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dren, namely: Amelia, who married Frank
Boyden, of East Walpole, Mass. ; Allen, who
is a carpenter; Miranda, who married Harry
Bryant, a showman in Boston; Sarah and
Harriet, both deceased; Albert, the subject
of this sketch; Mary, the widow of William
Green, of Vermont ; Evelyn, deceased, who
was the wife of Alfred Clarke, of Franklin:
Henry, also dead; Anna, who married Daniel
Corbin, of Franklin; Shady, deceased; and
Reed, who married Marion Watson, of Frank-
lin.

Albert J. Newell was educated in the pub-
lic schools of Franklin and at Walpole. He
left home when he was but thirteen years old,
and went to work for Colonel P. B. Clark, of
Franklin, with whom he remained for about
fifteen years, working on the farm. Then he
worked in a straw shop for twenty years. In
1862 he enlisted in Company K of the
Twenty-third Massachusetts Volunteer Infan-
try, under Captain Hart, and subsequently in
the Civil War took part in the engagements
at Newbury, White Hall, Hilton Head, and
Spottsylvania. besides many skirmishes, com-
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term of enlistment expired, he returned to
Franklin, and there worked on a farm for the
ensuing five years. Then he was employed in
a straw shop again for two years. After that
he went to Lawrence, Mass., and engaged in
the shoe business for a while. In 1882 he
settled on the old Colonel P. B. Clark place
in South Franklin, where he has lived since,
occupied in general farming, but making a
specialty of the milk business. Besides the
one hundred acres of land in his farm proper,
he owns several lots elsewhere. The measure
of prosperity he now enjoys has been well
earned by hard work. He is a member of the
G. A. R. of Franklin, and he attends the Con-
gregational church.

Mr. Newell was married December 28,
1864, to Betsey W. Clark, of Franklin. Her
father, Colonel Paul B. Clark, was a school-
master for twenty years, teaching in Frank-
lin, Medway, Wrentham, Canton, Randolph,
Bellingham, Braintree, Walpole, and Frank-
lin. He was on the School Committee of
Franklin for a number of years: and he was
Overseer of the Poor, Tax Collector, and Rep-
resentative to the State legislature in 1849.
Colonel Clark was a member of the Congrega-
tional churches in Franklin and South Frank-
lin for over sixty years, and he was one of the
most efficient church workers. His death oc-
curred August 1, 1894, and that of his wife,
in maidenhood Abigail Ann Wheeler, of
Millis, Mass., on March 13, 1882. They had
four children, of whom Mrs. Newell and Mercy
are living. The latter is the wife of Henry
Clarke, of Franklin. Mr. and Mrs. Newell
have had six children: Abbie Ella and Eliza
Harding, living at home; Henry C, dead;
Arthur John, living at home; and two who
died in infancy.



LIAS ANDREWS PERKINS, who is
living in retirement in Quincy, this
county, enjoying the fruits of his
early years of industry, was born July 28,
1S22, in Alexandria, N.H., son of Elias Per-
kins. He is a lineal descendant of John
Perkins, who was born in Newent, Gloucester
shire, England, in 1590. This ancestor, on
December 1, 1630, came to America with his



wife and five children. He left England in the
ship "Lion," on which Roger Williams was
also a passenger. For two years after his
arrival he lived in Boston. Then he removed
to Ipswich, where he was engaged in farming
until his death, in 1654. He was a Deputy
to the General Court held in Boston, May 25,
1636, and served on the Grand Jury in 1648
and 1652.

John Perkins, Jr., born in England in 1614,
came to Massachusetts with his parents in
163 1. He went to Ipswich in 1633, and
there resided until his death, December 14,
1686. He opened the first public house in
that town, was Quartermaster of the first mil-
itary organization of the territory and one of
the largest landholders of that part of Essex
County. His wife, Elizabeth, whose last
name is unknown, and whom he married in
1635, died September 27, 1684. Their son
Isaac, who was born in Ipswich in 1650, mar-
ried in 1669 Hannah, daughter of Alexander
Knight. Isaac Perkins, Jr., born in Ipswich,
May 23, 1676, was master of a ship for many
years, and was well known as Captain Isaac-
Perkins in Boston, where he resided for some
time. The first of his two marriages was con-
tracted June 3, 1703, with Mary Pike, or
Picket, who died in 1720. The second, on
October 10, 1723, united him to Mrs. Lydia
Vifian, the widow of John Vifian. He died
June 14, 1725. His children were all born ot
his first marriage.

Jacob Perkins, son of Captain Perkins and
great-grandfather of Elias A., was born in
Chebacco parish, Ipswich, in 1717. In his
early years he worked at shoemaking. Later
in life he was engaged in farming. On Au-
gust 30, 1743, he married Elizabeth Strong.
Jacob Perkins, Jr., born in Chebacco parish,
Ipswich, June 27, 1748, was there reared to
agricultural pursuits. In 1783 he purchased
wild land in Hebron, N. H. From this he
cleared a farm, which he made his home for
the remainder of his life, and died May 21,
1823. He was an honest, God-fearing man,
eminently devout and strict in all things. On
July 28, 1774, he married Hannah Andrews,
who was born April 26, 1753, and died De-
cember 21, 1845.

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born on the homestead in Hebron, N.H.,
March 18, 1794. He received such education
as the limited opportunities of those days
afforded. When a young man he spent a few
years engaged in farming near Boston, Mass.
Subsequently he returned to New Hampshire,
and, buying a farm in the town of Alexandria,
was afterward engaged in its management
until his death in 1S63. He was among the
leading agriculturists of the county in which
he resided, making the raising of cattle his
especial business. Prominent in local affairs,
he represented the town in the State legislat-
ure, was Selectman for several years, and a
Justice of the Peace for a long period. In
connection with the last-named office he had
the guardianship of a number of children at
different times, and transacted a good deal of
probate business. He was known and re-
spected as a just and honest man. He en-
listed for service in the War of 1812, but did
not go beyond Portsmouth, as hostilities had
ended before he reached there. With his
wife, Rhoda, who was a daughter of Gideon
Simonds, of Burlington, Mass., he reared
four children, namely: Louisa Adams, who
married Luke Gale, of Alexandria; Elias
Andrews, the subject of this biography; Han-
nah A., the wife of David Rollins, formerly
of Alexandria, but now of Groton, Mass. ; and
Holbrook S. , of Alexandria. Both parents
attended the Baptist church.

Elias A. Perkins was reared and educated
in his native town, remaining on the home
farm until he was twenty-two years old.
Coming then to this county, he worked at the
carpenter's trade in Ouincy. Having already
learned the use of tools while a boy, he was
paid journeyman's wages at the end of a year.
After nine years' experience as a journeyman,
he started in business for himself, locating in
Dorchester as a carpenter and builder, remain-
ing there until 1865, when he settled perma-
nently in Ouincy. He carried on a very
extensive business, erecting many houses,
public buildings, and churches in towns near
Boston, and at times employing from twenty
to twenty-five men. For the past twelve or
fourteen years he has been a trustee of the
Ouincy Savings Bank and a member of its
Board of Investment. He is also a director of



the Dorchester Mutual Insurance Company
and of the Quincy Co-operative Bank.

Mr. Perkins has been identified with the
Republican party since its formation, and has
always taken an active part in politics. He
was a member of the Ouincy Board of Select-
men for four successive years. After the city
charter was adopted, he served on the Board
of Assessors for some time, being principal
assessor for one year. He is a life member of
the Mechanics' Charitable Association, which
he joined in 1874. In 1863 he was married
to Miss Mary Frances Hills, a daughter of
Alden Hills, of Hudson, N. H. He attends
the Unitarian church, and is very broad and
liberal in his religious beliefs.




ILLIAM H. H. HANCOCK, a
well-known and reliable jeweller of
Cohasset, was born in this town,
October 16, 1840, son of Horace and Susan
(Stoddard) Hancock. The Hancocks are of
English extraction. Horace Hancock was
born in Winchendon, Mass., in 1 8co. He lo-
cated in Cohasset when a young man, and for
some time was engaged in shoemaking. His
later years were devoted to the pursuit of agri-
culture. He died in 1881. Mrs. Hancock,
who was born in Cohasset in 1802, and died
in 1879, was °f Scotch descent. Her father,
Major James Stoddard, was a member of the
famous Boston Tea Party, and served as an
artificer in the Continental army. He was
among the sufferers at Valley Forge during
the terrible winter of 1777-78.

William H. H. Hancock was educated in
the public schools of Cohasset. He left
school at the age of thirteen; but by reading
and observation he has amply made up the de-
ficiencies in his early training, and he is well
informed on all matters of practical impor-
tance. Engaging in the manufacture of boots
and shoes in Cohasset in 1 871, he was so oc-
cupied something over two years. In 1874
he opened a shop for making and repairing
watches, and some time later he added miscel-
laneous jewelry to his stock in trade. He
now has a prosperous business. Mr. Hancock
is a Republican, politically. Actively inter-
ested in the welfare of the town, he has been




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solicited to accept public office, but has mod-
estly refused. He is widely known and highly
respected.




MORY FISHER, for many years a
prominent business man of Dedham,
was born November 4, 18 18, in
Bolton, Mass., and died at his
home on Church Street, Dedham, March- 20,
1894. His father, Jacob Fisher, was a farmer
in Bolton, where he was a lifelong resident.

Amory Fisher learned the trade of a chair-
maker in his younger days; but, after coming
to Dedham in 1837, he worked for Joel Rich-
ards in the bobbin factory a number of years,
then engaged in the barber's business, having
his office in his dwelling-house, and later
opened a market near by. He finally em-
barked in the coal and ice trade, which he
carried on successfully for half a century,
being at the time of his death one of the old-
est merchants in this locality. Energetic, ca-
pable, and strictly honest in his dealings, a
useful citizen, he was held in high respect,
and, departing, was greatly missed throughout
the community. He was a member of the
Orthodox Congregational church, to which
Mrs. Fisher also belongs.

On April 6, 1841, Amory Fisher married
Miss Elizabeth Dexter Everett, who was born
in Dedham, near the Hyde Park line, Novem-
ber 10, 1 S 1 8. Her father, Nathan Everett,
who was one of a family of four children, was
a native of Dedham, where his parents spent
the later years of their lives. He was a stone-
cutter by trade, and was also a contractor, and
as such did much general work about the
neighborhood. He moved to the village of
Dedham when Mrs. Fisher was a young child,
and there lived until his death, at the age of
fifty-five years. The maiden name of the wife
of Mr. Everett was Hepzibah Colburn. She
was born in West Dedham in 1797, being the
descendant of a pioneer family of that local-
ity, and the daughter of Isaac Colburn, a me-
chanic, who was twice married, and who reared
fifteen children. Of the three children born
to Mr. and Mrs. Everett, Elizabeth D., Mrs.
Fisher, is the only survivor. Mrs. Everett
lived a widow many years, always making her



home with Mrs. Fisher, dying here at the ven-
erable age of ninety-six. Her twin sister,
Mrs. Sally Cole, it may be mentioned, lived
to be ninety-three years old.

Mr. and Mrs. Fisher became the parents of
two sons, Edward Everett and Frank Amory,
both of whom died in childhood. In 1891
Mr. and Mrs. Fisher celebrated the golden
anniversary of their marriage, the occasion
being a very happy one to the numerous
friends who participated in the. festivities.
The comely and convenient dwelling now oc-
cupied by Mrs. Fisher was built by her hus-
band in 1846, and has well withstood the
winds and weather for fifty years. Other
buildings on the place are comparatively new,
having been constructed shortly after the fire
of 1891, by which Mr. Fisher lost his barns,
grain store, carriages, and six horses. Mrs.
Fisher is a woman of superior intelligence, of
a kind and generous disposition, doing much
to relieve the wants of the poor, and is held
in high respect by all who have the pleasure
of her acquaintance.



ZT\HARLES VV. LINCOLN, the popular
I \y and efficient Postmaster of Holbrook,
^^Is)^, was born here, December 31, 1849,
son of Ephraim and Lucy A.
(French) Lincoln. Both parents are also na-
tives of Holbrook, and still reside here. The
father, who is one of the most prosperous men
of the town, was formerly the Postmaster, and
filled the position with credit to himself and
to the full satisfaction of the townspeople.

Charles W. Lincoln obtained his early edu-
cation in the common schools, finishing at the
high school of Holbrook, which was then
known as East Randolph. Upon reaching his
majority, he engaged in the manufacture of
boots and shoes. After spending several
years as the sole proprietor of a shop, he
formed a partnership with N. P. Sprague,
with whom, under the firm name of Lincoln &
Sprague, the business was continued for a
number of years. Then Mr. Lincoln retired
from the firm in order to become a salesman
for a produce concern doing business in Bos-
ton. He had been in this position for two
years, when, in 1885, he was appointed Post-



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master at Holbrook. The satisfaction he has
given as Postmaster is evidenced by the fact
that he has held the position under the suc-
ceeding administrations, and that he is more
popular to-day than he has ever been. In pol-
itics Mr. Lincoln is a Republican, and he has
served as a Registrar of Votes.

Mr. Lincoln is a member of the Masonic
order at Randolph. He married Marietta H.
Wilde, of Holbrook, daughter of the late
L. 1-'. Wilde, who was a shoe manufacturer of
Last Randolph, now Holbrook. Mr. and
Mrs. Lincoln have two children — Walter W.
and Henry F.




HOMAS McDONNELL, the senior
member of the firm of McDonnell &
Cook, who execute cemetery and monu-
mental work of all kinds at South Quincy, was
born February 8, 1851, in Athlone, County
Roscommon, Ireland, which was also the
birthplace of his parents, Patrick and Bridget
(Cunniff) McDonnell. The father was en-
gaged in farming in his native county until
1873, when he emigrated to America. He lo-
cated in Quincy, Mass., where he has since
lived retired from active pursuits. With his
wife, Bridget, who was a daughter of John
Cunniff, of the County Roscommon, he reared
a family of nine children, namely: Mary, who
is the wife of Hugh Whoriskey, of Cambridge,
Mass.; John A., of Quincy; Timothy, de-
ceased; Thomas, the subject of this sketch;
the Rev. Matthew F. McDonnell, of whom
there is no special record; Rose A., who mar-
ried James F. Kelley, of the firm of McDon-
nell & Kelley, of Quincy; Patrick and Mar-
garet, both deceased; and Theresa, a school
teacher in West Quincy.

Thomas McDonnell was educated in the na-
tional schools of Athlone, Ireland. After-
ward he assisted in the labors of the home
farm until 1871, when, with the purpose of
bettering his condition, he came to the United
States. Taking up his residence in ' (uincy,
he here learned the stone-cutter's trade.
After following that calling for four years, he
formed a partnership with his brothers John
and Timothy, under the firm name of McDon-
nell Brothers, continuing with them until



1878, when he sold his interest to the other
members of the firm. Entering then into
company with his present partner, Martin H.
Cook, under the name by which the firm has
since been known, lie has carried on a thriv-
ing trade in monuments and general cemetery
work, employing about twenty-five men. He
is also a director of the Blue Hill Granite
Company.

Mr. McDonnell was married June 11, 1879,
to Miss Mary A., daughter of Thomas Dol in,
of this city. They have had nine children,
of whom six are living. These are: Mary E.,
Matthew 1-'., Thomas C, John J., Lauretta,
and Emily. Mr. McDonnell is a member of
Monticello Lodge, A. O. U. W., of Charles-
town, Mass. ; of the Workmen's Benefit Asso-
ciation: of the Royal Arcanum, John Adams
Council, No. 12 10. of Wollaston.



ENRY VAN NESS, an industrious
.^J fruit grower of Med way, was born in
s I Caldwell, N.J., February 25, 1833,

son of Peter and Sally Ann (Van
Houton) Van Ness. The grandfather, Henry
I. Van Ness, was a native of Caldwell. Peter-
Van Ness, also a native of Caldwell, was a
shoemaker, and followed that trade and farm-
ing in his native town throughout his active
period. His wife, who was born in Orange,
N.J., died in 1863. She was the mother of
nine children, as follows: Henry, the subject
of this sketch ; Hettie, who resides in Caroline
County, Virginia, and is the widow of Peter
Ryerson ; Martha Jane, who is no longer living;
Harriet, who married Fzra Bush, of Caldwell,
and died leaving two children — Fred and Ida;
Phcebe, who married the Rev. Henry Steel -
man, and resides at the homestead in Cald-
well: Josephine, the wife of James Wardell,
a machinist of Newark, N.J. ; Charlotte, the
wife of Samuel Wardwell, a cigar-maker in
Caldwell: James A., who married Carrie
Tompkins, and resides in Newark; and Ed-
ward, who is no longer living.

Henry Van Ness was educated in the com-
mon schools of his native town. At the age
of twenty-one he engaged in the cigar busi-
ness in Lynnfield, Mass. Three years later
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dise business, which he subsequently carried
on for seventeen years. He was also con-
nected with the wholesale woodenware busi-
ness in Worcester, Mass., for a time; and he
was the proprietor of a general store in Ash-
burnham, Mass., until 1876, when he came to
Medway, and bought his present farm. He
now owns about forty-five acres, which he has
brought to a high state of cultivation, and de-
votes to general farming, dairying, garden-
ing, and fruit-growing.

Mr. Van Ness married for his first wife
Sarah E. Norwood, of Lynnfield, who died in
1874. She was a daughter of the late James
and Betsey Norwood. In October, 1875, Mr.
Van Ness was again married to Sarah S.
Brooks, who was born in Ashburnham, May
30, 1830, daughter of Elijah and Rebecca
(Sanderson) Brooks. Elijah Brooks was a
prosperous farmer of Ashburnham, his native
town; and his wife was born in Littleton,
Mass. Both are now deceased. The children
of Mr. Van Ness by his first union were:
Nellie, now the wife of Frank W. Whiting,
of Southboro, Mass.; Charles H., a conductor
by occupation, who married Gertrude Morse,
and resides in Somerville, Mass. ; Emma E.,
the wife of Frank W. Reynolds, a cream
dealer in Albany, N.Y.; Susie S. who mar-
ried Earl A. Adams, a machinist, and resides
in Norwood, R.I. ; and Ernest, who died
young.

Politically, Mr. Van Ness is a Republican;
and, though not an office-seeker, he takes a
deep interest in public affairs. He is widely
and favorably known as an industrious farmer
and a worthy, upright citizen, and is highly
esteemed by the entire community in which
he lives. Mr. and Mrs. Van Ness are mem-
bers of the Congregational church.




"ON. WILLIAM NEWCOMB EATON
was born December 29, 1845, in
Quincy, where he is now a leading
ice dealer. His grandparents, John
and Dorothy (Fox) Eaton, were lifelong resi-
dents of Meredith, N.H.

Jacob F. Eaton, father of William N., born
in Meredith, N.H., in 18 14, there attended
school until he reached the age of fourteen



years. Starting then in life on his own ac-
count with but a dollar and a half in his
pockets, he went to Boston in search of em-
ployment. Here he met a man who offered
him one hundred and twenty dollars a year to
work on his farm. This proposal he accepted
gladly; and at the end of twelve months he
went home, taking to his mother one hundred
dollars. Afterward for several years he con-
tinued as a farm hand, each season prudently
saving a large proportion of his earnings.
Subsequently he hired Mount Wollaston farm,
and conducted it for thirteen years, raising
considerable produce for the market, establish-
ing a successful milk business, and employing
about ten men to assist him in his labors.
He then purchased the farm now owned and
occupied by his son, William N. Having,
while in Boston, become somewhat familiar
with the ice business as the driver of a team
for a dealer in that commodity, he now deter-
mined to establish a like industry in this
town. For this purpose he flooded about
twelve acres of his forty-acre farm, making an
artificial pond. In the course of time he suc-
ceeded in building up a flourishing trade in
ice, and was for many years the only dealer in
Quincy and in that part of Milton through
which his route extended. He was a strong
advocate of the principles of the Democratic
party, and for a number of years served as
Selectman. He was a Mason of Rural Lodge
in Quincy, and belonged to St. Stephen's
Chapter and to the Boston Consistory. He
married Ann Jerusha, daughter of William
Newcomb, of this town; and they had seven
children. Of these six grew to maturity,
namely: Lucy Annie, now the widow of
Charles F. Pierce, late of Quincy; Edward J.,
of Milton; William Newcomb, the subject
of this sketch; Emma Jerusha, the wife of
Walter L. Wellington, of Cambridge, Mass.;
Henry Warren, of Boston; and Carrie New-
comb, the wife of Eugene H. Sprague, of
Wollaston. Both parents were members of
the Adams Temple Unitarian Church. The
father's death occurred in 1871.

William N. Eaton was educated in the pub-
lic schools of Quincy. For about two years
after leaving school, he was employed in a
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then to Quincy, he embarked in the milk busi-
ness on his own account, and in time acquired
a profitable patronage. Since the death of his
father, having sold his milk route, he has de-
voted himself to the ice business, in which he
is meeting with a deserved success, being the
principal dealer in this city and in a portion
of Milton. He handles eight thousand tons
of ice annually, and in the summer season em-
ploys fifteen men, together with six double
and two single teams; while on his farm he
cuts from fifty to sixty tons of hay each year.

In politics Mr. Eaton is an unswerving
Democrat, and he has rendered his native
town efficient service in various official posi-
tions. For seven years he was Selectman and
Paymaster of Quincy. In 1883 and 1884 he
was a Representative to the lower branch of
the State legislature, serving during both
terms on the Insurance and Prisons Commit-
tees. In 1 89 1 and 1892 he was Senator for
the First Norfolk District, and while in that
body was on the Public Works Committee.
He was made a Mason in Rural Lodge,
Quincy, of which he is now Past Master.
He is also a member of St. Stephen's Chapter
of the South Shore Commandery; of the Jo-
seph Cerneau Consistory of Boston: and of the
Granite City Club. On December 29, 1869,
he married Mary Francesca, daughter of
Elisha and Lucy (Newcomb) Packard, of
Quincy. (An account of Mrs. Eaton's pater-
nal ancestors may be found in the biography
of her uncle, Colonel A. B. Packard.) Mr.
and Mrs. Eaton have five children — Minnie
Francesca, Lula, Annie Jerusha, Edith Eliza-
beth, and Grace. Lula is now the wife of
Arthur Hall Doble, of whose father, Enoch
Hall Doble, a biography is given elsewhere in
this work.




ENJAMIN JOHNSON, of Quincy,
who deals extensively in lumber, was
born April 11, 1823, in St. Albans,
Me., son of Charles Johnson.
Charles Johnson, who was born, bred, and ed-
ucated in Jackson, Me., was afterward engaged
in the lumber business in Orono, and built
some of the first mills erected on the Penob-
scot River, being at the time one of the



most prominent lumber men in that section of
the State. In 1837, when about to return
from Galveston, Tex., then Mexican territory,
to which he had gone with shipments of lum-



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