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facturing Company of Providence, Rhode Island,
and made plans for the Oriental Mill. From Provi-
dence Mr. Cunliff moved to Lewiston, Maine, and
was employed by Frank Skinner and Co. in making
plans for the Androscoggin Mills and others of Lewis-
ton, Maine, and also in re-organizing, planning,
building and putting in operation the duck mill at
Rockport, Massachusetts, of which Frank Skinner
& Co. became owners. After three years residence
in Lewiston he moved to Norwich, Connecticut, and
made the plans for the Ponemah Mills. located at
Taftsville, about three miles from Norwich. From
Norwich he moved to Manchaug, Massachusetts, and
made plans and superintended the erection and open-
ing of a mill there. From Manchaug he went to Bos-
ton and opened an office in the Rialto building, as mill
engineer. From Boston he moved to New York
and entered the employ of A. T. Stewart & Co., as
superintending mill engineer, which position he held
for five years. He was then appointed agent and
general manager of the A. T. Stewart estate at
Garden City, Long Island, resigning this position
after fifteen years service. He is well known among
the industrial leaders of New England. He retired
from active business in 1896 and bought the place
at East Douglas, where he now resides in summer.
He has a winter home in Florida. A man of quiet
tastes and disposition, he is a self-made man of the
type in which America takes pride. He is prominent
in the Masonic circles and is a member of the Com-
mandery at Norwich, Connecticut. He is a Re-
publican and interested in the town affairs of Doug-
las, but has never cared for public office. He is a
director and vice-president of the Aspinook Com-
pany of Jewett City, Connecticut.

He married, January I, 1861, Abbie J. Caldwell,
daughter of Henry Caldwell, of Sutton, Massachu-
setts. They have no children.

planter of Ipswich and proprietor of the town in
1636, was the pioneer ancestor of Marius Milner
Hovey, of Sutton, Massachusetts. He was one
of Major Dennison's subscribers in 1648 and in
1664 owned a share in Plum Island. He had twenty
acres of land in Topsfield in 1660, and in 1666 was
given permission by the town to cut trees for a
house for his son John, a shop for his son James
and for the latter's use in his trade. He married




Abigail Andrews, daughter of Robert Andrews,
about 164J. In a letter to the Essex probate curt
dated September 27, 1683, he names wife, six sons
and a daughter, all her children and all the sons
living except James.

Daniel Hovey died May 29, 1695. His will was
dated March 18, 1691-92, when he was seventy-three
jears old, bequeathing to children, rive sons and
grandchild Daniel, son of James, deceased ; to daugh-
ters Priscilla, wife of John Aires, and Abigail, wife
of John Hodgkins. He mentioned upland called
Hovey's Island. His estate was large for the times,
over six hundred and six pounds. The children of
Daniel and Abigail (Andrews) Hovey were: Dan-
iel, born 1642, married Esther Treadwell, daughter
of Thomas; John, see forward; Thomas, 1648, mar-
ried Sarah Cook, lived in Hadley, Massachusetts ;
James, killed by Indians, August 2, 1675, in King
Philip's war; Joseph, married Hannah Pratt, 1670,
died in Milton, left six children; Nathaniel, March
20, 1657; Priscilla; Abigail. (See sketch of other
branch of this family in this work.)

(II) John Hovey, second child of Daniel Hovey
(1), was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, about
1645. He settled on his father's land in Topsfield and
his descendants, have been numerous there and in
Boxford adjoining. He married, August 13, 1665,
Dorcas Ivory, of Topsfield. He named a son Ivory
Hovey and in almost every family of his descendants
that "curious name has been given. John married
(second) Mercy Goodhue in 1712; he died in 171S.
The Topsfield estate is or was lately owned by the
Hovey family. Children of John and Dorcas (Ivory)
Hovey were: John, born in Topsfield, Massachu-
setts, December, 1666; Dorcas, January 16, 1668;
child, born and died 1671 ; Elizabeth, January 18,
1674; Susanna, 1674; Luke, see forward; Ivory,
born 1678, married Ann Pingree, 1707; Abigail,
April 28, 1680.

(III) Ensign Luke Hovey, sixth child of John
Hovey (2), was born in Topsfield, Massachusetts,
May 3, 1676, recorded also in Boxford. He mar-
ried Susanna Pillsbury, daughter of Moses, October
25, 1698; she was born February I, 1677. They came.
to Boxford after the birth of their first child and
built the Hovey house which was used by the Hovey
family until it was torn down recently. It was
situated in the Bradford road, a quarter of a mile
north of the Second Church, on the south slope of
the hill with the meadow and pond below. He died
October 31, 1751, aged seventy-five years; his widow
died December 22, 1767, aged ninety years, ten
months. His sons settled in Boxford. Children of
Luke and Susannah (Pillsbury) Hovey were : Susan-
nah, born July 25, 1699; Dorcas, baptized July 20,
born May 10, 1701, married John Foster, of An-
dover; Hannah, July 18, 1703; Elizabeth, October
3, 1706, married Benjamin Kimball, of Boxford;
Luke, born May 18, 1708, married Dorcas Kimball,
of Bradford; Abigail, July 6, 1710; Joseph, July
17, 1712; Abijah, December 9, 1719; Daniel, see

(IV) Daniel Hovey, son of Luke Hovey (3),
was born in Boxford, December 3, 1717. (Luke
Hovey of Boxford owned land on Prospect Hill ;
sold a lot to Thomas Gleason February 25, 1734).
Daniel Hovey married, March 31, 1742, Ruth Tyler,
daughter of John and Anne (Messenger) Tyler, of
Boxford. She was baptized June 30, 1728, and they
settled in Sutton, buying a farm in the northwest
part of the town, now in Oxford, in 1754. The lot
number was H. 160. Children of Daniel and Ruth
(Tyler) Hovey were : Moses, born October 28,
1748, see forward; Mary, September 16, 1755. mar-
ried, July 15, 1779; Benjamin, born March 12, 1758,

was a soldier in the revolution ; from 1783 to 1787
he was deputy sheriff of Worcester county ; lie went
to the wilderness of western New Y'>rk 111 1790 and
was the first settler on the Chenango river; he was
the founder and leading citizen of Oxford, New
York, which he named for his native place; he was
associated with Aaron Burr and General Wilkinson
in various ambitious projects, especially a plan for a
canal at Louisville; he led an eventful and romantic

(V) Moses Hovey, son of Daniel Hovey (4),
was born in Oxford, Massachusetts, October 28,
1748. He was a soldier in the revolution. He mar-
ried, August 14, 1777, Phebe Tenney, born April 20,
1759, died April 25, 1813. He died October 29,
1813. His children were born in Oxford, except the
younger ones. He went to New York about 1790
also, and settled at Unadilla, Otsego county. The
Oxford history is authority for an interesting story
of his removal. He found it necessary to leave
town to escape creditors who were seeking harsh
remedies at law. Leaving his clothes on the shore
of Tomen's pond to give the impression that he had
been drowned there, he made his way to New York.
He had not more than five dollars in his pocket
when he bid at a land auction probably at Hudson,
New York, and was successful. He asked for time
and before the next day he had sold the land at a
large profit and reserved for himself a farm that
cost him nothing.

Children of Moses and Phebe (Tenney) Hovey
were : Daniel, born October 29, 1778, died January
10, 1839; Polly, August 19, 1780; Rebecca, Decem-
ber 9. 1783 ; John Tyler, November 16, 1785 ; Eben-
ezer, July 16, 1789, died September, 1826; Benjamin,
June 20, 1793; Simeon, July 19, 1795; William, July
26, 1798, died August, 1838; Ruth, December 18,
1800, died February 8, 1878.

(VI) Daniel Hovey, eldest child of Moses Hovey
(5). was born in Sutton or Oxford, October 29,
1778. He was a very enterprising and prosperous
business man. He bought from his father and the
other heirs of his grandfather the homestead, Feb-
ruary 10, 1S13. He kept a general store and was a
well known trader in that section of the county. He
married Susanna Sibley, July 3, 1808; she died Au-
gust 25, 1811. He married (second) Susan Jacobs.
November 10, 1813 ; she died March 26, 1850. He
died January 10, 1839. Child of Daniel and Susanna
(Sibley) was: Jonas Augustus, born September 16,
1S09. Children of Daniel and Susan (Jacobs) Hovey
were: John Jacobs, born August 31, 1814, became
a planter in Virginia; Daniel Tyler, born October
19, 1816, died January 31, 1851, unmarried; was
a physician; Susan Sibley, born April 12, 1817, died
August 12, 1847; unmarried; Marius Milner, see
forward ; William Henry, born June 29, 1822, died
May 11, 1871, became a wealthy merchant at South
Carolina before the war, but lost his wealth during
the war; Erastus Franklin, born July 8, 1824, was in
the flax business in New York; Charles Harrison,
born July 17, 1826, died September, 1828; Mary
Elizabeth, September 17, 1829, married Colonel Asa
H. Waters, June 27, 1849; manufacturer of guns at
Millbury, Massachusetts.

(VII) Marius Milner Hovey, fifth child of Dan-
iel Hovey (6), was born in Sutton, Massachusetts,
August 17, 1818. He was educated in the common
schools of Woburn and Sutton. Massachusetts,
where he lived for several years. He went to
work on his father's farm and continued later on
his own account. He became one of the best known
lumbermen of this section. He owned a -aw mill
which he kept principally sawing his own lumber.
He cleared much land in Sutton and neighboring



towns, and became for his day a man of wealth. At
one time he was partner in a dry goods store at
Greenville, South Carolina, under the firm name of
Hovey & Town. He was representative to the gen-
eral court and held other offices m the town of Sut-
ton. He was selectman and assessor. He was orig-
inally a Whig. He had one of the best farms in the
town. His house was built for the use of the min-
ister, Rev. John McKinstry, who was ordained in
Sutton, November 9, 1720. The farm was bought by
Daniel Hovey (VI), May 27, 1811. He attended
church and contributed liberally. He died in Sutton,
February 16, 1898.

He was twice married: (first) to Lydia L. Sabin,
June 18, 1851, by whom he had no children, lie
married (second) Ellen D. Peirce, born August 22,
1836, daughter of Dr. Leonard Peirce, of Sutton,
who was born in 1797. Her mother was of the well
known Putnam family of Sutton. Mrs. Hovey
survives her husband. Their children were : John
William, born in Sutton, August 24, 1865, died Jan-
uary 13, 1889; Marius Milner, see forward.

(VIII) Marius Milner Hovey, son of Marius
Milner Hovey (7), was born in Sutton, Massachu-
setts, June 15, 1875. He was educated in the public
and high schools and Worcester Academy, and has
since leaving school assisted in carrying on the
farm. For a number of years he has had the entire
management of the farm. He married Annie L.
Hall, daughter of Christopher C. and Susan (Cole)
Hall, of Sutton. They have one child, Douglas
Whitcomb, born in Sutton, August 23, 1900.

HENRY F. RICE. Edmund Rice (1), the im-
migrant ancestor of Henry F. Rice, of Sutton,
Massachusetts, was born in Barkhamstead, England,
151)4. He probably came to America early in the
year 1638. He was settled in Sudbury, a proprietor
of the town and one of the selectmen in 1639. The
village plot of Sudbury, now Wayland, was laid
out in the fall and he was one of the first to build
his house there. His house lot was on Old North
street, near Mill brook. He received his share in
the river meadows divided September 4, 1639, April
20, and November 18, 1640. He shared also in all
the various divisions of uplands and common lands,
receiving altogether two hundred and forty-seven
acres. He built a second house in the south part of
the town between timber neck and the Glover farm
near the spring. He sold some land there to Thomas
Axtell and Philemon Whale, both of whom built
their houses there. He sold his home lot September
1, 1642, to John Moore, and, September 13, 1642,
took a six-year lease of the Dunster farm on the
east shore of Lake Cochituate. He bought land be-
tween that of Mary Axtell and Philemon Whale and
his own, thus locating his homestead at Rice's
spring. Then he bought Whale's house and nine
acres forming the nucleus of the Rice homestead,
which he sold finally to his son Edmund and which
was occupied by Edmund and his descendants down
to a recent date.

September 26, 1647, Edmund Rice leased for ten
years the Glover farm, which is within the present
limits of Framingham. He bought, April 8, 1657,
the Jennison farm of two hundred acres extending
from the Dunster farm to the Weston line, and
June 24, 1659, he and his =011 bought the Dunster
farm. Besides these grants and purchases the gen-
eral court gave him fifty acres at Rice's End in 1652,
and eighty acres near Beaver Dam in 1659. Rice
was a prominent citizen. September 4. 1639, lie was
on tlie first committee to apportion the meadow-,
tn in 1010. 1044 anil later at various times,
deacon after [1 it} to the general court 1654-

56. He was one of the petitioners for Marlboro,
received a house lot and moved there in 1660. He
(lied May 3, 1663, aged sixty-nine, according to one-
record. He gave his age as sixty-two in 1656.

He married (first), in England, Tamazin .

She died June 13, 1054, and he married (second)
Mercy (.Heard) Brigham, March 1, 1655, widow of
Thomas Brigham. Children of Edmund and,
Tamazin Rice : Henry, born 1616, married Eliza-
beth More; Edward, 1618; Thomas; Mathew, mar-
riad Martha Lamson ; Samuel, married Elizabeth-
King; Joseph, 1637; Lydia, married Hugh Drury;
Edmund; Benjamin, May 31, 1640; Ruth, married
S. Wells; Ann; Mary.

(II) Thomas Rice, son of Edmund Rice (i>,
was probably born in England. He married Mary

, and resided in Sudbury until 1664. when he

removed to the adjacent town of Sudbury. Six of
his children were born in Sudbury, the others in
Marlboro. He died November 16, 1681. His fam-
ily was remarkable for the longevity of the children.
An interesting but not entirely reliable article on
this family appeared in the Boston Gazette, Decem-
ber 26, 1768. His will was dated November 11,
16S1, and probated April 4, 1682. He bequeathed
to Thomas, Peter, Nathaniel and Ephraim. His
widow made her will May 10, 1710; it was proved
April 11, 1715, mentioning sons — Thomas Rice, of
Marlboro ; Peter, Nathaniel, Ephraim, Gershom,
Jame-, Jonas, Elisha; daughters Mary White, Sarah
Adams, Frances Allen, Grace Moore. Children of
Thomas and Mary were : Grace, died at Sudbury,

January 3, 1653-54; Thomas, see forward; Mary,,
born September 4, 1656, married Josiah White;
Peter, born October 24, 1658, married Rebecca How ;
Nathaniel, born January 3, 1660, married Sarah

; Sarah, born January 15, 1662; Ephraim, born

April 15. 1665. married Hannah Livermore ; Ger-
shi in. burn May 9. 1667, married Elizabeth Haynes ;
James, born March b, 1669, married Sarah Stone;
Frances, born February 3, 1670-71, married Benja-
min Allen; Jonas, born March 6. 1672-73, married
Mary Stone; Grace, born January 15, 1675, married
•Nathaniel Moore; Elisha, born December 11, 1679.

(III) Thomas Rice, son of Thomas Rice (2),
was born June 30, 1654, in Sudbury, Massachusetts,

and died about 1747. He married Mary , who-

died at Watertown, May 13, 1677. He lived in Marl-
boro except for the time when the settlers had to
abandon ther homes during King Philip's war. He
married (second) a cousin, Ann Rice. February 10,
1681-82. When Westboro was set off from Marl-
boro in 1717 his farm was in the new town. His
wife Ann died at Westboro, May 2, 1731, in her
seventieth year. He was a deputy to the general
court, was one of the original members of the West-
boro church. Children of Thomas and Ann Rice :
Thomas, born 1683. married Mary Oakes ; Charles,
July 7. 1684, married Rachel Wheeler ; Eunice, May
3, 1686; Jason, February 23, 1688; Jedediah, June

10, 1600. married Dorcas Wheeler; Abiel, December

11, 1692 (twin), died December 27, 1692; Anna
(twin), born December 11, 1692, died December 25,

1602: Ashur, July 6. 1694, married Tabitha ;

Adonijah, August 11, 1696, captured by Indians
August 8. 1704. taken to Canada, never returned;

Perez, July 23, 1698, married Lydia ; Vashti.

March 7, 1700, married, December 22, 1727, Daniel
Hardy: Beriali. August 20, 1702, married Mary
Goodman; Noah, see forward.

(IV) Noah Rice, son of Thomas Rice (3), was
born about 1704. at Marlboro, later the town of
Westboro, Massachusetts. He resided in Westboro
and nil- admitted to the church there 1736. He was
dismissed by letter to the Sutton church, June 23,



3745. and he died at Sutton, February, 1759, aged
fifty-four years. His will was dated January 29,
1659, and proved February 26, 1659. He married,
February 13, 1730-31, Hannah Warren, born June
-2, 1708, daughter of Joshua and Rebecca (Church)
Warren. Joshua was born 1668 and died 1760, son
of Daniel and Mary (Barron) Warren. Daniel was
born 1628, son of John and Mary Warren, the im-
migrant ancestors. Children of Noah and Hannah
Rice : Thomas, born 1734, married Rebecca Kings-
bury ; Noah, October I, 173S, died August 10. 1739;
Fortunatus, September, 1740, died 1740; Asahel, 1741,
see forward; Lydia (probably the eldest), married
Timothy Bacon. Noah Rice's farm was that late
of Edwin E. Kingsbury, of Westboro; he bequeathed
the homestead to son Asahel, see forward.

(V) Asahel Rice, son of Noah Rice (4), was
born in Sutton, 1741. He married Mary Brownell,
daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Legg) Brownell,
of Mendon, and resided at Sutton, where all his
children were born. He died at Brimfield, Massa-
chusetts, June, 181 1, aged seventy years. His widow
Mary died June 7, 1821. He was a soldier in the
revolution, sergeant in Captain Blanchard Wood-
bury's company. Colonel Jonathan Holman's regi-
ment, in the Rhode Island campaign in 1776. Chil-
dren of Asahel and Mary Rice : Lydia, born April
.29, 1762, married Jonas Sibley ; Dolly, July 10, 1763,
married David Morse ; George K., February 2, 1765,
married Fanny Harback ; Hannah, November 10,
1766, married Gibbs Sibley; Polly, August 23, 1668,
died 1790; Noah, February 24, 1771, see forward;
Betsey, 1773, died 1792 ; Jemima, October 17, 1776,
married Gardner Wright; Joseph W., March 10,
1779, married Ruth Sibley; Nancy, October 25,
1781, married Simon Sibley; Charles, July 10, 1783,
married Annis Dunham.

(VI) Noah Rice, son of Asahel Rice (5), was
torn in Sutton, Massachusetts, February 24, 1771.
He owned the farm lately occupied by Widow So-
phronia Rice and her son Henry, formerly a part
of the Freegrace Marble estate. The Rice genea-
logy says he married Howell and went to Mich-
igan. According to the Sutton history he lived
there, married, perhaps (second), Hannah Marble,
whose ancestors owned the homestead they settled
on. Their children: Hosea, see forward; Willard,
liorn November 23, 1805, married, January 31. 1833,
Almy F. Watson and had children — George Willard,
born January 22, 1836 (father of Arthur, born 1865) ;
Alvear Jackson; Almy Amanda, born June 30, 1841 ;
Hannah, born August 5, 1813.

(VII) Hosea Rice, son of Noah Rice (6), was
born in Sutton, Massachusetts, January 24, 1802.
He settled in his native town, where he was brought
up and where he was educated in the common
schools. He married, May 17, 1826, Sophronia Bar-
ton, born January 8, 1804, daughter of Reuben and
Mehitable (Jennison) Barton. Their children:
Alden, born October 9, 1827 ; William B., August
29, 1828; Jane E., June 25, 1830, married, Septem-
ber 18, 1849; Henry F., January 29, 1844, see

(VIII) Henry F. Rice, son of Hosea Rice (7),
■was born in Sutton, Massachusetts, January 29,
1844. He was educated in the public schools of his
native town, and worked at farming, when not in
school, until he was seventeen years old. Then he
enlisted in Company E, Fifty-first Regiment, Massa-
chusetts Volunteer Infantry. At the expiration of
its term of service the regiment voted unanimously
to remain another month, after which it was finally
discharged July 23, 1863, and mustered out. He re-
•enlisted August 30, 1864, in Company F, First Bat-
tallion, Heavy Artillery, and subsequently did gar-

rison duty at Fort Warren, Boston Harbor, until
mustered out June 25, 1805, end of war. Upon his
return to Sutton he worked for a lime in the shut-
tle shop of E. S. Marble and for the succeeding
fifteen years was employed in the manufacture of
shuttles at the Crompton Loom Works, Worcester.
He went into business on his own account, manu-
facturing dobby chain, an important factor in the
weaving of cotton fabric, in a shop at Sutton. In
1883 lie patented an improvement mi the pegs used
in these chains and this devise has proved very
valuable. In politics Mr. Rice is a Republican. He
was selectman of Sutton in 1880-91-92, assessor
seven years and for a number of years has been
collector of taxes and town treasurer. He repre-
sented his district in the general court in 1895, was
on the committee on game and fisheries, and was
again elected in 1906. He was one of the com-
mittee from the house of representatives to attend
the dedication of Chickamauga and Chattanooga
National Military Park, September 19 and 20, 1895.
Mr. Rice is a prominent Free Mason, a member of
Tyrian Chapter, Royal Arch Masons ; of Worcester
County Cammandery, Knights Templar ; of the
Massachusetts Consistory, thirty-second degree; and
of Aleppo Temple of the Mystic Shrine, Boston.
He is also a member of Sutton Grange, No. 109,
Patrons of Husbandry ; of General George A. Cus-
ter A. Post, No. 70, Grand Army, of Millbury; of
the First Congregational Church, of which for fif-
teen years he was the collector and treasurer.

He married, May 2, 1876, Abby A. King, born
April 26, 1850, daughter of Putnam and Jerusha
(Davis) King. They had one daughter — Alice Julia,
born May 14, 1884, who was taken away December
2, 1901, as she was entering upon womanhood with
a bright future before her. She was a leader among
the young people of her set, and admired and loved
by all who came within the radius of her life.

KNOWLTON FAMILY. Captain William
Knowlton (1), immigrant ancestor of the Knowlton
family to which Joseph H., Willis Everett and Wal-
ter C. Knowlton, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, be-
long, was born in England and was part owner of
the vessel on which he sailed for America. He died
on the voyage and is said to have been buried in
what is now Shelburn, Nova Scotia. He married
Ann Elizabeth Smith. They had four sons who be-
came prominent in early colonial history : John,
born 1610, married Margery Wilson, settled at Ips-
wich, was a shoemaker; William, born 1615, see
forward ; Deacon Thomas, born 1622 ; Samuel.

(II) William Knowlton, son of William Knowl-
ton (1), was born in England, 1615, died 1655. He
was a bricklayer by trade. He was a proprietor
of Ipswich. Massachusetts, in 1641, and sold land
in 1643. The account of his estate was presented
to the court by his brother Thomas in 1678, accord-
ing to Pope, but this account was probably of the
estate of his son. He was a member of the First
Church of Ipswich. The children of William and
Elizabeth Knowlton : Thomas, born 1640, married
Hannah Green; Nathaniel, born 1641, married
Deborah Grant; William, born 1642, see forward;
John, born 1644, married Bethia Carter ; Benjamin,
born 1646, married Hannah Mirick ; Samuel, born
1647, married Elizabeth Witt ; Mary, born 1649,
married Samuel Abbe.

(III) William Knowlton, son of William
Knowlton (2), was born in Ipswich in 1642. He
was a tailor by trade, admitted freeman 1669, re-
moved to New York, 1678, and to Norwich, Con-
necticut, 1682. Children of William and Susannah
Knowlton: Thomas, see forward; Sarah, born De-



cember I, 1671 ; Joseph, born 1677, married Lucy

(IV) Thomas Knowlton, son of William
Knowlton (3), was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts,
1667. He married Margery Goodhue, granddaughter
of Deacon William Goodhue, of Ipswich, daughter of
Joseph and Sarah Whipple and granddaughter of
Elder John Whipple. She died August 23, 1698-99.
He married (second), 1702, Margery Carter. Chil-
dren of Thomas and Margery, his first wife: Robert,
born September 7, 1693; Margery, August 27, 1694;
Margery, March 25, 1695 ; Joseph, March 9, 1696-
gj; Deborah, December 31, 1697-98. Children of

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