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uel, mentioned below; Joseph, married
(first) November 28, 1667, Elizabeth
Watson, (second) Abigail Newland,
mentioned elsewhere ; Nathaniel, mar-
ried, 1668, Elizabeth Rogers ; Thomas,
married Mary ; Benjamin, mar-
ried, March 18, 1690, Rebecca Macy ;
Elizabeth, born about 1647, married John
Bird, of Dorchester ; Hannah, married
John Parmenter, of Boston.



(II) Samuel Williams, second son of
Richard and Frances (Dighton) Wil-
liams, lived in Taunton and married Jane
Gilbert. Children: Seth, Samuel, Daniel,
Mary, Sarah and Hannah.

(III) Seth Williams, eldest child of
Samuel and Jane (Gilbert) Williams,
born 1675, was chief justice of the County
Court of Common Pleas from 1754 until

1761, the time of his death. His children
were: James, mentioned below; David,
Abiel, Benjamin, mentioned below ; Mary,
Elizabeth, Susanna, Rachel, Jemima.

(IV) James Williams, eldest child of
Seth Williams, was born July 10, 1797,
and married Sarah Barney.

(V) Brigadier-General James Williams,
son of James and Sarah (Barney) Wil-
liams, was born July, 1741, and died
February 5, 1826. He married, May 18,

1762, Susanna, daughter of James and
Susanna Shaw.

(VI) Fanny Williams, daughter of
Brigadier-General James and Susanna
(Shaw) Williams, was born September
27, 1769, and died 1841. She married,
April 5, 1791, Joshua Williams, who was
born March 11, 1759, and died March 5,
1827, son of Benjamin Williams, of Taun-
ton (see Williams IV, below). Children
of Joshua Williams: Fanny, mentioned
below; Deborah, born April 4, 1795, mar-
ried, May 12, 1818, Davis Washburn;
David, January 11, 1797, married, Octo-
ber 23, 1819, Polly Stevens ; Horatio,
November 20, 1798, married. May 2, 1824,
Phebe S. Carter; Francis D., August 11,
1800, married, December 22, 1824, Salome
P. Stevens; James M., November 15, 1802,
married, October 31, 1826, Floretta A. Bar-
ker ; Elizabeth A., February 5, 1805, mar-
ried, September, 1824, William H. Britton ;
Virgil, October 30, 1807, died young;
Sarah B., July 4, 1810, married, May,
1829, Charles L. Eustis; Susan S., Au-
gust 21, 1812, married, November 27,
1894, Artemas Briggs.



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(VII) Fanny, eldest daughter of Joshua
and Fanny (Williams) Williams, was
born September i6, 1793, and was mar-
ried, December 27, 1812, to Nathaniel
Landon Hood (see Hood VII).

(IV) Benjamin Williams, fourth son
of Seth Williams, born February 25, 1721,
was appointed judge of probate for the
county in 1778, and held the office until
his death, March 18, 1784. He married,
September 20, 1745, Annie Pope, of Taun-
ton, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth
(Hunt) Pope, formerly of Duxbury, Mas-
sachusetts. Children : Lemuel, who be-
came a member of Congress; Benjamin,
mentioned below ; Joshua, previously
mentioned ; Elisha ; Ann, married a
Tubbs; Mary, married Rev. Mr. Spauld-
ing.

(V) Benjamin (2) Williams, second
son of Benjamin (1) Williams, was born
July 17, 1757, and died January 29, 1830.
He married, November 28, 1793, Lydia
Williams, born January 24, 1774, died
September 11, 1845, youngest daughter
of James Williams, and sister of Judge
John M. Williams. Children: Ann, born
February 8, 1795, died July, 1797; Myra,
August 11, 1796, married Rev. Samuel
Presbrey; Benjamin F., July 5, 1798;
George W., mentioned below ; Sydney,
February 13, 1803; Henry, November 30,
1805; Edgar, 1807, died April 6, 1808;
Lydia, January 27, 1809, died September
7, 1830; Anna Augusta, August 24, 181 1,
died December 2, 1838.

(VI) George W. Williams, second son
of Benjamin (2) and Lydia (Williams)
Williams, was born July 13, 1800, and
married Emma Willis. Children : Emma
Augusta, born March 11, 1827; George
Edgar, August 16, 1829; Julius, January
11, 1834; Andrew, August 28, 1837;
Lewis, mentioned below; Felix, October
17, 1843; Arthur Herbert, February 23,
1846.

(VII) Lewis Williams, fourth son of



George W. and Emma (Willis) Williams,
was born April 25, 1840, in Taunton, and
died there December 23, 1902. He was
brought up in Weir village, and attended
Bristol Academy. After his school days
he promptly entered upon business life
and in the early seventies was busy in the
old firm of Staples & Phillips, who were
the leading shippers, vessel owners, and
coal movers and sellers in southeastern
New England for a long term of years.
On the dissolution of that firm he became
connected with the Staples Coal Com-
pany, and vigorously assisted in develop-
ing the business of that corporation until
it became one of the leaders in New Eng-
land in moving and selling coal, and con-
stantly enlarged its sphere of operations
until they covered a great portion of this
territory, both coast and interior. A
public-spirited and openhanded citizen,
Mr. Williams was among the foremost in
various enterprises to increase the com-
mercial facilities of the city, add to its
manufactories, and give employment to
workers. His advice was always sound
and his foresight good. He was inter-
ested as a part owner in the West Silver
Works, the Dighton Furnace, the Taun-
ton Crucible Works, and he owned stock
in the Carr and Winthrop Mills, of Taun-
ton, and was also interested as a heavy
stockholder in a number of Fall River
mills. He never shirked his obligation to
do his part in charitable work, and no one
who was really needy, no deserving pub-
lic benefaction, ever called upon him in
vain. He was brought up in the old First
Unitarian Church, believed in it and
stood by it always, both by his presence at
its services and in every other way to
strengthen its growth and its power as
an element of good in the city and the
denomination. Mr. Williams' wide family
and personal connections made the termi-
nation of his useful and busy life and the
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ality far-reaching, his high citizenship
touched and influenced so many sides of
the community's social, religious and
business life. He married, September 22,
1870, Adelaide N. Staples, daughter of
Sylvanus N. and D. Adeline (Hood) Sta-
ples (see Staples VII). They had one
daughter, Hattie Staples, who married
Frederick Ludlam, of Oyster Bay, New
York, now of Taunton, Massachusetts,
who is connected with the Staples Coal
Company.

(The Hood Line).

(I) John Hood, of Halstead, Essex
county, England, was a weaver by trade,
and died there, leaving his real estate to
his son John. His will, dated November
6, 1622, proved November 20, same year,
was executed by his wife, Anne. She
married (second) Thomas Beard. Chil-
dren of John Hood: John, mentioned be-
low; Anne, James, Avese, Catherine,
Grace, Mary, Rose.

(II) John (2) Hood, eldest child of
John (1) and Anne Hood, was born about
1600, in England, and came to America
about 1638. He was a weaver and
planter; settled at Cambridge as early as
October 20, 1638, and leased his property
at Halstead. He then removed to Lynn,
where he was living in 1650. While there
he took an apprentice named Abraham
Tilton, son of Widow Tilton, of Lynn,
December 6, 1653. He returned to Eng-
land and sent word to his wife, Elizabeth,
to deliver the apprentice to his mother,
who had married a second time to Roger
Shaw, of Hampton, Massachusetts, and
had died. Accordingly the boy was sent
to his brother, Peter Tilton, of Connecti-
cut, but Mrs. Hood revoked this act on
learning that the Hampton court had
assigned the lad to his stepfather, Roger
Shaw. (Norfolk Deeds, I. 103.) John
Hood leased his property at Halstead in
possession of his mother, Anne, and her
second husband, Thomas Beard. John



Hood was living in Kittery, Maine, about
1652. On August 14, 1654, he sold to
William Crofts, of Lynn, yeoman, three
tenements in Halstead, forty shillings to
be paid to each of John Hood's sisters,
according to the will of their father.
Mary Truesdale in her will in 1672 men-
tions John Hood's two children. One of
them, according to all evidence in hand,
was Richard, mentioned below.

(III) Richard Hood, son of John (2)
Hood, was born about 1625, in England,
and is said to have come from Lynn
Regis, County Norfolk. He was in Lynn
as early as 1650 and settled in what is
now Nahant, Massachusetts, then in
Lynn. In 1800 there were but three fam-
ilies in Nahant — Breed, Johnson and
Hood. His house was on Nahant street,
Little Nahant. He was admitted a free-
man in 1691 ; was allowed by the church,
together with seven other old men, prob-
ably all on account of defective hearing,
to sit in the pulpit. He died September
12, 1695. He married Mary, daughter of
Anthony Newhall, who survived him, and
died February 14, 1728. He was the
father of seventeen children, among whom
were the following, recorded at Lynn :
Richard, born November 18, 1655, died
October 4, 1762; Sarah, August 2, 1657,
married, October 25, 1675, William Bas-
sett, she was accused of witchcraft and
imprisoned at Boston seven months be-
fore her release came, having an infant
with her; Rebecca, February 7, 1662, died
December 4, 1730; John, mentioned be-
low; Hannah, October 21, 1665; Samuel,
May 13, 1667, died March 9, 1750; Na-
thaniel, June 9, 1669; Ann, February 13,
l6 73 ; Joseph, July 8, 1674, died Decem-
ber 14, 1729; Benjamin, January 3, 1678.

(IV) John (3) Hood, second son of
Richard and Mary (Newhall) Hood, was
born May 7, 1664, in Lynn, and before
1690 united with the Quakers, to which
sect he adhered through life. In 1696 he



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was in prison one month in Salem jail
for refusing to pay the ministerial tax.
For thirty years his name appeared with
others on a petition asking to be released
from this tax. He died December 4, 1730,
and his will mentions wife Sarah, who
died May 6, 1747. Children: Barbara,
born June 10, 1694; Huldah, November
28, 1697; Benjamin, mentioned below;
Content, July 25, 1703; Breed, July 22,
1706; Sarah, married John Andrews, of
Marblehead; Lydia, April 17, 1714.

(V) Benjamin Hood, eldest son of
John (3) and Sarah Hood, was born June
14, 1700, in Lynn, and was a housewright
and farmer, inheriting his father's home-
stead at Nahant. The records of Lynn
show that he married, December 16, 1729,
Elizabeth, daughter of William Bassett,
of that town, and five children are re-
corded there. It is probable that there
was a former marriage not recorded, and
that the next mentioned was his son.

(VI) Benjamin (2) Hood, born about
1725-28, appears in the town of Taunton,
Massachusetts, as early as 1750, and was
a land owner and farmer in that town,
where he died 1806. His wife, Mehitable,
died in Taunton, December 26, 1775, aged
forty years. He married (second) Su-
sanna (Hodges) Smith, widow of John
Smith, and daughter of Thomas and
Catherine (Danforth) Hodges. His will
mentions the following children : Benja-
min Landon, Joseph, Samuel, John, Wil-
liam, David and Henry.

(VII) Benjamin Landon Hood, son of
Benjamin (2) Hood, was born 1750, died
in Taunton, March 8, 1839. He was a
farmer and land holder in Taunton, and
also kept a tool shop. He was a very
well read man, had a well stocked library
for his day and generation. He was a
soldier of the Revolution, serving as a
private in Captain James Macomber's
(Third) company, Colonel Mitchell's
regiment of Bristol county, commanded



by Lieutenant-Colonel James Williams,
in Brigadier-General Godfrey's brigade,
served eight days, marching to Tiverton,
Rhode Island, August 2, 1780, on an
alarm, roll sworn to at Taunton. He
married (first) in Taunton, April 26, 1773,
Desire Liscome, and (second) October
11, 1835, Caroline Crane, born 1810, died
July 23, 1847. Children: Nathaniel Lan-
don, mentioned below ; Charles, who
made his home in Boston ; Desire, died un-
married ; Rachel Clapp, died unmarried,
January 4, 1839, aged fifty-nine years.

(VIII) Nathaniel Landon Hood, eldest
child of Benjamin Landon and Desire
(Liscome) Hood, was born 1789, and
died in Taunton, December 1, 1871. He
married, December 27, 1812, Fanny Wil-
liams, born September 16, 1793, in Taun-
ton, daughter of Joshua and Fanny (Wil-
liams) Williams, died April 23, 1873 (see
Williams VII). Children: Benjamin Lan-
don, born December 5, 1813, who died
July 23, 1846; Desire Adeline, mentioned
below.

(IX) Desire Adeline Hood, daughter
of Nathaniel Landon and Fanny (Wil-
liams) Hood, was born October 14, 1815,
and was married, May 22, 1835, to Syl-
vanus N. Staples, of Taunton (see Staples
VII).



CHURCH, Joseph H.,

Representative Business Man.

The name of Church is among the
earliest in America, and has been identi-
fied with the history of Rhode Island
from a very early period. From that
State its representatives have gone out to
adjoining States, and they have every-
where supported the high standards of
morality and culture. Members of the
family have been conspicuous as pioneers,
Indian fighters, diplomats and in the vari-
ous professions.

(I) Richard Church, born in 1608, came



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to New England in 1630 with the fleet of
Governor Winthrop, removed from Wey-
mouth to Plymouth, Massachusetts, in
which latter place he was made a free-
man in 1632. In 1649 he was in Easton,
in 1653 at Charlestown, and in 1657 at
Hingham, Massachusetts. He was a ser-
geant in the Pequot War, was a carpenter
by trade, and in association with John
Thompson was engaged to build the first
meeting house and the first gun carriage
in Plymouth in 1637. He died in Ded-
ham, Massachusetts, December 27, 1668,
and was buried in Hingham, in which
town his widow, Elizabeth, died in 1670.
She was a daughter of Richard Warren,
of the Mayflower Colony. They had chil-
dren: Elizabeth, Joseph, Benjamin, Na-
thaniel, Caleb, Charles, Richard, Abigail,
Hannah, Sarah, Lydia, Priscilla and De-
borah.

(II) Colonel Benjamin Church, second
son of Richard and Elizabeth (Warren)
Church, was born in 1639, in Duxbury,
and was bred to the trade of carpenter
by his father, continuing to work at this
when opportunity offered. For some
years after his marriage he resided in
Duxbury, and before the commencement
of King Philip's War, he visited what is
now Little Compton, Rhode Island, and
purchased a farm near the "East Pass-
age," on which he erected two buildings.
He was the first Englishman to settle in
that territory, but was not permitted to
remain long, as the outbreak of King
Philip's War compelled him to abandon
his purchase. For a year he had resided
among the Indians, and gained a thor-
ough knowledge of their character and also
acquired great influence among them. As
a young man he was exceedingly active
and vigorous, and his athletic character
gained him favor with his Indian neigh-
bors. He engaged in the war against
Philip, and was a conspicuous actor in
the Great Swamp Fight in South Kings



Town, Rhode Island, December 19, 1675,
where he was severely wounded. On
July 10, of the following year, he was
commissioned captain by the Plymouth
Colony, and marched to capture the Non-
pansets. Serving under an enlarged com-
mission, he captured prisoners at Acush-
net. On July 30 he chased Philip into
the swamps of Norton and Rehoboth.and
captured many of his followers. August
10 he marched to Pocasset, and finally
meeting Philip at Mount Hope slew him,
August 12, 1676. On September 11, fol-
lowing, he captured Annawon, and Sep-
tember 6, 1689, he was commissioned ma-
jor and commander-in-chief of the Plym-
outh forces for the eastern expedition.
Immediately thereafter he started for
Casco, Maine, and had an engagement
with the enemy on the 21st of Septem-
ber, in which he lost eleven killed and ten
wounded. He received a commission for
the second expedition, September 2, 1690,

and August 3, , was chosen for the

fourth expedition. In January, 1703, he
appeared as lieutenant-colonel, and was
commissioned for the fifth expedition,
March 18, of the following year. At the
age of sixty-five he retired from military
service. In civil affairs he was equally
active and conspicuous, and it was his
hand which sealed and signed the "grand
articles" for the settlement of Bristol,
Rhode Island, September 14, 1680, soon
after removing to that place. He was
present at the first town meeting of the
settlers on Mount Hope land, held Sep-
tember 1, 1681, when it was decided that
the name of the new town should be
Bristol. "It was in the fullnes of his fame,
when his praises were on the lips of every
man, that the gallant leader came to
dwell in the lands which had belonged to
his dead foe ; a lasting peace seemed to
have been secured to the colonists by his
achievements, and in the heritage of
Philip it seemed fitting that Philip's Con-



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queror should have his home. He built
a house on the north side of Constitution
street, near the corner of Thames street."
He was elected to many offices by the
people of Bristol, and discharged the
duties of them all with the honesty of
purpose and hearty zeal which character-
ized his early actions. Professor Wil-
fred H. Munro, of Providence, said of
him: "Few men ever served their coun-
try more devotedly or more illustriously
than he ; few were treated with greater
injustice and ingratitude when living, and
few were more sincerely mourned when
dead." For many years he lived in
Bristol, and was one of the original eight
members of the First Congregational
Church there, in 1687. In 1682 he repre-
sented the town at the General Court of
Plymouth, and was a deputy in the two
succeeding years. From Bristol he re-
moved to what is now Fall River, and
finally located in Little Compton, where
he aided in forming a Congregational
church in 1704, remaining a consistent
and valued member of that organization
until his death, January 17, 1718, as the
result of a fall from his horse. He was
first selectman of Bristol, and was com-
missioned a magistrate July 7, 1682.
Many marriages were performed by him
and are on the records of Bristol and
Little Compton. About 1696-97, he
erected a sawmill, fulling mill and grist
mill, in Freetown, now Fall River, which
property he sold in 1714 to Richard Bor-
den, of Tiverton, and Joseph Borden, of
Freetown. In 1706 he represented Little
Compton in the General Court, and was
often moderator at town meetings, not
only in that town, but during his previ-
ous residence in Bristol. He was a large
owner of land and bought and sold mills
and water privileges in Bristol, Fall
River, Tiverton and Little Compton. He
was often trial justice and referee. He
married, December 26, 1667, Alice, daugh-



ter of Constant and Elizabeth (Collier)
Southworth, of Duxbury, and grand-
daughter of the wife of William Brad-
ford. Constant Southworth was com-
missary general during King Philip's
War. She was born in 1646, at Duxbury,
and died at Little Compton, March 5,
1719. Children: Thomas, born 1673, at
Duxbury; Constant, May 12, 1676, at
Plymouth; Benjamin, 1678; Edward,
mentioned below ; Charles, May 9, 1682 ;
Elizabeth, March 26, 1684; Nathaniel,
July 1, 1686; Martha.

(III) Captain Edward Church, fourth
son of Colonel Benjamin and Alice
(Southworth) Church, born 1680, died
1707, and served as a captain under his
father in the fifth expedition against the
French and Indians in 1704. He became
a resident of Boston, and was occupied as
a venduemaster (auctioneer), his place of
business being on Newbury street, "two
doors south of the Sign of the Lamb."
He married Martha Brenton, born 1678,
daughter of William and Hannah (Davis)
Brenton, of Newport, Rhode Island, died
April 14, 1750, and is buried in the Clifton
burying ground at Newport. Children :
Abigail, born March 4, 1703 ; Benjamin,
mentioned below.

(IV) Benjamin (2) Church, only son
of Captain Edward and Martha (Bren-
ton) Church, was born October 8, 1704,
and it is thought he followed the same
occupation as did his father — that of a
venduemaster. There seems to be but
little known of his family. He married,
October 20, 1727, Elizabeth Viall, daugh-
ter of Samuel Viall. Children : Dr. Ben-
jamin, who was a man of considerable
literary culture and composed the "Ode
Heroica ;" Samuel, mentioned below;
Edward; and a daughter, who married a
Mr. Fleming.

(V) Samuel Church, second son of
Benjamin (2) and Elizabeth (Viall)
Church, was born in 1730, and married,



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January 5, 1755, Mary Ann Davis, of
Newport. Their children, of Bristol town
record, were : Hannah, born December
J 4> l 755> Samuel, June 4, 1757; Benja-
min, March 28, 1759; Thomas, mentioned
below; Hezekiah, October 14, 1764;
Elizabeth, August 16, 1766; Dorothy,
May 4, 1770; Captain Edward, July 6,
1776 (grandfather of Seth Paull).

(VI) Thomas Church, third son of
Samuel and Mary Ann (Davis) Church,
was born February 15, 1761, and died
May 16, 1843. He was but a lad at the
commencement of the Revolution, but as
the war advanced he enlisted in the de-
fense of the Colonies and served from his
native town in a company in Colonel
Miller's regiment. For this military serv-
ice in after years he was granted a pen-
sion which on his death was transferred
to his widow. After the war, resuming
agricultural pursuits, he became one of
the most skillful and thorough farmers in
the State. He cleared up a farm on a
famous neck of land in Bristol known as
Pappoosesquaw, and upon it lived for
sixty years, his sons after him occupying
the place. He farmed extensively and
kept his improvements, fences and build-
ings, in such perfect order that the place
became styled the "Model Farm of Rhode
Island." He was also engaged exten-
sively in the West Indian trade, owning
a number of vessels, exporting farm
products and importing sugar and mo-
lasses, for many years importing not less
than two thousand hogsheads of the latter
product per year. Thomas Church for
many years served efficiently in the town
council of Bristol, and shared the esteem
of the citizens to such an extent that he
was often urged to accept higher official
honors, but always declined. He mar-
ried, October 26, 1794, Mary Tripp,
daughter of Stephen Tripp, of Newport.
Children: Benjamin. born August 7. 1795.
and Polly, October 31, 1796, both of



whom died in infancy; Benjamin, No-
vember 13, 1798; Thomas, November 11,
1801 ; Samuel Wardwell, February 13,
1803; Sarah Ann, May 6, 1805, married
Thomas J. Coggeshall ; Stephen Tripp,
January 14, 1808; William Howe, June
23, 1810; Mary Tripp, April 23, 1813,
married Martin Bennett ; Hezekiah Ward-
well, mentioned below ; Betsey (Mrs.
Wardwell), August 26, 1818 (the oldest
"Daughter of the Revolution").

(VII) Hezekiah Wardwell Church,
seventh son of Thomas and Mary
(Tripp) Church, was born August 27,
1815, in Bristol, and died in Taunton,
Massachusetts, May 27, 1887. Until
fourteen years of age he lived in Bristol,
and there received his schooling. He
was early taught the principles of indus-
try and uprightness, and these were qual-
ities which distinguished his entire life.
At the age of fourteen he went to Taun-
ton, in 1829, and became a clerk for his
brother, Samuel Wardwell Church, and
Thomas J. Coggeshall, who were en-
gaged in business. After seven years of
employment with the firm of Church &
Coggeshall, he engaged in business on his
own account, as a dealer in hay, grain
and feed, in 1836. Soon after this time
he erected in what was then known as
Weir Village, the new store, and in a
short time built up a large business, prin-
cipally wholesale. In 1845 he associ-
ated with himself his nephew, Lebaron
B. Church, and the firm became known
as H. W. Church & Company, continuing
as such without change in the personnel
for forty-two years, or until the death of
Hezekiah W., in 1887. The business was
continued nine years longer by his part-
ner, and thus the name of this firm was
known to the people of Taunton and
vicinity for a period of fifty-one years.
Mr. Church was a director of the Bristol
County National Bank from 1849 to his
death in 1887, and was president during



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the last two years. He was also a direc-
tor of the Britannia Works of Taunton.
He was well-known as Deacon Church,
having served as deacon of the Broadway-
Congregational Church for many years.
To this church and the cause of religion
he was a liberal contributor. His busi-
ness life was characterized by high re-
gard for honesty and he never cast a
shadow upon the name which he inherited
from worthy ancestors. Of the record of



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