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business life in Springfield extended over a
period of forty years, and he retired with a
competence in April, 1906, having attained the
age of eighty .years. He had in addition to
this handsome estate on which he lived in
Springfield, a farm of one hundred and twenty,
six acres at East Longmeadow, Hampden
county, where his children spent the summer
months, and to which he frequently repaired
for recreation and change of employment. He
married, October 26, 1853, Sarah Eliza, daugh-
ter of Colonel Loren and Polly (Porter) Burt,
of East Longmeadow. She was a member of
the Congregational church, and had a large
circle of friends among the best families of
her native town and in the city of Springfield
where her permanent residence and city home
was located. The children of Rodolphus Pal-
ford and Sarah Eliza (Burt) Richards were
born in East Longmeadow, Hampden county,
Massachusetts, as follows: 1. Ella. Februarv


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2 3> 1855. died September 20, 1861. 2. James
Loren (q. v.), January 8. 1858. 3. Clara E.,
August 5, 1861, married, February 14, 1884,
Frederick G. Howe, of Springfield, dealer in
musical instruments in that city, and their two
children are Walter Howe, born April 28,
1885, and Fred G. Howe, September 29, 1888.
4. Raymond W., May 8, 1866, a manufacturer
of cigars in Westfield, Massachusetts, where
he employs over one hundred men in his manu-
factory. He married Grace, daughter of Wes-
ley and Caroline (Loomis) Lewis, of West-
field, and they had three children : Donald,
Dorothy and James Richards. 5. Marion
Louise, February 4, 1875, in 1909 was home-
keeper for her father, her mother having died
January 14, 1879, when she was only four
years of age.

( IX ) James Loren, son of Rodolphus Pal-
ford and Sarah Eliza (Burt) Richards, was
born in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts,
January 8, 1858. He was brought up in the
city of Springfield, spending many of his boy-
hood days on his father's farm, where he
acquired the habit of industry, accompanied by
much hard work, and was a sturdy boy accus-
tomed to all the sports and athletic exercise
at the public and high school in Springfield,
where he was graduated at the age of sixteen
years. After leaving school he went into a
bank as clerk. In 1876 he went to Boston
to take a clerkship in the tobacco trade, his
first year being employed in the retail trade.
Later he engaged in the wholesale tobacco
trade, although only eighteen years of age.
He became associated with Austin R. Mitchell,
who besides conducting an extensive tobacco
business on his own account was the eastern
agent for the well known New York tobacco
and snuff manufacturing concern of P. Loril-
lard & Company. Mr. Richards was admitted
a partner in the concern in Boston, which thus
became on the retirement of Mr. Mitchell in
1895. J- L. Richards & Company. He extended
his connection with the tobacco trade by ac-
cepting a directorship in the Harry Weissenger
Tobacco Company of Louisville, Kentucky,
and a directorship and the vice-presidency of
the Universal Tobacco Company of New
York. He was one of the promoters of the
Wellesley & Boston Street Railway Company,
held a large share of its capital stock and
served as the first treasurer of the corporation.
This led to his affiliation with six distinct street
railway corporations of one of which he be-
came president. He also became interested in
the Boston gas situation and was made presi-

dent of the Boston Gas Light Company ; of
the South Boston Gas Light Company, of the
Roxbury Gas Light Company, and of the Bay
State Gas Light Company of Massachusetts,
and when these interests were consolidated he
was chosen president of the Consolidated Gas
Light Company of Boston, the title under
which the merged companies became reincor-
porated. He is president and director of the
Boston Consolidated Gas Company, Chelsea
Gas Light Company, East Boston Gas Com-
pany, Citizens' Gas Light Company of Quincy,
Federal Coal & Coke Company, VValtham Gas
Light Company, Lexington & Boston Street
Railway Company, Newton Street Railway
Company, Newton & Boston Street Railway
jTompany, Newtonville & Watertown Street
Railway Company, Middlesex & Boston Street
Railway Company, Norumbega Park Com-
pany ; vice-president and director of the Mass-
achusetts Bonding & Insurance Company ;
president and trustee of the New England Gas
& Coke Company and of the New England
Coal & Coke Company ; director of the Com-
monwealth Trust Company and Newton Trust
Company, and Newton Real Estate Associa-
tion of Newton ; trustee of the Boston
Suburban Electric Companies. These multi-
plied interests he continued to manage and
develop to an extraordinary degree, and in
all the contests for cheaper service he met the
public with clear, frank and businesslike
statements of expense and earnings, and ar-
ranged a gradual scale of reduction in prices
and increase in service which satisfied all the
consumers. Mr. Richards married, February
7, 1882, Cora Eveline, daughter of Edward E.
and Emily M ( Merritt) Towne, of Spring-
field, Massachusetts, and their two children
were born in Newtonville, Massachusetts, as
follows: 1. Edwin M., August 11, 1883, a
graduate of the Newton high school, class of
1902, and Harvard, 1906, and now an officer
in the Newton Street Railway Company. He
married, October 3, 1908. Helen, daughter of
George R. and Helen M. Wallace, of Fitch-
burg, Massachusetts, and resides in Newton-
ville. 2. Ruth S., April 25. 1885, also a grad-
uate of the Newton high school, who married,
January 23, 1907, Robert J., second son of
Charles W. and Emma Thatcher (Welch)
Leonard, of Forest avenue, West Newton,
Massachusetts. These children are the tenth
generation from William Richards, the immi-
grant. Mr. Richards erected a beautifully
situated residence on the heights of Kirkstall
Road in Newtonville, and the estate was con-

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verted from a rough piece of woodland into
grounds of surpassing beauty and attractive-
ness with the advantages of rural surround-
ings coupled with all the conveniences of ac-
cess and good neighborhood so prominent in
the Newtons, the most beautiful of the far-
famed suburban retreats surrounding the city
of Boston. The family attend the West New-
ton Unitarian Church, and Mr. Richards is a
member of the Newton Club, of which he is

John Eaton, immigrant ancestor,
EATON came to New England and settled

in Salisbury, Massachusetts,
where he was a proprietor in 1639. He had
a grant of land there and remained until the
close of the year 1646. He was grand juror
in 1646 and one of the prudential men. His
house was near "great neck bridge on the
beach road." nearly south of the present town
office. This farm has always been owned by
the family and is now known as Brookside
Farm. He was a cooper and a farmer, and in
the latter part of 1646 removed to Haverhill.
He married (first) probably in England, Anne
, who died February 5, 1660. He mar-
ried (second) November 20, 1661, Phebe Dow,
widow of Thomas Dow., of Newbury. She
died in 1662, and he died October 29,
1668, aged about seventy-three years. Chil-
dren: 1. John, born 1619, married Martha
Rowlandson, of Ipswich. 2. Ann, about
1622, married Lieutenant George Brown ;
died December 16, 1683. 3. Elizabeth,
about 1625, married. December 1, 1648,
James Davis, of Haverhill; died January 21,
1683. 4. Ruth, about 1628, married, Decem-
ber 9, 1656. Samuel Ingalls. 5. Thomas, men-
tioned below, 6. Esther, about 1634, died
young, unmarried.

(II) Ensign Thomas, son of John Eaton,
was born about 1631 in England, and removed
with his father from Salisbury to Haverhill
in 1646. He was one of the thirty-seven
signers of a petition to the general court to
revoke the sentence of disfranchisement
against Robert Pike for freedom of speech.
In 1675 he was selectman and also in 1692.
He was one of a committee on the location of
the meeting house. He was a well-to-do
farmer, prominent in church and town affairs.
He married (first) August 14, 1656, Martha
Kent, who died March 9, 1657. He married
(second) at Andover, January 6, 1659, Eunice
Singletary, born January 7,1641, died October
5. 171 5, daughter of Richard and Susanna

Singletary, of Salisbury. He died October 5,
171 5. Child of first wife: 1. Martha, born
February 27, 1657, died young. Children of
second wife: 2. Thomas, March 18, 1660,
married Hannah Webster, of Haverhill. 3.
Lydia, July 2^, 1662, married Jacob Hardy.
4. John. March 6, 1664, married Mary Single-
tary. 5. Jonathan, April 23, 1668, mentioned
below. 6. Job, April 22, 1671, married Mary
Simons. 7. Timothy. May 19, 1674, married
Ruth Chapman. 8. Ebenezer, April 5, 1677,
occupied the homestead. 9. Martha, March
16, 1680, married Thomas Roby. 10. Ruth.
November 23. 1684, married (first) Ebenezer
Kimball ; ( second ) Stephen Johnson.

(Ill) Jonathan, son of Ensign Thomas
Eaton, was born in Haverhill, April 23, 1668,
died January 20, 1723. He lived on the home-
stead and was a farmer. At the time of his
death he was building a new house, and the
cellar of that house may still be seen. He
married (first) March 17, 1695, Sarah San-
ders, of Haverhill. She had a son born on the
same day with Mrs. Dustin's child, whose
brains were dashed out six days afterwards
against an apple tree that stood on Jonathan
Eaton's land. Mrs. Eaton was hidden in a
swamp and escaped the Indians, but she never
recovered from the effects of the cold and
exposure, and died April 23, 1698. Jonathan
Eaton married (second) January 23, 1699,
Ruth Page, of Haverhill, who died April 2,
1743. Child of first wife: 1. James, born
March 9, 1697, mentioned below. Children
of second wife: 2. Nathaniel, March 5, 1701,
died young. 3. Sarah, March 7, 1702, died
young. 4. Jonathan, March 30, 1705, mar-
ried Jane Page. 5. David, February 14, 1707,
died young. 6. Ruth. April 17, 1712, married.
May 2, 1732, Samuel Merrill.

( IV) James, son of Jonathan Eaton, was
born in Haverhill, March 9, 1697. The ex-
posure in the swamp in which he was hidden
from the Indians made him a feeble child, and
for many years he was not robust. He mar-
ried, June 13, 1728, Rachel (Kimball) Ayer,
widow of Samuel Ayer. He occupied the new
house which was unfinished at the time his
father died. He died March 18, 1773, and his
grave, marked by a headstone, is in a yard a
little north of the residence in the west parish.
Children: 1. David, born April I, 1729, men-
tioned below. 2. Timothy, July 31, 1731.
married Abigail Massey. 3. Sarah, August
13, 1733, died October 17, 1736. 4. Rachel,
March 3, 1736, married Daniel Griffing, De-
cember 12, 1751. 5. James, May 23, 1738,



married Abigail Emerson. 6. Susannah, Sep-
tember 14, 1740, married Benjamin Richards.
7. Nathaniel, May 5, 1743, married Rebecca
Dodge. 8. Ebenezer, August 10, 1745, mar-
ried Abigail Folsom. 9. Enoch, November 6,
1748, married Esther Williams.

(V) David, son of James Eaton, was born
in Haverhill, April 1, 1729. He removed to
Tolland, Connecticut, probably in the summer
or fall of 1751. In the early part of 1761 he
removed with other Connecticut people to
Nova Scotia. He was a farmer and accumu-
lated a large and valuable property. He mar-
ried, October 10, 1751, Deborah White, of
Coventry, Connecticut, born May 19, 1732,
died May 20, 1790, daughter of Thomas and
Sarah (Miller) White, and a descendant of
Elder John White, of Cambridge, Massa-
chusetts. He married (second) December 23,
1790, Alice (English) Willoughby, widow of
Dr. Samuel Willoughby. David Eaton died
in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia, on what is now
known as Canard street, July 17, 1803. He
and his wife are buried in the old burying
ground near Hamilton's corner, a few rods
from their home. Children, the first six born
in Tolland, Connecticut, the remainder in
Cornwallis, Nova Scotia: 1. Susannah, Sep-
tember 26. 1752, died October 18, 1761. 2.
Stephen, January 29, 1754, mentioned below.
3. Timothy, July 17, 1755, died young, in Tol-
land. 4. Elisha, January 8, 1757. 5. Tim-
othy, August 27, 1758. 6. Elijah, May 29,
1760, died August 15, 1761. 7. Sarah, Febru-
ary 13, 1762. 8. Elijah, October 16, 1763. 9.
David, July 13, 1765. 10. James, August 14,
1767. 11. Susannah, June 24, 1769. 12.
Deborah, January 6, 1771. 13. John, May 29,
1773. 14. Prudence, October 13, 1774. 15.
Amos, September 9, 1778, died April, 1784,
from the effects of a wound made by falling
on a butcher knife.

(V) Stephen, son of David Eaton, was born
in Tolland, Connecticut, January 29, 1754, died
April 20, 1838. He was a farmer and owned
the farm next to the eastward of his father's
in Nova Scotia. It is now one of the finest
properties in the county. Leander Eaton
afterward long owned and occupied the farm.
He married, November 23, 1775, Elizabeth
Woodworth, daughter of Thomas and Zerviah
(Woodward) Woodworth. They are buried
in the old burying ground near Hamilton's
corner. Children: 1. Jacob, born March 31,
1777, mentioned below. 2. Zerviah, March 31,
1779. 3. Rebecca, April 21, 1781. 4. Olive,
January 12, 1782, died August 29, 1784. 5.

Deborah, August 6, 1783, died September 6,
1784. 6. Amos, July 28, 1785. 7. Nathan,
June 9, 1787. 8. Elizabeth, August 18, 1789,
died January 28, 1808, from injuries received
from a kick of a horse. 9. Stephen, March
23, 1792. 10. Nancy, November 14, 1795,
married, June 15, 1815, Richard Smith; mar-
ried (second) William Rand; (third)


(VII) Jacob, son of Stephen Eaton, was
born March 31, 1777, died August 7, 1849.
He removed early in life from Cornwallis to
Granville, Nova Scotia, and was a blacksmith
and farmer. He married, November 19, 1801,
Mary Troop, of Granville, born August 26,
1780, died October 9, 1862. Children: 1.
Thomas Woodworth, born April 19, 1803,
mentioned below. 2. Ann Eliza, April 22,
1805. married, October 4, 1827, Lawrence
Hall. 3. Phebe, February 1, 1808, married,
October 29, 1829, John Parker. 4. Stephen,
May 27, 1810. 5. Elizabeth, January 14, 1813,
married, October 1, 1840, Leonard Eaton. 6.
Eunice, January 14, 1815, married, October,
1843, Harris Robblee. 7. Mary, March 17.,
i8r8, married, June, 1851, George Withers.
8. Jacob Valentine, July 22, 1820, died Sep-
tember, 1836. 9. Oliver, August 24, 1823.

(VIII) Thomas Woodworth, son of Jacob
Eaton, was born April 19, 1803, died August
13, 1878. He lived at Granville, Nova Scotia,
and was a farmer, respected by all in the com-
munity. He married, April 25, 1833, Mary,
Ann Withers, daughter of William Withers,
of Granville. Children: 1. Mary Eliza, born
April 19, 1834, married, November 14, 1877,
Thomas A. Harris, of Cornwallis, Nova
Scotia. 2. Jacob Valentine, August 9, 1836.
3. Anne Maria, August 20, 1838, married,
March 17, 1858, Henry Calnek. 4. Emma
Jane, September 30, 1840, died unmarried
November 16, 1873. 5. W'illiam Thomas, Sep-
tember 10, 1843, mentioned below. 6. Dr.
Francis Eugene, July 18, 1845, graduated at
Harvard Medical School in 1873; died of
diphtheria at Granville, April 5, 1876. 7.
Burton Chase, January 22, 1848. married,
December 12, 1878, Henrietta Troop; chil-
dren : i. Francis Eugene, born September
11, 1879, died November 4, 1881 : ii. Ethel
Maud, April 18, 1881 ; iii. Victor Arnold,
July 8, 1883. 8. Adoniram Judson, October
16, 1850, married, December 25, 1879, Adelia
Woodman ; graduate Harvard College degree
A. B. ; received the degree of Ph. D. at
Leipsic University, in 1884: taught High
Plymouth, occupied the house of Adoniram

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Judson, the famous missionary ; now with
McGill University, Montreal, professor of
classics ; child, Jean Courtlandt, born Sep-
tember 12, 1881.

( IX ) William Thomas, son of Thomas
Wood worth Eaton, was born September 10,
1843. at Granville, Annapolis county, Nova
Scotia. He was educated there in the public
schools. At the age of twenty-two years he
left home and came to South Boston, where
lie worked at the carpenter's trade. He began
In business on his own account as a contractor
and builder in 1868 and has been very suc-
cessful. Among the larger contracts he has
are those for the state bath houses at Revere
Beach ; the grammar school building at Read-
ing ; the pumping station at Medford, Mas-
sachusetts : Hotel Eaton in South Boston,
built in 1887: three fire engine houses in the
city of Boston ; the Gilmore Electrical Plant,
South Boston ; the machine shops and storage
building of the Lawley Corporation; the Bap-
tist Dorchester Temple. Mr. Eaton has been
a prominent Republican for many years. He
served sj x years on the Boston school board,
retiring in 1900. He was chairman of the
committee on schoolhouses and chairman of
the committee on legislative matters. He was
instrumental in securing the passage of two
laws of the utmost importance to the educa-
tional interests of Boston ; one permitting the
expenditure of $2,225,000 for grammar school
buildings, and the other permitting the ex-
penditure of $2,500,000 for high school build-
ings. He has often served his party on com-
mittees and as delegate to various nominating
conventions. In religion Mr. Eaton is a
Baptist. For twenty-five years he was treas-
urer of the Fourth Baptist Church, now the
First Baptist Church of South Boston. He is
one of the best known and highly esteemed
citizens of South Boston. He married, June
15, 1871-, Abbie F. Tuttle, of South Boston,
daughter of John B. Tuttle. They have one
child. Harold Woodworth, born at South Bos-
ton, February 23. 1881, educated in the public
and high schools, clerk in the office of Hayden,
Stone & Company, brokers, Boston, and now
advertising manager of the Wilbur Land Com-
pany of Boston, 89 State street. He married
Mabel II. Williams, daughter of Albert Miles
and Mary A. (Nichols) Williams, of Brook-
line: one child, Alary Carol, born November
29, 1908.

(The Williams Line).

William Williams was born in Wales in the
United Kingdom, and came to Boston. He

married Ann Power. Children: 1. Ann. 2.
Albert Miles, born March 10, 1857, mentioned

(II) Albert Miles, son of William Williams,
was born in South Boston, Massachusetts,
March 10, 1857. He received his education
in the public and high schools of Boston. He
began his business career as clerk for the firm
of Albert A. Pope & Company, later for sev-
eral years was clerk for the firm of Pope,
\ inal & Company, and three years with Frank
Howe. All these concerns deal in shoe find-
ings. In the same line of business he worked
a year as a traveling salesman for the firm of
Rousmanarie, Lovejoy & Kimball, then was
admitted to the firm, the name of which was
changed to Rousmanarie, Kimball & Com-
pany, and later to Rousmanarie, Williams &
Company. Upon the death of the senior part-
ner, Mr. Williams became the head of the
firm. The firm had a large business and for
many years has ranked among the most prom-
inent in its line. Mr. Williams was generous
with his wealth, giving to various schools,
churches and charities. In religion he was a
Methodist, and in politics a Republican. He
married, December 15, 1880, Mary Adelaide
Nichols, daughter of William W. and Frances
O. (Noyes) Nichols. He died February 19,
1904. Children, born in Boston: 1. Mabel
Harriet, February 24, 1882, attended the Bos-
ton public and high schools and Miss Chamber-
lin's private school, Boston ; studied vocal
music and the violin and was soloist in St.
John's Methodist Episcopal Church ; married
Harold W. Eaton, born at South Boston. Feb-
ruary 23, 1881, son of William T. Eaton.
(See Eaton family). They have one child,
Mary Carol, born November 29, 1908. 2.
Ora May, May 21, 1884, married, October 1,
1907, Philip Channing Jacobs ; child, Philip
Channing Jacobs Jr., born September 21, 1908.
3. Esther Nichols, June 4, 1886, educated in
the public schools of Boston and Brookline, a
student at the Boston high school two years,
graduate of the Brookline high school, student
at Bradford Academy one year ; student of
music. 4. Marie Adelaide, December 9, 1894,
student in the public schools of Brookline. 5.
Mildred Annie, April 5, 1898.

"The baptismal name Philip.
PHELPS like other scripture designa-
tions, was introduced at the
Norman conquest of England. In succeeding
centuries it became the parent of several
others such as Philips, Phillips, Phillipps,



Philipson, Fhilp, Philps, Phelp, Phelps, Phipp,
I'hipps, Phipson, Phippen, Phillot, Philpott,
Philpotts, Philcox, Phillippo, Phillopoon, Fil-
kin, Philippe, etc. It is probable, however, that
some of these forms, though derived from
Philip, originally have come to us in later
times from continental nations," says Lower.
In America the name of Phelps is one of dis-
tinction. Almira Hart Lincoln Phelps, born
in Connecticut, in 1793, was a noted teacher
and educational writer. Austin Phelps, D. D.,
born 1821, attained distinction as a writer and
teacher. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, born in
Massachusetts, 181 5, was a writer of promi-
nence. Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, daughter of
the foregoing, born in 1844, has written for
the English-speaking people of all countries.
John S. Phelps, born in Massachusetts in 1814,
was a congressman from Missouri, and gov-
ernor of Arkansas. John W. Phelps, born in
Vermont, in 1813, was a general in the civil
war. Walter W. Phelps, born 1839, was a well-
known congressman.

( I) Jeremiah Phelps was born in Xew Jer-
sey, but the precise time and locality of his
birth are not known to his descendants. He
enlisted in Washington's army, when it was
retreating through New Jersey, in the darkest
period of the revolution, and was assigned to
General Putnam's division, and served through
the remainder of the war. He was of a cour-
ageous and daring nature and had a great
admiration for "Old Put," as he affectionately
called General Putnam, and some time after
the war was over he made a trip on horseback
through what was then almost a wilderness to
see his old commander, who was living in
what is now Pom fret. Connecticut. Pleased
to be near the general and liking the country,
he settled there and became a farmer. In the
early part of the last century, he had a con-
tract to build a turnpike from Worcester.
Massachusetts, to Boston. Worcester was
then a small village. He had gangs of men a
few miles apart at work all along the line.
One day he set out to pay off his men. In
those clays the means of locomotion were not
what they are now, and riding on horseback
was the best and quickest way of getting about.
He went to Worcester and paid off the men
there, and started towards Boston for the next
gang; but he never reached it, and disappeared
completely from the sight and knowledge of
all who knew him. and has never been seen or
heard of from that day to this. He was in
no financial trouble that was known to anyone.
His payment of a large part of his money

before disappearing negatives the idea of his
having absconded with the remainder. Many
believed that he was murdered for his money,
as it was known that he had a large sum about
him. Shortly after his disappearance, his wife,
by the death of her brother, came into posses-
sion of about $5,000, which enabled her to
bring up her family of four children. Jere-
miah Phelps married Mehitable Holt, of
Hampton, Connecticut, and they had three
sons and a daughter. One of the sons, Ziba,
the eldest, died at the age of eigthy-
four. Josiah became a doctor and settled in
Rochester, Vermont, where he practiced
medicine over forty years, when on account
of his wife's health, he removed to Manhat-
tan, then on the extreme frontier of Kansas.
There he died at the age of eighty-six. John,
the youngest son, is next mentioned.

(II) John, youngest child of Jeremiah and
Mehitable (Holt) Phelps, was born in Pom-
fret, Connecticut. Dr. Josiah Phelps settled
in the almost unbroken wilderness of Vermont
and thither John Phelps followed him with
the intention of clearing a farm and making
a home for his family. Trees had to be felled
and land broken up, and he had to do most of
the work himself. He was not as robust as
either of his brothers, the task he had under-
taken was too much for his strength, his health
gave way, his wife became consumptive, and
after some years of hard struggle, he had to
give up the attempt to live in the new country,
and returned to Connecticut. He opened a
country store in the village of Willington,

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