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veyor of highways in 1738. In 1757 he
and twelve others voted against building
a new meeting house at Pine Hill, Dover.
He married, in 1720, Patience Hartford,
daughter of Nicholas Hartford. She
joined the First Church in 1737. Chil-
dren : William, mentioned below ; Mary,
born October 8, 1723; John, 1736; Pa-
tience, baptized March 25, 1739; Eliza-
beth, baptized December 10, 1749.

(V) William (2) Ham, son of Benja-
min Ham, was born at Dover, November
25, 1722. He joined the First Church of
Dover, January 3, 1742. He removed to
Rochester, New Hampshire, and died

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there in 1800. Children : Charity ; Benja- was a surveyor and mathematician. From



min, born 1753; William, May 8, 1757;
Francis, May 3, 1763; Ephriam; Eleanor.

(VI) William (3) Ham, son of Wil-
liam (2) Ham, was born at Dover, May
8, 1757. He was a soldier in the Revolu-
tion. The Revolutionary Rolls of New
Hampshire (p. 109, Vol. III.) show that
William Ham was a sergeant in Captain
Daniel Jewell's company, Colonel Thom-
as Bartlett's regiment in 1780. His
brother Ephraim was in the same com-
pany. He probably served also in 1781
and possibly in 1776 from Portsmouth
(see Vol. I, New Hampshire Revolution-
ary Rolls, pp. 447, 540). He settled finally
in Gilmanton, New Hampshire, and died
there in 1843. He married Anne Meader.
Children: Miriam, Sarah, Eli, Ezra, men-
tioned below.

(VII) Rev. Ezra Ham, son of William
(3) Ham, was born at Gilmanton, March
7, 1797. He was a Freewill Baptist min-
ister and also a farmer, living in Lower
Gilmanton. He married Mercy Prescott
Hill, daughter of Andrew W. and Mary
P. (Ham) Hill (see Prescott). Children:
Mary A., born February 22, 1825; Wil-
liam P., November 6, 1826; Lemuel M.,
March 29, 1828; Andrew Hill, mentioned
below; Enos H., March 13, 1832; George
E., April 16, 1834, living in Worcester;
James C, June 29, 1837; Dr. Otis F.,
April 4, 1839; Ezra, July 30, 1842; Mercy
Elizabeth, September 23, 1848, resides at
No. 121 Powell street, Lowell.

(VIII) Andrew Hill Hammond, son of
Rev. Ezra Ham, was born in Alton, New
Hampshire, August 3, 1830. During his
infancy, his parents removed to Gilman-
ton, where his early years were spent on
the farm and where he attended the dis-
trict school. At the age of nine he went
to live with his grandparents in the Gore
district of his native town and while there
was for several years under the tuition of
his uncle, Jonathan Prescott Hill, who



his uncle he derived a love of study and
books that lasted as long as he lived.
After he returned to his father's home at
Gilmanton, he attended the academy. At
the age of eighteen he began to learn the
trade of iron molder at Manchester, New
Hampshire, and afterward followed that
trade at Laconia, New Hampshire. In
185 1 he came to Worcester and found
employment in the malleable iron works
of Waite, Chadsey & Company. After-
ward he worked in the foundries of God-
dard, Rice & Company and William A.
Wheeler. He had musical gifts which he
cultivated while working in the foundries,
studying under S. R. Leland, Albert S.
Allen and E. S. Nason and himself be-
came a proficient teacher of music. One
of his early experiences was a trip west
to teach singing schools in the Ohio and
Mississippi valleys, returning through
Chicago, which was then a small village.
He continued to study music and ob-
tained a position in the organ reed fac-
tory owned by Augustus Rice and Ed-
win Harrington, beginning on wages of
seventy-five cents a day. His mechanical
ability and knowledge of music soon
made him of great value to the concern,
however. He originated new methods
and appliances which increased the quan-
tity and improved the quality of the
product and was soon placed in charge of
the manufacturing department. Subse-
quently the firm became Redding & Har-
rington and the new firm contracted with
Mr. Hammond for all the inventions and
improvements that he should introduce.
In a short time he was given a third in-
terest in I he business in lieu of his con-
tract, and afterward he bought out his
partner* and became the sole owner.

In 1868 Mr. Hammond built his first
factory at the present site on May street
and from time to time made additions
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factory in the world. It was equipped
with special machinery devised by the
owner, and the Hammond organ reeds
have been for many years a standard
product known and used in all parts of
the world. The making of reeds is a dis-
tinct business from organ building and is
confined chiefly to factories in Worcester
and Chicago. Mr. Hammond continued
to the end of his life in active business,
though on account of his health the man-
agement of affairs was left largely to his
son during the last ten years. He died
at his home in Worcester, March i, 1906.

Mr. Hammond was a lifelong student
and took great pleasure in his library.
He took a keen interest in public affairs
and when a young man was active in the
anti-slavery movement. He joined the
Free Soil party when it was formed and
afterward became a Republican. He de-
clined to accept public office himself, but
always did his full duty as a citizen,
giving loyal support to his party.

He married, in i860, Rhoda Maria Bar-
ber, born September 5, 1840, died May 21,
1891. She was gifted with rare business
ability and to her judgment and coopera-
tion Mr. Hammond attributed much of
his material success in life. She was a
daughter of Benjamin and Ann Maria
(Collins) Barber. Her father was born
in Wardsboro, Vermont, in 1804, and died
in Worcester in 1867. Her mother was
of the Collins family of Southboro, Mas-
sachusetts, where she was born July 6,
1816, daughter of Daniel and Polly
(Chamberlain) Collins; she died in 1904.
Benjamin Barber was a stone cutter and
contractor and became substantially suc-
cessful in business. He married, Novem-
ber 20, 1838, Ann Maria Collins, and they
had five children: Rhoda Maria (Mrs.
Andrew Hill Hammond) ; Warren, died
young; Emery Perry, born August 29,
1846, deceased ; Linda Frances, born Au-
gust 12, 1851, married Albert E. Peirce,

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of Worcester, now of Evanston, Illinois;
Benjamin Allen, born December 23, 1855,
treasurer of the J. Russel Marble Com-
pany, Worcester, very prominent in musi-
cal circles, a gifted singer. Children of
Andrew Hill Hammond: I. Charles War-
ren, died in infancy. 2. Nellie (Eleanor)
Prescott, born April 26, 1866, graduate of
Oxford University, England; graduate
of Chicago University. 3. Alice Bar-
ber, born January 16, 1868, married
Clarence B. Shirley, of Boston. 4. Robert,
died young. 5. Richard Hill, mentioned
below. 6. Mabel Florence, graduate of
Radcliffe College.

(IX) Richard Hill Hammond, son of
Andrew Hill Hammond, was born at
Worcester, January 6, 1871. He was
educated in the public schools and at the
Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He be-
came associated in business with his
father, and in 1892 when the corporation
was formed he became general manager
and assistant treasurer. Since then he
has had the entire responsibility of the
business and since the death of his father
has been president of the Hammond Reed
Company. Under his management the
business has continued to hold its place
among the substantial industries of Wor-
cester. Mr. Hammond is well-known and
popular among the younger business men
of the city. He is a member of the Tat-
nuck Country Club ; the Worcester Coun-
try Club; Quinsigamond Lodge, Free
and Accepted Masons; Eureka Chapter,
Royal Arch Masons; Worcester County
Commandery, Knights Templar; the Na-
tional Association of Manufacturers. He
is a Republican in politics, but not active
in party affairs.

(The Prescott Line).

The coat-of-arms of the Prescott family
of Dryby, Lincolnshire, England, is de-
scribed: Ermine, a chevron sable on a
chief of the second two leopards' heads,



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or. Crest: Out of a ducal coronet or a
boar's head and neck argent bristled of
the first. Prescott was the name of a
market town in Lancashire.

(I) James Prescott, of Standish, Lan-
cashire, to whom the ancestry has been
traced, was required by an order of
Queen Elizabeth, dated August, 1564, to
keep in readiness horsemen and armor.
He married a daughter of Roger Stan-
dish. Children: James, mentioned be-
low; Roger, Ralph, Robert, William,
John.

(II) Sir James (2) Prescott, son of
James (1) Prescott, married Alice Moli-
neaux. He was created Lord of the
Manor of Dryby, Lincolnshire, and had
the arms described above granted to him.
He died March 1, 1583. Children: John,
mentioned below ; Ann.

(III) John Prescott, son of Sir James

(2) Prescott, was born at Dryby. Chil-
dren : William ; James, mentioned below.

(IV) James (3) Prescott son of John
Prescott, was born and lived at Dryby.
Children : Mary, baptized 1631 ; John,
1632; Anne, 1634; James, mentioned be-
low. And others, names unknown.

(V) James (4) Prescott, son of James

(3) Prescott, was the American immi-
grant; left Dryby in 1665 and settled in
Hampton, New Hampshire. He had a
farm in what is now Hampton Falls on
the road to Exeter, lately owned by Wells
Healey. He was admitted a freeman in
1678. In 1694 he was one of the original
patentees of Kingston and was moderator
of town meetings there in 1700-01. He
died November 2,t, 1728. He married, in
1668, Mary Boulter, born at Exeter, May
15, 1648, daughter of Nathaniel and Grace
Boulter. Her father was born in Eng-
land in 1626 ; lived in Hampton and
Exeter. She died at Kingston, October
4, 1735, aged eighty-seven. Children:
Joshua, born March 1, 1669: James, Sep-



tember 1, 1671 ; Rebecca, April 15, 1673;
Jonathan, August 6, 1675 ; Mary, June II,
1677; Abigail, November 19, 1679; Tem-
perance, twin of Abigail; John, men-
tioned below; Nathaniel, November 19,
1683.

(VI) John (2) Prescott, son of James
(4) Prescott, was born at Hampton, No-
vember 19, 1681, died in 1761. He was
in His Majesty's service in 1707 and also
in Captain Davis's scouts in 1712. He
married, August 8, 1701, Abigail Marston,
born March 17, 1679, died December 30;
1760, daughter of James and Dinah (San-
born) Marston, of Hampton. Children:
John, born August 15, 1702; Rebecca,
August 19, 1704; Lydia, November 30,
1706; Hon. Benjamin, September, 1708;
James, April 11, 1711; Abigail, April 29,
1713; Nathaniel, July 25, 1715 ; Abraham,
May 20, 1717; Jedediah, mentioned be-
low; Josiah, October 2, 1721.

(VII) Jedediah Prescott, son of John
(2) Prescott, was born June 1, 1719, died
July 24, 1793. He lived at Exeter, now
Brentwood, then Deerfield, New Hamp-
shire, and Monmouth, Maine. He mar-
ried, November 12, 1741, Hannah Batch-
elder, born October 23, 1720, died 1809,
daughter of Samuel (3) (Nathaniel (2),
Rev. Stephen (1) Batchelder) and Mary
(Carter) Batchelder. Children, born at
Brentwood: Josiah, May 11, 1743; Eliza-
beth, January 5, 1745; Jedediah, Septem-
ber 20, 1746; Abigail, May 11, 1748; Mercy,
mentioned below ; Rev. John, October 29,
1753; Samuel, September 5, 1759; Ruth,
March 12, 1761 ; Jesse, September 24, 1763 ;
James, February 23, 1765; Elijah, July
25, 1766.

(VIII) Mercy Prescott, daughter of
Jedediah Prescott, was born at Brent-
wood, October 30, 1751, died at Gilman-
ton, New Hampshire, October 4, 1797.
She married, March 10, 1778, Dr. Jona-
than Hill, born at Stratham, August 11,



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1742. He studied medicine with Dr.
Weeks, of Hampton Falls, practiced at
Gilmanton Ironworks village, and died
there June 6, 1818. He married (second)
March, 1798, Betsey, widow of Jeremiah
Bean, of Candia, sister of Judge Ebenezer
Smith, widow of Josiah Prescott. Chil-
dren : Andrew Wiggin Hill, mentioned
below; Jonathan Hill, born October 31,
1 781; Sarah Hill, May 8, 1785; child,
died young.

(IX) Andrew Wiggin Hill, son of Dr.
Jonathan and Mercy (Prescott) Hill, was
born at Gilmanton, February 10, 1779,
died September 11, 1864. He married,
February 25, 1800, Mary P. Ham, born
at Rochester, resided at Alton and Gil-
manton. She died December 4, 1862.
Children: Mercy Prescott Hill, married
Ezra Ham (see Ham-Hammond line) ;
Elizabeth R. Hill, October 3, 1802 ; Jona-
than P. Hill, March 27, 1809; James Hill,
April 21, 1815; Andrew Wiggin Hill,
July 31, 1819.



BICKFORD, Orlando Ephraim,

Bmlneii Mam, Public Official.

The name of Bickford was early estab-
lished in New England, and has been
identified for centuries with the history
of New Hampshire. In this family the
baptismal name of Thomas occurs very
frequently, and it is quite probable that
the more recent immigrants of the name
were allied to the old English family,
which settled in Dover, New Hampshire,
in the earliest period of its history. Ac-
cording to the history of Wolfeboro, New
Hampshire, John Bickford was an immi-
grant from England, who settled very
early in that town. He was not disposed
to aid in the warfare upon the American
colonies, and to escape conscription in the
army, left his native land, and finally set-
tled in Wolfeboro.



(II) Jonathan Bickford, son of John
Bickford, was a millwright and farmer,
and settled on lands recently occupied by
his grandson in Wolfeboro. He married,
February 7, 1799, Abigail Roberts, of
Dover, and they had sons, James and
Thomas.

(III) Thomas Bickford, son of Jona-
than and Abigail (Roberts) Bickford, was
born April 27, 1806, in Wolfeboro, and
early left that town. Among the early
settlers in Hill, New Hampshire, a town
adjoining Alexandria, was a Bickford,
who came from the shores of Lake Win-
nepesaukee, and it is reasonable to as-
sume that the settler of the name in
Alexandria was from the same section,
and that he was the Thomas Bickford,
born 1806, in Wolfeboro. He died in
early life, and his widow afterward mar-
ried a man named Flint, and died Septem-
ber 17, 1878, in Waterville, Massachu-
setts. There are no Bickford births re-
corded in Alexandria previous to 1850.
Family records, however, locate the birth
of the next mentioned in that town.

(IV) Thomas (2) Bickford, son of
Thomas (1) Bickford, was born March 7,
1827, in Alexandria, resided in Franconia,
New Hampshire, and died in Winchen-
den, Massachusetts, December 20, 1891.
He was but a small child when his father
died. Most of his active life was spent
in Winchenden, where he was for twenty-
five years surveyor of highways. He was
a good business man, of exceptional judg-
ment, and did an extensive business in
the purchase and sale of timber lands.
He was an active member of the Metho-
dist church, in which he served as trustee
and participated in all its works. Politi-
cally he was a Republican. He married,
in Lisbon, New Hampshire, October 24,
1850, Martha Parks Battles, born Novem-
ber 4, 1829, in Landaff, New Hampshire,
died January 20, 1890, daughter of Noah

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and Martha (Parks) Battles. Children:
Lucie J. M., born December 14, 1854, died
June 17, 1910, unmarried; Elizabeth Al-
mira, December 6, 1863, married Andrew
B. Smith, of Winchenden, and has a
daughter, Vivian Martha Smith, born De-
cember 1, 1891 ; Orlando Ephraim, men-
tioned below.

(V) Orlando Ephraim Bickford, only
son of Thomas (2) and Martha Parks
(Battles) Bickford, was born July 8, 1870,
in Winchenden, Massachusetts, and was
educated in the public schools of that
city, including the high school. When
nineteen years of age, he was in charge
of the state highway in that town, and
thus continued for five years. In 1894
he removed to Fitchburg, Massachusetts,
and became master mechanic of the Fitch-
burg & Leominster Electric Street Rail-
way, which position he filled for twelve
years, to 1906. Since that time he has
conducted a livery business and auto
garage in Fitchburg. He is president of
the Bickford Auto Company, and agent
for the sale of the "Chevrolet" automo-
biles. He is an attendant of the Unitarian
church, being a member of the parish. He
is a member of the Masonic fraternity,
holding membership in Aurora Lodge
and in Lady Emma Chapter, Order of
the Eastern Star, of which his wife is also
a member. He is also a member of the
Improved Order of Red Men, and the
Royal Arcanum. Politically a Republi-
can, he is interested in the welfare of the
community where he lives, and has served
as constable and highway surveyor. He
married, January 11, 1893, Effie I. Ellis,
born November 5, 1871, in Fitzwilliam,
New Hampshire, daughter of Ivory War-
ren and Emeline V. (Metcalf) Ellis, of
that town (see Ellis VIII). Children of
Orlando E. Bickford : Dorothy Ellis, born
January 25, 1904; Ivonnetta Lillian, June
4, 1907.



(The Ellis Line).

In the Welsh the name is derived from
"Aleck's," the possessive form adopted in
many names of similar origin. Instead of
saying William's David, the Welsh used
the expression "David, William's," and
this usage gave rise to such names as
Evans, Jones (John's), Edwards, Harris
(Harry's), and so through the long cate-
gory. Many immigrants of the name are
found of early record in New England,
the first being among the Puritans of
Plymouth. Another family springs from
Dedham, and both sent out a large
progeny.

(I) John Ellis appears in Dedham,
Massachusetts, as early as 1641, and was
made a freeman there, June 2, 1641 ; he
was one of the thirteen original proprie-
tors of Medfield, which was formerly part
of Dedham, and was the thirteenth signer
of the Dedham Covenant, and attended
the first town meeting. His home lot
was on Main street in Medfield. He
served seven years as selectman of the
town, and died there April 2, 1697. He
may have been a brother of Thomas Ellis,
of Medfield, and perhaps also of Richard,
Joseph, and Ann Ellis, of Dedham, emi-
grants from the Old World. He married
(first) at Dedham, November 10, 1641,
Susanna Lumber, who died at Medfield,
April 4, 1654; he married (second) June
16, 1655, in Medfield, Joan, widow of
John Clapp, of Dorchester. After her
marriage to John Ellis, she was dismissed
from the Dorchester church to the Med-
field church. She survived her second
husband nearly seven years, and died in
Medfield, March 2, 1704. Children of first
wife: John, mentioned below; Susanna,
married Matthias Adams ; Hannah, born
April 9, 1651, in Medfield, the first white
female in that town, married Samuel
Rockwood; Samuel, born May 24, 1660;
Joseph ; Eleazer, April 24, 1664.



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(II) John (2) Ellis, eldest child of
John (i) and Susanna (Lumber) Ellis,
was born April 26, 1646, and resided on
the west side of the Charles river in Med-
field, where he died November 14, 1716.
He married (first) February 1, 1678,
Mary Herring, and (second) in Boston,
April 7, 1698, Mary Hill, of Sherborn,
Massachusetts. She survived him nearly
sixteen years, dying October 25, 1732.
Children: John, born February 5, 1679,
married Hannah White, and lived in
Medfield ; Joseph, mentioned below ;
Mary, March 7, 1686, married (first)
Zachary Partridge, and (second) John
Barber; Sarah, March 7, 1688, married
Nathaniel Wight ; Hannah, April 4, 1688,
married John Taylor; Samuel, July 14,
1699, only child of the second wife, mar-
ried Dorothy Hall and lived in Medway.

(III) Joseph Ellis, second son of John
(2) and Mary (Herring) Ellis, was born
December 5, 1681, in Medfield, and died
September 29, 1754. He resided many
years in Wrentham, where most of his
children were born, nearly all of them
baptized in Medfield. He was one of the
grantees of Keene, New Hampshire,
under the Massachusetts charter of 1733,
where two of his sons, Joseph and Gideon,
were among the earliest settlers and be-
came grantees under the New Hampshire
grant. No record of his marriage has
been discovered, but his wife bore the
baptismal name of Cathrain and died Jan-
uary 20, 1760, in Medfield. He had chil-
dren born in Wrentham : Joseph, men-
tioned below; Gideon, born June 29,1714;
Sarah, December 16, 1721 ; William, bap-
tized in Medfield, October 20, 1723; John,
born February 28, 1727, in Wrentham,
baptized May 7, following, in Medfield ;
Asa, born November 3, 1729, in Wrent-
ham ; Asa, baptized in Medfield, May 3,
1730.

(IV) Joseph (2) Ellis, eldest child of



Joseph (1) and Cathrain Ellis, was born
July 14, 1712, in Wrentham, and was one
of the grantees of the town of Keene,
New Hampshire, where he was an early
settler and finished his days. He married,
January 13, 1741, in Wrentham, Malatiah
Metcalf, born there February 25, 1722,
daughter of Michael and Abial (Colburn)
Metcalf. Children : Timothy, born April
10, 1742; Amos, March 2, 1744; Martha,
January 31, 1746; Henry, mentioned be-
low; Bathsheba, March 7, 1750; Abial,
June 26, 1753; Elizabeth, September 7,
1755; Esther, April 8, 1758; Lewis, Au-
gust 19, 1762; Lucrecia, November 23,
1764.

(V) Henry Ellis, third son of Joseph
(2) and Malatiah (Metcalf) Ellis, was
born February 15, 1748, in Wrentham,
and lived for a short time after attaining
manhood in Lancaster, Massachusetts,
whence he removed to Keene. before
1772. He was a member of a militia
company there, August 7, 1773, and was
among the signers of a remonstrance
against inoculation from smallpox, No-
vember 22, 1776. He was a signer of the
association test, and his name appears on
the payroll of Captain William Hump-
hrey's company under Colonel Wingate,
organized to join the northern army in
the Continental service. His advance
bounty and first month's wages amounted
to ten pounds, one shilling. He first set-
tled on a farm in the western part of the
town, which he sold, and purchased a
farm at the north end of the village of
Keene, on which he resided seven years,
near the "Old Sun Tavern." He pur-
chased a large tract on the west side of
the river, three miles north of the village,
which he cleared, and on which he built
a large house, which is still standing,
though much modernized. This was one
of the best farms in the county, and there
he resided until his death in August,
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1838. Because of his great piety and ex-
emplary life, he was called deacon, though
there is no record of his having held such
office in the church. He was a very in-
dustrious man, of even temper, and uni-
versally esteemed. He married Meletiah
Thayer, of Mendon, Massachusetts, about
1771. This marriage is not recorded in
Keene or Mendon, or any of the towns
adjoining the latter, nor is her birth and
parentage discoverable. She was a very
energetic woman, a good housekeeper,
and contributed much toward her hus-
band's success. When they first settled
in Keene she sold her wedding shoes to
buy apple trees to be planted on the
farm. Later, when her husband's plow
point became broken, she rode a horse
fifty miles to Mendon to procure a new
point, which was not then attainable any-
where in Cheshire county. She spun and
wove both wool and flax, and thus pro-
vided for the comfort of her family She
died April 30, 1850, aged ninety-eight
years, according to the Keene records.
Children: Kezia, born December 3, 1772;
Pamelia, March 27, 1775; Archaeleus,
October 17, 1777; Samuel, mentioned be-
low; Milla, September 10, 1783.

(VI) Samuel Ellis, second son of
Henry and Meletiah (Thayer) Ellis, was
born March 15, 1780, in Keene, and suc-
ceeded his father on the paternal home-
stead in that town, later removing to
Stockbridge, Vermont, where he re-
mained but a short time, and about 1813-
14, settled in Fitzwilliam, New Hamp-
shire, where he died October 18, 1826.
His wife, Cynthia, born June 25, 1778,
died May 16, 1870, was a daughter of
Samuel and Mary Randall, of Fitzwil-
liam. Children : Samuel G., born Decem-
ber 4, 1806; George W., mentioned be-
low; Beulah P., 1810, died 1820; Timo-
thy, July 2. 181 1 ; Cynthia, June 30, 1813;
Rufus Randall, 1815; Abijah, 1817; Eli-



jah Wiles; Mary, 1820, died 1821 ; Beu-
lah Pond, 1822, died 1827.

(VII) George Washington Ellis, sec-
ond son of Samuel and Cynthia (Ran-
dall) Ellis, was born March 4, 1808, in
Keene, and died April 27, 1885, in Fitz-
william. He married (first) August 24,
1837, Bethiah Ellen, daughter of Levi and
Margaret (Blake) Pratt, born March 6,
1818, died September 13, 1870. He mar-
ried (second) December 10, 1873, Martha
Harriet Alynie French. Children, all
born of the first marriage : George H.,
born August 24, 1838; Edward Bailey,
November 11, 1839; Ivory Warren, men-
tioned below ; Ira W., February 19, 1843 >



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