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Nichols, born there May 12, 1710, daugh-
ter of James and Johanna (Lamson)
Nichols. Their children were : Hannah,
born March 23, 1734; John, September 2,
1736; Abigail, August 1, 1738; David,
mentioned below; Kendall, May 17, 1743;
Simon, August 2, 1745 ; William, August

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(IV) David Nichols, second son of
John and Johanna (Nichols) Nichols, was
born March 7, 1741, in Reading, and
lived in Westminster, Massachusetts,
where he died at the age of fifty years.
He married (first) in Reading, Novem-
ber 23, 1763, Rachel Burnap, born June
6, 1745, in that down, daughter of Isaac
and Susannah (Emerson) Burnap. Chil-
dren: David, mentioned below; Kendall,
born July 5, 1768; Rebecca, July 4, 1770;
Mary, May 5, 1773 ; Isaac, September 20,
1774; Asa, May 15, 1779; Sarah, June
21, 1781 ; Edmund, March 16, 1784.
David Nichols married (second) Rhoda
Furbush, who bore him one child, John.

(V) David (2) Nichols, eldest child of
David (1) and Rachel (Burnap) Nichols,
was born February 2, 1766, in West-
minster, and lived in Gardner. He mar-
ried, December 4, 1788, Rachel Howard,
born May 7, 1765, in that town, daughter
of Nathan and Lydia (Lynde) Howard,
formerly of Maiden Massachusetts. Chil-
dren : Lydia, born April 26, 1790; David,
February 13, 1791 ; Betsey, February 10,
1793 ; Isaac, July 29, 1795 ; Nathan, March
11, 1797; Rebecca, July 7, 1799; Edmund,
mentioned below; Amos, August 27,
1804; Elvira, December 3, 1806; Emily
E., July 21, 1809; Charles, September 5,

(VI) Edmund Nichols, fourth son of
David (2) and Rachel (Howard) Nichols,
was born August 29, 1801, in Gardner,
Massachusetts, and resided in West-
minster, where, in middle life, he pur-
chased a farm in the western part of the

central village, subsequently occupied by
his son. He was a farmer and chair-
maker, and dealt largely in real estate ; an
enterprising, shrewd and successful busi-
ness man. He married, July 29, 1823,
Mary Derby, daughter of Ezra and Ruth
(Puffer) Derby, who was born January
17, 1804, in Westminster, and died there
April 29, 1870. Their children were:
Augustus E., born February 19, 1824, died
in Westminster; Frederick, born October
30, 1825, died in Westminster; Mary A.,
born March 3, 1827, married James M.
Clark, and died in Westminster; Francis,
born September 11, 1829, served in the
Civil War, died in Westminster; Caro-
line, born July 30, 1832, married Thomas
Greenwood ; Lucy, born September 20,
1835, became the second wife of James
M. Clark; Lyman, born January 29, 1839,
died in East Princeton, Massachusetts ;
George, born August 10, 1841, served in
the Civil War, and died in Westminster;
Clara A., born March 5, 1844, married
John R. Conant, of Gardner; Charles,
mentioned below; and Marcus M., born
June 27, 1849, now living in Leominster,

(VII) Charles Nichols, son of Edmund
and Mary (Derby) Nichols, was born
July 4, 1847, in Westminster, Massachu-
setts, acquiring his early education in the
district schools of his native town. Early
in life he engaged in the manufacture of
chairs, and for a number of years was en-
gaged in the business in the western part
of the central village of his native town,
in partnership with his younger brother,
Marcus M. Nichols, under the firm name
of Nichols Brothers. In August, 1881,
their plant was destroyed by fire, but was
rebuilt, and they continued engaged in
manufacturing chairs in that town until
1892, when they removed the business to
Gardner, Massachusetts. In 1894, Mr.
Nichols dissolved partnership with his



brother, and subsequently became the
senior partner of the firm of Nichols &
Stone, chair manufacturers of Gardner.
This well-known concern employs about
two hundred persons, and is engaged in
the manufacture of chairs of all kinds.
In 1907, this firm's plant was visited by a
fire, which resulted in a loss of $75,000,
the destroyed plant being replaced by the
present up-to-date and enlarged factory.
While residing in his native town, Mr.
Nichols served for several years as a
member of the board of selectmen, and
for some years was vice-president of the
Westminster Bank, formerly of West-
minster, but now of Gardner. Mr.
Nichols is a valued and active member of
the Masonic brotherhood, holding mem-
bership in Charles W. Moore Lodge, of
Fitchburg ; Gardner Chapter, Royal Arch
Masons, and Ivanhoe Commandery, No.
46, Knights Templar, of Gardner, and
Aleppo Temple, Order of the Mystic
Shrine, of Boston. In political faith, Mr.
Nichols has always been a stalwart
adherent of the principles of the Repub-
lican party. He affiliates with the
Unitarian church in religious belief. On
December 10, 1871, Mr. Nichols was
nnited in marriage to Alice A., daughter
of Timothy and Eunice (Lord) Brown,
who was born March 29, 1849, in West-
minster, and passed away in Gardner,
November 24, 1901, and is buried at West-
minster (see Brown VIII). To Mr. and
Mrs. Nichols were born the following
children : 1. Mary Alice, born August 26,
1873, died in Westminster; she married
Frank W. Fenno, of Westminster, and
had six children, namely: Doris, Thad-
deus, Alice, Barbara, Franklin and
Charles. 2. Abbie Brown, born Decem-
ber 26, 1875, married Charles A. Ray-
mond, and they reside in Melrose, Massa-
chusetts, the parents of two children,
Dorothy and Lawrence. 3. Louis Charles,

born December 28, 1877, residing at Wau-
watosa, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wiscon-
sin ; he married Marguerite Whittaker, of
Cincinnati, Ohio. 4. Arthur Eugene,
born May 28, 1880, died May 26, 1889.
5. Edmund Lord, born February 11, 1890,
residing in Gardner; he married Maud
Carlton, and they have two children,
Carlton and Alice Nichols.

(The Brown Line).

(I) Edward Browne was a resident of
Inkburrow, Worcestershire, England.
His wife was Jane Side, daughter of
Thomas Side. They lived and died in the
parish of Inkburrow, and there is no
doubt that the son next mentioned was
born there.

(II) Nicholas Brown, son of Edward
and Jane (Side) Browne, was in Lynn,
Massachusetts, before 1638, and the name
of his son John appears in the Indian
deed of Lynn as "ye Worshipful Mr.
Brown." The latter was sent to England
in 1660 by his father to look after the
estate of Thomas Side, which Nicholas
Brown had inherited. Nicholas Brown
was a mariner in early life, and settled at
the northwest of Sadler's Rock, in what
is now Saugus, then Lynn, where he was
granted two hundred and ten acres by
the town, situated on the river. North of
his land was the Wigwam Meadow. He
owned two hundred acres in Reading and
three hundred and twenty-seven acres on
the north side of Ipswich river. He was
admitted a freeman in Lynn, September
7, 1638, and was deputy to the General
Court from that town in 1641. After the
town of Reading was set off from Lynn,
in 1644, he resided in the former town,
where he was a leading citizen, and was
deputy to the General Court in 1655-56
and 1661, during which years he was also
selectman. In 1640 he was appointed
commissioner to hear small causes, the



title at that time of a local magistrate.
With his wife Elizabeth and children, he
was dismissed from the Lynn church to
the Reading church, February 6, 1663.
He died April 5, 1673, and was survived
by his wife, who died November 1 of the
following year. Children : John ; Ed-
ward, born August 15, 1640; Joseph, De-
cember 10, 1647; Cornelius; Sarah, June

6, 1650; Elizabeth; Josiah, mentioned

(III) Josiah Brown, son of Nicholas
and Elizabeth Brown, was born about
1654, in Lynn, and resided near the border
of Reading, where he died January 29,
1691. He married, February 23, 1667,
Mary Fellows. Children: John, born
January 11, 1668; Josiah, died young;
Elizabeth, June 27, 1671 ; Mary, June 3,
1673 ; Josiah, mentioned below ; Ebenezer,
June 26, 1682; Jonathan, March 1, 1684;
Phebe, May 13, 1688.

(IV) Josiah (2) Brown, third son of
Josiah (1) and Mary (Fellows) Brown,
was born November 19, 1675, and died
August 14, 1754, in Reading. He mar-
ried, December 19, 1700, Susannah Good-
win, born October 23, 1681, daughter of
Nathaniel and Susannah Goodwin, of
Reading. Children, recorded in Reading:
Nathaniel, born April 19, 1706; Jacob,
May 6, 1708; Ephraim, May 23, 171 1;
Susannah, February 15, 1713; Abiel, July

7, 1715; Hannah and Huldah (twins),
June 3, 1717; Jonathan, mentioned below.

(V) Jonathan Brown, youngest son of
Josiah (2) and Susannah (Goodwin)
Brown, was born June 26, 1720, in Read-
ing, in which town he lived, removing
elsewhere in old age, as his death is not
recorded there. He married, September
2, 1740, in Stoneham, Mehitable Hay,
born 1718, daughter of James and Mehit-
able (Sprague) Hay, of Charlestown,
Massachusetts. James Hay was a mer-
chant of Charlestown, where he was

admitted to the church, December 21,
1766, in old age. He was born December
3, 1690, in Lynn, son of Patrick and Mary
(Kibby) Hay. He married (first) Janu-
ary 22, 1713, Mehitable Sprague, born
1694, daughter of Samuel and Sarah
Sprague, of Charlestown, and grand-
daughter of Samuel Sprague, of Maiden.

(VI) Jonathan (2) Brown, eldest child
of Jonathan (1) and Mehitable (Hay)
Brown, was born July 23, 1741, in Read-
ing, and may have lived for a short time
in Leominster, Massachusetts. He settled
in Westminster, that colony, before 1764,
in which year he first appears on the tax
list. In 1769 a public school was kept in
his house. He purchased lot No. 105 of
Westminster, January 3, 1771, which
property was long established as the
Brown Estate, and there died March 14,
1821. The history of Westminster states
that he married Huldah Hawkes, in Leo-
minster, but the marriage is not recorded
in that town nor her birth. According to
her age at death, she was born 1742 and
died January 1, 1818, in Westminster.
Children: Jonathan, born August 30,
1765; Benjamin, mentioned below; Jo-
seph, died young; Huldah, October 18,
1773; Sally, December 14, 1778; Joseph,
October 13, 1780; John, March 13, 1785.

(VII) Benjamin Brown, second son of
Jonathan (2) and Huldah (Hawkes)
Brown, was born March 9, 1769, in West-
minster, and died there June 24, 1802, at
the age of thirty-three years. The records
of the town show nothing concerning
him, and he probably resided on the
paternal farm. He married, January 25,
1796, Jemima, daughter of Edward and
Jemima (Trowbridge) Jackson, born
September 15, 1771, in Westminster, died
there June 24, 1802, in her thirty-third
year. Children: Timothy, died young;
Benjamin, born January 14, 1799; Timo-
thy, mentioned below.



(VIII) Timothy Brown, third son of
Benjamin and Jemima (Jackson) Brown,
was born December 9, 1800, in West-
minster, was a merchant for several years
in Boston and Baltimore, but returned to
his native town and settled on a farm in
the eastern part, later removing to the
centre of the town, where he died April
4, 1878. He married (first) December 9,
1S28, Abigail Hoar Stearns, born April 17,
1807, in Leominster, daughter of Timo-
thy and Polly (Kendall) Stearns, died
January 10, 1S38, leaving two sons, Tim-
othy Stearns and Theodore, both now de-
ceased. He married (second) March 15,
1842, Eunice Lord, born April 22, 1814,
of Westmoreland, New Hampshire, who
survived him. She died January 2, 1898,
in Gardner, Massachusetts. Children of
first marriage: 1. Timothy Stearns, born
January 7, 1830. 2. Theodore, born Au-
gust 5, 1833. Of second marriage: 3.
Charles, born December 27, 1843, died
young, in Baltimore, Maryland. 4.
Eugene, born April 21, 1845, died in Oak-
land, California, November 10, 1909. 5.
Alice A., mentioned below. 6. Abbie S.,
born April 21, 1852, unmarried.

(IX) Alice A. Brown, daughter of
Timothy Brown and his second wife,
Eunice (Lord) Brown, was born March
29, 1849, m Westminster, and became the
wife of Charles Nichols, of Westminster
(see Nichols VII).

SHUMWAY, Herbert H.,

Prominent Manufacturer.

The Shumways are a French family
and doubtless of the Protestant sect of
Huguenots. Some writers have said that
originally the name was Chamois or
Charmois. In the ancient records of
Essex county, Massachusetts, the name
is frequently found written Shamway.
Dr. Baird is authority for the statement

that a "Protestant family named Chamois
is mentioned in a list of fugitives from the
neighborhood of St. Maixent in the old
province of Poitou, France, at the time
of the revocation of the edict of Nantes."

(I) Peter Shumway was settled in
Topsfield, Massachusetts, as early as the
year 1660, and it is believed that he was
in this country at least ten years previous
to that time, or about the middle of the
seventeenth century. He was a soldier of
King Philip's War and is said to have
been present at the taking of the fort in
the memorable swamp fight of December
19, 1675, in the country of the Narragan-
setts. On account of his services in that
war his son afterward petitioned for a
grant of land. Peter Shumway came into
this country at the same time that Peter
Faneuil and other French Huguenots
came, and he lived for a time at Salem
Village (now Danvers), Massachusetts,
previous to his removal to Oxford, Mas-
sachusetts, where a few years afterward
his son was a settler. The baptismal
name of his wife was Frances, and by her
he had three children : Peter, mentioned
below; Dorcas, born October 16, 1683, at
Topsfield, married Valentine Butler; Jo-
seph, October 13, 1686, at Topsfield.

(II) Peter (2), son of Peter (1) and
Frances Shumway, was born June 6, 167S,
in Topsfield, settled in Oxford, not how-
ever with the original settlers and pro-
prietors of that town, but on the land
right of Joshua Chandler, which he
bought January 13, 1713. His home lot
in Oxford included that now or quite re-
cently owned by Josiah Russell. His
family has since been one of the best
known and most highly respected in that
region. He married (first) February 11,
1701, then of Boxford, Maria Smith, of
that town, probably daughter of Samuel
and Mary Smith, of Boston, born July 29,
1683, who died January 17, 1739. It is



said that her father built the third house
having a cellar in the city of Boston.
Peter Shumway married (second) Febru-
ary 28, 1740, Mary Dana, daughter of Jo-
seph and Mary (Gobel) Dana, of Con-
cord, born February 28, 1689. Children,
all of first marriage : Oliver, born June 8,
1702, in Oxford; Jeremiah, baptized
March 21, 1703, at Topsfield; David, men-
tioned below; Mary, May 9, 1708, at
Topsfield; Samuel, born March 6, 1711,
at Oxford; John, June 26, 1713, at Ox-
ford; Jacob, March 10, 1717, at Oxford;
Hepzibah, April 1, 1720; Amos, January
31, 1722.

(III) David, third son of Peter (2) and
Maria (Smith) Shumway, was baptized
December 23, 1705, at Topsfield, and lived
for some time in Oxford. In December,
l 7Z2ยป ne bought one-fiftieth part of the
lands of Sturbridge and was one of the
pioneers of that town as well as being one
of the foremost men of that region. He
died May 10, 1796. His first wife's name
was Esther. He married (second) (inten-
tions entered at Sturbridge, September 20,
1751) Alice Ainsworth, of Woodstock,
Connecticut, baptized June 20, 1727,
daughter of Edward (2) and Joanna
(Davis) Ainsworth, died January 12,
1810, having survived her husband sev-
eral years. He had a large family of thir-
teen children, five by his first and eight
by his second wife : Esther, born April 3,
1736; Asa, October 16, 1739; Mary, June
25, 1741 ; David, mentioned below; Solo-
mon, April 1, 1745; Cyril, May 4, 1752;
Elijah, July 24, 1753 ; Alice, December 14,
1754; Abigail, July 8, 1756; Lavinia, Au-
gust 26, 1759; Chloe, November 4, 1761 ;
Jemima, August 9, 1763; Danforth, July
18, 1768.

(IV) David (2), second son of David
(1) and Esther Shumway, was born May
12, 1742, in Sturbridge, and lived in
Belchertown, Massachusetts, where he

died in 1818. He was a soldier of the
Revolution, serving as sergeant in a com-
pany commanded by Lieutenant Aaron
Phelps, of Colonel Elisha Porter's regi-
ment, from July 9 to August 12, 1777, one
month and nine days, in the northern de-
partment, including one hundred and
forty miles travel home. Another record
without date allows him one hundred and
sixty-six miles to and from camp, in Cap-
tain Elijah Dwight's company, probably
of minute-men. He married, June 28,
1770, Rhoda Eddy, who died April 9, 1833,
in Belchertown. Children : Mary, born
May 27, 1771 ; Rhoda, April 5, 1773;
David, May 24, 1775 ; Chester, March 4,
1778; Anna, April 27, 1780; Duty, Sep-
tember 1, 1782; Eddy, October 11, 1784;
Electa, September 3, 1786; Horatio, Sep-
tember 27, 1788; Zebina, mentioned be-
low; Samuel, March 24, 1793; Lucinda,
August 30, 1795.

(V) Zebina, sixth son of David (2) and
Rhoda (Eddy) Shumway, was born Sep-
tember 27, 1790, in Belchertown, where
he made his home, and died in February,
1837. He married, in 1814, Philena
Squares, born February 22, 1795, died in
November, 1850. Children: Rufus Ly-
man, born April 7, 1815; Lavinia Anna-
ble, November 14, 1817 ; Harrison Hinck-
ley, mentioned below ; Thomas Tracy, De-
cember 11, 1823.

(VI) Harrison Hinckley, second son of
Zebina and Philena (Squares) Shumway,
was born January 7, 1819, in Belcher-
town, and after a somewhat adventurous
career died December 16, 1902, in Dighton,
Massachusetts. He was educated in the
public schools and Munson and Wilbra-
ham academies, working during vacations
as a weaver. He engaged in the wagon
business at Belchertown for a short time,
and joined the movement to California,
in 1849, going by wav 0I Panama, spend-
ing four months and sixteen days on the



water. He was one of a party of twelve
which sailed from Panama to Callao,
Peru, in order to get a ship to San Fran-
cisco. After arriving there he proceeded
by sailboat and team to Mormon Island,
where they began digging gold. This
continued for some time with varying suc-
cess, Mr. Shumway's first day being his
best, when he dug out eighty-three dol-
lars' worth. He subsequently bought and
sold groceries and stores in San Fran-
cisco, when he was compelled to abandon
business by very severe illness. During
this time he was obliged to pay thirty-
two dollars per day for the care of a
physician, which exhausted his means.
A friend loaned him fifty dollars, and he
went into the mountains and again en-
gaged in gold digging. Subsequently he
was for some time cook in a miners'
boarding house, at a salary of one hun-
dred and sixty dollars per month. In
1854 he returned to Massachusetts, and
thereafter resided in Dighton, where he
was a member of the Baptist church. He
married (first) March 6, 1840, Mary L.
Gates, of Ludlow, Massachusetts, born
July 19, 1822, died April 27, 1842, with-
out issue. He married (second) Septem-
ber 14, 1841, Nancy Wellman, of Dana,
Massachusetts, born August 28, 1818, died
June 17, i860. He married (third) No-
vember 13, i860, Catherine Nichols, born
October 11, 1827, died in August, 1875.
He married (fourth) Mrs. C. A. Cogswell,
of Hudson, Michigan. Children of sec-
ond wife: Henry, born May 6, 1845, died
young; Henry Wayland, March 21, 1847,
died 1849; James Myron, July 30, 1849;
Mary Jane, May 17, 1855; Herbert Hart-
well, mentioned below. Of third mar-
riage: Frank, March 15, 1862; Adella
Louise, August 4, 1863 ; Laura Ann, Feb-
ruary 2, 1865 ; Henrietta Lavinia, July 7,
1867; Harrison Lincoln, July 7, 1867.
(VII) Herbert Hartwell, fourth son of

Harrison II. and Nancy (Wellman)
Shumway, was born March 23, 1857, in
Palmer, Massachusetts, and is now a resi-
dent of Taunton, same State. Most of
his active life has been in connection with
the operation of cotton mills, and from
1882 to 1905 he was superintendent or
general manager of mills in New Eng-
land. In 1903-04 he was president of the
Taunton Board of Trade. He is now
president of the Atlas Buckram Company,
of Taunton, of which he is the founder.
He has been very active in the Masonic
fraternity, in which he has attained the
thirty-second degree. He married, Sep-
tember 19, 1882, Flora Frances Palmer,
born October 17, i860, in Norway, Maine,
daughter of Alonzo S. and Philena G.
(Lane) Palmer (see Palmer VII). Chil-
dren : Alonzo Harrison, born October 20,
1883, in Charleston, South Carolina, mar-
ried, September 2, 1914, Mabel Josephine
Strange, of Taunton ; Herbert Hartwell,
May 11, 1888, in Milltown, New Bruns-
wick, married, July 10, 191 1, Edna Ger-
trude Robinson, and they have one daugh-
ter, Rita Hartwell Shumway, born July 2,
1912; Walter Palmer, July 20, 1892, in
Fall River, Massachusetts, married, Octo-
ber 16, 1913, Edna Jennie Busiere.

(The Palmer Line).

The English Crusaders, on returning
from the Holy Land, often bore a palm
branch, and from this fact came to be
called "palmers." The presence of the
palm branch denoted zeal in the cause of
the Crusade, and often meant the bearer
had shown steadfastness of purpose and
unusual courage in rescuing from the
Saracens the Holy Sepulchre. When the
English began to assume surnames many
took the name of Palmer, and several be-
came members of the nobility of England.
It is recorded that one Norman soldier of
the name received knighthood for his high



courage in single combat with the Sara-
cens. In America, members of the family
have continued to hold some of the most
honorable positions in private and public
station, and have been found in all walks
of life.

(I) Walter Palmer is thought to have
emigrated from Nottinghamshire, Eng-
land, and manj' authorities have stated he
was a brother of Abraham, as they were
found in Charlestown, in the Massachu-
setts Bay Colony, about the same time,
and their names many times appeared to-
gether on the records. Both were made
freemen there May 14, 1634, by authority
of the general court of Massachusetts
Bay. His possessions were listed in 1638.
in what was called a true record of the
houses and lands of the inhabitants of
Charlestown. The two acres containing
his dwelling house were in the "East
Field," butting south on the Back street ;
he also had considerable other arable land
and cows. In 1637 he and his son John
received their share of the division of land
on the Mystic side, in which some land
was saved for the accommodation of
"after comers." In company with Wil-
liam Cheeseborough, his lifelong friend,
he agreed to prepare for a settlement to
be called Seacuncke. which afterward be-
came Rehoboth ; this was thought to lie in
Plymouth county, but was afterwards
found to be in Bristol county. In 1645
the name was changed to Rehoboth.
About 1653 Walter Palmer bought land
in the vicinity of what is now Stonington,
Connecticut, and became the owner of
about twelve hundred acres. For some
time they attended worship in New Lon-
don, but finally were able to organize a
church in the new settlement, and on
March 23, 1657, the first meeting was held
in the house of Walter Palmer, afterwards
in the houses of various others. They
had supposed the settlement lay within

Massachusetts, but it afterwards became
part of Connecticut, and after consider-
able discussion the boundary was deter-
mined, part of the settlement being in
Massachusetts and part in Connecticut.
At the time Walter Palmer made his will,
Stonington was under the jurisdiction of
Suffolk county, Massachusetts, from
which fact his will is now to be found
in Boston. He died in Stonington, No-
vember 19, 1661. After long search for
his grave, it was finally located by his
descendant, John Stanton Palmer, of
Stonington, where a rude granite mono-
lith had been erected in the remote past.
It appears to have been transported to
the site by oxen. He married in England,
and his wife Ann was called Elizabeth to
distinguish her from her mother ; she died
in England. He married (second) prob-
ably in Roxbury, Massachusetts, Rebecca
Short, and they joined the First Church
of Charlestown. Children by first mar-
riage: Grace, John, William, Jonas and
Elizabeth; by second marriage: Hannah,
born June 16, 1634; Elihu, January 24,
1636; Nehemiah, November 27, 1637;
Moses, April 6, 1640; Benjamin, 1642;
Gershom, mentioned below ; Rebecca.

(II) Gershom, son of Walter Palmer,
and child of his second wife, Rebecca
Short, baptized June 5, 1684, in Charles-
town, received from his brothers Nehe-

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