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alundum for grinding purposes. Much of the ma-
chinery used in the Norton Company factories was
devised for them, and is covered by patents of
which it is owner. The products of the factories
include emery wheels, alundum wheels, and wheels
of emery and alundum combined, of all sizes, and
for various purposes. In addition, the company
manufactures the Norton bench and floor grinding
machinery, the Universal tool and cutter grinder,
India oil-stones, and the Bath machine indicator.
The company received the highest awards at the
expositions in Paris, Brussels, Buffalo, New York,
Philadelphia, Boston, Nashville and St. Louis. Mr.
Higgins is also president of this company, and Mr.
Alden is treasurer.

Mr. Higgins has for several years been presi-
dent of the Manchester Supply Company, wholesale
plumbing supplies dealers in Manchester, New
Hampshire ; president of the new Worcester
Pressed Steel Company, of Worcester ; and a di-
rector in the Mechanics' National Bank. He is
deeply interested in scientific, industrial and educa-
tional topics, and is a trustee of the Worcester Poly-
technic Institute, a member of the American Society
of Mechanical Engineers, and of the Worcester
Club. He has during the past few years delivered
a number of ^important addresses before learned
societies and educational gatherings upon the sub-
ject of industrial education. At the New York
meeting of the American Society of Mechanical
Engineers in December, 1899, he spoke on "The
Education of Machinists, Foremen and Mechanical
Engineers." The discussion was so animated and
' the interest aroused so evident, that Mr. Higgins
was called upon for another address on the same
subject at the next meeting of the society. These
addresses are published in the "Proceedings of the
Society." In January, 1904, he spoke at Providence,
Rhode Island, before the Providence Association of
Mechanical Engineers on "Half-Time Trade Schools
for the Education of Boys." Considerable news-
paper discussion and commendation of his attitude
followed. He spoke in Worcester before the Con-
gregational Club, April 24, IQ05, on "The Relation
of Trade Schools to Industrial Education." In 1905
he delivered an address in Boston on "The Promo-
tion of Industrial Drawing," and before the con-
vention of the National Teachers' Association he
gave an address on "Industrial Education from the
Standpoint of the Manufacturer." He was the
speaker at the commencement exercises of the
Newark Technical School, at Newark, New Jersey,
May 15, 1905.

Mr. Higgins married, at Manchester, New Hamp-
shire, June 15, 1870, Katherine Elizabeth Chapin,
daughter of Aldus M. and Catherine (Sawin)
Chapin. She is descended from Deacon Samuel
Chapin, of Springfield, Massachusetts, who is of
record as freeman in 1641. She was educated in the
public schools and at Abbot Academy, Andover,
Massachusetts, when Miss McKeen was principal.
Mrs. Higgins is a member of the Worcester Wom-
an's Club, and has served as chairman of the edu-
cational committee. She is active in the Woman's
Auxiliary of the Young Men's Christian Associa-
tion, and chairman of the committee on boys' work



in the "Woman's Auxiliary." She is a memher of
the Piedmont Church, and president of the primary
and intermediate Sunday School Union ; is also
superintendent of the intermediate department of the
Piedmont Sunday School, and has always taken an
active part in the Sunday school work of that
church. A few years ago she had charge of the
children's exercises at the state convention of the
Congregational Sunday schools at Worcester and
later at Haverhill, and in 1905 at Salem. Mrs. Hig-
gins is a memher of Colonel Timothy Bigelow Chap-
ter, Daughters of the American Revolution, of which
she is vice regent. She is intensely interested in
American history and genealogy, and has done
much genealogical work on the various families re-
lated to her own, and has in preparation a genealogy
of the Higgins family. Children of Milton P. and
Katherine Elizabeth (Chapin) Higgins are: Aldus
Chapin ; John W'oodman ; Katherine Elizabeth, born
August 6, 1878; Olive Chapin, born January 7,
1882, graduate of Smith's College, 1904.

(.IX) Aldus Chapin Higgins, eldest child of
Milton P. and Katherine Elizabeth (Chapin) Hig-
gins, was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Decem-
ber 7, 1872. He attended the public schools, grad-
uated from the Worcester high school in 1890, and
from the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 1893.
For three years he served as a clerk in the United
States patent office in Washington, D. C, meantime
studying law and attending law lectures in the
National University Law School, and was admitted
to the bar of Worcester county in 1896. In the
autumn of that year he visited Europe with his
parents and sisters, spending eight months abroad.
Entering upon practice in Worcester, he shared
rooms with John S. Gould, attorney-at-law. He
was counsel for the Norton Emery Company, and
was eventually obliged to devote all his time to the
legal business of the companies with which his
father is connected. His office is in the factory at
Barbers, and he has charge of the alundum depart-
ment of the Norton Emery Company. Mr. Higgins
is an active Republican. In 1900 he. was chairman
of the Republican city committee, and is looked upon
as a leader among the young Republicans of the
city. He is a member of the Tatnuck Country Club,
and of the American Society of Mechanical Engi-
neers. He married, June 6, 1898, Miss Edgenie
Brosius, and their children are: Elizabeth, born
October "11, 1900, and Milton Prince, born October
29, 1903.

(IX) John Woodman Higgins, second child of
Milton P. and Katherine Elizabeth (Chapin) Hig-
gins, was born September I, 1874.' He graduated
from the Worcester high school in 1893, and from
the Worcester Polytechnic Institute 111 1S96. He
was for several years superintendent of the machine
shop of the Plunger Elevator Company, and the
secretary. September 1, 1904, he became the man-
ager of the new Worcester Pressed Steel Company,
of which his father is president. A large factory
is in course of construct inn for the company, at
Greendale, near the Allen-Higgins Wall Paper fac-
tory. He is a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon
fraternity, the Tatnuck Country Club, the American
Society of Mechanical Engineers. He is active in
the Piedmont Church, was former superintendent
of the intermediate department of its Sunday school,
and is secretary of the Worcester Congregational
Club, and secretary of the directors of the Young
Men's Christian Association. He married, January
17, 1906, Clara Carter, daughter of Thomas and
Elizabeth Carter, of St. Louis, Missouri. They
reside at 184 Highland street, Worcester, Massa-

ALBERT W. CHAPIN. Deacon Samuel Chapin
(1), of Springfield, Massachusetts, was the emi-
grant ancestor of Albert W. Chapin, of Worcester,
and in fact all of the name of Chapin that have
been traced to this country. He was made a free-
man, June 2, 1641 ; was a town officer in 1643;
deacon in the church 1649, conducting the church,
services part of the time after 1656-7, when there
was no minister in town; commissioner 1651-60, and
magistrate* after October, 1652. He died November
II, 1675. His wife Cisily died February 8, 1682.
Their children : Japhet, born 1642, married Abilene
, died February 20, 1712; Henry, (see for-
ward) ; Catherine, died February 4, 1712; married
Samuel Marshfield ; David, moved to Boston and
left a large family; Josiah, moved to Braintree; died
September 10, 1726; Sarah, died August 5, 1684;
married Rowland Thomas ; Hannah, born at Spring-
field, December 2, 1644 ; married, September 27,
1666, John Hitchcock; a daughter, married a Mr.
Gilbert, had son, Henry. -

(II) Henry Chapin, son of Samuel (1) and
Cisily Chapin of Springfield, married Bethia Cooley,
daughter of Benjamin and Sarah Cooley of Long-
meadow, Massachusetts. Henry died August 15,.
1718, his wife died December 11, 171 1. He was a
prominent representative in the general court, and
commanded a merchant ship. He settled in North
Springfield in what is now Chicopee. Their children;
were : Henry, born June 1, 1666, died April 29,
1667; Sarah, born March 3, 1670, died unmarried
November 6, 1732; Bethia, born February 19, 1672;
Henry, born March 19, 1679, died September 15,
1754; Benjamin, (see forward).

(ill) Benjamin Chapin, son of Henry (2) and
Bethia Chapin, born February 2, 1682 ; married,
November 9, 1701, Hannah Colton, daughter of
Isaac and Mary Colton, of Longmeadow, Massa-
chusetts. She died March 5, 1739. He married
(second) Joanna, widow of Ebenezer Warriner.
Benjamin died March 27, 1756. Joanna died Octo-
ber 13, 1764. He was a deacon of the church. Chil-
dren were : Hannah, born October 3, 1706, married
Benjamin Sikes ; Benjamin, born July 17, 1708, mar-
ried Anna Howard; Isaac, (see forward); Abner,
born October 13, 1713, died December 16, 1713;
Jacob, born April 18, 1716, died 1717 ;' Bethia, born
June 25, 1718, married Philemon Chapin ; Sarah,
born October 13, 1720, married, October 31, 1741,
Ebenezer Warriner ; George, born December 3, 1722,
died December 10, 1782; Abigail, born May 26,
1724; Mary, born August 18. 1727. married Stephen
Morgan, of Brimfield; Ephraim, born October 29,
1729, died Oceober 12, 1805; Eunice, born October
28, 1732, married Aaron Ferry, of Springfield.

1 I V ) Isaac Chapin, son of Benjamin (3) and
Hannah Chapin, born August 18, 1710; married
Experience Warriner, June 29, 1734; died November
22, 1789; she died August 22, 1777. Their children
were : Isaac, born March 7, 1735, died at Lake
George, December 3, 1755; Martin, born October 6,
1738; William, born August 17, 1740, died young;.
Zebulon, (see forward) ; William, born November 7,
1743, died December 3, 1823; Experience, born De-
cember 15, 1745. married Reuben Morgan; Gideon,
born April 13, 1748, died August 24, 1788; Mercy,
born October 15, 1750, married Joel Day, of West
Springfield, died April 9, 1814; Vashti, born Sep-
tember 6, 1753, married Soloman Chapin, died at
West Springfield, April 8, 1830.

(V) Zebulon Chapin, son of Isaac (4) and
Experience Chapin, born at Springfield November
11, 1741 ; married (first) Marcy Cooper; married
(second) January 23, 1777, Lydia Ely; removed tr>
Chicopee and lately to the mountain at Wilbraham,



where lie settled. Their children were: Zebulon,
died aged thirty-three years; Isaac, (see forward);
died October 8, 1855; Marcy, born October 4, 1779,
died October, 1852; Solomon, born July 4, 1781,
died September 18, 1787; Matilda, born July 5,
1783; Celia, born August 14, 1785, died May 21,
1789; Solomon and Celia, (twins) born September
20, 1789; Solomon died June 17, 1831 ; William,
born August 2, 1791, died June 6, 1824.

(VI) Isaac Chapin, son of Zebulon (5) and
Lydia Chapin, born October 30, 1777; married Jan-
uary 13, 1800, Nancy Sibley, of Monson, daughter
of Ezra and Nancy Sibley. He settled on a part
of his father's farm at Wilbraham, Massachusetts,
and died there October 8, 1855. Their children were:
Orramel, born June 17, 1801; Zebulon, born October
10, 1803, died childless August 10, 1855; Juliana,
born September 12, 1805, died April 22, 1850; Al-
fred E., born December I, 1807, died at Royalston,
New York, November 22, 1857 ; Daniel F., born
September I, 1812, died August 15, 1813; Daniel E„
(see forward) ; William, born June 15, 1817, died
unmarried September 10, 1847 ; Lydia Ann, born
January 9, 1820, died September 4, 1840; John M.,
born October 15, 1821 ; Isaac N., born April 18,
1826, died June 2, 1859; Solomon, born June 2,
183 1.

(VII) Rev. Daniel E. Chapin, son of Isaac (6)
and Nancy Chapin, born July 12, 1814; married
May 19, 1834, Betsey Hancock, of Wilbraham, daugh-
ter of Eliphalet and Lucy Hancock. He was an
itinerant preacher of the Methodist Episcopal church,
stationed first as local preacher at Coleraine, Massa-
chusetts. In 1844 ne joined the New England Con-
ference, and was ordained at Boston May 3, 1846.
He had pastorates at Jenksville, Three Rivers, Pal-
mer, Beauford, Webster, Worcester, Lowell, East
Boston, Westfield, Oxford and Waltham. He rep-
resented Worcester in the Legislature in 1855. His
health failed and he returned to Worcester where
he died May 15, 1871. His wife was a direct de-
scendant of the father of John Hancock, signer of
the Declaration of Independence. Their children
were: Betsey, born September 15, 1835, married,
August 4, 1859, Willard W. Fay, of Warren ; Lura
Savilla, born May 23, 1837, married, April 14,
1858, Charles W. Alden, of Ludlow, Massachusetts ;
Lucius D., born November 11, 1841, was in civil
war; died of wounds received at Spottsylvania, June
17, 1864; Albert W, (see forward); Charles Sum-
ner, born October 19, 1859.

(VIII) Albert William Chapin. son of the Rev.
Daniel E. (7), born January 13, 1844, at Coleraine,
Massachusetts. He attended the common schools
there until he was sixteen. He then spent a year at
the Wesleyan University at Middletown, Connecti-
cut. Failure of eyesight compelled him to give up
his study, and about 1863 he came to Worcester and
took up bookkeeping for a profession. The same
year he went to New York, where he remained for
two years ; thence to San Francisco where he served
as money order clerk part of the time in the post
office for seven years. He returned to Worcester
and resumed his profession of expert bookkeeper and
accountant, and followed this occupation for four-
teen years, after which he retired on account of fail-
ing eyesight. He is a member of Trinity M. E.
Church. In politics he is a Republican. He mar-
ried, March 22, 1883, Carile Mary Stone, daughter
of Lewis Curtin and Abbie E. Stone. She is a
lineal descendant of Jonathan Stone, of Worcester,
who was a soldier in the revolution. (See sketch
of the Descendants of Simon Stone of Watertown.)
They have no children.

CHARLES A. TAFT, deceased, one of the
founders and for many years cashier of the 1 \
bridge Savings Bank, was a son of Timothy Taft
and a grandson of Noah Taft. Tin Tafts of Ux-
bridge are the descendants of Robert Taft, who
settled in Mendon considerably more than two hun-
dred years ago, and a more detailed account of the
latter and his immediate progeny will be found
in a sketch of Arthur R. Taft, which appears else-
where in this work.

Moses Taft, previously mentioned, was a native
of Uxbridge and spent the active period of his life
in tilling the soil. Possessing much natural ability,
including intellectual attainments of a high order,
he participated actively in civic affairs, and was
widely known as a forcible public speaker. His son.
Timothy Taft. who was a lifelong resident of Ux-
bridge. was for many years one of the leading
farmers and prominent citizens of that town. Timo-
thy married Polly Taft. a relative.

Charles A. Taft. the principal subject of this
sketch, was born at the family homestead in Ux-
bridge, 1825. He was educated in the public schools
and being an apt scholar he acquired such marked
proficiency in his studies as to cause his services
as a school-master to be much in demand. In his
earlier years he divided his time between educa-
tional pursuits and the occupation of tinsmith. In
1861 he was appointed postmaster by President Lin-
coln, in which capacity he served continuously and
with general satisfaction for twenty-four years. He
was one of the founders of the Uxbridge Savings
Bank and occupied the responsible position of
cashier from the time of its opening until his death.
In addition to the above he evinced an earnest in-
terest in various other local institutions, being a life
trustee of the public library, and he was an active
member of the Evangelical church. In 1856 he
was chosen representative to the legislature, in
which body he rendered valuable services both to
his town and state, and he also forwarded the in-
terests of public education while a member of the
Uxbridge school board. He made it possible for the
town of Uxbridge to have its present water sup-
ply, and was instrumental in starting the high school
of LLxbridge. Politically he acted with the Republi-
can party. Mr. Taft was a worthy representative
of a type of old-school business men who are fast
disappearing from our midst, and his death, which
occurred in 1904, caused general regret.

In 1847 he married Sarah Bowen, daughter of
Charles Bowen, of Worcester. She died in 1852.
Of this union there were two children: Allen B.,
who is still living; and Emma, who died in 1903.
In 1857 he married for his second wife Elizabeth
Southwick, daughter of Dr. Moses Southwick, of
Millvtlle. Massachusetts. Her death occurred in
1898. The only child of this union is Sarah A.,
who occupies the homestead of her late parents and
continues the work of charity and benevolence for
which they were noted. -

family is one of great antiquity and distinction in
England, The ancestry of Percival Lowell, the
American emigrant of 1630. is traced back in the
Lowell line for ten generations, viz. :

CI) William Lowle, of Yardley. in county Wor-
cester, married Lytleton, and they bad children:

James, see forward: Andrew. Samuel.

(II) James Lowle, son of William Lowle (1),

married Baskerville, and they had children:

Raff c forward; George, Edmond, Andrew.

I III) Raffe Lowle, son of James Lowle (2),


married Haselrigg, and they had children: Wal-
ter, see forward; Thomas, Anthony, Sabity.

(IV) Walter Lowle, son of Raffe Lowle. (3),
married Joane Russell, and had one son, Richard,
see forward.

( \ 1 Richard Lowle, son of Walter Lowle (4),
died at Vardley in county Worcester and is there
buried with his coat of arms, viz.: Sable, a dexter
hand couped at the wrist grasping three pointless
darts, one in pale and two in saltire argent. (From
the Heralds Visitations of 1573, 1591, 1632.) Richard

married Turner, and they had children :

Thomas, see forward ; Richard, slain at Birming-
ham, county Warwick.

I VI 1 Thomas Lowle, son of Richard Lowle (5),

married Mayhouse, and they had children:

John Lowle, see forward; William, Thomas, Roger.

(Nil) John Lowde, son of Thomas Lowle (6),
died at Clyvedon, Somerset county, England ; mar-
ried Wake, and they had children : John, see

forward; Roger, married Joane Gage, daughter and
heir of John Gage, of Walton, Somersetshire; an-
cestor of the Willing family of Philadelphia.

(VIII) John Lowle, son of John Lowle (7),
married Apolyn Leversedge, daughter of Richard;
their children were: Richard, see forward; Ed-
mond, John.

(IX) Richard Lewie, son of John Lowle (8),

married Percival, daughter of Edmond and

Elizabeth (Panthuit) Percival, of Weston-in-Gor-
dano. Edmond was the son of Sir James Percival,
born 140S, Knight of the Bath, grandson of Sir John
Percival, Lord of Eastbury, Wcston-in-Gordano,
born 1447, died September 25, 1493. For thirteen gen-
erations back of Sir James this very distinguished
family has a well authenticated pedigree. The first
ancestor was Endes, Sovereign Duke of Brittany,
first cousin to Robert, the father of William, the
Conqueror. His grandson, Asceline, called also
Lupus (the Wolf) was given Weston-in-Gordano
and other estates in Somerset county, England; in
1087 he commanded the Norman forces at Mantes,
Normandy, and died 11 19. The family seat has
been at Eastbury and Weston for many centuries.
Two of the Percivals in this line, both Richard
by name, were famous Crusaders in 1 190 and 1191,
with Richard I. Another Roger was one of the
Barons who compelled King John to sign the Magna
Charta. The son of Richard Lowell, named for his
wife's family, Percival. is mentioned below.

( X 1 Percival Lowell, son of Richard Lowle (9),
was born in England, 1 5 7 r , and died in Newbury,
Massachusetts. January 8, 1664. He was sixty-
eight years of age when he immigrated to America
and ninety-three years old when he died. In Eng-
land he resided at Kingston, Seymour, England.
He and his family had a large mercantile estab-
lishment at Bristol, England, under the firm name
of Percival Lowde and Co. This firm was com-
posed of Percival, his son John, perhaps son
Richard, and possibly son-in-law, William Gerrish,
who came over with the Lowells and subsequently
married Percival Lowell's daughter, Mrs. Joanna
Oliver, widow of John Oliver. The Lowell and
Percival families were both wealthy. Percival
Lowell came to Newbury, Massachusetts, wdiere his
sons John and Richard had already settled, in
1638-39 from Bristol on the ship "Jonathan." pos-
sibly not his first trip, as he was a proprietor of
Newbury in 1638. He was a freeholder when the
town was incorporated March 17, 1742. Percival
wrote a poem on the death of Governor Winthrop
of Massachusetts, which was printed on a "broad-
side" and generally circulated.

Children of Percival and Rebecca Lowell were:

John, born in England, 1595, died at Newbury,
Massachusetts, July 10, 1647; married (.first) Mar-
garet; married (second), 1639, Elizabeth Goodale.
Richard, see forward. Joan, born in England, 1609,
died in Newbury, June 14, 1677; married (first),
'639, John Oliver; married (second), in Newbury,
April 17, 1644, Captain William Gerrish.

( XI ) Richard Lowell, son of Percival Lowell
(10), was born in England, 1602, died in Newbury,
Massachusetts. August 5, 1682. He married (first),

in England. Margaret , who died in Newbury,

January 27, 1642; married (second), in Newbury,

Margaret , born November 27, 1604; she was

living, his widow, 1685-86. Richard settled, accord-
ing to Pope, in 1637 in Newbury ; according to the
genealogy lie came with his father on the ship
"Jonathan" in 1639. In 1674 he and his wife were
members of the Newbury church. He had a free-
hold right No. 63 in the upper common. His will
is dated June 25, 1681. Children of Richard and
Margaret, his first wife, were: Percival, born
1639-40, see forward ; Rebecca, born at Newbury,
January 27. 1642. died June I, 1662. Children of
Richard and Margaret, his second wife, w : ere : Sam-
uel, born at Newbury. 1644, was in Newbury 1681
and 1686. but probably returned to England to
live in 1690; Thomas, born in Newbury, Septem-
ber 28. 1649, probably died unmarried after 171 1.
(XII) Percival Lowell, son of Richard Lowell
(11), was born in Newbury. Massachusetts, 1639-40.
He married, in Newbury, Massachusetts, September
7, 1664, Mary Chandler. (See sketch, of the Chand-
ler family of Worcester). She was the daughter
of the immigrants, William and Mary (Fowler)
Chandler. Mary received a marriage dower from
her father, lot No. 33 in Plumb Island. He con-
veyed property to his son Richard to take effect
after his (Percival's) departure for South Caro-
lina. He was in Newbury in 1705 and confirmed
the deed to Richard. He probably married (sec-
ond), in 1709, Sarah , mentioned in deeds that

year. Children of Percival and Mary Lowell were:
Richard, born December 25, 1668, married, April 8,
1695. Sarah Brown: settled in Rowley; Captain
Gideon, see forward; Samuel, born January 13,
1675-76, granted land at Falmouth, Maine, 1728;
Edmund, horn September 24, 1684, married Abigail
Hadlock ; Margaret ; Johanna, born about 1690. mar-
ried. January 1, 1715. Stephen Fosdick or Hard-

(XIII) Captain Gideon Lowell, son of Percival
Lowell (12), was born in Newbury, Massachusetts,
September 3, 1672, died in Amesbury, Massachu-
setts, before 1753. when his will was executed. He
married (first), at Newbury, July 7, l6 92, Miriam
("Mary") Swett, of Newbury. John (III),
Stephen (II). John Swett (I).) She was born
in Newbury, April 10, 1672, and died in Ames-
bury. November 27, 1734. He married (second),
in Amesbury, June 4, 1735. Elizabeth Colby. In
1696 he was a cordwainer or shoemaker: in 1706
a mariner or coaster: in 1748 in his will be de-
scribes himself as yeoman. He is called captain
on the records when his will was proved. He
bought land in Amesbury on the Merrimac river of
?awne Clements, January 19. 1718. He sold his
land in Newburv in 1719. He was a sea captain,
built, owned and sailed his vessels, one a slopp
of fifty or sixty tons; his wife often went with him
and there is a tradition that their son John was
horn in South Carolina while the caplain and his
wife were on a voyage. He had land at Falmouth,
Maine, but never moved there. In 1690 he was^ a
soldier in the ill-fated expedition to Canada. "It
would seem that he was a very bold and success-


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