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Massachusetts, is a worthy representative of families
whose members have won distinction in the build-
ing of towns, erection of temples of worship, and as
soldiers during the revolutionary and civil wars.

David Marshall born in Dedham, Massachusetts ;
buried in Hebron, Maine, the earliest ancestor of
whom we have any authentic information, married
Lucy Mason, daughter of Dr. Moses, of Dover,
New Hampshire. Their children were: I. David,
buried in Paris, Maine. 2. Ashel, buried in Mechan-
ics Falls, Maine. 3. Lucy, buried in Hebron, Maine.
4. Walter. 5. Aaron, buried in Hebron, Maine. 6.
John. 7. Moses, buried in Hebron, Maine. 8. Mar-
ian, buried in Paris, Maine. 9. Nathan, buried in
Paris, Maine.

Ashel Marshall, son of David and Lucy (Mason)
Marshall, was born at Minot, Maine. To him be-
longs the distinction of being the first settler of Me-
chanics Falls, he having founded a colony there in
1820, upon land left to him by his father, David Mar-
shall, which land lay adjacent to the waterfall reach-
ing across the peninsular to Bog brook, about three-
fourths of a mile in width. In 1869 twenty acres
of this farm, adjoining the brook, was purchased
and fitted up for a cemetery. He married Lucy
Calderwood, daughter of John and Thankful
(Morey) Calderwood, of Fox Island, Maine. John
Calderwood was wounded in a naval battle in the
revolutionary war, by being shot in the head ; his
skull was trepanned, and a silver dollar was em-
ployed to cover the wound, which he wore through



life. The issue of this marriage was nine children,
as follows: 1. Henry, born at Belfast, Maine. 2.
Sarah, born at Belfast, Maine. 3. Miriam, born at
Turner, Maine. 4. Moses, born at 1 urner, Maine.
5. Mason, born at Hebron, Maine. 6. John, born at
Turner, Maine. 7. Lydia, born at Turner, Maine;
8. Hannah, born at Mechanics Falls, Maine, Feb-
ruary 14, 1825, still living in Bridgeport, Connecti-
cut. 9. George C, born in Mechanics Falls, Maine,
September 18, 1827; died January 22, 18O2.

George C. Marshall, youngest son and child of
Ashel and Lucy (Calderwood) Marshall, born at
Mechanics Falls, Maine, September 18, 1827, was
major of the First Missouri Cavalry, known as the
Merrill Horse regiment, and was brutally murdered
January 22, 1862, at Knob Noster, by the notorious
bushwhacker (rebel) known as "Arkansas Robin-
son." A newspaper account of this treacherous and
dastardly act is below recorded, and taken from
clippings preserved by the family, dated, January 23,
1862 : "A sad tale of treachery is connected with
the fatal shooting of Major Marshall, commanding
a batallion of Merrill's Horse that left here on
Sunday for Johnson county. Yesterday morning,
while the command was at Knob Noster, Major
Marshall, Lieutenant Bennett and Surgeon Dr.
Thayer, followed by the command went to ascertain
the cause of gunshots which they heard a half mile
distant. On approaching the house they saw two men
galloping off, and immediately gave hot chase. The
major's horse being the fleetest, was first to over-
take the bandits, whom he 'covered,' the man throw-
up his hands crying : T surrender,' but still hold-
ing on to his double-barrelled gun. The major
looked around to see where his comrades were,
when he received a ball from the double traitor
which brought fatal effect, the ball passing upwards
and entirely through the body, a little above the
diaphragm. Lieutenant Bennett gave chase, over-
took him and fired three shots without effect, but
the fourth shot struck the bandit in the eye, and
he fell dead on the spot. He was left where he
fell. A detachment arrived about 2 o'clock this A.
M., bringing the major, still alive, but having no
hopes of his recovery. Thus falls by the hands of
an assassin, one of the purest and bravest spirits of
our army. A terrible retribution is stamped on the
countenances of his associates-in-arms, by whom he
was idolized. The fellow who shot him is known as
the notorious bushwhacker, 'Arkansas Robinson.'
Major Marshall was buried at Minot, Maine, under
arms, by the Mechanic Falls Zouaves.' " The body
was afterward removed to Rutland, the home of his
wife. Major Marshall enlisted at Chillicothe, Mis-
souri, and together 'with Colonel Merrill, of Michi-
gan, raised a regiment of one thousand cavalry, the
major raising five hundred men from Missouri,
which was then a slave state, and Colonel Merrill
raising five hundred men from Michigan. His first
enlistment was as captain of the First Missouri
Cavalry, but after a few months was promoted, at
Bentons Barracks, St. Louis, Missouri, with rank
of major. At Rutland, Massachusetts, the George
C. Marshall Post is named in honor of him. At the
time of his enlistment he was station agent for
the Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad. He married,
January 8, 1849, at Lunenburg, Massachusetts, Char-
I' tte L. Harrington, born at Acton, Massachusetts,
October 16, 1827, daughter of Isaac and Relief
(Watkins) Harrington, and one son was the issue,
Clinton Spaulding, see forward. Edward Har-
rington, the ancestor of Charlotte L. (Harrington)
Marshall, married Anna Ballard, December 15, 1731,
and they had twelve children. Their son, Edward
Harrington, born May 22, 1735, married Anna



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Lawrence, April I, 1756, and they had six children.
He served as captain in the revolution, and died at
Ticonderoga, September 23, 1776. Edward Har-
rington, Jr., born in Watertown, May 20, 1758, en-
listed three times in the revolutionary war, first
for nine months when sixteen years of age; he
served as drummer. He married, October, 1778,
Susanna Wellington, who bore him nine children.
Susanna was visiting her sister Rebecca, whose hus-
band, John Monroe, kept a tavern in Lexington,
when the British soldiers marched upon them, April
I9> T 7/6. They demanded food and drinks and she
helped to serve them. They returned from Con-
cord in such a hurry that they did not call again.
The children of Edward and Susanna (Wellington)
Harrington were : Edward, Nancy, Susan, Thank-
ful, Phineas, Rebecca, Jacob, Jonas, Isaac.

Isaac Harrington was born at Concord, Massa-
chusetts, November 23, 1802, died February, 1868.
He was a successful farmer. He was married to Re-
lief Watkins, daughter of Edward and Keturah
(Dennison) Watkins, at the "Old Manse," Concord,
Massachusetts, by Dr. Ezra Ripley, July 14, 1825.
Children of Edward and Keturah (Dennison) Wat-
kins were: 1. Royal. 2. Miriam; she had a son who
became the governor of Ohio. 3. Ira. 4. Relief,
born August 22, 1802; died July 25, 1898. 5. Char-
lotte. Isaac Harrington and Relief (Watkins) Har-
rington were the parents of five children: I. George
E., born April 26, 1826; died February, 1902. 2.
Charlotte L., born October 16, 1827, widow of
George C. Marshall, and mother of Clinton S. Mar-
shall. 3. Elizabeth M., born July 12, 1830, died
February, 1905. 4. Sarah A. T., born May 9, 1833,
died August I, 1862. 5. Susan R., born April 16,
1841. living at the present time (1905).

Clinton Spaulding Marshall, only child of Major
George C. and Charlotte L. (Harrington) Marshall,
born in Rutland, Massachusetts, February 6, i860.
He received his education in the Worcester public
and high schools, and later pursued higher branches
of study at Wilbraham Academy. After leaving
school, in 1877, he engaged with the Washburn &
Moen Wire Company, and after repeated advance-
ments has risen to the highest position attainable
in this district in this world-renowned enterprise,
that of general manager of the Washburn & Moen
branch of the United States Steel & Wire Company
at Worcester, Massachusetts. This branch oper-
ates three immense plants, located at Worcester,
which are distinctly known as the North works,
Central works and South Works, which collectively,
employed about six thousand hands, upon whom
about forty thousand people in the city of Worcester
denend for a Hvlihood, not to speak of the extensive
aid given to the men of profession, merchants and
various tradesmen who make up the population of
the city. Thus it will readily be seen and appreciated
that such a position is one that involves no little re-
sponsibility, and requires the services of a man of
shrewdness, sagacity, business ability and a keen
knowledge of human nature, all of which character-
istics Mr. Marshall, possesses in a remarkable de-
gree. Mr. Marshall enjoys the confidence and re-
spect of his brother officers, together with that of
every member of the army of skilled workmen under
his management. He is connected with the Meth-
odists, being an ardent believer in the tenets of that
church, and furthers the cause of that denomination
whenever an opportunity presents itself. His con-
tributions to this work are known to be generous,
but being of a quiet nature, and not aspiring for
public praise in matters of this kind, very few are
aware of the extent of his benevolences. He is a
Republican in politics, whether local, state or na-



tional, but has never sought or held office. He is.
a prominent member of the Worcester Commandery,
and a Fourteenth Degree Mason ; an active member
of the Commonwealth Club, Worcester Club, Lake-
side Boat Club, Tatas"sit Canoe Club, and several
other organizations, all of which are composed of
members of the first families of Worcester. He
married, March 4, 1880, Floretta A. Bigelow, born,
March 4, i860, at Boylston, came to Worcester
in 1877, daughter of Charles P. and Rhoanna I.
(Ball; Bigelow, of Boylston, Massachusetts. Their
children are: 1. Charlotte J., born at Worcester,
Massachusetts, November 25, 1887 ; attended Worces-
ter high school, two years, then went West and
entered Monticello Seminary, at Godfrey, Illinois,
remaining for one year, and now enters Lasell
Seminary, Auburndale, Massachusetts, to complete
this course. 2. Helen B., born at Worcester, Massa-
chusetts, May 11, 1892, is now (1905) attending the
Worcester schools.

Charles P. Bigelow, a native of Boylston, born
November 12, 1827, and his wife Rhoanna I. (Ball)
Bigelow, a native of Holden, born April 15, 1830,
were the parents of: 1. Charles E., born July 23^
1852. 2. George E., born October 12, 1854. 3-
Frederick F., born February 4, 1858. 4. Floretta A.,
born March 4, i860, wife of Clinton S. Marshall.
5. Endora M., born February 18, 1862. 6. Herbert,
born August, 1864, died June, 1865. 7. Lillian I.,
born August 24, 1873. Charles P. Bigelow was
a son of Solomon and Rebecca (Parker) Bigelow,
and grandson of Andrew and Sarah (Fawcett)
Bigelow. Solomon Bigelow was born at Boylston,
Massachusetts, March 18, 1795; married Rebecca
Parker, and their children were : 1. Caroline, born
August 22, 1829. 2. Solomon Slater, born Decem-
ber 27, 1821. 3. Rebecca Maria, born March 13,
1824. 4. Charles P., born November 12, 1827, died
March 14, 1877, mentioned above. 5. Henry Alonzo,
born February, 1834.

Rhoanna (Ball) Bigelow -was the daughter of
Nathan and Abigail (Carruth) Ball, who were the
parents of one other child, Edward, who died at
the age of five years. Nathan Ball was a son of
Nathan and Susanna (Hastings) Ball, who were
the parents of twelve or thirteen children; and
Abigail (Carruth) Ball, born at Paxton, Massachu-
setts, was a daughter of Ephraim and Sally (Sever)
Carruth, of Spencer, Massachusetts, who were the
parents of twelve children. Ephraim Carruth was
a son of Silas Carruth.

The Bigelow family can be traced back to the
first known settler of that name in New England,
namely: John, son of Samuel and Mary (Flagg)
Biglo, of Watertown. Samuel, son of John and
Mary (Warren) Biglo, born in Watertown, Octo-
ber 28, 1653. The Ball family is traced back in the
family name, Nathan Ball, to 1720, when he (Nathan
Ball) with his brother James, settled Ball Hill in
Northboro.

FRANK WILBUR NOURSE. Francis Nourse
(1), the immigrant ancestor Of Frank Wilbur
Nourse, of Winchendon, Massachusetts, was born
in England, January 18, 1618, and died at Salem
Village, now Danvers, Massachusetts, November
22, 1695. On account of the witchcraft delusion in
Salem he and his wife became historical characters.
The name of Rebecca Nurse or Nourse is perhaps
the best known of all the unfortunate victims of
the Puritan fanatics.

Francis Nourse was an early settler before 1639
and was a proprietor of the town of Salem in
1647. He lived for forty years near Sperry's on
North River street between the main village of



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Salem and the ferry to Beverly. He was a wood
worker, called a tray maker. In those days wooden
dishes were the rule; there was little pewter, less
silver and china, and the plates, trays and trenchers
of wood were, the ordinary dishes. He was a
skilled .workman, and a respectable man of great
stability and strength of character. He was called
frequently as umpire and arbitrator in cases of dis-
pute over land boundaries. He served on local
juries and on committees to lay out land grants and
highways. He bought the Bishop farm at Salem
•village, April 29, 1678, on favorable terms and set-
tled there, it contained some three hundred acres;
his children all built their homes and lived on it, and
the sons were men of influence in the town and
church. They were prosperous, and it is believed
that their success in acquiring a large estate, paying
for it and prospering as the Nourses had,, was
the cause of the malicious charge against the wife
and mother, Rebecca Nourse. The story of her
trial is well known. She was arrested and pro-
tested her innocence of the charge of witchcraft.
With steadfast dignity and unwavering patience she
bore the ordeal of her trial, where crazy fanatics
even threw their muffs and shoes at her and had
fits and exhibitions of that sort in court. Thirty-
nine of her friends among the highest and most
respectable in the town signed a statement testify-
ing to her blameless character and faithfulness to
the church. These names have been inscribed on
a. tablet on the memorial recently erected over her
grave at Danvers. The jury found her not guilty,
but the court reversed the verdict and condemned
her to death. She was hanged on Witch Hill and
buried in the little cemetery at Danvers.

Francis Nourse married her August 24, 1644.
Her maiden name was Rebecca Towne, daughter
of William and Jane Towne, of Yarmouth, Eng-
land, where she was born February 16, 1621. She
■was hanged July 19, 1692. Children of Francis and
Rebecca Nourse were : John, born 1645. died 1719 ;
Rebecca, born 1647, died 1719; married, April 15,
1769, Thomas Preston ; Samuel, see forward ; Mary,
married, October 25, 1678, John Tarbell ; Francis,
died February 5, 1716; Sarah, born 1663, married,

July, 1700, Michel ; Elizabeth, born January 9,

1665, married, October 25, 1678, William Russell ;
Benjamin, born January 22, 1666, died 1748; removed
to Framingham, Massachusetts.

(II) Samuel Nourse, third child of Francis
Nourse (1), was born at Salem village, February
3, 1649, died there July 15, 1715. He married, 1677,
Mary Smith, daughter of John Smith, who was
born March 3, 1660, died December 10, 1716. Sam-
uel was admitted a freeman 1690. He was baptized
in the North Parish (Danvers) church March 2,
1689, his wife March 23, 1690, and their children
Samuel, Mary, George, Margaret and Rebecca, April
13, 1690. They settled in the North Parish. Their
children were: Samuel, see forward; Margaret,
torn February 24, 1680; George, born January 25,
1682 (Savage says January 29), died 1709; Mary,
born May 25, 1685, married John Daggett; Rebecca,

born September 15. 1688, married Jonathan Kenney ;
Ebenezer, born 1690, died 1704.

(III) Samuel Nourse, eldest child of Samuel
Nourse (2), was born June 7, 1678. died 1740. He
settled in Salem village and his children were born
there, viz.: Abigail, baptized May 18, 1710; Rebecca,
baptized July 20, 1712; Samuel, baptized May 29,
1715; Francis, see forward; Eunice, baptized Sep-
tember 28, 1718; Phebe, baptized July 23, 1721.

(IV) Francis Nourse, fourth child of Samuel
Nourse (3), was born in the North parish of Salem
village, now Danvers, Massachusetts, and baptized



in the church there when an infant June 30, 1717.
He was a farmer at Danvers, where his children
were born, viz. : Samuel and the next four were
baptized together February 15, 1756, at the North
Parish church; Peter, see forward; Philip, Eunice,
Benjamin, Phebe, baptized September 25, 1757;
Jacob, baptized May 18, 1760; Abigail, baptized Jan-
uary 17, 1762; Ede, baptized May 19, 1765; Oliver,
born August 25, 177 1.

(V) Peter Nom'e, second child of Francis
Nourse (4), was born in the North parish of Sa-
lem village, now Danvers, Massachusetts, in 1743.
He was a farmer, also «. cordwainer by trade. He
bought land first in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Sep-
tember 17, 1768, in company with John Putnam,
John Putnam. Jr., George Small, all of Danvers,
Massachusetts, from William Burnett Brown, form-
erly of Salem, then of King William county, Vir-
ginia, one hundred and fifty acres. Some of this
land was in Lunenburg. The same partners and
William Brown, of Salem, and Joseph and Abigail
Blaney had land in common November 14, 1768, in
Fitchburg, Lunenburg and Ashby. Ir, the partition,
June, 1769, Nurse received an eighty ^cre farm on
Pearl hill, Fitchburg, and settled there. He was in
Fitchburg in 1770, when a tax unfairly assessed was
abated. He lived there about twelvt years and
then removed to Rockingham, Windham county,
Vermont. He was in Rockingham in 179A He sold
his farm at Fitchburg, May 5, 1782, to Timothy
Batchelder of Lunenburg, and probably went to Ver-
mont at that time. He sold a small lot to Batchelder,
December 9, 1798, and another to Amos Lawrence
at the same time. He was then in Rockingham.
He was a man of very strict religious views, a mem-
ber of the orthodox church. He was elected fire
ward of Fitchburg in 1778. He married Lydia
Lowe, of Ipswich, Massachusetts, in the part now
called Hamilton. Their children were: Samuel, born
and baptized June 7, 1767, at Danvers; Francis,
baptized at Danvers, January 8, 1769; Daniel, see
forward.

(VI) Daniel Nourse, son of Peter Nourse (5),
was born at Fitchburg, Massachusetts, about 1780.
He removed to Vermont when a young child with
his parents and they settled at Rockingham, Ver-
mont. He was a farmer. He was an active member
of the Baptist church, and in politics was a Whig.
He was a minute man in the war of 1812. He mar-
ried Nancy George, born in Warner, New Hamp-
shire, and their children were : Lydia, born about
1817; Daniel George, see forward; Clarissa. He
married (second) Emily Darby, of Rockingham.
Vermont. There were no children by the second
marriage.

(VII) Daniel George Nourse, second child of
Daniel Nourse (6), was born at Rockingham, Jan-
uary 8, 1819. He was educated there in the com-
mon schools, and after the prevailing fashion helped
his father on the farm at Saxton's River until he
was about thirty years old. He then leased a grist
mill at Waitsfield, Vermont, and conducted that
business for several years. He then removed to
Saxton's River and worked in a mill there. In
1858 he bought the Brockway Mills in the north
part of Rockingham township, continued about
twelve years then entered into partnership with L.
H. Coggswell under the firm name of Nourse &
Coggswell. Later they admitted M. L. Lawrence as
partner. About 1870 he sold out his interests in the
firm to his partners, and bought a large farm which
he carried on two years. He removed to North
Hadley, Massachusetts, in 1872, and conducted a
grist mill and grain business there for several years
until his death, April, 18S2. He was a Congre-



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gationalist in religion and a Republican in politics.
He served on the school committee in Rocking-
ham, Vermont. He was in the militia when a young
man. He was a man of the strictest integrity, en-
joying the esteem and confidence of all his business
associates and the friendship of all whom he knew.
He was interested in public affairs and was especi-
ally active in the temperance movement.

He married (first) Mary Wheeler, of Rocking-
ham, Vermont, daughter of Asa and Persis (Burke)
Wheeler, of Rockingham. Her father was a ma-
chinist and built looms and mills. Daniel married
(second) Eliza Wheeler, sister of his first wife.
Children of Daniel George and Mary Nourse were :
Lucius Wheeler, died 1903, in Minnesota ; Charles
Augustus, killed in Brockton, Massachusetts, 1880;
George Romaine, employed in Vermont Farm Ma-
chine Company, at Bellows Falls, Vermont; Frank
Wilbur, see forward. Child of Daniel George and
Eliza Nourse was : Mary Eliza, married W. H.
Faulkner, in Andover, Massachusetts.

(VIII) Frank Wilbur Nourse, fourth child of
Daniel George Nourse (7), was born at Waitsfield,
Vermont, November 27, 1850. When he was four
years old he moved with his parents to Rockingham,
Vermont. He attended the public schools until
nineteen years of age, when he went to work in
his father's grist mill and continued until he was
twenty-four. He worked four years in a mill at
Bellows Falls, Vermont, and at Alstead, New Hamp-
shire, for John D. Holmes. He finally leased the
business at Alstead of Mr. Holmes and carried on a
lumber and grain business there for seven years.
Then he entered into partnership with George E.
Holmes, son of John D. Holmes, his former em-
ployer, under the firm name of Nourse & Holmes.
Mr. Nourse's health became impaired, and after
four years he withdrew from business and sold
his interests to Mr. Holmes, father of his partner.
For four years he was obliged by ill health to rest
and recuperate, and part of this time he spent in
Winchendon, Massachusetts. In 1892 he accepted
the position of manager of the Winchendon Electric
Light Company, and is at present the treasurer.
His courtesy and good judgment in this responsible
position have won for him the respect of his asso-
ciates in the company and of the public which the
company serves. In politics Mr. Nourse is a Repub-
lican. He was made a Master Mason in St. Paul's
Lodge at Alstead, New Hampshire, was worshipful
master at one time, and is at present a member of
Artisan Lodge of Winchendon. Pie is also a member
of Bellows Falls Lodge of Odd Fellows at Bellows
Falls, Vermont, of the Avon Club of Winchendon.
Mr. Nourse married, January 13. 1880, Ella J.
Holmes, daughter of John D. and Sarah T. ( Mer-
riam) Holmes, of Alstead, New Hampshire. They
have one son : Charles A. Nourse, born November
11, 1881, at present a machinist at Ayer, Massa-
chusetts.

WOOD FAMILY. William Wood (1) was the
immigrant ancestor of Oliver B. Wood, the printer
and publisher of Worcester, and of Ernest Freeman
Wood and George Farrar Wood, of Winchendon,
Massachusetts.

William Wood was born, according to Shattuck,
the Concord historian, in Derbyshire, England, 15S2.
He is believed to have come to New England early
to collect material for the book, "New England's
Prospects," an enthusiastic description of the new
country, responsible perhaps for much of the emi-
gration from England after its publication in London
in 1636. William Wood again came to America in
1638 with his nephew, Hon. Thomas Flint, and set-



tled in Concord. The first mention of the Indian
name of Concord in print was found in this book,
of Wood's. He died May 14, 1671, and was buried
at Concord. His age was given at the time of
death as eighty-one years. His will, dated Septem-
ber 15, 1670, named the three children given below..
They were born in England, viz. : Michael, s'ee for-
ward ; Ruth, married Captain Thomas Wheeler, the
valiant Indian fighter; Abigail, married at Concord,.
March 24, 1667, Stephen Hosmer.

(II) Michael Wood, the only son of William
Wood (1). was born in England and came probably
in 1638 with his father to Concord. He made his.
home there on what is now Main street, beyond the
south branch of the river. His near neighbors were
Obadiah Wheeler, Edmund Wigley and Goodman
Dakin. He was admitted a freeman May 13, 1640.
He died in Concord, May 13, 1674. He married

Mary , who survived him. Children of Michael

Wood and his wife Mary were : Abraham, settled
in Sudbury, was father of Deacon Nathan Wood,,
born March 24, 1723, who removed in 1756 to West-
minster, and who had fifteen children and many
descendants there; Abigail, born at Concord, April
10, 1642: Thomas or Thompson; John; Nathaniel,
died March 7, 1661-62; Mary died April 4, 1663;
Jacob, born March 3, 1661-62, married Mary
Wheeler, 1697 ; Isaac, see forward.



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