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at 178 Green street, Jamaica Plain, Boston, in
a large brick building. He has agencies in
Chicago and New York and a representative
in Canada. The product of his factory finds
a good market in all parts of the country. He
manufactures a variety of novelties, in silk and
other fabrics, including button cloth. After
the death of his father, he took charge of the
business at Jersey Heights and has been at
the head of the firm of Carl Stohn & Sons to
the present time. In the Jamaica Plain factory
one hundred and twenty-five hands are em-
ployed ; at Jersey Heights sixty or more. Mr.
Stohn is vice-president of the Henrici Washer
Company, of Boston, and also of the Rutt-
kamp-Mincke Company, of Jersey City. Mr.
Stohn is a Republican in politics and in relig-
ion a Lutheran. He is a Mason, a Shriner and
an Elk. Mr. Stohn has a beautiful residence
on Metropolitan avenue, Roslindale. favored
with an excellent view of the attractive scenery
of this fine old section of Boston. He is an
excellent type of the self-made American of
foreign birth. Coming here with ambition,
skill and much natural ability, but handicapped
by a foreign language and lack of capital, he
has achieved a degree of success that does
credit to both the country of his birth and
education and to that of his adoption. He has
shown discretion, tact and discernment in his
business career, as well as energy, industry
and integrity.

He married, in New Jersey, March 27, 1886,
Mary Kleindienst, born in Saxony, January
27, 1866. She came to America with her par-
ents, Fred and Augusta Kleindienst, who were
born, reared and married in Saxony. Chil-



dren of Carl and Mary (Kleindienst) Stohn:
1. Alexander, born January 6, 1887; educated
in the public schools of Boston and the textile
school of Lowell; now associated with his
father in the business. 2. Carl, Jr., died at
the age of one year, three months. 3. Gustav,
died aged nine months. 4. Clara, born August
18, 1892; student at Notre Dame Academy
in the music and art department. 5. Ella, born
July 6, 1894; a student in the public schools
of Boston. 6. Emma, born June 19, 1896;
student in the public schools. 7. Frederick,
died at the age of eleven months. 8. Carl, Jr.,
born August 6, 1898.

Fred Kleindienst was a lace manufacturer
in Germany who came to this country in the
early eighties and continued in the same line
of business at Jersey Heights, afterward at
Boston, where he located in the Jamaica Plain
district in 1896. Mr. Kleindienst retired from
business recently and resides at Jamaica Plain.
He and his wife are members of the German
Luthern church. Their children: i. Emma,
married Emmel Palster, foreman of the
weave-room in Carl Stohn's factory, Jamaica
Plain, and has two sons ; ii. Mary, married
Carl Stohn, mentioned above ; iii. Max, con-
nected with the Stohn business, married Annie
Zierbel, and has two sons ; iv. Minnie, resides
in New Jersey, married James Allen, a machin-
ist, and has seven children living ; v. Gustav,
is unmarried, superintendent of the Jamaica
Plain factory of Carl Stohn.


The Veasy family is thought to
be of French origin. It is found
in England and Scotland as well
as in Ireland. The original spelling of this
surname is in doubt. Two of the name came
to Massachusetts from England before 1650 —
Robert, of Watertown, and William, of Brain-
tree. The name is spelled in an infinite variety
of ways, such as Vasey, Veazie, Veasie, Vesay,
Yesey, Yeza, Phese, Facy and Feasy.

(I) Mathew Veasy lived and died in county
Roscommon, Ireland, where many generations
of his ancestors had lived. Most of the Irish
family now use the spelling Vesey.

(II) Michael, son of Mathew Yeasy, was
born in county Roscommon, Ireland, about
18 10. He came in the early forties to the
United States, and made his home in the town
of New Marlborough, Massachusetts. He
married Nora, daughter of James and Ellen
CHanley) McGlaughlin. Children: John,
Ellen, Delia, Catharine, Bridget and Patrick.

( III ) Patrick, son of Michael Veasy, was born

in August, 1827, in the town and county of
Roscommon, Ireland. He came with his father
to this country, was educated here, and learned
his trade of paper making. He made his home
in Xew Marlborough, until 1884; he died at
Westfield, April, 1905. In politics he was a
Democrat, and in religion a devout Roman
Catholic. He married Ann Kelley, born in
Hollymount, county Mayo, Ireland, February,
1837, daughter of Patrick and Bridget (Ro-
land) Kelley, and granddaughter of William
Kelley and Martin Roland. Children, born at
New Marlborough: John, Michael J., Mary
E., Catherine E., William (died young). Pat-
rick H., William E., Agnes A., Sarah J. (de-
ceased ). Alice L.

( IV ) William E., son of Patrick Yeasy, was
born at Xew Marlborough, February 25, 1869.
He attended the public schools of his native
town and took a course in the Springfield
Business College. When a young boy he began
to work in the paper mills. In 1892 he came
to Westfield and was a clerk in the retail shoe
store of B. F. Lewis & Son until 1896, when
he embarked in his present business as a real
estate and insurance agent. He has been re-
markably successful in business, and has won
the utmost respect and confidence of his towns-
men. He is a Democrat in politics, and has
taken an active and prominent part in town
affairs. For many years he has served as
chairman of the appropriation committee of
the town, the most important committee in
connection with town affairs under the present
method of conducting the annual town meet-
ing, when appropriations are made for the
ensuing year. He was a director of the West-
field Board of Trade for a number of years.
He is one of the corporators of the Woronoco
Savings Bank. He is a member and liberal
supporter of St. Mary's Roman Catholic
Church of Westfield ; a member of the West-
field Club, of which he was for six years the
secretary; member of the Tekoa Golf Club,
of the Country Club, of the Ancient Order of
Hibernians ; of Springfield Lodge, Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks, and of the
Knights of Columbus, of which he is past
grand knight and master of the fourth degree,
First District of Massachusetts.

Lenhardt William Guenther
GUENTHER was born in Hohenstein,

Saxony, Germany, and lived
there all his life. He was descended from a
very prosperous and progressive family of
that section, of ancient lineage. He was a dry

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goods manufacturer, and died at the age of
forty-nine years, about 1850. He and his
family were identified with the Lutheran

church of Saxony. He married Alstina ,

who was born in Hohenstein and died there
about 1876, at the age of eighty-six years.
Children: 1. William, married a German girl
and became a successful manufacturer's agent :
died at the age of fifty-six. 2. Adolph, was
an extensive dealer in cattle and beef products ;
died in his native town at the age of fifty-
four. 3. Lenhardt William, mentioned below.
4. Carl, came to America at the age of twenty-
five and went to California, where he engaged
in mining; became a ranchman in Colorado;
married. 5. Enstenia, became a manufacturer
and dealer in lime in Saxony, where he died
in 1885, a little past middle life; married. 6.
Wilhelmina, married a German grocer and
lived in Saxony, where she died in 1887, being
over sixty years of age.

(II) Lenhardt William (2), son of Len-
hardt William ( 1 ) Guenther, was born in
1823, in Hohenstein, a town in Saxony, eight
miles north-north-east of Zwickan, a city of
cotton weaving, having extensive manufac-
turies of hosiery and woolen machinery. After
the death of his father he succeeded to the
business as a manufacturer of dry goods and
clothing, more especially woolens. He was a
prosperous man and accumulated a comfort-
able fortune. He died in 1870, aged forty-
seven. He married Johanna C. Schultz, born
1818, who survived him some years, and con-
tinued to superintend and conduct the manu-
facturing industry, with the assistance of her
son. until her death. Children: 1. Augusta
J., born 1840; married Gustaf Wetsall, who
after serving in the German army three years
became a baker and continued until his death ;
his widow succeeded to his business ; they had
ten children. 2. Lenhardt William, 1842 ; suc-
ceeded to his father's business and is very suc-
cessful ; married, 1872, a German girl of Han-
over, who died about 1899. leaving three
daughters. 3. Bertha, 1844; died 1873, a few
years after she had come to the United States,
where she settled in Lawrence, Massachusetts,
and married Herman Otto, a successful mer-
chant of Lawrence. 4. Gustaf, 1846 : came to
the United States when a young man and set-
tled in Xewton. Massachusetts; is a success-
ful real estate dealer ; married, in Newton,
Wilhelmina Muller, who died December 25,
1908 ; four daughters. 5. Professor Emil,
1848; came to the United States when sixteen
years old, and has commanded a large salary

as instructor of fencing and teacher of ath-
letics for twenty-five years in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin: Boston, Massachusetts, and other
leading cities ; married and resides in the west.
6. Louise, 1850; married Charles SchafTer,
now deceased, and lives in Saxony. 7. Will-
iam, 1852; married, in Saxony, and is in busi-
ness with his brother Lenhardt W. in Saxony.

8. Paul W., June 21, 1866; mentioned below.

9. Theodore, 1867; came to the United States
and worked as a baker ; succeeded his brother,
Paul W.. in the bakery business at 1354 Wash-
ington street ; lived first in Lawrence, where
he married Ida Boner ; two daughters.

(Ill) Paul W., son of Lenhardt William
Guenther, was born June 21, 1866, in Chem-
nitz, Saxony. He received his education in
the public schools with three years in the trade
school, where he was granted a certificate as
a successful baker, and passports as a journey-
man. As his parents did not wish him to go
to war, in 1882 he was sent to Italy. From
there he went to the LInited States, and found
employment at once as a journeyman baker.
Three years later he started in business on his
own account in Boston, a bakery, which he
carried on most successfully for twenty-five
years, and by hard work and careful manage-
ment accumulated a large competence. He
invested his money from time to time in real
estate, and now owns some thirteen buildings,
including some business property. This re-
quired so much of his attention that he sold
his bakery to his brother, and now devotes his
time exclusively to his real estate interests.
He is a citizen of the highest type, always
ready to contribute to the best interests of his
adopted country. He is a member of the Red
Men and New England Order of Protection.
In politics he is a Republican. He married, in
Boston, November 5, 1885, Augusta L. Bert-
ram, born in Hanover, Germany, October 12,
1861, came to the United States with her par-
ents when six years years of age and has since
resided in Boston ; daughter of Frederick and
Dora ( Bertram ) Bertram, who were born in
Hanover. Her father died in 1874, aged forty-
three, and her mother lives in Roxbury, aged
seventy-seven. They belong to the German
Lutheranchurch. Children : 1. John, died young.
2. Theodore, died young. 3. Child, died young.
4. Child, died young. 5. Louisa, born March 16,
1888; married Henry Wetmore, a printer, of
Boston ; had Gertrude Wetmore, born January
21. 1908. 6. Mary Anna, July 5, 1894 ; educated
in the public schools and resides at home. 7.
Frederick Paul, July 21, 1898; lives at home.



The surname Phillips is spelled
PHILLIPS in a variety of ways, and is de-
rived from the baptismal name.
In Wales and other parts of Great Britain it
has been used as a surname for at least five
hundred years. It is said that Phillipse is
Welsh, and Philips is from Worcestershire. It
is stated on good authority that the Phillips
family of Watertown. Massachusetts, were of
the Devonshire family. Others think that all
the descendants in America are from the Welsh
family. There were many immigrants of the
name who settled in Xew England.*

( I ) Lev. George Phillips, immigrant ances-
tor, was born at Raynham, county Norfolk.
England, about 1 5*^3. and was son of Christo-
pher Phillips of that place. He graduated as
B. A. from ( ionville and Caius College, Cam-
bridge, in 1613, and received the degree of
M. A. in 1617. "He gave early indications of
deep piety, uncommon talents, and love of
learning, and at the University distinguished
himself by his remarkable progress in learning
especially in theological studies, for which he
manifested an early partiality." He was set-
tled for a time in the ministry in county Suf-
folk, but being a non-conformist determined to
cast his lot with the Puritans in America. He
sailed for New England, April 12, 1630, in the
ship "Arabella," with his wife and two children,
in Governor Winthrop's company, and arrived
at Salem June 12. His wife soon died (evi-
dently unable to endure the hardships of the
voyage) and was buried by the side of Lady
Arbella Johnson. He soon located in Water-
town, and was settled as the first minister of the
town. He had thirty acres of land granted
him in 1 630 and built a house, which was burn-
ed before the close of the year. Tradition says
that his next house is still standing, "opposite
the ancient burial ground, back from the road."
This old house has a solid oaken frame said to
have been brought over by Sir Richard Salton-

•Editor's Note — There is little doubt concerning
the origin and ancient ancestry of the Phillips
family in England, and volumes have been written
of the descendants of the several representatives of
that surname who crossed the Atlantic and settled
in the plantations of New England during the years
of the seventeenth century. In Great Britain the
name has been known in some of its various forms
for more than five hundred years, and when written
"Phillipse" it indicates a Welsh family, while "Phil-
lips" is distinctly English. It has been urged by
some authorities that the English Phillips family
originated in Wales and in later generations spread
throughout the kingdom and adopted various forms
of spelling, such as Phillips, Philips. Phillipse.
Philipps and others as well; but in this country
the almost universal orthographical construction of
the name is Phillips.

stall. It was remodelled, but the interior
shows marks of great age. Rev. Mr. Phillips
remained as pastor of the church until his
death, July 2, 1644. He was admitted a free-
man May 18, 1631, the earliest date of any
such admission. He left a large estate for the
time, five hundred and fifty pounds, two shill-
ings, nine pence. His library was valued at
seventy-one pounds, nine shillings, nine pence.
"Ik- was the earliest advocate of the Congre-
gational order and discipline. His views were
for a time regarded as novel, suspicious and
extreme, and he, with his ruling elder, Mr.
Richard Brown, stood almost unaided and
alone, until the arrival of Mr. John Cotton, in
family maintaining what was and still is, the
1 ongregationalism of New England. It is not
now easy to estimate the extent and importance
of the influence of Mr. Phillips in giving form
and character to the civil and ecclesiastical in-
stitutions of New England." He married (first )
a daughter of Richard Sargent. He married

(second) Elizabeth , probably widow

of Captain Robert Welden. She died in Water-
town. June 2J, 1681. Children of first wife:
1. Samuel, born 1625; settled in Rowley. 2.
Elizabeth, born in England; married Job
Bishop. Children of second wife : 3. Zerub-
babel, born April 6, 1632 ; married Ann White.
4. Jonathan, born November 16, 1633. 5.
Theophilus, born May 28, 1636; mentioned be-
low. 6. Annabel, born December, 1637; died
April, 1639. 7. Ephraim.born June. 1640-4 1, died
young. 8. Obadiah, died young. 9. Abigail,
married, October 8, 1666, James Parnard ; died
in Sudbury, 1672.

( II ) Theophilus, son of Rev. George Phillips,
was born May 28, 1636. He lived in Water-
town, and married (first) Bethia ■ , who

died March 15, 1669. He married (second),
November 21, 1677, Mary Bennet. She, being
a widow, made her will in Plopkinton, Decem-
ber 3, 1730. Children of first wife: 1. Bethiah,
born December 21, 1668; died young. Chil-
dren of second wife: 2. Samuel, born February
20, 1679-80; died November 9, 1752: settled
in Weston; married, February 12, 1710-11,
Deborah Dix. 3. Benjamin, settled in Walt-
ham ; married Mary ; died 1740 s. p. 4.

Mary, born September 16, 1684; died June
following. 5. Mary, born November 15, 1685;

married Cook. 6. Theophilus, born

June 24, 1688; married. May 28, 1723, Alice
Cook ; settled in Hopkinton. 7. Jonathan, bap-
tized July 13, 1690. 8. John, born December

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10, 1692; married, October 29, 1719, Rebecca
Livermore. 9. Elizabeth, married, November
7, 1 7 16, Benjamin Eddy. 10. Lydia, born June
20, 1695; married, 1725, Jonathan Pratt. 11.
Obadiah, born February 22, 1697-98. 12. Jo-
seph, born December 4, 1702 ; mentioned below.
13. David, born December 15, 1707; died No-
vember, 1740; unmarried.

(III) Joseph, son of Theophilus Phillips,
was born December 4, 1702; died April 23,
1771, in his sixty-ninth year. He settled in
Oxford, in what is now Auburn, on Prospect
Hill. He owned several tracts of land in Ox-
ford and vicinity. The farm was inherited by
his son Israel and grandson Simon, at whose
death it passed out of the hands of the family.
William D. Dalrymple afterwards occupied
the farm, and the site of the old house is sup-
posed to be known. He married (first) Ruth
Towne, who died July 4, 1760. He married
(second), December 10, 1760, Mrs. Bathsheba
Towne, of Oxford. Children, born in Oxford :
1. Jonathan, born August 12, 1732; settled in
Sturbridge. 2. Joseph, born April 11, 1734;
married, November ir, 1756, Lydia Wilson;
was in the expedition to Crown Point. 3. Israel,
born August 17, 1737; mentioned below. 4.
Daniel, born July 6, 1740; married, 1763, Rach-
el Nichols. 5. Ruth, born October 17, 1744.
married, April 28, 1763, Ebenezer Lamson.

(IV) Lieutenant Israel, son of Joseph Phil-
lips, was born at Oxford, August 17, 1737. He
lived on the homestead, and was a soldier in
the French war in 1758. He was also in the
revolution, first lieutenant in Captain John
Crowell's company, Colonel Samuel Denny's
regiment, in 1779; also in Captain Samuel
Healy's company. Colonel John Jacob's regi-
ment of light infantry in 1779, on duty at
Rhode Island. He married, September 18,
1760, Huldah Towne, born November 2, 1737,
daughter of Jonathan Towne, of Topsfield.
She is said to have been a very thin, light, and
wiry woman, of fine character, who faithfully
instructed those under her care in the precepts
of the Bible. She lived on the homestead with
her son Simon, whom she outlived. Children,
born in Oxford: 1. Ruth, born September 25,
1761 ; died July 17, 1783. 2. Martha, born
September 24, 1763; died November 25, 1852;
married Ebenezer Pray, who served in the rev-
olution. 3. Simon, born January 6, 1766; died
1817 ; married, 1791, Rebecca Scott and lived
on the homestead. 4. John, born May 2, 1768.

5. Israel, born April 7, 1771 ; mentioned below.

6. Rufus, born August 31, 1773: married, May

5, 1796, Dilla Pitts. 7. Daniel, born March 1,

(\ ) Israel (2), son of Lieutenant Israel
(1) Phillips, was born in Oxford, April 7,
1771 ; died February 3, 1844. He removed
about 1790 to Greenfield, Massachusetts, and
bought a piece of wild land, when he settled.
He lived the first few years in a log house. It
was his practice for several winters during the
early part of his married life to teach school,
taking his dinner, and leaving his wife alone in
a house three-quarters of a mile from any
neighbors in the midst of a forest which at that
time was not clear of wild beasts. He went
two or three miles to the schoolhouse, return-
ing at night. He married, in 1791, Mercy Bas-
com, daughter of Deacon Moses Bascom, of
Greenfield. Children, born in Greenfield: 1.
Alvah Clesson, born May 6, 1795. 2. Israel,
born September 1, 1797. 3. John Towne, born
May 26, 1799. 4. Rufus Severance, born No-
vember 10, 1801. 5. Elvira, born October 14,
1804; married Seth Mann; died September 12,
1865. 6. Noble Philander, born April 19, 1807.
7. Ezekiel Lysander, born July 16, 1809. 8.
Alonzo Daniel, born February 9, 1812 ; men-
tioned below. 9. Moses Bascom, born July 11.
1814. 10. Huldah, born November 27, 1816;
died April 19, 1820. 11. Simon Cady, born
May 8, 1819.

(VI) Alonzo Daniel, son of Israel (2) Phil-
lips, was born in Greenfield, February 9, 1812 ;
died there May 3, 1863. For a time in the early
part of his life he was employed in the service
of Hon. Stephen C. Bemis, of Springfield. He
was a successful and popular hotel keeper and
followed the business for thirty years and lived
successively in Springfield, Brattleborongh,
Vermont ; Hartford, Connecticut ; Athol and
Fitehburg, Massachusetts. He married Mary
A. Robinson, born at West Springfield, Febru-
ary 15, 1818, daughter of Joel and Anna (Bart-
lett ) Robinson. Children: 1. Smith Robinson,
born at Williamsett, January 14, 1837; mar-
ried, June 19, 1859, Ida M. Bissell ; died Octo-
ber 7, 1877; child, Isabella S., born August 3,
i860. 2. Alonzo Daniel, born August 31, 1838 ;
married, October n, 186 1, Mary A. Cope ; chil-
dren : i. Frederic Charles, born December 20,
1863; ii. Frank Henry, born January 5, 1866;
iii. Inez May, born September 30, 1871. 3.
Charles Oscar, born August 5, 1840; serve 1 in
the civil war; married Ellen E. Pendleton ;died
January, 1877 : children : i. William Henry, born
November 23, 1868; ii. Louis Agassiz, born
August 14, 1870; iii. Edith Ryerson, born Au-






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gust 16, 1873. 4- Henry Moses, born August
11, 1845, mentioned below. 5. Mary Anne,
born February 23, 1847, married John A.
Field; son, Henry Alonzo Field, born August
8, 1870. 6. Emma Lucy, born December 23,
1854, married C. A. Brown.

( VII) Henry Moses, son of Alonzo D.
Phillips, was born in Athol, Massachusetts,
August 11, 1845. f^ e attended the public
schools at Fitchburg, Massachusetts, the Deer-
field Academy at Deerfield, Massachusetts, and
the Norwich University, where he had been
a student for a year and a half when the civil
war came on. In company with students from
Norwich and from Dartmouth College he went
to Providence, Rhode Island, to enlist in a
squadron of cavalry that Governor Sprague
had been authorized to recruit for three months
service. It was called the Seventh Squadron,
Rhode Island Cavalry. It was raised for the
purpose of taking the place of seasoned troops
in guard duty at Washington, but every man
was needed at the front at that time. General
McClellan was being driven back from the
Peninsula and the squadron was sent into ac-
tive service in the Valley of the Shenandoah.
Just after the battle of Antietam Mr. Phillips
returned to Springfield and became a clerk in
the office of Mayor Henry Alexander, Jr. He
was commissioned second lieutenant by Gover-
nor Andrew and assigned to the Fourth Mas-
sachusetts Cavalry. He went with his regiment
to the front in South Carolina and later joined
the Union army under General Butler on the
-■ mth side of Richmond. He served until
shortly before the end of the war and was
breveted captain. Upon his return home, he
was appointed to an office in the internal rev-
enue department and finally became deputy
collector of the district. In 1871 he established
himself in the business of manufacturing steam
heating apparatus and built up a thriving trade.
His business was incorporated as the Phillips
Manufacturing Company, of which he was
president and treasurer. He sold out about
1895 to a new corporation and retired. In pol-
itics Mr. Phillips is a Republican. He was for
a number of years member of the Springfield
common council from ward four and repre-
sented his district in the general court in Bos-
ton, rje was mayor of Springfield in 1883-84-
85, and state senator in 1886-87. From 1889 to
1893 he- was postmaster of Springfield. In
1893 he was elected state treasurer of Massa-
chusetts and receiver-general. He was re-
elected in 1894. In April, 1895, he resigned the
office of state treasurer to accept the office of

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