the same time was a liberal contributor to
the support of the church. Beginning his
work when the church was in a relatively low
state of Christian life, he was instrumental,
through persevering effort and liberal views, in
greatly improving its condition, and during
his ministry many were added to the member-
ship. Although very active as an agricultur-
ist he was never too busy to attend the mid-
week meetings, funerals and other religious
occasions of the Friends' Society. Nothing
was allowed to come between him and his re-
ligious duties. Although living seven and a
half miles from the meetinghouse, he would
drive twice — and when occasion required three
and sometimes more times — a week to the place
of worship. Nor was his work confined to the
home meeting; he made two trips through the
West, one in 1856, and one in 1872, traveling
as far as Kansas and visiting meetings and
families of Friends. He always preserved an
active interest in the affairs of the New Eng-
land Yearly Meeting, and he visited all the
meetings within its limits.
His liberal views were widely known, and
his advocacy of church extension was well
known, for he would not exclude any from
fellowship on account of minor differences of
belief. He was wont to quote the words of
William Penn: "The Word of God without
me, and the Grace of God within me, is the
foundation and declaration of my faith ; let
him find a better who can." He was always
young-hearted, and a friend of the young peo-
ple, with whom he mingled in social gather-
ings, contributing to their enjoyment by an
occasional poem or narrative. During his ca-
reer he wrote many poems for social and lit-
erary occasions, the greater number of which
were brought together in a bound volume.
As a citizen Mr. Chace was always actively
interested in the public welfare. He taught
school several winters at Warren Neck and in
other towns in this locality ; was a member
of the Warren town council in 18.57 and for
several years immediately following; and rep-
resented the town for two years in the General
Assembly. During the Dorr Rebellion in 1842
he took the side of the party in power. A
watch was kept along the river that year, when
two sailboats anchored in Mount Hope bay.
The crews, composed of six men, hurried to
shore and thence into Massachusetts. This
aroused suspicion and several citizens, in-
cluding Mr. Chace, after detaching the rud-
ders and sails, scuttled the boats at their an-
chorage. The authorities approved the action.
The crews later returned, and said they came
from Warwick to escape from the State and
avoid military service. They were arrested and
placed in the Bristol jail. In politics Mr.
Chace was first a Whig, then a Free-soiler, and
later, from the date of the organization of that
party, a Eepublican. He worked persistently
for good roads and good schools. Desiring a
school in his own neighborhood, he built a
schoolhouse and hired the teacher himself. He
always interested himself in useful inventions
and took great pleasure in the inventions of
speedy transit, like bicycles and automobiles.
When eighty-nine years of age he would ride
in an automobile and never complain of too
great speed whatever it might be.
On April 28, 1845, Mr. Chace was married
to Esther Taber Freeborn, daughter of Jona-
than and Esther (Taber) Freeborn, and they
had a married life of more than sixty years;
their twenty-fifth, fiftieth and sixtieth anniver-
saries were appropriately celebrated. Mrs.
Chace, his constant companion in work and
travel, died Nov. 20, 1905, aged eighty-two
years, and he never recovered from the loss he
then sustained. In 1884 he had retired from
active work, and moved to Swansea. After
his wife's death he became a member of the
household of his son Charles, and there, after
a gradual decline, passed away Sunday even-
ing. May 19, 1907, in his ninetieth year. Until
a very few months before his decease he walked
every morning to the railroad station in South
Swansea to get his daily paper, and he also
attended church quite regularly. He kept in-
formed on all current topics, and, with a re-
markable memory, recalled historical facts and
statistics with wonderful accuracy. He was a
member of the American Peace Society, and
kept fully abreast of the progress of peace and
arbitration movements in all parts of the world.
But alive as he was to the movements of men,
he seemed resigned as he neared the close of
life, and, indeed, desired the time when he
should be called hence. Like the Apostle Paul
he could say : "These hands have ministered
unto my necessities and I have not been charge-
able to any of you," and also that he had
"fought a good fight, had finished his course,
and had kept the faith."
To the Rev. Obadiah and Esther Taber
(Freeborn) Chace were born four children, as
follows: Charles Anthony, born Dec. 23, 1846;
Emma Rogers, born May 22, 1853, who mar-
ried Edgar W. Chace, and died Jan. 6, 1906;
Walter Freeborn, born Feb. 28, 1858; and
George Mahlon, born April 3, 1864.
In 1898 Mr. Chace published a book of
poems dedicated as follows : "To Augustine
Jones, Principal of Friends' School, Provi-
dence, R. I., where I first learned to frame
words in metre, I dedicate this Book." In the
preface he says: "The fir«t that I remember
of any serious thought of rhyming was when.
I was about seventeen years of age. A phre-
nologist examined my head, and said in a very
slighting kind of way, 'I guess he can't write
poetry much.' I was rather skeptical in re-
gard to the new science, and so I thought I
would try to prove whether it were true. The-
following is the result of my first effort." The
titles of poems in this little volume are : The
Seasons; The Slave's Lament; Ocean; Slavery;
Composition ; Lines Written in an Album ; To
My Cousin ; Snow Storm ; A Large Rain ; Dedi-
cation of Farmers' Hall ; Lines Found in an
Old Note Book; Welcome; Written for the
Women's Foreign Missionary Society; Birth-
day Party ; Re-Dedication of a Church built
in 1743 ; Lines AVritten for the Ninetieth Birth-
day of Deacon Peck, of Rehoboth; Christian
Endeavor Social; The Clambake of 1872;,
Christmas Carol ; Missionary Social ; 1845-
1895, Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary, Obadiah
Chace and Wife; For the Experience Social;,
etc. In 1891 he wrote the following poem:
In the name of the old Wickapimset
And Swansey the more modern word
We welcome Mead Kelsey our brother
And servant of Jesus, our Lord.
From his home in the broad Carolinas,
Or prairies or leas of the West,
He may find in his new habitation
His seasons of labor or rest.
The ministers ancient and modem.
Who found in this parish their homes,
Were Buflfintons, Braytons and Chaces
And rather more recently Jones.
But we welcome our wandering brother
From his journeys of labor and love,
With his doctrines as broad as the ocean
And bright as the regions above.
By the graves of our worshipping fathers,
Now resting in silent repose,
Who witnessed in ways that are simple
And buried their faithful in rows;
In this house where the voice of thanksgiving
Has often been heard in the air,
And the times when the whole congregation
Arose and uncovered in prayer.
The chan^jes in manner of travel
We may not attempt to conceal.
From old-fashioned saddle and pillion
To electrics and automobile.
So we welcome our laboring brother
To a service as varied and free,
As the winds that sweep over the mountains
And play on the waves of the sea.
And we welcome his loving companion,
To the hearts and homes of our friends,
And the work both at home and in missions
As that work in its progress extends.
And in love we all welcome their children
As plants in a garden are seen;
May they grow both in station and wisdom
In favor with God and with men.
In the earlier days of the Pilgrims
When passion was strong in the land,
A company, friends of the martyrs.
Were formed as an organized band.
By the shores of a beautiful river
Which they found in their diligent search.
In a place which was called Wickapimset,
They founded a visible church.
The day of their earliest meeting.
We may not with certainty know,
But the date with account of its service
The records of Heaven will show.
In the year sixteen hundred and eighty
A meeting for worship was held.
And before and for many years after
Their service the angels beheld.
Through the years on each Sabbath morning.
As far as our knowledge extends.
There was held in this place where we ^ther
A regular meeting of Friends.
And now in Nineteen Hxindred One,
This year of wondrous grace,
I sign my name, Your Loving Friend,
Etc., Obadiah Chace.
In the last year of his life he wrote the
We thank Thee, dear and blessed Lord,
For gifts sent down from Heaven,
And ask the fullness of His Grace
For Nineteen Hundred Seven.
We pri*e the fitting words arranged
With wisdom and with care.
And brought so lovingly to view
In Bishop Brooks's Prayer.
This little poem was inspired by the famous
prayer of Phillips Brooks, which is as follows:
"Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think
of a prayer so large that God in answering it
will not wish that you had made it larger.
Pray not for crutches, but for winga. Pray
that, whatever comes — trial, doubt, failure or
success, hope, joy — it may all work together
to make your soul fit, first to receive, and then
to shine forth with, the light of God."
Charles Anthony Chace, son of the Rev.
Obadiah, born Dec. 22, 1846, was educated in
the schools of Warren, R. I., and at the
Friends' School, Providence. For three win-
ters he taught school, and in 181'9 moved to
the Abner Slade farm, residing there until
1900, when he built his present beautiful resi-
dence at South Swansea. His son Benjamin
Slade Chace now resides on the farm. For
many years Mr. Chace and his sons erected
windmills, tanks and silos, and in 1902 they
incorporated the New England Tank and
Tower Company, Mr. Warren 0. Chace taking
charge of the factory at Everett, Mass. Mr.
Chace was a Republican previous to 1884, when
he joined the Prohibition party, becoming one
of its active and leading members. He has
been for many years a member of the State
committee, has served as a delegate from
Massachusetts to two Presidential conventions,
has been a candidate on the State ticket several
times, and in 1900, 1901, 1902 ai3d'1906 was
the candidate for State senator from his dis-
trict, the vote those years being 263, 409, 459
and 738, respectively. In 1904, as candiSate
for presidential elector, he received 4,275 votes;
and in 1909, as candidate for State auditor,
5,663. For seven years Mr. Chace served his
town as a member of the school board, and he
is also a member of the Massachusetts Sunday
On Sept. 26, 1873, in the Friends' meeting-
house, jVIr. Chace married Adeline Francis
Slade, adopted daughter of Abner Slade, of
Swansea, who has a sketch following this.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Chace have had
children: Benjamin Slade, born Jan. 11, 1875;
Harold Anthony, born Aug. 13, 1876, who
died Feb. 28, 1878; Arthur Freeborn, born
May 13, 1879 ; Warren Obadiah, born June 12,
1882; and Sarah Slade, born April 22, 1889.
Mr. and Mrs. Chace are life members of the
American Peace Society.
Benjamin Slade Chace, son of Charles
Anthony, born Jan. 11, 1875, married June
19, 1895, Carrie Estelle Mosher, and they have
had five children : Fenton Mosher, born Aug.
11, 1896; Harold Dean, Dec. 22, 1898; Clyde
Fuller, Aug. 6, 1908; Carol Elisabeth, Feb.
21, 1910; and Beryl, March 8, 1911 (died
March 28, 1911). Mr. Chace lives upon his
father's farm, and is ably managing the ex-
tensive work there.
Arthur Freeborn Chace, M. D., son of.
Charles Anthony, born May 13, 1879, was edu-
cated at Oakwood Seminary, Union Springs,
N. Y., Earlham College, Richmond, Ind., from
which he received the degree of A. B., and
also graduated from Harvard with the degree
of A. B., and from the College of Physicians
and Surgeons of New York City with the de-
gree of M. D. He has advanced rapidly in
his profession, and is now secretary and assist-
ant treasurer of the New York Post-Graduate
Hospital, and a member of its board of trus-
tees. Dr. Cliace married Nov. 2, 1911, Kath-
leen Stirling Fletcher, of New York, where
Warren Obadiah Chack, son of Cliarles
Anthony, born June 12, 1882, married Oct. 2,
1907, M. Flossie Mosher, and has one child,
Esther Freeborn, born Jan. 22, 1911. Mr.
Chace has charge of the factory of the New
England Tank and Tower Company, at Ever-
Walter Freeborn Chace, son of Rev. Oba-
diah, born Feb. 28, 1858, resides at Coachella,
Cal. He married Dec. 24, 1880, Celia Perkins
Emery, daughter of Eliplialet Emery, former
superintendent of the Durfee Mills at Fall
River. They have had three children : Emery
Perkins, born July 31, 1882, who married
April 25, 1905, Elsie M. Herbst, born Aug.
30, 1882, and has had four children, Emery
Philip (born Jan. 29, 1906, died Nov. 6,
1907), Ruth (born July 8, 1907), Chester F.
(born Aug. 29, 1908) and Gail P. (born Feb.
2, 1910) ; Anthony F., born May 1, 1888; and
Walter Freeborn, Jr., born June 27, 1897.
George Mahlon Chace, son of Rev. Oba-
diah, born April 3. 1864, died Sept. 12. 1907.
On Sept. 7, 1887, he married Emma F. Sladc.
He was foreman for Beattie & Cornell, con-
tractors, at Fall River, Massachusetts.
SLADE. The name Slade was in use as a
surname as early as 1200 and the name of
de la Slade occurs in the Hundred Rolls of
the thirteenth century. The Slade faniily of
Trevennen in Gorran, ('ounty of Cornwall, in
the time of Queen Elizabeth had a coat of
arms, as did the Slade family of Maunsell
House, County of Somerset, England.
(I) Edward Slade, of whom little seems
known more than he was admitted a freeman
in Rhode Island in 1658, is said to have been
a native of Wales, and that he lost his life in
a voyage from America to England.
(II) William Slade, son of Edward, born in
1662, in Wales, came to this country and ap-
pears at Newport ; was made a freeman in
1659. He is said to have come from Newport
in 1680 in company with other young men,
among them Jonathan Bowers, to that part of
Swansea (Mass.) now Somerset, and where lie
settled was called after him .Slade's Ferry. Of
the company Bowers and Slade only remained
and founded the settlement — Somerset. Mr.
Slade became a large land owner in that vicin-
ity and portions of his estate are still owned
by his descendants. He married about 1684
Sarah Holmes, born in 16G4, daughter of Jona-
than and Sarah (Borden) Holmes, and grand-
daughter of Rev. Obadiah Holmes, of Reho-
botli. Slade's Ferry was kept in the family
upward of 200 years. William Slade died
March 30, 1729, aged sixty-seven. His wife
died Sept. 10, 1761, in her ninety-seventh year.
Children : Jonathan, who died when about
eighteen years old; Sarah, born in 1687; Mary,
born in Mav, 1689; William, born Nov. 20,
1692; Edward, born June 4, 1694; Elizabeth,
born Dec. 2, 1695; Hannah, born July 5,
1697; Martha, born Feb. 27, 1699; Phebe,
born Sept. 25, 1701 ; Jonathan, born Aug. 3,
1703; and Lydia, born Oct. 8, 1706.
(Ill) Edward Slade, of Somerset, son of
William, born June 14, 1694, married (firet)
in 1717 Elizabeth Anthony and (second) Dec.
6, 1720, Phebe C'hase, daughter of Samuel and
Sarah (Sherman) Chase, granddaughter of
William Chase and great-granddaughter of
William Chase, the immigrant. His third wife
was Deborah Buffum. He died April 5, 1755.
(lY) Joseph Slade, son of Edward and
Phebe (Chase) Slade, born Nov. 16, 1724,
married (first) July 25, 1747, Hannah Chase;
he married (second) Deborah Brayton ; and
(third) PrisciUa Borden.
( V ) Benjamin Slade, son of Jose])!) and
Hannah (Chase) Slade, born June 16. 1753,
married June 17, 1779, Elizabeth Robinson,
daughter of John and Phebe (Chase) Robin-
son. Children: Rebecca, born Aug. 5, 1780;
Hannah, Jan. 1, 1783 (married Oliver Earle) ;
Phebe. Oct. 20, 1785; Elizabeth, Nov. 25,
1787; Susanna, July 12, 1790; Abner, Oct. 2,
1792; Ruth Borden. Jan. 25, 1795 (married
Moses Buffington) ; and Content. Feb. 8. 1798.
(VI) Abner Slade, son of Benjamin and
Elizabeth (Robinson) Slade. was born in
Swansea Oct. 2, 1792, on the homestead of his
father, and his long life was passed in this
vicinity. He was reared a farmer and tanner,
succeeding his father in the tanning business,
which he followed the rest of his life. By
perseverance and the strictest integrity he built
u]i a fine business which grew to large propor-
tions. He was systematic and industrious, and
believed in giving the most minute detail the
same attention he would give to larger affairs.
He retired with a handsome competency as
the reward of his application and energy,
leaving business activities in 1856, and his re-
maining years were devoted to looking after
his various investments. He never accepted
nor wi.shed for oflRce, having no political aspira-
tions. He was a director of the Fall River Na-
tional Bank many years and was interested in
the Old Colonv Railroad and to some extent
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in the Providence and Worcester Railroad. He
was also stockholder in various corporations
and manufactories in Fall River.
On Sept. 30, 1829, Mr. Slade married Sarah,
daughter of Asa and Elizabeth (Mitchell)
Sherman, who was born Feb. 30, 1810. Asa
Sherman was the son of Samson and Ruth
Sherman, of Portsmouth, R. I., born Dec. 22,
IT'TO, and he died in Fall River, Mass., Dec.
29, 1863, aged eighty-four years. He was a
lineal descendant of Philip Sherman, who in
1636, with seventeen others, purchased from
the Indians the islands of Rhode Island — Pa-
tience, Hope and Conanicut. Asa's wife, Eliza-
beth, was the daughter of Richard and Joanna
Mitchell, of Middletown. R. I., born Oct. 17,
1782, and she died in Fall River April 22,
1858, in her seventy-si.xth year. They had ten
children, of whom Mrs. Slade was third.
The married life of Mr. and Mrs. Slade cov-
ered a period of over half a century, and it
was one of peace and happiness. They had no
children, but adopted a little girl of about two
years, Sarah Bovvers, to whom they gave ten-
der care until her death, in her twentieth year.
They then adopted Adeline F. Cole, when seven
years of age, born March 29, 1849, to whom
they gave the love and care of fond parents.
She married Charles A. Chace, and they reside
at South Swansea. Mr. Slade passed through
the years of life to a hale old age, in which
the powers of thought and consolations of re-
ligion held sway until his death, which oc-
curred Dec. 2, 1879.
At a special meeting of the hoard of direc-
tors of the Fall River National Bank, Dec. 4.
1879, the following preamble and resolution
was passed :
Whereas, It has pleased our Heavenly Father to
remove by death our highly respected associate, Abner
Slade, at the ripe age of eighty-seven years, who has
been identified with this bank as director for more
than thirty-three years, giving to it his counsel find
judgment, a man honored for his sterling integrity
and Christian character; therefore,
Resolved, It is not as a mere formality -that this
board recognize the loss they have sustained, and
in token of respect to his memory, and to manifest
our sj'mpathy with his family, this board will .ittend
his funeral in a body.
Mr. Slade was an earnest member of the
Society of Friends, and was held in high es-
teem by his brethren. The Frinuh' Rpvie.w
gave this notice of him: "Abner Slade, an
elder of Swansea Monthly Meeting of Friends,
deceased, twelfth month, second, 1879, aged
eighty-seven. He was truly a father in Israel.
While we deeply feel our loss, and miss his
sweet words of counsel, we can but rejoice
when we think of his triumphal death, and
remember how his countenance beamed with
joy when he told us he was going to his home
SHURTLEFF. (I) William Shurtleff,
when a youth, came to America from Eccles-
field, a village of Yorkshire, England, located
some five miles from Sheffield, and about
twenty from Scrooby, the early gathering place
of the Pilgrims before they went to Holland.
He was at Plymouth as early as 1634; was
among those able to bear arms in 1643. He
removed to Marshfield, where he was a pro-
prietor and town officer. He married Oct. 18,
1655, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Lettice.
He was killed by lightning and was buried
June 24, 1666, his Avidow administering his
estate. She later remarried. His children
were: William, born in 1657; Thomas; and
Abiel, born in June, 1666.
(II) Abiel Shurtleff, of Plymouth, son of
William, born in June, 1666, married in 1696
Lydia, daughter of Jonathan Barnes, of Ply-
mouth. Their children were : James, born Nov.
16, 1696; Elizabeth, Dec. 6, 1698; Lydia, Feb.
28, 1701; David, June 1, 1703; Hannah, July
31, 1705; John, Nov. 8, 1707; Benjamin, April
11, 1711; William, Sept. 8, 1713; Joseph, .Jan.
22, 1716; and Abiel, Oct. 23, 1717. The fam-
ily home was in that part of the town which
became Plympton, and there the mother died
Sept. 10, 1727, and the father Oct. 28, 1732.
(III) David Shurtleff, son of Abiel, born
June 1, 1703, married in 1731 Bethiah, daugh-
ter of Benoni Lucas, and their children were:
Abiel, born in 1734; David; and perhaps
(IV) Abiel Shurtleff (2), son of David, born
in 1734, married Mary, bom in 1737, daugh-
ter of James LeBaron, of Middleboro, Mass.
Their children were: Gideon, bom in 1762;
David, born in 1765; James, in 1768; Joel, in
1771; Enoch, in 1773; Abiel, in 1776; and
Enoch (2), in 1779. At the father's death, in
1826, he had living three hundred and fifty
(V) Gideon Shurtleff, of Carver, son of
Abiel (2), born in 1762, married Lucy Shaw,
and their children were: Phebe, bom March 17,
1786, who died April 5, 1822; Lavina, born
April 5, 1788, who died June 28, 1820; Gid-
eon, born May 15, 1789; James, bom April 8,
1795: Sabra, bom June 27, 1792, who died
March 27, 1822; Luther, bom Nov. 24, 1790,
who died Oct. 7, 1827; Bethia, born Nov. 16,
1793, who died Sept. 14, 1852; Malinda, born
Jan. 27, 1797; Eunice, bom Jan. 27, 1797;
Robert, born May 14, 1799, who died Feb. 3,
1826; Levi, bom March 3, 1801; Lucy, born
Feb. 14, 1803; Betsy, born Feb. 13, 1805;
Alden, born Jan. 24, 1807, who died April 15,
1812; Albert, born March 4, 1809; Mary, born
March 5, 1812, who died Nov. 15, 1812;
Amanda, born March 4, 1817, who died May
(VI) Albert Shurtleff, son of Gideon, was
born March 4, 1809, and died April 26, 1887.
He married Lucy Thomas, a native of Middle-
boro, Mass., and they had five children, two
of whom died in infancy. The three survivors
were: Lucy Ann, born in 1839, who married
Job Cole Chandler, of Carver, Mass., and their
children were Alton C. and Ida M. ; Eunice
B., who married Daniel Dunham, of Carver,
and had three children, William B., Charles
Otto and Teresa M. (deceased) ; and Albert
(VII) Albert Tillson Shurtleff was
born Jan. 31, 1837, in Carver, Mass. When
a young man, at the age of sixteen, he secured
a position on a fishing schooner, but after four
years on the §ea resigned his place from the
ship's crew and went to Providence, R. I., to
learn the jeweler's trade. On April 17, 1861,
he enlisted from Providence in Company D,
1st R. I. Detached Militia. He was mustered
in at Washington, D. C, and on July 21, 1861,
was at the first battle of Bull Run, where he
received a wound caused by a minie ball strik-
ing him on the right arm between the elbow
and shoulder. He was taken prisoner on the
retreat, and after the expiration of ten days
was taken to Libby prison, where he was held
until Oct. 7, 1861, being paroled and delivered
to the Union lines at Newport News. His right
arm was amputated by the surgeons on the
battlefield three days after he was taken pris-
oner. Mr. Shurtleff then applied himself dili-
gently to the study of law and in 1879 was
admitted to the District of Columbia Ijar, after
graduating with honors from the National Law
School. His health becoming impaired, he re-
signed a position in the War Department at
Washington, in the paymaster general's office,
which he had held for a number of years, and
returned to Carver. Here he entered the lum-
ber business, becoming associated with the late