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Eliot, with the following remark: " 1644, 9°. 15''. Thomas Ruggles, a godly
brother; he dyed of a consumption. These two^ brake the knot first of the
Nazing Christians; I mean they first dyed of all those Christians that came
from that town in England." ^ His w. Mary was sister of the first William
Curtis of Roxbury, and was bap. in Nazin^ — April 1589 ; she survived her

husband, m. (2d) Root, and d., or was buried 14 Feb. 16 74-5, a., according

to the record, 88 ; but prob. 86 was the actual age.

2. John, brother of Thomas (1), " came to N. E. in the year 1635, and soon
after his coming joined unto the church; he was a lively Christian, known to
many of the church in Old lOngland, where many of the church enjoyed soci-
ety together; he brought his tirst-born, John Ruggles, with him to N. E., and
his second son was still-born in the first month 1636, of which his first wife

died." Church Record. He m. a second w., Margaret , but prob. had no

chil. by her. He was representative three years, and d. 6 Oct. 1663. His son
John, b. about 1632, m. Mary Gibson of Cambridge, 3 Ap. 1655; she d. 6 Dec.
1674, and he m. Sarah Dyer of Weymouth 15 ]\lar. 1675; she d. 2 May 1687,

and he m. Ruih ; she d. 11 Ap. 1710, and he d. 25 Feb. 1712-3. By his

second wife he had son Benjamin, b. 11 Aug. 1676, grad. H. C. 1693, was pas-
tor of the church in SufHeld, and d. 7 Sep. 1708.

3. Samukl, s. of Thomas (1), m. Hannah, dau. of George Fowle of Charles-
town, 10 Jan. 1654-5 ; she d. 24 Oct. 1669, and he m. Anna, dau. of Deac.
Henry Bright of Watertown, 26 May 1670. His chil. were Hannah, b. 21 Jan.
1655-6, d. 16 Mar. 1655-6 ; Mar)/, b. 10 Jan. 1656-7, d. 31 Mar. 1658 ; Sam-
uel, b. 1 June 1658 ; Joseph, b. 12 Feb. 1659-60; d. 5 Feb. 1664-5 ; Hannah,
b. 11 Dec. 1661, d. 6 Nov. 1669; Sarah, b. 18 Nov. 1663, d. 11 Nov. 1664;
Mary, b. 8 Dec. 1666, m.Ebenezer Pierpont 20 Oct. 1691, and (2d) Isaac Mor-
ris, 3 Nov. 1702; "an infant, newly born," buried 3 Oct. 1668 ; Sarah, h. 30
Aug. 1669, d. 17 Nov. 1669; Thomas, b. 10 Mar. 1670-1; Anna, h. 30 Sep.
1672, m. William Heath of Roxbury; Nathaniel, b. 22 Nov. 1674, d. — May
1674; Elizabeth, b. 1 May 1677, m. James Bayley ; Henry, b. 7 July 1681, d.
unm. 9 Dec. 1702; Huldah, b.4 July 1684, m. Samuel Hill^ of Guilford, Conn.,
9 June 1709. Samuel the f. res. in Roxbury, kept a tavern, but was very ac-
tively engaged in' public life. He was selectman fourteen years, assessor dur-

1 "Tliese two" were John Grave, who d. sions of the Legislature, was several times
4 Nov. lt)44, and Thomas Kuggles, who d. Speaker, was judge of our County and Fro-
eleven days later. bate Courts, was town clerk, and all ttie busi-

2 Naziiig is described as "a parish in the ness of the church, society, and a large
hundred of Waltham," near Lpping in the share of that of the county and of the colony
county of Essex, England. for forty years seems to have centered in

3 Samuel Hill was " one of the most dis- him." MS. Letterfrom Ji. D. Smith, Esq.,
tinguished men that Guilford ever produced. Guilford.

He represented the town in forty-three ses-



480 RUGGLES.

ing flic same period, and representative for the four critical years succeeding
the Revolution of 1689. lie was for several years captain of militia, and when
Governor Andros and his associates were seized and imprisoned, Joseph Dud-
ley (afterwards (iovernor) was committed to his special charge, while tempo-
rarily released from prison. Ilis preservation from death by lightning on the
25th of May 1GG7 was so remarkable that an account of it was entered on the
Church Record by Rev. Samuel Danforth: '* 25 (3) 1667. There was a dread-
ful crack of thunder. Samuel Ruggles happened at that instant to be upon the
meeting-house hill, with oxen and horse, and cart loaden with corn. The
horse and one ox were strucken dead with I he lightning; the other had a little
life in it, but it died presently. The man was singed and scorched a little on
his legs, one shoe torn a])ieces, and the heel carried away; the man was
hurled off from the cart and flung on the off side, but through mercy soon re-
covered himself and felt little harm. There was a chest in the cart, wherein
■was pewter and linen ; the pewter had small holes melted in it, and the linen
some of it singed and burnt." He (or his son Samuel) was one of the eight
associates, who purchased of the Indians 27 Dec. 1686, the territory, now the
town of Hard wick ; and he with his son Samuel and four others, on the 5th of
May 1686, bought of Capt. James Fitch of Norwich, Conn., a tract styled the
*' Mashamoquet Purchase," which afterwards became the town of Pomfret,
Conn. It was many years, however, before his posterity derived much pecu-
niary advantage from these purchases. He d. 15 Aug. 1692, a. 63 ; his w.
Anna d. 5 Sep. 1711, a. 67.

4. Samuel, s. of Samuel (3), m. Martha,^ dan. of Rev. John Wood-
bridge of Newbury, and grand-daughter of Gov. Thomas Dudley, 8 July 1680,
and had Samuel, b. 3 Dec. 1681; Lucy, b. 8 Sep. 1683, m. Joseph Stevens 15
Feb. 1715-16; Timothij, b. 3 Nov. 1685; Hannah, b. 10 Ap. 1688, m. William
Noyes 17 Dec. 1712; Patience, b. 9 Nov. 1689 (or 7 Nov. 1690), m. James
Robinson of Boston, 3 July 1711 ;2 jMartha, b. 1 Feb. 1691-2, m. Job Lane of
Billerica, 17 Dec. 1713; Sarah, b. 18 June 1694, m. John Ilolbrook 19 Aug.
1714 ; Joseph, h. 21 July 1696, m. Joanna White 20 Oct. 1720, res. in Roxbury,
and d. 9 Sep. 1742; Mary, h. 20 Sep. 1698, d. unm. before 1716; Benjamin, b.
4 July 1700. Samuel the f. res. in Roxbury, and was a "set-work cooper"
and an innholder. He inherited his father's military spirit and succeeded hira
in many of his oflices; he was captain of militia, 1702; assessor, 1694 ; repre-
sentative, 169 7; and selectman continuously from 1693 to 1713, except in 1701
and 1704, nineteen years. His death occurred after a very short sickness, 25
Feb. 1715-16, and his funeral is mentioned in Sewall's Diary: " Feb. 28, 1715-
16. Capt. Samuel Ruggles was buried with arms. . . . He is much lamented
at Roxbury." ^ His w. Martha d. 1738.

5. Thomas, s. of Samuel (3), grad. at H. C. 1690, and was ordained pastor

of the church in Guilford, Conn.; he m. Sarah ; she d., and he m. Mary

Hubbard of Boston 1 June 1708. His chil. were Sarah, b. 27 Mar. 1699, d.
unm. 23 Mar. 1722; Amie, b. 3 May 1701, m. Charles Caldwell 3 Nov. 1724,
and d. 19 May 1760; Manj, b. 8 Oct. 1702, d. young ; Thomas, b. 27 Nov.
1704, grad. Y. C. 1723, succeeded his father in the ministry at Guilford, and
d. 20 Nov. 1770; Rebecca, b. 23 May 1712, d. 11 June 1713"; Nathaniel, h. 16
May 1713, grad. Y. C. 1732, a ])hysieian in Guilford, d. 16 Dec. 1794; Eliza-
beth, b. 1715, m. Jehoshaphat Starr 1 Nov. 1734, and d. 9 Sep. 1769.

Thomas the f. d. 1 June 1728; his w. JNIary d. 17 Dec. 1742.

6. Samuel, s. of Samuel (4), grad. H. C. 1702, was ordained pastor of the
church in Billerica, 19 May 1708. He m. Elizabeth, dau. of Samuel Whiting,
and grand-daughter of Rev. Samuel Whiting, 19 Dec. 1710; shed. 29 July
1727, and he ni. Mrs. Elizabeth Williams of Roxbury 18 Ap. 1728, His

1 Of Mrs. Ri){:fgles it is worthy of remark, and Timotliy, her husband's brother, Thom-

that not only was lier father a clcrf^yinan, as, and three of her sons Sumuel, Timothy,

descended from numerous clergymen on both and Brnjamin, also sustained the clerical of-

eides (including the famous h*ev. Robert lice, and all held an honorable rank in the

Parker), but her uncle, Benjamin Wood- profession.

bridge (the first graduate of Harvard Col- ■^ See note under James Robinson (3).

lege), three of her brothers, John, Benjamin, 3 Coll. Mass. Hist. Sue, xlvii. 75.



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cliil. were Elizabeth, b. 21 Sep. 1711, d. 21 Aug. 1713; Samuel, b. 29 May 1713;
Nathaniel, b. 16 July 1715, d. 29 Dec. 1717; EUzaheth,h. 21 June 1717, ni.
Samuel Dummer, Esq., 31 May 1737, and (2d) Rev. Daniel Rogers of Little-
ton; Martha, b, 9 Dec. 1719, m. John Whiting of Littleton; Dorothy, b. 7 Jan.
1721-2, m. Rev. Isaac Morrill of Wilmington 4 Aug. 1743; Luci/, b. 9 Feb.
1723-4; Joseph, b. 9 Jan. 1725-G ; Nathaniel, b. 14 June 1729, d. 14 Ap.
1730; John, b. 4 July 1730; Sarah, b. 6 Nov. 1731, m. Rev. Josiah Stearns of
Epping, and d. 2 Ap. 1808 (she had three sons and three daughters; one of
her sons was Rev. Samuel Stearns of Bedford, who grad. H. C. 1794, and d.

1834, and was father of Rev. Samuel H. Stearns, grad. H. C. 1823, and d.

1837; Rev. William A. Stearns, D. D., grad. U. C. 1827, President of Amherst
College, and d. 8 June 1876; Rev. Jonathan F. Stearns, D. D., grad. H. C.
1830, res. in New Jersej'; Josiah A. Stearns, Ph. D., an eminent teacher; Rev.
Eben S. Stearns, D. D., Chancellor of the University in Nashville, Tenn.; and
others); William, 30 Ap. 1733. Samuel the f. died in office at Billerica 1
Mar. 1748-9; his w. Elizabeth d. 25 June 1748.

7. Timothy, s. of Samuel (4), grad. H. C. 1707, was ordained pastor of the
church in Rochester 22 Nov. 1710. He m. Mary, dau. of Benjamin White of
Brookline, 27 Sep. 1710; she d. 23 Jan. 1749, and he m. Anne Woodworth of
Little Compton, pub. 26 Mar. 1750. His chil. were Timothy, b. 20 Oct. 1711;
Benjamin, b. 19 May 1713; Samuel, b. 5 July 1715; Joseph, b. 13 June 1718;
Mary, b. 1 Jan. 1719-20, ni. John Hammond, Jr., 13 Nov. 1740; Susanna, b.
6 Jan. 1721-2, m. Paul Mandell of Dartmouth 8 Feb. 1746-7, and rem. to
Hk.; Edward, b. 30 Aug. 1723; Nathaniel, h. 12 Ap. 1725; Thomas, b. 13 July
1727, d. 5 Dec. 1727; Hannah, b. 18 Oct. 1728, d. 25 Nov. 1728; Thomas, b.
2 Mar. 1730; John, b. 2 Sep. 1731 (very eccentric, perhaps partially insane,
but harmless), res. several years in New Braintree, ret. to Rochester, and d.
unm. about 1815. Timothy the f. held a high rank in the ministry, and was
preeminently a man of business. He was apparently more active and efficient
than any other individual in promoting the settlement of Hardwick. Through
his intluence and exertions, six sons and a daughter of his own family, five sons
and two daughters of his sister Patience, wife of James Robinson (also their
father and mother, late in life), and many members of his parish, were amono-
the early settlers. On behalf of the proprietors he })ersonally visited the town
several times, both arranging the financial affairs of the people and ministering
to their spiritual wants. He d. in office as sole pastor of the church 26 Oct.
1768, a. nearly 83. Li the epitaph on his head-stone he is described as " an
Able Divine, and a Faithful Minister. Having a peculiar talent at composing
Differences and healing Divisions in Churches, he was much improved in Eccle-
siastical Councils."

8. Benjamin, s. of Samuel (4), grad. Y. C. 1721 (A. M. at Y. C, and also
at H. C. 1724). He m. Dorcas, dau. of Samuel Whiting, and grand-dau<diter
of Rev. Samuel Whiting of Billerica, 30 Dec. 1 725. 1 have not seen his family
record ; but, from other sources, I learn that he had Benjamin, b. 18 Dec. 1726;

Whiting, b. 1733; Mary, b. , m. Dr. Joel Carpenter of Hk. 9 Dec.

1755; Dorcas, b. , m. Edward Smith of Hk. 25 Aug. 1757; Lucy,h.

1740, m. Elijah Chapin of Granby 1801 ;i Betsey, b. 1745, d. unm. 29

May 1795, a. 50; and perhaps Nancy, who m. Dr. Freeman Perry of New
Bedford, pub. 6 May 1795. Benjamin the f. was ordained pastor of the sec-
ond church (then newly formed) in Middleborough, about 1724, where he re-
mained until the church was organized in New Braintree 1754, of which he
became the first pastor, and remained in office during the remainder of his
life, having Rev. Daniel Foster as a colleague about four years. He d. sud-
denly 12 May 1782, a. nearly 82; his w. Dorcas d. 5 Sep. 1778, a. 75.

9. Timothy, s. of Timothy (7), m. Bathsheba^ (or Bathshua), widow of

1 "Married at New Braintree, Mr. Elijali comb, wfio grad. H. C. 1722, and d. 8 Ap.

Chapin of Granby, aged 51, to Miss Lucy 1736, a. 33, she had eight children: Mercy,

Ruggles of New Braintree, aged 61, daughteV b. 4 Feb. 1723-4, m. John Bassett 21 Oct.

of the former minister of that place." Mass. 1742; Dtsire, b. 21 Julv 1725, m. Ur. Elisha

Si)y, Dec. 30, 1801. Tobey 12 Jan. 1746 ; Pder, b. 4 Sep. 1726,

^ Qy her first husband, William New- prob. d. young ; Mary, b. 3 Sep. 1728, m.
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William Newconib, and only dau. of Hon. Mt-latiah Bourne of Sandwich, pub.
18 Sep. 1736, and had Mmilut, b. 10 Awx- 1737, in. John Tufts of 13rk., ])uh.
11 Nov. 17G5, d. -26 July 1813; 71viot/ii/,^h. 7 Jan. 1738-9; Man/, h. 10 Feb.
1740-1, ni. Dr. John Green of Wore, pnb. 19 Mur. 1762, d. IG June 1814;
John, b. 30 Si'p. 1742, was captain of the first company of militia in Hk. 1771,
went to Nova Scotia with his father, and d. at Wilniot in old age; Ricliard, b.
4 Mar. 1743-4; Bafhshehd, b. 13 Feb. 1745-6, m. Joshua Spooner of Brk.,
pub. 8 Jan. 1766, and was executed at AVorcester 2 July 1778, having been
adjudged guilty of hiring other persons to murder her husband. The known
circumstances of this case, however, indicate insanity rather than moral turpi-
tude ; and confinement in a lunatic asylum would seem to have been a more
ap]>ropriate result than death on the gallows, — involving, as it did, the death
of her unborn child ;^ Elizabeth, b. 15 May 1748, m. Gardner Chandler, pub. 18
May 17 72. Timothy the f. grad. H. C. 1732, and was one of the most jiromi-
nent citizens of Massachusetts, and indeed of New England, in both military
and civil affairs. As a soldier, he raised a company for service in the West
Indies, 1740, and received his commission as captain ; but as the number of
companies exceeded the demand, his com[)any was disbanded, and thus (^scaped
almost certain destruction, inasmuch as scarcely a tithe of those who embarked
in this exj)edition lived to return. In the Fiench War, which commenced in
1753 (though not formally declared until 1756), and continued until 1763, he
rendered active and important service, first as colonel of a regiment, and after-
wards as brigadier-general of the provincial troo])S on the northern frontier.
But he was, perhaps, even more eminent in civil life. He conuuenced the
practice of law in his native town (Rochester), rem. to Sandwich about 1737,
and thence to Hardwick between 24 Ap. 1753, and 4 i\lar. 1754. In his prac-
tice, before his removal to Hk., he was the dreaded rival of James Otis, senior,
as he was, at a later period, of James Otis, junior, in the General Court. After
his removal, he was commissioned justice of the peace and quorum 19 Ap.
1754, judge of the Court of Common Pleas 19 Ap. 1757, and chief justice of



Lemuel Pope, Jr., of Dartmouth 10 Ap.
1760; Sarah, b. 21 Oct. 1729, m. Benjamin
Fessenden 19 Oct. 1760; WiUiam, b. 27 Jan.

1731, m. Elizabeth ; Hannah, h. 4 June

1732, m. Jonathan Sturgis 14 Aug. 1708;
Thomas, h. 17 June 1734, or 173.5, prob. d.
young. She must have been several years
okler than lier second husband. General Kug-
gles, \vho was not many months more than
twelve years old when her first child was
born.

1 The conduct of Mrs. Spooner, both be-
fore and after the murder, bears evident
marks of insanity. It appeared on the trial,
that two entire strangers, James Buchanan
and William Brooks, who had been British
soldiers, were invited by her into the house,
and were entertained for two weeks; during
which time she engaged them to kill her hus-
bind, on his return from Princeton, — pro-
vided that Ezra Koss failed to destroy his
life, as he had promised. And after the
murder, she not only rewarded the three
murderers with money, but dresst-d them in
her husband's clothes, in the presence of her
household servants. The argument of her
advocate, Hon. Levi Lincoln, Sen., although
it failed, in that period of furious excite-
ment, to convince the jury, deserves con-
sideration. A sketch of liiat argument is
printed in Chandler's Criminal Trials, ii.
20-33. Among other things, he said: "The
whole evidence was that of a fool, or a dis-
tracted person. Born in a high rank of life,
well educated, and accomplifilied, a wife and
a mother, and in the enjoyment of a good



estate, what object could she have in under-
taking such a detestable crime? . . . Whom
did she trust with the management of a vil-
lainy that so nearly affected her reputation,
her safety, her life, her children, the lives of
others, and the happiness of her friends?
The answer was, to prostitutes, tories, regu-
lars, deserters, strangers, and foreigners.
Was a woman that is admitted to have
sense so stupid, if in the exercise of her
reason, as to trust all that was valuable to
her and hers in the hands of such persons?
. . . After the murder, she gives the mur-
derers his watch, his buckles, waistcoat,
breeches, and shirts, and even puts them
on, to be worn in the eye of the world,
where they were well known to be Spoon-
er's clothes, and from their goodness and
fashion might be known not to belong to
the persons wearing them, being low and
vulgar. Was this the conduct of a person
in the exercise of reason? Would it have
been less rational to have written on their
foreheads, in capitals, 'the murderers of Mr.
Spooner ? ' " Under such circumstances,
a verdict of "guilty " could not be expected
from a jury, at the present da\'; but "not
guilty, by reason of insanity," would be
recognized by both jur}' and the whole com-
munity as a righteous decision.

It may be added, that IMrs. Spooner's

daughter Bathsheba, who married

Trott, and (2d) lleywood, and who

died at Cambridge, 1 June 1858, aged 83,
was hopelessly insane many years before her
death.



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the same Court 21 Jan. 1762, which office he held until the Revolution. He
was also appointed special justice of the Superior Court 23 Feb. 17G2, "in the
room of Chambers Russell, Esq., one of the standing justices of the said Court." ^
He was a representative in the General Court from Rochester in 1 736, from
Sandwich eight years, from 1739 to 1752, and from Hard wick fifteen years, ^
from 1754 to 1770, in all twenty-four years, and was Speaker of the House in
1762 and 1763. In 1765 he was a delegate from Massachusetts to the Con-
gress which met in New York, and was elected President of that body; but he
refused to sign the proceedings, which he deemed derogatory to the British
government, and was reprimanded therefor by the House of Representatives.
During the political contest which raged furiously in the succeeding years, he
was the leader of the king's part}' in the General Court until he ceased to be
a memlier of the House. He was elected councillor in 1764, but declined the
office, thinking he could render the king more effective service on the floor of
the House. On the change of the form of government in Massachusetts, he
was appointed a member of the Council by Mandamus, and took the oath of
office 16 Aug. 1774. After this he returned no more to Hardwick, but left
Boston with the British officers and troops the next spring, retired to Nova
Scotia, and died at Wilmot, near Annapolis, 4 Aug. 1795. His w. Bathsheba
remained with her eldest son in Hardwick, where she died, probably, early
in 1787; a notice of her death appeared in the Woi'ceste?- Magazine for the
fourth week in JNIarch. His homestead in Hardwick (where some of the traces
of his agricultural skill remain visible after the lapse of more than a hundred
years) was on the easterly roail to Gilbertville, about three quarters of a mile
from the Common, at the place marked "J. Mann" on the R. Map. The
dwelling-house, which stood a few feet south of the present residence of Mr.
Charles Mandell, was demolished not long ago.

10. Benjamin, s. of Timothy (7), m. Alice, dau. of Nathaniel IMerrick of

Harwich (now Brewster), 19 Oct. 1736; she d. , and he m. Mary Smith

of Bel. 28 Dec. 1778. His chil. were Mary, b. 7 May 1738, m. Daniel
Billings 23 Feb. 1758, and d. 8 June 1835; Susanna, b. 17 Ap. 1740, m.
Ebenezer Chipman 4 Mar. 1762; Benjamin, b. 11 Dec. 1741; Sarah, b. 6
Feb. 1743-4, m. Abel Harwood 27 Nov. 1765, and (2d) Ezra Alden of Gr. 2
Jan. 1772 ; Elizabeth, b. 16 Ap. 1746, d. 28 Nov. 1748 ; Elizabeth, h. 31 Jan.
1748-9, m. Shearjashub Goodspeed 20 Nov. 1766; Thomas, bap. 24 June 1750;
Alice, b. 23 Nov. 1754, prob. d. young; Seth, b. 7 Jan. 1757 ; Led, b. 25 Oct.
17 79, d. at Boston 28 Jan. 1855 ; Joseph, b. 21 Oct. 1781 ; David, b. 30 Nov.
1783, d. at Bel. 1 July 1863. Ben.jamix the f. was one of the. earliest
pioneers, and res. on the River road to Barre, not far from the Old Furnace. He
had great vigor and energy, both pliysical and mental. He performed yeoman's
labor on his farm, and became the father of three children after he was sixty-
five years old. He faithfully served his townsmen as captain of militia, as
selectman sixteen years, as assessor eleven years, and as chairman of the Com-
mittee of Correspondence in 17 74 and 17 75, He was also one of the most
active and resolute opposers of his brother, the Brigadier, in the stormy
political contest preceding the Revolution. He d. 11 Oct. 1790, a. 77; his
w. Mary rem. to Bel. with her three children.

11. Samuel, s. of Timothy (7), m. Alice Sherman of Rochester 25 June
1738, and had at Roch. Sarah, b. 27 Ap. 1739 ; John, b. 6 Jan. 1741, perhaps
the same who m. Mary Caldwell of Barre 20 May 1777, and d. in 1800;
Samuel, b. 17 Mar. 1743; Timoth>/, b. 17 May 1745, res. with his grandfather
Ruggles at Roch.; Edward, b. 31 Dec. 1746 ; he had also Kezia, bap. here 5
Oct. 1755; Luci/, b. 20 Dec. 1757, and bap. here five days later, m. Joseph
Robinson 16 Feb. 1780, and d. 4 Aug. 1826 ; and prob. others between 1746
and 1755. Samuel the f. rem. after 1746 from Roch. to Barre, where he res.
nearly or quite half a centurv. He d. — June 1802, a. almost 87 ; his w. Alice
d. 1801, a. 79.

1 Council Records. Esq., who was elected representative for

2 He represented this town longer than seventeen years in succession, and d. in
any other person, except Timothy Paige, office.



484 RUGGLES.

12. Joseph, s. of Timothy (7), m. Hannah Cushman of Plymouth 13 Jan.
1742-3, and liad Hannah, b. '2.S Aug. 1743, m. Abijah Edson of Springfifld
10 June 1763; James, b. 30 Ap. 1746, d. 21 Oct. 1764; Joseph, b. 8 Ap.
1748; Nathaniel, b. 14 June 1750; Lyilia, b. 10 Mar. 1753; Ann, h. 14 Ap.
1755, m. Jonathan Danforth 1 Oct. 1780, and d. 4 Mar. 1824. Joseph the
f. rem. to Hk. before he was married, and res. on the turnpike about a hun-
di'ed rods southeasterly from the Common, at the place marked " O. Trow "
on the R. Map. He was a blacksmith, and from 1750 to 1757 an innholder ;
he also had a grist-null, on Great Meadow Brook, near his house, the
flume of which remained in place many years, and was used for the piirpo.-e
of flowing the meadow. He was a lieutenant, and marched with his company
in 175 7 for the relief of Fort William Henry. He d. 28 Jan. 1791, a. 72
(wrongly inscribed 2 Jan. 1790 on his head-stone). His sons Joseph and
Nathaniel prob. followed the fortunes of their uncle, the Brigadier, became
refuorees, and were proscribed and banished by the Act of September 1778.

13. Edavard, s. of Timothy (7), was pub. to Ann Ferrin (Fearing?) of
Wareham 16 June 1746, but some obstacle prevented their marriage; and on
the 29th of December of the same year he was pub. to Lucy, dau. of Deac.
Daniel Spooner, wbom he m. 29 Jan. 1746-7, and had Timothy, bap. 25 Sep.
1748, res. in Cambridge, N. Y. ; Edward, bap. 26 Aug. 1750; Elizabeth, bap.

29 Oct. 1752, m. Paul Dean 19 Sep. 1773, d. 21 Dec. 1810; Daniel, b.

1755; Lucy,h. 26 July 1765, d. unm. 11 May 1790; Constant, b. 27 Nov.
1767; James, b. 30 Oct. 1770, was drowned in Lake Erie; Nathan, b. 13 May
17 74; there may have been others, born between 1755 and 1765, but no others
are mentioned in the father's will, 17 July 1776. Edward the f. was a
farmer, and ensign of militia. He res. in what is now New Braintree, some-
what more than a mile east of the river, on the road to Rutland, until about

1760, when he bought the estate on the summit of Ruggles Hill, marked " A.
Ruggles " on the K. Map, where he d. 21 May 17 78, a. 54; his w. Lucy re-
mained on the homestead many years; but in her old age she res. with her
son Daniel, and d. 2 Ap. 1821, a. 91.

14. Nathaniel, s. of Timothy (7), m. Deliverance Barrow 5 Nov. 1752,
and had Etisha, b. 6 Sep. 1753, d. young; Nathaniel, b. 4 May 1755; Elisha,
b. 28 Sep. 1758; Thankful, b. 1 Mar. 1761, m. Robert Foot 19 Feb. 1784;
Timothy, b. 27 Jan. 1763; Mary, b. 29 Mar. 1765, m. Aaron Foot, pub. 6 Dec.
1788; Thomas, b. 20 Nov. 1770, rem. to Columbia, Me., m. Ruth Clapp, pub.
14 Mar. 1797; Benjamin, b. 18 July 1772, rem. to Columbia, m. Azubah Clapp,



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