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1798, Patty Gilbert, died August 21. 1804,
aged twenty-eight; (second) November 29,
1804, Betsey Billings, died December 10, 1805,
aged thirty. He married (third) Ann Snow,
a native of Truro, died February 24, 1861, aged
eighty-one years. Children: 1. Jonathan, born
1800; died March 3, 1831. 2. Fanny, married,
February 18, 1819, Foster Newcomb, of Ware,
and she died November 19, 1878. 3. William
Gilbert, a soldier in the Mexican war, after
which we have no trace of him. 4. Gamaliel,
born 1809; lawyer; resided in Palmer, Massa-
chusetts; married, September 20, 1834, Martha
Smith ; he died November 8. 1869. 5. Betsey
B.. married. September 20, 1831, Daniel W.
Hooker, of Rutland. 6. Mary Ann, born 181 1 ;
died October 2, 1825. 7. Daniel S., born De-
cember 28, 1812 ; mentioned below. 8. Martha
G., married, December 29, 1840, Charles Whit-
ney, of Watertown. 9. Anthony S., married

Marv E. , and had daughter Mary

Emily, born April 12, 1849.

(VIII) Daniel S., son of Gamaliel (3)
Collins, was born in Hardwick, December 28,
1812. He was a justice of the peace and mag-
istrate. He was a farmer in Hardwick, and
lived near the old homestead there, which he
afterwards bought and lived upon. He died
there in 1888. He married (intentions dated
August 11, 1840) Thirza Chaffee, of Palmer,
born at Wilbraham, 1813, died in Hardwick,



February, 1880. Children, born at Hardwick :
1. Thirza Mary Ann, born April 0, 1843; died
April 29, i860. 2. Fannie Maria, April 9, 1845 ;
married, April 15. 1869, Oscar S. South worth
(see Southworth. IN). 3. Daniel C, born
April 6, 1847; married, October 18, 1871, Eva
J. Knight, of Ware. 4. Charles Frank, born
October 21, 1849; tue d unmarried, November
'.- i8/3-

John Searle, immigrant ances-
SEARLE tor, was born in England. This
surname is identical with Surles
and Searles, and was also spelled Sale. He
was among the first settlers of Springfield,
Massachusetts, and the records of that town
show that he was a lot-measurer for the pro-
prietors as early as 1637. a proprietor and tax-
payer in 1638. He married, March 19, 1639,
Sarah Baldwin; he died September, 1641,
buried September 6. His widow married
(second) Alexander Edwards. Searle's will
was dated December 21, 1640, and proved
eight days before the widow's second mar-
riage. He was buried September 6, 1641.
Child: 1. John, mentioned below.

(II) John (2), son of John (1) Searle, was
born at Springfield, May 30, 1641. He set-
tled at Northampton, Massachusetts, and died
there October 31, 17 18. He was a subscriber
to the Harvard College fund, a well-to-do
farmer. He was admitted a freeman in 1690.
He married (first) July 3, 1667, Ruth Jones,
daughter of William Jones. She died Novem-
ber 20, 1672, and he married (second) May 10,
or 30, 1675, Mary North, who died November

5, 1726. Children of first wife: 1. Child, un-
named, born and died March, 1668. 2. John,
March 11, 1669, died young. 3. John, August

6, 1670, married Abigail Pomeroy ; (at the
massacre, March 11, 1704. at Passacommuck,
John Searle and children, Abigail aged seven,
John aged four, and Caleb aged two, were
slain, his wife was tomahawked but recov*
ered. Elisha saved his life by offering to
carry a bundle and was taken to Canada. He
was baptized in the Roman Catholic church at
Montreal, September 29, 1705. He lived with
Mr. John Baptist Beloran, Esq., Seigneur de
Blainville and captain of a company of the
detachment of the marine. John Baptist was
godfather and his wife Mary Anne Le Moyne
godmother, the new name given the boy being
Michael. When he was twenty-eight years old
he returned to Northampton (in 1722) to get
his share of his father's estate. He could not
speak English and was not recognized at first.



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It is said that he found a pair of stilts that he
used to walk on and that fact served as a
means of identification. He was determined
■ to return to Canada, but finally yielded to the
inducements offered him. and he was commis-
sioned sergeant by the general court, granted
ten pounds, and served at Deerfield in the war
of 1724 and at Fort Hummer next year). 4.
Child, died November 20, 1672. Children of
second wife: 5. James, born February 12,
1676. 6. Alary. 1678. 7. Ebenezer, January 9,
1680. 8. Ruth. December 17, 1681. 9. Sarah.
February 28, 1684. 10. Nathaniel. May 3,
[686, mentioned below, n. Lvdia, August 22,
t688.

(III) Nathaniel, son of John (2) Searle,
was born at Northampton, May 3, 1686. He
had a grant of three acres and a half at South-
ampton in 1748. His son, Nathaniel Jr.. had a
grant at the same time. Nathaniel Searle was
the richest settler of Southampton and the
only one boasting of a house of two rooms.
Before the meeting house was built his house
was used as a place of worship. His home-
stead was a number of rods north of the house
now or lately owned by George W. Foley and
on the same side of the street. The cellar hole
is still discernible. He entertained the council
when Rev. Mr. Judd was ordained. He drew
his first lot in 1730 and built about 1732-35.
He had nine sons, of whom Nathaniel is men-
tioned below. He had also James and Eliphaz.

(IV) Nathaniel (2), son of Nathaniel (I)
Searle, was born about 1720 and came with
his father from Northampton to Southampton.
His name first appears in 1748 as a grantee of
land. He was an ensign in the French and
Indian war in the company of Captain Elisha
Hawley, 1755. Sons or nephews of Nathaniel:
Zophar, Abijah, Simeon, Darius, Bildad.
Moses, Aaron, Nathaniel, all of Southampton,
served in the revolution. Children : Moses,
mentioned below, and others.

• (V) Moses, son of Nathaniel (3) Searle,
was born at Southampton. He married Dolly
Eggleston. Children : Moses Jr., Asa, Jarad,
Nathaniel Eggleston, mentioned below ; Dolly.
(VI) Nathaniel Eggleston, son of Moses
Searle, was born about 1775 at Southampton.
He was educated in the public schools and fol-
lowed farming in his native town. Married
(first) Zilpha Searle, 1808; she died April,
1832, aged forty-seven. Married (second)
Polly Taylor, a native of Ashfield, Massachu-
setts. Children: 1. 'Merrick S., born May 13,
1812. 2. Zilpha Maria, November 23, 1814. 3.
Julia, September 14, 1817. 4. Lucy A., March



18, 1820, died October 6, 1893. 5. James
Hervey, September 18, 1822. Children of
second wife: 6. Enos E., June 5, 1833. "•
Myron Eggleston. mentioned below.

(VII) Myron Eggleston, son of Nathaniel
Eggleston Searle. was born at Southampton,
June 2j, 1837. died at Westfield, November
ir, 1905. He was educated in the public
schools of his native town and at Williston
Seminary at Easthampton. He afterward
taught school for a time. He established a
business college at London. Canada, but after
a few years returned to Westfield in 1861 to
become station agent on the Canal railroad
(now the New York. New Haven & Hart-
ford ) in that town. He embarked in the retail
coal and wood business at Westfield in part-
nership with L. B. Blood, his father-in-law ;
this continued for several years when Mr.
Blood retired and later L. Gladwin was admit-
ted to the firm ; Mr. Searle retired in 1900.
He was a stockholder and prime mover in the
organization of the Woronoco Savings Bank,
and was serving on the finance committee at
the time of his death. For about twenty-five
years he was secretary and treasurer of the
Westfield Power Company. He was a promi-
nent member of the Congregational church, of
which lie was treasurer thirty-three years,
deacon thirty-five years and teacher in the
Sunday school for a long time. He was a
zealous and faithful Christian, a liberal con-
tributor to the church and its benevolence and
many other forms of charity. He was a gen-
erous supporter also of the Young Men's
Christian Association. He was a member of
the Westfield Lodge of Odd Fellows and a
member of the Royal Arcanum. A strong
man in business, characterized by strict integ-
rity and fairness, as well as prudence, sagacity
and foresight in his affairs. He was devoted
to his home, and fond of domestic life, though
he gave his time as duty called him into public
and church service. He was a Republican in
politics. He married, October 21, 1868, Au-
gusta Luanna Blood, born March 13, 1844, at
Westfield, daughter of Lemuel Bryant and
Luanna (Allen) Blood. Her father was born
in 1809 at Ashfield. died April 11, 1901, at
Westfield ; her mother, Luanna (Allen) Blood,
was born in 1810 in Westfield, died December
3, 1897, at Westfield. Mr. Blood in his early
life kept a general store; after many years he
sold his retail business and continued a whole-
sale dealer in flour and silent partner of his
son-in-law, Mr. Searle ; invested extensively in
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town ; liberal and active member of the Baptist
church. Children of Lemuel Bryant and
Luanna Blood: i. Gustavus Blood, born 1835,
died 1858; ii. Augusta Luanna Blood, born
March 13, 1844, mentioned above; iii. Lucelia
H. Blood, born 1846, married W. W. Clapp
and had four children. Ebenezer Blood,
father of Lemuel B. Blood, died at Westfield.
Child of Myron Eggleston and Augusta
Luanna Searle : Edith Lucenia. born August
20, 1869, died February 23, 1895; graduate of
Smith College, a gifted, capable, young woman,
cut off at the beginning of a promising career
of usefulness ; the beloved companion of
father and mother ; not only her parents but a
large circle of friends, especially those of col-
lege life, mourned her loss.



There were four immigrants of
FLINT this surname who came to New
England before 1650 — Thomas
and William, of Salem, brothers, who arrived
here about 1640 ; Henry, of Braintree ; and
Thomas, of Concord. William is mentioned
in the Salem records in i6_)2, at which time
there is some evidence to show that lie had a
mother living in this country. Flint street, in
Salem, is said to be on land once owned by him
and near where his house stood. He died Feb-
ruary 2. 1673, aged seventy years, and his
widow Alice died October 5, 1700. He left six
children, but his posterity is not numerous.
None of them are to be found in Salem or
vicinity.

(I) Thomas, brother of William Flint,
mentioned above, came, so says tradition, from
Wales, Great Britain. He was among the
first settlers of Salem village, now Danvers,
and was mentioned in the town records of
Salem as early as 1650, although there is reason
to believe he was there much earlier. In 1654
he bought of John Pickering land on the
Salem and North Reading road, about six
miles from the present court house in Salem.
The farm remained in the possession of the
family as late as i860, being occupied then by
the heirs of Elijah Flint. He married Ann

. He died April 15, 1663. Children:

1. Thomas. 2. Elizabeth, born April 30, 1650.
3. George, January 6, 1652. 4. John, October
3' I(:) 55- 5- Anna, December 25, 1657; died
April, 1663. 6. Joseph, born 1662.

(II) John, son of Thomas Flint, was born
October 3, 1655, and lived in Salem Village.
He was admitted a freeman in April, 1690, and
died in April, 1730. He married Elizabeth
. Children: 1. Samuel, born October



12, 1679. 2. John, born February 8, 1681 ;
mentioned below. 3. Hannah, born April 4,
1685 ; married, August 21. 1705, John Tarbell.
4. Stephen, born December 29, 1687. 5. Joshua.
October 28, 1689. 6. Joseph, February 25,

1693. 7. Lydia, July 20, 1696; married

Phillips. 8. Sarah, August 18, 1700; married

Bryant. 9. Elizabeth, July 10, 1703;

married Benjamin Gillingham.

( III ) John (2), son of John (1 ) Flint, was
born February 8, 1681. He was a farmer,
and settled at Windham, Connecticut. He
married (first) May 5, 1709, Christian Reed,
died September 27, 1721 ; (second) March 14,
1722, Lydia Gennings, born April 30, 1695,
daughter of Jonathan and Susannah Gennings
Children of "first wife: 1. Mary, born April
12, 1710; died August 20, 1716. 2. Samuel,
born April 9, f7i2. 3. John, born January 23,
1714. 4. Rufus, born October 29, 1716: men-
tioned below. Children of second wife: 5.
Joseph, born September 13. 1723. 6. Jona-
than (twin), born July 10, 1725. 7. Nathan
(twin), born July 10. 1725: died January 24,
1764. 8. Sybil, born August 25, 1727. 9.
Gideon, born July 25, 1729. 10. Mary, born
February 25, 1731 ; died October 23, 1746. 11.
Abial, born April 14. 1733. 12. Lydia, born
June 4. 1735.

(IV) Rufus, son of John (2) Hint, was
born October 29. 1716, and always spelled his
name Flynt. He married, March 13. 1739,
Mary Janes. Children: 1. Christian, born
January 19, 1 741. 2. Abel, February 24, 1743.
"3. Naomi, March 24, 1745. 4. Jonathan, No-
vember 13, 1747; mentioned below. 5. Elijah,
January 16, 1749.

(V) Jonathan, son of Rufus Flynt, was
born November 13, 1747, in Windham. Con-
necticut. He was a clothier by trade. He
removed to Western, now Warren. Worces-
ter county, Massachusetts. He married ( first )
a daughter of Ezra Leonard, of Hardwick,
Massachusetts. Ezra Leonard was born 171 1.
an ensign in Captain Warner's company that
marched to the relief of Fort William Henry
in 1757. Flynt was a soldier in the revolution,
from Western, private in Captain Josiah Put-
nam's company, Colonel Jedediah Foster's
regiment, on the Lexington alarm, April 21,
1775, at Roxbury; also corporal in Captain
Joseph Cutler's company of volunteers, in
northern department of the Continental army,
a company from Western and Oakham,
marching September 24, 1777, to join the army
under General Gates.

(VI) Captain Rufus, son of Jonathan Flynt,



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was born in Western, Massachusetts, June 22,
1775. and died January 15, 1836. He removed
to Monson, Massachusetts, in 1792, and
became a clerk in the store of William Nor-
cross. When he came of age he was admitted
to partnership with his employer, and contin-
ued in trade at Monson all his active life. He
was an enterprising and successful merchant, a
useful and prominent citizen. He was post-
master of Monson in 1826, the first incumbent
of that office. He was active in the state
militia, and became captain of the Monson
company. He was for many years foremost in
business and zealous in promoting the public
schools of the town. He did considerable
banking business. He was one of the corpo-
rators and trustees of Monson Academy, and
was treasurer for twenty-three years. He
held the office of postmaster from his first
appointment by President Madison until his
death. June 15, 1836. He married, Novembei
30. 1800, Sarah Xorcross, born 1780, died
1863, a g e <i eighty-three years, daughter of
William Norcross (see Norcross). Children,
born at Monson: 1. Maria, December 28,
1 801 ; married Rev. Lyman Coleman, pro-
fessor in Lafayette College, writer of theo-
logical books; died at Milwaukee, Wisconsin,
leaving two daughters. 2. Rufus. entered Yale
College in 1823. and died in 1825, while a
student, aged eighteen years. 3. Olivia, March
29, 1809; educated at Monson and New
Haven ; died 1837. 4. William Norcross, men-
tioned below.

(VII) William Norcross, son of Captain
Rufus Flynt, was born in Monson, March 14.
1818. died in Monson, September 28, 1895.
He received his education in the public schools
and at Monson Academy in his native town.
At the age of seventeen he began work in his
father's store as clerk, was associated with
his father in managing the general store, and
when his father died succeeded to the owner-
ship of the business. Before his father's
death he turned his attention to the quarry
which had been opened and worked as early as
1825. He began on a small scale to take out
stone, and in 1840 placed the first specimens of
the stone on exhibition at Springfield and from
that time the business increased rapidly. The
cjnarry is situated one mile north of the village
of Monson. covering an area of five hundred
acres. The stone is dark-blue and white
granite, in apparently inexhaustible quantity,
used for dams, buildings, monuments, etc. In
1875 Mr. Flynt built a private railroad two
miles in length, with a grade of 158 feet to the



mile, at a cost of about forty thousand dollars,
connecting the quarrj directly with the New
London & Northern railroad. The stone is
loaded at the quarry and shipped direct to all
parts of the country. Mr. Flynt also owned a
large quarry at West Dummerston. Vermont.
In 1886 he, with his sons, incorporated the
Flynt Building & Construction Company,
main office at Palmer, and a very large and
prosperous business was conducted from the
start. W. N. Flynt. president; W. K. Flynt,
treasurer and general manager. Immense
contracts were executed in all parts of the
United States, and a business of a million dol-
lars a year was not uncommon. The company
is still in a flourishing condition. Mr. Flynt
kept pace with the great strides in business and
business methods. He and his father used to
drive together to Boston in the one-horse
chaise, and Mr. Flynt preserved a tax-bill of
his father's showing that a tax of four dollars
was paid on this vehicle in 1812. The coming
of the steam railroads when he was a young
man made possible the vast business in stone,
and he had the foresight to take advantage of
the opportunity. Within his lifetime have
come the building of the steam and electric
railroads and the consequent industrial devel-
opment of the whole country. Mr. Flynt retired
from active business in 1875. owing to ill health,
and since then his business has been conducted
by his sons.

Air. Flynt was active in political and public
life, and had held many offices of trust and
honor. He had the badge he wore during the
Harrison campaign in 1840. when the party
slogan was "Tippecanoe and Tyler too," and
again in 1888, when he attended the inaugura-
tion of Benjamin Harrison, grandson of the
first President Harrison. He was town treas-
urer of Monson in 1848, and afterward for a
period of thirty-one years; represented his
district in the general court in 1848, and again
in 1861. and was an active and influential
member of the house. He was elected to the
council under Governor Andrew in 1865, and
Governor Bullock in 1866. He was an alter-
nate to the Republican national convention at
Chicago in 1884. Mr. Flynt was a member of
the board of trustees of Monson Academy
from 1850 to the time of his death, and for
many years was the oldest member of the
board. He was one of the original incorpo-
rators and stockholders of the. Monson State
Bank in 1852, and its first president, continu-
ing after it received its national charter as the
Monson National Bank. He had been presi-



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dent of the Palmer Savings Bank ; director and
vice-president of the New England Granite
Manufacturers Association, and held various
other offices in corporations and organizations
to which he belonged. He was a zealous and
prominent worker in the Congregational
church, and set a noble example of charity and
benevolence, giving freely but never seeking
publicity for his benefactions. In the town of
Monson he opened a park of two hundred
acres on the west side, including a menagerie,
museum, and an observation tower. Mr.
Flynt was known throughout the country in
the granite trade as a business man of the
highest character. He stood among the fore-
most men of affairs in western Massachusetts,
and was a powerful factor in the upbuilding
and development of the community. He was
firm and aggressive in fighting for what he
believed right, socially, politically and morally,
and no man in his generation exerted a stronger
or better influence among his neighbors. He
had the respect and confidence of his work-
men, the esteem and love of his friends, to an
unusual degree.

He married (first) June 4, 1846, Joanna
King, born 1820, died September 21, 1850,
daughter of Colonel Isaac King, of Palmer.
He married (second) November 2$, 1852,
Eudocia Carter, born January 21, 1822. died
November 8, 1906. daughter of Marquis and
Sophia ( Lyon) Converse. Children, born in
Monson: Eiy first wife: 1. William K., born
December 12. 1850; died February 22. 1886;
married Emma King, of Monson ; children :
i. Mabel King, born May 25, 1874; ii. William
N., January 28, 1878 : iii. Carrie W., August 18,
1 881 . Children of second wife, born at Mon-
son: 2. Maria I... born March 22. 1854; mar-
ried Henry A. King, judge of superior court,
Massachusetts; children: i. Stanley King,
born May n, 1883; ii. Carrie Lyon King,
March 15, 1885; iii. Ames K. King, June 10,
1892, died in infancy. 3. Rufus, born June 14,
1855, died April 3, 1899; resident at Palmer;
treasurer of Flynt Building & Construction
Company; married, September 12, 1876, Addie
Green, died March 15, 1881 ; married (second)
February 2J, 1883, Lucy Belle Atwood ; chil-
dren of first wife: i. Harold, born November
26, 1877, died December 7, 1878; ii. Hattie
Green, born March 16. 1879; children of sec-
ond wife: iii. Eudocia F., bor.n October 4,
1884; iv. Rufus, born March 25, 1886; v. Lyon
Kendall, born September 26, 1894. 4. Lyman
Coleman, born October 20, 1856; mentioned
below. 5. Sarah Converse, born August 13,



1858; married, December 1, 1880. William A.
Lincoln, of Springfield ; children : i. Flynt Lin-
coln, born March 23, 1882; ii. Horation Lyon
Lincoln, born May 28, 1883, died May 4,
1890; iii. Marion Bond Lincoln, born Feb-
ruary 23, 1886; iv. Sidney Henry Lincoln,
born July 30, 1887; v. Edward Converse Lin-
coln, born September 8, 1892; vi. Katherine
Blake Lincoln, born April 21, 1896. 6. Ella
Eudocia, born July 7, 1861 ; married, October
3, 1883, William C. Dewey, banker and real
estate broker of New York City ; children : i.
Alonzo Nelson Dewey, November 17, 1886;
ii. Eudocia Elinor Dewey, January 15, 1890;
iii. Dorothy P. Dewey, April 3, 1891. 7.
George Converse, born June 27, 1863, men-
tioned below.

(VIII) Lyman Coleman, son of William
Norcross Flynt, was born in Monson, October
20, 1856. He was educated in the public
schools and at Monson Academy. He became
associated in business with his father, and with
his brothers continued the general store and
quarry after the father retired from business
in 1875. The store in Monson is now one of
the largest and most flourishing general stores
in that section. The store now has a frontage
of one hundred and twenty feet and several
thousand-feet of floor space, having all up-to-
date contrivances for doing business to advan-
tage, yet part of the store is the original build-
ing in which William Norcross. great-grand-
father of the present proprietor, as well as his
grandfather, Rufus Flynt, and his father,
William Norcross Flynt. were in business as
general merchants. Lyman Coleman is in
charge of the mercantile business in which his
brother is also interested. He is also presi-
dent of the Flynt Building & Construction
Company; president of the W. N. Flynt
Granite Company ; vice-president of the Mon-
son National Bank; trustee of the Monson
Savings Bank, and of the Monson Academy.
He is a member of Royal Arcanum. In poli-
tics he is a Republican, and he is an attendant
of the Congregational church. He married,
June 24, 1886, Harriet C. Hussey, born at
Cornwall, New York, March 5, 1862, daugh-
ter of William Allen Hussey, of New Bed-
ford, and Harriet R. Coe, of Little Compton,
Rhode Island. Children: 1. Robert Hussey,
born April 2. 1887. 2. Ruth Burleigh, Sep-
tember 29, 1888. 3. Olivia Coleman, October
2J, 1890. 4. Esther Holmes, February 12, 1894.

(VIII) George Converse, son of William
Norcross Flynt, was born in Monson, June 27,
1863. He was educated in the public schools



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of his native town and Monson Academy. He
is interested with his brothers in the enter-
prises which his father formerly owned and
developed. He is treasurer of the W. N.
Flynt Granite Company, of which he has
immediate charge ; secretary and director of
the Flynt Building- & Construction Company ;
and trustee of the Monson Savings Bank. He
was a prime mover in organizing the electric
light company, and in getting the electric rail-
road built to Monson, was a large stockholder
in both companies, and president of the Elec-
tric Light Company. He is a member of
Ouaboag Council. Royal Arcanum, of Palmer.
In politics he is a Republican, and he is a con-
stant attendant of the Congregational church.
He married, June 21, 1892, Helen Pratt Need-
ham, born in Brooklyn, New York, daughter
of Henry Miles Needham, born in Wales,
Massachusetts. They have one child, Henry



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