American Historical Society. 1n.

New England families, genealogical and memorial; a record of the achievements of her people in...the founding of a nation (Volume 2) online

. (page 44 of 62)
Online LibraryAmerican Historical Society. 1nNew England families, genealogical and memorial; a record of the achievements of her people in...the founding of a nation (Volume 2) → online text (page 44 of 62)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


his forebears he was justly proud, and he
ever sought to sustain the high reputa-
tion of the Church name. He married
Elizabeth H. Hawes, daughter of General
Joseph Hawes, of Providence. Children :
Hezekiah W., born April 13, 1842, resides
in Bridgewater, Massachusetts ; Sarah,
September 12, 1845, married William D.
Marvel ; Joseph Hawes, mentioned be-
low; Eliza A., July 24, 1849; Harriet,
January 20, 1858.

(VII) Joseph Hawes Church, second
son of Hezekiah Wardwell and Elizabeth
H. (Hawes) Church, was born October
3, 1847, m Taunton, where he grew up,
and attended the public schools in early
life, finishing his literary training at Bris-
tol Academy. At the early age of sixteen
years he laid aside his books to engage
in business. At this time he associated
himself with his cousin, Thomas Lebaron
Church, in establishing a coal business in
the southern part of Taunton. From this
time until his death, August 13, 191 1, the
firm of T. L. & J. H. Church continued in
business with great success. In time the
business was incorporated under the style
T. L, & J. H. Church Co., and the business
grew to large dimensions. They handled
immense quantities of coal at both whole-
sale and retail, and at the time of Mr.
Church's death constituted one of the
oldest coal firms in the city of Taunton.
Joseph Hawes Church was interested in
sailing vessels, chiefly used in the coal
plying trade from Newport to Boston,



and other nearby ports. His chief in-
terest was in the coal business, to which
he gave industrious attention, and in
which he won remarkable success. The
"Taunton Gazette," of Monday evening,
August 14, 191 1, said of him:

Joseph H. Church, one of the active business
men of this city, is dead at his home on Somerset
avenue, the end coming hardly without warning
yesterday. Mr. Church had suffered for a year
or more from an affection of the heart and for
the latter part of last week had remained away
from the office, owing to another attack of the
old affliction. His condition however was not by
any means thought to be serious and yesterday
morning when he awoke and dressed, his health
was apparently as good as ever. A short while
later, however, he was stricken with another at-
tack more serious than before. Physicians were
summoned and everything possible done to re-
lieve his condition, but he grew gradually worse
and passed peacefully away at about noon.

Deceased was 64 years of age and the
son of the late Hezekiah W. and Elizabeth H.
Church. His mother was a descendant of Com-
modore Hopkins and his father of Col. Benjamin
Church. They removed from Rhode Island to
this city, where deceased was born and where he
has made his home ever since. He was gradu-
ated from the local schools and afterward at-
tended the Pierce Academy at Middleboro. In
1864 together with his cousin, Thomas L. Church,
he founded the coal business of T. L. & J. H.
Church Co., which enterprise has been carried on
successfully at the south end of the city ever
since. In addition to the coal business, deceased
was also interested in sailing vessels to some ex-
tent but his interests for the most part were con-
fined to his extensive coal business, which was
one of the earliest enterprises of its kind in this
vicinity.

As a man devoted to his business affairs and to
the welfare of his home and family, deceased
never entered politics. He never aspired for
public office, even when prevailed upon to do so,
preferring to spend his time in the seclusion of
his home and his hours of activity in the coal
offices with which so many of the older residents
of the city are familiar.

Neither did he affiliate himself with any social
orders and in this respect he consistently fol-
lowed out his course in life, which stood for all
that was noble and good, the path in life of a
man who lived for his home and family, unosten-



ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BIOGRAPHY



tatiously and without pretensions. He was one
of the old school of successful business men who
have accomplished much for their home city, and
in business affairs as in minor transactions he
displayed an integrity and fearless honesty which
won him friends by the score.

There are many in this city who have reason
to remember the generous nature of the man and
this, combined with other traits of character, all
of the highest and most sterling worth, served to
win him a place in the community such as few
men have attained. His departure from this
sphere will occasion universal regret, for by it
the city suffers the irreparable loss of a worthy
citizen and his family a dear and beloved husband
and father.

Joseph H. Church married, January 20,
1876, Charlotte Frances Pratt, born in
Nantucket, Massachusetts, daughter of
Charles King and Cordelia (Williams)
Pratt, of that town (see Pratt VIII).
They have a son, Charles William
Church, born May 31, 1880, in Taunton.
He was educated in the public and high
schools of Taunton, after which he en-
tered the office of T. L. & J. H. Church,
where he is still employed. He married
Mary Rowley, of Colebrook, Connecticut.
They have one son, Joseph Church.

(The Williams Line).

This is a very ancient Welsh family,
and the origin and history of the family
are given at great length elsewhere in this
work, including the history of Richard
Williams, the founder of the line in
America.

(IX) Joseph Williams, son of Richard
and Frances (Dighton) Williams (q. v.),
married (first) Elizabeth Watson, (sec-
ond) Abigail Newland. He had children :
Elizabeth, Richard, Mehitable, Joseph,
Benjamin, Ebenezer, Phebe and Richard.

(X) Richard Williams, son of Joseph
and Elizabeth (Watson) Williams, born
March 26. 1689, died in 1727. He mar-
ried (first) Anna Wilbore, (second) Janu-



ary 1, 1740, Elizabeth Merick. Children:
George, Richard and Ebenezer.

(XI) Colonel George Williams, son of
Richard and Anna (Wilbore) Williams,
was born 1717, in Taunton, died 1803. He
lived in that town on the east side of the
Taunton river, on what is now Williams
street. He was a man of property, own-
ing a large landed estate. From the sol-
dierly qualities which he evidently pos-
sessed it seems that he served in the war
with the French in 1744-45; and perhaps
in the first year of the French and Indian
war. But the record thus far found of
his military service begins in 1757. He
was then ensign of a company stationed
at Fort William Henry, when the French
and Indians under Montcalm invested the
place, August 3, 1757. He was sent out
at the beginning of the siege under Cap-
tain Saltonstall, but his party was driven
back, and he himself taken prisoner. He
was released not long after, and returned
to Taunton. He rose to the rank of cap-
tain of the Third Taunton Company, and
in 1772 was major of the Third Bristol
County Regiment. On February 2, 1776,
he was elected colonel of this regiment
by the legislature, and commissioned Feb-
ruary 7, and did good service during the
Revolution. His principal military oper-
ations were in Rhode Island, which State
was constantly harried and threatened by
the British navy. He was a prominent
member of the Taunton committee of cor-
respondence, inspection and safety for
several years, beginning in 1775, and was
selectman of Taunton in 1780. His son,
Richard Williams, was one of the minute-
men of the company of Captain James
Williams, Jr., who marched to Roxbury at
the news of the battle of Lexington. Dur-
ing the last six months of 1776 he was
serving at the defense of Boston, being
sergeant under Captain Joshua Wilbore.
He very likely served at other times, but



295



ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BIOGRAPHY



the Revolutionary rolls are not suffi-
ciently explicit for his identification
among the many soldiers of this name.
He married (first) January 6, 1737, Sarah
Hodges, born 1715, in Taunton, daugh-
ter of Henry and Sarah (Leonard)
Hodges, of Taunton. He married (sec-
ond) Mrs. Nancy Dean, who died in 1797.
Children, all born in Taunton: 1. Phebe,
1737, died 1813, in Taunton; married
(first) John Hart, of Taunton, son of
Lawrence and Elizabeth Hart, (second)
February 15, 1759, Simeon Tisdale, of
Taunton, son of Joseph and Ruth (Reed)
Tisdale, (third) April 27, 1763, Eliphaz
Harlow, of Taunton, son of Eleazer and
Hannah (Delano) Harlow. 2. Sarah,
born 1739, died 1820; married, April 14,
1757, Richard Godfrey, of Taunton, son
of Richard and Theodora (Dean) God-
frey. 3. A child, born 1741, died May 5,
1750, in Taunton. 4. George, mentioned
below. 5. Anna, born 1747, died Novem-
ber 2, 1833, at Taunton ; married (first)
September 16, 1763, Elisha Codding,
(second) July 19, 1788, Jonathan French,
of Berkley, Massachusetts, son of Eben-
ezer and Keziah French, of Berkley. 6.
Ebenezer, born 175 1, died April 30, 1814;
married. March 7, 1769, at Raynham,
Sarah Ellis, of that town, daughter of
Philip Ellis. 7. Lydia, born 1753, died
March 5, 1773; married, August 6, 1772,
Isaac Tobey, of Berkley, son of Rev.
Samuel and Bathsheba (Crocker) Tobey,
of that town. 8. Richard, born 1755 or
1757, died in Taunton, 1814; married
Hannah Padelford, of that town, daugh-
ter of Edward and Sarah (Briggs) Padel-
ford. 9. Abiather, born June 4, 1759, died
October 4, 1760, at Taunton.

(XII) George (2) Williams, son of
Colonel George (1) and Sarah (Hodges)
Williams, was born August 18, 1745, in
Taunton, and died February 23, 1814, in
Raynham. He was a man of fine personal



appearance, according to the accounts
handed down in the family, was a farmer,
and owned a fine property. While it is
certain he served in the Revolution, it is
difficult to pick out his record from the
many of the same name. Possibly he
served in New York State from about the
beginning of 1776 until December, being
or becoming a sergeant in Captain James
Allen's company, Colonel Simeon Carey's
regiment. He certainly was quartermas-
ter of his father's regiment in Rhode
Island, December, 1776, and January,
1777. He married, October 2, 1766, Bath-
sheba King, born March 31, 1744, in
Raynham, daughter of Philip and Abigail
King, died May 26, 1839, m Taunton.
Children, all born in Raynham : Sarah,
July 2j, 1767; George, February 26, 1769;
a son, May 6, 1771 ; Abiathar, January 8,
1773; Bathsheba, January 25, 1775; Mel-
ancy, February 28, 1777; Francis, Octo-
ber 13, 1779; Narcissus, mentioned be-
low; Enoch, December 29, 1783; Samuel
K., November 17, 1785.

(XIII) Narcissus Williams, fourth son
of George (2) and Bathsheba (King)
Williams, was born September 13, 1781,
in Raynham, and married Hasekiah (?)
Haskell, of New Bedford. They had chil-
dren : Elisha ; William ; George ; Bath-
sheba, married Horace Howard ; Cordelia,
married Charles King Pratt (see Pratt
VIII).

(The Pratt Line).

The surname Pratt occurs among the
earliest English family records, before the
year 1200, and indicates that the family
came with the Normans to England. John
Pratt or de Pratellis or de Pratis, as then
generally spelled, held the Manor of Pat-
rickborne (Merton Bridge and Pelham
Hundred) in 1200. Four brothers, John,
William, Engebraw and Peter de Pratel-
lis, figured prominently in the reign of
Richard I. and John, all living in 1201.



296



ENCYCLOPEDIA OP BIOGRAPHY



John was a favorite minister. In 1 191
William and Peter both made a gallant
record in the Crusade. John Pratt was
in parliament from Beverly in 1298 and
1305. Before the year 1300 the family
was well known and widely scattered
through England, and the shortened form
of the name Prat was the common spell-
ing. The other forms, Pratte, Pradt,
Praed, Prete, Prate, Praer, and Prayers
are also found. The surname means
meadow and was a place name before it
became a surname.

(I) Matthew Pratt was born in Eng-
land about 1600, and probably came to
New England with the Gorges company
in 1623, though genealogists fail to find
positive evidence. Joshua and Phinehas
Pratt, brothers, came in the ship "Anne"
to Plymouth in 1623. Phinehas Pratt went
to Weymouth later and our first record of
Matthew Pratt was at Weymouth. The
family tradition of descendants of Mat-
thew Pratt says they were related. He
may have been a younger brother or
nephew. Matthew Pratt's name appears
on the list of "old residents" about 1643.
His name was spelled Macute and in
similar ways, but the weight of evidence
proves that Matthew was the correct
form. He received a grant from the Gen-
eral Court, December 7, 1636, of twenty
acres, and became one of the prominent
citizens of Weymouth, and was often
townsman or selectman. He had other
grants of land from time to time and be-
came a large landed proprietor. His will,
dated March 25, 1672, and proved April
30, 1673, mentions wife Elizabeth, his
children and grandchildren. He died Au-
gust 26, 1672. He married Elizabeth
Bate, and had children : Thomas, born
before 1628, died April 19, 1676; Mat-
thew, 1628, died January 12, 1713; John,
died October 3, 1716; Samuel, born about
io 33 ; Joseph, mentioned below ; Eliza-
beth, died February 26, 1726; Mary.



(II) Joseph Pratt, youngest son of
Matthew and Elizabeth (Bate) Pratt, was
born June 10, 1637, probably in Wey-
mouth, and died there December 24, 1720.
He was an active citizen of. the town,
serving in 1666 and 1673 as fence viewer;
in 1685 as hay warden; in 16S8 and 1706
as surveyor of highways. In 1693 he was
a freeholder; in 1681 was appointed to
cut five cords of wood per year for the
pastor of the church, and in 1709 to lay
out lands. He married, May 7, 1662,
Sarah Judkins, born 1638, died January
14, 1726. Children: Sarah, born May 31,
1664; Joseph, mentioned below; John,
May 17, 1668; William; Ephraim ; Ex-
perience, married Battle ; Hannah,

married Heins; and Samuel.

(III) Joseph (2) Pratt, eldest son of
Joseph (0 and Sarah (Judkins) Pratt,
was born February 2, 1665, in Weymouth,
and resided there until 1704-05, when he
removed to Bridgewater. He held impor-
tant offices in both towns, being select-
man in Bridgewater in 1739. He appears
to have been interested in business with
his cousin, Matthew, and sold a mill in
Abington in 1704. He died January 14,
1765, near the close of his one hundredth
year. The "Boston News Letter" said of
him : "A man of good character and re-
ligious profession. He had 20 children by
his first wife, but none by his second, who
still survives him, about 90 years of age."
On account of one leg being a little short,
he was called "Little-leg Joe." He mar-
ried (first) Sarah Benson, of Hull; (sec-
ond) December 14, 1721, Ann Richards,
of Weymouth, born 1673-74, died March
21, 1766. Children named in will: Joseph,
died 1753; Benjamin, mentioned below;
Nathaniel, born November 23, 1701 ; Solo-
mon ; David, 1708; Samuel; Sarah, mar-
ried Ebenezer Snow.

(IV) Benjamin Pratt, son of Joseph
(2) and Sarah (Benson) Pratt, was born
1693, and died 1762. He married, June

297



ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BIOGRAPHY



24, 1719, Sarah, daughter of Henry King-
man, born 1696, died December 20, 1767.
Children : Benjamin, mentioned below ;
Nathan, died 1750; John; Bethia, mar-
ried Joseph Mehuren ; Susanna, born
1738; Silence, married John Maxum;
Ann, married Azariah Hayward.

(V) Benjamin (2) Pratt, eldest child
of Benjamin (1) and Sarah (Kingman)
Pratt, was born in 1719, and died about
1765. He was a man of good character
and much enterprise. He bought Cedar
Swamp in North Carolina, and sold tim-
ber in New England and traded in the
West Indies. He lived near Woodward's
bridge, on Titicut river, in Bridgewater,
where he built vessels to carry lumber,
he commanding one of the vessels, and
his son, Benjamin, another. He died with
three of his sons in North Carolina, sup-
posedly of yellow fever. He married, De-
cember 22, 1741, Lydia Harlow, of Mid-
dleboro, born 1722, died August 4, 1807.
Children: Benjamin, born April 25, 1745;
William,, mentioned below; Calvin, April
29, 1749; Nathan, April 3, 1751 ; Lydia,
January 29, 1753; Hannah, April 3, 1757;
Sally, December 20, 1759; Betty, October
19, 1761 ; Luther, September 29, 1763;
Nathaniel.

(VI) William Pratt, second son of
Benjamin (2) and Lydia (Harlow) Pratt,
was born April 6, 1747, and died June 4,
1808. He was twenty years of age when
his father and brothers died, and he went
to North Carolina, where he sold vessels
and swamp land, and there settled in busi-
ness. He resided in Titicut parish, North
Middleboro, where he purchased a farm
from the Indians, and about 1782 built a
large house, adding to his farm from time
to time until he was the owner of nearly
four hundred acres. He built vessels and
commanded one a few years. In associa-
tion with Captain Edson he built a dam
across the river, and built grist, saw and



linseed mills on one side, while Edson
built on the other. He turned his atten-
tion to mercantile pursuits, and was the
proprietor of a store, in addition to this
having a blacksmith and shoe shop. He
was a captain in the North Middleboro
militia, and marched to the defense of
New Bedford in the Revolution. During
the Revolution he was active in the de-
fense of his country. At the time of his
death his estate was valued at $18,410.99.
He married Mary King, of Raynham,
born 1744, died 1816. Children: Calvin,
born April 18, 1774; Isaac, March 6, 1776;
Sally, December 26, 1778; Enoch, July 31,
1781 ; Greenleaf, mentioned below; Ben-
jamin, May 11, 1785; William, June 8,
1788; Zebulon King, February 4, 1791.

(VII) Greenleaf Pratt, fourth son of
William and Mary (King) Pratt, was
born May 13, 1783, in North Middleboro,
and died May 8, 1824. He was a man of
great physical strength and decision of
character, active and enterprising, public-
spirited, and a leader among men. His
life was devoted chiefly to the pursuit of
agriculture. He was large hearted and
hospitable, and a favorite son of his
father, to whose estate he succeeded. He
built stone walls, cleared the lands and
greatly improved the farm, and assisted
with his hands in building the new church
in 1808. He joined the Congregational
church and was active in its good works.
In the War of 1812 he commanded a com-
pany of militia stationed at Plymouth.
He married Lucy Edson, born February
25, 1788, died June 12, 1828, daughter of
Polycarpus and Lucy (Eaton) Edson, of
Bridgewater. Children: Maria Edson,
born July 29, 1810; Louisa Maria, Feb-
ruary 7, 1812; Charles King, mentioned
below ; a son, died one day old ; Lucy Ed-
son, born June 30, 1818; Francis Green-
leaf, January 30, 1821.

(VIII) Charles King Pratt, eldest son



ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BIOGRAPHY



of Greenleaf and Lucy (Edson) Pratt,
was born August i, 1814, in East Middle-
boro, and received his education in the
public schools and Pierce Academy, Mid-
dleboro. He became engaged in mercan-
tile business at Nantucket, Massachu-
setts, and later at Fall River, where he
continued for some years. He then sold
out this business and settled in Bridge-
water, near the home of his ancestors,
where he continued to reside the remain-
der of his life. He died in Bridgewater,
April, 1901, aged eighty-seven years, and
was buried there. He married, June 1,
1841, Cordelia Williams, daughter of Nar-
cissus and Hasekiah (?) (Haskell) Wil-
liams (see Williams XIII). She died in
Bridgewater at the age of seventy-nine
years. Children : Cordelia Williams, mar-
ried Frank P. Keene, of Nantucket ; Char-
lotte Frances, mentioned below ; Charles
Greenleaf, born November 1, 1852, mar-
ried Emma Hawley, of Bath, Maine ; Her-
bert, March 9, 1854, married Alice Cope-
land ; Wallace, June, 1856, married Ellen
Keith.

(IX) Charlotte Frances Pratt, second
daughter of Charles King and Cordelia
(Williams) Pratt, was born July 26, 1847,
in Nantucket, and was educated in the
public schools of that town and Bridge-
water State Normal School. Prior to her
marriage she taught school at Nantucket.
She married, January 20, 1876, Joseph H.
Church, of Taunton (see Church VII).
Mrs. Church is a member of Lydia Cobb
Chapter, Daughters of the American Rev-
olution, of Taunton, through her ancestor,
Colonel George Williams.



LAKE, Edward Bennett,

Man of Enterprise.

The family of Lake is an ancient one
in the vicinity of Southeastern Massachu-
setts, where its representatives have re-



sided continuously through many genera-
tions. They have been noted as good citi-
zens, active in promoting the moral,
social, and physical welfare of the com-
munities in which they have lived, and
have left their imprint as worthy repre-
sentatives of a time-honored family. Wil-
liam Lake, born about 1780, was a resi-
dent of Tiverton, Rhode Island, formerly
a part of Massachusetts, where his son,
Edward Lake, was also born. The latter
lived in Fall River, Massachusetts, where
he passed away. He married Mary Sher-
man, who was also descended from one
of New England's oldest settled families,
and they were the parents of Edward
Bennett Lake, mentioned below.

Edward Bennett Lake, son of Edward
and Mary (Sherman) Lake, was born Oc-
tober 20, 1835, in Fall River, Massachu-
setts, where his boyhood days were spent.
His educational training was acquired in
the schools of his native city. After lay-
ing aside his books he became apprenticed
to the trade of wheelwright and mill-
wright with Samuel Thurston, with
whom he spent about seven years, during
which time he worked on the water
wheels in the various Fall River cotton
mills, and in sections of Rhode Island
adjacent. Following this he was for a
time employed in the cooperage shop of
David Brayton at Fall River. In 1867 he
entered the employ of Chase, Allen &
Slade, wholesale grocers of Fall River, as
a salesman, in which capacity he con-
tinued until 1872, during which service he
had acquired a thorough and comprehen-
sive knowledge of the details of the busi-
ness. In the latter named year, in asso-
ciation with B. S. C. Gifford, he pur-
chased the interests of Nathan Chase, the
senior member of the firm, and the firm
name was then changed to Allen, Slade &
Company, under which name the business
has since been continued. At the tim :



299



ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BIOGRAPHY



Mr. Lake entered the employ of this con- of his native city, private schools of Bos-



cern it was then in its infancy, but its
growth has been steady and continuous,
and to-day it is one of the largest estab-
lishments of its kind in New England. To
the interests of this business Mr. Lake
gave his undivided and untiring energy,
and continued an active member of the
same until the time of his death in 1913.
Mr. Lake was a very active business man,
successful and well known, and noted for
his honorable and upright methods of
doing business. He was also always
active in promoting the best interests of
his native city, and every project which
had for its object the best interests of the
city and its people and institutions had
his best support. He was for a number of
years a member of the old Volunteer Fire
Department, and was also a member of
the first Steamer Fire Company in the
city of Fall River. He was also a mem-
ber of the old Fall River Artillery Com-
pany, commanded by John Sanford. The
broad mind and Christian fraternal char-
acter of Mr. Lake are shown by his active
membership in Fall River Lodge, No. 219,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. In
political faith he was a staunch supporter
of the principles of the Republican party,
but never sought public office, preferring
to give his undivided attention to his busi-
ness and its growth, and to the surround-
ings of his home and family, to which he
was much devoted.

Mr. Lake was twice married, his first
wife, who was Elizabeth Lang, passed
away within a few years after their mar-
riage, without issue. He married (sec-
ond) January 22, 1878, Emma Frances
Gulliver, who was born in East Corinth,
Maine, daughter of Thomas and Abigail
(Chase) Gulliver. To Mr. and Mrs. Lake
were born two children, namely: Eva M.
A., and Russell Brackett Lake, who ac-
quired his early schooling in the schools



ton, and is now a student at the Washing-
ton University Law School, of Washing-
ton, D. C. Mrs. Lake, who survives her
husband, still occupies the handsome resi-
dence on French street, Fall River, to
which she is much attached and over
which a gracious hospitality always pre-
vails, is charitable and benevolent, and
prominent in the social activities of the
city. She is an active and valued mem-
ber of the First Baptist Church of Fall
River.

Mr. Lake was a self-made man in the
truest sense of the word, his success in



Online LibraryAmerican Historical Society. 1nNew England families, genealogical and memorial; a record of the achievements of her people in...the founding of a nation (Volume 2) → online text (page 44 of 62)