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SOURCE: The First Century of the History of Springfield, by Henry M. Burt, Vol. II, 1899; Pages 553-587


Thomas Cooper, frequently mentioned in the records as Ensign or Lieut. Thomas, married before he came here Sarah ____. He came from England in the ship "Christian," arriving in Boston in 1635, at the age of 18 years. He went to Windsor in 1641 and came here in 1643. He built the first meeting-house in Springfield in 1645, for which the town agreed to give him "four score pounds." He was chosen on the first Board of Selectmen and served seventeen years. He was elected a Deputy to the General Court in 1688, serving one year. His homelot was the one granted to John Cable, who sold it to the town on his departure for Fairfield, Conn. Cooper purchased it of the town in 1643 for 25. It was 14 rods wide and extended from the river eastward across the wet meadow and thence upon the highland, eighty rods beyond. It was situated next north of William Pynchon's homelot, and was where the railroad now crosses Main Street. Cooper in May, 1654, sold from this purchase the "Hassky" meadow containing 2 acres lying between the street and the upland to the east, for 30 shillings to John Pynchon.

It has been inferred that Thomas Cooper's wife was before marriage Mary SLYE. In the 50th volume, page 355, of the Historical and Genealogical Register, is the will of Capt. Robert Slye of Bushwood, St. Mary's County, Md., in which under certain contingencies he deeded lands to "my nephews Timothy and Thomas Cooper, both of Springfield in New England." Captain Slye may have married a sister of Lieut. Thomas Cooper. If not, then Thomas's wife was a Slye.

He served on many important committees of a public nature, and was appointed by the General Court to be one of the Commissioners to establish the bounds of Hadley, and also to lay out the town of Suffield.

He was an active business man for that period and had extensive dealings with Pynchon, of whom he bought trading cloth and other goods which he exchanged with the Indians for beaver skins. In May, 1652, Pynchon made this entry in his books: "Sold him the Comoditys here following, to be paid in Bever at currant prices or in good wampum Somtime wthin ye yeare." In this purchase was 107 yards of Red Shag Cotton at 3s pr. yd., 16 1s; "Blew" trading cloth, 206 yards, 90 18s 9d. In the credits were 206 lbs. of beaver at 9s, 92 14s; 399 1-2 lbs. of beaver at 10s, 199, 15s. Under date of February 14, 1658, is this entry: "I Thomas Cooper Doe hereby acknowledge to have Reed of Mr. John Pynchon a psell of English goods as they cost in England to ye Sum of Seventeene pounds, wch sum of Seventeene pounds sterling I ingage to pay in England by michalstide next, to whom Mr. John Pynchon shall appoint me in London in England, I ingage to make such allowance as is fit & meete & hereto set my hand this 14th Febr 1658. Thomas Cooper."

Below in Pynchon's hand, as was the above agreement, is this: "Acots concerning this 17 were examined & set to rights by Brother Holyoke & Deacon Chapin, & all differences & offences have Issued & satisfied, I abated 20s & ye rest is pd me this 17 of January, 1660."

The balance in the accounts against Cooper in 1653 was 262, in 1655 391, in 1658 682, but sale of beaver and work performed at different times reduced them to a much smaller amount at some period in the year. There does not appear to have been any stated time with Pynchon for settlement with any of his customers, the amount of the account appears to have determined the time of striking a balance to which the debtor set his hand.

The killing of Thomas Cooper by the Indians when they burned Springfield, October 5, 1675, which has been told in the previous volume, must have caused a great shock to the community and his tragic death brought a realizing sense of the defenseless condition of every settlement exposed to a treacherous foe. That Thomas Cooper should have had perfect confidence in his ability to dissuade the Indians from hostile intentions is not strange. He had been among them for many years and must have been on familiar terms with all the leading Indians within many miles of Springfield. Below is the record of his family:--

   Sarah, b. before coming here, m. Thomas DAY, October 27, 1659.
   Timothy, b. April 26, 1644, m. Elizabeth MUNSON.
   Thomas, b. July 3, 1646, m. Desire LAMBERTON.
   Elizabeth, b. February 23, 1648.
   Mary, b. May 15, 1651, m. Isaac COLTON.
   John, b. April 12, 1654, d. ___.
   A child, b. ___, d. April 17, 1656.
   Rebecca, b. May 15, 1657, m. John CLARK of Northampton.
   John, b. April 9, 1659, went to Neward, N. J.


Timothy Cooper, son of Thomas, married Elizabeth MUNSON, October 19, 1664. The date of his death is not on record. He succeeded to his father's homelot and engaged with John Pynchon in trade at Albany, N. Y., where he was not successful, or died not long afterwards. One of his sons, John, went to Newark, New Jersey. The widow deeded her dower in lands in Springfield, Fort Albany, and in New Jersey in 1680, and he may have died soon after beginning trade in connection with Pynchon. In his account book Pynchon made this entry of an agreement: "April 28, 1675. An agreement with Timothy Cooper to carry on trade together at Albany for 7 years or more If we See Cause, is: That we, goe Joint Partners in ye Trade, I to p'vide & furnish ye sd Timothy wth Goods, 300 or 400 at p'sent, & afterwards 500 or 600 pr annum, more or less, as falls in. He answering the Principall, being yearly to make venture to Boston in ye adventure, & whereof we run halves, being Joint in ye p'fit & loss of the whole trade in wch Timothy Cooper buys goods (if) I have them, & in consideration of his Paines, tyme & expenses & care in managing of ye Trade there at Albany, Besides my taking care of p'viding & suiting him wth Goods, I also at my charge to p'vide him a house of mine for him to dwell in & trade in, he keeping it in repare as also to allow & pay him 10 the first yeare, the 2d yeare 20 & so 20 a year to ye end of ye tyme."

Timothy had an open account with Pynchon before making the above agreement, and rum and sugar were important items in the charges, indicating that he was fond of tipling, or was buying to sell. Under the agreement he purchased a quantity in which 5 were charged "for copper lace, 2 2s for 2000 steel Mackrill hooks, 7s 6d for 3 doz Codhooks, 1, 4s for 2 doz Tin shows," (shoes) and also 305 6s 1d "To a psell of Goods Bought at Boston of Mr. Usher & Mr Sergant with wine Rum &c, all as pr accot in my Pocket Booke." His latest purchases as shown in the accounts were made in November, 1675. After his death Pynchon obtained judgment against his estate and took possession of the homelot, which he sold to Cornet Joseph Parsons, under date of November 20, 1679. In 1680 the widow of Timothy Cooper deed to Pynchon her dower in lands at Springfield, at Fort Albany and in New Jersey. In 1686 the widow brought suit against Joseph Parsons' estate to recover her thirds, but the jury found for the defendant. The children of Timothy and Elizabeth were:--

   Sarah, b. March 17, 1666.
   Thomas, b. January 12, 1667.
   John, b. January 24, 1670, went to Newark, N. J.
   Elizabeth, b. January 21, 1672.


Thomas Cooper, Jr., married Desire LAMBERTON, August, 1667, daughter of George Lamberton, who was lost at sea in 1647, and whose mother married Stephen GOODYEAR. Thomas went to Middletonn, Conn., and was a resident there in 1705 when he and his wife deeded property to Samuel Cooper of Springfield. Their children were:--

   Samuel, b. June 7, 1673, m. Dorothy ____, Mary ROGERS and Mary ASHLEY.
   Thomas, b. September 4, 1678.
   Desire, b. February 14, 1684.
   Child, b. and d. January 26, 1686.


Joseph Crowfoot married married Mary HILLIARD, April 15, 1658, possibly a daughter of John Hilliard of Windsor. He died at Northampton and his widow married John MATHEWS, the John who used "to beat the drum for Sunday meetings and lecture days." Their children were:--

   Joseph, b. June 29, 1660, went to Wethersfield.
   Mary, b. December 4, 1661.
   John, b. August 2, 1663, m. Sarah KENT.
   Samuel, b. October 13, 1665, m. Mary WARNER, daughter of Isaac Warner of Northfield. He d. February 10, 1733, his wife d. April 9, 1702.
   James, b. January 23, 1667, went to Danbury, Conn.
   Daniel, b. January 23, 1669.
   Matthew, b. April 5, 1672, m. Hannah KNOWLTON, Jr. He had no children, d. July 16, 1718.
   David, b. October 11, 1674.
   Sarah, b. August 13, 1677, d. March 28, 1678.


Robert Day of Hartford was the father of Thomas Day, who settled in Springfield. Robert came from Ipswich, England, in the Elizabeth, to Boston in 1634. He was accompanied by his wife, Mary, and they first settled in Cambridge. He was made a freeman May 6, 1635, and in 1639 was a resident of Hartford. He appears to have married in Hartford a second wife, Editha STEBBINS, a sister of Deacon Edward Stebbins of Hartford, by whom he had four children, two sons and two daughters. He died at Hartford in 1648, aged 44 years. His widow married Deacon John MAYNARD of Hartford, and in 1658 she married Elizur HOLYOKE of Springfield. Holyoke died February 6, 1676 and she died October 24, 1688. The children of Robert Day, by his second wife, were:--

   Thomas, m. Sarah COOPER of Springfield.
   John, m. Mary MAYNARD.
   Sarah, m. Nathaniel GUNN of Hartford, September, 1658; second, Samuel KELLOGG of Hatfield, November 24, 1664; slain by the Indians with her son Joseph, September 19, 1677.
   Mary, m. Samuel ELY of Springfield, October 28, 1659; second, Thomas STEBBINS, April 12, 1694; third, Deacon John COLEMAN of Hatfield, December 11, 1696, d. in Hatfield in 1725.


Thomas Day, son of Robert Day of Hartford, married Sarah COOPER, daughter of Lieut. Thomas Cooper, who was born before her father came to Springfield. He died December 27, 1711, and his widow died November 21, 1726. Their children were:--

   Thomas, b. March 23, 1662, m. Elizabeth MERRICK.
   Sarah, b. January 14, 1664, m. John BURT.
   Mary, b. December 15, 1666, m. John MERRICK.
   John, b. February 20, 1668, d. August 6, 1670.
   Samuel, b. May 20, 1671, m. Marah DUMBLETON.
   John, b. September 20, 1673, m. Marah SMITH and Widow Hannah KENT.
   Ebenezer, b. February 18, 1675, d. June 12, 1676.
   Ebenezer, b. September 5, 1677, m. Mercy HITCHCOCK.
   Jonathan, b. August 8, 1680, m. Mercy BURT.
   Abigail, b. 1683, m. Samuel WARRINGER.


Thomas Day, Jr. married Elizabeth MERRICK, January 28, 1685, daughter of Thomas Merrick. They went to Colchester, Conn. Their children were:--

   Elizabeth, b. February 28, 1687.
   Thomas, b. October 23, 1689.
   Sarah, b. September 30, 1691.
   Ebenezer, b. August 1, 1694.
   Jonathan, b. May 20, 1697.
   Deborah, b. September 14, 1699.
   Nathan, b. November 5, 1701.


Daniel Denton was admitted as an inhabitant in 1675, and for a time was the schoolmaster. He served for a short time as Town Clerk and in 1681 was elected a Selectman. He married Hannah LEONARD, daughter of John and Sarah. This was his second or third marriage. Their children were:

   Hannah, b. August 5, 1677
   Samuel, b. September 29, 1679.
   Sarah, b. ____, d. November ____, 1681.


Anthony Dorchester and his wife, Sarah, came here from Windsor and brought three children John, James and Mary. His wife died here November 9, 1649, and he married Widow Martha KRITCHWELL, January 2, 1651. She died December 17, 1662. He married third the widow of John HARMON, and died August 28, 1682, or 3. His widow, Elizabeth, died May 16, 1699, aged 92. His children by the first wife were:

   John, b. at Windsor, November 5, 1644, m. Mary HARMON.
   James, b. ____, m. Sarah PARSONS.
   Mary, b. ____, m. John HARMON.

Children by the Second Wife.
   Benjamin, b. October 9, 1651, m. Sarah BURT.
   Sarah, b. October 16, 1653, m. Joseph STEBBINS.
   Hester, b. October 25, 1656, d. November 17, 1662.


John Dorchester, son of Anthony, married Mary HARMON, daughter of John Harmon, April 20, 1671. They had no children, and he died October 5, 1705.


James Dorchester, son of Anthony, married Sarah PARSONS, daughter of Benjamin and Sarah, March 1, 1677. He died November 10, 1732. His widow, Sarah, died June 27, 1740. Their children were:--

   James, b. February 27, 1678, d. December 29, 1679.
   James, b. December 14, 1679, d. March 15, 1681.
   Rebecca, b. February 27, 1680.
   John, b. September 30, 1682.
   James, Jr., b. September 15, 1685, m. Lydia PRESTON.
   Joseph, b. October 21, 1688.
   Sarah, b. March 2, 1692, m. Thomas BLISS, 3rd.
   Mary, b. September 30, 1694, m. Joseph COOLEY.


Hugh Dudley came from Barnet, England, and was here in 1650. He married Mary COPSEY, who was in the employ of John Pynchon, October 30, 1656. His homelot was between the present Auburn and Seventh Streets. He had no children born here and his name disappeared from the records. At one time he was a resident of Westfield. He had several grants of land, the title to which passed to John Pynchon to satisfy sundry store debts. His wife was a servant in Pynchon's family, and evidently her labor went to Pynchon in payment of her expenses to this country. In his account book is this entry: "Agreed with Mary Copsey to take wages instead of finding her clothes. I am to allow her 50 shillings a year, her year to begin in September, 1653." A few days later she gets charged to her at the Pynchon store, shoes, stockings and a black hat, the latter costing 1. In 1656 she was owing Pynchon 4 6s 8d, but he enters this: "I have abated of this debt to Mary 1 10s, So it is but 2 16s 8d, which I have posted to Hugh Dudley, his reckoning." September 28, 1656: "Hugh Dudley rests indebted to Mr. Pynchon 4s 6d. More which Mary Copsy owed me & he engages to pay me 2 16s 8d. Also he owes me for Marys tyme which I release to Hugh Dudley upon his paying me 4. Ye whole debt to me is 7 1s 2d."

"October 9th, 1656, Hugh Dudley his debt to me in all is seven pounds one shilling. He p'mises to pay it to me, or my assignes ye one half by ye 1st of September next, & for your sure and true performance hereafter ye sd Hugh doe hereby ingage his land to Mr. Pynchon for his securing, viz: 10 acres in homelot, wet meddow & woodlot & 10 acres over ye river in ye 3d division." To this Hugh Dudley set his hand and Thomas Cooper was witness to the same.

Hugh received 5 from his mother in England and Pychon discounted 2 and remarks: "So of yt debt on ye other side, of 7 1s 2d, there is due to me but 1s 2d." In 1669 he was owing Pynchon 12 7s and more lands were put up as security. On November 16, 1669, Hugh and Mary, his wife, signed a mortgage deed conveying the same to Pynchon, for which he enters in his accounts: "Received by land for this debt of twelve pound seven shillings. Hugh Dudley, his wife acknowledging consent thereto, doth Ingage & make over to me for my security his 3d division Lot over ye Great River, containing ten acres lying betwixt ye Towne Lot & Benjamin Mun, & also five acres within ye fence, Lately given him by ye Towne, both wch p'sells of Lands are to stand firmly engaged to me for this debt, only it is conditioned yt if he pay it in England, or at his return hither, p'vide it be Two yeers after this tyme, then he is to have his Land: otherwise it is to answer this debt."

Dudley appears to have gone to England at a previous date and Pynchon paid his passage for which he took of him "a ring as he considers Gold, 8s 6d,, and 20 shillings which I allow you on ye land I have of you in ye 3d Division, 10 acres & six acres within ye fence." Whether Hugh and his wife finally returned to England or not it is not known. his last settlement with Pynchon is under date of January 26, 1676. The store accounts appear to have been his misfortune and they swallowed up his landed interests about as fast as he could get grants from the town, and John Pynchon added them to his own estate.


John Dumbleton and his wife, Mercy, were here in 1650. He died July 27, 1702, and she died July 4, 1704. Their children were:--

   John, b. January 2, 1650, m. Lydia LEONARD. He was killed by the Indians October 27, 1675. His widow m. Joseph BEDORTHA.
   Sarah, b. January 5, 1654, m. Josiah Leonard.
   Samuel, b. May 12, 1657.
   Samuel, b. May 15, 1658.
   Lydia, b. April 16, 1661, m. first, Jonathan BURT, and second, Daniel COOLEY.
   Nathaniel, b. June 10, 1664, m. Hannah ALLEN.
   Rebecca, b. October 4, 1667, m. Joseph LEONARD.
   Mary, b. ____, m. Joseph BEDORTHA, d. 1676.
   Elizabeth, b. ____, m. Nathaniel BURT.
   Hannah, b. ____, m. Thomas MERRICK, Jr.


Nathaniel Dumbleton, son of John and Mary, married Hannah ALLEN of Northampton, December 29, 1696. He died February 13, 1737. Their children were:--

   John, b. October 27, 1697, d. November 28, 1697.
   Elizabeth, b. March 20, 1699, m. Zachariah WALKER, and second, Leiutenant Benjamin SHELDON.
   Hannah, b. November 20, 1704, m. Lamberton COOPER.
   John, b. June 10, 1701, d. April 22, 1756.
   Nathaniel, b. July ____, 1706, d. September 3, 1706.
   Mary, b. February 9, 1708, not married in 1758, d. January 19, 1779, at Wilbraham.
   Nathaniel, b. ____, d. December 8, 1711.
   Samuel, b. June 21, 1713, m. Mercy TOUSLEY.


Alexander Edwards came from Wales to this country and after setting in Springfield married Sarah SEARLE, the widow of John Searle, April 28, 1642. He had born here seven children and then went to Northampton in 1654 or 5. From him have descended the large number who bear the family name in this region and the many who have gone to other parts of the country. The children born here were:--

   Samuel, b. September 1, 1643.
   Hannah, b. February 18, 1645.
   Joseph, b. August 8, 1647.
   Mary, b. September 20, 1649, m. John FIELD.
   Benjamin, b. June 24, 1652.
   Sarah, b. October 21, 1654.


Daniel Elmer married Mary PARSONS, daughter of Ebenezer and Margaret, December 31, 1713. He had a son Daniel, born here October 25, 1715. He went to Westboro, and was back here in 1724. He was also for a time a resident of Brookfield, and went to Newark, N. J., afterward. He was a minister.


The Ely Genealogy states that Nathaniel came in the bark Elizabeth from Ipswich, England, to Boston, in 1634, and first settled in Cambridge, where he was made a freeman in 1635. In June, 1636, he was one of Rev. Thomas Hooker's colony which went from Cambridge to Hartford. In 1639 he was made a Constable in Hartford and in 1643 and 1649 was one of the Selectman. In 1649 he and Richard Olmstead petitioned the General Court for leave to make a settlement in Norwalk, which was granted. In 1650 he removed to that place. In 1659 he sold his interest in lands there and came to Springfield. He was keeper of the "ordinary" and was licensed "to that work as also for selling wines and strong liquors, for ye year ensuing, Provided he keep good rule and order in his house." He continued to keep the "orderinary" up to his death in 1675. He was before the courts for violating the law once for "selling four quarts of cider to the Indians," and in 1674 he was presented "for not keeping beer in his house according to law, after the rate of 4 bushels of good barley malt to ye hhd, and further he said he would not be turned out of his way; whereupon ye Court fyned him 40s for ye use of the County, all persons also judging this beere farr below that rule in ye law." He said of late he had kept only table beer, but could not say it was according to law.

He was chosen Selectman in 1662 and held that office five years. He came to Springfield about 1660, and he and his son Samuel were admitted as inhabitants that year. He died December 25, 1675, and his widow October 23, 1683. He had two children, as follows:--

   Samuel, who married Sarah DAY, of Hartford.
   Ruth, who married Jeremy HORTON.


Samuel Ely, son of Nathaniel, married Mary DAY, daughter of Robert Day of Hartford, October 28, 1659. He died March 17, 1692. His widow married Thomas STEBBINS, who died December 7, 1695, and she married Deacon John COLEMAN, Sr., December 16. Her daughter, Mary, married Deacon Coleman's son. Their children were:--

   Child, b. ___, d. May 3, 1660.
   Samuel, b. March 1, 1662, d. March 22, 1662.
   Joseph, b. August 20, 1663, m. Mary RILEY, daughter of John Riley.
   Samuel, b. November 4, 1664, d. February 18, 1665.
   Mary, b. March 29, 1667, d. November 11, 1667.
   Samuel, b. May 9, 1668, m. Martha BLISS.
   Nathaniel, b. January 18, 1671, d. March 11, 1671.
   Jonathan, b. July 1, 1672, d. July 10, 1672.
   Nathaniel, b. April 25, 1674, d. May ____, 1689.
   Jonathan, b. January 24, 1676, d. February 27, 1676.
   Martha, b. October 28, 1677, d. November 25, 1677.
   John, b. January 28, 1679, m. Mercy BLISS.
   Mary, b. June 20, 1681, d. December 21, 1681.
   Jonathan, b. January 21, 1682, m. Lydia BURT.
   Mary, b. February 29, 1684, m. Nathaniel COLEMAN.
   Ruth, b. ____, m. Ebenezer WARNER.


Among those who witnessed the signing of the deed conveying the lands in and about Springfield from the Indians to William Pynchon, Henry Smith and Jehu Burr, July 15, 1636, was Richard Everett. He was a young man and eight years afterwards he married Mary WINCH, who had come in the ship Francis from Ipswich, England, to this country, in the family of Rowland Stebbins, in 1638, at age of 15, and came to Springfield with Stebbin's family. On June 29, 1643, she married Everett, who did not remain here long after that event. His biographer claims that he was previously married and had several children by his first wife. He went to Dedham from here and made there a permanent home. He has had a long line of distinguished descendants in the vicinity of Boston, among them Edward Everett, President of Harvard College and a United States Senator in Congress. Mr. Edward F. Everett, A. M., member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society, one of Richard's descendants, has written by request an extended account of him during his residence in Springfield and in Dedham, which follows:--

   No definite information has yet been obtained of the arrival of Richard Everett in New England, nor from what part of England he came. From the fact that he was for several years in the employ of William Pynchon, that Pynchon himself was connected by marriage with the Everard family of County Essex, England, and that Richard was a very common baptismal name in the same Everard family, it is surmised that Richard Everett was born in County Essex.
   In the book, "Descendants of John Dwight, of Dedham, Mass.," it is stated, in a foot note, that "Richard Everett and wife, Mary, came in the same ship with original John Dwight," but no authority is given. The same book says that John Dwight came in 1634-5, from Dedham, England.
   Tradition says that he first settled in Watertown, Mass., but no record has been found showing this to be a fact; neither is there any record of his marriage to his first wife, Mary ____, or birth of his first two children, John and Israel.
   In the "Note Book kept by Thomas Lechford, Esq.," the first lawyer in Boston, 1638-1641, is a copy of a mortgage, given by "Richard Evered, of Dedham, in New England, Pharier," on the "16th day of March A. D., 1638," to "Thomas Nelson of Boston in New England, gent." for "tenne pounds on his house and lott, lying in Cambridge in New England, and 6 acres of arrable land thereto adjoyning and 5 acres of medowe thereto belonging, wth the appurtenancies." This mortgage does not appear on any registry of deeds, neither do the "Proprietors records of the town of Cambridge" mention any grant of land to him; yet this shows that he owned property there, and would tend to the belief that he first settled there; it may have been near the dividing line of Watertown, and in changing that line he may have been changed from one town to the other.
   In the year 1636 it is known that he was with William Pynchon, who conducted a party of settlers, with their families, through the wilderness, to the Connecticut River, to a place called Agawam, now known as Springfield. There, on the 15th of July, 1636, he made his mark as one of the white witnesses to the Indian deed, transferring the land to William Pynchon, Henry Smith and Jehu Burr. This is the first positive date that can be attached to him.
   In the very next month, 18th of August, we find him back in Wattertown, attending the first recorded meeting of the properietors of the new town, called by them "Contentment," but which the General Court later ordered to be called "Dedham," as supposed, in honor of John Dwight, who came from Dedham, Eng., and settled in Dedham, Mass. Everett's name is entered in the record, "Eurard."
   The properietors held another meeting on the 29th, but he was not there. On the 5th of September following he was present, and his name was attached to a communication to the General Court, accepting the grant. His name was spelled "Euered," and this continued to be the spelling for several years.
   On the 31st December 1636, he was again present at the Dedham proprietors meeting.
   In the following spring at Springfield, 20th March, 1637, a town meeting ordered John Searl and Richard Everet to lay out 24 acres of mowing marsh for Mr. Pynchon.
   A year later, 20th February, 1637-8, he is present at a town meeting in Dedham. In the following month, 21st March, 1638 he was reported to have been present in Springfield, at the very exciting interview between Capt. John Mason and William Pynchon, as graphically described in the History of Springfield, by Mason A. Green (pp. 24-28). In this account he is called Mr. Pynchon's "trader."
   On the 28th August and 23d November, the same year, he is recorded as being present at town meetings in Dedham. On the 3d January 1638-9, at Springfield, a general meeting of the plantation appointed a committee of six to lay out bounds both sides of the river, and he was named as one of that committee. This committee appears to have given prompt attention to the work, as they made their report five days later on the 8th January. At the next town meeting in Springfield, 13th of the same month, an assessment was laid to pay a portion of the cost of building the minister's house and another assessment to pay his salary. Everett was assessed 1:10s for the former, and 1 for the latter. Three days later he receive dhis only grant of land in Springfield, a lot one rod wide, between John WOODCOCK'S pall, and Goodman Gregory's lot. This lot of one rod wide was probably taken of the town with the view of adding it to Gregory's lot, which Everett was intending to purchase. The committee on certain highways in 1770 reported: "Comparing Thomas Stebbins record with what was written in the old Town Booke, bearing date of January 16, 1638, namely. It is ordered that three rode wide of ground which lyes betwixt John Woodcocks pall and Goodman Gregorys that 2 rods shall be appropriated to Goodman Gregory, and one rod to Richard Everett. Goodman Gregory sold his lot to the town, and May 1st, 1645, the town gave said lot to Thomas Stebbins, but we find no mention of that rod that was given to Richard Everett, who deserted the Town. We suppose it fell into the Townes hands again."
   On the 25th March, 1639, two months later, he was present at a Dedham town meeting. For the next 21 months we hear no more of him; undoubtedly he was most of the time at Springfield. On the 29th December, 1640, he is again recorded present at a Dedham town meeting. Up to the preceding May, all affairs had been managed by the town meetings, but in that month it was voted to put the execution of common affairs in the hands of 7 men, who thus came to be called Selectmen.
   In 1641 he is in Springfield, when a town meeting orders a new road laid out by the side of his lot. We do not hear from him again for nearly two years, when he is recorded present at the Dedham annual town meeting, 2d January, 1642-3. Meanwhile he has been receiving randts of land in Dedham,--his dividends as a proprietor. On the 6th February, 1642-3, he received 7 acres, 2 roods, 1 pole. This was upland ground for ploughing, being a dividend of land among all inhabitants,--68 in number; in this division only 9 had larger lots, showing that he was a thrifty, forehanded man, accumulating a goodly amount of this world's goods.
   The next month he is again noted at Springfield, 14th March, 1642-3, when Henry Gregory proposes to sell his land to Richard Everett, but the town took it themselves. Three months later appears the last record of him, in Springfield. Under the date of 29th June, 1643, in the Town Records, is entered the marriage of Richard Everett and Mary Winch; she came in the "Francis" of Ipswich, April, 1638, in the family of Rowland Stebbins, aged 15.
   From that time forward he made Dedham his permanent home. At the annual town meetings, January 1, 1643-4, and 1644-5, he is recorded as being present. This last meeing is one of the most important town meetings ever held, and was far in advance of the times, as it inaugurated the system of free town schools in America, by a vote as follows: "The sd Inhabitants takeing into Consideration the great necesitie of providing some meanes for the Education of the youth of or sd Towne did with a vnanimous consent declare by voate their willingnes to promote that worke promising to put too their hands to prouide maintenance for a Free Schoole in our said Towne.
   "And farther did resolue & consent testefying it by voate to rayse the some of Twenty pounds p annu: towards the maintaining of a Schoole mr to keep a free Schoole in our sd Towne."
   Forty-two names are recorded as being present, among whom were Richard Everett, John Dwight and Ralph Wheelock, ancestors respectively of five subsequent college Presidents: Edward Everett of Harvard, Alexander H. Everett of Jefferson, Timothy Dwight of Yale, Eleazer and John Wheelock of Dartmouth.
   In 1645 the "Great playne" was ordered fenced, and each proprietor was made to build a certain length in proportion to land owned; out of 70 owners, he was the 13th in amount required.
   He was admitted into the church in Dedham, March 6, 1646, and his wife, Mary, was received the same day; on the 15th of the same month, "the children of our brother Everard were baptised."
   The General Court made him a freeman, May 6, 1646, and from this time on, he served as town officer, and on town committees, frequently being called on to lay out lots and roads. The first was January 1, 1646-7, when, with two others, he was appointed to lay out to Richard Wheeler and John Farrington, two acres of upland "beyond the house Lott of the said Richard Euered."
   The first tax found against him is for his "countrey rate," in 1648, when his house was valued at 4:6:10, being the 57th in point of value, out of 80, and his tax was 3s., being the 78th out of 90 persons assessed.
   He gradually acquired property, his tax increasing year by year, until 1660, when he was third in amount assessed, out of 87 names. About this time his children began to get married, to each of whom he gave lands, and his assessed value and tax began to drop.
   In 1649 he was reported behind in his highway tax, and fined 2s. In 1650 he was on a committee to take care of repairing the bridge over the little river near the house of John Dwight, and the bridge over the mill creek. At the town meeting, January 1, 1650-1, he is elected one of the 3 surveyors, and constable.
   At a meeting of the Selectmen, August 30, this year, they remit the countrey rate of 14 inhabitants, on account of sickness, lameness, &c.; among them was Richard Euered.
   He was Constable again in 1652 and '53. In the former year he also served on a committee to lay out the way between Dedham and Braintree, and in the latter year, to lay out two acres beyond the end of the east street to Ralph Freeman. He petitions to have his dividend and the remainder of his purchased land at the southerly end of the south plain, as it abuts upon that brook that runs into south meadow, or if not all there, then what he may with convenience.
   In 1655 he was again elected surveyor. The next year the the [sic] general town meeting ordered the Selectmen to divide the common rights of feeding, and divisions of land to the present inhabitants, by the rule of persons and estates. Under these instructions, the Selectmen found 79 persons entitled to shares, the richest man in town being Ensign Chickering, with a valuation of 309:16:0; the next was Rev. Mr. John Allen, 261; the 10th was Richard Evered, 185.
   In 1659, he was on a committee of three, to act with similar committee from Dorchester, to lay out the highway between Dedham and Dorchester, and he was also on a committee of 8, to lay out the 2,000 acres granted by the town to the Indians at Natick.
   The Selectmen, in June, 1660, granted him his land adjoining Neponset plain, and northward thereof, or if that is already divided, at a place called "20 acre plain:" it was finally laid out at the latter place.
   In 1660 there was an upheaval in town affairs, and so much dissatisfaction with the town officers, that at the annual town meeting, January 1, 1660-61, all were turned out, and a new set elected; among the new Selectmen was Richard Everett; and, furthermore, the town meeting voted that the Selectmen should not have the authority that their predecessors had had. This necessitated numerous town meetings, and at the end of the year a compromise was made, with half of these men re-elected and half of the old set being again chosen to office. In this re-arrangement, Richard Everett lost his position as Selectman, but was appointed fence viewer, and assigned to the low plain. He not only lost his office as Selectman, but he fell behind in his highway work three days, and was ordered to work it out between his house and that of Thomas Metcalf. Still more trouble comes to him, as on the 21st January, 1661-2, a committee is appointed to treat with him, and examine whether all of his ratable estate was given in for the countrey rate. As there is no record of any answer, it is to be presumed that he satisfied the committee.
   This year the town clerk spells his name Everit for the first time on the Town Records.
   In 1663 he was on a committee to lay outland for John Farrington, upon Neponset plain. In March the proprietors of Woolomonupake (Wrentham), drew their lots. He drew lot No. 8, containing 11 1-2 acres, 24 4 rods.
   In 1664 he served on more land committees, and was again reported behind in his highway tax. There is recorded, this year, a list of all the dwellings, with values thereof. The most valuable is Timothy Dwight, rated at 40; next, Lieft Joseh Fisher, 25; then there are ten, ranging from 20 to 14, followed by 9, at 12, one of which is his. His oldest son, Capt. John's, is valued at 6, and his second son, Samuel, is credited with two, 6 and 4. This year his countrey rate is again questioned. He appears to have had some horses to board for a Mr. Bumstead, of Boston, and for which he paid no tax; on this account he is assessed 3s 8d more.
   In 1665 he stands 15th out of 89, on the tax list. At a meeting of the Selectmen, 26th of 10th mo., James Mackrorey requests that a grant of five acres of upland, the gift of his father in lawe, Richard Euered, be laid out to him, somehwere neere his house, which was granted.
   At a division of land at Meadfield he drew lot No. 70, which appears to have been in the present town of Norfolk.
   In 1666 the Selectmen enter on their records a corrected list of legalized voters, 83 in number. Among them are Richard Everett, his two sons, John and Samuel, and son-in-law, Cornelius Fisher.
   When the town had selected the 8,000 acres at Pawcomptuke (now Deerfield), granted them by the General Court, in lieu of land at Natick taken by the Indians, they employed Capt. Pynchon as their agent in purchasing the Indian titles. In 1667 the proprietors of this land were assessed to reimburse him for his expenses. It was not then paid, and the assessment was revised in 1669.
   He collected from the town, in 1667, 20s for killing two wolves.
   In 1669 the town bought from Philip sagamore, all his rights in lands within the town bounds, not yet purchased, for 17:8:0, and the 80 town proprietors were assessed this amount. Everett's share was 6s 9 1-2d; two others paid the same, and eight others paid more, Ensign Fra. Chhickering heading the list with 11s 10d, followed by Rev. John Allin, the village pastor, with 8s 9d. The rate was 8d per cow common according to the first grants.
   This year appears the first county tax, which was one-half the countrey, or colony, tax.
   On the school tax list of 1670 appears not only Richard Everett, but also his two sons, and two sons-in-law; and henceforth all five names appear on the various tax lists.
   The years 1670-71 are years of numerous taxes, not only are the regular country, county, school, and town, but in January one for the minister's salary, followed in October by another to pay his funeral expenses, and the next January to pay the four months' salary due him before his decease.
   Richard Everett's active work in town affairs now appears to cease, and the labor falls upon his sons. He pay his taxes as they are assessed, and stands about 10th in wealth on a list that averages 100 names.
   In 1673 and '74 a new meeting-house was built, and in assigning the seats many individuals became dissatisfied. From the Town Records it appears that he asked to have his wife's seat changed, saying that the Widow Morse was willing to make a change. This request laid over one town meeting and was then granted.
   The Selectmen, the Elder being present, agreed that Sergt. Avery, Sen., and Richard Euerid shall set in the Deacon's seat. The natural inference is that these two men had partly lost their sense of hearing.
   January 1, 1678-9, the proprietors divide money in hand from land sold, among themselves, at the rate of 1s per cow common, and Richard Everett received 10s 2d.
   March 5, 1678-9, the Selectmen grant him "permission to cut timber from the Towne comon for 200 rayles and posts proportionable," and January 30, 1681-2, they again give him "liberty to take timber of the Town commons for boards to repair his house and barn, so much as is necessery."
   The last tax assessed on him was April 27, 1681, and as he died the following year, it is fair to presume he was confined to the house, and perhaps to his bed most of the intervening time, it being a custom of the town to exempt the sick and absentees from town from taxation.
   He died July 3, 1682.
   Richard Evered made his will, 12 d. 3 mo. 1680, or May 12, 1680, and it was proved July 25, 1682. He names his wife, Mary Evered, and gives her rights in homestead during life or widowhood; names, son Jedediah Evered; daughter, Abigaill Puffor; James Mackerwithy and his children, James, Daniell and Mary Mackerwithy being children he had by my daughter, Mary; grandchild, Sarah ffisher. After wives decease and legacies paid to fower grandchildren above expressed divided among five children; son John Evered, Samuell Evered, Jedidiah Evered, dau. Abigall, dau. Ruth; an equal division to these five surviving at my wife's decease. Mary Evered, executrix, and John Evered and Samuel Evered, executors; trusty and well beloved breathren and friends, Leift. Nath. Sterns and Sergt. Tho. Meadcalfe, overseers.
(Signed)            Richard Evered.
   Witnesses, James Thorpe, hannah thorpe.
   The seal on the will has raised knobs, showing that the stamp had corresonding depressions. The following affidavit is written on the will: "James Thorpe and Hannah Thorpe made oath in court 25th July, 1682, that they was present wn Richard Evered ordered his name to be hereunto subscribed and yt hee did then seale and publish the same bee his last will and Testamt and being of sound disposing mind to their best understanding.
           attestt Jas Addington Clre."
Children by First Wife, Mary.
   Capt. John, bapt. 15 d. 1 mo., 1646, in Dedham; d. there June 17, 1715; m. May 13, 1662, in Dedham to Elizabeth PEPPER, dau. Robert and Elizabeth (JOHNSON) Pepper, of Roxbury. She was born May 25, bapt. June 1, 1645, and d. April 1, 1714, in Dedham.
   Israel, bapt. 15 d. 1 mo., 1646, in Dedham, and d. there 4 d. 2 mo., 1646.
   Mary, b. 28 of the 7 mo., 1638, in Dedham; bapt. 15 d. 1 mo., 1646; d. June 13, 1670; m. 9 mo., 1662, in Dedham, to James MACKERWITHY.
   Samuel, b. 31 of the 1 mo., 1639-40, in Dedham; bapt. 15 d 1 mo., 1646; and d. there January 26, 1717-8; m. October 28, 1669, Mary PEPPER, dau. of Robert and Elizabeth (JOHNSON) Pepper, of Roxbury. She was b. April 27, 1651.
   Sarah, b. 14 of the 1 mo., 1641, in Dedham, and d. there April 1, 1641.
   James, b. 14 of the 1 mo., 1643, in Dedham, and d. there April 21, 1643.

By His Second Wife, Mary.
   Sarah, b. 12 of the 4 mo., 1644, in Dedham; bapt. 15 d. 1 m., 1646, and d. there, December 28, 1677; m., as 2d wife, July 25, 1665, to Cornelius FISHER, son of Anthony Fisher, of Dorchester. He was probably b. in England.; m. 1st, February 23, 1653, Leah HEATON, of Dorchester, who d. July 12, 1663. He lived in Wrentham, and his will is dated February 3, 1697.
   Abigail, b. November 19, bapt. 10th mo., 1647, in Dedham; d. December 27, 1685; m. as 2d wife, April 11, 1677, in Dedhad, to Matthia PUFFER, prob. 2d son of George Poffer, of Boston. He 1st m. March 18, 1662, Rachel FARNSWORTH, of Braintree, who, with her eldest son, Joseph, were killed by Indians in 1675, in the attack on Mendon. He m. thirdly, May 14, 1697, Mary CREHORE, of Milton. He d. May 9, 1717, in Dorchester.
   Israel, b. 14 of the 5 mo., 1651, in Dedham, and d. there 23d. 10 mo., 1678; m. ____ Abigail MORSE, dau. of John and Annis (CHICKERING) MORSE. She was b. 2d., bapt. 8th, 1st mo., 1646, in Dedham, and d. September 23, 1737, in Guilford, Conn. She m. as 2d husband, October 18, 1687, in Watertown, Mass., William JONES, then of Watertown, and son of Deputy Governor William and Hannah (Eaton) Jones, of New Haven.
   Ruth, b. 14th 11 mo., 1653-4; bapt. 19th 12 mo., 1653; living, a widow, 1727; m. March 23, 1681, in Dorchester by Wor. Joseph Dudley, to Richard PUFFER, eldest child of James and (Swalden) Puffer, of Braintree. He was b. March 14, 1657, in Braintree, and d. before February 21, 1724, in Wrentham, when his son, William, was appointed administrator of his estate.
   Jedidiah, b. 11 d. 5 mo.; bapt. 3 d. 6 mo., 1656, in Dedham; d. before 18, 1699, when his brother, Capt. John Everett, was appointed guardian of the 3 oldest children m. ____, Rachel ____, probably Rachel RICE, dau. of John and Ann (Hackley) Rice. She was b. September 2, 1664, in Dedham.

College graduates of the name of Everett, direct descendants of Richard Everett.

Harvard College

Rev. and Judge Moses Everett
Rev. and Judge Oliver Everett
Moses Everett
Rev. James Everett
Alexander Hill Everett
Ebenezer Everett
Rev. and Hon. Edward Everett
Rev. Stevens Everett
John Everett
Rev. Oliver Capen Everett
William Abbot Everett
Edward Brooks Everett
Henry Sidney Everett
Rev. and Hon. William Everett
Prof. and Rev. Charles Carroll Everett
Edward Franklin Everett
Dr. Willard Shepard Everett
Dr. Horace Stanward Everett
Dr. Oliver Hurd Everett
Dr. Theodore Everett
Henry Lexington Everett
Torrey Everett
1859 t*
1864 m*
1870 m*
1889 p*

Dartmouth College.

Judge Richard Clair Everett
David Everett
Rev. Ebenezer Everett
Prof. Augustus Everett
Prof. Erastus Everett
Dr. Oliver Everett
Dr. William Everett
Dr. James Bradley Everett
Dr. Oliver Austin Everett

Brown University.

Hon. Horace Everett
Melatiah Everett
Dr. Oliver Everett
Charles Jarvis Everett
Rev. Frank Adelbert Everett
Walter Goodnow Everett
Henry Lexington Everett
Samuel Andrew Everett
Eugene Ellsworth Everett

Amherst College.

Rev. Joel Sumner Everett 1840

University of Vermont.

Horace Everett
Edward Everett
George Leonard Everett

Bowdoin College.

Rev. Charles Carroll Everett 1850

Yale College.

Rev. Noble Everett
Daniel Everett
Dr. Hovey Everett
1785 hon.

Middlebury College.

Dr. Jesse Everett 1822

Bershire Medical School (Williams Coll.)

Dr. Oliver Everett 1836

Rush Medical School.

Dr. William Law Everett
Dr. James Marcus Everett

Jefferson Medical School.

Dr. Edward Samuel Everett 1882

University of Michigan.

Dr. Robert A. Everett
Arthur Everett
Dr. James Marcus Everett

University of the City of New York.

Dr. John Elmore Everitt
Dr. Samuel W. Everett

Mass. Institute of Technology.

Margaret Maria Everett 1895

Smith College.

Martha Elizabeth Everett 1888

University of Wisconsin.

Mary Louise Everett 1895

(*Note, t, theological; m, medical; p, post-graduate.)


Richard Excell married Hannah REEVES, the widow of Thomas Reeves, June 4, 1651, and died February 24, 1714. His name was frequently written Excell, Exsell and Extele by the various Town Clerks. Their children were:--

   Mary, b. March 1, 1652, m. Henry ROGERS.
   John, b. March 31, 1655.
   Lydia, b. November 4, 1657, fined for wearing silk in 1676.
   Abigail, b. May 20, 1620.


Charles Ferry came here not far from 1661, that year being the first time he is mentioned in the records. He married Sarah, daughter of John HARMON, March 29, 1661. He was chosen one of the Selectmen in 1695 and served only one year. He died July 3, 1699. His widow, Sarah Ferry, died October 21, 1740. Their children were:--

   John, b. November 6, 1662, m. Martha MILLER, Mary MUDGE, Mary COOLEY, and Mary SWEETMAN.
   Charles, b. April 4, 1665, m. Rebecca BURT, and second, Abigail WARNER.
   Samuel, b. October 27, 1667, d. January 8, 1668.
   Sarah, b. December 15, 1668, m. John WARNER.
   Mary, b. June 6, 1671, m. Nathaniel BURT.
   Gershom, b. March 19, 1674, m. Abigail MERRICK.
   Solomon, b. July 19, 1677, d. February 16, 1683.
   Mercy, b. March 12, 1680, m. Ephraim BARTLETT.
   Elizabeth, b. February 11, 1682.
   Solomon, b. July 21, 1686, m. Lydia PEAKE.


John Ferry, son of Charles and Sarah, married first, Martha MILLER, daughter of Thomas and Sarah, November 11, 1686. She died May 21, 1691, and he married 2d, Mary MUDGE, daughter of Micha, November 17, 1692. She died November 3, 1694. He married third, Mary COOLEY, daughter of Obadiah and Rebecca, May 28, 1696. She died November 8, 1708. He married fourth, Mary SWEETMAN, daughter of Thomas Sweetman, August 24, 1720. He died December 23, 1745, aged above 80 years. His children by the first wife were:--

   John, b. August 15, 1687, m. Mary TERRY. He d. March 24, 1775, aged 88.
   Samuel, b. March 27, 1690, m. Margaret HUGGINS.

Child by Second Wife.
   Sarah, b. October 28, 1694, d. November 21, 1694.

Children by Third Wife.
   Daughter, b. February 22, d. February 27, 1697.
   Joseph, b. October 3, 1698, d. March 31, 1713.
   Mary, b. July 20, 1701, m. Jabez LOOMIS.
   Martha, b. September 17, 1703, m. Nathaniel ELY.

There were two more children by this marriage, and one by his last,--Joseph, b. March 14, 1723. He had five wives and was known as Captain Joseph.


Charles Ferry, Jr., married Abigail WARNER, daughter of Mark Warner of Hadley, May 4, 1693. He died February 26, 1720, and his widow married Thomas HALE, June 3, 1724, and she died October 14, 1748. The children of Charles and Abigail were:--

   Charles, b. April 30, 1694, m. Widow Martha ASHLEY.
   Mark, b. March 11, 1696, went to Brimfield.
   Abigail, b. February 7, 1698, m. Samuel JANES of Northampton.
   Sarah, b. February 28, 1700, m. Benjamin BALL.
   Ebenezer, b. April 23, 1702, d. April 25, 1702.
   Rebecca, b. April 3, 1703, m. Stephen WARNER of Hadley.
   Thankful, b. April 3, 1703, d. April 23, 1703.
   Mary, b. March 13, 1706, m. Timothy COLTON.
   Nathaniel, b. October 10, 1708, was at Granby in 1799.
   Ebenezer, b. September 29, 1710.
   Noah, b. November 11, 1712, m. Experience ALLIS, went to Hadley and Hatfield, and was at Granby in 1779.
   Martha, b. January 17, 1715, d. September 8, 1756, in her 42nd year.
   Jonathan, b. February, 1717, m. Elizabeth ELY.


Gershom Ferry, son of Charles and Sarah, married Abigail MERRICK, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth, March 5, 1701. He died February 13, 1748, his widow December 31, 1753. Their children were:--

   Abigail, b. January 4, 1702, m. Samuel KILBORN.
   Elizabeth, b. September 10, 1704, m. John FOWLER.
   Elisha, b. February 7, 1707, m. Rachael BRUNSON.
   Lydia, b. April 21, 1707.
   Keziah, b. April 6, 1709, d. September 24, 1717.
   Gershom, b. February 20, 1711, m. Margaret BURT.
   Mirriam, b. December 3, 1713, m. Moses WARRINER.


Nathaniel Foot, son of Nathaniel of Wethersfield, Conn., married Margaret BLISS, daughter of Nathaniel and Katherine, May 2, 1672. After the birth of two children they moved away. He died at Wethersfield, January 12, 1703, and his widow died at Colchester, April 3, 1745, aged 95. Their children were:--

   Sarah, b. February 25, 1673, before they came here.

Children born in Springfield.
   Margarite, b. December 15, 1674.
   Elizabeth, b. June 23, 1677, m. Robert TURNER.


Samuel Foot, son of Nathaniel of Wethersfield, married Mary MERRICK, daughter of Thomas and Mary, but not here. He died September 7, 1689, aged 40, and his wife died October 3, 1690. The children evidently came back and lived with the mother's family, for four of them were married here. Their children were:--

   Nathaniel, m. Mary WARD, November 5, 1707.
   Mary, b. July 9, 1674, killed in Canada.
   Samuel, killed at Deerfield, 1704.
   Mary, b. February 28, 1680, m. Samuel SIKES.
   Sarah, b. February 26, 1682, m. William SCOT.
   Eleazer, b. September 5, 1684, m. Lydia BIDWELL.
   Thomas, b. ____, m. Abigail SEGAR of Westfield.
   Daniel, b. ____, 1688, m. Mary Collier of Hartford and Symsbury.


Edward Foster married Hester BLISS, December 26, 1661. There are no children on record. Before marriage she was employed in John Pynchon's family. She died either January or June 12, 1683, and he married Sarah MILLER, widow of Thomas Miller, January 17, 1684. They had no children. She died March 9, 1709, and he died February 22, 1720. He came from England with Samuel Terry, under an agreement with Pynchon, who paid his passage. Hester was probably daughter of Thomas and Margaret. See Longmeadow Centennial, page 187.


Isaac Frost married Mary BARBER, daughter of John and Bathsheba. He died September 30, 1747, and his widow died December 29, 1758. Their children were:--

   Mary, b. January 1, 1697, m. Ebenezer SCOT.
   John, b. January 24, 1700, m. Damaras HOWARD.
   Bathsheba, b. April 6, 1702, m. Benjamin BEDORTHA.
   Joanna, b. May 3, 1704, d. May 3, 1704.
   Isaac, b. April 22, 1705, d. December 25, 1751.
   Joanna, b. July 7, 1707, m. Jonathan BEDORTHA.
   Elizabeth, b. April 3, 1709, m. Ebenezer FROST, and went to Brimfield.
   Mercy, b. August 21, 1711, m. Nehemiah LEE of Simsbury.
   Return, a son, and Ruth, b. May 15, 1714, and both d. the same day.
   Abraham, b. July 13, 1715, m. Sarah ____.


Thomas Gilbert married Widow Catherine [CHAPIN] BLISS [widow of Nathaniel], June 30, 1655. He died June 5, 1662, and his widow married Samuel MARSHFIELD. Their children were:--

   Sarah, b. February 19, 1655, m. Samuel FIELD.
   John, b. October 18, 1657.
   Thomas, b. March 15, 1659, m. Abilene MARSHFIELD.
   Henry, March 1, 1661, m. Elizabeth BELDING.


Thomas Gilbert, son of Thomas and Catherine, married Abilene MARSHFIELD, August 4, 1680. He was before the court for going fishing on Sunday with Marshfield's Indian servant, Tobey. His wife died November 26, 1689, and he married Anna BANCROFT, daughter of Thomas, April 9, 1690. Thomas Gilbert died May 14, 1698, and his widow married James SEXTON of Westfield. His children by the first wife were:--

   Thomas, b. November 3, 1681.
   Samuel, b. September 4, 1683.
   Sarah, b. September 11, 1685, d. October 14, 1685.
   Jonathan, b. November 4, 1686.
   John, b. February 28, 1687.

Children by Second Wife.
   John, b. March 16, 1691.
   Ebenezer, b. ____, d. January 4, 1691.
   Margaret, b. March 27, 1693, and went to Brookfield.
   Sarah, b. January 18, 1694.
   Anna, b. February 16, 1696, m. Joseph SEGAR.


Little is known of Henry Gregory. He was here in 1643 and was given the lot which he sold to the Town, and which was afterwards sold to Thomas Stebbins, and is now our Court Square. His son, Judah, married Sarah BURT, daughter of Henry and Eulalia Burt, June 20, 1643. Judah propounded Richard Everett, as the "chapman" (buyer) of his father's lot, but for some unknown reason the Selectmen objected and the lot was purchased by the town. Both Henry and Judah went to Connecticut, the father to Norwalk, where he settled. Judah died, but there is no record of when or where he died. His widow married September 4, 1649, Henry WAKELY and they were among the first settlers of Stratford, Conn. Mr. Henry F. Waters, in his Genealogical Gleanings in England, has brought to light the will of William Gregory of Nottingham, England, in which he besides others, makes this legacy: "I give to my brother Henry Gregory twenty marks if he live six months after my decease, and to every child of his body lawfully begotten (excepting my cousin {neice} Perry, his daughter) that shall be living at the end of six months after my decease, five pounds, to be paid within twelve months after my decease. I also give and bequeath the sum of four pounds to be paid towards the charges of fetching of the said legacies, given as aforesaid unto my said brother and his children, they being now, as I am informed, in the parts beyonds the seas, called New England. I give and bequeath to my Cousin (neice) Perrie, my said brother Henry's daughter, the sum of ten pounds, to be paid within six months after my decease." This will undoubtedly refers to our Henry Gregory, and quite probably establishes the place of his English home before migrating to New England.


Pelatiah Glover, the second minister of Springfield, was the fifth son and youngest child of John Glover and of his wife, Anna. He was fitted for Harvard College by Rev. Richard Mather, minister of the first chuch in Dorchester. At the age of 21, according to the Dorchester church records, "26 d. 7 mo., 1658, Mr. Pelatiah Glover united with the church at Dorchester, he being then at Harvard College." He studied Divinity with Rev. Richard Mather, and at Dorchester, June 15, 1659, preached in the morning from Second Chronicles, 7th chapter, 14th, 15th, and 16th verses, and Mr. Mather in the afternoon. He preached in Springfield July 3, 1659, and in Dorchester, June 10, 1660. June 18, 1661, he was ordained here as the successor of George Moxon, who had returned to England in 1652. June 4, 1661, he was appointed by the Dorchester church to take part in the settlement of Rev. Eleazer Mather, son of Rev. Richard Mather, over the church at Northampton, and preached the sermon on that occasion.

The father of Pelatiah, John Glover of Dorchester, was the eldest son of Thomas and Margery DEAN Glover of Rainhill Parish, Prescott, Lancashire, England. He joined the London Company, organized to make a settlement in New England and came with it in the ship Mary and John, which arrived a month before Winthrop's company, and they began the settlement of Dorchester. He was chosen a Selectman and served in that office until 1650. He was a Deputy to the General Court from 1636 to 1652, whe he was chosen Assistant. He died in 1653.

Pelatiah, second minister of Springfield, married May 20, 1660, Hannah CULICK, daughter of Capt. John Culick of Boston. She died here December 20, 1689, and he died March 29, 1692. Their children were:--

   Samuel, b. November 28, 1661. He was known as Capt. Samuel, and d. July 24, 1689, unmarried. He lived at Suffield.
   John, b. January 27, 1666, m. Hannah PARSONS, daughter of Cornet Joseph and Mary Parsons.
   Ann, b. August 21, 1668, d. June 5, 1690, unmarried.
   Mary, b. April 17, 1672, m. John HAYNES of Hartford. Her husband preached for a few months as the successor of Rev. Pelatiah Glover, Mary's father, but although much desired to remain here he decline and returned to Hartford, where he studied law and became a Judge of the Superior Court. He was the oldest son of Rev. Joseph and Mary Haynes, and studied Divinity with him. He had previously graduated at Harvard College. He was a grandson of Governor Haynes of Massachusetts, who was the first Governor of Connecticut.


Pelatiah Glover, Jr., married Hannah PARSONS, daughter of Cornet Joseph and Mary Parsons, January 7, 1686. He was a Selectman four years, first in 1701. His wife died April 1, 1729. He died August 22, 1737. Their children were:--

   Pelatiah, b. August 27, 1687, m. Mary WRIGHT, and second, Widow Hannah BURT.
   Thomas, b. November 16, 1688, d. unmarried, December 30, 1775.
   John, b. September 12, 1690, d. March 27, 1733.
   Hannah, b. December 27, 1693, m. John ASHLEY of Westfield in 1735.
   Mary, b. August 25, 1695, m. Benjamin HORTON.
   Samuel, b. April 1, 1698, d. April 21, 1698.
   Abigail, b. July 9, 1702, m. Jonathan MILLS, 1749.
   Samuel, b. December 19, 1706, m. Widow Joyce JONES.


Gershom Hale and wife, Ann, were not married here. They brought here four children, Dorcas, John, Ruth, and Gershom. His wife d. September 4, 1698. Their children were:--

   Dorcas, m. Obadiah COOLEY
   John, m. 1st Elizabeth CLARK, and 2nd Thankful JONES.
   Ruth, m. Nathaniel BANCROFT.
   Gershom, m. Mercy ____.
   Benjamin, b. August 17, 1698.


John Hancock married Anna WEBB, November 19, 1713. He was a son of Thomas and Rachael, and was born at Farmington, Conn., 1688. His wife was a daughter of John and Hannah Webb. She died July 6, 1771, and he died July 10, 1775. He married second, Widow Martha OLMSTED of Belchertown (int. of marriage 1, 1773). Widow Martha died June ___, 1776. The children by his first wife were:--

   Mary, b. February 22, 1716. Intentionof marriage with Nathaniel HITCHCOCK, Jr.
   John, Jr., b. May 20, 1717, m. Mary KILBORN, and 2nd, Abigail TERRY.
   Anna, b. July 14, 1719, d. June 24, 1741.
   Abel, b. January 19, 1721, m. Eunice PARSONS.
   Abner, b. August 9, 1722, d. at Louisburg, 1745.
   Jonathan (Jotham), b. August 4, 1724, m. Susanna THOMPSON.
   Mabel, b. February 3, 1726, m. George Colton COOLEY, and Capt. Joseph FERRY.
   Thomas, b. May 10, 1727, m. Jemima WRIGHT.
   Silas (called Jabez), b. July 29, 1728, m. Rachael WRIGHT.
   William, b. October 26, 1729, m. Sarah BROOKS, and 2nd, Hannah LONG.
   Experience, b. November 2, 1730, intention of marriage with Joseph STEEL, d. unmarried September 7, 1780.
   Daniel, b. ___, m. Lucy LONG, 1754.
   Abigail, b. January 12, 1734, m. Jabez COOLEY.
   Mercy, b. August 25, 1735, m. David BONNER.
   Martha, baptized, November 7, 1742.

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