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Henry Spelman may have been brother of
Thomas Spelman, who died in Virginia, in
1627, leaving a son Francis, "lately of County
Cornwall, England." Thomas Spelman came
in 1616, aged sixteen, to Virginia, and lived in
Kecoughton, in Elizabeth City, now Hampton,
and another of the same name came in 1623,
aged twenty-eight, and located at James City.

(I) Richard Spelman, immigrant ancestor
of the Connecticut family, may have been re-
lated closely to the Virginia families. He was
born in Danbury, county Essex, England, in
1665, and came from Chelmsford, England, in
1700. He settled at Middletown, Connecticut,
where he died April 21, 1750, aged eighty-five
years. His tombstone stands in the Farm Hill
burying ground, Middletown. The Middle-
town records give the name of the children of
Richard and wife Alice, and state that they
were born between 1701 and 1716-17. He was
accompanied to this country by Alice (or
Alley) French, his betrothed, born in Wales,
in 1674. They were married about 1701, and
lived in Durham, Connecticut. He was one of
the founders of the Book Company, supposed
to be the first circulating library of the colony,
October 30, 1733, continued to 1856. Chil-
dren: 1. Mary, married William Lucas; chil-
dren : Richard and William. 2. Daniel, died
1733; children: Thomson and Daniel. 3. Rich-
ard, married Margery Gillett : children : Amy,
Phineas. Amy and Huldah. 4. John, had
seven sons. 5. Thomas, mentioned below. 6.
Samuel, had four children.

(II) Thomas, son of Richard Spelman, was
born in Durham, Connecticut, September 8,
171 1. With his family and widow mother,
Alley, he moved to Granville, Massachusetts,
about 1745, and his mother died there in 1767,
nearly a hundred years old, the earliest born
of those buried in the old burying ground at
Granville. He and his wife joined the church

in Granville in 1756. Many of the settlers
there were from Durham, which was incor-
porated in 1756. He married, March 28, 1733,
Sarah Hickox, born in Durham, April 14,
1716. Children, born at Durham: I. Aaron,
January 22. 1734-5. 2. Mary, August 18,
1736; married James Coe. 3. Daniel, July 12,
1738; died April 17, 1829, aged ninety. 4.
Elizabeth, July 14, 1740; married Samuel Ban-
croft. 5. Martha, March 21, 1742-3; died
young. '6. Charles, December 24, 1743. 7.
Stephen, December 5, 1745; married, in Gran-
ville, rune 28, 1770, Deborah Rose; twelve
children. 8. Sarah, January 30, -I747" 8 - Born
in Granville: 9. Eber, October 27, 1753 ; men-
tioned below, to. Timothy. 1756. 11. Jesse,
1758; died young. 12. Martha, 1762; married
Abel Tillotson.

(Ill) Eber. son of Thomas Spelman, was
born in Granville. October 27, 1753. He was
a soldier in the revolution, in Captain Lebbeus
Ball's company of minute-men, on the Lexing-
ton alarm. April 20, 1775; also enlisted April
29, 1775, in Captain Ball's company, Colonel
Timothy Danielson's regiment, and served
three months, ten days ; also in same company
October 6 to December 22, 1775. He was a
farmer in Granville. He married Lucy Thrall,
born July 23, 1757, died August 21, 1824.
Aaron, Charles, Stephen, Timothy and Eber
lived at Granville within half a mile of each
other. Children, born at Granville (Bible
record) : 1. Daniel, October 16, 1778. 2.
Statira, March 29, 1780. 3. Eber, July 14,
1782. 4. Apollos, November 25, 1784; men-
tioned below. 5. Statira, March 11, 1787. 6.
Sylvester, September 7, 1789. 7. Samuel T.,
March 4, 1792. 8. Charlotte, June 21, 1794.
9. Alsa F., July 25, 1796. 10. Anson, Decem-
ber 24. 1798.

(IV) Apollos, son of Eber Spelman, was
born at Granville, November 25, 1784, and
died in Stafford, Connecticut, November 23,
1826. He married, at Stafford, September 8,
1807, Myra Clark, born at Sturbridge, Massa-
chusetts, October 25, 1789, died at Stafford,
May 3, 1847. Children, born at Stafford
(Bible record) : 1. Abigail, January 30, 1809.
2. Sarah, May 10, 181 1. 3. Solomon Clark,
July 14, 1813; mentioned below. 4. William
Patten, November 9, 181 5. 5. Horatio, June
10. 1818. 6. Augustus. November 17, 1820.
7. Tasper Hyde, March 19, 1824.

(V) Solomon Clark, son of Apollos Spel-
man, was born in Stafford, July 14, 1813. The
spelling of the name still differs in various
branches of the family, Spellman being that



of this branch. He was educated in the public
schools, and worked at farming in his boyhood.
At the age of twenty-one he removed to South
Wilbraham, Massachusetts, where he embark-
ed in business as a general merchant and con-
tinued with marked success for fifty years.
He was honored with many offices of trust
and responsibility by his fellow-citizens. He
represented his district in the general court in
1852; was trial justice for many years, and a
special county commissioner. During the last
years of his life he was a keeper in the county
jail and resided in Springfield. In politics he
was a Democrat. He was court crier for
many years. He was an active member of the
Congregational church of South Wilbraham,
now Hampden. He belonged to Hampden
Lodge of Free Masons and was a Knight
Templar. He died August 23, 1883. He mar-
ried, June 1, 1842, Martha Jane West, born in
Wilbraham, February 14, 1821, died August
17, 1855, daughter of Major John West. Chil-
dren : 1. Charles Clark, born December 3,
1843; mentioned below. 2. Delia Morris, born
October 6, 1847; married. June 8, 1870, Dr.
George T. Ballard, physician, of Hampden,
Massachusetts, died July 18, 1907; children:
i. Charles Spellman, born April 25, 1875,
attorney in Springfield ; ii. Howard Thompson
Ballard, born December 19, 1877, attorney in
Chicago. 3. Rodney Comstock, born August
2, 1854; died in infancy. Children of second
wife, Elizabeth M. Newell, born April 5, 1831 ;
married, at Wilbraham, July 14, 1858: 4.
John Bigelow, born December 30, 1864. 5.
William Fatten, October 26, 1868.

( VI ) Charles Clark, son of Solomon Clark
Spellman, was born December 3, 1843, ' n
South Wilbraham, now Hampden, Massachu-
setts. He attended the public schools, and
prepared for college at Monson Academy and
at Williston Seminary, of Easthampton, Mass-
achusetts. He entered Yale College, and at
the end of his sophomore year entered Har-
vard Law School, from which he was grad-
uated in i8f>7. He continued his studies for a
short time in the law office of Hon. E. D.
Beach, of Springfield. Massachusetts, and was
admitted to the Hampden county bar in 1868.
He began to practice in Springfield with Hon.
Charles A. Winchester. He was appointed
the first clerk of the police court of Springfield,
and filled that office for thirteen years. In the
meantime he entered partnership with Hon.
Flisha B. Maynard, and continued in this rela-
tion until his partner was appointed to the

bench. Since then he has practiced alone. His
office is in the theatre building. Elm street. He
was elected to the general court in 1887 on
the Democratic ticket, from a strong Repub-
lican district, and served on the judiciary com-
mittee of the house. In 1888 he was a mem-
ber of the state senate from the first Hampden
district, and served on the judiciary and harbor
and land committees. Since 1906 he has been
a county commissioner of Hampden county.
Mr. Spellman is one of the best known Masons
of the county, a member of Roswell Lee Lodge ;
1 if Morning Star Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ;
of Springfield Commandery, Knights Templar ;
of all the Scottish Rite bodies, and of the
Massachusetts Consistory, Boston. He has
taken the thirty-third degree, and is a member
of the supreme council. He has been master
of his lodge, head of the council, commander
of the Knights Templar, and head of all Scot-
tish Rite bodies that have done work in Spring-
field. He has attended the various conclaves,
and is a permanent member of the Grand
Lodge of Massachusetts. He was for some
years director of the Masonic Charity and
Trust' Fund, an incorporator of the Masonic
Flail Association, and one of the directors of
the building erected in Springfield. He is also
a member of the Xayasset and Masonic clubs,
of Springfield. He attends Faith Congrega-
tional church.

He married, October 4, 1871, Jennie Han-
nah Flagg, born January 3. 1852, daughter of
Charles Wright Flagg, an ice dealer and prom-
inent business man. Her mother was Hannah
Submit (Tilden). Children, born in Spring-
field: 1. Charles Flagg, born November 30,
1873; graduate of Williston Seminary, 1892,
and Yale, 1896: admitted to the bar in 1897,
and in the same year engaged in practice with
his father in Springfield ; firm name of Spell-
man & Spellman ; married, November 3, 1903,
Alice M. Malley. 2. Bessie, born October 6.
1880: married Edward M. West, a real estate
dealer, of White Plains. New York.

The surname Carleton is de-
CARLETON rived, according to some au-
thorities in England, from
the place name. Carleton is from the Saxon
word ccorl (husbandman), and ton or town.
The English family traces the pedigree to
Baldwin de Carleton. of Carleton, near Pen-
rith, Cumberland, in 1066. The Carleton coat-
of-arms : Argent a bend sable three mascles
of the field. Crest : Out of a ducal coronet



or a unicorn's head sable, the horn twisted of
the first and second. Motto: "Non ad perni-
ciem." Following is the pedigree:

I I ) Baldwin de Carleton, of Carleton, near
Penrith. ( II ) Jeffrey de Carleton. (Ill) Ed-
uard de Carleton. (IV) Henry de Carleton.

( Y ) Gilbert de Carleton, married Fitz-

william. (VI) "William de Carleton, justice's
councillor of Edward, the King's son and lieu-
tenant, while his father, Edward I., was absent
in foreign wars ; served on a commission to
reconcile King and barons ; was chancellor of
the exchequer ; intercessor with the King for
the Earl of Norfolk and Hartford; married
Helena, daughter of Geoffrey de Stanton.
(YI1) Adam de Carleton, married Sarah,
daughter of Adam de Xewton. (VIII) Adam

de Carleton, married Sinella , supposed

to be a Plantaganet. (IX) John de Carleton.
was conspicuous as commissioner with the
chief men of England in making treaty with
Flanders. ( X ) Henry de Carleton, county
Lincoln, 13 Richard II. : married Alicia. (XI)
Sir Thomas de Carleton. (XII) Sir Walter

de Carleton, married Fieldman. (XIII)

Thomas Carleton, of Sutton, Lincolnshire ;
married Skerne. (XIV) John Carle-
ton, of Sutton and Walton upon Thames, died
1450; married Anne Skepwith. (XV) John
Carleton, married Alice Danield. (XVI) John
Carleton, lived in 1500: married Joyce, daugh-
ter of John Welbeck and Margaret (Cul-
pepper), cousin of Queen Catherine, wife of
Henry VIII. ( XVII ) Edward Carleton, fifth
son of John, settled in East Clandon, Surrey,
in 1571, and is ancestor of the Carletons,
of London, Surrey, Arundel and America.
(XVIII) Erasmus Carleton, son of Ed-
ward Carleton, was a citizen and mercer of
St. Bartholomew, London : married Eliza-
beth .

( I ) Edward Carleton, son of Erasmus Carle-
ton, was born in England, in 1605. He is the
immigrant ancestor of the American family.
He settled on the plantation of the Rev. Eze-
kiel Rogers, in 1638-9, and became one of the
founders of the town of Rowley, Massachu-
setts. Next to the minister he was the largest
owner of land in Rowley. He was given that
title of "Mr.," reserved for ministers and per-
sons of high social or official standing. He
was admitted a freeman May 18, 1642; deputy
to the general court in 1644-45-46-47 ; com-
missioner to hear small causes, 1648 ; he re-
turned to England, and died there about 1661.
He married Eleanor Denton (Carth originally,
of old Roman ancestry ). He left some estate

in New England, a part of which his son John
obtained. Christopher and Hannah Babbage
and Jeremiah and Nehemiah Jewett received
letters of administration on behalf of the chil-
dren of Hannah Carleton, his widow, Novem-
ber 29, 1678. Children: I. John, born 1630;
mentioned below. 2. Edward, October 28,
l ^39- 3- Mary, June 2, 1(142. 4. Elizabeth,
March 26, 1644.

(II) John, son of Edward Carleton, was
born in England, in 1630. He married Han-
nah, daughter of Joseph and Mary ( Mallin-
son ) Jewett. She was born in England, June
15, 1640. Joseph Jewett was son of Edward
Jewett, of Bradford. West Riding of York-
shire, baptized December 31, 1609: married,
October 1, 1634, Mary Mallinson. John was
a leading man of the town of Haverhill, where
he died January 22, 1668. Children, born in
Haverhill: 1. John, 1658; married Hannah
Osgood. 2. Joseph, March 21, 1662. 3. Ed-
ward. March 22, 1664: mentioned below. 4.
Thomas, September 9, 1667: married Eliza-
beth .

(III) Edward, son of John Carleton, was
born in Haverhill, March 22, 1664. He mar-
ried Elizabeth . and settled in Bradford,

Massachusetts, where his descendants have
been numerous to the present time. Children,
born at Bradford: 1. Edward, February 20,
1690-1 ; married, June 13, 1712, Hannah Kim-
ball. 2. Benjamin, April 23. 1693: mentioned
below., 3. Xehemiah, April 15, 1695. 4. Na-
thaniel. 1697; baptized June 20, 1697. 5. Eben-
ezer, born December 22, 1704. 6. Mehitable,
March 8, 1707.

( IV ) Benjamin, son of Edward Carleton,
was born in Bradford, April 23. 1693, an d died
there May 3, 1772, in his eightieth year. His
first wife Abigail (Dudley?) died June 29,
1726, in her twenty-seventh year. He mar-
ried (second) Elizabeth . Children,

born at Bradford, the eldest by the first wife,
others by second wife: 1. Dudley, January 3,
1721-2; mentioned below. 2. Reuben, June 2,
1732 ; died April 25, 1818. 3. Abigail, May 13,
1734: died June 8, 1765. 4. Mary, December
4, 1736. 5. Hannah, April 24, 1740. 6. Phebe,
July 9, 1742. 7. Benjamin, December 16, 1745-
8. Joseph, October 22, 1748.

'( V ) Dudley, son of Benjamin Carleton,
was born January 3, 1 72 1, at Bradford. His
name appears in the revolutionary rolls of
Massachusetts as one of a list of men serving
as a committee for Essex county to raise men
for the campaigns in New York and Canada
(year not given). He married, February 25,



1745. Abigail Willson, of Bradford. She died
October 2. 1799, aged seventy-four years.
Children, born in Bradford: 1. Rebecca, May
26, i74<>. 2. Dudley, May 16, 1748; married,
February 10. 1776, Mehitable Parker. 3. Abi-
gail. March 30, 1750. 4. David, December 7,
1 751; soldier in the revolution. 5. Hannah,
January 7, 1753. 6. Michael, May 23, 1757;
soldier in the revolution. 7. Moses, January
l 7- J 759: settled in Maine. 8. Mercy, Sep-
tember 17, 1760. 9. Edward, July 2, 1762;
mentioned below. 10. William, June I, 1764.
11. Ebenezer, April 4, 1766. 12. Phebe, March

4. 1769-

(VI) Edward, son of Dudley Carleton, was
born in Bradford. July 2, 1762. He and his
brother Moses and perhaps others of this
family went to Maine about the time of the
close of the revolution. The federal census
of 1790 shows that Edward and Moses were
living at Bluehill, Hancock county. Edward
had three females in his family ; Moses had
three sons under sixteen and two females.
Edward and Woodman Carleton were living
at Fryeburg. Maine.

(VII) Deacon Edward (2), doubtless son
of Edward ( 1 ) Carleton, was born in 1799.
He settled about 1823 in Waterford, Maine,
and the history of that town states that he
came thither from Portland. But the records
of Portland indicate that none of the name
settled there. He may have lived there for a
time. He married, in 1824, Achsah Munroe.
He was a cabinet maker by trade, a citizen of
influence and standing, and for a time was
postmaster. His home was on the flats at
first, afterward west of the pond. Children,
born at Waterford: 1. Caroline, married
Allen Greenwood. 2. Maria. 3. Emily. 4.
Elizabeth, married Dr. William N. Greene. 5.
George. 6. Ellen. 7. Edward. 8. Edward. 9.
Charles M., mentioned below. 10. John A.

(VIII) Dr. Charles Munroe Carleton, son
of Deacon Edward ( 2 ) Carleton, was born at
Waterford, April 24, 1837. He attended the
public schools of his native town, Phillips
Academy, at Exeter, New Hampshire, and
then began the study of medicine under Dr.
William N. Green, of Portland, Maine. He
completed his medical education in Harvard
Medical School, from which he was graduated
in the class of 1858. After graduating he open-
ed an office in Norwich, Connecticut. At the be-
ginning of the civil war he was appointed sur-
geon of the Eighteenth Connecticut Regiment,
and served for three years. He then went abroad,
partly for study and partly for his health. He

had hospital training and study in France and
England. He returned to Norwich and re-
sumed his practice, continuing until his death,
December 30, 1886. He enjoyed a large
and interesting practice and took high rank in
his profession. In politics he was a Republican,
in religion a Congregationalist. He was a
member of the Connecticut State Medical
Society (president of same in 1879) and other
medical societies. He married Marv Green-
wood, born November 5, 1838. daughter of
William A. Greenwood, of Boston, Massachu-
setts. Children: 1. Charles William, born
March 8, 1862: died aged four years. 2. Dud-
ley, born February 19, 1869; mentioned below.
3. Dr. Ralph, born May 23, 1870; a physician
of Springfield, Massachusetts.

( IX ) Dr. Dudley Carleton, son of Dr.
Charles M. Carleton, was born in Norwich,
Connecticut, February 19. 1869. He attended
the public schools of his native city and the
Norwich Free Academy, and entered Harvard
Aledical School, from which he graduated in
the class of 1893. During the next two years
he was interne at the Boston City Hospital.
Since 1896 he has been practicing in Spring-
field. His office is at 137J/2 State street. He
is visiting surgeon and orthopedist to the
Springfield Hospital. He is a member of the
Boston City Hospital Alumni Association, the
Springfield Academy of Medicine, the Massa-
chusetts Medical Society and the American
Medical Society. He is a well known and
highly respected practitioner, having the full-
est confidence of his fellow-physicians as well
as his patients, and enjoying the respect and
esteem of the community. He married, Sep-
tember 15, 1898, Clara L. Jewell, daughter of
C. C. Jewell, of Jersey City, New Jersey. Chil-
dren, born in Springfield : Ralph Dudley and
Helen L.

Burke speaks of "the ancient
STEDM AN and illustrious family of Sted-

mans known in England since
1 191.'' A Scotch family of Stedmans is de-
scended from Patricius Stedman, 1369. A
once strong Welsh family of this name is said
now to have no male representative. Of the
Scotch family are several distinguished writers
and soldiers. The first Stedman in New Eng-
land was Isaac, who came in the "Elizabeth,"
in 1636, and settled in Scituate. From him is
descended Edmund C. Stedman, the poet. John
and Robert Stedman came over in 1638. Rob-
ert's descendants married into the Quincy and
Ellery families, and William Stedman was a



member of congress. The names of Robert
and Thomas Stedman are found on Windsor
(Connecticut) records, in 1647, and that of
Thomas in New London, in 1649. From
Thomas and Isaac are descended most of the
Stedmans of New England.

( I ) John Stedman was born in West Hart-
ford, Connecticut, about 1739, and died at
Hudson, New York, May 19, 1816. Nothing
is known as to his parentage, though his grand-
son, Dr. J. H. Stedman, was quite positive that
his father's name was John ; but there is
nothing in the church or town records to verify
the statement. From facts gathered by Dr.
Stedman and a narrative written by his son,
Daniel B. Stedman (of this sketch) the follow-
ing account of John Stedman is taken, the inci-
dents having been in most cases handed down
by Salmon, son of John Stedman, to his de-

In 1755, when about fifteen years of age,
John Stedman was sent by his parents to some
place near by on an errand, and was kidnapped
with others by a press gang and taken abroad
a British warship in New York. Nothing is
known of his experiences nor of the lands he
visited in the two years he was in the navy.
One day the vessel again dropped anchor in
the port of New York. Young John was no
doubt heartily tired of sea service, and with
the connivance of the ship's surgeon escaped in
the following manner : An errand was invent-
ed upon which the boy was sent ashore one
day toward evening, with a small jug to be
filled with a specified brand of liquor. Once
ashore he made no efforts to find the liquor,
but soon found a sloop prepared to weigh
anchor the next morning on her way up the
Hudson. Secreting himself in this craft he
left New York and was taken to the town of
Hudson, where he went ashore and made his
way to the house of his uncle, John Beecraft,
who conducted a tavern there. From Hudson
he later found his way (probably on foot) to
the home of his parents in West Hartford.
About a year later he enlisted as a soldier and
went with the British army to Canada, where
he took part in the campaigning which culmi-
nated the following year in the capture of
Quebec and the capitulation of Montreal. Soon
after the close of tin's war, John married and
settled in Connecticut, on a place a little west
of the present city of New Britain. In 1776
he enlisted as a private in the Continental army
and was present at the battle of Long Island.
In leaping a fence in that engagement a bullet
cut the shoulder strap which held his knapsack,

ill— 39

so that as he fell on one side of the fence it
fell on the other. The battle of Trenton, the
same season, was also one in which he took
part. How many terms of enlistment John
Stedman served is not known, but he was pres-
ent at the battle of Saratoga in October, 1777,
which resulted in the surrender of the British
army under General Burgoyne ; and during the
following winter he endured the sufferings
which fell to all those who passed that fright-
ful season at Valley Forge. He was with the
gallant force which under the lead of "Mad
Anthony Wayne" stormed and captured Stony
Point, July 16, 1779 ; he witnessed the execu-
tion of Major Andre, October 2, 1780; and
was in the last important battle of the war,
October 19, 1781, when Washington received
the surrender of Lord Cornwallis at York-
town, Virginia. It was not till two years later
that the British forces were withdrawn ; and
during that time John Stedman remained in
the army. Thus it may be seen that he served
through nearly the entire period of the struggle
for independence. While John Stedman was
in the army, his wife and little ones of neces-
sity endured many hardships and privations.
Evidence of this is found in the fact that in
1782 the town of Farmington voted pensions
to three of her soldiers, of whom John Sted-
man was one, presumably by way of giving
kindly assistance to the families of these ab-
sent soldiers without pauperizing them. It was
not till 1818, two years after his death, that
pensions were granted to revolutionary soldiers
by the general government. After the close of
hostilities John returned to his family and
resumed his old occupation of weaving, which
he had learned from his father. His wife was
industrious and frugal, and together they man-
aged to acquire and enjoy as many of the
comforts of life as the average of their neigh-
bors. In the early part of the nineteenth cen-
tury some of their children and other relatives
having "gone west" into New York state, they
followed and settled in Durham, Green county,
a few miles west of the Hudson river, on the
northeastern slope of the Catskill mountains,
where their son Salmon had already taken up
his abode. Here the remaining years of their
lives were spent in peace and quietness. It
was a green old age, too, on John's part. He
retained till late in life that vigor and supple-
ness which characterized his youth, as he
showed on one occasion, the memory of which
still remains. In the heat of a political argu-
ment his opponent called him an "old Hessian,"
in response to which John laid him sprawling



with a blow of his fist. After the death of his
wife, loneliness prompted John to revisit his
old home in Farmington and see the children
and friends he had left behind. To cover the
one hundred miles of distance on foot, cross-
ing the Hudson on the ice, and thence follow-
ing substantially the road which he had taken
some sixty years before, when a boy returning
from his service in the navy, was no great feat
for a man in those days, not even for a veteran

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