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Asa Todd of West Chesterfield MA

Asa Todd5, (Gershom4, Gershom3, Michael2, Christopher1) born June 28, 1756, died July 16, 1847, in West Chesterfield Mass., and was buried there. He married May 24, 1778, Abigail, daughter of Amos and Phebe Bishop, of New Haven, Conn. He was a Baptist minister and held pastorates in Whately and West Chesterfield, Mass., for more than thirty years, having been ordained the first pastor of the Baptist Society of Whately, Mass., Sept. 9, 1789. In 1803 he removed to West Chesterfield, Mass., where he was ordained the second pastor of the Baptist Society of that place, and was dismissed Nov. 2, 1820, in consequence of a dissatisfaction developing among some of the members on account of his having joined the Free Masons, and also for difficulties of a more personal nature. Yet, in spite of the rupture, he lived among his old neighbors for many years afterwards, and was known as “Elder Todd,” passing his remaining days in his old home. He was buried in the cemetery on the hillside below his home, by his mothers side. Becoming a Christian at the age of 25, he soon felt it his duty to make known a Savior’s love to those who knew him not, and although favored with very limited means of education, and meeting with many discouragements, yet naturally endowed with great strength of mind, and with perseverance, by his own efforts and the grace of God, he was an able and successful minister of the Gospel, for more than half a century. His views of his own sinfulness and the exceeding richness of Sovereign Grace, increased with advancing age....

Biography of Edward Newton Frary

EDWARD NEWTON FRARY – One of the pioneers of New England, John Frary came from England and settled in Dedham, Massachusetts, and was one of the founders of the church there. He subsequently moved to Medford and died at an advanced age on June 14, 1685. His wife’s name was Prudence. Their children: Theophilus, Samson, Mary, John, Eleazer, of whom further; Isaac, and Samuel. (II) Eleazer Frary, son of John and Prudence Frary, was born in 1640, settled in Hatfield, Massachusetts, died December 19, 1709. He married, on January 25, 1666, Mary Graves, daughter. of Isaac Graves. They had seven children. (III) Isaac Frary, son of Eleazer and Mary (Graves) Frary, was born March 2, 1686, married on December 8, 1715, Lydia Parsons, daughter of Jonathan Parsons. (IV) Lieutenant Elisha Frary, son of Isaac and Lydia (Parsons) Frary, was born August 18, 1729, died July 8, 1801. He removed to Sharon, New York, in 1798. He married Miriam Warner, and they had eleven children. (V) Isaac Frary, son of Lieutenant Elisha and Miriam (Warner) Frary, was born August 22, 1763, died February 4, 1850. He bought the Belding Mills and lived on the Frary place, formerly owned by Eleazer Frary. He married Sarah Munson, daughter of Solomon Munson, born 1760, died 1845. They had eight children. (VI) Isaac Frary Jr., son of Isaac and Sarah (Munson) Frary, was born March 30, 1797, died March 7, 1866, was a farmer. September 14, 1825, he married Mary Knowles, and they had children: Solomon Munson, of whom further; Clarissa, Marietta, who married J. T. Bannister; and Charles. (VII) Solomon Munson Frary, son...

Biography of Judge Aaron E. Wait

JUDGE AARON E. WAIT. – Judge Wait, who needs no introduction to the people of Oregon, was born in Whately, Massachusetts, on Sunday, December 26, 1813. His father was a soldier in the war of that period, and died in the service. His family name on his mother’s side was Morton, of Scotch descent. His ancestry on his father’s side were English. At fourteen years of age Aaron went to the adjoining town of Hatfield, and learned the “broom trade.” By money earned at that trade, and afterwards by teaching, he was enabled to increase his education. He taught country winter schools, and was an assistant teacher in “Erasmus Hall,” Flatbush, Long Island, six months, but never really liked teaching. In 1837 he went to Michigan and located at Centerville, the county-seat of St. Joseph county, where he read law with Judge Columbia Lancaster, now of Vancouver, Washington Territory. Judge Wait has taken an interest in political matters since a boy, and has always been a Democrat. In the presidential campaign of 1844 he edited a Democratic paper in Michigan, and afterwards, until he left that state, held the office of military secretary of his Excellency, John L. Barry, Governor of that state. Judge Wait was asked to accept important and honorable office in Michigan under Governor Woodbridge, and also under President Fillmore in Oregon, but declined. In the spring of 1847, Judge Wait, in company with Judge Lancaster, wife and one child, and Mr. Adam Van Dusen and wife, left Centerville with ox-teams en route for Oregon, and arrived at Oregon City about the middle of September of...

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