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Daniel and Elizabeth (Edwards) Mosher,
was born September 11, 1713. in Dart-
mouth, where he made his home, and
married there, October 5. 1737, Sarah
Sherman, daughter of Timothy and
Deborah (Russell) Sherman.

(V) Sarah Mosher, youngest of the
eleven children of Constant and Sarah
(Sherman) Mosher, was born in 1761 in
Dartmouth, and was married, September
25, 1778, to Gideon Rogers, of Dartmouth
^see Rogers V).

(The Rogers Line).

Among the earliest immigrants of this
name was Thomas Rogers, who came to
Plymouth in the "Mayflower" in 1620,
and died the following year. According
to Bradford's "History of Plymouth," all
of his sons were married in 1650, and had
manv children. His known sons were

Joseph, John, William and Noah. It is
believed that he was also the father of
Jjmes Rogers, the next mentioned.

(I) James Rogers, supposed son of
Thomas Rogers, lived in Newport, Rhode
Island, where he was admitted an inhabi-
tant before May 20, 1638; was made a
freeman 9-14-1640, and died in 1676. He
was a miller by occupation. His wife
Mary survived him, and married (second)
in 1677 John Peabody. She died in 1678.
Children : Sarah, married Richard Knight ;
Thomas, mentioned below ; John, born
October 8, 1641.

(II) Thomas Rogers, eldest son of
James and Mary Rogers, was born in
1639 in Newport, where he made his
home and where he was a proprietor of
common lands as late as 1702. He was a
freeman in 1668, and must have been
possessed of considerable property as his
taxes amounted to nineteen shillings and
four pence in 1680. In 1696 he purchased
lands in Dartmouth for one hundred and
ten pounds. His will bequeathed con-
siderable parcels of land and large sums
of money for that day to his children.
He died November 23, 1719. His wife
Sarah died after 1716. Children: James,
Thomas, Jonathan, Sarah, John, Eliza-
beth, Jeremiah, Joseph, Daniel, Samuel
and Abigail.

(III) Daniel Rogers, son of Thomas
and Sarah Rogers, lived in Dartmouth.
He married, December 14, 1749, Hannah
Fox, of Freetown, Massachusetts. Chil-
dren: Jeremiah, born February 20, 1751 ;
John, March 14, 1762, married Sarah
Wood ; Susanna, married Silas Kirby,
Jr. ; Gideon, mentioned below.

(IV) Gideon Rogers, youngest child of
Daniel and Hannah (Fox) Rogers, was
in Dartmouth and was a soldier of the
Revolution from that town. He served
as sergeant in Captain Job Cook's (Six-
teenth) company, Colonel Hathaway's



(Second Bristol County) regiment, from
August 4 to August 8, 1780, on an alarm
at Rhode Island, roll sworn to at Dart-
mouth. He married, September 25, 1778,
Sarah Mosher, daughter of Constant and
Sarah (Sherman) Mosher, of Dartmouth
(see Mosher IV). Children: Hannah,
born November 1, 1779; Rhoda, Febru-
ary 4, 1781, married Preserved Chase,
June 6, 1799; Sarah, August 17, 1782;
Jeptha, July 26, 1784, married Mercy
Pool ; Sybil, mentioned below ; Mary,
July 2, 1788; John, December 8, 1790,
married, November 7, 1813, Mary Reed;
Phebe, April 20, 1793; Polly, May 17,
1795 ; Gideon, Sepetmber 4, 1797, died
October 14, 1797; Gideon, October 11,
1798, married Azuba Wordell ; Phebe
Lois, December 10, 1801, married, March
29, 1820, Jacob Reed; Joel, December 18,

(V) Sybil Rogers, fourth daughter of
Gideon and Sarah (Mosher) Rogers, was
born June II, 1786, in Dartmouth, and
was married, October 7, 1804, to Daniel
(2) Whalen, of Westport (see Lavally

BLAKE, Fordyce Turner,

Enterprising Business Man.

William (2) Blake, son of William (1)
Blake, of Pitminster, England, was bap-
tized there, July 10, 1594. He married
there, September 23, 1617, Agnes Band,
widow, whose maiden name has not been
ascertained. Some recent investigations,
however, suggest that she may have been
the widow of Richard Band and daughter
of Hugh Thorne, of Pitminster, baptized
January 12, 1594. In the same parish
four of the children of William Blake
were baptized, but from 1624 to 1636 his
place of residence is unknown. It is be-
lieved that he came to America in the fall
of 1635, or early in 1636, and remained at

Dorchester or Roxbury, making the ac-
quaintance there of William Pynchon and
others who were considering a plan of
settlement in the Connecticut Valley. At
any rate he was with Pynchon and his
associates on May 14 and 16, 1636, when
they drew up and signed the Articles of
Association at Agawam, now Springfield,
and he was one of the five to assign the
lots and manage the affairs of the colony.
He drew land there, but apparently de-
cided to return to Dorchester and settle.
He drew land in South Boston in March,
1637-38. He was made a freeman in the
colony, March 14, 1638-39. He was a
man of integrity and ability. He was
constable in 1641, selectman in 1645-47
and 1651. In 1656 he was elected town
clerk and "clerk of the writs for the
county of Suffolk," and these offices he
held until within six weeks of his death,
which occurred October 25, 1663. He
was also the clerk of the trainband. In
his will he made a bequest for the repair-
ing of the burying ground. Soon after
his death, his widow, Agnes, removed to
Boston, probably to live with her son
John, or her only daughter, Anne Leager.
She died in Dorchester. His estate was
appraised at two hundred and twenty-
four pounds. His children were: John,
baptized at Pitminster, September 6, 1620,
died at Boston, January 25, 1688-89;
Anne, baptized at Pitminster, August 30,
1618, died at Boston, July 12, 1681 ; Wil-
liam, baptized at Pitminster, September
6, 1620, died at Milton, Massachusetts,
September 3, 1703; James, of further
mention; Edward, supposed to be the
youngest child, died at Milton, Masschu-
setts, September 3, 1692.

(II) James Blake, son of William (2)
and Agnes (Band) Blake, was born in
Pitminster, England, and baptized there,
April 27, 1624. He came to New Eng-
land with his father. He lived in the


northern part of Dorchester, his house,
built about 1650, being of such substan-
tial character that the town voted to
model the parsonage after it in 1669, and
it remained in the Blake family until
1825. In 1895 it was removed from the
original location on Cottage street to
Richardsor: Park and the Dorchester His-
torical Society secured possession of it
and fitted it up for their purposes. From
1658 to 1685 there was scarcely a year
that Mr. Blake did not serve the town
in some official capacity. He was select-
man thirteen years, later constable, depu-
ty to the General Court, clerk of the
writs, recorder, sergeant of the militia
company. He was deacon of the Dor-
chester church fourteen years and ruling
elder for the same period. He was often
called upon as administrator and in other
capacities in the settlement of estates. He
died June 28, 1700, leaving a will dated
two days prior to his death. His estate
was appraised at four hundred and
seventy-three pounds. He and his wife
are buried in the old graveyard in Dor-
chester, and the stones that mark their
graves are in excellent condition. He
married (first) about 165 1, Elizabeth
Clap, daughter of Deacon Edward and
Prudence (Clap) Clap, born in 1631-32,
died in Dorchester, January 16, 1693-94.
He married (second) in Rehoboth, Sep-
tember 17, 1695, Elizabeth (Smith) Hunt,
widow of Peter Hunt, and daughter of
Henry and Judith Smith, from County
Norfolk, England. Children: James, of
further mention ; John, born March 16,
1656-57, inherited property of his Uncle
John in Boston, but remained in Dor-
chester, deacon ; married Hannah ,

who had four children, and died May 16,
1729, his death occurring March 2, 1718;
Elizabeth, born October 3, 1658, married
Jeremiah Fuller; Jonathan, born July 12,
died November 10, 1660; Sarah, born
February 28, 1665, died May 22, 1666;

Joseph, born August 27, 1667, died Feb-
ruary 1, 1738-39, married Mehitable Bird,
who died April 15, 1751, lived at Dor-
chester, and had eleven children.

(III) James (2) Blake, son of James
(1) and Elizabeth (Clap) Blake, was born
at Dorchester, August 15, 1652, and died
October 22, 1732. It has been a tradition
in the family that the first house built on
Dorchester Neck, now South Boston, was
erected by James Blake. Recent investi-
gation has brought evidence that Captain
James Foster had a dwelling there in
1676, while Blake's house, the second
built there, was erected in 1681. The
house was finely located, commanding a
view of the harbor and shore. It was on
the road to Castle William, later Fort In-
dependence, and became a sort of house
of entertainment for the English officers
at the fort. His new house was almost
entirely destroyed by the British troops,
February 13, 1776. He was a farmer,
and he served as deacon of the Dorches-
ter church twenty-three years. He mar-
ried (first) February 6, 1681, Hannah
Macey, born in 1660, died June I, 1683,
daughter of George and Susannah Macey,
of Taunton; he married (second) July
8, 1684, Ruth Bachellor, born in Hamp-
ton, New Hampshire, May 9, 1662, died
in Dorchester, January II, 1752, daughter
of Nathaniel and Deborah (Smith) Bach-
ellor. Children: 1. Hannah, born Sep-
tember 16, 1685, died October 2, 1686. 2.
James, born April 29, 1688, died at Dor-
chester, December 4, 1750; he was town
clerk twenty-four years, and the author
of Blake's Annals, the original of which
is deposited with the New England His-
toric-Genealogical Society ; he married
Wait Simpson, born in Charlestown,
March 30, 1685, died in Dorchester, May
22, 1753, daughter of Jonathan and Wayte
(Clap) Simpson. 3. Increase, of further

(IV) Increase Blake, son of James (2)


and Ruth (Bachellor) Blake, was born at
Dorchester, June 8, 1699, and he died
probably in 1770. He shared with his
only brother, James, in his father's estate,
but soon sold all his share of the real
estate. He resided in Boston, where his
sixteen children were born, probably in
the vicinity of Milk and Batterymarch
streets. He was a tin plate worker, and
his trade was followed by several of his
sons and grandsons. He was an inn-
holder on Merchants' Row in 1740. From
1734 to 1748 he was sealer of weights and
measures, an office appropriately con-
nected with one of his trade. In 1737
he leased of the town of Boston one of
the shops at the town dock at an annual
rental of thirty pounds, and in 1744 re-
quested a renewal. He married in Bos-
ton, July 23, 1724, Anne Gray, born in
Boston, March 16, 1704-05, died there,
June 20, 175 1, a daughter of Edward
and Susanna (Harrison) Gray. Mr. Gray
was a rope maker and became wealthy.
One of his sons, Harrison Gray, was
prominent in public life, and treasurer of
the province. Another, Rev. Ellis Gray,
was pastor of the Second Church of Bos-
ton, and the names of Ellis Gray and
Harrison Gray have been retained in the
Blake family. Children : 1 . Ann, born May
8, 1725, died in Boston, June 2, 1752 (Gran-
ary burying ground inscription) ; she
married, November 6, 1746, Thomas An-
drews, housewright. 2. Increase, of fur-
ther mention. 3. Edward, born July 9,
1728; married, October 24, 1751, Rebecca
Hallowell. 4. James, born March 20,
1730, was living in 1774. 5. Harrison,
born September 10, 1731. 6. William,
born September 14, 1732; married, in
Boston, March 26, 1770, Dorcas Ward.
7. Hannah, born September 9, 1733 ; mar-
ried, 1752, Colonel Thomas Dawes. 8.
Susannah, born October 14, 1734; mar-
ried, 1755, Captain Caleb Prince. 9. John,

born June 22, 1736, was a tin plate
worker; he married in Boston, June 28,
1757, Anne Clarage. 10. Thomas, born
January 14, 1737-38. II. Benjamin, born
May 9, 1739; married, August 17, 1763;
Elizabeth Harris. 12. Joseph, born July
5, 1740; married, December 3, 1761, Sarah
Dawes. 13. Nathaniel, born September
28, 1741, died October 15, of the same
year. 14. Ellis Gray, born September 9,
1743; married, August 23, 1778, Jane
Cook. 15. Mary, born August 17, 1745;
married, in Boston, March 1, 1770, Simon
Whipple, and had three children. 16.
Sarah, born August 18, 1746; married
Joseph Bachelder, of Chelsea.

(V) Increase (2) Blake, son of In-
crease (1) and Anne (Gray) Blake, was
born in Boston, October 28, 1726, and
died in Worcester, February 28, 1795. He
was a tin plate worker in Boston, having
a shop on King street, now State street,
near the old State House. He is said to
have supplied the Provincial troops with
canteens, cartridge boxes, and the like,
but refusing to make them for the British
troops he was driven from the town. His
wife was equally patriotic. Her Bible,
which is in the possession of Mrs. E. A.
Knowlton, of Rochester, Minnesota, gives
evidence of an encounter she had with a
British soldier. One day when sitting in
front of her door reading her Bible, she
was asked by a soldier as he passed what
she was reading. She replied, "the story
of the cross," upon which he answered
that he would fix her Bible so she would
always remember the cross, and with his
sword he made a deep cut across the page
through many leaves. The story has
several forms as it has been handed down,
but the Bible, the cut and the sword of
the British soldier are undoubted real-
ities. When forced to leave Boston, just
after the battle of Bunker Hill, he re-
moved his wife and seven children to


Worcester, sacrificing nearly all of his
Boston property. He opened a shop in
Worcester at Lincoln Square and worked
at his trade. In 1780 and for a number of
years he was jailer or goaler. His estate
was appraised for forty-two pounds and
proved to be insolvent. Twelve of his
children were born in Boston, the thir-
teenth in Worcester. He married (first)
April 18, 1754, Anne Crafts, born in Bos-
ton, January 10, 1734, died March 21,
1762. Recently a grave stone inscribed
with her name and date of death was
found on Boston Common. He married
(second) December 7, 1762, Elizabeth
Bridge, born in 1731, died of smallpox,
in Worcester, November 22, 1792, per-
haps a daughter of Ebenezer and Mary
Bridge, of Boston. An obituary notice
in "The Spy" of December. 1792, refers
to her as "one of the noblest women earth
was ever blessed with. A living Chris-
tian." Children by first marriage : Anne,
born August 9, 1755, died December 6,
1760; Thomas, born December 20, 1756,
died in infancy; William, born March 12,
1758, died September 7, 1759; James, died
January 22, 1762; James, born January
29, 1762, married, July 14, 1784, Rebecca
Cunningham. Children by second mar-
riage: Mary, born November 5, 1763,
married, September 15, 1797, Andrew
Tufts; Persis, born March 31, 1765, mar-
ried, December 8, 1790, Samuel Case;
Thomas Dawes, of further mention ;
Ebenezer, born May 31, 1771, supposed
to have been lost at sea ; Sarah, born No-
vember 25. 1772, was living in 1795 ; Su-
sanna, born April 4, 1774, married, Au-
gust 3, 1800, George Anson Howes ;
Dorothy, born June 15, 1781, in Worces-

(VI) Dr. Thomas Dawes Blake, son of
Increase (2) and Elizabeth (Bridge)
Blake, was born in Boston, October 23.
1768, and died in Farmington, Maine, No-

vember 20, 1849. He spent his early days
in Worcester, and attended Dr. Payson's
celebrated school, from which he was
graduated with the highest honors of his
class. He practiced for a short time as
physician at Petersham, Massachusetts,
but in 1799 settled at Farmington, Maine.
He was a ripe scholar, and to quote the
history of Farmington, "possessed of
those strong virtues acquired during the
troublous times in which his early life
was spent." He married, January 3, 1802,
Martha Norton, born in Vineyard Haven,
Massachusetts, May 1, 1786, died in
Farmington, Maine, September 30, 1873,
a daughter of Cornelius and Lydia (Clag-
horn) Norton. Children, all born at
Farmington : Cordelia, born April 19,
1804, died May 24, 1808; Adeline, born
September 16, 1806, married, April 9,
1835, John F. W. Gould; Martha, born
November 12, 1808, died January 22, 1895,
at Farmington, married, April 27, 1828,
David C. Morrill, born December 4, 1804,
died June 12, 1877, a son of David and
Lucinda (Woods) Morrill ; Thomas
Dawes, born February 4, 181 1, married.
May 13, 1841, Hannah D. Norton ; In-
crease, born December 8, 1812, married,
September 26, 1844, Sarah Farnsworth ;
Cornelius N., born February 8, 1815, died
August 29, 1827; Ebenezer Norton, born
July 30, 181 7, married, February 16, 1843,
Harriet Cummings ; George Fordyce, of
further mention ; Jotham Sewall, born
February 6, 1821, died March 5, 1881 ;
Freeman Norton, born June 1, 1822, mar-
ried Helen S. Baker.

(VII) George Fordyce Blake, son of
Dr. Thomas Dawes and Martha (Nor-
ton) Blake, was born at Farmington,
Maine, May 20, 1819, and died in Bos-
ton, July 22, 1905. He commenced his
business career at an early age, and be-
fore he was thirty years of age held a
responsible position as mechanical engi-



neer at the Cambridge brick yards. His
mechanical skill led him to devise several
useful inventions, among which was a
water meter which brought his name into
public prominence. His greatest achieve-
ment, however, was the Blake steam pump,
which he devised originally for use in his
own business. This pump was so suc-
cessful that he devoted most of his ener-
gies to its manufacture and improvement.
He must be accounted one of the great
inventors of the nineteenth century, and
unlike many of them he reaped richly of
the fruit of his invention. The Blake
pump is now manufactured by a corpora-
tion known as the George F. Blake Manu-
facturing Company. Mr. Blake made his
home at various times at Cambridge,
Medford, Belmont, and lastly, Boston.
He married (first) at Lynnfield, Massa-
chusetts, January i, 1845, Sarah Silver
Skinner, born at Lynnfield, June 18, 1821,
died in Boston, October 14, 1856, a daugh-
ter of William and Lucy (Aborn) Skin-
ner. He married (second) at North Sand-
wich, Massachusetts, December 24, 1857,
Martha J. Skinner, born June 24, 1835,
died in Boston, June 2, 1897, a sister of
his first wife. The children by the first
marriage : Thomas Dawes, born at Cam-
bridge, October 25, 1847, married, May
18, 1870, Susan P. Symonds, four chil-
dren ; Sara Augusta, born December 6,
1853, at Cambridge, died at Belmont,
February 27, 1891, married, October 21,
1885, Roland H. Boutwell, son of Rodney
C. and Nancy J. Boutwell. Children by
second marriage : George Fordyce, of fur-
ther mention ; Grace Bertha, born August
30, 1863, at Medford, died there, Febru-
ary 29, 1868 ; Jennie Maria, born April 29,
1869, at Medford, married, at Boston,
April 17, 1895, Arthur Stoddard Johnson,
born in Boston, June 4, 1863, son of
Samuel and Mary (Stoddard) Johnson,
has three children ; Alice Norton, born at

Belmont, July 6, 1872, resided at Boston,
married, June 6, 1901, James M. Newell,
has two children.

(VIII) George Fordyce (2) Blake, son
of George Fordyce (1) and Martha J.
(Skinner) Blake, was born at Medford,
Massachusetts, February 9, 1859. He at-
tended the public schools of his native
town, and then became a student at the
Warren Academy at Woburn, where he
prepared for admission to the Massachu-
setts Institute of Technology, and entered
in the class of 1879. He made a trip
around the world in 1880. During the
next four years he was a draughtsman in
the office of the Blake Manufacturing
Company, of which his father was the
president. He was also connected with
the Knowles Pump Works as draughts-
man, his father being president of this
company also. He engaged in business
on his own account, February 28, 1884,
when he formed a partnership under the
firm name of Blake, Boutwell & Com-
pany, to deal in iron and steel at Worces-
ter, Massachusetts. In October, 1891, the
firm became George F. Blake, Jr., & Com-
pany. In May, 1893, the business of the
company was extended by the addition of
an iron mill at Wareham, Massachusetts,
and a store in Boston. Mr. Blake has
numerous other interests and connec-
tions. He is a director in the Worcester
Trust Company, vice-president and di-
rector of the State Mutual Life Assur-
ance Company, and was also a director of
the Callahan Supply Company. He was
a director of the Central National Bank,
which was absorbed by the Worcester
Trust Company. He is a trustee of the
Worcester County Institution for Sav-
ings. He was for three years a director
of the Providence & Worcester Railroad,
now owned by the New York, New
Haven & Hartford Railroad Company.
He was a trustee of the Worcester In-



sane Asylum and Hospital, appointed by
Governor Bates to fill the unfinished term
of Philip W. Moen. Director and vice-
president of the Worcester Cold Storage
Company. He is a member of the Wor-
cester Board of Trade ; the Home Market
Club ; Worcester Club ; Commonwealth
Club ; Ouinsigamond Boat Club, of which
he was president two years ; Tatnuck
Country Club ; Exchange Club, of Bos-
ton ; Calumet Club, of New York ; and
Grafton Country Club. Mr. Blake's home
is on Lincoln street, Worcester, and he
has a beautiful summer place on Salis-
bury street, Worcester, where he in-
dulges a taste for a farm life at its best.
He has traveled extensively, both for
business and pleasure. Mr. Blake mar-
ried, April 29, 1885, at Newton, Massa-
chusetts, Carrie Howard Turner, born in
Boston, April 19, 1861, a daughter of Job
A. Turner, (treasurer of the George F.
Blake Manufacturing Company and of
the Knowles Pump Works), and Vesta
(Howard) Turner. Children: Fordyce
Turner, of further mention ; Vesta Caro-
lyn, born March 31, 1896.

(IX) Fordyce Turner Blake, only son
of George Fordyce (2) and Carrie Howard
(Turner) Blake, was born February 10,
18S9, in Worcester, and graduated at Mil-
ton Academy in the class of 190S. Im-
mediately entering Harvard University
he graduated with the degree of A. B. in
1912. During college life he was quite
active in athletics of the varsity foot ball
squad, in the fall of 1909, but was pre-
vented by an accident to his shoulder
from further participation in the game at
that time. In 1914 and 1915 he was as-
sistant coach of the Harvard foot ball
freshman teams. In 1912 he was assis-
tant coach at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, and in the following year
at Holy Cross College, Worcester.
Selected as head coach of Worcester
mass-Voi 111-12 177

Polytechnic Institute, 1916. He is affili-
ated with various Harvard clubs, includ-
ing the Weston, Cosmopolitan and Har-
vard Club of Boston, and is a member of
the Milton Academy Club, Quinsigamond
Boat Club, Worcester Country Club, and
Worcester Club. He attends divine wor-
ship at the Episcopal church in which his
wife is a communicant. In the summer
of 1912, immediately after graduation,
he became messenger in the banking
office of Estabrook & Company, State
street, Boston. He soon after became as-
sociated with Rhoades & Company, New
York bankers, at their Boston office on
Congress street, acting first as a traveling
bond salesman, and later manager of the
New England office. This he continued
until February 8, 1915, when he opened
an office for Jackson & Curtis in the State
Mutual Building at Worcester, and was
appointed manager in October, 1915. He
is also assistant manager of George F.
Blake, Jr. & Company, of Worcester. His
residence is on Military road in that city.
He married Ethel Kinney, born in Cin-
cinnati, Ohio, daughter of Charles D. and
Sarah Jeanett (Gross) Kinney, of that
city. They have one son, Fordyce Turner
Blake, Jr., born July 17, 1915.

HARTWELL, Walter A. and Nelson W.,

Enterprising Business Men.

In the chapter of Domesday Book as-
signed to a description of military tenures
of lands allotted in Northamptonshire,
England, by William of Normandy to his
followers, appears the designation of an
allotment bearing the name of "Herte-
welle." Similar records are found in the
descriptions of lands in Bucks and Wilts.
Several branches of these early families,
including three or four baronies and with
the name transmuted amid the multifari-
ous changes of orthography incident to


the changes and growth of the English
language to plain Hartwell, have spread
over England, more than one offshoot
having found their way to those counties
of Ireland within the pale, notably about
the time of the wholesale transplanting of
colonists to that island by Cromwell.

(I) From some one of these English
families came William Hartwell, who

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