Harwood of Concord. He was one of the original members of
the church at Cambridge Farms in 1696, and he and others were
granted leave to "build a seat for their wives on the back side of
the meeting house, from goodwife Reed's seat to the woman's
stairs." He held the offices of Constable and Selectman. He
(1. Aug. 16, 1738, aged 66, and his wid. d. Sept. 29, 1756, aged
8 1. They had seven ch., viz., Mary^, Thomas^, Lydia^, Nathaniel^,
Simon^, David" and Isaac^.
Mary^ eldest dau. of Thomas'*, b. about 1698, m. Ebenezer^, s.
of Ebenezer-, and gr.-s. of WilUam^ Locke, an emio;rant to this
country from Stepney Parish, London, Eng. In 1715, Ebenezer^
Locke, at the age of 16, " put himself and of his own free will and
accord, put himself apprentice to Joseph Loring of Lexington,
House Carpenter and joiner to learn his art, trade or mystery.
After the manner of an Apprentice." At the close of the inden-
tures in this "memorandum," "It is to be understood yt ye sd.
Apprentice is bound to Lydia Loring, ye now wife of ye above sd.
Joseph Loring, and she to him, in all things to [be] performed
what is above written." His father d. Dec. 24, 1723, and be-
queathed â€¢' him the sum of ten shillings in money, and one hun-
dred and fifty acres of Land lying in ye North Township above
Groton (now Townsend and Ashby), the which with what I for-
merly gave him, I count to be his full part and double portion
out of my estate." The same year he sold 100 acres of this land
to his bro. Josiah, and soon after went to Hopkinton, where in
1733 he bought land of John Howe, and in 1736 bought of Benj.
Beduna land and a grist-mill. The same year he sold land to
Josiah Rice, and in 1751, being then of the "Country Gore,"
now North Oxford, he sold lands in Hopkinton to Joseph Wood
of that town. He and his w. were "admitted to full communion"
in the church at Hopkinton April 4, 1725, and dismissed to the
church in Oxford Sept. 3, 1738. In 1753 he contracted with the
" Proprietors of Gardner's Canada Township," now Warwick, to
build them a mill, but it was not completed for several years, as
he was frequently driven from his work by his fear of the Indians,
who were "doing much mischief in the vicinity," but gave as an
excuse for not fulfilling the contract in the time specified, 1753,
sickness in his family, and the death of a dau. of whom there is
no further account. They had three daus. who lived to have
families, and their descendants are numerous at the present day,
viz., Lydia*', who m. Elijah Towne of Oxford and settled in War-
wick ; Hannah", who m. Nehemiah Stone of Charlton, where they
settled ; and Susannah*', who m. Silas Towne of Oxford, and settled
in Warwick, but he was not a bro. of Elijah. Susannah*' is de-
scribed as "a woman of remarkable energy of character, and many
persons cotemporary with her could testify to her many acts of
charity and benevolence."
Edward I. Comins, teacher, and President of the Common
Council of the City of Worcester, is a gt.-gr.-s. of Neheniiah and
Hannah Stone, as well as his half-bro., the late Capt. Julius Tucker
Thomas^ (Thomas'*, Joseph''), bap. April 21, 1700, m. Tabitha
Stone, and d. in Westminster, June 4, 1752, They had twelve
ch., most of whom settled in Westminster, viz., Samuel", m. Anna*
Whitney of Waltham ; Nathan", m. Mary Hosmer ; Mary^ m.
David* Whitney of Waltham ; Hannah", d. young ; Thomas", m.
Sarah Wilder ; Tabitha", m. Nathan* AVhitney of Waltham ; Lydia",
m. Josiah Cutting of Narragansett, now Westminster; Hepzibah",
d. young ; Elizabeth", m. Moses or Nathan Sawtell of Concord ;
Hannah", d. young ; Eunice", d. young ; and David", who m.
Patty Conant, and was the ancestor of Rev. George W. Phillips,
late of Worcester, whose mother was Julia Stone, gr.-dau. of
David" Meriam. Edward and George C. Wliitney of Worcester
are descendants of Thomas* Meriam. From Samuel" (Nathan'',
Nathan*) are descended Dea. Abner Holden^ Merriam, for many
years Principal of AVestminster Academy, now of Templeton, and
the Rev. FranklinÂ® Merriam (JoeP, Nathan') of Waterville, Me.
Jacob Harris* Merriam (Jonathan", Samuel") was a minister at
Lucinda* Merriam (Jonas'', Thomas"), b. in Westminster April
15, 1791, m. July 15, 1814, Dea. Benjamin F. Wood, of West-
minster, and their eldest ch., FranklinÂ®, grad. at D. C. in 1841 ;
taught school at Southboro' ; at Canton Academy, St. Lawrence
Co., N. Y. ; at (Jilbertville Academy and Collegiate Institute,
Butternuts, Otsego Co., N. Y. ; was Judge of Probate for Wright
Co., Minn., in 1857 ; resigned in 1858 ; took"charge of the male
seminary at Newcastle, Hardman Co., Tenn. ; returned to West-
minster and opened a select school in its vicinity ; went to Marys-
ville, Ohio, and established a female seminary, and is now at
Binghampton, N. Y. Their 2d s., AbeP, grad. at D. C. in 1843 ;
and at Andover Theo. Sem., 1848 ; preached at Warner, N. H. ;
taught at Beloit, Rock Co., III. ; at Canton, N. Y. ; at Kimball
Union Academy, Meriden, N. H. ; at Albany, N. Y., Academy ;
and is Principal of the Collegiate Institute at Gilbertville, N. Y.,
at the present time.
David'' Merriam (Isaac^, Isaac^, Thomas^, Joseph^), b. in Con-
cord Jan. 28, 1760, m. ist, Phoebe Foster, and 2d, Betsey Conant,
both of Ashburnham, and went to Walpole, N. H., and from there
to Brandon, Vt., where he d. Feb. 15, 1849. He was several years
selectman, and filled other town offices. He was deacon of the
church a long time ; "a man of an uncommonly mild and quiet
temperament, and his death was as placid as his life had been
Isaac'' (Isaac^), b. in Concord Jan. 26 or 27, 1762, was a soldier
in the Revolution ; m. Betsey Waite ; removed to Northumber-
land, N. H., and d. at Jackson, N. Y., Feb. i, 1853, aged 91.
Jonathan'' (Isaac^), b. in Concord, in 1764; went to Brandon,
Vt. ; nl. a dau. of John Conant, Esq., of Brandon ; was selectman
and filled other town offices ; and was dea. of the Baptist Church.
He had two s., Isaac^ and Jonathan*, who were Baptist ministers.
This Isaac*^ I think to be the one who was settled at Webster in
1829, and at Sturbridge in 1836.
Isaac Foster* (David'', Isaac"), b. in Brandon, Vt., July 27,
1790, m. June 23, 181 7, Cynthia Conant, and d. Sept. 30, 1856.
He was a distinguished physician, having studied with Dr. Joel
Green of Brandon.
Laureston Alphonso^ (Herschel Parks*, Jonas Davis'', Isaac''),
b. in Malone, N. Y., Dec. 7, 1843, m- March 8, 1873, Maitie D.
Carter of Waukan, Wis., but a native of N. Y. State, "a success-
ful sketch writer, and has been given the name of 'The Fanny
Fern of the West.' She is a regular contributor to several Eastern
periodicals, among which the New York Weekly has been the
most prominent." He received a classical and scientific educa-
tion at Franklin Academy, Malone, grad. in 1867, and at the U.
of Mich, in 1873, with the degree of M. D. He practiced at
Berhn, Wis., and Cresco, Iowa, till 1879, the summer of which
and the ft)llo\ving winter he spent in N. Y. City, matriculating at
Bellevue Hosp., Med. Coll. and Univ., especially in diseases of
the nervous system. He returned to Cresco for a while, and
June I, 1 88 1, went to Omaha, Neb. While in Iowa he was sec-
retary and treasurer of the Howard Co. Medical Society ; delegate
to the Am. Medical Association, 1876; and has been secretary
and treasurer, vice-president and president of the North Iowa
Medical Society ; was attending physician and surgeon to Childs
Hospital, Omaha, in 1882-3 ; is a member of Douglas Co., Neb.,
Medical Society, and Nebraska State Medical Society; and was
elected Prof, of the Principles and Practice of Medicine in Neb.
Univ. Coll. of Med., June 14, 1883, which position he still holds;
and is a regular contributor to the Courses of Medicine and Sur-
gery of St. Louis. His parents are still living at Berlin, Wis.
Robert* (Joseph''^), b. Dec. 17, 1667, m. Abigail Hayward.
He was a subscriber to the meeting-house at Cambridge Farms
in 1692; assessor in 1700; and in 1711, one of the subscribers
for the purchase of the common. He and his w. were admitted
to the church in 1698. They had nine ch., one of whom, Jona-
than^, moved to the "Country Gore" (North Oxford), in May,
1729, with his bro. Dr. Hezekiah^, and cousin, Ebenezer^, where
they bought of Joseph Haven and Henry Mellen, of Hopkinton,
400 acres for ^315, 6s., one fourth part of which, on the 13th of
the following Aug., they sold to Joshua*, bro. of Ebenezer^ for
;^85 "in good bills of Credit on the Province." Jonathan* built
a house on the northeasterly part of this purchase, the site of
which is still visible on the farm of the late Mr. George W. Hart-
well, to whose granduncle, Capt. Isaac Hartvvell, he sold the place
or a portion of it. by deed Mav 30, 1734. Some portion of this
house was used in building the one occupied by Mr. H. Jona-
than returned to Lexington where he d. Feb. 20, i 738. He was
b. July 25, 1705, and m. Sarah . They had no ch. so far as
Dr. Hezekiah*, bro. of Jonathan*, b. in Lexington May 30,
1707, m. in 1725, Prudence . He went to the "Country
Gore" in 1729, and first settled at the place afterwards occupied
by Joseph Childs, just south of the Ebenezer Locke place. The
house was torn down within my remembrance. He afterwards
moved two or three times, each time farther east, the last within
the limits of Ward, now Auburn, where he d. Oct. 24, 1803, aged
97 years, leaving a wid. with whom he had lived upwards of 78
years. They had eleven ch., one of whom, Dr. Hezekiah*', m.
Sarah Claflin. Dr. Hezekiah^ was both a physician and a farmer.
One dau. Lucie*^, b. May 18, 1746, m. in 1767, Benjamin, s. of
Dea. Jonathan and Patience (Morse) Keys of Marlboro', and
settled in the North Parish of Shrewsbury, now West Boylston.
Beulah'^ (Joseph^, Robert*), b. July 12, or Aug. 2-7, 1730,
these three dates being given by different ones, m. Aug. 7, 1757,
John, s. of Samuel and Dinah Chandler, then of that part of Con-
cord afterwards included in Lincoln, but subsequently moved to
Lexington, where he spent his days, dying Nov. 22, 1810, aged
79. She d. P'eb. 9, 1813, aged 8^. He held a commission
under .Gov. Bernard as "Cornet of his Majesty's Blue Troop" ;
nevertheless he was not folse to his native colony, as he belonged
to the Spartan band, headed by Captain Parker, in 1775. His
sword, holsters, and a part of his commission are preserved in
the family, and were in the hands of his gr.-s., the late Samuel
Chandler. He held many important offices, being selectman in
the period of the Revolution ; a member of the committee of
correspondence ; and many years treasurer of the ministerial funds,
which "he managed with great wisdom and fidelity." They had
six ch. John'', the eldest, b. Dec. 31, 1758, m. Jan. 12, 1786,
Peggy Mack of Salem, by whom he had ten ch. He was a mem-
ber of Captain Parker's company, and was on Lexington Common
on the 19th of April, 1775. He was also in a detachment of the
company which was called to Cambridge May 10, and in another
one which marched to Cambridge June 17, 1775. In 1779 he
entered the marine service under Commodore Tucker. "Being
on the southern coast he was included in the capitulation of
Charleston, S. C, by Gen. Lincoln in 1 780. After enduring severe
suffering from confinement and want of food, he was exchanged,
and in company with Joseph Loring, another prisoner from Lex-
ington, without money and nearly naked, made his way home as
best he could, depending upon the charity of the people, reaching
Lexington after about a year's absence, destitute and wretched."
After the close of the war he was actively engaged in the militia ;
was elected captain in 1790, and major in 1796. He was also a
selectman. Nathan', another s., b. Feb. 24, 1762, m. Oct. 24,
17S5, Ruth, only dau. of Lieut. William and Ruth Tidd ; was a
lieut. in the Lexington Artillery in 1793; selectman 15 years;
ass^-ssor 11 years; town clerk S years; treasurer 13 years; rep-
resentative 8 years ; senator and councillor 4 years ; and for a
long time one of the principal magistrates of the town. Another
s., Samuel', b. Feb. 16, 1766, grad. H. C. in 1790, studied the-
ology and was ordained over the 2d Church in Kittery, now
Eliot, Me., Oct. 17, 1792. He m. May 30, 1793, Lydia Spring,
dau. of his predecessor in the parish, by whom he had a family;
one s., Alpheus S." Chandler, was a physician in Columbia, Me.
DanLP Chandler (John', Beulah'^ Meriam), 1). Oct. 14, 1788,
m. June 7, 1S15, Suianni Downing. He entered the U. S. service
as ensign in March, 181 2, and on the breaking out of the war,
marched in Aug. to the frontier, in Col. Tuttle's regiment, win-
tered in 1812-13 at French Mills, and was at Plattsburg in 1S13.
While on a hunting excursion he was severely wounded by the
accidental discharge of a gun, and being unable to perform active
duty was detailed on the recruiting service till 18 14, when he re-
turned to the frontier. He was promoted to the rank of lieut.
and on the return of peace resigned his commission and returned
home. He was 5 years Supt. of the Farm School at Thompson's
Island, Boston Harbor, and was afterwards appointed Supt. of the
House of Lidustry, and also of the House of Reformation in
Boston, and d. June 16, 1847, of ship fever.
SamueP Chandler, another s. of John", b. Oct. 26, 1795, ni.
ist, Lydia, and 2d, Abigail, daus. of Amos and Lydia Muzzy. He
entered the \J. S. service as ensign in 18 14, and was stationed at
Pittsfield, from whence he was detailed to conduct a body of
British prisoners to ("anada on exchange. Soon after his return
the troops were ordered to the Niagara frontier, and arrived at
Buffalo the day before the battle of Lundy's Lane, but not in
season for this corps to take part in the fight. Early in Aug. they
were ordered to Fort Erie, then besieged by the British under
Gen. Drummond, and kept in a close state of investment about
two months. During this period there were two desperate battles
in which he participated, â€” an assault by Drummond on the fort,
Aug. 15, and a sortie from the fort, Sept. 17, which induced
Druipmond to raise the siege. The loss in these two battles was
returned at 595 Americans and 1700 British, including 400 pris-
oners. After this trying campaign, during which he and others
for five months never slept but with their clothes on, came the
return of peace. Though he had been promoted, and held a
commission of lieut. he had had command of a company, and
was subsequently maj.-gen. of the militia. He held the office of
sheriff 10 years ; was state senator, justice of the peace, and trial
justice; and d. at Lexington July 20, 1867. His s., John L.^
Chandler, at the breaking out of the Rebellion was in Missouri,
and entered the service in which he continued till the troops were
discharged. He began as lieut., was in several battles, and pro-
moted for gallantry from time to time till he reached the rank of
lieut. -col. He was on Fremont's staff, and afterwards provost
marshal at Little Rock. Three other sons, Joseph^, SamuelÂ® and
EdwardÂ®, were in the U. S. service during the Rebellion. JosephÂ®
was taken prisoner at the first Bull Run battle, and taken to
Richmond, where he was confined about six months. He re-
enlisted in the 12 th regiment, was made quartermaster-sergeant,
and was discharged to accept the office of ist lieut. in the 7th
Mo. cavalry, and served as adjutant. Other descendants of Beulah
Meriam were prominent in military and civil affairs, with credit to
themselves, and satisfaction to those who gave them honor.
We now come to John* Meriam, s. of Joseph^, the last one
whose descendants I shall notice at the present time. He was b.
in Concord, May 30, 1662 ; m. in 1688, Mary Wheeler, and about
this time went to reside at Cambridge Farms, where he was a
subscriber to the meeting-house in 1692, and chosen a dea. at
the same time. He became one of the most prominent men of
the parish and town ; frequently represented the church in eccle-
siastical councils ; was assessor under the parish organization ;
and when the precinct was erected into a town, was chosen select-
man, an office to which he was frequently recalled. The record
of his ch. is imperfect, but he had at least eight, viz., Mary^,
Benjamin"', John", Jonas^, Ebenezer", Joshua^ AVilliam''' and .Amos."
Benjamin^ was b. Jan. 6, 1701, ni. Mary PoultLr, and d. .Aug.
28, I 773. He \^â€¢as one who marched to the relief of Fort William
Henry in 1757. His dau. Elizabeth, b. March 10, 1735, ''^''- J^^^^-
21, 1758, Jonas, s. of Ebenezer and ^Abigail (Adams) Brown of
Waltham. Jonas Brown was an uncle of Ebenezer of Oxford,
who m. Mrs. Bathshel)a (Nichols) Conant of Charlton, an aunt of
Nancy Tyler Nichols who m. Samuel" Meriam of North (J.xford.
Ebenezer was father of the late xAmos Brown, formerly in company
with ("alvin Foster of Worcester, and built ''Brown's Block," cor.
of Salem and Myrtle streets. They had si.x ch. and other numer-
Benjamin'"' ( Ijcnjamin'', John'*) b. June 8, 1737, m. Feb. 28,
1762, (dinger I\)rtcr, and d. in Pclham Feb. i, 1S06. They had
eleven ch. One s., Rufu^', I). Oct. 28, 1762, m. in 17S5, Martha,
dau. of Joshua and Martha (Bowers) Simonds, by whom he had
seven ch., and d. .May 7, 1847. He was the first postmaster of
Lexington, and for many years kept a pul)lic house. At the time
of the battle of Lexington he was in his 13th year, "and used to
tell of standing on the steps of the old Buckman tavern, after-
wards his own residence, and seeing the British column coming
up the road. Some of our men were firing from the house, and
Mr. Buckman requested them to stop, as the British would be
likely to return it ; but some loyalists present said there was no
danger s j long as they were there " ; but the bullet-holes left in
the house prove they were ini->taken. .A cut and description of
this house may be found in Hudson's History of Lexington, and
also in Barber's Historica! Collections. Joshua Simonds, father
of Martha, '"was anionic the brave men who met the British, April
^9' I 775- He went into the meeting-house for [)owder, and find-
ing himself cut off from his company, cocked his gun and placed
the muzzle on an open cask of powder, resolved to blow up the
house in case the British should enter it."
Julia Ann*, dau. of Rufus'', b. Oct. 12, 1804, m. Aug. 22, 1827,
Rev. Caleb, s. of Capt. Thomas and Elizabeth (Cook) Stetson,
b. July 12, 1793 ; grad. at H. C. in 1822, and studied divinity at
Cambridge ; ordained over the First Parish in Medford Feb. 28,
1827 ; next settled at South Scituate, and after leaving there went
to Lexington, and resided on the old homestead of his father-in-
law in i860. There is a portrait of him in Hudson's History of
Lexington. His father was a lineal descendant of Robert Stetson,
commonly called "Cornet Robert," being cornet of the first
company of horse in Plymouth County, and the original emigrant.
Thomas was a shipmaster about thirty years in his younger days,
but left the sea and settled in Harvard, where he d. in 1S20. His
w., Elizabeth Cook, was a lineal descendant of Edward Gray,
who was brought over in the Mayflower, at the age of i 7, by Gov.
Winslow, his guardian, and m. the dau. of John Winslow, bro. of
the governor. They were of Kingston, where their ten ch. were
b., of whom Caleb was the 9th.
Jonas^ (John^), bap. Jan. 12, 1704, m. ist, Oct. 1728, Abigail,
dau. of Dea. William Locke, Jr., and cousin of Ebenezer who m.
Mary^ Meriam. They were admitted to the church July i, 1729.
She d. Dec. 1755, and he m. 2d, June 22, 1758, Sarah Winship,
and d. July 23, 1776. He filled several town offices, and was
treasurer in 1747. He had nine ch., all by Abigail. Her grand-
father, William Locke, senior, came to this country when 6 years
of age, with his relative, Nicholas Davis, in 1634, and d. June 16,
Abraham*^, s. of Jonas^, b. Dec. 23, 1734, m. April 22, 1756,
Sarah Simonds ; lived at Lexington some years, moved to Woburn,
and finally to Mason, N. H., where he d. Nov. 26, 1797, and
where his ch. and some of his other descendants settled.
Jonas", s. of Jonas^, and gr.-s. of John*, b. at Lincoln, formerly
a part of Lexington, in 1730, m. ist, Nov. 1758, Mehitable, eldest
dau. of Francis and Mehitable (Coney) Foxcroft of Cambridge ;
grad. at H. C. in 1753 â€¢ admitted to the church in Roxbury, Oct.
6, 1754 ; received the degree of A. M. in 1757 ; settled over the
church in Newton, their 4th pastor, March 22, 1758, and d. Aug.
3, 1780, aged 50 years, having been pastor of the church 22 years,
5 months. His \v., Mehitahle, was b. Aug. 19, 1723, and d. April
22, 1770, aged 47 years. They had one ch., Meliitable, b. June
5, 1760, who m. John Kendrick Esq., of Boston. Rev. Jonas" m.
2d, in I 771. Jerusha Fitch of Brooklvn, who d. in 1776, and he
m. 3d, Sarah Chardon of Boston, who survived him. He had no
ch. by the last two marriages. He was buried in Boston in her
flimily tomb, and a monument was erected to his memory in
Newton. At a town meeting Dec. 9, 1757, it was ''voted to con-
fer with the Church in giving him a call, requesting him to supply
the pulpit till his ordination, and fi.xing his yearly salary at ^80,
beginning with the date of his ordination, and fuel from the
'ministerial wood-lot,' together with ^1000, old tenor, as an
inducement for him to accept. The town also voted to defray
the expenses of his ordination, which amounted to ;^i3, 6 s., and
chose a committee to confer with him as to 'what manner he
would chose to come into town,' and to wait upon him accord-
ingly. He was the last minister settled by the town, which bore
the expenses of his funeral, paying _;^6o for his coffin, and ^31
for 1 2 barrel of beer and ^2 cord of wood." "In 1770 his house
was consumed by fire, and in it the records of the church. His
people lil^erally aided him in rebuilding, but the records could
not be fully restored." The fire is said to have originated in the
garret among some corn-cobs, and was discovered while the
family were at supper. The table and its contents were removed,
and preserved in the family in after years. His successor in the
ministry records of him : " He was reputed a scholar of consider-
able talents. He had a happy skill in composition. His natural
temper was mild and amiable. Charitable towards the distressed,
he studied peace through his life." These traits are well illus-
trated by the following anecdote, related by his grandson as he
received it from his mother. " After his marriage to Jerusha
Fitch her mother came to reside with them, and brought with
her a female slave, named Pamelia, whom she received as a
present from her son, Eliphalet Fitch, Esq., then living in the
Island of Jamaica. The treatment of this slave by her mistress
sorely tried him. One day on seeing his mother-in-law strike and
otherwise maltreat the slave, he asked at what price she would
sell her to him. She repUed, 'One hundred dollars.' He imme-
diately paid the price, and thereupon gave Pamelia her freedom ;
but she chose to live with him, and did so till his death, after
which she went to live at Little Cambridge, now Brighton, where
she married, and died at a very great age. She always claimed
that she was born in Africa, where she was stolen from her parents
and carried to Jamaica where she became the slave of Mr. Fitch."
Dr. Silas*"', s. of Jonas^ and gr.-s. of John*, b. March 5, 1737,
m. ist, Dale of Danvers, by whom he had five ch. After
her death he m. 2d, Lydia Peabody, by whom he had seven ch. He
â€¢settled in Middleton before 1760, and was a noted physician in
his day. A long prescription which he gave to Capt. Isaac Hart-
well of Oxford, and in the possession of his grand-nephew, George
W., dated Oct. 11, 1785, closes as follows: "And if any more
of the Hemlock Pills be wanting doubtless you may be supplied
by sending to Oliver Smith apothecary, a few shops above the
Court House in Boston, on the right hand going out of Town."
Dr. Andrew'', s. of Dr. Silas", m. ist, Lydia, dau. of Dea. Francis
and Margaret (Knight) Peabody of Middleton ; and m. 2d, Ann
Jane Nixon. He had six ch., viz., Andrew^, Francis Peabody^,
now living at Middleton; Silas^, b. Dec. ig, 1819, grad. at D. C.
in 1844, studied divinity at Andover one year, class of 1847,
taught in Kentucky three years, but his health failing, embarked
in business at Marion, Iowa. He m. in Oct. 1850, Laura Park-
hurst of Cincinnati, O., and has since died. James Nixon^ Martha