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]


Richard Hall, one of the numerous immigrants of this surname to New England before 1650, settled in Dorchester, Mass., where he was a member of the church before 1644. He was lieutenant of the militia company. He died June 23, 1691; widow died Oct. 8, 1693.
1. Richard, mentioned below.
2. Martha, born Aug. 12, 1648; married, Sept. 18, 1674, Ebenezer Williams.
3. Samuel, born March 1, 1651-2.
4. Elizabeth, born April 18, 1659.
5. Experience, born Jan. 30, 1661-2.

(II) Richard Hall, son of Richard Hall (1), according to the evidence of the genealogy, settled as early as 1673, at Bradford, Mass., and is the progenitor of the Bradford family; was admitted freeman 1676; was deacon of the Bradford church, elected Nov. 2, 1682.
He died March 9, 1730. He married first, Mary ____, who died in 1684, and second, Martha ____, who died March 11, 1686-7.
Children, born at Bradford:
1. Sarah, died 1690.
2. John, born March 21, 1673.
3. Richard, born Feb. 6, 1676; had five children by each of his two wives at Bradford, Mass.
4. Joseph, born Feb. 9, 1680; married Dec. 24, 1706, Sarah Kimball. They settled in West Bradford and the births of their twelve children are recorded there. He was a deacon of the church at West Bradford.
5. Joanna, married Dec. 29, 1702, at Concord, John Patterson, of Billerica.

(III) Eben Hall, the progenitor of the Hall family at Salem, New Hampshire, was doubtless the son of Richard Hall of Bradford (2), born about 1790. According to family tradition he was from England, one of four brothers. The evidence all points to his being a son of the Bradford settler and one of his "four" sons, all born in this country.
He married Deborah Cross and the first five children were born in Salem (N.H.), the others in adjoining town of Methuen, Mass., viz:
1. Samuel.
2. William, selectman of Salem, 1776.
3. Enoch.
4. Eben, Jr.
5. Betsey.
6. Deborah.
7. John, town clerk of Salem in 1775.
8. Stephen.
9. Christopher Hall.
10. Joseph.
11. Elijah, mentioned below.

(IV) Elijah Hall, son of Eben Hall (3), was born about 1730 in Methuen, Mass. He settled in Salem. In 1790 he and several of his sons had families in that town.
1. Joshua. 2. David. 3. Elijah.
4. Moses, mentioned below.

(V) Moses Hall, son of Elijah Hall (4), was born in Salem, New Hampshire, about 1760. He was a blacksmith and lived in his native town, following the trade all his life.
1. John. 2. Seth, born about 1807, mentioned below. 3. Silas. 4. Eliza. 5. Samuel.

(VI) Seth Hall, son of Moses Hall (5), was born in Salem, N. H., about 1807, and lived in his native town, following his trade as blacksmith. He married first Phebe Hall, of Norway, Maine.
Children by 1st wife:
1. Hiram, died when about fourteen years old.
2. Franklin, died aged two years.
3. Caroline E., died when twenty-six years old; married Isaac B. Corliss, of Salem, and had two children.
4. Infant, died.
5. Charles Herman, born July 9, 1841, mentioned below.
Seth Hall married 2d, Jemima Staples, and had one child:
6. Ezra B., born in 1844; lives in Salem, New Hampshire.

(VII) Charles Herman Hall, son of Seth Hall (6), was born in Salem, N. H., July 9, 1841. He was brought up in his native town and worked for his father until twenty-one years old then enlisted in the civil war, Sept. 12, 1862, in Company K, Fifteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers, under Captain Benjamin F. Hall. The regiment left the state Nov. 15, 1862, bound for New York city, where they embarked for New Orleans, Louisiana, in December following. Upon their arrival the regiment was assigned to camp at Carrollton, Louisiana; was removed to Camp Parapet, Jan. 28, 1863. They formed a part of the First Brigade, Second Division, Nineteenth Army Corps. They marched to Springfield, May 20, 1863, and they took part in the siege of Port Hudson. The regiment started for home July 26, 1863, arriving at Concord, N. H. Aug. 8, 1863, and was discharged and mustered out Sept. 16, 1863, at the experation of the term of enlistment.
He returned with health shattered by the climate and hardships of service in the south and was sick for upwards of a year. He then began to learn the trade of hatter in Ayer's Village, N. H., removing thence to Haverhill and finally to Methuen, where he has resided to the present time. He left the trade of hat making in 1881 and established himself in the market gardening business on his place on Broadway, Methuen, which he bought a few years previously, and from the outset found the business agreeable and profitable. He built his residence on this place, 46 Broadway, and has an extensive and spacious greenhouse, making a specialty of lettuce and tomato plants.
He is a member of Grand Army Post, No. 100, Methuen; of Methuen Grange, No. 155, Patrons of Husbandry; of the Methuen Methodist church, of which he is a trustee. He has always been a Republican in politics, and for several years was selectman of the town.
He married June 18, 1867, Sarah E. Webster, born Nov. 28, 1838, at Methuen, daughter of James and Mehitable (Woodbury) WEBSTER. Her father was born in Salem, N. H., Sept. 15, 1808, and died Aug. 8, 1879, at Salem; her mother was born Aug. 28, 1816, died April 11, 1889. Children: i. Sarah E. Webster, born Nov. 28, 1838; ii. Mary E. Webster, b. Dec. 15, 1839, m. Luther Welch, and 2d James Cartland of Parsonfield, Maine; iii. Charles J. Webster, b. Aug. 17, 1841, died 1846; iv. Mehitable Frances Webster, b. Nov. 2, 1843, m. James Smith of Windham, N. H.; v. James M. Webster, b. Jan. 24, 1846, m. Elizabeth Thom; vi. Emma E. Webster, b. Feb. 9, 1848, m. first Aaron Welch and 2d Charles S. Woodbury.

The children of Charles Herman and Sarah E. (Webster) Hall are:
1. Daughter, died in infancy.
2. Carrie Elizabeth, born Oct. 26, 1869; died Aug. 23, 1870.


[trans note: at beginning of this it says 'For early generations see Joseph Hill I.' I don't know which Volume this material is in, so.......]

(III) Samuel Hills, born Newbury, Essex county, Mass., Feb. 16, 1680, died at Rehoboth, Bristol county, Mass., July 27, 1732. Married Ann ____, who died at Rehoboth Dec. 3, 1747.
Children, b. and d. in Rehoboth:
1. Margaret, born June 11, 1711, died Sept. 20, 1726.
2. Samuel, see forward.
3. Abigial, born March 5, 1715, died March 31, 1727.
4. Ann, born Sept. 22, 1716, died Dec. 3, 1747.
5. Hannah, born March 21, 1717.
6. Benjamin, born July 4, 1718, died June 23, 1754.
7. Phebe, born Jan. 18, 1720.
8. William, born Nov. 7, 1722.
9. James, born April 15, 1726, died 1802.

(IV) Lieutenant Samuel Hills, born at Rehoboth, Bristol county, Mass., Feb. 19, 1714, died at Rehoboth, Nov. 12, 1758. He married, at Rehoboth, Nov. 13, 1739, Deborah, daughter of Matthew and Mary Cushing, born Rehoboth Aug. 1, 1721, died Rehoboth November, 1751. Married second, at Swansea, June 14, 1752, Sarah Harden.
Children by 1st wife:
1. Samuel, see forward.
2. Sarah, born Nov. 1, 1742, died prior to 1796, Rehoboth.
3. Barbara, born Nov. 7, 1744, died Nov. 7, 1758, Rehoboth.
4. Ann, born July 9, 1748, Rehoboth, married Joshua Phillips.
Child by 2d wife:
5. Comfort, born Aug. 25, 1756, died at Chester, Vermont.

(V) Samuel Hill, born Rehoboth, Mass., Feb. 14, 1740, died Smithfield, Providence county, Rhode Island, March 14, 1833. Married, Jan. 8, 1766, Rhoda, daughter of Joshua Phillips, of Smithfield, b. Feb. 20, 1746, died May 16, 1828.
Children, all b. and some of whom d. in Smithfield:
1. Samuel, born Feb. 17, 1767, died May 28, 1831.
2. John, born April 29, 1768, died Oct. 9, 1806.
3. Lydia, born July 31, 1769, died Jan. 27, 1837.
4. Rufus, see forward.
5. George, born Dec. 19, 1772, died Jan. 10, 1841.
6. Joshua, born Sept. 28, 1774, died Oct. 10, 1783.
7. Thomas, born March 9, 1776, died Sept. 28, 1778.
8. Barbara, born Aug. 23, 1777, died April 12, 1850.
9. Asa, born Aug. 6, 1779, died April 22, 1785.
10. Sarah, born June 11, 1781, died Sept. 29, 1844.
11. Anna, born Feb. 28, 1783, died Nov. 12, 1851.
12. Rhoda, born Nov. 2, 1784, died June 1, 1801.
13. Deborah, born Sept. 4, 1786, died April 10, 1858.
14. Freelove, born March 23, 1788, died Dec. 15, 1841.
15. Daniel, born March 25, 1790, died Sept. 23, 1817.

(VI) Rufus Hill, born Smithfield, Providence county, Rhode Island, Jan. 31, 1771, died at East Montpelier, Vermont, Aug. 5, 1827. Married, at Smithfield, Dec. 8, 1797, Naomi Angell, daughter of George ANGELL, son of Abiah, who was son of Hope, who was son of John, son of Thomas Angell, who came to New England with Roger Williams.
Children of Rufus & Naomi Hill:
1. William, born Dec. 23, 1798, died July 24, 1842, at Elmore, Vermont; married Dec. 14, 1820, Maria Hill.
2. Mary, born Nov. 4, 1800, died June 11, 1873, at Barre, Vermont.
3. Rufus, born Jan. 10, 1802, died Aug. 4, 1863, at Montpelier, Vermont; m. Dec. 2, 1824, Pamelia Olmstead.
4. Edwin, born March 1, 1803, died Nov., 1864, Elmore, Vermont; m. Dec. 13, 1825, Sylvia Elmore.
5. Barbara, born Feb. 22, 1804, deceased; m. Feb. 22, 1824, Solomon Hill.
6. George, see forward.
7. Lydia, born May 6, 1806, m. Dec. 2, 1829, Sanford M. Baker.
8. Phillips, born March 2, 1808, m. March 17, 1836, Elvira Dodge.
9. Asa, born Feb. 17, 1809, m. May, 1839, Laura (Grant) Pierce.
10. Rhoda, born May 19, 1810, m. Dec. 2, 1829, Eber B. Stoddard.
11. Eliza Ann, born Sept. 6, 1811, at East Montpelier; m. Sept. 10, 1835, Stephen Baker.
12. Daniel, born Oct. 12, 1814, m. Jan. 1, 1841, Betsey Benjamin.
13. Samuel, born Oct. 23, 1816, died Jan. 23, 1892; m. Nov., 1839, Mary M. Whittemore.
14. Washington, born March 19, 1819, m. Oct., 1838, Juliette ____.
Of these children the first two were born at Danby, Vermont, the remainder at East Montpelier.

(VII) George Hill, born at East Montpelier, Vermont, May 13, 1805, died at Medway, Mass., Jan. 15, 1875. Married Sylvia Grout, born Elmore, Vermont, Feb. 12, 1818, died April 11, 1903. She was a daughter of Don GROUT, born March 12, 1786, died Jan. 22, 1841, and Beulah Elmore, born Sharon, Connecticut, Feb. 23, 1787, died Aug. 22, 1864. Don Grout was son of Solomon Grout, b. June 27, 1751, and Ruth Putnam, b. Jan. 13, 1749-50. Solomon Grout was son of John Grout, b. Oct. 14, 1704, d. June, 1771, and Joanna Boynton. John Grout was son of Jonathan Grout, b. Aug. 1, 1658, d. 1730, and Abigail Dix, b. March 15, 1676-77. Jonathan Grout was son of Captain John Grout, b. 1616, d. 1697, and Sarah (Busby) Cakebread. She was daughter of Nicholas Busby, who died Aug. 28, 1657.

Beulah ELMORE, grandmother of Don Gleason Hill, was daughter of Jesse Elmore, b. June 26, 1767, d. March 17, 1852, and Mehitable Caulkins, born 1769, d. July 4, 1839. Jesse Elmore was son of Colonel Samuel Elmore, b. Jan. 19, 1720, d. Aug. 23, 1805, and Sylvia Gibbs (second wife), widow of Job Gibbs, b. 1730. Colonel Samuel Elmore was son of Deacon Jonathan Elmore, of Norwalk, Connecticut, born 1685, d. June 5, 1758, who was son of Samuel Elmore, of Hartford, bap. March 21, 1646-57, d. April, 1697. He was son of Edward Elmore, who came to Boston from near Braintree, England, in ship "Lion," Sept. 16, 1632. He went to Hartford with Thomas Hooker's party (1636) and was killed by the Indians in King Phillip's war, 1676.

Children of George and Sylvia Hill:
1. Rev. Calvin Grout, born May 10, 1842, at Elmore, Vermont, graduated as Bachelor of Arts at Amherst College, 1867, and at Bangor Theological Seminary, 1871; minister of Congregational church; married Mary A. B. Reed; died Oct. 11, 1907; two children.
2. Don Gleason, see forward.
3. Rev. George Edwin, born April 26, 1858, at Medway, Mass., married and has three children.
4. William Francis, born Oct. 23, 1860, married S. Elizabeth Adams, one son Philip Adams Hill, born March 19, 1894.

(VIII) Don Gleason Hill, born at Medway, Mass., July 12, 1847, traces his ancestry back to the first settlers of Rhode Island, namely: Thomas Angell, who came with Roger Williams, Christopher Smith, Roger Mowry, John Field, Thomas Olney, Thomas Barnes and Michael Phillips. Also to early settlers of the Massachusetts colony namely: Captain John Grout, Edward Dix, John Barnard, John Putnam through Thomas and Ann (Carr) Putnam, of witchcraft memory, Edward Holyoke, George Carr, Edward Elmer, who went with the Rev. Thomas Hooker's company to settle Hartford, James Hamlin, and to Hugh Calkins, of Gloucester, but early in the Plymouth colony.
Don Gleason Hill was educated in Wilbraham Academy, and at Amherst College where he spent two years in the class of 1869. He then entered the law school of the University of Albany, from which he received the degree of Bachelor of Laws, May 10, 1870, and was admitted to the New York bar in the same year. He returned to Medway, Mass., where he continued to read law in the office of Charles H. Deans, Esq. In June, 1871, he removed to Dedham and entered the office of the late Judge Waldo Colburn, with whom he remained until the latter was promoted to the superior bench in June, 1875. He was admitted to the Massachusetts bar in Sept., 1871. In 1875 he formed a law partnership with Charles A. Mackintosh under the firm name of Hill & Mackintosh. This partnership was continuted about ten years, since which time Mr. Hill has practiced alone, devoting himself to the probate law and conveyancing. He has been attorney for the Dedham Institution for Savings for more than thirty years, and for a number of years attorney to the Dedham Co-operative Bank and the Norwood Co-operative Bank. He is also trustee of the Dedham Institution for Savings, and now is the senior director of the Dedham Mutual Fire Insurance Company. For twenty-seven years he has held the office of town clerk school board of Dedham, and has filled various other offices, having been a member of the present school board of Dedham, and has filled various other offices, having been a member of the boards of selectmen, assessors, overseers of the poor and health, a trustee of the Dedham Public Library, and was president of the Dedham Historical Society for nearly twenty years.
Mr. Hill is greatly interested in antiquarian pursuits, and has published a number of valuable works, the last embrcing the following: "The Records of Births, Marriages and Deaths and Intentions of Marriages in the Town of Dedham 1633-1845," pp. v, 286 (Dedham, 1886), "The Records of Baptism, Marriages and Deaths and Admissions to the Church and Dismissals therefrom, transcribed from the Church Records in the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1638-1845, with Epitaphs in the Cemeteries," pp. xii. 347 (Dedham, 1888). "The Early Records of the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1636-1659," illustrated, pp. xvi, 238 (Dedham, 1892. "An Alphabetical Abstract of the Records of Births in the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1844-1890," pp. xviii, 206 (Dedham, 1894). "The Early Records of the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1659-1673, with Appendix containing Transcript from the Massachusetts State Archives, and from the General Court Records, 1636-1673, and a List of Deputies to the General Court priot to 1696," pp. x, 304 (1894). "An Alphabetical Abstract of the Records of Deaths in the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1844-1890," pp. ix, 217 (1895). "An Alphabetical Abstract of the Record of Marriages in the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts, 1844-1890," pp. ix, 165 (1896); also historical articles in periodicals. Mr. Hill's careful and accurate work in the transcipts of the records hitherto inaccessible to most investigators, to which he has added admirable introductions and indices, has been warmly commended, especially by historical and literary periodicals, which have given them extensive review. Special reference was also made to his work in the report of the Massachusetts State Commissioner on public records of parishes, towns and counties.
Mr. Hill became a member of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society in 1881, has served on its council, and now a member of its publication committee; is a member of the American Historical Association; and corresponding member of the Worcester Society of Antiquity and of the Western Reserve Historical Society. He is also a member of the American Antiquarian Society and of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
He received the honorary degree of Master of Arts from Amherst College, June 27, 1894. In politics he is a staunch Democrat. His long tenure of office as town clerk in Dedham is an evidence of the high esteem in which he is held by his fellow-citizens.
He is a deacon and active member of the Congregational church, a prominent lawyer, a man of consierable literary taste, possessing one of the finest collection of books in Dedham (about five thousand volumes), and is one of the msot respected and best known men of his town.
Mr. Hill marrried, Dec. 26, 1876, Carrie Louisa Luce, born at New Bedford, a daughter of David W., born March 23, 1827, at Marion, Mass., and Caroline E. (Ewer) Luce, born Oct. 3, 1831, at New Bedford, a daughter of Paul and Louisa (Chapman) Ever. David W. LUCE was a son of George Anson Luce, born at Marion, April 14, 1782, and Eunice Gould, born at Brewster, Mass. George Anson Luce was son of Major Rowland Luce, born at Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, Aug. 26, 1756, and Elizabeth Clark, born May, 1763. Major Rowland Luce was son of Rowland Luce, born April 28, 1725.

Children of Don Gleason and Carrie Louisa (Luce) Hill:
1. Carrie Frances, born Sept. 27, 1877, studying music in Germany at present (1908).
2. Helen Florence, born Jan. 20, 1880, graduate of Wellesley College, class of 1902.
3. Don Gleason, Jr., born Aug. 26, 1883, a law student.
4. Maria Louisa, born Jan. 11, 1885.
5. Alice Laura, born Sept. 18, 1888, student at Wellesley College, class of 1910.
6. George, born Oct. 21, 1889, graduate of Dedham high school, 1908.


In the early records the name of this old colonial family is found variously spelled Humphry, Humfry and Humfrey as often perhaps as Humphrey, the latter being the now generally accepted orthography of the name. And besides being very old families in New England the Humphreys come from English and Welch ancestors of very great antiquity, dating to the time of the conquest, 1066, and among the English branches were many distinguished personages, holding high official station and closely allied to their soveriegn, who bestowed lands upon them and honored them with titles and other marks of royal favor.
It cannot be claimed that the Humphreys of America or even those of the mother country are descended from a common remote ancestor, for in Great Britain the surname is as distinctively Welch as it is English; and on this side of the Atlantic, where at least three immigrant ancestors were seated previous to the year 1640, there is nothing which suggests kinship or descent form a common ancestral head. The particular family proposed to be treated in these annals is of the ancient English family of that surname and dates it history to this country from the year 1637.

(I) Jonas Humphrey, immigrant, was born in the town of Wendover, county of Bucks, England, and there is record evidence to show that he was a person of character and official importance, having filled the position of constable, which then in England was one of considerable consequence and great dignity, and its incumbent was clothed with authority as general conservator of the peace.
Sometime after the death of Jonas Humphrey there was found among his papers and documents a treatise upon his office and its duties, and this book is still preserved and in the possession of one of his descendants. With his family Jonas Humphrey came to New England in 1637 and settled in the plataion of Dorchester in the colony of Massachusetts Bay. In the history of that town it is stated that he arrived in New England in 1634, but this statement undoubtedly is an error. There is a tradition that in England his occupation was that of glove making, but in Dorchester he turned his attention to tainning. In 1639 he was admitted to full communion in the church, and in 1640 was made freeman.
Jonas Humphrey died in Dorchester, March 19, 1662, his will having been executed March 12 of that year; and it was admitted to probate April 17 following. In it the testator mentions his wife, sons Jonas and James, grandchild Elizabeth Frye, daughter Susanna, wife of Nicholas White. The name of his first wife was Frances ____, who was the mother of all of his children, but it is not known whether or not she was living at the time of his immigration to this country.
He married for his second wife Jane Weeks, widow of George Weeks, of Dorchester. She was born in Salcombe Regis, England, and died in Dorchester, Mass., Aug. 2, 1668.
Children of Jonas & Frances Humphrey:
1. James, born in Wendover, England, about 1608.
2. Jonas, born in Wendover about 1620.
3. Elizabeth, married ____ Frye.
4. Susanna, married Nicholas White.
5. Sarah, buried in Dorchester in Sept., 1638.

(II) Deacon Jonas Humphrey, son of Jonas and Frances Humphrey, was born in Wendover, England, about the year 1620, as in 1688 he called himself sixty-eight years old. He came to New England with his father in 1637, was located in Dorchester for a few years and then settled in Weymouth, Mass. It seems, however, that he must have maintained a place of residence in each town, for he held office in Weymouth in 1648, while his two eldest children were born in Dorchester at later dates. He settled permanently in Weymouth in 1653-54, and lived in the north part of the town, at the place called 'old south farm,' and the old homestead on Neck street was kept in the family for nearly two hundred years afterward. He was a leading man in Weymouth, where he was made freeman in 1653, and held the office of selectman many years, a part of the time being chairman of the board. For many years also he was deacon in the church.
He died February 11, 1698-99, aged seventy-nine years, and his will, dated Aug. 6, 1692-93, was admitted to probate March 30, 1699. Deacon Humphrey married probably in Dorchester, but neither the name of his wife nor the date of their marriage are known. She was called Martha.
1. Samuel, born in Dorchester, 1649, married Mary Torrey.
2. Nathaniel, born in Dorchester, 1652, married Elizabeth ____.
3. Jonas, born in Weymouth, Feb. 24, 1655, married Mary Phillips.
4. John, born in Weymouth, Aug. 31, 1658.
5. Sarah, born in Weymouth, May 16, 1661.
6. James, born in Weymouth, Sept. 10, 1665, married first, Thankful ____, second, Margaret Torrey.

(III) Samuel Humphrey, eldest of the six children of Deacon Jonas and Martha Humphrey, was born in Dorchester, Mass. in 1649, and went with his father's family to Weymouth, where he was made freeman in 1678, and afterwards was selectman there before he removed with his family to Barrington, Rhode Island, about 1699.
He married in Weymouth, Mary Torrey, born Feb. 14, 1657, daughter of James and Ann (Hatch) Torrey, of Scituate, Mass.
Children, b. in Weymouth:
1. Sarah, born Oct. 27, 1679, married ____ Pearce.
2. Samuel, born Dec. 23, 1681.
3. John, born Feb. 19, 1683.
4. Josiah, born Dec. 9, 1686, married Hannah ____.
5. James, born Oct. 21, 1689.
6. Martha, born Feb. 1, 1692, married ____ Cooper.
7. Mary, born Jan. 30, 1693, unmarried in 1732.
8. Jonas.

(IV) John Humphrey, third child of Samuel and Mary (Torrey) Humphrey, was born in Weymouth, Mass., Feb. 19, 1683, and married (first) Oct. 23, 1707, Sarah Cooper, who died in 1724. He married (second), March 17, 1725, Rebecca (Peggy) Perry, born Jan. 4, 1691, daughter of Samuel and Mary Perry.
John & Rebecca (Perry) Humphrey had two children:
1. Sarah, born Jan. 13, 1726, married Sept. 20, 1744, David Peck, of Barrington, Rhode Island.
2. John, born Aug. 9, 1727.

(V) John Humphrey, Jr., son of John and Rebecca (Perry) Humphrey, his second wife, was born in Rehoboth, Mass., Aug. 9, 1727, and married Dec. 24, 1747, Martha Walker, born Dec. 22, 1729, daughter of Ephraim and Mary (Abel) Walker.
1. Mary, born Oct. 2, 1748.
2. Lydia, born June 22, 1750, died young.
3. John, born Jan. 17, 1753.
4. Abel, born Feb. 10, 1755.
5. David, born May 15, 1757.
6. Sarah, born Sept. 24, 1759.
7. Martha, born Sept. 24, 1761.
8. Ephraim, born Aug. 30, 1763.
9. Lydia, born June 21, 1767.
10. Rachel, born March 6, 1769.

(VI) Ephraim Humphrey, son and eighth child of John Jr. and Martha (Walker) Humphrey, was born in Rehoboth, Mass., Aug. 30, 1763, and married in Jan., 1784, Margaret Allen, of Rehoboth. During the early part of his life Ephraim Humphrey followed the sea, but afterward bought and settled on a farm in Danville, Vermont. He died at Barnston, C. E., in Aug., 1840.
1. John, born in Rehoboth, Nov. 28, 1786.
2. Joseph, born in Rehoboth, Dec. 13, 1788.
3. Thomas, born in Rehoboth, Feb. 22, 1790, married Susanna Olmstead.
4. Sarah, born March 17, 1792, died Sept. 27, 1856; married Oct. 24, 1811, Dudley Ladd, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont. He was born Aug. 24, 1788, died Oct. 1, 1847, and was a carpenter and cabinetmaker.
5. Samuel Allen, born Dec. 15, 1794, married Clarinda Walker.
6. Timothy, born in 1798, married Sabrina Cushing.
7. Lydia, married Elijah Hanson.
8. A daughter, name unknown, married Harris Ayer, of St. Johnsbury, Vermont.

(VII) John Humphrey, eldest son of Ephraim and Margaret (Allen) Humphrey, born in Rehoboth, Mass., Nov. 28, 1786, died in Lyndon, Vermont, July 18, 1836. He removed to Vermont in 1808 and in the same year married Mary Putnam, of St. Johnsbury, who survived him, married a second husband and lived to attain the advanced age of ninety-four years.
Children of John & Mary (Putnam) Humphrey:
1. Samuel, born Sept. 1, 1809, married Abigail Blake.
2. Jerusha, born in Boston, March (or November) 13, 1811, married Sept. 22, 1836, Rev. D. S. Dexter, and in 1869 lived in Marlborough, New Hampshire.
3. John, married Eunice D. Gilson.

(VIII) Samuel Humphrey, son and eldest child of John and Mary (Putnam) Humphrey, born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Sept. 1, 1809, died there Oct. 21, 1840, aged thirty-one years. He married in May, 1837, Abigail Blake of Sutton, who died in 1850 aged thirty-seven years. When a young woman she lived in Peabody, Mass., and taught school in that town. Her father, Samuel D. Blake, took up a tract of land in Sutton, Vermont, and removed to that town.
Children of Samuel & Abigail (Blake) Humphrey:
1. Bennett Blake, born April 11, 1838.
2. Samuel Henry, born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, March 19, 1840, married Sarah Elwell, who died leaving two children, Edwin D. and Mabel B. Humphrey.

(IX) Bennett Blake Humphrey, elder son of Samuel and Abigail (Blake) Humphrey, was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, April 11, 1838. He was a child of two years when his father died, and he was then taken to the home of his grandfather, Samuel D. Blake, in Sutton, remaining there about three years, and then was brought to Beverly, Mass., where he was educated and grew up to manhood. From Beverly he went to Danvers, Mass., and for the following seven years was employed in a grocery store, and in 1862 set up in business for himself in Peabody, where he resided until his death, and where for more than forty-five years he had been engaged in active pursuits, occupying three different stores on Washington street.
Having been left fatherless when he was only an infant, Mr. Humphrey as soon as he was old enough to do any kind of work learned to depend upon himself, and from the time he left the schoolroom in Beverly he made his own way in life, and it cannot be said that his labors were in vain, for his business life was successful and for many years he was recognized as one of the substantial men of Peabody. A man of understanding, strict integrity and public spirit, and a Republican of undoubted quality, he naturally was called upon in the affairs of government of the town. He was for a quarter of a century a member of the town committee, having been chairman of that committee for many years previous to 1908, when he declined a re-election on account of failing health. He represented the town in the legislature from the tenth Essex district in 1900-01, and served on important committees. He was not in any sense a politician, never sought public office, yet always advocated what he believed would best promote the public welfare. In the old days of the hand fire engine he was an active member of the department, serving at one time as captain of a company and again as department chief, performing the duties thereof in a highly commendable manner. He was a trustee of Cedar Grove cemetery, a member of Masconomo Tribe of Red Men, Abbott Council, Order of United American Mechanics, Priscilla Colony of Pilgrim Fathers, and an associate member of Post No. 50, Grand Army of the Republic.
Mr. Humphrey was a very generous and kind-hearted man, who took an active interest in public affairs and in the alleviation of suffering, and his death, which occurred at his home, No. 124 Washington street, Peabody, April 25, 1908, was mourned not only by his immediate family but by a wide circle of friends, who appreciated him at his true worth, and the town was deprived of one of its most influential and useful citizens.
Mr. Humphrey married, May 8, 1861, in Lynn, Mass., Ada Pike, who was born in Danvers, Mass., daughter of John and Mary L. (Starbird) Pike.
1. John, born in Peabody, Feb. 26, 1866.
2. Mary Abbie, born Peabody, Dec. 14, 1867, married Robert H. Gowan, of Wilmington, Mass.
3. Albert W., born in Peabody, Dec. 28, 1871, married Harriet Gould, of Danvers and has two children: Ruth Abbie, born 1897; Beatrice, born 1903. Albert W. Humphrey is a well known Christian Science healer.


This surname is variously spelled, even at the present time. The descendants of the same ancestors spell their name Hunking, Hunkin and Hunkins. The English family prefer the second way. There seems to be but one coat-of-arms of this ancient English family; Argent a mascle sable - over all a fesse of the last.
One important branch of the English family has had its seat for centuries at Gatherly, Devonshire; another at South Kimber and Liskeard, county Cornwall, both beaing the arms given here.

(I) John Hunking, doubless a descendant of the English family mentioned, was the American progenitor. Born in England, he settled in New Hampshire. His will was dated Aug. 5, 1681, and was proved at Exter, New Hampahire, in 1682.
He married Agnes ____.
1. John, born in England, March 2, 1651, died young.
2. Archelaus (also spelled Hercules), born July 11, 1656, resided at Durham, N. H.
3. John, born April 6, 1660, mentioned below.
4. Peter, born March 20, 1662.
5. Agnes, born June 2, 1665.
6. William, born Jan. 6, 1667, married Sarah Partridge.
7. Hon. Mark, born May 17, 1670, councillor; married Mary Harvey.
8. Elizabeth, mentioned in will.

(II) John Hunking, son of John Hunking (1), was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, April 6, 1660. He resided at Boston, and probably at Haverhill.

(III) Robert Hunking, son or nephew of John Hunking (2) and grandson of John Hunking (1), was born in 1679 and died in 1769, aged ninety years. His uncle, Mark Hunking, was one of the council of Governor John Wentworth (appointed by King George) in 1726. He was a farmer at Haverhill, Mass.
He married, May 1, 1706, Abiah Page.
Children, b. at Haverhill:
1. Mary, b. March 28, 1707.
2. John, b. Dec. 25, 1708, had a son Captain Robert, b. Jan. 14, 1737-38, died April 1, 1818, founder of the family at Bradford, Vermont.
3. Sarah, b. Jan. 25, 1710-11, died unmarried, aged one hundred years.
4. Robert Jr., born March 5, 1713-14, mentioned below.
5. Abiah, b. Nov. 29, 1715.
6. Thomas, b. June 24, 1719, died June 3, 1768.

(IV) Robert Hunking, Jr., son of Robert Hunking (3), was born at Haverhill, March 4, 1713-14. He was a member of the third company of infantry of Haverhill. He married, Dec. 6, 1738, Hannah Muzzey, of Newbury, who died Sept. 9, 1774, aged sixty-one years.
Children, all b. at Haverhill:
1. Hannah, b. Oct. 13, 1739, married I. Snow.
2. Benjamin, b. Sept. 26, 1741, married, Aug. 11, 1763, Hannah Cheney, of Haverhill.
3. Abiah, b. May 14, 1744, married Isaac Cheney.
4. Susannah, b. Nov. 17, 1746.
5. Jonathan, b. Jan. 18, 1749-50, mentioned below.
6. David, b. May 20, 1753.
7. Mary, b. March 27, 1756.
8. Robert, b. Oct. 8, 1758, soldier in the revolutionary army in New Hampshire and Massachusetts regiments.
9. Sarah, born July 11, 1762.
10. Lydia, b. July 15, 1764.
Other members of this family in the revolution were: Richard, John, Mark and William, nearly related to the children just named.

(V) Jonathan Hunking, son of Robert Hunking Jr. (4), was born in Haverhill, Jan. 18, 1749-50. He was a soldier in the revolution in Capt. Ebenezer Colby's company, Colonel Johnson's regiment, April 19, 1775. He settled in New Chester, now the town of Hill, New Hampshire, where he died in Sept., 1837, at the age of eighty-eight years.
He married a relative, Abiah Hunkings or Hunking, born May 1, 1751, died June 4, 1834.
1. Jacob, b. Feb. 2, 1771.
2. Thomas, b. April 25, 1773, mentioned below.
3. Jonathan (twin), born Feb. 12, 1775.
4. Abiah (twin), born Feb. 12, 1775.
5. Robert, b. Feb. 17, 1778.
6. Lydia, b. April 23, 1780.
7. Abigail, b. March 30, 1784.

(VI) Thomas Hunking, son of Jonathan Hunking (5), was born in Haverhill, April 25, 1773, died in Hill, N. H., Dec. 19, 1842, aged sixty-nine. He married, Nov. 11, 1798, Clarissa B. Hewes, b. Aug. 30, 1771, died July 15, 1846, aged seventy-four. She was a direct descendant of John Rogers, Martyr, and of Dr. John Rogers the sixth president of Harvard College.
Thomas Hunking was a farmer at Hill.
Children, b. at Hill:
1. Jonathan B., b. June 11, 1799, died Aug. 10, 1866; married Betsey Smith, daughter of Joseph Smith, then of New Chester; settled in Bradford, Vermont; wife died Jan. 2, 1879, in her seventy-fifth year; children: i. Joseph Smith, b. April 21, 1828; ii. Harvey Augustus, b. April 29, 1830, died Jan. 12, 1859; iii. Thomas Hewes, b. Aug. 3, 1834, resided at Bradford; iv. Oliver, b. May 30, 1837; v. Clarissa, b. July 7, 1840.
2. William Hewes, b. Feb. 1, 1801, died Sept. 8, 1887; married, Aug. 27, 1827, Jane Gardner, of Beverly, Mass.
3. Elizabeth Cogswell, b. Feb. 6, 1803, married, June 13, 1822, Henry Morrill, of New Chester, N. H.; died April 28, 1849.
4. Caleb Dustin, b. Feb. 24, 1805, mentioned below.
5. Amelia R., b. Aug. 23, 1807, died Feb. 10, 1876; married April 26, 1829, William Baker, of Walpole, Mass.
6. Thomas J., b. March 15, 1811, died Aug. 15, 1901; married, first, Charlotte Dean; second, Sarah P. Nash.
7. Elihu, b. July 1, 1813, d. Feb. 2, 1899; married first, Feb. 7, 1837, R. W. Sargent; second, Nov. 7, 1850, E. S. Nash; third, Dec. 5, 1853, Esther Leighton.

(VII) Caleb Dustin Hunking, son of Thomas Hunking (6), was born in Hill, New Hampshire, Feb. 24, 1805, died March 16, 1872. He was educated in the public schools of his native town and became a school teacher when a young man. He removed to Haverhill, Mass., and established a successful business as a manufacturer of boots and shoes. He was a Republican in politics and a leader in public life. He represented his district in the governor's council in 1855-56, and during the administration of Governor Gardner in 1857 was a state senator.
In religion he was liberal in his ideas, of sterling character and blameless life. He had a large wholesome influence in the community and was for many years one of the foremost citizens of Haverhill.
He married, June 1, 1847, Sarah Stone, b. May 15, 1821, daughter of James and Sally (Smith) Stone, of Salem.
Children, b. in Haverhill:
1. Sarah Stone, b. March 11, 1848, married, Jan. 16, 1873, Oscar Dustin Cheney, M. D., born at Plaistow, N. H., Dec. 29, 1845, d. at Haverhill Oct. 29, 1896, where he was a prominent physician. children: i. Roland Dustin Cheney, b. at Haverhill, Feb. 17, 1875, died at Naples, Italy Feb. 20, 1880; ii. Luella Stone Cheney, b. at Haverhill, Oct. 28, 1876, died in London, England, May 21, 1880.
2. Dr. Charles Dustin, b. May 30, 1850, mentioned below.
3. Clara Luella.

(VIII) Dr. Charles Dustin Hunking, son of Caleb D. Hunking (7), was born in Haverhill, May 30, 1850. He was educated in the public schools of his native city and prepared for college at Phillips Academy of Exeter, and Phillips Academy of Andover. He graduated from Harvard College in 1871 and studied medicine in the Harvard Medical School, Boston, graduating in 1877 with the degree of M. D. and supplementing his medical education by courses in the hospitals and schools of Vienna, Austria, and Strasburg, Germany. He began the practice of his profession in the city of Haverhill, but after a short time removed to New York City, where he practiced for twenty years, serving on the Board of Health several years and winning a prominent positon in his profession. In 1902 he returned to his native city.
He is founder of the firm of Hunking & Christie, druggists; member of the Havehill Board of Trade; president of the Hunking Steam Plant; presidena and treasurer of the Real Estate Improvement Company. He is a member of the Saggahew Lodge of Free Masons and of the Pentucket Club of Haverhill. He was formerly a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society and of the New York County Medical Association and the Medical Association of the Greater City of New York. He is a staunch Republican, but has never sought office.
He married, Oct. 10, 1877, Carrie Wiggin, daughter of Samuel and Eliza Wiggin, of Dover, N. H., and a lineal descendant on her mother's side, of Thomas Joy, colonist, the architect and builder of the first State House in Boston. She became prima donna of Max Strakosch's Opera Company, and one of New York's most noted signers.
They have no children.


Robert Hunkins, the progenitor of the Havehill family of that surname, born in 1679, died in 1769, aged ninety years. He was a farmer in Haverhill, Mass. He married, May 1, 1706, Abiah Page.
Children, b. in Haverhill:
1. Mary, b. March 26, 1707.
2. John, Dec. 25, 1708, had a son Robert, founder of the family at Bradford, Vermont.
3. Sarah, Jan. 25, 1710-11, died unmarried, one hundred years old.
4. Robert, Jr., March 6, 1713-14, mentioned below.
5. Abiah, Nov. 29, 1715.
6. Thomas, June 24, 1719.

(II) Robert Hunkins, son of Robert Hunkins (1), was born in Haverhill, March 6, 1713-14. He married Hannah Muzzey, of Newbury, Dec. 6, 1738. She died Sept. 9, 1774, aged sixty-one.
Children, b. at Haverhill:
1. Hannah, b. Oct. 13, 1739.
2. Benjamin, b. Sept. 26, 1741, mentioned below.
3. Abiah, May 14, 1744, married Isaac Cheney, of Haverhill.
4. Susannah, Nov. 17, 1746.
5. Jonathan, Jan. 18, 1749-50, served in the revolution.
6. David, May 20, 1753.
7. Mary, March 27, 1755.
8. Robert, Oct. 8, 1756, soldier in the revolution in New Hampshire and Massachusetts regiments.
9. Sarah, July 11, 1762.
10. Lydia, July 15, 1764.
Other soldiers of this family in the revolution were Richard, John, Mark and William, nearly related to the children just named.

(III) Benjamin Hunkins, son of Robert Hunkins (2), was born at Haverhill, Sept. 26, 1741. He married, Aug. 4, 1763, Hannah Cheney, b. Aug. 11, 1741, daughter of Nathaniel CHENEY. The father was born at Newbury, Nov. 25, 1711, and married, Oct. 25, 1733, Keziah Annis, daughter of Isaac and Rebecca Annis; resided in Plaistow, N. H.; he was a shoemaker. Daniel Cheney, father of Nathaniel, was b. at Newbury, Dec. 3, 1670, and married Hannah Duston, b. Aug. 22m 1678, daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Emerson) Duston. Hannah (Emerson) Duston was the heroine who was captured by the Indians at her husband's house in Haverhill, and with her nurse and baby a week old, traveled as far as Concord, New Hampshire. Here the captive arose in the night and scalped ten of the twelve Indians who were in the party, and made their escape. Daniel Cheney, father of Daniel, was born in England in 1633, married in Newbury, Oct. 8, 1665, Sarah Bailey or Bagley, b. Aug. 17, 1644, died Oct. 26, 1714, daughter of John, Jr., and Eleanor Emery Bailey. Daniel was a prominent citizen of Newbury.

Benjamin Hunkins removed from Haverhill to Sandown, N. H., an adjacent town, and was a farmer. He was a soldier in the revolution and for a period of twenty-one years was town clerk. According to the federal census of 1790 he was a resident of Sandown, having one son over sixteen, two under sixteen, and four females in his family.
Among his children were:
1. Isaac, who was a farmer in Sandown in 1790.
2. Moses, born June 21, 1771, mentioned below.
3. John.
4. Robert.

(IV) Moses Hunkins, son of Benjamin Hunkins (3), was born at Sandown, June 21, 1771, and died during the week ending March 31, 1861, at the advanced age of ninety years. He was a well-to-do farmer and an influential citizen of Sandown.
He married Dolly Huse.
1. Maynard, mentioned below.
2. Hazen had six children.
3. Nancy, married Hazen Morse and had three children.

(V) Maynard Hunkins, son of Moses Hunkins (4), born July 29, 1800, at Sandown on the old homestead, died in 1872. He was educated in the common schools and during his youth followed farming and lumbering. In later life he was engaged largely in the charcoal business, at a time when he found an excellent market for this product in Haverhill and Lawrence, Massachusetts. The charcoal was carried to market in large ox-teams. In connection with the charcoal business Mr. Hunkins dealt extensively in wood and lumber.
He was a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Universalist church.
He married, June 13, 1821, at Poplin, now Fremont, New Hampshire, by the Rev. Orlando Hinds, Rhoda French, born Oct. 11, 1804, at Sandown, daughter of Rev. William French, a minister of the Methodist Episcopal denomination, and Mrs. Hunkins was a member of the Methodist church.
Children, born at Sandown:
1. Sarah A., born May 18, 1823, married, Dec. 5, 1846, at Sandown, by the Rev. F. O. Barrows, Henry L. Taylor.
2. Maria F., born April 21, 1825, married, Sept. 26, 1847, by the Rev. B. M. Tillotson, at Manchester, S. D. Fellows.
3. Nathan F., born June 9, 1827, married, June 26, 1860, by the Rev. Thomas Savage, at Ware, Martha A. Moore; daughter, Mary Ella Moore, b. April 29, 1865.
4. Samuel C., born Sept. 29, 1829.
5. John P., born June 5, 1832, married, July 4, 1865, at Methuen, by the Rev. Samuel Greeley, Lizzie S. Sawyer; child, Etta M. Tupper, born July 13, 1866.
6. Charles C., born Oct. 19, 1834, married, Nov. 24, 1880, at Somerville, by the Rev. A. Winship, Anna Townsend.
7. James, born March 23, 1837.
8. Mary A., born Sept. 8, 1839.
9. Belinda H., born July 18, 1842.
10. Frank G., born Oct. 19, 1846.

(VI) Frank G. Hunkins, son of Maynard Hunkins (5), was born at Sandown, N. H., Oct. 29, 1846. He was educated in the common schools of his native town and worked on the farm with his father until he was sixteen years old, when he left home and took a place as clerk in a grocery store at Plaistow, N. H., owned by his brother Nathan F. A year later he returned to his native town and was clerk in Sanborn's general store for a year. He then resumed farming on the homestead. In 1867 he left Sandown again and located in Haverhill, where he has since lived. He began his business career there as clerk in McKenney's dry-goods store. After four years he entered the employ of Brooks Bros., also in the dry-goods business, and later also with Folsom & Hurd. He then engaged in business on his own account as shoe manufacturer, but after three or four years, he sold out his business and resumed his former position in the McKenny dry-goods store. When his employer suffered a business reverse, Mr. Hunkins purchased the stock and fixtures and continued the business for five years. He sold out and for the next three years was an itinerant merchant, dealing in dry-goods and notions. Then he purchased a dairy and milk route, and carried it on for a year and a half. He then entered the employ of W. W. Spalding, a shoe manufacturer. After fifteen years Mr. Hunkins retired from the business and has since been engaged in the general produce business in Haverhill, making a specialty of eggs and cream, and being very successful.
He is a member of the Palestine Lodge, No. 26, Knights of Pythias, Haverhill Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, and of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. He is a Congregationalist in religion, and an independent in politics.
He married, in 1873, Maria Wardwell, born in 1844, daughter of Simon and Eliza (Dodge) Wardwell. Mr. and Mrs. Hunkins have had no children of their own, but they have brought up and educated six children, two of whom are now successful school teachers; Addie Wardwell, Harty Wardwell, Frank Wardwell, Bernice March, Carrie Hunkins, George Brink.

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