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The aphorism — " Know thyself " — was held in great
veneration by the ancients. It acquired the authority
of a divine oracle. It was supposed to have originat-
ed from Apollo himself, and was inscribed in golden
capitals over the door of his temple at Delphi. The
duty it prescribes has a still higher authority, recog-
nized, as it often is, in the Christian Revelation. But
how can we fully know ourselves without some know-
ledge of those who gave us being, and of the circum-
stances which have made us what we are ?

Though it be true that every man is an individual,
and every man is responsible, and is held responsible
before all tribunals, human and divine, as well as at
the bar of conscience and common sense, for his own
character and doings ; it is also true that many differ-
ent causes go to form a man's character, and serve to
account in part, at least, for his actions. The English-
man, the Frenchman, the Spaniard, the American
savage, as well as the New-England man, are to a
very great extent what their ancestors were before
them. The strongest appeals, next to those coming
from the eternal world, arise from history. The

iv Introduction.

strenorth of England is fed bv memories of A2:incourt
and "Waterloo : of tlie United States, by recollections
of Bunker Hill and Gettvsburo;. What is thus true
of nations is equally true of families. Xot to dishonor
their ancestors, opei'ates powerfully on all young men
of generous dispositions.

A desire to trrfce one's lineao-e and to perpetuate
this knowledge, has always existed among civilized
people, and to some extent among barbarians, from
the remotest ages. It is a principle of our nature,
implanted by the Author of our being, for wise
and benevolent purposes. He has largely appealed
to it in the revelation he has given us. How
often did he set before his ancient people the example
of their progenitors, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob !
Indeed, the Bible, from beginning to end, may be
reo-arded as a historv, in the form either of narrative
or of prophecy. The motives drawn from history are
thus recognized as of paramount importance.*

Daniel Webster, a close observer of the motives
and impulses wliich govern mankind, has said : " It is
a noble faculty of our nature which enables us' to con-
nect our thoughts, our S}Tnpathies, and our happiness,
with what is distant in place or time ; and looking be-

* " To trace lineage — ^to love and record the names and actions of those
without whom we could never have been, who moulded and made us
what we are, and whom the very greatest of us all must know to have
propagated influences into his being, which must subtly but certainly
act upon his whole conduct in this world — all this is implied in ancestry
and the love of it, and is natural and good." — Westminster Review, July,


fore and after, to hold communion at once with our
ancestors and our posterity. There is also a moral
and j^hilosophical respect for our ancestors, which ele-
vates the character and improves the heart." " Those
who are regardless of their ancestors, do not perform
their duty to the world."

The hand of that Being who controls all events,
and rules equally in the affairs of families and of na-
tions, can be seen in all the transactions and move-
ments of human life ; and it is indicative of an intel-
ligent and pious mind to notice that governing Hand
in all that takes place. In the Memorials Avhich fol-
low, it is not difficult to perceive, at almost every step
of the way, that guiding, controlling Providence.
This volume has not been compiled for the gratifica-
tion of a mere idle, useless curiosity, but to preserve
the memory of the process by which, under the bless-
ing of God, the offspring of a poor and apparently
friendless man, who landed on these shores two and a
quarter centuries ago, Avith nothing to depend upon
but his good name and the labor of his hands from day
to day, have increased in number and in worldly
goods to their present desirable position. To God be
all the praise.

It is therefore extremely unreasonable for a man-
to pretend that he owes nothing to his ancestors, and
cares not to know who or what they were. Such a
man goes contrary to nature and to the principles which
have operated on the minds of the wise and good in all

VI IntroducUoji.

ages. He cares more for the fleeting pleasures of an liour
than for the generous impulses of the past, or the con-
trollins: influences of the future. Reverence for one's
ancestors has ever been reo-arded as essential to a
sound and -sirtuous character. The ancient heathen
preserved ■with gi-eat care the effigies of their pi'ogeni-
tors. Cicero appeals powerfully to this cherished sen-
timent in his most impassioned orations.

It is and must be exceedingly interesting to eveiy
though tftil man. to consider what his ancestors were two
hundred and fifty years ago, ui contrast with the pre-
sent. Our ancestors came to these shores to obtain
relief from oppression the most galling and intolerable,
Thev left the ojeen fields of Old Enoland for a howl-
ino- -wilderness. Influenced by the highest and noblest
impidses, they came here to serve God and to extend
the kingdom of his Son. They encountered hardship
and suiFering in almost every form. They struggled
with difficulties and trials of which we can scarcely
have an adequate conception. They were continually
in danger from the tomahawk of the savage and from
the pei-fidy of a corrupt and profligate court. Very few
of them descended from the titled families of the Old
World ; yet theu's were an elevation of aim, a purity
of pm-pose, a steadiness of resolve, a fortitude under
trial, a sense of responsibility to God, never seen
before. To have sprung from such men is a higher
nobilitv than to have in our veins the blood of kinos
or princes. God was with them in an eminent degi*ee,

and through his blessinG" on their endeavors we are
what we are.

Considerations such as these have prompted the pre-
paration of this book. The Upton Family have done
their part in the recovery of the soil of the new world
from the neirlect and waste of thousands of vears,
while trodden onlv bv the foot of the wanderino- sav-
age ; and in working out those great problems of social
life, which have made our nation what it is. Thev
acted well their part in the Revolutionary strife, and
in the struggle, scarcelv less arduous, which latelv
ended in the triumph of universal liberty and equal
rights. Many of them shed their blood on the field of
battle. Let not their names be left to moulder in the
graves where their mortal remains are deposited.

The reader should understand that for the erection
of this monument to a Avorthy family, and for any sat-
isfaction obtained by him from the ensuing volume,
he is indebted to the generous spirit of the Hon.
George Bruce Uptox, of Boston. Too much
praise can scarcely be bestowed on one who devotes
the gains of an active life and an almost world-wide
commerce to a commemoration of a large and respec-
table family. Let others follow an example so wor-
thily set.

Xo efibrts in the power of the compiler have been
spared to procure the information requisite for this
volume, and to have it authentic and reliable. With
little or no exception it is based on public or family

records, or the knowledge of persons now living.
More than three years have been occupied in collecting
the material and arranging it for the press. None but
those familiar with such labors can duly estimate the
care and the toil involved in such an affair. Journeys
have been performed to different places. The records
of many towns and counties have been carefully exam-
ined, and numerous letters Avritten and received. The
utmost care has been exercised to avoid errors ; yet in
a work like this, errors are unavoidable.

To the numerous correspondents who have furnished
valuable information, the compiler tenders his hearty
thanks. He is happy to say that in the great majority
of cases he has found a ready co6j)eration in the per-
sons, living in various parts of the land, from w^hom
he has sought material for this work. The number is
extremely small, not exceeding two or three, who have
refused to answer the call thus made upon them. Still,
the compiler regrets that from this or a similar cause,
he has been compelled to omit notices of some branches
of the Upton Family which are knowTi to exist even
in Massachusetts. [See p. 466 et seq.]

John Ada^is Yinton.

Winchester, Mass., January 1, 1874.


The plan of this vchime is simple. A consecutive numbering runs
through the whole, so far as the name of Upton is concerned, beginning
with John Upton, the original emigrant, who is supposed to have come to
this country not lar from 1050. This numbering is found on the left hand of
the page, before the name of each individual in the series of his recorded
descendants. Thus, on page 34, are found ten children of William Upton*,
of Danvers, numbered from 25 to .34 inclusive.

This mark,t immediately following a consective number and preceding a
name, denotes that a distinct and additional notice of the person to whom
that number belongs is reserved for a separate and subsequent paragraph.
The place where tliis promise is fulfilled may be found by looking for the
same consecutive number in heavy type, like this, 88, in the middle of a
line, and occupying a line by itself. Thus, I'aul Upton, whose consecutive
number, found on p.ige 34, is 2S, is afterwards found on page 51, as the head
of a family.

Only one consecutive number belongs to an individual. By means of this,
and in the use of a copious index at the end of the volume, he is immediately
found, and his ancestry and posterity are easily traced.

If there be occasion to mention an individual elsewhere, his place in the
series is indicated by his consecutive number in brackets : thus, [150].

A small figure after a name and just above the line, tlius, Samuel Upton',
denotes the generation in which the individual belongs, and serves in part
to distinguish him from others of the same name.

Tlie name at the head, or parent of each separate family, is found at the
beginning of the notice of such family, printed in capitals. It is found to
be a great convenience to insert, immediately after the parent's name, the
names of his or her American progenitors, thus : Ben.jamin Upton^, {Paul*,
Caleb'^, William", John^). This device, now commonly found in books of
Genealogy, was first used in one of the comjiiler's publications.

The families are ranged in the order of seniority, as they occur in the sec-
ond generation.

When a town is named without any specification of State, Massachusetts
is to be understood, unless the place be universally known.

I'revious to the year 1752, two methods of reckoning time existed in Great
Britain and her colonies. According to one of these methods, tire year began
on the 25th of March, and March was the first month, while February was
the twelfth. This was the civil, legal, or ecclesiastical year. According
to the otlier method, the year began, as among the Romans, on the first
of January; this was the historical year, closing with December. In old
records these two methods were frequently combined, thus: February
9, 1723-4, which means that the jear was 1723 of the civil, but 1724 of the his-
torical year. Where this practice of " double dating " is not resorted to,
it is sometimes difficult to understand to which year the transaction men-
tioned is to be referred.

To find the name of an individual recorded in this volume : Suppose it to
be John Upton, the father of Fbenezer Sprague Upton, a trader in South
Danvers, now the town of Veabody. The name John Upton is of frequent
occurrence in this book. This John was born in 1740. Find the name of
John among the christian names of the Uptons in Index I., preceded by 174G,
the year of his birth, and following the name is the consecutive number 96,
which you will find in its proper place in the body of the work.


'HE fiiniily of Upton dates back in England
as far as the time of the Conquest. At
that time, or soon after, we hnd that family, then
spelling- their name I)e Uppeton, settled at Upton
in Cornwall. From the extreme age of the
original pedigree, still in existence at Ingmire
Hall in Westmoreland, some of the earlier names
and dates are illeoible. But from the twelfth
century, the descent continues, in an unbroken
line, down to John I^ppeton, de Uppeton, of
Upton, Cornwall.

Arthur I'pton, Es(|uire, of Lupton, elder bro-
ther of the chevalier John Upton, knight of
Malta,* of whom we have the honorable record
below, and grandson of John Upton of Lupton.

* " Ije Chevalier Upton, commandeur Anglois, et un des plus
braves chevaliers de TOrdre, h la tete de trente autres, et suivi de
quatre cents habitans de I'lsle, tons k cheval, se presenta fierement
ail bord de la uier du cote du boiirg, pour s'opposer aux descentes



The Upton Meinoridl.

or I /Upton, ill Devonshire, by Joan his wife,
dan^hter and lieiv of Sir "Winconil) llaleig-h, knt..
was the fourth in descent from the marriage of
Jolin Upton, Esq., yonnger son of John Upton
of Trelaske, Cornwall, with Agnes, sister and
heiress of John Penilcs of Lnpton. He [Ar-
thur] married (Gertrude, daughter of Hugh
Forteseue, Esq., of Eilleigh. and had issue as
follows : —

I. Joliii, liis lieiv.

n. Ileiiry. ancestor of llic l"])t<)Hs. lords T( iiijilctow ii.
HI. Kuoh. .
lY. Arthur.

AT. Elizaliclli. innrried to John Title. Es(|.. of T)i]ittor(l,
ill Devon.

The eldest son, John Uj)ton, Esq., of Luplon,
in Ki'JO married Dorothy, daughter of Sir An-
thony Ivous. knt., of Halton, Cornwall, and had
seven sons and eight daughters. Of the former,
the eldest, Arthur Upton, Esq., of Ln])toii. mar-
ried Elizabeth, reliet of Robert Haydon. Esq.,

(|ue le,s Tuvfs puiuToient tenter, LOSl."" — (Histoire de TOnlrede
l^hllte, par Vertot.

"The knight I' commander, anil one of the brav-
est kniglits of the Order, at the head of thh'ty others, and fbUoAved
by fonr Inimh'ed inhabitants of the i.sland, all on liorseliaek, Ixjldiy
presented liiniself on the seaside near the city, tooi)pose any landinii'
which the Turks might attemjit to make, 1551." — [History of the
Order of Malta, by N'ertot.

and daughter of William Gould. Esq., and had
issue : —

I. Joliii, of Lu[)t()ii, ."\r. 1*. lor Diii'tmoulli, Devon,
wlu) (lied childless in 1687.
IT. Ai'tliur, wlio (lied uiininri'ied.
111. ^\'illi;ini, who alone liad issue.

The last named, William ITpton, J]sq., of Lup-
ton, married Catharine, youngest daughter of
Sir John Otway, of lugmire Hall, and had issue.

The second, but eldest surviving son and heir,
of this marriage, John Upton, Esq., of Ingmire
Hall, married Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas
Boucher, Esq., of Twickenham, county of Mid-
dlesex, near London, the favorite residence of
Pope and of Horace Walpole.

We might continue the record of this family
of Uptons down to the present day ; but must
content ourselves with saying that the family has
continued to reside till now at Ingmire Hall,
Kendal, Westmoreland, and that its marriage
connections have been with families of eminent
respectability. There are eight or ten other
families, bearing the name of Upton, found in
Burke s General Arworj/, from which the pre-
ceding details are derived.

Upton is also the name of a market-town in
Worcestershire, situated on the river Severn.

eleven miles soutli of Woreester. iiiid 101) west-
north-west of London.

It appears that the name of I i)ton is amono-
the most ancient of English names. The family
originated in Cornwall many hundred years ago.
spread its branches through England, Scotland
and Ireland ; and in the arts of war, as well as
of peace, has ])roduced its full share of distin-
guished and substantial men.

The jirogenito]' of the name in this country
was Jows Ufton, a Scotchman by birth, who
came hither about the vear 165*^. and settled at
what was then Salem village, but for more than
a century past has been known as the town of
Danvers, in Massachusetts.

In preparing this Memorial, no investigation
has been made of his connection w^ith the family
of that name in Great Britain ; it being sufficient
for the present purpose to trace from him. as
the original of the name here, the branches of
what is now a numerous and wide-spread familv.



John Upton, ^ as we have said, is the ancestor
of all in this country who bear the name of
Upton, so far as we have any knowledge. Tra-
dition, apparently well supported, relates that he
came from Scotland ; but as the name savors of
an Enolish orii^-in. he may have been born in
some adjacent county of England, perhaps AVest-
moreland, where, as we have seen, the name has
been found for two centuries, and which for-
merly belonged to tlie kingdom of Scotland.
The time of his removal to America was a time
of great commotion in the mother country ; and
there seems to be no improbability in what the
tradition further relates, viz., that he was one of
the Scottish prisoners taken by Cromwell, either
at the battle of Dunbar, Sej)t. 3. 1650. or at the
battle of Worcester, just a twelvemonth later.

It is a little remarkable, though perhaps of no
special significance, that the battle of Worcester
was fought very nigh the town of Upton ; that


6 The U])ton MenioriaJ.

Lambert, with a part of C'roiiiweir.s army, held
Upton church in the face of the enemy during
some days previous ; and that Fleetwood, with
a strong division, crossed Upton bridge, over the
Severn, on the evening before the battle, to at-
tack the Scottish posts about the suburb of St.
John, on the west side of the river, a short dis-
tance below Worcester, and on the opposite side
from that city.

In the battle of Dunbar, ten thousand Scot-
tish prisoners fell into the hands of Cromwell ;
in the battle of Worcester, about seven thousand,
manv of them persons of quality. Hundreds of
them were sent to this country ; but whether
John Upton was one of them, we have no means
of ascertaining.*

* " Two hundred and seventy uf these Scottisli prisoneis were
sent to Boston, where descendants of some of them still dwell.
They were cared for in their poverty by sunfe countrymen uf tlieirs
already established in that place." — [Palfrey's Hist, ui >i. E., vol.
ii : p. 280, note.

A list of the 270 Scottish prisoners sent over in 1652, or rather
in 1651, may be seen in the Genealoicical Register, i : 378, 379 ; also
in Mr. S. G. Drake's valuable work, entitled " The Founders of Xew
England :" Boston, 1860 : pp. 74 — 76. It is copied from a list found
in Suffolk Registry of Deeds, vol. 1 : fol. 5, 6. It is headed " A
list of the passengers aboard the John & Sarah of London, John
Greene, master, bound tor New England, Gravesend, 8 Nov., 1651.
Sent by order of Parliament dated Oct. 20, 1651." To the list is
added," Entered and recordetl at the request ot Mr. Thomas Kemble,
14 May. 1652. Edward Rawson. Recorder." The vessel was con-

First Generation.

Tradition also reports that his wife's name was
Eleanor Stnart. a woman of Scottish birth, and a
strono- adherent of the unfortunate royal house
of that name. We are told that she had anti-
cipated his coming-, and was here on his arrival.
How much stress should be placed upon these
traditions, we cannot say. We know, however,
from his will, that his wife's name was Eleanor.

It seems quit^ probable, from these traditions
and for other reasons, that he was of the Scotch
Presbyterian church, and that for this form of
(/liristianity he retained a strong preference till
the ch)se of liis life. It is pretty certain that
he was not a member of any Congregational
church, for. though a man of comparatively
large means and of good character, he was not
admitted a freeman of the colony till April 18,
1691. after the Revolution in England, and after
some modifications had been made in the Free-
mans Oath in Massachusetts.

signed with her passengers to Thomas Kemble or Charlestown, by
John Becx, Rottert Rich and William Greene, of London. The
names are for tlie most part unquestionably Scotch ; but John Up-
ton is not among them.

From a letter to Cromwell, written by Rev. John Cotton of Boston,
July 28, 1651, it appears that a consignment of Scottish prisoners
had arrived at that place previously to the date of this letter. — [See
Felt's Eccl. Hist, of N. E., ii : 47.

8 The Upton MeniorUil.

We first meet with his name on lerord under
date of December '26, 1658, when Henry Bul-
lock of Salem, for the consideration of four
pounds, conveys to John Upton, " sometime of
Hammersmith,* forty acres of upland within the
limits of Salem," bounded north on land of
Daniel Rumboll, south on land of Thomas and
George Gardner. f

From the mention of Hammersmith in this
document, we are led to the conjecture that John
Upton had some connection with the Lynn Iron
Works, but of what nature we are not informed.
The " Company of Undertakers" failed in 1653.
and their entire property in Lynn and Braintree
was attached, and came into the possession of
Thomas Savage. Henry Webb, and other gentle-
men of Boston, who had advanced money for
the undertaking. This may have caused some
change in John Upton's affairs.

As children were born to Mr. Upton as early
as 16o6. we infer that his marriage with Eleanor

* Hammersmith was the name given to the Lynn Iron Works.
These works were within the present town of Saugiis, about eight
miles from Bjston. They were established in 1645, by a " Company
of Undertakers " in London. About the same time, or a year ear-
lier, iron works were also commenced in Braintree, on the other side
of Boston, bj' the same company.

f Essex Registry of Deeds, Salem District, lib. 2 : 46.

took place about 1655, and that he may have
been born about 1625 or 1630,

His next purchase of land is dated April 6,
1662. when Daniel Rumboll of Salem, black-
smith, for ten pounds sterling, conveyed to " John
Upton of the same place, husbandman," fourscore
acres of land as it now lies bounded out bv the
town of Salem, it being a great lot formerlv
granted and laid out to the said Daniel by the
said town, which said land is situated and Ivingr
in the liberties of Salem, and is bounded south
on land of said Jolm Upton, formerly bought of
Henry Bullock : on the west, north and east on
the common. /. c. on the common land, — land
not yet gi anted.*

John Upton made another purchase of land
1()71. We find a deed dated Nov. 27 in that
year, wherein James Hogg of Salem, planter,
for twenty pounds, conveys to John Upton of
Salem, forty acres of land in the bounds of Sa-
lem, bounded west and north with land of Lieut.
George Gardner, and of the said fTohn Upton,
and John Robinson. Richard HoUingsworth t

* Ibid, 2; 45.

t Richard HoUingsworth was the father of Mary, the wife of
Philip English, a wealthy merchant of Salem, who was, during the
delusion of 1692, nocnsed of witchcraft, and, with his wife, kept in


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10 The Z^pton Memori((J .

and Jolin Tompkins ; east with the farm of Jo-
sepli Pope deceased.*

The documents already ([noted make it appear
that Jolm Upton owned ahont one hundred and
sixty acres of land, lyino^ in the south-west cor-

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