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chased of his brother, Richard Mann, lands on Mann
Hill and he deeded this land April 9, 1713, to his
second son, Thomas, Jr. He also deeded land to
his sons Joseph and Benjamin, February 24, 1719.
and to his son Ensign Mann, March 6, 1722, and
lastly half of his remaining estate, 1723, to his son

Joseph. He married Sarah . He died at

Scituate, 1732, and his will was proved July 12,
1732. Children of Thomas and Sarah Mann were :
Josiah, born March I, 1679, died 1708; Thomas,
April 5, 1681, married Deborah Joy ; Sarah, No-
vember 15, 1684, married Gibbs ; Mary,

March 15, 1688, died unmarried 1723; Elizabeth,
March 10, 1692, died unmarried 1723 ; Joseph, De-
cember 27, 1694, married Mary ; Benjamin,

see forward ; Ensign, born about 1699, married
Widow Tabitha Vinall.

(II) Benjamin Mann, son of Thomas Mann (2),
was born in Scituate, Massachusetts, February 19,
1697. His father sold him land on Mann Hill,
Scituate, February 24, 1719, and he settled in that
part of the town incorporated as Hanover. He lived
on Main street in the ancient mansion which was in
1853 occupied by a Mr. Hanson. He was a select-
man of Hanover in 1745. His will was made De-
cember 3, 1762; it mentions all the children but



Sarah. He married, February 4. 1724, Martha Cur-
tis, born February 14, 1701, died January 26, 1769.
He died March 2, 1670. Children of Benjamin and
Martha Mann who survived infancy were : Martha,
born January 6, 1725, married William Curtis; Ben-
jamin, Jr., August 4, 1727, died 1816; Rebecca, Au-
gust 13, 1729, married Abner Curtis ; Sarah, Feb-
ruary 8, 1730, married Robert Gradner ; Ruth, May
12, 1735, died July 29, 1808; married Lemuel Curtis;
Mary, August 13, 1737, married Elijah Mann, who
settled at Persham, Worcester county, and died
there April 27, 1823.

(IV) Benjamin Mann, son of Benjamin Mann
(3), was born in Hanover, Massachusetts, August
4, 1727. He was a soldier in the revolution. He
was selectman of Hanover 1763-64. He erected the
old grist mill that formerly stood near the bridge
on North street. He lived in the north part of the
town on Curtis street, where David Mann lately-
lived. He died January 27, 1816. He married (first)
Abigail Gill, November 23, 1749, and (second) the
widow of Charles Bailey. She died 1800. and he mar-
ried (third) the widow of Abner Curtis. She died
1820. He had fourteen children. Children of Benja-
min and Abigail Mann were: Abigail, born Septem-
ber 9. 1751, married Asa Turner and settled in Or-
land, Maine; Benjamin, March 2, 1753, married Han-
nah Sears : Olive, April 18, 1754, married Thomas
Stetson; Ezra, December II, 1755, soldied in the revo-
lution, died November 26, 1775, at Weymouth, re-
turning from service in the war; Levi September 9,.
1757, married (first) Ann Cooley; Joshua (captain),
July 14. 1759. married Mary Cushing: Bela, see for-
ward; Susa Gill, October 24, 1764. died November 25,.
1842; married Caleb Whitney; Charles, November
27, 1766, died 1825 ; married" Abigail Gill ; Persis,.
November 7, 1768, married Abigail Johnson; Chloe,
January 26, 1771, died February 2, 1844; married
Charles Bailey, October 28, 1792; Sage. 1773. died
1791 ; Caleb, September 13, 1775. died February 23,
1840; married Betsey Pratt.

(V) Bela Mann, son of Benjamin Mann (4),
was born in Hanover, Massachusetts, July 18, 1761.
He seems to have resided in Franklin during the
revolutionary war and had service credited to that
town, also to Wrentham. He was in Captain Boyd's
company in 1775 and enlisted in 1780 in the Con-
tinental army for six months. He must have been
only a boy at his first enlistment, and perhaps for
that reason his age was incorrectly given as twenty-
three years in 1780, when he was about twenty.
He removed to Lunenburg about 1795 with his fam-
ily and resided there many years. He owned real
estate in Ashburnham in 1806 and may have lived'
there for a few years. He died at Lunenburg, July
29, 1826. The inventory of his estate was filed
September 2, 1826. He owned eleven acres of land
with buildings at Lunenburg. The family soon left
Lunenburg for Winchendon. He married Ann Bry-
ant, of Scituate. She died August 31, 1813. Chil-
dren of Bela and Ann Mann, probably born at
Lunenburg, were : Anna, living in Boston. April
10, 1824. when her father deeded her a "pasture"
at Lunenburg. Lydia. Clarissa, Emma, Charles,
Albert, see forward; Bela, Jr.. Abigail.

(VI) Albert Mann, son of Bela Mann (5), was
born in Lunenburg about 1810. At the age of three
years his mother died and he was taken to Win-
chendon to live with the family of William Love-
joy on a farm near Bullardville. He received his
education in the school of that district. He lived
with Mr. Lovejoy until the latter died, when he made
his first business venture, buying with the money he
had saved the Priest saw mill at Fitzwilliam, New-
Hampshire, in the adjoining town. He ran this



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mill five years, then bought the Prentice Hill grist
mill and privilege which he ran for seven years.
He afterwards bought the Townsend farm in Win-
chendon and ran it for ten years. Afterwards he sold
the farm again to the Townsend family. He bought
the Lovejoy farm on which lie had been raised and
lived there the remainder of his days. He cut
much timber, bought and sold land, built and sold
houses at Waterville, to his profit, and became a
well-to-do man. At his death the farm came into
the possession of his son Eugene. Mr. Mann was
a Methodist in religion in early life, but later was
a member of the Second Advent church at New
Boston and was an officer of the same. In poli-
tics he was a Republican and served the town on
the board of selectmen. When a young man he be-
longed to the local militia company.

He married Asenath Harris Woodbury, daughter
of Nathan and Clarinda (Whitney) Woodbury, o~f
Harvard, Massachusetts. Their children were :
Albert Henry, born February 8, 1841, died April 6,
1842; Julia Lovejoy, April 17, 1842, married George
Kempton; Albert Chester, March 2. 1845, died July
17, 1845; Oliver Eugene, June 2, 1847, died Septem-
ber 2, 1847; Albert Eugene. April 28. 1S49. married
(first) February 20, 1873, Mary Goodell, of Orange,
Massachusetts, who died February 11, 1880; mar-
ried (.second), September 28, 1881, Mabel C. Faye, of
Andover, Maine, and had one child, Mary Isabella,
born November 15, 1S82, died young; married
(third) Lena Kenneth, of Fitzwilliam. New Hamp-
shire; Clara Emma, April 15, 1851, died September
24, 1873; married Charles Burgess, of Winchendon ;
Oliver Lovejoy, see forward.

(VII) Oliver Lovejoy Mann, son of Albert
Mann (6), was born in Winchendon, Massachu-
setts, April 2, 1858, and received his early education
there in the public schools. He worked on the
paternal farm with his father until he was of age.
Then he bought the large Flagg farm on which
there was much timber, which he cut off and sold
to Orlando Mason for use in his wooden ware fac-
tory. He continued to buy w r ood lots and sell the
wood. About 1890 he went to work in his father's
mill, getting out pail staves and running the mill
where they got nut stock for Orlando Mason's use.
Most of ill: wod he cut from his own lots. About
1891 he began to manufacture pails himself in the
•old Norcross mill and continued for live years. He
then sold out to Wilder P. Clark and went into
partnership with C. C. Carter under the linn name
of Carter & Mann, at Hydeville, in' the manufacture
of pails, but at the end of ten months the partner-
ship was dissolved. In 1898 Mr. Mann began busi-
ness under his own name in the plant he now oc-
cupies in Winchendon. He has since carried on a
successful business there. He makes thirty-five
varieties of wooden ware, such as tubs for candy,
lard, toys, etc. He continues to buy timber land
and cut the wood for his own use and for the
market. He attends the Methodist church, and in
politics is a Republican. He belongs to Watatic
Tribe of Red Men and has held some of the offices.
He was at one time member of a syndicate called
the Pail Makers' Association.

He married (first), February 10, 1884, Althea
Norcross, born October 7, 1857, daughter of Orin
and Almeda (Wyman) Norcross, of Winchendon.
Her father was a farmer. Mr. Mann married (sec-
ond) Barbara Woffendon, born January 24. 1876,
daughter of William and Caroline (Liversedge)
Woffendon, of Winchendon. Her father was .1
tailor. Children of Oliver Lovejoy and Althea Mann
were: Clifford Oliver, horn May 5, 18X5; Waldo
Albert, July 14, 1886. Children of ( (liver Lovejoy



and Barbara Mann were : Morton William, May

7, 1896; Morris Oliver, March 1, 1901.

RICHARDSON FAMILY. Thomas Richard-
son (1), immigrant ancestor of Lucius Augustus
Richardson, of Leominster, was the youngest of the
three brothers who are the progenitors of most of
the American Richardsons. Thomas, Samuel and
Ezekiel Richardson were all born in England.
Thomas probably came over in 1635. He was ad-
mitted a freeman at Charlestown, Massachusetts,
May 2, 163S. He was one of the seven chosen by
the town of Charlestown to commence the settle-
ment of Woburn. His wife Mary was admitted to
the Charlestown church February 21. 1035-6, and
that is the earliest record of the family. He had
land assigned him in Maiden. He died August 28,
1651. He joined the church February, 1637-8, and
held various town offices.

He married. Mary . She married (second)

Michael Bacon, said to have come from Ireland,
one of the original inhabitants of Woburn in 1641.
She died May 19, 1670. The children of Thomas
and Mary Richardson were : Mary, baptized No-
vember 17, 1638, married, May 15. 1655, John Bald-
win, of Billerica; Sarah, baptized November 22,
1640. married, March 22, 1660. Michael Bacon, Jr.;
Isaac, born May 14, 1643. married Deborah Fuller;
Thomas, of whom later; Ruth, born April 14. 1047;
Phebe, born January 24, 1648-9; Nathaniel, born
January 2, 1650-1.

(II) Thomas Richardson, son of Thomas Rich-
ardson (1), was born in Woburn, Massachusetts,
October 4, 1645. He settled in Billerica, then called
Shawshine, in Massachusetts. 1667, and settled in
the eastern part of that town on the ninety-nine
acre tract called the Cambridge school farm (Har-
vard College), we-t of the Shawshine river and
north of the present Boston road. He sold out in
1690 to Captain Samuel Gallup. He was a deputy
to the general court in 1704 from Billerica. He
gave his oldest son Thomas a farm near the Boston
road, now Washington street, and October 4. 1705,
he gave his son Andrew a farm north of Thomas's
and" later one to Nathaniel north of Andrew's. He
died at Billerica, February 25. 1720-1. in his seventy-
sixth year. His widow Sarah died November 20,
1734. His will was dated April 10, 1719, and proved
March 20. 1720-1. Children of Thomas and Sarah
Richardson were: Mary, born and died February

8, 1 670- 1 ; Mary, born and died January 31, 1671-2;
Mary, born February 17. 1672-3, married Edward
Farmer. Jr.; Thomas, born December 3. 1675;
Andrew, born June 16. 1678, married Hannah Jefts ;
Nathaniel, of whom later ; Jonathan, born Febru-
ary 14. 1682-3. married Hannah French ; Ruth, born
December 4. 1685. married John French; Elnathan,
born and died February 7, 1686-7.

(III) Nathaniel Richardson, son of Thomas
Richardson (2), was born in Billerica, Massachu-
setts, January 25, 1670-80. He married Mary Pea-
cock, May 7, 1703. His father gave him a farm in
Billerica next his brother Andrew's. After his
father died in 1721, he received also thirty-two
acres of upland on Content Plain and eight acres
of the Mill Swamp at a place called Black Hole.
He died intestate April 4. 1753, aged seventy-three
years, and his widow died October 18, 1756. Their
children, all born at Billerica, were: Mary. March
31, 1704, married Jonathan Goss, of Townsend; Na-
thaniel. January 8, 1706-7; Samuel, December 23,
1708, married Hannah Walker: Sarah. March 8,
1710-11, died April 18. 1712 ; William, of whom later;
Hezekiah. May 8. 1715, married Elizabeth Walker;
Ebenezer, born September 24, 1717, died young;



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Rebecca. May 17, 1720. married Benjamin Richard-
son; Joseph. May 20, 17JJ. dud at Northfield where
he was killed by Indians in ambush June 16, 1747,
while he was marching to relieve Fort Dummer
with a squad of soldiers; Ebenezer, October 2,
1724, married (first) Elizabeth Shed; (second)
Mary Crosby; (third) Lydia Danforth; (fourth)
Catherine Wyman; (fifth) Elizabeth Bacon.

(IV) William Richardson, son of Natl
Richards. hi (3), was born in Billerica, May 5, 1713.
He married, December 9, 1742. Mary Hobart, of
Groton, and settled in Townsend. llis will wa
dated April 19, 1773, and he died at Billerica, April
30, 1773. His widow Mary died September 2, 1763.
Their children were : Mary, born July 3, 1743. died
February 26, 1804: William, May 10, 1745. married
Hannah Stevens Crosby; Israel, May 14. 1749, sol-
dier in the revolution, died August 29, 1776; Abel,
of whom later; Josiah, August 10, 1753, married
(first) Abigail Dix; (second) Susannah Wallis ;

Emma, January 12, 1758, married Brooks and

settled in Brookline, New Hampshire ; Andrew,
August 25, 1760. married Hannah Grant; Ruth,
August 21, 1763, lived at Brookline, New Hampshire.

(V) Abel Richardson, son of William Richard-
son (4), was born at Townsend, April 22, 1751 ;
married, March 6, 1783, Tabitha Bennett, born 1756
in Hollis. New Hampshire. They settled in Ashby,
Massachusetts, after their marriage and he 1
there December 7, 1843 ; his wife died there March
14, 1839. Their children were : Mary, born January
23, 1784, died April 6, 1794; Abel, Jr., March 5, 1786,
married Martha Lawrence; Rhoda, July 9, 1788,
married Philip Piper, died at Ashby, 1858; she died
at Winchester, September 14. 1874. aged eighty-six
years; William, June 27, 1701. married Rebecca
Lawrence; Israel, of whom later; Mary. October
7, 1797, died unmarried June 14, 1821, at Ashby;
Eunice. August 24, 1800, married Jacob Wilkes, of
Ashburnham; he died November 17, 1862, aged
sixty-four years (sic). Abel Richardson was a
soldier in the revolution in Captain James Hosley's
company of minute-men. Colon. I William Prescott's
regiment, April 19. 1775; also Captain Henry Far-
well's company, Colonel William Prescott's regi-
ment (Tenth). He was six' months in the Conti-
nental army in 1778 under Captain Robb, Colonel
Reed ; was corporal in Captain Hosley's company,
1777, and in the Continental army 1780 under Cap-
tain Daniel Shays. He was described as five Ei
seven inches tall ; light complexion ; twenty-eight
years old, residence Ashby.

(VI) Israel Richardson, son of Abel Richard-
son, (5), was born at Ashby, Massachusetts, Sep-
tember 14, 1793. He married Sarah Haynes, of
Gardner, Massachusetts, and died at Chelsea, No-
vember 18, 1873. She died in Fitchburg about 1852.
Their children were: George W. H„ born Novem-
ber 18, 1815, married, 1840, Nancy S. Cornell; Jo-
siah Carter, of whom later; Edwin, February 10,
1821; Sarah, March 22, 1823, died October, 1841 ;
Lucy Ann, June 20, 1825. married Nathan Otis Pres-
cott, of Nashua, January 17, 1850; Amanda Melvin,
July 5, 1853, married A. J. Fuller, of Ham
Maine. May 0. 1855.

(VII) Josiah Carter Richardson, son of Israel
Richardson (6), was horn in Ashby. April 18. 1817.
He learned the trade of comb maker, but later
turned his attention to photography and followed
this business during most of his active life, living
in Boston and many other places. He married
Sally Tyler, April 6, 1837. She was of a Leo-
minster family. Their children were: Charles
Franklin, born September 21, 1838, married Mar-
garet Isabel K . December 21, 1859, and they



had five children: Lucius Augustus, of whom lal
Edward Payson, June jj. 1843, a pho 1 by

occupation, married, April 17, 1822. Louisa Willard;
William Gray, June II, 1830. died May 21, 1.
William, May 3, 1857, died February 22. 1865; (
line Maria, July 29, 1838: Herbert Carter, July 10,
1801. died April 1(1. [862.

(YI1I) Lucius Augustus Richardson, son of Jo-
siah Carter Richardson 171. was born at Leomin-
ster. Massachusetts, October 17, 1840. He received
a common school education and then learned the
printer's trade. He worked for four years at this
trade on the Fall River Mews, the Fitchburg Re-
veille, and the Pawtucket Gazette ami Chronicle.
He learned the art of photography of his father at
Pawtucket and left the printing business to work
for him. In 1837 .Mr. Richardson started out for
himself with a traveling car. That was the method
of doing business in the early days of the business.
He traveled over new England. He was in Boston
three years and in Ashland three years. In 1873
he located in Leominster and has been in business
there ever since. Until 1900 he was at 10 Mechanic
street and few photographers in the county are bet-
n r known. Five years ago he built a studio in the
rear of his residence, 125 Walnut street, where he
continues his business amidst very pleasant natural
surroundings. His daughters assist him with
work of the studio, each having acquired the art
under his instruction. Mr. Richardson is a mem-
ber of the Ancient Order of United Workmen, Ta-
hanto Lodge of Leominster. In politics he 1- a
Republican. He is an active member of the Ortho-
dox Congregational church, of which he was deacon
for twenty years. lie was superintendent of the
Sunday school several years and for a long period
has been a teacher. He has been a member of the
Congregational church since he was a young man.

He married, April 5, i860, Louisa Fitch, daughter
of Henry Fitch. She was born at Topsfield, Maine.
Their children are: Lucius Leslie, of whom later;
Lillian Janette, born at Saxonville, Massachusetts,
graduate of the Leominster high school, assists her
father retouching photographic plates and printing
photographs; resides at home with parents; Everett
Briggs, of whom later; Clara Louisa Sargent, born
at Everett, Massachusetts, graduate of the Leo-
minster high school, assists father in his photo-
graphic studio and lives with parents.

(IX) Everett Briggs Richardson, son of Lucius
Augustus Richardson (8), was born at East Cam-
bridge, Massachusetts, October 14, 1864. He was
educated in the public schools of Leominster and
graduated from Comer's Commercial School of
Boston. He learned the business of piano case man-
ufacturing of C. J. Cobleigh, Leominster. In 1892
he and his brother, Lucius Leslie Richardson, or-
ganized the Richardson Piano Case Company and
he became the president and manager, a position he
has since filled. The company purcha-ed the busi-
ness of Mr. Cobleigh. The factory is located in
Leominster, and the concern employs about a hun-
dred and twenty-five hands. The company ha ? en-
joyed the greatest prosperity from the first. Mr.
Richardson is a member of the Leominster Council,
Royal Arcanum. He is a prominent Free Mason,
having been through the chairs of Wilder Lodge of
Leominster and is a member of th higher bodies
of Masonry including the Jerusalem l cry.

Knights Templar, of Fitchburg. lie i-. a directoi
the Leominster National Bank. lie is a member of
the Orthodox Congregational church.

He married Ada Conant,-of I
June 26, 1889. Their children are: Bernice, Jud-
son Cromwell, Everett Gordon.



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(IX) Lucius Leslie Richardson, son of Lucius
Augustus Richardson (8), was born at South Bos-
ton, Massachusetts, July 5, 1861. He received his
early education in the public and high schools of
Leominster. He learned the trade of piano case
maker at Smith's Piano Case factory in Leominster.
He had experience in every department of the busi-
ness. With his brother, Everett Briggs, he formed
the Richardson Piano Case Company in 1892 and has
been director and vice-president since the business
was established. He is a member of the Orthodox
Congregational church. He is a member of the
Royal Arcanum. In politics he is an active Re-
publican and was on the board of selectmen of
Leominster in 1906.

He married, October 7, 1890, Annie Wilder,
daughter of Frank L. Wilder, of Sterling, Massa-
chusetts. Both are well known in musical circles.
Mrs. Richardson is organist of the Congregational
church at Sterling and Mr. Richardson is a member
of the choir there. They have two children : Mary
Louise, Clara Leslie.

ALFORD W. COLBURN. Edward Colburn
(1), was the emigrant ancestor of Alford W. Col-
burn, of Leominster, Massachusetts, and his connec-
tions. The family line is quite distinct from the
descendants of Nathaniel Colburn, of Dedham,
Massachusetts. The Dedham family seems to have
been much more numerous. Edward Colburn was
only seventeen years old when he came to New
England. His brother Robert, aged twenty-eight,
and he came in the "Defence" in 1635. Both broth-
ers settled at Ipswich. Savage calls him Edward
•'of Chelmsford" and it is presumed that he was
one of the pioneers of the town which was set off
from Concord in 1652 and settled about that time.
Robert Colburn, brother of Edward, settled in Ips-
wich, and had among his children a son, Robert
Colburn. Both Robert and his wife deposed in 1668
that they were sixty years old. Robert died at Ips-
wich. May 2, 1685. He had a son Robert and proba-
bly other children.

(II) Robert Colburn, son of Edward Colburn
(1), was born probably about 1645 and probably at
Ipswich. He was raised at Chelmsford or Concord,
Massachusetts, where his father settled when he was
a young lad. He married Mary Bishop, perhaps the
daughter of Edward Bishop, who settled in Salem,
Massachusetts, 1640, or earlier. Mary Bishop was
baptized at Salem, October 12, 1651. Robert Col-
burn died at Concord, Massachusetts, June 7, 1701.
Among other children he had Nathaniel, who set-
tled in Concord, the ancestor of the Leominster
branch, mentioned below. William, married Mar-
garet French, February 29, 1715-6, and the records
show that they had these children : Robert, born
January 16, 1716-7; Keziah, October 27, 1721; Je-
mima, June 15, 1724; William, December 5, 1726,
and perhaps others elsewhere.

(III) Nathaniel Colburn, son of Robert Col-
burn (2), was born at Chelmsford or Concord about
1700. The frequency of this name Nathaniel in both
Dedham and Concord lines suggests that the pro-
genitors may have been of the same family in Eng-
land. Nathaniel Colburn married about 1720, Dor-
cas Jones, of Concord, Massachusetts, daughter of
Nathaniel and Mary Jones, of Concord, where sh?
was born January 17, 1703-4. They lived at Con-
cord and had twelve children, ten of whom they took
with than to Leominster when they removed and
settled there. The homestead was in the south
part of the town. Nathaniel deeded half of it
to his son John, March 15, 1765. Four of his sons
were soldiers in the revolution. John was sergeant-



at-arms in the Leominster company on the Lexing-
ton alarm April 19, 1775, sergeant of a company
raised to re-enforce General Gates at Saratoga in
October. 1777; Ebenezer is mentioned below; Nathan
and Jonathan were soldiers in the Leominster
companies.

The children of Nathaniel and Dorcas Colburn
were : Nathaniel, born January 19, 1722-3, married
Tabitha Headley; Ebenezer, November 10, 1724, died
June 7, 1828; Dorcas, September 1, 1726; Mary,
April 12, 1729, died November 6, 1740; Ebenezer,
September 17, 1731, of whom later; Sarah, May 8,
1834; Mary, born April 12, 1729, died November
6, 1740; Sarah, May 8, 1734; John (twin), born
July 10, 1736, died August 4, 1736; Jonathan (twin),
born July 10, 1736, married Sarah Harvey; John,
August 3, 1738, married Anna Darby, of Harvard,
Massachusetts; Mary, October 4, 1742; Nathan,
November 18, 1744; Hannah, July 20, 1747.

(IV) Ebenezer Colburn, son of Nathaniel Col-
burn (5), was born in Concord, Massachusetts,
September 17. 1731. He removed to Leominster with
his father and settled in the south part of the town.
He was a tavern keeper there in his later years. He
was a soldier in the revolution, a private in the
company of Captain Nathaniel Carter in the regi-
ment of Colonel Abijah Stearns in 1777. He was
first lieutenant in the company of Captain Jabez
Keep, Colonel Jonathan Smith's regiment. He was
first lieutenant also in Captain Nathaniel Carter's
company ( the first Leomjinster company in the
Eighth Worcester Regiment) in 1776 and 1777.
Ebenezer Colburn bought out his brother John'?
rights to the farm of forty-five acres thirty rods on
the road leading from the house of John Kendall to
that of John Colburn.

He married (first) Prudence Carter, of Leo-



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