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Shaplev and lived in Wilmington, Delaware. He
died August 12. [872. She married (second) as
his third wife lames R. Gallup. Mrs. Gallup is
active in church and charitable work. She has

served on the hoard of visitors and the working
committee of the Soldiers Aid Society, and is now
serving her second term as one of the overseers
of the poor of the town of Leominster.

I :. ( iallup wa - boi n in the village 1 I

Clayville, town of Foster, Rhode I land. July 28.



1821. He received the usual common school edu-
cation of his day and learned the comb-making
trade. At the age of eighteen years he removed
to Leominster, where there were many comb fac-
tories and worked at his trade, first for, Jonas-
Colburn and later for G. & A. Morse. He went
into business in partnership with Calvin B. Cook
in Northborough, Massachusetts, in the manufac-
ture of combs. He also engaged in various other
enterprises on his own account. He did a profit-
able business Imying and selling wood-lots in Leo-
minster before the war. He was associated in
business also with Samuel Woodward and later
with I!. F. Blodgett, making horn goods. When
the partni rship with Philander Woodbury was dis-
solved, which lasted several years, the Union
Comb Company was formed and Mr. Gallup was
president and a large stockholder. The plant of
this company was destroyed by fire in 1872 and the
business was wound up. A new company was
formed and Mr. Gallup became its president. Its
business grew and prospered greatly. He was at
the head of the Union Comb Company until his
diath, August 31, 1884. His home was on Lan-
caster street, Leominster. He was a man of kindly,
generous nature, fond of his home and devoted to
his business.

He married, first), 1840, Orissa Wheelock ;
(second) Dorothy Wheelock, sister of his first
wife: (third) Sarah F., daughter of Jacob and
Hannah (Spaulding) Colburn, mentioned above.
His only child was by his fir- 1 marriage, George
H. Gallup, born at Leominster, one of the first
volunteers from Leominster in the civil war, and
who died in the service of illness contracted in the
army.

CLARY FAMILY. Daniel McClary, the immi-
grant ancestor of Samuel Heald Clary, of Wor-
cester, came to New England with the early exodus
of Scotch from north of Ireland. He settled first in
Lunenburg, Massachusetts, where a number of
Scotch made their home. He was a proprietor and
tax payer there from 1740 to 1750. He died there
about 1751. His widow Catherine removed to New
Ipswich, New Hampshire.

ill) Daniel Clary, son of Daniel McClary (1),
was a young man when the family removed to
New [pswich, where be settled and died in 1780.
leaving a family of young children. He Was a
soldier in the revolution. He married, about 1765,
Catherine Taggart. daughter of John Taggart, who
lived in Peterborough and Sharon until 1707, when
he removed to Dublin, New Hampshire, wdtere be
died in 1813.

(III) Daniel Clary, son of Daniel Clary (2),
was born at New Ipswich, New Hampshire, in
1774. His father died when he was about six
years old and he went to Peterborough. New
Hampshire, to live with his grandfather, John

gart. The family moved to Dublin, New
Hampshire, about 1797. and Clary became a pioneer
settler at Jackson, Maine, with his family, about

' He had a large farm and became a pros-
perous, highly respected and esteemed citizen. Mrs.
Clary was an earnest Methodist in religion. Dan-
iel Clary married Pcrsis Morse. Their children:

ey, Daniel, John, see forward; Catherine, Abby,
. . Martha.

(IV) John Clary, son of Daniel Clary (3), was
born at Jackson. Maine, September 16, 1S13, died
in California, October 5, 1852, aged thirty-nine
years. He was educated in the country school of
his native town. When a young man be started
in business with a general store at Lincoln. Maine.



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He was an active and prominent member of the
Methodist Episcopal church. Married Sybell Heald,
■daughter of Samuel Heald. After her death she
married (second) Alonzo Whitcomb, of Worcester,
December 14, 165S.

(V) Samuel Heald Clary, son of John Clary
(4), was burn in Lincoln, Maine, June 9, 1851.
His father died when he was a year old and he
went to live with his grandfather, Samuel Heald,
in Troy. Maine, until 1858, when he came to
Worcester with his mother, who had married (sec-
ond) Alonzo Whitcomb, of that city. He attended
the schools in Troy also the Worcester public
schools, leaving the "high school in his junior year
to take a clerkship in the Worcester Safe Deposit
and Trust Company, an institution just organized,
May, 1869. At first the business of the company was
confined to the renting of safe deposit vaults, but in-
1870 it entered upon the banking business and Mr.
Clary became teller, and in 1886 assistant secretary.
The company was well managed and its business
grew rapidly and constantly. The original capital
was $200,000, which was increased to $500,000, and
the name was shortened in 1904 to the present form,
Worcester Trust Company. Mr. Clary was elected
treasurer of the company in 1891, a position he has
since held. He is the only officer of the company
who has been with it since its organization. He has
seen it grow from nothing until it is the largest
banking institution in the county, the largest in the
state outside of Boston, and he has taken an active
part in this great development. He is a director
and clerk of the Whitcomb-Blaisdell Machine Tool
Company. He is a member of the Quinsigamond
Boat Club, the Worcester Club and the Tatnuck
Country Club. He is a member of All Saints Pro-
testant Episcopal parish. In politics he is a Repub-
lican, but has never aspired to or held public office.
He married, January 21, 1S86. Ellen Olive Thayer,
daughter of Edward D. Thayer. (See Thayer
Family sketch). Their children are: Ernest
Thayer, born in Worcester, March 1, 1887; Eleanor,
born in Worcester, August 2, 1892.

JOSEPH HILL. Valentine Hill (1), the im-
migrant ancestor of Joseph Hill, of Winchendon,
Massachusetts, was born in England, probably in
London. He was an early settler in Boston, where
he was admitted to the church June 12, 1636. He
was a mercer or merchant from London, the records
say. He was a prominent and well-to-do citizen,
chief owner of a large wharf property. He was ad-
mitted a freeman May 13. 1640, proprietor, town
officer and deacon (with Jacob Eliot). He was
selectman in 1643-44-45-46, deputy to the general
court 1652-53-54-55-57. He bought land at Oyster
Bay, then Dover, now Durham, New Hampshire,
before 1649 and removed thither. He died in
Oyster Bay in 1662. Savage calls him a man of
-great public spirit. In the settlement of the estate
liis widow employed Joseph Hill, of Maiden, as
attorney, suggesting some relationship between
these two prominent Hill immigrants. But there
were also several others of this name at Dover,
possibly also relatives of Valentine Hill. John
Hill, founder of a large family in New Hampshire
and Maine, settled first in Plymouth, Massachu-
setts, removed to Boston in 1630. was admitted a
freeman there March 18. 1642. was a grantee of
Nashuay, died in 1647, leaving a son John who
settled in Dover on land inherited from his father.
All things considered it seems that there must have
been relationship between John Hill, of Dover and
Boston. Joseph Hill, of Maiden, and Valentine Hill,
•of Boston and Dover.

Valentine Hill married (first) Frances ,



who died February 17, 1646; (second) Mary Eaton,
daughter of Governor Eaton. She married (sec-
ond) John Lovering, of Dover; and (third) Ezekiel
Knight, of Wells, Maine. There is an interesting
entry on the oldest records of Dover births, etc. :
"Nathaniel Hill son of Valli ntine Hill of doner
by his wife Mary was born in oyster Riuer the be-
ginning March 1659-60. Mrs. Mary Hill alias
Knight was before me the 23d of May 1702 and
acknowledged that Nathaniel Hill was the son of
her first husband Vallentine Hill." (John Wood-
man Justs Peac.)"

Children of Valentine and Frances Hill were:
Hannah, born March 17, 1638-39, married, January
24, 1659, Antipas Boyce ; John, born September
1. 1640. died young: Elizabeth, born December 12,
1641, died young: Joseph (twin), born 1644, died
same year; Benjamin (twin), born 1644, died same
year : Joseph, born August 18, 1646. Children of
Valentine and Mary were: John, born August 19,
1(147: Samuel, born December 8, 1648; Mary, born
December 29, 1649, married Rev. John Buss, in
whose charge were the records when lost by fire;
Elizabeth, baptized May 25, 1651; Nathaniel, born
March, 31, 1660, see forward.

(II) Captain Nathaniel Hill, youngest child of
Valentine Hill (1), was born in that part of Dover
now Durham, New Hampshire, March 31, 1660.
He was a taxpayer in Dover in 1681. He settled
on his father's land on the north side of Oyster
river. His farm extended from the falls in the
river, near Durham village, across the line of the
present Boston & Maine- Railroad tracks. He was
a leading citizen, captain in the militia and for many
years member of the provincial council. He mar-
ried Sarah Nutter, daughter of Anthony Nutter,
and granddaughter of the distinguished Hatevil
Nutter. Children of Captain Nathaniel and Sarah
Hill were: Samuel, see forward: Valentine.

(III) Samuel Hill, son of Captain Nathaniel
Hill (2), was born in what is now Durham, New
Hampshire, about 1690. He inherited part if not
all of the homestead and lived in Durham, after-
wards Lee, New Hampshire. Among his children
was Samuel, see forward.

(IV) Samuel Hill, son of Samuel Hill (3),
was born in Durham, now Lee, New Hampshire,
October 6, 1720 (family record of Frances E. Wil-
lard. a descendant through her mother). He died
in Danville. Vermont. Miss Willard in her auto-
biograph says that he was a veritable giant ; well-
to-do : self-sacrificing: of robust integrity. He
married Abigail Hutchins, of another old Dover
family. She was born in what is now Lee, New
Hampshire, February 20, 1733, died at an advanced
age in 1829 at Ogden, New York. Children of
Samuel and Abigail Hill were : Nathaniel, see
forward; John, born about 1760. married Polly
Thompson, 1796, among whose children was Mary
Thompson Hill, born January 3. 1805, the mother
of the famous temperance advocate, Frances E.
Willard. There were probably other children.

(V) Nathaniel Hill, son of Samuel Hill (4),
was born in Durham. New Hampshire, about 1745.
He was a soldier in the revolution. He was ensign
in Captain Alpheus Chesley's company in 1778.
Robert Hill, John Hill and Henry Hill were in the
same service and three of the four in the same
company. They were perhaps brothers. Nathaniel
Hill married at the close of the revolution and set-
tled in Loudon, New Hampshire. He was there
in 1785, when he signed a petition, and in I78g his
son Nathaniel, Jr. was old enough to sign as an
inhabitant. Loudon was incorporated January 23,
i/73. from Canterbury, which was some fifty years
older. The rest of Canterbury was incorporated



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as Northfield later. There seems to have been no
other branch of the Hill family in this vicinity.
Children of Nathaniel Hill were: Nathaniel, born
about 1770-5; Levi, see forward.

(VI) Levi Hill, son of Nathaniel Hill (5),
was born about 1770-80 either at Lee, New Hamp-
shire, or at Loudon, after his parents settled there.
He received a rather brief schooling. He worked
with his father developing the farm and remained
at home helping his father until his death, when
the farm became his. He was a farmer all his life,
and raised sheep and cattle for beef. He also dealt
in horses considerably. He removed to Springfield,
New Hampshire, in his later years and bought a
farm, which he carried on until his death. He
was a member of the Springfield Congregational
church and was a deacon there as well as at Lou-
don. He was always called Captain Hill from his
rank in the state militia. He died about 1861.

He married Lydia Wiggin, of Canterbury, New
Hampshire, the town of which Loudon was former-
Iv a part. She was a descendant of Governor
Thomas Wiggin, who deeded June 4. 1663, a large
tract of land at Durham. New Hampshire, to his
son Andrew. Andrew Wiggin became a sort of
patron for the township. His son Jonathan, who
died in 1738, had a daughter who married a Mr.
Hill. Children of Levi and Lydia Hill were:
Langdon Levi, Joseph Wiggin, born December 12,
1805. see forward ; Susanna. Cyrus, Levi Franklin.

(VII) Joseph Wiggin Hill, son of Levi Hill
(6), was born at Loudon, New Hampshire, Decem-
ber 12, 1805, died November 10, 1886. He attended
the public schools there. He removed with the
family about 1825 to Springfield, New Hampshire,
and helped his father on the farm, but soon after-
ward removed to Boston and worked in the City
Hotel for about five years. He returned to Spring-
field and bought a tract of wood land, which he
cleared and cultivated until 1840. He then traded
for a large farm in the eastern part of the town.
Later he sold it to his son Joseph and bought an-
other smaller one, which he worked for ten years,
sold it and bought the one which he owned at the
time of his death. In religion he was a Methodist.
In his early days he was a Democrat, afterward a
Republican. He was a representative to the New
Hampshire legislature for two years, and was on
the board of selectman of the town. He was inter-
ested in the militia and was lieutenant of the
Springfield company.

He married, June 8, 1825, Abigail Cole, daugh-
ter of Isaac Cole. Her father was a molder in an
iron foundry. Children of Joseph W. and Abigail
Hill were: Benjamin Franklin, born December 15,
1831, married Lavinia Davis, of New London, New
Hampshire, and they have five children — Nellie,
George, Hattie, Mabel. Eugene. Joseph, born Sep-
tember 10. 1833. Lydia Jane, born February, 1836,
married Leonard N. Heath, of Springfield. New
Hampshire, no issue. Susanna A., married John
Crocker, of Grantham, New Hampshire. Emily
Elizabeth, married Herbert Taylor of Andover,
New Hampshire, and they had four children — Al-
bert, Grace, Louisa, Daisy. Nellie, died aged four
years.

(VIII) Joseph Hill, second child of Joseph Wig-
gin Hill (7), was born at Springfield, New Hamp-
shire, September 10, 1833. He was educated in
the common schools there. At the age of sixteen
he went to Lake Village to school, continuing for
two years. He served an apprenticeship of two years,
following it in the winter months with his uncle, B.
J. Cole, learning the iron moulder's trade. He worked



at home on the farm summers during this time and
then bought the farm. After working it eight years
he sold it and went to Yonkers, New York, where
he worked in the foundry of the Clipper Mowing
Machine Company about three years. In 1873 nep
went to work again for his uncle, B. J. Cole, in
his iron foundry at Lakeport, New Hampshire.
He later worked for C. B. Mahan in his mowing
machine works at Lebanon, New Hampshire, and
for a year for D. B. Emerson. In 1881 he removed
to Keene, New Hampshire, and entered the employ
of James B. Elliott, who had bought the Clipper
Machine works at Yonkers. Here he remained
until 1883, when he removed to Winchendon,
Massachusetts, and in partnership with his son-in-
law, Andrew Bosley, started a foundry. In Sep-
tember, 1905, he built a large new foundry and
removed to his present location on Spruce street,
ner the Boston & Maine Railroad, where the busi-
ness is prospering greatly. The firm makes all
kinds of iron castings. Few men have a more
intimate knowledge of the details of their business
or a more careful training than Mr. Hill. He at-
tends the North Congregational Church. He is a
Republican and was a delegate to the state con-
vention in 1905 and has been to other important
conventions of his party. He is a member of the
Avon Club of Winchendon.

He married, June 3, 1859, Mrs. Elvira (Lull>
Towers, daughter of Gilman Lull, of Hopkinton,
New Hampshire. Her father was a farmer. The
children of Joseph and Elvira Hill are: Jennie
May. born July 3, 1861. married Andrew Bosley,
of Winchendon, and they have four children —
Josephine Elvira, born February 5, 1878 ; Fred-
erick Andrew, born February 24, 1880; Bertha Kate,
born January 14. 1889 ; Hazel Elsa, born March
3, 1890. Kate Marcella, born November 13, 1865,
married Frederick Vose, of Peterborough, New
Hampshire ; have no children. Carrie Abigail, bom
March 25, 1873, married Frank Joy, of Keene, New
Hampshire ; has no children.

TUCKER FAMILY. There is good reason to
believe that the English family from which Elliot
S. Tucker, of Winchendon, descended, dates its
English origin from John Tucker, whose arms
granted in 1079 by William, the Conqueror, with
an estate at South Tavistock, Devonshire, are and
have always since then been used by the Tucker
family in England. John Tucker came to England
with William I from Normandy and fought at the
battle of Hastings in 1066. He married the Widow
Trecareth. supposed to be the former owner of the
estate. The Tucker family spread over Dorset,
Somerset. Gloucester and York counties in England
and Pembroke in Wales.

(I) William Tucker, of Thornley. Devonshire,
undoubtedly a descendant of the John Tucker,
mentioned above, and bearing his arms, was the
first English progenitor to whom the line of the
American family can be traced. He was born
about 1500. He married Josea Ashe, daughter of
William Ashe, of Devonshire. Their children were:
George, born about 1540, see forward ; Thomas,
married Joanne Cartillon, daughter of Robert Car-
tillon : John, born in Thornley. married Elizabeth
Kempe, daughter of Robert Kempe, of London;
Josea, married William Barbebin and twice after-
ward.

(II) George Tucker, son of William Tucker (1),
was bqrn about 1540. His children: George, bom
about 1570, see forward : Nicholas, married Anne
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Daniel ; Mansfield, married Elizabeth ; Martha, mar-
ried Charles Freeman, of Hingham; Elizabeth;
Hester, married Richard Codwell.

(III) George Tucker, son of George Tucker
(2), was born in Devonshire, England, about 1570.
He married Elizabeth Stoughton, the first daughter
of Francis Stoughton, of Cragford. They settled
in Milton-next-Gravesend, England, where he was
a man of mark. The manor was conferred on his
father by Queen Elizabeth in 1572; he was one of
the most important citizens as shown by the order
or names at the granting of the city charter of
Gravesend, September 3, 1572-73. There was a
George Tucker in Marblehead, in 1647, but it is
doubtful if this George ever left England. His
children were : George, born 1595, married Mary
Darrett, daughter of John Darrett, of Codshill ;
John, born 1599, settled in Hingham, Massachu-
setts ; Robert, see forward ; Henry, born 1609,
probably settled in the Bermudas; Esther, born
1612 ; Elizabeth, perhaps the wife of Thomas
Greenough, of Boston ; Maria, Anne, married John
Beal, of Arlington, Kent, England; Sarah, Martha.

(IV) Robert Tucker, son of George Tucker (3),
of Devonshire, England, was the immigrant ances-
tor. He was baptized at Milton-next-Gravesend,
June 7, 1 004, and doubtless born the month pre-
ceding. He settled in Weymouth, coming in the
company, it is believed, of Rev. Mr. Hull in 1635.
He was a town officer there in 1643. He removed
to Gloucester, where he was the town clerk for a
time and where some of his children were born,
but he returned to Weymouth. About 1662 he
removed to Milton, Massachusetts, and bought sev-
eral lots of land on Brush hill of Widow Frans-
worth, Elder Henry Withington and Mrs. Fenno,
amounting in all to one hundred and seventeen
acres, bordering on the farm of his son, James
Tucker, who purchased his place some time prev-
iously. Robert Tucker was for many years town
clerk of Milton, and the first records are in his
hand. He represented the town several years in
the general court. He was selectman in 1677. He
was active in the church. The court records show
that he was fined twenty shillings in 1640 for call-
ing James Brittan a liar, but as James was whipped
once, and hanged later, it may be presumed that
Tucker knew that he was a liar. Robert Tucker
died March 11, 1682, aged seventy-eight years. His
homestead was on Brush hill and his house there,
built about 1680, was at last accounts restored and
in excellent condition, one of the oldest houses of
the first settlers in New England. His will was
dated March 7, and proved March 30, 1681-82.

He married Elizabeth Allen, sister of Deacon
Henry Allen, of Boston. Their children were :
Sarah, born at Weymouth, March 17, 1639, married
Peter Warren ; James, born 1640, married Rebecca
Tolman ; Joseph, born 1643 ; Elizabeth, born 1644,
married Ebenezer Clapp; Benjamin, born 1646, mar-
ried Anne Payson ; Ebenezer (twin), born 1652,
died before his father; Experience (twin), born
and died 1652 ; Ephraim, born August 27, 1653,
married Hannah Gulliver; Manasseh, see forward;

Rebecca, married Fenno ; Mary, married

Samuel Jones.

(V) Manasseh Tucker, ninth child of Robert
Tucker (4), was born in 1654. In 1711, Mr. Tucker,
Samuel Miller, John Wadsworth and Moses
Belcher bought three thousand acres of land from
the town of Boston, lying in Braintree and called
the Blue Hill Lands. The land abutted on the
south boundary of Milton. In 1713 Moses Belcher
sold his undivided quarter to his associates for
three hundred and eighty-five pounds and they then



devided the land in thirds. One half the tract was
annexed to Braintree, the other half to .Milton.
Manasseh Tucker owned and lived in the mansion
built by his father on Brush hill. He was admitted
a freeman in 1678, and was deacon of the First
church of Milton. He was the last survivor of the
first settlers in Milton among the church members,
and after his death, April 9, 1743, the church took
appropriate action : "And as all that generation
were gathered to their fathers the church passed a
vote April 17 that they would renew the Convenant
with God and one another."

He married, December 29, 1676, Waitstill Sum-
ner, born December 20, 1661, died March 19, 1748,
eldest daughter of Roger and Mary (Joslyn) Sum-
ner. Her father was the son of the immigrant,
William Sumner, and her mother was daughter of
the immigrant Thomas Joslyn, of Lancaster, form-
erly of Hingham, Massachusetts. Children of
Mannaseh and Waitstill Tucker were : Ebenezer,
born December 22, 1682, married Jane Clapp;
Manasseh, Jr., December 22, 1684, married Hannah
Shepard ; Samuel, see forward; Mary, March 25,
1693, married John Dickerson ; Waitstill, June 5,
1695, married Ezra Clapp; Jasaniah, July 19, 1698,
married Susannah Sumner; Benjamin, August 18,
1705, settled in Middleborough ; Elizabeth, ma'rried
John Paysan : died July 9, 1781.

(VI) Samuel Tucker, third child of Mannaseh
Tucker (5), was born at Milton, Massachusetts,
March 15, 1687. He married, March 2, 1712, Re-
becca Leeds, of Dorchester, Massachusetts. He
was the first to settle on the thousand acres of land
his father had bought of the town of Boston, May
9, 171 1. It was located in what is now the south
part of Milton and was called Scott's Woods. He
was prominent in town and military affairs, captain
of the Milton company. He died there December
2 Si J 758, aged seventy-two years. Children of
Samuel and Rebecca Tucker were : Samuel, see
forward; Nathaniel, born April 29, 1725, Harvard
College, 1744, died 1748; Rebecca, November 27,
1722, baptized December 2, 1722, married Nathaniel
Swift.

(VII) Samuel Tucker, son of Samuel Tucker
(6), was born September 25, 1719, at Milton, Massa-
chusetts, died there May 27, 1776.

He married (first) Susannah Thatcher. 1742,
and (second) Elizabeth Heywood, 1749. Children
of Samuel and Susannah Tucker were : Mary, born
May 22, 1745; Susannah, October 26, 1748. Chil-
dren of Samuel and Elizabeth Tucker : Samuel,
July 14, 1750, married Abigail Vose ; Joslin. Janu-
ary 9, 1752, settled in Gardner, Massachusetts;
Elizabeth, July 12, 1753; Rebecca, March. 1755;
Eunice. June, 1756: Seth, see forward; Elisha, June
20. 1760. died at Winchendon, Massachusetts, Oc-
tober 10, 1808, farmed in partnership with his
brother Seth ; Nathaniel. 1769, died February 10,
1738. bequeathed a thousand dollars to the poor
of Milton.

(VIII) Seth Tucker, ninth child of Samuel
Tucker (7), was born in Milton, Massachusetts,
January 18. 1757. He was a soldier in the revolu-
tion in the Milton company and was stationed near



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