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river," five years after its establishment by
the general court of Massachusetts Bay, Sep-
tember 7, 1630. At that time Watertown in-
cluded a much larger area than is now repre-
sented by- that name. It was a town which
for many years ranked with Plymouth and
Charlestown and Salem as one of the principal
seats of influence of those mighty men of re-
nown of the formative days of New England
and its close neighborhood with Harvard Col-
lege made it a centre whither the strong men
of the period resorted and whence went forth
influences which affected all the American
culi mies. Richard Sawtell was a leader there
as early as 1637, at the time that Cromwell,
Vane and Hampden were engaged in those
struggles which proved the birth pangs of
English constitutional liberty. After Water-
town has been firmly established, the call came
for those who had been foundation layers and
master builders of the new community to again
lay new foundations on what was then the
frontier of civilization, and among them was
Richard Sawtell. who was a natural leader
and moved to the front in whatever commun-

ity he lived. The new settlement was named
Groton, and it afforded the background and
environment which was appropriate to such
noteworthy schools as the old Lawrence Acad-
emy and the present St. Paul's school. Rich-
ard Sawtell became a proprietor of Groton,
formed out of the Plantation of Patapawag,
and moved his family to that town as soon
as suitable homes had been provided. He
served as its first town clerk. All through
those terrible days of the Indian massacres
which made the name of Groton one to kindle
terror even in those days of blood, Richard
Sawtell remained at his place and counted the
place of danger the place of honor. In ex-
treme old age he returned to his old home in
Watertown and died there August 21, 1694.
His life almost exactly spanned the period of
the struggle for liberty, commencing just as
the struggle became acute and terminating
just as victory was permanently assured. His
wife Elizabeth died October 18, 1694. If, as
seems probable, she was mother of Richard's
children, she was probably daughter of Thom-
as Post, of Cambridge, who died in 1691, leav-
ing a will in which he bequeathed to his
"grandson John Sawtell," and others. Rich-
ard, by will, gave to his wife Elizabeth, for
life, his lands in Groton and Watertown, his
son Obadiah to improve the lands in Groton,
and his son Enoch to do the same with lands
in Watertown, and each to have the lands ne
improved on the death of their mother. These
two sons were to pay something to the testa-
tors' daughters, Bethia, Sawtell, Hannah \\ inn
and Ruth Hues, and his son John Sawtell.
The son Jonathan was provided for already.
Children: 1. Elizabeth, born May r, 1638. 2.
Jonathan, August 24, 1639, died January 6,

1690-91; married, July 3, 1665, Mary ,

who bore him six children. 3. Mary, Novem-
ber 19, 1040, married a Mr. Starling, or Ster-
ling. 4. Hannah, December 10. 1642, married
Increase Winn. 5. Zachariah, July 26, 1643-
44, married (first) Elizabeth Parker, of Gro-
ton, by whom he had two children, Anna and

Zachariah; (second) Mary ■ , by whom

he had three children, Edward. Nathaniel and
Mary. 6. Bethia, 1646, married John Green.
7. Obadiah, 1648, mentioned below. 8. Enoch,
married Susanna Randall, who bore him five
children ; he was a weaver in Watertown. 9.
John, mentioned in his father's will. 10. Ruth,
married, March 9. 1676-77. John Hewes, or

(II) Obadiah, son of Richard Sawtell, born
in Watertown, 1648, resided and died in Gro-



ton, March 20, 1740. He was a soldier in the
Indian wars carried on by King Philip, 1675-
76, and he was driven from his home with
the other families of the town. Among the
names of soldiers from Groton in these In-
dian wars were found : Abel, David, David
Jr., Ephraim, Hezekiah, Jonathan, Joseph, Jo-
siah, Moses, Nathaniel, Obadiah, Richard,
Samuel and Zachariah Sawtell, and according
to the spelling of the name they were appar-
ently of the same family as Richard the immi-
grant. He married, in Groton, Hannah Law-
rence, born March 24, 1661-62, daughter of
George Lawrence, of Watertown ; she was liv-
ing September 29, 1726. Children: 1. Na-
thaniel, born about 1681. 2. Elnathan, March
27, 1683. 3. Ephraim, about 1685. 4. Josiah,
August 14, 1687. 5. Hepsibah, married, prob-
ably at Concord, August 24, 1706, Thomas
Foster, of Billerica. 6. Zachariah. 7. Han-
nah, June 8, 1695, married Stephen Holden.
8. Abigail, March 13, 1697, married Joseph
Parker. 9. Mary, about 1699. married Ben-
jamin Parker. 10. Obadiah, March 18. 1701,
mentioned below. n. Hezekiah, March 2,

(III) Obadiah (2), son of Obadiah (1)
Sawtell, was born March 18, 1701. He was
a worthy descendant of his pioneer ancestor,
for in 1740 he went to the new township,
Charlestown, on the Connecticut river, just the
kind of situation most exposed to sudden ap-
pear?nces of Canadian Indians, and the part
of the town which was associated with the
Sawtells and which still bear their name was
an island in the river. He was captured by
the Indians in 1746, was later released, prob-
ably through a ransom, but after his release
returned to the same place and was shot by
the savage while at work in the field in 1749.
He married, November 16. 1721. Rachel
Parker, daughter of Samuel and Abigail
(Lakin) Parker. Children: 1. Simon, born
November 14, 1722, mentioned below. 2.
Lois, July 4, 1724, married Micah Fuller, and
settled in Charlestown. 3. Esther, March 9,
1725-26. married John Johnson. 4. Nathaniel.
February 12, 1729, probably married Hannah
Gunn. 5. Rachel, June 9, 1731, married
Adonijah Tavlor. 6. Solomon, October 10.


(IV) Simon, son of Obadiah (2) Sawtell,
was born in Groton, Massachusetts, November
14. 1722. He removed to Charlestown. New
Hampshire, in 1746, where he was constable
for 1762-63, selectman 1767-68, a prominent
citizen, a good neighbor and influential man.

He married Hannah

Children, born

in Charlestown: 1. Obadiah, November 8,

1746, married Elizabeth , who bore him

seven children. 2. Simon Jr., June 25, 1749,
was lieutenant of the First New Hampshire
Regiment, commanded by Colonel Joseph Cil-
ley, of Nottingham, and later was promoted
to the rank of captain, serving in that capacity
at West Point, New York, in 1780; was select-
man of Charlestown in 1786-87; died there
May 30, 1791 ; married Dolly •; chil-
dren: Asa, December 13, 1781 ; Cynthia, Oc-
tober 27, 1784; Fanny, December 11, 1786;
Clarissa, February 3, 1788; Lucy, March 30,
1790. 3. Electa, January 2, 1752. 4. John,
May 2, 1754, mentioned below. 5. Hannah,
August 26, 1756, died young. 6. Hannah,
August 2, 1757, died young. 7. Hannah, De-
cember 21, 1760. 8. Rhoda, May 2, 1764. 9.
Esther, September 29, 1767.

(V) John Sartwell, son of Simon Sawtell,
was born in Charlestown, New Hampshire.
May 2, 1754. He resided in Charlestown and
Langdon, New Hampshire. He served in the
revolutionary war, being a private in the regi-
ment commanded by Colonel Benjamin Bel-
lows Jr., of Claremont, and was present in
the engagement at Ticonderoga. He married
Elizabeth Gleason ; children, horn in Charles-
town : 1. Polly, January 20, 1777. 2. Betsey,
March 16, 1779. 3. Esther, April 12, 1781.
4. John, April 29, 1783, mentioned below.
Born in Langdon: 5. Eliab, April 18, 1785.
6. Warren, April 19, 1787. 7. Royal, July 14,
1789. 8. Simon, March 14, 1791. 9. Almony,
May 10, 1793. 10. Hannah, July 9, 1795. 11.
Harriet, November 1, 1797. 12. Electa, March
29, 1800.

(VI) John (2), son of John (1) Sartwell,
was born in Charlestown, New Hampshire,
April 29, 1783. In later life he moved to
Glover and Barton, Vermont, where in a short
time his name was changed from Sartwell to
Sortwell. He married (first) March 27,
1808. Emma Crosby, who died May 31, 18 18.
Children: 1. Maria, born November 10, 1810,
died May 30, 1814. 2. John Jr., November
9, 1814, died March 25, 1824. He married
(second) October 10, 1819, Percy (Robinson)
Merriam. born March 31, 1790, died June 22,
1879. daughter of Jonathan Robinson, who
was a private soldier in the company com-
manded by Captain White in the Fifth Massa-
chusetts Regiment, Colonel Rufus Putnam,
army of General Gates, in the campaign which
culminated in the surrender of General Bur-
govne and his whole army at Saratoga, Octo-



bcr 17, 1777, and under Colonel Yose of the
First Massachusetts Regiment, November 3,
1783, when the continental army disbanded.
Children of second marriage: I. Daniel Rob-
inson, born July 10, 1820, mentioned below.
2. Fanny Maria, April 1, 1822, died October

9. 1894.' 3. Paschal, November 8, 1824, died
March 7, 1908. 4. Emma, January 1, 1827,
died January 10, 1836. 5. John Owen, Feb-
ruary 27, 1829, died March 20, 1901. 6.
Lubin, March 20, 1832, died February 15,
1834. 7. Charles, August 16, 1834, died Au-
gust 20, 1889.

(VII) Daniel Robinson, son of John (2)
Sortwell, was born in Barton, Vermont, July

10, 1820, died in Montpelier, Vermont, Octo-
ber 4, 1894. When be was eighteen years of
age he removed from his native town to Bos-
ton, where he found his first employment in
that city in Faneuil Hall market, and subse-
quently became the senior partner of the firm
of Sortwell & Company, distillers. He be-
came a prominent business man and was made
president of the Montpelier & Wells River
railroad ; was a member for five years of the
board of aldermen of the city of Cambridge :
president of the Cambridge National Bank ;
vice-president of the East Cambridge Savings
Bank ; a member of the Universalist church ;
a Democrat in national politics. He married.
May 19, 1850, in Boston. Sophia Augusta
Foye. born July 14, 1820, in Wiscasset, Maine,
died in Cambridge, Massachusetts, September
26, 1890, daughter of Moses and Sophia Au-
gusta (Jones) Foye. Moses Foye was born
July 31, 1768, died May 30, 1850. He was a
son of Robert Foye Jr., who was a son of
Robert Foye, born in Kittery, Maine, August
26, 1691, who in turn was a son of James
Foye, who came from Charlestown, Massachu-
setts Bay Colony, to Kittery and Scarboro,
District of Maine, before 1690. Children of
Air. and Mrs. Sortwell: 1. Frances Augusta,
born in Boston. 1851. died 1857. 2. Alvin
Foye, mentioned below.

(VIII) Alvin Foye. only son of Daniel
Robinson Sortwell. was born in Boston, Mas-
sachusetts. July 21, 1854. He was prepared
for business life at the Chauncey Hall school,
Boston, graduating there in 1869, and at
Phillips Academy, Andover, where he was
graduated with the class of 1871. Two years
later he became a member of the firm of Sort-
well & Company, of which his father was
senior partner, and he held the position at the
time of its dissolution in 1890. He is a Re-
publican and served as a member of the Cam-

bridge common council. iS7ej-85-89. being the
president of the body in 1889. He was a
member of the board of aldermen of the city,
1889-90. and was president of the board in
1890. He was mayor of Cambridge, 1897-98
and gave to the city an excellent adminis-
tration of its laws. He succeeded his father
as president of the Montpelier & Wells River
Railroad Company, as president of the Cam-
bridge National Bank, and as trustee of the
East Cambridge Savings Bank in 1894, and
became president of the Colonial Mining Com-
pany in 1892. His fraternal affiliation is with
the Ancient Order of Free and Accepted
Masons, blue lodge, chapter and commandery.
His club affiliations include the Algonquin,
Boston, the Country of Brookline, the Oakley
Countrv of Watertown, Eastern Yacht. Mar-
blehead Yacht. Camden Maine Yacht. Apollo,
of Montpelier, Vermont, and the Colonia 1 . of
Cambridge. Massachusetts. His religious af-
filiation is with the Cnitarian denomination.
He married, December 31, 1879, at Cambridge,
Massachusetts, Gertrude Winship, born in
Cambridge. Massachusetts, April 8, 1856,
daughter of William and Mary Eliza-
beth (Winship) Dailey. Her father was a
member of the Cambridge common council and
a member of the National Lancers, of Bos-
ton. Children of William and Mary E. ( Win-
ship) Dailey are: Charles W., Clara Anna,
Gertrude Winship and Frank F. Children of
Alvin Foye and Gertrude W. (Dailey) Sort-
well, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts: 1.
Clara. November 28. 1882. married. Decem-
ber 31. 1906, Parker Endicott Marean. 2.
Frances Augusta, February 29, 1884, educated
at McDuffie school, of Springfield, Massachu-
setts. 3. Daniel Richard, September 17. 1885,
prepared for college at St. Paul's school. Con-
cord, New Hampshire, and graduated at Har-
vard, class of 1907. 4. Marion, June 21,
1887. educated at Baldwin School. Bryn
Mawr, Pennsylvania. 5. Edward Carter,
March 25, 1889, prepared for college at St.
Paul's school. Concord, and matriculated at
Harvard, class of 191 1. 6. Alvin Foye Jr.,
May 6. 1891, preparing for college at St.
Paul's school, Concord.

Members of this family have al-
HAILE most uniformly retained the

spelling Haile. although in the
Rhode Island Colonial Records it is often
found spelled Hale. The ancestor doubtless
emigrated from England, although no record
has been found of his embarkation, and the




first mention found of his name is in the
Rhode Island. Records. They have from the
first taken an honorable place among their as-
sociates, many of them attaining positions of
high public trust, and bearing themselves with
great credit to themselves and the name they

( I ) The first record found of Richard
Haile is the record of birth of his children :
he first lived at Providence, Rhode Island, but
later removed to Swansea, same state, which
later became included in Massachusetts. He
married Mary Bullock ; children : Richard ;
Elizabeth, born July 22, 1685 ; Hannah, May
8. 1690; Rose, May 30, 1692; Patience, July
3. 1694. Richard, the father, was supposed
to have been born about 1640.

ill) Richard (21. eldest son of Richard
1 1 1 and Mary ( Bullock 1 Haile, was born De-
cember 22, 1681, at Swansea, Massachusetts,
and died February 8, 1 718-19. He married,
January 2, 1705-06, Ann, daughter of Joseph
and Lydia ( Bowen ) Mason, born in Swansea,
August 28, 1688; she married (second) Janu-
ary 25, 1727-28, Benjamin Munroe. Children
of Richard and Ann (Mason) Haile: Wal-
ter; Mary, born April 19. 1708: Amos, about
1 7 10; Lydia, March 11, 1711-12; Amey, Jan-
uary 22, 1713-14; Nathan, April 9, 1716; and
Bernice, May 23, 1719.

(III) Walter, oldest son of Richard 12)
and Ann (Mason) Haile, was born November
16, 1706, and died June 3. 1786. He lived at
Warren, Rhode Island, and married, Febru-
ary 1, 1727-28, Mary, daughter of Nathaniel
and Ruth (Cole) Luther, born January 2,
1705-06, at Swansea, died August 19, 1785.

(IV) James, son of Walter and Mary
(Luther) Haile, was born October 30, I745>
at Warren, Rhode Island, and d?ed May 8,
1808. He married, November 2, 1768, Han-
nah, daughter of Hezekiah and Desire (Car-
penter ) Hix, of Rehoboth, Massachusetts,
born May 17. 1740; they resided at one time
at Putney, Vermont.

(V) John, son of James and Hannah
(Hix) Haile, was born February n, 1781, at
Putnev, Vermont, and died about 1856, at
Swanzey, New Hampshire ; he married
Eunice, daughter of William and Mary
(Conn) Henry, and after living some time in
Chesterfield, New Hampshire, they removed
to Swanzey, same state, where they spent their
declining years on a farm. They became the
parents of William Haile, who was so great-
ly honored by his native state.

( VI ) William, son of lohn and Eunice

( Henry I Haile, was born in Putney, Ver-
mont, May 23, 1807. He was elected gov-
ernor of the State of New Hampshire, taking
his office in 1857, and for two years served
with credit and honor to himself ; he was the
first Republican governor to be elected. He
married Sabrana Walker.

( VII 1 William Henry, son of Governor
William and Sabrana 1 Walker ) Haile, was
born September 23, 1833, at Chesterfield, New
Hampshire, and when a child removed with
his parents to Hinsdale, New Hampshire,
where he received his primary education, sup-
plemented by attendance at Kimball Union
Academy and Amherst College, and in 1856
he graduated from Dartmouth College, having
studied law. He removed to Springfield,
Massachusetts, where he was admitted to the
bar, but returned to Hinsdale, and under the
firm name of Haile, Frost & Company, later
Haile & Frost Manufacturing Company, en-
tered into partnership with his father and Ru-
fus S. Frost, of Chelsea. He served in the
New Hampshire state legislature three terms,
and in 1 871 again took up his residence in
Springfield, Massachusetts, where he settled
permanently. He became mayor of Spring-
field in 1881. and spent the next two years in
the state legislature, where he served on sev-
eral important committees. In 1889 Mr.
Haile was elected lieutenant governor of
Massachusetts, and twice re-elected, and in
1892 was considered a strong candidate by his
party for the office of governor, but was de-
feated. Mr. Haile won the reputation of an
able lawyer, and as a business man won a very
fair share of success ; he had many friends
among his business and political associates,
and was considered an honor to the commun-
ity. He spent many years in the service of
his native and adopted states, and his memory
is revered and respected by all who knew him.
He died February 13, 1901. Mr. Haile mar-
ried, in January, 1861, Amelia L., daughter
of Ethan S. and Louisa (Burns) Chapin, of
Springfield. (See Chapin VIII).

(The Chapin Line — See Samuel Chapin 1).

(Ill) Ebenezer, fourth son of Japhet and
Abilene (Cooley) Chapin, was born June 26,
1677, and died December 13, 1772. He mar-
ried, in ' December, 1702. Ruth Janes, of
Northampton, Massachusetts, who died Janu-
ary 18. 1736, aged fifty-four; children:
Rachel, born August 27, 1703; Ebenezer, Sep-
tember 23, 1705; Noah, October 25, 1707:
Seth; Catherine, January 4. 171 1 ; Moses, Au-




gust 24, 1712; Aaron, September 28, 1714;
Elias, October 22, 1716; Reuben, September
13, 1718: Cbarles, December 26, 1720; David,
August 13, or 18, 1722; Elisha, April 18,
1725, died young; and Phineas, June 26, 1726,
died unmarried, at the age of twenty-one.

(IV) Seth, third son of Ebenezer and
Ruth (Janes) Chapin, was born February 28,
1709, and died February 22, 1807; he resided
at Somers, Connecticut. He married (first)
November 22, 1739, Elizabeth, daughter of
Samuel Bliss, of Longmeadow, Massachu-
setts, who died April 10, 1751, and (second)
Margaret Pease, who died October 7, 1802, at
the age of eighty-four. Children by first
wife: Samuel; Elizabeth, born about 1747,
died February 17, 1819; Abigail, born March
20, 1744; Catherine, born about 1749, died
December 14. 1774, unmarried.

(V) Samuel (2), oldest son of Seth and
Elizabeth (Bliss) Chapin, was born about
1742, and died April 18, 1833. He married
(first) Elizabeth Spencer, died February 4,
1812; (second) Widow Eunice King, daugh-
ter of Lieutenanant Noah Chapin, who died
March 25, 1816. Children by first wife: Mar-
garet, born April 24, 1773; Seth, March 24,
1775; Samuel; Reuben, September 5, 1778;
Bliss, September 23, 1780; Elizabeth, Sep-
tember 21, 1782; and Lucy, August 2, 1785.

(VI) Samuel (3), second son of Samuel
(2) and Elizabeth (Spencer) Chapin, was
born October 29, 1776, and died December 26,
1855, at Springfield, Massachusetts. He
married, May 31, 1804, Mary, daughter of
Stephen Pease, born September 7, 1777, died
March 19, 1857, at Springfield, Massachu-
setts; children: Marcia, born April 10, 1805,
died May 28, 1820; Marvin, July 5, 1806;
Roxanna, June 14, 1808; Amelia, August 18,
1810; Elizabeth S., March 29, 1812; Ethan
Samuel; Albert Pease, November 12, 1816;
ami Horace J., June 5. 1819.

(VII) Ethan Samuel, second son of Sam-
uel ( 3 ) and Mary I Pease ) Chapin, was born
July 14, 1814, died March 1, 1889, at his resi-
dence in Springfield. Massachusetts, after a
life of earnest endeavor and usefulness. He
had little opportunity for education, as at an
early age he became employed as bobbin boy
in a factory, working fourteen hours a day,
but he early became intensely interested in the
natural laws of physics, and spent his leisure
time studying such scientific books and trea-
tises as he could find. His natural bent in
the direction of mechanics and his application
to details was such that at the early age of

nineteen he held a position as overseer in the
Ames factory at Cabotville, Massachusetts.
From early boyhood he had a keen insight
into the working and parts of machinery, and
was often consulted by inventors as to devices
they wished to patent, for the reason that he
was able to see any defect very readily. He
became a proprietor of a hotel known as the
"Massassoit House," and had to give much
of his time and attention to its successful
management, but found time to continue his
studies along scientific lines, and later became
the author of several books which created at-
tention throughout the world's scientific cir-
cles, among them, "Gravity and Heat," pub-
lished in 1864, "Gravity in Nature," in 1867,
and "Gravitation, the Determining Force," in
1887. On commencement day, 1864, Wil-
liams College conferred the degree of Master
of Arts upon him. As a student he labored
with great zeal and patience, not only to gain
knowledge in the realms of science, but also
along other lines which would overcome the
defects and omissions in his earliest educa-

Mr. Chapin was of a religious nature, and
an active worker in the interests of the First
Church of Springfield, also one of the organ-
izers of the Memorial Church. He became in-
terested in the establishment of the French
Protestant Church, and donated help to many
worthy objects, among them the founding of
the Chapin Home, in India, for the benefit of
Hindu women. He took interest in educational
and literary affairs, and was one of the incor-
porators of the City Library at Springfield.
He was public spirited and philanthropic, and
was ready to give material assistance to any
worthy cause, and also ready to give words of
cheer or advice to those in need of them ; his
death was felt among a large circle of friends
and acquaintances. He removed, in his later
years, from his apartments at the hotel con-
ducted by him. to his residence. 81 Chestnut
street, where his last days were spent.

Mr. Chapin married. September 22, 1839.
Louisa Burns, daughter of John Cogswell
Burns of Windsor, Connecticut, and they had
five children, of whom but one survives; they
are: Amelia L. ; Henry W.. born in 1843, de-
ceased; Emma Francis, wife of Henry S.
Ward, of New York, deceased ; Annie P., born
in 1850, died in 185 1 : and Alice, born in 1852,

(VIII) Amelia L., daughter of Ethan Sam-
uel and Louisa Burns Chapin, was born in
1840. and married, in 1861, William Henry
Haile. whom she survives. (See Haile VII.)



(For preceding generations see James Bowker 1).

(Ill) Joseph Bowker, son of
BOWKER James and Hannah (Lam-
bert) Bowker, was born in
Scituate, Massachusetts, and so far as meagre
records indicate appears to have been the only
one of his father's sons who did not remain
in that town. Deane in his "History of Scitu-
ate" in speaking of the children of James
Bowker says "Joseph moved to Maine*'.
The date of his birth is not known,
but it is probable that he was born about 1730;
and it also is probable that he was the progeni-
tor of the Bowker families of Maine, although
others not of his immediate family may have
gone there in later years. He is presumed
also to have been the Joseph Bowker mention-
ed in "Mayflower Descendants" as having
married "may ye 26. 1760", Elizabeth Cowen,
both of Scituate, the marriage ceremony hav-
ing been performed by Joseph Gushing Jr.,
justice of the peace. No record is found which
gives any account of their children.

(IV) Major Levi Bowker was born in Scit-
uate, Massachusetts. July 6, 1 763 . died in
Machias. Maine, August 28, 1850. There is
no question that he was a descendant of the
fourth generation of James Bowker, immi-
grant, of Scituate, and it is perhaps more than
possible that he was a son of the Joseph Bow-
ker who "moved to Maine", although the most
patient research among vital records and
genealogical references fails to reveal the
names of his parents. The presumption that

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