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(Hill) Storer, of Wells, Me., was born in Saco Fort, June 4, 1699. ^o'- Joseph was a

William Rand (1732). Authorities: Hoston Ebenezer Storer (1732). .\uthorities:

Records; Wyman's Charlestown Genealogies and Hoston Records; Boston 6'fl:^//c, June I, 1761.


man of distinction and energy, much engaged in Indian wars. Several of the children
of Col. Joseph were born in Charlestown, whither probably the family, the father
excepted, went during the Indian troubles of 1690 to 1696; but they returned to
Maine when hostilities ceased. Capt. John Storer (1739) was a brother of Capt. Eben-
ezer (1732).

Capt. Ebenezer Storer (1732) was chosen a constable in 1732, but, declining to
ser\e, paid a fine; was scavenger in 1738; served as an overseer of the poor from 1744
to 1760, and May 10, 1760, declining to serve longer in that office, was given the thanks
of the town. He is called "Capt," in the records, first, in 1750. With the justices,
clergy, selectmen, and other gentlemen, he visited the public schools, June ig, 1747,
June 29, 1753, and July 4, 1759. He gave. May 25, 1735, thirty pounds towards the
erection of the workhouse.

He was first sergeant of the Artillery Company in 1739, ensign in 1744, lieutenant
in 1746, and captain in 1749. He died May 22, 1761, aged sixty-three years, possessed
of considerable property, — one thousand nine hundred pounds, " lawful money." He
resided on Union Street, and his dwelling was valued at eight hundred pounds. In the
inventory, post-chariot and horses, with two negro boys, are mentioned. His tomb, in
King's Chapel Burial-Ground, was erected in 1752.

The record of the Artillery Company for 1732 is as follows : —

"April 3. 1732. The Company made choice of the Rev'd Oliver Peabody of
Natick to preach their next Artillery Election Sermon ; and that the present commission
officers, with Maj. Edward Winslow [1700] be a committee to request it of him.—

" The Committees advertisement for Sale of the Company's land, viz : ' Advertise-
ment. To be sold two Tracts of land belonging to the Artillery Company of the
Massachusetts, viz : one Tract of a thousand acres at Dunstable, and the other Tract of
five hundred acres at Rutland. Any person minded to buy either of said Tracts may
apply themselves to Edward Hutchinson [1702], Habijah Savage [1699], Edward Wins-
low [1700], Esqrs, Capt Nathaniel Cunningham [1720], & Mr William Downe [1716],
— a committee impowered to make sale of said Land, Boston, April 7, 1732.'

"June 5, 1732. Being under arms, voted, that the present commission officers,
with those to be now elected, be a committee to give the thanks of the Company to the
Rev'd Mr. Oliver Peabody for the Sermon preached to them this day, and to desire a
copy for the Press.

"Memo. The following vote was passed the sixth September, 1732, but omitted,
viz : Voted, that Samuel Holyoke, the present Clerk of this Company have a third part
of the Fines that he shall collect for the year current.

"October 2, 1732. Being under arms, voted, that the Clerk pay out of the Com-
pany's Stock the charges of Mr. Baxter's journey to Natick for the Rev'd Mr. Oliver

Rev. Oliver Peabody, of Natick, delivered the ArtiHery election sermon of 1732.
He was the youngest son of William and Hannah (Hale) Peabody, and was born May 7,
1698. He graduated at Harvard College in 1721. After his graduation, by the influence
of the board of commissioners, he was prevailed upon to act as a missionary among the

Rev. Oliver Peabody. Authorities: Allen's Biog. Diet.; Panoplist, VII. ; Sprague's Annals of
American Pulpit.




Indians living in Natick. He preached there, for the first time, Aug. i, 1721. .Vt that
time there were but two families of white people in the town. He continued preaching
at Natick until the close of the year 1729, when the board of commissioners, with a
committee from the corporation of Harvard College, visited Natick, and advised the
forming of a church. This was done, the church being composed of five whites and
three Indians, and Mr. Peabody was requested to be pastor. On the 17th of December,
1729, Mr. Peabody was ordained at Cambridge, as a missionary, to take charge of the
church and society at Natick. Here he resided and spent his whole life, excepting one
season, when he was employed as a missionary to the Mohegan tribe of Indians in Con-
necticut. He married Hannah, daughter of Rev. Joseph Baxter, by whom he had
twelve children.

During the period between 1729 and his death, — a little more than twenty-two
years, — there were baptized within the limits of the parish one hundred and sixty
Indians and four hundred white persons. He received into his church, after his ordina-
tion, thirty-five Indians and one hundred and thirty whites. During his mission to the
Mohegans, his naturally delicate constitution received an injury from which it never
recovered. He continued to fail in health and strength for several years, and died Sun-
day, Feb. 2, 1752, at the age of fifty-four years. His last words were, " I have fought a
good fight." During his last illness, the Indians testified their love for him in every
possible way. One of these, in particular, during the five days the body of the preacher
lay unburied, could not be prevailed upon to leave it long enough to take refreshment,
unless absolutely forced to do so.

" He was a friend and father to his people, and by wise, pnident, and manly deport-
ment, he conciliated the esteem and affection of all."

The officers elected were : William Brattle (1729), captain; Daniel

I 7 \ ^"4. Henchman (1712), lieutenant; James Gooch (1714), ensign. Thomas

• ^ yJ I Downe (1733) w?s first sergeant; John Carnes (1733), second sergeant;

Isaac White (1733), third sergeant; John Codman (1733), fourth sergeant, and Jabez

Hunt (1727), clerk.

May 30, 1733, the following-named gentlemen were appointed to the command of
the regiment of militia in Boston, viz. : Edward Winslow, Esq. (1700), colonel ; Jacob
Wendell, Esq. (1733), lieutenant-colonel, and Samuel Sewall, Esq. (1720), major.

A movement was made in 1733 to erect a new county out of the counties of Suffolk
and Middlesex. The citizens of Boston were opposed to it, and selected as a committee
to lay their objections before the General Court, Edward Hutchinson (1702), Anthony
Stoddard, Thomas Fitch (1700), Samuel Sewall (1720), and Jacob Wendell (1733).
Their objections in the form of a report are given in full in the Boston town records as
printed by the commissioners, 1729-42, pp. 50, 51. The decayed condition of the
fortifications again received the attention of the town, and Hon. Thomas Fitch (1700),
with the selectmen, was authorized to act.

Henry Gibbs (1726) wrote from Boston, under date of March 21, 1733-4: "We
have had town meetings for above a week, about fortifications ; and we have voted to
have one built upon the flats between the South Battery and the Castle, three hundred
feet long and thirty-five feet wide, to mount twenty pieces of cannon ; the end of the


Long Wharf fortified with a breastwork and mount seven guns ; the end of Clark's
Wharf also to mount six guns ; and an addition to the South Battery, and well fortified.
For which the town have voted ten thousand pounds at present ; and to complete the
work, I suppose, will take as much more, and to provide stores of war."

The above agrees with the town records. The committee who viewed the forti-
fications, considered the needs of the town, and reported as above, were James Bowdoin,
Thomas Fitch (1700), Thomas Lee, Joseph Wadsworth, Jacob Wendell (1733), John
Henderson, and Edward Hutchinson (1702); and subsequently, March 13, 1733-4,
eight persons were added to the above-named committee, among whom were Col. Estes
Hatch (17 11) and Capt. Edward Pell (17 14). A minute account of the expense
involved in erecting the new fortifications, and also a plan of them, are given in the
Boston town records, 1729-42, pp. 63-65.

The following members of the Artillery Company were recruited in 1733 : Ephraim
Baker, Daniel Bell, Henry Berry, John Carnes, Ezekiel Cheever, Nathan Cheever,
Benjamin Clark. Thomas Clark, William Cock, John Codman, Ephraim Copeland, James
Day, Thomas Downe, Joseph Dyar, John Endicott, Joseph Fitch, Zechariah Fitch,
Thomas Gooding, John Grant, Benjamin Hallowell, Samuel Jackson, John Pecker, Joseph
Pomeroy, Thomas Pratt, William Salter, Richard Saltonstall, Habijah Savage, Ebenezer
Swan, John Symmes, Daniel Tucker, Edward Vail, William Warner, Samuel Watts, Jacob
Wendell, John Wendell, Isaac White, William Williams.

Ephraim Baker (1733), of Boston, son of John (1703) and Mary Baker, was born
Dec. 19, 1708. He was captain of the second company of the First Massachusetts
Regiment, under Sir William Pepperell, in the I-ouisburg expedition of 1745.

Daniel Bell (1733), mason, of Boston, son of Daniel and Abigail Bell, was born in
Boston, May 4, 1711. He was elected constable of Boston in 1746 and 1751. In 1762,
he was authorized by the selectmen to survey with Thomas Dawes (1754) the chimneys
in the house of Widow Norton, near the almshouse. He was a captain in the militia.

Henry Berry (1733); of Boston, son of Daniel and Sarah Berry, was born in Boston,
Jan. 19, 1699. He married, Oct. 11, 1722, Elizabeth Webber. In 1741, Henry Berry
(1733) wasafireward; but from 1746 to 1752 inclusive, during which time he served
as fireward, his name has the prefix "Capt." He was a tithing-man in 1747. He was
connected with the militia in Boston ; was third sergeant of the Artillery Company in
1735, and its Meutenant in 1742. He united with the West Church during the pastorate
of Rev. Mr. Hooper, — from 1737 to 1746, — and was elected a deacon.

Administration on his estate was granted in 1760.

John Carnes (1733), pewterer, of Boston, son of John and Eliza (Mortimer) Carnes
(married June 24, 1697, by Mr. Miles), was born in Boston, April 3, 1698. He was
probably a great-grandson of Capt. John Carnes, who joined the Artillery Company in
1649 and was elected captain the same year. His father was a captain in the British
navy. He married, July 22, 1722, Sarah Baker. He was second sergeant of the Artillery

Daniel Bell (1733)- Authority: Boston John Carnes (1733). Authority: Boston

Records. Records.

Henry Berry (1733). Authority: Boston



Company in i 733, lieutenant in 1745, and its captain in 174S. Major Kdward Games
('755) and Capt. Thomas Carnes (1754) were his sons. He was active in the local
militia, passing through the various grades to that of lieutenant-colonel of the Boston
regiment, in which office he died, March 10, 1760, after a few days' confinement on
account of a fever. " The officers walked at the funeral before the corpse."

He was clerk of the market in 1724, scavenger in 1733, fireward in 1741, and from
1746 to 1753 inclusive. In the Boston town records he is called "Capt." first in 1747.
March 26, 1740, William Salter (1733) informed the selectmen that the firewards seized
three half-barrels of powder in the house of Mr. John Carnes (1733).

He was buried in Copp's Hill Burial-Ground, tomb No. 8. The inventory of his
estate was ^1,852 i6j-. io^/., in which were included his mansion-house and land in
Ann Street, one thousand pounds. Mr. Whitman (1810), in his history of the Artillery
Company, p. 280, says there is in the possession of the Carnes family, in Boston, a
picture representing Capt. Carnes (1733) commanding a company on Boston Common.

Ezekiel Cheever (1733), of Charlestown, was a son of Rev. Thomas Cheever, of
Maiden, and a grandson of Ezekiel Cheever, the venerable school-master. Ezekiel
(1733) was born March 7, 1692-3, and married, (i) Sept. 29, 1715, Elizabeth Jenness,
who died May 5, 1728; (2) Elizabeth Gill, Sept. 25, 1729, and (3) Sarah Mousell,
widow, Feb. 10, 1735-6. He died prior to March 15, 1770. He was taxed in Charles-
town in 172 1, 1727-60. Mr. Wyman, in his Genealogies and Estates of Charlestown, gives
in detail a list of his real estate transactions. When administration was granted, in 1770,
the inventory mentioned a " Mansion and lot, opposite front of mansion, bought of B.
Hurd ; sugarhouse and barn ; pew, right hand going to pulpit ; i wall pew N. E part of
house, adjacent to P. Edes."

Hon. and Capt. Ezekiel Cheever (1733) was selectman of Charlestown in 1732 and
in subsequent years; was a representative in 1736 and for several years thereafter, and
in 1743 was chosen one of his Majesty's council. Aug. 2, 1736, he was granted per-
mission to build " a tomb on the Burial Hill, near Charles Chambers, Esqr."

He graduated at Harvard College in 1733, the same year he joined the Artillery
Company, and was ensign of the Company in 1736. Capt. Joshua Cheever (1732) and
Nathan (1733) were brothers of Capt. Ezekiel (1733).

The latter, with others of the council, was added to the committee of the (leneral
Court in 1744, to provide transports for the expedition to Louisburg ; and, as a member
of the council in 1757, his signature appears affixed to the commission of Sir William
Pepperell as lieutenant-general.

The Boston Chronicle of March 15, 1770, notices his decease as follows: "Last
week died in Charlestown, the Hon Ezekiel Cheever Esq [1733], in the 78th year of
his age ; formerly a representative in the General Court for that town, and many years
a member of his Majesty's Council for this Province."

Administration on his estate, which was appraised at ^1,003 i8j-. i\d., was granted
to his son, David, who gave bond May 15, 1770.

Nathan Cheever (1733), of Boston, son of Rev. Thomas and Sarah Cheever, and
grandson of Ezekiel Cheever, the venerable school-master, was born in Boston, March

Ezekiel Cheever (1733). Authorities: Charlestown Records; Wyman's Charlestown Gene-
alogies and Estates.


i6, 1694. He was a brother of Capt. Ezekiel (1733) and of Joshua (1732). He
married — published Nov. 8, 1721 — (i) Hannah Brooks, who died July i, 1724; and, (2)
in Boston, Feb. 15, 1738, Anna Fuller, widow, daughter of Samuel Burrill, of Lynn. She
died Nov. 10, 1740. March 15, 1725, he was chosen a constable for Rumney Marsh.
After the incorporation of Chelsea, he was one of its selectmen. He was first heutenant
of the Artillery Company in 1733. He died Sept. 30, 1774. "Buried October 2, 1774,
Lieut. Nathan Cheever, 81 years." His will, dated Oct. 2, 1769, was probated Oct. 21,
1774, and his estate was appraised at ^840 4^. 6d. He had one child by each of
his wives.

Benjamin Clark (1733), of Boston, son of William (1699) and Sarah (Brondson)
Clark, was born May 17, 1709. He was elected constable in 1731, but declined to serve
and paid the fine. May 25, 1735, he gave five pounds toward the erection of the new

Thomas Clark (1733), tailor, of Boston. He was clerk of the market in 1735,
and constable in 1736.

William Cock (1733), master-mariner, of Boston, son of James and Mary Cock,
was born in Boston, Oct. 29, 1707.

John Codman (1733), a saddler by trade, but also a sea-captain, son of Stephen and
Elizabeth (Randall) Codman, was born in Charlestown, Sept. 29, 1696. He married, in
1718, Parnel Foster. She was admitted to the church at Charlestown, Dec. 20, 1719,
and died Sept. 15, 1752, aged fifty-six years. It is said that he "was poisoned by slaves
in his household, in the year 1755." Administration was granted to his son, John, Aug.
18) 1755- The inventory of his estate mentions, "Mansion &c. ;^2.50o, shop-goods,
forge and 30 acres at Bridgewater, 50 acres at Harvard ; total ^8.800. O. T."

" In September, 1755," we learn from the Boston Evening Post oi Sept. 22, 1755,
" two negroes — Mark and Phillis — slaves of Capt. John Codman [1733] were executed
for poisoning their master with arsenic. A third culprit — Phoebe — became evidence
against the other two and was transported to the West Indies. Mark was hanged in
chains on the northerly side of the Cambridge road about a quarter of a mile beyond the
Neck ; and Phillis was burned at the stake, about ten yards distant from the gallows.
Both confessed their guilt."

Capt. John Codman (1733) was fourth sergeant of the Artillery Company in 1733,
and its ensign in 1745.

Capt. Codman (1733) was a prominent citizen, and was highly respected. He
was also active in military affairs. He was an ancestor of the Rev. Dr. John Codman
(Harv. Coll., 1802), of Dorchester, and of the family of this name now prominent
in Boston.i

Ephraim Copeland (1733), tailor, of Boston, son of Thomas and Mary (Arnold)
Copeland, was born about 1702. He served as hog-reeve in r 732 ; elected constable,

Benjamin Clark (1733). Authority: Bos- John Codman (1733). Authority: Wy-

ton Records. man's Charlestown Genealogies and Estates.

' Memorial Hist, of Boston, Vol. II.. p. 327.



but declined, in 1733; was clerk of the market in 1746; tithing-man in 1752, and
scavenger in i 753.

He was fourth sergeant of the Artillery Company in 1745, and became a member
of the Old South Church in 1759. Administration was granted on his estate in 1766.

James Day (1733); store and tavern keeper, of Boston, was a constable in 1731 ;
clerk of the market in 1746 ; fireward from 1747 to 1752 inclusive, and collector of taxes
in 1750 and 1751. He was licensed to keep a retail store on Orange Street, where he
lived, in 1732 and 1742.

Nov. 29, 1742, Mr. Andrew Hallyburton, keeper of the Sun Tavern, informed the
selectmen that "he was obliged to move," probably because the property had changed
hands. Joseph Jackson (1738) bought it, in 1741, for two thousand four hundred and
seventy-five pounds. How soon thereafter Capt. James Day (1733) took possession of
it is not known; but the Memorial History of Boston, Vol. H., p. 466, says; " Day kept
the Sun Tavern in 1753"; and the selectmen recorded in their books, under date of
Dec. 21, 1757, "On the 20"' Inst' Sent to Capt Day [1733] ^t the Sun Tavern one
private of the 40"' Regim' to Quarter & Billet." A picture, plan, and description of the
Sun Tavern are given in Rambles in Old Boston, by E. G. Porter.

The first meeting for the organization of HoUis Street Church was held Jan. 31,
1731, at which James Day (1733) was present.

Capt. James Day (1733) died June 29, 1673.

Thomas Downe (1733), distiller, of Boston, son of Thomas and Mary Downe, was
born in Boston, Aug. 28, 1693. He married, Oct. 14, 17 14, Anna Hill.
He was first sergeant of the Artillery Company in 1733.

Joseph Dyar (1733), cooper, of Boston, son of Benjamin (1691) and Hannah
Dyar, was born in Boston, Sept. 25, 1702. He married, Dec. 19, 1717, I.ydia Haugh.
He was a scavenger of the town in 1733, a constable in 1746, and a culler of staves from
1746 to 1758, and from 1762 to 1774 inclusive.

He died prior to June 14, 1781, when his estate was advertised.'

John Endicott (1733), carpenter, of Boston, son of John and Mary Endicott, was
born June 27, 1691. His father, a cooper, was warden of King's Chapel in 1698-9.
He married Rebecca Smith, of Boston, June 13, 1711. Capt. John (1733) was elected
constable of Boston in 1726, but, declining, paid the fine. He was fence-viewer from
1718 to 1720, 1724-5, and 1728; also from 1738 to May 14, 1742, when he was excused,
but was elected again in 1749. He served as measurer of boards and timber in 17 17,
1720, 1726, and 1 73 1. He was one of a committee chosen in 1741 to purchase wood
for the use of the town, and their report is given in the town records.

March 16, 1747, a committee, consisting of Col. John Hill, John Endicott (1733),
and Joshua Blanchard, was chosen to inquire after some suitable piece of ground at the
South End for a burial-place. The committee reported May 10, 1748 ; but its plan was
rejected by the town.

James Day (1733). Authority: lioston John Endicott (1733). Authorities: New

Records. Enjj. Hist, ami Gen. Reg., 1879, p. 245; Boston

Joseph Dyar (1733). Authority: Boston Records.

Records. ' Continental Journal.


In the Annals of King's Chapel, by the late Rev. H. W. Foote, p. 521, are
extracts from the church ledger, by which it appears that the church paid John Endicott
(1733), carpenter, one hundred and twenty pounds for repairing the church in 1740,
and five pounds additional for sundry jobs in 1 740-1.

He died Sept. 6, 1772.

Joseph Fitch (1733), of Boston, son of Benjamin and Mary Fitch, was born July
30, 1700. He married Margaret Clark, Jan. 15, 1718, and probably, second, March 30,
1732, Jerusha Boylston, daughter of Zabdiel Boylston. He was measurer of boards and
timber in 1723 and 1724, clerk of the market in 1744, and assessor from 1745 to 1750.
He was a member of a Boston military company, and became captain. He served as
fourth sergeant of the Artillery Company in 1734, and was its lieutenant in 1741.

Zechariah Fitch (1733). He was chosen constable of the town of Boston in 1725,
but declined to serve and paid the usual fine. He held the office of clerk of the market
in 1724 and 1736.

Thomas Gooding (1733), of Boston, son of Nathaniel (171 1) and Elizabeth
Goodwin, was born in Boston, July 2, 1705. Thomas Goodwin (1733) married (i)
Abigail Gale, Oct. 9, 1729, and (2) Rebecca Chamberlin, Dec. 14, 1732. Ensign
Thomas Goodwin (1733) was elected clerk of the market, but declined. It was the only
town office to which he was elected. He was third sergeant of the Artillery Company
in 1734. He was a member of the company attached to the "Copper Engine " under
the town-house, in 1733.

John Grant (1733), carpenter, of Boston, son of John and Dorothy Grant, was born
in Boston, Dec. 4, 1710. He married, Sept. 26, 1734, Elizabeth Curtis. Their son,
John, joined the Artillery Company in 1769. John Grant (1733) was elected viewer of
shingles, boards, etc., in 1747, and served until 1759, and also was collector of taxes
from 1747 to March, 1765, when he declined to serve longer. He was second sergeant
of the Artillery Company in 1735.

Benjamin Hallowell (1733), shipwright, of Boston, son of Benjamin and Mary
(Stocker) Hallowell, was born in Boston, Jan. 20, 1699. He married, May 20, 1722,
Rebecca Briggs, by whom, says Mr. Savage, he "had Benjamin, born Feb. 2, 1725,
who was his Majesty's collector of customs in Boston, and who, by Mary Boylston
(married June 13, 1746), was father of Ward Nicholas Boylston, the liberal benefactor
of Harvard College, and of Sir Benjamin Hallowell, the admiral, distinguished for his
services and friendship with Lord Nelson."

Lieut. Benjamin Hallowell (1733) was second sergeant of the Artillery Company in
1734, and gained his title of lieutenant by service in the Boston militia. He gave thirty
pounds toward the erection of the new workhouse in 1735. He resided on Battery-
march Street, near his ship-yard. The latter was at the east corner of Milk Street and

Joseph Fitch (1733). Authority: Boston John Grant (1733). Authority: Boston

Records. Records.

Thomas Gooding (1733). Authority: Bos- Benjamin Hallowell (1733). Authority:

ton Records. Boston Records.



Liberty Square, on the site of which stood, during the first half of this century, the
Commercial Coffee-House. That was superseded by Thorndike's building. He died
Jan. 30, 1773.'

Samuel Jackson (1733), son of Jeremiah and Hannah Jackson, of Boston, was born
in Boston, March 10, 1707. He was third sergeant of the Artillery Company in 1737.
Estate of a Samuel Jackson was advertised in Boston paper, March 5, 1778.

John Pecker (1733).

Joseph Pomeroy (1733). He was constable of Boston in 1731.

Thomas Pratt (1733), of Boston, son of Thomas and Mary Pratt, was born in
Boston, May 6, 1698, and married, April 27, 1721, Mary Floyd. He was first sergeant
of the Artillery Company in 1737. He was probably a brother of Samuel (1734), as
both belonged to Rumney Marsh. Thomas (1733) was fence-viewer in 1732, and sur-
veyor of highways in 1735. He was frequently appointed to aid in examining the
town lines.

William Salter (1733) was a store-keeper in Boston. He was active in the affairs
of the town. He held the office of constable in 1728; scavenger in 1729; was chosen
assessor in 1734, but declined, and held that office from 1738 to 1743 ; fireward in 1746 ;
selectman from 1744 to 1750, and, March 11 of the latter year, the town voted him
thanks for past services. For many years he had charge of the powder and powder-

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