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teaching and working at a trade for the purpose of
securing an education, Dr. Overlock illustrates what
the American boy with some ambition, energy and
a good physique can accomplish. He began in an
office at 143 Chandler street. In 1898 he removed to
larger quarters at 106 Chandler street and a few-
years ago bought the house at 91 Chandler street,,
in which he now resides and in which his office is
located. In his profession Dr. Overlock was un-
usually successful for a young doctor and his prac-
tice has grown rapidly.

Dr. Overlook is a member of the Massachusetts
Medical Society and of the American Academy of
Medicine ; Also of the Phi Chi, a medical fratern-
ity connected with the Baltimore Medical College.
He is a member of Ridgely Lodge, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows; Quinsigamond Tribe of Red-
Men; Worcester Knights of Pythias, No. 112; Quin-
sigamond Court, Foresters of America, and Wor-
cester Conclave, Foresters ; Worcester Grange, Pa-
trons of Husbandry. Dr. Overlock is medical ex-
aminer for the Prudential Life Insurance Company,
the Commercial Travelers' Association of America,
the Pilgrim Fathers' Insurance Company and the
Foresters. In these positions he has pleased both,
policy holders and insurance companies by his tact
and courtesy. Dr. Overlock was one of the origi-
nators of the Independent Pharmaceutical Company
of Worcester. He is a stanch Republican and has-
not allowed his profession to extinguish a strong
interest in public affairs. Since 1891 he has repre-
sented ward seven on the Worcester school board.
He has taken a position of leadership in that body
and has been the means of instituting a number of.
improvements in the school system of the city. In
all his committee work he has demonstrated a reaL
and constant interest in the schools. In 1902 he was
elected a trustee of the Worcester City Hospital,
a position that he has since held. In 1905 Dr.
Overlock was a candidate for mayor. Dr. Over-
lock was married, September 20, 1S89. and has one-
child, Blanche, born September 14, 1891.

II. MORTIMER TAFT. Robert Taft (1), the
immigrant ancestor of H. Mortimer Taft, of Graf-
ton, Massachusetts, was progenitor of one of the
largest and most distinguished families in Worces-
ter county. Except for a small number descended
from Matthew Taft, a relative of Robert Taft, who
came later to Mendon. the Taft families are descended
from Robert. Sketches of a large number of the
descendants of Robert Taft through his numerous
sons, all of whom had large families, are given in
this work. The secretary of war is among them.
A skach of the Taft family in the old country is
given elsewhere and a more complete sketch of the
first settler. Robert Taft settled first in Braintree^



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(VII) George H. Taft, son of Joel Taft (6),
was born in Grafton, on the homestead on George
Hill. March 20. 1844. He was educated in the
public schools of his native town. He worked with
his father on the farm during his youth, and be-
ing the only son remained at home. When his father
became too old to run the farm he assumed the
management, and after his father's death the prop-
erty came to him. In addition to farming he manu-
factured wax for many years. He was a member
of Unitarian Church. In politics he was Repub-
lican. He married Jennie B. Robbins ; their chil-
dren : H. Mortimer, see forward; Mabel L. ; George
H., Jr., died 1906; Arthur O.

(VIII) H. Mortimer Taft, son of George H.
Taft (7), was born at the old homestead on George
Hill, Grafton. Massachusetts, May 16, 1870. He was
■educated in the public schools, and when a young
man engaged in the business of wool pulling on the
old farm. He was a dealer in wool and wool waste
and made a specialty of pulling wool from sheep-
skin scraps. He has recently given up this busi-
ness and has torn down the buildings. He formerly
lived on Worcester street, near the town hall, but
at present spends his summers on Fishers Island.
New York, and his winters at the George Hill
homestead. He is an honored and influential citi-
zen of his native town. Republican in politics. He
married. June II, 1894, Alice E. Cobb, daughter of
Lloyd Cobb, Norwich, Connecticut. Their child :
Grace C, was born January 25, 1898.

MIXER S. ALLEN, a prosperous gener J and
dairy farmer of Sterling, Worcester county, Massa-
chusetts, owner of one of the finest farms in that
section of the country, is a descendant of one of the
pioneer families of New England.

Nathan Allen, grandfather of Miner S. Allen,
was among the early settlers of Pittsfield, Rutland
county, Vermont, having been taken there by. hi:
parents when he was very young. He was edu-
cated in the common schools of the district and then
commenced to assist in the work on the farm. He
was a chair manufacturer. He adopted this as his
occupation throughout the active years of his life.
He was a man of extensive and varied reading, was
prominent in the public affairs of the community,
and was often called upon to speak in public on the
important questions of the day. He married and
among his children was a son, John.

John Allen, son of Nathan Allen, was born in
Pittsfield, Rutland county, Vermont, and was edu-
cated in the public schools of his native town. Like
his father was a tiller of the soil, and also like
him, was prominent and influential in the public
affairs of the town. He was a stanch Republican
in politics and filled, with credit to himself and
benefit to the community, many of the minor town
offices. Was a member of the Congregational
Church. He married Elizabeth Parker, who is still
living, and had children: Charles, Hattie. Frank,
Archibald, John, Alice and Miner S., of whom see
f irward.

Miner S. Allen, son of John and Elizabeth
C Parker) Allen, was born on the old homestead in
Pittsfield, Rutland county, Vermont, August 6, 1873.
Part of his education was received in the public
schools of his native town, but at the age of twelve
years he removed with his parents to Sterling,
Worcester county, Massachusetts, and his education
was completed in the public schools of that town.
Upon its completion he also took up farming under
"the guidance of his father, under whose teachings
lie gained a thorough and practical knowledge of
.all the details of agricultural work. He has fol-



lowed this occupation all his life, and is the owner
of a fine farm of two hundred and forty acres in
Sterling township, which he cultivates as a general
farm and also for dairy products in a very profitable
manner. He is an excellent manager, keeps well
abreast of the times as far as all improvements in
farm implements and improvements are concerned,
and i< always ready to give any new invention a
fair and honest trial, and to adopt it if fully con-
vinced of its utility. The consequence is that his
farm i- considered a model one of its size in that
vicinity, and is in a very flourishing condition. Mr.
Allen is a member of the Congregational Church,
and is a strong Republican in politics, holding the
office of overseer of poor. He takes an active and
intelligent interest in all that tends to the welfare
or improvement of the community. He married,
1898, Abbie Burditt, of Pittsfield. Vermont, and
they have one child, Clifford, who is a very bright
and promising young lad.

LEWIS H. MURDOCK, a retired manufacturer
• if Uxbridge, who by his progressive tendencies,
business ability and unsullied integrity attained a
I .. i^ition in the foremost rank among his contempo-
raries, is a representative on both the paternal and
maternal sides of families who were identified
with the early history of Worcester county and
who are descended from Scotch Covenanters.

Fuller Murdock, his grandfather, was a lifelong
resident of Uxbridge, Massachusetts, where he was
born, reared and educated, and came to be one of
the prosperous farmers of his day. He was a Whig
in politics, and held various town offices. He mar-
ried Esther Taft, daughter of James Taft, of Ux-
bridge. and their children were : George. Charles,
Harriet, John, Chapin, Moses T., Pauline, Mary
Ann and Caleb.

Moses. T. Murdock, son of Fuller Murdock, was
born in L T xbridge, Massachusetts, 1810. He was
educated in the common schools of his native town.
He devoted the active period of his life to agri-
culture, and displayed in that useful calling those
sterling qualities which characterized his Puritan
ancestors, including untiring industry, indomitable
perseverance and exemplary citizenship. These com-
mendable qualifications, together with a firm adher-
ence to righteousness in all matters — personal and
otherwise — elicted the esteem and confidence of
his fellow townsmen. His earnest interest in polit-
ical affairs was frequently the cause of promoting
beneficial results ; he was frequently called to im-
portant local offices, and in his latter years was
actively concerned in forwarding the welfare of the
Republican party. He lived to be seventy-three
years old, and his death, which occurred in 1883,
was the cause of general regret. His wife, Dorinda
(Grout 1 Murdock, who died in Uxbridge, 1888. was
the mother of six children: Cyrus G., Sarah, Lewis
H , Walter, S. Justin, Lyman.

Lewis H. Murdock was born at the family home-
stead in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, March 16, 1835.
The public schools of his native town afforded an
ample opportunity for acquiring a practical edu-
cation, and after" the conclusion of his studies he
turned his attention to the activities of life. Select-
ing the trade of bootmaking. he served an appren-
ticeship and followed it until reaching the age of
twenty years, when he entered mercantile business
as a clerk, in which capacity he continued for two
years. Resuming his trade he labored industriously
and with good result for the succeeding six years,
at the expiration of which time he removed to Mill-
bury as clerk in the grocery business, and about the
year 1868 opened a similar establishment in the




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Helkler Village, Uxbridge, transacting a profitable
business and gaining, in addition to the respect and
good will of all with whom he came in contact, a
large amount of valuable business experience, the
results of which he subsequently used to good ad-
vantage. He engaged in the manufacture of shoddy
in Douglas, this county. Bringing to the manage-
ment of this enterprise the full force of his untir-
ing energy and natural business ability, the suc-
cess promised at its inauguration was speedly rea-
lized and constantly maintained during the entire
period of his administration, which was characterized
by a most liberal policy in every particular, and
therefore yielded excellent financial returns. After
ten years of arduous exertion in the industrial
field, he found himself iiT a position to withdraw
permanently from active business pursuits, and re-
lumed to his home in Uxbridge. Politically he is
a Republican.

In 1862 Mr. Murdock married Sarah W. Taft,
daughter of Moses and Sylvia (Wheelock) Taft,
of Uxbridge. She belongs to a branch of the Taft
family which was founded in America by Robert
Taft, about the year 1680, and a number of his de-
scendants are represented in this work. Moses
Taft was a pioneer woolen manufacturer in the
Blackstone Valley, and at the time" of his death was
the senior member of the firm of Murdock, Taft
& Company, of Caryville. Mr. and Mrs. Murdock
had two son.: Herbert T., the eldest, born Sep-
tember 11. 1865, is a successful manufacturer, re-
siding in Vermont; he married Cora D. Gould, and
has two daughters: Marjorie and Helen. Edgar
Wheelock, see forward.

Edgar Wheelock Murdock second, son of Lewis
H. and Sarah W. (Taft) Murdock, was born in
Uxbridge, Massachusetts, February I, 1869. Was
educated in the public schools and was a graduate
of the high school with the class of 1S86. He began
the activities of life with the firm determination to
meet and master every available opportunity for
advancement. His business training, which was
begun in the employ of H. D. Spencer, a lumber
merchant of Uxbridge, was continued with Messrs.
Mcintosh, Green & Co., commission merchants in
New York. On his return to Uxbridge in 1889, he
accepted a position in the office of Taft & McKeen,
woolen manufacturers of Caryville, and subse-
quently acquired an interest in that concern, which
became known as Taft, Murdock & Co., and from
that time forward he devoted his energies to the
welfare and expansion of that enterprsie, develop-
ing rapidly his inherent business ability, and pur-
suing a policy of liberality and progression, which
secured for the firm a high reputation at home and
abroad. He was also one of the organizers of the
Charles River Woolen Co., of Bellingham. The
opportunity which he had sought had been met and
practically mastered, but a pulmonary affection,
which in its incipient stage was not considered seri-
ous, at length compelled him to seek a more rari-
fied atmosphere with a view of allaying its prog-
ress, and he accordingly went to Colorado. The
dread disease, however, had become too firmly set-
tled, and although he visited Arizona in another
brave attempt to conquer it, he was obliged to re-
turn, and with great fortitude he passed away sur-
rounded by his loving parents and devoted friends,
June 13, 1004. His untimely death removed from
this earth one who by his own efforts had succeeded
in making for himself a mark in the world. He was
possessed of many excellent traits of character,
which endeared him to a host of friends. His
temperament was even, his disposition lovable, bis



generosity and his charity was unbounded and it
could be truly said that no appeal was ever made
to him in vain.

BRIDGES FAMILY. Edmund Bridges (1),
the immigrant ancestor of George C. Bridges, of
Warren, Massachusetts, was born in England in
1612. He sailed from London in the ship "James"
January 13. 1635, then aged twenty-three years, and
settled at Lynn, Massachusetts. He was a black-
smith by trade. He was admitted a freeman Sep-
tember 7, 1639, and was a proprietor of the town,
lie removed to the adjacent town of Rowley and
was also a proprietor in that town. He had a suit
in court at Ipswich in 1641. A cutous incident is
related of him. The general court of Massachu-
setts, May 26, 1647, ordered him to answer at the
Essex court for neglect to further public service by
delaying to shoe Mr. Symond's horse when he was
about to come to court. Evidently nothing serious
resulted because Symonds was delayed and history
fails to tell us what the punishment for such an of-
fense was. It may be said here that the court
records of those days were merely made up of such
nonsensical charges as this one. Bridges deposed
in 165S that he was about forty-six years old. He
removed to Ipswich and later to Topsfield, adjacent
towns. He died January 13, 1684. His will men-
tions wife Mary and children John, Josiah, Faith,
Black, Bethia and Mary. He married (first) Alice

. He married (second) Elizabeth ,

who died December, 1664. at Ipswich. He married
(third), April 6, 1665, Mary Littlehale, probably
widow of John Littlehale. His children were: Ed-
ward or Edmund, born 1637: John. Mehitable, born
March 26, 1641, at Rowley; Bethia. married Joseph
Peabody, October 26, 1669; Obadiah, born 1646;
Faith, Hackaliah, who was lost at sea 1671 ; Josiah,
Mary.

(II) Edmund Bridges, son of Edmund Bridges
(1), was born in 1637 and died in 1682. He settled
in Topsfield, Massachusetts, removed thence to
Salem in 1668. He was a farmer. He married
(first), January 11, 1660, Sarah Towne. daughter
of William Towne. She married (second) Peter
Clayes, Sr., and during the witchcraft delusion came
near being hanged for a witch. The children of Ed-
mund and Sarah Bridges were : Edmund, born
October 4, 1660, at Topsfield; Benjamin, born Jan-
uary 2. 1664-5, settled at Framingham, Massachu-
setts; Mary, born April, 1662. at Topsfield; Hannah,
born at Salem, June 9, 1669 ; Caleb, born June 3,
1677, of whom later.

(III) Caleb Bridges, son of Edmund Bridges
(2), was born at Salem, Massachusetts, June 3,
1677. He settled in Framingham, Massachusetts, in
1697, and bought the farm now or lately of William
E. Temple, taking a deed of Joseph Buckminster,
October 24, 1706, for forty-five acres. He sold this
place March 2, 1752, to Thomas Temple.

He married, November 26, 1700. Sarah Brewer,
daughter of John Brewer, of Framingham. Their
children were: Bathsheba. born January 19, 1702-3,
died November 1. 1739; Hackaliah, of whom later;
Caleb, Jr., born August 24. 1708: his son Caleb
settled in Spencer and married Lucy Tucker, of
Leicester. November 14, 1764. and many of their
descendants lived at Windsor. Massachusetts;
Martha, born March 28. 1710, married. January 13,
1732. Abraham Ball, son of Abraham Ball; lived
in Holliston ; . Bethiah, born February 14. 1712-3,
married Benjamin Nurse; Benjamin, born Septem-
ber 19, 1714, died October 6. 1739; Sarah, born Au-
gust 26, 1716. died November 18, 1739; David



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(twin), born March 19, [719, married Keziah Drury
and lived in Leicester; Jonathan (twin), born
March 19, 1719, died young.

.(IV) Hackaliah Bridges, son of Caleb Bridges
(3), was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, May
30, 1705, and died September 27, 1739. He settled
in Framingham and Southborough, Massachusetts,
an adjacent [nun. He married Sarah Rugg, daugh-
ter of Jonathan Rugg. Their children, born at
Southborough, were : James, born September 18,
1729, lived at Southborough; Jonathan, born Febru-
ary 18, 1730, died November 23, 1736; Nathan, born
September 13. 1733, married Sarah Parker, 1755,
Tamar Hudson, 1757, died 1809, at Southboro;
Sarah, born September 7, 1735, married John
Chamberlain; Hackaliah, of whom later; Benjamin,
born November 26, 1739, lived in Holliston, Massa-
chusetts, had five children.

(V) Hackaliah Bridges, Jr., son of Hackaliah
Bridges (4), was born October II, 1737, at South-
borough, Massachusetts. He and several of his
father's family settled in Holliston, a town set off
from Sherborn. He is credited with service in the
revolutionary war in Colonel Cushing's regiment.
He married, November 29, 1764, at Holliston, Eliza-
beth Underwood. Their children were: Milla,
born July 29, 1765, married, 1783, James Holbrook;
Jonathan, of whom later; Jemima, born December
30, 1768; Betty, born June 23, 1770; Sampson,
"born January 12, 1772; Ruth, born August 12, 1773;
Elijah, born April 15, 1775; Ede, born January 18,
1777: Ziba. born November II, 1778; Uraner. born
April 4, 17S0; Luther, born March 20, 1782; Calvin,
born October 29, 1783. Sarah, born December 9,
1787.

(\I) Jonathan Bridges, son of Hackaliah
Bridges (5), was born in Holliston, Massachusetts,
May 15, 1767. He and Timothy Bridges, son of
Benjamin Bridges, brother of Hackaliah (V). set-
tled in Western, Massachusetts, now Warren. Timo-
thy was born 1765. had three children, Baxter,
I lexter and Hadasseh, ancestors of many Warren
families. Jonathan Bridges died early in the year
[825, and Nathan Day was appointed guardian of
his minor children, Arba, Delia, and George, who
were then over fourteen years old, and John under
fourteen. Jonathan bought land at Brookfield, May
8, 1799. of Gershom Makepeace. He bought of Eli
and Martha Johnson land in Western, June 30,
1800. Various other land that he owned in Brook-
field and Western with that mentioned were sold
under execution the year before he died. He en-
i in a freighting business to Boston with one
Hamilton, but this proved a financial failure.

The children of Jonathan and Mary Bridges
were: Arba. born 1804, of whom later; Mary, Bet-
sey, Delia. George, John. Jonathan removed to
tlie south in the forties and has not been heard from
since

i\ 111 \r1>a Bridges, son of Jonathan Bridges
(6), was born in Western, now Warren, Massa-
chusetts, Vugusl .;. [804, and died there December
4. 1876. He was educated in the common schools,
lie went to work on the farm, bought back the old
homestead which was sold out on execution in 1824,
and carried it on with success until 1870, when he
built another house in the village of Warren and
lived there until Ins death, six years later. In his
will he mentions as part of his property the Put-
nam place, so-called, of eighty acres opposite Lor-
enzo Warrener's. He was of a quiet retiring dis-
position and never cared for public office, though he
in '"veil the respect and confidence of his towns-
men

lie married, [834, Lucia Shepherd, of Warren.



Their children were: Elmira J., born October 16,
1835, married Sumner Crabtree, of West Brook-
field, and they have three children; John N., born
1843, settled in Warren, removed later to Montana;

married (first) Burbank ; George C, of

whom later; Mary, born 1843, died unmarried in
[864.

( VIII) George C. Bridges, son of Arba Bridges
<7L was born on the homestead in Warren, Massa-
chusetts, April 8,- 1848. He was educated there in
the common schools and worked with his father on
the farm. He learned the trade of carpenter and
went into business as carpenter and builder. He
was successful as a contractor, built many of the
houses and buildings of Warren and vicinity. Hav-
ing acquired a competence, he retired a few year?
ago. He enjoys travel, has visited every state in
the Union except one, and his handsome home at
Warren is filled with interesting souvenirs of his
travels. He is a generous supporter of various
chanties, and enjoys the esteem of everybody in
his native town. In politics he is a Republican, but
has declined to accept public office. He is un-
married.

RICHARDSON FAMILY. Samuel Richardson
(1). the immigrant ancestor of the Richardson
family of Warren, Massachusetts, was born in Eng-
land about 1610. He came to Charlestown, Massa-
chusetts, one of the three brothers who became the
founders of Woburn, Massachusetts. His name ap-
pears first on the records July 1, 1636, as member
of a committee to lay out lots of hay land to the
proprietors of Charlestown. In 1637 he and his
brother Thomas lived in Charlestown and each re-
recived the grant of a house lot. He was admitted
to the church February 18, 1637-3S, and was ad-
mitted a freeman May 2, 1638. He was highway
surveyor of that town, elected March 17, 1636-37.
The three Richardson brothers had lots on the
Mystic side and above the Ponds — Maiden — granted
April 20, 1638. The three, and four other settlers,
Edward Converse, Edward Johnson, John Mousall
and Thomas Graves, were the founders of Woburn,
the committee appointed for that purpose by the
Charlestown Church. The Woburn church was con-
stituted August 14, 1642. The three Richardsons
lived on the same street, whence the name Rich-
ardson's Row, in the section now the northeast
part of the town of Winchester, near the Boston
& Lowell Railroad, now part of Washington street.
Samuel's house was near the present or late home
of Luther Richardson. He was selectman of Wo-
burn in 1644-45-46-50-51. He was the largest tax-
payer of the town. He died intestate March . 23.
1658; the widow and eldest son John administered
the estate. Her will was dated June 20, 1666, and
proved 1677.

The children : Mary, baptized February 25,
T 637-38, married Thomas Mousall, son of John;
John, baptized November 12, 1639 : Hannah, born at
Woburn, March 8. 1641-42, died April 8, 1642; Jo-
seph, born July 27, 1643. married Hannah Green;
Samuel, born May 22, 1646, see forward; Stephen,
born August 15, 1649, married Abigail Warren;
Thomas, born December 31, 1651, died September
27, 1657; Elizabeth, born 1657.

(II) Samuel Richardson, son of Samuel Richard-
son (1), was born in Woburn, Massachusetts, May

[646. He married (first) Martha ; (sec-

ond), September 20, 1674, Hannah Kingsley, daugh-
ter of Samuel Kingsley, of Billerica. She was
slain with her infant child April 10, 1676. by Indians,
lie married (third), November 7, 1676, Phebe Bald-
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■daughter of Deacon Henry Baldwin, of Woburn,
'\ wife Phebe Richardson, daughter of Ezekiel and
Susanna Richardson. He married (fourth), Sep-
tember 8, 1080, Sarah Hayward, born 1655, daugh-
ter of Nathaniel Hayward, of Maiden. She sur-
vived him, and died October 14. 1717, aged sixty-
vo years. Samuel lived on the Miller farm on
Richardson Row, less than a mile north of the
present village of Winchester. Samuel was a



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