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Harris Mill in that city. His next change was to
accept a position with D. W. Taft as designer and
pattern maker, and he worked there until the mill
•was sold to the Calumet Woolen Company. He
went west in 1884 and settled in Swan. Wyoming
'Territory, with the intention of remaining, but in
1885 he returned to Uxbridge to take the position of
•superintendent of the Calumet Woolen Company's
■Calumet Mill. In 1884 the Calumet Company bought
the Hecla Mill, and in 1892 he was put in charge of
it. He held this place until May 1, 1906, when the
•company was dissolved. The Hecla Mill was then
"bought by the American Woolen Company and Mr.
Mansfield was engaged as agent, his present position.
'The mill has been remodeled under his supervision
irom top to bottom, the old machinery replaced by
mew and the plant operated in the manufacture of
fine yarns. Mr. Mansfield is a leader among the
younger mill agents ar.o manufacturers of New
England. He has the advantage of a thorough prac-
tical knowledge of his business, executive ability
and the financial foresight needed in all industries
and mercantile enterprises. His relations with the
employees in his mill are exceedingly pleasant.
Every workman knows that Mr. Mansfield believes
in the Roosevelt creed of giving a square deal to
•every man.

In politics he is a Republican. He has served
the town of Uxbridge as selectman three years. On
one occasion he was endorsed by the Democrats and
given a unanimous vote, a compliment such as few
men receive in town politics. He was a member of
the board of health several years and has served on
various town committees. When the town was
about to dedicate the Soldiers' Monument, the citi-
zen - ' committee, by a unanimous vote chose him chief
marshal of the day, an honor that he highly ap-
preciated. He was instrumental in securing the ex-
tension of the tracks of the Uxbridge $: Blackstone
Railroad through Hecla Village and that part of the
town. He is a member of King Solomon's Temple
Lodge of Free Masons, Uxbridge, of the Uxbridge
Lodge of Odd Fellows, of the Home Market Club
of Boston and of the Nipmuck Canoe Club. He is
a vestryman of St. John's Protestant Episcopal
Church in Millville, and was a regular attendant
at the services while living there. Like his father,
he has been a generous supporter of the parish.

He married, December 6, 1883, Ada Virginia
Scott, daughter of Orlando Scott, of Millville. Their
only child is Emily, born January 8, 1889, at Ux-
bridge, Massachusetts, now a student in Wheaton

NUTTER FAMILY. Hateevil Nutter (1), the
immigrant ancestor of James Judson Nutter, of
Mendon, Massachusetts, and of John O. Nutter, of
Whitinsville, Massachusetts, was one of the founders
of Dover, New Hampshire. He was born in England
in 1603 and came to Dover Neck, now New Hamp-
shire, with Captain Wiggin, in 1635. He was the
colleague of Elder William Wentworth in the Dover
Church and occasionally, we are told, he filled the
pulpit and preached. The cellar hole where his
house stood in Dover is still to be seen there, and two
pear trees that he planted were lately and may now
be alive. In 1637 his homestall was bounded by
land of Samuel Haynes and William Story. He
owned also lot No. 20 on the west side of Back
river. He held many offices and served on many
important committees of the town and church. No
man in the colony seems to have been more active,
more prominent and influential. His will was dated
December 28, 1674, and proved June 29, 1675. It
mentions his "present wife Ann" and the children.

He had land between Lamprell and Oyster
rivers, granted in 1642 and laid out in 1662 to his
son Anthony. He had another grant, February 2,
1658-59, next to that of William Sheffield for a
farm. In 1669 he gave his Welchman's Cove prop-
erty to his son Anthony, to go afterwards to An-
thony's son John. He also gave land to his son-in-
law. John Winget (Wingate), February 13, 1670.
Elder Nutter was rich and respectable, we are told.
He was distinguished for a strong dislike for
Quakers. His children: Anthony, see forward;
Mary, married John Winget, before 1670; Elizabeth,
married Thomas Leighton ; Abigail, married Ser-
geant John Roberts, son of Thomas Roberts. And
probably other children, died young.

(II) Anthony Nutter, son of Hateevil Nutter,
was born about 1636. He resided at Dover Neck and
afterwards at Welchman's Cove, on the Bloody
Point side, and his house was used during Indian
troubles for a garrison. He was a prominent soldier.
In 1667 he was a corporal, in 1683 lieutenant. He
was admitted freeman May 22, 1662. He was select-
man of his town and representative in the legislature
of New Hampshire. He was with Wiggin in Cran-
fields when they visited Mason, when the latter got
his wig burned, his teeth knocked out and met with
other similar accidents. He died February 19, 1686.



He married Sarah Langstaff, daughter of Henry
Langstaff. Their children: John, resided at New-
ington, New Hampshire, see forward ; Hateevil, re-
sided at Newington, died in 1745, had Hateevil,
Anthony, Joshua, John, Eleanor, Sarah, Abigail,
Daniel, Olive, Elizabeth ; Henry, resided at New-
ington, married, July 26, 1703, Mary Shackford;
died 1739; Sarah, married Captain Nathaniel Hill,
son of Valentine.

(,HI) John Nutter, son of Anthony Nutter (2),
■was born December 27, 1663, at Dover, New Hamp-
shire. He resided on the Bloody Point side — New-
ington, New Hamsphire. His children: John,
Matthias, James, see forward; Hateevil.

(IV) James Nutter, son of John Nutter (3),
was born about 1710. There is a family tradition that
James Nutter was for many years in a British
prison. The tradition may refer to an earlier an-
cestor or he may have been taken prisoner during
the revolution. His son Jacob was born probably
at or near Newington, New Hampshire, which is
near Berwick, Maine.

(V) Jacob Nutter, son of James Nutter (4),

■was born about 1750-60. He married Johnson.

He seems to have been a member of the Baptist
church and to have died in 1813. His children:
Rebecca, Elmira, Jane, James, Oliver, see forward;
Jacob. Jacob Nutter was a soldier in the revolu-
tion. He was in Captain Robert Follett's artillery
company, at Kittery Point, in 1775. and in the com-
pany of Captain Titus Salter, in 1776.

(VI) Oliver Nutter, son of Jacob Nutter (5),
■was born in Kittery or Berwick, Maine, June 29,
1812. He married Ann Brackett. He was a farmer.
Their children, all born in Alfred, Maine, were :
Mary. Joseph, James Judson, born October 6. 1843,
see forward: Oliver G., see forward; John.

(VII) James Judson Nutter, son of Oliver
Nutter (6), was born at Alfred, Maine, October 6,
1843. He received his education in Alfred in the
public schools and at Alfred Academy. He then
taught school for two terms in his native town and
■one term in Pemaquid Falls, Lincoln county. He
then came to Milford, Massachusetts, where he was
for two years with the box manufactory. In
1877 he accepted the position of superintendent of
the Milford Gas Company and under his manage-
ment the gas company developed from small begin-
nings to its present prosperous condition. In 1903
his son, who had worked under him for fourteen
years, succeeded him as superintendent. He is a mem-
ber of the Mendon Grange, Patrons of Husbandry.
He is a Unitarian in religion. He is a Democrat
in politics and has taken an active part in town
affairs, serving on the board of assessors several
years and on the school committee three years. Mr.
Nutter married Laura J. Day, who was born June
26, 1843, daughter of Robert and Edna Day. Their
children: 1. Ellsworth J., born October 15,, 1867,
Mendon, see forward. 2. Evelyn, born at Alfred,
Maine, December 12, 1869, graduate of the Men-
don High School; married William Chappel and
they have one child, Lester W. 3. Jennie L. born
at Alfred, Maine, July 16, 1871, married Percy T.
Kinsley and they have two children — i. Edward
Kinsley; ii. Edith Kinsley. 4. Newton J., born at
Alfred, August 18, 1872, graduate of the Mendon
High School; married Grace Andrew. 5. Grace G.,
"born at Alfred, May 11, 1875, graduate of the Men-
■don High School; married Eugene Blake. 6. Nettie
E., born at Alfred, September 6, 1876, graduate of
the Mendon High School : married Frank Edmands
and has one child, Edna F. Edmands.

(VII) Oliver G. Nutter, son of Oliver Nutter
.<6), was born in Alfred, Maine, about 1845.

He married Abbie M. Garey, daughter of Timothy
Garey, who was a lumber dealer in the town of Al-
fred, Maine, and a very successful man of affairs.
He was a leading Republican of that section and
served two years in the Maine legislature ; he was
also prominent in military affairs. Mr. Nutter was
a farmer in Alfred. The children of Oliver G. and
and Abbie M. Nutter were: John O., born at Al-
fred, November 4, 1872, see forward ; Mary, Harriet,
Timothy Garey, graduate of the Alfred high school,
married Louise Roper, of Colchester, Connecticut
(see Roper Family in this work); he is electrician
in charge of the electric plant of the Whitin Machine
Works at Whitinsville, Massachusetts; Fred, Alice,
Lizzie, Ralph.

(VIII) John O. Nutter, -on of Oliver G. Nutter
(7), was born at Alfred, Maine, November 4, 1872.
He was educated in the public and high schools of
his native town, graduating in 1889. He began his
business career as a clerk in a grocery store ; after
two years he took a position in a wholesale grocery
at Portland. Maine. A year later he entered the
employ of a Portsmouth, New Hampshire, grocery
house. He left there to locate at Hopedale, Massa-
chusetts, and in 1897 entered the Whitin Machine
Works at Whitinsville. Massachusetts, and has re-
mained with that concern since. He is at present
head of the shipping department. He is a member
of the Granite Lodge, St. Elmo Chapter, of
Free Masons. In politics he is a Republican. He
married, December 29, 1899, Edith Marion Pollock,
in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, daughter of Charles
E. and Corderia (Roper) Pollock. (See sketch of
Roper and Pollock Families in this work.) She was
born in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, November 10,
1875. and was educated in the public and high schools
of that town and at Miss Kimball's School for
Girls, Worcester.

(VIII) Ellsworth J. Nutter, son of James Jud-
son Nutter (7), was born at Mendon, Massachu-
setts, October 15, 1867. He attended the public
schools and was graduated from the Mendon high
school in 1885, Milford high school 1886. and then
took the course at Eastman's Business College at
Poughkeepsie, New York. In 1887 he went to work
for the Milford Gas Company, of which his father
was the superintendent. He is at present the super-
intendent, having succeeded his father in that posi-
tion in 1903. He is a member of the Free Masons
and of the Quidnunc Association of Milford. He
married Lila L. Noyes, daughter of Cyrus and Al-
mira (Lothrop) Noyes. Children of Ellsworth J.
and Lila L. Nutter are: Ida L., born March 28,
1893 ; Frank, born March 8, 1895 ; James Curtis, born
March, 1900.

WALLIS FAMILY. Nathaniel Wallis (1), the
immigrant ancestor of the Wallis family of Douglas,
Massachusetts, was born in 1632 in Cornwall, Eng-
land. The name Wallace is Scotch and there is a
tradition that this family originally came from
Scotland, but there is no doubt of the fact that the
American progenitor came from England. He was
an early settler at Scarborough, Maine. He was a
constable in Falmouth (now Portland), Maine. He
was among those who swore allegiance to Massa-
chusetts in 1658, but in July, 1660, he had three
children baptized by Rev. Robert Jordan, who ad-
hered to the Church of England in that her lowest
hour of distress, and Wallis was censured for al-
lowing the baptism by the general court of Massa-
chusetts as shown by the colonial records, Volume
IV. Savage thinks the son John was one of those
baptized according to the rubric. The family was
driven from Falmouth in 1681 when Falmouth was

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destroyed by the Indian wars, and he finally set-
tled at Beverly, Massachusetts. He was there before
1701. In 1692 he gave his age as fifty-eight, but the
authority for 1632 as the year of his birth seems
better than this statement.

Nathaniel Wallis married Margaret , who

was born in 1630 and died May 14, 171 1. He died
at Beverly, October 18, 1709. Their children were :
Nathaniel, Jr., settled at Beverly, married Anna
and had a large family; John, mentioned below;
Bartholomew; Caleb, settled at Beverly; married
Sarah and had a large family ; Joshua, set-
tled at Beverly; married Abiah, and had one child,
Mary, September, 1694; Mary. John Wallis, be-
lieved to be Nathaniel Wallis's brother, was in
Scarborough in 1658; settled in Gloucester and was
prominent there; he died at Gloucester, September
23, 1690, leaving wife Mary and sons Josiah, Joseph,
James and Benjamin. Benjamin and James, sons
of John Wallis, also lived in Beverly.

(II) John Wallis, son of Nathaniel Wallis (1),
was born about 1653 and died before 1720. He re-
sided in York county, Maine. He married Bridget
Shepard, daughter of John Shepard. Their chil-
dren were: Sarah, born 1675; John, mentioned be-
low; Margaret, born about 1679; Bartholomew,
born about 1682 ; Elizabeth, born about 1685 ;
Nathaniel, born about 1688, settled in Sherborn;
Benjamin, born about 1690; Mary, born 1693.

(III) John Wallis, son of John Wallis (2),
was born May 13, 1679. He lived in Billerica,
Massachusetts, from 1710 to 1718, when he removed
to Sherborn, Massachusetts, in that part that was
set off as Holliston in 1724. Several years later he
removed to Douglas where his son Benjamin became
a permanent settler. He died there December 26,

He married in Sudbury, Massachusetts, July 19,
1 717, Mary Twitchell, daughter of John and Mary
Twitchell, of Sherborn. The line of ancestry here
given was established by Hon. Ezra S. Stearns by
finding the deed dated 1720 in which John Wallis,
of Sherborn, sells "to my brother Benjamin Twit-
chel, Jr. ''brother of his wife) land in York county,
Maine, being my right in land of my grandfather,
John Shepard, and land belonging to my father,
John Wallis deceased, son of Nathaniel Wallis."
Nathaniel Wallis, his brother, also lived in Sher-
born for a short time, having three children born
there. The children of John and Mary (Twitchell)
Wallis were: John, Jr., born December 20, 1717,
at Sherborn; Mary; Nathaniel, born at Sherborn,
October 12, 1721 ; Benjamin, born December 15,
1723, mentioned below; Sarah: Rachel, born at
Hoiliston, formerly Sherborn, Massachusetts, April
10, 1734, married Jabez Lewis.

(IV) Benjamin Wallis, son of John Wallis (3),
was born at Sherborn, Massachusetts, December 15,
1723, and died at Douglas, formerly New Sherborn,
Massachusetts, December 25, 1814. over ninety years
old. Douglas was called New Sherborn because it
was settled mainly by Sherborn families. Benja-
min Wallis went there early and his father also
removed to the new town. Benjamin Douglas mar-
ried Lydia Dudley, of Sutton, Massachusetts. She
was born in 1728 and died December 23, 1S20. (See
Dudley family sketch.) The children of Benjamin
and Lydia Wallis were: Lydia, born September 10,
174S, died 1820; married Josiah Humes; Benja-
min, Jr., born March 4, 1 75 1 , died January 11, 1821;
married Sarah Thayer: David, born October 16,
i~H. 'lied May 20, 1827; married Bial Alhee ; Mercy,
born February 12, 1756, died October 24. 1824; mar-
ried Captain Benjamin Dudley; Martha, married
Daniel Hunt; Samuel, born June 12, 1758, died

January 2, 1848; married Hannah Dudley; Jamesy
born August 28, 1761, died August 24, 1845 ; mar-
ried Chloe Humes ; Jonathan, born February 26,.
1765, died February 28, 1865 ; Aaron, born Septem-
ber 12, 1768, died August 9, 1S45; married Prudence
Aldrich ; Peter, born January 22, 1770, died Sep-
tember 17, 1775.

(V) Benjamin Wallis, Jr., son of Benjamin Wallis-
(4), was born in Douglas, Massachusetts, March 4,
1751. He settled in Douglas and married there Feb-
ruary 17, 1777, Sarah Thayer, descendant of the
pioneer Thayer of Mendon, of the line of Ferdi-
nando Thayer. (See Thayer family of Mendon
elsewhere in this work.) Mr. Wallis died February
25, 1838. The children of Benjamin and Sarah Wallis
were: Lydia, born February 23, 1778, died July 28,.
1865; married E. Mackentire; Peter, born Decem-
ber 22, 1779, died October 29, 1846; married (first)
Hannah Hunt and (second) Lucy Woodbury; Ben-
jamin, Jr., born May 28, 1782, died May 28, 1864;
married Annie Thayer; Sarah, born July 10, 1785,.
died March 1, 1819; married Samuel Dudley; Jo-
seph, born September 24, 1788, mentioned below?
Moses, born March 17, 1793, died November 14,
1842; Rufus, born February 24, 1797, died October
22, 1853 ; married Molly Paine.

(VI) Joseph Wallis, third son of Benjamin
Wallis (5), was born in Douglas, Massachusetts^
September 24, 1788, and died there October 14, 1857.
He always lived in Douglas. He married Prudence
Wallis, April 23, 181 1. She was born July 6, 1792,
the daughter of Aaron and Prudence (Aldrich)
Wallis, born July 7, 1769, and died August 28^
1845. The grandfather of Prudence Wallis was
Benjamin Wallis (II), mentioned above. The chil-
dren of Joseph and Prudence Wallis were : Dexter,,
born January 8, 1812, died September 16, 1852 ;_
Mason, born June 24, 1814, died September 18, 1852 ;
Harriet, born August 29, 1816, died April 9, 1878;
married Elbridge G. Wallis; Joseph Thayer, born
July 23, 1819, mentioned below ; Prudence, born
July 29, 1824, died September II, 1854; Lydia, born
August' 1 1, 1827, died July 14, 1857; married Charles
White; George, born January I, 1830, died 1830;.
Ira, born April 5, 1832, married Mary E. Young?
Andrew J., born May 2, 1835, married (first) Hattie
M. Learned; (second) Mary M. Blair.

(VII) Joseph Thayer Wallis, son of Joseph".
Wallis (6), was born in Douglas, Massachusetts,.
July 23, 1819. He was educated in the public
schools of his native town, and during his youth
helped his father on the homestead. He left home
at the age of twenty-six, learned the trade of car-
penter and worked at that trade as journeyman and
builder until 1852, when he bought what is now-
known as the Wallis mills. He carried on an ex-
tensive business, dealing in wood and lumber, also-
manufacturing boxes. His saw mill and box fac-
tory were destroyed by fire in 1880 and he then
withdrew from active business, rather than rebuild
at his age. He was a man of influence and high
character, a solid and substanital citizen. He mar-
ried. January 2, 1856. Harriet M, Thompson, daugh-
ter of Lyman Thompson, who was a carpenter by
trade. Their children were: Orissa Annie, born
November 18, 1856, in Douglas, married. January
14. 1899, Henry D. Wallis. of Douglas; Willie Ros-
coe. born September S, i860, mentioned below.

(VIII) Willie Roscoe Wallis, son of Joseph-
Thayer Wallis (7), was born in East Douglas;
Massachusetts, September 8. i860. He attended'
the public schools there until he was eighteen years-
old, when he went to work in his father's mill.
In 1880, when the mill burned, he went to work on
the Wallis homestead while the new mill was being


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built. He tren entered a partnership with his
brother-in-law, Henry D. Wallis, to continue the
business established by his father. He bought out
his partner in 1883 and continued the business alone.
He added to the saw mill a grist mill and built
up an extensive grain and feed business, which he
carried on profitably until 1898, when he sold the
grain business and devoted all his time to the lumber
business and wood-working mill, resuming at that
time the manufacture of boxes. He also added
paints, oils and painters' supplies, cement, lime and
other masons' supplies to his stock in trade. The
business has grown in all departments. Mr. Wallis
has a large plant for his line of trade. He has some
fifteen hands constantly employed. Mr. Wallis is
widely known among business men as upright and
scrupulously honorable in his dealings.

Mr. Wallis is an attendant of the Douglas
Methodist Episcopal Church and one of the board
of trustees. In politics he is independent. He has
been selectman of the town three years. He is
the acting agent in the will of Moses Wallis in 1841,
elected by the town to have charge of the Wallis
Devise left in the will. The fund was to accumu-
late for sixty years and then become available for
building a town hall. The Devise now amounts to
about $30,000. Moses Wallis was brother of the
grandfather of Willie R. Wallis. The will is printed
in full in the town history of Douglas. Mr. Wallis
is a member of no fraternal or secret orders. Mr.
Wallis married, July 5, 1906, Catherine M. Benson,
daughter of Major Benson, of Douglas, Massa-

GREENWOOD FAMILY. Thomas Greenwood
(1), the immigrant ancestor of Moses P. Green-
wood, of Ashburnham, Massachusetts, was born in
1643, probably in England, although there were
several pioneers of the surname Greenwood in the
colonies at that time. It is an ancient English
family. He was a weaver by trade. The first
record of him is at Cambridge village, later called
Newton in 1662, when he was twenty-four years old.
He was elected constable at the first meeting of the
town of Newton, and it is said was also the first
town clerk. This meeting was held August 27, 1679.
He was selectman in 1686-90. He died September
16, 1693, aged fifty years. His first land in New-
ton was a seven acre lot bought of Nathaniel Ham-
mond in 1673. He married Hannah Ward, eldest
daughter of John Ward, July 8, 1670. He married

(second) Abigail — . Children of Thomas and

Hannah Greenwood : Thomas, born January 22,
1671, died young; Thomas, July 15, 1673: John,
see forward ; James, December 19, 1687 ; William,
October 14. 1689.

(II) John Greenwood, son of Thomas Green-
wood (1), was born in Newton, Massachusetts,
about 1676. He married Hannah Trowbridge,
daughter of Deacon James Trowbridge. She died
June 21, 1728, aged fifty-six years. He married
(second), 1729, Alice Lyon, of Roxbury. He was
a leading man, selectman of Newton eighteen years,
deputy to the general court three years. As justice
of the peace he solemnized nearly all the marriages
there for many years. He died August 29, 1737.
He bequeathed to his wife Alice in will dated 1737.
The children of John and Hannah Greenwood:
Thomas, born January 28. 1606, see forward ; Eliza-
beth, September 20, 1697; Hannah, March 4, 1699;
Ruth. October 12, 1701 ; Daniel, November 27, 1704;
Susannah, December 7, 1707; Josiah, June 21, 1709,
ancestor of Hubbardston family.

(III) Deacon Thomas Greenwood, son of John
Greenwood (2), was born in Newton, Massachu-

setts, January 28, 1696. He was captain of the
militia company, deacon of the church, justice of
the peace, selectman for four years, representative
to the general court thirteen years, town cleric
twenty-three years, the leading man of the town.
His homestead was eighty-six acres in the west
parish of Newton. He died August 31, 1774, aged
seventy-eight years. His widow Lydia died 1777,
aged eighty-five years. Their children were : Jo-
seph, born January 9, 1723, see forward; John,
March 7, 1725; Thomas, May 9, 1727. married
Esther Hammond, in 1750, and removed to Holden;
Hannah, May 21, 1729; Abijah, April 6, 1731, died


(IV) Joseph Greenwood, son of Deacon Thomas
Greenwood (3), was born in Newton, Massachu-
setts, January 9, 1723. He settled in Holden when
a young man. He was a soldier in the French war,
sergeant in Captain John Bigelow's company, Col-
onel John Chandler, Jr., and fought in 1758 at Fort
William Henry. He was selectman in 1753 and towns*
clerk of Holden in 1757. He married, August 13,.
1747, at Watertown, Sarah Stone. All their chil-
dren were born in Holden, viz.: Abijah, September
24, 1748, see forward; Sarah, November 10, 1750,.
married James Winch, October 10, 1769; _ Moses,.
July I, 1752; Aaron, April 20, 1756; Levi, April
27, 1758; Asa, January 12, 1762; Betty, March 28^

(V) Abijah Greenwood, son of Joseph Green-
wood (4), was born at Holden, Massachusetts, Sep-
tember 24, 1748. He removed with his brothers
Levi and Moses from Holden to Hubbardston,.
Massachusetts, about 1770. Levi was then a boy
of twelve. Abijah enlisted from Hubbardston in;
the revolutionary army and served at the battle
of Bunker Hill. He was corporal in Captain Will-
iam Marean's company, Colonel Doolittle's regi-

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