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.
New York Lewis Historical Publishing Company
[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]
The Parkers of Andover, Mass., are descended from two immigrants - Nathan and Joseph Parker, brothers - closely related to Rev. Thomas Parker of Newbury, to Rev. James Thayer and Rev. John Woodbridge, and all were kin to Rev. Robert Parker, of England. Joseph Parker sailed from England, April 11, 1638, and settled first at Newbury, Mass.; a tanner by trade and later a carpenter; proprietor of Salisbury, Mass., 1639; removed to Andover before 1645, when he was a member of the Andover church; died Nov. 5, 1678. His will was proved Nov. 29, 1678, bequeathing to wife and children, brother Nathan, and mentioning his estate at Rumsey, England. He married Mary Stevens, who died Oct. 2, 1695.
(I) Nathan Parker, brother of Joseph Parker, was born in England in 1622 according to his deposition made in 1662 giving his age as forty. He also settled first in Newbury, then in Andover, and was one of the first ten members of the church in 1645.
He married first, Nov. 20, 1648, Susanna Short, died Aug. 26, 1651; second, Mary ____, who was hanged as a witch during the Delusion. He died at Andover, June 25, 1685.
1. Nathan, married Dec. 15, 1675, Mary Brown.
2. John, born Dec. 20, 1653.
3. James, b. Aug. 14, 1655.
4. Mary, b. April 14, 1657.
5. Hannah, b. May 14, 1659.
6. Mary, b. 1660.
7. Elizabeth, b. Jan. 20, 1663.
8. Robert, b. Feb. 26, 1665.
9. Sarah (twin), b. April 3, 1670.
10. Peter (twin), b. April 3, 1670.
11. Joseph, mentioned below.
(II) Joseph Parker, son of Nathan Parker, was born in Andover about 1671. He lived at Andover and was an innholder. He died in 1748. He married about 1700, Lydia Frye, born 1680, died 1744.
(III) Joseph Parker Jr., son of Joseph Parker, was born in Andover in 1700, died 1754. He married Mary Emery, born 1680, died 1735; second, Martha Johnson, who survived him and married Robert Russell, of Reading.
He had a son Joseph, mentioned below, and perhaps other children. He probably died in 1754. He was one of the early settlers of Pembroke, New Hampshire. When the proprietors of Suncook (later Pembroke) voted to build a ferry in 1737, the boat was to be kept against Mr. Joseph Parker's house lot. Joseph Parker was collector of the proprietors in 1734, and several years afterward. The meetings of the proprietors were held at Billerica, 1733-5; at Suncook 1735-47; Andover 1747-52; and afterward at Suncook. Joseph was at Suncook in 1739, but may have returned to Andover. He was certainly one of the early settlers, but was not a proprietor in his own name, though he held office. Possibly he owned the Frye rights. There were a number of Andover proprietors.
(IV) Joseph Parker, son of Joseph Parker, was born at Andover in 1726. He evidently succeeded to his father's property in Pembroke, probably lot 14. About 1766 Eleazer Allen deeded to Joseph Parker lot 20 in the fourth range. Joseph Parker deeded land he bought of Allen, May 8, 1776, to Joseph Knox. Joseph Parker signed the Association Test at Pembroke in 1776, and belonged to a militia company in the regiment of Colonel Daniel Moor.
He married, 1754, Hannah Abbott.
1. Joseph, born 1756-62.
2. Hannah, 1758-62.
3. John, born in Pembroke, N.H., Aug. 15, 1760; mentioned below.
4. Molly, born at Pembroke, Sept. 7, 1766.
5. Dorcas, born at Pembroke, Feb. 12, 1769; married May 24, 1792, William Abbot.
(V) Colonel John Parker, son of Joseph Parker, was born in Pembroke, New Hampshire, Aug. 15, 1760; died there May 27, 1825. He was on the alarm list and train band of Pembroke during the revolution, and was one of the signers of the petition of the first company of Pembroke to be transferred from the regiment of Colonel Daniel Moor to that of General Stockney, because the latter was nearer. He is credited with service in the revolution in the Pembroke history (p. 137). Later he rose to the rank of colonel of his regiment in the state militia.
He married, May 21, 1781, Martha Lovejoy, of Pembroke, daughter of Caleb LOVEJOY, who was born Oct. 5, 1718; married Jan. 26, 1738, Mehitable Chandler of Andover, died 1781. His wife Mehitable was born May 15, 1717, daughter of Henry Chandler, granddaughter of William Chandler, a son of the immigrant, John Chandler (1).
Children of Colonel John and Martha Parker:
1. Joseph, mentioned below.
2. Caleb, born Feb. 28, 1784; married Mary Richardson.
3. Abigail, June 29, 1787; married Jacob Cass.
4. John Ladd, 1790, married Nancy Richardson, and Anna C. Osgood.
5. Ezra, Sept. 12, 1791; married Hannah Burleigh.
6. Obadiah, 1793; married Polly Prescott; resided at New Hampton, and died there Sept., 1867.
7. James, about 1794; married Sally Dearborn; settled in Vermont.
8. Mary, Nov. 28, 1796; married July 1, 1816, Daniel Ames, of Pembroke.
9. Mehitable Lovejoy, April 17, 1800; married Benjamin W. Pearson.
10. Charlotte, April 30, 1803; married Erskine Quimby.
11. Martha, about 1805; died aged eighteen.
(VI) Joseph Parker, son of Colonel John Parker, was born at Pembroke in 1781. He married Esther Chapman. They lived at Concord, New Hampshire, and South Lancaster, Mass.
3. Caleb, born Sept. 8, 1810; married Abigail Virgin.
8. George Alanson, born May 8, 1821; married Harriet Felton.
9. Mary Esther, born July 10, 1823; married Converse Francis Horne.
10. Lucy Ann, born March 9, 1826; married Daniel C. Stone.
In respect to the origin of the surname Parsons, the recognized authorities on patronymics hold different views, and some of them have informed us that it is derived from the word parson, a clerical title applied from the fact that the clergyman is presumed to be the head person in the church. By others it has been derived from the word parish, as parishson, meaning the son of some parish, or one supported by or educated by the parish. And there are still others who have supposed that the name is in the same category with Person, Peerson, Pierson and Pearson, although modified in the spelling.
In this work no special effort has been made to connect the English and American families of the surname Parsons, and what is here written is taken from the "New England Genealogical Register," wherein the English branches of the family are discussed at some length: "The name Parsons was a very ancient one and was found of record in various counties of England and Ireland.
Walter Parsons resided at Mulso, Ireland, in 1290, and some of the family (then as now) owned Ross castle and were viscounts and earls of Ross. In 1481 Sir John Parsons was mayor of Hereford. In 1546 Robert Parsons lived at Bridgewater, was educated at Oxford, became a celebrated Jesuit, was obliged to flee his country, founded an English college at Rome, and was widely known as a writer and promotof of the Catholic faith. In 1634 Thomas Parsons, a royalist, was knighted by Charles I. Of his descendants, Sir John and Sir Humphrey Parsons were lod mayors of London in 1704, 1731 and 1740." The coat-of-arms granted Sir Thomas Parsons is thus described: "He beareth gules two chevrons ermine, between three eagles displayed or. By the name of Parsons. Crest - an eagle's leg erased at the thigh, standing on a leopard's head - gules." This coat-of-arms was stated by Rev. Jonathan Parons in 1769, in writing to his son General Samuel Holden Parsons, and is the arms which is entitled to be possessed by the branch of the American Parsons family intended to be treated in this sketch.
The first account we have of the family in America is that of "Cornet" Joseph Parsons and his younger brother Benjamin, who sailed form Gravesend, England, for Boston, in the barque "Transport," Edward Walker, master, July 4, 1635. By reason of his military title and the conspicuous part taken by him in the Pequot war, Joseph Parsons has been mentioned in the history more frequently than his younger brother, but the latter proved himself not less worthy as a planter in the ancient settlement of Springfield, Mass., where the scenf of his lfie was chiefly laid.
(I) Benjamin Parsons was one of the first settlers at Springfield, a prominent citizen, a man of exemplary moral character and of great worth and respectability. He was a deacon of the church and a chief instrument in its foundation, as appears from his correspondence with Rev. Dr. Increase Mather. In the civil affairs of the town no one held more responsible offices or discharged their duties with greater fidelity.
He married first, Sarah, daughter of Richard Vore, of Windsor, Connecticut, who was a member of Rev. John Warham's church in Dorchester, Mass., and accompanied him to Windsor in 1635. She died in Springfield, Jan. 1, 1676, and he married, second, Feb. 21, 1677, Sarah, relict of John Leonard. He first settled in Springfield in 1639. Deacon Benjamin Parsons died in Springfield, Aug. 24, 1689; his second wife died there in 1690.
1. Sarah, born Aug. 18, 1656; married James Dorchester.
2. Benjamin, born Sept. 15, 1658; married Jan. 17, 1683, Sarah, daughter of John Keep. Her mother was Sarah, dau. of John Leonard, of Springfield, and her father, John Keep, was killed by the Indians in 1676 at Longmeadow, during King Philip's war.
3. Mary, born Dec. 10, 1660; died at Springfield Jan. 27, 1662.
4. Abigail, born Jan. 6, 1662; married first, John Mun; second, John Richards.
5. Samuel, born Oct. 10, 1666; married March 18, 1683, Hannah Hitchcock.
6. Ebenezer, born Nov. 17, 1668, died Sept. 23, 1752; married Margaret Marshfield, who died June 12, 1758.
7. Mary, born Dec. 17, 1670; married Oct. 21, 1691, Thomas Richards.
8. Hezekiah, born Nov. 24, 1673; died July 11, 1748; married Feb. 20, 1701, Hannah Cooley.
9. Joseph, born in December, 1675; married Sept. 15, 1697, Abigail Phelps.
(II) Ebenezer Parsons, third son of Deacon Benjamin Parsons, was born in Springfield, and passed his entire life in that town and West Springfield, on the west side of Connecticut river. He was a much respected and devout man, and a deacon of the Congregational church in West Springfield for fifty-two years, until the day of his death. His wife Margaret was a daughter of Samuel and Katherine Marshfield, who came from Exeter, England, with Rev. John Warham and settled in Windsor, Conn.
Ebenezer and Margaret (Marshfield) had children:
1. Ebenezer, born Jan. 12, 1691; died 1742; married, 1714, Martha Ely; ten children.
2. Margaret, born Sept. 19, 1693; married Rev. Daniel Elmer.
3. Jonathan, born July 16, 1695; drowned July 1, 1703.
4. Benjamin, born Dec. 15, 1696; married Aug. 15, 1723, Martha Bliss; twelve children.
5. Caleb, born Dec. 27, 1699; married Oct. 4, 1749, Miriam Williston.
6. Sarah, born Feb. 4, 1703; married Pelatiah Hitchcock of Brookfield.
7. Jonathan, born Nov. 30, 1705.
8. Abigail, born Oct. 21, 1708; married March 19, 1735, Thomas Day.
9. Katherine, born Oct. 16, 1715; married Aaron Taylor.
(III) Jonathan Parsons, son of Ebenezer and Margaret (Marshfield) Parsons, born in West Springfield, Mass., Nov. 30, 1705, died there July 19, 1776. He graduated from Yale College 1729, studied theology with Rev. Elisha Williams, president of Yale College, and with Rev. Jonathan Edwards of Northampton, and was ordained minister at Lyme, Conn., March 17, 1730. In 1746 he removed to Newburyport, Mass., and officiated as minister of the church there until his death; and he was buried in the tomb by the side of Rev. George Whitfield, who had died at his house not long before. He was one of the famous preachers of his day, and published two volumes of his sermons, besides several occasional and other sermons in pamphlet.
He married first, Dec. 14, 1731, Phebe, daughter of John Griswold, of Lyme, Conn., and sister of Governor Matthew Griswold. She died Dec. 26, 1770, and he married second, Lydia Clarkson, widow of Andrew Clarkson of Portsmouth, N. H. She died April 30, 1778.
Rev. Jonathan Parsons had in all thirteen children, six of whom died in infancy.
Those who grew to maturity were as follows:
1. Marshfield, born 1733, died 1813; married Lois Wait; one son, John Parsons, whose descendants are numerous in New England.
2. Jonathan, born 1735, died 1834; married Hannah Gyles; four sons, all of whom died unmarried, and six daughters: Elizabeth, married first, Samuel Chandler, second, John Mycall; Hannah, m. Abraham Jackson; Lois, m. Jacob Stone; Mary L., m. Nathaniel Brown; Phebe, m. Samuel Mulliken; Lucia, died single.
3. Samuel Holden, born 1737, drowned 1789. He was an officer and patriot of the revolution, aide on the staff of Washington, who as an appreciation of his service during the war appointed him governor of the Northwest Territory. He married Mehitable Mather; children: William Walter; Enoch; Samuel Holden; Lucia m. Hon. Titus Hosmer; Mehitable m. Dr. W. B. Hall; Phebe, m. Samuel Tiffin; Margaret m. first Stephen Hubbard, second, Alfred Lathrop.
4. Thomas, born Lyme, Conn., April 28, 1739. He was a mariner, living at Newburyport, Mass., and although he was reported as missing it is believed that he was murdered while on board his ship, in Feb., 1772.
He married, first, Mary Gibson, and had one son, Jonathan Gibson Parsons. He married second, Sarah Sawyer, of Newbury, Mass., and had three daughters: Sarah, m. Gorham Parsons, of another branch of the family; Anna, m. Fitz William Sargent of Gloucester, Mass.; Mary, m. Igantius Sargent.
5. Phebe, born 1748, married Captain Eben Lane.
6. Lucia, born 1752, married Captain Joseph Tappan; children: Phebe, Sarah and Thomas Parsons Tappen.
Sarah SAWYER, who married Thomas Parsons, his second wife, was born March 25, 1740, third daughter of Enoch Sawyer, was born June 22, 1694, and died in Newbury, Mass., Nov. 15, 1771.
He was a physician of great ability, a man of the highest character, and a devout member of the Congregational church, although the influence of his mother was so strong that she succeeded in converting her husband and their son Daniel to the Quaker faith. Dr. Sawyer's wife was Sarah Pierpoint, born in Reading, Mass., Oct. 3, 1697, died 1773, daughter of Rev. John Pierpoint. Dr. Enoch Sawyer was the youngest of three children (Ann, Daniel and Enoch) of Stephen Sawyer, who was born April 25, 1663, died June 8, 1753, and Ann Titcomb, whom he married in March, 1686. Stephen Sawyer was a son of William Sawyer, who was born in England and came from Lincolnshire to America with his brothers Edward, who was of Rowley, 1630, and Thomas, who settled in Lancaster in 1647. William settled in Newbury in 1644.
The ancestor of this family was John Gardiner, born in England, who came to America. He followed his business of contractor and builder all his active life in Montreal where he settled and built a large number of the finest buildings, which are still standing as monuments of his architechtural skill and thoroughness. He later retired from this, and built a two story house, doing the entire work unassisted. He was a very fine mechanic, also a musician, making a voilin, and upon the completion of his house, he had a housewarming and to entertain his guests, played on this violin. During the remainder of his life he made a number of violins and also some flutes, all of which were very fine instruments. He died at eighty-seven years of age.
He married Betsey Todd and their children were:
Theresa, Maria, Annie, Thomas and James Todd.
The mother of these children died at eighty-five years of age.
(II) James Todd Gardiner, a native of England, born 1819, came to America with his father. He was a man of splendid education, a linguist of distinguished prominence, and at one time filled a professorship in the academic department of McGill University, Montreal. For four years he was principal of the Herkimer school, an academic institution at Herkimer, in the county of the same name, in the Mohawk Valley, state of New York. Aside from his prominence as a scholar and educator, Professor Gardiner was an accomplished musician, and a composer of considerable note, chiefly of band music, and was leader of the band in Herkimer, playing the E flat cornet. He also served the Methodist Episcopal church in the capacity of organist nine years.
He died in Afton, New York, in 1902.
He married Charlotte McKinstry, who survives him, residing in Afton, New York, now (1908) ninety-four years of age.
1. Letitia, born in Birchville, Canada, married D. A. Benedict, resides in New York.
2. Thomas William, see forward.
3. Gertrude B., born in Birchville, Canada, married Albert Heytmann, resided in Honolulu, Sanwich Islands, now in Mexico; before her marriage she was governess to the Princess Kinlonenas.
4. Annie Monda, born in Kingston, Canada, married David Crocker, of New York.
5. Charlotte, died young.
6. James, died young.
7. Matilda, died young.
8. Robert, born in Kingston, New York, resides in Elmira, New York, where for twenty-three years he has been connected with the bank, now known as Chemung Trust Company, but formerly as the Chemung Canal Bank, one of the oldest and strongest banks in New York state. He has also been treasurer of the Country Club, the Old Ladies' Home and the Orphanage, and takes a prominent part in all the affairs of the city.
(III) Thomas William Gardiner, son of James T. and Charlotte (McKinstry) Gardiner, was born in Birchville, Canada, March 31, 1849, and for the last thirteen years has been actively identified with the industrial life of Lynn, Mass. He received a liberal education in the schools of Herkimer, New York, and Mr. John May's select school for boys, of Kingston, Canada. He entered the employ of the Remington Arms Company at Ilion, New York, and soon became an expert mechanic, operating four milling machines producing a fancy cut on the butts of gun barrels. After two years he returned to Herkimer and engaged in the last business; later went to Buffalo; returned again to Herkimer; and afterward went in turn to Little Falls, Utica, Albanyand Worcester, continuing in the manufacure of lasts.
In 1895 he came to Lynn, Mass., where he still continues in the same line of business, the firm being Thomas W. and Harry K. Gardiner & Henry L. Wood; he also established the business of the Excelled Shoe Company, one of the msot important industries of the city, and of which he is half owner. He is also prominently connected with various leading financial institutions, serving as a member of the board of directors of the National Security Bank of Lynn, and of the Lynn Trust Company, and as a member of the Board of Trade, of which he has been president two years.
He is a Republican in politics, and with his family attends the Protestant Episcopal church. He is a thirty-second degree Mason, and a member of the Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine; he is a life member of all the bodies. He has been for twenty years an Odd Fellow, a member of Ridgley Lodge, Worcester, and of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, of Lynn. He is also s member of the Oxford Club, the Park Club, and the Merchants' Club, all of Lynn. He is a devotee of music, and is a capable performer upon the violin and other instruments.
Mr. Gardiner married Nov. 24, 1869, Mary A. Kay, born in Frankfort, Herkimer county, New York, daughter of Cyrus and Sarah (Entwistle) Kay.
1. Nettie L., born in Herkimer, New York, married Henry L. Wood; one son, Thomas Gardiner.
2. Harry Kay, see forward.
3. Nellie K., born in Utica, New York, married Frank C. Hall, of Worcester, now of Swampscott, Mass.; children: Dorothy Charlotte and Robert Gardiner Hall.
4. George B., born in Worcester, Mass., graduate of Lynn Business College.
Cyrus KAY, father of Mary A. (Kay) Gardiner, was son of William and Ann S. (Entwistle) Kay, the former born in Tottingham, Worcestershire, England, and the latter in Bolton, Lancashire, England. William Kay came to America in 1826 and located at Bronxdale, N. Y. for a short time, then removed to Frankfort, Herkimer county, New York, where he purchased a large tract of land which he cleared off and finally became one of the largest and most wealthy farmers of the town. Much of this land was of a fertile character, there being in one piece one hundred acres which was perfectly level. He died at seventy-seven years of age. He was a member of the Church of England. His wife and three children accompanied him to this country where ten more were born, nine of the thirteen growing up and their average age being over seventy-five years. The mother of these children lived to be ninety-two, and on the Sunday previous to her death walked a mile and a half to the Methodist Episcopal church of which she had been a member for over seventy-five years. The two remaining members of this family are Mrs. Josiah House and Mrs. Chester Northrup, both residing at Pages Corner, New York, and both being nearly eighty years of age. The wealth amassed by the sagacity and frugal living of William Kay enables him to give all his children a comfortable start in life, and they in turn left those who succeeded them equally well provided for. Cyrus Kay came to America with his father from England when he was seven years of age, having been born in England in 1819. He was educated in the common schools; he followed farming, and also developed a fine mechanical ability, building his own dwelling house complete and also doing very fine cabinet work. In 1862 he moved to the village of Herkimer where he built a large brick block on the main street, and with the income from this and the farm, which he still retained, he lived in comfortable circumstances up to his death in 1892. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. He married, March 4, 1850, Sarah Entwistle, who was born in Tottingham, county of Lancashire, England, Jan. 17, 1830, died at Herkimer, New York, June 22, 1905, daughter of William and Mary Entwistle, who came to America when Sarah was five years of age, locating at Bronxdale, Westchester county, New York. Mrs. Kay was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church for more than half a century. Her funeral services were conducted by the Rev. W. Dempster Chase, and interment was in the family plot in Oak Hill cemetery. She was one of the most highly esteemed residents of Herkimer, her daily walk and conversation showing her to be a true Christian. Mrs. Kay was one of six children, five of whom ar still living, as follows: William, ages seventy-nine years; Alice, who m. Christopher Denton, of Peoria, Illinois: Mrs. George B. Boardman, whose husband owns the Albany spice mills at Albany, New York; Dr. James Entwistle, of Chicago; Mrs. Lafter Rogers, of Chicago. Cyrus and Sarah (Entwistle) Kay were the parents of seven children, three of whom are now living:
1. William E., who is a graceful writer of both poetry and prose; resides on the old homestead in Herkimer; is master of the Grange, has passed through all the Masonic bodies up to and including the thirty-second degree, and is justice of the peace.
2. Mary A. aforementioned as the wife of Thomas W. Gardiner.
3. Cyrus, is a well equipped physician, practicing in Herkimer county; he is a Mason, an Odd Fellow, a Workman, and very prominent in the medical world.
Mrs. Mary (Booth) Entwistle, mother of Mrs. Sarah (Entwistle) Kay, was born in England in 1801 and died in Troy, New York, Jan. 13, 1880. She became a resident of Troy in 1853 and resided there up to the time of her death. She was well versed in the study of medicine and commanded an extensive practice. She was a consistent Christian and a member of the Ninth Presbyterian Church. Her charities were broad and generous, and she was a devoted mother in the family circle. Her mother and the father of Edwin Booth, the actor, were cousins. The town of Entwistle, near Bolton, England, was named for one of her ancetors.
(IV) Harry Kay Gardiner, eldest son and second child of Thomas W. and Mary A. (Kay) Gardiner, was born in Little Falls, New York, in 1872. He was educated in the public schools and academies in Utica and Herkimer, New York, and Worcester, Mass. His business life has been spent in Lynn, Mass., where for the past four years he has engaged in the manufacture of shoe lasts in company with his father as noted above. He is a member of the Young Men's Christian Association, of Mount Carmel Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and in politics he is an independent Republican. Mr. Gardiner married, in Boston, April 6, 1906, Marion Elizabeth Francis.
[trans. note: at the beginning of this, it says 'For first generation see Francis Peabody 1.' Which volume this is in, and whether I can find the volume on a Google book search remains to be seen, but it seems to me it could have been put here, grumble, grumble.]
(II) Isaac Peabody, son of Lieut. Francis Peabody, was born in 1648, and resided in Topsfield. He inherited the homestead of his father. His will was dated Oct. 21, 1726, and proved Jan. 2, 1727. He married Sarah ____.
1. Francis, born Dec. 1, 1694.
2. Mary, born Feb. 5, 1696, married William Jarvis.
3. Isaac, born March 15, 1697, died Jan. 13, 1739, unmarried.
4. Philadelphia, born Sept. 28, 1698, married Daniel Reddington.
5. Matthew, born Dec. 10, 1699.
6. William, born Jan. 26, 1701, died young.
7. Estes, born Sept. 28, 1702, married May 19, 1746, M. Gott.
8. Joseph, born June 14, 1704, mentioned below.
9. Sarah, born March 10, 1706, married Luke Averill.
10. Anne, born May 31, 1707, married John Batchelder.
11. Hepsibah, born May 25, 1709, married Jan. 31, 1731, Ephraim Wildes.
12. Samuel, born Jan. 3, 1711, died Jan. 23, 1711.
(III) Joseph Peabody, son of Isaac Peabody, born Topsfield, June 14, 1704, died June 7, 1755. His will was proved June 21, 1755. He bequeathed a valuable wardrobe and jewels to his wife and three daughters. He married Elizabeth Bradstreet, great-granddaughter of Governor Bradstreet, and she died Dec. 31, 1751.
1. Joseph, born Sept. 15, 1730, died Aug. 7, 1736.
2. Jacob, born Dec. 2, 1731, died Aug. 14, 1736.
3. Dudley, born June 15, 1735, died Aug. 6, 1736.
4. Elizabeth, born Sept. 23, 1737, died Dec. 20, 1806.
5. Jacob, born April 6, 1739, mentioned below.
6. Priscilla, born 1743, married Isaac Averill.
7. Peggy, born April 13, 1748, married November, 1770, Benjamin Bixby Jr.
(IV) Jacob Peabody, son of Joseph Peabody, born Topsfield, April 6, 1739, died Nov. 25, 1806. His will was dated Feb. 16, 1804, and proved Dec. 2, 1806. He married, 1763, Sarah Potter, who died Oct. 11, 1828, aged eighty-four. He resided in Topsfield.
1. Jacob, born May 10, 1764, married Nov. 18, 1785, Hannah Wildes; died 1845.
2. Sarah, born June 2, 1769, married, March 19, 1786, David Balch 3d.
3. Lucy, born March 10, 1773, married ____ Friend.
4. Lydia, born Oct. 23, 1775, married May 7, 1795, Moses Bradstreet.
5. John Potter, born Dec. 8, 1780, mentioned below.
6. Mary, born Nov. 4, 1782, married March 29, 1803, Ezra Perkins.
7. Ezekiel, born June 13, 1788.
(V) John Potter Peabody, son of Jacob Peabody, born Topsfield, Dec. 8, 1780, died Nov. 5, 1846. He resided in Topsfield. He married July 23, 1807, Esther Perkins, who died Aug. 11, 1842.
1. Hannah, born Nov. 16, 1808.
2. Cyrus, born March 16, 1810, died Sept. 24, 1824.
3. Esther, born Sept. 12, 1812, married Benjamin Boardman Towne.
4. Harriet Newhall, born April 23, 1816, married Alfred P. Towne.
5. Mercy Perkins, born Sept. 26, 1818.
6. Mehitable, born Oct. 23, 1825.
7. Sarah, born March 19, 1829, married Jacob Towne; she lives in Topsfield; only one alive.
[trans. note: at the top of this is written "For first generation see John Perkins I." Not sure which of the volumes of this work the material can be found in, but if I indeed find it in my Google Book search, I'll add it, but, of course, on another page. I have no idea why they didn't just slap it on this page! How long can it be anyway?]
(II) Deacon Thomas Perkins, son of John Perkins, born in England in 1616, probably at Newent, county Gloucester, came with his parents to New England. He was living in Boston in 1631, and removed with his parents to Ipswich in 1633. He had a grant of land, which he sold to his brother, John Perkins, and others, and removed to New Meadows, Topsfield. He was a farmer.
He married, about 1640, Phebe Gould, born 1620, daughter of Zaccheus Gould. Her father gave them a farm of one hundred and fifty acres in the central part of Topsfield, where they resided until July 6, 1660. He bought a two hundred and twenty-seven acre farm of Richard Swain on the east road from Topsfield to Wenham, situated near the Ipswich line, adjoining the farm of Zaccheus Gould.
Thomas Perkins was a prominent man in both church and town. He was elected deacon in 1677, and was selectman in 1656, tythingman in 1677. He died May 7, 1686. His will was dated Dec. 11, 1685.
1. John, born 1641; married, Nov. 28, 1666, Deborah Browning; died May 19, 1668.
2. Phebe, born about 1644; married, 1665, Joseph Towne.
3. Zaccheus, born about 1647; married Rebecca ____; died Dec. 1, 1732.
4. Martha, born about 1649; married Dec. 17, 1669, John Lamson.
5. Mary, born about 1651; married Oct. 27, 1671, William Howlett; died 1728.
6. Elisha, b. about 1656; married, first, Feb. 23, 1680, Katherine Towne; second, Elizabeth Knight; died Feb. 18, 1741.
7. Judith, born Jan. 28, 1658; died unmarried.
8. Thomas, born about 1659; mentioned below.
9. Timothy, born June 6, 1661; married first, Hannah ____; second, Abigail ____; third, Ruth Dorman.
(III) Thomas Perkins, son of Deacon Thomas Perkins, was born in Topsfield, about 1659. He and his brother Timothy inherited the farm, which they cultivated together until they separated in 1718. He was one of the jurors on the Salem witchcraft cases, and expressed his regrets with others who had been carried away by the delusion over his participation in the shedding of innocent blood.
He was a weaver by trade. He married, June 1, 1683, Sarah Wallis.
1. Sarah, born Jan. 20, 1684-5; married William Makittrick, Jan. 28, 1722-3.
2. Thomas, baptized Dec. 9, 1688.
3. Hannah, baptized March 12, 1692; married David Balch.
4. Martha, born June 29, 1695.
5. Robert, born Feb. 28, 1697; mentioned below.
6. Samuel, born Nov. 22, 1699; married Margaret Towne.
(IV) Robert Perkins, son of Thomas Perkins, was born in Topsfield, Feb. 28, 1697, and baptized by Rev. Mr. Capen, March 7, 1696-7. He married, Feb. 24, 1720, Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth (Knight) Towne of Topsfield. She died Nov. 26, 1772.
Children, b. at Topsfield:
1. Elizabeth, June 7, 1723; married Aug. 30, 1742, Isaac Perkins.
2. Sarah, Sept. 9, 1725; married Feb. 24, 1744, Ebenezer Lake.
3. Rebeccah, Jan. 12, 1725-6; died May 15, 1774.
4. Robert, Jan. 16, 1727-8; mentioned below.
5. Amos, Feb. 16, 1730-1; married Keziah Kimball, of Wareham.
6. Phebe, Feb. 2, 1732-3; married Jonathan Knight.
7. Martha, Jan. 8, 1734-5; married Feb. 4, 1754, Archibald Durnell; second, Samuel Carter, of Worchester, Apr. 4, 1774.
8. Mehitable, Feb. 6, 1736-7; married July 2, 1761, Solomon Gould; second, Andrew Foster.
9. Anna, June 24, 1739; married Thomas Gould, jr., Dec. 29, 1757.
(V) Captain Robert Perkins, son of Robert Perkins, born at Topsfield, Jan. 16, 1727-8, and died Nov. 10, 1801, aged seventy-three. He was a soldier in the revolution, private in Captain Stephen Perkins's company, Colonel Woodbridge's regiment, and answered the Lexington alarm, April 19, 1775, service two and a-half days; muster and pay roll of Captain Robert Perkins; enlisted Sept. 27, 1777; discharged Nov. 7, 1777; service one month thirteen days; company of light horse, raised by resolve of Sept. 22, 1777; service at the northewast, and in guarding Burgoyne's troops to Prospect Hill; discharged at Camebridge.
Captain Perkins married (intentions published Sept. 30, 1750), Hannah Cummings, born 1725, died July 12, 1802.
Children, b. at Topsfield:
1. Ruth, b. Oct. 1, 1753; married John Gould (3d).
2. Hannah, b. May 17, 1755; died Nov. 16, 1802.
3. Lydia, b. Aug. 6, 1757; died Feb. 27, 1830.
4. Robert, b. May 29, 1760, mentioned below.
5. Asa, b. June 15, 1762, married Hannah Johnson.
6. Mehitable, b. Nov. 14, 1767; died Dec. 28, 1818.
(VI) Robert Perkins, son of Captain Robert Perkins, was born at Topsfield, May 29, baptized there June 1, 1760, died Jan. 14, 1825. He married first, March 4, 1784, Esther Gould, b. March 7, 1754, died Jan. 29, 1817, daughter of Deacon John and Esther (Giles) Gould; second, April 25, 1722, Hannah Perkins, b. Oct. 5, 1778, died July 19, 1855, daughter of Zebulon and Mary (Wildes) Perkins.
Children, all by 1st wife:
1. Benjamin, born March 13, 1786; married Rebecca H. Ashby, of Salem; died April 3, 1858.
2. Amos, born April 2, 1788; married April 15, 1810, Betsey Brown, of Boxford; died Sept. 8, 1851.
3. Esther, born Jan. 12, 1790; married, July 23, 1807, John Potter Peabody; died Aug. 11, 1842.
4. Robert, born Feb. 16, 1792; died Oct. 9, 1814.
5. Nehemiah, born April 1, 1794; mentioned below.
6. Betsey, born Jan. 8, 1798; died July 18, 1814.
(VII) Nehemiah Perkins, son of Robert Perkins, born at Topsfield, April 1, 1794, died April 7, 1881. He was a farmer. He married (intentions published Feb. 23, 1817), Lydia Bradstreet, daughter of Moses Bradstreet and Lydia Peabody, born 1796, died Sept. 12, 1867.
1. Lydia Bradstreet, born April 5, 1818, died Aug. 20, 1897.
2. Nehemiah, born Nov. 8, 1820, died at Auburn, Maine, Dec. 19, 1892.
3. Phebe Wildes, born Oct. 21, 1822, died in Newburyport, March 2, 1900, married James Sleeper, who died June 5, 1899.
4. Benjamin Austin, born June 12, 1824, died Oct. 19, 1891; married Elmira Bixby, who died in Boston.
5. Moses Bradstreet, born June 17, 1826, died April 28, 1881.
6. Ruth Lamson, born Jan. 1, 1828, died Sept. 12, 1830.
7. Ruth Esther Gould, born July 29, 1831, died May 27, 1879.
8. Albert Cornelius, born Dec. 18, 1833, died in Brooklyn, New York, Sept. 22, 1896; married Caroline Cleveland Peabody.
9. Elizabeth Brownell, born June 8, 1835; married Rev. Alpheus J. Pike, who died in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, Jan. 24, 1891.
10. John Wright, menionted below.
(VIII) John Wright Perkins, son of Nehemiah Perkins, was born at Topsfield, Aug. 21, 1841. He spent his youth in his native town and attended the public schools there, also Topsfield Academy and Phillips Academy at Andover, where he was graduated in the class of 1861. He entered Harvard College, where he was graduated in 1865 with the degree of A. B., and was class poet at his class day exercises. In college he was a member of the O. K. Society and Institute of 1770. After teaching for several months in Phillips Academy, Andover, he was elected sub-master of the Salem high school, and master in 1868, which position he filled with conspicuous ability for a period of fourteen years. He was then twelve years head master of Dummer Academy. He resigned in 1894 to accept his present position as superintendent of the public schools of Salem.
Mr. Perkins has been active in public affairs and is well known as a citizen and educator. He was president of the Salem Young Men's Christian Association in its early days. He was a prominent member of the Congregational Church at Byfield when teaching in Dummer Academy, and held the office of deacon there. He is a Republican in politics.
He married, March 6, 1867, Esther Ann Rogers Towne, born in Topsfield, Dec. 20, 1842, daughter of Alfred Porter and Harriet Newell (Peabody) Towne. Mrs. Perkins was educated in Topsfield public schools and academy, and in the State normal school at Salem, where she was graduated in the class of 1861. She taught school at Topsfield and Bradford until her marriage, 1867, at the home of her parents in Bradford. The officiating clergyman was Rev. Dr. Kingsbury, of the Congregational church. She is a member and was first regent of North Bridge Chapter, Daughters of the Revolution, for three years and a half; was a member of the Salem Woman's Club, and the Society for the Higher Education of Women.
1. Frederick Winthrop, born April 25, 1876; mentioned below.
2. Alice Choate, born March 24, 1879; married Nov. 11, 1903, Osborne Leach, son of Caroline Roberts and Henry Clay Leach, of Salem; she was fitted for college at Dummer Academy and the Salem high school, from which she graduated in 1895; and was graduated from Smith College, 1899; she was a member of various college clubs and fraternities; taught two years in a private school; then was with the Associated Charities, Boston, until her marriage; children: i. Harriet Peabody Leach, b. Dec. 1, 1904; ii. Anthony Osborne Leach, b. Apr. 13, 1906; iii. Lawrence Roberts Leach, b. July 21, 1907.
3. Moses Bradstreet, mentioned below.
(IX) Frederick Winthrop Perkins, son of John Wright Perkins, was born April 25, 1876, at Salem. He fitted for college at Dummer Academy, of which his father was head master, and entered Dartmouth College, where he was graduated in the class of 1898 with the degree of S. B. He then enlisted in the service, at the outbreak of the war with Spain, in the First New Hampshire Regiment, and was stationed at Chicamaugua. He was assigned to duty in the hospital. He contracted a severe case of malarial fever in camp and suffered from it for a year afterward. He was for two years a student in the Harvard Law School, leaving before graduation, on account of ill health, and engaged in farming. He is now completing his legal education in the office of Judge Sears, Salem.
He is a member of Essex Lodge of Free Masons. He married, Feb. 16, 1902, Annie J. Poore, born in Georgetown, June 16, 1875, daughter of Emma Jane Payne and Alvin Clifton Poore.
(IX) Moses Bradstreet Perkins, son of John Wright Perkins, was born in Salem, May 27, 1881. He was fitted for college at Dummer Academy and the Salem high school and was graduated from the latter in 1898 and in 1892 from Dartmouth College with the degree of A. B. He taught in the De Merritte private school, Boston, for three years, and is now teaching in Phillips Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire.
He married, Dec. 28, 1904, Harriette Louise Bartlett, born at Hanover, N. H., July 29, 1880, daughter of Caroline Rice and Professor Edwin J. Bartlett.
1. Richard Bartlett, b. Sept. 22, 1905.
2. Eleanor, April 7, 1907.
[trans. note: at the beginning it states 'For ancestry see Walter Phillips 1.' Not sure just in which volume of this huge work the data referred to may be found, but IF I find it, I'll definitely post it, though it may be in another place.]
(V) James Phillips, son of James and Alice Phillips, was born in Swampscott, June 6, 1771, and like his father was a member of the Society of Friends. He was a thrifty man, engaged in farming pursuits, did some fishing, and was one of the first to bring fishing boats to the town.
He married, July 7, 1804, Mary Burrill, born in Swampscott, July 30, 1780, a descendant of one of the earliest and most prominent families of the old town of Lynn.
1. Mary, born Jan. 30, 1805; married July 12, 1834, Cyrus Washburn of Lynn.
2. James Burrill, Jan. 30, 1806.
3. Ebenezer Burrill, July 5, 1808.
4. Jonathan F., March 4, 1811.
5. Sarah, Oct. 3, 1813; married Feb. 9, 1837, John Cummings of Woburn.
6. Abigail, April 27, 1818.
7. Martha, July 25, 1822, married John P. Palmer.
(VI) Ebenezer Burrill Phillips, second son and third child of James and Mary (Burrill) Phillips, was born in Swampscott, Mass., July 5, 1808, and died there Nov. 26, 1879, after a business career of full fifty years, one which ran in various channels and was as honorable as it was successful. Like nearly all the other young men born and brought up on the north shore he naturally took to the sea and before he had reached the age of twenty years was master of a fishing vessel, the "Essex," in which he was once driven out to sea before a fierce gale and in a blinding storm. In later years Captain Phillips frequently narrated the story of this perilous incident of the winter of 1829 and the narrow escape of all on board, for the light vessel was at the mercy of the waves for several days and finally made port at Chatham, Massachusetts.
During the earlier part of his business life Mr. Phillips produced fish oils and marketed them among the leather manufacturers of Salem and Woburn; and he also made what became known as "Phillips Beach Dunfish," which became famous for quality and gave him an extensive and profitable trade. In 1830 his operations had so increaded and the market demand for the products of his works became so widespread that it became necessary to establish a sales house in Boston, and some years later, after Mr. Phillips had gone extensively into the manufacture of cod-liver oil, a second house was established in the same city as a distributing center for that special commodity. In the course of time Mr. Phillips built up a vast oil manufacturing establishment, and in some particular productions of his works he was a pioneer, and as a result of his enterprise, capable business management and the undoubted integrity which always characterized his business methods, he also built up for himself a financial fabric of large proportions. Such indeed was the volume of business done by him that he governed the market and its prices so far as related to his own manufactures, and came to be known in trade circles as "Oil King," but, it is due to him to say that he never sought to control the market for selfish ends and the greater accumulation of riches, but rather to establish a standard of quality, maintain it, and never permit that quality to deteriorate to meet the trade opposition of other producers and jobbers.
Having acquired large mans, Mr. Phillips made considerable investments in Boston real estate and its improvement, and at the time of the disastrous conflagration in 1872 he owned not less than sixteen mercantile buildings which were destroyed, including those occupied by himself. The insurance was nowhere in proportion to the loss, but he was not crippled by the misfortune and at once set about the work of rebuilding more substantially than before; and in one of the largest of the new structures he continued in the fish oil business until the time of his death. For a full half century he was engaged in active business, and while his manifold interests were so extensive and vaire in character that men less fortunately contituted than himself perhaps would have been distracted by their esactions, he never allowed himself to become a victim of such emotions and when fatigued with their cares would find relaxation and recreation in excursions after sea-fowl, for he was an enthusiastic sportsman, or in a pleasure cruise along the north shore, for he was a splended sailor and the owner of some of the swiftest craft that ever sailed a race in his time. For many years he owned and sailed the famous schooner "Moll Pitcher," and about ten years before his death he owned the yacht "Fearless," and by occasional changes in her rig and model brought her up to a condition that enables him to sail her in twenty-six consecutive races and cross the finish line first almost every time; and he himself always was at the wheel or in command.
Mr. Phillips was perhaps one of the best types of the purely self made man the old town of Swampscott ever produced. As a farmer during early manhood he was entirely practical and made a good success in that vocation. He never was afraid of hard work and could accomplish as much of it in the course of a day or season as any man in town; there stands to his credit the record of having dug one hundred bushels of potatoes in a day, and in other farn work he always led the men in the field.
Besides his real estate and other property holdings in Boston, Mr. Phillips made considerable investments in shore front lands in Swampscott land on Cape Ann in the vicinity of Rockport and Pigeon Cove. This was not by any means a wild speculation, for it is evident that he appreciated the fact that the north shore was almost certain to become the most popular summer resort region in the east, and subsequent events have proved the soundness of his judgement.
For many years previous to his death he was president of the National Grand Bank of Marblehead, a director of the Providence & Worcester railroad, and of the Shoe and Leather Insurance Company of Boston.
Mr. Phillips married first, Feb. 9, 1837, Nancy Knowlton, born in Hamilton, Mass., Oct. 22, 1816; one child;
1. Franklin Knowlton, born Nov. 3, 1837, deceased.
He married second, in Salem, April 4, 1841, Maria Lowe Standwood, b. in Gloucester Dec. 8, 1814, d. in Swampscott, Sept. 12, 1882.
2. James, born Dec. 31, 1841, died Sept. 16, 1842.
3. Eben, born Feb. 19, 1843, died Oct. 10, 1862.
4. Nancy Maria, born Feb. 13, 1844, deceased.
5. Warren Winthrop, born March 6, 1846, died 1903; his widow survives.
6. Gage Hutchins, born Oct. 20, 1847; married Harry Hawkes.
7. John Cummings, born Jan. 7, 1850, died 1896, married Eliza Robertson, deceased.
8. David Kimball, born April 23, 1853, died April 6, 1905; married Mary F. Ayers; she now resides in France.
9. Leonard H., born Oct. 27, 1854.
10. Charles Edward, born Oct. 24, 1855.
11. Jennie Paul, born Jan. 26, 1858, died Sept. 13, 1905; married first, William H. Culliton; second, Dr. Horace Chase, of Boston.
(IV) Walter Phillips, son of Jonathan and Mary (Brown) Phillips, born in Swampscott (then Lynn), Nov. 18, 1726, died March 18, 1800. He was a devout Friend, a faithful member of the sect called Quakers by the followers of the ruling church. He married, Sept. 26, 1752, Content Hood, born Sept. 4, 1732, died Aug. 11, 1805, daughter of Benjamin Hood, of Lynn, an earnest member of the Society of Friends.
Children, born in Lynn:
1. Hannah, 15 10mo. 1754, died 1805; married ____ Dow.
2. Benjamin, 1 2mo. 1757, died 1809; ten children, but few descendants bearing his surname are now living.
3. Jonathan, 22 4mo., 1759, died 1800.
4. John, 20 12mo. 1760, died Nov. 19, 1835; married, 1788, Judith Dow, b. Jan. 7, 1766, died Oct. 8, 1850.
5. Elizabeth, 15 4mo., 1763, died 1821; married ____ Reade; removed to Iowa.
6. Sarah, 30, 12mo. 1764, died 1834; married ____ Sillsbee, of Lynn.
7. Walter, 24 8mo., 1766.
8. Abigail, 20 11mo. 1768, died 1831.
(V) Walter Phillips, son of Walter and Content (Hood) Phillips, was born in that part of Lynn which is now Swampscott, in 1766 and died in 1852. He was brought up under the influence of the Society of Friends, but during the second war with the mother country he appears to have laid aside that principle of the faith which declared against the "bearing arms." Early in the war he entered the naval service and acquitted himself with credit, but unfortunately the ship in which he sailed fell into the hands of the enemy and he with others was taken to England and imprisioned at Dartmoor.
At the time of the war of 1812-15, he lived at the corner of Washington and State streets, in Marblehead, but soon afterward removed to and occupied the Glover estate in that part of the old town of Salem known as Salem street in what now is Swampscott. The mansion he built there and afterward occupied became known as the Walter Phillips homestead, and comprised a part of the old house of General John Glover, which was moved from Marblehead to the new site; and there Walter Phillips lived to attain the ripe age of ninety-three years.
He married (intentions) Nov. 2 (Lynn records say Oct. 5), 1794, Mrs. Sarah (Sally) Lewis, widow of Samuel Lewis and daughter of General John Glover; she was born March 10, 1771, and died May 4 (church records say May 10), 1815. Of their four children, two died without issue - Prudence, died young, and Walter Jr., who lived in Lynn, and attained the age of eighty-seven years. Of the other children, Sally Glover Phillips married Thomas Stanley, Sr., and had nine children.
(VI) John Glover Phillips, son of Walter and Sarah (Glover-Lewis) Phillips, born in Marblehead, Aug. 8, 1802, died in Swampscott, Dec. 31, 1889. He was named in allusion to his distinguished grandfather, General John Glover, and was one of the few men to hand down to later generations the honable traditions and valorous deeds of Marblehead men in the second war with Great Britain. He was a man of high moral character, dignified in bearing and speech, always courteous, hospitable and companionable. But his life as a whole was comparatively uneventful. He had no taste for politics, was not ambitious of public honors, and always preferred the quiet of the farm home, the paternal acres which fell to him and his sister by inheritanbe, and which he cultivated, made fertile, and which in return for practical, intelligent husbandry were made to yield their abundant harvest.
John Glover Phillips married Sarah Chase, of Lynn, born May 28, 1804, died 1882.
1. Sarah Ellen, born March 17, 1830; deceased; married John Chase, deceased.
2. Elizabeth Lewis, born Oct. 2, 1831, died Sept. 7, 1849.
3. John Glover Jr., born July 2, 1833; married Nancy Tingley, of Marblehead; had Annie, Elizabeth, Emma, Ida, John and Benjamin.
4. Nelson Chase, born June 2, 1835; married Sarah Thorndike, of Rockland, Maine; had Addie, married Benjamin Kennedy, of Swampscott, and Ella Mary, married ___ Everett Terhune, of Dorchester, Mass.
5. George Washington, born Jan. 12, 1837; married Sarah Blaney, of Swampscott; had George Nelson, Fred, Irene and Warren.
6. Mary Jane, born in Swampscott, July 14, 1839, attended schools of native city, and member of Universalist church, Lynn; married, 1856, in Lynn, Thomas C. Johnson, of Lynn; children: i. Otis Henry Johnson, b. 1858, attended Lynn grammar school and Bryant & Strattons's Business College; engaged in leather business; married Bina Robert: (child, Thomas Johnson); ii. Antoinette Johnson, born 1865, attended Lynn grammar school and Salem Normal, married Charles Conway, engaged in leather business in Boston; (children: Grace Leviseur Conway, married a Mr. Schultz and had a son Norman Schultz; and Charles Edward Conway). iii. Everett Johnson, died young; iv. Edward Peckard, born 1869, attended Lynn grammar school and Bryant & Stratton's Business College; engaged in leather business.
7. William Henry, born June 20, 1840, died Jan. 20, 1878; married Ella Baker, of Swampscott; had Freeman, William, Jennie, Charles and Hazel
8. Benjamin Franklin; see forward.
9. Lucy Ann, born April 25, 1845; married Warren W. Clapp, of Lynn; now deceased; widow resides in Swampscott; had Flora M., Arthur, and Lillian, married G. H. L. Coulthurst, and resides in Swampscott.
10. Gilman Chase, born April 3, 1847, died Aug. 3, 1849.
11. Emma Frances, born March 17, 1849; married James Kelley Blanchard, deceased; widow resides in Lynn; had Cora Phillips (born Swampscott, Sept. 26, 1869; married Albert Ham, and had (Gladys Ham, b. 1891) and Carrie Mable (b. Aug. 1, 1893).
(VII) Benjamin Franklin Phillips, son of John Glover and Sarah (Chase) Phillips, was born in Swampscott, Feb. 22, 1842, and died Dec. 23, 1896. He began his business career as a farmer and gardener, raising his produce on his farm in Swampscott and hauling it to Boston markets. He began in a small way, living within his means and by industry and economy gained sufficient ready means to branch out in a wholesale fish business, buying the trip's fishing as the vessels came to dock in Swampscott and selling again to Boston dealer. In the course of a few years Mr. Phillips came to be a rather extensive operator in the fisheries industry, and his success in that line impelled him to invest considerable capital in fishing vessels of his own, and thus he became a producer as well as distributor in the fish business. Later on he acquired dock privileges at T wharf in Boston, where for many years the firm of G. W. Phillips & Company (his brother being his partner) were recognized as leaders in fisheries in that city and among the largest wholesale distributors in the east. He was the first man in the business to build and send out to the banks a faster vessel than had previously been sailed, and the "Carrie C. Phillips," named for his wife, was the first swift sailing vessel sent out of Boston harbor on a fishing cruise. The success of this experiment led to the building of several other fast craft, and at one time the Phillips fleet of vessels was larger and better than that of any other concern engaged in the Boston fisheries industry. In all of his business enterprises Mr. Phillips seems to have been remarkably successful, and whether in farming or fishing or sailing, his ventures produced substantial results; but behind what sometimes is called "good luck" there was in him the more desirable quality of being able to direct business operations to a successful end. In other words Mr. Phillips proved himself to be a capable and energetic business man, straightforward in his dealing, and possessed of such thorough knowledge of the markets as enabled him to secure results when others were less successful. No man was better known in the markets, none was more popular in trade circles and stood higher in the essential respec of being honorable in his statements and business dealings.
As a soldier in the civil war he made an excellent record, and when Redington Mudge called for enlistments in 1862, young Phillips was the first man to repond, and received the prize offered for the first enlistment. He served nine months as private in Company E., Forty-fifth Massachusetts Volunteers Infantry, and after its organization was a comrade of Post No. 118, G.A.R., until the time of his death.
He married Caroline Chapman, of Swampscott.
Three children living:
Caroline, Herbert and Annie.