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his client's cause. A man of kindly spirit, the friend
as will as father of his children, of simple, pleas-
ing manners, he yet worked too hard, and at the
111 iiunt when it seemed possible for him to relax
iris labors, when he was on the point of relinquish-
ing his practice and devoting his attention to the
care of the many and large estates in his hands, he
was stricken with fatal illness. He died July 9,
1869, and was buried at Mt. Auburn cemetery. In
personal appearance he resembled his grandfather ;
two inches over six feet in height, well knit and
finely proportioned. One who knew him says:
"Pure, unselfish, just, wise, cautious, yet vigorous,
kind and devoted was this man's life."

He married, June II, 1840, at Hillsboro, Illinois,
Margaret Austin Brooks, born July 6, 1817, died at
Longwood, February, 1886, daughter of Isaac and
Mary Austin Brooks, of Charlestown, Massachu-
setts. Their children : William Tufts, see for-
ward. Charles B., born January 17, 1845. se e for-
ward. Edward A., see forward. Mary Brooks,
born in Boston, December 26, 1850, married. May
6, 1875, McPherson LeMoyne, of Montreal, Canada,
and their children are — Charles LeMoyne, born June
13, 1876, at present located at Hagerman, Idaho;
Margaret Brigham LeMoyne. born in Bolton, Feb-
ruary 1, 1880. married, April 8, 1905. Strafford
Wentworth, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and
Cambridge, Massachusetts, and they have Nancy.
born at Newton. February I, 1906; Edith LeMoyne,
born in Boston. April 8. 1S82 ; Henry LeMoyne, born
in Boston, January 18, 1884, is with his brother
Charles in Idaho; Frances Moseley LeMoyne, born
in Longwood, Brookline, Massachusetts, December
1?. 1802. Arthur A., horn January 6. 1S57, see
forward.

(VI) Cornelia Brigham, daughter of Captain



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Charles Brigliam (5). was bora in Grafton, Massa-
chusetts, November 17. 1823. She marrisd Calvin
Taft, who was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts,
now Boston, January 29, 1813, sun of Adolphus Taft.
of Northbridge, and descendant of Robert Taft, of
Mendon (see sketch of Taft families). He had a
common school education. At an early age he went
to work as clerk in the country store of Peter
Farnum, of Farnumsville, Grafton. He began his
business career as a merchant with a small general
store at Millbury. Next he had a store at Ice-
land's Landing on the old canal in Grafton. In
1838, at the age of twenty-five, he sold out his busi-
ness and sought a more promising field for business.
He opened a general store at Hawkinsville, Georgia.
In the course of his daily business he bought and
sold cotton and gradually came to make that his
chief business. He sold his store and for a quarter
of a century enjoyed a large and prosperou: busi-
ness dealing in cotton. When the civil war broke
out his warehouses were full and he lost the greater
portion of his stock during the war. He came
north in 1861 and was in the cotton trade in New
York city to the end of the war. when he removed
iu Worcester. He became interested in the Frank-
lin Paper Company at Holyoke and became its first
president in 1866. Three years later, when the
Albion Paper Company was organized by his son-
in-law, James H. Newton, of Holyoke, he became
president and was connected with it to the time of
his death. His sou was the agent and treasurer.

Mr. Taft was one of the founders of the Wor-
cester Safe Deposit and Trust Company, which has
become the largest and most successful banking
house in Worcester, having absorbed in recent years
the First National Bank, the Central National Bank,
the City National Bank and the Quinsigamond Na-
tional Bank, and now known as the Worcester Trust
Company. He was a director to the tune oi his
death, which occurred at Worcester, June 17. 1881.
lie will long be remembered for his public be-
quests. He gave five thousand dollars to Piedmont
Church (Congregational ).

He married (first) Susan Wadsworth, daughter
of Jonathan and Tabitha (Warreu) Wadsworth, of
Farnumsville, Grafton, Massachusetts. He married
(second) Eliza Taft, daughter of Zadok and Abi-
gail (Bennett) Taft, of Uxbridge, Massachusetts.
He married (third) Cornelia Brigham, mentioned
above. She survives him, residing at her home, 8
Trowbridge road, Worcester. Children of Calvin
and Susan Taft were: William Henry, died in in-
fancy; Jane Amelia, born May 10, 1835, spends
much of her time abroad. Children of Calvin and
Eliza Taft: Susan Wadsworth, born February 22,
1842, married James II. Newton, born in Hubbards-
ton, Massachusetts, January 13. 1832, resnl - 1:1
Holyoke; their, children — Edward Taft Newton,
born December 15, 1864, married Alice Winifred
Buckland, and they have: Edward Buckland, New-
ton, born October 7, 1895, Payson Taft Newton,
horn October 20, 1900; Roger Newton ; Fred Newton.
born February 23, 1866; Eliza Taft Newton, horn
January 23, 1868, unmarried and lives in Holyoke;
James Bertram Newton, horn August 11, 1S76, mar-
ried. October 12. 1004, Roberta Fairford Cowan, of
South Hadley, Massachusetts, and they have a son,
James Francis Newton. Edward Calvin, born Jan-
uary 20. 1840, died June 7. 1807; married Catherine
r Parsons, of Holyoke, Massachusetts, now a
ii iif New York city; child — Lucretia Parsons,
M 13 18. 1^75. married, October 30, 1897, Will-
iam 1). Flagg; they reside in Boston.

I V 1 1 1 Willi Brigham, s< m of \\ illiam

Brigham (6), was b rn May 24, [841. lie was



fitted for college at the Boston Latin School and-
graduated at Harvard University in 1862 with the
degree of Master of Arts. He made a special study
of botany, and in 1864-65 explored the Hawaiian
Islands in company with Horace Mann, and discov-
ered many new plants. He was professor of natural
sciences at Oahu College, resigning in October,
1865, to continue explorations in China and India.
He returned to Massachusetts and in September,
1867, was admitted to the bar. In 1868-69 he was
an instructor in botany at Harvard. He served six
years on the Boston school board, introduced sys-
tematic instruction in drawing in the public schools,
and was the chairman of the first committee on
drawing of that board. He also introduced in the
Boston schools the Sargent method of Anthro-
pometry, new m general use in colleges. He re-
moved to Honolulu in 1888 to take charge of the
museum of Polynesian Ethnology and natural his-
tory, founded there by C. R. Bishop, and he is at
present the director of that institution. Among his
published works are : "Catalogue of Antique
Sculpture," "Guatemala, the Land of the Quetzal,"
"Volcanic Manifestations of New England," "Ha-
waiian Feature Work," "Index to the Islands of the
Pacific Ocean," "Stone Implements of Ancient
Hawaiians." He is a tellow of the American
Academy of Arts and Sciences, of the California
Academy of Sciences, of the Philadelphia Academy
of Natural Sciences. He never married

1 VII) Charles Brooks Brigham, son of William
Brigham (0 1, was born in Boston, January 17, 1845.
He was graduated from Harvard University in 1866,
and studied anatomy with Professor Jeffries Wyman
until November, 1866, when he entered the Harvard
Medical School, where he graduated in 1870. He
became house surgeon to the Boston City Hospital
and later studied 111 Europe. He was appointed
in August. 1870, surgeon in chief of the Ambulance
Internationale Francoise de l'ecole Forestien de
Nancy, a position he held during seven months of the
Prussian war. He was made a Chevalier
of the Legion of Honor by President Thiers and re-
c< ved the Iron Cross from the Emperor of Ger-
many in acknowledgment of his services as physician
and surgeon. He was also given the cross of the
Internationale Society with a diploma for his ex-
ceptional services during the war. In 1872 he re-
turned from his brilliant career abroad and settled
in San Francisco, California, where he practiced
the profession of medicine during the remainder of
his life. He died there in 1903.

He married, April, 1879, Alice W. Babcock, of
San Francisco. Her father was in the trade with
China. Mrs. Brigham and her children reside in
San Fraucisce Their home escaped the recent fire
and earthquake, though they lost silverware and
other goods in storage in the city. The children:
William and Kate.

(VII 1 Edward Austin Brigham, son of William
Brigham (6), was born February 23, 1846, married,
April 5, 1870. Anne De Wolf Bartlett. He attended

the public scl Is of Boston and the Latin school.

He began his business career as clerk in the store
of George C. Richardson & Company, commission
merchants. In 1868 he went to Lewi-ton, .Maine, to
learn cotton spinning in the mills. After three years
of practical education and hard work, he went to
Europe to examine mills and manufacturing. He
was appointed the agent in this country of William
Higgii 1 tpany, manufacturers of cotton ma-

chinery, of Manchester, England. In 1875 he was
sent by this company to Samnugge, near Calcutta,
India, to build and install the machinery in some
large cott n nulls, lie was engaged for some years




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in the manufacture of grass carpeting at Minne-
apolis, and was for a number of years in successful
business in Boston. He is at present residing on the
Brigham homestead at Grafton. Children of Ed-
ward Austin and Anne Brigham are: Caroline \\\.
born May 21, 1877, died 1879; Margaret, born June
21, 1879; Eleanor, born December 18, 1883.

(VII) Arthur A. Brigham, son of William
Brigham (6), was born in Boston, January 8, 1857.
He was educated in the Boston Latin School, Chaun-
cey Hall School, and the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. He acquired a practical knowledge
of mill engineering in various mills of New England.
Be was in business for a time with his brother
Edward. At present he is a dealer in mill ma-
chinery, Milk street, Boston. His home is in Weston,
Massachusetts.

CHARLES E. CHAFFIN. Robert Chaffin (1),
the immigrant ancestor of Charles E. Chaffin, of
Worcester, was born in Mere, Wiltshire, England,
about 1695. He came to America when a young
man and settled in Littleton, Massachusetts. He
married, April 15, 1719, at Concord, Abigail Davis.
His homestead was in Littleton. * He died in Little-
ton early in 1745 and his son John was appointed
administrator February 7, 1745. All the other chil-
dren were minors.

The children of Robert and Abigail Chaffin were :
John, born in Littleton about 1722, of whom later.
Robert, Jr., born about 1725. settled in Acton, died
1776; his children were : Robert, carpenter, lived
in Acton, administrator ; Hannah, Susanna, Lucy,
Sibel, Joseph, Elias, settled in Holden, Ephraim,
Simon, Peter, Gladwin, ancestor of the Harvard
branch. Samuel, born 1732, settled in Holden and
was the progenitor of a large family there and in
New Hampshire. He bought land in Holden in
'763, was sergeant in Major Paul Raymond's com-
pany in the revolution in 1775. He died November
20, 1810, aged seventy-eight years. He married
Sarah Hubbard, daughter of Samuel Hubbard, of
Holden, January 3, 1760; she died September 28,
1767, aged twenty-eight years; he married (second)
Lucy , who died February 14, 1822, at Hol-
den, aged eighty-five years. Their children : Samuel,
born December I, 1760, married Abigail Heminway,
December 9, 1780; Tilla, (son) born May 14, 1762,
married Hannah Myrick, December 15, 1785 ;
Nathan, born 1764, died October 16, 1847, aged
eighty-three years, six months, four days; Loel,
born January 13, 1766, died November 21, 1843,
aged seventy-five years ; married Olive Stickney,
January 20, 1791 ; Sarah, born September 8, 1769;
Lucy, born April 8, 1772, married, August 30, 1792,
Jeduthan Eaton; John, born July 1, 1774, married,
September 23, 1801, Betsey Myrick; Jonas, born
July 29, 1776, died September 26, 1848, aged seventy-
one years ; married Jerusha Dodge, August 2, 1801.
Timothy, born about 1735, removed to Harvard,
Ashburnham and Holden ; he sold land to David
Chadwick in Holden and removed to Ashburnham
in April, 1775; his children: David, Lucy, born in
Holden, March 4, 1763, married, February 26, 1784,
Roswell Stevens, of Charlemont; Levi, born in Hol-
den, May 24, 1765 ; Molly, born 1769, died May 25,
1776; Miriam, born February 23, 1771 ; Timothy,
born April 22, 1773; John, born August 19, 1775;
Sarah, born November 18, 1778. Phebe. Francis.

(II) John Chaffin, eldest child of Robert Chaffin
•(1), was born in Littleton, Massachusetts, about
1722. He settled in Acton, an adjacent town. He

imarried Eleanor . He died in 1771 and she

•was the administratrix of his estate. In 1762 he
•was living on the homestead on the road from



Nashoba to the gravel pit. His children, all born in
Acton, were all minors at the time of li 1 s death.
Tile children: John, ]i\, had the homestead. David,
of whom later; Fonathan, Molly, Stephen.

(III) David Chaffin, son of John Chaffin 12).
was horn in Acton, Massachusetts, about 1757. He
served in the revolution in Captain David Wheeler's
company, Colonel Nixon's regiment, in 1775 and
177O. He enlisted in Captain Benjamin Edgell's
company, Colonel John Jacob's regiment, in 1778,
and was in the Rhode Island campaign. His cousin,
1 'ivid Chaffin, of Ashburnham, was also in the
service. Also David Chaffin, of Leominster, men-
tioned above. He deeded his land in Acton and
Littleton and his rights to the estate of Joseph
Brown. Among his children was a son, Leonard,
of whom later.

(IV) Leonard Chaffin, son of David Chaffin (3),
was born about 1780. He married, November
28, 1805, Betsey Rice, daughter of Solomon and
Mary, of whom later. She died September 28,
1826; he died 1826, when all the children were under
age.

The children of Leonard and Betsey Chaffin
were : Leonard Rice, born December 3, 1806, mar-
ried Widow Sarah M. Mayfield, of Illinois ; Moses
Albert, born June 20, 1809, died in Princeton, Oc-
tober 22, 1848; Sarwin, born June 13, 181 1, died at
Boston, July 17, 1844, unmarried ; Edwin, of whom
later; Mary, born January 18, 1816, married George
W. West, of Louisville, Kentucky, in 1840, and re-
sided at Booneville, Missouri ; Adelia, born June
4. 1818; Dorcas Maria, born October 18, 1820; John
Crowninshield, born April 17, 1823, resided at
Newton, Massachusetts, has given a room in the
public library and a fund to the city of Newton for
poor boys ; he married, August 20, 1847, Mary
Elizabeth Cole, of Watertown, Massachusetts ; Eliza-
beth, born March 2, 1826. All these children were
born in Princeton.

(V) Edwin Chaffin, fourth child of Leonard
Chaffin (4), was born in Princeton, Massachusetts,
September 18, 1813. He marYied Caroline A. Gore,
at St. Louis, June 4, 1844. They lived at St. Louis
until about 1850, when they removed to Newton,
Massachusetts. Three of their children were born
in St. Louis and the other two in Newton. The
children of Edwin and Caroline A. Chaffin were :
Mary A., Caroline A., Charles E., Fannie M.,
George A.

(VI) Charles E. Chaffin, son of Edwin Chaffin
(5), was bora, at St. Louis, Missouri, March 7,
1849. He came to Newton with the family when
he was only two years old. He attended the public
schools and Fiske's private school at Newton Centre,
and Woodbury's at Auburndale in Newton. He
began his business career in the store of John C.
Chaffin at the corner of State and Washington
streets, Boston, owned by his uncle. The concern
was established in 1832 by John P. Rice, of Prince-
ton, the uncle of John C. Chaffin. The store car-
ried men's furnishing goods. Mr. Chaffin was in-
terested in this business some twenty-one years and
he retired in September, 1883. Owing to poor health
he bought a farm in Sherborn, Massachusetts, where
he remained until coming to Worcester in 1898.
His home is at 7 Shattuck street. He is a Repub-
lican, but no office seeker. A member of Melrose
Commandery, Golden Cross, of Melrose. Massa-
chusetts. He and family are members of the
Adams Square Baptist Church, Worcester; he is
chairman of the standing committee. He is a honor-
ary member of the Corporation of the People's
Saving Bank of Worcester.

He married Emma C. Grant, who was born June



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7, 1856, at Portland, Maine, only child of Jonathan
and Sarah (Albee) Grant, granddaughter of Paul
M. Grant, a sea captain. The father of Captain Paul
Grant was Samuel Grant, son of Joshua, and grand-
son of the immigrant, Jam < The children of
Charles E. and Emma C. Chaffin were : Edwin
Grant, born in Boston, September 14, 1879, at-
tended the public schools, the Sherborn Academy,
graduated from Worcester Academy in 1898, Wor-
cester Polytechnic Institute 1903, is now instructor
in the University School, Cleveland, Ohio, in the
departments of manual training, machinery and
foundry; Sarah Gordon, born at Melrose, Massa-
chusetts. April 14, 1882, died November 20, 1Q02,
unmarried; Emma Marie, burn at Sherborn, Massa-
chusetts, October 22, 1885, studied in the public
schools, the Worcester high school and Miss Kim-
ball's School for Girls, Worcester.

THE RICE FAMILY. Edmund Rice (1). the
immigrant ancestor of Charles E. Chaffin, of Wor-
cester, through his grandmother, Betsey (,Rice)
Chaffin, was one of the pioneer settlers of Sud-
bury, Massachusetts. He was born in England in
1594 and was a proprietor and selectman of Sud-
bury as early as 1639. He was admitted a freeman
May 13, 1642, juid was deputy to the general court
in 1643. He was deacon of the church in 1648 and
served in many positions of trust and honor for the
town. He became a proprietor of Marlborough
and settled there. He and his three sons, Thomas,
Samuel and Joseph, were among the petitioners for
church privileges in Marlborough. He sold land
to his sons, Henry and Edward Rice, February 20,

1654. He died in May, 1663. He married in Eng-
land Tamazin , who died in Sudbury, June

13, 1654. He married (second) Mercy (Heard)
Brigham, widow of Thomas Brigham, March I,

1655. The children of Edmund and Tamazin Rice
were: Henry, born 1616; Edward, born in Eng-
land, of whom later ; Thomas, Mathew, Samuel,
Joseph, born 1637; Lydia, Daniel, Edmund, Jr.,
Benjamin, born May 31, 1640. The children of Ed-
mund and Mercy Rice' were : Ruth, born September
29, 1659; Ann, born November 19, 1661 ; Mary.

(II) Edward Rice, second child of Edmund Rice
(1), was born in England in 1618. He married
(first) Agnes Bent. They settled in Sudbury, but
removed later to Marlborough in 1664 and he became
a deacon of the church there. He died August 15,
1712, and his widow Ann died March, 1713. aged
eighty-three years. Their two youngest children
were born in Marlborough, all the others in Sud-
bury. The children : John, born about 1647 ; Lydia,
born July 20, 1648, died same day ; Lydia, born De-
cember 10, 1649; Edmund, born December 9, 1653,
married Joyce Russell; Daniel, born November 8,
1655 ; Caleb, born February 8, 1657 ; Jacob, of whom
later; Anne, born November 19, 1661 ; Dorcas,
born January 29, 1664 ; Benjamin, born December
22, 1666; Abigail, born May 9, 1671.

(III) Jacob Rice, seventh child of Edward Rice
(2), was born in Sudbury, March 1, 1660, and set-
tled in Marlborough, when he died October 30,
1746, aged according to his gravestone eighty-six
years, eight months and twenty-eight days. His
widow Mary died October 6, 1752, aged eighty years.
His will was dated May 23, 1741. and proved No-
vember 10, 1746. He owned land in Brookfield and
Marlborough. Their children: Amos, born Decem-
ber 23, 1604; Martha, born July 28, 1696, married
Elisha Rice; Abadiah. born November- 13, 169S;
Esther, born January 26, 1700; Eunice, born Feb-
ruary 11, 1702-3, died November 11. 1715; Mary,
born July 14, 1705, died unmarried February, 1804,
aged ninety-nine years; Jacob, born October 3, 1707;



Gershom, of whom later; Bethia, born August 13...
1712.

(IV) Gershom Rice, eighth child of Jacob Rice
(3), was born in Marlborough, May 2, 1710. He
married Lydia Barrett, daughter of Thomas Barrett,.
of Marlboro, and settled there. He died there Oc-

r 11, 1790, in his eighty-first year. She died
June 4, 1799, aged eighty-seven years. Their chil-
dren : Silas, born August 30, 1739, died August 30,
1742; Ichabod, born June 20, 1741, died August
20, 1742; Solomon, born June 15, 1745, died Feb-
ruary 20, 1753; Gershom, born June 15, 1745, died
February 20, 1753; Thomas, born November 27,
1747, married Abigail Hapgood ; Jonathan, born
January 30, 1749, died December 5, 1751 ; Gershom,
born July 30, 1755, married Susanna Howe; Solo-
mon, of whom later.

(V) Solomon Rice, youngest child of Gershom
Rice (4), was born June 13, 1757. He married Mary
Binney, who was born September 24, 1759, daughter
of John Binney, of Marlboro, who was born in
Hull, 1727, and died at New Ipswich, New Hamp-
shire, 1784. Rice removed to Princeton, Massa-
chusetts, about 1782, and died there September 25,
1794, in his thirty-eighth year. His widow married
t second) Deacon Ebenezer Parker, of Princeton,,
April 30, 1799.

The children of Solomon and Mary Rice were :
Betsey, born August 23, 1783, at Princeton, of whom
later; John, born September 24, 1786, married Sarah
Crowninshield. One child was born to Deacon
Ebenezer P. and Mary (Rice) Parker: Aurelius
Dwight Parker, born September 23, 1803.

(VI) Betsey Rice, daughter of Solomon Rice
(5), was born August 23, 1783, married Leonard
Chaffin, mentioned above, grandfather of Charles.
E. Chaffin.

ALBERT A. HEIDMAN. Charles August
Heidman, father of Albert A. Heidman, of Gard-
ner, Massachusetts, was a native of Germany, and.
educated there in the best schools of his day. He
learned the trade of basket making, and when he
came of age removed to Gardner, Massachusetts.
He died in Gardner. He was a self-made man, in-
dustrious, expert at his trade, trusted thoroughly
and highly appreciated by his employers, and re-
spected by all who knew him. He married Matilda
Ackman, and their children were: Annie, and Albert
A., see forward.

Albert A. Heidman was born in Gardner, Massa-
chusetts, September 7, 1880, and received his early
education there in the public schools. At an early
age he evinced artistic ability and his father de-
cided to cultivate his talents, sending him for the
purpose to the National Academy of Design in New
York city. He made rapid progress in his studies,
and acquired skill and technique in his art. After
completing the course there, he attended the School
of Drawing and Painting in Boston and the New
York Art College. Mr. Heidman returned to Gard-
ner and opened his studio there. He has been oc-
cupied largely with magazine illustrations and the
critics have been kind in their estimate of his work.
Pie has a promising future in the world of art. In
politics he is a Republican. He married. February,
1002, Margaret Young, daughter of Robert and
Kate (Perry) Young, of Providence, Rhode Island.

IRA YOUNG KENDALL, of Athol, Worcester
county, Massachusetts, recently retired from the
lumber business, was born in Athol, December 25,.
1831, the son of Joab Kendall.

Joab Kendall was born at the same place, Decem-
ber 22, 1805, and died December 14, 1884. He was.




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the son of Captain John and Susan (Smith) Ken-
dall. When twenty-one years of age, Joab went to
Worcester and remained one year, then returned and
purchased a farm at Athol, on Chestnut Hill, near
the old homestead, and there he farmed for forty-
five years. He came to Athol in October, 1871, and
lived" in the village, having retired from active life.
He was a deacon in the Congregational Church over
twenty years. In politics an old line Whig and sub-
sequently an ardent Republican. He married, Sep-
tember 26, 1830, Louisa Young, born in Orwell,
Vermont, August 1, 1S10, died October 19, 1808.
She was the daughter of Simeon and Polly Hill,
and the children born to her were: Mary H., born
at Athol, January 21, 1834, died October 17, 1877;
she married Reuben Garfield, of Athol ; the other
child was Ira Young Kendall. (For the history of
John Kendall, the grandfather, the reader is referred
to the sketch of George N. Kendall, elsewhere in
this work. The American ancestor, Jonathan Ken-
dall, is also treated in that connection.)

Ira Young Kendall was educated at Athol with
one term in the seminary at Brandon, Vermont.
He also attended a select school taught by Lyman
White at Athol. His first real life work was that
of farming and lumbering on Chestnut Hill, and at
the same time he mastered the shoemaking trade,



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