ticable for propelling boats. This was thirty years or more before 
Watt, the great improver of the steam-engine, succeeded in obtain- 
ing this motion, and of satisfactorily perfecting his machinery 
therefor ; which was not until 1784. The inference may be 
drawn as quite certain, that all attempts to propel boats by paddle- 
wheels must have proved ineffectual, and without the means of 
success, before Watt completed his invention. Indeed, we see, 
that after the essay of Bornouville, and before such invention, the 
idea of using wheels was, for the most part, abandoned. We find 
several attempts in France and this country, in the mean time, 
to propel boats by other means ; the most prominent of which 
seemed to be a paddle in the form of a duck's foot, opening in its 
backward and closing in its forward motion through the water. 
This, Monsieur Genevois felt quite sure would w r ork ; but all of 
these experiments proved a failure. The co-incidence is worthy 
of note, that the Marquis de Jouffroy upon the Soane, and John 
Fitch upon the Delaware, in 1783, — the year before Watt came out 
with his perfected double-acting rotary engine, — were simultane- 
ously engaged in trying to apply steam-power to oars. 

Miller, of Dalswinton in Scotland, about this time, succeeded 
better. He first tried a triple boat (three boats side by side), and 
used wheels turned by men working at a crank ; but, finding this 
too slow and laborious a matter, he employed one Symington to 
put a steam-engine into a larger vessel, built double. The wheels 
and machinery kept constantly breaking ; the boat was in danger of 
sinking; the apparatus was taken out, and laid up; and there ended 
the experiment. Miller found fault with his engineer, and pro- 
nounced the whole a failure ; but it is said that they succeeded in 
driving the boat along the Forth of Clyde Canal at the rate of seven 
miles an hour. Miller, Jouffroy, Fitch, and Ramsey were the last 
to carry out a long series of vague and abortive experiments ; all 
of which experiments, up to theirs, inclusive, whether of wheels, 



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oars or poles, duck's-feet or pumps, had proved unsuccessful, and 
been abandoned. 

It was now that the subject of this notice, from the strength of 
his own genius alone, and without any definite knowledge of these 
isolated and vague experiments in Europe, combined the boiler he 
had constructed and the double-acting rotary engine of Watt with 
paddle-wheels, — being the first time that such a combination was 
ever effected. It is proper here to remark, that Watt himself 
never attempted to apply steam-power to the purposes of naviga- 
tion. The above combination brought together in harmony with 
each other the necessary and essential parts of a steamboat, prac- 
tical, complete, and perfect in its machinery and arrangement 
ready to do the great work of steam-navigation successfully, and 
just such a boat as we can now see by the thousand engaged in the 
internal and ocean navigation of the world. Such were the parts 
combined (prerequisites for all steam-navigation), if in miniature, 
yet in proper form and adaptation of the little boat which he con- 
structed at Salem, and launched at Danvers ; the drawings and 
representations of which he had exhibited in the city of New York, 
to Gen. Stevens and others, in 1790 ; and which, in truth, was the 
model and prototype that disclosed to the world a new and sublime 
agency for its use and progress, and which, in the mean time, intro- 
duced a new era in the history of navigation, commerce, and trade. 

In 1791, — the very next year, it will be noticed, after the above 
exhibition in the city of New York, — Gen. Stevens, who was a man 
of enterprise and great wealth, commenced his projects in steam- 
navigation. Mr. Eenwick, in his treatise on the steam-engine 
(p. 283), says that " Stevens invented the first tubular boiler 
during his experiments,* and that his first attempts were made 
with a rotary engine ; for which, however, he speedily substituted 
one of Watt's." And on p. 284 he says, " Their apparatus was a 
system of paddles resembling a horizontal chain-pump (the rowing 
machine patented as above), and set in motion by an engine of 
Watt's construction." Now, it would be pleasant to know how far 
the above tubular boiler, Watt's rotary engine, and system of paddles 
resembling a horizontal chain-pump, differed in their construction 

* Mr. Eenwick, in his preface to his treatise, expresses his obligation to Mr. 
R. L. Stevens for the facts in relation to steamboats, &c. (R. L. is the son of Gen. 
Stevens). 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 301 

from the plans and drawings of the very same things which the 
subject of this notice had exhibited and explained to Mr. Stevens 
the year before he began his experiments. The patent having 
been taken out for a boat with the rowing-machine attached in lieu 
of paddle-wheels, it would be quite natural for Mr. Stevens to sup- 
pose that it was deemed by the patentee as the preferable mode of 
propelling boats, and that he had best construct a boat with an 
apparatus approximating thereto ; but it will be seen that he and 
his associate, Chancellor Livingston, afterwards adopted the paddle- 
wheels as the preferable mode. 

Chancellor Livingston, in 1797, commenced his steam projects 
upon the Hudson, and obtained an Act of the Legislature of New 
York for the exclusive navigation of that river. He and Stevens 
and Nicholas Rosevelt afterwards entered into copartnership, and 
united their efforts and means in prosecuting their steamboat expe- 
riments, — all of them, says Renwick, having the utmost confidence 
of success; adding, " We now know that such a plan (the system of 
paddles, and chain-pump apparatus), if inferior to paddle-wheels, 
might answer the purpose." But, in 1801, Livingston was sent 
minister to France, and his copartnership with Stevens and Rose- 
velt terminated. 

It was at Paris that Livingston first became acquainted with 
Robert Fulton, who had been engaged without success, from 1796, 
under the patronage of the French Government, in the construction 
of submarine boats as instruments of destruction in war. In 1803, 
Fulton is found employed under the patronage and direction of 
Livingston, — this being his (Fulton's) first attempt to construct a 
steamboat for navigation ; and that same year he launched a small 
boat upon the Seine, with paddle-wheels attached, a tubular boiler, 
and the rotary engine of Watt. He succeeded in propelling his 
boat at the rate of four miles an hour ; and came to the conclusion, 
says Renwick (p. 286), "that, of all methods hitherto proposed, the 
paddle-wheel possessed the greatest advantages." Indeed, Fulton 
went through with a series of experiments, under the direction of 
Livingston, before he built the above boat, to determine the compa- 
rative advantages of paddle-wheels and the chain of paddles (alias 
rowing-machines) ; and thereupon concluded to apply the paddle- 
wheels as the preferable mode. 

The above trial upon the Seine showing that, with such a combina- 



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tion (viz., of tubular boilers, the double-acting rotary engine of Watt, 
and paddle-wheels), success was certain, Livingston and Fulton at 
once entered into an arrangement to construct a boat of large size 
upon the Hudson ; and Livingston furnished Fulton with funds to 
carry out the enterprise. Fulton then went to the workshop 
of "Watt (which had then become Watt and Bolton), in England, 
and there ordered his engine. In 1806, the engine reached the 
city of New York ; and, in 1807, the celebrated " Clermont," 
dressed out with said double-acting rotary engine of Watt, tubular 
boilers, and paddle-wheels, with Fulton on board, skimmed her way 
along the Hudson, with triumphant success, to the city of Albany, 
with just such success, and substantially just such machinery, as had 
been applied to the little steamer, which, eighteen years before, 
had so gallantly borne its projector and builder across an estuary 
of the sea, — drawings of which, in 1790, had been exhibited and 
explained to Stevens, the after-partner of Livingston ; who became 
the patron and director of Fulton, in his first experiment upon the 
Seine, in 1803. 

And here the subject must be left for every candid person to 
determine for himself, whether Fulton or the subject of this notice 
was the first inventor and constructor of a steamboat having such a 
combination of machinery as is now in general use ; and whether 
Stevens or he was the inventor of the tubular boiler which Ful- 
ton used, and which is still adopted. One need only refer to his 
patent, obtained sixty-seven years ago, to determine the above fact, 
and to show, in addition, that he was the first inventor and construc- 
tor of a steam-carriage, the principles of which are substantially 
and practically carried out by our present locomotives. It is 
claimed that "Evans was the first who entertained rational hopes 
of being able to move carriages by steam " (see Eenwick, p. 297). 
The author must have been ignorant of the above patent, of the 
model of the steam-carriage constructed at Salem as preliminary 
thereto, and of the fact that the patent was obtained eleven years 
before Evans had made his first experiment at Philadelphia (which 
was not until 1801), or he would not have made the above assertion. 

Prior to 1789, when the little steamer took her passage across 
the estuary at Danvers, steam-power had never been applied to any 
practical use, except for raising water and emptying sinks and 
mines. All attempts to apply it to the purposes of navigation had 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 303 

failed ; and it does not appear that any attempt was made before 
that time, or the idea entertained, to apply it to land-carriages, 
alias locomotives. The subject was then new, and but little under- 
stood by the mass of mankind, to whom it appeared mysterious and 
visionary. This may be readily seen from the fact, that the mem- 
bers of Congress even were so ignorant and sceptical on the 
subject, that when the petition for the above-mentioned patent was 
read by the Clerk of the House of Representatives, as he came to 
that part of it which related to the application of steam to land- 
carriages, a general smile was excited among the members. The 
petitioner, who was present, was a man of such sensibility, that he 
could not endure an indication so trying to his own better know- 
ledge and feelings. He felt the sting for many years, and felt it 
none the less that those who inflicted it were not conscious of the 
injury. They intended no harm or indignity ; and surely they were 
not aware that they had trifled with human genius, and extin- 
guished the energies of a man who had opened the way to national 
honor and wealth, and to the introduction of the greatest of modern 
improvements. But so it really was. The effect was paralyzing to 
him. He shrunk from the further prosecution of his plans until 
a more favorable public sentiment and opportunity should present. 
At a later and more favorable period, as has been seen, others, 
possessing the means, and consequently the power, took the benefit 
of his improvements, and won the fame that of right belonged to 
him. 

He was too early in his steam projects. The world was incredu- 
lous, the country was poor, and business unsettled. Even the blood 
of the Revolution had scarcely ceased to smoke from the ground, 
and the vast expenditure of treasure in the contest still weighed 
heavily upon the people. The country, moreqver, was distracted 
with a yet unstable government, and by numerous conflicting inte- 
rests ; and there was but a partial opportunity, and indeed but 
little occasion, for costly experiments and great practical results in 
the mechanic arts. These things, as well as the want of faith and 
courage in others, were in the way of his progress ; and he did not, 
meanwhile, possess the ample fortune of a Stevens or a Livingston 
to carry out his inventions and plans. Hence he derived neither 
honor nor profit from the time and money he expended in his expe- 
riments : but he lived to see his inventions and improvements 



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applied to practical use by other hands, and to feel the gratification, 
that the machinery which he for the first time used as the most 
eligible for propelling boats (and which he put together and proved 
while Fulton was employed as a journeyman painter in the studio 
of West, in London), has, since that time, been successfully adopted 
and used in every quarter of the globe ; and still more gratified in 
seeing locomotive-engines, capable of moving at a speed of a mile in 
a minute, put in motion by steam generated in a boiler, and applied 
by other apparatus thereto attached, constructed essentially on the 
same principles with the steam-carriage he had invented more than 
fifty years before, and for which, in connection with his boat, he 
obtained a patent the first day that a patent was ever issued by the 
authority of the United States ; but more gratified than in all else, 
that he lived to triumph over that smile of derision which the mem- 
bers of Congress exhibited at the idea of a locomotive-engine. 

It is proper to add, that he lived and died an exemplary profes- 
sor of the Harvard School, believing in a higher and more perfect 
state of existence hereafter, " and looking forward with an eye of 
faith to an exaltation which he believed was in store for him beyond 
this world." 

Children of Nathan Read, — Elizabeth Holyoke, born July 7, 
1791, died 1793 ; Elizabeth Holyoke, bora July 27, 1793; 
Nancy, July 23, 1795, married Philip Morrill ; Mary, born 
March 14, 1798, married Charles H. Tilden, and lives in 
Castine ; William Jeffrey, born Oct. 19, 1800 ; George, 
March 24, 1803 ; Edward, July 21, 1806 ; Charles, Oct. 10, 
1809 ; Charlotte Verstille, Dec. 6, 1811. He died at Bel- 
fast, Jan. 20, 1849, in his ninetieth year : his wife died 
March 21, 1855, aged eighty-three years. William died 
May 28, 1829, aged twenty-eight years ; Charlotte, Jan. 30, 
1834, aged twenty-two ; Edward, Aug. 13, 1845, aged thirty- 
nine. 

Charles, son of Hon. Nathan Reed of Belfast, born Oct. 10, 
1809 ; married Rosina Blanchard, Nov. 26, 1837. Chil- 
dren, — William, Jefferson, Joseph Bowditch, Charles 
Julius, Mary Jane, George Tilden, Helen Letitia, Han- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 305 

nah Elizabeth, Rosetta Ella, Narcissa. He lives on the 
old homestead in Belfast, and his sister Elizabeth lives on 
the same. Nancy lives at Glensbury. 

6. Thomas, son of Thomas, and twin-brother of Isaac of 
Sudbury, born Feb. 23, 1704 ; married Sarah, and was the 
third man who settled in Rutland, in 1725. Children, — 
Jason, born in 1732 ; Thomas, Sept. 10, 1733 ; Mary, May 11, 
1736 ; Jonathan, Nov. 2, 1738 ; Micah, May 3, 1742. 

7. Jonathan, son of Thomas and Sarah of Rutland, born 
Nov. 2,1738; married Hannah. Children, — Molly, born 
July 4, 1767 ; John, April 13, 1770 ; and three older sons, 
names unknown. 

8. John, son of Jonathan and Hannah, born April 13, 
1770 ; married Hannah Dwilla, Nov. 17, 1791. Children, 
— John, born May 20, 1793; Lemuel, Dec. 16, 1794; Har- 
riet, July 3, 1800; Hannah, Sept. 29, 1802. He settled in 
Holden, formerly part of Rutland, and in that part of the 
town that is now included in West Boylston, where his de- 
scendants still reside. . 

9. John, son of John of West Boylston, born May 20, 
1793. Children, — John G., born in 1821 ; George, 1823. 

10. John G., son of John of West Boylston, born in 1821. 
Child, — Amelia, born in 1846. 

10. George, son of John of West Boylston, born in 1823. 
Child, — George C, born in 1856. 

6. Isaac, son of Thomas, born Feb. 23, 1704 ; married 
Experience Willis, Feb. 11, 1729. Children, — Nathan; 
Isaac, born Jan. 15, 1731 ; Samuel, Feb. 19, 1739 ; Mary, 
March 19, 1741, married John Goodrew, March 19, 1761 ; 
Ruth, born Aug. 31, 1743, married Daniel Noyes, Nov. 1, 
1764. 

7. Isaac, son of Isaac and Experience, born Jan. 15, 1731 ; 
married Lydia Goodrew, Jan. 16, 1765. Child, — Nathan, 
born Feb. 5, 1756. 

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8. Nathan, son of Isaac and Lydia, born Feb. 5, 1756 ; 
married Abigail Plimpton, Oct. 12, 1778. Children, — 
Nabby, born July 11, 1779 ; Ruth, June 16, 1781 ; Hannah, 
April 21, 1784. 

7. Nathan, son of Isaac and Experience, married Susanna, 
and settled in Marlborough. Children, — Susanna, who 
married Simon Gates ; Mary, who married Seth Adams ; 
David, born in Marlborough, Aug. 17, 1753 ; Patty, Sept. 29, 
1755 ; Phebe, Feb. 17, 1759, married Timothy Whiting, 
Jan. 29, 1777 ; Persis, born Jan. 25, 1768. 

8. David, son of Nathan and Susanna, born at Marlbo- 
rough, Aug. 17, 1753 ; married Naomi. Child, — Abraham, 
born at Marlborough, May 9, 1787. 

7. Micah, son of Thomas and Sarah, born at Rutland, 
May 3, 1742 ; married Elizabeth Rugg in 1768, and settled 
in Westmoreland, N.H. Children, — Alpheus, born Aug. 5, 
1768 ; Hannah, Mary, Gunutus, Lovina, Asahel, Jonathan, 
Betsy. 

8. Alpheus, son of Micah and Elizabeth, born Aug. 5, 
1768 ; married Sally White, Dec. 8, 1793. Children,— 
Alpheus, born Aug. 6, 1794 ; Betsy, July 25, 1796 ; Joseph 
W., March, 1798, died young; Sally, born May 16, 1799; 
Maria, June 18, 1801 ; Kesia Britton, April 6, 1805 ; Rhoda, 
July 5, 1807, died ; Harriet, born Sept. 12, 1809. He died 
Nov. 21, 1810 : his wife died Aug. 18, 1853. 

8. Hannah, daughter of Micah, married Joseph Farr, 
Nov. 14, 1796. Children, — Lucy, born Sept. 2, 1797 ; 
Daniel, Aug. 19, 1799 ; Joseph, July 13, 1803 ; Micah R., 
March 17, 1806 ; Ivah, Aug. 3, 1805 ; Elisha, Sept. 23, 1807 ; 
Elijah P., Oct. 10, 1809 ; Nancy, Oct. 1, 1812 ; Emily, 
June 14, 1815 ; a daughter, Feb. 27, 1817 ; Elijah, July 1, 
1819. 

9. Daniel Farr, son of Joseph Farr and Hannah Read, 
boi'ii Aug. 19, 1799 ; married Clarissa Esty, Sept. 6, 1819. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 307 

9. Ivah Fair, son of Joseph Farr and Hannah Read, born 
Aug. 3, 1805 ; married Miss Danforth, Feb. 28, 1827. 

9. Micah R., son of Joseph Farr and Hannah Read, born 
March 17, 1806 ; married Miss Stearns, April 2, 1829. 

9. Emily, daughter of Joseph Farr and Hannah Read, 
born June 14, 1815 ; married Joseph Evans, April 24, 
1839. 

9. Nancy, daughter of Joseph Farr and Hannah Read, 
born Oct. 1, 1812 ; married Warren Webb, Nov. 20, 1839. 

9. Betsy, daughter of Alpheus, born July 25, 1796 ; mar- 
ried Nathaniel Daggot, Sept. 15, 1819. 

9. Alpheus, son of Alpheus and Sally, born Aug. 6, 1794 ; 
married Rebecca Kempson in Cincinnati, 0. He died 
August, 1834. 

9. Maria, daughter of Alpheus and Sally, born June 18, 
1801 ; married John M'Clure, in New Jersey, in 1821. She 
died March 10, 1854. 

9. Kesia B., daughter of Alpheus and Sally, born 
April 6, 1805 ; married Francis Pluff in 1821. 

9. Harriet, daughter of Alpheus and Sally, born Sept. 12, 
1809 ; married Deane E. Knight, Sept. 18, 1829, in Lowell. 
Child, — Hattie A., born at Johnson, Vt., Dec. 6, 1840. He 
died at St. Anthony's Falls, Min., June 18, 1856. She mar- 
ried Dr. A. Morse of Waterbury, Vt, Feb. 10, 1857. 

7. Sally Rngg Read, daughter of Alpheus and Sally, 
born May 16, 1799 ; married Nathaniel Gates, Sept. 28, 
1839. 

6. Daniel, son of Thomas and Abigail, born in Sudbury, 
May 19, 1714 ; married Rebecca Mead, April 13, 1737. 
Children,-— John, born Aug. 13, 1737 ; Daniel, Feb. 24, 
1739 ; Rebecca, Feb. 2, 1742, married Daniel Winch, jun. ; 
Anna, born in Rutland, April 3, 1747. 

6. Joseph, son of Thomas and Abigail, born at Sudbury, 
Dec. 4, 1722 ; married Sarah Goodrew, Jan. 16, 1749. 



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Children, — Lydia, born Oct. 9, 1751, died; Lydia, born 
Aug. 20, 1760 ; Sarah, Dec. 3, 1763, married Ezekiel Howe, 
Oct. 15, 1780. 

4. Benjamin, son of Thomas of Sudbury, married Mary. 
On the third day of April, 1793, he conveyed by deed to his 
brother Matthew two hundred acres of land in Natick, near 
the line of Sudbury. Edmond Read Had formerly owned a 
part of it. 

Nathan, son of Isaac and Lydia of Framingham, married 
Hannah Brooks, June 14, 1783. Children, — Joseph ; 
Jabez. His widow died Oct. 10, 1842. 

Joseph, son of Nathan and Hannah, married Mary B. for 
first wife, who died Sept. 8, 1822 ; for second wife, Tamer. 
Children, — Nathan, born June 17, 1827 ; Joseph P., March 
12, 1829 ; Minerva, Oct. 29, 1831. Known as Major or 
Esquire Reed, and is one of the present justices of the peace 
for the county of Worcester. His second wife died April 20, 
1846. 

Jabez, son of Nathan and Hannah, born 1797 ; married 
Lavina B. Rice, May 5, 1831. Children, — Mary Letitia, 
born March 20, 1832 ; Henry J., July 3, 1834 ; Julia Ann, 
Aug. 11, 1837 ; Silas Harison, Dec. 20, 1839 ; Harriet La- 
vina, Nov. 30, 1842 ; Jabez Eugene, Oct. 5, 1848. He died 
March 14, 1845. His son Jabez died March 14, 1845 ; Mary 
Letitia, Jan. 12, 1852. 

Daniel, son of Thomas and Hannah of Rutland, born 
May 9, 1774 ; married Rebecca Ames. Children, — Joseph ; 
Davis ; Alexander H., born at Wardsborough, Vt. ; Elijah, 
who lives in Hillsborough, N.H. He moved to Wardsbo- 
rough, and resided there some forty or fifty years ; and died 
Aug. 31, 1845. 

Davis, son of Daniel of Wardsborough, had three sons, 
whose names are not given. 

Alexander H., son of Daniel of Wardsborough, born 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 309 

June 16, 1804 ; married Serena Gray, July 6, 1835. Chil- 
dren, — Cordelia S., born in Boston, April 6, 1836 ; Alex- 
ander D., Jan. 11, 1838 ; Andrew J., born in Cambridge, 
Oct. 4, 1845 ; Henry H., Oct. 11, 1847 ; Franklin, Oct. 10, 
1849, died in 1850. He lives in Cambridge, and keeps a 
shoe and leather store in Boston. 

Thomas, son of Thomas and Hannah, born at Rutland, 
♦ Feb. 14, 1772; married Lucinda Wheeler. Children, — 
Abigail, born at Rutland, Feb. 20, 1794 ; Lucinda, Aug. 26, 
1800 ; Abigail Wheeler, Feb. 16, 1804 ; Thomas Lyman, 
April 2, 1805 ; Mary Jemima, Jan. 2, 1810 ; Lorenzo and 
Lorena, Sept. 20, 1810. 

Joel, son of Thomas and Hannah, born at Rutland, 
Dec. 5, 1760 ; married Abigail Newton. Child, — Joel. 

Joel, son of Joel and Abigail, married Anna Maxwell in 
1804, and settled in Princeton. Children, — Anna M., born 
June 4, 1805 ; Charlotte, Sept. 24, 1807 ; Joseph M., April 3, 
1810. 



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CHAPTER VIII. 



WILLIAM READE OF WEYMOUTH, AND HIS DESCENDANTS. * 



1. William Reade, supposed to be the son of William 
Reade and Lucy Henage, was born in 1605, and sailed from 
Gravesend, in the county of Kent, in the " Assurance de Lo " 
(Isaac Broomwell and George Persey, masters), in 1635. He 
settled in Weymouth, Mass ; and was made freeman, Sept. 2, 
1635. He bought a house and land of Zachary Bicknall, for 
seven pounds thirteen shillings and fourpence, in 1636 ; 
which was an average price for homesteads at that early day. 
Only one year before the date of William Reade's purchase, 
all the land in Boston Proper, with the exception of six 
acres in and about Charles and Beacon Streets, was sold by 
William Blackstone for thirty pounds. Previous to 1650, 
a dwelling-house in Boston, and lot of land, would not com- 
mand a greater price than a good cow ; while, in 1857, the 
average of the valuation of dwelling-houses was $5,500. Mr. 
Reade was among the early settlers of Weymouth, — it hav- 
ing been made a plantation, May 8, 1635 ; and Rev. Mr. Hall 
and twenty-one families settled there. He was representa- 
tive from Weymouth in 1636 and '38. The Christian name 
of his wife, it is supposed, was Ivis. Their children were — 
William, born Oct. 15, 1639 ; Esther, May 8, 1641 ; Thomas ; 
John, 1649 ; Mary, who married Thomas Dyer ; Margaret, 
who married John Vining, May 11, 1757, and died May 6, 
1659. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 311 

2. William, son of William and Ivis, was born at Wey- 
mouth, Oct. 16, 1639. He married Esther Thompson of 
Middleborough in 1675. It may be interesting to some 
of their descendants to know her parentage and history. It 
appears, by a genealogy published by Ignatius Thompson in 
1841, that John Thompson, father of Esther, was six years 
old when he landed in Wesson's company ; and, when he 
came of proper age, married Mary Cook, daughter of Francis 
Cook, who was one of the " May Flower's " company. He 
settled, and built a log house, thirteen miles west of Plymouth, 
on the confines of what was then called Plymouth, now Hali- 
fax and Middleborough. He lived there till his house was 
burned by the Indians. While living there, either he or his 
wife would walk to meeting every Sunday. The only place 
where they had an elder to speak to them was Plymouth, — 
a distance of more than thirteen miles. We have, says 
Thompson, orally received information, that, during one year 
of his residence there, his wife, on two of the sabbaths in 
June, after breakfast, took a child six months old in her 
arms, and walked to Plymouth, attended meeting, and re- 
turned home the same day. We have in this a picture of 
real life as it existed in those times, as well as a striking 
illustration of the indomitable energy and perseverance of the 
Puritan ancestors. The descendants of William and Esther 
may thus distinctly trace their ancestors through her to the 
Pilgrim company of the " May Flower," who landed on 
Plymouth Rock. The children of William and Esther were 
— William ; John, born July 10, 1687 ; Jacob, Nov. 6, 1691 ; 
Bushnor, who married a Mr. Porter ; Porter ; Mercy, who 
married a Mr. Whitmarsh ; Mary ; Hester and Sarah, born 
March 21, 1694. This William was constable in Weymouth 
in 1675 ; which was, in those times, the principal officer of 
the town. He was selectman in 1680, an extensive dealer 
in land, and a representative to the General Court. His will 



312 WILLIAM EEADE OF WEYMOUTH, 

was proved Sept. 12, 1706, and may be found in the Probate 
Office in Boston (lib. 16, fol. 73). 

2. Thomas, son of William, 1st, of Weymouth, married 
Sarah. Children, — Thomas, born Sept. 12, 1671 ; William, 
Feb. 4, 1687 ; John, Dec. 30, 1679 ; Mary L. ; Ruth White, 
Feb. 20, 1684 ; Hannah Hart, Sept. 25, 1689 ; Sarah S. ; 
Samuel, April 12, 1681. He married Mary for second wife : 
she died Aug. 21, 1719. He held offices, civil and military, 
in his day. He died Nov. 14, 1719. 

3. John, son of Thomas and Sarah, born Dec. 30, 1679 ; 
married Sarah. Children, — John ; Sarah. His will is 
dated 1757 ; and he alludes in it to his estate in Abington, 
which he inherited of his deceased brother Samuel, who died 
June 25, 1750. He also speaks of his daughter Sarah. 

2. John, son of William, 1st, of Weymouth, born in 1649 ; 
married Sarah. Children, — Thomas ; William. He served 
in Capt. Johnson's company in the Indian War of 1695. 

3. John, son of William and Esther, born in Weymouth, 
July 10, 1687, and moved to Abington in 1708 ; married 
Sarah. Child, — John, born Aug. 10, 1713. Married, for 
second wife, Mary. Children, — James, born Oct. 12, 1716 ; 
Joseph, Feb. 13, 1717 ; Mary, Dec. 21, 1719, who married 
John Dyer, April 17, 1739 ; Ezekiel, born Nov. 14, 1721 ; 
Peter, March 29, 1723 ; Squire, 1726 ; Samuel, 1732 ; Ben- 
jamin, 1730. 

4. John, son of John and Sarah of Abington, born Aug. 10, 
1713, at Abington ; married Mary Torrey, June 20, 1734. 
Children, — Mary, born April 7, 1735 ; Hannah, May 16, 
1738 ; Samuel, Nov. 10, 1740 ; Sarah, June 14, 1744 ; 
Frederick, July 28, 1746 ; William and John (twins), 
May 9, 1748. 

5. Samuel, son of John and Mary Torrey of Abington, 
born Nov. 10, 1740 ; married Mary Torrey, Nov. 29, 1764. 
Children, — ■ Samuel, born Sept. 16, 1765 ; John, Nov. 9, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 313 

1767 ; Hannah, Oct. 4, 1769 ; Thomas, Dec. 10, 1771 ; 
Mary, July 17, 1774 ; Philip, July 31, 1777 ; Sarah, 
April 20, 1780 ; William, Aug. 12, 1783. He was a school- 
teacher, selectman, &c. 

6. Thomas, son of Samuel and Mary, born Dec. 10, 1771 ; 
married Sarah. Children, — Sally, born in 1793; Hannah, 
Feb. 18, 1795 ; Mary, Feb. 13, 1797 ; Margaret, Dec. 16, 
1798, married a Harrington, and lives at Quincy ; Mehetabel, 
who died young ; Loring W., born Oct. 3, 1803 ; Thomas ; 
Susan ; Rachel, who married B. Newcomb. 

7. Thomas, son of Thomas and Sarah, married a Howard. 
Children, — Charles; Herber A. Lives in Quincy. 

5. Frederick, son of John and Mary of Abington, born 
July 28, 1746 ; married Rebecca Ayers, Sept. 20, 1770. 
Children, — David, born Sept. 30, 1771 ; Frederick, April 19, 
1774 ; Asa, May 27, 1777 ; Hannah, April 2, 1782. Mar- 
ried, for second wife, Hannah. Children, — Lydia, born 
June 13, 1788 ; Isaac, June 23, 1795. He lived in Boston 
at the date of his first marriage, and at one time lived in 
Abington, and also in Weymouth. 

6. Isaac, son of Frederick and Hannah, born June 23, 
1795 ; married Cynthia Pratt, May 24, 1819. Children,— 
Eliza, born Dec. 22, 1819 ; Cynthia, Dec. 25, 1821 ; Mary 
Ann, Sept. 25, 1825 ; Asa T., Jan. 1, 1826 ; Isaac, Feb. 13, 
1828, died ; Isaac, bom Nov. 4, 1831 ; Stephen S., May 2, 
1838. 

4. Joseph, son of John and Mary, and grandson of William 
and Esther, born Feb. 13, 1717 ; married Mary. Child, — 
Mary, born in 1747. He settled first in Abington, but 
moved to Bridgewater. 

7. Isaac, son of Isaac and Cynthia, born Nov. 4, 1831 ; 
married Elizabeth E. Child, — Estella, born Feb. 25, 
1855. 

6. Frederick, son of Frederick, born April 17, 1714 ; set- 

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314 WILLIAM EEADE OP WEYMOUTH, 

tied in New Bedford. He had previously lived in Randolph. 
Married Sally Packard in 1797. 

6. David, son of Frederick and Rebecca, born Sept. 30, 
1771; married Susan Spear. Children, — David A., born 
Dec. 6, 1795 ; Susan, Aug. 15, 1797 ; Thomas S., June 9, 
1800. He died May 12, 1822 : his wife died Aug. 26, 1801. 

7. David A., son of David and Susan, born Dec. 6, 1795 ; 
married Nancy Loud, Aug. 6, 1818. Children, — Daniel 
Franklin, born May 10, 1834; Mary Ann, Oct. 16, 1820; 
D. Augustus, Jan. 12, 1831; Susan S., Nov. 9, 1818; 
George W., March 22, 1838 ; Nancy Maria, April 22, 1842, 
died Jan. 1, 1849. He lived several years in Lynn, but 
now resides in Weymouth. 

7. Thomas S., son of David, born in Boston, June 9, 
1800 ; married Cynthia Shaw, Nov. 5, 1823. Children,— 
George, born April 19, 1824 ; Josiah, April 18, 1826 ; Ellen, 
born at "Weymouth, Nov. 25, 1828, died young ; Adeline, 
born Oct. 3, 1830 ; Jane Ellen, Sept. 26, 1841. 

8. Adeline, daughter of Thomas S. and Cynthia, born 
Oct. 3, 1830 ; married Oliver Loud. Child, — Wilbur, 
born Sept. 4, 1851. 

8. Josiah, son of Thomas S. and Cynthia, born April 18, 
1826 ; married Sarah Fogg, Sept. 3, 1845. Children, — 
Amelia C, born March 15, 1846 ; Sarah L., Jan. 13, 1848 ; 
Josiah B., June 7, 1852 ; Freeman S., July 22, 1856. Lives 
at South Weymouth. Is known as Deacon Reed. 

8. David A., son of David A. and Nancy, born Jan. 12, 
1841 ; married Betsy D. Heath, Nov. 3, 1850, and lives at 
Abington. Child, — Herbert A., born June 28, 1851. 

8. George, son of Thomas and Cynthia, married Maria 
Vinal. Children, — Adeline M., born May 5, 1850 ; George 
E., 1846 ; Thomas H, Oct. 5, 1847 ; George E., Aug. 2, 
1852 ; Josiah A., Feb. 16, 1855 ; Nathaniel B., July 21, 
1857. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 315 

8. Susan, daughter of David A. and Nancy, married 
John Osburne, April 14, 1839. Children, — Susan Maria, 
John E., Mary Ann, Caroline Elizabeth, Ellen, Nancy Fran- 
ces, Charles, George. Lives at Nashua, N.H. 

8. Mary, daughter of David A. and Nancy, born Oct. 16, 
1820 ; married Samuel 0. Breed of Lynn. Children, — 
Mary A., Priscilla A., Susan Ellen. 

8. D. Augustus, son of David A. and Nancy, born Jan. 12, 
1831; married Betsy D. Keith. Child, — Herbert Augus- 
tus. 

8. Franklin, son of David A. and Nancy, born May 10, 
1834; married Joanna Cushing. Child, — Frank Edwin. 

6. Samuel, son of Samuel and Mary, born Sept. 16, 1765, 
and settled in Hull ; married Polly Greenleaf, daughter of 
John and Mary Gould Greenleaf, Nov. 17, 1793. Children, 

— Mary, born Feb. 21, 1797, who now lives in Hull ; Sam- 
uel, born in March, 1802 : Elizabeth Greenleaf, March 17, 
1809, who lives, with her sister, on the old homestead ; 
John ; Thomas ; Sally, married a Holstrum of Quincy ; 
William ; Philip. He died in Hull, Feb. 28, 1853, aged 
eighty-seven : his wife died in 1856. 

7. Samuel, son of Samuel and Polly, born March, 1802 ; 
married Caroline Nash, and lives at Weymouth. Children, 

— Charles A., born June 16, 1836, graduated at Amherst in 
1856, and is now the Principal of Hanson Academy ; Caro- 
line A., born March 29, 1838 ; George W., Jan. 8, 1840, 
at Amherst College ; Samuel W., March 25, 1846, died 
Sept. 11, 1848 ; Samuel W., born Dec. 31, 1849. 

6. John, son of Samuel and Mary, born May 9, 1767 ; 
married Elizabeth, daughter of Elisha and Martha (Loring) 
Gould of Hull, Nov. 29, 1792. Children, — Betsy, born in 
Hull, Nov. 30, 1793, married James Marble of Hingham 
in 1812 ; John, born March 3, 1797 ; Elizabeth, Oct. 9, 
1802, died unmarried ; Patty Gould (twin with Elizabeth), 



316 WILLIAM READE OF WEYMOUTH, 

married Nathaniel Fearing Lane of Hingham, Dec. 21, 1824. 
His wife died March 24, 1815, aged forty-four. Married, 
for second wife, Martha (Gould) Swain, widow of William 
Swain, and sister to his first wife ; who had, by her first hus- 
band, a daughter Harriet, who married George Robinson of 
Somerville ; at whose house she died, Dec. 29, 1838, but was 
buried in Hull. He moved to Scituate after the death of 
his second wife ; where he died March 5, 1852, aged eighty- 
four, and was buried in Hull. 

7. John, son of John and Elizabeth, born March 3, 1797 ; 
married Emma Dill, daughter of Daniel and Mary Chubbock 
Dill of Hull, Nov. 3, 1818. Children, — Jane Binney, born 
July 24, 1819, married John Wesley Power of Hingham, 
Feb. 13, 1848 ; John, born Dec. 7, 1822 ; Daniel Dill, 
Jan. 13, 1827. He died April 17, 1828. His widow still 
lives in Hull. 

8. John, son of John and Emma, born Dec. 7, 1822 ; 
married Mary Elizabeth, daughter of William and Mary 
(Dill) Pope, Dec. 25, 1853. Children, — John W., born at 
Hull, Dec. 2, 1854, died Jan. 18, 1855 ; Harriet Swain, born 
May 13, 1856 ; Annie Clark, May 7, 1857, died Dec. 14, 
1857. 

8. Daniel D., son of John and Emma, born Jan. 13, 
1827 ; married Esther B. L., daughter of Thomas and Anna 
Batchford, of Halifax, N.S., July 14, 1852. Children,— 
Esther Sophia, born at Hull, June 12, 1854 ; Emma Jane 
Binney, March 3, 1856. 

7. Hannah, daughter of Thomas and Sarah of Weymouth, 
married Elijah Pierce of Weymouth. Children, — Jere- 
miah C, Eliot C, Frances. 

7. Mary, daughter of Thomas and Sarah, married Capt. 
Clark. Child, — Elizabeth E. She is a widow, and lives in 
Boston. 

7. Loring W., son of Thomas and Sarah, born Oct. 3, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 317 

1803; married Ann Pool of Abington. Children, — Anna 
P., born Oct. 13, 1831 ; Charles Loring, Jan. 9, 1833 ; Sarah 
Lapham, Oct. 19, 1834 ; Thomas Franklin, Oct. 6, 1836 ; 
William Garrison, June 9, 1842. 

8. Sarah L., daughter of Loring W., married John M. 
Way of Roxbury. Children, — John M. ; Clarence. She 
died March 30, 1858. 

7. William, son of Samuel and Polly, married . 

Child, — Samuel. 

7. Philip, son of Samuel and Polly Torrey, born July 31, 
1777 ; married Polly Taylor of Hanson, and lives at South 
Abington. Children, — Mary, born Oct. 1, 1800; Jane, 
Sept. 30, 1804 ; Eliza, Oct. 31, 1806 ; Phebe, April 16, 
1809 ; Philip, Sept. 19, 1802. Known as Deacon Reed of 
South Abington. 

5. John, son of John and Mary, born May 9, 1748 ; set- 
tled in Hull, and died March 5, 1832. 

8. Philip, son of Philip, born Sept. 19, 1802 ; married 
Sapphira Howland, Dec. 15, 1825. Children, — George Wil- 
liams, born Sept. 29, 1826 ; Lucy White, May 24, 1833 ; 
Charles Warren, Feb. 2, 1842. Lives at South Abington. 

9. George W., son of Philip aud Sapphira, born Sept. 29, 
1826 ; married Lucy Ann Cook. Children, — George Ban- 
croft ; Florence Augusta, born Sept. 9, 1849 ; Frank W. ; 
Lucy Ann ; Oliver Henley. 

5. John, son of John and Sarah, and grandson of Thomas 
and Sarah, married Mary Bate, Dec. 26, 1746. Children, — 
John, born Feb. 9, 1748 ; Frederick, July 13, 1750, who mar- 
ried Jane Pool ; John, born Feb. 13, 1755 ; Asa, Feb. 12, 
1757 ; David ; Noah, Nov. 18, 1759 ; Ezra, Nov. 24, 1762 ; 
William ; Samuel, Sept. 16, 1765 ; Deborah ; Sarah ; Mary. 

6. John, son of John and Mary, born Feb. 13, 1755 ; mar- 
ried Rachel Clark, and settled in Bolton, Mass. Children, 
— John, born June 21, 1779; Rachel, Jan. 3, 1782; Elias, 



318 WILLIAM READE OP WEYMOUTH, 

Feb. 16, 1783 ; Elihu, Feb. 19, 1784 ; Silas, June 13, 1786 ; 
David, Oct. 6, 1788 ; Ludovicus, Sept. 18, 1790 ; Charlotte, 
May 29, 1793 ; Warren, who died in Scottsville, Va. He 
was one of the men who built the fortifications on Dorches- 
ter Heights, which caused the British to evacuate Boston ; 
and he drew a pension the latter part of his life. 

6. Noah, son of John and Mary, born Nov. 18, 1759 ; 
married Mehetabel Wild, July 6, 1788, and settled in Milton. 
Children, — Betsy, born March 28, 1789, married Jesse 
Tucker ; Warren, born Feb. 12, 1793 ; Charlotte, married 
Jason Wadsworth ; Rachel. 

7. Warren, son of Noah and Mehetabel, born Feb. 12, 
1793 ; married Mary H. Wadsworth ; published Dec. 16, 
1836; lives in Milton. Children, — Edward Warren, born 
March 21, 1841 ; John Henry, April 16, 1843 ; William 
Ruggles, Feb. 5, 1845. 

6. Ezra, son of John and Mary of Weymouth, born 
Nov. 24, 1762; married Mary Lovell. Children, — Ezra, 
born May 28, 1788 ; Harvey, Nov. 12, 1791 ; Mary ; Quincy, 
Nov. 11, 1793 ; Betsy ; John, Jan. 22, 1804 ; Alvan. Mar- 
ried Hannah Tirrell for second wife, May 1, 1823. 

6. Frederick, son of John and Mary, married Miss Pool. 
Children, — David ; Frederick ; Asa ; Rebecca, who married 
Trupont ; Warren ; Hannah, who married Deacon John 
Vining. 

6. William, son of John and Mary, married Betsy Packard. 
Children, — Betsy, Polly, Sarah, Lydia, William, Nancy. 

6. Jane, daughter of John and Mary, born July 13, 1750 ; 
married Thomas Webb. Children, — Hannah, who married 
Zachariah Nash ; Jane, married William Humphrey ; Sarah, 

married Samuel Arnold ; Ruth, married Whitmarsh ; 

Betsy, married Faxon ; Nancy, married Arnold ; 

Polly ; Asa, who married Susan Pratt ; Thomas. 

6. Mary, daughter of John and Mary, married Jonathan 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 319 

Trupont. Children, — Jonathan, who married Rebecca, 
daughter of Frederick Eeed ; Ezra ; Asa ; Sarah. 

6. Deborah, daughter of John and Mary, married James 
Jeffers. Children, — Ansell B. ; Robert; Harvey; James; 
Betsy ; Lucy, who married a French ; Mary, who married a 
Bryant. 

7. Ezra, son of Ezra, born May 28, 1788 ; married Su- 
sanna C. Richards, June 16, 1816. Children, — Susan, 
born March 24, 1821 ; Ezra, Oct. 11, 1822 ; Mary, May 17, 
1825 ; James A., March 22, 1832. 

7. Quincy, son of Ezra, born Nov. 12, 1793 ; married 
Lucy Loud, Feb. 11, 1821. Children, — Quincy L., born 
April 6, 1822 ; Lucy Ann, Sept. 25, 1825 ; Maria T., Aug. 30, 
1830 ; William H., June 16, 1832 ; Harriet P., April 5, 
1838. He earned his father over three thousand dollars 
before he was twenty-one. He now lives on a beautiful 
farm in the village of South Weymouth. His sons have 
rendered assistance to the author in procuring statistics for 
this work. 

8. Ezra, son of Ezra and Susanna, born March 24, 1821 ; 
married Jane A. Wright, Feb. 11, 1849, and settled in Wey- 
mouth. Children, — Charles S., born Nov. 12, 1851 ; Clara 
Jane. 

7. Alvan, son of Ezra, married Phebe Arnold of Wey- 
mouth. Married, for second wife, Anna Titterton, an Eng- 
lish lady from New Orleans. Married, for third wife, Lucy 
Vining. Children, — William Titterton, born Sept. 9, 1849 ; 
Lucianna, Aug. 31, 1851. Died in 1852. 

8. Lucy, daughter of Quincy and Lucy, born Sept. 25, 
1825 ; married Joshua E. Crane of Bridgewater. Children, 
— Joshua Eddy ; Charles Reed ; Lucy R., died young ; 
Morton Eddy. 

8. Harriet P., daughter of Quincy and Lucy, born April 5, 
1838 ; married William A. Shaw of Weymouth. 



320 WILLIAM READE OF WEYMOUTH, 

8. Susan, daughter of Ezra, married Winslow Blanchard, 
and lives at Weymouth. Children, — Winslow, Susanna, 
James Franklin. 

8. Mary, daughter of Ezra, married Eleazer Wright. 
Children, — George Herbert, Frederick, Alfred, Ezra Sted- 
man. 

8. James, son of Ezra, married Mary Ann Pratt. 

7. Harvey, son of Ezra and Mary, married Lydia Dyer of 
Weymouth. Child, — Mehetabel. Married, for second wife, 
Jane Pratt in Boston, Sept. 10, 1818. Children, — Har- 
vey H., Jane P., George H., Anna F. He lives in Bangor. 

8. Jane, daughter of Harvey, married Charles E. Lyon. 
Children, — Charles A., George Evans, Edward. 

8. Betsy, daughter of Ezra, married Seth Hersey of Hing- 
ham. Children, — Lydia Dyer, Mary Storrs, Henry, Anna, 
Betsy Reed, Seth Storrs, Henrietta. 

8. Mary, daughter of Ezra, married David Lovell. Child, 
— David Brigham. 

8. John, son of Ezra, born Jan. 22, 1804 ; married Lydia 
B. Vining, Nov. 10, 1825. Children, — Augusta, born 
Aug. 23, 1826 ; John Bradford, Nov. 3, 1830 ; Henry, 
Jan. 27, 1833, died young ; Franklin, born Jan. 30, 1835 ; 
Frederick, May 13, 1839 ; Helen Anna T., Nov. 5, 1845. 
His family live in Weymouth ; but he resides in New 
Orleans. 

9. Augusta, daughter of John, married Dana W. Bar- 
rows. Children, — Abby L., born February, 1852; John 
R., June 15, 1854. 

9. John Bradford, son of John and Lydia, married Emily 
Jane Loud of Weymouth, Nov. 27, 1850. Children, — Emily 
B., born Oct. 12, 1851 ; Henry, Oct. 11, 1853. 

9. Franklin, son of John and Lydia, married Pamelia 
Thayer of Weymouth, June 8, 1852. Children, — Jennie, 
born Oct. 21, 1856 ; Lizzie, May 13, 1858. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 321 

7. Betsy, daughter of Ezra and Mary, bom Aug. 15, 
1796 ; married Seth S. Hersey of Hingliam, Nov. 28, 1816. 
Children, — Lydia B., born Aug. 22, 1847 ; Mary Stowers, 
Oct. 13, 1818, married Robert A. Cashing, June 1, 1841 ; 
Henry, born May 2, 1820 ; Ann, May 19, 1822, married 
Pyam C. Burr, June 1, 1843 ; Betsy R., born Nov. 23, 1823, 
married Theophilus Burr, Nov. 27, 1845 ; Seth Stowers, 
born Nov. 21, 1833 ; Henrietta, May 6, 1836, married Ebed 
L. Ripley, Dec. 23, 1856. 

8. Henry, son of Seth S. Hersey and Betsy Reed, born 
May 2, 1820 ; married Betsy Shute, Nov. 29, 1845. Chil- 
dren, — Elizabeth ; Henry M. He died in New Orleans. 

8. Lydia B., daughter of Seth S. Hersey and Betsy Reed, 
born Aug. 15, 1817 ; married Joshua Jacobs, Aug. 22, 1847. 
Child, — Laura R., born Sept. 13, 1855. 

8. Mary S., daughter of Seth S. Hersey and Betsy Reed, 
married Robert A. dishing. Children, — Robert A., born 
Jan. 17, 1843 ; Alfred, Dec. 9, 1855. He died in Hing- 
liam. 

8. Ann C, daughter of Seth S. Hersey and Betsy Reed, 
born May 19, 1822 ; married Pyam C. Burr, June 1, 1843. 
Children, — Frederick ; Henry. 

7. John, son of John and Rachel, born in Weymouth, 
June 21, 1779, and went with his father to Bolton, where 
he married Lucy Houghton. Children, — John Amory 
Reed, who married at St. Thomas, and had two children, — 
Elizabeth and Catherine. John Reed also had Catherine, 
who married a Swanton ; and Charlotte, who married Jo- 
seph B. Eaton. His widow lives at No. 19, Hancock Street, 
Boston. 

7. Elihu, son of John and Rachel, born at Weymouth, 
Feb. 19, 1784, and went with his father to Bolton, where he 
married Sabra Houghton. Children, — Elihu, who is a 
merchant on Long Wharf, Boston ; Charles W., of No. 67, 

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322 WILLIAM READE OF WEYMOUTH, 

Commercial Wharf, born in 1809, and lives in Brighton ; 
James H. ; Prank ; William. 

8. Charles W., son of Elihu and Sabra, married in Boston 
to Martha A. Bullard, for second wife, in 1852. 

7. Elias, son of John and Rachel, born Feb. 16, 1783 ; 
married Sally Block of Richmond, Va. Children, — Susan, 
who married her cousin, David H. Reed (deceased, leaving 
children Nannie and Susan) ; Rachel, who married a Bland, 
and has a child, named Maggie ; Elias, who died unmar- 
ried ; Sarah ; Charlotte, who married Capt. Poythres ; Wil- 
liam B., who married Lucy Franklin of Richmond, Va. ; 
C ; John H., a sea-captain. 

8. Charles W., son of Elihu and Sabra, married a Hearsey 
of Hingham ; and, for second wife, Martha Bullard. 

8. Silas, son of John and Rachel, born at Weymouth, 
June 13, 1786 ; married Miss Betsy Whitcomb of Bolton. 
Children, — Charlotte W., who lives in Manchester, 111. ; 
Warren, who is in California ; John, in Alexandria ; Emily, 
married Haslip, and lives in Illinois ; Joseph ; Silas, who is 
in California. 

8. David, son of John and Rachel, married Nancy Nurse 
of Bolton. Children, — David H. ; Ann. 

9. David H., son of David and Nancy, married Susan 
Richmond. 

8. Henry Ludovicus, son of John and Rachel, born 
Sept. 18, 1790; married Charlotte Stickney. Children, — 
Henry C, of the firm of Ross, Campbell, and Company, of 
Baltimore, who married Kate Ring of York, Pa. ; Thomas 
D. ; John W., who died in Norfolk ; Mary E. ; Charlotte S. ; 
Julia L. ; John L. 

8. Charlotte, daughter of John and Rachel, born at Wey- 
mouth, May 29, 1793 ; married Levi Houghton of Bolton, 
and moved to Bath. Children, — Levi Warren ; Elizabeth ; 
Amory, who married a Miss Jewell ; Clara, who married 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 323 

a Kimball of Bath. John R., who married a M'Lellan ; 
Henry L. ; Frederick ; Charlotte, who married C. I. Mackee 
of New Orleans. 

8. Catherine, daughter of John and Lucy, married John 
Sivanton of Bath. Children, — Kate, who married a Hasel- 
ton ; Ann Eliza ; Henry ; Augusta ; Josephine. 

Charlotte, daughter of John and Lucy, married Joseph B. 
Eaton of Boston. Children, — Maria, Charlotte, Kate, 
Lucy, Elizabeth. 

Clara, daughter of John and Rachel, married Joseph 
Hartwell of Ware. Children, — John W., who married 
Pauline Bachelder ; Warren, married Alice Clarke ; Silas ; 
Clara, who married Dr. E. B. Richardson, and had Clara ; 
Mary ; Carrie ; Hattie ; Lottie. 

Jesse, son of Ezekiel and Mary, born in 1788 ; married 
Hannah Haywood in 1800. Children, — Eliza, who mar- 
ried John Davenport, and died, leaving two sons and two 
daughters ; Hannah H. ; Horatio G. ; Simeon R., died 
young ; Thomas, died young ; Harriet W. ; Mary ; Ann M. ; 
Roxanna ; George W., died young ; Jesse, died young. 
Married, for second wife, Louisa Lindsey, May 28, 1850. 
Children, — Mary Louisa, born Aug. 9, 1853; Jesse Ed- 
wards, Jan. 17, 1857. He is known as Col. Reed, and lives in 
Marshfield. He has probably been the author of more new 
inventions, and obtained more patents, than any other person 
in the United States ; and is now, in the eighty-third year of 
his age, actively employed in a new and important invention. 
Among the long list of his useful inventions are the ma- 
chines known as the " Odiorne tool," the " Reed tool," the 
machine now in almost universal use for making cut-nails, 
and machines for pulverizing dyewoods, for steering vessels, 
as well as various kinds of pumps, treenail machines, cotton- 
gins, <fec. He is said to be a man of great industry and 
indomitable perseverance. Free and generous, he expends 



324 WILLIAM READE OF WEYMOUTH, 

on new inventions the fruits of his previous toils. He has 
made and lost several fortunes in his day : but, although 
poor, has made many rich ; and his name will be remem- 
bered by future generations with respect and gratitude. 
Though no towering momiment should be raised to his 
memory, yet every nail driven in the building of our dwell- 
ings speaks forth the benefits of his wonderful ingenuity. 

Hannah H., the daughter of Col. Jesse and Hannah, 
married Martin McLaughlin in Mansfield, and settled in 
Duxbury. Children, — Roxanna, who died young ; Martin 
P., now of Wisconsin ; George T. ; Hannah R. ; Mary W. 
Mrs. McLaughlin died at East Bridgewater in 1841. 

George T. McLaughlin, son of Martin and Hannah, mar- 
ried Clara M. Holden of Boston, and keeps at No. 108, State 
Street. 

Hannah R., the daughter of Martin McLaughlin and 
Hannah, married John Richards of West Bridgewater. 
Children, — Charlotte, and one infant whose name is un- 
known. 

Mary W., daughter of Martin McLaughlin and Hannah, 
married George H. Carlton of North Bridgewater, and has 
one son. 

Harriet N., daughter of Col. Jesse Reed and Hannah, 
married Joseph Parsons, and lives at Marshfield. Children, 
— Joseph ; Julia, who married Joel Moses of the State of 
Maine. 

Ann M., the only surviving daughter of Col. Jesse Reed 
and Hannah, married Charles Walker, and lives at Marsh- 
field. Children, — Matilda, Charles, Edmond, Almeda. 

3. Jacob, third son of William and Esther of Weymouth, 
was born Nov. 6, 1691. He settled in Abington — the part 
now called South Abington — in 1708. He married Sarah 
Hersey. Their children were — (1.) Sarah, born May 2, 1718 : 
she married Rev. Solomon Reed of Titicut Parish, Middle- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 325 

borough ; being bis second wife.* (2.) Jacob, born July 7, 
1720 : he married Rebecca Andrews. (3.) Hannah, born 
Feb. 26, 1722 : she married Joshua Howe, Dec. 26, 1754. 
(4.) William, born Sept. 20, 1725. (5.) Elijah, born 
Feb. 14, 1727 : he married, in 1753, Sarah, daughter of 
Obadiah Reed. (6.) Betty, born March 1, 1731 : she died 
young. After the death of his wife Sarah, he married 
Widow Hannah Noyes. Their only child was — (7.) Betty, 
born in 1734. He appears to have been a man of influence, 
from the fact that he was elected to the office of Town Clerk 
of Abington nineteen years. He died in 1766, at the age of 
seventy-five years. 

4. William, son of Jacob and Sarah of Abington, born Sept. 
20, 1725 ; married, in 1750, Silence Nash. Their children 
were — (1.) Silence, born Aug. 6, 1753 ; died July 10, 1794. 
(2.) William, born June 8, 1755. (3.) Jane, born June 23, 
1757 : she married Rev. David Gurney, who was settled as 
successor of Rev. Solomon Reed of Titicut Parish, Middle- 
borough. (4.) Betsey, born Feb. 23, 1760 : she married 
Ebenezer Porter of Abington. (5.) Susanna, born July 26, 
1762 : she married Benjamin Bates of Abington. (6.) James, 
born Oct. 6, 1764 : he married Ruth Porter of Bridgewater. 
(7.) Timothy, born May 29, 1767 ; died Sept. 8, 1775. (8.) 
Mehetabel, born Jan. 29, 1770 ; died Jan. 6, 1773. This 
William, son of Jacob and Sarah, was an earnestly reli- 
gious man, and for many years a leader in the neighbor- 
hood religious meetings of his time. He died Dec. 4, 
1807, aged eighty-two years : Silence, his wife, died March 9, 
1807. 



* During her maiden life, she was accustomed to say that there were three con- 
ditions with which she would not be connected in marriage; viz., with a widower 
who had children, with a clergyman, or with her own cousin. But she seems to 
have changed her mind; for, in marrying Rev. Solomon Reed, she married them all 



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5. Rev. "William Reed, second child of "William and Silence, 
and grandson of Jacob and Sarah, was born in Abington, 
June 8, 1755. Being in early life religiously disposed, he 
desired a liberal education, with the purpose of entering the 
Christian ministry. He graduated at Harvard College in 
1782 ; and in April, 1784, was ordained as pastor of the 
Congregational Church in Easton, Mass. In May, 1784, he 
married Olive Pool * (born Jan. 28, 1767), third daughter of 
Samuel Pool of Bridgewater. The children of Rev. William 
and Olive were — (1.) Mehetabel, born in Easton, June 20, 
1785 : she married Jacob Deane of Mansfield in 1808. 
(2.) William, born Dec. 12, 1787. (3.) David, born Feb. 6, 
1790. (4.) Olive, born in April, 1792 ; died in August, 
1793. (5.) Jason, born Oct. 14, 1794. (6.) Daniel, born 
March 22, 1797. (7.) Seth, born Aug. 22, 1799. (8.) Ly- 
man, born Dec. 28, 1801. (9.) Lucius, born Oct. 27, 1805. 
Mr. Reed died Nov. 16, 1809; having been the pastor of 
the church in Easton upwards of twenty-five years. His 
ministry, though not distinguished by unusual instances of 
religious excitement, was a successful one, considering its 
limited duration. The number of church-members was 
much increased ; and his labors were believed by disinte- 
rested observers to have had an important influence in effect- 
ing a decided reformation in the moral character of the town, 
whose reputation in the surrounding places had for some 
years been low. The staid and reliable character of the 
first settlers had not, with some honorable exceptions, been 
maintained by their descendants. Many of them had fallen 



* I find frequent marriage alliances to hare been formed, and a quartering of 
arms, between the Keeds and Pools in the fourteenth century. The name was 
then Pole; and the alteration of the orthography is in keeping with the manner in 
"which the etymology of words has been, in many cases, entirely lost. Pool is a 
corruption of De la Pole, Lord Chancellor under Richard II., and whose sister mar- 
ried a Reed; a large amount of property coming into the hands of the Reed Family 
by that marriage. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 327 

into the vices then common to new settlements ; * and the 
immoral tendencies had been aggravated by the disturbed 
and unprofitable character of the two preceding ministries, — 
one contentious, and the other immoral. There was a call 
for reform ; and it was accomplished, as became manifest to 
all observers : so that, at Mr. Reed's decease (Nov. 16, 1809, 
at the age of fifty-four), the reputation of the town, as to the 
maintenance of order and exemplary morals, stood on a full 
equality with its neighbors. This reform, aided under Pro- 
vidence by the general progress of society, was brought 
about, not suddenly with religious excitement, but gradu- 
ally and quietly ; the natural result, so far as the minister's 
influence was concerned, of a faithful devotion to his duties 
as a preacher and pastor, enforcing all by his own steady and 
pure Christian example. f 



* At the time of Mr. Reed's settlement in Easton, in 1784, probably one-quarter, 
if not one-third, of the territory was covered by the original forest. 

t The period at which Mr. Reed was settled was peculiarly unfavorable, as 
regards worldly support; and his experience not only shows the trials and priva- 
tions of a country minister's life from seventy-five to fifty years ago, but reveals 
also — what only those who have felt it can fully understand, and what is as true now 
as then — the real destitution and distress to which his family is liable, when the 
scanty support of his small salary is cut off by death. This destitution and distress, 
in the present case, were experienced to the full extent by the death of Mr. Reed in 
November, 1809. His original salarj* (one hundred pounds) was very imperfectly 
paid for many years, owing to the depressed state of the whole business of the 
country just after the Revolutionary War: and, by the great changes in the prices 
of provisions and labor, it soon became much less valuable ; so that, during the 
twenty-five years of his ministry, the average value of his salary was less than two- 
thirds of the cash value of a hundred pounds when he was settled. Under these 
circumstances, it was only with the most rigid economy and many privations that 
essential family expenses could be met. It is not difficult to understand that the 
situation of the widow was one of peculiar anxiety and trial, thus left without 
means, with her two oldest sons on their last year in college, and five younger sons 
to be supported and educated. By the blessing of Providence, she was carried 
through it, and, at the close of a long life, was able to say (Ps. xxxvii. 25), " I have 
been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his 
seed begging bread." She remained in widowhood amongst her husband's people 
upwards of forty years, beloved and respected for her peace-loving spirit, her gentle- 
ness and sweetness of temper, and her consistent and exemplary Christian life. She 
died on the 26th of March, 1850, at the age of eighty-three ; and her eight surviving 



328 WILLIAM EEADE OP WEYMOUTH, 

6. Mehetabel, daughter of Rev. William, born June 20, 
1785 ; married Jacob Deane of Mansfield, who descended 
from John Deane in the following order : John Deane 
came from Chard, in England, in 1636. He had a son 
John, who had Samuel ; and Samuel had William ; and 
William had John ; and John had Jacob, the husband of 
Mehetabel Reed. Mr. Deane occupies the paternal estate 
of his ancestors, which has been thus occupied for several 
generations. The dwelling-house was built by one of them, 
in the early part of the eighteenth century. 

7. William Reed Deane, son of Jacob and Mehetabel 
(Reed) Deane, and the eldest grandson of Rev. William 
Reed, born in Mansfield, Aug. 21, 1809; merchant of Bos- 
ton, and resides in Brookline, Mass ; married Abby Doggett, 
daughter of Rev. Simeon Doggett of Raynham, Mass., May 
22, 1834. Children, — William Roscoe, born in Boston, 
April 15, 1835, lawyer in Chicago, 111. ; Samuel Blair, born 
in Boston, Dec. 19, 1837, merchant of Lacon, 111. ; Abby 
Weston, born in Roxbury, Sept. 28, 1839 ; Henry Ware, 
born Dec. 1, 1847. 

8. William Roscoe Deane, eldest great-grandson of Rev. 
William Reed, and son of William Reed Deane and Abby, 
married Ellen M. Underwood, daughter of Hon. Abel Under- 
wood of Wells River, Vt., July 14, 1858. He is of the firm 
of Stiles and Deane, attorneys-at-law, Chicago, 111. 

7. Olive Reed Deane, the eldest grand-daughter of Rev. 
William Reed and Mrs. Olive, and daughter of Jacob and 
Mehetabel (Reed) Deane, born in Mansfield, Sept. 1, 1810 ; 
died in Boston, Sept. 29, 1828. 

7. Emily Deane, daughter of Jacob and Mehetabel (Reed) 



children, from distant locations, after thirty-five years' separation as a whole, and 
all in health, at the average age of fifty-four, gathered around her bier, at the old 
homestead, to mingle their tears and prayers (for the last time as it proved), and to 
lay her precious dust by the side of their honored and lamented father. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 829 

Dearie, born in Mansfield, July 27, 1812 ; married Alfred A. 
Hall of Raynham, Mass., now of Boston, Sept. 29, 1836. 
Children (all born in Raynham), — Josephine Lyman, born 
Aug. 18, 1837 ; Marcia Anna, Feb. 1, 1841 ; Stella Deane, 
July 7, 1815 ; Louisa Jane, Feb. 28, 1851. 

7. David Gurney Deane, son of Jacob and Mehetabel 
(Reed) Deane, born at Mansfield, Oct. 28, 1815 ; married 
Hannah A. Baxter, daughter of Chester Baxter, Esq., of 
Sharon, Vt., March 4, 1840. Children, — Chester Baxter, 
born in Boston, Jan. 31, 1841, died Nov. 28, 1841 ; David G. 
Deane, died at Sharon, Vt., Feb. 8, 1850. 

7. Jane Gurney Deane, daughter of Jacob and Me- 
hetabel (Reed) Deane, born in Mansfield, Dec. 12, 1824; 
formerly a teacher in Boston ; now (1860) resides in 
Mansfield. 

6. William, son of Rev. William of Easton, was born Dec. 
12, 1787. He graduated at Brown University in 1810. In 
November, 1812, he married Betsey Drake, daughter of Be- 
thuel Drake of Easton. Their children were — (1.) William 
Gurney, born in Plymouth, Sept. 25, 1813. (2.) Lieuphe- 
mia Eustatia, born in Easton, Sept. 13, 1815. (3.) Charles 
Henry, born in Milton, Feb. 5, 1818. His wife died in Mil- 
ton, Aug. 9, 1821. He married, for second wife, Abigail, 
widow of Calvin Howe of Boston, in November, 1822. On 
leaving college, he spent several years as a teacher, — first 
in Plymouth, and then in charge of Milton Academy, — and 
was popular and successful. He afterwards completed a 
course of study at the Divinity School, Cambridge ; and 
preached for several years, but never took permanent charge 
of a parish. In middle life, he settled on the homestead 
of his father, at Easton ; where for many years he held 
the commission and performed the duties of a justice of the 
peace. 

7. William G., son of William, Esq., and grandson of 

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330 WILLIAM EEADE OF WEYMOUTH, 

Rev. William, married Sophia Witherell of Chesterfield, 
Sept. 17, 1834. Children, — Helen Sophia, born in Middle- 
field, June 7, 1835 ; William Elisha, born in Millbury, 
June 7, 1837 ; Calvin Howe, born in Boston, March 25, 
1842 ; David G., Jan. 29, 1844, died Feb. 18, 1844 ; Ho- 
race D., born July 20, 1847, died in Raynham, Sept. 18, 
1849 ; Maria L., born in Raynham, Feb. 19, 1849. His wife 
died Oct. 31, 1855. In March, 1859, he married, for second 
wife, Miss Hyde of Charlestown. 

8. Helen S., daughter of William G. and Sophia, married 
Francis Copeland of Bridgewater, November, 1854. Chil- 
dren, — Anne Sophia, born December, 1855 ; Helen Frances, 
January, 1857 ; Mary Louisa, January, 1858. 

7. Lieuphemia Eustatia, daughter of William, Esq., of 
Easton, married John A. Hall of Raynham in 1837. Chil- 
dren, — Selwin E., born May, 1838 ; Euphemia E., March, 
1841 ; Francis R., September, 1842 ; Elizabeth D., Novem- 
ber, 1850 ; Mary Avery, August, 1853. 

7. Charles H, son of William, Esq., of Easton, married 
Mary Davis of Westport, November, 1840. Children, — 
Charles D., born in Boston, May 6, 1842 ; Henry L., Dec. 3, 
1843 ; George William, Sept. 12, 1852. 

6. David, second son of Rev. William of Easton, was born 
Feb. 6, 1790. He graduated at Brown University in 1810 ; 
being a classmate of his older brother William. Immedi- 
ately on leaving college, he commenced teaching. In Sep- 
tember, 1810, he took charge of the Plymouth Academy, at 
Bridgewater, and continued the connection two years ; in 
the mean time, and during part of the following year, giving 
attention, as far as other duties permitted, to professional 
studies with Rev. Dr. Sanger, then minister of the Congre- 
gational Society in South Bridgewater. Early in 1813, he 
removed to Cambridge, and pursued his studies at the Divi- 
nity School. He commenced preaching in 1814 ; and, from 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 331 

that time till 1821, had charge of different parishes, for con- 
siderably extended periods, in Maine, New Hampshire, and 
Connecticut, but was not ordained. The disturbed state of 
religious opinions in the parishes at that time, — at the 
breaking-out of the great controversy between the Liberal 
and Orthodox parties in the Congregational body, — and his 
experience of the privations to which a clergyman's family 
were liable from precarious and inadequate support, led him 
to decline a permanent parochial connection, till he should be 
able, without worldly anxiety or embarrassment, to devote 
himself fully to professional duty. 

The opportunity which his mode of life gave him, in these 
years, of learning the state of religious sentiment and inquiry 
in various communities, and the growing interest generally 
manifested in the religious discussions of the time, induced 
him to propose the publication of a religious newspaper, as 
an advocate of Liberal Christian views : and, with the appro- 
bation of his clerical friends, — Rev. Dr. Charming, Rev. Dr. 
Ware, and others, — he commenced in Boston, in April, 
1821, the publication of the "Christian Register," taking 
himself its editorial management ; and he continues to this 
time (1860) its publisher and proprietor. 

In 1836, May 2, he married Mary Ann Williams, youngest 
daughter of Howell Williams, Esq., of Brooklyn, Conn. 
Their children were — (1.) William Howell, born March 16, 
1837 ; merchant in Boston. (2.) Eliza Williams, born 
Sept. 1, 1838 ; died Dec. 1, 1847. (3.) Sophia Henrietta, 
born April 13, 1842 ; died Oct. 14, 1843. 

6. Jason, son of Rev. William, born Oct. 14, 1794 ; gra- 
duated at Harvard College, 1816 ; married Nancy E. Coates, 
May 19, 1824. They have one daughter, — Elizabeth Ly- 
man, born February, 1827. He is a lawyer at Milton, and 
has held the office of town-clerk many years. 

6. Daniel, son of Rev. William of Easton, born March 22, 



332 



1797; married Sally Wild, Sept. 17, 1821. Children,— 
Fidelia, born in Easton, Aug. 13, 1822 ; Sally Wild, July 30, 
1825. Sally, his wife, died July 14, 1826. Married, for 
second wife, Persis C. Hammond, daughter of Thomas Ham- 
mond of Carver, Feb. 10, 1828. Child, — Persis H., born 
June 2G, 1829. Persis, his second wife, died March 31, 

1831. Married, for third wife, Betsey T. Hammond, May 15, 

1832. Children,— Charlotte Augusta, born Feb. 21, 1833, 
died March 2, 1835 ; Almira Hammond, born Feb. 9, 1835 ; 
Melissa Cobb, Feb. 6, 1837 ; Olive Janette, March 20, 1841 ; 
Thomas Hammond, March, 1843, died in 1853. Betsey, his 
third wife, died Oct. 11, 1843. Married, for fourth wife, 
Mary Ann Richardson, Dec. 8, 1847. Child, — Daniel Rich- 
ardson, born in 1850, died in 1850. 

7. Fidelia Reed and John Jay Heard married April 21, 
1853. Children, — John Reed Heard, born Jan. 29, 1856 ; 
Mary Ann Heard, Aug. 18, 1858. 

7. Sally Wild Reed and Henry Dailey married May 4, 1847. 
Children, — Albert Henry, born March 3, 1848 ; Charles 
Thomas, May 2, 1853 ; George, January, 1858. 

6. Seth, son of Rev. William of Easton, born at Easton, 
Aug. 22, 1799 ; married Lucy Holden, July 22, 1827. 
Children, — Olive, born in Boston, June 2, 1828, died 
Sept. 8, 1828 ; William Edward, born Nov. 16, 1829 ; Sam- 
uel Payson, born in Baltimore, March 24, 1833 ; James 
Plolden Lander, July 6, 1836 ; Wallace Willard, July 26, 
1838 ; Seth Gurney, born July 20, 1840, at a dwelling-house 
which has since become a part of the College Building of 
St. Timothy's Hall, near Catonsville ; Lucy Holden, Nov. 24, 
1842, at Cedar Hill ; Charlotte Whipple, Nov. 12, 1845; 
Mary Laura, July 2, 1819. He is a merchant in Baltimore, 
and the author is much indebted to him for statistics con- 
tained in this work. 

7. William Edward, son of Seth and Lucy, born Nov. 16, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 666 

1829, took his name from both paternal and maternal 
grandparents, who both died the same month, and day 
of the month, in which he was born, both aged fifty-four 
(although one died in 1809, and the other in 1824) ; married 
Sarah Elizabeth Thomas, Dec. 8, 1853, and lives at Damas- 
cus, Montgomery County, Md. Children, — Mary Emma, 
born Nov. 7, 1855 ; Lucy Holden, May 13, 1858. 

7. Samuel P., son of Seth and Lucy, born March 24, 
1833 ; married Rachel Ann Brown, Aug. 23, 1855. Chil- 
dren, — Samuel Payson, born May 20, 1856 ; Olive Ann, 
May 7, 1857. He lives in Howard County, Md. 

6. Lyman, son of Rev. William Reed of Easton, born at 
Easton, Dec. 28, 1801 ; married Marcia Ann, daughter of 
Judge Jedediah Harris of Strafford, Vt., Oct. 22, 1832. 
Children, — Jedediah Harris, born in Baltimore, Aug. 2, 
1833, and graduated at Dartmouth College in 1854 ; Ellen 
Jennette, born Feb. 9, 1835 ; Lyman, June 9, 1838, died 
Feb. 28, 1839 ; Charles, born Aug. 4, 1840, died Sept. 9, 
1842. He lived in Boston from 1832 to '56, and was an 
alderman in 1845 and '46. He is a merchant, and, since 
1856, has lived in Baltimore ; and has recently obtained a 
patent for a prevention of the potato disease, — a discovery 
which has met the approbation of an agricultural committee 
of Congress as well as of the Patent Office. 

6. Lucius, son of Rev. William, born Oct. 27, 1805 ; mar- 
ried in Boston, to Abby Sumner Harris, Aug. 19, 1831. 
Children, — William Harris, born Aug. 19,1832, in Balti- 
more ; Lucius, born in Baltimore, 1834, and died in Texas, 
Nov. 4, 1857. He died in Boston, Nov. 1, 1855 : his wife 
died Nov. 6, 1839. 

Jane Reed, daughter of Silence and William, born 
June 23, 1757, was married in 1787 to Rev. David Gurney, 
who was settled in that year as pastor of the Congregational 
Society in Titicut, Middleborough ; being the successor of 



334 WILLIAM READE OF WEYMOUTH, 

Rev. Solomon Reed. He died July 30, 1815, at the age 
of fifty-six. Their first and only child, a daughter who 
lived but two days, was born seventeen years after their 
marriage. 

Mr. Gurney was a native of Abington, and graduated at 
Harvard College in 1784. He sought an education, with 
a view to the ministry. He was a fine classical scholar, 
prepared many young men for college, and often had pupils 
sent temporarily to his care from different colleges. As a 
writer and preacher, he was above the ordinary range of the 
clergy of his day ; was a great lover of music, and had a fine 
poetical taste. 

Betty Reed, daughter of William and Silence, born Feb. 
23, 1760, was married, 12th of January, 1792, to Ebenezer 
Porter. Their children were — (1.) Betsey, born Oct. 17, 
1792. (2.) Lydia, born Feb. 16, 1800. (3.) Sarah, born 
Feb. 16, 1803. Betsey was married to Christopher Dyer, 
Jan. 10, 1810 ; Lydia was married to Edward Vinton, 
Feb. 16, 1820 ; Sarah was married to Spencer Vining, 
Oct. 14, 1824. 

Susanna Reed, daughter of William and Silence, born 
July 26, 1762, was married to Benjamin Bates in 1789. 
Their children were — (1.) Benjamin, born June 16, 1789. 
(2.) Susanna, born in 1791. Benjamin married a Miss 
Jenkins, and died July 11, 1825, leaving two daughters. 
Susanna married Samuel Blake. 

James, son of William and Silence, born Oct. 6, 1764 ; 
married Ruth Porter of Bridge water. Their children were — 
(1.) Mehetabel, born in 1784. (2.) Hannah, born March 12, 
1786. (3.) James, born Aug. 13, 1788. (4.) Jane, born 
June 10, 1791. (5.) Samuel P., born May 4, 1793 ; died 
Sept. 9, 1815. (6.) Timothy, born March 22, 1796 ; died 
Oct. 17, 1815. (7.) Marcus, born Aug. 23, 1798. (8.) 
Cyrus, born July 23, 1800. He died at Abington, Oct. 30, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 335 

1855, at the age of ninety years. He was a man of a 
modest and retiring disposition ; an exemplary and prac- 
tically good man ; a lover of the Scriptures and of good 
men ; but, from dislike of rigid church requirements, not 
a public professor of religion. He died at peace with 
the world, and respected and beloved by all who knew 
him. 

Mehetabel, daughter of James and Ruth, born in 1784 ; 
married Samuel Porter. Their children were — Mehetabel, 
born May 6, 1804 ; Ruth, Dec. 24, 1810. 

Hannah, daughter of James and Ruth, born March 12, 
1786 ; married Jacob Fullarton of Abington. Their chil- 
dren were — (1.) Hannah, born Nov. 27, 1808 ; (2.) Betsey 
Jane; (3.) James R. ; (4.) Jacob; (5.) Timothy. 

James, son of James and Ruth, born Aug. 13, 1788 ; mar- 
ried Mehetabel Dyer, April 19, 1810 ; died Dec. 23, 1810. 

Jane, daughter of James and Ruth, born June 10, 1791 ; 
married Daniel Bates, Jan. 10, 1811. Their children were 
— (1.) Jane Gumey, born March 19, 1812. (2.) Emily, 
born Aug. 15, 1814. (3.) Daniel, born May 10, 1818. (4.) 
Mary Brown, born April 27, 1820. (5.) Eliza Ann, born 
June 16, 1822. He died June 10, 1826. 

Jane Gurney, daughter of Daniel Bates and Jane Reed, 
born March 19, 1812 ; married George Chandler, Jan. 1, 
1838. Children, — Sarah Jane, born June 17, 1839, died 
young ; Eliza Jane, born June 7, 1842. They live in Man- 
chester, N.H. 

Emily, daughter of Daniel Bates and Jane Reed, born 
Aug. 15, 1814 ; married, May 9, 1833, Washington Peterson, 
and lives at South Abington. Children, — Emily Bates, 
born March 16, 1834 ; Elizabeth, Sept. 30, 1836, died 
April 25, 1845 ; Elizabeth Amelia, born Feb. 4, 1848 ; 
Henry W., who died Aug. 10, 1850 ; Mary Augusta, born 
Dec. 22, 1853. 



336 WILLIAM EEADE OP WEYMOUTH, 

Daniel, son of Daniel Bates and Jane Reed, born May 10, 
1818 ; married Elizabeth Brown, Jan. 28, 1839. He died 
Aug. 25, 1839. 

Mary B., daughter of Daniel Bates and Jane Reed, born 
April 27, 1820 ; married Absalom Osburn, Jan. 2, 1838. 
Children, — Orinda Hyde, born March 15, 1839 ; Mary ; 
William, July 2, 1843 ; Emma, March 6, 1846 ; Daniel B., 
July 17, 1851 ; Sarah, Jan. 2, 1852, died Dec. 22, 1852 ; 
Frederic W., born April 17, 1856. 

Orinda H., daughter of Absalom Osburn and Mary B., 
born March 15, 1839 ; married Angus W. Young, March 15, 
1856. Child, — Eva Jane Wilson, born Feb. 11, 1858. 

Eliza Ann, daughter of Daniel Bates and Jane Reed, born 
June 16, 1822 ; married David Reed, son of Jeremiah, as 
his second wife, Oct. 9, 1839. Children, — Lucy Harrison, 
born Dec. 23, 1840 ; David and Daniel, May 7, 1843 ; Nancy 
Smith, Feb. 8, 1846 ; Frank F., Sept. 8, 1855 ; Edward S., 
Jan. 30, 1858, died April 19, 1858. 

Marcus, known as Major Reed, son of James and Ruth, 
born Aug. 23, 1798 ; married Mehetabel Jenkins, May 17, 
1821. Their children were — (1.) Marcus, born Nov. 19, 
1823. (2.) James, born Feb. 26, 1831. (3.) Timothy, born 
Sept. 25, 1826. 

James, second son of Marcus, born Feb. 26, 1831 ; mar- 
ried PeddyW. Howland, Sept. 7, 1851. Their children 
were — (1.) James L., born in Hanson, Jan. 10, 1853. 
(2.) Alice M., born Sept. 23, 1854. 

Timothy, son of Marcus, born Sept. 25, 1856 ; married 
Lydia Ann Bourne. Their children were — (1.) Mary 
Ella, born April 18, 1849, died young. (2.) Ann Eliza, born 
Sept. 25, 1855. 

Marcus, son of Marcus, born Nov. 29, 1823 ; married 
Jennette S. Sprout. Their children were — (1.) Jennette 
Augusta, born Oct. 22, 1849. (2.) Susan M., born July 20, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 337 

1815. (3.) Marcus Webster, bom Oct. 6, 1856. (4.) Amelia 
Francis, born Oct. 2, 1858. 

Cyrus, son of James and Ruth, born July 23, 1800 ; mar- 
ried Mary Noyes, Nov. 12, 1829. Their children were — 
(1.) Cyrus, born Dec. 16, 1834. (2.) Samuel W., born 
Dec. 15, 1837. 

Samuel W., son of Cyrus and Mary, born Dec. 15, 1837 ; 
married Ada Norton. Their children were — (1.) Charles 
H. (2.) Adda. 

3. William of Middleborough, son of James, married Eli- 
zabeth. Children, — William, born July 18, 1715 ; Hannah, 
June 7, 1717 ; Benjamin, May 26, 1720 ; Thomas, March 15, 
1722; Jonathan, Oct. 22, 1725; Peter, May 7, 1729. 

3. John, son of James of Middleborough, married Eliza- 
beth. Child, — Mary, born May 13, 1726. 

3. William, son of William and Esther, born in Wey- 
mouth, May 24, 1682 ; married Alice Nash in 1703. Chil- 
dren, — Alice, born in Boston, Oct. 19, 1703, died Oct. 24, 
1703; William, born Dec. 15, 1704, died Nov. 21, 1724; 
Obadiah, born March 14, 1707, died Nov. 4, 1724 ; Ebene- 
zer, born July 13, 1709 ; Alice, April 4, 1711, died Sept. 29, 
1724 ; Daniel, born Dec. 6, 1713 ; James, March 3, 1716 ; 
Solomon, Oct. 22, 1719 ; Jacob ; Moses, Jan. 15, 1723 ; 
Alice, April 19, 1725, married Jacob Reed, Dec. 1, 1748. 
He moved to Abington in 1708. At the first town-meeting 
held in Abington, March 2, 1712, he was chosen selectman 
and town-clerk. Ten of his descendants, at his death, had 
been liberally educated. He went by the appellation of 
" Capt. Reed." His wife died Dec. 5, 1751 : he died 
June 3, 1753. 

4. Ebenezer, son of William and Alice, born July 13, 
1709 ; married Hannah Thompson of Middleborough, Feb. 
21, 1732. Children, — Ebenezer, born Dec. 11, 1733, died 
June 4, 1740 ; William, born Oct. 28, 1735 ; Ichabod, 

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338 WILLIAM READE OP WEYMOUTH, 

April 26, 1738 ; David and Jonathan, July 9, 1740 ; Paul 
and Silas, March 3, 1743 (Paul died June 4, 1743 ; Silas 
died Aug. 11, 1744); Abigail, born April 10, 1745, married 
Jacob Dyer, Feb. 2, 1766 ; Barnabas, born April 5, 1748 ; 
Ebenezer, Dec. 18, 1751. Lived in Abington. 

5. William, son of Ebenezer and Hannah, born Oct. 28, 
1735 ; married Ruth Shaw, Dec. 27, 1759. 

5. David, son of Ebenezer and Hannah, born July 9, 
1740 (twin-brother of Jonathan) ; married Mary Ford, 
April 22, 1762. Children, — Ichabod, born Nov. 25, 1763 ; 
Abigail, June 4, 1765 ; David, May 3, 1767 ; Ebenezer, 
March 27, 1769 ; Andrew, June 25, 1771 ; Paul, Oct. 12, 
1773. 

6. David, son of David and Mary, born May 3, 1767 ; 
married Elizabeth T. Brown, Sept. 10, 1810. Children,— 
Charlotte, born May 16, 1812 ; Woodbridge Brown, Nov. 19, 
1810 ; Anson, Sept. 25, 1814 ; Nancy, Dec. 6, 1815 ; David. 
Married Nancy Smith. Children, — Lucy Harris, born 
Dec. 23, 1840 ; Nancy Smith, Feb. 8, 1846 ; Frank, Sept. 8, 
1856. 

6. Paul, son of David, born Oct. 12, 1763 ; married Mercy 
Noyes, Oct. 4, 1792. 

4. Daniel, son of William and Alice, born Dec. 6, 1713 ; 
married Ruth White, Sept. 15, 1739. Children, — Rachel, 
born Dec. 20, 1740, married Jacob Porter, jun., June 6, 
1763 ; Micah, born Feb. 1, 1742 ; Jesse, March 16, 1745, 
who moved to Charlemont ; Enoch, born Dec. 23, 1747 ; 
Seth, July 16, 1750 ; Ruth, Dec. 4, 1752, married Jacob 
Gannet, Aug. 12, 1774 ; Noah, born Dec. 10, 1754. Mar- 
ried, for second wife, Widow Sarah Dawes in 1765. He was 
one of the first settlers of Cummington, and died April 5, 
1781 ; was a captain. His wife died Jan. 2, 1775. 

5. Micah, son of Daniel and Ruth, born Feb. 1, 1742; 
married Deborah Thompson of Halifax, Oct. 20, 1767. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 339 

Children, — Susannah, born Sept. 6, 1770, married Benjamin 
Bates, Oct. 20, 1767 ; Mehetabel, bom Dec. 23, 1771 ; Mercy, 
April 21, 1772, married Benjamin Noyes, Dec. 8, 1793 ; 
Enoch, born Feb. 11, 1773 ; Seth, Jan. 9, 1776 ; Ruth, 
July 3, 1778, married Bela Blanchard of Weymouth, Sept. 1, 
1799 ; Noah, born April 22, 1781 ; Abigail, Nov. 13, 1784. 

6. Seth, son of Micah and Deborah, born Jan. 9, 1776 ; 
married Catherine Brown, Jan. 10, 1801. Children, — 
Seth, born May 2, 1804 ; Noah, Feb. 20, 1810 ; Lucy, 
July 20, 1802. 

7. Seth, son of Seth and Catherine, born May 2, 1804; 
married Sally Blanchard, Sept. 13, 1826. Children, — 
Ann M., born Nov. 15, 1829 ; Ruth Torrey, Dec. 24, 1833 ; 
Seth Deane, June 19, 1840 ; an infant, name not given, 
April 10, 1842 ; Sarah Weston, Oct. 9, 1817. 

5. Seth, son of Daniel and Ruth, born July 16, 1750 ; 
married Thankful Whitmarsh in 1773. She died in Cum- 
mington, June 2, 1775 ; and he married Mary Liswell for 
second wife, in 1776. Tradition says, that, as he was pass- 
ing where a man was felling a tree, it fell across the road 
upon him, and killed him. Children, — Olive, who died at 
Cummington, Jan. 2, 1775 ; Seth, who married Catherine, 
and had a son Seth, boi*n May 2, 1804 ; Mehetabel, born 
June 4, 1806 ; Lucy, July 20, 1802, married Pliny Edson 
in 1819. He died at Cummington, Dec. 19, 1853. 

5. Noah, son of Daniel and Ruth, born Dec. 10, 1754 ; 
married Abigail, daughter of Sylvanus Rice of Charlemont, 
July 12, 1784, and settled in Cummington. Children, — 
Abigail, born April 16, 1785, married Salem Streeter, Fe- 
bruary, 1812, and died at Plainfield, Feb. 14, 1853 ; Daniel, 
born Nov. 5, 1786, married Cynthia Warren, September, 
1814, settled in Cummington, and died Nov. 29, 1854; 
Ruth, born June 21, 1789, married Josiah Shaw, November, 
1825, and settled in Cummington ; Nancy, born April 30, 



340 



1791, who lives at Sharon, Mass; Olive, born Dec. 15, 1793, 
married Joseph Tolman, November, 1840, and lives at Sha- 
ron ; Jesse, born March 25, 1796, married Mary D. Griswold, 
and settled in Cummington ; Orphah, born June 12, 1805, 
married Alonzo Gurney, January, 1825, and settled in Cum- 
mington. He died at Cummington, Jan. 19, 1832 : his wife 
died Oct. 9, 1837. 

5. Jonathan, son of Ebenezer and Hannah of Abington, 
born July 9, 1740 (twin) ; married Mary Tirrel, April 28, 
1763. Children, — Hannah, born July 13, 1764 ; Jonathan, 
Feb. 2, 1767 ; Molly, May 6, 1769. He died in 1769. 

6. Jonathan, son of Jonathan, born Feb. 2, 1767 ; mar- 
ried Deborah Porter, April 13, 1788. Children, — Mary, 
born 1788 ; Jonathan L., 1791 ; John P., 1793 ; Deborah, 
1795 ; Elizabeth M., 1797 ; Ebenezer, 1801 ; Clarissa, 1805 ; 
Almira, 1806 ; David P., 1808 ; Thaxter, 1809. He settled 
in East Bridgewater. 

7. Jonathan L., son of Jonathan and Deborah, born in 
1791 ; married Charlotte Brown, Dec. 18, 1816. Children, 

— Charlotte, born May 28, 1821. Married to Lucy Champ- 
ney of Brighton for second wife, published Feb. 25, 1827. 
Children, — Susan Champney, born Dec. 30, 1827 ; Lucy 
Loring, Aug. 5, 1830. 

7. John P., son of Jonathan and Deborah, born in 1793 ; 
married Polly Kamsdale, 1816. Children, — Mary Loring, 
born Aug. 26, 1817, married Edwin Brown of East Bridge- 
water, Nov. 30, 1837 ; John Porter, born July 29, 1819 ; 
Lloyd Watson, Jan. 7, 1822 ; Mehetabel B. W., Sept. 15, 
1824, married David Gurney, Nov. 19, 1843 ; Thomas Bald- 
win, born July 29, 1827, of South Abington. 

8. Thomas B., son of John P., born July 29, 1827 ; mar- 
ried Olive B. Perkins, and lives at East Boston. Children, 

— Herbert W., born Feb. 14, 1852 ; Nathan Franklin, 
Sept. 4, 1856 ; a son, born April 6, 1858. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 341 

8. Lloyd Watson, son of John P. and Polly, born Jan. 7, 
1822 ; married Lucy Bryant, and lives in South Abington. 

8. John P., son of John P. and Polly, born July 29, 1819 ; 
married Adaline Brown, and lives in East Bridgewater. 
Children, — Amelia ; Albion B. 

Ebenezer, son of Jonathan and Deborah, born in 1801 ; 
married Patience Penniman. Children, — Ebenezer, born 
Nov. 23, 1829 ; George Augustus, Oct. 3, 1831 ; William 
Henry, April 12, 1833 ; Elizabeth Thaxter, Dec. 4, 1834 ; 
Emeline Frances, Sept. 29, 1837 ; Maria Frances, Aug. 25, 
1840. 

7. Thaxter, son of Jonathan and Deborah, born in 1809 ; 
married Mehetabel Brown ; published Feb. 4, 1827. Chil- 
dren, — Mehetabel, born May 8, 1830 ; Haman Thaxter, 
Aug. 5, 1833, married Sophronia Barker of Hanson, pub- 
lished July 30, 1837. 

3. Thomas, son of Thomas and Sarah, and grandson of 
William, 1st, of Weymouth, born Sept. 12, 1677 ; married 
Hannah Randall, Jan. 14, 1701, and lived in Abington. 
Children, — Thomas, born Oct. 18, 1701; Daniel, Sept. 10, 
1704 ; Hannah, March 14, 1706 ; Sarah, Aug. 1, 1715. He 
died Oct. 2, 1719. 

4. Thomas, son of Thomas and Hannah, born Oct. 18, 
1701 ; married Sarah, and settled in Braintree. Children, 
— Lydia, born June 28, 1720 ; William. 

4. Daniel, son of Thomas and Hannah of Abington, born 
Nov. 4, 1704 ; married Ruth Torrey, Feb. 22, 1728. Chil- 
dren, — Daniel, born Nov. 10, 1729 ; Thomas, April 17, 
1732 ; Ruth, April 3, 1735. 

5. Daniel, son of Daniel and Ruth, born Nov. 10, 1729 ; 
married Mary Turner of Weymouth, Feb. 1, 1755. Chil- 
dren, — Ruth, born Oct. 8, 1756, married Josiah Torrey, 
March 20, 1783 ; Daniel, born July 11, 1759 ; Jacob, 
Sept. 12, 1762 ; Molly, July 3, 1766. He probably married 



342 WILLIAM READE OP WEYMOUTH, 

Anna Dowse for second wife. Children, — John, born 
Aug. 27, 1769 ; Sarah, Aug. 17, 1762. 

6. Daniel, son of Daniel and Mary, born July 11, 1759; 
married Anna Blanchard, April 4, 1782. Children, — Da- 
niel, born Nov. 18, 1784 ; Deane, May 28, 1787 ; David, 
March 27, 1790 ; Jesse, June 20, 1793 ; Amma, Jan. 10, 
1795, married Richard Holbrook, March 16, 1815 ; Josiah, 
born July 28, 1797 ; Molly, Jan. 7, 1800 ; Cuta, April 10, 
1802 ; Gridley, Sept. 6, 1804 ; Lydia, July 2, 1807 ; 
Turner. 

7. Deane, son of Daniel and Anna, born May 28, 1787 ; 
married Elizabeth Norton, July 28, 1812. Children, — 
Elbridge, born Sept. 14, 1813 ; Samuel Norton, Oct. 1, 1817. 
Moved to Maine. 

7. Jesse, son of Daniel and Anna, born June 22, 1792 ; 
married Lucy Eeed, Feb. 14, 1818. Children, — Jesse, 
born June 27, 1819 ; Sally Thaxter, Feb. 9, 1822, who mar- 
ried Seth B. Everson, Oct. 29, 1843 ; Turner, born April 8, 
1826 ; Lucy Ann, Feb. 9, 1829. 

8. Samuel, son of Deane and Elizabeth, born Oct. 1, 1817 ; 
married Serusha Bailey of Scituate ; published Aug. 18, 
1833. Children, — Serusha, born June 27, 1834 ; Rowland, 
Oct. 13, 1836 ; Martha, Nov. 13, 1838 ; Sophia, Oct. 3, 1840 ; 
Anna, Nov. 30, 1844. 

8. Jesse, son of Jesse and Lucy, born June 27, 1819 ; 
married Eliza Emeline Curtiss, Oct. 23, 1842. Children, — 
Sarah Emeline, born March 5, 1844; Eliza Johnson, Nov. 1, 
1846 ; Albert Curtiss, April 4, 1850. 

8. Turner, son of Jesse and Lucy, born April 8, 1826 ; 
married Sarah H. Curtiss, Oct. 3, 1848. Children, — Clif- 
ford Wayland, born Dec. 3, 1849 ; Frederick E., Aug. 4, 
1853. He was robbed of a large amount of money on the 
night of the 23d of March, 1859, and otherwise much 
injured. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 343 

8. Lucy Ann, daughter of Jesse and Lucy, born Feb. 9, 
1829 ; married Calvin P. Powers, Oct. 3, 1848 (the same day 
of the marriage of her brother Turner). Children, — Charles 
Herbert, born May 24, 1852 ; Anna Lee, Feb. 5, 1855. 

8. Sarah, daughter of Jesse and Lucy, born Feb. 9, 1822 ; 
married Seth C. Everson. Children, — Lucy W., born 
Oct. 27, 1844 ; Emelia B., Nov. 10, 1845 ; Augusta Maria, 
Nov. 18, 1856. 

6. Daniel, son of Daniel and Anna, born Dec. 18, 1784; 
married Hannah Gurney, July, 1808. Children, — Daniel 
Edwards, born Feb. 9, 1813 ; John Gurney, July 11, 1817. 

7. Daniel, son of Daniel and Hannah, married Eliza 
Gurney. Child, — Eliza Kimball, born June 4, 1827. 

5. Thomas, son of Daniel and Ruth, born April 17, 1732; 
married Mary White, July 10, 1755. She was a widow : her 
maiden name was Hobart. Children, — Mary, born June 7, 
1758, married Simeon Gannet in 1775 ; Hannah, born 
Oct. 24, 1759, married Daniel Bicknall, Oct. 25, 1780; 
Thomas, born Dec. 12, 1761; Hannah, June 28, 1764; 
Samuel, March 11, 1766 ; Huldah, April 27, 1768, married 
Dr. Richard Briggs, Aug. 12, 1784 ; Isaac, born Aug. 4, 
1770 ; Abiah, Nov. 22, 1773. Married, for second wife, 
Sarah Pulling, widow of John Pulling of Boston : her 
maiden name was Thaxter. 

6. Thomas, son of Thomas and Mary, born Dec. 12, 1761 ; 
married Joanna Shaw, Jan. 24, 1783. Children, — Godard, 
born May 3, 1788 ; Elizabeth, March 13, 1784 ; Thomas, 
Nov. 16, 1786 ; Ebenezer, July 6, 1790 ; Simeon Gannet, 
Sept. 29, 1793 ; Joanna, Dec. 3, 1795 ; Amos, May 22, 1804 ; 
Albert ; Theodore ; Adaline, April 22, 1806. 

7. Theodore, son of Thomas and Joanna, married Clarissa 
Jenkins, Dec. 26, 1830. Children, — Martha, born June 19, 
1839 ; Theodore W., Oct. 19, 1833. Married Abigail Wil- 
der for second wife, Dec. 31, 1840 : Abigail, born Sept. 8, 



344 WILLIAM READE OF WEYMOUTH, 

1843 ; Mary Franklin, Oct. 13, 1845 ; Lydia Maria, Dec. 31, 
1847, died ; Lydia Maria, born Dec. 21, 1848 ; Thomas 
Henry, July 24, 1852. 

6. Isaac, son of Thomas and Mary, born Aug. 4, 1770 ; 
married Sarah Pulling, daughter of his father's second wife, 
May 12, 1793. Children, — John P., born Sept. 15, 1795 ; 
Sarah, Sept. 19, 1797, married Charles Lane, and lives in 
Boston ; Lucy J., born May 29, 1800 ; Martha P., March 16, 
1802 ; Marah Hobart, April 11, 1804 ; Isaac, Jan. 22, 1806 ; 
Betsy Gannet, Aug. 25, 1807 ; Ruth Torrey, July 31, 1809 ; 
Annis, Dec. 13, 1811. Married Nancy Lincoln for second 
wife. Children, — Horace, born Nov. 6, 1820 ; William L., 
Oct. 5, 1825 ; Annis, August, 1828. He was deacon of the 
church in South Abington. His widow lives at Taunton. 

7. Isaac, son of Isaac and Sarah, born Jan. 22, 1806 ; 
married Rachel, daughter of John and Thankful Reed. 
Married Eliza P. Shaw of Middleborough for second wife, 
Dec. 17,1829. Children, — Isaac, born March 14, 1834; 
Eliza Shaw, April 4, 1836 ; Sarah E., Sept. 15, 1838 ; Ellen 
M., Dec. 2, 1840 : Henry W., Jan. 13, 1843 ; Rachel, 
March 13, 1845 ; Hannah, Sept. 12, 1848 ; Mary F., Oct. 17, 
1850. 

7. Martha Pulling, daughter of Isaac and Sarah, born 
March 16, 1802 ; married Seth Pratt. 

7. Marah Hobart, daughter of Isaac and Sarah, born April 
11, 1804; married William Cushing. 

7. Betsy Gannet, daughter of Isaac and Sarah, born 
Aug. 25, 1807 ; married Merrit Jenkins of East Bridge- 
water. 

7. Ruth Torrey, daughter of Isaac and Sarah, born 
July 31, 1809 ; married John W. Jenkins of East Bridge- 
water. 

8. William L., son of Isaac and Nancy, born Nov. 26, 
1820 ; married Deborah. Children, — an infant, born 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 345 



March 22^ 1848 ; William B., Feb. 24, 1852 ; Anna G., 
Aug. 24, 1855. He is the present representative from 
Abington. 

7. Thomas, son of Thomas and Joanna, born Nov. 16, 
1786; married Lydia Jenkins. Children, — Thomas, born 
April 25, 1812, at Abington ; Lydia Jenkins, June 14, 1814, 
married Lysander Cushing ; Henry Watson, Dec. 29, 1819. 

Thomas, son of Tbomas and Lydia, born April 25, 1812 ; 
married Nancy Hunt. Married Alsea Weston for second 
wife. He died Nov. 30, 1844 ; and his widow married Brack- 
ley Shaw. 

Lydia Jenkins, daughter of Thomas and Lydia, born 
June 14, 1814; married Lysander Cushing. Children, — 
Lysander Francis ; Thomas Watson. 

Henry Watson, son of Thomas and Lydia, born Nov. 29, 
1819 ; married Emily Howard. 

6. Samuel, son of Thomas and Mary, born March 11, 
1766 ; married Mary Pool, Aug. 28, 1787. Children, — 
Mary, born March 3, 1789 ; Samuel, Dec. 18, 1790 ; Abiah, 
May 19, 1793 ; Hannah, March 24, 1795 ; Marcia, Jan. 19, 
1798 ; Joseph, Oct. 28, 1799 ; Ruth, July 16, 1801 ; Charles, 
Nov. 2, 1802, went West ; Elias, 1804, died young. He 
lived in East Abington, on the premises now owned by his 
sons Samuel and Abiah, and gave a piece of land for a 
burying-yard, — the site of the present cemetery, — on the 
shore of a pond. He died in J\me, 1805 ; and was one of 
the first who were buried on the land he had thus appropri- 
ated : his wife died September, 1839. 

7. Mary, daughter of Samuel and Mary, born March 3, 
1789 ; married Peter Ford, and moved to Windsor, Mass. 

7. Samuel, son of Samuel and Mary, born Dec. 18, 1790 ; 
married Polly Corthell, April 21, 1810. Children, — Sa- 
muel, born May 26, 1811 ; Polly, Jan. 16, 1813 ; Levi, 
Dec. 31, 1814 ; Dexter, Nov. 10, 1816 ; Mehetabel, Sept. 14, 

44 



346 WILLIAM READE OP WEYMOUTH, 

1818, died young ; Mehetabel, born March 31, 1822. His 
wife died June 10, 1832. Married, for second wife, Serissa 
Lithfield Bailey, widow of Rowland Bailey of Scituate, 
Sept. 5, 1833. Children, — Serissa, born June 27, 1834; 
Rowland, Oct. 13, 1736, died young ; Martha, born Nov. 13, 
1838 ; Sophia, Oct. 3, 1840 ; Anna, Nov. 13, 1844. 

8. Samuel, son of Samuel and Polly, born March 26, 1811 ; 
married Elizabeth Wilkes, and lives at East Abington. 

8. Mary, daughter of Samuel and Polly, born Jan. 16, 
1813 ; married John Barrell, and lives at East Abington. 

8. Levi, son of Samuel and Polly, born Dec. 31, 1814; 
married Louisa C. Drake, April 20, 1837, and lives at East 
Abington. Children, — Louisa Maria, born at Abington, 
Jan. 10, 1838 ; Henrietta Bryant, born at Dedham, March 17, 
1840, died Jan. 13, 1842 ; Samuel Bryant, born Sept. 10, 
1841 ; Henrietta Manly, born at Roxbury, Aug. 15, 1846, 
died June 21, 1849 ; Mary Emily, born July 27, 1850 ; son, 
not named, March 1, 1852, died March 23, 1852 ; George 
Baxter Hyde, born July 24, 1853, died Feb. 2, 1857 ; Alfred 
Levi, born at Abington, Oct. 9, 1855. He lives at East 
Abington, and is a justice of the peace for the county of 
Plymouth, and a member of the Senate. 

8. Dexter, son of Samuel and Polly, born Nov. 10, 1817 ; 
married Catherine Stetson. Children, — Frederick, born 
Feb. 11, 1841 ; Lewis, Oct. 26, 1843 ; Edith Catherine, 
Sept. 3, 1845 ; Mary Alice, Dec. 21, 1846 ; Ruthena, Jan. 5, 
1850, died April 20, 1853 ; Eveline, born Dec. 1, 1851, died 
March 31, 1853. Lives at East Abington. 

8. Mehetabel, daughter of Samuel and Polly, born March 
31, 1822 ; married George Lewis. Children, — George 
Howland, born Aug. 16, 1846 ; Henry Martin, Jan. 10, 
1848 ; Willard Wright, July 29, 1849 ; Samuel Dexter, 
April 20, 1852 ; Charles Sumner, Sept. 2, 1856. 

7. Abiah, son of Samuel and Mary, born Nov. 22, 1793 ; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 347 

married Jane Gurney, May 23, 1814. Children, — Abiah, 
born Sept. 11, 1815 ; Jane Gurney, Sept. 8, 1817 ; Roxanna, 
Aug. 24, 1819 ; Walter, July 24, 1821 ; Rebecca Packard, 
Aug. 29, 1823 ; Hannah Perkins, July 6, 1827 ; Clarissa, 
June 17, 1830 ; Lucinda Dyke, Sept. 21, 1832 ; Elias, 
Sept. 12, 1834 ; Diana, Jan. 12, 1839. Lucinda Dyke died 
Aug. 18, 1834 ; Elias, Sept. 14, 1834 ; Abiah, jun., Dec. 7, 
1835. 

8. Roxanna, daughter of Abiah and Jane, born Aug. 24, 
1819 ; married George Totman, May 13, 1835, and lives in 
Abington. Children, — Lucinda Ellen, born in 1837 ; 
George Anthony, May, 1847 ; Marietta Perkins, 1845 ; 
Jessie Maria, July 6, 1856. 

8. Walter, son of Abiah and Jane, born July 24, 1821 ; 
married Sophrona Joslin. Child, — Edward Stanley, born 
Feb. 25, 1847. His wife died Dec. 19, 1847. Married, for 
second wife, Cordone Keen, April 1, 1849. Children, — 
Sarah Jane, born May 8, 1850 ; Henry Walter, Nov. 27, 
1851. 

8. Jane Gurney, daughter of Abiah and Jane, born 
April 8, 1817 ; married Luther Joslin of Hanson, Jan. 22, 
1844. Children, — Luther Austin, born Feb. 25, 1845; 
Jane Reed, November, 1848 ; Charles Sumner, March 6, 
1853 ; Sophrona, Jan. 29, 1858. 

8. Rebecca Packard, daughter of Abiah and Jane, born 
Aug. 29, 1823 ; married Augustus N. Warren : she was his 
second wife ; his first being Clarissa, her younger sister, 
whom he married May 2, 1847 ; and married Rebecca, 
Sept. 14, 1851. Children, — Everet Augustus, born July 2, 
1852; William Henry, April 22, 1856. 

8. Hannah, daughter of Abiah and Jane, born July 6, 
1827 ; married Horace Ames of North Bridgewater, Jan. 22, 
1855. Children, — Ruth, born Oct. 7,1856; Abby Swett, 
Nov. 16, 1858. 



348 



8. Diana, daughter of Abiah and Jane, born June 12 
1839 ; married Benjamin A. Pratt, April 29, 1858. 

7. Sarah, daughter of Deacon Isaac, born Sept. 19, 1797 
married Charles Lane. Children, — Rachel, Sarah, Annis 
Maria, Henry Fayette, Julia, Charles Beverly. 

Lucy J., daughter of Deacon Isaac, born May 29, 1800 
married Jesse Reed, son of Daniel. 

Annis, daughter of Deacon Isaac, born Dec. 13, 1811 
married Charles Cook, and lives in Taunton. 

6. John, son of Daniel and Mary, born Aug. 22, 1769 
married Dorothy Brown, Dec. 1, 1789. Children, — Molly 
born March 31, 1790 ; Nancy, Sept. 26, 1792 ; John, Sept. 15 
1795 ; Oren, Dec. 5, 1797 ; Ruth, June 20, 1802. Married 
Thankful Jenkins for second wife, March 1, 1805. Children 
— Molly, born Jan. 1, 1806 ; Rachel, March 25, 1808. 

7. Oren, son of John and Dorothy, born Dec. 5, 1797 
married Charlotte Harden. Child, — Nancy, born July 11 
1822. 

6. Jacob, son of Daniel and Mary, born Sept. 12, 1762 
married Nancy Porter, Nov. 18, 1799. Children, — Bela 
born Dec. 2, 1803 ; Ezekiel, Oct. 14, 1810 ; Jacob, March 7 
1801, died Aug. 1, 1819. He died Jan. 21, 1839. 

7. Bela, son of Jacob and Nancy, born Dec. 2, 1803 
married Joanna S. Lane. Children, — Jacob, born April 5 
1827 ; Nancy, Jan. 31, 1832, died young ; Elizabeth Rich 
mond, born Oct. 8, 1835. 

7. Ezekiel, son of Jacob and Nancy, born Oct. 14, 1810 
married Cephisa Studley of Hanover ; published Dec. 18 
1831. Children, — Emily Cephisa, born April 29, 1832 
died young ; George Fearing, born May 31, 1834 ; Mary 
Turner, July 29, 1838, died young ; Mary Augusta, born 
Jan. 6, 1843, died young ; Charles, born July 19, 1847. 
Lives at Abington Centre, on the tract of land settled by his 
ancestor in 1708. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 349 

7. Godard, son of Thomas and Joanna, born May 22, 
1788; married Marcia Reed, Nov. 13, 1814. Children, — 
Hannah, born Feb. 18, 1816, died young ; Diana, born 
Feb. 27, 1817, married Isaac Keene, June 14, 1835, died 
Jan. 21, 1838 ; Washington, born July 6, 1820 ; Charles 
Godard, Jan. 18, 1823, died Sept. 22, 1823 ; Marcia, born 
July 22, 1828, died Sept. 4, 1848. 

8. Washington, son of Godard and Marcia, born July 6, 

1820 ; married Harriet R. Corthell, June 2, 1839. Chil- 
dren, — Henry Harrison, born Aug. 12, 1840 ; Joanna, 
May 7, 1846 ; Charles G., April 28, 1852 ; Marcia, Nov. 26, 
1853. He keeps in Pearl Street, Boston. 

7. Amos S., son of Thomas and Joanna, born March 22, 
1804 ; married Huldah B. Loud, Nov. 9, 1826. Children, 
— Sarah Ann, born June 17, 1832, died Sept. 21, 1849; 
Amos Newton, born May 21, 1829. Married Rachel B. 
Reed, widow of Simeon G. Reed, Dec. 14, 1834 ; Edward 
Payson, son of Amos and Rachel, born Sept. 21, 1836 ; 
Elizabeth Waldo, Aug. 4, 1839, died Sept. 5, 1843 ; Miranda, 
born April 26, 1843, died Aug. 1, 1846. His wife died 
Aug. 1, 1833. 

8. Amos N., son of Amos S. and Huldah, born May 21, 
1829; married Sarah Boynton. Child, — Harriet D., born 
May 22, 1854. 

7. Ebenezer, son of Thomas and Joanna, born July 6, 
1790 ; married Lucy Jenkins, Nov. 30, 1815. Children, — 
Cleora, born Nov. 3, 1816, and married Sylvester Dawes, 
Oct. 9, 1836 ; Lorenzo, born May 26, 1818 ; Egbert, June 10, 

1821 ; Lucy, July 2, 1827. He married Patience Penni- 
man for second wife, Jan. 1,1829. Children, — Ebenezer 
F., born Nov. 23, 1829 ; George Augustus, Oct. 3, 1831 ; 
William Henry, April 12, 1833 ; Elizabeth Thaxter, Dec. 4, 
1834 ; Emeline F., Sept. 29, 1837 ; Maria F., Aug. 25, 1840. 

8. George A., son of Ebenezer and Lucy, born Oct. 3, 



350 WILLIAM READE OF WEYMOUTH, 

1831 ; married Susan. Child, — Ann Josephine, born 
Feb. 6, 1855. 

8. Lorenzo, son of Ebenezer and Lucy, born May 26, 
1818 ; married Sarah P. Weidcrman. Child, — Cordelia, 
born in Nassau, Nov. 6, 1841. He died Jan. 28, 1845. 

7. Simeon, son of Thomas and Joanna, born Sept. 29, 
1793 ; married Rachel Burges, Oct. 11, 1829. Child, — 
Simeon Gannet, born April 24, 1830. 

4. Moses, son of William and Alice, born at Abington, 
Jan. 15, 1723 ; married Phebe. Children,- — Moses, born 
at Abington, March 22, 1751 ; Aaron, June 30, 1754 ; Mi- 
riam, Jan. 15, 1757, married Jonathan Marsh, and died 
May 24, 1804. 

4. James, son of William and Alice, born March 3, 1716 ; 
married Widow Ruth Pool ; her maiden name being Ford. 
Children, — James, born Aug. 9, 1742; Hezekiah, Feb. 23, 
1744 ; Jeremiah, April 11, 1747 ; Olive, Feb. 2, 1748 ; Nao- 
mi, 1751, married Obadiah Hersey. He lived in East Bridge- 
water, and died at the age of thirty-seven years. His widow 
married a Porter. 

5. Hezekiah, son of James and Ruth, born Feb. 23, 1744 ; 
married Deborah Tirrel of Abington, and settled in East 
Bridgewater. Children, — Deborah, born in 1768; Olive, 
1770 ; James, 1772, died young; Isaac, born in 1774 ; Jere- 
miah, 1777 ; Calvin, 1780 ; Joseph, 1782 ; Jared, 1785 ; 
Nancy, 1789. He died in 1788 ; and his widow died in 
1820, aged seventy-three. 

6. Isaac, son of Hezekiah and Deborah, born in 1774; 
married Sally Stetson in 1803, and lives in East Bridge- 
water. Children, — Sally, born Oct. 22, 1803 ; Isaac, 
Jan. 26, 1805 ; Nahum, Dec. 15, 1806 ; Dexter, Jan. 21, 
1809 ; James Thaxter, Oct. 8, 1815 ; Calvin, April 3, 1819 ; 
Diantha, April 21, 1821. 

6. Jeremiah, son of Hezekiah and Deborah, born in 1777 ; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 351 

married Rebecca Jenkins, March 3, 1803. Children, — 
Albert, born Aug. 23, 1803 ; Melvin, March 30, 1806 ; Na- 
thaniel, Sept. 17, 1807 ; David, July 2, 1812 ; Charles 
Spencer, Oct. 12, 1816. 

7. Albert, son of Jeremiah and Rebecca, born Aug. 23, 
1803 ; married Almira Drake of Hanson in 1832. Children, 
— Albert L., born in 1834 ; Sarah S., 1835 ; Augusta, 1847, 
died in 1849. He lives in Abington. 

7. Melvin, son of Jeremiah and Rebecca, born March 30, 

1806 ; married Emily Pool, Nov. 12, 1829. 

7. Nathaniel, son of Jeremiah and Rebecca, born Sept. 17, 

1807 ; married Betsy Bartlett of Cummington in 1831. 
Children, — Elizabeth, born 1831, died 1833 ; Nathaniel L., 
born in 1834 ; Edward, 1836, died in 1847 ; Marshal, born 
in 1841 ; Elizabeth, 1843. His wife died in 1843. 

7. David, son of Jeremiah and Rebecca, born July 2, 
1812 ; married Nancy Smith in 1836 : she died in 1837. 
Married Eliza Bates in 1839. Children, — Lucy H., born in 
1840 ; Nancy, 1846 ; Frank, 1855. 

6. Calvin, son of Hezekiah and Deborah, born in 1780 ; 
married Hannah Loudon, Oct. 15, 1807. Children, — 
Oakes, born Sept. 11, 1808; Deborah, February, 1810; 
Hezekiah, July 1, 1812 ; Susannah Pratt, Dec. 7, 1814. He 
lived in Abington. 

8. Oakes, son of Calvin, settled in East Bridgewater ; 
born Sept. 11, 1808 ; married Letitia B. Hobart in 1832. 
Children, — Andrew H., born in 1833 ; Catherine P., 1837, 
died in 1855 ; Eliza A., born in 1839 ; Calvin P., 1844. 
He died in 1849. 

8. Hezekiah, son of Calvin, born July 1, 1812 ; married 
Elizabeth Joslin, and lives in Hanover. Child, — Herbert, 
born in 1845. 

8. Susan, daughter of Calvin, born Dec. 7, 1814 ; mar- 
ried Mark Dunbar of East Bridgewater in 1831. Children, 



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— Lavina, born in 1832 ; Adaline, 1835 ; Mark W., 1837 ; 
Lucy J., 1839 ; Frank, 1841 ; Watson, 1843. She died in 
1849. 

8. Deborah, daughter of Calvin, born February, 1810 ; 
married Obadiah Reed in 1831, and lives in Abington. Chil- 
dren, — Obadiah, born in 1832 ; Webster, 1834 ; Deborah L., 
1852. 

9. Andrew H., son of Oakes, born in East Bridgewater, 
Sept. 11, 1808 ; married Augusta Keen in 1856. Child, — 
Catherine, born in 1857. 

6. Joseph, son of Hezekiah and Deborah of Bridgewater, 
born in 1782 ; married Charlotte Stetson in 1807, and lives 
in East Bridgewater. Children, — Lucius, born in 1808; 
Aaron, 1811 ; Charlotte Tirrel, 1814 ; Joseph, 1817 ; Daniel, 
1820 ; Marcus S., 1824 ; Gurnsey, 1826 ; Ruth G., died 
young. 

7. Lucius, son of Joseph and Charlotte, born in 1808 ; 
married Celina Dyer, Jan. 7, 1838. Children, — Lucius 
Franklin, born May 6, 1840 ; Henry D., 1842. 

8. Aaron, son of Joseph and Charlotte, born in 1811 ; 
married Hannah Fullerton, Sept. 15, 1836, and lives in 
Abington. Children, — Aaron Alden, born April 25, 1839 ; 
Hannah M., 1844. 

8. Joseph, son of Joseph and Charlotte, born in 1817 ; 
married Mehetabel Jenkins in 1843. Lives in East Bridge- 
water. 

8. Marcus S., son of Joseph, born in 1824 ; lives in East 
Bridgewater. 

8. Gurnsey, son of Joseph, horn in 1826 ; lives in East 
Bridgewater. 

8. Daniel, son of Joseph and Charlotte, born in 1820 ; 
married Mary A. Smith in 1844. Children, — Daniel L., 
born in 1848 ; Forrest S., 1852 ; Mary A., 1856. 

6. Jared, son of Hezekiah, born in 1785, and settled in 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 353 

East Bridgewater ; married Mehetabel Gardner, 1811. Chil- 
dren, — Samuel P., Timothy, Mehetabel. Married, for second 
wife, Electa Phillips, Nov. 25, 1832. He died in 1855. 

7. Timothy, son of Jared and Mehetabel, went West. 

7. Samuel P., son of Jared and Mehetabel, lives at South 
Abington ; married Lemira D. Hurd of New Hampshire in 
1840. Child,— Lucina, born Feb. 1, 1846. 

7. Mehetabel, daughter of Jared and Mehetabel, married 
Alvan Porter of Marsh field in 1844. Children, — Alvan 
Clarence, born Sept. 21, 1846, died April, 1848 ; Louisa M., 
born Oct. 17, 1848 ; Frank S., Aug. 5, 1852, died Aug. 9, 
1853 ; Ellen Florence, born June 6, 1854 ; Edith M., 
April 9, 1857. 

5. Jeremiah, son of James and Ruth, born April 11, 
1747; married Sarah Tirrel. Children, — Obadiah ; Olive. 

5. David, son of Ebenezer and Hannah, born at Abington, 
July 8, 1740 ; married Mercy Ford, April 22, 1762. Chil- 
dren, — Ichabod, born at Abington, Nov. 25, 1763, died at 
Cummington, Jan. 12, 1778 ; Abigail, born June 4, 1765, 
died at Cummington, April 12, 1781 ; David, born May 3, 
1767 ; Ebenezer, March 27, 1769 ; Andrew, June 25, 1771 ; 
Paul, Oct. 12, 1773 ; William, born at Cummington, May 7, 
1777 ; Barnabas, Oct. 16, 1779 ; Ichabod, May 12, 1782. 
His wife died March 5, 1787. Tradition says that Mr. Reed 
was on a visit to Abington at the time of the death of his 
wife, and thought he had a presentiment that she was 
dead, by some remarkable appearance at the side of his bed 
in the night. He told his friends that his wife was dead ; 
and, as soon as it could be ascertained, it proved true. She 
was riding through a piece of woods, and a tree fell upon 
and killed her. He married, for second wife, Hannah Reed 
Bates of Abington, daughter of Ezekiel Reed of Abington, 
and widow of Samuel Bates, Jan. 9, 1788. He died at 
Cummington, May 10, 1808. 

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354 



5. Silas, son of Ebenezer and Hannah, born at Abington, 
Aug. 11, 1744 ; married Rebecca. Children, — Abigail, 
born at Cummington, Nov. 2, 1768, married George Cole, 
Aug. 6, 1789 ; Patience, born June 21, 1770, married Joel 
Randall, Jan. 2, 1791 ; Hannah, born Feb. 18, 1772, mar- 
ried N. Tower, Dec. 1, 1799 ; John, born Aug. 14, 1773. 
Married, for second wife, Mary. Children, — Eunice, born 
Jan. 21, 1779 ; Rebecca, Nov. 2, 1780 ; Mary, Jan. 14, 
1782; Asa, Nov. 1, 1784. He died Aug. 3, 1797. 

6. John, son of Silas and Rebecca of Cummington, born 
at Cummington, Aug. 14, 1773 ; married at Worcester, 
Jan. 1, 1798, to Hannah Waters. Childi*en, — Henry, born 
at Cummington, April 5, 1799; Cbarles, Sept. 27, 1800; 
William, April 8, 1807. His wife died April 22, 1811. 
Married Jerusha. Child, — Theodore, born at Cummington, 
Sept. 1, 1815. 

6. Ichabod, son of David and Mercy, born May 12, 1782 ; 
married Betsy Robbins at Cummington, Nov. 9, 1804. 
Child, — Betsy, who married William Wilder, June 13, 
1827. He lives in Cummington at the present time. 

5. Barnabas, son of Ebenezer and Hannah, born at Abing- 
ton, May 22, 1780; married Silence. Children, — Polly, 
born at Abington, March 6, 1775, married Daniel Baker in 
Cummington, Sept. 3, 1795 ; Sarah, born Oct. 14, 1776 ; 
Barnabas, May 22, 1780 ; Wealthy, March 9, 1782 ; Wil- 
liam, May 5, 1783 ; Elizabeth, Dec. 23, 1785 ; Joshua, 
March 9, 1788. 

6. Barnabas, son of Barnabas and Silence, born May 22, 
1780. Children, — Joshua; Barnabas. 

6. Joshua, son of Barnabas, born May 9, 1788 ; married 
Susanna Noyes, and settled in Plainfield. Children, — Ro- 
sander, Susan F., Westa W., Samuel W., Siloma, Edward J. 

7. Samuel W., son of Joshua and Susanna, married Adda 
Norton. Children, — Charles H. ; Adda. Resides in Boston. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 855 

5. John, son of Daniel and Ann, born at Abington, 
Aug. 27,1769; married Hannah. Children, — Henry, born 
at Cummington, April 5, 1799 ; Charles, Sept. 27, 1800 ; 
William, April 8, 1807. His wife died April 22, 1811. 
Married Ruth, who died May 28, 1814. Married Jerusha. 
Child, — Theodore, born Sept. 1, 1815. 

Albert, married in Cummington, to Almira Bradley, 
Aug. 26, 1840. Child, — Charles E., born April 29, 1850. 

4. Obadiah, son of William and Alice, born March 14, 
1707 ; married Mary Nash, Oct. 19, 1731. Children,— 
William, born Feb. 24, 1732 ; Mary, March 27, 1734, mar- 
ried Joseph Hersey, jun., Feb. 1, 1755 : Sarah, born March 
29, 1736, married Elijah Reed ; Obadiah, born May 15, 
1738 ; Silence, June 7, 1741 ; Matthew, Feb. 21, 1750 ; 
Silas, Oct. 27, 1751. 

5. Obadiah, son of Obadiah and Mary, born May 15, 1738 ; 
married, probably, Content Lincoln for first wife, and had 
Obadiah, born Jan. 4, 1760. Married Elizabeth Shaw in 
1770. Children, — Joel, born Oct. 26, 1771 ; Mehetabel, 
Jan. 24, 1775, who married Bela Reed, son of Jacob. 

6. Obadiah, son of Obadiah, born in 1760 ; married Eliza- 
beth Richmond. Children, — Silas, born Feb. 13, 1789; 
Abel Richmond, Sept. 27, 1791 ; Obadiah, Jan. 1, 1796 ; 
Elizabeth, March 25, 1797 ; Salmon, Oct. 25, 1798, drowned 
in 1823 ; Isaac, born June, 1801 ; Israel, Aug. 10, 1806 ; 
Emily, Oct. 26, 1809. 

7. Isaac, son of Obadiah, born June, 1801 ; married Sally 
Weeks. Child, — Ammis, born Sept. 3, 1828. 

7. Obadiah, son of Obadiah, born Jan. 1, 1796 ; married 
Deborah, daughter of Calvin, Sept. 27, 1831. Children, — 
Obadiah, born Jan. 30, 1832 ; Lawrence Bates, Sept. 1, 
1840 ; Helen Augusta, Aug. 19, 1842 ; Emma Lawrence, 
Dec. 28, 1845 ; Deborah, July 26, 1852 ; Webster, March 4, 
1854. 



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6. Joel, son of Obadiah and Elizabeth, born Oct. 26, 1771 ; 
married Ruth Gurney, July 4, 1793. Children, — Joel, 
born Feb. 8, 1794 ; Ruth ; Matthew, Jan. 4, 1798 ; Lydia, 
June 4, 1800 ; Albert, May 5, 1803 ; Harvey, Feb. 27, 1806 ; 
Lucius, Sept. 25, 1808 ; James M., May 25, 1815. Married, 
for second wife, Widow Raymond. 

7. Joel, son of Joel and Ruth, born Feb. 8, 1794 ; mar- 
ried Jane Raymond, Aug. 1, 1826. Child, — George Wash- 
ington, born Feb. 21, 1827. Married, for second wife, 
Bethany Churchill, Nov. 16, 1837. Child, — Pauline Isabel, 
born May 19, 1840. 

8. George W., son of Joel and Jane, born Feb. 21, 1827 ; 
married Lucy Ann. Children, — George Bancroft, born 
April 13, 1847 ; Florence Augusta, April 9, 1849 ; Frank- 
lin W., May 30, 1852 ; Lucy Ann, July 5, 1854 ; Oliver 
Healey, March 4, 1856. 

7. Matthew, son of Joel, born Jan. 24, 1798 ; married 
Thurza Harris, Sept. 12, 1822, and settled first in East 
Bridgewater. Children, — Abigail Harris, born March 16, 
1824 ; Eliza Ann, 1826 ; Thurza Maria, born in Abington, 
May 11, 1828 ; and the following were also born in Abing- 
ton : Henry William, Feb. 14, 1830 ; Hiram, Sept. 10, 
1833 ; Lucinda Franklin, Jan. 17, 1835 ; Matthew Gordon, 
Feb. 11, 1837 ; Fidelia Amanda, Dec. 17, 1838 ; Lucia Ellea- 
nor, Aug. 24, 1840 ; Henry Leudall, March 28, 1842 ; Mar- 
tha Ella, April 20, 1846 ; Nahum Augustus, Feb. 4, 1844. 

7. Albert, son of Joel, born May 5, 1803; married Polly 
Reynolds ; published March 26, 1829. Married Maria Col- 
burn, daughter of Rev. S. W. Colburn of Abington ; pub- 
lished Nov. 29, 1829. Child, — Samuel Colburn, born 
June 2, 1832. 

7. Harvey, son of Joel, born Feb. 27, 1806 ; married Sally 
Pool, Oct. 30, 1830. Child, — Sarah, born June 29, 1833. 
Married Mary T. Nash, Nov. 23, 1837. Children, — An 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 357 

infant, born Oct. 1, 1838 ; Harvey Turner, March 29, 1840 ; 
Mary Elizabeth, Aug. 13, 1842 ; Francis Baylies, Dec. 30, 
1844 ; Abigail Adelaide, May 14, 1847 ; Alsie Carsillia, 
Aug. 10, 1850 ; Charlie Etta, April 15, 1854. 

7. Lucius, son of Joel, born Sept. 25, 1808 ; married 
Lydia Shaw, Nov. 24, 1831. Children, — Lydia Prances, 
born Nov. 20, 1836 ; Helen Maria, Feb. 3, 1833 ; Henry, 
Feb. 4, 1842 ; Lucretia Adelaide, May 24, 1843 ; Lucius 
Alston, Feb. 6, 1847 ; Florence Laurilla, Oct. 22, 1849. 

7. Silas, son of Obadiah and Elizabeth, born Feb. 13, 
1789 ; married Mahala Harris, April 13, 1818. Children, — 
Silas Richmond, born Oct. 9, 1818 ; Edwin Harris, Aug. 30, 
1822 ; Salmon, March 31, 1824 ; Evander, May 27, 1827. 

8. Edwin, son of Silas and Mahala, born Aug. 30, 1822 ; 
married Mahala. Children, — Mary Mahala, born July 24, 
1848 ; William F., March 30, 1851 ; Emily P., Jan. 24, 
1853. 

8. Salmon, son of Silas and Mahala, born March 31, 1824 ; 
married Maria Sanford, July 7, 1849. His wife died in West 
Bridgewater, April 7, 1857. 

8. Evander, son of Silas and Mahala, born May 27, 1827 ; 
married Lucy. Children,- — Lucy, born March 9, 1850; 
Evander, Aug. 6, 1854. 

7. Abel Richmond, son of Obadiah and Elizabeth, born 
Sept. 27, 1791 ; married Roxanna Willis, April 3, 1828. 

7. Isaac, son of Isaac, and grandson of Thomas, married 
Rachel Jenkins Reed, Sept. 7, 1826 ; and Eliza for second 
wife. Children, — Isaac Thaxter, born in Roxbury, March 
15, 1834 ; Eliza Shaw, born in Bridgewater, April 2, 1836 ; 
Sarah Elizabeth, Sept. 15, 1838 ; Ellen Maria, Dec. 2, 1840 ; 
Henry Wallis, Jan. 13, 1843 ; Rachel Jenkins, March 3, 
1845; Hannah, Sept. 12, 1848; Mary, Oct. 28, 1850. 

8. Silas Richmond, son of Silas and Mahala, born Oct. 9, 
1818 ; married Josephine Bailey of Duxbury ; published 



358 WILLIAM READE OP WEYMOUTH, 

June 30, 1839. Child, — Mahala Harris, born April 8, 
1840. 

7. Israel, son of Obadiah and Elizabeth, born Aug. 10, 
1806 ; married Louisa Humble, Nov. 18, 1838. Children, — 
Edward Richmond, born Aug. 19, 1839 ; Salmon Willson, 
Feb. 24, 1847. 

Obadiah, son of Obadiah and Elizabeth, born Jan. 1, 1796 ; 
married Deborah, daughter of Calvin and Hannah Reed. 
Children, — Obadiah; Deborah L. They live in Abington, 
at a place called the Thicket. 

Obadiah, son of Obadiah and Deborah, married a lady 
from Nashua, N.H. 

4. Rev. Solomon Reed, son of Capt. William of Abington 
and of Alice Nash, was born Oct. 22, 1719. He graduated 
at Harvard College in 1739. There is no record informing 
us under whose instructions he pursued his studies for the 
ministry ; though it was probably with Rev. Mr. Brown, 
the minister of his native town. That he entered the pro- 
fession from a conviction of duty, and with an earnest pur- 
pose to promote the religious well-being of his fellow-men, 
is very manifest from such of his manuscript writings as have 
come down to us, as well as from the direct tradition of 
those who knew him intimately. 

During the few first years of Mr. Reed's ministry, and 
afterward as we have reason to suppose, he was very earnest 
and devoted in his labors for the spiritual good of others, 
both by religious conversation and preaching, as well in 
neighborhoods on week-days as in the regular ministrations 
of Sunday. 

Among the precious antiquarian treasures in the archives 
of the Pilgrim Society in Plymouth are a few manuscript 
sermons of Mr. Reed, written in a fine, clear hand, in an 
easy, flowing style of composition, and indicating decided 
ability. With these documents, there is also an original 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 359 

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manuscript journal kept by him from Oct. 3, 1743, to 
Jan. 9, 1745. This journal indicates often a great tender- 
ness of religious feeling ; and often, too, a sadly morbid 
sensitiveness of conscience, evidently arising from the min- 
gled influence of his uncheerful religious views, and a 
diseased physical constitution, of which he often speaks. 
The brief extracts, given in notes below, from the journal 
to which we have referred, help us to a fair estimate of a 
man somewhat noted in his day ; and, at the same time, 
illustrate the style and tone of religious thought and feeling 
of that period.* 

It was during the period when Mr. Whitefield was preach- 
ing in New England that Mr. Reed was keeping his journal, 
and was so self-scrutinizing as to his spiritual state. The 
following passages from the journal, relating to Mr. White- 
field, cannot fail to be read with interest : — 



* " Jan. 9, 1744. — OLord! thou art my God; and thy loving-kindness and faith- 
fulness towards me, on looking of me up and redeeming me from my sinful back- 
slidings (notwithstanding all my negligence in seeking of thee), calls not only for 
my thankfulness, but strong engagements of soul for thyself. And now, God ! I 
solemnly renew the covenant I have entered into with thee ; and I am resolved, by 
divine grace, to be more careful to keep my covenant with thee than I have ever 
yet been. I am resolved never to live one day carelessly, without thee, as I have 
done; but, if I should lose thy comfortable presence, I am resolved, as thou shalt 
enable me, to make it my business carefully to seek thee until I shall find thee 
again." 

" Oct. 27, 1744. — I was guilty in the morning of speaking a word too lightly 
about Satan and his temptations, or the like ; and I had a very heavy charge lying 
against my soul, after this, most all the day: but, in the evening, my weary, sink- 
ing, discouraged soul was comfortably supported and refreshed with a sense of 
God's mercy and goodness." 

"Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1744. — I think I felt something of religion in the morning; 
but I grew dull and careless, accused by conscience, and exceedingly sunk down 
into discouragements, in the afternoon." 

"Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1744. — I was exceedingly barren and lean, and I was 
very much sunk down under a sense of my guilt and vileness." 

"Monday, Jan. 7, 1745. — I had some accusations of conscience in the morning, 
but not totally beaten down." 

" Wednesday, Jan. 9, 1745. — I felt something of a sweet religious frame of 
spirit." 



360 WILLIAM READE OF WEYMOUTH, 

V 

"Abington, Sunday, Dec. 23, 1744. — Heard Mr. Brown in the 
afternoon. Monday, I travelled to Duxbury, and heard Mr. White- 
Held preach in the evening ; and then I travelled with him, and 
heard him every day, all the week. Sunday, Dec. 30, preached at 
Titicut ; and we had some token of the divine presence. I heard Mr. 
Whitefleld again on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, at Bridge- 
water, Easton, and Taunton. N.B. — Mr. Wliitefield is exceedingly 
filled with the spirit of Jesus, and not ashamed of Christ, his cause 
or children ; and a wonderful power attended his administrations. 
The assemblies seemed much quickened, melted down ; and some- 
times many were overpowered with a sense of divine things, and 
crying out. N.B. — Sometimes, since I have been with Mr. White- 
field, I have felt guilty, low, and dull ; sometimes I have been 
sweetly revived and refreshed." 

In 1746, Mr. Reed was ordained as minister of the Second 
Congregational Church in Framingham. In 1748, he was 
married to Abigail Stoughton of Connecticut. He remained 
in Pramingham till 1756 ; when he dissolved his connection 
with that church, and was installed as minister of Titicut, 
a parish embracing the north-western border of Middle- 
borough and the south-west part of Bridgewater. 

His children were — Sarah, born in 1750 ; John, Nov. 11, 
1751 ; Solomon, in 1752; Samuel, in 1754; and Timothy, 
in 1756. Notwithstanding the limited support given to 
clergymen in those days, Mr. Reed gave to each of his four 
sons a collegiate education. After the death of his first wife, 
he married his cousin Sarah Reed, daughter of Jacob, his 
father's younger brother. His health, never firm, sensibly 
declined in 1784 ; and he died in the spring of 1785, at a 
little past the age of sixty-five. 

We have been permitted to copy the following interesting- 
notice of his funeral. It is from a coarse half-sheet of manu- 
script, broken and yellow with age, but clearly written in a 
homely hand. It had been carefully kept, probably, from 
near that time to the present, in an old Bible of his cousin 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 361 

William, son of Jacob, which recently came into the hands 
of a grandson. 

" Died at his house in Titicut Parish, with a lingering illness, on 
the 7th instant (month not named), the Rev. Solomon Reed, pastor 
of a church in Middleborough ; and was interred on the 10th: aged 
sixty-five. The interment was attended by a numerous concourse, 
in procession, to the meeting-house ; where a prayer was made, and 
a sermon suited to the occasion, from Isa. xxxiii. 20, was delivered 
by the Rev. Mr. Shaw of Bridgewater. The whole was con- 
cluded by a pertinent and pathetic prayer by the Rev. Mr. Porter ; 
while an effusion of tears marked the affliction of the church and 
people, and testified the respect they bore his memory. The 
character of Mr. Reed as a disciple of Jesus Christ, and a luminary 
in the candlestick in which Providence had placed him, was re- 
spectable. The advancement of Christ's kingdom in the hearts of 
his flock, and among mankind in general, was a subject in which 
he was much engaged. He was a workman that needed not to be 
ashamed; for he rightly divided the word of truth, and gave to every 
one his portion in due season. 

" The doctrine of the gospel, which he fervently inculcated in pub- 
lic, and the friendly, pious counsel which he imparted in private, 
were proved and enforced by his life and conversation. 

" He lived to behold and regret true religion perverted, on the 
one hand, into metaphysical disquisition and vain jangling ; and, on 
the other, reduced to a level with natural endeavors and human 
exertions. That experimental religion which purifies the heart and 
overcomes the world was the object which he strove to promote. 
Its amiable effects were exemplified in his life : its peculiar consola- 
tions were powerful in his death. His natural and his spiritual 
children, the people of his charge, and all that knew him, rise up and 
call him blessed. May we die his death ! and may our last end be 
like his!" 

5. Rev. John, son of Solomon, was born in Framingham, 
Nov. 11, 1751 ; graduated at Yale College in 1772. He 
prepared for the ministry under the instruction of his father, 
in Titicut ; and, after the declaration of American Inde- 
pendence, was for some time chaplain in the United-States 
Navy. On the 7th of January, 1780, he was ordained as 

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362 WILLIAM KEADE OF WEYMOUTH, 

pastor of the Congregational Church and Society in West 
Bridgewater ; being only the third minister of that ancient 
parish. In the same year, he married Hannah Sampson of 
Middleborough. His children were — John, born Sept. 2, 
1781 ; Daniel, Aug. 29, 1783 ; Hannah, Dec. 15, 1785, died 
Feb. 20, 1786 ; Solomon, born March 22, 1788 ; Hannah, 
July 7, 1790 ; Sally, March 21, 1793, died April 27, 1797 ; 
Caleb, born April 22, 1797 ; and Sampson, June 10, 1800. 
His wife died in 1815 ; and, in 1822, he married Mrs. 
Phoebe Paddock, sister of his first wife. 

Mr. Reed was a man of remarkably clear and discrimi- 
nating intellect ; was known and acknowledged by the 
strong minds of his time as a master of logic, — of the great 
art of thinking and reasoning correctly. In the earnest 
theological discussions between the Hopkinsians and the Ar- 
minians at the large clerical gatherings of fifty years ago, 
he always stood forward as the champion of the Liberal doc- 
trine. By his ready exposure of sophistry, and his clear and 
forcible statements, the success of his argument was gene- 
rally triumphant and crushing. 

Soon after the adoption of the Federal Constitution, the 
almost unanimous sentiment of his Congressional district 
pointed to him as eminently qualified, by his ardent patriot- 
ism, his sound judgment, and his readiness and power in 
debate, for the office of representative in Congress ; and, 
in 1794, he was elected to fill the office, which he held for six 
years, through three successive Congressional terms ; at the 
close of which time, lie declined a re-election. In 1803, he 
received the degree of Doctor in Divinity from Brown Uni- 
versity. Several of his occasional discourses were published ; 
and, about the year 1805, he published a duodecimo volume 
on the subject of Infant Baptism. 

In his intercourse with men, Mr. Reed's manner, notwith- 
standing his high intellectual claims, was always marked by 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 363 

great modesty, and evident humility of spirit. His public 
discourses, always clear and convincing, were more notice- 
able, perhaps, for strength than for pathos. In his devotional 
performances, his manner was most devout and reverential, 
and indicated unusual absorption of mind. He had the 
entire confidence and respect of his people, and performed 
among them, with great discretion and faithfulness, the duties 
of the Christian ministry for upwards of fifty years. Near 
the close of life, he became entirely blind ; but continued 
still to preach, and to perform other duties of his profession. 
He died Feb. 17, 1831, in his eightieth year. It is much to 
be regretted that there is no print of his remarkably fine 
head. 

6. John, son of Rev. Dr. John and Hannah Sampson, born 
Sept. 2, 1781 ; graduated at Brown University in 1803. 
The first two or three years after leaving college he devoted 
to teaching, first as preceptor of Plymouth Academy, Bridge- 
water ; and then as tutor in Brown University. He chose 
the profession of law, and pursued his preparatory studies 
with the Hon. William Baylies, an eminent attorney of his 
native town. In 18 — , he married Olive Alger, daughter of 
Abiezer Alger, Esq., of West Bridgewater. He commenced 
the practice of law at Yarmouth, on Cape Cod. He soon 
attained eminence in his profession, and was elected a repre- 
sentative in Congress. This office he filled for twenty-eight 
years. By the impartiality of his course on all important 
questions, he early obtained in Congress the confidence of 
members of both Houses. His statements of facts and sta- 
tistics relating to any subject of debate were always listened 
to as reliable and true. He thus exerted, after the first 
years of his service, an important influence, especially in the 
settlement of all questions involving the interests of his dis- 
trict and his State. There were instances, indeed, particu- 
larly in the discussion of questions relating to the fisheries, 



364 



when, by a single speech, he completely revolutionized the 
sentiment of the House, and changed the vote from a lean 
minority to a triumphant majority. In 1844, he was elected 
Lieutenant-Governor ; and was re-elected to the office each 
year during the administration of Gov. Briggs. In 1845, he 
received the degree of LL.D. from Brown University. His 
children were — Sarah, born in 1810 ; John, 1812 ; Martha, 
1816 ; Edward, 1817. 

7. Sarah, daughter of Hon. John and Olive, born in 1810 ; 
married Caleb S. Hunt of Bridgewater. Children, — Mar- 
tha, John R., Edward, Mary. 

7. John, son of Hon. John, born in 1812 ; married Ame- 
lia Crane of Fairhaven. He is Vice-Treasurer of the Boston 
Institution for Savings. 

7. Martha, daughter of Hon. John, born in 1816 ; mar- 
ried James P. Joy, Esq., of Detroit, born Dec. 2, 1810, an 
attorney-at-law, who has attained eminence in his profes- 
sion, and who holds a position of great influence in connec- 
tion with the railroads of that region. She died Feb. 13, 
1850. Children, — Sarah R., born in Detroit, June 26, 
1842 ; James, Nov. 14, 1847 ; Martha, Jan. 23, 1850. 

7. Edward, son of Hon. John, born in 1817 ; married 
Catherine, daughter of William Howard, Esq., of Boston, 
Nov. 6, 1848. Children, — John, William, Catherine. 

6. Daniel, son of Rev. Dr. John, born in 1783 ; married 
Nancy, daughter of Gershom Foster of Middleborough, in 
1812. Children, — John Montgomery, born Aug. 9, 1814 ; 
Charles, Dec. 7, 1815 ; Jane, Feb. 21, 1819. 

7. John M., son of Daniel and Nancy, born Aug. 9, 1814 ; 
married Elizabeth Broomfield of Folsom, Norfolk County, 
Eng., and lives in New- York City. Children, — John M., 
born in 1849 ; Elizabeth B., in 1850, died in 1852 ; Daniel 
W., born in 1852 ; Charles Edward, in 1856. 

7. Charles, son of Daniel and Nancy, born Dec. 27, 1815 ; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 365 

married Sophia Wilkins Clarke in 1843. Children, — Caleb, 
born Sept. 20, 1844 ; Charles Montgomery, 1846 ; Mary, 
1848 ; Hubbard Wilkins, 1850 ; William Horton, 1852 ; 
Caleb, 1854 ; Samuel A., June 8, 1856. He formerly lived 
in New York ; but now lives in West Bridgewater, where 
his two youngest children were born. 

6. Solomon, son of Rev. Dr. John, born March 22, 1788 ; 
married Abigail Howard, daughter of George Howard, in 
1811. Children, — Solomon, born in 1811; George How- 
ard, 1814 ; William Franklin, 1817. He died in 1822. 

7. Solomon, son of Solomon and Abigail, born in 1811 ; 
married Lydia Blanchard, Sept. 7, 1838. Child, — Edmond. 
He lives in Newton. 

7. George H., son of Solomon and Abigail, born 1814; 
married Elizabeth Jeffrey, April 19, 1838. Children, — 
Isadore, Anna, Walter, Edgar, Alice. He lives in Wal- 
tham. 

7. William Franklin, son of Solomon and Abigail, born in 
1817 ; married Adelaide Arnold. Children, — Frances 
Miriam, Georgianna E., John D., William H., Charles 
Frederick, Abba Louisa. He resides in Boston. 

6. Hannah, daughter of Rev. Dr. John, born in 1790 ; 
married Jonathan Copeland, 3d, in 1818. Children (all 
born in Bridgewater), — John, born July 4, 1819 ; Hannah 
Sampson, July 27, 1821 ; Charles, May 3, 1823 ; Edward, 
Jan. 26, 1825 ; Sarah Reed, Feb. 27, 1827 ; Eliza Frances, 
Dec. 13, 1828 ; Helen, Jan. 10, 1834. 

7. John Copeland, son of Hannah Reed and Jonathan 
Copeland, born July 4, 1819 ; married Louisa Packard, 
Oct. 15, 1844. Children, — John Reed, born Nov. 21, 1845 ; 
Louisa, Nov. 11, 1849. 

7. Hannah Sampson, born July 27, 1821 ; married Err 
Garfield, Sept. 8, 1856 ; and had Agnes, born Nov. 2, 
1858. 



366 WILLIAM READE OP WEYMOUTH, 

7. Charles, born May 3, 1823 ; married Hannah Elizabeth 
Blodgett in March, 1853. Children, — Sarah Prances, born 
February, 1854 ; Mary Adelaide, February, 1856 ; Bessie, 
January, 1858 ; Alice, February, 1860. 

7. Sarah Reed, born Feb. 27, 1827 ; married Elbridge G. 
Fifield, September, 1853. Children, — Frank Edward, born 
September, 1854 ; Catherine Reed, September, 1856 ; Helen, 
November, 1858. 

6. Caleb, fourth son of Rev. Dr. John, was born April 22, 
1797; graduated at Harvard College in 1817. He adopted 
the profession of law, and settled and practised in Yarmouth 
till 1827. He then removed to Boston. In July, 1838, he 
married Mary E. Minot, who died in 1842. They had two 
children, — Helen; Arthur. In November, 1847, he mar- 
ried Ruth Cobb. He died in Boston, Oct. 14, 1854. The 
following more complete account of his life and character is 
selected from an obituary notice published in the " New- 
Jerusalem Magazine " of November, 1854 : — 

"He entered Harvard College in 1813, and was graduated in 
1817. After teaching school in Medford one year, he entered the 
office of his brother, the Hon. John Reed (recently Lieutenant- 
Governor of this State), and there pursued the study of the law for 
three years. He was then admitted to the bar, and practised his 
profession in Yarmouth, where he resided until 1827 ; when he 
removed to Boston for the purpose of entering into the firm of Cyrus 
Alger and Company, which was afterwards incorporated as the 
South-Boston Iron Company, and is widely known as one of the 
principal iron-founding establishments in the United States. He 
remained connected with this company until his death, which was 
caused by an attack of dysentery, with fever ; and took place on 
Saturday, the 14th of October, 1854. During this fatal illness, he was 
cheerful and childlike ; not resigned (for this implies the subdual or 
suppression of some unwillingness); and, to use his own expression, 
' he had no choice,' but was glad to leave the issues of life and death 
in the hands of his Father. 

" He received the doctrines of the New Jerusalem while studying 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 367 

law ; being one of a circle of young men, of about the same age, who 
were in college together, and received these doctrines at nearly the 
same time, and have ever since lived near to each other in a com- 
panionship, from which the late Mr. Hobart, and now Mr. Reed, are 
all that have been called away. The wish to be with the society of 
the church in Boston was one of the motives which led him to re- 
move to this city. He assumed at once the position which belonged 
to his character, and has ever held it ; through all these years, aiding 
materially in promoting every good work, and in averting from us 
much evil. 

" In 1832, Mr. Reed took charge of the Magazine, and has ever 
since been its editor. Of the manner in which he has conducted this 
work, we need not speak to the readers of it. One thing, however 
we cannot forbear from saying : during this long period, he has sus- 
tained the Magazine, sometimes with but little of the aid which 
might have been rendered, always while pressed by the urgent 
cares and duties of a very extensive business, and always without 
pecuniary profit or compensation. 

" The funeral services took place in the afternoon of Tuesday, the 
17th of October, in the New-Jerusalem Church in Boston, and were 
attended by a large assemblage. 

" As most of those for whom we are writing this notice have long 
known Mr. Reed in his relation to the church, it would seem unne- 
cessary that we should do more than allude to his eminent utility 
there. The offices he has borne, and the habit of the General Con- 
vention, during the whole term of his connection with it, to put him 
in those places which demanded especial ability and inclination for 
the discharge of important duties, constitute the best evidence on 
this point. 

" Of his character we must speak, although it will not be expect- 
ed that we should enlarge upon this topic. Suffice it then to say, 
that its prominent and governing elements were exceeding kindness 
and benevolence, integrity, deliberate caution, sound judgment, a 
steadfast and undisturbed look at the precise use to be accomplished, 
and the most inflexible adherence to the principles which he thought 
should govern the question before him. Perhaps it was this sinceri- 
ty and singleness of purpose, and the quiet firmness that avoided all 
violence or unnecessary conflict, but was never to be shaken, which, 
more than any thing else, explain his influence and his utility. This 



868 WILLIAM READE OF WEYMOUTH, 

firmness was adherence to principle, and not to mere opinion ; an 
important distinction, which few persons make. Always conciliatory 
in manner, he listened, not in silence only, but in good faith, to 
whatever was said ; and impressed those who conversed with him 
with a conviction, that he was able and disposed to do them full 
justice : and he easily, for sufficient reason, modified or relin- 
quished an opinion. But his principles were unassailable, and 
he saw them clearly. 

" He has gone from among us. Externally, we shall see him no 
more, and hear him no more ; but it is our hope and our belief, that 
we shall still feel his influence, and be the better for it. From the 
new home to which he has gone, he may help us more than ever; 
for the doctrines which he loved so well permit us to think of him 
iis trained by the life of uses which he led here and its varied dis- 
cipline, and by the devoting so large a part of his time, his thought, 
and his affection, to the good of the church on earth, to enter upon 
corresponding uses, but with far wider scope and far ampler means 
of active usefulness, in the church in heaven." 

6. Sampson, son of Rev. Dr. John, born June 10, 1800 ; 
graduated at Harvard University in 1818, where he held a 
high rank as a scholar. After graduating, he remained at 
the university about two years as a theological student ; but 
he finally removed to Boston, and adopted the profession of a 
merchant, — a profession for which his honorable practice 
and example have uniformly tended to command respect. 
In Dec. 25, 1832, he married Catherine, daughter of John 
Clark, Esq., of Waltham. His children are — James, born 
June 8, 1834 ; Thomas, Feb. 3, 1837 ; Elizabeth, July 10, 
1838 ; Joseph Sampson, Dec. 13, 1841. Having early em- 
braced the doctrines of the New Church, he has been one of 
the principal supporters of the society of this order in Bos- 
ton, and of the General Convention of the New Church in 
America. His devotion to the interests of this church for a 
period of forty years has justly secured to him the confi- 
dence and respect of its members throughout the country. 
His literary tastes have led him to devote much time to 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 869 

books, and particularly to theological inquiries and studies. 
Besides his contributions to periodical literature, he has had 
the sole charge of the " New-Church Magazine for Children " 
from its commencement in 1844 ; and also, since the death 
of his brother Caleb, a prominent part in the management of 
the "New-Jerusalem Magazine." In 1826, he published a 
small work, entitled " Observations on the Growth of the 
Mind," which has attracted much attention, and passed 
through five editions in this country, and one or more in 
England. 

Unassuming in manners, and of a retiring disposition, he 
has never sought place or influence in public affairs ; though 
he has served two or three years in the office of alderman. 
The duties of this situation, as also those of membership of 
the public-school committee, of bank direction, and of vari- 
ous trusts, public and private, he has discharged in a manner 
to insure the general respect of his fellow-citizens. 

7. James, son of Sampson and Catherine, born June 8, 
1834; married Emily E. Ripley, Dec. 19,1858. Child, — 
Catherine Clark, born Sept. 21, 1859. He graduated at Har- 
vard University in 1855. After leaving college, he taught one 
year in the public Latin School in Boston, and then devoted 
his attention to theological studies; and in April, 1860, was 
ordained as a minister of the New-Jerusalem Church, and 
installed as assistant pastor of the Boston Society. He will 
be remembered, by the members of the Reed Family who 
were present at the celebration of the two hundredth anni- 
versary of the settlement of Bridgewater, as the gentleman 
who delivered the poem on that occasion. 

5. Solomon, son of Rev. Solomon, born in 1752; gradu- 
ated at Yale College in 1775 ; was ordained as minister of 
the Congregational Church in Petersham, Mass. He mar- 
ried Susanna Willard. His children were — Solomon, born 
in 1787 ; Susanna ; Mary ; Josiah H. ; Hannah ; Sally ; 

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Samuel H., born in 1795 ; John ; William ; Catherine. He 
died at Petersham, Feb. 2, 1808, aged fifty-five years.* 

6. Solomon, son of Rev. Solomon and Susanna of Peters- 
ham, born in 1787 ; lived at Rowe, Mass. ; was a man of 
distinction ; a member of both branches of the Legislature. 
He died at Rowe, in May, 1846 ; and left no children. 

6. Josiah H, son of Rev. Solomon of Petersham, lived 
in Rowe ; died in 1835, leaving a son, who is a wholesale 
dniggist in Chicago. 

6. Samuel H., son of Rev. Solomon of Petersham, born in 
1795 ; was associated with his brother Solomon, in Rowe, 
in manufacturing. He was a representative to the Legisla- 
ture for five years ; was postmaster twenty-five years. In 
1847, he was appointed sheriff of the county ; in which office 
he still remains. Resides in Greenfield. He has two sons 
and two daughters. 

5. Samuel, son of Rev. Solomon and Abigail, born in 
1755 ; graduated at Yale College in 1777 ; ordained over the 
church and society of Warwick, Mass, in 1779 ; married Anna 
Shaw, 1780. Children, — Samuel, born March 23, 1781 ; 
Anna, April 19, 1784 ; Abigail, Feb. 17, 1786 ; Samuel, 
April 25, 1788 ; Stephen, Nov. 5, 1790 ; Timothy, July 10, 
1793. He died July 31, 1812, in the fifty-seventh year of 

* Mr. Reed is represented as a man of large frame and great physical power. 
His boldness and determination of character are illustrated by an incident in 
the time of Shay's Rebellion, the account of which comes to us from a reliable 
source. It is related that a party of Shay's troops came to the house of Mr. Reed 
during a bad snow-storm, one Sunday morning; turned Mr. Reed's cattle out of his 
barn, and put their horses in; and, at the same time, took possession of his house, 
putting their camp-kettles in the several fire-places, and having things iu their own 
way. So great was the confusion, that the sabbath services were entirely inter- 
rupted; and when he had time to collect himself, and determine his course of ac- 
tion, he went to the barn, turned the horses out, and put his own cattle back in 
their place; and, in the house, he passed from room to room, manifesting such reso- 
lute determination, that the troops were awed, and restrained from any violence. 
The result was, that the report of the near approach of Gov. Bowdoin's troops 
induced the Shays party to decamp in such haste as to leave several camp-kettles 
behind them, and gave an opportunity of an uninterrupted afternoon service. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 371 

his age, and thirty-third of his ministry. He was a man 
of sound sense, a devoted Christian, and much beloved by 
his people, and by the community generally. After his 
death, his bereaved flock erected a monument to his memo- 
ry. It is a marble tablet, supported by four pillars over his 
grave, with the following inscription : — 

EEV. SAMUEL EEED, 

SECOND MINISTER IN WARWICK, 

Died 31st July, 1812; mt. 57. 

He had strong powers of mind; was bold in defence of the truth; severe against 
wickedness; mild towards the humble; pitiful to the distressed; affectionate 
towards his friends. 



Frank and sincere in all his professions; rational and fervent in his piety; faithful 
in his pastoral duties. 



He taught the Christian doctrine in its simplicity and truth; he maintained the 
freedom of the human mind, the unchangeable obligations of moral duty, the im- 
partial justice of God, and future retribution. 

Under the vital impression of this faith, he felt and communicated the cheering 
entertainments of life, and enjoyed the richest solace and triumph in death. 

6. Anna, daughter of Rev. Samuel and Anna, married 
Deacon Joseph Wilson, December, 1813. She died in War- 
wick in 1835. 

6. Abigail, daughter of Rev. Samuel and Anna, married 
Joel Mayo of Warwick in December, 1805. Children, — 
Caleb ; Joel ; Samuel ; Lorin ; Mary, born in 1819, married 
William Crosby, a teacher in Providence ; Edwin ; Abby, 
born in 1825. 

7. Abby Mayo, daughter of Abigail Reed and Joel Mayo, 
married C. W. Hastings. Children, — Mary A., Joseph W., 
Herbert. They live in Warwick. 

6. Samuel, son of Rev. Samuel and Anna, married Me- 
linda Wheelock. Children, — John, born Feb. 26, 1820; 
Meliuda A., Oct. 12, 1821. Lived in Greenfield. He died 
very suddenly, and was interred in Warwick ; where his 
widow resides. 



372 WILLIAM READE OF WEYMOUTH, 

7. John, son of Samuel and Melinda, married Delia Win- 
ter. Children, — Frederick E., born March 1, 1847 ; Ella E., 
Aug. 7, 1856. They live in Worcester. He is a teacher of 
music. 

6. Stephen, son of Rev. Samuel and Abigail, born Nov. 5, 
1790 ; married Jerusha Moor. Children, — Emily, born 
March 1, 1821 ; S. Chandler, April 22, 1822 ; Charles, Oct. 3, 
1823 ; Abby J., March 24, 1827 ; Samuel, March 22, 1829 ; 
Mary A., Sept. 29, 1830. They lived in Warwick, on the 
old homestead. He and his wife, and all his children ex- 
cept one, are, or have been, teachers. He died in 1847, aged 
fifty-six. 

7. Emily, daughter of Stephen, married Danford Tyler of 
Warwick, May 18, 1843. Children, — Emily Jane, born 
Dec. 18, 1845 ; James D., June 15, 1848 ; M. Reed Tyler, 
June 19, 1850 ; Mary A., April 18, 1852. 

7. S. Chandler, son of Stephen and Jerusha, married Ze- 
biah H. Jones, Nov. 25, 1852. After her death, he married 
Rhoda G. Tyler, Nov. 25, 1857. He lives in Warwick, and 
is a school-teacher. 

7. Charles, son of Stephen and Jerusha, resides in Boston. 

7. Abby J., daughter of Stephen and Jerusha, married 
Nathan Kendall of Laporte, Ind., May 24, 1857. 

7. Samuel, son of Stephen and Jerusha, married Maria 
H. Barber, November, 1853, and lives in Warwick. Chil- 
dren, — Almah M., born in 1855 ; Abby J., June 4, 1857. 

7. Mary A., daughter of Stephen and Jerusha, graduated 
at Mount-Holyoke Seminary, and is a teacher ; who, with 
her elder brother and her widowed mother, resides on the 
old homestead, formerly the residence of the Rev. Samuel 
Reed : a romantic and beautiful spot. 

6. Timothy, son of Rev. Samuel and Anna, married Su- 
san Kinsly. Children, — Helen; Eliza D., born in 1823; 
Susan K., 1825. He graduated at Dartmouth College, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 878 

Hanover ; adopted the profession of law, and was partner in 
business with Hon. John Reed in Yarmouth for many years. 
He was clerk of the courts for the county of Barnstable, 
register of deeds, register of probate, and cashier of a bank. 
He died at Barnstable in 1853. 

7. Susan, daughter of Timothy and Susan, married Natha- 
niel Wales, a trader in Stoughton. Children, — Susan R., 
born in 1854 ; Timothy, 1857. 

5. Timothy, youngest son of Rev. Solomon of Titicut, 
born in Framingham in 1756 ; graduated at Yale College in 
1782 ; married Hannah Kingman in 1788 ; was a lawyer 
in West Bridgewater. Children, — Caleb Kingman, born in 
1789, died in 1796 ; Caleb Kingman, born in 1799, died 
in 1837. He died in 1813 : his wife died May 7, 1849. 

4. Jacob, son of Jacob and Sarah of Abington, born 
July 7, 1720 ; married Mary Ford, Nov. 26, 1741. Chil- 
dren, — (1.) Marcia, born Aug. 31, 1742; married Benja- 
min Wood, Dec. 20, 1776. (2.) Abijah, born Aug. 14, 
1744. After the death of Mary, he married his cousin 
Alice, daughter of Capt. William Reed, Dec. 1, 1748. The 

children were — Alice, born , was never married, died 

in Easton, aged ninety ; Jacob, born May 6, 1757 ; Bela, 
born Sept. 2, 1769. He removed, late in life, to Easton, 
where his children Abijah, Alice, and Bela resided ; and died 
there, Oct. 11, 1806, at the age of eighty-six. 

5. Abijah, son of Jacob and Mary Ford, born Aug. 14, 
1744; married Sarah Bates, Oct. 29, 1768. Children,— 
Sarah, born April 25, 1770 ; Hannah, June 17, 1774 ; 
Abijah, June 5, 1777 ; Noah, June 22, 1780 ; Hannah, 
March 16, 1790. About the year 1790, he removed to 
Easton. He was afterwards deacon of the church of Rev. 
William Reed of Easton. He was a man of extraordinary 
biblical knowledge, an independent thinker, and an earnestly 
religious man. He died in Easton, June 16, 181G, 



374 WILLIAM READE OP WEYMOUTH, 

6. Sarah, daughter of Abijah and Sarah, married Lemuel 
Lothrop of Bridgewater. 

6. Abijah, son of Abijah and Sarah, born Jan. 5, 1777 ; 
married Catherine, daughter of Isaac Lothrop of Easton. 
His children were — Abijah, who died young; Lydia, born 
Feb. 3, 1800, married Edmond Curtis, had children, and 
died July 1, 1859 ; Mary, born March 23, 1801, married 
Benjamin Buck; Sarah, born Dec. 7, 1804, married Edward 
W. Dean, and died July 23, 1829 ; Abijah, born March 14, 
1813, died in Boston, Sept. 14, 1835. 

6. Noah, son of Abijah and Sarah, born June 22, 1780; 
married Lucy Hayward, daughter of Joseph Hayward of 
Easton. Children, — Noah 1 , born March 25, 1804 ; Susanna, 
March 22, 1806 ; Malvina, Aug. 26, 1807 ; Lucy, Jan. 24, 
1809, married Ebenezer Drake of Stoughton ; Botheus, born 
July 26, 1811. 

7. Noah, son of Noah and Lucy, born March 25, 1804 ; 
married Mary Shaw, Feb. 21, 1830. Children, — Lucy 
Catherine, born Sept. 23, 1831 ; Catherine Frances, June 13, 
1834; James Austin and John Gurney, Oct. 6, 1841. 

7. Kotheus, born July 26, 1811 ; married Miss Howard, 
and had a son Albert ; and, for second wife, married Miss 
Lewis, and had a daughter Elizabeth Lewis. 

6. Hannah, daughter of Abijah and Sarah, born March 16, 
1790 ; married James Lothrop. 

5. Jacob, son of Jacob and his second wife Alice, born 
May 6, 1757 ; married Sarah Noyes, Feb. 21, 1782. Chil- 
dren,— Polly, born Oct. 27, 1782; Sarah, April 12, 1784; 
Ellis, March 2, 1787 ; Lucretia, June 1, 1789 ; Jacob, 
June 30, 1791. He removed from Abington to Farming- 
ton, Me., and was a payer of taxes in that town in 1798 ; 
and afterwards removed to Springfield. 

5. Bela, son of Jacob and Alice, born Sept. 2, 1769 ; mar- 
ried Mehetabel, daughter of Obabiah Reed, Aug. 20, 1795. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 375 

Children, — Mehetabel, born Sept. 1, 1797 ; Bela, born 
Oct. 3, 1800 ; Elbridge, Jan. 22, 1809, was married, died 

July 13, 1857 ; Lydia, born , was twice married, and 

has children. 

6. Mehetabel, daughter of Bela and Mehetabel, born 
Sept. 1, 1797 ; married Galen Sylvester ; had children ; 
died Jan. 11, 1835. 

6. Bela, son of Bela and Mehetabel, born Oct. 3, 1800 ; 
married Joanna Lane, Sept. 27, 1826. Children, — Jacob, 
and one daughter. 

4. Elijah, son of Jacob and Sarah Hersey, born Feb. 14, 
1728 ; married Sarah Reed, daughter of Obadiah, July 10, 
1755. Children,— Hannah, born Aug. 22, 1756; Elijah, 
Sept. 20, 1758 ; Luke, April 28,1763 ; Paul, Dec. 20, 1765 ; 
Joshua, July 25, 1768 ; Jacob, June 25, 1771. 

5. Elijah, son of Elijah and Sarah Reed, born Sept. 20, 
1758; the name of his wife unknown. Children, — Beza- 
leel, Sarah, Solomon, Parnel, Elijah, Alice. Sarah married 
Amos Keith ; Parnel married N. Edson ; Alice married John 
Tripp. 

6. Bezaleel, son of Elijah, and grandson of Elijah and 
Sarah, married Ruth Edson. Children, — Bezaleel; Paul. 

6. Solomon, son of Elijah, married Delaney Shaw. Chil- 
dren, — Elijah, Reliance, Iantha. 

6. Elijah, son of Elijah, married Jane Thomas. Children, 
— William T., Jane D., Henry W., Franklin, Nathaniel T., 
Alexander H. 

7. William, son of Elijah and Jane, married Ann M. Wat- 
son. Children, — Alexander H. ; Ellen J. 

7. Henry W., son of Elijah and Jane, married Emily 
Howard, Oct. 30, 1842. Children, — Isabella, Jane, Helen, 
W. Shirley. 

7. Franklin, son of Elijah and Jane, married Harriet 
Richards. Child, — Franklin. 



376 WILLIAM EEADE OF WEYMOUTH, 

5. Jacob, son of Elijah and Sarah, born June 25, 1771 ; 
married Sarah. Children, — David, born Dec. 1, 1800, set- 
tled in Cummington ; Cyrus, who lives in New-York City. 

6. Cyrus, son of Jacob and Sarah, married Cynthia. Chil- 
dren, — James S., born Dec. 3, 1836; Cynthia L., Sept. 5, 
1847 ; Cyrus EL, June 27, 1844 ; Cynthia Henrietta, Sept. 5, 
1847. Moved from Pembroke to New York. 

5. Luke, son of Elijah, married Keziah Leonard. Chil- 
dren, — Matilda, who married Silas Hathaway ; Luke ; 
Keziah, married Jacob Perkins ; Paul ; Joshua ; Jacob. 

6. Luke, son of Luke, married Ann Leach. Children, — 
Adam, Julia Ann, Archelaus, Cyrus, Luke, Gustavus. 

7. Adam, son of Luke and Ann, married Eliza Staples. 

7. Julia Ann, daughter of Luke and Ann, married James 
E. Watson. 

7. Archelaus, son of Luke and Ann, married Mary Ann 
Hilman. 

7. Cyrus, son of Luke and Ann, married Nancy Clark. 

5. Paul, son of Elijah and Sarah, born Dec. 20, 1765 ; 
married Mary Noyes. Children, — Adam; Paul A. 

5. Joshua, son of Elijah and Sarah, born July 25, 1768 ; 
married Deborah Noyes, Feb. 7, 1788 ; settled in East 
Bridgewater. Children, — Deborah, born March 30, 1700 ; 
Joshua, July 25, 1792 ; Samuel P. ; Silence, Oct. 19, 
1796 ; Daniel Noyes, Aug. 13, 1799 ; John, Jan. 29, 1802 ; 
Mary P. 

6. John, son of Joshua and Deborah, born Jan. 29, 1802 ; 
married Hannah G. Barrel, November, 1833. Children, — 
Deborah, born April 8, 1837; Hannah G., Sept. 1, 1S39; 
John N., Sept. 8, 1842 ; Joshua, Feb. 3, 1848. He lives in 
East Bridgewater, and is a justice of the peace. 

7. James S., son of Cyrus and Cynthia, born at Pembroke, 
Dec. 30, 1846 ; married Nancy B. Children, — Susan 
Aborn, born Feb. 4, 1855 ; James G. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 377 



7. Isaac, son of Isaac and Sally Pulling, born June 26, 
1805; married Dec. 18, 1831. Children, — George A., 
bora in 1832 ; Nancy A., 1836. His wife died in 1844. 
Married Sarah Porter in 1849. Children, — Isaac W., born 
in 1853 ; Asa C, 1857. Lives in East Bridgewater. 

7. Nahum, son of Isaac and Sally, born Dec. 15, 1806 ; 
married Maria Witherell, Oct. 6, 1841. Children, — Frank 
Austin, born July 1, 1852 ; Clinton W., Sept. 4, 1842; Na- 
hum S., May 6, 1845 ; Ezra A., Oct. 18, 1847, and died 
April 8, 1849. He resides in Boston. 

8. Dexter, son of Isaac and Sally, born in 1809, and lives 
in East Bridgewater ; married Lydia Wright in 1842. Chil- 
dren, — Samuel D., born in 1846; Franklin P., 1853 ; John 
B., 1856. 

7. James, son of Isaac, born in 1815 ; married Eliza A. 
Keith in 1844, and lives in East Bridgewater. Children, — 
Lurana T., born in 1845 ; Sarah S., 1846 ; James Lewis, 
Jan. 5, 1851. His wife died in 1851. Married Mary A. 
Severance. Child, — Clarence D., born in 1857. 

7. Calvin, son of Isaac, born in 1819 ; married Mary S. 
Bates in 1844. Children, — Mary F., born April 20, 1845 ; 
Benjamin C, Dec. 24, 1849. Lives in East Bridgewater, 
and is a justice of the peace. 

7. Diantha, daughter of Isaac, bora in 1821 ; married 
Tolman French from Maine, and lives in East Bridge- 
water. Children, — Bradford, born in 1844, died the same 
year; Isaac R., born in 1845; Eli B., 1847; George T., 
1852. 

3. John, second son of William and Esther, and grandson 
of William the emigrant, born July 10, 1687 ; married 
Sarah ; and had John, born Aug. 10, 1713. After the death 
of his wife Sarah, he married Mary, and had children, 
— James, born Oct. 12,1716; Mary, Dec. 21, 1719; Eze- 
kiel, Nov. 14, 1721 ; Peter, March 29, 1723 ; Squire, May 25, 

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378 



1725 ; Silence, Aug. 10, 1728 ; Betty, April 8, 1730 ; Sa- 
muel, July 13, 1732. The last two children died young. 

4. John, son of John and Sarah, and grandson of Wil- 
liam and Esther, born July 10, 1713 ; married Mary Torrey, 
June 20, 1731. Children, — Mary, born April 7, 1735; 
Hannah, May 16, 1738 ; Samuel, Nov. 10, 1740 ; Sarah, 
June 14, 1744 ; Frederick, July 28, 1746 ; William, May 9, 
1748. 

5. William, son of John and Mary Torrey, born May 9, 
1748 ; married Elizabeth Stammers of Braiutree, Sept. 3, 
1768. Children, — Elizabeth ; William, born Feb. 27, 1774 ; 
Mary, May 13, 1776 ; Sarali ; Lydia ; Ruth ; Anna, Jan. 21, 
1779. He lived at one time in Randolph ; but his children 
(six of them) were born in Weymouth. He afterwards 
moved back to Braintree ; where lie died March 29, 1833. 
His wife died Oct. 12, 1821, aged seventy-seven. 

6. William, son of William and Elizabeth of Braintree, 
born Feb. 27, 1774 ; married Relief Penniman of Brain- 
tree. Children, — William ; Dorcas Elizabeth. He died 
Sept. 14, 1813. 

7. William, son of William and Relief, married Susan. 
Children, — Susan, born Oct. 11, 1825 ; William, March 10, 
1828; Clarissa, Sept. 11, 1829; William, Oct. 30, 1832. 

8. William, son of William and Susan, married Hannah. 
Child, — Mary Ann. 

4. Peter, son of John and Sarah, and grandson of William 
and Esther, born at Abington, March 29, 1723 ; married 
Lucy Huggins, March 25, 1748. Children, — Sarah, born at 
Abington, Aug. 26, 1757 ; Samuel, Nov. 30, 1760 ; Joanna, 
Sept. 8, 1763, married Nov. 27, 1788, at Cummington, to 
Jacob Nash. 

4. James, son of John and Sarah, born Oct. 12, 1716 ; 
married Abigail Nash, May 10, 1739. Children, — Tabitha, 
born March 3, 1740, married Elisha Lincoln, Oct. 5, 1779 ; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 379 

Experience, born Oct. 23, 1741, married Josiah Joslin, 
Dec. 21, 1767 ; Solomon, born Oct. 25, 1743 ; Adam, 
Aug. 19, 1745 ; Stephen, July 5, 1748 ; Huldah, April 25, 
1751 ; Molly, March 3, 1756 ; James, June 24, 1758 ; Abel, 
April 15, 1754. 

5. Solomon, son of James and Abigail, born Oct. 25, 
1743 ; married Mercy Tirrel, Sept. 28, 1765. Child, — 
Molly, born Nov. 22, 1766. 

5. Adam, son of James and Abigail, born Aiig. 17, 1745 ; 
married Silence Reed, July 14, 1768. Child, — Adam. 

6. Adam, son of Adam, married Mary Porter, Feb. 25, 
1819. Child, — Mary Porter, born Sept. 16, 1823. 

6. James, son of James and Abigail, born June 24, 1758 ; 
married Ruth Niles, May 19, 1779. Children, — Abel, born 
Sept. 5, 1780 ; Susanna, Feb. 18, 1782 ; Ruth Porter, 
Dec. 14, 1783 ; Goddard, who lives in Randolph. 

Abel, son of James and Ruth, born Sept. 5, 1780 ; mar- 
ried Lydia Loud of Plymouth. Children, — William Cole, 
who lives in Roxbury ; James Ward, lives in Roxbury ; 
Eliza ; Lydia ; Charles Thayer. He lived in Boston, and 
died in 1817. 

Charles T., son of Abel and Lydia, married, in Boston, 
Sophia E. Critston of Nashua, Feb. 3, 1828. He lives in 
Boston. 

4. Ezekiel, son of John and Sarah, born Nov. 14, 1721 ; 
married Hannah Beal in 1742. Children, — Ezekiel, born 
March 3, 1744; Hannah, Nov. 1, 1746; Squire, Nov. 1, 
1748 ; Mary, Jan. 1, 1751 ; Zebulon, March 31, 1752 ; Mary, 
Nov. 20, 1754, married Simeon Gannet in 1775 ; Samuel, 
born Dec. 25, 1756 ; Issachar, Aug. 9, 1759 ; Deborah, 
Dec. 6, 1762, married J. Gumey, Dec. 18, 1783. 

5. Ezekiel, son of Ezekiel and Hannah, born in Abington, 
March 3, 1744 ; married Mary Rogers of Marshfield, April 2, 
1768. Children, — Polly, born in 1769 ; Zelotes, 1771 ; 



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Ezekiel, Sept. 16, 1772 ; Zebulon, 1774 ; Hannah, 1776 ; 
Olive, 1777 ; Jesse, 1778 ; Charles ; Abraham ; Briggs Rogers, 
May 2, 1784. The following, from Hayward's " Gazetteer of 
Massachusetts," will do justice to the memory of Mr. Ezekiel 
Reed better than I can by any effort of my own : — 

" The making of tacks by hand commenced very early in Alding- 
ton. The first attempt was to cut up old iron hoops into points by a 
very imperfect kind of shears, and take them up one by one and 
place them in a common vice, and screw up and unscrew for the 
purpose of heading each tack with a hammer. From this process 
they were called cut tacks : but the mode of making by hand was 
much improved by movable dies placed in an iron frame, in the 
shape of an ox-bow ; the two ends, in which were placed the dies, 
being brought together by a lever pressed by the foot. In the first 
process, a man might make one thousand tacks per day ; in the lat- 
ter, eight thousand. This was a great improvement ; and the in- 
ventor, Mr. Ezekiel Reed, was entitled to a patent. He made some 
attempts to conceal the operation ; but it was so simple, and so easily 
applied, that others soon got it, and it came into general use. With 
machines, or tack-tools as they were called, thus improved, from 
three to four hundred men and boys were employed in making tacks 
in the town of Abington and vicinity." 

6. Ezekiel, son of Ezekiel and Mary, born Sept. 16, 1772 ; 
married Rebecca Edson in 1794, and settled in West Bridge- 
water. Married Hannah Littlefield in 1807. Children, — 
Emma, born Aug. 17, 1795, married Jacob Tirrel in 1813 ; 
Lydia B., born May 30, 1797 ; Josiah, March 2, 1799 ; Ed- 
win B., Jan. 20, 1804 ; Charles B., May 21, 1806, died 
May 3, 1836. His wife died Jan. 23, 1845 ; and he married 
Polly Luddens, Dec. 10, 1845. 

7. Josiah, son of Ezekiel, born at West Bridgewater, 
March 2, 1799 ; married Jennet Heath. Child, — Ann, 
born Sept. 10, 1848. 

7. Edwin B., son of Ezekiel, born Jan. 20, 1804; married 
Furosina Glass of Duxbury, and they live in Kingston. Chil- 
dren, — Edwin Theodore, born Sept. 26, 1823; Alphonso, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 381 

November, 1830 ; Helen, April 30, 1837 : all born in West 
Bridge water. 

7. Charles B., son of Ezekiel, born May 21, 1806 ; mar- 
ried Eunice B. Harden. Children, — Susan Frances, born 
June 13, 1832, married Simeon C. Heath, May 7, 1851 ; 
Emily Briggs, born Dec. 17, 1833 ; Eunice Edson, Jan. 3, 
1836. His wife died Oct. 22, 1855, aged fifty. 

7. Horatio G., son of Col. Jesse, married Wealthy. Chil- 
dren, — Horatio G. H., born in Marshfield, April 12, 1828; 
Maria W., Feb. 25, 1833, born in Scituate, and married 
Henry L. Vinal ; Ellen L., born June 15, 1839, in Marsh- 
field ; Mary Forbes, born in Marshfield, Jan. 5, 1841. He 
lives in Scituate. 

8. Horatio G., son of Horatio G., born April 12, 1828 ; 
married Esther M. Cole, April 2, 1850. 

6. Briggs Rogers, son of Ezekiel and Mary, born May 2, 
1784 ; married Betsey Hutchinson of Danvers, May 21, 1809. 
Children, — Mary Ann, born in Boston, Jan. 1, 1810; Eli- 
zabeth, born in Weymouth, Dec. 17, 1811, married Richard 
Phillips, Esq., of Topsfield; Susan Jane, born in Pembroke, 
May 11, 1814; William Briggs, born in Danvers, Dec. 15, 
1816; Edward Rogers, March 14, 1819; Augustus, April 13, 
1821 ; George W., Aug. 5, 1823, of the firm of Reed and 
Hastings, No. 9, Old State House; John, Aug. 13, 1825; 
James Hervey, Jan. 28, 1828, is a teacher in St. Louis ; 
Joseph Warren, May 7, 1830, died by the explosion of the 
boiler on board the " Empire State," at Fall River, July 27, 
1856 (he was a Baptist clergyman, very pious and devoted ; 
and his sudden and awful death spread a gloom over the 
Christian community, wherever his devotion and zeal had 
been known) ; Cornelia H., Aug. 28, 1832. He died in 
Danvers, Sept. 28, 1835 : his wife died March 31, 1850. 

7. Mary Ann, daughter of Briggs and Elizabeth, married 
William E. Kimball of Topsfield. Children, — Ann Maria, 



382 WILLIAM READE OF WEYMOUTH, 

Feb. 11, 1829 ; Mary Jane, Jan. 31, 1833 ; Elizabeth R., 
June 8, 1834 ; William, Sept. 5, 1837 ; Ellen, March 20, 
1840. 

7. Susan Jane, daughter of Briggs and Elizabeth, married 
William Alley. Children, — Susan Jane, William Edward, 
George Hervey. Lives in Marlborough. 

7. Elizabeth, daughter of Briggs and Betsey, born in 
Weymouth, Dec. 17, 1811 ; married Richard Phillips, Esq., 
of Topsfield. Children, — Harriet E., born Jan. 26, 1832, 
died June 2, 1842; George Frelinghuysen, born July 17, 
1834 ; Susan Jane, Aug. 15, 1841, died July, 1850 ; Charles 
Albert, born April 26, 1851. Two children died in in- 
fancy. 

7. William Briggs, son of Briggs and Betsey, born in 
Danvers, Dec. 15, 1816 ; married Eliza Howard of Salem ; 
keeps at No. 134, Lincoln Street, Boston. Children, — 
William H., born April 9, 1846 ; Benjamin C, Aug. 10, 
1850 ; Isabel H., June 20, 1857. Lives at No. 4, Winthrop 
Street, East Boston. 

7. Augustus, son of Briggs and Betsey, born April 13, 
1821; married Laura Ann Leach of Boston. Children, — 
Ann Eliza, Emma Cornelia, Warren Augustus, Alice Jane. 
Does business in East Boston, corner of Meriden and Paris 
Street. 

7. George W., son of Briggs and Betsey, born Aug. 5, 
1823 ; married Ellen Howard of Salem, Oct. 20, 1852 : she 
died May 6, 1855. Married Hannah Elizabeth Maston of 
Salem, for second wife, Oct. 29, 1857. He is of the firm 
of Reed and Hastings, Old State House. Children, — 
George Hervey, born Sept. 7, 1853 ; Anna Josephine, 
Sept. 27, 1858. 

6. Samuel Licander, son of Ezekiel and Mary, born in 
Bridgewater, July 24, 1786 ; married Nancy Gray of Water- 
town, Mass., Feb. 27, 1817, and settled in Gardiner, Me. ; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 383 

where he carried on the nail manufactory of that place. 
Children, — Samuel Licander, horn Oct. 24, 1817; Harriet 
Newell, Aug. 19, 1821, died Aug. 28, 1822 ; Thomas Rogers, 
born May 1, 1819 ; Alonzo, Jan. 20, 1821 ; Jesse, Feb. 8, 
1826 ; George William, April 21, 1831. 

7. Samuel, son of Samuel L. and Nancy, born Oct. 24, 
1817, and his brother Alonzo, born Jan. 20, 1824, live 
at Mount Auburn, and follow the business of black- 
smiths. 

7. Thomas R., son of Samuel and Nancy, born May 1, 
1819 ; lives in Gardner, Me., and is in the ship plug and 
wedge manufactory. 

7. Jesse, son of Samuel L. and Nancy, born Feb. 8, 
1826 ; lives in Gardiner, Me., and is by trade a house- 
carpenter. 

7. George William, son of Samuel L. and Nancy, born 
April 24, 1831 ; married Hannah Augusta, daughter of Dr. 
Currier of Bath, Me. He lives in Bath, and is by occupa- 
tion a dentist. 

4. Peter, son of John and Sarah, born March 29, 1723 ; 
married Lucy Haynes, March 25, 1748. Children, — Sarah, 
born Aug. 26, 1757 ; Samuel, Nov. 30, 1760 ; Joanna, 
Sept. 8, 1768. 

7. Alonzo, son of Samuel L. and Nancy of Gardiner, Me., 
born Jan. 20, 1824 ; married in Watertown, Mass , to Ade- 
line White, Aug. 9, 1852. 

3. Simeon, son of William and Esther, had John S., who 
married Lucy Lucas, July 23, 1747. Children, — Zadock, 
born Sept. 1, 1749 ; Rhoda, Feb. 21, 1751 ; Simeon, May 6, 
1753 ; Sarah, June 16, 1758 ; John, May 22, 1760 ; Molly, 
Sept. 5, 1762 ; Levi, Feb. 12, 1765 ; Oliver, Jan. 8, 1768. 
He removed to Pembroke before 1762. 

5. Zadock, son of John S. and Mary, born Sept. 1, 1749 ; 
married Lucy Gardner, Sept. 16, 1770, and settled in 



384 WILLIAM READE OP WEYMOUTH, 

Bridgewater. Children, — Olive, born June 2, 1773, mar- 
ried Samuel P. French in 1801 ; Miriam, born July 12, 
1775 ; Rachel, Feb. 19, 1777, died in 1782 ; Bela, born 
Oct. 20, 177G ; Rhoda, Feb. 12, 1781 ; Simeon, Feb. 5, 1779, 
died July 12, 1781 ; Obed, born Feb. 20, 1783 ; Luther, 
Dec. 17, 1798 ; Anna, Aug. 17, 1785 ; Lucy, May 29, 1793 ; 
Polly, March 30, 1795. He died in Hanson, Jan. 17, 
1822. 

6. Bela, son of Zadock and Lucy, born Oct. 20, 1771 ; 
married Polly Beals in 1793. She died in 1795, aged 
twenty-five years. Married Sally Thomas, March 7, 1798. 
Children, — Daniel, born Sept. 30, 1798 ; Wealthy, June 30, 
1800 ; Polly, March 2, 1804 ; Bela, Oct. 6, 1806 ; Sally, 
May 2, 1809. He afterwards moved to Pembroke. He died 
Aug. 4, 1848. 

6. Simeon, son of Zadock and Lucy, born Feb. 5, 1779 ; 
married Ruth, and settled in Pembroke. Children, — So- 
phia, born June 28, 1802; Isaac T., Oct. 10, 1804; Simeon, 
Aug. 3, 1810 ; Deborah, May 26, 1822 ; Calvin, May 26, 
1824 ; Adeline, March 30, 1827 ; Joseph. He died in Pem- 
broke, Aug. 7, 1847. 

7. Bela, son of Bela and Sally of Pembroke, born Oct. 6, 
1806 ; married Eunice. Children, — Lucius, born March 26, 
1830 ; Charles, Oct. 8, 1832 ; Marcus M., March 13, 1836; 
Adeline, July 4, 1842. 

7. Isaac, son of Simeon and Ruth of Pembroke, born 
Oct. 10, 1804; married Sarah A. Children, — John D., 
born Oct. 18, 1844 ; Mary Eliza, May 3, 1850 ; Ann Maria, 
Jan. 14, 1853. 

7. Simeon, son of Simeon and Ruth, born Aug. 3, 1810 ; 
married Prudence Ford. Child, — William, born April 25, 
1846 ; died Sept. 28, 1854. 

8. Lucius, son of Bela and Eunice of Pembroke, born 
March 20, 1830 ; married Louisa Bryant, Sept. 25, 1851. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 385 

Children, — Austin G., born July 12, 1852 ; Waldo P., 
Aug. 4, 1853 ; Wilbur E., April 29, 1855. 

7. Calvin, son of Simeon and Ruth of Pembroke, born 
May 26, 1824 ; married Deborah Brown of Hanson, July 4, 
1853. Children, — Emily Jane, born July 21, 1854 ; So- 
phronia, Oct. 28, 1855. 

7. Joseph, son of Simeon and Ruth of Pembroke, married 
Maria W. Pierce, March 17, 1849. Child, — Benjamin Her- 
bert, born July 30, 1850. 

8. Marcus M., son of Bela and Eunice of Pembroke, born 
March 13, 1836. 

6. Luther, son of Zadock and Lucy, born Dec. 17, 1798; 
married Deborah Briant. Children, — Calvin T., born in 
Pembroke, May 26, 1824 ; Deborah B., May 26, 1822, 
married James Brown, May 6, 1854 ; Adeline, born March 
30, 1826. His wife died in Pembroke, Oct. 29, 1848, in her 
fifty-seventh year. 

7. Calvin T., son of Luther, married Deborah Bourne, 
July 4, 1853. 

7. Isaac T., son of Simeon and Ruth of Pembroke, born 
Oct. 10, 1804 ; married Sarah. Children, — Isaac, who 
married Peddy W. Howe, Nov. 26, 1851 ; Ichabod M., 
who married Emily J. Howe of Abington, July 24, 1853. 

9. Ichabod, son of Isaac and Peddy of Pembroke. Child, 
— Albert, born April 16, 1856. 

5. Levi, son of John and Lucy, born at Pembroke, Feb. 14, 
1765 ; married Lucy Doten of Plymouth, Mass., in 1799, and 
settled in Marlborough. Children, — Thomas, born April 7, 
1800; Chandler, June 3, 1802; Levi, April 26, 1805; 
James D., April 21, 1811 ; Rebecca, May, 1808 ; Harriet. 
He died March 7, 1845. 

Levi, son of Levi and Lucy, born April 26, 1805, in 
Middleborough ; married Harriet Drake of Auburn, Me., 
April 11, 1846. Children, — Levi Edward, born at Middle- 

49 



386 WILLIAM READE OP WEYMOUTH, 

borough, July 28, 1849 ; Daniel D., July 7, 1856 ; Diana M., 
June 14, 1858. 

Rebecca, daughter of Levi and Lucy, born May, 1808 ; 
married John B. Paine, May 18, 1833, and settled in Taun- 
ton. They have eight children. 

James D., son of Levi and Lucy, born April 21, 1811 ; 
married Pamelia Butler, Nov. 20, 1838. Children, — Julia, 
born Oct. 21, 1841 ; Pamelia F., Sept. 8, 1843 ; James 
Chandler, May 22, 1845 ; Harriet E., May 11, 1849 ; Caro- 
line, Oct. 18, 1853. His wife died June 2, 1854. Married, 
for second wife, Sarah Morrell of Canaan, Vt., March 12, 
1855. Children, — William M., born Jan. 27, 1856; Tho- 
mas D., Aug. 13, 1857. 

Julia H., daughter of Levi and Lucy, born April 8, 1818 ; 
married Willard Shaw, Aug. 12, 1849, and settled in Car- 
ver. They have four children. 

2. John, son of William, 1st, of Weymouth, born in 1649 ; 
married Bashna. Child, — John, born June 5, 1674. Mar- 
ried Bethiah Prye for second wife. Children, — William, 
Thomas, George, Mary, Ruth, Hannah. He died at Digh- 
ton, Jan. 13, 1720 : his wife died Oct. 20, 1730. He was a 
house-carpenter, and appeal's to have been a man of conside- 
rable property, and an extensive dealer in land. The 
records describe about a dozen pieces of land bought by 
him in Taunton, and several parcels sold by him. He 
was quite a business-man in Taunton, but removed from 
there to Dighton. He and his wife were buried in Digh- 
ton, on Burying Hill, between Upper and Lower Four 
Corners. Their gravestones are in very good condition, 
and their inscriptions read thus : " Here lieth ye body of 
Bethiah, wife of John Read : died October ye 20, 1730, 
aged seventy-seven years. — Here lieth ye body of John 
Reed, aged seventy-two years ; and died January ye 13th, 
1720-1." 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 387 

His estate was valued at a hundred and sixty-two pounds 
at his decease. He was the ancestor of the Taunton Reeds. 

3. John, son of John and Bashna, born at Weymouth, 
June 5, 1674 ; married Bethiah Cobb, June 15, 1697. Chil- 
dren, — Mary, who married a Tiffany; John, born August, 
1701 ; George, May, 1701 ; William, Feb. 28, 1712, and 
Bethiah (twins) ; Bethiah married a Watson. He removed 
to Swansey, and bought a tract of land known as Pompa- 
numset, or Phebe's Neck. He died in 1739. The tract of 
land bought by him is supposed to be located in what is now 
Barrington. 

4. George, son of John and Bethiah Cobb, born May, 1704. 
Child, — John. 

5. John, son of George. Child, — William. 

4. William, son of John and Bethiah Cobb, born Feb. 28, 
1712 ; married Elizabeth. Children, — Bethiah, born at 
Barrington, Sept. 12, 1741 ; Jonathan, who lived near Shep- 
herd's Factory, in Newport, R.I. 

3. Hannah, daughter of John and Bethiah, married Josiah 
Talbot of Dighton, Sept. 2, 1713. Children, — Mary, born 
March 22, 1725; Josiah, Oct. 23, 1726 ; Ruth, May 2, 1729.' 
She died June 4, 1731. Her gravestone is broken, and lies 
on the ground near the graves of her father and mother; 
and the inscription runs thus: "In memory of Hannah, 
wife of Josiah Talbot, Esq. Died June 4, 1731, in the 
fortieth year of her age." 

3. Mary, daughter of John and Bethiah of Dighton, mar- 
ried Joseph Atwood. Children, — Joseph, born August, 
1704 ; Benjamin, March 17, 1707, died Feb. 14, 1713 ; 
Esther, born Feb. 19, 1711 ; John, Feb. 7, 1713, died 
May 21, 1749 ; Benjamin, born July 3, 1715, died July 28, 
1753 ; Mary, born March 16, 1719. He died Sept. 26, 1724 : 
she died April 23, 1748, aged sixty-six years, seven months, 
eight days. 



388 



3. Ruth, daughter of John and Bethiah, married Capt. 
Joseph Tisdale of Dighton. Children, — Joseph, Loved, 
Job, Seth, Ebenezer, Simeon, Hannah, Bethiah, Mary. He 
died before 1748. She made her will, in which she men- 
tions her cousins Elkanah Read, Ruth Read, and Elizabeth 
Hodges. She died August, 1848, in her sixty-third year. 

4. John, son of John and Bethiah of Taunton, afterwards 
of Swansey and Barrington, born August, 1701 ; married 
Lydia Caswell, Oct. 7, 1713. 

4. Bethiah, daughter of John and Bethiah of Barrington, 
born Feb: 28, 1712 : married Nathan Watson in 1732. 
Children, — Abigail, born Jan. 13, 1733; Molly, March 5, 
1734 ; Rachel, July 14, 1736 ; Mercy, March 30, 1738 ; 
Bethiah, Oct. 12, 1739 ; Matthew, April 4, 1741 ; Lydia, 
Dec. 17, 1742 : William, Jan. 25, 1744 ; John, Oct. 5, 1746. 
His wife died Feb. 9, 1778, in her sixty-sixth year. Mar- 
ried Sarah for second wife : she died Sept. 3, 1798, aged 
eighty-eight years. Mr. Watson was a Scotchman, and emi- 
grated to this coimtry from Ireland. Her father opposed 
the match, because he said that he was a poor Irishman ; 
but he left an estate valued at eighty thousand dollars. He 
died at Barrington, Jan. 17, 1803, aged a hundred and 
seven years. 

3. George, son of John and Bethiah, married Sarah Whit- 
marsh. Children, — George, born in Dighton, Aug. 31, 
1718, died May 6, 1727 ; Avise, born Sept. 5, 1720, married 
John Palmer, Jan. 27, 1736 ; Hannah, born May 21, 1722, 
married Reuben Clemens in 1743 ; John, born March 30, 
1724 ; Samuel, Nov. 29, 1725 ; Ruth, Nov. 3,1727, married 
Joshua Williams, James Macomber, and Ebenezer Myrick ; 
Rebecca, born July 16, 1729, married John Coleman in 
1752; Sylvester French. Sarah, his wife, died ; and he mar- 
ried Abigail Woodward, Jan. 1, 1730. Children, — Isaiah, 
born at Rehoboth, Oct. 14, 1730 ; George, Dec. 29, 1731 ; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 389 

Sarah, born at Dighton, Dec. 6, 1734, died young ; Sarah, 
born Jan. 22, 1739, married John Gilraore ; Loved, born 
Feb. 26, 1741 ; Mary, Feb. 3, 1744, died May 18, 1745 ; 
Jonathan, born Oct. 13, 1745 ; Bethiah, who married John 
Jacob. He died in Rehoboth, Feb. 8, 1756. 

4. John, son of George and Sarah, born March 30, 1724; 
married Miriam Talbot, May 11, 1749. She died Dec. 11, 
1749 ; and her gravestone is still standing. Married, for 
second wife, Mary Perry, March 27, 1752. Children, — 
Miriam, born June 6, 1753 ; Mary, July 1, 1755, died 
July 28, 1756 ; John, born April 28, 1757 ; William, 
March 7, 1761 ; Sarah, March 13, 1759 ; Celia, March 25, 
1766 ; Ruth, April 10, 1768 ; Nancy, July 1, 1770 ; Juan, 
Feb. 25, 1772 ; Sebra, July 1, 1774 ; George, Jan. 12, 1776. 

4. Samuel, son of George and Sarah of Dighton, born 
Nov. 29, 1725 ; married Rachel Williams in 1748. Chil- 
dren, — Rachel, bom Jan. 28, 1752, died March 30, 1756; 
Samuel, born Dec. 23, 1754 ; Mary, Jan. 4, 1757 ; Rachel, 
April 20, 1762 ; Seth, May 14, 1765. 

4. George, son of George and Abigail, born Dec. 29, 1731 ; 
married Mercy Phillips, and died in 1758 ; had a son George, 
born July 29, 1757, who was living in 1841 on the road 
from Dighton to New Bedford, about four miles from the 
Green, aged eighty-three years. He married Elizabeth Pitts 
of Taunton, May 7, 1782. Children, — Caleb P., born 
Feb. 22, 1790 ; William, July 16, 1791 ; George W., 
May 19, 1796. He lived in Berkeley at the time of their 
marriage. 

3. Thomas, son of John and Sarah of Dighton, married 
Sarah Tisdale of Taunton. Children, — Seth, born Feb. 6, 
1716 ; Thomas, Aug. 20, 1718 ; Joseph, November, 1725 ; 
Lot, Nov. 6, 1726 ; Sarah, Nov. 26, 1727, married George 
Goodwin in 1746 ; Phebe, born Aug. 20, 1729 ; Elkanah, 
Oct. 8,1730 ; Job, March 13, 1731 ; Simeon, April 17, 1733 ; 



390 WILLIAM READE OF WEYMOUTH, 

a daughter, May, 1835 ; Ruth, who married Joseph Talbot, 
June 6, 1742 ; Mercy, who married Elijah Bacon of Provi- 
dence, December, 1780. He died Feb. 19, 1741. 

4. Thomas, son of Thomas of Dighton, born Aug. 20, 
1718; married Rebecca Talbot in 1746. Children, — Re- 
'becca, born Nov. 1, 1747 ; Thomas, Oct. 7, 1749 ; Sarah, 
June 3, 1751. 

4. Joseph, son of Thomas and Sarah of Dighton, born 
November, 1725 ; married Elizabeth Eliott, Oct. 31, 1747. 

4. Seth, son of Thomas and Sarah of Dighton, born Feb. 6, 
1717 ; married Peddy Pool. Child, — a daughter, born 
April 28, 1748. 

4. Job, son of Thomas and Sarah of Dighton, born 
March 13, 1731 ; married Jemima Talbot, Feb. 17, 1750, 
and moved to Brookfield, Vt. Child, — Job. 

5. Job, son of Job and Jemima, had Job, Sarah, Rhoda, 
Polly, Sally, Morton, Betsy, Clarissa, Roxanna, Rebecca, 
Fanny, Elvira. 

6. Job, son of Job, had Freeman, Lavina, Isaac, Rhoda, 
Russell, Caroline, and others, whose names are not given. 
He was in the Revolutionary War. He died in Williams- 
town, Vt. 

6. Morton, son of Job, married Lucy Whitney, Jan. 24, 
1817. Children, — Samuel, born in 1819; Julia, 1821; 
Sally, 1823 ; Betsy, 1824 ; Elijah, 1826, died young ; George, 
born in 1827 ; Mary Ann, 1828 ; Maria Perrin. 

7. Julia, daughter of Morton and Lucy, married Jeduthan 
Rice. 

7. Sally, daughter of Morton and Lucy, married Andrew 
Kinney. Children, — John, Juliette, Levi. 

7. Mary Ann, daughter of Morton and Lucy, married 
Calvin Fuller. 

6. Rhoda, daughter of Job, married Richard Hodges. 
Children, — Louisa and Cynthia. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 391 

6. Polly, daughter of Job, married James Hopkins. 
Children, — Denison, Marshal, Melissa, Laura, James, 
Delsina. 

6. Sally, daughter of Job, married Samuel Perrin. Chil- 
dren, — Elvira, Louisa, William, Cornelius, Talcutt, Edward, 
Calvin, and Clark. 

6. Betsy, daughter of Job, married Philetus Robinson. 
Children, ■ — Fanny, Sally, Nathaniel, Cornelius, Perley, 
Lucy, Parker. 

6. Clarissa, married Russell Seaver. Children, — twelve, 
names not given. 

6. Roxanna, married Ebenezer H. Moyne. Eleven chil- 
dren, names not given. 

6. Rebecca, married Lyman Davenport. Children, — 
William ; John ; Harriet ; Fanny ; Elvira, who died young. 

4. Simeon, son of Thomas and Sarah of Dighton, born 
April 17, 1733; married Deborah. Children, — Phebe, 
born Feb. 25, 1757, married Jonathan Wilkins, May, 1777 ; 
Hannah, born Jan. 30, 1758 ; Simeon, July 28, 1763. He 
was deacon of the church, and died in 1804, July 4 : his 
wife died July 7, — three days after. 

3. Hannah, daughter of Job, 1st, of Dighton, married Jo- 
siah Talbot of Dighton, Sept. 2, 1713. Children, — Mary, 
born March 22, 1725 ; Josiah, Oct. 23, 1726 ; Ruth, May 2, 
1729. She died June 4, 1731, and was buried near her 
father and mother. Her gravestone is broken, and lies flat 
on the ground. The inscription runs thus : " In memory of 
Hannah, wife of Josiah Talbot, Esq. Died June 4, 1731, 
in the fortieth year of her age." 

3. Mary, daughter of John, 1st, and Sarah, of Dighton, 
married Joseph Atwood. Children, — Joseph, born August, 
1704 ; Benjamin, March 17, 1707, died February, 1713 ; 
Esther, bom Feb. 19, 1710 ; John, Feb. 7, 1712, died May 21, 
1749 ; Benjamin, born July 3, 1715, died July 28, 1758 ; 



392 



Mary, born March 6, 1718. He died Sept. 6, 1724: she 
died April 23, 1748. 

3. Ruth, daughter of John, 1st, of Taunton and Dighton, 
born in 1681 ; married Capt. Joseph Tisdale of Taunton. 
Children, — Joseph, Loved, Job, Seth, Ebenezer, Simeon, 
Hannah Perry, Bethiah Walker, Mary. He died before 
1748 : she died August, 1743, in her sixty-third year. 

3. William, son of John, 1st, of Taunton, married Mary 
Richmond, June 8, 1721. Children, — John, born in 1722 ; 
William ; Mary ; Abigail. He was a pious man. At one 
time in his life, he became insane, and had to be confined in 
his house ; but afterwards obtained his reason at the age 
of seventy years, and died in 1734. The homestead is 
owned and occupied by one of his descendants at the present 
time. His widow married Stephen Andrews, Nov. 6, 1738, 
— a man of learning and piety, known by his neighbors as 
St. Stephen, — who lived to the age of a hundred years. 

4. William, son of William and Mary of Taunton, married 
; moved to Rochester about 1744. Children, — Wil- 
liam, Abigail, Margaret, Lydia. He died previous to 1780. 

4. Mary, daughter of William and Mary, married John 
Haskell of Rochester, Mass., in 1751. Children, — Jona- 
than, a captain in the Revolutionary War, who afterwards 
went to Ohio ; Abigail, who married a Tripp, and went to 
New York ; Bethiah, who married John Clarke ; and one 
married Nathaniel Sherman, and went to New York ; Polly, 
who died single. 

4. John, son of William and Mary of Taunton, married 
Dorothy Pinnea, a French woman, Dec. 30, 1746. Chil- 
dren, — Ruth, born Nov. 20, 1747, married Job Knap ; 
Lois, who married David Drake ; John, born March 29, 
1752, married Mary Godfrey ; Mary, born June 4, 1754, 
married Richard Cobb ; Dorothy, born in 1759, married 
Paul Dudley ; Hannah, born April 21, 1762, married Abia- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 393 

thar Hall ; Zilpah, born Dec. 1, 1763, married Gershom 
Sullivan ; Enos, born Nov. 22, 1765, died in Boston of small- 
pox ; Dydin, born May 30, 1768, married Ebenezer Deane. 
His first wife died in 1770. Married, for second wife, Mrs. 
Hannah Austin, Jan. 9, 1771. Children, — Nathan, born 
Oct. 8, 1771 ; Phebe, July 16, 1773, married a Basset of 
Norton ; David, born Oct. 11, 1775 ; Jonathan, twin of Da- 
vid. He died December, 1788, aged sixty-six. He was a 
blacksmith by trade, and a man of considerable business ; 
was one of the Committee of Inspection and Correspondence 
in the Revolution ; and was also a pious man. He was above 
the middle stature, and rather stern in his manners. His first 
wife was the daughter of James Pinnea, a French Huguenot, 
who had escaped from France during the persecutions of that 
pious and devoted band ; and, after having been secreted in 
dens and caves in France, he finally made his way to America, 
settled in Lebanon, Conn., and brought up a family of chil- 
dren ; one of whom was Dorothy, the wife of John Read. The 
Rev. Bazaliel Pinnea of Milford, Conn., is his great-grandson. 

5. Ruth, daughter of John and Dorothy, born Nov. 20, 
1747 ; married Capt. Joseph Knapp of Taunton, and moved 
to Douglas, Mass. Children, — Job; Cyrus; Rufus; Ruth; 
Sally ; Dolly, who married Otis Preston (her husband 
dying, she married Esquire Whitney, and moved to Ox- 
bridge) ; a daughter Abigail, who married a Walker. 

5. Lois, daughter of John and Dorothy of Taunton, mar- 
ried Daniel Drake, Oct. 4, 1764, and moved to Grafton, N.H. 
Children, • — ■ Daniel, who married Lydia Aldrich ; James, 
married Abigail Bullock ; John, married Betsy Cogswell ; 
Lois, married Daniel Cobb of Connecticut ; Rhoda, married 
Eli Haskins of Taunton ; Sibyl, married Benjamin Bullock ; 
Betsy, married Baruch Smith ; Dolly, married Jonathan 
Aldrich, and Mr. Dustin of Hill, N.H. ; Sally, married Wil- 
liam Chellis ; Bethiah, married Samuel Wright. 

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394 WILLIAM READE OP WEYMOUTH, 

5. Mary, daughter of John and Dorothy of Taunton, born 
June 14, 1754 ; married Richard Cobb of Putney, Vt., in 
1776. Children, — David, born March 27, 1778 ; Richard, 
March 23, 1780 ; Mary, April 5, 1782 ; Tabitha, Sept. 24, 
1790 ; Willard, July 11, 1793 ; Alfreda, Sept. 18, 1798. 
She died Aug. 9, 1822 : Mr. Cobb died March, 1830. 

6. David, son of Richard Cobb and Mary Reed, born 
March 27, 1778 ; married Sally White, January, 1808. 
Children, — Josiah, born April 21, 1809 ; David R., May 31, 
1810 ; Amelia, Nov. 22, 1812 ; David Cobb, died in Putney, 
May 27, 1818. 

6. Josiah Cobb, son of David, born April 21, 1809 ; mar- 
ried Candice Pierce in 1833, and lives in Putney. Child, — 
Fanny A., born January, 1834. 

6. David, son of David and Sally, born May 31, 1810 ; 
married Lucinda R. Crosby in 1834. She died ; and he 
married Abigail Brow, February, 1840. Lives in Putney. 

6. Amelia Cobb, daughter of David, born Nov. 22, 1812 ; 
married John M. Crosby, January, 1834. Child, — David, 
born June, 1835 ; died in 1839. Lives in Putney. 

5. Richard Cobb, son of Richard and Mary Reed, born 
March 23, 1780, and settled in Rockingham, Vt. ; married 
Nancy Gilman, May 10, 1811. Children, — Nancy, born 
Dec. 23, 1815 ; Eliza, Jan. 5, 1817 ; Mary R., June 29, 
1819; Richard R., Jan. 19, 1822; David R., Jan. 2, 1824; 
Susan E., Aug. 16, 1825 ; Helen M., Feb. 12, 1830 ; My- 
ron J., Jan. 1, 1833. He died July 17, 1837. 

6. Nancy, daughter of Richard Cobb, born Dec. 23, 1815 ; 
married J. T. Woods of Rockingham, Vt., Sept. 4, 1837. 
Child, — Maria E., born March 29, 1838. He died in 1845. 

5. Mary Cobb, daughter of Richard and Mary Reed, born 
April 5, 1782 ; married Jotham Pierce, March, 1804, and 
lives in Montreal, Ca. Children, — Mary C, Charles S., 
Harriet. She died January, 1832. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 395 

6. Mary C. Pierce, daughter of Jotham Pierce, married 
a Johnson in 1832. Children's names not given. He died 
in 1839. 

5. Tahitha Cobb, daughter of Richard and Mary Reed, 
born Sept. 24, 1790 ; married Alfred White, Sept. 27, 1812, 
and lives in Putney. Children, — Willard, born September, 
1815 ; Stella A., March, 1818 ; Charles, May, 1820 ; Fanny 
M., April, 1822 ; Thomas, August, 1825 ; David J., June, 
1831 ; Rawson M., September, 1833 ; two more, whose names 
are not given. 

6. Willard White, son of Alfred, married Alice Townsend, 
February, 1837, and lives in Boston. 

5. Willard Cobb, son of Richard Cobb, born July 11, 
1793 ; married Dorinda Snow, March, 1821 ; lives in Rock- 
ingham, Vt. Children, — Edmond M., born November, 
1821 ; Mary J., December, 1822 ; Frances W., March, 1825 ; 
Ellen, October, 1828 ; Louisa B., May, 1830 ; Henry W., 
November, 1838 ; Sarah E., February, 1840. 

5. Dorothy, daughter of John and Dorothy of Taunton, 
born March 1, 1759 ; married Paul Dudley of Douglass, 
July 16, 1782. Children, — David, John, William, Willard, 
Dolly, Harriet. She died Sept. 20, 1847. 

6. David, son of Paul and Dorothy Reed. Children, — 
George, Maria, Eliza, David. 

7. George, son of Paul and Dorothy, married Susan Rob- 
bins. 

7. Maria Dudley, married a Carpenter. 

6. John, son of Paul and Dorotby, married Submit 
Hall. Children, — Emily ; James, who married Eliza 
Prentice. 

6. William Dudley, son of Paul and Dorothy, married 
Hannah Creigen. Children, — Mary ; William ; Sophrona ; 
Charles ; Harriet, who married Josiah Adams ; George ; 
Edwin. 



396 WILLIAM READE OP WEYMOUTH, 

6. Willard Dudley, son of Paul and Dorothy, married 
Eunice Dalcom. Children, — Paul, Edwin, Dorothy, Fran- 
ces, Betsy. 

6. Dolly, daughter of Paul and Dorothy, married Benja- 
min Hill. Children, — Dolly, Benjamin, Emeline, Frances, 
Eliza Ann. 

6. Harriet, daughter of Paul and Dorothy, married Josiah 
Adams. Child, — Augustus. 

5. Hannah, daughter of John and Dorothy of Taunton, 
born April 11, 1761 ; married Abiatha Hall of Raynham, 
May 24, 1787. Children, — Polly, born July 27, 1788 ; 
Hannah, May 18, 1790 ; Dolly, March 28, 1792 ; Deborah, 
Dec. 6, 1794 ; Abiatha, Aug. 17, 1797. He died in 1797, 
and she married Stephen Deane of Raynham in 1807. 

5. Zilpah, daughter of John and Dorothy of Taunton, 
born Dec. 1, 1763 ; married Gershom Gulliver of Taunton, 
March 8, 1803, and had no children. He died December, 
1839 : she died March 7, 1841. 

5. Enos, son of John and Dorothy, born Nov. 22, 1715. 
He lived in Boston, and died of small-pox. 

5. Jonathan, son of John and Dorothy, born Oct. 11, 
1775 ; was never married. He died Jan. 30, 1849. 

5. Lydia, daughter of John and Dorothy, born May 20, 
1768 ; married Ebenezer Deane of Raynham, March 6, 1791. 
Children, — Lydia, Enos, Alfred, Ebenezer, Calvin, Camil- 
la, Ruth, Louisa. 

5. Nathan, son of John and his second wife Hannah, born 
Oct. 8, 1771 ; married Acsah Gilmore of Raynham, Dec. 13, 
1796, and moved to Maine. Children, — Sylvanus ; John 
Gilmore ; Florentius, born in 1801 or '2. He died about 
1809 ; and his wife had, in all, three husbands. She was 
living recently in Norridgewock, Me., at a very great age. 
Second husband was Seth Wyman of Bloomington, Me., 
and had children, — Nathan and Ebenezer, who live in 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 397 

Dexter, Me. She married Solomon Bixby of Norridgewock 
for third husband. She died August, 1851. 

5. Phebe, daughter of John of Taunton and his second wife 
Hannah, born July 16, 1773; married Basset Morton, and 
settled in Avon, Me. Children, — Elkanah, Phebe, Hannah, 
Rebecca. He died Oct. 19, 1847, in his sixty-ninth year. 

6. Florentius, son of Nathan and Acsah. Children, — 
John, born in 1830 ; Josiah ; Nathan ; David ; and one 
daughter. He lives in Windsor, Me. 

7. John, son of Florentius, has a wife and daughter, and 
is of the firm of Reed and Russ in China, Me. 

6. John, son of Nathan and Acsah, settled in North Yar- 
mouth, and died at the age of about thirty-five years, leaving 
a widow, one son, and a daughter. 

5. David, son of John of Taunton and his second wife 
Hannah, born Oct. 11, 1775 ; married Phebe Blake, May 25, 
1802. Children,— Gilbert B., born Sept. 30, 1804, died 
Feb. 2, 1828 ; Phebe H., born April 3, 1808, married Floyd 
French of Taunton ; Mary Adaline, born September, 1811 ; 
Hannah E., Jan. 29, 1823. He died June 24, 1850. 

5. John, son of John of Taunton and his wife Do- 
rothy, born March 29, 1752 ; married Mary Godfrey, 
Nov. 21, 1775. Children, — John, born Aug. 11, 1776; 
William, Oct. 6, 1778; Polly, Aug. 31, 1782, died Nov. 2, 
1796 ; Dolly, born May 31, 1785 ; Marshal, Jan. 17, 1788 ; 
Hodges, June 3, 1790 ; Sophia, Sept. 2, 1792 ; Zilpah, 
Dec. 22, 1796, died May 24, 1798. He died Feb. 24, 1841, 
aged eighty-eight years. He was above the middle stature, 
athletic, and uncommonly regular in his habits ; was known 
in public life, having been selectman and representative 
several years. He was often chosen as arbitrator between 
parties, and was known as Esquire Reed. He was likewise 
distinguished for piety, and filled an important place in 
the society to which he belonged. His wife was also a 



398 WILLIAM READE OP WEYMOUTH, 

woman superior in sound sense and practical piety. She 
died Oct. 12, 1843. 

6. John, son of Esquire John and Mary, horn Aug. 11, 
177G ; married Rebecca Gooding, May 31, 1804. Children, 
— Mary Ann, born May 20, 1805; John, June 17, 1808; 
Henry G., July 23, 1810 ; Eebecca, April 12, 1813 ; Wil- 
liam, Sept. 2, 1816 ; Sophia, Nov. 9, 1818 ; Elizabeth G., 
Sept. 4, 1822. 

6. William, son of Esquire John and Mary, born Oct. 6, 
1778 ; married Elizabeth D. Dennis, April 24, 1804. Chil- 
dren, — a daughter, born Oct. 18, 1805, died at her birth ; 
Elizabeth D., born March 2, 1807 ; Mary G., Jan. 10, 1809 ; 
Julia, Sept. 11, 1810, married Eev. S. H. Emery; William, 
July 16, 1812, died Sept. 9, 1813 ; Nancy D., born July 29, 
1814 ; Eleanor S., July 14, 1817 ; William ; Amelia, Feb. 25, 
1821 ; a daughter, born Jan. 27, 1823, and died same day ; 
Chester I., born Nov. 25, 1823. Married, for second wife, 
Mary Dennis, Feb. 19, 1825. Children,- — a daughter, born 
Dec. 26, 1825 ; John D., March 15, 1827; Charles E., Jan. 27, 
1830, minister at Maiden ; Erastus M., July 28, 1832, who 
married Sarah Crocket at the family gathering of the Reeds 
on the 21st of August, 1857, at Taunton. He is a lawyer in 
Mansfield. 

7. William, son of William and Elizabeth of Taunton, 
married Eliza Deane. 

7. Chester I., son of William and Elizabeth of Taunton, 
born Nov. 25, 1818 ; married Elizabeth Allyne ; is Judge 
of the Police Court in Taunton, and member of the Senate of 
Massachusetts. 

6. Dolly, daughter of John, Esq., and Mary, born May 31, 
1785 ; married Zephaniah L. Hodges, Oct. 1, 1809. Chil- 
dren, — John R., born July 1, 1812; Zephaniah, March 22, 
1814 ; Harriet, May 31, 1816 ; George F. H, April 18, 1820 ; 
Charles H., March 26, 1823. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 399 

7. Julia, daughter of William and Elizabeth, born Sept. 11, 
1810 ; married Rev. Samuel H. Emery, March 7, 1838. 
Children, — William R., born June 4, 1839 ; Samuel H., 
Aug. 3, 1840. 

6. Hodges, son of John, Esq., and Mary, of Taunton, born 
June 3, 1790; married Clarissa Hodges, daughter of Joseph 
Hodges of Norton, May, 1813. Children, — Edgar Hodges, 
born July 3, 1814; Clarissa W., June 6, 1817; William 
Frederick ; Frederick Alonzo, Dec. 7, 1821, — a clergyman, 
settled in Cohasset ; Eveline, born May 7, 1825; Charlotte 
Augusta, Oct. 1, 1825. He has been a member of the Legis- 
lature, and is the author of some religious works. 

6. Marshal, son of John Reed, Esq., of Taunton, born 
Jan. 17, 1788; married Clarissa C. Willis, June 11, 1817. 
Children, — Sarah Almey, born Aug. 20, 1818 ; Clarissa 
Willis, Aug. 13, 1830 ; Edwin, May 6, 1822 ; Philomela, 
Sept. 13, 1824. 

7. Edgar Hodges, son of Hodges Reed, Esq., of Taunton, 
born July 3, 1814; married Ellen Augusta Reed, Aug. 30, 
1837. Children,— Ellen Dutton, born Sept. 9, 1838 ; Eu- 
gene Godfrey, July 30, 1841, died Aug. 13, 1841 ; Clarissa 
Maria, born May 9, 1843, died Aug. 6, 1843 ; Alice Maria, 
March 13, 1848. He lives in Taunton ; is a merchant; and 
is one to whom I am much indebted for assistance in getting 
the statistics for this work. He is a great antiquarian ; 
has, at the sacrifice of much time and money, examined the 
old and dilapidated records in many towns in Plymouth 
and Massachusetts Colonies ; and has accumulated many 
facts interesting to those bearing the name or blood. 

3. Thomas, son of Thomas and Sarah, born at Dighton, 
Aug. 20, 1718 ; married Rebecca Talbot, Children, — Re- 
becca, born Nov. 1, 1747 ; Thomas, Oct. 7, 1749 ; Sarah, 
June 3, 1751. 

5. Samuel, son of Samuel and Rachel, born at Dighton, 



400 WILLIAM READE OF WEYMOUTH, 

Dec. 23, 1754 ; married Mercy Gilmore, April 17, 1788. 
Child, — Alpheus, born March 21, 1790. 

5. Seth, son of Samuel and Rachel, born at Dighton, 
May 14, 1765 ; married Cassandra Dean, May 18, 1788. 
Children, — Seth, born Oct. 14, 1790 ; Salmon, Dec. 23, 
1795, died March 18, 1843 ; Cassandra, born Aug. 14, 1798 ; 
Otis, Sept. 16, 1801 ; Stephen D., March 3, 1810. His wife 
died Jan. 4, 1840. 

4. Loved, son of George and Sarah, born at Dighton, 
Feb. 26, 1741 ; married Charity Phillips. Children, — 
Loved, born May 22, 1764, died ; Charity, born June 11, 
1765 ; Lydia, Sept. 19, 1766 ; Phebe, July 22, 1768 ; Phy- 
lene, March 24, 1770 ; Mary, April 22, 1772 ; Betsy, 
April 12, 1774 ; Joshua, April 17, 1776 ; Loved, Jan. 17, 
1778 ; Sarah, July 13, 1780, died in 1795 ; John, born 
April 13, 1782. His wife died March 25, 1784. Married 
Mary French, Oct. 15, 1786, for second wife. Children, — 
Rebecca, born Oct. 27, 1787 ; David, Dec. 26, 1789 ; Mary, 
June 2, 1793. 

5. William, son of John and Miriam, born at Dighton, 
March 19, 1761 ; married Betsy Carter, Dec. 20, 1786. 
Children, — George, born Oct. 20, 1787 ; Betsy, Nov. 6, 
1789 ; William, Dec. 27, 1793 ; Sally, Oct. 20, 1791 ; 
Charles L., Feb. 15, 1796 ; John, Oct. 17, 1798 ; James, 
May 7, 1801, died Aug. 23, 1820 ; Patty, born Aug. 11, 
1803 ; Anthony, July 10, 1805 ; Mary, Aug. 19, 1812. He 
died Aug. 17, 1739. 

4. Thomas, son of Thomas and Rebecca, born at Dighton, 
Oct. 7, 1749 ; married Mary Briggs, June 9, 1773. 

5. Simeon, son of Simeon and Deborah, born at Dighton, 
July 28, 1763 ; married Hannah. Children, — Simeon, born 
June 10, 1784 ; Hannah, Jan. 21, 1788 ; Deborah, March 12, 
1793. His wife died May 8, 1804. Married Elizabeth for 
second wife. Child, — Eliza, born Aug. 20, 1804. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 401 

5. David, son of Loved and Rebecca, born at Dighton, 
Dec. 26, 1789; married Jemima. Children, — Clarinda, 
born at Dighton, July 22, 1812 ; Nancy, April, 1814. 

5. John, son of Loved and Charity, born at Dighton, 
April 13, 1782 ; married Polly. Children, — George, born 
Nov. 20, 1805 ; Betsy J., July 20, 1807 ; John C, April 22, 
1813 ; Charles P., Aug. 21, 1814. 

6. Seth, son of Seth and Cassandra, born at Dighton, 
Oct. 14, 1790 ; married Matilda Smith, April 24, 1823. 
Children, — Alfred H., born Oct. 26, 1823; Benjamin F., 
Aug. 11, 1825 ; Clarinda S., Dec. 5, 1827 ; Joseph B., 
May 12, 1830. 

6. Anthony, son of William and Betsy, born at Dighton, 
July 10, 1805 ; married Elizabeth Bliss. Children, — Anne 
A., born Dec. 10, 1846 ; Lucy A., June 3, 1848 ; John M., 
June 10, 1852 ; Charles A., Nov. 20, 1852. 

7. Alfred H., son of Seth and Matilda, born Oct. 6, 1823 ; 
married Eunice E. Paul, Aug. 10, 1846. Children, — Lau- 
ra A., born Sept. 17, 1853 ; Franklin A., June 1, 1855 ; 
Charlie, June 17, 1857. 

6. Stephen, son of Seth and Cassandra, born at Dighton, 
March 30, 1810 ; married Matilda. Children, - — Clara, born 
Oct. 24, 1849 ; Emma F., June 2, 1851 ; Caroline A., 
Sept. 21, 1853 ; George F., Sept. 16, 1856. 

6. Otis, son of Seth and Cassandra, born at Dighton, 
Sept. 16, 1801 ; married Ann E. Hilton, Oct. 28, 1832; 
and Amanda Paul, for second wife, Feb. 25, 1844. Chil- 
dren, — James C, born Jan. 21, 1845 ; Susan A. and Sibyl, 
Aug. 21, 1847 ; William B., April 8, 1849. He died Jan. 15, 
1854. 

5. Elijah A., son of Deacon Simeon and Deborah, born at 
Dighton ; married Delight Brown, April 26, 1796. Chil- 
dren, — Rev. Augustus Brown, born at Rehoboth, Nov. 19, 
1798; Harriet, March 1, 1802; Delight, April 26, 1804; 

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402 WILLIAM READE OP WEYMOUTH, 

John Newton, Nov. 18, 1806 ; Gustavus A., Dec. 23, 
1811. 

6. Gustavus A., son of Deacon Elijah A. and Delight, horn 
at Rehoboth, Dec. 23, 1811 ; married Celesta A. Miller, 
March 16, 1836. Children, — Charles L., born at Rehoboth, 
Sept. 30, 1837 ; Celesta A., June 13, 1839 ; Almira M., 
Dec. 10, 1844 ; Almond A., Dec. 2, 1848 ; Jane A., Feb. 22, 
1851 ; Delight, Feb. 14, 1856. 

6. Rev. Augustus B. Reed, born at Rehoboth, Nov. 9, 
1798, son of Deacon Elijah A. ; married Malinda Boydon. 
Children, — Theodore C, Delight B., William A., John R., 
Theophilus. He was a settled minister in Ware ; where he 
died Sept. 30, 1838. 

William, son, probably, of William and Mary of Ro- 
chester. Children, — William, Ichabod, George. Lived 
in Taunton. 

George, son of William, born October, 1733 ; died Janu- 
ary, 1820 ; married Elizabeth Harvey. She died November, 
1822. Children, — Isaiah, born at Taunton, Feb. 12, 1757, 
died Oct. 14, 1814; George, Nov. 21, 1759; Percy; Oliver, 
1769 ; Betsy, May, 1772, married Jonathan Thayer, and is 
living. Lived in Taunton. 

Isaiah, son of George and Elizabeth, born at Taunton, 
Feb. 12, 1757 ; married Abigail Briggs of Berkeley. Chil- 
dren, — Abigail, born at Taunton, Aug. 21, 1781; Salome, 
May 15, 1784, died February, 1815 ; Sylda, born Oct. 25, 
1783 ; Allen, 1788, died in 1789 ; Axie, born 1790, died 
December, 1816 ; Lucretia, January, 1796 ; Sophronia, 
April, 1799. His wife died April 17, 1841. He lived in 
Taunton. 

George, son of George and Elizabeth, married Experience 
Blackman of Canton, Mass. Children, — George, born 
Feb. 15, 1787 ; Luther, July 4, 1790 ; Jason, June 28, 
1796, died Oct. 18, 1824 ; Experience, born May 4, 1802, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 403 

married John Corey, Dec. 2, 1824 ; Betsy, died young ; 
Olive, died young. He moved to Augusta, Me., with his 
family ; where they now live. 

George, son of George and Experience of Augusta, Me., 
horn Feb. 15, 1787 ; married Lucinda B. Sawtell in 1813. 
Children, — Eliza C, born Oct. 13, 1814; married Virgil 
Ballard; Lucinda S., born May 9, 1813, married Isaac Hil- 
ton. He died Feb. 3, 1820 : his wife died Aug. 27, 1836. 

Luther, son of George and Experience of Augusta, born 
July 4, 1790 ; married Betsy Hamilton, March 5, 1816. 
Children, — Betsy H., born Feb. 28, 1818, married AVilliam 
A. Springer ; Luther W., born Feb. 25, 1822 ; Julia A., 
Aug. 25, 1826. Married, for second wife, Fanny Howard, 
daughter of Major Rewel Howard, Nov. 21, 1839. 

Luther W., son of Luther and Betsy, born Feb. 25, 1822 ; 
married Lucy D. Cummins. Child, — Ella Augusta, born 
Oct. 2, 1855. 

Oliver, son of George and Elizabeth, born in 1769 ; mar- 
ried Bethiah Leonard, May 13, 1788. Children, — Oliver, 
born June, 1788 ; George L., June 9, 1791 ; Barney, Dec. 4, 
1797 ; Isaiah ; Stimson ; Barzillai ; William H. ; Betsy H., 
1794; Bethiah L., 1781, died in 1794. He died in 1850: 
his wife died October, 1853. 

Oliver, son of Oliver and Bethiah, born at Taunton, June, 
1788 ; died January, 1834 ; married Chloe Briggs. Chil- 
dren,— Chloe, born Jan. 9, 1816 ; Oliver D., April 9, 1817 ; 
Harriet W., Nov. 10, 1818 ; George L., Nov. 9, 1820 ; Sa- 
rah T., July 8, 1822; Lydia B., Feb. 22, 1825, died Dec. 21, 
1848 ; Huldah W., born Jan. 17, 1828, died Dec. 28, 1829 ; 
Rebecca L., born Dec. 6, 1829; Lorenzo R., Sept. 11, 1833. 
He died in 1834. 

George L., son of Oliver and Chloe, born at Taunton, 
Nov. 9, 1820; married Hannah. Children, — Charles E., 
born March, 1852 ; William W., June, 1854. 



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Barzillai, son of Oliver and Bethiah, born April 16, 1808 ; 
married Deborah Churchill. Children, — Deborah C, born 
Aug. 20, 1838 ; Rachel, June 28, 1838 ; Stephen 0. 

William Hodges, son of Oliver and Bethiah, born March 14, 
1810; married Amanda Goff. Child, — William H., born 
in 1844. Lives in Rehoboth. 

Betsy, daughter of George and Elizabeth, born May, 1772 ; 
married Jonathan Thayer, who died April 28, 1831. 

Oliver D., son of Oliver and Chloe, born Aug. 9, 1817 ; 
married Sally Wilbur. Children, — Emma Jane, born 
Nov. 12, 1850 ; Mary A., April 19, 1855. 

George L., son of Oliver and Chloe, married Hannah 
Field. Children, — Charles E., born March, 1852; Wil- 
liam W., June, 1854; Ardelia A., August, 1856. 

Lorenzo R., son of Oliver and Chloe, married Martha 
Hodges. Children, — Martha M., born March 18, 1853; 
Henry J., June 27, 1858. 

George L., son of Oliver and Bethiah, born June 29, 1791 ; 
married Betsy Lincoln. Children, — Betsy H., born Oct. 30, 
1815 ; Bethiah L., June 10, 1817. 

Barney, son of Oliver and Bethiah, born Dec. 4, 1797 ; 
married Rachel Woodward. Children, — Jarvis B., born 
March, 1820 ; Salmon, 1822, died January, 1851 ; John 
G. A., 1824, died 1853 ; Louis, July 22, 1834 ; Isaiah, 
August, 1839, died July, 1852. 

Stimson, son of Oliver and Bethiah, born Nov. 12, 1805 ; 
married Fanny Briggs. Children, — Clarissa D., born 
Aug. 26, 1837 ; Stimson L., Oct. 6, 1840. His wife died 
May 8, 1841. 

Jarvis B., son of Barney, born March, 1820 ; married 
Elizabeth. Child, — Arthur W., born July, 1852. 

John G. A., son of Barney and Rachel, born in 1824 ; 
married Irene Makepeace of Norton. Children, — John F., 
born in 1846 ; Arvilla J., 1844. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 405 

Isaiah, son of Oliver and Betliiah, married Fanny Thomas, 
Child, — Fanny M. 

The Taunton branch of Reeds are in the habit of having a 
yearly meeting. The following, taken from a newspaper, 
will describe one of these gatherings : — 

"Reed Family Gathering. — The annual gathering of the 
Reed Family was held in the orchard of the old homestead in 
Taunton. The oration was by John R. Hodges of Fall River ; 
the poem, by Mrs. B. W. Williams of Boston ; the report of re- 
markable events, by Samuel G. Tucker of Taunton ; report of Spe- 
cial Committee on the same subject, by Mrs. Sophia J. Reed of 
Taunton. The original hymns were by Mrs. Sophronia Hodges 
of Fall River, and Mrs. Eleanor Dean of Taunton. The oldest 
living member of the family, John Reed of Taunton, presided. He 
is about eighty-three years of age, is still in active business, and has 
more of vigor and energy than many of the younger members. The 
morning was devoted to the regular exercises, including the annual 
business ; after which the whole company sat down, under a large 
tent prepared in the orchard for the occasion, to a sumptuous dinner. 
Songs and toasts were the order after dinner. The afternoon was 
spent in playing ball, and various other amusements. Shortly before 
supper, at the call of the bell, the family assembled to listen to the 
poem and reports. The report of remarkable events was a very 
amusing affair, introducing all the odd adventures and laughable in- 
cidents of individual members of the family. As the person who 
prepares this report omits, of course, all allusion to himself, a special 
committee is appointed to look after him. This was prepared after 
the manner of ' Hiawatha,' and brought down roars of laughter. 
Supper at half-past five o'clock, with singing and prayer, closed up the 
exercises. The following original hymn, composed by Mrs. Dean, 
entitled the ' Dying Patriarch,' was sung at the supper-table. It 
refers to the grandfather of John, William, Hodges, and Marshall 
Reed. The author of the hymn was sitting near him during his last 
illness, and but a short time before his death, in company with some 
others. He was possessed of an unutterable calm, and was the only 
one who spoke much. ' The nearer,' he said, ' I approach the 



406 



heavenly country, the more do I behold and love the beauty and 
glory of my Redeemer.' 

1 Ah, methought the peace of Heaven, 
Heaven's sweet peace, was in that mien.' 

Drawing near the heavenly country, 

Where ray dearest treasures be, — 
Treasures in a lifetime gathered, 

And through Christ assured to me, — 

I behold the gracious beauty 

And the glory of my Lord; 
And my soul with love is kindled, — 

Kindled by his precious word: — 

' I am with thee, with thee alway, 

Even till the world shall end; 
I a mansion have prepared thee ; 

I a Comforter will send.' 

Am I weak? my blest Redeemer, 

With his 'everlasting arm,' 
Bears me up and bears me onward, 

And my soul feels no alarm. 

Earth is fading from my vision ; 

Heaven spreads out before my view: 
When the floods roll dark beneath me, 

He will bear me safely through. 

" After prayer by Hodges Reed of Taunton, the family dispersed. 
It was a joyous time for all present, and old men and children en- 
tered into the sports of the day with energy and zest." 

2. James, son of William, 1st, of Weymouth, born at 
Weymouth ; married Susanna Richmond of Bridgewater, 
April 18, 1683. Children, — James, who died Feb. 1, 1734 ; 
William ; John ; Thomas ; Mary, born 1697, died July 17, 
1724 ; Martha ; Ann ; Susanna. He moved from Wey- 
mouth to Taunton in 1680, to Middleborough in 1705, and 
served in Capt. Johnson's company in 1695. 

John, son of James and Susanna of Middleborough, mar- 
ried Susanna Rounds, Feb. 8, 1709. Children, — Elizabeth, 
born Nov. 22, 1711 ; Oliver, June 18, 1715. 

Benjamin, supposed to be son of James and Susanna of 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 407 

Middleborough, born in 1699 ; married Hannah Chase, 
Dec. 1, 1720. Children,— Benjamin, born Feb. 12, 1724; 
Hannah, Jan. 29, 1727 ; Samuel, April 7, 1729 ; Stephen, 
Nov. 7, 1732. 

Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Hannah, born May 21, 
1721 ; married Elizabeth. Children, — Elizabeth, born 
Sept. 3, 1750 ; Anna, April 16, 1754 ; Benjamin, Nov. 13, 
1757. 

3. William, son of James of Middleborough, married 
Elizabeth. Children, — William, born at Middleborough, 
July 18, 1715 ; Hannah, Jan. 7, 1717 ; Benjamin, May 26, 
1720 ; Thomas, March 15, 1723 ; Peter, May 7, 1729 ; John, 
July 8, 1749; Samuel, Sept. 17, 1750 ; Deliverance, July 13, 
1752 ; Mercy, Sept. 21, 1754 ; Ichabod, Dec. 20, 1755 ; 
Thankful, March 2, 1757 ; Anna, May 10, 1758 ; Mercy, 
April 25, 1763 ; a son, April 23, 1744, died in twenty-six 
days ; a daughter, born July 17, 1759, died in three months. 

4. Samuel, son of William and Elizabeth, born at Middle- 
borough, Sept. 17, 1750 ; married Rebecca Knowlton, Nov. 5, 
1785. Children, — Bethiah, born April 23, 1782; Lucy, 
July 16, 1784; Samuel, Dec. 11, 1786; Eunice, Jan. 21, 
1789; Polly, Aug. 4, 1791 ; John, July 21, 1793 ; Nathaniel, 
Nov. 27, 1796 ; Watson, April 19, 1804. He died March 9, 
1822: his wife died Sept. 19, 1831, aged seventy-one. 

Samuel, son of Samuel and Rebecca, born Dec. 11, 1786 ; 
married Ruth. Child, — William, born at Middleborough, 
Dec. 7, 1819. He lives in Middleborough. 

William, son of William and Elizabeth, born July 18, 
1715 ; married Sarah Warren, June 24, 1740. Children, — 
Priscilla, born Dec. 8, 1742 ; William, Jan. 4, 1744 ; Benja- 
min, Jan. 29, 1746 ; Sarah, Jan. 15, 1748 ; Elizabeth, May 4, 
1750 ; Israel, March 7, 1752 ; Elizabeth, Sept. 9, 1759 ; 
Abner, Aug. 12, 1764. William married Alice Richards, 
Sept. 22, 1763. 



408 WILLIAM READE OP WEYMOUTH, 

Watson, son of Samuel and Rebecca, born April 19, 1804 ; 
married Sylvia Lamson, Nov. 20, 1825. 

Ichabod, son of William and Elizabeth, born at Middle- 
borough, Dec. 20, 1755 ; married Sarah Vaughan, Dec. 3, 
1778. Children, — Ichabod, born July 6, 1789, married 
Lucy ; Thomas V., who settled in Middleborough, Vt. 
Josiah V., settled in Rochester, Mass. ; Susanna ; Huldah 
Sarah, who settled in Brookfield, Vt. ; Priscilla ; Lois 
Betsey. 

Benjamin, son of William and Sarah, born at Middlebo- 
rough, Jan. 29, 1746 ; married Abiah Macomber, Oct. 23, 
1763. 

Joshua, son of , married Ruth Snow, Dec. 3, 1772. 

Children, — Darius, born at Middleborough, Jan. 14, 1774; 
Levi, March 3, 1775 ; Jonah, Jan. 3, 1777 ; Noah, Feb. 3, 
1779 ; Deliverance, April 8, 1781 ; William, April 8, 1783 ; 
Ruth, April 5, 1785 ; Betsey, April 5, 1785 ; Joshua, Feb. 16, 
1787 ; George, Sept. 17, 1788. He probably married De- 
borah for second wife. Children, — Deborah, born May 30, 
1790; Joshua, July 24, 1792; Silence, Oct. 11, 1796. 

Noah, son of Joshua and Ruth, born Feb. 3, 1779 ; mar- 
ried Tabitha. She died Jan. 11, 1856, aged seventy-sis. 

Luke, son of , born ; married Keziah Leo- 
nard, Oct. 19, 1786. Children, — Mehetabel, born at Mid- 
dleborough, May 19, 1787 ; Luke, Aug. 18, 1788 ; Keziah, 
May 8, 1791. His wife died Aug. 26, 1831, aged eighty-one. 

Luke, son of Luke, born Aug. 18, 1788 ; married Ann. 
Children, — Adam, born May 26, 1818; Julia A., Sept. 3, 
1822 ; Cyrus P., born at Middleborough, Dec. 24, 1831 ; 
Luke, Feb. 22, 1833 ; Gustavus L., Aug. 15, 1836. He 
lives in Middleborough. 

Cyrus P., son of Luke, born Dec. 24, 1831 ; married 
Nancy. Child, — Cyrus A., born at Middleborough, Feb. 17, 
1756. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 409 

Silas, son of , bora ; married . Children, 

— Sophia, born at Middleborougb, Jan. 31, 1794; John C, 
March 30, 1807. 

John C, son of Silas, born March 30, 1807 ; married 
Mercy B. Swift, April 4, 1844. Children, — Isaac N., born 
at Middleborough, March 27, 1835 ; Charles E. and Mercy 
B., Sept. 10, 1850. He lives in Middleborough. 

Ichabod, son of Ichabod, born July 26, 1789 ; married 
Lucy. Children, — Huldah, born at Middleborough, April 5, 
1814 ; Lucy, June 1, 1818 ; Jeremiah W., July 6, 1819 ; 
Sarah, Aug. 11, 1821 ; Ichabod, June 4, 1831, died Sept. 3, 
1854 ; Sylvanus, born Jan. 4, 1818. He still lives in 
Middleborough. 

Sylvanus, son of Ichabod and Lucy, born Jan. 4, 1818, at 
Middleborough; married Olive P. Children, — Lydia "W. ; 
Mary E. Lives at Middleborough, Mass. 

Jeremiah W., son of Ichabod, born at Middleborough, 
Mass., July 6, 1819 ; married Mary G. Lives at Middle- 
borough, and has no children. 

Nathan, son of , born ; married . Chil- 
dren, — Allen, born at Middleborough, May 14, 1793; Na- 
than, Oct. 16, 1795 ; Hosea, March 7, 1797 ; Levi, Dec. 28, 
1797. 

Levi, son of Nathan and , born Dec. 28, 1797 ; mar- 
ried Sophia Hathaway, Oct. 5, 1820. Children, — Levi, 
born at Middleborough, Jan. 27, 1821 ; Clarinda, Oct. 4, 
1824. 

Levi, son of Levi, born at Middleborough, Jan. 27, 1821; 
married Hannah. Child, — Levi E., born July 28, 1849. 
Married, for second wife, Mahala Caswell, Nov. 7, 1851, and 
lives in Marlborough. 

Allen, son of Nathan, born May 14, 1793 ; married Sophia 
Beed, March 27,1814. Children, — Otis, born at Middle- 
borough, Oct. 27, 1814 ; William, Aug. 14, 1816 ; Francis, 

62 



410 WILLIAM READB OP WEYMOUTH, 

June 16, 1818 ; Louisa, April 14, 1820 ; Nathan, Nov. 17, 
1824 ; Charles, 1827, died March 30, 1840, aged thirteen. 

Elijah, son of , born ; married Lucy Washburn, 

July 3, 1799. Children, — Beza, born at Middleborough, 
Feb. 10, 1780 ; Sally, Oct. 26, 1782 ; Solomon, April 26, 
1785 ; Pacoral, Sept. 11, 1787 ; Elijah, Dec. 28, 1790 ; Lucy, 
Jan. 4, 1793 ; Alice, July 5, 1797. He died Aug. 31, 1816. 

Elijah, son of Elijah and Lucy, born Dec. 28, 1790 ; mar- 
ried Jane. Children, — William, born at Middleborough, 
March 31, 1814 ; Jane D., May 4, 1816 ; Henry W., Nov. 15, 
1818; Franklin, March 30, 1821. 

Solomon, son of Elijah and Lucy, born April 26, 1785 ; 
married Delany Shaw, Feb. 23, 1809. Children, — Delany 
S., born at Middleborough, March 31, 1814 ; Solomon, 
Sept. 28, 1812 ; Elijah, Sept. 11, 1816 ; Reliance, Feb. 22, 
1822. 

Beza, son of Elijah and Lucy, born Feb. 10, 1780 ; mar- 
ried Ruth Edson, Oct. 10, 1798. 

William, son of Elijah and Jane, born March 31, 1814 
married in Boston to Anna M. Watson, Sept. 24, 1851. 

Cyrus, son of , born Feb. 15, 1802 ; married Sally 

Children, — Elizabeth, born at Middleborough, June 18 
1802 ; Hannah, April 24, 1824. 

Ebenezer, son of , born ; married in Middle- 
borough to Hannah Thompson, Feb. 21, 1732. 

Jonathan, son of , born ; married Joanna Tiuk- 

ham in Middleborough, Oct. 11, 1750. 

John, son of , married Lydia Booth in Middleborough, 

March 9, 1763. 

3. John, son of Thomas of Weymouth and of Sarah, and 
grandson of William the emigrant, born Dec. 30, 1679 ; 
married Sarah. Child, — John, born Aug. 10, 1713. Mar- 
ried Mary for second wife. Children, — James, born Oct. 12, 
1716 ; Joseph, Feb. 13, 1718 ; Mary, Dec. 21, 1719. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 411 

4. John, son of John and Sarah, born Aug. 10, 1713 ; 
married Abigail Niles, Dec. 28, 1738. Child, — John, born 
April 26, 1741. 

4. Joseph, son of John and Sarah of Abington, born 
Feb. 13, 1718 ; married Mary, and settled in Abington, in 
what is now included in the town of Bridgewater. Child, 
— Mary, born in 1741. 

6. Seth, son of Micah and Deborah, born at Abington, 
Jan. 9, 1776 ; married Hannah Shaw at Cummington, 
July 4, 1804. Children, — Allzida, born at Cummington, 
April 3, 1805, died April, 1805 ; Olive, May 10, 1806, mar- 
ried Jonas Tirrell, Oct. 28, 1824 ; Betsy, born Dec. 30, 1808 ; 
Lucia, May 9, 1819, married Jonas F. Luce, Sept. 1, 1839 ; 
Robert, born Oct. 4, 1822. He died Dec. 19, 1853. 

7. Robert, son of Seth and Hannah, born Oct. 4, 1822 ; 
married Nancy. Child, — Clara, born at Cummington, 
Oct. 4, 1850. 

Noah, son of Daniel and Ruth, born at Abington, Dec. 10, 
1754 ; married Abigail. Children, — Nabby, born at Cum- 
mington, April 16, 1785 ; Daniel, Nov. 5, 1786 ; Ruth, 
June 21, 1789, married Josiah Shaw, Oct. 10, 1825 ; Nancy, 
born April 30, 1791 ; Olive, Dec. 15, 1793 ; Jesse, March 25, 
1796 ; Orpha, Dec. 31, 1805, married Alonzo Gurney, 
Jan. 25, 1825. His wife died Oct. 9, 1837 : he died 
Jan. 19, 1832. 

Daniel, son of Noah and Abigail, born at Cummington, 
Nov. 5, 1786 ; married Cynthia Warner, Oct. 20, 1814. 
Children, — Noah Warner, born at Cummington, Nov. 25, 
1815 ; Daniel E., March 17, 1818 ; John C, July 4, 1820; 
Paul D., Feb. 24, 1823 ; Lucius F., Sept. 24, 1829. His 
wife died Sept. 10, 1849. 

Jesse, son of Noah and Abigail, born March 25, 1796 ; 
married Mary Davis, Feb. 19, 1829. Children, — Frances 
Jane, born at Cummington, July 3, 1830 ; William Lewis, 



412 WILLIAM READE OP WEYMOUTH, 

May 5, 1832 ; Hiram Davis, Nov. 1, 1833 ; Myron Winslow, 
Jan. 16, 1837. He lives in Cummington. 

Noah W., son of Daniel and Cynthia, born Nov. 25, 1815 ; 
married Nancy. Children, — Mary Jane, born at Cumming- 
ton, June 17, 1839 ; Cynthia W., March 20, 1841 ; John S., 
March 31, 1843 ; Nancy E., Oct. 18, 1848 ; a son, Oct. 19, 
1850 ; Horace E., May, 1855. He lives in Cumming- 
ton. 

John C, son of Daniel and Cynthia, born July 4, 1820 ; 
married Sarah. Children, — a son, born at Cummington, 
March, 1854 ; Mary A., Jan. 9, 1856. Lives in Cum- 
mington. 

William L., son of Jesse and Mary, born May 5, 1832 ; 
married Julia Sampson, Jan. 1, 1856. Child, — a daughter, 
born at Cummington, Aug. 25, 1857. Lives in Cumming- 
ton. 

Simeon G., son of Thomas, jun., and Joanna, born at 
Abington, Sept. 29, 1793 ; married Rachel Burges of Har- 
vard, June 3, 1829. Child, — Simeon G., born at Abington, 
Sept. 23, 1830. He died Oct. 1, 1831. 

Simeon G., son of Simeon G., married at Quincy, Oct. 17, 
1850, to Amanda Wood ; and lives in Portland, Oregon. 

Bela, son of Jacob and Nancy, born Dec. 2, 1803 ; mar- 
ried Joanna. Children, — Jacob, born April 5, 1827 ; 
Nancy, Jan. 31, 1832 ; Elizabeth Richmond, Oct. 8, 1835. 

5. Naomi, daughter of James, married Obadiah Hersey of 
Abington in 1777. Children, — Luther, Polly, Galen, Jere- 
miah, James, Olive. 

7. Charles S., son of Jeremiah, born Oct. 12, 1816 ; mar- 
ried Clarissa S. Gurney of East Bridgewater. Children, — 
Rebecca, born in 1849 ; Mary J., 1844; Charles, 1846. His 
wife died in 1849. Married, for second wife, Stetson. 

Jacob, son of , married Rebecca Andrews, April 23, 

1795. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 413 

Daniel, son of , married Nancy Foster at Middle- 
borough, Feb. 21, 1813. 

John, son of , married Irene Lampson at Middle- 
borough, April, 1832. 



414 PHILIP READE OP WEYMOUTH, 



CHAPTER IX. 



PHILIP READE OF WEYMOUTH, AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 

1. Philip Reade, who was of Weymouth in 1640, married 
Mary. Children, — Philip, born at Weymouth, Aug. 24, 
1641 ; Margaret ; Samuel ; Mary, who married John Vin- 
ing, Nov. 27, 1669. He was made freeman in 1654, and died 
Feb. 29, 1675. His will was proved March 6, 1676. 

2. Philip, son of Philip and Mary, born at Weymouth, 
Aug. 24, 1641 ; married Hannah. Children, — Mary, born 
March 21, 1669 ; Philip, Nov. 2, 1674 ; Hannah, Feb. 18, 
1671 ; John, Aug. 16, 1676. Married Abigail for second 
wife. Children, — Samuel, born Sept. 21, 1681 ; Prudence, 
Oct. 7, 1685 ; Stephen, Oct. 15, 1690 ; Deborah, Aug. 30, 
1692. 

3. Stephen, son of Philip, born Oct. 15, 1690 ; married 
Mary Whitmarsh in 1714. Children, — Mary, born at 
Abington, March 16, 1715 ; Stephen, March 26, 1717; 
Ruth, Oct. 30, 1719 ; Abigail and Rachel, Jan. 23, 1721; 
Philip, Feb. 14, 1724. 

3. Philip, son of Philip, born Nov. 2, 1674. 

3. John, son of Philip, born Aug. 16, 1676 ; married 
Sarah. Children, — John, born about 1700 ; Thomas ; 
William ; Sarah, who married Adam dishing ; Ruth. His 
will is dated 1757. He had inherited some portion of his 
brother Samuel's estate, in Abington. 

4. John, son of John and Sarah, born about 1700 ; mar- 
ried Sarah. Children, — Sarah, born July 7, 1721 ; Ruth, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 415 

Oct. 28, 1724 ; John, June 22, 1728 ; Samuel, July 13, 1732. 
His will is dated 1784. Had a grandson Robert Pratt. 

3. Samuel, son of Philip and Hannah, born Sept. 21, 
1681 ; married Mary Davis in 1705. His residence was in 
Abington, nearest to the town of Bridgewater. Child, — 
Mary, who married Ebenezer Shaw. 

4. Samuel, who married Elizabeth Haywood in 1737. 
His widow married Timothy Haywood. 

Samuel of Abington, probably son of Samuel and Eliza- 
beth, married Mary Young, May 26, 1763. Children, — 
Sarah, born in Abington, July 6, 1765; Deborah, July 25, 
1768, married Christopher Dyer, March 5, 1786. Married 
Mary Pool for second wife, Aug. 23, 1787. Children, — 
Mary, born March 23, 1789 ; Samuel, Dec. 18, 1790 ; Abiah, 
May 18, 1792, died young ; Abiah, born May 19, 1793 ; 
Hannah, March 25, 1795 ; Joseph, Oct. 29, 1798 ; Ruth, 
July 19, 1800 ; Charles, Oct. 2, 1802. 

Joseph, son of Samuel and Mary, born in Abington, 
Oct. 29, 1798 ; married Jane Stoddard, Nov. 17, 1822. 

Samuel, son of Samuel and Mary, born in Abington, 
Dec. 18,1790; married Polly. Children, — Samuel, born 
in Abington, May 26, 1811 ; Polly, Jan. 16, 1813 ; Levi, 
Dec. 31, 1814 ; Dexter, Nov. 10, 1816 ; Mehetabel, March 31, 
1822. 

Levi, son of Samuel and Polly, born Dec. 31, 1814 ; mar- 
ried Louisa E. Drake, April 20, 1837. Child, — Louisa 
Maria, born in Abington, Aug. 10, 1838. 

Dexter, son of Samuel and Polly, born Nov. 10, 1816 ; 
married Catherine Stetson, Aug. 29, 1839. Children, — 
Frederick, born in Abington, Feb. 11, 1841 ; Lewis, Oct. 26, 
1842 ; Catherine, Sept. 3, 1844 ; Mary Ann, Dec. 22, 1846 ; 
Ruthven, Jan. 5, 1850 ; Eveline S., Dec. 1, 1851. 



416 JOHN REEDE OF PLYMOUTH COUNTY. 



CHAPTER X. 



JOHN REEDE OF PLYMOUTH COUNTY. 



John Reede was brought to this country by James Garret 
of Charlestown, with others, who were sold to pay their 
passage and expenses. He was bid off by one Michael 
Pierce of Hingham, to serve from July 16, 1653, to Sept. 10, 
1662, for seven pounds ; the said John consenting thereto. 
After he had served out his apprenticeship, he found his 
way to Scituate, an adjoining town, and married Mary 
Winter, daughter of Christopher Winter. Mr. Winter was 
formerly of Plymouth ; but left there when quite young, on 
account of having been fined for getting himself published 
to Jane Cooper, a young damsel of Plymouth, without her 
consent. He lived at Marshfield when Mr. Reede married 
his daughter, in 1668. He afterwards lived at Jones River, 
what is now Kingston. 

Mr. Reede lived in Marshfield, and is progenitor of the 
Marshfield Reeds and others of the name in that vicinity. 
The will of his father-in-law is dated Sept. 6, 1680. He 
died May 20, 1694 ; and his widow and son John settled his 
estate. 



JOHN READ OP FREETOWN. 417 



CHAPTER XI. 



JOHN READ OF FREETOWN, AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 



1. John Read was one of the first settlers of Newport, 
R.I. Tradition says that he came from Plymouth, England. 
Children, — John, Ebenezer, Oliver. 

2. John, son of John of Newport, married Hannah, and 
settled in Freetown in 1677, — eighteen years after the first 
settlement of the town by people who felt oppressed by the 
arbitrary laws of the Plymouth and Massachusetts Colonies ; 
which originated the word Freetown. He was a cordwainer. 
Children, — Joseph; John; Hannah, who married a Sher- 
man. He died Jan. 23, 1721 : his wife died April 12, 
1727. 

2. John, son of John and Hannah, married Mary. Chil- 
dren, — Mary, born Nov. 19, 1690; John, June 12, 1694; 
Thomas, May 9, 1696 ; Hannah, Oct. 12, 1697, died Oct. 17, 
1718; William, born Sept. 9, 1699; Oliver, Oct. 11, 1701 ; 
Penelope, Oct. 12, 1703, married Stephen Border ; Jona- 
than, born Jan. 23, 1705, married Hope Durfee of Tiverton ; 
Joseph, born March 5, 1708 ; Sarah, Feb. 1, 1709, died 
June 3, 1728 ; Nathan, born Feb. 23, 1711 ; Susannah, 
Feb. 27, 1715. His wife died May 6, 1726. He was town- 
clerk of Freetown thirty years. 

3. John, son of John and Mary, born at Freetown, 
June 12, 1694 ; married Sarah Burden of Freetown, Oct. 31, 

53 



418 JOHN READ OP FREETOWN, 

1719. Children, — John, born Nov. IT, 1720 ; Oliver, 
Nov. 10, 1725 ; Thomas ; William ; Jonathan ; Mary ; Pe- 
nelope ; Susanna. He lived in Swansea, and died 1751. 

4. Oliver, son of John and Mary, born at Freetown, 
Oct. 14, 1701, married Martha. Children, — Joseph, born 
at Freetown, Dec. 11, 1732; Oliver, Aug. 21, 1734; Mary, 
March 31, 1736; Jonathan, Nov. 13,1737; Wait, Dec. G, 
1739; Nathan, June 16, 1742. 

4. Jonathan, son of John and Sarah, married Eunice 
Weaver, April 24, 1757. Child, — James. Pie died before 
the date of his father's will, 1750. 

5. Oliver, son of Oliver and Martha, born at Freetown, 
Aug. 21, 1734 ; married Patience Braiton, of Swansea, 
Feb. 14, 1754. He was a captain in the Revolutionary War, 
and a distinguished man. Children, — Nancy, who mar- 
ried Thomas Freelove ; Ruth ; Stephen ; Oliver ; Thomas ; 
Deborah, married William Gifford ; Phcbe; Anna, married 
George Read, and married Perlcy Willson for second hus- 
band. 

5. Joseph, son of Oliver and Martha, born at Freetown, 
Dec. 11, 1732 ; married Mary Knowles of Swansea, Jan. 10, 
1760. Children,— Joseph, born in 1761, died in 1791; 
James, born in 1768. He died in 1791, and his son Jo- 
seph died the same year. His wife died in 1816. The 
gravestones of these three are standing, in good condition, 
in the burying-ground in the close of the late Joseph E. 
Read, Esq. 

3. William, son of John and Mary, born at Freetown, 
Sept. 9, 1679 ; married Sarah. Children, — John, born at 
Swansea in 1729 ; Mary, 1733 ; Betty, 1736 ; Nathan, Nov. 8, 
1741. Lived in Swansey. 

4. John, son of William and Sarah, born at Swansea in 
1729 ; married Mary Carey. Children, — William, born at 
Newport, June 11, 1755, died 1756 ; William, born July 5, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 419 

1761, died in 1763; Sarah, born Jan. 12, 1763, married 
Eben Page ; John, born May 25, 1765, died in 1818 ; Mary, 
oorn Dec. 27, 1766, married Epaphras Jones ; Nathan, born 
Nov. 18, 1768, died 1773 ; Nathan, born Jan. 24, 1774 ; 
William, July 5, 1776. He moved from Newport to Swan- 
sea in the Revolutionary War. 

4. Nathan, son of William and Sarah, born Nov. 8, 1741, 
atSwansey; married Content Braiton. Child, — Preserved, 
born at Swansea, Dec. 18, 1777. 

5. Preserved, son of Nathan and Content, born Dec. 18, 
1777 ; married Nancy Winslow. Children, — Catherine, 
born at Swansea, June 12, 1807 ; Nathan, Sept. 8, 1809 ; 
Francis, July 5, 1812; Eveline M., Feb. 18, 1815, married 
William Mitchell ; Elizabeth, born Feb. 17, 1817, married 
George W. Carr ; Ebenezer, born Feb. 1, 1821 ; Maria, 
Nov. 16, 1823 ; Charles G.,,May 27, 1829. Was formerly a 
sea-captain. 

6. Francis, son of Preserved, born July 5, 1812; mar- 
ried Frances Sanderson. Children, — Cata, born at San 
Francisco in 1852 ; Charles G., 1855. 

5. John, son of William and Mary, born at Newport, 
May 25, 1765 ; married Eliza Dennis. Children, — Mary J., 
born at Newport, Oct. 15, 1798, married Dr. Simmons ; 
Frances, April 25, 1804. He died in 1818. 

5. Nathan, son of John and Mary, born at Newport, 
Jan. 24, 1774 ; married Phebe Chase. Children, — Sarah, 
born at Swansea, Dec. 15, 1804, married Joseph Earle ; 
Nathan, born March 22, 1806 ; Mary Ann, May 31, 1708 ; 
John, Feb. 8, 1810 ; Phebe, Dec. 18, 1814, married Richard 
Peckham. He went from Newport to Swansea with his 
father in the Revolution. 

6. Nathan, son of Nathan and Phebe, born March 22, 
1806; married, first, Rebecca B. Hathaway; and, second, 
Sarah Olney. Children, — Lydia H., born at Fall River, 



420 JOHN READ OF FREETOWN, 

Jan. 22, 1838 ; Rebecca Judson, Oct. 30, 1849. He keeps 
at No. 9, Granite Block, Fall River. 

6. John, sou of Nathan and Phebe, born Feb. 8, 1810 ; 
married Rowena H. Pierce. Children, — Theodore E., 
born at Fall River, May 13, 1839 ; Ellen Scott, Sept. 28, 
1843, died 1847 ; Charles A., June 17, 1846. He keeps at 
No. 9, Granite Block, Fall River. 

5. William, son of John and Mary, born at Newport, 
July 5, 1776; married Ruth Chace. Children, — Wil- 
liam Eben, born at Swansea, April 2, 1786 ; Ruth A., 
March 8,1807, married 0. H. Bush ; William, born Oct. 18, 
1808 ; Eben S., Oct. 16, 1810 ; Mary C, Feb. 3, 1812, mar- 
ried John Brayton ; Epaphras J., born Dec. 31, 1814 ; 
George, Nov. 25, 1816 ; Sarah, June 14, 1819 ; Elizabeth, 
June 30, 1821, married John Lindsey. He was a sea-captain, 
and lived at Swansea. 

6. Eben S., son of William and Ruth, born Oct. 16, 1810 ; 
married Sarah A. Cutts. Children, — Sarah E., born at 
Fall River in 1836 ; Charles M., at Swansea, 1841. Lives in 
Providence. 

6. William, son of William and Ruth, born at Swansea, 
Oct. 18, 1808; married Eliza Bartlett. Children, — Wil- 
liam Freeman, born at Taunton in 1838, died in 1840; 
Rufus S., born at Philadelphia, 1840 ; George, 1843 ; Mary 
B., 1845. 

7. George, son of William, born Nov. 25, 1816 ; married 
Emeline Howell. Children, — Albert M., born at New- 
York City, Oct. 30, 1846 ; Henry H., at Philadelphia, Feb. 3, 
1849 ; George E., at Swansea, Feb. 23, 1850. They live on 
the old place in Somerset, formerly Swansea. 

6. Epaphras, son of William and Ruth, born at Swansea, 
Dec. 31, 1814; married Anna G. Luther. Children, — 
William A., born at Swansea, December, 1843 ; Her- 
bert V., October, 1846 ; Lydia S., 1848 ; Charles, 1850. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 421 

Married Deborah Willson for second wife. Children, — 
Frederick M., born July, 1855 ; Anna E., 1857. Lives at 
Fall River. 

4. Thomas, son of John and Sarah of Swansea, married. 
Children, — Elisha ; Thomas. He died before the date of 
his father's will, 1750. 

Joseph, son of John and Mary, born March 5, 1708 ; 
married Grace Pray, Jan. 25, 1733. 

3. Joseph, son of John and Hannah, born at Freetown ; 
married Sarah Deane, of Taunton, Dec. 29, 1708. Chil- 
dren, — Benjamin, born at Freetown, Nov. 13, 1711, died 
Oct. 25, 1732; Joseph, born Aug. 31, 1710; Elizabeth, 
April 19, 1713 ; Dorothy, Nov. 6, 1714 ; Samuel, Dec. 23, 
1715 ; Hannah, April 22, 1719, single ; Sarah, Oct. 3, 1721, 
died single ; Phebe, born Feb. 6, 1717 ; Mary, Sept. 12, 
1728, married Henry Brightman. His wife died Nov. 13, 
1738. He was a prominent man in Freetown. 

4. Joseph, son of Joseph and Sarah, born at Freetown, 
Aug. 31, 1710 ; married Mary, and was known as Esquire 
Reed. Children, — Joseph; Lydia, born in 1747 ; William; 
David, 1754 ; Hannah, who married a Whitwell. 

5. Daniel, son of Joseph, was a sea-captain ; married 
Mary, and died at Hispaniola, Aug. 5, 1795 : his wife died 
Dec. 11, 1806. 

6. James, son of Joseph and Mary, married Rebecca 
Burton, and was a settled minister many years in Attle- 
borough. Children, — James H., born Aug. 30, 1801 ; 
Samuel Stillman, Nov. 14, 1803, died 1831. 

7. James H., son of Rev. James and Rebecca, born 
Aug. 30, 1801 ; married Mary Ann Taylor of Provi- 
dence. Children, — Cyrus B. ; Sophia F. Married, for 
second wife, Rebecca C. Sessions ; and, for third wife, 
Hannah Eddy. He keeps a wholesale dry-goods store in 
Providence. 



422 



3. Stephen, son of ; married Ann Luther, Dec. 5, 

1722. Children, — Samuel, born at Swansea, Feb. 28, 
1723; Simeon, Feb. 10, 1726. 

3. Benjamin, son of Joseph, born in 1700 ; married Han- 
nah Chace, Dec. 1, 1720. Children, — Benjamin, born 
May 31, 1721, at Swansea ; David, Jan. 20, 1723 ; Barnard, 
Feb. 12, 1725 ; Hannah, Jan. 29, 1730 ; Samuel, April 7, 
1727 ; Stephen, Nov. 7, 1732. He died March 19, 1733, in 
his thirty-fourth year. 

4. Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Hannah, born at 
Swansea, May 31, 1721 ; married Elizabeth. Children, — 
Elizabeth, born at Swansea, Sept. 3, 1750 ; Anna, April 16, 
1754; Benjamin, Nov. 13, 1757 ; John, Oct. 28, 1761. 

5. William, son of Joseph of Freetown, married, first, Ruth 
Evans ; and, second, Dorothy, daughter of Deacon Samuel 
Read, his cousin. Children, — William; Joseph E. ; John; 
Nancy ; Rachel ; Betsy ; Anna ; Ruth ; Phebe, married 
Henry Brightman ; Rebecca. He was deputy-sheriff. 

6. William, son of William, married Prudence Valentine. 
Children, — Edmond, who lives, unmarried, on the old 
homestead ; William V. ; George W. ; Samuel ; John B. ; 
Joseph B. ; Ruth ; Harriet ; Rebecca ; Elizabeth. 

7. William V., son of William and Prudence, born 
Feb. 15, 1804 ; married Susanna Ruggles, April 10, 1845, 
and lives at No. 164, North Main Street, Fall River. Chil- 
dren, — William V., born at Fall River, Dec. 29, 1845, died ; 
William V., born June 8, 1853 ; Henry R, March 10, 1857 ; 
a son, Feb. 4, 1859. 

7. George W., son of William and Prudence, married 
Eveline Bordon. Children, — Edmond V., born December, 
1842 ; Susan R, March, 1844 ; George F., Oct. 27, 1845. 
They live at No. 166, North Main Street, Fall River. 

6. John, son of William, married Sarah Robinson, and 
lives at Fall River. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 423 

6. Joseph E., son of William and Ruth, born September, 
1776 ; married Sybil Valentine, Jan. 17, 1803. Children, 
— Sarah Ann, born April 17, 1804; Joseph E., Jan. 25, 

1806 ; Rachel, Dec. 5, 1809 ; Henry, May 3, 1812 ; Paddock 
Richmond, Nov. 16, 1807 ; James M., April 24, 1817 ; Wil- 
liam S., Oct. 28, 1814; Francis B., July 14, 1819; Caroline 
V., March 20, 1825. He was a representative several years ; 
was a justice of the peace, &c. ; and was much in public 
life. He died July 6, 1857 ; and his wife died July 5. 
They both occupy the same grave. 

7. Sarah Ann, daughter of Joseph E., Esq., born April 17, 
1804 ; married Abraham Bowen, a man of eccentric views, 
who is a printer and teamster, and editor of a newspaper 
called the " All Sorts." They live at No. 31, Rock Street, 
Fall River. Children, — Allen A., born Feb. 15, 1830; 
Joseph A., Oct. 10, 1832 ; Sarah V., Dec. 8, 1839. 

7. Joseph E., son of Joseph E., Esq., born at Fall River, 
Jan. 23, 1806 ; married Catherine Norris of New Jersey. Chil- 
dren,— Sybil V., born Sept. 13, 1848 ; Willct S., Oct. 15, 
1852. His wife died Oct. 8, 1856. He lives at Fall River. 

7. Paddock Richmond, son of Joseph E., Esq., born Nov. 16, 

1807 ; married Belinda Morey, and lives at Taunton. Chil- 
dren, — Emily P., Harriet M., Francis Richmond. 

7. Rachel, daughter of Joseph E., Esq., born Dec. 5, 
1809; married Charles B. Weaver, Dec. 11, 1834, and lives 
at No. 14, Bank Street, Fall River. Children, — Lydia C, 
born May 17, 1837 ; Henry R., May 10, 1840 ; John W., 
May 10, 1840, died ; Charles S., born Aug. 5, 1842 ; Frank 
B. R., April 30, 1845; Francis Milton, April 3, 1847 ; Lou- 
isa V., July 21, 1849 ; George K., died. 

7. James M., son of Joseph E., Esq., born April 24, 1817; 
married Catherine Garners of New- York City. Children, — 
Eveline, Ella, Gertrude, Oscar. He lives in New- York City, 
and is a broker in Wall Street, No. 40. 



424 JOHN READ OF FREETOWN, 

7. Francis Bailey, son of Joseph E., born July 14, 1819 ; 
married Angelina Grinnell. Children, — Ella V., Walter G., 
Eliza. He lives at Collins Station, Clinton County, 111. 

7. Caroline, daughter of Joseph E., born March 20, 1825 ; 
married Milton A. Clide, and lives at Springfield. Chil- 
dren, — Eveline Louisa; Caroline M. ; Harriet P. 

6. Phebe, daughter of William and Ruth, married Henry 
Brightman of Fall River. Children, — Sheffield W., Samuel, 
Thomas, Joseph, William, and several daughters. 

4. Samuel, son of Joseph and Sarah, born Dec. 23, 1715 ; 
married Marcia. Children, — Dorothy, born in 1745, mar- 
ried William Read, father of Joseph E., she being his'second 
wife ; Priscilla, born in 1747, married Pardon Davall ; Ruth, 
born in 1750, died single. He was a prominent man in town- 
affairs, and known as Deacon Read ; and, leaving no sons, 
his nephew and son-in-law, William Read, succeeded to his 
estate, — it being the same where Joseph E. Read lived 
and died. There is an old family burying-ground on this 
farm, and also another in an adjoining close, which is or has 
been the burying-place of some of the Brightman Family, in 
which is the grave of Mary Reed Brightman, wife of Henry. 

5. Jonathan, son of Oliver and Martha, born Nov. 13, 
1737 ; married Eunice Weaver, April 24, 1757. Children, 
— James ; Ichabod, born in 1760 ; Jonathan ; Lydia, who 
married a Weaver ; Elizabeth, married Capt. Robert Gibbs ; 
Susan, married Luther Willson ; Eunice ; Hannah, married 
a Whitwell. He lived at Steep Brook. 

6. Ichabod, son of Jonathan, born in 1760 ; died Dec. 5, 
1796, and his gravestone is standing in a burying-ground on 
an eminence in Steep-Brook Village. He was called Capt. 
Read. 

6. Lieut. Jonathan, son of Jonathan, married Ellen Law 
of Somerset. Child, — Betsy, who married Spooner Wins- 
low. Married, for second husband, William Baker ; and, for 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 425 

third, a Lobdell. Children, — Benjamin W. ; Ichabod ; 
James ; Ruth, died Oct. 20, 1793, aged twenty-two years ; 
Clarissa, married a Cornall ; Richmond. 

7. Benjamin W., son of Jonathan, married Cynthia Fierce. 
Children, — Mary, born April 21, 1823 ; Richmond, Jan. 21, 
1825. They live at No. 62, Spring Street, Fall River. 

4. John, son of John and Sarah, born at Freetown, Nov. 7, 
1720; married Ruth Lawton, Jan. 9, 1745. Children, — 
George ; Stephen, died unmarried ; Martin ; Daniel. 

5. George, son of John and Ruth, married Ruth Hatha- 
way. Children, — George; Firman; Lawton; Washington; 
Emery ; Betsy, who married Asa Read ; Susan, married 
Warner Cook ; Sarah, married Warren Read, brother of 
Asa ; Almira, married Thomas D. Chandler ; Ruth, married 
Abel Davis, and married, for second husband, Benjamin 
Ellsbury. 

6. George, son of George and Ruth, married Anna, 
daughter of Oliver. Child, — George. He died, and she 
married Perley Willson. 

6. Firman, son of George and Ruth, married Elizabeth 
Reynolds, and settled at a village, in Fall River, called New 
Boston, near Steep Brook. Children, — Firman, born at 
Steep Brook, May 27, 1825 ; Elizabeth, who married An- 
drew Wade ; Julia W., married Leonard Tabor of Little 
Compton ; Sarah, died young ; Emily C, married Robert 
Frazier ; Sidney H. 

7. Firman, son of Firman, married Susan B. Morey of 
Warwick. Children, — Walter, born at Fall River, Dec. 18, 
1852 ; Maria Louisa, died young. They live at No. 19, 
Bank Street. 

5. Martin, son of John and Ruth, married Abigail Hatha- 
way, sister to the wife of his brother George. Child, — 
Frederick. 

5. Daniel, son of John and Ruth, married Sarah Whit- 

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426 JOHN READ OF FREETOWN. 

well, daughter of Mr. Whitwell and Hannah Read. Chil- 
dren, — Daniel, George, John, Bradford, James, Oliver, 
Nancy., 

6. Daniel, son of Daniel and Sarah, married Mary Wins- 
low. Child, — Mary Pelham, born Feb. 13, 1815. His 
widow lives at No. 44, Bank Street, Fall River. 

6. George, son of Daniel and Ruth, married Anna Bennett. 
Children, — Daniel, Bradford, Harriet. Married, for second 
wife, Nancy Chase. Child, — Phebe. He lives at Steep 
Brook, and is a retired sea-captain. 

6. Nancy, daughter of Daniel and Ruth, married Joseph 
Bennett in 1826. Children, — James W., born July 3, 1827 ; 
John R., May 13, 1829 ; Sally R., Dec. 23, 1830, died in 
1844 ; George, born March 10, 1831, died young ; Anna, 
born Dec. 3, 1833 ; George R., Aug. 29, 1835 ; Phebe, 
Aug. 4, 1837, died young. They live at Steep Brook. 



JOHN READE AND OTHERS. 427 



CHAPTER XII. 



JOHN READE AND OTHERS. 



John Reade, one of the early settlers in Boston, was made 
freeman, May 13, 1640, and had a grant of eleven heads or 
forty-four acres at Muddy River, Feb. 20, 1640 ; was an ap- 
praiser of Thomas Brittlestone's estate, Oct. 30, 1643. Chil- 
dren,— John, born June 29, 1640 ; Thomas, Sept. 20, 1641. 
He was known as Major John Reade ; and there are some 
circumstances tending to show that he was brother to Col. 
Reade of Salem, Capt. Reade of Boston, and Col. Edward 
Reade of England, who was father-in-law of John Winthrop, 
jun., the first Governor of Connecticut. Major Reade moved 
to Barbadoes, and was an extensive merchant. His family 
appears to have been in some way related to the family of 
Abraham Palmer, a prominent member of the Massachusetts 
Colony. The mercantile house appears to have been repre- 
sented at a later date by one Joseph Reade, who was proba- 
bly a son of Major John. 

1. John Read was one of the first settlers of Newtown, on 
Long Island, in 1655. Children, — John and Joseph, who 
were freeholders in Newtown in 1686. They left Newtown ; 
and I find William, son of one of them, in Ewing, N.J., 
about the year 1700, who was one of the first settlers of that 
place. William, a distinguished nursery-man of Elizabeth, 
N.J., is supposed to be of this family. 



428 JOHN READE AND OTHERS. 

Stephen Reade, born in 1611, came to America in 1G31, 
and lived at one time in Lynn. 

Benjamin Reede was of Duxbnry, and capable of bearing 
arms in 1643. 



JOHN READ OF ALEXANDRIA. 429 



CHAPTER XIII. 



JOHN READ OF ALEXANDRIA, AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 



John Read came from London in 1725, and settled in 
Alexandria, District of Columbia ; married Miss Nancy Se- 
bastian, a Spanish lady, and sister to the Hon. Benjamin 
Sebastian, formerly Governor of Louisiana. Children, — 
John ; Benjamin ; Philip, born in 1759 ; Heusby, who mar- 
ried a Jones ; Nancy, married a Southerland of Virginia ; 
Ann, married a Murphy ; Rachel, married a Levins. He 
moved to Kentucky, and settled at Lewisville in 1791. He 
was a merchant-tailor. 

2. John, son of John, married a Miss Foster. Children, 
— John, who is a distinguished lawyer in Tennessee; An- 
thony, who went to Indiana, and was a representative to the 
Legislature many years ; James T., who lives in Indiana, 
and has been senator twenty-two years, and Register of the 
Land Office under the United-States Government many 
years. He was a captain in the United-States Army, and 
was in the battle of the Blue Licks with the Indians. 

3. Benjamin, son of John, settled first in that part of 
Kentucky which now forms a portion of Ohio, and finally 
moved to Philadelphia in 1787. Children, — George C, a 
commodore in the navy, and lives in Philadelphia ; Benja- 
min S., who was appointed inspector of the navy in 1841. 

3. Philip, son of John, born in 1759, and died in 1828 ; 
was United-States senator from Maryland from 1806 to '13 ; 



430 JOHN READ OP ALEXANDRIA. 

married Anna Adgelotli, daughter of Capt. Adgelotb, of 
French extraction. Children, — Edward, born in 1814, a 
distinguished lawyer in Brownville, Tenn., of the firm of 
Reed and Shepherd ; Henry ; William ; George ; John ; 
Burgan ; Joshua ; Philip. 

3. Heusby, son of John, lived in Kentucky ; married 
Charlotte Kirck. Children, — Lewis ; John : Heusby ; 
Philip ; William, who was in the battle of the River Rasin : 
Lucretia ; Nancy ; Charlotte ; Sally ; Rachel ; Mary. 

4. Lewis, son of Heusby, married Alcy Brown of Virginia. 
Children, — James ; William, an attorney-at-law in Hoyen- 
ville, Ky. ; Natbaniel ; Nancy ; Henry ; Charles ; Lewis ; 
Joseph ; Joshua ; Wesley ; Mary ; Burgan. 

5. Henry, son of Lewis, was in the Mexican War as color- 
bearer to Col. Andrews, and was badly wounded in three 
places, but has recovered, and has since been in the Legisla- 
ture of Kentucky. A sword was presented to him by the 
Legislature, which cost two hundred and fifty dollars. He 
is a lawyer by profession. 



JOHN READ, SEN. 431 



CHAPTER XIV. 



JOHN READ, SEN., AND HIS DESCENDANTS IN AMERICA.* 

First Generation in America. — John Eead, Sen., de- 
scended from an ancient and honorable family originally 
seated in England, was born in Dublin, Ire., in the last year 
of the reign of King James the Second, A.D. 1688. His 
parents were persons of high position, wealth, and influence. 
Of a bold and adventurous disposition, he early determined to 
visit the British Colonies in America. This determination, 
in spite of much opposition on the part of his parents, he 
carried into effect after reaching man's estate. Of his early 
experiences in this country, little is known. Tradition says, 
that, after remaining here some time, he was so much pleased 
with the new country, that he decided to cast his lot in it for 
life. He accordingly bought lands in Cecil County, in the 
Province of Maryland, and became a planter. Shortly after 
taking this important step, Mr. Read's father wrote to him 
from Dublin, commanding him instantly to return to Ireland, 
and at the same time informing liim that the penalty of dis- 
obedience to this command would be the loss of his inherit- 
ance, which should pass to his adopted nephew. Notwith- 
standing this, Mr. Read resolved to remain, and replied to 
his father to that effect, declaring that he preferred the ad- 
venturous and stirring life in the Colonies to the quiet and 
luxuries of the home he had left in the Old World. 



* This chapter has been communicated by John Meredith Read, Jun., mem- 
ber of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, &c. 



432 



His birthright having been given to another, and the 
ties which had bound him to the land of his birth being- 
severed, his love for the country of his choice was in- 
creased tenfold ; and he felt that he was now entirely 
identified with it. 

He soon married Miss Mary Howell, an aunt of the late 
Gov. Howell of New Jersey, a lady of fine personal appear- 
ance and cultivated mind, whose family (originally AVelsh) 
had been for some time established in the Province, where it 
held a highly honorable position. 

Mr. Read, after his marriage, continued to reside at his 
plantation in Maryland Province until the birth of his eldest 
son George. Soon after this event, in the year 1734, he 
removed to the head-waters of the Christiana River, in the 
Province of Delaware. Here he possessed a plantation, upon 
which was a spacious mansion, surrounded by the usual 
offices and out-buildings, all built of brick, in the old Colo- 
nial style. There were besides upon the plantation a large 
storehouse, and a wharf situated on the Christiana Creek. 
He held other property in Christiana and its vicinity, and 
continued to retain his plantation in Maryland. Mr. Read 
owned also, like many of the landed gentry of his day, a 
large flouring-mill, which was situated at North-east. This 
mill contained some rare and costly machinery, which was 
the object of general admiration. Gen. Washington, when 
a very young man, visited and inspected it at the request of 
his brother, who was about to erect a mill upon his estate, 
and desired to have similar machinery. In that day, and in 
that portion of the Colonies, a mill was considered a neces- 
sary adjunct to an estate. 

Mr. Read continued to reside at his place near Christiana 
during the remainder of his life. He was a prominent 
member of the Presbyterian Church in Christiana, and was 
greatly interested in its establishment and subsequent pro- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS IN AMERICA. 433 

gress.* Mr. Read departed this life, at his mansion in the 
Delaware Province, on the fifteenth day of June, 1756, aged 
sixty-eight years. Mrs. Read survived her husband many 
years, but never married again. She deceased on the 22d 
of September, 1784. The children of John Read, sen., and 
Mary his wife, were — (1.) George ; (2.) William ; (3.) 
John ; (4.) Thomas ; (5.) James ; (6.) Mary; (7.) Andrew. 
Second Generation in America. — George Read, the 
eldest child of John Read, sen., and Mary his wife, was born 
on his father's plantation, in Cecil County, in the Province 
of Maryland, on the 18th of September, 1732. He received 
a classical education ; commencing his studies at a seminary 
at Chester, in the Province of Pennsylvania, and continuing 
them afterwards under the care of that very learned man 
and admirable teacher, the Rev. Dr. Francis Allison, then 
residing at New London, in the Province above mentioned. 
Among his fellow-pupils at the latter place were Charles 
Thomson, the able Secretary of Congress ; Hugh Williamson, 
a member of that body, from North Carolina ; and Dr. Evv- 
ing, for many years Provost of the University of Pennsyl- 
vania, and eminent as a mathematician and astronomer. At 
the age of seventeen, Mr. Read commenced the study of the 
law in the office of John Moland, Esq., a distinguished 
lawyer of the city of Philadelphia. He applied himself with 
so much ability, industry, and integrity, to his professional 
duties and studies, that Mr. Moland soon testified his respect 
and esteem by relinquishing to Mr. Read a part of his prac- 
tice. At the early age of nineteen, Mr. Read was called to 
the bar in the city of Philadelphia. On the 6th of March, 
1754, he removed to New Castle, in the Province of Dela- 



* In the original deed, dated 1735, conveying to the Trustees of the Presby- 
terian Church a lot of land upon which a church edifice was to be erected, the 
name of John Kead, sen., stands first; and, in the body of the deed, his name 
is mentioned. 

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434 JOHN READ, SEN., 

ware, and commenced the practice of the law in the three 
lower counties on Delaware and the adjacent ones of Mary- 
land. He found himself in the midst of powerful competi- 
tors, — men of unquestioned talents, and thoroughly learned 
in the law, — among whom were John Ross, then Attorney- 
General ; Benjamin Chew, Joseph Galloway, George Ross, 
John Dickinson, and Thomas M'Kean. To have rapidly 
acquired a lucrative practice, and achieved a high reputa- 
tion for great legal abilities, in the midst of such rivals, is of 
itself sufficient praise. On the 30th of April, 1763, he suc- 
ceeded John Ross as Attorney-General. Mr. Road held this 
office until elected a delegate to the Congress of 1774 ; when 
he resigned it, saying that he would not enter that august 
body trammelled with an office from his Britannic majesty. 
Mr. Read was very eminent as a lawyer. His profound legal 
knowledge, his solidity of judgment, and his habit of close 
and clear reasoning, gained him great influence with juries 
and judges ; and he evinced such unswerving integrity in all 
his acts, that he was popularly styled " the honest lawyer." 
His studies were not confined to the law ; for he ever main- 
tained an intimate acquaintance with works on science and 
art, as also with those of classic and miscellaneous literature. 
In the year 1763, Mr. Read married a daughter of the Rev. 
George Ross, for more than fifty 3 r ears the Rector of Im- 
manuel Church, in the town of New Castle, Del. Mrs. Read 
possessed a naturally fine understanding, which had been 
thoroughly cultivated by her father. Her person was beau- 
tiful, her manners elegant, and her piety exemplary. In 
1765, Mr. Read was elected a member of the Assembly 
of Delaware : this station he continued to occupy for twelve 
successive years. About this time, lie was one of the com- 
mittees which reported the numerous addresses made to 
George the Third by the Delaware Legislature. He was 
also active and prominent in urging the non-importation 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS IN AMERICA. 435 

agreement ; and, as Chairman of the General Committee for 
its enforcement, rendered valuable services to the cause. 

On the 13th of August, 1774, Mr. Read was elected by the 
General Assembly of Delaware, together witli Cassar Rodney 
and Thomas M'Kean, to represent the State in the American 
Congress, which met in the month of September in Phila- 
delphia. From this period he continued to represent the 
State of Delaware in Congress during the whole Revolu- 
tionary War. On the 4th of July, 1776,* he signed the 
Declaration of Independence. Joseph Galloway soon after 
tauntingly told him that he signed with a halter about his 
neck. Mr. Read replied, that it was a measure demanded by 
the crisis ; and he was prepared to meet any consequences 
which might ensue. In September, 1776, Mr. Read was Pre- 
sident of the Convention which framed the first Constitution 
of Delaware. In 1777, he was President of the State of De- 
laware. On the 5th of December, 1782, he was appointed a 
Judge of the Court of Appeals in Admiralty Cases. This 
appointment was announced to him in the most flattering- 
manner by Mr. Boudinot, then President of Congress. Mr. 
Read held this office till its abolition. In 1785, he was 
appointed by Congress one of the commissioners who consti- 
tuted a Federal Court created by that body (conformably 
with the petitions of the States of New York and Massachu- 
setts) for the purpose of determining a controversy which had 
arisen in relation to territory. In 1786, he was nominated 
by the Legislature of Delaware as one of their delegates to 
Annapolis to consult with commissioners from other States 
relative to the formation of a system of commercial regu- 
lations for the Union. In 1787, he was a member of the 
Convention which framed the Constitution of the United 



* Nominally, none of the members of Congress really signed until the 3d 
August. 



436 



States ; being one of the five signers of the Declaration 
of Independence who were also framers of the Constitution. 
Immediately after the adoption of the Constitution, he was 
elected to the Senate of the United States. At the expira- 
tion of his term, he was re-elected. He resigned his seat in 
the Senate in September, 1793 ; and was immediately ap- 
pointed Chief-Justice of the Supreme Court of Delaware. 
He performed the duties of this high station with great 
ability and integrity until the autumn (21st September) of 
1798 ; when, after a short illness, he died at his residence* 
in New Castle. 

Mrs. Readf survived him, dying in 1802. The children 
of George Read, and Gertrude his wife, were — John, 
George, William, and Mary. 

* The mansion of George Read (" the signer"), at New Castle, was situated on 
the bank of the river Delaware, of which it commanded an extensive view, and in 
the midst of an extensive garden which ran back to the grounds where were the 
offices and stables. It was a large, old-fashioned mansion, built of brick, with a 
spacious hall running through it; on one side of which was a very large drawing- 
room ; and, on the other, the library and dining-room ; and, still further in the rear, a 
roomy kitchen. Above were the spacious sleeping apartments. In the garden 
about the house bloomed a profusion of flowers, among which the tulips were 
particularly conspicuous on account of their great variety and beauty. Here Mr. 
Read resided for many years in the style of the Colonial gentry, who maintained a 
state and etiquette which has long since disappeared. 

Mr. Read always travelled on his circuits in a yellow chariot drawn by bay 
horses. 

There are two original portraits of George Read, — one by Gilbert Stuart, 
the other by Charles Edge Pine, — and both painted about the year 1785. John 
Meredith Read, jun., of Albany, N.Y., has a copy of these portraits of his great- 
grandfather, made by Sully, the distinguished artist and pupil of Gilbert Stuart. 

t Mrs. Read's father, the Rev. George Ross, was, for more than fifty years, 
Rector of the Episcopal Church in New Castle. George Ross, jun., an eminent 
lawyer, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and a Judge of the Court of 
Appeals in Admiralty, was a brother of Mrs. Read's; as were also John Ross, At- 
torney-General under George the Second ; and the Rev. .'Eneas Ross, who became 
Rector of Immanuel Church soon after the decease of his father in 1754. One 
of the sisters of Mrs. Read married Gen. William Thompson, a distinguished officer 
in the Revolution; another sister married Mr. Biddle, who was presiding officer of 
the Pensylvania legislative body before the Revolution ; still another sister married 
the Rev. William Thompson, Rector of an Episcopal church in the Province of 
Maryland. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS IN AMERICA. 437 

Third Generation in America. — John Read, jun., son of 
George Read (the signer), and Gertrude his wife, was born 
at his father's mansion at New Castle, in the present State of 
Delaware, on the 7th July, 1769. When only seven years 
old, he was a witness to the attack made by the row-galleys 
upon the " Roebuck " and " Liverpool " frigates off the 
mouth of Christiana Creek ; and afterwards accompanied his 
mother in her various removals during the Revolutionary 
War, which the exposed situation of their residence at New 
Castle made necessary for their safety. These things were 
often referred to in after-life. After graduating at Prince- 
ton College in 1787, then under the presidency of the Rev. 
Dr. Withcrspoon, an old and intimate friend of his father's, 
Mr. Read commenced the study of the law at New Castle, 
in the office of his father ; and, being admitted to the bar, 
removed to the city of Philadelphia, where he practised with 
ability and success for many years. In 1796, Mr. Read 
married Miss Martha Meredith, eldest daughter of Samuel 
Meredith, the first Treasurer of the United States, and 
eminent among the patriots of the Revolution for his zeal, 
sacrifices, and services in behalf of his country.* 

Mrs. Read's mother was a daughter of Dr. Thomas Cad- 
walader, and sister of Gen. John Cadwalader, the brave and 
active Revolutionary hero, who challenged and wounded 
Gen. Conway because he had traduced and endeavored to 
supplant Washington. George Clymer, a signer of the De- 



* Of Reese Meredith, the father of the Treasurer, a very wealthy merchant of 
Philadelphia, the following well-known anecdote is told: — 

When Gen. Washington was a young man, and before he had attained distinc- 
tion, he visited Philadelphia, and made his appearance at the Coffee House, where 
he had not a single acquaintance, and was therefore unnoticed. Sir. Meredith 
coming in, and finding a stranger in this awkward situation, went up to him, took 
him by the hand, inquired his name, introduced himself, took him to his house, and 
behaved with so much kindness and hospitality, as not only to induce his guest to 
continue at his house while he remained in the city, but afterwards to make it his 
home when he visited Philadelphia. 



438 



claration of Independence, and a framer of the Constitution 
of the United States, was an uncle of Mrs. Read's. 

In 1797, Mr. Read was appointed Agent-General of the 
United States to act on their behalf in relation to such claims 
as might be made against the United States before the com- 
missioners appointed to carry into effect the sixth article of 
Jay's treaty. Some of his labors are to be found in a book, 
published in Philadelphia, called " Arguments on British 
Debts," which contains some able papers written by Mr. 
Read. 

Mr. Read was also for some years a member of the City 
Council ; and, in 1815, was elected to the House of Repre- 
sentatives of Pennsylvania, and was appointed Chairman of 
the important Committee on Roads and Inland Navigation, 
composed, at that day, of thirty-four members. In 1816, 
he was re-elected, and, while presiding over the deliberations 
of this committee, took a severe cold, which produced an 
illness which brought hini to the brink of the grave. Mrs. 
Read, who went to Harrisburg to tend her husband, fell a 
sacrifice to her devotion to him. 

Having recovered from the immediate effects of his illness, 
Mr. Read was elected to the Senate to fill the vacancy oc- 
casioned by the resignation of Nicholas Biddle, Esq. ; and, 
whilst a member of that body, was elected by them, in 1818, 
a director on the part of the State of the Philadelphia Bank. 
In 1817, on the revival of the office, he was appointed City 
Solicitor by the Mayor, Gen. Robert Wharton. In 1819, he 
was elected President of the Philadelphia Bank, and ably 
and faithfully filled this office until his resignation in 1811. 
A few months afterwards, he removed to the city of Trenton ; 
where, amidst the friends and connections of his wife, he 
spent his remaining days, surrounded by his books, which 
formed a never-failing soxirce of pleasure and information. 
He died on the 13th of July, 1854, at the very advanced age 
of eighty-five, leaving a large estate. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS IN AMERICA. 439 

Mr. Read was a communicating member of the Protestant 
Episcopal Church, and, for many years, the rector's warden 
of the united churches of Christ Church, St. Peter's, and 
St. James's ; and, upon his removal to Trenton, took a deep 
interest in the welfare of St. Michael's Church at that place. 
He was characterized by ability, sound judgment, and indus- 
try, coupled with scrupulous integrity, modesty, piety, and 
benevolence. He was, moreover, of a very courteous and 
pleasing address ; ever evincing the thorough politeness of 
the old school. 

He was a devoted husband, a kind father, and a warm 
friend ; a man of peaceful habits. He lived through three 
wars (two with the mother-country); and he always remem- 
bered with pleasure that his maternal uncle, George Ross, 
was a signer of the Declaration of Independence ; and that 
his own father, George Read, and his wife's uncle, George 
Clymer, were two out of the five signers who were also 
framers of the Constitution of the United States. 

Mr. Read married but once. He had three children, — 
John Meredith, Henry, and Margaret Meredith. Of these, 
only one (John Meredith Read) survived him. Henry Read, 
his second child, born at Philadelphia in 1802, was a physi- 
cian of excellent abilities, thorough education, and industry. 
He died at Carbondale, Penn., at the early age of twenty- 
six, unmarried. Mr. Read's only daughter, Margaret Mere- 
dith Read, died at Trenton, N.J., in the early part of March, 
1854, unmarried. 

Fourth Generation in America. — John Meredith Read, 
eldest son of John Read, and Margaret his wife, was born at 
Philadelphia in the year 1800. He married, on the 20th 
of March, 1828, Miss Marshall of Boston, Mass. Their first 
child, Emily, was born in December, 1829. They had, be- 
sides, an only son, John Meredith Read, jun. ; and also three 
daughters, who died in infancy. Mrs. Read died in the 
month of February, 1841. 



440 



Miss Emily M. Read married W. H. Hyde, Esq., in June, 
1849 ; and died in March, 1854, leaving one daughter (sixth 
Generation in America), Emma Habicht Hyde, born No- 
vember, 1851. 

Mr. Read married, in 1855, a sister of the Hon. J. R. 
Thompson, United-States senator from New Jersey. He has 
no children by his second marriage. 

He is one of the ablest lawyers in the country, and filled 
the various offices, from City Solicitor to that of Chief- 
Justice of Pennsylvania ; which office he now holds. He 
has also been a prominent member of Congress. 

Fifth Generation in America. — John Meredith Read, 
jun., only son and only surviving child of John Meredith 
Read by his first wife, was born at Philadelphia ; was edu- 
cated at Brown University ; and travelled extensively in this 
country, in Europe, and the West Indies. He is a lawyer, 
residing at Albany, N.Y. ; where he married, on the 7th 
April, 1859, the youngest daughter of Hannon Pumpelly, 
Esq. He is a member of various literary and historical 
societies, and devotes a portion of his time to literary 
labors. 

Of his generation, Mr. Read is the only surviving repre- 
sentative of George Read, the signer, who bears the family 
name. He has in his possession a number of interesting 
and valuable family portraits and relics. 

"When resident in Providence, R.I., Mr. Read was captain 
of a fine company, — the " National Cadets," or "Tigers." 
This company has always been noted for its thorough drill 
and soldierly bearing. Mr. Read also served as aide-de-camp 
to his excellency Gov. Hoppin, with the rank of colonel. 

Second Generation in America. — William Read, second 
son of John Read, sen., and Mary his wife, was born at his 
father's mansion, at Christiana, in the Delaware Province, in 
the year 1735 (?). He was a merchant, and resided for 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS IN AMERICA. 441 

some time at Philadelphia, and afterwards in the Havana in 
the West Indies, where he was assassinated in the year 1763. 
He was married, and left one child, a daughter, who died 
unmarried. 

Second Generation in America. — John Read, 2d, third 
son of John Read, sen., was born at Christiana in the latter 
part of the year 1737 ('!). He was a man of independent for- 
tune, and had no regular profession, but attended to his own 
and the family property. He never married. He died at 
Pottsgrove, Penn., in the year 1808, at an advanced age. 

Second Generation in America. — Thomas Read, fourth 
son of John Read, sen., was born at his father's mansion, at 
Christiana, about the year 1740. He was a captain in the 
Continental Navy. He was present at the battle of Trenton, 
and commanded the guns which raked the stone bridge 
across the Assanpink. During the war, he commanded the 
thirty-two-gun frigate " George Washington." Several years 
after the close of the war, in 1787, he effected for the first 
time the out-of-season passage to China (vide " Encyclo- 
paedia Americana "). Capt. Read married a widow (Mrs. 
Field of New Jersey), who had two children by her first 
marriage. One of them (the son) was the father of the Hon. 
Richard S. Field of Princeton : the other child (a daughter) 
was the mother of Commodore R. F. Stockton. 

Capt. Read resided at Whitehill, near Bordentown, N.J. ; 
and his mansion was for a number of years the seat of much 

elegant hospitality. Capt. Read died A.D. . He had 

no children. 

Second Generation in America. — James Read, fifth son 
of John Read, sen., was born in his father's mansion, at 
Christiana, in the Province of Delaware, A.D. 1743. He 
was a lieutenant-colonel in the war of the Revolution, and 
served with great credit at the battles of Trenton, Princeton, 
Brandywine, and Germantown. He was first-paymaster to 

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442 JOHN READ, SEN., 

the Continental Navy ; also commissioner of the navy for the 
Middle States during the Revolution. He was, besides, a 
member of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania. 

He married Miss Susan Cowey, and had five children ; 
all of whom died unmarried, except his third child, Susan 
Read, born twenty-fifth day of December, 1776 : she married 
J. P. Eckard, Esq., Danish consul for the Middle States. 
They had three children, — (1.) Mary Read Eckard, born 
1803 ; died 1823, unmarried. (2.) James, now the Rev. 
Dr. James Read Eckard. (3.) Frederick S., M.D., after- 
wards a skilful practising physician of Philadelphia, who 
died on the 20th June, 1856. Mrs. Susan Read Eckard 
still survives, in her eighty-fourth year, and is a truly re- 
markable woman : she is still able to hold a pen ; and her 
letters to her friends are always full of originality, both in 
thought and expression. 

Col. James Read died at Philadelphia the 31st Decem- 
ber, 1822, aged seventy-nine years. His wife died some 
years before him. 

Second Generation in America. — Mary Read, sixth child 
and only daughter of John Read, sen., and Mary his wife, 
was born at her father's mansion, at Christiana, about the 
year 1745. In the year 1769, she married Gunning Bed- 
ford, sen. He had served in the war of 1755 with the rank 
of lieutenant in the Pennsylvania levy, and was a gentle- 
man of independent fortune. As lieutenant-colonel of the 
famous Delaware Regiment, he took a prominent part in 
the Revolutionary War. He distinguished himself in vari- 
ous battles, and was wounded at the battle of the White 
Plains while gallantly leading his regiment to the attack.* 
After the war, he filled a variety of important public offices. 



* John Meredith Read, jun., of Albany, N.Y., has in his possession the sword 
which belonged to his great-uncle, Gov. Bedford; and which was used by him in 
the old French War in 1755-6, and also in the various battles of the Revolution. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS IN AMERICA. 443 

He finally became Governor of Delaware ; and died, while 
holding that office, on the 30th September, 1797. His wife 
survived him ; dying at Pottsgrove, Penn., in 1820. They 
never had any children. 

Second Generation in America. — Andrew Read, seventh 
child of John Read, sen., was born at Christiana, in the 

Delaware Province, A.D. . He was a planter. He 

lived and died in Cecil County, Md. He was married, and 
had one son, William, who, after the war of 1812, removed 
to Ohio. There are none of his descendants living who bear 
the family name. 

Third Generation in America. — George Read, 2d, the 
second son of George Read the signer, and Gertrude his 
wife, was born at his father's mansion in New Castle, in 
the then Province of Delaware, on the 29th of August, 1765. 
He resided at New Castle, Del. He was a very distinguished 
lawyer, and filled a number of important offices. He mar- 
ried his cousin, Miss Mary Thompson, a daughter of the dis- 
tinguished Revolutionary officer, Gen. William Thompson. 
He had seven children {fourth Generation in America), — 
(1.) George, born June 4, 1788 ; died 1st November, 1856. 
(2.) William Thompson Read, born 22d August, 1792, mar- 
ried a great-niece of James Booth, the able Secretary of 
Delaware during the Revolution. Mr. William T. Read is 
by profession a lawyer. Being entirely independent, he has 
devoted much time to literary pursuits, and has collected 
materials for a life of George Read the signer. Mr. Read 
was Secretary of Legation when the late Caesar A. Rodney 
was Minister to Buenos Ayres. He has no children. (3.) 
Gunning Bedford Read, who died in 1826, unmarried. 
(4.) Charles Henry Read, born 1800 ; died 1834, unmar- 
ried. (5.) John Dickinson Read, born 1803 ; died 1831, 
unmarried. (6.) Catharine Ann Read, born 1794; married, 
in 1812, Allan M'Lane, M.D., brother of the Secretary of 



444 JOHN READ, SEN. 

State of the United States : Mrs. M'Lane died in 1826. 
(7.) Anna Gertrude, born 1805 ; unmarried. 

George Read died on the 3d September, 1836, aged 
seventy-one years. 

Third Generation in America. — "William Eead, third son 
of George Read the signer, was born at his father's mansion, 
in New Castle, on the 10th October, 1767. He was a mer- 
chant, largely engaged in the East-India trade, and resided 
at Philadelphia. He married, on the 22d September, 1796, 
Ann M'Call, whose family had been long honorably known 
in Philadelphia, where it held a high position. Mr. Read 
died at Philadelphia on the 25th September, 1846, aged 
seventy-nine years ; Mrs. Read, the 17th July, 1845, aged 
seventy-three years. They had five children (fourth Gene- 
ration in America') : (1.) George Read, for many years 
consul at Malaga, and now residing in Philadelphia, unmar- 
ried. (2.) Mary Read, who married Coleman Fisher, Esq., 
and has five children, — Elizabeth Rhodes Fisher, married 
to Eugene A. Livingston, Esq., of Livingston Manor ; Cole- 
man P. Fisher, William Read Fisher, Sallie West Fisher, 
and Mary Read Fisher. (3.) William Archibald Read, un- 
unmarried ; residing on a large plantation, which he owns, 
near New Orleans. (4.) John Read, married ; no children ; 
died in 1845. (5.) Samuel M'Call Read, born 1805 ; mar- 
ried, and lives on his plantation near New Orleans : he has 
no children. 

Third Generation in America. — Mary Read, fourth child 
and only daughter of George Read the signer, and Gertrude 
his wife, was born Sept. 1, 1770. She married Matthew 
Pearce, Esq., of Poplar Neck, Cecil County, Md. ; and died 
there on the 12th of January, 1816. Her eldest daughter, 
Anastasia Gertrude Pearce, became the second wife of Dr. 
Louis M'Lane, the brother of the Secretary of State of the 
United States. 



JOHN READ OP NORWALK. 445 



CHAPTER XV. 



JOHN READ OF NORWALK, AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 



1. John Read, from Cornwall, Eng., born in 1633, had 
been a subaltern in Cromwell's army, and a soldier from 
the age of sixteen. On the restoration of Charles II., he 
fled to this country, and settled first in Providence, and 
married a Miss Derby. He moved to Rye, in West-Chester 
County, N.Y., in 1684, and remained there three or four 
years. He then moved to Norwalk, Conn., on Five-mile 
River, at a place called Read's Farms ; and his name is found 
upon the records of Norwalk in 1687. He died in Norwalk, 
in the ninety-eighth year of his age, in 1730 ; and was 
interred in a tomb on his own farm. His house in Norwalk 
was used as a substitute for a meeting-house. He was 
strongly marked with that strong will and high-toned moral 
character so peculiar to Cromwell's officers. Children, — 
John ; Thomas ; William ; Mary, who married David Tut- 
tle ; Abigail. 

2. Thomas, son of John, 1st, of Norwalk, married Mary 
Olmstead, May 9, 1694. Children, — Mary, born May 2, 
1695 ; Eunice, Feb. 26, 1696 ; Thomas, May 7, 1699 ; John, 
Aug. 7, 1701 ; Elizabeth, Oct. 7, 1703 ; Ann, July 6, 1706 ; 
Temperance, Oct. 16, 1708; Elias, March 16, 1711 ; Nathan, 
Aug. 13, 1713. 

3. Thomas, son of Thomas of Norwalk, born May 7, 1699 ; 
married Sarah Bennam, June 2, 1730. Children, — Thomas, 



446 JOHN BEAD OF NORWALK, 

born 1731 ; Ebenezer, April 3, 1732 ; Jesse, July 29, 1734 ; 
Peter, April 3, 1736 ; Sarah, June 19, 1736 ; Eli, Sept. 24, 
1743. 

3. Nathan, son of Thomas of Norwalk, born Aug. 13, 
1713; married Mary Peck, Dec. 22, 1737. Children,— 
Mary, born July 17, 1740 ; Ann, Jan. 18, 1742 ; Hannah, 
July 16, 1745 ; Nathan, July 27, 1747 ; David, Sept. 2, 
1750 ; Elizabeth, June 7, 1752 ; Elias, Nov. 3, 1756. 

3. John, son of Thomas of Norwalk, born Aug. 7, 1701. 
Children, — Josiah, John, Ithiel, Jonathan. 

3. Elias, son of Thomas of Norwalk, born March 10, 1711. 
Children, — Elias, Joel, Daniel, Stephen, John. 

4. John, son of John, 3d, of Norwalk, married Abby 
Whitney, July 6, 1775. Children, — John, born Nov. 1, 
1778 ; Moses, Dec. 14, 1787 ; Roswell, June 8, 1795. 

John, son of Thomas, with his brother Elias ; Moses, son 
of Eleazer ; and Moses, jun., — were among the principal 
grantees of the towns of New Haven, Middlebury, Salisbury, 
and Cornwall, Vt., about the year 1760 ; and Readsborough, 
Vt., which was granted to John Read and twenty-nine others 
in 1770. 

2. John, son of John of Norwalk, born in 1697 ; married 
Miss Tuttle. Children, — John, Daniel, Eleazer, Samuel, 
William, Mary, Experience, Mehetabel. 

3. John, son of John, 2d, of Norwalk. Children, — John; 
Thaddeus. 

3. Daniel, son of John, 2d, of Norwalk, born in 1697. 
Children, — Daniel ; Abraham ; Eliakim ; James, born 
March 29, 1736 ; Benjamin ; Ezra, born March 16, 1740 ; 
Elijah, settled in Amenia, N.Y. ; Elizabeth ; Lydia ; Joanna. 
He built a mansion-house on the old paternal estate in Nor- 
walk, which is now standing in good condition, and likely to 
be preserved another century. The antiquated style of the 
house, and faded images about it, make it an interesting 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 447 

relic of former days. He was a man of considerable distinc- 
tion in his day. He died in 1775. 

3. Eleazer, son of John, 2d, of Norwalk. Children, — 
Moses and Eleazer, who were among the principal grantees 
of the towns of New Haven, Middlebury, Salisbury, and 
Cornwall, about the year 1760 ; and including what is now 
Vergennes, in the State of Vermont. 

3. William, son of John, 2d, married Rachel Kellogg, 
Nov. 28, 1721. Children, — William Joseph, born Feb. 17, 
1723 ; Joanna, Feb. 29, 1725 ; Hannah, Nov. 23, 1727 ; 
Sarah, Dec. 27, 1730 ; Jacob. 

3. Samuel, son of John, 2d. Children, — Samuel, Abijah, 
Timothy, Nathaniel, Hezekiah, Hannah, Phebe. 

4. Timothy, son of Samuel. Children, — Uriah; Timo- 
thy ; Lebbeus ; Ezra ; Thaddeus ; Rufus ; Susanna ; Sarah ; 
Betsy; Polly; Nancy, born in 1786. 

5. Rufus, son of Timothy, born in 1788. Children, — 
Ezra, John and Edwin, Ezra and Jane Maria. The sons all 
died young. 

6. Jane Maria, daughter of Rnfns, married Richard H. 
Mitchell of Nantucket. They live in Hudson, N.Y. He is 
a retired merchant. 

5. Daniel, son of James and Joanna, born April 15, 1761 ; 
settled in Camillus, N.Y., about the year 1801, and died in 
about one year after. Children, — William, Nancy, Joanna, 
Maria. 

6, William, son of Daniel, born April, 1783 ; settled near 
the residence of his parents ; but finally removed to Bald- 
winsville, Onondaga County, N.Y., where he now resides. 
Children, — Daniel, born Sept. 14, 1803 ; John M., August, 
1807, died in Jackson County, Mich., in 1844 ; Nancy, mar- 
ried J. B. Chapin of Olivet, Mich.; Maria, died young; 
Elizabeth, married Rev. Charles Jerome of the Presbyterian 
Church, Cattaraugus County, N.Y. She died in 1858. 



448 JOHN BEAD OF NORWALK, 

7. Daniel, son of William, born Sept. 14, 1803 ; married 
Cinda T. Meigs of Oswego, N.Y., May 1, 1828. Children, 
— William, born May 5, 1829; Helen, Oct. 28, 1831; 
Kate, Dec. 14, 1833 ; James H., born in Illinois, Jan. 26, 
1836 ; Jennie, March 26, 1838 ; Harriet Elizabeth, May 15, 
1841, died Sept. 6, 1844. He lives at Fulton City, 111. 

8. William, son of Daniel and Cinda, born May 5, 1829 ; 
married Anna M. Johnson, July 15, 1857. Child, — Emma, 
born in 1858. 

8. Helen, daughter of Daniel and Cinda, born Oct. 28, 
1831 ; married William P. Culbertson, Oct. 28, 1852. Chil- 
dren, — Carrie J., born April, 1854; Charles, 1857. She 
died Nov. 6, 1857. 

8. Kate, daughter of Daniel and Cinda, born Dec. 14, 
1833 ; married J. B. Hall, Nov. 5, 1856. Child, — a 
daughter, born in 1858. 

4. William, son of William and Rachel, married Mary 
Nash of New Canaan, Conn. Children, — William, who, 
with Lieut. Gilmore, was the first to enter the fort at Stony 
Point, and was also at the massacre of Paoli ; Matthew ; 
Jacob ; Eli ; Isaac ; Abigail, who married Moses Ells ; 
Mary, who married a Fitch ; Nathan, who lived at Ballston 
Springs. 

5. Isaac, son of William and Mary, married Elizabeth 
Lockwood, and at one time lived in Nova Scotia ; but died 
in Stamford, which was in the neighborhood of Norwalk. 
Children, — Isaac, born Feb. 1, 1773; Nathan H, 1776; 
Elizabeth, 1774, married Benjamin Hoyt of New-York City. 

6. Isaac, son of Isaac and Elizabeth, born Feb. 1, 1773 ; 
married Elizabeth Ann Wiggins, Dec. 14, 1799. Children, — 
Martha, born at Frankford, Pa., Oct. 10, 1801 ; Isaac T., No- 
vember, 1805, who was shipwrecked at Matamoras ; George 
W., born July 31, 1817. He is now associated with his son, 
in active business, at the age of eighty-eight years. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 449 

7. Martha A., daughter of Isaac, married Conrad Myers, 
a piano-forte manufacturer, of 728, Arch Street, Philadel- 
phia. Children, — Isaac R., born 1834 ; Charles B., Feb. 6, 
1838. 

7. Osman, son of Isaac and Elizabeth, married Anna M. 
Saunders, May 1, 1833. Children, — Isaac G., Eva Anna, 
Osman, Reginald H., John S., Anna M., George W., Wil- 
liam B., Henry, Conrad M., Charles E. He lives at Great 
Bend, Susquehannah County, Pa. 

7. George W., son of Isaac and Elizabeth, born July 31, 
1817 ; married Anna M. Gebhard, March 28, 1839. Chil- 
dren, — Lewis G., born at Philadelphia, Oct. 11, 1840 ; 
Anna E., Dec. 19, 1842 ; Isaac, Aug. 4, 1844 ; George W., 
Feb. 4, 1847 ; Martha M., Sept. 1, 1854 ; William B. S., 
March 19, 1857. He was one of the progenitors of the Na- 
tive-American party in 1844, and was their candidate for 
Sheriff for the County of Philadelphia. He is now in the 
jewelry business, in connection with his father, at No. 240, 
North Second Street, Philadelphia. The want of genealogi- 
cal knowledge is significantly illustrated in the fact, that 
George W. was in New- York City, upon business, when his 
cousin Henry was blown up, and was compelled to serve on 
the jury of inquest, and reluctantly served ; but did not 
know the connection between himself and the deceased till 
some years afterwards. 

2. Nathan H, son of Isaac and Elizabeth, married Mary 
Hoyt. Children,— - Isaac B. ; Jacob W. ; John H. ; Benja- 
min H. ; J. Warren ; James H. ; N. Henry ; Mary A., mar- 
ried William Atherton of Patterson ; Martha A., married 
John Galleton, and lives at Walden, Orange County, N.Y. ; 
Elizabeth S., married Edson Knapp of Shawanunk, N.Y. 

3. Isaac B., son of Nathan H, married Caroline Gedney. 
He was collector and constable at White Plains, and died in 
1857. 

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450 JOHN READ OP NOEWALK, 

3. Jacob, married Ruth Rush, and had two children. He 
died of consumption in 1834. 

3. John H., son of Nathan H., married Sarah Taylor. 
Has three children. He is a baker in Bushwick, L.I. 

3. Benjamin H., son of Nathan H., married Eliza Young. 
Has two children. He lives in New- York City, and is by 
trade a marble finisher. 

3. J. Warren, son of Nathan H, married Henrietta Tay- 
lor. Has one child. He is a steam-engine builder, and lives 
in New- York City. 

3. Nathan H., son of Nathan H., married Caroline Towns- 
end. Has two children. He was a machinist, and was burned 
to deatli in February, 1850, in Hayne Street, New York, by 
the explosion that took place there. He was so burned, that 
there was nothing by which to identify him, except a small 
piece of his shirt, about as large as a man's hand, which his 
wife identified on account of its being of some peculiar ma- 
terial. His wife died of grief two years afterwards. 

3. James H., son of Nathan H., married Martha Taylor. 
Has two children. He lives at Swift Island, 111. 

4. James, son of Daniel of Norwalk, born March 29, 1736 ; 
married Joanna Castle, April 17, 1760. Children, — Daniel, 
born April 15, 1761 ; Reuben, Sept. 2, 1763 ; Elijah, 
March 12, 1766 ; Jesse, July 16, 1768 ; Stephen, Sept. 14, 
1770 ; Amos, Dec. 28, 1772 ; Gilbert, Sept. 25, 1775, lives 
in Avoca, Steuben County, N.Y. ; Jacob and Joanna, born 
Feb. 15, 1778 ; Betsy, April 21, 1780 ; Robert and Rhoda, 
June 29, 1784 ; Phila, April 3, 1787. He was a distin- 
guished business-man in Amenia, Dutchess County ; being 
a farmer, merchant, and miller. He died July 20, 1814, 
aged eighty-seven years. 

5. Jesse, son of James and Joanna, born July 16, 1768 ; 
married Joanna Carpenter, Feb. 22, 1797. Children, — 
Julia A., born Oct. 19, 1799 ; Joanna, Oct. 8, 1802, lives in 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 451 

Amenia ; Betsy B., Jan. 26, 1805 ; Eliza A., March 18, 
1808 ; James C, Sept. 2, 1810; Susan M., April 18, 1813; 
Abigail M., Sept. 2, 1815. His father bought a soldier's right 
of bounty-land; and Jesse, with his brother Amos, searched 
out the lot, and settled upon it. The lots were laid out one 
mile square ; which made each of them a farm of three 
hundred and twenty acres, situated in Aurelius, Steuben 
County, N.Y. ; where he died Aug. 25, 1831, aged sixty- 
three years. 

6. James C, son of Jesse and Joanna, born Sept. 2, 1810 ; 
has no children. Lives on the homestead of his father, and 
is a postmaster. 

4. Jacob, son of William, and grandson of John, 2d, born 
in Norwalk ; married Miss Ruhamah Benedict. He set- 
tled in South-east, Dutchess County, N.Y., now the county 
of Putnam ; and was a farmer and tavern-keeper. Chil- 
dren, — Ruth, horn in 1769, married a Reed, and married 
an Ellis for second husband, and died at South-east in 1856, 
— no children ; Ruhamah, born in 1772, married a Howes of 
South-east ; Jacob, who died at New Canaan, leaving a 
family ; Stephen, who lives at Ridgefield, Conn. ; Esther, 
born about 1779, lives in Ridgefield ; Doty ; Isaac, who died 
in New York about 1829 ; Abigail, born about 1785, mar- 
ried a Woodruff, and lives in Illinois ; Matthew, born 1787, 
who settled in New- York City, and died about 1844, was an 
alderman, and president of a bank, in New York ; Lewis B., 
born Aug. 28, 1789 ; John, 1791 ; Eli, born about 1783, 
lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. 

5. Eli, son of Jacob and Ruhamah. Children, — Jacob 
R., who is a butcher in New- York City; David B. ; Eli H., 
an alderman of New- York City ; William H. ; Dickinson ; 
Piatt B., in New- York City ; Charlotte ; Lucretia, married 
John C. Jones, a publisher in New York. This is quite an 
enterprising and thriving family. 



452 JOHN READ OP NORWALK, 

5. Matthew, son of Jacob and Kuhamah. Children, — 
Edwin, deceased ; George, living in New York ; Addison, 
deceased, leaving a family in New York ; Matthew, living in 
Norwalk, Conn. ; B, who, by the fancy of his father, had no 
name except the letter B, lives in New- York City. 

6. B, son of Matthew of New York. Children, — C, a 
daughter, married Charles Sherwood of Port Chester, NY ; 
Eliza, who married Charles Deane of Port Chester ; Henry. 

6. Lewis B., son of Jacob and Kuhamah, born Aug. 28, 
1789 ; went to New- York City in 1810, and married Maria 
Brown, January, 1815. They are both living. Children, — 
Addington, born Oct. 3, 1815, a merchant, unmarried ; Fer- 
dinand, born July 7, 1817, married, and is with his elder 
brother, No. 42, Courtland Street, New York, — wholesale 
shoe-dealers ; Elvira, born March 24, 1819 ; Amanda, 
May 10, 1821, married James P. Cogswell of Janesville, 
Wis. ; Adeline, born Oct. 10, 1822, married Hiram H. 
Lamport of New York, and has two children ; Lewis Bene- 
dict, born July 11, 1824 ; Catherine, Nov. 10, 1826, married 
James H. Wheeler, a merchant of Boston ; Emma, born 
Jan. 4, 1835, married Gould H. Thorp, a merchant of New 
York ; Anna, born Dec. 18, 1837. 

7. Lewis Benedict, son of Lewis B. and Maria, born 
July 11, 1824. Children, — Palmer Townsend Reed, born 
Nov. 13, 1850; Prank, born in Brooklyn, June 28, 1856. 
He is a lawyer in New-York City. 

6. John, son of Jacob and Ruhamah, born 1791. Chil- 
dren, — John J., born in 1824; Benjamin Franklin, 1826; 
Mary. He died in New York in 1837. 

4. Ezra, son of Daniel, and grandson of John, 2d, of Nor- 
walk, Conn., born March 16, 1740 ; married Sarah Kellogg, 
May 22, 1763. Children, — Sarah, born Feb. 24, 1765, died 
April 30, 1765 ; Sarah, born April 19, 1766, died Jan. 27, 
1834 ; Lois, born Sept. 10, 1767, died June 23, 1843 ; Ros- 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 453 

well, Nov. 9, 1769, died May 4, 1839 ; Aaron, born April 29, 
1771 ; Jemima, Aug. 29, 1773, died Sept. 9, 1773 ; Epinitas, 
born Aug. 29, 1773, died March 1, 1847 ; Lediana, born 
Oct. 8, 1775, died Feb. 10, 1780 ; Lydia, born Sept. 28, 
1777, died July 8, 1838 ; Huldah, born Sept. 23, 1780, died 
January, 1853 ; Ezra, born May 20, 1783. He died April 4, 
1807: his wife died April 15, 1818. 

5. Epinitas, son of Ezra, born Aug'. 29, 1773 ; married 
Jane Reed. Children, — George, born Feb. 17,1800; Isa- 
bella, Oct. 2, 1801, died Sept. 14, 1819 ; Egbert, born July 8, 
1805 ; Sarah, Sept. 1, 1807 ; Rebecca, May 14, 1810 ; Ed- 
ward, Oct. 31, 1812 ; Alexander, March 13, 1815 ; Rodol- 
phus, April 17, 1818, died July 22, 1822 ; Jane, bom 
June 30, 1824, died July 20, 1824. He died March 11, 
1847 : his wife died July 1, 1824. He settled in Coxakin, 
N.Y. ; and married his wife in that place. 

6. George, son of Epinitas, born Feb. 17, 1800 ; married 
Esther Kempton, Sept. 1,1822. Children, — Jane Maria, 
born July 25, 1823 ; Benjamin F., July 23, 1828 ; Rebecca, 
April 22, 1832 ; Sonora, Aug. 1, 1830, died Aug. 24, 1830 ; 
"William R., born April 6, 1838. He lives at Coxakin, 
N.Y. 

5. Roswell, son of Ezra, married a Reed, sister of his 
brother Epinitas's wife, and lives in Coxakin. 

5. Aaron, son of Ezra, moved to Coxakin, N.Y. ; had five 
sons, one of whom was Aaron, who had Theron of Rock- 
ville, 111. 

4. Eleazer, son of Eleazer, son of John, son of John of 
Norwalk, born in 1728 ; married Hannah ; settled in 
Newport, R.I., and was a miller. Children, — Isaac, born 
March 22, 1747 ; Elizabeth, Nov. 29, 1749 ; Eleazer, Aug. 19, 
1751 ; John, March 22, 1753 ; David, March 15, 1755 ; 
Hannah, March 27, 1757, married a Marshall ; William, 
born April 6, 1759. He died in 1803. 



454 JOHN READ OF NORWALK, 

5. Eleazer, son of Eleazer and Hannah, born at Newport, 
Ang. 19, 1751; married Elizabeth. Children, — David, 
born at Barrington in 1770 ; "William, 1772 ; Eleazer, 
Ang. 20, 1777 ; Elizabeth, 1776, married an Albro ; Re- 
becca, born in 1778, married a Locke ; Samuel M., born 
in 1780. Lived in Newport, and was a miller ; died in 
1826. 

5. John, son of Eleazer and Hannah, born at Newport, 
March 23, 1753; married Frifenda Heath. Children, — 
John, born at Newport, November, 1791 ; Isaac, April 25, 
1797 ; William H, May 11, 1796 ; Oliver A., March 10, 
1799 ; Nathaniel H. and Sarah H., April 18, 1804 (Sarah 
married Sanders Vars) ; Mary Ann, April 18, 1801, married 
William Eldridge ; Edward and Eliza, March 16, 1806 ; 
Silas J., July 28, 1808 ; Emeline, Aug. 11, 1810, married 
John D. Correll ; Ann Eliza, born Feb. 7, 1813, married John 
Bachclder. Lived at Newport ; died in 1830. 

5. William, son of Eleazer and Hannah, born at Newport, 
April 6, 1759. Children, — George, born at Newport in 
1782 ; Thomas, 1784 ; Sally, 1786. Lived in Newport ; 
died in 1829. 

5. David, son of Eleazer and Hannah, born at Newport, 
March 15, 1755. Children. — David, born in 1802 ; Re- 
becca, 1804. Lived in Newport. 

6. William, son of Eleazer, born in 1772. Child, — Eliza, 
born in 1803. He lived in Newport, but died in Dart- 
mouth. 

6. Eleazer, son of Eleazer and Elizabeth, born Ang. 20, 
1777; married Elizabeth Umphrey. Children, — Oliver, 
born at Newport in 1797 ; Eliza M., August, 1798, married 
James M. Boon ; Penelope, born in 1800, died in 1800 ; 
Oliver, born July 14, 1801 ; Samuel M., July 23, 1803 ; Ca- 
therine, 1805, married William F. Smith ; John, born in 
1807, died in 1808 ; Mary, born in 1809, died in 1857; 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 455 

Eleazer J., born May 30, 1811 ; Phebe Ann, born at Bar- 
rington, Feb. 15, 1815. He lived in Newport, but carried 
on tbe mercantile business in South Carolina, and was acci- 
dentally killed on bis passage home. 

7. Eleazer J., son of Eleazer and Elizabeth, born May 30, 
1811; married Mary Ann Cook. Children, — Harwood, 
born at Newport, July 26, 1838 ; Charles, May 26, 1845, 
died in 1845. Lives in Newport. 

6. Isaac, son of John, born at Newport, April 25, 1797 ; 
married Patience Munroe. Children, — Natlian ; Elsea 
Ann, who married a Hersey ; Sarah. Lived at Newport. 

7. Nathan, son of Isaac and Patience, married Mary, 
daughter of Henry G. Reed. Child, — George W., born at 
New Bedford in 1851. Lives at New Bedford. 

7. Samuel M., son of Eleazer and Elizabeth, born at New- 
port in 1780; married a Dayton. Child, — Samuel M., 
born at Newport in 1808. Lived at Dartmouth. 

6. William H., son of John and Frifenda, born May 11, 
1796; married Hannah Butts. Children, — William Oliver, 
born at Newport, Dec. 29, 1818 ; Matilda and William H., 
May 22, 1821 ; George P., June 8, 1823 ; Charlotte E., 
Feb. 15, 1828, married William H. Gardner; Edward C, 
May 14, 1834. Lived at Newport. 

7. Samuel M., son of Eleazer and Elizabeth, born 
July 23, 1803 ; married Sylvina D. Bennet. Children, 
— Sarah, born at Newport in 1825, married Dr. Mercer ; 
Charles B., born in 1827 ; Emma F., 1833. Lives in 
Mystic, Conn. 

6. Nathaniel H., son of John and Frifenda, born April 18, 
1804 ; married Eliza Edgeforth. 

6. John, son of John and Frifenda, born November, 1791 ; 
married, first, Sally Swan ; and Betsy Barker for second 
wife. Children, — Joanna, born at Newport ; John (by 
second wife) ; Edwin ; Sally, who married Dr. Turner; 



456 JOHN READ OF NOEWALK, 

Elizabeth, married a Shubcth ; William H. Mumford ; Mary- 
Aim. He lived at Newport, and died in 1839. 

7. John, son of John and Betsy, lives in Providence. 

7. Edwin, son of John and Betsy, lives in Providence. 

Oliver, son of Eleazer and Elizabeth, born July 14, 1801 ; 
married Clarissa Gardner. Children, — Catherine, born at 
Newport, April 5,1821, married Edward Hammet; William 
G., born Oct. 11, 1823 ; Hannah E., Feb. 7, 1825, died in 
1843 ; Henry, born Feb. 25, 1827 ; Edwin 0., April 25, 
1829. He is a retired merchant in Newport. 

7. William 0., son of William H. and Hannah, born 
Dec. 29, 1818 ; married Mary Ann Bates, and lives in New- 
port. 

7. Edward C, son of William H. and Hannah, born 
May 4, 1834 ; married Caroline Sherman. Children, — 
Ella F., born at Newport, Dec. 19, 1853 ; Ida, August, 1856. 
Lives in Newport. 

8. William G., son of Oliver and Clarissa, born Oct. 11, 
1853 ; married Agnes M. Clark. Children, — Kate W. ; 
Taylor ; Oliver C, born at Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1854. Mar- 
ried, for second wife, Emma ; married also a third wife. 
Child (by third wife), — William G., born in 1856. He 
is a banker in Wall Street, N.Y. 

7. George P., son of William H, born June 8, 1823 ; 
married Martha Wilbur. Child, — William H., born June, 
1855. Lives at Newport. 

4. Benjamin, son of Daniel of Norwalk, married Bethiah 
Weed, April 25, 1715. Children, — Bethiah, born May 22, 
1766 ; Sarah ; Benjamin, March 31, 1770 ; Elizabeth, June 3, 
1776 ; Daniel, Dec. 11, 1778 ; Enos, Oct. 30, 1787. 

5. Benjamin, son of Benjamin and Bethiah, born May 31, 
1770 ; married Betty Bouton, Jan. 12, 1793. Children, — 
Wilbur, born April 26, 1794 ; Stephen, Feb. 18, 1796 ; 
Benjamin ; James M. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 457 

4. Eliakim, son of Daniel of Norwalk. Child, — Ezra. 
He settled in Amenia, Dutchess County, N.Y., in 1773 ; and 
the farm on which he settled is still occupied by his de- 
scendants. 

5. Ezra, son of Eliakim of Amenia, N.Y., married Esther 
Edgarton. Children, — Newton, Fitch, Horace, Columbus, 
Harriet, Almira, Betsy, Catherine, Emeline. He lived and 
died on the homestead of his father, in Amenia. 

6. Newton, son of Ezra, married Ann Vandyke. Chil- 
dren, — Henry Vandyke, Albert, Frances, Catherine. He 
lives on the old farm of his father and grandfather, in Ame- 
nia; and has taken great interest in hunting up the genea- 
logy and history of his ancestors. 



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458 JOSEPH OF LYNN, 



CHAPTER XVI. 



JOSEPH OF LYNN, AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 



1. Joseph Reed, a native of Carrickfergus, in the North 
of Ireland, near Londonderry, came to America in the ship 
" Arabella" (Richard Sprague, master) in 1671, and settled 
in Lynn, Mass. ; made freeman, May 11, 1681, and lived in 
Salem. He was a purchaser of land in Salem in 1684. 
Children, — Thomas, Andrew, Joseph. 

2. Andrew, son of Joseph, married Theodosia Bowes for 
second wife. He settled in Trenton, N.J. He was a mer- 
chant, and moved to Philadelphia, where he spent several 
years in active business life, but finally returned to Tren- 
ton in 1752. He died Dec. 16, 1769. Children, — Joseph ; 
Bowes. 

3. Joseph Reed, son of Andrew and Theodosia, born at 
Trenton, Aug. 27, 1741 ; graduated at Princeton in 1757, 
at the age of sixteen ; studied law with Richard Stockton, 
one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence ; ad- 
mitted to the bar in May, 1763 ; sailed for England the same 
year, and entered the Inns of Court, where he remained till 
the spring of 1765 ; married in St. Luke's Church, London, 
to the daughter of Denis De Burht, a noted merchant of 
London, and agent for Massachusetts ; returned to America, 
and established himself in the practice of his profession, and 
was one of the most distinguished lawyers of his time. He 
was Gen. Washington's military secretary; was adjutant- 



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AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 459 



general in the American Army. He was appointed Chief- 
Justice of Pennsylvania, but declined the appointment ; was 
a member of Congress, and President of Pennsylvania. He 
was the man above all others, Washington excepted, who had 
the confidence of all parties ; and, had his life been spared, 
would undoubtedly have filled the Presidential chair. It was 
Gen. Reed, who, in reply to an offer, by the British Commis- 
sioners, of the most important office in the Colonies, and ten 
thousand pounds in cash, to act in the interest of the British 
Government, said that the King of Great Britain had nothing 
within his gift that would tempt him. For a more minute 
account of his public life, I refer the reader to a work on 
the subject, published by his grandson, Hon. William B. 
Reed, entitled " Life and Correspondence of Joseph Reed." 
He had a son Joseph, born in 1772 ; Denis De Burht, 1778, 
died, unmarried, in 1804 ; George Washington, born in 
1780, who was a commander in the United-States Navy, and 
died in 1813 ; Esther and Martha, unmarried daughters. 

4. Joseph, the son of Gen. Reed, married Maria Ellis 
Watmaugh in 1805. Children, — William B., born in 1806 ; 
Henry, 1808 ; Maria Emily, who married Francis West, and 
died in 1847 ; Joseph, who was drowned. He was, for many 
years, Recorder of Philadelphia. He died in 1846. 

5. William B., the son of Joseph and Maria E., married 
Louisa Whilcn of Baltimore. Children, — Anna, who mar- 
ried Francis R. Lewis ; William ; George Washington ; and 
Louisa. William B. Reed was Attorney-General in 1839 ; 
State senator in 1841 ; minister plenipotentiary to China in 
1857 ; negotiated the treaty of Tienstin, between China and 
the United States, June 18, 1858. He lives at No. 905, 
Walnut Street, Philadelphia. He married, for second wife, 
Mary Love, daughter of Robert Ralston, in 1850. Children, 
— Mary Love, who died in 1852 ; Robert Ralston, born in 
1852 ; Emily De Burht, 1853. 



460 JOSEPH OF LYNN. 

5. Henry, the son of Joseph and Maria, married Elizabeth 
W., daughter of Enos Bronson, and grand-daughter of Bishop 
White. Children, — Mary Bronson, Annie, Henry. He 
was a professor in the University of Pennsylvania, and 
perished in the ill-fated steamer " Arctic," on his homeward 
passage from Europe, in 1854. 



LYME, HALIFAX, AND WISCONSIN STOCK. 461 



CHAPTER XVII. 



LYME, HALIFAX, AND WISCONSIN STOCK. 



Enoch Reed of Lyme, Conn., was colonel in the war of the 
Revolution. Children, — Joseph, born Dec. 18, 1762 : 
John, of Exeter, Conn. ; Christopher, of Montgomery County, 
N.Y. ; Enoch, of Rochester, N.Y. 

Joseph, son of Col. Enoch, born Dec. 18, 1762 ; married 
Phebe Reid, sister of Ahimihas Reid of Rutland, Mass., 
Dec. 18, 1783, — the day of his majority. Children, — Abi- 
gail, born Dec. 20, 1784 ; Sally, Dec. 14, 1786 ; Caroline, 
April 22, 1789 ; Nancy and Lanna, June 4, 1791 ; John, 
Dec. 18, 1793 ; Henry, May 11, 1796 ; Emily, Feb. 13, 
1799 ; Charles William, Dec. 18, 1802, who lives at Sacket's 
Harbor, Jefferson County, N.Y. He was his father's aid, 
and died June 11, 1825 : his wife died Feb. 11, 1816. He 
lived in Lyme, Conn. ; and his children were all born there. 

Abigail, daughter of Joseph and Phebe, born Dec. 20, 
1784 ; married Jonathan Hayes, Sept. 12, 1805, who died 
Sept. 5, 1850. 

Sally, daughter of Joseph and Phebe, born Dec. 14, 1786 ; 
married Samuel Goodnew in 1808. He died July 15, 1845. 
She died April 13, 1843. Child, — Walter, who died 
Sept. 13, 1850. 

Caroline, daughter of Joseph and Phebe, born April 22, 
1789 ; married William Brown, February, 1808. 



462 



Nancy, daughter of Joseph and Phebe, born June 4, 1791 ; 
married Stephen Allen, May 30, 1816. 

Lanna, daughter of Joseph and Phebe, born June 4, 1791 ; 
married Stephen Shepherdson, Nov. 3, 1818. 

Emily, daughter of Joseph and Phebe, born Feb. 13, 
1799 ; married Benjamin H. Peck. She died May 2, 1849. 
Child, — Mary Elizabeth, who died at Shelburnc Falls, 
Mass., July 9, 1851, aged thirteen years. He is deceased, 
date unknown. 

John, son of Joseph and Phebe, born in Lyme, Conn., 
Dec. 18, 1793 ; married Ann Wallace, March 7, 1824, at 
Halifax, Vt. Children, — Phebe Ann, born May 19, 1825, 
in Halifax, Vt. ; John Williams, Jan. 19, 1828 ; Charles 
Henry, June 26, 1829 ; Helen Maria, March 13, 1831; 
Walter Goodnew, March 18, 1833, lives in Madison, Wis. 
His wife died April 26, 1857. He lived thirty-five years in 
Halifax, Vt. ; but has now sold out. 

Phebe Ann, daughter of John, born May 19, 1825 ; mar- 
ried George H. Sawyer, Sept. 23, 1851. Children, — Wil- 
liam Bradstreet, born Nov. 11, 1852 ; George Augustus, 
April 14, 1856 ; Flora H. L., Sept. 14, 1854. 

Henry, son of Joseph and Phebe, born May 11, 1796 ; 
married Laura Sumner, Jan. 11, 1818, and lives in Bethany, 
Genesee County, N.Y. 

Helen Maria, daughter of John and Ann, born at Halifax, 
Vt., March 13, 1831 ; married Leander M. Lincoln, July 23, 
1850. Child, — Flora Helen, born Sept. 14, 1854. Lives in 
Wisconsin. 

John W., son of John and Ann, born Jan. 19, 1828, at 
Halifax, Vt. ; married Susanna F. Hay ward, Oct. 10, 1854. 
Child, — Lena, born Sept. 13, 1856. Lives at Marzomania, 
Wis. 

Charles Henry, son of John and Ann, born at Halifax, 
June 26, 1829 ; married Francelia Call, March 10, 1855. 



LYME, HALIFAX, AND WISCONSIN STOCK. 463 

Child, — Walter Clinton, born Aug. 25, 1856. Lives in 
Madison, Wis. 

John William, son of John and Ann, born Jan. 19, 1828 ; 
married Susanna I. Hayward, Oct. 10, 1854. 



4G4 THE LONDONDERRY REIDS. 



CHAPTER XVIII. 



THE LONDONDERRY REIDS. 



2. James Reid, born in Scotland in 1695, graduated at 
Edinburgh ; married Mary ; was one of the first settlers of 
Londonderry, N.H. He was an influential man, and deacon 
of the church. Children, — Matthew, born April 2, 1728 ; 
Thomas, May 3, 1730 ; Elizabeth, who married John Nes- 
mith ; John, born in 1745 ; George, 1733. 

2. George, son of Deacon James of Londonderry, born in 
1733; married Mary Woodburn. Children, — Elizabeth, 
who married Robert M'Gregor, son of Rev. David M'Gregor 
(she died in 1847, aged eighty-one); James, a noted banker 
of Lisbon, Portugal, of the firm of Brown, Reid, and Compa- 
ny, and died in London, in May, 1827, aged sixty years; 
Mary, who married Hon. Samuel Dinsmore, Governor of New 
Hampshire (she died at Keene, in June, 1834, aged sixty- 
four ; her son has also been Governor of New Hampshire) ; 
John, a distinguished merchant in Philadelphia, and died 
December, 1834, aged sixty-three ; George, born Jan. 29, 
1774, and graduated at Dartmouth College in 1797, married 
Mary Borland in 1807, and married (for second wife) Har- 
riet Davison in 1805, — entered the profession of law, and 
practised with much success in Maine, and died in Boston, 
Jan. 30, 1848, aged seventy-four years. He was a colonel 
in the Revolutionary Army ; was intimately associated 
with Stark ; and was in nearly all the hot battles of the 



THE LONDONDERRY REJDS. 465 

Revolution ; was appointed by Gov. Sullivan to command 
the troops raised in the time of Shay's Rebellion, and mani- 
fested great skill, sound judgment, and true patriotism ; was 
sheriff of the county of Rockingham many years, as well as 
a leading man in town and county affairs. His wife was 
also a very superior woman, distinguished for sound judg- 
ment, cool, deliberate, and persevering industry, and an 
uncommon sweetness and amiableness of disposition ; and 
peculiarly calculated for an helpmeet to a man in the position 
of Gen. Reid. It is said that Gen. Stark used to speak in his 
latter days of Molly Reid, as he called her, as the most per- 
fect pattern of what a woman should be. The farm on which 
Gen. Reid lived is now owned by John Taylor, Esq. ; and is 
one of the best and most beautiful situations in the vicinity. 
Gen. Reid has three grandsons living: viz., George Reid, an 
engineer in -Illinois ; Gov. Dinsmore, of New Hampshire ; 
and Daniel M'Gregor, of New- York City. 

2. Matthew, son of Deacon James, born April 2, 1728, 
and was a noted boxer. Children, — Abraham, John, 
George, Matthew. 

3. Abraham, the son of Matthew, married Martha Hum- 
phrey. They had — Matthew ; David, born in 1765 ; Ste- 
phen H. ; John Holland ; William V. ; Sally ; Jane, who 
married a Noyes of Atkinson, N.H. ; Martha ; Betsy ; Mary 
A. He was lieutenant of the Derry Company in the battle 
of Bunker Hill. He lived at one time on Ziou's Hill, in that 
part of Londonderry which is now in Salem, N.H. ; but 
moved back to Londonderry, and died in that part of the 
town which is now in Manchester. 

4. David, the son of Abraham, married Martha M'Murphey. 
Their children were — Isabella, born Jan. 24, 1797, who 
married Samuel Mentor ; Stephen H., born Nov. 7, 1799 ; 
Martha, Feb. 10, 1802, married Josiah Hall of Chester, N.H. ; 
David, born March 7, 1804 ; Ann, May 7, 1807, who mar- 

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466 THE LONDONDERRY REIDS. 

ried a Wliiddon, and lives in Manchester ; James Mac, born 
June 4, 1809 ; Mary Jane, Nov. 2, 1811. He lived upon 
the homestead of his father, in what is now Manchester. 

5. David, the son of David and Martha, married Mary S. 
Marsh of Chesterfield, Nov. 4, 1834, and settled in "West 
Boylston. Child, — Mary Jane, born April 29, 1849. 

5. Stephen H., son of David and Martha, born Nov. 7, 
1799 : married Rebecca Nichols of Londonderry, and settled 
in Auburn. Children, — James, who now lives in Deny; 
John, of Haverhill, Mass. ; Israel S., of Lawrence, Mass. ; 
and Alexander H., of Derry. 

6. James, the son of Stephen H. and Rebecca. Children, 
— George, Walter, Orison, Helen, Elizabeth, and one whose 
name is not given. 

6. Alexander H., son of Stephen H. and Rebecca, married 
Abigail Stickney. Child, — Charles J. 

4. Matthew, the son of Lieut. Abraham, settled in that 
part of Chester, N.H., which is now Auburn. He married 
a Crombie. Their children were — Moses, Hiram, Gilman, 
George W., Stephen H., True C, Abby, Noah B. 

5. Noah B., the son of Matthew, married Mary E. Carr 
in 1853. Children, — Abby, born Feb. 22, 1855; Oscar; 
Matthew, Aug. 5, 1856 ; Moses ; Hiram ; George W. and 
Stephen H., live in Auburn ; Gilman and True, live in 
Manchester ; Abby, also lives in Auburn. 

2. John, the son of James, born in 1745 ; married Cathe- 
rine Morrison, and lived on the old homestead of his father. 
Children, — Matthew, who died unmarried ; Jeannette ; 
Margaret ; Mary Ann ; Polly ; Jane ; John. 

3. Jeannette, the daughter of John and Catherine, married 
Peter Moore. Children, — Josiah ; Eliza; Jeannette, who 
married a Boyse of Londonderry ; Margaret, who married 
Little Day of Londonderry as his second wife ; Mary Ann ; 
Polly ; Jane ; John. 



THE LONDONDERRY REIDS. 467 

3. Mary Ann, the daughter of John and Catherine, 
married Joseph Morrison. Children, — John, Mary, and 
Jane. 

4. John, the son of Joseph Morrison and Mary Ann Reid, 
married Rebecca, the daughter of Amos Kimball of London- 
derry. Children, — -William K., Sarah Jane, Mary Ann, 
Ida H., John Burton, Louisa, Maria. He died Jan. 2, 
1836, aged thirty-two. 

4. Polly, the daughter of Joseph Morrison and Mary Ann 
Reid, married Joseph Gregg. Children, — Joseph, Melvina, 
and one other daughter. 

3. John, the son of John and Catherine, married Isabella 
Hopkins. Children, — Adeline, who married a Blake, and 
lives in Danvers ; Isabella, who also is married, and lives in 
Danvers. He lived on the old homestead of his father and 
grandfather. 

2. Thomas, son of James, born May 3, 1730 ; was in 
Bunker-hill Fight. There appears to be no record of him 
at a later period ; but he probably went to Maine, as his 
descendants were found very early among the inhabitants of 
Boothbay, Belfast, and other places. He probably had a son 
Jonathan, who was with his father in the battle of Bunker 
Hill ; Ebenezer, who died in Marblehead ; Esther, who 
married her cousin, John Reid of Boothbay ; Thomas, 
went to Belfast ; Robert and James, who both settled in 
Boothbay. 

3. Thomas, son of Thomas, married Sally Reed of Booth- 
bay, and settled in Belfast. Children, — Thomas, born 
Aug. 20, 1793; David, July 1, 1796; Silas; Mary Ann ; 
Sally, July 20, 1798, married Capt. John Shute (who was 
lost at sea) ; George W., born April 13, 1803 ; Polly, 
March 9, 1801 ; James, Dec. 31, 1805 ; Charles, who died 
Jan. 11, 1829. 

Thomas, son of Thomas and Sally, was burned to death 



4G8 THE LONDONDERRY REIDS. 

on board the schooner " Albert," lying at the wharf in Bel- 
fast ; the fire having caught in the forecastle while the men 
were asleep. 

4. George W., son of Thomas and Sally, born April 13, 
1803 ; married Sally B. Ellis, Dec. 29, 1825. Children,— 
Charles, born Dec. 3, 1827 ; Thomas, April 28, 1829 ; Frank- 
lin P., Sept. 8, 1830 ; Adaline, Jan. 17, 1832 ; George H., 
Sept. 19, 1833 ; Lucy Ann, Feb. 9, 1835. He lives in Belfast. 

3. Jonathan, son of Thomas of Londonderry. Children, 

— Robert Barnard, David, Betsy, Jane, Clarissa. He went 
to Belfast, Me. ; and was a tanner by trade. He had a shock 
of palsy, which deprived him of the use of his limbs. I find 
him a witness to the will of Ebenezer Reed of Londonderry, 
about the year 1785, who died about 1788. 

4. Clarissa, daughter of Jonathan, married a M'Donald in 
Belfast, and had a family of children. The remainder of the 
children of Jonathan left Belfast, and settled in Newbury- 
port. Betsy married a Hunt : she afterwards became a 
widow, and moved to Wakefield, N.H. 

4. David, son of Jonathan, lived in Newburyport. Child, 

— Moses, who lives in Portsmouth, N.H. 

4. Robert B., son of Jonathan, married Mary. Children, 

— Abel H., born in 1808; Robert B., 1810; Elizabeth, 
1812; Daniel T., born in 1814; John C, 1816, who set- 
tled in Mount Vernon, 0. ; William P., born in 1815, lives 
in New York ; Mary Ann, born in 1821 ; Harriet, 1823 ; 
Melissa, 1826 ; Abel H. He moved back to Londonderry 
in the time of the Embargo, and died in Deny in 1826. 

5. Robert B., son of Robert and Mary, born in 1810; 
married Mary Marshall, and settled in Mount Vernon, O. 
Children, — Leander, born in Lowell, Mass., June 19, 1836 ; 
Lucillus, 1838 ; Robert B., died Jan. 4, 1850. He married, 
for second wife, Mary Mulurge ; and, for third wife, Eliza 
Wilkins, who survives him. 



THE LONDONDERRY REIDS. 469 

5. Abel H., son of Robert B., lives in Chester, N.H. Chil- 
dren, — Vivuldin Sylvia, Eosalvo Alvan, Vulledo Suvillian, 
Floral Cleora. 

5. Daniel T., son of Robert B., lives in Newburyport ; 
married Margaret T. Jaques. Children, — Alphonzo B., 
born Feb. 10, 1840 ; Luclarion, July 25, 1841 ; Allen A., 
April 16, 1843 ; Leroy C, April 24, 1844 ; Selion C, 
Dec. 18, 1845. 

The early generations of the Reids of Londonderry were 
large and athletic ; but the later ones are of less size, and 
many of them have died comparatively young, of pulmonary 
complaints. 



470 BURLINGTON STOCK. 



CHAPTER XIX. 



BURLINGTON STOCK. 



1. Swtthtn, born in 1712 ; came to Burlington from Not- 
tingham "West, formerly part of Dunstable, now Hudson, 
N. H., in 1710. Wife, Margery. Children, — Robert ; 
James. He died Feb. 19, 1790, aged seventy-seven : his 
wife died May 25, 1806, aged ninety-five. 

2. Robert, son of Swithin and Margery, married Elizabeth 
Hartwell of Bedford, July 2, 1771. Children, — Swithin, 
born in 1773 ; Daniel Robert, Sept. 4, 1775. He was 
drowned, when out on a fishing excursion outside of Boston 
Lighthouse, June 5, 1805. 

3. Swithin, son of Robert and Elizabeth, born Aug. 13, 
1773 ; married Anna "Wyman, Nov. 19, 1795. 

3. James, son of Swithin, born 1758 ; married Eliza- 
beth Wellington, Sept. 24, 1778. Children, — Elizabeth ; 
James, born April 12, 1783 ; John, Nov. 26, 1787 ; Joseph ; 
Lucy ; Luke ; Samuel ; Ploranna, who married Jonas Hor- 
sey of Charleston, S.C. He was known as Capt. James 
Read of Burlington. 

4. James, son of Capt. James of Burlington, born April 12, 
1783; married Susanna Johnson, Jan. 11, 1810. Children, 
— Artemas, born June 28, 1811 ; James, March 16, 1813 ; 
Susan, July 11, 1818 ; Edward, Sept. 2, 1823 ; Luke W., 
Nov. 11, 1820. He was also distinguished as Capt. Read ; 
and died Nov. 29, 1844, aged sixty-one. His widow still 
lives in the old mansion with her son Edward. 



BURLINGTON STOCK. 471 

5. Artemas, son of Capt. James, born June 28, 1811 ; 
married Abigail Fox, April 23, 1827 ; married Elizabeth 
Winn of Salem, for second wife, Jan. 10, 1846. Children, 
— William Gage, born Feb. 8, 1856 ; George Henry and 
Georgianna, April 23, 1849. He lives upon a portion of the 
old homestead in Burlington. 

4. Joseph, son of Capt. James and Elizabeth, married 
Marah S. Walker, Sept. 3, 1811. Children, — John ; Jo- 
seph W., who lived in New Orleans, and died at Bay St. 
Louis in 1859, aged thirty-nine. His wife died Nov. 13, 
1830. He was formerly an innholder, and kept on the Mid- 
dlesex Turnpike in Burlington. 

5. John, son of Joseph and Marah, married Mary C. 
Briggs, daughter of Billings Briggs, Esq., of Boston, April 22, 
1845. Children, — Billings Briggs, Mary Olive, John Par- 
sons, Joseph Wellington. He carried on a very extensive 
sboe-store in Washington Street, Boston ; and died suddenly, 
of the heart complaint, Nov. 3, 1854. His widow lives 
at No. 54, Pinkney Street. 

5. James, son of Capt. James and Susanna of Burlington, 
born March 16, 1813 ; married in Boston, Dec. 25, 1849, to 
Mary Jane Magee of Cornwallis, N.S. Children, — James 
Russell, born Jan. 4, 1851 ; Henry M., Aug. 29, 1852 ; Ann 
Brimmer, Dec. 13, 1855. He lives at No. 44, South Russell 
Street, Boston. 

5. Luke, son of Capt. James, married Barbary M' Murphy 
of South Carolina. He lost the most of his family by the 
yellow fever ; has one son now living, by the name of Eras- 
tus. He died in Madisonville, La., near New Orleans. 

5. Edward, son of Capt. James and Susanna, born Sept. 2, 
1823; married Emily Nichols, April 25, 1847. Child,— 
William Henry, born July 13, 1849. His wife died Sept. 19, 
1849. Married Emily Smith. He lives upon the old home- 
stead in Burlington. Children, — Emily; Ella. 



472 BURLINGTON STOCK. 

5. Susan, daughter of Capt. James, married Jesse Fowle 
of Woburn, and lives near the old mansion. 

4. John, son of Capt. James of Burlington, born Nov. 26, 
1787 ; married Clarissa Clapp of Woburn, Oct. 6, 1819. 
Child, — John, who lives in New- York City. He was a shoe 
merchant, and lived at Woburn, but did business in Charles- 
ton, S.C. 

Daniel, son of Robert and Elizabeth, lived many years in 
Burlington, but finally moved to Oakham. Children, — 
William, who now lives at North Woburn ; Augusta, who 
married Prescott Barrott ; Hiram, who died in Woburn of 
consumption. 



THE READS OF THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STOCK. 473 



CHAPTER XX. 



THE READS OF THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STOCK. 



1. John Eead, born in England in 1677 ; emigrated to 
America about the commencement of the eighteenth century, 
and was Recorder of Phildelphia. He died Sept. 2, 1724. 
Children, — Deborah, and probably John. 

2. Deborah, the daughter of John, married Benjamin 
Franklin, Sept. 1, 1730 ; died Dec. 19, 1774. Children,— 
William, born about 1731 ; Francis Folger, June 20, 1732, 
died Nov. 21, 1736 ; Sarah, Sept. 11, 1743, O.S. 

3. William, the son of Benjamin Franklin and Deborah 
Read, was Governor of the Province of New Jersey, and con- 
tinued his fidelity to the British Government, very much 
against the wishes of his parents. He died in London, 
Nov. 17, 1813, leaving a son, William Temple, who was the 
editor of Dr. Franklin's Works, and died at Paris, May 25, 
1823. 

3. Sarah, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin and Debo- 
rah, married Richard Bache, Oct. 29, 1767 ; died Oct. 5, 
1808. Children, — Benjamin Franklin, born Aug. 12, 1769, 
died Sept. 10, 1798 ; William, born May 31, 1773 ; Sarah, 
Dec. 1, 1775, died Aug. 17, 1776 ; Eliza Franklin, born 
Sept. 10, 1777 ; Louis, Oct. 7, 1779 ; Deborah, Oct. 1, 1781 ; 
Richard, March 11, 1784; Sarah, Sept. 12, 1788. 

4. Benjamin F., son of Richard Bache and Sarah, married 
Margaret H. Markoe ; died Sept. 10, 1798. Children, — 

60 






474 THE READS OP THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STOCK. 

Franklin, who married Anglae Dabadie, and left children ; 
Richard ; Franklin, who married Maria Meade, and left 
children. 

4. William Bache, son of Richard and Sarah, married 
Catherine Wister, and died in 1814. Children, — Sarah, 
who married Rev. Charles Hodge, and left children ; Benja- 
min F., who married Mrs. Anna Cambridge and (for second 
wife) Mrs. Elizabeth Hart, and left children by both ; Emma 
Mary, died unmarried ; Catherine Wister. 

4. Eliza F., daughter of Richard and Sarah, married John 
E. Harwood, and died in 1820. Children, — Benjamin 
Franklin ; Andrew Allen, who married Sarah Wood and 
(for second wife) Margaret Luce ; Elizabeth ; Mary. 

4. Louis, son of Richard Bache and Sarah, married Mary 
Ann Swift and (for second wife) Esther Egree, and died in 
1819. Children, — William, who married Antoinette Bene- 
zet, and left children ; Theophilact, who died young ; Eliza- 
beth, who married Alexander Burnett ; Theophilact, by the 
second wife. 

4. Deborah, daughter of Richard Bache and Sarah, mar- 
ried William John Duane. Children, — William, who 
married Louisa Brooks, and has children ; Sarah Frank- 
lin ; Mary, who married Charles Williams, and has chil- 
dren ; Catherine ; Ellen, who married John B. Shatter- 
thwaite, and has children ; Franklin B. ; Elizabeth, who 
married Archibald H. Gillespie ; Richard B., who married 
Margaret Ann Tarns; Benjamin Franklin, who married Ma- 
tilda Dennison, who died Feb. 14, 1859, — they have chil- 
dren. 

4. Richard Bache, son of Richard and Sarah, married 
Sophia Dallas, and died in 1847. Children, — Alexander 
Dallas, who married Ann C. Fowler; Mary Blichenden, who 
married Robert J. Walker, and has children ; George 
Mifflin, who married Eliza Patterson, and has children ; 



THE READS OF THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STOCK. 475 

Richard ; Sophia, who married William W. Irwin, and has 
children ; Matilda, who married William F. Emery, and 
has children ; Constantia, who married Charles Abert, 
and has children ; Sarah, who married Richard Wain- 
wright, and has children ; Maria, who married Allen 
M'Lane. 

4. Sarah, daughter of Richard Bache and Sarah, married 
Thomas Sergeant. Children, — Henry Jonathan ; Frances, 
who married Chr. Grant Perry, and has children ; Thomas ; 
William. 

2. It is supposed that John, the son of John, married one 
Elizabeth for first wife, and Rachel for second wife ; that he 
had a daughter Rachel by the first wife, who was born in 
1750, and died in 1756 ; and that he also had a daughter 
by the same name, by his second wife, who died in 1839. 
The elder John Read, his daughter Deborah and her hus- 
band Benjamin Franklin, with their daughter Sarah and her 
husband Mr. Bache, are all buried at the corner of Christ's 
Churchyard in Philadelphia ; and their gravestones are to 
be seen by an opening in the brick wall on Arch Street, — 
an iron fence having been substituted for a brick one, to give 
the passing traveller an opportunity to view the plain marble 
slab that covers the graves of Franklin and his wife. The 
graves of the two Rachels, above described, are in another 
part of the same yard. Nearly across the street from the 
grave of Franklin and Deborah, in an old Presbyterian 
churchyard, is the grave of John Read, covered by a flat 
marble slab, with the following inscription : " Here lieth 
the body of John Read, Esq., who departed this life, Dec. 2, 
1776, aged thirty-eight years." This is supposed to be the 
person who published a map of the city in 1774, and a pam- 
phlet about the same time ; and was probably a nephew to 
Deborah by her brother John, and had a son named Frank- 
lin, and another by the name of John. 



476 THE READS OP THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STOCK. 

4. Franklin Read, the son of John, was in the battle of 
Germantown. He married Catherine Currie. Children, — 
William, who died in Baltimore, leaving children ; John 
Franklin and William, who died at New Orleans ; Mary, 
who married a Brant ; Ann, who married a Cnrtiss ; Sarah, 
married a Sines ; Martha, married Jacob Anderson ; John, 
who was born June 29, 1783, and married Tabitha Andrews 
(children, — Franklin, born Feb. 4, 1804 ; Elizabeth, Dec. 12, 
1811 ; John, Jan. 10, 1814 ; Samuel, April 5, 1816 ; Rebecca, 
June 19, 1819 ; Benjamin Franklin, Jan. 16, 1822 ; Mary 
Ann, July 10, 1826 ; William, Jan. 3, 1828, died young). 

6. John Franklin, son of William, married Ann Carty, 
and is in the Custom House at Philadelphia. Children, — 
William Franklin, who keeps at the corner of Chestnut and 
Strawberry streets ; Mary ; Roxanna, who married John 
Morton ; Martha. 

Franklin, son of John and Tabitha, married Catherine 
Snovell. Child, — John Randolph. 

Elizabeth, daughter of John and Tabitha, married Samuel 
Babb. Children, — Tabitha E., Amanda, Eliza, Mary, Anna. 

Tabitha, daughter of Tabitha and Samuel Babb, married 
Benjamin F. Weckerly ; and they live with her father, at 
No. 25, Maryland Street. 

John, the son of John and Tabitha, married Ann Snovell. 
Children, — Sarah Jane, Franklin, Benjamin F., Emma, 
Harriet, George W., Clara. 

Samuel, son of John and Tabitha, married Ellen Feeney. 
Children, — Mary Jane; William. He died Feb. 1, 1859. 

Rebecca, daughter of John and Tabitha, married Abraham 
Bower. Children, — George W., William, John, Mary, 
Alvira, Matilda. 

Benjamin F., son of John and Tabitha, married Elizabeth 
Baron, and lives in Illinois. Children, — George W., Tho- 
mas J., Emma, Franklin. 



THE READS OF THE BENJAMIN FRANKLIN STOCK. 477 

Mary Ann, daughter of John and Tabitha, married Wil- 
liam Thompson. Children, — Frances, Henry B., Mary. 

John Randolph, son of Franklin and Catherine, married 
Catherine Winegarden, and lives in Philadelphia. Child, — 
Henry. 

George W., son of Rebecca Read and Abraham Bower ; 
married Ann Johnson, and lives in the city of Philadelphia. 

John Read, the son of John, Esq., was an officer in the 
Navy, under Com. Truxton, and was drowned off the Capes 
of the Delaware. 



478 THE BOOTHBAY STOCK. 



CHAPTER XXI. 



THE BOOTHBAY STOCK. 



3. Paul, son of Joseph, born in 1735, in the county of 
Derry, Ireland ; settled first in Yarmouth, Me. ; but, his 
house having blown down after it was raised, he looked 
upon it as an unfavorable omen, and left Yarmouth, and 
went to Boothbay. He married a Maxwell. Children, — 
Andrew ; William Maxwell. He commanded a privateer 
in the Revolution, and took several valuable prizes. He 
died at Salem, Mass., Jan. 21, 1799. 

4. Andrew, son of Paul, born in 1765 ; married Betsy 
M'Oobb. Children, — John, Alpheus, Nathaniel C, Samuel 
D., Thomas M., William M., Parker M. He commanded a 
regiment of militia, stationed at the mouth of the Kennebec 
River, in the war of 1812 ; built a fort on what is called 
Cox's Head ; and had some skirmishes with the British, who 
had blockaded the mouth of the river, and menaced, at times, 
Bath, and other places near the mouth of the river. 

5. William M., son of Col. Andrew, is one of the Gover- 
nor's Council of the State of Maine, and has a son Edwiu in 
Bowdoin College. 

Thomas M., son of Col. Andrew, is one of the firm of 
Clarke, Sewell, and Company, ship-builders ; is a large 
and wealthy ship-owner ; and occupies the homestead of his 
father, upon the bank of the river. 



THE BOOTHBAY STOCK. 479 

5. Nathaniel C, son of Col. Andrew, resides in Phips- 
burg. 

5. Samuel D., son of Col. Andrew, lives in Bath. 

5. Parker M., son of Col. Andrew, lives in Michigan City. 

4. William Maxwell, son of Capt. Paul, born in Boothbay 
in 1766 ; was powder-monkey on board the privateer com- 
manded by his father ; married Rosanna Auld. Children, 
— Paul M., born at Boothbay, Nov. 27, 1797, died at New 
Orleans in 1829 ; Maxwell, born May 9, 1798, died Nov. 4, 
1799 ; Charles, born June 23, 1800, died at sea ; Maria, born 
Sept. 17, 1803, died Aug. 2, 1848 ; Rufus K., born Sept. 20, 
1805 ; Elizabeth A., April 8, 1808. Married, for second 
wife, Martha Rust, Oct. 6, 1811. Children, — Maxwell, 
born Sept. 19, 1812 ; Rosanna M., Jan. 21, 1813 ; Mary E., 
Jan. 28, 1815 ; Margery J., April 8, 1819, died Nov. 14, 
1826 ; Isaac W., born Oct. 18, 1822 ; Susan Caroline, 
Jan. 29, 1827. He was a man of considerable distinction ; 
commanded the forces at Boothbay Harbor in the war of 
1812 ; and was an officer of the revenue many years. He 
died in 1850. 

5. Paul M., son of William M. of Boothbay, born Nov. 27, 
1797 ; married Mary Sparr, in Boston, Jan. 7, 1819. Chil- 
dren,— Mary Ann, born April 6, 1820, died Jan. 10, 1822 ; 
Sarah Ann, born Feb. 22, 1822 ; Paul M., May 25, 1825, 
died June 7, 1825 ; Maxwell, born May 12, 1827. He died 
at New Orleans, June 19, 1829, aged thirty-two years and 
eight months. 

6. Maxwell, son of Paul M. and Mary, born May 12, 1827 ; 
married Rebecca S. Oliver, Nov. 16, 1848, in Boston ; mar- 
ried, for second wife, Sarah G. Tirrell. Children, — Mary 
Alice ; Charles Henry. He is a pilot at Boston. 

6. Sarah A., daughter of Paul M. and Mary, born Feb. 22, 
1822 ; married Hon. Nathan Porter of Providence, R.I. 
Children, — Sarah E., Clara B., Rena B. Mr. Porter is a 



480 THE BOOTHBAY STOCK. 

lawyer, and is practising his profession at San Francisco, 
Cal. He has been a senator of considerable distinction in 
Ehode Island, and his 1, family yet remain in Providence. 

5. Elizabeth, daughter of William M. and Eosanna, born 
at Boothbay, April 8, 1808 ; married Dr. D. H. Kennedy, a 
practising physician in Wiscasset, Me., where they reside. 

5. Isaac W., son of William M. and Martha, born at 
Boothbay, Oct. 18, 1822 ; is one of the officers of the revenue 
for the district of Boothbay at the present time, as was his 
father before him. 



REEDS OF VARIOUS FAMILIES. 481 



CHAPTER XXII. 



REEDS OF VARIOUS FAMILIES. 



1. Robert Reed ; was captain of a ship, and perished by 
some accident in coming into Newport Harbor. He left a 
wife, and one son by the name of Martin, who married Mary 
Dixon. He was a sensible man, and a pillar in the church. 
Child, — John, who is the Rev. Dr. John Reed. He gradu- 
ated at Unity College ; was ordained pastor of the Union 
Church at Poughkeepsie in 1810, and remained pastor 
thirty-five years. His wife died in 1832. Children, — Rev. 
Thomas C. Reed, professor in Union College ; and a daugh- 
ter, who is the wife of Thomas L. Davis of Poughkeepsie. 

1. Cornelius Read, born in the county of Antrim, Ire., 
Aug. 3, 1740; married the only daughter of Benjamin Wil- 
liams of Saybrook, Conn., born in 1770. Children, — Jane, 
born April 28, 1771 ; Temperance, March 1, 1773 ; Philip- 
ana, Feb. 12, 1773 ; Elizabeth, June 8, 1777 ; Nancy, 
Aug. 21, 1779 ; Charlotte, Nov. 27, 1784 ; Anna, Nov. 15, 
1781; George, March 22, 1787; Ursula, April 23, 1789; 
David, May 31, 1794. He died in 1802. 

2. George, son of Cornelius, born March 22, 1787 ; mar- 
ried- in 1814. Children, — Catherine P., born July 22, 
1815 ; Aurelia S., Aug. 29, 1818 ; George A., July 29, 1827. 
He has been long celebrated for the manufacture of ivory 
combs in Seabrook, where he recently died. 

61 



482 REEDS OP VARIOUS FAMILIES. 

3. George A., son of George, born July 29, 1827. Child, 

— George Henry, born Dec. 25, 1848. 

2. David, son of Cornelius, born May 31, 1794 ; married 
in 1816. Children, — Spencer, born April 23, 1817 ; 
Charles P., April 6, 1819; Mary, April 2, 1821; Tempe- 
rance, Nov. 18, 1823. 

3. Spencer, son of David, born April 23, 1817. Child, — 
Henry S., born in 1844. 

4. Jonathan Reed of Greenwich, Columbia County, N.Y. 
Children, — Jabez, Amos, Carey, Polly. 

Amos, son of Jonathan, lives in Cayuga County, N.Y. 
Jabez, son of Jonathan, married Sally Gay, and settled in 
Wilton, about four miles from Saratoga Springs. Children, 

— Jabez, who lives in Michigan ; Calvin P., who is the post- 
master of Grangerville, N.Y. ; Hiram, lives in Grangerville ; 
John, lives in Cayuga County, N.Y. ; and four daughters, 
whose names are not given. 

John, born Feb. 18, 1776 ; married Miss Bishop in Virgi- 
nia, and settled in Alabama. Children, — John, who is in 
California ; James and Thomas, live in Bay County, Mo. ; 
William, lives in Alabama ; Isaac P., is the postmaster of 
Farmington, Miss. ; Jane ; Margaret ; Eveline ; Huldah ; 
Nancy; Frances. He died of yellow fever, as did also seve- 
ral of his children. 

Kitchel Reed ; was one of the pioneer settlers in 
Northern New York, and was in the Revolutionary War. 
Children, — ■ Silas, Kitchel, Ezra. He lived in Gran- 
ville. 

Silas, son of Kitchel, married Elizabeth Boms in 1793. 
Children, — Ezra; Mary; Eliza; Julia; James, who moved 
to Toronto, Can., in 1842 ; Vioni ; Edward B. ; Silas K. 



REEDS OF VARIOUS FAMILIES. 483 

Married, for second wife, Mrs. Kellogg. He died in Oswego, 
N.Y., in 1841. 

Ezra, son of Silas of Oswego, born in Granville, N.Y., 
June 29, 1807. Children, — William Samuel; James Ezra. 
He is the postmaster of Jordan's Valley, Rutherford County, 
Tenn. 

Kitchel, son of Kitchel. Children, — Orville ; William. 
He lived in Dutchess County, N.Y. 

Ezra, son of Kitchel, kept tavern in Stillwater ; but 
moved to Troy, and from Troy to New- York City, where he 
now lives. 

Stephen Read, of Suffolk, Eng., had a son Stephen ; who 
had a son Samuel, now living in Lowell, Mass. 

Matthew Reid and Bridget came from Ireland, and live 
in Weymouth, Mass. Children, — Mary A., born Nov. 1, 
1852; Martin, Oct. 11, 1854. 

John Read died in captivity, Nov. 1, 1746. 

Reed's Blockhouse, twenty-five miles from Pittsburg, Pa. 

Thomas Read ; taken by Indians, at Hadley, in the begin- 
ning of April, 1676. 

Michael Reid, of Dublin, died at the Marine Hospital at 
Charlestown, March 2, 1821, aged thirty-one. 

John Reed, of Marblehead, died at the Marine Hospital at 
Charlestown, July 20, 1822. 

Jacob Reed, a convict in the State Prison, Charlestown, 
died July 17, 1822, aged seventeen. 



484 EEEDS OP VARIOUS FAMILIES. 

1. James Reid of Tyrone County, Ire. Children, — Da- 
niel and William (twins), Andrew, James. 

2. Daniel, son of James, married Elizabeth Reed. Chil- 
dren. Ellen and Ann. 

2. William, son of James, married Molly Irwin. Four 
children, names not given. 

2. Andrew, son of James, is in St. John's. 

2. James, son of James, married Elizabeth Cahan. Chil- 
dren, — Ann, John, Martha, Joseph. 

3. Ann, daughter of James and Elizabeth, married Tho- 
mas Hallicks, and has three children. 

3. John, son of James, married Elizabeth Macconnell. 
Children, — James, born in 1832 ; James, 1834 ; Susan A. J., 
1842 ; Robert A., 1844 ; John W., 1845 ; Mary E., 1848 ; 
Albert C, 1851 ; Martha A., 1853. He lives in West Enos- 
bury, Vt. ; and is an independent farmer. 

3. Joseph, son of James and Elizabeth. Children, — ■ 
Arabella, John, Joseph. 

Rev. Isaac Reed ; went from Henderson County, Tenn., 
and made a settlement at what is called Reed's Settlement, 
in Panola County, Tex., when that section was in a wild 
state, and the savage Indians roamed at large over its wild 
and unfrequented forests. He had a large family of sons and 
daughters, and sons-in-law. His son Samuel A. Reed re- 
mains there ; and William B. lives in Fairfield, Freestone 
County, Tex. This family are mostly members of the Bap- 
tist-Mission Church, and are a very respectable family. 

Reed; a soldier of the Revolution. Children, — 



Robert, Mary, Adam, Jane, Joseph, James, John, William, 
Samuel, George, Dorcas. At the close of the war, he took a 
soldier's claim in Westmoreland County, Pa. ; and moved 
from thence to some other place in the same county. 



REEDS OF VARIOUS FAMILIES. 485 

Robert. Children, — Robert, born May 9, 1812 ; James, 
April 29, 1815 ; Thomas S., Sept. 3, 1816 ; Dorcas, March 16, 
1818 ; Sarah, Sept. 21, 1819 ; Hervey Niell, March 3, 1821 ; 
Harriet, June 26, 1825. 

James, son of Robert, born April 29, 1815. Children, — 
Maria, born Aug. 10, 1810; Thomas S., June 25, 1843; 
Lavinia J., Jan. 31, 1847 ; Margaret, Feb. 16, 1851. He is 
the postmaster of Harrietsville, Pa. 

Reed, who came from Ireland, and lived in several 



of the Southern States. Children, — Alexander, Samuel, 
George. The sons settled in North Carolina in the time of the 
Revolution, and were more or less engaged in the war. They 
afterwards moved to the Ogeecha River. Alexander was 
killed by the Indians. George had a ball pass through him 
in a battle with the British and Tories : the ball entered at 
the hollow of the breast, and came out the left side of the 
back-bone ; but he lived to do much service after. They 
had a fort on their plantation, and the whites kept watch 
and guard while the blacks cultivated the soil. George 
afterwards moved to Jackson County, Ga., and from there 
to Dekalb County ; and died about 1825. Children, — Ro- 
bert, Alexander, George, Henry, Samuel. 

George, the son of George, had seven sons. 

Robert A., son of George, is postmaster of Burnt Stand, 
Ga. 

James Reed of Clarion County, Pa. Children, — Joseph, 
Eben, Martin, James, Mary, William, Jane, John. 

John, son of James, is the postmaster of Warsaw, in Jef- 
ferson County, Pa. Children, — Webster, born Feb. 26, 
1850 ; Samuel Curtiss, April 7, 1852 ; Caroline Amelia, 
Aug.' 26, 1854 ; John Franklin, Oct. 7, 1855. 



486 REEDS OF VARIOUS FAMILIES. 



Reed, who emigrated to America before the Revolu- 



tion, settled in Fairfax County, Va., and had six sons, — 
Robert ; James ; Nelson ; William ; Saunders A. ; John, 
who was a sea-captain. 

Nelson Reed ; was a Methodist minister, and lived in Balti- 
more. 

Saunders A. Reed ; settled in Wyandot County, 0., where 
he died at the age of eighty-one. 

Edwin S., son of Saunders A., is the postmaster of West 
Elkhart, Ind. ; and has two sons and five daughters, names 
not given. 

John Reed ; married a Campbell ; they were Scotch High- 
landers : came to America, and drew four hundred acres of 
land, for Revolutionary services, in the town of Argyle, 
Washington County, N.Y. Children,- — Peter, Alexander, 
Daniel. 

Alexander settled in Argyle, and had ten children ; one 
of whom is John, born in 1790, who has been postmaster of 
North Greenwich forty-two years. 

Peter, the son of John, settled in Rockland County, N.Y. 

Calvin Reed of ; was out in all the Revolutionary 

War, and in the war of 1812. Children, — Luther; Cal- 
vin W. 

Luther, son of Calvin, was an apprentice in New-York 
City during the latter part of the Revolution, and was in 
Gen. Harrison's army in 1813. He married a Miss Thorp 
of New Jersey in 1802, and emigrated to the West the same 
year. Children, — Luther, Calvin W., and John T. He 
died in the latter part of 1813. His children live in George- 
town, 0. ; and Calvin W. is the postmaster of that place. 
He was about a fair specimen, in size, of the Reeds who 
were born before the Revolution ; being about six feet one 



REEDS OF VARIOUS FAMILIES. 487 

inch in height, and what would be called " raw-boned," like 
those in the North of England and in Scotland. 

Luman Reed of New- York City ; distinguished in business, 
and a celebrated character for taste and the fine arts. 

1. David Reid of Auchester, in Ayrshire, Scot., married 
Jean Stevenson. Child, — James. 

2. James Reid of Dalmellington, Ayrshire, Scot., married 
Helen Morton. Child, — James M. 

3. James M., son of James, married Mary Jane Burr, and 
lives in Lawrence, Mass. Children, — Helen Morton, born 
Sept. 1, 1853 ; Alice Jane, Feb. 8, 1857. This branch of 
the Reids have been residents of the southern part of Ayr- 
shire for about two hundred years ; but came there from 
Loch Hannock, Renfrewshire, and settled in Craigonill, 
near Ayr, about two hundred yards from the place which 
the poet Burns has since made famous as "Alloway's auld 
haunted kirk." There is a tradition in the family, that 
Loch Limerick was not the original place of this family ; but 
that, in the time of Robert the II. of Scotland, they came 
there from Perthshire, Highlands, having been driven out in 
consequence of taking active part in some of the civil wars 
of that period, — about 1284. The same tradition also says 
that the name was originally Readeugh, or Reideuch, — a 
branch of the powerful clan Chattan, mentioned by Sir 
Walter Scott in the "Pair Maid of Perth." 

John Reid of Chelmsford, formerly from Ireland, married 
Bridget. Child, — William, born June 8, 1851. 

1. Nicholas Reid of Greece, in the State of New York, 
was born at Baile Readh, or Reath (which is, in our dialect, 
Reedstown), in the county of Westweath, Ire. ; which was 



488 REEDS OF VARIOUS FAMILIES. 

the capital of one of the provinces of Ireland while under the 
Reid dynasty. The ruins of the castle, church, town, grave- 
yard, <fcc, are yet remaining; and the remains of the ances- 
tors of Nicholas have been resting there from before the 
Christian era. He came to America in 1820, and settled in 
Greece. He has been a judge, and is a distinguished farmer. 

1. William Reid, born in the county of Antrim, Derraigh- 
phy Parish, in the north of Ireland, about seven miles from 
Belfast, November, 1789 ; landed in Boston, May 6, 1818, 
and has lived in North Andover to the present time ; mar- 
ried Ann Parker of Chelmsford, in Boston, Aug. 5, 1821. 
Children, — Laura Ann, who married a Johnson; James, 
married Mary Bumford, and lives in Danvers ; Sarah Jane, 
married William Real ; Martha W. ; William Henry, lives 
in Cambridge. 

1. Robert Reed, commander of a merchant-ship, was acci- 
dentally killed in coming into Newport Harbor. Children, 
— Martin, who was seven years old at the time of his father's 
death, distinguished himself in business, and was a man of 
remarkable piety, — noticed in the history of Narraganset 
Church, and died at the age of eighty-one ; Rev. Dr. John 
Reed, Rector of Christ's Church, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 

John Read of Gravesend, Eng., was a branch pilot from 
Gravesend to London. Children, — Thomas, George, John, 
Nancy, Clifford. 

Clifford, son of John, came to America, and married Cor- 
delia Ann Perkins. Children, — Clarissa, born Oct. 15, 
1822, married Elijah S. Griffin of Salem ; Cordelia ; Charles 
Chase ; Benjamin Clifford, April 21, 1825 ; George W. P., 
June 5, 1828. He lived at one time in Charlestown, and 
likewise in Boston. 



REEDS OF VARIOUS FAMILIES. 489 

Benjamin Clifford, son of Clifford, born in Chariest-own, 
June 5, 1828 ; married Cordelia P. Hodges of Salem, Oct. 4, 
1855. Child, — Prank Perkins. Pie lives in Springfield, 
Mass. 

George W. P., son of Clifford, born June 5, 1828 ; married 
Susan Elizabeth Brooks of Salem, Nov. 30, 1854 ; lives at 
No. 22, Hanson Street, Boston. 

James, of East Boston, came from Nova Scotia to Boston, 
but was born in Scotland ; married in Nova Scotia to Eliza- 
beth M'Kenen. Children, — William, born Jan. 6, 1845; 
James F., May 7, 1846 ; Catherine, Dec. 22, 1847 ; Delano, 
Oct. 7, 1849 ; Mary Elizabeth, Jan. 13, 1855 ; Margaret 
Ann, Aug. 7, 1856. 

1. James Reed of Fermanagh, Ire. ; lives in Boston. 
Children, — George, William, Isaac, John. 

2. John, son of James, lives at No. 22, South Cedar 
Street ; married Magdalen Henderson. Children, — Ann, 
who married a Folley ; Joseph, married a Livingston, and 
keeps at No. 102, Carver Street ; Mary E. ; Joseph H. ; 
Margaret A. ; Eliza J. ; James. 

2. James H., son of John and Magdalen, married Mary 
Livingston in Boston, Feb. 14, 1856 ; and keeps with his 
brother, at No. 102, Carver Street. 

Gen. Jacob Read, was an attorney-at-law in South Caro- 
lina ; and I find him the proctor in behalf of the captors and 
claimants for vessels taken at Ogechee River by Col. White, 
and his bill of twenty-five hundred dollars for the same, set- 
tled April 14, 1780. He was United-States senator for 
South Carolina in 1795 ; President, pro tern., of the United- 
States Senate in 1797. 



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490 REEDS OP VARIOUS FAMILIES. 

Capt. Samuel C. Reid, the hero of the battle of Fayal, in 
the command of the " Gen. Armstrong," and the designer 
of the present American flag, which was made at his house 
in New York- York City, and was first hoisted over the Hall 
of the House of Representatives of the United States, 
April 13, 1818. 

William Reed, married Sarah Matthews. He served in 
the early part of the Revolutionary War, and died of a 
wound received in Virginia, about 1777. His widow mar- 
ried Aaron Osburn of Goshen, N.Y. Her second husband 
was also in the army, but survived the war. She then mar- 
ried John Benjamin, and settled in Mount Pleasant in 1812. 
Her third husband died in 1816. She had five children, the 
youngest of whom was born in 1788, and was seventy years 
old at the date of the death of her mother. She has left four 
generations of descendants. She accompanied her second 
husband in the army as a page. She died April 20, 1858, 
aged a hundred and fourteen years, five months, and three 
days. 

Robert Reed, born at Ryde, Eng. ; was compelled to leave 
England before the Revolution, and served in the American 
Army, and settled in Virginia. He had four sons : two of 
them live in Lafayette, Ind. ; and one in Holmes County, 0. 
One of his sons had — Robert, born in 1803 ; Thomas N., 
1819; Simeon P., 1821 ; James M., 1823 ; William P., 1825 ; 
Theodore P., 1835. 

Capt. William Reed of Duxbury, was born in Virginia in 
1785; married Polly Glass. Children, — Betsy, who mar- 
ried Lewis Hunt of Duxbury ; Hannah, married Jared 
Alden of South Abington ; Samuel H. He died in Ha- 
nover, May 9, 1851. 



REEDS OF VARIOUS FAMILIES. 491 

Samuel H., son of Capt. William of Duxbury, married 
Lucy J. Estes in June, 1835, and now lives in Hanover. 
Children, — William E., born Sept. 24, 183G ; Bethia, 
June 13, 1838 ; Mary G., Dec. 26, 1839; Lucy P., Feb. 10, 
1842 ; Celia J., June 28, 1844 ; Eliza B., March 8, 1846 ; 
Augustine, March 14, 1848 ; Jane L., June 31, 1851 ; Cora 
W., Feb. 14, 1854 ; Samuel H., Aug. 3, 1856. 

John W. Reed of Brookfield, married Abigail. Child, — 
William W., born Feb. 14, 1837. 

1. Joseph Reid, lived in Georgia, on the Savannah River. 
Child, — Jesse. 

2. Jesse, son of Joseph. Child, - — Samuel, who is an 
attorney in Blairsville, in the State of Georgia. 

1. Jonathan Reed of Montgomery County, in the State of 
Maryland, was a native of Maryland ; married Miss Metcalf ; 
and married Miss Gatten for second wife. Child, — George, 
born in 1790. 

2. George, son of Jonathan, born in 1790, and settled in 
Adams County, 0. Child, — William EL, a counsellor-at- 
law in Piketon, 0. 

1. Henry Reed, who emigrated from Ireland to America 
previous to the Revolution. He was in the war, and was 
wounded in the battle at Whitsil's Mills, in Guilford County, 
N.C. Children, — Robert; James; Henry, who now lives 
in Alabama. 

1. William Reid, a brother of Henry, lived in Illinois. 
Children, — Henry ; Thomas. 

2. Henry, son of William. Child, — John D. 

3. John D., son of William. Children, — Henry J.; 
Thomas B. 



492 REEDS OF VARIOUS FAMILIES. 

Thomas Reid, a son of a Presbyterian clergyman by that 
name, of German extract, in New Jersey, was a surgeon in 
the Revolutionary War, and afterwards a distinguished 
physician in Johnstown, N.Y., Fulton County, formerly 
a portion of the county of Montgomery ; married Catherine, 
daughter of Dr. William Adams of Schenectady, a gentleman 
of Irish extraction, who lived to the age of a hundred and 
three years. Children, — William Adams, born in 1781; 
Archibald, 1782, who studied for a physician, but became 
deranged by study, and is now living in that state of mind 
at Johnstown. 

William A., son of Dr. Thomas, was a skilful physician in 
Johnstown, and had a very extensive practice ; married 
Jane, daughter of John S. Henry of New York, an Irish 
gentleman born in Dublin, and left with Emmett, and for the 
same cause. Children, — John Henry, born Oct. 3, 1804; 
Thomas, Sept. 23, 1806 ; James Adams, June 26, 1808; 
Helen Kelso, July 20, 1810 ; Catherine, Dec. 15, 1812, 
married George Barber, and has two children. He died in 
1819. 

John H., son of Dr. William A. Reid, born at Johnstown, 
Oct. 3, 1804 ; married a Miss Files, and has a large family 
of children. 

Thomas, son of Dr. William A., born at Johnstown, 
Sept. 23, 1806 ; married Margaret, daughter of Hon. John 
Edwards. Children, — Jane H. ; Margaret; William A., 
who now lives in Sutton, Mass. ; Catherine ; Elizabeth ; 
John H. ; Helen M. ; Nancy E. The ancestors of this 
family, by both lines, have mostly been clergymen or physi- 
cians down to the present generation. 

2. James Reed, born in Snow Hill, Worcester County, 
Md., of English parents. Child, — William B., born in 1767, 
married Elizabeth of Truro, Mass. Children, — William B., 



REEDS OF VARIOUS FAMILIES. 493 

born in Bucksport, Me., in 1795, lives in Frankfort, Me. ; 
John, who is in California ; Elizabeth, born in Truro, Mass., 
1796, lives in Bucksport ; Littleton, born at Truro in 1793. 
He lived, when young, mostly at Truro and Provincetown, 
on Cape Cod ; and the children were most of them born 
there, but lived a portion of the time at Bucksport, Me. 
He was killed in the battle of Hampton, Me., Sept. 3, 1814, 
by a thirty-six-pound shot from the sloop-of-war " Sylph," 
commanded by Com. Barry. 

4. Littleton Reed, Esq., son of William B., born at Truro 
in 1793; married a Miss Lewis of Bucksport. Children, — 
Littleton, born at Bucksport, March 11, 1820 ; Joseph B., 
March 11, 1830; Mary Ann, Dec. 25, 1826, married Charles 
Snow ; Elizabeth, born July 8, 1828, married J. L. Chip- 
man ; George W., born Feb. 20, 1834 ; Maria A., March 30, 
1832 ; Charles D. ; Henry L. He lives at North Bucksport. 

5. Littleton, son of Littleton Reed, Esq., born at Bucks- 
port, March 11, 1820 ; married Ellen Chipman. 

5. Joseph B., son of Littleton Reed, Esq., born March 11, 
1830 ; married Annette Bartlett. 

1. Philip Reed (or Reidt), from Germany, came to what 
is now Montgomery County, Penn. Children, — Jacob, who 
was a colonel of militia in the Revolution, and was in the bat- 
tle of Brandy wine ; Michael, who settled in Franklin County, 
and had a son, known as Esquire Reed of Shelsburg, in Bed- 
ford County ; Andrew, who settled in Montgomery County, 
and married Mary Leidy. Children of Andrew and Mary, — 
Philip ; Andrew ; John ; Michael, born in 1780 ; Margaret, 
who married Abraham Beidelman. 

Philip, son of Andrew, married Margaret Mourer. Chil- 
dren, — Charles; John; William, Esq. ; George; Jonas. 

Michael, son of Andrew, married Catherine Horn, and 
lives at No. 216, Franklin Street, Philadelphia. Children, 



494 REEDS OP VARIOUS FAMILIES. 

— Willoughby H, of New-York City ; Henry H., of Chestnut 
Street; Henry J., of Arch Street, above Seventh ; George 
W., of Arch Street ; James M., who married Sarah H. Bid- 
lack, and keeps at No. 119, South Second Street (child, — 
James M., born March 12, 1858). 

Joseph Reed, from Wales, served in the Revolutionary 
War, and settled in Berlin, N.J., on the Rancorus Creek, 
where he owned a large tract of land. He married Rachel 
Eldridge. Children, — William P., Obadiah, Joseph, Samu- 
el, John, Acsa, Rachel, Allen, Abby. 

William P., son of Joseph, married Sarah Taylor, and set- 
tled in Lamberton, N.J. Children, — -Charles T., Wills T., 
Ruth, Sarah A., Martha, Rachel. 

Charles T., son of Joseph, married Almira Vezey, and 
keeps at No. 321, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Children, 
■ — William P., Almira, Elizabeth, Clara. 

Alexander Reed, son of of Tolland, Conn., born in 

1784; married Abigail Daniels. Children, — Francis, de- 
ceased ; James, who lives in Oregon; Belinda, married Wil- 
liam Chaffee ; Lucy Maria ; John, lives in West Stockbridge ; 
Luther A., born at Tolland, May 12, 1819 ; Samuel H. He 
died in Chelsea, Sept. 7, 1854. 

Belinda, daughter of Alexander and Abigail, married 
William Chaffee of Summersville, Conn. Child, — Ella. 

Luther A., son of Alexander and Abigail, born May 12, 
1819; married Ruth R. Pulsifer of Ipswich. Children, — 
George Henry, born in Charlestown ; Mary Frances ; Ruth 
Little. Married in Boston, for second wife, Lucy R. Inger- 
soll, June 24, 1851 ; and lives at 193, Poplar Street, Chelsea. 

Samuel H. Reed, came from Ireland, and died in Phila- 
delphia, leaving a son (John A.), who keeps at the corner of 
Thirteenth and Market Streets. 



EEEDS OP VARIOUS FAMILIES. 495 

Moses Read carne from Ireland, and married Elizabeth 
M'Lellan. Children, — George, Robert, Moses, Samuel, 
Anne, Thomas, William J., Robert. He died in Delaware 
County. He was in the war of 1812. 

Moses, the son of Moses and Elizabeth, married Esther A. 
Phimple. Children, — Robert ; Ida. 

Thomas, son of Moses and Elizabeth, married Hannah 
Hibbard. Child,— Charles W. 

William J., son of Moses and Elizabeth, married Caroline 
F. Oat. Children, — Eliza B. ; Cara L. He keeps at No. 
1707, Market Street, Philadelphia. 

George, son of Moses and Elizabeth, married Laviiia Evans, 
and keeps at No. 1828, Race Street, Philadelphia. 

William Reed ; went from Glasgow to Londonderry,' and 
had a son William Reed, who died at Manchester, Eng. 
Child, — Frank, who came to America in 1848, and lives in 
Lowell ; married Anna Marshall of Maine. 

William Reed, a Scotchman, was in the Revolutionary 
War ; and, after the war was ended, moved to Nova Scotia. 
Children, — William, James, George, Margaret. 

James, son of William, died in Nova Scotia. Children, — 
Thomas W., in California ; James ; Isaac ; Jane ; Harriet ; 
Mary A. ; Eliza ; Margaret. 

Margaret, daughter of James, married William Wether- 
bee, and lives in Portland. 



496 REED OF THE BOSTON-POLICE NOTORIETY. 



CHAPTER XXIII. 



REED OF THE BOSTON-POLICE NOTORIETY. 



George Read, was son of a German emigrant by that name, 
who was a ship-builder ; at which business George served 
an apprenticeship, and married Miss Church, a descendant 
of Capt. Church, of King Philip's War notoriety, and a 
deputy sheriff in Waldoborough, Me. Meeting with some 
difficulty in the business of sheriff in Maine, he came to 
Boston, and was appointed constable of Boston in 1812; 
which office he held till his death in 1843. He was the most 
distinguished rogue-catcher that ever lived in New England. 
There were many rumors afloat in his day in reference to 
his infamous conduct, which were the most of them founded 
in the terror which he caused in the hearts of the wicked, as 
nothing was ever substantiated against him detrimental to 
his reputation for integrity. He at one time owned a farm 
in Quincy, called " Bighill," where he lived, and came into 
town daily ; but, when Mr. Quincy came into office as mayor, 
he informed him, that, if he wished to retain his position as 
constable, he must live in the city. He accordingly aban- 
doned his farm, and ever after lived in town. Children, — 
Michael ; George ; one daughter, who married a Coy, and 
went West ; one daughter, married a Glover of Quincy ; 
James ; one daughter, married a Kneeland ; Benjamin C. ; 
Lemuel, who was constable of Boston. 



REED OP THE BOSTON-POLICE NOTORIETY. 497 

Benjamin C, son of George, settled in West Cambridge, 
and was a baker. Children, — Cyrena, born Nov. 29, 1831 ; 
Benjamin C, Aug. 2, 1833, died Oct. 22, 1833 ; Nehemiah C, 
Feb. 4, 1835. 

George, the son of George, moved to Maine. 

Jacob, the brother of George, married a Swanser. Chil- 
di'en, — Catherine, who married a Hock of Waldoborough ; 
another daughter, married a Wagner, and lives in Belmont ; 
Margaret, married a Simmons ; Jane, married Aaron Brown 
of Belfast, who is a school-teacher ; Barbara, married a 
Moody ; Berthia, married Isaac Brown ; Zenas, married Elsey 
Light, and lives in Waldoborough. 

Michael, the brother of George, settled in Lubec. Waldo- 
borough was formerly called Dutch Neck, on account of its 
being first settled by Dutch ; which accounts for so many 
Dutch names among this family. 



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498 EEED OF THE " CONSTITUTION : 



CHAPTER XXIV. 



REED OF THE "CONSTITUTION" AND "GUERRIERE' 
NOTORIETY. 



Thomas, born in Boston in 1759. His mother died in Scitu- 
ate in 1814. Married Alsea Chesley, and settled in Har- 
wich, now Brewster. Children, — -Thomas and Priscilla, 
born Dec. 15, 1793 (Priscilla married Albert Clapp of Scitu- 
ate, April 4, 1813) ; Polina, married a Devereux of Boston ; 
Betsy, who married Seth Gannet of Abington in 1821 ; 
Polly, died young ; Alsea, married Lyman C. Gaskell ; Sa- 
muel, who lives in South Abington. Married, for second 
wife, Mehetabel Crosby. Children, — Joseph, who was born 
in Scituate, lives in Chatham; George (formerly Barney), 
lives in Chatham. He died in February, 1843, at Hanson, 
aged eighty-four. 

Thomas, son of Capt. Thomas of Brewster, and Alsea. 
He was a seaman on board the schooner " Sophronia," Capt. 
Jenkins, master ; and was pressed by the British frigate 
" Guerriere," April 8, 1811. He was on board of her Aug. 19, 
1812 ; and, being called to duty at the gun, saw the stars 
and stripes in the distance, floating in the breeze, and making 
towards the " Guerriere ; " which was to him an assurance 
that his redemption was nigh. He objected to fighting, and 
was ordered below. The " Guerriere " soon began to fire ; 
but the "Constitution" saved her powder till she got the 



AND " GDERRIERE " NOTORIETY. 499 

right distance and position, and then her chain-shot soon did 
the work. He represents that the slaughter made on board 
the British frigate was terrible, as was also the destruction to 
her rigging. He was thirty years of his life a seaman, fifteen 
of which he was ship-master ; but the day he arrived in Bos- 
ton, and landed from on board of the " Constitution " amidst 
the cheers and congratulations of his countrymen and the 
joy of his friends, was probably the happiest of his eventful 
life. He now lives in Boston, having retired from the ha- 
zardous pursuits of the seas. He married Rebecca Griffith. 
Children, — Thomas G. ; Samuel B., who was killed Nov. 2, 
1852, master of the bark "Lyman," — born at Abington, 
Dec. 16, 1828 ; Lyman G., born Aug. 14, 1830. Married, 
for second wife, Hannah Gear, in 1834. Married Charlotte 
Clark for third wife, widow of Noah M. Clark. Child, — 
Harrison T., born Sept. 22, 1840. 

Samuel, son of Capt. Thomas and Alsea, married Hannah 
W. Noyes, Oct. 22, 1834, and lives at South Abington. 

Joseph, son of Capt. Thomas and Mehetabel, born in 
Scituate ; married Miss Kent, and lives in Chatham. Chil- 
dren, — Joseph, who is at sea ; Mary ; David. 

Lyman G., son of Capt. Thomas and Rebecca, born 
Aug. 14, 1830 ; married Matilda Clark, May 1, 1852, and is 
now at sea. Children, — Samuel B., born June 20,1857; 
John P., born in Brewster, Feb. 14, 1859. 



500 EEEDS OP VARIOUS FAMILIES. 



CHAPTER XXV. 



REEDS OF VARIOUS FAMILIES. 



Hugh Eeed, Esq., one of the principal proprietors of what is 
now Keedsburg, Clarion County, Penn. ; and from whom 
that place took its name. He is still living in that place. 

Samuel, married Lucy, and settled at what is now Reed's 
Corner, Dutchess County, N.Y. Children, — Silas ; Co- 
lumbus ; John J. ; Mason H. ; Towner ; Ezra, who lives in 
Wisconsin. 

John J., son of Samuel. Child, — Samuel H., who keeps 
a public-house at Reed's Corner. 

Mason H., son of Samuel, is the person from whom the 
village and post-office took their names. Child, — Alva C. 

Silas Reed, brother of Samuel, settled at Reed's Corner, 
and had four sons ; viz., Seneca, Samuel, Carlo, Harry. 

Carlo, son of Silas, married a Pherson, and settled in 
Michigan. 

Alva C, son of Mason H. Reed, is married, and lives with 
his father. 

Reed, an Irishman, had two sons, — James and Charles, 
— born in Virginia. He moved to Ohio. 

Charles, son of the above, settled in what is now Reed's 
Grove, in Illinois ; and the place took its name from him, — 



REEDS OF VARIOUS FAMILIES. 501 

lie being the first prominent settler. He now lives at Rock 
River, at a place called Rockbottorn ; and his son remains 
at the Grove. 

John Reid, born in the county of Tyrone, Ire. ; married 
Miss Treanus. Children, — Thomas, who died in Scotland, 
and left a family, some of whom are in Boston ; Philip, who 
died in this country in 1849, leaving issue. 

Philip, son of John, came to America. Children, — 
Owen ; Patrick. 

Owen, son of Philip, lives in Providence. Child, — Tho- 
mas 0., born Dec. 20, 1852. 

William Reed, of Devonshire, Eng., had a son George, 
who came to America, and married Ann Hellyer, and died 
in Clinton, Me. Children, — Mary Grace, William H., Eli- 
zabeth Ann, Sibilla, John W., Anna, Martha Jane, George 
Edmond, Emma F. 

Mary, daughter of William, married a Soper. Children, 
— Ann, George, John, Jabez, Mary, Edward, Samuel W., 
William Reed. 

John Soper, married 0. Butman, daughter of Henry But- 
man of Gardiner, Me. 

William R. Soper, married Miss Rice. Children, — Em- 
ma Prances ; Georgianna. 

Robert Reede came to Boston with Rev. John Wheel- 
wright, and settled with Mr. Wheelwright and his church at 
Braintree, then a part of Boston. Mr. Wheelwright was a 
brother of Mrs. Hutchinson, and was a man of learning, piety, 
and zeal. He warmly advocated the doctrines of Antinomian- 
ism ; and the General Court, Oct. 2, 1637, sentenced him to 
be disfranchised, and banished from the Colony. He and his 
followers went to Exeter, and formed a settlement there ; and 



502 REEDS OF VARIOUS FAMILIES. 

Mr. Reede went with him, but returned to Boston, and lived 
in Boston in 1646." He was sealer of leather in Boston in 
1653, but had not then dissolved his connection with the 
church at Exeter. His wife's name was Hannah, who died 
June 24, 1665 ; and he married Susannah. Children, — 
Rebecca, born in Boston, May 29, 1646 ; Sarah, baptized in 
Boston, 1st of second month, 1650 ; and Samuel, who died 
in infancy. His daughter Hannah married John Souter, 
Jan. 11, 1660. He was drowned by the upsetting of a boat, 
going out from Hampton, in 1668. It appears that he had 
moved to Hampton a short time previous, but owned pro- 
perty in Boston at the time of his death. 

Nathan, of New Boston, a portion of Fall River, married 
Mehetabel Lawton for second wife. Children, — Asa, who 
lives at New Boston ; James, who lives at New Boston ; 
Warren, died ; Rubie, married Bradford Bennet ; Ruth, 
married Lucius Biglow ; Rhoda, married Job Chase of Dart- 
mouth ; Patience, married Robert Barrett : the above were 
by a former wife. Children by Mehetabel, — John D. ; 
Lois, who married George Sawyer ; Lucinda, married Je- 
remiah Russell of Dartmouth ; Fanny, married Caswell ; 
Jirah. 

John D., son of Nathan and Mehetabel, married Peace L. 
Macomber of Westport. Children, — Robert C, born at 
Fall River, March 20, 1856 ; Ann Eliza, April 29, 1858. 

1. William Read, a slave, who ran away from Cloverick, 
N.Y., married Peggy Stedman of Connecticut, and settled 
first in Keene, N.H. Children, — William, born Sept. 25, 
1791 ; Susanna, 1793 ; Celia, 1795 ; Abel, 1797 ; Peggy, 
1799; Andrew, 1805. 

2. William, son of William and Peggy, born Sept. 25, 
1791 ; married in Boston, by Rev. Dr. Wisner, to Eliza 
Brooks, Nov. 23, 1823. Children, — Joseph Abel, born 



REEDS OF VARIOUS FAMILIES. 503 

April 12, 1824 ; Eliza Ann, Jan. 20, 1826 ; Mary Jane, 
Jan. 24, 1828 ; William Edward, Jan. 28, 1830 ; Edna 
Louisa, Jan. 24, 1832 ; Caroline Prances, Nov. 17, 1837. 
Lives in Salem. 

3. Joseph Abel, son of William and Eliza, born April 12, 
1824 ; married Martha White. Children, — Eliza, born 
about 1846 ; William, 1848. 

3. Mary Jane, daughter of William, born March 24, 1828 ; 
married William Freeman of Lynn. Child, — Mary Eliza- 
beth, born 1849. They live in Lynn. 

3. Edna L., daughter of William and Eliza, born Jan. 24, 
1832; married John Lane. Child, — Emma. 

2. Peggy, daughter of William of Keene, married Jacob 
Depreise. Children, — Jacob Henry ; Ellen Ann. 



504 THE LANCASTER STOCK. 



CHAPTER XXVI. 



THE LANCASTER STOCK. 



Thomas Eeade, had a son Thomas, born in Lancaster 
County, Pa., Sept. 1, 1750, and served in the Revolution; 
married Steda M. Knight. Child, — Thomas, born April 20, 
1791, at Shippingsburg, Pa. 

Thomas, son of Thomas and Steda, born April 20, 1791 ; 

served as lieutenant, under Gen. Cass, in the war of 1812. 

.Married. Children, — Thomas, born in 1827; James P., 

1815, who lives at San Antonia, Tex., and is a druggist ; 

Susan, who married S. L. Guice, Esq., of St. Paul, Ma. 

Thomas, son of Thomas, born in 1827 ; was formerly a 
lawyer in Natchez, but lives, and practises law, in Fayette, 
Miss. He is known as Major Reed, and has been Grand 
Master of the order of Odd Fellows, and Grand Patriarch 
of the State. He married Mary Jane Forman. Children, 
— Kate, Charlie, Mollie, Susan H. Married, for second 
wife, Lovina A. West, a grand-daughter of Col. Cato West. 

Thomas B. Read, a descendant of Joseph, was born in 
Kentucky ; was United-States senator from Mississippi in 
1826 ; and died in office, March 3, 1829. Children, — Isaac 
Shelby, born in 1810 ; Letitia E., born at Natchez, and mar- 
ried Spence Grayson, Esq. (formerly a lawyer, now a planter 
in Yazoo Valley, and a distinguished author). 



THE LANCASTER STOCK. 505 

Isaac Shelby, son of Hon. Thomas B. Reed, born in 1810 ; 
married the daughter of the celebrated Duff Green of Wash- 
ington City, and lives at Fayette, Miss. 

John Read, whose grandmother was an Indian woman 
of the tribe of Benjamin. His paternal ancestry was also 
a mixture of Indian and African. He was many years a 
steward of a Liverpool packet. He married Nancy Day. 
Children, — John, who lives in New Jersey ; Esther, died 
young; Edward; Thomas; Josiah ; and Jesse M., — all of 
No. 101, South Eighth Street, Philadelphia. 

John Read, who was born in England, came to Ame- 
rica in the latter part of the last century, and settled in 
Philadelphia. He married Nancy Johnson. Children, — 
Sarah, who married a Morris ; William H. J., who married 
Margaret Gorges, and keeps at No. 41, South Second 
Street. 

Henry Read, of German origin, lived in Philadelphia. 
His children were — Mary ; Henry, who now lives in Wash- 
ington ; George and Peter, both of Philadelphia ; Catherine, 
who married Henry Robinson of West Chester ; Charles, 
also of Philadelphia ; Harriet, who married Andrew Coff- 
man ; Sophia, who married Frederick Hofner. 

George, the son of Henry, married Catherine Gallinger, 
and lives at No. 926, North Third Street. Children, — 
William, Kate, Harriet, David, Henry. 

Andrew Read came from near Hamburg previous to the 
Revolution, and settled in Philadelphia. Children, — John ; 
Henry, who died in Norfolk, Va. ; Bernard ; Philip ; Chris- 
tian ; Andrew ; Mary. The fourth and fifth sons are now 
living in Philadelphia. 

Andrew, the son of Andrew, married Elizabeth Linsey. 
Children, — Theodore F., Ambrose W., Roseman A., An- 
drew, Alfred, Edwin, Emily. 

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506 THE LANCASTER STOCK. 

Theodore F., the son of Andrew, married Sarah Bennct, 
and keeps at No. 438, Market Street, Philadelphia. Chil- 
dren, — Albert, Rachel, Theodore. 

Noah Reed went from Salem, N.J., to Ohio, many years 
ago. His son William married Rhoda Barton. Children, — 
Samuel B., Ruth, Rebecca, Avaline, Charles N., Mary, Wil- 
liam M. Samuel B. died at Pittsburg, Pa., in 1843 ; William 
M. lives at North Benton, Mohoning County, 0. ; Charles N. 
married Mary H. Herriot, and keeps at No. 601, Market 
Street, Philadelphia. They have one son, by the name of 
Woodward H. 

Hugh Reed of Newcastle, Cumberland County, Pa., had 
John and William of Chambersburg, and James M. of No. 
130, North Third Street, Philadelphia, who married Anna 
Covode. Children, — John Covode and Jennie. 

John Reed of Snow Hill, Worcester County, Md., married 
an Oliver. Children, — John, who died in Iowa; Jacob; 
Mary ; Vashti ; Sarah ; Eliza. 

Jacob, the son of John, married Martha Lackey. Chil- 
dren, — William A., Mary, Anna J., Joseph R., Jacob 0., 
Lucy C, Edward H., George K., Alvan H. He lives at No. 
301, South Second Street, Philadelphia ; and is a prominent 
member ami deacon of a Baptist church. 

William A., the son of Deacon Jacob, is a physician, and 
lives at No. 1103, Arch Street ; and is also a professor of 
physiology in the Homoeopathic Medical College of Penn- 
sylvania. He married Mary, the daughter of Rev. Thomas 
Brown, Jan. 2, 1849. Children, — William A., born 
Aug. 19, 1851 ; Ella D., Aug. 20, 1856. 



REID OF ETHAN ALLEN NOTORIETY, AND OTHERS. 507 



CHAPTER XXVII. 



REID OF ETHAN ALLEN NOTORIETY, AND OTHERS. 



John Reid, son of Alexander of Stralock, Scot., was born 
Jan. 13, 1722 ; graduated at Edinburgh, and entered the 
army. He served under Gen. Amherst in the French War. 
He was stationed at Albany till 1763 ; when he was sent to 
the relief of Fort Pitt, then besieged by Indians. He ob- 
tained a grant of a large tract of land on Otter Creek, in 
Vermont ; and was the Col. Reid against whom the cele- 
brated Ethan Allen figured so conspicuously. He became 
major-general in 1781, and lieutenant-general in 1793. He 
died at his residence in London, Feb. 6, 1807, aged eighty- 
five. He was a celebrated flute-player. He left a large 
fortune, which he gave to the founding of a music-college 
after the decease of an only daughter. 

1. James Read came from the county of Kent, in Eng., 
to America, in 1705, and settled in Cambridge, near the 
Meeting-house. A portion of the burying-ground was taken 
from his house-lot in 1767. Married, for his first wife, Sarah 
Batson, Aug. 12, 1714: she died Dec. 25, 1721. Child,— 
James, born Oct. 9, 1721. Married, for second wife, Mary 
Oldharn, April 3, 1722. He was a tanner, and an influential 
and wealthy man. 

2. James, son of James and Sarah, born in Cambridge, 



508 RE1D OP ETHAN ALLEN NOTORIETY, AND OTHERS. 

Oct. 9, 1721 ; married Hannah Stacy, daughter of the 
Rev. Mr. Stacy of Kingston, Sept. 24, 1744 : she died 
Sept. 22, 1788. Children, — Mary C, born Oct. 8, 1745, 
died April 10, 1748 ; James, born Feb. 1, 1750, died July 29, 
1750 ; Sarah, born Oct. 30, 1747 ; James, July 21, 1751, 
died Sept. 14, 1814 ; Joseph, born Sept. 10, 1753, died 
Sept. 14, 1753 ; Joseph Stacy, born Oct. 31, 1754 ; Hannah, 
Sept. 21, 1757. He died July 31, 1770. 

3. James, son of James and Hannah, born July 21, 1751 ; 
married Betsy Wait of Ipswich, Dec. 3, 1772. Child, — 
James, born June 27, 1773. 

4. James, son of James and Betsy, born June 27, 1773 ; 
married Mary Stebbins Brown, Aug. 1, 1799. Children, — 
Eliza, born on the Island of Tobago, Aug. 13, 1800 ; James 
Barnard, born on the Island of Tobago, Aug. 26, 1802. 

5. James B., son of James and Mary S. B., born Aug. 26, 
1802; married Emily Wyeth, Nov. 9, 1828. Children,— 
George James, Charles A., Emily B. He keeps at No. 680, 
Washington Street, Boston. 

3. Joseph Stacy Read, son of James and Hannah, born at 
Cambridge, Oct. 21, 1754; married Esther Goodwin of Ply- 
mouth, Sept. 5, 1783. He was postmaster in Cambridge 
for many years. Children, — Sally, born July 11, 1784; 
Esther, Oct. 17, 1785 ; Joseph Stacy, Aug. 17, 1787 ; James, 
Nov. 19, 1789; John, Sept. 10, 1793; Elizabeth, Aug. 2, 
1795 ; William, May 10, 1798, died July 15, 1799 ; Wil- 
liam, born April 12, 1800 ; Mary, Sept. 19, 1802, died 
Jan. 4, 1854 ; Lucy, born Oct. 29, 1804, died Sept. 7, 1805. 

4. Joseph Stacy, son of Joseph Stacy and Esther, born at 
Cambridge, Aug. 17, 1787 ; married Sally Goodwin of Ply- 
mouth, Mass., Oct. 25, 1819. Children, — Sarah, born 
Aug. 11, 1820 ; Joseph Stacy, Jan. 21, 1824, died young; 
Lucy Esther, born Jan. 3, 1826, died young ; Lucy Esther, 
born March 2, 1827 ; Mary Elizabeth, April 12, 1830, died 





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REID OP ETHAN ALLEN NOTORIETY, AND OTHERS. 509 

young ; Joseph Stacy, born Oct. 1, 1832 ; James John, 
Jan. 10, 1835. He was a prominent member of the Mecha- 
nics' Charitable Association. He died May 24, 1853, aged 
sixty-six years and ten months. He was engaged in the 
harness-business, at No. 11, Exchange Street, Boston ; and 
carried on an extensive traffic in all manner of wares, to such 
an extent, that his store became proverbial as the place where 
all manner of odd articles could be obtained. It is said that 
a wager was once laid between two men, that an article could 
not be called for which he had not on hand : and the party 
taking the negative called for a second-hand pulpit, and be- 
hold he had it stored away in one of the lofts ; and the next 
article called for was a second-hand wheelbarrow-wheel, with 
the same result. The business is still carried on by his sons, 
who have moved to Tremont Row ; but the family make 
Cambridge their residence. 

James, son of Joseph Stacy and Esther Goodwin Read, 
born Nov. 19, 1789 ; married Hannah Palmer, daughter of 
Capt. Joseph and Jerusha Johnson Palmer, Dec. 6, 1815. 
She was a descendant of Stephen Palmer, who settled in 
Cambridge the latter part of the seventeenth century. 
There is a tradition that he came from the county of Kent 
in England. He was a tanner. The Palmer Family, for a 
long time, owned the estate adjacent to and lying on the 
south side of the old Cambridge Burying-ground. The last 
of the name who owned and lived on this estate was Major 
John Palmer, whose house was near the magnificent elm 
which was cut down a few years since. The children of 
James and Hannah Read are four : viz., Lucy Richmond ; 
Helen Maria, wife of George Gardner of Boston ; Louisa, 
wife of Christopher C. Chadwick of Boston ; Sarah Eliza- 
beth. Mr. Read has for many years been an active and pro- 
minent merchant of Boston, and is now the senior partner of 
the mercantile house of Reed, Gardner, and Company, con- 



510 REID OF ETHAN ALLEN NOTORIETY, AND OTHERS. 

sisting of James Read, Henry J. Gardner (late Governor of the 
Commonwealth), Samuel P. Dexter, and Arthur H. Poor. 
On account of the special business of the firm, they are de- 
nominated " domestic-goods commission-merchants." Mi- 
Read is interested in, and treasurer or manager of, several 
large establishments, — all, except one, situated in Massa- 
chusetts, — in which, for the most part, cotton goods are 
manufactured. 

Prior to 1842, Mr. Read had for a long period been engaged 
in the importing and jobbing business. About the commence- 
ment of that year, having made great importations and very 
extensive sales, he found his indebtedness large, the money- 
market stringent, and his collections, owing to divers unfore- 
seen adverse causes existing at that time, slow, difficult, and 
very unsatisfactory. He saw that it would be necessary for 
him to devote all his efforts and energies, for a considerable 
period, to the collection of his debts and the closing-up of 
his concerns, by means of which he would not be able for 
several years, perhaps, to engage with activity and confidence 
in any new and prosperous business ; and probably the result 
of his labors in settling up his old affairs would be, that, in 
addition to the loss of much valuable time, he would find 
himself, with diminished energy and without capital, unable 
to enter upon some new line of business with an assurance 
of success. 

Under these circumstances, he, with much foresight and 
wisdom, concluded at once to suspend payment ; believing 
that such a course would be most prudent with regard to 
the interest of his creditors, and the only expedient one for 
himself. He then availed himself of the provisions of an ex- 
isting law of Congress, and gave up all his property to judi- 
cious, efficient assignees. The amount of his indebtedness 
was quite large ; but the same was much exceeded by the 
nominal amount of his assets, a considerable portion of which 






REID OF ETHAN ALLEN NOTORIETY, AND OTHERS. 511 

was available property. In a few months his assignees de- 
clared a dividend ; which, after paying all the interest that 
had accrued, exceeded fifty cents on a dollar of the principal 
of all his debts. 

Soon after his suspension, he formed a copartnership with 
the two gentlemen who are now his sons-in-law. They put 
into the concern ample capital for carrying on the business 
of domestic-goods commission -merchants. The circum- 
stances under which he commenced this new business were 
quite auspicious. The money-market had become easy, the 
rate of interest not exceeding four to five per cent on prime 
paper. The manufacturing business was good, the quantity 
of goods turned out was large, and the sales were quick. The 
new firm at once entered upon a prosperous business. The 
senior partner's old friends, and many others, consigned 
their goods to his new house for sale ; and, when the divi- 
dend of upwards of fifty cents on a dollar of the principal of 
all old debts was paid at an early day, perfect confidence 
was felt by the manufacturers, by all business-men, and by 
the whole community, in the new firm. 

The assignees closed up the settlement of the old concern, 
and paid off more than five-sixths of the whole indebtedness. 
Within a comparatively short period, Mr. Read found him- 
self able to pay off the balance not paid by his assignees. His 
creditors, who had already been paid an amount of dividend 
quite extraordinary, and had given their debtor a full dis- 
charge, were much siirprised when they had notice to call at 
Mr. Read's counting-room, and receive the residue of their 
respective claims. 

The course of Mr. Read was so honorable, and satisfactory 
to his old creditors, that they expressed their gratification by 
formal resolutions and other marked tokens of their respect 
and regard. Since that time, he has enjoyed a course of 
uninterrupted success and prosperity. His mercantile credit 



512 REID OF ETHAN ALLEN NOTORIETY, AND OTHERS. 

now rests on a solid foundation, not to be affected by the 
revulsions of business ; and the character for sagacity, intel- 
ligence, and integrity, which he has borne during his whole 
career, shines with increased brightness with his advancing 
years. Mr. Read has often been called on to render timely 
assistance, when merchants and friends have found them- 
selves in embarrassment and perplexity ; and no one can be 
named who has rendered more valuable aid as referee, as 
adviser and composer of difficulties, or who has been more 
ready than he to contribute his full share of labor towards 
forming new arrangements, and reconstructing or settling- 
old concerns in the best possible manner, or to exert his 
practical wisdom for the benefit of others, and to put his 
hand in his pocket for every good purpose at the right time 
and in the right way. 

While it is intended to refrain from alluding, on this 
occasion, to matters and circumstances of a private charac- 
ter, yet it seems not improper to say, that at the time his 
business was interrupted, in 1842, he was sustained and con- 
soled by the kindest sympathy, and by timely assurances of 
co-operation, from the several members of his family, all 
of whom were ready to pass with smiling fortitude through 
a season of apparent adversity, and to do all in their power 
to regain the means of carrying out honest and benevolent 
purposes in a future career of prosperity. 

4. John, son of Joseph Stacy Read and Esther, born 
Sept. 10, 1793 ; married Lucy G. Atkins of Newburyport. 
Children, — John; Horace; Herbert and Cornelia (twins), 
born March 22, 1850 ; Lucy, Nov. 17, 1853. He is an ex- 
tensive dealer in English and fancy goods, near the College, 
in Cambridge. 

4. Elizabeth, daughter of Joseph Stacy Read and Esther, 
born Aug. 2, 1795 ; married Josiah N. Marshall, July 23, 
1823. Mr. Marshall died Nov. 23, 1852. Children,— 



REID OP ETHAN ALLEN NOTORIETY, AND OTHERS. 513 

Mary Elizabeth ; Sarah ; Joseph Stacy, died March 8, 1848 ; 
Caroline Esther; Emily, died Sept. 11, 1836. 

4. William, son of Joseph Stacy and Esther, born April 12, 
1800 ; married Sally G. Atkins of Newburyport, Jan. 3, 
1828. Children,— Sarah A., born Aug. 2, 1829, died 3d; 
William, born March 16, 1832 ; Mary S., Nov. 10, 1835, 
died May 26, 1838 ; Sarah A., born Feb. 24, 1838 ; John, 
May 19, 1840 ; Charles C, March 1, 1843 ; Edward, May 16, 
1847 ; Nathaniel Goodwin, Aug. 15, 1849 ; Anna, March 25, 
1852. He keeps hardware, guns, &c, in Faneuil-hall 
Square ; and, though he keeps one of the largest establish- 
ments of the kind in the country, he never gives his note, 
doing wholly a cash business. 

5. William, son of William and Sally, married Anna 
Maria Wheeler of Worcester, Nov. 13, 1856, and keeps with 
his father in Faneuil-hall Square. 



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514 KEEDS, READS, OR REIDS, NOT FULLY TRACED. 



CHAPTEK XXVIII. 



KEEDS, READS, OR REIDS, NOT FULLY TRACED. 



Ebenezer of Jericho, Vt., had Zantha, Miron, and Phi- 
lander. 

Philander, the son of Ebenezer, settled in Plattsburg ; 
married Electa Richardson. Children, — Sarah Ann, who 
died young ; Clela Maria ; Elbridge H. ; Joshua R., who 
lives in Cincinnati, 0. ; Harriet G. 

Elbridge H., son of Philander, married Nancy Chaffee, at 
Thompson, Conn., Oct. 3, 1841. Children, — Sarah Ann, 
born July 7, 1844 ; Charles K. E., July 13, 1857. 

Josiah Read of Swansea, N.H. Children, — Aldrich, born 
in 1814; Asa, 1816. 

Aldrich, son of Josiah, married in Sherburne, Mass., to 
Louisa Mann, Nov. 27, 1856. 

Asa, son of Josiah, married in Sherburne to Hannah 
Mann, Nov. 24, 1853. Child, — Sybell Marshall, born 
Oct. 31, 1854. 

Henry H. Reed of Nashua married Ann M. Jones, 
Sept. 21, 1847. Children, — a daughter, born March 1, 
1851 ; a son, Nov. 15, 1852. 

John Reed married Lucinda. Children, — John, born at 
Nashua, June 15, 1837 ; Ann Lucinda, June 16, 1842. 

James M. Reed married Joanna. Children, — Lucy Ann, 
born at Nashua, Aug. 30, 1837 ; James Augustus, Dec. 13, 
1840 ; Bethiah E., Jan. 29, 1842 ; a son, July 21, 1852. 



REEDS, READS, OR REIDS, NOT FULLY TRACED. 515 

John married Hannah. One child, born at Nashua, 
April 8, 1855. 

Calvin Reed had a son, born in Nashua, May 7, 1856. 

Moses Read married Esther. Child, — ■ Mary, born at At- 
tleborough, Sept. 26, 1812. 

Abijah of Nashua had a son Abijah, who married Lydia 
Hardy of Dunstable, Nov. 20, 1794. 

James T. of Pembroke, who was son of Cyrus and Cynthia, 
married Nancy, the daughter of Benjamin and Sophia Pierce. 
Children, — James B., who died May 31, 1856; Susan A., 
born in Pembroke, Feb. 4, 1855, and died June 7 of the 
same year ; James, born May 31, 1856. 

Thomas of Hanson married Charlotte. Child, — Hope, 
who died Dec. 23, 1846, aged ten months and eleven 
days. 

Obadiah married Abigail. Child, — Appleton. 

Appleton, son of Obadiah, married in Hanson to Mehala 
dishing, March 6, 1849. Child, — Prank Abbot. 

Joseph of Barrington, Mass., known as Esquire Read, had 
a daughter Lydia, born in 1747. 

William H., of the Taunton stock, married Amanda. 
Child, — William H., born at Rehoboth, Dec. 2, 1843. 

Robert of Wrentham married Elizabeth J. Wiggin. 
Child, — John P., born May 11, 1854. 

Oliver of Wrentham married Betty Force, Nov. 4, 1770. 
Child, — Oliver. 

Oliver, son of Oliver and Betty, married Chickering Read, 
March 26, 1801. 

Adam Reed of Boston married Margaret Derkin, June 11, 
1699. Child, — Adam, born in Boston, Feb. 18, 1702. 

Thomas married in Boston to Mary Fifield, March 1, 1707. 
Child, — James, born Sept. 16, 1707. Married, for second 
wife, Sarah Niles, Sept. 14, 1709. Child, — Sarah, born 
May 12, 1711. 



516 REEDS, EEADS, OR REIDS, NOT FULLY TRACED. 

Bridges Reed of Marblehead married in Boston to Mary. 
Child, — Mary, born May 12, 1712. 

John of Boston, whose wife was Hannah, had a son Tho- 
mas, who was born in 1759, and died in Boston, Oct. 8, 
1765, and buried in the Granary Burying-ground. 

John of Milton had a son John, who married Amanda M. 
J. Baker, Dec. 13, 1851. 

Robert of Boston had a son James, who married Mary 
Todd, June 19, 1851. 

Edward married Susan Palmer. Child, — James G., born 
in Boston, Oct. 19, 1855. 

John T. of Weymouth married Sarah J. ' Child, — Maria 
A., born Aug. 22, 1850. 

John B. married Emily Loud. Child, — Emily B., born 
in Weymouth, Oct. 12, 1851. 

Daniel F. married Joanna. Child, — Frank E., born at 
Weymouth, Oct. 8, 1854. 

J. F. Reed married Sarah J. Tirrell, Sept. 23, 1849. 
Child, — Linnie, born at Weymouth, Sept. 16, 1855. 

Silas married Louisa Richmond, Aug. 22, 1841. Child, 
— Levi R., born at Weymouth, March 27, 1851 ; Elbridge, 
July 7, 1853. 

Thomas of Mendon married Sarah Burder, July 23, 1838. 
Children, — Edward, born Aug. 22,1839; Walter, July 6, 
1841. 

Robert of Abington married Polly. Child, — Alonzo 
Harrington, born Nov. 3, 1829. 

Thomas of Abington married Lydia Jenkins, April 12, 
1810. Children, — Thomas, born April 25, 1812 ; Lydia J., 
June 15, 1814 ; Wolston, Dec. 29, 1819 ; Lucinda C, 
Dec. 11, 1834. 

Thomas, son of Thomas and Lydia, born April 25, 1812 ; 
married Acsah Wesson of Wayland. Child, — Thomas F. 
Thomas died, and his widow married Brackley Shaw, jun. 



REEDS, READS, OR REIDS, NOT FULLY TRACED. 517 

Brewer Reed of Boston had William C, and Eliza, who 
married James Whitney. 

Justus 0. of East Windsor, Vt., had a son John H., born 
in 1823, and married in Boston to Mary M. Warren, July 4, 
1854. Children, — James, who was married in Boston to 
Mary Todd, June 19, 1851 ; Robert, who married Sarah G. 
Huntress, and had Susan E., born at Charlestown, June 15, 
1854 ; Samuel R. ; Robert H., May 31, 1857. 

Abraham of Dorchester married Mary Rollins, Sept. 25, 
1818. Children, — George T., born in 1823, and married 
Mary Higgins, Dec. 15, 1856 ; Nathaniel, 1827, married Mary 
Ann Ayers, May 3, 1852. 

Joseph of Newburyport had a son William, born in 1820, 
who was married in Boston to Julia A. Murphy, for second 
wife, June 1, 1854. 

Jacob of Charlton married Desire Skelton, June 4, 1816. 
Child, — Rebecca, born in Woburn, June 16, 1821. 

Charles C. Reed of Brookfield married Jane. Children, 
— Caroline E., born Sept. 3, 1842; Maria Jane, July 31, 
1844. 

Durfee Read married Wealthy Keene of Somerset. Chil- 
dren, — Elizabeth, born at Somerset, and married Simpson 
Jones ; William D., born July 18, 1795. 

William Read married Clinda Tingley. Children, — ■ 
Maria, born at Attleborough, June 24, 1793 ; Ezra C, 
June 27, 1798 ; Herbert A., Nov. 18, 1801. 

Nathan married Phebe. Child, — Robert, born at Swan- 
sea, March 3, 1779. 

Samuel married Mary. Children, — Andrew Jackson, 
born at Swansea, Jan. 15, 1815 ; Mary Ann, Jan. 15, 1819 ; 
Nelson Stillman, Oct. 6, 1821 ; Julia M., Jan. 25, 1823 ; 
Hannah G., March 10, 1826. 

William M. of Swansea married Elizabeth. Child, — 
Ella W., born at Providence. 



518 REEDS, READS, OR RE1DS, NOT FULLY TRACED. 

Jacob of Littleton. Children, — Elizabeth, born June 20, 
1839 ; Mary G., May 30, 1841. 

Joseph E. of Littleton married Frances M. Tnttle, May 1, 
1851. Child, — Lorenzo G., born Aug. 25, 1851. 

Jefferson Reed of Littleton married Susan. Children, — 
Lucy Ann, who married Alvan Rhodes ; Mary, born Oct. 15, 
1853. 

Benjamin, son of Col. Jonathan of Littleton, was born 
Jan. 13, 1779 ; married Mary Litchfield ; published Novem- 
ber, 1797. 

John W. of Brookfield married Abigail. Child, — Wil- 
liam Wirt, born Feb. 14, 1837. 

George of Brookfield had a son George, who died October, 
1840. 

Joseph married Susan, and had a son Joseph, who mar- 
ried Nancy M. Lincoln, Dec. 5, 1847. 

Thomas of Framingham had a daughter Mary, born 
July 12, 1846. 

Daniel B. married Martha. Children, — Charles B., born 
at Framingham, Nov. 18, 1852 ; Emma A., Nov. 11, 1856. 

Jonathan of Wrentham, born in 1745 ; married Susanna 
Shepherd, July 31, 1771. Children, — Jonathan, born at 
Wrentham, Sept. 4, 1773 ; Susanna, Sept. 4, 1775. He 
died Nov. 9, 1806, in a fit, while at work at his bench. 

David of Westminster, Mass., had three sons : viz., Asa, 
who now lives on the homestead of his father ; Abraham ; 
and David, who died in 1855, leaving a widow. 

John C. of Nova Scotia married Elizabeth, and lives in 
Abington. Child, — Clarence Herbert, born Aug. 25, 1852. 

James of Plymouth married Lucy Fish, Nov. 6, 1788. 
Children, — Betsy, born June 1, 1789 ; James, Nov. 24, 
1791 ; Polly, April 28, 1794 ; Ruth, Oct. 26, 1796 ; Samuel, 
April 24, 1803 ; Hezekiah B., June 10, 1805 ; Henry, March, 
1808 ; Sally, June 7, 1811. 



REEDS, READS, OR REIDS, NOT FULLY TRACED. 519 

Nathan of Plymouth married Rebecca Morton, April 7, 
1796. 

Levi of Pembroke married Lucy Dotan of Plymouth, 
Jan. 7, 1799. 

James, jun., son of James and Lucy, married Sally Hatha- 
way, Aug. 29, 1812. Children, — James, born at Plymouth, 
Oct. 10, 1813 ; Silas, June 22, 1815, died Oct. 8, 1816 ; Silas, 
born June 2, 1817; Lemuel, Aug. 25, 1819; Lucy Ann, 
Jan. 1, 1820, died 1821 ; Joseph Allen, born July 19, 1822 ; 
Sarah ; James, Aug. 14, 1825. 

Lemuel, son of James, jun., of Plymouth, born Aug. 25, 
1819 ; married Lydia D. Hutchinson, Feb. 13, 1840. 

Hezekiah, son of James and Lucy, born at Plymouth, 
June 10, 1805. Child, — Deborah A., born at Plymouth, 
Dec. 3, 1846. 

Silas, son of James and Sally, born June 2, 1817. Chil- 
dren, — John G., born at Plymouth, Oct. 15, 1848 ; Lemuel, 
Oct. 2, 1846. 

James, son of James. Child, — Judith, born at Plymouth, 
Aug. 28, 1846. 

George Reid of Ireland had a son James M., who was mar- 
ried in Boston to Ann Powell, July 31, 1854. 

Mitchel Read of England had a son Peter, who was mar- 
ried in Boston to Barbary Brogan, Jan. 18, 1855. 

Edward of Boston had a son James, born in 1834, married 
in Boston Susan Palmer, Oct. 19, 1855. 

James of Ireland had James, born in 1832 ; married in 
Boston to Margaret Collins, June 30, 1856. 

John of Bangor, Me., had Samuel H., born in 1831 ; mar- 
ried in Boston to Parmelia Vose, April 22, 1856. 

William of Ireland had Joseph in 1833, married in Bos- 
ton to Maria Paradise, Oct. 23, 1856, and settled in Lowell. 

John of Nova Scotia had James M. in 1839; married in 
Boston Catherine T. M'Carty, Nov. 5, 1852. 



520 REEDS, READS, OR REIDS, NOT FULLY TRACED. 

Abraham of Fitchburg, Mass., had a Benjamin A., who 
married in Boston Eliza Howe, Jan. 9, 1852, and settled in 
Worcester. 

Robert of Nova Scotia had Stephen C, who married in 
Boston to Eliza P. Crowe, June 5, 1854. 

Joseph of England had Joseph, who was married in Boston 
to Caroline White, Feb. 24, 1854. 

William of Scotland had James ; married in Boston to 
Margaret Graham, Jan. 16, 1854. 

James of Boston, a harness-maker, came from New 
Brunswick. 

John of Newport had John D., born at Newport, Dec. 16, 
1777, and married Lydia Chase, July 15, 1798. 

Robert Reed came from Balla Willa in Ireland, and set- 
tled in Lancaster, Pa., about the year 1798. He married 
Mary Walker. Child, — Robert S. 



MISCELLANEOUS LIST OP MARRIAGES. 521 



CHAPTER XXIX. 



MISCELLANEOUS LIST OF MARRIAGES. 



The following is principally a list of marriages found upon 
the records ; and the author, unable to attach them to their 
respective families, inserts them, as they may be of use to 
those interested. 

John of Nashua married Dolly Lenned, Sept. 15, 1794. 

James of Dunstable married Rhoda Farnam, Feb. 24, 
1828. 

Merrick Read of Westford married Lucinda J. Bennett, 
Aug. 8, 1844. 

Elbridge G. of Lowell married Martha Bicknall, Oct. 11, 
1844. 

Alonzo of Nashua married Mary A. Holt, Dec. 6, 1846. 

Hiram of Nashua married Sarah W. Powers, June 26, 
1847. 

George married Fanny Colburn of Pittston, Me. ; published 
Aug. 9, 1802. 

William Augustus Reed of Groton married Almira Gil- 
son, June 8, 1848. 

Alpheus J. of Westford married Sarah Parker, July 17, 
1849. 

Warren H. of Tyngsborough married Martha M. Davis, 
Oct. 27, 1849. 



522 MISCELLANEOUS LIST OF MARRIAGES. 

. James H. of Lowell married Elizabeth C. Kingsbury of 
Keene, N.H., Feb. 28, 1858. 

Ira W. of Nashua married Caroline H. Newton, Feb. 23, 
1851. 

Abraham of Westford married Mary A. Cummings of 
Tyngsborough, Dec. 26, 1852. 

David of Weymouth to Joanna F. Cushing of Bi*aintree, 
July 6, 1853. 

G. W. of Nashua to Sarah A. Balcom, May 26, 1855. 

Erastus B. of Peterborough, N.H., to Mary H. C. Green- 
wood, Sept. 1, 1856. 

William of Merrimack, N.H., to Mary A. Clark of Nashua, 
May 6, 1856. 

Oliver of Wrentham to Betty Force, Nov. 14, 1700. 

Edwin of Mansfield to Sarah T. Cobb, Oct. 2, 1839. 

John of Wrentham to Catherine Murphey, Nov. 5, 1848. 

Joseph, jun., of Taunton, to Mrs. Abigail Harvey, April 8, 
1776. 

Amos to Lydia Walker, Nov. 16, 1769. 

Capt. Z. L. Reed of Dighton to Mary Brown, Sept. 19, 
1802. 

John W. to Mary A. Border, Jan. 14, 1833. 

Jonathan, jun., of Berkeley, to Abigail Axtell, Nov. 5, 
1772. 

Jonathan, jun., of Berkeley, to Hannah Chase, Aug. 9, 
1778. 

Charles of Swansea to Zilpha Myrack, Feb. 17, 1773. 

Ebenezer of Taunton to Lydia Haskin, Aug. 24, 1782. 

George, 3d, of Freetown, to Isabel Evan, July 10, 1789. 

Thomas of Taunton to Mary Briggs, Sept. 18, 1783. 

Gilbert of Dighton to Delia Ann Peck, Oct. 26, 1834. 

Alfred of Dighton to Eunice E. Paul, Aug. 10, 1846. 

Olaudo H. of Dighton to Abby E. Williams, Oct. 12, 
1847. 



MISCELLANEOUS LIST OP MARRIAGES. 523 

Marcus of Attleborough to Maiy E. Cobb of Foxborough, 
Oct. 20, 1839. 

Thomas J. of Randolph, Mass., married Mary D. Cope- 
land of North Bridgewater, Feb. 8, 1831. 

William Reed and Huldah Tubbs married in Pembroke, 
Mass., Jan. 21, 1776. 

Luther of Pembroke to Deborah Briant, Aug. 9, 1821. 

Daniel A., son of David A. of Abington, married in Han- 
son to Betsy D. Keith, Nov. 3, 1850. 

William of Boston to Ann Robinson, Nov. 17, 1712. 

John of Boston to Elizabeth, Aug. 14, 1734. 

John of Boston to Dorcas Lang, June 3, 1770. 

Nathan of Boston to Susanna Wood, Feb. 9, 1742. 

Joseph of Boston to Sarah Wiley, Jan. 1, 1765. 

Andrew of Boston to Mary Stors, June 4, 1774. He died 
in 1770, as appears by the administration of his estate in 
Essex County. 

William of Taunton, now of Dighton, to Sally Hathaway, 
Feb. 22, 1818. 

Harvey Reed of Wrentham to Sally Briggs of Wellington, 
now Dighton, May 16, 1825. 

Seth of Dighton to Matilda Smith, April 24, 1823. 

Thomas of Boston to Mary Hunnewell, Aug. 29, 1756. 

Thomas of Boston to Sarah Ridgeway. 

Thomas of Boston to Elizabeth Porter, Feb. 20, 1734. 

John of Boston to Margaret Dolphin, May 9, 1732. 

William of Boston to Elizabeth Smith, June 30, 1732. 

John of Boston to Eliza Barnes, July 17, 1729. 

Aaron of Boston to Mary Soper, June 22, 1727. 

Jonathan of Boston to Mary Winkull, June 21, 1724. 

William of Boston to Mary Howell, April 22, 1723. 

Joel of Boston to Elizabeth Johnson, March 30, 1807. 

John of Boston to Hannah Burns, July 11, 1803. 

John of Boston to Sally May, April 9, 1801. 



524 MISCELLANEOUS LIST OF MARRIAGES. 

William of Boston to Nancy Gregory, July 16, 1797 : had 
probably been previously married to Elizabeth Hull, June 6, 
1793. 

John H. married in Boston to Hannah Mason, Oct. 15, 
1804. 

Andrew married in Boston to Bridget Davis, Dec. 3, 
1835. 

Holland married in Boston to Mary R. Sawyer, July 26, 
1835. 

Nicholas G. married in Boston to Almira Larry, Aug. 19, 
1835. 

William in Boston to Mary Brooks, April 21, 1836. 

Abel M. in Boston to Bebecca Planter, Nov. 1, 1835. 

Stephen A. of Mendon to Lydia Williams, Oct. 17, 1830. 

John in Boston to Mary Winslow (colored), Dec. 9, 1813. 

John in Boston to Elizabeth Newcomb, Jan. 14, 1810. 

Thomas in Boston to Sally Thorning, Sept. 11, 1788. 

Charles S. in Boston to Frances J. Grant. 

Charles E. in Boston to Mahala R. Williams, March 18, 
1834. 

George in Boston to Caroline E. Godfrey, Sept. 3, 1837. 

John of Rosbury to Charlotte Tyrell, May 4, 1837. 

William C. in Boston to Lydia Thorndyke, Nov. 14, 1834. 

James W. in Boston to Mary F. Sanborn, Oct. 19, 1836. 

William in Boston to Hassen, March 2, 1836. 

Benjamin H. in Boston to Elizabeth A. Tukesbury, Sept. 10, 
1834. 

Thomas in Boston to Mary Porter, Nov. 7, 1834. 

Dean S. in Boston to Hannah Merser, July 25, 1833. 

John in Boston to Mary Barrey, Sept. 18, 1833. 

John in Boston to Mary Gilbert, Nov. 22, 1829. 

Henry in Boston to Ann Howard, Jan. 30, 1828. 

Thaddeus in Boston to Catherine O. Dow, July 27, 1825. 

Henry in Boston to Rhoda Crosby, 1825. 



MISCELLANEOUS LIST OF MARRIAGES. 525 

John in Boston to Eliza Gilbert, Dec. 26, 1824. 

Joseph in Boston to Eliza Cummings, July 16, 1821. 

John of Brighton married in Boston to Phebe Manly, 
Nov. 28, 1821. 

John in Boston to Miranda Barker, Nov. 12, 1820. 

James in Boston to Mary Huntington, March 25, 1819. 

George, jun., in Boston, to Jerusha Gould, Nov. 9, 
1851. 

Amos in Boston to Abigail Davison, May 1, 1817. 

Augustus in Boston to Lydia Walcott, Oct. 30, 1817. 

James in Boston to Abigail Wilson (colored), June 5, 
1816. 

Andrew in Boston to Lydia Burbank, July 2, 1799. 

Edward in Boston to Rachel Lovekin, May 9, 1797. 

Joseph in Boston to Mary Hanley, Aug. 21, 1814. 

Silas in Boston to Betsy Whitcomb, June 14, 1818. 

Edmond in Boston to Mahala Rex, April 7, 1814. 

Charles in Boston to Sophia W. Clark, June 11, 1845. 

William G. in Boston to Caroline E. Brown, April 9, 
1845. 

Samuel H. in Boston to Ann B. Crehore, July 30, 1844. 

James W. in Boston to Ann dishing, May 14, 1845. 

Albert in Boston to Margaret Leavett, July 14, 1844. 

Augustus in Boston to Mary Ann, Dec. 23, 1844. 

George B. in Boston to Hannah M. Farrell, Nov. 13, 
1843. 

Thomas P. to Jane Jeffers (colored), Dec. 21, 1843. 

John in Boston to Mary Sweeney, April 26, 1843. 

George in Boston to Susan A. T. Cutler, May 1, 1843. 

James in Boston to Harriet Meer, Dec. 17, 1842. 

Charles H. in Boston to Mary B. Davis, Nov. 27, 1840. 

Henry in Boston to Eliza Collins, Nov. 11, 1841. 

Thomas in Boston to Charlotte Clark, September, 1839. 

William in Boston to Jane Jones, Oct. 24, 1838. 



526 MISCELLANEOUS LIST OP MARRIAGES. 

Timothy in Boston to Abigail Frothingham, Jan. 11, 
1853. 

James of Scotland, son of Thomas, married in Boston to 
Mary Welch, Nov. 10, 1851. 

George, son of Reuben of Freeport, Me., married in Bos- 
ton to Maria Carney, July 8, 1851. 

Thomas in Boston to Ann Sinclair, June 22, 1851. 

Daniel of Sharon married in Boston to Mary Ann Rich- 
ardson, Dec. 8, 1847. 

Thomas B. in Boston to Mary J. Pratt, June 8, 1843. 

Charles in Boston to Ann Shields, Sept. 2, 1845. 

Alonzo in Boston to Rebecca T. Clark, April 19, 1845. 

Francis of Tolland, Conn., married in Westborough, Mass., 
to Harriet Alexander, April 28, 1828. 

Rufus W. of Westborough to Mary Ann Bower, Nov. 30, 
1837. 

Andrew P. of Westborough to Martha B. Stone, April 8, 
1851. 

Jonathan married in Chelmsford to Deborah Farrer, 
June 27, 1781. 

Anson of Warren, Mass., to Tryphenia Tyler, Sept. 11, 
1833. 

Nathan of Brookfield to Rachel Streeter, Aug. 20, 1720. 

John, jun., of Brookfield, Mass., in Boston, to Martha 
Richmond, May 11, 1772. 

Daniel of Framingham to Mary Parmenter of Sudbury, 
Sept. 9, 1822. 

Dr. William W. Reed of Rochester, N.Y., in Framingham, 
Mass., to Eliza Manson, Sept. 12, 1836. 

Jonathan of Framingham to Mary E. Belcher, March 13, 
1842. 

Horatio of Natick to Mary Phillips of Framingham, Oct 25, 
1844. 

Franklin to Emily Crosby, Aug. 10, 1834. 



MISCELLANEOUS LIST OF MARRIAGES. 527 

William of Belcliertown to Alvira P. Hale of North Brook- 
field, April 5, 1842. 

Sampson of North Brookfield to Maria J. Henshaw of 
Charlton ; published April 3, 1843. 

Daniel B. of Wayland to Martha A. Marden, March 15, 
1842. 

Benjamin F. of Natick to Louisa Coggin, Oct. 30, 1848. 

Hiram T. of Providence to Susan W. Northup, Nov. 13, 
1842. 

John M. of Franklin to Mary Ann Shepherdson, Oct. 22, 
1843. 

Horatio N. to Susan F. Sunderland, Oct. 19, 1845. 

Aaron H. to Sophronia Cook, both of Douglass, June 26, 
1847. 

James L. of Worcester to Nancy B. Johnson, Jan. 20, 
1847. 

James of Sekonk to Amanda Read, June 24, 1847. 

George A. to Sophia C. Smith, April 1, 1849. 

Thomas to Lucretia Moffet, Aug. 1, 1849. 

Cyrus B. to Hannah M. Bigsby, both of Thompson, Conn., 
June 21, 1852. 

John to Phebe Paddock of Middleborough, Oct. 30, 1832. 

Nathaniel to Sophronia Lovell at Middleborough, April 17, 
1828. 

William to Eunice R. Sturdivant, June 6, 1839. 

Otis A. to Stelta Raymond at Middleborough, November, 
1837. 

John of Old Dunstable to Dolly Lund, Sept. 15, 1794. 

James Wheeler to Hannah Reed, Feb. 11, 1794. 

James Reed of Killingly, Conn., to Margaret Hunnewell 
in Charlestown, Oct. 6, 1764. 

John of Boston to Hannah Eustice of Chelsea ; published 
in Boston, April, 1756. 

Noah Read to Fear Read, Jan. 28, 1773. 



528 MISCELLANEOUS LIST OP MARRIAGES. 

Moses, 3d, of Sharon, to Lucy Dogget of Rehoboth, Oct. 12, 
1780. 

John of Wrentham to Lydia Jones of Rehoboth, April 19, 
1804. 

Andrew at New Providence to Eliza S. Staples, March 7, 
1842. Lives at Central Palls. 

Timothy in Boston to Abigail Frothingham, Jan. 11, 1853. 



JOSIAH READ OF CONNECTICUT. 529 



CHAPTER XXX. 



JOSIAH READ OF CONNECTICUT, AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 



Josiah Read was probably elder son of John of Rehoboth, 
Mass., and was among the early emigrants from that State 
to Connecticut, — Massachusetts being the cradle of emigra- 
tion as well as of liberty ; and one of his first adventures was 
to the vicinity of New London. He was there, as of record, 
in 1652, and probably earlier. He had two sons ; viz., 
John and Josiah. His descendants were formerly very 
numerous in Norwich and Windham ; but have much dimi- 
nished there, since the commencement of the last century, by 
emigration to other States. 

2. Josiah, the son of Josiah, married Grace Holloway of 
Marshfield, Mass., in November, 1666, — Rehoboth and 
Marshfield being then contiguous towns ; though the in- 
crease of inhabitants, and the incorporations of precincts and 
parishes into towns, has long since made the two places 
socially far distant. He settled in Norwich, Conn. Chil- 
dren, — Josiah, born April, 1668; William, April, 1770; 
Elizabeth, September, 1672 ; Experience, Feb. 27, 1675; 
John, Aug. 15, 1679 ; Joseph, March 12, 1681 ; Susanna, 
Sept. 20, 1685 ; Hannah, July, 1688. He died at Norwich, 
July 3, 1717 : Grace, his wife, died May 9, 1727. 

3. Josiah, the son of Josiah and Grace, with some de- 
scendants, may be found on p. 217, and from there to the 

67 



580 JOSIAH READ OP CONNECTICUT, 

middle of p. 222 ; he being there inserted as the son of 
Samuel. 

3. William, the son of Josiah and Grace, born April, 
1670 ; married Anna Stark, May 4, 1699. He died March 16, 
1756 : his wife died Nov. 2$, 1748. Children, — William, 
born March 24, 1700 ; Aaron, Oct. 11, 1702 ; Daniel, Feb. 16, 
1705 ; Sarah, Dec. 28, 1710 ; Anna, July 4, 1712; Daniel, 
Oct. 31, 1714 ; Jerusha, March 6, 1717 ; Nathan, July 2, 
1720. 

3. John, the son of Josiah and Grace, born Aug. 15, 
1679 ; married in Rehoboth to Lydia Caswell, Oct. 8, 1713. 
He died at Norwich, April 16, 1768. Children, — Lydia, 
born April 23, 1715 ; John, Nov. 14, 1716 ; Silas, Aug. 25, 
1720, died Nov. 21, 1748 ; Lucy, born April 16, 1723 ; 
Thankful, Oct. 31, 1725 ; Zeruiah, Nov. 11, 1727, died 
June 3, 1756; Joanna, born Feb. 26, 1729 ; Anna, Feb. 19, 

1732, died March 11, 1737 ; Judith, born March 26, 1733; 
Elizabeth, Sept. 19, 1735 ; Anna, March 29, 1738 ; Jabez, 
May 20, 1745. The elder John died April 16, 1768. 

3. Joseph, the son of Josiah and Grace, born March 12, 
1681 ; married Mary Guppie, Aug. 25, 1708. Children,- — ■ 
Joseph, born May 23, 1709 ; Abigail, Feb. 7, 1712 ; Marcy, 
Nov. 28, 1711 ; Esther, Nov. 22, 1714 ; Mary, Aug. 19, 
1717; Elizabeth, June 28, 1719; Samuel, Oct. 16, 1721. 

4. Isaac, son of Josiah and Elizabeth Armsdale, born at 
Norwich, Conn., Aug. 31, 1699 ; married Abigail Leonard, 
July 4, 1722. Children, — Abigail, born at Norwich, 
April 29, 1723 ; Amity, June 10, 1725 ; Isaac, July 4, 
1729. 

4. Jacob, son of Josiah and Elizabeth, born at Norwich, 
Feb. 1, 1702; married Sarah Gale of Canterbury, Conn., 
Dec. 12, 1728. Children,— Sarah, born Sept. 23, 1729; 
Lydia, Feb. 7, 1733. His wife died in child-bed, Feb. 11, 

1733. He married, for second wife, his cousin Esther, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 581 

Dec. 21, 1738. Children, — Jacob, bora March 9, 1710. 
His second wife died Feb. 13, 1741. He married Widow 
Lydia Long-bottom, Jan. 30, 1750. Children, — Jedediah, 
born Oct. 27, 1750 ; Silas, Oct. 21, 1752; Josiah, Aug. 18, 
1756 ; Esther, June 21, 1758 ; Jacob, April 27, 1761, died 
Feb. 12, 1763 ; Lucy, born July 29, 1764. 

4. Aaron, son of William and Anna, born at Norwich, 
Oct. 11, 1702 ; married Hannah Knight, Jan. 10, 1723. 
Children, — Hannah, born at Norwich, Sept. 2, 1724; Aaron, 
Nov. 29, 1727 ; Zipporah, April 30, 1731 ; Jonathan, May 20, 
1734; William, May 30, 1736, died May 12, 1752; Charity, 
bora May 25, 1739. 

5. Aaron, son of Aaron and Hannah, born Nov. 29, 1727 ; 
married Sarah Bingham, March 18, 1763. Child, — Rox- 
anna, born at Norwich, June 30, 1764. 

4. William, son of William and Anna, born March 24, 
1700 ; married Mary Caswell of Taunton, Mass., April 30, 
1724. Children, — Joshua, born at Norwich, Conn., July 4, 
1725; Abiah, Aug. 18, 1727, died Oct. 19, 1728. 

4. Joseph, son of Joseph and Mary, born at Norwich, 
May 28, 1709 ; married Thankful Andrews, Sept. 16, 1740. 
Children, — Jabez, born Oct. 11, 1741 ; Esther, Dec. 24, 
1742 ; James, Nov. 23, 1745 ; Asa, July 29, 1748 ; Lydia, 
July 18, 1751 ; Hannah, June 29, 1754 ; Amos, April 25, 
1758. 

5. Joshua, son of William and Mary, born July 4, 1725 ; 
married at Norwich to Sarah Underwood, Dec. 24, 1747. 

5. James, son of Joseph and Thankful, bora Nov. 23, 
1745 ; married Sarah Burdick of Hopkinton, R.I., March 22, 
1768. 

4. John, son of John and Lydia, born at Norwich, Nov. 14, 
1716 ; married at Norwich to Dorothy Gallop, Aug. 22, 
1744. Children, — Lucy, bora Oct. 7, 1745 ; John, Nov. 28, 
1748. 



532 JOSIAH READ OP CONNECTICUT, 

4. Samuel, son of Joseph and Mary, born at Norwich, 
Oct. 16, 1721 ; married Mary Andrews, Oct. 3, 1745. Chil- 
dren, — Samuel, born Oct. 28, 1746 ; Jonathan, Feb. 12, 
1749 ; Mary, June 10, 1751 ; Elisha, Jan. 5, 1753 ; David, 
June 1, 1755 ; Prudence, Aug. 20, 1757 ; Benjamin, Sept. 
24, 1762. The elder Samuel died at Lisbon, Jan. 17, 1801. 

4. Silas, son of John and Lydia, born Aug. 25, 1720 ; 
married Jemima Kinnie of Preston, May 15, 1746. Child, 

— Amy, born May 13, 1747. 

4. Nathan, son of William and Anna, born at Norwich, 
July 2, 1720 ; married Mary Gay, May 21, 1747. Children, 

— Susannah, born June 20, 1748 ; Nathan, Oct. 18, 1750 ; 
William, May 11, 1758. 

5. Asa, son of Joseph and Thankful, born July 29, 1748 ; 
married, for second wife, Jerusha Buddington, Oct. 19, 
1777. Children, — Hannah, born at Lisbon, Oct. 8, 1776; 
Solomon, April 1, 1778; Stephen, May 25, 1779; Esther, 
Oct. 25, 1782 ; Laura, April 27, 1786 ; Weltha, April 30, 
1790 ; Selenda, 1st, born of second wife, Sept. 6, 1798 ; 
George, Aug. 17, 1800 ; Ozias, Dec. 28, 1802 ; Charlotte, 
July 4, 1805 ; Horace, April 9, 1807 ; Harriet, March 17, 
1809 ; Eliza, April 1, 1811. 

4. Amos, son of Joseph and Thankful, born April 25, 
1758 ; married Mary Bennett of Scituate, E.I., July 9, 1778, 
and settled in Lisbon. He was a clergyman. He died at 
Lisbon, Conn., Nov. 2, 1838 : his wife died Jan. 11, 1831. 
Children, — Daniel, born May 17, 1779; Caleb, Nov. 24, 
1780 ; Levi, March 16, 1783 ; Walter, June 5, 1785 ; Josiah, 
April 22, 1788, settled at New Hartford, N.Y. ; Sydid, born 
July 27, 1790, married Rev. Oliver Tuttle ; James, born 
Sept. 8, 1793, — a clergyman ; Amos, July 27, 1796 ; Sala, 
Aug. 17, 1798 ; Asher, Nov. 27, 1800 ; Thomas G., Aug. 7, 
1803. 

5. Daniel, son of Rev. Amos, born at Lisbon, May 17, 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 533 

1779, and settled in Brookfield, NY. Child, — Lemuel, 
born at Lisbon, Jan. 24, 1801. 

5. Caleb, the son of Rev. Amos, born at Lisbon, Nov. 24, 
1780; married Mary Leffingwell of Montville, Sept. 6, 1804, 
— he was a clergyman. Children, — Mary, born at Brook- 
field, N.Y., July 28, 1805 ; Caleb, born at Germania, N.Y., 
July 10, 1807, — a clergyman ; Benjamin L., June 14, 1809, 
wounded at Ossawatomy ; Amos H., born at Lisbon, Conn., 
Feb. 22, 1811 ; Allen L., Oct. 24, 1812 ; John, Feb. 6, 1814 ; 
Russell, March 26, 1816 ; Lois, born at Colchester, April 21, 
1817 ; Hiram W., born at Griswold, July 17, 1819, formerly 
missionary in New Mexico. 

5. Levi, son of Rev. Amos, born March 16, 1783 ; married 
Elley Potter of Brookfield, N.Y., in 1817. Children,— 
Adoniram J., born Jan. 1, 1819 ; Benjamin, Dec. 31, 1820 ; 
Charles B., Jan. 23, 1822, — a clergyman ; Daniel, April 11, 
1824, LL.D., and President of Shurtleff College ; Elon, 
Oct. 18, 1827, died at the age of twenty years ; Fayette, 
born Sept. 5, 1831. The father is a clergyman of the Bap- 
tist denomination. 

5. Thomas C, son of Rev. Amos, was born Aug. 7, 1803 ; 
married Emily Williams, April 6, 1825. Children, — Tho- 
mas H., born Feb. 11, 1826 ; Emily M., May 16, 1829 ; 
Duane B., April 20, 1831 ; Huldah D., May 30, 1833 ; Mercy 
Ann, July 28, 1835 ; Nelson, Aug. 26, 1838 ; Augustus F., 
Oct. 16, 1841 ; Horatio M., Sept. 6, 1844 ; Rausaw, June 20, 
1847. His wife died June 23, 1854. Married, for second 
wife, Widow Eliza Bacchus of Bozrah, March 22, 1856. They 
live in Lisbon, Conn., on the old homestead of his father. 

4. David, son of Josiah and Elizabeth, married Waitstill. 
Children, — Augustus, born in New Marlborough, Mass., 
Nov. 31, 1761 ; Hannah, Jan. 12, 1763, died June 23, 1786 ; 
Abigail, born March 18, 1766, died March 8, 1788 ; Eliza- 
beth, born Nov. 8, 1768 ; Ruby, April 18, 1771 ; Eliphalet, 



534 JOSIAH READ OP CONNECTICUT, 

July 18, 1772 ; Reuben, Nov. 6, 1774 ; Molly, March 30, 
1777 ; Abijah, Sept. 6, 1778 ; Phebe, April 27, 1782 ; Cla- 
rissa, Jan. 25, 1788. 

John, supposed to be the son of John and Dorothy, born 
Nov. 23, 1748 ; married Ruth Chapel, March 7, 1783. 

Elijah, son of , born ; married Sarah Peck, 

Jan. 3, 1805. Children, — John P., born Dec. 24, 1805; 
Elisha, Nov. 3, 1807 ; Jemima, Oct. 20, 1809 ; Thomas N., 
Aug. 11, 1811 ; Sally D., July 8, 1814. 

5. Sala, son of Rev. Amos, born Aug. 17, 1798 ; married 
Lydia C. Hamilton, Feb. 6, 1820. Children, — Lydia Ann, 
born at Lisbon, June 8, 1821 ; Betsy H., Sept. 1, 1823; 
Sala H., Aug. 24, 1825 ; Jonathan H., Feb. 22, 1827 ; Han- 
nah B., Jan. 1, 1829 ; Sarah S., Sept. 19, 1831 ; Amos. 

Andrew Read's pedigree I cannot give. He is supposed 
to be of the Norwich stock. Married Rebecca. Children, 

— Margaret, born at Norwich, March 22,1740; Elizabeth 
and Mary (twins), Oct. 28, 1741 ; James, Nov. 1, 1743; 
Rebecca, March 27, 1748. 

5. Eliphalet Reed, son of Abijah and Anna, married Sibyl 
Tracy, April 1, 1784. Children, — Festus, born at Norwich, 
Aug. 24, 1786 ; Roxanna, Jan. 22, 1788 ; Abner, Aug. 24, 
1792. 

Joseph Read, jun., married Sarah Kimball, June 5, 1740. 
Children, — Sarah, born at Norwich, March 21, 1741 ; Anna, 
July 8, 1743 ; Eunice, March 21, 1748 ; Abel, Aug. 1, 1753. 

5. Asa, son of Joseph and Thankful, born at Norwich, 
July 29, 1748 ; married Phebe Kinne of Preston, Sept. 5, 
1771. Children, — Lemuel, born July 3, 1774; Hannah, 
Oct. 8, 1775 ; Solomon, April, 1777. 

5. Samuel, son of Joseph and Mary, born Oct. 28, 1746 ; 
married Lucy Kilham of Preston, Sept. 24, 1769. Children, 

— Sarah, born at Norwich, Aug. 12, 1775, died April 7, 
1795 ; Lucy, born June 30, 1778 ; Elijah, Aug. 5, 1780. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 535 

2. John Read of Windham, Conn., son of Josiah, born in 
1647. John Read bought of John Denison, of Saybrook, 
"a thousand -acre right" of land in Windham, Dec. 21, 
1695; consideration, £8. 10s. His will is dated Sept. 14, 

1724. His wife was Sarah . He died March 4, 1727-8, 

aged eighty-one. His wife survived him. The following 
children are mentioned in his will, in the order here given : 
Sarah, married Isaac Holt ; Mary, married Robert He- 
bard ; Constant (daughter), married Fuller ; John ; 

Thomas ; Christian, married John Flint. The following is 
on our records of births : Nathaniel, son of John and 
Sarah Reed, born March 9, 1696, died April 3, 1696. Most 
of his property had been disposed of in portions to his chil- 
dren before the date of his will. In his will, he mentions 
his land and buildings on the " east side of the town street," 
which he had given to his son John. By this it appears that 
he lived in Windham Centre, and was here about six or 
eight years after the first settlement. 

3. John Read, son of John and Sarah, married, first, Mary 
Branch, March 14, 1711, and by her had five children : she 
died Oct. 8, 1718. He married, second, Hannah Palmer, 
daughter of Jonah, April 27, 1721 ; and by her had seven 
children. He died March 3, 1735, aged about fifty: Han- 
nah, his second wife, died Oct. 12, 1755, aged fifty-nine. 
Children by first wife, — Nathaniel, born March 2, 1712, 
died March 12, 1712; Mary, born Aug. 7, 1713; Elizabeth, 
Sept. 18, 1715 ; John, Jan. 10, 1716-17, died Nov. 10, 1717 ; 
Nathan, born Sept. 1, 1718, died Nov. 11, 1718. Children 
by second wife, — Hannah, born April 7, 1722, married 
Hezekiah Follet ; John, born Aug. 4, 1723, married Rebecca 
Turner ; Elihu, born June 16, 1725, died July 11, 1726 ; 
Seth, born Dec. 22, 1726, died Feb. 6, 1734 ; Amasa, born 
May 15, 1729 ; Irena, Feb. 4, 1730-1 ; Susannah, Feb. 24, 
1733-4, died April 16, 1735. 



586 JOSIAH READ OF CONNECTICUT, 

4. John married Rebecca Turner, March 6, 1745. Jona- 
than, their son, born March 18, 1746 ; Silas; Dolly ; John. 

5. John, the son of John and Rebecca, married Rachel 
Averill. Children, — Lucy, born at Lisbon, Oct. 19, 1775, 
who married Daniel Bishop of Lisbon, and settled in Warren, 
Henniker County, N.Y. ; John, born Sept. 1, 1777, died in 
1815 ; Rachel, born July 15, 1779, married a Button of 
Griswold, Conn. ; Dolly, . born April 17, 1782 ; Silas, 
March 22, 1784 ; Darius, April 17, 1787, died in Rome, 
N.Y., in 1858 ; Averill, born March 18, 1792, died some 
years since. 

6. Dolly, daughter of John and Rachel, born April 17, 
1782 ; married in January, 1802, to Col. Freeman Tracy, 
who figured at New London and Stonington in the war of 
1812, and was for several years a conspicuous member of the 
Legislature, and deacon of the church. Children, ■ — Sophro- 
nia, born November, 1802, and died, unmarried, in 1857 ; 
Hiram A., born September, 1804, married Mary Ann, daugh- 
ter of Henry Sabin, Esq., of Plainfield, Conn, (he was a 
graduate of Andover Theological Seminary, and settled in 
Sutton, Mass., in 1835, dismissed December, 1840 ; Secre- 
tary of the A. B. C. F. M. at Cincinnati from 1851 to 1860) ; 
Jesse, born November, 1806 ; John R., January, 1807 ; 
Thomas, 1811 ; Douglass, 1813 ; Angelina, 1815 ; Edward 
F., 1818 ; Lucy, 1823 ; Andrew R., 1825. 

7. Hiram A., son of Dolly Read and Freeman Tracy, born 
September, 1804 ; married Mary Ann Sabin. Children, — 
Harriet G., born Feb. 6, 1837, died April 9, 1846 ; Frederick 
S., born Aug. 2, 1839 ; Mary L., Feb. 24, 1842. 

6. Silas, son of John and Rachel, born March 22, 1784 ; 
married Sarah Meech, Oct. 4, 1826. Child, — Hezekiah L., 
born at Lisbon, Oct. 1, 1827. Silas and his son live on the 
old homestead in Lisbon ; it having been occupied by the fa- 
mily since 1695. 



AND HIS DESCENDANTS. 537 

Amasa, son of John and Hannah, born May 15, 1729. 
For further particulars, see p. 201. 

3. Thomas Read, son of John and Sarah, married, first, 
Rebekah Palmer, daughter of Jonah, Feb. 28, 1711-12 : by 
her he had seven children. She died March 7, 1725-6. He 
married, second, Esther Webb, Nov. 9, 1726, and by her had 
eight children. Children by first wife, — Ruth, born 
Dec. 12, 1712, married Joseph Hutchinson ; Mehetabel, 
born Aug. 10, 1714, married Joseph Robinson ; Joshua, born 
Aug. 27, 1726 ; Solomon, Aug. 19, 1718 ; Hezekiah, Feb. 23, 
1720-1 ; David, Sept. 28, 1722 ; Thomas, May 5, 1725, 
died May 5, 1725. Children by second wife, — Rebekah, 
born June 15, 1728, died July 25, 1728 ; Rebekah, born 
Jan. 17,1729-30; Josiah, Nov. 21, 1731; Sarah, Nov. 15, 
1733 ; Seth, March 28, 1735 ; Thomas, July 15, 1736, died 
Sept. 12, 1736 ; Esther, born Nov. 13, 1737 ; Jeremiah, 
May 8, 1740. 

4. Joshua Read, son of Thomas and Rebecca, first married 
Hannah Follet, daughter of Benjamin, Dec. 26, 1745, and 
by her had one child : she died Dec. 26, 1750. He married, 
second, Dorothy Woodward, July 2, 1751 : she died Dec. 26, 
1753. He married, third, Hannah Palmer, Aug. 7, 1754 : 
she died June 13, 1755. He married, fourth, Edith Bidlack, 
April 7, 1756, and by her had seven children. Child by first 
wife, — Beriah, born Dec. 4, 1749. Children by fourth wife, 
— Sarah, born July 3, 1757 ; Hannah, Jan. 17, 1759, died 
Sept. 8, 1759 ; Ruth, born March 18, 1761 ; Edith, Feb. 17, 
1763 ; Ella (son), Jan. 27, 1766 ; Phinehas, Feb. 24, 1768 ; 
Lucy, March 23, 1770. 

4. David Read, son of Thomas and Rebecca, married 
Mary Ellis, Dec. 28, 1746, and had by her nine children, — 
Thomas, born November, 1747; Abner, Aug. 19, 1749; 
Mary, Sept. 2, 1751 ; Eunice, July 17, 1753 ; Tryphena, 
Oct. 19, 1756 ; Lydia, July 31, 1758, died April 29, 1760; 

68 



538 JOSIAH READ OF CONNECTICUT. 

Josiah, born July 6, 1760 ; Elizabeth, July 29, 1762 ; Lydia, 
May 25, 1764. 

4. Josiah Reed, son of Thomas and Rebecca, married 
Eunice Kingsbury, Jan. 2, 1755. Hannah, their daughter, 
born Sept. 27, 1755. Josiah Reed was killed by Indians, in 
the year 1756, in his march from Fort Edward to (ille- 
gible), with Lieut. Grant and party. 



APPENDIX. 



6. Ozias, the son of Asa (noticed on p. 532), was born at Lisbon, 
Conn. ; married Martha Kelley of Harwich, Mass. 

8. Abraham, son of Roswell and Polly (noticed on p. 165), mar- 
ried Mary A. Cummings of Tyngsborough, Mass., and lives in 
Tyngsborough. Children, — Otis H. ; Ellen A. ; Horace H. ; and 
an infant, whose name is not known. 

Rev. Ahab Read, a settled minister in Blackstone, Mass., had a 
son Stephen ; who had a son William H., born at Blackstone, 
Aug. 7, 1836, — a boat-builder. 

Washington, son of John, and grandson of John, born at Free- 
town, Mass., July, 1812; married Caroline Chase. Child, — Allen 
W., born May 28, 1839. 

Edward of London, Eng., had John, born Dec. 17, 1823 ; who 

married Eliza Randall, in Providence, Nov. 9, . Child, — 

Anna F. He is a machinist, 

John of Newport, R.I., had a son known as Capt. John, who had 
a son John, born March 21, 1823 ; married Sarah J. Sherman. 
Children, — John, born Dec. 9, 1846; William H., born at New- 
port, Dec. 23, 1851. 

Alexander of Greenwich had Alexander, who had Alexander, 
who was father of Peter, born at Greenwich, N.Y., March 24, 
1823 ; and married Amanda H. Hunt of Providence. Children, 
— Susan B., born Jan. 7, 1848, at Providence; Alexander; James 
H., born September, 1854. Peter is a harness-maker at Provi- 
dence. 

Brayton Read had Simeon ; and Simeon had Spencer P., born 
at Olneyville, July 30, 1828; and Patrick of Taunton. Spencer mar- 



540 APPENDIX. 

ried Alice H. Henly, at Providence. Children, — Amey H., born 
Feb. 4r, 1853 ; Sarah E., Aug. 17, 1855 ; Julian M., Sept. 15, 1857. 

Crawford Reed had a son Crawford, born at Paisley, Scot., 
July 4, 1808. Children, — Jennette, born at Pawtucket, Feb. 25, 
1836 ; Sarah, Nov. 21, 1837 ; Mary C, born at Baltimore, Dec. 8, 
1839 ; Catherine, born at Norwich, Conn., Nov. 16, 1841. 

Laura Ann, the daughter of William and Ann (noticed on p. 448 
as having married a Johnson, — a mistake in copying), was mar- 
ried to James Anderson, April 12, 1846. Children, — Samuel 
H., born April 26, 1847 ; Edmond C, March 20, 1849, died 
April 16, 1850 ; George F., born June 15, 1850; William G., 
Nov. 24, 1853, died Dec. 19, 1854 ; James H., born April 21, 1855 ; 
Charles A., Aug. 17, 1857 ; Anna P., March 24, 1860, died 
April 19, 1860. They live at South Groveland. 

Continuation of the New-London and Lyme Stock. 

Enoch Reed and Mrs. Phebe Peck were married at Lyme, 
Conn., Jan. 7, 1762. Children, — Joseph, born at Lyme, May 17, 
1763; Hepsibah, March 17,1764; Caroline, April 12, 1766 ; John, 
July 20, 1768; Mary, Nov. 26, 1770; Rebecca, Jan. 3, 1778. 

Joseph, son of Enoch, born May 17, 1763 ; married Phebe Reed. 
Children, — Abigail, bora Dec. 20, 1784; Sally, Dec. 14, 1786; 
Caroline, April 20, 1789 ; Nancy and Laura, June 4, 1791 ; John, 
Dec. 18, 1792; Henry, May 4, 1796; Amelia, July 13, 1799; 
Charles W., Dec. 18, 1802. 

Jonathan Reed married Abigail Comstock, April 15, 1756. 
Child, — Jonathan, born at Lyme, Dec. 21, 1757. The elder 
Jonathan died at Lyme, April 8, 1759. 

Mary A. P. Reed, of Lyme, was married to Alpheus Thompson, 
May 4, 1790. Children, — Fanny, born at Lyme, May 31, 1791 ; 
Isaac, June 7, 1794; Lyna, Oct. 23, 1796; Erastus, June 5, 1803. 
She died at Lyme, May 19, 1805. 

William Watson and Betsy Reed were married at Lyme, Sept. 16, 
1798. Child, — Henry, born Oct. 27, 1799. 

George W. Phelps and Sally Reed were married at Lyme, 
April 14, 1830. 

Albert L. Huntly and Lydia B. Reed were married at Lyme, 
March 16, 1831. 



APPENDIX. 541 

Selden P. Mason and Phebe Reed, both of Lyme, were mar- 
ried Sept. 1, 1831. 

Joseph W. Huntley and Mary E. Reed were married at Lyme, 
Nov. 10, 1835. 

John A. Russ and Ruth A. Reed were married at Lyme, Nov. 24, 
1836. 

Richard Reed of Lyme had a son Lynd Reed, known as a cap- 
tain, and married a Tillotson. He died at New London about the 
year 1825. Children, — Richard, Washington, Ansel, and Jere- 
miah. The two last named are living in East Lyme. 

Robert Reed, of that part of Waterford which was included in 
East Lyme, died about the time "Waterford was chartered, but while 
it was a part of New London. He left three sons : viz., Robert ; 
James, who died in 1813; and Charles, who now lives in Water- 
ford, having sons (viz., James, now living in Waterford ; and Timo- 
thy R,, in East Lyme). 

There is a Baptist clergyman by the name of Reed in the vicinity 
of New London ; and there is one by the name, who keeps the 
lighthouse at New London, and has a son in Waterford. But I am 
unable to give any further account of them. 

The foregoing are supposed to be of one stock, and, on that 
account, are given in connection ; although it is impossible to trace 
their genealogy, as there are no data to take it from. 

8. Adeline M., the daughter of Hon. David and Judith (noticed 
on p. 289), married Rev. M. Colburn of South Dedham, Mass. 
Children, — John D., born Sept. 17, 1857, died in infancy; Judith 
M., born Aug. 3, 1860. 

5. The children of Thomas and Rhoda (noticed on p. 92) were 

— Rhoda, born July 13, 1762, who married Frederick Johnson; 
Seth, born June 21, 1765, and married Fanny Harrington at Lex- 
ington, July 26, 1796, and afterwards married Lydia Harrington for 
second wife. William C, the son of Thomas, was born Sept. 11, 
1766 ; married a Miss Pollard, and lived many years where the 
M'Lean Asylum now stands ; and was foreman for the celebrated 
Mr. Barrel, the former owner of that estate. Their children were 

— Susanna W., who married Prescott Pomroy Pond ; Electa B., 
who married Luther Rand ; William C, who died in infancy ; Ben- 
jamin F., also died in infancy; William C, born Sept. 19, 1806, 
married Sarah G. Johnson ; Margaret W., born Sept. 15, 1808, 



542 APPENDIX. 

married Aaron E. Whittemore ; Rebecca Theresa, authoress of 
the narrative entitled " Six Months in a Convent ; " Mary J., mar- 
ried John Ewee ; Francena M., married Henry D. Dutch; Almira 
A., married Joseph L. Stone. 

4. William, the son of William and Mary, noticed on p. 392 ; 
and, in addition to the children there named, he had daughters Mary, 
Rebecca, and Eunice. He died in 1769, and his will was proved 
April 14 of the same year. 

2. William, the son of William and Elizabeth (on p. 407), had a 
son Elijah (noticed on p. 410). Administration of the estate of 
William was granted to William, 2d, May 6, 1777. 

The following has reference to Timothy and Martha, on p. 229, 
and their descendants on several succeeding pages ; and is inserted 
to show life as it was in those times : — 

Gathering of the Read Family, — a Remarkable Meeting. 

To the Editor of the " Boston Journal." 

A general family gathering of children, grandchildren, and great- 
grandchildren, embracing every living member, to the number of three- 
score, to greet the old folks, near fourscore years and ten, hale and 
hearty, is a thing of no common occurrence. Such a gathering took place 
on Thursday, Aug. 16, at the house of Mr. Josiah P. Read in Swansey, 
N.H. About eighty of his descendants and near relatives enjoyed the 
privilege of sitting down to Great-grandfather Read's extension-table. 

The hearts of the old folks were large : but the old house was not large 
enough for this large family ; so the young folks contrived to meet the 
difficulty by sending the boys out into the woods, and collecting materials 
for making a little birch arbor on the lawn. This done, the table was 
drawn out just long enough ; and was quickly filled with a bountiful sup- 
ply of food and fruit, and tastefully decorated with bouquets made by the 
little folks, and a beautiful wreath, formed of oak-leaves, placed in an 
oblong circle, extending from end to end and across the table. The vene- 
rable couple were conducted to their seats, at the head, by their oldest 
son, — William Read, Esq., of Swansey. Rev. John G. Wilson, their be- 
loved pastor, was seated next to them ; and the families, with their children, 
in genealogical order. The divine blessing was invoked by W. S. Wilder 
of New York. After a very pleasant and social discussion of the contents 
of the table, the aged father briefly related some incidents of his early life. 
He was born in Rehoboth, Mass. His father, grandfather, and great- 
grandfather bore the name of Timothy Reed. His father was a soldier 
in the Revolution, and was also engaged in the French War. Many 



APPENDIX. 543 

things connected with the Revolution were fresh in his memory, — such 
as the frequent alarms, the assembling of men at the Town Hall, the form- 
ing of companies, the Beacon-Hill heights, and the burning of Charles- 
town, &c. He well remembered the dark day ; and said, " It was as dark as 
a very cloudy night at the full of the moon." Two years before the close 
of the war, his father moved to this town. Ox-teams were employed to 
carry the goods and the children, — the weights of all being taken. The 
minister was called in, and religious services were held appropriate to the 
occasion. They travelled about twenty miles per day, and were ten days 
in reaching Swansey. They spent the sabbaths on the road religiously, — 
making about seven days' travel. A log-house was built, and two acres 
of timber-land cleared, the first year. The Indians had been very trouble- 
some in this vicinity; but they had disappeared. Bears and wolves were 
plenty, and made sad havoc among the sheep and the grain. One night, 
nearly fifteen sheep were killed by the wolves. A few families had pre- 
viously commenced settlements in this town, and all but one lived in log- 
huts. A rudely constructed meeting-house had been raised, where divine 
service was regularly held on the sabbath. The upper part of the house 
was filled with swallows, which built their nests there and reared their 
young ; and the basement was used as a sheep-pen, to protect them from 
the wolves. He helped to build a new meeting-house, and the first school- 
house in town. 

On becoming of age, he built a house of his own, procured some land, 
and then looked out for a wife ; and was married to his present beloved 
companion, Mary Forbes of Barre, Mass., when she was but seventeen 
years of age. For over sixty years, they had lived happily together ; and 
now their eyes were rejoiced to see their children and their children's 
children gathered around this festive board. While the old patriarch was 
giving utterance to the history of his early life, the younger members drew 
near, and listened with great interest; and, if we mistake not, when the 
old man touched upon some of the trying scenes of his early experience 
in the then wilderness of Swansey, an occasional tear stole its way down 
the furrowed cheeks of some of the oldest members of the family, soou 
chased away with a cheerful smile, as the agreeable tones of the family 
melodeon sounded the notes of a familiar tune, in which all joined in 
singing an appropriate song. This done, then commenced a regular 
family chit-chat about old times. William told of his remembrance of 
Grandfather and Grandmother Reed, who lived to the age of fourscore, 
and were kindly cared for during their last days by his respected father 
and mother, now present ; how he used to yoke up the oxen, and, with a 
sled, take his little brothers and sisters to the distant schoolhouse by 
a rough and crooked path through the woods. Josiah M., Benjamin, and 
Edwin F., each had their turn ; and it was pleasantly, and, we think, pro- 
fitably improved. Rev. Mr. Wilson then closed this interview with some 



544 APPENDIX. 

very timely and exceedingly impressive remarks to parents and children; 
and offered a fervent prayer to God, that this festal gathering might be as 
truly profitable as it had been pleasant, and that, when gathered in our 
Father's house above, there might none be left out. 

It was remarked by one of the brothers, that none of the family ever 
irrived to any marked distinction. Still, we learn, the highest offices in 
'Jie gift of the town have been honorably filled by some, the Legislature 
uas had its representative, the military honors its recipient, among them. 
The Christian Church has in it many of its worthy members, including 
grandparents and grandchildren. If there are none very rich, there are 
none very poor. In the cause of temperance, this may be called the 
" banner " family. The use of intoxicating drinks is not known to exist 
among them. Many of them have privately and publicly labored to have 
the land as free from the curse of rum as it now is from the ravages of the 
Indians, the bears, and the wolves. E. ' 

A continuation of Chap. XXI., p. 480. 

4. David, the son of Paul Reed of Boothbay, had a son An- 
drew, who married Jane, the daughter of Col. Andrew Reed. 

4. Robert, the son of Paul of Boothbay, born about 1760; mar- 
ried Sarah Stevens of Salisbury, Mass. Children, — William, born in 
Salisbury, Jan. 18, 1787; John, of Boothbay ; Robert, of Boothbay. 

5. Capt. William, son of Robert and Sarah, married Hannah P. 
Hutchins, who died Jan. 24, 1852 ; and moved to Vassalborough 
in 1835. Children, — Sally S. ; William, born Oct. 11, 1811; 
Abigail, born May 30, 1813 ; Joseph, Jan. 10, 1815 ; Benjamin H., 
July 13, 1816; Elbridge G., Jan. 11, 1819; Newell B., Nov. 10, 
1820; Hannah, Feb. 20, 1825; Bradford G., March 21, 1827; 
Roxanna, March 31, 1832, died young ; Elizabeth, died young. 

6. Sally S., daughter of Capt. William Reed of Vassalborough, 
married Enoch Brown, and lives in Vassalborough. Children, — 
William ; Hannah ; Adelaide, who married Edward Stackpole; 
Melvin ; Horace ; Oscar ; Henry ; Edgar ; Enoch L. 

6. William, son of Capt. William, married Hannah Hall, and 
settled in California. Children, — Elizabeth R., Charles G., and 
George. 

6. Abigail H., daughter of Capt. William, married in 1839 to 
Amaziah Trask ; and they live in Vassalborough. Children, — 
Ardeen, born in 1840; Bradford R. ; Diodore A.; Smith S. ; and 
Estelle. 



APPENDIX. 545 

6. Joseph, son of Capt. William, married in 1840 to Frances 
Homans ; and they live in Vassalborough. Children, — John H., 
born in 1841 ; Thomas B. ; Mary F. ; Joseph H. ; Liander C. 

6. Benjamin H., son of Capt. William, married Adeline Stevens, 
and settled in Vassalborough. Children, — Eliza, Sara Emma and 
Martha E. (twins), William S., Prescott 0., Medora A., Alonzo EL, 
and one pair of twins died young. 

3. Elbridge G., son of Capt. William, married in 1842 to Susan 
Randall, and lives in Red Bluffs, Cal. Children, — Susan, died 
young; Ellen; Almira ; a daughter, born in 1860, whose name is 
not given. 

6. Newell B., son of Capt. William, married, Nov. 10, 1820, 
Frances Libbey, and settled in Vassalborough. Children, — Willie 
T. ; Newell S., who died young; and a daughter, born in 1860. 

6. Hannah, daughter of Capt. William, married in 1844 to 
Joseph H. Cai'lton, and settled in Berlin, Wis. Children, — Rox- 
anna R., Emma, Frances. 

6. Bradford Y., son of Capt. William, married in 1847 Frances 
Stevens, a sister of his brother Benjamin's wife ; and is in Califor- 
nia. Children, — Franklin L., born June 26, 1848 ; Clara H., 
July 21, 1850; Arlenza, June 9, 1852; Etta Ann, Sept. 20, 1859. 

6. Hannah, the daughter of Enoch Brown and Sally S. Reed, 
married William T. Libbey. Children, — Felicia, Edward, Mark, 
and William T. 

Samuel, the son of Capt. William (noticed on p. 181), settled in 
Mason, N.H. 

William, the son of Capt. William, settled in Boston. 

Asa, the son of Capt. William, married Polly Wright. Chil- 
dren, — Lucinda, born Nov. 8, 1800, married James Hutchinson of 
Wilton, N.H. ; James G., born March 6, 1802, married Sophia 
Woods ; Abigail, born May 8, 1803, married Capt. William P. 
Woods, and had a daughter Harriet ; Julia, born Nov. 23, 1804, 
married George W. Parker, and had four sons (she died in 1836 at 
Nashua) ; Asa, born March 19, 1807 ; John L., Feb. 25, 1810 ; 
Luther W., March 8, 1812. 

Asa, the son of William and Polly, married Priscilla French. 
Children,— Sarah B., born March 1, 1831 ; Angelina M., April 6, 
1833; Hannah S., April 16, 1835; Franklin L., 1837; Mary M., 
1839; Charles H., September, 1841 ; Caroline E., Feb. 3, 1845. 

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546 



APPENDIX. 



John L., son of Asa and Polly, married Lucy A. Green, and 
lives at Thornton's Ferry, N.H. Children, — Lucy J., born 
April 8, 1838, married Henry Wilson ; Mary A., born July 5, 
1839 ; Ellen E., June 21, 1847, married Phineas Collings ; John 
G., born April 3, 1843; Sarah E., Aug. 24, 1844; Caroline Z., 
Oct. 7, 1845 ; Eliza F., May 17, 1847 ; Charles F., Aug. 19, 1848 ; 
Louis J., Aug. 3, 1850 ; Harriet, April 16, 1855 ; George L., 
Oct. 31, 1857. Lucy, the wife of John L., died Dec. 15, 1860, aged 
thirty-eight years. 

Luther "YV., son of Asa, married Patty Eitteredge, and lives at 
Merrimack, N.H. Children, — Adeline, born Oct. 24, 1836, married 
Augustus Crocker; Lucretia J., born April 11, 1838, married Da- 
vid T. Jones; Clarissa IL, born Jan. 11, 1840; Luther, July 4, 
1842. 

The subject of the following sketch is of no blood relation to 
Reeds or Reads ; but the intimate connection between his Puritan 
ancestor and the first John Read of Rehoboth, with the interest he 
has manifested in this work and the assistance rendered by him, 
makes it proper to insert the following genealogical account : — 



Rev. Samuel Neioman, son of Richard; and Sybil, daughter of- 



Parents* 
Christian 

Names. 


Town and State 
of Birth. 


Born A.D. 


Died A.D. 


Date of Marriage, 
and Remarks. 


Samuel . 
Sybil . . 


Banbury, Oxford- 
shire, Eng. . . . 

Banbury, Oxford- 
shire, Eng. . . . 


May 10, 1602 
Nov. 21, 1604 


July 5, 1663 
Not. 2, 1672 


Dec. 25, 1623, at Banbury, 
Eng. ; and removed to Ame- 
rica in ship ''James," from 
London, 1635. [Mather at 
fault.] 


Children's 
Christian 
Names. 


Town and State 
of Birth. 


Born A.D. 


Died A.D. 


When and to whom married. 


Samuel . 
Antipas . 
Noah . . 
Hopes till 


Weymouth, Mass. 


July 6, 1625 
Oct. 15, 1637 
Jan. 10, 1631 
May 29, 1641 


Dec. 14, 1710 
October, 1672. 
April 16, 1678 
March 7, 1674 


Bathsheba Checkering, Dec. 6, 
1659. 

Elizabeth, daughter of Gov. 
Winthrop, 1658. 

Joanna, daughter of Rev. 
Henry Flint. 

Rev. George Shove, first of Dor- 
chester, then of Taunton. ■ 



Note. — Rev. Samuel Newman was educated at Oxford University, Eng. He 
was minister at the chapelry of the parish at Midhope, about a dozen miles from 
Sheffield, in Yorkshire. He removed to America in 1635; paid a short visit to 
Dorchester, and settled over the church at Weymouth. In 1644, he, with most of his 
church, removed to a new purchase, where he was the first minister and founder of 
the town, which he named Kehoboth ; where he died at the age of sixty-one. He 



APPENDIX. 



547 



was a pious, hospitable, and learned divine. He was the author of a large Con- 
cordance of the Bible, the first of much extent in the English language, published 
at London in 1658, — a rare work, and of great labor; and the third known copy 
now in the world is the one he reserved for his own use, and is now in the posses- 
sion of a descendant in the seventh generation (S. C. Newman, Esq., of Pawtucket, 
E.I.). 

The oldest son (Samuel, as above) was a prominent citizen of Rehoboth; 
for several years the representative of the town at the General Court at Boston ; 
was deacon of the church which his father had founded; and died at the age of 
eighty-five. 

The second son ( Antipas) was minister of Wenham: his wife was a daughter of 
Gov. Winthrop, of the Massachusetts Colony; and, after this son's death, his widow 
married a son of Gov. Endicot. The third son (Noah) succeeded his father in the 
ministry at Rehoboth, and died in that office: his wife was a daughter of Rev. Henry 
Flint, minister of Braintree; and her mother was Margery, sister of Rev. Leonard 
Hoar, third President of Harvard University. Hopestill, the fourth and last child of 
Rev. Samuel Newman, became the wife of Rev. George Shove of Dorchester, who 
was settled as the third pastor of the church at Taunton, of which he was the 
founder; and his family, of the old staid town of Rehoboth, Mass., which has since 
become, by division, the mother of seven towns, each of which now contains 
a much larger population than did the mother herself, when, in 1692, she gave 
her first child (Attleborough) its dower and freedom. 

The following is a lineal descent from Rev. Samuel Newman to S. C. Newman 
of Pawtucket, R.I., author of a genealogical chart of the descendants of John Read 
of Rehoboth, and several other genealogies. This line were all born at Rehoboth; 
and it may be remarked, that the founder of that ancient town was the friend and 
pastor of John Read, who removed from Weymouth with him to Rehoboth, as 
referred to at p. 186. 



A LINEAL TABLE FROM REV. SAMUEL NEWMAN. 



Gene- 
ration 3. 


Names. 


Born. 


Died. 


Aged. 


Had Children as below. 


l 


Rev. Samuel . . 


May 


10, 1602 


July 6, 1663 


61 


Three sons and one daugh- 
ter. 
Four sons and four daugh- 


2 


Dea. Samuel . . 


July 


6, 1625 


Dec. 14, 1710 


85 














ters. 


3 


Dea. Samuel . . 


Feb. 


21, 1662 


June 25,1747 


85 


Three sons and three 
daughters. 


4 


Dea. Samuel . . 


July 


30, 1699 


Dec. 8, 1762 


63 


Four sons and one daugh- 
ter. He had three wives. 


6 




March 22 


July 10,1822 


84 


Six sons and four daugh- 














ters. One daughter liv- 














ing in 1858. 


6 


Samuel 


Oct. 


12, 1777 


July 15,1832 


55 


Three sons and two daugh- 
ters. One son and one 
daughter living in 1858. 


i 


Sylvanus Chace 


Feb. 


5, 1802 


Living in 1858 




Three sons and one daugh- 
ter. One son living in 
1858. 


8 




Jan. 


13, 1843 


Living in 1858 







John Winthrop, jun., Governor of Connecticut Colony (noticed 
on p. 36), married two Elizabeth Reads. His first wife was 
daughter of Edward of Meckford, Eng. ; and his second was cousin 



548 APPENDIX. 

to the former, and was daughter of Col. Thomas (noticed on p. 47). 
Fitz John, the son of John Winthrop, jun., born at Ipswich, 
March 14, 1639, was son of the second wife. The celebrated Hugh 
Peters married the widow of Col. Thomas Read. 

6. David Reed, son of John and Mary of Bolton, lived in Gard- 
ner, Mass. : his wife was Naomi Wright. Children, — Asa, born 
June 18, 1789, married Rhoda Brooks, Feb. 1, 1820, and lives on 
the homestead ; Abraham, who married Widow Polly Taylor, 
Oct. 17, 1820, and settled at Pitcher Springs, N.Y. 

7. David, who was born Feb. 13, 1793, and died in Westminster 
in 1855. He married Mary Smith, who died March 3, 1831. 
Children, — David, Joel, Mary. He married, for second wife, 
Frances Gill, in 1834. Child, — Frances Ann, born Dec. 12, 1835. 
David Reed died Feb. 22, 1855. 

7. Asa, son of David and Naomi, born June 18, 1789 ; married 
Rhoda Brooks of Westminster, and lives on the homestead of his 
father. Children, — Mary Ann, Rhoda E., David W. 

Michael Reade, born in Kilkenny, Ire., in 1742 ; came to Ame- 
rica when young, and settled in Dover, N.H. He was a ship- 
builder. He married Deborah Horn. He died Jan. 28, 1812: 
his wife died May 23, 1839. Children, — Michael, born Sept. 28, 
1778; Polly, Dec. 14, 1780, died Jan. 24, 1846; William, born 
April 14, 1783, and was lost at sea, Dec. 6, 1808; Nancy, born 
July 31, 1785, and married William Perkins ; Sally, born March, 
1788, died Oct. 17, 1853 ; Lydia, born July 14, 1793, married John 
Tapley of Danvers, Mass. 

Thomas Reed, of Virginia, had a brother Jacob. Thomas mar- 
ried in Indiana, and settled in Kentucky. Children, — John; 
George W., who lives in Indiana ; William F., of Texas ; Thomas, 
of Indiana ; David and Jonathan, of Illinois. 

John, the son of Thomas, married Mary A. Short, and is post- 
master of Monegan, St. Clair County, Miss. Children, — Elizabeth 
M., born June 28, 1849 ; George S., Sept. 2, 1850, died Sept. 17, 
1855 ; Catherine, born Oct. 15, 1851, died Aug. 17, 1852 ; Margaret 
Jane, born March 20, 1853 ; William, April 11, 1854; Martha E., 
Feb. 23, 1856; John F., Feb. 10, 1859. 

1. John Reed, of the Scotch-Irish stock, settled in Topsham, in 
the State of Maine. He had brothers, William and David. Chil- 
dren, — William, John, David. 



APPENDIX. 549 

2. William, the son of John, married Mary Dunning, a relative 
of John H. Dunning, otherwise Lord Ashburton. Children, — 
James, William, John, Robert, Thomas, David, Susan, Martha, 
Mary. 

3. John, the son of William and Mary, married Lettice, and set- 
tled in Harpwell. He was a payer of direct taxes in Harpwell 
in 1798. Children, — Joseph C, William, Mary, Lettiee, John, 
Charles, Arthur, Susan. 

4. John, son of John and Lettice, married Alice, and lives in 
Benton. Children, — William, Mary, Isaac, Susan, Lettice, Alice. 

Further Notice of Silas, of Hootstoivn, 0. ; and his Descendants. 

Silas (who is noticed on p. 220) was the son of Jacob and Lydia 
(see pp. 530 and 531), and grandson of Josiah and Elizabeth 
(noticed on p. 217). He was born Oct. 21, 1752. 

Jacob Reed, the eldest son of Silas, was born in Ellington, Conn. 
He removed his family to Rising Sun, Ind., in 1815 ; while he con- 
structed the steamboat " Pike," at Louisville, with which he entered 
the port of St. Louis in July, 1817, — it being the first steam-craft 
that ever landed there, or stemmed the current of the Mississippi 
above the mouth of the Ohio. He afterwards owned the " Frank- 
lin " and " Yankee," steamboats ; the former being sunk in the 
Mississippi while he owned her. He settled in St. Louis, 1817: 
and, in 1820, he, as captain of one of his steamers, and his son (D;ij r - 
ton) clerk of another, sailed from St. Louis to New Orleans ; and 
both died there, in September of that year, of yellow fever. His 
wife died the year after, and left the family orphans from that time. 
His children were seven in number, born in the order named, — 
I^meline, Dayton, John Harris, Parma, Milton, Julia Ann, and 
Wallace. 

Emeline, born in Ellington, Conn., about 1800; was married to 

Cook of St. Louis, who died soon. She afterwards married 

Dr. Chandler of Jacksonville, 111. He removed to Warsaw, 

111., about twenty-five years since ; where he still resides, engaged in 
farming and in practising medicine. They have several children. 

Dayton, born in Ellington, Conn., about 1802; died in 1820, at 
New Orleans, of yellow fever. 

John Harris, born in Rootstown, O., about 1805 ; learned the 



550 APPENDIX. 

printing-business in die St. Louis " Missouri Republican " office, 
and then started a newspaper at Little Rock, Ark., about 1832 ; 
where he married, and has left a wife and several children. He 
has been dead some years. 

Parma, born in Rootstown about 1807 ; married Asa "Wilgus of 
St. Louis, who emigrated from Kentucky. He started in life a 
mechanic, became wealthy and influential, and is now living at St. 
Louis. Parma had no children ; and died at St. Louis in July, 
1859. 

Milton, born in Rootstown about 1809 ; learned a trade at St. 
Louis ; married at Shawneetown, 111. ; and is now dead. His 
widow and only child (a daughter) live at Paducah, Ky. ; she 
having married again. 

Julia Ann, born about 1811 ; never married ; and lived with her 
sister, Mrs. Wilgus, at St. Louis, until her death by cholera in 
May, 1849. 

Wallace, the youngest child, born about 1815, is a large farmer 
near Warsaw, 111. ; and has several children. 

Abraham Reed, born in Ellington, Conn. ; married Sally Hitch- 
cock of same place, and left a large family of children, all of whom 
are now residing within sight of the old homestead, except two 
daughters (one dead, and the other residing in Racine, Wis.). His 
children were nine in number, born in the order named, — Emily, 
Horace, Maritta, Pomeroy, Mary Ann, Otis, Jerusha, Julia Ann, 
and Dayton. 

Emily, born in Ellington, Conn., in ; married James Wright 

of Coventry, Conn., at Rootstown, in ; and has four or live 

children. 

Horace, born about 1805; resides in Rootstown; married Miss 
Louisa Baldwin of Atwater, and has several children settled around 
him. 

Maritta married a farmer (James Austin) at Rootstown, where 
they now reside, and have several children. 

Pomeroy married Esther Chapman of Rootstown, where he still 
resides as a farmer, and has no children. 

Mary Ann married Marcus Spellman of Rootstown, a farmer. 
They have two children (son and daughter), and all live in Roots- 
town. 

Otis, married to Marissa Spellman, is settled in Rootstown as a 



APPENDIS. 551 

farmer, and has four children (one a daughter, who married and set- 
tled last year in Kansas). 

Jerusha married Nelson Pendleton, and settled in Racine, Wis., 
a few years since, as a merchant and trader. 

Julia Ann married Dr. Joel Burnett, now of St. Louis ; and had 
one son. She is dead. 

Dayton married Ellen Barnum of Rootstown, where he now 
lives as a trader, and has four small children. 

Mary, third child of Silas Reed, was born at Ellington, Conn., in 

. She married Josiah Strong of Middle Haddam, Conn. ; who 

removed to the State of New York about A.D. 1800, and settled 
sixty or seventy miles west of Schenectady, " on the Turnpike " of 
that day. This is all we know of him or his family. 

Charles Reed, fourth child of Silas Reed, was born at Ellington, 
Conn., May 1, 1783. He removed to Rootstown, O., with his two 
older brothers, in the fall of 1804 ; and commenced a farm at that 
place, on land purchased of E. Root of Hartford, Conn. On the 
6th of July, 1806, at Deerfield, Portage County, 0., he married 
Miss Rejoice Diver, a native of Blanford, Mass., who had removed 
to Ohio with her father (Daniel Diver) in the fall of 1803. In 
January, 1807, her brother Daniel had both eyes shot out by the 
Indians, and lived until 1851. A few years after, he removed to 
and settled permanently in Deerfield upon a farm, where he still 
resides (1860), the only survivor of the family of Silas Reed of 
Connecticut. He enlisted as a soldier in the war of 1812, started 
for the head-quarters of Gen. Hull in the North-west, took sick on 
his way out, hired a substitute, and returned to his family. He had 
eleven children, as follows, — Silas, Mary, Charles, Harriet, Daniel, 
Calvin, Almena, Warren, Winchester, Alcinda, and Julia. 

Silas, born in Deerfield, May 29, 1807; went to Cincinnati in 
1827 to study medicine in the Medical College of Ohio. On the 
5th of April, 1829, he married Miss Sarah Flannigan Ogden of 
New Haven, Conn., at the residence of her uncle in Stow, Portage 
County, O. (Judge William Wetmore). He removed to Cincinnati 
to practise his profession, where he graduated ; and, on the breaking- 
out of cholera in 1832, he was appointed one of the two physicians 
to the Cholera Hospital by the City Council of Cincinnati. His 
colleague was the late Dr. G. Bailey of the "National Era" at 
Washington, D.C. In 1833 and '34, he edited and published the 



552 APPENDIX. 

"Western Medical Gazette." In 1835, he purchased an interest in 
Dr. D. Drake's " Western Journal of the Medical and Physical 
Sciences," and became co-editor with Prof. Drake. In the spring 
of 1837, his (Silas Reed's) wife died ; when he removed to St. Louis, 
Mo., with the intention of founding a medical institution in that 
city. On the 15th of May, 1838, he married, at St. Louis, Miss 
Henrietta M. Rogers of Boston, Mass. (sister of John H. Rogers, 
No. 1, Tremont Street, of that city). In March, 1839, several of 
his letters, addressed to Hon. Amasa Walker of Massachusetts on 
the subject of a continuous line of railroad from Boston to St. Louis, 
were published in the " Boston Post," in which he predicted the 
completion of such road within fifteen years ; and in March, 1854, 
it was realized by the arrival of Eastern cars on the banks of the 
Mississippi, at Alton, and Rock Island. In 1841, he was appointed 
by the President of the United States surveyor-general of the public 
lands of Illinois and Missouri ; which office he held until 1845. For 
several years afterwards, he engaged in mining and smelting copper 
at Stanton, Franklin County, Mo. He is now in the land and real- 
estate business at St. Louis. He had six children. 

Ogden, born Jan. 29, 1832 ; and died at Cincinnati, Sept. 18, 
1833. 

Isabella Ogden, born at Cincinnati, 1834; and married to Jo- 
seph Robison of Dubuque, la., in 1856 ; where she now lives, and 
has one daughter, Clara E., born November, 1858. 

Clara James, born April 16, 1840; not yet married. 

Edwin, born July, 1843 ; died July, 1844. 

Mary, twin of Edwin, born July, 1843 ; died July, 1844. 

Silas, born May 16, 1845 ; died Feb. 6, 1846. 

Mary, born at Deerfield, O., April 8, 1809 ; married in 1834 to 
Mason Gibbs, merchant at Deerfield (formerly of Cheshire, N.H.), 
where both still reside. They have only one child living, — a 
daughter, Julia Alice, not yet married. Rosella Adelaide, born 
, died . 

Charles, born June 18, 1812 ; graduated in medicine at Cincin- 
nati in 1835 ; married Miss Ann Canfield at New Philadelphia, O., 
February, 1839 ; practised medicine there and at Massillon, 0., se- 
veral years. Removed to Fairfield, la., in 1856. Had four 
children, — Charles, Mary, George, and Henry. Mary is dead. 
The three sons are living with their parents. 



APPENDIX. 553 

Harriet, born May 5, 1815 ; married Dr. Jonathan Gibbs of 
New Hampshire in 1838; now lives at Omro, Wis. ; have three 
children (daughters), — Gertrude, Mary, and Eveline, — not mar- 
ried. 

Daniel, born Aug. 8, 1817 ; removed to and died near Alton, 
111., Aug. 10, 1837. 

Calvin, born July 14, 1819 ; died at Deerfield, April, 1842 ; was 
married to Miss Eliza Cook of Virginia, April, 1838 ; had two chil- 
dren, — Frances and Edward. 

Frances, aged seventeen, was married to Edgar Day of Deer- 
field, Dec. 9, 1860. 

Almena, born Oct. 21, 1821 ; was married to Edmund Day of 
Deerfield, June, 1846 ; had four children, — Edwin, born February, 
1848; Charles C, now dead; Mason, born Jan. 28, 1856; Frank 
C, dead. 

"Warren, born May 29, 1824; married in 1848 to Augusta Day 
at Deerfield, O. ; removed to Metomen, Fond-du-Lac County, Wis., 
April, 1854; has four children, — Josephine, Albert, Henry, and 
Frederick, — all living. 

Winchester, twin-brother of Warren, born May 29, 1824; and 
died same year. 

Alcinda, born Oct. 8, 1827; died at Deerfield, July 25, 1856. 

Julia, born April 28, 1832 ; died Dec. 27, 1833. 

Lydia, daughter of Silas, married George P. Collins of Ellington, 
Conn., who removed to Rootstown, O., thirty-five or forty years 
since ; became a farmer, and had seven children, — John, Mary, 
Maria, Orry, Sally, Charlotte, and Selden. The parents are dead. 

John Collins, a farmer, married, and lived in Rootstown until 
1859 ; then removed to Mantua, Portage County. He has several 
children : the oldest, Nelson, is married to Miss Spellman of Roots- 
town. 

Mary married A. Case of Rootstown (a farmer), and settled there. 

Maria married Bradshaw, farmer, of Rootstown ; and is 

settled there. 

Orry married Chapman of Rootstown ; and now lives at 

Berea, 0. 

Sally and Charlotte married, and removed to Michigan. 

Selden married Miss Bosworth of Rootstown, where he yet 
resides, — a farmer. 

70 



554 APPENDIX. 

Timothy, sixth child of S. Reed, born in Ellington about 1786; 
married Miss Elizabeth Burdick of that place ; and removed with 
his step-father to Rootstown, 0., in 1812. A few years after, he 
settled in Canton, Stark County, O. ; where he was many years high- 
sheriff of the county. He then settled as a merchant at Paris, 
Stark County; where he died about 1835. His widow and three 
children removed to Marshall, Clark County, 111. ; where she died 
some years since. The children were — Herbert, Mortimer, and 
Clarine ; all yet living at same place. 

Herbert married in Wellsville, O. ; settled and resided several 
years in Cincinnati as a wholesale merchant ; and then removed to 
Marshall, 111., where he is an extensive dealer in pork and produce. 
He has one daughter, not yet married ; her mother being dead. 

Mortimer married in Paris, O. ; and is now a merchant at Mar- 
shall, 111. Has several children. 

Clarine married Mr. Barber of Paris, 0. They live at 

Marshall, 111. ; and have several children. 

Sally, seventh child of Silas Reed, married David Kneeland 
(from Vermont) at Ellington, Conn.; and removed to Ohio (Roots- 
town) in 1812 with Mr. Goodrich. He removed to St. Louis with 
Jacob Reed in 1817 ; thence, a few years aftewards, to Opelousas, 
La.; and, about the year 1836, removed to Denmark, la., and set- 
tled on a farm, where he died about 1841. Sally died about 1850. 
They had three daughters. 

Lory, the oldest, is married to Harrison, late sheriff at 

Opelousas, La. ; and still lives there. They have several children. 

The other two daughters are married, and live near Denmark, la. 



GENERAL INDEX. 



A. 

Aaron, 48, 49, 55, 140, 177, 215, 216, 224, 

229, 267, 269, 350, 351, 453, 523, 527, 
530, 631. 

Aaron A., 351. 

Abby, 54, 84, 466, 494. 

Abby B., 237. 

Abby E., 237, 522. 

Abby G., 171. 

Abby J., 137, 232, 372. 

Abbv L., 365. 

Abby S., 333. 

Abbv T., 246. 

Abel", 139, 140, 159, 173, 174, 178, 225, 

230, 231, 232, 233, 255, 256, 257, 264, 
280, 379, 446, 502, 534. 

Abel H., 468, 469. 

Abel M., 524. 

Abel R., 355, 357. 

Abel W., 137. 

Abiata, 326, 346, 408, 415, 531. 

Abial, 102, 225, 232, 247. 

Abial S., 183, 184. 

Abiel, 277. 

Abigail, 31, 42, 51, 53, 54, 55, 59, 61, 67, 
69, 70, 71, 72, 75, 76, 77, 78, 90, 91, 98, 
102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 108, 122, 123, 
124, 125, 128, 129, 130, 137, 139, 149, 
150, 153, 158, 162, 164, 165, 166, 168, 
173, 177, 178, 181, 186, 192, 193, 194, 
195, 196, 198, 200, 201, 203, 207, 210, 
217, 221, 224, 234, 236, 239, 240, 241, 
244, 247, 248, 255, 267, 270, 272, 274, 
275, 276, 277, 278, 283, 284, 287, 306, 
309, 325, 329, 338, 339, 343, 353, 354, 
360, 364, 370, 371, 378, 388, 391, 392, 
394, 402, 411, 414, 425, 445, 447, 451, 
461, 466, 471, 491, 494, 515, 518, 522, 
525, 526, 528, 530, 533, 540, 544, 545. 

Abigail A., 247, 357. 

Abigail D., 59. 

Abigail H., 216, 544. 

Abigail M., 191, 196, 198, 451. 

Abigail W., 278, 284. 

Abijab, 80, 187, 189, 193, 217, 219, 221, 
275, 276, 343, 345, 346, 373, 374, 447, 
515, 533. 

Abion B., 341. 



Abion R., 279. 

Abner, 204, 205, 217, 221, 407, 434, 537. 

Abner L., 221. 

Abraham, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 

86, 167, 220, 306, 380, 446, 465, 517, 

518, 520, 622, 539, 648, 550. 
Acsah, 204, 616. 
Ada, 251, 337, 354. 
Adabule, 84, 365. 
Adalaide L., 185. 
Adaline, 127, 179, 255, 256, 268, 283, 284, 

289, 314, 341, 343, 351, 383, 384, 385, 

452, 467, 468, 482, 506, 545, 546. 
Adaline B., 189. 
Adaline L., 185. 
Adaline M., 289, 314, 541. 
Adaline S., 92. 
Adam, 379, 408, 484, 515. 
Addington, 452. 
Addison, 452, 468. 
Adoniram J., 533. 
Adrian, 51, 57, 58. 
Agnes, 36, 37. 
Agnes C, 50. 
Agnes M., 456. 
Ahab, 539. 
Alanson, 289. 
Albert, 62, 53, 218, 236, 243, 250, 283, 

343, 350, 351, 365, 356, 374, 385, 420, 

457, 506, 525, 553. 
Albert C, 342, 484. 
Albert D., 50. 

Albert L., 234, 269, 350, 351. 
Albert M., 255. 
Albert N., 240. 
Albert: O., 255. 
Alcinda, 551, 553. 
Alden, 74, 159. 
Alden P., 235. 
Aldrich, 514. 
Aletha, 181. 
Alexander, 36, 37, 38, 73, 201, 268, 453, 

485, 486, 494, 539. 
Alexander D., 285, 308. 
Alexander H., 285, 308, 375, 466. 
Alfreda, 394. 
Alice, 31, 33, 37, 39, 50, 83, 92, 151, 227, 

232, 260, 336, 337, 365, 366, 373, 375, 

395, 407, 410, 549. 



556 



GENERAL INDEX. 



Alice H., 540. 

Alice J., 382, 487. 

Alice M., 399. 

Alia, 188. 

Allen, 54, 250, 402, 409, 494. 

Allen A., 469. 

Allen L., 533. 

Allen W., 539. 

Allison, 36, 249. 

Allzida, 411. 

Alma M., 372. 

Alraena, 551, 553. 

Almira, 54, 133, 145, 146, 148, 155, 158, 

162, 179, 184, 284, 286, 332, 340, 350, 

351, 355, 425, 457, 494, 521, 524, 545. 
Almira A., 542. 
Almira H., 68. 
Almira J., 156. 
Almira M., 402. 
Almira S., 198, 278, 279. 
Almon, 263, 264, 402. 
Almon H., 202. 
Alpha, 240. 
Alpheus, 277, 278, 279, 306, 307, 400, 

478. 
Alpheus J., 521. 
Alphonso, 380. 
Alphonso B., 469. 
Alsea, 47, 134, 345, 357, 497. 
Alsea S., 134. 
Alton G., 249. 
Alva 0., 500. 
Alvada L., 278. 
Alvan, 62, 30, 318, 353. 
Alvan A., 256, 265. 
Alvan C, 353. 
Alvan 0., 265. 
Alvin, 56, 319. 
Alvin H., 506. 
Alvin O., 265. 
Alvina N., 155. 
Alvira P., 527. 
Ama, 232, 283. 
Amanda, 224, 233, 404, 412, 452, 515, 

527. 
Amanda F., 239. 
Amanda H., 539. 
Amanda L., 279. 
Amanda M., 516. 
Amanda P., 401. 
Amasiah, 238. 
Ambrose W., 505. 
Amelia, 154, 227, 286, 305, 341, 364, 398, 

451, 540. 
Amelia 'C., 314, 394. 
Amelia F., 336. 
Amelia M., 224, 251. 
Amherst E., 254. 
Amity, 630. 
Amma, 57. 
Ammi, 55. 
Ammis, 355. 
Amory, 278. 
Amos, 69, 70, 83, 87, 89, 93, 95, 130, 160, 

162, 181, 207, 235, 236, 237, 266, 267, 

343, 450, 482, 522, 525, 531, 532, 534. 



Amos A., 90. 

Amos F., 90. 

Amos H., 283, 533. 

Amos M., 237. 

Amos N., 349. 

Amos S., 349. 

Amy, 189, 244, 250, 251, 272, 532, 540. 

Auabasaba, 182. 

Anan, 279. 

Andrew, 45, 56, 57, 129, 225, 226, 353, 
433, 443, 458, 478, 484, 493, 502, 505, 
523, 524, 525. 

Andrew A., 184. 

Andrew F., 180. 

Andrew G., 155, 156. 

Andrew H., 351, 352. 

Andrew J., 124, 285, 517. 

Angelina, 255, 424. 

Angelina A., 85. 

Angelina M., 545. 

Angelia, 57. 

Angerette, 262. 

Ann, 30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 40, 46, 51, 53, 84, 
88, 89, 90, 93, 95, 96, 163, 167, 182, 
192, 225, 243, 284, 316, 322, 375, 380, 
406, 408, 418, 422, 429, 444, 446, 457, 
462, 465, 476, 484, 488, 489, 501, 524, 
526, 526, 552. 

Ann B., 471, 523. 

Ann C., 321. 

Ann E., 52, 258, 260, 336, 382, 401, 454, 
502. 

Ann J., 181, 350. 

Ann L., 514. 

Ann M., 84, 225, 323, 339, 381, 384, 514. 

Ann P., 68. 

Anna, 30, 31, 32, 33, 46, 51, 71, 88, 90, 
102, 107, 123, 126, 131, 133. 142, 144, 
146, 151, 152, 154, 155, 163; 175, 192, 
201, 216, 217, 219, 221, 223, 224, 227, 
232, 242, 249, 250, 255, 260, 273, 277, 
278, 283, 288, 307, 309, 319, 341, 342, 
346, 365, 370, 371, 378, 384, 407, 410, 
420, 422, 425, 430, 452, 459, 470, 481, 
495, 501, 530, 534. 

Anna A., 401. 

Anna D., 180. 

Anna E., 421, 158, 263. 

Anna F., 262, 317, 320, 539. 

Anna G., 345. 

Anna J., 506. 

Anna M., 448, 513, 309. 

Anna P., 540. 

Anna W., 144. 

Annette, 493. 

Annie, 95, 267, 316, 460. 

Annis, 44, 275, 344, 348. 

Ansel, 641. 

Anson, 238, 526. 

Anthony, 260, 261, 400, 401, 429. 

Anthony S., 236. 

Aphia, 134, 140. 

Appleton, 515. 

Arabella, 484. 

Arathusa, 179. 

Arba, 125. 



GENERAL INDEX. 



557 



Archimedes, 262, 263. 

Archibald, 492. 

Ardelia A., 404. 

Arienna, 94. 

Arimanilly, 137. 

Arlenza, 545. 

Anion, 235, 238. 

Artemas, 240, 470, 471. 

Arthur, 31, 219, 221, 366. 

Arthur B., 155. 

Arthur H., 133. 

Arthur M., 222. 

Arthur W., 226, 404. 

Arvilla, 219. 

Arvilla J., 404. 

Asa, 52, 68, 107, 181, 246, 248, 249, 277, 

313, 317, 318, 354, 425, 502, 514, 518, 

531. 532, 534, 545, 548. 
Asa C., 377. 
Asa F., 276. 
Asa S., 51. 
Asarael, 235. 
Asenath, 193, 220. 
Asher, 219, 279, 432. 
Augusta, 51, 106, 128, 135, 188, 190, 221, 

320, 350, 351, 472, 553. 
Augusta A., 57, 244, 248. 
Augusta H., 352. 
Augusta M., 162. 
Augustine, 491. 
Augustus, 68, 146, 189, 237, 260, 382, 

396, 336, 401, 525. 
Augustus A., 58. 
Augustus F., 533. 
Augustus K., 402. 
Aurelia M., 270. 
Aurelia S., 481. 
Austin G., 385. 
Avise, 388. 
Axie, 494. 

B. 

B, 452. 

Barbara, 36, 190, 240, 471, 497, 519. 

Barbara A., 240. 

Barnabas, 338, 353, 354. 

Barnard, 277, 279, 280, 422. 

Baron Von, 40. 

Barrett E., 155. 

Barrett R., 155. 

Bartholomew, 29, 55, 56. 

Bartlett W., 245. 

Barton S., 244. 

Barrey, 403, 404. 

Barzela, 78, 79, 240. 

Barzela H., 80. 

Barzillai, 403, 404. 

Bashua, 311, 386. 

Bebe, 240. 

Bela, 339, 348, 355, 373, 374, 375, 384, 
412. 

Belinda, 142, 423, 494. 

Benjamin, 42, 45, 46, 49, 67, 68, 70, 71, 
75, 77, 102, 103, 107, 122, 124, 125, 126, 
127, 128, 129, 130, 134, 145, 150, 152, 



153, 159, 160, 164, 173, 177, 178, 179, 
183, 184, 191, 192, 200, 203, 216, 221, 
229, 230, 231, 232, 234, 241, 243, 245, 
247, 248, 250, 255, 260, 261, 262, 263, 
287, 308, 312, 337, 338, 387, 391, 406, 
407, 408, 421, 422, 428, 429, 446, 456, 
518, 532, 533. 

Benjamin A., 266, 520. 

Benjamin B., 103, 233. 

Benjamin C, 50, 189, 382, 488, 489, 496, 
497. 

Benjamin F., 155, 251, 401, 452, 453, 527, 
541. 

Benjamin H., 449, 450, 524, 544. 

Benjamin J., 262. 

Benjamin L., 533. 

Benjamin M., 37. 

Benjamin R., 104. 

Benjamin T., 43. 

Benjamin W., 425. 

Benton H., 163. 

Beriah, 234. 

Berthia, 255, 497. 

Berthia E., 142. 

Bessie, 366. 

Bethia, 62, 78, 145, 158, 241, 265, 286, 
386, 387, 388, 392, 393, 403, 407, 456, 
491. 

Bethia E., 514. 

Bethia L., 403, 404. 

Bethsheba, 233. 

Betsey, 51, 52, 55, 68, 72, 75, 81, 94, 95, 
104, 106, 125, 126, 127, 129, 143, 145, 
146, 149, 158, 162, 163, 166, 167, 181, 
182, 184, 189, 190, 191, 192, 196, 207, 
208, 215, 218, 220, 227, 232, 233, 236, 
238, 239, 240, 243, 244, 245, 246, 250, 
256, 257, 260, 262, 266, 268, 276, 277, 
279, 281, 283, 287, 306, 307, 318, 320, 
321, 322, 329, 334, 351, 354, 381, 390, 
391, 393, 400, 402, 403, 404, 408, 411, 
418, 422, 424, 425, 447, 450, 455, 457, 
465, 468, 478, 490, 498, 508, 515, 518, 
525, 540. 

Betsey B., 133, 314, 451. 

Betsey D., 523. 

Betsey G., 344. 

Betsey H., 196, 315, 403, 404, 534. 

Betsey J., 401. 

Betsey T., 332. 

Betsey W., 278. 

Betty, 145, 378, 456, 522. 

Beulah, 80, 273. 

Beverly S., 155. 

Beza, 410. 

Bezaleel, 375. 

Bill, 147. 

Billings B., 471. 

Bowes, 458. 

Boz, 182. 

Brackley, 152, 153. 

Bradford, 262, 377, 426. 

Bradford G., 544. 

Bradford Y., 545. 

Bransby, 31. 

Brayton, 539. 



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Brewer, 517. 
Brianus, 28. 
Bridges, 516. 
Bridget, 32, 33, 34, 39, 42, 164, 166, 168, 

183, 483, 524. 
Briggs, 381. 
Briggs R., 380. 
Buler, 123. 
Burgan, 430. 
Burgess, 45. 
Byron, 263. 



Calvin, 55, 58, 158, 184, 219, 220, 330, 
350, 351, 377, 8S4, 385, 391, 396, 486, 
515, 551, 553. 
Calvin B., 158. 
Calvin D., 158. 
Calvin L., 154. 
Calvin P., 351, 482. 
Calvin R., 158. 
Calvin T., 385. 
Calvin W., 57, 486. 
Caleb, 274, 275, 362, 365, 366, 389, 532, 

533. 
Caleb K., 373. 
Camille, 217, 396. 
Candace, 134. 
Carance, 156. 
Carey, 482. 
Carlisle, 54. 
Carlo, 500. 
Carlton, 92, 267. 

Caroline, 76, 79, 80, 84, 88, 129, 138, 175, 
188, 193, 196, 207, 218, 236, 237, 253, 
261, 277, 315, 386, 390, 424, 449, 450, 
456, 461, 520, 539, 540. 
Caroline A., 84, 85, 185, 278, 401, 485. 
Caroline E., 208, 517, 525. 
Caroline F., 495, 503, 524. 
Caroline H., 522. 
Caroline M., 140, 236, 243. 
Caroline P., 81. 
Caroline W., 281. 
Caroline Z., 546. 
Carrie, 281. 
Carrie A., 238. 
Cassandra, 400. 

Catherine, 42, 46, 85, 92, 94, 128, 146, 
158, 176, 181, 195, 216, 224, 247, 248, 
250, 262, 287, 321, 323, 326, 339, 346, 
352, 364, 368, 369, 370, 374, 415, 419, 
423, 452, 454, 456, 457, 466, 476, 489, 
492, 493, 497, 505, 522, 540, 548. 
Catherine A., 207, 278. 
Catherine D., 158. 
Catherine F., 374. 
Catherine L., 154. 
Catherine 0., 524. 
Catherine P., 351, 481. 
Catherine T., 519. 
Catherine W., 57, 477. 
Celestia A., 402. 
Cecilia, 28, 192. 
Celia, 389, 602. 



Celia A., 266. 
Celia J., 491. 
Celina, 222. 
Celina D., 352. 
Celina L., 141. 
Celista, 288. 
Cephisa S., 348. 
Chandler, 385. 
Charitv, 217, 250, 400, 531. 
Charles, 32, 39, 52, 56, 59, 60, 68, 81, 82 
84, 91, 95, 106, 129, 138, 139, 148, 149 
159, 162, 165, 178, 179, 182, 189, 190 
204, 205, 206, 216, 220, 221, 231, 237 
239, 247, 250, 254, 256, 273, 276, 281 
304, 313, 322, 326, 333, 345, 348, 349 
354, 355, 364, 366, 372, 380, 384, 395 
409, 415, 420, 430, 454, 467, 468, 479 
493, 500, 505, 522, 525, 526, 551, 552. 
Charles A., 60, 88, 104, 138, 155, 156 
239, 254, 267, 268, 315, 337, 401, 420 
508. 
Charles B., 59, 141, 276, 285, 380, 454, 

518, 533. 
Charles C, 488, 513, 517. 
Charles D., 202, 268, 330, 493. 
Charles E., 50, 1S4, 254, 284, 286, 355, 

364, 398, 403, 404, 409, 449, 524. 
Charles F., 158, 171, 192, 203, 276, 365, 

482, 546. 
Charles G., 137, 138, 176, 247, 849, 419, 

544. 
Charles H., 85, 179, 180, 191, 215, 258, 
266, 270, 276, 329, 330, 354, 398, 443, 
462, 479, 525. 
Charles I., 269. 

Charles J., 196, 226, 290, 304, 466. 
Charles K. E., 514. 
Charles L., 68, 142, 221, 248, 317, 400, 

402. 
Charles M., 148, 237, 280, 365, 420. 
Charles N., 237, 247, 506. 
Charles O., 72, 254. 
Charles P., 125. 
Charles R., 290. 

Charles S., 278, 319, 351, 394, 412, 524. 
Charles T., 239, 379, 494. 
Charles W., 270, 317, 321, 322, 495, 540. 
Charlie, 401, 504. 
Charlie E., 357. 

Charlotte, 31, 50, 85, 88, 96, 124, 165, 178, 
200, 203, 234, 236, 254, 268, 270, 281, 
309, 318, 321, 322, 323, 338, 340, 348, 
352, 399, 430, 451, 454, 481, 499, 515, 
624, 525, 532. 
Charlotte A., 255, 332. 
Charlotte L., 73, 74. 
Charlotte M., 74. 
Charlotte S., 221, 322. 
Charlotte T., 352. 
Charlotte V., 304. 
Charlotte W., 322. 
Cheeney, 129, 195. 
Chester, 266. 
Chester J., 398. 
Chisibeth, 222. 
Chickering, 515. 



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559 



Chloe, 217, 219, 220, 222, 238, 242, 254, 

265, 403. 
Christian, 505, 535. 
Christiana, 29, 31, 33. 
Christopher, 27, 42, 46, 123, 145, 263, 

461. 
Christopher V., 260. 
Christopher W., 60. 
Cinda, 448. 

Clara, 256, 323, 401, 476, 494. 
Clara A., 206, 234. 
Clara C, 156. 
Clara E., 194. 
Clara J., 319, 552. 
Clara L., 495. 
Clara M., 133. 
Clarence, 377. 
Clarence, H., 518. 
Clarine, 554. 

Clarinda, 55, 56, 256, 283, 340, 401, 409. 
Clarinda S., 401. 
Clarissa, 132, 153, 167, 202, 203, 215, 264, 

277, 286, 343, 347, 378, 390, 391, 399, 

411, 425, 456, 468, 472, 488, 534. 
Clarissa A., 133, 283. 
Clarissa C, 153. 
Clarissa D., 261, 404. 
Clarissa H., 545, 646. 
Clarissa S., 412. 
Clark, 191, 205, 391, 207. 
Clarkson T., 155. 
Clela, 514. 
Clement, 40. 
Clement 0., 255. 
Clementine, 190. 
Clementine B., 134. 
Cleora, 349. 
Cleora E., 138. 
Clifford, 488. 
Clinda, 517. 
Columbus, 457, 500. 
Columbus F., 289. 
Comfort, 203. 
Compton, 35. 
Conrade, 449. 
Constant, 535. 
Content, 355, 419. 
Converse, 94, 95. 
Cora A., 290. 
Cora W., 297. 
Cordelia, 94, 350, 488. 
Cordelia A., 488. 
Cordelia P., 489. 
Cordelia K., 85. 
Cordelia S., 285, 309. 
Cordone, 347. 
Cornelia, 253, 512. 
Cornelia A., 50, 204. 
Cornelia G., 202. 
Cornelia H., 381. 
Cornelia S., 252. 
Cornelius, 56, 391, 481. 
Corsel, 256. 
Crawford, 540. 
Crelilia, 202. 
Cummings, 158. 



Curtis, 280. 

Cuta, 342. 

Cynthia, 51, 52, 53, 167, 205, 227, 229, 

239, 250, 264, 265, 313, 314, 339, 411, 

425. 
Cynthia M., 255. 
Cynthia P., 235. 
Cynthia W., 412. 
Cyral, 227, 263. 
Cyrena, 497. 
Cyrus, 133, 142, 145, 146, 163, 179, 184, 

205, 232, 240, 289, 336, 337, 393, 408, 

410, 421. 
Cyrus A., 408. 
Cyrus B., 125, 527. 
Cyrus P., 125, 408. 
Cyrus T., 256. 

D. 

Damaris, 45. 

Dan, 235, 238. 

Dana, 239, 240, 279. 

Daniel, 49, 66, 57, 65, 74, 75, 76, 93, 94, 
96, 106, 126, 127, 128, 159, 160, 161, 
187, 190, 191, 193, 194, 203, 204, 207, 
208, 222, 223, 225, 229, 231, 234, 235, 
237, 240, 244, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 
284, 285, 2S6, 287, 288, 307, 308, 331, 
334, 337, 339, 341, 342, 343, 352, 354, 
362, 364, 393, 411, 413, 421, 425, 426, 
446, 447, 448, 450, 455, 472, 484, 486, 
526, 530, 532, 583, 561, 553. 

Daniel A., 94, 190, 253, 523. 

Daniel B., 129, 236, 262, 518, 527. 

Daniel D., 226, 227, 316, 386. 

Daniel E., 144, 253, 343, 411. 

Daniel F., 255, 314, 616. 

Daniel H., 124, 159, 162, 258. 

Daniel L., 352. 

Daniel M., 127, 154. 

Daniel P., 129, 251. 

Daniel R., 332, 470. 

Daniel S., 184. 

Daniel T., 468, 469. 

Daniel W., 127, 255. 

Darius, 140, 408, 536. 

David, 28, 49, 54, 65, 70, 71, 93, 95, 96, 
102, 159, 174, 181, 200, 202, 203, 217, 
224, 225, 227, 235, 238, 250, 251, 254, 
255, 256, 264, 266, 267, 268, 272, 273, 
274, 289, 306, 313, 317, 318, 322, 330, 
338, 342, 351, 353, 393, 395, 397, 400, 
401, 421, 422, 446, 453, 454, 465, 466, 
467, 468, 481, 482, 486, 499, 505, 518, 
522, 532, 533, 537, 544, 548, 549. 

David A., 314, 523. 

David B., 451. 

David H., 226, 240, 269. 

David P., 340. 

David S., 184. 

David T., 445. 

David W., 155, 185, 548. 

David W. A., 252. 

Davis, 280, 308. 

Dayton, 549, 550, 551. 



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GENERAL INDEX. 



Deane, 328, 342. 

Deane S., 524. 

Deborah, 52, 103, 137, 141, 167, 192, 194, 

210, 214, 216, 217, 226, 232, 23S, 256, 

317, 319, 325, 326, 338, 340, 344, 350, 

351, 352, 355, 358, 379, 384, 388, 891, 

396, 400, 404, 408, 414, 415, 418, 421, 

473, 523, 526, 548. 
Deborah A., 619. 
Deborah C, 404. 
Deborah L., 352, 358. 
Deborah P., 257. 
Delano, 489. 
Delany. 410. 
Delany S., 410. 
Delia, 275, 372. 
Delia A., 224, 522. 
Delia G., 216. 
Delia S., 245. 
Delight, 401, 402. 
Delight B., 402. 
Deliverance, 407, 408. 
Delos, 257. 
Delos L., 233. 
Delphina, 76. 
Delsina, 391. 
Dennis, 459. 
Dennison, 390. 
Desire, 517. 
Dexter, 189, 283, 326, 345, 346, 350, 397, 

415. 
Diademor, 277. 
Diana, 202, 347, 348, 349. 
Diana M., 388. 
Diantha, 72, 350, 375, 377. 
Diantha C, 270. 
Diantha P., 289. 
Dickinson, 451. 
Dillie, 225. 
Dinah, 219. 
Direza, 250. 
Dollv, 68, 140, 182, 248, 266, 393, 395, 

396, 397, 521, 527, 536. 
Dorcas, 124, 130, 225, 255, 261, 378, 484, 

485, 523. 
Dorothy, 38, 40, 75, 133, 190, 236, 251, 

264, 276, 348, 392, 395, 396, 421, 422, 

424, 531, 537. 
Dorinda, 395. 
Doty, 451. 
Diaper P., 245. 
Drusilla, 148, 266. 
Duane B., 533. 
Dudley, 174. 
Durfee, 517. 
Dwight, 138. 
Dydin, 393. 

E. 

E., 237. 

Eben, 55, 158, 485. 

Eben F., 128. 

Eben G., 246, 247, 420. 

Edgar, 239, 365. 

Edgar H., 399. 



Edith, 537. 

Edith C, 346. 

Edith 11., 357. 

Edmond, 29, 31, 32, 39, 91, 128, 130, 146, 

159, 287, 308, 365, 422, 525. 
Edmond J., 129. 
Edmond SI., 395. 
Edmond N., 422. 
Edmond S., 163. 
Edna L., 503. 
Edward, 29, 30, 31, 35, 36, 37, 42, 56, 90, 

152, 163, 183, 217, 229, 231, 261, 265, 

304, 351, 354, 391, 396, 430, 453, 454, 

470, 471, 505, 513, 516, 519, 525, 539, 

553. 
Edward A., 126, 242, 275. 
Edward B., 482. 
Edward C., 455, 466. 
Edward D., 204. 
Edward E., 255, 265. 
Edward G., 207. 
Edward H., 506. 
Edward J., 354. 
Edward L., 162, 206. 
Edward M., 280. 
Edward O., 160. 
Edward P., 141, 349. 
Edward R., 358, 381. 
Edward S., 265, 347. 
Edward T., 229. 
Edwin, 56, 59, 162, 230, 232, 239, 242, 

243, 395, 399, 447, 451, 455, 456, 478, 

505, 522, 552. 
Edwin B., 380. 
Edwin H., 357. 
Edwin J., 154. 
Edwin R., 176. 
Edwin S., 486. 
Edwin T., 380. 
Edwin W., 318. 
Egbert, 349, 453. 
Elbert H., 86. 

Elbridge, 167, 342, 375, 516. 
Elbridge G., 248, 249, 521, 544, 545. 
Elbridge H., 514. 
Eldon, 289. 

Eleanor, 46, 107, 130, 203, 216, 299, 405. 
Eleanor G., 398. 
Eleazer, 152, 158, 176, 177, 254, 446, 447, 

453, 454, 456. 
Eleazer J., 455. 
Electa, 353, 514. 
Electa B., 641. 
Elusia, 51. 

Eli, 215, 216, 446, 448, 451. 
Eli H., 451. 
Eliab, 139, 141. 
Eliab G., 124. 
Eliab H., 141. 
Eliakim, 176, 178, 446, 457. 
Elias, 50, 56, 272, 317, 322, 347, 445, 

446. 
Elihu, 176, 179, 318, 320, 535. 
Elijah, 51, 53, 163, 217, 285, 308, 355, 

375, 390, 401, 410, 446, 450, 534, 542. 
Elijah A., 249. 



GENERAL INDEX. 



561 



Elijah F., 218, 238. 

Elijah M., 68, 279. 

Elijah R., 265. 

Elijah W., 54. 

Eliphalet, 221, 243, 245, 246, 247, 249, 
250, 533, 534. 

Eliphas, 105, 106, 205. 

Elisha, 49, 153, 183, 184, 253, 378, 421, 
432, 534. 

Eliza, 72, 76, 80, 103, 126, 127, 128, 138, 
141, 159. 160, 161, 164, 165, 180, 204, 
205, 217, 223, 227, 231, 235, 236, 237, 
252, 253, 281, 283, 284, 286, 289, 313, 
317, 327, 331, 343, 345, 351, 357, 382, 
394, 395, 398, 400, 403, 419, 420, 424, 
452, 454, 465, 466, 468, 482, 495, 503, 
506, 508, 517, 519, 523, 525, 526, 532, 

533, 539, 545, 553. 

Eliza A., 73, 94, 191, 192, 336, 351, 356, 
377, 396, 451. 

Eliza B., 103, 495. 

Eliza C, 56, 180, 281. 

Eliza D., 372. 

Eliza E., 342. 

Eliza F., 191, 218, 344, 546. 

Eliza J., 253, 342. 

Eliza K., 343. 

Eliza L., 235. 

Eliza M., 197, 454. 

Eliza P., 56, 519. 

Eliza S., 147, 204, 230, 344, 528. 

Eliza W., 240, 284. 

Elizabeth, 30, 31, 33, 35, 36, 37, 45, 46, 
48, 49, 50, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 71, 75, 
76, 83, 85, 87, 88, 90, 94, 101, 102, 103, 
104, 105, 106, 109, 122, 124, 125, 126, 
127, 128, 129, 137, 138, 147, 148, 149, 
150, 151, 152, 156, 160, 177, 179, 183, 
1S7, 188, 189, 195, 203, 207, 216, 217, 
218, 219, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 234, 
235, 238, 240, 241, 243, 244, 246, 247, 
249, 250, 251, 252, 255, 256, 262, 263, 
267, 269, 270, 273, 274, 276, 284, 285, 
287, 288, 292, 306, 315, 320, 321, 326, 
333, 337, 342, 343, 346, 351, 354, 355, 
364, 365, 368, 374, 378, 381, 382, 389, 
398, 400, 401, 402, 404, 406, 407, 410, 
415, 419, 421, 422, 424, 425, 445, 446, 
447, 448, 450, 453, 454, 456, 464, 466, 
468, 470, 471, 475, 476, 480, 481, 482, 
484, 489, 492, 493, 494, 495, 505, 508, 
512, 517, 518, 523, 524, 529, 530, 533, 

534, 535, 538, 544, 553. 

Elizabeth A., 140, 250, 448, 479, 501, 

524. 
Elizabeth B., 491, 130, 364. 
Elizabeth C, 275, 522. 
Elizabeth D., 398. 
Elizabeth E., 313. 
Elizabeth G., 398, 615. 
Elizabeth H., 65, 196, 197, 199, 276, 

304. 
Elizabeth J., 515. 
Elizabeth L., 140, 141, 280, 331. 
Elizabeth R., 207, 208, 348, 882, 412, 

544. 



Elizabeth M., 129, 340, 548. 

Elizabeth S., 449. 
Elizabeth T., 349. 

Elizabeth W., 349, 460. 

Ella, 423, 471, 537. 

Ella A., 403. 

Ella D., 506. 

Ella E., 372. 

Ella F., 456. 

Ella M., 233, 267. 

Ella N., 424. 

Ella W., 517. 

Ellen, 50, 53, 219, 240, 244, 250, 286, 314, 
382, 395, 424, 476, 484, 493, 545, 551. 

Ellen A., 129, 188, 191, 276, 399, 539. 

Ellen D., 399. 

Ellen E., 546. 

Ellen F., 137, 185, 254, 265, 353. 

Ellen H., 240. 

Ellen J., 154, 333, 375. 

Ellen L., 260, 381. 

Ellen M., 344, 357. 

Ellen S., 154, 240, 420. 

Elliott, 123, 143, 161. 

Ellis, 374. 

Elmira, 132, 167, 224. 

Elmira E., 155. 

Elnathan, 159, 160. 

Elow, 533. 

Elsea, 257. 

Elsea A., 455. 

Elson, 202. 

Elvah, 256. 

Elvina, 127. 

Elvira, 263, 276, 390, 391, 452. 

Elvira M., 276. 

Emeline, 103, 155, 179, 251, 289, 420, 
454, 457, 549. 

Emeline F., 341, 349. 

Emeline H., 103. 

Emeline N., 247. 

Emeline K., 129, 179. 

Emer, 264. 

Emery, 425. 

Emily, 54, 59, 85, 133, 140, 144, 192, 222, 
224, 238, 244, 258, 274, 289, 290, 320, 
322, 345, 351, 355, 372, 375, 439, 461, 
462, 471, 505, 508, 516, 526, 533, 550. 

Emily B., 381, 508, 516. 

Emily C, 348, 425. 

Emilv D., 204. 

Emily De B., 459. 

Emily E., 369. 

Emily F., 162, 256. 

Emily H., 258, 259. 

Emily J., 264, 385. 

Emily L., 208. 

Emilv M.,440, 533. 

Emily N., 208. 

Emilv P., 357, 423. 

Emma, 69, 75, 155, 176, 227, 230, 244, 
256, 258, 316, 380, 448, 452, 456, 476. 

Emma A., 518. 

Emma C, 382. 

Emma E., 401. 

Emma F., 162, 455, 501. 



71 



562 



GENERAL INDEX. 



Emma J., 56, 316, 404. 

Emma L., 355. 

Emma S., 155. 

Enoch, 51, 52, 158, 338, 339, 461, 540. 

Enoch M., 51, 57, 58, 175. 

Enos, 83, 84, 140, 283, 393, 456. 

Kpaphras J., 420. 

Ephraim, 128, 135, 166, 181, 182, 187, 224, 
225, 229, 241, 242, 250, 267. 

Ephraim S., 290. 

Epinitas, 453. 

Erastus, 219, 220, 471. 

Erastus B., 522. 

Erastus N., 398. 

Ernest R., 155. 

Ersula, 30. 

Ervin, 236, 237. 

Esdras, 61, 151, 152, 167. 

Esquire, 312. 

Essanah A., 246. 

Estella, 313. 

Esther, 42, 45, 55, 71, 75, 107, 124, 146, 
193, 200, 214, 221, 223, 227, 234, 236, 
242, 248, 255, 260, 271, 310, 311, 387, 
391, 451, 453, 457, 459, 467, 505, 508, 
514, 530, 531, 532, 357, 550. 

Esther A., 495. 

Esther B., 316. 

Esther M., 381. 

Esther S., 316. 

Ethelday, 201. 

Etta A.,' 545. 

Eugene, 82. 

Eugene G., 399. 

Eugene H., 226. 

Eu.iice, 84, 85, 95, 130, 131, 134, 137, 
191, 195, 227, 231, 235, 246, 250, 254, 
255, 256, 258, 260, 280, 286, 287, 354, 
384, 396, 407, 418, 424, 445, 534, 637, 

. 538, 542. 

Eunice A., 281. 

Eunice B., 227, 381. 

Eunice E., 381, 401, 522. 

Eunice M., 240. 

Eunice R., 627. 

Eunice W., 285. 

Eva, 246, 265. 

Eva A., 52, 249. 

Evander, 367. 

Eveline, 88, 244, 275, 346, 399, 415, 422, 

Eveline E., 180. 
Eveline M., 419. 
Eveline S., 326. 
Experience, 205, 225, 280, 305, 379, 402, 

446, 629. 
Ezekiel, 67, 83, 90, 187, 241, 242, 260, 

280, 312, 348, 377, 379, 3S0. 
Ezekiel S., 132. 
Ezra, 55, 76, 178, 203, 204, 205, 225, 226, 

230, 232, 235, 241, 242, 251, 252, 254, 

264, 271, 317, 318, 319, 446, 447, 452, 

453, 457, 482, 483, 500. 
Ezra A., 377. 
Ezra C., 254, 517. 
Ezra G., 252. 



Fanny, 76, 88, 90, 95, 196, 220, 224, 225, 
229, 243, 252, 256, 390, 391, 404, 405, 
424, 502, 521, 541. 

Fanny K., 270. 

Fanny L., 137, 238. 

Fanny M., 405. 

Fausta, 185. 

Favette, 533. 

Fear, 232, 527. 

Ferdinand, 452. 

Fidelia, 90, 332. 

Fidelia A., 356. 

Firman, 425. 

Fitch, 457. 

Floranna, 470. 

Florence A., 317, 356. 

Florence L., 357. 

Florence M., 184. 

Florentius, 396, 397. 

Forrest G., 352. 

Francelia, 462. 

Francena M., 542. [548, 553. 

Frances, 94, 396. 419, 457, 482, 518, 545, 

Frances A., 154, 155, 237, 276, 548. 

Frances E., 134, 144, 237, 238, 240, 289. 

Frances J., 236, 524. 
Frances M., 144, 365. 

Frances W., 133, 395. 
Francis, 30, 32, 66, 81, 130, 131, 132, 134, 
149, 159, 162, 174, 189, 190, 233, 235, 
245, 247, 249, 251, 409, 419, 494, 526. 
Francis A., 124, 155, 236. 
Francis B., 233, 357, 423, 424. 
Francis D., 68. 
Francis F., 248. 
Francis G., 129. 
Francis J., 411. 
Francis M., 92. 
Francis P., 155, 156. 
Francis R., 52, 133, 134, 423, 459. 
Frank, 159, 163, 224, 246, 247, 322, 338, 

351, 352, 451, 495. 
Frank A., 234, 377, 515. 
Frank E., 516. 
Frank H., 265. 
Frank L., 133. 
Frank M., 56. 
Frank P., 489. 
Frank W., 317. 
Franklin, 72, 74, 84, 88, 90, 178, 221, 309, 

315, 320, 375, 410, 476, 526. 
Franklin A., 401. 
Franklin D., 269, 285. 
Franklin E., 315. 
Franklin L., 545. 
Franklin O., 74. 
Franklin P., 191, 377. 
Franklin W., 103. 

Frederick, 78, 163, 175, 237, 215, 216, 233, 
240, 256, 257, 312, 313, 317, 318, 320, 
326, 346, 378, 415, 425, 553.