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Institute, Mount Vernon, New Hampshire, in
1876, and entering Colby University, Water-
ville, Maine, the following year, he took his
bachelor's degree in 1881. Having given at-
tention during the last year in college to civil
engineering he accepted, immediately after
graduating, a responsible position upon the
engineering staff of the Chicago, Burlington
and Quincy railroad, and proceeding to Iowa
was placed in charge of important miscellan-
eous work covering seven hundred and seven-
ty-five miles of road. During the year 1884 he
wa^ occupied in work extending over the con-

tinental divide between Denver and Middle
Park, and a portion of that year he devoted
to the surveying and also to the construction
engineering of the diagonal road running
southwest from Des Moines to Creston, Iowa,
and for a short period during 1885 he was em-
ployed by the Chicago, Burlington and Ouincy
railroad. Leaving the employ of the Chicago,
Burlington & Ouincy Company he entered the
service of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and
Northern railway as constructing engineer. He
next located a line of road westward from
Battle Island for the Chicago, Burlington and
Northern Company, and a year later became
chief engineer of the Chicago, St. Louis and
Nashville line. He subsequently constructed
for the same company a line from Savannah,
Illinois, to St. Paul, Minnesota, and later as-
sisted in constructing a railway line running
westward from Topeka for the Chicago, Kan-
sas and Nebraska Company, also designing
and building bridges through the Wabaunsee
Valley. In December, 1887, he was suddenly
summoned to New Boston by the severe ill-
ness of his father, and resuming his work the
following spring he completed the construc-
tion of the Chicago, Kansas & Nebraska line
to Colorado Springs. In 1888-89 ne superin-
tended the work of connecting the Central
New England and Western railroad with the
Poughkeepsie bridge and after completing that
operation he was for a time engaged in con-
structing a line through the Cumberland
Mountains for the Louisville and Nashville
railway. In 1890 he settled in Springfield and
is still residing in that city devoting his time
to general civil engineering as well as the lo-
cating and constructing of steam and electric
railways. In addition to several steam roads
he has surveyed during the past nineteen years
some forty electric roads, among the most im-
portant of which are a freight line through
Fall River, the laying out of which necessi-
tated some unusually complex and intricate en-
gineering; the preliminary survey for an ele-
vated road in Boston ; lines from Haverhill to
Lawrence and Lowell ; and an electric railway
to the summit of Tom, in the surveying of
which he was not only called upon to provide
for an unusually deep foundation, but was re-
quired to devise an entirely new system of con-
struction. He is also the official engineer at
Forest Park, Springfield, and the other public
reservations, and has furnished plans for sew-
ers and aqueducts in other states. Mr. Mer-
rill is a member of the American and the Bos-
ton societies of Civil Engineers. He is a thir-



ty-second degree Mason, and a member of the
following Masonic bodies : Roswell Lee
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; Morning
Star Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Spring-
field Council, Royal and Select Masters ;
Springfield Commandery, Knights Templar;
the Massachusetts Consistory; and Alelha
Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic
Shrine. He is a past master of Hampden
Commandery, Knights of Malta; has attained
a similar rank in the Patrons of Husbandry,
and affiliates with Miles Morgan Lodge, An-
cient Order of United Workmen, and Knights
of Pythias. He is actively interested in relig-
ious work, having formerly been a deacon of
the Highland Baptist Church ; was for some
time treasurer of the Park Avenue Memorial
Baptist Church and is at the present time
serving on one of its important business com-
mittees. On March 10, 1886, Mr. Merrill was
married in Springfield to Sarah Frances
Cleaves, his first wife. His second wife, whom
he married July 10, 1907, was Lulu Loleta
Spiller, of Beverly, Massachusetts.

The family of this name derives
HOLT its cognomen from a holt or grove

at or near which a remote Eng-
lish ancestor dwelt. The progenitor of the
American branch of the family was a pioneer
settler in two towns, and a man of influence
among his associates. There is a tradition
that the dwellings of Nicholas Holt, the first
settler, is one which still stands on Holt's Hill,
sometimes called Prospect Hill, in Andover.
The descendants of the emigrant progenitor
in Andover have been noticeable for their at-
tention to learning. The Holt family in that
town included four college graduates prior to
1800. The family in this country in all its
branches is very large, and includes many
names of considerable influence in the town
of Andover and" elsewhere.

(I) Nicholas Holt was a passenger on the
ship "James," of London, William Corper,
master, which sailed from the port of South-
ampton, England, about April 6, 1635. and
arrived at Boston, in New England, on June
3 following, after a voyage of thirty-eight
days. The names of forty-three male per-
sons are found as passengers on the ship's
roll, "besides the wives and children of Dy-
vers of them." Among the former occurs the
name of Nicholas Holte, of Romsey (county
of Hants), England, "tanner." He was un-
doubtedly accompanied by his family, which
consisted of a wife and at least one child. He

proceeded the same year to Newbury, where
he was one of the first settlers, and resided
there for a period of ten years. There he re-
ceived his proportionate share of the lands al-
lotted to each proprietor. In 1637 his name
appears as one of the ten persons who in or-
der to vote to prevent the re-election of Sir
Henry Vane to the office of governor, and to
strengthen the friends of Governor Win-
throp, went from Newbury to Cambridge on
foot, forty miles, and qualified themselves to
vote by taking the freeman's oath May 17,
1637. This defeat was a severe blow to the
pride of Sir Henry Vane.

April 19, 1638, Nicholas Holt was chosen
one of the surveyors, of the highways "for
one whole yeere & till new be chosen." Feb-
ruary 24, 1637, it was "agreed that Wra.
Moody, James Browne, Nic. Holt, ffrancis
Plummer, Na Noyse shall lay out all the gen-
erall fences in the towne that are to be made,
as likewise tenn rod between man & man, for
garden plotts, this to be done by the 5th of
March on the penalty of 5 s apiece." In the
month of June, 1638, all the able bodied men
of Newbury were enrolled and formed into
four companies under the command of John
Pike, Nicholas Holt. John Baker, and Ed-
mund Greenleafe. They were required "to
bring their arms compleat one Sabbath day
in a month and the lecture day following,"
and "stand sentinell at the doores all the time
of the publick meeting."

The first church records of Newburv prior
to 1674 are lost, and consequently the name
of Nicholas Holt is not found, but it appears
in the following order of the town records :
"Jan. 18, 1638. It is ordered that Richard
Knight, James Brown & Nicholas Holt shall
gather up the first payment of the meeting
house rate and the towne within one fourteen-
night on the penalty of 6s 8d a piece." In 1644
Nicholas Holt was one of the ten original set-
tlers who removed their families from New-
.bury and accompanied their pastor, the Rev.
John Woodbridge, to "Cochichawicke," now
Andover. On a leaf in the town records con-
taining the list of householders in order as
they came to the town his name is sixth. He
was one of the ten male members including
the pastor elect who composed the church at
the ordination of Mr. John Woodbridge, Oc-
tober 24, 1645. M av 2 6- t647, he was ap-
pointed in connection with Sergeant Marshall
"to lay out the highway from Reading to An-
dover, and with Lieut. Sprague and Sergeant
Marshall to view the river (Epswich river)



and make return to the court of the necessity
and charge of a bridge and make return to the
next session of this court." At a general court
held May 2, 1652, he was appointed with Cap-
tain Johnson of Woburn, and Thomas Dan-
forth of Cambridge, "to lay the bounds of An-
dover," and May 18, 1653, he was appointed
with Captain Richard Walker and Lieutenant
Thomas Marshall to lay out the highway be-
twixt Andover and Reading and at the same
term of Court, September 10, 1655, the com-
mittee made a report of said survey.

Nicholas Holt lived to a good old age and
died at Andover, January 30, 1685, aged one
hundred and four years, says the record, but
Coffin, with more probability, says eighty-
three. In his early life he carried on the busi-
ness of manufacturer of wooden ware. A few
years before his death, in distributing his prop-
erty among his children, he styles himself
"dish turner". The word "tanner" on the roll
of the ship "James" is probably an error of
the recording official who mistook the word
turner for tanner. There is no doubt but that
the same motives that actuated the other early
settlers of New England in leaving their pleas-
ant homes in England and emigrating to this
country, had their due influence on him. That
he was a religious man is made evident by the
fact that he was one of the original members
of the Andover church, and by his forsaking
his native home in England, to encounter the
privations and difficulties of the wilderness in
order that he might enjoy the privilege of wor-
shipping God according to the convictions of
his own mind and his understanding of God's
word. 'While honestly anil conscientiously dis-
charging his duties in this regard, he took an
active part in public affairs of the town, and
his appointment on important committees in
laying out roads and other improvements indi-
cates that his services were valuable and ap-

Nicholas Holt was married in England, a
few vears before he came to Massachusetts.
The name of his wife was Elizabeth Short, of
whom nothing more is known than that she
died at Andover, November 9, 1656. He mar-
ried (second) June 20, 1658, Hannah, widow
of Daniel Rolfe, and daughter of Humphrey
P.radstreet. She died June 20. 1665, at An-
dover, and he married (third) May 21, 1666,
Widow Martha Preston, who died March 21,
1703, aged eighty years. He had by his first
wife four sons and four daughters ; by his sec-
ond wife one son and one daughter. His chil-
dren, born in Newbury, were: Elizabeth. Mary,

Samuel, Andy; and in Andover, Henry, Ni-
cholas, James, John and Priscilla.

(II) Nicholas (2), sixth child of Nicholas
( 1 ) and Elizabeth Holt, was born in Andover,
in 1647, died there October 8, 1 71 5. Septem-
ber 9, 1684, h' s father deeded to him "one-
third of the farm whereon he now dwells,"
and several other parcels, also the dwelling-
house "with ye cellar room & Leantowe". He
married Mary, daughter of Robert Russell,
whose ancestry is traced herein, and she" died
April 1, 1717. Children: Nicholas, Thomas,
Abigail, Sarah, James, Robert, Abiel, Deborah,.
Joshua, (of whom hereafter) and Daniel.

( III ) Captain Joshua, ninth child of Nicho-
las (2) and Mary (Russell) Holt, was born
in Andover in 1703, died in Windham, Con-
necticut. He removed there in 1725. He mar-
ried his cousin Keturah. daughter of Henry
and Samuel Holt. She died at Windham, Oc-
tober 2, 1781. Children: Dinah, Joshua, (of
win mi hereafter); Keturah and Phebe.

( IV ) Joshua (2), only son of Captain Josh-
ua (1) and Keturah (Holt) Holt, was born
in Windham, March 19, 1728, died there July
5, 1 79 1, from being overcome by the heat. He
was remarkable for his averdupois, tipping the
beam at over four hundred. He married Mary,
daughter of Paul and Elizabeth (Grey) Al»
hot. who was born March 3, 1728, died August
10. 1769. A second union was contracted with
the relict Susanna Derby, of Canterbury, Con-
necticut. Children by first marriage: Dinah,
Mary, Uriah (of whom hereafter), Lemuel,
Keturah, Sarah, Hannah and Dorcas. Chil-
dren by Hannah : Samuel, Oliver and Zilpha.

(V) Uriah, eldest son of Joshua (2) and
Mary (Abbot) Holt, was born March 23, 1754.
He lived in Ash ford and West Springfield,.
Massachusetts. He married Margaret Mason,
born August 15, 1754. Children: Sarah, Pol-
ly, Clarissa, Betsy, Rodney (of whom here-
after), John and Polly.

(AT) Rodney, eldest son of Uriah and Mar-
garet ( Mason) Holt, was born in West
Springfield, July 18, 1788, died in Springfield,
September 25. 1862. He married Chloe,
daughter of Peletiah Foster, of Barkhamp-
stead, Connecticut. Children : Frederick,
Clara. Albert (of whom hereafter), John R.,
Martha and Jane A.

( VII ) Albert, second son of Rodney and
Chloe (Foster) Holt, was born in Springfield,
April 16. 1831. He received a rudimentary
education in the district school, supplemented
by four terms at Wilbraham Academy. He
worked on his father's farm summers and



taught school winters until he was twenty-one.
having taught in Chicopee, Springfield, Long-
meadow, Cleveland, Ohio. He was employed
one year at the Massasoit house and three
years by S. C. Bemis. In 1858 he engaged
with the Boston & Albany railroad, then the
Western railroad, as assistant paymaster, and
in the same year was promoted to be paymas-
ter, holding the position until 190 1, when he
resigned to be succeeded by his son. He is a
member of the Winthrop Club, and attends the
.Methodist Trinity Church. He was one of
the old volunteer firemen, was assistant of Ni-
agra company and afterward clerk for the
Ocean hose company and is now a member of
the Veteran Firemen's Association. He is a
Democrat, and has been prominent in the coun-
cils of his party. He has served in the city
government as councilman, and a member of
the board of aldermen. He protested strongly
against the city acquiring the Ludlow water
system. Mr. Molt is one of the old-time rail-
road men of whom few remain, who saw the
rise and fall of the Boston & Albany as a rail-
road system, and in all this he took a leading
part. He was a co-worker with Chester W.
Chapin, James A. Rumrill and Charles O.
Russell, of whom he was an intimate friend,
and of these he is the only one now remaining.
He married, April 20, 1859, Adeline S., daugh-
ter of Solomon C. Warner. She was born Au-
gust 23, 1835. in Springfield, and attended the
old high, also the Wilbraham Academy. She
taught school until her marriage in 1859. She
is a member of the Mercy Warren Chapter,
Daughters of American Revolution, and ac-
tively interested in the same ; also the Union
Relief Association. They have one child liv-
ing, Warner Rodney, born August 17, i860,
graduate of the Springfield high school ; he
then entered Second National Bank, and later
was assistant to his father in paymaster's of-
fice of the Boston & Albany railroad, and re-
mained as such until 190 1, when he succeeded
his father upon the latter's retirement. He
married Mary E., daughter of Frank H. Rat-
cliffe, of Boston, Massachusetts; they have
one son, Arthur Ratcliffe Holt, born December
20. 1895.

(The Poster Line).

The first that is known of the name of Fos-
ter was about the year 1065, A. D., when Sir
Richard Forrester went from Normandy over
to England, accompanied by his brother-in-
law, William the Conqueror, and participated
in the victorious battle of Hastings. The name

was first Forrester, then Forester, then Foster.
It signified one who had care of wild lands;
one who loved the forest, a characteristic trait
which has marked the bearers of the name
through all the centuries that have followed.
The Fosters seem to have located in the north-
ern counties of England, and in the early cen-
turies of English history participated in many
a sturdy encounter with their Scottish foes.
The name is mentioned in "Marmion" and the
"Lay of the Last Minstrel."

During its existence the Foster family has
been a hardy, persevering and progressive
race, almost universally endowed with an in-
tense nervous energy ; there have been many
instances of high attainments ; a bearer of the
name has been, ex-officio, vice-president of the
Republic (Hon. Lafayette G. Foster, president
pro tern, of the senate during Andrew John-
son's administration ) ; another Hon. John W.
Foster, of Indiana, was member of President
Harrison's cabinet ; another, Hon. Charles
Foster, of Ohio, was the secretary of the
treasury. Many have attained high positions
in financial life, and many have gained promi-
nence in military affairs. The record of Ma-
jor-! leneral John G. Foster through the Mexi-
can war and the war of the Rebellion, stamped
him as a soldier without fear and without re-
proach. Professor Bell is the reported and ac-
credited inventor of the telephone, but before
that distinguished man had ever conceived the
plan of electric transmission of the human
voice, Joseph Foster, of Keane, New Hamp-
shire, a mechanical genius, had constructed
and put into actual use a telephone embodying
practically the same working plan as the Bell
machine. The Foster family has an authentic
record covering a period of nearly one thou-
sand years. It has furnished to the world its
share of the fruits of toil ; it has contributed
its share to enterprise and progress. Wherever
it appears in the affairs of men it bears its
crest ; the iron arm holding the golden javelin
poised toward the future.

(I) Christopher Foster was born in Eng-
land in 1603. He came over in the "Abigail"
in 1625, was made a freeman in 1637 in Bos-
ton, the same year removed to Lynn, and in
1651 to Southampton, where he died in 1687.
His wife was named Frances, whom he
brought from England, together with three
children. Children: Rebecca, born 1630; Na-
thaniel, 1633; John, whose sketch follows;
George, Benjamin, Joseph and Sarah.

(II) John, third son of Christopher and
Frances Foster, was born in England in 1634,



was brought to America by his father, and
died at Southampton. The records do not
state the name of his wife, but she bore him
the following children : John, whose sketch
follows; Sarah, born January 29, 1664; Han-
nah, January 2, 1667; Jeremiah, March 2,
1 67 1 ; Patience, March 7, 1673; Rachel. Feb-
ruary 2, 1675; Jonathan, April 2, 1677; David
March 15, 1679; William, April 2, 1681 ;
Phebe, April 1. 1683 : Abigail, February 16,

(III) John (2), eldest son of John ( 1 )
Foster, was born in Southampton, February 8,
1662, and there died. He married Hannah
Abbott, who bore him the following children :
Thomas, 1691 ; John, 1695; Hachaliah, 1700;
Abraham, whose sketch follows.

(IV) Sergeant Abraham, youngest son of
John (2) and Hannah (Abbott) Foster, was
born in Southampton in 1702, died at Wap-
ping, Connecticut, April 2, 1784. He married
at East Windsor, Connecticut, November 30,
1727, Elizabeth, daughter of John and Abigail
( Strong ) Moore. She was descended from
the original John Moore who came over in
the "Mary and John" in 1630. Her strong
line came from Flder John Strong, who also
came over in the "Mary and John", and was
one of the party of colonists that settled Wind-
sor. Connecticut, and he was their pastor.
Abraham served in the Indian war, and bore
the title of sergeant. Children : Thomas,
born July 25, 1727; Abel, October 11, 1728;
Hannah, October 4, 1730; Peletiah, whose
sketch follows; Sybil, March 19, 1735; Haka-
liah, July 4. 1740; John, September 19, 1742;
Elizabeth January 20. 1745.

( V ) Peletiah, third son of Sergeant Abra-
ham and Abigail ( Moore) Foster, was born
in Fast Windsor, November 30, 1732, died
there July 29, 1826. He married Phebe Pom-
eroy, who was born in 1 740, died April 23,
1821. She bore him the following children:
Phineas, May 13. 1763; Eli, born September 1,
1767; Chloe. 1774, who married Rodney Holt,
and became the mother of Albert Holt, whose
ancestrv is traced above.

William Bowman was a resi-
BOWMAN dent of Brookfield, Massa-
chusetts. He was a surveyor
of land and the "History of Amherst" states
that lie surveyed the boundary line between
that town and Shutesburg, October 25, 1792.
He was elected sealer of leather in 1798 and
1799. Family tradition says "he would have
had a large grant of land but for the fact that

he died one hour before the messenger reached
his residence with the grant." The "History
of Xorth Brookfield" names him as one of the
minute-men of that town who enlisted for
the term of six months, November 14, 1774.
He married, May 23, 1769, Susannah, daugh-
ter of Corlis and Janet (McMaster) Hinds.
She was born in Brookfield, March 15. 1750,
and was fourth in descent from James Hinds,
the immigrant. She was noted for a gift of
repartee inherited by some of her descendents.
She died May 31, 1840, at the age of more
than one hundred years.

(II) William (2), son of William (1) and
Susanna (Hines) Bowman, was born Decem-
ber 22. 1776, in Brookfield. and died August

5, 1866, aged ninety. He was a farmer by oc-
cupation ; a Whig and later a Republican in
politics, and a Congregationalist in religion.
He lived in Amherst, Hadley, Deerfield and
Shutesbury, before settling in Sunderland,
about 1825. He married, August 16, 1804,
Tirzah, daughter of Caleb Hubbard. She died
July 13, i860. Children: Tryphena Montague
Mary, Caleb Hubbard, Julia. Creusa Marsh,
Clarissa, Betsey Yannevar, Tirzah Almira. and
William Francis.

(III) Caleb Hubbard, eldest son of Wil-
liam (2) and Tirzah (Hubbard) Bowman,
was born in Sunderland, March 30, 1809, and
died June 3. 1873. in Springfield. He was a
mason by trade, in religious belief a Baptist,
and in politics a Republican. He lived at
North Sunderland until 1859, and then re-
moved to Springfield, where he lived the re-
mainder of his life. He married, September

6, 1843. Persis Maria Field. Children, all
born in Sunderland: 1. Eveline Maria, De-
cember t6, 1844; married. January 1, 1867,
Rufus D. Sanderson, of Whatley ; resides in
Springfield. 2. Ellen Augusta, born May 18,
1847. died May 18, 1859. 3. Henry Hubbard;
see forward. 4. Jane Elizabeth, born Febru-
ary 2. 1854.

Persis Maria (Field) Bowman, wife of
Caleb Hubbard Bowman, was sixteenth in de-
scent from Roger del Feld (q. v.), of Sower-
by, England. She was born August 25, 1818,
in Deerfield, and is now living, at the venera-
ble age of ninety-one years, with her son. Hen-
ry H. Bowman, in Springfield. She was third
daughter of Elisha and Persis (Hubbard)
Field. Her father was born in Leverett, Mas-
sachusetts, February 19, 1781 ; settled in Sun-
derland in t8o6: in 1816 removed to Deerfield,
where he died, August 25, 1865. He married
November 18, 1806, Persis, born July 1, 1784,



died February 4, 1857, daughter of Caleb and
Tryphena ( Montague ) Hubbard, of Sunder-
land, and their children were : Alden Cooley,
Elijah Stratton, Lucretia Ashley, Calista Hub-
bard, Jonathan Spencer, Persis Maria, Try-
phena Montague, Mary Jane, Elisha Hubbard,
and Martha Marilla.

(IV) Henry Hubbard, only son of Caleb
and Persis Maria (Field) Bowman, was born
in Sunderland, Franklin county, Massachu-
setts, June 1, 1849. He was educated in the
public schools of Sunderland and Springfield,
graduating from the high school of the lat-
ter city in 1867. He was office boy for Howes
Xorris, agent for the Remington Arms Com-
pany, and went from that employ to General
Horace C. Lee, agent for the Lamb Knitting
■Machine Company. April 1, 1867, he took
service in the Springfield Institution for Sav-
ings as boy. There he remained until 1879,
having been made assistant treasurer. At
that date he became cashier of the City Na-
tional P>ank, of which he was then one of
the organizers. In 1893 he organized the
Springfield National Bank and became its
first president and has ever since held that
office. The number and magnitude of the
enterprises which Mr. Bowman has promoted
and organized are the strongest evidence of
his ability to recognize the possibilities of a
proposition and to convince others of its
merit. He organized and since its organiza-
tion has been president and director of the
United States Spring Bed Company ; he as-
sisted in organizing the Holyoke Card and
Paper Company, and has since been its treas-
urer and one of its directors ; he was one
of the organizers of the Confectioners' Ma-
chinery and Manufacturing Company, of

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