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in the building of the Springfield Institution
for Savings, corner of Main and State streets,
will be remembered by many because of the
sidewalk clock they erected in front of the
building. 3. Anne Sophia, resides in the
homestead. 731 State street, erected by her
mother in 1887. She is a member of Wo-
man's Club, Daughters of the American Revo-
lution, and the Wesley Methodist Episcopal
Church, in the work of which she is much in-
terested. She is also active in works of
benevolence and charity.

(The Moseley Line).

The original bearer of this cognomen took
it without doubt from the locality in which
he dwelt. The assumption of the name in-
dicates that he was one who dwelt perman-
ently at one place, and was a person of settled
habits. When the religious troubles of the
seventeenth century arose, a descendant of the
first Moseley found his environment intoler-
able on account of fanatical oppression and
removed from England to the freedom of the
New England forest, and settling there was
the first of five generations who lived con-
tentedly in the same town. The name and
the record of the family both show that the
Moseleys were of that class of citizens who
are esteemed for their virtues, love of, home,
and can succeed wherever they choose to make
their abiding place. The name now spelled
Moseley was anciently written with many var-
iations, as Mawdesley. Modesley, Madesley
and Maudsley, before assuming its present

( I ) John Moseley came probably in the
ship "Alary and John," which sailed from
Plymouth. England, March 20, 1630, settled at
Dorchester, Massachusetts, of which he was
one of the founders, the same year, was ad-
mitted freeman March 14. 1639. and died there
August 29, 1661. He married ( first I Eliza-
beth (surname unknown), and by her had a
son, Joseph or John, born 1638, but whether
any more children is not known. His second
wife. Cicely, who died December 3, 1661,
named in her will three children : John, Eliza-
beth, and Thomas, next mentioned.

( II ) Thomas, the youngest child of John
and Cicely Moseley, was born in Dorchester,
about 1636, and died there October 22, 1706.
He was admitted to the church in 1658. He
married, August 28, 1658, Mary Cooper,
daughter of Thomas Lawrence, of Hingham,
and his wife Elizabeth, who was the Widow
Bates. She died April, 1723. They had nine
children: Increase, John, Mary, Thomas, Eliz-
abeth, Unite, Ebenezer, Nathaniel and Joseph.

(III) Ebenezer, fifth son of Thomas and
Mary Cooper (Lawrence), Moseley, was born
in Dorchester, September 4. 1673, died
September ig, 1740. He was constable
in 1705. town treasurer, 1720, town clerk,
1721, selectman, 17 19-21. He was a weav-
er and resided in Stoughton. He mar-
ried (first) Elizabeth, daughter of Wil-
liam Trescott, and had : Ebenezer, Elizabeth,
Samuel and Sarah. He married ( second )
Hannah Weeks, daughter of John. She was
born February 28, 1677, died in Dorchester,
March 27, 1747. They had Mary, Samuel,
Hannah, Nathaniel and Silence.

(IV) Deacon Nathaniel, second son of
Ebenezer and Hannah ( Weeks ) Moseley, was
born December r, 1715, died in Hampton.
Connecticut. March 7, 1788. He was a clock
maker. He moved to Windham, Connecticut,
before 1745. He married, August II, 1742,
Sarah Capen, born July 21. 1725. They had
thirteen children, the first born in Dorchester,
the others in Hampton: Nathaniel, Joseph,
Hannah, Flavel, Thomas, Sarah, Beulah. Eliz-
abeth 1 died young), Uriel, Elizabeth, Ebene-
zer. Ruth and Elisha. Sarah Capen was de-
scended from John Alden and Priscilla Mul-
lins, his wife, as follows:

( 1 ) John Alden, the progenitor of all of
the name of Alden in the Cmited States, was
one of the pilgrims of Leyden, who came
in the "Mayflower'' to Plymouth in 1620. He
was. says the Family Memorial, by Elisha
Thayer, "about twenty-two years of age, when
he arrived, and was one of those who signed



the original civil compact formed and solemn-
ly adopted by the first adventurers at Cape
Cod Harbor, on the 15th of November. This
was a few days previous to their finding and
selecting a place for the commencement of
their settlement in this western world. He
was a single man and appears to have been an
intimate in the family of Captain Myles Stand-
ish. He was the stripling who first leaped
upon the rock, as mentioned by President
Adams in a certain communication. It is well
known that of the first company, consisting of
one hundred and one, about one-half died in
six months after landing, in consequence of
the hardships they were called to encounter.
Mrs. Rose Standish, consort of Captain Stand-
ish, departed this life on January 29, 1621.
This circumstance is mentioned as an intro-
duction to the following anecdote, which has
been carefully handed down by tradition :

"In a very short time after the decease of
Mrs. Standi'sh the Captain was led to think
that if he could obtain Miss Priscilla Mullins,
a daughter of Mr. William Mullins, the
breach in his family would be happily repair-
ed. He, therefore, according to the custom
of the times, sent to ask Mr. Mullins' per-
mission to visit his daughter. John Alden,
the messenger, went and faithfully communi-
cated the wishes of the Captain. The old
gentleman did not object, as he might have
done, on account of the recency of Captain
Standish's bereavement. He said it was per-
fectly agreeable to him, but the young lady
must be consulted. The damsel was then
called into the room, and John Alden, who
is said to have been a man of most excellent
form, with a fair and ruddy complexion.
arose, and in a very courteous and pre-
possessing manner, delivered his errand.
Miss Mullins listened with respectful atten-
tion, and at last, after a considerable pause,
fixing her eyes upon him, with an open and
clear countenance, said, 'Prithee, John, win-
do you not speak for yourself?' He blushed,
bowed, and took his leave, but with a look,
which indicated more than his diffidence
would permit him otherwise to express.
However, he soon renewed his visit and it
was not long before their nuptials were cele-
brated in ample form. For a few years John
Alden lived in Plymouth, and then settled in
Duxbury, on a farm, which it is a little re-
markable, has remained in the possession of
his descendants ever since, and is one of the
best in the town. He built his house on a
rise of land near Eagle Tree Point, where

the ruins of his well are still to be seen.
Through a long protracted life John Alden
was almost continually engaged in public
employments. In the patent for Plymouth,
in New England, dated January 16, 1629,
and signed by Robert, Earl of Warwick,
Mvles Standish, Edward Winslow, John
Howland, and John Alden or any of them,
are named as the true and lawful attorneys
of the council established at Plymouth, in
the county of Devon. Accordingly, John
Alden entered into some part of the tracts
specified in the patent, and took possession
in due form, and delivered the full and peace-
able possession and reign of the same to
William Bradford, Governor of the Old Col-
ony, his heirs, associates and assigns, secun-
dum formam thartae. He was one of the
court of Assistants in 1633, and successively
for a number of years. From 1641 to 1649
inclusively, he was chosen to represent the
town of Duxbury in the General Court of the
Old Colony. Iii 1633. and for several suc-
ceeding years he was one of the council of
war, appointed on account of danger appre-
hended from the Indians. In the year 1650,
he was again elected one of the assistants to
the governor, and every year after till 1686.
He was assistant to all the governors of the
Old Colony, except Carver, who early fell a
victim to the distressing calamities which af-
flicted the adventurers on their first arrival at
Plymouth. For thirty-six years without in-
terruption he was elected to this office, and for
the last twenty years of his life, from 1666 till
the liberties of the people were infringed,
through the folly of James the Second, he
was senior assistant. From tradition, this aged
and venerable Puritan was distinguished for
his holy life and conversation. He was meek,
humble, sincere, pious, and faithful follower
of the blessed Redeemer, and his end was
peace and triumph. The object which in his
youthful days he anxiously sought, was fully
attained. He came to the howling wilds of
America to enjoy the sweets of religion, pure
and undefied. Like the saints of old he was
willing to endure the hardships with the peo-
ple of God. while he might be instrumental in
extending the Kingdom of Immanuel, and
looking to a better and eternal state of exist-
ence for the rewards of grace."

John and Priscilla (Mullins) Alden had
eight children : four sons and four daughters,
who lived to enter the marriage state, who
had many children and most of them lived to
a good old age. They were: John, Joseph,



David, Jonathan, Elizabeth, Sarah, Ruth and

(2) Ruth, third daughter of John and
Priscilla (Mullins) Alden, was born probably
in 1631. On the "12 month, 3, 1657," John
Bass and Ruth Alden were married by Air.
John Aulden. of Duxbury. John Bass, son of
Deacon Samuel Bass and wife Ann, was prob-
ably burn in Roxbury, about the year 1632.
The children of this marriage were : John,
Samuel. Ruth, Joseph, Hannah, Mary, and
Sarah, next mentioned.

1 3 l Sarah, youngest daughter of John and
Ruth 1 Alden ) Bass, was born 29. 1, 1672, and
married January 7, 1692, Ephraim Thayer,
born in Braintree, 17. u, 1669, son of Shad-
rach and Deliverance Thayer. Sarah died Au-
gust 10, 1 75 1, aged seventy nine years.
Ephraim died suddenly June 15, 1751, in the
eighty-eighth years of his age ; his death be-
ing occasioned' it is supposed by a violent blow
in his forehead, with the sharp end of a rail,
at the barn door where he was found dead.
A great concourse of people attended his fu-
neral. The fourteen children of Ephraim and
Sarah were : Sarah. Ephraim, Philip, Hannah,
Joseph, Shadrach. Christopher, Ruth, Esther,
Naphtali, Peter Priscilla, James and Abigail.

(4) Ruth, third daughter of Ephraim and
Sarah (Bass) Thayer, born April 1, 1704,
married, September 20, 1722, John Capen, and
settled in Braintree. John Capen, born Oc-
tober 16, 1694, was the son of Preserve and
Marv (Payson) Capen. of Dorchester. The
children of this marriage were: John, Esther,
Nathaniel. Ruth, Christopher, Anna, Eliza-
beth, Sarah, Ephraim. Philip, Samuel and Re-

( 5 ) Sarah, fifth daughter of John and
Ruth (Thayer) Capen. was born July 21,
1725, married Nathaniel Moseley, August 11,
1742, and settled at Pom fret, Connecticut.

( Y ) Colonel Nathaniel (2). eldest son of
Deacon Nathaniel ( 1 ) and Sarah (Capen)
Moseley, was born in Dorchester. December
22, 1743. He was probably colonel in the
raid on Danbury. April 20-28, 1779, with regi-
ment from Fishkill ; October 13, 1777; Peeks-
kill. March and June, 1777. He married
(first) Rosanna Alworth, September 29, 1768.
He married (second) Esther Swift, when his
youngest child was about fifteen years old.
There were no children by the second wife.
Those by the first wife were: Rosanna. Na-
thaniel, Marsylvia. William, Samuel, Christo-
pher and Mary.

(VI) Nathaniel (3), eldest son of Na-

thaniel (2) and Rosanna (Alworth) Moseley,
was born June 20, 1771, died September 26,
1854. He had a farm in Springfield, about
two and a half miles east of the armory on
what is now State street, then Boston road.
In religion he was a Unitarian. Besides farm-
ing he occasionally worked for the United
States armory, making gun stocks, sometimes
performing the work at home during the win-
ter months. He married Electa Buckland,
July 14, 1796. She was born December 18.
1778, died March 23, 1848, daughter of Alex-
ander and Sarah (Smith) Buckland, of Ell-
ington. They had Electa, Sarah, Nathaniel
Buckland, Marsylvia, Jonathan Ogden, Ed-
ward Franklin, James Albert, Sylvia Ann, So-
phia, Charles Benjamin, Alexander Hosea
(died young), and Alexander.

(VIII) Sophia, youngest daughter of Na-
thaniel (3) and Electa (Buckland) Moseley,
married Harlehigh Heath Buckland. (See
Buckland YII).

Thomas Kimberly, immi-
KIMBERLY grant ancestor, is progeni-
tor of all of the name in
America. He settled in Dorchester, Massa-
chusetts, in 1635, coming from London, and
his wife Alice was a member of the Dorches-
ter church in 1639. He removed to New
Haven, Connecticut, in 1638. He must have
been a man of middle age at that time, as in
1643 the records of New Haven show that
there were seven in his family. In 1667 he
bought land of Joseph Hawley at Stratford,
Connecticut, whither he removed. He mar-
ried (second) December 18, 1668, Mary

, who married (second) in 1673,

Eliasaph Preston. He left property to the
amount of one hundred sixty pounds sixteen
shillings. Children: 1. Nathaniel, mentioned
below. 2. Thomas, died February, 1705, at
New Haven, s. p. 3. Eleazer, first male child
born in New Haven ; many years secretary of
state; went to Glastonbury; died 1707. 4.
Abraham, killed by Indians. 5. Abia, married
Mr. Boardman. 6. Daughter, married Mr.

( II) Nathaniel, son of Thomas Kimberly,
was born about 1640, and died at West Haven
in 1705. Children, born at New Haven or
West Haven: 1. Elizabeth, married Mr. Mal-
lory. 2. Sarah, married a Blakeslee. 3. Na-
thaniel, mentioned below. 4. Daughter, mar-
ried Mr. Kirby. 5. Mary, married Mr. Chit-

(III) Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (1)




Kimberly, was born in the New Haven colony,
about 1670, and died at West Haven, Connecti-
cut, in 1720. Children, born in West Haven:
Nathaniel, mentioned below ; Zuriel, Abraham,
Abigail, Hannah, Mary, Bathsheba.

(IV) Nathaniel (3), son of Nathaniel (2)
Kimberly. was born in West Haven, about
1700, and died there in 1780. Children, born
at West Haven : Israel, mentioned below ;
Silas, died 1803, married Mary, daughter of
Jonathan Smith ; Abigail, married Lamberton

1 V 1 Israel, son of Nathaniel (3) Kimberly,
was born about 1725, and died in 1768. He
married Mary Umberfield. Children: Azel,
Gilead (married Mary Brocke), Nathaniel,
Israel, Ezra, mentioned below ; Gideon, Lib-
erty, Huldah, Mary, Sarah, Hannah.

(VI) Ezra, son of Israel Kimberly, was
born about 1750. In 1790, according to the
federal census, he was living at Hampden,
G nnecticut, and had three males over sixteen,
two under that age, and three females in his
family. He was a farmer, and also engaged
in shipping at Woodbridge, Connecticut, own-
ing one-half of a merchant vessel, which was
captured by the French.

(VII) Ezra (2), son of Ezra (1) Kimberly,
was born in Woodbridge (now called Beth-
any;, Connecticut, April, 1794. He married
Mary Mansfield, born at New Haven in 1800,
died at Springfield in 1870, whose father was
a soldier in the revolution. Ezra Kimberly
learned the trade of clothier, and for a time
followed his trade, fulling and dressing the
homespun cloth that was manufactured on the
farms. He then started a general store at
Hampden. Connecticut. At the time of the
great financial panic he removed to Spring-
field, in 1837, and established a general store
at the corner of Hickory and Walnut streets,
near the water-shops ; but after two or three
years removed to the corner of Mill and Cen-
tral streets, where his son John was located,
the business having been conducted there since
1840 by Ezra and his family. He continued
in business until the time of his death in 1867.
He was active in public affairs, was selectman
under the town charter, and a member of the
first common council under the city charter,
and as senior member had the honor of calling
that body to order for the first time and pre-
siding over the first meeting. In i860 he was
elected a representative to the general court
on the Republican ticket. He was fortunate
in his investments, and added largely to his
possessions through the increase in value of

his real estate. He and his family were com-
municants of the Protestant Episcopal church,
and he was on the building committee in
charge of the first church of that denomina-
tion in Springfield. Children : Mary, married
Elisha Gunn; William; John, mentioned be-
low : Rensselaer.

(VIII) John, son of Ezra (2) Kimberly,
was born in Hamden, Connecticut, November
16, 1820, and died April 15, 1906. He attend-
ed school in his native town, and also in
Springfield, being a student in the high school
when Rev. Simeon I!. Calhoun was principal,
on School street. He worked as clerk in his
father's store, and when he came of age was
admitted to partnership under the firm name
of E. Kimberly & Company. After the death
of his father in 1867 he admitted his son,
Fred Hobart Kimberly, to partnership, and
the name was changed to J. Kimberly Com-
pany, which has continued in use to the pres-
ent time (1909). Mr. Kimberly as well as his
father was constantly investing in real estate.
He was a director in the John Hancock Bank
from 1870 to the time of his death. He was a
Democrat, but the only office he ever consent-
ed to fill was that of school committeeman.

He married, in 1842, Sarah Ann King, born
June 9, 1822, died January 5, 1897, daughter
of Horace and Mercy (Treat) King, of
Springfield. Her father's old farm is now 'in
a busy section of the city, located where King
street is now. Children, born at Springfield :
Fred Hobart, mentioned below ; Louise
Amelia, born October 4, 1848; unmarried; re-
sides in Northampton, Massachusetts.

(TN) Fred Hobart, son of John Kimberly,
was born in Springfield, October 24, 1842.
He attended the public and high schools of
Springfield, and like his father went into the
Kimberly store as a clerk in his youth, and at
the death of his grandfather became a partner
with his father in the business. The present
head of the firm has shown the same sagacity
and enterprise that characterized the founder
and his successor. The store has been en-
larged to meet the growth in business, and the
excellent reputation of the firm for square
dealing and quality of merchandise sold has
always been maintained. In politics he is an
Independent, in religion an Episcopalian. He
is a member of Roswell Lee Lodge, F. and A.
M. ; and was a charter member of De Soto
Lodge, I. O. O. F. He married, October 18,
1865, Henrietta Bush, born in Tariffville, Con-
necticut, July 23, 1843, daughter of William
and Jane (Clark) Bush.



(IX) John Burton, only child of Fred Ho-
bart Kimberly, was born in Springfield, Jan-
uary 1 6, 1874. He received his education in
the public schools of his native city, and grad-
uated from the Springfield high school. He
became a clerk in the old John Hancock Bank,
and filled various responsible positions in that
institution for twelve years, when he resigned
to look after his real estate and other interests.
He is a member of Nayasset Club, Country
Club, and the Winthrop Club. In politics he
is a Republican, in religion is a member of
Christ Church (Episcopal). He married, Feb-
ruary 9, 1909, Emilie A. Owen, daughter of
Joel S. and Lucy V. (Chapin) Page, the for-
mer a native of Stockbridge, and the latter of
Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

The coat-of-arms of the Cowell
COWELL family is a Shield with deer

standing. Motto: "Pax et
amicitia". The name according to Lower
(the authority) possibly came from the dis-
tract of Cowal, Argyleshire, England, when
surnames were derived from districts or coun-
ty seats.

( I ) Captain Edward Cowell, emigrant an-
cestor of the Wrentham. Massachusetts,
Cowells, was born about 1620 in England, died
September 12, 1691. He with his wife Mar-
garet, were of Boston and Great Island in
1645. He was a cordwairier by trade. He
was also one of the Narragansett grantees,
and a prominent man in the Massachusetts
Bay Colony. He was witness to the will of
Thomas Williams, November 5, 1646. Ik-
was debtor to Robert Button's estate, No-
vember 10, 1653, and to William Peacock's
March 29, 1661. He was captain of horse
in King Phillip's war, and took par* in the
march and battle with Mohegans and Peqiiots
under General Wihslow in t'le Narragansett
campaign at Quaboag (Brookfieldi. lie was
allowed £3 six shillings for horse meat, the
company having been reduced to such straits
as to eat horse flesh. He was in the Sud-
bury fight, commanding eighteen men. four of
whom w.re killed and one wounded. When
returning from Brookfield via Marlboro and
his hand was rescued by Captain Prentice's
dragoons. The account of the fight will be
found in "Historical & Genealogical Register",
vol. xi, pp. 400-405, and vol. xiv, p. 117.
In his will he is named yoeman and gives to
sons John and Joseph, Mary at Hingham, and
Sarah his wife, his housing, outhousing, lands
in Boston, shop goods, &c. (Will in copy of

wills, Suffolk county court house at Boston,
vol. viii, p. 74), dated March 1, 1682, pro-
bated March 24, 1691. The inventory of Cap-
tain Edward Cowell's property, May II, 1696,
included dwelling house, barns, stables, brew
house and lands situated on west side of street
leading to Roxbury, and dwelling house on

east side. He married (first) Margaret ;

(second) June, 1668, Sarah Hobart, at Hing-
ham; she died prior to May 1, 1696. Chil-
dren: 1. Joseph, born about 1640, mentioned
below. 2. John, baptized June 26, 1653. was
a blacksmith at Boston, died December, 1693.
3. Edward, baptized June 26, 1653. f l' et ' Sep-
tember 7. 1662. 4. Elizabeth, born August 17,
1653, died August 7, 1654. 5. William, born
June 28, 1655. 6. Mary, January 23, 1^57.

(II) Joseph, son of Captain Edward
Cowell, was born in England, about 1640, and
came to Boston with his parents. He was
a cordwainer by trade, and owned lands at
Boston. He is also recorded by Savage as
cooper. His will is dated January 4, 1708,
and mentions his wife Elizabeth, who was the
executrix, sons Richard Carter, Joseph, John,
and daughter Mary. He was admitted to the
First church at Boston, and was a factor in
the colony. He married (first) 1673, .Mary,
born July 3, 1641, widow of William Hunter,
and daughter of Richard and Ann Carter, of
Boston. Richard Carter was in Boston in
1640, and was a weaver and carpenter. Chil-
dren : 1. Joseph, born 1673, mentioned be-
low. 2. Mary. 3. John. Joseph Cowell
married (second) August 6, 1696, Elizabeth
Williams, ceremony performed by Rev. Mr.
Miles. Child: 4. Richard Carter, born Sep-
tember 6, 1699.

(III) Joseph (2), son of Joseph (i)
Cowell, was born in Boston, 1673, died at
Wrentham, Massachusetts, March 11, 1761.
He came to Wrentham in 1690. and was one
of the early planters of Wrentham, and a
cooper by trade. He bought land, dwelling
house, barn, orchard, and thirty acres abutting
upon Robert Ware's mill pond under date of
March 8. 1710-11. His land was a part of
the old Cowell farm, now owned by Dr. Jo-
seph H. Cowell, of Saginaw. Michigan, and
has been in the possession of the family near-
ly two hundred years. Joseph Cowell ac-
quired and sold many other pieces of land in
Wrentham ; at least three deeds signed by him
are in existence, and he signed his name with
only one 1. He was a man of considerable
education, as his correspondence shows. He
lived to a good old age, and died in Wren-



tham, in the house built by him in 1730. This
house was demolished in 1841, and another
erected on the site. He and his wife Mar-
tha lie side by side in the old Wrehtham
burying ground, where their headstones can
be seen, though the inscriptions are some-
what faded by time. He married ( first ) in
Wrentham. May 7. 1701, Martha Pales, born
October 28. 1675, died October 2J, 1737,
•daughter of James and Ann Fales. Married
(second) February 23. 1742-43. Mrs. De-
borah Barber, of Rehoboth, sister of his first
wife. Children: 1. Anna, born August 10.
1702. married Benjamin Fisher. 2. David.
born December 12, 1704; graduate of Har-
vard, 1732; professor and president of Col-
lege of New Jersey (now Princeton). 3. Jo-
seph, born February 14, 1710, died February
2T,, 1710. 4. Joseph, born March 27, 1 713,
mentioned below. 5. Ebenezer, born Decem-
ber 7, 1716; went to Trenton and Philadel-
phia, and founded the Philadelphia branch of
the family.

(IV) Joseph (3), son of Joseph (2)
Cowell, was born at Wrentham. Massachu-
setts. March 2J, 1713, died there October 3,
1740. He was a farmer at Wrehtham. He
married. January 21, 1735. Margaret Dear-

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