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there, -were: Mary, born May 12, 1746; Jonathan,
January 13, 1748, see forward ; Elizabeth, November
10, 1749; Sarah, May 14, 1753; Lydia, June 15, I75S ;
Benjamin, October 6, 1757.

(V) Jonathan Bryant, son of John Bryant (4),
was born in Lynn, January 13, 1748. His children,
born at Lynn, were : Anna, baptized August 13,
1775; John, born April 14, 1771, baptized August
I3> I77S. see forward ; Sarah, baptized August 13,

1775-

(VI) John Bryant, son of Jonathan Bryant (5),
was born at Lynn, Massachusetts, April 14, 1771.
He was baptized at Lynn, August 13, 1775. He set-
tled at Lynnfield, adjoining Lynn. Among his chil-



dren, born in Lynnfield was Jonathan, who was born
1814.

(VII) Jonathan Bryant, son of John Bryant (6),
was born at Lynnfield, Massachusetts, January 11,
1815, and died September 20, 1906, aged upwards of
ninety-one years. He married Sarah Parker Spokes-
field, born in 1816, in Reading, died January 20,
1873. Among their children was Sarah Frances
Bryant, born at Lynnfield, January 15, 1844.

(VIII) Sarah Frances Bryant, daughter of Jon-
athan Bryant (7), was born at Lynnfield, January
15, 1844. She married, November 1, 1876, Warren
A. Harris, of Millbury.

FREDERICK ESTES ABBOTT, Jr. George
Abbott (1), the immigrant ancestor of Frederick
Estes Abbott, Jr., of Boylston, Massachusetts, died
in Rowley, Essex county, Massachusetts, shortly
after his settlement there. The general court re-
ferred his will to the Salem court, November n,
1647. The inventory was taken August 30, 1649,
and shows that he owned land at Newbury; had
thirty books, a large library for a colonial house, and
other real estate. We learn of his family from the
will of his son, Thomas Abbott, made September 5,
and proved September 27, 1659, in which he be-
queathed to his wife Dorothy, father-in-law, Rich-
ard Swan; brothers George, Nehemiah and Thomas
Abbott. (Note that the deceased Thomas speaks
of a brother Thomas in this will). George Abbott,
of Andover, Nehemiah Abbott, of Ipswich, and
Thomas Abbott, of Concord, sold, by deed of No-
vember 25, 1659, land at Rowley formerly belonging
to their father, George Abbott, deceased, subject
to the life interest of Dorothy, widow of the de-
ceased Thomas Abbott, their brother. There are fre-
quent cases where two brothers have the same
name, as appears in this instance. The children of
George Abbott were : Thomas, died September 7,
1659, mentioned above; George, see forward; Nehe-
miah, settled in Ipswich ; Thomas, settled in Con-
cord, and signed deed November 25, 1659, after death
of brother of the same name.

(II) George Abbott, Jr., son of George Abbott
(1), was born in England, about 1630, and came
with his parents to Rowley. He settled in Andover,
Massachusetts, in 1655. He must not be confused
with the George Abbott of another family, also of
Andover, though they were probably related in some
way. He died March 22, 1689, aged sixty years, and
his wife died 1728, aged ninety-nine years, having
married (second) Henry Ingalls, who died 1719,
aged ninety-two years. George Abbott married, May,
1658, Sarah Farnum, and they lived near the north
meeting house in Andover. He was the sexton for
many years, a man, we are told, who was greatly
respected. The children of George and Sarah Ab-
bott were : George, Jr., born January 28, 1659, died
January 24, 1724; Sarah, September 6, 1660; John,
August 26, 1662 ; Mary, March 29, 1664 ; Nehemiah,
July 20, 1667, died October 8, 1750; Hannah, Sep-
tember 20, 1668 ; Mehitable, February 17, 1771, died
young; Lydia, September 29, 1675; Samuel, May
30, 1678, see forward ; Mehitable, April 4, 1680.

(Hi) Samuel Abbott, son of George Abbott,
Jr. (2), was born in Andover, Massachusetts, May
30, 1678. He settled in Sudbury, and married there,
June 16, 1705, Joyce Rice, daughter of Edmund and
Joyce Rice. The children of Samuel and Joyce Ab-
bott, born in Sudbury, were: Joyce, born August 18,
1706; Martha, March 10, 1712; Samuel, August 21,
1716, mentioned below; and George.

(IV) Samuel Abbott son of Samuel Abbott
(3), was born at Sudbury, August 21, 1716, and set-
tled there. He married, 1737, Abigail Myrick. Their





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children, all born at Sudbury, were : John, born
June 5, 1738, died May 23, 1799; Ephraim, May 27,
1740; Jason, October 6, 1742, died at Paxton, August
o, 1770; Samuel, September 27, 1743, see forward;
Sarah, February 27, 1745; Rebecca, March 19, 1748;
Abigail, May 7, 1751; Abraham, January II, 1754.
settled at Warwick; Abijah July II, 1756, died
April 11, 1810; Amos, 1759, died 1839, married Abi-
gail Hayden; Jonas; Lewis; Onesimus; and Abigail.

(V) Samuel Abbott, son of Samuel Abbott (.4),
was born in Sudbury, Massachusetts, September
2 7> ! 743- He was a blacksmith by trade. He settled
in the town of Framingham, adjoining Sudbury, on
what is called the Deacon John Adams place, which
he bought, May 11, 1772, of David Eames. He was
a soldier in the revolution, a private in Captain
Samuel Edgell's company, and marched with Ins
company at the Lexington call, April 19, 1775. He
was in the service later in 1775, and in Captain Jesse
Eames' company, Colonel Samuel Bullard's regi-
ment, in 1776. He died of smallpox at Sherborn, an
adjoining town, in 1791-2. He married Martha Jen-
nings, daughter of Joseph and Rachel Jennings.
She married (second) Noah Eaton. The children
of Samuel and Martha Abbott were : Betsey, bap-
tized May 15, 1774, married William Hastings;
Polly, baptized August 15, 1774, died young; Josiah,
born September 26, 1775, see forward ; Patty, bap-
tized June 14, 1778, died young; Sally married
Amariah Forrester; Nabby, baptized June, 1783, mar-
ried Thomas Hastings.

(VI) Josiah Abbott, son of Samuel Abbott (5),
was born in Framingham, Massachusetts, September
26, 1775. He lived on his father's place, and died
there August 11, 1856. He married, September 5,
1803, Ruth Esterbrook, of Holden, who died July
30, 1863. Their children, all born at Framingham,
were : Mary, born September 30, 1804, died Jan-
uary 26, 1820; Cyrus, born May 23, 1806, married
Mary Puffer; he died September 21, 1833; Ebenezer
E., born July 2, 1807, see forward; Eliza C, born
May 30, 1810, married, September 15, 1833, Rev.
Benjamin Schneider, missionary at Broosa and
Aintab, Turkey; she died September 14, 1850;

Josiah, born May 22, 181 1, graduate of Yale, 1835,
M. D., married Arminda White; Alexander, born
March 6, 1813, was a physician married Mary de
Pew, Kinderhook, New York; Martha Ann, born
November 28, 1815, married Rev. Nathan Shotwell ;
she died September 23, 1849; James, born October
20, 1818, died June 18, 1838; Susan Maria, born
July 10, 1820, married Rev. Benjamin Schneider,
missionary above named, who died at Boston, De-
cember 14, 1877; Almira, born August 12, 1822, died
February 10, 1825; Franklin, born August 12, 1826,
died July 9, 1847.

(VII) Ebenezer E. Abbott, son of Josiah Abbott
(6), was born at Framingham, Massachusetts, July

2, 1807, and was educated there in the public schools.
He learned the trade of tanner, and became asso-
ciated with his brother Cyrus in the ownership and
management of tanneries at Coldbrook, in Barre,
Massachusetts. In 1850 he settled in Worcester and
■established himself in the real estate business. His
home was at the corner of Pleasant and Hudson
streets. He was in the militia in his younger days
and when the civil war broke out, although he was
too old to enlist, he served in the local militia
known as the Home Guards. He died at Worcester.
He married Augusta Kendall, daughter of David
Kendall, who was a prosperous farmer and hat man-
ufacturer of Barre. Their children were : Ellen A.,
deceased ; Frederick Ebenezer, born August 2, 1S35,
see forward.

(VIII) Frederick Ebenezer Abbott, son of Eben-



ezer E. Abbott (7), was born in Barre, Massachu-
setts, August 2, 1835. A portion of his boyhood
was spent in Oakham, an adjacent town. At the
age of fifteen he removed to Worcester with his
parents. He attended the public schools of Barre
and Worcester, and the Academy at Thetford, Ver-
mont. He became associated with his father in the
real estate business. When his father retired he
entered partnership with G. H. Estabrook, as claim
agents and real estate dealers. The name of the
firm was Abbott & Estabrook, and their office was
over the old post office, Pearl street, Worcester, and
later in the Central Exchange building, Main street,
Worcester. For a time he was engaged in keeping
a hat and cap store, but soon returned to the busi-
ness of claim and pension agent. He is a justice
of the peace. He has large real estate interests in
Worcester, and also has extensive interests in the
lumber business in the south. He enlisted at the
beginning of the civil war in Company H, Fifteenth
Regiment, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, but
was rejected by the medical examiner as being
physically unable to withstand the fatigue and ex-
posure of army life. In politics he is a Republican,
and has frequently served his party as delegate to
nominating conventions. Mr. Abbott's offices are at
present at 492 Main street, and his residence at 15
Charlton street. He married, November 29, 1858,
Harriet A. Munroe, daughter of Allen K. and Mary
(Chase) Munroe. Her father was a successful
shoe manufacturer of Bristol, Rhode Island. The
children of Frederick E. and Harriet A. Abbott
were: Nellie A.; Grace M., died in childhood;
Frederick Estes ; Harry Carlton, married Mary E.
Green, daughter of C. O. Green, of Shrewsbury,
Massachusetts, and settled there; their children are
— Charles F. and Dorothy B. Abbott; Edward E.,
married Mabel Tallman, daughter of George B.
Tallman, of Worcester, and has one child — Helen
B. Abbott; Mabel H., resides at home with parents.

(IX) Frederick Estes Abbott, Jr., son of Fred-
erick Ebenezer Abbott (8), was born in Worcester,
December 27, 1862. At the conclusion of his school-
ing, which began in Worcester and continued in
Shrewsbury, he spent some time on a plantation in
the south. He returned and engaged in the meat
and provision business at Boylston. Later he en-
gaged in the retail milk business, which he con-
ducted for eleven years. At present he is doing a
large teaming and trucking business in Worcester,
although he still resides in Boylston. He is a capable
and prosperous business man. Mr. Abbott is a mem-
ber of the Congregational Church to which his
father, grandfather and great-grandfather in the
Abbott line belonged. In politics he is a Republican.
He is a member of the Boylston Grange, Patrons of
Husbandry.

He married, July 20, 1890, Nellie Ann Ward,
born in Warren, Massachusetts, December 16, 1865,
daughter of Charles R. and Julia (Reed) Ward.
Her father was born in 1824 and died 1891, a car-
penter by trade and a building contractor well
known in his neighborhood. Mr. and Mrs. Abbott
have no children.

JESSE A. TAFT. Robert Taft (1), the immi-
grant ancestor of Jesse A. Taft, late of Milford,
Massachusetts, is the progenitor of the great majority
of Taft families of Worcester county. He was of
Scotch and Irish stock probably. He came to Amer-
ica in 1678 and settled in Braintree, but in the fol-
lowing year prepared to remove to Mendon. He was
a carpenter by trade and a man of substance. He
bought large tracts of land in the vicinity of the
pond in Mendon. Later he owned a tenth of the



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township site of Sutton, and had property enough
to give a large estate to each of his rive sons, all
of whom became prominent citizens of Mendon or
Uxbndge. l^or more detailed account of Robert
Taft, see other sketches of the Taft family. He
died February 8, 1725. Children of Robert and
Sarah Taft were: Ihomas, born 1671 ; Robert, Jr.,
born 1674; Daniel, born 1077, see forward; Joseph,
born 1680; Benjamin, born 1O84.

(.11) Daniel Taft, son of Robert Taft (1), was
born in Braintree, Massachusetts, or in England,
1677, and died 1761, aged eighty-four years. He
had part of his father's homestead tract at Fortfield,
and his farm has remained in the family many gen-
erations. It was lately occupied by Samuel H. laft.
Daniel was the legal adviser of his father and broth-
ers. He was town treasurer many years, and often
moderator. He was ekcted, February, 1730, a dele-
gate to negotiate about the new county. Mendon
desired to be the county seat of the new county ;
it was then in Suffolk. In 1731 Mendon and Ux-
bridge became part of the new county of Worcester.
He gave the town a site for a burying ground. He
was deputy to the general court in 1728 and many
other years. He was justice of the peace, the local
"Squire."

He married, 1702-03, Hannah , who died

August 8, 1704, leaving an infant son Daniel, who
soon died. He married (second), December 5,
1706, Lydia Chapin, daughter of Captain Josiah
Chapin. Daniel 'iaft died August 24, 1761, accord-
ing to his tombstone. His wife Lydia died 1758.
His last years were spent in the home of his son
Daniel on the Southwick farm in Mendon, where he
died. His will was dated January 25, 1759. Robert
and Stephen Taft signed it as witnesses and Daniel's
signature is very uncertain and feeble. The parti-
tion of the estate took place in 1761. Children:
Dankl, born August 4, 1704, died young; Daniel,
executor of the estate ; Josiah, born April 2, 1709,
ancestor of Lyman Josiah Taft, of Worcester;
Ephraim, whose daughter Anna is mentioned in his
father's will; Japhet, David, Caleb, see forward;
Abigail, deceased before her father.

(III) Caleb Taft, son of Daniel Taft (2), was
born in Mendon, Massachusetts, about 1710. He
settled in Mendon on part of his father's estate,
formerly his grandfather's He died in 1782. His

• will was dated July 23, 1782, and proved January
7, 1783. He married Susanna , and she mar-
ried (.second) Ebenezer White. She deeded her
rights in Caleb Taft's estate to his son Jotham, De-
cember 4, 1797. She was probably not the first wife
of Caleb. Children: Jotham, see forward; Caleb,
Jr., married Hannah ; Susanna, Jemima, mar-
ried Stephen Partridge ; daughter, married

Warfield and had Polly, mentioned in her grand-
father's will.

(IV) Jotham Taft, son of Caleb Taft (3), was
born in Mendon and spent his life in Dudley and

Mendon. He married Mary . He bought of

his brother Caleb his half interest in the Taft home-
stead at Mendon, given them by their father. The
deed is dated January 30, 1783, and he probably
lived after that in Mendon. He was living there
January 9, 1793, when he bought land on both sides
of the road from the meefing house to the second
parish of Mendon, the farm formerly of Edward
Thompson. He sold land in 1791 to Elijah Taft;
March 7, 1785, to Ceorge and Elijah Taft; May 10,
1793, to Seth Jait, Jr.; February 14, 1795, to John-
son Legg. Among his children was Amariah, see
forward.

(V) Amariah Taft, son of Jotham Taft (4),
was born in Mendon about 1790. He died in Men-



don, November 5, 1862, leaving a large estate. The
inventory placed the value of $43,878.29 on his per-
sonal property and $8,600 on his real estate. He was.
a very prosperous farmer and business man. He
married Watee Wood and their children were : Mary
M., married Jesse F. Alderman, of Framingham;
Alcy A. F., married John W. Moore, of Marlbor-
ough, Massachusetts; Amariah A., see forward;
Austin A., Susan A.

(VI) Amariah Aulando Taft, son of Amariah
Taft (5). was born in Mendon, Massachusetts, May
15, 1824. He settled in Milford and became a lead-
ing citizen there. He was a member of the board
of selectmen in 1887. With his associates on that
board, C. F. Clarlin and E. L. Wires, he started a
movement for good government that marked an
epoch in the history of the town. He served for
three years, during which the community enjoyed
a dignified, honest and non-partisan administration
of its public affairs. He dealt extensively in real
estate and did a large business in executing mort-
gages, drawing deeds, etc. He never employed a
clerk, preferring to do even the manual part of the
work of his office himself. He was generally liked
and respected by his townsmen. He was a director
of the national bank. He was a man of great en-
ergy, activity and force of character. He died sud-
denly January 10, 1893. He married, February 20,
1854, Thankful S. Wilkinson, born at Smithfield,
Rhode Island, July 9, 1831, daughter of David and
Thankful (Sayles) Wilkinson. Their only son was
Jesse A., see forward.

(VII) Jesse A. Taft, son of Amariah Aulando
Taft (6), was born in Mendon, February 8, 1857.
He moved with his parents to the adjoining town
of Milford when he was quite young. He attended
the graded and high schools of Milford, Massachu-
setts, and entered the Boston University Law School,
from which he was graduated with honors in 1883.
He began to practice law in Milford, where he was
engaged in a successful general law. business until
his death. While well known in the courts of the
county he confined himself largely to office practice.
He was town solicitor of Milford for six years and
for the same length of time town counsel for the
adjoining town of Hopedale. He also represented
the Draper Company in important matters. He was
a director of the Milford National Bank and a
trustee of the Milford Savings Bank. He was a
member of the Worcester county bar, admitted in
1S83, and of the Bar Association. He was a member
of the Alumni Association of Boston University.
In politics he was an active and influential Repub-
lican. He attended the Congregational Church of
Milford. Mr. Taft died October 13, 1905, at the
outset of a promising career. He had the ability
and the personality that promised a brilliant future
for him both in his profession and as a public man.
He married, April, 1SS4, Ida F. Thompson, daugh-
ter of Charles J. Thompson. Mrs. Taft resides on
the home estate in Milford. Their only son, Royal
C. Taft, was born at Milford, July 8, 1889. He is
at present a student in the Milford high school.

BROWN FAMILY. Joshua Brown (1), the
first settler of the name in Uxbridge, Massachusetts,
ancestor of Ephraim Brown, of that town, was born
about 1715. He married Mary Holbrook. They
settled among the first in Uxbridge, where four of
their children were born: Lydia, born July 4,
1745; Aaron, February 12, 1748, see forward; Ruth,
February 25, 1753; Chloe, February 16, 1758.

(II) Aaron Brown, son of Joshua Brown (1),
was born in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, February 12,
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Bolster. Their children : Hepzibah, born February
22, 1776; Deborah, January 10, 1778; Olive, October
14, 1779; Alpheus, October 17, 1781, see forward;
Chloe, January 29, 1784; Joshua, January 15, 1790.

(III) Alpheus Brown, son of Aaron Brown (2),
was born at Uxbridge, Massachusetts, October 17,
1781, died December 6, 1854. He married Martha
Rawson, who died March o, 1869. Their children,
all born in Uxbridge, were : Gennette, born Decem-
ber 28, 1807, married Lucy Welsh; Willis, born July
22, 1809, married Charlotte Staples ; Mary Ann, born
October 13, 181 1, married Daniel Wheelock, and she
died August 10, 1865, leaving one son, George;
Amory, born September 9, 1813, married Amanda
Chamberlain; Deborah, born September 20, 1810,
married John Whitcomb; Chauncy, born March 2,
1819, married Rebecca Howell; Francis, born De-
cember 17, 1S21, married Susan Alvison; Sarah A.,
born October 17, 1824, died October 16, 1843 ;
Ephraim, born October 19, 1827, see forward.

(IV) Ephraim Brown, son of Alpheus Brown
(3), was born in Uxbridge, October 19, 1827. He
was educated in the public schools of his native
town. He learned the carpenter's trade and worked
for his brother, who was a builder. He was em-
ployed in the construction of the big mill at Black-
stone and also the Calumet, the Hecla, the Rivulet
and the Scott Mills in Uxbridge. He is of great
energy and persistence, and at the age of seventy-
nine has a splendid physique, tall, erect and mus-
cular. By his honest and upright life he has won
the respect and confidence of his fellow citizens. He
takes a lively interest in public affairs, especially in
school matters. He served on the Uxbridge school
committee for many years and for ten years was
clerk of the committee. He seldom missed a meet-
ing and was active in his efforts to improve the
school system of the town. He was also road sur-
veyor of the town for fifteen years, resigning a
short time since on account of his advancing years.
He is a Republican in politics. He is a gentleman
of the old school, kindly, courteous, genial and at-
tractive and has a host of friends.

He married, 1851, Susan (Alvison) Brown,
widow of his brother, Francis Brown, and daughter
of George Alvison, of Oxford. She was born in
1822 and died in 1893. Their only child : George
Herbert, born July 21, 1S54, educated in the public
schools of Uxbridge, resides at home with his
father.

FORBES FAMILY. The name of Forbes is
found in the Scotch counties of Aberdeen and Argyle
before the year 1200. It is one of the most hon-
ored and distinguished names of Scotland. Of the
noble family of this name, Burke says : "The sur-
name of Forbes was assumed from the lands of
Forbes, Aberdeen county, granted by Alexander II
(1249) about the middle of the thirteenth century,
to the progenitors of this noble family."

(I) John De Forbes, the first of the family on
record, was a man of rank and importance in the
reign of King William, the Lion, (1214).

(II) Fergus De Forbes, son of John (1), was
his heir.

(III) Alexander De Forbes, eldest son of
Fergus (2), was his successor. He lost his life in
defense of the castle of Urquhart, in Murray;
against Edward I. The fortress was taken by storm,
after a gallant resistance, and the whole garrison
put to the sword, none escaping but the wife of the
governor, who fled to Ireland and there gave birth
soon afterward to a son.

(IV) Alexander Forbes, posthumous son of
Alexander (3), returned to Scotland, and attach-

ii — 20



ing himself to the fortunes of Robert Bruce, ob-
tained grants of land equivalent to those of which
his father had been despoiled. He fell at the battle
of Duplin in 1332.

(V) Sir John Forbes, Knight, son of Alexander
Forbes (4), married Elizabeth, daughter of Ken-
nedy, of Dunure, (an ancestor of the noble house
of Cassilis) by whom he had four sons: Sir Alex-
ander, Duncan, the celebrated lord-president of the
court of session; John, Duncan-George.

(VI) Sir Alexander Forbes, son of Sir John
(5), went to France to oppose the English under
Henry V, with 100 horse and forty lances. He was
elevated to the peerage of Scotland by James II,
prior to 1436, by the title of Baron Forbes. He
married Lady Elizabeth Douglas, daughter of
George, Earl of Angus, and granddaughter of Robert
II, king of Scotland. He died in 1448.

(VII) James Forbes, the second baron, son of
Sir Alexander (6), married Lady Egidia Keith and
had one daughter and three sons. His son Duncan
was ancestor of the Forbes of Pitsligo. His son
Patrick was the ancestor of the Forbes, who were
earls of Granard in Ireland.

Burke gives sixteen barons in this line, some of
them very distinguished men. John, the sixth baron,
was executed for high treason July 17, 1537. Alex-
ander, the tenth baron in the line, adopted the pro-
fession of arms and served with considerable re-
nown under Gustavus Adolphus, of Sweden^ at-
taining the rank of lieutenant-general. He was
sent to Ireland in 1643 by his own government for
the purpose of suppressing the rebellion there.
William, the twelfth baron, was in the privy council
of King William. The barony of Forbes is the
first on the Union roll and as such takes rank be-
fore all the lords of parliament. The arms are :
Az., three bears' heads, couped, ar., muzzle, gu.
The crest : A stag's head, attired, ppr. The motto :
"Grace me Guide." Seat : Castle Forbes, Aber-
deenshire.

(I) Daniel Forbes, the emigrant to America,
unquestionably belongs to the Forbes family, a
sketch of which has been given above, but his line
of ancestry is unknown. Edwin Forbes Waters,
who made researches in Scotland, believes that
Daniel Forbes came from Kinellar and was the son
of Daniel Forbes, who died there in 1624. He was
born about 1620 and was probably one of the Scotch
soldiers defeated by Cromwell at the battle of Dun-
bar and escaped with his brother William to Maine,
and sent by him to the American colonies.

The first record of Daniel Forbes, (Forbes or



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