Genealogical and Family History
of the

Compiled under the editorial supervision of George Thomas Little, A. M., Litt. D.

New York

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[Transcribed by Coralynn Brown]

[Many families included in these genealogical records had their beginnings in Massachusetts.]


This name probably originated in Normandy, and has gone from that country to all parts of the world, particularly to Ireland and America.

(I) James Barrett, born in England, about 1615, was an inhabitant of Charlestown, Mass. in 1643, and later of Malden, and died Aug. 16, 1672. Charlestown records show that he bought various small pieces of land. His will was probated Oct., 1672. His inventory dated Sept. 18, 1672, mentioned house and barn, twenty acres upland, five acres at Spat Pound, eighteen acres upland, five acres at Stony Swamp, six acres marsh and one acre of upland at Wormwood Point.
He married Hannah or Anna, daughter of Stephen Fosdyck, a carpenter who settled in Charlestown, 1635, and died May 21, 1664. She died leaving a will made April 29, 1681, and probated June 20, 1681.
James, Hannah, Mary, Sarah, John and Stephen.

(II) James (2), eldest son of James (1) and Anna (Fosdyck) Barrett, was born April 6, 1644. He was a carpenter and lived in Malden. The records show that he was a landholder. He married, Jan. 11, 1672, Dorcas, tenth child of Thomas and Elizabeth Green, of Malden, born May 1, 1653. Her inventory, 3 (9) 1682, was 119 pounds.
James, John and Jonathan.

(III) Deacon John, second son of James (2) and Dorcas (Green) Barrett, born Malden, April 24, 1675, died Oct. 1, 1721, aged forty-seven, and was buried on Copp's Hill. His estate was administered on in 1722, by Widow Rebecca. He was a deacon of the New North Church 1714.
Deacon Barrett was married (first) by Cotton Mather, Sept. 28, 1699, to Sarah Eustace, who died March 16, 1718, probably the youngest of ten children. Her father, William Eustace, is not mentioned earlier than the record of the birth of his child, 1659. He is named in a tax list of Rumney Marsh, now Chelsea, in 1674. He died Nov. 27, 1694. His wife died June 12, 1713, aged about seventy-four. Her gravestone is in Charlestown.
He married (second) Nov. 24 or Dec. 24, 1719, Rebecca Wells, born 1672, died May 16, 1731, buried on Copp's Hill, Boston.

(IV) John (2), son of Deacon John (1) and Sarah (Eustace) Barrett, was born in Boston, Dec. 17, 1707. The date of his death is unknown.
He was married by Rev. John Webb, of New North Church, Feb. 25, 1730, to Rebecca Collins, of Boston, who was baptized March 13, 1709. She probably died in 1765, as her will dated May 15, 1765, was probated in Boston in the same year. She was descended as follows: Her immigrant ancestor (1) Henry COLLINS, born 1606, died Feb., 1689, starchmaker, came over from London in the "Abigail," and settled in Lynn, where he was made freeman March 9, 1637. His wife was Ann, born 1605. (2) John, son of Henry Collins, was born in 1632. (3) Daniel, son of John Collins, b. Boston, March 3, 1671, died Oct. 30, 1718. He was married by Rev. John Bayley, Dec. 13, 1693, to Rebecca Clement, born Boston July 10, 1678. She was a granddaughter of Augustine Clement, of Dorchester, 1636, and, his wife Elizabeth, and daughter of Samuel Clement, b. Sept. 29, 1635, who married (first) Hannah English, and (second) Deborah ____, and their daughter, Rebecca, married Daniel Collins, and they were the parents of Rebecca.

(V) Lieutenant Colonel John (3), son of John (2) and Rebecca (Collins) Barrett, was born in Boston, Dec. 7, 1731. He lived in Middletown, Connecticut, from about 1756 to 1773. He removed to Springfield, Vermont, and was a partisan of New York in the New Hampshire grant troubles. He was commissioned, 1775, lieutenant-colonel of the Upper Regiment of Cumbeland county. He was at Ticonderoga, under command of Colonel Seth Warner, and he took part in the siege of Quebec. He died Dec. 3, 1806, aged seventy-five, drowned in Black river.
He married, in Boston, June 19, 1755, by Rev. Andrew Eliot at the New North Church, Elizabeth Edwards, born Boston, 1733, died Springfield, Vermont Aug. 27, 1809, aged seventy-six. She was the daughter of Thomas and Mary (Pullen) Edwards, of Boston.
John, Elizabeth, Thomas and Mary.
Mary, born Oct. 10, 1765, married Arthur McClellan, of Portland, Maine.

(VI) John (4), son of Lieut.-Col. John (3) and Elizabeth (Edwards) Barrett, born Middletown, Connecticut, Aug. 16, 1756, died Northfield, Mass., Dec. 26, 1816. He graduated from Harvard College in 1780, was a lawyer at Northfield, where he took a leading part as a professional man and as a citizen, was representative to the general court, 1798, and selectman, 1793. His office was a favorite resort for law students.
He married Oct. 29, 1790, Martha, daughter of Obadiah Dickinson, of Hatfield, Mass., born Hatfield Oct. 18, 1761, died Portland, Maine, May 29, 1827.
Eliza E., Mary, Martha D., Charlotte Collins, Sarah Pullen, Louisa Warner, John and Charles.
Her line of descent is traced from (1) Nathaniel Dickinson, of Wethersfield, 1637, who was town clerk and representative of Hadley, 1659, of Northampton, 1662, died in Hadley June 16, 1676. His wife was Anna. (2) Joseph, son of Nathaniel and Anna Dickinson, was a freeman in Connecticut, 1657, resided in Northampton, 1664-74, removed to Northfield, and was killed with Captain Beers by Indians Sept. 4, 1675. His wife, Phebe Bray, was a daughter of ____ and Phebe (Bisby) Bray, of London, who bought an estate at Wethersfield, for his daughter and her children. (3) Deacon Nathaniel, son of Joseph and Phebe (Bray) Dickinson, b. May 20, 1670, d. in 1745. He married Hannah White, b. Sept. 6, 1679. Her grandfather, John White, of Hartford, came in the "Lion" from London to Boston, arriving Sept. 16, 1632. He married Mary ____, b. 1606, came to New England in 1634, and died before her husband. Daniel, son of John and Mary White, was born in Hadley, 1662, and was a lieutenant in Hatfield in 1690. He died July 27, 1713. He married, Nov. 1, 1661, Sarah Crow, daughter of John and Elizabeh (Goodwin) Crow. She was born March 1, 1647, and died June 26, 1719. Hannah White was their daughter. (4) Obadiah, son of Nathaniel and Hannah (White) Dickinson, b. July 28, 1704, d. June 24, 1788, aged eighty-four. He married (first) May 26, 1727, Mary Belding, b. July 29, 1755, daughter of John Belding, and (second) about 1756, Martha Waite, of Hatfield, Mass., b. Oct. 7, 1724. She was a granddaughter of Sergeant Benjamin Waite of Hatfield, 1663, who was killed by Indians and French in support of Deerfield to whose aid he hastened Feb. 19, 1704. He married, June 3, 1670, Martha Leonard, of Springfield, daughter of John and Sarah (Heald) Leonard. Sept. 19, 1677, Martha, with three children, was taken by Indians and carried to Canada. She retuned next year. Joseph, son of Benjamin and Martha (Leonard) Waite, was b. Nov. 11, 1688, in Hatfield. He married (first) Nov. 19, 1713, Hamial Billings, who died July 15, 1716; and (second) Sept. 22, 1720, Mary Warner, b. Aug. 17, 1694, died Aug. 18, 1792, aged ninety-eight, leaving six children, forty-five grandchildren, ninety eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was descended from Andrew Warner, of Cambridge, 1632, afterward of Hartford, one of the first settlers of Hadley, where he died Dec. 8, 1684.
He married (second) the widow of Thomas Selden.
Daniel, son of Andrew Warner, was born in Hatfield. He married (first) Mary, and (second) Martha, daughter of Robert Boltwood. She died Sept. 22, 1710. Daniel (2), son of Daniel (1) and Mary Warner, born 1666, died March 12, 1754, aged eighty-eight. He resided in Hatfield, West Hartford and Handwick. He married, Dec. 12, 1688, Mary Hubbard, born April 10, 1669, granddaughter of George Hubbard who was born in England about 1595, and settled in Watertown, from which he removed to Wethersfield as early as 1636, and afterward to Milford and Guilford, Connecticut. He died Jan., 1683. He married Mary Bishop, who died Sept. 14, 1676. John, son of George and Mary (Bishop) Hubbard, and father of Mary (Hubbard) Warner, born 1630, died about 1705. He removed about 1660 from Wethersfield, Conn. He married Mary, perhaps Merriam, on Concord, who survived him.

(VII) Charles Edwards, son of John (4) and Martha (Dickinson) Barrett, born Northfield, Mass. Jan. 4, 1804, died Portland, Maine, Jan. 2, 1894, aged ninety years. At the age of twelve his parents having died, he was taken by his guardian to Portland, Maine, where he fitted for college. Graduating from Bowdoin in 1822, and subsequently reading law, he was admitted to the bar and practiced for a short time. But his forte was finance, and he gradually became known as one of the most eminent financiers of his day. He was president of the Canal National Bank for many years and treasurer of the Atlantic & St. Lawrence railroad, being one of the original corporators named in the charter and the survivor of all the others. Many of the best years of his life were devoted to the affairs of this road. He was also a director of the Portland, Saco & Portsmouth road, now a part of the Boston & Maine, for many years, becoming interested in the road in 1839, when it was in process of construction. He was likewise active in the councils of the corporation which built the canal to Sebago Lake.
In politics he was a Federalist, then a Whig, and lastly a Republican. Though not an aspirant to office, he served for a while on the board of aldermen of Portland. Had he lived two days longer he would have reached the ninetieth anniversay of his birth.
He was married March 6, 1826, by Rev. Edward Payson, to Elizabeth Mary Baker, born Portland, Nov. 11, 1804, died Portland, Dec. 27, 1875. She was the daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Bickford) (Hale) Baker.
Charles Woodbury, Mary Elizabeth, John Henry, Franklin Ripley, George Potter and Joseph Baker.
1. Charles W., born 1826, married Hannah V.W. Westbrook and they had three children: i. Mary, who married Henry A. Mariotte and had two children, Charlotte and Gertrude; ii. Charles W., who died May 7, 1866; iii. Elizabeth, married Alexander E. Macdonald, M.D., and had two chlidren, Charles Douglas and Evelyn Blunt.
2. Mary E., born April 29, 1829, died a spinster, May 16, 1904.
3. John H., born Dec. 29, 1831, died Oct. 2, 1852, a student in Yale College.
4. Franklin R., mentioned below.
5. George P., born March 24, 1837, died unmarried June 2, 1896.
6. Joseph B., born 1840, died in infancy.

(VIII) Franklin Ripley, third son of Charles E. and Elizabeth M. (Baker) Barrett, was born in Portland Jan. 21, 1835. After attending the public schools and the old academy of Portland, he entered Brown University, from which he graduated with the class of 1857. His first employment after graduation was in the office of the treasurer of the Grand Trunk railroad, from which he subsequently went into partnership with F. K. Swan under the firm name of Swan & Barrett. They engaged in banking and brokerage, which they carried on from 1875 to 1897, when both partners retired from business. Mr. Barrett's only employment since has been in connection with certain financial corporations as trustee and director. His position in the financial circles in Portland has been conspicuous and as successful as it has been prominent. In 1891 he was president of the Portland Savings Bank, the largest institution of its kind in the state and the eighth in rank in New England. At the present time (1908) he is a trustee of the Portland Trust Company, and a director of the Canal National Bank, each an important monetary institution. For years he was a director of the Portland, Saco & Portsmouth Railroad Company, succeeding his father. He is a trustee of the Portland Public Library and a memeber of the New England Historical Genealogical Society, the Maine Historical Society, and the Maine Genealogical Society. He was also for some time secretary and treasurer of the Maine General Hospital and treasurer of the Portland Society of Natural History. Mr. Barrett is also a member of the following organizations: The Cumberland and the Country clubs of Portland, the University of New York City, and the Union of Boston.
In politics he is an Independent, in religious faith a Unitarian.
Franklin R. Barrett married (first) Aug. 15, 1872, Mary Dwight Boyd, born April 5, 1845, died March 9, 1878, daughter of John Parker and J.S. (Dwight) Boyd; (second) Lucia Wadsworth Longfellow, born Portland, Dec. 4, 1859, daughter of A. W. and Elizabeth (Porter) Longfellow, and niece of the poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

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