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lic offices, and was a man of influence and
high standing in his community. He
made his will March, 1674-75, and died the
following June, aged more than eighty
years. He married (first) in England,



Ursula, daughter of Henry Scott, of Rat-
tlesden, County Suffolk. He married
(second), October 23, 1661, Margaret,
widow of Henry Dow, of Hampton, New
Hampshire. She survived him until
March i, 1676. From Richard Kimball,
the American descent is traced in direct
lineal line to James Kimball, retired, of
Springfield, Massachusetts, as follows :

(II) Richard (2) Kimball, son of Rich-
ard (i) and Ursula (Scott) Kimball, was
born in Rattlesden, Suffolkshire, England,
in 1623, died in Wenham, Massachusetts,
May 26, 1676. He was brought to New
England by his parents in 1634, and dur-
ing his lifetime lived in Watertown, Ips-
wich and Wenham. He was the largest
taxpayer in Wenham, and his descendants
have generally been in comfortable cir-
cumstances. He was a wheelwright by
trade, learning his trade under his father's
instruction. He was twice married, both
wives bearing the Christian name Mary.
His first wife died September 2, 1672, and
at the time of his own death he had eight
children living, as is shown by an agree-
ment made with the widow.

(III) Samuel Kimball, son of Richard
(2) and Mary Kimball, was born about
1651, died October 3, 1716. He resided in
Wenham, Massachusetts ; was an ensign
in the militia company, surveyor, consta-
ble, freeman and selectman. He married,
September 20, 1676, Mary Witt, daughter
of John and Sarah Witt, of Lynn, Massa-
chusetts. His estate was settled by his
son, Samuel (2). Samuel and Mary
(Witt) Kimball were the parents of thir-
teen children, descent being traced
through the sixth child and third son,
Jonathan.

(IV) Jonathan Kimball, son of Samuel
and Mary (Witt) Kimball, was born in
Wenham, Massachusetts, in 1686, died
there, February 19, 1758. About 1708 he
moved to Boston and was there mar-



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ried. His three older children were
born in Boston and in 1718 he re-
turned to Wenham ; was by trade a cord-
wainer. He served there on a jury in
1721. He was a captain of militia; dea-
con of the Wenham Church from Novem-
ber 26, 1742, until his death; town clerk,
1751-52. He married, July 28, 1709, Rev.
Cotton Mather officiating, Hannah Hop-
kins, of Boston. He and his wife united
with the Wenham Church February 27,
1737. They were the parents of six chil-
dren, descent following through their
first born, a son, Jonathan (2).

(V) Jonathan (2) Kimball son of Jon-
athan (i) and Hannah (Hopkins) Kim-
ball, was born in Boston, Massachusetts,
October 9, 1710, and was taken to Wen-
ham by his parents in 1718. He was town
clerk of Wenham, 1751-52-55-59 and 1760.
He married, in Ipswich, Massachusetts,
April 21, 1732, Martha Ober, of Beverly,
Massachusetts. They were the parents
of ten children, including a son, Isaac, the
fifth child.

(VI) Isaac Kimball, son of Jonathan
(2) and Martha (Ober) Kimball, was
born in Wenham, Massachusetts, Janu-
ary 18, 1741-42, and resided in \Venham
and Beverly, Massachusetts, Temple,
New Hampshire, and Waterford, Maine.
He married, November 9, 1762, Abigail
Raymond, of Beverly, Massachusetts.
They were the parents of twelve children,
descent following through Isaac (2), the
eldest son and second child.

(VII) Isaac (2) Kimball, son of Isaac
(i) and Abigail (Raymond) Kimball, was
born in Beverly, Massachusets, June 17,
1765. He lived in Temple. New Hamp-
shire, and owned a farm in Andover, Ver-
mont, upon which he built a barn. While
this was being erected, Mr. Kimball went
into it after dark, fell through between
the beams, injuring himself seriously. He
was taken to Temple, a distance of forty



miles, on a litter, composed of a mattress
on two long poles between two horses
driven tandem, and there died after
months of suffering, June 13, 1804.
He married Sally Cutter, born June 30,
1767, and they were the parents of eight
children, the second son, Benoni Cutter
head of the eighth generation, and father
of James Kimball, of Springfield.

(VIII) Benoni Cutter Kimball, son of
Isaac (2) and Sally (Cutter) Kimball, was
born in Temple, New Hampshire, March
13, 1791, and died at Mason Village, now
Greenville, New Hampshire, March 29,
1868. He married, December 28, 1815,
Mary Dunster (see Dunster Line). They
were the parents of fifteen children: i.
Benoni, born December 23, 1816, died July
15, 1840; married Jane A. Spring. 2.
George, born May 30, 1818, a foundryman
and machinist, in business with his brother,
Samuel D., in Lawrence, Kansas, until his
retirement; he married (first) Phoebe
Rideout, and (second) Mary Ann Johnson.
3. Mary Ann, died young. 4. Eliza Ann,
born September i, 1821, died October 22,
1843; married, September 6, 1840, George
G. Amsden. 5. Addison, died in infancy.

6. Franklin, born January 6, 1824; mar-
ried, September 8, 1847, Elizabeth Davis.

7. Isaac Newton, born December 7,
1825. 8. Samuel Dunster, born August 27,
1827; married, November 15, 1849, Ada-
line A. Livingstone. 9. Frederick L., born
June 9, 1829, was killed at Lawrence, Kan-
sas by the Quantrell raiders, August 21,
1863 ; at this time the raiders shot
everybody in sight on the street, to-
gether with some two hundred others
taken from their homes ; he married, Octo-
ber 20. 1852, Martha A. Farnsworth, of
Fitchburg, Massachusetts. 10. James, of
further mention, n. Marshall L., born
October 2, 1832, in Mason Village, New
Hampshire ; he was a teacher and farmer,
a deacon of the Congregational church,



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selectman of Mason Village, and a
veteran of the Civil War, enlisting in
Company C, Sixteenth Regiment, New
Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, October
1 8, 1862, serving until honorably dis-
charged, August 2, 1863 ; he married, May
15, 1859, Louisa Judith Allen, born in At-
tleboro, Massachusetts ; they had two
children : Elmer A., a lawyer in Chicago ;
Edward, a lawyer in Chicago. 12. Mary,
born February 10, 1834; married, Decem-
ber 3, 1863, James Madison Post; resides
in Lebanon, New Hampshire. 13. Ellen
Maria, born June 29, 1835 ; married, Sep-
tember 20, 1858, James Henry Ferguson,
still living. 14. Edward, born December
26, 1836, died September 23, 1873, in Kan-
sas. 15. Abby Jane, born March 23, 1838;
married, December 28, 1858, John Robin-
son Lynch. She is deceased ; he resides
in Granville, New Hampshire.

(IX) James Kimball, tenth child of
Benoni Cutter and Mary (Dunster) Kim-
ball, was born in Mason Village, New
Hampshire, April 18, 1831. He attended
public schools, and upon arriving at suit-
able age learned the carpenter's trade with
his father. He became an expert worker
in wood, and prior to coming to Spring-
field followed cabinet making and furni-
ture manufacturing in Weston, Massachu-
setts, and later in Lebanon, New .Hamp-
shire. For a time he was employed in a
store in Mason Village and later he was
proprietor of a store in that village.
When the government made the arsenal at
Springfield, Massachusetts, the center of
its rifle manufacturing activities during
the early period of the war between the
states, he removed there and took a posi-
tion in the gun stock department. His
skill as a wood worker brought him pro-
motion, and he finally became an inspec-
tor. He held that position until the
Providence Tool Company obtained a
large contract for guns for the Turkish



Government, a proviso of that contract
being that they were to be passed upon
by United States inspectors. Mr. Kim-
ball was detailed for that duty, and for
six years was employed at this in Provi-
dence, Rhode Island. He then returned
to Springfield, 1880, which has ever
since been his home. He resumed his
position in the United States Armory
after his return from Providence, and
there he was employed until 1885, in
which year he was elected agent of the
Board of Health, and inspector of milk
and provisions, holding these positions
until his retirement in 1906.

Mr. Kimball was a delegate to the first
convention of the Republican party held
in the State of Massachusetts, and has
always remained loyal to the party. He
represented Ward Five in Common Coun-
cil during the years 1882-83-84, and was
elected agent of the Board of Health in
1885. His long tenure of office testifies
to his ability and faithfulness as agent and
inspector. When twenty-one years of age
he joined Monadnock Lodge, Independ-
ent Order of Odd Fellows of Mason Vil-
lage, being one of the early members there
and holding all of the offices, including
that of secretary for a number of years.
Upon coming to Springfield he joined De
Soto Lodge, of which he later became
Noble Grand, and is now the oldest mem-
ber of that organization, having now,
1920, the cane which is given to and re-
mains in the possession of the oldest mem-
ber of that lodge. He is also a member of
Agawam Encampment, the uniformed
rank of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows. He is a member of the Congre-
gational church, and a man universally
esteemed.

Mr. Kimball married, September i,
1853, Maria Corbin, born at New Ipswich,
New Hampshire, November 20, 1830, died
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(Squires) Corbin, her father the first con-
ductor to bring a train over the Mason
Village railroad. Later he was a con-
ductor on the Ohio Central railroad, and
was killed in the service of that road at
Spencer's Station, April 22, 1862. Mr.
and Mrs. Kimball were the parents of a
son, James Newton, of whom further.

(X) James Newton Kimball was born at
Weston, Massachusetts, February 26,
1855. He was educated in Springfield
public schools, finishing high school with
the class of 1875, and after graduation
prepared for the profession of civil en-
gineering. He was long in the employ
of the Springfield Water Works, and after
their completion engaged in railroad en-
gineering and surveying. Later he be-
came a teacher of stenography in New
York, and established a school at No. 1300
Broadway, of which he was principal for
many years. He does a large amount of
work for typewriter manufacturers, hav-
ing entire charge of the various type-
writer conventions, traveling throughout
the United States. He is probably the
best known stenographer in the United
States.

Mr. Kimball married, November 10,
1879, Georgie Ella Kenerson, of Palmer,
Massachusetts, born December 23, 1859.
They are the parents of one child, George
Kenerson, born in Palmer, February 14,
1882, now residing in Lebanon, New
Hampshire. He is an artist by profession.
He married Bertha Guirnean. They have
two children : Newton James and Georgia
Ella.

(The Dunster Line)

Mary (Dunster) Kimball, wife of Ben-
oni Cutter Kimball, and mother of James
Kimball, was the second child of Jason
(2) and Mary (Polly) (Meriam) Dunster.
Jason (2) Dunster was the son of Jason,
son of Henry, son of Jonathan, son of
Henry Dunster, the first president of Har-



vard College, who was born in England
and came to New England in 1640,
the first of his name in the country.
He was a graduate A. B. of Mag-
dalen College, Cambridge, England, in
1630, A. M. in 1634. His reputation
as a scholar preceded him, for upon his
arrival he was waited upon by the gover-
nor, magistrates, elders and ministers and
asked "by a sort of acclamation and gen-
eral consent to remove to Cambridge and
assume the presidency of the college," a
work he accepted and followed diligently
so long as he lived. Johnson, in his
"Wonder-Working Providence" says :
"He was fitted by the Lord for his work,
and, by those who have skill in that way,
reported to be an able proficient in He-
brew, Greek and Latin languages."
Prince speaks of him as "one of the great-
est masters of the Oriental languages
that hath been known in these ends of the
earth." Shepard, the pastor at Cam-
bridge, calls him " a man pious, painful,
and fit to teach and very fit to lay the
foundations of the domestical affairs of the
college ; whom God hath much honored
and blessed." Quincy, Pierce and Eliot,
the modern historians of Harvard Col-
lege, have also recorded their testimony
as to the purity and nobility of his char-
acter, and his great success in both the
executive and the teaching departments
of the college.

Thus fitted by education, as well as by
an experience of several years as a teacher,
President Dunster entered upon the work
of organizing and conducting Harvard
College affairs, and administered its af-
fairs very successfully for about twelve
years. President Dunster, on June 10,
1654, sent in his resignation, which was
not acted upon, and on October 24, 1654,
he sent in a second and final resignation
to the overseers.

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ate, in the adjoining colony of Plymouth,
where he continued in the ministry nearly
five years. He died in Scituate, Febru-
ary 27, 1659-60. In his will he directed
that his body should be taken "to Cam-
bridge, there to be interred by my loving
wife and other relaccons." The burial
place was in the old cemetery opposite
the college grounds, a few rods north-
west of the church now standing there.
Over the grave was placed a horizontal
slab of stone, with an inlaid tablet of
lead, upon which was an inscription. The
tablet long since disappeared and is be-
lieved to have done service for the coun-
try in the shape of Revolutionary bullets.
The grave was for a time neglected, even
difficult to locate, but was discovered,
fully identified and restored by the order
of the college authorities in 1845, a stone
slab now replacing the leaden tablet with
an epitaph in Latin, by Charles Folson.

President Dunster married (first), June
21, 1641, Elizabeth Glover, a widow, who
died August 23, 1643. He married (sec-
ond) Elizabeth, the mother of all his
children, who survived him until Septem-
ber 12, 1690.

Descent from President Henry Dun-
ster and his second wife, Elizabeth, is
through their fourth child, Jonathan, and
his first wife, Abigail Eliot ; their son,
Henry, and his wife, Martha Russell ;
their son, Jason, and his wife, Rebecca
Cutter; their son, Jason (2), a soldier of
the Revolution, serving under a first en-
listment of six months, and a second for
a term of three years. After the war he
settled in Mason Village, New Hamp-
shire, was a landowner and held several
town offices. He died March 21, 1828,
and was buried at Mason Centre, in the
Dunster group, a suitable stone erected
by his widow marking the spot.

Jason (2) Dunster married, at Mason
Village, April 19, 1793, Mary (Polly in
many records) Meriam, born October 28,



1768, at Concord, Massachusetts, and died
May 5, 1858, aged eighty-nine years, six
months, seven days. She fell and broke
her thigh when eighty years of age. She
was a woman of rare grace and sweetness
of disposition, greatly beloved. She was
buried at Mason Centre beside her hus-
band according to her often expressed
wish. She was a daughter of Joseph and
Mary (Brooks) Meriam, of Concord,
Massachusetts. Jason (2) and Mary
(Meriam) Dunster were the parents of
five children, the second a daughter Mary,
who became the wife of Benoni Cutter
Kimball.

Mary Dunster, daughter of Jason (2)
and Mary (Meriam) Dunster, was born
at Mason Village, New Hampshire, Feb-
ruary 16, 1796, and baptized nine days
later by Rev. E. Hill. She was well edu-
cated for the times, and lived with her
parents until her marriage, December 28,
1815, to Benoni Cutter Kimball, a house
carpenter, who was engaged in finishing
the inside of Jason (2) Dunster's new
house when he became engaged to the lat-
ter's daughter, Mary. They resided in
Mason Village, and lived in a home built
by Mr. Kimball until his purchase of the
Dunster homestead. They were both ac-
tive and prominent members of the Con-
gregational church, joining in 1826, and in
all religious enterprises they took active
part. Mrs. Mary (Dunster) Kimball died
suddenly of heart disease. May 31, 1864,
and was buried in the cemetery at Ma-
son Village. Mr. Kimball died March 29,
1868, and was buried beside his wife.
They were the parents of fifteen chil-
dren, two of whom died in infancy, the
parents living to see the entire thirteen
children unite with a Christian church,
and all worthy members of society. James
Kimball, their son, has a clock given his
mother by her father on the date of her
marriage. She was born in the same room
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BELCHER, Fred Lucius,

Business Man.

There are many Belchers who came to
New England in the early days of Eng-
lish settlement, the first probably being
Edward Belcher, who arrived in Boston
in 1630, coming with the Winthrop fleet.

Fred Lucius Belcher, of Springfield,
Massachusetts, a descendant of the an-
cient family, is a grandson of Ira Belcher,
who resided in Cavendish, Vermont, and
was lost at sea before his only son, Henry
Judson, was born. He married Rachel
Dunton, who, after Mr. Belcher's death,
married a second husband and moved to
Vermont.

Henry Judson Belcher, son of Ira and
Rachel (Dunton) Belcher, was born in
Westport, Essex county, New York, on
Lake Champlain, August 19, 1833, ar "d
died in Cavendish, Windsor county, Ver-
mont, May 4, 1905. After his mother's
remarriage, he was taken by her to her
new home in the State of Vermont, and
in that State the remainder of his life was
spent. He was a farmer, and lived in
Reading and in Chester for a time, his
last years being spent in Cavendish. He
married, March 14, 1858, Jane Grow, of
Chester, Vermont, born November 12,
1834, in Derby, Vermont, died April 26,
1915, in South Royalton, Vermont, daugh-
ter of Otis and Jerusha Grow. Henry Jud-
son and Jane (Grow) Belcher, became
the parents of eleven children, ten of
whom lived to maturity. They were: i.
Jennie M., married Charles M. Wiley,
and has a son, Kenneth H. 2. Charles,
died in infancy. 3. Fred Lucius, of fur-
ther mention. 4. Jesse M., of Springfield,
married Frances J. Wilson, and has one
daughter, Freda J. 5. George H., a resi-
dent of Oklahoma, now county assessor,
married Jessie Ray, and has two chil-
dren, Page Henry and Doris Jane. 6.
Otis H., deceased ; married Orpha Smith,



survived by widow and two daughters,
Edna M. and Emma R. 7. Hattie M., de-
ceased ; married Alva T. Smith, deceased ;
survived by one daughter, Gladys E., who
married Harry E. Bingham, of Long-
meadow, Massachusetts, and has three
children : Reginald Harry, Margaret
Ruth, and Elizabeth June. 8. Julia Etta,
deceased ; was the wife of James Barber.
9. Carrie M., married Austin J. Bowker,
of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts,
and has two children : Dora J. and Ger-
ald H. 10. Ira W., of Hardwick, Massa-
chusetts ; married Bessie R. Merrill, of
Springfield, Massachusetts. II. Leonard
E., of Hardwick, married Georgia Merrill
Gage, of Springfield, Massachusetts.

Fred Lucius Belcher was born in Cav-
endish, Vermont, October 18, 1862, and
received his education in the local schools
of his birthplace. He was his father's
assistant on the farm until arriving at
manhood. He then dealt in cattle and
farmed for himself until 1897, when he
came to Massachusetts, settling in Hamp-
den county. There he farmed for a time,
but soon moved to Monson, Massachu-
setts, where he ran a stage line between
that town and Palmer. In 1898, after a
year of stage-driving, he located in
Springfield, serving a milk route the first
year, and in 1899 becoming an employee
of the Springfield Gas Light Company as
a general utility man. Here he found his
opportunity, and steadily advanced, fin-
ally being assigned to the purchasing de-
partment of which he is now head, as pur-
chasing and claim agent. He is a mem-
ber of Trinity Methodist Episcopal
Church, and politically supports the Re-
publican party.

Mr. Belcher married, July 2, 1886,
Chary E. Dunsmoor, daughter of Eben-
ezer and Caroline (Robbins) Dunsmoor,
of Cavendish, Vermont. Mr. and Mrs.
Belcher are the parents of two children :
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Edmund B. Dawes, of Longmeadow,
Massachusetts, and has two children,
Edmund Fred and Wahneta Chary
Dawes. 2. Ralph George, born April 23,
1896; now associated with the Worcester
Gas Light Company, Worcester, Massa-
chusetts.

Ralph George Belcher enlisted in the
United States army, during the World
War, was trained at the Plattsburg Of-
ficers' Training Camp, was commissioned
a second lieutenant, and was on duty at
Camp Upton, Long Island, and at At-
lanta, Georgia. He served until the ar-
mistice was signed, receiving a first lieu-
tenant's commission. He married Hazel
M. Higgins, of Springfield.



HISGEN, Thomas Louis,

Father of Important Legislation.

Hisgen Arms -Azure, three garbs or.
Crest Out of a marquess coronet two ostrich
plumes proper.

Thomas Louis Hisgen, one of the well
known and successful men of Springfield,
Massachusetts, was born November 26,
1858, in Petersburg, Pike county, Indi-
ana. He is a descendant of German an-
cestry, from whom he inherited traits of
prudence and frugality, characteristics
which have aided greatly in shaping his
successful career.

Frederick William Ludwig von His-
gen, grandfather of Thomas L. Hisgen,
was a native of Germany, and died there
in 1853. He served as secretary to the
grand duke of Hesse-Darmstadt, gave his
entire active life to the service of the
State, and in his last years was retired
on a pension. He married and was the
father of eighteen children, among whom
two of the sons held high offices, and an-
other was William, of further mention.

William von Hisgen, father of Thomas
L. Hisgen, was born in Geisin, Germany,
in 1830, the youngest child in the family.



He received his education in Germany,
and there learned the trade of jeweler and
silversmith. In 1848, at the age of eight-
een, he came to the United States in
company with Carl Schurz, and at that
time dropped the von from his name,
using the form Hisgen. After a short
stay in Albany, New York, he removed
to Petersburg, Pike county, Indiana,
where he conducted a store for the sale
of jewelry and general merchandise, suc-
cess attending his efforts. He was a man
of strong views, good judgment, and
keen foresight, and was respected by all
with whom he had business or social rela-
tions. He married Catherine Margaret
McNally, of Scotch-Irish lineage, natives
of County Waterford, Ireland. Thomas
McNally was a musician and a teacher of
music. Mr. and Mrs. Hisgen were the
parents of the following children : Wil-
helmina, William, Henrietta, Katherine,
Thomas Louis, of further mention ; Fred-
erick. Caroline, Gustave, Henry A.,
George C., and Sarah E., eleven in all, of
whom eight are living at the present
time (1921). William Hisgen. father of
these children, died in Albany, New York,
in 1897, having survived his wife twelve
years, his death occurring in 1885.

Thomas L. Hisgen attended the excel-
lent common schools of Indiana, his na-
tive State. From both sides of the house
he inherited a love of music and books,
and the books which were most influen-
tial in shaping his career, he has said,
were the Bible, Shakespeare, and the
works of Victor Hugo, especially "Les
Miserables." His favorite musical instru-
ment was the violin, and he organized a
band in Petersburg which gained local
fame. The necessity of helping to sup-
port the family obliged him to assist in
the store, conducted by his father, at the
early age of eleven years, and this exper-
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punctuality, economy, and honesty.
When he was sixteen years old, the fam-
ily removed to Albany, New York, where
four of the boys accepted positions in
clothing stores, while their father, who
was somewhat of a chemist, invented and
manufactured an excellent axle grease.
As the business developed, it appeared ex-
pedient for them to consolidate their in-
terests, which they did under the name of
"The Four Brothers Company," for the
making and selling of the axle grease.
They started with a modest capital, and
were fairly prosperous until a fire de-
stroyed their factory, on which they car-
ried no insurance. Nothing daunted,
however, they raised a small amount of
money by disposing of their jewelry and



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