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as its basic idea. In 1848 he prepared a call for
a convention in Ohio which was signed by over
three thousand voters, and resulted in the convention
at Buffalo in the same year, at which Mr. Chase
presided, and nominated VanBuren and Adams on
the Free Soil ticket. In 1840 the Democrats and the
Federal Whigs united in the election of Mr. Chase
to the United States senate. In 1853 he withdrew
from the Democratic party on account of its position
on the slavery question, and in the same year pre-
pared a platform for the independent party at Pitts-
burg, which was adopted. In the senate he opposed
the compromises with slavery interests and labored
diligently for amendments to the fugitive slave law,
but he was in advance of his time, and found himself
in the minority. He sought to prevent the interven-
tion of Federal authorities in the affairs of the states,
to uphold individual State rights, and economy in
the administration of finances. He favored free
homesteads to settle cheap postage and public im-
provements. In 1855 Mr. Chase was elected gover-
nor of Ohio by the elements opposing the Nebraska
Bill and the administration, and two years later he
was re-elected by the largest vote ever given for
governor in that state. In 1850 his name was pro-
posed by Ohio as a presidential candidate, and again
in i860, at the National Republican Convention at
Chicago, he received a nomination and forty-nine
votes were cast for him on the first ballot. When
the votes of Ohio were needed to secure the nomin-
ation of Abraham Lincoln they were promptly turned
over to him. In that year Mr. Chase was again
elected United States senator, and he resigned the
position in 1861, to acept a portfolio in President
Lincoln's cabinet. As Secretary of the Treasury
he rendered conspicuous service in establishing the
war loans and a substantial financial system which
made a successful prosecution of the Civil war pos-
sible. Through the suggestion of ]\Ir. O. B. Potter,
of New York, he issued the greenback, which was
universally accepted by the people, and secured
the ultimate unity of a great nation. Mr Chase left
the Treasury department June 30, 1864. at which time
the national debt amounted to $1,740,690,489. On
December 6 of the same year he was named by the
president as chief justice of the national supreme
court, and the nomination was immediately con-
firmed by the senate. He presided at the impeach-
ment trial of President Johnson in March, 1868.
In 1855, Dartmouth, from which he had graduated
at the age of eighteen, conferred upon him the degree
of Doctor of Laws. His public service was ended by
a stroke of paralysis in June, 1870, and he died May
7> i873,> in New York City.



Following is the record of the descend-
CHASE ants of John Chase, a native of Maine,
who was an uniraced descendant of that
branch of the Chase family of Maine whose ances-
tor was the Aquila Chase, of Chesham, England,
who settled about 1640 in Hampson, and previous to
1646 in Newbury, Massachusetts.

(I) Enoch, son of John Chase, was born in
Portland, Maine, about 1775. When about eight
years of age he went to Hopkinton, New Hamp-
shire, where he became a farmer when he attained
manhood. He was a man of good business ability,
well thought of by his townsmen, and was collector
of taxes from 1818 to 1820, and again in 1824; and
selectman from 1820 to 1823. He married Mary
Morse, of Newbury, Massachusetts, 1796, and they
were the parents of ten children: Charlotte, Enoch
J., Daniel D., Thomas, Hannah, Abner, Ambrose,
Jacob, Elbridge G., and Sally.

(II) Enoch J., eldest son and second child of
Enoch and Mary Morse Chase, was born in Hop-
kinton, June 25, 1801, and died October 17, 1879,
aged seventy-eight. He was a farmer and lumber-
man, and lived many years in the Blackwater dis-
trict. He also lived a number of years in Concord,
and for a time in Wilniot. He was selectman in
Hopkinton in 1843, 1853, and 1854, and representative
in 1862 and 1863. He was a stirring business man
and a prosperous citizen. He married first, Sarah
IT. Holmes, who was born in Utica, New York,
November 26, 1791, and died December 6, 1832, aged
forty-one years. She was the daughter of Dr. Joshua
Holmes, of Utica, New York. He marxied second,
Nancy Johnson, of Salisbury, who was born in
1797, and died 1875, aged seventy-eight years. The
children of the first wife were : Lucinda H., Ho-
race J., Mary Jane, and Harvey; and of the second:
Nancy A., George W., and Malinda B.

(HI) Harvey, youngest child of Enoch J. and
Sarah H. (Holmes) Chase, was born in Hopkin-
ton, April 3, 1829. With the exception of nine years
in Concord and two in Chichester, he has always
lived on the old homestead in Hopkinton, which
now contains six hundred acres. He is a farmer and
lumber dealer. He has inherited the personal qual-
ities that distinguished his father and grandfather,
and is a keen trader and a man of good judgment.
He was a member of the board of selectmen of
Concord in 1852 and 1853, a councilman in 1854,
and representative from Hopkinton in 1879. He
married, March 17, 1853, Martha R. Bennett, who
was born in Freedom, July 9, 1834, daughter of
Charles and Olive E. (Crockett) Bennett. They
are the parents of children : Mary Jane, Georgia
Persis, Fred Harvey, and Mattie Olive.

(IV) Fred Harvey, third child and only son of
Harvey and Martha R. (Bennett) Chase, was born
in Hopkinton, August 21, 1868. He was brought
up to a knowledge of farming and lumber dealing,
and obtained his education in the common and high
schools of Warner. At the age of twenty he be-
came a dealer in lumber, and has ever since been
successfully engaged in that line. He is prominent
in the industrial, financial and social circles of his
native town. He married, March 10, 1897, in Con-
cord, Lillian Jackman, born August 29, 1871, daugh-
ter of Enoch and Elizabeth (Moody) Jackman, of
Concord. They have one child, Martha Elizabeth,
born March 26, 1901.

Kingsburv. signifying primarilv,

KINGSBURY "King's castle," and later. "King's

town," was at first, the designation

of a fortification for defensive purposes. As was
common in the days of English castle-building, a
town grew up about the kingsburg or bury and
took the same designation, the name being spelled
in the reign of King Egbert, 800 A. D., Kyngges-
berie, Kyngesburg and Kinggesburie. Still later,
when some emigrant left the place called Kings-
bury, he took that name for his surname, and from
him it has been handed down to the latest genera-
tions of his descendants. The Kingsburys had
among them liberal minded and adventurous men
who could not abide the religious oppression of
their times in England, and in the hope of enjoy-
ing greater liberties in the new world, came t»
Massachusetts Bay Colony. The ancestors of the
family in America are : Joseph, John and Henry.
The traits of character of this family, as given by
one who knows are : Remarkable attachment to
agricultural pursuits ; from the first settlement in
America they lived in the common, temperate style
of New England farmers, yet with patriotic ferver,
and love of military tactics. Noble-hearted, indus-
trious, ingenuous, intelligent, of the strictest integ-
rity, disdaining the low arts of dissimulation, shun-
ning the ways of vice and walking in the paths of
virtue and piety — 'a reticent nature having a per-
sonal holy of holies into which few are admitted" —
reverent, cherishing love of God, family and coun-
try with "the courage of their conviction," the
word faithful defines the most marked characteristic
of a KingsburJ^

(I) Joseph Kingsbury, the ancestor of many of
that name in America, was born in England, where
he was also married., but we know the date of
neither of these events. He came to New Eng-
land, and settled in Dedham, Massachusetts Col-
ony, in the year 1628; was made a freeman in 1641,
and died about 1676. He, like all citizens of that
day, was an owner, and probably a tiller of the soil.
In April, 1638, the town took land for a burial
place, still in use, from the south end of his hamlet,
exchanging other land for it. and soon after took
an acre of land from the end of his lot for a
church. In the forming of the church in 1638,
Joseph was one of the ten men considered most
suitable to be "an original member," but through
the jealousy of some of the company, he and three
others of the ten first mentioned were not in-
cluded in the number of constituents. His wife,
who is described as "a tender-hearted soule full of
fears and temptations, but truly breathing after
Christ," was received in the fellowship of the Ded-
ham church in the winter of 1638-9 without mak-
ing a public recital of her experience ; but by giving
good satisfaction in private and by publicly assent-
ing to the relation made for her. Joseph, however,
became a member April 9, 1641. Joseph Kings-
bury married Millicent Ames, in England. She
survived him. Their children were : SaraJi, Mary,
Elizabeth, Joseph, John, Eleazer, and Nathaniel.

(II) Nathaniel, youngest of the seven children
of Joseph and Millicent (Ames) Kingsbury, was
born in Dedham, March 25, 1650, was a freeman of
Massachusetts in 1677, and died October 14, 1694.
He married, in Dedham, October 14, 1673, Mary-
Bacon, daughter of John and Rebeccca (Hall) Ba-
con, and they had five sons and one daughter : Na-
thaniel, James, Timothy. John Daniel and Millicent.

(III) Deacon Daniel, fifth son and child of Na-
thaniel and Mary (Bacon) Kingsbury, born in
Dedham. November 11, 1688, died in Wrentham,
April 27, 1754. He removed to Wrentham, and
spent the greater part of his life there. He was
chosen the first deacon, March 8, 1739, of the First



Congregational Church, in that part of Wrentham
which was called "Western Precinct," and in 1778
was incorporated under the name of Franklin. He
married, December 29, 1713, Elizabeth Stevens (or
Stephens) of Dedham, who died July 12, 1764.
They were the parents of two sons and two daugh-
ters : Daniel, Stephen, Elizabeth and Mary.

(IV) Daniel (2), eldest child of Daniel (i) and
Elizabeth (Stevens) Kingsbury, born March 11,
1715, and died in Franklin, March 25, 1783. He
married (first), November 3, 1737, Beriah Mann,
born April 25, 1717, who died May 12, 1755; and
(second), October 19. 1755, widow Abigail Adams,
who died October 22, 1759. By the first marriage
there were eight sons and one daughter : Nathan-
iel, Lydia, Daniel, Samuel, John, Timothy, James,
John and Theodore, and by the second marriage :
Twins, unnamed; Peter and Benjamin.

(V) Lieutenant Daniel (3), second son of Dan-
iel (2) and Beriah (Mann) Kingsbury, was born
in Wrentham, Massachusetts, October 6, 1742. In
1759 he settled in Keene, where he became one of
the leading citizens, holding many offices of honor
and trust, and was a member of the building com-
mittee for the first Congregational Church in Keene.
He was a member of the provincial congress, New
Hampshire, 1775-76, and after the adoption of the
state constitution was a member of the state legis-
lature for twenty-one consecutive years. He was a
member of committee of safety, April 12, 1776 and
lieutenant in the Revolutionary war under Captain
Hewlett, 1777. He died in Keene, New Hampshire,
August 10, 1825.

(VI) Daniel (4), son of Daniel (3) and

Kingsbury, was a merchant in Plainfield, New
Hampshire, where he died June 12, 1819. He mar-
ried Hannah Bailey.

(VII) Almira, only child of Daniel (4) and
Hannah (Bailey) Kingsbury, was born March 6,
1799, in Keene, and was married March 6. 1814, to
Austin Tyler (see Tyler, VI).

The Welsh custom of adding to a
HARRIS name the father's name in posses-
sive form to distinguish one from an-
other of the same Christian name, was the origin
of this patronymic. In the short four centuries
that surnames have prevailed in Great Britain time
has sufficed to make many changes and modifica-
tions in the form of all classes of words, and
names are no exception to the rule. In the Welsh
vernacular, William was "David's," Harry was
"John's," and David was "William's," and thus we"
have Davy's (Davis), John's (Jones), William
and Harris, all among the most common of Welsh
names. The Harris family of whom this article
gives some account was among the earliest in Nev/
England, has contributed much to the advancement
of this region and of the nation, and is now found
in connection with all worthy endeavor. It has been
especially active in the fields of invention and
pioneer development. Almost every state has
found the name among those of its pioneer settlers,
and it has spread from the Atlantic to the Pacific.
(I) Thomas Harris, born in Deal, Kent county,
England, died in Providence, Rhode Island, June
7. 1636. He came to America with his brother
WiUiam in the ship "Lyon," from Bristol, England,
December i, 1630. On August 20, 1637, or a little
later, he and twelve others signed the following
compact : "We, whose names are hereunder, re-
sirous to inhabit in the town of Providence, do
promise to subject ourselves in active or passive
obedience to all such orders or agreements as shall
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be made for public good of the body in an orderly
wajr by the major assent of the present inhabitants,
members incorporated together into a town of fel-
lowship, and such others whom they shall admit
unto themselves, only in civil things."

On July 2,-], 1640, he and thirty-eight others
signed an agreement for a form of government.
On September 2, 1650, he was taxed i\. In 1652-3-
4-5-6-7, 1661-2-3, he was commissioner; in 1654,
lieutenant; 1655, freeman; 1656, juryman. Bishop's
"New England Judged," published in London, in
1703, has the following with reference to July, 1658:

"After these came Thomas Harris from Rhode
Island into our colony who Declaring against your
Pride and Oppression, as we would have liberty to
speak in your meeting place in Boston, after the
priest had ended. Warning the people of the Dread-
ful, terrible day of the Lord God, which was com-
ing upon that Town and Country, him, much unlike
to Nineveh, you pulled down and hall'd him by the
Hair of his Head out of your meeting, and a hand
was put on his mouth to keep him from speaking
forth, and then had before your Governor and
Deputy, with other Magistrates, and committed to
Prison without warrant or mittimus that he saw,
and shut up in a close room, none suffered to come
to him, nor to have provisions for his money ; and
the next day whipped with so cruel stripes without
shewing any law that he had broken, tho' he de-
sired it of the Jaylor, and then shut up for Eleven
Days more. Five of which he was kept without
bread (Your Jaylor not suffering him to have
any for his Money and threatened the other
Prisoners very much for bringing him a lit-
tle water on the day of his sore whipping) and
all this because he could not work for the Jaylor
and let him have Eight Pence in Twelve Pence of
what he should earn; And starved he had been in
all probability, had not the Lord kept him these
Five Days, and ordered it so after that time that
food was so conveyed him by night in at a Window,
by some tender People, who tho' they came not in
the Profession of truth openly, by reason of your
Cruelty, yet felt it secretly moving in them and so
were made Serviceable to keep the Servant of the
Lord from Perishing, who shall not go without a
reward. And tho' he was in this State of Weak-
ness for want of Bread, and by torturing his body
with cruel whippings, as aforesaid, and tho' the
Day after he was whipped, the Jaylor had told him
that he had now suffered the Law, and that if he
would hire the Marshall to carry him out of the
Country he might be gone when he would; Yet the
next Sixth Day in the Morning before the sixth
Hour, the Jaylor again required him to Work, which
he refusing, gave his weak and fainting body L'wo
and Twenty Blows with a pitched rope; and the
Nineteenth of the Fifth month following. Fifteen
cruel stripes more with a three-fold-corded whip
knotted as aforesaid. Now upon his Apprehension,
your Governor sought to know of him who came
with him (as was their usual manner) that so ye
might find out the rest of the company, on whom
ye might Execute your Cruelty and Wickedness,
and your governor said he would make him do it;
but his Cruelties could net. Nevertheless they soon
were found out (who hid not themselves but were
bold in the Lord) viz : William Brend and William
Ledd, etc."

In 1664-66-67, 1670-72-73 he was deputy to the
general court; in 1664-65-66-69 member of the town
council, and on February 19, 1665, he drew lot 7,
in the division of the town lands. In May, 1667,



he as surveyor laid out the lands. August 14, 1676,
he was on a committee which recommended certain
conditions under which the Indian captives, who
were to be in servitude for a term of years, should
be disposed of by the town. April 27, 1683, he made
the statement that about 1661, being then a sur-
veyor, he laid out a three acre lot for his son
Thomas, at Pauqachance Hill, and a twenty-five
acre lot on the south side, etc. June 3, 1686, he
made his will, which was proved July 22, 1686, his
son Thomas being appointed executor, and his
sons-in-law, Thomas Field and Samuel Whipple,
overseers. Thomas Harris married Elizabeth

, who died in Providence, Rhode Island.

Their children were : Thomas, Mary and Martha.

(II) Thomas (2), only son and eldest child of
Thomas (i) and Elizabeth Harris, died February
27, 171 1, always lived in Providence, Rhode Island.
February 19, 1665, he had lot 49, in a division of
lands. In 1671-79, 1680-81-82-85, 1691-94-97, 1702-
06-07-08 and 1710, he was a deputy of the general
court : and in 1684-85-86, member of the town
council. July i, 1679, he was taxed 8s. 9d., and
September i, 1687, 14s. 9d. June 21, I/08, he made
his will, which was proved April 16, 171 1, the
executors being his wife Elanthan and his son
Henry. He married, November 3, 1664, Elanthan
Tew, born October 15, 1644, died January 11, 1718,
daughter of Richmond and Mary (Clarke) Tew,
, of Newport, Rhode Island, and they had nine chil-
dren : Thomas, Richard, Nicholas, William, Henry,
Amity, Elanthan, Joab, and Mary. (Mention of
Nicholas and descendants appears in this article).

(HI) Richard, second son and child of Thomas
(2) and Elanthan (Tew) Harris, was born October
14, 1668, in Providence, Rhode Island, and resided
in Providence and Smithfield. He deeded to his
son Richard, in 1725, one hundred acres of land
in the latter town, and died there in 1750. He
married (first a daughter of Clement and Elizabeth
King, and his second wife Susanna, born in 1665,
was the widow of Samuel Gordon, and a daughter
of William and Hannah (Wicks) Burton. She
died in 1737. His children, all born of the lirs;
marriage, were : Uriah, Richard, Amaziah, Jona-
than, David, Preserved. Amity, Dinah and Elnathan.

(IV) Richard (2), second son and child of

Richard (i) and (King) Harris, was

born in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and settled in
that town. He was married (first), December 15,
1723, to Lydia Sprague, of Attleboro, Massachusetts.
The date of her death does not appear, but the
christain name of his second wife was Dorothy.
Flis children of the first marriage were : Mary,
Jeremiah, Lydia, Uriah, Richard, Annie, David,
Anthony and Amity (twins). One child, Tabitha,
born 1738, came of the second marriage.

(V) Anthony, fifth son and seventh child of
Richard (2) and Lydia (Sprague) Flarris, was
born June 5, 1736, in Smithfield, Rhode Island, and
removed thence about 1760, to Richmond, New
Hampshire, where he was a pioneer settler, and
reared a large family. He was the first settler on
lot twelve in range five in that town, and died
there March 20, 1817, at the age of eighty-one
years. His wife, Ruth Broadway, was probably a
native of Rhode Island. She survived him nearly
thirteen years, dying January 8, 1830. _ They were
married January i, 1761. Their children were:
Thomas, Eunice L., Mercy, Anna. Lydia, Jeremiah,
David B. (died young), David B., William B.,
Caleb, Luke, Linday and Delila. The eldest daugh-
ter, Mercy, became the wife of David Ballou, a
pioneer of Richmond and they were the parents of

the celebrated Hosea Ballou, one of the first Uni-
versalist preachers in America.

(VI) Jeremiah, second son of Anthony and
Ruth (Broadway) Harris, was born May 8, 1768,
in Richmond, New Hampshire, and died September
16, 1849, in Springfield, Pennsylvania, in his eighty-
second year. As a young man, he evinced much of
the pioneer spirit for which New England has
been famous, and probably resided temporarily in
various places. His wife, Priscilla Cole, was the
daughter of Barnabas and Asenath Cole of Amenia,
New York. Barnabas Cole was a revolutionary
soldier of New York, and passed his last years in
Coneaut, Erie county, Pennsylvania. During the
first years of their married Hfe Jeremiah and Pris-
cilla (Cole) Harris lived near Prescott, Ontario,
on the Rideau river. He was subsequently a resi-
dent for some years of Henderson, Jefferson county.
New York. He settled ultimately in Springfield,
Erie county, Pennsylvania, where he cleared up
land and was a fairly prosperous farmer. He was
a very earnest believer in the doctrines of Univer-
salism, and did all in his power to urge others to
believe in the same faith. Tie took little part in
public affairs, and gave his attention to the develop-
ment of his farm and the care of his large family.
His eldest son Silas settled near Twin Valley, Wis-
consin, where he died, and his descendants are now
distributed over several western states. Barnabas
located in Ohio, and there died, leaving descendants.
Levi died when a young man. Jeremiah spent some
years in Wisconsin in the pioneer days of that state,
and ultimately settled at Webster City, Iowa. His
descendants are now living there and at Denver,
Colorado. Caleb was among the early settlers of
Illinois, and is 1838 located in LaGrange, Wisconsin.
His descendants are now living in that state, in
Nebraska and Utah. Luke resided near the old
homestead in Pennsylvania, and there died, leaving
several daughters in that vicinity. Annanias lived
for many years in Springfield, and then settled at
Twin Valley, Wisconsin, where his descendants are
now living. There were two daughters, Sarah and
Melissa. The latter died unmarried ; the former be-
came the wife of Charles Perkins Ellis and passed
most of her adult life in LaGrange, Wisconsin, near
her brother. She left three children : Priscilla
Rumina, James Alfred and Charles Elliott. The
daughter is the wife of John E. Menzie, and resides
on the homestead in LaGrange. The younger son
resides in Duluth, Minnesota. The elder has been
for a quarter of a century connected with the
preparation of work similar to this, and has been
privileged to prepare a considerable portion of this
work, including this article.

(HI) Nicholas, third son and child of Thomas
and Elanthan (Tew) Harris, born in Providence,
April I, 1671, died March 27, 1746, married Anne
Hopkins, daughter of Thomas and Mary (Smith)
Hopkins, and had ten children : Nicholas, Thomas,
Christopher, Anne, Zerviah, Mary, Sarah, Amity,
Joseph, and Jedediah.

(IV) Nicholas, eldest child of Nicholas and
Anne (Hopkins) Harris, born October, 1691, died
May 18, 1775. He married Hannah Blake, and
settled in Wrentham, Massachusetts. They had
nine children : John, Erastus, Nicholas, Joseph,
Oliver, a son who settled in Hardwick, a daughter
who married Ellis Medway, a daughter who married
a Blake, and a daughter who married a Carpenter,
and settled in Keene, New Hampshire.

(V) Erastus, second son and child of Nicholas
and Hannah (Blake) Harris, settled in Medway,
]\Iassachusetts. He left some writings showing that

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he served as a non-commissioned officer in a regi-
ment of foot, raised in Massachusetts, for one year,
in "His Majesty's Service," commanded by Colonel
Frye, and for that time was located in Acadia
(Nova Scotia) in 1759 and 1760. Afterward he
was an orderly sergeant in the American army
during the revolutionary war, in a regiment sta-
tioned in Boston and Cambridge. Nothing regard-
ing his wife is known. He had live children : Han-
nah, Bethuel, Rebecca, Erastus and William.

(VI) Bethuel, eldest son and second child of
Erastus Harris, born August 14, 1769, died July 21,
1851, settled in Harrisville, New Hampshire. He

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