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settled on a farm given him by his father on the
Sutton road near Mill brook (H. 195), where his
new house was burned November I, 1771. He after-
wards lived at Lot H. 205, now owned by the heirs
of Israel Sibley. He died there December 28, 1782.
Later, his widow resided with her daughter, Mrs
Dr Learned at North Oxford, where she died
March 19, 1816. Alexander Campbell was a man
of good ability and stood well as a citizen. He was
somewhat in public life. In 1776 he was chairman
of the committee of the town to consider the pro-
posed state constitution. He was for many years
the leading physician in his section In personal
appearance he was short, thick-set and dark Chil-
dren of Alexander and Lydia were: Edward Ray-
mond, born June 17, 1779. also a physician; Lydia,
born October 13, 1760, settled in Westminster Ver-
mont ; Alexander, Jr., born 1761, died 1762;. Alex-
ander Jr., born December 20, 1762, physician at
Grafton Massachusetts, and Rockingham, Vermont ;
Annis, born December 26, 1766, died April 7, 1787;
Sally, born June 19, 1769, married, Nove m b« 3,
1786 Nathan Thurston, see forward; Patty, born
October 28, 1771 ; Polly, born April 18, 1774-

(III) Sally Campbell, daughter of Alexander

Campbell (2). * as born in ° xf ° rd ' ^^T^'
Tune 19 1769. She married, November 3. 1786,
Nathan Thurston, son of David Thurston, grandson
of Daniel Thurston, of Wrentham, Massachusetts,
and great-grandson of Thomas Thurston the pioneer
settler at Wrentham. David was born May 9, 1726,
graduated 1751 at Princeton College, and was or-
dained June 23, 1752, at West Medway. Massachu-
setts he resigned February 22, 1769. and in 1,72
removed to Oxford, where he bought the old tavern;
he removed thence to Ward and .finally to Sutton,
where he died May S. 1777- Children °f Nathan
and Sally (Campbell) Thurston were :: A exander
Campbell, born August 7. 17S8: Sally, May II, 790,
Susanna, see forward: Mary, June 3. 1794: Nathan-
iel April 12, 1796: Hannah, April 5. 1798: Fanny,
March - 1800; Miranda Pond. May 16. 1801; Emily
Stearns September 20. 1802. died young: Patty
DavYs? September it. ,804; Catherine Pratt, Novem-
ber "Q 1806; David Thatcher, born January 16. 1810.
Some 'of the older children were born in Vermont,
it Putney. Rockingham and Westminster.

(IV) Susan Fairbanks Thurston, daughter of
Nathan Thurston, was born at Putney, Vermont,
Sentember 18 1792. She married Jonas Ward.
Their daucl'ter. Sarah Ward, married Rufus Carter,
father of Henry Ward Carter, mentioned above.

CLARRIDGE FAMILY. Francis Clarridge (i),
the immigrant ancestor of the Clarridge family in
h?s country, left very meagre records behind him.
H was Probably born in England and followed the
sea He was born in 1732 and came to this country
before the revolution, settling in the town of Reho-
boh Massachusetts, near Rhode Island. He re-



ceived a bounty from the town of Rehoboth Decem-
ber 12, 1781, enlisting at that time in the Contenenfal
army for three years. The records present this de-
scription of him: Complexion light; trade black-
smith ; residence Rehoboth. He gave his age as
forty-nine years December 12, 1781. He was also
a marine in the state ship "Tartar," Captain John
Cathcart; engaged August 9, 1782, and discharged
November 21, 1782.

(II) Clarridge, son of Francis Clarridge

(1), probably, had children: Mrs. Goldman, Mrs.
Wright, Mrs. Morrill, Mrs. Osborne, Mrs. Bailey,
Stephen, of whom later.

(III) Stephen Clarridge, great-grandfather of
Arthur Preston Clarridge, was born at Westfield,
August, 1798, and died at Salem, June 14, 1833. He
married, September 29, 1822, Ruth Collins, who was
born at Salem, Massachusetts, October 27, 1799, and
died January 1, 1838. She was the daughter of John
and Ruth (Hammond) Collins. Their children
were: I. Stephen Henry, of whom later. 2. Fred-
erick, born at Framingham, February 24, 1826, died
November 9, 1882, married, December 25, 1851,
Sarah Jane Atherton, of Billerica, Massachusetts,
and their children were — George Frederick, born
December 4, 1852, married, December 4, 1879, Louise
A. Tower, of Charlestown ; their children are — Ruth
T. and Paul F. ; Charlotte Elizabeth, born July 31,
1854. unmarried ; Clara Jane, born November 18,
i860, unmarried. 3. George Bailey, born August II,
1827, died September 27, 1828. 4. George Augustus,
born January 26, 1830, married, February 17, 1867,
Rosanna Gladkin. 5. Mary Elizabeth, born Novem-
ber 4, 1832. died December 16, 1867; married, Oc-
tober 31, 1855, Charles Goldthwaite.

(IV) Stephen Henry Clarridge, son of Stephen
Clarridge (3), was born at Salem, Massachusetts,
March 16, 1823, and died March 22, 1854. He re-
ceived his early education at Salem, removing when
a young boy to Charlestown, where he learned the
trade of rope making. He rose to the position of
foreman in the government ropewalk at the navy
yard, and held this position until March 22, 1854,
when he died at his home, Elm street, Charlestown,
Massachusetts. He was a member of the Bunker
Hill Baptist Church, in which he was very active.
He served for a long time on the parish committee.
He was a Republican, and was always interested i«
public questions.

He married Ann Maria Learned, of East Cam-
bridge, Massachusetts. She was born 1823 and died
June 14, 1863. Their children were : George Henry,
born .November 28, 1845 ; Frederick Henry, 1848,
of whom later: Charles Edwin, born at Charlestown,
January 4, 1850: Mary Abby, May 6, 1832; Henrietta,
born at Charlestown.

(V) Frederick Henry Clarridge, son of Stephen
Henry Clarridge (4), was born in Charlestown,
Massachusetts, April 17, 1848. He attended the
public schools. From twelve to fifteen he worked
in the operating room of the Western Union Tele-
graph Company, and at fifteen he began to learn the
trade of rope making under his father at the
government ropewalk. After a year he went to work
for William Churchill at Brookline. Massachusetts,
remaining with him a year. He enlisted for the
civil war and was accepted, but the war came to
an end before he was mustered in. He worked for
a time at farming in Quincy, and at the currier's
trade three years in Woburn. When he was twenty-
one he began to learn the mason's trade and con-
tinued along this line until 1876, when he engaged
in the tea and coffee business on his own account.
He soon entered the grocery trade with Theo. M.
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After three years he sold out to his partner and
again went to work at the mason's trade, in busi-
ness with John J. Skinner, of Woburn, continuing
for seven years and afterwards was with Charles
White for four years, the firm name being White
& Clarridge. After this firm dissolved Mr. Clar-
ridge continued the business for several years. In
1896 he took his son, Arthur P. Clarridge, into
partnership and they continued in business at Wo-
burn until 1900, when they removed to Milford
and settled on a hundred acre farm which they
bought there. In 1902 the son started in the mason
business again and Mr. Clarridge is at present work-
ing for him. He attended the Congregational Church,
He is a Republican in politics. He belongs to the
Woburn Council of the Royal Arcanum. He served
in Company G, Fifth Regiment, Massachusetts Vol-
unteer Militia, after the civil war.

He married, December 25, 1872, Abbie Frances
Preston, of Revere, Massachusetts, daughter of Dea-
con William B. and Rosinda (Abrams) Preston.
Her father was a manufacturer of scales, also a
retail dealer in them. Their children are : Etta
Frances, Rosinda, Arthur Preston, of whom later;
Edwin Francis, born November 8, 1880.

(VI) Arthur Preston Clarridge, son of Fred-
erick H. Clarridge (5), was born at Woburn, Massa-
chusetts, September 13, 1873. He was educated
in the public schools there, leaving the high school
at the age of sixteen to attend Bryant & Stratton's
Business College in Boston. Then he learned the
trade of mason with his father, for whom he worked
until he was twenty-two years of age, when he was
admitted to partnership in his father's business,
continuing until 1900, when he removed to Milford
with his family and started in the mason and con-
tracting business there on his own account. He
has had the mason's contract for many of the resi-
dences built of late years in Milford, and much of
the work of the Draper Company at Hopedale, the
town adjoining, has been awarded to him. Mr.
Clarridge bought a hundred acre farm in Milford
at the time they moved there. About a quarter
of this farm, which is located on Purchase street,
is woodland. Mr. Clarridge and his brother have
built up an extensive milk route and conduct a
first-class dairy on the farm. They have a herd of
extra fine cows. Mr. Clarridge is a member of the
First Congregational Church at Milford. He is a
Republican. He belongs to the Master Builders
Association of Massachusetts, and is a member of
the Ancient Order of United Workmen.

He married, October 23, 1895, Myrtle Jane Le-
Baron, a lineal descendant of Mayflower stock, who
was born July 21. 1875, daughter of William Henry
Bradford and Ella Delight (Wood) LeBaron, of
Woburn. Her father is an engineer by profession
and a veteran of the civil war. Their children are:
Fred Williams, born September 11, 1896; Ella
Frances. September I, 1897 ; Hazel Edith, January
23, 1900; LeBaron, February 23, 1902; Duane Her-
bert, March 18, 1903.

ELLIOT ALDEN. John Alden (1), one of the
best known of the Pilgrim Fathers, through the
popular poem of Longfellow, "The Courtship of
Myles Standish." was the immigrant ancestor of
Elliot Alden. of Milford, Massachusetts. He was
the first stripling to land from the "Mayflower," and
the last to die of those who signed the civil com-
pact. He was not a Pilgrim from Holland, but
was one of five men hired by the Pilgrims to come
with them. He was selected for his trade, a cooper
being found necessary in the new colony. Captain
Standish was also hired in England, but both be-



came identified with the company in religious views
and enthusiasm. Alden was the tallest man of the
first colony. The name is of Scandinavian origin,
Auldin or Auldine being found in Norway at pres-
ent, and Van Aldens in Germany. John Alden's
ancestry probably dates back to some of the inva-
sion of Scandinavians. Alden settled first in Plym-
outh, and his land was between Burial Hill and
Main street. He gave up this location when he re-
moved to Duxbury, where he settled on the south
side of Blue Fish river. In 1633 he became an as-
sistant to the governor, a position he held until his
death, except from 1640 to 1650. when he was dep-
uty to the general court from Duxbury; from 1666
to 1687 was deputy governor ; and was treasurer,
'165S, 1659 and 1660. He divided his estate before
his death. The old Alden house in Duxbury was
built in 1700. He died in Duxbury September 12,
1687, aged eighty-eight years. He married, about
1622, Priscilla Mullins (or Molines), who died be-
tween 1680 and 1687. Their children: I. Elizabeth,
I orn 1623, died May 31. 1717; married William Pay-
body (Peabody). 2. John, born 1625-6; died in
Boston. March 14, 1702, aged eighty years; was for
many years commander of the naval forces of the
Massachusetts Bay, with title of captain; his head-
stone was recovered in 1870 and is now in the vesti-
bule of the new Old South Church in Boston ; he
was imprisoned on a charge of witchcraft, escaped
to Duxbury. returned and gave himself up, and was
finally released when the delusion had passed; he
was a sea captain; hi? home was on Alden Lane,
now Alden street. He married Elizabeth, widow
of Abiel Everell, daughter of William Phillips, of
Watertown. Although he had thirteen children,
none of his grandchildren left male issue, and none
of the name of Alden are descended from him,
although many of the present generation have been
misled by an error in Thayer's "Genealogy of the
Alden Family," making John Alden of Needham
appear to be a grandson of Captain John Alden of
Boston. 3. Joseph, born 1627 ; died February 8,
1697: married Mary Simmons. 4. Sarah, born 1629;
married Alexander Standish, son of Captain Myles
Standish. 5. Jonathan, born 16-^2-3; died February
Id, 1697; married Abigail Hallett. 7. Ruth, born
1634-5; died October 12, 1674; married John Bass.
8. Mary, married Thomas Delano. 9- David, men-
tioned below. 10. Priscilla, born about 1635. 11.
Rebecca, born about 1637. 12. Zachariah, born about
1641.

(II) David Alden. son of John Alden (1),
born in Duxbury, 1646, was probably the youngest
son. He died in 1719. intestate, having deeded prop-
erty after the example of his father to four or more
of his sons. He was very prominent in public af-
fairs and the church. He was a selectman; deputy
to the general court ; assistant to the governor, and
deacon of the church. In 1676 he was constable,
and in 1701 treasurer of the town of Duxbury. His
descendants settled in Billerica. Stonington, New
London. Yarmouth, Abington. Dedham. Needham,
and in later generations, of course, are widely scat-
tered all over the United States. He married Mary,
daughter of Constant and Elizabeth (Collier) South-
worth and granddaughter of Constant and Alice
(Carpenter) Southworth. (Alice Southworth is bet-
ter known as the wife of Governor Bradford, whom
she married August 14, 1623. See Bradford and
Caroenter families, also Southworth under sketch
of Peniamin W. Childs). In the family of David
Alden the name of Alice Bradford was perpetuated
for many generations. Children of David and Mary
Alden: t. Henry, mentioned below. 2. Ruth, born
about 1679. 5. Benjamin, about 168 — . 6. Alice,



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about 1679. 5- Banjamin, about 168—. 6. Alice,
about 1685. 7. Samuel, about 1680.

(III) Henry Aldcn, son of David Alden (2),
was born in Duxbury, Massachusetts, about 1671.
(See p. 180, N. E. Geneal. Reg. 1900; also p. 163,
1898; also Suffolk wills, vol. xxviii, p. 486). He
went to sea with his uncle Captain John Alden, and
was thought by Thayer to be his son. He settled
in Dedham, Massachusetts, about 1700. His name
appears first in the records there August 30, 1704,
when eight acres of land were granted him. He died
at Dedham, February 18, 1730, and his son John
was appointed administrator March 2, 1729-30. His
homestead was on Central avenue, as it is now
called, opposite Webster street, in Needham. The
house there was built in 1801 by his grandson Silas
Alden. He married first, Deborah , and (sec-
ond) August 11, 1719. at Weston. Elizabeth Collier,
of Natick, a descendant of William Collier, an
early settler at Plymouth. The children of Henry
and Deborah Alden were: 1. Thomas, born Rox-
bury, October 29, 1696, died young. 2. Henry, Jr.,
born January 20, 1700, died young. 3. William,
born August 14, 1709. 4. John, mentioned below.

5. Deborah, married Dunton. 6. Susanna.

7. Alice, married Thomas Collier; died before her
father.

(IV) John Alden, son of Henry Alden (3),
born in Dedham, probably about 1705. He settled
in that part of Dedham that became Needham, where
many of his descendants have lived. He was a
farmer. He died in 1782, and his son Silas was
executor of his will, dated June 26, 1782. He mar-
ried, November 26. 1728, Thankful Parker. Their
children, all born in Needham. were: I. Joanna,
born March 9, 1730, baptized at Needham, Febru-
ary 24, 173 1, died young. 2. John, Jr., born Oc-
tober 9, 1731 : married September 26, 1754, Mary
Adams. 3. Alice (named for Alice Bradford), born
July 12, 1733, baptized July 15. 4. Henry, born
November 27, 1734, baptized December 1. 5. Silas,
mentioned below. 6. Moses, born November 13,
baptized November 19, 1738; died March 9, 1858.
7. Bethia. baptized March 21, 1741. 9. Thomas,
baptized January 13, 1745. 10. Thankful. 11. Mary,
baptized November 6, 1748.

(V) Deacon Silas Alden, son of John Alden
(4), born at Needham, October, 1736, baptized Oc-
tober 31. 1736, was a soldier in the revolution, en-
sign in Capt. Robert Smith's company, Col. William
Heath's regiment, on the Lexington Alarm, April
19, 1775- He was also at the fortification of Dor-
chester Heights on 1776. He ws second lieutenant
in Capt. Robert Smith's company (fourth). Col.
William Mcintosh's regiment (first Suffolk) in 1776.
Also in Capt. Thomas Mayer's company, Col. Eleazer
Weld's regiment in 1776: also in Capt. Ebenezer
Battle's company, Col. Mcintosh's regiment, in 1778.
He resided in Needham, where he had a farm, the
homestead of his father. He married Margaret
Capron. He died 1826, aged ninety years. Chil-
dren of Deacon John nd Margaret Alden: 1. Moses
(he and the six following were all baptized together
November 2, 1775), bsrn about 1760: Elizabeth;
Paul ; Silas ; Amasa ; Lydia : Rebecca ; Simeon, men-
tioned below: Samuel, baptized October 29, 1780;
George, bantized November 10. 1782.

(VI) Simeon Alden. son of Silas Alden (5),
born about Januarv 1. 1779, baptized at Needham,
January 3, 1779. He settled in Needham and Fram-
ingham. He married Elizabeth Cook, and among
their children was Samuel, mentioned below.

(VII) Samuel Alden, ?on of Simeon Alden (6),
born in Needham, Massachusetts, began life as a
farmer in and about Needham and followed this



occupation through life. While he did not pos-
sess much property he stood well in the esteem
of his neighbors, an honest and hard-working citi-
zen. He died January 28, 1865. He married Lovina,
born at Framingham July 18, 1793, daughter of
David and Martha (Hemenway) Amsden. She died
October 16, 1855. They had two children, who were
baptized July 21, 1822, together: I. Harriet, born
October 27, 1815: died September 16, 1833. 2. El-
liot, born April 28, 1817.

(VIII) Elliot Alden, only son of Samuel Alden
(7), was born at Needham, Massachusetts, April 29,
1817. He received his early education there, and
at an early age had to begin to work for his living.
He removed to Milford when a young man. He
had learned the shoemaker's trade, and later became
a manufacturer in partnership with Richard Har-
rington, under the firm name of Alden & Harring-
ton. The business was located in the factory on
Central street, now occupied by the firm* of F. W.
Mann & Company, manufacturers of green bone cut-
ters. Here Alden & Harrington continued in busi-
ness for many years. Mr. Harrington retired in
1897. After running the business alone for a year,
Mr. Alden also retired in 1889. He spent the re-
mainder of his life in Milford. He died there Decem-
ber 4, 1904, aged eighty-seven years. Most of his
Alden ancestors lived to extreme ages. Mr. Alden
was gifted with unusual business ability. He was
honest and straightforward in his dealings, both with
his customers and his employees. That he was pros-
perous in business was due largely to his foresight
and economy, his constant attention to details in
his factory and to the market in which he bought
and sold. He was a liberal employer, withal, and
esteemed by his own employees as a friend. He
was a Republican in politics and a Universalist in
religion. He was at the time of his death the oldest
member of Tisquantum Lodge, No. 46, I. O. O. F.,
in which he was initiated September 30, 1844, the
night the lodge itself was instituted. He was a lead-
ing member of Quinshepaug Encampment. No. 20,
same order. He married, at Mendon, Massachu-
setts. October 4, 1840 Susan Eliza Perry, born May
5. 1820, daughter of Josiah and Anna (Corbett)
Perry, of Milford. The only child of Elliot and
Susan (Perry) Alden, Harriet Eliza Perry, was
born in Milford, Massachusetts. September 2, 1841.
She married January 5, 1864. Walter Raleigh Bar-
ber. He was born in Mendon, October 20, 1838,
and died at Milford. July 14, 1873. Mrs. Barber
survives him. They have had no children.

GARFIELD FAMILY. The family of which
Charles H., Joseph Bradley. Burtie J., Myron Smith
and William Sylvester Garfield are representatives,
can be traced in Massachusetts for at least several
generations. '

Joseph Bradley Garfield was born in Brandon,
Vermont, and there received his education. He
then learned the carpenter's trade and for a long
time was employed in one of the chair shops of
East Templeton. whither he had removed. His first
wife was Elizabeth Smith, of Rutland. Massachu-
setts. His second wife was Mary J. Stratton.

Henry James Garfield, son of Joseph Bradley
and Elizabeth (Smith) Garfield, was born in 1839,
in the southern part of New Hampshire, and was
educated in the schools of East Templeton, Massa-
chusetts. He then moved to New York city, where
he worked at his trade of chair manufacturing, and
where he remained until the breaking out _ of the
civil war, when he took up his abode in Springfield,
Massachusetts. He was there employed in the
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He then moved to Westboro and later to Holden,
in which place he passed the remainder of his life.
He was a carpenter by trade and held the offices of
assessor and overseer of the poor. In politics he
was a Republican and in religion an attendant of
the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Garfield married Martha Luvanne, of Massa-
chusetts, and their children were: Mary, Charles
H., Joseph Bradley, see forward ; Burtie J., Myron
Smith and William Sylvester (twins), see forward.
The death of Mr. Garfield occurred March 18, 1881,
in Holden.

Joseph Bradley Garfield, son of Henry James
and Martha Luvanne (Hagar) Garfield, was born
December 8, 1871, in Westboro, and when two years
old removed to Holden with his parents. He re-
ceived his education in the schools of Holden and
East Templeton. In 1886 he moved to Boylston,
where he has since been engaged in farming. He
holds the office of road commissioner, belongs to
the Grange and is identified with the Republican
party. He attends the Congregational church. Mr.
Garfield married, April 9, 1893, Gertrude L. Shaw,
born October 25, 1875, in Boylston, daughter of
Elmer and Mary (Stockwell) Shaw, and they have
been the parents of three sons : Oscar B., born De-
cember 22, 1895, died July 31, 1896; Elmer H., born
July I, 1899; and Ralph I., born February 25, 1904.

Myron Smith and William Sylvester Garfield,
twin sons of Henry James and Martha Luvanne
(Hagar) Garfield, were born June 22, 1878, in Hol-
den, and were educated in the schools of Boylston.
In early life they turned their attention to agri-
culture and are now the owners of the farm which
they cultivate in partnership. Myron S. Garfield
has filled the office of master of Boylston Grange,
No. in. Both brothers are Republicans and attend
the Congregational Church. Myron Smith Garfield
married, May 16, 1903, Jesse Edna Earle, born Oc-
tober 15. 1874, daughter of Jessie Wheeler and Cath-
arine Earle (Kemmeris) Babcock, of Bolton stock.
Mr. Babcock has been variously engaged as book-
keeper, undertaker and farmer, and was a promi-
nent member of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, of Marlboro, Massachusetts.

THE BRECK FAMILY. Edward Breck (1),
who came to New England in 1635, was the direct
ancestor of Katherine Israel Breck (mother of May
Breck Montgomery Smith). He was born in Lan-
cashire, England, within fifty miles of Liverpool, in
1595, and married probably in 1617. He emigrated
with the Puritans to Massachusetts, accompanied
by his wife, son Robert and one daughter. They
arrived at Boston, probably on the ship "James"
from Bristol, England, Captain Taylor, master, Au-
gust 7, 1636. Rev. Richard Mather was in the same
company of emigrants. They settled at Dorchester,
Massachusetts, and Breck joined the church there
in 1636. He prospered apparently and built one of
the first grist mills in the colony. He owned land
at Lancaster, Massachusetts. He lived in what is
now Adams street, near where Hon. John Howe
has since lived. He was a town officer in 1642-45-
46. His wife died about 1645. He married in 1647,
Isabel Rigby, widow of John Rigby. She was born
in England about 1610 and married Mr. Rigby there.
Edward Breck died November 2, 1662. His widow
married again November 14, 1663. All the descend-
ants of Edward Breck in the male line are from the
second wife, Isabel. The children of Edward Breck
were: 1. A daughter, born in England probably in
1618, died in England probably in 1628. Robert,
born in England about 1620, came to Dorchester
with his parents, died there about 1660. A daughter,



born in England about 1622, came to Dorchester

with her parents, where she married Blake,



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