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been deprived of his privileges he combined
with some others suflfering the same fate,
about thirty-five in all, and set up an inde-
pendent government at Squamscot F'alls,
New Hampshire, naming the place Exeter.
The Rathbone arms consist of a shield ar-
gent three doves azure. Crest : A dove
proper hcjlding an olive branch. Motto:
Suaviter et fortiter.

Regarding the origin of the family in
America there were several accounts for-
merly current. It was asserted that this
family descended from Thomas Rathbone,
who came from England in 1621. A second
statement is to the effect that those of the
name came from John Rathbone, a member
of a Liverpool family, who came to America
in 1625. Another explanation is that they
are descended from an elder Ijrother of Colo-
nel John Rathbone, who was an officer of
the parliamentary army of 1658, noted for
his devotion to republican principles. The
earliest authentic records point to Rev.
William Rathbone as the first of the name
aj/pearing in America, and allusion is made
to him in a work published in 1637, which
item was reprinted in the "Historical Col-
lections of Massachusetts." This man was
an author. It is shown that his doctrinal
views were not in accord with those of the
members of the Massachusetts colony. It
is beliexed that he and his descendants were
not admitted into the New England church,
with the consequence that they were not
permitted to participate in general public
affairs. The Rhode Island colonial records
mention John Rawsbone, of New Shore-
ham, as one who w-as admitted to full politi-
cal rights as freeman on May 4. 1664, being
the same person whom the Block Island
records name John Rathbone. The latter
was one of those who met at the house of
Dr. Alcock on August 17. 1660, to confer
regarding the purchase of Block Island, and
was one of the original sixteen purchasers
of that island from Governor Endicott and
three others, to whom it had been granted
for public services ; hence, he will long con-
tinue to figure in the country's history.
John Rathbone was chosen in 1676 one of
the surveyors of highways. He occu])iL'(l a
place in the Rhode Island general assemblv
in 1682-83-84 as representative from Block



Island. He was one of the petitioners to
the king of Great Britain in 1686 in refer-
ence to the "Quo Warranto," and was one
of the Rhode Island grand jury in 1688. He
had an interesting experience during the
French and Indian wars, which has been
handed down with authenticity as family
history. In July, 1689, Mr. Rathbone had
a narrow escape from the French, who had
come in three vessels and were then pillag-
ing the island. They inquired of some one
or more of the people "who were the likliest
among them to have money." They were
told of John Rathbone as the most likely.
The French proceeded to capture him, as
they supposed, and demanded money. The
captive denied having any but a trifling sum.
They endeavored to make him confess that
he had more and to deliver it to them, by
tying him up and whipping him barbarous-
ly. While they were doing all this to an
innocent man whom they mistook for the
monied John Rathbone, the latter escaped
with his treasure. They had mistaken the
son, who by submitting to this crueltv in
the room of his father saved the latter from
being robbed.

That the lives of the early Rathbones who
settled on Block Island were fraught with
severe hardship and almost continuous dan-
ger may well be believed from all accounts.
In his history of Rhode Island Arnold
makes this reference : "The local history
of Block Island, truthfully written, would
present an interesting study. The tradi-
tional history of the aborigines is full of the
romance of the war. Their authentic his-
tory in connection with the whites abounds
in stirring incidents, the peculiarities of the
English settlers and their posterity, their
customs, laws and domestic institutions are
among the most singular and interesting
developments of civilized life, while the
martial defense of a people, within and
around whose island there has been more
hard fighting than on any territory of equal
extent in America, and where the horrors
of savage and of civilized warfare have al-
ternately prevailed, almost without cessa-
tion from the earliest traditionary period
down to a recent date would altogether fur-
nish material for a thrilling history that
might rival the pages of a romance. The
dangers of the sea and the sterner perils of

war united to produce a' race of men whose
courage and hardihood cannot be surpassed.
It was out of such material that naval he-
roes were made." Of this character were
the men, and women also, of the earlier
generations of the Rathbone family.

(I) John Rathbone, of Block Island, was
horn about 1634, died there between Febru-
ary 12, 1702, the day on which he signed his
will, and October 6, 1702, the date on which
Simon Ray, warden, took oath that William
Hancock Jr., James W'elch and Roger Dick-
ens appeared before him to testify "that
they were testimony to the signing and
sealing." It is an interesting family docu-
ment, and a portion of it is worth citing.
■'I give and bequeath to my son Samuel
Rathbone the table and cubbard which
stand now in his house as for are lomes
(Heirlooms?) to the house, and I leave my
wife Margaret Rathbone my executrix of
all my movable and household goods, houses
and chattels, cattle, sheep and horse kind ;
and I leave (her?) the income of my house
at Newport for her lifetime, and at her de-
cease the westward (end?) of my house at
Newport, and the leanto of that end so far
as the post that the door hangs on, and the
shop to be left for my son John Rathbone's
son John, and his heirs forever; and the
eastward end of said house and the rest of
the leanto to be left for my son William
Rathbone's son John and his heirs forever,
and the yard to be equally for their use.
And I leave to my wife for her life-time the
twenty acres of land which I bought of
Henry Hall, and the running of two cows
and a horse and the end of the house which
I now live in ; and I leave that my four sons
shall pay to my wife during her life-time
forty shillings apiece a year. And I leave
to my wife during her life-time my nigger
man, and at her disposing, and at her de-
cease to my son Thomas Rathbone for three
years, and at the end of the three years, to
give him as good clothes as his mistress
leaves him, and then to set him free." It
may be said in this connection that the fam-
ily lands at Newport greatly increased in
value, as did the estate situated on Block
Island, and while he gave evidence of abo-
lition tendencies by his provision for this
negro he did not care to put his ideas into
efl'ect while he yet lived. John Rathbone


married Margaret Dodge. Children: i.
William, married, December i8, i6So, Sarah

. 2. Thomas, married April 21, 1685,

Mary Dickens. 3. John, of whom further.
4. Joseph, married. May 19, 1691, Mary
Mosher. 5. Samuel, died January 24, 1757;
married, November 3, 1692, Patience T.
Coggeshall. 6. Sarah, born June 10. 1659:
married (first) December 20, 1678, Samuel
George; (second) September i, 1710, John
Ball. 7. Margaret. 8. Elizabeth.

(II) John (2). son of John (i) and Mar-
garet (Dodge) Rathbone, was born in Rox-
bury. Massachusetts, in 1658. He was ad-
mitted a freeman by the assembly of Rhode
Island, May 5, 1696. He received from his
father, just previous to his marriage, a deed
for sixty acres of land on Block Island, the
nominal consideration for which was "one
barrel of ])ork on demand." It may be con-
cluded that this farm was. therefore, a wed-
ding present or settlement. It is known
that the father some years before his death
settled his sons on farms on the island
where he lived, and entertained great hopes
that his descendants would dwell there for-
ever. Their grandchildren, however, scat-
tered, leaving Samuel Rathbone's descend-
ants the only ones of the name on that isl-
and. Tiie original settler's grandson Jona-
than, son of John Rathbone (2), removed to
Colchester. Connecticut, and is the ancestor
of the Rathboncs of Albany, New York, as
well as those of Otsego county. New York.
Joshua, another son of John (2). settled at
Stonington. Connecticut, and is the ancestor
of the Rathbones of New York City. Other
sons of the same, John, Benjamin. Nathan-
iel and Thomas settled in Exeter. Rhode
Island. Elijah, son of Samuel, settled in
Groton. Connecticut, and in this way the
family spread to various sections of the
country, while very few represented the old
stock at the place of original settlement.
On December 13, 1698 "Great James" and
Jane, his wife, two Indians, bound their
d.nughter, Betsey, to John Rathbone (2) and
his wife, as an indented servant for eighteen
vcars, the consideration being only one gal-
lon of rum and one blanket in hand, and five
years after one gallon of rum, and yearly
thereafter. If she remained five years then
the said Rathbone was to pay four blankets,
and one every third vc;ir thfrc.iftcr. John


(2) Rathbone married, January 10, 1688,
Ann Dodge. Children: i. Mary, born Oc-
tober 3, 1688. 2. Jonathan, of whom fur-
ther. 3. John, born December 23, 1693;
married, December 20, 1720, Patience Fish.
4. Joshua, born February 9, 1696; married,
February 16, 1724, Mary Wightman. 5.
Benjamin, born February 11, 1701. 6. An-
nah, born August 9, 1703. 7. Nathaniel,
born February 7, 1708. 8. Thomas, born
Alarch 2, 1709.

(Ill) Jonathan, son of John (2) and Ann
(Dodge) Rathbone, was born May 22, 1691,
died April i, 1766. Possessing the same
Sort of pioneering spirit that had character-
ized so largely many of his ancestors, while
still a yoiuig man he set out for other parts,
removing before 1715 to that part of New
London county, Connecticut, formerly
known as Colchester, later the town of Sa-
lem. Here he purchased a tract of land
from the Mohegan Indians, on which he set-
tled, and a portion of this estate has con-
tinued uninterruptedly in the possession of
his descendants of the same name for two
centuries. He was a member of the Bap-
tist church there in 1726. He married Eliz-
abeth . Children: John, born January

I, 1715, died November 27, 1755; married,
March 30. 1737, Anna Tennant. 2. Benja-
min, married, November 11, 1752, Mary Co-
hoon. 3. Jonathan, married, November 8,
]744< Abigail Avery. 4. Joshua, of whom
further. 5. Isaiah, born September 7, 1723;
married. May 9, 1764, Fanny Lamphear. 6.
Joseph. 7. Elizabeth. Probably others.

(I\') Deacon Joshua Rathbone, son of
Jonathan and Elizabeth Rathbone, was
born September 7, 1723, being twin brother
of Isaiah. It is .said that "he was a godly,
truth-seeking man," and was always known
as "Deacon Rathbone." He married. De-
cember 4, 1745, Sarah Tennant. Children:
T. Elizabeth, born June 9, 1747. 2. Tabitha,

born August 4. 1749; married (first) ■

Treadway. (second) 1806, Holmes.

Children by first tnarriagc : Sarah and Mary.
Child by second marriage: Clarissa. 3.
Joshiia, born May 7, 1751 ; married Eunice
Martin. 4. Sarah, born November 23, 1752:

married Chamberlain, and removed to

Richfield Springs, New York. 5. Moses,
born November 12, 1754; married Olive
Ransom. 6. Samuel, of whom further. 7.



Anna, born September 12, 1758; married

(V) Samuel, son of Deacon Joshua and
Sarah (Tennant) Rathbone, was born Sep-
tember 12, 1758, twin brother to Anna, died
at Colchester, Connecticut, February 16,
1831. His life had been spent on a farm of
several hundred acres, which had been be-
queathed to him by his father. He married,
March i, 1785, Lydia, daughter of Simon
and Lydia (Brown) Sparhawk. She died
July 13, 1825, aged sixty years. Children :
I. Samuel, born August 8, 1786, died Octo-
ber 9, 1787. 2. Valentine Wightman, born
September 13, 1788, died May 18, 1833; mar-
ried, in 1814, Nancy Forsyth. 3. Jared Lew-
is, Salem, Connecticut, born October 2,
1791. He was a successful merchant of Al-
bany, New York, for several years elected
to the common council, and thrice called to
fill the position of mayor of the capitol city,
being the last mayor chosen by the council
and the first elected by the vote of the peo-
ple. He assumed that office first, as the
forty-first mayor, January 24, 1839. and the
third time, on election by popular vote, on
May 12, 1840, at which time only four thou-
sand five hundred and eighty-eight votes
were cast at that important municipal elec-
tion. He resided at No. 28 Eagle street,
corner of State street, Albany. He married,
June 26, 1834, Pauline Noyes, daughter of
Joel Penney, of Buffalo, New York. Chil-
dren : Charles, Henry R., Anna Pauline and
Jared Lawrence. 4. Lydia, born March 21,
1794, died August 7, 1873: married, Novem-
ber 17, 1819, William W. Reed. 5. Samuel,
born November 6, 1796, died unmarried Oc-
tober 17, 1818. 6. Sabria Lewis, born July
3. 1799; married, February 10, 1818, Clark
Ransom. 7. Anna, born November 6, 1803,
died November 12, i86s ; married David
Tewett, no children. 8. Joel, of whom fur-

(VI) Joel, son of Samuel and Lydia
(Sparhawk) Rathbone, was born in Salem,
Connecticut, August 3, 1806, died in Paris,
France, Sunday, September 13. 1863. He
came to reside in Albany, New York, in the
fall of 1822, as a clerk in his brother Valen-
tine W. Rathbone's wholesale grocery store,
on the corner of Hudson avenue and Quay
street, then the busiest section of the city.
Two years later he became associated with

his brother in the business. In 1827 as one
of the firm of Hermans, Rathbone & Com-
pany he commenced the wholesale stove
business. By reason of certain modifica-
tions and improvements in the patterns of
stoves made under his direction, he secured
a very large and lucrative business, which
became known all over the country, and
doubtless was the most important concern
of the kind then in America, destined to
make the name of Rathbone known for the
century or more. Following the death of
Mr. Hermans in 1829 Mr. Rathbone suc-
ceeded to the entire business, which he con-
tinued in his own name until 1841. At the
early age of thirty-five years with a well-
earned fortune he then retired from active
mercantile pursuits to the enjoyment of
country life. He purchased a large estate
bordering the southern end of Albany,
which he laid out and made beautiful.
"Kenwood,'' as it was named, became his
lesidence for a number of years. Although
retiring from business cares so early he was
still connected with many of the public en-
terprises of Albany, being vice-president of
the New York State Bank, the oldest insti-
tution in the city; president of the Ex-
change Company, doing business where the
Federal Building was located in 1910; and
an active cooperator in and generous con-
tributor to most of the benevolent enter-
prises of Albany. He was known as a con-
scientious and consistent Christian, a gen-
tleman of unusual taste and refinement.

He married. May 5, 1829, Emeline Weld,
daughter of Lewis and Louisa (Weld)
Munn, and she died in Newport, Rhode Isl-
and, August 25, 1874. Lewis Munn was
born December 14. 1784, died July 8, 1810.
Louisa (Weld) Munn was born' April i.
T791. died December 6, 1808. Children of
Joel Rathbone: i. Jared Lewis, born April
23, 1830, died August 20, 1831. 2. Erastus
Corning, born January i, 1832, died Febru-
ary 2, 1832. 3. Joel Howard, born June 11,
1835, died March 29, 1865, unmarried. 4.
Sarah, born December 5. 1837, died March
13, 1910: married, November 19, 1863, Gen-
eral Frederick Townsend. born in Albany,
September 21, 1825. He was a graduate of
Union College, 1844: admitted tolegal prac-
tice, 1849; adjutant-general of New York
state, 1857-61 ; raised and commanded the


Third Regiment New Ynrk \'(>liinteers,
May, 1861 ; brevetted brigadier-general and
resigned from army, 1868; again appointed
adjutant-general by Governor Cornell in
1880, serving until January i, 1883, and died
at Albany. Children: Annie Martin, born
in Paris November i, 1866; Sarah Rathbone,
March 23, 1869, in Albany: p-rederick (2),
October 28, 1871: Joel Rathbone, October
13. ^^79- died October 15, 1879. 5. Albert,
born Alay 27. 1841, died December 10, 1865,
unmarried. 6. Clarence, of whom further.
7. Edward Weld, born October 20, 1848,
died July 30, 1849.

evil) Clarence, son of Joel and Enieline
(Munn) Rathbone. was born on his father's
handsome estate, "Kenwood." on the south-
ern outskirts of Albany. New York, Novem-
ber 17, 1844. He received his education at
Farmington, Connecticut, and at Charlier's
French Institute in New York City. He
entered the Naval Academy, then located at
Newport, Rhode Island, in September, 1861,
and was graduated fifth in his class, 1863,
having successfully undertaken the three-
year course in the space of two years. He
received his commission as an ensign in the
United States navy, and was ordered to the
"Niagara" in the fall of 1863. then on duty
at Newport. In June, 1864. he was ordered
tc New Orleans, and given duty in the
squadron of Admiral Farragut. He served
during the latter part of the war of the re-
bellion, taking part in the celebrated battle
of Mobile Ray, where he was wounded
slightly. Subsequently he served on block-
ade duty off Galveston. Texas. At the ter-
mination of the civil war he returned to
New York. June, 1865, and shortly there-
after resigned his commission on account of
his being left the only son of his widowed
mother upon the death of his brothers loel
Howard and Albert, which had occurred in
1865. For several years following this pe-
riod of his life he was the head of a large
manufactory of stoves, but while still in the
j;rime of life retired from active business
He is a trustee of the .Mbany Savings Bank
the Albany Medical College, and the Dud-
ley Observatory. \Vhen first married he
resided at No. 5 Elk street, his handsome
residence fronting on the Academy Park
and later removed to his present spacious!
h-vnie nearer the city outskirts. No e^jd

W'estern avenue. He is an Episcopalian,
and in politics a Democrat. He is also a
past master of Masters Lodge, No. 5, Free
and Accepted Masons. Mr. Rathbone is a
member of the following clubs : Army and
Navy, and Manhattan, of New York; the
Loyal Legion of America ; and the Gradu-
ates Association of the United States Naval

Clarence Rathbone married, at Albany,
New York, September 11, 1866, Angelica
Bogart Talcott, born at Albany, February
24, 1846. Her father was Brigadier-General
Sebastian Visscher Talcott, son of George
and Angelica (Bogart) Talcott, born in
New York City November 24. 1812, died at
his residence, No. 748 Broadway, Albany.
November 10, 1888. He attended Yale and
became a civil engineer, doing considerable
excellent work in the survey of the bound-
ary line between the United States and Can-
ada, and also in the improvement of naviga-
tion in the Hudson river near Albany, which
work has endured as a specimen of the best
construction of its kind along the length of
the entire river. He was appointed quar-
termaster by Governor Horatio Seymour in
1862. with the rank of brigadier-general.
General Talcott has left an enduring me-
morial of himself in several volumes of
genealogies which he prepared with inde-
fatigable labor, notably his "Genealogical
Notes of New York and New England Fam-
ilies," published by him in 1883. He mar-
ried Olivia Maria Shearman on November
23, 1843. She was born in L^tica. New York.
October 14. 1823. died in Albany January
29, 1888. She was the only child of Robert
Shearman, son of Robert and Honor
(Brown) Shearman, who was born at South
Kingston, Rhode Island, September 10,
1790. died at Westmoreland. New York.
September 6. 1838. and married Anna Maria,
daughter of \Vatts and Olivia (Gillson)
Sherman. She was born September 17,
1800. died at St. Augustine, Florida, March
9, 1825. Children of Clarence Rathbone:
I. Albert, of whom further. 2. Joel, of whom
further. 3. Angelica Talcott. "of whom fur-
ther. 4. Ethel, of whom further.

(VIII) Albert, eldest son of Clarence and
Angelica Bogart (Talcott) Rathbone, was
born July 27, 1868, in Albany. He received
his early education in the Albany Boy's




Academy. Following this he entered Wil-
liams College, where he was a member of
the Alpha Delta Phi Society, and the class
of 1888. He pursued the study of law in the
Albany Law School, a branch of Union Uni-
versity, and was admitted to the bar in
1890. He engaged in the practice of law
about ten years in his native city, becoming
a member of the firm of Tracy, Cooper &
Rathbone. Removing to New York City he
became a member of the firm of Butler,
Korman, Joline & Mynderse. Upon the dis-
solution of this firm Mr. Rathbone became
a partner in the firm of Joline, Larkin &
Rathbone, which is now engaged in general
practice in New York City, with offices in
Wall street. Mr. Rathbone affiliates with
the Democratic party in political action. He
ii^ a member of numerous clubs, including
the Metropolitan, Down Town, Racquet &
Tennis, Ardsley, Automobile of America,
Sleepy Hollow Country, Riding & Driving,
Rumsen Country, Fort Orange, and Albany
Country. He is also a member of the Alpha
Delta Phi Club, St. Nicholas Society of New
York, and Military Order of the Loyal Le-
gion. He married, April 14, 1891, at Al-
bany, Emma Marvin, daughter of Thomas
Worth and Emma (McClure) Olcott. Chil-
dren, born in Albany: i. Grace Olcott, born
December 9, 1894. 2. Anna Talcott, August
14, 1897.

(Vni) Joel, son of Clarence and Angelica
Bogart (Talcott) Rathbone, was born in
Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1869.
He was educated at the Albany Academy.
He entered the employ of the National Com-
mercial Bank of Albany, and afterwards was
the treasurer of the Albany Railway Com-
pany. In 1895 he left for New York City,
where he is first vice-president of the Na-
tional Security Company. He married, in
New York City, October 4. 1894, Josephine,
■daughter of Carlisle and Ethel Josephine
(Hanbury) Norwood. Child : Carlisle Nor-
wood, born in Saratoga Springs, New York,
July 26. 1895.

(VIII) Angelica Talcott, daughter of
Clarence and Angelica Bogart (Talcott)
Rathbone, was born in Albany, New York,
March 13, 1871. She received her education
at St. Agnes' School in her native city. She
married in New York City, December 25,
1899, Dr. Charles Russell Lowell Putnam.

of Boston, Massachusetts, who is now prac-
ticing medicine in New York City. Child :
Patrick Tracey Lowell Putnam, born in
New York City September 15, 1904.

(VIII) Ethel, daughter of Clarence and
Angelica Bogart (Talcott) Rathbone, was
born in Albany, New York, December 11,
1877. She married, in Paris, March '14,
1907, Jean Marty, son of Jean Marty, of
Carcassone, and his wife, Marie Claudine
(Chaumien) Marty, of Alligny en Moreau,

The name of Brewster ap-
BREWSTER pears among the old fam-
ilies in the reign of Ed-
ward III., as ranking among the "English
Landed Gentry." John Brewster was wit-
ness to a deed in the parish of Henstead, in
Suffolk, in the year 1375, and not long after,
in the reign of Richard II., a John Brewster
was presented to the rectory of Godwich, in
the county of Norfolk. This Norfolk branch
became connected by marriage with the dis-
tinguished houses of DeNarburgh, Spelman,
Gleane and Coke, of Nolkham ; and, in the
county of Suffolk, Robert Brewster, of Mut-
ford, possessed also lands in Henstead, and
Robert Brewster, of Rushmore, died pos-
sessed of these estates prior to 1482. From
this Suffolk connection a branch became es-
tablished at Castle Hedingham, in Essex,
and formed connection with several knight-
ly families. Elder William Brewster was
probably of this connection. It is supposed
that Scrooby, a Nottinghamshire village,
was his birthplace, whither he went after
leaving a responsible position in the service
of Mr. William Davison, who was one of
Queen Elizabeth's ambassadors, and after-
wards one of her principal secretaries of

(I) William Brewster Sr. lived in Scroo-
by, Nottinghamshire, England, as early as
1570-71, in which year he was assessed in
that town on goods valued at £3. In 1575-76
lie was appointed by Archbishop Sandys re-
ceiver of Scrooby and bailiff of the manor-
house in that place belonging to the bishop,
to have life tenure of both offices. Some
time in the year 1588, or possibly before, he

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