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(3), was born in Dudley, Massachusetts, April 27,
1765. He married Elizabeth or Betsey Larned, of
Dudley, June 21, 1787. He died May 14, 1833, aged
sixty-nine. Their children were : Bradford, born

1787, married (first) Phipps; (second)

Cynthia Stevens; Betsey, born January 14, 1789,
married Jonathan Stevens ; Darius, born July 19,
1790, died unmarried ; Daniel, born February 2,.
1792, married Mary O. Kingsbury; Barbara, born
December 18, 1793, married Eliot Edmunds; Au-
gustus, born February 16, 1796, married

Carter; Larned, born February 5, 1798, married
(first) Harriet Perry; married (second) Lydia.
Chamberlain ; William, died unmarried.

(V) Daniel Marcy, son of Daniel Marcy (4),.
was born in Dudley, Massachusetts, February 2,
1792, and married Mary O. Kingsbury, of Oxford.
He died in 1875, aged eighty-three years. Their
children were : John, born October 4, 1827, lives
in Dudley, Massachusetts, unmarried; Mary, born
July 25, 1829, died aged twenty-six, unmarried ;
William, born August 4, 1832, died aged twenty-one,,
unmarried; Ann, born May 7, 1837, married (first)
Peter Dugar and (second) James Leavens; Emory
W. ; Susan, born October 4, 1845, married Arthur
Webster; Abbie, born July 25, 1848, unmarried.

(VI) Emory W. Marcy, the youngest son of
Daniel Marcy (5), was born May 9, 1842, in Dudley,
Massachusetts. He married Georgia Barton, of
Worcester. January I, 1868. He retired from busi-
ness and lived in New Haven, Connecticut, spend-
ing some of his time in Webster, Massachusetts,
near his former home. He died March 22, 1906,
aged sixty-four years. Children of Emory W. and'
Georgia (Barton) Marcy were: William Henry,
born August 4, 1871, in Webster, Massachusetts,
graduated from New York Homeopathic College in
1892, and is surgeon for the New York Central,
surgeon to the Emergency and Riverside Hospitals,
and fire surgeon to the city of Buffalo. He married
Mary Alice Hayes, daughter of George B. Hayes,
nf Buffalo, New York. September 8, 1897. Their
children are: Hilda Hayes, born March I. 1902;
George Hayes, born April 19, 1905. Emma Bertha,
born July 6, 1873, died aged two years, seven months.
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aged one year, nine months. Edmund Lowell, born
April 6, 1882, is an Amherst College man, and at
present (1906) is living in New Haven and in his
senior year in the Yale Medical School. He mar-
ried Lillian M .Glynn, of Amherst, Massachusetts,
July 6, 1903.

HERBERT STOCKWELL SHAW. Elmer
Shaw, grandfather of Herbert Stockwell Shaw, of
Webster, Massachusetts, located at Boylston when
a young man. In 1826 he bought of Eli B. Lamson,
then town treasurer of Boylston, a farm of sixty
acres. It was the place since known as the Shaw
farm, but formerly Deacon Levi Moore's place,
where the deacon lived and died. In 1833 Mr. Shaw
leased the saw mill and grist mill of James Lees
and became the town miller. Mr. Shaw lived in
Worcester for some time before going to Boylston.
There is reason to believe that Mr. Shaw belonged
to the Shaw family of Palmer and Brimfield, but
the connection has not been authenticated. The
children of Elmer Shaw were: (by wife Parmelia)
Parmelia, born November 5, 1825, in Worcester,

married Hastings; (by wife Polly) Elmer,

of whom later : Henry Clay, born April 4, 1832, set-
tled in Worcester, was a carpenter, died 1895 ;
Thomas Keyes, born in Boylston, March 3, 1837,
settled in Worcester, was a carpenter, died Febru-
ary, 1905.

(II) Elmer Shaw, Jr.. son of Elmer Shaw (1),
and father of Herbert Stockwell Shaw (3), was
born in Boylston. Massachusetts, September 14.
1829. He married Louise M. Stockwell and settled
in Boylston. He was a farmer and carpenter like
his father before him. Louise M. Stockwell was
the daughter of Israel Stockwell, who was a min-
ister originally from Sutton. Massachusetts. He
died in Michigan. Their children were : Cora, who
died at the age of eight years ; Nellie Leola, mar-
ried George L. Cassavant, now a janitor of the
Gardner public school ; they have two children ;
Herbert Stockwell, of whom later ; Effie Gene, mar-
ried Frank L. Mead, of Worcester, a machinist ;
they have three children ; Gertrude Louise, married
Joseph A. Garfield, a farmer in Boylston ; they have
two children.

(Hit Herbert Stockwell Shaw, son of Elmer
Shaw (2). was born in Boylston, Massachusetts,
April 20, 1864. He attended the district schools of
his native town and the high school at Clinton,
where he was graduated in 1SS1. For two years he
worked for the Boston & Maine Railroad Com-
pany. Believing that electricity was opening a prom-
ising field for young men Mr. Shaw entered the
employ of the Worcester Electric Light Company
and learned the practical side of this business, study-
ing the theoretical and mathematical problems of
electrical engineering at every opportunity. He
worked in various capacities at the electric light
plant. After two years he went to the Ware-Pratt
Company, then located in the store near Pleasant
street now occupied by J. L. Goding. He had
charge of the engine and electric light plant. When
the Webster Electric Light plant was installed in
1889 he was secured for the engineer. Five years
later he was made superintendent and treasurer of
the company and has since held those offices. He
has shown sterling qualities as a business man as
well as unusual skill in the mechanical department
of this business. Mr. Shaw stands well both as an
electrician and as a business man in Webster. Since
1899 he has also been treasurer of the People's
Light and Power Company of Danielson, Connec-
ticut, and divides his time between the two towns.
Both Webster and Danielson are large towns and
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the electric lighting plants are large and constantly
increasing. Mr. Shaw has found time for nothing
but his home and business. He belongs to no secret
orders and has not been active in politics. He is
a member of the National Electric Light Associa-
tion, the New England Association of Gas En-
gineers, the New England Association of Electric
Engineers, Ohio Gas Light Association.

Mr. Shaw married, December 12, 1885, in Wor-
cester, Sarah T. Leavitt, daughter of Albert and
Ann E. (Tobey) Leavitt. of Athens, Maine, born
there August I, 1861. Their children are: Albert
Elmer, born in Worcester, November 13, 1886, grad-
uate of the Webster high school 1905, in class of
1909 Brown University; Florence Louise, born in
Webster, January 6, 1892, in school ; Harold Leavitt,
born March 17, 1896.

HENRY WARD CARTER. Rev. Thomas
Carter (1), the immigrant ancestor of Henry Ward
Carter, of Millbury, Massachusetts, was born in
Hertfordshire, England, about 1608, as he deposed
December 17, 1662. He was a graduate of St. John's
College at Cambridge University, taking his degrees
in 1629 and 1633. In 1635, with forty others, he
came in the ship "Planter" from England, giving
his residence there as St. Albans in Hertfordshire.
He settled first in Dedham, but soon removed to
Watertovvn, where he was an elder in the church,
He was admitted a freeman May 1, 1638. On found-
ing the church at Woburn he was called as the
minister and ordained there October 22, 1642. He
served the people acceptably for a period of thirty-
six years until his death, September 5, 1684. He
had in his possession what he believed to be a Bible
of the martyr, John Rogers, from whom he de-
scended in a maternal line. Johnson in his "Wonder-
working Providence" calls him a "Reverend, godly-
man, apt to teach the sound and wholesome truths
of Christ." Another historian pronounced him "a
very pious, exemplary man, an able and sound
preacher of the Gospel." The customs of the time,,
good old Puritan times, is shown by the bill of ex-
penses for the funeral of the beloved minister. Of
the total cost of four pounds, nineteen shillings,
the coffin cost six shillings, the wine for the mourn-
ers cost half of the total bill, over two pounds.
It may be interesting to note that the town of Wo-
burn paid him a salary of eighty pounds a year.

His wife Mary died March 28, 1687. Their chil-
dren are mentioned in the will of James Carter
brother of Rev. Thomas, dated Hinderclay. Suffolk
county, England, September 8, 1655. The children
were: 1. Rev. Samuel, born at Watertown, Au-
gust 8. 1640, graduate of Harvard, 1660; married,
1672, Eunice Brooks, born October 10, T655, daugh-
ter of John Brooks. 2. Judith, born March 1/5*
1645. married. October 14. 166b, Samuel Somers;
married (second) Giles Fairfield. 3. Theophilus,
born July 24. 1646, died February 15, 1649-50. 4.
Mary, born July 24, 1648. married. 1671, John Wy-
man, Jr.; (second) Nathaniel Batchelder. 5. Abi-
gail, born Augu?t 10, 1649, married, May 7, 1674,
John Smith. 6. Deborah, born September 17, 1651,
died December 14. 1667. 7. Timothy, born at Wo-
burn. June 12. 1653. married, May 3, 1680, Anna
Fiske, daughter of David Fiske, resided at Woburn
and died July 8, 1727. 8. Thomas, born at Woburn,
June 8. 1668, married, 1682, Margaret Whitmore,
resided in Woburn.

(II) Thomas Carter, son of Rev. Thomas Carter
(1), was born at Woburn, Massachusetts. He mar-
ried Margaret Whitmore. daughter of Francis Whit-
more. 1682. They settled in Woburn where their
children were born, viz. : Mary, born October 5,



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1683; Thomas, June 13, 1686; Eleazer, see forward;
Daniel, August 10, 1691, married, January I, 1715,
Sarah Carter; Ebenezer, September 24, 1695, mar-
ried Lydia Carter, April 15, 1717; Ezra, June 22,
1701.

(III) Eleazer Carter, third child of Thomas Car-
ter (2), was born in Woburn, April 16, 1689. He
died in Sudbury, October 3, 1758. He married

Eleanor — and their children were: Eleazer,

born August 29, 1713, at Woburn ; Jonathan, Feb-
ruary 17, 1715; Joshua, June 25, 1716, died Decem-
ber 16, same year; Joshua, July 6, 1719, see for-
ward; James, March 12, 1724; Mary, born April
5, 1725, married Joseph Barmenter.

(IV) Joshua Carter, fourth child of Eleazer
Carter (3), was born in Woburn, Massachusetts,
July 6, 1719. He was a tailor by trade. He was the
first settler of the name at Sutton, Massachusetts,
buying the land for his farm of his relative, Timo-
thy Carter, in 1744. He is the ancestor of one of
the oldest and best families of the town. He mar-
ried (first) Beulah Moore, sister of Major Moore,
who was Idled in the battle of Bunker Hill. She
died in Sutton. He married (second), July 25, 1750,
Elizabeth Lovell, daughter of Thomas and Martha
(Herrick) Lovell. She was born September 23,
1726. He married (third) Abigail Nichols, Novem-
ber 19, 1777. He died at Sutton, April 17^ 1782, in
his sixty-fifth year. His children were: Joshua,
born February 5, 1746, died young; Ephraim, Feb-
ruary 17, 1748; Elizabeth, April 1, 1751, died un-
married aged forty-two years ; Joshua, born May
28. I75>°> see forward.

(V) Joshua Carter, son of Joshua Carter (4),
was- born in Sutton, Massachusetts, May 28, 1759.
He was a soldier in the revolution, in Captain Bar-
tholomew Woodbury's company, Colonel Learned's
regiment, 1775 ; Captain John Blanchard's company,
Colonel James Wesson's regiment, in 1777; sergeant
in Captain John Putnam's company, Colonel Wade's
regiment, under General Sullivan at Providence in
1778. He resided in Sutton. He married (first)
Rachel Putnam, daughter of Isaac Putnam and his
wife Rachel. Her line of ancestry is: Isaac (IV),
Deacon Edward (III), Thomas (II), John (I).
She died March 4, 1791, aged twenty-seven years.
He married (second) Sarah Putnam, sister of his
first wife, January I, 1793. Her mother, Rachel,
died at Becket, Massachusetts, aged one hundred
and four years. Children of Joshua and Rachel
Carter were : Salina, born February 7, 1787 ; Cimene,
October 19, 1789, married Oliver Hall, 1812; Rufus,
see forward. Children of Joshua and Sarah Carter
were : Jonathan, April 4, 1794, died September 28,
1844; Sally, February 20, 1706, married James Wil-
lard; Aaron, January 11, 1803; Newman, January
18, 1810.

(VI) Captain Rufus Carter, son of Joshua Car-
ter (5), was born in Sutton, February 24, 1791.
He was a millwright by trade. He built the old
Carter homestead of brick, where he died May 2,
1823. He married, December 13, 1819, Hannah Hall,
born December 3, 1795, died aged ninety- four years.
Their children were: Mary (twin), born at Sut-
ton, September 18, 1820; Harriet (twin), born Sep-
tember 18, 1820; Hannah, born November 28, 1821 ;
Rufus, see forward.

(VII) Rufus Carter, son of Captain Rufus Car-
ter (6), was born November 24. 1823. He married
Sarah Ward, born April 14, 1830, died January 6,
1889, daughter of Jonas and Susanna F. (Thurs-
ton) Ward, granddaughter of Nathan Thurston.
Jonas Ward resided in Ashburnham, Millbury and

1. 1, illy in Oxford, where Susanna died in 1831.
Jonas Ward married 1 second) Elizabeth Pope,



widow of John Pope. He died April 28, 1842. Of
the children of Jonas Ward, Edward L., born Jan-
uary 13, 1815, married Harriet A. Fisk and settled
in Worcester, and they had a daughter Julia, born
1846, who married H. M. Tompkins, of Croton, New
York, now of Worcester (See Tompkins sketch) ;
another daughter Hattie, born 1849, married Homer
R. King, of Worcester. (See King sketch). Jonas
Ward was the son of Thaddeus and Lydia Ward,
and was born at Waltham, November 22, 1748; he
married, January 22, 1772, Rebecca Foster, daughter
of Jeremiah Foster, of Ashburnham.

Rufus Carter attended the public schools of
Millbury and Leicester Academy, and afterward
worked on the farm of his step-father, Cyrus Faulk-
ner at Old Common, until he was eighteen years
old. Being then afflicted with a lameness of the
knee that interfered with active work in the fields,
he secured employment with a shoemaker, becoming
an expert shoemaker himself, an occupation that he
followed twenty-five years in Millbury and Graf-
ton, Massachusetts. From 1866 to 1891 he con-
ducted the farm on which he was brought up. After
living a retired life for fourteen years with his son,
Henry W. Carter, he died there February 9, 1905.
Mr. Carter was a Free Mason. In politics he was
strongly anti-slavery before the civil war and a
Republican since the party was organized. He held
various town offices, in all of which he served with
credit and efficiency. He was highway surveyor,
selectman nine years and tax collector fifteen years.
He was a man of attractive personality and manner,
of excellent character and highly esteemed.

Children of Rufus and Sarah Carter were: I.
Anna L., born October 12, 1850, died September 12,
1863. 2. Charles Sumner, born September 5, 1852,
now lives in Alaska. 3. Henry Ward, see forward.
4. Fannie Ermina, born April 26, 1856, began teach-
ing at Westboro at age of seventeen, continued there
for a period of two or three years ; then went to
Millbury and taught for a number of years ; then
to Waltham : and later to Wakefield, where she is
at present (1006) and where she has taught for
about twenty years. She gave up teaching public
school for several years and taught drawing in vari-
ous cities and towns in Massachusetts. 5. Mary E.,
born April 8, 1859, married Charles F. Mansfield,
has two children : Anna, born April 2. 1881 ; Ma-
belle G, born May 3, 1885. 6. Cyrus F., born De-
cember 18, 1861, died June 14, 1893; he studied medi-
cine with Dr. Joseph N. Bates, of Worcester; later
attended Harvard Medical School, from which he
graduated with high honors. For two years he was
in the Boston City Hospital ; he was very success-
ful in his medical practice. He married Nettie
Bebee. 7. Laura Emma, born January 21, 1864,
died February 3, 1872. 8. William W., born 1866,
see forward. 9. Lewis E., born May 9, 1868, super-
intendent of cemetery at Wakefield, Massachusetts;
married Maud Heath, has five children : Minot
H, born February 12, 1895 : Cyrus F., born August
7, 1896 ; Marguerite, born March 28, 1899 ; Cath-
arine, born July 10, 1002 : Pauline, born July 30,
1905. 10. Jennie L.. born September 27, 1870, grad-
uated from Millbury high school, began teaching in
the schools of Wakefield, then went to Lexington,
and later to Boston, where she is teaching in the
public schools. 11. James Allison, born June 17,
1873, graduated from Millbury high school ; for the
past ten years he has been traveling for the F. W.
Dodge 1 Company of Boston, construction information
bureau.

(VIII) Henry Ward Carter, son of Rufus Car-
ter (7), was born in Millbury, Massachusetts, May
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native town and C. C. Foster's Commercial School
of Worcester until 1874. He taught school at
Bramanville and West Millbury for four years. He
then entered a partnership with Austin E. Rock-
wood and opened a fruit and produce store at 624
Main street, Worcester. After a year the Wor-
cester store was sold and for about four years Mr.
Carter was with Dr. Joseph N. Bates, of Worcester,
in the capacity of bookkeeper and collector. In the
spring of 1882 he leased the Sabin farm in Mill-
bury. In the following autumn he removed to
Savannah, Georgia, expecting to locate there, but
on account of malaria he had to give up the idea,
and in the spring of 1883 he returned to Millbury
with his family and bought the Sabin farm, which
he had hired previously. This farm, now known as
Elm brook farm, was formerly owned by Elder
Samuel Waters, and under the management of its
present owner has become very productive. Mr.
Carter made the farm pay for itself in a few years.
He made a specialty of his dairy and market garden,
wholesaling milk and retailing vegetables to his cus-
tomers in the city of Worcester. He has also been
engaged in the contracting business, and was one
of the three original contractors for the construc-
tion of the Worcester & Southbridge Street Railway,
which was begun in the spring of 1901 and was com-
pleted in the fall of 1902.

Mr. Carter has been prominent in public life. He
has been a justice of the peace since 1891, overseer
of the poor two years, superintendent of streets three
years, assessor two years and selectman five years.
In politics he is a Republican. He attends the
Congregational Church. He is a member of the
local lodges of Odd Fellows and Free Masons and
has taken all the degrees to and including the thirty-
second in Free Masonry. In the winter of 1895
Mr. Carter traveled extensively through the west
to the Pacific and from British Columbia to Mexico.
Again in 1905, together with his wife, he took a
trip to Southern California, visiting many important
points of interest.

He married, October 31, 1878, Louette Gleason
Griggs, daughter of Dr. Lyman Franklin and Maria
H. (Powers) Griggs, formerly of Brimfield, Massa-
chusetts. The children of Dr. Lyman Franklin and
Maria Griggs were : Ella M., Mary Isadore, Lydia
A., Louette G. Griggs. Children of Henry Ward
and Louette G. Carter are: 1. Addie Louette, born
February II, 1881, at Worcester, graduate of the
English "high school of Worcester in 1899; married
Edward William Witter, of Hanover, Connecticut,
September 3. 1902, and have two children — Harold
Carter Witter, born August 2, 1903 ; Howard Bishop
Witter, born November 10. 1004. 2. Clara May,
born February 23, 1884. graduate of trie Millbury
high school, class of 1901, and of Post's Business
Institute, Worcester ; for four years clerk in the
Quinsigamond National Bank of Worcester, mar-
ried Ernest Lane Smith, son of Herbert and Helen
(Lane) Smith, of Worcester, Massachusetts. 3.
Rufus Henry, born May 14, 1885, graduate class of
1903, Millbury high school, studied at Amherst Col-
lege one year, is now associated in business with his
father. 4. Ruth, born November 3, 1892, student in
public schools.

(VIII) William Woodbury Carter, son of Rufus
Carter (7), was born April 21, 1866, at Millbury,
Massachusetts. He attended the public and high
schools there, and worked at home on the farm for
two years after leaving school. He then went to
Worcester as head shipping clerk for J. H. and G.
M. Walker, shoe manufacturers, remaining three
years. He then became paymaster for the firm of
Cutting & Bishop, contractors and builders, Wor-



cester, where he remained seven years. When that
firm was dissolved he went with Mr. Cutting in the
firm then formed. Cutting, Bardwell & Company,
and its successor, G. H. Cutting & Company. He
has been a member of the last named firm for thir-
teen years. The firm is at present composed of
George H. Cutting, Burton C. Fiske, W. W. Carter
and George B. Cutting. Mr. Carter has charge of
the financial end of the business. In recent years
the work of this firm- has aggregated about a million
dollars a year, employing from six hundred to six-
teen hundred hands. At present the firm is working
on contracts in Massachusetts, Maine, South Caro-
lina and Tennessee. Last year they had large con-
tracts in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont,
Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee. Mr.
Carter has traveled considerably in looking out for
these distant contracts. A list of the contracts of
the company and a history of the business will be
found in the sketch of George H. Cutting in this
work.

Mr. Carter married, October 24, 1895, Laura
Grace Whitney, of Millbury. She was educated in
the public and high schools of Millbury, at Lasalle
Seminary. Auburndale, Massachusetts. She studied
music under Clarence Hay, of Boston. Children of
William W. and Laura Grace Carter are : Lor-
raine Whitney, born October 13. 1898; William
Woodbury, Jr., October 22, 1000; Mildred, February
27, 1904.

CAMPBELL FAMILY. Rev. John Campbell
(1). immigrant ancestor of Henry Ward Carter, of
Millbury, one of the most interesting figures of the
early history of Oxford, Massachusetts, was born
about 1690 in the north of Scotland. He was edu-
cated in the University of Edinburgh, taking honors
as a student. He came to New England in 1717, and
in 1721 was ordained as minister at Oxford. As
we are informed by the inscription on his grave-
stone : "With great wisdom and fidelity he con-
tinued to execute ye several parts of his office more
than 40 years." He was very efficient in business
matters and his name often appears in connection
with real estate transactions. At the time of his
settlement he received forty acres with all the rights
of a proprietor in the common lands, etc., of the
town. He had twenty acres additional granted in
the eastern part of the town and one hundred and
forty acres in the northwest part. These grants
were liberally measured, it seems, for when he sold
this land to his son Alexander it had become two
hundred and thirty acres, more or less. In 1721
he bought three hundred acres in the North Gore.
In 1736 "on account of difficult circumstances in
the ministry at Oxford" he received a grant of the
nominal amount of three hundred acres on Lake
Chaubunagungamaug, now in Webster, Massachu-
setts. Later this piece of land was sold for four
hundred acres. Altogether Mr. Campbell had at
least a thousand acres of land. He was attorney
and counsellor for his parish as well as clergyman.
He drew their wills and administered their estates,
drew their deeds and arbitrated their differences.
He was also the physician, having no mean knowl-
edge of physic as understood in his day. He was
active as minister for forty years. "In his preach-
ing" says the Boston News Letter, "he was strictly
orthodox, much improved in ecclesiastic councils
and happy in the peace and harmony of the church."
He was thoroughly Scotch in his interpretations of
Christianity, impatient at innovations and a great
student of the Bible. It was commonly believed that
he was a political refugee, that he espoused the
cause of the Stuarts in 1715 and that he had aristo-



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cratic connections, for Lord Loudon paid him a visit
at Oxford and seemed to be a relative. But he never
revealed his secrets, even to his children. He must
have had a military education, for he himself drilled
the recruits during the French and Indian war. His
will was dated August I, 1760. His son Duncan
settled opposite the North Common of Oxford,
where he built the Campbell house now standing
there. Before 1754 he began building a mansion at
the South Common, but sold it to his brother-in-
law Josiah Wolcott, before it was completed.

(II) Alexander Campbell, son of Rev. John
Campbell (1), was born in Oxford. He married,
1757. Lydia Stearns, daughter of Thomas Stearns,
o'f Worcester. She was born January 7, 1735- He



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