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ber 10. 1753. 13. John, born May 2, 1756. 14.
Rebecca, twin, born July 14. 1758. 15. Silas,
twin with Rebecca, born July 14, 1758, prob-
ably died young. 16. Silas, born September 4,
1760, died January 8, 1855. 17. Smith, born
Leominster, September 30, 1763, died at Leo-
minster, September 29. 1816. 18. Huldah,
born February 1, 1766, died at Leominster, Au-
gust 30, 1851. 19. Judith, born 1768, died at
Leominster' March 15, 1851. 20. Betsey, died
Mav 31. 1799.

(IV) Obadiah Hills, son of Smith Hills



and Rachel Lowe, his second wife, was born
in Newbury, Massachusetts, August 23, 1751,
and died in Rowley, Massachusetts, June 22,
1825. He married first, at Newbury, January
13, 1774, Sarah Merrill, and married second,
November 31, 1814, Lois Foss, of Rowley.
He was the pioneer of the comb industry at
Leominster, Massachusetts. He had eleven
children, all born of his first marriage: I.
Sarah. March 20, 1776, died September 5,
1786. 2. Francis. 1778. 3. Hannah, born
March 12, 1780, died November 3, 1797. 4.
Azubah, born March 23, 1782; married Moses
Currier. 5. Dorothy, born October 24, 1784;
married John Pearson. 6. Obadiah, born Oc-
tober 13, 1786, died Rowley, February 7, 1830.

7. Sophia, born 1789; married Aaron Rogers.

8. Betsey. 9. John, born 1793, died George-
town, Massachusetts, 1848. 10. Abel, born
Rowley, u. Charles, born Rowley.

(V) Francis Hills, son of Obadiah and
Sarah (Merrill) Hills, was born in Leominster,
Massachusetts, 1778, and died in Rowley, Mass-
achusetts, where most of his life was spent.
He married, in Rowley, October 24, 1803, Han-
nah, daughter of Captain Moses Tenney
( Oliver 4. William 3, Daniel 2, Thomas 1 ). She
was born in Rowley, May 1, 1784. Children
of Francis and Hannah (Tenney) Hills: Gor-
ham Tenney, Albert Smith, William F., Fran-
ces, Mary, Hannah.

(VI) Albert Smith Hills, son of Francis
Hills, was born in Rowley, Massachusetts, in
November, 1818, and died in Ipswich, Massa-
chusetts, in January, 1894. He went to live in
Ipswich in 1842, and carried on business there
as a grocer. During the early part of his busi-
ness life, while living in Rowley, he was a shoe-
maker. In 1861 he enlisted in Company I,
Twenty-third Regiment, Massachusetts Volun-
teer Infantry, and served three years. In 1864
he was mustered out at the end of the term of
his enlistment, returned to Ipswich, and again
engaged in mercantile business, in which he
continued until succeeded by his son. He was
affiliated with John T. Heard Lodge, F. and A.
M. Several years before his death he was
made an honorary member of John T. Heard
Lodge, and was also a member of Agawam
Lodge, I. O. O. F., of Ipswich. He married
Eunice Ann Hardin Perkins. Children : Har-
riet A., horn 1842, died 1889; Albert Perkins,
of whom further.

(Y1I) Albert Perkins Hills, only son of
Albert Smith and Eunice Ann Hardin (Per-
kins) Hills, was born in Ipswich, May 3, 1846.
He received his education in the public schools

of his native town, leaving school to enter the
army. After his return home in 1864 he be-
came clerk in his father's store, and in 1866
learned the barber's trade, at which he worked
for six years. In 1888 he purchased his father's
business, and has been the sole proprietor to
the present time. During his ownership he has
enlarged the store building three different
times in order to provide for his increasing
business, and now has a floor space of fifty
feet front and forty-five feet in depth. Mr.
Hills is affiliated with John T. Heard Lodge,
A. F. and A. M., of Ipswich, of which he was
junior warden one year, and steward three
years; Amity Charter, R. A. M., of Beverly:
and Winslow Lewis Commandery, K. T., of
Salem. He is a Republican in politics, but has
never aspired to official positions. He and his
family are attendants of the Methodist church.
He married, June 13, 1870, Mary E., daughter
of Alfred P. 'and Mary A. (Dale) Clark. Mr.
and Mrs. Hills have one child, Ethel Dale,
born September 30, 1877 ; graduate of Man-
ning high school, class of 1894, holding the
highest rank during her entire high school
class, and being valedictorian of her class ;
public-reader and teacher of elocution ; she
married, October 3, 1896, Walter F. Poole,
and resides in Ipswich.

Albert Smith Hills and his son, Albert Per-
kins Hills, afford a notable illustration of the
patriotic devotion and unflinching courage of
the men of their day. In 1861, the first year
of the civil war, the son, then just beginning
his fifteenth year, enlisted as a drummer in
Company I, Twenty-third Regiment Massachu-
setts Volunteer Infantry, Captain John Hobbs.
His parents were much opposed to this step,
on account of his youth, but he was not to be
dissuaded. The elder Hills at once enlisted in
the same company and regiment, and father
and son completed a three years' term of ser-
vice side by side — comrades in battle, and
partakers of the weary march and the long
night watches — the mother meantime conduct-
ing the business which her husband had laid
aside. With their regiment the two, father
and son. bore a soldierly part in all the opera-
tions of General Burnside's army in North
Carolina, including the battle and capture of
Roanoke Island, February 8, 1862; and the
battles of Newberne, March 14, 1862, Kins-
ton, Whitehall and Goldsboro. Albert P.
Hills participated in the following battles :
Roanoke Island. February 8, 1862; Newberne,
March 14, 1862; Rawle's Mills, Novem-
ber 2. 1862: Kinston, December 14, 1862;

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Whitehall, December 15, 1862; Goldsboro, De-
cember 16, 1862 ; Wilcox Bridge, July 6, 1863;
Wren's Mills, April 14, 1864; Heckman's
Farm, May 6, 1864 ; Walthall Junction, May
7, 1864; Arrowfield Church, May 9, 1864;
Dairy's Bluff, May 12, 18(14; Cold Harbor,
June 2 and 3, 1864; Petersburg (siege) June
20 to August 25, 1864. At the end of their
three years' term of service the two Hills,
father and son. were honorably discharged.
After the war they were comrades in General
James Appleton Post, \ T o. 128, Grand Army
of the Republic, Department of Massachusetts.
in which the elder Hills held membership until
his death, and of which the son is yet a member.

Patrick Carey came of an old
CAREY and respected family of county
Cavan, Ireland. He and his an-
cestors were farmers for generations. Patrick
removed to British Hill in county Meath, where
he died. He married, in county Cavan, Eliza-
beth Henry, whose mother was of the Fox
family of county Cavan. Children: 1. Ed-
ward, mentioned below. 2. Molly, came to

America, married Rielley, died at West

Ouincy, Massachusetts. 3. Thomas, died at
West Ouincy. 4. James, came to America and
located at West Ouincy, Massachusetts, where
he died. 5. John, went to California and was
never heard from afterward. 6. Nicholas,
lived and died on the homestead on British

(II) Edward, son of Patrick Carey, was
horn in Ireland. Like all the family he was a
pious Roman Catholic, and in politics an earn-
est supporter of every movement in his day to
relieve his country from oppression and to
promote its welfare. He was a member of
the Land League. He married Margaret Dur-
ham, daughter of Michael and Katherine
(Flynn) Durham, of Scotch ancestry. After
his marriage he lived at the native place of his
wife, Rochestown. county Meath. and there he
died August 2, 1872. His wife died in 1868.
Children: Elizabeth, Michael, Maria and
Katherine, all of whom are mentioned below.
These children, through the kindness of Mrs.
A. D. McNulty, sister of Mrs. Carey, were
brought to the United States, coming in the
ship "Germanic," sailing from Liverpool,
March 25, 1880, and arriving in New York
City, April 5, 1880. Mrs. McNulty lived in
Jersey City, New Jersey, where she died in
1906, leaving two children: Katherine Mc-
Nulty, a teacher in the normal school in Jersey
City, and Joseph M. McNulty, president of

the American Tobacco Trust Company, a resi-
dent of Jersey City Heights, having an office
in Xew York City. Patrick, John and Thomas
Durham, brothers of Mrs. McNulty, located
also in Jersey City and died there.

( III ) Elizabeth, daughter of Edward Carey,
was born at Rochestown, county Meath, Ire-
land, and was educated there in the national
schools. She went to live with her cousin in
Ouincy, Massachusetts, after coming to this
country. She married, November 26, 1886,
Patrick H. Sheehan, of Stafford Springs, Con-
necticut, born in that town, August 8, 1854.
son of John and Ellen (Horgan) Sheehan. He
was appointed to the police force of Boston in
1881 and was a capable and efficient officer.
He died September 8, 1901. Captain Walker
and the patrolmen of Station 12, Boston,
escorted the body to the grave. Children, born
at South Boston: 1. Margaret E., July 18.
1888, graduate of the South Boston high
school, now a stenographer. 2. John D., Janu-
ary 14, 1890, a machinist by trade. 3. Mary
Elizabeth. September 2, 1891, employed by a
novelty manufacturer. South Boston. 4. Alice,
September 21, 1896. 5. Edward Carey, Octo-
ber 15. 1897. 6. William J.. April 8, 1902.

(Ill) Michael, son of Edward Carey, was
born in Rochestown, Ireland. He was edu-
cated in the national schools, and upon coming
to America went to live in West Ouincy, Mass-
achusetts, where he learned his trade as a
granite cutter in the works of his cousin, Carey
Brothers. He became a skillful craftsman and
is at present working as a journeyman in a
quarry in Pennsylvania.

(Ill) Maria, daughter of Edward Carey,
was born in Rochestown, and after coming to
this country lived for a year with her aunt in
Jersey City, removing later to South Boston.
At the age of seventeen she married, December
22, 1 88 1, Alfred Willey, a native of Lowell,
Massachusetts. He was employed formerly in
the railroad business, now in the Lamson Com-
pany factory, manufacturers of patented cash
carriers. They reside in Roxbury, Boston.
Mrs. Willey is a member of the Women's Aux-
iliary of the Ancient Order of Hibernians and
(if the Knights and Ladies of Tara. Roxbury.
Their daughter, Mabel Willey, born May 30,
1884. is a telephone operator in the Roxbury

( III ) Katherine, daughter of IMward Carey,
was born in Rochestown, November 11, 1866,
and was eighteen years old when she came to
this country. She spent two years with her
aunt in Jersey City, then came to Boston,



where she has since lived. She was educated
in her native parish in the national schools and
is intelligent and well-informed. She is a
charter member of the Knights and Ladies of
Tara. and is interested in every patriotic move-
ment for the welfare of her native land, proud
of the fact that the home of her girlhood was
but a few miles from Dowth Castle in which
the late John Boyle O'Reilly was born in the
royal province of Meath. She is one of those
who keenly appreciates the reforms instituted
by the government of the United Kingdom in
Ireland and is a firm believer in the ultimate
success of the Home Rule movement. She
has been an industrious and faithful worker
all her life and has saved a modest competence.
In 1901 Miss Carey visited her native home,
also making an extensive tour of the country,
including a visit to Cook, Killarney, Dublin, the
ancient hill of Tara, Blarney Castle, also the
hill of Slane.

George Brann settled in West
BRAXX Gardiner, Maine, where he be-
came an extensive owner of land
and a prosperous lumberman. He married
Earl. Children: 1. George H, men-
tioned below. 2. John. 3. Rhoda, married
Mr. McCausland. 4. 1 lannah, married Job

(II) George H, son of George Brann, was
born January 30, 1808. He married Abbie C.
Brann, no relation. He lived at West Gardiner,
Maine. He was an industrious farmer, and
early in life was engaged in the shoe and
leather business. Children, born at Gardiner:
1. Sylvanus. 2. Henry. 3. John. 4. Solon.
5. Arrington. 6. Lawson. 7. Abbie C, born
December 5, 1847; married (first) George W.
Davis ; one child, Alice M. Davis, married,
March 8, 1891, Sewall Collins, of Gardiner,
Maine, and has one child, Eugene Sewall Collins,
born August 28, 1893; married (second) May
28, 1879, George M. Blanchard, born Decem-
ber 5, 1849. 8. Eugene II., mentioned below.

(III) Eugene H., son of George H. Brann,
was born May 18, 1856, at Gardiner, Maine.
He attended the public schools of his native
town and was graduated from the Gardiner
high school in the class of 1874. He started
life in the furniture and cabinet-making busi-
ness in his native town, working there eight
years, then for a time in Lynn, Massachusetts,
and two years in Saugus, Massachusetts. In
1892 he engaged in the hotel business as pro-
prietor of the Relay House in Nahant, Massa-
chusetts, then merelv a "fish house," a restau-

rant without rooms and but two hundred and
fifty feet of floor space. He prospered from
the first, enlarging his quarters and accommo-
dations rapidly. His establishment is now a
model of its kind. The dining hall alone has
twelve hundred square feet of floor space,
with a cafe of six hundred square feet, both
attractively furnished ; the hotel has forty
bed-rooms and in the season requires a force
of one hundred and ten employees. The perma-
nent force numbers seventy-five. The hotel
is a handsome four-story structure, beautifully
situated. The Dutch room is especially attrac-
tive. It is decorated and furnished strictly in
Dutch style, the prevailing color being red.
The furniture is massive Dutch oak and there
are fifty tables for guests in this room. The
establishment boasts of a splendid dancing
pavilion, eighty by one hundred and thirty
feet, shooting galleries, bowling alleys and a
theatre. The Relay House wharf is seven hun-
dred and forty-seven feet in length. The
Relay House stables have a reputation for
style and variety of equipage, and for first-
class horses. In the summer the average num-
ber of guests is three thousand five hundred a
week, most of them, of course, being day-guests
only. The Relay House attracts a high class
of patrons from all parts of the country and
many foreign visitors are guests. Mr. Brann
takes a just pride in the old registers of the
hotel, not only affording evidence of the con-
tinual growth of his business, but containing
the autographs of hundreds of prominent men
and women. Mr. Brann has recently added to
his property ten cottages bought of the Nathan
Moore estate to be rented in connection with
the hotel, and other land in the vicinity with an
eye to the future growth of business. He
established the Lynn & Nahant Steamboat
Company in 1894 and there are three boats in
commission during the season : the "Sylvan
Shore," "Canostota" and "Winthrop," besides
the "Rice" which was the first boat in the ser-
vice. He is a director of the Boston, Nahant
& Pines Steamboat Company and a stock-
holder in the Nahant & Lynn Railroad Com-
pany. He has co-operated in every enterprise
and movement tending to benefit the town.
He is a life member of Lynn Lodge, No. 117,
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; of
Saugus Lodge, No. 97, Knights of Pythias ;
of the Fish and Game Association of Massa-
chusetts ; of the National Lancers and of the
various boating and yacht clubs of the vicinity.
He was quartermaster sergeant of First Bat-
talion Light Artillery, Massachusetts Volun-



teer Militia, three years, 1898-99-1900, under
Major Decheney (on his staff). In politics he
is a Republican, in religion a Baptist. Mr.
Brann has a natural aptitude for the hotel
business. He is genial, cordial, sympathetic
and democratic in disposition, always studying
to secure comfort and entertainment for his
guests, and incidentally making personal
friends of most of them.

I le married, April 11, 1901, Mary H. Thomp-
son, born September 15, 1878, at Poughkeepsie,
New York, removing when very young to
Concord, New Hampshire. Their only child,
Leslie E., was born 1871 at Gardiner, Maine,
died 1877, aged six.

To no other country does
MULLIGAN the United States owe so

much to its increase of popu-
lation as to the Emerald Isle, a green gem set
in the silver sea. The movement toward these
shores began early in the nineteenth century
and the stream of come-overs has been steady
and well sustained. Once on our shores, the
Celts readily become assimilated with our
people, adapt themselves to our institutions
and become naturalized citizens. No class of
emigrants are more thoroughly Americanized
than Erin's sons. They never go back to the
old home to stay like some other class we
could name who come here solely to earn
money and return to the land of their nativity.
The Irishman is here to stay and here he will
be buried. To the material development of
this country we owe an inestimable debt to
them. The railroads and great public improve-
ments, like the Erie canal, were their work.
They cannot but feel proud to recall the emi-
nent statesmen and warriors originating from
the noble isle beginning with Andrew Jackson
and coming down through the long line to the
civil war, not forgetting Phillip H. Sheridan.
Theodore Roosevelt, though nominally a
Dutchman, is of Irish descent from ancestors
both within and without the pale. None of
the Irish emigrants have arisen higher in the
estimation of the communities in which they
wrought than this one now in hand, and their
great success in life has been due to a good
ancestry and in the making the most of their
opportunities. Mulligan is from Mullechean,
meaning summit or heighth. It was first used
as a cognomen to designate somebody who
lived at the top of a hill.

( I ) John Mulligan was born in the North
of Ireland and came to this country in 1819,
locating at Hartford, Connecticut. He was

an expert machinist and had seven children,
one of whom is treated in the next paragraph.
(II) John (2), son of John (1) Mulligan,
was born in Hartford, January 12, 1820, died
in Springfield, Massachusetts, February 22,
1898. He had to partly make his own way
early in life and for some time was employed
by Philemon Canfield, publisher of the Chris-
tain Secretary. He swung the ink roller for
the old-fashioned press and distributed the
paper among the city subscribers. When fif-
teen years of age he learned the machinist
trade and was taught all about locomotives at
the works of William Norris in Philadelphia.
In the summer of 1841 he was installed as the
engineer of the steamer "William Hall," which
towed freight between Hartford and Willi-
mansett. In 1842 he was made engineer of the
passenger boat "Phoenix" running between
Springfield and Hartford. That year he was
transferred to the Boston and Albany road,
then called the Western railroad and for ten
years he ran locomotives. In 1852 he was
made master mechanic of the Connecticut road
and in 1868 assumed the duties of superintend-
ent, succeeding N. A. Leonard as president
of the company in 1890. It was during his
trips between Worcester and Springfield as
engineer that Mr. Mulligan met with the most
serious accident in his career as a railroader.
He started with his train from Worcester one
afternoon in the midst of a blinding snow
storm. The storm had delayed freights and
three of them had started out in rapid succes-
sion. Mr. Mulligan was then engineer of the
"Massachusetts" and his train was the second
one of the three. When the first train was
about four miles out of Worcester and pulling
up a heavy grade it parted, six cars breaking
away. Among them were three platform cars
heavily loaded and these gave the runaways an
impetus, sending them down the grade at a
fearful pace. The runaways dashed around
a curve and struck the "Massachusetts" head-
on, the force of the collision being so great
that one of the cars was thrown completely
over the engine and landed on the tender.
Engineer Mulligan was struck by one of the
trucks and partially stunned. He soon re-
covered and the train which was not far be-
hind was signalled in time to save any further
mishap. While Mr. Mulligan was making his
daily trips between Springfield and Northamp-
ton an incident occurred that Mr. Mulligan
used to relate. It was during the early spring
and the breaking up of the ice above sent
large quantities of it down the river. One



large ice floe was crowded up on the railroad
tracks in the cut below the old dam at Holyoke.
Several tons of ice were jammed into the
narrow space and the train was nearly hemmed
in by ice almost before the crew and passen-
gers realized it.. Mr. Mulligan succeeded in
rescuing the train from its perilous situation
without any serious accident. One of his trips
as an engineer that he always took particular
pride in was when he ran the special train
taking Kossuth, the Hungarian patriot, to
Northampton in 1852. Mr. Mulligan worked
his way up literally from the ranks and he
never forgot that, even when he stood at the
head of the railroad for which he formally
worked in the cab of the engine. He was one
of the most democratic of men and always
approachable by his employees or anyone who
had business to transact. It can be said of
John Mulligan that there was not the least
bit of snobbery or ostentation in his character.
And yet with all his warm-heartedness and
sympathy with the employees he was able and
ready to administer a just rebuke whenever it
was deserved, and he was always frank and
outspoken about it, so that even those he re-
buked knew there was good reason for it. John
Mulligan was a plain-spoken man and there
were times when he did not mince his words
or stop to carefully choose his language, but
even then he was careful to know the exact
facts, and if he had hastily done an injustice
was always willing and anxious to repair it.
This explains why the employees liked him
and also why he was liked by every one with
whom he came in contact. He was essentially
the man of the people. It was not his practice
to neglect a single detail that goes to make up
a modern railroad, and his familiarities with
all branches of the service stood him in good

A man of great energy and unflinching will,
yet lie was quiet and unassuming and had a
way of accomplishing results without friction.
His equanimity was rarely disturbed even in
cases of emergency. There was something
about his determined way that inspired men
whom he led. He was peculiarly fitted for
the railroad career. His snow-white hair
fringed one of the kindliest of faces, and his
life was as white as his snowy white hair. In
politics he was an uncompromising Republican.
In 1863 he was elected a member of the com-
mon council from ward one, serving in the
years 1864-65. In 1866 he was elected to the
board of aldermen, being re-elected in 1867-
68. In 1875 ne a g a < n represented his ward in

common council, serving this time until 1877.
In his service to the city he was as conscien-
tious as in his business and gave it his best
thought and effort. He never cared for politi-
cal honors but might have been mayor had he
consented to the use of his name. He was a
trustee of Hampden Savings Bank and was
its president at his death. Also he was a
director in the Chapin National Bank. He
married Lydia Ann, daughter of Hastings
Bridges, in 1845. She died at the age of fifty-
seven in 1887. Children: Charles H., men-
tioned below, and Mary Henrietta, who mar-
ried James T. Abbe, of Springfield.

( III) Charles Henry, only son of John (2)
and Lydia Ann (Bridges) Mulligan, was born
in Springfield, January 26, 1849, an d gradu-
ated from the high school in 1886. In 1867
he went with the Hawkins Iron Company as
clerk and rose to the position of general man-
ager. He is a Republican and has served his
native city as councilman and in the board of
aldermen in 1897-98-99. He is a prominent
club man and belongs to the Nayasset and
Winthrop clubs, also the Springfield Country
Club. He married, June 12, 1872. Louise
Jane, daughter of Jason Lyon, of Thetford,
Vermont. Mr. Lyon was an old time stage
driver before the days of railroads and drove
stage for Chester W. Chapin. When the Bos-
ton and Albany road was built, Mr. Lyon was
one of Mr. Chapin's right-hand men in the
field operations. He was subsequently made
chief baggage master on that road. Children
of Charles H. Mulligan: 1. Walter Lyon,
born July 6, 1875, received his preparatory
education in the Springfield schools and was
graduated from Cornell University ; he is now

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