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He lived in Woburn until 1729, when he removed
to Braintree, now Stoneham, where he was high-
way surveyor in 1731 ; he was fined for declining
the office of constable in 1734. He was captain of
the militia. He died July 17, 1756, aged sixty-
one years, and his wife died March 31, 1771, aged
seventy-one years. Their children: Samuel, born
1721-22; Elizabeth, born December 8, 1723; David,
see forward; Rebecca, born July 11, 1728, died
young. The foregoing were born in Woburn. the
following in Braintree: Rebecca, born August 15,
[729; Hannah, born June 12, 1732; John, born Feb-
ruary 11, 1734-35; William, born 1737. died young;
William, born January 22, 1738-39, died February 6,
1741 ; William, died February 7, 1747.

(IV) David Vinton, son of Captain Samuel
Vinton (3), ancestor of Dr. Cross, was born ai
Woburn, March 17, 1725, married Ruth Dorman, No-
ember 19, 1747. She was born 1726, and was the
daughter of Seth and Sarah (Thayer) Dorman.
Her mother was the eldest child of Ephraim and
Sarah Thayer, of Braintree, who with their fourteen
married children joined at least on one occasion
in communion, all the sons and daughters-in-law
also being church members. They resided in Brain-
tree in what is now Randolph until 1752, when they
removed to Stoughton; in 1780 they removed to
Willington, Connecticut, w-here David and his wife
resided the remainder of their days and where his
wife's brother, Micajah Dorman. also settled. Her
sisters lived there and at Mansfield. He died 1791,
aged sixty-five, and she died 1810. aged eighty-four.
Their children: Mary, born October 27, 1748;
Samuel. October 9, 1750; Elizabeth, February 27,
1752; Samuel, September 7, 1754; Seth, June 6, 1756;
David, March 18, 1759; Ruth September 21, 1761 ;
Sarah, see forward; Naomi, March 17. 1765; Will-
iam, January 21, 1767; Asenath, April 1, 1769; Phebe,
February 3, 1772.

(V) Sarah Vinton, daughter of David Vinton
(4), was born in Stoughton and moved to Willing-
ton, Connecticut, where she married Stephen Cross,
mentioned above.

BARTLETT FAMILY. Henry Bartlett (1), the
immigrant ancestor of the Bartlett family of Leo-
minster, Massachusetts, was born in England about



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1660. He settled in Marlboro, Massachusetts, after
King Philip's war, in that part of the town sub-
sequently set off as Northboro. The original home-
stead was owned lately by William A. Bartlett, of
Northboro. From Henry Bartlett came, not only the
family of Leominster under consideration, but nearly
all of this name in Westboro, Southboro, Sterling,
Princeton, Rutland and Northboro, as will be indi-
cated in this sketch. The Brookfield Bartletts are
descended mainly from John Bartlett, the pioneer
at Windsor, Connecticut. An important branch of
the Bartlett family in Worcester is descended from
the immigrant, John Bartlett, of Weymouth, Massa-
chusetts, and Cumberland, Rhode Island. Savage is
the authority for the service of Henry Bartlett in
King Philip's war under the brave Captain Johnson.
Bartlett was probably at Braintree for a short time.
The children of Henry and Mary Bartlett, all born
at Marlboro, were: Elizabeth, February 27, 1686,
married, December 9, 1710, John Prentice; Daniel,
April 10, 1691, of whom later; Mary, October 20,
1693; Henry, October 22, 1696, died 1699; Henry
and Martha (twins), August 29, 1701 ; Lydia, August
17, 1704, died December 15, 1722.

(II) Ensign Daniel Bartlett, son of Henry
Bartlett (1), was born in Marlboro, Massachusetts,
April 10, 1691. He died there May I, 1764. Most
if not all the descendants of Henry Bartlett, the im-
migrant, are also descended through his son, Daniel
Bartlett. He settled in Marlboro and had a large
family, eight or more of his sons and daughters
settling in Worcester county and raising families
there. Daniel was ensign in the Marlboro company.
He died May. 1764. He was a prominent man in the
town of Marlboro. He married there,. February
12, 1717, Martha How, the daughter of Eieazer and
Hannah (How) How, of whom a sketch appears
elsewhere 111 this work.

The children of Ensign Daniel and Martha
(How) Bartlett were: Jotham, born in Marlboro,
April 5. 1717, settled in Westboro, married Miriam
How; Sarah, June 30, 171S, settled at Rutland, mar-
ried (intentions dated at Rutland November 10,
1750). Daniel Saunders; Daniel, September 28, 1719,
settled at Rutland and has many descendants there-
abouts ; wife Mary died at Rutland, June 12, 1825,
aged ninety-five years, the oldest person in the town ;
he died there December 17, 1801, aged eighty-three
years; Joseph, November 24. 1720. settled at West-
boro, married (intentions at Westboro May 24, 1745)
at Shrewsbury, February 5. 1745 ; Abigail, October

30, 1721, married. August 25, 1756, at Marlboro;
Abraham, September 21, 1722, died February 11,
1723; John, November 25, 1724, of whom later;
Jonathan, January 26, 1725, married, 1753, Mary

Holloway, settled at Northboro, and Westboro ;

Isaac, March 6, 1725, married Martha , settled at

Rutland: Abner (twin), March 12, 1728; Mary
(twin). March 12. 1728, died young; Jonas, March

31. 1729. married Elizabeth and settled at

Marlboro; Mercy, May 31. 1730, married, June 13,
1765. George Oak, of Westboro.

(III) John Bartlett, son of Daniel Bartlett
(2), was born in Marlboro, Massachusetts. No-
vember 25. 1724. He was probably the "Mr." Bart-
lett who died according to the town records after
July, 1796. He removed to Rutland in 1759 or 1760.
He was of Marlboro, 1759, when he bought a place
in Rutland of Charles Parmenter, of Rutland. His
brothers, Joseph and Daniel Bartlett, had settled
in Rutland some ten years before. The records
do not indicate that John Bartlett stayed long in
Rutland. He was a resident of Princeton in 1770,
when he bought some land in Hubbardston of Ed-
ward Clarke. His son Samuel was born in Prince-



ton in 1764. John Bartlett and Jabez Gerould, of
Princeton, bought land in that town of David Ever-
ett in 1773. John jjartlctt mortgaged his place in
1788 to his brother, Jonathan Bartlett, of Northboro,
and the mortgage was discharged next year by the
executor of his brother's will.

The list of children of John Bartlett is probably
not complete. He married at Marlboro, December
14, 1761, Mary Joiner. Their children : John, born
sbout 1762, probably at Marlboro or Rutland;
Samuel, born at Princeton, October 7, 1764, mar-
ried, September 24, 1782, at Princeton, Ruth Bur-
dett ; Pamelia, born at Princeton, April 15, 1769,
married at Rutland, Daniel Sanders, Jr., 1801 ; a
child born August 1766, died October 24, 1767; a
child, died 1803.

(IV) John Bartlett, Jr., son of John Bartlett
(3), was born about 1762 in Marlboro. He removed
to Fredonia, New York, and died there. He mar-
ried Dyer. Mr. Dyer, her father, no doubt

died in Princeton, May 31, 1793. A Lydia Dyer,
of Princeton, married, 1796, David Ramar. Among
the children of John Bartlett, Jr., was Luther, born
about 1790.

(V) Luther Bartlett, son of John Bartlett (4),
was born probably at Fredonia, New York, about
1790. He came to Leominster, Massachusetts, when
a young man and bought October 13, 1813, of James
Boutelle a farm in Leominster. He had been living
for a time at Sterling. He was in the mill busi-
ness at Leominster. Luther Bartlett died at Leo-
minster, October 14, 1838. The children of Luther
and Mary Bartlett were all born at Leominster ex-
cept the eldest who was born at Sterling. Children
were : Mary, born February 26, 1814, married Oliver
C. Fairbanks ; Martha, November 7, 1816, married
George P. Clark; Marsilva (Mary Silvia shortened
to one word), born May 14, 1819; Caroline, Febru-
ary 27, 1821; Luther, April 1, 1822; Damaris, August
26, 1824; Abel, January 30, 1827, of whom later;
Sampson, October 6, 1828, married Charles G. Un-
derwood; Eunice born 1830; John F.. 1837.

(\'l) Abel Bartlett, son of Luther Bartlett (5),
was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, January 30,
1827, and was educated there in the common schools.
He learned the trade of chairmaker and followed
that occupation for a number of years. He then
became the proprietor of a sawmill and conducted
it in connection with a wood and lumber business
until he retired from active business. He is at
present living at his home in Leominster in com-
fortable retirement after a long and successful bus-
iness life. In early life he voted with the Whig
party but since the organization of the Republican
party has been a member of it.

He married Mary White, who was born in 1834,
died 1900. Their children were: Herbert E., of
win im later; Archie B., of whom later; Waldo W.,
of whom later; Eunice A., married Irving W. Bolles,
and they have one child ; Bertha F., married John
W. Pickering, and they have one child.

(VII) Herbert E. Bartlett, son of Abel Bart-
lett (6), was born in Fort Covington, Franklin
county, New York, December 21, 1862. He re-
ceived his education in the public schools of that
town and then learned the trade of woodturning in
his father's mill, and became very skillful in the
work. He worked at his trade for a number of
years in the Whitney carriage factory of Leominster.
He engaged in business on his own account in 1891
under the firm name of H. E. Bartlett & Company,
in the manufacture of wooden toys, children's chairs
and furniture and miscellaneous wooden goods such
as easels, screens, music racks, magazine racks,
tabourettes, tables, stands, towel holders, hat racks,



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cradles, etc. The business was started on a small
scale, but on a good basis, and it has grown con-
stantly and proved profitable from the outset. The
factory at Leominster now keeps more than fifty
skilled hands busy. The selling agents of the com-
pany are : George Borgfeldt & Company and the
Strobel & Wilken Company, New York and Chicago.
Mr. Bartlett is one of the active and influential bus-
iness men of the town. In politics he is a Republi-
can. He is a Unitarian in religion.

Mr. Bartlett married, 18S7, May L. Davis, daugh-
ter of Waldcn Davis, of Leominster. They have
one child, Margurite, a student in the public schools.

(VII) Archie B. Bartlett, son of Abel Bartlett (6),
was born in Leominster, June 13, 1865. He was edu-
cated there in the the public and high schools. He then
went to Worcester and learned the trade of wood turn-
ing and followed the same in Worcester for nine
years. In 1890 he returned to Leominster and went
into business as the proprietor of a wood turning
establishment. During the past fifteen years he has
been very successful in a material way. He ranks
among the promising and prosperous business men
of his native town. He is an active worker in the
Republican party. He married (.first) Nettie A.
Smith, and (second) Mary Stewart.

(VII) Waldo Bartlett, son of Abel Bartlett
(6), was born in Leominster, Massachusetts, Feb-
ruary 5, 1870. He attended the public schools of his
native town and graduated at the Leominster high
school. He learned the trade of chair making in
one of the factories for which this section of the
state is famous and followed his trade for a few
years. He followed his father in the saw mill bus-
iness in Leominster. In fact the business of all
three of Abel Bartlett's sons developed from his
saw mill, a sort of natural growth in three directions.
Waldo Bartlett has been successful in his business
career also. In politics he is a Republican and he
takes a wholesome interest in town and political
affairs. He has won the respect of friends and
neighbors by his character and his devotion to
business. He married, October, 1903, Caroline Page,
daughter of Wilbur Page, of Ashburnham, Massa-
chusetts.

WHITTEMORE FAMILY The English.pedigree
of this family, given in this work in connection with
the sketch of the ancestry of Eli J. Whittemore, of
Worcester, from manuscript in his possession, has
been traced with great care and is much more com-
plete than that of most American families. The fol-
lowing is the American line of ancestry as compiled
by Joel Whittemore for the history of Fitzwilliam,
New Hampshire.

(1) Thomas Whittemore, the immigrant ances-
tor, son of Thomas and Mary Whittemore, of
Hitchin, county of Hertford, England, was the pro-
genitor of the Whittemore family af Winchendon,
Massachusetts. He was an early settler in Charles-
town, removing soon to the Mystic side, later known
as Maiden, now Everett. As his son John was
born in Hitchin, England, in 1639, and he signed a
petition at Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1640, it
is evident that he came to America in 1639 or 1640.
He bought land of John Cotton in 1645. His name
was mentioned in an indenture of R. Bellingham in
1652. His wife Hannah deposed December 16,
1662, that her age was fifty years. He was thrice
married and had one child by his first wife, two
by the second and ten by the third. He had two
sons of the same name at the time, one living in
England and the other in America. The elder
Thomas Whittemore, Jr., was by the second wife,
the younger by the third wife. The homestead re-



mained in' possession of the family until May 1,
1845, over two hundred years. His children : Sarah,
Mary, Thomas, Daniel, John, died young; Nathaniel,
John. The preceding were born in Hitchin, Eng-
land, the following in Charlestown, Massachusetts :
Elizabeth, Benjamin, Thomas, Samuel, Pelatiah,
Abraham.

(II) John Whittemore, son of Thomas Whitte-
more (1), was born in Hitchin, England, and bap-
tized there February 11, 1639. He died in Cambridge,
Massachusetts, December 8, 1694. He married (first)
Mary, daughter of Deacon John and Elizabeth Up-
ham. Their children : John, Thomas, Joseph, Ben-
jamin, Elizabeth, Nathaniel, Joel, died young. He
married (second) Mary Miller, and their children
were : Joel, Mary, Pelatiah, Amos, Mary, Daniel,
Rebecca, Hannah.

(III) John Whittemore. eldest son of John
Whittemore (2), was born in 1662, owned the
covenant April 4, 1687, and died in Cambridge,
April 16, 1702. He married Hirst) Elizabeth Ana-
bel, who died October 27, 1686, and (second) Sarah
Hall. The child of John and Elizabeth was : John.
The children of John and Sarah (Hall) Whittemore
were : Jonathan, Richard, Joseph, Sarah, Experi-
ence, died young; Thomas, Experience, Jonathan,
Abigail, Anna, Josiah.

(IV) John Whittemore, eldest son of John
Whittemore (3), was born February 23, 1683, died
April 21, 1748, in Boston. He was a mariner. He
married, November 8, 171 1, Elizabeth Lloyd, who
died August 13, 1746, aged fifty-seven years. Their
children : John, see forward ; Elizabeth, born June
Q. 1716; Edward; born August 17, 1718; Sarah, born
March 3, 1720.

(V) John Whittemore, eldest son of John
Whittemore (4), was born in Boston, and baptized
in the Second Church, May 16, 1714. He married,
June 3, 1742, Lydia Clough, who died January 15,
1750, aged thirty-one years. Their children : Will-
iam, born about 1744, resided in Lynn, Massachu-
setts, where he died June 5, 1782; married, April
30, 1767, Bethia Collins, who died March 29, 1809,
they had a son William. John, born about 1746,
died unmarried. Josiah, see forward.

(VI) Josiah Whittemore, son of John Whitte-
more (5),' was born in 1748 or 1749 in
Boston, died April II, 1814, in Phillipston,
Massachusetts, aged sixty-five years. He married,
August 9, 1773, Lucy Snow, daughter of John

and (Clough) Snow, of Lunenburg,

Massachusetts. He married (second) Martha
(Parkhurst) Rider. The wife of John Snow was
from Boston and was doubtless a relative of Lydia
Clough, the mother of Josiah Whittemore. The
first five children were born in Lunenburg, the sec-
ond five in Leominster and the last four in Phillins-
ton. Ten were by the first and four by the second
marriage. The children : William Snow, born July
26, 1774; John, see forward; Salmon, born July 17,
1778; Mary, born September 28, 1780, married Caleb
Sweetzer; Lucy, born July 28, 1783, died July 26,
1804, unmarried ; Josiah. born October 28, 1784.
died May 17, 1870, married Betsey Foster, a native
of Rowe, Massachusetts, settled in Hartford, New
York; Levi, born June 12, 1786; Cephas, born De-
cember 2, 1787, died 1790; Otis, born August 8,
1789, died 1828; married Mary Ann Smith, resided
in Miramichi, New Brunswick; Betsey, born Sep-
tember 26, 1793, died December 2, 1881 ; married,
March 20. 1816, William Farrar, son of Daniel
Farrar, settled at Hadley, Michigan ; Cephas, born
April 26, 1797, married Lydia Smith, settled in
Charleston, South Carolina ; Zenas, born Septem-
ber 15. 1798, died January 31, 1872; married (first)



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Sophia Penniman; (second) Louisa Philips; (third)
Mary F. Tobey; Martha, born March 1, 1800, died
April 5, 184.X; married, February 14, 1832, William'
H. .Manchester, a native of New Bedford, Massa-
chusetts; Sylvanus, horn August 19, 1803, died
young.

(VII) John Whittemore, second child of Jo-
siah Whittemore (6), was born in Lunenburg,
Massachusetts, October 17, 1775. died December
26, 1855. He married, December 26, 1797, Han-
nah Stone, daughter of Samuel and Anna (Stacey)
Stone; she was born January 28, 1777, died Octo-
ber 30, 1832. John Whittemore removed to Fitz-
william, New Hampshire, about 1796, and soon
afterward settled on lot 13, range 6, on the place
now or lately owned by James G. Baldwin. He
kept a general store in Fitzwilliam for many years.
The children, all born in Ftizwilliam, were : Dexter,
see forward ; Joel, born May 18, 1801, died January
29, 1804; Danvers, born September 23, 1804, died
July 31, 1828, unmarried; John, born October 22,
1806. married, October 6, 1829, Rebecca Stowell,
daughter of David and Rebecca (Bowker) Stowell;
lie dkd in Lansing, Michigan, February 12, 1879;
Lucy, born January 11, 181 1, married Charles Bige-
low; Laura, born November 8, 1814, married Mor-
rill Gilman.

(VIII) Dexter Whittemore, eldest child of John
Whittemore, (7), was born in Fitzwilliam, Octo-
ber 9, 1798, died April 5, 1865, in New York city,
lie was educated in the common schools of that
town. He entered his father's store when a boy,
and in 1820 became his father's partner under the
firm name of J. Whittemore & Son. The Whitte-
more store had been conducted since about 1804
at his father's residence. In 1821 the firm bought
out the Scott & Bemis store and removed to the vil-
lage. In 1825 Dexter Whittemore became sole pro-
prietor, and in 1828 he took into partnership Danvers
Whittemore and the firm name became D. & D.
Whittemore. From 1829 to 1850 Dexter Whittemore
was again the sole proprietor; he then took into
partnership his son Thomas W., and later Charles
Whittemore and the firm was D. Whittemore &
Son or D. Whittemore & Sons until 1856. His son
Joel succeeded to the business. When he retired
he had acquired a competence. He spent much of
his time in later years in New York city with his
sons, who were in business there, dividing his time
between there and Fitzwilliam. He was one of the
leading business men of his native town and a
man of large influence. He was a consistent temper-
ance man and was the first to abandon the sale of
liquor and tobacco. In addition to his store he car-
ried on a business in this vicinity in the manufacture
of palm leaf hats. The material was furnished by
him to women to braid and make hats in their

. homes. This method of manufacturing braided
goods for hats was common fifty years ago in many
sections of New England. Mr. Whittemore was a
Whig in politics during his active years. He was
a town officer for many years. He was treasurer in
1826-39-40, selectman 1847 and 1848, collector of
taxes from 1833 to 1837, school committeeman,
1840-44-45. He was captain of the artillery com-
pany from 1824 to 1826 and was always afterward
called "Captain Dexter." He was a strong anti-
slavery man and Abolitionist.

He married, April 18, 1820, Betsey Wright,
daughter of Thomas and Jemima (Knowlton)
Wright. She was born December 28, 1795, died
January 28, 1856, in Fitzwilliam. He married (sec-
ond), January 1. 1857, Sarah Reed, daughter of
Phineas and Lydia (Richardson) (Parker) Reed,
widow of Daniel T. Hayden. She was born May



21, 1811. Children of Dexter and Betsey Whitte-
more were: Joel, see forward. Thomas Wright,
born September 9, 1825, died July 23, 1885; married,
August 27, 1851, Atossa F. Stone, daughter of Rev.
Cyrus and Atossa (Frost) Stone; they resided in
New York city and left children : Arthur Dexter,
of Utica, New York, and Laura, wife of Dr. Jonas
Rein Nilson, of New York city. Charles, born
February 15, 1828, married. October 16, 1850, Maria
F. Kimball, daughter of John and Abigail (Hill)
Kimball, who was born August 29, 1826; they have
three children. Eliza, born January 25. 1830. married
Rev. Abraham Jenkins, born in Barre. Massachu-
setts, March 14, 1811, died in Fitzwilliam, August 4,
1861, son of Abraham and Mary (Lord) Jenkins;
she was his second wife. Cynthia, born May 30,
1832, died December 18, 1837. A son, born January
30, 1834, died next day. Laura, born January 18,
1835, died March 26, 1854, at Mount Holyoke Semi-
nary, South Hadley. Cynthia, born December 11,
1837, died July 8, 1855.

(IX) Joel Whittemore, eldest son of Dexter
Whittemore (8), was born in Fitzwilliam, New
Hampshire, October 13, 1823. He attended the com-
mon schools there and Appleton Academy at New
Ipswich, New Hampshire. During his youth when
not in school he worked in his father's store, and
was admitted to partnership under the firm name
of D. Whittemore & Son. He purchased his father's
interests in 1858 and continued the business alone
under his own -name for ten years. He then went
to New York and became connected with the firm
of Whittemore Brothers, who were importers and
dealers in plate glass and mirrors. This business
was established by his brothers, Thomas W. and
Charles Whittemore. Joel Whittemore was the
bookkeeper for the concern. In 1891, on account
of ill health he retired from business and settled
in Winchendon, Massachusetts. He died there
March 23, 1892. Mr. Whittemore was one of the
leading citizens of Fitzwilliam as long as he lived
there. He was elected deacon of the Congregational
church in 1859, and served a number of years ; he
was also clerk of the parish. He was town clerk
from 1863 to 1866, selectman in 1865-66, town audi-
tor in 1861-62, on the school committee in 1859. In
politics he was a Republican, though he affiliated
with the American or Knownothing party in his early
years. He was an active worker in various temper-
ance movements and a member of the Good Temp-
lar organizations. He compiled the genealogical
matter and also edited the entire history of Fitz-
william, New Hampshire, which ranks as one of the
best town histories published. He was a musician
of ability and played the bass viol in church before
the day of the church organ.

He married (first), October 13, 1847, Caroline
Susan Hathon, born October I, 1825, died October
5, 1857, daughter of Ebenezer and Mary (Thomp-
son) (Chapin) Hathon, of Jaffrey, New Hampshire.
He married (second), November 3, 1858, Martha S.
Waters, born November 14, 1841, daughter of George
W. and Sophia M. (Chapin) Waters, of Jaffrey.
The children of Joel and Martha S. Whittemore
were: Alfred Hathon, born in Fitzwilliam, New
Hampshire, November 6. 1861, died September 21,
1862 ; Henry Joel, see forward ; Bertha, born in
New York city, December 6, 1874.

(X) Henry Joel Whittemore, second child of
Joel Whittemore (9), was born in New York city,
December 25, 1870. He attended the schools of
New York and the college of the city of New York
until 1891, when he removed to Winchendon with
the family. He then entered Taft and Day's brush
handle factory, where he remained for about a year.



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Then he was employed on a farm in Fitzwilliam for
six months. At the death of his father he returned
to Winchendon and entered the employ of James
Sutherland, Jr., a florist. Three years later he
bought out his employer and carried on that busi-
ness until 1906, when he sold out to W. W. Rhuland.
He re-built part of the plant and largely increased
the business. In 1902 he erected an office building
and salesroom near the railroad station to accommo-
date the retail trade. A large part of his product
was shipped to Boston, though Mr. Whittemore
had an excellent local business. He is a member of
the Winchendon Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, and
was a charter member of the Grange at Fitzwilliam.
He belongs to Watatic Tribe, No. 85, Red Men. He



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