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days ; marched to Saratoga. Roll sworn to at
Hatfield." Some of his descendants claim that
he served in the battle of Bunker Hill. Lieu-
tenant Bardwell married Lucy Wait, born No-
vember 13, 1749, died September 11, .

Children: 1. Orange. 2. Alinda, born March

II, 1771. 3. Clarissa. January 26, 1773, died
December 15, 1776. 4. Chester, born Septem-
ber 1, 1774. 5. Charles, September 27, 1775.
6. Cotton, February 9. 1779. 7. Noah, Feb-
ruary 4, 1781. 8. Clarissa (2d), December

2^, 1782; married, November 25, 1820, Silas
Frary. 9-10. Lucinda and Armina (twins),
July 29, 1784. 11. Justin, April 2, 1786. 12.
Cotton, May 25, 1788. 13. Justin, April 3,
1790. 14. Spencer, December 19, 1792. 15.
Lucy, January 30, 1795.

( \ ) Orange, eldest child of Lieutenant
Noah and Lucy (Wait) Bardwell, was born
October 4, 1769; died May 23, 1843. He lived
on Dry Hill. February 23, 1796, he married
Euphamie, daughter of Nathaniel and Jane
Moore. Children: 1. Spencer, born Novem-
ber 25, 1796; married Sophia Scott, of
Whately. 2. Susan, born March 15. 1798. 3.
Seth, October 15, 1799; married Sophia Pratt,
of Whately. 4. Jane, married Calvin Alexander,
of Shelburne Falls. 5. Annis, married Alvin
Munson, of Worcester. 6. John Moore, born
June 8, 1805; married Samantha Perry, of
Conway. 7. Betsey, born November 21, 1808:
married Otis Kingsley. 8. Orange, born Jan-
uary 16. 181 1 : married Amanda Luce, of
Kansas. 9. William born October 13, 1813;
married Mary Pease, of Northampton. 10.
Euphamie, born May 6, 1816; married Fred-
erick Taylor.

1 VI ) Susan, second child and eldest daugh-
ter of Orange and Euphamie (Moore) Bard-
well, was born in Whately, March 15, 1798.
She married Orrin Munyan ; children :
Charles. John W., Emory, Julia, Benson, Mary
Jane. Orrin Munyan was born in England,
and came to Leeds ; was an expert in woolen
mills, and resided in Northampton, Massachu-
setts. He died August 9, 1842, at the age
of forty-seven years. He was one of select-
men of Northampton, 1840-41, and was elect-
ed to general court in 1842 from Northamp-

( VII ) Mary Jane, daughter of Orrin and
Susan (Bardwell) Munyan, was born in
Northampton ; married Morris Parker Purr-
ington, of Haydenville (see Purrington III).

i The Sturtevant Line).

To one who looks down the long vista of
the ages as it is revealed by the light of his-
tory, there appears from generation to gener-
ation a recurrence of the family characteris-
tics that were strong in the family line hun-
dreds of years before. In the race of sturdy
Sturtevants the same quiet energy, persistent
perseverance, honest industry, self-reliance,
regard for truth, belief in the ultimate triumph
of right, and tendency to independent think-
ing, have prevailed in every generation.

( I ) Samuel Sturtevant, who was settled in



Plymouth, Massachusetts, as early as Novem-
ber, 1640, was no doubt a resident of Roches-
ter, England, before becoming a member of
Plymouth Colony. He lived on what is called
the "Cotton Farm," in Plymouth. His wife's
forename was Ann. To them nine children
were born, Samuel Sr., died in October, 1669,
and is said to have been at that time forty-
five years old.

(II) Samuel (2), fourth child of Samuel
1 1 1 and Ann Sturtevant, was born April 9,
1645. He lived in that part of Plymouth which
was incorporated in the town of Plympton,
and afterward became part of the town of
Halifax. He had several offices or places of
trust in Plymouth, and was one of the first
selectmen of Plympton, and deacon in its
church. His first wife"s given name was
Mercy. She died July 3, 1714, in the sixtieth
year of her age. Of this marriage there were
nine children. He married (second) Mrs.
Elizabeth Harrell. His death occurred April
21, 1736.

(III) Nehemiah, seventh son of Samuel
(2) and Mercy Sturtevant, was born in 1681-
82, and died in 1744. He resided at Plymp-
ton, Massachusetts, where it is supposed he
was engaged in farming. He married Ruth,
daughter of George Sampson ; children : Cor-
nelius, born 1704; Mercy, 1706; Paul. 1708;
Nehemiah, 1710, married Fear Cushman ;
Noah, 1713; Ruth, 17 1 5, married John Loring;
Xoah ; Abiah, 1720, married Simeon Holmes;
George, 1725. married Jerusha Cushman; Su-
sanna, 1728, married John Waterman.

(IV) Noah, fifth son of Nehemiah and
Ruth (Sampson) Sturtevant, was born in
1713. at Plympton. Massachusetts, and died in
1792; he was probably a farmer; in 1744 he
married Susanna Harlow; children: Anna,
Abiah (both died unmarried), Nehemiah, Na-
thaniel, Lydia (died an infant). Noah, Su-
sanna, Lydia and Ichabod.

( Y ) Nehemiah (2). eldest son of Noah
and Susanna (Harlow) Sturtevant, was born
in 1749, in Plympton. Massachusetts, and died
in 1 819. He was a private in the war of the
revolution, serving under Joseph Stetson, Col-
onel Dyke's regiment ; also in Captain Sam-
son's company. Colonel Thomas Lothrop's
regiment, Brigadier Joseph Cushing's brigade,
recorded in Revolutionary Rolls as from
Plympton, Massachusetts. In 1778 he mar-
ried Huldah Fuller; children: Abiah, mar-
ried John Eddy; Sally, Lucy, Huldah, Na-
thaniel (died young, unmarried); Elizabeth
Fuller: Nathaniel, and Huldah.

(YT) Huldah, daughter of Nehemiah (2)
and Huldah (Fuller) Sturtevant, married
Thomas, son of Joshua Purrington ( see Purr-
ington II ).

(For Welsh and English ancestry see Miles Morgan

(XIX) David, second son of
MORGAN Miles and Prudence (Gilbert)

Morgan, was born in Spring-
field, Massachusetts, July 23, 1648. He mar-
ried Mary Clark, January 16, 1672, and died
May 30, 1731. Children, born in Springfield:
1. Prudence, 1674. 2. Peletiah, March, 1676.
3. David (q. v.) February 18, 1679. 4. Abi-
gail, 1681. 5. John, October 7, 1682. 6. Jona-
than, September 13, 1685. 7. Mercy, or
Mary, December 24, 1686. 8. Ebenezer,
March 7, 1692 ; married Mary Horton. 9.
Benjamin, May 2, 1695 > married June 4, 1718,
Mary Graves; children: Benjamin, Novem-
ber 26, 1 719; Stephen, May 4, 1722; Aaron
November 7, 1724; Mary, August 4, 1727.
David Sr., died in 1731, aged eighty-three
years, and at the time of his death Peletiah.
David, John, Mary, Ebenezer and Benjamin
were living.

(XX) Deacon David, second son of David
and Mary (Clark) Morgan was born in
Springfield, Massachusetts, February 18,
1679. He was one of the twenty citizens of
Springfield who petitioned Governor Stough-
ton, February 12, 1700-01, setting forth in
such petition that the lands allotted to them
were "falling short, and that any thoughts of
such falling off being very effective to us, lest
there should be a want of accommodation for
our posterity to live comfortably therein, the
want thereof may enforce their removing ( as
well as some of ourselves) out of this province
to such place where they may obtain land
to live on". Governor Stoughton met this pe-
tition with favor, and with the consent of his
council laid out a new town about seventeen
miles east of Springfield, probably one of the
resting places made by William Pynchon and
his company on their long journey through the
wilderness from Boston to Springfield in 1636,
and had undoubtedly attracted the notice of
the petitioners, or their fathers, as a goodlv
land to settle upon. Here was founded the
town of Brimfield, in 1787; a meeting house
was built, and when completed, in the distri-
bution of the seats, September 12, 1727, Da-
vid Morgan was given the first seat in the
deacons' pew, the first on the men's side of the
house, and Isaac Morgan was seated in the



eleventh pew and Jonathan, Daniel, Stephen,
John and Reuben in the fourteenth, eighteenth,
twentieth and twenty-second pews, respective-
ly. His wife was allotted the pew next the
pulpit on the east side thereof at the same
time. Deacon Morgan married, in 1703, De-
borah, daughter of Ephraim Colton. Deacon
David Morgan, died September II, 1760. Chil-
dren: 1. David. 2. Joseph (q. v.). 3. Mary,
1706; married, May 6, 1736, Leonard Hoar
Jr. 4. Elizabeth, married, December 12, 1738,
Phineas Sherman. 5. Jonathan, 1710. 6.
Keborah, 1712; married, 1733, Nathaniel Col-
lins. 7. Mercy, 1714, died 1715. 8. Isaac,

(XXI) Joseph, second son ot Deacon David
and Deborah (Colton) Morgan, was born 111
Brimfield, Massachusetts, August 19, 1705.
He married Margaret Cooley, December 25,
1729, and she died July 17, 1754; he married
(second,) August 11, 1757, Rachel Dada, who
died March 27, 1810. The children of Joseph
and Margaret (Cooley) Morgan, born in
Brimfield: 1. Margaret, April 20, 1730; mar-
ried, February 2, 1747, John Mighell. 2.
Joseph, April 17, 1733. 3. Mary, February 8,
1735, died 1736. 4. Mary, June 15, 1737;
married Captain Ebenezer Hitchcock, May 7,
1761. 5. Benjamin, July 24, 1739. 6. Mariam,
May 7, 1742. 7. David, January 25, 1745. 8.
Keziah, January 26, 1746; married Benjamin
Cody, December 31, 1767. 9. Aaron, March
16, 1749; married Abigail Sherman, Novem-
ber 26, 1772. Joseph and Margaret (Cooley)
Morgan probably had at least one other son,
Noah (q. v.) born about 1741. The mother
died July 17, 1754, and they gave Bible names
to most of their children. Children by second
wife, Rachel Dada, whom he married August
11, 1757: 12. Elijah, born May 31, 1758; mar-
ried, on October 8, 1778, Patty Hitchcock. 13.
Enoch, born August 3, 1763: married Mercy
Bates, April 23, 1795; children: Betsey,
Franklin, Eleanor and Mercy.

(XXII) Noah, probably sixth child and
third son of Joseph and Margaret (Cooley)
Morgan, was born about 1741. He married
Mercy King, April 1, 1762; children: 1. Lo-
vina, born October 24, 1762: married. August
27, 1789, Daniel Brooks, of Greenfield. 2.
Apollos, December 2, 1764. 3. Mary, October
23, 1767: married, 1793, Levi Merriman. 4.
Noah (q. v.), baptized June 11, 1769. 5. Can-
dice, baptized July 21, 1771. died August 16,
1777. 6. Samuel King, baptized December
16, 1776; married Sarah, daughter of Morton
Kellog: settled in Hadley. Mercy (King)

Morgan died December, 1776, aged forty
years, and he married (second) Mary, widow
of Aaron Robbius, July 18, 1782; children: 7.
Fannie E., born May 11, 1783; married Jere-
miah Pratt, February 6, 181 1. 8. Aaron, born
December 8, 1785, died August 31, 1803.

(XXIII) Noah (2), third son and fourth
child of Noah (1) and Mercy (King) Morgan,
was baptized in Northfield, Massachusetts,
June 11, 1769. His homestead, Northfield
Farms, was located about five miles from the
centre of the town, where he conducted a gen-
eral store and carried on an extensive and val-
uable farm. He married, and had nine chil-

(XXIV) Elisha, seventh child of Noah (2)
Morgan, was born in Northfield, Massachu-
setts, June 16, 1793. He received his school
training in the district school of his native
town, and was employed as a clerk in the rail-
road office. He became bookkeeper in the
office of the Connecticut River Railroad Com-
pany at Greenfield, and was subsequently
transferred to the office of the company at
Holyoke, where he remained six months, and
in 18 14 went to Springfield as paymaster of
the road at the general offices of the company
at Springfield. In 1816 he was promoted to
general freight agent, and in 1818 to general
passenger agent, which position he held twen-
ty-eight years, resigning in 1846, after a ser-
vice for the road of thirty-five years. He died
in Springfield. Massachusetts, October 30,
1856. aged sixty-three years. He married,
January 1, 1818, Harriet Ruggles, born Janu-
ary 28, 1797, children: I. Minerva, born De-
cember 18, 1818, died March 20, 1822. 2.
Louisa, August 25, 1820; married Harlow
Humes. 3. Minerva, December 30, 1822;
married James Dewing. 4. Mary H., Febru-
ary 14, 1825 ; married Orves Lucy. 5. Jere-
miah P., September 15, 1827; married Eliza,
daughter of Peleg Adams ; settled in Green-
field. 6. Marshall M., March 29, 1829; mar-
ried Alice Dike. 7. Julia P.. April 11, 1831,
died September 22, 1845. 8. Elisha (q. v.),
September 7, 1833. 9. Harriet J., March 21,
1836. 10. Fidelia, January 6, 1840.

(XXV) Elisha (2), third son and eighth
child of Elisha and Hannah (Ruggles) Mor-
gan, was born in Northfield, Massachusetts,
September 7, 1833. He received his school
training in the schools of Springfield, and be-
came general ticket agent of the Boston &
Maine Railroad Company at Springfield, and
held the office until 1864, when he resigned to

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establish the firm of E. Morgan & Company,
for the purpose of manufacturing envelopes.
The paper and stationery world knows the
gigantic proportions attained by the business
thus begun. The other member of the firm
was Chester W. Chapin, at the time president
of the Boston & Albany railroad, who re-
mained in the firm for eight years. This firm
were the pioneer manufacturers of stationery
put up in fancy boxes containing one quire of
note paper and accompanying envelopes, the
first known as papateries. They were also the
first to contract with the L'nited States gov-
ernment for the manufacture of postal cards.
The business was incorporated as a joint stock
company in March, 1872. and Mr. Morgan
held the office of treasurer of the corporation,
and was the managing head of the concern.
Besides the extensive and in many ways intri-
cate business, Mr. Morgan was a director in
the Massasoit Paper Company of Holyoke ; of
the Chester Paper Company of Huntington ;
of the Hartford Manila Company, of East
Hartford; of the John Hancock National
Bank of Boston: and of the Springfield Print-
ing & Binding Company. He was president
of the United Electric Light Company and
acting president of the American Writing
Paper Company. He had large real estate
holdings in the vicinity of Dwight and Hill-
man streets, in Springfield, and through his
influence and liberality that section of the city-
was greatly improved and largely increased in
value. He was a member of the executive
council of the commonwealth of Massachu-
setts during the administrations of Governors
Russell and Wolcott, 1887-90. and Republican
elector from Massachusetts in the electoral
college in 1889. voting with the two hundred
and thirty-two other Republican electors for
their candidates, Harrison and Morton, who
were elected president and vice-president of
the United States.

He married. June 18. [862, Sara C... daugh-
ter of Sidney and Mary 1 McKinney) Grant,
of Manchester. Connecticut. Children: 1.
Miles, born April 25, 1864, died in infancy. 2.
Helen, May 3, 1865 ; married Frank L.
Worthy. 3. Roger, February 18, 1867. 4.
Louise Chapen. February 15, 1869: married
Alfred Leeds. 5. Fanny, July 3, 1870, died in
infancy. 7. Rachel, October 6, 1876, died in
infancy. 8. Daniel Harris. January 14. 1879.
9. Stewart Chase. August 30. 1880, died May
15. 1888. Mr. Morgan d'ied in Springfield.
Massachusetts, February 1, 1903.

This family seems to have
CHOATE migrated from Holland to the
eastern counties of England
about the beginning of the sixteenth century.
The name at that time was Van Choate ; in
deference to the opinions and prejudices of
their English neighbors the prefix was
dropped. The family seems to have flourished
along the borders of Essex and Suffolk coun-
ties. In the ancient parish of Finchingfield,
in Essex, it is found of record as early as
1500. It appears later in the same parish, and
also that of Groton in Essex, and in Hundon
Clare, and in Birdbroke, county Suffolk. It
has been especially noted in America in con-
nection with the learned professions, and has
left its indelible mark upon the history of
American jurisprudence. Among the most
noted representatives was Rufus Choate, the
famous advocate of Boston; and Joseph II.
Choate. a leader of the New York bar, is
among its most prominent present representa-
tives. By marriages in the successive genera-
tions the blood of many other leading families
of America has been brought down to present

1 1 ) Robert Choate and Sarah, his wife,
were residents of Groton, England, in the
early part of the seventeenth century. Among
the interesting ancient documents connected
with American history, is preserved a letter
from the pastor of ''Goodman'" Choate. in
Aughton, Yorkshire, England, written to Gov-
ernor Winslow, of Massachusetts, and urging
that the governor redeem his promises to send
for Choate and his wife. This may have been
the Robert Choate whose son was the pioneer
of the family in America.

( II ) John, son of Robert and Sarah Choate,
was baptized June 6, 1624, in Groton, Box-
ford, Colchester, England, and came to Mas-
sachusetts in 1643, being then nineteen years
of age. He settled in Chebacco parish, Ips-
wich, Massachusetts, and paid for his first
farm in grain and West India goods. The
grain is described as English and Indian, pre-
sumably wheat and corn. He subsequently
purchased more land and became the owner
of several farms adjacent to his original pur-
chase. In 1667 he began buying shares in
the common lands held by other residents, and
in time became owner of nearlv all of Hog
Island, near the Ipswich coast, containing
about three hundred acres. These purchases
included the birthplace of the famous Rufus
Choate. He subscribed to the freeman's oath
in 1667, became sergeant of militia, and an ac-



tive member of the church. He seems to have
incurred the enmity of others, who may have
been envious of his prosperity, and in 1651 he
was acquitted of the charge of stealing ap-
ples. He also cleared himself in 1657 of the
charge of lying, and in 1659 was able to escape
the penalty for refusing to assist the marshal
in making an arrest. His heirs succeeded in
setting aside his will, and these various ex-
periences have been said by one of his de-
scendants to have inculcated a liking for deal-
ings with the law, which has continued among
his descendants to the present day. He mar-
ried, in 1660, Anne , born 1637, died

February 16, 1727. He died December 4,
1695. Children: John, Margaret, Samuel,
Mary, Thomas, Sarah, Joseph and Benjamin.

(III) Thomas, third son of John and Anne
Choate, was born 1671, in Chebacco, and died
there March 31, 1745. He received lands on
Hog Island, a gift from his father, and was
the first white man to settle there. He was a
leading citizen of the parish, a prosperous and
progressive farmer, and a man of bright mind,
distinguished for his industry and energy. He
resided for thirty-five years on the island, and
in 1725 removed to the mainland. He was a
large landed proprietor, being the owner of
seven farms, and kept slaves, and was often
called "Governor" Choate, either because of
his being the owner of Hog Island, or because
of his other landed possessions. He married
(first) in 1690, Mary, daughter of Thomas
and Abigail ( Proctor ) Yarney, born 1669, in
Ipswich, died November 19, 1733; (second)
September 24, 1734, Mary, widow of Joseph
Calef ; (third) November 9, 1743, Mrs. Han-
nah Burnham, who died October 2, 1752. Chil-
dren : Anne, Thomas, Mary, John, Abigail,
Francis, Rachel, Ebenezer and Sarah.

(IV) Francis, third son of Thomas and
Mary (Yarney) Choate, was born September
13, 1 70 1, in Chebacco, where he died October
15, 1777. He was by trade a blacksmith, a
very industrious man and prosperous in busi-
ness. He made the iron work for three
schooners which he built, and by the aid of his
negro slave sawed out the planks used in their
construction. He was not only an owner of
vessels, but chartered others used in the fish-
eries and coasting trade. He was prominent
in town and church affairs, being a ruling eld-
er, and actively identified with the "Wbitefield
Movement*'. He was the owner of slaves and
provided in his will for their freedom or main-
tenance and comfort in old age. About 1739
he bought a farm on the mainland, but con-

tinued to retain his lands on the island. In his
last years he lost his right hand by a cancer.
He married, April 13, 1727, Hannah, daughter
of Isaac and Mary (Pike) Perkins, born April
14, 1708, in Boston, died October 2, 1778.
Children : Francis, died young; William, Abra-
ham, Isaac. Jacob, John, Hannah and Francis.

(V) William, second son of Francis and
Hannah ( Perkins) Choate, was born Septem-
ber 5. 1730, and died April 23, 1785. He fitted
for college in Salem, and it was his father's
wish that he enter the ministry, but his tastes
inclined to other callings, and he pursued the
study of navigation and was captain of a ship
at the age of twenty-five years. He made
voyages to southern shores in winter and con-
tinued to work on the farm in summer. He
was not only commander but owner of vessels.
In early life he taught school on the island,
and when not engaged as teacher in the public
schools, he maintained an evening school and
taught navigation to all of his sons, who spent
more or less time upon the sea. William
Choate is described as a very handsome man,
having a tall figure, with black hair and dark
complexion. He was collector and treasurer
of the parish during the revolution. He is
described as a serious and exemplary man,
though not a member of the church. He mar-
ried, January 16, 1756, Mary, daughter of Job
and Margaret (Low) Giddings, born March
27, 1732, died November 1, 1S10. in Chebacco.
Children : William, died young, David, Wil-
liam, George, Margaret, fob. Mary, Hannah,
Sarah, Lvdia.

(VI) George, fourth son of William and
Mary (Giddings) Choate, was born February
24, 1762, in Chebacco, and died February 8,
1826. He was a man of much ability and
strength of character, and filled many local of-
fices, being a justice of the peace and repre-
sentative of Ipswich in 1814-15-16-17, and of
the town of Essex in 1819. A man of most
amiable disposition, he made no enemies, and
died much regretted. He married, January
1, 1789, Susanna, daughter of Stephen and
Mary (Low) Choate. born January 1, 1762,
died August 13, 1827. Their first child died at
birth. The 'others were: William, John.
George, Francis, Sarah.

(VII) George (2). third son of George (1)
and Susanna ( Choate) Choate. was born No-
vember 7, 1796, in Chebacco, and died June
4, 1880. in Salem. He studied latin in the
northern district school of Chebacco parish,
Ipswich, of which Rev. Dr. William Cogswell
was master. He subsequently spent a year at



Dummer Academy in Byfield, and a like period
at Atkinson Academy, and entered Harvard
College in 1814, graduating in 1818. Of his
class numbering eighty-three men, only eight
survived him. " For two years he was master
of Feoffee's Latin School in Ipswich, and pur-
sued the study of medicine during the same
time. He then spent two years in the office
of Dr. Thomas Manning, of Salem, and was
subsequently in the office of Dr. George C.
Shattuck, of Boston, and received his medi-
cal degree in 1822. He immediately began the
practise of his profession at Salem, where he
became the beloved physician of many fam-
ilies and was distinguished among his contem-
poraries. He was president of the Essex
Southern District Medical Society, and of the
Salem Athenaeum for many years; represent-
ed Salem in the state legislature; was long
chairman of its school committee ; and was a
member of the board of aldermen. In 1825,
he joined Essex lodge, A. F. and A. M., and
was its worshipful master in 1828 and 1829.
He was also very much interested in the work
of the church and the encouragement and
progress of education. The large amount of
labor which devolved upon him made inroads
upon his health, and he retired in 1867 and
removed to Cambridge, where the remainder
of his years were passed in quiet and content-
ment. He married, December 6, 1825, Mar-
garet Manning, daughter of Gamaliel and
Sarah (Williams) Hodges, born January 25,
1805. in Salem, died October 5. 1887. She
was a woman of superior mind and character,
a model mother, prudent and industrious in
the care of her household, and retained her
faculties in a remarkable degree to the end of
her life. When eighty years old she wrote
many interesting letters, which are still pre-
served. All of her children have attained dis-
tinction in life, and have reflected credit upon
themselves and their ancestry. 1. George
Cheyne Shattuck, was an able physician and
resided upon the paternal homestead in Salem.
2. Charles Francis, mentioned below. 3.
Sarah Elizabeth, died unmarried. 4. William
Gardner, A. M., LL.B. ; began the practice of
law in North Danvers, Massachusetts, was
subsequently in Salem, and removed to New

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