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.]


Several immigrants of this name arrives very early in Massachusetts. The first seems to have been Charles Chadwick, born 1596, who made application to the general court of the Colony of Massachusetts Bay to be admitted a freeman to the town of Watertown, where he had settled, Oct. 19, 1630. He was thirty-four years of age at the time, and at the session of the general court held on May 18, 1631, he was duly admitted to the privileges in the government of the town and of the church as a freeman, on taking the oath prescribed by law of the colony. He was elected selectman of the town in 1637, and many times thereafter up to 1672. He was a deputy for the town in the general court in 1657-59.
He died April 10, 1682, and his will dated June 30, 1681, mentions his wife, Elizabeth (who died Feb. 22, 1684) and his kinsmen Thomas and John Chadwick and Charles, eldest son of John. When he came from England, his wife Elizabeth, and sons John and Thomas and possibly other children, came with him. Evidently his children all died before 1681, as he gave his property to kinsmen.

(I) Sergeant John Chadwick, born about 1650, may have been a son of Charles Chadwick, of Watertown. He was an active and prominent citizen of Boxford, Mass., where he served as selectman, and died Sept. 2, 1707. He was buried in Bradford, where his gravestone is still found. There is no record of his children in Boxford, but some of them are known to have lived in that town or Bradford, namely:
John, Abigail, Eunice, Sarah, Edmund and Jonathan.

(II) Edmund, son of Sergeant John Chadwick, was born about 1695 and resided in Bradford. He was married there Dec. 11, 1718, to Mary Kimball, of that town, daughter of Abraham and Mary (Green) Kimball. She was born Dec. 30, 1700, in Bradford.
Mary, Abigail, James, Samuel, Sarah, William, Ebenezer, Dorothy and Elizabeth.

(III) James, eldest son of Edmund and Mary (Kimball) Chadwick, was born Dec. 14, 1724, in Bradford, and died in that town Feb. 2, 1755. He married March 5, 1752, Mary Thurston, born March 4, 1725, in Bradford, a daughter of Benjamin and Mary (Gage) Thurston.
Hannah, who became the wife of Jonathan Blanchard, of Canterbury, N. H.

(IV) Edmund (2), only son of James and Mary (Thurston) Chadwick, was born April 1, 1754, in Bradford, and settled in Boscawen, N. H., where he was a deacon and prominent in civil affairs, and died Aug. 20, 1819.
He married June 27, 1778, Susanna Atkinson, born June 15, 1758, in Newbury, Mass., daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Hale) Atkinson.
Samuel, James W., Hannah, Joseph, Mary and Cyrus.

(V) James W., second son of Edmund (2) and Susanna (Atkinson) Chadwick, was born Dec. 1, 1787, in Boscawen, N. H., and settled in Hopkinton, same state. The records of the last-named town are very meager and contain little information of him. His wife Mary, surname unknown, was born June 16, 1784. They settled in Friendship, Knox county, Maine, where Mr. Chadwick died Feb. 11, 1864, and was survived nearly seven years by his wife, who passed away Dec. 20, 1870.
Isaac, born Nov. 25, 1811.
William, born Oct. 26, 1813.
Oliver P., born Feb. 9, 1817.
Mary Ann, born July 13, 1819.
Cyrus Hill, the subject of the next paragraph.

(VI) Cyrus Hill, son of James W. and Mary Chadwick, was born Nov. 28, 1823, in Friendship, Knox county, Maine. He became a master mariner and owner of sailing vessels with which he had considerable trade along the Atlantic coast and Gulf coast ports, in lumber. Having retired from the sea, he became the owner of Burnt Island, containing two hundred and ninety-three acres of land, on which he engaged in farming, and kept three hundred sheep. He died there Aug. 7, 1899.
He married Nancy, daughter of Captain James Stone, a shipmaster and subsequently a merchant in Cushing, Maine, and his wife, Elizabeth (Seavey) Stone.
Cyrus Warren, Thomas Hiram, James Oliver and Alton Delano.
The second [trans. note: that would be Thomas Hiram, I guess] was master of the schooner, "Jesse Starr," and was lost at sea off Cape Henry, March 8, 1907.
The mother of these children survived her husband more than six years, and died Oct. 3, 1905.

(VII) Cyrus Warren, eldest son of Cyrus Hill and Nancy (Stone) Chadwick, of Cushing, Maine, was born in Friendship, Knox county, Maine, Sept. 30, 1846. He attended school at Cushing, Maine, from his sixth to his eleventh year, and then went to sea with his father and became a master mariner when he was sixteen years old. He continued in command of a coastwise vessel of which he was part owner, his being the schooner "Lizzie Chadwick," named for his only child. His trips were uniformly successful and his record trip from Thomaston, Maine, to New York was made in forty-two hours and fifteen minutes. His cargoes brought into different U. S. ports have been estimated to aggregate thirty million feet of yellow pine and spruce lumber. He retired from the sea, and in April, 1891, established himself at No. 30 South street in the city of New York as ship broker, in which business he became associated with Charles H. Potter, of Brooklyn, N. Y., the firm being C. W. Chadwick & Company. Capt. Chadwick, during his active life as a master mariner, traded largely with the West Indies and Southern Atlantic and Gulf states, and owned numerous vessels which he continues to control even after retiring from active mastership. In 1908 he was the owner of twenty or more vessels engaged in the coastwise trade.
He affiliated with the Masonic fraternity from the time he was initiated into the mysteries of the Ancient Order of Free and Accepted Masons through Oriental Lodge, No. 126, of Thomastone, Maine. He is a charter member of Elizabeh City Lodge, No. 114, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Cape Elizabeth, Maine, and a member of Ocean View Commandery, No. 233, United Order of the Golden Cross, South Portland, Maine. He became a member of the Maritime Exchange of New York City in 1894, and became a stockholder of the New York Commercial Underwriters Insurance Company in 1908.
He married July 4, 1870, Helen, daughter of Captain James and Jane M. (Sterling) Trefethen, of Friendship, Maine, and their only child is Lizzie Florence, born in Cushing, Maine, June 8, 1887.

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