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Connecticut, to Granville, Ohio, of which they
were among the founders.

(VI) Samuel Hart, son of Samuel Piatt
Whitney, was born at Granby, Connecticut,
September 14, 1800, died November 2, 1874.
He was a carpenter and joiner. He was ac-
tive in political and military affairs ; captain in
the militia ; chairman of the board of asses-
sors.. He lived at Granville. He married, in
January, 1825, at Granville, Massachusetts,
Marilla Lovisa Dickinson, born March 11,
1806, daughter of Otis and Melinda (Ban-
croft) Dickinson; she died October I, 1897.
They are both buried in the Granville Ceme-
tery. Children, born at Granville: 1. Milton
Burrall, born October 6, 1825 ; mentioned be-
low. 2. Marilla Emeline, born January 15,
1830 ; married at Norfolk, Connecticut, Sep-
tember 13, 1854, Phelps Ezekiel Alderman,
carriage manufacturer, son of Ezekiel and Ju-
lia (Osborne) Alderman, of Granby; resided
at Russell ; she died at Saratoga Springs, New
York. June 13, 1890, and is buried at Russell,
Massachusetts. 3. Frances Ann, born Au-
gust 4, 1S34; married, March 1, 1857, James
Wallace Johnson, manufacturer, of Harwin-
ton, Connecticut ; born at Winchester, Connec-
ticut, August 29, 1826, son of Eli and Evalina

( Bettis ) Johnson ; lived at West Granville un-
til Marcli, 1859; at Tolland, Massachusetts,
until March, 1861, and returned to West
Granville ; made handles for shovels, hoes,
brooms, etc. ; was selectman, assessor and dea-
con ; now resides in East Granville.

(VII) Milton Burrall, son of Samuel Hart
Whitney, was born at East Granville, October
6. 1825'. He attended the public schools of
Granville and fitted for college in the private
school of Rev. Timothy M. Cooley, of Gran-
ville, Massachusetts. He entered Williams
College in the sophomore class and was grad-
uated in 1849, having the honor of delivering
the classical oration at Commencement, and of
being elected a member of the Phi Beta Kappa
Society. He taught school for two years after
graduating, then began the study of law in the
office of William G. Bates, of Westfield, one
of the leading attorneys of Western Massa-
chusetts. He was admitted to the bar in 1853,
and entered into partnership with Mr. Bates
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until 1865, after which Mr. Whitney practiced
alone until 1874, when the firm of Whitney &
Dunbar was formed. This firm took high
rank in the legal world and enjoyed an exten-
sive practice in Western Massachusetts. In
1887 the firm was dissolved, and in 1888 Mr.
Dunbar was appointed an associate justice of
the superior court of Massachusetts. From
1887 to 1892 Mr. Whitney was senior member
of the law firm of Whitney & Brigham, of
Westfield. From 1858 to 1865 he was trial
justice, a magistrate for Westfield and vicin-
ity in both civil and criminal cases, with jur-
isdiction similar to that of the district courts.
In his profession Mr. Whitney has been sing-
ularly successful, standing especially well in
his knowledge of business and corporation law
and characterized by sound and conservative
judgment. He was attorney for the town of
Westfield for many years and for many princi-
pal business firms and corporations. He has
practiced in all the western counties of the
Commonwealth, and is known to bench and
bar as a lawyer of wide experience and high
legal attainments. He retired from general
practice in 1897.

He has been prominent not only as a lawyer,
but in public life. He has been elected to
various offices of trust and honor. In early
life he was a Whig, but when that party went
to pieces he became a Republican and has
continued a Republican to the present time,
though at times he has been rather indepen-
dent and differed frqm the policies and disap-
proved of certain candidates of that party. He
was elected to the state senate in 1862 and
1863 from the western (second) Hampden
senatorial district. Although the senate of
1862 contained no less than thirteen lawyers,
of w'hom he was the youngest, he was made
chairman of the committee on public lands and
chairman of the joint special committee on the
important subject of the Concord and Sudbury
rivers. He also served on several other stand-
ing and special committees of the general
court. In 1863 he was a member of the sen-
ate committee on the judiciary, and chairman
of the joint committee on federal relations,
and an active and leading part in the legisla-
tion of that year. He was elected a presi-
dential elector of the Republican party of
Massachusetts in 1868, and voted for General
Grant for president in the electoral college. He
was a delegate to the Republican national con-
vention that nominated Garfield for president
in 1880. He was appointed a member of the
Massachusetts State Board of Education in



1881, reappointed at the expiration of his term
of office in 1889, and served the second term.
He has always taken a keen interest in educa-
tional affairs, especially in the public schools.
He was for many years chairman of the board
of visitors of the State Normal School at
Westfield. also of the board of visitors of in-
stitutions for the education of the blind and of
deaf mutes, such as received financial aid from
the state.

He has lived and had his office in West-
. field, in which town he has always shown a
public-spirited interest. He has been a trus-
tee of the Westfield Savings Bank since 1857 ;
a director of the First National Bank of West-
field since its incorporation in 1865, and pres-
ident from 1881 to 1897. He was a director
of the Westfield Bank before it was merged
with the First National Bank. He was elect-
ed fellow of the American Geographical So-
ciety in 1890, and in 1891 a councillor of the
American Institute of Civics, a national so-
ciety incorporated under the laws of congress.
He has been an active member of the library
committee, and a director of the Westfield
Atheneum ever since it was organized in 1864,
and its president from 1893 to the present
time. He is a director and trustee of various
other institutions. He has the honor at pres-
ent of being the senior member of the bar of
Hampden county. In June. 1909, he deeded
to the town of W'estfield a tract of land, con-
taining about seventeen acres, as a free gift,
upon condition that it be kept and maintained
as a public play ground for the use of minors
in said town forever. The town accepted the
gift by unanimous vote and made provision
for its equipment and maintenance.

In the maternal line he is a direct descend-
ant of Peregrine White, who was born on
board the "Mayflower'' in Cape Cod Bay, No-
vember 20, 1620, being the first white child
born in New England. He is also a descend-
ant in the same line of Samuel Bancroft, the
first settler in Granville, Massachusetts.

Mr. Whitney married, October 2, 1901,
Florence, born February 27, 1867, daughter of
Hon. Henry Fuller, of Westfield, Massachu-
setts.



William Howard, immigrant
HOWARD ancestor, was born in England

about 1609. He settled at Sa-
lem and lived at Wenham and Ipswich, ad-
joining Salem, and settled finally in Topsfield,
Massachusetts, an adjacent town, in Essex
countv. He was called of Boston in 1666



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when he gave his age as iifty-seven when ap-
pointed attorney for R. Bellingham, and depu-
ty marshal general in an action in the Essex
court in 1666. He was witness to an inven-
tory of Samuel Smith in 1642 ; was admitted
a freeman May 13, 1(140. He deposed in 1661
that he was aged fifty-two years. He sold
land at Ipswich, October 11, 1649, and signed
a bill there in 1649 against William Payne.
He may also have been the William Howard,
,of Hampton, Xew Hampshire, in 1650, a lieu-
tenant and deputy to the general court. Rose
Howard, presumed to he his wife, was ad-
mitted to the church at Salem. May 10, 1640,
and her son Nathaniel was baptized on her
account November 13, 1642, at Salem. Chil-
dren: 1. John, resided in Rowley, died 1694.
2. William, mentioned below. 3. Hannah,
sister of William, died February, 1725, "a
very ancient maid." 4. Nathaniel. Perhaps
other children.

(II) William (2), son of William (1)
Howard, was born about 1635, died at Ips-
wich, July 25, 1709 (gravestone). He settled
in Ipswich. He has been placed in a genealogy
of the family as probably son of Thomas
Howard, the Thomas Howard or Hayward
described in the genealogy first of Cambridge,
then of Duxbury, Massachusetts, and finally
at Bridgewater, where he died about 1678, leav-
ing a will bequeathing to his sons Elisha and
Joseph and grandchild Joseph. William How-
ard was a commoner and freeman of Ipswich
and a citizen of prominence. With Joseph
Fuller he was on a committee to build a wharf
on the south side of the Ipswich river, now
Foss wharf. He had a pew in the Ipswich
church and was a man of property, as shown
by large holdings in real estate and numerous
mortgages. He had a share in Plum Island.
His homestead was previously owned by
Thomas Emerson, progenitor of Ralph Waldo
Emerson. He sold it to Daniel Rindge ; Su-
sanna Rindge deeded it to Usual Wardell in
1669 and of him William Howard bought the
place about 1679. At last accounts the old
house, partly built by William Howard, was
still standing. His will was dated July 23,
1709, and proved August 1, 1709, devising to
his wife, to son William, who had the home-
stead, and to sons John, Samuel and daughter
Martha. He married Tabitha, thought to be
the daughter of Robert Kinsman. Children :
1. Mary, born December, 1667, married, Oc-
totober 17. 1685, Joseph Fuller Jr. 2. Tabi-
tha, January 21, 1669, married, January 29,
1689, Christopher Hodgkins. 3. William,



June 2j, 1073. mentioned below. 4. Mercy,
October 8, 1675, married Daniel Hovey Jr. 5.
John, 1683. 7- Samuel, October 3, 1685.

(Jill William (3), son of William (2)
Howard, was born at Ipswich, June 25, 1673.
He inherited the homestead of his father and
part of the land formerly of Usual Wardell.
He was a husbandman. He sold the home-
stead to Increase How. He married ( first )
June 2, 1695, Martha Hodgkins, daughter of
Christopher Hodgkins. She died October 9,
r 733> m Ipswich. He married (second) (in-
tentions dated September 15, 1734) Elizabeth
Payne, widow, of Gloucester. She died at
Ipswich, July, 1753. Children, born at Ips-
wich: 1. William, September 26, 1696. 2.
Hezekiah, October 1. 1698. 3. Martha. Au-
gust 9, 1 70 1, married. 1720, John Hodgkins. 4.
Mary, March 28, 1703, married, 1726, John
Fuller. 5. Sarah, August 15, 1707, married,
1730, Daniel Ross. 6. Ruth, November 16,
1709. married, November 16, 1732, Simeon
\V00d Jr. 7. John, August 10, 1712, men-
tioned below. 8. Philamon, June 29, 17 18.

(IV) John, son of William (3) Howard,
was baptized August 10, 1712, at Ipwich, died
in Somers, Connecticut, February 3, 1785.
He was a tanner and currier by trade at
Ipswich and Pomfret. whither he removed
about 1 741. He lived on the principal street
in Pomfret. He sold his homestead in May,
1777. to his son W : illiam and removed to Som-
ers. where he died. He is buried there in the
old North Burying ground, and his grave is
marked by a stone of red sandstone. He was
a man of great industry, strict integrity and
sterling worth. He was a member of the First
Church of Pomfret in January, 1758. His wife
was received by letter from the First Church
of Ipswich which she joined December 27,
1741. In a funeral sermon, preached by Rev.
Charles Backus and afterward published, he
says of Mr. Howard : "Of sober life, his
temper was remarkable for benevolence and
hospitality. All who knew him admired his
faithfulness and integrity * * * made
him sincerely beloved by all his neighbors and
acquaintances, by whom his death was much
lamented." He married, in Ipswich, Septem-
ber 21, 1734, Elizabeth Smith, born September
29, 1713, died July 2, 1790, in Somers. Chil-
dren, born at Ipswich: 1. John, Jr., July 20,
1735. 2. Thomas, July 24, 1737. 3. Eliza-
beth, September 23. 1739. died March 4. 1802,
unmarried. 4. Marah, August 3, 1741, died
young. Born at Pomfret. 5. Hezekiah, May
7, 1747, settled in Leverett, had no children,



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but adopted several, and in 1790 had in his
family at Leverett three males over sixteen,
two under that age and two females. 6. Jere-
miah, August 17, 1749. 7. Peggy, 1751, died
October 11, 175 1. 8. William, August 2, 1753.
9. Aaron, mentioned below.

(V) Lieutenant Aaron, son of John How-
ard, was born at Pomfret, January 11, 1759,
died at Leverett, August 1, 1836. He went
from Pomfret to Somers, Connecticut, with
his father, to assist on the farm and in the
tanning business. His father deeded to him the
farm and other property in the northwest
part of Somers, shortly before he died. After
his mother died, Aaron sold the place to his
"brother Smith" and bought land in Leverett
where his brother Hezekiah lived. He was a
tanner and currier, also a sadler and har-
ness maker. He was a worthy citizen and a
prominent and valued member of the church.
He was constant and devout in his attendance
on public worship, even in his last years when
his hearing was impaired. He was a soldier
in the revolution, in Captain Daniel Lyon's
company, Eleventh Regiment of militia of
Connecticut. He was afterward captain in the
militia. His wise counsel, christian example,
industry and liberality made him a man of
mark in his day. He married, January 27,

1785, Dinah Cooley, born February 18, 1762,
at Somers, died April 5, 1738, at Leverett,
daughter of Luke and Elizabeth Cooley. Chil-
dren, born at Somers: 1. John, March 24,

1786. 2. Peggy, July 10, 1788, married Isaac
H. Bangs. 3. Aaron Jr., March 5, 1791. Born
at Leverett: 4. Lucy, April 3, 1798, died un-
married February 6, 1826, a woman of great
piety. 5. Cooley, May 31, 1801. 6. Hiram.
Januarv 6, 1804, died November 12, 1823.

( VI ) Cooley, son of Aaron Howard, was
born at Leverett, March 31, 1801, died May
28, 1869, at Easthampton, Massachusetts. He
was educated in the district school and learned
of his father the trade of tanner, which he fol-
lowed the greater part of his life. He also
manufactured boots and shoes and was very
successful. He was a Whig in politics and a
Methodist in religion, a devout Christian and
of exemplary character. He married, May 9,
1833, Mary M. Stone, daughter of Harvey
Stone, of Chester, Massachusetts. She was
born at Chester, January 5, 1814, died aged
seventy-five. Children, born in Chester: 1.
Augustus, born October 7, 1838, served in the
Thirteenth Engineer Corps in the civil war ;
married Mary Loomis. 2. John H., January
8, 1841, mentioned below. 3. Lucy A., Feb-



ruary 19, 1843, married, December 28, 1865,
Joshua Loomis. 4. Myron C, January 6,
1845, married, December 25, 1872, Abby Mc-
Clure, of Guilford, Vermont, and lives at
Florence, Massachusetts. 5. Mary J., May 8,
1847. 6. Frank, June 18, 1849, drowned aged
four years, May 18, 1854. 7. Rosella S., May
13, 1852, married, April 14, 1874, Edward
Hammond, of Florence ; resides in Worcester.
8. Frederick L., July 15, 1854, married, July
7, 1875, Mary Darrow, of Florence, who died
at Springfield, January 7, 1876. 9. Sumner
E., March 3, 1858, died aged twenty-five.

(VII) John Hervey, son of Cooley How-
ard, was born in Chester, January 8, 1841, and
was educated there in the public schools. At
the age of twenty years he enlisted in Com-
pany C, Tenth Massachusetts Regiment, and
served in the civil war with the army of the
Potomac until the battle of Petersburg. He
was sergeant of his company when mustered
out of service. After the war he was em-
ployed in the L'nited States arsenal at Spring-
field for one year. Afterward he worked at
the trade of machinist with the Florence Sew-
ing Machine Company for six years, and for
the Williston & Knight Button Company for
five years. He then bought out a general store
at Hatfield and has been in business there
since. He built the structure in which his
store is now located in 1886. He was a Re-
publican until 1876, and since then has been
a Democrat. He attends the Congregational
church. He married, March 24. 1872, Emily
A. Bullard, born in Swanzy, New Hampshire,
daughter of Marcus Bullard, of Swanzy, New
Hampshire. Children: 1. Harry L., born
January 26, 1874, married Mabel L. Billings,
daughter of George A. Billings. 2. Fred, May
15, 1875, married, June, 1904, Etta Black,
daughter of John Black, of Florence, Massa-
chusetts. 3. Edith, September, 1877. 4. Ralph,
December, 1891.



(For early generations see Richard Mann 1).

(V) John Mann, son of Lieuten-
MANN ant Seth Mann, was born on the
homestead at Randolph, Novem-
ber 18, 1777. He always lived there, and was
a substantial farmer and respected citizen.^ In
an old letter now in the possession of the fam-
ilv. it states that "during the 1812 war, John
Mann and Noah Thayer (the latter went in
place of Deacon Elisha Mann, who took
charge of his brother's farm during their ab-
sence) went to Richmond, Virginia, for their
nephew, Seth Mann, Esq., a Boston merchant,



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carrying six thousand pounds weight each of
West India goods — flour, tea, etc. — bringing
home tobacco and cigars. They went with two
yoke of oxen and a horse each, and were gone
from home about six months. The horses
stood the journey well, but only two of the
oxen returned." John Mann died August 28,
1865, aged nearly eighty-eight. He married
(first) 1804, Jane Tucker, born July 23, 1783,
died May 4. 1846, daughter of Deacon Benja-
min Tucker; (second) 1847, Lydia, daughter
of William Reed, widow of James Holbrook,
of Braintree. Children, all by first wife: 1.
John, born January 11, 1805, married Emily
Howard. 2. Alvari, born December 6, 1806:
mentioned below. 3. Jane Tucker, born
March 23, 1808; married Artemas Aldrich,
May 30, 1830. 4. Seth, born April 1, 1810;
married Eliza Hunt. 5. Deborah, born April
16, 1812; married. May 23, 1833. George
Jones. 6. Dr. Benjamin, born March 31. 1814;
married Emily C. Morse. 7. Dr. Jonathan,
born March 16, 1816; married Marietta Rol-
lins, October 16, 1844; she was born May 17,
1822. died in Boston, July 1, 1852; he married
(second) June 16, 1854. Harriet Louise,
daughter of Samuel and Harriet ( Ham ) Lar-
rabee, of Bangor. Maine. 8. Susan, born
March 27, 1820, died September 9, 1859; mar-
ried. April 5, 1838, Otis Ryder.

(VI 1 Alvan, son of John Mann, was born
in Randolph, December 6, 1806. died there
May to. 1887. He had nearly one-half of his
father's farm, a part of which he cultivated
extensively, and also sold large quantities of
wood. He sold the estate to his son, Royal T.
Mann, and retired from active life at sixty-
four years of age. He married, October 3,
1836, Emeline Mitchell, born in Easton, died
in Randolph. October 16, 1890, daughter of
Eliphalet and Hannah (Howard) Mitchell,
granddaughter of Colonel Abiel Mitchell, a
soldier in the revolution, descendant of Timo-
thy Mitchell, who came to Plymouth from
England in 1623. Children: I. Dr. Augustine
Alvan. mentioned below. 2. Luthera Nelson,
born July 22, 1839, died February 7, 1842. 3.
Royal Tilson, mentioned below. 4. Edwin
Mitchell, born March 2T,, 1849. 5- Luthera
Hitchcock, born July 3, 1851, resides with her
brother. Royal Tilsen ; assisted in compiling
the Mann genealogy.

(VII) Dr. Augustine Alvan Mann, son of
Alvan Mann, was born October 15, 1837. He
received the degree of Doctor of Medicine
from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia,
March, i860. He settled in Valley Falls,



Rhode Island, the same year. In 1861 he en-
listed in the United States service as assistant
surgeon of the First Rhode Island Cavalry;
was taken prisoner June 18, 1863, and re-
mained in Libby prison, Richmond, Virginia,
until November 26, 1863. When he left the
service he settled in Central Falls, Rhode Isl-
and, where he enjoys a very large and lucra-
tive practice. He married. June 6, 1865, Sarah
F. Bucklin, of Valley Falls, Rhode Island;
children: 1. Arthur Bucklin, born June 19,
1866; cotton broker in Xew York. 2. Ruth
Mitchell, born July 5, 1873; married, June 6,
1901, Dr. Arthur Hollingworth, of Provi-
dence, Rhode Island. 3. Edith, born June 22,
187s. 4- Everett Augustine, born April 3,
1877.

( \ II ) Royal Tilson Mann, son of Alvan
Mann, was born in Randolph, February 10,
1843. He was educated in the public schools
of his native town and in Stetson high school.
He worked during his youth on his father's
farm, p-f which he took full charge in 1870,
and to which he succeeded after the death of
1 t i — - father. This farm was purchased in 1734
bv Joseph Mann, great-great-grandfather of
Royal T. Mann, descended to his son Seth, by
him to his son John, by him to his son Alvan,
bv him to his son Royal T., and in 1909, on
account of failing health, sold to Arthur B.
Mann, after being in the family for a period
of one hundred and seventy-five years. It is
within the present limits of the town of Ran-
dolph. Royal T. Mann has been active in town
affairs and has held many offices of trust and
honor. He was selectman of Randolph for
six years — 1880-86, and chairman several
vears ; member of school committee from 1897,
resigning in March, 1909; for twelve years
trustee of Stetson high school; justice of the
peace twenty-five years ; trustee of Randolph
Savings Bank since 1894, and member of its
investment committee several years. He joined
the First Congregational Church in 1872; has
been assessor and trustee of the church funds
and since 1878 a deacon. In politics he is a
Republican. He has never married.



The surname belongs to a num-
YYRIGHT erous and very ancient Eng-
lish family. The ancestry of
the American family has been traced for sev-
eral generations in England. Coat-of-arms :
Azure two bars azure in chief three leopards
or. Crest : Out of a ducal coronet or a dragon's
head proper.

(I) John Wright, the progenitor, lived at



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Kelvedon, county Essex, England. He had
sons: 1. John, mentioned below. 2. Robert,
married Mary Greene ; their son John married
Grace Glascock and had Thomas and An-
thony, immigrant ancestors of the Wethers-
field, Connecticut, family.

ill) John (2), son of John (I) Wright,
was born at Kelvedon and lived at Wrights-
bridge, county Essex. He married Avis
Rooke. Sons: 1. John, mentioned below. 2.
Robert.

(III) John (3), son of John (2) Wright,
married (first) Emfell; (second) Ben-
net Greene. Children: 1. John, married
Katharine Garaway, of Wrightsbridge. daugh-
ter of Sir William Garaway. 2. Samuel, men-
tioned below. 3. Jane. 4. Nathaniel, a prom-
inent London merchant, associate of Winthrop
in the Massachusetts Bay Company : married
Lydia James.

(IV) Deacon Samuel, son of John (3)
Wright, was born probably at Kelvedon, Eng-
land, not later than 1600. He was an early
settler in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he
was a juryman, December 12, 1639, and from
the first one of the leading citizens. After
Mr. Moxom, the minister, returned to Eng-
land, Wright, deacon of the church, was em-
ployed to "dispense the word of God in this
place'" and his salary fixed at fifty shillings a
month. Several other instances are recorded
of laymen serving as pastors in the early co-
lonial days. Wright was one of the first set-
tlers of Northampton in 1656-57. He died
there October 17, 1665, while sleeping in his
chair. His homestead remained in the family
a hundred and fifty years. He held various
public offices ; was on a committee to the gen-
eral court ; was measurer of land ; one of the
owners of the first mill ; subscribed to the fund
for the college ( Harvard ) and was an active
and useful citizen. His will was dated No-
vember 10, 1663, proved March 27, 1666, be-
queathing to wife Margaret, sons James and
Judah, with residue to son Samuel ; to daugh-
ters Mary, Margaret, Esther and Lydia. Chil-
dren : 1. Hannah, married, November 16,
1645, Thomas Stebbins ; she died October 16,
1666. 2. Benjamin, 1627, died at Springfield,
October 24, 1704. 3. Samuel, mentioned be-
low. 4. Esther, about 163 1, married. Febru-
ary 16, 1651-52, Samuel Marshfield. 5. Mar-
garet, 1633, married, December 8, 1653, Thom-
as Bancroft. 6. Lydia, about 1635, married,
October 2, 1654, Lyman Bliss ; ( second ) Oc-
tober 3, 1678, John Norton; (third) in 1688,
John Lamb; (fourth) in 1692, George Cotton;



she died February 13, 1699. 7. Mary, 1637.
8. James, about 1639, married. January 18,
1685, Abigail Jess. 9. Judah, May 10, 1642.



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