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he was registrar of voters, and secretary-
treasurer and chairman of the Democratic
Town Committee. He is a member of the
Knights of Columbus, Foresters of
America, Lincoln Social Club, Monson
Board of Trade, and the Roman Catholic

Mr. Sullivan married, in Monson, May
3, 1915, Anna L. McMahon, born in Mon-
son, daughter of James and Joanna (Mc-
Crohan) McMahon, her father born at
Stafford Springs, Connecticut, now em-
ployed in a hat factory in Monson ; his
wife, Joanna McMahon, was born at Staf-
ford Springs. Mr. and Mrs. McMahon



are the parents of five chilren, namely :
Michael D., a soldier of the American Ex-
peditionary Forces, member of the
Eighty-second Division, was cited and
later promoted for bravery at St. Jouvaine
when, with all the officers killed or
wounded, he assumed command of the
battalion ; Anna L., aforementioned as
the wife of Frederick J. Sullivan ; James
and William, twins, residing in Monson ;
and Margaret. Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan are
the parents of two children : Frederick
J., born September 19, 1916; and Mary
Elizabeth, born May 21, 1919.

CLOUGH, George Edwin,

Lawyer, Public- Official.

George Edwin Clough, a well-known
attorney and town treasurer of Palmer,
comes of an old New England family,
and is a grandson of Ralph Clough,
a farmer of Brimfield, and Monson,
Massachusetts. Ralph Clough married,
and among his children was a son,
Charles Frederick Clough, born in Brim-
field, May 25, 1844. He was educated in
the country schools, and at the age of
eighteen enlisted from the town of Mon-
son in Company E, Thirty-sixth Regi-
ment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry.
Later he was honorably discharged on ac-
count of disability, but enlisted again in
Company K, One Hundred Fifty-first
Regiment, Illinois Volunteers, and con-
tinued in the service until one year after
peace was declared. He died at Athol,
Massachusetts, at the age of seventy
years. He married Lucia G. Stacey, born
in Westfield, Vermont, daughter of
Richard Stacey, a Vermont farmer and
cattle dealer. Mrs. Clough had two
brothers, Edwin and Hiram Stacey. Mr.
and Mrs. Clough were the parents of four
children, two dying in infancy, and the
other two as follows : Charles Fred-

erick, who was drowned in 1893 while in
bathing at Somerville, Connecticut; and
George Edwin, of further mention.

George Edwin Clough, son of Charles
F. and Lucia G. (Stacey) Clough, was
born in Monson, Massachusetts, Septem-
ber 5, 1879, and there attended the public
schools. He was also a student at Mon-
son Academy, and at Child's Business
College, Springfield, then for two years
was a law student under Judge William
W. Leach. He then entered the law de-
partment of the University of Maine,
whence he was graduated LL. B., class
of 1904. For one year of his college
course he was vice-president of his class,
and his last two years president. Since
graduation he has also served as alumni
class president. In August, 1904, he was
admitted to the Hampden county bar, and
at once began practice in Palmer, having
his first office in the Old Bank block. He
later had an office in the Eager block, then
moved to the Holden block, and later to
the Holbrook block, his present location.
He is well established in general practice,
and is rated one of the successful men of
the Hampden county bar. For about
eighteen months he was associated with
Melvin H. Robinson, late of Brimfield,
making a specialty of collections under
the firm name, The Eastern Hampden
Agency. He has also established a profit-
able fire insurance company in Palmer.

Mr. Clough is a Republican in politics,
and in March, 1911, was elected town
treasurer, and for eight years has been an-
nually reflected, his nominations coming
from both parties. He was made an Odd
Fellow at the age of twenty-one and has
filled all the offices and is now (1919)
past noble of Palmer Lodge ; is a member
of the Palmer Business and Social Club ;
Palmer Camp, Sons of Veterans ; Gamma
Eta Gamma, a law school fraternity ; and



a member of the parish committee of St.
Paul's Universalist Church.

Mr. Clough married, September 5,
1904, in Monson, Helen Louise Blodgett,
born in Monson, daughter of Herbert H.
and Harriet (Royce) Blodgett, her father
a farmer, also born in Monson, where he
yet resides. Harriet (Royce) Blodgett
was born in Willington, Connecticut, and
is still living in Monson. Mr. and Mrs.
Blodgett are the parents of nine children :
Maud, married James Stevens of Mon-
son ; Florence, married Albert Blanchard,
of Monson, and died in 1917; Elsie A., un-
married ; Helen Louise, married George
Edwin Clough ; Bessie, unmarried, a resi-
dent of Palmer ; Eva G., married Seymour
G. Freeman, of Springfield; Ruth L. ;
Rufus Noble, married Ruby Smith, of
Monson ; Harold J., of Monson. Mr. and
Mrs. Clough are the parents of three chil-
dren : Rachael Louise, born November
16, 1912; Alden Perry, born August 20,
1914 ; and David Edwin, born September
22, 1918.


Founder of Unique Business.

This is the name of one who for many
years was numbered among Springfield's
most active and enterprising business
men. As founder and head of the L. A.
W. Novelty Company, Mr. Buxton was
widely known, being as highly esteemed
for his fair dealing as for the quality of
his goods. He was in all respects a use-
ful citizen, and in his recent death his
community sustained a serious loss.

James Noyes Buxton, father of Dana
Buxton, was born about 1825, at Gilman-
ton, New Hampshire, and grew up on his
father's farm, receiving his education in
the common schools. He learned the ma-
chinist's trade, at which he became very
expert, making a specialty of locomotive

work, and assisted in the construction of
the first locomotive that passed through
his home town. His health failing while
he was still in his thirties, Mr. Buxton re-
moved to Brimfield, where he purchased
a large farm which, under his manage-
ment, became one of the best kept farms
in the township. In politics he was a Re-
publican, taking an active part in town af-
fairs and filling several local offices. Mr.
Buxton married Melissa Bloomfield Pick-
ering, whose ancestral record is appended
to this biography, and their children were :
Sarah, married C. Frank Merrick, prin-
cipal of one of the public schools of Bos-
ton ; Edward, married and lived the latter
part of his life in Springfield, and is now
deceased ; Dana, mentioned below ; Mary
A., married (first) Warren Bigelow, of
North Brookfield, Massachusetts, who died
in Springfield, and his widow married
(second) George Freeman; William S.,
deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Buxton both died
at Brimfield. The latter was a member
of the Congregational church and both
were regular attendants.

Dana Buxton, son of James Noyes and
Melissa Bloomfield (Pickering) Buxton,
was born January 26, 1860, at Brimfield,
Massachusetts, and grew to manhood on
the farm, attending the public schools
and the Hitchcock Free High School. At
the age of twenty, in partnership with
his brother, he purchased the general
country store at West Warren, Massa-
chusetts, and the two conducted the busi-
ness for about four years. At the end of
that time (1882) Mr. Buxton came to
Springfield and went on the road for H.
L. Handy, manufacturer of pork products,
but at the end of six months, engaged in
the wholesale and retail market business,
which included a manufacturing branch,
consisting of pressed meats, sausages and
the like. After a time Mr. Buxton dis-
posed of his interest in this concern and



again became a travelling salesman, in
this instance engaging with Leete &
Pudan, manufacturers of jewelry and
novelties. Later, in association with his
brother, William S. Buxton, and his
uncle, L. H. Coolbroth, he established
himself in the wholesale jewelry and
notions business, the style changing in
the course of time to W. S. & Dana Bux-
ton. This remained unaltered until the
partnership was dissolved by the death
of William S. Buxton, and Dana Buxton
disposed of his own interest to his nephew.
The next enterprise which engaged Mr.
Buxton's attention was the organization
of the L. A. W. Novelty Company, for
the manufacture of novelty leather goods.
This idea, it should be stated in justice to
Mrs. Buxton and as a tribute which her
husband would desire to have paid her,
originated with Mrs. Buxton. While her
husband was in other business she had
occupied herself in a small way with the
manufacture of these articles, and the
opening for an extensive trade seemed so
good that the company was organized in
consequence. A factory was equipped
and the business has steadily increased,
enlarging, with its growth, the line of its
manufactures, which includes many pa-
tented specialties. Twice has the com-
pany been compelled to move to more
commodious quarters. Ever since the
inception of the business, Mrs. Buxton
has kept constantly in touch with it, and
largely has it profited by her strength of
character, resourcefulness and genuine
business ability. Since the death of her
husband she has conducted the establish-

While an advocate of the principles of
the Republican party, Mr. Buxton took
no active share in politics, preferring to
concentrate his energies on his business
responsibilities. He occupied a seat on
the Board of Trade and was also a mem-

ber of the Young Men's Christian Asso-
ciation. His only club was the Auto, for
it was in his home that he ever found his
greatest happiness. He and his wife were
rare comrades and delighted in pleasure
and social trips taken together. Both
liked the great outdoors, being especially
fond of fishing, and were members of
Sunapee Lodge, at Lake Sunapee, New
Hampshire. They attended the Congre-
gational church.

Mr. Buxton married, December 24,
iSSi, Julia Georgia Rockwell, whose fam-
ily record is appended to this biography,
and they became the parents of the fol-
lowing children: i. Julia Bessie, born
January 19, 1883, was art supervisor of the
Hartford public schools, and during the
\Vorld War was in France with the
Young Women's Christian Association,
in charge of recreation at one of the leave
areas. 2. Bernice H., born August 4,
1884, married Robert W. Kellogg, of Jef-
ferson, Ohio, and went with him to Italy;
later, after their return, she died sud-
denly. 3. Warner R., born December 21,
1887, married Mabel T. Allen, of Long-
meadow. 4. Blanche, born November 11,
1889, married Aylesworth Brown, an at-
torney of Providence, Rhode Island. 5.
Beatrice, born August 2, 1891, married
Robert W. Kellogg, the widower of her
older sister; he is salesman for the L. A.
W. Novelty Company; they have two
children: Bernice and Beatrice. 6. Bar-
bara, born May 10, 1893, married Sey-
mour W. Collings, physical director of
the Toronto High School, Canada.

(The Pickering Line)

(I) John Pickering (originally spelled
Pickerin), the first ancestor of record,
came from England and settled in Mas-
sachusetts, but as early as 1633 removed
to Portsmouth (then Strawberry Bank),
New Hampshire. He had several grants



of land from the town besides his South
Mill privileges, where he erected a mill.
John Pickering was one of those who
gave fifty acres of land for the ministry.
He married, and he and his wife were the
parents of six children. His death oc-
curred January 18, 1669.

(II) Thomas Pickering, son of John
Pickering, built a log hut on the Great
bay, at Newington, New Hampshire, and
had begun to clear the land when an Eng-
lish man-of-war anchored on the Pisca-
taqua river. While Thomas was felling
trees on his land he was seized by a press
gang who, after complimenting him on
his muscular appearance, said that he
must follow them. Thomas declined,
however, and on their insisting seized one
of them by the neck and threw him to
the ground, threatening to sever his head
from his body and at the same time rais-
ing his axe. The fellow begged for mercy
and lost no time in beating a retreat.
Thomas Pickering was one of the signers
of the petition against Lieutenant-Gov-
ernor Cranfield. The wife of Thomas was

Mary , and they were the parents

of three sons and nine daughters.
Thomas Pickering died in 1720.

(III) James Pickering, son of Thomas
and Mary Pickering, was born about
1680, and was of Newington, New Hamp-
shire. He served in the French War with
the rank of lieutenant. James Pickering
married in 1717, and he and his wife were
the parents of five children. The death
of Lieutenant Pickering occurred in 1768.

(IV) John (2) Pickering, son of James
Pickering, was of Newington. He mar-
ried and became the father of eight chil-
dren. It is recorded that he died in 1790.

(V) Stephen Pickering, son of John (2)
Pickering, married Sarah Grove, and they
were the parents of four sons.

(VI) Jacob Pickering, son of Stephen
and Sarah (Grove) Pickering, was born

in Newington, and married Betsey Jack-
son, of Barnstead or Gilmanton, New
Hampshire. Nine children were born to

(VII) Ephraim Pickering, son of Jacob
and Betsey (Jackson) Pickering, was born
November 3, 1794, and served in the War
of 1812 with the rank of colonel. He mar-
ried, November 17, 1820, Nancy Parshley,
born October 4, 1795, and their children
were six in number. Colonel Pickering
died May 26, 1851, and his widow passed
away October 5, 1882.

(VIII) Melissa Bloomfield Pickering,
daughter of Ephraim and Nancy (Parsh-
ley) Pickering, was born January 21,
1822, and on May 12, 1851, became the wife
of James Noyes Buxton, as stated above.

(The Rockwell Line)

George L. Rockwell, father of Mrs.
Julia Georgia (Rockwell) Buxton, was
born November 11, 1839, at Bloomfield,
Connecticut, and received his education at
the Bloomfield Academy, afterward at-
tending the Wesleyan Academy at Wil-
braham, Massachusetts. His business
was that of a real estate dealer. Mr.
Rockwell married Julia Holden, who was
born in February, 1840, on the old Dresser
Hill Farm, at Charlton, Massachusetts.
The Dressers were identified with the
town from its inception, and their estate
was one of great beauty. The Holdens, a
family of colonial and Revolutionary
record, are now represented in many
states of the Union. Mr. and Mrs. Rock-
well spent the greater part of their mar-
ried life in Hartford, Connecticut. The
former died in 1912, in Providence, Rhode
Island, surviving by many years his wife,
who passed away at West Warren, May
10, 1882, at the comparatively early age
of forty-two.

Julia Georgia Rockwell, daughter of
George L. and Julia (Holden) Rockwell,



was born June 26, 1862, at Bloomfield,
Connecticut, and was a child when her
parents moved to Hartford. It was in
the common schools of that city that she
received her early education, and when
the family removed to Warren, Massa-
chusetts, she attended the West Warren
High School. At the age of nineteen she
became the wife of Dana Buxton, as stated

BRIGHAM, Fred Clarence,

Active in Envelope Industry.

Of the ninth generation of Brighams in
New England, Fred C. Brigham, since
1904, has been a resident of Springfield,
Massachusetts, his part in the manufac-
turing life of that city being the superin-
tendency of the plant of the Morgan En-
velope Company Division of the United
States Envelope Company. This is
strictly a Massachusetts branch of the
Brigham family, each generation aiding in
the upbuilding of the commonwealth.

(I) Thomas Brigham, born in England
in 1608, came to New England in 1635 on
the ship, "Susan and Ellen," his name
appearing on one of the few passenger
lists of that period which have been pre-
served. This list is headed :

VIII, April 1635. These under written are to
be transported to New England, imbarqued in the
Suzan and Ellen, Edward Payne Mr (Master).
The p'ties have brought certificates from ye min-
isters and justices of the peace yt are no subsidy
men ; and are conformable to ye orders and dis-
cipline of the church of England.

He was made a freeman, April 18, 1637,
and in October, 1639, was chosen consta-
ble. He owned land in Watertown and
Cambridge and his last years were spent
in and he died in Cambridge, Massachu-
setts, December 8, 1653. There is reason
to believe that he was buried in the old
burial ground on the south side of Cam-

bridge common, a few minutes walk from
his residence, but no stone marks the spot.
He left a will, which was probated, Au-
gust 3, 1654. Thomas Brigham married
in 1637, Mercy Hurd. She survived him
and was the executor of his will, she in-
heriting one third of his estate under that
will. She died in Marlboro, Massachu-
setts, December 23, 1693, surviving her
first husband forty years. Thomas and
Mercy Brigham were the parents of two
daughters and three sons : Mary, the first
Brigham born in New England, married
John Fay; Thomas (2), of further men-
tion ; John, known as "Doctor Brigham"
one of the most popular and remarkable
men of his day; Hannah, married (first)
Gershom Ames and (second) William
Ward ; Captain Samuel, who is buried in
the old cemetery in Marlboro, the only
one of the second generation of Brighams
whose grave is marked.

(II) Thomas (2) Brigham, eldest son
of Thomas, the American ancestor, and
Mercy (Hurd) Brigham, died in Marl-
boro, Massachusetts, November 25, 1716,
aged seventy-six. He went to Marlboro
from Cambridge with his mother, when
she married Edmund Rice, and upon
coming of age he bought land from his
step-father. He was one of the purchasers
of the old plantation "Ockoocangansett,"
which had been reserved for the Indians
out of the ancient boundaries of Marl-
boro. Certain leading men of Marlboro,
including the Brighams, obtained without
consent of the general court, title to this
plantation of 5,800 acres, and formed a
company. On the old Thomas Brigham
homestead in Marlboro, is a slightly
raised rectangular plot, from whose cen-
ter springs an apple tree. Here rest the
remains of the last of the Marlboro
Indians, a spot sacredly preserved to this
day, by owners of the Brigham farm.
Thomas (2) Brigham married (first), De-



cember 27, 1665, Mary Rice, daughter of
Henry and Elizabeth (Moore) Rice, and
granddaughter of Edmund Rice, the
American ancestor of the Rice family. He
married (second), July 30, 1695, Susanna
Shattuck, widow of Joseph Moore and of
John Fay, whose first wife was Mary
Brigham, sister of Thomas (2). Children of
first marriage : Thomas ; Nathan ; David,
died young; Jonathan; David, of further
mention ; Gershom ; Elnathan ; and Mary.

(III) David Brigham, son of Thomas
(2) and Mary (Rice) Brigham, was born
in Marlboro, April 12, 1678; died in West-
boro, June 26, 1750. When Marlboro was
divided in 1717, he was in the part which
became Westboro, where for seven years
he was a sealer of leather, and for six
years a selectman. His farm of five hun-
dred acres, included the present grounds
of the insane asylum. His house was
burnt October 16, 1737. On June 14,
1748, he made his will, a deed of farms and
land which he had previously given his
children. By his first wife, Deborah, who
died October 11, 1708, he had sons John
and David. He married (second), Au-
gust 21, 1709, Mary Leonard Newton, a
widow, who died December i, 1741. He
married a third wife who survived. By
the second wife he had children: Silas,
of further mention ; Jemima, Deborah,
Levi, Jonas, and Asa.

(IV) Silas Brigham, eldest son of
David Brigham and his second wife, Mary
Leonard (Newton) Brigham, was born in
Marlboro, Massachusetts, August 9, 1710,
died March 11, 1791. He married (first)
Mindwell Grout, who died June 8, 1741,
leaving two children born in Westboro,
Jemima and Mary. He married (second),
(published January 30, 1743), a widow,
Tabitha (Prescott) Sawyer of Lancaster,
Massachusetts. Children : David, of
further mention ; Mindwell, and Mary.

(V) David (2) Brigham, only son of

Silas Brigham and his second wife, Tabi-
tha (Prescott-Sawyer) Brigham, was born
in Lancaster, Massachusetts, April 4,
1745; died in Shrewsbury, September 27,
1824. He was a Revolutionary soldier,
serving in Captain Koss Wyman's Artil-
lery Company, Colonel Jonathan Ward's
Regiment, which marched on the Lexing-
ton alarm, and in 1777 marched on an
alarm at Bennington, with Captain John
Maynard's Company, Colonel Job Cush-
ing's Regiment. He settled in Shrews-
bury. He married (first), March 21, 1766,
Mercy, daughter of Deacon Benjamin
Maynard, who died, November 10, 1766.
He married (second), October 13, 1768,
Martha Chamberlain of Westboro, who
died August 9, 1807, aged fifty-nine years,
the mother of eleven children. He mar-
ried (third), in 1809, Hannah Marcy, of
Brooklyn, Connecticut. Children: Lieu-
tenant Nathaniel, of further mention ; Ed-
mund T. ; Mercy, died in childhood ; Pres-
cott, died young; David, died young;
Prescott; Martha; Mercy; David; Eben-
ezer, went West to Dane county, Michi-
gan, where he became prominent ; Luther,
died young.

(VI) Lieutenant Nathaniel Brigham,
eldest son of David (2) Brigham and his
second wife, Martha (Chamberlain) Brig-
ham, was born in Shrewsbury, Massachu-
setts, July 27, 1769; died May 20, 1846.
He moved from Shrewsbury to West
Boylston. He married, November 21,
1799, Sarah Mason, who died April 14,
1843, daughter of John Mason, who moved
from Midfield to Shrewsbury. The two
elder children were born in Shrewsbury;
the others in West Boylston. They are :
Luther; Calvin, head of the next genera-
tion ; John Mason ; Henry Harding.

(VII) Calvin Brigham, second son of
Lieutenant Nathaniel and Sarah (Mason)
Brigham, was born in Shrewsbury, Mas-
sachusetts, May 23, 1802 ; died in Wor-



cester, Massachusetts, August 5, 1866.
He was a grain and provision dealer of
Worcester, Massachusetts, and one of the
first councilmen after Worcester became
a city. He owned a farm, now within the
city limits, and there built a residence,
farmed, raised stock, and ran the market.
He married, November 16, 1830, Susan
S. Wetherbee, born February 3, 1811 ; died
in 1912, one hundred one years of age;
daughter of Amma Wetherbee, a Revolu-
tionary soldier and son of a soldier of that

(VIII) George Albert Brigham, only
child of Calvin and Susan S. (Wetherbee)
Brigham, was born in Worcester, Massa-
chusetts, November 15, 1847, and there yet
resides (1921). He was educated in the
public schools and his home was the farm
which he inherited from his father. He
learned the carpenter's trade and after the
old farm became valuable for building
purposes, being within the city limits, he
divided it into lots and built residences
upon them which he sold. He married,
November i, 1877, Susan Moore, of Pet-
ersham, Massachusetts, who died in 1908,
daughter of Captain Moore, a master
mariner. Children : Fred Clarence, of
further mention ; Carrie E. ; and Arthur E.

(IX) Fred Clarence Brigham, of the
ninth American generation, eldest son of
George Albert and Susan (Moore) Brig-
ham, was born in Worcester, September
15, 1880. He was educated in the gram-
mar and high schools of the city, and in
Worcester Institute of Technology, his
business beginning with the United States
Envelope Company. As soon as his
studies were completed at the institute, he
entered the employ of the Worcester divi-
sion of that company, and until 1904 was
in that service. In 1904 he came to
Springfield, and became associated with
the Morgan Envelope Company, one of
the constituent companies of the United

States Envelope Company. In 1910 Mr.
Brigham was made superintendent of the
company, which position he now holds,
1921. He has very satisfactorily met the
demands of that position, and is one of
the important men connected with the
operation of the Springfield plant.

Mr. Brigham is a member of the West-
ern Massachusetts Engineering Society;
president of the Springfield Kiwanis
Club ; a communicant of Faith Congrega-
tional Church, and president of the Men's
Club of the church. He married, June 30,
1909, Madeline Goldsmith Hitchcock,
twelfth of the thirteen children of John
G. and Anna (Chandler) Hitchcock. Mr.
and Mrs. Brigham are the parents of three
children: Virginia, born April 15, 1910;
Robert Moore, born May 16, 1913; How-
ard Hitchcock, born November 19, 1916.

(The Hitchcock Line)

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