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at Dartmouth and Clark Colleges, now assisting his
father: Charles Julius, born January 12. 1885. stu-
dent at Harvard: Mary Elizabeth, born January 17,
1800, student in the Worcester Classical high school ;
Alice Bradford, born April 25, 1898, student in the
Bancroft school.

(VIII) George A. Stevens, son of Charles P.
Stevens (VII), was born in Worcester. Massachu-
setts, December 12, 185Q. He spent his youth in
Worcester, attending the public schools there. He
also studied at Williston Academy in Easthampton,

Massachusetts. He went into business when he
left school in the grain store of his father and uncle,,
and in 1881 was admitted a partner. His father died
in 1S85 and his uncle in 1S88. He became the sole
owner of the business and has continued it with
success ever since. The grain business was estab-
lished at the very end of the year 1877 by the Stevens
Brothers, and as the city has grown the business has
been extended. In 'the year 1888 he bought a grain
mill at Quinsigamond, which he has been operating
since in conjunction with his grain business. He is
a member of the New England Grain Association,,
the Chamber of Commerce, Boston, and the Wor-
cester Board of Trade. In August, 1905, he pur-
chased the grain business of A. M. Thompson, Lin-
coln Square, making three places operated by him.
He is a Republican in politics. In May, 1903, he
and Horace H. Bigelow, his father-in-law, pur-
chased the famous Burnside mansion on Chestnut
street, and after some remodelling and repairing
have made it their home. It is one of the finest
mansions of a generation past, beautifully situated
on the bluff above the business section of the city,
with spacious grounds. He married, June 23, 1886,
Adelaide F. Bigelow, daughter of H. H. Bigelow,
of Worcester. They have one daughter, Francis
Elizabeth, born December 10, 1897.

Hughes (1), father of Edward Hypolytus Hughes,
was born in Ireland, 1794. He was a graduate of
Troy College. He was in the war of 1812, en-
listing from Montreal in the British army. After
the war he returned to Canada and entered the-
lumber business there, but met reverses owing to
business relations with his step-father. He began
life anew. First he taught English in the college at
Sorel, Province of Quebec, and thereafter continued
to teach for forty years. He taught French, English
and Latin in Canadian schools. He was a pensioner
of the British government and for the last twenty
years of his life was retired. He married Euphrosine-
Brunelle Petit, of St. Rosalie, Province of Quebec.
Their children were: John, Charles, Robert, Aurelia,
Frank, Peter Albert, Joseph, Edward Hypolytu=,
and four wdio died in infancy.

(II) Edward Hypolytus Hughes, son of John
Hughes (1), was born at St. Ours, Province of
Quebec. June 6, 1842. He attended ' the Fathers'
school at Drummondville. Province of Quebec, until
he was fifteen. His initial employment was in
grocery stores in St. Zephrim, Drummondville and
Actonvale. After two years and a half spent as
grocerv clerk he was appointed clerk in the registry
office "at Drummondville, where he worked until
he was twenty. Then he came to East Douglas to
take a position as salesman in a dry goods house.
He removed after two years to the neighboring
town of Webster, where his knowledge of the French
language made him especially valuable to his em-
ployers", T. & P. McQuaid, proprietors of the gen-
eral store. After four years he was offered and
accepted a position in the store at the Slater mills,
the chief industrv of Webster, and he was manager
of the clothing department of this store for eleven

He was next for eight years in the drug business
then with Ginsburg whom he subsequently bought
out in t8os and for five years was in partnership
association with P. C. Berard in the conduct of a
clothing establishment. For the nast five years he
lias been engaged with remarkable success in this
business. In 1000 he formed a partnership with his
son-in-law. T. L. Gauthier. under the firm name of
Hughes & Gauthier, in Webster, and in the name of



Gardner Clothing Company at Gardner, Massa-
chusetts. They started in Gardner in 1902 succeed-
in? H. E. Moore. Mr. Hughes is very prominent
and highly esteemed by his fellow citizens, es-
pecially those of French-Canadian birth. His career
in this country has again proved the opportunities
for success open to all citizens of every race and
condition. The same strong qualities that have won
for Mr. Hughes business success have made him
a man of influence in Webster. From 1884 to 1895
he was one of the board of assessors. He is
a Democrat and for about fifteen years served on
the Democratic town committee. He has been dele-
gated to numerous conventions and has given gen-
erously of his time, talent and means to the ad-
vancement of his party's interest in the town, county
and state. He is a Roman Catholic in religion. He
was one of the incorporators of Sacred Heart Church
and is a member of the St. Jean Baptiste Society.
His children are: 1. Mary Cordelia, born No-
vember 9, 1869, now in the millinery business, Web-
ster, Massachusetts. 2. Emma Georgianna. born
October 25, 1874, graduated at the Lachine College
of Canada ; married J. L. Gauthier, of Webster,
who is in partnership with his father-in-law. He
came to Webster in 1890; he is a graduate of Farn-
ham College, Province of Quebec, Canada. He re-
sides at Webster, and they have two children : Mary
Clare Gauthier, born July II, 1899, and Leon Hughes
Gauthier, born June 5, 1902. 3. Anna Louisa, born
January 7, 1878. 4. George Henry, born November
20, 1886.

JOHN RANKIN. Alexander Rankin (1), a
progenitor of John Rankin, of Worcester, Massa-
chusetts, lived in the county of Antrim, in the
North of Ireland. He was of a Scotch Presby-
terian family which came to Ireland some time in
the seventeenth century, from Scotland. He had
a son John.

(II) John Rankin, son of Alexander Rankin (1),
was born in Antrim county, Ireland. His son, James
Rankin, was the father of John Rankin of Worces-
ter. His wife was Margaret McConahy.

(III) James Rankin, son of John Rankin (2),
born in Antrim county, Ireland, in 1819; married
Catherine Rankin (same name but no relative).
Their children were: John (see forward): Hugh,
resides in the Klondike region; has seven children;
Joseph, died young; Alexander, died young: James,
resides in Concord, New Hampshire ; is a harness-
maker; Andrew, the youngest of the family, resides
at St. Paul, Minnesota ; is a contractor and builder,
has two sons. James Rankin (3) was the only
son to emigrate to this country. His sister Margaret,
who married Hugh Woodside, also came to America.
The Woodsides settled in St. Sylvester, Province of
Quebec, Canada, and here James Rankin moved
after the death of his wife. James Rankin's chil-
dren, all but Andrew who was born in Illinois, were
born in Ireland, but they were all young when
in 1856 he came to this country and settled in New
Salem, Illinois. He bought a farm there and es-
tablished himself as a contractor and builder. He
was a carpenter by trade, having served a three-
year apprenticeship in the old country. His people
belonged to the middle classes and had property
interests of some importance in Antrim county,
where some of the family are now living. He lived
at New Salem about three years. His wife died
May 5, 1858. and he decided to go to Canada, where
his sister was living. He followed his business of
carpenter there. He died October 10, 1893.

(IV) John Rankin, son of James Rankin (3),
was born in the countv of Antrim, Ireland. July 10,
1848. He came to this country when eight years

old with his parents. He attended school in Ire-
land, at New Salem, Illinois, and in St. Sylvester,
Province of Quebec, Canada. When he left school
he learned the carpenter's trade, and worked with
his father. When he left home he went to work
at his trade in Montreal. About 1S70 he accepted
the position of carpenter in charge of the work at
the Twin Mountain House, in New Hampshire,
and he remained there about ten years. He came
to Worcester in 1880 and worked at first as foreman
for O. M. Ball, the builder. In 1888 he entered
into partnership with Samuel Woodside, and they
began the business of building and contracting, which
they have since carried on. The firm name is Ran-
kin & Woodside. They had worked together before
forming the partnership. The firm has been very
successful. They have built a number of city build-
ings, including the Bloomingdale school house: the
Adams square fire engine house ; an addition to the
Adams square school house; the town hall at Roch-
dale, and the library building at Oxford. Massachu-
setts. Among other buildings they built, in Wor-
cester, the handsome residences of E. L. Parker,
Massachusetts avenue: of Joseph Perry, Vernon
street: of Stephen Salisbury, Institute road, and of
Dr. Townsend in Adams square. Mr. Rankin's home
and office are at 38 Burncoat street, near Brittan
square. He is a member of the order of Knights
of Pythias, Damascus Lodge ; the Worcester County
Mechanics' Association and the Worcester Board
of Trade. He is a Republican. He belongs to
St. John's Episcopal Church, of which he is a vestry-
man. He married Melinda Wilson, daughter of
Charles and Frances (Church) Wilson, of Leeds,
Province of Quebec, Canada. Charles Wilson came
from England when he was sixteen years old. His
father removed with his large family of children
to Canada, on account of the burdensome taxation
in England. Frances Church was the daughter of
William Church who came to Canada in the employ
of Governor Prevost. He had a grant of land in
what is now the city of Quebec, on the Plains
of Abraham, but disposed of it before the growth
of the city made it valuable, and bought the farm
at Leeds where Frances his daughter was born.
Melinda Wilson was born December 20, 1850. The
children of John and Melinda (Wilson) Rankin
were : Catherine, horn at Twin Mountain House,
New Hampshire. December 18. 1875. graduate of
the Worcester classical high school 1895 ; lives at
home with her parents; William J., born at Twin
Mountain House, New Hampshire, July 22, 1878,
graduate of the English high school 1896, and the
Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1900: is structural
draughtsman for the Lidgerwood Company, dealers
and manufacturers of ship supplies, cables, etc.,
New York city ; Frances M.. born in Worcester,
August 18, 1881. graduate of the Worcester classical
high school, iSqS; State Normal school, IQOI ;
teacher in Freeland street school, fifth grade, Wor-
cester; Alfred E.. born in Worcester. December 30,
1884: graduate of the English high school, 1900,
and of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 1904;
won seventy-five dollar prize, one of five offered ;
Ethel M., born in Worcester. April 28. 18S7. grad-
uate of the Worcester high school class of 1904,
with first honors.

JOHX DAVIS PUTNAM. John Putnam (1)
was the emigrant ancestor of John Davis Putnam,
of Webster. Massachusetts, and ancestor of all the
old Putnam families of Worcester county. He
came from Abbotsason, Buckinghamshire, England,
where he was probably born about 1500. He came
early to Salem, Massachusetts, and settled. He was
a planter and yeoman, and had grants of land in



1640 and at various times later. He was admitted
to the churcli at Salem, April 4, 1647, and his wife
Priscilla was admitted March 21, 1640-41. His sons
John, Nathaniel and Thomas also came to Salem
to live, and became enterprising and prominent citi-
zens. He gave lands to his sons John and Nathan-
iel, the latter deed being dated March 3, 1753. He
died December 30, 1662. Children of John and Pris-
cilla : 1. John, born 1617, at Abbotsason, England,
married, September 3, 1652, Rebecca Prince. 3.
Nathaniel, born at Abbotsason, England, 1620, mar-
ried Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Hutchinson. 3.
Thomas, see forward. No daughters are given in
the records.

(II; Thomas Putnam, son of John Putnam
(1), born at Abbotsason, England, about 1622; mar-
ried, October 17, 1643, Ann, daughter of Edward
and Prudence Holyoke. Edward Holyoke came
from Tamworth, England, in 1630, and was admitted
a freeman at Lynn, March 14, 1638-9. He was
granted power to manage the land of Lord Brooke,
March 13, 1638-9, by the general court. He was one
of the adventurers in the Piscataqua Plantation, sell-
ing his share to Robert Saltonstall, October 25, 1644.
He was deputy to general court from Springfield in
1650, though not a resident. He died at Rumney
Marsh, May 4, 1660, and among others mentions in
his will son-in-law Putnam, sometimes read Prenam ;
he was an ancestor of President Holyoke, of Harv-
ard College, and of Edward Holyoke, who died
in Salem, March, 1829, aged one hundred years.
The names Edward and Holyoke are still re-
tained among the Sutton family of Putnams. Ann
(Holyoke) Putnam died September 1, 1665. Thomas
Putnam married (second), November 14, 1666, Mary
Wren, a widow. He was admitted a freeman in
1(142 and to the church in Salem April 3, 1643.
Thomas and Ann had three sons and five daughters,
the names of the daughters being unknown. Of the
sons, Thomas, married Ann Carr, September 25,
1(178; had one son and four daughters, names not
known. Edward, married Mary Hale, June 14, 1681 ;
has many descendants in Sutton and Worcester

(II) Nathaniel Putnam, son of John Putnam
O), born in Abbotsason, England, 1620, came in
1639 to Salem, probably with his father's family. He
married Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Hutchinson,
of Salem. Richard Hutchinson was a yeoman, a
proprietor of Salem as early as 1636, was admitted
to the church April 4, 1647. He bought a farm in
1648, half of which he sold in 1651 to his son-in-
law, Nathaniel Putnam. He was born in England
in 1600 or 1601. His wife Alice joined the church

before 1636. He married (second), October, 1668,
Susanna Archard, who died November 26, 1674. He
married (third) Sarah Standish, widow of James
Standish. Children of Richard Hutchinson: 1.
Abigail, baptized December 25, 1636. married An-
thony Ashby. 2. Hannah, baptized January 20,
1638-9, married Daniel Boardman. 3. John, born
May, baptized July. 1643. 4. Joseph. 5. Elizabeth,

married Nathaniel Putnam. 6. married Thomas

Hale. 7. , married James Hadlock. (See

genealogy in Essex Inst. Coll. ix.) Children of Na-
thaniel and Elizabeth Putnam: Samuel, John, Jo-
seph. Nathaniel, Benjamin.

(III) Benjamin Putnam, son of Nathaniel Put-
nam (2), born July it, 1664; married Sarah Holton,
August 25, 1686. They had seven sons and one
•daughter. Sarah Holton was probably daughter of
Joseph Holton, of Salem, where the Putnams were
then living. Joseph Holton was born in England in
1621. Besides Sarah, Joseph and Sarah Holton had:
Joseph, baptized May 15, 1653. 2. Benjamin, born

February 14, 1657-8. 3. Henry, baptized May 24,
1663. 4. James, baptized May 20, 1666. 5. John.
6. Elizabeth, married Buxton. His will men-
tions Sarah Putnam, his daughter. Some of the
children of Benjamin and Sarah Putnam, born at
Salem, Massachusetts, were: 1. Tarrant, born April
12, 1688, whose son Tarrant and many of his de-
scendants lived at Sutton. 2. Cornelius.

(IV) Cornelius Putnam, son of Benjamin Put-
nam (3), born at Salem, September 2, 1702; mar-
ried Sara , who died June 9, 1741. He married

1 second) Elizabeth Perkins, widow, of Salem, No-
vember 12, 1741, after he had lived some years at
Sutton. He settled about 1729 among the pioneers
of that town. The house which he built in Sutton
was occupied in 1879 by the widow Persia Putnam,
and is still standing. A part of the old house was
moved from a site in what is known as the Dresser
pasture, just north of the Captain Hall site farm
recently owned by Peter H. Putnam. Cornelius
Putnam and his wife Sarah joined the church in
1729. Seven of his children were born to Sarah,
the remainder to his second wife. The children of
Cornelius were: I. Sarah, born January 3, 1726,
died May 30, 1738. 2. Bethia, born December 18,
1728. 3. Cornelius, born May 23, 1730, married
Elizabeth Perkins, August 2, 1753. 4. Benjamin, born
May 13, 1732. 5. Nathaniel, May 3, 1734. 6. Tar-
rant, March 28, 1736. 7. Bartholomew, April 19,
1739, died young. 8. David (twin), born May 31,
1741. 9. Sarah (twin), born May 31, 1741, died
young. 10. Sarah, born March 18, 1743; married
Captain Archelaus Putnam, October 16, 1765. 11.
Bartholomew, born April 21, 1745. 12. David, born
May 14, 1747. 13. Elizabeth, born September 28,
1749. 14. Amma, born November 21, 1754.

(V) Bartholomew Putnam, son of Cornelius
Putnam (4), born April 21, 1745, Sutton, Massachu-
setts; married first, Mary Putnam; married (sec-
ond) Hannah Axtell. Mary Putnam was daughter
of Edward Putnam. He settled on part of his
father's homestead and resided in Sutton. He was a
private in Captain Jonathan Woodbury's company,
Colonel Davis' regiment, of Sutton, 1780. His chil-
dren were: 1. Bartholomew, born July 13, 1774.
2. Lucy, born July iS, 1779. 3. Edward, born Janu-
ary 26, 17S2. 4. Prudence, born November 13, 1784;
married Daniel Hathaway. 5. Phebe, born October
10, 1787; married Captain Elijah Bigelow. 6. Lewis,
born July 15, 1796. 7. Cynthia, born August 27,

(VI) Bartholomew Putnam, son of Bartholo-
mew Putnam (5), born July, 13, 1774, Sutton, Mas-
sachusetts; married, September 4, 1801, Hannah,
daughter of Tarrant Sibley, and settled in Sutton.
He was a farmer. His children were: 1. Russell,
born 1S02. 2. Polly, April 4, 1804, married Bethuel
Leonard, August 8, 1-826. 3. Clark, February 18,
1806. 4. Prudence, February 19, 1808. 5. Leonard,
April 26, 1810. 6. Zilpha, April 8, 1812.

(VII) Russell Putnam, son of Bartholomew
Putnam (6), born at Sutton, 1802, died 1890.
He married Adeline Buss of Holden. He was
a shoemaker and farmer at Sutton. They had nine
children: 1. Russell B., born at Sutton, April 4,
1825, resides in Webster, Massachusetts. 2. Lushan
D. (Lucian), born at Sutton, July 24, 1827; resides
in Charlton. 3. Silas, born at Sutton, July 19, 1830,
resides at Rockville, Connecticut. 4. Leonard, born
April 27, 1833, at Sutton, died 1882. 5. Henry C,
born March 7, 1837, at Sutton, resides in Charlton.
6. John D., see forward. 7. Hannah J., born at
Charlton, November 11, 1841, married Jackson
Phelps, and resides at Auburn, Massachusetts. 8.
Mary E., now deceased, born at Charlton, April 27,



3845; married Charles Lamb, resided in Charlton,
Massachusetts. 9. Sarah S., born at Charlton. Sep-
tember 2, 1849; married Baxter Davis, resides in

(VIII) John Davis Putnam, son of Russell Put-
nam (7), was born in Charlton, Massachusetts, May
31, 1840. He attended the Charlton schools and
worked until he was twenty-one with his father on
the farm. Then he went to Rockville, Connecticut,
to learn the millwrighfs trade with his brother
-Silas. At the age of twenty-five he rturned to Charl-
ton, and later in the year worked at Webster at
wood turning and kindred lines of work. In 1870 he
went into business for himself, purchasing the sash
and blind factory of Palmer & Kent. He added to
the business wood turning, stair building and cabi-
net making, and built up a very large and success-
ful business. Two years after he started he had a
setback in the form of a disastrous fire that destroyed
his entire plant, but he set to work forthwith to
replace the equipment, and soon had regained the
lost ground. In 1902 he was again entirely burned
■out, and partially in 1905. He makes builders' fin-
ish and boxes a specialty. He employs from twenty-
five to fifty hands in the manufacture of building
materials at his factory on Chase avenue. He took
"his son Henry into partnership in 1902, and the son
is now the manager of the business. He was a mem-
ber of the Universalist society, and for three years
-was on the parish committee. He is a Republican
in politics. Mr. Putnam is counted among the busi-
ness men of sound judgment and sterling charac-
ter; one of the best citizens in every sense of the
word. Mr. Putnam married, April 27, 1865, Sarah
F., daughter of Varanus and Sarah (Wallace) John-
son. Mr. Johnson was a farmer at Charlton, Massa-
chusetts. Children of John Davis and Sarah Put-
Tiam : 1. Henry, born January 15, 1868. 2. Freder-
ick W., June 28, 1877.

(IX) Henry Putnam, son of John Davis Put-
nam (8), was born at Charlton, January 15, 1868.
He attended the Webster schools and graduated
from the high schools. He married Annie, daughter
of Charles R. Stobbs, of Webster. He is manager
of the business established by his father, with whom
he is in partnership. He has two children : Ethel
Frances, born August 25. 1898, and Charles, born
May 22. 1902.

(IX) Frederick W„ son of John Davis Put-
nam (8), was born in Webster, Massachusetts, June
28, 1877. He is a graduate of the Webster high
school and the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He
is professor of designing in the Agricultural College
at Storrs, Connecticut. He married Edith, daughter
■of the late Albert Smith, of Worcester, Massachu-
setts, and they have one child, Dorothy, born Sep-
tember, 1903.

FREEMAN FAMILY. Ralph Freeman (1), the
immigrant ancestor of Sanford Myron Freeman, of
Webster. Massachusetts, was born in England about
1630. The first record of him in America is at
Dedham, where he probably settled first about 1650.
He was admitted a townsman there January 1, 1651,
and signed the famous Dedham Covenant. He was
a taxpayer for many years in Dedham. He had a
grant of land, February 20, 1656-57, amounting to
two acres and a quarter and thirty-six roods of land.
He signed the petition of proprietors in 1662 asking
for a grant of land to the westward of the adjoin-
ing town of Dedham. He signed an important peti-
tion May 3, 1665. His children settled at Rehoboth
^and Attleborough, Massachusetts, and Ralph Free-
man probablv spent his last years with his children
■there. He died at Attleborough, May 25, 1718. He

married Katherine . Their children: 1. David,

married, at Rehoboth, April 4, 16S3, Margaret I11-
graham, who was buried February 16, 1688-89, a»d
they had: Ebenezer, born April 13, 1684; Hannah,
born April 24, 1686; Margaret, born February g,
1688-89; David married (second) Marcy, who died
1723, and (third) Elizabeth, who died at Attle-
borough, April 8, 1742. 2. Jonathan, born at Ded-
ham, January 13, 1653, see forward. 3. Mary, born
at Dedham, October 5, 1654, probably married, Au-
gust 4, 1690, at Rehoboth, Samuel Leonard. 4. Ralph,
Jr., born at Dedham, April 2, 1662, married Sarah
Day and had : Jeremiah, born August 7, 1689, died
young; Jeremiah, born September 28, 1692; Benja-
min, born July 6, 1693; Sarah, born May 6, 1700;
Ralph, Jr., born May 20, 1703; all born at Dedham;
Ralph, Sr., died at Attleborough, August 25, 1725.
5. Martha, married, at Rehoboth, December 27, 1686,
Samuel Ormsbee.

(II) Jonathan Freeman, son of Ralph Freeman
(1), was born in Dedham, Massachusetts, January
13, 1653, died at Attleborough, April 18. 1718. He
was a soldier in King Philip's war in Woodcock's
Garrison — on the road from Dedham to Rehoboth,
September 3, 1675. He was of Captain Moseley's
famous company of Rangers of Dedham, October 9,
1675. His brother David, then of Dedham, was
also in this war and is on a payroll dated August
24, 1676, for one pound, three shillings, sixpence.

Jonathan married, at Rehoboth, July 1, 1689, Mary
Woodcock, daughter of John Woodcock, one of the
interesting men of that section in the pioneer days.
Mary died at Attleborough, March 4, 1762. aged one
hundred years, making her birth year 1662. John
Woodcock, of Wrentham and Rehoboth, was first at
Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1638, where he was
largely in trade. He is probably the same man
who came from Weymouth, England, before March
20, 1635, and who sold land with houses at Rox-
bury, one to Joseph Holmes, June 6, 1651, the other
to John Gore, March 25, 1651. He removed to
Dedham in 1642 and thence to Rehoboth before 1673,
living much at Wrentham. In King Philip's war
his house was the only one on the road from Ded-*
ham to Rehoboth and was well garrisoned and
fortified. It was perhaps within the bounds of
Attleborough, near the Wrentham line. Jonathan
Freeman was one of this garrison and probably met
his _ future wife when he was a soldier fighting
Indians. Woodcock had two of his family slain

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