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and Oberlin College, Ohio ; now teaching in
the public schools of Revere, Massachusetts.
(Ill) Charles Oscar, son of William Mil-
ler (Magnus Moller), was born at Lowell,
Massachusetts, August 3, 1863. He attended
the public schools of South Boston until he
was twelve years old. Then his mother died
and he went to live on a farm in New Hamp-
shire, and there he resided four years and
continued his schooling winters for two years.
He then returned to his father's home, and
worked in the Jenkins shoestring factory in
Braintree, where he continued until eighteen
years of age, when he left the shoestring shop
and began to learn the trade of carpenter,
entering the employ of William Wood, of
Boston. After three years his employer made
him foreman, and during the following two
years he had charge of a number of large and
very important contracts on the large build-
ings in Boston, having at times sixty men.
At the age of twenty-four he embarked in
business as a builder on his own account.
His first place of business was on Beverly
street, Boston. In 1888 he removed to better
quarters on Union Park street and had a well-
appointed office and shop there. He built the
old Fore River Ship and Engine Company's
plant at Quincy ; this was later torn down and
he erected in its place the great Fore River
ship building plant, covering fifty-two acres,
and one of the largest and best-equipped plants
in the United States, having a capacity for the



construction of all sized vessels. Here have
been built a number of the largest United
States battleships, including the "Vermont,"
"Dakota" and others, also a large number of
submarine vessels. Mr. Miller drove the first
stake and completed all the buildings of the
entire plant, having a force of over three
hundred men. He also assisted in the con-
struction of the Fore River railroad. He
built the artificial ice plant for the Birming-
ham & Atlanta railroad. He remodeled the
hotel "Oglethorpe," operated by the Atlantic
railroad, and also managed this hotel while it
was undergoing repairs. Mr. Miller has his
residence and office at 38 Liberty street, Brain-
tree, .Massachusetts, in which town he has
built many residences and other buildings. He
has built and sold some fifty houses on land
he bought for development on Liberty street
and locality, and few men have done more to
benefit the town and promote its welfare.
Besides his building and real estate interests
he has conducted an extensive insurance busi-
ness. He has been a justice of the peace since
1891. He is a director of the local board of
fire underwriters and of the New England
Cement and Products Company. He is man-
ager of the Commonwealth Real Estate Trust.
He is a member of Delphi Lodge, Knights of
Pythias, and is department past chancellor ;
he is a member of Norfolk Club of Boston
and of Cochato Club of Braintree. He is a
Republican in politics. He is a member of
the finance committee, Republican town com-
mittee, and one of the committee on the aboli-
tion of grade crossings. He married, Decem-
ber 21, 1886, Carrie Lizzie Loring, born at
East Bridgewater, December 3, 1866, daugh-
ter of Benjamin Joseph and Caroline French
(Ludden) Loring. Their only child is Bessie
Loring, born April 26, 1891, at East Braintree,
graduate of the Braintree high school, 1908.

According to the best
McKENNEY authority on English sur-
names, McKenna, as the
name of the immigrant ancestor of this family
was spelled at first, is a corruption of Mac-
Kinnon in Ulster province, Ireland. The
spellings McKinney, McKenny and many
others are found. The McKinnons or Mac-
Kinnons are closely connected with the Mac-
Donalds of the Isles and have no independent
history of their own. Burke derives them
from Fingon, youngest son of Alpin, King of
Scotland, stating that the spelling of the name

was first Macfingon, then Macfinden and fin-
ally Mackinnon. Burke gives as coat-of-arms
of the Mackenay family : Sable three pairs
of keys each pair having their handles down-
wards lozenged, interlaced and endorsed or
two and one. Crest : An arm in armour
embowed holding a spear top broken and
pendent proper.

McKenny is an old Irish surname. The
McKenny family of Dublin and Ullard and
Ballyshonbay, county Kilkenny, baronet,
bears : Or a fleur de lis between three cres-
cents azure on a chief vert a stag pursued by
a greyhound argent. Crest : A hand in
armour, couped at the wrist holding a roll of
parchment. Motto : Vincet Veritas. The
tradition of the family is that the ancestry is
Scotch. The immigrant may have been one
of the Scotch soldiers taken by Cromwell and
sent by Cromwell to New England with thous-
ands of others after the battles of Dunbar
and Worcester. It is known that one John Mc-
Kenna came and it is believed that he is the
same man that was living later at Scarborough,
mentioned below.

( I ) John McKenney, immigrant ancestor,
came to Scarborough, Maine, as early as 1668,
at which time he leased land of Joshua Scot-
tow. In 1673 he purchased land of Robert
Jordan on the Nonesuch river, where he set-
tled. He and his family evidently moved away
during the Indian war, and but little is known
of them. He had a son Robert, mentioned

(II) -Robert, son of John McKenney,
returned and settled at Scarborough on his
father's estate. He died there September 23,
1725. Ik* married, at Portsmouth, in 1692,
Rebecca Sparks, widow. Children: 1. John,
married, 1728, Margaret Wright, and lived in
Scarborough. 2. Robert, married, April 1.
1727, Margaret Jimmerson and lived in Scar-
borough. 3. Isaac, mentioned below. 4.
Henry, married, March 15, 1729, Sarah
Hanscom ; settled on Cape Elizabeth and was
progenitor of the Limington branch of the

(III) Isaac, son of Robert McKenney, was
born in Scarborough and resided there. He
married (intentions published April 1. 1 73 1 )
Elizabeth Drisco. Children, born at Scar-
borough: 1. Jacob, married Temperance

and probably settled in Greene, Maine.

2. Moses, married (first) Eunice Larrabee ;
(second) Lucy Plummer. 3. Hannah, mar-
ried Stephen Larrabee. 4. Dorothy, married.



August 21, 1760, Luke Libby. 5. Isaac, mar-
ried Hannah Tordan and settled in Danville,
Maine. 6. Priscille G. 7. William, men-
tioned below. 8. Lydia. 9. Joseph.

(IV) William, son of Isaac McKenney,
was born in Scarborough. He served in the
revolution as sergeant in Captain William
Crocker's company at Falmouth from March
1 to Mav 31, 1776; as ensign in Colonel Ben-
jamin Tupper's regiment from April 3, 1777,
to December 31, 1779, under Captain Samuel
Thomas, and lost clothing at the battle of
Ticonderoga. In April, 1779. he was trans-
ferred to Major Lithgow's company in the
same regiment. From January to April,
1777, he was a sergeant in Captain Clark's
company. He was commissioned lieutenant
in Colonel Benjamin Tupper's company, July
4. 1780. and from October to December 1,
1780, was in Captain Stephen Abbott's com-
pany of light infantry, under Colonel Tupper.
Lieutenant William McKenney married
Miriam Jordan, sister of Mary Jordan, and
settled in Danville, Maine. Children: 1.
William, mentioned below. 2. Andrew.
Probably other children.

(V) William (2), son of Lieutenant
William ( 1) McKenney, was born 1780-90 at
Danville, Maine. He was educated in his
native town. He removed to Boston when a
young man and established himself in the
furniture business with a store at the corner
of Essex and Washington streets, Boston. He
was a successful and prominent merchant. He
married Elmira Richards, born at Roxbury,
daughter of Nathaniel Richards, she died in
Boston, buried at Forest Hills, now Boston,
Massachusetts. Children: 1. William. 2.
Charles, died young. 3. Charles Henry, born
1825. mentioned below.

(VI) Charles Henry, son of William (2)
McKenney, was born in Boston in 1825, died
March 3, 1887. in Boston, buried at Forest
Hills, Boston. He was educated in the public
schools of Boston. He was bound out to
a farmer in Dedham; and later came to Bos-
ton and was in the chandelier business,
formerly in the fluid and lamp business for
himself; firm name was C H. McKenney &
Company. In politics he was a Republican.
He was a member of the Church of the Unity,
later of the Universalist church, on Columbus
avenue, Boston. He was a member of Free
and Accepted Masons, Knights of Honor,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Knights
and Ladies of Honor. He married Susan A.
Dodge, born 1829, at Newcastle, Maine. Chil-

dren, born in Boston: 1. Charles Henry,
185 1, married Tulia Ripley, of Boston. 2.
Frank Edward," April 14, 1853, mentioned
below. 3. William A, 1865, senior partner of
the firm of McKenney & Waterbury, 181
Franklin street, dealers in gas and electric
fixtures, Boston; married (first) Helen A.
Potter; (second) Anna L. Owen.

(VII) Frank Edward, son of Charles Henry
McKenney, was born in Boston, April 14,
1853. He was educated there in the public
schools. He started upon a commercial life
when quite young and was for several years
clerk in a crockery establishment in Boston.
He became associated in business with his
brother in the firm of McKenney & Water-
bury, dealers in gas fixtures and chandeliers
at 181 Franklin street, Boston. In 1897, after
many years of successful business life, Mr.
McKenney, owing to illness, retired. His
home is at Braintree, Massachusetts, where
he has lived since 1900. Mr. McKenney is a
member of Siloam Lodge, No. 2, of Odd Fel-
lows, and of Unity Lodge, No. 208, Knights
and Ladies of Honor. In politics he is Inde-
pendent, and in religion a Unitarian; family
Episcopalian. He married, August 3, 1885,
at Boston, Anna F. Durkee, born Yarmouth,
Nova Scotia, daughter of Pearl and Maria
( Williams ) Durkee. Her father was born in
1821, at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, and died in
Bombay. India; went to sea early in life and
became a master mariner; married Maria
Williams, born 1832 in Lunenburg, Nova
Scotia, and now lives with her daughter, Mrs.
McKenney ; children : i. William Stewart Dur-
kee, born 1854, sea captain, married Martha
Kelley and had one child, Helen; ii. Ed-
ward' Durkee, born 1855, died aged one year;
iii. Charles A. Durkee, born 1856, clerk,
unmarried; iv. Henry C, clerk; v. Anna F.
Durkee, mentioned above ; vi. Samuel M. Dur-
kee, mariner. Amasa Durkee, father of Pearl
Durkee, was also a native of Yarmouth, Nova
Scotia, and a farmer, but his five sons. Prince,
John. James, Pearl and Samuel Durkee, were
all master mariners ; his daughter, Ruth Dur-
kee, married Ira Robbins, and Mary Durkee,
his daughter, married Joseph Perry. Chil-
dren of Frank Edward and Anna F. (Durkee)
McKenney: 1. Marion D., born February 9,
1887. 2. Frank Stewart, September 29, 1888,
was a student at Thayer Academy, now a
stock broker in Boston. 3. Henry Grafton,
May 25, 1890, was student at high school, now
in leather business in Boston.



Ensign James Kendall was
KENDALL a resident of Ludlow, Mass-
achusetts, where he died
March 9, 1820, aged seventy-four. He is said
to have come from Connecticut and to have
been an officer in the revolutionary war. He
married Jerusha, whose surname before mar-
riage does not appear. She died October 24,
1836, aged ninety. They had children: Chap-
man, Reuel, James, Selah, Amos, Via, Sally
and Jerusha.

(II) Amos, fifth son of Ensign James and
Jerusha Kendall, died in Ludlow, June 19,
1836, aged fifty years. He married Sila

— , who died September 18, 1859, aged
seventy-three. Their children were : Carlo M.,
Caroline, Eliza, Salome, James W., Henry
Burt, William W., Horace, Jerusha and Delia.

(III) Carlo Miller, oldest child of Amos
and Sila Kendall, was born in Ludlow, March
5, 1814. died in New Haven, Connecticut,
1 89 1. He resided in Palmer and later in
Chicopee, where he manufactured reeds, har-
nesses, etc., for use in cotton mills. He was
active in public affairs, and was chairman of
the board of selectmen for Chicopee three or
four years and overseer of the poor. He was
a Whig in politics, and in religious sentiment
a Congregationalist. He married, December
19, 1849. Lavinia Jane Stebbins, born Septem-
ber 7, 181 5, died in Chicopee, December 5,
1895. Her father, Henry Stebbins, was born
in Belchertown, Massachusetts, July 10, 1785,
married, May 18, 1812, Anna Jones, born in
Hebron, Connecticut, April 22, 1788. Their
children were: Lavinia Jane, Henry Benjamin,
Laura Barber, Grace Maria, Charles Francis,
Josiah Jones and Juliett. The children of
Carlo M. and Lavinia were : Ellen Catherine,
died in Chicopee, Massachusetts, Frank C,
and an infant daughter deceased.

( IV ) Frank Cone, son of Carlo M. and
Lavinia J. ( Stebbins ) Kendall, was born in
Chicopee, June 3, 1856. He attended the
public schools and graduated from the high
school in 1875. Soon after graduation he
became a clerk in the Chicopee Savings Bank.
After serving three months he took a similar
position in the First National Bank of Chi-
copee, and in 1903, at the time of its liquida-
tion, he held the position of cashier. March
1. 1905, in company with Emerson Gaylord,
he started a private bank under the firm name
of Gaylord. Kendall & Company, which has
since done a successful business at Chicopee.
He is treasurer of the National Scale Com-
pany of Chicopee, being one of the incorpor-

ators of the same. Mr. Kendall is a respected
member of the Congregational church and has
voted the Republican ticket ever since he
attained his majority. Frank C. Kendall mar-
ried, in Chicopee, January 1, 1878, Hattie
Irene White, born in Chicopee, December 28,
1857, daughter of William and Amanda
( Preston ) White ( see below ) .

Mrs. Hattie Irene (White) Kendall (see
above) is descended from Elder John White
(I), (q. v.), through Captain Nathaniel (II),
Deacon Nathaniel (III), and

(IV) Deacon Joseph, third son of Deacon
Nathaniel ( 2 ) and Elizabeth ( Savage ) White,
was born February 28, 1687, in Hadley or
South Hadley, and was probably a deacon in
the church in the latter place. In 1749 he
was a selectman and assessor of Hadley, and
occasionally held other offices. He had the
military title of captain. He died before 1770,
but the date is- not ascertained. He married,
February 3, 1709, Abigail Craft, of Hadley,
daughter of Thomas and Abigail (Dickinson)
Craft (or Croft). She was born September
29, 1688, and died November 15, 1770. Chil-
dren: Moses, Abigail, Thomas, Joseph, Mary
(died young), Rebecca, Mary, Josiah, next

( V ) Deacon Josiah, youngest child of
Deacon Joseph and Abigail ( Craft ) White,
was born about 1728. He settled in South
Hadley, where he died March 29. 1809. He
is called "Major" on the probate records. He
married, March 16, 1749. Mary Smith, of
South Hadley, daughter of Samuel and Lydia
Smith. She was born March 3. 1732, died
September 21, 1818. Children: Maria, Mary,
Irene (died young), Josiah (died young),
Josiah, Irene, Keziah, Eldad, Medad (died
young) and Medad.

(VI) Eldad, third son of Deacon Josiah
and Mary (Smith) White, was born in South
Hadley, March 31, 1768, died there April 11,
1823. He married, March 31, 1789, Hannah
Day, of South Hadley, daughter of Ezra Day,
she was born May 7, 1769, died March 15,
1851. Children: Horace, Heman, Cyrus,
Eldad. Medad, Keziah and Irene.

(VII) Cyrus, third son of Eldad and Han-
nah ( Day ) White, was born in South Had-
ley, October 21, 1794, died there October 22,
1876. He was a farmer. He married (first)
June 12, 1816, Elvira White, of Monson,
daughter of Asa and Margaret (Dodge)
White, not descended from Elder John White.
She was born October 28, 1794, died May 12,
1826. He married (second) March 29, 1827,



Rebecca White, of South Hadley, daughter of
Joel and Dorcas (Nash) White, and grand-
daughter of Lieutenant Thomas White. She
was born May 15, 1805, died July 5', 1843.
He married (third) October 2, 1843, M fs -
Amanda Lyman, of South Hadley, widow of
William Lyman, and daughter of Lieutenant
Joseph White. She was born July 10, 1797.
Children of first marriage : Edwin, Cyrus,
Elvira, Irene, Abigail. Children by second
wife: Rebecca, William, Henry, George,
Josiah, Augustus, Joseph, a son (died young).
(VIII) William, eldest son of Cyrus and
Rebecca (White) White, was born June 30,
1829, died December 13, 1892. He was a
farmer in Chicopee. He married, April 21,
1852, Amanda Preston; of South Hadley,
daughter of Gardner and Amanda (Smith)
Preston. She was born August 30, 1830, and
now resides in Chicopee. They had two chil-
dren : William G., born September 30, 1854,
now a lawyer in St. Paul, Minnesota ; and
Hattie Irene, born December 28, 1857, mar-
ried, January 1. 1878, Frank C. Kendall, of
Chicopee (see Kendall).

The Xewton family, which is
NEWTON one of the most numerous in
New England, is of English
origin, and was founded in America early in
the Colonial period. It is still very numerously
represented throughout New England and is
identified with the best interests of that sec-
tion, contributing its proportionate share to
its development and progress. Representatives
are now scattered over distant states.

( I ) Richard Newton, whose birthplace and
ancestry has been the subject of many years
study by well equipped genealogists, arrived in
Massachusetts prior to 1645, in which year he
was admitted a freeman of the colony and
resided for several years in Sudbury. In
company with John Howe and others he
petitioned for the settlement of Marlborough,
whose incorporation as a town they secured
in 1666 and removing thither he located in
that part of the town which was afterwards
set off as Southborough. He lived to be nearly
one hundred years old and died about August
24, 1 701. The christian name of his wife
was either Anna or Hannah, and she died
December 5, 1697. Their children were: 1.
John, born 1641. 2. Moses, 1646. 3. Ezekiel.
4. Joseph. 5. Hannah, April 13, 1654, died
unmarried. 6. Daniel, December 21, 1655.
These are shown by the records of Marl-
borough. There may have been others.

(II) Moses, son of Richard and Anna or
Hannah Newton, was born in 1646, probably
in Sudbury, and distinguished himself in
defending the town of Marlborough against
the savages during King Philip's war. In
relation to this incident the Rev. Asa Packard
wrote the following account : "The Sabbath
when Mr. Brimsmead was in sermon (March
20, 1676), the worshipping was suddenly dis-
persed by the outcry of 'Indians at the door.'
The confusion of the first moment was
instantly increased by a fire from the enemy ;
but the God whom they were worshipping
shielded their lives and limbs, excepting the
arm of one Moses Newton, who was carrying
an elderly and infirm woman to a place of
sa fety. In a few moments they were sheltered
in their fort, with the mutual feelings peculiar
to such a scene. Their meetinghouse and
many dwelling houses left without protection
were burnt. Fruit-trees pilled and hacked,
and other valuable effects rendered useless
perpetuated the barbarity of the savages many
years after the inhabitants returned. The
enemy retired soon after their first onset
declining to risk the enterprise and martial
prowess of the young pantation." He mar-
ried ( first ) October 2j, 1667, Joanna Larkin,
who died December 25, 171 3. She was the
mother of all his children. He married (sec-
ond) April 14, 1714, Sarah Joslyn, daughter
of Nathaniel (1) and Sarah (King) Joslyn,
of Marlborough. She was born about 1650
and died November 4. 1723. His children
were: 1. Moses, born February 28, 1669. 2.
David. 1672. 3. Hannah, December 20, 1673,
married William Orcutt. 4. Edward, March
2^. 1676. 5. Jonathan. September 30, 1679.
6. Jacob, January 24, 1681. 7. James, men-
tioned at length below. 8. Marcy, February
16, 1685. married Moses Lenard. 9. Josiah,
November 19, 1688. 10. Lydia, died in
infancy. 11. Ebenezer, July 26, 1692.

1 III) James, sixth son of Moses and
Johanna (Larkin) Newton, was born Janu-
ary 15, 1683, in Marlborough, and resided in
that part of the town which was included in
Southborough at the division in 1727. He
died there November 29. 1762. He married
(first) October 5, 1709, Mary Joslyn, who
died May 2-j, of the following year. She was
born April 14, 1685. daughter of Nathaniel
(2) and Hester (Morse) Joslyn, of Marl-
borough. He married (second) September
8, 1712, Rachel Greeley. Her children were:
1. Andrew, born August 27, 1713. 2. Judith,
August 13. 17 1 5. 3. James, August 9, 17 19.

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4. Rachfcl, March 31, 1721. 5. Jacob, March
6, 1723. 6. Joseph, who is mentioned here-

( IV ) Joseph, youngest son of James and
Rachel (Greeley) Newton, was born July 15,
1728. in Southborough, recorded in Marlbor-
ough, and lived there until after 1759. He
probably lived for a short time in Templeton,
as the records show his removal thence in 1777
to Hubbardstown, Massachusetts, where he
died in 1795. He married, December 29, 1756,
in Southborough, Experience Drury, who was
probably a native of some other town, as no
record of her appears in Southborough. Their
children recorded in Southborough were: I.
Joseph, born March 4, 1759. 2. Rhoda, April
2, 1761, married Israel Underwood. 3. Mercy,
April 3, 1764, died December 11, 1848. 4.
John. April 15, 1768. 5. Ebenezer, mentioned
below. 6. Keziah, August 8, 1773.

( V ) Ebenezer, third son of Joseph and
Experience (Drury) Newton, was born De-
cember 8. 1770, in Southborough, settled in
Hubbardstown and died in Greenfield, Massa-
chusetts. February 16, 1844. He married
Mary Howe, born about 1775, died October
15, 1804. Children: I. Keziah, born July 3,
1799, married Henry Williams. 2. James,
subject of the next paragraph. 3. Susan, Jan-
uary 25, 1803, married Sylvanus Dunton. 4.
Mary, October 2, 1804, married Stephen
Heald, of Barre, Massachusetts.

(VI) James (2), only son of Ebenezer and
Mary (Howe) Newton, was born July 21.
1 801, in Templeton, Massachusetts, and car-
ried on a farm in Hubbardstown, Massachu-
setts, several years until he moved to Green-
field in 1835. In that year he purchased of
Zebina Knight a farm, including what has
been known as the Coates and Woodward
places. He lived on the latter place until 1840,
when he built the "Newton house," near Green
river. In 1848 he built the saw mill which
was the foundation of the Newton fortune.
One writer says : "The idea of building a
sawmill on the little stream where it is located
was scoffed at by his neighbors, but it proved
that the Newtons knew best." He was a man
of tireless industry and remarkable energy,
and though quiet and gentle in manner, of
strong will and decided opinions. In speak-
ing of him another writer said : "James New-
ton was a farmer of remarkable ability. He
lived on the old Newton place near the Green
river, reared a large family of sons and daugh-
ters, and through his lumbering business
acquired a fortune of good size for those days.

With all the attention he gave to business, he
was a close student of the Bible. I have often
heard him speak in prayer meetings, and heard
him take texts of scripture and speak on them
with as much beauty of language and diction
and appreciation of the text as any minister.
He learned to repeat the entire gospel of St.
John." Mr. Newton died in Greenfield,
August 19, 1891, aged ninety years. He mar-
ried. February 10, 1824, Esther Hale, born
1799, died June 7, 1885, and by her had
eleven children: 1. Laura, born February 15,

1825, died November 26, 1865; married, June
19, 1855, Israel B. Cross, of Milwaukee, Wis-
consin. 2. Sarah, April 2, 1826, died April 26,

1826. 3. Daniel Howe, June 22, 1827, mar-
ried, September 24. 1862, Mary A. Cogswell,
of Essex, Massachusetts ; lived in Greenfield
and Holyoke. 4. Joseph Drury, December 9,
1828, married, November 23, 1853, Prudence
H. Alvord. of Shelburne ; lived in Greenfield
and later in Holyoke. ' 5. Susan, May 27,
1830, died July 4, 1863. 6. James Hale, Jan-
uary 13, 1832. 7. Moses, October 27, 1833,
married, November 3, 1859, Maria B. Arms,
of South Deerfield. 8. Ebenezer, April 6,
1835, died March 4, 1851. 9. Esther, October
4, 1830, married, March 25, 1863, Elias B.
McClellan, of Greenfield; lived in Greenfield
and Whately. 10. John Carter, April 21,
1838. married. November 28, 1865, Lela F.
Yulte, of New York; lived in Holyoke. 11.
Solon, March 9, 1841, lived in Greenfield,

(ATI) James Hale, son of James (2) and

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