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mouth, bounded by lands of Richard Silvester, John
Upham, Mr. Gouer and west and north by the high-
way and the sea.

He married (first), in England, name of wife
unknown; (second) Dorothy Barker, widow, who
survived him and married (third) John King, of
Weymouth, in 1652. Children of Enoch Hunt were :
Ephraim, see forward; Peter, born about 1610, set-
tled at Rehoboth, died October, 1692; married Eliza-
beth Smith ; Sarah, born at Weymouth, July 4, 1640,
married Matthew Pratt, of Weymouth ; she was a
deaf mute and her husband was deaf; they had a
large family of children.

(II) Ephraim Hunt, son of Enoch Hunt (1),
was born in England about 1610, came to Rhode
Island and later to Weymouth with his father. He
also was a blacksmith. He gave a letter of attorney
December 5, 1646, for the collection of property in
Beaconsfield, Buckshire, England, formerly of John
Hunt, of Winchmore hill, in Agmondsham parish.
Perhaps this John Hunt was his grandfather. The
family in England is both ancient and numerous.
Ephraim settled at Weymouth. He married (first)
Anna Richards, daughter of Thomas and Welthea
Richards, of Ebbett Brinsmead, England. She was
sister of William Richards, of Weymouth. Her
will dated April 23, 1708, and proved September 9,
1712, mentioned her son William, of Martha's Vine-
yard ; son Joseph, with whom she lived many years,
and others. She died September 9, 1713. He died

February 22, 1686-87, aged seventy-seven years.
Children of Ephraim and Anna Hunt were : John,
born 1646, died March 18, 1724; Thomas, born 1648,
died February 11. 1721-22; Ephraim, born 1650, see
forward; William, born 1655; Enoch, born 1658,
died October 22, 1667; Joseph, born 1670, died Jan-
uary 18, 1717-1S.

(III) Ephraim Hunt, son of Ephraim Hunt (2),
was born at Weymouth, Massachusetts, 1650, and
died there 1713. He was a soldier in the luckless
expedition against Canada in 1690, captain of the
Weymouth company, and not till 1736 was the
land granted in payment of the services of these
soldiers. The ancestors of Jonathan Arthur Hunt
settled on some of this very land. It was laid out
at Huntstown, which was first settled in 1745, in-
corporated 1765, and now called Ashfield. He was
colonel of an expedition at Groton against the In-
dians in 1706 and 1707. He married Joanna Al-



cock, daughter of Dr. Alcock, and granddaughter
of Richard Palgrave, of Charlestown, Massachu-
setts. She died March 20, 1746, aged eighty-seven
years, and her grave at Acushnet is marked with a
stone. Colonel Hunt was a well-to-do planter. His
estate was inventoried at twenty-two hundred and
ninety-eight pounds. Children of Colonel and Joanna
Hunt were: John, born December II, 1678, died
young; Rev. Samuel, born February 8, 1681 ; Joanna,
born about 1084, died young; John, buried Septem-
ber 4, 1661; Peter, born March 8, 1690, died 1757;
William, born March 14, 1692, died April 19, 1706;
Ebenezer, born April 6, 1694; Thomas, born May 6,
1696; Elizabeth, born 1697 married Lemuel Pope,
of Dartmouth; Sarah, married, January 6, 1725-26,
Deacon John Holbrook; Mercy, born June 4, 1733,
married Rev. Richard Pierce; Ephraim, born De-
cember 12, 1707, see forward.

(1\~ ) Ephraim Hunt, son of Ephraim Hunt (3),
was born December 12, 1707, died February 29,
1786. He settled in the home of his fathers at
Weymouth. He married (first) Ruth Allen, daugh-
ter of Samuel and Abigail Allen, June 2, 1729; she
was born May 28, 1706. He married (second), July
19, 1744, Miriam Spear, and (third), April 21,
17O4, Alary Crane. Children of Ephraim and Ruth
Hunt were : Ephraim, born January 4, 1729-30;
Jacob, born August 6, 1732; Nathaniel, born March
2, 1733; Jonathan, born August, 1736 (twin) ; Ruth
(twin), born August, 1736; Mary, born 1739; Abi-
gail, born March 1, 1741. Children of Miriam :
Sarah, born 1750; Richard Pierce, born 1752.

(V) Jonathan Hunt, son of Ephraim Hunt (4),
was born at Weymouth, Massachusetts, August,
1736. He removed to Sherborn, Massachusetts, in
1764, with his wife and children Lois and Mary.
He resided on the north road to Holliston, east of
Brush hill, in a house built bv Deacon Bullen. He
was a soldier in the revolution, in the company of
Captain John Gleason, and regiment of Colonel •
Josiah Whitney, 1777. He married Sarah Vining
and their children were : Lois, born at Weymouth,
May 10, 1702; Mary, born November 21, 1763;
Sarah, born October 26, 1769, at Sherborn ; Nabby,
born at Sherborn, July 22, 1770; Miriam, born at
Sherborn, March 2, 1772; Jonathan, born June 26,
!774. John Vining, see forward.

(VI) John Vining Hunt, son of Jonathan Hunt
(5), was born at Sherborn. Massachusetts, March
2 5> I776. He settled at Goshen, Massachusetts. He
was a cordwainer or shoemaker by trade. He died
in 1S54 and the inventory of his estate was filed
May 2, of that year. He married Lydia Gloyd,
daughter of Jacob and Rachel Gloyd, of Plainheld.
She died May, 1840, aged sixty-five years. Their
children were: Jonathan, see forward; Lowell, and
others probably.

(VII) Jonathan Hunt, son of John Vining Hunt
(6), was born in Goshen, Massachusetts, and set-
tled in that town. In early life he was engaged in
farming, later he became a manufacturer of tin-
ware, spectacle cases and specialties of various
kinds. He married Lilian Putney and : their children,
all born at Goshen, were: Frederick P., Arthur
Putney, see forward ; Susan E.

(VIII) Arthur Putney Hunt, son of Jonathan
Hunt (7), was born in Ashfield, Massachusetts.
Ashfield was granted, as stated above, to a company
or the heirs of a company, commanded by Captain
Ephraim Hunt (3), of Weymouth for services in
the expedition to Canada in 1690 and to honor him
was called Huntstown. The first settler was an
Irishman named Richard Ellis (see sketch of Ellis
family), who came there about 1745. The town was
incorporated as Ashfield in 1765, probably for Lord



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Thurlaw, of Ashfield, England, then of the King's
council. Goshen is the next town eastward, incor-
porated May 14, 1781. Plainfield lies west of Ash-
field. Arthur Putney Hunt was brought up on his
father's farm in Goshen, assisting his father in
farming and later in manufacturing tinware and
specialties made of tin, etc. He showed considerable
business enterprise and ability but his career was
brief. He died October 14, i860, at the age of
twenty-five years.

He married Hannah J. Plympton, born in
Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, January 9, 1836, daugh-
ter of Alexander H. and Harriet (Foote) Plymp-
ton, of a well-known family. (.See sketch of Noah A.
Plympton J. After the death of Mr. Hunt his
widow married (.second) Isaac Flagg. Children of
George P. and Hannah J. Sutherland were : Leslie
Hunt; Ralph, teller of the Natick Five Cents Sav-
ings Bank; Eugene; Edith Josephine Sutherland.
Children of Arthur P. and Hannah J. Hunt, born at
Goshen, were : Jonathan A., see forward ; Elizabeth
Maria, born July 2, i860.

(IX) Jonathan Arthur Hunt, son of Arthur Put-
ney Hunt (8), was born in Goshen, Massachusetts,
June 14, 1858. At the age of two years he was left
fatherless, and from the age of five to eighteen
years resided with his mother and step-father 111
Natick, Massachusetts, where he was educated 111
the public and high schools. He then went into
the wire works of Washburn & Moen at Worcester
and learned the trade of machinist. He worked in
the wire mill for four years and subsequently as
machinist and tool-maker for other Worcester man-
ufacturers. His health proved unequal to the
physical demands of his trade, and he went into
business with his wife, opening a millinery store
at Westborough. In 1892 he engaged in the manu-
facture of bicycle saddlery, which he continued
successfully for seven years, when he sold out to
the syndicate controlling the production and sale
of bicycles and bicycle goods, commonly known as
the trust, the American Bicycle Company. He con-
tinued as manager of the business for three years,
when he began in business for himself again in the
manufacture of bags and suit cases under the name
of the Hunt Leather Goods Company. This business
has been very profitable and has increased constantly.
Mr. Hunt also manufactures a patent corner
bureau.

Mr. Hunt has been active in public affair, in
Westborough. He is a Republican in politics. For
some years he has been a sewer commissioner and
a water commissioner of the town. He is also a
trustee of the Hutchinson Fund of the town of
Westborough. He is a member of the- Westborough
Methodist Episcopal church. The only fraternal
or secret society to which he belongs is the Order
of the Golden Cross.

He married Alice Sophie Donovan, born Sep-
tember 9, 1858, daughter of Albert and Eliza (Rich-
ardson) Donovan, of Millbury, Massachusetts. His
wife- died June 23, 1904. Children of Jonathan A.
and Alice S. Hunt are: Marion Alice, born May
9, 1887; Irving Arthur, born September 2, 1891.

BOVDEN FAMILY. Thomas Boyden (1), the

immigrant ancestor of Mrs. Frances M. Howe and

the Boyden family of Xorthborough, Massachusetts,

the progenitor of all the old Xew England fam-

ilii .if this surname, lie sailed 111 the ship "Fran-

from Ipswich, Suffolk county, England, April,

1, alter taking the required oath of allegiance

and supremacy. His age as given on the list of

passengers was twenty-one years. He was, there-

. born in 1613. His English ancestry has not



been traced. The family is ancient. William Boy-
den was the architect of St. Alban's Abbey in the
thirteenth century. There is a village of Boyden in
Suffolk, England.

Thomas Boyden worked at first for William
Gilson, of Scituate, Massachusetts, and he was ad-
mitted to the church there May 17, 1635. He was
admitted freeman May 23, 1647. He removed to
Boston in 1650 and lived there several years. He
was highway surveyor there 1659-60. His next move
was to Medfield, and he sold his land at Muddy
River (Brookline) in Boston, February 14, 1659,
to Joshua Scottow. He sold land on Sudbury lane,
Boston, September 12, 1662, to Simon Lynde. He
left Medfield for Groton and later went to Water-
town, where he became a proprietor September 21,
1666, buying Benjamin Cooper's house and lands
in Watertown, amounting to ninety-two acres. He
sold this property to Martin Townsend, July 25,
1670. He subscribed a bushel of wheat to the build-
ing of Harvard College in 1678. He was tithing-
man 111 Medfield in 1682. He married (first) Fran-
ces , who died in Boston, March 17, 1658. He

married (second), November 3, 1658, Hannah
(Phillips) Morse, widow of Joseph Morse. She
died October 3, 1676. Children of Thomas and
Frances Boyden were : Thomas, see forward ; Mary,
born October 15, 1641 ; Rebecca, November I, 1643;
Nathaniel, 1651 ; Jonathan, February 20, 1652;
Sarah, October 12, 1654.

(II) Thomas Boyden, son of Thomas Boyden
(1), was born in Watertown, Massachusetts, Sep-
tember 26, 1639, died at Groton, November 15, 1719.
He married Martha Holden, eldest daughter eif
Richard and Martha Holden. She was born January

15, 1640, died March 18. 1687, in Charlestown. Her
father was a fellow-passenger with Thomas Boyden.
the immigrant, on the ship "Francis;" he died at
Groton, March 1, 1691, "aged, infirm and a widower."
The children are recorded at Woburn, although not
born there, at the mother's request "because in mov-
ing to and fro during the Indian wars some of
them have never been recorded anywhere else."
They were : Martha, born July 14, 1667, in Water-
town, married, December 27, 1687, Timothy Reed,.
of Woburn; Elizabeth, born May 24, 1670; John.
born December 6, 1672, in Groton ; Jonathan, born
September 27, 1675; Joseph, see forward; Benjamin,
born March 29, 1683, recorded at Charlestown.
probably died young.

(III) Joseph Boyden, fifth child of Thomas
Boyden (2), was born at Groton, Massachusetts,
April 24, 1678, died in Worcester, April 17. 1748.
He removed to Needham, formerly part of Dedham,
in 1721, and served on the school committee. He
removed to Sutton, where, August 12, 1735. he was
a tavern keeper. In 1736 he and his wife were
dismissed from the Needham church to the Sutton
church. In 1738 he bought a tract of land in the
southern part of Worcester at a place called
"Bogachoge." In 1740 this land, since known as

'the old Boyden place, he deeded to his sons, Daniel

and John Boyden. He married Rebecca ,

probably at Groton. Their children were : Joseph,
I »'in at Groton, October 6, 1705; Daniel, born at
Dedham, March 1, 1708; John, born August 16,
1710. at Needham; Nathaniel, born June 3, 1714, at
Needham; Rebecca, born March 6, 1716, at Need-
ham ; John, see forward.

(IV) Lieutenant John Boyden, youngest child of
Joseph Boyden (3), was born in Needham, Massa-
chusetts, August 7, 1719, died in Auburn about 1773.
He settled on the farm on Pakachoag hill, deeded
to him by his father in August, 1740, and lived
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town of Auburn. He was lieutenant of a company
in the French and Indian wars. He married Eliza-
beth Rice, daughter of Gershom Rice, Jr., of Wor-
cester. She died January 6, 1814, aged eighty-seven
years. Their children were : Peter, born July 28,
1/45; John, January 7, 1748; Elizabeth, July 30,
1750; married, February 23, 1769, Samuel Foster;
Hannah, born in Worcester, baptized May 13, I753>
died young; Hannah, baptized May 4, 1755, died
December 24, 1836; married Jonas Nichols, of Wor-
cester, December 13, 1770; Joseph, baptized Decem-
ber 11, 1757; Dorothy, baptized August 10, 1760,
died November 2, 1751; married Thomas Nichols,
resided at Barre, Vermont; Samuel, see forward;
Darius.

(V) Samuel Boyden, eighth child of Lieutenant
Boy den (4), was baptized at Worcester, March 20,
1763, died September 18, 1847, in Auburn. He was a
farmer in Auburn all his active life. He married,
December I, 1791, Sarah Curtis, daughter of Samuel
Curtis. She died November 28, 1845, aged eighty
years. Their children were : Samuel, born July
24, 1793; John, see forward; Jubal, June 20, 1797;
Peter, 1799; Joseph, September 27, 1801, died Jan-
uary 27, 1882, in Worcester ; he was a watchmaker
and jeweler; retired on account of blindness some
ten years before his death; Lewis, September 11,
1804; Elizabeth, September 16, 1805, died May 16,
1881, unmarried ; Sarah, October 15, 1806, died May
20, 18S9, unmarried.

(VI) John Boyden, second child of Samuel
Boyden (5), was born at Auburn, Massachusetts,
August 11, 1796, died at Northborough, July 25,
1KX4. He was a farmer and at his death left his
farm to Frances Maria Howe, his eldest daughter,
and John Dexter, his eldest son. He married, April
26, 1826, Sarah Wesson, born April 28, 1808, in
Grafton, died June 22, 1896, in Northboro. Their
children were : Frances Maria, see forward ; John
Dexter, born July 5, 1830, married, January, 1863,
Mary B. Pierce, who died the following year; he
was killed on the railroad, his horse, frightened by
thunder, running in front of a locomotive, August
10, 1900; Susan Curtis, born November 26, 1833,
died February 17, 1839; Joseph Henry, born April
3, 1836; Samuel Frederick, born August 9, 1839.

(VII) Frances Maria Boyden, daughter of John
Boyden (6), was born in Northboro, Massachu-
setts, July 6, 1827. She married, April 30, 1849,
Denny Howe, born in Marlborough, Massachusetts,
in 1S26, died in iSsT. Mr. Howe was brought up
and went to school in Marlboro and Northboro. He
was the son of Henry Howe, who removed from
Marlborough to Hopkinton. Children of Henry
Howe and his wife, Mary (Ward) Howe, were:
Henry, died in Westboro ; Martha, Denny, George.
Denny Howe was a butcher by trade and was in
the employ of a Mr. Caleb, of Northboro. For five
years or more he was engaged in transporting
freight of all kinds between Boston and Northboro.
Then he removed to San Francisco, California,
and for nearly five years was in the express busi-
ness on his own account. He decided to return
home and sailed on the ship "Central America."
When within five days sail of New York the ship
sprung a leak and foundered. About two-thirds of
the women and children were rescued, but most of
the men were drowned. Mr. Howe was one of the
victims of the disaster. Denny and Frances M.
(Boyden) Howe had no children. The widow has
lived with her brother on the old Boyden place in
Northboro and is still making her home there.

THOMAS KENNEY, of Worcester, was born
December 25, 1854, in Leitrim county, Ireland, third
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son of John and Alice (Hearne) Kenney, natives of
Ireland, whose family consisted of five children:
1. Frank A., a farmer in Barre, Massachusetts; he
married Bridget Healy; children: John J., Mary J.,
and Frank. 2. James H. a resident of Worcester;
married Eliza Meehan; four children: Theresa,
Mabel, Gretta, and James O. Thomas, see forward.
3. Patrick, an engineer, resides in Worcester; mar-
ried Mary Moran ; two children — Frederick and
John H. John, a resident of Worcester, married
Catherine Roddy ; seven children : Thomas, Alice,
Joseph, John, Irene, Lincoln and Frances. John
Kenney (^father) in his early days was a weaver,
but about 1846, after his marriage, having ac-
cumulated a small competence, he turned his at-
tention to farming, which occupation he followed for
the remainder of his lifetime. He died 1883, and his
wife passed away the same year.

Thomas Kenney was educated in the common
schools of his native land, and when seventeen
years of age came to America, landing in New York
city, having sailed from Ireland on May 9, 1871.
Having a brother living at Barre, Massachusetts, he
at once went to that place and secured a position as
stamper in a hat factory. He remained there five
years, and then returned to Ireland to visit his
family and view the scenes of his childhood days.
In 1876 he returned to the United States and se-
cured a position in Worcester, Massachusetts, in a
wire mill, receiving a compensation of one dollar
and thirty cents a day. He was a faithful and hard
worker and saved his earnings in a frugal manner
until 1878, when he embarked in the grocery trade
and met with unusual financial success for five years.
We next find him engaged in real estate and pur-
chasing of several tracts from the Wheeler estate,
all of which proved a good investment. He again
engaged in the family grocery trade, at No. 136
Exchange street, where he erected a building at a
cost of sixteen thousand dollars. Soon he invested
in more of the "Wheeler tract" of land and erected
a block at No. 140 Exchange street, at an expense
of twelve thousand dollars. In 1893 he erected a
building on Sumner street at a cost of fifty-three
thousand dollars, which contains fourteen flats with
store rooms in front.

With his coming prosperity Mr. Kenney has
taken a lively interest in the business affairs of the
city. He is an honored member of the order of
Elks, and was one of the real founders of the
Society of Ancient Order of Hibernians in Wor-
cester, and aided materially in the erection of the
fine hall they now enjoy. Among other societies
he is an honorary member of the Emmet Guards
and the Worcester City Guards, in which he has
served three years. He is looked upon as a gifted
financier, and was one of the organizers of the-
Bay State Bank, of which he was a director for
many years and is at present its capable auditor.
During the "coal famine" times a few years ago, he
established the co-operative coal yard, furnishing
employment to many a poor man in Worcester, be-
sides seeing to it that the poor people and un-
fortunate ones were provided with fuel. Politically
Mr. Kenney believes in the general principles of the
Democratic party and is identified therewith, and
while frequently tendered city offices he has always
declined, but is ever ready to do his part otherwise
to promote the welfare of his fellow citizens.

In October, 1879, Mr. Kenney was united in
marriage to Anastasia A. Quinn, daughter of Martin
Quinn, deceased, of the county Waterford, Ireland.
By this union the following children were born :
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and now attending the University of Vienna, a young
man of much ability; Mary; George, James, Emily,
and Anna, who died young.

In reviewing this industrious man's career one
is impressed with the fact that this, his adopted
country, is the only one on the globe where a
young lad of but seventeen summers could have
left his home beyond the seas and come among
strangers, totally unacquainted with our laws and
customs, and within a short period accumulate so
handsome a competency. The record he has made
is indeed an enviable one. He now possesses a
fine home, a well trained and educated family, a
good business prospect, and the esteem of all who
personally know him. All of this has come to him
in a third of a century by unceasing labor, good
management and the form of government under
which he lives.

BLAISDELL FAMILY. Ralph Blaisdell (i),
the immigrant ancestor of the late Parritt Blaisdell,
of Worcester, was born in England about 1600. He
came to New England soon after his marriage and
settled in Salisbury, Massachusetts. He was a tailor
by trade. He received grants of land in Salisbury
in 1640-41-44-45. He bought the rights of John
Harrison as proprietor in 1642-3. He was a tavern
keeper in 1645 and received a license to sell wine,
etc. He was at York, Maine, for a time between
1637 and 1640. In the early records the name is
often spelled Blasdale, Blesdale and Blasdel. He
died before 1650. He was living in 1648. His widow
died August, 1667, and administration on her estate
was granted to Joseph Stowers, October 8, 1667.
As late as 1698 Ebenezer Blaisdell, grandson of the
immigrant, was administrator of his estate. Blais-
dell was constable at one time. Children of Ralph
and Elizabeth Blaisdell were : Henry, born in Eng-
land about 1632, see forward ; Sarah, died January
17, 1046-47; Mary, born March 5, 1641-42, married
(first) Joseph Stowers, mentioned above, (second),
December 19, 1676, William Sterling; Ralph, Jr.,
born about 1642-43, died about 1667, probably with-
out issue.

(II) Henry Blaisdell, son of Ralph Blaisdell
(1), was born in England about 1632, and was
brought to this country by his parents when he was
an infant. He is the ancestor of all the descendants
of the name from Ralph Blaisdell, being the only
son having issue. He was one of the first settlers
at Amesbury, where he received various grants of
land. He was a tailor by trade. He took the oath
of fidelity December, 1677, and was admitted a free-
man in 1690. He married (first), about 1656, Mary
Haddon, daughter of Jarrett Haddon. She died
December 12, 1690-91. He married (second) Eliza-
beth . He died between 1702 and 1707. The

children of Henry and Mary Blaisdell were : Eben-
ezer, born October 17, 1657, married Sarah Colby;
Mary, born May 29, 1660, married Robert Rawlins;

Henry, born May 28, 1663, married Mary ;

(second) Mrs. Hannah (Powell) Colby; (third),
October 27, 1707, Dorothy Martin ; Elizabeth, born
about 1665, died young; Ralph, born about 1667,
died unmarried January II, 1691 ; John, born May
27, 1668, married, January 6, 1692-93, Elizabeth
(Challis) Hoyt; Sarah, born November 11, 1671,
married June 20, 1706, Stephen Flanders ; Jonathan,
born October 11, 1676, see forward; Samuel, "sixth
son" according to the record?, died October 3,

1683.

(III) Jonathan Blaisdell. son of Henry Blais-
dell (_• ). was born in Amesbury, Massachusetts,
October 11, 1676. He learned the blacksmith's trade
and followed that calling in addition to Ins fanning



He lived at Amesbury, Massachusetts. He died
1748. The administration on his estate was granted
November 28, 1748, and the estate was finally di-
vided in 1750. He married Hannah Jackson, daugh-
ter of John Jackson. Their children were : Mary,
born November 21, 1699, married Gideon Lowell ;
Daniel, born March 5, 1701-02, married Naomi Tis-
bury; Anne, born October 23, 1704, married Philip
Quimby; Elijah, born November 19, 1706, married
Mary lloimes; Jonathan, born August 15, 1709, mar-
ried Hannah Jones; David, born February 5, 1712,
married Abigail Colby; Enoch, born July 9, 1714,
see forward; Samuel, died 1750; Hannah, born
January 8, 1720, married Gideon Challis; Elizabeth,
married, March 23, 1741-42, Abraham Colby; Henry,
born April 12, 1726, died 1730.

(IV) Enoch Blaisdell, son of Jonathan Blais-
dell (3), was born in Amesbury, Massachusetts,



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