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Bedford, where they resided, and where
she died April 15, 1887 (see Gardner

LATHROP, Edward H.,

Lawyer, Public Official.

The State of Massachusetts has been
signally favored in the class of men who
have represented her judiciary, and
prominent among these was the late Ed-
ward H. Lathrop, who performed splen-
did service in behalf of law, order and
justice. He believed that the real work
of the court was not to bring punishment
for crime, but to assist the individual to
become a good, law-abiding citizen, and
he regarded punishment merely as a
means to this end. He awakened wide
attention by his policies, and splendid
success attended his efforts. In addition
to a thorough understanding of the law
he was, moreover, familiar with human
nature and the springs of human conduct,
and was guided in all his professional
work by a genuine desire to assist his fel-
low men to lead lives in conformity with
those rules which have found place on
the statutes of the State as a safeguard
to human rights and liberties. He was
a son of Belia and Lucinda (Russell)
Lathrop, and a descendant of the Rev.



John Lathrop, of Boston, who was or-
dained minister of the Second Church in
Boston in 1768, and he was of that branch
of the Lathrop family of which Mr. Jus-
tice Lathrop, of the Massachusetts Su-
preme Court, is also a member.

Edward H. Lathrop was born in
Springfield, Massachusetts, December 2,
1837. The public schools of that town
furnished his earlier education, and he
then attended the English and Classical
Institute, of Springfield. He commenced
the study of the law in 1856 in the office
of Merrill & Willard, at Montpelier, Ver-
mont. He was admitted to the bar in
December, 1859. He first established
himself at Chester, Massachusetts, later
removed to Huntington and still later to
Chicopee where he was associated with
the well-known and eminent attorney,
George Knapp. Coming from there to
Springfield, he rose to a commanding
place at the bar, which he retained up to
the time of his death, a period of over
forty years. His public life began as a
member of the Legislature from Hunt-
ington in 1868. In 1874 he was a member
of the State Senate from Springfield, rep-
resenting the first Hampden district, and
he also served on the committee on in-
surance. He was three times nominated
for Congress by the Democratic party,
but the last time declined the honor.
During the following three years, 1875-
76-77, he was district attorney for the
Western District of Massachusetts, made
up of the counties of Hampden and Berk-
shire, in which office he maintained the
high standard which had been set by his
predecessor. In 1881 he was reelected to
the House of Representatives for the term
of 1882, and four years later was elected
for the term of 1886, in each case being a
member of the committee on the judici-
ary. In 1878 he was the Democratic can-
didate for Congress in his district. He

had a reputation for independence, and
his expression of his views won the ad-
miration of his opponents, but the district
being strongly Republican he was de-
feated. As a campaign orator he was a
favorite, and at banquets and other public
occasions he was in great demand. He
was elected to the office of mayor in De-
cember, 1909, serving in 1910. When the
term of office was extended to two years,
he was again elected, discharging the
duties of this responsible office with abil-
ity, dignity and credit. He was a charter
member of the Winthrop Club, was the
first president of this association, and
served for eight successive years. He was
a member of the Nayasset Club ; Spring-
field Lodge, Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks ; the Order of the Moose ;
Springfield Automobile Club and the Gen-
eral Masonic Club. He was a charter
member of Springfield Lodge, Free and
Accepted Masons ; Springfield Chapter,
Royal Arch Masons ; Springfield Com-
mandery, Knights Templar.

Mr. Lathrop married, November 26,
1867, Susan T. Little, of Huntington.
Children: Maud, deceased; Edward H.,
Jr., also deceased ; Paul H., was engaged
in the automobile business, but since the
death of his father has assisted his mother
in looking after the estate ; married Hazel
Decker, of Detroit, Michigan, had three
children, all now deceased.


This name is of English origin, and is
mentioned in "Domesday Book" as land
owners in the South of England and in
the midlands among the Hundred Rolls.
Those bearing it were numerous in Suf-
folk and Norfolk counties, England. In
New England this family has flourished
in the bordering sections of Rhode Island
and Massachusetts from the earliest set-
tlement of that region.

MASS-Vol 111-24



(I) Henry Brightman, of Plymouth,
Newport and Freetown, is of record at
Portsmouth, Rhode Island, as early as
June 6, 1670, in which year he became a
freeman and was juryman. He became
prominent in public life, serving as
deputy from Portsmouth in 1672, 1682,
1685, 1690 and 1691 ; was constable in
1687 and on the grand jury in 1688. In
1674 he bought lot No. 4 in Freeman's
Purchase, now Fall River, Massachusetts,
another lot, No. 5, in 1678, and a third,
No. 6, in 1 691, on the east side of the
Taunton river. The ferry, which he
bought in 1674, was included with lot
No. 5, of the Freeman's Purchase. The
Indian chief, Corbitant, established this
ferry across the river, using a canoe, and
his daughter, Weetamoe, used a raft for
the purpose. Henry Brightman was
deputy from Newport in 1705-06-07-08-
09. His wife, Joan, died in 1716, and
he died in 1728. His children were:
Henry, married Elizabeth Lawton ; Hes-
ter, married John Chandler; William,
married Mercy Spurr; Thomas, men-
tioned elsewhere ; Sarah, married Heze-
kiah Hoar; and Joseph, mentioned below.

(II) Joseph Brightman, youngest child
of Henry and Joan Brightman, born in
1691, located in Freetown, Massachusetts,
where in 1717 he was assessor of taxes,
and in 1721 on the grand jury. He died
March 3, 1753. The first schoolhouse in
Fall River was located on land given by
Joseph Brightman. He seems to have
been a farmer, but also to have operated
a ferry. This was what was known as
Brightman and Slade's ferry. A deed of
transfer dated July 8, 1794, "in considera-
tion of thirty pounds, conveyed to Joseph
Brightman, Jr., of Taunton, a fourth part
of the Ferry with its privileges, com-
monly called Brightman & Slade's Ferry,
which fell to our honored mother Susan-
na Tompkins, deceased, and also the
Beach of the northward of said Ferry

as far as to take in a small wharf called
Horse Wharf." He married Susanna
Turner, daughter of Dr. Turner, and she
died July 7, 1783. His children were:
Henry, born September 19, 1716; Joseph,
mentioned below ; George, mentioned
elsewhere; Mary, born August 13, 1727;
Elizabeth, born July 9, 1730; James, born
May 22, 1734; and Susanna, born May
14, I736-

(III) Joseph Brightman, Jr., second son
of Joseph and Susanna (Turner) Bright-
man, was born April 26, 1718. He mar-
ried (intentions published December 11,
1741) Rebecca Hill, of Swansea, who was
born in 1690, and their children were:
Joseph, Henry, Peleg, Nathan, Jonathan,
Prudence, Sarah, Rebecca and Nancy.

(IV) Joseph Brightman, eldest son of
Joseph, Jr., and Rebecca (Hill) Bright-
man, lived in Troy, now Fall River, Mas-
sachusetts. He married August 24, 1777,
Elizabeth Hill, of Swansea, Massachu-
setts, daughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth
(Slade) Hill, and their children were:
James, mentioned below; William; Gard-
ner, born July 15, 1787, died April 19,
1872; Daniel; Robert; and Joseph.

(V) James Brightman, eldest son of
Joseph and Elizabeth (Hill) Brightman,
was born July 7, 1778, and died Novem-
ber 20, 1863, in Fall River. He married,
August 25, 1804, Sarah Hathaway, who
was born August 20, 1783, and died Sep-
tember 30, i860, daughter of Elisha and
Martha Hathaway, of Freetown, Massa-
chusetts. Their children were : Hatha-
way, mentioned below; Cory Durfee,
born January 11, 1808; Martha Ann, born
May 10, 1810; Susannah, born March 13,
1812, died December 23, 1837, unmar-
ried ; Catharine Lawton, born February
10, 1815; James Munroe, born May 2,
1818; Amanda Maria, born April 26,
1821 ; Hanan Wilbur, born May 2, 1824;
Alonza Norcross, born December 28,
1827. Of these children, Hathaway and



Cory D. Brightman owned and operated
the ferry in conjunction with the Slades,
and they sold out to the Slades just be-
fore the bridge was built. The first ferry
was a canoe, later a raft was used, then a
sail boat, then the horse boat propelled
by horses, and then it was manipulated
by steam. Hathaway Brightman also
owned a large farm which he operated,
adjacent to the ferry.

(VI) Hathaway Brightman, eldest son
of James and Sarah (Hathaway) Bright-
man, was born December 8, 1805, in what
was then Troy, now Fall River, Massa-
chusetts, where he died April 10, 1868.
He married in New York City, November
2, 1847, Abby Slade, who was born March
23, 1822, in Somerset, Massachusetts, and
died March 28, 1892, in Fall River, daugh-
ter of Caleb and Polly (Lewin) Slade, of
Swansea (see Slade IV). To Hathaway
and Abby (Slade) Brightman were born
the following children: Helen Maretta,
born August 6, 1849, died July 23, 1854;
a child, born and died in February, 1856;
Eva St. Clair, mentioned below; George
Slade, born June 30, i860, unmarried ; and
Alonzo Hathaway, born October 15, 1863,
died March 23, 1900, unmarried.

(VII) Eva St. Clair Brightman, daugh-
ter of Hathaway and Abby (Slade)
Brightman, was born February 24, 1858,
on the Brightman homestead, in what
was formerly Freetown, Massachusetts,
and was educated in the schools of Fall
River. She pursued a course at the New
England Conservatory of Music in Bos-
ton, from which she was graduated in
1881, and since that time she has been
a teacher of piano, violin and harmony.
During the closing years of her parents
she devoted herself to them, making
smooth their last journey and providing
in every way possible for their comfort.
She is a lady of artistic temperament and
refined tastes, and enjoys her labors in
promoting musical culture. Her home is

with her brother, George Slade Bright-
man, on the Brightman homestead, which
has been in the family name for nearly
two hundred and fifty years, and she is
deeply interested in historical matters,
especially family history. She has spent
much time in genealogical research, and
has accumulated a great deal of valuable
data on many branches of her own and
other families. In her possession is an
authentic copy of the Brightman coat-of-
arms, which dates back many centuries
in England.

(The Slade Line).

An extended history of the early gen-
erations of this family in America, to-
gether with an interesting account of the
origin of the name, is a feature of this
work on another page.

(I) William Slade, the first of the
name in this line in this country, mar-
ried Sarah Holmes, daughter of Rev.
Obadiah Holmes, of Rehoboth, Massa-

(II) Edward Slade, son of William and
Sarah (Holmes) Slade, was born June 14,
1694, and married (first) Elizabeth An-
thony, (second) Phebe Chase, and (third)
Deborah Buffum.

(III) Samuel Slade, son of Edward and
Phebe (Chase) Slade, was born 26th of
9th month, 1721, and married Mercy Buf-

(IV) Caleb Slade, sixth son of Samuel
and Mercy (Buffum) Slade, was born
January 24, 1755, in Swansea, Massachu-
setts, where he lived. He died January
22, 1816, in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
He married, October 25, 1778, Abigail
Sherman, daughter of Salisbury and Abi-
gail (Tisdale) Sherman, of Westport,
Massachusetts. She died July 25, 1831,
in New Galloway, New York.

(V) Caleb Slade, son of Caleb and Abi-
gail (Sherman) Slade, was born Septem-
ber 23, 1784, on the homestead in Swan-


sea, and died there February 9, 1863. He
married, November 12, 1808, Polly Lewin,
who was born December 21, 1789, in
Swansea, daughter of Thomas and Phebe
(Slade) Lewin, granddaughter of Edward
and Lydia (Baker) Slade, and a direct
descentant of Prince Llewellyn of Wales.
The children of Caleb and Polly (Lewin)
Slade were: 1. Levi, born June 13, 1809,
died January 8, 1892; married (first)
June 6, 1833, Mary Buffum Anthony, and
(second) September 30, 1856, Abby A.
Peckham, widow of Richard French ;
children by the first wife were: George
French, born May 17, 1838, died April 11,
1858; and Perry, born May II, 1844, mar-
ried Harriet A. Kershaw; he died Janu-
ary 26, 1903, she died March 10, 1914,
having had children : Mary A., born Jan-
uary 19, 1880; and George L., born June
18, 1881. 2. Alvah Paine, born January
1, 1811, married October 8, 1834, Eliza-
beth Walker, daughter of William and
Kazeah Walker, they died without issue,
he on February 27, 1872, and she March

9, 1883. 3. Rufus Smith, born December

10, 1812, and died March 24, 1884, mar-
ried, March 22, 1843, Merc}' Sisson, who
was born July 10, 1810, daughter of Isaac
and Martha (Luther) Sisson, and their
children were: Mary S., born March 21,
1844, died April 17, 191 1; Ella A., born
August 31, 1849; married , January 13,
1 881, Thomas J. Jones, of New York. 4.
Polly (Mary), born July 23, 1816, died
July 10, 1875, married June 25, 1843, Wil-
liam H. Chace, of Swansea, son of Slade
and Martha (Martin) Chace, and they
were the parents of one daughter, Joseph-
ine, born August 20, 1853, and died July
15, 1905, married Walter Chace, of New
Bedford. 5. Phebe Lewin, born June 27,
1819, died at New Bedford, March 23,
1873, married (first) July 4, 1838, Rufus
M. Chace, by whom she had one son, Ira
M., born April 9, 1839, died June 17, 1904,
married Minerva H. Smith ; she married

(second) November 29, 1849, Benajah
L. Berry, by whom she had one son, Le-
land H., born October 18, 1850, who mar-
ried Ida R. Nelson ; he died January 27,
1892, in New Bedford. 6. Abby, men-
tioned below. 7. Enoch Borden, born
May 11, 1824, died June 25, 1852, unmar-
ried. 8. Caroline Matilda, born Decem-
ber 18, 1827, died November 17, 1901,
married, June 4, 1848, Warren H.
Weatherhead, of Guilford, Vermont; no
issue. 9. Sarah Jane, born August 31,
1832, died November 30, 1902, unmarried.
(VI) Abby Slade, third daughter of
Caleb (2) and Polly (Lewin) Slade, was
born March 23, 1822, in Somerset, Mas-
sachusetts, and died in Fall River, March
28, 1892. She was married, November 2,
1847, ' n New York City, to Hathaway
Brightman, of Fall River (see Brightman

DANIELS, Ernest Thomas,
Prominent Citizen.

The name of Daniell or Daniels, some-
times written Daniel, Danil and Danell,
was early planted in Massachusetts, and
is still worthily represented in that State.
Descendants of the immigrant are now
found in many States, and their preserva-
tion of the honor of the name has been

(I) William Daniels, a native of Eng-
land, settled in Dorchester, Massachu-
setts, before 1646, when he was one of
the proprietors of the town and an inn
keeper. Two years later he was admitted
a freeman. His residence was in that
part of the town which is now Milton, on
an estate deeded to him by his wife's
father. This farm was on Milton Hill,
and here William Daniels died August
26, 1678. It is apparent that he was a
blacksmith by trade, as his will be-
queathes his shop and blacksmith tools
to his son Samuel. He married Cather-



ine, daughter of John Greenway, a
pioneer of Dorchester, who survived him
and died November 14, 1680. She was
engaged for some years following 1650 in
teaching the Indians, and was publicly
thanked by the commissioners of the
United Colonies for her good work, Sep-
tember 24, 1653, at which time she was
voted twelve pounds for reward of merit,
and three pounds to encourage her to
teach during the succeeding year. Chil-
dren : Susanna, baptized October 8,
1646; John, mentioned below; Mary,
July 7, 1650, died young; Mary, May 10,
1653; Hannah, April 22, 1655; Samuel,
April 24, 1659; William.

(II) John Daniels, eldest son of Wil-
liam and Catherine (Greenway) Daniels,
was born in Dorchester, and baptized
there, August 6, 1648, and died October
6, 1718, in Milton. He married, at Milton,
March 29, 1672, Dorothy Babcock, born
about 1650, daughter of George and Mary
Babcock, of Dorchester, now Milton, who
was the mother of all his children, except
one. He had a second wife Abigail, who
died November 9, 1717. Children of first
marriage : Elizabeth, born August 22,
1673; William, January 23, 1675; Doro-
thy and Mary (twins), October 21, 1676;
Mary and William (twins), May 31, 1678;
John, 1680, died 1685; Hannah, Novem-
ber 5, 1681 ; John, mentioned below;
Zebediah, June 24, 1686. Child of second
marriage: Hannah, born March 17, 1695.

(III) John (2) Daniels, fourth son of
John (1) and Dorothy (Babcock)
Daniels, was born March 9, 1685, in Mil-
ton, and spent his life in that town, where
he died February 19, 1765. He resided
in Milton until 1742, when he purchased,
for twenty-four hundred pounds, Howe's
mills in Pomfret, Connecticut, with land
adjoining, including house, barn, malt
shop, and the whole manufacturing stock
of the Quinebaugh Valley Company,
comprising "ye conveniences of 3 coppers,

2 presses, 2 screws, 2 pair shears, 2 iron
bars, glue pot, paper for press and sear
cloth for malting." He was called cap-
tain on the records, was moderator of the
Pomfret town meeting in 1753, and was
on the committee locating the meeting
house in Killingly. He returned to Mil-
ton before his death. He married, Au-
gust 5, 1707, Eleanor Verin, a descend-
ant of Joshua Verin, of Salem, a roper by
trade, who came with Philip Verin
(Veren, Verein or Vereing) in the ship
"James," sailing from England, April 5,
1635 ; Joshua and his wife, Jane Verin,
were admitted to the Salem church, June
21, 1640; his son Hilliard, born in 1621,
in England, was admitted to the church,
November 1, 1648. Eleanor was prob-
ably Hilliard's granddaughter. Philip
Verin, who came over with Joshua Verin,
settled also at Salem but soon removed
to Rhode Island and was disciplined
there because he would not let his wife
attend the meetings of Mr. Roger Wil-
liams as often as she wished. Children
of John (2) Daniels: Dorothy, born
July 12, 1709; John, mentioned below;
Eleanor, April 25, 1713 ; Nathaniel, Au-
gust 2T,, 1719; Susanna, January 17, 1723.
(IV) John (3) Daniels, eldest son of
John (2) and Eleanor (Verin) Daniels,
was born April 16, 1711, in Milton, Mas-
sachusetts, where he was a farmer until
about 1753, when he removed to Pom-
fret, Connecticut. He returned to Mil-
ton before his death, which occurred Feb-
ruary 19, 1765, in that town. He mar-
ried, December 2, 1731, Hannah Miller,
born March 10, 1713, in Milton, daughter
of Samuel and Rebecca Miller, of that
town. Children, all born in Milton : John,
February 2, 1733; Hannah, January 26,
1734; Rebecca, February 15, 1737;
"Vearen" (Verin), twin of Rebecca, men-
tioned below; Samuel, June 15, 1739; Na-
thaniel, July 17, 1741 ; Ebenezer, January
16, 1743; Mary, May 29, 1744; Joseph,



November 29, 1747; Rebecca, April 27,
1749; Dorothy, August i, 1750; Eliza-
beth, July 22, 1752.

(V) Verin Daniels, second son of John
(3) and Hannah (Miller) Daniels, was
born February 15, 1737, in Milton, and
died in that town, February 1, 1776. He
was a soldier of the Revolution, serving
in Captain Ebenezer Tucker's company
on the Lexington Alarm, April 19, 1775.
He married, in 1760, in Milton, Ruth Bill-
ings, born August 11, 1742, in that town,
daughter of Joseph and Mehitable Bill-
ings. Children : Rebecca, born August
2, 1761 ; Ruth, February 5, 1764, married
Lazarus Bowler, of Scituate, Massachu-
setts; Joseph, died November 5, 1785;
Verin, mentioned below.

(VI) Verin (2) Daniels, youngest
child of Verin (1) and Ruth (Billings)
Daniels, was born September 9, 1769,
in Milton, and died June, 1839, in Illinois.
He was a carpenter and builder and spent
a portion of his life in Fitchburg, Mas-
sachusetts, where he was among the first
to build dams across the Nashua river.
He conducted a general construction and
contract business, and at the time of the
division in the Congregational church of
Fitchburg, he built what is known as the
Hopkins church. He was a Congrega-
tionalist in religion, and a member of the
Masonic fraternity. He married, in
Fitchburg, April 21, 1796, Polly, daugh-
ter of Thomas Eaton, of that town, born
March 26, 1774, died February 23, 1853.
To 1 observe the custom of the time the
fellow citizens of Mr. Daniels at the next
town meeting celebrated his marriage by
electing him hogreeve. Most of the lead-
ing citizens of early days began their
public life in this humble but at that time
quite important office. He bought a place
of Amos Taylor, of Fitchburg, in the
west part of the town, with buildings and
twenty-five acres of land, April 1, 1795.
With Seth Phillips he bought half a saw

mill, March 25, 1806, and the other half
was owned by Blaney Phillips and Mr.
Daniels later bought that half. He
erected a number of saw mills. In 1823
he was in the manufacturing business
under the firm name of Taylor, Daniels
& Company. Mr. Daniels served the
town often on important committees.
He was tithingman in 1805 and on the
school committee in 1808. One interest-
ing item relating to the customs of
former days was his purchase of Mary
Ware at a sale of paupers. For Mary
Ware he paid the sum of three cents a
week at the public auction. The children
of Verin and Polly (Eaton) Daniels were:
Polly (Mary), born at Fitchburg, March
12, 1797, died October 28, 1872; Verin,
November 7, 1798, removed to Jackson-
ville, Illinois ; Thomas Eaton, mentioned
below; William, February 10, 1803, died
at Fitchburg, February 22, 1803; Reuben,
January 23, 1804, died 1876; David, May
31, 1806, married, November 19, 1831,
Lorinda C. Carter, he died July 10, 1876;
Samuel, November 15, 1808, settled also
in Jacksonville, Illinois ; Ann Eliza, May
30, 181 1 ; John, March 4, 1814, died 1833.
(VII) Thomas Eaton Daniels, second
son of Verin (2) and Polly (Eaton)
Daniels, was born December 19, 1800, in
Fitchburg, and was educated in the public
schools there, going subsequently to
Troy, New York, where he learned the
trade of carpenter. He located at Wood-
stock, Vermont, and while there invented
a wood planing machine, known as the
Daniels' Planer, and this he manufactured
for some years in Worcester The prin-
ciple of this machine is still in use in the
improved patterns and wood planers.
He remained in Worcester until 1848,
carrying on a very successful business
there, and sold out to Richard Ball. At
this time he retired from active labor
and returned to his native town, where
he died in April, 1884, in his eighty-



fourth year. He invested quite extensive-
ly in Fitchburg real estate, and enjoyed
in his declining years the proceeds of his
early industry and business thrift. He
was a Baptist in religion, and politically
a Republican from the time of the organi-
zation of that party. He married, April

23, 1829, Lucy Sherwin, born February

24, 1803-04, in Townsend, Massachusetts,
daughter of Zimri Sherwin. The last
named was born February 7, 1754, and
married, June 3, 1791, Polly Kimball, born
October 31, 1777, in Lunenburg, Massa-
chusetts. Children, born in Woodstock,
Vermont : Lucy and Charles, died in
infancy ; born in Worcester : George
Thomas, August 5, 1834, married Mrs.
Mary F. Towne, and is now deceased ;
Charles Samuel, August 2, 1836; Mary
Linda, November 8, 1838, married, Janu-
ary 1, i860, Oliver P. Conklin, and now
resides in Wisconsin, having a son Har-
vey Raymond Conklin, born September
12, 1867; Abbie Lucy, May 31, 1842, mar-
ried (first) Franklin Moses, (second)
Edwin S. Cleaves, and has two children
of the first marriage, Chester D. and
Lucy Louise ; John Herbert, mentioned

(VIII) John Herbert Daniels, young-
est child of Thomas Eaton and Lucy
(Sherwin) Daniels, was born January 27,
1845, in Worcester, and attended the
public schools of Fitchburg, graduating
from the high school in 1863, after which
he was a student at the Fitchburg Busi-
ness College. He spent two years in the
provost marshal's office at Greenfield,
Massachusetts, beginning at the age of

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