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ty. Massachusetts; officer of probate court; married
November 29. 1894. Addie M. Garfield, daughter of
Josiah A. and Lucy (Stone) Garfield. 5. Henry,
born February 12. 1875; was assistant editor of
1'lic Paragraph, Mamaroneck, New York; foreman
of the composing room of the Worcester Daily Spy:
linotype operator for the Boston Globe; married
September 5, 1894, Benita Adelaide Daymon, daugh-
ter of William and Ethelinda (Carpenter) Daymon
of Rye, New York. 6. Bessie May, born October
18. 1876; died September 23, 1882. 7. Nellie Ann,
born March 77, 1880: teacher of music in Pennsyl-
vania Training School, Elwyn, Pennsylvania. 8.
Julia Maria, born July 30, 1881 : law clerk in her
father's office ; clerk in Natick Five Cents Savings
Bank : special commissioner. 9 Matilda Ellen, born
January it. 1884. resides at home.

(VI) Charles Nutt, son of Colonel William Nutt
(5), was bnrn in Natick September 26, 1868. He
graduated in 1S86 from the Natick high school,
presidert and valedictorian of his class. At Harvard
University he took second year honors in physics
in 18S7. and was graduated in 1890 with the degree
ii — 10



•of A. B., magna cum laude, both for general rank
and for honors in physics. He did newspaper work
while in .school and college for the Natick Bulletin,
Natick Citizen and Boston Evening Record. In
1890 he became a reporter on the staff of the
Worcester Daily Spy. In 1891 he founded The
Paragraph, New Rochelle, New York; and later
became the owner of newspaper and printing plants
at New Rochelle and Mamaroneck. He was active
in politics ; was delegate to various Republican con-
ventions, including the state convention when Roose-
velt was nominated for governor of New York;
candidate of his party for the office of supervisor;
treasurer of the New Rochelle Republican Club ;
chairman of the Fourth Ward Republican Commit-
tee of New Rochelle. He was secretary of the asso-
ciation which built the soldiers' monument at New
Rochelle. He delivered the Memorial Day address
in Natick in 1897. He bought the Worcester Spy,
October I, 1899, and conducted it until June 1,
1904, when it passed out of his hands, and was sus-
pended. The plant was destroyed by fire May 21,
1902, and the loss was disastrous to the business.
During the presidential campaign of 1904 Mr. Nutt
was in charge of the Speakers' Bureau of the Mas-
sachusetts Republican State Committee. Since then
he has been engaged in genealogical research and
writing sketches for the Lewis Publishing Company
of New York. Most of the sketches in this work
were written by him. He sold the Nczv Rochelle
Paragraph November I, 1900, to Robert L. Forbes,
the present publisher, and the Mamaroneck Para-
graph to Charles F. Rice, the present publisher. He
is a member of the Massachusetts Sons of the Amer-
ican Revolution; the New England Historic-
Genealogical Society ; the Worcester Society of An-
tiquity; Huguenot Council, Royal Arcanum, of New
Rochelle; Huguenot Lodge, Free Masons, of New
Rochelle. In college he was a member of the
Pierian Sodality, in which he played the double
bass, and of various olher clubs. He and his fam-
ily attend the Church of the Unity. His home is
at 7 Monroe avenue, Worcester.

He married, August 26. 1891, Ada Sophia Robin-
son, who was born at Natick, March 5. 1871, the
daughter of Walter Billings and Ella Maria (Bul-
lard) Robinson. She is a member of the Colonel
Timothy Bigelow Chapter, D. A. R., of Worcester,
having thirteen direct ancestors who were in the
revolution. Their children: 1. Isabel Ella, born
at New Rochelle. June 27. 1892. 2. Harold, born
at New Rochelle, December 3, 1893. 3. Arthur, born
at New Rochelle. February 6, 1895. 4. Dorothy May,
born at New Rochelle, August 23, 1897. 5. Charles
Stanley, born November 10, 1899 at Worcester.

ISIDOR FISH was born in Brest Litov,
province of Grodno, in Western Russia, near Poland,
in January. 1868. His parents were Barnet and
Blemmie (Schwartsberg) Fish. Barnet. Fish was a
hotel-keeper in Russia. He came to America in
18S9 with his family, and settled in New York city,'
where he is now (1905) living in retirement with
his children. His wife died in Russia in 1893.
Their children were: An infant died in Russia;
an infant died in Russia ; Sarah, born at Grodno,
Russia, married Label Fish, of New York city, where
they reside, have four children: Joseph, was in the
i.in army, died young ; Isidor, born January,
1868; Lizzie; married Max Greenburg, a leading
ladies' tailor, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts; has six
children: Hyman : resides in New York city; Willie,
a cigar manufacturer of New York city.

The feelings of Mr. Fish and other Russians
in this country may be judged from the fact that



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most of the young men emigrate, if they can, to
escape military service. His father, Barnet Fish,
was one of nine brothers, six of whom were taken
by the government when little boys of from five
to ten years of age. These children, seized under
the cruel laws of Nicholas I, were educated for
their army life, and were never heard from again.
In many cases they probably never knew the names
of their parents. They were brought up in a dif-
ferent faith. If they lived they were kept in the
army for twenty-five years before they were set
adrift to shift for themselves. This system has been
modified, but the military system is still a crush-
ing weight on the industrial development of the
country, and the army is a monster from which the
ions of Russia try to escape. On his mother's
side two boys were sacrificed to the army when
mere children.

Isidor Fish had few opportunities for education
in school. At the age of eleven he was put to work
to learn the tailor's trade and became a skilful
maker of ladies' clothing. He worked at his trade
as ladies' tailor in Warsaw, Poland, and from there
he went to Hamburg, then to Berlin, Vienna, Lon-
don, Paris and Xew York. In all these cities he
followed his trade, working in the most fashionable
shops, and becoming a master of his trade. He
came to New York alone in.iSSS. In 1S90 he mar-
ried, in New York city, Lena Wolff, daughter of
Hirsch and Mary Wolff, who was born in Vilna,
Russia. He came to Worcester and started in busi-
ness for himself, opening a small shop on Green
street as a ladies' tailor. As his business grew
he found it necessary to get larger and better quar-
ters and moved to the Day building, 306 Main street
in August, 1895. When the Day building was
burned, two years later, he moved temporarily to
the Burnside building. He returned to the new
Day building in 1898, where he has occupied com-
modious quarters ever since. Mr. Fish has been
successful in business. He believes thoroughly in
the city of Worcester, having invested, as a proof
of his confidence in the value of real estate there,
in nver $40,000 worth. He resides at 58 Providence
street, in the vicinity of which his property is lo-
cated.

He is a member of the order of Sons of
Bi njamin. He belongs to the Synagogue of the
of Israel, in Worcester. In politics he is a
Republican. His children are: Sylvia, born in Wor-
cester, 1893 ; Blemmie Esther, born in Worcester,
May 19. 1895; Sadie Nettie, born in Worcester,
April 3. 181)7; Joseph, born in Worcester, March
it. iooo; Abraham, born in Worcester. September
15. 1902; Hilda, born in Worcester, April 8, 1904.

LEONARD E. THAYER. Thomas Thayer ft)
was the progenitor in this country of Leonard E.
Thayer, of Oxford. Massachusetts, and a very
numerous line of descent. It is not known that
he was a relative of Richard Thayer, ancestor also
.1 large number of families in this country. Both
settled al Braintree, however, at about the same
time. Thomas ami Margery Thayer brought with
them from England three sons. Thomas, Ferdinand
in! Shadrach. lie was a shoemaker by trade. He
was born in Thornbury. England, ami settled in
Braintree, Massachusetts, before [639 In that year
''i' received a .mam of land for nine persons in his
family and forty acre- extra, or seventy-six acres in
all. lie married at Thornbury, April 13. 1618. Mar-
gerie Wheeler.

He died June 2. 166;. Ill; will was dated June
21. 1664. and Droved Sentember 13. 1665. He be-
queathed to his wife I lis widow died



February 11, 1673. His children were: Thomas,
baptized at Thornbury, England, September 15, 1622;
Ferdinando, baptized at Thornbury, April 18, 1625 ;
Shadrach (Sydrick), baptized May 10, 1629; Sarah,
married Jonathan Hayward. Some of the original
grant of land at Braintree has passed through the
hands of descendants and is still owned by mem-
bers of the Thayer family.

(II) Ferdinando Thayer, son of Thomas Thayer
(1), was born at Thornbury, England, in 1625, bap-
tized April 18. He resided with his parents in
Braintree, Massachusetts, until after the death of
his father, when he and others removed to a new
plantation called Nipmug. afterwards named Men-
don, Worcester county, Massachusetts. He was one
of the largest proprietors of the new township. His
home lot and house were on the Providence road,
a little south of the present centre of the town.
He held many offices of trust and honor in the
town and state. He was a man of wealth in
his day and he provided each of his sons with a
farm. Several of the sons acquired much land and
dealt freely in real estate. Some of this property
has been held in the family to the present day.
This branch of the family, descendants of Ferdi-
nando, have settled chiefly in and near Mendon, ex-
cept in the past fifty years. Six of his twelve chil-
dren were born in Mendon. He was driven from
home during King Philip's war, 1675, and probably
returned to Mendon about 1680. His wife Huldah
died at Mendon, September 1, 1690; he died March
28, 1678. Their children were : Sarah, born May
12, 1654; Huldah, June 16, 1657; Jonathan, born in
Braintree, March 18, 1658: David, born at Braintree,
June 20. 1660, died August r. 1674; Naomi, born
at Braintree, January 28, 1662-3 : Thomas, born in
Mendon; Samuel, born in Mendon; Isaac, born in
Mendon : Josiah, born in Mendon ; Ebenezer, born
in Mendon; Benjamin, born in Mendon: David,
born in Mendon, baptized September 17, 1677, died
August 29, 1678.

(III) Captain Thomas Thayer, son of Ferdi-
nando Thayer (2). was born in Mendon about
1660. He married Mary Adams in 1688, and they
settled in Mendon. He was a captain in the militia
and an Indian fighter. He died May 1. 1738. Their
children, all born at Mendon, were: Mary, January
10, 1689; Thomas. January 14, 1694: Samuel, March
28, 1696: Temperance. July 7. 1698; David, Febru-
ary S, 1701 ; Elizabeth. March 2, 1703; John, Sep-
tember 17. 1706; William, January 22. 1708; Mar-
garet, December 12, 1710; Jemima, February 13,
1712.

1 I\ ) David Thayer, son of Thomas Thayer
(■»"), was born on the old homestead at Mendon,
Massachusetts, February 8. 1 701. He married Han-
nah Thayer, daughter of Samuel and Susannah
Thayer, in 1730. He was a farmer. They settled
in Mendon. Their children were: Rebecca, born
Anril 8, 17.U: Hannah. December 19, 1732: Diana,
October 20. 1733. died 1738: Mary, born June 26,
1735; Susannah. March 18, 1736; David, died Sep-
tember. 1738; David. May t, 1730: Diana. December
10. 1740: John. March i_\ 1742: Elijah, May 14,
1744: Elizabeth. December 6. 1749.

( Y ) John Thayer, son of David Thayer (4),
was born at Mendon, Massachusetts. March 12, 1742.
He married Betsey Weld. April 3, 1766. and set-
tled in Charlestown, Massachusetts. He was a
farmer. His children were: Elijah, born May 12,
1767: David, John. William, died October 10, 1828;
Nancv. Betsev.

(VI) Elijah Thayer, son of John Thayer (5),
was born May 12. 1767. at Charlestown, Massachu-
setts. He married Huldah Town, of Charlton, Mas-



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sachusetts, April 10, 1791, and settled in Leicester,
Massachusetts. He was a farmer. He died May
24, 1848. His wife Huldah, born April 21, 1773,
died February 8, 1827. Their children were : Arnold,
born April 19, 1792; Clarissa, born March 15, 1795,
■died very aged; Ebenezer, born June 4, 1797; Hiram,
born June 15, 1799, died upwards of eighty; Lucretia,
born August 7. [801 ; died upwards of seventy-five;
Harvey, born July 28, 1803 ; Almira, born May 27,
1805; Roxana. born May II, 1807, who married a
Whittemore, died aged ninety-three; Charlotte, born
July 27. 1811, died at ninety-two; Horace, born
October 1. 1813, died aged one year, three months.

(VII) Harvey Thayer, son of Elijah Thayer (6),
was born in Leicester, Massachusetts, July 28, 1803.
He died of consumption April 26, 1846. He was a
carpenter by trade, and settled in his native town.
He married, December 26, 1826, Sallie Everett,
■daughter of Peletiah Everett, of Westminster. (See
Everett sketch). Their children were: Augustus,
born September 4, 1827 ; Marcelia Fuller, November
28, 1830; Susan L., November 15, 1832; Abel Sylves-
ter, March 31, 1834; Charles E., January 1, 1836;
William E. (probably Hiram), November 14. 1837,
■died March 15, 1840; Nelson Allen, March 17, 1839;
Frances E., March 14, 1S40, died May 31, 1842;
Leonard E.. January 6, 1843.

(VIII) Leonard Everett Thayer, son of Harvey
Thayer (7), was born at Palmer, Massachusetts,
January 6. 1S43. The family moved to Oxford,
Massachusetts, when he was a young child. His
father died when he was little more than three years
old. He was educated in the Oxford schools. He
also took up the study of law under Nelson Barthol-
omew, who was subsequently an officer in the com-
pany of which Mr. Thayer was a member in the civil
war. At the age of eighteen he left the high school
to enlist in Company E, Fifteenth Massachusetts
Regiment, April 20. 1861. He was mustered into
the service July 12, 1861. He took part in the
Peninsular campaign, and was at the siege of York-
town and in the battle of Fair Oaks. He was hon-
orably discharged December 2, 1862, on account of
disability by reason of sickness. He was a trusted
member of his regiment and was often detailed
on hazardous duty. His company was the only
volunteer company leaving the state that was fully
armed and equipped. The company officers were
Captain Watson and Lieutenant Bartholomew.

After the war he became a shoe cutter. He left
the shoe business after some dozen years to open
a general store at Oxford. In 1882 he studied
law. for sixteen years, was a justice of the peace
and for some time a notary public. He is one of
the best known and most highly respected citizens
of the town in which he has spent most of his
years. In politics he was formerly a Democrat,
but is now a Republican. He is a member of the
Protestant Episcopal church. He married. Octo-
ber 4. 1S63, Susan Edna Mnffitt, daughter of Rufus
and Hannah (Wetherell) Mnffitt. of Oxford. She
was born October 3, 1S43. No children have been
born to them.

EVERETT FAMILY. Richard Everett (1) was
the emigrant ancestor of the mother of L. E. Thayer,
of Oxford. Massachusetts. He settled first at Cam-
bridge. He was a farrier by trade, was one of the
proprietors of Cambridge, was one of the pioneers
and first settlers of Dedham, Massachuset f s in
16^6. He held his property in Cambridge, and was
admitted a freeman in Dedham, May fi. 1616 Wis
wife Mary was admitted to the Dedham church
with him March 6. t6<6. He died July 3, 1*82.
His will was dated May 12, 1680, and proved July



25. 1682. It mentioned his wife, Mary; sons,
Jedediah. John and Samuel ; daughters Abigail
Puffer and Ruth ; also James, Daniel and Mary
Mackerwithy, children of daughter Mary, deceased,
and James Mackerwithy; granddaughter Sarah
Fisher.

The children of Richard and Mary Everett were :
John, born probably in Watertown (Cambridge),
Massachusetts. Mary, born September 28, 1638, at
Dedham, married, September, 1662, James Macker
(or Macheroy) ; Samuel, born at Dedham, Septem-
ber 30, 1639, married, October 28, 1669, Mary Pep-
per, died March 26, 1717-18; Sarah, born March 14,
1641, died April 21, 1643; James, born March 14,

1643. died April 21, 1643 ; Sarah, born June 12,

1644, married, July 24, 1665, Cornelius Fisher; Abi-
gail, born November 19, 1647, married, February
11, 1677, Matthias Puffer; Israel, born July 14, 1651,

married Abigail ; Ruth, born January 14, 1653;

Jedediah, born July II, 1656, married Rachel ,

died about 1698-9.

(II) Captain John Everett, son of Richard Ev-
verett (1), was born probably at Cambridge, Massa-
chusetts, about 1636; he died June 17, 1715. He was
a captain in the militia. He married Elizabeth
Pepper, daughter of Robert Pepper, of Roxbury,
May 13. 1662. Their children were : Elizabeth,
born November 6, 1665 ; Hannah, November 14,
1670; Bethiah, October 3, 1673; John, June 9, 1676,
married, January 3, 1700, Mercy Brown, died March
20 , 175 1 ; William, January 20, 1678, married, Feb-
ruary 24, 1703, Rachel Newcomb, died 1765; Israel,
April 8, 1681 ; Richard, October 24, 1683, married,
March 3, 1708-9, Mary Fuller, died 1746.

(III) Richard Everett, son of Captain John Ev-
erett (2), was born at Dedham, Massachusetts, Oc-
tober 24, 1683, died 1746. He married, March 3,
1708-9, Mary Fuller. His children were: Joshua,
born at Dedham, December 14, 1709, died August
31, 17S6; married (first) Margaret Avery, who died

March 3, 1755, married (second) Patience .

Mary, born December 17, 1711, married, February

3. 1737-8, Josiah Macky, of Attleborough. Massa-
chusetts. Jeremiah, born November 12, 1713, mar-
ried Rebecca . Timothy, born October 14,

1 715. Jonathan, born August 3, 171 7, married, Sep-
tember 5, 1744, Jemima Mann. Israel, born Decem-
ber 3, 1719, married, October 13, 1743, Sarah Met-
calf. Bethiah, born November 18, 1721, died No-
vember 22. 1722. Bethiah, born 1722. married. April
8, 1743. Jonathan Day. Hannah, born December

4, 1725. Abigail, born December 3, 1727.

(IV) Joshua Everett, son of Richard Everett
(3), was born at Dedham, Massachusetts, December
14, 1709, died August 31, 1786. He married (first)
Margaret Avery, who died March 3. 1755. He mar-
ried (second) Patience . He and others of

the family removed to Attleboro, Massachusetts.
Some of his children were : 1. Joshua, born in Attle-
boro, September 21, 1741, died February 4, 1823.
Removed to Westminster, Massachusetts, about 1762 ;
married Molly Titus, of Attleboro. He sold his
farm in the centre to buy the confiscated estate of
John '-vwen. i loyalist "absentee" of the neighbor-
ing town of Princetown in 1781, and soon afterward
moved to his new farm, the vicinity of which be-
came known as Everettville in later years. He
owned a tannery there. His wife, Molly (Titus)
Everett, died June 5, 1823. They had three chil-
dren. William, born April 15, 1765, married Pamela
Howe and Widow Lucy Richardson, died December
7> 1857; Joshua, born February 4, 1767, married
Ruth Wood and Lucy Roper, died February 21,
1751 ; Rhoda T., born January 31, 1770, married



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Houghton Osgood, of Princeton, died May 7, 1853.
_'. David, died in Westminster, 1775, wife Susan
administered estate-.

(VI) Peletiah Everett, son of David (5) and
grandson of Joshua Everett (4), was born in Attle-
boro, probably about 1750. Dr. Jeremiah Everett,
his grandfather's brother, located in Westminster,
coming from Attleboro as early as 1763, and prac-
ticed here for twenty years. Other members of
the Everett family had located in Westminster when
Peletiah settled there as early as 1775. He enlisted
at the outbreak of the revolution for eight months
service in Captain Edmund Bemis' company, en-
gaged in the siege of Boston. He was long con-
nected with the army during the struggle lor in-
dependence, and attained the rank of lieutenant in
the service. First he was ensign in the Fifth Massa-
chusetts Regiment, Colonel Rufus Putnam, from
1777 to 1781. He was lieutenant in the First Regi-
ment in 1783. and he bore this title ever after. He
was a charter member of the Society of the Cin-
cinnati, established by the commissioned officers of
the revolutionary army at the close of the war.
Washington himself was the president general in
1787 and served until his death in 1799. Everett was
present at the headquarters of General Steuben when
the first meeting was held to organize, June 9, 1783.
Mr. Thayer has in his possession an interesting
relic of the revolution in an invitation from Wash-
ington to Lieutenant Everett to dine with him. The
history of Westminster records that all of the. land
comprising the present site of that town was
granted to the Everetts (Peletiah and brother) for
what was classed in the Act "meritorious services
during the Revolutionary War."

Lieutenant Everett was a saddler and harness
maker by trade, but he was engaged in various other
pursuits. He bought the Pond House near Hobart
Raymond's in 1784, when he returned from the war,
and opened a general store. He opened a tavern the
next year and conducted it until 1796. In 1805 he
sold his place and located on the borders of Tophet
swamp, at the extreme westerly end of the village.

He married (first), January, 1785, Mary Cutting,
daughter of Josiah and Lydia ( Merriam) Cutting,
and had seven children. She died April 28, 1800,
and he married (.second), April 25, 1802, Dorcas
Fessenden, daughter of Samuel and Sally (Pierce)
Fessenden. He died October 19, 1821. intestate, and
the widow Dorcas administered the estate. He was
"aged 70." Dorcas died January % 1840, aged sixty
years. The children of Lieutenant Peletiah Everett
were: David M., born June 26, 1785. Peletiah M.,
born June 3, 1787, died May 12, 1850; married Abi-
gail Carter, had five children, resided at Fitzwilliam,
New Hampshire. Polly, born May 28, 1789. Joel,
born 1791. died at Ashby, Massachusetts; married
twice, resided at Wrentham, Massachusetts, had
six children. Milly E., born January 29, 1797. Asa
C, born March 28, 1800, married Rowena Spaulding,
re iled at Westminster and Ashby, had one child,
died July 22, 1874. Hiram, born June 26, 1802. died
May 31, 1803. Sally, (in later life known always as
Sarah) born June 23, 1804. Hiram, born October
7, 1806. Leonard I 1, burn June I, 1809, died

upwards of ninety-six. Tryphena, born June 30,
1811, married Ephraim Martin, died December 15,
1843. George Augu us and Susan Augusta (twins),
born September 27. [817.

(VII) Sally (or Sarah) Everett, daughter of
Lieutenant Peletiah Everett (6), was bom ;it West-
minster, June 23. 1804, married. December 26,
1826, Harvey Thayer. Mrs. Sarah (Everett)
Thayer, mother of the immediate subject of these
memoirs, Leonard E. Thayer, i> a d< scendant re-



moved from the immigrant ancestors in identically
the same number of generations as Charles Sumner,.
Edward Everett and Horace Mann; and Mr. Everett
E. Thayer is removed from the same ancestors in
the same degree as Edward Everett Hale, and Ed-
ward Everett Cross, the famous fighting colonel of
the Fifth New Hampshire.

DR. ORVILLE WILLIAMS JUDD. Thomas-
Judd, the immigrant ancestor of Dr. Orville Will-
iams Judd, of Westborough, Massachusetts, was
from England, coming in 1633 or 1634 and settling,
at Cambridge, Massachusetts. His home lot of four
acres was granted in August, 1634. It was in that
part of Cambridge called the- West End on the
northeast side of the highway to Watertown. He
built a house on this lot. His name is among those
who were to receive their proportion of meadow
ground, August 20, 1635, and also in the list of
those who had houses in Cambridge in February,
1636. He was admitted a freeman of the colony
May 25, 1636.

He removed to Hartford, Connecticut, in 1636,.
and it is not improbable that he was one of the com-
pany of about one hundred men, women and chil-
dren who departed from Cambridge, May 31. 1636,
and traveled through the wilderness to the Con-
necticut river. His neighbors at Hartford were
William Gibbens, James Cole, John Moody and
Mr. Willys. His house lot was on the south side
of the Willys home lot on which the charter oak
was located, and both lots extended to the highway
leading to Wethersfield. Thomas Judd was one of
the' first proprietors and settlers of Farmington,
Connecticut, about 1644. His home lot there was
the third from the north end of the main street, on
both sides of the street extending west to the
Farmington river. He was a substantial farmer and
an influential man. Framington first sent deputies to-
the general court in May, 1647, Thomas Judd and
Stephen Hart. Thomas judd, was also a deputy in
1648-49-50-51-57-58-59-61-62-63-66-68-70-77-78-79.

The wife of Thomas Judd died in Farmington



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