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about 1640, and died about 1645, leaving children.
Elinor, born at Dorchester, Massachusetts, probably
1636, married, September 12, 1656, Benjamin Crane,
of Medfield, Massachusetts, removed to Wethers-
lield, Connecticut, soon after married, had eight
children. Mary, born at Dorchester, Massachusetts,
baptized August 6, 1648, married Samuel Paul, of
Dorchester, January 9, 1667 ; he was constable there
in 1672, town clerk in 1089 and died November 3,
1690; she married (second) John Tolman, June 15,
1692, and died August 25, 1720; John Tolman died
January 1, 1725, married in his eighty-third year;
she had seven children by her first husband. John,
born 1651, died February, 1791. Elizabeth, born
1652. Susanna, born 1654, married John Harris, of
Dorchester, March 20, 1675.

(II) Captain John Breck, son of Edward Breck
(i),was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, 1651. He

married Susanna , who was born 1648. He was a

tanner and lived in that part of Dorchester known
as Squantum. He was active in many lines of busi-
ness. He was captain of the town company in the
militia. He was selectman of the town and well
known throughout the colonies as Captain Breck.
He died February 17, 1691, at the age of forty. His
wife died February 8, 171 1. Their children were:
Jemima, born April 17, 1677, married Benjamin
Blackman, of Dorchester. Edward, born April 7,
1674, lived at Dorchester, was an ensign in the
militia, died September 3, 1713. Elizabeth, born
September 20, 1676, married Nathaniel Butts, Sep-
tember 16, 1698. Susanna, born November 9, 1678,
baptized November 17, 1678, the first day of meeting
in the new meeting house built in that year, mar-
ried John Tolman, February, 1696-7 (See sketch of
E. F. Tolman elsewhere in this work.) John, born
December 22, 1680, resided in Boston, died Feb-
ruary 16, 1713. Robert, born December 7, 1682,
clergyman at Marlborough, Massachusetts, died Jan-
uary 6, 1731. Nathaniel, born December 1, 1684,
accidentally drowned October 20, 1736. Hannah,
born December 22, 1686, died December 23, 1686.
Hannah, born February 17, 1688, married Rev. Eben-
ezer Devotion, October 4, 1710; he was born at
Brookline about 1685, graduated at Harvard Col.-
lege, 1701, ordained minister at Suffield, Connecti-
cut, June 28, 1710; (son Rev. Ebenezer Devotion
who graduated at Yale College in 1732 and was or-
dained at Scotland, Connecticut, October 22, 1733.
He married Martha Lathrop, and had a son and
five daughters, among them Martha, who married
Governor Samuel Huntington, Hannah, who married
Rev. Mr. Huntington, Lucy, whose youngest daugh-
ter, Sara Jane Clark, is known to the literary
world and the public as Grace Greenwood, the
author.) Samuel, born September 14, 1690, died
about 1714.

(Ill) John Breck, son of Captain John Breck
(2), was born at Dorchester, Massachusetts, De-
cember 22, 1680. He married Ann Patteshall, daugh-
ter of Richard and Martha Patteshall, October 21,
1703. He resided in Boston near the old North
Church. He died February 16, 1713. He was a
cooper by trade, a merchant and in various lines of
trade. His widow married (second) William
Thomas, October 21, 1717. She was his second
wife. They had two children: William Thomas,
born August 30, 1718, and Ann Thomas, born Oc-
tober 2, 1721. The children of John Breck were:
John, born August 31, 1705, died 1761 ; Robert, born
July 17, 1707, died March, 1765; Samuel, born at
Dorchester, baptized March 6, 1709; Margaret, Ed-
ward, born May 9, 1711, no descendants found.



(IV) John Breck, son of John Breck (3), was
born at Boston, Massachusetts, August 31, 1705. He
married Mary Thomas, January 18, 1727. She was
the daughter of William Thomas, his step-father by
his first wife. He was a merchant in Boston and
had an extensive business, especially in connection
with the Newfoundland fisheries. He had a ware-
house at Clark's wharf at the north end from 1734
to 1747, when his privileges were further extended.
He was a partner with his brother Robert in 1758.
His mansion was on Ship street. He died in 1761,
leaving an estate valued at over two thousand, seven
hundred and sixty-seven pounds. His widow died
in 1765, aged fifty-six. Their children were: Ann,
born at Boston, October 23, 1728; Margaret, boru
in Boston, August 18, 1730; John, born at Boston,
October 2, 1733, died at the age of twenty-two ; Na-
thaniel, born at Boston, January 29, 1735 ; Elizabeth,
born May 1, 1737; William, born at Boston, May
II, 1745; Samuel, born at Boston, April 11, 1747,
died May 7, 1809; a daughter, born August 18, 174S,
died young.

(V) Samuel Breck, son of John Breck (4), was
born in Boston, April 11, 1747. He married, No-
vember 1, 1770, Hannah Andrews, who was born
November 11, 1747. She was the daughter of Ben-
jamin Andrews, of Boston. Mr. Breck built a man-
sion in 1780 at the corner of Winter and Tremont
streets in Boston, which was standing later than


In the course of his business as a merchant he
was agent to the army and fleet of King Louis XVI
of France for seven years, 1783 to 1790. He repre-
sented Boston in the general court when the city
had only seven representatives. He assisted mate-
rially with his money and influence in gaining inde-
pendence for the colonies. He was a gentleman of
the old school and loved to enteretain royally in his
magnificent home. His generous manner of living
made him a victim of what he believed to be unjust
discrimination on the part of the assessors of taxes
and to excessive taxes. Finally he left Boston in
disgust. In 1792, when he moved to Philadelphia,
the city of Boston had a population of 18,030, with
110 street lamps, no sidewalks, no night-watch and
of course none of the modern frills of municipal
improvements, such as water, high schools, sewers,
and yet he was mulcted for twelve hundred dollars
a. year "because, as he thought, he made a show
of great wealth by his generous hospitality to
strangers." He was one of the most opulent mer-
chants of Boston when he left there and settled in
Philadelphia, which was then the capital of the
United States and the centre of fashion, intelligence
and commerce. He entered the social life of Phila-
delphia with zest and was received with cordial
welcome. He was made a director of the United
States Bank. He died in Philadelphia, May 7,
1809. His wife died 1831. Their children were:
Samuel, born July 17, 1771, died August 31, 1862.
Hannah, born December 7, 1772, married, 1809, Hon.
James Lloyd, who was born in Boston, 1700, was
senator of Massachusetts 1808 and 1822, resided in
Philadelphia in the latter part of his life, was an
able speaker, member of the Academy of Arts and
Sciences, was LL. D., died New York city, April
5, 183 1 ; she died at Bristol, Pennsylvania, at the
home of her brother, George Breck, July 4, 1846,
had no children. John, born in Boston, baptized
December 18, 1774, died young. Lucy, baptized
March 9, 1777, died of yellow fever at the age of
twenty-one years. Nancy, baptized August 2, 1778,
died young. Nancy, baptized October 17, 1779-
Charles, baptized September 21, 1782, literary man,

wrote plays, never married. George, born November,
1785, died July 18, 1869.

(VI) George Breck, son of Samuel Breck (5),
was born in Boston, Massachusetts, November,
1785. He married, 1807, Catherine D. Israel, who
was born in the Island of Jamaica. His residence
in Philadelphia was within the present city limits.
He was a man of wealth and fine literary tastes,
himself a writer of plays. He resided later at
Bustleton and Bristol, Bucks county, Pennsylvania.
He was a member of the Episcopal Church. He died
July 18, 1869, at the age of eighty-four. His chil-
dren were : Mary, born November 10, 1808, married
Lawrence Lardner, resided in Pennsylvania; Samuel,
born November 10, 1810; Anna L., born February
26, 1812, married William H. Aspinwall, of New
York city ; William, born May 29, 1813, died April
26, 1870;. Elizabeth, born at Bustleton, Pennsylvania,
May 16, 1815, educated at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania,
and Burlington, New Jersey, married Samuel Payne
Reed, who was born 18 15, physician and cotton
planter at Beaufort, South Carolina ; Charles, born
August 19, 1816, clergyman, D. D., died March 30,
1876; George, born November 23, 1819; Catherine,
born September 8, 1821 ; Henry, born July 5, 1823,
died young ; Jane Moore, born January 6, 1825, mar-
ried John Lloyd Aspinwall, of the firm of H. & A.
Aspinwall; Joseph, born July 30, 1826, died young;
John Malcolm, born April 9, 1828, resided at Port-
land, Oregon; Lucy, born at Bustleton, Pennsyl-

(.VII) George Breck, son of George Breck (6),
was born November 23, 1819, at Bustleton, Penn-
sylvania. He married, June 28, 1844, Emily Mc-
Ewen Hale, of Philadelphia. She was born May 3,
1821. He died at his home in Bristol, Pennsylvania,
April 6, 1856. She died in New York city, February
6, 1872. Their children were : Katherine Israel,
born at Herrick, Pennsylvania, March 19, 1845, mar-
ried, at Bristol, June 4, 1868, Henry Montgomery,
who was born 1843; he died at Bristol, Pennsylvania,
May I, 18S1 ; Mary Hale, born at Herrick, Pennsyl-
vania, May 26, 1848, married George Lardner Breck ;
George William, born October 12, 1851, at Herrick,
Pennsylvania, died March 28, 1883, at Fort Wayne,

(VIII) Katherine Israel Breck, daughter of
George Breck (7), was born at Herrick, Pennsyl-
vania, March 19, 1845. She married, at Bristol,
Pennsylvania, June 4, 1868, Henry Montgomery. He
was born in 1843 and died at Bristol, Pennsylvania,
May 1, 1881. (See Montgomery Family elsewhere
in this work.)

ARCHER FAMILY. For more than five hun-
dred years the family of Archer has been of some
note in England. Like the origin of most patronymics
of the earlier period of Anglo-Norman history that
of Archer appears to be involved in some obscurity,
and it is doubtful whether the armorial bearings of
the family were derived from the name and that
again from the occupation or profession, or were
assumed either in fanciful reference to the name or
in allusion to the tenure by which John Archer,
champion to Thomas^ Earl of Warwick, held his
estates of that noble, namely : annual payment of
twelve broad arrows. The Archer family of Um-
berslade has been the principal family of this name
in England. The line of descent down to the time
that the American ancestor of Archer family left
England, is given below.

Fulbert Archer came to England with William
the Conqueror. His name is on the Roll of Battle



Robertas Archer, son of Fulbert, was of Tam-
worth, England, Warwick county; married Selida,
daughter and heir of Roger de Hulehall ; had chil-
dren, Richard, John and William.

William Archer, son of Robert, married Margeria,
daughter and heir of John Saway de Oxton Saway,
Leicestershire ; their children were : Thomas, John,
William, Henry.

John Archer, son of William, married Margery,
daughter of William Barneville, and they had Will-
iam, Ela and John.

John Archer, son of John, was of Tamworth ;
married Margery, daughter of William Tracy de
Tuddington, and they had : Thomas, John.

John Archer, son of John, married Isabell, daugh-
ter of Radi de Erasat, and they had William and

Thomas Archer, son of John, was of Umberg of
Tanworth or Tamworth ; married Margaretta,
daughter and heir of Walter Clebury, of Clebury.
He died in the forty-sixth year of Edward III.

Thomas, son of Thomas, married Agnes, daugh-
ter of John Hanbury, of Hanbury, Staffordshire, and
they had: Henry, Richard. He died in the fourth
years of Henry VI, aged eighty-four years.

Richard Archer, son of Thomas, married Alice,
daughter of William Hugford, widow of Thomas
Lucy. He died in the eleventh year of Edward IV,

John Archer, son of Richard, married Christiana,
daughter and heir of Rodi Balklow, widow of Henry

John Archer, son of John, was of Tanworth;
married Alice, daughter of Baldwin Montfort.

Johannes Archer, son of John, was of Tanworth,
married Mary, daughter of Humphrey Stafford.

Richard Archer, son of Johannes, married Ma-
tilda, daughter and heir of Edward Delamore.

Humfrey Archer de Tanworth, son of Richard,
married Anna Townsend, daughter of Robert

Andreas Archer, son of Humfrey, was of Tan-
worth; he died there April 6, 1629; married Mary,
daughter of Simon Raleigh de Farnborow. She
died August 10, 1614. Their children : Simon,
Thomas, Richard.

Richard Archer, son of Andreas, married Maria
Bull, daughter of Roland Bull. Richard died 1646-7
at Nethope in Oxford.

Simon Archer, son of Richard, married Anne,
daughter of John Ferres de Tanworth.

The connection with the American ancestor has
not been established. He probably belonged to a
branch of the family outlined above, founded by John
Archer, rector of Carhayes, instituted there about
1644. The rector had a son Nicholas who inherited
from his uncle, Richard Archer, of St. Kew, all his
property, but, dying without issue, bequeathed his
estate to the eldest son of his brother Edward, who
married, 1683, Judith Swete. The son of Edward
Archer married Sarah, co-heir of John Addis, of
Whiteford. John, the American emigrant, came
from Cornwall and must have belonged to this fam-
ily, perhaps a grandson of Edward Archer, men-
tioned above.

(I) John Archer, the immigrant ancestor of the
Archer family of Milford, was the progenitor also
of the Yarmouth, Nova Scotia families. He came
to America during the French and Indian wars, 1757
1762, having been impressed in the British navy.
He left the navy, perhaps deserted, as many of the
British seamen who had been forced into the navy
and army did. He settled at Cherryfield, Maine.
He was well educated and found employment in his
new home as teacher and land surveyor. He took

up a lot afterward occupied by his son John, situ-
ated on the Beddington road. He had a family of
twenty-three children, most of whom were sons and
nearly all of whom grew to maturity. The youngest
of the family, David Cobb Archer, who lived near
Cherryfield, was well known to travelers in his
day going from Columbia Falls to Jonesboro. John
Archer was a soldier in the revolution in the Ameri-
can army. He was a private in the artillery com-
pany, Colonel John Allen's regiment, in 1778-79.
His captain was Thomas Robbins. The record also
gives his rank as sergeant major. He was in Cap-
tain Jeremiah O'Brien's company of rangers, Colonel
Allen's regiment, serving at Machias, Maine, late in


John Archer married Elizabeth Gates Tupper,
niece of General Gates, of the American army at
Saratoga, etc., and granddaughter of Governor May-
hew. She was daughter of Peleg (born 1731) and
Deborah (Fish) Tupper, born in Sandwich, Massa-
chusetts. Children of Sergeant John and Elizabeth
Archer were : William Gates, married a Miss Mull-
hall, of Liverpool, Nova Scotia, and had two chil-
dren : Henry and Elizabeth ; Henry, Robert, John,
Thomas, Thomas, Joseph Tupper, of whom later;
George, Allan, Mary, Eliakim, David Cobb.

((II) Joseph Tupper Archer, son of John
Archer (1), was born at Cherryfield, Maine, in 1782.
He gained his education in the public schools and
at home under his father's instruction. He learned
the trade of mason and stone cutter. He went to
Yarmouth and Liverpool, Nova Scotia, when a young
man, and soon engaged in contracting for mason
work in that vicinity. He worked on many public
buildings, and in later life did much cemetery work,
at which he was especially skillful. In 1854 he re-
moved to Sudbury, Massachusetts, where he bought
a farm. He died there October 11, 1863, at the
advanced age of eighty-one years. In religion he was
an active and consistent Baptist. In politics he was
a Republican.

He married (first) Dorcas Nickerson, of Bar-
rington, Nova Scotia. He married (second)
Eleanor Durkee, daughter of Stephen and Lydia
(Lovette) Durkee, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The
children of Joseph Tupper and Dorcas Archer were :

1. Freeman, born May 8, 1812, died 1885; married
(first) Jane Muir, of Shelburn, Nova Scotia; mar-
ried (second) Margaret Cormack; married (third)
Maria Bugbee, of Eastport, Maine, and had son,
Frederick W., druggist, of Milton, Massachusetts.

2. Joseph Allan, born May 17, 1814, died November
27, 1889; married (first) Margery Crosby, of Yar-
mouth, Nova Scotia, and has one child Cordelia ;
married (second), January 12, 1847, Ann Elizabeth
Burns, of Digby, Nova Scotia, and they have a son,
George Washington. The children of Joseph Tupper
and Eleanor Archer were : 3. Dorcas Eliza, married
Benjamin Crosby. 4. Mary Eleanor, born 1820, died
August 12, 1890; married, October 14, 1841, Charles
W. Wyman, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. 5. George
Edward, lost at sea in 1837. 6. Caroline, married,
November 28, 1844, Joseph Churchill, of Yarmouth,
Nova Scotia. 7. Stephen Durkee, of whom later.
8. Francis, married, November 8, 1852, Dr. Denni-
son Seymour. 9. Lydia, married Caston Harris, of
Boston, Massachusetts.

(Ill) Stephen Durkee Archer, son of Joseph
Tupper Archer (2), was born at Yarmouth, Nova
Scotia, September 22, 1826. He received his educa-
tion in the town of Yarmouth. Although his school-
ing ended when he was sixteen he was a life-long
student and was especially well-read in medicine and
law. He learned the mason's trade of his father and
made it his life business. He built the Yarmouth



Bank, also the Clements and Rierson buildings.
Shortly after his marriage in 1850 he removed to
New York city, where he worked at his trade for
three years during the building of the Bible House
there. He then moved to Sudbury, Massachusetts,
where he and his father bought a farm, which they
carried on for four years. He continued also to
work at his trade in the vicinity. He then removed
to Danvers, Massachusetts, where he followed his
trade for about six years, thence going to Ames-
bury, where he worked for about three years. In
1864 he removed to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, for the
purpose of building the court house and jail there.
After three years he located in Boston, where he
worked at his trade part of the time on his own ac-
count, part of the time in the employ of other con-
tractors. He removed to Hyde Park. He was em-
ployed by the Francis estate, which was located on
the present site of Boston College. Here he re-
mained until 1891, when he bought an estate at
Maiden and settled there for the remainder of his
days. He died December 8, 1902. He was not en-
gaged in active business the last two or three years
of his life. Mr. Archer was a member of the South
Baptist Church of South Boston and was active and
prominent; he was previously a member of the Yar-
mouth Church. In politics he was a Republican.
He was a member of the Ancient Order of Ameri-
can Mechanics.

He married, January 15, 1850, Mary Magray,
who was born at Yarmouth, May 21, 1827, daughter
of Captain John 2d. and Abigail (Robbins) Magray,
and a lineal descendant of Elder Thomas Cushman,
passenger in the "Fortune" 1621, and Mary Aller-
ton, passenger in the "Mayflower," 1620. Mary Ma-
gray's grandfather, Joseph Robbins, was a revolu-
tionary officer. The children : 1. Eudora Frances,
born May 21, 1851, married, September, 1870, Joseph
E. Webster, of Berwick, Maine, and they had chil-
dren : Lucelia May, Eva Josephine, Arthur Jacob,
Charles, Viola Agnes, Elmer, Bertha, Stella Rossina,
Ethel Frances, Willard Webster. 2. George Edward,
born February 15, 1853, chief architect for the New
York and Lake Erie railroad, and one of the leaders
of his profession in this country; married, August
2, 1880, Catharine Henry, of New York city, and had
two children : Annie Louise, Viola Agnes, married
Wilbur Clements, of New York city. 3. Cecilia
Ellen, born April 16, 1855, married, September 2,
1880, Emil J. F. Quirin, of Tioga, New York, and
they have one child, Violet Madeline, born June,
1882. 4. Luella May, born August 6, 1857, married,
April 2, 1878, Warren Monteague, of Portland,
Maine, and have three children : George Warren,
Harry Messenger, Walter Emil. 5. Viola Alberta,
born July 2, i860, married, July 15, 1884, George L.
Haines, of Milton, Massachusetts, and they have
one child : Luella Archer Haines, born July 27,
1891. 6. Calvert Bradford, of whom later. 7. Agnes
Lillian, born January 25, 1865, married, July 16,
1884, Elmer E. Walter, of Hyde Park, Massachu-
setts, and they have three children: Warren Theo-
dore, born January 26, 1887 ; Lucille Agnes, born
June 23, 1891 ; Clara Josephine, born February 6,
1894. 8. Stella May, born November 18, 1867, mar-
ried, 1893, Captain A. S. Maloney, of St. Andrews,
New Brunswick.

(IV) Calvert Bradford Archer, son of Stephen
Durkee Archer (3), was born at Danvers, Massa-
chusetts, April 22, 1862. When he was two years
old he moved with his parents to Yarmouth, Nova
Scotia, where he lived two years. Returning to
South Boston he entered the Hawes Hall school
and afterward the Bigelow school and the Lincoln
school in Boston. When he was fourteen years

old he left school and went to work as office boy
for the American Tablet Company of Boston. This,
business was merged later with the waterproof
cloth, etc., and he worked for the concern for four
years. From there he went to Readville, near
Boston, in the employ of the Prussian Rubber Com-
pany, and after a short time went to work for Arza
B. Smith, manufacturer of rubber garments, and
was for two years in charge of his factory. From
there he went to the American Rubber Company at
Cambridge to take charge of a department. Two
years later he went to Sterling Rubber Company
at South Framingham, and was there about three

After the death of his wife, he removed to
Braintree, Massachusetts, as foreman for the Colum-
bian Rubber Company. After three years he re-
turned to the Sterling Company, the plant of which
had been transferred to Allston in Boston. He re-
signed his position there on account of ill health
and was obliged to rest for a year. He then re-
moved to Jersey City and was for six years bag-
gage master for the Erie Railroad, making his home
in Paterson, New Jersey. He returned to the rub-
ber business in Wallingford and New Haven, Con-
necticut, and started the rubber insulating plant for
the New Haven Insulated Wire Company. After
two years he again went to work for the American
Rubber Company at Cambridge as cutter. In 1889
he took charge of the Standard Rubber Corporation
at Brockton. He was general superintendent and
compounder. He went to Marlboro for a short
period and in 1899 to Milford, where he organized
the Milford Rubber Company, starting on a small
scale with but one machine and four men. It has
already developed into the largest plant of its kind
in the country. Mr. Archer has invented special ma-
chinery for the coating with rubber blankets and
other rough and uneven surfaces. His machine is
used all over the country in similar plants. Mr.
Archer resides on Pine street, Milford.

He attends the Baptist church. In politics he is
a Republican. He is a member of Colfax Lodge,
No. 212, of Odd Fellows, of Paterson, New Jersey.
He was an active member and chaplain of the Royal
Arcanum Council at Wallingford, Connecticut. He
belongs to the New England Manufacturers' Rub-
ber Club of Boston. He was a member of Battery
A, under Captain Joseph Smith, Massachusetts
Volunteer Militia, for five years.

He married (first), February 3, 1883, Myra Violet
Linscott, of Lemoine, Maine, daughter of Captain
John and Violetta Dow Linscott. Her father was
a sea captain and farmer. He married (second),
February 14, 1889, Mary Poole, of Cambridge,
daughter of George and Sarah Boyle Poole. Her
father was a trader. The children of Calvert Brad-
ford and Mary Archer : Stephen Calvert, born No-
vember 18, 1889; Lillian May, July 27, 1891 ; Alicia
Violet, January I, 1895.

(1), the immigrant ancestor of William Henry
Chamberlin of Milford, Massachusetts, was prob-
ably a native of Hingham, Norfolk county. Eng-
land, whence he came in 1638 in the ship "Diligent"
with his wife, his mother and two children, to Hing-
ham, New England. He was a proprietor of the
town of Hingham in 1638, and was admitted a free-
man March 13, 1638-9. He was evidently both
blacksmith and shoemaker, for he is called shoe-
maker in the earlier deeds, and blacksmith or smith
in the later records. He removed to Hull, where he
was a proprietor in 1657, and February 4, 1660, he

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