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he married Mary Belle Coburn, and has
one daughter, Marietta, born May 19,
1914, of the seventh generation to live on
the same farm. 2. Joseph P., born Sep-
tember 27, 1880; was educated in the
Fitchburg schools and Rensselaer Poly-
technic Institute at Troy, New York; he
is a structural engineer, and has erected
many mechanical plants, and was the
builder of the State Savings Bank at
Butte, Montana; has done work in Salt
Lake City, and for three years has been
engaged on a forty-two story building in
Seattle, Washington, the fourth highest
building in the world, in the employ of
the Whitney Company of New York ; he
married Ethel Felt, of Salt Lake City,
Utah, and has a daughter, Mary Eliza-
beth, born December 3, 1912.



MARSHALL, William Lincoln.

Active Citiien.

(IV) Isaac Marshall, youngest child of
John (3) (q. v.) and Eunice (Rogers)
Marshall, was born December 18, 1712,
in Billerica, on the homestead where his
ancestors had so long lived, and died
there March 3, 1797. He was an industri-
ous and exemplary citizen, and served as
selectman of the town in 1759. He mar-
ried (first) February 10, 1736, Phebe
Richardson, born March 4, 1717, in Bil-
lerica, daughter of Andrew and Hannah
(Jefts) Richardson, died June 9, 1745. He
married (second) February 17, 1747, Re-
becca Hill, born October 12, 171 1, in Bil-
lerica, died December 13, 1789, daughter
of Deacon Samuel Hill. Children of first
marriage: Isaac, born January 31, 1737,
died May 14, 1813; Phebe, January
12, 1739, married Benjamin Jaquwith ;
Samuel, mentioned below; John, May 3,



1745, died two days old. Children of sec-
ond marriage: Jacob, born April 1, 1748,
died October 29, 1830; Rebecca, married.
May 28, 1789, Benjamin Dows.

(V) Samuel Marshall, second son of
Isaac and Phebe (Richardson) Marshall,
was born October 2, 1742, in Billerica,
and died June 6, 1812, in Lunenburg,
Massachusetts. In early life he lived in
Tewksbury, Massachusetts, and removed
to Lunenburg in 1778-79, where he lived
on the farm later occupied by his son
David. He married Sarah French, daugh-
ter of John and Mary (Kittredge) French,
of Tewksbury, baptized April 28, 1745,
in that town. Children : Sally, born Au-
gust 7, 1766, married Seth Lewis, and
died November 7, 1834; Samuel, Septem-
ber 27, 1768, died July 17, 1841 ; David,
mentioned below; Mary, August 8, 1774,

married Hart, and died 1854 ; John,

October 14, 1776, died March 15, 1854;
Hannah, married James Bicknell ; Nancy,
wife of James Giddings.

(VI) David Marshall, second son of
Samuel and Sarah (French) Marshall,
was born March 27, 1771, in Tewksbury,
and died June 13, 1831, in Lunenburg.
He was a carpenter by trade, and engaged
in farming, occupying a farm formerly
owned by his father, about two and one-
half miles northwest of Lunenburg vil-
lage, on the old Northfield road, now
owned by Herbert A. Eaton. He mar-
ried, January 7, 1794, Sarah Haskell, born
February 18, 1775, in Lunenburg, daugh-
ter of Dr. Abraham and Sarah (Green)
Haskell. Dr. Haskell was an eminent
physician with a large practice in Lunen-
burg and Leominster. Children, all born
in Lunenburg: Nancy, August 23, 1795,
died July 7, 1869; Sally Green, August
8, 1796, died October 10, 1823; Abigail.
June 12, 1798, died November 4, 1871 ;
Sophia, February 18, 1800, died August 7,
1853; David, April 3, 1802, died April 16,

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1879; Abraham, July 11, 1804, died April

21, 1875; William, mentioned below;
James Haskell, December 9, 1808, died
February 3, 1886; Martha, February 4,
181 1, died February 5, 1892; Joseph, July

22, 1813, died June 2, 1904; Benjamin,
July 20, 1816, died December 24, 1895.

(VII) Deacon William Marshall, third
son of David and Sarah (Haskell) Mar-
shall, was born September 24, 1806, in
Lunenburg, and died March 6, 1857, in
Fitchburg. He was a brick mason, and
engaged in contracting in Fitchburg,
among his most notable buildings being
the Fitchburg House, still a prominent
landmark of the city, the First Baptist
Church, Trinity Unitarian Church, City
Hall, Dr. Palmer's residence, and he was
also the builder of many other substantial
structures of Fitchburg. He had many
apprentices, among them being Myron
W. Whitney, the famous singer. He was
a thoroughly conscientious and upright
man, a deacon in the First Baptist
Church, and a "conductor on the under-
ground railroad," which aided many
slaves to escape from Southern masters.
In 1855 he went to Kansas, but the con-
ditions of his business compelled his re-
turn in the autumn. He married (first)
in Mason, New Hampshire, December 30,
1828, Dorcas Hill, born there July 14, 1808,
died in Lunenburg, August 6, 1834. He
married (second) in Fitchburg, July 2,
1835, Fiorina Weeks-Barrus, born Au-
gust 3, 1810, in Warwick, Massachusetts,
died May 7, 1891. When very young she
was adopted by a family named Barrus,
in Richmond, New Hampshire, after the
death of her father through an explosion.
Her mother and other children settled
near Schroon Lake in New York, and she
knew very little of her family thereafter.
Children of first marriage : William
Alfred, born August 19, 1831, died July
14, 1832; Ellen Dorcas, June 3, 1833, died



September 29, 1852. Children of second
marriage: William Appleton, April 2,
1836, died March 18, 1838; James Apple-
ton, mentioned below ; William Isaac,
June 25, 1840, died October 30, 1906;
Sarah Harriet, January 7, 1843, died June
18, 1844; Mary Elizabeth, May 15, 1846,
died August 19, 1847; Edward Tracy,
January 22, 1848, died March 28, 191 1;
Mary Jane, June 7, 1850, died April 3,
185 1 ; Emma Fiorina, April 9, 1852, died
February 12, 1864.

(VIII) James Appleton Marshall, third
son of Deacon William Marshall, and
second child of his second wife, Fiorina
(Weeks-Barrus) Marshall, was born April
28, 1838, in Fitchburg, and was educated
in the schools of that city, where he
learned the jewelers' trade, and was em-
ployed several years by Lowe Brothers.
Subsequently he became interested in
photography, and with Mr. Moulton, one
of the oldest photographers of the State,
he afterwards went to Boston and later
to Worcester, conducting photographic
studios. While residing at Worcester, he
enlisted, August 15, 1862, as a Union
soldier in Company A, Thirty-sixth Mas-
sachusetts Volunteer Infantry, and was
discharged for disability, December 8,
following. Having recovered his health,
he reenlisted December 23, 1863, in Com-
pany H, Fifty-seventh Massachusetts
Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered
out July 30, 1865. He was wounded in
the battle of the Wilderness, losing a
finger, thus crippling his hand, for which
disability he now receives a pension.
After the war he settled in North Leo-
minster, where he purchased a house, and
has resided to the present time. With
eight acres of land, he gives some time
to agriculture, but is chiefly occupied in
painting and paper hanging. While al-
ways active in political affairs, in the in-
terest of the Republican party, he has




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never sought or accepted any official posi-
tion for himself. He is a Christian Scien-
tist in religious faith, and a member of
E. V. Sumner Post, No. 19, Grand Army
of the Republic, of Fitchburg. He mar-
ried, April 29, i860, Mary Ann Conant,
born March 25, 1837, in New Ipswich,
New Hampshire, daughter of Andrew and
Emily (Farnsworth) Conant. Of their
ten children, seven were living in 1910,
when the parents celebrated their golden
wedding in North Leominster, where they
had lived for forty-four years. Children:
Mary Jennie, born November 19, i860,
married Farwell N. Thomas ; Georgianna
Judson, June 23, 1862, died July 21, 1909,
aged forty-seven years; William Lin-
coln, mentioned below; Fiorina Apple-
ton, October 2, 1866, married (first)
George S. Conant, (second) James Lewis ;
James Edward, March 5, 1868, died March
23, 1870; Clarkson Russell, April 8, 1871,
living in Revere, Massachusetts ; Hattie
Emma, February 11, 1873, married Rich-
ard E. Daniels ; Henrietta Jewett, Sep-
tember 29, 1874; Estella Elizabeth and
Delia Louisa (twins), January 2, 1880;
the latter died April 30, 1883.

(IX) William Lincoln Marshall, eldest
son of James Appleton and Mary Ann
(Conant) Marshall, was born July 22,
1864, in North Leominster, and educated
in the schools of his native town. He was
early accustomed to assist his father in
paper hanging and interior decorating, in
which he became expert, and since 1887
has been employed in this line of en-
deavor in Fitchburg. For many years he
has been on the staff of B. A. Cook &
Company, one of the largest decorating
firms of Western Massachusetts. He is
a member of the First Baptist Church, of
the Knights of Honor, and the Royal
Arcanum, and in politics a steadfast Re-
publican. He married, April 18, 1888,
Cora Mabel Fernald, born May 17, 1866,



in Shirley, Massachusetts, daughter of
Horace Francis and Martha (Jones) Fer-
nald. Children: 1. Ralph William, born
March 6, 1889; is a draftsman, and was
employed many years by the Simonds
Manufacturing Company, of Fitchburg,
later with the Vermont Marble Company!
of Proctor, Vermont, and now with the
Sturtevant Blower Company, at Hyde
Park, Massachusetts ; he married Etta
Lorinda Forbush, of Westboro, Massa-
chusetts, and they have one daughter,
Evelyn Loretta, born March 9, 1915. 2.
Helen Cora, born September 9, 1893. 3-
Rachel Martha, born March 16, 1897.



DUNN, William John,

Successful Merchant.

Daniel Dunn was a farmer in the parish
of Aghaboe, County Queens, province of
Leinster, Ireland. He came to America
in 1851 with his wife, Margaret (Bergan)
Dunn, and their eight children, including
Michael and Daniel, aged respectively
eighteen and sixteen years. The Dunn
family landed in New York and pro-
ceeded at once to Paterson, New Jersey,
where the father and his sons found work
in the Morrow Woolen Mills, where a
day's work was twelve hours and the pay
for boys twenty-five cents per day and
for men of age and experience, relatively
low.

Michael Dunn, eldest son of Daniel and
Margaret (Bergan) Dunn, was born in
the parish of Aghaboe, County of Queens,
province of Leinster, Ireland, March 24,
1833, and he spent his early years on the
farm of his father, and as one of the
family of eight children had a good school
training which he supplemented by ex-
tensive reading, observation and travel.
He learned the business of manufacturing
woolen goods and was made an overseer
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mill in the same place where he remained
several years and became thoroughly con-
versant with the manufacture of cotton
goods. He then learned the business of
dyeing and bleaching cotton cloth. In
1871 he accompanied a friend, John An-
derton, to Chicopee Falls, and they estab-
lished there the Hampden Bleachery. In
1875 he became associated with the
Musgrave Alapaca Company with mills
located in Chicopee, as a partner in
charge of the bleaching business. In
1881 misfortune overtook the company,
and by the peculations and treachery of
trusted officers Mr. Dunn lost over $250,-
000. He, however, kept his shoulder to
the wheel of progress and once more won
success and ranked among his country-
men as probably the wealthiest Irishman
in Western Massachusetts. On the death
of his partner, John Anderton, in 1887,
Mr. Dunn purchased his interest in the
Hampden Bleachery from the heirs and
carried on the business alone as sole
owner up to 1891, when he sold the
bleachery to his nephew, Daniel John
Dunn, and Edward Foley, both of Chico-
pee Falls, and he accepted for himself the
position of agent and treasurer of the
company, devoting his spare time to safe
financial investments through which he
accumulated a large fortune. He was one
of the original incorporators of the Chico-
pee Falls Savings Bank, and he held the
offices of trustee and vice-president up to
the time of his resignation in 1892. In
the city of Chicopee he was assistant
engineer, selectman and a member of the
Board of Health. He declined to serve in
the State Legislature, by not accepting
nomination as representative for his town.
He traveled extensively in the British
Provinces and in all parts of the United
States. He was a man of broad sympa-
thies and a deep student of human nature.
He was a self-made man and his attain-



ments made him a man of mark. He died
in Springfield, Massachusetts. He mar-
ried, March 3, 1867, Mary E. Norton, of
Somerville, Massachusetts, and they had
five children as follows : Margaret E.,
born in 1868, married B. J. Griffin, of
Springfield ; Katharine L., born in 1871 ;
Joseph J., born in 1874, graduated at
Fordham College, New York; Mary H.,
born in 1877; Kieran, born in 1880.

Daniel Dunn, second son of Daniel and
Margaret (Bergan) Dunn, was born in
Aghaboe, Ireland, June 3, 1835. His
school days were confined to the earlier
years spent at the Ireland home and was
extremely elementary, as the demands of
so large a family required manual labor
for the boys, which took precedence over
study in the parish school. With the ex-
cellent example of an honest, earnest and
hard working father and of an equally
frugal and industrious mother, Daniel
was thoroughly imbued with the will and
wish to work and save his earnings,
meagre though they were. In 1859 an
agent of the Cochran and McAllister print
works of Maiden, Massachusetts, visited
Paterson in search of efficient men and
Daniel Dunn accepted the offer to take
the position of overseer of the finishing
department of the print works. In 1862
he went to Chicopee, Hampden county,
Massachusetts, as overseer of the Chico-
pee Manufacturing Company's finishing
department, which position he held for
twenty-eight years. He also established
at Chicopee Falls a hardware and grocery
business, which proved to be a profitable
venture, and he retired from active busi-
ness about 1890. He was a stockholder
in the Chicopee Manufacturing Company
and in other industrial concerns of the
city, and he became a large real estate
owner in both Chicopee and Springfield,
his holdings exceeding $100,000 in value.
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Chicopee Falls Savings Bank and a trus-
tee from its foundation. He was instru-
mental in teaching the principle of saving
among the wage-earning community. He
was a Democrat in political faith, and be-
fore the city was incorporated he was a
selectman of the town. He was among
the active supporters of the Irish Na-
tional cause. About 1862 he established
his residence in Chicopee Falls, and be-
came a member of St. Patrick's Church
on its organization, and took a lively in-
terest in its Sunday school. As a mem-
ber of the Father Mathew Temperance
Society from 1868, he did much to ad-
vance the cause of temperance in the city
and he was president of St. Patrick's con-
ference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society
organized in 1877, and treasurer of Par-
ticular Council of St. Vincent de Paul So-
ciety of Springfield. He died in Chicopee
Falls, Massachusetts, February 1, 191 1.

He married, February 12, 1868, Cather-
ine E., daughter of John and Mary (Sulli-
van) Mahoney, of Boston. She was born
in Boston, and removed with her parents
to Chicopee, Massachusetts, where her
father was engaged in building the Bos-
ton & Albany Railroad. She died in
Chicopee, Massachusetts, June 14, 1904,
aged sixty-seven years. Children : Daniel
and Mary, died young; Margaret, born
about 1871, graduated at Notre Dame
College, Roxbury, Massachusetts, mar-
ried Michael Friary, of Norfolk, Virginia ;
William John, of whom forward ; Callis-
tus, was graduated at Holy Cross Col-
lege in Worcester, Massachusetts.

William John Dunn, second son of
Daniel and Catherine E. (Mahoney)
Dunn, was born in Chicopee, Massachu-
setts, September 1, 1872. He was edu-
cated in the public and parochial schools
of his native place and was graduated at
Holy Cross College in 1892. He then
engaged in the clothing business in
Chicopee Falls, in copartnership with W.



F. O'Neill, conducting a men's clothing
and furnishing business for a period of
three years. He was next a partner in
the firm of C. J. Brosnan & Company,
manufacturers of paperteries and other
novelties. This business was sold out in
1898-99 and Mr. Dunn removed to Nor-
folk, Virginia, where he resided with his
sister, Mrs. Michael Friary, for nine
months, and on his return to Chicopee
Falls he formed a partnership with his
brother, Callistus Dunn, in the manu-
facture of envelope machines. In 1904
the United States Envelope Trust pur-
chased the rights and patents of the two
brothers. William John Dunn in 1900
began a general real estate business in
Chicopee Falls. He succeeded his father
as trustee of the Chicopee Falls Savings
Bank. He was a member at large of the
Board of Aldermen of the city of Chico-
pee, 1908-1911, and in 191 1 he was elected
president of the same. In 1912 he was
the Democratic candidate for mayor of
Chicopee ; there were four other candi-
dates on the field, and while polling a
large vote he failed in being chosen to the
office. The vote was so evenly divided
that the difference between the highest
and lowest vote received by any candi-
date was forty-two votes. In 1914 he was
again placed in nomination by his party,
and he was elected December 8, 1914.
He was inaugurated mayor of the city of
Chicopee, January 4, 1915. President
Dunn is a member of the Improved Order
of Red Men. He was brought up in the
faith of the Roman Catholic church, and
was very jealous of the good name of
Catholic, and followed his illustrious
father in the participation of the good
works carried on by the church. He is
a man of splendid address and of affable
manner and holds a high place in the
ranks of successful men of business affairs
of the Connecticut Valley.

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daughter of Nicholas R. Fitzgerald, of
Springfield, and by this marriage two of
the prominent families of the ancient
Irish kingdom of Leinster, Ireland, was
united, which kingdom gives the title of
Duke to the Fitzgerald family, whose
head is the sole duke and primier peer of
Ireland.



PRATT, Frederick S. and Robert G.,
RepresentatiTe Citizens.

Thomas Pratt, the immigrant ancestor,
was born in England and came to this
country as early as 1647. He was ad-
mitted a freeman, May 26, 1647, and was
at Watertown, Massachusetts, in 1652,
when he took the oath of fidelity. He
was probably from London. About 1679
he purchased of Thomas Eames thirty
acres of land in Framingham and located
in that town. By his wife Susanna he
had the following children : Thomas ;
Abial, married Daniel Bigelow ; Eben-
ezer; Joseph; John; Philip; Ephraim;
Nathaniel; Jonathan; David; Jabez.

(II) Jonathan Pratt, son of Thomas
Pratt, was born about 1670. He resided
on part of his father's homestead in Fram-
ingham, but was an early settler of Ox-
ford, Worcester county, Massachusetts,
and was selectman of that town in 1723.
Administration on his estate was granted
in 1735. He married Sarah Gale, daugh-
ter of John Gale, of Framingham. Chil-
dren : Jonathan, mentioned below ; Abra-
ham ; Sarah, married Oliver Shumway ;
Joseph ; Lydia, married Jedediah Barton ;
Micah ; Jonas ; Susanna, married Jonas
Coller.

(III) Jonathan (2) Pratt, son of Jona-
than (1) Pratt, was born at Framingham,
April 21, 1701. He went to Oxford with
his father, who conveyed to him in 1723
sixty acres of land. He built the house
afterward known as the Deacon Stone



place and at last accounts it was still
standing and believed to be the oldest
house in Oxford. He married (first) No-
vember 18, 1725, Lydia Phillips, daughter
of Theophilus Phillips, of Watertown.
She died in May, 1729. He married (sec-
ond) May 28, 1730, Ruth Eddy, who died
April 1, 1731. He married (third) De-
cember 15, 1731, Deborah Coolidge, daugh-
ter of Deacon John Coolidge, of Water-
town. He died July 25, 1788, and his
widow, February 9, 1793, aged eighty-
three years. He was a prominent citizen
of Oxford, selectman in 1740-41-51-56 and
held other offices of trust. Children by
first wife: Keziah, born March 18, 1727;
Lydia, 1728, died 1729. Child by second
wife: Ruth, born 1731, died 1746. Chil-
dren by third wife: Mellison, 1733, died
1746; Lydia, 1736, died 1746; Huldah,
March 1, 1739, married Isaac Towne ;
Jonathan, August 15, 1741 ; Elias, men-
tioned below; Elisha, July 15, 1747;
Esther, June 6, 1752; Deborah, July 15,
1754, married Jesse Merriam.

(IV) Captain Elias Pratt, son of Jona-
than (2) Pratt, was born in Oxford, No-
vember 7, 1743, and died March 14, 1816,
at Oxford. He settled on the Pratt home-
stead and was selectman of Oxford from
1785 to 1794. He was a soldier in the
Revolution. He was in Captain John
Towne's company on the Lexington
Alarm, April 19, 1775, and served through-
out the war. He was commissioned cap-
tain of the Fifteenth Company, Fifth
Worcester County Regiment, Colonel
Jonathan Holman, September 25, 1778,
and again served as captain from April,
1779, to July 1, 1779, stationed at Rut-
land. He married, August 6, 1767, Lydia
Hill, born March 25, 1746, daughter of
Jonathan Hill, of Billerica. She died
March 10, 1829, in Sutton. Children:
Lydia, born April 8, 1768, died July 8,
1768; Jerusha, September 18, 1769, died



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