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where his children were born and where he died
about 1849. His farm was in the north part of
Hubbardston and is now or was lately owned by
descendants. He was prominent in town affairs in
Hubbardston, a selectman in 1798-99-1S00-09- 10-12-
13. lie w.as representative in the general court 1812-
13. lie was a member of the convention that drafted
the 1 titution in 1820. He was a man of



ihigh character and strong religious faith. He was
3. member of the Unitarian Church. He was a sol-
dier in the revolution, in Captain Nathaniel Wright's
■company, Colonel Luke Drury's regiment, in 1781.
He married (first) Lydia Warren, of Northbor-
ough, who died February 7, 1827. He married (sec-
ond) Mrs. Elizabeth (Howard) Holden, widow.
She died December 8, 1845, aged eighty-four years.
Children of Ephraim and Lydia Allen, all born at
Hubbardston, were: Asa, born April 18, 1788, mar-
ried Lydia Adams; Rebecca, born January 11, 1790,
baptized at Rutland, married William Rice ; Levi,
see forward; John, born September 14, 1793. died
November 14, 1863; Roxa, born October 30, 1795,
died January 15, 1818; Breck, born April 9, 1798,
married Sally Derby, December 15, 1824; Lucy, born
June 23, 1800, died February 22, 1823; Lydia, born
September 14, 1802, married John Whitney, of
Westminster; Harriet, born October 23, 1804, died
January 13, 1827 ; Willard, born December 25, 1806,
married Alona B. Hubbard, of Holden; Sumner,
born April 17, 1810, died March 7, 1816.

(VII) Levi Allen, son of Ephraim Allen (6),
was born in Hubbardston, Massachusetts, November
27, 1791, died July I, 1872, aged eighty years, at
Westminster, Massachusetts. He received the u^ual
Common school education at Hubbardston. He
started in life as a farmer in partnership with his
brother Breck, on part of their father's farm. In
1838 he sold out to his brother and removed to
Westminster, where he bought of John Dunn the
•original Josiah Jackson place, Lot No. 92, in the
north part of the town near the Gardner line. He
bought more land from time to time and increased
his farm to one hundred and twenty acres with much
woodland. He was one of the pioneers at grafting,
and he was very successful in getting excellent
fruit from the numerous wild apple trees, etc. He
also cut stock from his timber for the chair fac-
tories of the town. While in Hubbardston he
trained with the militia. In politics he was a Whig,
later a Republican, and was a selectman of Hub-
bardston several years. He was in early life a
Unitarian, but later joined the Universalist Church,
and was elected a deacon. He was a man of ster-
ling worth and exemplary life. A supporter of anti-
slavery and temperance movements, active in re-
ligious and charitable work.

He married, March, 1818, Isabella Mann, who
•died February 14, 1864, aged sixty-nine years. She
was the daughter of Ebenezer and Mary (Bullard 1
Mann. (Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Allen are
printed in the history of Westminster.) Their chil-
dren are : Roxa, born June 27, 1818, married Solon
Raymond; Darius M., born May 14, 1822, married
Ruth Pollard, October 25, 1849, and she died at
Westminster; he married (second) Sophia Ober ;
removed to Ohio and later to Douglassville, Georgia,
where he died in 1903 ; Lyman, see forward ; Ad-
dison, born September 20, 1833, died March 20,


(VIII) Lyman Allen, son of Levi Allen (7),
■was born in Hubbardston, Massachusetts, January
IS, 1826. He attended the public schools there, but
removed with his parents to Westminster when he
was twelve years old and also attended the public
schools in Westminster and the Westminster Acad-
emy. He then learned the chairmaker's trade, and,
.after ten years spent in this line of work in West-
minster, Jamestown, New York, Columbus and De-
■catur, Georgia, and Hopedale, Massachusetts, he
went to Meeker county, Minnesota, where he farmed
for seven years, owning one hundred and sixty
-acres. After the Indian massacre of 1862, which
■drove many of the settlers in that state from their

homes, he returned to Westminster to take charge
of his father's farm. Spent twenty-seven years
there, then removed to Lunenburg, Massachusetts,
where he is still engaged 111 farming. Mr. Allen
was active in public affairs in Westminster. He is a
Republican in politics. As moderator of town meet-
ings on many occasions, the town history says of
him: "He has displayed much ability and tact, as
well as good knowledge of parliamentary usage."
He was selectman of Westminster twelve years, and
assessor for the same period of time. He has fre-
quently served as delegate to Republican nominat-
ing conventions. He is a member of the Uni-
versalist Church and was leader of the choir in the
Westminster church. He was a member of the
Ellicott Lodge of Odd Fellows at Jamestown, New
York, and during its first two years president of
the Westminster Mechanics' and Farmers' Asso-

He married, November 18, 1855, at Hopedale,
Angeline Chapman, born December 2, 1830, daugh-
ter of Charles and Nancy (Bailey) Chapman, of
New London, Connecticut. Her father was a ship-
builder and storekeeper. The children of Lyman
and Angeline Allen are : Charles Levi, born at
Union Grove, Minnesota, August 30, 1857, see for-
ward ; Lillian, born at Union Grove, Minnesota,
June 1, 1862, died December 9, 1864.

(IX) Charles Levi Allen, son of Lyman Allen
(8), was born at Union Grove, Minnesota, August
30, 1857. He was educated in the public schools of
Westminster, Massachusetts, and in the Worcester
Polytechnic Institute, from which he graduated fn
1879 as' a mechanical engineer, in which line he has
since been employed. Is now (1906) superintendent
of a large machine shop in Providence, Rhode
Island. He married, October 23, 1883, Mary O.
Hutchins, of Templeton, Massachusetts. Their chil-
dren are : I. Roy Hutchins, born September 3, 1884,
graduated from the Boston Institute of Technology
as a mining engineer in June, 1905, is now (1906)
in Mexico. 2. Mabel Lillian, born November 20,
1885. a student at Mount Holyoke College, South
Hadley, Massachusetts. 3. John Edwards, born
November 18, 1892.

MANSFIELD FAMILY. Richard Mansfield
was the immigrant ancestor of Edward Alexander
Mansfield, of Uxbridge, Massachusetts. One of the
first settlers of New Haven, Connecticut, ancestor
of about all of that surname in the state, New York,
and several southern and western states, came
from Exeter, Devonshire, England, in 1639, when
New Haven was known as Quinnipiac. He bought
his homestead of James Marshall, of- Exeter, Eng-
land. It was situated on the northwest corner of
what is now Elm and Church street, extending from
near Temple street easterly and round the corner
northerly to a point near the present Wall street.
He owned another lot on State street, nearly op-
posite the county bank building. In the schedule of
the first planters in 1641 he is rated at four hun-
dred pounds, thirty acres in the first division, six
acres in the Neck, twenty-two acres of meadow,
and eighty-eight acres in the second division. About
this time he established his large farm and built
his dwelling house and farm buildings at a place
called East Farms in the second division, some
four miles and a half out, on the present New
Haven road, where he lived until his death. Jan-
uary 10, 1655. Mansfield took the oath of fidelity
July 1, 1644.

His wife's name was Gillian. After his death
she married (second), 1657, Alexander Field and
lived in New Haven ; he died in 1666 and she then



went to live with her son. Moses Mansfield, whose
homestead occupied the large lot corner of Elm and
Church streets, formerly his father's. The dwelling
house fronted on Elm street. She died in 1669.
Children of Richard and Gillian were: Jo-
seph, probably born in England in 1636, was admitted
a freeman February 8, 1657, inherited his father's
homestead in what is now the town of Hamden, ad-
joining New Haven; married Mary ; died

November 15, 1692. Moses, see forward.

(II) Moses Mansfield, son of Richard Mansfield
(1), was born in 1639. He was admitted a free-
man May 1, 1660, and died October 3, 1703. He
was a major in the military service of the colony,
and that was the highest rank in the colonial troops,
and Major Mansfield fought in King Philip's war.
The town of Mansfield, Connecticut, was named in
his honor. On the present site of the town he de-
feated the Indians in battle. He was a member of
the general court or assembly forty-eight sessions.
The court met twice a year or oftener. He was also
judge of the probate court and of the county court.
He owned and occupied as his homestead the corner
of the present Elm and Church streets, formerly
owned by his lather. He sold a lot for a minister's
house January 6, 1684. With three others he under-
took to build a saw mill at Pine brook by Sperry's
gap under the west rock. He was moderator of the
town meeting 1702 and at divers other times. He
and Sergeant John Ball inherited the property of
Widow Ellen Glover December 23, 1697. In 1697
he was a committee of the Hopkins' grammar school
fund. He deeded several pieces of land to his son
Moses, Jr., October 26, 1702.

He married, May 5, 1664, Mercy Glover, daughter
of Henry Glover, an early settler and prominent
man. He married (second) Abigail Yale, daughter
of Thomas and Mary Yale. She was born May 5,
1660, died February 28, 1709, in her forty-ninth
year. She was buried in the graveyard in New
Haven and his "monumental table" is still in good
state of preservation. The children: Abigail, born
February 7, 1664, married John Atwater, September
13, 1682; Mercy, born April 2, 1667, married, 1691,
John Thompson, son of John and grandson of the
first settler, Anthony Thompson ; Hannah, born
March 11, 1669, married Gershom Brown, about
1795; Samuel, born December 31, 1671, graduated at
Harvard College in 1690, followed John Davenport
as teacher in charge of the Hopkins grammar school ;
Moses, born August 15, 1674, married Margaret
Prout, daughter of John Prout, he was a leading
citizen; Sarah, born June 14, 1677, married William
Rhodes, January 1, 1698; Richard, born July 20,
1680, died August 7, 1681 ; Bathshua, born January
I, 1682, married, January 22. 1705, Joseph Chap-
man; Jonathan, born February 15, 1686, see for-

(Ill) Deacon Jonathan Mansfield, son of Moses
Mansfield (2), was born at New Haven, Connecticut,
February 15, 1686, baptized March 21. 10S6. He
joined the New Haven church under Rev. James
Pierpont, August 28, 1709. His homestead was part
of the original Mansfield lot on Elm street, which
extended from near the present Temple street to
Church street. He was an active and enterprising
man. His name appears on the land records in
fifty-six deeds, and in the court and town records
thirty-nine times. He served on many important
committees, was moderator of town meetings, and
was a successful and prosperous farmer. His will is
dated October I, 1767, and he left a very good estate
for his day — fourteen hundred and ninety-three
pounds. In August, 1710, the general court met at
his house, and the same year he was paid for at-

tending the court as constable. He was an ensign:
in the military company.

He married, June I, 1708, Sarah Ailing, daughter
of John Ailing and Susannah Coe, daughter of
Robert Coe, of Stratford, Connecticut. The inscrip-
tion on his monument, removed from the ancient
cemetery to the Grove Street cemetery, Cedar ave-
nue, College lot, reads : "Here lyeth filtered the-
body of the Worshipful John Ailing, assistant, who-
died March 25th, 1717, aged 76 years." He was-
the son of Rodger Ailing, one of the English emi-
grants who settled in New Haven in 1639, became a
deacon and treasurer of the jurisdiction. Jonathan^
Mansfield's wife died May 4, 1765, aged eighty years.
Her gravestone in the Grove Street cemetery, Syca-
more avenue. No. 28, is inscribed : "Here lyes-
intered the body of Mrs. Sarah Mansfield, the
vertuous consort of deacon Jonathan Mansfield, who-
having faithfully in her place served God and his
people to a good old age, fell asleep May 4, 1765,.
aged 80."

He married (second), May 13, 1766, at Newr
Haven, Abigail Dorman, widow of Ebenezer Dor-
man, and daughter of James and Abigail (Bennet)
Bishop. She was born September 1, 1707, married.
Ebenezer Dorman, August 26, 1731. Mansfield's-
second wife joined the church August 9, 1747, and
died 1798. Jonathan Mansfield died January 10,
1775, almost eighty-nine years old. The children:
Moses, born May 5, 1709, married Anna Mary
Kierstead, May 17, 1734, of a wealthy Dutch family
of New York; married (second) Rachel Ward, Feb-
ruary 17, 1748; graduated at Yale College, 1730.
Moses, born January 27, 171 1, died young. Susan-
nah, born December 9, 1712, married, December 23,
1736, Samuel Mansfield, only child of Ebenezer, born.
January 28, 171 1, and died in 1750; she married
(second) John Stone, of Millbury. Sarah, bora
May 2, 1715, married, February 21, 1739, Captain
Thomas Wilmot, descendant of Benjamin Wilmot,.
a first settler. Stephen, born November 14, 1716,
see forward. Nathan, born November 15, 1718, mar-
ried, 1745, Deborah Dayton. Lois, born April 27,.
1721, married, January 9, 1746, Abraham Bradley;
married (second) Josiah Woodhouse, of England;
married (third) John Watts. Richard, born Octo-
ber 1, 1723, married, October 10, 1751, Anna Hull,
master of Hopkins grammar school; deacon (D. D_
Yale 1792) famous clergyman.

(Ill) Stephen Mansfield, son of Deacon Jona-
than Mansfield (2), was born in New Haven, No-
vember 14, 1716. He married, December 31, 1746,
Hannah Beach, of Wallingford. He died July 15,.
1774; she died September 20, 1797, aged sixty-sevea
years. He was an enterprising sea captain and en-
gaged many years extensively in the West India
trade. His home was on the northeast corner of
Chapel and State streets and his store was adjacent
to it. He and three others were appointed a com-
mittee for the improvement of common and undi-
vided lands, for six pounds apiece, of land lying
east of his lot. He was a vestryman of Trinity
Church in 1765 and later. He was a very prominent
citizen in his day. Children, all born in New Haven:
Hannah, born November 17, 1747, married, July 5,
1767, William Douglas; was prominent in the revo-
lution, rising to the rank of colonel ; born at:
Plainfield, Connecticut, January 27, 1742, and died
May 28. 1777; she survived him forty-eight years,.
dying May 22, 1825. Stephen, born September, 1750,
died August 25, 1751. Stephen, born July 31, 1753,
died August 14, 1756. John, born April 11, 1756,
died November 5, 1766. Jared, born May 23, 1759^
married in New Haven, March 2, 1800, Elizabeths
Phipps, daughter of David; graduate of Yale;



master of Friends School in Philadelphia ; appointed
captain in the engineer corps and stationed at West
Point ; became surveyor general of the United
States ; professor at West Point fourteen years.
Henry, born February I, 1762, see forward. Sarah,
born 1765, married, 1784, James Sisson, of Newport,
Rhode Island. Grace, born 1770, married, October
'S. T 78s, Peter Totten, and their son Joseph G.
fought in the war of 1812 and attained the rank of
general; he served also in the Mexican war.

(V) Henry Mansfield, son of Stephen Mans-
field (4), was born in New Haven, Connecticut, Feb-
ruary 1, 1762. He was engaged for many years in
the West India trade. He built one of the finest
residences of his day in New Haven on the east
side of State street, near Chapel street. Most of
the house is now or was lately standing. He made
his home in the West Indies much of the time and
died therein 1805. The last deed that he made is
dated shortly before his death, May 10, 1805, at
West End, Island of St. Croix, West Indies, to
William McCracken and William McCracken, Jr.,
a quarter part of his pew in Trinity Church.

He married Mary Fenno, of Middletown, Con-
necticut, August 3, 1785, when she was only four
months over eighteen years old. She died January
14, 1825, aged fifty-eight years, and is buried in the
Mortimer cemetery at Middletown. She was the
daughter of Ephraim Fenno, of that town, and
was born April 3, 1767. The children. 1. Henry
Stephen, born at New Haven, May 26, 1786, see
forward. 2. John Fenno, born January 9, 1788, set-
tled early at Cincinnati, Ohio; captain in war of
1812. 3. Mary Grace Caroline, born June 4, 1792,
married David Wade, of Cincinnati, Ohio, dis-
tinguished as lawyer and jurist; she died April 16,
1825. 4. Grace Totten, born February 13, 1799, in
St. Croix, Frederickstead, West End, West Indies,
(Danish territory), married Elias Parker, of New
Haven; she died March 10, 1878, at Middletown,
Connecticut. 5. Hannah Fenno, born in St. Croix,
February 24, 1S01, died unmarried at Middletown
about 1872. 6. General Joseph King Fenno, born
in New Haven, December 22, 1803, married, Sep-
tember 25, 1838, Louisa Maria Mather; graduated at
West Point with high honors in 1822, second in a
class of forty, and youngest; appointed brevet sec-
ond lieutenant of engineers ; first lieutenant March,
1832 ; captain July, 1838, and at the outbreak of the
Mexican war was made chief engineer of the army
commanded by Major General Taylor in 1846 and
1847; distinguished in the defense of Fort Brown
and brevetted major for his services; again dis-
tinguished himself at Monterey and was brevetted
lieutenant-colonel and later colonel for services in
the battle of Buena Vista, February 23, 1847;
Colonel Mansfield w'as appointed inspector general
with full rank as colonel and continued in this posi-
tion until May 14, 1861, when he became a brigadier
general in the regular army; for twenty years he
was erecting fortifications along the coast; he was
placed in command of the forces to defend Wash-
ington ; was fatally wounded in the battle of Antie-
tam, September 17, 1862, and died the next day.
("He died at his post, with all his honors on, his
eyes not dimmed nor his natural force abated. He
stepped from the high wave of earthly honor into
the sun-wrought chariot of light immortal. His
name will go down the coming ages of our national
history, commemorated with Wolf and Williams and
Warren who fell in the earlier struggles of our na-
tional history.")

(VI) Henry Stephen Mansfield, son of Henry
Mansfield (5), was born in New Haven, May 26,
1786. He was educated in Colchester Academy. At

an early age he removed to Providence, Rhode
Island, and secured a position with Brown, Ives &
Company. After a short time he came to Slaters-
ville, Rhode Island, and was for several years book-
keeper for Almy, Brown & Slater. He organized a.
bank there under the name of Farmers' and Manu-
facturers' Bank, afterwards the Village Bank of
Slatersville. He continued in the position of cashier
from 1818 to August, 1839, when he was succeeded
by his son, Henry S. Mansfield, Jr., He equipped
and conducted the first line of coaches from Provi-
dence to Worcester and he built the first road from
Slatersville to Millville. He was in partnership with
Newton Darling in the manufacture of scythes and
built up a large and prosperous business. In the
panic of 1847, through his generous help of others,
he lost all his fortune, though he managed to meet
every obligation. He was prominent in town and
church affairs at Slatersville and was universally re-
spected. Broken in spirit after the panic he went
to New York, where he died March 26, 1851. He
was one of the first members of Solomon's Temple
Lodge of Free Masons of Uxbridge, joining in

He married, November 11, 181 1, Elizabeth
Buffum, of Smithfield, Rhode Island, daughter of
Joshua Buffum. Their children: 1. John Fenno,
born May 8, 1813, died October 2, 1817. 2. Eliza-
beth Buffum, born April 8, 1816, married, May 15,
1839, Parley Hammond, and lived at Smithfield,
where she died September 25, 1863 ; had two chil-
dren, Henry B. Hammond, born February 18, 1840,
ra'ilroad president and lawyer; Walter Hammond,
has one son, Parley Mansfield Hammond, born Au-
gust 21, 1874, of Baltimore, Maryland. 3. Henry-
Stephen, Jr., born April 11, 1818, see forward. 4.
John Fenno, born September 8, 1820, at Smithfield,
married, June 1, 1847, Fanny E. Batchelder. 5. Mary
Sabra, born October 29, 1822, died September 20,

1823. 6. Joseph King Fenno, born October 26,

1824, at Slatersville, married, October, 1852, Eliza-
beth Andrews, daughter of James ; she died at
Candor, Tioga county, New York, July 25, 1878; he
married (second), November 18, 1880, Annie E-
Maffit and lives at Rahway, New Jersey. 7. Jared,
born September, 1827, at Slatersville, married, Au-
gust 30, 1851, Harriet Ayer, who died October 20,
1866; he died in West Newton, October 29. 1879,
aged fifty-two years. 8. William, born November 3,
1829, at Slatersville, married, July 4, 1857, Sally
Ann Burt, born June 3, 1838, in Province. 9.
Mary S., born November 26, 1831, in Slatersville,
resides in the family homestead at Slatersville.

(VII) Henry Stephen Mansfield, son of Henry
Stephen Mansfield (6), was born in Slatersville,
town of Smithfield, Rhode Island, April 11. 1818.
He was educated there in the public schools. At
the age of twenty he went to live with his uncle.
General Joseph K. F. Mansfield, at Charlestown,
South Carolina, in the capacity of private secretary
and bookkeeper. He assisted in the construction of
Fort Pulaski, of which General Mansfield was the
engineer in charge. After his return north he had
charge of a hardware store in Worcester for a time,
but not liking trade, he returned to his home and
Slatersville, and was elected cashier of the bank to
succeed his father, whose varied business interests
caused him to withdraw from the management of
the bank that he had founded. He evinced marked
ability as a financier and w-as one of the most dis-
creet and successful of bankers. The bank secured
a charter as a national bank and is still a prosperous
institution. He left Slatersville to take a more
lucrative position in Providence, but, after a short
time, returned to Slatersville to take charge of his



fathers* business, manufacturing scythes. In 1847,
during the panic, his father lust his fortune through
endorsing notes for friends. The son returned to
the homestead after the failure and started the busi-
ness of raising fancy fruits and vegetables in hot

He was a man of attractive personality and high
•character, prominent in town affairs. He held many
positions of trust and responsibility, lit was active
in the church of which he was a member, and it was
■mainly through his efforts that St. John's Protestant
Episcopal Church in Millville was built. His wife
■was equally interested and prominent in the church.
She was from early youth until the time of her death
■a meml>er of the choir. The memory of both is asso-
ciated with the church which they loved. He died
June 25, 1884.

He married, September 12, 1844. Emily Farnum,
daughter of Darius D. Farnum. She died July 31.
1883. Their children, born at Smithfield, Rhode
Island, and at Millville, in the town of Blackstone,
"were: Henry F., born June 13, 1845, at Smithfield,
married Delia Hayward, daughter of William Hay-
ward; graduate of Brown University; superintend-
ent of mills at Utica, New York ; has no children.
Emily, born January 18, 1847, married Isaac C.
Bates, of Providence, Rhode Island, she died Sep-
tember, 1905, the result of an accident ; had no
issue. Albert Thayer, born May 31, 1848, in Mill-
ville, married, May 14, 1879, Mary Warren, of
"New ton Upper Falls, Massachusetts ; resides in
Providence, Rhode Island; have no issue. Edward
Alexander, born June 16, 1859, see forward.

(VIII) Edward Alexander Mansfield, son of
Henry Stephen Mansfield, Jr. (7), was born in Mill-
ville. town of Blackstone, Massachusetts, June 16.
1859. He attended the public schools there and also
the Friends School at Providence. He went to work
■on the old homestead, helping his father when he
was nineteen years of age. They were pioneers in
the business of raising hot-house fruits, plants and
vegetables in that vicinity, and they built up an ex-
tensive and successful business. The son finally de-
cided to try manufacturing and learned to weave in
the mill of Booth & Kidd. He worked at Hyde
Park in the large mill of Robert Blakie. From there
lie came to Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and designed
patterns in the New Privilege Mill and later in the

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