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land, whose son John founded Christ Church at
Southark and to whom was given a coat of arms
which his descendants bear. John Marshall, of Bos-
ton, was a husbandman. He married, 1645, Sarah
, who died September 28, 1689, aged sixty-
six years. John and William Marshall, owned
shares in Plum Island. John Marshall died at Bos-
ton, March 10, 1715. Children: Joseph, baptized
August 12, 1655, with four other children of the
same parents; Samuel, baptized August 12, 1655;
Sarah, baptized August 12, 1655 ; Hannah, baptized
August 12, 1655 ; John, born December 10, 1645,
baptized August 12, 1655 ; Thomas, baptized May
11, 1656, settled in Ipswich; Christopher, baptized
August 21, 1659; Benjamin, born February 15, 1660-
61, married Prudence Woodward, of Ipswich;
Christopher, born August 18, 1664; Peter, settled
at Ipswich.

(II) Joseph Marshall, son of John Marshall d),
was born in Boston, Massachusetts, about 1640, and
was baptized August 12, 1655. He resided in Ips-
wich, Massachusetts. He served in King Philip's
war under Captain Prentice in the Mount Hope
campaign. His name is on the tax list of Ipswich,
1678. His children, born at Ipswich, were : Joseph,
born May 18, 1690, settled at Marblehead ; his son
Benjamin settled in Holliston, Massachusetts;
Thomas, born March 28, 1692, see forward ; Abiezar
(Ebenezer?), born September 28, 1695. (Ebenezer,
of Holliston, married, January 15, 1730, Elizabeth
Jones).

(III) Thomas Marshall, son of Joseph Marshall
(2), was born at Ipswich, Massachusetts, March 28,
1692, died at Holliston, Massachusetts, April 3, 1766,
aged seventy-five years. He was a blacksmith by
trade. He settled first in Newton, Massachusetts,
where he bought a shop and six acres of land ad-
joining John Park's place. After a few years he
removed to Holliston, where he was deacon of the
church for a period of thirty-eight years, and was
on the board of selectmen ten years. He married,
November 2, 1715, Esther Leonard, of Watertown.
She died December 10, 1761, aged seventy-one years.
He married (second) Abigail Cutler, widow, in
1762. Their gravestones are in the Holliston bury-
ing ground. Children of Thomas and Esther Mar-
shall were : Joseph, born January 4, 1717, married,
1737. Mary Leland ; settled in Milford, Massachu-
setts; Thomas, born October 8, 1719, at Newton,
see forward ; Ebenezer, born September 18, 1721,
millwright, settled in Framingham, Massachusetts.
The foregoing were born at Newton, the following
in Holliston: John, born 1723, married Mary Farns-
•worth ; Dinah, born 1725, died 1729; Ezra, born
1729, died 1732; Nahum. born 1732, (Harvard Col-
lege, 1755) married Martha Lord; James, born
1734, married Lydia Harrington, of Framington.



(IV) Thomas Marshall, son of Deacon Thomas
Marshall (3), was born at Newton, Massachusetts,
October 8, 1719, died at Temple, New Hampshire.
He lived at Holliston, Massachusetts, during his
active years. He and his brother John removed
with their families to Temple, New Hampshire, and
Thomas was a constable there in 1769. Thomas
married, April 19, 1744, Beriah Grant; (second),
September 12, 1754, Abigail Cobb; (third) Mary

, at Holliston. The children of Thomas and

Beriah Marshall, born at Holliston, were : Keziah,
born March 2, 1744-45 .' Thomas, born January 24,
1746, was lieutenant in Temple company, in revolu-
tion; Aaron, born November 8, 1747, resided in
Temple ; David, born December 13, 1750, see for-
ward ; Jonathan, born October 26, 1752, resided in
Temple. Child of Thomas and Mary Marshall :
Jonathan, born January 24, 1757.

(V) David Marshall, son of Thomas Marshall
(4), was born at Holliston, Massachusetts, De-
cember 13, 1750, and removed with his parents to
Temple, New Hampshire. He resided in Dublin,
New Hampshire, where several of the family set-
tled. He was a soldier in the revolution and fought
in the battle of Bunker Hill. He served in Captain
Ezra Towne's company, Colonel James Reed's regi-
ment, in 1775; in Captain Samuel McConnell's com-
pany, Colonel David Gilman's regiment, in 1776-77.
These were New Hampshire regiments. He removed
to Maine about 1777, during the revolution. He
settled first for a short time at Fryeburg, then at
Sudbury, Canada, now the town of Bethel, Maine,
and was the fifth settler in that town. He was
driven away by the Indians August 3, 1781, and his
home destroyed. His wife had been warned of the
approach of the Indians and he saw them coming,
gathered together what provisions he had (a piece
of meat and a little sugar), put them in a bag, took
his gun, and with his wife and two children, one
two years old, the other an infant, took to the
woods. They started for Jackson's Camp, now the
town of Paris, Maine. He did not dare to fire his
gun to kill game for fear of the Indians, but killed
some small game. They nearly starved before they
reached safety in the camp. His wife was the first
white woman to take lodgings in what is now Paris,
Maine. They went from Jackson's Camp to New
Gloucester by the aid of blazed trees, and stayed
until the danger from Indians was past. They
then settled in the town of Minot, Maine, where
their son Moses was born. Finding that the title
to his farm in Minot was not clear, he moved into
the adjoining town of Hebron, formerly Sheperds-
field, cleared his farm, built a saw mill and a grist
mill and spent the remainder of his days there. He
died at Hebron, November 20, 1828. He married
(first), September 15, 1772. He married (second)
Lucy Mason, daughter of Moses Mason, who died in
Hebron, August 25, 1824. The only child of the
first marriage was : Thomas, born May 12, 1773,
at Temple, New Hampshire. The children of David
and Lucy Marshall : David, Jr., born at Bethel, Feb-
ruary 1, 1779, married Sarah Goss ; Asahel, born
March 9, 1781 : Lucy, born at Hebron, May 8, 1783,
died unmarried ; Walter, born at Hebron, August
T 7> !78s, was a minister, married Thirza Gurney;
John, born at Hebron, November 15, 1787, married
Sally Gurney; Moses, born July 25, 1789, see for-
ward : Aaron, born January 19, 1792, married Elipha
Dunham; (second) Bethia Bumpus ; Nathan, born
January 16, 1795 ; Miriam, born April, 1798, married
Joseph Irish.

(VI) Moses Marshall, son of David Marshall
(5), was born at Minot, Maine, July 25. 1789. He
succeeded to his father's farm and mills and added



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to these a shingle mill and a carding mill. He
trained with the militia in his youth and was called
out during the war of 1812 to serve in the defense
of Portland, in 1814. He was a member of the
Hebron Baptist church. He died in Hebron. He
married Ruth W'hittemore, who was born and died
in Hebron. She was also a member of,the Baptist
church there. Their children: Isaac Whittemore.
born January, 1816, died November 21, 1903; Mi-
randa, born January 18, 1818; Deborah; Moses Ma-
son, born December 15, 1822; Thomas; Joseph
Irish, born March 26, 1826; Elizabeth, who died in
infancy; Elizabeth; Albert Quincy; Frank Adelbert.

(VII) Joseph Irish Marshall, son of Moses Mar-
shall (6), was born in Hebron, Maine, March 26,
1826. He had a common school education. He fol-
lowed farming for an occupation. In politics he
was a Republican and was highly esteemed by his
townsmen. He removed to Southborough, Massa-
chusetts, April 1, 1868, died there January 26, 1902.
He married. March 8, 1851, Vilona Jones, daughter
of Tilden and Abigail Jones, of Turner, Maine. She
was born in Turner, October 19, 1832. She was
the granddaughter of Benjamin and Tabitha (Leav-
itt) Jones, of Taunton, Massachusetts, early settlers
at Turner. Children of Joseph Irish and Vilona
Marshall were : Alba Jones, see forward ; Fred
Alton, born August 5, 1858, died December 7, 1858;
Nellie Gertrude, born October 27, 1861, died April
30, 1862.

(VIII) Alba Jones Marshall, son of Joseph
Irish Marshall (7), was born in Hebron, Maine,
December 12,' 1852. He was educated in the public
schools of Hebron, Maine, and of Southborough,
Massachusetts, and at Hebron Academy. He came •
to Southborough with his father in 1868 and worked
with him on the farm, gradually assuming the care
and responsibility, and at his father's death became
the owner of the farm. He is a successful farmer.
In politics he is a Republican. Mr. Marshall has
the family characteristic qualities of integrity, thrift
and industry.

He married in Southborough, Massachusetts, De-
cember 17, 1889, Sarah Ann Williams, who was edu-
cated in the public schools of Southborough and
Framingham Normal school, daughter of Caleb
Strong and Sarah Foster (Walkup) Williams. Her
father -was a miller and farmer by occupation, held
several town offices and was charter member of St.
Bernard Lodge of Free Masons, of which he was
treasurer several years. Mrs. Marshall's great-
grandfather, James Williams, was a soldier in the
revolution, a descendant of the first Robert Will-
iams, who settled in Roxbury, Massachusetts, 1637.

SAMUEL MAWHINNEY. Among the pro-
gressive citizens of Worcester whose sphere of use-
fulness has been wide and varied may be mentioned
the name- of Samuel Mawhinney, a retired last
manufacturer of Worcester. He was born in Dum-
bartinshire, Scotland. January 2.1, 1829, the son of
Samuel and Ann (Cooper) Mawhinney, natives of
north of Ireland.

Samuel Mawhinney accompanied his father to
Fall River, Massachusetts, 1845, and for a number
of months was employed in the mills of that city.
In 1848 they took up their residence in the city of
Boston, and in 1856, eight years later, located in
Worcester and engaged in the manufacture of shoe
lasts in the Merrifield building. This enterprise
was prosperous from the beginning, steadily in-
creased in volume and importance from year to year,
and twelve years after its establishment he erected
a factory on Church street, Worcester. The busi-
ness was conducted by Mr. Mawhinney under his



own name up to 1873, in which year he incorpor-
ated the same under the name of Samuel Mawhin-
ney & Company. In 1876 the business was moved
nearer the centre of the shoe trade, in Brockton,
Massachusetts, where a large factory was erected,
this being equipped with everything needful for the
successful conduct of their extensive business. In
1903 Mr. Mawhinney withdrew from the company,
of which he was the active head, but still retains
his financial interest in it. Mr. Mawhinney was a
member of the city council one term, in 18S0, and
rendered efficient and capable service therein. He
is a Republican in politics, and affiliates with the
Order of Free and Accepted Masons and the Royal
Arcanum.

Mr. Mawhinney married, October 22, 1854, in
East Boston, Massachusetts, Martha Duckworth, of
Fall River, Massachusetts, and their children were:
Edwin C, born January 17, 1856, graduated from
the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, class of 1875,
was engaged in the tannery business in Woburn,
Massachusetts, and died April 28, 1882. Anna G.,
born March 8, 1864, married Henry Broadhurst,
lived at Springfield, Massachusetts, and later in
Denver, Colorado, where her death occurred Sep-
tember 17, 1901 ; she left one son. Ralph Broad-
hurst, who is a student in the high school of Den-
ver, Colorado. Frank, born August 17, 1868, died
April 1, 1882. Mr. Mawhinney resides at 15 Ham-
mond street, Worcester.

BRIGHAM FAMILY. Thomas Brigham. the
immigrant ancestor of the Brigham family of West-
borough, Massachusetts, to which Miss Lucy Har-
rington Brigham belongs, was born in England in
1603. The name is derived from Brigg (bridge)
and Ham (house or home), and Morse is authority
for the statement that Thomas Brigham is a de-
scendant of the family that took its name from the
ancient Manor of Brigham in Cumberland county,
adjoining Scotland, the family to which the Lords
of Allerdale belong.

Thomas Brigham was the only early immigrant
of the family except perhaps Sebastian Brigham,
who was of Cambridge in 1638 and earlier and re-
moved to Rowley. The immigrant, Henry Bridg-
ham or Bridham, is of an entirely distinct family.
In fact all the American Brighams are descended
from Thomas Brigham, mentioned above.

Thomas Brigham sailed from London in the
ship "Susan and Ellen," Edward Payne, master,
April 18, 1635, landed at Boston, and settled direct-
ly afterward at Cambridge. In 1637 he was pro-
prietor of a fourteen acre lot which he bought of
John Doggett. bounded by land of Sir Richard Sal-
tonstall, the Charles river, land of Joseph Isaac and
Symon Crosby, and the highway to Windmill hill.
Morse thinks that he owned a windmill for grind-
ing corn located on this hill. The farm was two
thirds of a mile from Harvard square. A wharf
was built on his land for the use of the people of
Cambridge. He was admitted a freeman April 18,
1637, and was one of the board of townsmen that
year. He was townsman or selectman 1642 to 1647,
inclusive, also constable of Cambridge in 1639-42.
He was wealthy for his day and acquired large tracts
of land. He died at Cambridge, December 8. 1653.
His will was dated December 7, 1653-54, and was
proved October 3. 1654. The document was written
by his neighbor, Thomas Danforth, afterward depu-
ty governor.

He married, 1637, Mercy Hurd. born in Eng-
land. After his death she married (second), in
1655. Edmund Rice, of Sudbury and Marlborough,
and" she married (third), in 1664, William Hunt, of




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Marlborough, who died in 1667. She died Decem-
ber 23, 1693. Children of Thomas and Mercy Brig-
ham were: Mary, born in Watertown; Thomas,

born 1641, see forward; John, born March 9, 1645,
married three times; Hannah, born March 9, 1050,
married Samuel Wells, of Hassenburg, Connecti-
cut; Samuel, born January 12, 1652, married Eliza-
beth Howe.

(II) Thomas Brigham, son of Thomas Brigham
(1). was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Sep-
tember 19, 1646. He removed to Marlborough with
his mother, who married Edmund Rice, of Sud-
bury, when Thomas was a boy of eleven years. On
coming of age Thomas bought of his step-father
for thirty pounds a town right in Marlborough and
twenty-four acres of land with a frame house. He
had it paid for and received the deed August 28,
1665. His farm was in the southwest part of the
town ; part of his homestead is known as the War-
ren Brigham farm of Marlborough. It is on the
south road from Marlborough to Northborough.
He had many grants of land from time to time.
In 1686 he was one of a company to buy 6,000 acres
in Marlborough of the Indians. His sons also
drew land at what is now Westborough and South-
borough. Thomas had sixty-three acres at one
division, thirty-nine acres of which were on the side
of Crane hill on a path from his house to Crane
Ordinary. His house built shortly after the war
of 1676 is still standing, or was lately, and the chair
in which Thomas used to sit and in which he died
was owned lately by Mrs. Lewis Ames, a descen-
dant. His will was made April 17, 1716, and proved
January 2, 1717. He left his real estate on the west
side of the Sudbury branch of the Assabet river
to his sons David and Gershom ; to Nathan and
Jonathan he left the part of the Eaton farm on the
east side of the river. Elnathan had part of the
homestead and other lands.

Thomas Brigham married Mary Rice, who was
born September 19, 1646, daughter of Henry and
Elizabeth (Moore) Rice, and granddaughter of his
stepfather, Edmund Rice. He married (second),
July 30, 1696. Susanna (Shattuck) Morse, of Water-
town. He died November 25, 1717, aged seventy-
six years. Children of Thomas and Mary Brigham
were : Thomas, born February 24, 1666 ; Nathan,
born June, 1671 ; David, born August II, 1673, died
young: Jonathan, born February 22, 1674, married
Mary Fay; David, born April 12, 1678, see for-
ward ; Gershom, born February 2^, 1680, died Janu-
ary 3. 1749; Elnathan, born March 7, 1683. mar-
ried Bethia Ward and settled in Connecticut ; Mary,
born October 26, 1687, married Jonas Houghton,
of Lancaster.

(Ill) David Brigham. son of Thomas Brigham
(2), was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts, April
12. 1678. He was highway surveyor in the town of
Marlborough in 171 1, but on the division of the
town in 1717 was thrown into the new town of West-
borough. He held various offices in Westborough,
sealer of leather seven years and selectman for six
years. He was one of the leading men of the town
and was one of the few allowed to build their own
pews in the meeting house. He settled a wild tract
of six hundred acres in Westborough. a tract that
includes the present state farm and several adjacent
farms in Westborough and Northborough. He built
his house about sixty rods east of the Reform
School. This house was burned when he was an
old man and the family lost much of the furniture
and contents also. His will dated June 14. 1748,
ratified deeds of farms he had given to his children :
John, Silas, Levi, Jonas, Asa and Deborah. Jonas
had a fourteen acre town right, a part of that pur-



chased of Edmund Rice by his father. Jonas was

the executor. The receipts on file show that he iel

1 ed with the other heirs three days alter their

father's death, although the will was not proved

nil August 22. 1748.

He married (first) Deborah , who

October 11, 1708, and (second) Mary Newton, < )c
tober 21. 1709. She died December I, 1741. His
third wife survived him. Children of David and
Deborah Brigham were: John, born April 22, 1704,
died at Shrewsbury, 1767; David, born September
30, 1708, died November 29, 1741. Children of Da\id
and Mary were: Silas, born August 9, 1710, died
March 11, 1791 ; Jemima, born August 24, 1712,
married Edward Newton ; Deborah, born September
27, 1714, married. November 14. 1752, Francis Har-
rington ; Colonel Levi, born August 21, 1716, mar-
ried Susannah Grout ; Jonas, born February 25,
1718. see forward; Asa, born December 2, 1721,
married Mary Newton.

(IV) Captain Jonas Brigham, son of David
Brigham (3), was born in Westborough, formerly
Marlborough, Massachusetts, February 25, 1718. He
settled on land about sixty rods from the present
location of the State Reform School to the east-
ward. He became one of the most distinguished
citizens of his day. No man stood higher in the
public confidence and esteem. He was a member
of the Westborough school committee, highway sur-
vevor and constable, and between 1769 and 1777
was selectman seven years. He was frequently
elected moderator, an honor that went usually to
the first citizen of the early Massachusetts towns.
He served on the vigilance committee and delegate
to the county congress before the revolution, and
in every way proved himself an efficient citizen and
enlightened patriot. He was captain in the militia
and served in command of his company seven
months at Dorchester and three months at New
York early in the revolutionary war, and on the
alarm list later. He died September 25, 17S9, at
Westborough. He married- Persis Baker, born in
Westborough, November 8. 1726, daughter of Ed-
ward Baker. (See sketch of Baker family of West-
borough.)

Children of Captain Jonas and Persis Brig-
ham were : Martha, born at Westborough, Novem-
ber 1, 1746; Jonas, born October 29, 1748. died 1826:
married Ann Draper: Antipas, born July 23, 1750,
died November 12, 1756; Eli, born March 17, 1752,
college graduate, drowned, unmarried : Edward,
born May 21, 1754: Barnabas, born March 29, 1756;
Antipas. born March 15. 1758, married Hepsibah
Brigham ; Daniel, born June 12, 1760, died June I,
1837 ; married Anna Monroe ; David, born March
31, 1762, see forward: Persis, born April 23, 1764,
died February 3, 1775; Joseph, born April 20, 1766,
married Lucy Warren; William, born May 12, 1768,
died young.

( V ) David Brigham, son of Captain Jonas Brig-
ham (4), was born at Westborough, Massachusetts,
Much 31, 1762. He settled on a farm in West-
borough, part of the original homestead of his
grandfather David near the State Reform School.
On his farm the Brigham family reunions were
held on many occasions, and his farm was looked
upon as the oldest Brigham place still in the hands
of the family. He married, February 22, 1787, Lucy
Harrington, born at Westborough. September 17,
1765, daughter of Joseph and Ruth Jlarrington, and
granddaughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Harring-
ton (See sketch of Harrington Family of West-
borough). The Rev. Abner Morse extols the vir-
tues of Mrs. Brigham. declaring her a very superior
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were: Otis, born April 16. 1788, see forward;
Elmer, born February 25, 1790, died 1796; Ara-
thusa, born October 2, 1792. married Rev. John M.
Putnam ; David, born September 2, 1794. married
Elizabeth H. Dnrfee; Hannah Merriam, born Oc-
tober 2, 1796, married Silas Paine, of Randolph;
Elmer, born September 8, 1798 (Hon.), married
Betsey Parker, resided in Westborough ; Holloway
Fisk, born September 2, 1802 (captain), married
Frances Reed and lived in Northborough ; Lucy
Harrington, born February 17, 1805, married Dr.
Benjamin Pond and lived in Westborough; Martha,
born January 16, 1808, married Harrison O. Fay.

(VI) Otis Brigham, son of David Brigham (5),
was born at Westborough, April 16, 1788. He was
educated in the public schools and brought up a
farmer on the old homestead. Notwithstanding his
rather meagre schooling he was well-read and self-
educated. Rev. Abner Morse states that Otis felt
strongly a call to study for the ministry. "Engaged
already in the prosperous pursuit of agriculture he
judged it his duty therein to abide, thinking that
perhaps the words 'do good' had not always been
synonymous with 'preach the gospel' and that he
might do something to restore their former mean-
ing. * * * For to human appearance not
every able and devoted minister has in a long life
rendered Zion more service." In 1817 a Sunday
school was established in Westborough, and Otis
Brigham became superintendent and teacher and
continued as such forty years. No man in the
town had more influence for good than he. He was
constantly serving the town and church. He was
on the committee to select the site for the ceme-
tery, on the committee to locate and build the Or-
thodox church. Again we quote from Morse: ''In
the selection of candidates and the settlement of pas-
tors ; in the maintenance of the purity of the doc-
trine and the efficiency of its discipline ; in the
promotion of spirituality and revivals and in the
patronage of public Christian charities, he was uu-
formly conspicuous, prudent, prompt, faithful and
liberal. If he has been charged with radicalism, it
has been the radicalism necessary to progress and
consistent with the old land marks. His example
in this respect is his highest and most enduring
praise. In his view the old paths in which walked
Thomas Brigham have been trod safely too long
by the saints to be left for new divergent ways be-
cause smoother and less repugnant to carnal affec-
tions." He was a member of the Orthodox (Con-
gregational) church. He gathered the genealogy
of the family, but, owing to lask of support when
he attempted to publish it. gave away the manu-
script in widely scattered families and kept only a
chart, which, however, was of material value to
Rev. Mr. Morse when he went over the same
ground later. He used to entertain the family re-
union at the old place annually. He was as dis-
tinguished in civil affairs as in religious work. He
was selectman for fourteen years and overseer of
the poor for the same period. He was representa-
tive to the general court in 1839-40. He was for
a period of twenty years moderator of the annual
town meeting, good evidence that in the minds of
his townsmen he was the foremost citizen of the
town. After the formation of the Republican party
he voted with it. He died April, 1872.

Otis Brigham married (first) Abigail Bates,
born January 22, 1702, died May 2. 183 1. He mar-
ried (second) her sister, Adeline Bates, born May
10. iSor, died October 2, 1866. His wives were
natives of Cohasset, daughters of Zealous and Abi-
gail (Nichols) Bates, and lineal descendants of
Clement Bates (I), who came from England in



1635 and settled at Hingham, Massachusetts. From
Clement the line of descent is through Joseph (II),
Joshua (III), Joshua (IV), Joshua (V), to Zeal-
ous (VI). (The first three generations will be
found in full elsewhere in this work).

Joshua Bates (IV) was born in Hingham, June
15. 1698, died there March 16, 1766. He married,
December 28, 1721, Abigail Joy, born in Hingham,



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