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just at dusk, he was suddenly seized by a
band of savages, with the few of his old neigh-
bors who were engaged in restoring their
homes there, and was marched northward.
In the party were several women and children.
With characteristic fortitude. Sergeant Plimp-
ton refrained from any attempt to escape,
though opportunity offered, lest vengeance be
visited upon the others by his savage captors,
and before the close of that year he was
burned at the stake near Chamblee, Canada.
He married, January 13, 1644, at Dedham,
Jane, daughter of Abigail Dammant. who
was then a widow^ The daughter was nine
years of age in 1635 when she came to Amer-
ica with her mother, who subsequently mar-
ried John Eaton. John Plimpton's children
were: Hannah, John (died young), John,
Peter and Jonathan.

(H) John (2), second son of John (i)
and Jane (Dammant) Plimpton, was born
June 16, 1650, and baptized one week later.
He died January 13, 1704, in Medfield, where
he was a husbandman. The provisions of his
will indicate that he had a clay pit of three
acres, which became a part of the portion of
his widow, and was also an owner of a grist
mill w-hich was inherited by his eldest son.
The estate remained unsettled thirty-five years,
and in 1739 his grandson was appointed ad-
ministrator, none of the children being then
alive. In early life he was a tailor in Boston,
but succeeded his father on the original home-
stead in Medfield, and engaged in the manu-
facture of brick, as well as being a part pro-
prietor of the grist mill. He was a soldier
in King Philip's war in 1675, going from Bos-
ton in Captain Mosely's regiment. He mar-
ried (first) January 25, 1679, before Mr. Dan-
forth, of Cambridge, Elizabeth, daughter of
John Fisher. She died ^lay 13, 1694. and he
married (second) February 28. 1696, Sarah

Turner, who survived him and died about
1740. His children included John, Henry
and Sarah.

(Ill) John (3), elder son of John (2) and
Elizabeth (Fisher) Plimpton, was born May
17, 16S0, in Medfield, and died in 1730. He
was the third of the name in succession on
the original homestead. The first house was
occupied about seventy-five years and John
(3) built a new one east of the first site. He
was among the petitioners for the grant of
a town to cover unoccupied land between
Brookfield and Woodstock, Brimfield and Ox-
ford. This petition was granted by the gen-
eral court September 3, 1779, and three days
later the petitioners gathered at the house of
Joshua Morse, in Medfield. Among these
were John, Joseph and William Plimpton. At
this meeting the first was chosen constable and
collector of New Medford, now Sturbridge.
When the' first division of land w'as made in
the following spring, his share was set off and
described "to ye heires of John Plimpton."
He married, 1707, Susan Draper, of Dedham,
who married (second) Stephen Sabin, and
(third) in 1739, Joseph Plimton, being the
latter's second wife.

(I\') James, second son of John (3) and
Susan (Draper) PHmpton, was born Septem-
ber 4, 1709, in Medfield, and died August 29,
1784, in Stoughton, Massachusetts. He was
a cordwainer by occupation, and resided in
W'hat is now Foxborough. His home was
destroyed by fire May 18, 1749, during, the
absence of the family in attendance upon a
general muster. He subsequently built a house
in a more accessible spot, on the opposite side
of the meadow from the original home, on
the road from South Walpole to Roxboro.
This home has always been owned by his
descendants. The inventory of his estate
amounted to 543 pounds, 12 shillings in real
estate, and 744 pounds, 5 shillings, 11 pence
personal property. He married, in 1736, Hul-
dah, daughter of Alexander Lovell, of Med-
ford. She was born 1709 and died April 2,
1783, about a year and a half before her hus-
band. Their children were James, Catherine,
Asa, Elijah and Ziba.

(V) Asa, second son of James and Huldah
(Lovell) Plimpton, was born 1748, in Stough-
ton, and died March 22, 1808, in Foxboro,
where he resided on the paternal homestead.
He was a soldier of the revolution, as were
his brothers Elijah and Ziba. He married
(first) Sarah Dexter, born 1752, died Sep-
tember 17, 1779, and (second) Mary Smith,



born 1750, died February 22, 1823. His chil-
dren were Daniel, James, Henry, Lydia and

(VI) Elias, youngest child of Asa and
Mary (Smith) Plimpton, was born Novem-
ber 12, 1794, in Foxboro and acquired his
education at the town school and Wrentham
Academy. At the age of sixteen years he
went to W'alpole to learn the trade of hoe-
making, with his elder brother, Henry Plimp-
ton. \\'hile there the second war with Eng-
land began, and by order of Governor Strong
the Walpole Light Infantry, of which Elias
Plimpton was a member, was called into active
service. He continued on duty during that
struggle, and after its close resumed work at
his trade in the employ of his brother at Wal-
pole. Immediately after his marriage he em-
barked from Boston in a sailing vessel to seek
his fortune in the then new country known as
"Way Down East." August i, i'82o, found
him comfortably settled with his bride in their
new house in Litchfield, Maine. Here he
commenced a flourishing business in the manu-
facture of hoes, and afterward added the pro-
duction of forks of all kinds. In that day
transportation facilities were very different
from those of the present time, and all of
his goods were marketed within a compara-
tively short distance of the place where pro-
duced. The business prospered, and after
he resigned it was continued by two of his
sons under the firm name of E. Plimpton &
Sons. He was an intelligent and useful citi-
zen, and worthily filled the offices of town
clerk, selectman and overseer of the poor.
Both he and his wife labored and took a
prominent part in all the moral reforms of
the day. They may justly be denominated
pioneers in the temperance work in Maine.
Mr. Plimpton aided greatly in the enforce-
ment of the state liquor law and in prosecuting
illegal rum sellers. He was appointed one of
' the five in his town for that purpose. His
wife aided in the institution of the first Ladies'
Temperance Society in the state, its first meet-
ing being held at her house. They were very
much interested in the freedom of the slaves,
and Mr. Plimpton was one of the first in his
town to step boldly out and advocate abolition
principles. His wife added her influence and
support, and was very early elected one of
the vice-presidents of the Female Anti-Slavery
Society of the state, of which Mrs. Harriet
Beecher Stowe was president. Mr. Plimpton
retired from active business life at the age
of seventy years, and subsequently led a good
and easy life at the old homestead, a spacious.

substantial brick house built according to the
ideas of himself and wife. In their old age
they were cared for by their only daughter,
who ministered to them with loving care.
Their exemplary life is indeed an honorable
monument of temperance, sobriety and Chris-
tian benevolence. Their marriage occurred
July 16, 1820, in Sharon, Massachusetts, the
bride being Nancy, daughter of James and
Mercv Billings of that town. She was bom
March 25, 1795, and died at her home in
Litchfield, October 15, 1885. Her husband
died October 9, 1886. Their children were:
Elias Hewins, Asa Warren, George, Albert
Franklin and Nancy Maria. The third son
and the daughter now reside upon the paternal
homestead in Litchfield. The fourth son prac-
ticed medicine at Gardiner during his life.

(\1I) Asa Warren, second son of Elias
and Nancy (Billings) Plimpton, was born
November 7, 1825, in Litchfield, and con-
tinued to reside in that town throtigh life,
where he died August 16, 1902. He was a
man of great physical endowments, and was
actively engaged in the hayfield the season im-
mediately preceding his death, which was the
result of heart disease, and came without
warning. During his lifetime he performed
many feats of physical strength which caused
surprise to observers. Without being a man
of large stature, he was very compactly built
and extremely muscular. His education was
supplied by the schools of Litchfield and Mon-
mouth Academy. He qualified for admission
to the West Point Military Academy, and was
appointed to a cadetship. but the strong ob-
jections of his father persuaded him to aban-
don a military career and engage in business
with his father and younger brother George.
The business was prosperous and he led a
busy and useful life. He retired from active
business in 1896, and subsequently gave his
attention to tlie management of the home
farm. He was a member of the Masonic fra-
ternity, having attained the Royal Arch de-
gree, and was a regular attendant and sup-
porter of the Congregational church. Though
prominent and active in the management oi
town affairs, he never desired or accepted any
oflficial station. He was a staunch Republican
in political sentiment, and as chairman of
a committee was the first to invite James G.
Blaine to make his first political address. Mr.
Plimpton married. November 0. 1854, Harriett
Elizabeth Fuller, of West Gardiner, born May
3, 1835, in West Gardiner, daughter of Dea-
con Daniel and Ann (Lord) Fuller, promi-
nent residents of that town. They became the





parents of a daughter and a son : Anna Eliza-
beth and Warren Oscar. The former died
at the age of nine months.

(VIII) Warren Oscar, only son of Asa W.
and Elarriett E. (Fuller) Plimpton, was born
July 24. 1858, in Litchfield, and began his
education in the public schools of "that town.
For three terms he was a student at Litchfield
Academy and one term in Gardiner. He fitted
for college at the Hallowell Classical and Sci-
entific School, from which he received a di-
ploma in July, 1878, through the hands of
James G. Blaine, as president. He imme-
diately entered Bowdoin College, from which
he was graduated in 1882 with the degree of
Bachelor of Arts, and in three years obtained
. the degree of Master of Arts. While fitting
for college and pursuing the course, he taught
three terms of school to aid in his own main-
tenance. In college he at once took an active
and leading part in both the classical and
athletic work of the institution. During the
course he composed several odes, and in his
sophomore year took the first prize for decla-
mation, and in his junior year the second prize.
In the same year he was class poet, and from
the beginning he was stroke oarsman of his
class crew. For one year he was commodore
of the Bowdoin Rowing Association, and at
the inter-collegiate contest on Lake George in
1882 he was stroke oarsman of the college
crew. His record in throwing the heavy ham-
mer continued the highest for about a dozen
years. He was an active member of the Psi
Upsilon fraternity, and was very popular with
both the student body and the faculty. Imme-
diately after leaving college he became prin-
cipal of the high school at Rochester, New
Hampshire, where he continued three years,
and during the next three years he was a
student of the College of Physicians and Sur-
geons in New York City, receiving the de-
gree of M. D. in 1888. Immediately follow-
ing this he was for two years an interne at
Charity Hospital on Blackwell's Island, New
York. \\'hile there he attracted the favorable
attention of Dr. A. M. Phelps, professor of
orthopedic surgery in the University Medical
School of New York, and also in the Post-
Graduate Medical School, and professor-gen-
eral of surgery in the University of Vermont.
Dr. Phelps desired to take a trip to Europe,
and invited Dr. Plimpton to fill his hours at
the Post-Graduate Medical School and various
duties involved in his position, and to take
care of his office practice. Dr. Plimpton ac-
cepted, and has ever since been engaged in
teaching in various medical institutions, hav-

ing for the past eight years filled the chair of
orthopedic surgery in the New York Post-
Graduate Medical School, besides having an
extensive and lucrative practice. He gives
special attention to orthopedic surgery, and
maintains an office at 47 East 28th street, in
which vicinity he has long been established,
and is very frequently called in consultation
and practice from his residence in West 84th
street. He is consulting surgeon of the Tarry-
town Flospital, of the Mary Immaculate Hos-
pital of Jamaica, and is surgeon-in-chief of
the Daisy Fields Hospital of Englewood, New
Jersey ; also visiting surgeon at the New York
Post-Graduate Hospital. He is a member of
the American Medical Association, of the
New York State Medical Association, and the
New York County Medical Society. He is
also a member of the Physicians' Mutual Aid
and the Physicians' Defence League, insur-
ance organizations whose membership is com-
posed wholly of medical men. He is a mem-
ber of the Medical and Pharmaceutical
League; of the Charity Hospital Alumni Asso-
ciation ; the Alumni Association of the Col-
lege of Physicians and Surgeons ; the Bowdoin
College Alumni Association, of which he is
now president; the Maine Society of New
York ; and of the Post-Graduate Clinical So-
ciety. He is also a fellow of the American
Geographical Society. Dr. Plimpton is pos-
sessed of the pleasant personality which is a
peculiar character of his family, is a man of
compact figure and much physical strength.
His genial nature and suavipy of manner con-
tribute to the pleasure of all who may be
brought into contact with him, and his stand-
ing in the profession and among acquaintances
is of the highest.

He married, September 23, 1890, Harriet
Matilda Stevens, daughter of John Gilman
and Harriet Amanda (Moulton) Stevens, of
Union, New Hampshire. Mrs. Plimpton is
descended from several of the oldest and best
families of New Hampshire. She is the mother
of a daughter, Harriet Plimpton, born No-
vember I, 1892, now a student of the \"eltin
School, a large private school for girls in New
York, where she is fitting for \'assar College.

(For preceding generations see Robert Lord I.)

(Ill) John, second son of Robert
LORD (2) and Hannah (Day) Lord, was
born about 1659, in Ipswich, and
continued to reside there. He married, De-
cember 9, 1695, Elizabeth Clarke. Children:
John, Elizabeth, Thomas and Robert.

(IV) Robert (3), youngest son of John



and Elizabeth (Clarke) Lord, was born 1712,
in Ipswich, and removed to Boston before
1739. He had wife Catherine, and children:
James, mentioned below ; Catherine, born April

14, 1739; Sarah, September 27, 1740; Eliza-
beth, May 26, 1742; Mary, December 11,
1743; Abigail, November ii, 1745; Robert,
October 29, 1748. All except the first were
born in Boston.

(V) James, eldest child of Robert (3) and
Catherine Lord, was born in 1737, in Ipswich,
and died February 13, 1830, in Litchfield,
Maine, and was buried in the burying ground
in the Grant neighborhood of that town. He
served three years in the French and Indian
war, and was also a soldier of the revolution.
Soon after the battle of Lexington he was
commissioned first lieutenant by John Han-
cock,- gpvernor of Massachusetts, and was in
command of his company in the battle of
Bunker Hill. He received a wound in the
right thigh at the battle of Long Island, July
27, 1776, and was ever after lame as a result.
He was placed on the pension list March 30,
1818. In 1778 he settled in Litchfield, Maine,
and was prominent in the aftairs of that town
in many ways. While the plantation of Smith-
field existed, he was a member of its board
of assessors. He married, August 7, 1762,
Elizabeth Brown, born March i, 1742, in
Windham, Connecticut, died July 21, 1831, in
Litchfield. Children : James, Thomas, Eliza-
beth, Lucy, Ephraim, John, Alary, Annie and

(\T) Joseph, youngest child of James and
Elizabeth (Brown) Lord, was born June 8,
1783, in Litchfield, and resided in that town,
where he died May 15, 1864. He married,
August 9, 1804, Sarah ilagoon, born ]\Iay
20, 1784, died October 23, 1869, eldest daugh-
ter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Watson)
Magoon, who came from Kingston, New
Hampshire, to South Litchfield, about 1797.
Children : Anna Lake, Phebe Searlc, Joseph
(died young), Hannah Stanwood, James, Jo-
seph, Amaziah Emerson, Sarah Elizabeth,
Mary Ann, Oliver Magoon and Caroline

(VII) Anna Lake, eldest child of Joseph
and Sally (Magoon) Lord, was born August

15, 1804, in Litchfield and died !\Iarch 9,
1877. in that town. She married Januarj' 19,
1825, Daniel Fuller and resided in West Gardi-
ner. (See Fuller below.)

William Fuller, born March 18, 1761, mar-
ried, January 14, 1787, Lucy Hodgkins, born
June 10. 1764. He died September 2, 1842,
and she survived hiin nearly four vears, dying

May 4, 1846. Children: Hannah, born Sep-
tember 17, 1787; Lucy, December 14, 1788;.
Catherine, February 3, 1791; William, Febru-
ary I, 1793; David, January 19, 1795; James,
January 12, 1797; Abigail, December 12, 1798;
Daniel, mentioned below ; Joseph, February
17, 1803; George, July 13, 1807; Mary, Au-
gust 20, 1810.

Daniel, fourth son of \\'illiam and Lucy
(Hodgkins) Fuller, was born February i,
1801, in Gardiner, Maine, and resided in the
western part of that town, wdiere he died
October 8, 1886. He married, March 19,.
1825, Anna L. Lord, daughter of Joseph and
Sally (Magoon) Lord, of Litchfield. (See-
Lord above.)

Harriett Elizabeth, daughter of Daniel and
Ann L. (Lord) Fuller, was born May 3, 1835,
in ^\'est Gardiner, and married, November 9,
1854, Asa W. Plimpton, of Litchfield. (See
Plimpton VII.)

The families of Farns-
FARNS WORTH worth in the United
States are all of Eng-
lish origin. The earliest Farnsworth men-
tioned in New England history is Joseph,
who probably came to Dorchester, Massachu-
setts, with Rev. Mather in 1635. Joseph, of
Dorchester, probably the eldest son of the
preceding, was a freeman in 1649. Matthias
is mentioned at length below. Samuel, of
Windsor, Connecticut, who married in 1677,
was also a son of the first Joseph. In Lan-
cashire, England, are two places called Farn-
worth. One is in the parish of Prescott, near
Liverpool, and the other is in the parish of
Dean, not far from Manchester, in the Hun-
dred of Salford. From one of these places,
probably the latter, the family name is derived.
The name of those places has always been
spelled without an s, and the families of the
name in England almost universally write it
Farnworth, as it was written by all those
who came to New England in the seventeenth
century. It was different, however, with town
and court clerks and others who had to write
the name in records, and by them it was writ-
ten ffarneworth, ffernworth, ffcarneworth,
fifcarnoth, and in various other fonns.

The native Farnworths themselves were
generally very little more uniform in their
spelling than others were, until in the early
part of the eighteenth century it was grad-
ually changed to Farnsworth. In the Groton
records the name is spelled without an s until
about 1750. The pronunciation in early times
in this country was probably as if spelled Far-



woth, as it is. spelled in some of the records.
Etymologically the name comes from the
Anglo-Saxon words, fearn, fern, and worth,
signifying a place, farm or estate, and hence
signifying the "place of ferns," which took
its designation from the abundance of the
fern plants about it. Tiie record shows that
men took their title from Farnworth in very
early times ; and we have Roger de Farn-
worth in the year 1297; Adam de Farnworth,
1314: John Hulton de Farnworth, 131 1, and
so on.

(T) iNIatthias Farnworth appears as a resi-
dent of Lynn, IMassachusetts, in 1657. He
may have been a resident there some years
before that time ; when he came to this coun-
try is unknown. He was a farmer, owned
and resided on a farm in what is now Fed-
eral street until 1660 or 1661. The town rec-
ords shov/ that to Matthias Farnworth were
born a son Joseph, November 17, 1657, and a
daughter Mary, October 11, 1660. He prob-
ably removed to Groton soon after the last
date. It appears on the records that }»Iatthias
Farnworth was a proprietor of Groton, holding
a twenty-acre right, that in its proportional
application gave him something over a thou-
sand acres, but he is not mentioned in the
church records of the town until ]\Iay, 1664,
and in the records of the town meeting, No-
vember 27, 1664. At the latter date he was
granted forty poles of land. He had several
parcels of upland assigned him. '"This house
lot, ninety acres more or less, lying on both
sides of the mill highway"; "six acres and a
half more or less on Indian hill" ; "eighteen
acres more or less, bounded on the west by
the mill road" ; "seventy-one acres more or
less, lying on the other side of the mill road."
He also had several lots of meadow land. On
the first described lot he built his house of
logs which was undoubtedly burned by the
Indians when about all the town was de-
stroyed by them, March 13, 1676. He built
another house later, and it was standing until
about the year 1820. In the time of the In-
dian outbreak, Matthias Farnworth escaped
with his family to Concord and lived there
two years; he then returned to Groton and
passed the remainder of his life there. He
became a freeman of the colony, May 16,
1670. He filled many town offices, the most
important of which was that of constable and
selectman. The principal duty of constable in
those days was the collection of taxes. The
last time he held the office was in 1684, when
he was seventy-two years old. He executed
his will January 15, 1688 (O. S.), by attach-

ing his mark, whether he was too ill to sign
his name, or whether he was unable to write,
no one kncnvs. He seems to have been a
man of more than average influence among his
townsmen. His inventory was taken February
4. 1688. Among the items enumerated are:
"House and barn and homestall within fence,
£48 ; homeland without fence £3 ; outlands
and uplands, £2, 10 s; meadows, £12; a yoke
of small oxen, £5 ;" which show that land in
those days was relatively very cheap.

Matthias Farnworth was born in 1612; was
a weaver by occupation ; died January 21, 1688
(O. S.). He was probably married twice,
but the name of only one wife is known. He
married, probably as his second wife, Mary,
daughter of George Farr, of Lynn, Massachu-
setts, who died in 1717, surviving her husband
many years. Her will was made December 5,
1716, and probated March 7, 1717. The first
three children of Matthias Farnworth, Eliza-
beth, IMatthias and John, are thought to have
been by a first wife ; those by the second wife
were: Benjamin, Joseph, Alary, Sarah, Sam-
uel, Abigail, Jonathan.

(II) Benjamin was third son and probably
the fourth child of Matthias Farnworth. The
date and place of his birth are unknown.
There is reason to believe that he was born
at Lynn about 1653, and he is probably the
"Benjamin," sui^iame blank, numbered 43 in
the list of settlers who had returned from
Concord to Groton after the town was burned
by the Indians in 1676, as the list appears in
Green's "Early Records of Groton." If that
name was for Benjamin Farnsworth, it is the
first time it appears in the records. The list
was made about 1680 or 1681. He owned a
large amount of land west of Broad IMeadow
where he built a house and resided. His
house was standing imtil about 1830. He was
a member of the board of selectmen and held
other town offices, but was not so prominent
a man as his brother John. He and his wife
were members of the church, and their chil-
dren were all baptized. He married, in 1695,
Mary Prescott, born February 3, 1674, daugh-
ter of Jonas Prescott. Jonas Prescott, an, came to America in 1640 and
lived at Watertown and Lancaster. He was
a heroic figure in the early history of Lan-
caster and Groton. The children of Benjamin
and [Marv (Prescott) Farnsworth were:
Marv, Alartha, Benjamin, Isaac, Ezra, Amos,
Lydia, Aaron, Martha, Jonas and Deborah.

(HI) Jonas, tenth child and sixth son of
Benjamin and Mary (Prescott) Farnsworth,
was born October 14, 1713, and died Decern-



ber, 1803. He was a joiner and lived on the
"great road" to Boston. He was interested
in the exodus of his brother Amos and some
settlers of the family to Nova Scotia, but
whether he went there is not certain. Six of
his children were among those who went. He

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