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at the end of two years he sold out his inter-
est to his partner for five hundred dollars.


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Fie invested next in the sausage business,
manufacturing Bologna sausages and selling
them to jobbers. One day he made the
acquaintance of Mr. Skilton, of the firm of
Charles H. North & Company, who inquired
if he could sell his provisions in that part of
the country, which his former agents had failed
to do. Mr. Skilton further asked Mr. Handy
how much money he had. "I have none at all,"
he replied. "I like your frank way," said Mr.
Skilton, and at once offered to sell Mr. Handy
goods on credit. This was the beginning of a
business connection which has been of equal
benefit to both men, and has grown into one
of the largest meat trades in the country. From
1884 to 1893 ne dealt exclusively with North
& Company. The place of business which in
1884 was at 15 Hampden street, was changed
to a larger one before long; he moved to No.
27 on the same street. Again the business out-
grew the quarters, and for a time he had to
sell his meat from a car. In the spring of
1893 he purchased the block at 41, 43 and 45
Hampden street, which he remodeled into a
beef and provision house and sausage factory.
He has been unusually successful. Besides
this establishment, he also conducts a beef
house at Northampton, also one at Hartford,
Massachusetts, and did have one at New
Haven, which latter he has sold.

The business of Mr. Handy was incor-
porated in June, 1904, but he remains at the
head of it, as president and manager. The
concern has an extensive trade throughout
New England and the eastern states as far
south as Virginia. Mr. Handy is a member of
the Nayasset Club. In politics he is a Repub-
lican. He is fond of fine horses and spends
much of his leisure driving. His stables con-
tain a number of fast horses of his own breed-
ing, and he is accounted an excellent judge of

He married, in Springfield. January 26.
1881, Henrietta Huck, born at Feeding Hills,
daughter of Herman and Margaret Huck, of
Springfield. Her father was a cigar manufac-
turer in Springfield. Children: 1. Meda Huck.
born at Springfield, October 28, 1881, married
Elisha Gage Scudder, Jr., of St. Louis, Mis-
souri. 2. Herman, born at Springfield, Janu-
ary 10, 1888. educated in the public schools of
his native city and at various private schools ;
now associated with his father. 3. Herbert
Lewis, Jr., born June 2, 1889, educated in
private and public schools in Springfield ; now
with the H. L. Handy Company. Springfield.

Alexander Hutchinson,
HUTCHINSON immigrant ancestor of

this branch of the family,
was born in England, probably son of Alex-
ander Hutchinson, who lived in the West Rid-
ing of Yorkshire. He attended the Episcopal
schools of the parish and taught for a time. In
early manhood he enlisted in the army, and
held the rank of sergeant. His regiment was
sent to Ireland to protect the King's judges
there, and was stationed in Carrickfergus.
While here he met Dorcas Pve, sister of the
landlord of Pye Inn (called tlie "Head Inn"),
situated at the corner of Purity row and High
street, near the court house. She was daugh-
ter of William and Uorcas Pye. the former
owners of the inn. Being a non-commissioned
officer, he was not allowed to take a wife to
military quarters, and he waited until his re-
turn home, when he soon found opportunity
to claim his bride. About a year after their
marriage, William Pye died, and Mrs. Hutch-
inson went to Ireland to look after her prop-
erty at Carrickfergus. While there her first
child was born. She returned to England
later. Alexander Hutchinson fought in the
battle of Waterloo, and after his" discharge
from the army was sent back to the quarters
in Carrickfergus at his request, and he re-
ceived a pension for the rest of his life, and
died at the age of seventy-five. While in the
service he learned the trade of shoemaker, and
followed it afterwards until his death. His
shop was near that of his son in later years.
He was a quiet man of fine physique and" mili-
tary bearing, and was honorable in all his deal-
ings. His faith was that of the Church of
England, and he gave his allegiance always to
the Crown. Children : 1. William, born April
10, 1805; mentioned below. 2. Mary Ann.
died May. 1849; married Robert McMannus.
a gardener at Carrickfergus; had James. Will-
iam, George and Robert McMannus, born in
May, 1849. 3- Elizabeth, died May. 1849;
married Edward Hamilton, a shoemaker, and
had Edward and Elizabeth Hamilton, and a
son who died young.

(II) William, son of Alexander Hutchin-
son, was born in Carrickfergus, Ireland. April
10. 1805. He received the privileges offered in
the English army while his father was serv-
ing the Crown, and later removed to Carrick-
fergus and attended the private school kept by
William M. Larmour, a celebrated master of
his day, and a strict disciplinarian. He studied
navigation and later started to learn the trade

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of fine engraving on steel. This work not
being congenial, he apprenticed himself to a
Henry Eovven to learn to make shoes of a fine
grade, the time of apprenticeship being seven
years. He settled in Belfast, where he re-
mained a year or two with his brother-in-law,
Edward Hamilton, working at his trade. Re-
turning to Carrickfergus about 1845, he estab-
lished himself as a custom shoemaker, employ-
ing a cobbler and two journeymen. Much of
the work from the Belfast factories was sent
to him to finish. He was popular among his
townsmen, and his shop was the meeting place
for many of his friends. He exerted a large
influence in the community. He continued in
business until the time of his death, having a
generous patronage and enjoying a fair degree
of prosperity. He died April 16, 1849, after
a very brief illness caused by exposure at a
fire in the neighborhood. He was confirmed in
the Episcopal church, and occupied a pew in
the parish church with the Pys and McKies
of his mother's family. He was a member and
officer of the order of Loyal Orangemen. He
was a good citizen, a sincere Christian, an able,
conscientious upright man. He married, in
1841, Jane Robinson, born December, 1822,
daughter of William and Annie (McLeod)
Robinson, granddaughter of Roger and Jennie
(White) Robinson. Her mother was daughter
cf fohn Mel. cod, and descended from the
Harris clan of Scotch McLoeds of Harris
Island. Children : 1. Annie Kezia, born April
13, 1842; married, February 2, 1878, Thomas
Sheridan, of Lansingburg, New York, who
was born June 11, 1838, died January 11, 1902,
son of Philip and Mary (Seavy) Sheridan;
child : Anna Kezia Sheridan, born February
13, 1884. 2. Joseph Thompson, born August
31, 1843; mentioned below. 3. Dorcas Pye,
died aged seventeen. 4. Alexander. 5. John
Robinson, killed at sea when one day out from
China, by the falling of a block from the rig-
ging. . .

(Ill) Joseph Thompson, son of William
Hutchinson, was born August 31, 1843, m
Carrickfergus, county Antrim, Ireland. Six
years later his father died. From 1849 to
1853 he attended the common schools of his
native town. He then entered a linen mill,
where he worked for three years, earning two
shillings a week during the first year. At the
age of thirteen he ran away to sea and began
the perilous life of a sailor, which lasted for
about thirteen years. In those days the sea-
faring man suffered many hardships unknown
to the sailor of to-day. The following brief

sketch will give some idea of the voyages and
experiences of his life at sea. He first bound
himself out as an apprentice on the "Maria," of
Dublin, Captain Armstrong, of Maryport, Cum-
berland, England. On the first night at sea, the
"Maria" was wrecked off the coast of Ayr
Harbor, Scotland. He was saved by some
fishermen who found him on the rocks. After
the vessel was repaired he sailed with her
again, remaining in the "Maria" eleven months.
He ran away from her and sailed about home
for a while. He next shipped in the schooner
"May," of Liverpool, and made a voyage to
Montevideo and Buenos Ayres, South Amer-
ica, sailing up the Plata and Uraguay rivers as
far as the port of Paysandu. At Paysandu he
ran away from the schooner, but was caught
and taken back to Liverpool in irons. After
this voyage he shipped in the "Ranee," of
Liverpool, for Singapore, Straits Settlements,
back to London, and home again for a short
visit. He later joined the "Digby," of Liver-
pool, bound to New Orleans, but she was lost
on Coraledda reef, ninety miles south of Ha-
vana. The crew was transferred by a Spanish
schooner to Havana. Here he joined the
"Athens," of Portsmouth, New Hampshire,
went to the Cuban ports of Cardenas Matan-
zas, taking on a cargo of sugar, and set out for
London. The "Athens" was sunk in the har-
bor of Fayal, Azores Islands, but was raised
and went on to London. He then joined the
"Assay," of London, bound to the Persian
gulf, with six hundred miles of telegraph cable
aboard. After laying the first cable up the
Persian gulf and into the Euphrates river, the
return trip was made ; a cargo was loaded at
Bombay, and the "Assay" set out for Liver-
pool, but was lost on the Irish coat, in Rosca-
berry Bay, inside Gaily Head. All were saved
by the breeches buoy except the captain, who
tried to swim to the rocks but was dashed
against them and killed. Joseph T. Hutchin-
son then went home, but soon sailed again on
the "George Bell," of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia,
bound for Havana ; a cargo of sugar was
brought back to Bristol. The next voyage was
to Quebec and back to Liverpool in the "Mar-
garet." On July 27, 1865, he married Mary
Davey, of Carrickfergus. For a short time
after his marriage he sailed about home in the
coasting trade. He then went to Miramichi,
gulf of St. Lawrence, in the ship "Disraeli,"
and back to Belfast. A second voyage was
then made to Quebec in the "Jean Lithgow."
He returned to his home, and while in the
coasting trade his son was born, December 12,



1866. Later he shipped in the "Andes" from
Glasgow around Cape Horn to Valparaiso,
South America, and from there to Iquique and
Piscagtia, northern coast of Chile, and back to
New York. On November 28, 1868, he left
Belfast in the "Cornwallis," of Windsor, Nova
Scotia, and arrived in Boston, March 6, 1869,
after a voyage of ninety-six days.

He then went to Franklin, Massachusetts,
where an uncle lived, and there settled down
for life. His wife reached Franklin. June 28,
1869, and together they began their first home.
After four years, during which time he worked
as a painter for Woodman Blake, he went into
the painting business for himself. For thirty-
five years he carried on the business success-
fully. At the end of that time he retired, and
the business was taken up by his sons. Mr.
Hutchinson invested largely in real estate, and
has built many houses for investment, some of
which formed the nucleus of the village known
as Hutchinsonville. In politics he is a Republi-
can, and for a time served on the police force of
the town. He is a member of the Ancient
Order of United Workmen. In religion he is
an earnest Methodist, having been a member
of the church in Franklin for thirty-five years,
and he has served in various offices of the
church. He enjoys the confidence and esteem
of his fellow citizens.

He married, as aforesaid, July 2j, 1865,
Mary Davey, born at Carrickfergus, Ireland,
March 15, 1844. daughter of John and Jane
(Lindy) Davey, of that place; her father was
a seafaring man. Children: 1. John Davey,
born December 12, 1866, married (first) Feb-
ruary 28, 1887, Jennie Everett Hood, who died
March 17, 1890; married (second) February
3, 1892, Jessie Ann Ewen ; children : i. Charles
Edward, born November 30, 1887; ii. John
Davey, born July 19, 1892; iii. Mabel, born
March 8, 1899. 2. William Robinson, born
August 27, 1869, died March 20, 1874. 3.
George Robinson, born September 30, 1872,
died April 14, 1874. 4. Joseph Thompson,
born January 5, 1874, married, October 26,
1898, Florence Merriam Pherson; children:
i. Hazel Marion, born August 31, 1899, died
June 14, 1903; ii. Gladys Marian, born Janu-
ary 11, 1905. 5. Jennie Davis, born January
8, 1876, married, April 19, 1906, Lee Clark
Abbott, son of Joseph and Sarah M. (Clark)
Abbott ; children: i. Esther Mary, born April
21, 1907; ii. Joseph Raymond, born June 19,
1908. 6. Benjamin Short, born February 1,
1878, married, October 18, 1905, Nina Ada
Smith ; children : i. Burnelle Smith, born No-

vember 5, 1906; ii. Barbara Lucille, born June
19, 1908. 7. James Hood, born May 14, 1880,
died August 29. 1881. 8. Mary Elizabeth,
born July 4, 1882. 9. Charles Bassett, born
June 16, 1885.

This surname dates back to
SAMPSON the first use of surnames, and
is of ancient origin. It is of
the same class as Thompson and Johnson, de-
noting relationship. Most of the Sampsons
(or Samsons), as the name often appears in
America, are descended from Henry and
Abram Sampson, of Duxbury, who are sup-
posed to have been brothers. Henry came in
the "Mayflower," with the family of his uncle,
Edward Tilley. He was made freeman Janu-
ary 5, 1835-36, and was a volunteer for the
Pequot war, 1637. He resided in Duxbury.
He married Ann Plummer, and he died De-
cember 24, 1684.

( I ) Abram, probably brother of Henry
Sampson, came some time after him, prob-
ably in 1629 or 1630. He settled in Dux-
bury, and was on the list of those able to bear
arms in 1643. He was one of the original
grantees of the town of Bridgewater, 1645,
all of whom resided in Duxbury, but he did not
remove there. He was surveyor of highways,
1648; constable. 1653; was admitted freeman,
1654. He died after 1686. He married a
daughter of Lieutenant Samuel Nash, of Dux-
bury. Children: 1. Samuel, born about 1646 ;
see forward. 2. George, about 1655 ; married

Elizabeth . 3. Abraham, about 1655 ;

married Sarah Standish. 4. Isaac, born 1660;
settled in Plympton ; married Lydia Standish.
Probably other children.

(II) Samuel, son of Abram Sampson, was
born in Duxbury, in 1640. He resided in Dux-
bury, and was killed in King Philip's war.
His inventory was dated June 28, 1678. As
"the children were small and the estate little,"
the court assigned the property, valued at a
little more than twenty-seven pounds, to the
widow, except one acre to be reserved for the

sons. He married Esther , who married

(second) John Soule, son of George Soule,
who came in the "Mayflower." She died Sep-
tember 12, 1733, aged ninety-five years. Chil-
dren of Samuel and Esther Sampson : 1. Sam-
uel, born 1670; see forward. 2. Ichabod,
about 1675; nve d in Duxbury, 1710.

(III) Samuel (2), son of Samuel (1) Samp-
son, was born in 1670, and died in September,
1744. He settled in Middleborough, and was
a member of the First Church. He was one

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of the first fifty purchasers, March, 1717, of
the first parish burying ground. His will,
dated August 31, 1744. proved September 20,
1744, bequeathed to children mentioned below,
and to Ruth, daughter of his son Obadiah.
He married Mercy, daughter of Obadiah Eddy,
of Middleborough. granddaughter of Samuel
Eddy. Children: 1. Obadiah, married Mary
Soule. 2. Gershom, married Bethiah Clark.

3. Ichabod; see forward. 4. Esther, married
Abraham Borden, of Middleborough, removed
to Strafford. Connecticut. 5. Alary, married
lsacher Fuller.

(IV) Ichabod, son of Samuel (2) Samp-
son, was born in Middleborough. in 1710. He
resided in Plymouth, Massachusetts. He mar-
ried, 1733. Mercy Savery, of Plymouth. Chil-
dren, born there: 1. Thomas, January 15,

1734-5; married Mercy . 2. Mercy,

( )ctober 8, 1736. 3. Esther, August 24, 1738.

4. Elnathan, April 12. 1742. 5. Samuel, April
2, 1745. 6. Ichabod; see forward.

(V) Ichabod (2), son of Ichabod (1)
Sampson, was born about 1750 in or near Ply-
mouth. He was a soldier in the revolution,
sergeant in Second Duxbury company. Lieu-
tenant Nathan Sampson, Colonel Thomas
Lothrop's regiment, in Rhode Island; also
sergeant in Captain David Xye's company,
Fourth Plymouth county regiment ; also in
Captain David Nye's company (second Ware-
ham), Colonel Sprout's regiment, in Rhode
Island alarms. 1770-77-89; in 1778 was ser-
geant for a time in Captain Calvin Partridge's
company. Colonel Abinijah Stearns's regiment.
In some cases he is called "Jr." but there is
no evidence that there were two of that name
in service.

(VI ) Joseph, son of Ichabod (2) Sampson,
was born in 1785. at Wareham, and died at
Middleborough, aged eighty-two. He was a
soldier in the war of 1812, and late in life a
pensioner, and drew one hundred and fifty-
acres of land in the west. He married Leonice
Magoun, born in Pembroke, died in Middle-
borough, aged ninety-four (both buried in
Middleborough). daughter of Aaron and
Mary (Church) Magoun, granddaughter of
David and Rachel (Soule) Magoun, and
through her grandmother a descendant of
"Mayflower" stock. Children: 1. Luther,
born July 2(1, 1797. He was a clothier; re-
moved to Wayne, Maine, wdiere he resided
until 1802: resided in Corinna, Maine, until
1871, when he returned to Corinna; in 1874
he removed to Burlington. Vermont, where he
died November 7, 1886. He married, April

30, 1830, Mary Church Thomas, of Marsh-
field ; she died at Corinna, June 25, aged sixty-
nine years ; she and her husband are both
buried at Marshfield, Massachusetts. Their
only child. Mary C, married, March 16. 1871,
Jerome W. Goodell ; they reside in Burlington,
Vermont, where he is a granite and stone
worker ; no children. 2. Mary Church, born
March 16, 1799; married Solomon Leonard:
died February 22, 1819, at Middleborough.
and buried there ; no issue. 3. Aaron, born
February 10, 1801 ; married, January 22. 1826,
Jane Williams, of Chiltonville, Massachusetts,
born May 29, 1804; resided at Wareham.
where both died and are buried; children: i.
Mary Church, married, October 15, 1846.
William C. Davis; ii. Leonice, born January
2j, 1829, married, January 17, 1852, Joseph
Homer, of East Dennis, Massachusetts, who
died September 1, 1855, and she married (sec-
ond) November, 1861, Nathan Clark; he died
April 29, 1871. and she died April 10. 1891 :
iii. Jane Williams, born May 19, 1832, lives at
Wareham, unmarried ; iv. Joseph Luther, born
February 5, 1837, married Kate Murphy, and
died in Manchester. Virginia, April 4. 1887;
v. Phebe Holmes, married William Torrance,
of Scotland, March 17, 1866, and died July
10, 18(19. 4. Joseph, born January 28, 1803,
died December 31, 1827, in Middleborough;
unmarried. 5. Thomas, born July 18, 1805,
died in Louisiana, of yellow fever, September
2, 1828; unmarried. 6. Unnamed daughter,
born December 6, 1807, died eleven days old.
7. Samuel Breck, born February 1, 1810, died
in Wareham. January 22. 1877. buried in Mid-
dleborough, at cemetery called Thomas Town ;
unmarried. 8. Ichabod, see forward.

(VII) Ichabod (3), son of Joseph Samp-
son, was born in Middleborough, June 15.
1812. He was a farmer and trader on the
paternal farm, carrying produce to Plymouth ;
later he w-as a teamster, having charge of the
handling of brick for the Bridgewater Iron
Company, known as Lazelle, Perkins & Com-
pany. He later returned to the old home-
stead and took care of his father until the
father's death, March 11, 1856, during which
time he was engaged in buying and selling
cattle, farming, etc. He married, in Middle-
borough, September 21, 1834, Hannah Morse,
born in Carver, Massachusetts, February 1,
1807, died at Braintree. September 26, 18S5.
Husband and wife are both buried in Middle-
borough. Children: 1. Ruth S., born August
17, 1835, died at Rockland, June 18. 1908:
married Frank N. Lawrence, of Rockland ;

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child, Hattie. 2. Josephus, mentioned below.
3. Thomas, born May 7, 1840; remained on
the homestead until 1870, when he came to
Kraintree; married (first) Melinda Shaw, of
Carver; (second) Martha Jane Hobart ; chil-
dren of first wife: i. Ichabod Thomas, born
March 31, 1861, died November 1, 1867; ii.
Samuel Breck, born August 1, 1865, letter
carrier, Brockton ; iii. Aldebert Williams, born
October 20, 1868, died June 10, 1870; chil-
dren of second wife: i. Frederick T., born
December 19, 1873, clerk in Boston custom
house, unmarried ; ii. Ceorge F., born Decem-
ber 20, 1877, real estate agent, Braintree, mar-
ried, June 20, 1908, Mabel Mellen.

(VIII) Josephus, son of Ichabod (3)
Sampson, was born at Middleborough, April
29, 1837. He attended the public schools of
his native town, and Pierce Academy for one
term of eleven weeks. From his boyhood he
worked with his father on the farm, and when
the father died he and his brother Thomas
managed the farm for two years. He came to
Kraintree July 26, 1858. learned the trade of
butcher in the employ of Elisha Morse, and
later was with Samuel Strong French nearly
four years. He engaged in the meat and pro-
vision business on his own account July 15.
1862. lie bought and slaughtered the cattle,
having a well equipped slaughter house. He
also sold meat and provisions from wagons
until 1903, when he relinquished this branch
of the business, still continuing to the present
time his slaughter house. He is also inter-
ested in the cultivation of cranberries. He is
a prominent Methodist. He joined the Metho-
dist church at South Braintree, June 4, 1882,
and at the same time was interested in a small
society at East Braintree, organized by people
from Carver. He was elected superintendent
of the Sunday school at East Braintree, June
18, 1882, and served in that capacity for
twenty years, and also filled a vacancy for nine
months. The Methodist church at South
Kraintree. formerly the Baptist church, was
destroyed by fire November 17, 1883. Mr.
Sampson was active in raising the fund for
rebuilding, and was the largest contributor.
The new church on the old site was dedicated
October 12, 1884. In 1891, under Presiding
Elder S. O. Benton, the society at East Brain-
tree was formed, and a church built and dedi-
cated, and Mr. Sampson was again the largest
contributor to the building fund. He has been
a member of Delta Lodge, Free and Accepted
Masons, of Weymouth, (now removed to
Braintree), for thirty-nine years, and was

formerly a member of Pantalpha Royal Arch
Chapter, but has withdrawn from it. He is a
member of Puritan Lodge of Odd Fellows,
Braintree, and of Braintree Grange. Patrons
of Husbandry, of which he has been master.
He has supported the Republican party from
the time of its organization. Fie is keenly
interested in town affairs ; was one of the
committee of five to erect the Braintree gram-
mar and high school building; also one of
building committee to erect the Perkins school
at East Braintree, and of the committees to
remodel the Union school building and the
Pond school building of Braintree.

Mr. Sampson married (first) January 25.
1868, Ruth Ann French, born in South Brain-
tree, died at Braintree, May 7, 1869, aged
twenty-nine years eight months, daughter of
Waldo French. He married (second) Feb-
ruary 3, 1875, Mary E. French, sister of his
first wife. Child of first wife: Everett F.,
born 1869, died September 4, 1869, aged four
months twenty-six days. Child of second wife :
Ruth Gladvs, born September 15, 1879, mar-
ried James Miller: children: Delma M . and
Doaris Miller.

This family, indigenous to the soil
CALL of Massachusetts, has been con-
tent to dwell in the land of its
birth, where it has maintained its supremacy
for mercantile honor and probity. The lure
of the broad prairies did not appeal to it.
What was good em nigh for the sire was good
enough for the son. The Calls were ever
militant, and in those war-wrung years of the
country's grim birth, the Calls were on the
firing line. They are a people who have been
sacredly mindful of their obligations, and the
word of a Call was always considered "as
good as a bond.'' They are a truth-loving,
truth-telling race, "whereof the memory of
man runneth not the contrary." They were
Sabbath-revering, who walked humbly with
their God. It is from fair-minded stock like
this that the old Bay State has drawn its good
citizenry, and obtained a prestige as an exult-
ant and triumphant commonwealth ; a citi-
zenry jealous of its vested rights, and inalien-
able liberties, and obedient to the laws. In its
original elements, the Calls were Welsh, who
flocked into England at some remote period

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