Ermina Newton Leonard.

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5 months, 2 days. G. S. Burial in the old cemetery at North Leverett.

* Lieut. Jonathan Grout 4 (son of Jonathan") was b. at Sudbury, Mass., Jan. 2. 1743-4.
and died at Westborough, Dec. 3. 1801. He m. at Grafton, Jan. 20, 1762, C. R.. Hannah
Merriam of Grafton, who died his widow, in Westborough, March 4, 1811. Children were
all born in Westborough, viz. : Jonathan, 1763 ; Hannah, Jan. 8, 1765 [ni. 1790, Nathaniel
Newton] ; Mary, Feb. 16, 1767 \m. 1803, Capt. Zebadee Redding of Grafton (2d wf.). whose

iirst wife, Hannah , died June 5, 1802, aged 52, G. S., in Grafton, and he died there,

July 12. 1812, aged 00. G. S. Capt. Zebadee Redding of Grafton was Captain of an armed
vessel iu the war of (lie Revolution, His widow, Mary. m. at Grafton, May 23, 181 1.
V. R., Medad Montague of Montague, Mass. (2d wf.) ; she died Feb. 17. 1824. aged 57. Medad
Montague was my (E. N. L.) great-grandfather]; Sarah. 1700, d. y. ; Ruth, 1770 [m. 1704,
Edward Lewis Glover] ; Moses, 1773 [m. 1803. Caty Warren of Northboro] : Sarah, 1775.

Jonathan Grout 8 (son of Jonathan 2 ), b. Feb. 0, 1701-2. in Sudbury, Mass. ; m. at Sud-
bury, June 6, 1743. Hannah Heard, b. May 22, 1714; died ; dau. of Zachariab and

Silence ( ) Heard of Sudbury. Their son Jonathan*, b. Jan. 2. 1743-4. above.

Jonathan' Grout* i sou of John 1 ), b. in Sudbury. Aug. 1, 1658; in. Dec. 10, 1701, Abigail
Dix : b. March 15, 1676-7; died in Sudbury. 1753, dau. of John 2 (son of Edward 1 of Water-
town). They lived in Sudbury. Six children born there. The oldest was Jonathan 3 , b. 1701-2,

Capt. John Grout 1 , the immigrant, settled in Watertown in 1642; wf. Mary, had John,
1641, and Sarah, 1643. Soon after he moved to Sudbury, m. (2) Sarah Cakebread, who died
there his wid. in 1600. and had six children. He died in 1007. His will was proved Aug. 10,
1697. Their fourth child was Jonathan 2 , b. 1658.
















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He married at Southborough, January 23, 1776, Martha Newton (2036), daugh-
ter of Edward 4 and Silence (Bartlett) Newton of Southborough, where she was
born May 15, 1756. She died at North Leverett, February 27, 1837, aged 81. G. S.

One year prior to the Revolution, Paul Newton went to live in Marlborough,
Mass., where he joined a company of minutemen. On the advance of the British
from Boston toward Lexington, on the 19th of April, 1775, he turned out with
his company and followed them on their retreat to Boston. In this service he
is credited with seven days' service on the Revolutionary Roll : "Paul Newton.
Marlborough. Private. Capt. Daniel Barnes' Company." In Boston he regularly
enlisted for eight months, on April 26, 1775, with Capt. Daniel Barnes, Col.
Jonathan Ward's regiment,* and was discharged in December, 1775. During this
period his name appears on rolls dated August 1, 1775 ; service rolls of thirteen
weeks six days; company returns, etc.

It is further recorded that very soon after his discharge in December, 1775, he
reenlisted in the same company and regiment, with the same officers, for the term
of twelve months, continuing at the siege of Boston until that city was evacu-
ated, when his regiment was ordered to New York City; and from there retreated
with the Army to White Plains, where he was discharged December, 1776. The
battle of White Plains occurred October 28, 1776. In passing through his home
town from Boston to New York, when beginning the year's enlistment (Decem-
ber, 1775, to December, 1776), he improved the chance to marry at Southborough,
January 23, 1776, the lady to whom he was engaged. While in the army he
never was engaged with the company in battle; his service being a detail to the
Commissary Department. For this service as a soldier of the Revolution, the
United States gave Mr. Newton a pension. His name appears on the rolls in
that office: "Paul Newton. Private. State troops. Annual allowance $66.66, sum
received $199.98, placed on pension roll November 29, 1832, pension to com-
mence March 4, 1831. Pensioned again, Act of June 7, 1832. Age, 82." His
daughter writes, December 26, 1832, to my father: "We received last week,
Father's pension bill from Washington. He is entitled to receive 66.66 per
annum, payable semi-annually, viz., the 4th of March and the 4th of Sept.
He is cut short some in the amount on account of his being in the Commissary
store. The money is to be paid from the U. S. Bank at Boston."

In February, 1777, Mr. Newton was engaged in some civil employment at
Springfield, Mass., with a Mr. Church — his particular duties are not mentioned.
He continued in this service for some sixteen months; but whether he remained
at Springfield during the whole period is unknown. — The above account of Paul
Newton is largely what was sent to me from the U. S. Pension Office. Hence
it is in great measure his own statement as to what occurred in his life up to
this date. We, as a family, have always understood that his service in the
army, and in affairs in its interest, covered the whole period of the war — seven
years — intermittent of course, as all the public service then was. While his
rank was always a private, yet his general knowledge was considered to be of
greater service in the management of affairs than in the ranks.

After the war, Mr. Newton returned to Southborough, where he continued to
reside until he was about forty years old, when he removed with his family to
North Leverett — "Feb. — , 1793" is the date of his removal given in the South-
borough records. Be that as it may, the First United States Census, 1790, shows

* The regiment of Col. Jonathan Ward was raised out of the County of Worcester : went
to Boston soon as news came of the battle at Lexington, and was at the battle of Bunker
Hill, in the organization of the army, it was numbered the "32nd regiment, Continental
Army." Sept. 27, 177.">. they were stationed ai Dorchester, in camp. At the battle of Bunker

Hill, Col. Ward was Lieutenant-Colonel of Col. Artemus Ward's regiment. After Artenuis Ward
was commissioned as Brigadier-General, and Commander-in-Chief (May 10, 1775), Jonathan
Ward was appointed Colonel of the regiment. The other officers were : Timothy Bigelow,
major; Ebenezer Cleveland, chaplain: and Captains — Daniel Barnes. Seth Cushing. Luke
Drury, Jonas Hubbard, Cushing, Mellen.


this Paul Newton to have been head of a family at Amherst, Hampshire County,
Mass., the other members being three males under sixteen years and three females.
The explanation would be that he did not take his family directly from South-
borough to North Leverett, but stopped awhile at Amherst, while he and his sons
should go forward and erect the house, get the land in shape and the home
ready before the younger ones came on. His daughter writes that Paul Newton
"never owned a place until he bought in Leverett, but after his marriage lived
in the south part of the town (Southborough) in a 'garrison house.' " [I sup-
pose this to be the old "Garrison" of Jonathan Newton 3 .]

North Leverett is not an ideal farming country, hilly, soil poor, no large manu-
facturing establishments, small village of some twenty houses. Here Mr. New-
ton bought a farm of eighty acres, built a small house and somehow supported
his family.

The children grow to be worthy men and women, as they all helped, each in
the most effective way, for the best good of the whole. All of the old letters
that have been preserved show this to have been a united, affectionate, Christian

"In person, Paul Newton was below the average height ; rather slim of build,
and in old age much bent over — the result of hard labor. He was neat in his
habits; saving and orderly ; honest and upright in his dealings ; not much given
to talk a great deal — and especially upon the subject of religion. He was a
member in good standing of the Baptist Church. In his last years he was nearly

Of Mrs. Newton we are told: "She was physically a noble woman; in build
rather above the usual height, well proportioned; active and energetic. She was
a pious woman, and took pains to instruct her children in religion. She was
much more of a talker upon all subjects than her husband."

That the old people should surely be made comfortable as long as they lived.
their daughter Lovina (who in her maidenhood had been a school teacher) and
her husband remained with them on the farm until their change came. Their
deaths occurred only three days apart, the illness of each being "an inflamatory
fever." The funeral sendees were conducted by their pastor, Rev Mr. Jones.
March 3, 1837. The caskets were placed in a tomb, and later buried in one grave
in a small graveyard "west of the old Meeting-house" in North Leverett, together
with the infant son of their daughter, Mrs. Montague. The grave is marked
with a black-slate head stone, on which is the following inscription :

In Memory of

Mr. Paul Newton

(a soldier of the Revolution).

who died

March 2 nd 1837;

M 85 years.

Mrs. Martha Newton

wife of

Mr. Paul Newton.


Feb-y 27 th 1837.

M 81 years.

"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."

The first seven children were all born at Southborough, and recorded there;

the others were born at North Leverett.



2301. i. Martha 6 , b. Dec. 9, 1770; d. Oct. 17, 1843, at Leverett; m. there, Sept. 5,

1820, as his "second wife" William (hum of Montague, Mass. ; who was,
as we suppose, son of Asahel and Thankful (Marsh) Ounn* of Sunderland.
Mass.. horn there June 28, 1704, and died Oct. 4, 1827. Whether he had
been twice married before the marriage in 1S20, as suggested by the
Historian of Sunderland, we do not know ; but we do know that this was
not his first, marriage, and that there were no children by the wife Martha.
They lived on his farm in the eastern part of Montague until his death,
when she returned to her father's house for a time — "she seemed to be
the house-keeper." Then she lived with her sister Eleanor, wife of James
Rice, who had a woolen factory in Southborough, and she worked in it
for him. In 18:!."), she was '-with a Miss Jackson, as companion." Of their
"Aunt Tatty." one of her nieces exclaims: "She was just too good to
live!" and a nephew replies: "Didn't 1 always say she was the best
woman that ever lived " — and he ought to know, since she helped to bring
him up.

2302. tii. Edward , b. Jan. 10, 1770; m. Esther Montague.

2303. tiii. Paul 6 , Jr., b. Oct. 27, 1780 ; m. Polly Albee.

2304. f iv. Stephen 6 , b. June 13. 17S2 ; in. Achsah Smith.

2303. tv. Walter 6 , b. Nov. 13. 1784; m. (1) Sally Clark; m. (2) Mrs. Mary Tapley.

23D0. vi. Silence 6 , b. Sept. 18, 17S7 ; d. Oct. 29, 1851, at North Leverett. She was
of feeble mind, dependent, easily overcome. While she was an active and
useful member of it, she was a special care to all the family. Her son by
Noah Torrey was :

2310. fl. Albert Newton 1 , b. July 3, 1S11 ; m. Lncinda Brown.

2307. vii. Eleanor 6 , b. May 1, 1790. at Southborough; d. there Oct. 8, 1852; in. at
North Leverett, Sept. 5. 1820, James Rice, son of Lot and Elizabeth
(Bellows) Rice? of Southborough, born there August 21, 1793. He died
at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Temple, October 14, 1809. He was a
modest, amiable, lovable man — eminent for piety, an ardent supporter of
the temperance cause, from his early manhood. He and his wife were
constituent members of the Baptist Church in Southborough, of which he
was for many years a deacon. Their house became known as the
"Minister's Tavern," so conveniently situated as a stopping place was
it on the road from Boston to Worcester. In business he was a woolen
manufacturer, on a small scale ; owning a water privilege on Stony Brook
in the eastern part of Southborough. His sign read "Woolcarder and
Clothier." Here he carded wool, and colored yarn; made flannel and
homespun for all the region round. "He began with nothing, reared his
family and left $3000— having given away more than he left." Their
daughter writes thus of Mrs. Rice: "Mother was resolute, independent,
executive; rather blunt in speech. She was truly a helpmeet to father:
industrious, economical, but also benevolent; tired, sometimes impatient:
but always looking well to the good of her household. Keeping boarders—
almost always boarding schoolteachers." Their children, born in South-
borough. were :

2311. 1. Eliza' Rice, b. Aug. 15, 1821; d. July 10, 18S2 ; unm. For sixteen

years she lived a helpless paralytic at the home of her sister, where she
was tenderly cared for.

♦William Gunn° (Asahel 3 , Nathaniel 4 , Samuel 3 , Nathaniel 2 , Jasper (iunn 1 ). It is sug-
gested that he may be the William Gunn named in each of these three copies of record:
"William Gunn of Charlemont and Pamela Farnum of Deerfield ; m. May 1. 1788." "Wil-
liam Gunn of Montague and Clarissa Farnum of Sunderland, m. Nov. in. 1701." "William
GUNN, died Oct. 4, 1827." Not knowing, I should say the first, maybe; and the last two,
almost undoubtedly were.

t For Edmund Rice 1 , immigrant, and his son Edward Rice 2 , sec note to Jonathan Newton 3 ,
Sr. (Moses 2 ).

Edmund Rice 3 (son of Edward 2 ), b. 105:}; d. 1710; res. Sudbury and Wayland ; Deacon;
representative; m. 1680, Joyce Russell of Cambridge; five children. The fourth was

Jason Rice*, b. about 1602; d. 1730, ffi. 38; res. Sudbury; m. at Watertown, 1722, Abi-
gail Clark (who m. (2) 1741, Nathaniel Haven). Three children. The second was

Edmund Rice 5 , b. 1725; res. Sudbury where he d.. 1706; m. 1750, Margaret SMITH of
Sudbury and had eight children. The tir'th was: /."/'•. b. 17(12.

Lot Rice 6 , l». 1762; d. 1848; res. Southborough; m. (1) 17S2. Elizabeth Bellows, who
had six children, and d. 1810. He m. (2) ELIZABETH (IIaynksi Newton, wid. of Dea.
Josiah Newton of Southborough. She d. Oct. 4, 1854. The second child was James Rice 7 , l>.
1703 ; m. Eleanor Newton".


2312, 2. Willard Baxter 1 Rice, b. Feb. 28. 1S24; d. , 181)3; in. Feb. 18.

1851, Selina Nixon, daughter of Wan-en and Salome (Rice) Nixon*
of Framingham. where she was born July 3, 1S25. She was
living in 3014. at Framingham. Mr. Rice owned the same water
privilege <>n Stony Brook that belonged to his father. lie was first
engaged there in the sash, door and blind business; but not being able
in compete with the cheaper lumber from Maine, he changed the business
and became a miller. After his death his widow continued the milling
business for a time. In 1896 the whole stream and adjoining farms
were taken and submerged in the ''Great Basin" of the Boston Water
Supply. Mrs. Rice then removed to Framingham. They were members
of the Baptist Church. From apoplexy, and later paralysis. Mr. Rice
was physically incapacitated, although his mind was clear. Children:

2313. 1- Arthur" Rice. b. Dec. 1. 1853; d. . 1855.

■S.\] |. •_'. Leonette Maria 8 Rice, b. April 0. 1855; d. .Ian. 2, 18G9.

2315. ::. Benjamin Franklin? Ilia. b. July 20, 1820; d. Oct. 28. 1826.

2310. 4. Ellen Cordelia? Rice, b. Feb. 12, 1829; d. April 22. 1909, aged 80. She

married, May 12, 1860, Charles Haven Temple, son of Ira and Jerusha
(Haven) Temple of Marlborough, where he was born June 26, 1836.
He died July 26, 1903. Roth Mr. and Mrs. Temple died at the home
of their adopted (laughter. Mrs. II. R. Ring, in Fayville, Mass., where
they had lived since failing health permitted them no longer to live alone.
Mr. Temple was a carpenter — with a wonderfully deft hand at cabinet
work. He had from his father a dozen acres or more of land in the
village <>f Fayville (town of Southborough i which he cultivated and
where he resided. He received injuries from a fall in 1887. from which
he never wholly recovered, and later other disbarments to an active life,
but not until age, too, had put an end to much energy. Of Mrs.
Temple it is difficult to adequately speak — so much there is that ought
to be said. Being physically too heavy (250 lbs.) for personal com-
fort, or, to quote her view of it : "fastened too securely to terra-firma
to l>e quite contented, yet thankful I am not entirely useless." she
has done much to make more comfortable and happy the lives of many
people. Rossessing a mind well informed, clear, concise, sprightly and
merry, and with the kindest of hearts, she could not fail to do good.
She resembled her mother, too. in some of her characteristics. She
came with her husband to the home of his parents in their declining
years. The mother, aged 87 at death, had not walked for nine years —
broken hip. The father with sore legs, just able to move about with the
aid of two canes, survived his wife ten months. Her sister Eliza, help-
less through paralysis, was cared for by Mrs. Temple for sixteen years.
Then her own father came to visit and did not want to leave her,
so they made a place for him — he had curvature of the spine — and he
continued with her to the end. Of all this she writes : "I can never be
sufficiently thankful that God, in his providence, brought him to me to
care for in his last days; with my hands full of feeble folk I could not
have gone to him." Having no children of their own, Mr. and Mrs.
Temple adopted three, whom they brought up. Speaking of her life
and work of love, Mrs. Temple says, "I had the privilege." Both were
active and ardent members of the Baptist Church — Christian people.
Their adopted children were:

2317. 1. Susie Spooner Temple, b. Feb. 11, 1854. It is only justice that I should

say that no daughter could have loved and served a mother more
faithfully than did this adopted daughter repay in kind all the love and
care she had received from her faster parents. She simply gave all ;
nothing doubting or begrudging. Her Christian fortitude was wonder-
ful. She married as his second wife, Sept. 30, 1883, Hiram P. Ring of
Fayville. where they reside. Her one child, a daughter, was born
Oct. 4, 1884, only to die the following December 2.

2318. 2. Reon Ira Temple, b. June 15, 1858. He enlisted in the United States

Navy and served five years ; enlisted in the United States Army, and

* Wabeen Nixon I son of Capt. Thomas (b. 1762; d. 1842, aged 80) and Ltdia (Hagbb. 1>.

1766; d. 1*22. aged 56) Nixon of Framingham]. b. 170.°.; in. IMS. Salome Rick 7 (dan.
Edmund*, a brother of Lot" above); res. Framingham and had seven children. "Mr. Nixon
was fur twenty-live years a teacher of the public schools, also surveyor, magistrate, select-
man. A man of good property ; Republican ; Baptist church ; the town in appreciation of
his services, made him some handsome presents."


was a year in Fort Warren ; then sent to the mouth of the Columbia
River, Oregon — served two more years, and on account of losing the
sight of an eye. was discharged. In 1885. was city marshal of
LaConner. Washington Territory- Later he went as second steward
on a mail steamer to China — was taken with yellow fever and left at
Yokohoma, Japan : returned to California after eighteen months ;
married at San Francisco. Calif., and removed to Tacoma, Wash.,
wliere he was living in 1905.

2319. 3. Josephine Stone Temple, b. Sept. 20, 1876: Italian by birth: m. April

28. 1894, Badley Baxter Smith, b. 1872. d. . They had a son.

Robert Baxter Smith, b. April 30. 1895. She m. (2) Nelson W.
Pix : resides in Favville. and has other children.

2320. 5. Ann Judson 1 Rice. b. Aug. 17. 1832; d. Sept. 25. 1832.

2308. viii. Lovina", b. Feb. 27, 1795. at North Leverett : d. at Northborough, May 30,

1875 ; m. , 1834, at North Leverett, Richard Montague, son of

Rev. Elijah and Jerusha (Woodbury) Montague* of North Leverett. where
he was born April 4, 1811. He died at Northborough (three weeks before
his wife died). May S, 1875. Mr. Montague had been taking care of the
farm of Paul Newton for some time before the marriage. After their
marriage they continued to live at her father's until, by death, her parents
had no further need of their care, when they moved to Bernardston, and
later to Ashland, and finally settling in Northborough for the remainder
of their lives. Mr. Montague was a deacon in the Baptist churches of
Ashland and Northborough. also treasurer of the society in the latter
town, and was chosen overseer of the poor two years in Northborough.
"An honest man and sincere and consistent Christian." Lovina Newton
had been engaged to marry Willard Rice, a younger brother of James Rice,
who married her sister ; the day was set, but he died before the wedding
day arrived. She was educated fn the public schools, and was afterward
a teacher therein — for a time teaching at North Leverett, and in 1831 at
Hadley. "She was physically rather delicate — was finer looking, more
beautiful, refined and literary than her sisters." Early in life she became
a member of the Baptist Church. She was constant and faithful to every
trust. Her infant son and only child was born Dec. 8, and died without
a name, Dec. 13, 1836. and was interred with his grandparents. At North-
borough Mr. Montague kept a clothing store, boots and shoes, etc. They
made a will leaving most of their property to benevolent objects ; and the
avails from their household stuff to Mrs. E. C. Temple, their niece,
ix. — ■ - 6 . infant, who died aged two weeks', at North Leverett.

2309. x. Sophia , b. Aug. 24, 1801, at North Leverett; d. at Fayville, May 10, 1888;

m. at Southborough, Dec. 1, 1836, Lincoln Newton (2842) (2d wife), son
of Caleb 6 and Esther (Harvey) Newton of Southborough, where he was

born Feb. 1, 1795. He died there , 1871, aged 76. His will was

administered at Southborough. 1871. Case in the Probate Court. No.
43.285. For more of him and his first family see his number.

Physically, Mrs. Newton was above the average in height and build.
When young she was quite fleshy. At carding and spinning she was an
expert in the household, in disposition, always cheerful, willing and helpful.
Her attendance at the public school of her native town was the extent of
her educational privileges. She early in life united with the Baptist
Church and "her life exemplified the religion of Jesus." With courage and
benevolence she undertook the care of her husband's children, and was a
kind and faithful mother to them. By will. Mr. Newton provided abundant
means for her declining years. She suffered much from rheumatism and
her eyesight became dim. yet she lived by herself at Fayville, where she
owned a house and land, until the last winter of her life, a part of which
time she spent with her relatives. Her one child, born at Southborough.
was :
[3601.] tl. Adoniram Judson Newton 7 , 1>. .Ian. 27. 1839; in. Caroline Arvilla Arnold,

1867. SILAS NEWTON 5 (Nathan*, Jonathan 3 , Moses 2 . Richard 1 ), son of
Nathan and Experience (Stow) Newton of Southborough. Mass., was there
May 24, 1753, and died there November 6, 1826, aged 73. He left a will and his

* Richard Montague", son of Rev. Elijah 5 (Maj. Richard 4 . Dea. SamueF, John 2 , Richard
Montague 1 the immigrant.) Sec note to Edward Newton (son of Paul 6 ).


estate was administered at Southborough in 1826. Case in Probate Court, No.

Silas Newton was a soldier of tbe Revolution. On tbe Rolls his name appears
in the following- services: "Silas Newton. Southborough. Private in Capt. Elijah
Bellows' Company, which marched on the Alarm April 19, 1775, service sixteen
days. Also, Silas Newton. Private in Capt. Silas Gates Company, Dec. 1775
to Jan. 1. 1776. Also." (in other companies and terms of enlistment that I did
not copy, the last being dated at Dorchester).

Silas Newton did not marry until the war was over, when he came back to
Southborough and settled. His children were all born there. The First United
States Census, 1790, shows Silas Newton head of a family at Southborough, con-
sisting of himself and four females.

lie married at Southborough, August 15, 1782, Lovina Newton (2038), daugh-
ter of Edward and Silence (Bartlett) Newton of Southborough, where she prob-
ably was born, though there is no record of it. She died there about December
— , 1839. An abstract of her will, allowed January 7, 1840, follows :

1839. Lovinah Newton, Southborough, 43292 A.
Will allowed January 7. 1S40.
Gives persona] estate to daughters —

Relief Annetts, widow of William Annetts.

Experience Stow Ilersey, wife of Elijah Mersey.

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