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Two IIlindeed and Fiftieth Annr^eesaey



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TnK Invitations 8

Eddy rKsriv^vi, at PR6\^DENCE 9

Oi!i)i:u OF Exercises 13

Adduess. 15y Joiix Eddy, President 14

OiJATioN. Ey Rev. Zaciiaey Eddy, D.D., Detroit 19

Poem. By I^Iiss Alice Maud Eddy 49

Letteus FKOii England 53

Poem. By Miss Sula S. Eddy 57

Address. By John Eddy, Caribou, Me 59

Addkess. By Mouton Eddy, Eall Kiver 62

Address. By Lewis Eddy, Plymouth 63

Address. By Ch:arles B. Eddy, Bellows Falls 64

Poem. By IMrs. Ellen A. Eddy Pond 66

Address. By Semun Eddy, Leuox, N.Y 67

Address. By James Eddy, Providence 69

Genealogical Memoir of Eev. "William Eddye, A.M., axd ms

American Descendants. By Robert Henky Eddy, Boston, 13
The Eddy Family .as Related to Middleboro', Mass. By Rev.

Francis G. Pratt 275

Zkchauiah Eddy. By Rev. Francis G. Pratt 289

TuE First Parisu Culrch in Middleboro'. By Eev. FitANcis

G. Pkatt 295

Lndex 299

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.To?Tv Fpdy 14

ZACii.OiY Ei>DY, D.D 19

Street Views ix Craxbrooic 28

"The Greex," Eddyville 34

House Built by Samuel Eddy about 1721 38

Ef^idexce OF James Eddy, Providexce, R.I 43

Charles Walter Eddy of Exglaxd £6

Hiram Eddy, D. D 58

MoRTOx Eddy 62

CiLVRLES B. Eddy 64

James Eddy 70

Robert Hexry Eddy, F.R.H.S 73

Co.vT OF Arms of the Eddy Faimily 76

Plax OF TiiE Village of Craxbrook 80

HoiLvCE Eddy 116

Jesse Eddy 104

JoxatilslX G. Eddy 1G8

SAiTCEL Eddy, LL.D 148

Caleb Eddy 204

J.vMi:s Hood Eddy 210

Homestead of Joshua Eddy 218

Besidexce of Nath.vxtel Eddy 222

Homizstead of Capt.ux Joshua Eddy 224

Thomas F. Eddy 234

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Ltdia Eddy 2P2

Natiiaxiel Eddy '. 284

Zechariah Eddy 280

Eesidexce of ZECiiAKiAn Eddy 202

First Chuech, Middleboro', Mass 295

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Proati>ence, E.I., Jan. C, 1880.

A ifEETiXG of the descendants of the Pilgrims John
and Samuel Eddy was held this day in the Bell-Street
Chapel in Providence. It assembled in response to a
call signed by James and John Eddy of Providence,
K. II. Eddy of Boston, Joshua M. Eddy of Middleboro',
and Charies E. Eddy of Westboro', Mass. Printed notices
of the object of the gathering had been sent to all per-
sons of the name of Eddy whose addresses were loiown.

James Eddy was chosen Chairman, and John Eddy

The unardmous desu-e of all present was expressed that
the anniversary of the landing of our Pilgrim Fathers
should be appropriately observed.

On motion of R. H. Eddy it was voted. That John Eddy
and James Eddy of Pro\-idence, and Thomas F. Eddy of
I- all liiver, be appointed a committee to make the neces-
sary arrangements for the celebration. It was decided
to hold the meeting on the twenty-ninth of October, 1880,
the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the landing
of oiu- Eddy ancestors at Plymouth.

JAiiES Eddy, President. JoHX Eddy, Secretary.

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The committee having in charge the duty of making
arrangements for the Eddy Festival extended an invi-
tation, immediately after their appointment, to the Rev.
Zachary Eddy, D.D., of Detroit, Mich., to deliver the
address, which he cheerfully accepted.

Miss Alice Maud Eddy of Detroit vras invited to con-
tribute a p^oem, to which she assented.

Plymouth was at first selected as the most appropriate
place of meeting. The First Unitarian Society, by Wil-
liam H. Whitman, Esq., and the Church of the Pilgrims,
by their pastor, Rev. George A. Tewkesbury, tendered
their houses of worship for the purpose, and the people
of the town offered a most hospitable welcome. But it
soon became evident that Plymouth was so inaccessible
as to prevent many from attending, and after much
earnest consideration the place of meeting was changed
to Providence.

James Eddy, Esq., offered the use of his elegant chapel
on Bell Street, which was of convenient size for the meet-
ing, and he cordially welcomed the guests to the hospi-
tality of his house and grounds.

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Tile various families began to assemble several hours
before the time appointed, and the interim was most
avrrceably spent in social greetings and in tracing rela-
iioUs.hips. It was easy to discover in the faces of the
thronir the intense interest wliich animated every heart.

About three hundred and twenty-five persons having
Eddy blood in their veins were in attendance, a greater
part of whom recorded their names and residences in a
register placed in the vestibule for the purpose.

On a table at the right of the platform were displayed
many pictures of our English cousins, who had with
thoughtful consideration contributed the same, together
with several views of places of interest ; namely :

Photograph of Rev. Charles Eddy, M.A., eldest son of
Ilev. John Eddy, late Pector of Elworthy, Somerset, by
whom, on behalf of our English namesakes, an address
was presented to this festival.

Pictures of John Eddy, youngest son, and Katharine
Sophia Eddy, and Francis Anne Eddy, daughters of said

Photograph of Jane Elizabeth Tompkins, daughter of
Rev. Charles Eddy, Rector of Bemerton, and wife of the
Rev. Henry George Tompkins, late Vicar of Branscomb,




Pliotograplis of Katliariuc II. Tompkins, daughter of
the last named, and ]Miss Evelyn Frances Eddy, daugiiter
of Dr. Charles "Walter Eddy hereafter mentioned, ^vitll
whom the name becomes extinct in this branch of the

Photograph of Charles James Lilly of the Royal Irish
Constabulary, son of Rev. Peter Lilly and Maria S. Lilly,
nee Eddy.

Besides the above-named, there were also five engrav-
ings and views of St. Dunstan's Church in Cranbrook, in'
which our progenitor, AVilliara Eddye, officiated as Vicar
from 1591 to the time of his death, Xov. 23, 1G16.

From the same source a tracing facsimile of the hand-
writing of Rev. William Eddye.

A "lay-out" of the town of Cranbrook, taken from a
government siu'vey.

Two photographic pictures of the town, — one looking
from the church down Stone Street, and the other down
High Street, including the White Lion and the St. George
Inns. It is said these streets have changed little in the
last two hundred and fifty years.

Coat-of-Arms and Crest of the Eddy family, the latter
having been taken from an old silver seal remaining in
the possession of the family.

A large and excellent photograph of Dr. Charles Walter
Eddy of London stood upon the table. It Avill be remem-
bered by many of the family that he visited the United
States in the years 1S3S-9. during which time he held the
Ratcliffe Travelling Professorship of Oxford University,
and became very favorably known to all those who had
the good fortune to make his acquaintance. He was a
most agreeable gentleman, and took a lively interest in the

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immense exjinnsion of the family-tree on this side of the
water. lie mncle a pilgrimage to Eddyville, the Jerusalem
of the tribes, where he was the guest of the late Hon.
Zachariah Eddy. He also spent a week or two with John
Eddy, Esq., of Providence. He took great delight in
having the boundaries of the original purchase — made by
Samuel Eddy and others of the Sagamore AVampatuck —
pointed out to him with the locations of the original houses,
and the Indian paths and names with which Mr. Zachariah
Eddy was familiar. He died in 18T4, at which time he
Avas Honorary Secretary of the Royal Colonial Institute.
His Avidow, Mrs. Frances Rose Eddy, has kindly furnished
us with his picture and a memoir of his life.


The following is the Order of Exercises, prepared by
the Committee, and distributed at the meeting: —

Address of Welcome by the President.

Music : Under the dh-ection of Mr. A. B. Eddy.

Mrs. D. S. Eddt, Accompanist.

Quartette .... '■'■ Green he your fame forever.

Mrs. S. S. CiiAiTiN, Mr. E. Eddy,

Mrs. A. B. EDDr, Mr. A. B. Eddy.

Invocation and Selections from the Scriptures.

By HIRA3I Eddy, D.D., of Jersey City, N.J.

Solo: "The breaking waves dashed high." — Mr. Elijau Eddy.


Eev. ZACHARY eddy, D.D.. of Detroit, Mich.

Hymn: ''York."

O God, our help in ages past, Time, like an ever-rollrag stream,
Our hope for years to come. Bears all its sons away ;

Oar shelter from the stormy blast. They fly, forgotten, as a dream
And our eternal home. Dies at the opening day.

O God, our help in ages past.

Our hope for years to come.
Be thou onr guard while troubles last,

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Song: " The Better Land" — :Sh-s. S. S. Chaffin.

Poem. — By Miss Alice Maud Eddy.

Contributions in Verse.


Song. — Mr. A. B. Eddy.


'■^Auld Lang Syne"

Should aiild acquaintance he forgot,

Anil never brought to mind;
Should auld acquaintance be forgot.

And songs of auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne we meet to-day.

For auld lang sjTie;
To sing the songs our fathers sang

In days of auld lang syne.

We've passed through many varied scenes

Since youth's uncloudorl day;
And friends, and hopes, ami happy dreams

Time's hand hath swept away.
And voices that once joined with ours.

In days of auld lang syne,
Are silent now, and blend uo more

In songs of auld lang syne.

Here we have met, here we may part.

To meet on earth no more ;
And we may never sing again

The cherished songs of yore:
The sacred songs our fathers sang.

In days of auld lang syne;
We may not meet to sing again

The songs of auld lang syne.

But when we've crossed the sea of life

And reached the heavenly shore.
We'll sing the sougs our fathers sing.

Transcending tlioso of yore.
We'll meet to sing diviner strains

Than those of auld lang syne :
Immortal songs of praise, unknown

In days of auld lang syne.



At eleven o'clock the meeting was called to order by
James Edd}^, Esq., who said, —

* " The time has now arrived for choosing the president of
the day ; and while yon are considering whom to nominate,
pennit me to sa}' I am happ}' to meet so many relatives of this
numerous family', to which I have the honor to belong. And I
am especially gratified to meet them here on m}- own ground,
and in the vestry- of this chapel, erected b}' an humble member
of 3'our family for religious purposes. May you enjoy and ever
hold in pleasant remembrance this reunion to celebrate the two
hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the landing of our progeni-
tors at Pl}Tnouth."

John Eddy, Esq., of Providence, was unanimously
elected President. On taking the chair he said, —

' ' Frientjs AST) Rel AxrvES :

" I am very grateful that I am called to preside over such a
select, distinguished, and goodly company, and I shall ever
esteem it as one of my most agreeable honors. "WTien I was
nominated to this office I felt, as I have sometimes in political
matters, like voting for myself.

"What was said by a celebrated play-actor of my younger
days is expressive of my own feelings. When he was caUed
before the foot-lights on the evening of his benefit in Boston, he
declared, as nearh* as I can remember :

" ' Like a grate full of coals I glow,

A great full house to see;

And if I aiu not grateful too,

A great fool I should be.'


" In behalf of the family of Eddy residing in this city, and
especiall}' in behalf of our namesake, b}- whose generosity and
hospitality we are so admirably accommodated and pleasantly
surrounded, I bid you a most cordial welcome, and extend to
you oiu- heartfelt congratulations.

" It was originally intended to hold this family party in Ply-
month, which would seem to be the more appropriate -place.
But Ave remembered how inhospitable it was to our forefathers,
and finding it very inaccessible, we reluctantly'' concluded to
adjourn to the place where the first white man was saluted
with ' What cheer ? ' and we thrice welcome 3'ou to what cheer
the city of IJoger Williams and Providence Plantations are cap-
able of aflbrding, with most fraternal greetings. I congi'atulate
you that within this edifice — this private chapel of a namesake
— there are so many fine Eddy faces. Here at least each one,
by speaking truthfully of his neighbor, will sa}' a good word for

"In my youthful da^'s, when the agreeable passions predom-
inated, I delighted in social companies. On one such occasion
a bright young lady, who was always equal to the opportunit}',
addressed me as I entered the parlor, ' You are looking splendid
this evening ; how do I look ? ' Do you take the hint ?

' ' I have been exceedingly anxious for the coming of this
festal day so auspiciously ushered in. Besides the sentiments
which come fl^'ing like clouds, and which I will not try to ex-
press, I have, as something of a ph^'siognomist, been very
curious to see if I could imagine the lineaments and physical
fonns of John and Samuel Eddy reproduced in their childi'cn,
and discern their souls, as they ' go marching on,' shining
through the faces of their posterity. Taking a survej^ from the
vantage gi-ound of this platform, I assure you that this day is
'a consummation devoutly to be wished.' What a text for an
article on heredity is here presented ! That essay must be writ-
ten, and if I am here when you celebrate the three hundredth
anniversary', it shall be presented for your approval.

"It is rccoixied in the Talmud that ' t€n measures of talka-

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tiveness were sent down from heaven, and woman took nine of
them.' Now the Tahnnd is not my Bible, but an opportunity
will be given to • our sisters, our cousins, and our aunts' to ex-
emplify and illustrate the truthfulness of the Jewish Scriptures,
and to Edify us to the limit of their ambition. Failing with them,
we shall call upon such gentlemen of the family as have inher-
ited from thch' mothers.

"Youth boasts of its ancestr}'. The hopes and joj's of age
centre in their children. There is no sentiment of the human
heart that would deprive age' of such happiness ; but to the
young it hath been well said, ' Boast not of 3'our ancestors, brave
youths, lest it shall appear that the race has degenerated.' I am
so old in j-ears that 1 take pleasure in the latter, and so young
in heai-t that as to the fonuer, for once in a lifetime, and in the
family circle, I shall boldly and quietly assume the pri^-ilege for
myself, and I doubt not it will be freely accorded to others.

"A distinguished living divine said on one occasion that a
text was the gateway by which an audience was conducted into
a garden of fruits and flowers, but that some preachers spent
most of their time in swinging on the gate. Lest we should be
subject to the same criticism, we will throw open the gate, and
introduce you to the garden of many generations, full of fruit
and fragi-ance.

" The name Eady signifies ' prosperity.' You will therefore
unite with me in the prayer of the sweet singer of Israel, ' O Lord
send now prosperit}',' which, for aught I know, may have been
the origin of the name."

On motion it was voted, That Dr. William Pratt (whose
wife is the daughter of the late Nathaniel Eddy, and who
resides on the estate purchased by Samuel Eddy and
others of Sachem Wampatuck) be elected Clerk.

The musical performances were under the direction of
Mr. Andrew B. Eddy, assisted by Mrs. D. S. Eddy, accom-

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panist, and JNIrs. S. S. ChafEii of Providence, and ]\Ir.
Elijah Eddy of Westboro', Mass.

The opening song by the quartette was most artistically
executed, and was received with hearty applause. It was
as follows : —

" Green be your fame forevci',
Sires, who our nation planted,
By storm and death undaunted,
Firmly on Freedom's rock.

"■When danger rose around you,
Loudly glad hymns ye chanted,
While every bosom panted
"Wildly with freedom's glow.

" Dark grew the clouds above you.
Loud howled the midnight tempest,
While through the pathless forest
Kang out the savage 3"ell.

" Still rose your song triumphant,
Danger and death despising,
Still to Jeaovah rising,
Proudly your anthems swell."

Selections from the Scriptures, beginning -with " Lord
thou hast been our dwelling-place in all Generations,"
were read by the Rev. Iliram Eddy, D.D., of Jersey City,
X.J., after which he conducted the devotional exercises
of the day.

Mr. Ehjah Eddy sang, as a solo, with fine effect : -

" The breaking waves dashed high
On a stern and rock-bound coast,
And the woods against a stormy sky
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And the heavy uight hung dark
The hills aud ■waters o'er,

When a baud of exiles moored their bark
On the wild Xew England shore.

" "What sought they thus afar?

Bright jewels of the mine,
The wealth of seas, the spoils of war?

They sought a fiiith's pure shrine.
Aye, call it hoh^ ground,

The spot where first they trod ;
They have left unstained what there they found —

Freedom to worship God."

The Chairman stated that on a former occasion he had
been delegated, by the Central Cong-regational Church
of this city, to present to Dr. Eddy tlie call of that
church for him to become their pastor; ^yhich he had
seen fit to decline. On a subsequent occasion he had
presented to the same gentleman the call of the Eddy
Family, in ^vhich better fortune had prevailed, and he
now had the pleasure of introducing the orator of the
day, the Rev. Zachary Eddy, D.D., of Detroit, Mich.


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Lai'IKS and Gentlemen, Mr Gooi> Cousms :

T'.'.'Tc !^ .1 trcf^ in the east, popularly called the Banyan, —
U'LliJucally, Ficus ladica — remarkable for its mode of propaga-
tion. Its horizontal boughs send down to the gi'ound aerial
nx>ts which penetrate the soil, and themselves become stems,
sometimes almost as large as the parent trunk. lu this manner,
it is said, a single tree spreads over a large extent of ground,
oflon having some four hundred trunks, and oflering a bivouac
for an army. It produces a kind of fig, and its bark is highly
esteemed as a tonic. It is tenacious of life, and keeps on
growing for many centuries.

Our Eddy family is a sort of Banyan tree. I would call it,
but for an obvious joke, Ficus Eddyca; but a fig for the joke !
This tree sprang from a sturdy trunk in England, which, two
hun<h-t.-d and fifty j-ears ago, stretched across the Atlantic two
Uju^hs that dropped their roots at Plj-mouth ar. at Water-
town. Mass. These took fast hold of the soil, and sent forth
rutji-s which, in like maimer, became trunlcs. Middleboro', Swan-
fit? u, Tanuton, Providence, are in no long time overshadowed
Willi tlie luxuriant growth, to which may be fitly applied our
naiional motto, '■' JET plurihus unum." In the course of genera-
tions the same goodl}' tree makes its appearance in Maine, in
Vennont, in Connecticut, in New York, in New Jersey, in Penn-
sylvania, in Ohio, in ^Michigan, in Illinois, in Wisconsin, in ?.Iin-
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every State of tlie Republic. Our tree is spread over the conti-
nent ; it bears abundant fruit ; and it has proved a good national

Is this boasting ? AVh}' should we not value oui-selves a little
upon our blood, provided it is good blood? Science itself war-
rants it ; besides, it runs in our blood to do so.

Who was it that thanked God, every da}-, that he was not
born a Frenchman ? Ecally, I have forgotten ; but you could
safely swear that the devout Christian whose pietj'' ran in this
peculiar vein lived in Great Britain south of the Tweed. There
is something sublime in the genuine Englishman's pride of blood.
"We laugh at it ; wc are not seldom angrj' at it ; but in our hearts
we rather lUce it. The consciousness of being well-born, of
belonging to a brave, hardy, cultivated race, is sometimes
manifested in absmxl and oHcnsivc ways, but it is so closely
intertwined with the roots of many private and public virtues,
that it commands our respect. Besides, we may well take heed
lest the shafts of ridicule which we aim at our English cousins
rebound upon ourselves ; for it is doubtfid whether our own
pride of blood is less exorbitant than theu-s. This assembly
witnesses that even in America, where the "glittering gen-
erality that all men are born equal " is accepted as the founda-
tion of civil society, many practicall}^ hold that blood is not onl}'
thicker than water, but that rjood blood is very precious, and the
possession of it a reason for jubilant festivities.

"We are, after all, thoroughly English even in our pride of
ancestry ; and if that Ls incompatible with democracy, it is the
worse for democracy. It is not true that men are born equal, ex-
cept in a limited sense. That the}* are b}' nature entitled to equal
rights under the law, is willingl}' conceded ; and that the human-
ity common to all is infiniteh^ more than the variation of that
humanit}- in races and families, we do not deny. Nevertheless,
speaking here in tlie famlhj, I may be permitted to- assert tliat it
is bettor to be an Arvan than an African, or even a ^Mongolian ;

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that it is better to be of the Teutonic than of the Keltic blood ;
and fiualh' that to be an Englishman is — when ridicule is ex-
hausted — something to thank God for. And we, I repeat, are
English. The name belonged to our race ages before an English-
man set foot on the soil of Britain ; and it is justly claimed by
all who are of the same blood, and who speak the same language,
the world over. The name designates race rather than countr}' ;
and this our pilgrim ancestors recognized when they called the
country of their adoption Xew England. Now we American
Englishmen do not attach less dignit}^ and value to the race of
which we come, than the Englishmen of Great Britain.

This matter of ancestrj' is a strangely interesting subject of
speculation. A little reflection suggests some odd doubts and
misgivings touching the purity of our blood, even though we
belong to the best descended and best regulated families. We
commonly thinlv of our ancestiy as a straight line from some one

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