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Descendants of Thomas Boyden of Bridgewater, MA

BOYDEN (Walpole-Bridgewater family). For a half century – for fifty and more years: – the name Boyden has stood in the town of Bridgewater, Mass., as a synonym for the highest type of useful, ennobling and elevating citizenship, as exemplified in the life of the now venerable principal emeritus of the Bridgewater State Normal School, Prof. Albert Gardner Boyden, who for the long period of fifty and more years has been identified as student, teacher and principal with the noted institution of learning alluded to, and has reared a son who has taken up the work so recently laid down by the father and is now carrying it forward in a manner worthy of him whose mantle he wears. Reference is made to Prof. Arthur Clarke Boyden. This Boyden family of Bridgewater is descended from Thomas Boyden, of Watertown, who came in the ship “Francis” from Ipswich, England, in 1634, when aged twenty-one years. He was of Scituate in the following year, uniting with the church there May 17th of that same year. He was made a freeman in 1647. By his wife Frances he had children: Thomas, born Sept. 26, 1639; Mary, born Oct. 15, 1641; Rebecca, born Nov. 1, 1643; Nathaniel, born in 1650; Jonathan, born Feb. 20, 1652; and Sarah, born Oct. 12, 1654. The father removed to Boston in 1651 and Jonathan and Sarah were born there. The mother of these died March 17, 1658, and he married Nov. 3d, following, Mrs. Hannah Morse, widow of Joseph, and removed in a few years to Medfield. So far as is known only one of the sons...

Dedham Massachusetts Historical Society Register 1890-1903

From 1890-1903, the Dedham Historical Society in Dedham Massachusetts printed a quarterly pamphlet for it’s historical society called the “Dedham Historical Register.” In this pamphlet a variety of genealogical data was published on families of Dedham and the villages emanating from the early residents of Dedham, such as Dorchester, Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Needham, and Sharon, etc.

News from New England – King Phillip’s War

Being a true and last account of the present Bloody Wars carried on betwixt the infidels, natives, and the English Christians, and converted Indians of New England, declaring the many dreadful battles fought betwixt them: As also the many towns and villages burnt by the merciless heathens. And also the true number of all the Christians slain since the beginning of that War, As it was sent over by a factor of New England to a merchant in London. Licensed Aug. 1. Roger L’Estrange. London. Printed for J. Corners, at the sign of the Black Raven in Duck-Lane, 1676.1 Those Coals of Discention which had a long time lain hid under the ashes of a secret envy; contracted by the Heathen Indians of New England, against the English; and Christian Natives of that Country brake out in June 1675, both Armies being at a distance without doing anything remarkable till the 13 of December following; at which time the Mathusets and Plymouth Company marching from Seconk, sent out a considerable number of Scouts, who killed & took 55 of the Enemy, returning with no other loss but two of our Men disabled; about three days after came a perfidious Indian to our Army pretending he was sent by the Sachems to treat of Peace, who was indeed no other but a Spy and was no sooner conducted out of our Camp but we had news brought us that 22 of our Straggling Soldiers were Slain and divers barns and out houses, with Mr. Jer. Bulls dwelling house burnt by him and his Treacherous confederates which waited for him. The...

Narrative of the Captivity of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson – Indian Captivities

Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, Wife of the Rev. Joseph Rowlandson, Who Was Taken Prisoner when Lancaster was Destroyed, in the Year 1676; Written by Herself. On the 10th of February, 1676, came the Indians with great numbers ((Fifteen hundred was the number, according to the best authorities. They were the Wamponoags, led by King Philip, accompanied by the Narrhagansett, his allies, and also by the Nipmucks and Nashaways whom his artful eloquence had persuaded to join with him.)) upon Lancaster: their first coming was about sun-rising. Hearing the noise of some guns, we looked out; several houses were burning, and the smoke ascending to heaven. There were five persons taken in one house; the father and mother, and a sucking child they knocked on the head, the other two they took and carried away alive. There were two others, who, being out of their garrison upon occasion, were set upon, one was knocked on the head, the other escaped. Another there was, who, running along, was shot and wounded, and fell down; he begged of them his life, promising them money, as they told me, but they would not hearken to him, but knocked him on the head, stripped him naked, and split open his bowels. Another, seeing many of the Indians about his barn, ventured and went out, but was quickly shot down. There were three others belonging to the same garrison who were killed; the Indians getting up upon the roof of the barn, had advantage to shoot down upon them over their fortification. Thus these murderous wretches went on burning and destroying all before them.1 At length they came...

Genealogy of James Allen Family of Medfield Massachusetts

H130 JAMES ALLEN: the progenitor of the Allen Family, of Medfield, came to America with his wife Anna, in 1639, and settled in Dedham, Mass. They had (1) John: b. in Dedham Dec. 4, 1639. (2) James: b. in Medfield; m. Lydia Adams. (3) Nathaniel: m. Mary Frizwell, 1673; nine ch., viz.: Samuel, Nathaniel, James, John, Ebenezer, Edward and three daus. (4) William: who had Mary and William. (5) Benjamin: who had Benjamin, Mary and Lydia. (6) Martha: m. William Sabine, of Seekonk, R. I., Dec. 22, 1663. (7) Mary: m. Joseph Clark, of Medfield. (8) Sarah: m. Domingo White in 1666. (9) Joseph: b. June 24, 1652; m. Hannah Sabine, of Seekonk. Ch.: (A) Joseph: b. Dec. 19, 1676. (B) Daniel: b. 1681; removed to Pomfret, Conn. (C) David: b. 1683; removed to Pomfret, Conn. (D) Noah: b. Apr. 21, 1685; m. Sarah Gay, of Dedham. (E) Eliezer: b. 1688; m. Mary Battelle, of Dover. (F) Jeremiah: b. 1690; not married. (G) Hezekiah: b. 1692. (H) Nehemiah: bapt. May 21, 1699. (A) Joseph Allen, Jr.: m., 1701, Miriam Wight, of Medfield, by whom he had (a) Joseph, 3d: bapt. Aug. 16, 1702. (b) Moses: bapt. Sept. 20, 1708. (c) Aaron: bapt. Mar. 11, 1715-16. (a) Joseph Allen, 3d, before his removal to Sturbridge, m., Dec. 18, 1727, Sarah Parker, to whom were b., in Medfield 1. Asa: b. Feb. 18, 1729. 2. Joseph: b. July 6, 1734. (D) Noah: the fourth son of Joseph Allen, Sr., by his wife Sarah (Gay) Allen, had (a) Noah: bapt. Nov. 8, 1719; m. Miriam Fisher. (b) Jeremiah: bapt. Oct. 8, 1720;...

Biography of Allen, Nathaniel Topliff

Allen, Nathaniel Topliff, son of Ellis and Lucy (Lane) Allen, was born in Medfield, Norfolk County, Sept. 29, 1823. His native homestead farm has been owned and tilled by seven generations of Allens, noted for longevity, sterling common-sense, and rugged worth; and there, during his boyhood, the subject of this sketch followed the pursuits of his ancestors, and laid the foundation of a vigorous constitution. Three years of his minority were spent in a Waltham cotton mill, where he acquired a knowledge of textile manufacture; he also received a good common-school education in the public schools, a family school kept by Rev. Joseph Allen at Northborough, and Northfield Academy. Having chosen to become a teacher, he continued his studies in the Bridgewater state normal school, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute at Troy, N. Y. He afterwards taught in the various public schools of Mansfield, Northborough, Northfield and Shrewsbury, until the spring of 1848, when he was appointed by Horace Mann, of the state board of education, to take charge of the model department of the normal school at West Newton. This position he filled with marked ability for nearly six years, when he established in connection with Rev. Cyrus Pierce, father of American normal schools, the institution of which he is now principal—the West Newton English and classical school. Mr. Allen has been one of the most progressive and successful educators of the last half-century, always advocating the liberal and thorough education of both sexes, and ready to introduce into his own school whatever proved to be sound in theory and useful in practice. This school, with its industrial department...

D Surnames – Medfield, Massachusetts Death Records

DANIEL (see Daniell, Daniels, Dannills) Elisabeth, w. Ebenezer, Apr. 25, 1706. Zech, s. Joseph, May 2, 1687. DANIELL (see Daniel, Daniels, Dannills) Jeremiah, s. Joseph and Marie, June 16, 1680. Mehittabell, d. Joseph and Mary, June 3, 1686. DANIELS (see Daniel, Daniell, Dannills) Rachel, w. Joseph, 3, 1687 [rec. after May 2]. , Mrs., Apr. 4, 1842, a. 78. DANIELSON (see Danilson) Caroline Augusta, d. Dr. Lothario and Mary, Nov. 3, 1806. Mary, w. Dr. Lothario, Nov. 6, 1812. DANILSON (see Danielson) William Cowper, s. Dr. Lothario and Mary, Mar. 14, 1806. DANNILLS (see Daniel, Daniell, Daniels) Mary, w. Joseph (Daniells), June 9, [16]82. DAVIS Mary Lydia, d. George and Mary B., congestive fever, Oct 13, 1843, a. 5. W[illia]m Prentiss, s. Geo[rge] and Mercy, dropsy on the brain, Sept. I, 1846, a. 3 y. 4 m. 8 d. DAY Lydia, w. Maj. Jonathan, Feb. 25, 1781. DEGO Thankful, colored, Nov. 9, 1838, “supposed to be near 90 years of Age.” DERBY Benjiman Pickman, cholera morbus, Dec. 30, 1842, a. 5. Elias H., “hung himself,” Dec. 3, 1840, a. 44. Sarah A., d. Mary D., July 25, 1837. DORR Jonathan, Lt, Apr. 20, 1776. DOWNS Thomas, ” a native of Boston,” ” Burnt,” Feb. 26, 1806. DRAPER Hannah, w. Daniel of Brighton, May n, 1825, a. 32. James of Dover, Nov. — , 1789. DROWN Rhoda, wid., May 2, 1834, a. 100 y. 3 m. DUNTON Benjamin, h. Margret, Oct 6, 1768. Benjamin, s. Gershom and Taphenes, June 27, 1781. Margret, d. Benjaman and Margret, Oct. 17, 1776. DWIGHT (see Dwite) Calle, d. Calle, June — , 1785. Elisebeth,...

C Surnames – Medfield, Massachusetts Death Records

CARPENDER John, s. John and Margaret, ” drownded,” May CAUSON Sibel, wid., June — , 1812. CHALENER Edward, Jan. 15, 1785. CHANY (see Cheaney, Cheany, Chenery, Cheney, Cheny, Chinery) Hannah, w. Joseph, Dec. 29, 1690. Hannah, d. Joseph and Mehittabel, May 16, 1694. Joseph, h. Mehittabell, Sept. 16, 1704. Joseph, s. Joseph and Mehittabell, Jan. 6, 1717-18. Susanah, d. Joseph and Hannah, Jan. 1, 1690-1. CHEANEY (see Chany, Cheany, Chenery, Cheney, Cheny, Chinery) Hypsibah, w. Timothy, Nov. 24, 1805. CHEANY (see Chany, Cheaney, Chenery, Cheney, Cheny, Chinery) Timothy, Apr. 17, 1810. CHENERY (see Chany, Cheaney, Cheany, Cheney, Cheny, Chinery) Benjamin, July 17, 1837, a. 65. Charles, s. Capt Oliver, Nov. 11, 1824, a. 24. Dinah, w. Capt. Ephraim, Oct. 18, 1813. Eleonai, d. Isaac and Sarah, Jan. 7, 1759. Elihue, —– [1807]. Elizabeth, wid. Simeon, d. Isaac Boyden and Keziah, old age, Mar. 30, 1846, a. 90 y. 1 mo. 22 d. Ephraim, widr., Feb. 20, 1775. Ephraim, June 18, 1816. Esther, wid. Benj[amin], June 4, 1843, a. 71. Hamant, Sept. 16, 1835, a. 32. Hannah, Nov. 5, 1819, [a.] 78. Hannah, Aug. 19, 1828, a. 22. Hannah, d. Simeon and Elizabeth, influenza, Mar. 29, 1848, a. 50 y. 9 m. 5 d. Isaac, h. Sarah, “Jaune” 30, 1742. Isaac, Aug. 5, 1819. Lambert, consumption, June 21, 1832, a. 64. Martha, w. Isaac, Sept 28, 1820. Miranda, Apr. 8, 1837. Oliver, Capt. [?], dropsy, Oct 30, 1832, a. 66. Rachel, wid., Mar. 18, 1769. Samuel, s. Ephraim and Hannah, Oct 13, 1743. Sarah, w. Capt O., fever, Mar. 12, 1832, a. 66. Seth, s. Capt Ephraim and Dinah, Dec....
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