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[792. He received the education given to the
farmer's sons in his day, working on the farm at
home when not in school. He learned the trade of
butcher. For some years he worked out on various
farms of the vicinity. He followed his trade in
later years in addition to his farming, and was an
active, energetic and successful man until disabled
by a broken hip received while trying to stop a
runaway horse. His farm was on the road to South
Ashburnham, near the town farm. He was a man
of large frame and very muscular. After his acci-
dent he went to live with his daughter Dorothy
Metcalf, wife of Nahum Wood, at whose home he
died January 19, 1862. He was a member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church. In politics he was a
Whig. He trained in the state militia when a young

He married Abigail Pratt, of Fitzwilliam, Xew
Hampshire, daughter of Job and Mercy (Williams)
Pratt. Her father was a blacksmith and farmer.
The children of Levi and Abigail Clark: George P.,
born November 30, 18 14, (name changed from Job
:n [834) married Sarah Adams, daughter of Daniel
and Dinah (Metcalf) Adams, of Gardner: he died
December 9, 1843; she married (second) Joha Cook,
Jr. ; Emeline, born June 16, 1816, married Humph-
rey Harris ; Luthera, born June 26. 1S18, died March
8. 1838; Charles, born May 29, 1820, married, Sep-
tember 6, 1840, Martha Ann Taylor, daughter of
Ephraim Taylor; he died January 30. 1879: Luther,
March 31, 1822, see forward: Sarah D„ "born
June 27, 1824, married, October II, 1849, Handel
Winship, son of Cyrus Win-hip; she died January
10, 1875; Joseph Eliot, born July 26, 1826, married,
April 15. 1847, Louisa A. Hinds, daughter of Francis
Hinds; Dorothy Metcalf, horn September 18, 182S,
married Nahum Wood.

(VII) Luther Gates Clark, son of Levi Clark
(6), was born in Ashburnham. Massachusetts,
March 31, 1822. He was educated in the common
schools, attending during the winter terms, work-
ing at home on the farm in summer. At the age
of eighteen he went to work for Europe and Seth
Fairbanks in their saw mill. After about a year he
bought the old Blaney farm in the west part of the
town, a place of about seventy-five acres. He was
married at the age of nineteen years. He sold his
farm after running it about four years; for a year
he leased the Weston place and for four years
fanned on the George Cushing place on shares. He



then bought the Eliot Moore Farm of seventy-six
acres in the north part of Ashburnham, about 1854,
and remained there for a period of twenty years.
Then he sold to George Bowman and bought the
Joseph Brown place, which after three years he
sold to George Andrews, and bought the Joseph
Schubert place at Factory Village, where he livel
four years and where he died October 31, 1901. In
addition to his farming he carried on a meat and
provision business for seven years in the sixties.
He attended the Methodist Church. In politics he
was a Democrat. He held the office of road sur-
veyor. He enlisted in Company F, Twenty-fifth
Massachusetts Volunteer Militia, in the civil war,
and served his term of enlistment. He was a mem-
ber of Sergeant Plunkett Post, Grand Army of the
Republic, No. 184.

He married, March 31, 1841, Mary C. Corey,
who died November 23, 1870. She was the daughter
of Stillman and Martha (Brigham) Corey, of Ash-
burnham. Her father was a farmer. Their chil-
dren: Alfred Francis, born February 4, 1842, see
forward; Sarah Maria, born February 15, 1844. died
August 19, 1870: married Martin Van Buren Davis,
of Winchester, New Hampshire, and had two sons,
Herbert and Arthur; Mary Elizabeth, born June 7.
1846, died November 6, 1872, unmarried : Lucy, born
February 8. 1849, married, September I, 1868, Theo-
dore L. Goodnow, of Ashby ; Eliza Ellen, born June
10, 1852, married, January 5, 1872, Martin Van
Buren Davis and had two daughters. Lottie and Em-
ma Davis ; Georgiana, born July 28. 1854, married,
September 18, 1876, Henry C. Newell ; John Loring,
see forward; Jennie L., born October 15, 1858, mar-
ried, October 5, 1882, Hollis Mossman, of Ashburn-
ham, and had a daughter, Edna. Luther Gates
Clark married (second), January 27, 1885, Charlena
(Buzzell) Tilton, widow of Solomon C. Tilton, of
Rindge, New Hampshire, daughter of Reuben A.
and Eliza (Cook) Buzzell. They had no children.

(VIII) Alfred Francis Clark, son of Luther
Gates Clark (7), was born at Ashburnham. Massa-
chusetts, February 4, 1842. He received his edu-
cation in the common schools of his native town,
helping his father at the same time on the farm. He
remained at home, farming and lumbering, until
twenty-three years old. when he went into the meat
and provision business with his father, continuing
in this line for seven years. He then entered the
employ of C. & G. C. Winchester, chair manu-
facturers, where for a number of years he operated
a lathe turning chair stock. Since then he has en-
gaged in various occupations. At present he has a
shoe repairing shop at Ashburnham. He is a Meth-
odist in religion. In politics he is a Democrat and
has held the office of constable of Ashburnham. He
married, July 27, 1862, Linda R. Bixby. born April
23, 1840, daughter of Joel R. and Susan (White)
Bixby, of Ashburnham. Their children : Alice
Maria, married (first) Fred Howe and (second)
Edward Titus; Frederick Ellsworth, physician at
Burlington, Vermont, and professor in the Medical
college there; married Linnie Simonds.

(VIII) John Loring Clark, son of Luther Gates
Clark (7), was born at Ashburnham, Massachu-
setts, April 7, 1856. He attended the public and
high schools of his native town ; he graduated in
1872. While attending school he also worked for
his brother Alfred in the meat and butchering busi-
ness. He went to work after graduating; from school
in the market of C. I. Hale, of Marlboro, Massa-
chusetts, where he remained one year. He returned
to Ashburnham and worked for six years for his
brother-in-law, Henry C. Newell, butcher and dealer
in meats, etc. In 1882 he bought out Mr. Newell

and began business on his own account. He con-
ducted this business with success for seven years,
then retired on account of ill health. In the fall of
1901 he was able to return to active business and he
then bought out the business of Ephraim Stone. His
market is in the Central House block, where he has
a large trade. Although most of his life engaged in
the meat business, Mr. Clark was engaged in car-
riage painting for several years also. In religion he
is a Methodist. In politics he is independent. He
was assessor of the town of Ashburnham in 1896-
97. He is a member of Naukeag Lodge, Nn. 196,
Odd Fellows, and has been the noble grand of this
lodge. He was for three years a member of Com-
pany E, Tenth Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer

He married, January 25, 1882, Abbie Jane Fore-
stall, of Winchendon, Massachusetts, daughter of
John M. and Mary Jane (Wright) Forestall. Her
father was a contractor in railroad construction.
They have one son, Ernest Millins, born October
28, 1884, at present a student in the Burlington Medi-
cal School, Burlington, Vermont, in which his cousin
is a teacher.

in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. February II, 1837. When
about two years of age his parents came to Holden,
Massachusetts, and made their home in the west part
of the town on what was then known as the Davis
farm, where his father engaged in farming and
afterwards in the wood and lumber business.

His boyhood days were spent on the farm, in
the wood lots and in attendance upon the common
schools of the town. When about sixteen years
old, he went into a store as clerk, and from that
time until 1861. except about a year passed in Ver-
mont, at his native place, was in stores in Holden
and Worcester. Though desiring very much to
enlist in the early part of 1861, he did not. because
his parents and friends discouraged him by saying
that he was not sufficiently strong to endure the
hardships of a soldier's life. He did not enlist
until the call was made after the disaster at Ball's
Bluff for men to fill up the Fifteenth Regiment,
a regiment than which none in the army of the
Potomac saw harder service. He was with the regi-
ment during 1862-63 and in spite of the long marches
and various hardships of army life, was present
and took part in nearly every battle in which his
regiment was engaged. He was twice wounded,
once at the battle of Fair Oaks and again at Fred-
ericksburg, but in each case only slightly. At Mine
Run, Virginia, November 27. 1863, he with others
was taken prisoner and was kept for more than a
year in the prisons at Belle Isle. Andersonville,
Charleston and Florence. While larger and stronger
men than he broke down under the strain. Mr.
Armington showed better powers of endurance.
Still so great was the change wrought during those
months that few would have recognized him when
his release came. December 16, 1864. Before he
had sufficiently recovered from the effect of his
prison life to do a soldier's duty the war was
closed. He did not return to his regiment and was
discharged from the service in June, 1865. Be-
sides Mr. Armington, two of his brothers were in
the army, both of whom lost their lives, Alonzo C.
Armington. Third Vermont Regiment, who was
killed at Savage Station. Virginia, in one of the
Seven Days' Battles and Henry C. Armington, Ninth
Maine Regiment, was killed in front of Petersburg,
Virginia, at the blowing up of the fort.

After partially regaining his health, Mr. Arm-
ington returned to mercantile business and took

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charge of a store in Holden Center. Three years
later, in 1868, he bought the store and carried on
business for himself until 1877. In 1889 he again
became proprietor of a store in the center of Holden
and remains so at the present time. Since 1873
Mr. Armington has lived at what is known as Pine
Grove Farm, which place under his management
became one of the pleasantest resorts in the region
for summer visitors from the cities. Since the mar-
riage of his daughter, in 1895, it has only been
used as a private residence.

He married, October 8, 1865, Harriet F. Shaw,
of Dresden, Maine, who died May 22, 1884. They
had two daughters : May Josephine, born May 28,
1868, died December 13, 1877. Frances Louise, born
June 11, 1872, married, May 17, 1895, Henry Lucian
Phillips, manager of the Factory Insurance Associa-
tion of Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. and Mrs. Phil-
lips make their home at the Armington homestead
(Pine Grove Farm), Holden, Massachusetts. They
have one child, Henry Lucian Phillips, born Au-
gust 16, 1904.

In 1866 Mr. Armington was appointed post-
master of Holden, Massachusetts, and has held the
office continuously since with the exception of a
part of the time in Cleveland's two administrations,
and during that time the business of the office has
increased three-fold, notwithstanding two other post
offices have been established in the town. Mr.
Armington held the office of selectman in 1881 and
town treasurer for the years 1873-74-75, but those
offices were not to his liking and he always dis-
couraged any attempt to be continued in them. In
1868 Mr. Armington was elected town clerk, but
after serving the town for three years was obliged
to give it up on account of the press of other busi-
ness. He was re-elected in 1893 and is holding the
office at the present time (1906). Realizing the im-
portance of good and correct records, he has paid
especial attention to putting those of the town of
Holden in good shape, as anyone having occasion
to examine them can testify. In 1901 he was elected
one of the board of trustees of the Damon Memorial
and Gale Free Library and still holds that position.
It was largely through his instrumentality that an
antiquarian department was added to the library.

He was the first commander of Post No. 77,
Grand Army of the Republic, of Holden. He was
also chosen to represent his district in the state
legislature of 1887. Mr. Armington has taken a
great interest in everything that had to do with the
welfare of the town of Holden. Having lived in it
a life-time and seen it develop from away back in
stage coach days with one mail a day to a town
with steam and electric railroad service, one of the
best water supply systems in the Commonwealth,
fire department and many other modern improve-

Mr. Armington traces his lineage, as follows :

(I) Joseph Armington. the immigrant ancestor,
came to Boston from the Isle of Guernsey in Great
Britain, in 1714. Leaving his family in the vicinity
of Boston he returned to England to settle up his
affairs and died there soon after. His wife was
proficient in French and she established a school at
Roxbury after her husband died.

(II) Joseph Armington, son of Joseph Arming-
ton (1), was born in Guernsey, England, about
1707. He was a brick maker by trade. He settled
at Rehoboth, Massachusetts, where he was married
May 27, 1729, by Rev. David Turner, Hannah
Chaffee, who died at Rehoboth, February 22, 1799.
He died February 22, 1756. Their children, all
born at Rehoboth, were : Nicholas, born January
12, 1729, died January 28, 1729-30; Joseph, born

June 4. 1731 ; Josiah, born July 28, 1733. died May
3, 1736; John, born June 12, 1735. see forward;
Deliverance, born October 24, 1737, died August
28, 1746; Susannah, born January 9, 1739, died Au-
gust 28. 1746; Hannah, born April 20, 1742; Josiah,
born April 4. 1744, died August 15, 1746; William,
born November 22, 1746.

1 III) John Armington, son of Joseph Arming-
ton (2), was born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, June
12. 1735. died at Waterford, Vermont. He was a
soldier in the revolution. He married, January 11,
1757 (by Rev. John Greenwood), Ruth Kent, of
Rehoboth. Their children, all born in Rehoboth,
were : Silvester, born November 20, 1757, died May
7. 1/58: Joseph, born February 12, 1759, see for-
ward; Molly, born October 13, 1760 ; Hannah, born
January 20, 1764; Betty, born September 23, 1765;
Russell, born April 16, 1769; Ruth, born June 29,
1771; Olive, born August 16, 1773; John, born May
10, 1776; Pruda, born August 14, 1778.

(IV) Joseph Armington, son of John Arming-
ton (3), was born in Rehoboth, Massachusetts, Feb-
ruary 12, 1759, died at Waterford, October 16, 1832.
He was a soldier in the revolution, both in the
army and navy. He had a farm at Rehoboth. He
married there Debby Kent (by Rev. Ephraim Hyde),
August 23, 1781. Their children: Samuel, born at
Rehoboth' January 8, 1782, see forward; Hezekiah,
born at Rehoboth. June 22, 1788; James Gardner,
born at Rehoboth, September 9. 1789. The family
removed to Caledonia county, Vermont, in I79°-.

(V) Samuel Armington, son of Joseph Arming-
ton (4), was born in Rehoboth, January 8. 1782.
He went with the family to Caledonia, Vermont, and
settled in Waterford. He died at Waterford, July
21, 1848. He married Mary Paine.

' (VI) Nathaniel Hunt Armington, son of Samuel
Armington (5), was born in Waterford, Vermont,
1810. He married Betsey Carr, of Waterford. He
moved to Holden with his family in 1838. Their
children were : Joseph Washington, born in St.
Johnsbury, Vermont, July 17, 1834, resides in" Ever-
ett, Massachusetts. Samuel Wallace, born in St.
Johnsburv, February it. 1837, mentioned above;
Alonzo Carr. born in Holden, Massachusetts, Sep-
tember 19, 1839, killed at battle of Savage Station,
Virginia, June 29, 1862 ; Henry Clement, born in
Holden. February 15. 1842. killed at siege of Peters-
burg. Virginia, July 30, 1S64: Ellen Elizabeth, born
in Holden, February 14. 1845. married. June 23, 1868,
David E. Phillips; she died at Columbus. Ohio,
September 23. 1879 : Charles Allen, born in Holden,
October 30, 1848, resides in Detroit, Michigan: Will-
iam, borii in Holden, February 13, 1851, resides in
Streator, Illinois.

Two of the Armington ancestors, John and
Joseph, father and son. were soldiers in the war of
the revolution. It is also a matter of tradition that
one of them served on board of a privateer. Joseph
Armington was afterwards a member of the legis-
lature of the state of Vermont.

HILL FAMILY. John Hill (1), the immigrant
ancestor of James F. Hill, of Warren. Massachu-
setts, was born in England in 1673 and died in North
Brookfield. Massachusetts. 1775, aged one hundred
and two years. It is related in the North Brook-
field history that the immigrant ancestor of this
familv was engaged to marry Hannah Turtlebee,
who belonged to a distinguished London family who
opposed the marriage, and who had him drafted in
the navy and sent out of the country for fifteen
years. After serving ten years he was discharged
or deserted. But the lovers were married finally
in spite of opposition. The tradition has its dates

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u rung and applied apparently to the wrong person.
The North Brookfield history says that the immi-
grant John Hill came over in 1725-27 and to Brook-
field in 1740. But the records show that John Hill,
who came to Brookfield, married at Rehoboth in
1720. There are no records showing when John Hill
who was born in 1673 came to this country. In the
tradition his trade was given as worsted comber.

(II) John Hill, Jr., son of John Hill (1), was
born about 1700, perhaps in England. He probably
came over with his parents, though if the tradition
is correct he must have been born in this country.
He first appears on the public records, June 18, 1720,
when he declared his intention of marriage. He
married (first), at Rehoboth, August u, 1720, Esther
Titus, who died June 22, 1729. He married (sec-
ond), February 23, 1729-30, at Rehoboth, Massa-
chusetts, Lydia Kendrick, of a Brookfield family of
note. He married (third), November 17. 17.17,
Sarah Selley, of Norton, Massachusetts. The chil-
dren of John and Esther: Hannah, born December
7. 1721, married, July 20, 1749. Thomas Tucker;
Mary, born at Rehoboth, March 2, [722-23, married,
May 6, 1767. Jacob Shaw; Peter, born October I,
1725, married Sarah Woodbury, of. North Brook-
field, Massachusetts, and had a large family; John,
born October 17, 1726, of whom later; Sarah, born
in Rehoboth, married, August 17, 1758, Nathan

(III) John Hill, son of John Hill 1 _• 1 . was born
at Rehoboth. Massachusetts. October 17. 172(1 He

married Hannah and their children, all born

at Brookfield, Massachusetts, were: Hannah, born
April, 17411. married, March 21, 1771. Obadiah Rice,
oi i'.rookfield; John, born October 3, 1750, of whom
later; Lydia, born March 24, 1752, married, June
-7- '77i. Jason Hamilton, of Brookfield; Nathan,
born March 17, 1754, married, August 5, 1774, Rhoda
Titus, of Mansfield, Connecticut ; Squire, born De-
cember, 175(1; Lucretia, born August 15, 1757, mar-
ried, Anril 30. 1776, Ebenezer Harrington, of Brook-
field; Benjamin, born March 16, 1759; Janus, born
January [6, 17(11 ; Persis, born September 7, 1762,
married, April 29, 1784, Joseph Hamilton, 2d; Bar-
tholomew, born May, 1764; Elizabeth, born Feb-
ruary 10, 1766.

(IV) John Hill, son of John Hill (3), was born
in Brookfield, Massachusetts, October 3, 1750. He
married, February 25, 1773. Rachel Rice. They bad
one son. John Hill, born at Brookfield, December
7- '773- of whom later. He married Sarah Wood-
bury, who died at North Brookfield, 1787. He died
Mar h 21, 1841.

(V) John Hill, son of John Hill (4), was born
at Brookfield. Massachusetts, December 7, 1773. He
settled at Western, now Warren, Massachusetts. He
married Sally Lincoln. He was a blacksmith at
North Brookfield. He made his will March 6. 1S34,
and it was proved October 2, 1839, at Brookfield,
at a probate court there. Their children : Wash-
ington, Fanny Faulkner, of whom later.

(VI) Faulkner Hill, son of John Hill (5), was
born in Warren, Massachusetts, April 17, 1812, and
was educated there in the common schools. He

nil,' a farmer, an occupation (bat be followed all
bis active years. lie died March 20. 1S02 He mar-
ried Rachel Fowler Dearth, born March 11, 1811.
died July IO, 18S0. The children: James F., born
October 4. 1S44, of whom later; Sarah Jane, married
Nathan Moore, now deceased, and has a son, Charles
B Moure, office manager of the Pump Syndicate
of Boston, and a resident <i West Union; Delia
\mi. married Luke Hitchcock, of Nashville, Ten-

ee. where Mr. Hitchcock died, leaving son
John A. Hitchcock, hardware merchant of Nashville.

(VII) James F. Hill, son of Faulkner Hill (6),
was born in Warren. Massachusetts, on the old home
place. He was educated in the common schools and
the high school of Warren, and then went to farm-
ing on the old place. He added to his farm work
the dealing in cattle, there being no better judge'
of stock and no more judicious buyer. Although
Mr. Hill started in poverty, he advanced rapidly
and acquired a fortune. He invested largely in real
estate and at present is one of the largest real estate
owners and has many handsome buildings. He owns
his residence which is the finest house in Warren,
besides an apartment house and many smaller dwell-
ings. In politics Mr. Hill is an independent Repub-
lican, but was formerly a Democrat; he was once
candidate on the Democrat ticket for state senator
and in a strong Republican district lost the election
only by a very small margin. Mr. Hill is a man
of large influence in the town and is held in the
highest esteem. He was one of the founders of the
Hampshire and Worcester Street Railway Company,
and officially identified therewith for about five years.
In reb'eion he is a Congregationalist and attends tne
Warren Congregational Church.

He married, October 4, 1865, Harriet Moore, of
Boston, and their children are : Ernest M., born
November 13, 1869, married Emma Alden, of Wor-
cester, and they have one child, Edgar Russell.
Herbert Faulkner, born September 28, 1873, married
Winifred Higgins, of Worcester. Ernest M. Hill
is buyer for Barnard, Sumner & Putnam Company,
of Worcester. Herbert Faulkner Hill is a graduate
of the law department of the New York University,
practicing in New York city as special associate
counsel of the Fuller Construction Company.

lick, son of Benjamin Garlick, and father of Alfred
Edward Garlick, of South Ashburnham, Massachu-
setts, was born at Hayfield, Hilleyshire, England,
October 18, 1816. He attended the public schools
at Glossup in Derbyshire. In 1857 he came to
America, settling at Webster, Massachusetts, where
he followed his trade as weaver in the Slater cot-
ton mills in the North Village. There he worked
for about five years, when he removed to Stow,
Massachusetts, and was employed as spinner in
Gleason's woolen mill for three years ; thence to
Maynard, Massachusetts, where he was a spinner
in the employ of the Assabet Manufacturing Com-
pany. He remained there until 1873, when he re-
moved to Plymouth. Massachusetts, and worked two
years for the Falkner woolen mills. He returned
to the mills at Maynard and worked there until his
death, July, 1888. Mr. Garlick was a gifted musi-
cian, especially skillful with the violin, and be played
in many orcbe tras in various places. He was a
Methodist in religion, a Republican in politics.

He married Ann Handforth, born in England,
January 13, 1826, daughter of Benjamin Handforth.
Their children: John Thomas, born May jr. 1856;
Henry Albert, born August 13. 1X58. al Webster,
Massachusetts, married, June 28. 1884, S. ; rah Eliza
Aldrich, of Lowell, Massachusetts, and they have
one son. Frank Oberlin. born October 19, 1888 ; Al-
fred Edwin, born October 1, i860, see forward;
Elijah William, born September 16, 1863. married
Jennie Bond, of Waterloo, New York, now living
at Rochester. New York. Benjamin Garlick. father
of Thomas Garlick, was born 1791, died September
20, 1856, aped sixty-five year-
Alfred Edward Garlick. son of Thomas Garlick,
was born at Webster, Massachusetts, October 1,
1 \t the age of two years be removed with his
p. 1 rents to St «, Massachusetts, where the family



lived three years, and thence to Maynard. where he
attended the public schools. He had one year in
the high school and a course in a Boston Business
College. He began at the age of ten years to learn
the trade of spinner, and worked much of the time
during vacations and other times when not in school.
His first regular employment was in the dry goods
store of W. B. Case at Mavnard, Massachusetts,
win. re he worked nearly five years. In 1885 he went
into business with James H. Long, conducting a

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