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Brookline, Massachusetts. He was educated
in the public schools, the Boy's classical
school, Indianapolis, Wabash College, and
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. From
his youth he was associated in business with
his father. He was admitted to partnership
and later became first vice-president of the
George D. Emery Company, of Chelsea, Mas-
sachusetts, when the business was incorpor-
ated. He lived much of the time in South and
Central America from his twentieth year to
the time of his death, and had an unusually
accurate knowledge of the speech and cus-
toms of the people, and remarkable aptitude
for conducting commercial transactions in
these Latin-American nations. He knew the
virtues and failings of the people, and was
held in high respect by those with whom he
had dealings. The "Emery Claim" which has
been in the hands of the State Department at
Washington, concerns large concessions in
' Nicaragua granted through the personal ef-
forts of Mr. Emery eleven years ago. He and
his father were two of the most prominent
merchants dealing with South America and
.Mr. Herbert Emery was long a conspicuous
figure in Nicaragua especially. He was for
years a member of the Boston Athletic As-
sociation, the Corinthian Yacht Club, the An-
cient and Honorable Artillery Company, Jos-
eph Warren Lodge of Free Masons, and many
foreign clubs, including the American Society
of London. He was a member of the Phi
Gamma Delta fraternity, and of the Massa-
chusetts Institute of Technology, in which he
was for a time a student, leaving before com-
pleting his course. He always retained a keen

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interest in the work of this college, and dis-
played the utmost loyalty and affection for his
alma mater. In politics he was a Republican.
In religion he was liberal in his views, but not
connected with any particular denomination.

He married ( first I Alary Louise, daughter
of E. B. Martindale, of Indianapolis. Indiana.
He married ( second I March 27. 1908. in Man-
agua. Nicaragua, Winifred Louise White, of
Richmond. Indiana, daughter of Mr. and Mrs.
Oliver White. His widow resides in Brook-
line, Massachusetts. He had no children.

Dravtmi Perkins was born in
PERKINS Har'tland, Connecticut. March

31, 181 2. died in Sringfield,
Massachusetts, May 15, 1896. aged eighty-
four years. He settled in Springfield at the
age of thirty-three, and from May 10. 1845.
till his death, a period of fifty-one years, he
lived in the house where he died, in which, un-
til the date of his demise, there had been
neither a wedding nor a death. For a num-
ber of years he worked at the armory, after
which he conducted a machine shop at the
South End. He was foreman of the famous
old Lion Engine Company, one of Spring-
field's first fire companies. His life was thor-
oughly pleasant and honorable, and he was re-
spected and loved by all with whom he came
in contact in business or social relations. He
was married, at Long Hill, Springfield, June
13. 1839. by Rev. Hiram A. Graves, then pas-
tor of the First Baptist Church, to Amanda
Mercy Osborne, who was born on Long Hill
street. April 16. 1819. and is still living
\< k> i 1 . She was the daughter of Chester and
(•live (Waterhouse) Osborne. (See Osborne
III). Mr. and Mrs. Perkins celebrated the
fiftieth anniversary of their wedding June 13,
[889, at their home No. 11 Garden street, a
house Mr. Perkins built in 1845. There they
also celebrated their fifty-fifth anniversary.
The children born of this marriage were: 1.
Nathaniel D.. who died young. 2. Hollister
Day. mentioned below. 3. Arthur C, born
April 5, 1856, died unmarried February 13.

ill) Hollister Day, second son of Drayton
and Amanda M. (Osborne) Perkins, was born
on Long Hill, March 20. TS48. He was educated
at the Central street grammar school and Burn-
ham Business College. After leaving school
he became a clerk in the store of his uncle, J.
L. Burgess, at Mittineague. Afterward he
was a clerk for the Adams Express Company,
two or three years clerk for the Connecticut

Liver railroad: clerk at the Wilnoth Hotel,
now Park Scjuare Hotel, Westfield, Massa-
chusetts, and the Rockingham Hotel, Spring-
field. He was engaged in the restaurant busi-
ness on Main street, corner of Pynchon. ten
vears. and then proprietor of various hotels
which he conducted with success, among which
was Hotel Gilmore. The last hotel which he
carried on was the Laton House. Nashua.
New Hampshire, which he had for three
years. At the end of that time he retired from
active business. He is member of Roswell
Lee Lodge, F. and A. M. Hollister D. Pei
kins married, in Springfield. December 17,
1885. Hattie A. Patterson, daughter of Cap-
tain S. G. and Hannah Patterson, of 18
Franklin street. Springfield. The ceremony
was performed by Rev. Dr. Stidham. Mrs.
Perkins died at Hartford, Connecticut, June,
[899. There were no children.

(The Osborne Line).

Ezra Osborne died in Springfield. Massa-
chusetts. He was a revolutionary soldier, and
after his death his wife drew a pension on
that account. He was the first Baptist set-
tler in Springfield, and lived in what was
known as the old Linus Dickinson place on
Long Hill ; the first Baptist meeting, however,
was held in the old house where Mrs. Os-
borne died. This was sold to Ezra Osborne's
son Chester on March 2j. 1820. by Samuel
and Abigail Barker, for the sum of $265, with
one acre of land. Mr. Osborne was a machin-
ist by occupation, and a Republican in politics.
He married Mary , who died in Spring-
field, being over ninety years of age. Chil-
dren : Ezra, born October 27, 1784: Chester.
December 16, 1786: Abigail, February 20.
1780: Willis.

(II) Chester, second son of Ezra and Mary
"Osborne, was born December t6, 1786, died in
Springfield, February. 1879, aged ninety-two
years, three months. He was an armorer and
was counted a prosperous man for his time, vet
he is remembered to have said that the best
pay he ever made was during the month of
his fiftieth birthday, when his wages at the
historic gun factory amounted to the sum of
fifty dollars. He gave to the hill upon which
Dr. Philip Kilroy's residence now stands the
name of Fort Pleasant, from which the street
later cut in this section was called Fort Pleas-
ant avenue. Mr. Osborne at one time owned
much of this land, and he sold a part of it to
Mr. Stoors for a comparative insignificant
sum. as values go to-day. For a long time



the lot was known as Storr's lot, and was a
favorite view place for people of Springfield.
He married, November 2~, 1810, Olive Wa-
terhouse, born November 2, 1789. and they
had seven children: 1. Chester E., bom Jan-
uary 9, 1812. was a carriage maker; he lived
in Springfield, Barre and Palmer till the close
of the civil war. and after that at Westfield ;
he died February 24, 1893, aged eighty-one.
2. Olive Harriet, born February 25, 1813,
died November 15. 1894, in her eighty-second
years : she married Harrison Smith, who died
May 21, 1859, aged forty-seven years. 3. Na-
thaniel W., born March 31, 1814. died March
2T. 1 Si 12. aged forty-eight years. 4. Abigail
Catherine, born October 12, 1817, married
Charles Bacon and died June I, 1861. 5.
Amanda M., mentioned below. 6. Aurelia
Esther, born January 4. 1822, died December
5, [902, aged eighty years; she married James
L. Burgess, a grocer, who died in Springfield.
February 22. 1893, aged nearly seventy-two
years. 7. Mary Rosina, born March 19, 1827.
died young.

(Ill) Amanda Mercy, third daughter of
Chester and Olive (Waterhouse) Osborne,
was born April 16. 1819, and married at Long
Hill. Tune 13, 1839, Drayton Perkins, of
Springfield (see Perkins I). She celebrated
the eighty-ninth anniversary of her birth at
her home, 11 Gardner street, entertaining over
thirty of her friends* at a supper which she
prepared herself. During the day nearly fif-
ty friends were entertained, and each was pre-
sented by Mrs. Perkins with a needle book of
which she had made one hundred since the
preceding September. She also celebrated her
ninetieth birthday anniversary in 1909. She
is a regular attendant at the State Street Bap-
tist Church. Her son. H. D. Perkins, who
with one exception is her sole relative, lives
with her. She has always been a resident of

This family has furnished a
WESTON governor to the^ state of New
Hampshire, as well as many
other worthy and valuable citizens. It is rep-
resented in the early settlement of several dif-
ferent points in Massachusetts, and has been
long identified with the commonwealth.
Among the pioneers of Salem, Massachusetts,
was Francis Weston, who was made a free-
man there in 1633 ani ^ was representative to
the general court in the next year. Soon after
he removed to Providence, and in 1630 was
one of the founders of the Baptist church in

America. John Weston came to Salem in

1044. and Edmund Weston to Duxbury in

1045. It is presumed that these and Thomas
Weston, mentionel hereinafter, were relatives,
but no certain information in this regard is
afforded by the records. The first of the
name in Massachusetts was Thomas Weston.
a merchant, who came from London and com-
menced a colony at Wissagaser, now called
Weymouth, in 1622. This colony was super-
intended by Richard Green, a brother-in-law
of Weston, who died very suddenly, and soon
after this Thomas Weston returned to Lon-
don, and not long after he died at Bristol,
England. After his death, his widow re-
mained in England. It is not believed by
modern genealogists that John Weston, of Sa-
lem, was a relative of Thomas above named
and we shall therefore begin with the next
named as the first generation. Descendants
now use two form in spelling the name — Wes-
son and Weston.

1 1 ) About the year [644, during the civil
war in England. 'John Weston came from
Buckinghamshire, England, to Salem. Massa-
chusetts. Pie left his widowed mother and
secured a passage to America by concealing
himself in an emigrant ship until well out to
sea. He was then thirteen years of age. He
was a member of the First Church in Salem
m 7648, and about the year 1652 removed to
Reading. He lived in that part of the town
now Wakefield. He was a large land proprie-
tor, his property adjoining the meeting house
square and bordering on the southeast part
of the Reading pond, extending thence south-
erly. He was a man of great industry and
wealth, being the largest taxpayer in the town
and became distinguished for important ser-
vices and active participation in the formation
and administration of the colonial govern-
ment. Deeply interested in religious matters.
he frequently penciled down sermons, in
which he exhibited a good degree of skill. He
died about the year 1723. at the advanced age
of more than ninety-two years. He married,
April 18, 1653, Sarah Fitch, daughter of Dea-
con Zachary and Mary Fitch, of Reading.
Children: John (died young I, Sarah. Mary,
John, Elizabeth, Samuel. Stephen and

1 II 1 John (2), second son and fourth child
of John' 1 1 ) and Sarah (Fitch) Weston, was
born March 9, 1661, in Reading, which town
was his home throughout life. He married,
November 26, 1684, Mary Bryant, born in
[666, daughter of Abraham and Mary (Ken-

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dall ) Bryant. Children: John. Abraham.
Samuel, Mary, Stephen. Zachariah. James,
Benjamin, Jeremiah, Timothy, a still-born son,
Jonathan. Sarah and John. The first of these,
born 1685, was killed during the French war
in an engagement at Casco Bay, June II,
1707. The last was born in 1709.

(III) James, sixth son of John (2) and
Mary (Bryant) Weston, was born March 27,
[697, in Reading, and passed his life as a citi-
zen of that town, dying October 10, 1720. He
married. April 8, 171S, Joanna Phillips, who
died March 17. 1726.

( IV ) James (2), son of James (1) and
Joanna (Phillips) Weston, was born March
[3, 1710,, in Reading, died there June 21, 1751),
aged forty years. He married Esther Miles,
of Concord, Massachusetts.

( V ) Nathan, son of James ( 2 ) and Esther
(Miles) Weston, was burn July 14. 1745. in
Reading, and resided in that town in early
life, removing to New Ipswich, New Hamp-
shire, and from there to Rockingham, Ver-
mont : in the last named town he owned
the Intervale Farm in the northeast portion
and died there November 211. 1829. He mar-
ried, April 8. 1768, Hannah Mansfield, born
February 27, 1745. died in Rockingham, No-
vember 30, 1825. Children: 1. Nathan, lived
in Springfield. Vermont. 2. Rev. James. 3.
Joseph, who receives further mention below.
4. Pierson. 5. John. 6. Ezekiel.

( VI I Joseph, third son of Nathan and
Hannah (Mansfield) Weston, was born
March 31, 1774, probably in Reading, and was
a farmer in Rockingham, Vermont, Novem-
ber, 1820, when he removed to Springfield in
the same state and subsequently resided in
Wethersfield, Vermont, where he died Janu-
ary 14, 1838. He married, February 3, 1801.
Lucinda Mather, born November 17, 1780,
and survived him four years, dying July II,
1852. Children : Lewis, Horace, Jehiel, Ran-
dilla. James, Lucinda, Joseph and Reuben.

( \ II) Horace, second son of Joseph and
Lucinda (Mather) Weston was born Decem-
ber 27, 1802, in Rockingham, Vermont, and
from an early age worked out among neigh-
boring farmers, his wages going to aid in sup-
port of the family. On attaining his majority
lie engaged with John Davis, afterward his
father-in-law. and continued in his service at
one and one-half dollars per day until May 1,
1827. At that time he purchased a farm in
Rockingham, and in 1834 he sold this and
bought a farm in Springfield, known as the
Parker Place on Parker Hill. He remained

on this farm nineteen years, when he sold it
and purchased a place in Windsor known as
Ingersoll Farm, consisting of five hundred
acres, for which he paid $15,000. He con-
tinued on this place until his death. May 20.
1871. He was a man of sound judgment in
all business matters, was highly esteemed as
a citizen, and was frequently chosen to posi-
tions of honor and trust in both Springfield
and Windsor. He represented the former
town in the state legislature in 1852. A man
of domestic task'*,, he was fond of reading and
did not seek to engage extensively in public
affairs. He was an active member of the
Universalist church in Springfield. Vermont,
and contributed liberally to its support. He
married. May I , 1827, Mary, daughter of
John and Elizabeth (Hinick) Davis, and they
were the parents of two sons: Albert and

(VIII) Horace (2), younger son of Hor-
ace ( 1 ) and Mary 1 Davis) Weston, was born
October 31. 1835, in Springfield, Vermont,
and was educated at the Wesleyan Seminary
in that town. He became the owner of the
paternal homestead in Windsor in 187 1, and
subsequently purchased seven hundred acres
in Wethersfield and was known as one of the
best and most extensive farmers in that sec-
tion of New England. He represented Wind-
sor in the legislature in 1872-73. was seven-
teen vears a selectman, serving fifteen years in
succession ; thirteen years a lister ; and served
twenty years as justice of the peace. He mar-
ried, December 6, 1859, Sarah C, daughter of
George and Susan (Wait) Dake. She was
horn December 18, 1838, and lives +11 Wind-
sor. Vermont. Mr. Weston died January 8,
[906. Children: George Dake. Frederick H.,
Charles A. and John.

(IX) George Dake, eldest son of Horace
(2) and Sarah C. (Dake) Weston, was born
August 9, 1800. in Windsor, and attended the
public schools of his native town, graduating
from the high school in 1870. He then en-
tered Dartmouth College, from which he was
graduated with the degree of B. S. in 1884.
He subsequently pursued a medical course at
the University of Pennsylvania, from which
he received the degree of M. 1). in 1887. Fol-
lowing this for fifteen months, he was interne
at the Philadelphia Hospital, and subsequently
was in practice two and a half years at Fort
Payne. Alabama. In April, 1802, he settled
in Springfield, Massachusetts, and since that
time has been continuously engaged in general
practice with gratifying success. He is a



member of the Hampden County Medical So-
ciety, the Massachusetts State Medical So-
ciety, the American Medical Association and
the Springfield Academy of Medicine. He is
on the staff of the Springfield and Mercy hos-
pitals of Springfield, and is consulting physi-
cian of the former. He is a Knight Templar,
has attained the thirty-second Masonic degree,
and is affiliated with Melha Temple of the
Mystic Shrine. In politics Dr. Weston
is a consistent Republican and for the
last twelve years, (1909) he has served as a
member of the Springfield school board. These
services and affiliations amply testify to his
work as a man, a citizen and a physician. He
married, July 30, 1901, at Springfield, Massa-
chusetts, Alice Haskell, born July 14, 1861,
daughter of Reid and Maretta (Thrasher)
Haskell, of Wetherfield, Vermont.

Sir Robert de Humfrey-
HUMPHREY ville was one of the fol-
lowers of William the
Conqueror. Humphrey, Lord of Bohun, had
descendants who became earls of Here-
ford. The family had many members who
went with the Crusaders to the Holy Land,
and many have distinguished themselves in
other ways. The name is found in several
counties, in the Domesday Book, and has long
been common in all parts of England. John
Humphrey was deputy governor of the Mas-
sachusetts Company, and returned to England
in 1632, but left sons behind him.

(I) Isaac Humphreys, with his wife Mary,
was living in Dudley, Massachusetts, where
the following children are recorded : Mary,
born September 19, 1761 ; Esther, June 30,
1764, and Noah August 12, 1767. As it has
been ascertained from another source that
three brothers, Noah, Stephen and Elijah,
were born in Dudley at some time approxi-
mately near the dates given above, it is sup-
posed that Elijah and Stephen may have been
also children of Isaac and Mary.

(II) Noah, son of Isaac and Mary Hum-
phrey, was born August 12. 1767, at Dudley,
Massachusetts, and settled in Hartford, Con-
necticut, where he died April 15, 1824. It is
supposed he was the Noah who married Ann
Bidwell, of East Hertford, Connecticut. His
children, born in Hartford, were: Lemuel;
Samuel, born and died in Hartford; and Hor-
ace, who removed to Cape Cod. Massachu-

(III) Lemuel, eldest son of Noah Hum-
phrev, was born about 1794. at Hartford,

Connecticut, and married Marcie Martin, of
Ellington, who died about 1881. He engaged
in the manufacture of soap and candles at
Hartford, and later became a member of the
firm of R. S. & ( I. Sims, which he continued un-
til his death at Hartford. Hewas much respect-
ed by his neighbors, and was of a kindly and
philanthropic disposition, taking a friendly in-
terest in his fellowmen. His children were :
1. Henry Sooter. 2. Frederick M., served in
the United States navy and died in Hartford,
in 1854. 3. Cyprian N., married Mrs. Louisa
B. Davis. 4. Marcie, died young, at Hart-
ford. 5. Frances, married Charles B. Smith.
of Hartford.

(IV) Henry Sooter. eldest son of Lemuel
and Marcie (Martin) Humphrey, was born in
1817, in Hartford, Connecticut, died at Chico-
pee. Massachusetts, January 21, 1892. He re-
moved to Ogdensburg, New York, in pioneer
days, and there started in the forwarding
business also in wholesale and retail drugs,
living on a farm and driving back and forth
to his store. When about fifty years of age he
sold out and removed to Springfield, Massa-
chusetts, where he went into the spice busi-
ness with John Fox, of that place. Later be-
came general agent for Fire & Marine Insur-
ance Company, and afterward adjuster for
the Hartford Insurance Company. He next
entered the employ of W. D. & fames H.
Sherrerd Company, of Philadelphia. He
came to be known as one of the best insurance
adjusters in the country. In his declining
years he retired, settling first in Springfield
and later in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Mr.
Humphrey was an earnest member of St.
John's Episcopal Church, while. living in Og-
densburg, and was a vestryman. He was also
captain of the local militia of the town and
foreman of the volunteer fire department. He
married Mary, daughter of Captain Stephen
and Mary (Palmer) Gregory, of Guilford,
Vermont, and they had children as follows:
1. Charles Henry, born June 19, 1841, mar-
ried Rosamond Winant, of Hackensack, New
Jersey: he had two children. Rosamond Mar-
cy. deceased, and George Richardson. 2.
Frank Gregory, born in 1846. died unmarried,
in 1883. 3. Frederick, born in 1848. died un-
married in 1870. 4. James Lemuel.

(V) James Lemuel, fourth son of Henry
Sooter and Mary (Gregory) Humphrev, was
born November 19, 1851, at Ogdensburg, New
York, where he spent his early years on his
grandfathers farm; he removed to Massachu-
setts with his parents, and there attended the

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Cambridge high school and Phillips Exeter
Academy. He spent two years as office boy
for Howard Brothers, his first experience in
the line of business, then removed to New
York City and for some years was employed
as clerk- in a company dealing in carriages and
saddlery. As his lungs were found lo be
weak, he returned to Ogdensburg and spent
eight or nine years on his grandfather's farm,
which were of such benefit to him that he
again entered the business world, and for
thirteen years travelled for a Chicago firm
dealing in steel products, and two years for a
Pittsburg house, Singer Nimmick & Company,
Ltd. He then removed to Springfield, Mas-
sachusetts, where he became connected with
Olmstead & Tuttle Company, of Chicopee, of
which he is now vice-president, and is also in-
terested with Mr. Tuttle in real estate, under
the name of Tuttle & Humphrey. He is a
member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, of
Springfield. He is unmarried. Mr. Hum-
phrey is considered one of the wide-awake
and enterprising business men of Chicopee,
and is much interested in the city's develop-
ment : his many years of travel have been of
great value to him. and have enabled him to
see the possibilities in his environment.

A brave, hardy, patriotic
SHATTUCK and liberty-loving race in

America have sprung from
early colonists of this name in Massachusetts.
The citizens of this cognomen performed yeo-
man service in the Colonial days in the found-
ing of the civil liberties that their descendants,
in common with all other Americans, now en-
joy. A goodly per cent of Shattucks have
fought in all the principal wars of the nation,
and a due proportion have filled places of in-
fluence, honor and trust in the various pro-
fessions and institutions of learning, and un-
der the government. The number of persons
of this name now living in the United States
is probably about fifteen thousand. The
American spelling of the name is Shattuck.
the old English form Shattocke. There are
many other early forms now in use.

! i William Shattuck is the most remote
ancestor with whom the persons of the Shat-
tuck family in America are enabled to con-
nect themselves. Of his parentage and birth-
place nothing definite is known, though there
is no doubt that his immediate ancestors and
connections were residents of England, and
that they were either of Lancashire. Somerset-
shire or P>erkshire. William Shattuck was

born in England in 1621 or 1622, and died in
Watertown, Massachusetts, August 14, 1672.
He was a weaver, and in addition to his trade
also engaged in agriculture. His name ap-
pears in the old list of proprietors of Water-
town, made about 1642. twelve years after its
first settlement, although he was but twenty
years of age. The first allotment of land t<<
him was a homestall of one acre, by estima-
tion, and three acres of upland by estimation.
To this estate he made large additions by sub-
sequent grants and purchases. Among other
parcels of land the records show a house, gar-
den and thirty acres of land situated on Com-
mon Hill, near his own estate ; a farm at Stony
Brook near the present bounds of Weston,
also a dwelling house and a large farm in an-
other part of the town. He resided in Water-
town about thirty years, and acquired for the
times in which he lived a large property, the
inventory of which at his death amounted to
£434 1 'is 1 1 ' j d sterling, of which £200 was
it) real estate, and £234 19s njA d in personal
estate, including £103 17s yyi d in money. He

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