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holic Church, lie married Alice E. Rob- country from Canada, where Abraham
erts, win i was l><>rn in England, near Lon- Roberts, with his two brothers, Isaac and
don, daughter of George Roberts. She came Jacob, settled as pioneers. Abraham Rob-
to this country in 1872. James Henry and erts was engaged in farming to the time of
Alice E. i Roberts) Craven, are the parents his death in 1849. He married and was
of five children: George, Thomas Joseph, of the father of three children: I. Gideon, of
further mention; .Alice E., deceased, married further mention. 2. David. 3. A daughter,

ink Kendall; \Yilliam. and Raymond. who married Joseph Blondin.
Thomas Joseph Craven, son of James (II) Gideon Roberts, son of Abraham
Henry and Alice E. (Roberts) Craven, was Roberts, was born at St. Athanase. County
born in \\V>t Springfield, Massachusetts, Iberville, Province of Quebec, Canada, in
February 3. 1890, and received his early 1815, and died at Turners Falls, Massachu-
school training in the public schools of his setts, in 1889. He was engaged in pioneer
native town, attending evening school after agricultural activities, working hard at clear-
he began his active career. He also took ing the land and bringing virgin soil under
a course in the Xortheaston College in cultivation in County Iberville until later
Springfield, and it is characteristic of the in life, when he came to the home of his
man that, at the present time, he is pre- son at Turners Falls, where he died. He
paring to enter the legal profession. Though married Mary Boudreau of St. George,
he has always been a student he has also Canada, who was born in 1822, and died

n continuously engaged in an active busi- in 1898, daughter of Alexis and Josette
ness career. For fifteen years he has served (Grenier) Boudreau, and they were the par-
accountant in the employ of the Strath- ents of fourteen children of whom all but
more Paper Company, of Mittineague, Mas- four died before reaching the age of seven

husetts. He was also treasurer of the years. The four who lived to maturity

R. iv V. Knight Automobile Company of were: Charles T., of further mention; Mary

Springfield, of which Mr. D. B. Wesson Josette, Moses, and Peter, of whom only

\va- president. His practical experience, as Charles T. now survives,

well as his years of study, will be valuable (HI) Charles Treffle Roberts, son of Gid-

Mr. Craven in his professional work. eon and Mary (Boudreau) Roberts, was

Thomas Joseph Craven married, on Sep- born in Stukely, Province of Quebec, Can-

tember 26, 1912, Abbie Baron, of Ludlow, ada, February 18, 1846. When he was

Massachusetts, daughter of Nelson and seven years of age he went to Sherbrooke,

Marv (La Fontaine) Baron, and they are Canada, and there in the public schools re-

the parents of two children : I. Earl Thomas, ceived a good practical education. When

who was born June 26, 1913. 2. Irene Alice his school training was completed he learned

May. who was born December 7, 1918. the blacksmith's trade and for sixty-five

years he has continued in this line of busi-

ROBERTS, Edmond Joseph ness activity. In 1864 he came to the States,

Though Mr. Roberts was born in Turners locating first in Salem, Massachusetts. Later

Falls, this State, he has spent the greater he removed to Worcester, then to Ware,

part of lii's life in Springfield, where for the then to Ilinsdale, all in Massachusetts, and

past eleven years he has been identified with finally, in 1873, he settled in Springfield,

the electrical contracting business of A. A. During the first three years of his residence

iliea. I fe is now superintendent of the con- in the last-named city he was in the em-

cern ami is securing splendid results. ploy of the Boston and Albany Railroad,

(I) The Roberts family of which Edmond working in the shop. At the end of that

Joseph Roberts is a member came to this time he returned to Canada, but after a

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year he again came to Massachusetts and ners Falls, while attending school, and upon

entered the employ of the Hampden Mills in removing to Springfield the second time he

Holyoke. After a time he became identified entered the Wason Car Shop where his

with the Boston and Albany Railroad, in father was employed. He remained there

whose employ he remained for two years, but a short time, however, and later decided

His next place of residence was at Turners to learn the electrical contracting business.

Falls, Massachusetts, where for twenty years He was thoroughly interested, and devoted

he conducted a blacksmith shop of his own, himself to this branch of business activity

in which he handled mostly railroad and with thoroughness and ability. After ac-

mill work. In 1899 he returned to Spring- quiring considerable experience with Thomas

field, and for twenty-two years was identified Morin he made a change and identified him-

with the Wason Car Shop. At the present self with John Collins of the Collins Elec-

time he is associated with the Holyoke Card trical Company, with whom he remained for

and Paper Company, of Springfield. He is five years. In 1912 he became associated

well known as a mechanic of skill and ability with A. A. Shea, engaged in the electrical

and has many friends in Springfield. Po- contracting business, and during the thirteen

litically, he gives his support to the Repub- years which have passed since that time he

lican Party. While living in Turners Falls he has maintained that connection. He is an

he took an active interest in local public expert in his line and is rendering valuable

affairs and served as a member of the town service to the firm with which he is iden-

committee. His fraternal affiliation is with tified.
the St. Jean Baptiste Society. Mr. Roberts has always been interested in

On June 2, 1872, Charles Treffle Roberts political affairs. He is a member of the Re-
married (first) Eugenia Boudreau, of Bol- publican Town Committee, of West Spring-
ton, Canada, daughter of Anthony and Mary field, and in 1920 was elected a member of
(Lemieux) Boudreau. She died in 1907, the board of health, in which capacity he
and he married (second) in June, 1913, served for three years. In 1922 he was
Louise Dube. Children of the first marriage elected selectman of West Springfield and in
are: i. Louis T., who married Agnes Miner, order to accept the latter official position he
and has two children, Edward and Ernest, found it necessary to resign from the board
2. Emma, who married George Bryant, and of health a year before his time had expired,
has one daughter, Jeanette. 3. Edmond As a member of the board he has demon-
Joseph, of further mention. 4. Arthur S., strated both his ability and his fair-min
an electrician, who married Kate Cronan. ness, and at the present time is serving as
5. Lillian, who married Francis Pelkey, and chairman of the board. Fraternally, he is
has two sons, Kenneth and Robert. affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective

(IV) Edmond Joseph Roberts, son of Order of Elks, and with Alhambra Lt><:

Charles Treffle and Eugenia (Boudreau) Knights of Columbus.

Roberts, was born in Turners Falls, Massa- On August 15. 1912, Edmond Ji.sq.h

chusetts, March 25, 1890, and received his Roberts married Bertha Duchacek, of \Ye-t

education in the public schools of Turners Springfield, Massachusetts, daughter of

Falls and Springfield. The family removed Frank and Catherine Duchacek. both of

to Springfield in 1899, but in 1904 Edward whom were born in Bohemia, Austria, and

Joseph returned to Turners Falls, where he came to America in iSSo. Mr. and Mrs.

remained for two years, removing again to Roberts are the parents of two children: i.

Springfield in 1906. As a lad he found Harold Henry, who was born June 3, 1914.

employment in Allard's Shoe Store, in Tur- 2. Dorothy, who was born April 29, 1919.

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PEASE, Walter Smith

Fi>r more than three decades Walter Smith
Pea>c was a>M, dated with the business life
(if the city of Springfield up to i'j_M, when
he retired.

Mr. Pease hears a name which has been
well known in England from very early
times. The English family is said to be of
German origin, and their emigration is
I . laced at a much later date than that of the
Saxmi Conquest. The name is found in
Germany still, spelled Pies or Pees. The
ancient coat-of-arms borne by a German
family, granted under the reign of Otho II,
Emperor of Germany, is:

Arms Per fesse argent and gules, an eagle
displayed counterchanged.

Crest An eagle's head erased, the beak holding
a stalk of pea-haulm, all proper.

( I ) Robert Pease, immigrant ancestor of
this branch of the family, is thought to have
been the son of Robert and Margaret Pease,
of Great Baddow. County Essex, England.
1 fe came to New England in the ship "Fran-
sailing from Ipswich, England, the last
nf April. 1634, and landed at Boston, Mas-
sachusetts, accompanied by his brother John
and his eldest son, Robert. His wife Marie
and other children came on a later ship. He
settled in Salem, where, in January, 1637,
both he and his brother John had grants of
land. Margaret Pease, widow, who died in
Salem, and whose will dated September i,
i<>4_>, was proved January i, 1645, was tne
mother of Robert and John. In her will she
mentions a grandchild, John, son of her son,
KoUrt I 'ease. Robert Pease was admitted
to the Salem church October I, 1643, and
two weeks later three of his children were
'aptixed. The inventory of his estate was
filed August jj, 1644. Robert and Marie
Pease were the parents of the following chil-
dren: i. Robert, born about 1629. 2. John,
mentioned below. 3. Nathaniel. 4. Sarah,
married, October 22, 1667, John Sampson,
of Beverly. 5. Mary, probably married
Hugh Pasco. Perhaps another child, Isaac.

(II) John Pease, son of Robert and



Marie Pease, was born in England, about
1630, and came to this country when a boy.
He received by will from his grandmother,
Margaret Pease, most of her property, and
she placed him in the care of Thomas Wat-
son, of Salem, to "dispose of him as his
own child." He settled in that part of Salem
called Xorthfields, where he had a farm. He
was admitted a freeman April 29, 1668, and
joined the First Church, of Salem, July 4,
1667. On October 6, 1681, he and his wife
were dismissed to the church at Springfield,
and soon afterward he removed with his
family to that part of Springfield which was
afterward set off as Enfield, Connecticut. In
1682 he returned to Salem to sell his prop-
erty there. He was an active church worker.
He died suddenly, July 8, 1689, in the midst
of his preparations for building a house. He
married (first) Mary Goodell, who died
January 5, 1669, daughter of Robert and
Catherine Goodell; (second), December 8,
1669, Ann Cummings, who died at Enfield,
June 29, 1689, daughter of Isaac Cummings.
Children by first wife: John, Robert, Mary,
Abraham, Jonathan. Children by second
wife: James, Deacon Isaac, of whom fur-
ther.

(III) Deacon Isaac Pease, son of John
and Ann (Cummings) Pease, was born in
Salem, Massachusetts, July 15, 1672, and
died July 9, 1731, aged fifty-nine years. He
settled in the northeastern part of Enfield,
not far from what was Shaker Village. He
married, in 1691. Mindwell Osborn, and
among their ten children was Abraham, of
further mention.

(IV) Abraham Pease, son of Deacon
Isaac and Mindwell (Osborn) Pease, was
born in Enfield, Connecticut, in 1695, and
died there in 1750, aged fifty-five years. He
married (first), December 2, 1719, Mary
Booth; (second), in August, 1733, Widow
Abigail Warner, of Springfield. By the first
marriage four children were born, and by the
second marriage, ten, among whom was
Nathan, of further mention.

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Abigail (Warner) Pease, was born in En-
field, Connecticut, January 18, 1740, and
died in Wilbraham, Massachusetts. He
married, January 24, 1762, Hannah Potter,
and they were the parents of eight children,
among whom was Amos, of whom further.

(VI) Amos Pease, son of Nathan and
Hannah (Potter) Pease, was born in En-
field, Connecticut, February 16, 1776, and
settled in Monson, Massachusetts. He stood
as "minuteman in the War of 1812, and sold
to the United States the first load of coal
used at the Springfield Armory. He mar-
ried, December 13, 1798, Tabitha Firman,
and among their eight children was David
F., of further mention.

(VII) David F. Pease, son of Amos and
Tabitha (Firman) Pease, was born July 4,
1809, in Monson, Massachusetts, and was
a farmer there. He married, March 30,
1837, Lucinda West, and they were the
parents of three children : Julia L., who mar-
ried Samuel W. Porter ; Henry D., James
W., of further mention.

(VIII) James W. Pease, son of David F.
and Lucinda (West) Pease, was born in
Monson, Massachusetts, March 13, 1843, and
died in Springfield, Massachusetts, in March,
1922. He was educated in the public schools
of Monson, and then found employment in
the Armory in Springfield, where he re-
mained until 1880. He then removed to
Florence and entered the employ of the
Florence Sewing Machine Company, as a
wood-worker. He lived in Springfield for
many years prior to his death, and spent
there a number of years of retirement. He
was a member of Hampden Lodge, Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows, and of
Agawam Encampment. He married Ida M.
Smith, who died in 1904. They were the
parents of one son, Walter Smith, of whom
further.

(IX) Walter Smith Pease, son of James
W. and Ida M. (Smith) Pease, was born in
Brookfield, Massachusetts, October 13, 1876.
He received his early education in the schools
of Northampton and Springfield, Massachu-



setts, and then took a technical course. He
then found employment with the Overman
Wheel Company, which \v;i- engaged in the
manufacture of bicycle-. That connection
he maintained for four years. During this
time he took a technical course in drafting,
and then became identified with the Electric
Vehicle Company for a short time. He next
entered the employ of the Knnx Automobile
Company, which was one of the pioneer
the automobile manufacturing business, and
for seven years he was the purchasing agent
of that concern. His next connection was
with the Atlas Motor Car Company, and
covered a period of eight years. Upon the
outbreak of the World War he was commi -
sioned an inspector in the United States
Armory in Springfield, Massachusetts, and
that position he held throughout the period
of the war, and until 1921. In 1921 he as-
sociated himself with the Hendee Manufac-
turing Company, with whom he remained
until the death of his father in i<j_'j, when
he retired.

Mr. Pease is a member of Roswell Lee
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; of
Morning Star Chapter, Royal Arch Masons;
Springfield Council, Royal and Select Mas-
ters; and of Melha Temple, Ancient Arabic
Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. 1 le is
also a member of Hampden Lodge, Inde-
pendent Order of Odd Fellows ; the Auto-
mobile Club, and the Winthrop Club.

Walter Smith Pease married, on October
31, 1902, Angie Roberts, of Springfield.
Massachusetts, who died in 1014. daughter
of James and Lucy Roberts. They have one
daughter. Barbara, who was born March 10,
1907.



WHARFIELD, Wilfred Maro

As assistant treasurer of the Unite' 1 States
Envelope Company. Wilfred Maro ^"bar-
field, is well known among the successful
business men of Springfield.

The name War field is one of the class of
surnames known as "place-names" and is
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England. In Western Massachusetts, after and he is also reported as enlisted in Cap-
the Revolution, the name, in many instances, tain Park's company, Colonel Danielson's
was changed to Wharfield. A John Whar- regiment. The name of Reuben Wharfield
field fn>m England was in Dedham, Massa- appears upon the Hampden County, Massa-
chusetts, as early as 1642. He was in chusetts, pension rolls, beginning May 20,
Mfdfield, set off from Dedham in 1650, free- 1818; placed on pension roll again, May 19,
man in 1682, and in 1685, with his third wife, 1819, private, Massachusetts Continental
he removed to Mendon, Massachusetts, line; suspended by act of May I, 1820; pen-
where he died April 12, 1692. He was sioned again by act of June 7, 1832. Pen-
deacon of the church in Mendon, and was sion began March 4, 1831. His age is there
appointed schoolmaster of the children and given as seventy years, which is probably
youth, the first that Mendon ever had, and incorrect as the date of death is given as
was esteemed for piety, intelligence, and gen- June 8, 1833. Term of service as given on
eral trustworthiness. He is the ancestor of the pension roll is "April 28, 1775, for three
the Warfields (or Wharfields, of the north- months, one week, three days." According
ern States, as Richard, of Annapolis, Mary- to family records, however, Reuben Whar-
land, is of the Warfields of the South. He field enlisted May 7, 1775, and served almost
married (first), August 3, 1661, Elizabeth continuously throughout the entire period of
Shepard. He married (second), October the war. Reuben Wharfield married Rachel,
26, 1669, Peregrina Wheelock. She died surname unknown, who died May 31, 1835,
April i, 1671, and he married (third), De- aged seventy-four years. Children: i.
cember 26, 1671, Hannah Randall, who died Roland, born December 21, 1784. 2. Law-
March 1 8, 1712, daughter of Robert Ran- son, born June 17, 1788. 3. Samuel, of
clall, of Weymouth, Massachusetts. Chil- whom further. 4. Reuben, Jr., born August
dren, the first two by first marriage, the rest 30, 1793. 5. Susanna, born August 28, 1796.
by third : i. John, born August 20, 1662. 2. 6. and 7. Henry and Henrietta, born March
Elizabeth, born April 29, 1665. 3. Ithamar, 4, 1800. 8. Rachel, born June 6, 1802. 9.
born March 29, 1675-6, married Philip Ami- Nancy, born November 23, 1804.
don. 4. Ephraim, born October 4, 1679. 5. Samuel Wharfield, son of Reuben and
Elihu, born April 27, 1682, head of the Mil- Rachel Wharfield, was born in Chester, Mas-
ford, Massachusetts, branch. 6. Mary, born sachusetts, January 24, 1791, and died in
at Mendon, April 17, 1685. 7. Elizabeth, Chester, Massachusetts, in 1856. He re-
born at Mendon, March 8, 1688. 8. Samuel ceived his education in his native district
(perhaps). Though the connection has not and throughout his career was engaged in
been established, careful research reveals agricultural pursuits. He married, and
facts which indicate that Reuben Wharfield, among his children were : Reuben, and Wil-
mentioned below, was probably a descendant liam Henry, of whom further.
of John WarfieM. William Henry Wharfield, son of Samuel
Reuben Wharfield, born in 1749, or 1750, Wharfield, was born in New Marlboro, Mas-
died in Chester, Massachusetts, June 8, 1833. sachusetts, March 24, 1817, and died in Hol-
lle was lifted as one of the pew holders in yoke, Massachusetts, October 15, 1900. His
the meeting house at Marrayfield (now opportunities for attending school were ex-
Chester) in 1785. That church was a "com- tremely limited, but through reading and
promise between the Presbyterian and Con- self-directed study he became a well-in-
gregational creeds." Reuben Wharfield formed man. His business career was a
served as a private in the Westfield Com- varied and active one. He early removed to
pany of minute-men commanded by John North Chester, Massachusetts, where he
Shepard ; time of service, one week, one day, secured employment in a tannery, also work-

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ing for a time in a factory in Jordanville, Henry and IYr-i\ (Jordan) Wharfield, was
engaged in the manufacture of coffins, bed- born in Dalton. Mas>arhu>rtN, < K'toU-r 27,
room furniture, and tables. Later he con- 1863, and received his education in the pub-
ducted a harness and shoe shop in Dalton, lie schools of Dalton and of llolyoke, Mas-
and after some time prepared himself for sachusetts. In 1881 he entered the employ
office work and accepted a position as book- of the Powers Paper Company, of Spring-
keeper in the office of Carson Brothers, field, Massachusetts, with which concern he
which was succeeded by the Carson Paper remained for six years. At the end of that
Company, of which he was the secretary, time, in 1887, he began his long connection
and which later became known as the Old with the Morgan Envelope Company, serv-
Berkshire Mills. Still in connection with ing as bookkeeper until 1898, when he be-
that concern he also had charge of the gen- came identified with the United States K.n-
eral store owned by the company. Later he velope Company, with which concern he has
removed to North Wilbraham, where he ac- remained continuously to the present time
ceptably filled the position of bookkeeper in (1924), serving as bookkeeper until 1901,
the Collins Mill until the time of his re- when he was made assistant treasurer. He
moval to Springfield. He also resided in is a member of the Sons of the American
Holyoke, Massachusetts, for a time. In Dal- Revolution.

ton and Windsor he was active in local pub- Wilfred Maro Wharfield married, on Xo-

lic affairs, held nearly all of the town offices vember 14, 1888, Frances Isabella Tremere,

in the gift of the people, and was moderator born in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, daughter

of the town meeting, as well as assessor and of \Villiam Thomas and Eleanor (Booth)

selectman. He originally gave his support Tremere. Children: i. Ernest Chester, born

to the Whig Party, but later became a sup- November 24, 1889, a graduate of the Uni-

porter of the new Republican Party, to which versity of Pennsylvania, class of 1911, and

he gave allegiance during the remainder of now engaged in the practice of dentistry in

his life. His religious affiliation was with Denver, Colorado. He married Mava A.

the Methodist Church, which he served as Dilcher, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and

a member of the Finance Committee, and as has two children: Ernest Chester. Jr.. born

a teacher in the Sunday School in Holyoke, in Springfield, Massachusetts, August 13,

in which city he made his home after 1892, 1917; and Jean Doris, born in Allentown,

at which time he retired from active business. Pennsylvania, August 2, 1919. 2. Ethel Kay.

William Henry Wharfield married (first) born December 21, 1890, graduated fr m

Persis Jordan, of Cummington, Massachu- Wellesley College in 1915. She married

setts, who was born September 6, 1817, died Charles W. Hutchinson, M.D., of Concord,

October 30, 1867. He married, (second), Massachusetts, and they have a daughter,

Charlotte E. Dickinson, who was born in Penelope, born in Boston, Massachusetts.

Brecksville, Ohio, January 22, 1843, and March 19, 1919.
died June 5, 1892. Children of the first

marriage were: i. Emma Augusta, born WARD, William Patrick

August 31, 1846, died May u, 1868. 2. Since 1910 William Patrick Ward has

Wesley Fayette, born July 5, 1848. 3. Wil- been engaged in the electrical IHIM'IK-SS in

listen Clifford, born December 21, 1853. 4- Springfield, but in 1915 he established a

Wilfred Maro, of whom further. Children business of his own under the name of the

of the second marriage: 5. Louise Adelaide, Ward Electrical Company, and he now oc-

born October 27, 1869, who married Arthur cupies a well-equipped plant on Wnrthing-

C. Merritt, of Springfield. ton Street, built especially to meet the needs

Wilfred Maro Wharfield, son of William of his rapidly-growing business.

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Mr. Ward comes of a long-lived race. His When school days were over he began his

great-grand father lived to the ripe old age active career as a mill hand, hut soon went

tie hundred and five years, and his great- to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he learned

.ndmoiher had passed her one hundred the electrical business, which he followed

and third birthday. Lawrence Ward, grand- in Connecticut for about five years. In 1910

father >f Mr. Ward, died in Ireland at the he removed to Springfield, Massachusetts,

a^e of eighty-nine years. He was a sue- and enlarged his experience by working in

-ful business man, who married and the employ of others until 1915. In the last-
reared a family of five children, all now de- named year he opened a store on Taylor
sed. They were: Lawrence, who was Street, and engaged in the electrical business
killed in action during the Civil War; James, for himself. He understood his business



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