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was a farmer; she was housekeeper later for her
father. 4. Isaac Burr, born March 11, 1837, farmer
en the old Hartwell homestead, married, June I,
1859, Eveline E. Hull, of Burlington, Connecticut,
born July 30, 1840. 5. Charles Haven, born Decem-
ber 1. 1842.

(VIII) Isaac Purr Hartwell. son of George W.
Hartwell (7). was born at Northfield, Vermont,
while the family were living there, March 11, 1837.
His parents returned to Oxford, Massachusetts,
when he was four years old and he has lived since
then on the old Hartwell homestead in Rochdale
(Oxford, Massachusetts). He attended the Oxford
schools and settled on the farm which he inherited
from his father. He is a man of high standing in
the community in which he lives. In the eighties
he was for three years selectman of the town.

He married, June I, 1859, Eveline E. Hull, of
Burlington, Connecticut. She was the daughter of
Sylvanus and Eveline (Pond) Hull. She was born
July 30, 1840. Children of Isaac Burr and Eveline
E. Hartwell are: T. Samuel Elisha, born April
3, i860, married, October, 1884, Elizabeth Cayo, of
Montreal, Canada, and at Burlington, Vermont,
and they have two children; Fred Dewey, born
May 20, 1886; and May Josephine, born March 26,
1894. 2. Susan R., born January 30, 1863. 3.
Elizabeth, born November 15, 1866, died Novem-
ber, 1866. 4. Edward Everett, born June 28, 1870.

5. Grace Lucetta, born July 20, 1879.

SUMNER RICHARDSON JOSLIN. The
Joslin family is very old. Its history reaches back
even beyond the time of Emperor Charlemagne,
whose daughter married Count Jocelyne. One of
their descendants was Sir Gilbert Jocelyne. who
accompanied William. Duke of Normandy, in his
expedition for the conquest of England in 1066,
and became the founder of the Jnslin family in that
country. He received from William I extensive
territorial grants in the county of Lincoln, among



which were the Lordships of Sempringham and
Tyxington. His son Gilbert devoted himself to a
religious life and founded the order called Gil-
bertines, and was canonized a saint by Pope Inno-
cent III in 1202. The younger son, Thomas
Joselyne, married Maude, daughter of John Hyde,
of Hyde Hall, and his heiress. She was also the
granddaughter of Baron Sudeley. By this mar-
riage the estate, which has since remained in the
English Joslin family, came into their possession.
One of this stock married Anne, the heiress of the
Percys, and became Duke of Northumberland. An-
other was a signer of the Magna Charta. Another
is the present Earl of Roden. The family has had
many distinguished men both in England and
America.

(I) Israel Joslin was the emigrant ancestor of
Sumner Richardson Joslin, of Rochdale, Massachu-
setts. According to the journal left by his grand-
son, Joseph Joslin, Israel Joslin was born in Devon-
shire, England, date of birth unknown. After he
came of age he made several fishing voyages to
Newfoundland for about ten years. After settling
in Salem, Massachusetts, Israel Joslin, with his
wife's family (Bayleys), went to the eastward to
a place called Arundel, near Cape Porpoise, and
remained five years until the place was destroyed
by Indians, August, 1723. ' Then they came back
to Salem. He bought land in Killingly, Connecti-
cut, before Thompson parish was set off, between
1720 and 1728. In 1742 he bought of Peter Aspin-
wall a farm near the Rhode Island line, having
sold his first land purchase in the "little pond'' dis-
trict consisting of one hundred and four acres, to
his son, Israel, Jr., the place later occupied by
his son Joseph. In 1728, at the first reported town
meeting in Killingly, he was elected highway sur-
veyor. He was one of the twenty-eight charter
members of the Second church of Killingly, in the
parish of Thompson, his name being fifth on the
roll as signed to the covenant, indicating age and
standing. He evidently was a man of importance
in the town.

A family tradition says he was married (first)
in England and had one child there, named Israel
or Thomas. He married (second) Sarah Bayley,
in Salem, Massachusetts, Bay province, who was
born February 13. 1698, daughter of Joseph Bay-
ley, and great-granddaughter of John Bailey, who
came from Chippendale, England, about 1635, and
was shipwrecked at Pemaquid Bay, Maine, -ettled
first in Salisbury, then in Newbury, Massachusetts.
John Bailey's wife, Elizaheth, never came to Amer-
ica. Their son, John Bailey, Jr., came with his
father, married Elenor Emery, of Salisbury, and
had ten children, of whom Joseph Bailey, father
of Sarah, was one.

Israel Joslin died August. 1761. His wife died
April 0, T771. both at East Thompson, Connecticut.
Their children were: Israel, born September 30,
1719. married Mary Browne; Sarah, born February
8, 1722, at Killingly, married Joseph Munyan ;
Gideon, born March I, 1724, removed to Tyring-
ham, Massachusetts; Joseph, see forward; Benja-
min, born July 31, 1728, went to Tyringham with
Gideon; Hannah, born December 31, 1731, married
Obadiah Merrill ; Edward, born January 30, 1734,
died February 22, 1744; John, born May 6, 1736,
killed while on a scout near Lake George in the
French and Indian war, 1756.

(II) Joseph Joslin, fourth child of Israel and
Sarah Joslin (1), was born in Killingly, Connecti-
cut, May 14, 1726. He married, April 18, 1754. Mary
Adams. They settled in Thompson on the home-
stead. He was a farmer. He died at East Thomp-




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son, Connecticut, November 26, 1809. His wife
Mary died there May 22, 181 1. Children of Joseph
and Mary (Adams.) Joslin were: Jessie, born
March 22, 1755; John, February 9, 1757; Joseph, see
forward; Mary, June 5, 1761 ; Samuel, July 2, 1763;
Eunice, April 24, 1766; a son, born and died May

12, 1768; Amasa, May 31, 1769; Darius, July 29,
1771 ; a daughter, born and died March 24, 1775;
Abel, July 6, 1778.

(HI) Joseph Joslin, third child of Joseph Joslin
(2), was born in East Thompson, Connecticut,
April 9, 1759. He cared for his father in his old
age as his farmer had cared for his grandfather.
He inherited the homestead. He was a man of
marked ability, and it is due to the fact that he
kept a journal which has been preserved that much
family history is known. In August, 1777, when he
went to defend Newport with his company against
the British fleet, he began the diary which was kept
carefully up to the time of his death in August,
1843. He was active in politics, and in 1827 and
1828 represented his district in the general assem-
bly of Connecticut. He was a magistrate and set-
tled many estates. He was chairman of the school
committee, selectman and held various other posi-
tions of honor and trust. He left written records
of the Joslm, Adams and Bayley families and other
valuable historical matter. He married Lydia Buck-
lin, of Smithfield, Rhode Island, October 14, 1783.
He died August I, 1843; she died September, 1831.
Their children were: Junia, see forward; Amy,
born 1785, died 1801 ; Arthur F., born October 6,
1788, died 1843-

(IV) Junia Joslin, eldest son of Joseph Joslin
(3). was born in East Thompson, Connecticut, in
1784. He married, March 10, 1806, Martha Coats,
of East Thompson, Connecticut. They settled in
East Thompson where their chiLdren were born. He
died at East Thompson, February 22, 1857; she died
April I, 1871. Their children were: Edwin, born
March 10, 1807; Amy, March 16, 1809; Albro, May

13, 1810; Liffalla, January 1, 1812 ; Damon Andre,
October 3, 1814; George Davis, April 2, 1817; Lydia
Bucklin, December 9, 1818; Joseph N., see forward;
Junia S., November 27, 1823; Sylvanus B., January
23, 1825; Ansel S., January 21, 1827; Lucius M.,
April 16, 1828; Lyman M., January 10, 1830.

(V) Joseph Napoleon Joslin, eighth child of
Junia Joslin (4), was born in East Thompson, Con-
necticut, March 23, 1821. He was educated in the
district schools of Thompson. He was a shoemaker
by trade. In 1857 he left shoemaking and went into
the trucking business, which he carried on until
1895. He settled in Millbury, Massachusetts, in 1838,
and for many years was one of the prominent mem-
bers of the Baptist church there. He married, at
Millbury, Massachusetts, 1842, Margaret Baker
Pierce, daughter of William Pierce, a hatter by
trade, who died in Sterling, Massachusetts. Her
mother was Polly Gould Richardson, of Attleboro,
Massachusetts, a descendant of the Richardson fam-
ily of Woburn, (see Richardson family) and daugh-
ter of Royal and Comfort (Fuller) Richardson, of
Attleboro. She was born 1819 and died 1866. He
married (second) Abby Collier, of Maine, May 7,
1868, and had three children. Among the children
of Joseph N. and Margaret Baker (Pierce) Joslin
were: Sumner Richardson, see forward; Warren
Pierce, born January 16, 1848, died July 12, 1848;
Mary Jane, born June 3, 1850, died September 2,
1850.

(VI) Sumner Richardson Joslin, son of Joseph
Napoleon Joslin (5), was born in Millbury, Massa-
chusetts, November 25, 1846. He was educated in
the public schools of Millbury and Worcester. He

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was a market man and butcher until 1880. Then he
took a position in the wire mill of Washburn &.
Moen, Worcester, and was foreman in the Grove
street works until 1893. At that time he retired to
a farm which he purchased in Rochdale, near the line
between Oxford and Leicester, about a mile from
the Rochdale railroad station. He has always been
a Baptist in religion. He was one of the constitu-
ent members of the Adams Square Baptist Church
of Worcester, and was one of the first deacons.
He is at present a member of the North Oxford
Baptist church. He is a stanch Republican, but has
never cared for public office. He is a veteran of
the civil war. He enlisted, August 15, 1864, in the
First Battalion Heavy Artillery, Massachusetts Vol-
unteers. He was mustered out of service July 3,
1865. He enlisted in the Massachusetts Volunteer
Militia, Tenth Regiment Infantry, in 1873, and was
chosen corporal, sergeant and first lieutenant of
Company H, Sixth Infantry. He was discharged
from the last named company in 1881. He is a
Free Mason, not affiliated at present. He is a
Knight of the Golden Cross and of the Grand
Army. He was commander of Nathaniel Lyon Post,
No. 61, Grand Army of the Republic, m 1878 and
1879, and adjutant in 1880 and 1881.

He married, at Sutton, Massachusetts, December
22, 1868, Charlotte A. Perry, daughter of William
and Eunice Perry. Their children are: I. Carrie
Augusta, born in Millbury, Massachusetts, August
20, 1870, married H. Scott Stockwell, of Sutton,
April 26, 1906. 2. Emma Margaret, born in Mill-
bury, September 21, 1871, married, April 30, 1891,
R. E. Chapin, dealer in groceries and provisions,
formerly of Worcester, now of Springfield, Massa-
chusetts. Their children are : Pearl M. Chapin, born
in Worcester, May 20, 1893 ; Sumner R. Chapin, born
September 16, 1894, at Worcester; Charlotte M.
Chapin, born May 11, 1901, at Colorado Springs,
Colorado. 3. Harry Sumner, born in Webster,
April 14, 1876, educated in the public schools of
Worcester, railway postal clerk; married, June 24,
1903, Alberta White, of Glendale, Rhode Island, and
they have one child, Doris May Joslin, born May 12,
1905. 4. Arthur Bachelor, born in Worcester, Janu-
ary 30, 1878, educated in the public schools of Wor-
cester, clerk at the Worcester County Institution for
Savings, Foster street, Worcester; married, May 14,
1903, Katharine Royal, of South Paris, Maine, and
they have had children. Elizabeth Joslin, born Feb-
ruary 21, 1905, died next day; Dorothy Christine,
July 29, 1906. 5. Willie Perry, born in Webster,
July 9, 1880, died in Worcester, December 14, 1885.
6. Edmund Joseph, born in Worcester, April 4, 1883,
educated in the Worcester schools, now railway
postal clerk between Boston and Albany; married,
December 12, 1905, Mary E. Brown, of Leicester,
Massachusetts.

GEORGE H. CUTTING. Richard Cutting (i)
was the emigrant ancestor of George H. Cutting, of
Worcester, Massachusetts, and of all, it is believed,
of the families of that name in this country. John
Cutting and William Cutting, who were in the colo-
nies before 1640, seem to have left no male descend-
ants of the present day. They may have been relatives
of Richard Cutting. John was settled first at Water-
town before 1636. He resided at Newbury in 1638
and was a proprietor and town officer there. He
removed to Charlestown, where he bought a house
and land in 1648. He was master of the ship "Ad-
vent," which made many voyages to and from Eng-
land. He died at Newbury, November 20, 1659,
leaving daughters, Judith, Sarah and Mary, and no
sons. William Cutting came to Ipswich in the "Eliza-



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beth of Ipswich" on the same boat with Richard
April 30, 1634. He is supposed to have been an
elder brother of Richard Cutting, but little is known
about him.

Richard Cutting was born in England, 1623, and
came to America in the "Elizabeth of Ipswich,"
sailing April 30, 1634, when only eleven years old.
He was in charge of Henry Kimball, who came with
his family to Watertown, Massachusetts, and set-
tled. It does not appear what relation Cutting was
to the Kimball family, if any. Richard Cutting re-
mained at Watertown when he grew up. He bought
house and land there January 16, 1646-7. He mar-
ried Sarah . He died March 21, 1695-6. His

will mentions his sons Zechariah and James; daugh-
ters Susan Newcomb (Nucum) and Lydia Spring;
grandchildren John Cutting and Elizabeth Barnard.
His wife Sarah died November 4, 1685, aged sixty
years. Richard Cutting was a wheelwright by trade,
but doubtless was also a farmer. He was admitted
a freeman in Watertown, Massachusetts, April 18,
1690.

The children of Richard and Sarah Cutting
were : 1. James, born January 26, 1648. 2. John,
married, February 9, 1672, Susan Harrington, eldest
child of Robert Harrington. He died April 21,
1690. His widow married Eliezer Beers, who died
December 5, 1691, and she married (third), January
2, 1704-5, Peter Cloyes, of Framingham. The chil-
dren of John Cutting were : Susan, born June 4,
1673 ; Sarah, born 1675, married, February 22,
1703-04, John Whitney ; Mary, born November 29,
1677; Elizabeth, born 1678. married, August 15,
1701, Amos Waight, and had three children; John,
born March 10, 1679, died November 20, 1760;
Robert, born October 15, 1683; George, born April
26, 1686. 3. Susanna, married, June 2, 1672, Peter
Newcomb, of Braintree. 4. Sarah, born September
2, 1661, married, March 5 1683, John Barnard, Jr.,
died May 6, 1694. 5. Lydia, born September I, 1666,
married Henry Spring. 6. Zechariah, may have been
the eldest.

(II) James Cutting, son of Richard Cutting
(1), was born at Watertown, Massachusetts, Jan-
uary 26, 1657-8. He married, June 16, 1679, Hannah
Cutler (or Collier), perhaps daughter of James
Collar. He settled at Watertown. His children
were : 1. James, born March 20, 1679-80, had by wife
Dorothy a daughter Hannah, born March 21, 1704.
2. Richard, born December 10, 1683. 3. Thomas,
born November 10, 1685, settled at Sudbury; mar-
ried, December 10, 1706, Mary Nobles, and had:
.Mary, born July '18, 1707; Abigail, born September
1, 1709; Dinah, born at Sudbury, June 21, 1718, mar-
ried, October, 1740, William Briscoe. 4 and 5. Jon-
athan and David (twins), born January 12, 1687-8 —
Jonathan died May 29, 1754 — David married, October
13. 1 712, Elizabeth Wales. 6. Hezekiah.

(III) Hezekiah Cutting, son of James Cutting

I j 1. bom February 17, 10S8-9, married, March 24,
1713-14, Mary Hagar and had in Sudbury; Will-
iam, born March 14, 1713-14. died young; William,
born December 20. [715-16; Mary, born October
6, 1717. married Jonas Richardson; Isaac, baptized
at Waltham, May 3, 1730, aged a few days.

(IV) Isaac Cutting, son of Hezekiah Cutting
(3), was born probably in Sudbury, possibly in Con-

II cticut, but baptized in Waltham, Massachusetts,
when a few days old, May 3, 1730. Unless Heze-
kiah had more children after leaving Sudbury, he
was the youngest. David Cutting, brother of Heze-
kiah, and probably others of the family went to
Connecticut. David was in Killingly. The family
settled at Hebron, Connecticut, where Isaac Cut-
ting probabl) raised his family. The records of the



family while in Connecticut are scanty and vague
and almost all of the facts about Isaac Cutting
are from family records. He married Eleanor How-
ard, of Lynn, Massachusetts, January 21, 1754. Their
children were : Hezekiah, born June 7, 1755 ; Keziah,
born July 9, 1757; Zebedee, born October 18, 1759;
Susanna, born September 18, 1761, died 1792; Isaac,
born June 22, 1764, died February, 1815 ; Bela, born
February 4, 1766, died February, 1856; Eleanor,
born September, 1770; Polly, born November 16,
1772; Lucy, born May 30, 1775, died at age of
twenty-three.

(V) Bela Cutting, son of Isaac Cutting (4),
was born probably at Hebron, Connecticut, February
4, 1764. He died at Lyme, New Hampshire, Feb-
ruary, 1856. He married Lydia Beach Rood about
1790. She was born October 13, 1770, died Novem-
ber 17, 1843, at Lyme, New Hampshire. She was
the daughter of James Rood, who was born at
Hebron, Connecticut, May 10, 1730, died 181 1, and
Lydia Beach, who was born at New Haven, Con-
necticut, 1733, died 1797, married about 1764.

The children of James and Lydia (Beach) Rood
were Zechariah, born March 12, 1765, died 1851 ;
Azariah, born January 21, 1767; Lydia Beach, born
October 13, 1770, died 1848; Rachel, born April
22, 1772, died 1850. The history of Lyme, New
Hampshire, says : "When the Cutting families first
came to Lyme is uncertain. It is said that four
brothers, Colonel Zebedee, Bela (mis-spelled Billa),
Isaac and Lathrop (the fourth son's name was
Hezekiah) came about the same time. Zebedee's
name was on the list of fifty petitioners in Lyme
for a ferry. (It appears that the other sons were
under age but probably in Lyme with their par-
ents at the time). He settled east of the Post road
on the road running north and south about half
way up the hill. His three brothers settled near
him. They probably came from Hebron, Connecti-
cut. Colonel Zebedee Cutting was a noted horseman,
always owning a stable full of fine horses. He
married Phebe Strong and they reared a large
family. Dudley Cutting, son of Zebedee, was born
May 10, 1796, married Mary Bixby; Horace, son
of Zebedee, married Sophronia Dimick and reared
five sons and five daughters. The sons were
Adolphus D., Ezra F., Henry P., Alfred and Clark
T. Cutting. Ezra F., son of Horace, now Qwns
and occupies the farm bought by his father about
1840 on Road No. 17. He married Fannie P. Mead
and their children were: Henry P., Frank, Ada
M., Annie B., and Edd. M. Clark T. Cutting, son
of Horace, was for twenty-five years in the dry
goods business in Lowell, Massachusetts.

(V) Isaac Cutting, son of Isaac Cutting (4),
and brother of Zebedee and Bela (V), one of the
first named brothers, was twice married and reared
a large family. His son, Isaac, married Achsah
Allen. The oldest son of Isaac and Achsah, David,
was born in 1817. In 1818 they moved to Vermont
and later to Canada, where they brought up three
sons and two daughters. After the death of Isaac
his two sons, David and Hollis A., with their fam-
ilies, and sisters, Eliza Townsend and Rachel Dim-
ick. widows, returned later to Lyme.

(V) Bela Cutting settled in Lyme. New Hamp-
shire. The children of Bela and Lydia Beach Cut-
ting were: 1. Chester, born at Lyme, New Hamp-
shire, married Sarah Dodge. 2. Amos, married
Elizabeth Lothrop, of Boston. He was a stone
mason and worked on the light house at Cohasset
and on the bridge at White River, Vermont. He
was killed at the Winooski bridge, which fell during
construction in 1848. He had two children : Levi,
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married Mary , had one child, Hattie P., who

married Tucker, and lives at Thetford, Ver-
mont. 4. Lydia, married William Smith. 5. Susan,
•died in infancy. 6. Susan, married Wood-
ward. 7. William, the eldest son, it is said, mar-
ried Alvira . It is said that he was an ec-
centric man. He was a stone mason. He took
■charge of a farm for two old ladies and after they
■died his brothers built him a small house, where
he lived for the remainder of his life. 8. Hiram,
married Harriet N. Chapm. 9. James. 10. Mary.

(VI) Hiram Cutting, son of Bela Cutting (5),
was born at Lyme, New Hampshire, April 1, 1800.
He married Harriet Newell Chapin. She died in
Worcester, Massachusetts, February 17, 1890. He
settled in Lyme, where his eldest children were
born, later removing to Newport, Vermont, where
he died in 1873. The children of Hiram Cutting
were : I. George Hiram, born August 17, 1837, mar-
ried Vamelia Houston, daughter of James Houston,
.had one son, George Bradley. 2. Amos Porter,
born September 13, 1839. 3. James Rood, born
September 30, 1841, married Josephine Scott, of
.Newport, Vermont. 4. Charles Henry, born about
1843, died 1854. 5. Ella Jane, born December 23,
1854, married Herbert Russell Wheeler, in Worces-
ter, Massachusetts, May 6, 1886. They reside in
Worcester. They have no children.

(VII) George H. .Cutting, son of Hiram Cut-
ting (.6), was born August 17, 1837, at Lyme, New
Hampshire, on the old Cutting homestead on Cut-
ting Hill. When he was quite young his father
left the farm at Lyme and removed to a new loca-
tion at Newport, Vermont. Though never very
-successful in accumulating money Hiram Cutting

was an able mechanic, such as New England alone
could produce. He drove an eight-horse team be-
tween Quincy and Boston. He shod his own horses
-and ironed his own sleds. He began to farm after
he was married at thirty-five. He never confined
himself strictly to farming. He framed houses for
his neighbors and ironed their wagons and sleds.
His mechanical skill was called upon often by the
. pioneers in Vermont with whom he went to New-
port. Perhaps the art of doing things was inherited
by George Cutting from his father and other an-
cestors. He did not like farming. He did more
farming than schooling in his youth on the New-
port farm. The old district school offered few ad-
vantages. Here he learned to read and write and
"Cipher." That was about all, but he was a per-
sistent reader and early in youth formed a habit of
reading at every opportunity. There are few men
in his business with a better education along the
technical lines necessary for success in constructing
buildings.

But he did not. break loose from the farm at
once. He "worked out" a year at Coventry for
Loren Soper, whose farm was about two miles from
the Cutting home. At seventeen he went to work
at Derby, Vermont, for William Norris, a carpenter,
and learned the trade in seven months. He told
his father that he was not born to be a farmer
and the father consented to have him follow the
trade he had learned. He worked two years at the
carpenter's trade in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. The
next two years he spent in the sash and blind factory
■of Orrin L. Stevens at St. Johnsbury. Here he had
excellent mechanical training and mastered the art
of wood working in its finer branches. After he
left the Stevens factory he worked for John D.
Chase, who manufactured mill machinery. One of
his first positions was to set up some mills at Troy,
Vermont, for Kay, Aiken & Smalley. This firm did



a general business. They had saw mills, shingle
mills, flour mills, an extensive plant.

Amos Porter Cutting was already in Worcester
when George H. Cutting came in 1803. Amos went
from Vermont to Springfield, whence in 1862 he
came to Worcester. The two brothers worked first
for Russ & Eddy, whose wood-working shop was on
Cypress street. After about two years in this estab-
lishment George H. Cutting was obliged to give up
his position on account of poor health. He went
back to Troy, Vermont, and opened a shop where
he built carriages, wagons, sleighs, sleds and all
kinds of vehicles. In less than two years, how-
ever, he found his health so far restored that he
left Troy and closed out his business there to be-
come superintendent of the extensive interests of
William S. White, of Hartford, Connecticut. He
had charge of a brick yard, a lumber mill, a grist
null and a general business dealing in lumber and
builders' finish. He remained in this position for
nine years. When he left Mr. White in 1877 he
came to Worcester to take a vacation. After rest-
ing for six or eight weeks he took charge of the
completion ot a contract which had been interrupted



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