The Churchills are of English descent. John1 Churchill came in 1643 to Plymouth, Mass. He m. Dec. 18, 1644, Hannah Pontus and had six children. The generations following are: William2, b. in 1657; m. Jan. 17, 1683, Lydia Bryant. Had eight children. William3, their eldest son, b. Aug. 2, 1685; m. Jan. 4, 1704, Ruth Bryant. Eleven children. Nathaniel4, their son, b. May 11, 1718; m. June 4, 1741, Susannah McFarland. Seven children. Nathaniel5, b. May 10, 1746; m. Dec. 27, 1770, Deborah Wright. Six children. He served in the Revolution.
1. LEWIS6 CHURCHILL, eldest son of Nathaniel, was b. Dec. 12, 1771, in Plympton, Mass. Came to Cornish soon after 1797. A farmer and carpenter, active and agile even to old age. He d. July 15, 1855, aged 83; m. first, Desire Barker Brewster; m. second, Patty, dau. of Stephen and Keziah Thurston, b. in 1784; m. third, in 1826, Ruth Quimby, b. in 1783 and d. Dec. 7, 1860. Children by first wife, all b. in Cornish except the first two, who were b. in Plymouth:
i. DEBORAH, b. Oct. 22, 1794; d. May 3, 1803.
ii. HOSEA, b. Jan. 18,1797; m. Oct. 18, 1820, Polly Hardy of Grantham. Lived chiefly in New York. No children.
iii. NATHAN BREWSTER, b. April 17, 1799. Lived in IA.
iv. LOUIS, b. Jan. 15, 1802; m. April 19, 1849, Mrs. Rosamond (Rickard) Jacobs. Two children. Rem. West and lived in IA.
v. EDNA, b. Aug. 14, 1804.
vi. DEBORAH, b. March 24, 1807; m. June, 1832, Ansel Barnes of Hardwick, Mass.; lived in Pelham, Mass. Eight children. She d. Feb. 14, 1868.
vii. NATHANIEL, b. April 12,1809; m. Maria —–. Res. in Penn. and Cal. One dau.
2. viii. BARKER BREWSTER, b. Feb. 4, 1815.
ix. LYDIA, b. June 1, 1819; m. March 26, 1844, Ephraim Nelson. Settled in Croydon. Six children, all b. there. Shed. Oct. 9, 1881.
x. EMILY, b. in 1821, and d. at 12 years of age.
xi. A child, b. and d. unnamed in 1827.
xii. SARAH, b. Jan. 28, 1830: m. -, Lemuel Benway of Cornish. One child, Arthur L. (See Benway.) She d. May 12, 1874.