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had Sir Richard, Forester, who with his
father and William the Conqueror (his
brother-in-law through marriage with his
sister Matilda or Maud) passed over into
England and was knighted after the
battle of Hastings.

Sir Richard was succeeded by his son
Sir Hugo, also Forester, who marched
against Magnus of Norway A. D. 1101,
defeated and slew him; he died in 1121

leaving a son Sir Reginald, knighted by
King Stephen for valiant service at the
battle of the Standard in 1138, died in
1 1 56, leaving as his successor his son Sir
William, Forester, who fought with great
valor in Wales in 1163 and 1165, departed
to France in 1166, returned to England
and died in 1176, being then succeeded
by his son, Sir John Forester, who accom-
panied Richard I. to Palestine in the
Crusades and was knighted there. He
died in 1220 and was succeeded by his
son, Sir Randolph Forester, who died in
1256 and was succeeded by his son, Sir
Alfred Forester, knighted on the battle-
field of Eversham in 1265 died in 1284,
being succeeded by his son, Sir Reginald
Forester, who fought at Bannockburn in
1314 and died in 1328, leaving descendants
who were great chieftains and closely
allied to royalty in Scotland, Ireland,
Wales and England. Sir Reginald's suc-
cessor was Sir Richard Forester, who
fought at Crecy in 1346, at Poitiers in
1356, was knighted for his valor, died in
1371. He was succeeded by his son, Sir
William Forester, who fought with
Henry V. against the French, was
knighted by his sovereign. He was suc-
ceeded by his son, Sir Thomas Forster of
Etherton Castle, baronet, born 1397;
married Joan Elwerden, co-heiress to the
Earldom of Angus, and by her had Sir
Thomas Forster, baronet, who married
the daughter of Featherstonbaugh of
Stanhope Hall, Durham, chief of the clan
Featherston, and by her had Sir Thomas
Forster, third son, high sheriff of North-
umberland in 1564 and 1572; married
Dorothy, daughter of Ralph, Lord Ogle
of Ogle (a family of great antiquity) and
had Sir Thomas Forster, eldest son, of
Featherston, baronet. The latter mar-
ried the daughter of Lord Wharton of
Wharton and was of Adderstone, high
sheriff of Northumberland, and had Cuth-



bert Forster, who by wife Elizabeth
Bradford had Sir Matthew Forster, baro-
net, his successor, and Thomas Forster
of Brunton, Esquire, who married twice,
and by second wife, Elizabeth Carr, had
three sons, the youngest of whom Regi-
nald Forster, married Judith and

with her and their seven children came
to America in 1638. The foregoing
account is abstracted from records com-
piled by Joseph Foster, of London, Eng-
land, half a century ago, and shows the
origin of the surname in the office of
Forester, its use as a surname from
about A. D. 1200 and the modification in

(I) Reginald Foster, mentioned above,
the American pioneer ancestor, was born
in Brunton, England, about 1595, and
came with his wife Judith and seven chil-
dren to this country in 1638, settling in
Ipswich, Massachusetts, where he re-
ceived a grant of land in 1641 and became
a leading citizen. He held various town
offices, and was well-to-do for the times.
His wife Judith died in October, 1664,
and he married (second) Sarah, widow of
John Martin. She married (third) Wil-
liam White, of Haverhill, Massachusetts.
His will was dated April 30, 1680, proved
June 9, 1681. Children, all by the first
wife, born in England : Mary, about
1618; Sarah, 1620; Abraham, at Exeter,
England, 1622; Isaac, 1630; William,
1633; Jacob, mentioned below; Reginald,

(II) Deacon Jacob Foster, son of Regi-
nald Foster, was born in England about
1635, and died at Ipswich, Massachusetts,
July 9, 1710. His gravestone at Ipswich
is still standing. He also became a promi-
nent citizen in Ipswich ; was deacon of
the first church and a town officer. He
lived in the first house of his father near
the stone bridge on the present Heard
estate on the south side of the Ipswich

river. He married (first) January, 1658,
Martha Kinsman, who died October 15,
1666, daughter of Robert, Jr., and Martha
(Wait) Kinsman. He married (second)
February 26, 1667, Abigail Lord, who
died June 4, 1729. Children by first wife,
born at Ipswich : Judith, born October
20, 1659, died soon; John, born and died
in 1660; Jacob, May 15, 1662, died young;
Mary, 1664, died January 11, 1666-67;
Sarah, August 3, 1665. Children by sec-
ond wife: Jacob, March 25, 1670; Abra-
ham, mentioned below ; Amos, August 15,
1672, died October 12, 1672; Abigail, July

3, 1674; Nathaniel, October 7, 1676;
Samuel, September 10, 1678; Joseph,
September 14, 1680; James, November 12,
1682 ; Mary, Deecmber 25, 1684.

(III) Abraham Foster, son of Jacob
Foster, was born at Ipswich, December

4, 1671, and died there December 25, 1720.
He was a carpenter. He married, July
2, 1699, Abigail Parsons, who died Octo-
ber 8, 1732. Children, born at Ipswich:
Jeremiah, mentioned below; Abraham,
born April 11, 1702, died May 20, 1702;
Nathaniel, April 11, 1706, died young;
Judith, baptized March 15, 1713; Mary,
May 15, 1715; Abraham, August 5, 1716;
Nathaniel, August 9, 1719 ; Abigail, mar-
ried Daniel Safford; Sarah, married
(first) John Rust, (second) Jacob Par-

(IV) Jeremiah Foster, son of Abraham
Foster, was born at Ipswich, about 1700.
He and Richard Harris, of Ipswich, bought
of Benjamin Morse, of Harvard, one hun-
dred and twelve acres of land in Stow,
and Foster had the eastern half. In 1743
he was among the first settlers of Dor-
chester, Canada (Ashburnham), Massa-
chusetts. He located west of Lake
Naukeag on Foster Hill, as it has since
been called. We are told that he was of
exemplary character, reserved, indus-
trious, honest, a kind neighbor and an



excellent citizen. He died at Ashburn-
ham, December 12, 1788. He married
(intention dated at Ipswich, June 21,
1735) Rebecca Metcalf, a widow.

(V) Deacon Samuel Foster, son of
Jeremiah Foster, was born at Ipswich,
January 8, 1741. He became a worthy
and influential citizen of Ashburnham
and his name is frequently mentioned in
the town records and history. He played
the clarionet for many years in the
church. He was a member of the com-
mittee on correspondence and inspection
in 1777 and this service entitles his de-
scendants to membership in the patriotic
Revolutionary societies. He was select-
man in 1785-86-88-89-90-92-99. He was
on the committe on new meeting house
in 1789 and 1791, and was deacon of the
church. He married, July 6, 1769, Sus-
anna Wood, born April 14, 1750, died
October 31, 1839, daughter of Bennet and
Lydia (Law) Wood. Children, born at
Ashburnham: Abraham, born April 8,
1770; Nathaniel, December 26, 1771 ;
Jeremiah Bennet, October 14, 1773;
Samuel, mentioned below; Hosea, Au-
gust 1, 1778; Joel, August 21, 1780;
Amos, November 16, 1782 ; Obadiah, Oc-
tober 25, 1786; Susanna, April 25, 1789;
Dorothy, November 25, 1790.

(VI) Samuel Foster, son of Samuel
Foster, was born at Ashburnham, Feb-
ruary 9, 1776. He settled in Stoddard,
New Hampshire, in 1799, and his name
appears on the tax-list of 1800. He mar-
ried, February 5, 1799, Lydia Stearns,
who was born March 24, 1780, daughter
of William and Lydia (Davis) Stearns,
and granddaughter of Hon. Isaac Stearns,
of Billerica, who served in the French
and Indian War, was representative to
the General Court and State Senator (son
of John, grandson of John, great-grand-
son of Isaac Stearns, the immigrant
from Wayland, England, settled at

Watertown, Massachusetts). Children of
Samuel Foster: Stearns, born Decem-
ber 26, 1799; Lydia, August 22, 1801 ;
Maria, April 29, 1804; Hosea, mentioned
below; Selina, July 5, 1809; Emily, De-
cember 19, 181 1 ; Samuel, November 29,
1815; Electa, November 10, 1817, died
young; Electa, June 10, 1825.

(VII) Hosea Foster, son of Samuel
Foster, was born at Stoddard, New
Hampshire, April 13, 1806. He lived on
the homestead on Pinnacle Hill until 1868
when he bought a farm in Keene, west of
the city. He was a man of steady, indus-
trious, habits, sound and conservative
judgment and always held the respect
and confidence of his neighbors and
townspeople. He and his father before
him carried on a blacksmith shop in con-
nection with the farm and manufactured
much of the hardware used in the build-
ings erected at that time. He was killed
on West Hill, in Keene, New Hampshire,
February 7, 1872, by the overturning of
a load of wood under which he was
crushed. He married, November 7, 1833,
Mary G. Rice, who was born in Wor-
cester, March 14, 1816, and died July 2,
1895, daughter of Peter and Sally
(Moore) Rice. Her father removed from
Worcester to Stoddard; her mother was
a daughter of William and Polly (Gates)
Moore, of Worcester. Jonathan Rice,
father of Peter, married, March 12, 1786,
Mary Stevens, of Auburn ; he died May
3, 1834, aged seventy; his wife died Feb-
ruary 19, 1848. Comfort Rice, father of
Jonathan, married Martha Morris, of
Woodstock, Connecticut; he died in Au-
gust, 1818, aged eighty-seven years ; she
died at Auburn, in June, 1812, aged
eighty-one. Lieutenant Gershom Rice,
father of Comfort, died at Worcester,
September 24, 1781, aged eighty-five
years; married Esther Haynes, of Sud-
bury, who died August 16, 1770, aged



seventy-three years. Gershom Rice,
father of Gershorri, was the second settler
of Worcester, his brother Jonas being
first in the third and permanent settle-
ment in 1715, removing from Marlbor-
ough. They were known as the "fathers
of the town" of Worcester and served on
the committee to secure incorporation.
Gershom married Elizabeth Balcom,
daughter of Henry and Elizabeth. He
died December 19, 1768, aged one hun-
dred years, seven months and ten days.
Thomas Rice, father of Gershom, Sr.,
died at Marlborough, November 16, 1681.
He was a son of Edmund Rice, one of
the founders of Sudbury and a leading
citizen, the immigrant ancestor of most
of the Rice families of Massachusetts.

Children of Hosea Foster: Alvin Rice,
mentioned below ; Sarah Moore, born
April 9, 1837, died November 23, 1858;
Edwin Stearns, born December 21, 1840,
married Ella S. Houghton and Clara Fay ;
Charles Merrick, born November 16,
1843. married Josephine L. Paige ; Horace
Elmore, born August 22, 1846, died Janu-
ary 9, 1853; Ella Francelia, born Febru-
ary 20, 1856, married Ellery E. Rugg.

(VIII) Alvin Rice Foster, son of
Hosea Foster, was born at Stoddard, Oc-
tober 14, 1834. He was educated in the
district schools and learned the carpen-
ter's trade at Alstead, New Hampshire.
When a young man he engaged in busi-
ness as a contractor and builder in Keene,
in partnership with Samuel Crossfield.
From 1868 to 1885 he was in partnership
in the same line of business with his
brother Edwin S. Foster under the name
of Foster Brothers. After the firm was
dissolved each of the partners continued in
business alone. Alvin R. Foster finally
retired from business and spent the last
five years of his life on a farm in Swan-
zey, New Hampshire, near the Keene
line. Among the more important work of

the firm was the building of the First
Congregational Church of Keene ; the
Cheshire County Jail buildings; the first
buildings at the Mt. Hermon School, and
East Hall at the Northiield School for
Girls. They remodelled the city hall of
Keene and built many other buildings
and residences in Keene and vicinity. He
died July 7, 1905. He was a staunch
Republican and a member of St. Paul'
Masonic Lodge of Alstead. He served
two years in the Civil War and was must-
ered out on account of ill health. He
enlisted in 1861 and was sergeant of Com-
pany I, Ninth Regiment, New Hampshire
Volunteer Infantry. He married (first)
February 2, 1866, Mary J. Sargent, who
died June 15, 1877, daughter of Daniel

D. and Mary (Chase) Sargent. He
married (second) June 13, 1880, Eliza
A. Scott, widow. Children, by first wife,
born at Stoddard : Herbert Alvin, men-
tioned below ; Nellie May, born in Keene,
New Hampshire, September 17, 1872,
married Edgar Cook, of Springfield,
Vermont, and has one child, Lizzie Cook.

(IX) Herbert Alvin Foster, son of
Alvin Rice Foster, was born at Stoddard,
March 27, 1867. He received his educa-
tion in the public schools of Keene, New
Hampshire, and became associated in
business with his father, remaining with
his father's firm until it was dissolved. He
was afterward in business for himself as
an architect and builder in Keene. Since
March, 1907, he has been a director of the

E. J. Cross Company, of Worcester, con-
tractors and builders. This is one of the
leading concerns of New England and
has constructed some of the finest struc-
tures in that section. Mr. Cross is presi-
dent and treasurer and W. E. Holt is a
director. Mr. Foster is a member of the
Lodge of the Temple, Free Masons, of
Keene. and of Cheshire Chapter, Royal
Arch Masons ; of Beaver Brook Lodge of



Odd Fellows, of Keene ; of the Economic
Club of Worcester and of All Saints'
Protestant Episcopal Church. In politics
he is a Republican.

He married, June 6, 1888, Annie Burke,
of East Swanzey, New Hampshire,
daughter of Patrick and Joanna Burke.
Children: 1. Paul Rice, born at Keene,
October 1, 1889, graduate of the Keene
High School, 1907, and of the Worces-
ter Business Institute ; now secretary to
the superintendent of the Reed-Prentice
Company, Worcester. 2. Clifford Alvin,
born July 26, 1893, graduate of the Eng-
lish High School, Worcester, now student
at Norwich University, class of 191 5. 3.
Russell Chase, born June 16, 1898, at
Keene, student in the Commercial High
School, class of 191 5. 4. Emerson Sar-
gent, born at Worcester, June 16, 1908.


The name of Lavally is undoubtedly of
French origin, and has probably under-
gone some changes in spelling down to
the present time. It is supposed to have
originated in the Channel Islands, which
were inhabited by French people, though
under English jurisdiction, and was
brought to this country about the begin-
ning of the eighteenth century.

(I) Peter Lavally is supposed to have
been born in the Channel Islands, and
died in Warwick, Rhode Island, in 1757.
He was a fisherman at Marblehead, Mas-
sachusetts, where he is first found of
record, and in November, 1727, exchanged
his real estate in that town with Rev.
George Pigott, an Episcopal clergyman
of Warwick, Rhode Island. He at once
removed to the latter town where he was
admitted a freeman, March 4, 1728. His
wife Sarah probably accompanied him
from Europe, as nothing is known of her
beyond her baptismal name. They had

children: Peter; John; Michael; Mary,

married King; Margaret, married

October 30, 1726, Christopher Bulier or
Bubois ; Sarah, married Peleg Cook.

(II) Michael Lavally, son of Peter and
Sarah Lavally, was admitted freeman in
Warwick, June 5, 1741. He married, Au-
gust 26, 1757, Almy Bailey, and had chil-
dren : Peter, Benjamin, Caleb, Mary,
Almy or Amy.

(III) Caleb Lavally, third son of
Michael and Almy (Bailey) Lavally, was
born about 1770, and lived in Warwick.
He married Alice Fenner, born September

2, 1775, daughter of Captain Arthur (3)
Fenner, of Cranston (see Fenner IV)
died October 16, 1858. Children: Uriah
W., born June 11, 1793; Waity, June 27,
1795; Sterry B., July 26, 1797; Joanna,
October 18, 1799, married Caleb Reming-
ton, died May 6, 1876; Benjamin, April

3, 1801 ; Warren, mentioned below ; Chris-
topher, May 6, 181 1.

(IV) Warren Lavally, son of Caleb
and Alice (Fenner) Lavally, was born
August 15, 1805, in Warwick, and died
in California, in 1852. He married, July
3, 1831, Nancy T., born in Westport,
Massachusetts, daughter of Daniel (2)
and Sybil (Rogers) Whalen, of Dart-
mouth, Massachusetts, granddaughter of
Daniel (1) and Abigail (Collins) Whalen,
who were married March 11, 1779, in that
town. Daniel (2) Whalen was born April
18, 1780, in Dartmouth, and there married,
October 7, 1804, Sybil Rogers, born June
11, 1786, eldest child of Gideon and Sarah
(Mosher) Rogers, of Dartmouth (see
Rogers V). Mrs. Nancy T. Lavally died
in February, 1900, in Fall River, Massa-
chusetts, and was buried in Oak Grove
Cemetery of that city. Children: Alice,
married Henry Brightman ; Gideon, died
young; Hannah, deceased; Daniel, died
young; Rebecca, died young; Francis,
died young; Arthur, died young; Benja-



min, served in the Civil War, and died in
1900; Eliza J., married Elisha Capen, of
Fall River; Nancy M., mentioned below.
(V) Nancy M. Lavally, youngest child
of Warren and Nancy T. (Whalen) La-
vally, was born February 26, 1852, in Fall
River, and married, March 12, 1874, Julius
Kay Davol, born August 31, 1852, in
Westport, Massachusetts, son of George
F. and Jane (Kay) Davol, grandson of
Jeremiah Davol, and great-grandson of
Abner Davol, who was a well known
citizen of Westport, a member of the So-
ciety of Friends, and a prominent minis-
ter of that sect. Jane Kay, wife of George
F. Davol, was born on the Island of St.
Helena, in the West Indies, daughter of
Archibald and Jane (Tracy) Kay. Julius
Kay Davol is a well known citizen of Fall
River, where he has been an officer of
the police department for the past twenty-
seven years. Mrs. Davol is a member of
Quequechan Chapter, Daughters of the
American Revolution, of Fall River.
Children: Maude Alice, died young;
Eugene Warren, married Addie Lincoln
Wilbur, of Tiverton, Rhode Island, and
has three children: Marion Fenner,
Dorothy Lincoln and Dale Franklin

(The Fenner Line).

(I) Arthur Fenner, born 1622, prob-
ably a son of Thomas Fenner, was a
very prominent citizen of Rhode Island.
Thomas Fenner died at Branford, Con-
necticut, May 15, 1647. The inventory of
his estate amounted to sixty pounds,
nineteen shillings, besides sixteen pieces
of Dutch money, a boat, beaver skins, etc.,
implements of his trade with the Indians.
Arthur Fenner was settled in Providence
as early as 1650 and purchased sixty
acres of upland and two pieces of meadow
and other land there, July 27, 1650, and
April 27, 1652. He also had a lot in a
division made February 19, 1665. He

was appointed by the assembly chief
commander of the king's garrison at
Providence, and all of the garrisons "not
to eclipse Captain Williams' power in the
exercise of the trainband there." On Au-
gust 24, 1676, he was appointed a member
of a court marshal to try Indians at New-
port and was discharged with his men at
the garrison, October 26, 1676. He was
appointed on a committee to prepare the
laws of the colony for printing, May 5,
1680, and on September 10, 1683, was
appointed with Major Peleg Sanford to
go to England on business of the colony.
In 1687-88 he was a justice of the General
Quarter Session, and in the Superior
Court of Common Pleas. With his two
brothers, William and John, he was
chosen to run the north line of the colony.
His ratable estate, August 10, 1688, was
placed at three hundred and thirty-eight
acres, including pasture, orchard and
meadow, twenty-seven neat cattle, five
horses, ten sheep and three swine. To
this statement he added, "This is a just
account. I pray be not unmindful of the
Golden Rule." He built and lived in the
old Fenner house or castle, in Cranston,
Rhode Island, where he died October 20,
1703. This house was very grand for the
time, the windows and other materials
being imported from England. There is
a family tradition that he was a lieutenant
in Oliver Cromwell's army before coming
to America. He must have been a very
young man to hold such a position, as he
appears in Rhode Island at the age of
twenty-eight years. He was very active
in both civil and military service in Rhode
Island, where he was made a freeman in
1655. In 1653, I 655. 1659-60 and 1662-63
he was a commissioner; was assistant
in 1657, 1665-66-67-68, 1672-73-74-75-76,
1679-80-81-82-83-84-85-86 and 1690; was
deputy to the General Court in 1664, 1670,
1672, 1678-79, 1692 and 1699-1700; was a



member of the Town Council, 1664-73,
1677-78, and treasurer 1672-73. He married
(first) Mehitable Waterman, daughter of
Richard and Bethiah Waterman, died 1684.
He married (second) December 16, 1684,
Howlong Harris, born about 1641, daugh-
ter of William and Susanna Harris, who
survived him, and died November 19,
1708. Children, all born of first marriage :
Thomas, October 27, 1652; Arthur, men-
tioned below ; Sarah, buried November 7,
1676; Freelove, born 1656; Bethiah, mar-
ried Robert Kilton; Phebe, married Jo-
seph Latham.

(II) Arthur (2) Fenner, second son of
Arthur (1) and Mehitable (Waterman)
Fenner, lived in Providence, where he
died April 24, 1725. He was taxed five
shillings and four pence, September 1,
1687, and his ratable estate in the next
year included eight neat cattle, six horses,
two swine, a share of meadow, and
eighty-eight acres of other land. He was
a member of the Town Council in 1716-17,
1722-23, deputy to the General Court in
1707, 1710 and 1720. He married Mary
Smith, daughter of John (2) and Sarah
(Whipple) Smith, of Providence (see
Smith II). Children : Mary, died October
7, 1745 ; Mercy, married Solomon Ruten-
burg; Arthur; John; Edward, mentioned

(III) Edward Fenner, youngest child
of Arthur (2) and Mary (Smith) Fenner,
resided in Cranston, where he was a
farmer. He married (first) Phebe Bar-
ton. He married (second) April 11, 1728,
Amy, daughter of Richard Borden. Chil-
dren : Edward ; Arthur, mentioned below ;
John ; Stephen ; Sarah, married Colonel
John Waterman; Alice, second wife of
Colonel John Waterman ; Esther, married
William Harrington ; Freelove, married
Andrew Edmonds.

(IV) Captain Arthur (3) Fenner, sec-
ond son of Edward Fenner, was born

1740, in Cranston, and died in Fairfield,
New York, August 2^, 1827. He was a
prominent man of his generation and a
soldier of the Revolution. He was a lieu-
tenant and afterwards captain in Hitch-
cock's and Lippitt's regiments, and par-
ticipated in the battles of Trenton and
Princeton in 1776. He had previously
served in Arnold's unfortunate expedition
against Quebec in the winter of 1775-76.
For some twenty years preceding his
death he received a pension of twenty
dollars per month for his Revolutionary

(V) Alice Fenner, daughter of Captain
Arthur (3) Fenner, was born September
2, 1775, and died August 16, 1858. She
married Caleb Lavally, of Warwick,
Rhode Island (see Lavally III).

(The Mosh«r Line).

(I) Hugh Mosher came to Boston in
1636, and soon settled at Salem. He was
a son of Stephen Mosher, of Manchester,
England, and was a friend of Roger Wil-
liams, with whom he went to Rhode
Island. He was appointed ensign by the
General Court in 1669, and distinguished
himself in King Philip's War. Through
the influence of Roger Williams he re-
ceived title to one-fifth of the town of
Westerly, October 4, 1676, and died at
Newport in 1694. He married Lydia
Mason, and they had children: Hugh,
John, Nicholas, Joseph, Daniel and

(II) Hugh (2) Mosher, eldest son of
Hugh (1) and Lydia (Mason) Mosher,
was born in 1633, lived in Providence and
Portsmouth, and received a share of
Westerly, but probably did not live there.
He purchased land in Portsmouth as early
as July 8, 1668, and was a member of the
court marshal at Newport, August 24,
1676, to try Indians. In "1664 he was
made a freeman of the Rhode Island


Colony, and in 1684 was ordained pastor
of the baptist church at Dartmouth, Mas-
sa- husetts, where he died in 1713. He
married Rebecca, daughter of John Harn-
del, born 1633, died 1713, and had a second
wife Sarah. Children : Nicholas, born
1666; John, 1668; Joseph, 1670: James,
1675; Rebecca, 1677; Daniel, mentioned
below ; Mary, 1679.

(III) Daniel Mosher, fifth son of Hugh
(2) and Rebecca (Harndel) Mosher, was
born in 1678 and died in 1751. He was a
man of considerable property, and gave
land to all of his sons in his will. He
married, in 1704, Elizabeth Edwards, and
they were the parents of the following
children: Benjamin, born April 19. 1706;
Daniel, July 1, 1709; Micah, September
27, 171 1 ; Constant, mentioned below;
Rachel, June 14, 1715 ; George, May 9,
1717; Ephraim, December 8, 1718; Roger,
March 30, 1720; Hugh, March 17, 1722;
Patience, June 29. 1724; Mercy, October

12, 1726.

(IV) Constant Mosher, fourth son of

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