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of Fenner Brownell by his first marriage,
became the wife of George Albert Chace,
of Fall River (see Chase VIII).

(The Albro Line).

(I) The Albro family was founded in
America by John Albro, born in 1617, and
died November 1, 1712, in Portsmouth,
Rhode Island. He embarked at Ipswich,
England, April 30, 1634, in the ship
"Francis," under the care of William
Freeborn, whom he accompanied to
Rhode Island in 1638. He settled in
Portsmouth, where he was a member of



the town council soon after 1649, and sub-
sequently served frequently as moderator
of town meetings until very old. In 1660
and 1661 he was a commissioner, was
assistant most of the time between 1671
and 1686, and figured prominently in all
important public affairs. In 1644 ne was
corporal of the local militia company, and
rose successively to lieutenant, captain
and major. He married Dorothy Potter,
born 1617, died February 19, 1696. Chil-
dren: Samuel, born 1644; Elizabeth, died
November 15, 1670; Mar)-, died 1710;
John and Susanna.

(II) John (2) Albro, junior son of John
(1) and Dorothy (Potter) Albro, was
born in Portsmouth, where he lived, and
died December 4, 1724. He was one of a
group to whom were granted five thou-
sand acres of land, in 1677, to be called
East Greenwich. The inventory of his
estate amounted to two hundred and
forty-six pounds eighteen shillings and
seven pence, including much live stock.
He married, April 27, 1693, Mary Stokes,
and they had children : John, born Au-
gust 23, 1694; Mary; Sarah and Samuel.

(III) Samuel Albro, youngest child of
John (2) and Mary (Stokes) Albro, was
born June 16, 1701, in Portsmouth, where
he was a freeman in 1722, and died Octo-
ber 5, 1766. He left a large property,
amounting to three thousand four hun-
dred and fifty-five pounds nine shillings,
including wearing apparel valued at two
hundred and seventy pounds, money, im-
plements and live stock. He married, No-
vember 25, 1725, Ruth Lawton, who sur-
vived him. Children : Samuel, born Feb-
ruary 10, 1727; Mary, August 31, 1728;
John, January 30, 1730; Daniel, January
J 7> I 73 I I Jonathan, January 2, 1734;
David, April 1, 1736; James; Ruth; Eliz-
abeth ; Josias and Sarah.

(IV) James Albro, sixth son of Sam-
uel and Ruth (Lawton) Albro, was born
about 1738, in Portsmouth, and lived in

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that town. He married, April 19, 1764,
Elizabeth Durfee, born March 7, 1743,
daughter of Gideon Durfee and his sec-
ond wife, name not recorded. Children,
recorded in Portsmouth : Ruth, born Feb-
ruary 28, 1765; Samuel, January 4, 1767;
Gideon, mentioned below; James, De-
cember 30, 1771 ; Christopher Durfee,
May 20, 1775; Elizabeth, July 17, 1780;
and Eleanor Durfee, October 18, 1783.

(V) Gideon Albro, second son of
James and Elizabeth (Durfee) Albro, was
born January 20, 1769, in Portsmouth,
and died in October, 1849, aged eighty
years. He married (first) in 1794, Lydia,
daughter of Joshua and Mary (Cornell)
Peckham, of Portsmouth, and they had
one child, Lydia, born January 3, 1795,
and not long after the mother died. He
married (second) August 3, 1799, Sarah
Dickson, of North Kingstown, Rhode
Island, daughter of Robert and Martha
Dickson. Children : Rhoda, born Decem-
ber 27, 1800; Hannah, May 6, 1802;
Gideon, September 23, 1803, died Septem-
ber 9, 1861 ; Elizabeth, September 11,
1805; Edward, October 27, 1808; Gardi-
ner, October 6, 1810; Charles, October 21,
1812; Sarah, February 25, 1816; James
Durfee, April 9, 1818; Eleanor, mentioned
below; Moses, July 10, 1825; Martha,
July 15, 1826.

(VI) Eleanor Albro, sixth daughter of
Gideon Albro, and child of his second
wife, Sarah (Dickson) Albro, was born
December 15, 1820, in Portsmouth, and
became the wife of Fenner Brownell, of
Fall River, Massachusetts (see Brownell

JACOBS, Fernando Cortez,

Business Man, Public Official.

The progenitor of the Jacobs family of
Hingham, Massachusetts, was Nicholas
Jacobs, who came from Hingham, Eng-
land, and from the Jacobses of Hingham



have descended a great number of the
name who are now scattered to all parts
of the United States. Descendants appear
in various towns of Massachusetts, in-
cluding Dartmouth, Somerset, Carlisle
and Scituate, and in Bristol and other
towns of Rhode Island. The records of
Newport state that Joseph Jacobs, son of
John Jacobs, of Cork, Ireland, married,
in Newport, May 13, 1719, Sarah, daugh-
ter of Benjamin and Leah Newberry.
The defective records of Rhode Island
fail to locate Justin Jacobs, mentioned be-
low. Tradition says that he was born in
Rhode Island. A thorough search of the
vital records of the State fails to dis-
cover any mention of him.

Nicholas Jacobs was one of the very
early planters who settled in "Bare
Cove," Hingham, Massachusetts, prior to
the arrival of Rev. Peter Hobart and his
company in 1635. According to Cush-
ing's manuscript, "Nicholas Jacobs with
his wife and two children and their 'cosen'
Thomas Lincoln, weaver, came from old
Hingham and settled in this Hingham,
I 633-" In September, 1635, he had a
grant of a house lot containing three
acres. Other lands were also granted to
him at different dates for planting pur-
poses. He was made freeman in 1636;
was selectman in 1637; deputy to the
General Court in 1648-49, and often en-
gaged upon the business of the town.
He died June 5, 1657. He made his will,
May 18, 1657, which was proved July 25
following. His estate was appraised at
three hundred ninety-three pounds eight
shillings six pence. The Christian name
of his wife was Mary. She survived him
and married (second) March 10, 1659,
John Beal, widower. Children of Nichol-
as and Mary Jacobs : John, Elizabeth,
Mary, Sarah, Hannah, Josiah, Deborah
and Joseph.

Among the pioneer settlers of Warren,
Washington county, Vermont (chartered

1780), was Stephen Jacobs, who partici-
pated in the division of lands there in
1789, securing lot No. 18. Others of the
name who drew lots at the same time
were John and Parmela Jacobs. It is
reasonably certain that Justin Jacobs was
a son of either Stephen or John.

Justin Jacobs, a descendant of Nicholas
Jacobs, the immigrant, resided in Rhode
Island, and died in Windsor, Vermont.
He took part in the War of 1812, and
assisted in the capture of a British vessel,
and as his share of the prize money dis-
tributed to the captors he received one
hundred and twenty dollars. He married,
October 11, 181 1, Polly Sargent, born
October 12, 1793, in Windsor, Vermont,
died in May, 1880, daughter of Moses and
Sarah (Crane) Sargent, of Weare (see
Sargent VI). Children: Fernando Cor-
tez, Justin, Emily, and Mary C.

Fernando Cortez Jacobs, eldest son and
child of Justin and Polly (Sargent)
Jacobs, was born January 16, 1813, in
Warren, Vermont, and died in Stewarts-
town, New Hampshire, August 11, 1899,
aged seventy-six. When a lad he went
with his uncle, Moses Sargent, to Troy,
New York, and lived with him for
several years, and then returned to Ver-
mont and learned the tanner's trade at
New Haven. In 1835 ne went to Albany,
New York, and worked at his trade there
and in Troy two years. He then resided
and was employed three years in Cole-
brook, New Hampshire, and two years in
Stanstead, province of Quebec, Canada,
and then removed to Canaan, Vermont,
where he enlarged his business, erected
a tannery, and carried on tanning and the
manufacture of shoes and harness for
sixteen years. He was successful in busi-
ness and accumulated property, and with
his savings he established a resort for
tourists and hunters in the wild and de-
lightful region of the Upper Connecticut,
where sportsmen found rare game and



fish and the tourist pure air and lovely
scenery. In i860 he built the Connecticut
Lake House, on the shore of Connecti-
cut Lake, in the town of Pittsburg, Coos
county, which formed the terminus of a
carriage drive of twenty-five miles from
Colebrook, and became headquarters for
sportsmen and lumbermen. There he re-
mained eleven years and then removed to
Lancaster, where he spent the two follow-
ing years farming; then three years as
proprietor of the Brunswick Springs
House; and the next three years in the
grocery trade in Colebrook. In 1880 he
located at Stewartstown Hollow, where
he formed a partnership with Lucius
Parkhurst under the firm name of Park-
hurst & Jacobs, and conducted a general
merchandise store until he retired from
active business.

Mr. Jacobs was an intelligent and well-
informed man, and as active in public
affairs as he was in his private business.
In politics he was first a Whig and then
a Republican. From 1850 to i860 he was
master in chancery in Essex county, Ver-
mont, and from 1857 to i860 notary public
in the same county. He was postmaster
at Canaan, four years; deputy sheriff, four
years; lister, and holder of other offices.
During the Civil War he was a deputy
provost marshal ; he represented Pitts-
burg in the Legislature in 1856-66; was
collector and selectman some years ; was
postmaster at Stewartstown, six years ;
justice of the peace in Pittsburg from
1861 to 1871, and of Stewartstown from
the time of his becoming a citizen of that
town until his death. In his later life he
was as agile and vigorous as a younger
man, and retained his activity and strength
until a short time before his death.

He married (first) September 7, 1845,
Julia A. Cooper, born October 21, 1821,
in Canaan, Vermont, died in Canaan, Sep-
tember 20, 1867, daughter of Judge Jesse
and Sarah (Putnam) Cooper, of Canaan.

He married (second) in Danvers, Massa-
chusetts, Caroline Putnam. Children of
first marriage : Alma P., Sarah C, Henry
F., Charles J., and Julia Anna. Alma P.
married Captain H. S. Hilliard, of Lan-
caster; Sarah C. married Dr. David O.
Rowell, of Coos; Henry F. married Flor-
ence G. Carlton; Charles J. married Lil-
lian Smith, was superintendent of the
Baldwin bobbin mill at West Manches-
ter, and died in 1896; Julia Anna resides
in Fall River, Massachusetts, unmarried.

(I) One historian of the Sargent family
says : "At first I was not inclined to be-
lieve this William was our ancestor, or
from this part of England. But since
learning that the father of William's first
wife, 'Quarter Master John Perkins,' was
at Agawam in August, 163 1, a short time
after arriving in America, and that he
came from near Bath, England, it seems
quite probable that if William was from
there and with Captain Smith in 1614,
when the latter landed at Agawam and
wrote up its beauties and advantages,
William may have returned and induced
John Perkins and others to emigrate."
The first record found of William Sargent
is in the General Court records of Massa-
chusetts Colony in April, 1633, where a
copy of an act appears to protect him and
other grantees of land at Agawam, now
Ipswich, Massachusetts, in their rights.
The next record is that of his oath of
allegiance and fidelity in 1639. It is
shown by records and deeds that he was
one of the first settlers at Wessacucoh,
now Newbury, in 1635 ; at Winnacunnet,
now Hampton, New Hampshire, in 1638;
at South Merrimac, now Salisbury, Mas-
sachusetts, in 1639, and that "William
Sargent, townsman and commissioner of
Salisbury," had a tax rate December 25,
1650, of 7s. 4d. He was next located at
Salisbury New Town, now Amesbury



and Merrimack, in 1655, where he resided
until his death in 1675. He is believed to
have married Elizabeth Perkins about
1633, as she came with her parents to
America in the ship "Lion" in the spring
of 1631. She died before September 18,
1670, for William Sargent married at that
time Joanna Rowell, who survived him
and married Richard Currier, of Ames-
bury. The children of William Sargent
seem to have been as follows, but owing
to lack and contradiction of records there
is uncertainty about them : Mary ; Eliza-
beth, died young; Thomas, mentioned be-
low ; William ; Lydia ; Elizabeth, died
young; Sarah, died young; Sarah and

(II) Thomas Sargent, eldest son of
William and Elizabeth (Perkins) Sar-
gent, born June 11, 1643, in Salisbury,
Massachusetts, died February 27, 1706,
was a farmer, and resided on "Bear Hill."
He took the oath of allegiance and fidelity
at Amesbury before Major Robert Pike,
December 20, 1677; held public office, was
quite a prominent man in civil affairs, and
a lieutenant in the militia. His will was
dated February 8, 1706, and probated at
Salem, April 8, 1706. He married, Janu-
ary 2, 1667, Rachel Barnes, born Febru-
ary 3, 1648, daughter of William Barnes,
of Amesbury and Salisbury, died 1719.
Both were buried in the "Ferry Ceme-
tery." They were the parents of twelve
children, five of whom died young, those
who lived to maturity being: Mary, born
October 14, 1674, married a Sanders :
Thomas, November 15, 1676, married
Mary Stevens ; William, died 171 1 ; Jacob,
mentioned below ; Joseph, born January
2, 1687, married Elizabeth Carr; Rachel,
married a Currier; John, May 18, 1692,
married Hannah Quimby.

(Ill) Jacob Sargent, son of Thomas
and Rachel (Barnes) Sargent, was born
October 1, 1678, in Amesbury, Massachu-
setts, where he resided, was a farmer, and

died May 7, 1754. His will was dated
June 16, 1742, and probated at Salem in
1754. He married (first) November 2,
1700, Gastret Davis, of Amesbury, born
1676, died June 27, 1745; (second) De-
cember 22, 1746, Elizabeth Baxter, widow
of Daniel Hoyt. Children, all by first
marriage, born in Amesbury: Sarah, Ra-
chel, Thomas, Annie, Alice, Hannah, Ben-
jamin and Peter.

(IV) Thomas Sargent, third child of
Jacob and Gastret (Davis) Sargent, was
born March 18, 1706, in Amesbury, and
died there in 1778. He was a farmer and
spent his life in Amesbury. He married
(first) in Amesbury, March 26, 1728,
Priscilla Weed, of that town, born 1707,
died October 12, 1750; (second) April 15,
1756, Widow Rebecca (Rogers) Blaisdell,
of Amesbury. Children : Thomas, Jacob,
Hannah, Judith, Ephraim, Isaac, Asa,
Moses, Dorcas and Phineas.

(V) Moses Sargent, son of Thomas
Sargent, and child of his second wife, Re-
becca (Rogers-Blaisdell) Sargent, was
born January 12, 1757, in Amesbury, and
died in Warren, Vermont, August 1 1 , 1839,
aged eighty-two. He was a farmer, moved
to Hartland, Vermont, in the spring of
1789, then to Windsor in 1793, and to War-
ren in 1804. He enlisted in the Revolution
from Amesbury, May, 1775, for eight
months in Captain Currier's company ; in
July, 1776, six months in Captain Brown's
company ; in July, 1777, for two months,
and in July, 1778, for three months in
Captain Eaton's company. All these en-
listments were in Amesbury. In July,
1779, he enlisted from Weare for three
months in Captain Dearlng's company;
March, 1780, for nine months in Cap-
tain Cheney's company ; July, for three
months in Captain Kidder's company;
and October, 1781, for two months in
Captain Hall's company, making a total
of three years. He was a pensioner, and
the history of Weare states that he was a


corporal and received a bounty. He was
one of the first settlers of Warren, repre-
sented the town and held office almost
continuously for many years. He mar-
ried (first) February 22, 1779, Sarah
Crane, of Weare, New Hampshire, born
February 6, 1761, died October 30, 1820,
in Warren, Vermont. He married (sec-
ond) about 1821, Widow Ruth Bur-
roughs, of Roxbury. His children, all by
his first wife, were born, three in Weare
and the others in Windsor. Six children
died in infancy, one not given, and the
others were : Phineas, born May 30, 1780,
in Weare, died March 26, 1802; Sarah,
April 17, 1785, in Weare, married Samuel
Spaulding; Stephen Lewis, January 19,
1789, in Weare, married Bridget Shaw ;
Moses, March 20, 1791, in Windsor, Ver-
mont, married Lydia Steele ; Polly, men-
tioned below; Thomas, May 18, 1797, in
Windsor, married Laura Richardson.

(VI) Polly Sargent, daughter of Moses
and Sarah (Crane) Sargent, was born
October 12, 1793, in Windsor, Vermont,
and died in May, 1880, aged eighty-seven
She married, October 11, 181 1, Justin
Jacobs (see Jacobs).

(The Cooper Line).

(I) John Cooper was born in England
and died at New Haven, Connecticut, No-
vember 23, 1689. As early as 1639 he
came to New Haven, and became a useful
and prominent citizen of the colony. He
held various town offices and was on
committees to settle disputes between
towns and individuals. He was con-
nected with the iron works at East
Haven, and removed from New Haven to
Stony River about the time the iron
works were established there. Children :
John, mentioned below; Sarah, married
Samuel Heminway; Hannah, married
John Potter.

(II) John (2) Cooper, son of John (1)
Cooper, was baptized May 28, 1642, at

New Haven, and married, December 27,
1666, Mary Thompson, born April 24,
1652, daughter of John and Ellen (Harri-
son) Thompson. Children, born at New
Haven; Daughter, November 19, 1668;
Mary, November 15, 1669; John, men-
tioned below; Sarah, April 26, 1673;
Samuel, June 20, 1675; Mary, September
4, 1677; Abigail, October 3, 1679; Han-
nah, August 10, 1681 ; Joseph, September
11, 1683; Rebecca, 1689.

(III) John (3) Cooper, son of John (2)
and Mary (Thompson) Cooper, was born
February 23, 1671, at New Haven, and
settled at Seymour, Connecticut. He mar-
ried Ann, daughter of John and Lydia
(Parker) Thomas. Children: Elizabeth,
born February 18, 1694; John, July 10,
1699; Mary, January 20, 1701 ; Thomas,
February 18, 1703; Caleb, mentioned be-
low; Jude, August 18, 1714.

(IV) Caleb Cooper, third son of John
(3) and Ann (Thomas) Cooper, born
1708, at Seymour, died October 30, 1746.
He married, March 13, 1735, Desire San-
ford, daughter of John Sanford. She mar-
ried (second) Lieutenant William Sco-
ville, and (third) Deacon Jonathan Garn-
sey. Children of Caleb Cooper: Caleb
mentioned below ; Jason, born April 18,
1739; Sarah, January 26, 1744; Olive;
Desire, April 27, 1746.

(V) Caleb (2) Cooper, eldest child of
Caleb (1) and Desire (Sanrord) Cooper,
was born August 16, 1736, in Seymour,
and resided in North Haven, Connecticut.
He married, November 4, 1762, Eunice,
daughter of Daniel and Abigail (Heaton)

(VI) Jesse Cooper, son of Caleb (2)
and Eunice (Barnes) Cooper, was born
about 1780, in North Haven, and resided
in Waterbury, Connecticut ; Claremont,
New Hampshire ; and Canaan, Vermont.
He married (first) Sarah Beach, born
June 4, 1783, in Waterbury, daughter of
Joseph and Hannah (Miles) Beach. He


married (second) Sarah, daughter of Solo-
and Miriam (Elmer) Putnam, of Clare-
mont, born February 3, 1786, probably in
that town (see Putnam VI). Children:
John Milton, died unmarried; Beede
Mary, married John Haven Willard ;
Saunders Welsh, married Mary Porter;
Eliza, married Joseph Downer; Samuel
Beach, married Amanda Bicknell ; Thom-
as Beach, married Lois Dean ; Nathaniel
Beach, died unmarried; Jesse, married
Emily Chamberlain; Sarah Amelia, mar-
ried Elisha Francis Downer; Phebe Pot-
ter, died unmarried ; Mary Shepard, mar-
ried John P. Denison ; Susan Europa,
died unmarried ; Joseph Willard, married
Fidelia Perry; Hiram Putnam, married
Patience Morgan ; Julia Ann, mentioned
below; Emily, married Hiram Harvey.

(VII) Julia Ann Cooper, seventh
daughter of Jesse Cooper, and child of
his second wife, Sarah (Putnam) Cooper,
was born October 21, 1821, in Canaan,
Vermont, and became the wife of Fer-
nando Cortez Jacobs (see Jacobs).

(The Denison Line).

Among the first families that first trod
the soil of New England and bore a con-
spicuous part in subduing the savage and
the establishment of the civilization of
its time was that of Denison. Its repre-
sentatives are now found in every part of
the United States, and are noted for fine
minds and fine character. The ancestor
of most of these bearing the name had a
most romantic career, and left an indeli-
ble impress upon the formative history of
New England. He was of vigorous phy-
sical as well as mental make-up, and his
posterity is numerous and of credit to its
noble origin.

(I) John Denyson was living in Stort-
ford, in Hertfordshire, England, in 1567,
and died there, of the plague, in 1582.

(II) William Denison, son of John
Denyson, was baptized February 3, 1571,

at Stortford, and was married, Novem-
ber 7, 1603, to Margaret (Chandler)
Monck. He was well seated at Stortford,
but hearing of the promise of the New
England colonies decided to cast his lot
with the Puritans there. His eldest son,
James Denison, was a clergyman, and re-
mained in England. The parents, with
three sons, Daniel, Edward and George,
crossed the ocean in 1631 and settled at
Roxbury, Massachusetts, in 1634. They
bore a prominent part in social and re-
ligious life there. John Eliot, the apostle,
was a tutor in their family. William
Denison died in Roxbury, January 25,
1653, and his wife February 23, 1645.

(Ill) Captain George Denison, fourth
son of William and Margaret (Chandler-
Monck) Denison, was born 1618, in Stort-
ford, and baptized there December 10,
1620. He married, about 1640, Bridget
Thompson, born September 11, 1622,
daughter of John and Alice Thompson,
of Preston, Northamptonshire, England.
Mrs. Denison died in 1643, leaving daugh-
ters, Sarah and Hannah, born 1641 and
1643 respectively. After the death of his
wife Captain Denison went to England
and joined Cromwell's army. He was
severely wounded in the battle of Naseby,
and was nursed back to health by Lady
Ann Borodel, at the home of her father,
John Borodel. As soon as his strength
was restored he married her, and in 1645
they came to New England and lived in
Roxbury, Massachusetts, continuing their
residence there until 1651, when they
located with their family in New London,
Connecticut. Captain Denison distin-
guished himself as a soldier in the Pequot
war, and again rendered valuable service
to the colony after his return from Eng-
land, rising to the rank of colonel. His
children, born of the second marriage
were : John, Ann, Borodel, George, Wil-
liam, Margaret and Mary.


(IV) John (2) Denison, eldest child of
Captain George Denison and his second
wife, Ann (Borodel) Denison, was born
July 14, 1646, and died in 1698. He mar-
ried, November 26, 1667, Phebe Lay, who
died in 1699.

(V) Robert Denison, son of John (2)
and Phebe (Lay) Denison, was born Sep-
tember 7, 1673, in Stonington, and died
there in 1737. He married (first) in 1696,
Joanna Stanton, who died in 1715, and he
married (second) in 1717, Dorothy Stan-
ton, a widow.

(VI) Thomas Denison, son of Robert
and Joanna (Stanton) Denison, was born
October 20, 1709, in Stonington, and died
in Pomfret, Connecticut, October 24, 1787.
He was a clergyman. He affiliated first
with the Congregational church, then be-
came a Separatist, and subsequently a
Baptist, and ended his life in the Congre-
gational affiliation. He preached in New
London and Windham Center, Connecti-
cut. He married Elizabeth Bailey.

(VII) David Denison, son of Thomas
and Elizabeth (Bailey) Denison, was
born October 30, 1756, in Stonington,
lived in Pomfret, Connecticut, and Guild-
hall, Vermont, and died in the latter town,
May 23, 1838. He married (first) De-
cember 9, 1779, Sarah Spaulding ; (sec-
ond) Ann Paine.

(VIII) John P. Denison, son of David
and Ann (Paine) Denison, was born Sep-
tember 8, 1808, in Guildhall, Vermont,
and passed the latter part of his life in
Kansas City, Kansas, where he died. In
early life he was an associate judge in
Vermont, and a successful farmer. He
married, May 9, 1841, Mary S. Cooper,
daughter of Jesse and Sarah (Putnam)
Cooper, of Canaan, Vermont (see Cooper
VI). Their children were: Charles S.,
who died in Kansas City, Kansas ; Fran-
ces, who died young; Henry YVillard,
mentioned below ; Nellie S., now Mrs.

William S. Boylan, of Kansas City; and
John C, now living in Kansas City.

(IX) Henry Willard Denison, son of
John P. and Mary S. (Cooper) Denison,
was born May 11, 1846, in Guildhall, Ver-
mont, and died July 3, 1914, at Tokio,
Japan. He worked on the farm, attended
the common schools, and also the acad-
emy at Lancaster on the removal of the
family to New Hampshire. As a school
boy he gave no evidence of future great-
ness, leading the life of the common boy
in games, pastimes and frolics. When
about fifteen years of age he entered the

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