first wife: i. Phineas, born December 4,
1707. 2. Abraham, April 6, 1709, mentioned
below. 3. Rachel. Xovember 30, 1710. Chil-
dren of second wife: 4. Sarah, December 24,
1714. 5. .Mary, May 22. 1716. 6. Josiah, De-
cember 22, 1720, married .Mary Goodale. 7.
Jacob, November 25, 1724. married Ruth
(V) .\braham, son of Josiah (2) Howe,
was born in Marlborough, .April 6, 1709,
died May 12, 1790. He settled in Brook-
field, lie married Martha Potter, born
at Marlborough. 171 1. died at Brookfield,
December 20, 1791. Children, born at Brook-
field: I. F.phraim, .XoveiiibLT 23. 1733,
mentioned below. 2. .Mjraham, January
4. 1735' flied January 20, 1756. 3. .A.bner,
June 28. 1736. 4. Sarah, October 24, 1738.
5. Rachel, March 19, 1741- 6. Martha, May
15, 1744. 7. Persis, July 23, 1749, died Febru-
ary 7, 1760. 8. Eli, March 18, 1752. 9. .\bra-
ham. March 4, 1758, died October 19, 1779.
(\T ) Ejjhraim, son of .Vbraham Howe, was
born at Brookfield, November 23, 1733. He
married, September. 1757, Sarah Gilbert, of
Brookfield. Children, born at Brookfield: i.
William, .November 15, .1759, mentioned below.
2. Molly, .\ugust 13, 1761. 3. Rachel, Octo-
ber 6. 1763. 4. Sarah. January 11, 1766, mar-
ried Simon Crosby. 5. Martha, February 15,
1768. Ch Eucy, September 24, 1769, married
Flavel Crosby. 7. Josiah, January 25, 1774,
died in Maine.
(\'I1 ) William, son of Ephraim Howe, was
bom in Brookfield, November 15, 1759, died
there December 15, 1843. He was a trader.
His house was burned in January, 1798. He
married, November 2, 1780, .Abigail Crosby,
born 1764, died February 14, 1816. daughter
of Jabez and Mary Cro.sby, of Brookfield.
Children, born at Brookfield : i. Sally, .August
3, 1782. 2. Nancy, November 5, 1784. 3.
Jabez C, February 5, 1787, married Eucretia
Pope; died September 7, i8Cv). 4. Otis, Octo-
ber 27, 1788, died young. 5. Otis, January 10,
1790. 6. William, November 20, 1792. 7.
George, .April 9, 1795. 8. .Amos. April 27,
1797, married Nancy Pope: died November
23, 1828. 9. Francis, March 14, 1799. 10.
C)liver, .August 22, i8oi, died November 3,
1872, unmarried. 11. Charlotte .Abigail, Sc]j-
tember 2y, 1804, died September 16, 1803. 12.
Ciiarlotle .Abigail, January 19, 1807. married,
June 30, 1825, Samuel Johnson. (Sec John-
\\'i!liam Blake, immigrant ances-
BL.AKE tor, was baptized at Pitminster,
England, July 10, 1594, son of
William Blake of that place. He married
there, September 23, 161 7, Agnes Band, widow.
Jt is thought that she may have been widow of
Richard Band and daughter of Hugh Thorne,
of Pitminster. baptized January 12, 1594. In
the same parish in England four of the chil-
dren of William Blake were baptized, but from
1624 to 1636 his place of residence is unknown.
He is believed to have come to America in the
fall of 1635 or early in 1636, and remained
at Dorchester or Roxbury, making the
acc|uaintance there of William Pynchon and
others who were considering a plan of settle-
ment in the Connecticut valley. .At any rate
he was with Pynchon and his associates on
May 14 to 16, 1636, when they drew up and
signed the articles of the association at -Aga-
wam, now Springfield, and he was one of five
to assign the lots and manage the affairs of
the colony. He drew land there, but apparently
decided to return to Dorchester and settle.
He drew land in South Boston in Alarch,
1637-38, and was admitted a freeman, Alarch
14, 1638-39. He was a man of integrity and
ability. He was constable in 1641, selectman
in 1645-47, and in 165 1 was on the committee
to build the new meeting house. In 1656 he
was elected town clerk and "clerk of the writs"
for the county of Suft'olk. These offices he
held until within si.x weeks of his death, Octo-
ber 25, 1663. He was also clerk of the train
band. In his will he made a bequest for the
repairing of the burying ground. Soon after
his death his widow .Agnes removed to Boston,
probably to live with her son John or her only
daughter. .Anne Eeager. She died in Dor-
chester. William Blake's estate was appraised
at two hundred and twenty-four pounds. Chil-
dren : I. John, baptized at Pitminster, Eng-
land, September 6, 1620, died at Boston, Jan-
uary 25, 1688-89. 2. .Anne, baptized at Pit-
minster. August 30. 1618. died at Boston, July
12, 1681. 3". William, baptized at I'itminster,
September 6, 1620, died at Milton. Massachu-
.setts, September 3, 1703. 4. James, baptized
.April 27, 1624, mentioned below. 3. Edward,
sujjposed to be the youngest child: died at
Milton, September 3, 1692.
(II) James, son of William Blake, was
born in "England and baptized at Pitminster,
.April 27. 1624. He came to New England
with his father and married (first) about 165 1,
Elizabeth Clap, daughter of Deacon Edward
and Prudence (Clap) Clap. He married (sec-
oiul) in Rehoboth, September 17, 1695, Eliza-
beth (Smith) Hunt, widow of Peter Hunt and
daughter of Henry and Judith Smith, from
county Norfolk, England. James Blake lived
in the north part of Dorchester. His house,
built about 1650, was of such substantial char-
acter that the town voted to model the par-
sonagQ after it in 1669 and it remained in the
Blake family until 1825. In 1895 it was
removed from the original location on Cottage
street to Richardson Park, and the Dorchester
Historical Society secured possession of it
and have fitted it up for their purposes. Mr.
Blake was a busy man. From 1658 to 1685
there is scarcely a year that he did not serve
the town in some official capacity. He was
selectman thirteen years, later constable, deputy
to the general court, clerk of the writs, recorder,
sergeant of the militia. He was deacon of the
Dorchester church for fourteen years, and
ruling elder the same length of time. He
was often called upon as administrator and to
settle estates. He died June 28, 1700, leaving
a will dated two days before his death. His
estate was valued at four hundred and sev-
enty-three pounds. He and his wife are
buried in the old graveyard at Dorchester,
and the stones that mark their graves are in
excellent condition. Children: i. James, born
August 15, 1652, mentioned below. 2. John,
IMarch 16, 1656-57. 3. Elizabeth, October 3,
1658. 4. Jonathan, July 12, 1660, died No-
vember 10, 1660. 5. Sarah, February 28, 1665,
died May 22, 1666. Joseph, August 27, 1667.
(HI) James (2), son of James ( i ) Blake,
was born at Dorchester, August 15, 1652, died
October 22, 1732. He married (first) Febru-
ary 6, 1681. Hannah ^lacey, who died June i,
1683, aged twenty-three years, daughter of
George and Susannah Macey, of Taunton. He
married (second ) July 8. 1684, Ruth Bachellor,
born in Hampton, New Hampshire, May 9,
1662, died in Dorchester, January 11, 1752,
daughter of Nathaniel and Deborah (Smith)
Bachellor. There has long been a tradition
in the family that the first house upon Dor-
chester Neck (now South Boston) was erected
by James Blake. An investigation made a few
years ago brought to light evidence that Cap-
tain James Foster had a dwelling there as early
as 1676, but Blake's hou.se was witliout doubt
the second, built on the peninsula about 1681.
Although isolated from the village of Dor-
chester the hou.se was beautifully situated to
command a view of the harbor and shore. It
was on the road to Castle William, later Fort
Independence, and at times it became a sort of
house of entertainment for the English officers
at the fort. His new house was almost entirely
destroyed by the British troops, February 13,
1776. Mr. Blake was a farmer. He was
deacon of the Dorchester church twenty-three
years. Children: i. Hannah, born Septem-
ber 16, 1685. died October 2, 1686. 2. James,
April 29, 1688, married Wait Simpson ; died
December 4, 1750 ; author of "Blake's Annals,"
the original of which is in posession of the
New England Historic Genealogical Society.
3. Increase, June 8, 1699, mentioned below.
(I\') Increase, son of James (2) Blake,
was born at Dorchester, June 8, 1699. He
married, in Boston, July 23, 1724, Anne Gray,
born March 16, 1704-05, died June 20, 1751,
daughter of Edward and Susanna (Harrison)
Gray. He shared with his only brother James
in his father's estate in 1732, but soon after-
ward sold all his share of the real estate. He
resided in Boston where all his sixteen chil-
dren were born, probably in the vicinity of
;\lilk and Batterymarch streets. He was a
tin plate worker, and his trade was followed
by several of his sons and grandsons. He was
an innholder on Merchant's Row in 1740.
I'roni 1734 to 1748 he was sealer of weights
and measures. In 1737 he leased of the town
of Boston one of the shops on the town dock
at an annual rental of thirty pounds, and in
1744 requested a renewal. He died probably
in 1770. It is stated that he was buried in the
(iray and Blake tomb. No. 74, at the Granary
buryitig grounds. Children: i. Ann, born
May 8, 1725, married Thomas Andrews; died
June 2, 1752 (Granary burying' ground
inscription). 2. Increase, October 28, 1726,
mentioned below. 3. Edward, July 9, 1728,
married Rebecca Ilallowell. 4. James, March
20, 1730. 5. Harrison, September 10, 1731.
6. \\'illiam, September 14, 1732, married
Dorcas Ward. 7. Hannah, September 9, 1733,
married Colonel Thomas Dawes. 8. Susannah,
October 14. 1734, married Ca|)tain Caleb
Prince. 9. John, June 22, 1736, married .Anne
Clarage. 10. Thomas, January 14, 1737-38.
II. Benjamin. May 9, 1739, married Elizabeth
Harris. 12. Joseph, July 5, 1740, married
Sarah Dawes. 13. Nathaniel, .September 28,
1741, died October 15, 1741. 14. Ellis Gray,
.Sei)tcmber 9, 1743, married Jane Cook. 15.
Mary, August 17, 1745, married Simon Whip-
ple. 16. -Sarah, August 18, 1746, married
(V) Increase (2), son of Increase (i)
Blake, was born in Boston, October 28, 1726,
and married there, April 18, 1754, Anne Crafts,
born January lo, 1734. died March 21, 1762,
daughter of Thomas and Anne (White)
Crafts. A few years ago a gravestone with
her name and date of death was found on
Boston Common. He married (second) De-
cember 7, 1762, EHzabeth Bridge, born 1731,
I)orliaps daughter of Ebenezer and Mary
I '.ridge, of J'.oston. She died of small pox in
Worcester, November 22, 1792, aged sixty-
one years, and was buried in a pasture in the
northern i)art of the city, near what is now
Nelson place. An obituary notice in the Spy
of December, 1792, refers to her as "one of
the noblest women earth was ever blessed
with." ".A living Christian." Mr. Blake was a
tin plate worker in Boston, having a shop on
King street, now State street, near the old
Stale I louse. He is said to have supplied the
Provincial troops with canteens, cartridge
boxes and the like, but on refusing to make
them for the British troops was driven from
town. His wife was equally patriotic. Her
Bible, which is owned by Mrs. E. A. Knowl-
ton, of Rochester, Minnesota, gives evidence
of an encounter she had with a British soldier.
One day when sitting in front of her door
reading her 15ible, she was asked by a soldier
as he passed what she was reading. She
re])lied, "the story of the cross," upon which
he answered that he would fix her Bible so
she would always remember the cross ; and
with his sword he made a deej) cut across
the page through many leaves. The story has
several forms as it has been handed down,
but the Bible, the cut and the sword of the
British soldier are undoubtedly realities. When
forced to leave Boston, just after the battle
of iUmker Hill, he removed his wife and seven
children to Worcester, sacrificing nearly all of
his F.oston projjerty. He opened a shop in
Worcester at Lincoln Square and worked at
his trade. In 1780 and for a number of years
he was jailer. He died in Worcester, Febru-
ary 28, 1795. His 'estate was appraised for
forty-two pounds and proved to be insolvent.
The claims amounted to $91.49, the net assets
were only eleven shillings, six and a half
pence — $1.92 — to be divided. Twelve of his
children were born in Boston, the thirteenth
at Worcester. Children of first wife: i. Anne,
born August 9, 1755, died December G. \~C)0.
2. Thomas. December 20, 175''). died young.
3. William. March 12, 1758, died September 7,
1759. 4. Elizabeth, died March 7, 1760. 3.
James, died January 22, 1762. 6. James, born
January 29, 1762, married, July 14, 1784,
Rebecca Cuimingham. Children of second
wife: 7. Mary, November 5, 1763, married,
September 15, 1797, Andrew Tufts. 8. Persis,
March 31, 1765, married, December 8, 1790,
Samuel Case. 9. Thomas Dawes, October 23,
1768, mentioned below. 10. Ebenezer, May
31, 1 77 1, supposed to have been lost at sea.
II. Sarah, November 25, 1772. 12. Susanna,
April 4, 1774, married, August 3, 1800, George
Anson Howes. 13. Dorothy, June 15, 1781.
(\T) Dr. Thomas Dawes, son of Increase
(2) Blake, was born in Boston, October 23,
1768, died in Farmington, Maine, November
20, 1849. He spent his early days in Wor-
cester and attended Dr. Payson's celebrated
school from which he graduated with the high-
est honors of his class. He practiced for a
short time as a physician at Petersham, ]\Iass-
achusetts, but in 1799 settled in Farmington
Falls, Maine. He was a ripe scholar, and to
quote the history of Farmington, "possessed
of those strong virtues acquired during the
troublous times in which his early life was
spent." He married, January 3, 1802, ]\Iartha
Norton, born May i, 1786, died September 30,
1873, daughter of Cornelius and Lydia (Clag-
horn) Norton, of \'ineyard Haven. Massachu-
setts. Children, all born in Farmington: i.
Cordelia, April 19, 1804, died May 24. 1808.
2. Adeline, September 16, 1806, married, April
9. 1835, John F. \\'. Gould. 3. Martha, No-
vember 12, 1808, married, .April 27, 1828,
David C. Morrill. 4. Thomas Dawes, Febru-
ary 4, 181 1, married. ^lay 13. 1841. Hannah
D. Norton. 5. Increase, December 8, 1812,
married, September 26, 1844, Sarah Farns-
worth. 6. Cornelius N., February 8. 181 5, died
August 29, 1827. 7. Ebenezer Norton, July
30, 1817, married, February 16, 1843, Harriet
Cummings. 8. George Fordyce. May 20, 1819,
mentioned below. 9. Jotham Sewall, February
6, 1821, died March 5, 1881. 10. Freeman
Norton, June i, 1822. married Helen S. Baker.
(\TI) George Fordyce. son of Dr. Thomas
D. Blake, was born May 20. 1819, at Farming-
ton. Maine, died in Boston. July 22, 1905. He
began his business career at an early age, and
before he was thirty held a responsible posi-
tion as mechanical engineer at the Cambridge
brick-yards. His mechanical skill led him to
devise several useful inventions, among which
was a water meter which brought his name
into public prominence. His greatest achieve-
ment, however, was the Blake steam pump,
which he devised originally for use in his own
business. This pumj) was so successful that
he devoted most of his time and energies to its
manufacture and improvement. He must be
counted as one of the great mechanical
inventors of the nineteenth century. LJnhke
many of them he reaped richly of the fruit of
his invention. Tlie lilake pump is now manu-
factured by a corporation known as the George
F. Blake Manufacturing Company. Mr. Blake
made his home at various times in Cambridge,
Medford. Belmont, and lastly in Boston. He
married (first) at Lynnfield, Massachusetts,
January i, 1845, Sarah Silver Skinner, born
in Lynnfield, June 18, 1821, died in Boston,
October 14, 1856, daughter of William and
Lucy (Aborn) Skinner. He married (second)
at North Sandwich, December 24, 1857, Mar-
tha J. Skinner, born June 24, 1835, died June
2, 1897, a sister of his first wife. Children of first
wife: I. Thomas Dawes, born at Cambridge
October 25, 1847, married. May 18, 1870, Susan
P. Symounds. 2. Sara Augusta, Cambridge,
December 6, 1853, married, October 21, 1885,
Roland H. Boutwell ; died February 27, 1891.
Children of second wife: 3. George Fordyce,
Medfortl, February 9, 1859, married, April
29, 1885, Carrie H. Turner. 4. Grace Bertha,
IMedford, August 30, 1863, died there Feb-
ruary 29, 1868. 5. Jennie Maria, Medford,
April 29, 1869, married Arthur Stoddard John-
son. (See Johnson VHI). 6. Alice Norton,
Belmont, July 6, 1872, married James M.
Newell, June 6, 1901.
The Atherton familv of
ATHERTON England had its seat in
Lancashire, and in their
manorial estate the town of Atherton lies ten
miles northwest of Manchester. Their lands
included rich coal mines and quarries, iron
works, and is the wealthiest cotton manufac-
turing district in the world. The family had
immense possessions, and was one of the
wealthiest of the commoners of England. The
coat-of-arms of the family were : (jules, three
sparrow-hawks, argent. Crest : a swan argent.
.Another crest : on a perch a hawk billed proper.
These arms hang in the private chapel of the
Athertons in Leigh, in the family vault.
(I) Robert de Atherton lived from 1199 to
r2i6, and was high sheriff of the county under
King John. He held the manor of Atherton
of the Barons of Warrington.
(H) William de .Atherton held the manors
of .Atherton and Pennington in 1251. By inter-
marriage with the Derby family the title is now
vestefl in that line.
(HL) William Atherton of .Atherton in
13 12, married Agnes .
(IV) Henry Atherton of Atherton from
1 3 16 to 1330, married, in 1387, Agnes .
( \ ) -Sir William .\therton, knight, married
(first ) Jane, daughter of William and sister of
Sir Ralphe, Woberly, knight; (second) Mar-
gtrie, a widow, in 1396.
(\T) Sir William Atherton, knight, born
1381, died 1416, married Agnes, only daugh-
ter and heiress of Ralphe \'ernon. Baron of
(X'H) Sir William Atherton married (first)
Elizabeth, daughter of John Pilkinton, knight.
( \ HI) Sir William Atherton married Mar-
garet, daughter of Sir John Byron, knight,
and died 1441.
(IX) John Atherton had a son George,
(X) George Atherton was born 1487, and
married Anne Ashton.
(XI) Sir John Atherton, knight, was born
1541, and married (first) Elizabeth, daughter
of Sir Alexander Ratclifte, knight. The mar-
riage was recorded in the visitation of 1533,
where the arms were also entered. He mar-
ried (second) Margaret, daughter of Thomas
Caterall. He was high .sheriff' under three
sovereigns, in 1551, 1555, and 1561, and com-
mander of the i\Iilitary Hundred in 1553.
(XII) John .Atherton Esq. was born 1556.
He was high sheriff in 1583, and married
(first) Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Byron,
knight; (second) Katherine, daughter and
co-heiress of John, Lord Convers, of Hornby
( XIH ) John .Atherton was son of John and
Elizabeth Atherton. He had a half brother
John, daughter of Katherine.
(XI\') John Atherton, son of Jnlm the
elder, died 1646. He married Eleanor, daugh-
ter of Sir Thomas Ireland, of Beansey, knight.
( I ) General Humphrey Atherton, son of
I'Mmund Atherton, was undoubtedly of the
ancient English family whose pedigree is given
above. He is the first in the American line.
He was born about 1607-8, and lived in Win-
wick, Lancashire, England. He came to New
England in 1635 in the ship "James," with his
wife and three children, and settled in Dor-
chester. He signed the covenant of the Dor-
chester church in 1636, and was admitted a
freeman May 2, 1638. He was deputy to the
general court that year, also from 1639 to
1641, and in 1653 from Springfield, when he
was chosen speaker. The ne.xt year he was
chosen assistant, and soon after major-general.
He was much employed in negotiations with
the Jiidians, and made use of his influence
with them in a great ])urchase in Rhode Island.
He was thrown from his horse, by riding over
a cow, and died the next day, at Boston, Sep-
tember 17, 1661. The manner of his death is
made a matter of comment by Hubbard as one
of the judgments of God. He was captain of
the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company
in 1650. He married Mary, sister of Nathaniel
Wales, and probably daughter of John Wales,
of Idle. England. She died in 1672. He is
buried in the old Dorchester cemetery. His
epitaph reads :
"Here lies our Captain & Major of Suffolk was withal;
A godly magistrate was he, and Major General;
Two troop horse with him here conies, snch worth his love
Ten companies of foot also mourning march to his grave.
Let all that read be sure to keep the faith as he has done
With Christ he lives now around his name was Humphrey
Children: I. Elizabeth, baptized at Win-
wick, England, September 28, 1628; married,
1650, Timothy Mather. 2. John, baptized at
Winwick, December 26, 1629. 3. Isabel, bap-
tized at Winwick, January 23, 1630: married
Nathaniel Wales Jr. 4. Jonathan, soldier in
King rhili])'s war. 5. Consider, mentioned
below. 6. Mary, born about i(<47, married,
April 9, 1667, Joseph Weeks. 7. Margaret,
married. December 30, 1659, James Trow-
bridge. 8. Re.st, baptized. May 26, 1639; mar-
ried, March 15., 1661, Obadiah Swift. 9. In-
crease, born January 2, 1641-2; lost at sea
about 1675. 10. Thankful, born April 29,
1644; married, February 2, 1665, Thomas
Bird, of Dorchester. 11. Hope, baptized Au-
gust 30, 1646; graduated at Harvard 1665;
married Sarah Hollister. 12. \\'atching. bap-
tized August 24, 1651 ; married, January 23,
1677. Elizabeth Rigby. 13. Patience, born
.•\pril 2, 1654; married July 7, 1685, Isaac
(II) Consider, son of Humphrey .\therton,
was born in Dorchester, and married there,
December 19, 1671, Ann .\nnablc ; (second)
Hannah , who died .\pril 26, 1687.
Children, born at Dorchester: 1. Humphrey,
horn January 26, 1672; mentioned below. 2.
John, born May 5, 1677; died June 22, 1679.
3. .'\nna, born February 17, 1679. 4. Sarah,
born May 8. 1683.
(III) Humphrey, son of Consider .\ther-
ton, was born January 26, 1672, and died at
Stoughton, February 2, 1748. lie married
Elizabeth , who died at her son's house
in Diircliester. December 24, 1765. in her nine-
tieth year. Children, born at Dorchester: i.
Elizabeth, April 14, 1701. 2. Captain Humph-
rey, June 5, 1707; died November 17, 1786.
3. Anna, May 3, 1710. 4. John, May 13, 1714,
mentioned below. 5. Considerj February g,
(IV) Deacon John, son of Humphrey Ather-
ton, was born May 13, 1714. He married, Jan-
uary 26, 1 74 1, (intentions dated October 10,
1740), Rachel Wentworth, of Stoughton, born
March 13, 1714-5, died August 11, 1798. He
died at Stoughton, October 4, 1785. Chil-
dren: I. Elizabeth, born May 20, 1744; mar-
ried Tucker, of Alilton. 2. John, born
July 21. 1747: mentioned below. 3. William.
(\') Deacon John (2), son of Deacon John
(i) Atherton, was born at Stoughton. July 21,
1747, and died there July 3, 1825. He mar-
ried there, July 2j. 1768. ^iary .-\dams, born
February 21, 1751, died June 26, 1843, daugh-
ter of Rev. Jedediah Adams, and second cousin
to President John Adams. He was a soldier
in the revolution, sergeant in Captain Peter
Talbot's company. Colonel Lemuel Robinson's
regiment, answered the alarm at Lexington,
April 19, 1775 ; also corporal in Captain Robert
Swan's company, Colonel Benjamin Gill's
regiment, in 1777. on duty at Squantum when
the British fleet left Boston harbor. Children :
I. John, born December 2, 1769; married Feb-
ruary 9, 1797, Sally Bird; died at Savannah,
Georgia. .September 21, 1824. 2. Jedediah,
born .March 3, 1772; married Hannah Drake.
3. Hum])hrey, born January 20, 1774; died
August 31, 1778. 4. Mary, born ]\Iarch 21,
1776; died August 20, 1778. 5. Rachel, born
May 3, 1778; married .Abraham Capen. 6.
Elijah, born July 25, 1780; married April 19,
1803, Ruth Tisdale; (second) Harriet'Crane ;
(third) Laura Gilmore. 7. Samuel, born Sep-
tember 19. 1784: mentioned below. 8. Alary,
born December i, 1786: married May 29, 1810,
.Xbiezer Packard; died June 17, 1840. 9.
-Nathan, born October 25. 1788; married July
6, 1823, Amity Morton; died 1858.
(^T) Samuel, son of Deacon John (2)
.\therton, was born September 19, 1784, and
lived on the homestead at Stoughton. He
married. February 28. 1811. .Abigail Poih\ born
December 3. 1785, died March 19. i8ri8,daugli-
ter of Raljih and .Abigail (Soran) Po]ie. of
.Stoughton. He was of an energetic tempera-
ment, cheerful dis])osition. and a good con-
versationalist when impediment in his speech
permitted, being afflicted with stammering, and
as he had a good voice and ear for music.
often sang \v]iat he wished to say, when he
foimd himself unable to talk well. He took