Personal Memoirs
Relating To The Families Of Boston And Eastern Massachusetts.

Prepared Under The Editorial Supervision Of
William Richard Cutter, A. M.

Historian Of The New England Historic Genealogical Society
Librarian Of Woburn Public Library
Author Of "The Cutter Family," "History Of Arlington," "Bibloigraphy Of Woburn," Etc. Etc.

Volume III.
New York Lewis Historical Publishing Company

[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]


(1) Thomas Boardman, immigrant ancestor, was baptized in Claydon, England, Oct. 18, 1601. The family name was originally spelled Bowreman, and has since been spelled in a variety of ways, Boreman, Borman, Bordman, and the one in present use, Boardman.
He married Margaret ____. He was made a freeman in Massachusetts in 1634-35 and was granted land in Ipswich in 1635. His first house was built on High street, now called East street, near the house of John Winthrop, Jr. He sold this house in 1647 and removed to what has since been called Boardman's Island, where he lived his remaining years. He was one of the commoners of Plum Island. He died in May, 1673. His wife died Nov. 25, 1679.
1. Mary, married Robert Kinsman, Jr.
2. Daniel, born 1639, mentioned below.
3. Martha, born 1641, married July 4, 1660, Deacon Thomas Low.
4. Thomas, born 1643, married Jan. 1, 1667-68, Elizabeth Perkins.
5. Joanna, born 1649, married Jan. 29, 1672, Isaac Fellows.

(II) Daniel Boardman, son of Thomas Boardman, was born at Ipswich in 1639. He married April 12, 1662, Hannah Hutchinson, born Jan. 20, 1638, daughter of Richard and Alice (Bosworth) Hutchinson. She was descended from Barnard Hutchinson, of Cowlam, county York, England, who was living in 1282.
At the time of his marriage, Daniel Boardman received from his father half the homestead, including half the hosue and buildings. Later, Sept. 27, 1665, he conveyed the property back to his father and bought a farm in Topsfield of William Evans. This farm was bounded on the south east by land of John Mighill, on the south by land of William Avery, on the north by land of Isaac Cummings, on the northwest by land of Sargent Peabody. The cellar holes of various buildings are still to be seen. On one of them stood a house where lived an Indian family who had been befriended by the Boardmans. Wishing to repay the kindness, the squaw invited one of the Boardman wives to dinner. Not daring to refuse, Mrs. Boardman went over. The women chatted while dinner was cooking, and finally the squaw took the cover off the boiling pot to see how the stew was progressing. A woodchuck was put in, fur and all, just as it had been caught, and the sight so nauseted the guest that she could truthfully plead illness and return home.
The two hundred acres of land owned by Daniel Boardman is at present bounded as follows. Beginning at the bridge near the turnpike, it was bounded by the mill lot, the mill pond, the long stretch of wall to the turnpike, this wall running in former times about northeast to the old Ipswich road, the north schoolhouse road, part of Averill's land, the road by Donaldson's place, then, turning, takes in a hill covered with forest trees, a long stretch of meadow, and the front field to the turnpike again. All the houses in what is known as Springville except the old Perley house, have been built on the Boardman farm. In 1803 a turnpike was laid out from Newburyport to Chelsea bridge, which passed through part of the estate. On June 23, 1681, Daniel Boardman sold to Tobijah Perkins a part of the farm containing about forty acres. On March 19, 1666-67, he was on a committee to lay out a highway through a part of his farm between the house of William Avery and the mill. In April, 1667, he was granted leave to build a dam. In 1670 another road was laid out through his land which is now called the "lane."
Daniel Boardman served the town as tythingman, fence viewer, surveyor of highways. and on various committees. He was selectman from 1668 to 1673. He died April 27, 1708.
1. Joseph, born Ipswich.
2. Mary, born Ipswich, married Jan. 23, 1705-06, Ebenezer Foster.
3. Nathaniel.
4. Thomas, born Topsfield, July 15, 1666.
5. Hannah, born Topsfield, Feb. 18, 1670, married Eleazer Putnam.
6. John, born Aug. 23, 1676, mentioned below.
7. David, born Topsfield, June 21, 1682, died unmarried Feb. 1, 1724.
8. Jonathan, born in Topsfield, June 21, 1682, (twin), died unmarried Oct. 3, 1723.

(III) John Boardman, son of Daniel Boardman, born Topsfield, Aug. 23, 1676, died Feb. 2, 1739. He inherited the homestead in Topsfield, but sold it and removed to Preston, Connecticut, where he bought land of his brother Nathaniel, who had settled there. Later he sold it and took the estate of his brother David, who settled there and died soon afterward. This farm has remained in the possession of the family ever since.
He married, May 4, 1713, Mary Billings, daughter of Captain William and Hannah Billings, of Preston. She died May 24, 1776.
1. Unis, died Feb. 6, 1714.
2. Infant, born Nov. 15, died Nov. 20, 1715.
3. John, born Dec. 21, 1716, mentioned below.
4. Hannah, born Oct. 20, 1718.
5. Elijah, born March 13, 1720, died Dec. 20, 1759; married March 15, 1749, Mary Tyler.
6. Joseph, born Oct. 20, 1722, died Sept. 23, 1796; married, Sept. 8, 1749, Rachel Killam.
7. Mary, born March 20, 1724, married Oct. 12, 1743, Henry Williams.
8. Unis, born July 10, 1728, died Feb. 1, 1813; married Aug. 10, 1748, Captain Stephen Perkins.
9. Lois, born Oct. 14, 1730, married John Cottrell.

(IV) Captain John Boardman, son of John Boardman, born Preston, Connecticut, Dec. 21, 1716, died April 7, 1780. He is called "Capt. John Bordman, Gent." in the records. He resided in Preston until after the birth of his fourth child, and then removed to Topsfield and resided with his uncle, Nathaniel Boardman, who willed him the homestead there. He and his wife owned the covenant in Preston and became members of the church in Topsfield, Nov. 23, 1746. He was prominent in the town and held many town offices; he was tythingman, fence viewer, constable, warden, hogreeve, surveyor, school committeeman, overseer, selectman, and on the committee of safety. He was a soldier in the revolution.
He married, Jan. 26, 1736, Elizabeth Kegwin, born Feb. 8, 1714-15, died Feb. 2, 1789, daughter of John and Hannah (Brown) Kegwin, of Stonington, Connecticut. Her ancestors belonged to a party of colonists who settled in Voluntown, Conn., and organized the first and for many years the only Presbyterian church in the state.
1. Hannah, born Preston, Ct., 1737, died Dec. 30, 1814; married Feb. 23, 1761, Lieut. Daniel Towne.
2. Abigail, born 1739, died July 8, 1786; married Jan. 4, 1763, Stephen Foster.
3. Nathaniel, born 1741, died "in ye war 1760."
4. Lois, born 1744, died Dec. 6, 1792; married April 26, 1763, Thomas Cummings.
5. Elizabeth, born Sept. 18, 1746, Topsfield, married Benjamin Johnson.
6. John, born Sept. 24, 1748, died Jan. 28, 1771; married Nov. 8, 1770, Bethiah Giddings; she married second Josiah Fitts; third, June 3, 1777, John Gould Jr.
7. Mary, born March 2, 1751, died May 5, 1803; married Dec. 6, 1781, Josiah Cummings.
8. Daniel, born Dec. 26, 1752, mentioned below.
9. Eunice, born Feb. 1, 1755, died July 12, 1768.

(V) Captain Daniel Boardman, son of Captain John Boardman, born Topsfield, Dec. 26, 1752, died May 1, 1803. The day of his funeral 'being the day assigned to military parade, the militia company of the town, the command of which he had lately resigned, appeared under arms on the occasion, commanded by Captain Bradstreet, and went through those movements and positions usual on such occasions, attended with solemn music." He was captain of the militia and a solider in the revolution.
He was away from home attending school when his only brother died, leaving his father alone upon the farm. Daniel came home at once, and took charge of the place of which he later inherited a part, and bought from his sisters their shares. He served the town as tythingman, warden, fish committeeman, surveyor, school committeeman.
He married, the intentions being published nov. 24, 1776, Lydia Bishop, of Rowley. She married (second) John Batchelder, and at his death went to live with her daughter, Betsey Marden, in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, where she died Oct. 12, 1841, aged eighty-eight.
Chldren of Daniel & Lydia Boardman:
1. Eunice, born Jan. 8, 1778, died May 2, 1852; married first, Nov. 30, 1797, Jonathan Porter; second Oct. 16, 1810, Jeremiah Putnam.
2. John, born Oct. 10, 1779.
3. Bishop, born Sept. 26, 1781, died Oct. 20, 1853, unmarried.
4. Daniel, born Nov. 11, 1783.
5. Betsey, born Jan. 8, 1785, died Aug. 10, 1875; married March 14, 1824, David Marden.
6. Lydia, born 1787, died Sept. 9, 1796.
7. Nathaniel, born Sept. 29, 1790.
8. Sally, Dec. 13, 1793, married March 12, 1812, Benjamin Towne; died Aug. 28, 1872.

The BRIDGHAM line runs thus: [see BEARCE]

Henry Bridgham (1), of Feltam, England, born 1613, died March 12, 1671, was a prominent tanner of Boston, lived on the site of the present post office; was deacon in the First Church of Boston; married 1644, Elizabeth Harding, died Sept., 1672, dau. of John Harding, of Boreham, England.

Joseph Bridgham (2), son of Henry Bridgham, born Jan. 17, 1652, died Jan. 5, 1709; was ruling elder in the First Church of Boston; held many important positions in Boston town affairs, representative to general court several terms; married first, Sarah ____; second, April 17, 1700, Mercy Wensley, born Feb. 14, 1668, died April, 1746, daughter of John Wensley, who married Elizabeth Paddy, b. Nov. 12, 1641, dau. of Deacon William Paddy, born 1600, died Aug. 28, 1658. Deacon Paddy married Nov. 24, 1639, Alice Freeman, b. 1618, died April 24, 1651, dau. of Edmund Freeman.

Dr. Joseph Bridgham (3), born April 16, 1701, son of Elder Joseph Bridgham, died 1759; he was physician in Boston and Plympton, Mass.; graduate of Harvard College, 1719; married Oct. 18, 1722, Abigail Willard, b. Jan. 19, 1702-03, dau. of Simon Willard, b. Dec. 6, 1676, died about 1712. Simon Willard was a graduate of Harvard College, class of 1695; married April 39, 1702, Mrs. Elizabeth (Alden) Walley, b. March 9, 1665, dau. of Captain John Alden, born about 1622, died March 14, 1702, m. Mrs. Elizabeth (Phillips) Everell, dau. of William Phillips. Captain John Alden was son of John Alden, born 1599, died Sept. 12, 1687, who married, 1621, Priscilla Mullins, dau. of William Mullines, all three being passengers on the "Mayflower." Simon Willard was son of Rev. Samuel Willard, president of Harvard College, who was born Jan. 31, 1639-40, died Sept. 12, 1707; graduated from Harvard College 1659; married Aug. 8, 1664, Abigail Sherman, b. March 12, 1647, died about 1677, dau. of Rev. John Sherman, b. Dec. 26, 1613, married 1645, Mary Launce. Rev. Samuel Willard was son of Major Simon Willard, who was baptized April 7, 1605, died April 24, 1676; married Mary Sharpe, bap. Oct. 16, 1614, died about 1650, dau. of Henry Sharpe, who married Jane Feylde, Sept. 24, 1610, in Horsmondon, England.

Captain John Bridgham (4), born in Boston, Aug. 27, 1729, son of Dr. Joseph Bridgham; married Feb. 28, 1754, Joanna Comer, born about 1734, living July 23, 1805, dau. of William and Joanna Comer, of Plympton, Mass. Captain John Bridgham held town offices in Plympton; was captain in revolutionary war; representative to general court in 1779; living in Minot, Maine, Jan. 16, 1715.

John Bridgham (5), son of Captain John Bridgham, was born May 16, 1754, died July 31, 1840, in Minot, Maine; was lieutenant in revolutionary warl married June 11, 1777, Sibilla Shaw, born Nov. 4, 1756, died Sept. 30, 1835, in Minot, Maine.

John Bridgham (6), son of Lieut. John Bridgham, born Feb. 5, 1780, died Dec. 19, 1831; married July 4, 1804, Elizabeth Greenwood, born Oct. 6, 1785, died Nov. 21, 1833, dau. of John Greenwood, born Sept. 2, 1750, died April 6, 1807, who married 1775, Lucy Whittemore, b. July 20, 1756, d. March 6, 1843, dau. of Isaac Whittemore of Weston, Mass. John Bridgham (6) had Lucy Greenwood Bridgham (7) who married Asa Bearce (6).
John GREENWOOD, above, was one of a committee of three appointed by the general court in 1789 to appraise the lands in Maine; was first town clerk and member of the first board of selectmen of Hebron, Maine; was chosen June 6, 1804, first president of board of trustees of Hebron Academy, an office which he held until the time of his death; was for several years one of the justices of the sessions court of Cumberland county; was a revolutionary soldier; he was son of John Greenwood, of Newton, Mass., born March 7, 1725, died 1763; married March 1, 1748, Elizabeth Jackson, b. Nov. 20, 1728, died Oct. 27, 1801, dau. of Captain John Jackson. The father of John Greenwood, Esq., was Deacon Thomas Greenwood, of Newton, born Jan. 28, 1696, died Aug. 31, 1774, married Aug. 3, 1719, Lydia ____, born 1692, died 1777. Deacon Thomas Greenwood was son of John Greenwood, who was born about 1675, died Aug. 29, 1737; married about 1675 [trans note: this is a mistake, 1675 was the yr he was born] Hannah Trowbridge, born June 15, 1672, died June 21, 1728, dau. of Deacon James Trowbridge, born 1636, died May 22, 1717, married Dec. 30, 1658, Margaret Atherton, died June 17, 1672, dau. of Major-General Humphrey Atherton. John Greenwood was son of Thomas Greenwood, who was born 1643, died Sept. 1, 1693; married July 8, 1670, Hannah Ward, dau. of John Ward, born 1626, died July 2, 1708, who married 1650, Hannah Jackson, bap. May 1, 1634, died April 21, 1704, aged seventy-three, dau. of Edward Jackson, born 1602 in England, died June 17, 1681, in Newton, Mass.; married Frances ____, who died about 1643. Edward Jackson was son of Christopher Jackson, of London. John Ward was oldest son of William Ward, of Sudbury. Deacon James Trowbridge was son of Thomas Trowbridge, a Dorchester merchant who died in Taunton, England, in 1672. Captain John Jackson, born 25 2mo. 1682, died Sept. 9, 1755, son of Abraham Jackson, married Feb. 5, 1707-08 Annah Stanton, born July 2, 1688, died 1780, dau. of Samuel Stanton, of Stonington, Connecticut. Abraham Jackson, born Aug. 14, 1655, died June 29, 1740, son of Deacon John Jackson, married Nov. 20, 1679, Elizabeth Bisco, b. Dec. 18, 1653, died Sept. 12, 1737, dau. of John Bisco, born 1622, died Oct. 18, 1690. John Bisco married Dec. 13, 1650, Elizabeth Biddleston, died Aug. 18, 1685. John Bisco was son of Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bisco, of Watertown. Deacon John Jackson was the first settler of Cambridge Village (Newton, Mass.), born 1602, died Jan. 30, 1674-5, son of Christopher Jackson of London, who was buried Dec. 5, 1633. Margaret, wife of Deacon John Jackson, died Aug. 28, 1684, aged sixty.
Samuel Stanton, son of Thomas Stanton, born 1657, married June 16, 1680, Borodell Denison, born 1651, died Jan. 11, 1702, daughter of Captain George Denison, son of William Denison. Captain Denison was baptized Dec. 10, 1620, died Oct. 24, 1694; mararied about 1645, Ann Borodell, born 1615, died Sept. 26, 1712, dau. of John Borodell. William Denison, bap. Feb. 3, 1571, died Jan. 25, 1653, in Roxbury, Mass.; married Nov. 7, 1603, Margaret (Chandler) Monck, in Stratford, England. William Denison was son of John Denison, who was buried at Stratford, England, Dec. 4, 1582. Thomas Stanton, born 1609, died Dec. 2, 1677, married 1637, Anna Lord, died 1688, dau. of Thomas and Dorothy Lord. Isaac Whittemore, son of Jeremiah Whittemore, born Nov. 15, 1726; married May 29, 1750, Ruth Bullard, born Sept. 12, 1732, died Oct. 10, 1764, daughter of Jonathan BULLARD (3d). Jonathan Bullard (3d), son of Jonathan Bullard Jr., was born Jan. 24, 1701-02; married (intentions) Jan. 18, 1725-6, Ruth Harrington, born Jan. 24, 1704-05, daughter of John Harrington. Jonathan Bullard, Jr., son of Jonathan Bullard, Sr., was born in Weston, Mass., Dec. 25, 1672, died Sept. 14, 1719. Jonathan Bullard, Sr., was born July 12, 1647; married Dec. 9, 1669, Hester Morse, born March 7, 1745-6, daughter of Joseph Morse, born 1610, died March 4, 1690-91; who married Hester Peirce, daughter of John and Elizabeth Peirce, of Watertown, Mass. The father of Jonathan Bullard, Sr., was George Bullard, born 1608, died Jan. 14, 1688-89; his wife Beatrice died about 1654. John HARRINGTON, son of Robert Harrington, born Aug. 24, 1651, died Aug. 24, 1742; married Nov. 17, 1681, Hannah Winter, died July 17, 1741, dau. of John Winter Jr., born 1634, died Dec., 1690, son of John Winter, born in London in 1572, died in Watertown, Mass., April 14, or 21, 1662. Robert Harrington died May 17, 1707; married Oct. 1, 1648, Susanna George, born 1632, died July 6, 1694.
Jeremiah WHITTEMORE, son of John Whittemore, born 1695, died March 31, 1783, married March 15, 1722, in Boston, Patience Reed, born Dec. 3, 1697, died Oct. 24, 1745, in Weston, daughter of Israel Reed. John Whittemore, son of Daniel Whittemore, born Feb. 12, 1664-5, died 1730; married 1692, Ruth Basset, dau. of Joseph and Martha (Hobart) Basset, married, in 1677, Joseph Basset, died 1712, son of William Basset, of Duxbury, who died 1667. Daniel Whittemore, son of Thomas Whittemore, baptized July 31, 1633, died May 11, 1683, married March 7, 1662, Mary Mellins, born about 1645, dau. of ____ Mellins. Thomas Whittemore, son of Thomas and Mary Whittemore, of Hitchin, Hertford county, England, died May 25, 1661, married Sarah Deardes. Israel Reed, son of William Reed, died at Woburn, Mass., June 29, 1711; married, about 1669, Mary Kendall, born Jan. 20, 1650-51, dau. of Francis Kendall, born 1620, died 1708, who married Dec. 24, 1644, Mary Tidd, died 1705, dau. of Joh Tidd, born 1618, died April 24, 1657. William Reed, born 1590, died 1659; married Mabel ____, born 1605, died June 5, 1690, at Woburn, Mass.

Asa and Lucy Greenwood (Bridgham) Bearce, had children, all born in Minot, Maine:
1. Edith Olivia, born May 25, 1844; married Flavius Mellen Woodman.
2. Persis Avilda, b. April 7, 1847, died March 7, 1895.
3. Sophinus Hampton, b. Dec. 7, 1849; married first June 13, 1875, Jennie Eliza Verrill; second, July 18, 1888, Grace Eva Lord.
4. Alexis Weston, b. Feb. 6, 1856, died April 30, 1879.
5. Fred Asa, b. Dec. 19, 1859, died April 11, 1861, in Minot, Maine.

[transcriber's note: at the beginning of the sketch on BROOKS, the words 'for preceding generations see John Brooks 2.' I will endeavor to find the volume that contains this, but Google book search doesn't seem to have each & every volume of this major work. However, this does at least explain why the family profiled below begins with generation III.]


(III) John Brooks, son of John Brooks (2), was born in Woburn, March 1, 1664. He married, Feb. 25, 1683, Mary Richardson of Woburn, daughter of the founders of the town.
1. Mary, born Dec. 14, 1685, died young.
2. John (twin), born Dec. 30, 1686, died young.
3. Ebenezer (twin), born Dec. 31, 1686.
4. Mary, born April 1, 1688; married, May 26, 1712, Thomas Henshaw.
5. Sarah, born Aug. 14, 1692, married, Oct. 18, 1742, Thomas Richardson.
6. John, born Nov. 23, 1694.
7. Abigail, born Aug. 19, 1697, died Oct. 12, 1697.
8. Timothy, born Feb. 14, 1699, mentioned below.
9. Isaac, born 1703, died Aug. 26, 1719.
10. Nathan, born Nov. 7, 1706, married, 1726, Sarah Wyman, who died Feb. 21, 1747; he died Jan. 6, 1761.

(IV) Timothy Brooks, son of John Brooks, born Feb. 14, 1699, at Woburn, died there Oct. 13, 1786. He married Abigail Wyman, of Woburn, Jan. 19, 1725, and settled in Woburn. She died March 16, 1780, and he married (second) Sarah Converse, widow, of Woburn, who died Feb. 22, 1789.
Children by first wife:
1. Timothy, born Nov. 2, 1726, mentioned below.
2. Abigail, born Oct. 5, 1729.

(V) Timothy Brooks, son of Timothy Brooks, was born in Woburn, Nov. 3, 1726. He married, in 1748, Ruth Wyman of Woburn.
1. John, born July 19, 1749, died April 22, 1796.
2. Timothy, born Oct. 24, 1751, died Sept. 27, 1810, leaving a widow Abigail and twelve children.
3. Ruth, born Jan. 13, 1753, died Sept. 6, 1807.
4. Abigail, born June 18, 1756, died Jan. 7, 1840.
5. Samuel, born Dec. 27, 1758, mentioned below.
6. Seth, born March 2, 175_; died Dec. 2, 1806.
7. Thomas, born March 31, 1767, died March 20, 1827.
8. Asa, born Aug. 2, 1768, died Jan. 24, 1825.
9. Luke, died May 14, 1850.

(VI) Samuel Brooks, son of Timothy Brooks, born in Woburn, Dec. 27, 1758, died Nov. 28, 1805. He married, Dec. 21, 1791, Elizabeth Gill, of Salem, who died May 13, 1811. He settled in Salem, where he died.
His widow was appointed administratrix of his estate Jan. 15, 1806, and guardians were appointed for his minor children.
Children, born at Salem:
1. Samuel, born July 5, 1792, married May 15, 1819, Maria Brooks.
2. Elizabeth, born December, 1794, died Oct. 8, 1813.
3. Nancy, born May, 1797, died July 28, 1813.
4. John Gill, born May, 1803, died July 8, 1851.
5. Edward Howes, born September, 1805, had his name changed t John Brooks Edwards, mentioned below.

(VII) John Brooks Edwards (born Edward Howes Brooks), son of Samuel Brooks, was born at Salem, Sept., 1805. He was educated in the public schools. He was in partnership for many years with Augustine J. Archer, in the banking and real estate business. In politics he was a Republican; in religion Unitarian.
He married Amelia Ann Millett.
Children, born in Salem:
1. Annie Brooks, born May 14, 1850.
2. Benjamin Punchard, born Jan. 7, 1853, mentioned below.
3. John Gill, born Oct. 7, 1854, married Apr. 14, 1887, Grace Henri Carleton: children: i. Lester Carleton, born Nov. 23, 1888; ii. Marion Millett, born Nov. 23, 1894; iii. Gertrude Whittier, born March 11, 1898.
4. Elizabeth Brooks, born Feb. 28, 1857, married Charles W. Locke; children: i. Mary E. Locke, born Aug.1 2, 1882; ii. John Warren Locke, born Aug. 12, 1884; iii. Alice Milton Locke, born Nov. 14, 1887.
5. Joseph Hardy Millett, born May 9, 1860, married, Sept. 7, 1887, Susan Fannie McNamara; children: i. George Boardman, born July 18, 1888; ii. Edward Clinton, born Apr. 28, 1892; iii. Francis Gill, born Nov. 28, 1896; iv. Ruth Phippen, born Feb. 28, 1901; v. Roger Johnston, born Feb. 28, 1901 (twin).
6. Samuel Brooks, born May 11, 1862, married, March 18, 1891, Olga C. Young. children: i. Harold E., born Jan. 1892; ii. Grafton Leroy, born November, 1893; iii. Olga M., born June, 1895; iv. Harvey Russell, born June, 1897.

(VIII) Benjamin Punchard Edwards, son of John Brooks Edwards, was born at Salem, Jan. 7, 1853. He was educated in the public and high schools of Salem, and then entered the employ of George P. Farrington, druggist. In 1874 he went to work for the firm of C. H. & J. Price, druggists, of Salem, and in 1877 embarked in business as a druggist on his own account in Topsfield. He was appointed postmaster at Topsfield in 1884 and 1888, and except during Cleveland's second term has been postmaster by successive re-appointments to the present time at Topsfield. In 1885 he had the Gardner Barton drug store at Salem and conducted it until 1888 when he sold it to his brother, Joseph Hardy Millett Edwards.
Mr. Edwards is an active and inflential Republican; has been secretary of the school committee five years and trustee of the public library. He has been very active in educational matters, and the schools of the town owe much to his interst and efforts. He has often served his party as delegate to nominating conventions. He has been through the chairs of Fountain Lodge of Odd Fellows, No. 170, three times in succession, and has been its secratary five years.
He is a member of the Congregational Church of Topsfield and has been its treasurer since 1900. he was on the committee and supervised the building of the Congragational and Methodist churches, and Odd Fellows Hall and the addition to the public school building whereby all the schools were concentrated in the centre of the town of Topsfield.
He married, Oct. 10, 1874, Mary Eva Pierce, born at Lynn, Mass., May, 1854, daughter of Frank and Mary Abby (Jenkins) Pierce, of Hampton, New Hampshire.
1. Anne Hathaway, born Topsfield, Feb. 28, 1879, married, Sept. 7, 1907, Charles Robert Wait, of Wakefield, Mass.
Anne Hathaway was educated in the public school of Topsfield, high school of Danvers, from which she graduated in 1897, and took a course as nurse at the Melrose Hospital Training School, only completing this for personal knowledge, never practicing the profession. Charles Robert Wait attended the public and high schools of Wakefield, graduating in class of 1899; graduated from Harvard as Bachelor of Science in 1903; and receivec the degree of Master of Science from the same institution in 1904. From 1905 to 1906 he traveled on the continent, visiting Italy, Greece, Turkey, France, Germany, Asia Minor; every three months he sent to Harvard a thesis; all over Italy his major thesis was domed buildings of the Renaissance of 1620, 1500 A.D. He had two scholarships: The "Austin" (resident scholarship) and "Nelson Robinson Jr." (traveling scholarship). In 1907 he designed the Wakefield Young Men's Christian Assocation. At the present time he is associated with Olmsted Bros. of Brookline, Mass., as head of the architechtural department.
2. Edward Brooks, born in Topsfield, March 27, 1883, educated in public and high schools of Topsfield; engaged with Brown, Durell & Company, of Boston, a local and traveling salesman.


The surnames Brown and Browne come to this country chiefly from England, with a lesser number from Scotland and still less from Ireland. With a single exception the name has a greater number of representatives than any other in the land, and various chroniclers of Brown family history give the names of not less than nine immgrant Browns who were settled within the limits of what now is Essex county, Mass., within less than two score years after the landing of the Pilgrims, hence the Browns and Brownes of present generations may select an ancestor from either Francis, Samuel or William, who are mentioned as of Ipswich previous to 1638; John, James and William, who also were in the region as early as 1640; and Thomas, Richard, George and Edward, who were seated within the Essex territorial limits previous to 1660.
In this place we have to deal particularly with the English family whose earliest representative in New England was Edward Browne, some of whose descendants have dropped the final letter of their ancient ancestral patronymic.

(I) Edward Browne was of Ipswich, colony of Massachusetts Bay, between 1654 and 1660, and is the same who from 1656 to 1659 bore the title of "Marshall" Browne, indicating the office he held in the colony. He died Feb. 9, 1659-60, in Ipswich, leaving a will which mentions his wife Faith and his brother Bartholomew, and his estate was appraised at a little more than two hundred twenty-five pounds. His widow survived him and married second, July 1, 1660, Daniel Warner.
Edward & Faith Browne had children:
1. Joseph, born about 1639.
2. John, lived in Waping, or Wapin, England; owned in 1682-93, lands in Ipswich, devised to him by his father.
3. Thomas, died in or before 1659, having an aunt Wattson then living in England.
4. Bartholomew, living in 1659.
5. Daughter, living 1659.
6. Daughter, living 1659.

(II) Joseph Browne, son of Edward and Faith Browne, born about 1639, was a turner, living in Ipswich, where he died Sept. 30, 1694, at night. His estate inventoried two hundred seventy-five pounds five shillings. He married in Ipswich, Feb. 27, 1671, Hannah Asselbie, who survived him.
Children, b. in Ipswich:
1. Joseph, born Feb. 18, 1672-3; was a cordwainer, and still living in 1742.
2. John, March 12, 1674; yeoman and turner; died May 7, 1758.
3. Hannah, Feb. 26, 1674-5; married before 1721, Simon Pinder; was a widow in 1740.
4. Thomas, Dec. 26, 1678.
5. Elizabeth, married Nov. 5, 1701, John Holland.
6. Lieutenant Samuel, house carpenter; married Martha Jacobx of Ipswich (published Feb. 21, 1708); died Aug. 16, 1763.
7. Benjamin, yeoman and miller; bought three quarters of the Adams and Farley mill, 1732; married Elizabeth, widow of Thomas Foss, and died Feb. 16, 1733-4.
8. Sarah, married Richard Rindge (published 3, 9mo. 1716); was a widow in 1741.

(III) Sergeant Thomas Browne, son of Joseph and Hannah (Asselbie) Browne, born in Ipswich, Dec. 26, 1678, died at Hamlet, June 27, 1767, leaving an estate valued at one hundred and sixty-eight pounds fourteen shillings four pence. He was a yeoman.
He married in March, 1704, Abigail Jacobs, died 1765.
Childrne, b. in Ipswich:
1. Mary, unmarried in 1753.
2. Thomas, born July 7, 1707; married March 30, 1732, Martha Martin, of Ipswich.
3. Ephraim, baptized Oct. 2, 1709; died young.
4. Jacob, baptized March 4, 1711.
5. Edward, baptized Jan. 22, 1713; a tanner, living in 1753.
6. Ephraim, baptized Feb. 20, 1714-15; a carpenter in Hamilton, Mass.; died July 31, 1805.
7. Nathaniel, baptized July 7, 1717, died Nov. 1, 1744; a clothier in Ipswich, and had fulling mill and houses; married June 1, 1742, Mary Jewett, of Rowley, Mass., who survived him and married second, Samuel Adams, of Newbury, husbandman.
8. Daniel, baptized July 19, 1719.
9. Abigail, baptized Aug. 20, 1721; married (published) April 10, 1741, Joseph Tilton, of Ispwich.

(IV) Lieutenant Jacob Brown, son of Sergeant Thomas and Abigail (Jacobs) Browne, baptized in Ipswich March 4, 1711, died July 4, 1700. [trans. note: that has to be a mistype. 1800??] He was a yeoman and carpenter, lived in Ipswich, and his homestead, called "Bridgecroft Farm," was sold after his death to Nathan Dane for one hundred eighty pounds.
He married first (published) Oct. 25, 1737, Anne Quarles, died after 1769; second, Nov. 4, 1782, Phebe Tilton, of Ipswich. In 1789 his mind became clouded, "of senile infirmities," and July 6, a committee for his property was appointed by the probate court. His estate inventoried one hundred ninety-two pounds two shillings four pence. His wife Phebe survived him and died April 10, 1809, aged ninety-two years.
Children, b. in Ipswich:
1. David, living in 1783.
2. Daniel, yeoman, living in Ipswich in 1790.
3. Francis, baptized Jan. 21, 1738-9, died April 25, 1788; married Feb. 17, 1761, Mary Annable, of Ipswich.
4. Anna, born June 8, 1740; married William Kinsman, of Ipswich.
5. Jacob.

(V) Jacob Brown, youngest child of Lieutenant Jacob and Anne (Quarles) Brown, born in Ipswich, probably about 1742-3, died there May 16, 1776, aged (record says) twenty-seven years. The name of his wife does not appear, but he married and had two children, both born in Ipswich:
1. Tristram, baptized April 30, 1775.
2. Eunice, baptized March 16, 1777.

(VI) Tristram Brown, only son of Jacob Brown, lived in Ipswich, and both he and his wife were living in 1816. He married Jan. 10, 1796, Joanna Baker.
Children, b. in Ipswich:
1. Child, name unknown, died Feb. 7, 1797.
2. Joanna, born April 12, 1798.
3. Thomas, June 3, 1800; drowned while "attempting to ford a creek at Plum Island," July 17, 1826; aged twenty-six years.
4. Manasseh, Feb. 18, 1803.
5. Tristram, Feb. 1, 1806.
6. Nabby Baker, June 7, 1810.
7. Jacob, Feb. 8, 1813.
8. Eunice Pope, May 22, 1816.

(VII) Manasseh Brown, son of Tristram and Joanna (Baker) Brown, born in Ipswich, Feb. 18, 1803, died there Oct. 18, 1882. His business occupation was farming - practical, progressive husbandry - for which he seemed pecurliarly adalpted; but he was not a laborious farmer, toiling and struggling in season and out of season; on the contrary he laid out and went about the cultivation of his acres in much the same manner as substantial business men mature and carry out the plans of large commercial and industrial enterprises. The three principal elements of Mr. Brown's success as a farmer were thrift, good common sense and industry, and with these properly applied he developed "Castle Hill Farm" and brought it to a conditon of fertility and productiveness that made it one of the very best farms in all respect of which New England can boast; and in return his lands yielded him a competency, enabled him to educate and well provide for his children, give his sons a good start in business life, and at his death there remained a goodly inheritance for his family. He had neither taste nor time for political affairs, and yet was a public man in Ipswich in the sense that his high character, sterling integrity and sound judgment gave him an especial prominence in the town and made him one of its most influential and respected citizens.
He married first, Dec. 15, 1836, Mary Kinsman Brown, born Jan. 11, 1819, died July 15, 1851, daughter of John Burnham and Mary (Kinsman) BROWN; second, Sally M. Story.
John Burnham Brown was born Sept. 12, 1779, and died July 17, 1868. His first wife was Elizabeth Potter, who bore him two children: Francis, b. Jan. 19, 1811, and Elizabeth Potter, b. Aug. 24, 1812 died Aug. 25, 1893. Children by second wife: Mary Kinsman, b. Jan. 11, 1819, m. Manasseh Brown, his second wife; Lucy, b. Dec. 10, 1820, died Dec. 30, 1892; John Allen, b. Sept. 28, 1822, died June 21, 1902; Emeline, b. June 17, 1824; Hannah, b. April 18, 1831, m. Theodore S. Cogswell, who d. Sept. 19, 1907.

Manasseh Brown's children, b. in Ipswich:
1. John Burnham, Dec. 10, 1837.
2. Leverett, March 31, 1841, died April 27, 1873.
3. Marietta Kinsman, July 3, 1846.
4. Emma, Sept. 15, 1856.
5. Allen W., Oct. 18, 1859.
6. Harry Baker, Oct. 20, 1866.

(VIII) John Burnham Brown, eldest child of Manasseh and Mary Kinsman Brown, was born in Ipswich, Mass., Dec. 10, 1837, and spent the early years of his life on his father's farm "Castle Hill," in what was known as the Argilla district in Ipswich. Here he was brought up to farm work and attended the district school during the winter months. Later on he was a student in Ipswich high school, and still later was given a few terms at Phillips Andover Academy. After leaving school he set out to make his own way in life, and at the age of seventeen years went to Boston and found employment in the dry goods house of Blanchard, Converse & Company, one of the oldest and at that time leading mercantile house in its line in the city. He continued with that firm several years, his purpose being to gain a thorough knowledge of the business and ultimately become himself proprietor of a store in his home town; but subsequent events directed him into other channels during the next few years.
In 1861 he enlisted in the 16th Massachusetts Infantry, and on its organization was elected first lieutenant. In 1862 he was made aide-de-camp to General Grover, commander of a brigade of General Hooker's division, and served on Grover's staff during the Seven Days or Wilderness battle of the peninsula campaign, ending with the fight at Malvern Hill; also during General Pope's Virginian campaign which ended in the second battle of Bull Run; and with General Banks in the Louisiana campaign. At one time he served on General McClellan's staff. In order that he might remain with General Grover, to whom he was much attached, Lieut. Brown declined several promotions which were offered him and which he had earned by gallantry and meritorious service, and left the service with his original commission. He was especially commended for gallant conduct in the battles of Bunker's Farm, Savage Station, the first and second Malvern Hill engagements, second Bull Run, Irish Bend, Louisiana, and also at the siege of Port Hudson, where he was one of the officers who volunteered to lead the assault in the last grand attack which resulted in the downfall of that confederate stronghold.
After the close of the war Lieut. Brown returned home and for a time was connected with former Governor Gardner's dry good commission house, later became partner with his old employer, James C. Converse, and removed to New York to take charge of the branch store established in that city. He lived in New York until 1869, and during that time his attention became directed in other channels, with the result that he abandoned mercantile pursuits and with his younger brother Leverett engaged in contract railroad construction enterprises with the western states. In connection with his extensive construction operations Mr. Brown and his brother also became organizers of railroad companies, one of which was the Chicago & Western Indiana company, of which he was first president. While in the western country Mr. Brown found opportunity to acquaint himself with the natural resources of the region, and acquired tracts of rich coal lands in Illinois, which he developed and brought into active and successful operation; and he also engaged in the construction of an extensive system of docks along Calumet river in South Chicago, and in many other ways was identified with the development of the resources of the country about the now great metropolitan city of Chicago and elsewhere in Illinois and the adjoining state of Indiana. His business life has been rewarded with splended success and he has long been known as one of the largest railroad operators whose work was begun during the years which followed soon after the late civil war. But during all these years of his activity in other fields Mr. Brown never has forgotten his old home town of Ipswich, which he ever has proudly boasted as his home, and there on the old Castle Hill farm he has always maintained a residence.
In 1864 he married Lucy S. Tenney, who died in Ipswich Jan. 2, 1908, daughter of George and Susan (Nelson) Tenney, her father having been at one time an extensive shoe manufacturer in Georgetown, Mass.

(VIII) Harry Baker Brown, youngest son of Manasseh and Sally M. (Story) Brown, was born in Ipswich, Mass., Oct. 20, 1866, and received his literary education in public and high schools in New London, New Hampshire, and subsequently took a thorough business course in Bryant & Stratton's Commercial College, Boston. After leaving school he found employment in the Ipswich Hosiery Mills of Boston and Ipswich, and remained there in one capacity and another for the next twenty-five years, during the last nine years of which period he was general manager of the operating company, and also he gained a rich experience and a thorough understanding of the hosiery business in every essential detail of manufacutre and sale in the markets. With this experience and an excellent reputation as an enterprising and reliable business man, Mr. Brown met with no difficulty whatever when in 1907 he perfected the organization and incorporation of the Brown Stocking Company, with an authorized capital of $500,000 for the manufacture of high grade hosiery and its sale in the markets of the world. The latter essential element of success, the sale of the company's product, has been anticipated and provided for by the managing officer in a term contract by which the entire output is sold through one of the largest commission houses in New England. But the establishment of this great industrial enterprise has contemplated something more than the occupancy of a single large factory building with an equipment sufficient for turning out two thousand five hundred dozen stockings each day; something more than the installation of the most modern machines for producing the very highest grades of stockings; something more than the employment of hundreds of skilled operators for production of wares of the finest quality and finish under the superivision of an experienced and capable managerial head. The establishment of the Brown Stocking Company in its inception contemplated the founding of a thriving village, with church, school house, opera house, model cottages, and all desirable elements of a prosperious industrial center. All that was set out to be accomplished has been done, and all that has been done, and all of the benefits which thereby accrue to the town of Ipswich, its business interests, its institutions and its people, are due almost wholly to the enterprise and progressiveness of him for whom the village of Brownsville takes its name, the man who in the capacity of general manager directs the operations of the Brown Hosiery Company, and whose policy is supported and approved by a board of directors comprising some of the best business men of Ipswich, with others of like prominence in neighboring towns and all citizens of Essex county. In a literal sense the Brown Stocking Company is an infant industry, but in a broader sense, viewed in the light of results already achieved, it ranks with any and far outranks many of the other industries of its kind in this country, regardless of the period of operation; and in any event it is not an infant industry stuggling for existence, for its foundations are laid broad and deep and back of it are men of large experience, sound judgment and unquestioned integrity. In this place it is not deemed necessary to enter into a detailed description of the plant of the Brown Stocking Company and its equipment, but it is proper to make some brief allusion to the personnel of the company directorate. As is stated in a preceding paragraph the company owes its existence to the enterprise of Harry Baker Brown, and was incorporated and organized in January, 1907, with officers and directors as follows: Daniel Safford, of Ipswich, insurance broker, president; Harry B. Brown, of Ipswich, treasurer and general manager; C. Augustus Norwood, secretary; D. Sidney Perley, of Ipswich, Robert E. Burke, of Newburyport, Frank L. Burke, of Rowley, John A. Blake, of Ipswich, George B. Brown, of Ipswich, Thomas P. Thomas, of Newburyport, and A. Story Brown, of Ipswich, directors.
From what is before written it must be seen that Harry B. Brown is and for many years has been an important factor in the industrial life of Ipswich; that he is in fact a "man who does things," a man of achievement, a man of the highest character and worth - "a worthy son of a noble sire." And he is not a selfish man, directing his energies solely to personal concerns for enriching his own purse, but is public spirited and generous, alive to opportunities and always a leading spirit in whatever will best promote the welfare of his native town and its people; and the assertion will not be challenged that he has done more real good in advancing the prosperity of Ipswich than any other man who ever dwelt within the borders of that historic old town.
He enjoys the social side of life, and has proven himself a loyal friend, a genial and interesting companion; his home is a seat of comfort and hospitality.
In politics he is a Republican and in relgious preference is a Congregationalist.
Mr. Brown married first, Nov. 27, 1891, Annie Cutler, who died Dec. 25, 1894, daughter of Rev. Temple Cutler. She bore him two children. He married second, March 25, 1896, Harriette W. Brown, born Feb. 5, 1875, daughter of Albert Story and Angie (Gould) BROWN, granddaughter of Hamilton and Rachel (Morley) Brown, and great-granddaughter of Daniel Brown, of Hamilton, Mass. Albert Story Brown was born in Hamilton and baptized there July 13, 1834. He married first, Mary Cogswell, of Ipswich, and second, Angie Gould. He had in all ten children:
1. Laura, born Nov. 7, 1872; educated in public and high schools; became an accomplished musician, and for six years before her marriage was an organist of considerable note; m. Edward P. Rich: children: Madline, Randolph and John Rice.
2. Rufus, born Nov. 6, 1873; graduated from Ipswich high school, then was employed by the manufacturers of the Tower piano action, and now a liability insurance broker.
3. Harriette W., born Feb. 5, 1875; graduated from Ipswich high school; taught school for three years; married March 25, 1896, Harry Baker Brown.
4. Albert Story, Jr., born Nov. 8, 1876; graduated from Ipswich high school; now engaged in insurance business in Boston.
5. Isabelle, born Jan. 19, 1878; graduate of Ipswich high school and Salem normal school; studied music in Salem; taught school in Ipswich, six years; married Robert S. Kimball; one child, Helen Gould Kimball, b. Aug. 17, 1907.
6. Frederick, born Oct. 30, 1880; graduated from Ipswich grammar school, and was a pupil in high school one year; student at Salem Commercial school; now engaged with brothers Albert and Rufus in insurance business in Boston.
7. Alice, born March 30, 1883; graduated from Ipswich high school, and from Boston University, cum laude; taught school in Ipswich, New Preston, Conn., and Essex, Mass.; now living at home.
8. Louise, born June 4, 1887; graduate of Ipswich high school; student one year at Salem normal school; student in music under Walter Damrosch, Mus. Dr. at Institution of Musical Arts, New York city, class '09.
9. Helen, born Aug. 19, 1889; graduated from Ipswich high school, class of '06; took post-graduate course preparatory to entering Smith College in 1908.

Hamilton BROWN, father of Albert Story Brown, was born in Hamilton, Mass., and baptized there March 2, 1794; married Jan. 5, 1818, Rachel Morley; children:
1. Daniel, born July 9, 1818. (Hamilton records).
2. Timothy Allen, Aug. 2, 1820.
3. Rufus, baptized Nov. 4, 1827.
4. Mary Ann, baptized Nov. 24, 1827.
5. Rachel Morley, baptized Sept. 24 1829.
6. Albert Story, baptized July 13, 1834.

CHILDREN of Harry Baker and Annie (Cutler) Brown:
1. Rachel M., born Sept. 6, 1892.
2. Donald, May 26, 1894.
Children of Harry Baker and Harriette (Brown) Brown:
3. Gretchen Baker, b. Dec. 18, 1898.
4. Gardner W., Jan. 26, 1903.
5. Natalie, Feb. 27, 1908.


The Brown families of Marblehead are descended for the most part from two immigrants of English ancestry, Captain John Browne (or Brown) and William, presumably his brother.

(I) Captain John Browne, born in England, came to Marblehead shortly before his marriage, from the town of Exeter, according to town records of Marblehead. He died at Marblehead, May 17, 1707, aged forty-seven. Savage states that a John Brown, passenger, embarked from England May 16, 1679, on the ship "Prudence," for Boston, and we believe that must be the record of Captain John's emmigration.
He married, May 28, 1686, Elizabeth Legg, who was a member of the Marblehead church, a granddaughter of John Legg, who was in the employ of Mr. Humphrey at Lynn, May 3, 1631; admitted freeman May 6, 1635; removed to Marblehead where he was a proprietor in 1649; deposed in 1657 that he was aged forty-five years; his wife Elizabeth deposed in 1665 that she was about fifty-seven years old; had sons Samuel, John and Daniel Legg.
Children, b. at Marblehead:
1. Deborah, baptized April 15, 1688.
2. John, baptized Jan. 19, 1689-90; died Feb. 17, 1702-3, aged thirteen.
3. Elizabeth, baptized Feb. 21, 1691-2.
4. Mary, baptized Oct. 29, 1693.
5. Legg, baptized Jan. 26, 1695-6; died March, 1695-6.
6. Giles, baptized Jan. 31, 1696-7; died Dec. 21, 1707-8.
7. Jane, baptized Feb. 19, 1700-1.
8. Sarah, baptized April 1, 1704.

(I) William Browne, probably brother of John Brown (1), was born about 1660-70. He married, Sept. 23, 1695, Hannah Joy, of Salem. He or another William Browne of Marblehead married, Nov. 11, 1697, Johannah Taynour, at Marblehead. The families of Brown had grown so numerous at this time in Lynn, Salem, Marblehead, Reading and vicinity, that it is virtually impossible in most cases to get complete and accurate lineages in the family.
The Marblehead records give as children of William and Hannah:
1. William, bap. April 28, 1700.
2. Mary, bap. March 14, 1702-3.
3. Samuel, born March 11, 1705-6.
4. Eleanor, born Feb. 2, 1707-9.

(II) John Browne, son of John Brown (1), was born about 1690. He married at Marblehead, Nov. 6, 1718, Rebecca Frost of Salem.
Children, b. at Marblehead:
1. Daughter, died 1719.
2. John, bap. Sept. 27, 1719.
3. William, born Sept. 3, 1721.

(III) Eli Brown, son of John Brown (2), settled in Amherst, Mass. before the revolution. [trans. note: pardon me, but why is Eli not mentioned in the list of ch. of John Brown (2)? I know Brown is a tricky sometimes impossible surname to find the right ancestors in (Tell me about it!), but still......]
He was a lieutenant in Captain Elijah Denning's company, Colonel Ashley's Berkshire regiment, ordered in 1777 to Fort Edward by General Schuyler; also lieutenant in Captain Zenas Wheeler's company, Colonel John Ashleys regiment, 1777; also first lieutenant in Captain Howes' company, General Fellows' brigade, 1779.

(IV) Eli Brown, son of Eli Brown, was born in Marblehead in 1757. He enlisted in the revolution, as ordinary seaman on the ship "Franklin." Captain John Turner, from Marblehead. He is described as of light complexion, aged thirteen.
He married, at Marblehead, Aug. 10, 1788, Sarah Graves, who died March 2, 1848, aged eighty years, two months. He was president of a bank at Amherst, Mass., and a citizen of distinction.
Children, b. at Marblehead:
1. Sally, baptized Dec. 7, 1788.
2. Betsey, bap. Sept. 5, 1790.
3. Eli, bap. Nov. 25, 1792, died young.
4. Eli, bap. March 1, 1795; mentioned below.
5. Betsey, bap. May 14, 1797.

(V) Eli Brown, son of Eli Brown, was baptized at Marblehead, March 1, 1795. He fell from the masthead of a vessel at Charleston, South Carolina, and was drowned about 1827. He married, Sept. 10, 1820, Eleanor Grant.
Children, b. at Marblehead:
1. Eli, married Feb. 12, 1845, Mary E. Caswell, aged twenty.
2. William, mentioned below.

(VI) William Brown, son of Eli Brown, was born at Marblehead, April 1, 1826. He was educated in the common schools, and early in life, like most of the youth of his native town, went to the Grand Banks in fishing vessels. Later he established an express business in Marblehead, and continued his express line between that town and Lynn until 1862, when he engaged in the grocery business in which he has continued with marked success to the present time. He is one of the oldest and most honored merchants of Marblehead.
In politics he is a Republican.
He married, Nov. 8, 1846, Hannah E. Brown, born Aug. 18, 1827, daughter of Captain Ambrose and Elizabeth Brown. [See Elizabeth's Brown's line below].
1. Hannah A., born May 10, 1848; married first Thomas Breare, one child, Harold; second, Abel Curtis, no children.
2. Mary, born Dec. 3, 1855; married Oct. 12, 1876, William Stone; children: William Frank, b. Nov. 27, 1879; Mary Ethel, b. March 25, 1885.
3. William, Jr., born July 26, 1858; married first, Eleanor Long; children: Eleanor, b. 1882, d. 1887; William Grant, b. Jan., 1887; Alden Malcolm, b. July 2, 1895. William married second, June, 1908, Etta Paine.
4. Frank, born March 25, 1860; mentioned below.
5. Nellie B., born Aug. 16, 1867; died Jan. 30, 1907.

(VII) Frank Brown, son of William Brown, was born at Marblehead, March 26, 1860. He was educated there in the public schools, and during his boyhood and youth worked as clerk for his father in the grocery store. In 1881 he has been in the grocery business on his own account with a very prosperous store at 126 Washington street. He was formerly an active and prominent member of the Marblehead volunteer fire department. He has been a member of the Knights of Pythias since 1883.
In politics he is a Republican.
He married Nettie M. Fisk.
1. Child, died in infancy.
2. Fred.
3. Charles, died young.
4. Frank, died young.
5. Ambrose James.
6. Ethel May.
7. Hannah Pearl.

Elizabeth BROWN's line:

(1) Thomas Brown, born about 1630, probably in England, died May 28, 1693. He lived at Lynn, Mass. The name of his wife is not known.
1. Thomas (?), born about 1655.
2. Mary, b. Feb. 16, 1656.
3. Sarah, died Sept. 1, 1658.
4. Joseph, born Feb. 16, 1658-9; mentioned below.
5. Sarah, born Oct. 13, 1660; died young.
6. Mary, born Feb. 12, 1655-6; died May 10, 1662.
7. Sarah, died Feb. 4, 1662.
8. Mary, died Aug. 28, 1666.
9. Jonathan, died Sept. 12, 1666.
10. Jonathan, born Jan. 24, 1668-9.
11. Eleazer, born Aug. 4, 1670.
12. Ebenezer, born March 26, 1771-2. [trans. note: must be a typo and should read 1661-2.]
13. Daniel, born Nov. 24, 1673.
14. Ann (twin), born Jan. 4, 1675.
15. Grace, (twin), born Jan. 4, 1675.
16. Mary, born Aug. 24, 1685; married Thomas Norwood.
17. Sarah, born July 18, 1688.
18. Daniel, born Feb. 1, 1677; died Aug. 20, 1693.
These children were probably not all by the same mother, and are not in order of birth.

(II) Joseph Brown, son of Thomas Brown, was born at Lynn, Mass., Feb. 16, 1658-9; married at Lynn, Dec. 22, 1680, Sarah Jones.
Children, born at Lynn:
1. Joseph, b. April 12, 1682.
2. John, b. March 31, 1684; died young.
3. Thomas, b. Dec. 20, 1685; mentioned below.
4. Mary, b. May 17, 1688.
5. John, b. Oct. 20, 1691.

(III) Thomas Brown, son of Joseph Brown, was born at Lynn, Dec. 20, 1685; married Dec. 26, 1709, Dorcas Prisbury, of Lynn.
Children, born at Lynn:
1. William, Oct. 19, 1710.
2. Sarah, Feb. 18, 1712-3.
3. Thomas, Oct. 5, 1716.
4. Mary, June 13, 1725.
5. Ebenezer, mentioned below.

(IV) Ebenezer Brown, son of Thomas Brown, was born March 24, 1728, at Lynn. He had a son Ebenezer, born at Lynn or Marblehead, mentioned below.

(V) Ebenezer Brown, son or nephew of Ebenezer Brown, born 1755, died Sept. 18, 1834, at Marblehead, aged seventy-eight years seven months. He was a soldier in the revolutoin, a private in Captain Ezra Newhall's company, Colonel John Mansfield's regiment, 1775.
He married at Marblehead, Feb. 21, 1782, Ruth Boden.
Children, b. at Marblehead:
1. Ebenezer, Sept. 13, 1782; bap. Oct. 20, 1782.
2. Ambrose James, b. Feb. 16, 1784; mentioned below.
3. John, born Sept. 5, 1786, bap. Jan. 15, 1787; died 1818.
4. Samuel Boden, born April 6, bap. Apr. 13, 1788.
5. Jonathan, born Jan. 21, bap. Jan. 31, 1790.
6. Ruthy Boden, born April 13, bap. July 15, 1792.
7. Abigail, born April 10, bap. Apr. 13, 1794.
8. Abraham, born April 4, 1796.
9. Joseph, born April 25, bap. May 13, 1798.
10. Benjamin, born Aug. 5, bap. Aug. 17, 1800; died Nov. 20, 1800.
11. Benjamin, born Nov. 1, bap. Dec. 8, 1801.
12. Eben, born June 9, 1803.
13. Hannah Boden, born Jan. 6, bap. Jan. 17, 1808.

(VII) Captain Ambrose James Brown, son of Ebenezer and Ruth (Boden) Brown, was born at Marblehead, Feb. 16, 1784, and died March 4, 1842. He married Elizabeth Green, born Nov. 5, 1784, and died March 4, 1842.
1. Ambrose, born March 26, 1826; died 1905; married Sally Mailey; no children.
2. Hannah E., born Aug. 18, 1827; married, Nov. 8, 1846, William Brown (6), son of Eli and Eleanor (Grant) Brown.
3. Ann Jutson, born 1829; died young.
4. Mary D., born Jan. 15, 1830, died July 17, 1849.
5. Daniel J., born Dec. 14, 1831; died young.
6. Ann Jutson, born April 30, 1833, died 1904.
7. Samuel A., born June 1, 1835, died 1904.
8. Sarah Read, born Aug. 24, 1836, died Dec. 17, 1891.
9. Ruth, born May 20, 1838, died young.

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