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part to the advice of Philip Sherman, so many
times your ancestor. Sherman was a member of
the first church of Roxbury and doubtless associ-
ated with William Chase, since they were both
of the Anne Hutchinson party. Sherman went to
Portsmouth, which later became strongly Quaker
in religion. At all events, several of the children
of William Chase, the second, married children of
Philip Sherman, and their descendants intermar-
ried with the result that it is not always easy to


disentangle them all from the confused records.

William Chase, the third, the son of William,
the son of William, was a great great grandfather
of Phebe Howland, and Benjamin, his son, was
a great grandfather of Anne Almy Chase.

Chaptek V


Came over 1635


William Almy
(Audrey )

1601 — 1676

Christopher Almy
(Elizabeth Cornell)

1632 — 1713

William Almy
(Deborah Cook)

1665 — 1747

Job Almy

(Lydia Tillinghast)

1696 — 1771

Job Almy
(Ann Slocum)

1730 — 1816

Mary Almy
(Benjamin Chase)

Anne Almy Chase
(Williams Slocum)

1775 — 1864

Mary Ann Slocum
(Henry H. Crapo)

1805 — 1875

William W. Crapo
(Sarah Davis Tappan)

1830 —

Stanford T. Crapo
(Emma Morley)


William Wallace Crapo

1895 —


There is a tradition, which I have been unable
to verify, that William Almy, subsequently of
Portsmouth, first crossed the ocean with Winthrop
in 1630 as a seaman and remained on this side
for a few years. There was, indeed, a William
Almy who in 1631 was fined by the Court at
Boston eleven shillings for ''taking away Mr.
Glover's canoe without leave." This same Wil-
liam Almy in 1634 was fined ten shillings for not
obeying a summons to appear in Court and make
explanation as to what he had done with certain
goods of Edward Johnson. If this William Almy
who came under suspicion of the Court is indeed
your ancestor he must have returned to England,
because there is no doubt that the William Almy
who is unquestionably your ancestor came over in
the ship Abigail in 1635. He was thirty-four
years of age at that time, and he brought with him
his wife, Audrey, and a daughter, Ann, aged eight,
and Christopher, your ancestor, aged three. In
1636 there was a William Almy of Lynn who was
a successful litigant in two civil suits. This Wil-
liam Almy was probably the William Almy, your
ancestor, who joined the small association who
were granted by Governor Bradford of Plymouth
liberty "to view a place and have sufficient land


for three score families" at a place which was
subsequently called Sandwich. In 1638, in Sand-
wich, he was fined eleven shillings for keeping
swine unringed. It is rather a pity that most of
the records I have discovered deal with William
Almy's criminal record. In 1640 he was granted
land in Sandwich, which in 1642 he sold, and there
is no further record of him in Sandwich. In 1643
the William Almy, who is unquestionably yours,
was in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. He had land
allotted to him that year, and in 1644 he was
granted additional land at Wading Brook. From
that date until his death in 1676 he was promi-
nently connected with the civic affairs of Ports-
mouth. He was a Deputy to the General Court
at Newport in 1650, and in 1654 he was a Commis-
sioner in relation to the purchase of Cumnequisett
and Dutch Islands. He served the town as Grand
Juryman, Moderator at town meetings, Commis-
sioner to the General Assembly, and in various
capacities. His name appears many times in the
Portsmouth records. He became a Quaker, and
in his later years was one of the " assistants" of
Governor Coddington in the general administra-
tion of the affairs of the Rhode Island Colonies.
He was doubtless a farmer for the most part, yet
I find a record that in 1652 he shipped from
Pardon Tillinghast's wharf in Providence a ton
of tobacco for New Foundland. One wonders how
a farmer of Portsmouth, in 1652, came possessed
of a ton of tobacco. He must have been some-
thing of a merchant, it seems. In 1659 he was
living on a farm next to Richard Borden's and



deeded to his son John about fifty acres, entailing
the same in favor of his son Christopher.

The records of the town of Portsmouth disclose
somewhat in Ml a bitter controversy between
your ancestor William Almy and your ancestor
Philip Sherman. They owned adjoining tracts
of land, and between their respective holdings
there was a lane-way which led to a spring. It
would seem that the inhabitants of the town had
had free use of this spring for some years when
William Almy fenced it off on account of some
dispute with Philip Sherman as to its ownership.
The dispute was that of a boundary line, the most
prolific cause of bad blood between neighbors from
the days of the first settlement of the country unto
this day. The trouble had doubtless been brew-
ing for some years before 1669. In October of
that year it was represented in town meeting that
William Almy had fenced in a way between his
house and Philip Sherman's "which highway
doth lead to one of the most principal watteringe
places for cattle in this towne whereof severall of
the inhabitants are much wronged and have com-
plained and desired said Almy to throw said way
open and he refuseing so to do" it was ordered
that proceedings be brought by the town, at the
town's expense, to "try the title" and Philip
Sherman was authorized "to prosecute in all law-
ful ways to carry the same." In November of
the same year Richard Borden, another of your
ancestors, was appointed by the town, with two
constables to assist him "to forthwith repair
unto William Almy's and lay open a highway


which was laid out for the town's use lying be-
tween the land of William Almy and Philip Sher-
man down to the spring and also all other land
taken out of the common and not legally granted. ' '
William Almy was stubborn. He vigorously
asserted the characteristically English attitude of
resistance when what he deemed his rights to his
land were encroached on. He retaliated in April,
1670, by suing the town in his own behalf, and
John Sanford was appointed to look after the
town's defence, Mr. William Hall being the attor-
ney to plead and manage the case. In October,
1670, a Mr. John Green suggested in town meeting
that the dispute between Mr. Almy and the town
be referred to arbitrators, but the meeting unani-
mously refused any compromise and voted more
money to carry on the fight. At the town meeting
in July, 1671, it was ordered that "Mr. Philip
Sherman is continued the town's agent and attor-
ney and Mr. William Hall is now joyned unto him
to prosecute and finish the laying open the high-
way and spring fenced off by Mr. Almy, for which
he was the last court of tryalls found guilty, until
it be laid open according to the true bounds
thereof. ' '

It is not at all probable that William Almy
accepted the determination of this controversy as
a just one, nor is it to be wondered at that I fail
to find his name for the seven remaining years
of his life as one whom the town honored with
office. His will, dated February 28, 1676, was pro-
bated April 23, 1677. In it he disposes of a con-
siderable estate and his son Christopher was one
of the executors.


Christopher Almy was born in England in 1632,
and was about ten years old when his father first
settled in Portsmouth. He was twenty-nine years
old when he married in 1661, Elizabeth Cornell,
the daughter of Thomas Cornell and Eebecca
Briggs of Portsmouth. In the same year the
town ordered that he should be recompensed for
a vessel which he had purchased of William Dyer
and which had been wrongfully seized in Massa-
chusetts. It may be that this personal experience
of the usurpations of Massachusetts caused him
to become in later years the chief champion of
Rhode Island against the claims of her more pow-
erful neighbor. In 1658 he was admitted, of
record, a freeman of Portsmouth, and served the
town in various public capacities. In 1667, with
several others, he bought from the Indians large
tracts of land at Monmouth in New Jersey, re-
moving thither and there remaining some thirteen
years. Prior to 1680 he returned to Portsmouth.
In that year he, with seven others, purchased from
Governor Josiah Winslow the territory known as
Puncatest, later known as Tiverton and Little
Compton. He had three and three-quarters
shares of a total of thirty shares, the full purchase
price being £1,100.

It is evident that his contemporaries regarded
him as especially capable as a diplomat. In 168S
he, with John Borden, that other eminently diplo-
matic ancestor of yours, was appointed by the
Assembly to go to Boston and "make our claims
and rights appear unto the aforesaid lands before
his Excellency the Governor in Boston." For


this service he received £4. In 1689 and 1690
Christopher Almy was a Deputy to the General
Assembly. The affairs of the several quasi
independent Rhode Island settlements, Ports-
mouth, Newport, Providence and Warwick, were
in a most confused state. There were in all of
them two warring factions, royalist and republi-
can. Francis Brierly, a merchant of Newport,
was the leader of the royalists. Christopher Almy
became the leader of the republicans and the ally
of Andros, the Governor of Massachusetts, who
favored the independence of Rhode Island. The
General Assemblv of the united Colonies had been
unable to organize for four years. The royalist
governor, who was elected by a portion of the
Assembly, refused to act. Christopher Almy was
elected in his place, but also refused "for reasons
satisfactory to the assembly." He consented,
however, to act as an assistant, and as such virtu-
ally exercised the powers of Governor. In 1692,
Christopher Almy was sent by the General Assem-
bly to England to present to their majesties a
complaint on behalf of Rhode Island against the
encroachments of Massachusetts. At that time, the
English Government was engrossed in a war with
France and paid little heed to Almy. Being some-
what discouraged, he memorialized Queen Mary,
saying that he had come four thousand miles to
lay the grievances of his neighbors before her
and praying her to grant such encouragement as
she might deem fit. His persistency at length was
rewarded, and in his presentation of his case be-
fore the royal Council he obtained a decision in


favor of Rhode Island on every point at issue.
He remained in London as the representative of
Rhode Island for some four years. In 1694 he
was actively engaged in the matter of boundary
disputes not only on the east with Massachusetts,
but on the west with Connecticut. In 1696
he returned to Portsmouth and was granted by
the Assembly the sum of £135 for his expenses,
which, if it was his sole remuneration, was cer-
tainly not excessive for a four years sojourn in
a foreign capital by a Minister Plenipotentiary
and Envoy-Extraordinary.

When he returned from England, Christopher
Almy was sixty-four years of age, and it is not,
perhaps, surprising that thereafter there are few
records of his public activities. He died in 1713,
and bv his will left to his oldest son William, who
was your ancestor, his extensive holdings at
Puncatest Neck (Tiverton). One negro named
Arthur also fell to William's lot.

William Almy lived at Puncatest Neck. He
married Deborah Cook, daughter of John and
Mary (Borden) Cook, from whom you descend.
It is evident that he prospered greatly, since at his
death in 1747 he left an estate appraised at up-
ward of £7,500, including six negro slaves valued
at £660. His second wife, Hope Borden, outlived
him and when she died left an unusually large
estate for a widow, which she disposed of in an
elaborate will. A certain silver spoon she left
to Hope Almy, the daughter of her stepson, Job.
Many years afterward Hope Almy gave the spoon
to her niece, Mary Almy, the mother of Anne


Almy Chase (Slocum) and it is now in the posses-
sion of one of your numerous Slocum cousins.

William Almy had acquired "the right of the
eight hundred acre division qualified by Abraham
Tucker's homestead in Dartmouth," between
Horse Neck Beach and Allen's Beach, including
Gooseberry Neck. This region was called Nutta-
quansett. In his will William Almy devised his
farm in Dartmouth to his son Job Almy, who was
probably living there at the time in the first of
the three mansion houses which he built. After
Job's marriage with Lydia Tillinghast, a scion
of the merchant princes of that ilk, he built the
third and grandest mansion, now known as
"Quanset," a splendid example of colonial archi-
tecture which has been perfectly preserved and
is now in the possession of a lineal descendant.
Young Job did not have to make a long journey
when he went a-courting Ann Slocum, who lived
in the northerly house on the old Barney's Joy-
place. The two places were in sight of each other.
The course of true love seems to have run smooth,
and Job and Ann were married and were grand-
parents of Anne Almy Chase.

Job Almy, the older, died in 1771. His will,
dated April, 1771, after providing for his widow
and daughters and disposing of money and
negroes, devises his real estate among his four
sons, Samuel, Joseph, Job and Christopher. In
1778 the sons made a division, Joseph and Chris-
topher taking the portion east of the highway,
Quanset, and Samuel and Job taking the westerly
portion, including Gooseberry Neck, which had


been laid out to William Almy in 1712 by order
of the court. In 1779 Samuel conveyed all his
interest, except a half of Gooseberry Neck which
he had sold to Joseph Eussell, to his brother Job.
It was on this farm, in more modern times known
as the Richard Almy farm, that Job Almy and
Ann Slocum lived. The mansion, although not
so fine as Quanset across the way, is a substantial
and commodious dwelling with a fine outlook to
the sea.

When Job Almy was eighty-four years old, he
became infirm and his only son, Tillinghast Almy,
acted as his guardian. He died in 1816, and by
his will gave various bequests to his children and
grandchildren. As he does not mention his
daughter Mary, who married Benjamin Chase, I
conclude she died prior to his death. Her chil-
dren are remembered, Anne Almy Chase (Slo-
cum) being given $500.

Chapter VI


Came over prior to 1638

John Tripp 161 ° — 1678

(Mary Paine)

Peleg Tripp 1642 — 1714

(Anne Sisson)

.Mary Tripp —1776

(Deliverance Smith)

Deborah Smith 1695 —

(Eliezer Slocum)

Ann Slocum 1732 —

(Job Almy)

Mary Almy
(Benjamin Chase)

Anne Almy Chase 1775 — 1864

(Williams Slocum)

Mary Ann Slocum 1805 — 1875

(Henry H. Crapo)

William W. Crapo 1830 —

(Sarah Davis Tappan)

Stanford T. Crapo I 865 —

(Emma Morley)

William Wallace Crapo 1895 —


John Tripp was born about 1610. He was an
original settler of Portsmouth in 1638 and one of
the signers of the civil compact which formed the
organization of the town. He was a carpenter
by trade, having come over, it is thought, as an
apprentice of one Holden. He also engaged in
farming and must have been a good judge of
cattle, since for many years he was annually
chosen the "Surveyor of Cattel." He was evi-
dently not a man of any education, but none the
less he served the town in numerous capacities,
serving many years on the Town Council, as
moderator of the town meetings, and during the
latter part of his life as Deputy to the General
Assembly for some six years.

John Tripp in 1643 purchased land next to
Thomas Gorton. Later he lived next door to
Ealph Earle in Portsmouth, and they had some
controversy about their lines and fences and their
cattle, which was finally adjusted by an elaborate
agreement between them, dated August 25, 1651.
This agreement was witnessed by Benedict
Arnold and Thomas Newton, and is carefully set
forth in the records of the town by the Recorder,
Philip Sherman. In 1657 John Tripp had plant-
ing land at Hogg Island. His will, dated Decern-


ber 16, 1677, and probated October 28, 1678, is a
carefully prepared document. Among other pro-
visions he gives "to each of my grandchildren five
shillings to buy bibles for them."

John Tripp married Mary Paine, the daughter
of Anthony Paine, with whom and her mother
she must have crossed the ocean when a young
woman. It is not probable that the Paines crossed
many years before 1638, and Mary must have
been married to John Tripp soon after the settle-
ment of Portsmouth, as her son Peleg was born in
1642. Anthony Paine was one of the signers, by
his mark, of the compact under which Portsmouth
was settled. He does not appear to have taken
any interest in the town's affairs, as his name
seldom appears upon the records. He died in
1649. His will is as follows :

I Anthony Paine in my perfect memory clue mani-
fest my minde and last will is to give and bequeath unto
my daughter Alice one cow shee or her husband painge
unto my daughter Mary Tripp so much as ye cow is
judged to be more worth than the heffer and to be made
up equall out of ye cow. And further my minde and will
is to make my wife Rose Paine wholl and soull executrix
to see my ye former Covinant and my last will per-
formed, and my debts paide. and Mr. Porter and Wil-
liam Baulston to see my estate equally divided witness
my hand this 5th day of May 1649.

The marke of Anthonv

Paine (X)

Thomas Wait
William Baulston.

On March 18, 1650, John Tripp and Mary Tripp
executed a release to Rose Paine stating that they
had received the legacy in full. Alice Paine, who



had meanwhile married Lot Strange, also ex-
pressed herself as satisfied. It is regrettable that
the receipts do not disclose just how the balance
between the cow and the heffer was arrived at.

John Tripp had purchased about 1662 a one-
quarter share of the Dartmouth purchase from
John Alden. In 1665 he conveyed this interest
to his son Peleg, who, however, did not "take up"
his lands for some years. Peleg was made the
Constable of the town of Portsmouth when he
was twenty-five years of age, and for more than
twenty years thereafter he was constantly holding
public office as Surveyor of Highways, member of
the Town Council, and Deputy to the General
Assembly at Newport, which latter office he held
for some ten years consecutively. The last entry
in the Portsmouth records concerning him is in
1690, when he was elected a Deputy. As his name
appears so frequently before this date, and not
at all thereafter, it seems likely that he left Ports-
mouth soon after and went to Dartmouth, taking
up holdings in what is now the township of West-
port, east of Devoll's Pond. He died in 1714.
He had married Anne Sisson, the daughter of
Richard and Mary Sisson of Portsmouth and

At a town meeting held in Portsmouth June 16,
1651, "Richard Sisson is received inhabitant
amongst us and hath given his ingagement. ' ?
Whence he came I know not. He was then about
forty-three years old, which tends to the supposi-
tion that he had been in New England some years
before, since most of the early immigrants were


between twenty and thirty years of age when they
undertook the voyage across the ocean. In 1653
''Goodman Sisson" was chosen Constable, an
office in which he must have been efficient, since
he was repeatedly re-elected. Otherwise, he does
not seem to have been at all prominent in the
town affairs. In 1658 he bought a part of Conani-
cut and Dutch Islands, where perhaps he lived
for two years when he sold them. Just when he
came to Dartmouth I do not know. He was in
Dartmouth in 1667 when he was chosen on the
Grand Jury, and thereafter his name appears
occasionally on the Dartmouth records, although
he held no office. Richard Sisson had a large
farm on the west bank of the Coakset River at
the "Head." His house was probably near what
is now the corner of the road leading southerly
from the Head of Westport to South Westport,
and the "Rhode Island Wav" leading westerlv be-
tween Sandy Point and Stafford Pond to the
Sakonnet River. The locality was known as
" Sisson 's," and Richard Sisson, his son, kept a
tavern in the old homestead, which was so used
for nearly two centuries, John Avery Parker, a
prominent merchant of New Bedford, at one time
being its proprietor. Richard Sisson, the first,
died in 1684 leaving an estate of £600, in which
there was ' ' 1 negro servant £28, and 1 Indian ser-
vant £10." In his will he leaves to his daughter
Anne, the wife of Peleg Tripp, a tract of land
near "Pogansett Pond and all those sheep he is
keeping. ' '


The daughter of Peleg Tripp and Anne Sisson,
whose name was Mary, married Deliverance
Smith, a son of old John Smith, and was a great
great grandmother of Anne Almy Chase.

Chapter VII


Came over prior to 1653



Came over 1648
Golden Dolphin

Anthony Shaw — 1705

(Alice Stonard)

Israel Shaw 1660 — 1710+

( Tallman)

Elizabeth Shaw 1706 —

(Nathan Chase)

Benjamin Chase 1747 —

(Mary Almy)

Anne Almy Chase 1775 — 1864

(Williams Slocum)

Mary Ann Slocum 1805 — 1875

(Henry H. Crapo)

William W. Crapo 1830 —

(Sarah Davis Tappan)

Stanford T. Crapo 1865 —

(Emma Mo r ley)

William Wallace Crapo 1895 —

Peter Tallman — 1708

(Joan Briggs)


(Israel Shaw)

Elizabeth Shaw 1706 —

(Nathan Chase)

Benjamin Chase 1747 —

(Mary Almy)

Anne Almy Chase 1775 — 1864

(Williams Slocum)

Mary Ann Slocum 1805 — 1875

(Henry H. Crapo)

William W. Crapo 1830 —

(Sarah Davis Tappan)

Stanford T. Crapo 1865 —

(Emma Morley)

William Wallace Crapo I 895 —


I have not succeeded in learning much about
your forebear Anthony Shaw. I am not even cer-
tain that he was a comeoverer since the date and
place of his birth are unknown to me. He prob-
ably came from Ovenden, Yorkshire. It is
altogether probable, that he was a comeoverer,
since he was married in 1653 in Boston to
Alice Stonard, daughter of John Stonard. They
were married by the Rev. Increase Nowell.
John Stonard was in Roxbury prior to 1645, and
died in 1649. His widow was named Margaret.
Anthony Shaw continued to live in Boston for
some years after his marriage and his son, Israel,
from whom you descend, was probably born there
in 1660. When he left Boston and came to Ports-
mouth is not a matter of record, but he was ad-
mitted as a freeman of Portsmouth in 1669. I
find few records concerning him in Portsmouth,
save as he served from time to time on the grand
and petit juries. I find his name attached to the
report of a Coroner's verdict, Giles Slocum and
John Cook, two others of your ancestors, joining
with him, which I quote as a specimen of anti-
quated spelling:

You being of this Corroners Inquest for our
Soverryn Lord and Kinge you shall well and truly


make dillegent Inquirie how and in what manner a
Indian hoo is found deead in the Towne of Portsmouth
on Rodch Island came to his death and make A true
Retiurn of your vardit thereon unto the Corrone, and
this inqorement you make and give upon the penalty
of perjury Aug. ye 16th 1684. . . . Upon Indian
lad of "Widow Fish he being found dead in ye woods
of Portsmouth ye Juries verdict is wee find according
to the best of our Judgments that he murdered him
selfe being found upon the ground with a walnut
pealling hanging over him upon A lim of A tree.

Anthony Shaw bought his home in Portsmouth
of Philip Tabor and paid "£40 and 300 good
boards" for it. How he acquired the three hun-
dred good boards is not evident. He may have
been engaged in the lumber business. His name
is mentioned in connection with several civil suits
in which he was a party. In 1680 he was taxed
9s. 6d. In 1688 he was fined 3s. 4d. for breaking
the peace. He died August 21, 1705, and his in-
ventory discloses that he was very well to do.
He had of personal property £213 12s. 2d., includ-
ing a "negro man £30."

Israel Shaw, the son of Anthony Shaw and
Alice Stonard, was born in 1660. He was alive in
1710, and how long after that date he lived I
know not. He lived in Little Compton. In 1689
he married a daughter of Peter Tallman. They

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