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field, Massachusetts, and removed to Swanzey,
New Hampshire, where he died October 28,
1777; ' ie was one °f r l le founders of the
church at Swanzey. and a prominent citizen.
He niarried. May 2^, 171 7, Thankful, daugh-
ter of Robert Bardwell, born about 1697, died
March 12. 1775, and their children were:
Thankful, born February 10, 1718, died young ;
Elizabeth, about 1 7 1 9 ; Asahel. 1721 ; Abraham,
1723; Joshua, about 1725; Lydia, 1726; Mary,
1728; Sarah. 1729; Mehitable, 1731 ; Elijah;
Abner, about 1734; and Lucy, about 1737.

(V) Elijah, son of Abraham and Thank-
ful (Bardwell) Graves, was born about 1732,
at Swanzey. New Hampshire, and married
Submit (Scott) Dickinson, thought to be
daughter of Joseph Scott, of Hatfield and
Whately. Massachusetts, and they had two
sons. Elijah, born about 1760, and Gad.

(VI) Gad, son of Elijah and Submit (Scott-



Dickinson ) Graves, was born August 4, 1763,
at Swanzey, New Hampshire, and removed to
Canaan, Vermont, where he died June 28,
1841. He married, June 8, 17S5, Mary,
daughter of Samuel Smead, of Montague,
Massachusetts, born February 18, 1767, died
August 31, 1848, and their children were:
Philena, born September 27, 1787; Sophia,
July 30, 1789; Polly, December 14, 1791, died
September 1, 1798; Louisa, born September
6, 1794, died August 31, 1798; Rufus, born
September 1, 1799; Isaac. February 14, 1802;
and Albert.

(VII) Albert, son of Gad and Mary
(Smead) Graves, was born August 10, 1806,
at Swanzey, New Hampshire, and died Octo-
ber 14, 1894, at Chicopee, Massachusetts, where
he resided after his marriage. He was a
machinist, also a cabinet-maker. He married.
May 27, 1832, Norella Maria Kenney, born
February 13, 1814, died February 10, 1881,
and they had two children : Albert Kenney,
and Julia Maria, born July 3, 1840, married
Amos O. Kenney, November 26, 1861, died
August 9, 1882.

(VIII) Albert Kenney, only son of Albert
and Norella Maria (Kenney) Graves, was
born January 2. 1834, at Windsor. Vermont,
and learned trade of machinist. He worked
at this trade for some time at Tyngsborough,
Massachusetts, and then removed' to Holyoke,
where he filled a position of master mechanic,
and for twenty-eight years was employed as
superintendent of the Holyoke Machine Com-
pany. Later he removed to Chicopee, for sev-
eral years was superintendent of Ames Manu-
facturing Company, previous to working in
Holyoke. He married, October 6, 1859, Lydia
Ellen, daughter of Hugh Kennedy, grand-
daughter of Dr. Kennedy, born April' 19, 1839,
and they had one child. Albert Melville.

(IX) Albert Melville, only son of Albert
Kenney and Lydia Ellen (Kennedy) Graves,
was born November 10, 1862, at Holyoke,
Massachusetts, but soon removed with his
parents to Chicopee, where he received his
education in the common and high school, and
then spent four years studying at the Normal
Art School, of Boston. Afterwards he spent
another year in Boston, studying in various
art schools and studios in Boston. Mr. Graves
has opened a studio at his home in Chicopee,
where he makes a specialty of landscape and
portrait painting. He married. December 29,
1882. Lillian Emma, daughter of William A.
and Letitia (Graves) Pratt, born May 21.
1 86 1. They have no children.

Abraham Bryant, immigrant
BRYANT ancestor of this branch of the
family, was born in England
in 1647, where the name Bryant is traced back
to Sir Guy de Briant, who lived in the reign
of Edward III and whose descendants had a
seat in Castle Hereford, Wales. The arms of the
English family are : Three piles meeting near
the base of the escutcheon, azure. Abraham
Bryant"s home was in Reading, now Wakefield,
Massachusetts, on the south side of Elm street,
west of the place of Joseph Hartshorn. He
married (first) in 1664, Mary Kendall, died
March 8, 1688, aged forty, daughter of Thomas
Kendall, of Woburn. He married (second)
Ruth (Dodge) Frothingham, widow of Samuel
Frothirigham, of Charlestown. She died in
1693, childless. Children, all by first wife,
born in Reading: 1. Mary, 1666, married
John Weston. 2. Rebecca, 1668, died 1670.

3. Abraham, 1671. 4. Thomas, 1674. 5. Anna,
1676. 6. William, 1678. 7. Kendall, 1680,
married, 1704, Elizabeth Swaine. 8. Abigail,
1683. 9. Tabitha, 1685.

( I ) John Bryant was a descendant of Abra-
ham Bryant, for all the Bryants that settled
in Lynn in his time were of the Reading family.
Reading was an adjoining town and formerly
part of Lynn. The records are lacking, but
it is possible that John was son or grandson
of Thomas Bryant, son of Abraham Bryant.
John Bryant was born in 1722. died according
to his gravestone at Lynnfield. October 5, 1795.
He married (first) (intentions dated October
13, 1743. at Lynn ) Margaret Smith, of Beverly.
Massachusetts. She died at Lynn, June

4. 1757, "of something supposed to breed
in her brain" — very likely a tumor. The
cause of death is found not infrequently
on the Lynn records. He married (sec-
ond) August 4, 1761. Anna Larcom,
of Beverly. He gave his residence then as
Lynnfield. She was born in 1732, died August
24. 1812, at Lynnfield. Children: 1. John,
died March 7. 1766, aged twenty-one years.
2. Mary, born at Lynn. May 14. 1746, married,
October 9, 1765. Jephthah Tyler, of New Marl-
borough, Massachusetts. 3. Jonathan, January
13. 1747-48. mentioned below. 4. Elizabeth,
November 10, 1749, married Emerson.

5. Sarah, May 14, 1753, married Parker.

6. Lydia, June 15, 1755. at Lynn, married, Sep-
tember 12, 1775, John Gowen, of Lynn. 7.
Benjamin, October 6, 1757.

(Ill Jonathan, son of John Bryant, was
born at Lynn, Massachusetts, January 13,
1747-4S, died April 4. 1778. His farm was at




Lynnfield Centre opposite the old town hall,
and a part of the property is now owned by
John H. Hewes, whose wife is a descendant.
He was in the revolution in Captain Ezra
Newhall's company, Colonel John Mansfield's
regiment, and answered the alarm at Lexing-
ton. April 19, 1775, and served through the
summer ; also in the same company, Colonel
Israel Hutchinson's regiment, in the fall of
that year, and receiving a bounty coat for ser-
vices. He married, at Lynn, December 4,
1770, Sarah Norwood, born April 14. 1752,
died June 30, 1829. She married (second)

Derby. Children : I. John, born April

14, 1772, mentioned below. 2. Anna, 1773,
died at Lynnfield, March 17, 1797. 3. Sarah,
died young. All three children were baptized
August 13, 1775.

(Ill) John (2), son of Jonathan Bryant,
was born at Lynn, April 14, 1772, died Sep-
tember 11, 1827. The Lynn records give the
date of his birth as April 14. 1771. He was
executor of the will of his grandfather, John
Bryant, and one of the heirs, his father having
died when John was six years old. He was a
prosperous farmer at Lynnfield and owned the
Hart farm, which he bought in 1793. He
added to it at various times by purchase and
at his death his property was valued at four
thousand dollars. In his will he divided the prop-
erty equally between his eight children, making
specific bequests to each. He married, April
28. 1807. Sarah Brown, born January 21, 1781,
at Lynnfield. daughter of James and Lydia
(Nichols) Brown. Children: 1. John Jr.,
born May 3, 1810, died March 13, 1895; mar-
ried, December 29, 1835, Rebecca Richardson,
of Townsend ; children : i. John Warren
Bryant, born October 9, 1836, died April 28,
1877, married, June 5, 1861, Cynthia A. Nel-
son and had John Vilas, born October 3, 1863
(married, August 3, 1892, Alice V. Stone),
Laura, October 10, 1865 (married, June 3,
1886, Robert M. Christopher) and Maurice
Albert, June 28, 1872; ii. Albert Richardson
Bryant, born June 25, 1842, died September
20, 1901 ; married, June 29, 1865, Sarah Ellen
Dan forth. 2. Sally. February 21, 1813. died No-
vember 12. 1875; married. November 5. 1840,
William Smith: children: 1. William Bryant
Smith, born July 29, 1851, died unmarried Octo-
ber 4. 1883 ; ii. Lyman Brown Smith, March 22,
1855, married, November 5, 1896, Sarah Isa-
bella Miller. 3. Jonathan, January 11, 1815,
mentioned below. 4. Brown, October 10, 1816.
died at Rio Pecos, Mexico, January 13, 1868.
5. Anna, May 17. 1818. 6. Lydia Nichols,

February 19, 1820, died July 28, 1907; mar-
ried, November 28, 1844. Edwin Mudge, of
Danvers ; children : i. Francis Brown Mudge,
born October 4, 1845. died September 8, 1855 ;
ii. Lydianna Bryant Mudge, March 20, 1853,
died October 8, 1855 ; iii. Sarah Wilson Mudge,
April .12, 1857. 7. Maria, January 5, 1823,
died unmarried November 10, 1895. 8. Ben-
jamin. June 4, 1827, died unmarried March
7, 1899.

I I\ ) Jonathan (2), son of John (2) Bryant,
was born at Lynnfield, January 11, 181 5, died
there September 20, 1906. He had a com-
mon school education and at the age of four-
teen was apprenticed to learn the trade of
blacksmith of Joseph Spokesfield, of Reading.
At the close of his apprenticeship he returned
to his native town and started in business, his
blacksmith shop being on the main road near
the common. He did a good business, but in
1853 was induced to go to California. He
went by steamer by way of the Isthmus, thence
to Yreka., California. Here he worked at his
trade and in three years had accumulated a
handsome property. He returned to Lynn-
field and resumed business. About this time
he purchased forty acres of the old homestead,
which he carried on in connection with his
trade the remainder of his life. He built a
more modern shop near the old one, and con-
ducted it until about 1890, when he leased it.
In 1896 he retired from active work. He
owned about two hundred and fifty acres of
fine farming land in Lynnfield and sold much
of it at a large profit. His shrewd judgment
and business sagacity made his opinions and
advice valuable, and he was often consulted bv
his neighbors and friends. He was devoted to
his home and family and was respected and
honored by all who knew him. He and his
wife were members of the Universalist church,
and he served on the parish committee and in
other church offices. He was a Democrat in
politics until the civil war, and then became
a strong Lincoln man, and afterward a Repub-
lican. He served his party as delegate to
various conventions, and was town treasurer
and collector nine years, also road commis-
sioner and postmaster. He married, October
3. 1839, Sarah Parker Spokesfield, born No-
vember 5, 1816, died January 20, 1873, daugh-
ter of Joseph and Sally (Parker) Spokes-
field, of Reading. Her father was the black-
smith under whom Jonathan Bryant served his
apprenticeship. He married (second) Febru-
ary 1, 1874. Hannah (Wiley) Pringle, born
July 4, 1830. died February 25, 1884; and



(third (November i, 1885, Susan E. (Thomp-
son) Green, born August 17, 1834, died May
29, 1908. Children: 1. Parker, born June 3,
1842, mentioned below. 2. Sarah Frances,
January 15, 1844, died at Millbury, March 15,
1908: married. November I, 18/6, Warren A.
Harris, of Millbury; children: i. Francis Sid-
ney Bryant Harris, born February 4, 1878,
died November 22, 1880: ii. Francis Warren
Harris, June 17, 1882, died January 30, 1883;
iii. Warren Bertram Harris, March 29, 1884,
proprietor of Millbury Machine Works. 3.
Alice Augusta, January 16, 1847, died Febru-
ary 4, 1892: married, November 5, 1873, John
Hawks Hewes. 4. Delia Anna, August 2,
1849. married James Albert Day ; child, Edith
Ella Day, born February 4, 1876, married, Oc-
tober 24, 1901, Elmore Colby Temple. 5.
Ella Maria, November 30, 1850, died January
26, 1892: married, November 5, 1879, Thomas
Simpson Lunt, of Newburyport ; children :
Micajah Lunt, Thomas Bryant Lunt. Alice
Frances Lunt. 6. Sidney, September 2j,
1857, died March 22. 1865.

(V) Parker, son of Jonathan (2) Bryant,
was born at Lynnfield. June 3, 1842. He
attended the public schools and a private
academy at Topsfield under Master Dutton,
and at the age of fifteen was apprenticed to a
cabinetmaker, Augustus Parker, of Reading.
He remained with him until 1861, and in June
of that vear entered the employ of the E. & A.
Mudge Company, shoe manufacturers of Dan-
vers. The following September he entered
Bryant & Stratton's Commercial College in
Boston, afterwards accepting a position as
salesman for the Mudge Company at their
salesrooms at 39 Pearl street, Boston. For
seven years he traveled for the company. With
George B. Martin he formed a partnership for
the sale of boots and shoes, under the firm
name of George B. Martin & Bryant at 15
Pearl street. The firm handled the product
of the factory at Tapleyville, Danvers. At the
end of four years the partnership was dis-
solved and the firm of Parker Bryant & Com-
pany formed, continuing the business until the
great fire of 1872, when the place of business
in Boston was destroyed, entailing a great loss.
Mr. Bryant paid his creditors in full, how-
ever, and continued in business another year.
He then sold out to D. H. Darling & Company
of Wakefield and entered the employ of that
firm. In November, 1874, he established the
Warren stables on Warren street, Roxbury,
and was in the livery stable business for the

next eighteen years. He also owned and con-
ducted the Highland stables at the corner of
Warren and Dudley streets, and another stable
at Ocean Spray, Winthrop. In 1893 ne took
charge of the Beaconfield stable and a year
later bought it. In 1896 he sold his stable
interests and retired. He was the pioneer in
fitting out four-horse drags for touring parties
and his stables had an enviable reputation for
style and handsome turnouts. In 1899 he
again engaged in business, taking the extensive
undertaking establishment founded in 1894 by
his son at 1354 Beacon street. He removed
afterward to his present location, 1337 Beacon
street, Coolidge's Corner. He has a large
patronage in that section of Boston and in
Brookline. He established the firm of Bryant
& Graham at 331 Central street, Newton Cor-
ner, and sold it October, 1905, to William
Short. He and his family attended the Har-
vard Congregational Church at Coolidge's
Corner, and he is a member of the Harvard
Brotherhood of that church. In politics he is
a Republican and has at various times served
his party as delegate to senatorial and state
conventions and on the ward committee. He
is a member of Brookline Lodge, No. 886,
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and
is chairman of the finance committee. He is
a member of the Massachusetts Undertakers'
Club, the Norfolk Republican Club, the Brook-
line Republican Club and also of the Massa-
chusetts Undertakers' Association.

He married, October 2, 1868, Alice Augusta
Hardy, of Salem, Massachusetts, born Sep-
tember 21, 1845, daughter of Augustus and
Ann (Edwards) Hardy, of Salem. Her
father was a manufacturer of sash, doors, and
blinds at Salem. Children: 1. Parker Hardy,
born November 3, 1869, died December 14,
1893. 2. Charles Augustus, August 4, 1870,
married (first) April 14, 1897, Martha Ann
Flint, of Roxbury, born March 18, 1868. died
July 9, 1898; (second) June 25, 1906, Mrs.
Helen Cobb (Holmes) Chase, of Pembroke,
Massachusetts, born October 9, 1883, daugh-
ter of Lester Franklin and Helen Pierpont
(Cobb) Holmes; child of first wife: Martha
Flint, born July 9, 1898. 3. Hattie Hamilton,
February 27, 1873. 4. Fred Smith, October
29, 1878, married November 19, 1902, Eliza-
beth Sellars, of Danvers, Massachusetts. 5.
Fannie Edson, January 9, 1880, married, Sep-
tember 10, 1902, Arthur E. Adams, of Brook-
line ; children : Dorris Webber Adams, born
June 2, 1905 ; Muriel, September 2^, 1908.



(For 6rst generation see William Richards 1).

(II) Joseph, second son of
RICHARDS William the immigrant, and
Grace Richards, was born
in Plymouth or Scituate, Plymouth Colony,
became with his brother John a pro-
prietor of Worcester, Massachusetts Bay
Colony, in 1674, but the venture prov-
ing unsuccessful he settled in Weymouth
where he took the oath of freeman in
1681 ; was a fence viewer for the town
in 1692-93, and made his will February 24,
1695-96. His estate was inventoried at
£156, 3s on March 9, 1695-96. His first wife

was Susan , by whom he had two sons

and two daughters, and his second wife was

Sarah , by whom he had three sons and

two daughters. His second wife became the
executrix of his will, and she in the distribu-
tion of the common lands of Weymouth on
eight shares, one for each of the eight children
of her late husband, drew one hundred and
thirty-five acres. The children of Joseph and
Susan Richards were born as follows: 1.
Joseph (q. v.) 2. Susanna, who probably
married John Burrell in 1720. 3. Sarah, men-
tioned in her father's will, and who married
in 1730 William Davenport, of Bridgewater,
Massachusetts. 4. James, born September 28,
1680. It was probably shortly after the birth
of James that the mother died. The children
of Joseph and Sarah Richards were : 5.
Deborah, born October 19, 1684. 6. Benja-
min, April 7. 16)86, married Mehitable, daugh-
ter of Isaac Alclen, in 171 1. She was a de-
scendant of John and Priscilla Alden, of the
"Mayflower,"' 1620. She died after giving
birth to five children: Mehitable, 1712;
Joseph, 1714: Daniel, 1716; James, 1718; and
Sarah, 1720: he married as his second wife
Lydia Faxon, November 20, 1722. and she
died in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, in
1788, aged ninety-two years. She was the
mother by Benjamin Richards of six children,
four sons and two daughters: John, 1723;
Josiah, 1724: Seth. 1726; Ezra, 1728; Lydia,
1732; and Hannah, 1736. 7. William, April
12, 1688, was known as William, senior of
Killingly, 1781. 8. Mary. March 6, 1689-90.
(Ill) Joseph (2), eldest child of Joseph
( 1 ) and Susan Richards, was born probably
in Worcester, Massachusetts, May 7, 1675.
He was brought up in Weymouth and mar-
ried, before 1700. Anna , of Bridge-
water, and they had two children : Joseph
(q. v.), and James, who removed south or

west. They resided in Bridgewater, but we
can find no record of their death.

(IV) Joseph (3), eldest child of Joseph
(2) and Anna Richards, was born in Bridge-
water, Plymouth county, Massachusetts, about
1700. He carried on a farm in Bridgewater,
and was a respected citizen. He married
Mercy, by whom he had several children, of
whom two sons, Joseph (q. v.), and Daniel,
arrived to maturity and married. Daniel died
in middle life and left two children, who pre-
sumably left no descendants.

(V) Joseph (4), eldest son of Joseph (3)
and Alercy Richards, was born December 27,
1727, in that part of Bridgewater set off as
the town of Abington, June 10 1732. He was
brought up on his father's farm, and as the
eldest son inherited the homestead. He was
married in 1750 to Sarah Whitmarsh, born
February 14, 1729. They lived on the home-
stead where seven children were born to them,
as follows: 1. Sarah, April 21, 1751, married

Read, resided and died in the town of

Abington, Plymouth county. 2. Susannah,
December 21,, 1752, married Daniel Nash, and
resided and died in Cummington, Massa-
chusetts. 3. Joseph. December 29, 1754, mar-
ried Hannah Snow, in 1783. She was born
May 16, 1768, and died about 1837-38, at
Columbus, Ohio. They resided at Cumming-
ton, Massachusetts, 1803-13, and at Harris-
burg, New York, where they raised a family of
energetic children who became teachers. 4.
James, May 31, 1757, married Lydia Shaw, of
Abington, born July 3, 1757, died August 20,
1828. James Richards was a soldier in the
American revolution, and was a pensioner
under the United States law governing pen-
sions to soldiers. He was a farmer in Plain-
field, Hampshire county, Massachusetts, and
filled all the town offices; was justice of the
peace for forty years ; a representative to the
general court 1793-98, 1801-03-05-1 1-12 and
16: delegate to the state constitutional conven-
tion in 1820, and deacon of the Congregational
church in Plainfield from November 15, 1793,
to within ten years of the date of his death,
when he became blind. He died at the age of
eighty-five years in 1842. James and Lydia
(Shaw) Richards had ten children, three of
whom became ministers of the gospel, and one
a physician. 5. Nehemiah (q. v.). 6. Mary,
August 1. 1 77 1. married Amariah Robbins,
and resided in Cummington and Plainfield,
Massachusetts, and in the state of Pennsyl-
vania. 7. David, February 24, 1774, married



Charity Whitmarsh, at Cummington ; removed
in 1804 to Harrisburg, Lewis county, New
York ; was deacon in the Congregational
church, and left a large family.

(VI) Xehemiah, son of Joseph (4) and
Sarah (Whitmarsh) Richards, was born in
Abington, Plymouth county, Massachusetts,
January 14, 1760. He was a farmer in the
town of Abington, Plymouth county, Massa-
chusetts, where he was highly respected and
was chosen to various local town offices and
was also justice of the peace for a long period
of his active business life. He was married
soon after reaching his majority to Hannah
Shaw, of Abington. and through this marriage
became the father of seven children, born in
Abington, on the homestead farm between
1781 and 1800. in the order as follows:
Orestes. Evetus. Nehemiah, Dares (q. v.),
Lysander, Venila, Hannah. He died in Abing-
ton. Plymouth county, Massachusetts, full of
years and honors, and with the esteem of his
neighbors and the community generally.

( VII } Dares, son of Xehemiah and Hannah
( Shaw ) Richards, was born in Abington,
Plymouth county. Massachusetts, about 1790,
and died about 1842, at Cummington, Hamp-
shire county. Massachusetts, when fifty-two
years of age. He removed in early manhood
to Mil ford, Otsego county. New York, where
he carried on a farm of one hundred and
twenty-five acres. He inherited the instinct
of trade and commerce, exercised by his pro-
genitors, as well as their disposition to remove
to new places, and try their fortune among
new surroundings. This trait had not been
manifested in the last three generations. The
surroundings of the homestead at Abington,
and the fact that the mothers of their children
were also to the manner born, kept down the
spirit of change in his father, grandfather and
great-grandfather, but was strong in Dares,
who broke away from home surrounding
before marriage. He was not satisfied with
the profits derived from his one hundred and
twenty-five acres, and to add to his income he
peddled the product of the place in the neigh-
boring towns and bought up in his travels
eggs, butter, poultry and farm produce and
sold it at the best market prices. His business
kept him on the road, and he found no time to
give to local politics or town affairs and thus
kept out of public office. He was a Whig in
political faith, and was a member of the
Methodist church. He married Dorcas,
daughter of Benjamin Wescott, of Milford.
Her father was a verv successful farmer, who

had accumulated a considerable fortune, and
' was a man of large local influence. The chil-
dren of Dares and Dorcas (Wescott) Rich-
ards were born in Milford, Otsego county,
New York, in the order as follows : Harriet,
Rodolphus P. (q. v.), Venila, Loomis, James,
Emma, Amy, an infant who died very soon
after birth. The mother of these children
lived to be seventy-six years of age.
The family removed from Milford, New York,
to Cummington, Massachusetts, where the
father died at the age of fifty-two years. His
early death left the care of the children largely
to the mother, and the loss also made the boys
earnest and willing helpers in bearing the
burden of support of so large a family.

(YIII) Rodolphus Palford, son of Dares
and Dorcas (Wescott) Richards, was born in
Milford, Otsego county, New York, Septem-
ber 5, 1826. He was brought up on his
father's farm and was his father's chief de-
pendence in carrying it on while he engaged
in the business of merchandising farm produce.
He attended district school in the winter sea-
son, and when twenty-one years of age went
to Springfield, where he kept the books and
delivered goods for Adams & Rowland,
butchers and dealers in meats and vegetables.
He held this position 1847-52, and found sim-
ilar employment with other merchants 1852-59.
He then ventured with a partner named
Aldrich in business, and the firm of Aldrich &
Richards dealt in meat and groceries in Spring-
field, 1859-61, when the firm dissolved and
Mr. Richards worked for other business con-
cerns in a like trade for several years. His

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