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plowlands in what is now Waltham. George
Richardson is said by the author of the Richard-
son Memorial to have settled in what is now Water-
bury, Connecticut, about 1643, when he left Water-
town. John also left Watertown about this time
and in 1642 is found with the pioneers of Rev. Mr.
Wheelwright, seeking religious freedom from the
intolerant Puritans of Massachusetts Bay. The min-



ister took part of these settlers in 1643 to Wells,
Maine, and among the settlers there is found John
Richardson. The records of the Maine towns are
meagre. There is proof enough, however, that John
and Hannah were the parents of John of Medfield,
of whom later.

Ml) John Richardson, son of John Richardson
(1), was born about 1645, doubtless in, Maine. He
had a grant of land at Wells, Maine, June 20, 1673,
and was among those wdio left the town during
King Philip's war, 1676-7. He settled in that part
of Dedham called Boggastow, later Medfield. The
name Bogistow, variously spelled, has since been
applied to the pond, meadow and stream at South
Sherborn, formerly in Medfield. John Richardson
first appears in Medfield in 1676 when he served in
the Medfield garrison for a month. In 1678 he
received a grant of land from the town on the west
side of Charles river. Moses Richardson, a de-
scendant, owned the old homestall of John at Med-
field in 1689 and later. He was a cordwainer by
trade, but also had a farm of about fifty acres. He
died April 21, 1697, and his widow Rebecca ad-
ministered his estate. She was appointed July 18,
1700.

lie married, May 1, 1679 (by Ralph Wheelock,
magistrate) Rebecca Clark, born in Medfield, Au-
gust 16, 1660, youngest daughter of Joseph and
Alice Clark, early settlers in that part of Dedham,
later Medfield, incorporated 1651. Joseph Clark
was admitted a freeman May 18, 1653, died 1684.
The widow of John Richardson married (second)
John Hill, of Sherborn; she died February 17,
1738-9, aged seventy-nine years. The children of
John and Rebecca Richardson were : John, born
August 25, 1679. married Esther Breck: Elizabeth,
September 20, 1681, died before 1711; Daniel, Au-
gust 31. 1685, of whom later; Joseph, born about
1687, married, October 18, 1706, Hannah Barber;
Meliitable, June 16, 1689: Benjamin, 1693. married
Elizabeth : Rebecca. February 28, 1696-7, mar-
ried Eleazer Hill, of Sherborn, August 18, 1712,
settled in Douglas, Massachusetts.

(Ill) Lieutenant Daniel Richardson, son of John
Richardson (2), was born in Medfield, Massachu-
setts, later Medway, August 31, 1685. He resided
in Medfield until 1723. He and his wife owned the
covenant which entitled them to have their children
baptized, June 8, 1712. His wife was admitted to
full communion March 15, 1712-3: he was admitted
October 13. 1723 : his wife was dismissed from the
old church to the new one at Medway June 28,
1747. He gave a deed of gift January 3, 1745-6,
of half his dwelling house where his son lived to
his son Daniel. His will, 1747, names Daniel and
William, sons, also daughter Hannah, wife of Jona-
than Underwood, of Westford, Massachusetts. His
(state was valued at 1,859 pounds. He died Au-
gust 28, 174S.

He married Hannah Underwood, who was bap-
tized April 13, 1690. Their children were: William,
born February 3, 1710-11, married, May 21, 1739,
Hannah Ellis: Hannah, December 25, 1718. married
Jonathan Underwood, June 15, 1739; Daniel, of
whom later.

1 I V ) Daniel Richardson, son of Daniel Richard-
son (3), was born in Medway, Massachusetts, June
26. 1721. He settled in Medway and died there
December 23, 1779. He had several sons in the

revolution. He married Judith . born in Med-

wav, 1721, died December 22, 1788. Their chil-
dren, all born at Medway. were: Bathsheba, born
April 21, 1743, died April 25, 1827, aged eighty-
four years: Elisha, January 25, 1745. married Sarah
Ellis; Hannah. January 30, 1747. died January 22,



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1795, aged forty-eight years; Sally, December 24,
1748; Abigail, November 13, 1750, died June II,
1830; Daniel, February 10, 1752, died 1831, aged
seventy-nine years; was soldier in revolution;
Judith February 2, 17541 Patience, February 18,
1756, died November 24, 1792, aged thirty-six years ;
Justina April 22, 1760, married Sarah Morse;
(second) Polly Babbitt, settled in Charlton, Massa-
chusetts; Silas, of whom later; Mary, September
12, 1764, died October 31, 1778- .

(V) Silas Richardson, son of Daniel Richard-
son (4), was born at Medway, Massachusetts, Janu-
ary 12, 1762. He was a wheelwright by trade. In
1790 he bought of Caleb Leland a farm of seventy-
five acres at Leominster in the part called North
Leominster for a thousand dollars. He moved there
immediately, developed his land, bought more and
when he died was possessed of a handsome estate,
amounting to about three hundred acres. The orig-
inal farm is owned by his descendants still. He
died at Leominster, June 15, 1833, aged seventy-
one years.

He married, February 21, 1791, Abigail Daniels,
born 1768, daughter of Moses and Abigail (Adams)
Daniels, also of Medway. She died January 18,
1829, at Leominster, aged sixty years. Their chil-
dren, born at Leominster, were: Horace, born De-
cember 20, 1794, married Sally Joslin ; he died No-
vember I, 1865; Abigail, August 17, 1749, married
Henry Billiard; (second) Farnham Plummer;
Silas." Jr.. March 22, 1802, married Annis (Agnes)
Smith ; Moses Daniels, of whom later.

(VI) Moses Daniels Richardson, son of Silas
Richardson (5), was born on the homestead at
North Leominster, Massachusetts, May 19, 1805.
He lived there all his life, helping his father in
his early years and later succeeding to the place.
He received a common school education, in the
public schools of his native place, and at Groton
Academy. He was 'a shrewd and progressive farmer,
ready to adopt new methods and constantly im-
proving the paternal estate. Though his activity
was somewhat hampered by ill health in later years
he always maintained a high standard of excellence.
His fields and buildings gave ample evidence of his
skill and attention. He was a member of the
Leominster Baptist church, which he joined in 1828
and was clerk and deacon. In politics he was a
Republican and took the interest of a good citizen
in public affairs.

He was thrice married. He married (first),
May 28, 1828, Mary Cowden, born in Fitchburg,
February 16, 1809, died August 28, 1840. He mar-
ried (second), December 15, 1842, Eunice T. Smith,
born in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, January 7,
1818, died August 24, 1851. He married (third),
November 19, 1853, Abby W. Putnam, of a well
known Worcester county family (See Putnam fam-
ily). She was born in Lunenburg, Massachusetts,
April 22, 1S1S, daughter of George and Polly (Car-
ter) Putnam. He died July 24, 1888. She is liv-
ing on the homestead with her son. The farm-
house is at 606 Main street. North Leominster. The
children of Moses and Mary Richardson were: I.
George Daniels, born February 8, 1836, died August
22, 1842. 2. Mary Abigail, born January 4, 1838,
married, June I, 1865, Putnam Simonds, who was
born at Fitchburg, February 15, 1S29. The children
of Moses Daniels and Abby W. Richardson were:
3. James A., born July 19, 1854, at North Leo-
minster; after leaving the high school he remained
at home until 1879. He was appointed by his
uncle as assistant to the United States fish commis-
sion in California, and was afterwards superintend-
ent of part of the state fish hatcheries. In 1895 he



attended a course in zoology at Stanford University.
In 1896 he established fish hatcheries at Kodiak,
Alaska, for the Alaska Packers' Association of San
Francisco. These are a great success and looked
upon as a model. He married, March 22, 1899,
Clara R. Edmondson, at San Francisco ; they have
one child, James Albert, Jr. 4. Dana P., born Octo-
ber 14, 1855 ; he was graduated from the Leominster
high school in 1876, received the degree of M. D.,
from Harvard Medical School in 1882 and is now a
practicing physician at North Leominster. He mar-
ried Famiie L. Benton, of Fitchburg, and they have
one son, James Putnam.

FROST FAMILY. The Frost family, worthily
represented in the present generation by Dr. Edward
Eastman Frost, of Worcester, Massachusetts, traces
its origin to Jesse Frost, whose son, Jesse Frosty
born March 9, 1735, married, May 6, 1760, Joanna
Spaulding, born March 29, 1739, who bore him the
following children: Jesse, September 6, 1762; Jo-
anna, July 9, 1764; Ira, April 9, 1767; William,
March 26, 1769; Olive, August 19, 1771; Joseph,
March 3, 1774; Benjamin, October 26, 1776; and
Jacob, December 8, 1780.

Jacob Frost, youngest son of Jesse and Joanna
(Spaulding) Frost, was born in Dummerston, Ver-
mont, December 8, 1780. He was educated in the
common schools of that place, completing his studies
at an early age. He then took up farming, which
line of occupation he followed throughout the active
years of his career. He afterward moved to Ver-
non, Vermont, where his death occurred at an ad-
vanced age. At one time he was the owner of con-
siderable property, but lost the same owing to a
flaw in the title, thinking everyone, like himself,
was honest. He was a Whig and later a Republi-
can in politics, but as far as can be ascertained
held no offices. He was a man of strict integrity and
honesty, bringing up his family on those principles,
and was of the Unitarian faith, much devoted to
his church. He was a member of one of the early
companies of militia. He married Dolly Kathan,
daughter of Lieutenant Daniel Kathan, of revolu-
tionary fame, and his wife Ruth (Barret) Kathan,
of Dummerstori; Vermont. Lieutenant Kathan was
a farmer, and died October 19, 1809. The children
of this union were : Elmira, died about the age of
fifteen years ; Livinia, born in Vernon, Vermont,
June 30, 1809, married Alonzo Newton, of Vernon,
Vermont; Jesse, (see forward) ; Eliza, born May
30, 1815, married Eastman Belding, of West North-
field, Massachusetts; she is now (1906) a widow,
and resides in Springfield, Massachusetts ; Fannie,
born May 26, 1818, married (first) Erastus Hub-
bard, and (second) R. D. Stevens, of Charlestown,
Vermont; she died July 7, 1905.

Jesse Frost was born in Vernon, Vermont, July
11, 181 1. He was educated in the common schools
of that town, and the Goddard Seminary at West
Brattleboro, Vermont. He learned the trade of
shoemaker by working at the bench, and was later
a shoe manufacturer, conducting a factory of his
own for a number of years. In or about the year
1843 he left Vernon, accompanied by his wife
and child Theodore, and by means of an ox-team
and wagon traversed west, locating in Rochester,
Wisconsin, where he purchased land and erected a
log cabin, residing there for some time. Finally
he disposed of his land and returned to Vernon,
Vermont. This land afterward proved to be very
valuable, and sold for a fabulous price. Later he
located in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he pur-
chased a grocery and provision business, which he
(Subsequently sold to good advantage. While a



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resident of the city of New York he purchased
fruit by the ship-load, and sold the same at good
prices, thereby realizing a considerable profit. He
was always successful in his business ventures, and
with the competence acquired was enabled to enjoy
several years of retirement from active pursuits. He
returned to Vernon, Vermont, in which town at one
time he owned more land than any other person in
that locality, and there his death occurred March
II, 1S82. He was of the Advent faith, much de-
voted to his church and one of its pillars. He was
a conscientious Christian, beloved by all who knew
him. and a man whose word was as good as his
bond. He was a Republican in politics, holding the
-office of selectman, and appraiser of town property,
being an expert in land valuation.

Jesse Frost married Sophia Alice Tyler, daugh-
ter of Jesse and Alice (Pierce) Tyler, of Vernon,
Vermont. Their children are: Theodore, born in
Vernon, May, 18,37, died January 2, 1840; Julius
Orlando, (see forward) ; Julia S., born in Vernon,
1 Ictober 16, 1841, married and had one daughter,
.Minnie B., now deceased; John Hunt, born in Ver-
non, August 3, 1843, died May 10, 1865 ; Edward
Eastman, (see forward).

Julius Orlando Frost, second son of Jesse and
Sophia Alice (Tyler) Frost, was born in Vernon,
Vermont, June 16, 1839. When thirty years of age,
in 1869, he became associated with J. B. Kehlor &
Brother, St. Louis, Missouri. Later he went with A.
Pillsbury & Co., Minneapolis, Minnesota, repre-
senting that firm in the East. He remained with
this concern until Henry Russell was placed in
charge, but in 1883 went with Christian Bros'.
Crown Roller Mills. He remained with them until
the consolidation, and since that time has repre-
sented L. Christian & Co., Minneapolis. He was the
first mill agent to introduce "Archibald's Extra" in
New England, handling the account for E. T. Ar-
chibald, later Tennant & Hoyt and J. B. A. Kern
& Sons, as well as several winter wheat mills.
About three years ago Frederick J. Lingham be-
came a partner in the firm, which conducted a large
business in New England, and December 20, 1905,
this connection was dissolved by mutual consent,
the business being continued by the junior partner,
Frederick J. Lingham. Mr. Frost was probably
the best known flour salesman in New England,
having an experience of nearly forty years, and he
also had a wide acquaintance in New York and
the West. Although retired from the flour trade,
Mr. Frost has not given up active business, having
entered into business relations with his brotner in
the management of a hotel in Worcester, Massa-
chusetts, where "the boys" will always be welcome
when they are in that city. He is the owner of
several farms in Vernon, Vermont, where he raised
blooded Jersey cattle, prize poultry and pigs. He
is also a lover of horses, and has won numerous
prizes in various contests.

Mr. Frost married Nettie Warner, of Vernon,
Vermont, and they have one child, John H. Frost.

Edward Eastman Frost, youngest son of Jesse
and Sophia Alice (Tyler) Frost, was born in Ver-
non, Vermont, November 8, 1849. He attended the
common schools of that place until the age of
eleven years, when he went to the city of New
York and was placed in a private school there. By
constant study he successfully passed examinations
for the New York College, but through illness was
compelled to give up his collegiate course. He
came to Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1869, and en-
tered the dental office of J. B. Waller, and there
studied for one year. In 1871 he entered Harvard
Dental College, from which institution he was



graduated with high honors in 1874. Returning
to Worcester he entered the dental office of Dr.
John Gould, and after serving there for two years
opened his own office on Elm street, where he con-
tinued for twenty-three years, building up a very
lucrative practice. As an investor of real estate
Dr. Frost has been very successful, he having en-
tered into that line of work in 1878. In 1882 Ik- pur-
chased the old Exchange Hotel, which he still own.-.,
conducted the same for some time, and finally leased
it to good advantage. He has also bought and sold
many pieces of property. He is the owner of several
blocks in Worcester, several tenement houses and
unimproved property, and the Lincoln House, one
of the leading hotels of Worcester, which he pur-
chased in 1893 and which he has conducted ever
since. He owns a beautiful estate in West Boylston,
overlooking a number of townships, which he pur-
chased in 1902, and where he and his family reside
during the summer seasons; it is one of the oldest
landmarks in the township and county. As a lover
of highbred horses and an expert judge Dr. Frost
has no equal. He has owned and operated a number
of track horses with success. He was first lieutenant
in Battery B of Worcester, Massachusetts Volunteer
Militia, in 1884, and was connected with the organi-
zation for four years. He is a member of the
Worcester board of trade, and of the Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks. He is a Republican
in politics and loyal in his support of his chosen
candidates. He is a Congregationalist in religion,
having been reared in that faith. He is a self-made
man in the truest sense of the word. He entered his
profession against the wishes of his father, and
therefore did not look to him for aid, but defrayed
his own expenses.

Dr. Frost married, August 24, 1903, Mabel A.
Richardson, daughter of Charles O. and Mary E.
(Faulkner) Richardson, of Worcester, and they
have two children : Dolly Kathan, born July 4, 1904,
and Edward Eastman, Jr., September 2, 1905.

ALVIN E. ESTABROOK. Joseph Estabrook
(1), the first American ancestor of Alvin E. Esta-
brook, of Leominster, Massachusetts, was born 111
Enfield. Middlesex county, England. Originally,
however, the Estabrook family came 'from Wales,
where it was established as early as 1413. The
family is found still earlier in Holland, where the
name was spelled Estenbrugge. Two brothers came
from England with Joseph or about the same time
in 1660, one settling in Swansea and the other in
Concord, Massachusetts. Joseph entered Harvard
College and graduated in the class of 1664. After
three years of study for the ministry he was or-
dained and installed as colleague of Rev. Peter
Bulkley, the first minister of Concord, Massachu-
setts, where he resided for the remainder of his life.
He died in 1711. He preached the election sermon
in 1705. Rev. Joseph Estabrook must be counted
among the leading preachers and ministers of the
first generation in Massachusetts. The following
extract from a eulogy in the Boston Nezvs Letter,
the first newspaper of the colony, reveals the posi-
tion he held in the estimation of his contemporaries :
"Eminent for his skill in the Hebrew language and
a most orthodox, learned and worthy divine; of ex-
cellent principles in religion, indefatigable in the
ministry and of holy life and conversation."

He married Mary Mason and had four sons, as
follows : Joseph, born 1669, died at Lexington, Sep-
tember 23, 1733 ; Benjamin, graduate of Harvard,
minister, settled at Lexington, died July 22, 1697;
Samuel, born 1674, graduated at Harvard College
1696, minister of the church at Canterbury, Con-



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necticut, where he died in 1727; Daniel, born Feb-
ruary 14, 1676, died at Sudbury, 1735.

(II) Joseph Estabrook, son of Rev. Joseph
Estabrook (I), was born at Concord, Massachu-
setts, 1669, and died at Lexington, September 2},
i/JS- He married Millicent Woodhouse (Woodisj,
of Concord, and (second) the widow Hannah Lor-
ing, of Hingham, Massachusetts. He settled hrst
m Hingham, but removed before 1696 to Lexington,
where he became an active and influential man in
the church and a highly honored and respected
citizen. He was elected deacon in 1716 and served
till his death. He held almost all the other offices
at various times; he was town clerk, selectman,
assessor, treasurer, representative to the general court
and captain in the militia. He was a surveyor as
well as farmer. His children were: Joseph, born
October 10, 1690, died August 19, 1740; John, July
28, 1694, married, October 27, 1720, Prudence Har-
rington ; Solomon, December 22, 1096, died July 7,
1697; Hannah, March 2, 1698, married, May 23,
l 7 l 7, Joseph Frost; Millicent, March 21, 1699;
Elijah, August 25, 1703.

(III) John Estabrook, son of Joseph Estabrook
(2), was born at Lexington, July 28, 1094. He mar-
ried Prudence Harrington, October 27, 1720. He
was a farmer. He was elected constable in 1738-
39. He died June 19, 1742, and his widow married
111 1748 Benjamin Munroe, the youngest son of Will-
iam Munroe, the emigrant, who settled Lexington.
She was his second wife. She died 1778. The
children of John and Prudence Estabrook were:

Grace, born August 13, 1721, married Hurd ;

Prudence, May 28, 1724, married Richard Winship ;

Millicent, July 11, 1727, married Harris;

John, Octotier 20, 1729, settled at Westminster and
had fourteen children; Abigail. March 11, 1731,
married Hunt; Elizabeth, November 21,

1734; Nehemiah, March 2. 1738, married, March 1,
1759. Elizabeth Winship; Anna, February 11, 1740,
married Kidder.

(IV) John Estabrook, son of John Estabrook
(3)j was born in Narragansett No. 2, now West-
minster, Massachusetts, October 20, 1729. Soon
after he was of age he bought lot No. 103 in the
ea-tern part of the town and settled. Part of this
homestead tract has remained in the hands of his
lineal descendants to the present time. Having
cleared his land and built some kind of a dwelling,

he married early in 1756 Anna, the daughter of his
near neighbors, Thomas and Mary Bemis. They had
fourteen children, the largest number of children
ever borne to the same parents in Westminster. He
died in 1804; she died February 26, 1832, at the age
of ninety-two years. Their children were: John,
born December 5, 1756, married Hannah Conant,
resided at Westminster, died January 6, 1826; Anne,
September 15, 1758, married Thomas Farnsworth;
Mary, September, 1760, married Loel Miles, resided
at Fitzwilliam, had nine children, died September
30, 1839; Elizabeth, January 8, 1763, married James
Sawin, resided at Westminster, had rive children,
died December 26, 1852; Joseph, March, 1765, died
October 8, 1772; Isaac, April 9, 1767, died October
20, 1772; Samuel, October 19, 1769, died by light-
ning July 25, 1783; Thomas, June 4, 1772, married
Hepzibah hunt, resided at Westminster; Milli-
cent, July 23, 1774, died December 14, 1777; Joseph,
November 1, 1776, (see forward) : Isaac, 1778, mar-
ried Priscilla Dunster, resided at Westminster; Mil-
licent, November 25, 1780, unmarried, died April 21,
1867; Samuel, November 21, 1784. married and had
three children, resided at Westminster; Sally, Jan-
uary 24. 1787. married Artemas Smith, had children,
resided at Chester, Vermont.



(V) Joseph Estabrook, son of John Estabrook
(4), was born at Westminster, Massachusetts. No-
vember 1, 1776. He married Sally Conant, daugh-
ter of Thomas and Ruth Conant, and succeeded to
most of his father's estate at Westminster and oc-
cupying the original house until it was replaced by
the one now standing in which his daughter Mary
resided. He died January 23, 1826. His widow,
Sally, died January 22, 1870, at the age of eighty-
two years. Their children were: Ellery, born De-
cember 28, 1805, resided on the old homestead, died
unmarried April 16, 1886; Stedman, January 9,
1809, died young; Hannah, July 31, 1810, married
Daniel Hayden, resided at Marlboro ; Ruth R., Au-
gust 9, 1813, died unmarried July 11, 1887; Cyrus
M'., November 19, 1816, married Bethia Coleman,
resided in Sterling, had ten children ; Joseph W.,
June 29, 1819, married Mary Perry and (second)
the Widow Wellington, had no children ; Edward
W., April 24, 1822, married Mary E. Waggoner,
had two children ; Mary Ann, October 20, 1824, un-
married, resided in Westminster.

( VI I Cyrus M. Estabrook, son of Joseph Esta-
brook (5), was born at Westminster, November
19, 1816. He married Bethia, daughter of Almond
and Bethia (Horner) Colman, October 25, 1838.
They resided in Westminster for some time, after
wards Princeton, then settled in Sterling, Massachu-
setts. They had a family of ten children : Edward
C, born at Westminster, January 9, 1840, married
Mary Corey, resided at Westminster ; Alvin E.,
born at Westminster, August 29, 1841, married Hat-
tie A. Roper, resides at Leominster, Massachusetts;
Joseph, died young; Joseph W., September, 1843;
Mendall A., May, 1846; Sarah E., May, 1854; Ab-
bie Louisa. August 16, 1856; George, died at age of
ten; Charles F., i860; Frank W., May, 1864.

(VII) Alvin E. Estabrook, son of Cyrus M.
Estabrook (6), was born at Westminster, Massa-
chusetts, August 29, 1841, near the old homestead.
At the age of four his parents moved with him to
Princeton, Massachusetts, where he received his
education in the country school. He took up the
trade of carriage making and at times assisted his
father on the farm. He removed to Leominster,
Massachusetts, in 1864, and entered the employ of
F. A. Whitney, manufacturer of baby carriages.
He was foreman at this factory for many years. He
left the trade on account of ill health and devoted
his time to the real estate business. He has achieved
unusual success in his new line of work and has
transacted some very large deals. He has also dealt



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