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fore. The part met with an extraordinary popular
welcome all along the route. A stop was made in Wor-
cester, and the mayor of the city, Hon. Peter C.
ii, welcomed the guests. There was a reception
and ^peeches at the City Hall, and Colonel Will-
iams represented the governor. When the party
reached Boston a magnificent welcome was given
General Kossuth. During his stay Colonel Will-
iams was his escort to Cambridge and the other
places of interest he visited, and at the close of his
accompanied him to Albany and introduced
him to the governor of New York. The visit of
General Kossuth was as remarkable in many ways
as that of General Lafayette a generation before.
Colonel Williams says of him, "He certainly was
the most accomplished man that I ever met. He
w.i-. a fine scholar and linguist. He spoke English
as well as 1 have- ever heard it spoken. His style-
was good too."

\\ liile Colonel Williams was on the staff, the
governor general of Canada paid a visit to Boston
to assist in the celebration of the completion of the
railroad between the United States and Canada. It
was called the Railroad Jubilee. The reception to
the distinguished visitor took place in a tent erected
on the Common, and Colonel Williams was seated
at the side of the governor during the banquet.
There was a great ball in honor of the Canadians
and a trip down the harbor. Colonel Williams re-
calls with pleasure the festivities in which he par-
ticipated as one of the representatives of the com-
monwealth. Daniel Webster died during Governor
Boutwell's administration and a great public funeral
was held in Boston. Colonel Williams is believed
to be the only state official living now who partici-
pated in the event.

Colonel Williams represented his district in the
Democratic national convention of 1868, at Balti-
more, at which Greeley was nominated by the Demo-
crats with the forlorn hope that the strength of the
Republican party might be broken by pitting a Re-
publican, formerly of tremendous influence, against
General Grant. Colonel Williams tells of a typical
southern gentleman, who was the largest slave-
holder in the south before the war, who felt that
the nomination of Greeley was a pretty bitter pill
for his party to swallow. And that feeling made
Greeley the least popular of any presidential candi-
date of a great political party.

Colonel Williams made the acquaintance of Ban-
croft Davis, who became a diplomat of distinction.
He was a student in the law office of Mr. Davis's
firm, Hartshorn & Davis, in Worcester. Davis was
the son of the former governor and senator. When
Lawrence was -minister to England Bancroft was
secretary of the American Legation. His full name
was John Chandler Bancroft, but he was commonly
known as Bancroft, being a nephew of George Ban-
croft, the historian. Davis was minister to Germany
to succeed his uncle, and later under President
Grant's administration he was assistant secretary
of state.

Colonel Williams has not been active in the
Democratic organization during the past ten years.
The last position in which he served his party was
that of chairman of the Worcester city committee.
As a political leader he will be remembered as one



of the men who led the forces that demolished the
Whig party and caused its dismemberment. Even
the name disappeared in a few years from the
political calendar of the country. Colonel Williams
has taken an active part in municipal affairs. He
was on the school board in 1848-52-61-63-70-74. He
was on the committee on high schools with the late
Philip L. Moen and recalls the romance that re-
sulted in the second marriage of Mr. Moen. The
bride was a high school teacher of French. She
was the mother of three children by this marriage.
Her son, the late lamented Philip W. Moen, took
his father's place in the social, charitable and busi-
ness interests of the city. Colonel Williams was a
member of the board of alderman in 1853-54, an< l
was city solicitor in 1876.

Colonel Williams' lather left a large estate, the
greater portion of which was located in Williams-
ville. His brother built the finest house in the town
on the old homestead, but December 27, 1904, all
the buildings were destroyed by fire. In the house
were many heirlooms, old books and furniture that
could not be replaced, and the loss of these the
family feels keenly. Colonel Williams resides at
26 Cedar street, Worcester.

Colonel Williams married, June 29, 1852, Esther
Kendall Houghton, of Barre. She was the daugh-
ter of Luke and Harriet (Caldwell) Houghton. He
married (second) Harriet Ann, daughter of Hard-
ing P. and Sally (Caldwell) Woods, of Barre. His
children, all by his first wife, are: 1. Henry Hough-
ton, born June 8, 1854, graduated from Harvard
College (A. B., 1874). He was a student only in
his father's office and was examined for admission
to the bar 111 May, 1876. He passed a successful
examination by Congressman Rice and Mr. William
T. Harlow, assistant clerk of courts of the county,
and filed his petition for admission to the bar the
following June, but later in the month was acci-
dentally drowned while rowing in Lake Quinsiga-
mond. That this young man was one of unusually
brilliant parts, for whom were entertained the
brightest expectations, is attested by the estimation
in which he was held by men of eminence and far
beyond his own age. Hon. George F. Hoar, United
States senator, spoke of him in a letter of con-
dolence to Colonel Williams : "I am sure that our
long acquaintance gives me the right to tell you of
my great sorrow and sympathy in the loss of your
noble and promising boy. I did not know him per-
sonally, but I had se.en his fine and manly bearing,
and knew how well everybody spoke of him, and can
understand how much you must have depended on
him for the comfort and pleasure of the rest of your
life." And also Charles Devens, Jr., United States
judicial court, spoke of him as follows: "I had
known him somewhat in connection with some pro-
fessional matters and he seemed to me a most
promising young man and everything that a father's
heart could desire." 2. Harriet Caldwell, born July
14, 1856. 3. Esther May, born October 29, 1858. 4.
Alice Maude, born October 31, i860, died August
[8, [861. Esther May Williams married Wesley
G. Carr, of Keene, New Hampshire, an attorney, re-
siding in Washington. D. C, and Pittsburg, Penn-
sylvania. Their children are: William Austin Carr,
born January, 1893, died in June, 1893; Houghton
Carr, born September 30, 1895 ; and Wesley G. Carr,
born August 29, 1898.

REV. CHARLES H. DALRYMPLE. The

Dalrymple family is of Scotch origin. Before the
year 1300 the family was well established in Scot-
land in Ayrshire, Berwickshire, Wigtonshire, pos-
sessing the earldoms of Dumfries and Stair ; the vis-



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countcy and barony of Dalrymple : the lordships of
Glenluce, Newliston and Stranraer. In 1689. ac-
cording to Macaulay, the historian, the most in-
fluential man in Scotland was Sir James Dalrymple,
of Stair. He says : "The person by whose advice
William appears at this time chiefly guided as to
Scotch politics was a Scotchman or great abilities
and attainments, Sir James Dalrymple, of Stair, the
founder of a family eminently distinguished at the
bar, on the bench, in the senate, in diplomacy, in
arms and in letters, but distinguished also by mis-
fortunes and misdeeds which have furnished poets
and novelists with material for the darkest and most
heartrending tales. Already Sir James had been
in mourning for more than one strange and terrible
death. One of his sons had died by poison. One
of his daughters had poniarded her bridegroom on
the wedding night. One of his grandsons had in
boyish sport been slain by another. Savage libelers
asserted and some of the superstitious vulgar be-
lieved, that calamities so portentous were the con-
sequences of some connection between the unhappy
race and the powers of darkness. Sir James had a
wry neck, and he was reproached with this mis-
fortune as if it had been a crime and was told
that it marked him out as a man doomed for the
gallows. His wife, a woman of great ability, art
and spirit, was popularly nicknamed the Witch of
Endor. It was gravely said that she had cast fearful
spells on those whom she hated and that she had
been seen in the likeness of a rat seated on the
cloth of state by the side of the Lord High Com-
missioner. The man, however, over whose roof
so many curses appeared to hang, did not, as far
as we can now judge, fall short of that very low
standard of morality which was generally attained
by politicians of his age and nation. In force of
mind and extent of knowledge he was superior to
them all.

"In his youth he had borne arms ; he had then
been a professor of philosophy ; he had then studied
law and had become by general acknowledgment
the greatest jurist that his country had produced.
In the days of the Protectorate he had been a judge.
After the Restoration he had made his peace with
the royal family, had sat in the privy council, and
had presided with unrivaled ability in the court
of sessions. He had doubtless borne a share in
many unjustifiable acts, but there were limits which
he never passed. He had a wonderful power of
giving to any proposition, which it suited him to
maintain a plausible aspect of legality and even of
justice, and this power he frequently abused. But
"he was not, like many of those among whom he
lived, impudently and unscrupulously servile. Shame
or conscience generally restrained him from com-
mitting any bad action for which his rare ingenuity
■could not frame a specious defense, and he was
seldom in his place at the council board when any-
thing outrageously unjust or cruel was to be done.
His moderation at length gave ofifense to the court
He was deprived of his high office and found him-
self in so disagreeable a situation that he retired
to Holland. There he employed himself in correct-
ing the great work on jurisprudence, which has
preserved his memory fresh down to our own time.
In his banishment he tried to gain the favor of his
fellow-exiles, who naturally regarded him with sus-
picion. He protested, and perhaps with truth, that
his hands were pure from the blood of the perse-
cuted Covenanters. He made a high profession of
religion, prayed much and observed weekly days of
fasting and humiliation. He even consented, after
much hesitation, to assist with his advice and his
credit the unfortunate enterprise of Argyle. When
that enterprise failed, a prosecution was instituted



at Edinburgh against Dalrymple, and his estates
would doubtless have been confiscated, had they not
been saved by an artifice which subsequently be-
came common among the politicians of Scotland.
His eldest son and heir apparent, John, took the
side of the government, supported the dispensing
power, declared against the test and accepted the
place of Lord Advocate.

"The services of the younger Dalrymple were re-
warded by a remission of the forfeiture which the
offenses of the elder had incurred. Those ser-
vices, indeed, were not to be despised for Sir John,
though inferior to his father in depth and extent
of legal learning, was no common man. His knowl-
edge was great and various, his parts were quick,
and his eloquence was singularly ready and graceful.
To sanctity he made no pretensions. Indeed, Epis-
copalians and Presbyterians agreed in regarding him
as little better than an atheist. During some months,
Sir John at Edinburgh affected to condemn the dis-
loyalty of his unhappy parent Sir James, and Sir
James at Leyden told his Puritan friends how deep-
ly he lamented the wicked compliance of his un-
happv child, Sir John. The revolution came on and
the son promptly changed sides and co-operated
ably and zealously with his father. Sir James es-
tablished himself in London for the purpose of
giving advice to William on Scotch affairs. Sir
John's post was in the parliament house at Edin-
burgh. The ablest of Scottish politicians and de-
baters, Sir John Dalrymple. was appointed Lord
Advocate. His father Sir James, the greatest of
Scottish jurists, was placed at the head of the Court
of Sessions." Any ancestry increases geometric-
ally for every generation. The number of my great-
grandparents at that time must have been 128, so
Sir James was the one found by the genealogist of
the 128 lot. It would be interesting to know how
my account would stand could I know them all.
The evil and good of Sir James is a small part.
Then a poor dependent may have taken the name
for aught anybody knows and even that one one-
hundred-twenty-eighth of noble blood may not run
in my veins.

The origin of the name is given in at least three
different ways. The author of one of the brief
genealogies of the American family states that the
family was from France, the name being De la
Rumple. He says the family went to Scotland 1450
to 1500 and the name was modified to Dalrymple.
The statement lacks proof entirely. Hanna in his
very able work on "The Scotch Irish" says : "An-
other Scotch territorial name. Dalrymple. is said
to be derived from the Gaelic dail-a-chruitnpuill,
the vale of the crooked pool, the village of that
name in Ayrshire lying on a bend or turn of the
"bonny Doon." which, however, is not a pool, but
a river. Gazeteers and statistical writers in Scot-
land appear to have a partiality for Gaelic deriva-
tions, and when one has been hit upon in any case
— and in most cases in the Lowlands they are mere
guess work — they follow each other like a flock of
sheep, taking things for granted, without inquiry
and without thought. The name is Saxon, and not
Gaelic, being derived from the words dahl and
hrympel from the rumpled appearance of the locality
itself, the surface of the parish of Dalrymple being
composed of numerous rising grounds or little
mounds or knolls."

CT1 John Dalrymple, the immigrant ancestor of
Rev. Charles H. Dalrvmple. of Millbury, Massachu-
setts, was a Scotch Presbyterian. He came from
Londonderry. Ireland, with other Scotch-Irish, but
it is doubtful if he was born in Ireland. The family
came from Scotland to Ireland, but seems to have
gained no foothold there, as the name does not



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appear at the present time in Ireland. John Dal-
rymplc was doubtless of the same stock as the family
mentioned by Macaulay. John Dalrymple came to
America in 1774 with his wife and three children
and settled in Nova Scotia, near what is now the
town of Windsor. His children were: James S.,

born 1767, see forward ; Ina, married • Sene-

right and they have many descendants living in Nova
Scotia ; a son, who was drowned, according to tra-
dition, while crossing Cubiquid Bay on horseback
with a load of chairs, at the ford two miles from
Truro.

(II) James S. Dalrymple, son of John Dalrymple
(1), was born in Londonderry, Ireland, in 1767, and
came to Nova Scotia with his father. He was also
a Presbyterian. He removed from Windsor to
Kennetcook, travelling on foot through the wilder-
ness. His farm is about one mile up the river from
the railroad station of Kennetcook. He married

, who came with her family from the United

States at the time of the revolution with other loyal-
ists. All his four sons were farmers and helped
clear the land. At that time moose and bear were
plentiful and many stories of sport with big game
are told in the family. Once a fox ran into the
Dalrymple house in broad daylight and was killed
by the mother of Captain A. T. Dalrymple. Chil-
dren of James Dalrymple: I. Eunice, married

Ettenger, is a widow residing in Hants

county. Nova Scotia, where she lived all her mar-
ried life and her son William runs the farm: she
has sons in the United States. 2. John Anthony,
see forward. 3. Jacob, born about 1832, unmarried, was
a mariner, left New York in brig "Defiance" for Aspin-
wall. April 8, 1857, chief mate, and neither crew
nor ship was ever heard from. 4. Letitia, born May
7. 1834, married Cowan; she is a widow, re-
sides with her only son, J. H. Cowan, in Glenburn,
Maine, on the farm where she has lived since her
marriage. 5. Alfred T., born November 7, 1836,

married (first") , who died November. iSgg;

married (second), August, 1903. Mrs. McKenzie ;
was a sea captain and followed the sea forty years,
now of Truro, Nova Scotia; while master was em-
ployed by Osmond O'Brien & Co., Noel, Nova
Scotia, removed from Noel to Truro. Alfred T.
was himself a ship owner and in a partnership,
probably. His children are — Joseph Milan, died on
passage from New York to Ireland, buried at War-
ren Point ; son, buried in Burncoat burying ground ;
Nessie, married Rev. F. E. Barrett, of Huntspnrt
Methodist church : J. Whitney, master of the cable
ship "Viking," caring for the telegraph cable on the
Amazon river. South America (the cable extends
a thousand miles up river from Para and the break-
ing of the river bank often damages the cable) ;
Joseph Chapman, born at sea, is a machinist, works
at his trade at or near Montreal. Canada; Lucy
May. teacher in Truro nublic school; Charlotte F.,
resides with parents: Edward A., about to take
second trin west on the harvest excursion, August,
1906. 6. James, born 1R38. 7. Lois, born T840,
drowned with her husband. Captain Arnold Webb,
and all hands on bark "IT M. Paint" on passage
from Boston to Liverpool. 1866. 8. Melinda. drowned
while trying to pass a headland with a horse and
wagon, the tide being too high, November 16. 1868;
born December 24, 1848. She was after supplies
for her approaching wedding, o. Mary, married
Richard Faulkner and had eight children.

(III) John Anthony Dalrymple, son of James
Dalrymple (2). was born April 27, 1829. and died
at Boston, June 28. 1896. He was a teamster for
many vears in Boston. He removed from Noel,
where he was a class leader in the Methodist Epis-



copal church, to Mount Desert Island. He married
Susan VV. Richardson. Their children: I. Charles
H., see forward. 2. William, drowned at City Point,
aged nineteen years. 3. Lena, now Mrs. Fred Childs,
mother of two children. 4. Amy F., for a number
of years professor in Art Department of Rollins
College, Winter Park, Florida, now has an art
studio in Maiden. 5. Dr. Alfred Tomlinson, a grad-
uate of Mt. Herman School of Medicine of Boston
University, practicing in South Boston. 6. Susan,
wife of W. S. Watson, of Lowell, has three chil-
dren ; he closed a three years' term in governor's
council a year ago. 7. John Montgomery. 8. Fran-
ces W., attended Bradford Academy, where she was
the leader in athletics as well as scholarship, win-
ning the gold prize at her graduation; she was prin-
cipal of school at Careyville, Massachusetts, now
assistant principal of the Brockton public schools.

(IV) Rev. Charles H. Dalrymple, son of John
Anthony (3), was born at East Boston, Massa-
chusetts, August 3, 1856. He attended the public
schools of South Boston, graduating from the Bige-
low grammar school of South Boston. He then
began to study for the ministry in the Theological
School of Boston University. From there he went
to Boston Latin School. He began his ministry in
the New England southern conference, but after a
few years was transferred from Osterville, Massa-
chusetts, to Weeping Water, Nebraska. He itiner-
ated in Nebraska from Christmas, 1887, to Sep-
tember, 1898, when he was transferred back to the
New England conference. In April, 1903, he with-
drew from the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal
church and then took a special course of study in
Theology at Harvard College. He was in business
at Lowell, Massachusetts, with brother-in-law, W.
S. Watson, for a season for the purpose of acquir-
ing a knowledge of the business. He was settled
November 17, 1905, as pastor of the Unitarian church
at Millbury, Massachusetts, his present pastorate.

He married Miss Delia M. Eaton, who was born
at Chaplin, Connecticut, July to, 1859, the daughter
of Isaac Lester and Sarah (Sherman) Eaton. She
was a student at Mount Holyoke Seminary. Her
father was head selectman of his town for many
years, and prominent in financial circles. She is
granddaughter of Isaac and Maria (Butler) Eaton,
who lived at Chaplin, Connecticut, descendants of
an old Puritan family. Mrs. Dalrymple has one
brother, Horace Eaton, who married Bertha Miner,
of Fairfax, Vermont, and they have three sons —
Lester, Alfred and Ralph.

Children of Rev. Charles H. and Delia M.
(Eaton) Dalrymple are: I. Alfred C, born Decem-
ber 1, 1885, died October 8, 1891, in Bennett Ne-
braska. 2. John L, born May 23, 1888, died Octo-
ber 11. 1891, in Bennett, Nebraska. 3. Esther H.,
born May 7. 1890. student in the Millbury high
school. 4. Evelyn S., born February 11, 1892, stud-
ent in the high school. 5. John R., born March 13,
1895. 6. Horace, born December 11.. 1896, died July
29, 1897, in Western, Nebraska. 7. Horace E.. born
July 24, 1898. 8. Willard J. Young, born March
20, 1901. Rev. Charles H. Dalrymple spent eleven
years of his ministry in Nebraska. Here all his
children were born but the eldest and youngest.

LOVELL FAMILY. Tlmmas Lovell (1). the
immigrant ancestor of Russell Buckman Lovell, of
Billhury. Massachusetts, was born in Dublin, Ire-
land, about 1620. He deposed that he came from
Dublin. Ireland, where he had lived in the house
with William and Rebecca Bacon in 1639, the year
that he emigrated. He was a currier by trade. He
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where lie was a proprietor of the town in 1647. He
must have been a freeman and member of the Puri-
tan church, because he was a selectman of the town
of Ipswich in 1680 and 1692. He signed the
loyalist petition in 1666 and is on the list
of voters in 1679. He was summarily dis-
missed as selectman for political reasons : "He
hath been" the record relates, "with Mr. Mason
about compliance and being one of the selectmen it
hath been made to appear that he hath suggested to
some as if it were best to comply with him, which
is as has been declared, a betrayal of trust com-
mitted to him." Captain John Appleton was elected
in his place. He recovered the confidence of his
townsmen later and was again elected to office.
He had a share and a half in Plum Island in 1664.
He was in his eighty-seventh year in 1707. His will
was proved January 2, 1709-10. Children of Thomas
and Ann Lovell were : Alexander, born May 29,
1657, died aged two years; Nathaniel, born March
28, 1658 ; Thomas. Jr., see forward ; Elizabeth, mar-
ried Perkins ; Margaret, married Ed-
wards (See page 383 of Waters's History of Ips-
wich.) ; Hannah, married Dutch; Mary, mar-
ried Downton.

(II) Thomas Lovell, son of Thomas Lovell (1),
was born in Ipswich, February 2, 1649, and died
there August n, 1718. aged sixty-eight years, six
months, nine days, according to his gravestone in
the old burying ground. He inherited from his
father the family homestead, except the shop of his
brother Alexander, and settled in Ipswich. He was
sealer of leather in Ipswich in 1697-98, and doubt-
less a tanner by trade. He was called junior in the
records of 1698. He had a seat as well as his father
in the Ipswich meeting house in 1700. He was
fined for absence from meeting in 1671. He prob-
ablv moved from town some time between 1675 and
1695, or about these dates, and his children were
not born in Ipswich, at least they are not found on
the public records there. He had a son Thomas, Jr.,
see forward.

(IV) Thomas Lovell. son of Thomas Lovell (2),
was born about 1690. He was brought up in Ips-
wich, where his father lived. Shortly after his
father's death he removed to Sutton, Massachu-
setts, and settled there. His name appears first on
the records in 1722. He married Martha Herrick,
of a well known Boxford family. Their children,
born at Sutton, were: Esther, born March 2?, 1717,
married Holyoke Putnam: Thomas, June 17, 1719.
see forward : Martha, January 7, 1722, died August
14, 1723: Ruth, January 16, 1724, married William
Waite: Elizabeth. September 23, 1726, married
Joshua Carter; George, June 28, 1729.

(V) Thomas Lovell, second child of Thomas
Lovell (4), of Ipswich, was born June 17. 1719, in
Sutton, Massachusetts, where his parents were
among the early settlers. He settled on land of his
father and married Eunice Putnam, of another well
known old family of Sutton. Their children, all
born in that town, were : Sarah, born August 22,
1744. married Josiah Waite: John, August 8. 1746;



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