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miah, Moses and Benjamin, as part of
their parents' estate, five hundred acres
of land in Stonington. There was laid
out to Lieutenant Gershom, Palmer, May
3, 1693, fifty acres, one hundred acres,
and again fifty acres of land. On Decem-
ber 23, 1708, he gave all his land to his
sons George and Walter, they to allow
him one-third the produce of the land,
and allow him to dwell in the east end of
his house, and to fulfill the agreement he
had made with his "now wife" before
marriage, that she was to have twenty



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pounds before his decease, but he stated
that since he had been boarding his wife's
two daughters, Hannah and Elizabeth
Mason, for some time, he had caused
different arrangements to be made. On
November 20, 171 1, four hundred acres
of land in the purchase of Cottapeset
were laid out to Gershom Palmer. He
died September 27, 1718. He married
(first) at Stonington, November 28, 1667,
Ann, daughter of Captain George and
Ann (Borodel) Dennison ; her mother,
Ann Borodel, was of a distinguished old
English family, and from her dignified
and gracious manner she was often
called "Lady Ann;" she was born May
20, 1649, died 1694, in Stonington. He
married (second) Airs. Elizabeth Mason,
widow of Sam.uel Mason, of Stonington,
whose maiden name was Peck, member
of a Rehoboth family of that name. Chil-
dren, all by first marriage: Mercy, Ger-
shom, Ichabod, William, George, Re-
becca, Ann, Walter, Elihu, Mary and Re-
becca.

(III) Gershom (2), son of Gershom
(1) and Ann (Dennison) Palmer, born
1672, was baptized September 3, 1679, in
the First Church of Stonington, and died
in Killingworth, Connecticut, in 1734.
His father made a deed giving him land
in Killingworth. William, brother of
Gershom (1) Palmer, had left the land to
his brother for one of his sons, and he
ordered his son Gershom to go to Kill-
ingworth to live on this land in the house
of William Palmer, which he accord-
ingly did. Gershom (2) Palmer, married,
it is supposed in Saybrook, Sarah, daugh-
ter of Captain John and Sarah Fenner.
Children : Gershom, Elias, Rebecca,
Amos, Mehitable, Benjamin, Abel and
Sally.

(IV) Gershom (3), eldest child of
Gershom (2) and Sarah (Fenner) Palmer,
was baptized 1701, in Killingworth, and



lived in Stafford, Connecticut, whence he
removed to Woodstock, Vermont, and
there died before 1771. He married
(first) October 3, 1733, Hannah Wilcox,
and (second) Lucy Fields. Children :
Elizabeth, married Frederick Meacham ;
Oliver, mentioned below ; Bethiah, mar-
ried (first) Billy Grey, (second) Joseph
Wood ; Hannah, married Jesse Williams ;
Mehitable, married Luther Tillson ; Ger-
shom, married Mercy Bennett ; Lucy,
married Billy G. Kingsley ; Bennett, mar-
ried Betsey Bailey ; Walter, married
(first) Hannah Lovel, (second) Jerusha
Lovel ; Betsey, married Gaius Cobb.

(V) Oliver, son of Gershom (3) and
Lucy (Fields) Palmer, was born June
25, 1763, in Stafford, Connecticut, and
lived in Woodstock, Vermont, where he
was a member of "The Troop," a com-
pany of horse militia, in 1788. He mar-
ried there, December 28, 1786, Asenath
Barnes, born July 21, 1768, in Munson,
Massachusetts. Children : Orpha, born
June 12, 1787, at Woodstock, married,
October 23, 1808, Andrew Nealey, and
(second) Charles Cotton; Milly, May 18,
1791, died December 11, 1811, at Calais,
Vermont; Hannah, February 9, 1793, at
East Bethel, Vermont ; Alden, mentioned
below; Walter, December 15, 1805; at
Calais; Laura, October 23, 1810.

(VI) Alden, eldest son of Oliver and
Asenath (Barnes) Palmer, was born Feb-
ruary 16, 1795, in Woodstock, and lived
for a time in East Bethel, Vermont, whence
he removed to East Montpelier. He mar-
ried (first) at Royalton, Vermont, Decem-
ber 14, 1817, Anna Richardson, who died
in Montpelier, and he married (second)
December 19, 1828, Eliza H. LeBaron,
born August 26, 1805, daughter of Francis
(2) and Jane (Haskell) LeBaron, of East
Montpelier (see LeBaron IV). In 1837
he removed to Waterville, Maine, where
he continued to reside until December,



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1852, when they removed to Norway,
same State. In 1871 they went to Rayn-
ham, Massachusetts, where he died July
21, 1872, and was buried in the Plain
Cemetery at Taunton. His wife survived
him nearly eight years, and died May 18,
1880, at Norway, Maine. Children of
first marriage : Mary Ann, March 6,

1818, at Bethel; Monroe, September 14,

1819, at Royalton; Asenath, January 28,
1822, at Calais ; Horace, October 28, 1823,
at Montpelier; Emeline, August 2, 1825;
of second marriage : Mary Ann, Septem-
ber 30, 1829, at Montpelier; Catherine,
December 23, 1831 ; Alonzo S., mentioned
below; Helen Amanda, July 28, 1838, at
Waterville, Maine.

(VII) Alonzo Sprague, third son of
Alden Palmer, and third child of his
second wife, Eliza H. LeBaron, was born
July 26, 1836, in Montpelier, and settled
in Raynham. Massachusetts, where he
was a carpenter and builder, and died
September 5, 1913. He married Philena
Godfrey Lane, daughter of Ami Ruhama
and Elizabeth (Whitehouse) Lane, of
Oxford, Maine (see Lane IX). Children:
Flora Frances, mentioned below; Ida
May, married William Y. Wilcox, and
resides in Taunton, Massachusetts ; Dora
Anthony, married Edwin S. Belcher,
resides in Fall River, and has children :
Stewart Sprague and Carleton.

(VIII) Flora Frances, eldest daughter
of Alonzo S. and Philena G. (Lane)
Palmer, married Herbert H. Shumway, of
Taunton (see Shumway VII).

(The LeBaron Line).

(I) Francis LeBaron, the pioneer an-
cestor of the LeBaron family in America,
was born 1668, in France, and the first
record of him is to be found in Plymouth,
a few years prior to his marriage. Ac-
cording to family tradition he came to
New England in a French privateer,



which was fitted out at Bordeaux, and,
cruising on the American coast, was
wrecked in Buzzard's Bay ; the crew were
taken prisoners and carried to Boston ; in
passing through Plymouth, the surgeon,
Francis LeBaron, was detained by sick-
ness, and on his recovery performed a
surgical operation so successfully that the
inhabitants of the town petitioned the
executive, Lieutenant-Governor Stough-
ton, for his release, that he might settle
among them. The petition was granted,
and he practiced his profession in that
town and vicinity until the time of his
death. Francis LeBaron died August 8,
1704, in Plymouth. He married, Septem-
ber 6, 1695, Mary, born April 7, 1668,
daughter of Edward and Elizabeth
(Eames) Wilder, of Hingham. She mar-
ried (second) December 10, 1707, Return
Waite, born 1678, in Boston, died October
3, 1 75 1, in Plymouth. Children of
Francis and Mary (Wilder) LeBaron:
James, mentioned below; Lazarus, born
December 26, 1698; Francis, June 13,
1701.

(II) James, eldest son of Francis and
Mary (Wilder) LeBaron, born May 23,
1696, in Plymouth, died May 10, 1744,
was a farmer, and resided on the farm in
Middleboro, which had been bequeathed
to him by his father, in his will. He mar-
ried, November 3, 1720, Martha Benson,
of Middleboro, Massachusetts. After his
death she married (second) May 15, I74S»
William Parker. Children of James Le-
Baron: James, born December 22, 1721,
died young; John, April 2, 1724; James,
mentioned below ; Joshua, October 10,
1729; Martha, April 9, 1732, died young;
Francis, December 20, 1734, died July 8,
1761 ; Mary, August 9, 1737; David, April
27, 1740; Lydia, January 26, 1743, died
young.

(III) James (2), third son of James
(1) and Martha (Benson) LeBaron, was

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born December 10, 1726, resided in Mid-
dleboro, and died October 3, 1780. He
married, February 4, 1747, Hannah
Turner, of Rochester, Massachusetts,
probably a daughter of Thomas and
Hannah Turner. Children : James, born
January 4, 1748, died young; Japhet, July
20, 1750; Elizabeth, March 24, 1752, died
1825, in Shaftsbury, Vermont; Martha,
January 3, 1755; William; James, April
30, 1759; Francis, mentioned below;
Isaac, April 20, 1764; Hannah, Septem-
ber 9, 1766, married Elkanah Shaw; Abi-
gail, May 17, 1768; Lazaru?, February 7,
1771.

(IV) Francis (2), son of James (2)
and Hannah (Turner) LeBaron, was
born April 30, 1762, moved to Calais,
Vermont, and died July 3, 1S56, being
buried in Wolcott, Vermont. He was a
soldier of the Revolution, serving as a
private in Captain Edward Sparrow's
Company, Colonel John Jacob's Regi-
ment, enlisting July 23, discharged Octo-
ber 27, 1780, service three months and
five days. He then served an additional
three months with his regiment which
had been detached to reinforce the Con-
tinental army. He married, April 2, 1788,
Jane Haskell, born February 4, 1767, died
May 13, 1846, daughter of Timothy and
Deliverance (Hatch) Haskell, of Roches-
ter, Massachusetts (see Haskell V).
Children: Ansel, born July 2, 1789;
Cynthia, September 15, 1792; Ira, March
29, 1795; Jane, February 3, 1797; Azuba,
May 8, 1799; Abigail, October 18, 1801 ;
Eliza H., mentioned below; Francis,
October 9, 1806; Lorenzo, February 11,
1810.

(V) Eliza H., daughter of Francis (2)
and Jane (Haskell) LeBaron, was born
August 26, 1805, and died May 18, 1880.
She married at East Montpelier, Ver-
mont, December 19, 1828, Alden Palmer,
of that town (see Palmer VI).



(The Lane LJne).

(I) Robert Lane lived in Rickmans-
worth, Hertfordshire, England. His will,
made July 4, 1542, was proved June 11,
1543. Children: Thomas, mentioned be-
low ; Annes, married William Page ; Mar-
garet, married Edward Thorp.

(II) Thomas, son of Robert Lane,
born about 1515, was a yeoman of Rick-
mansworth, and his will, bearing date
December 9, 1586, was proved June 14,
1587. His wife Alice was executrix and
residuary legatee. Children : Elyne,
George, John, Richard, Elizabeth and
Dorothy.

(III) George, son of Thomas and Alice
Lane, was born about 1550. His will,
dated November 6, 1627, was proved
September 27, 1628. Children: Thomas,
who probably died in England before
1646; John, who became the ancestor of
one branch of the American family ;
Henry; Symon, who died in England;
Jerome; James, mentioned below: Isabel
and George.

(IV) James Lane was living in Eng-
land in 1654, when he owned real estate,
with his brother, John Lane, at Rick-
mansworth, County Hertford. This land
was inherited from their parents, and
their brother Job also claimed a share.
James had paid large debts on the prop-
erty, and was a poor man, and on June 6,
1654, Jeremiah Gould wrote to Job Lane
concerning the land as follows : "You
wonder your Brother James should de-
ceive me to make away your estate * * *
I find a surrender of premises from your
father and mother unto James and John
and their heirs forever * * *Your brother
James, he is very poor and I hope very
honest." James Lane was a craftsman,
and perhaps a member of the guild of
turners in London, 1654. He cam
Frances Ann, July 1, 1845; Oscar Griffin,
October 11, 1855.

(X) Philena Godfrey, daughter of
Ammi Ruhamah and Eliza (Whitehouse)
Lane, born December 26, 1836, became
the wife of Alonzo S. Palmer of Oxford
(see Palmer VII).

(The Haskell Line).

From a companion of William the
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ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BIOGRAPHY



family of Haskell is descended, with coat-
of-arms. The escutcheon itself is Nor-
man. Its field is sais, or fur, derived
from the fur with which the robes of
only nobles or knights were lined. The
colors, argent and sable, are those which
rendered the bearers noteworthy, the com-
bination indicating unblemished reputa-
tion. Argent compounded with sable
means the yielding up of pleasure, and
also famous. It is without device and
such were in ancient opinion of the high-
est honor. It bears the fesse or waist-
belt of honor, one of the insignia of
knighthood and its being of gold would
imply that the bearer was a knight of no
mean power or wealth. The legend or
origin of the crest is as follows: At the
battle of Hastings William the Con-
queror, being faint from lack of food,
saw in the distance near the lines of
Harold an apple tree in fruit. Express-
ing the belief that some of the apples
would revive him until the fortunes of the
day should be decided, one of his attend-
ant knights, Roger de Haskell by name,
dashed forward amid a shower of the
enemy's arrows and brought to his sover-
eign a scarf rilled with the fruit, where-
upon the Conqueror bade him bear as his
crest a fruit-bearing apple tree pierced by
a flying arrow. This is placed at the
head of the coat-of-arms.

(I) Roger Haskell came with others of
the name to Massachusetts, and was a
resident of Salem in 1637. After the
incorporation of Beverly, he was a resi-
dent of that town. Born about 1613, he
died 1667. He was accompanied by his
brothers, William and Mark. The family
traced herein is descended from William.
He was born in 1617. in England, and
first settled in that part of Salem known
as Beverly, then called "Cape Ann side,"
and soon became a permanent resident of
Gloucester, where he died August 20,



1673, leaving an estate valued at £548 2s.
He was in Gloucester in 1643, an d prob-
ably resided at Planters' Neck two years
later, though he appears to have been
absent from the town later. He was there
in 1656, however, and settled on the
Westerly side of Annisquam, where he
had several parcels of land, including a
lot of ten acres with house and barn, on
the westerly side of Walker's creek. His
sons had land on both sides of this creek
still held by descendants. He was a
mariner, engaged in fishing, but found
time to attend to much of the town's
business, serving as selectman several
years, and was representative to the Gen-
eral Court six times in twenty years. In
1661 he was appointed lieutenant of the
"trayned band" and was later captain.
He was one of the officers who refused
in 1688 to assess the taxes levied by Sir
Edmond Andros, and was fined by the
superior court at Salem. The repudiated
Governor, Andros, was finally driven out
of New England by the indignant victims
of his tyranny. In 1681 William Haskell
joined with others in a petition to the
king, praying for the interposition of the
crown to prevent the disturbance of title
to Gloucester lands by Robert Mason,
who made claim thereto. He was one of
the first two known deacons of the first
church at Gloucester. He married, No-
vember 16, 1643, Mary, daughter of
Walter Tybbot. She died four days be-
fore her husband. Children: William,
Joseph, Benjamin, John, Ruth, Mark,
Sarah, Elinor and Mary.

(II) Mark, son of Roger and Mary
(Tybbot) Haskell, born 1651, in Salem,
settled in Rochester, Massachusetts,
about 1692, and died there May 17, 1699.
He was a large land owner in the town
of Rochester, where he also followed the
trade of carpenter. The name is spelled
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married, March 20, 1678, Mary Smith,
daughter of John and Elizabeth (Goodell)
Smith, of Salem. Children, born in
Salem: Roger, October 17, 1680; John,
mentioned below ; Mark, February 5,
1684; Elizabeth, November 10, 1686;
Mary, April 23, 1689, married Scotaway
Clark ; Joseph, November 3, 1692.

(III) John, second son of Mark and
Mary (Smith) Haskell, was born Febru-
ary 14, 1682, in Salem, and settled in
Rochester, where he owned land near
Mary's pond, and died in 1728. He mar-
ried Mehitable Clark. Children: Sarah,
born September 24, 1706; Rebecca, De-
cember 14, 1707; John, mentioned below;
Roger and Andrew (twins), March 8,
1711; Mehitable, January 3, 1713; Mary,
April 23, 1714; Thomas, January 12, 1716;
Zachariah, April 11, 1718; Moses, Sep-
tember 18, 1719.

(IV) John (2), eldest son of John (1)
and Mehitable Haskell, was born May 13,
1709, and resided all his life in Rochester,
where he died December 27, 1791, at the
age of eighty-three years. He married,
November 4, 1736, Ruth Sprague, born
August 30, 1714, daughter of Samuel and
Ruth Sprague, of Rochester. Children:
Timothy, mentioned below ; David, bap-
tized December 19, 1742; Ruth, August
24, 1745; Deliverance, September 27,

1747-

(V) Timothy, eldest child of John (2)
and Ruth (Sprague) Haskell, was born
October 17, 1737, and resided in the town
of Rochester, Massachusetts. He was a
minute-man of the Revolution, marched
April 19, 1775, on the Lexington Alarm,
in Captain Seth Briggs' company, serving
four days. He was commissioned, De-
cember 5, 1776, as a second lieutenant in
Captain Samuel Briggs' (Third Roches-
ter) company, Colonel Sprout's regiment,
serving fifteen days on an alarm at Bris-
tol, Rhode Island, December 8, 1776, was



allowed seventy-four miles' travel. He
was also a second lieutenant in Captain
Samuel Briggs' (Eighth) company,
Fourth Plymouth County Regiment of
Massachusetts militia. He served with
this company and regiment under com-
mand of Lieutenant-Colonel White, from
July 30 to August 8, 1780, nine days, on a
Rhode Island alarm, roll certified at
Rochester. He married, November 19,
1761, Deliverance Hatch, who died in
Rochester, September 20, 1806, aged
sixty-four years. Children : Moses, born
November 28, 1762; Timothy, September
11, 1764; Jane, mentioned below; Ruth,
March 11, 1769; Deliverance, February
23, 1772; Elizabeth, August 5, 1774;
Reuben, May 25, 1778.

(VI) Jane, eldest daughter of Timothy
and Deliverance (Hatch) Haskell, was
born February 4, 1767, in Rochester, and
married Francis LeBaron, of Middleboro
(see LeBaron IV).



DERBY, Ashton Philander,

Head of Important Manufacturing Bu«i-

This name appears in the Massachu-
setts records as Darby, Daby and Derby,
and in the records of Canterbury, Con-



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