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politics. He holds membership in several Ma-
sonic bodies, and several other fraternal or-
ders, is an Odd Fellow, member of the Sons
of Veterans, of the Congregational church,
and secretary of the board of trustees of the
Mechanics' Savings Bank of Holyoke. He
married July 7, 1897, Katherine Barnes Van
Valkenburg, a descendant of an old Holland
Dutch family of the Mohawk valley in New
York state. Mr. and Mrs. Avery have two
children : Adelaide and Katherine Avery.

The Flint family was one of those
FLINT who attained prominence in the

settlement of the early colonies.
Henry Flint, one of the first ministers of
Braintree (now Quincy), Massachusetts, ar-
rived in this country from England in 1635.
He became a member of the church in Boston,
soon after removing to Braintree, where he
was ordained as minister of the gospel, March
17, 1640, and died April 27, 1668. His wife, a
sister of President Oaks, of Harvard College,
died in March, 1645. They had five sons and



five daughters. Josiah, eldest son of Rev.
Henry Flint, was graduated from Harvard
College in 1664 and ordained at Dorchester in
1671. His son Henry was graduated from the
same college in 1693 and soon afterward be-
came a tutor in that institution, a position he
occupied for forty years and his portrait may
still be seen there.

(I) Thomas, brother of Rev. Henry Flint
mentioned above, came from England to Bos-
ton in 1635 an d settled in Concord in 1637.
While in England he resided in Mattock, Der-
byshire, where he sold his property for four
thousand pounds, expending nearly all of this
amount in improving the town of Concord.
He was a representative to the general court
of Massachusetts from 1637 to 1640 and lieu-
tenant-governor many years. Children: 1.
John, see forward. 2. Ephraim, born 1642,
married 1684, died August 3, 1722, leaving no
children. Thomas Flint had other children.

(II) John, son of Thomas Flint, died in
1687. He was lieutenant and representative
from 1677 to 1687. He married Mary, sister
of Mr. Oaks, president of Harvard College.
Children : Mary, born 1668. died 1675 ;
Thomas, born 1670. died 1675; John, born
1673, died 1675 ; Abigail, born 1674, died
1769; John, see forward.

(III) John (2), youngest child of John (1)
and Mary (Oaks) Flint, was born July 18,
1677, resided in Concord, Massachusetts, and
married. May 7, 1713. Children : Ephraim,
born 1713, died 1762; Abigail, born 1715, died
1762; Mary, born 1717, died 1719; Sarah,
born 1720, died 1789; John, see forward;
Hannah, born 1724, died 1792; Jane, born
1727. died 1786.

(IV) John (3), second son and fifth child
of John (2) Flint, was born May 12, 1722,
and died in 1792. He married, January 12,
1744, Hepsibah Brown. Children: Hepsibah,
born 1744, died 1790; Edward, born 1749,
died 1812; John, born 1751, died 1822; Abi-
gail, born 1753, died 1753: Nathan, see for-
ward; Ephraim, born 1757, died 1769;
Thomas, born 1759, died 1840; Eleazer, born
1761, died 1839; John, born 1763, died 1842;
Abisha, born 1766, died 1807.

(V) Nathan, third son and fifth child of
John (3) and Hepsibah (Brown) Flint, was
born in 1755, and died in 1824. He married
Molly Brown. Children: Molly, born 1782:
Abigail, 1783. died 1786; Nathan, 1785, died
1786; Abigail, bom August 31, 1786; Nathan.
May 11, 1788. died 1809; Ephraim, see for-
ward: Hannah, born November 9, 1791, died

April 7. 1875; Polly, born 1793, died 1826;
Hepsibah, born 1795, died 1858; David B.,
born September 23, 1797, died December 25,
1871 ; John, born November 8, 1799; Char-
lotte, born January 5, 1802, died October 7,
1882: Almira, born January 31, 1806, died

(VI) Ephraim, third son and sixth child
of Nathan and Molly (Brown) Flint, was
born November 10, 1789, and died November
3, 1865. He married, April 30, 1816, Deborah
Brooks. Children : Ephraim H., born March
1, 1817; Alary A., November 1, 1818; Deborah
A., September 25, 1820, died 1867 ; Elias B.,
born May 21, 1823, died October 5, 1853;
David B., see forward; Charles I., born Sep-
tember 23, 1833.

(VII) David Brown, third son and fifth
child of Ephraim and Deborah (Brooks)
Flint, was born in Winchenden, Massachu-
setts, June 18, 1827, and died in his home in
Dale street, Roxbury, Massachusetts, July 27,
1900. His early years were spent on the farm
of his father, and he enjoyed the advantages
of a common school education and was for a
time under the instruction of the late Mr.
Washburn, afterward governor of Massachu-
setts, and who regarded young Flint as of an
ambitious and determined character and an
excellent student. At the age of nineteen
years, having completed his education as far
as local opportunities admitted, Mr. Flint went
to Orange, Massachusetts, where he entered
the employ of Rodney Hunt, a well known
machinist and manufacturer. Before many
years he was associated with Mr. Hunt as a
partner, the firm name being Hunt, Wade &
Flint, and the concern made rapid strides for-
ward. They were engaged in the manufacture
of water wheels and cotton mill supplies, but
the foresight of Mr. Flint soon made them
abandon water wheels and manufacture tur-
bine wheels, and in consequence the business
of the firm made great progress. Some years
later it was incorporated, the plant being
known as the Rodney-Hunt Machine Com-
pany, becoming one of the wealthiest manu-
facturing concerns in western Massachusetts,
with Mr. Flint as leading spirit and manager.
His close and constant application to business
interests had. however, impaired his health,
and he was obliged to retire from an active
business life but did not withdraw his inter-
ests from the company. He established him-
self in his pleasant home in Dale street where,
surrounded by his family and friends, he re-
sided until his death. He was a man of com-



manding appearance, strong mental attain-
ments, and many noble qualities which en-
deared him to all, and to none more so than to
the men in his employ ; generous and scrupu-
lously honest, and possessed of the most pro-
gressive and practical ideas. He was a mem-
ber of the Congregational church, and gave
his political support to the Republican party,
taking an active and intelligent interest in the
affairs of his town and the nation, but never
cared to hold public office. He married, Janu-
ary 12, 1853, Clarissa Greene (see Greene).
She is a woman of much force of character
and mental activity, has been a great traveler,
and is a broadminded well informed member
of the Congregational church. Children, all
born in Orange, Massachusetts: 1. Arthur
Eugene, May 15, 1855, died February 8, 1865.
2. Clara Gertrude, December 2, 1856, died
March 9, 1867. 3. Arria Emogene, January
7, 1866; married William E. Fay, a broker of
Boston, official in many mining propositions,
and known as one of the most reliable and
successful business men of Boston; he and his
family live in Dorchester and are leading
spirits in the local societies of that community ;
children: Edith, born March 1, 1894; a stu-
dent in the Dorchester high school, and Arthur
Flint, born December 11, 1895, attends the
common school. 4. Perley Greene, born June
16, 1872 ; has a well established reputation as
a shoe manufacturer of Brockton, Massachu-
setts : married Elsie, daughter of Alfred Ewer,
bank examiner of Massachusetts.

(The Greene Line).

(I) Robert Greene located in Wales (then
a part of Brimfield), Massachusetts, in 1743.
After a time he removed to Tolland, Connecti-
cut, then returned to Wales, where he resided
until his death. He married, October 11, 1744,
Sarah, sister of Ichabod and Deacon Joel
Rogers. Children, the three eldest born in
Wales, the next four in Tolland, and the two
youngest in Wales : Ruth, February 14, 1745 ;
Joel, May 5, 1748; Lydia, March 6, 1750, died
in Tolland, July 5, 1851 ; Lydia. born July 28,
175 1 ; Amos, June 22, 1753; Nathan, see for-
ward ; Eunice, born February 14, 1757, died
in Wales, 1822 ; Solmon, born March 12, 1766 ;
Reuben, May 24, 1769.

(II) Nathan, third son and sixth child of
Robert and Sarah ( Rogers) Greene, was born
in Tolland, Connecticut, March 28, 1755, and
died May 6, 1838. Afer his marriage he re-
moved to Whitingham, Vermont, with his
young bride. They were obliged to travel with

their entire outfit on foot or horseback from
Greenfield, Massachusetts, a distance of twen-
ty miles, guided only by blazed trees. He had
made a favorable selection for a homestead,
built his log cabin and cleared and cultivated
a patch of land. His cabin stood in an un-
broken wilderness, and there were several
other families who had settled in different
parts of the town. Nathan Greene was an
extensive land owner. The town records show
that he sold in 1785 and the few years imme-
diately following, tracts of land or farms to
nine different persons, and having become old
he sold his homestead to David Hosley, Jr..
his son-in-law, March 20, 1822, taking back a
life lease of the premises. He was a man of
great physical strength and intellectual devel-
opment, energetic and ambitious, always ready
with a joke, yet of great will power and de-
cision of character, attributes which appear to
be characteristic of the Greene family. He
married, May 10, 1780, Sarah Shields, born
November 24, 1758, who had lived with Rev.
Mr. Stebbins, of Monson, as her father died
when she was very young; she died in May,
1843. Children: Hannah, born January 31,
1781, married Lincoln Hall, and removed to
Pennsylvania ; Alfred, see forward ; Rhoda,
born July 12, 1785, died July 26, 1806; Lydia,
born April 17, 1787, died December 3, 1864;
Polly, born June 22, 1789; Anna, born Octo-
ber 21, 1791, died January 10, 1847; Nathan,
Jr., born December 3, 1793, died November
30, 1837: Twins, born March 17, 1795; Dan-
iel, born December 18, 1796, died October 9,
1849; Sally, born March 3, 1799, died January
20. 1870.

(Ill) Alfred, eldest son and second child
of Nathan and Sarah (Shields) Greene, was
born in Whitingham, Vermont, November 21,
1783, and died July 19, 1873. He is said to
have been the first male child born in the town,
and he purchased the southwestern part of the
homestead from his father and also the Dun-
nel place adjoining, where he established his
home and lived and died. He learned the car-
penter's trade early in life, and at the age of
seventeen years was one of the workmen upon
the old meeting house which was erected in
the summer and fall of 1799. He soon be-
came a master carpenter and builder, and
erected the greater number of the principal
buildings in the town during the next forty
years. He was a man of unusual strength and
power of endurance, and even in old age took
a lively interest in business and the care of his
farm. The day before he was taken sick he



walked six miles in the forenoon to transact
business, and then worked the greater part of
the day in the hay field with almost the vigor
of youth. In the afternoon a sudden shower
came upon him and he was drenched before
he could reach shelter. This shock was too
great for one of his age and he succumbed
to an attack of typhoid which set in, living but
ten days. He married, March 26, 1810, Clar-
issa, born February 26, 1788, died June 21,
1868, daughter of Asa and Submit (Sever-
ance) Smith. Children : Eli, born October 9,
1812, died August 21, 1854; Alfred, Jr., born
August 7, 1814, died August 28, 1864; Reu-
ben, born February 18, 1817, died February
2j, 1900; Polly, born February 2,, 1819, died
January 28, 1892; Asa, born October 6, 1821,
died October 1, 1866; Miranda, born Novem-
ber 11, 1824, is living in Winchester; Clarissa,
see forward.

( IV) Clarissa, youngest child of Alfred
and Clarissa (Smith) Greene, was born De-
cember 18, 1833, and married David B. Flint
(see Flint VII).

Next to Jones, Smith and Rob-
F.ROWN inson this is a most common

name. One hundred and twen-
ty-three Browns had emigrated to America be-
fore 1700. Over thirteen hundred, a regiment
in itself, served in the revolution from Massa-
chusetts. According to the Herald's College,
the Browns have been granted one hundred
and fifty-six coats-of-arms. One hundred and
thirty-nine had graduated from Yale up to
1904. The orthographic changes have been
Boown, Bown, Braun, Broan, Brione, Broon,
Brioun, Broune, Brourn, Browne, Brownn
and Brune. The first Mr. Brown was called
so because of his swarthy complexion. Brown-
ing was the son of Brown. Brownell was the
mighty Brown, nell coming from neil mean-
ing the might)'. Brownly or Brownlee was
the Mr. Brown who lived in a pasture and
Brownlow from lowe meaning a hill was the
Mr. Brown who lived on a hill. Among the
distinguished men of this line have been B.
Gratz Brown, who ran for vice-president with
Horace Greely ; Justice Henry B. Brown of
the United States supreme court who was a
Connecticut Brown ; Senator Joseph E.
Brown, of Georgia ; Jacob Brown, command-
ing general of the United States army in the
war of 1812 ; John Brown, the abolition lead-
er ; Charles Brockden Brown, the novelist :
Henry Kirk Brown, the sculptor; Charles

Farrar Browne (Artemus Ward) ; and J.
Ross Browne, the war correspondent.

(I) Richard Brown came from Malford,
Wiltshire, England, and sailed in the good
ship "Mary and John" in 1635. He settled
first at Ipswich, Massachusetts. A little party
of about a dozen families went by water from
Ipswich through Plum Island sound and up
Parker river in 1635. Of this party Richard
was one. They made a landing place on the
north bank of the river near where the pres-
ent bridge stands. They called the place "Ould
Newberry", after a town in England. Rich-
ard removed to the "Trayning Green" in 1646
and his lot was number sixteen from the river.
He was made a freeman in 1635. The name
of his wife was Edith. Children: Joseph (died
young) ; Joshua (mentioned below) ; Caleb,
born May 7, 1645. He married (second) Feb-
ruary 16, 1648, Eliza, widow of Giles Badger.
Their children were : Eliza, born March 20,
1649; Richard, February 18, 1651 ; Edmund.
July 17. 1654 ; Sarah. September 7, 1657 ;
Mary, April 10, 1660. Richard Brown died
April 26, 1661.

(II ) Joshua, the second son of Richard and
Edith Brown, was born in Newbury, April 10,
1642, died November 21, 1742. September 5.
1694, he was on a committee who petitioned
the general court in behalf of a company that
erected a meeting house at their own expense,
"and supplied themselves with a minister, re-
(|uesting the honorable court to take some
effectual care for the relief of the petitioners
and for the quiet of the whole town, the peace
whereof is now so dangerously interrupted."
This is what is known in local history as the
Queen Ann chapel controversy and Joshua
was in it from first to last. It continued to
agitate the town for many years. A majority
of the inhabitants had voted to move the meet-
ing house to Pipe Stave hill, West Newbury,
and discontinue the one at "Ould Newberry".
In 1705 it was voted to build. a new house at
Pipe Stave hill, and work was begun on the
same, but it was not completed until the year
1709. That year a tax was levied on all the
people of the town to pay for the building of
the new church. Those living at "Ould New-
berry" strongly protested and refused to pay
their taxes. In some cases their lands and
household goods were forcibly taken and sold
and some committed to jail, but afterward by
order of the general court the collector of the
parish was instructed to return the goods and
chattels taken on distraint. Trouble kept
brewing. The "removers" were still in the



majority and by 171 1 the town voted to sell
and dispose of "Ye ministry house at ye plains
and also to take the seats and glass out of ye
old meeting house to be used in the new one,
and remove ye old house to Pipe Stave hill
and use it for a barn for ye minister". Fol-
lowing this vote certain of the objectors at the
plains signed this agreement.

"We vvhos names Are hearto Subscribed
doo Agree And oblidge oursealves to each
other to mayntain the publick Ministry At the
old meeting house in ye west precinct in New-
bury. Although we are forsed to pay Elswhare
what shall be levid upon us."

On this Joshua's name appears. At this
juncture a number of disorderly persons from
the upper parish bent on having their own
way came down in the night and demolished
the old meeting house. Indignant at this turn
of affairs the plains people determined to re-
place the one that had been destroyed. The
materials were provided and the work begun.
July 19, 171 1, the general court advised and
directed that the raising of the church be de-
ferred until a hearing be had ; and on August
24, issued an order forbidding Samuel Bart-
lett. Joshua Brown and Joseph Annis and
their associates, aiders and abettors from pro-
ceeding with the work. November 2, reports
coming to the ears of the court that the order
was not being complied with, a new and per-
emptory injunction was issued. In this di-
lemma the plain folks applied to Mr. John
Bridger. of Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
governor general of her Majesty's lands and
woods in America. He visited Newbury, heard
the grievances and promised to help them "at
home" if they would promise to use the lit-
urgy of the Church of England. They were
willing to do this and upon his advice a long
petition was drawn up and forwarded to his
Grace, the Bishop of London, reciting the
whole situation and praying for a relief. On
this Joshua Brown's name was second. They
then directed a petition of similar import to
Governor Dudley who requested the authori-
ties in Essex county not to interfere with the
worshippers at the plains. The following let-
ter written by Judge Sewall of witchcraft
fame explains the matter further :

"Sir, — I have thought on your words re-
lating to the West Precinct in Newbury, men-
tioned in your Letter of the 22th of January
last. It came to my mind that my Landlord
Webster was a near neighbor to Joshua Brown
for many years. You are a Younger Man and
a Deacon. I would have vou goe to Mr. Web-

ster, and accompany him to your brother Dea-
con Brown, and speak to him with that Seri-
ousness and Solemnity as the case requires,
and see if you can reclaim him and recover
him. Be not discouraged with thinking that
he will not hear you. Hereafter, possibly, he
may complain that few, or none, dealt plainly
and faithfully with him. However it be, if
you in faithfullness and Meekness endeavor
to restore your brother thus surpris'd, you will
have peace & Comfort in it. Success belongs
to GOD."

The church was rebuilt by the inhabitants,
Joshua Brown contributing his mite towards
it. The next thing the matter was taken to
the courts for an airing and damages for the
demolition of the old chapel was sued for, but
a compromise was effected without a trial.
Judge Sewall in his diary says :

"Mr. Rogers prays at opening of the Court.
Din'd at Smith's. At noon Brother and I per-
suaded them of Artichoke precinct to agree.
I gave Lt Moodey Five pounds, and Jno Em-
ery gave five pounds, and Moodey and others
let fall their Review ; went into Court and
said. They are Agreed. The Agreem't was
made in Smith's Garret. Adjourned sine die."

The matter, however, continued to agitate
the town up to 1722 when those of Artichoke
precinct asked Governor Shute to relieve them
from paying rates or supporting the West par-
ish. The relief was accordingly granted. It
continued to be used for a house of worship
until 1766 when it was deserted and in 1776
was blown down by the wind. Part of the
building saw further religious use. The pews
were put into a gallery of a nearby church.
The Bible went to a church in Boscawen, New
Hampshire, and the silver christening basin
was donated by Joshua Brown, to St. Paul's,
Newbury, where it remained until stolen by
burglars in 1887. The bell, with the inscrip-
tion ; "Presented to Queen Ann Chapel by the
Bishop of London", hung for a long time in a
school house in Pillsbury lane now Ashland
street, but it disappeared in 1839, no one knew
how. Joshua Brown was buried in the old
Belleville cemetery and the following inscrip-
tion is on his tombstone:

Here is Interred The

Body Of Joshua
Brown "Who Was
One Of Te First
Founders Of The
Church In Newbury
He Died November
The 21st A. D. 1742

& In Te 71st Tear
Of His Age.

He married, January 15, 1669, Sarah,



daughter of William Sawyer. Their children :
Joseph, born October 16, 1669; Joshua, April
18, 167 1 ; Tristram (mentioned below), De-
cember 21, 1672; Sarah, December 5, 1676;
Ruth, October 29, 1678; Samuel, September
14, 1687.

(III) Tristram, third son of Joshua and
Sarah (Sawyer) Brown, was born in New-
bury, December 21, 1672, died at Norwich,
Connecticut, before 1756. He was made a
freeman of Norwich, January 21, 1710. The
baptismal name of his wife was Mary. Their
children: Tristram, Joshua, Abraham (men-
tioned below), Samuel and Richard.

(IV) Abraham, third son of Tristram and
Mary Brown, was born in Newbury. He
moved to Norwich with his father in 1715, to
Cantebury, Connecticut, in 1736, and Coven-
try, Connecticut, in 1739. He married Abigail
Dike, of Newton. Their children : Elijah, Ed-
mund, settled in Norfolk, Connecticut, Jona-
than, Benjamin (mentioned below), James,
Elisha and Stephen.

(V) Benjamin, the fourth son of Abra-
ham and Abigail (Dike) Brown, was born in
Coventry, September 20, 1740, died in Man-
chester, Connecticut, March 27, 1809. He
served in Captain Latimer's company, third
regiment of Connecticut troop, Colonel Elizur
Fitch. He married Sarah Keeney (?), born
August 13, 1745, died July 3, 1815. Their
children: Sarah, born August 13, 1764; Ben-
jamin, August 20, 1767; Abigail, August 17,
1769; Edmund (mentioned below): Esther,
June 6, 1774; Achsah, August 23, 1778;
Iraenuas, October 23, 1780: James, April 5,
1783; Sarah, December 26, 1785.

(VI) Edmund, the second son of Benjamin
and Sarah Brown, was born in Manchester,
Connecticut, March 2, 1772, died in Norfolk,
Connecticut, July 13, 1859. When about
twelve years old he came to Norfolk and lived
with his uncle, Edmund Brown, who had no
children. When a young man he started out
for himself, buying a farm on the west road
in Norfolk where he built and almost all his
life operated a saw-mill which was standing
until 1908 when destroyed by fire. He cleared
and made productive the land of the rocky
primeval forest, made an attractive home
where he lived and died and where his chil-
dren were born and some of them died and
where some of his grandchildren were born.
It stood near the Goshen road. He was a
prominent man in the town for many years,
was justice of the peace, held all the town
offices and was representative to the legisla-

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ture. He was one of the directors 0. the Nor-
folk Leather Company. He was a man oi
great energy, of marked integrity, of unusual
force of character, of excellent judgment and
a great reader of books requiring deep
thought. At his funeral sermon the preacher
said : "Seldom shall we find a man of the like
of Edmund Brown." He married, November
27, 1809, Mabel H., daughter of Ebenezer and
Content (Dowd) Norton. She was born De-
cember 9, 1785, died March 8, 1840. She was
from that Le Sr deNorville who came from
France into England in 1066 and her first
American emigrant was Thomas Norton, born
in Skelton Parish, England, in 1625, and came
to Guildford, Connecticut, in 1648. Children
of Edmund Brown: Sarah, born November 28,
1810 (who never married) ; Ralph, December
2, 1820 (who never married) ; Plumb (men-
tioned below), October 11, 1822; Abigail,
March 22, 1826; Harriet, April 28, 1828 (who
never married).

(VII) Plumb, the second son of Edmund
and Mabel H. (Norton) Brown, and the only
member of his family who married and reared
up children, was born in Norfolk, Connecti-
cut, at the old Brown homestead, October 11,
1822, died in the house in which he was born,
February 2, 1896. He had many of the traits
of his honored father, a man of vigorous mind
and body, held all the town offices and posi-
tions of trust and represented his town in the
legislature several times. He spent his life on
the old Brown farm in Norfolk. He married
Olive E., daughter of Benjamin W. Crissey,
of Norfolk, whose ancestry is traced herein.
Their children were : Edmund, born July 25,
1862: Benjamin, June 16, 1864: Sarah, Janu-

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