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The Clapp Memorial. 




iSitetcfiee of tfie (S^tgtnat six fEmfpante, 








66* Wabhinoton Street. 

18 7 6. 


CommtUtt of ^s^lustion. 






Prefatory Remarks by Committee of Publication . ix. 

Introduction to the Memorial xi. 


Edward and his Descendants 91 

Thomas and his Descendants 105 

Nicholas and his Descendants 195 

George Gilson and his Descendants 283 

Isolated Families 315 

Supplement. In the line of Roger 321 

" " " " " Edward 348 

" " " " " Thomas 350 

«' " " " " Nicholas 360 

" " " " " George Gilson .... 366 

" MisceUaneous 376 

Addenda 395 

Index I. II. III. IV 399-436 


(Thirty-three wood-cnt fac-similcs of Autographs in the Tolame.) 
Nathaniel Clapp (No. 14 Nicholas) . Qpp. Tiilt, Page. 

Minister at Newport, R. I., from 1405 to 1746. 

Otis Clapp (No. 809 Roger) 83 

JBookseller and PubHaher in Boston i Assessor of Internal Revenue, 1802 to 1876. 

Theodore Clapp (No. 867 Roprer) .... 86 

JlOniiter at New Orleans, La.,fn»n 1822 to 1867. 

Willlam Clapp (No. 85 Edward) 104 

Merchant in Boston, from 1842. 

Monument to Pres. Thomas Clapp (No. 77 Thomas) 134 

/n the New BurT/ing-grownd, New Baven, Conn. 

Charles Clapp (No. 395 Thomas) .... 144 

Merchant in Bath, Me.~^n 1876, Treaturer BaSt Oas Light Co. 

Asa Clapp (No. 212 Thomas) ..... 168 

Merchant in Portland, Me., from 1796 to 1848. 

Mansion-House in Scituate, Mass. . . . 177 

BuUt by Judge Thomas Clapp in 1740. 

William M. Clapp (No. 851 Thomas) ... 185 

Judge 19fA District, Albion, Indiana. 

Almon M. Clapp (No. 862 Thomas) .... 188 

Congressional Printer, Washington, D. C. 

David Clapp (No. 205 Nicholas) .... 249 

Printer and Publisher in Boston, from 1884. 

Homestead in Dorchester, Mass 256 

* Site ofkoustjtrtt built by Capt. Roger Clafp. 

Ebenezer Clapp (No. 189 Nicholas) . . . 267 

CompOer efthe " Memorial," Dorchester. 

Enoch Clapp (No. 221 Nicholas) 270 

Merchant in Baltimore and Philadelphia fi-om 1812. 

Mansion-House in Warwick, R. I. . . . 291 

Residence of Silas Clapp and his Descendants. 

Leverett a. Clapp (No. 282 ii. Roger) . . , 335 

Commissioner State Lands Office, Lansing, Mich. 

Fac-simile of ancient and obscure Writing . 361 

By Sarah Clapp, Dorchester, about 1686. 



VaIRE,* gules and AB6ENT. 

a quarteb azure, charged 'wtrh the sun, or. 
Crest, a pike naiant proper. 

Of the coata-of-arms in possession of different branches of the family, the 
publishers present the above as a genuine Clapp arms, but without laying 
claim to it as belonging specially, if at all, to the American branch of the 
family. It was undoubtedly the arms of some family of the name in Eng- 
land, though in what line of descent has not been ascertained. The legend 
attached to it, however, at the social meeting at Nantasket was introduced 
as the motto of the family, and no objection can be made to such a use of it. 

* A field Tair is composed of pieces of far, or conventionally of silver and blue cat to re- 
semble the flower of the campiinala, and opposed to each other in rows. When the pieces 
are of different colors, as above, they are specified and described as vair£ of those colors. 
When the pieces, shield-shaped as above shown, of the same color, are arranged base 
against base, the field is described as coanter-vair, or coanter-valr^. 


A LABGB portion of the descendanta of the early settlers of New 
England are cnrioas to know the names and history of their ances- 
tors. This curiosity is laudable, and the gratification usually gives 
genuine satisfaction. The compiler of this work began, about the 
year 1840, to gather what information he could in relation to his 
own family in order to leave it in manuscript to his children. EKs 
interest in it increased until nothing else would satisfy him but to 
collect whatever might be obtained concerning all bearing the name. 
For this purpose, old documents were obtained; State, County, 
Town, Church and private records searched, garrets ransacked, 
public and private citizens interviewed, letters sent to different parts 
of this country and to England, and journeys taken. The result is 
eiAbodied in the work now issued. 

No doubt some will think the accounts are quite incomplete, and 
fiuiltfinders (who may be found in every family) vnll point out 
omissions and errors. In many cases it has been exceedingly diffi- 
cult to ascertain facts in relation to individuals, and the cause has 
ofben been that those applied to were uninformed or indifferent in 
regard to the matter. This, however, has not been the general 
experience of the compiler ; for, as he looks over the great array of 
names in the book, he is satisfied they could not have been obtained 
without much assistance furnished by others. The records of most 
persons mentioned are necessarily very brief; others are more 



extended ; in some instances the biographical sketches prepared 
were of such a length that an abridgement was necessary. Those 
bom in the vicinity of the places where our progenitors first settled, 
and where the committee on publication and compiler now live, 
have, in most instances, the larger record, because better known. 
Undoubtedly there are many whose history is recorded in one line 
in the book, who are as much deserving an extended sketch as any 
who have received it ; but to us their merits were not made known. 

" Ho lived, he died, behold the snm. 
The abstract of the historian's page." 

But little was intended to be recorded of the present generation. 
It has been found difficult, however, to exclude sketches of such 
known to be authentic, and relating in some instances to those as 
deserving of mention as any of their ancestors. 

Many have been the hindrances and large the expense in the 
publication of the work ; but the downright pleasure and satisfaction 
which have been experienced in the acquaintances and friendships 
contracted in its progress cannot be forgotten nor undeirated. 

In the completion and issuing of the volume, the Committee of 
Publication, viz., Otis Clapp, David Clapp and William B. Trask, 
have rendered important services : the first in arousing the interest 
and securing the aid of the indifferent and procrastinating ; the second 
in transcribing and arranging the matter in hand and completing the 
records where necessary ; the third in the exercise of his accurate 
and extensive knowledge of historical and genealogical matter, and 
who, as -well as the compiler of the work, is descended, on the 
maternal side, from both Capt. Bogcr and Edward Clapp. 

It is also proper to mention the fact that the family are under 
obligation to David Clapp and John Cotton Clapp, the publishers, 
for undertaking the pecuniary risk of issuing the work. Many 
delays and expenses are connected with a work of this kind, and the 
Bales arc always small outside of the household. It is hoped, 
therefore, that the members of the different branches of the family 


will not be backward in the purchase of copies. The edition 
printed is of course small, and early calls for the work may be 
advantageous to the purchasers, and will certainly be so to the 
publishers. Many thanks are due to David C. Clapp, son of 
David Clapp, who has had much of the oversight of the printing of 
this Memorial, and has rendered important assistance in completing 
the unfinished records. 

The Clapps were among the early band of Puritans that settled in 
New England, and who helped to establish a government, the 
effects of which will be felt throughout all time. Under its fostering 
care and protection, unlike the creation of new kingdoms or states in 
the old world, states are settled and organized among us after a 
fashion of our own ; the coming in of a new commonwealth is 
regarded with as little note as the advent of an additional youngster 
in a growing family. The "far West," where many of our name 
reside, and which for years have been shifting and changing, is fixed 
at last ; it lies along the shores of the Pacific. A few years ago, 
the Alleghany Mountains were its borders ; then, the Mississippi 
became its western boundary ; it travelled up the Missouri with 
such rapidity, that the points exhibiting its progress seemed 
like the spots that mark the nightly encampment of an army 
on its march. Compare this with the experience of Capt. 
Roger Clapp, the first pioneer of our name, and those who 
came with him. They had come in that " great ship " the 
Mary and John, which, as another says of it, was "rocked by 
mighty billows, fanned by stormy gales, but overwatched by more 
than maternal guardianship, until it laid its precious charge within 
the rude lap of these western shores." He first met to join in public 
worship with his one hundred and forty fellow voyagers in Dorches- 
ter, near the ocean, in June, 1630; "the sun in its golden light 
sifting down through the young summer's swaying foliage upon their 
reverently bared and bending heads," with no white person between 
them and the Pacific Ocean. 


May we follow the precious examples of such an ancestry as far 
as they lived the true life, and not forsake their wise counsels nor 
disgrace their memories. They helped to found a government in 
true wisdom ; may wisdom be its eternal heritage. 


Bom in Doreheiter, Ma$$., 
April 24, 1809. 



The work upon which the well-known historian of the Clapp Family has 
for so many years been engaged, after being transcribed from his originaK 
manuscripts, rearranged, and completed as far as it is possible to complete a \ 
work of this kind, is now published. The slow progress in printing the book, \ 
regretted alike by the publishers and the subscribers, was caused by the 
continual reception of genealogical records from distant parts and from per- 
sons whose interest in the matter was not awakened until the printing was 
begun, together with the efforts to bring some of the incomplete records 
down to the present day. The errors and imperfections in the records of each 
genealogical line, discovered while the work was passing through the press, 
and also important information received out of time, rendered necessary the 
insertion of a Supplement, in which also the Committee have ventured to 
introduce various documents and miscellaneous papers, mostly historical, and 
more or less connected with some individual previously named. At the last 
moment likewise it was deemed expedient to include the latest received mat- 
ter under the head of " Addenda." The family history is thus unavoidably 
rendered somewhat disconnected, but this is remedied in some degree by the 
consecutive numbering, and by the Index. The foot-notes occasionally given 
have been carefully prepared, having explanatory or suggestive reference to 
some person, place or event mentioned in the text. 

With regard to the matter of arranging the order and descent of genera- 
tions and families, so variously carried out in genealogical works, the plan 
adopted by the publishers comprises a full list of the children of each head 
of a family directly under his name. Where the information concerning 
these children is small and their posterity not numerous, the whole record 
is given at once ; when otherwise, the name is designated by this mark -j- and 
carried forward, and on a future page it makes the starting-point of a new 
family head. The different families as thus recorded are each comprised 
between a number in large figures situated in the middle of the line, thus, 
— 53 — and the next similar number. For instance: -f-2. Samuel,* on 
page 8, is taken up again under — 2 — on page 9, and the record of his 
family line finished there, except that of his son -|-19. Samuel,* who in 
his turn is taken up under — 19 — on p. 16, and so on. The Italic names 
enclosed in parentheses at the beginning of each new family record, after the 
name of the head of such family, carry the line back to the original ancestor, 




in the genealogical order aa designated by the superior figures *, •, *, \ and 
the succeeding generations are designated by the same kind of figures in an 
increasing order down to the last. These small figures at the right of family 
names should be carefully noted in tracing out each record. Further details 
in regard to this arrangement will be evident to the reader, on perusal, with- 
out more particular explanation here. 

The plan originally embraced by the compiler, in tracing genealogical de- 
scents, was to confine them to the male members of each family. This plan 
has been -continued as a general rule. In a few instances, however, more 
particularly in the case of families where the daughters have married hus- 
bands already more or less intimately connected with the Clapps, the children 
of such, when their names were furnished, have been inserted. 

The Portraits which have been prepared for the volume are not so numer- 
ous as could have been wished, although they well represent the different 
family branches. That of Bev. Nathaniel makes a fitting frontispiece. The 
imperfect condition, however, of the oil painting, from which it is heliotyped, 
has prevented the furnishing of a beautiful picture. — The few illustrations of 
ancient homesteads which are given represent houses rich in historical and 
domestic associations, and we regret their number is necessarily so small. 
A goodly number of fac-similes of ancient autographs has been obtained by 
the publishers, and all must acknowledge that they add much to the interest 
of the work. 

The accounts of the two great Family Gatherings, in 1870 and 1873, are 
appended, the first from the stereotype plates of the pamphlet printed at the 
time ; the second gathered mostly from the carefully prepared newspaper 
reports of the proceedings. They are inserted at the end of the book, entirely 
separate from the Memorial proper, and the Index prepared for them must be 
carefully distinguished from that of the book itself. 

It will be observed that the orthography of the family name adopted in 
this work is that in general use at the present time. This has been deviated 
from in the case of documents, in copying which, literal conformity has in all 
respects been carried out. The slight attention given to literary accomplish- 
ments in ancient times, even among the most intelligent, resulted in great 
variableness in the spelling of family names, and ours has at various times 
and by different individuals been spelt: Clap, Clapa, Clapp, Clappa, Clappe, 
&c. The initial letter K, instead of C, has also been used, and perhaps was 
more general in ancient times than now; a few prominent families of the 
name still use that letter. 


1 . 

" Clappa, an obsolete Saxon name — Clapp, Clapps, Clapson. 
Clapham is the ham or house of Clappa, a Saxon who held the manor 
in the time of Edward the Confessor." 


What is known of the Clapp Family in England. 

So little success has attended the efforts which have been made to 
trace the genealogical order of the family on the other side of the 
water, that the sphere of this book is necessarily confined to the 
western continent and to the period since the beginning of the first 
systertiatic settlement of New England by the puritans. Whatever 
result might accompany our endeavors to penetrate beyond that period 
is perhaps of small consequence to us, whose confidence and affections 
are planted chiefly on those of our progenitors who in this land of their 
adoption have given us the example of their faith, courage and virtue. 
A few general facts are sufficient to show that the family has lived in 
England from a remote period ; these are summed up in Burkes 
Heraldic Register, sufficiently clear to answer every purpose of this 
portion of the record. 

" Clapp (Salcombe, Co. Devon) the family of Clapp, originally 
Clapa* claims Danish extraction, and was long settled in Devonshire, 
in which county it possessed the estate of Salcombe, which eventually 
devolved on Sarah, daughter of Dr. Kessel, of Ottery, St. Mary, and 
wife of George Cornish, Esq., her mother having been the only 
daughter and heiress of John Clapp, Esq., of Salcombe. That gen- 
tleman's younger brother, Robert Clapp, m. Mary, dau. of George 
Hunt, Esq., of Parke, Co. Devon (who through his mother was de- 
scended from the very ancient family of Wyk, or Weeks, of North- 
Tawton) , and is now represented by his granddaughter, Frances Mary 
Clapp, of Taunton, only child and heiress of the late Rev. Francis 
Hunt Clapp. 

" Quarterly, first and fourth, ermines, three battle axes ; second, 
sable, a griffin passant, argent ; third, sable, an eagle with two heads, 
displayed within a border engrailed, argent." 

* Osgod Clapa was a Danish Noble at the Coart of Kingr Cannte, who was king of 
England from 1017 to 1036. From blm it is supposed that Clapham, co. Sarrey, where he 
had a Goantry-bouse, derived its name. 


The Emigration of the Clapps to America. 
Ah far as is known, all of the name who emigrated to this country 
cutnc over in the seventeenth century, and we have an authentic 
accoiuit of six who did so come. Of these, five were among the first 
KCttlers of New England, landing at Dorchester from 1630 to '40. The 
ftixth landed at a later date on the southern coast. There is, however, 
a tradition among persons bearing the name and now living in various 
|»;irlh of the south and south-west, that their ancestor came from Hesse- 
CiiKKcl in Germany, and settled in Philadelphia ; but it seems most 
probable that all these are descendants of the sixth above mentioped, 
the only one of the name who is known to have settled outside of 
N«w ICnghind. There are also many bearing the name now living in 
di(li:reiit parts of Canada, who have a tradition that their emigrant 
Hiuehtry consisted of three brothers who came from Wales during the 
tmrWtrr settlement of New England ; but, perhaps, could their genealo- 
Hy be: traced back, it would attach finally to one of the six emigrants 
above mentioned. There is no doubt that all were of the same stock 
ill ICiit{laiid, but it cannot now be explained just how the first five are 
coiiiK'ctcd with the sixth. Of the parentage of those who settled in 
1 ^ii clii'Nf er, all that is known is centred in two individuals, the imme- 
#liiil« piogciiitors, viz. : Richard Clapp, of Dorchester, England, and 
liib brotlier, name unknown, who lived in Salcombe, a small town 
hiliiiiliril near the western coast of England, twelve miles from Exeter, 
mill having, in 1831, a population of only 448. Many of the children 
iif Kit hard Clapp and his brother left; their native country with those 
tiiitiii-stly iirligious men who felt themselves oppressed and hindered 
ill ((I'dwll) by the Established Church, and desired an unoccupied field 
iiiiil II virgin soil where their principles might expand without danger 
III' r.Mrrii|)tion from impure surroundings. As they were all in com- 
foiliibli; circumstances in England, there could have been no induce- 
iiii!iil but one of principle to tempt them to choose a wilderness for 
tUfir I'litiiru homes. 

Rkcokd of the Emigrant Families. 

OC Kirhard Clapp and his brother, the parents of the five emigrants 
i»r llial name who landed in New England, nothing definite is known 
lif.yiiiid the facts of their place of residence and station in life. The 
|iio({i-iiy of fiich is now given, as far as can be done, those names 
|irit|iHi'd by the cross -j- being carried over for extended genealogical 
iriiiiil ill the main body of this Memorial. 

( 'liildrfu of (brother of Richard) Clapp, of Salcombe, Eng. : 

I It ICdwahu,' b. in England ; emigrated to New England in 1633 ; 
111, first, I'rudence Clapp, dau. of his uncle Richard Clapp, 


of Dorchester, Eng. ; m. second, Susannah Cockerell. He 
died in Dorchester, N. E., in 1664. 
U. A Son,' name and history unknown. Children [probably] : 
(i ) Barbara* b. in England ; emigrated to New England, per- 
haps with her uncle Edward in 1633 ; joined the church 
in Dorchester in 1636, or between that year and 1639 ; 
m. first, April 20, 1639, Joseph Weld, of Roxbury. He 
d. in 1646, and she m. second, Anthony Stoddard, of 
Boston, by whom she had two children. She d. about 
(2) Redigon* b. in England ; emigrated to N. England, per- 
haps with her uncle and sister in 1633 ; m. October 20, 
1637, John Capen,* his first wife, and had two children. 
She d. Dec. 10, 1645. 

Qohn Capen calls Barbara, " sister Weld," and John 
Clapp, son of Richard, calls John Capen " cousin."] 
iii. Sarah,' b. in England ; emigrated to N. England, perhaps with 
her brother Edward ; m. her cousin, Nicholas Clapp, son of 
Richard ; d. in Dorchester, N. E., about 1650. 
If. a Son,' name and history unknown. Perhaps he was the 
father of Sara Clapp, who m. Oct. 16, 1676, Thomas Swift, 
son of Thomas Swift, the quarter-master. 
V. John,' b. in England, where he lived and died. Nothing is 
known of his history, but it is certain that he had a son : 

(i) yohn* m Pitts, dau. of the widow Pitts, of Lime 

Regis, and he lived in Colyton, co. Devon, England, 
where he was a mercer. In the will of Roger Conant (a 
man famous among the early settlers of New England) , 
of Beverly, dated " i mo. i. 1677," occurs the following 
sentence : " Also sixtie acres of land out of my farm 
granted me by the Generall Court neere the new town 
of Dunstable, I give and bequeath into the hands *of 
Capt. Roger Clap, of the castle neere Dorchester, for 
the vse of a daughter of one Mrs. Pits deceased, whose 

* John Capen was son of Barnard Capen. Barnard wav bom in England in 1552, and came 
to Dorcijcater probably in 1635, being at that time 73 years old and one of the oldest of the 
original emignints to New England. He died Nov. 8, 1638, aged 76, and was buried in the 
south-west part of the Dorchester hnrying-groand, and the stone which marked the spot 
contains the most ancient inscription of any in that ground, and must be one of the oldest 
in New England. It was long lost sight of and was supposed to be wholly lost, another 
having been put in the place of the original one. That stone has however recently come 
to light, having l>cen accidentally discovered bv Mr. George Fowler, in charge of the ceme- 
tery, a few inches under the surface, 78 feet fn a south -easterly direction from where it 
originally stood, and by a singular coincidence directly in front of the monument of 
Deacon Nicholas Clapp ^ce page 196), a contemporary and pei-sonnl friend ; it has since 
been deposited with the Dorchester Antiquarian Society, John Capen was born in England 
in 1612, and probably came over in 1633, having been made fTceman in 1634. He was a 
Captain of Militia, and chosen a Deacon of the church in 1656. He was Representative to 
the General Court six years, and died April 4, 1692. John Capen married, for a second 
wife, in 1647, Mair, daughter of Elder Samuel Bass, of Braintree, and had Barnard Capen, 
Jr., iKjrn March 24, I'iSO, who was tlie father of Sarah Capen, wife of Deacon Jonathan 
Clapp (No. 16 of Nicholas), and of Barnard Capen, who married Sarah Clapp (No. 36 of 
RooEU). Capt. John Capon's second son Samuel m. in 1673, Susannah Payson, and their 
tenth child Jonathan m Feb. 22, 1722, Jane Houghton, of Milton; their second son was 
Jonathan, Jr., who lived in Stougliton, and m. Nov. 20, 1746, Jerusha Tallwt (see foot-note 
p. 247 of the Memorial), and their youngest daughter Azubilli m. David Clapp (No. 76 of 
Nicholas). The landed estate of Jonathan, Jr., in Stoughton, was very extensive, and 
much of it is yet in the hands of descendants. 


daughter now liveth in CuUiton, a town in Devon in Old 
England, and is in lue for certain goods sold for the 
said Mrs. Pits in London, and was there to be paid many 
yeares since, but it is alleged was never paid." Also it 
appears by the Massachusetts Archives {Sstates, vol. 
xvi. p. 180), that John Clapp did, on the 9th of tune, 
1680, give a power of attorney to his uncle, Capt. Roger 
Clapp, of Castle Island near Boston in New England, to 
recover said land of Exercise Conant, son of Roger 
Conant. Possession was given Oct. 21, 16S0, and said 
Conant was discharged by said Clapp the next day. The 
following is the document named, with autograph of 
John Clapp attached : 

"Know all men by these p^sents that I John Clapp of 
Colyton, in y« Connty of Devon, mercer, hauc named and 
Constituted, & by these p"*ent8 do name Constitute ordaine & 
make my hon"^ uncle m' Boger Clapp Capt of Costlo Iselond in 
new cngland my true & Lawfull Attorney: for me & in my 
name, to demand sue & Ilecover of m' Exercise Conant of 
Beverly in new england all that sixty acres of Land Laying 
nere y* new town of Dunstable, which his father by will did 
giue & bequeath for y« use of my wife in lieu of a debt oweing 
her mother y« widow Pitts of Lyme Begis deceased. Glueing 
& hereby granting unto my s* attorney my full power & 
authority to use & execute all such Acts things and devises 
in y« law as shal be necessary for Eecovery of y« s^ Lands & 
Acquittances & other discharges to make and giue: And gene- 
rally to do & execute in y« premises as fiillV as I myselfe 
might or could do being personally p'sent. Batifying Con- 
firming & allowing all & what soeuer my s^ attorney shall 
Lawfully do or cause to be done therein by these presents j In 
witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and scale this ninth 
day of June in y* two and thirtieth yearc of y* Beign of 
Charles y« second. King of England, &c. &c. in y" yeare of 
our Lord 1680. 

Signed sealed & did 

in y* p«sence of us 
Pet' Tickcn 
Elizabeth Wilkins 

-j-Tl, Roger,' b. in Salcombe Regis, England, April 6, 1609. All 
tliat is known of him, before his coming to New England, is 
that he was early impressed with that deep religious senti- 
ment which formed the base of the puritan character ; also a 
short time before 1630 he obtained leave of his fatlier to live 
in the city of Exon, Eng., where he could be under the min- 
istry of the Rev. John Warham, to whom he was much 
attached, and with whom he afterwards, with his father's 
permission, came in company to New England. He emi- 
grated to Dorchester, N. E., in 1630; m. Joanna Ford, and 
died in Dorchester in 1690. 
Vli. Jane,' b. in England ; emigrated to New England, probably 
with one of her brothers ; m. first, George Weeks, and had 
three sons. He d. Oct. 27, 1659, and she m. second, Jonas 


XVI 1 

Humphrey,* whod. March 19, 1662. She d. in 1666. The 
following will of Jane Humplirey, slightly abridged, is an 
interesting specimen of a ducument of the time in which it 
was made. 


I Jane Huriiphcry, being weake in Body, & not knowingje how 
soono the Lord may take me hence, doe this 2!t"' of the Elenucnth 
month 1666, declare how I would bane my goods disposed of after 
my decease. I give to niy sonn Williams wife, ye Junipt which 
was my sister Sarah Clap's, Also my best Rwld Kersey petticoatc 
& sad gray Kersey Wascoate, my Memmish yearge Petlicoale & 
my best hatt, my wliite fustian Wascott, a wrought napkin with 
noo lace about it, a black silke neck-cloalh, a glass quart Bottle, a 
hamlkerchife, a blew Apron, a plaine black qnaife without lace, a 
white Holland apron with a small lace at the bottome. I Giue to 
my sonn Amiells wife, a redd Suargc Petticoate & a blackish 
Seai-ge Petticoate, a blackish carscy SVnscoate, a grecne scurge & 
my hoo<l & miift'e. Also my grecne Linscy woolscy petticoate, my 
whittle^ that is fringed & my jumj); my blew short coate, my white 
tufted Holland wastcoatc, A thin Chifle and another chifte a 

• Jonas nurophrey is the nnccstor of the Humphreys family in Dorchester, whicli hu 
ever since hin tiay so frequently intcrniarried with tlic Clapp fnmily. Before coming to this 
ooiintry, about 1637, Joniw Huiniitirey was a Cunctalilc in Wenilovcr, co. Bucks, England. 
Tlie jMiriiib of Wendover include? the' Borough and Itic ForrenB, Hic latter tteinp that por- 
tion, within the limits of the township, whicli wins not entitled 10 bui'iutnKe privileges. The 
office of Constaljlc in England in those dnys included mmiy and vnrinus duties, making 
it d highly respons'ilile station as compared with the same office with us ut the present 
time. The following notiflcjiiion or order is copied from the original du«unicnt, which was 
received by Jonas Hnm];hrey while Constable, nrotighi with bim to this country, and has 
aiiioc t)ecn preserved in the family in Dorchester: 

" To the Constables of Wendover Burrongh cum Forenoe and to cn'y of them. 

" These are in his Ma'« tiatne to will & roquiro yo" to ginc notice of these Articles 
hereunto nnncxed to the Church wardens & <iufne»rs of y pnorc of yo^ p'ish and thnt ixith 
you and the snid Church wnrdeus & ou'seers doe bringc vnto liis Mai'« JuWiccs ut the Red 
Lyon In Wendouer on Wednesday the 27tb of this Instant Moneth of June by Eitflit of the 
Clock in the forcnoone their Presentro'' aocordlnge to each Articles as they shnll iM-loiigo 
to their seurall ollicc And tiulher that yo" doc ccrtillc to his Ma>i Justices exactly w' Ale- 
houses are licensed and W' rnlicenscd w'^'ln yo' lih'tiea Siriclly cnioyning all the siiid Ale- 
house keepers licensed and vnlicensed not to fitylc to Ite before liis Mn" Justices at the 
same tyrac nnd thot wtii the odnice of the minister & some three o' lower of the most Sub- 
stantiHll Inlmliiljints yo" (Irw ccrtifye vnto them what numlicr of Alehouses are (it to be 
Uccnsed in you' p'ish and what p'fons are tittcst to keepe ihcra and alsoo that you ccrtifye 
to ihcm what pVons there are that doe vsuaily vent & sell Tolwcco by retayle in yo' towne 
& of their fitnesse soc to doe, together wt'i'tlie unmes of such oihe'p'soDs as you shall 
thinke fitt to lie admitted to vso that trade toKCthcr with the trade w^i they now vse. And 
larthcr that you kccpc a diligent and strict Wardo by daye & Wacth [sic] by night and 
that you doe vpon Tewsday the 2(5"' of this Instant June take w"> yon fufflcicnt ayde and 
iiinkc a priuiitt: & dilyjtent search w'hin yo' lilxTtyes fo' Kogues vagiibonds and ldlp"pcr>ons 
S: that yo" brin^e before bis Ma" Justices to the place nforcsnid on tlic »»yd 27''> ilay of 
June nil »iirli of them iik shall secme sturdyc dangerous and Incorrigible iind thnt you doe 
puaifh and send awuy lu-itirdiiigc to law all such as arc not dangerous & Incorigibic and 
that vo" be then & there p'sont to giuo a strict nccompt of the due execution hereof fayle 
not, doted thi:< 'iOti< day of June 1632. 

From S' Leonards p' mo W™ Gnmnge 

"yon nnd the Church wardens remember to pay the q'lerldge fo' the king's bench Mar- 
ahalseys and may ncd souldycrs to me on the day aboiic sayd at yo' towne." 

The articles accompanying this order are twelve in numlKir nnd arc too voluminous for 
Iniicrtion entire; they include an oversight of matters i>ert«ining to religion, education, 
crime, vagrancy, building, (.-onductlng of public houses, trade, employineiit of servanta 
and apprentices, repairing of highways, Ac, all the details of ihcir duty in those various 
departments Ix'ing cxpresiscd with great clearness and precision. 

t Jump. — A .-hort coat, or a sort of bodice for women. 

J Whittle. — A white ditss for a womnli ; a double blanket worn by west country-women 
In England, over the shoulders, like a cloak. 


wrought napkin with noe lace about it ; a handkerchife, a blew 
Apron, njy best black quaire with a lace, a black Stnft'e neckcloath, 
s white locrum Apron with two brcdths in it. Six yards of Bcdd 
cloalh, if it will hold out after all things bee discharged; a greene 
vnder Coate. I Giue to my daughter Jane, my staning kersey 
Coate & my murry Wastcoate, my Cloake & my blew vnder 
Wastcoate, a pare of fine sheets; a hoUand Table cloath. halfe a 
dnzzen of napkins, my best white Apron, my wrought platter; a 
pare of pillow beers; my best shift, one napkin wrought about & 
laced ; my little chest & one of my best nock-clothes, one of my best 
plain quaifes, my best holland s^juarc cloath with a little lace & 
one Calico vnder neck-cloath, a stone jugg. a yard of Iloland that 
is hemmed and marked with an J. a siluer spoouc & my wedding 
Ring. I Giue to my son, Joseph Weekes, my great old chest, my 
best brass pann, two platters a bigger & a lesser, & my best Couer- 
lide; my booke of Mr. Burroughs Gospell Worship, a sheet of 
Cotton & linnen, also a Table cloath. I Giue to my Grandchild, 
Amtell Weekes. my bedsted and bed & chaffe boulster & my 
Rugg. To my Grandchild, Ebenezer, mv Feather Boulster & a 
pare of new blanckets. To my Grandchild. TkankfuU, two pillows, 
two old Pillow beers & my skillet. To my Grandchild Elizabeth, 
Amiels Daughter, my now g^eat chest, my spinning wheele. my 
little brass pan & my little Bible; Also I giue \-nto Thatikfutl, 
the biggest of my small boxes. To my grandchild, Jane Tf'eeifc*, 
one of my best platters. To mv grandchild, Senevc, my lesser 
small Box. To my sonn, Amiell, my Great Bible. To my sonn 
Amiell A WilUnm Tenn (wunds of hemp yarne & Cotton yam to 
put vpon it, to l)c Equally deuided betwcene them. I giue to my 
sonn, Amiell, Mr. Burroughs Booke of GosjmjII Conuorsation & 
my psalme booke. Also uiy Cowe. I Giue to my sonn, William, 
my booke of Mr. Shci)herds workes. also 15 shillings. I giue tenn 
shillings to my grandchild, John Weeks, & to Each of the other 
of my sonn TT't7/ta«js Children, Fine shillings, if there bee soe much 
remaininge when thin^ be discharged. I Give to my sonn in Law, 
Benjamin Bate, Mr. Taylors booke on the 32 psalme. I Giue to 
my sister, Jonc Chip, a fine thine neck-cloth & a Square cloth 
with a little lace vpon it. I Give to sister, Susannah Clap, the 
next best neck-cloth to that of Sister Jones, & square Cloth. I 
Giue to my Cousen, Hannah Clap, my next best neck-cloath & the 
next best Square Cloth & whatsoever Else 1 haue I Give to my 
Sonn, Amiell, whom I make my Executo'. I Giue my best greene 
Apron to Mary Atherton. This being my last will & Testament, I 
witness my hand in p'scnce of vs. 

The markc of Jane X TTumfrey. 

lio(jer Clap 

Satnuell I'aull. 
Will proved Jfov. 19, 1608. Capt. Roger Clap and Samuel Paul deposed. 

It will be seen that four children and at least two grandchildren of 
Richard Clapp's brother came with the first settlers of Dorchester. 
It cannot be stated positively that none of the others came over, but if 
any did come, they either returned or left no issue bearing the name. 

Children of Richard Clapp, of Dorchester, Eng : 

-j-l, Thomas,' b. in Dorchester, Eng., in 1597 ; emigrated to New- 
England in 1633 ; m. Abigail ; d. in Scituate, N. E. 

in 1684. 


lit Ambrose,' b. in England, where he lived and died ; he was 
probably not m. in 1655. 

til. Richard,' b. in England, where he probaby spent his life ; he 
m. and had : 
(i) Richard* (2) Elizabeth.* (3) Deborah? 

[All probably remained in England.] 

It« Prudence,' b. in England ; emigrated toN. E., probably with 
her brothers, Thomas and Nicholas ; m. her cousin, Edward 
Clapp ; and d. in Dorchester, N. E., about 1650. 
-}-T. Nicholas,* b. in Dorchester, England, in 161 2 ; came to New 
England with his brother Thomas in 1633 ; m. first his 
cousin Sarah Clapp ; m. second, Abigail, widow of Robert 
Sharp ; he d. in Dorchester, in 1679. 

tI. John,' b. in England, emigrated to New England during or 
soon after the year 1637. He lived all his life in Dorchester, 
and died there, July 24, 1655. The Christian name of his 
wife was Joan, who, after his death, m. John Ellis,* of Med- 
field. He had no children. The town of Dorchester had 
reason to remember him with gratitude, as he left land to the 
town lying at the Neck (now South Boston). For more than 
150 years this land brought but little income to the town, but 
in the year 1835 it was old for $1000 per acre. The number 
of acres was between thirteen and fourteen, and the land 
was situated in close proximity to that connected with the 
House of Correction and other city institutions.! 


The ll* of y S*'' mo«' 1655. 
For as much as it hath pleased God to visit inc with sickness and 
preat weakness of body, I beinp in p'fect sences and memory doe 
here declare and make my last Will and Testament, whcqein I doe 
in the first place bequeath my soul to God, y« made it and to the 
y* blessed holy ghost, who hath sanctified it, and made it fit for 
glory in some measure, I hope through grace, and my body I 
comitt to a decent burial in y' earth, in a sure and certaine hope of 
a Resurrection at the last judgment, and for my small outward 
estate w* God hath gratiously given me, I give and bequeath to 
my dear and louveing Wife my now dwelling bouse with all my 
lands both in y* necke and in the woods, w""" to me doth appertayne 
dureing her naturall life, and after my Wifes decease I give my 
house and land to the maintenance of the Ministry and a school in 
Dorchester forever, also I give to my dear and Brother Ambrose 
Clap what is due to me still from my dear brother Richard Clap in 
England w"^'' is three pound or thereabout, also I give to my louv- 
ing brother in law Edward Clap three pounds of yt w"'' is in his 
owne hands, also I give unto my louving Cousins Richard and 

• " John Elice to Joan Clap by Major Atherton, 26 : 4 : 56." " Joan, tlio wife of John 
ElliB, formerly the wife of John Clapp, dismissed to the Church in Medfield."— (ife((/Se/({ 

t At a town meeting held in Dorchester, May 4, 1835, a committee was appointed with 
authority to sell this land. The names of the committee were Henry Gardner, AIkjI 
Cashing, William Oliver, Nathaniel Minot, Samuel P. Loud, Walter Balier and Edmund 
J. Baker. The land was sold on the 16th of the ensuing month, the deed being made out to 
John Pickering, Jonas L. Sibley and others, of Boston, in trust for a company called the 
Warren Association, and was signed by John Mcars, treasurer of the town. The amount 
received for it was 913,590.62, which was used in paying for new school-houses. 

XX isnooccRos. 

E^zkVetfa Clap tASdna t£ iet brctiKr Badaizd Oi|i one planer 
vLJA^ I LiT« *{ isj bnvtber &c£AFds a£>resui. alim I fire to my 
y/zr::^ vmsa. I>tV>r»b Clap daszi^t^r of t* said brotZ^ afixesaid 
obt KlT«r •jM^jQ ir^ iiMOc L? in ber Cttben ^awi*. also I fire to my 
ifnrj:y: o'.ouicA Xa:Lau&kl EbeaeBtr. Sarah aod Hannah brodier 
XKiv/iaft chlViRii tenn shlEinsB ap«ece. also I give to mj loaTing 
<yA»icA. EI;za^A>h. Pmlecoe a&d Samcel Clap, children of my 
brvtlKr IVxuwi dap eizfat »hCiiDi?% api«x aad t* rest of his chil- 
drtA ^acfa of th£m Ere ^hiliios*. ali«> I sire to mV k>ariiig codsins 
Prod^riiCft. Ezra azkd X<&hecdih aod Sisacaa Ciap each" of them 
«i;rfat "ihilini^ api*** »i>l all j* rfcrt of my zocd* not eiven and be- 
qatAthfA rmy fun<:ral dLschar^ed and ja*: debts b«n^ payd.) I give 
and b<yjn«atfa tr^ my dear and loading Wife whom I make my sole 
Executrix in Witnea* whereof I hare'set to my hand. 

foxUrript. — Also I gire to my coosin John Capen 8*. 6d.. and to 
my dean: mA loaeia:;' cotuins Boger Clape children one shiHing 
%Mf^v, fnrtbennore I desyer that my thrae friends my brother 
>i<^;hoia/! iny brother Ediranl and my'couain Bojper Clap to be my 
ov(;rvAn! for the performance of this my last WiU and Testament 
mhf.nnuy) I feet my hand. 

E'lwar'l Clap JoHX Clap (L.S.) 

Kar&h Clap 

Jone Clap 

" At a meeting of the Gov, Mr. Xowell and Record'. 30»» Aug. 
JVtii. Roger Clap deposed. 

" An Inventory of the goods ChattelU of John Clapp. of Dor- 
cbfAUjr, dw:*;a*e<J. ^4'" July, 1655. Taken by Edward Clapp, 
Nkhola« Clapp, Roger Clapp. £'140. OL 10. 30 Aug. '53. Jone 
Clapp, widow of the dccea<<<.^ deposed."' 

Four children of Richard Clapp are all of his descendants who are 
known U) have left Old for New England. In the following Memo- 
rial, th^rccord of the alx)ve-namcd original male emigrants, and their 
dcKcendantH, is presented in the order in which they arrived here, viz., 
Ro^cr, 1630 ; Edward, Thomas and Nicholas, 1633 ; George Gilson, 



Was born in Salcombe Regis, Devonshire, Englaad, April 6, 1609 ; 
Bailed from Plymouth for New England, March 20, 1 630, and arrived 
at Nantaskot, May 30, 1630. He came in the ship Manj ami John,* 
Captain Squeb. Two Icarni'd non-conformist ministers, Rev. John 
Maverick and Rev. John Warhain, came in the same vessel, also 
other persons of distinction. 'The passengers of this ship were the 
first settlers of Dorchester, and they arrived there about June 17, 

All the efforts which have been made to learn tlic name and histo- 
ry of Roger's father have proved unavailing. The records of that 
date, in hia native town, have been removed or destroyed, and in no 

• The " Mary and John" was the second of sixteen vessels which left EngtaniS with p«»- 
iMngere.In 1030, under the patronage of the Massachusetts Buy Co. The patent of this com- 
Ijisny, previously tn^iiiled hy King James I., was confirmed by Chnrles [., March 4, 1629, nud 
FflTCins to have htkl out uuw inducements to emiKnition lunung those who could not con- 
form to the ectlcslnstical rc<iuiremcnt« of tiie time. Cnpt. Roper Clapp, in his " Memoirs," 
Kpeuka tiius of this Patent : •' Was it not « wondrous fjood Hand ot Gcid to incline tlic 
heart of our King so freely togrnnt it, ■withnli the Priviledgcs which the Pnient rxiiressetti!" 
The number of jmsscngers on boanl the " Mary ond John" was UO; which, with those 
who came in the fifteen other vessels during the year, iind on boiird nnother for Plymouth 
•eat out by a private merchant, amonnted to nearly lOOO persons. "These seventeen phips," 
IWys Dadley in bis letter to the Countess of Lincoln. " arrived all safe In New England, for 
Ithe Increase of the Fiiintntion here this year 16.10, bnt made a long, a tronblesnmc, nnd 
leostly voyage, being all wind-ljound long in EngliUiil, and hindered with contrary winds 
lafter they set sail, nnd bo scattered with nii-.ti! and tcmiie.sts thut few «jf them arrived to- 
gether, Onr four ships which set sail in April arrived here [.SalcmJ in June and July, and 
foand the Colony in a sad nnd unc.xpeirtcd condition, above eighty of them being dead the 
winter before ; and many of ihoM alive weak and sick; all the corn and bread umongst 
tliem alt hardly suthcient to feed them a fortnight." Capt. Roger thus alludes to tlie desti- 
tute condition of the emigrants in Dorchester, before the time came to gather the fruits of 
the next senson : — ■' Oh the Hunger tliat many snlfered, and saw no hope in an Kye of 
Kcason to be supplied, only by Clams, and Muscles, and FtMh. We did quickly build 
|Boat«, nnd some went a Fishing. But Bread was with many a ver>- scarce thing; and 
Flesh of all kinds as scarce." It is recorded of the Pilgrims of the Mayfiower nt Plymouth, 
that on the return of that vessel to England the next spring, no one of the survivors through 
that terrible winter went ijack in her. So of those in the '• Mnry and John," at Dorchester, 
wo do not read of one emigrant who returned In her to Old England. This, however, woa 
not tlie case with other companies of emigrants. Dudley says of those nt 8alem and else- 
where, " The ships being now [August, 1630] upon their rctnrn, some for Euglmid, some for 
Ireland, there was, as I take it, not much less than a liundred, some think many more, part- 
ly out of dUlike of our governintnt, which restrained and puiiislied their excesses, and 
partly through fear of fniuine, not seeing other means Chan by their labor tu feed tbemselvcii, 
which retamcd back again -, and gladl we were so to be rid of them." 



existing document, yet discovered, in tbis country, is his father men- 
tioned by name. Roger, ia his " Memoirs," speaks of hira as " a 
man fearing God," and whose " outward estate was not great." 
He also alludes to bis final consent to the emigration of his son to 
New England, and of his generous answer to an appeal for pro- 
visions, shortly after the arrival of the Dorchester Company at their 
new home. These meagre, incidental facts are probably all that we 
shall ever know about the father of oue who filled so conspicuous a 
place in the early history of Dorchester. That Roger had a nephew 
John, son of John Clapp, living in Colyton, co. Devon, Eug., in 1G80, 
is shown by a power of attorney from him to his uncle, in that year, 
the original of which may be seen in the Massachusetts archives. 

Roger Clapp was married Nov. 6, 1633, to Jolianna, the daughter 
of Thomas Ford, of Dorchester, England, who were passengers in 
the same vessel with him. She was born June 8, 1617, and conse- 
q(»ently was but sixteen years and five months old when she was 
married. Mrs. Clapp survived her husband between four aud five 
years; she died in Boston, Juno 29, 1695, aged 78 years, and was 
buried near her husband. £Ier father removed to Windsor, Ct., 
with a large portion of the members of the Church, in 1635. In 
consequence of this removal, and also the carrying away the church 
record by the Rev. Mr. Warham, who also went, the name of Capt. 
Clapp as a church member cannot now be found any where recorded 
— the book taken away being unfortunately lost, and the names con- 
tained in it not having been copied into the new one, by Richard 
Mather, in 1636. 

He probably lived, before the removal of himself and family to the 
Castle in 1G65, in a house wliich he built near the old Causeway 
road, loading to Little Neck (now South Boston). A passage way 
(now called Willow Court) led from the road to the house. Ouo 
hundred years after, it was much enlarged and improved in appear- 
ani;e, which appearance it still retains, and is well shown in the ac- 
companying cut. 

Capt. Clapp's life was a busy and eventful one. In works of be- 
nevolence, he was forward and earnest; his ability and energy of 
character were acknowledged by the colony and the town. In 1637, 
when 28 years old, he was chosen Selectman, and fourteen limes 
afterwards, previous to 1665, when he took command of the Castle, 
ho was elected to that office. In 1645, he was one of a committee 
of five to fix the rate of assessment far building a new meeting house. 
lie was several times chosen Deputy from Dorchester to the General 
Court. In 1673, being again chosen Deputy, it is significantly recorded 
by Blake, "afterwards, in this year, y* Court sent an order to choose 
another Deputy in y* room of Capt. Clap, his presence being ne- 
cessary at y' Castle, because y* times were troublesome." To most 
of the petitions and documents emanating from, and relating to, 
Dorchester, his name was signed, aud carried with it a weight 


and iaflaonce. Ho was one of the Cominissioncrs appointed to 
marry persons, which at that time was an honorable office. 

He was a remarkably industrious man, and continually engaged in 
some useful employment; idleness he detested. He was a man of 
good judgment, and the frequency with which he was called to be 
overseer of wills, and other weighty business matters, shows that he 
stood high among his friends and neighbors. His meekness and 
humility were proverbial, and he wa.s "of a very quiet and peaceable 
spirit, not apt to resent injuries ; but when he thought the honor of God 
was concerned, or just and lawful authority opposed, he was forward 
enough to exert himself." "As to his natural temper, it is said ho 
was of a cheerful and pleasant disposition, courteous and kind in his 
behavior, free and familiar in his conversation, yet attended with a 
proper reservedness ; and he had a gravity and presence that com- 
manded respect from others." 

At the first regular organization of the military of the colony, 
in 1644, he was the Lieutenant of the Dorchester company — 
Humphrey Atherton being the Captain, and Hopestill Foster the 
Ensign. At that time, the military were obliged to parade eight 
days each year ; a penalty of five shillings was exacted for non- 
appearance, and none were exempted except " timorous persons," of 
which there were but few in those days, lie was afterwards 
Captain of the Dorchester Company; and, Aug. 10, 1665, was 
appointed, by the General Court, Captain of the Castle (now Fort 
Independence), in Boston Harbor, to succeed Capt. Richard Daven- 
port, who was killed at that place by lightning in July of that year. 
He held this oflicc for twenty-one years, until he was 77 years old, 
and resigned in 1686, principally on account of the political troublea 
which then made their appearance under the administration of Sir 
Edmund Andros. Mr. James Blake, Jr., who gave some account 
of Capt. Clapp in 1731, says that, under the change of government, 
"some things were required of him which were grievous to his pious 

Edward Randolph, in his Narrative of the State of New England 
in 1676, writes, "Three mile.? from Boston, upon a small island, 
there is a castle of stone lately built, and in good repair, with four 
bastions, and mounted with 38 guns, 16 whole culverin, commodioua- 
ly seated upon a rising ground sixty paces from the waterside, under 
wliich, at high water mark, is a small stone battery of six guns. 
The present commander is one Capt. Clap, an old man ; his salary 
j£50 per annum. There belong to it six gunners, each <£10 per 

In an ancient manuscript Journal, kept by a respectable gentleman 
of Boston, is the following in relation to Capt. Clapp's leaving the 
Castle : 

" Sept. 24, 1686." " Capt. Clapp loaves the Castle ; about nine 
guns fired at his going off. It seems Capt. Clapp is not actually 




come away, but Capt. Wintbrop and Lieut. Thomas Savage did this 
day there receive their commissions." 

After his resignation, the remainder of his life was spent in 
Boston, where he died Feb. 2, 1691. His funeral was conducted 
with much parade and with every mark of respect ; military officers, 
and probably the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company* (of 
which he was a member), preceding the corpse, " the Governor and 
General Court foDowing the relations as mourners, and guns Uring 
at the Castle." 

When he left the Castle, he lived at the south end of Boston, and 
owned a bouse and land there, which he left to bis wife at his death. 
The land was bounded on the east by " the sea," or Boston Bay. 

He was one of the founders of the Church in Dorchester and a 
member thereof about sixty years. It was said of him, that ho was 
very kind and afiFcctionato to the soldiers under his command, and 
encouraged them both by precept and example to prove worthy citi- 
zens, "and enlisted none but pious as well as brave men." Such 
was the affection in which he was held by the people of Dorchester, 
that, during a severe sickness by which he was visited in 1672, they 
held a fast ''to beg his life of God"; and when he recovered, they 
held a day of thanksgiving. 

The " Memoirs of Capt. Roger Clap," which have been already 
referred to, were first printed in 1 73 1, from the original manuscript, 
which was in the hand-writing of Capt. Clapp, and was presented by 
Mr. James Blake, Jr. of Dorchester to the Rev. Thomas Prince, min- 
ister of the Old South Church, in Boston, who wrote the introduc- 
tion to the work, and in which lie says, " The Author was One 
among those English People, who first came over and dwelt in this 
Indian Wilderness ; an Eye-witness of the things he writes of; and by 
tlie publick and continued Esteem his Country paid liim in his Day, 
his Testimony comes with Power upon us; and tiie Style so plain 
and natural, that in the Reading, it seems as if we came over with 
Him, and were living in those pious Times." Several editions have 
been printed, so that for nearly one hundred and fifty years the de- 
scendants of Roger and of bis emigrant relatives have been familiar 
with the book and have prized it as a valuable memento of their 
early New England history. The Memoirs were probably written 
soon after 167*}, as in them he speaks of "the late war," undoubted- 
ly meaning King Philip's War, which in that year had just closed.t 

The following will is transcribed, verbatim, from a copy evident- 
ly in Capt. Clapp's own handwriting. In phraseology and spelling, 
it differs slightly from that on record ai the Probate office. 

• "Captain CIiipp was second gorseant of the company, 1647, the year after liia ndmU- 
Blon, and Lleatcnnnt, 1665, nnd cuntlnutd a member mrniy years."— Wbltmao'* Bintorical 
Sketch of the Ancient and llonornble Artilhry Company. 

t Toung, in liis " ClimnicloH," inserts the Memoir.') Innro-nrranRcd, chronological order, 
and oinitK Kogcr'fi exliurtntioii.s to \m ctiildren, nml [m aucoiini of his rolii;iime cxptriencvt, 
thereby making tlie docnmcnt a more connected and «trietly an hl&turical one. 



jf my death is knowne to gcxl, yet not known unto me ; I 
therefore now, in the time of my helth, make this my last will, iu mauer 
following : ^H 

I do commit my immortall soull to the euerliuing god, whose it is ; aDJ^| 
tuy body after death, I leaue uuto my Relations, to be desently buryed ta 
the dust — there to rest, iiiitill my dear lord, and sauiour, shall rayse it at 
his glorious coming unto judgement. 

As for that estate, which god hath gratiously giuen to me ; my just debts 
paid and founerall exspenses descharged ; I giue unto my dear and louing 
wife, my house and laud in bostoiie, with all the priuilidges, and appurte- 
nanses belonging there unto, which land is bounded on the north with the 
land of m"^ Jonathan Balson, on the south with the land of Edward Tucker, 
on the east with the sea: also six acors of upland, aud fhio acors of meadow, 
be it more or les, lying in dorchister neck, bounded with the laud of william 
Sumner on the soutb east, and the land that was Neahmiah Claps, on the 
north west, and with the sea on the north ; and also three acors of mea- 
dow in dorchister, being on tho north side of a salt creek, at the lower end 
of hofffistill Claps lot, commonly called Corneltes lot, be it three acors, more 
or les : this house and lands, to inioy during her naturall life. Also I giue 
her two fether beds, with there furniture ; a small trunke ; and forty pounds 
iu mouy, or such goods as shee please to take out of my moueabels : when - 
my debts are paid, and my wifs fjortion set out, and those small gifts here- 
after expresed, payd ; my will is, the rest be deuidcd equally to my children : 
only Samuel, my eldest, to haue a dobble portion in all. Except in that 
which my deare wife is to haue for her life. I doe farther declare : that 
what so euer Samuel, or any other of my children haae had, or shall haue, 
by my life time as part of there portion, shall be reckned as part of there 
portion : which reseats, that i alow as part of there portion, you shall find 
in my httell sorriil booke: I doe fiirther declare that my sous shall hauo 
my lands as is after eipresed. my souo Samuel shall liaite all my land, both 
upland and medow, at powow point, in dorchister neck, and to small lots ia 
the littell neck, and my lot comanly caled the eaight acor lot, and haife my 
furme at punkapage : Preserued, hauing had land of me allredy at northam- 
ton, as by my littell book do appear, he shall haue a fifth part of my farme 
at pachasuck, in wcstfeeld ; my son hopstill shall haue that part of the home 
lot that is IkjIow the fence, and all the medow at the end of the home lot, 
and at the tide mill, aud at the end of curnelias lot, as fare as the salt creek : 
but not oner the creek : and to small lota in the littelt neck, the land at the 
mouth of tho great neck : and the first and second deuission, in the cow 
waike, and halfe my farme at puukapage, and halfe the wood lot that was 
hawses, by the fresh marsh, all to be prised, also any land that my sona 
haue, any of them, if not prised by me, and set douue in my sorriil biwk : 
it must be prised, that so thos that haue hsul more than there portion, may 
paye to those that want, to make there jwrtions equal!: 

I giue to my sou desire, my third deuision of wood land, and to aud twen- 
ty acors of land, more or les, lying on the north side of nabonset riuor : also 
that me<l()w on the south side of nabonset, which was william weekses, be it 
three acors, more or les : I giue out of my farme at pachasack in westfeeld 
fifty acors unto the inhabitance of that towne, towards the maintennuce of 
an able miiiester in that towne, with this prouiso : that they paye, or cause 
to be pay two bussliels of good wheat unto my dear wife in boston yearly, 





during her nataroll life : the ressedeu of my land there, not disposed of, I 
leave to my exsecutors to dispose of, to paye deta, or to make my childrens 
portions equall : For as I sai<l before ; I say agiune, my will ia that my chil- 
dren, shall haiie equall portions, as near as may bee ; Except my son 
Samuel, who shall haue dubell except iu that which his mother haue during 
her naturall life, but that, both house and lands after my wifs desese, I give 
equally unto my sons, and my to dafters Elizabeth and wait, to be at there 
(my to dafters one desposing) the small gifts I mentioned, I giue unto my 
grand children, that shall be then lining, together with ray cozen Estor 
bissell and Constant dewey, ten shillings a peece — furder more, my will is, 
when my children haue rescued there ])ortion8, that my sons, and dafiera 
shall pay there mother yearly, for her more comfortable liuing, twenty shil- 
lings a peece. 

Also I giue my wife what falls to her by her father Ford at winsor or 
else where. I do hereby appoint and ordaine my dear wife and son samuel 
to bo my executors : and do instetut, and appoint my dear and louing frinds 
Elder James Black and cozen Thomas swift my ouer seears to aduiso, and 
assist, my executors in the performing this will : aud do give my ouerseara 
ten shillings apeeoe. 

That this is my last will and testement I haue set to my hand aud seall, 
in the pressenc of 

November: 19: 1690. 

henry Allino ^-T) 

William Tilly 

Children of Capt. Roger and Johaxna (Ford) Clapp: 

-|- 2. Samdel," b. Oct. 11, 1634; d. Oct 16, 1708. aged 74 years. 

3. William,' b. July 5, 1C36; d. Sept. 22, 1638. 

4. Elizabeth,'' b. June 22, 1638; d. Dec 25, 1 7 1 1, a. 73 yrs. 6 moa. 

She m. Joseph Holmes, and had five children that lived to 

grow up. "She was a virtuous and prudent woman." 
in Boston, and was burie<l near her parents. 
Experience,* b. Aug. 23, 1C40; d. Nov. 1, 1640. 




Waitstill,^ b. Oct. 22, 1641 ; d. Aug. y, 1643. 

Preserved," b. Nov. 23, 1643; d. Sept. 20, 1720, aged 70 yrs. 
aud 10 mos. 

Experience,^ b. December, 1645 ; d. young. 
-{- 9. Hoi'ESTiLL,* b. Nov. 6, 1647,; d. Sept. 2, 1719, a. about 72 years, 
10. Wait,' b. March 17, 1649. She m. Jonathan Simpson, of Charles- 
town, and had two children who lived to grow np. She lived 
a widow about twelve years, and died in Boston, May 3, 1717, 
in her 69th year, in the house in which her father and mother 
lived and died, and was buried near her parents. She is 8i>okeu 
of by Mr. Blake as " a godly woman, following the goo<l exam- 
ple of her parents. She often spake of tliat charge which her 
father left hia children, viz., never to spend any time iu idleness, 
and practiced accordingly in a very observable manner." 

Wait," daughter of Jonathan and Wait (Clapp) .Simpson, m. 
James Blake, Jr., of Dort'hesler, whose words are qnote<l above. 
Mr. B. was a famous malhemaliciau and surveyor ; he surveyed 



mauj farms in Dorchester and other towns, and once surveyed 
the whole town of Dorchester, with its then ext«nded territory. 
He Wixs for many years Town Clerk, Town Treasurer and prin- 
cipal Selectman of Dorchester. He wrote the Appendix to 
Capt. Roger Clopp's Memoirs, as puhlishc<l in various editions 
since, and died Dec, 4, 1750; liis widow dial May 22, IT.OS. 

When Wait'' was baptized, her father, CapL Roger, told tlie 
congregation that the reason he called her Wait was because he 
believed the reign of auti-Chiist would soon be over. He doubt- 
less thought she might live to see the day ! 

11. Thanks,^ b. July, 1631 ; d. young. 

12. Desire,^ b. Oct. 17, 1(!52 ; d. December, 1717, a. about C5 years. 

13. TnoMAS,' b. April, 1655 ; d. in 1670, aged 15 years. 

14. Unite.^ b. Oct. 13, 1656; d. March 20, IGtVl. 
Supply," b. Oct. 30, 1660 ; d. March .5, 1686. His youth was one 

of great pi-omise, and he seems to have early shown a pj-edileo- 
tion for the military service, as it then existed in the colony. 
But his life came to an untimely end. He was, as Mr. Blake 
Writes, '' suddenly taken out of the world by the accidftital tiring 
of a gun at the Castle, where his father was then the Captain 
and himself an officer."* The following references to the event 
are copied from the .Tournal of Judge Sewall, then in Boston: 

March 5, 168|, "Capt. Clap's son (a very desirable man, 
Gunner of the Castle, tho' Mr. Baxter hath the name ) hath 
one of his eye* shot out, and a piece of his skull taken away, by 
the accident*] firing of a gun, as he was going a fowling." 

March 9, 168|, "Supply Clap, gunner of the Castle, is buried 
at Dorchester, by the Castle Company, about noon ; after the 
volleys there, several great guns were fired at the Castle ; hoth 
beard by the Town." 



SAMUEL* (Roger*), son of Roger and Johanna Clapp, was born 
Oct. 11, 1634, when his mother was in the 18th year of her age. 
" He was a wise and prudent man," says Mr. Blake, " partaking of 
the choice spirit of his father, treading in his steps and making good 
his ground ; he was eminent for religion, and of a blameless and 
unspotted conversation. He was early and constantly employed in 
public affairs; was Captain of the military company, Representative 
for the town, and, the last seven years of his life, a Ruling Elder of 
the Church of Dorchester, where he lived." 

He married Hannah, daughter of Richard Leeds, of Dorchester. 
They had two sons and two daugliters who lived to grow up. He 
died about eight days after bis wife, Oct. 16, 1708, being about 74 
years old. 

• Thirteen years aficrwnrds. the life of anotlier young mnn was ftcoiilentnlly lost in the 
sftDie plncc, in a sorncwhat similar manner. ll in recorded of Natlinnicl Homes, b, in 
Dorchester in 1C68, that he was " killed by y« breaking of a great gunn nt y« Castle, 12 
June, 16d9." 




Elder Clapp bad a very high reputation in the town of Dorchester ; 
besides the officea already mentioned as held bj' him, was that of 
Major. His children, Samuel, Elizabeth and Hannah, with the hus- 
bands of the two latter, divided their lather's estate 'by agreement. 
SamueF had the house he lived in and the barn and laud belonging to 
it, which it appears his father owned; also the following, viz., tea 
pounds worth of the barn near the house his father dwelt iu ; a piece 
of meadow before the house; 2 1-2 acres of salt marsh at the neck; 
4 acres of woodland in the third division ; a little wood lot on the 
S. W, side of the fresh meadow; one half of the twenty acre lot; 
half a piece of marsh at the calf pasture ; one half the meadow at 
Powow point (now South Boston); a piece of land at Little Neck, 
"on the left hand as we pas to the grate neck" ; three fourths of the 
pasture at Hawkins brook; one half the land in the 12th division, 
a piece of land at the end of the Neck, also part of the land at 

Elizabeth and her husband, Edward Sumner, had one half of her 
father's house, and one half of the remainder of the barn not set off 
to Samuel ; one half tlie orchard ; the home lot before the house ; 
one fourth of the pasture at Hawkins brook; the lot at Hawes Hill ; 
cue half the lot at Little Neck; one fourth of the meadow at Powow 
point, on the norUi-east side; one quarter marsh at calf pasture, oa 
the south-east side of a little creek; one fourth the land in the 12th 
division ; and her part of land at Purgatory. 

Hannah and her husband, Ebeuezcr Clapp, had as follows, viz.: 
one half the dwelling house; one half of the remainder of the barn, 
not set off to Samuel ; the lot behind the house; the pasture at the 
mouth of the neck; one half the twenty acre lot; one half the lot at 
Little Neck; one fourth of the meadow at Powow point; one fourth 
the meadow at calf pasture ; one fourth the land in the 12th divi- 
sion; one half the orchard near the dwelling Louse: two acres of 
marsh at the calf pasture; and his part of land at Purgatory. 

Tliis agreement was made March 20, 1711. 

The unattractive name of "Purgatory" which occurs in it, refers 
to a swamp in the south-westerly part of Dorchester now called 
Matlapan — part of which swamp afterwards became the property of 
the First Parish in Dorchester. 

The Hawkins brook, here named, was where Columbia Street now 
is, in Dorchester, and passes through the land of llie heirs of the late 
Ebenezcr Wales, under the road and into the meadow of Isaac 

Chief Justice Sewall, in his journal, mentions riding in a coach to 
Dorchester, Oct. 18, 1708, to attend the funeral of Elder Samuel 
Clapp, " who is much lamented." Messrs. Bromfield, Stoddard, 
Sewall and his son Joseph, afterward Rev. Dr. Sowall, accompanied 
him. He says that Elder Samuel was the (irst man born iu Dor- 
chester, but in this he was probably mistaken. Mrs. Clapp died 
n«t. 8, 1708. 



Cliildren of Elder SAMUEt. and Hannah (Leeds) Clapp: 

16. Samuel," b. Feb. 22, 16G1 ; d. Feb. 12, 1666, aged 5 years. 

17. JoHN.» b. June 16, Ifitii ; d. Oct. 6, 1665. 

18. Hannau," b. Sept. 28, 1666; d. March 1, 1679, aged 13 years. 
-|-19. Samuel,* b. Aug. 6, 1668; d- Jan. 30, 1724. 

20. Exi'ERiENCK,* b. July 28, 1670 ; d. Aug. 3, 1671. 

21. UNiTE,»b. Dec. 6, 1672; d. March 11, 1674. 

22. Return,* b. May 11, 1670; d. July 18. 1676. 

23. John,' b. May 8, 1677 ; d. March 7, 1701, unmarried, at the 

of 23 years, 1 months ; was much respected. 

24. Elizabeth," b. Feb. 11, 16751 ; m. Edward Sumuer. She received 

a considerable portion of her father's estate, aud, probably, after 
his decease, lived ia the house which had been occupied by hiro, 

25. Hannah," b. Sept. 13, 1681 ; d. Aug. 9, 1747. She m. Ebenezer 

Clapp, the 80D of Natluaiel aud grandson of Nicholas. 

PRESERVED' (Itoger'), son of Roger and Johanna Clapp, was 
born Nov. 23, 1643. Ho lived in Dorchester dnrin" the first twenty 
years or more of hia life, when he removed to Northampton, then a 
far distant settlement in tlie western limits of the colony, and com- 
prising, with Springfield, the whole inhabited portion of western 
Massachusetts.* Here he soon became one of the leading men in 
civil and ecclesiastical affairs, and his usefnlness was continued 
during a long and active life. " He was," says Blake, " a good in- 
strument and a great blessing to the town of Northampton, where 
lie lived. He was a Captain of the town, and their Repreaentativo 
in the General Court, and Ruling Elder in the church." He married, 
June 4, 1668, fourteen years after the settlement of the town was 
begun, Sarah, daughter of Benjamin Newbury, of Windsor, Ct., who 
went from Dorchester to that place. They had seven children who 
lived to grow up. He died at Northampton, Sept. 20, 1720, aged 
about 77 years. She died Oct 3, 1716, 

Children of Elder Preserved and Sabah (Newbury) Clapp : 

26. Sarah,' b. in 1G69; d. young. 

27. Wait," b. in 1670; m. John Taylor, Jr. 

28. MAur.^" b. iu 1672; d. Nov. 2, 1691, aged 19 years. 
-f-29. Pkeskkved," b. April 29, 1G75; d. Oct. 11, 1757, aged 82 years. 
-}-30. Samuel," b, in 1677; d, in 1761, aged alwut 84 years. 

31. Hanxah,* b. May 5, 1C81; m. first, Abraham Miller; second, 
LieuL John Parsons. 
4-32. Roger,' b. May 24, 1684; d> Jan. 9. 1762, aged 78 years. 
4-33. Thomas,' b. June 16, 1688 ; d. in Hartford, Cu, in 1745, a. 57 yrs. 


• " For a ImnUrcd years or more after the first settlement of Northampton," sars the 
hl.storinTi, B. W. Dwight, " it wn» a week's journey, for man and horse, to go to Boston ; 
and the path was discmgiiislmblc by murks cut upoa the trees through the loDg stretch oi 
forest that lay between the two places." 




HOPESTILL' (iJo^er'), son of Roger and Johanna Clapp, was 
born Nov. 6, 1647. Mr. James Blake, who was coteiaporary with 
him, and to whom we arc indebted for the "Short Account" of the 
Clapp Family in the Appendix to Roger's '■ Memoirs," says of him : 

" He was a very gracious man, endowed with a great measure of 
meekness and patience ; studied and practised those things that 
make for peace. He was first a Deacon of the Church of Dorchester, 
"where he lived; and afterwards in the year 1709 he was chosen and 
ordained a Ruling Elder in the same church : he represented the town 
in the General Court for the space of fifteen years. He was mnch 
honoured and respected by those that bad a value for vital piety." 

Elder Hopestill Clapp died in Dorchester, Sept. 2, 1719, in the 
72d year of his iigc. The lines in the following epitaph were writ- 
ten by Ills pastor, Rev. John Danforth,* and are copied, verbatinij 
from the gravestone : 

Here Lies interred y'i| 

Btidy of Elder Uopeetiil 

Clap who Dooeaaed 

September 2* 1719 

Aged 72 Years 

Hie Dust Wttits Till The lubile 

Shall Then Shine Brighter Tlian y* Skie 

Shall meet i joine (to I'nrt no more) « 

His Soul That's Glorify'd Bt^fore 

PaetorH & Churches Hnppv Be 

With KuliDg Eiders Such'As He 

Present UseTiiU Absent ^Vanted 

Liu'd Desired Died LAinentcd. 

Elder Hopestill Clapp was married to Susanna Swift, April 18, 
1672. Siie died March 2, 1732, aged 80. They were both 
buried near the S. W. corner of the Dorchester burying ground. In 
his will, he left the use and improvement of his estate to his wife, 
during her life; then a principal part of it to tlicir son Hopestill, to 
whom he was grateful for attentions to thcra in their old age. Hope- 
Btill was to pay his sisters, Susanna Hodgdon, Elizabeth Hall, Sarah 
Capen and the children of his sister Ruth, a single portion. 

In addition to the poetical inscription, copied above from Elder 
Hopestill's grave-stone, the Rev. Mr. Danforth composed the follow- 
ing Funeral Poem to his memory, which was printed at the time. 
A copy, which was in possession of the late Dea. James Humphreys, 
of Dorchester, is probably the only one in existence. There is a 
picture upon the top of the printed sheet, of a funeral ])roces3ion, 
led ofl" by Dcafh ; also a tomb, skulls, cross-bones, hour-glass, &c. to 
fill up, with a black ground. 

• Ordained pastor of the Church In Dorchester, Juno 28, 1682, anil died in Dorchester, 
May 26, 1730, aged 70, having retained his offlco in the church aboat 48 years. Uc waa 
haried in Lieut. Gov. StouKhton's tomb, In the old Dorchester cemetery. 



"Who was for many Years a prudent and faithful RcpresentatiTe of the Town, and 
one of the Ruling Elders of the Church of Dorchester, who went to iiis Everlasting 
reet in the General Assembly of tho first born in Heaven, Sept. 2, 1719, Elotit sui 
Anno 72. To our Great Loes, and bis Great Gain. 

InrollM i' th' Number of Cfirista Witnesses, 

To follow Hiin iiiUi a Wildernees ; 

A Blessed Number ot This Precious Nome, 

Eievt by Heaven, into this Palmos Came. 

This Saints choice Pitrenls, Pliant to Heavens Call ; 

Grace early Siiictily'd Their Children all. 

Sucli a Bright Fauiilv, How rarely seen ! 

No Jxhmacl, Esau, J)mah, found therein. 

O ! Happy Family ! (J ! ( Jlorious sight ! 

Wiio Do & Bear," for CHRIST, lose nothing by't. 

Thi.H Family did God vouchsafe to Bless 

With Coniuns, and Extensive Usefulness. 

The Fa/hcr Held Uur Cnstle witlwut Fear, 

And was Chief, Ptous, Valiant, Bnlwark there. 

Vertuous in Heart, and Us^eiul in their lives 

Were also his Collateral Relatives. 

For his DescendantK, View tho Assemli/y's List ; 

Long Years, Three Sons in General Court Assist ; 

Andin the Ruling Eldership, No less : 

In whom their Pastors Heart could acquiesce. 

Our Jhpestill, with the ftxxl of Angels Fed, 

His ?fame, and Fathers Hope well Answered: 

Converting Mercy and Restraining Grace 

With their sweet Fruits within his Soul had Place. 

The Clianma's Closed; The Rec'ning is made even : 

The G'ates of Hell held not his Heart from Heaven. 

The Hopes* of Hypocrites he durst not Cherish ; 

Nor Durst he licsi in Works, where many perish. 

He did (and so should we, when sin doth wize ur) 

Lose-hold, on all, But GOD's free Grace in JFSCS: 

GOD in Man's Nature; That most Blessed One: 

On Him he Liv'd, as his High Priest, alone. 

So while he Liv'd, anil when he came to die, 

CURISTy Glorious Riches save him full supply. 

Such Livej* as his, deserve all ObBervatnin, 

LaiitioK Remembrance, Constant Imitation ; 

Adorned with (ioodness. Sweetness, Self Denial, 

Meekness of Wisdom under every Trial, 

With Fear of GOD ; and Hate of ijinful Strife 

'Gainst Strangers, Neighbors, Brethren, Children, Wife. 

None could Repine ; lie was so Deiionair, 

So True, so Just, so Kind, so Calm, so Fair; 

So Valuable (tho' no Son of Thunder), 

The Church R^joyc'd when such an Elder Crowned her. 

While Prayers went up, the Life of CHRIST Descended. 

Winged with the Dove, his Ravinih'd Soul Ascended. 

Light for th' Upright in Publick Meetings Sown 

And Private too, He!y madu his own. 

His House, FBast* of Devotion did afford : 

Resolv'd, his Family Should Serve the LORD. 

Thro' Pride his Talents, he would not decline 

To Use, altho' he could not see them shine ; 

IVusting in GOD ; was not reduced to be 


With Wk 



OhSdmi of Honnnxu. sad Stbassa (Swift) Cuirr : 

Si. ScsAXSA.'b. DecSS. IC7S: m. Bo^ioB. 

35. Elizabctii,* b. Feb. 29, 167^; <L Oct. a. ITSI. She bl, April 
4, 1701, JoQialMa,wno(Biehvd HaU. Sbe ww kit aeond 
wifi*. Thcjr bad a nn Kdkard. who ww a DeMoaa of the 
riiiirt!!! in Dorehater, and "flHineBt for unmgth «f aiHl and 
IkxJv. for pietjr ttftd beiK io fa i ee." 
Sarah',' U. Jan. 13, 1677 ; m^ Dec. 14, 1704, Bmnmtd Ckpc^ i 
liu<] c>iil<ir«o. 

87. HoiK»TiLL,» b. Not. 2«, 1679; d Dec 26. 1759, ^cd^80 
II» WM ft mail madk reelected in ib« bnni «f 
where be hrtti ; waa Deaooa of tke diar^ for Vfmiad^ of I 
ty-nix yrani, being onkiaed to that ofioe Maj 3, 1723L 
WA« never aarricd, co that the name, in tbe fine of bis ; 
tfimUnated at hi* decease. His last will and n 
(latiyl Nov. 8, 1748, being aboat eleven years previous to 
tU-nth. In it, be left a good part of his estate to ius i 
l)(!a/<)ri H'lrliitrd Hail (tee 35), son of his sister EKxafaetk, i 
^ith wbotD he probably lived tbe latter part of his days. 
Ii-n. to bb »ist«r Elizabeth £6 per annum ; to his HSter 
('ii]H!n, ft part of his dweQing-boose, some land in the 
rh<! pit»t>]riri» for one cow, one load of salt haj &nd two cor 
(if wifxl r^r-h year diiriug her life ; to his DOD-<x>mpo<s nepheivd 
,\imt']>h Cuiit^n, »on of his sister Sarah, monej on certain i 
tiorm. H»! *I«o be<|Meatbed to the church iu Dorchester £60, to ' 
Ik> liiirl out in plate for the communion table,* unless he hail al- 
rin'ly fxifjgbt it cinrinp bis life; to his ''cousins Elizabeth, Pbil- 
Im, .Hu»»iin«, Sftrnh and Patience, children of his late niece Ta- 
hillifl SuAiliTil" unmii money : also property to his nieces Rut 
Mill! )iii<l SuRnaiia Sumner, children of his lute sisters. Hfl 
likt^wiM! Iirfl money to the poor of the church on certain condi- 
tion*. Tlw; inventory of his estate amounted to £520 6s. 8d. 

fifl. Hi'Tir,* b. Oct. 10, IC}H2: m Sumner, and probably die 

prftvi'Huly t/j her father. 
flO, MakT,* b. Si.-pt. 22, 1G85; d. Nov. 27, 1685. 

40, Hri'i'r.T.* b. Oct. 25, 1086. Not living at the death of his father, 

ami |ir(ii;ni>ly d'n-A a young mail. 

41. .lAnUAii.* b. l4b. 15, 1G89; d, Feb. 27, 1689. 
451- VHity.,' b. Oct. 2, 1C90; d. Jan. 25, 1691. 

c^/hl* p\M«, M w*ll M iliat B<r«n tor William (Me page \6), has ever «oce beeo used, 
rtfi* t'ltrpuM Ititsnilcd, by tU« First Charcb of Dorcbester. 



— 12 — 

i^-^^JIRE* (Rogcr^), son of Roger and Johanna Clapp, was born 
wl. 17, 1652. He married Sarah Pond, and ten children were 
born to them, only four of whom lived to grow up. She died Jan. 
4, 171G, and he married, second, Dec. 27, 1716, Mrs. Deborah Smith, 
of Boston, " with whom lie went to live, and there he died in Decem- 
ber, 1717, in the 66th year of liis age, and was interred near his re- 
lations." Mr. Blake says he was " a sober and religious man." 

Desire Clapp left no will. His estate was divided by an agree- 
ment entered into between Iiis widow and children. To the widow 
was paid £50, siie thereby reliuquishin<r all ri^ht and claim to the 
estate. The rctiiaiudor was equally divided between his son 
William; his daughter Experience, wife of Samuel Tobnan; Sarah, 
wife of Samuel Bird; and Judith, wife of Ephraim Payson. 

The gravestone of Desire Clapp, with its inscriptiou, may be seen 
in King's Chapel burying-ground, a little south of that erected to 
his father, Capt. Roger.* His first wife, Sarah, was buried iu the old 
cemetery in Dorchester. 

Children of Desire and Sarah (Pond) Clapp: 

43. William," b. Oct. 9, 1680; d. young. 

44. Desire," b. March 6, 1682; d. young. 

45. Experience,* b. Nov. 30, 1683; m. Nov. 21, 1704, Samuel Tol- 

man, of Dorcliebter. 

46. Sarah,' b. March 24, 168G; m. May 16, 1701, Samuel Bin\. 

47. Preserved,* a daughter, b. Aug. 8, 1G88; d. Ang. 21. 1688. 

48. Desire,' ] rr, . , . ,„ .»„, f d. Aug. 19, 1694. 

49. William,-^ J ^^"•^''^•^"g- ^^.1694; j,,^ ^^^,^« ^^ j„^3_ 

William m. April 11, 1717, Eliiubelh Ilumjjhrcys, but pro- 
bably never had any children. Me lived in Dorchester and 
Was. buried there. His widow survived him nearly 32 years, 
and d. June 18, 177i7, aged 75 3'ears. William left a will, and 
g.-ive £20, " in current passing money or bills of credit," to the 
church in Dorchester, to purchase a piece of plate "for y* use 
of the Lord's table in the said Church." The remainder of his 
property was left to his wife Elizaheth, and, after her decease, 
it was to go to his nephew, Desire Tolmau, son of his siBter 

In the death of William," the name was extinguished in the 
line of Dfiiiire,'' son of Capt. Roger.' All of the name who are 
direct descendants of Roger' are from his sons Samuel," of Dor- 
chester, and Preserved,'-' of Northampton. There are but few 
of the former, but a large number of the latter. 

50. Roger," > .p • , -.t o< iz-n? f d. June 7, 1G97. 
El T-i a - J^wuis, b. May 24, 1()97 ; i , , ,., 

51. Daniel."] ■' ' j^d. June 12, 1697. 

52. Ji;dith,' m. Ephraim Payson. 

• As with other cemeteries in cities, in the course of time the gravestones of KiiiiK'» Cliapcl 
buryinp-Kronnfl have become displaced, and tlieexiict spot of interment of mniiy of tliose 
buried tlierf is nlmo<t or quite unUiKjivn. Tile slab from Rofrcr's (jrare has l)ceu placed 
in tlie eastern part of the ground, near the fence of tbe present City Hall. 

SAMUEL' {Samiid,' Roger'), son of Elder Samuel and Hannah 
(Leeds) Clapp, was bora iu Dorchester, Aug. 6, 1668. About the 
year 1700, he married Mary Paul (theu spelled PavU). He was a 
man much respected by his fellow townsmen ; was chosen Deacon of 
the church, and was Lieutenant of the military company. He left no 
will. The inventory of his estate amounted to £013 2s. 6d. He 
died in 17 24, aged abou fc 55, leaving several children under age. 
His widow, after his decease, married Abiel Bird. Blake says he 
did not accept the offtcc of Deacon to which he was chosen. Mrs. 
Bird, and her son Samuel Clapp, both died Jan. 2, 1752, and were 
buried in one grave. 

Children of Samdel and Mahy (Paul) Clapp: 

53. John,* d. Sept. 14, 1701. 
-}-54. Samuel,* b. Muy 27, 1701 : d. Jan. 2, 1752. 

55. Hannah,* b. Ang. 14, 1702. 

56. John,* b. July 24, HO.") ; d. Feb. 20, 1706. 

67. John,* b. Sept. 12, 1700; d. youug. (Samuel Clapp, Sen. lost 
two children uame<l John ; and Samuel. Jr. lost throe.) 
--58. Benjamin,* b. Oct, 17. 17u7 ; d. in 1793. 

--59. Sdpply,* b. June 1, 1711; d. Dec 28, 1747. Minister in Woburn. 
--60. Thomas,* b. July 5, 1713 ; d. Aug. 11, 1798. 


PRESERVED' {Preserved,' Roger'), son of Elder Preserved and 
Sarah (Newbury) Clapp, was born in Northampton, April 29, 1675. 
He married Mehitable Warner, of Hatfield, Mass. Ue was a Cap- 
tain. He died Oct. 11, 1757, aged 82 years. His widow died 

Oct. 1, 1767. 

Children of Capt. Preserved and Mehitable (Warner) Clapp, 
of Northampton : 

01. Mkhitable,* b. Nov. 8, 1703. 

t02. Freserved,* b. July 28, 1705; d. Oct. 18, 1758, aged 53 years. 
U3. JoBN,* b. iu 1708; m. aud removed to Montague. 
-|-IM. Elii'QAz,* b. in 1711 ; d. in 1783 or 1784. 
-|-65. Ezra,* b. May 2U, 1716; ni. aud removed to Westfield. 

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SAMUEL' {Pfe.tcrrcf/\ Roger'), son of Elder Preserved, and 
brother of the preceding, was born in 1G77. He married, first, in 
1697, Sarah Bartlctt. She died Ang. 7, 1703, and he married, 
second, Thankful King, Sept. 15, 1704. She died Sept. 18, 1705, 
and he married, third, Mary Sheldon, March 17, 1708. He had issue 
by each of his wives. He was about 31 years old when ho 
married his third wife. He lived to be an old mao, dying at the age 



of 84 yearg. He was Lieutenant of a military company. Mary 
Slieldon, his third wile, waa born in Northamptoa in IG87, and was 
dauglitcr of John and Hannah Sheldon. Her grandfather waa Isaac, 
born 1629. She was carried into captivity to Canada, from Deer- 
field, in 1704, by the Indians, she being at the time engaged to be 
married to Jonathan Strong. On her return, he, supposing that she 
wa.s dead, waa married to some one else, and she married Samuel 
Clapp. After Mr. Clapp's death, she waa married to Mr. Strong, 
when she was between 70 and 80 years old. 

Children of Samuel Clapp, by first wife, Sarah (Bartlett) Clapp: 

6'6. Mart,* b. March 13, 1699 ; d. Aug. 28, 1702. 

By second wife, Thankful (King) Clapp : 
67. Sarah,* b. Sept. 9, 1703; m. Gideon Paraons. 
- By third wife, Mary (Sheldon) Clapp: 

4-68, Samuel,* b. Oct. 30, 1711 ; d. Aug. 28, 1775. 

69. Mary,* b. Sept. 21, 1713; m. Daniel Pomroy, May 21, 1733. 

4-70. Seth,* b. July 14, 171C; d. July 4, 1754. 

71. TuoMAS,* b. Nov. 1.3, 1724; d. Dec. 4, 1724. 

-J-72. Ebenezeb,* b. Oct. 13, 1726; d. SepU 22, 1797. 


ROGER' (Prcserred* Roger"), brother of the preceding, was born 
May 24, 1684. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Bartlett. 
They had eight sons and one daughter; and, what was remarkable, 
they all lived to grow up, and had families. He was Captain in the 
military company, and also representative to the General Court, 
He died in 1762, aged 78, and his widow died Aug, 9, 1767. 

Children of Rogeb and Elizabeth (Bartlett) Clapp, of Northamp- 

4-73. RoGEK,' b. April 3, 1708 ; wife Ann. 

74. Elizabeth,* b. May 29, 1710; m. Jonathan Strong, May 27, 
1730, and had children. 

4-75. Jonathan,* b. iq 1713; d. May 10, 1782, aged 69 years, 

-j-76. Aaro.v,* b. Jan. 30, 1715; m. and moved to Eosthampton. 

4-77. Asauel,* b, about 1717; d, Jan. 20, 1777. 

-4-78. SuppLt,* b. about 1721 ; d. in 1784. 

4-79. CiiARLEa,* b. in 1725; d. Aug. 11, 1767. 

80. Noah,* wife Dorcas. lie waa sergeant in the company of Capt. 
Phineas Stevens, and was one of the thirty brave defenders 
of Number Four (Charlestown, N. H.) in 1747, under Capt. 
S., who withstood the asSiiult of 400 French and Indians, under 
Mona. Debt-line, and, refusing to capitulate, were left at the 
end of the third day in possession of the fort, Capt. S. had a 
valuable sword presented to him for his bravery on this occasion. 
Noah had only one child, Hannah,* who was under 14 years 



of age in 1763. She afterwards m. Martin Clark of Weet- 
hampton. aud both were dead in 1843. Noah* d. about 1761. 
-f 81. Simeon,* b. in 1728 ; d. Feb. 25, 1812, aged 84 years. 


THONfAS' {Preserved* Rogcr^), brotlicr of the preceding, waff' 
born in Northampton June 16, 1688; niurried April 4, 1711, Mary 
King. He removed to Ilartibrd, Conn., and died there in 1745, at 
the age of 57 years. He was the ancestor of most of the name ia 
Coanecticut. His wife, Mary, died Feb. 5, 1772. 

Children of Thomas aud Mary (King) Clapp: 

-|-82. Thomas,* b. in Northampton, March 6, 1712. 

83. ISIary,* b. .July ly, 1713, aud probably d. young. 

84. Oliver,* b. .July 7, 1718; probably d. without issue. 
-|-85. Eluah,* m. Mary BentOD. 


SAMUEL* (Samiiel' Samuel,'' Roger^), second son of Samuel and 
Mary (Paul) Clapp, was born May 27, 1701, and died Jan. 2, 1752. 
He was married Dec. 23, 1725, to Mindwell Bird. He was in the 
23d year of his age when his father died, and he was chosen guard- 
ian of his brother Thomas. He was a mariner in the early part of 
Ilia life ; aud, in his later years, a farmer. His widow Miadwell 
died June 1, 1770. 

Children of Samuel and Mindwell (Bird) Clapp: 

86. Mindwell,' b. Nov. 11, 1726; m. Daniel Faini, of Dorchester, 

Mav 8, 1753. 

87. Samuel,' b. Dec. 18, 1728 ; d. young. 
-}-88. Ahner,* b. Dec 23, 1732; d. ALay 2.5, 1799. 

89. Maky/ b. Jan. 23, 1738 ; m. John Ward. 


BENJAMIN* {Samuel,' Samuci; Roger'), brotlicr of the preced- 
ing, was born Oct. 17, 1707. Ho was a minor at the decease of hig 
father, and chose Thomas Wiswall to be his guardian. Dec. 29, 
1730, he married Hannah Baker. Subsequently to 1740, he remov- 
ed to Stoughtou, and died there in 1793. 

Children of Benjashn and Hannah (Baker) Clapp: 

90. Susanna,' b. Jan. 30, 1732, in Dorchester; m. Edward Capen. 

91. Supply,* b. 1733 ; settled in Stoughtou, but never married ; J. in 

1805, aged 72 years. 

92. Samuel,' b. May 25, 1735, in Dorchester; d. Oct 4, 1735. 
-j-93. John,' b. in 173(}; settled in Stoughtou ; d. in 1800, a. 73 years. 

94. Hannah,' b. May 13, 1740, in Dorchester; m. Samuel Brackott. 

ply was 13 years old, and he chose AbicI Bird to be his guardian. 
He eutered Harvard College, and was graduated at that institution 
in 1731. It appears that he immediately eiip;afrcd himseli' as a 
teaelicr of the school in Doreheatcr, and that he continued in that 
employment two or three years. In his Diar}-, he says: — "July 19, 
1133, I be^an ray third year to keep school." "Feb. 13, 1734, 
Tailer & Clap kept school for me." During this time, he was pre- 
parintT himself for the ministry, and commenced prcachinj? May 20, 
1733, before he was admitted to the cliurcii; for in his Diary, Aug. 
5, 1733, it is observed, "I was admitted into the Ch''at Iforcliester." 
It appear.'-i, liow-ever, from his Diary, that thi^ was the only sermon 
preached belore he joined the churcli. This first sermon was deli- 
vered at the Castle, where his great-grandfather, Roger Clapp, com- 
manded so long, as were also most of the other sermons that ho 
preached that year. In 1 734, he occupied the pulpit at Ro.xbury, 
from March 31, to Jan 30, inclusive; wtietlier as candidate or not, 
is not stated. It is also doubtful in which of the two churches 
in Roxbury he was thus engaged. Dec. 15, 1734, he preached for 
the first time at Woburn, in the 2nd Tarish (now Burlington), as a 
candidate. March 5, 1735, he received a call to settle there in the 
ministry. This call ho accepted, " upon conditions," May 19; and 
in full, Aug. 25 of the same year. What his salary was, does not 
appear, but it was probably regulated by the price of provisions ; 
for, on the same page of his diaiy that be records his ordination, is 
the following memorandum: — 

N. B. The price of Indian Corn, 



6 shillings p. Bush. 
8 shilliuga p. Bush. 
5 pence p. pound. 

7 pence p. ]X)und. 

5 shillings p. barrel. 

16 & 18 peace p. pound. 

Work, 4 ahill. or five sfaillinga in Summer. 
Mowing, 5s-Gd : and some have 6 shillings. 

Mr. Clapp was ordained pastor of the second church in Woburn, 
Oct. 29, 1735. On that occasion, Rev. Mr. Bowman, of Dorche.ster, 
offered prayer; Rev, Mr. Hancock (probably of Lextns;ton) preached 
from Romans i, 1, and gave the charge; Rev. Mr. Bowes, of Bed- 
ford, gave the right liand of fellowship. The meeting-house in which 
Mr. Clapp was settled had been built about three years, and had 
been used for a place of worship probably about all that time ; but 
no church had been regularly organized until after his ordination. 



Nov. 9, 1735, he preached for the first lime after his ordination, 
from Luke xii. 42 and 43. — " Who then is that faithful and wise 
steward," &c. The church at that time consisted of cloven males 
and twenty-one females. 

In the spring of 1736, Mr. Clapp bought a place called the "Knight 
place," from the name of the former possessor; and, in the fall suc- 
ceeding, went to housekeeping, though a single man. Aug. 11, 1737, 
he married Miss Martha Fowle, daughter of the then wife of Mr. 
Samuel Walker, one of his deacons, but previously the widow of Mr. 
Fowle, of the first parish, and, during her widowhood, the keeper 
of a very respectable tavern there. Mrs. Clapp has beeu represent- 
ed as a very capable and amiable woman. 

Mr. Clapp appears to have been a man of very feeble constitution, 
and labored under many weaknesses and infirmities, as appeal's by 
bisjoarnat. He was very sick for many days in the fall of 1742^ 
and looked upon as near his cad ; be sufi'ered greatly by sharp turns 
of pain in 1743, and says in Iiia journal, Oct. 1, "Thro' Gods Good- 
ness I have not been confined to my bouse since March, long to- 
gether; hot so great hatli been my weakness that I l»ave enjoyed 
but little comfort in tlie things below. I trust my afi"t'ction8 are 
stronger heavenward." 

In consequence of his infirm state of health, he frequently took 
Brhort excursions abroad, especially to Dorchester, and to Boston ta 
hear the Thursday lecture. On one of these occasions, Sept., 1740, 
he records the following memorable incident ; — 

The Rev"* Mr. Whitefield, in the Eiftemoon at 3 o'clock, was to preach at 
y' New South in Boston. The meeting house heing verj- much crowded, 
there was anddenly an outcry as if y" Gallery was falling. I, being under 
said Gallery, hasLened out, stood .it y* door; immediately there was such 
thronging out, that y'*^ trampled one another under feel, some jumped out 
of y* Galleriea into y' seats below, some out of y* windows. I helped cle.'»r 
the way at y* door, till tbcy got so squeezed together in y' porch till I could 
get no more out. So that I with others were forced to cry out to the press- 
ing multitude to make way back. After y* space of 5 or 6 minutes, such 
way was made back, that we could help the distressed out ; many were 
taken up for dead, but being blooded chiefly recovered. Three died upon 
y* spot, and two more a day or two after. As awful a sight (I think) as 
ever I beheld. May God sanctify it to me, and the rest of the spectators. 

N. B. The Galleries were afterward examined, and there appeared no 

Mr. Clapp's frail nature gave way Dec. 28, 1747; his age was 
then 30 years, G months and 28 days. The generation who knew 
him and sat under his preaching liave passed away, but tradition has 
uniformly given hira a most excellent character. Not a syllable has 
been handed down to us to his disadvantage; he was respected and 
beloved. The following is the inscription on his gravestone in the 
burying ground at Burlington. 



Here lie interred tlie Remains of the 

Rev"* Mr. Scpplt Clap, lute Pastor 

of the 2°^ Church of Christ in Woburn 

Who departed this Life 

Dec the 28"', 1747, 

in the 37"" Year of hia age, 

and the 13* of liis Ministry. 

He was a good Cliristian, and a faithful 

Pastor, aud beii)g dead Yet Speaketh, 

Especially to the People that were 

his Charge, Saying, remember how 

Ye have received and heard, & 

hold fast. 

After Mr. Clapp's decease, his tridow^ removed to Boston. He 
left a will, dated Dec. 6, 1747. The estate was valued at £3396. 
0. 6. Among tlie articlca or effects raentioned in the inventory, was 
"a sickly negro man servant about 12 years old valued at <£300." 

Most of thia account of Rev. Supply is obtained from a letter writ- 
ten by Rev. Samuel Sewall, of Burlington, Mass., to tlic late Elisha 
Clapp, under date of Aug. 20, 1820. 

Children of Rev. Sdpplt and Martha (Fowle) Clapp: 

95. MARTnA,* b. Aug. C, 1738 ; d. in 1807. She m. James Thwing, 
and had children ; Nafhaniel, Supplff. James, lieltecca aud Samuel. 
Nathaniel had a family; Supply d. aged about 21 yrs. ; James 
was cashier of the Massachufietts Bank ; Rebecca m. William 
Furuess, aud Rev. William II. Furiiess, D.D., of Philadelphia, 
is their son ; Samuel had a family, aud his son. Supply Clapp 
Thwing, is a mercbaut iu Boston. 

96. Sdpplt,* b. Jan. 3, 1742. He lived in Portsmouth, N. H., and 
was never married. He was a very respectable man, and a 
col&iiel iu the militia. On hia tombstone in Portsmouth, is the 
following : 

The Rcmaius of Supply Clapp, Esq., are here deposittkl. 

His whole life uniformly correct anil praiseworthy. 

He died March 24, 1811, aged 69 years. 

Sweet Is the memory of the Just, 
When miDgleU witli ibcir kindred dast. 

97. Samuel,* born about June, 1745 ; m. Oct, 21, 17D0, Desire Lamb, 

of Boston ; d. in 1809. He lived in Boston, and Jid a large 
business as auctioneer, &c. 

These children of Rev. Supply* ever retained a gi'ateful recollec- 
tion of their native town; they made frequent visits to it, lingering 
about the spot which was the scene of their cfiild!if>od. About 1700, 
they presented the church, over wliicli tfieir father had labored, witii 
a large folio bible for the use of the pulpit. 




TFTOMAS* (Samud,^ Sumiicl,' Jigger*), youngest son of Samuel 
and Mary (Paul) Clapp, was born July 5, 1713; died Aug. 11, 1798. 
He was married, Sept, 16, 1735, to Elizabetli Preston, by whom he 
had ten children. She died May 25, 1770, aged 55 years. He 
married, second, Abigail Lane, Jan. 30, 1772, and she died N"ov. 20, 
1779. He was a very respectable man, and for a long time was sex- 
ton to the church in Dorchester. The foUowiug account of him was 
published in a Boston newspaper a short tirao after his decease: — 
" Died, at Dorchester, Mr. Thomas Clap, JE. 86. This venerable 
person was the oldest mati in the town. With tlie blessing of heaven 
upon his singular industry, frugality, temperance and piety, he en- 
joyed an almost uninterrupted share of health, until within a few 
weeks of his decease ; and was enabled to bring up comfortably a 
large family of children (seven of whom survive him) without ever 
owning so much as a quarter of an acre of land. For more than 60 
years, he has been a member of the Church, and during that time 
was but twice absent from the monthly communion of the Lord's 
Supper (and that was in his late sicklies.'?), amounting to more than 
700 participations. For half a century, ho walked almost every 
week to the Boston Tluirsduy lecture. Thirty-six years he was sex- 
ton to the town, and in that time interred one lliouaand and seventy- 
nine persons." He lived in a house near what is now the corner 
of Columbia and Hancock streets, on the east side, which was pulled 
down about 1836. He owned this house and first moved into it in 
November, 1743. When first married, he lived in a )ian of Capt. 
Preserved Capeu's house, and afterwards in the widow Paul's house. 
Within a few feet of the spot where his own house stood, his grand- 
daughter, widow Oliver Bird, erected a houso in 1844. 

Children of Thomas and Elizabeth (Preston) Clapp: 

+08. Thomas,* b. Aug. 14. 1736; d. Sept. 7, 1807, aged 71 rears. 
99. JAME8,' b. Nov. 17, 1737; d. Nov. 10, 1765. He probably en- 
listed in the army. 

100. Elizabeth," b. Feb. 28, 1739; drowned in a wash tub, May 7, 


101. Elizabeth," b. Nov. 28, 1741 ; m. Mr. Rumrill, of Roxbury. 

102. Samuel," b. Dec. 23, 1744 ; removed to Hanover. N. 11., and from 

thence to Royalston, JIasA. lie miirried, nnd hud children, 
Samuel,^ Anna,'' nnd Eiistah'us^; the first of whom is said to 
Iiave been killed bj' fulling from a load of hay. 

103. Daniel," b. Jan. 1 '►, 174C. He removed, with his brother Samuel, 

to Hanover, N. II., and Royalston. Mass. ; wa-s married, and bad 
three children : Daniel,'' Klhnhetli'* never married, and another 
daughter, name unknown. Ills wife d. Nov. 19, 1786. 

104. Charles." b. June 2.5, 1749; d. Aug. 14, 1752. 

105. Marv," b. March 26, 1752; m. Mr. Bagley, and lived in Williams- 





Sarah," b. Aug. 17, 1754; m. Thomas Lyon, of Dorchester. 
After her death, her husband, in 1841, when about 8(t yn. old, 
married another Sarah Chipp (b. 1794), dau. of Setb CJapp, of 
Dorchester, who is now (1875) wife of Josiah Davenport, of 

EsTUEB,' b. Feb. 21, 1757 ; m. George Davenport, May 24, 1780. 


PRESERVED' {Pfcserved,' P reserved* Roger'), oldest son of 
Capt. Preserved' and Mehitable (Warner) Clapp, was born July 28, 
n05. He married, Aug. 20, 1730, Sarah West and lived in Am- 
herst (or Hadtey), Mass. He died Oct. 18, 1758, aged 53 years. 

Children of Pheserved and Sarah (West) Clapp: 

-f 108. Preskrveij.* b. May 6, 1731. 

109. Sarah," b. Feb. 15, 1733 ; m. Jan. 13, 1751, Ebenezer Kellogg, 

of Aralierst. 

110. Lucv," b. Nov. 10, 1737 ; m. Jan. 4, 1760, Martin Smith. 

111. luKN-E," b. Nov. 12, 1740 ; ra. March 1, 1759, Noadiah Lewis, of 

Anilierst. She d. Oct. 10, 1830, aged 89 years. 

112. Miriam," b. June 25, 1743; d. Aug. 23, 1743. 

113. OnvEK." b. July 18, 1744; d. Oct. 25, 1832, aged 88 yeare. He 
m. Elizabeth Mattoon, sister of Gen. Mattoon, and aetlled in 
Amherst, She d. Oct. 27, 1830. Children : 

114. Olirer* m. Lucinda, dau. of Nathan Adama, of Levcrett. 
He d. at the age of 24 years. Issue : i, Oliver Morrison,'' 
who lived in Anilierst; m. May 10. 182G, Mary Ann, dau. of 
Asa F. Reed» M.D., and had: (1) An/iit Maria Porter^^ b. 
Sept. 8, 1827, m. Aug. 24, 1H52, John M. Burdwell, of Hart- 
ford, Ct.; (2) FAizabelh M.*' b. May. 1830, d. July 1, 1831 ; 
(3) CharUt JJ.," b. May 25, 1833. ' Liiciiid.i. after the death 
of her husband, Oliver Clapp," m. Asahel Blodgett. 

115. Preserved,^ b. Feb. 17, 1776; d. Sept. 2, 1776. 

116. Mary," b. about 1747. 

117. Timothy," bajitized May 21, 1749 ; m. Sarah Field, and settled in 
Amherst. lie left one daughter Pntti/* who m. Nov. 26, 1801, 
Elihu Behling, of Amherst, and was living in 1840. 

118. William," bap. Aug. 1752; was a clockmaker; m. and settled in 
Westminster. Children : 

119. Wesf* lived in Westminster, and left no family. 

120. 5tVaj," m. and had two sons, William'' and San/ordJ' 

— 63 — 

JOHN' {Pmerrcd* Preserved,* Rnger*), brother of the preceding, 
•was liorn in 1708. He married, Feb. 10, 1732, Eunice Parsons, 
and removed to Montague. He was a maa craiuent for his piety 
and his eloquence in prayer, and was rich in all the christian graces. 

Children of John and Eunice (Parsons) Clapp, of Montague: 
121. Eunice,* b. Feb. 15, 1733; m. May 9, 1754, Joseph Root. 



122. MEniTABi-E,' b. July 18, 1735 ; probably d. young. 
+ 123. John,* h. March 3, 1738. 

12i. Mahtha,' b. Oct. 4, 174:0 ; was called Patty; probably lived to 
grow up, but never married. 

125. Daniel,' h, Aug. 7, 1743. lie was for many years deputy She- 
riff iu old Humpshire county. lie miirricd Root, and had 

two sons and ten daufjhtera. The sons were : 

126. Parsons* b. iu 1772; d. Fob. 27, 18-54. Hem. in 1796, 
Phebe Wells ; lived in old SpringfiL-kl when he was a young 
man, and was deputy Sheritl". The latter part of his lite he 
resided in MoTitajjue, and died in Wilmington. Children: 
1. Henry Welfs," h. in 1798; d. April, 1861); he m. first, in 
1823, Eliza Baldwin; second, June 28, 1833, Ann C Hil- 
liard. A goldsmith by trade; was once in business in 
Newark, N. J., subsequently iu the city of New York, and 
aflerwanls iu Greenfield ; at his death he left a large estate. 
Children by first wife: (1) Caroline* b. about 1824, m. Hon. 
Daniel W. Alford, and d.soou after; (2) Coriie/ia*; (3) ffeitry 
ZffiWjrin,' killed in battle in 1862; {\) Elizahelh Johnton.* 
Children by second wife : (5) Frederick* b. May 18, 1834, 
in, April 15, 1863, Ella Pierre, of Boston ; (Ct) Jfenrt'efta,* h. 
Nov. 23, 1830, d. Nov. 21. 1854; (7) Smeline,^ b. June 20, 
1838, d. Sept. 14, 1849; (8) habeliu,' b. Jan. 15, 1840, m. 
July 15, 1864, Francis B. Kussell, who d. of consumption 
in 1868. ii, Dmiicl,' liv. in Charlestown, N.H. iii. liohert^ 
tn. and lived in Ohio. \\, William^ ra. and lived in Saratoga, 
N. Y.; was a tanner by trade, and was blind for many years. 
V, Lois //!,' lived in Springfield. \\, Benjamin Winthropt 
a jeweller in New York citv; m. in 1836, Marv B. Hill. 
Children; {{) Mary Eiizahilh* b., Feb. 1837; (2) Wmiam 
IM* b. iu 183i), d. in 1844; (3) Samuel Dennett* b. Dec 
1810. Til. John r.,' lived in N. York city; m. June, 1846, 
Mary Cascaden, and bad one chikl, Charles Augustus,* b. in 

127. WintJtrop* was a Captain ; by trade a carpenter ; m. and had : 
i. Nelson,'' b. about 1806 ; was a farmer. II. Julius,'' a car- 
penter by trade, and removed south. ili. Horace,'' was also 

" a carpenter. iT. William.'' 

128. Solomon,' h. in 17.51 ; d. Sept. 15, 1838. He m. first, March 5, 

1781, Luia Bardvvell, who d, June 30, 1789 ; second, in 1 804, 
, widow Anna Allen, of Bernardston, who d. Slarch 21, 1842. 

He was a Captain. Children by first wife: 

129. Mehitable,* b. JIarch 5, 1782 ; m. Sept. 10, 1805, Benjamin S. 

130. Polly," b. April 3, 1784; d. in 1787. 

131. Henry," h. in 1786; d. Sept. i), 1838. He was non compos, 
and never married. 

132. Etiphaz,^ b. Feb. 2, 1788 ; m. Nov. 21, 1811, Charlotte Gunn. 
Children: i. Mani^ b. Dec. 3, 1812; m. June, 1850, Henry 
Slate; d. April 24, 1864. ii. WcUinyton,^ b. Sept. 19, 1816; 
m. Cornelia T. Plund), of Charlestown, N. H.; was afterwards 
a merchant iu New York city. Children : ( 1 ) Emma," b. July 
24, 1845, m. Jan. 10, 1866, Robert Cochran, of New York; 



(2) Henry,* b. March IC, 1847; (3) Frederic," b. Au^. 19, 
1851, in Manchester, Eng., m. Jan. 1, 1872, Emma A. Mans- 
field, lives in Iowa, and has a son, Frederick W„* b. April 22, 
1873 ; (4) Cornelia,^ b. Jan. 13, 1853 ; (5) Edward* b. June 
26, 1854, d. Sept. 19, 1854 ; (6) Lmdsa Burnham,* b. June 
4, 1858 ; (7) Wdlimjfon,^ b. July 6, 1860. iiJ. Salmon,'' b. 
Sept. 24, 1817; m. Dec. 21, 1848, Harriet Burnett, of Mor- 
gan CO., Alabama, and liad one son who d. an infant ; was a 
physician in Calbert, Lowndes co., Miss., where he died July 
10, 1852. ir. Richard,'' b. Nov. 29, 1819 ; is a farmer in Mon- 
tague; m. Oct. 7, 1847, Eunice A. Slate, and had: (1) Cor- 
nelia Maria,* b. March 17, 1849 ; (2) Richard Leitfhton^^ b. 
March 21, 1851; (B) Harriet,^ b. July 28,1853; (4)J/ary 
Ulizabet^ h. Ja.n. 26, 1856; (5) Walter," b. April 6, 1858, 
d. May 15, 1859; (6) Charks WeUingtoiiy^ b. Jan. 4, 1863. 
V. Charlotte Warner,^ b. Dec. 16, 1829 ; m. Oscar W. Dean, 
and lived in Townsend, Vt. vi. De WiU CUiUoit,^ b. Nov. 9, 
1835; m. Aug. 19, 1850, Polly A. Cnittenden ; merchant 
in Iowa City. Iowa. Children: (I) Edtcj/ Clinton,' b. iu 
Brooklyn. N. Y., June 7, 1851 ; (2) Charles De WiU,» b. in 
Brookljn, Dec. 9, 1854; (3) Lewis VTiniums,^ b. iu Dundee, 
N. Y., Sept. 23, 1857 ; (4) Harriet Agnes,* b. Dec. 4, 1858 ; 
{^b) Robert Noble,* b. Feb. 21, 1861 ; (6) George Lyman,»h. 
March 13, 1806, d. Aug. 22, 1866; the last three born in 
Iowa City. Eliphaz' and Charlotte had two other children 
who died young. 

133. ELinr,' m. Jane B , who d. Dec, 17, 1840. Children: 

J34. Thadxitiit,'' b. Sept. 15, 1779 ; d. Sept. 13, 1854. He m. May 
10, 1808, Nancy Ruggles, who d. April 3, 1848. He was a 
farmer in Montague. Children: i, Zenas,'h. Oct. 17, 1810; 
• m. Sept. 14, 1822, Pamelia Clay. If. Sybil T.,' b. Sept. 19, 
1812. ili. Funice A'.,'' b. Feb. 1, 1814; d. Aug. 24, 1843. 
IV. Marg Ann,'' h. July 10, 1817. 

1 35. EHhu,* bedridden for more than thirty years. 

136. Noadialt,* d. unmarried. 

137. Pamelia* 

138. Susan,* m. Mr. Root, father of Col. Root. 

139. Eleaxoic,* probably d. young. 

140. Sarah,* d. iu infancy. 


ELIPHAZ* (Preserved* Prcserml,^ Roger'), brother of the pre- 
ceding, was born in 1711. He married Rachel Parsons about 1743, 
and had six daughters but no sons that lived to grow up. He died 
about 1783, and his wife died July 11, 1762, 

Cliildren of Euphaz and Rachel (Parsons) Clatp, of Northamp- 

141. Rachel.* 

142. Naomi,* b. May 4, 1744. 

143. Eliphaz,* b. Jan. 29, 1746 ; d. Aug. 28, 1748. 


Ml. Elijah/ h. April 23, 1748; d. July 24, 174'J. 
Hr,. MiNuwKLi,,' l>. Feb. 23, 1749. 
M<i. Miriam," b. .Inn. 25, 1751. 
147. KiioDA,* b, Aug. 2'J, 1753. 
HH. Mauuahkt," b. April 1, 1756. 

Oho of tht! duughters d. July, 1748. 


KZIIA' {Vmcrvcd,' Preferred,* fioger'), youngest son of Captaiu 
IVi)8orvoil uiid McliilAbio (Warner) Clapp, was born May 20, 1716. 
VVifii Mar^rtret, and he removed to Westfleld. 

<;iiildrcii of K/.HA and wife Margaret Clapp: 

1411. Moult/ m. Klibu Emerson. 
!r»(l. Mauoakkt," m. Mr. Sbepard. 
UO. Dni.i.Y." in. Mr. Atwuter. 

IA2. I.YI»IA.» 

4-lAJJ. K/.KA,* b. Mny 24, 1760; d. Juno 17, 1838. 

I<li4. CllAULOTTK.* 


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HAMUKIj* (Samiifl," Prcjicrvcd,'' Roger^), son of Samuel and his 
lliii'tl wii'ii, Mary (Sheldon) Clapp, was !>orn Xov. II, 1711. He 
iiiiinidil, Nov. 2'd, 1732, Mindwell, daughter of Waitstill Strong, of 
NiirthiiinpdKi, and romovcd, about 1744, to Southauipton, where he 

diud, Auk -«. n7r). 

Cliildroii of Samubk and Mindwell (Strong) Clapp: * 

-|-lfl5. Kluaii,' b. May 3, 1736. 

--150. Jkiiikv," (or Ahiel), b. Aug. 25, 1738. 

--l.'»7. TiMoTiiv," h. Aug. U>, 1740; m. Rachel Bascom. 

158. 8am 1 1 Ki.." b. Nov. 8, 1742; <1. May 10,1761; was a lieutenant ; 
nu Siiruh Pureoim, and btul a son : 
l5y. Murtln," h. about 1778, who m. Lucretia Faruham, of Bland- 
ford, iiiid bad: i. Clnrissa,'' h. Juu. 1, 1807, and d. yonng. 
II. ClariisaJ li. Oct 28, 180[) ; m. Aug. 30, 1846, Solomon 
Todd, of Kastliamptdii. lil, Samuel F.,' b. Sept. 17, 1811 ; 
ni. Nov. 26, 1836, ChJoc E. Waters ; is a mason, in Hartford, 
Cl. ; has two sous, lltrum S* and Jolm IF".,* the former of 
whom ni. Oct. 17, 18G0, Maria J. Stedman, and had a son 
WiUhtiH,^ b. iMardi 16, 1864. \y, Martin Pargong,'' b. June 
27, 1814; m. April 26, 1860, Alniira 8. Finch, and had a 
daughter. Huttie Jieff," h. April 3, 1861, d. April 12. 1861. 
T, Asa B.,' b. Feb. 3, 1817 ; m. Ehira Sackett. tI. Sarah,^ 
h. M.arch 21), 1819 ; d. Jsin. 27, 1860; m. Nov., 1850, Ring 
Pomeroy. \U, Keziafi F.,^ b. May 8. 1821 ; not m. in 1870. 
Tilt. Hevlvn: b. Nov. 4, 1823. Ix, Eunice,'' b. April, 1826. 
X. Elizabeth,^ b. Aug. 1827 ; m. Daniel Knight. 

+160. SELAH,»b. May 16, 1744; d. May, 1794. 



161. PnniEAS,*b. Dec. la, 1745; d. in 1816; wife Prinus, and had: 
1 (>2. Phitieas,'' ivlio had two sons Sitlmon' and Hophnf, 

163. Robhuon.^ b. Jan. 23, 1775; d. Aug. 7, 1815; m. Nov. 14, 
I7yu, Ruth Toplilf;and hiid : \, Princess,^ h. Dec. 9, 1800, 
m. Stephen Wolcott ; il, Li/dia,'' b. Sept. 29, 1804 ; iif. Jtttst- 
ttrtj b. July 27, 1807, m. Thomas Howard; lY,Altriira L,y 
b. An«. 8, 1810; ?, Maty 7'.," b. May 14, 1812. 

164. ira/;/»H? m. and had i i, //w/jAwiV b. July 20, 1801; d. April 
12, 185G ; a farmer; m. Oct. 31, 1850, Mary E. Fuller, of 
Southampton, b. Jan. 12, 1825, and had: (1) Calvin //.,* b. 
Jan. 26, 1852; (2) Horace £.,« b. June 14, 185G. 

165. MiNDWELL,^ b. Oct. 10, 1747; m., in 1772, Solomon Strong. 

1G6. Mart,* b. in 1749 ; m, Bela Parsons. 

167. Moses,' b. in 1751 ; m. and had : 

168. Rmsell,^ b. Jan. 28, 1784 ; d. Oct. 16, 1820; m. Sibbil Baker, 
of Westbainpton, and removed to Otisco, N. Y. Children : 
I. Sibilla P.,'' h. March 8, 1810; m. March 5, 1832, Horace 
E. Strong, and had three children. |j. Muses,'' b. March 10, 
1812; m. July 4, 1837, Alraira Russell. Children: (l)Ofis 
Baker, ^ h. Aug. 20, 1842, a carriage maker in Southampton, 
m. Nov. 12, 1867, Sarah A. Burt ; (2) Dwif/ht Moses,* b. June 
5, 1846; a dentist in Boston ; m. May 8, 1872, Clara Jo- 
sephine Simonils. Ill, Rtissell,^ b. Nov. 2, 1813 ; m. Dec. 28, 
1837, Masamilla Heath, and they settled in South Mil- 
ford, Indiana- Children: (l") Andrews i?.,' b. Blarch 15, 
1840, is a carpenter, and lives in Indiana, m. May 28, 
1801, Eliza J. McClughen; (2) Timothy,^ b. Jan. C, 1845, 
d. Jan. 7, 1845 ; (3) Sybil L.^ b. June 3, 184G ; m. Dec 24, 
1861, Mr. Oliver Wright. \y.Ariemas^ b. July 29, 1816. 
T, Timothy 0.'' b. Aug. 30, 1818 ; was adopted by Amos Le«, 
and took the name of Timothy O. Lee ; m. and had five chil- 
dren. Tl. Eunice ZJ.,' b. Sept. 13, 1820 ; m. May 10, 1848, 
James E. Strong, and lived at Huntsburg, Ohio. 

169, NATHANtEL,* d. May 23, 1825 ; m. Rebekah Searle, and had: 

170. Naf/ianiel^^ d. young. 

171. Reheckah,'' b. .Sept. 4, 1804; m. Oct. 3, 1827, Aretus Pomroy, 

of Southampton. 

172. Chaiincy," b. Jan. 12, 1807 ; m. Nov. 29, 1826, Fidelia Miller, 
of W. Springtield, and had : I. Chauncy jtf".,' b. Nov. 9, 1827 ; 
d. Dec. 20, 1853. it, Eunice C.,' b. Oct. 3, 1831 ; m. June 
3, 1852, Flavel K. Sheldon; d. July 18, 1861. W\, Delia 
Ann,'' b. Feb. 1, 1837 ; m. June 16, 1858, Henry C. Strong. 
iV. Jennet M.,^ h. June 30, 1839 ; d. Aug. 3, 1840. V. Fran- 
cis D.: b. Julv ly, 1842 ; d. Sept. 19, 1846. Tl. Jennei M.J 

b. March 9, 1847; d. Jan. 11, 1848. 
173. Leucel.* 



70 — 

SETH* {Samud,* Prta^rti,* Roger'}, brother of the preceding, 
was born Jvij 14, 1716. Wile Ba&er, and be lived in Northamp- 
ton, where be died Jnlj 4, 1754. 

Children of Skeh and wife Esthbb Clafp : 

174. Ajusa,* b. Jane 28, 1743; vm Lieak-Cbfanel, and naioTed to 

Chesterfield ; m. Mid bad duMien : 

175. £ra* m. Jadith WeU, and Uved io Chesterfield. 

176. SalrnoH.* 

177. Mabt,' b. Jan. 18, 174-; ai. ia 1778, Nathanid Edwards, of 

NorduunptoD, being his Moond wife. 

178. ESTHEB,* d. July 6, 1745. 

179. SBTH,»b. May, 3, 174G; d. April 13, 1814; m. Feb. 28, 1771, 

Esther Rust. He was a carpenter, and lived in Northampton. 

180. Chester.* 

181. SeUt'h. March 3, 1772; d. Nov. 1823; m. Thankful Starr, 
and lived in Northampton. Bad a daughter Marif Antty^ b. 
Nov. 27, 1804, who m. Henrv Strong in 1830. 

182. &t/)er* b. March 2, 1774 ; d."Feb. 6, 1861 ; m. Elijah Cook, 
of Northampton. 

188. Spmeer*h. Dec. 3, 1777; d. in the winter of 1815-16; m. 
Diana Phelps, and lived in Northampton. 

184. LutAer* b. Nov. 21, 1779 ; d. Jan. 10, 1803, on the borders o£j 
the Mississippi. 

185. Paulina* b. June 16, 1782 ; d. onm. Oct. 6, 1834. 

186. iyrfiVi," b. Oct. 25, 1784; d. Dec 2, 1818 ; m. Mr. Emerson, 
of Newbnryport. 

187. Antel," b. Feb. 13, 1788; d. Sept 1 1, 1866 ; m. Ennice Wright, 
and lived in Westhampton. Children: i< Lutiitr^ b. Oct. 
19, 1819; m. June 24. 1845, Harriet P. Stedman ; clergy- 
man in Wisconsin; had children: (I) I/arriet P.* h. Aug. 
19, 1846, and m. Henry Watner; (2) Emma L^ b. July 3, 
1848; (3) Mary J.,« b. April, 1850: (4) Wardlaw Anul* 
b. April 5, 1853; (5) &ir<th B.? b. Nov. 29, 1855; (6) 
Grace D. W.* b. Oct. 24, 1859. ii. Reuben Wright,'' b. 
Sept. 19, 1821 ; farmer in Wcsthampton ; m. Susan T. Burt, 
and had children: (1) Ellen Uuise* b. Feb. 15, 1854; (2) 
Laura Hale,^ b. Feb. 19, 1856; (3) George Burt* h.'Sov. 
3, 1857; (4) Ltjtnan Wright* b. Sept. 5, 1859 ; (5) Martha 
Prances," b. March 30, 1862; (6) Eihcin Bistien*h. May 17, 
1864; (7) Susan Marin," b. Dec 7, 1866, d. .Sept. 15, 1809 ; 
(8) Mary Anna* b. Nov. 26, 1868. iii. Harriet F.,' b. Jan. 
9, 1825 ; d. unm. in 1871. |r. Sophia,^ b. March 29, 1828 ; 
m. June 17, 1858, Alfred D. Montague. 

188. Sovhiu," (twin with Ansel") b. Feb. 13, 1788; m. Spencer 
Clark, of Northampton. 

189. Belindas' 

190. pAt I.,' probably the Paul Cl.ipp who was a soldier at the siege i 
(Quebec, ill Capt. llubburd'ii company, and was taken prisoner. 

191. CATnAKINK.* 


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EBENEZER' {Samud,' Preserved,' Roger'), youngest son of 
Samuel and Mary (Sheldou) Clapp, was born Oct. 13, 1726. He 
married Catharine Catlin, who died April 21, 1798. They lived in 
Northampton. He waa a soldier in Capt. Phincaa Stevens's compa- 
ny ia 1746, and waa in tho light with the French and Indians at 
No. 4 (now Charlestown, N. H,). He was also in Capt. William 
Lyinan'a company, and was out io the service in tho month of No- 
vember, 1747. Ue died Sept. 22, 1797. According to the Rocordi^ 
of Decrlield, there waa an Ebenezer Clapp who married Katharine 
Catlin, Jan. 10, 1750. 

Children of Ebexezer and Cathabine (Catlin) Clapp: 

4-iy2. Ebenezer,' d. about 1810. 

193. Esther,* m. Asahel Clapp (No. 280), grandson of Roger, Jr., of 

194. Oliver,' settlcfl in Westbampton, and m. three times, his third 
wife being a Mrs. Smith. Children : 

195. Richard,'^ m. Anna Alford, moved to Ohio, had a large family, 
and d. there. Cliildren : [, Martha^ m. David Ring, and 
d. before 1870. tl, Maria^ m. Mr. Dimoc. ill. Lucinda^ 

m. first, George Chiliin ; m. second, Parsons. IVi 

Asejtith,'' m. George Bell. ?, Anna^ d. before 1870. vl. 
ChrUtopher €.,'' b. in .Jericho, Vt., May 30, 1799; d. Dec. 
1808; m. first, Harriet Colson ; m. second, Clara M. Bond; 
remove<l to Onondaga Co., Vt., about 1820. Cbil. : (1 ) Mm 
T.,' b. March 22. 1823 ; (2) Celiu A.,' b. Sept. 8, 1827 ; (.'J) 
Horace C," h. July 9, 1829 ; (4) Oscar S.,« b. Aug. 28, IS.^l, 
d. Nov. 14, 1832 ; (.'>) I^uisa MJ b. Nov. 0, 1 833 ; (6) Orson 
S^" b. April 7, 183fi; {1) Irving F.* b. June 10, 1838; 
(8) Jsaac HJ h. Oct. 15, 1840; v||. Olirer,'' m. Melissa 
Wait. Till. Philena,'' m. Willium Cook. iXt CHinena^ m. 
Gilson Judd. X, Caroline^ m. Lnther Raiiiie}-. 

196. Charks,'^ son of second wife, went to Ohio, m. and bad: i. 
Sylvesleri' who married. W, Sophia,'' and ilf, Eliza^ both of 
whom married. 

197. Martha,'^ m. ZenaA Wright, of Northampton, and had five 

198. Dorothy,* b. March 15, 1757 ; d. Dec. 28, 1830; m. March Ifi, 
1783, Medad Parsons, and hafl three children. 

199. Eliou,' b. June 21, 1701 ; d. Aug. 8, 1845; farmer at Northamp- 
ton; m. in 1800, Jane B«Munroe. Chililreu; 

200. Harriet,'' b. July 27, 1801 ; m. Oct. 6, 1830, David W. Willard, 
of Spriugliehl, and d. soon after. 

201. Letris,* b. Sept. 18, 1803; d. April 9, 1809. 

202. David Mtinrof,'^ b. .Sejit. 22, 1800, in Northampton; d. March 
29, 1875 ; ni. Lydia F. Rice, and had : !■ Harriet^ b. Sept. 15, 
1838; d. Feb. 7, 1839. II, Jane A,' b. May 20, 1841. Hi. 
Frederic,' b. June 18, 1843. Iv. Harriet Louise,'' b. Oct. 29, 

203. Thomas,' m. Diadema Kellogg, and settled in We&tbumpton ; d. 
in 1798. Children: 



204. Henry* h. Nov. 7. 1789 ; liriag u Nofd^aptoo ia 1870; 

Aug. 17, 1815, Xsorr Boot, and had: |. rjtnax J,' h, i«g. 
^. IHKJ: ■ farmer in Nortbani|N4M ; m. Afvil 30, 
Cyiiilim 8ftci«!t, who died, and be m. ■rriiiiil. May 19, : 
Aii>.'cliiie C. Adams, and had: (1) KAaarJ 
r.l,. W, 18J1. U, .\W»on,' b. Jtme 2, 1819; aCtfmeri 
.Noiiliuinptou: uuuuirried ui 1870. Oi. Hemrg^ b. Felk IS, 
18'ii'i: a farmer iu Northampton: la. ixxati II, 184!^, Eliu 
Ajiu IWllett. Ir, Anton Morris^ b. Maj 10, 1^4; «j 
joiner in Nortliitiiiptou ; m. June 9, 186d, Mmam Alliiif,! 
ami have: (I) Mary A'./ b. June SO, 1868. t. i^iir ■/ h 
.Miiri-li 'iH, I8;!7; a farmer iu Northamptcm : za. Oct. It, 
lH<j<i, .lulinctt« Amelia ilellen, and have: (1) Urmry JL,* 
h. .iuur 2H, 1863; (2) Jnna JtttiaetU,* h. Dec 21, 186& 
TIi .y»/in C/inpin,'' b. July 10, 1831 ; a mecfaauic in NoirtluuB»> 
ton; III. Ilultlnli Miirtiudale. 
yi):». Jamf*," <lim<l in 187(1. 

una. A/orri*; dcfwl ia 1870. 

li07. 'J'/ioifiai,* Tliorf; wiw a Thomas Qapp who m. Pbebe BlatA- 

mini in 18] I ; (lead in 1870. 
808. MWf'HiM." (Ibud in 1870. 
Nvi,VANt;«,* I), ill I7r.4 ; il. April 14, 1847, aged 83 yean. 
('lCl•ItA^* II. i'\'b. 17. 17C.G. 
yil. WiiiJAM,' li. Juii. 1-1, 17C7; d. Dec. 8,1839, unmarried. He 
HUM II very I'couiitric man and traded in cattle, which be was rerr 
nkilliil ill Hnjiiijliiig; UHfd to drive them to Boston.* 
fix. John,' proljiibly m. Lucy Clark, April 24, 1797. and settled in 
Niirllminjit^jtt. Had quite a tamily of children, but di«d a 
('oiii|iiii'itlivc')y yoiuif; man. A sou, J.uciu** m. and bus duldren. 

I- 210. 

_ 73 — 

"RnillOtl* (/^'A"■^' Pirnnml,* Rofrer'), oldest son of Roger anc 
Mli/.iiix'tli (HmlUll) ('lu|i|i, of Northampton, was born April 3, 1708. 
Ito ji<iiM»vi?iJ tti Soiitlmiiipton. llo was in the aru)_v in 1748-49, in 
dm n'KiiiKiiit tiinli'f lliu cummniitl of Major Israel Williams. Wife 

(Jliljtlroii i»f Il*j(JKU Mill wife Ann Clai'p, of Soutliamptoti : 

-]-at.'i. AiiNicii,* b. in I7;i7! d, Dec. .5, 1800. 
-f 211. Juki.,* b. in 17.'17. twin bmllior of Abner. 
•i\:>. Ann,» b. Doi'., 21, 171-. 
210. Ki.i/Aiirrii.' • 

217. AiiKi.iii.,'' b. Jill). 20, 174o; m. iu 1779, John Strong, a farmer „. 
H(iullmui|it(>ii, boiiig his necond wife. Tiiov were pai-ents of the 
Ituv. Lyman Strong. She d. Feb. 10, 1821. 

• It !■ iKliiiril of hliti lliiii nil one occnslon wliile drlvlnff sheep to Boston on Sunday, in 
|m««liil( n I liiinli iIiirliiK (llvliic m-rvlcc, one of llie slieep, t>cin>? tired, fRii Into tlie chorrh, 
mill woiilil iiui ooiiic out. IRi irti'il tu tend u lioy In itluT It, liiit die boy wiu ehy and h-ohiJ 
not \iii, K<i ill- wfiit liliiKiiir, I'liiiKlit tliv Klice]) nnil wns hriiiftiriit it out, ivlien the niiiiinler 
icmiirkfil to liliii, "Vhc Iinisi Iuib more respect t/» (lie lir)ii.>-e of God thnii yon." To wliic-li 
liu nipllcd, " 'Die Sci-ljiiuie icll!i us the shcop ore to bo seporntcU from the goats ! " 



218. Roger,* b. Aug. 20, 1747 ; d. in 1816 ; wife Zeruiah. Children : 

219. Dennis* m., and went West; returned and d. in Southampton. 

220. littsselJ,'^ h. Mareh 7, 178() ; ni. Oct., 1811, Louisa, d.iu. of Dea- 

con Roswell Strong, of Soutli;ini|)ton ; removed ta Liberty, 
Ohio, was a farmer there, snid d. in Derember, IH'ii. His 
wife d, April 9, 1855. Their chiklreu were: i, E/m'lij Bis- 
seU;' h. Nov. 14, 1813 ; m. Lester W. Cook. It. Charles W.,^ 
b. Jan. 22, 1817 ; was ediieated at Western Reserve College ; 
settled as minister over several churches, and in 1SG4 wais 
Prof, of Rhetoric .ami Literature in Iowa College ; ni. 
184111, Jane P., dau. of John Passet, of New Haven, Cu, and 
had five children, of whom the two eldest sons were in Col- 
lege in 1870. iii, Riuseil Kellogi)^ b. Oct. 5, 1823 ; m. Jnly, 
1852, Amtdia Chuigli ; a farmer in Liberty, Ohio, and had 
children: (I) Theodore S.," b. July 2, 1853 ;' (2) Jmnk I^u- 
isa,' b. July 14, 1855. Ix, Sarali Amanda,^ b. Oct. 1, 1828; 
m. John E. Gowdrick. 

221. Ihtfus C." 

222. Afiffeline.'^ 

223. Anii,'^ m. Simeon Lvman. 

224. Sidli/,'^ h. June, I7«8; ra. first, Auj^.. 1808, Bela Strong, who 

d. Jan. llj, 1819; second, Aaron Parsons, of Kastham])ton. 
Shed. Sept. 11, 1848. 

225. Tirzalt,^ ni. Barnabas Pomroy. 

226. Stephen,^ b. Dec- 10, 1749 ;. was a soldier in the Revolutionary 

War; was in the vicinity of Bnstoii, and d. there Aug. 25, 1775. 
His kinsmen in Dorclicsler hud his remains brought to that 
town and laid in the old buryiug-gromid, where a gi-avestone 
was erecteiJ to his memory. 

227. Lydia,^ b. Aug. 25, 1752. 

228. Pebez," b. June 14, Mftl ; m. first, Mary, dau. of Rev. Joseph 

Strong, of Williamsburg, Mass. ; second wile, not ascertained. 
Children by first wife : 

229. Polly,' b. Oct. 22, 1785 ; m. Stephen Pomroy ; d. Dec. 24, 


230. Perez Mann.^h. May 5, 1788; d. unm. Oct. 11, 1815. 

231. Fanny* b. Nov. 2.3, 1790 ; m. Hon. Linus llagg. 

232. Bets^* b. March 2, 1793 ; m. Thomas Lymtui. 

233. Jane* b. March 28, 1795 ; ni. Luther Colton, of Marcellus, 

N. Y. 

234. Clarissa,^ b. Jan. 7. 1798 ; m. Moses Lyman, of Cheater, N. H. 

Children by second wife : 

235. Mehitable," m. Mr. Arnold. 

236. Joseph B.* ia a lawyer in Brooklyn, N. Y. 

JONATHAN' {Roger,'' Prenarai; Roger'), son of Roger and 
Elizabeth (Bartlett) Clapp, of No2-thamptoii. and brother of the pre- 
ceding, was born in 1113; removed to Easthampton, being one of 
the first settlers of llio town. He married Submit Strong, and hac 
a large family of children, ail of whom married and lived to be ove* 



jeara of ■ge. He was a man of great energy of character, and 
proaiiBent in all matters connected with the earlj settleroeot 
EsBtkampton. He lived with liis uncle, Joseph Bartlctt, and, 
elped liim carnr on the ancient mill. Mr. Bartlett, having no ch\li 
^tSrcn of his ovn, gave the mill to bis nephew Jonathan, who also^ 
kept a hotel at Easthampton. He was a Mogor in the milit 
He died May 10, 17S2, aged 69 years. 

Children of Josathah and Scbmtt (Strong) Ci.iPP : 

--237. JoxATHAX.'bc Oct. 8, 1735, 

- -238. JosBPQ.* h. Nov. 3, 1736. 

--239. BKXjAim.'b. Dec. Ifi, 1738; A. Nov. 8, 1815. 

240. ScBMiT,* b. CX>(. 14, 1741 ; m. Awhel Clark, of Easthamptnn. 

241. Ha.vnah.' b. Jnne 15, 1742 ; m. Elias Ljman. They kept a tarern 

iu Nortiiam|iCou iu I7C4. 

242. LccY,' b. Aug. 1714; m- in 1764, Samuel Kellogg, of Williams- 


243. Rhoda,* b. Dec. 19, 1746 ; m. Col. Daniel Whittemore. 

244. Lois,* b. Oct. 1748; m. first, JooatluiD Lyman, and sccon*], CWpt 

Joseph Day, of West Springfield. 

245. Phebe,' b. Lq 1749; m. Joseph White, of Springfield; moved to 

Caoiillus, N- Y. 

246. BEi;i.An.* bapt. Dec. 30, 1750; m. B«v. Solomon AUen, of| 
Brighton, N. Y., ancestor of Phineas ^^Jlen, for nearly sixty ' 
years oiitor of the Pittsfield Sun. 

247. Merab,* bapt. Oct. 19, 1755; m. EUsha Allen, of Pittsfield ; and 
for second husband, in 1805, Oliver Root, of Conway. 

— re-— 

AARON* {Roger, ^ Preserved* Roger'), brother of the preceding, 
wa3 born Jan. 30, 1715. He married Jemima Bartlett, and moved 
to what is now Easthanipton. 

Children of Aaron and Jemima (Bartlett) Olapp: 

248. Aaron,* b. April 5, 1748 ; m-, and moved to the western part of 
New York State in 1808, and had: 
249. Aaron,*^ b. June 6. 1771 ; d. May 1, 1830; m. Feb. 16, 179a. 
Rebecca, dau. of Noah Strong, of Westhampton, b. April 19, 
1770, and d. Aug. 31, 1834. They resided in Easthampton. 
Children: I. Oclavia,^ b. SepU, 1799; d. Oct. 1801. ff. 
Aaron^ b. Aug. 26, 1801; lived in Hartford, Ct; m. June 
22, 1829, PrisciUa Uurlburt ; d. Nov. 18, 18C0. Chil: (1) 
Thomas //.,* b. ftLirch 10, 1830. d. about ISS.T; (2) Harriet 
Z>.,»b. April 24, 1831, d. July, 1832; {S) Harriet D.,* h, 
Aug, 1, 1832, m. Jan., 1854, James H. Warner, and had 
one son and one daughter; (4) Jane,' h. in 1835, d. Sept. 8, 
1839 ; (5) Isahella J.* b. Feb. 22, 1845, in. Nov. 30. 1871, 
Henry B. Starr, of New York : (6) Anna S.,' b. Sept. 22, 
1847, m. Bvrou J. Bene<lict, of Cortland, N.Y. Hi. Octavia.,^ 
b. June 4, 1803; m. Feb. 12. 1837, Jjired C. Burdick ; d. 
Nov. 18, 18G4. |y. Rebecca,^ b. Aug. 28, 1805 ; m. July 3, 



1828, at EastliamptoTi, Ahram Temple, and ha(i four children. 

▼ . HannnA,'' b. Sept. I8(»7 ; d. Dec. 18KJ. Vl. Jioland 5./ b. 

Oct. 26, 1809; d. in New Haven, Aug. 5, 1843, unra. Vll. 

JSunice J.,' b. Oct. 28, 181 1 ; m. Lewis B. Page. Till. Ifan. 

nah^ b. Feb. 3, 1816; m. first, SepL 4, 1831), Leauder C. 

Buriiham, and had two children. 

250. Alaiuun* m Luddiugton. 

261. ^^ar^M*.* m., and lived in New York State; had a daughter 

Electa, who m. Lysander C Avery. 

252. Ira? 

253. Nathan* m 

264. Atlolphua* 

255. Beld^ m. Electa Packard, and left sons : \, Beta? II. Sumner J 

ill. SfebbinsJ 

256. Benom.'^ 260. Jemima* 

257. Harvey* 261. LotnsaJ* 

258. Diodema* 2G2. Daughter* 

259. Phebe* 263. Daughter* 

264. David,' b. Sept, 9, 17'>0; probably lived in Kasthampton with 

his father. He murried, and left at least one son, Pomeroy.* Ha 
is said to have Ijeen killed iu the revolutionary war. 

265. Jemima,' b. Oct. 26. 1752; m, Paul Sheldon. 
26G. AcusAH,' m. John Duvoy. 

267. Levi," b. in 1760; a revolutionary soldier; m. three times; his 
third w. was Elizabeth .Jiidd, of South Hadley, b. in 1771, d. in 
1856; lived in SDUtbainfiton. Children: 

268. Levi* b. Feb. 24, 1784 ; d. Jan. 20, 185G; m. Dec. 31, 1805, 
Phebe, dan. of Benjamin Clap[i,audhad : I, Lucius^ h. April 
16, 1808; m. April 24, 1833, Sopbronia Clark; lived in 
Easthampton ; a farmer. Cliildreii : (1) Zwry J/.,' b. March 
1, 1834; m. March 1, 1859, George W. Mc Williams, of 
Deer Ridge, Mo.; (2) Lucia Ann* b. Jan. 22, 1838. 11. 
Achsah,^ b. Aug. 11, 1814; m. April 12, 1852, James H. 
Lvman. ill. Levi Austin,'' h. Dec. 30, 1819 ; d. Oct. 28, 

269. AngeUne,* b. Jane 14, 1813 ; m. Jonas Bnllard, of Charlemont, 

and had eight children ; living in 1873. 
270. Eli.' removed to Southamjiton ; m. Hannah Lymao. Children: 
271. HoiiHoIi* ra. Russell Pomeroy. 

Eunice," alive iu 1847 ; m. Stephen D. Hurlburt, of Southamp- 

273. Roxana,* m. Ellis Ripley. 

274. Reuhen* d. when a memlter of Yale College. 

275. Erastus,^ h. April 30, 1792 ; was a preacher; in 1835, was at 
New Marlboro', Mass. His first wife was Clarissa Smith ; 
his second, Elizabeth C. Mitchell. 

276. Fidelia * A. when about 9 years of age. 

277. Eli,* d. in infancy. 

278. Jjymm* dead in 1843. 




ASAOEL* (Roger* Preserved* Rogcr^), fourth son of Roger and* 
Elizabeth (Bartlett) Clapp, and brother of the preceding', was born 
about ni7. He probably lived in Northampton, where ho died 
Jan. 20, 1777. He married Sarah Wright, who died in September, 

Children of Asahel and Sabah (Wright) Clapp : 

27D. Sarah," b. Dec. 5, 1743 ; m. Solomon Weller. 

280. AsAiiEL,'' m. Esther, dau. of Et>enozcr Clapp, of NorthamplonJ 
He was a captain ; d. Jstn. 25, 1804. There was a wife 
Lieut. Asahel Clapp who d. in Northamptou, March 5, 1776;^ 
she may hare been a secoud wife of Cupt. Asahel's fatherJ 
Children : 

281. Chester* once lived in Boston; m. Susan Brown, of Don;lj«»-; 

ter, and lived in Northampton. Childreu : I. Chettcr} fl, 
Sxuan:' ill. Qharks? 

282. AtaAei,* m. Sarah Clark, of Northampton. A wife of an Ajsabel 

Clapp d. in Northamptou Feb. 14, 1808. Asahel* and Saraii 
had : i. AmJtel,' who lived in the State of New York. 

283. Theodore* b. April 21, 1785 ; m. Betsey, dau. of Moses New- 

ton ; a farmer, and lived in Northampton. Children : I* 
Jane,'' b. OcL 8, 1814; d. Oct. 18, 1815. li. Elizabi^i Jf..' 
b. May 25, 1818; Hi, Manj Jane,'' b. April 8, 1823; m. 
Henry B. Graves, of Northamptou. !▼, Uteodore, b. Mav 
21, 1826, 

284. Jonas,* m. Martha A. Baker; lived in Northampton. Cliildren: 

I. Chester? ||. Cephas? ill. Caleb;' b. April .*?. 1817: m. 
Sarali Maria Saxton, of Charleston, S. C, Alarch 10, 1842; 
a yenlk'nian of good estate, and lived in Hartforrl, Conn. 
Chit.lrfii : (I) Jfennj P.,» b. March 26, 1843; (2) Caleb T.,* 
b. May 22, 1S44, d. Nov. 20, 1844; (3) Allen C* b. Aug. 
23, 1845 ; (4) Edffar T.,* b. Sept. 22, 1847, d. Jan. 9, 1848; 
{■)) Hoieard />..» b. Oct, 21, 1848, d. July 9, 1851 ; (t>) Hoxe- 
ard S.,' h. April 28, 1851 ; (7) milie M.,^ b. Aug. 31. 1852; 
(8) Charles B.,» b. April 5, 1854, d. April 15, 1855 ; (9)Frfml* 
b. Juno 15, 1856, d. Feb. 20, 1857; (10) ^r<^«r S.,* b. 
March 25, 1858. iy. Hooker? y, William R? ^U Maria? 
Tlii. Allen E? 

285. CuW;,' b. ill 1789; probably never married. "Was a lieuten- 

ant in the U. .S. Army, and d., it is sup[)0sed, at Fort Inde- 
pendence, in Boston nad>or, .Ian. 18, 1815, aged 25, and 
was buried in Copp's Hill Imrviiig-groHitd, Boston. 

286. Electa,* m. Fhineas Allen, of PiUslieid, editor of the Plttstield 

Sun for sixty years, who was b. in Northampton, Aug. 11, 
177C, and d. ii"i PilLsfi«ld, May 8, 1860. 

287. SaraJi,* m. Hon. Henry H. Cliilds, of Pittsfield, Lient. Gov. 

of Massachusetts in 1843 ; a celebrated physician, and one of 
the founders of the Berkshire Med. Institution in PitLstield; 
was much in public life, aud d. in Boston March 22, 1868, 
aged 85. 




288. Elisha,' b. Nov. 21, 1750; m. May 24, 1779, Rachel Brown; 

U. ill 1784, leaving one son {Elisha,^ who d. young). His 
widow Riichc'l ni. for second husband, Medad Strong, of North- 
ampton, and d. Dec. 1833. aged 70. 

289. AzAiiiAH,' d. Feb. 15, 1819; m. Esther Tileston, of Dorchester, 

Miiss. She d. Jan. 20, 1821. Children: 

290. Azariah,'^ m Brown, and lived in New Hampshire. 

291. Klisha* b. Sept 27, 1797 ; m. Frances, dau. of Ebenezer Clapp. 

292. Timnthy,^ never married. 

293. Ltwis,'' m. and lived in Princeton, III. 

294. Charlotte? m. Mr. Ferry, of Springfield. 

295. jFJantia/i," m. and lived in Nortbfield. 
29G. Reoben,* removed to the western part of the State of Vermont, 

and had a large family. 

297. Solomon,' lived to grow up, but was never married. 

298. Chester,' d. a young man, unmarried, Sept. 18, 1777. 

299. Cai.kii,' was educated at Yale College ; waa studying medicine, and 

d. at Westfield, unmarried. 


SUPPLY* (Roger' Preserved* Roger^), brother of the preceding, 
was born in Northampton about 1721. He was married and pro- 
bably lived in Northampton. He was in the service of his country 
during the French warj was a sergeant in the regiment under the 
command of Col. Seth Pomeroy, and was taken priaoner at Lake 
George, in the capture of which, fort that regiment took an important 
part. His name waa on the sick list returned by Thomaa Wil- 
liams, SurgcoUf Nov. 23, 1755. He was in the expedition to Crown 
Point, in the company of Capt. Eiialia Hawley. Mrs. Clapp died 
March 4, 1755, and he survived her many years, dying in 1784. 

Children of Supply and wife Clapp: 

300. SuPi'LY.' m. June 29, 1796, Polly Smith, of Sunderland, and Lad 
Justus'^ and Moseley ,-* also daughters, Sarnh? Hannah^ and 
Lucretia.* A Supply d. in Northampton, June 20, 1800, and 
the wife of a Supply d. there Sept. 20, 1795. 

301. Ltdia.' 303. Abigail.* 

302. Sarah.^ 304. Martha." 
One of their children, probably an infant, d. Feb. 24, 1755. 

— 79 

CHARLES* (Roger,' PreserceJ' Roger'), sixth son of Roger and 
Elizabeth (Bartlctt) Clapp, and brother of the preceding, was born 
in 1725. There was a Charles who was a sailor in the sloop 
Mermaid, Capt. Lincoln, in the expedition eastward, in 1754; per- 
Lapa not this Charles, but another, a descendant of Thomas. He 
married Dorcas, who after his death, wtiich occurred Aug. 11, 1767, 
married Joel Clark. 



Children of Chables and wife Dobcas Clapp : 

905. Eliakik,* removed to Chesterfielil, Mass., and m. Pamelia, dau. of 
Dr. Eliliu Wright, surgeon in the revolutionary army. Kliakim 
was a soldier in the same army four years before his marriage, 
and was present at the execution of Maj. Andi'd, OcU 2, 1780. 
After his marriage, he moved to Chester, Mass., where he d. at 
the age of 81 years. His wife survived him ten years, and tl. at 
the age of 84. Children : 

306. Rachel,^ m. Harvey Stone, and had six children. 

307. Theodocia," b. April 4, 1702; m. first, Eleuzer Ring, of East- 
hampton, and had two children ; second, Oct. 1 9, 1825, James, 
son of John Clajiji,* of Easthampton, and had three childrea. 

308. Pamdin* m. Oiis Taylor, of Chester, and resided in Hinsdale ; 
they had eight children. 

309. Don-as,'' b. in 1800; d. Oct. 3, 1860; m. Simeon P. Clark, 
and had twelve children. 

310. Au<ju$Ui$,'^ m. first, TlieoJocia Lyman ; second Almira Clapp, 
his cousin. CliiSdren by 1st wife: i, HiUtie^ a\, Lewis Clark, 
of Eu8tharapton ; had five children, the eldest burnt to 
death, aged 7 years 3 mos. ii. Elmra^ d. aged 17 years. 
til, Uenrif^ m. Ellen Belden, had three children, and lived 
in Easthampton. If, a son,' drowned in going from school, 
aged 5 years. T, a child,' d. in infancy. 

311. Eliitkim* m. and d. in Mobile, leaving a son, Henry E.^ who d. 
in Worcester about 1862, leaving a son Charles Henry.* 

312. (Carles* m. Louisa Day, and moved to Meadville, Pa., where 
he d. at the age of 60. Children: i, Mury Ann,'' m. James 
Elder, and lived in Meadville, Pa. ii, Stilhnan Spnigue^ m. 
in California, and has two children. Hi. Martha^ killed, 
aged 7, by an ox sled falling on her. They also had five 
children who d. in infancy. 

818, Tillman Spraytie,* h. in 180G ; d. March 14, 1866. He went 
to New York when he was a yunng man, and for nearly 
twenty-five years was one of the firm of Lawrence, Trimble 
& Co., merchants. He afterwanls moved to Bridgeport, Ct., 
where he d., being M.iyor of the city at the time of his death, 
lie m. first, Lizzie Lamb, and had five children, but one of 
whom lived : i. Mary Trtat^ who m. Edwai'd N. Stebbius, 
of Summit, N. J. He m. second, Mary Louisa Stagg, and 
had: ii. William Haynes,'' who d. l\i\, i^diej h, Sallie 
Somers.'' ?• Arthur Percy.'' After iiis death, the family re- 
turned to New York. 

314- Alonzo,* m. first, Esther Day, who lived but a few months; 
second, Eidelia Taylor. Tiiey lived in Ch&ster,ila88. Chil- 
dren : Ii Esther^ m. Egbert Rude, of Huntington ; it, Elha,^ 
III, Patnelia? Iv. Emma.^ T. Mnry? vl. .SWjV TII. Frank 
TnyforJ lived in Nora, 111. viii. Freddie,'' and two who died. 
Eliakim'" and Pamelia had four other children, who d. in iufimcy. 
815. Noah,' lived to matdioo<l, but was never married. 
316. Israel,' m. and moved to Aurelius, Cayuga co., N. Y.; bad 10 
chililren, his fifth child being Ol/miel,' who had a son E. D.'' 

* John Clapp and bis descendants- have not bcca identified with any known branch of 
the Clapp famil/. (See AppeudbiO 





817. Dorcas," m. Oliver Clapp, of Westlmmpton. 

318. MiKiAM,^ m. Eleazer Ilaiinaiii, of EubdiaoiptoD. 
Oue child of Charlea* died Feb. 8, 1759. 

— 81 — 

SIMEON* (Roger' Pirsertr:t},' Roger^), eigliili and younirest son 
of Roger aud Elizabeth (BartleLt) Clapp, was born iu 1728. He 
was ill the service as a soldier in 1748, in the regiment commanded 
by Lieut. Col. Dwijiht. He was afterwards a Captain; and he also 
practised as a physician. He married Sarah Clark, who was bora 
in 1738, and died' June 22, 1823. They probably lived at North- 
ampton, where he died Feb. 25, 1812, aged 84 years. 

Children of Simeon and Sarah (Clark) Clapp: 

319. Simeon,* b. Dec. 6, 1758; d. young, probably in 1759. 

320. Simeon,* b. Nov. 7, 175!); d. in Northampton, May 31, 1851, 

aged 92 years. He in. Oct. 9, 1783, Patty Root. Children: 

321. Zeiias* m. Belinda Dickiusou, of lladiey, and had childreu. 

322. Sara/i' uot married. 

323. MarlAa,^ not married. 
324. QuARTUS,* b. April 18, 17fi2; m. Electa, dan. of Eheiiozer and 

Asenath Sheldon, and probably lived iu Westtield ; d. Martii 13, 
1792, aged 30 years. 
825. BoHAN,* b. Aug. 17, 17C4; m. Deo. 15, 1792, Aaiu Levake ; d. 
Sept. 18, 182(;. age<l 02 yeare. Children ; 

326. Daniel * h. May 21. 1794. 

327. Quartus,^ b. Dec. 25, 1796. 

328. HW/^y." b. Oct. 27, 1798. 

329. Nanct/'," b. Oct. 10, 1800. 

330. JIannaJi,* h. Oct, 19, 1802. 

331. MarUia* h. Nov. 17, 1806. 

332. Naomi* b. June 10, 1814. 
-)-333. CfiARLES.* b. Oct. 18, 1767 ; removed to Worthington. 

334. Wariiam,' b. Nov. 24, 1770; wife Sophia; he lived in Northamp- 
ton ; d. Oct. 7, 1852, aged 82 years. The frilbuviiig brief ex- 
tract from the Hampshire Gazelle, of Northatiiptoii, relates an 
interesting and praiseworthy incident connected with the family 
of Warhani Clapp: " T/ie fxist of ihe Indians. — Sally Maminash 
died in tlii.-* town Jan. 3, 1853, ssti, 88 years. .She was the last 
of the Indian race in Northampton. She was the daughter of 
Elizabeth Occom, of Mohcgan, near Norwich, Ct. Her father 
was Joseph Maminash. Under the infirmities of age, she found 
an excellent christian fi-icnd who took her into her own family, 
saying, 'As long iis I live, Sally shall be provided for.' Such 
W.18 the noble purjwse of charity of Mrs. So[)hia Clapp, the wife 
of Warham Clapp, which she carried into effect. After Mrs. 
C.'s death, her s>on Edward Clapp and his wife continued to the 
last the same charity." Children of Warham and Sophia: 

335. Simeon,'' m., live<l in Worthington, and had children. 

336. Edward^ m Wright, and lived in Nort.hani|>ton. 

337. Siiinuei,* married, and died soon after, leaving no cluhlreu. 

338. Elijah* m UartisborQ, uud lived in Northampton. 



33!). AWh*'//," lived in Nortliampton, num. 

340. Sophia,* m. Mr. Dasis, and lived in Chesterfield. 

341. Elisabetlt,'^ m. Svlvester Bridgmiin, and lived in Northamj: 
342. Sereno,' b. Nov. l", 1772; d. Jan. 3, 1833, a<re<l (50 years. He] 

m. Nov. 1, 1800, Lydia Patterson; probably left childreD, but! 
their names have not been ascertained. A child of a Sereuo] 
Clapp d. Dec 20, 1806. 


THOMAS' [Thomas* Preserved,'' Roger'), son of Thomas 
Mary (ICing) Clapp, was born in Northampton, March 6, 1712. 

is probal)le that he married Colt. He lived on a rarm in 

HartJord, Ct., aliout a mile and a half west of Hartford City, near 
Rncky Oilt. He was in ibc French war of 175 (J, taken prisoner, J 
and carried to Quebec. 

Children of Thomas and (Colt ?) Clapp: 

343. BoGEK," servetl during the war of the Revolution on board a Pri- 
vateer or a U. S. ship of war. Whether he was ever married 
is not known. 
-f344. Thomas.* 


ELIJAH* {TItomiis* Preserved,' Roger*), youngest son of Thomas 
and Mary (Kin;^) Clapp, and brother of tiie precedino;, resided in 
Hartford, Ct., where he died May 13, 1771. Ho married, about 
1735, Mary Benton. 

Children of Elijau and Mary (Benton) Clapp: 

34.5. Elijah,* lived and died in Hartford ; m. Marian Jones. 

346. Norman,' settled in Weatberalielil, Conn., and d. there. He m., in 
1782, Iluldah Wright, aud perhaps afterwards Mary Frances 
Wright. Childreu : 
347. Juhn,'^ drowned in the North River, aged 36; m. Nov. 2, 1806, 
Mary Kilby, and bad: I. Elias,^ b. May, 1810. li. Huhlah 
W.,^ b. Sept. 1811. lii. Mary;' twin sister of Iluldah W., 
b. Sept. 1811. iv. Eliztifmih; h. Oct. 1813; m.Mr. Simpson. 
▼, Clarissa,'' m. Edwin Merritt. ?i, John,'' a minister, d. aged 
25. Til, Harriet; d. aged .34. Vlll, Daniel; b. Aug. 23, 1818 ; 
m. Jan. 13, 1841, Elizabeth Beadle, b. May 5, 1824, and 
had: {I) John B.," b. Jnly 4, 1842 — in the wholesale iron 
and steel business in Hartford — m. Sept. 17, 18('p7, Leila F. 
Bioilgett, dan. of Iloswell IJlodgelt, Esq., of Hartford — waa 
one of the committee ap[winted at the Northampton Clapp 
gathering to arrange for the second meeting of the family 
at Boston, in which he was actively and efficiently engaged — 
had a son Roswell ./.,* b. in Hartford, June 10, 1871 ; (2) 
JianlU-!/ T.* b. Nov. G, 1844, d. Jnly 12, 184.0; (3) Sher- 
man jfi.,' b. March 13, 18415, m. Sept. a, 1866, Mary F. 
Winaliip, and has three children ; (4) Henry,* b. Sept. 4, 



1847, d. Aug. 11, 1848; (5) Edteard,' b. April 2, 1852, d. 
May I, 1852; (6) J)a7uei C," h. Jan. 10. 18:.4, d. Dec. 1, 
187il, from iiijuriii's received by a fall. Dauiel' d. Oct., 18o4» 
848. Charles,^ m. Sarah Burke. 

350. Norman.* 
351. Oliver,* b. in 17(iO; d. in Hartford, 1840, aged about GO years. 
He ni. Lucy Gi)0(iwiu, and they had: 

352. Henry,^ b. in Ilarlford, Aug. 8, 1783 ; d. Aug. 21, 1873. A 
very active, respectable man, and a boukbinder by trade ; he 
removed to Nantucket in June, 1801) ; in. first, in May, 1810, 
Eliza Stodilard, dan. of Miles and Bathsheba Slyddard, of 
Taunton, Mass. They liad : i. Eli2(i 6'.,' b. Feb. i\, 1811. 
Mrs. C. afterwards coritiiHit'd \u poor health till Oct. 21, 1811, 
when she die«l at lier father's house, while on a visit there. 
Henry* m. second, iu Dec. 1812, Rebecca Coflin, cJau. of 
William Colliu. They had four children born within the space 
of one year, viz., li, William^ and iii. Ilairy^ twins, b, Nov. 
17. 1813; both d. within a few weeks ; Iv. Hennj^ aud T. 
Jtehecca,'' twins, b. Nov. 11, 1814. Henry' was u merchant 
in Boston, and subsefjuontly removed to the South. His 
death is annouaced while this work is pas.sincf through the 
press, as occurring iu New York, April 10, lW7."i, and the 
Boston Daily Globe of the 13th contains the following brief 
notice of liis career and death: 

"With the death of Henry Clapp, long known as the 
' King of tlie Bohemians,' fades the memory of one of the 
most peculiar clirpies of roystering literary characters ever 
known. Not long ago, Ada Clare, the ' Queen of Bohemia,' 
died, a victim of that strange malady, hydrophobia, and the 
rest of the Colony that once met at Pfaff's beer saloon on 
Broadway, to enliven the midnight hour with songs aiid jokes 
and reckless repartee^ are either dead or dispersed or turned 
respectable. It required a peculiar genius to call together aud 

keep together such a company The life of Henry 

Clapp was a strange one. He was born in Naiitncket, and 
in his early life he was a sailor. Afterwards he aiijieared as 
a temperance lecturer aud an ardent advocate of the abolition 
of slavery. traveUitig extensively in the cause of reform, He 
was for some time in Paris, and after his return he made a 
translation of some of the socialistic works of Fourier. His 
first journalistic experience was in editing an antislavery 
paper at Lynn, but he was best known as the fonnder of the 
Siiturduy Press and Vanity Fair in New York. Both of 
these were too bright and too impracticable to last. Many 
of the brightest of the Bohemians were contributors to Vanity 
Fair, but ail their wit could not keep it alive. Clapp after- 
wards l>ecame well known m 'Figaro' of the Leader, a 
paper at one time owned juid edited by Mayor Hall, and lat- 
terly he obtained a jirecurious livelihood writing paragraphs 
for the Daily Graphic aud sending occasional contributions 
to dramatic or musical journals from a New Jersey farm- 
house. His talent waa essentially that of the French Feuille- 



totiistes, bright, keen nnd witty, but unsiibntAtitial and qibe- 
iiieml. In cliaracter lie was of the essence of Bohemia, 
recklc'iis and witty, caring and thinking liltle of the serioiu 
cuncerna of liiV*, but living as thwe who say, ' let us eat, 
drink and be merry, for to-morrow we die.' That to-tnorrow 
of death has come for Ilenrr Clapp. and no one am have the 
Iioart to throw anything but the mantle of cliaritj orer his 
bier." The New York Times, in relation to the origin and 
purpoae of the circle called *• The Bohemians," says: — "The 
intention was to establish here the Bohemianism so charm- 
ingly described by the French author, Henry Burger. It 
was not an association, nor a ciiih; there was no regular 
organization, for regularity is the very opjKJsite of Bohemian- 
ism. The cnstotn was to drop in, after theatre hours, at 
I'falFs lager beer saloon, in Broadway, near Bleecker stre«t» 
aii<l there, in a large vault under the side-walk, enjoy thd 
luxuries of pipe, b«er. lunch, Bongs, and froe conversation, 
until the late hours of the morning." 

Rebewa.' twin sister of Henry,'' m. Augustus IMorse. The 
other children of Henry' and Ehza were: Wi.lilfliatn F. 
//.,' b. Aug. 8, 1816 ; m. and lived in Hartford. y'W.Emil^^ 
b. Jan. 17, 181!l: m. George G. Cotfin, and had several chil- 
dren ; \\\UIIitrnet P.: b. Feb. 12, 18-22: m. James W. 
Hazard, and lived in Mobile. Ix, George C,' b. June 9, 
1824; lived in Boston, and was in the book and stationery 
bnsiness. X> Auffuatus,'' b. Dec. 25, 1828 ; d. a young man, 

Betsey,^ b. March 18, 1785 ; nnm. 

Ann,'' b. April 27, 1787 ; num. 

355. Abigail," b. Feb. 18. 1789; d. July 23. 1794. 

356. Oliver, <* b. Dec, 25, 171)0 ; m '... Butler, of New York. 

357. Mary^^h. Feb. 13, 17'.»3; unra. 

358. Abigail^ b. Feb. 27, 17'.t5: d. Oct, 31, 1820, aged 25 years. 

359. ^*AMr,* b. Nov. 30, 1707 ; m. in New York. 

360. Timothj G.," b. Feb. 12, 1800; d. Jan. 14, 1842; m. April 25, 

1824, Kliza W., dau. of Joseph W. Phwkett. Children: 
\, Joseph W.,^ b. in 1825. \U Henry /».,' b. about 1826. 
ill. Walter: b. about 1829. 

361. Horace," b. April 18, 1802; d. in Cincinnati, leaving a widow 

and tvvo children. 
Waller,^ h. Ajjril 23, 1806 ; m Spence, of E, Hartford, 




r,^ b. 

and removed to Norwich, Conn, Had two sons: 

about 18ii2 ; and Edwurd: b- aliont 1834. 
363. Lucy,^ m. Horatio N. .Stehbins, and hved in New York city. 
364. Jonx,' m. Muhel CoUon ; lived and d. in Hartford. 
865. Elizabeth,* m. William Bruce. 
366. Ecnice,' ni. Samuel Steele. 

867. Mary,* m. Thomas Steele, brother of Samuel. 

868. Annk,* m. Neal McNeal. 
369. Sarah.' m. John Roberts, 

Of the above family, all except Norman were born, lived and died 
in Hartford. A son of Oliver informs me that the descendants 
of Elijah are uumeroiu, and scattered over all part? of the 







ABNER' (Samne!,* Samvel,' Samuel,' Roger'*), son of Samuel and 
Mitidwell (Bird) Clapp, was born Dec. 23, 1732, He lived in 
Dorchester, in a house at tho B'ive Corners, on land afterwarda 
owned by the Hon. Ebenezer Seaver, and since by Mr. Thomas W. 
Tuttle. He married, Nov. 2, 1757, Hannah Hoits, of Roxbury. 
He died in Dorchester, May 25, 1799, in the 67th year of his age. 

Children of Adnee and Hannah (Hoits) Clapp: 

370. Mary.* b. Aug 27, 1758; d. Aug. 15, 1759. 

.371. Marv,' b. March 2, 1700 ; m. Mr. Cook. 

372. Supply,* b. Sept, 6, 1763; m. Hannah Daniels. He followed 
the seas, and is suiJiKwed to have been a privateer during the 
latter part of the Revohitionary War. 
Samdel,* b. Jan. 27, 17C7 ; d. Oct. 4, same year. 
James,* b. Oct. 30, 1770 ; i Jan. 7, 1827. He was a carpenter 
by trade, and served his time with a Mr. Clement, at the corner 
of Milk and Atkinson (now Congress) streets iii Boston. Was 
for several years the sexton of the Old South Church. He ia 
representetl as a very honest man, but not of much energy in 
business. He was m. in IJoston. Feb. 18, 1795, to Nancy Haa- 
sel. They had a daughter Nnncy^ h. about 1797, who m. 
Daniel S. Harrington, who afterwards livtid in South lloston, 
and whose daughter, Sarah A. Harrington, attended the Clapp 
Family gathering at Northampton in 1870. 
OnvEK*, b. April 12, 1774. Was a sailor, and was drowned pre- 
viously to 1799. He m. Tamson Burns, and they had a sou 
Oliver ^ who was living in Portland in 1842. 




JOHN' (Betijamin,* Samuel,* Samuel,' Roger*), youngest son of 
Benjamin and Fiannah (Baker) Clapp, of Stoughton, was born in 
1736. lie settled in Stoughton, and married, first, Jan. 27, 1763, 
Submit Davenport, of Dorchester, who died in 1779, aged 39 years; 
second, I'aticnce Gay, who died in 1809, aged GO years. He died 
in Stoughton, in 1809, aged 73 years, 

Clitldron of John and 1st wife Submit (Davenport) Clapp: 

376. Hannah,* m. John Wadsworth, removed to Wiiithrop, Me., and 

had a large family of children. 

377. ^Iauv,* m. Eliphalet Monk, had one child and died. 

378. JonN,' b. in 1776; m. first, Esther Meiriam, who d. in 1839, 
aged 7G years, leaving no children, lie afterwards m. Elizabeth 
Cumniings, and was living in 184.3 — a large-framed man; 
then sutfering from a cancer in the eye. 

Children of John and 2d wife Patience (Gay) Clapp: 

379. James.* b. in 1782, and d. in 1810, aged 29 years. He was Lieu- 
teujint of a military company ; m. Mary Dickinson, and had : 




Children of Dr. Preserved and Clap? : 

-f-408. RoswELL,' b. in 1766; d. iu 1843. 

409. Reuben,' d. youjig. 

410. Eunice,* m. Capl. John "WilJard, of Charlestown. 

411. Charlotte,* bapt. April 22, 1770; m. first, Mr. Parmelee ; m. 

secoud, Dr. Reed, aud was living in 1843. 


JOHN" [Jnhn* Prcservedy^ Preserved* Roger^), oldest son of John 
and Eunice (Parsons) Clapp, of Montague, Mass., was born March 
3, 1738. He married Eunice Smead, and settled in Decrfield. 

Children of John and Eunice (Smead) Clapp: 

-Ml2. John,* m. Phebe Ross, and had a large family of children. 
5. Eli»iia,* m. Asenath Taylor ; d. Feb. 3, 1S3C). 
L JosEPU," b. in August, 1770; lived in Montague. 
>. Erastus," b. July 30, 1771 ; d. Sept. 12, 1851. He m. May 15, 
1794, Catharine Ross, sister to the wife of his brother John. 
She died Juue 17, 1832. They lived in Deerfield. Children: 
416. Cephas,'' b. JsM. \, 17'.n ; m. April 17, 1828. Emily Boyden. 
They lived iu Deerfield, and hatl children : I. Mary Amanda,' 
b. Aug. 6, 1829; d. Jau. 2, 1836. il, Frmice$ Marin* h. 
March 20, 1831 ; d. Dec. 15, 1836. liU Cephns Gerry,' b. 
Se|)t. 18, 1833 ; is a farmer in South Deerfield ; m. Sept. 24, 
18.5(>, Martha Cook Palmer, of Deerfielcf! and had: (1) 
Arl/mr (?.,' b. Jan. 3, 1862 ; 
18C3 ; (3) Wiilie S.,* b. Aug. 
Nov. 23, 18C7. Ir. Samuel 
March 8, 1836. v. Francis," 

(2) Jenm'e P.,* h. Aug. 15, 
17, 1865; (4) IfarriM A.,* b. 
JRoss,* b. Oct. 19, 1835; d. 
b. Dec. 4, 1837. tI. Jimily 

Jioyden,* b. Aug. 2, 1840. y|I, CkarloUe Maria,* b. Sept. 12, 

417. Eraitm Gerry,' b. Dec. IG, 1798; d. Aug. 16, 1803. 

418. Albert SmeatV b. April 23, 18U1 ; d. Aug. 6, 1803. 

419. Mart/ia,' b. June It), 1804; m. Henry Smith. They lived in 

South DeerKeld, and had ten children. 

420. Albert,'' b. Sept. 28, 1806; m. April, 1840, Julia A. Arms, 

and had: It Amanda A.,* b. Sept. 12, 1846. Albert' d. 
May 4, 1873. 

421. Melinda,'' b. Nov. 5. 180»; d. April 1, 1840. 

422. Catharine G.,'' h. Dec. 13, 1813 ; m. Aug. 10, 1848, Joel Fish, 

aud had two children. Mr. Fish d. Sept. 28, 1808, and she 
m. Feb. 28, 187t), Hiram Clapp, of S. Deertield; he d. 
March 1, 1871. 

423. A dawjhter^ m. Orsnnitis .Smitti, and removed to Ohio. 

424. Seth.* m. Anna Catitrul. He once lived iu Sunderlaud, but pro- 
bably afterwards went to Greenfield. Children: 

425. Parvin,'' b. June 14, 1802; a carpenter ami pnmp-malter in 

S|>ringficld ; m. Lucinda Cobb, and had: i, Luciuda,' b. Oct. 
25, 1827. il, Lucreda," b. June 26, 1820. 

426. Miranda,^ h. April 2, 1804; m. Mr. Fairchild. brot 

Joy U. Fairuhiid, formerly of South Boston. 



427. PAifo,' h. May 26, 1806; a wheelwright iu TVestboro' ; m. 

and had : i, 'Set/i.' it. lienheu* 

428. Clariua? b. Sopt. 14, 1808 ; m. Mr. Ball. 

429. David Kuiff/it,' h. Oct. 30, 1810. 

430. Susanna,' b. Aug. 25, 1813 ■, u. Air. Jacobs, and lived in 


431. Jnn Elizabeth,^ b. Jan. 9, 18IG. 

432. FuMia,'' b. April 25, 1818. 

433. Turzey SinilJi,' b. Nov. 2, 1820 ; tn. and lived in Springfield. 
434. EcNiCE,* m. for her lirst husijand, David Ciiilds, of Dcedicld; and 

for her stcoud, Elislia Ho^;iii!. %Siie was living in 1843. 
435 Clarissa,' m. Samuel Field, af Decrtield, and il. almut 1835. 


EZRA' {Ezrn,* Preserved,^ Prcseiretl,' Rogcr^), only son of Ezra 
and wife Margaret Clapp, of Westfield, was born May 24, I 7G0, 
and died .Jtiiio 17, 1838. He married, Feb. 22, 1781, Grace Mather, 
of Wcstlicld, and moved tn Turin, N. Y. His wife was a descen- 
dant of Rev. Dr. Cotton Mather; she died March 20, 1842. 

Children of Ezra and Grace (Mather) 

436. Elizabeth,* b. Sept, 29, 1781 ; m. Deo^niber, 1800, Lvnian 

Lewis ; d. Aug. 28, 1803. 

437. RoLA.ND,' b. Aug. H, 1784; ni. Mrs. Martha Gerrish; in 1819, 

was in Pensacola, Fla.; allerwanU lived in WashiiigLon, D. C. ; 
d. Jan. 17. 1828. 

438. John," b. April IG, 1786; m. Eliza C. Flint, dau. of Dr. Austin 

Flint, of Leicester; resided in Boston, and iiFterwards in Leices- 
ter; d. Jan. 8, 18.'J2. Children : 
430. Elaalx-th,^ b. May 2.3, 1818 ; d. in Leicester, unnj. 

440. John MnC/ier,'' b. Feb. 1, 1820; d. about 1839. 

441. SatMuel,'' b. July 30, 1826; m. Mrs. C. A. Druinniond, of 

Flatlands, L. I., dau. of John A. Lott. One cbild : i, Eimtiie* 
b. Nov. 21, 1855. 

442. Amthi,'' b. Sept. 21, 1828; in Pennsylvania. 

443. Julio,'' b. Dfc-. 20, 1830; ui. Joseph C Pyncheon, of Spring- 
field, and lives in that city. 

444. L<jura,'' b. Jan. 31, 1835; in Leicester. 

445. Samuel,* b. June 22, 1788; lived in Rio Janeiro, S. A., unni. 

446. Paul," b. April 14, 1790; was at Detroit, Mit-li., iti 1819, unm. 

447. Jamks,* b. Aug, 7, 1792 ; lived in Turin, N. Y. ; d. unm., Feb. 1, 

J . lo i.w... . " I. \t.,v 15, 1794. d. Nov. 8, 1841. 

MCif,' b. Aug. 12, 179G; resided in Boston, unm.; 
•' - name of Slather; d. M.irch 29, 1823. 
ii'' 1798; d. Feb. 12, 1804; ui. Lucretia Ives, 

Y. Children : 

nt 19, 1822; d. June 5, 1846. He re- 

•18 engaged in the tlry jxnod.s business; 

11 ; d. of consumption at tho early 


452. John Ivr*: b. May 20, 1824 ; lived in Utica. N. Y.; in 1856, 
was ill New York, in the dry goods business. 
<163. CyNTiiiA,'' I). June 9, 1800; lived in Roxbury, unm. 
451. (,* b. April 20. 1802; d. April 28, 1802. 
4g5. Elizauktu.' b. Aug. 30, ISO,']; ni. Henry B. Stone, for many 
yeiirs prt'.si(lent of the Suffolk Bank in Boston. They lived in 
Boston, iind h.nd it large fn'mily of children. 
450. CiiAKLKs.* b. June 2, 1807; m. Harriet Kent; lived in Akron, 
Dhio, mid iiiid five children. He unite<l with the Shakers in 
April, JMUt, The family afterwards lived in Brooklyn, N. Y., 
with her brother, Henry A. Kent. Children: 
457. H<iHH,ih /..,'' h. Oct.. 1832; d. in 1844. 

45H. C/iinifit A'.,' b. .Tan. 14, 1838; clerk with his uncle, Henry A. 
Kent, in Brooklyn, N. Y. An interesting letter was receive<I 
from hini soon after the Family Gathering in Northampton in 
450. Kth Miiihrr,^ b. Aug. 16, 1840. «• 

4(10. (.'eoiiir -1..' b. March 3. 1843. 
4GI. Kfiward L." b. Aug. 3. 1845. 


Klil.IAir (Siimiid,* Samitef,* Preserved* Roger^), oldest soil of 
Siiniiiid uiid Mindwt'll (Strong) Clapp, of Southampton, was born 
May II, I7;5li. ilo married, in 1760, Submit (Jlark, and lived in 

CliildriMi of EujAO and Submit (Clark) Clapp: 

.ir.2. Ki.i.)Aii.' 

Hl:». Bkla." (A Bda d. April 3, 1811.) 

4(11. LuTiiKK," m, (irst Ilulbert, of Southampton : second, Betsey 

Leach, of Southampton. Cinldren by second wife: 
405. Luther C/ari;^ d, in 1800; m, first, Rebecca Bills; m. second, 
Charlotte A. Wright, dan. of James Wright, of Montgomery, 
Mass. Children by second wife: \, Hot alio IF.,' a dentist 
in Westfield, Mass. ; m. Martha P., dau. of John and Sarah 
Flagg, Nov. 29. 180'.K fi. liefjecca.' l\\, Katc> m. Jan., 1859, 
Charles Mclntire; d. July, IH.'VJ. I?, John If.* lived in 
North Eaton, Ohio; m. about 1^57, Mary Perry, who was 
b. in Lilclifiihl, Ohio. Cliil.hen : ( 1 ) Lon'n,'' b. Oct. 4, IH.'A ; 
{2) LuiJwr* b. April 1(1. IKW) ; (3) Ilitftie.* b. Dec. 16, 1861, 
d. Oct. 7. t8G5; (4) Wi/litiiN,'' b. April 11. 1804; {5) Ar- 
thur* h. Dec. 2, 1800 ; (6 and 7) twins. Dorm* and Dora* 
h. Oct. 2, 1808. ?, Abner S.,* lives in Westfield. Mass; m. 
about 1850, Ucbecra Williams, of Westfield. vl. Clark Z>.,» 
lives in Nortlitmipton ; m. about 1854, Eliza Goodwill. 
Vll, ChftrloUe K,' m. in 1804, Edgar Drake, and lives in 

466. Venus.'' m. Lurich Chapman, and lived in Litchfield, Ohio ; had 
three children. 

467. Phebe^ ni. Aiiron Moore. 

468. Esther^ m. Martin Barnes, and lived in Black River, N. Y. 



469. Anson,'' m. about 1850, Priscilla Clark, and liad one dau., 

Aiiynieite," who ni, Welltiigtou Shel<li"i[i. 

470. Nopiini,^ h. Hov. \2, 1810; rii. first, Kstlier Graves; second, 

Mary M. Curtis: ttitr<l. Sarah M. Stevens. Children: i, 
Adelaide,'' m. Lucius Steele, and Uvea iu Plainfield, Mas8. 
ii. Ilop/iin.^ nU E,Ucard» 

471. Sopfiroiiiu,'' m. Calvin Robinson, of Willimantic, Ct. ; d. and 

left one son. 

472. Jtdia,' in. Pliny Moore, of Montgomery, Moss. 

473. Esther." 

474. SuBiHT," m. Mr, Sheldon. 


JEHIEL'* (Sumwd,' Samuel,^ Prescivcil,^ Roger'), second son of 
Samuel and Miiidwoll (Strong) Clapp, and brother of tlic preceding, 
was born in Soullianniloii, An^?. 25, 1738. PJe married, lirst, Mary, 
daugliter ofNoali and Mary Sheldon ; and, in 1770, he married, pro- 
bably !iia second wife, Elizabctii Clark. 

Children of JKiiiEL (or Aliicl), and 1st ond 2d wives, Maiiy 
(Sheldon) and Eijzabeth (Clark) Clapp: 

-f-475. Elisha,* b. in 1763; d. Feb. 1825. 

476. Elkazkk,« b. Oct. 12, 1780; in. Jan. 30, 180G, Dolly Searle. 
Children ; 

477. Nathan,'' b. Oct. fi, 1806; m. March .30, 1831, Sophia Day; 

lives in Sjiringfield, Mass. Chihiren: \, Edward Ilornce* h. 
Feb. -3, lH3rj; m. Nov. 15. ISGt), Fiumie E. Miner; hud a 
child b. Oct. 8. !8(;7, and .1. IMarcIi i.S, !«(;«. \\, M„r-uh 
C'/iiipiii,' h. Ajiril lo, 183H. iij. All'red Madison* b. June 8, 
1843; m. Dec. 23. 18(54, Surah A. Slate. 

478. Ahiel,'' h. Sept. 1, 1«0!J; in. Nov. 28, 1837, Diana Danks. 

479. Elizul>eth,^ b. May 21, 1813 ; m. April It, 1840, John Fotwine, 
of S. Hadley, and had two children. 

480. Robinson,' h. July 7. 181 K; m. March IH, 1856, Mary E. 
Estes; a fanner in Ilolvitke. Mass. Children: \, Jennie £.,* 
b. May 18, 18);n. |i, Freddie,'* b. April 1», 1801. 

481. Justus,* d. a young man. 


TIMOTHY' (Samuel,* Samuel; Preserved,* Roger'), brother of 
the precedinjr, was born in Southampton, Ang. 16, 1740. He mar- 
ried, Dec. 3, 17G1, Raclici, daughter of Jonathan Bascom, and bad 
twelve ciiildrcn. 

Children of Timothv and Hal-del (Bascom) Clapp: 

482. Pliny," m. Belinda "Wait. Children : 

483. Simeon.^ 484. Syluester? 

485, TiMOTiir," d. Sept., 1813 ; m. Sully Stone. Children: 

486. lieh S? 489. Dmiiel? 

487. Timothy.'' 4U0. ikdly? 

488. Harriet.'' 



491. MfNDWELi-,' m. Simeon Egleston. 

492. Thaddeus,* b. May 5, 1773 ; tn. ia 1798, Rhoda Strong; Was a 
farmer some years in Orange, Vt., and afterwards in Soulhamp- 
ton, Mass. Children : 

493. Naomi,' b. May 28, 1800 ; in. Dec. 24, 1823, Simeon Sheldon, 
and had six children. 

494. Rtidt,^ h. Dec. 13, 1805; tn. Daniel Sanford in 1834; d. July 
7, 1834. 

495. HacMJ b. May 30, 1807 ; m. Dec 7, 1830, Joseph C.Adams, 
of HunUugton. Mass. 

49 G. Ldurii,^ m. Nailian Foster. 

407- Moiin LaanniluJ h. May 30, 1818 ; m. in June, 1838, aa his 
second wife. Daniel Sanford. 
498. Silas,* b. in J.-in. 1770; d. April 16, 1802 ; m. June, 1793, Eunice 
Bond, and had : 

499. JhinW b. May 22, 1794; d. Feb. 23, 1854; m. Dec.. 1821, 
Roxanna B;irnes, and lived in Southampton. They bad : I, 
Lucia Ji.,* b. Sept, 24, 1822; d. Oct. 9. 1823. ii. Silas,' b. 
July 25, 1824 ; was a farmer in Southampton; m. May 20, 
1851, Eliza Egleston j d. Jan. 1, 1865. M.Lucia 7?.," b. 
Dec 1, 1826 ; d. Sept. 27, 1828. iY.yUmin B.* b. Oct. 28, 
1830 ; was a teacher ; m. Oct. 31, 1855, Meliis-sa Woodbury ; 
d. March 28, 18«3. y.Andrnc J.* b. May 2. 1833; was 
a clergyman; m. Ophre A. Searl, Aug. 15, 18l>2; d. in 
Sbutesbury, Mass., .Sept. 13, 1803. vli Roxanna E.,* b. May 
12, 18315; d. Oct. 27, 1838. 

600. Quartus^ b. Dec. 14, 1795 ; was a farmer, and lived in West- 
field ; m. in Nov, 1821. Betsey Parsons, and had a daughter, 
Electa C.,' who m. Lysander C. Avery, of Easthanjpton. 

501. Sophia,'' b, Nov. 5, 1798; ni. April 15, 1819, Ira Norton; 
lived in Southanijiton, and hail ten children. 

502. Frederick,'' h. June 10. 1800 ; d. March 7, 1816. 

503. Eunice,' b. Jidy 28, 1802. 

4-504. Elisha Ba5COM,» b. Feb. 17, 1779 ; d. Jan. 3, 1860. 
505. P,vn..' 506. Ai'ollos." Twins. 

507. Rachki,," m. Jacob Knox. 

508. SlMKON." m. and removed to Cambridge, N. Y. Children : 

500. Silas,' m. Mrs. Lucy Ann , and had two children. 

510. Otis,'' m. ALiry D. Ramsdell, of Perrington, N. Y., and after- 

wards removed to Boston, where Mrs. C. die<l Feb. 8, 1844. 
Auc. 6, 1846, he m. Lucy Ramsdell. Children : it Margaret 
F.,''h. in 1830. ii. Hannafi S* Hi. Ihnnj E,* 

511. Henry? d. in 1837, unm. 

512. John' m. Frances Brockway, of Whiteslown, N. Y,, and hod 
two children. 

513, Philemon.' 514. Philktus,* d. young. 

— 160 

SELAH* (Samuel; Samuel; Preserved; Roger'), brother of the 
precediri*!;, was born in Soulliampton, May 1(5, 1744, and died in 
that town in May, 171)4. He was a farmer; married Abigail Clark, 
of Moutgomcry, Masa. 



Cliildrcn of Selah and Abigail (Clark) Ci^pp: 

515. Erastcs,' b. April 4, 1768; d. in Ohio, May 28, 1825. 

616. Mkrcv,* b. Jan. .31, 1771 ; d. in Montgomery, Dec 1808. 

517. Naomi," b. Marcli 3, 177^; m. Jt-sse Sear!. 

518. Sklau.M). Jiiiio 7, 1775; d. June 4, 1810; m. March 1, 1804, 

Diutia Slielilon ; lived in Montgomery, Mass., and afterwarda 
reiuoved l« Friinklin, Ohio, between 182n ami 1K24. C'bil. : 

519. m/as,' b. Dw. 21, 1804; m. Angeliuo Hildrelb, and lives in 

Osbkosh. Wis. Is a physician. 

520. Sus(iit,i(i.'' b. Oct. la, 1807 ; m. Daniel T. Torrey. 

521. Spencer,'' h. Dec. 21, 1809; m. Oct. 18.34, Phiiena Bond; d. 

in Long Grove, Scott Co., Iowa, April 2!). 1868. 

522. Seln/i S/ieldon,'' b. Jan. 9, 1812; li%es in Kent, Portage Co.,- 

Oiiio; m. March 10, 1835, Mary G. Brown. Children: i. 
Fanny Elha,^ b. July 7, 1836 ; d. unui. at Franklin Mills, 
().. .Ian. 1, 18,15. \\\ Mary Adeliu,' b. Nov. 7, 1837. ill. 
WilUnm Henry,* b. Feb. 16, 1842; m. Dec. 2, 1868, Mary 
M. Kichardsoi'i, and had; (1) George G.," b. in 1869. I?. 
Z«cy Florilla,' b. Sept. 2, 1845. 

523. Samiu-i: b. Nov. 1, 1814 ; d. July 2, 1818. 

524. Acf,ia/,,'h. March 16, 1817; m. Sept. 18, 1844, William E. 

Beverly, and lived in Kendullville, Indiana ; d. July 19, 1863. 

525. Dianu! b. Jan. 5, 1820; ni. Philo Randall, and lives iu Bu- 

chanan, Van Biiren Co., Mich. 

526. Dorcas Delany,' b. Nov. 13, 1824; m. Sept. 18, 1844, Julius 

A. Buruell, of Davenport, Iowa. 

527. CyRUS,* b. June 26, 1778; d. young. 

528. Abigail,* li. March 27, 1781: m. Ileman Scarl; d. in Southamp- 


529. AcnsAU," b. Dec. 6, 1784 ; d. Octolwr, 1801. 

530. Marv.' b. Oct. 4, 1787 ; m. Zeno Coleman. 
All bom in Montgomery except the youngest. 


EBENEZER" {Ebentzcr* Samuel,' Prfservcd,* Roger'), oldest son 
of Ebenezer and Cutliarine ^Catliii) Clapj), was born in Nortlianip- 
ton. He served his tiuic at the tannint;; business with Col. Ebenezor 
Clapp, of Dorcliester. lie inan-ied. May fy, 1778, Nancy (tlic Re- 
cords say Ann) Tileston, of Dorchester, and died about 1840- 

Cliildren of Ebenezer and Nancy (Tilcaton) Clapp: 

531. Navcv" (or Ann), b. Oct. 5, 1779; m. Sylvester Lyman, of 

Nortiianipton ; d. Jan. 28, 1827. 

532. Hannah," h. Jan. 8, 1781 ; m. James Dunham, of Pittsfield, a 

native of New Jersey. 
4-533. Jason,' h. Nov. 5, 1782; d. October, 1808. 
4-534. Ebenezer,' b. March 23, 1780. 

635. Jame.s Harvey,* b. M.irch 5, 1792 ; d. April 23, 1871. A tavern- 
keeper in Belchcrtown : for severi^l years he was a Representa- 
tive to llie General Court from that town. He m. first, Dec. 
ISlo, Marilla D. Francis, of Pittslield, who d. Dec. 7, 1852; 



m. secotid, March 30, 1854, Mra. Sarat P. Roy, of Pittsfield. 
Cbildren by first wife: 
530, JuUette^' b. Sept. 24, 1816 ; m. Jiine 20, 1839, Francis J. Clark ; 
d.Jari. 12, 1812. 

537. Jolm FrancUJ b. June 28, 1818; m. Dec 25, 1844, Susan B. 

538. Ann Sapliin,'' h. July 24, 1820 ; m. Sept. 21, 1842, George L- 
Clapp; d. Jan. ll', 1857. 

539. Eeeretl,^ b. Sejit. 0, 1822 ; m. Feb. 7, 1849. Romelia L. Hanks, 
and have chiltlren : \, Knujht Z.,' b. WurLh 15, 18.J3 ; li. 
Everett L.* b. Jan. 20, 18o7. 

540. Jane MariUa^ b. Sept. 21, 1825 ; m. Jane 2, 1870, John M. 

541. James Iknry^ b. June 10, 1831 ; d. Dec. 30, 1836. 

542. Eilword Lyman,'' b. Sept. C, 1832. 

543. Dwig/U Parker,'' b. Dec 22, 1834; m- Oct. 4, 1865, Illie 

By second wife, Sarah P. : 

544. Jaiiies Henry,' b. Feb. 9, 1855 ; d. Sept. 10, 1863. 
645. FiiANCES T./ b. Feb. 27, 1801. 

209 — 

SYLVANUS' {Ebenczcr,* Samwl,' Preserved,' Roger'), son of 
Ebcnezer and Catliariiie (Catlin) Clapp, of Northampton, was born 
in 1764. He married, Jan. 6, 1792, Charity Pierce, and settled in 
"Westhampton. He was a very popular nian ; and, thowgh a demo- 
crat iu politics, he wa.? at various times chosen to the State Lcf^isla- 
taro by a union of both political parties. He was of a remarkably 
pleasant and genial disposition, possessed fine conversational powers, 
and could indulge iu story-telling to universal acceptance. Some no'w 
living remember the pleasant exhibition of these qtialities at the noon 
intermission on Sundays, at the house of Elislia K. Clapp (No. 604), 
near the meeting-house, in Westhampton. He died April 14, 1847. 

Children of Stlvanus and Charity ^Pierce) Clapp : 

-|-54S. Bela p.,' b. Nov. 6, 1792 ; d. in Wiliiamsburgh, Sept. 4, 1856. 
+547. Ralph,* b. Aug. 11, 1795; d. March 6, 1850. 


CEPHAS' (Ehatezer; Sormid,' rrcscncd,' Roger'), brother of the 
preceding, was born Feb. 17, 1766. He married, first, Anna Cat- 
lin, of Deerfield, who died March 31, 1816j second, Sophia Mann, 
of Boston. 

Children of Cephas and 2d wife Sophia (Mann) Clapp: 

648. Ann S.,' b. Nov, 18, 1818 ; m. June) 13, 1848, Solyman Merrick, 
and had one son. Mr. S. Merrick died, leavintf a good estate. 
Iu 18G1, at the breaking out of the great Rubelliou, his widow 
volunteered her services as nurse, and went out with the 10th 




Mass. Regiment. She was engaged in t>he hospital, and took 

care of the sick ami woncuJoii witii a motherly interest, jiaying 

her own expenacSf and with her own hanfln supplyintr tl)eir wants. 

Her gervices received the special conimcndation of I'res. Lincoln. 

Mrs. Nowell's jioem on Florence Nightingale might be ajipro 

priately applied to her: 

•' SUc stocni besido the dying, ealraeil hie fears, 
Wiped tlie liaiini brow, ami cliccljetl tJie falling tears; 
Drcswd gtiastly wonnds; or witti some gcnllc wile, 
Made tlie poor suBCiTor loolt up nrid (toiilc : 
TIJi ever as litr aii^rcl form L-nme nigh. 
He kissed h«r shallow ns it Hitted by." 

CAROLtNE,' b. May 14, 1822 ; m. June 22, 1847, Hon. Albert D. 
Briggs, late Mayor of the city of Springfield, and had live chil- 

An infant child of Cephas and Ist wife, Anna, died Oct. 12, 1817. 

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ABNER* (Roger,'' Roger,' Preserved' Roger''), oldest son of Roger 
and wife Ann Clapp, was born in 1737. lie pyrobably resided in 
youthanipton \v!ien he was young, and held tlio office of Lieutenant 
in that place. lie afterwards removed to Martiusburg, N. Y., and 
was a Captain there. His wife, Mercy, died tlicrc, Aug. 10, 1823, 
aged about 80 years. He died Dec. 5, 1800. 

Children of Abner and wife Mercy Clapp, of Martinsburg, N. Y, : 
550. OiiRi.s," 1). March 1<), 1770; m. Dec. 25, 17'Jl, I'hebo Blish ; moved 

to Mentor, O., was a Judge of the Court, andd. there March 28, 

1847. Children : 

551. T{rza/t\ b. Jan. 28, 1703 ; d. March 23, 1793. 

552. Orris,' b. April 20, 1704; d. March 20, 1813. 

553. /«/(•«,' b. Feb. 22. 170G; d. Feb. 22, 1831. 

554. P/wbe,^ b. Dec. G, 1707; d. Feb. 1709. 
655, Harriet,' b. June 23, 171)9; d. March, 1854. 

556. Abner: b. Jan. 12, 1801 ; d. Nov. 4, 1820. 

557. Betset/,' b. Doc. 6, 1802; d. March 9, 1803. 
658. /»/«&«.' b. May 20, 1804; m. Dr. Archibald W. Campbell; 

living in 1870, and had fonr childreo. 
559, Tliomus Jefftrson^ h, Jan. 7, 180(j; qi. Nov. 12, 1831, Lorinda 
Bentley, a farmer ; lived on the old horaeRtead in Mentor, 
( ). ; no children of their own, but in 18G0 had adopted two, 

660. Matthew,^ h.¥ eh. 1. 1808; m. Sept., 1830, Alice Campbell, 
and had three cliililreu, all of whom, as well as his wife, d., 
and lie m. second, in 1847, Lucy Randall, and had six chil- 
dren, fonr of them living in 1870. Li that year he was min- 
ister of the Disciijles' Cbnrch in Detroit, Mich. 

661. John Milton,^ h. Jan, 16, 1810 ; d. in Charleston, S. C, Jan., 

662. Jfenrt/ //./ b. June 13, 1812 ; m. Nov. 29, 1835, Statira New- 
comb ; living, in 1870, in Mentor, O., with four children 
(having buried two), viz.: 1. Wi/iiam //,» b. Scftt 7, 183G; 
m. Sept. 20, 1859, Jennie 1'. Millard. Adjutant in the U.S. 



Army, and stationed at Nashville, Tenn., in 1873. He was 
coinniiEigioned '2d Lieut. 42(1 Ohio Vols. Sept. 2o, 18CI ; let 
Lieut, do. March 14, 1862; Captain, May 22, 180.^ ; mus- 
tered out Dec. 5, 1865, mth a brevet of Lieut. Col. Vols. 
He took a commispion iii the U. S, Array and wa.s Inanftfer- 
re<l to the Ifith Iiif. April 14, 1869; appointed Adjt. May 1, 
1872. He is much interested in the lineage of the Ckipp 
family and the preparatiou of this " Memorial." His oldest 
child d. of cholera in 1873. il. Eliza C," h. June 24, l«aS; 
m. June 24, H^Qi, Harrison S. Glazier, and live in Mentor, 
O. lil, LorinJa,^ b. Feb. 26, 1842; m. Nov. 20, 1867, 
Robert F. Dawson (b. in England), and live in Bedford, O. 
IV. Edward A'.,' b. May 10, 1851 ; m. May 15, 1873, Euima 
Schram, and live in Akron, ( ). 
563. Mrry,' b. April 8, 1814; d. September, 1818. 
664. Danikl," b. in 1771 ; d. in Dec. 1818. at M.irtinsl>urg, N. T. 
566. Abner,' b. March 25, 1775; m. at Colchester. Conn., in 1798, 
Mercy Gillet, and settled in Martinsburg, N. Y. ; moved to 
Franklin county, Ohio, in 1835 ; was a captain of cavalry in tlie 
war of 1812. Children : 

566. Emili/,' b. Nov. 22. 1709 ; in. Oct. 12, 1823, Asa M. Rogers, 

and had three children. Mr. Rogers d. .Jan. 2, 18;il, and sho 
m. Sept. IG, 1835, Apollos Rogers, and had a pair of twins. 

567. Balph,' b. M.iy 1, 1801 ; m. .Jan. 22, 1824, at Champion, N. 

Y., Sally Hubbard; was a Methodist minister, and acquired 
cousiderahle celebrity; lived iu the oil regions of Penusyl- 
vaniii, and d. at President, in thivt State, Aug. 11, 1865. 
Children: \, Edipin Emmett,* b. Oct. 15, 1824; lives in 
President, Pa.; in 1870, said to have been very successful in 
the oil business. |i, CfmrU's CntroUy* b. Sept. 2, 1820; d. 
Jlarch 29, 184:3. iii, EmeUne* b. Nov. 24, 1829 ; d. .lune 
2;i, 18G5 ; m. Sept. 1853, E. R. Slianklaud, and removed to 
Dubuque ; left four children, i?, CnroUnff* It. May 4, 1833 ; 
m. Dee. 1, 18G3, J. S. P. McCallister. and hud three children 
in 1870. y.Jolm Martin," b. M:>y 8, 1835; m. Dec. 21, 
18G5, Anna W. Pearson ; live at Newcastle, P.i. ; raised and 
was Captaiu of a military company in the great Rebellion. 
Vl, Ellen Geniiett,^ b. Feb. 26, 1839 ; m. James McLinn ; 
live in Baltimore. 

568. Arnold,' b. Oct. 6, 1803; m. March llT. 1826, Louisa Adams, 

who d. Aug. 22, 1836, and he m. second, Oct. G, 183(», Adeline 
R. Leonard. He was a farmer, and livefl in Daldonega, 
Iowa; he d. there Sept. 0, 1855. Children hv first wife; li 
DfWln Clinlon,' b. July 13, 1827; m. Jan. 30, 185G. Delia 
Hid)bard, and lived in Pittsburg, Pa., being engaged in the 
maiuifaclure of cotton goods. Children: (1) AWc ^imWm,* 
b. Nov. 20, 1856; (2) George HuhJ>ard* b. Dec. 14, 1858; 
(3) Charles Edurin," b. Nov. 29, 1860. ii. Elizabeth Snllie* 
b. Oct. 30, 1829; m. Jan. 25. 1855, Rev. C. A. Vaiianda, a 
Methodist Presiding Elder, and had five children in 1870. 
iii. Martin Adnms.*' h. Sept. 8. 1834 ; d. Aug. 30, 1835. ir, 
James Adams,' b. Aug. 17, 1836; <1. Aug. 4, 1837. Children 
by second wife: ?. PMlo Leonard' b. Oct. 14, 1837; a farmer 



in Dahloncga, aiul nnni. in 1870. vl, Louisa Adnline* b. Oct.1 
11, 1841 ; mariii^d. Tit, Louis Arnold* twin brollu'iof Louisa 
A., h. (Jet. 11, 1841 ; in 1870. single, an<l f'artuiii" with his 
brother Piulo L. villt Jmifi Mera/* li. Kol). 10, is44. |x, 
Dwi(fhl Oscar,^ h. April 9, 1847. X. Charlex Martin,* b. Aug. 
17, i8.^0. \\, Clara Alkeria," b. Sept. 7, 1852. 

569. Murtln GiUetl,^ b. June 28, 1807; ni. Jlay 24, 1831, Mary I 

Anil (Jillett ; was a very energetic business man; lived iai 
Wutertown, N. Y., and d. there, Nov. 7, 1834, at the early 
age of 27 years. Children : i. Harriet Emily* b. Aug. 2y, 
• 1832 ; m. Sept. 30, 18.^2, Peter L.Hyde. He was a vol- 
unteer in the great Rebellion; was acting as Colonel, and 
was shot through the and instantly killed while leading 
on his charge at Arkansas Post, Jan. 1 1, 1803, leaving thi'ee 
childreu. II, Charks Murtiu* b. July 5, 1834 ; iii. Aug. 25, ■ 
1 857. Georgiana Derby, of Boston. lie is extensively engagedB 
in. \\ni India-rubber business in Boston, under the lirni of 
C. M. Clapp & Co., who own and operate the large nianxifac- 
tnring establishment known as the j'Etna Rul)ber Mills, and 
are general agents of National Rubber Co. Was one of the 
Cotumittet! of Arrangements for tlie second CIap|) Family 
meeting, in Boston, 1873, and is alive to all that belongs to 
the liistory and good name of the Clapps, and of tlu' memhants 
of Boston. Children: (1) Georgiufi Lillian^ b. Dec. 4, 
1858; (2) Ilatlie J'Jmma,' b. April 5, 18C0. 

570. Ula J/arlow,' b. Dec. 4, 1810; ni. Feb. 1, 1832, Lucia Hunt- 

ington, who d. March 2, 1833, in Watertown, N. Y. He m.^ 
second, May 3, 1835, Eveline Wheeler, who d. in FarnuMgfoii, ™ 
in., May 15, 1850. lie m. third, Sept. 15, 1850, Anulia 
E. Pratt. He was a physician of considerable celebrity, _ 
with an extensive practice in Farmington, 111., which he wasfl 
obliged to relimpiish on account of his health ; and having a 
taste for agricultural pursuits, he bought the Koine Farms, 
at Rome, Peoria Co., III. He takes great interest in tho m 
genealogy of his family, and furnished much valuable inform.a< H 
tion for this " Mymorial." In 1870, he had sold out his esl-ate 
in Rome, hud retired from .ictive business, and was residing 
A in Chicago, 111. Children by first wii'e: ii Geortje Iliiufiiir/- 

ifon," b. Jan. 30, W!33 ; m. Nov. 14, 18C0, Sanih Kdley;'a 
farmer, in Chillicothe, lib, and has one child. ( 1 ) ChiirUs /,.,* 
b. May 22, 18r(4. By second wife: il, Lucia Jaiie,^ b. April 
fi, 183G; m. Dec 20, 1805, Ernest II. Bellinger; live at^ 
OxvatoMua, Minn, jh, .fames /A'tn's' b. .July (1, 1837 ; m. Aug. 
(>, 18(J8. Katie Barton. Iv, Fraiiris,* b." Jan. 4, 1830; d.j 
Jan. 8, 183'.t. V. Josf/tfiine.^ b. Feb. 7, 184fi; d. at Farmington, 
III., Aug. 4, 1847. vl. llmrictta* b. Dec. 5, 184;>; <1. at 
Farmington, 111., May G, 1850. By third wife: Til. Mary* 
b. Aug. 21, 1853; d. Oct. 21, 185G. flii. Eben Pratt* 
March 10. 1859. 

571. Horace E.,^ b. Mar. 1 ft, 1813 ; d. in Norwich, O.. Aug. 2, 1835.J 

572. Phih? b. March 8, 1H18; d. iu Norwich, O., Aug. 2.3, 1835. 

573. Genmtt,^ b. Oct 11>, 1823 ; m. April, 1843, Irwin Jloore, who! 

d. at Norwich, O., Juno IG, 1840, leaving two daughters: U\ 




Mary A.? now (1870) teaching at Jennings Seminary, 
Aurora, 111. li. Elisabttli M.,^ lived with her father at Niles, 

574. Joel," li. March 25, 1775, twin brother of Abner; d. young. 

575. Jane,* m. Mr. Lee. 

576. Mercy,* m. Joel Shapley.^ 

577. Electa," m. John Finney. 

578. NANcr,' b. in 1783; d. uuni. August .1, 184-5. 

579. Abigail,' b. in 1785 ; d. iiiim. at Martiusbiu-g, Nov. 12, 1812. 


:\.., ■ 

JOEL' (Roger,* Roger' Preserved,'' Roger'^), son of Hoger and 
•wife Ami Clapp, and twin brother of the preceding, was born in 
1737. Uc wa.<j Lieutcoant of a military company; and he married 

Children of Joel and (Pomeroy) Clapp: 

580. CtnthiAjMj. Oct. 28, 1771 ; m. Oliver Clark, of Southampton, 
father of Rev. Lewis F. Clark ; d July 27. 1839. 

581. Joel,* b. July 17, 1772; m. Feb. 12, 18Uit, Turzey Trowbridge, 
of Buck land. Childn-n: 

582. Enfus,^ b. Dec. 5, 1800; d. Sept. 12, 1802. 

583. Hannah,^ b. Nov. 1«. I8o;3 ; m. May 30, 1827, Atwater Street, 
of Holyoke; d. April 12, IHM. 

584. Eliza,' b. Au!j. IS, ISOi.;; m. Nov. .'iO, 182fi, Julius Boyd, of 
W. Springfield, aud liad five children ; d. Dec. 18, 1870. 

585. Jinfus Trowbridge,'' b. Dec. 30, 1812 t d. March 7, 1813, 
58tj. Joel Taylor^ b. Aug. ('», 1814; a fiiriner and carpenter in 

Southampton; in. Diantlia Minerva Coo, of llartland, Conn. 
He was one of the lifsl who pro[»osed the plan of holding the 
Clapp Family Gathering in Northampton, in 1870, and la- 
bored iuc<!ssantly in [iropariiig fur and Ciirrying through that 
first meeting of the Clappa. Childrc ri : i, Ilantuth Mnriu,'^ 
b. Dec. ly, 18.'j0; m. .Scjit. 2, 1874, Frank Cripps. W, An- 
netta M'za,^ h. April 4, 1857. 

587. Tur:e!/ Murium b. Oct. 23, 1H20; d. unm. April 6, 184^ 
588. STErnEN,' I). Dec. !l, 1775; m. firat, Eunice, dau. of Oliver Chark; 
m. second, Lucy Ehveli ; lived in Southampton. Children by 
first wife ; 

58J), AY/njVfl,' b. Aug. 13, 1802. 

5U0. Stephen Dickinson,^ b. April ll,18n.j; m. first, in 1825, Electa 
Frary ; m. second, in 1832, Martha M. Graves. Cliililren : 
I. Ilornee F.,' b. May IG, 182.") ; m. May 2, 1854, Cordelia 
T. Thompson. Cliil. ; ( 1 ) Man/ E.,* b. March 20, 1 8."j5 ; (2) 
JretUi L.: b. Dec. 18, 185(5; (.3) Otastine li.* b. June 11, 
18.>8; (4) Anna D.,* b. Sept. 16, 1800; (5) Franklin h.* 
b. June 0, 18(>7; (0) S/ieit/on />.,' b. Feb. G, ISW*. ii. 
Eutiiie. J/.,»b. May, 1827; m. Nov. 28, 1844, Elijah Lyon. 
iii. S/vpJien D.,* b. May 0, 1828; m. Sept. 22, 1840, Svbil 
C. Strong. Chil.: (1) Henry .9.,' b. July 5. 1851 ; (2) Ella 
Jane* b. Oct. 5, 18G0, d. December, 18C0 ; {JS)EiteUa* b. Oct. 



111,1803: (4) Cora BJ b. July 2, 1868; (5) WiUiam* h. 
June 27, 1870. iv« 5/<eWort iJoftcrf," twin lirotlicrof Steplieii 
D., b. May G, 1828; m. Mary (or Miriam) E. Strong, July, 
184'> — he being 17 years okl, and bis wife 20 years. Chil. : 
(1) Mary Elizabeth* b. July 17, 184G; (2) 'WUHam S.* b. 
July 12, 184SK d. June !J, 18li2 ; (3) Albert K* b. July 10, 
1854 ; (4) Nellie Louisa,^ b. June 20, 1857. V. Electa E.* 
h. May, 1H3I); d. May, \Hi\3. \\, Etmira C," b. June 2, 
1834 ; m. Abner .Sbelon. \li, P/nleria G.," h. Sept. 3, 1840 ; 
m. William H. Kingskv, who was killed in tiie Battle of the 
Wildunie^MS in 1804. She d. April. 1804. Till. Mariha E.* 
b. June 4, 1844; d. Feb. IG, 18G4. l\, Abner A.,' b. June 
3, I84G. 

591. MaryJ b. Feb. 17, 1809. 

592. Sop/iia,'' b. Aug. 2G, 1811. 

593. Abner C.,'' b. March 2G, 1814; ni. Dec. 3. 1837, Gertrude 
Van Santford; lived in Albany. Children : l,Ait(/us/iis A.,^ b. 
Oct. IC, 1838; m. Aug. 17,' 18ti4, Jennie F. Weaver, and 
bad: (1) Emma F.," b. June 4. 1865 ; (2) Mu()tfie Z..' b. Jan. 
13, 18G0. li. Catharine E.,^ b. Oct. 12, 1841; d. March 24, 
1845. ili. Sopfiia S.,* h. Aug. 28, 1843 ; d. April 15, 1846. 
It. WiUiam B.," b. Nov. 15, 1845. v. Marf/ E.," b. June 22, 
1848 ; d. Dec. 10, 1869. vl. Abir/ail A.,^ h. March 30, 1851. 
Til. Step/ien D.,^ b, May 17, 1855 ; d. March 11, 18G1. 

Child l)y second wife : 
504. Ansel D.,' b. March 4, 1821. 
595. Hannah," m. Hufns Trowbridge. 
5iJG. Jemima,* b. Feb. 21, 1780; m. Ilezekiah Wright; d. Aug. 9, 1862. 

597. Susan," b. Jiuie 29, 1785; m. Feb. 18, 18UG, Thoma.s Rowley; d. 

Sept. G. 1855. 

598. CnESTER,* b. Nov. 25, 1788 ; d. Sept. 9, 1862; no. Sept. 19, 1814, 

Jeru.siia Ilannuni. Children; 

599. Alerey Anit,^ b. May 20, 1810; m. Nov. 30, 1837, WiUiam 

DeLancy ; lived in Unionvillo, Conn. 

600. Dorcas Hannum,^ b. Nov. 18, 1818 ; m. Sept 25, 1841, Morris 
Wolcott; lived in Westhampton. 

601. Charles LemW b. May 14, 1821 ; d. May 11. 18G6; m. Dec. 
17, 184G, Dorris II. l?urt; a farmer, and lived in Sotithamp- 
tou. Children : I. Elbfrline Ltwretia,*' b. May 31, 1848 ; d. 
May 6, 1850. W, Dwi,jhl. Thumpson,* b. Sept. 23, 1851; d. 
Sept. 22, 1852. iil. VeUna Elbertine,'' b. Sept. 29, 1853; 
ni. Sept. 2, 1869, Charles F. Graves, and lives in K«yiawee, 
Henry Co., III. It, Ehine Lewis,* b. Dec. 7, 185fi ; d. Aug. 
20, 1858. T, Myra JM* b. Jau. 31, 1800. Tl, Charles 
Burt,Uv Feb. 22, 18G4. 

602. Eunice Octavia,^ b. Dec. 1823 ; m. Jan. 1, 1857, Henry Cady, 
and lived in Southampton. 

Charity Lyman;' b. Nov. 13, 1827; m. April 12, 1849, Mat- 
thew Delancy ; lived in Richinond, Va., where she d. April 
23, 1855. 
Sman Jermhn.^ h. Nov. 18, 1832; m. Nov. 13, 1857, Albert 
^. Searl, and lived iu Lawrence, Kansas. 
605, Mebct,* unmarried. 





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JONATHAN' {Jmwtfuin* Ro^cr,' Prcscircd; Roger'), oldest cliild 
of Joimtlian and Submit (Strong) Clapp, of Eastliamptoti, was born 
Oct. 8, 1735. Ho married, first, Mary Strong, of Coventry, Conn.; 
second, Margaret Roguel, who died April 25, 1821. He settled in 
tUii north part of Easthaaiptou, and succeeded his father as a tavern 
keeper tliorc. 

Child of JoNATBAN and lat wife Mary (Strong) Olapp: 

606. JoNATiiAx,* b. March 2, 1777. 

Children of Jonathan and 2d wife Margaret (Roguel) Clapp: 

607. Mauy," h. JtiQ. 2:3, 1779; m. Idmhofl Wriorht. 
-f 60S. Mkdau,* b. Nov. b, 1783 ; <]. .July 29, 1853. 

609. Daniel,*' 1>. in 1793. 

GlO. Maroahet," m. first, Roswell Ktiiybt; second, John Ludden. 

— 238 

JOSEPH* (Jona/han,* Roger,'' Preserved,* Roger^), second son of 
Jonathan and Submit (Strong) Clappt of Earfllmniplon, was born in 
tliat town Nov. 3, 1736. Ho was a military Captain, and was active 
in all church and town afl'aira. When the town was incorjiorated, 
the lirst meeting for tlie choice of officers took place at his house, 
and the church was also organized there. He married ilanuah 

Children of Joseph and Hannah (Lyman) Ct-APP: 

611. Elizabeth,* b. Mairh 14. 17G3 ; ui. Elijikiui Phelps, of Chester- 
field, and settled in Northampton. She lived to be over 80 years 
G12. JosK.rn," b. Nuv. 11, 17C-1 : a merchant in Eastliamptou, an in- 
fiuentia.1 man in the pluco, and town chrk for mauy years ; va. 
Susuu Lyman; retir«>rl from mercantile lifu in 1810, and in 1830 
renioved to Homer, N. Y., whero he died. Children : 
G13. JosfphP A brewer; lived in Homer, N. Y. 
Cl'l. Sumner C,' b. March 10, 1800 ; gruduiited at Andover Theo- 
logical Seminary in 1827, and was settled in Ciibotville, Muss,, 
and other plaees. The latter part of his life, he lived in 
• Dorchester, but removed to Boston, and d. very suddenly, 

Jan. 26, 1869, almost the same day he removed there. 
He m. in 1829, Pamelia Strong, of Southsimpton. Children: 
\, I'rances Amelia' b. Nov. 2, 18.i5l, at Kulield, Mass.; m. 
Doc, 8, 1852, Franklin Fairbanks, of St. .Tohnsbnry, Vt., one 
of the firm of the famous scale manufacturers. ii, Henry 
Lyinan,^ b. Aug. 18, 1836; m. Jau. 25, 18G5, Susan R. 
Tainter, of South Brookfield. Mass. 

615, Ahiizo? A mercliant in Illinois. 

616. Aleiider.'' Studied Tlicolngy in Andover. Was a teacher in 
Mississippi, also in Worthiiigton aud Pittsfiolu, Mass. Has 
been an hamate of the Insane Asylum in Worcester. 



' Other childieu are also referred to la Mr. Lymaa'a History of 
-4-G17. Thaddkus,' b. March 31, 1770. 

618. Luther* b. April 8, 1772; ra. Tirzah, dan. of Deacon Enoch 

^yhite, of Soutli HaJley, and d. Aug. 17, 1811, aged 8!) years, 
without issue. His wife il. a fortnight after, aged 38 years. 
They were buried in the samo grave, and a moimincut over it 
says of tliem, " Ttiey were active, pleasant, benevoleutT. devout." 
He was Cajitain of a military compsioy. 

619. Isaac,' settled in the centre of the town, and was joint partner in 
the douring mill there, and also carried on a farm; m. Judith 
Kirkland, of Norwich. Ctiildren : 

620. Marilla^ ni. Edwin Kinsley, of Southampton. 

621. JudiUiy m. Theodore Lyman. 
€22. Isaac K.^ m. Alice, dau. of Sylvester Knight, and lived in 

623. Maria Ann.'' 
C24. Hdward,^ a farmer ; not m. in 1843. 

625. Rlipus,* lived iu Michigan ; m Coeley, who d. March 21, 

1847. Children: 

626. Eilwin. M.^ lived in Kalamazoo, Mich. 

627. liafus iS.,' live<l in New Diggings, Wisconsin, and afterwards 
removed to I^evada. 

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BENJAMIN* (JoTtafhan,' Roger,* Preserved,* Roger'), third son 
of Jonathan and Submit (Strong) Olapp, of Easthampton, was born 
Dec. 16> 1738; married Phebe Bojnton; died Nov. 8, 1815, aged 
77 years. He is said to have been remarkably strong and rugged, 
and he continued throup;h life the old puritanic habit of attending 
church every Sunday. He was in the Revolutionary army for a time, 
but was called home (o take charge of his sick father. Mrs. Clapp 
died in 1847. The following obituary notice of her appeared in the 
NdrtJtnmpton Courier: — "Died, at Easthanipton, Nov. 30, 1847, 
Mrs. Phebe Clapp, aged 97 years aiid 7 days. Sbe was married 82 
years since to Mr. Benjamin Clapp, and was the mother of fifteen 
children, thirteen of whom lived to become heads of families. One 
daughter, now at the age of 79 years, followed her to the grave. 
Sbe had about seventy grandchildren." 

Children of Benjamin and Phere (Boynton) Clapp: 

628. Rachei,,* b. Feb. 28. 1768; m. Jan. 1800, Nathaniel Edwards, of 

Northampton ; d. July 11, 1868, aged 100 years, 4 mo«. and 11 

629. OcRAN,« b. Feb. 27, 1770; d. Dee. 16, 1835; m. Mrs. Sarah 
Brown, dau. of Capt. David Lymau, of Easthampton, and widow 
of Mr. Brown, by whom she had had two children. Children 
of Ocran and wife ; 

630. Lucy^ m. Milton Lloyd, of Blandfoid. 



681. Lorenzo^ m. S«iphronia Clark, of SouthamptoD, and removed 
to Missouri in 11^44 ; d. about 1859. 

632. Algernon^ b. Au|j[. 1810 ; became a cripple at 15 jears, Irtit 
perambulated the Western States, and in 1857 aettletl down 
in Dahloncgm Walpole Co., Iowa ; a man of geniuK ; the 
author of this book corresponded with him in 1863 and sub- 
aequently ; was never married. 

C.33. FlordlaJ d. unmarried. 

634. Ciymene^ d. unmarried. 
635. Sophia,' b. Dec 9, 1771 ; m- Rev. Gail Newell, of Nelson, N. H.; 
d. Sept, 11, 1840. 

686. Anna,' b, Nov. 21, 1773 ; d. Dec 13, 1802 ; m. Medad Lyman, 

and removed to Charlotte, Vermont 

687. Cl-ARISSA," b. Feb. 22, 1776 ; m. Jonathan Lyman, and removed 

to N. Ferrisburg, Vt. ; was living in 18C4. 

638. Benjamin,* b. Nov. 14, 1778; d. April 1, 1821. He was a phy- 

sician, and lived near Columbia, S. C. Married, and had a son 

639. Sally," b. Nov. 15, 1780; m. Dec. 31, 1806, Daniel Lyman, of 

Easthaupton; d. January, 1844. 

640. Solomon,* b. Sept. 2, 1782; d. Decemlwr, 1820; m. Pauline 

Avery, and settled in Easthampton. Children : 

641. Mmului? lived in Ohio. 

642. William Notjes^ b. Nov. 3, 1810 ; a farmer; m. first, Tryphena 

Janes, who d. July 29, 1847; m. second, Jan. 4, 1848, 
Emily Janes, who d. Nov. 8, 1861 ; m. third, Oct. 1, 1862, 
Prudence Wait. Children: \, StiraJt Eugenia} \\,St>hinon 
Parsons," b. March 17, 1837; m. May 14, 18G5, Laura 
Leonard, of Woilhington, and had : (I) Jiosa Ward* b. Oct. 
10, 18G9. fli, WlUlam Echfar* b. Sept. 9, 1839; m. April 
19, 1865. Ellen M. Clark, and had: (1) Carrie Trtjphena* 
b. April 15, 1860. \\. liliza Trt/phena," h. Dec 31, 1843; 
m. Nov. 8, 1865, George W. Guilford, of Cummingtou. V, 
Jimi/g Maria," h.No\. 14, 1859. ^\, H(Mie Ellen* h. Oci. 
13, l«t>l. Vll. Mary Fjla,* b. Aug. «'., 1866 ; d. Dec 1866. 
Vill. Churks Benjamin* b. Nov. 27, 1869; d. Dec 31, 1869. 

643. Mariette,^ h. April 20, 1814: m. Nov. 6,1835, Joseph F. 

Alvord and had seven cliiklren. They were the first settlers 
in the town of Uuriicnt, 111., and as the country commenced 
to grow and die railroad was carried through, their house 
was mad".* the <k^j)ot, hotel and boarding-house for the in-com- 
ing population. They hud three sons in the army during 
the war of llio Rebeltion, one of whom was killed at the 
bailie of Slono River, Tenn., iiml another d. of disease. Mr. 
and Mrs. Alvord were at the Family Gathering at North- 
aroptxjn in 1870. 

644. Benjamin? moved to Ohio. 

645. Solomon,'' moved to Ohio. 

646. Theodore^ moved to Ohio. 

647. George? a farmer in Miinneaota. 

648. Jane Elisabeth? h. Nov. 17, 1825; m. May 21, 1845, Zabdiel 

A. Thayer, of Williamshurg, and had five children. 
Lyman's Uistory nioutious as chil. of Solomon : Sophia,'' Amelia? 



649. Spencek,' b. Aug. 15, 1784; settled in Eaatharapton, and after- 
wards removed to WinJaor, Conn. He m. Jan. 1, 1805, Diaua 
Phelps. Children : 

650. Al/reti^'' b. Dec 9, 1813; m. Sept. 24, 1849, Mariette Tuppor. 

fie is a farmer, and lives in Huntington ; tall in stature ; is 
alive to all the pttssing events of the day, and took an active 
part in the Clapp Family Gathering at Northampton in 1870. 
His ehihlreu are: I.Florence Ada,* b. Sept. 1,1850. ii, 
Ifeitry i?.,« b. Jan. 19. 1854. \i\, Julia JV.,« b. Aug. 13, 

651. Nehon^ lived in Plainfield. 

652. Eliza,^ d. early. 

653. Carolive^ m. Jared Smith, of Granby. 

654. Spencer,'' lived in Winsted, Conn. 
A Spencer Clapp d. Dei^. 11, 181(5. 

655. Lewis,'' b. Oct. 5, 1822; m. May 20, 1845, Augusta A. 

Wright, who was b. Sept. 28, 1845, and d. Feb. 15, 1871. 
He datwl from Montreal in 1871. 

656. PiiEBE,'* b. Sept. C, 1786; m. Levi Clapp (No. 268), of East- 


657. Fan.w," b. Feb. 24, 1789; m. Jan. 5, 1809, Jared Clark, of 

Easthampton, and removed to Bucksville, Ohio, where she was 
living a widow iu 18154. 

658. Caroline,* b. Out. 15, 1791; m. Aug. 1812, Milton Knight; living 

in Huntington in 18C4, and !i;ul luid six children. 

659. Gkohgk,* b. April 24, 1794; settled in Spencer; d. July 15, 



CHARLES' {Simeon,* Roger ^ Preiaved,' Roger^), son of Simeoa 
and Sarali (Ctark) Clapp, of Northampton, was bom Oct. 18, 1767, 
and died Match 14, 1859. He married, Nov. 28, 1792, Abigail 
Clark, of Nortliamptou, who was born July 16, 1770, and they lived 
iu WorthingtOH. 

Children of Charles and Abigail (Clark) Clapp: 

-I-6G0. Levi,' b. Feb, 11, 1794; d. Dc«, 7, 1854. 

661. CnLOE,' b. July 11, 1796; m. Nov. 9, 1817, Solomon P. Fitch; 

d. J;m. 10, 18'52. 

662. Abigail Melknthe," b. Oct 31, 1800 ; m. April 8, 1820, Fordyce 

Sampson; d, Feb. 13, 18G1. 

663. Mary A.nn Elizadktu,' b. Dec. 28, 1803; m. March 14, 1833, 

Sumner Dwulap ; d. July 19, 1861. 

664. Juliette Meriad,* b. Jan. 26, 1806; d. April 7, 1832; m. 

Aug. 21, 1826, Simeon Clapp. 

665. Sarau Wright," b. Feb. 24, 1809 ; m. Nov. 27, 1844, Austin 

Ware; d. March 26, 1858. 

666. Lacra Jane,' b. July 24, 1812 ; m. May 28, 1833, Samuel D. 
Billiuga, and had four children. 

667. Charles Clark,' b. Jan. ID, 1817; m. Sept, 1843, Lucy A. 
Bascom; d, July 4, 1854. 




TEOM AS" (Thomas* Thomas,' Preserved,* Roger' J, son of Thomas 

and (Colt) Clapp, married, Jan. 1782, Huldah Bull, and 

resided on the farm in Hartrord with his father nntil 17i>2, or later, 
then removed to New York city. 

Children of Thomab and Huldah (Bull) Clapp: 

668. Mahy,» b. March 5, 1784; m. Samuel Green, of New York, and 
had three children. 
-f-669. James,' b. Dec. 20, 1785 ; d. Jan. 8, 1854, aged 68 yearn. 

670. Ctnthia,* b. Jan. 26, 1788 ; d. iu 1805, aged 17 years. 

671. Abigail,* b. Feb. 21, 1793. 

672. Catharine,' d. young. 
-f-673. J0HM,« b. Aug. 22, 1801. 


ROSWELL' (Preserved,* Preserved,* Preserved,^ Prcsetred,* Roger'), 
oldest son of Dr. Preserved Clapp, of Amherst, was born in 1766. 
He married Rachel Stevens, and settled in Ctaremont, N. H. He 
was a soldier in the war of the Revolution, and received a pension 
from government the latter part of his life. He died in 1843. 

Children of Ro8Well and Rachel (Stevens) Clapp: 

674. Horace,' b. in 1700; m. June 28, 1818, Hannah Ivers, of Bos- 
ton. Was at the Clapp Gatherings in 1870 and 1873, and was 
then living in Cunibriclge, Mass. Cluldren : 

675. Horace," aettled iu Savannah, Geo. 

676. WtUiam* a hatter by trade. 

677. Caroline.* 

-f678. Derastus,' b. May 1, 1792. 

679. Solon,' m. first, July 10, 1816, Hannah Ivimball ; second, Sophia 
Do<lge, and lived iu Mitiichester, W. H. Children: 

680. Harriet.' b. in 1817 ; il. Feb, 29, 1840. 

681. Elizabeth Ann,* b. in 1820; m. D. Drake. 

682. Syloina Amelia,* ) r^ • i * -i ot i f ro- F. Rowe. 

683. Solon Aku-ander,' f T"'"'«' ^- ^1'"^ ^^' ^^^^- [m. Nov. 19, 
1846, Caroline E. Hoilgdon, and lived in Newton. 

084. Oliver,' d. in Sprinfjlifld. uiiui., iu 1820 or 1821. 

685, Alexander Hamilton," m. Nov. 19, 1829, Elizalnith Merchant, 

and had a dau. Emily.' He was a chaise and harues6 maker in 

G86. TuKCHjfhSiA,' m. Theodore W. Cunningham, of Boetou, aud had 

two children. 
687. Maby,' m. Mr. Newton, who d. iu Boston^ of smallpox, about 1840. 


JOHN* {John," John,* Preserved,' Preserved,* Roger'), oldest son 
of John and Eunice (Smead) Clapp, of Deerfiold, married Phebe 
Rosa, and removed to Ohio. 



18, 1821, and he m. sfcoiid, 
Lived in llatiield. Cluldreu 

Children of John and Phebb (Roas) Clapp : 

688. Phebe,^ b. Feb. 5, 178G; d. unm. Aug. 2, 1837. 

689. Aktemas/ b. Mnrch 3, 1787 ; d. by drowning, May 11, 1802. 

690. Edenezer,' b. May 13, 1788; d, Feb, 4,1858; m. tlrst, Hiilly 

Clary, of Deerfield, wbo d, Oct. 
Dec. 15, 1822, Abigail Aiideraon. 
by first wife : 

691. S<»%,«b. May 14, 1815. 

692. Painelia Clay,' b. June 21, 1817. 

693. Sarah Maria," h. July 7, 1819. 

By second wife Abigail ; 
604. Hiram Spencer," b. Sept. 18, 1823; d. Sept. 22, 1824. 
695. Fidelia,* b. Aug. 14, 1825. 
69«. Charles Henry,'' b. Sept. 30, 1827. 

697. Helen Mar,^ b. Dec. 4, 1829. 

698. Jane,* b. May 6, 1831. 

699. Cathabine,^ b. Jau. 31, 1790; m. liibbard Smith; d. April 17, 


700. Sally,^ b. Oct. 10, 1791 ; m. and lived in Buffalo, N. T. 
101. John,' b. Muy 21, 1793; d. May 28, 1837. 

702. Spencer,' b. Aug. 17, 1794; d. unm., Nov. 2, 1818. 

703. Zenas,' b. Jau. 30, 1796; He m. Pamelia Clary, sister of his 

brother Ebenezor's wife, and after his death she m. again and 
removed to Ohio. Zenas was preceptor of an Academy in the 
western part of New York State ; had a dau. Harriet} He d. 
Jan. 29. 1837. 

704. Calvim Ro3S,'b. June 2.3, 1797; m. first, November, 1822, Tirzah 

Smith, sister to t!te hul^band of his sister Cutliarine; slie diud, 
and he m. secoud, Philena Graves, and for a thirrl wife he m., 
Aug. 13, 1857, Submit Farusworth. They lived in Deorfifld. 
Children by first wife: 

705. Edwin //,« b, Dec. 25, 1823. 

706. Thomtu G.,* b. Sept. 1. 1825 ; m. Jan. 21, 1852, Hannah 

Ball, and had: I. ha L.* b. Aug. 2, 1854; ||. Wyman H'.,' b. 
Oct. 30, 1862 : 111, Sarnti J.: b. Nov. 27, 1863 ; |V. WilUam 
H.* b. April 9, 1865; \. Hanaa/t F.,* b. June 20, 1867. 
Wife Iliiunah t). Julv 5, 1867, and he m. second, March 14, 
1868, liuth L. Kichuiond, and hail : tI. MAel M.* b. Feb. 4, 

707. Sarah Jane,* b. Oct 18, 1827 ; d. Jan. 21, 1859. 

708. Marion A.,' b. Dec. 3, 1829; d. Sept. 13, 1856. 

709. Funice M.," b. Dec. 22, 1831. 

By second wife Philena : 

710. WiUiam H.,* b. Sept. 8, 1841. 

711. CharUs Z.,« b. July 28, 1850. 

712. Tirzah P.,» h. Oct 5, 1853; d. July 3, 1854. 

713. Catnn S.,' b. July 1. 1856. 

714. HiBAM,' b. Dec. 26, 1798; d. March 1, 1871; m. first, widow 
Cobb, lived in Deerfield, and had a family ; m, second, Feb. 28, 
1870, a year before his decease, his cousin Catharine G. (No. 
422)t dau. of Erastus Clapp, and widow of Joel Fish. 



715. Patty/ h. May 4, 1800 ; «1. Aug. 6, 1803. 

716. Samuel,' b. May 29, 1801 ; d. Oct. 9, 1801. 

717. Eunice,' b. July 9, 1803 j m Bridges, and lived in Deer- 

field; d. Nov. 5, 1831. 


ELISHA' (John,' John* Pre»enecl,* Preserved* Roger*), second 
son of John aud Eunice (Smead) Clapp, married Asenath Taylor. 
He died Feb. 3, 1835, and slio died Aug. 26, 1827. 

Children of Eltsha and Asenath (Taylor) Clapp of Deerfield: 

718. Eleanor,' b. Feb. 3, 1793; m. William Ross, and lived in Spriug- 

tiekl, Mass. 

719. Nancy,' b. Oct. 10, 1794; lived in Deerlield, unm. 

720. Gratia,' b. Nov. 2, 179G; m. Hart riiillips, of Deerfield; d. at 
Hoosac, N. Y., Nov. 11, 1831. 

721. Seth,' b. Dec. 18, 1798; m. Sophia Ann Bogue, and lived in 
Amherst, Mass.; d. at Gulesville, N. Y., June 23, 1853. Chil. : 

722. Frances Sophia,' h. Feb. 8, 1829, in SLutesbury ; a teacher Id 
Amhei'ft, Mass. 

723. Etisha Bogue,* b. in 1835 ; m. Alice Jane Connelly ; moved to 
lluutsvilie, Ala., in Juue, 18.39 ; thence U> Leilger, N. C., and 
afterwards to Knoxville, Tenn. ; a hanlwiire merchant and 
dealer in mica. Children : f, WlUium Itulph* h. March 26, 
1800; li, il/«rv /.%,' b. Out. 18, 18C4; YA, Sara l^anche* 
b. .Jan. 1, 1870'. 

724. Ralph,' b- Dec- 18, 1802; d. Oct. 13, 1857 ; m. April 7, 1841, 
Minerva Smith, aud lived in Deerfield. She d. Aug. 20, 1867. 
Children : 

725. Alfred Dwifffit,* b. Feb. 10, 1842. 

726. Addison Hihlntrd* b. April 2, 1843. 

727. Edtcard Par/jion,'' b. Aug. 20, 1846; m. Oct. 22, 1868, Sara 
Shehion Clarv, and had: 1. Ralph C* b. July 19, 1870. 

728. Mi/ra Elizabeth} b. May 20, 1850. 
729. Franklin,' b. July 4, 1804; m. Juno 2, 183.^, Lona White, of 

Colraine, Mass., and lived in Deerfield. Children: 

730. Mary Jane," b. Feb. 2, 1836. 

731. Alonzo Smead," h. Aug. 7, 1839; m. May 2, 1871, Etta J. 
Ripley, b. Nov. 27, 1846. 

782. James White,* b. July 30, 1842. 
733. Georrje Franklin,^ h. OcU 22, 1846. 

734. Myra,' b. Aug. 3, 1807 ; d. Dec. 15, 1831. 

735. Fanny,' b. March 29, 1810. 

736. Alonzo,' b. March 11, 1813; d. at Terre Haute, Lid., June 4, 


JOSEPn* i^John,' John* Preserved* Preserved," Roger*), third son 
of John and Eunice (Smead) Clapp, was born in August, 1770, and 
died about the year 1819. Ue was a very ingenious mecbanic. lie 



married Ann, daughter of Capt. Moses Harvey, and settled in Moa- 
tague. Cajit, Harvey was distinguished Ibr bis bravery during the 
French and Indian war; in one engagement be had Uirce bullets 
shot llirour^li his hat by the Indians. 

Children of Josei'H and Ann (tlarvey) Clapp; 

737, Martin Harvey/ b. March [), 1797 ; d. 1873. In 1820, he m. 
Maria Russell, of Montague, whoil. Dec. 16, 1858. In Nov. 18(!], 
he m. second, Clara Ball. They lived in MonUigue, and for 
Bsveral years he ref>re8eutcd tlml town in tlie General Court.* 
His father dying when he was about 20 years old, tbe care of 
the inother'a family mostly devolved u|>on him. He was much 
respected for his worth. Chihlreu by first wife: 

738. Georr/e A.,* h. March G, 1827; a grooer iu Montague; m. 

April 8, 1852, Irene F. Parker. Chilelren: U Robert P.* 
b. Oct. 21, 1855; II. Luria J/.,' b. July 23, 18G0. 

739. Minerva* h. April II, 1829; d. May H)' 1847. 

740. Jamts Ifenri/,^ b. March 8,183-1; a manufacturer of tools in 

New Ik'ilford, Mass. 

741. Waks WiUierforce," b. March 27, 183G; a surgeon-dentJat in 

Norwich, Conn. 

742. Marin /,.," b. Jan. 4, 1840. 

743. JioUtii Nenk,' b. Aug. 18, 1S43; a stove-dealer in Montague ; 

m. May 10, 18G.5, Estlwr 13. D wight. 
744. JosEfii,' b. Aug. 23, 17U8. He lived in Montague, and repre- 
sented that town in 1840 in tbe State Legislature. Ho m. Sept. 
13, 1823, Betsey Puffer; d. Dec. 2. 1848. Children: 
745. Josep/t," b. Oct. 13, 1H24; m. Feb. 2G, 1851, Sandi E. Stone, 
and bad: \, Ellen Saralt,^ b. March 27, 185G; l\, Jiesnie 
Loise,^ h. Oct. 21, 18()G. 
74G. Elizabeth,'' b. June 18, 1820; d. March 29, 1833. 

747. Louha* b. Sept. 29, 1829; m. Dec. 13, 1849, Samuel D. 


748. Ellmbelh.* b. Aug. 20, 1833 ; m. Aug. 30, 1854, Spencer S. 

Sherman, an<l lived in Boston. 

749. Erastns .S'.,' b. May 13, 1838 ; a musician. 

750. Julia Ann,'' b. 0^! 5, 1842 ; d. .Tan. 7. 1840. 

751. Edward* b. May 0, 1844 ; m. Nov. 23, 1873, Ella F. Cobb. 

752. LccY,' m. Jesse Gunn, and lived in Ohio. 

753. George,' m. about 182H, Mary Ann Pufler, sister to his brother 

Joscplj's wife. In 1841, be was a representative lo the General 
Court. Children: 

754. Lucy Ann,^ b. Aug. 15, 1828; ra. 1849, Austin Ayres. 

755. Jane Eliza* b. Aug. 27, 1830; m. 1850, Rufus W. Straiten. 
75G. Li/diu Helen* b. Jan. 25, 1833; is dead. 

757. Ci/rm Clinton,^ b. Feb. 26, 1835; m. 1855, Ellen L. Paige. 

758. j'liJiiis Moore,* b. Feb. 28, 1837 ; m, EUen Taylor. 

759. Mary Auffustu,' b. Juno 16, 1839, 

760. Hannah Sophia-* b. Oct. 10, 1841 ; m. 1864, James Dike. 
7G1. SaraJi Adelaide," b. Jan. 2, 1844; m. iu 18G7, Thomas E. N. 


762. Heman Walbridge Miller • b. Sept. 10, 1845. 

763. Alice Eugenie," b. June 29, 1848; d. Aug. 29, 1849. 


764, Gtorgt Wim$,' b. Nov. 2, 1851 ; cL Nov. 9. 1851. 
765. Ekastc;) S.,^ b. Sept. 9, 1804; lived id Monlagoe; m. Oct. 7, 
1847, Silinda .J. Parker, of Amherst. Ciiildreu: 

766. auirk$ /%• h. Sept. 9, 1848. 

767. Anme &,* b. Feb. i, 18.52. 

768. Atia H.* b. Julj 1 5. 1856. 
769. AvEBT,^ m. Feb. 17, 1831, Caroline A. Morse; * wheelirright by 

trade, in Montague. Chiidreo: 

770. Dwight? » b. Sept. 9, 1839 J ^ t , , «« r. - 

li\. Avery; J "^ f > '(m. Aug. 12, 1863, Came 

E. Turner, and had : I. Ltukvy,^ b. Aug. 10, 1864. 
772. Ckriitopher A^* b. April 15, 1842 ; m- May 3, 1864, Angie 
M. Dudley; a tavcm-ke<^per. 
773, Ctbcs,'' m. Jan. S, 1837, Sophia Brown. They lived in Ohio, 
but returned to Montague about 1848. Children: 

774. Frunce*," b. Nov. ii, 1837, in Perry, Ohio. 

775. Lmerty* b. Nov. 4, 1839 ; m. March 8. 1865, Hattie M. Gunn, 
Chil.: !,/,«/</ /t//," b. Jan. 24, 1866; li. Er,uH Wellingion,* 
b. March 31, 1868 ; iii. Edward Ciijion,' b. Aug. 3, 1870. 

776. AtiM Maria,* b. Aug. 7, 1842; m. in iH6'J, Sumner Ball. 

777. Ditighl C^* b. Aug. 23, 1844; m. in 1870, Marv A. Blo<lgett. 

778. Emnui S.^h. Aug. 10, 1846; m. in 1868, Edward P. Gujui. 

779. Martin Hatvey,^ b. Dec. 22, 1848; lives in Kansas. 

780. Julia J.,* b. April 1, 1851 ; teacher. 

781. Horatx Gretby* b. Sept. 5, 1853; d. June 11, 1859. 

782. Fred,," b. OcU 1, 1855. 
783. JcLiA As.N,' m. Charles Whitmore, and lived in Sonderland. 


JOSnUA* {Ezra,' Ezra,* Preserred,* Prejierval,* Roger'), sixth sou 
of Ezra and Grace (Mather) Ctapp, waa born in Westfield, May 15, 
1194. He married, May 15, 1826, Lucia D., youngest daughter of 
Hon. N. P. Denny, of Leicester. From one of a series of articles 
entitled " Reminidcencca of Leicester," aud published in the ii'orcc$- 
ter Spij, the following interesting sketch has been obtained. " Mr. 
Clapp was educated at Leicester Academy, and afterwards received 
his mercantile training as a clerk in the well known house of A. & 
A. Lawrence, in Boston, and established himself in that cily as a 
commission merchant, where he had a thriving bnsiness until 1829, 
when he parchased of the Saxon and Leicester Factory their large 
woolen mills and privilege iu the south part of this town, now known 
as the Rochdale Mills, for which he paid thirty thousand dollars. 
Here he put up a new mill, added largely to the capacity of the ma- 
chinery, and commenced the manufacture of flannels and other woolea 
goods. He named the village Clappvillc, and took a deep interest 
in its prosperity. In 1831, he pnrehased the homestead-place of 
Dr. Austin Flint, on the east side of the common in the centre village 
of Leicester, inclading about twenty-nine acres of land. He removed 



therefrom all Llie LuilJiugs, and in the following year erected the 
splendid mansion house and other buildings now on the spot. No 
pains or expense were spared for this purpose, and the work was 
done under the supervision of one of the moat thorough house build- 
ers which Boston afforded. Mr. Clapp was a man impulsive in his 
nature, of quick decision, great business capacity, untiring cnerg)', 
and was bold and daring in his financial speculations. In the early 
stage of his manufacturing business he was successful, and acquired 
a pretty largo property. He was generous and almost prodigal, 
not only in his personal expenses, but in his contributions to the 
public. He kept a professional hunter lo supply his table at all 
times with the game of the field and forest, and a scientific and prac- 
tical gardener who took charge of hi.'S extensive and beautiful grounds, 
which were laid out with the most artistic taste, and Med with <ho 
most rare and beautiful exotic and native plants, flowers and shrub- 
bery to be found in this region. These grounds were ever open 
to visitors, aryl many a procession on gahi days and public occa- 
sions marched through their walks to admire the skill and taste 
displayed in the arrangement of this beauliftil floral carpet. He was 
liberal to the poor and generous to the ])ublic. Ho was one of the 
principal founders of the Unitarian society of tlic place, and con- 
tributed generously to the expense of building their church near his 
residence, in 1834, and in tlie support of the gospel for some years 
afterwards. Among his contributions to the town was a fine clock, 
which was placed in the belfry of the Orthodox church near by, and 
still remains there. He was a decided and active temperance man, 
and, in the early days of tfmt reform, he paid for and caused to bo 
distributed a weekly temperance journal to every family in town. In 
1836 he purchased, at a considerable sacrifice, tho only public house 
then in the village, and leased it to a tenant, to be opened as a tem- 
perance hotel, which was the first experiment of the kind in tho place. 
Although Mr. Cla])p was a man of good judgment, and shrewd in his 
calculations generally, his bold operations in the market were not 
always successful, aeid in consequence of his extensive purchase of 
•wool aod flannels about the time of iho great revulsion in 1837-8 he 
met with losses so great as to overthrow him, and he was obliged to 
give up his manufacturing establishment, and sell the real estate, 
which had cost him so much time and money, and which he had 
hoped to keep for a home for himself and family. After leaving 
Leicester in 1839, he engaged in the auction and commission busi- 
ness in Boston, when lie was suddenly cut ofi' by sickness, and died 
Nov. 8, 1841. His elder brother John, in 1839, purchased the 
buildings and land, which Joshua liad until that time occupied, with 
^K all the personal property attached to the farm. His tastes were in 
^H many respects unlike those of his hrothej-. Ho was more practical 
W in his farming operations, and while the vahuible fruit trees on the 
I place were cultivated and preserved, the ornamental slii'uba and 


fowert were nm and sad fsfe place for aore — eM v«gel>blcs sad 
prottoetive AnUiefX. Ader hta death m 1^2, Us vidov took, op 
ker mideaee ia tke kooae foraeriy owned by Ikt fioher, qspoBte 
the pfaee bcre de«ribed." 

The widow of Joaiiaa ttOl tmrnrts, t iwiii a g a portioa of her 
time wilk ber sod in New Orleans. 

CMdren of Josboa and Lccia D. (De&nj) Clapp: 

784. Saxab DV b. io Bostoa, 18-28: m^ m 1&53, RieiMid Hohbvd. b. 

in 1824, aon of Got. Heory Uabbwti, of Cbvlertowa, N. O, 
and d. io that towa ia 1872, leaviag fivis cyUrea. 

785. ILtLcat/ b. ia Boaton, 18S1 ; after tbe deaib of ber ftlber. ma 

for atmnj jean at tbe bead of a pw wpeto— adiool fiir Toaag 
ladica in BoaUm ; now reudiag ia Cbarlertova, N. H. 
78^ CBAnaa,'' h. ia Ldeuter, in 1836; m. Ai^ 9, 1869, Soaa P. 
Sohier, b. ia 1840, daa. of Edward D. Sohier, of Bostoo. Be 
u in basinea in New Orieaaa ai a eodOB broker. 


ELISnA* (Je/tirJ,* Samuel,* Samnel* Pracrred* Roger'), oldest 
MO of JeliicI and Marj' (Sbcldon) Clapp, of Soutliampton, was bora 
in 1763. He ino\x>d lo Norwich (now HuntiogtOD), HampsbireCo., 
Jiam., where be died in Febmarj, 1825. Ia 1787, he married 
Hannah, daughter of Bogcr Miller; she died in Parma, N. Y., March 
6, 1837. 

Children of EtrsHA and Han-sab (Miller) Clapp: 

787. JuSTt'B SuEtlios,' b. ia 1789; drowned in tbe canying away of 
a dam, Aug. 21, 1826. He m. Mercv Sampson, and had : 
788. Lucy* who m., and in 1871 was living in Westtield, Mass. 
780. Luciiu* who m., but bood after d. of disease of the heart. 
790. Alvina* m., and in 1871 was living in Haydenville. 
Mercy, wi<luw t>f Justus S~, m. a secuod husband. 
791. Zebauiau,' b, ^fc. 2, 1791 ; d. Aug. 12, 1862. He m. Oct 3, 
182t, Aureliu A. H<:;n)pi9tca(], of Southampton, and had : 
792. Clatrk* llavtn* h. Dec. 31, 1824; m. Maj, 1847. Emeline B. 
Sykea. Mac-hinist in Chicopee, Moss. 

798. CUirn Junf," h. .July 6, 1820; m. March 4, 1857, Frederic 
Urailloy, of New Haven, Conn. 

794. /?ox«-/47jn,» b. Feb. 24, 1828; m. Frederic Ladd, of Springfield, 
Mum.; d. March 17, 1854. 

795. Aureliu,' b, Dec. 22, 1830; d. April 25, 1846. 

796. Jiulut Sfieldon* h. Feb, 21, 1833; m. Charlotte L. Frise. A 
farmer, in Shelbyville, Ind. 

7;»7. Miinj Avii,* b, Oct. 28, 1836; d. March 9, 1838. 
7'.)8, Kale,* b. Feb. 28, 1839 ; a teacher in Westfield, Mass. 

799. Lnnj Klvira* b. July 22, 1841 ; m. July 4, 1863, Charles F. 
liradlcy, of West Stockbridge, Mtiss. 

800. Elinhn Amjitlead,* b. Nov. 21, 1845 ; m. in June, 1869, and is 
u farmer iu Shelbyville, Ind. 




801. Lrcius,^ b. in Feb. 1794 ; killed by the falling of a tree when he 

was 17 years old, in February, 1811. 

802. Ralph,' b. Jan. 19, 17DI> ; graduated at Amherst College in 182.5 ; 

wa'j several years a preacher in Congregational and Presbyterian 
chorclies; then united with the Methodists. An interesting 
corresjiondence was had with him in 1871 ; m. May 22, 1828, 
Slary Dexter, of Amherst, Mass., who wash, in Windsor, Conn., 
Oct. 17, 1800, and d. in Parma, N. Y., April 8, 18-10, just one 
week after the birth of their second child. He m. second, Feb. 
28, 1841, Sophia Marsh ; lived in Phelps, N. Y. Children by 
first wife: 

803. DexUr £!ltfha,'h.JaM 7, 1830; m. 18-^3, in Lima, N. Y., 

Susan .Jane Thayer, and had one child, which d, an infant; 
the mother d. in 18.55. Before the war of the Rebellion, he 
was a Methodist clergyman. After the war brokts out, ha 
was appointed Captain of a company comprising the flower 
of his town, and belonged to the 1 48th Regiutout N. Y- Vols. 
Ho afterwards raised a colored Regiment in Norfolk, Va., 
and lost one third of his men in one battle. He was breveted 
Brigadier Geuei-al. 

804. Alfred Ralph,'' b. April 1, 1840, io Parma, N. Y".; was a jew- 

eller; helped raise Co. 11. of the 12i;ih Regiment, N. Y. Vol- 
unteers, in the war of tin: IJebellioii ; was Second Lieutenant, 
and was killed by a shell in the buttle of Harftcr'a Ferry, 
Sept. Vy, 180:?, being the first officer killetl in the regiment. 
He left, his home only four weeks before, saying, "I have 
given myself to God au<l my country, to live or die." 
By second wife fiopbia; 

805. Charles Luciiis," b. Dec. 3, 1843; was a volunteer in Co. IL, 

with hi:, brother Alfred ; subsecjuenlly a lieutenant in the 
1 18Lh Kegiment with De.\-ter E. 
806. Makt,^ b. Feb, 24, 1804 ; d. in Hillsdale, N. Y., in 1841. 

— 504 

ELISHA BASCOM' {Thmthj," Samuel,* Samicd," Prcsrwed,' Ro- 
gcr'), son of Timothy and Rachel (Bascom) Clapp, was born Feb. 
17, 1 779. He mai-ricd Sally Hale, a sister of Nafhan Hale, former- 
ly editor of the Boston Daily Advertiser. He lived in Westhamp- 
ton, and died tfierc .Ian. 3, I860. His house, being near the meet- 
ing-house, was the favorite resort during the noon intermission on 
Sundays, of many of tho congregation who, coming front a distance, 
sought a place where the time could bo pleasantly passed. [Seo No. 
209, p. 50.1 

Children of Eusha Bascom and Sally (Hale) Clapp: 

807. PiiiLETrs,' b. .Jan. 10, 1802; d. Oct 22, 1804, death caused by 

falling into hot fat. 

808. Clarissa,' b. July 12, 1803; d. Nov. 16, 18C1 ; m. Almon B. 

Ludden, of Westhnmpton, a prominent citizen of that town. 
-f-80a. Otis,' b. Starch 3, 1806. 



810. Elisha,' b. Feb. 15, 1808; lives in Lockport, N. Y. ; m. Jan. 1, 

1862, widow Margaret Hill. Has been sheriff of Niagara Co., 
N. Y., and a member of the New York Assembly. AV'^as at the 
Clapp Gathering at Northampton, in 1870. 

811. Melissa,' b. Dec. 3(t, 1810 ; m. Sept. 13, 1831, Martin Smith, and 

lived in Springlield, Mass. 

812. "WAsnnJGTON,' b. Nov. 21, 1812. Was a printer, having served 

an apprenticeship iu the Daily Advertiser otRcc, in Boston, his 
uncle, Hale, being then proprietor of that paper. He 
was a man of integrity and efficient iu the aid of all efforts for 
the public good ; was editor and publisher of a paper iu Natick, 
which he ably conducted, and he d. suddenly in that town, Aug. 
5,1868. He m. Mary D. Robbins. Children: 

813. Thomas H.,^ b. May 10, 1836; m. Jennie B. Blizard, and 1. in 

St. John, N. B. " Children: 1. Alice /».," b. Dec. 19, 1859. 
ii. Washington Murray* b. April 1, 18G1. iii, David Miller* 
b. Aug. 1862. These were b. in St. John, iy, William H.^ 
b, in Massachusetts, Oct. 1, 1865. 

814. Mary O.,^ b. Sept. 22, 1837; m.Jan. 1857. William H. Hem- 

en way, of Wreutham, a Captain in the war of the Rebellion, 
and wounded at Fretlericksburg. 

815. Hebecca J.* b. July 27. 1839. 

816. Nathan Jfale," b. AprU 22, 1841 ; d. Jan. 30, 1842. 

817. Nathan Hale* b. July 12, 1843; he entered the Union army 

iu the war of the Rebellion, ami d. in Louisiana, July, 1863. 

818. Lyman Jieecher.^ b. Feb. 22, 1845 ; d. Sept. C, 184G. 

819. GeoTfje Lyman,^ b. March 30, 1848. 

820. Edward JJak* h. Jiiu. 21, 1850. 

821. Uliza Alice,' h. Jan. 11, 1853. 

822. Sarah,' b. March 6, 1815; m. Jan. 28, 1853, Ilobart McCall, of 

Lebanon, Ct. 

823. Octavia Throop,' b. Jan. 10, 1818; m. March 1, 1841, Joseph 

B. Boyden. 


JASON" (Ebenezer^ Ebenezer* Samuel ' Preserved,' Roger^), oldest 
son of Ebenezer and Nancy (Tilcston) Clapp, vfras born Nov. 5, 
1782, and died Oct. 1868. He was an extensive carriage builder in 
Pittsfield, and a largo stage owner and mail contractor; also twice 
a Representative to the General Court from that town. He married 
iirst, Patience Stockbridgc ; second, widow Cecilia Luce, maiden 
name Eldredge. From a sketch of his life, publisbod in the Coach- 
maker's Magazine for September, 1858, ten years before his death, 
a few detached extracts are taken : 

" Hia boyliood was spent in Northampton. He attended a com- 
mon school a portion of the time, until the age of seventeen, when 
he was apprenticed to the carriage- making business, in tlie shop of 
James Dunham. He received as his wages only eight dollars a year, 
in addition to his board, and on the conclusion of his apprenticeship, 
was in debt to a relative $6D, for necessary clothing^, which lie sooa 



paid. At tlio age of twenty-one years, he was induced, by the late 
Lemuel Poineroy, Esq., of Pittsdeld, to become the foreman of his 
carriage manufactory, and coutinuod in that capacity for six years. 
On the conclusion of liis apjirenticcship, it was his intention to es- 
tablish a carriajic factory at Utica, New York, but the inducements 
offered by Mr. Pomeroy clianged his dctcrmiiuition. He commenced 
business for ijimself, in Pittsticld, in the year 1810. The description 
of carriages lirst made were the Boston cliaises. Pha'tons and 
ribbed wagons were afterwards much used, and made by Mr. C!app. 
Light carriages, bugf^ies, and the most costly coaches were also made 
at hi.s factory. Some, in the highest style of the art, were sold in 
the New York and Boston markets as high as $1,500 each. The 
carriage presented to President Fierce, by some of his friends in 
Boston, was made by Messrs. Jason Clapp and Son (the latter being 
connected with him in business), and has been pronounced by good 
judges to have been equal, if not superior, in fine workmanship, to 
any carriage ever made in America. Medals for the best coaciics 
have been awarded him by tlie Massachusetts Ciiaritablo Mechanic 
Association. Mr. Clapp in 1 856 liad had about 300 apprentices, most 
of whom turned out well. The number of men usually employed has 
▼aried from 40 to 50. It was a remark of Mr. Eaton, tiie head of 
the eminent Hrni of Eaton ifc Gilbert, Coach and Car Builders of 
Troy, N. Y., that ' the oldest man has never known a wheel made by 
Jason Clapp to wear out!' His energy and devotion to business 
are well shown in an anecdote often repeated in the village where 
ho resided. He was once taken ill, and his pliysician, the late Dr. 
Oren Wright, was sent for by his wife, lie came, and left a pre- 
scription, and directed tliat the patient shmihl rrtiifiin in the house (imi 
he (juict. On calling the next day to see his patient, lie found him 
in his yard, giving directions to his men ; and, on approaching, Mr. 
Clapp remarked, ' Doctor, I am busy now; can't attend to you ; you 
must call another time.'" 

At his funeral, a sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. Todd, of 
Pittsfield, from which is copied the following brief notice of his life 
and character : 

"Jason Clapp was an old man— -very few of us can expect to bo 
as old, and yet nobody was ready to have him taken away. He had 
lived here so long that he seemed to be a permanent part of the 
town. Few men have died leaving in the memory of their survivors 
80 little to mourn over, so little to be covered up, so little to mar 

the beautiful symmetry of his character At the great age of 

nearly eighty-six he has completed his course on earth, and has gone 
to the dead, regretted and mourned, honored and loved by all that 
knew him. I have seldom known t!ie man whom, with more confi- 
dence, I could hold up as a model for our young men to study and 
copy. He began business on a small scale — never asking a man or 
a bank to lend him a dollar, never asked a note discounted, never 



askccl any one to endorse for lum. I doubt whether ho was ever 
sued at law. Slowly, steadily and surely he ads'anced, till ho stood at 
the very head of his business — the man whose word was a warrantee, 
whose workinausliip was as perfect as care and labor could make it 
— and whose productions wero considered an honor to possess. 
Everybody knew that he was incapable of doing a mean action, or 
putting off anything that was not worthy. There was a patient, 
quiet, careful industry about him that noiselessly brought out great 
results. And liis natural judgment was so good that whether ho 
took up farming or meclianism, ho was alike successful. So true 
was tliis judgment that he became one of tho most self-reliant men I 
ever knew. While many sought his advice and judgment, I do not 
recollect that I ever heard of his needing to seek the advice of others. 
And yetj notwithstanding this strong, sound judgment, he was one of 
tho most modest men I ever knew. As a man of gentle, kind feel- 
ings, very few men equalled Mr. Clapp. As evidence and illustra- 
tion of this, the men in his employment felt the highest confidence, 
respect and love for liira. Where could you find so many men 
in I ho employment of one man, who have been in his service — none 
IcnH than ton years, and some for half a century? It was a melan- 
choly, but a beautiful sight, when these men gathered around his 
coffin, and were the gentle pall-bearers — as if lifting the remains of 

a father I What I would nest add is that our friend was a 

modest, uiioblrusive, but sincere Christian." 
Children of Jason and wife: 

824. Makta.' 

82ij. Edwin,'' lived in Pittsfield; m. first, Emily Peck, of Pittafield ; 

second, Mary Martin, al.sw of Pittsfi^.•ll^. 
826. LvMAN,^ m. lielca Brigg^, and had two daughters, who lived in 



EBENEZER* {Ebmezer," Ebcnczcr,* Snmuei; Preserved,' Roger'), 
second son of Ebcnczer and Nancy (Tileston) Clapp, was bora 
March 23, 1786; a farmer in CliesterQeld, but learned the printing 
business, and for many years printed the Hampshire Gazette. He 
married, June 1, 1807, Lucy Lee, who was born June 10, 1787. 

Children of Ebenezer and Lucy (Lee) Clapp: 

827. SosAv TtLESTONE,' b. March 22, 1808; m. Nov. 27, 1832, 

William C. Rice, a merchant of New York. 

828. Jane Ann,^ b. Sept. 21, 1809; m. July 2, IH.'U, Isaac Goodspeed, 
and (1. Oct. 22, 1 834. three months after marri.ige. 

829. William Moutimer.' b. May 22, 1811 ; d. Jan. 15, 1838, unm. 

830. Amci.iNK,'^ li. April 1!), 1813; m. Oct. C, 1830. David C. Smith; 
she d. in the State of Illiuoia about 18C7, and her husband d. 
about 1868. 



831. Alfrkii,' I). Maich 6, 1810 ; m. Nov. 6, 1836, Ann L. Wendell, 

of Alliany. 

832. Lfcv Maiu,' b. Jan. 15, 1817; m. Jan. 15, 1839, Sylvanus 

Clapp, M.D. (No. 847), of Pawtucket, R. I., a proniineiit physi- 
cian of that place, and the presiding officer at the second Clapp 
Family Meeting, at NantUi.ket, in 1873. 

833. Ebenkzku LecV b. April 1. 1819 ; m. June, 1844, Catharine Bull, 

of Hartford, Conn. ; live in Lee Centre, Lee Co., Illinois. 

834. Henkt,' b. Jan. 5, 1823; m. April 23, 1844, Ann Ely, who d. 

some years since ; they lived in Lee Centre, 111., and had chil- 
dren : 

835. Mary i.,» b. March 11, 1845 ; m. April 27, 1864, Egbert D. 
Shaw, who was the first child 1>. in IJrudford, Lee County, 
III. Mary L. came from her liume to attend the second Clapp 
Gathering in 1873, but was prevented by ill health from being 

836. Howard L.* b. May 3, 1846 ; d. April 18, 18C4. 

837. i% Alfred," b. Aug. 20. 1851 ; d. April 3, 1855. 

838. J^ra A'.,« h. Aug, 10, 18.54. 

839. F/etc/ier D.," b. October 23, 1858. 
). Harriet,' twin sister of Henry,' b. Jan. 5, 1823; m. July 10, 

1844, David Kice, M.D.. of Leverett, Mass. 
I. Fatette,' b. in Chesterfield, June 5, 1824; m. Catliarine Lynch, 
of Columbia, Mo.; d. Sept., 1864, of chronic diarilicca, contract- 
ed in Gen. Bank's Ued River Expedition in the War of the 
Rebellion. When 14 years of age, be left his home for Albany, 
N. Y. After a clerkship of about three years, be went to Hart^ 
ford. Conn., and engaged in business. While there, he resolved 
to devote himself to the ministry, and enlertd Williston Semi- 
nary, Easlbaniploii, in lS4.-{, and prepand fo,- Culkge. He 
graduated at Brown University in 1848. His plan for studying 
theology was now changed, and he decided to enter the medical 
profession, and attended lectures at Harvard tnedical scbool, at 
the same time |)ur.suing his medical studies with bis bfother-iu- 
law, Dr. S. Clapp, of Pnwtncket, R. I. Before the time for 
graduation, he was induced to attach himself to a com])any of 
adventurers to the then newly discovered mines in California, 
where his medicaJ and surgical knowledge being in deninnd, he 
engaged in active practice in this line, and soon rose to the lore- 
most rank in his profession. Some time was also spent in the 
Sandwich Islands, where he was specially employed hy the king 
in the treatment of of smallpox and in vaccination. In 
1854 he returned with impaired health t<j his native State, be- 
came a meniiM?r of the Massachusetts Medical Society, an«l was 
honored with a degree from one of the Medical Colleges in Phil- 
ailelpltia. He afterwards removed to Dixon, 111., .ind from 
thence to Cohimbia, Boon Co., Missouri, where he married an 
estimable Southern ladj*, was rising rapidly in his profession, 
and where the rebellion of 1861 fonnd him. A severe trial now 
awaited him. The majority of his friends in bis new home were 
secessionists, and they urged him by every inducement to es- 
pouse the Southern cause. But no persuasion or reasoning 
could iuHueuce him la deviating from what he considered the 




path of duly, ami Iio remuinod a staunch and cousistent unionist, 
which drew ujkjii liim and liis fanaily much bitter 0])positiou and 
proscription. His services in liie Uuiou cause were soon de- 
iiiutidtMl. In Nov.. 1801, he entered iis surgeon on Gen. Fremont's 
StaiV. Ho was afterwards detached as Surj^eou of the 5th Ohio 
Uttltery, and in December was ordered to Jefferson City to estab- 
lish hospitals and look after the comfort of the soldiers. In the 
summer of 1 .St>2, he was in charge of the Fourth Street Hospital io 
St. Lonis, in care of our soldiers and of the wounded prisoners 
from Fort DonaUlson and Shiloh. Worn out by hard work in 
thcMi hospitals, he resigned his commission iu OctoI)er, 1862. In 
the same mouth, however, the Sanitary Commission ut St. 
Louis W.1S np}>ealed to for a surgeon to the fleet, not only 
i|ualilied to act in his professional capacity, but also possessed of 
such qualities of heart as to secure the kind treatment of the 
seamen uudcr hi$ care. Dr. Clapp was summoned by this call 
from his short retirement, and tlid not feel at liberty to decline. 
In December, 18G2, be was accordingly ap|>ointed Surgeon of 
tlie U. S. Steamer Marmora, and accompanied the Yazoo Pass 
£x|ieditiou. He was afterwards tnuisferred to the Benton, then 
again to tlie Marmora, and was on tlie latter (or the Louisville) 
when a [tortiou of our tleet ran the blockade at Vicksburg. He 
rontinueil to .act as sur(;ean on boani the vessels of the fleet until 
June, 18l>4, when he was conipeUe<l. by dis«»se contracted while 
on the Re<l liiver, where his labors had been unusually severe, to 
return to his home. In the wonls of the Memorial of "Brown 
Uuiversity iu the Civil War." from which many of these facts have 
beeu gleaned. " By the wavside and iu hospitals, on the field and on 
Uie vessel's deck, he had given succor to many sick an<l wounded 
sokiiers and sailors ; but so long had he liiigere^l at his post, that 
his strength was now well-nigh exhausted." The oounlry around 
bis Missouri borne was at that time infested with guerilla bands, 
and Dr. Ciapp's frieiids deemeil it unsafe for him to remain 
Ukorait and an asylum was sought for him among his brothers and 
Btslen tbea nesidlng in L*« Centre. Lee County. 111. Here, 
"onder the watdifbl care of his faithful wife and of the lorcd 
oneaof his own fiunily. he lingered till September, 1864, when 
ke peaeefnll J breathed his laM, happj in the aasoranoe of a leat 
from all hU toik, in a land where there is no war, no loss of 
ftieods, and no otore death. He was buried in a cemeirrr near 
L«e Centre, where, ia memorT fi£ his virtoes and Ctithfol sorncea, 
his eonndes of the U. S. Steamer Lonisnlle have creeled a 
oarUe nonanient. * Gnater lore hath no man than thk, that 
a Baa lay down his lif? for his fri<^>ds.'' *' 

Dr. Ctepp is represented asa nan of &Be personal appearsMe, 
of nwre than ofHoMrj talents, and with a heart oat of rniieh 
iowed th* Mhlest iai|Mlses. Ilis virtnes -wtnmgAtmed with 
adtnad^g jnears, and gained for him vahmhle 
ieid of hOmr in which hb lot was east." Three < 
boiw to him in MiaMM(ri,ail of whom d. in ia £»aej oraailj'dd^ 
Ri>3«i.C3 WooDBUDGB,* hw Doc. 1. 189C: m. 3mm. 12, 1848, 
Emily Bryant, of ChKi<iiii#>M. Kn», «1k> has i 



843. James,^ b. March 19, 1828; d. same day. 

844. Edwin,' l>. Nov. 17, lSi»i> ; m. Oct. 22, 18.55, Isabell.a Rowland, of 
Rowlaiidsville, Cecil Co., Md. He graduated at Auilierst Col- 
lege in 184!); taught sclioal for fifteen years; had cliargo of the 
West NottinghaQi Academy iu Cecil Co., Maryland, for three 
years, aud was Princijial of Milton Academy, Milton, Mass., for 
twelve years; then moved to Pawtucket, K. I., read law, aud 
wa» admitted to the bar. Wixa soon after appointed to the bench 
of the Court of Magibtrates, a court taking cognizance of rainQr 
civil and criminal crises, whicli position !ie occupied until by a 
racent partition of the town of North rroviJeueo the greatijr part 
of hia jurisdiction was set off to Providence and the rest to the 
town of Pawtucket. Since thnt lime, he lias devoted himself to 
literary pursuits generally. He tias rendered valuable assistance 
in furnishing information for this " Memorial." Children : 

845. Mtry liowlmif},* h. Feb. V.i, 1857 ; d. March 29, 1858. 

846. Margaret Howland,^ b. Nov. 19, 1859. 


BELA P.' (Syhanus,^ Ebenezer* Samuel," Preserved* Roger^), 
oldest son of Sylvanus and Charity (Pierce) Clapp, was bora No- 
vember 6, 1792; died in Williamsburg, September 4, 1856. He 
was educated at Westfield Acadetny ; waa a merchant in Westhamp- 
toQ for a few years in early life, then gave up mercantile business 
and devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits. He was chosen 
one of the Selectmen of the town several years, and Rejiresentativo 
to the Legislature for five or six successive years, one year the vote 
being unanimous. In the year 1834, bo removed to Chesterfield, and 
again devoted hia attention to mercantile business. He was agaia 
ciiosen Representative to the Legislature. After a few years' resi- 
divice hero, he purchased a farm in Williamsburg, when ho again 
turned his attention to agriculture. Here he was chosen to represent 
the town in the Massachusetts Legislature, but declined to serve. 
Ho was ol'tcti clioscn to settle estates and perform the vai'ious duties 
of Justice of the Peace. He occupied various other positions of 
honor, trust and responsibility in the different towns in whicli he 
lived, He married, March 2, 1815, Cynthia Carr, of Stoningtou, Ct. 

Children of Bela P. and Cynthia (Carr) Clapp: 

-f 847. Sri-VAKus.' b. Nov. 22, 1815. 

848. Mauy P.,' b. Jan. 15, 1817; m. Elnathan Graves, of Williams- 

burg, Mass. 

849. Francis,' b. Sept. 15, 1818; d. Dec. 3, 1837. 

850. Fkankmn,' b. Oct. 17, 1820; m. first, Sept. 9, 1851, Susan W. 

Fuller; ra. second. May 11, 18C2, Harriet P. Hillman. He is 
a farmer, and Uvea in Williamsburg. 

851. Laura Ann,' b. Oct. 1.5, 1821 ; d. unm. Aug. 29, 1844. 

852. WiLLARD S.,' b. July 18. 1821; m. Feb. 3, 1852, Sarah Pratt. 
He is a mercliaat in Williamsburg. 



853. Lyman,' b. July 18, 1827; m, Feb. 10, 1858, AbigaU A. Billings. 

Is a manufacturer in Providence, R. I. 

854. Bel A P.,' b. May 24, 1830; m. first, Sept. 29, 1856, Eliza M. 

llopkina; second, June 10, 18G3, Sarah Anne Hopltiua. lie is 
a manu&cturing chemist in Pawtucket, R. I. 


RALPH* {Sylvanus' Ehenczcr* Samvel,' Preserved* 7?og«?r'), bro- 
ther of the preceding, wag born in Westhampton. Aug. 11, 1795, and 
died March 6, 1850. Ha married, Nor. 11, 1815, Fanny Bartlett, 
•who was born June 0, 1795, and died July 14, 1874, aged 79. 

Children of Ralpe and Faxnt (Bartlett) Clapp : 

855, Dexter,' b. in Westhampton, July 15, 181G; m. Sept. 1, 1840, 
Susan P., dau, of Warren Preston, Esq., of Bangor, Jle. A 
Unitarian minister of high standing, and very mnch beloved by 
all who knew him. He graduated at Amherst College in 1839, 
and after tlttiug himself for the ministry at the Cambridge Di- 
vinity School, and preaching for a time at Deerfield, Mass., he 
accepted a call from a religious society in Savsumah, Gra., over 
which ho was ordained in Noveralier, 1843. His health failing, 
he returned to the North, and in December, 1846, was installed 
over the church in West Roxbury, Mass., from which Rev. 
Theodore Parker had lately removed to Boston. In 1851, he 
accepted a call from tlie East Church in Salem to become the 
colleague of the Rev. Dr. Flint, and was installed as such Dec. 
17, of that year. He remained at this post for ton years, when 
failing health made it necessary to sever a relation in which he 
had become endciired to his people by ties the most intimate and 
sacreil. After that time he struftsjled on, with the burden of hia 
consumptive complaints pressing more and more heavily upon 
him, but all borne with Christian fortitude and resignation, til) 
July 27, 18G8, when he passed away. His funeral on the 29th 
was, in compliance with his re<]uest, informal and private ; but 
on the first Sunday of September a Memorial Service was held 
at the East Church, when a sermon was preached by the Rev, 
Dr. EHIb, of Boston, which was afterwards printed, and from 
which the following extracts are taken: 

" lie was a horn minister. He did not choose the profession, 
the profession chose liim. He was foreordaiued to it. He could 
not Imve been anything else. Even as nature secretes the life- 
jiiices of plant and animal, so there comes, not as often as we 
could wish, and yet not seldom, this blessed aptitude for sacred 
meditation, discourse, appeal, and the ministry goes before and 
also outlives all schools of the prophets so called." 

"The story of our friend's life is easily told. It was not 
eventful ; it differed from the common lot chiefly in the fact that 
he might almost be said to have been cither always falling into 
or always recovering from sicknesses. It was the life of an 
obedient child in the household, of a diligent student, a devoted 
pastor, an affectionate husband, a faithful friend, rich rather in 
human e.\perience than b those incidents which outwardly signal 
an earthly course," 



" IDs power us a preacher lay not bo much in what he thought 
and said as in what ho was ; the argument, the exposition, tlie 
^lustration, were of small significance compared with the faith, 
hope and love jrhich through them pressed for utterance and 
arrested and fixed attention. He confidently made hiti appeal 
to what was deepest and most universal. He was sure that what 
was bread to him must be bread to others. He did not come 
down to the world's plane, and strive to amuse tliose who were 
giithered, or ought to have been gathered, for the most serious 
huslucss of tlieir lives; he did not lose sight of the substiintial 
gosj)el lesson in the accidental illustration, but still came back to 
the reality and the root of the matter, eveti at tht; hazard of aeem- 
iog to say all the time but one thing, as when the Apostle Juha 
still exhorted his disciples to love one another. And so, where 
largo and various learning and ingenious reasoning and skilful 
analysis and a brilliant rhetoric would have failed, he was suc- 
cessful ; not indeed in gathering a crowd of cuiious hearers, eager 
to experience some new and uominidly religious setisatiou, but 
in reaching those whose hearts were open to Christian instruction, 
and in impressing even upon worldly persons the realities of the 
divine kingdom." 

" Our friend was by nature and by training a scholar, with no 
small skill and no little disocrnmeut in those things which the 
scholar priaes ; no writer of verses, but a dear lover of poetry ; 
no metaphysician, but with a strong love of metaphysics ; no 
politician, but a close observer of public affairs; and bo, spite of 
his many inlirmitiew, his sermons were of no mean quality, even 
wht;n tried by the scholar's standards." 

" He was singularly blessed in the capacity of loving and ex- 
pressing love. His pympathic's were very deep and tender, and 
the channels from the heart were all unobstructed ; there was a 
heating pulse in his very fingers' ends that never suifered the 
invalid's hand to became cold; his greeting was his own; it ex- 
pressed a kind of glad surprise, as if his delight in companionship 
were a fresh amazement to Idm. He had that fine tact which in 
the presence of great sorrow knows how often silence is better 
than speech, a speechless coufession of the mystery tlian any 
ingenious discourse about it. He might well, like one of 
old, have been surnamed Barnabas, the son of consolation, and 
when he could no longer go about to comfort the bereaved, he 
loved to send a word, written often in great outward weakness, — 
a word which was always a blessing. He was by nature a man 
of singular refinement, incapable of any coarseness, sweet and 
gentle, and clean from the very core of Ids being, — one of the 
few men in whoso presence, foul lips would instinctively become 
silent, as rough people pause wiien a woman conies within hear- 
ing. A childless man, his lieart went out towards the young, 
and they brought their thoughts and works to him, in sure reli- 
ance upon his eager interest and efficient service. I do not think 
tliat ho was a stranger anywhere. If sickness came ujioii him 
away from his home, and that was pretty sure to happen, there 
were alw.iys those who found delight in inlnistering, and would 
inquire about him ever after, as they who unawares had inherited 



mgreathkwma^ When he ftuled of coaplgtof. be ■ecwed 
to be Buled bgrkisdeaic to be at one widi tfaow aboot hiM. 
Tbw WM kii weaker aide, far, like all of vi, be bad a veaker 
mie, tbat beaofBetiBies km^^ fcr l yneien ta wbere bedioald 
baive beeo iMirtent vith aotagoainaB.*' 

** A ndc man a large part of bis dajv, be bad aa ; 
of life Midi a« joa inll oot ofieo find creo in tbe i 
hfalthiwt. Soneirbere vitUn boa tbere war a fixnitain of cbb- 
ligbt and am warmtb and perennial health, and its streaaw 
voold not be hindered in their flow. Yon went to aee biai in 
■irbufai, and, ock as be waa, be was in better health titan jou 
wtt*, and nnqteakahlj moce cbeefj. I thiak that tbe Uie in 
tarn kept him in this worid, if aocb a tbiug be potEibie, beyond 
hit time. For tliat spirit almoat maj orpmmm safioed; bat it 
oonid not, bappOv for him. suffice alwajs." 

856. Ehtheb,^ b. Jan- 6, 1820 ; d- onm., July 30, 1857. 

857. Charles C7 b. Jane 27, 1828 ; m. June 12, 1862, Sarah M. 

Bn'aot; live in Northampton. Children: 

858. CharUt Rulyh* b. OcL G. 1863. 

859. Frederict DtMer* b. April 13. 1867. 

860. EOers Oumningf b. Oct. 2, 1871. 


MED AD* {Jmalhan* Jmathan* Roger,^ Freterred* Roger*), fion 
of JoQatbaa and Margaret (Roqael) Clapp, of Eastliampton, was 
bora Jaly 15, 1786, aud died Jaly 29, 1853. He lived apoQ his 
fatiier's place in Eastbampton, and married^ May 27, 1$19, Betsey 

Children of Medad and Betsey (Stebbins) Clapp : 

861. Jonathan Lackens,' b. Feb. 23, 1820 ; d. SepL 24. 1829. 

862. Lafayette/ b. Aug, 5, 1824; m. Sept. 24, 1851, Sarah R. 
Chamberlain. He is aclirely engaged in busine^ at Easthamp- 
tou ; ha.4 been Selectman for several years, and also cue of the 
School Committee of the towii; ju I860, was Representative to 
the General Court ; during most of tbe war of the Rebellion, 
was in the Union service in various capacities; for many years, 
has been connected with the Internal Revenue as Assistant 
Assessor, &c. He was prominent and i-fFicient in the getting up 
of the Family Gathering of the Clappa in Northampton in 
1870, and attended and took part in the second meeting, in 
1873. Children: 

863. Ln/at/cUe," h. Jan. 23. 1853. 

864. Jiorris SUbl/in$* b. July 14, 1855. 

— 617 — 

THADDEUS* (Joseph,'' Jonathan* Roger,* Preserved,' Roger'), 
«(>n of Joseph and Flan n ah (Lyman) Clapp, was born March 31, 
1770. In 1808, he waa chosen Deacon of the cliurch, in Easthanip- 
ton, and was continued in that olTicc thirty-three years. He kept 



the tavern which was first opened by his grandfatlier, Major Jona- 
tlian, and kept successively by his uncle Jonathan, hia fatliur Joseph 
and brother Lnthcr, extending over a period of nearly or quite a 
hundred years, being the only public house iu Easthampton, and 
patronized by most of the travel from Ilarlford and N. Haven to the 
north. Ue, also, iu connection with his father, carried oa a luUiug 
mill. Was the first Justice of the Peace in the town, its Treasurer 
for twenty years, and also Selectman ; was Representative to the 
General Court twelve years, and Delegate to the ^Constitutional 
Convention of the State. In 1812, he was appointed by the towa 
a Delegate to the County Convention, held at Northampton, for the 
purpose of "considering the duty of the government upon the war 
question ;" was also Postmaster of the town. Ue was a very 
worthy man, and all his public duties were efficiently and acceptably 
performed. lie married Achsah Parsons. 

Children of Thaddeus and Achsah (Parsons) Ct^PP: 

865. Phtxena,' m. Spencer Clark. 

866. Tqaddeus,' b. March 2'J, 1792. A woollen manufacturer in 

Pittslicld, Mass. 
+807. Theodore,' twin brother of Thaddeus, b. March 29, 1792 ; d. 

April 17, 186G. 
868. Mahy,' ra. Justus Blerrill, a farmer, of Pittsfield. 
-f Sr/J. LuTiiKK.' b. 3, 1805. 

870. Elvira,^ m. Ansel Ikrtlett, of Ilrecksville. Ohio. 

871. TnoKNTON W.,' gnuluatol at Willianm Ci>lk'j;c in 18-30 ; Prof, of 
Matlicmatica ill Washington Coll., Miss. ; Htuilitul for the minia- 
Iry, aud vvas ordaiaed iu the Protustaut E|)isL-opal Church. 


LEVI' (Charles* Simeon* Roger,' Prcserral' Roger'}, oldest son 
of Charles and Abigail (Clark) Clapp, was born Feb. 11, 1794. 
He was a merchant in Worcester, Mass. He married, first, Nov. 1(3, 
1815, Sarah Huntington, who was born Nov. 4, 1793, and died Feb. 
6, 1821 ; second, Oct. 15, 1821, Laura Drury, who was born May 
10, 1798, and died Aug. 20, 1847; third, Feb. 22, 1848, Caroline 
C. Kent, who was born March 19, 1812. He died Dec. 7, 1854. 

Children of Levi and 1st wife Sarah (Huntington) Clapp: 

872. Lf.wis HuNTrsGTON/ b. Nov. 6, 181 fi; ni. July 1, 1840, Mary 
E. Granger. Surved as a soldier duriug the war with Me.\i(!o, 
and was under Gen. Scott from Vera Cruz to the city of M.'xi- 
co ; was also in many battles during tlie war of the Rebelhou. 
Child : 
873. Sarah H.^^ b. April 29, 1841 ; m. Henry Payson, and lived in 
Haydenvillo, Mass. 
-}-874. Alexander IIuNTixriTOX,^ h. Sept. 1, 1818. 

875. WiLMAM Tai-lor,' I.. Jan. 17, ISiM ; m. May 19, 1846, Ophelia 
E.Billings. They live iu California. Children: 



876. Frederick Arthur » b. AprQ 27, 1850. 

877. Jennie Huntington,* b. Kov. 4, 1856. 

878. William JiiUings,* b. April 11, 18G1. 



Children of Levi and 2d wife Laura (Drury) Olapp: 

879. John Duury,' b. Sept 14, 1822; a farmer in Deerfield. 

Sarah Uuntington,^ b. April 12, 1824; m. Nov. 27, 1851, 

Henry J. Holmes, .ind had two sons; d. May 29, I8G9. 
Jane,' b. Feb. 10, 182G; d. Sept. 24, 1836. 
FuK9F.KicK AucicsTus,^ b. Junc 21, 1828; m. Aug. 23, 1849, 

Elizabeth A. Moody; is doing a largo business id Worceeter. 

Children : 

883. Ada Elizabeth,'' b. July 16, 1850. 

884. Alejtander HiuitingtoHy* b. Aug. 24, 1857. 

885. Julia Maria,' b. June 28, 1833; m. Feb. 1, 1853, Jonah H. 


886. Emilv Jane,' b, Feb. 26, 1837; m. Aug. 14, 1862, Rev. William 

A. Bushee, and bad four cluldreu. 

Childrca of Levi and 3d wife Caroline C. (Kent) Clapp: 

887. George Kent,' b. June 15, 1850; d. Nov. 2C, 1853. 

888. Edward Bemis,' twin brother of George K., is with Ida brother 

Frederick A., in Worcester. 


JAMES" (T/iomas,'' Thomas* Thomas* Praervcd,' Itogcr'), son of 
Thoiiioaand lluldali (Bull) Clapp, was born Dec. 20, 1785; died Jan. 
8, 1854, aged 68 years. He married Julia Butler, and resided in Ox- 
ford, N. Y. Ue was a lawyer of uncommon ability ; and the proceed- 
ings of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, on the news 
of hia death, 3I10W that he was held in great respect by the members 
of the bar and the Judges of the Court, as lie was also by his fellow- 
citizens. At his funeral, Gov. Dickinson, Gov. Tracy, Judge Gray, 
Judge Mason, and Messrs. Vanderlyn, Cook, Clark and Mygatt 
officiated as pall-bearers. The members of the bar attended in a 
body from the Supreme Court, then in session near by, and every 
mark of respect was shown in hia honor. Tiic following are the 
reaolutioas passed at an adjourned meeting of the members of the 
Court, Jan. 11, 1854: 

" Resolved, That the members of the bar, attending this term of the 
Supreme Court, have heard with deep sorrow of the sad dispensation of 
Providence, which dej»rived the profession of one of its most honored 
ornmnorits, in the recent deatli of James Clapp. As a lawyer, he was 
ditttiiiguisl));d for Icaruiug, eloi|ueii('o and spotless integrity ; as a member of 
society, respected for his high sociul merits, hia pure morals, his clear sense 
of justice anil eiiiiiieiit exaiti[>le Ixjfore his fellow-men ; an«l in all the more 
delicate and interesting relations of life, beloved iiiiil rcvereil for his domes- 
tic virtues and afi'ections ; that his bretbren wilt long and faithfully cherish 
his memory, and commend his long and useful profeasioual career as emi- 
nently worthy of imitation. 



" Reitolved, Tliat we tender to the mein1>er8 of the family anrl relatives of 
the deceased the assunmce of our &yii»I>athy and condolence in their painful 
and afflicting berejivement, and that a copy of these proceedings be trans- 
mitted to them accordingly." 

In his speech at this meeting, Aljial Cook, Esq., said : " ifr. Clapp 
was a model lawyer, always respected and admired; he was ao or- 
nament to his proression, aud his example should be held up to 
young men as worthy of imitation." 

Children of James and Julia (Bntler) Clapp: 

889. Benjamin C.,'' b. about 1822 ; a lawyer, and a man of much 
talent. lie bad hia iiame altered to Butler, after bis mother's 
800. James.'' 891. Makt.' 

892. Julia B.,' m, Walter L. Newbury, of Qiicago, a man of great 
wealth, and who d, on his passage to Europe in 1868. 

893. Nicholas B.,' b. about 1830; lived in Chicago; m. Mary 
Mc3Iahon^ and had a dau. Minnie.* 


JOHN" {ThomoJi,' Tliomas," Thomas,^ Preiened,' Roger'), son of 
Thomas and Ealdah (Bull) Clapp, was born August 22, 1801 ; mar- 
ried Lydia Strong, Juno 23, 1829, and lives in Binghamton, N. Y. 
He is a lawyer of high staodiug, and a most estimable and accom- 
plished gentleman. His speech at the Clapp Meeting at Northamp- 
ton, in 1870, printed in the Proceedings of that meeting, exiiibits 
the sprightly flow of his wit and humor. He is a very dear friend 
of the compiler of this " Memorial," who first became acquainted 
with him in this manner: In a list ofU. S. Postmasters, I found the 
name of John Clapp, of Norwich, Oxford Co,, N. Y. I immedi- 
ately wrote to him, and found in his reply that he was deeply inter- 
ested in the subject of his progenitors. Before long, he came to 
Dorchester, introduced himself and wife, and almost the next words 
he said were, "I came here to find out who lam." His many 
excellent qualities were soon mado mauilest, and revealed why his 
home, as I afterwards fouHd to be the case, was such a resort for 
the intellectual and refined of his numerous friends and acquaintance. 
During a correspondence with him for about thirty years, his letters 
have never lost tlieir interest, and all have been fit for publication 
aa they left his hand. After frequent visits between us, and hours of 
conversation on many and various subjects, the enjoyment of our 
friendly intercourse continues unabated. The following brief ab- 
stract of his life and character was, at my request, written by tho 
Hon. S. S. Randall, LL.D,, an eminent lawyer formerly living in tho 
same county with Mr. Clapp, who studied law with him, and was 
subsequently distinguished as Superintendent of the Schools of New 
York State 15 years, and of the city of New York about 17 years. 
Mr. Randall writes : — 



'• The life of John Clapp, extending, as it docs, over a period of 
more than than three-score years and ten, although strikiuglj devoid 
of strongly marked incidents, is, nevertheless, one of no ordinary 
interest from its harmonious development and exhibition of character 
and culture. Left, hy the death of both his parents, at a period of 
life 30 early as to leave no glimmering recollection of either ; trans- 
ferred to the guardianship of his elder brother James, and accom- 
panying him and his law partner, William M. Price, at an early 
period of tlie century, to the primitive little settlement of Oxford, on 
the Chenango river, and in the newly organized county of that name, 
where, under their auspices, and especially those of his brother, be 
completed a course of elementarj", higher and professional instruc- 
tion ; passing his novitiate experience as a lawyer in one of the 
rndeat frontier settlements of the county; emerging, speedily, from 
this rough but, doubtless, Iiealtliful and invigorating process of prac- 
tical communion with the rudiments of civilization into a prosperous 
and successful partnership with one of the leading and most influen- 
tial advocates and counsellors of the county at Norwich, the county- 
seat ; succeeding, after a brief interval, to the business of the firm ; 
fullilling for more than ten years, gracefully and acceptably, the irk- 
some and responsible duties of public prosecutor in criminal casea; 
forming, during this period, a most fortunate and happy matrimonial 
connection with an amiable and gifted lady — Lydia, daughter of 
Cyrus Strong, Eaq.; defeated in a vigorous and animated political 
contest with a formidable and practised opponent for the represen- 
tation of the district in the lower house of Congress ; transferred to 
a permanent home on the banks of the Susquchannah, where he 
again set up his household gods — destined all too soon to be mourn- 
fully shattered, by the removal from its earthh' tabernacle of a dearly 
loved daughter — Rosalind, of rare beauty and accomplishments, the 
delight of his eyes aud tho treasure of his heart; these comprise, in 
substance, the outward and prominent features of this long life. Let 
us briefly analyze its interior results; by far the most important. 

"In all these various relations of a long life — as a man, a brother, 
a husband and father, an honored member of a noble profession, an 
ever welcome accession to the social circle, and an active citizen of 
a large and flourishing community — Mr. Clapp was uniformly truth- 
ful, sincere, sinclc-heartcd and upright. In his intercourse with the 
■world around him — in all his business transactions, his social and 
domestic enjoyments, his literary culture and tastes, his fixed princi- 
ples of moral obligations and ethical requirements, his fine apprecia- 
tion of the beauty and grandeur of nature, and his utter abnegation 
of self where the rig!)t3 and claims, the distresses and calamities of 
others were concerned — ho seems to have borne himself bravely, 
honestly and victoriously in tiie great battle of life. Well versed in 
all the elements, principles and practice of his profession, he attained 
among his 

a high standing 

legal associates ; and was distinguished 


for fidelitj, promptness, and scrupuloua integi-ity in the management 
of the important pecuniary ioteresta from time to time committed 
by his clients to his care. As a sciiolar, his mind was a treasure- 
house of the beautiful thoughts and coneeplions of genius. He was 
passionately foud of books, and familiar with Shakspcare, Milton, 
Burns, Byron, and their great contemporaries and successors, and 
with the various works of the ancient and modern historians. 

"His success in life was, unquestionably, chiefly due to his energy, 
perseverance, and strict adherence to the great fundamental princi- 
ples of lionesty, uprightness, and unswerving integrity. Substan- 
tially aloof from the distraction and turbulence of the world, its 
political commotions and personal animosities, his happiest ycara 
have been spent in the domestic and social circles, in the reciproca- 
tion of kittd and loving acts, in the cultivation of all the faculties of 

I his mind and heart, and in the conscientious discharge of duty to 

I God and man." 

I Mr. and Mrs. Clapp are in the enjoyment of a moderate degree of 

[ good hcaltfi, in part preserved to them by occasional pleasant, and 

I sometimes distant, excursions abroad. 

^^ Children of John and Lydia (Strong) Clapp: 

^^^^ 894. CrRUs Strong,' b. April 17, 1830 ; m. Oct. 1862, Harriet Evans, 

^^^^B of New Jersey. Children : 

^^^ 895. Ernestine,' b. July 12, 18G3. 

^m 89G. John,^ b. Oct. 24, 1865. 

^H 837. Rosalind,' b. Feb. 24, 1834 ; d. Jan. 15, 1852. 


P ni 



DERASTUS' (Rofu^di; Preserved," Preserved* Preserved* Pre- 
gcncd', Itogcr'), second son of Roswell and Rachel (Stevens) Clapp, 
was born May 1, 1792, at Claremont, N. II. For many years a pro- 
minent constable and detective in the town and city of Boston. Ho 
was appointed to the office of constable by the elder Mayor Quincy 
in 1828, and was re-appointed every succeeding year to 1874. In 
1 832 and four years after he was captain of a ward militia company 
in Boston ; was member of the "Soul of the Soldiery" several years, 
also of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company five or six 
years, of the Handel and Haydn Musical Society thirty-two years, 
and of the Bunker Hill Monument Association from its organiza- 
tion. He was married, Feb, 15, 1818, to Susannah Bowdltch, of 
Braintree, daughter of Jonathan and Elebecca Bowditch, and born 
April 15, 1795. After Mr. Clapp had become advanced in years, 
his official duties consisted in serving orders of notice issued by the 
City Clerk, and afterwards those issued by the Superintendent of 
Streets and the Street Commissioners, in certain portions of tho city. 
Much travel was required in this work. In January, 1874, a sprain 
of the cords of the right leg very much disabled him, but he contin- 



ned bis duties till September," when ho was obliged to employ an 
assistant, and October 1, 1874, "being completely broken down," 
as he says, and after constable and police services for forty-sis years, 
he retired from official duties. Many now living can remember 
the confldcncc wliich was formerly reposed in him as a successful 
detecter of crime, and the dread which was associated with the name 
of " Constable Clapp " among those who had reason to fear an ar- 
rest. IIo himself gives some interesting reminiscences of his official 
duties in the Boston Traveller of Oct. 26, 1874. He says that 136 
prisoners arrested by him were sent to the State Prison, and several 
hundred to the House of Correction, and that many thousand dollars 
worth of stolen property have been recovered by him and restored 
to its owners. For twenty years, he was the only acting detective in 
the city. Many petty annoyances were experienced by him, arising 
from the ignorance of applicants for his assistance. He relates tbo 
following: " Once a stranger called at my office, and said he had 
had his gold watch stolen from him, and wished to recover the same 
that day. I inquired if he had suspicion of any one, and he said he 
had none. All he knew was that his watch was stolen, and he 
seemed to think that was all the information that I needed." He 
speaks of his labors, in 1 846 and afterwards, as a truant officer, and 
of his success with one assistant, in carrying into the public schools 
large numbers of truants from every part of the city. He discards 
the idea that his constant familiarity with criminals has had any 
tendency to harden his feelings. On the contrary, he thinks that the 
anxiety and sufferings of the friends and relatives of the accused 
and their intercessions with him in their behalf have had the oppo- 
site effect. He docs think, however, that the firm and long continued 
grips required for so many years, in catching and holding criminals 
under arrest, have injuriously affected the joints of his right hand, 
which even now are tender and sensitive under the gentler and 
kindly greetings of old friends and acquaintances. Mr. Clapp 
believes in the doctrine of treating criminals with kindnes.s, and 
thinks that this course tends often to the benefit of the public in the 
additional information by this means obtained in regard to the re- 
covery of stolen goods and the arrest of other offenders. For a great 
many years, Mr. Clapp's office was at No. 3 Franklin Avenue, Boston, 
but during the last few years of his official duties a comfortable office 
in the basement of the City Hall was appropriated for his Mr. 
Clapp was present at the Family Gathering in Northampton in 1870, 
and, though 78 years old, was stronger than many present much 
younger iu years. He and his wife are living in Hudson St., Boston. 
Children of Deuastus and Sosankah (Bowditch) Clapp: 

898. ScsAN Olivia,' b. 5, 1811) ; m. Dr. James Holmes, of Darieu, 
Geo., and had four children. 

899. Roger D.,* b. May 6, 1822 ; d. in New York, of cholera, July 4, 
1849 ; wife Julia, and had: 

900. MUton Bowditch? 

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901. Geobge WAsniNOTON,' b. March 19, 1823; m- Jan. 1, 1846, 
Ann II. Norris. Children : 
902. Georgv W? DOS. Ella Olivia? 90-1. Roger Z>.» 

905. Chablks Lyman," li. Oct. 23, 1824; purser's clerk iu U. S. Navy. 

Kilted at Mflbournc, Australia, Feb. 22, 1864. 

906. Nathaniel Bowuixcn,* b. July 15, 1832. 

907. Martha Elizabeth,* b. Dec 28, 1834. 


OTIS'" {Elisha Bascom," Timothy,'' Samuel,* Samuel.,^ Preserved,* 
Roger'), son of Elisha Bascom and Sally (tfalc) Clapp, was born 
March 3, 1806; a bookseller and publisher ia Boston j from 18G2 
to 1875 collector of tho U. S. luterual Revenue for the 4th District 
in Slaasachusetts. 

Mr. Clapp carao to Boston in 1823, and served his time with his 
ancle, Nattian Hale, in tlio counting-room of tiic Daily Advertiser. 
After leaving that place, he published for awhile tho New England 
Galaxy, which had then just been relinquished by Jas. T. Bucking- 
ham, Esq. A partnership was subsequently entered into with 
Charles Btimpson, under the firm of Stimpson & Clapp, booksellers 
and publishers, Mr. Ilalo being a silent partner. They published a 
series of volumes under the name of " The American Library of 
Useful Knowledge," the first of which contained a Preface by Nathaa 
Hale, and Lectures by Judge Story, Daniel Webster, Edward Everett 
and Lord Brougham. They also published annnally tho Boston 
Directory. This partnership was dissolved in 1832, and Mr. Clapp 
became the publisher of New Church works so-called, including 
those of Swedenborg; also of the New Jerusalem Magazine from 
1832 to 1858 — 24 yearsj and the Children's New Church Magazine 
from 1843 to 1858 — fifteen years. He has at different times and 
during various period.^ held the following public offices under the 
city government: Ward Lispector of Elections, Warden, member of 
the City Council and of tho Board of Aldermen (at ouo timo 
chairman of the latter), member of tho Board of Land Commis- 
sioners, the Board of Asses.sors, and ciglit years one of the Board 
of Visitors of the Boston Lunatic Asylum; also Representative to 
the State Legislature, and member of several boards of railroads 
and of a99ociation.s for charitable purposes. Ue has been President 
of the Washingtonian Home, a charitable Inebriate Asylum in Boston, 
since 1 862, and delivered tho address at tho dedication of its new 
building on Waltham Street, in 1873, whicli was erected at a cost 
of $100,000. He has also been actively connected, since its 6rst 
organization, with the Home for Little Wanderers, one of the most 
beneficent of tho many charities in Boston, the disbursements of 
which during ten years, including building expenses, have been 
about $320,000, and which has provided for the wants of no less 



than 3800 destitute children. Mr. Clapp was one of the earliest 
and most earnest workers, many years ago, in the cause of clieap 
postage, and also in favor of the constniction of the Hoosac Tunnel ; 
and more recently has publicly spoken and written in favor of a 
reform in the rates of railroad transportation. Indeed, he Las been 
a prominent advocate of most of the public movements for the 
improvement of the morals or the material well-being of the commu- 
nity, during the last quarter of a century. On his retiring from 
the office of Collector of the Internal Revenue for District 4 in the 
spring of 1875, on account of the reduction of the number of districts 
in the State, the presentation of a gold-headed cane was made to him 
by assistants who had in various ways been connected with him in the 
duties of the office. From a statement made by himself at the close 
of his twelve and a half years' services as assessor and collector, 
we learn that the total amount of internal revenue collected in the 
Fourth District, which was under his supervision during the whole 
time of its existence, was over twenty-one and a half millions of 
dollars. The amount in all Massachusetts during the same time was 
$162,722,562 ; and in the whole country, $1,812,495,336. The cost 
of collecting these large amounts for the time between Sept. 1, 1862, 
and June 30, 1867 (near live years), was, in the whole country, 
2^i^g percent. ; while in Massachusetts, it was but about \^ per cent. 

It should bo added that Mr. Clapp was one of the most active 
and efficient of the name in originating and conducting the two 
Family Gatherings, in 1870 and 1873, and it may well be doubted if 
either of them would have taken place had it not been for his en- 
couragement and aid. At the former meeting, he read an interest- 
ing paper, prepared with mucli care, on the connection of the Clapp 
Family wittk the "Puritanic Brotherhood." He has also rendered 
important assistance in collecting the material for this family 
" Memorial." 

He married first, Aug. 29, 1833, Ann Withington Emery Porter, 
daughter of Sylvanus Porter, of Boston. She died Oct. 27, 1843, 
and ho married, second, Oct 2, 1844, Mary Hadley, daughter of 
Deacon Moses Hadley, of Boston. She died Dec. 10, 1871. 

Children of Otis and 1st wife Ann Withington Emeky (Porter) 

908. Otis,» b. Sept. 1, 1834 ; fl. Sept. 6, 1834. 

9U9. IIknrv Otis," b. Sept. 17, 1835; m. RoHe, dau. of Rev. David 
Nelson, of Qiiiucy, III. ; d. in that town, of consumption, Aug. 
1, 18G6. 

910. JosEfu,* h. Aug. 27, 1839. Enlisted in the 8th Reg. Illinois cav- 
alry, in the war of the Great Rebellion, and rose to be Captain; 
was under Gen, J'arnsworth, and saw much fighting; was suc- 
cessful in taking many prisoners. He m. Feb. 4, 18G-1, Elmina 
Jano Jackson, of Syracuse, N. Y. ChUdrcn : 



911. Florence Porter," h. Dec. 12, 1865 ; d. Oct. 12, 1867. 

912. Joseph Emery,^ h. May 2, 1869. 

913. Harry (Mis," b. June 18, 1871. 

Childreu of Otis and 2d wife Mary (Eladley) Clapp: 

914. Mary Webb,' b. Aug. 18, 1845; m. Oct. 2, 1866, Charles M. 


915. James Wilkinson,' b. Sept. 22, 1847; lives in Boston; m. Oct. 

20, 1868, Eliza B. Tuckermnn. Cliildren: 

916. Ger(rud«,^ b. Sept. 19, 1870. 

917. Ami/,^ h. Feb. 11, 1873. 
018. Rebecca H.,* b. July 17, 1851. 


SYLVANUS' (Bela P.; Sylvanus,' Ebenczcr,* Samuel; Preserved; 
Roger'), oldest son of Bela P. and Cynthia (Carr) Clapp, was bora 
Nov. 22, 1815; is a plijsician of extensive practice and liigh reputa- 
tioD in Pawtucket. R. I. He received his academic education at 
Sheldon Academy, Southampton, Mass. Studied medicine with Dr. 
Benjamin Barrett, Northampton. Attended Lectures at Harvard 
Medical School in 1835, and at Hanover, N. H., in 1836. Received 
the degree of M.D,, Dartmouth College, in 1836. Commenced the 
practice of medicine in Chesterfield, Mass., same year. Member 
Massachusetts Medical Society 1839. Removed to Pawtiickct, R. I., 
1841. Member R. I. Medical Society 1842. Chosen its President 
18G4-1866. President of Board of Managers of the Pawtucket 
Dispensary, and Consulting Physician from its organization in 18G5. 
Physician to St. Joseph's Convent. Perraauont member of American 
Medical Association and Providence Medical Association. Received 
the Honorary Degree of A.M. Brown University, 1870. Consulting 
Surgeon to R. I. Hospital from its organization, which office he 
still holds. Has contributed several papers to the R. I. Medical 
Society, some of which have been publislied in its Transactions. He 
presided at the second Clapp Family Gatliering, at Nantaskct, in 
1873, and is deeply interested in all matters connected with the 
family. He married Jan. 15, 1839, Lucy Mari Clapp (No. 832), 
daughter of Ebenezcr, of Chesterfield. 

Children of Stlvanus and Lcoy Mabi Clapp: 

919. Jeannie Frances,' b. March 23, 1840 ; m. Nov. 13, 1873, Geo. 

A. Fletcher, of Milton, Mass. 

920. Kate Catlin,* h. Dec. 20, 1844 ; d. Aug. 29, 1845. 

921. Levi Wheaton.M). .Ian. 3, 1849; graduated at Brown University,' 
1870, and at Harvard Medicjil School iu 1873, and coinmenced 
the pructice of mediciue iu Pawtucket, R. I. 

922. SCSAN Adela," b. June 19, 1852. 




THEODORE,' {Thathhus," Joseph," Jonathan,*- Roger,' rraencd* 
Roger'), son of Tliaddeus' and Aclisah (Parsons) Clapp, and twia 
brother of Thaddeus,' was born March 29, 1792; graduated at Yale 
College 1814; studied theolo{?y at Ajidover; licensed as a Congrega- 
tional minister in 1817. After spending a year in Kentucky as chap- 
lain and teacher in a private family, he was invited in 1822 to succeed 
Rev. Sylvester Lamed, a young man of rare gifts and great pulpit 
eloquence, as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, 
and was settled there early in that year. May 31, 1822, he married 
Adeline Hawes, then of Louiaville, Kentucky, but originally from 
Boston. In 1834, a change took place in his theological views; 
he became a Unitarian, and dissolved liis connection with the Pres- 
byterian church. lie remained, however, pastor of nearly the same 
people as before; "only a small number," as he afterwards wrote, 
" I think not more tlian half a dozen, left rae." He continued here 
for lhirty-!ivc years, resigning his charge in 1857, on account of ill 
health. A tit of sickness in 1847 brought him very near the grave, 
and a voyage to Europe was undertaken in that year, which resulted 
in the recovery of his health. In 1857 he published his "Autobio- 
graphical Sketches and Recollections during a tiiirty-five years* 
Residence in New Orleans," in which arc graphic accounts of his 
labors and success in that city. Much personal history is also given, 
with full particulars of the important change which took place in hia 
religious sentiments. No less than twenty epidemics of yellow fever 
and cholera were witnessed by him during his long pastorate, and it 
was his constant practice to remain in the city during the prevalence 
of the disease, and to administer temporal aid and spiritual consolation 
indiscriminately to all to whom he was called. In speaking of these 
epidemics, in his autobiography, Mr. Clapp .says that each of them 
on an average lasted eight weeks. "Multiply," he says, " eight by 
Iwciity, and the product is one hundred aud sixty. Uencc it follows 
that since my settlement in Louisiana I have .^pent over three entire 
years in battling, with all my might, against these invisible enemies, 
the cholera and yellow fever. In those three years, I scarcely en- 
jo3'cd a night of undisturbed repose. When I did sleep, it was upon 
my post, in the midst of the dead and wounded, with my armor on, 
and ready at the first summons to meet the deadly assault." The 
ravages by the cholera in 1832 are described by Mr. Clapp from 
personal observation. On the 25th of October, the first cases were 
noticed. On the 27l.h, he says, "it had made its way through every 
" part of the city. During the ten succeeding days all the physicians 
judged that, at the lowest computation, there wi-re 5000 deaths — an 
average of 500 every day. ilany died of whom no account was 
rendered. A great number of bodies, with bricks and stones tied 
to the feet, were thrown into the river. Many were privately in- 


Rev. Theodore Clapp, 

ARnltter in Ifew Orltantfi-om 1822 to 1867. 





^ a year 

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all luy lij...' 
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iV «^ IS*', HIT': lU'.onM >iiiij 

Rkv. Theodore Clapp, 

yfinhter in .Veie OrUansfrnm 1822 to 1S57. 




tcrred in gardens and enclosure?, on tbo grounds wliere they ex- 
pired, whoao names were not recorded in the bills of mortality. 
Often, I was kept in the burying-ground for hours in succession, by 
the incessant, im interrupted arrival of corpses, over Avliom I was 
requested to perform a short service. One day I did not leave the 
cemetery tilt nine o'clock at nigftt: the last interments were made 

by candle liglit After bathing and taking sonic refresli- 

ment, I started out to visit the sick. My door was thronged with 
servants, waiting to conduct me to tlie rooms of dying sufferers. In 
this kiud of labor, I spent most of the night. At 3 o'clock, A.M., I 
returned home, aud threw myself ou the sofa, with directions to bo 
called at half past five. I was engaged to attend a funeral at six. 
During the entire epidemic, at least GOOO persons perished." The 
most fatal epidemic of yellow fever wag that of 1837, when there 
were 10,000 cases of fever reported and about 5000 deatlis. A gen- 
tleman now (1875) living in Boston resided in New Orleans at tliat 
time. He recollects distinctly going one Sunday morning into the 
eluirch of Parson Clapp, as he was then generally called, during the 
height of tlie fearful pestilence, and noticing that not nioi'e than tliirty 
or forty persons composed the congregation, which at other times 
crowded the church to its ntniost capacity. Ho says Mr. Clapp was 
tlien the only Protestant minister remaining at his post in the city, 
and he was made the constant almoner to the sick and dying of the 
liberal contributions of wealthy citizens and charitable societies. Ho 
also bears witness to the great popularity at tliat time of Mr, Clapp 
as a preacher, and of the esteem in which he wai? held as a citizea 
and a philanthropist. This esteem was manifested in the fact which 
he himself records, that in his early ministry the church edifice and 
grounds of the society over which ho was settled fell into ihelmnds 
of Jacob Touro, a wealthy Jew, at an expense to him of $20,000, and 
were retained by him for about twenty-eight years, the whole income 
from the pew rents being placed annually in the hands of Mr. Clapp, 
— Another work by Mr. Clapp, after his resignation, was issued in 
185!>, called " Theological Views," &c. After this, he continued to 
reside in Louisville, Kentucky, where he died May 17, 18(JC. Ho 
was often in Boston during the later years of his life. He felt much 
interest in the history and genealogy of the family, and always called, 
when opportunity ottered, upon the author of this book. In 1858, 
when an attempt was made to hold Ihe first Clapp Family Meeting, 
he declined, on accownt of his health, an invitation to deliver an ad- 
dress on the occasion. 

The following, expressive of what seems to have been the general 
current of his thoughts and feelings, occurs near the close of his 
"Autobiography: " " Few persons have lived to my age who could 
call to mind a happier retrospect than that which memory presents to 
ray grateful, contented and rejoicing heart. Though without wealth, 
I have iiad access to all the selfish pleasures which wealth is able to 
bestow." . . . . " The future is inexpressibly bright and glorious." 




LUTHER' {TfuidiUv$* Joseph,' Jmaihan* Roger* Preserved* 
Jloger'), son of Thaddeua and Aschsali (Parsons) Clapp, was born 
in EastliamptOD, Jan. 3, 1805. By occupation a merchant and 
coroinercial agent. He was at one time Postmaster at Eastiiampton. 
Is temporarily residing in Gloversville, N. Y. He married, Sept. 7, 
1830, Lucy Pomeroy, of Northampton. 

Children of Luther and Lucr (Pomeroy) Clapp: 

923. Virginia,* dead. 

924. Luther Hart,* b. Dec 24, 1839. Is a Nursery man and Florist 

at Louise, Ky. Was a soldier in the Confederate Army in the 

warofl«01-5. He ra. in 1864. Children: 
925. Hy%» Frani* b. in 1866. 927. Oiaries* b. in 1873. 

92(5. A daughter* b. in 1870. 

928. Eriikrt Irving,^ b. June 15, 1842. Is a merchant in Batavia, 
N. Y. He. enlisted in Co. B, Slst Mass. Reg't Cav>, Nov. 20, 
I8GI; served three years, and was discharged in 1864 to re- 
enlist in the same Co. and Reg't. Promoted to Q. M. Sergeant 
June 18, 1864, and to 2d Lieut. June 7, 1865. Was with Gen. 
Butler when he captured New Orleans, and was in the Red 
River Expedition, where he received severe and Itisting injuries 
by his horse falling on him. Discharged SepU 9, 1865. He 
nu, in 1870, Pratt. 

929. Wyllts Warner,' b. July 8, 1844. Is a merchant in Northamp- 
ton. He m., in 1871 Blood, and has a daughter. 

930. Adgustus Merrill,' b. Aug. 9, 1846; d. in Nashville, Tenn., 
March 9, 1863. The following inscription, written by Mr. La&y- 
ette Clapp, was used at the decoration of the soldiers' graves in 

" AtTOCSTDS Merrill Clapp. — This inscription, we may say 
truly, is to the " Soldier Boy." At the age of 15 years 10 
months, he enlisted in Co. K, 85th Oiiio Cav., for three months, 
and was also in Co. C, 88th Ohio. lie was engaged in the pur- 
suit of Morgan's guerrillas, and in giiarrliug rebel prisoners. 
By letters whicli he wrote to his friends here, he seems to have 
preferred more active work, and so he reeulisted in the 3d Ohio 
Cav. He was in one battle where, though unknown to himself 
at the time, his older brother was among the rebel forces. Ho 
died in hospital at Nashville, Tenn., of typhoid fever, Marcli 9, 
1863. He was the son of Luther Clapp, and was bom at Eastr 
hampton, Aug. 9, 1846. 

" We place Howers here by this monument in the family burial 
place, while the remains of the youthful hero lie far away among 

931. JosEi'ti LvMAN,' b. Sept. 9, 1850. Resides in California. 

932. Lucr Pomerot,' m. June 24, 1874, Daniel C Durfee, and lives 
in Gloversville, N. Y. 

933. Emma,' m. a Mr. Clapp. 

934. Lela.* 

935. Thaddeus,' b. July 15, 1858 ; d. in infancy. 
Luther^ has three other daughters, whose names have not been obtained. 




* Charles,* Simeon* Roger' 
and Sarah (Huntington) 

Preserved* }h>ger^), second aoQ of Levi 

Clnpp, was bora Sept. I, 1818. In early childtiood, he was taken 
to Boston, into the family of hia maternal uncle, Ralph Huntington, 
Esq., where the studies commenced ift tlie country school were car- 
ried forward in the Adama and Fort Hill Grammar Schools and the 
English High School — on leaving which, he spent several years as a 
clerk in Boston. Prepared for college in Phillips (Andover) and 
Leicester Academies; entered Yale College in 1838, and graduated 
in 1842; spent two years in Yale Theological Seminary, and one in 
that at Andover, from which he graduated in 1845. While in Ando- 
ver Seminary, he edited a selection from the writings of Bishop Joseph 
Hall. September 4, 1845, he married Emily Payson Copland, of 
Boston. In 1 846, he officiated as Professor pro (em. of Rhetoric and 
English Literature, in Middlebury College, Vermont. Was ordained, 
Oct. 14, 1846, Pastor of the Centre Congregational Church of 
Brattleboro', Vermont. Here he edited " Lives of the Presidents," 
and other works. 

In January, 1853, he was obliged, by a severe affection of the eyes, 
to suspend preaching, and resigned liia charge Nov. 15, 1853. While 
under the care of oculists, he served as cashier of the Pacific Mills 
in Boston and Lawrence, Mass. Enabled to resume his profession, 
ho commenced labor in the summer of 1855, with the Beneficent 
Congregational Church of Providence, R. I., aud was installed its 
pastor, Oct. 3, 1855. While here, as in Brattleboro', he greatly en- 
deared himself to those under his charge, and his connection with 
them 13 still spoken of by the older members of both churches with 
much tenderness and affection. This last charge he resigned, Feb. 
8, 1865, to accept an appointment as Secretary of the American 
Home Missionary Society, New York city, which office he still 
(1875) holds. Several of his sermons and addresses have been 
■publi.shcd, and he has contributed various articles to the magazines 
and religious press; but, for the most part, his life has been closely 
devoted to the duties of his profession. The honorary degree of 
Doctor of Divinity was conferred on him, by Iowa College, in 1868. 
In 1860, a European trip of si.x months was taken by himself and 
wife, at the charge of his Providence people, who also gave him a 
furlough in 1862, while he served as chaplain of the lUth Rcg't R. I. 
Vols, called for the defence of Washington. In 1874, he was ap- 
pointed lecturer (for three years) on Home Missions, in Andover 
Theological Seminary. 

He possesses rare abilities as a preacher, and is exerting a most 
beneficial influence in the important post which he occupies. Ho 
delivered the admirable address at the Clapp Family Gathering ia 
Northampton, in 1870. 




[The account of the family of No. 321, p. 37, was accidentally mislaid at 
the time that page was printed. It is inserted here, in order that all in the 
line of Roger' may be aa nearly together as possible, rather than in the 
Appendix, where it is probable other omissions and corrections will find a 

ZENAS* (Simeon,' Simeon* Roger,^ Preserved* Roger^), only son 
of Simeon and Patty (Root) Clapp, Tvas born in Northampton. He 
married, Aug. 29, 1818, Belinda Dickinson, of Hadlcy. 

Children of Zen as and Belinda (Dickinson) Clapp: 

936. William D.,^ b. April 5, 1820; m. first, April 15, 1842, Louisa 
E. Cliapin, of Northampton, who d. Oct. 12, 1847; second, Aug. 
29, 1850, Sarah G. Fisher, of Northampton. Ho is in active 
business in Northampton. The Address by him in that place, in 
1870, at the opening of the Family Gathering there, was not 
excelled in feeling and appropriateness by any of the public re- 
marks on that interesting occAsion. Child: 
937. Louisa M.* child of Ist wife, lived only a few hours. 

938. Mkbrick H.,' b. Oct. 12, 1823; m. Lucy Hastings. Children: 

939. Hm^y M.," b. in 1847. 942. Litty EJ b. in 1855. 

940. Albert 3/,» b. in 1830. 943. Clara £,« b. in 1857. 

941. EUa M.» b. in 1853. 

944. Sarab a.,' b. Sept. 5, 1824 ; m. first, Luther Dickinson ; second, 
Frederick S. Chapin. 

945. Abner B.,' b. April 12. 1825. 
94G. Helen,' b. Jan. 13, 1837; m. Slay 8, 1873, Charles "Wetherbee. 

Was an elder brother of Captaia Roger, aud came from England 
to Dorchostcr about 1633. He probably came in the vessel wliicli 
arrived July 2-ith of that year.* Thomas and Nicholas it is most 
likely came in the same vessel ; and John, bi'other of the last named 
two, not until some time subsequently. 

Dea. Edward was a man much esteemed by the Town, and held 
many responsible ofliccs, being one of the Selectman for several 
years, and Deacon of the church twenty-six years. In the Church 
Records we find the following account of his death: " Tlie 8th day 
of the 11th mo. 1664, being the Sabbath day, Deacon Edward Clap 
departed thi.s life and nowresteth with the ^ ^_^_ 

Lord, there to spend an eternal Sabbath with ^Q-ti/<4^v^ CT^jut 
God and Christ in Heaven, after that he ' 

had faithfully served in the office of a Deacon for the space of about 
five or six and twenty years, and being the first Church officer that 
was taken away by death since the first joining together in covenant, 
"which is now 28 years, 4 mo. and odd days." John Farmer, of 
New Hampshire (who probably did more than any other person in 
tiie country towai-ds tracing out the genealogy of ancient families 
and names, until James Savago issued his four octavo vols, of 2493 
pages), published in 1830 a Genealogical Register, in wliich he 
says Deacon Edward Clapp died " leaving no issue." I think he 
came to that conclusion by information obtained from the Rev, Dr. 
Harris or Mr. Elisha Clap; but they were all mistaken. Probably 
Elisha thought tliat the Ezra who died iti 1691 was a son of Deacon 
Edward, and thus arrived at the conclusion that he left no descend- 
ants; but he was a grandson, tfien about 17 years of age. The 
old gentloraan, as wilt be seen by his Will, left his lands in Milton 

• "July 24, 1633. A Jihip arrUed from Wcyinotitli, wllli ahom 80 tinsBcngers mid 12 
Itine, who j-jite rlnwn nt Dorchester. Tlicy were I'i necks coming, Itcing forced into tho 
Western Isliuids l>y n tenk, where ihey stayetl three weeks niid were very courtconBly used 
liy the Portiitfiils ; liiu ilic extremity of' the heat there, nnd the coiitiniiiil min, broiigUl 
sickne&a upon tbetn, so as (tilank) died." — tVinthrop's History of \eic England. 





to his son Ezra, and thither the latter removed some time after his 
father's decease. Dea. Edward bad a second wife when he died. 
The christian name of the first was Prudence; that of tlie last, 
Susanna, daughter of William Cocitorill, of Salem, Mass. One of 
them, probably the first, must have been a sister to Thomas, Nicho- 
las and JoHd, for John iu his Will calls him his brother-in-law; at 
the same time he calls Roger cousin, ao that Edward and Nicholas 
and their wives were of but two families. Deacon Edward owned 
one-half of the Mill called " Clapp's Mill," and Deacon Nicholas 
owned a quarter of the same. It stood nearly Northeast of the 
house formerly owned and occupied by the late Preserved Baker, in 
the north part of Dorchester near Roxbury, not far from the bend of 
the creek which formerly run inland from the salt water in the South 
Bay. The mill was built by a Mr. Bate, probably Mr. James Bate 
(now spelled Bates) for the above-named owners. Prudence, the 
first wife of Deacon Edward, died previous to 1656; his second 
wife, who lived his widow about 24 years, died June 16, 1688. 


The last Will and Testament of M'- Edward Clappe, of Dorchester, 
ma<le this thirfl day of January, one thousand six hundred sixty-four. 

I being weak in body, yet in perfect memory, Doe make this my last Will 
and Testament in manner and forme following: 

Imprimis : I comit my Immortal soul into the hands of that heavenall 
God that made it, & my Body after Death to my Dear relations and 
Christian friends, to bee decently buried in the earth there to rest knowing 
assuredly it shall be raised up again by my Dear redeemer Y* Lord Jesus 
Christ at hia cominge. 

And as for my outward estate my funeral being discharged & just debts 
paid I give & bequeathe unto my Dear and Loving Wife, twenty pounds 
in what goods she shall Desire it, and farther my Will is that shee shall en- 
joye all my Housing, Laml, orchard, planting Land and meadow, together 
with y° two neerest Diuisions of woodland (except what is heerafter ex- 
pressed) During her widowhood, except my sonue Nohemiah shall first 
Marry or att.iliie the age of twenty-one yeares, then in sucJi case he shall 
have such part as is heerafter expressed, also my Dear Wife shall enjoye 
one quarter of the tide mill untill Nehomiaii's age aforesaid. But if my 
Dear Wife shall marry then my Will is that all my land shall Rcturne unto 
my two Bonnes as is heerafter expressed, & theu my will is that my Dear 
Wife shall baue fourscore pounds more added to the first twenty, to bee hers 

As for my children my Will is that Ezra shall haue as much as my 
daughters, & my Will is that my four daughters shall haue an equall por- 
tion, my sonue Nehemiah twenty pounds more than my Daughters. I 
canne sett no summe because I know not w' it will come to, but my mean- 
ing is that t' shall haue equal] portions with what they that are married 
haue already received, it being thirty [^wunds apiece which is to be part of 
their portions. I will and appoint that Ezra my oldest sonne shall haue 
my laud lying at Milton iu the 12th Lott, upon appriscmcnt, & all my 



"Lands lying on that side Naponaett Riuer, also a parcel! of medow at Dor- 
chester uecke, near powwow point, & another amall parcell of meadow at or 
near piiic ueck, & that land on y* plaine at neck towards powwow-point, & 
a ([iiarter of the tide Mill, all to be prized & he recoiuing paying as is Due 
by tlie appointment of my oiierseerB hereafter meniioiied, uiUo wliom 1 Doc 
give full power to order as thty shall judge most conducing to the good of 
my Dear Wife & of all my children, keeping as near as may bee to this my 

I give unto my sonne Nehemiah at marriage or age, one half of the 
Housing, Laud, orchard, meadow, wood land, one qwarierof the tide mill, all 
to lie prizefl & he to pay his sisters what is their portion to bee paid at the 
appointment of the overseers. I give unto my daughter Susanna an equal 
single portion to bee paid her at the appoititment of my overseers. I give 
unto my daughter Esther an equal single portion to be paid her by my 
overseers appointment, by my executors. I doe hereby make and appoint 
mj dear Loving Wife & my loving sonne Ezra Ciappe to bee my Executors, 
and Doe lutreat and empower my Dear louing Brethren Captain Roger 
Ciappe, Ensighns John Capen & Nicholas Ciappe to be my ouerseers, unto 
whom I give power to see the performance of my Will & to appoint the 
times of payment of the danghtora portions, & prizing of housing, Lands, 
Mill, together with the Executors. 

That this is my last Will and testament I have set too my hand iu y* 
presence of 

[There are no signatures to this Will, which omission is explained by a 
certificate oti the recor<ls of tlje Probate OlBce, attached to the copy of the 
Witl, of which certificate the following is aa abstract.] 

The testimony of Roger Clapp, aged 55 yeares or thereabout, & Jn" 
Capen, aged 51 yeares, & Nicholas Clap, aged 52 or thgreabouts. Wee 
euery one of us being present at the House of Edward Cluppe, on the 3"* 
day of January 1604, did hear the writing now presented rend unto the 
said Edward Clap, now Deceased, & he approued of it »o be his will, & hee 
Caused it to bee read againe, in the hearing of his wife, to see if sbee had 
any exception to make & then appointeil it to be writ fairly out againe. 
which accordingly was forthwith Done, & wee Coming to the Intent to 
haiie it perfected, were informed that he was asleepe & therefore were not 
willing to trouble him, it being Late iu the night, went away &, forbore at 
that present, & afterward it was neglected to bee presented, so nothing elce 
was done, concerning settling his Estate that we know of. Taken tipoii 
oath the 1"' of February lt;64, as the probate of the will hereto annext, y' 
wife & aonne, Eiecut" tliercin, acceptLng thereof, the wife by her letter & 
the Sonne in Court by the 3 p'ties abouc written, as attests, 

Edward Rawson, Recorder. 

Inventory of the Estate of Edward Ciappe, of Dorchester who Departed 
this Life the 8"* Jan, 1664. apprised by Ilopcstill Foster, William Sumner, 
Feb. 17"* ir>i>4. Aint £794.15.3. including debts due the estate. The 
Estate debtor to the am'. £113.0:2.07. Meiitioii.s laitd at seneiall places, at 
the little & great necke, in the Cow walke at Milton, by Mr. Stoughtons 
Farme, &c. &c. Halfe the Mill valued at £50. 

Susanna Clapp deposwl, March 30, 1C65, to this Inventory of the Estate 
of her late Husband, Edward Ciappe. 



Children of Dea. Edward and lat wife Prudesce Clapp: 

2. ELiZABExn,' h. 1634; d. Jan. IC, 1694, aged 60 years. She m. 

about die first of Jan., 1652, Elder James Blake, b. in Eng. 1623 ; 
'her luisbatiil survived her a little upwards of six years, and d. 
June 28, 1700, aged 77 years. 

3. Prudence,' b. Dec. 28, 1637; m. Simon Peck, of Hingham, Feb- 

ruary, 1660. Slic joined the church in Dorchester Feb. 20, 
1658, and was dismissed to the church in Iliiigham. Their son 
Ephraira was baptized in Dorchester the 20th of 4th mo., 1G80. 

Ezra,' b. May 22, 1640; d. Jan. 23, 1717, aged 77 years. 

Nehemiah," b. about Sept. 1G46; d. April 2, 1684, aged 38 years. 

SusANWA,* b. Nov. 1648. 


Childrea of Edward and 2d wife Susaxna (Cockerill) Cijipp: 

7. Esther,* b. July, 1656; m. June 9, 1684, Samuel Strong, of 

Northampton. He was brother of Ebenczer, who m. Hannah, 
dan. of Nicholas Clapp, aud who was great-grandfather to Gov. 
Caleb Strong. 

8. Abigail,* b. April 27, 1659; d. Jan. 3, 1660. 

9. JosuLA,' b. May 12, 1 661 ; d. May 22, 1662. 

10. Jonathan,* b. March 23, 1664; d. May 30, 1664. 

EZRA* ( Edward^), son of Edward and Prudence Clapp, was born 
May 22, 1640. He married for liia iirat wife Abigail Pond (not 
Sarah Pond as stated in the Churcli Records; Sarah married Desire 
Clapp). It wiil be perceived that his father left him his taml, which 
was situated at Miiton \* he lived in Dorchester several years subse- 
quent to his father's death, aud probably removed to Milton as early 

• Milloii was incorporated as ft scpnnite town Mny 7, 1652. It previously conslitiited a part 
of Dorclicstcr, wliicli also embraced within its iirnits tlic present towns ol'Stoughton, Canton, 
SImroti nrnj parts of Wrcntliain and Foxboronffli. The cliiircli in Milton wiia gathered In 
IC78, and ttic ihnrcti covenant then Rijlerfd into was signed \>y Aiitliiniy Newton, Robert 
Tucker, William Blacke, Thomas Swift, George Sninner, Tliotnss Holinan, Ebcnetcr Clap, 
Edward Blackc, George Lion, Jnmcs Tucker, Ephralm Tnckcr, MunasKuh Tackcr. E^.ro 
Clapp then lieing a mcmtier of the church in Dorchester, did not sign the covenant. The 
Rov. Peter Timelier was invited lo beconne iiiinister of the church j his answer of acccp- 
tann> was dattnl Mny 8, 1681 ; he wm ordained June 1st, and his htvIccs began Sept. 2d 
following, and continued nbove 4fi years, till his clentli, Dec. 17, 1727. He »va» son of Rev. 
Thotnns, firgt minister of tlie Old South Church, Boston, li. in England, May 1, 1620, and 
emigrated to Boston In 1635. Kev. Pet«r, the Milton ininlsier, wiis b. in Salem. Jnly 18, 
1651, gnid. Hnrv. Coll. 1671, noinctlmcs prcjiclicd to the Indians In their own language, 
and also practised medicine, expending much of tf.s salary in the purchase of medicines for 
the sick and needy. ])uring his eoiiticctluu with the clmrch of Milton, there were 251 ad- 
missions to it. His fiiueral sermon was prcjiciicd by Dr. Cottnti Mather, being the last 
sermon he ever delivered. The Kev. Jnhn Taylor succeeded Mr. Tliacher, and was or- 
d. lined Nov. 1.3, 172S, and died Jan. 2-5, 17-50. The ilev. Nathaniel Koliliins, who grail. 
Harv. Cotl. 1747, followed, and was ordained Feb, 13, 1751, at the age of 21 years, and 
ciintinncd minister of the town 4S years; he died May 19. 1705, aged 69. Rev. Joseph 
McKeiin, R.D., LL.D.. was the fourth minister. He grud. Harv. Coll. 179t, and was or- 
dained in Mtlton Noveniber, 1797. Ill hcullli compelled his resignation, after a period of 
little less than seven yeiirs. The Rev. Samuel Gilc, D.D., grad. Dart. Coll. 1804, and wi« 
ord;iiued successor to Dr. MoK. Feb, 18, 1807. During his tninistry, a division of the ch. 
tiKik place, a new society was fonncJ, and Mr. Oile was its pastor until his death, Octolx'r, 
183G. — The town of Milton was the abode of Governor Hutchinson and other colonial 
officers, before the Revolution. 




as 1667. The estate in Milton to which he removed was situated 
between the meeting-house, in Milton, and Dorchester Upper 
Mills. According to the Milton Church llecords, Feb. 10, 1688, 
Brother Ezra Clapp, by virtue of a letter of diamiaaion from Dor- 
chester cluirch, "and Mary Pitcher, with the rest of bro. Claps 
children," were propounded as desiring to join the church in Milton, 
and at the same time Experience wife of Ezra, and Abigail their 
daughter, were received into the church. About 1712, he built a 
mill on Neponset River. The following vote respecting it is in the 
Milton Town Records, viz. : " Whereas Ezra Clap has erected acorn 
mill about two years past at the request of sum of the inhabitants of 
the Town and has been very beneiiceHt to the neibors, we do on 
request of said Clap grant unto him as much of the water of River 
Naponset as is needful Ibr his Mill." 

His first wife, Abigail, died Oct. 12, 1682, eleven days after the 
birth of tlieir daughter Elizabeth. He married second, May 22, 
1684, Experience Houghton, who died Dec. 17, 1717. Ezra died 
Jan. 23, 1717, aged 77 years. As his Will is somewhat curious and 
original, it is here inserted. 


I Ezra Clap of Milton in the County of Suffolk within his Majesties 
Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New Englaad Yeomun being iiifircii 
of Body but of sound and perfect mind and memory praised be God for it. 
Knowing the uncert.iinty of life and Injitig desirous to settle that outward 
estate the Lord hath lent me, Do therefore make and ordain this my hist 
Will aiul Testament in manner and form following; That is to .siiy First 
and Principally I commit my soul unto the hands of that God who gave it 
me, hoping for pardon, acceptance and salvation only and alone upon the 
accompt of the meer mercy of God and merits of Christ, my Iwdy I com- 
mit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor 
hereafter named, and as touching the worldly Estate the Lord hath given 
me, my AViU and meaning is that the same shall l)e disixised and bestowed 
as hereafter in and by this my Wilt is Expi'essed, hereby renouncing and 
making null and void all Wills and TestanieTits by me formerly made de- 
claring and ap()oiHting this to he my Will and Testament. 

I Will that all my just debts and funeral charges be well and truly paid 
in convenient time after my decease by my Executor hereafter named. 
Item. I do give and beciueath unto my beloved Wife Experience Clap the 
sum of twenty pounds, in such moveables of my household goods as she 
shall see good to ehixise to be at her own free disjiosal, and do hereby or- 
dain and appoint, that she shall have the little end of my Dwelling House 
to live in during the time of her coiitiuuiug my widow. Item, I do hereby 
give and betpieath to my son Nehemiah all that part of my liomestead of laud 
from my sou-Sn-law Nathaniel Pitchers lino till it comes to a stone ditch in 
the old fiehl, as also all my housings on said land, with one half of my salt 
meadow; as also one half of my Wo«l Lott of land, lying between the land 
of Henry Glovers deceased and the land of Epliraim Newton. Item, I give 
and bequeath to my son Ezra Clap my corn mill with the land and housing 
that is between Neponsit River and the lilghway leading to Brush Hill. I also 



give him four acres of my salt meadonr; and I farther give him my piece of 
meadow at the blew hills consisting of about five acrea be it more or leas ; I 
further give him uiy laud in the new field belonging to my homestead con- 
taining by estimation twelve acres be it more or less, that is to say the land 
lying beyond the stotie ditch before mentioned and so extending to the High- 
way afore-said leading to Brush Hill. Item, I give to my son Ebenezer Clap 
my lot of land lying in the twelfth Division (so called) being in number the 
eight lot, lying beyond the land of Puukapaug within the Township of Dor- 
chester. I also further give him Two acres of my salt meadow with a load 
of Creek thatch as it stands growing Yearly each and every year forever. 
Item. I give and bequeath unto my aforesaid three sons Nehemiab, Ezra 
and Elwuezer Clap all my common rights of laud to be equally divided 
between them ; all and every of which before mentioned particulars and 
parcels of land and Housing granted aud bequeathed to each and Every of 
my said sons I give to them their heirs and assigns forever. Item, my Will 
is, that whereas my eldest sou Edward Clap (who went to Canada) whom I 
had by my first wife Abigail Pond, which whether alive or dea«l I know 
not, That if ever he should arrive here, I give and bequeath to him his heirs 
and assigns forever sixty acres of woodland, which came by his mother, and 
forty acres more of laud ; thereabout adjoining the sixty acres; lying next to 
the land of John Maxfield all scituate lying and being in the Township of 
Dorchester, the eight lot in the twelfth Divisiou : but in case my said son 
Edward Clap do not arrive or be not heard of in five years after my de- 
cease, that then my Executor hereafter named Do pay to the children here- 
after mentioned as foUoweih, namely, to the chihlren of my daughter Abi- 
gail King deceased ; to my daughter Judith Tucker and to the children of 
ray daughter Elizabeth Kice deceased their just and equal part and propor- 
tion of the aforesaid sixty acres of land (if they desire it) as shall be ap- 
prised by ludiflerent men as part of their portions before granted and be- 
queathed unto them that yet may be Ijehiud due unto them. Item, I give 
unto my sou-iu-law Nathaniel Pitcher five shillings money and the reason 
why I now give hiio no more is because he has already had in money and 
other things more than sixty pounds. Item, I give to my grand children 
the children of my daughter Abigail King deceased, forty pounds. That is 
to say with what I have already paid her ; I having paid her twenty-four 
pounds and twelve shillings, so that I give them fifteen pounds eight shillings 
more. Item, I give to my daughter Sarah Vose five shillings money and 
the reason why I give her no more is because she has had her full part and 
portion paid her already, with what improvement has been, for many 
years past of ray fresh meadow by my son-in-law John Vose. Item, I give 
to my daughter Judith Tucker (with what I have already given her) fifty 
pounds I having paid her thirty and nine pontids, so that I give her eleven 
pounds more to make up the fifty pounds, and tlie reason why I give her 
more than the rest is because she and myself have been both disappointed 
of what we expected from her Uncle Clap deceased. Item, I give to the 
children of my daughter Elizal>eth Kice deceased twelve pounds and eight 
shillings I having paid her alrea«ly twenty-seven pounds and eight shillings. 
Item, I give to my daughter Jane Tucker eighteen pounds I having already 
paid her twenty-two pounds. Item, I do give and bequeath unto my two 
daughters Ester and Susanna Clap fourscore pounds, forty pounds pr. piece. 
And further ray Will is that if it shall so happen, that if any one or more 
of my children be removed by death before marriage, that their share of my 
estate shall be equally divided amongst tho^e of my children surviving that 




bfl<l by my last Wife. Lastly, my Will is that my beloved Wife Experi- 
tnce Clnp be well provideJ for to her full comfort or otherwise to have cue 
third |vart of my Kistatc according to law, and my Will and appointment is 
that my three sons Nehemiah, Ezra and Ebcnezer Clap pay all the afore- 
said Le^acys within five years after my decease and honorably maintaiu 
their Mother according to what they have received of my estate, and that 
aa tliey may and can agree, or otherwise to bo judged awl decided by indif- 
ferent men, hoping and trusting they wiil all live in love and be far from 
falling out by the waj'. And further my Will is That if it should so happen 
that any one or more of my children shall he and remain imsatisfied witli 
their part and portion granted and befpteathed unto them or go about to 
break this my said Will, That he or sha whosoever they may he shall for- 
feit their part and portion, which shall be distrihuted and tlivided unto and 
amongst the rest of my children. And I do hereby constitute and appoint 
toy son Nehemiah Clap the Executor of thia my last Will and Testament. 
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and .seal this eleventh 
day of July one thousand seven hundred and sixteen in the second Year of 
his Majestys reign, Ezra Clap [& a Seal.] 

Signed, Sealed Published and declared to be the last Will 
and Testamt-nt of Ezra Clap in presence of us — 

James Blake, 

John Biake^ 

Joseph Parmenter. 

Mr. Ezra Clapp bought of James Hoi ton the bouse and land in 
Milton wliich belonged to Robert Pond in 1665 ; it then belonged 
to Mrs. Ellen or Allen, who waa the widow of Robert Pond, and 
sub.ser[uently married Nicholas Ellen. He died Jan. 23, 1717. 

Cliildrea of Ezra and lat wife Abigail (Pond) Clapp: 

11. Mary,' b. April 26, 1667; m. Nathaniel Pitcher, of Milton, July 
8, 1G84, being thou 17 years of ago. She is supposed to have 
died before her father, but was living in 1707. 

12. En WARD,' b. Sept. 1672. lie weut to Canada, probably in the 
c.\[>edition sent to light the Indians iu 1600; it appears that he 
never returned. It will l>e seen by the Will of his father that 
provision was made for him in case he was alive. He served in 
Ca])t. Johu Withiugtou's Company ; 46 of that expedition were 
lost at sea. 

13. EzuA,' b. Jan. 29, 1C74. He was no doubt t!ie one of that name 
who d. April 10, 1(5D1. It is supposed ho lived in Dorchester 
at the time, as his death is noted upon the records of this town. 
His age not a[)pearing is probably the reason for the mistake 
alluded to in John Farmer's Genealogical Register, that he was 
the eon of Deacon Edward, instead of his grandson ; and, in that 
case, the family name mvjs extinct in that branch. 

14. Abigail,* h. 1675 ; m. a Mr. King, and d. before her father, leav- 
ing cliildren. 

15. Sarah,' b. July 20. 1677; m. John Vose, of Milton. 

16. JtiDiTU,' b. May 6, 1680 ; m. Joseph Tucker, May 27, U02. 

17. EnzAnETn,' b.'Oct. 1, 1682; m. March Mi, 1700, John Rice, Jr., 
of Sudhury, son of John and Tabitha IJico. She d. previous to 
July, 1716, leaving children, 




Children of Ezra and 2d wife Experience (Hougbton) Clappj 

18. William,' b. July, 1685. Probably died young. 

19. Jane,' b. March 12, 1687; d. Feb. 17, 1743 ; m. Ebenezer Tucker, 

Jan. 30, 1707. 
--20. NEHKMiAn,' d. July 18, 1743. 

--21. Ezra,' b. March 18, 1693; bapt. March 2.5; d. Sept 20, 1761. 
--22. EiiENEZKR,' b. Feb. 3, 1697 ; bapt. Feb. 7. 

23. Hester,' (or Esther) b. Feb. 10, 1699 ; bapt, Feb. 12; m. Jamea 

Endicott, of Dorchester, Dec. 26, 1720. 

24. SusAN.NA,' b. March 7, 1702 ; bapt. March 8; m. Dec. 26, 1723, 

George Sumuer, b. Sept. 1697. She d. Nov. 1734. 
Miltou Church Records contain the name of Mindwell, dau. of Ezra 
Clapp, bapt. Sept. 27, 1691. 

NEOEMIAIl' (Edward'), son of Edward and Prudence Clapp, 
was born about September, 1646. He married, April, 1678, Sarali 
Leavit (now Leavitt) daughter of John Lcavitt one of the early .set- 
tlers of Hi nf^ham; he lived in Hingrliam awhile, but not long. Hia 
wife owned the covenant in Dorchester t!ie 2t>tlt of the fifth month, 
1677, and ou the 26th of the sixth month (Aug. 26), 1682, Nehe- 
miah and hi3 wife were dismissed from the Church in flingham, and 
joined the Church in Dorchester. He died April 2, 1684, aged 
38 years. After her husband's death and previous to November 
30, 1689, Sarah married Samuel Howe, of Sudbury, Her father 
was a tailor by trade, and a great landholder ; he, in connectiou with 
Capt. Joshua Hobart, Lieut. John Smith and Nathaniel Baker, bought 
a tract of land beyond Providence, fifteen miles square, called by the 
Indians Twanckoc ; also willi Uobart and Smith a piece of land six 
miles square, called " Pennycooke ;" he owned a quarter of the 
former, and a third of the latter purchase. 


The last Will an<l Testament of Nehcmiah Clap (though l>eing weak in 
body yet of perfect memory and understanding, tlie good Lord be hle8«cd 
and prayseil therefor), nuule this nineteenth day of Slarch in the Year of 
our Lord one thousand six hundred eighty-three or four. 

Imp": I commit my iiTiorLil soule into the hands of that eternal God that 
made it, and my Will is that after my death my body be decently buried, 
knowing that it shall be raised up again by my dear Redeemer the Lonl 
Jesus Christ at his coming. As for my outward estate my Will is that after 
my funcrall expenc^s are discharged and all Just debts j»aid, I do give and 
be<|ueath unto my dear and loving Wife all my moveable Estate and all 
her dowry and portion that is or maj* be due unto her. And as for that 
part of my Estate which is in houseing and land I leave with my dear Wife 
to he at her disposal and for her use and benefit during tlie time of her 
widowhood. But if she shall marry then my Will is that when my chihlren 
come of age and when my son Edward do attain the ago of twenty^jnc years 
my Will is that he shall have double portion, aud that he shall enjoy all 



my hoasing and land together with a quarter of the tide Mill, He paying a 
single portion to his sister Submit; Antl I i3o upjMjint my dear an<l loving 
Wife to be sole Executrix of this m_v last Will and Testament. And I do 
intreat my loving friends and kin.smeu Ensign Samuel Clap and brother 
Josiah Levit that they would be pleased to be my overseers to see nay Will 
performed and fiillilled. 

In witness whereof I the said Nohemiah Clap have hereunto set my Imud 
and SeaJe this day and Year above written. 

Nehemiah CtAf [by a Seale], 

In presence of James Blake, 

John Capen, Jr. 

Children of Nehemiah and Sarah (Leavitt) Clapp: 

25. Edward,' b. Dt?c. 20, 1G78; d. Fob. 1, 1679. 
-j-26. Edward,* b. Dec. 9, 1680; d. Dec. 3, 1733. 

27. Slhmit,'' b. Aug. 2, 1683. She removed to Sudbury, and m. 
Joseph Brltnall, of that phite, March 20, 1708. She survived 
him and was ofi. to Kichard Taylor, of Sudbury, July 23, 1741, 
she then being about 58 years of age. She m. a third husband 
Nov. 30, 1755 ; d. Jan. 29, 1759, and was bui-ied in Stow, Mass. 

20 — 

NEHEMIAH' (Ezra,' Edward'), son of Ezra and Experience 
(noughton) Clapp, was a man much respected in Milton; he 
laairied Lydia Tucker, of Milton, Aug. IG, ITIG. He waa a Deacon 
of the Church in Milton, and died as before named, July 18, 1743. 
Ho left a Will, made June 23, 1743, givinp; to his wife Lydia one- 
third of his " creatures and moveables," and the improvement of one- 
ihird* of his estate while she remained his widow; to hia sons 
Stephen and Joseph Clap be gave the remainder of his estate in equal 
portions, the}* also to Iiave ^Jieir mother's after she ceased to improve 
it. To his daugliters Hannah and Judith, he gave his portion of 
the land granted the Canada soldiers, and £100 in bills of credit 
old tenor ; the land granted the Canada soldiers he received as tho 
representative of his brother Edward, who was lost in the Canada 
expedition of 1690; there were lost at sea in that expedition 46 
soldiers, who went from Dorcliester. This land was granted tho sur- 
vivors of that company or their representatives by the General 
Court of Massachusetts Juno 19, 1735, and is now called Ashburn- 
ham {formerly Dorchester Canada) ; it is in Worcester Couoty, and 
iacorpoi-ated iu 1765. The right in the above-named land was ap- 
priKcd at £60. 

Nehemiah's whole inventory was X3019 lis. 4d. His Will may be 
found at the Probate ofSce in Boston, 36th vol. page 190. 

Children of Dea. Nehkmiah and Lydia (Tucker) Clapp: 

28. Lydia,* bapt. Aug. 11, 1717; d. April 10, 173G, uum., aged 19 yrs. 

29. EzKA,*b. Sept. 11, 1719; b.ipt. Sept. 13; d, Jan. 12, 1740, aged 
21 years. 



80. Haknah,* b. March 10, 1721 ; d. March IG, 1756 j m. Mr. Stephen 
Bodlam, March 1, 1744. 
-j-31. Stehhkn,* b. AprU 17, 1724; bapt. April 19. 
-]-32. JosEPn." b. June 7, 1720; bapt, Jiiue 11 ; d. Jan. 30, 1799. 

33. Judith,* b. Jan. 30. 1728 ; bapt. Feb. 2; m. Ebenezer Swift. 

34. Ephraim/ bapt. Feb. 6, 1731-2; d. Oct. 2G, 1733. 

35. Jonathan-,* b. Oct. 16, 1734 ; bapt. Oct. 20 ; d. July 13, 1736. 

O-l . 

EZRA' (Ezra* Edward^), son of Ezra, and Experience (Houghton) 
Clapp, was boiTi March 18, 1693, and died Sept. 20, 1761, aged 68. 
Be married, Nov. 17, 1715, Waitatill Tucker, of Milton, daughter of 
Manasseh Tucker, and had several children. By the Milton Church 
Kecorda, it seems they were admitted to the church in Milton April 
28,1717. Ezra removed to Middloboro' in 17'26, being dismissed 
with his wife to the church in the latter place Dec. 18 of that year. 
She died July 31, 1763, aged about 73 years. 

Children of Ezua and Waitstill (Tucker) Clapp : 

36. Waitstill,* b. Oct 6, 1716 ; bapt. Oct. 7. 

37. Experience,* b. April 30 (ch. rec. bapt April 13), 1718 ; d. May 

26, 1720, aged 2 years. 
88. Elijah,* b. July 31, 1721; bapt Aug. 6. lie removed with his 
father to Middleboro' ; m. in 1741, Hope Thomas, and removed 
to BrookJieJd. He d. in 1790. 
-f 39. Manasseh,* b. Sept 28, 1725 ; bapt. Oct 3. 


EBENEZER' {Ezra* Edward'), son of Ezra and Experience 
(Houghton) Clapp, was born in Milton, February 3, 1697, and mar- 
ried Abigail Belcher, of that place, Fet>. 4, 1719; he removed to 
Dorchester previous to Oct. 7, 1726; he had one child born in Mil- 
ton, and one in Dorchester. Ebenezer probably went to Middleboro' 
about the time his brother Ezra did. He is called of that place in 
a deed dated Feb, 24, 1730. 

Children of Ebenezer and Abigail (Belcher) Clapp: 

40. Elizabeth,* b. iu Aliltoti, July 6, 1721 ; bapt July 9 ("her father 

owning y' C-ovenant"); d. July 25, 1721. 

41. Elizabeth,* b. in Dorchester, Oct 7, 1726 ; bapt in Milton Nov. 


EDWARD' (Nchemiah* Edward'), son of Nehemiah and Sarah 
(Loavitt) Clapp, and his second son of that name, was itorn Dec. 9, 
1680, and died Dec. 3, 1733. He married Mary Clark, of Boston, 
Nov. 11, 1703. I suppose he lived in Dorchester until 1722, and 
then removed to Sudbury, Mass. I think he married a second wife 




"Vrlnlc ho lived in Dorchester, whose christian name was Ahipail. Ho 
was probably rather a sliiftless man ; he had a good estate k-ft him, 
which he disposed of before he removed to Sudbury, In 1722, he 
enlisted in CajitaJQ Edward Ward's Company, and was in an expe- 
dition against the Indians. No account can be found of his children, 
I besides two daughters, who finished the name of Deacon Edward's 
descendants in the line of his son Nehcmiah. He died in Sudbury, 
Dec. 3, 1733. 
Child of Edwaud and 1st wife Mary (Clark) Clapp: 
42. Mary,* b. Aug. 16, 1704; d. young. 
By 2d wife Abigail ( ) Olapp : 
43. Marv,' b. April 9, 1722. She probably lived ia Sudbury, where 
_^ her father removed soon after her birth. 


STEPHEN* {Nehcmiah,' Ezra,' Edward'), son of Nehcmiali and 
Ljdia (Tucker) Clapp, was born April 17, 1724. Wife Mary. It 
appears that ho spent his days and died in Milton. 

Cliildren of SifiPUEN and wife Mary Clapp : 

44. Ltdia," b. Oct. 7, 1750; bapt. Oct. 21 ; never married. 

45. Stki'Qen,* b. Oct. 22, 1752. He never married. It appears that 
he died wheu he was a little upwards of 20 years of age. 

46. Hannah,' h. Aug. 23, 1754; never married. 

47. Ezra,' b. May 10, 1737 ; d. young. 

48. Esther,* b. Sept. 11, 1750 ; m. Lemuel Capen (see No. 57) ; they 
botli d. iu Rutlaud, Mass. 

JpDiTH,* b. Feb. 17, 17G2; never ra. ; probably d. when between 
the ages of 20 and 30 years. 




■ JOSEPH* (Nehcmmh,' Ezra,* Edward'), son of Nohemiah and 

^B Lydia (Tucker) Clapp, was born Juno 7, 1726. He was Deacon of tlie 

^B Church, and left Milton when he had arrived at about the age of 55, 

^P and resided in Sterling. When iu Milton, he lived in the bouse 

afterwards occupied by Mr. C. Brock, on the road from Milton 

Meeting House to near the Upper Mills in Dorchester, He died iu 

Sterling, Jan. 30, 1799, aged 73 years. Wife Rachel. 

Children of Joseph and wife Rachel Clapp: 

50. Racuel,' It, Dec. 17, 1751 ; m. first, Stephen Babcock, of Milton; 
second, Enos R!ako, of Dorchester, currier. She d. iu Wey- 
mouth, lo.ivinjj two (laujjhters. 

-51. N Ell KM [All,* b. St-jit, 13, 1753 ; bapt. Sept. 23 ; d. in 1822. 

52. Susanna," b. March 16, 1760; m. Silas Grout, of Smlbury. They 
left children, one of whom, William Clapp Grout, Mas a Repre- 
sentative to the General Court in 1843, from the town of 



53. Joseph,' <], Juue 1, 1758. 

54. Cathauixe," h. June 15, 1762; m. Rogers Chose, of Royalston. 

55. Abioaii,,' I). Oct. 4, 1764 ; m. Mr. Joseph Crackbon, who d. in 

Newton. Slio was living in 1843. 

56. Jerusha,* b. May 29, 1767 ; m. Andrew Pulnam, of Sterling. 

They left at le-ost two diildrea (sons). One of them. Rev. 
George Putnam, D.D., is now (1875) the jxttitor of the first 
church in Roxbnry; and, as a preacher of extraordinary power, 
as a man and Chrigtian, is au bonor and omameut to his 

57. Lydia.* b. Aug. 12, 1771 ; m. Lemuel Cupeu, of Rutland. She 

was his second wife, bis first being Esther (No. 48), dau. of 
Stephen, and cousin to Lydia Ciapp. 
-f 58. Stephen,* b. March 14, 1777 ; d. Jan. 1846. 


MANASSEH* {Ezra,* Ezra,'' EdwartV), son of Ezra and Wait- 
still (Tucker) Clapp, was born in Milton, Sept. 28, 1725. He 
removed to Middleboro'. 

Child of Manasseii Cijipp : 
-f-59. Elijah,* b. July 3, 1751- 


NEHEMIAH' (Joseph* Mhcmiah; Ezra,* E<hcard'),son of Joseph 
and Rachel Clapp, was born September 13, 1753. He married 
Jeruslia VosOp of Milton. In 1779, removed from Milton to Sher- 
burne ; afterwards from Sherburne to Leorainster, from Leominster to 
Royalaton, and from lioyalstou to Fraticonia, N.H. He died in 1822. 

Children of Nehemiah and Jerubha (Vose) Clapp : 

60. Joseph,* b. in 1775 ; d. in 1820. 

61. Jerusha,* b. 1778; m. Aug. 20, 1826, David Hyde, and lived in 

Boston. ]Mr. Hyde d. and she was living in 1843 with her 
second husband, Mr. Mellen. 

62. WiLi-iAM," b. 1785 ; d. Nov. 1818, unm., in Boston, aged 33 years. 
-f 63. Nehemiah,* b. 1790. 

64. Thomas,* b. 1797 ; d. in Boston, unm., July, 1815. 

STEPHEN* {Josqih,* Nehemiah,' Ezra,' Edimrd'), son of Joseph 
and Rachel Clapp, was born March 14, 1777, in Milton. He re- 
moved with Ilia father to Sterling, and from there to Chester, Vt. 
He married Hannah Lewis, of Sterling, in 1797 or 1798. He called 
on the author of this work several times in 1843, and appeared to 
be a very iiitetHf?ent and exemplary man. He died in Chester, Vt, 
in January, 1S46. 

Children of Stephen and Hannah (Lewis) Clapp: 

65. Eliza," b. Oct. 27, 1798; m. Leonard llolton in Chester, Vt. 
They lived in Boston and had several children. 


CACHE!.,' b. April 3, 1801 ; m. Joel Perry, of Chester, Vt. ; d. in 
1827, and Mr. Porry m. her sister Il.iiinali. 
67. Nancy," b. April 26, 1803 ; m, Alpheus Alwowl, of Cliester, Vt 
(;8. Hannah,' b. Dec. 29, 1805; m. Joel Perry, of Chester, Vu 
C9. Martha L.,* b. Oct, 11, 1808; m. Horace Poland, of Langdon, 
N. H. They lived in Boston. 

70. Joseph L.,*b. Aug. 7, 1811 ; d. Jnne IG, 1829, when about 18 

years of age, his death cntting off all prospect of a continuation of 
the name in this line of tlic family. He was a young man of 
good reputation. 

71. Ltjct Ann,* b. Feb. 16, 1815 ; m. Eliakim Ellison, of Chester, Vt., 

and lived in Camhridgc, Mass. 


ELIJAII* (Maiifisseh,* Erra,' Ezra,^ E/itwrd'), son of Manassch 
Clapp, was born in Middlcboro', Mass., July 3, 1761. He removed 
to Brookfield, ilaaa., and married Azubali Ross, of that place, about 
1776. She was born in West Brookfield, August 3, 1751. 

Cliildren of Elijah and Azubah (Rosa) Clapp: 

72. Rebkcca,* b. March 29, 1777; never m. ; d. April 6, 1874, aged 
1^7 years £«id 8 days. She was an active, wide awake woman. 
She attended court in 1870, when 93 years of age, to defend a case 
in a lawsuit. She owned a good farm in New liraintree, Ma«»., 
where she lived alone for many years. She was dinajipointed in 
her affections early in life, which may have been one cause of the 
eccentricities which intvrkr'd her character. She was economical 
to a fine jioint, and the acijuisition of property seemed the ruling 
aim of her life. Probably in her yoanger days she was deprived 
by necessity of some of thu comforts of life ; and in her old age 
she voluntarily relinrinirihetl them all. Her property was re- 
tained to the last for unthankful heirs, who disapproved of her 
coarse, and, unknown to her, made all rea.sonable efforts for 
her comfort. In short, she was mi.serly, and so far mortified the 
flesh ua to create some doubt of her being ablt! to adapt her 
spiritual state so as to overcome this all-pervading trait ; yet she 
was fond of her Bible, read it diligently, and formed singidar 
ideas of its scope and meaning. The following was cut from a 
newspaper in 1874, issued but a short time before her death: 
" Miss Rebekah Clapp, of Ni-w Uruiutree, who will be ninety- 
seven years of age on the 21Hh, rode to Ware on bufiineas, Mon- 
day, which she transacted ' with as much activity and shrewd- 
ness as most young girls of twenty.' " 

Sarah,* b. Sept. 18, 1779 ; m, Geo. Boswortli, of Petersham. 

TnmzA,* b. May 19, 1781 ; m. Mr. Merriam, the father of the 
famous publisher of Webster's Dictionary, in Springfield, Maes. 

William,' b. May 4, 1783; d. Sept. 13, 1846. 

Apollos,* b. May 14, 1787; m Barnes, March 25, 1843, 

removed to Vernon, Vt., and d. without issue. 

L. . . CErBAS," b. Oct. 1, 1788 ; m Sj[>ooner, and lived in Warren, 
Mass. He d. in 1853. 








NEHEMIAH' (M-hcmlah,' Joseph,* Nchcminli,' Ezra* Ed 
son of Nehemiah and Jerusha (Vose) Clapp, was born in 17? 
married Sally Millet, Sept. 4, 1814, and was living in Orang 
in 1843. He was mucli aiUlicted to intemperance for sevei 
when living in Boston. His wife remained ia Boston, anc 
live with him after 1830. 

Children of Nehemiah and Sally (Millet) Clapp: 

78. Sarah,' I>. MaiTh 10, 1815; d. Feb. 17, 1841, aged 26 y 
was a girl of gooil cliarjicter, and a great comfort to h 

79. Thomas,' b. April 22, 1817. He was a person of liltli 
and in 1813 he served a sentence in the House of ( 

80. Charles Frederick,' b. Sept. 28, 1819 ; d. Jan. 12, 
4 months. 

81. Mary T.,' b. Dec 25, 1820 ; d. July 16, 1822, aged 1 ye 


WILLIAM" ( Elijah; Mamsseh; Ezra,* Ezra,' Edtvarcr 
Elijah and Azubah (Ross) Clapp, of Brookfield, was bori 
17S3. He married, March 17, 1808, Mercy Barnes, wl 
December, 1860. He died Sept. 13, 184G. 

Children of William and Merct (Barnes) Clapp: 

82. John W.,' h. Dec. 11, 1808, in Paiton, Mass.; m. 

AJKSworUi, of Barre, Mass. 

83. Thomas B.,' b. Aug, 22, 1811 ; d. in New York, OcU 17, 1845, 

aged 34 years. 

84. Elijau,' b. Oct. 3, 1814 ; m. Eliza Kent, and has a dau. EUen* b. 

about I 840. 

85. William,' b. May 11, 1817. For seven ycai-s he was engaged in 
school-teaching, ami had at one time among Iris pupiJs Daniel 
H. Chamberlain, now (187a) the popular ami efficient Governor 
of South Carolina. In 1842 he removed to Boston, and has for 
many years kept an ejttensive and popular store on Washington 
St. and Temple Place. He m. Dec. 1 i>, 1858, Myra E. Ilobart, of 
Hollis, N. II. He is a member of the Ancient and Ilotiorable 
Artillery Company, has long been an active and worthy member 
of the Masonic fiatornily, and has taken thirty-two of the thirty- 
tliree degrees in that Order. He was one of the most active and 
liberal among the managers of the two Clap]) Family Celebra- 
tions, and has taken great interest in the publication of tli" 
Memorial book. 

86. Samukl E.,' b. Aug. 9, 1821 ; removed to New York. He m. 
Anna Sherman, of Brimfieid, Mass., and has two sons Harnj* 
and SamueL^ 

* . 



Son of Richard Clapp, of England, and cousin of Roger and Ed- 
ward, waa born in Dorclicster, England, in 1597. Ho came over 
to this country, probably, aa already mentioned (sec page 91), in the 
ship which arrived from Weymonth (Eng.) on the 24th of July, 1633. 
The probability is that Thomas and Nicholas, and their cousin Ed- 
ward, came over together, and John some time afterward. Tfie 
name of Thomas Clapp appears, in 1634, on the Town Records of 
Dorchester, where his brothers Nicholas and John settled, lived 
and died. After hia arrival in this country, Thomas remained a 
few years in Dorchester, being admitted as a freeman there in 
1G38, and then removed to Weynaouth, Mass., probably with the 
intention of settling there. His farm was near what has since been 
the resideucc of Hon. Christopher Webb, of that place. His eldest 
son, Thomas, was born there March 15, 1G39, and was the Clapp who 
removed to Walpole (then part of Dedham), and was the ancestor 
of the Clapps of tliat place. Farmer, in hia Genealogical Register, 
says that Thomas, senior, removed from Weymouth to Hingham, and 
from thciicc to Scituate; while Deane says he had grants of land in 
Hingham, but never resided there. Whether he did remove there or 
not, there is little doubt tliat it was his intention to do so when the 
grant of lands was' made to him. If he was an inhabitant of Scituate 
as early as 1G40, as Deane says, it is very unlikely that ho ever 
took up his residence in Hingham, as there is evidence of liis being 
in Weymouth the year previous. He was Deacon of the Church in 
Scituate in 1647, and was warmly engaged in a theological contro- 
versy respecting the form of baptism, which commenced about 1641, 
with the Rev. Charles Channcey, then minister in Scituate, but after- 
wards President of Harvard College.* Mr. Clapp was one of the 

• Rev. Mr. Cluwncy came to New Eni;1and in 1638. Ha preached in Plymouth for 
ot>oat three years, and won li] have remninod longer tlicrc, but for liiii holding some peculiar 
views, in respect to the ordinanc«s, to wliU-li tlie chiircli could not sulifiTllK!. Ho believed 
tliAt " the Lurd'D Supper uiigtit to be admiuistercd in the evening, and every Lord's day: 
and that baptism ought to be ouljr by dipping, or jilanging the whole body under water, 



committee of three, in 1675, who sent a letter to the Second Church, 
informiDg them that a reconciliation had taken place after a con- 
troversy of 33 years. Mr. Clapp was a Deputy to the Court in 1649, 
and overseer of the poor in 1G67, that beinj» the firal year such offi- 
cers were chosen. Ho was a useful and enterprising man. He died 
April 20, 1684, greatly respected. His farm in Scituate was on the 
south-west of Stockbridgc's mill-pond, and afterwards owned by 
Calvin Jenkins. Who his wife was has not been ascertained, ex- 
cepting that her cliriatian name was Abi^'ait. 

Richard Sylvester, who lived in Weymouth about 1640, held doc- 
trines too liberal for the ago in which he lived ; tlioy were supposed 
to be similar to those of his minister, Mr. Lcnlliial, whose doctrine 
was "that all baptized persons should be admitted to the church 
without further trial." This Mr. Letithial afterward retracted before 
the General Court of Massachusetts ; but Sylvester rcTusirig, he 
was disfranchised, and tlierefore removed into Sciluate, then in the 
Plymouth Culony and out of their jurisdiction. As Thomas Raw- 
lins, Thomas Clnpip, James Torroy and William Holbrook went to 
Scituatc about the same lime, Dcano supposes it was on account of 
holding similar opinions. 

Children of Thomas and wife Abigail Clapp: 

--2. Thomas,* b. March 15, IG39 ; d. in 1691. 

--3. iNcnEASE," b. probably in May, ItiiO. 

--4. Samuel.' 

5. Eleazer,' probably never married. lie removed to Barnstable, 
being ailmitteil an inhabitant therebetween 1 GOO and 1G70. Il« 
was killed in that tlesperule buttle with tlie Nurraguiiselt Indians 
of March 10, 1G7G. He fought under tlie coiumund of Cftpuiin 
Michael Pierce, of Scituate. It Wiia ii bravely eontcstwl and 
sanguinary battle, and out of 70 whites and friendly ludians, <i3 
were killed. This fight took place in the town of Rehobotb. 
Tho whites and their company killed about three times their 
unmber of Indians.* 

wheOier in the eise of children or adults." Be remained in Scituatc about tliirtcon rcura, 
bis ininistnr during the wlinle timo. as stated by Dbatic, 1x!iiii; " n xrcnc of constant ngiiJi- 
rion." In "uhoiit live ycnrs nftcr Its commenccirnint, aa no terms of nffret'nicnt txjuld Iks 
iledilcii upon, nearly hiilf the churth and society withdrew and formeii another church. 
In 1651 he coctemplatcd rcturamg to England, when he rcce'iTed an invitation to the oiBce 
of President of Hitrvard Collefje, with (lie s^tipend of one Imndred pounds |)er annuni, and 
with the undertUntlin^ thut " lie lorliVHr to disscmimite or puiilisli «ny tvncts conc«rninK 
immcrMon in haptitni, nnd eole1)nition of the Lord's Supper at ovcnins. or to expose tho 
received doctrine therein." He agreed lo this, nnd was iiiductud into office Nov. 27, 16M. 
He retidotd the ottlce of President nearly seventeen years, till his doalh, Foli. 19, 1C72. 
" Of the estimation in which lie was held at Cambridpc some idea may be Ibrnied from tlie 
fact that, as Cotton Mather informs us, ' when he had been atiove a year or two in llie 
town, the! ehiircli Iccpt a whole diiv of thanicKftiving to God, for the inerey wbicli Ihey en- 
joyed in his iieinjr there.'" The religious contrnvcrsy, begun in Scituatc under liis niiniBtry, 
nnd which rcsulied, fui stated, in the dli»menil)ernicnt of tlie eliurch, was continued iK'tween 
the two societies till the letter eigtied l>y Nicholas Baker, Thom&x Clapp snd John Daman, 
in 1675, on tjehaif of the First Uhurcb, signitled an ncecptancc from the other church of 
a kindly offer of reconciliation. 

• An anecdote Is told relating to this Imttle, showing the artiflcc of a friendly Indian, 
given by Cotton Mather. "One who was flying nnd closely pressed by a hositile Indian, 
Bought the slieltcr of a large rock. Thug the tvro were waiting in awful suspense to shtwt 



Elizabeth,* m. Deacon Thomas King of Scituate, April 20, 1669. 
They ItiuJ nine children. Deacon King owned a farm at Stony 
Cove Brook, which he purchasenl of Nathaniel Rawlins. His 
first wife, Elizabeth, d. in 1G38, and the next year he m. Deborah 
Uriggs. He and his second wife both d. in 1711. 

Prudence,' was living and unm. whea her father made his will 
in 1 (584. 

John,' b. Oct. 18, 1658; d. aboat 1671, He was a youth of ex- 
traordinary piety and promise ; he d. when a little U[)ward8 of 13 
years of age, and a memoir of his life was published by Rev. Mr. 
Witherell,* of Scituate, assisted by Rev. Mr. Baker.f The work 
is probably not now in existence. Urian Oakest said of this 
John, " He was a young oM man, full of grace, though uot full 
of days." There is also an account of him in Cotton Mather's 
Magnalia. Probably most of the focts therein stated were taken 
from the above named book. Urian Cakes wrote the preface to 
the memoir of John Clapp. 

Abigail,* b. Jan, 29, 1639-60; living, unm, in 1<J84. 

THOMAS* {Thomas*), son of Thomas and wife Abigail Clapp, 
■was born in Weymouth, Mass., March 15, 1639. He was the 
eldest 800 of Thomas Clapp, senior, who settled in Scituate tho 
year previous. Thomas' removed aud settled in Dcdham ; he lived 
in that portion which was afterward incorporated .as Walpote, tho 
incorporation of which took place in 1124. He was a housewrigbt 
by trade, and died previous to Jan. 2d, 1691, when his Will was 
proved. He was married to Mary Fisher, Nov. 10, 1662. Tho late 
Elislra Clapp, and Charles Clapp, of Bath, Me., had tlie impression 
(and so have it recorded) that Thomas* died in 1703, aud was 
the first per.son buried in the Walpole buryingground, and this ap- 
pears to have been the prevailing idea in Walpole; but it was Lis son 
Thomas' who died in 1703-4. I have taken great pains in looking 
up this branch, and find that all who preceded mo had omitted one 
family of children, those of Thomas 2d, of Dedham. 

each otber. Capt. Pierce's Indian patting bis cap on the end of a sticic or giin,gently raised 
it to the view of hifl enemy, wlio imtiitiiliatcly discharged hia gun nt the caii, aod tlic next 
instant wiis sbot doftd by tho friendly Iniiiiiti," 
• Tlicrc is a trjiilition that ttic raotlier of Rev. Mr. Witherell was a daughter of Jolin 
ogers, tlic Smithfleld miiriyr. Mr. ■Witherell was the flr«t miuislcr of tbe Second Cljuri-li 
I ScitUHtp, Ixiing oniaiiiGd pastor tliuro in 164.5, and remained till liia death in IG84, nuftrly 
thirty-nine years. During this tirae, he adraiuistcrcd, accwrding to Deano, (508 hnprisine, 
the liuraber Ijeinit increased by tbe oppositioa t<j infant ))aptl«m amonjf guiue of the DClgh- 
iHjrinft derpry. Mr. Witherell lived to sec the two charcticB of the town happily reconciled 
after I heir long variance. 

f Minister of First Church In Scituate, nnd one of the siKncrs \rlth Thomas Clapp of tho 
letter of reconciliation between the First nnd Second Churches. 

X Uriira Oakes c-nme to New England al>oiit Ifi.'Jt, being then a mere child. He Rradaated 
ut UHrrurd Culletji' in 1G19, aud enjoyed a higlj reiiatiition as a scholar. He studied theulo- 
(ty, and returned to England, tmt was recalled liy tbe chnrrh at CamliridKe In 1668, over 
which ho wax nvinit>ter until 1675, when be succeeded Dr. Hoar as President of Ilar\'ard Col- 
lege. This cfflce be rctuini'd until bts death, July 25, 1681. lie putjli*lied several works, 
and was specially distinguished fur bis knowledge of tbe Ltttiti lauguage. 




" In llio Yeare of our Lonl one thousanil six hundred eighty-eight in y" 
fourtli Yciirt! of tho Reigno of our soveraigne, King James the 2"'*, and the 
fourtoeiilli day of Dt'cember, I Thomas Clap Seu"^ of Dedham io tho County 
of iSuflolk in hi* Majestys Terrytorys in New England, calling to mind my 
mortality and being put in mind of my change by weakness and infirmity 
alluding mo Do therefore now in the time of the enjoy™' of my understand- 
ing and memory upon good consideration make and ordaine this to bo my 
last wLli and testament for the disposing of my estate, wherein first I comit 
my soul into tho hands of Almighty God in & through the Lord Jesus, my 
blvHScd Rodecmer, c& my body to the earth to be therein interred after my 
deciMuc in Christian Buryall at the discretion of my Executors hereinafter 
named. Impris : I do give unto my deare and well beloved wife Mary 
Claji one beJd with all the furniture thereto belonging and to tho value of 
flfly sliillings in household stvlf all at her choyce & one end of my Dwelling 
house & eight pounds p. year each year she live a widow, three pounds 
thereof p. year in money and the other five pounds p. year in corne and such 
other provisions as may be suitable for her use ; & if my said Wife do 
marry againe then she is to have only the use or Rent of the thirds of my 
buildtngB <& lands, <& aforesaid bedd & moveables to return to my children after 
her doct^aso, and further my mind and will is that my estate should be aprized 
AM Umiiey & being devided into nineteen parts for quantity of jiay"'' to be 
dovidtnl amongst my children as followeth: Imp': 1 do give and bequeath 
to n»y eldest son Thomas Clap four parts of the said nineteen whereof 
ho have rcceivtxl forty pounds in the house & lands I bought for him that 
Iifl now live in. Item, 1 give and bequeath unto my other sons Joshua 
Clap, Eliexer Cla{> & Samuel Clap nine parts of the aforesaid nineteen parts 
to b(t cipially divided viz' each one of them three parts. Item, I give unto 
my three daughters Mary Abigail & Hannah, the other six parts not dis- 
poseil of aforesai"* to be equally divided betwixt them viz' to each one of 
Uiem two parts. My lands are to be equally devided betwixt my sons by 
Overseers or supervisors as they judge most equall & what each son receive 
in lands more than tlieir portions as aforesaid they are to make payment in 
good currant C-ountry pay'"' to their sisters each child to receive their por- 
tions at one and twenty years of age, or marriage which time come first my 
daughters to be paid their portions in three equal payments in three years 
after the aforesaid time. If any of my aforesaid children dye before they 
attayue the aforesaid age or Marryage their portion is to be divided be- 
twixt them of my children that survive. IJy the rules aforesaid each child 
aforesaid at their receiving their portion or any part thereof is then legally 
to engage to pay their just proportion in the eight pound p. yeare each 

yeare to their mother according to the as aforesaid during all the time 

aforesaid & if my said Wife after my decease while she continues a widow 
sholtl by sickness or weakness any way suffer so a? the aforesaid eight pounds 
p. yeare prove not sullieient for her needful maintenance there shall be »o 
much added as the three overseers hereafter named shall judge & determine 
needful for her supply to be paid by each child llieir due proportion an- 
swerable to their aforesaid portions on my said estate. My mind & Will is 
that my buildings should bo aprized so that my son or sous that shall in- 
herit them may not be to much disadvantaged in meet accommodations of 
lauds, & paying Legacy s. 

I do ap[K)int and empower my loving sons Tliomas Clap & Joshua Claji 



to be my Executors of this my last Will & Testament & do request my love- 
itig friend Samuel Barber ray loveiiig bruthur Joliii Fislier, uod my loveing 
cousin John riiitijitoii, all of them of Medlietd to ha the supervisors & over- 
seers whose order advice and counsntl my executors must iittvud & in all 
waity matters, in all parts of my Will & division of estate to my children, 
their determination or the surveying of them shall be as of legal furce and 
value at all times as if myself had done and acted the same things. To 
coufirme all the premises I the said Thomas Clap, Sen' have set to my hand 
& sojde in the preseuce of ua 

Thomas Battell, 

Joshua Fisher, 

John Aldis, Jr. 
Furthermore, upon good consideration I do add to the aforesaid portion 
of my daugbter Mary ten [wmnds to be added to her aforesaid portion out 
of my said estate. This addition is before signing and sealing. 

Thomas Clai-, Sen'. [Seal.] 

Childrea of Thomas and Mart (Fisher) Clapp: 

4-10. Thomas,^ b. Sept 26, 1GG3; d. Jan. 28, 1704, aged 40 years. 

11. John", b. Feb. 2», 1(165; d. March 12, 16(55. 
-|-12. JoSHCTA,' b. in 1667; d. in 1728. 

13. Mart,^ b. Dee. 13, 1669. 
4-14. Elikzeh,' b. Nov. 4, 1671. 

15. Abigail.' 

16. Hannah.* 

4-17. Samuel,* b. Aug. 21, 1682; d. June 13, 1772. 


INCREASE* {Thomaji'), son of Thomas and wife Abigail Clapp, 
was born in 1640. Concerning liia history, littli; ia known. 1 am 
perauaded tiiat ho was the Increase that was baptized in Dorehester 
May 14, IG-tO; that was probably about the period that his lather 
removed from Weymouth to Sciluate, and the controversy concern- 
ing Mr Lcutliial, the minister of Weymouth, wan probal>ly tlio cause 
of his brinurinir his son to Dorchester, iii:^ Ibrmer jjlaec of redidenee, 
to be baptized by Rev. Richard Mather. He removed to Earnstable, 
Mass., and married the widow of Nathaniel Ooodspeed in Oetolter, 
1675. Her maiden name was Elizabeth, daughter of John Buriilcy. went to Barnstable about 16(51-2, and bought the estate of 
the Rowleys. He probably removed to Rochester, Mass., the latter 
part of his life. 1 tiud in the Plymouth Records he was oC Rochester 
in niO, and bought tweuty acres of land of William (irilfillis, ones 
of the original lots granted to William Clark (Lot 11). 

Children of and Euzadetii (IJnrsley) Clapp: 

4-lS. JoriN." b. Oct. 1676. 



CoAitiTy.' b. March, 1G77-8. 
Thomas," b. Jan. KWl ; d. Jan. 

1 683. 

Thomas,' b. Jan. 1G84; bapL March 16, 1684. Nothing known 

of his history. 
Benjamin.' Nothing knonru of lu» history. 



SA5IUEL' {Thomas'), brother of tlie preceding, was married June 
14, 1G66, to Hannah, daughter of Thomas Gill, of Hinghara. His 
lather's residence succeeded to him; ho was a distinfjuished man of 
his time, and one of the most so of his native town, Scituate, which 
contained .some of the most able in the Colony. He was a Rcpresen- 
talivc to the General Court of Massachusetts from 1692 to 1696; 
also in 1699, 1703, 1704, 1705, 1707, 1708, 1709, 1714 and 1715; 
this was, of course, after the Masaachusetts and Plymouth Coloniea 
were united in one. Previous to this he had been a Deputy to the 
Government of the Plymouth Colony from 1G80 to 1686 ; also in 1690 
and 169 L He was one of the committee chosen May 27, 1686, by 
the town, " to draw up their grievances, and impart their apprehen- 
sions to the town " concerning the new laws that day read to them. 
In 1682, ho was one of the commissioncra to settle the boundary 
between Scituate and Manshfield; also to divide the line between 
Conihassctt grant and Scituate. In many other ways he served the 
Town and State with great zeal and fidelity, and died at an age 
somewhat advanced; what year I have not been able to determine; 
but he must have been upwards of 70 years old when last a member 
of the General Court, lie and John Cushinir, of Scituate, addressed 
a "very spirited declaration " to Gov. Andros, in 16S7, upon the 
account of his j^raiiting a warrant to Humphrey Johnson to lay out 
lands for his (Johnson's) use. lie liad a ^rist- and saw-mill where 
the Stockbridtje Mills have since stood. I believe he was a Major; 
his wife died Feb. 27, 1722. 

Children of Samuel and Uannah (Gill) Clapp: 

23. Saml'el,' h. Mny 15, ICti?; probably m., but had no issue. 
4-24. JOSECH,' b. Dec. 14, 1CG8. 
-j-2o. Stephen,' b. March 4, 1670 ; d. Dec. 11, 17.5G, aged 86 years. 

26. Hannah,* b. Jan. l.'». li»73. She, or her cousin Hannah (No. 16), 

of Dudliam, m. Ilezekiah Woodworth, Dec, 23, 1097. 

27. Bethia," b. in 1G75 ; probably m. Thomas Oliver, Nov. 11, 1696. 
-f28, JoHN,» h. Sept. 31, 1677. 

2i). Arigail,' I). Oct. 1, 1079; m. John Bailey, of Scituate, Feb. 14, 
1700. They had eleven children. 
-f30. Davii>,' b. Nov. 1684. 

31. Deuouau," b. Feb. 1686-7. 

32. Jank,* b. Nov. 1689; in. Samuel Holbrook, Jr., of Scituate, in 


THOMAS'* {Thomns\ ThonuDi'), oldest son of Thomas and .Mary 
(Finher) Clapp, oriDedham, was born September 26, 1(>63, and died 
Jannray 28, 1704. Wife Mnry. He was a farmer, and lived in the 
house his father bought for him of Col. Byticld. That house was set 



off as a part of his share in the diviaioa of his father's estate ; he 
also had 19 acres of land west of Spice Brook ; 13 acres bounded b}' 
the east of his brother Joshua's laud ; 4 acres at Stop River, next 
north of Wrentham line; two pieces of meadow, A;c. The division 
of his father's (Thomas*) estate was not made until 1703, which was 
the period at which his youngest son SamueP (brother of Thomas') 
reached the age of 21 jears. Thomas^ was dead before llio docu- 
ments relatins; to the division were signed ; his widow was present, 
and his son Thomas'' sij^ried them. Alter the decease of Thomas,'' 
his widow mai-ried a Mr. Jennery about 1701); until that time the 
children had probably been uuder her care ; her sou Thomas'' then 
took charge of their property. 

Children of Thomas and wife Maky Clapp, of Dedham : 

+33. Thomas,* b. about 1G8G ; d. Fub. 18, 1741, ageil 55 yeara. 

34. Mahy,* b. about 1(589 ; in. Joshua Piitury (now ajiullfd Pomeroy), 
Oct. 1, 1718. At the time of tlie destrni^dcm of Decrlk-thl, Mass., 
by the IiiiIiaiiR, about 1701, Mr. Pomeroy wa.s an iufiahilatit of 
that place, but removed from thence, t^i Dorchester. While he 
resided in Dorchester his first wife d., in 1714. According to a 
gravestone in tlie old burying-grouiid, Dorchester, Repent, wife 
to Joshua Puniry, d. July 22, 1714, aged 38 years, 5 months. 
Joshua Pumry ro. Mary T{]ake, June 2, 1715 (Town Records, 
Dorchester), aud she d. March li*, 1718, aged about '61 yeara 
(see grave-stone, Dorchester). She was dau. of Deacon John 
Blake, and was b. April 20, 1687. 

35. Dkborait,* b. in IG'Jl. 
30. Meuitawle,* b. in 1094. 

37. Stepiikn,* b. in 1700. Little is known of his history. lie was 
living at the age of 16 years, and appointed Henry Adams, of 
Medlield, bis guardian. 

38. Hannah.* 

39. Elizabeth,* m. Samuel Pettee, of Walpole, residence was 
also in that part of the territory of Wrentham which is now a 
part of Foxlmro'. Slie d. May 28, 1770, in her 7Gth year. He 
d. Aug. 4, 1780, in his 9Uth year. They had several children. 


JOSnU.V {Tliomas,' T//ym«jr'), son of Thomas and Mary (Fisher) 
Clapp, of Dedbam, was born in 16G7, and died in 1728. He lived 
in that part of Dedham incorporated as the town of Walpole in 1724, 
and married, first, Mary, daughter of Jonathan Boydcii. She died 
May 18, 1718, and lie married, second, December 4, 1718, Silence 
Wrif!;lit, widow of William Wrij^ht, and dauglitcr of John Bird, of 
Dorchester. She was born Feb. 14, 1690. He was a farmer, and 
of his father's estate ho iiad one half the liobl near the river, bounded 
north by the land of his brother Thomas; two lots of cedar swamp 
meadow ; six acres of land next to James Fales's ; twelve acres of 
land north of Neponsel River, some of it on the river; and two cow- 



Children of Joshua and Ist wife Mary (Boyden) Clapp, of Ded- 
Lam and Walpole : 

-f-40. Joshua,'' b. in 1707; d. May 6, 1802, aged 95 years. 

41. JouN,* b. in 1709; d. Feb. 21, 1775, aged G6 years. He probably 
never married. Being a person unable to manage his own 
aftuira, bis brother Joshua was appointud his guardian, June 13, 
17-15, John then being about 32 years of age. 

42. Abigail,* m. Mr. Morse. 

43. Esther,* m. Mr. Morse. 

44. Mart,* m. Eleazer Robins, of Stougbton, an innholder. Mr. 
llobins was the administrator of the estate of his wife's uncle, 
Eliezer Clapp, in 1749. The reason Eliezer's son Stephen did 
not administer was probably on account of his being a seafaring 

45. Thankful,* b. in 171 G. 

Children of Joshua and 2d wife Su-ence (Bird) Clapp: 

46. SiLENCK,*b. in 1720. 
-j-47. Sbtu,' b. in 1722. 


ELIEZKR' {Tliojiun* Thomas^), brother of the preceding, was 
born November 4, 1G71. He was married and lived in Walpole. 
The old liomcstead fell to him, also thirty-one acres of land about it; 
one-fourth of the meadow at Cedar Swamp, one acre at Stop River, 
nine acres at Major's Plain, one-fourth of Cedar Swamp and meadow 
and one cow-riglit. At Iris decease, Eleazer Robins, of Stoughton, 
who maniud his niece Mary (44), administered on his estate. 

Child of Eliezkr and wife, of Waipolo: 

-j-48. Stei'Uen.* d. in 1750. 

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SA.MUEL' {TItnmm.* T/ioiiui»^), brother of the preceding, was born 
in Dedham, Aug. 21, 16S2. He married, first, July 13, 1709, Eliza- 
beth Fisher; second, Bethiah. daughter of l>caoon Samuel and Sarah 
Dean, of Taunton, who was born Jan. 7, 1697, and died Oct. 12, 
1778. He iiad of his father's estate, the barn and six acres about it; 
twenty acres of land by Joseph Hartshorn's; also four acres, one 
cow-right, oiie-fourtli of Cedar Swauip, six acres at Ridge Pond, one 
acre and one-half the uicadow at Stop River. His father owned two 
pieces of meadow besides the one last named ; one called the Swamp 
in Great Cedar Swamp, the other called Cedar Swamp Meadow. 
Samuel died June 13, 1772. 

Children of Samuei, and 2d wife, Bethiah (Dean) Clapp: 

-f-4D. Samdel,* b. June G, 1710; d. iu 1773. 
50. David,* b. Jan. 25, 1712. 



Jonathan, * b, Oct. 1, 1714. 
Elizabeth,* b. March 6, 1720. 
Abiel,* b. Feb. 7, 1728. 
Eleazer,* b. Feb. 1731. 

Siiinuel^ had iii all three diiughters ; one m. Mr. Dean, of 

Brookfield ; one, Mr. Field, of Mansfield ; and one, Mr. Pudel- 

ford, of Taunton. 


JOHN^ (Increase,* T/iomas'), son of Increase and Elizabeth 
(Bursley) Ctapp, was born Oct, 167G. He married and removed 
to Rochester, Mas3. ; he was there in 1710, and bought land of 
Samuel Prince, probably having removed there with his family about 
that time, with his father. He bought the next lot to his father, 
No. 10. 

Children of John Clapp and wife, of Rochester: 

55. Charitt,* b. in 1701. 
-J-.'JG. Ebenezer,* b. in 1704. 

57. John,* b. in 1706 ; d. Oct. 13, 1722. 
-)-58. Benjamin,* b. in 1708. 

59. Earl,* b. in 1711. 

60. Elizabeth,* b. in 1714; m., June 21, 1734, Kenelrn Winslow, 

Jr., who was b. Feb. 20, 1713, and had eleven ohildren. They 
moved to Hardwick in 1749, and to Petersham in 1773. 

61. Mary,* b. in 1716. 


JOSEPH' (Samuel,' Thomax'), son of Samuel and Hannah (Gill) 
Clapp, of Scituate, was born Dec. 14, 1668. He married and lived, 
probably, on Black Pond Hill, in Scitnate, where he had land. 
His son Deacon Joseph, and his grandson Elijah, afterwards lived 
in the same place. 

Children of Joseph Clapp and wife, of Scituate r 

+62. Samuel,* b. Nov. 18, 1695, 

63. Marv,* b. March 6, 169<>-7. 

64. Abigail,* b. May IC, 1699 j d. Oct. 13, 1740. 
-f-65. .Joseph,* b. July 15, 1701. 

66. Rebecca,* b. Oct, 2, 1703. 

67. Anna,* b. March 1, 1705. 

68. Sarah,* b. May 15, 1708. 
-|-69. Benjamin,* b. April 26, 1710. ' 

70. Job.* b. Nov. 6, 17J2; wife Temperance. Child: 
71. AaroA,* b. June 4, 17.VJ. 

72. Elisda,* b. March 0, 1714 -, m. 1735, Leah Subsequently 

he settled in Little Compton, R. I. Children: 

74! jTn^an B? } "^^^^ ^*^^ ^^™ '^ SdXM&ii ; 




STEPHEN' (Samu-el," Thomas'), brother of the preceding, was 
born March 4, 1670, He was the most distinguished of his fatber'a 
family. He was a Deacon of the church, and Lieutenant of the 
military. Hia house, which was built previously to 1687, was stand- 
ing in 1842. In a survey of the road in 1686, it is called "Samuel 
Clap's new bouse." It was built on White-Oak plain, and in 1 83 1 was 
owned by the fifth generation from Deacon Stephen. He was one 
of the committee for building the meeting-house in 1706. He was 
also a Representative to the General Court in 1720. Wife Tem- 
perance. President Thomas Clapp, of Yale College, was hid son. 
He died Dec. 11, 1756, aged 86 years. 

Children of Deacon Stephen and wife Temperance Clapp, of 
Scituate ; 

4-75. John,* b. Oct. 14, 1697. 

76. Bachel,* b. May 29, 1701 ; m. Nov. 9, 1721, Judge George 
Leonard,* of Norton, 
-f 77. Thomas,* b. June 26, 1703 ; d. Jan. 7, 1767. 

78. Stephen,* b. Oct. 4, 1706 ; probobly never m., if ao he had do issue. 
There was a Stephen, who m. Mrs. Mary Gorham, in Barnstable, 
Oct. 24, 1734, which may have been him. 
-j-79. Nathakiel,* b. Sept. 11, 1709. 


JOHN' (Samuel,* T/tomoj' ), brother of Deacon Stephen, was born 
Sept. 31, 1677. He married his cousin, Hannali Gill, in 1702. She 
was a widow in 1730, and married Major Amos Turner in 1732. 
Major Turner's first wife was Sarah Hiland. He lived about fifty 
rods north of Stockbridge's Mill and mansion. Jolm Clapp probably 
died previously to 1 722. He lived near the residence of tho late 
Augustus Clapp, east of the mill pond. 

Children of John and Hannah (Gill) Clapp, of Scituate: 

-f80. Thomas,* b. Nov. 11, 1705; d. May 31, 1774. 

81. John,* b. in 1707 ; killeil by a cart, when young. 

82. A (laughter,* m. Mr. Leoutird, of Norton, a gentleman of very 
reputable family. 

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DAYID' [Samuel,' Thomas^), youngest son of Samuel and Hannah 
(Gill) Clapp, of Scituate, wasborn in November, 1684. He married 
Deborah, daughter of Joseph Otis, who was born April 24, 1694. 
They lived in Scituate. 

• Jadgc of C. C. p. nnil Prolwtc ; mcml>cr of the OonociJ la mi ; Chief Justice in 1746- 
" The Let)n«rd8," says Drake, " wen- a imtcd fatull.v, hurlng possessed jreul weiilth, aniX 
held vattoiu offices of honor, tnut and profit. ' ' 



Children of David and Deborah (Otis) Clapp, of Scituate: 

S3. Joshua,* b. Nov. 1 ft, 1713 ; d. Feb. 10, 1728, aged 14 years. 

84. Dt;BORAU,* b. Sept, 2, 1714 ; m. in 1734, David Little, of Scituate. 

85. JIauy,* b. Oct. 13, 1719. 

-86. David,* b. March 20, 1720-21. 

87. James,* b. July 20, 1723; d. young. 

88. Noah,* b. Oct. 7, 1725 ; d. young. Dcane, in his history of Scitu- 

ate, says tbia Noah removed to Norton, but he is mistaken. The 
Noah who removed to Norton was one of tlie Walpole Clajips. 

89. Abijah,* b. Sept. 25, 1727 ; m and i)robabIy did not settle 

in Scituate, as the record of the birth of bis children does not 
appear to be there. Children : 

90. Noah* d. a young mati, not married. 

91. Abijah,* was a cooper by trade, and lived in Bridgcwater many 

years. De left no children. 

92. Stephen,^ removed to Baltimore and was married. • 
-93. Joshua,* b. Jan. 7, 1729; d. in 1812. 

-94. Galen,* b. Feb. 5, 1733; d. Feb. 23, 1776. 
-95. Increase,* b. March 20, 1734. 

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THOMAS* (Thomos,' T/tomas,' Thomas'), son of Thomas and 
wife Mary Clapp, was bora in Dedhain, about the year 1 G86. He 
was a blacksmith by trade, but the latter part of his life lie fol- 
lowed farming. He lived to be older than his father or grandfather, 
dying at tlie age of about 55 years ; his fatlicr died at the ago of 40, 
and his grandfather at the age of 52. Thomas' being the oldest of 
liis father's family, his father dying when he was yowng, and his 
mother again marrying, brought great responsibility upon him, and 
the care of the family appears to have devolved mostly upon him. 
He was guardian of his brother and five sisters soon after he became 
of age ; his sisters Mary, Deborah and Mehitable, being over 14 
years of age, chose hira as their guardian, and he was appointed by 
the Judge over Stephen, Hannah and Elizabeth. He married Han- 
nah when he was a young man, and had atleastnine children. 

Ho was an active and enterprising man, and accumulated a largo 
estate for those days. Ho died Feb. 18, 1741, leaving property 

I valued at £5,105 ITs. 9d. 
Children of Thomas and wife Hannah Clapp: 

9G. Hannah,' ni. Mr. Lincoln. 
97. Mary,'' m. Mr. Liiicolii. 
-j-98. TitoMAS,* b. in 1715; d. March, 1751, aged 36 years. 

+99. ^AMES.* 

100. Abigail,' b. April, 1724; tn. Mr. Everett, previously to Jan. 5, 

101. Elizabeth,* b. in 1726; chose her mother for her guardian, Jan. 
18, 1744. 

102. Sakah,* b. Oct. 8, 1729. 



103, Hepzibah,* b. Dec 9, 1731, 
4-104. Timothy,* b. Dec. 24, 1733 ; d. in 1811. 


JOSHUA* {Jofhua* Thomas* Thomas^), son of Joshua and Mary 
(Boyden) Clapp, of Walpole, was born in 1707. He was a distin- 
guished man, of high character. He was a military Captain, Justice 
of the Peace, Representative to the General Court, and for many 
years a Deacon of the Church in Walpole (formerly south part of 
Dedham). He married, first, Dec. 12, 1728, in Boston, Abigail 
Bullard, of Walpole, who died Aug. 12, 1782. He married, second, 
Deborah, the widow of Deacon Hewins; she died Nov. 18, 1797, 
aged 90 years. About the year 1745, he marched his company to 
^ostOD, to help defend it from the attack of the French fleet, thea 
daily expected. He died May 6, 1802, aged 95 years. 

Children of Joshua and Abigail (Bullard) Clapp, of Walpole : 

tl05. Joshua,* b. SepU 7, 1729. 
106. Ebenezer," b. Nov. 17, 1731 ; d. Oct 20, 1817. 
107. Maky,* b. Feb. 27, 1733 ; m. Mr. Fales, of Walpole. 
+108. Eliphalet,* b. March 6, 1736. 

109. Abigail,' b. Sept. 5, 1738 ; m. first, Benjamin Hart«faoni, of 

Wali)oIe ; m. second, Jeremiah Smith, of Walpole. 

110. Elkanah," b. Oct. 2, 1740; d. Oct. 13, 1805, aged 65 years; m. 
July 16, 1767, Abigail Partridge, of Frankliu, Ma$B. He lived 
oa a farm in MaDsfield, Mass., and was Major in the militia. 
Children : 

111. Otlt* b. Feb. 11, 1769; m. in 1804, Nancy Bowen, of Echo- 
both, Mass., and settled in the northern part of Vermont. 
No issue in 1817. 

112. Elizabeth* b. June 27, 1771; d. Sept. 20, 1810; m. Elkanah 
Clapp (No 213), a distant connection aud brother to Asa 
Clapp, of Portland, Me. They resided iu Portland, and had 
three daughters. 

113. Abigail P.," b. May 23, 1774; d. March 15, 1803 ; m. in May, 
1802, Rev. Otis Lane, of Sturbridge. 

114. Ebenezer* b. Jan. 21, 1779 ; d. Jan. 1856 ; was a respectable 
man, and a lawyer of considerable distinction in Bath, Me. ; 
was for several years one of the trustees of Bowdoin College, 
of Brunswick, Me. He in. .luue 21, 1812, Sarah, dau. of Dr. 
Isiuic Wiiislow, of Marshlield, Mass., and granddaughter of 
John Winslow, a Colonel iu the expedition to Nova Scotia 
iiv 17y.>, being the military agent in the removal of the Aca- 
diaiiB in tliat year, also commander of Fort William Henry 
in Lake Krie, in 1756. She died Jan. 31, 1854, a. 78 years. 

115. jWary,* b. Sept. 25, 1788; m. March 6, 1815, Ricbard'King 
Porter, of Portland, Me. He was a ship-master, and nephew 
of Hon. Rnfns King. They had four children. 

lie, Oi,iVKi(,° b. Jan. 13, 1743; was a captain ; settled in Walpole. He 
m. first, Susannab Gay ; second, Susannah, dau. of Thomas Clapp, 
of Walpole. Children by second wife: 




117. Oliver* b. Oct. 13, 1764; d. in infancy. 

118. Oliver," b. Oct. 23, 1767. 

119. Sugatinah," b. M.iy 5, 1773. 

120. tSa%' b. July 24, 1775 ; m. Dr. Messenger, of Walpolc, but 

had no children. After the death of Dr. Messenger, she in. 
John H. Hawes, of Walpole. She was living in 1843, and a 
very intelligent woman. 

121. Warren,'' h. May 29, 1784; d. Oct. 1, 1860. He m. Harriet 

Bates, of Mausfield, and lived in Walpole. Had oue ckild, 
Louisa^ who d. young. Me wan a captain, and a substjiutial, 
old-fashioned farmer. Mrs. Clapp d. Miirch 21, 1870, aged 
80 years, 11 months. 
122. EsTHEK,* b. March 23, 1746 ; m. Swift PaysoDj of Foiboro', son 
of Rev. Phillips Payson, of Walpole. 


SETH* (Joshua,' 17ioihas,' Tftomas'), eon of Joshua an J Silence 
(Wright, nee Bird) Clapp, was born in 1722, and lived in Walpole. 
He married, firat, Mary Bullard, of Sharon ; second, widow Elizabeth 
Wether bee (n4o Everett), who survived him and died in Boston, 
Sept. 14, 1810. 

Children of Seth and Ist wife Mary (Bullard) Clapp, of Wal- 

123. Maht,* b. Jan. 28, 1745 ; m. Mr. Everett and moved to the 


124. Skth,' h. Dii'C. 17, 1747 ; m. Hannah Blake, of Walpole, and set- 
tled in Holden, where he was Deacon of the church. He bad 
twelve children. His sons were : 

125. Jeremiak^ b. Oct. 1, 1775 ; removed to Barrc, Vermont. 

126. Seth^ b. in Holdeu, Mass., Jan. 20, 171)0; d. in Paxton, Mass., 
Nov. 2, 1861. He m. Nov. 27, 1811, Betsy K..dau. of Jesse 
and Mary K. Knowlton, and lived in lloldcn. Cliildren : 
1. Walter C," b. Dec. 27, 1812. il, Mnynard Blake,'' h. July 
12, 1818. m.W. Warren,'' b. April 8, 1825; m. April VJ, 
1849, Charlotte Barrows, and lives in Worcester; lias two 
daughters: (1) Lucy M.,^ h. Aug. 20, 1851; (2)J/ar»Vh. 
Sept. 14, 1855. iv, Jfiram IHake,^ b. Dec. 22. 1831. 

127. David,^ h. in 1792 ; living on the farm of his father in 1843. 

128. Oliver,*' b. Jan. 17, 1797 ; m. Rebecca L. Pierce, a descendant 
of Capt. Michael Pierce, killed in the Naj-ragansett fight. 

129. Joshda,' b. April 16, 1750. 

130. Kkziaii,' b. May 12, 1752; m. Mr. Partridge, of Holden. 

131. Silence,' b. May 5, 1755; in. David Bramau, of Norton, in 1774 
(published Nov. 8), and removed to Boston. 

132. William,^ b. Sept. 17, 1757 ; removed to Foxboro' and m 

Rhoades. Children : 

133. PoUif.' There was a Miss Polly Clapp who d. May 4, 1833, 
in the 56th year of her age, and was buried in Norton. 

134. William,"' unmarried. 136. Jatnes.* 

135. Lucy," m. Dea. James Boyden. 



137. iS?»n," m. Jesse Barden, of Walpole. 

138. Me/iitab/eJ^ in. Ireuiis Pcttee, of Foxboro'. 
139. RuFDS,' b. Dec. 23, 1759; m. Sybil Hodges, of Norton, and re- 
moved to Moretou, Vt, He was a farmer, aud left five childreu : 

140. Jiufui* 143. liettev' 

141. Hzeki-el" 144. Si/bih 

142. Leonard.* 

145. Elijah.* m, llebecca Pettee, and lived in Holden; d. about 1826. 

He had uo children. 

146. Thankful,* d. young. 

147. EzEKiEL,' was a daring youth. He joined the army of the Revo- 

lution wheu he was but 10 years of age, witiiout tJio consent of 
his p.irents. aud d. soon af't^>r in the service. 

148. Elizabeth,' b. Nov. 13, 1764; ni. Jeremiah Blake, of Walpole. 

Cliildren of Seth aud 2d wife Elizabeth (Everett) Ciapp, of 
Walpole : 

149. Levi," b. Nov. 19, 1769 ; d. Dec. 15, 1851, aged 82 years. He 
m. first, April 15, 1794, Elizabeth Wallace who d. Nov. 1, 1803 ; 
second, Nov. 25, 1804, Lucy Hartshorn who d. June 24, 1817; 
thinl, Dec 3, 1818, Cynthia Kingsbury. Children by first wife: 

150. Mza* b. April 8, 1795; m. Willard Bacon, of Walpole, and 
had three children; d. February, 1874. 

151. Simeon* h. Dec. 25, 1796 ; m. first, Eliza Hartshorn, and had 
one child— /^/en AViza,'' b. April 2, 1822; d. Oct. 10, 1828— 
m. second, in 1824, Hannah, dau. of Aaron Ellis. This happy 
]iair celebrated their Golden Wedding on Christmas. 1W74. 
Cliildreu : f . iVarf/ Ellis,'' b. Oct. 22, 1824 ; m. first, William 
Bullard; second, Charles Hart-shorn. They are living in 
Waipole. ill Ann .Maria,'' b. June 2, 1826 ; m, P^dmund C. 
Iliiwes; they live in Woonsocket, R. I. ill. Elizabeth ,/ane,'' 
h. Oct. 12. 1H27 ; m. Newell Hartshorn. Iv. Aaron ElHs^ b. 
Feb. 4, 1829; m. Eliza Hoxie and has a son. 'S.John,'' b. 
Sept. 30, 1831; d. Jan. 27, 1832. vl. Catharine Ellis,'' b. 
May 20, 1835 ; m. Henry H. Leland ; live in Walpole. 
Til. John,^ m. Sarah Bullard, who d. Sept. 28, 1872; has a 
son, Arthur,' b. Oct 4, 181)0. vlii, Hrlen M'za,'' b. June 23, 
1837. Ix. Ifiirriet Emma,'' b. Dec. 10, 1839; m. Geo. W. 
Tisdale; Lhev live in Brighton, Mass. 

152. Samuel,'' b. M.-Iy 20, 1798 ; d. Dec. 9, 1814, aged IG years. 

153. Darius," h. Dec. 26, 1799; d. in 1838. He m. Catharine B. 
Motley, of Boston. Dec. G, 1821. He d. at Key West, 
about 1830. 

154. Debttrali* b. March 29, 1801 ; d. at her father's house, of con- 
sumjitioii, Dec. 26, 1840, nnmarriod. 

155. Nathiniiel,''h. Sept. 14. 18^2; a trader in Deflhara ; m. Oct. 
7, 1830, hiii cousin, Elizabeth D., dau. of Jesse Clapp. Chil- 
dren : ii Saiuucl Wallace^ b. Feb. 18. 1832 ; m. Alice S. Lyon, 
of Ogdensburg, N. Y.. Jan. 28. 1866. and live in Sparta, Wis. 
Children: (1) Alice Elizabeth* b. April 26, 1867; (2) Grace 
Seymour,* b. Ajuil 9. 1872. ii, Henry Francis,'' b. Feb, 5, 
1834 ; d. Jan. 2. 1862. ill. .Mn Dvygett;' b. Jan. 30, 1 835 ; 
d. Oct. 4, 1836. iv. John Daggett,'' b. Aug. 8, 1836 ; d. Jan. 



21, 1843. V.Mary Ann,'' b. Aug. 24, 1838; d. April 2, 
1800. vl, Jaue Doggett,^ b. May 28, 1840 ; d. Jan. 4, ]«41. 
Vll. Jilizabeth Doggett,' b. Nov. 15, 1841 ; m. Murcli 31, 18C9, 
Freeman Fisher ; they live iu AVest Dedhiim and have four 
children: Miriam Burgess, b. Oct. 10, 1871) ; Kate Phillips, 
b. Nov. 27, 1871 ; Nathaiiit.d Clajip, b. Nov. 4, 1873 ( and 
Henry Freemnn, b. June 14, 1875. viU, C/iarkg Warrni.'' 
b. May 29, 1844. i\, Eleanor Trott^ b. Mardi 1, 184G -, 
ui. Nov. 15, 18GC, Fcrdin.'jiMl C. Field; live in De<lham iind 
have, two children : Kieanor Louise, b. Aug. 'iU, 18()8 ; Edwin 
Heury, b. Dec. 10, 1871. X. Mary liaiilam,'' b. March 12, 
1848; d. in 1872. JL\, Frederic Everett,^ b. Oct. 22, 1851. 
Xll, Jane Doggett,' b. June 8, 1854; d, Oct. 22, 1873. 
156. A son,^ b. Aug. 14, 1803 ; d. in iufancy. 
157. Jesse,* b. Jan. 5, 1772; d. Jan. 19, 1823, aged 51 years. Tie m. 
Dec. 15, 179B, Bet-sey [daughter of Capt, Samuel* and Elizabeth 
(Badlnni) Do^gett, of Dettham], who d. Dec. 20, 1850. Eliza- 
beth Badiaui (mother of Betsey the wife of Jesse) was dau, of 
Stephen and Hannah (Clapp) Badlam (see No. 30 of Er»WABD, 
page lU(i). Jessf and wife lived in Dfdbaiu. Children: 

158. il/ffr./." b. Oct. 31, 1798: d. Oct, .'1, 1800. 

159, Elizabeth DoggetC b. July 24, 1801 ; d. June 24, 1810. 
ICO. John Dog'iett,^ b. Aug. 25, 1803; unoi.; lived in Dedham. 
lei. Mary Ami,* b. Feb. 20, 180G; d. July 15, 1816. After her 

death, the well-known little tract of 36 pages, concerning her 
religious character and go<l]y sayings, written by Rev. Joshua 
Bates, D.D., at that time pastor of the Congregational Church 
in Dedham, was ptibli.shc'd, entitled " Hajipy Death of Mary 
Auu C'la(>." Ii e<iinj)rti.;en an interesting narrative of the 
conversations held by the author with this remarkable child, 
together with a letter from Itev. Dr. Abiel lIolm»'s, of Cam- 
bridge, containing a description of bis own interview with 
her during her sickness. This little work was afterwards re- 
produced by the American Tract Society, by whom many 
editions have been issued, and jirobably few narratives of the 
kind have been more extensively read. 

162. Eleanor *\i. Nov. 11, 1809; ni. Josejd] F. Trott, of Boston ; 
they live in So. Boston, and have five children. 

163. Elizabeth Doggett," b. July 2, 1811; m. Oct. 7, 1830, her 
cousin, Nathaniel Clapp (No. 155), of Dedham. She has 
furnished mucli valuable infonualiun for these aimals. 

164. Benjamin,* b. in Walfiole, Sept. 5, 1774; m. and removed to 
Moreton, Vt. lie d. March, 1853, in Sharon, Vt. Children: 
165. A son,' who d. young. 
Ififi. 5^6i7,« married. 

167. Panieliu* married. 

1 68. A daughter,* d. young. 

169. A daughter,* d. young. 

170. Zebl'lon^ b. in Walpole July 28, 1775 ; m. Aug. 26, 1807, widow 
Nancy Conaut (nee ilotley), of Boston, who was b. July 8, 

• Cnpt. Saraiiel Doggctt wns in Bomc of the severe cntnpaignE of the Revolut)on«ry Wnr. 
Hia ruinmi.vsicin Its Captain is noiriit the posscuion of bia Emnddnughter, Eliznlxrtli D. 

Clapp (No. 163). 


1781, and <1. Juiifi 17, 1841. lie wan a trader in Boston ; was an 
offlcor in tjio MuthwlUt Qjurcb, ii«<l a inaii of exemplary life 
ami rharacter. lie live<1, atid nwiiod n house, iu Elm Street. 
Ho d. in BoHUjn, A|.rll 18, 18ia, Children: 

171. iifiirfjf rhuj," b. Dec. 2, 1808; d. Aug. 4, 1872, He m. 

June .'1, IH.'l.'t, Mary A. Hawks, of Boston, who was b. Jan. 
14, IK12. II<.^ WAS a tailor )>y trade, and wfu for many years 
engaged in IniAineHS in Ikifitori. lie was a member of the 
Mimaj-hiiHctlH I^^'gisLnturc in tlio years 1854, '.'i.'i, '.jH, 'O.'i, '(14 
nnd '•».), from Ward Six, and a prominent member of the 

I. O. (). I''., being a meniher of tiiu lioston Lodge since 1843, of 
wliicli be wuf) tr<-nHurc'r in IH4.J, and from 18G1 to the time 
of iiis di'ttth. lie wii« aUo treanurer of the Tri-Mountain 
KiK'iimpmcnt for many years ; a member of Mt. Lebanon 
Loiigc of tlm MuHonic fruternily from 18C1, and of Webster 
Lodge, Kiugbtfl of rylhiufl, of which he was treasurer and 
truHlee. In 18Cy lie waii a menilxir of the Common Council 
from Wai"<l Six. Mr, Cl^fip was a merolwr of the Second 

. MethodiHt Kpineojial Cliurch, in Brnmfield Street, for forty 
years. \\\» widow in now living in Boston. Children: i« 
Mary Mutlnj,^ b. Man-h 12, 1K34; m. Sept. 1.5, 18G4, George 
I'iorco, of StnuMtead, 1'. t^., who <l. Dec. 12, 1864; she lives 
in HoHtoii. II, Gfonjc MuntorH b. July 2'j, 1838; m. June 
17, 18(;,'i, Mrs. .Maggi(f Snow, of Milwaukie, Wis.; he d. Feb. 
27, l«7(t. Ill, Al^Ht Louhr,^ b. Nov. 4, 1844; lives in Bos- 
ton. \\,Jamr» Litwell Jfmekt^ b. Juu. 1, 1848; lives in 

172. Krltiiloii* n cabinet-maker by trade, and lived in Lowell, Mass. ; 

m. in 18.'12, Betsey Loveriiig, of New Chester, N. M. lied. 
Feb. 2, I87.'l. C:hildren : i, Ndiiry Stetwm,'' b. in 1835; d. 
August, 1873. it. UrnrivHn^ b. iu 1837. Hi. Catharine^ b. 
in \M0. \\, Ix'ir/imtl,'' b. in 1842. 

173. Srth Krrrrtt* b. Nov. 5, 1812; d. Aug. 2C, 18o.3. He was a 

tailor by trade, lived in Boston, nnd ni. May 28, 1838, Emily 
Duval, of New York, who d. in 18511, aged 42 years, ("hil- 
ilrcn; \, Mnry Ann,'' 1). Fob. 25, 1831»; m. July 1, 18G1, 
.John A. HeK'hor ; isbo d. May, 1870, leaving two daughters 
— Cliarlotlfi, and Emily Duviil who d. in 1871. 

II. Williom Krrrrti,' b. May l.'t, 1840; m. May .'30, 18C1, 
Mary A. Hufl'uu), and has two children living in Boston. 

III. ,S;-/A Ki/wiirr/,'' b. Jan. 211, IK42; m. Aug. 4, 18t;2, Lois 
A. Cross, and has ono ilanghter, J^iu /..' Iv. George H'.,' 
b. Nov. 3t», 1852; lives inWelwiter city, Iowa. 

174. Syiui.,' b. in Waipole, March I'J, 1778; d. at the house of her 

broth(«r Lewis. May 17, 1853. She m. first, William Bacon, of 
Boston, and had sm-en sous ; m. sec4>nd, .lonalhan Wild, M.D., 
of Walpolf. S\u\ survivcNl them both. She ia <leRcribed as "a 
mild and jdiu-id wuuuui." 

175. Si'i-n-Y." b. .Inly 15. 1784 : d. Aug, 5. 18C6. He livetlin Dedham, 

and was a car{>enter by trade. lie m. Priscilla Mills, of Newton. 

Children : 
1715. KttsalH-th* b. Nov. 25. 1820; in. Augustus Smith, of Natiok. 
177. liUtoard,* b. March 12, 1823; removed tu the weal aad married. 


178. Ann,* b. March IC, 1825 ; in. Wm. Smith, brother of Augustus. 

179. EUen,* b. April 2, 1827 ; d. at the age of 16 years. 

180. Gtorge II.,* b. Sept. 25, 1829 ; moved to Califoruia and mar.; 

is uow a physician in San Francisco. 

181. Louisa J.* b. June 23, 1831 ; m. William Fisher; they live la 


182. Martha A.,* h. March 14, 1833; m. Samuel Pierce, and has 

two sons ; they live iu EveretL 


STEPHEN (Eliezer,' Thomas* Thomas'), son of Eliezcr Clapp, 
of Wal pole, died in 1750. lie was a mariner and master of a 
vessel ; this is perhaps the reason that he, being the only son, did 
not administer on his father's estate. The name of his first wife was 
Hannah; that of his second, Mary. His will, which follows, was 
made in 1744, perhaps when he was about embarking for sea. 


In the name of God, Amen. I Stephen Clap of Boston in the County 
of Suffolk, mariner, taking into consideration my own mortality Do think 
fit to constitute & ordain this my lost Will and Testament. Imprimis : I 
Will that my body at my decease be decently buried at the discretion of 
my F^xecutrix. Item, I give and devise all my estate whether real, personal 
or mist to my beloved Wife JIary Clap, her heirs. Executors, Administrators 
and assigns forever, «& Do hereby appoint her my sole executrix of all and 
singular my rights and chattels. In witness whereof I hereto have set my 
hand & sesil this fourteenth day of December, A.D. 1744. 

Signed, Sealed, Declared, Published and pronounced 
m Presence of John Richardson, John Gardner, 
Benjamin Gorham. 

Stephen Clap [and a Seal]. 

The above will was proved November 29, 1750. He left a good 
estate, appraised at ^8000 of the currency of those days. He 
owned (and lived in) a brick house situated in Milk Street, Boston. 
In 1746, he lived in Atkinson Street (now Congress Street), Boston. 

Children of Stepuen and Ist wife Hannas Clapp: 

183. Joseph,* b. Oct. 26, 1728. 

184. Mehitabi.k,' b. Sept. 30, 1730. 

185. Nathan," b. Jan. 11, 1731. 

186. JEU[jsHA,*b. Dec. i), 1733. 

187. Hannah,* b. Nov, 23, 173.5. 

188. Stepuen," b. May 25, 1738. 

189. Maey,* b. Nov. 15, 1739. 

190. Eleazer,^ m. Jerusha Tilden, who was quite young at the time 



of her marriage, and lived until 1835. He d. in 1805, of rapid 
consumption. Chitdi*en: 

191, Dumd," h. March 16, 1781; m. Betsey, da<i. of Dr. "Winslow, 

of Foxlroio', and lived in Walpole. Children : I. Eliza iVJ 
ti. George R? 

192. Hanmihyh. Dec. 17, 1783; m. Mr. Clark, of Franklin, and 

had a family. 
.193. Jcaon," b. Jan. 1, 1785 ; m. Polly Wilbur, who d. March, 1870, 
and had one child, Mary W.^ b. about 1814, and m. Geo. B. 
Hyde, formerly a school teacher in Dorchester, afterwards in 
Roxbury, and now in the Everett School, Boston. 

194. Naihan,^ b. Dec. 22, 1787; d. July 4, 181G, aged about 29 


195. Pollif,* b. Feb. 2, 1790 ; d. when about 17 years of age. 

196. Nabby* b. Aug. 24, 1792; m. Oliver Smidi, formerly of Pel- 

ham, afterwards of Leicester. 

197. O^s," b. March 24, 1795 ; unm. ; d. when about 37 years of 


198. Lucy,^ m. Oliver Smith, the husband of her sister Nabby, de- 


199. Sally* unmarried. 


.SAMUEL* (Samttel,' Tlwrnas,' r/(omfl.v'),3on of SamuelandBelhiah 
(Dean) Clapp, was born June 6, 1710; lived in Norton. He had two 
•wives, one of whom was Mary, who died Nov. 12, 1754. A Samuel 
Clapp, of Norton, was Representative to iho General Court in 1733, 
and on the Board of Selectmen in 1732, '33, '34 and '35. 

Children of Samuel and lat wife Mary Clapp, of Norton : 

200. Sarah,* b. Aug. 31. I73fi; d. Dec. 18, 1736. 

201. Makv,» b. May 27, 17.38; m. Israel Trow. 

202. Elizabeth," b. July 1, 1741; m. Mr. Copeland. 

203. Hannah.'' b. Aug. 22, 1743 ; d. St-pt. 29, 17.'j6. 

-|-204. Samuel,' b. Aug. 16, 1745 ; d. July 28, 1773, aged 28 years. 
4-2U5. NOAH,^ b. about 1747 ; d. Nov. 10,"l820, aged 73 years. 

206. John,* m. Polly Makepeace, and removed to Amherst, and from 
thence to Charlestown, Mass. Childi-en : 

207. Jvlm? m. and settled iu Amherst \ one son, JoUn^ m. and had 

208. Daniel^ settled in Amherst. 


JONATHAN* {Samuel,' Thomas* Thomas'), son of Samuel and 

Bothiah (Denn) Clapp, was born Oct. 1, 1714. He married 

Ilewes, of Wreiilliam, and settled in Norton. He probably built 
tlie house in whicli liis son David resided and reared liia large 
family, and wliicli is now stantliiig, with but slijrlit alteration from 
its original plan. Previous to the erection of this house, there was 
another to tlie cast, nearly in the centre of the farm, located there, 



undoubtedly, before tho town highways had been laid out Whether 
Jonathan built and lived in this latter-named domicil, cannot now 
be well ascertained. Nor can it be stated at wliat date the newer 
house was built, but probably in the earlier part of tho last century. 
The house is two stories high, is painted red, and stands thirty or 
forty feet back from the old road leading from Norton to Eaaton, 
very near the boandary lino between the two towns j in fact, there 
was at ono time a question in which town the house stood. The 
house was ratlier large, had a yard fenced off in front, and undoubt- 
edly was quite pretentious for the date of its ori^j^n. On tlie farm 
of Jonathan, herein spoken of, w^hen in the possession of liis gr. soa 
George, about thirty-five years since, a " strike" was made for coal. 
What was discovered was venj poor, but a very fair iuipres.^ion of a 
fern leaf (about 8 inches by 12) on the snrface of a rock was 
brought to light. Prof. John W. Wcbstcrj of Cambridge, Mass., saw 
this and was anxious to procure it, but did not succeed. Near by 
the first house on this place, a tribe or collection of Indians resided. 
Mr. Jonatltau Clapp must have lived till 80, and perhaps upwards; 
for his granddaughter, Betsey, born in 1781, was old euough to 
shave him before ho died. 

Children of Jonathan and (Hewes) Clapp: 

-j-209. Datid,» b. Aug. 30, 1744 1 d. Sept. 5, 1823, aged 79. 
^10. A BON,* d. young. 

If what Mrs. Betsey (Clapp) Lothrop, his gr. dau., says is 
recollected rightly, Jonathuu* must have had a daughter — she 
stating she " rode with her ftttlier through Worcester to a 
town (Brookfield?) in the western part of the State to see a 
ei«ter of hia, who had married a man by the name of Dean." 

5 3- 

ABIEL* (Sdniucl' T/totnm' Thomas'), fourth son of Samuel and 
Bethiah (Dean) Clapp was born Feb. 7, 1728. lie was a farmer, 
lived in Mansfield, Mass., and was a prominent and much respected 
man in the town. lie was a soldier iu Major Zcphaniah Leonard's 
troop of horse, and was out in the service in 1749. Later in life, 
he held the office of Justice of the Peace, and was Captain of the 
military company of the town. Hia death was occasioned by hia 
being accidentally shot while on parade. Ho married twice, his 
second wife being the daughter of Dr. Caswell, of Norton. 

Children of Abiel Clapp, of Mansfield. 

211. Abijah,' never married. 
-\-2l2. Asa,* b. March 1."), 17ti2 ; d. April 17, 1848, in his 86th year. 
213, Elkanah,' b. iu 17G6; residetl in Portland, Me., the latter part 

of his lite, and was engaged in mercantile bufiiuess. He m. Oct. 

28, 1792, Elizabeth (No. 112), daughter of Elkanah Clapp, 



of Mansfield. Elkanah, the subject of this notice, died in 
Portland, Oct. 5, 1810; his wife Elizabeth d. fifteen days previ- 
ously, viz., Sept. 20, 1810, aged 39 years. Children: 

214. EUzabetk Holmes* m. first, June 2, 181G, John Blagge, son of 

Samuel Blagge. Esq., of Boston, who settled us a uierchant 
in Baltimore ; she m. second, G. W. Cooley, Esq., of Boston. 
She ha<l two children by her first and one by her second 

215. Abigail DfUH,'^ va. Simon Bradstreet, of Gardiner, Me.; in 1843 

was a widow, living in Portland, Me., with two sous. 

216. Almira* m. Henry Fatuam, of Dixmout, Me., and had seven 


217. Samuel,* unmarried. 

218. Simeon,' m. and removed to the State of New York, where he 

kept school more than 30 years ; buried his wife and child and 
returned to Man^lidd ; d. iu 1853. 

219. Bath3HEBA,* m. Eleazer Perry, of Medficld, and had three chil- 

dren. She once lived iu the family of Hon. Ebeuezer Seaver, of 

220. SusA.N,' m. Mr. Randall. They had two children. She d. in 

Mansfield. A son lives iu Portland, Me. 


ELEAZER* {Samudj' T/wmas* 77joff»<w' ), youngest son of Samuel 
and Belliiah (Dean) Clapp, was born in February, 1731, and lived 
in Norton, but removed from thence to Uxbridge, Mass. He was a 
man of some distinction, and represented Norton and Mansfield in 
the first Provincial Congress of Massachusetts, which convened at 
Salem, Friday, Oct. 1, 1774. He also served on the board of Se- 
lectmen for the years 1775, '76 and '77. He married widow Sylvia 
Gusliee, daughter of Josiah Fobes, of Bridgewator. 

Children of Eleazer and Sylvia (Fobes) Clapp, of Oxbridge: 

221. Abiel,* b. April 16, 1785 ; unmarried; was living in West New- 

field, Me., in 1873. 

222. Fobes,* b. April 6, 1787, in Norton; d. Nov. 8, 1836. He m. 
Frances McClench, of Boston, July 16, 1812. Children : 

22S. Silpia Ann," b. in Boston, April 2'J, 1813; ra. Timothy P. 
Benson, attorucv at law, of New York. 

224. F/ances Cordelia]* b. Dec. 23, 181 C; m. Wm. R. Gavett, of 

225. Mariu Lonim* b. July 3, 1819 ; m. John W. Southack, fur- 
niture dealer iu New York city. 

They are all living (1874). 

226. Eleazer,* d. young, probably. 

227. Ben.iamin,« b. in Norton, OcU 31, 1789 ; d. Sept. 19, 1872. lie 
was fitting for College, but his father dying when he was about 
12 years of age, prevented his pursuing his studies. He was a 
genius, and was the first person who put up machinery in the city 
of Lowell. Tiie latter part of his life, he lived at Wappingus 
Falls, N. Y., brought his sons up at College, and left a large 



property at his decease. He m. in New York city, Nov. 1821, 
Itutli Houghton, wlio was b. iu Milton, Mass., Dec 12, 1794. 
Cliildrcii ; 

228. George Houghton,^ h. in Milton, ftrasa., Sept. 9, 1822 ; m. 

Sei>t. 9, 1«H>, Annie Be<-kwith, of Diiehess Co., N. Y. They 
live ill Pliihulolphia. Children : I, Emma B.,'' b. in New York 
ciiv, Ajiril 211, 1 849. il. Edward //.,' b. at Wappingus Falls, 
Jnne 13, 18.j4. 

229. Jamn Foies,'^ h. in New York city, Sept. IG, 1825; m. Dec. 

20, 1849, Elizabeth M. Houghton, and lives in Nqw York. 
He was at the Clapp gathoring, .June 18-19, 187^. ChiL : 
\, RuiheUu H..'' h. .Tilly 27, I8J2. M.Arthur,'' h. May 11, 
1857. ill. Jmou //.," h. .Ian. 3. I SGI. All b. iu N. York city. 

230. Warren B.* b. Sept. 13, 1827; .1. Sept. 27, 18fJ5. Hem. 

Elizabeth Ayre, June. 18(i(), au<I livwl in Washiiiijton, D. C. 
Children : i, George II,'' h. in Dover, N. H., March 1 fi, 1861. 
ii, Warr&n A.,'' b. tit Wappingus Full.x, N. Y., Nnv, 19, 18(15. 

231. Cliniim Wildf,'' b. May 28, 1832; m. May 24, 18.'»4, Catha- 

rine Simons, who d. .Jan. 1871. They lived at Wappingus 
Falls, N. Y. Children: \, Bimjamui F? \\, George M? 
{\\,Wurrin IV If, C/iarks L/ wWallerJ y\,Ja»on E.^ 


EBENEZER* {John^ hia-ame,- Thomas'), sou of John Clapp, of 
Rociiester, Mass., was born in 1704. He married Marcfi 9, 1727, 
Mary, daugliter of Ketielm Wiaslow,* of Harvvicli, who was born 
about 1T07. 

Children of Edenkzer and Mary (Winslow) Clapp, of Rochester: 

232. DoKCAS,' b. in 1700; m. in 1748, John, the sou of Keuelm and 
Zeniiah (Rider) Winslow, who was b. .Inne 16, 1728. 

BKTiMAit,' h. ill 17;{2; d. in 18;]l,a^'i'd 99 years, 9 nios. She 
was a of marked energy and spirit, and lu, Lemuel Church. 

EuKNKZGK," b. in 1734; d- in 1770. 

M.\UY,'' U in 17;i7. 

John* b. in 1739; d. in 1791. He m. in 17C5, Ruth Haskell, 
sister of Keuelm's wife. Children : 

237. Ju/tn,* d. young. 

238. Samuel Sprague,* b. in 1788 ; d. in 1853, unmarried. 

239. Betsey,'^ ni. Calvin Mitchel. 

240. PoUy,'^ unmarried. 

241. Z,iicy.* 

242. Mary,'^ m. Stephen Nye. 

243. Dorcas,'^ m. Stephen Nye. 



• Mr. William S. Appleton, of Boston, himself n dosccnttant of the first John Winsldwtn 
this conntry, saw at tlio Registry of Prolwte of Worcester, KTif;laii(!, in 1862, the witt of 
" Keiielme WiiiBlowr," of llio"[iiirl»h of .St. Andrews, WorreiJlor, proved Nuv, 9, 1607. 
Kenclm was n yeoninn, wiin then ii(,'o<l, hs he 8p«al<s of hia cliiUircn ami graniiL'hvldn-n, and 
he ikp|Hiint.s liis wife Kiithcrine sole executrix of his xriil. The New England Winslows 
cmi^rriiici) from nroitwith, .iliout; 8 miles from Won/CHtcr; Hml it is probuMe, as is rc- 
markcil by John H. Sheppiird in his Genenlog-y of the Winslow Family, tbitt this Konelm 
w»w a ri'ltttivc, nmi |K>!;tii)ly jcrraiulfnther, of Edward, the May-Floivcr Pilgrim and first 
Gorernur of Plymuatb Colony, and his brothers, 




244. Ruth,^ m. Thomas Rugglea. 

245. Eunice,* m. Mr. Bavley. 
-}-246. Earl,' b. April 21, 1741. 

247. Kexelm,* b. in 174.3 ; m. Delia Haskell. Children : 

248. Sylvia," b. in 1770 ; m. Dr. Samuel Perry. 

249. Ebenezer* b. in 1772'; d. hx Natchez, Miss., and it is supposed 
left a fanuly. 

250. Di/ley (or Delia),' b. in 1774; m. first, Rev. Mr. Graves; second, 
Rev. Holland Weeks. 

251. Azuba/t," b. iu 1777 ; m. Boujamiu Buggies, and lived in New- 
port, R L 


BENJAMIN' {John,' Incretme,' Tfitmas'), BOa of John Clapp. of 
Rochester, and brother of the ]>recedinf^, wa.s born in 1708. In 1732, 
he bought the place where he lived of his father John, and probably 
married at that time. 

Children of Benjamin Clapp, of Rochester: 

252. Elizabeth,' b. in 1733. 

253. Catuarine,' b. in 1736. 

254. IciiAiioD," b. in 1739. Children : 

255. Benjamin,'^ b. in 1762. 

256. John,^ b. in 1765. 

257. Paul,^ b. in 1767. 

258. George,'' h. in 1769. 

259. Hannahs^ h.iQ 1771. 
560. Elizabeth,'^ h. in 1774. 

261. CaMartne,*b. in 1776. 

262. Ichabod," b. m 1779. 

263. Charity,'' h. in 1781. 

-}-264. lNCttEASE,*b. Feb. 27, 1740; d. May 24, 1801. 

265. Elizabeth,* b. in 1742. 

266. CnARiTT,''b. in 1744. 

267. George,' b. in 1749. 

268. Ltdia,* b. in 1756. 


SAMUEL' [Joseph' Samuel,* Thomas^), son of Joseph Clapp, of 
Scitiiatc, was born Nov. 18, 1695, and lived in Scituate. lie mar- 
ried Sarah Cartia, Jan. 7, 1725. 

Children of SAMirELand Sabah (Curtis) Clapp, of Scituate : 

-{-269. Michael," b. Nov. 27, 1726, 

270. Sarah." b. Nov. 15, 1729. 

271. Mary,* b. Oct. 8, 1731. One of these daughters m. a Mr. Ran- 

-j-272. William,' b. Dec 3, 1733. 

273. Samuel,' b. Dec. 25, 1739 ; d. Feb, 2, 1817. He m. Chil. : 
274. Samwl,* lived in Marshfield ; unm., and was pecuUar in his dis- 



position and habits. Hed. February, 1858, in the 89th year 
of his age. 

275. JeraJimeel.' 

276. Albert," b. Feb. IG, 1791 ; lived in Sdtuate, and m. April 4, 

1813, Priscilla Reed, who d. Oct. 25, 1837, aged 45 years. 
Children: 1. AUre,'' b. Sept. 29, 1814 ; ra. Alauson Gmy, of 
Lowell, il. Albert T.^ b. Sept. 4, 1824 ; in. Susanna Smith, 
of Carlisle, Eug., and lived in Braintree. iil. Joseph^ b. Sept. 
4, 1827 ; m. first, in 184l>, Altnira Shaw, of Weymouth, and 
had one child, Alljert F.," b. Jan. 13, 1850 ; m. seraud, Luciuda 
Shaw, his Hrst wife's sister. 

277. Tempfrdnce/^ lived in Marshfield, unmarried. 

278. SarciA," m. Mr. Lewis, of Marshfield. 

279. Hepza,^ m. Joseph Collyer, of Roxbury. » 


JOSEPH* {Jonqylt,' Satmid,' Tfiomas'), brother of the preceding, 
was boru July 15, 1101. He was a Deacon of the church. Ho 
married first, in 1732, Ilannahj daughter of Joseph Eri<Tg3, of Scitu- 
ato. Joseph Bri«r<^s's lather and two brothers were oUicers ia King 
Philip's War. He mari'icd, second, Sarah Perking. 

Children of Deacon Joseph and Hannah (Briggs) Clapp, of 
Scituatc : 

280. Hannah,* b. Nov. 8, 1733 ; d. young. 
+281. Joseph,* b. Feb. 21, 1734-5. 

282. RuTQ,' b. April 14, 1738. 

283. Betty,* b. Oct 13, 1740, 

284. Hannah,* b. Sept. IS), 1748; m. Timothy Foster. 

285. Elijah,' b. Feb. 16, 1757 ; d. Dec. It), 1833, aged 77 years. He 
m. Oct. 8, 1778, Martha, dan. of Abiel Turner. She is a lineal 
descendant of the puritan Rev. John Robinson. Children : 

28G. Perkins," b. Oct. 3, 1779 : d. Dec 21, 1811. He m. Dec. 17, 
1802, Rachel Kent. Children : i. Joseph:' b. Oct. 5, 1804 ; m. 
Jan. 13, 1828, Lucy, dau. of Allan C'lapp, and live in Scitu- 
ate. They have two daughters, Lvaj F..' b. March 30, 1829, 
d. Sept. 21, 1861, and Elien M.,' h. March 6, 1832 ; m. July 
2, 1854, John F. Otis. il. HmM,'' b. Feb. 17, 1807; m. 
Dec. 21, 1827, Seth Gardner; d. July 8, 1870. iii, Perkins^ 
b. Feb. II. 1809, lostat sea about Aug. 1830. Iv. Thnmns^ 
b. April 22, 1812; m. April 8, 1838, Ursula C. Drake, of 
rembroke. Cliil. : { 1 ) i^wKjis,* dead ; (2) /Vanci*,' dead; 
(3) Ida Ifi,' m., and now living; (4) Uranie^ dead. 

287. Sally,^ b. M&y, 18, 1781. 

288. Bethinh* b. Aug. 3, 1783. 

289. Thomas ./.,' b. Jan. 19, 1791; m. June 3, 1832, to Mrs. 
Polly Damon ; probably d. July, 1858. 






BEN.JAMIN* {Joneph,' Snmvel* TAwma*' ), son of Joseph Clapp, of 
Scituato, and brother of the preceding, was born April 26, 1710. He 
married first, Oct. 23, 1734, Grace Tilden ; second, probably about 

1763, Deborah No issue by first wife. lie probably did not 

reside in Scituate the latter part of his life. 

Children of Benjauin and wife Debobah Cuapp, of Scituate : 

290. Lewis,* b. Jan. 5, 176i; m. first, Aug. 5, 1787, Lydia Holmes, 
wliod. in 1802; m. second, Jan. 3, 1805, Thankful Sutton. They 
lived in Scituate. Chil. : 

291. Leiets*h.'m 1704 (by first, wife); m Stetson, and lived 

in Scituate. Children: \, Lewis J' l\,Jamei.'' 
Lt/dia* (by first wife), never married. 
UefioraJiy* m. first, David Church ; second, Mr. Randall. 
SuOy,* m. Martin Hatch. 

Setii* (by second wife), b. in 1805 ; ni. Nancy Brown, of 
Boston, and removed to Boston, May, 1843. They had one 
child, Jlannah J/.,' b. iu Scituate April 4, 1839. 
Solon' (by second wife), b. in 1807, was a mariner and married 
some one at the South. 
297. Thomas,' b. in 17CG ; m. May 5, 1799, Mercy Bailey, who d. March 
14, 1831, aged 54 years. They lived in Scituate. Children: 

298. Emili/* b. Sept. 14, n^J. 

299. mjah* b. in Scituate, Sept, 26, 1801 ; m. Nov. 24, 1825, 
Harriet Ford, b. in Scituate Nov. 24, 1801. Children: i. 
Ulijah r.,' b. Sept 8, 1826 ; m. Dec. 7, 18G5, Ann R. Clapp, 
of Scituate, who was b. May 30, 1842. Tliey live in Scituate. 
Chil, : (1 ) i:i(/uJi 7'.,» b. Oct 15, 18G6 ; ('2) JMen A.,' h. Jan. 
19, 18G8 ; i:i) William //.,'b. Dec 14, 18G'.) ; (4) Jfurriei F.* 
h. May 2, 1872. ii. Boward,^ b. July 6, 1829 ; m. Nov. 21, 
1855, Frauces A. Rodgers, who was b. in Marsh field, Sept. 
28, 1825. They live in South Boston. Chi!.: (1 ) Abbtj F^* 
b. Dec. 22, 1856; (2) Clif R.,*h. Feb. 10, 1861. lii, Hnrt-iet 
>4.,' b. June 23, 1832 ; uiim. in 1873. iv. Pchy F.,' h, Jan. 
27, 1835 ; m. April 3, 1867, Mary L. Man.son, who was b. in 
Scituate, May 30, 1842; live in South Boston, an<l liad (1) 
Mart/ M.,* h." March 31. 1868 ; (2) Frank Howard* b. Oct. 
17, 1869, ami f.'i) Harry Lincoln* b. July 9, 1872. V. 
M,rc;i F.,' U. .lutio 12, 1837 ; Ji>. Nov. 21), 18611, (George H. 
MaiiHOii, wiio was b. iti Scituate, Alay 7, 1832; they live in 
South Boston, and have two children. vl« .Ai/m,' b. Aug. 17, 
1843 ; m. Dec. 29. 1870, George W. Spauldiug, who was b. 
in Scituate Aug. 28, 1842. They live in South Boston, and 
have one child. 

Hannah,* b. Oct. 9. 180.3. 

Luz-y,* b. Dec. 23, 1805 ; d. March 6, 1826, aged 20 years. 
Mercy,'^ b. Jan. 22, 1808. 

Hotrard," h. Feb. 3. 1810; d. .Tiily 27, 1828. aged 18 years. 
FruidUu 7?.,« b. July 12, 1812*; m. Dec 25, 1833, Clara 
Powers, of CohasHet. He removed to Taunton, Mass., and 




is a inaaiifactiirer of tacks. ChiMren : i, Louise Doane,'' h. 
Jan. 13, 1830. ti, //cnry Liucolv,' b. Jan. 24, 183'.) ; gradu- 
aleil at Harvard College in 1870, began to teach in a private 
school ill Hartfonl, thena teacbor iu afniblic school in Bustoti. 
ili. Elizabeth Joy^ b. Nov. 25. 1810; tl. Feb. fi, 18C3. iv. 
George Parker^ b. Feb. 28, 1844 ; ivLen quite youiij,', enlist- 
ed in the navy and served on Steamer MassacUnsett* in Iho 
war of the Rebellion; was iu Libby Prison eijjht uiontlis. v, 
Surah Jcvie: h. Dec. 30, 184C ; d. April 10, iHoO. vi. Fran- 
ces Mariu,' b. Aug. 11, 1840 ; d. April 6, \Si>0. vll. SaraJi 
Frances,^ b. March 1, 1851. vtii. Maria Florence^' h. Sept. 
2G, 1853. 

305. Harvey,'^ h. Feb. 26, 1814; m. Hannah Whilconih, Jan. 10, 
18.3.x Children: |. Jane T.,' b. May 19, 1833. \\,Charlts 

HV li- Nov. -J, 1835. ili. KV//|-(i«i.' 

306. Louisa,'' b. March 24, 1815. 

307. FmHtj,' h. Jan. 23, 1819. 

308. Harriet,'^ b. Nov. 22, 1821. 
3(19. Tfwmas* h. Jan. 22, 1824. 

310. Benjamin,^ b. March 12, 1778; d. Nov. 13, ISM lie m. Aug. 

14, 1803, Judith Otis, who d. Aug. 1828. They lived in Soituate. 

Children : 
811. Jienjaimn,^ h. Feb. 17, 1804; was a cooper by trade; resided 
in Boston, and carried on business under the name of "-Ciiifip 
& Goddard." He m. in 1S2[K Elizabetli Towle. Children ; 
i, Beiyamin Franklin,^ b. about 1820, d. Jan. 2ii, I8.'j1 ; was 
a bright scholar, and obtained a Franklin Medal in one of the 
public schools of Boston in 1843 ; he. d. of consumption on 
board ship in Boston liarbor, while returning from Calcutta. 
li, Jose/>h iiV h. Nov. 30, 1833; ui. Sept. 20, 1800, Lydia I. 
Jacobs, and lives in Maiden, Mass. ilt. Geurye Z..' b. June 
2, 1844 ; m. Jan. 8, 1SC8, Elizabeth B. Pierce, and lives in 

312. JudUlt* h. March 24, 1806; m. Parker Jones. They live in 

Duxhury, Mass. 

313. LyrfiV b.'jaa. 3, 1808 ; d. Feb. 1 il, 1834, aged 26 years. She 

m. June 15, 1828, Job Otis, of Sciluate. 

314. /o6,M). April 5, 1810. 

315. Cftnrhs* b. Oct. 15, 1813; m. Anna W. and has one 

child, Georgiana^ b. Aug. 4, 1830. 


JOnX* (Siq)fiai' Samuel * T/itjmns'), eldogt son of Rtcpiien and 
wife Temperance Clapp, was born Oct. 14, 1697. IJo was a Captain, 
and there is a grave-stone in Scitaate burying-grouiid, wliich says 
Capt. John Clapp died Jan. 24, 1762, iu the 72d year of bis age. If 
this was the John referred to, there mu.^t be an eri'or somewhere. 
lie married. Nov. 5, 1724, Mercy Otis; there was a Mercy, wife of 
Capt. John Clapp, who died Jan. 15, 1761, in the 61st year of licr 



Children of John and Mebot (Otis) Clapp, of Scituate: 

4-316. Samuel,* b. July 25, 1725 ; d. in 1809. 

317. Gkorgk,* L. Oct. 7, 1720; m. luobably Nov. 13, 1755, Mary 
Gorliam and remoi'ed to Worth ingloii, iiocording to Klisba 
Clapp, but Doane says, to Northainptou. Child : 
318. George,* lived iu New Hampshire. 
319. John,* b. Oct. 8, 1728; d. OcU 26, 1728. 
S20. RuTn,* b. Nov. 16, 1729. 
321. Hac;hkl,» b. Feb. 16, 1731. 
+322. John,' b. July 5, 1734 ; d. Feb. 13, 1810. 

323. IsxAC,* b. April 18, 1736 ; d. Oct. 18, 1739. 

324. MERcr,' b. Sept. 25, 1740; d. April 11, 1787, aged 47 years, 


325. Constant,* b. June 1, 1743 ; d. Oct 1829. Wan highly respected 
in the town of Scituate, whore he lived. He was oue of the 
Comniittcc of Inspection chosen by the town iu 1774 to see that 
the Contiiifntal law was carried into effect ; he was also one of 
the Committee chosen in 1787 to prepare instructions to their 
representative ; they reported some very spirittil and patriotic 
resolutions. He was employed by the town in many other 
imhlic matters. He m, March 3, 1708, Rebecca Builey. Child: 

320. Isaac* d. youug. 

— 77 

THOMAS' (Slfrpkcn,^ Samuel', T/ionuis^), son of Deacon Stephen 
and wile Temperance Clapp, and brother of the preceding, was born 
ill Scituate, June 2G, 1703. lie was fitted for College partly under 
Rev. James McSparran, Missionary to Narragansett IVain the Society 
for the Tropagation of the Gospel in Foreign Part.s, and partly under 
the Uev. Nathaniel Eells, of Scituate. Entered Flarvaid aged 15, 
and was graduated in 1722. Was settled in Windham, Conn., as 
successor to Rev. Samuel Whiting, Aug. 3, 1126. In a manuscript 
" Memoir of some remarkable occurrences of his life," written by 
liiinself, he thus speaks with reference to his ministry in Windham. 

''January 1. 1737. I have this last week Huishcd my pastoral visitation 
of every family in my parish, ajtd catechising the several childreu iu them. 
And I have also taken <lowii t}ie names and ages of every one, so that I 
might have a more hdl knowledge and clear remembrance of every soul 
comaiitted to my care and charge, and the circumstances and condition of 
vnrh particular person. I lind the number of them to be seven hundred 
and Iweiity-two. A great number of souls to depend on the avre of oue 
weak and sinful creature! May God direct and enable me rightly to per- 
form and go through this great work and charge ; that I may iM'.ir the 
names and cinnamsfances of every one u[>tn\ my heart at all times, and espe- 
cially wlien I a|)proach unto the throne of God, as Aaron bore the names 
of the chihlren of Israel on the breast-plate upon his heart, when he eutered 
into the holy place." 

Under the same date, he records the names of the members in 
each family of the paridb, the families numbering oue hundred and 



twenty. Hia own family is recorded thus, his wife having died a 
short time before : 

Thomas Clup, June 26, 1703. Mary Clap, April SS, 1729. 

Temperance Clap, April 20, 1732. Porapcy, Negro, about 1713. 

Phillts, Negro, about 1717. Tamar, Negro, Dec. 18, 173G. 

Jlr. Clapp was an impressive and powerful preacher, and a man 
of exemplary piety and singular industry, as well a.'^ learned in the 
various branches of secular knowledge, particularly mathematics, 
astronomy, natural and moral philosopliy, civil and canon law and 
history. He constructed the first orrery, or planetarium, made in 
America. In 1739, he was chosen President of Yale College, as suc- 
cessor to Rev. Elislia Williams. His people in Windham, however, 
were so unwilling to part with him that the matter was referred to 
an ecclesiastical council, who advised his acceptance of the invita- 
tion, and he was inducted into that office April 2, 1140. The 
Legishituro of the State, with a liberality wliich at tliis day seems 
remarkable, voted to compensate the people of Witidliatn for tlie loss 
of their jjastor. The committee, to whom the subject of eompcnsa- 
tioQ was referred, stated that inasmuch as Mr. Clapp had been in 
the ministry at Windham fourteen years, wliich was about lialf the 
time ministers in general continue in their public work, " the people 
ought to have half as much as they gave him for a settlement, which, 
upon computation, was about fifty-three pounds sterling." This sum 
was accordingly granted the parish by the General Assembly. Mr. 
Clapp brought with him to the College a high reputation as a gene- 
ral scholar, as a mathematician and astronomer, and as a man of un- 
common energy of character and remarkable business qualifications. 
Much was expected from him in his new' office, and he accoinpli^^lied 
much. A new code of laws for the College was soon diavvn up by 
him, was aflopted by the Trustees, translalod into Latin, was jvub- 
lished in 1748, and took the place of the laws of Harvard College, 
which had till then been in use. This was the first book ever printed 
in New Haven. These laws continued in this form for twenty-four 
years, when they were published in English. The College Library was 
much improved, an additional tutor was appointed, and study was 
more diligently and succcs.sfully pursued. A new and more liberal 
charter of the College, drawn up by him, was also obtained from 
the Legislature. The growth of the College was audi that a new 
building, the plan of which was projected by Mr. Clapp, was com- 
])leted in 1752. The expense of this building was defrayed in part 
by a lottery, authorized by the Legislature, aided by the sale of a 
French prize, taken by a colonial frigate. Next, a new College 
Chapel was called for by him, the foundation of which was laid in 
1761, and in 1763 was finished and ojvcned with appropriate cere- 
monies. During his Presidency, the direction of Collegiate studies 
undoubtedly received a strong bias from his own favorite pursuits; 
the study of philosopliy, mathematics and polemic divinity being 



specially prominent and thorough, poetry and belles-lettres flour- 
ished feebly. The pupils under bis charge were remarkable for their 
hi<^h de<;rce of culture in the scicQCOS to which ho was particularly 

But tlnst material growth was not unmixed with internal disagree- 
ments and dissensions, a full account of wliich is given in Sprague's 
" Annals of the American Pulpit." The visit of the cclebiatod Mr. 
Whitclield to New England took place soon after President Clapp 
came into oBBce. President C. had no sympatliy with Wbitefield or 
ids movements, and feared great iujury to the chii relics from hts 
visit, A declaration was accordingly issued, signed by himself and 
tlirce Tutors, strongly condemning the course of Mr. W., whom he 
accuses of making use of the assertion, " I intend to turn the gene- 
rality of ministers of this country out of their pulpits (who arc half 
beasts and half devils), and bring over ministers from England," In 
the divided and CKcited state of public feeling on this matter, the 
declaration could not do otherwise than increase the excitement, and 
the College suffered in consequence. A disagreement also arose re- 
specting the attendance of its officers and students on the ministry 
of the pastor of the New Haven church, who was not popular as a 
preacher, and was of doubtful orthodoxy. Efforts were made to 
choose a Professor of Divinity, but were not successful, and in 1753, 
Presidctkt Clapp, by invitation of the Corporation, commenced 
preaching to the students in the College Hall, This was considered 
by the New Haven church as grossly irregular, tfiat church claiming 
the College as within its parish boundaries.* In 1756, a Professor 
of Divinity was chosen. A lot of land was generously conveyed to 
the College by the President for the use of the Theological Profes- 
sor, and he also, by the aid of some benevolent individuals, com- 
menced building on said lot a house for the professor's residence. 

Oilier controversies arose, however, which, with the pertinacity of 
the President in insisting on his favorite measures, rendered liim 
unpopular, and a memorial was sent to the Assembly praying for a 
commission of viailation to cvaniine into all the affairs of the College. 
An elaborate written re|t!y was prepared by the president, denying 
most of the charges made, and also the right of the Legislature to 
interfere in the manner proposed, and the Memorial was iiiiaily dis- 
missed by the Legislature. But Die clamors against the College 
were continued, it had become unpopular, and matters were made 
worse by the resignation of two of the Tutors being called for by 
the President in 1765, on account of their having embraced the 
opinions of the Sandemaniana. On their resignation, the remaining 

• Numerous pamphlets on Ixitli skies of tlHs partffular point in tin* controversy were i»- 
sned, H striiy copy of some of wliicli is still oc<'a.«ion.ilty bronglit to lifrht. Tlie tone nntl 
temper of tiio Jlxputo, as sliown in tlieso pnmphlets, wore ecrtjiinly not rommendable. 
They were mostly sinnnynions.-, iIiqubIi prolmhly rlii-ir nntliurs wen' known nt the time. It 
is not supposed tlie l^rcsidcnt hirasclf was en(,'airt'il in thix kind of warlnrt — lii» public and 
open nrgamcnts and defcnccB, witb bis otbcr Jatics, probably occnpying all his Umo and 



Tutor resigned, and their successors found tliemsclves in such em- 
barrassing circumstances that in a few months tliey, too, vacated 
their places. In July of that year, aware of his unpopularity, Presi- 
dent Clapp offered liis resignation. Tlie Corporation, however, 
still adliercd to him, and expressed to him their " earnest desire that 
he would bo pleased to continue in otHco as long as Divine Provi- 
dence should permit, or at least till the nest Commencement," He 
accordiu£;ly remained and conferred degrees at the Commencement 
in September, and tlicn took his leave of the College in a valedic- 
tory address, dwelling at length on the improvecacnts which had 
been made during his administration, and stating that " in conse- 
quence of his age and infirmities, and strong desire of private life, 
he resigned his office." The Corporation " passed a vote expressive 
of their high estimation of his character and services, and of their 
best wishes for his future and eternal well-being." Ebenezer Bald- 
win, in his "Annals of Yale College," thus alludes to the termination, 
of Pros. Ciapp's services at Yale : 

" Thaa ended the academic services of a President (after the labors of 
twenty-seven years) who was an orruiment to the science of the age in which 
be lived, whose etforts for the siibstantiaJ interests and prosperity of the 
College were unremitted, and whose only unpopular traits appear to havo 
been a conscientious religious zeal, and scholastic iudeiMJudence, that could 
cot yield to the spirit of au altered age." 

The retirement which he coveted was terminated by his death in 
less than a year and a half. It took place after a short illness, Jan. 
1, 1767, in the 64th year of his age. He was buried from the Col- 
lege Chapel, and a sermon appropriate to tiie occasion preached by 
Rev. Naphtali Daggett, Professor of Divinity. 

President Clapp was married, in 1727, to Mary, daughter of Rev. 
Samuel Whitiug, his predecessor in the ministry at Windham. Mrs. 
Clapp died, greatly lamented, Aug. 9, 1736, in the 24th year of her 
age. In an obituary sketch of her, it is said that her husband's 
"grief seemed inconsolable; he mourned sore like a dove." From 
a written delineation of her character, found among his private 
writings, it woidd appear that she was eminent in every virtue and 
accomplishment. In 1740, he married, second, Mrs. Mary Saltonstall, 
widow of Capt. Rosvvcll S., of Eranford, Conn. By this marriage, 
he had no children. 

It is unfortunate that so few of the Tnathematical and philosophical 
works of Pres. Clapp have been preserved for the benefit of posterity. 
His most valuable manuscripts were in the possession of his daugh- 
ter, Madam Wooster, and were carried off among the plunder taken 
by the Briiish troops during their invasion of New Ilaven, in 1779. 
President t^tylcs, successor to Prca. Clapp, protested with the Eng- 
lish General Tryon that "a war against science had been rejirobatcd 
for ages by tlie wisest and most powerful generals," and requested 
their return. This was, howevcrj without effect. Some of them 



wore picked np, alioiit a vreck afterward, by boatmen in the Sound, 
near Fairfield, aud others at East Haven ; but it is to be regretted that 
most of Pres. Clapp's valuable manuscripts were irrecoverably lost. 
President Clapp and his wife were bui-ied in the town graveyard, 
on the public Square, or Green, in New Haven. A new cemetery 
was incorporated in 1797, And is said to have been the first one in 
the United States that was laid out m family lou. In 1821, all the 
old monuments standing on the Green were removed to the new 
cemetery, and placed in the family lots whenever there were friends 
or relatives living to desire it. Mrs. Wooster, the daughter of tlie 
President, was one of the first buried in the new cemetery (1807), 
and a costly marble monument to her memory stands near those of 

her parents. The ac- 
companying sketch of 
the latter has been 
kindly designed and 
engraved for this Me- 
morial, by John W. 
Barber, Ksq,, of New 
Haven, now in his 7 7th 
year. He has endeajr- 
ored to represent them 
as they appear to the 
eye, with some of the 
surroundings, without 


handsome picture. These tabular monuments, though not preten- 
tious in appearance, were of superior cnnstructiaa at the time tlicy 
were made. The following is the epitaph on the monument erected 
to the memory of Pres. Thomas Clapp : 


" ITere lyeth interred the bwly of the reverend and learned Mr. Thomas 
Clap, the late Pres'uleiit of Yule College, iu New Haven ; a truly great 
man, a gentleman of sujterior natxiral genius, most assiduous application, 
and indefatigable iiidiislry. In the various brunches of learning, lie greatly 
excelled; an ac<^oui|)li.shed instructor; a patron of tlie College; a great 
djvino, bold for the truth ; a ztalous promoter aud defender of the doctrines 
of graee; of unaffected piety, and a pattern of every virtue; the tenderent 
of fathers mid the Iicst of friends ; tlie glory of le«niitig an<1 tlie ornament of 
religion; for thirteen years, the faitht'id and much respectetl pastor of the 
clnircti in Wituliiiim ; and near twenty-seven years the laborious and prinei- 
j>al President of the College, aud having served his own generation, by the 
will of God, witii serenity and calmness, he fell on sleep, the 7lh day of 
January, 1707, in his sixty-fourth year. 

"Dcnth, great proprietor of all, 
Tis thine to treail oul empires 
And tu i)ueiich tlie «tnri>." 



The following is a list of President Clapp's publications: — 

" A Sermon ut iho OrdiManoii of tin? Rev. Epliraim Little, 1732. An 
Intro'luction to the Sttuly of riiilosoiiliy, exhiliiting a general view of all tlie 
Art8 anil Sciences, for the use of the Pujiils, 174-'3. A Letter to a friend in 
Bostou, ]74.i. A Letter to the liev. Joiiulhiin Edwards, of Northampton, 
expostulating with him for his iujurious reflectiona in his late Letter to a 
friend, 17 15. The Ktdi^ious Constitution of C'otleges. espeeialiy of Yale 
College, New Haven, 17.) 1. A brief History and Vindication of the Doc- 
trines, received and established in tiio Churclics of New England, with a 
specimen of the new scheme of relijrioii lii']|»iiiTiin{j; to prevail, \7i)5. Aq 
Essay on the Nature and Fonmlalinn of JInral Virtue and Ohligation, 
17l).'». Annals or Hist<»ry of Yale College, 17G<.i. Conjectures upon the 
Nature and Motions of Meteors which are above the Atmosphere (posthu- 
mous), 1781." 

President Stiles lias left the following honorable testimony to 
President Ciajip in bis Literai-y Diary : — 

" President Clap was possessed of strong mental powers, clear perception 
and solid judgment. Though not eminent for classical learning, he had a 
ronip'-'fent knowledge of the three learned langii.iges. He was well versed 
in algebra, optics, a.stionomy, and the general course of exjienniental phi- 
loKopliy. In malhcniuties ami natunil philosophy, I Iiave not reason to 
think ho was eijuallcd by any man in Amcri<'a, except the most learned 
Professor Wiuthro]>. Jlany others, indeed, excelled him in the mechanic 
applic-i»tiou of the lower branches of the niatliematics ; but he rose to 
sublimer heights, and became conversant in the application of this noble 
science to those extensive laws of nature, wliich regulate the most extensive 
phenomena, and obtain throughout the stellary universe. I have known 
iiini to elucidate so many of the abstrusest theorems and ratiocinia of New- 
ton, that, I doultt not, the whole Principia of that illustrious philosopher 
wasconipreliended by liim ; a comprehension which, it is presumed, very 
few matiiemiiticians of the present age have attained, Wolbislon's Religion 
of Nature was the basis of his Mora! I'liilosojjhy, and Westminster Calvin- 
ism was his Theology. He hud thoroughly studied the Scrijitures, and had 
rcjid the most eminent Divines of the last two hundred years. Li his 
peculiar manner, lie had examined so matiy authors, through the tract of 
time from Jerome to the present day, as well as the three more primitive 
ages, that, on the fumlamuntal doctrines of religion, I believe him to have 
been possessed of the sentiments of the whole Christian world. History, 
ancient and modern, |>oliltcal and ecclesiastical, he was well versed in. He 
had ileeply studied the history of the Assyrian emjiire ; that of Greece ; that 
of the IJonian empire through idl its periuds, and (mrtieularly its mutation 
into au ccck'siastical State. He studied the rise of Mahomotisni ; the Sara- 
cenic couipiests ; the dominion of the Caliphs and ALimeitikes ; the extensive 
spread of tins religion, and the final partition of tho interest into several 
empires. He had formed an idea of the iwwers of Europe, their connections, 
balances, and leading springs of policy ; an<l had arranged the principal 
events and revolutions of tho several ages, from antiquity to the present day. 
He traceil and coiisidere<l with the closest attention the causes of greatest ex- 
tent, and most forcible operation, in effecting public events, which, like the 
laws of nature, carry in themaelves the certain futurition of their phenomena. 
He well understood the liistory and geography of tho Bible ; and took great 
pains to consider the veriiicjvtion which it naturally gave and received when 



compared with profane hiBtory. He wa» well read in the Fathers, and had 
cxntaineii all tiie remains of the antiquities of the Primitive Church. He 
Biuilie<l the police, worship and discipline of the Church, in the three first 
lui'l two liut ag08. He greatly 8tudi(»d the councils, general and provincial, 
and iu ihem wa» thoroughly versed. He was considerably read in the 
coDinion law of England, and in the municipal laws of his country. He 
was aUo well versed in the JitM Civile, the InsiituteB of Justinian, the Pan- 
dccta, the Novella; ; and from the canons, the decretals of the Poj>e», he ha<l 
ohtained such a general knowledge of ecclesiastical law, that he would have 
li(Hi<>iire<l a Doctorate in both laws. 

" The ial)ors of his office left a most cotitemphitive mind but a few hours 
for rettdJiif:. But lie hatl a hufipy and advantageous method of rewUng ; he 
always studied on a system or arrangement with respect to some whole, and 
reail to purj>ose. A voluminous library before him, — he treated as a collec- 
tion of reports, books delivering the knowledge and reasonings of the 
learned world on all subjects of literature. He seldom read a volume 
through in course. Having previously settled in his mind the particular 
8ubject4i to be examine<I, and what on any subject he needed to ascertain, 
he then pitched directly on the book or books, and those parts in them which 
would elucidate tho subject of his inquiry. He would thus, with discern- 
ment and despatch, run over fifty volumes, if necessary, and select whatever 
Ihoy c«ntaiiUHl in point, and thus proceed till he made himself master of the 
subject — generally passing unconcernedly over the rest, however attractive 
and interesting. 

" As to his [lerson, he was not tall 5 yet, being thick set, he appeared rather 
largo and bulky. His aspect was light, placid, serene and contemplative. 
Hu was a calm, still, jurlieious, great man." 

^ ^.^^ The publishers are in- 

C f^/ J /^ ^ /^ tlobted to F. B. Dexter, 

^— y / /^""'^X '■^'"'■' S<^'='"<^^"'-V, Yale Col- 

y xy /y^J^ y^y {^-^ ^^r> .^^ Iffie, for a fac-simile of 

c^ ^L Crrn^:^ lO ^<6^/C/ t,,t autograph of President 

Thomas Clapp. 

Cliiltlrcn of President Thomas and Ist wife Maby (Wliiting) 
Clapp : 

827. Makt,* b. April 25, 1729 ; m. David TVooster,* afterwards n Maj. 
General iu the Revolutionary War. It is said of her that she 
wn.'i considered tho first lady of her time in New Haven. In tho 
burying-ground at New Haven, a beautifully designed monument, 
near that of her father, marks the place of her burial. A grand- 
son was an Admiral iu the Chilian Navy, formerly of New 

• Ikim in Strntford, Ct. March 2. 1710; d. In Dnnbnry. Ct., May 2, 1777. Tie wu* made 
Cnntnln tif an nvminl vessel to protect the const in Y!?^ ; in thr expedition ngaitist Lriiii«bar(r, 
in 174'^. Iiu cuiiiMiiiiidcd tlio sloop of war " Coniierticiit," wtiicli convcyrd tijc troops; wa» 
wilt liii-oiiiiimudoritie ciirtcl slilp to Enropo, hut was not pvrmitled to inn«l in France. In 
F.iiKliiiid lir wiiK II I'livorile, was prcscntud iit court, and was made a Ciiptiilu in IVpiHirrt'll's 
Ki'Siini-iit. n-rcivlnK lmlf-|iaT antil 1774. Apiioliitcd CuloncI 3J Ct. Kosrt. in ITVt : txTdine 
111 iind vvii.< In hiTvico ill 17')H-t)(). lli' wii." one of ilii' or. '!:i'm 

v. IV, j 'I'l.iiiiiii'rogii in April, 177.5, and 11 mcTiiberol till de 

Hi ; 1 (lie ConlltioiituI army a'J June, 177.5, atid.scrvcd 111 C. ■•:\e, 

tliii ilial' cuiiiiniind idtor tlie death of Montgomery. ResiCTiiii! MK»n alur, lie was niailo 
Mii,|.-U««n. of the State mititin, and, while opposing a tV)ree of ttllp enemy under Tryun, sent 
to de«iiuy the piiliik- ^tureg ni Ilaiihurv, wits mortally wounded 27 April, 1777i and died u 
Itew days' Inter, — Drake'i dictionary of American Biugrapky. 



York city and extensively engaged in privateering during tlie 
war of Ilil2-15, and d. in Monterey, Ciil., in l!S48. 
328. TKMrEiiANCK,' I}. April 29, 1732 ; m. Aug. 11, 17'>:5, Rev. Timotliy 
Pitkin, of Faroiiugtou, Cuuu., the sou of Gov. Wni. Pilkiu, of 

Three other cliildren of Thomas* and 1st wife d. young. 

— 79 — 

NATHANIEL* (Stephen' Snmucl,' T/tomm'), yonngest son of 
Dca. Stephen and wit'o Temperance Cl^pp, was born Sept. 11, 1709. 
He was a mu<ristrate and a very nsefiil and respected man. He 
married, in 1736, Dcsiru Bourne, of Barnstaljlc. 

Children of Nathaniel and Desire (Bourne) Clapp, of f^cituate: 

329, IIaxxah,' b. Nov. 11, 1739; m. in 1704, Rev. Nathan Stoue, of 

Barni-tuble; ilf in 1H0,3, No cliildren. 

330. Dksike,* b. May ]'-i, 1711 ; m. Cnpt. Prince Gorham, of Baiusta- 

ble, and had four children. 
-j-331. Sylvasus,* h. Jan, 20, 1742 ; d. April 29, 181 1, aged 68. 

332. TEMrERASCF.,* b. Dec. 1, 1744; m. Judge Win. Gorliani, of 

Gorham, Me., and had one daughter. 

333. Mary,' b. Jan. 2(!, 1747 ; m. Rev. Isaac Mansfield, tjf Marblehead, 
who was b. in 17.50, and graduated at. Harvard College iu 17G7. 
He preached nearly eleven years at Exeter, N. II., and d. in 
Boston, .Sept. 182II, aged 7(>. They had two children. She 
was Jivinii in Marblcbeail ii« 180ti. 

334. Susannah,'' b. Oet. 13, 17 18; m. iu 1770, Mr. Joseph Benson, of 
Scituate, and ha<3 ten chihlren. 

335. AuiGAii.,* b. Dec. 2. 17.50; d. in 1810. .She m. Uawkes Cashing, 
of Boston ; no children. • 

336. Eunice.* b. Jan. 10, 17;52 ; m. Col. Wm. Turner, of .Scitnate, who 
was b. Jan. IG, 1747, and graduateil at Harvard College in 17l!7. 
They l»ad nine cliildreu, one of whom (Siepben) was killed at 
the battle of Bridgewater, in the war of 1812. 

337. Rachel,'* b. Feb. 175.5 ; d. young. 

338. Nathaniel,* b. June 1.5, 17.56, d. young. 

339. .Stephen,^ b. June 27, 1759 ; d. young. Oue of the last two 
boys woa killed with a cart, and the otiier drowned. 

80 — 

THOMAS* (John,' Samuel* Thomas' ). son of Jolm and Hannah 
(Gill) Clapp, and cousin to President Thoma.^t, nf Yale Colle<re, was 
born in Scituate, Nov. 11, 1705. Ho graduated at Harvard CoHego 
mlT25; first turned his attention — - 
to tlie ministry and was ordained /f/'/^ 
at Taunton in 1729, Ebcn. ^\m.\>\>S^ »/ /lif/7l-^^ 
Senior, and riiillips I'tiyson being 
delegates to the ordination from Dorchester. He was married to 
his first wife, Mary Leonard, daaghter of Judge George Leonard, of 



forton,* Sept.!), 1731; .«Iie flie<l of measles June 27, 1741, ajjcd 
k-earn, 5 moiitliM ami 10 day.>i. Ills second wife was Esllicr, 
daiijililcr of Don. John Cliandler, of Worcester, wlioni lie married 
May y, 1 745, Siic died July 20, 1 792, Mr. Claitp so far conformed 
to the ciiHloinH of tlio day in whieli he lived as to be the owner of 
slaves. On his niarri.aj^c to liis .iccond wife, it is related tliat she 
«)ljtaincd a |>i*omts« from liini tliat they shotild l>e lilioratcd. For 
Bonio reason, lliJs wiis not done till after iiis death. One of tlic.«o 
plave.s wa.s the rnoliiur of several i5onH, who were lirought n]) in Iiia 
house, ami tlio marks and fusratches of their finder:' were said to 
have remained on tlic walls of the house for a eontury aflerwardn. 
Flo left the ministry, it is said, partly in eonsequonco of asporssions ou 
lii.s eiiaraetcr by some of his people, ilr. Clapp enjoyed a handsome 
)>atrirnoiiy, and was too independent iti his position and fcclinjis to 
submit to calumny, therefore a separation from hins flock took plaoc. 
It is said tlio Taunton people declared they would never settle 
another rieii man. Ili.-^ own account of the matter differs some- 
what from the aiiove. From a ftatcmf^nt drawn up by himself, which 
has been preserved in manuscript, and wliieh embraces the pro<;ced- 
ings of the church in rcfiard to iiis disnii.s.sion, and their ccrtilJeate 
of recomraeiidation of him, the following introductory remarks are 
copied : 

" Tlie Iiihiihitants of ihc Town of Tuunioii lo Iiieonrage me to Settle with 
them in the Work of the Ministry, did at a I.i«'{i.'»ll Meeting on the KUh of 
Dee' l)(nn. \im vote to Give me annuiilly £1-'J<* and always to keep s'' sum 
Gotxl, Let tlic money rise or fall, But they did not (Comply wilh their vote 
any one year, tlio' tliey were iirj:;ed to do it by the Church & luyself ; and 
after Diverse Y$irH \Vaitin>,', the Church advised me writing uixler their 
liand, to make iipplieatitvn to the General .S<?88ion of the Peace for the 
County of Ibistoll, in order to olitain my Salery, which gave so mucli Un- 
caMuesfl to many in tlie Town, that rather than Live in Contention with 
any of my p;irisliloiiern, ahont so small a pittance, 1 sou<.dit for a Komovall 
from llieni. and aci:or(liiij;ly tlie Churdi at a lull meeting did vote & agree 
to give me the following Letter of Dis.nii.s,sion & Rccomendation." 

llo returned to .'^cituntc in 173?, and was soon appointed Chief 
Justice of the Itdcrior Court of Plymouth County, and one of the 
Coimscllors of tlio Commonwealth, lie was also a Colonel of the 
militia, and was greatly respected for his talents and intcfrrity. lie 
built a lartje and elegant mansion, now standing near the South 
Scituale Railri)ad Station, an<l near to the dwelliufr place of Samuel 
Woodwoith. of "Old Oaken Bucket" memory. There is a traditioa 
concerning him that " he was so large a man as to excite the curi- 

• M.iny rich nnil vahinlilc han»olio1i1 articK's were broiiKht to tlio lioni>e of Jnilj» Thorns* 
in Trtiintoii, by IiIh first wilV; and to tlint In .ScitniUe, by hts secoml wife. Stinic of lliesc 
nro ino»t mrofiiUv prcscn'otl, and i-hLvrl'iilly sbown Iiy liie RToat-Rr.indd:inifliti'r, MIj» 
Mnry Ctiipp, wlio now, wilh her brother Henry, occupies the lioanc in Seitnulc, 
liniU'l'V lilni in 1710. Slie lias nl^o in her jiossoHsion a rieli eliina pitiher, nf unii]uc form 
and onmnii'nied wilh uniiint hsurcs, wliich was broapht over in tlie " Maytlower," tod 
wus prvftCDtcd, by a sou of Peregrine White, to Judge Tliotnas Clupp. 



oaity of children to ran after In'm in the street, when discliarging 
his profcasiaiial dutica." Re was a Hopresenlativc to tlio General 
Court fourteen years, and while there was engaged in some sharp 
controvcraiea, several of which are in print. Quite a number of his 
books were preserved and were in possession of his grandson, 
Leonard, when he died in 1852. A voiimic of his MS. Sermons liaa 
also been handed down, and one of them is printed in the Kev. 
Samuel H. Emory's " Ministry of Taunton." Tlio subject of this ser- 
mon is "Our Likeness to God, and Vision of Him," wfitcli is treated 
througiiout ill a manner which sliowa him to liave been an able e.\- 
pouudcr of the Scriptures accorditip; to the style aud spirit of the 
jireachitig of that day. To tlio work above referred to we are indebt- 
ed for some of the facts already related respecting Judge Thomas 
Clapp, and also for the following extracts from a communication to 
Mr, Emery by Rev. Panicl Wight, Jr. : 

" lie was taken sick with the palsy while presiding on the bencli as 
Judge in Plymoudi Court. After the lirst attack, be was subject to lils, 
eaub retbiciiig biin lower ami lower. During bis long siekriess of si'veti 
years' comimiancc, he was able often to go out, and once went to Plymmitb 
Court, but for tbe last few years of bis life be was confined to bis bed. lie 
is represented as having been remarkably mild and pleasaut. in Iiis dispOKi- 
tiou till be had the palsy, after wliicb he was irritable and bard to pleaKe. 
Ilti was uot very tall, but fleshy, and of fine personal appearaiiea. He died 
May Al, 1774, iu the sixty-nuitli year of bis age. He wa.s Inirtcd in tbe 
north-west part of ' the common ' buryiug-ground, about thrce-toinlbs of a 
mile from Heituate harbor. His gravestones were removed, ihougb not bis 
remains, ii» 1828, to tbeir present position, in tbe family binTing-gratmd, 
near bis former residence. Tbe stonei^ of his last wite, with those of several 
of bis ebildreii, are neatly arranged beside his own. 1 give l)elow tbe in- 
scriptions, as they stand upon bis own aud last wife's mouumeuls of slate- 

" Sflcred 

to tbo Memory of 

Cul. Tliomas Clupp, 

wIjo ilicd 

May 31, 1774, 

in thv 69 year 

of bis age. 

" Srtcred 

to the Memory of 

Mrs. £stUcr Clapp, 

wild (lied 

July 20, 1790, 

aged 12 yre. 

imoico In glorloDB liope, 
Jcsns tlie JiiiIki' cliall come. 
Anil lake liic scrvniitg up. 
To their tternni liome." 

Wlien will scpiinition eciwe, 
Frii-nilship's scjtis unite in jjrticf , 
Olid' no morv oppress tlie lii'art. 
Friend* no niina Ik? doomed to part ?" 

Of his family of nine children, it appears that but one was mar- 
ried, John the eldest. 

' By the two marriages of Judge Clapp, he became connected wifh 
families which ranked among the of that day in social 
standing and public and private worth. The fatlier of his Hrst wife, 
Mary Leonard, is said to have lived at Xorton " in baronial style," 
and the family trace their lineage through " John of Gaunt " to 



Edward III., and claim tlio title of '' Lord Dacre." The royalty 
the line, however, has in this country been laid aside, and mcnibera 
of the family have said that " wfiere you can find iron worlts, there 
you will find a Leonard." Ilia second wife was descended from 
William' and Annis Chandler, who settled iu Roxbury, Mass., in 
1637, through Deaenn Jolin- and Eiizabetli (Douglas), of Woodstock, 
Conn., Hon. John' and Mary (RaiTiiond), of Woodstock, and Hon. 
John' and f lannaii (Gardiner), of Worcester, Mass. Her grandfather 
Johu^ was major in the Wars with the Indians, Judfie of Probate, 
one of Hid Majesty's Council, Representative to the General Court, 
nearly forty years a Commissioner of the Peace, and held many 
town offices. The iuventgry of his estate amounts to £8,699 : 16 : G. 
Ucr father moved to Worcester when the county of that name was 
first formed; was Town Treasurer and Selectman, was soon ap- 
pointed Clerk of the Courts, was first Sheriff of the County, Colonel 
of the Militia, Register of Deeds and Probate, Chief Justice and Coun- 
cillor, and in 1737 was Commander of the Ancient and Honorable 
Artillery Co. While Judge of Probate, he is said to have " kept an 
open table on Court days for tlie widows and orphans who were 
brought to his tribunal by concerns of liusiuess." Esther Chandler's 
mother, Hannah Gardiner, was descended from Lieut. Lyon Gardiner, 
of the British Array, who, in 1651, piircha.-^cd of the Indians tho 
Islaiul just at the east end of Long Island, N. Y., containing about 
30(JO aercs, which he called " Isle of Wight," and which has also 
been known as Gardiner's Island, paying for it a lilack dog, a guu 
and some Dutch blankets. The Bay in this Island was one of the 
resorts of Capt. Kidd, who put his money in Lieut. Gardiner's care. 
After Kidd's e.vecution iu 1701, Gardiner delivered up to the au- 
thorized commissioners bags of gold amounting to 738i| oz. ; silver, 
847J oz. ; precious stones, 17J oz. Gardiner's Island is entailed in 
the family. It belongs to Easthampton Township. 

Esther Chandler's brother John succeeded to nearly all the pub- 
lic honors bestowed upon his father and grandfather, " He was 
cliecrful in temperametit, engaging iu manners, liospitablo as a citi- 
zen, friendly and kind as a neighbor, and industrious and enterpris- 
ing as a merchant." WMien the stormy times which preceded the 
Revolution came on, his chivalrous sense of loyalty forbade his 
joining the popular tide in the great struggle. He therefore became 
a refugee, sacriiicing his large possessions, amounting to £36,190, 
as appraised by commissioners here, and sought an asylum in 
the mother counJry. Tiie schedule of property and losses exhibited 
by him Iu the British Commissioners was allowed in full, and he was 
called in England " the honest refugee." Ho died in London, Sept. 
26, 1800, and was buried in Islington. An iron fence encloses a 
spot about ten feet long by a\x. wide, and a single slab with a brief in- 
scription is hts monument. Near by is tho grave of bis son Rufus, 
who was buried iu October, 1823. 


Cliildreaof Jdlge' 
341. THoaA.s.* b. ; 


i tM vife Mart (Leonard) Cljlpp : 

14. 17M: i May 24. 1767. 

Be 22. I73€ ; w*s, sui officer in the 44ih 

he BritiUk Armr. He took part in the conqnest 

! ^ «HL. t Rom Castk, Ireland, Aag. 4, 1 < 70, 

The Ukmiag letter to his father is from Um 

, wiaA tt • veil pn»erved ami fairly written 

MorUreall, Sept. I7th, 1760. 
Host* Sik : 

I have not received a letter from you sinoe Last 
October. But hope yea are well. I have the plea-suer Infornie 
you of the Intier Conqnest of Canada Tvithotit the los» of much 
blood. M'. Loriog is very much sensured by the army for liia 
bad conduct at Fort Levy, hut Hough Just I don't say. We had 
not one gun fired at us after the suneuder of the fort. We tost a 
Hundred men dround a curaming down tlio liiver. We Landed 
the fifth of Sep', upon Montreall, and the seventh tlic Town 
surrendered and with it all Cannad. The terms are these : the 
French llegulars are to be sent to Franco. Tlieay embarked 
yesterday. The Inliabitance are to InJoy their estats as soon aa 
theay have taken the oath of Allengous. I have got a Commis- 
sion iu our Keg* for nothing, so that I aect in two cappassilyg, 
Bouth as an officer &, D', and if you will Direct yoor lutters to 
En' Tho* Clapp of the 44th lleg' or to D' Tho" Clapp of the 
44th Reg' at Montreall theay will come safe, for I am to stay at 
Montreall this winter. I hujK' I shall bo able to come home in 
the spring. Give my Duty to Grandmotlier & Mother and Love 
to at] the familly. No more at present. But Remain yoor 

Dutiful] Son, 


"842. Mart,* b. in Taunton, Nov. 10, 1738 ; d. unm. Dec. 6, 1829, aged 
91 years. Dcane, in hi.s history of Scituate, speaks of her as a 
" renmrkably accomplished womun." She attended school ia 
lioslon, when young, and two framed pictures of needle-work, 
done by her at school, are now iu possession of Miss Mary L, 
Clapp, in the old boivse built by Judge Thomas. 

343. Calvin,* b. iu Scituate, Feb. 27, 1740; d. Jan. 8, 1741. 

Children of Thomas and 2d wife, Esther (Chandler) Clapp: 

344. Hannah,* b. Oct. 24. 1746 ; d. Jan. 9, 1840, aged 94 years. 
845. Calvin,* b. Oct. 28, 1749; d. Dec, 4, 1752. 

340. AtocsTus,* b. March 28, 1752; d. Feb. 2, 1827, aged 75 years. 

He never married ; was Town Clerk and Postmaster of Scituate 

for many yi^ars. 
347. Chani>lkr,'» h. Dec. 28, 1754; d. Dec. 25, 1832, aged 78 years. 

He never married; lived in Scituate; was Justice of the Peace 

and Postmaster in 1827 an<l 1828. 
848. RcFCS,* b. .Jan. 24, 1759 ; d. unm. June B, 1834, aged 76 years. 

According to EHsha Clapp, ho was a Doctor of Medicine, aod d. 

in Lreland ; but Elisha was, without doubt, mistakeu. 




DAVID* (David,' Samuel' Tliomas'), son of David and Deborah 
(Otia) Clapp, was born March 20, 1720-21. First wife Ruth; second 
wife Mary. They lived in Sciluate. 

Child of David and Ist wife RuTU Clapp, of Scituate: 
-j-349. DwELLY,' b. Aug. 12, 1741. 

Child of David and 2d wife Maut Clapp: 

350. David,* b. July 2-1. 1752 ; A. in 181 G, aged C4 years. He spent 
most of his life in his native town, but later he lived in Noble- 
boro', Jle., where ho die«l. Ho m. Sept. 26, 1771), Elizubetii 
Church, an<.l his children were Wrn in Scituate. Children: 

351. Joseph C," h. July 22, 1780; d. in 1«I6, aged 36 years; he 
m. and lived in Nobleboro', Me. ; hud one son, Charles.'' 

352. Mary* b. Nov. 22. 1781. 

353. David* b. Jan. 22, 1783: d. in 1809, nged 26 years. He m. 
and had two sous: 1, Jbfin^ b. in 1804. ii« Willard^ b. pre- 
viously to 1809. 

354. Elizabeth? b. March 6, 1784. 

355. Liiciiida* b. July 31, 1785. 

856. NaUnmiel* b. Nov. 7, 1787; m. and lived in Nobleboro', Me. 
Chihlrt-n: I. Nathaniel,' b. 1812. II. Tikston,' b. in 1818. 
m. David R.," b. in 1819. 

857. /;/»•«//«,« b. July 9, 1790 ; d. in 1794. 

358. Ruth* b. June 5, 1792. 

359. Elisha? b. JIarch 9, 1794 ; m. and settled in Searsmont, Me. 
Child : David;' b. in 1817. 

860. Charles * b. July 28, 1795 ; m, and had one child, Cliark$ S.^ b. 
in 1821. 

93 — 

JOSnUA* {David,' Snmvcl,' Thomas'), son of David and Deborah 
(Otis) Clapp, and brother to the preceding, was born Jan. 7, 1729. 
lie spent most of his days in Scituate, but perhaps the latter part of 
his life was passed with his son ]5ela in Boston and in Clareniont, 
N. H., and with his son Caleb in Westminster, Vt. His portrait is 
ID the possession of ono of hia grandchildrcu, Mrs. FarwcU, daugh- 
ter of Bcla Clapp. He married first, Lydia ; second, Oct. 21, 

1787, Hannah Briggs, who died Oct. 18, 1794. He died when 
about 80 years of age. 

Children of Joshoa and wife Ltdia Clapp, of Scituate : 

361. LiDiA,' b. Sept. 14, 1758; d. young. 
-1-362. liELA.'b. July 2, 1760; d. July 12, 1812. 

363. IjTdia," b. Julv 3. 1762; m. Mr. Jacobs, of Scituate. 

364. Caleb,* b. May 9, 1764; d. May 19, 1829, aged 65 years. Ho 
was a carpenter by trade, and carried on a large business in 



Hoston. The latter part of Lis life he spent in Westminster, 
Vt., where he d. He in. April 18, 1793, Nancy Dorr, sister of 
JoimtbaD Dorr, of Roxlmry. After her husband's decease, Mrs. 
Clapp removed to Aztalaii, Wis., wLero bhe d. Sept. 17, 1840. 
Children : 

365. Ann,'* m. Mr. Stevens, of Westminster, VL 

366. Murk It* m. and lives iu Aztalan, Wis. 

367. Caleb,* d. young, 

368. Susan* b. March 18, 1797 ; m. Jan. 28, 1816, Joseph Willard, 

of Westminster, Vt., who d. April 23, 1845. 

369. Frances £.,* m. Mr. Hyer, and lives in Wisconsin. 

370. SiiraJt Bradley,^ m. Mr. Drake, and lives in Wisconsin. 

371. Dorr^ m. and lives in Wisconsin. 

372. Matthew 8.,' b. Oct. 4, 17GG ; was twice married. Children: 
873. Nehemiah^ d. without issue. 

374. Ann,'* m. in IJustou, May 1, 1815, Cassiuier Beck, a foreigner. 

375. CaM,^ was living iu Boston in 1831. 

376. Ann,' b- Aug. 3U, 1771 ; m. Mr. Holbrook, of Sciluate. 


GALFIN* (Dnrlil' Snmud* Tltomas^), son of David and Deborah 
(Otis) Clapp, waH born in Scituato, Feb. 5, 1733. He inarried, Jan. 
12, 1758, Patience Brooks, and lived in Scituatc, following the trade 
of a ship carpenter in that place. He was an important, enterpris- 
ing and energetic man, and when the Revolution broke out be was 
stron5!;tj in favor of carrying on ttie war, and received a commission 
as Captain in the service of the Colonies. He died Feb. 23, 177G, 
of a violent fever brought on by ovcr-fatiguc and anxiety. 

Children of Galen and Patience (Brooks) Clapp: 

377. filoi.i.v," h. Dec. 20, 1758 ; m. first, in 1789, Samuel Stetson, 
who d. in 1790. She m. second, in 1799, Job Turner, who d. 
iu 1815. Shed, in 1841. 

378. Lurv,* b. March 13, 17G1 ; 1780, Nathaniel Sylvester, of 
Hanover, Mass. They removed to Winchendon, where she d. 
in 1836, aged aliout 75 years. 

379. Sarah," b. April 30, 17C3 ; m. in 1780, Thomas James, of Scituatc, 
who d. in Londonderry, N. H., about 1810. She was living in 

380. Enos,* b. July 2G, 17G5 ; d. about 1795. He was a shipwright 
by trade, and settled in Daniariscotta, and Augusta, Jfc. He 
was lost at sea, when about 30 years of age. Ho m. llimnuh 
Bryant. Children : 

381. Uitirlotk'* h. in 1790; m. J. Wright, of Roxbury, where she 
d. iti 1819, aged 29 years. 

382. Zyrfi'«,« 1). in 1792; m. in 1811, Caleb Covil, who d. at sea in 
1816, leaving two sons. She d. in 1821. 

383. Thomas," b. Aug. 3, 17(57, in Sciluate, and settled in Bath, Me. 
He m. in 1789, Mrs. Sarah Treadway, of Bath, Mk., who d. in 
tliat town in 1818. He d. of a nervous fever, July 7, 1801, in 
the 34th year of his age. Children : 







384. mtliam Brooh,' k m 1790; A 1791. 

3>J5. LucindtL,* h. in 1793; m. in 1818. Nathaniel Purrington, of 
Bath, )Ie., who was lost at sea about 1827. Ther had three 
children, one of whom d. at sea in 1839. Mrs. P. removed 
to Brighton, AIbm., and resided with her son till her death, 
which took phice in 1867. 
A ton,*h. 1795, d- in infancy. 

Afary,'^ b. in 1797 ; m. in 1815, T. B, Sylvester. Mr. S. d. in 
Ilo[je, Me., 1835. His widow and three children were living 
in Bath, Me., in 1843. 
Patience,* b. Aug. 30, 1769; m- Major John James, of Scitaate. 

Tliey sottJed in MedfortL 
Hasxah,* b. Feb. 22, 1772; d. Aug. 4, 1775, aged ^ years. 
Charles,* b. March 16, 1774 ; d. Jane 4, 1858. Removed from 
Scituate and nettled in Bath, Me. He m. first, in 1799, Lydia 
Ham, who was b. in 1775, and d. Feb. 10, 1807 ; m. second, in 
1807, Rachel Arnold, of Portland, Me^ who was b. July I 'J, 
1777. Charles was a shipwright by trade, and from 1799 to 
1816, built 11 ships, 7 brigs and 4 schooners, besides repairing 
many ol<l vessels; he then engaged in commercial business, but 
in 1842 had retired from that business. Children by first wife: 
891. Martha,* b, July 11, 1800. 
A*eruah,'^h. Dec. 13, 1801. 
A daughter* b. in 1804. 
A ton* b. in 1805 (these all d. in infancy). 
Charles* b. Feb. 1, 1807; m. first, in 1829, Jane T. Sprague, 
and had no children. She d. Nov. 10, 18G1, and he m. 
second, Nov. 21, 1862, Nancy E. Sprague, sister to his first 
wife. He was a merchant in Bath, Me., under the firm of 
" Magoun & Clapp." He was largely engaged in the ship- 
ping business, which he closed up to good advantage during 
the War of the Rebellion, and retired with a competency. 
He had large demajids upon the "Alabama" Claims Com- 
mission, which have been allowtxl. He is one of the largest 
sized men of the name now living; frequently visits his kins- 
men in Boston and vicinity ; actively interested in the 
Clupp Gathering of 1870 ; and is alive to all that concerns the 
history and honor of the family name. 

Children of Charles" by second wife: 

896. L^ifia Nam* b. Aug. 21, 1808 ; m. July 9, 1829, Oliver Moses. 

They have several children. 

897. Lunj Train* b. June 11, 1810; d. Sept, 15, 1811. 

898. Liiru Brooks* b. Oct. 21, 1812; m. in 1835, W. E. Harriman. 

399. GalcH* b. Sept. 22, 1814; d. young. 

400. Rachel Ilatherly* b. in 1816. 

401. Galeu* b. Feb. 5, 1819 ; served his time in Boston in the mer- 

cantile bufliness ; afterwards, on account of his health, followed 
the sua; after leaving the sea, he returned tu Bath, Maine, 
his native place, ami engaged in the brass-foundry business. 
Hi3 niitrrieit first, Mrs. Wealthy J. Patten (widow of Thouiaa 
I'silteti, dau. of .Samuol Winter, Esq., of Portliuid, formerly * 
of Biitli), who d. Jan. 3, 1852, age<l 32 years, and left a son, 





>rin* (ijr awwod wife: 

. l■^lO;li S 
'. 1HI2; h, 

<< il. tJau. i>, It 

ho was b. Dec. 21, 1851, and now re&ides in Boston, 
fjjtieii* m. secomi, May 17, 1854, Mbs Ann E. Ilslej, of Port- 
]aii*l, wlio d. Di'C. 2.'J, 18al>, aged 28 yf ars ; Ic-ft no eliihlren. 
He m. third, Mrs. Ann Maria Batcbelder (widuvv of Elijah 
Batchehl«r, of Bath), October 31, 1871, by whum he liad ii 
son, C/iftrles KirnhtiU^ who was b. Aug, 10, 18fi'2 (alxiut 
three months after his fatlier'a death), and who now lives 
with his widowed mother in Walthara, Mass. 
402. Nanctj Eaton," h. June 18, 1821. 
403. Hannah,' b. Aug. 7, 1776. She ra. Charles James, of Scituate, 
and lived iu Boston. 


INCREASE* (Daviii," Samuel ; Tfimtas'), yoiinf^cst child of 
David and Deborah (Otis) Clapp, was born Maruh 20, 1734. IIo 
was one of the committee clioacu by tiie town of Scituate to draft a 
vote concerning the formation of a Constitution for tlic State; they 
reported a favorable one, which was passed. He married, about 
1758, Delight 

Children of Increase and wife Delioht Clapp, of Scituate: 

404. Jamks,* h. April 10, 1750; d. June 11, 1803. He m. June 7, 
1781, Elizabeth, dau. of Dea. Daniel Jenkins; she d. iu May, 
1803, aged 41 yrs. He d. the succeeding monlh, aged 44 years. 
CliiUlren : 

405. BeUeij* h. March 4, 1785; m. Nathaniel Wade, of Scituate. 

406. Deborah," b. May 29, 1788; d. aged 88 years; m. Natlniniel 

Litchfield, of Scituate, who was b. Mareh 25, 1783. They 
had seven children. 

407. Jumes,'' h. May 13, 1789; d. Sept. fi, 1800. He resided in 

Boston, and carried on the bu.sineKs of a nmson. He tu. 
Tri|iheiiia Slade, who d. May 18, I87.'i. Children: \,J<imr& 
//.,' b. May 27, 1810, in Siulthlield, R.I. ; d. Jan. 2'J, I8G3 ; 
was a mason by trade ; in. Aljtha M. Ballou ; uu children. 
iii Triphfiita i'.,' b. April If, 1818; m. Samuel 8. Holtini. of 
Boston, as a second wife, and had six children ; d. April 11, 
1856. 111. Elizabeth J.,' b. Jan. 31, 1820; d. Jan. 20, 1845 ; 
m. Sarauel S. Holton. \\, Mnry Ann,'' b. June 22, 1822; d. 
March 21, 1831). T, Serma O!,' b. April 5, 1824; m. Wm. 
W. Webster, vl. Afuria B.^ b. Oct. 9, 1825. vli. Rnth H.^ 
h. March 18, 1827. TlIJ. Jo^hw,' b. Feb. 21, 18211. Ix. 
Susan a.,' b. Dec, 19, 1830. \^ Ahnira P.,' h. Jan. 27, 
1832 ; d. July 2G, 1874. xl. habeUa .4.,' b. Sept. 21, 1833; 
d. Feb. 5, 1856. xil. Georgiana /».,' b. Nov. 8, 1834 ; m. 
Nov. 24, 1859, Samuel S. H<dion, as a third wife, and had 
four children. Xifi. Frances /■'.,' b. Oct. 27, 1837. 

408. Daniel,* b. April 27, 17iJ2; was a cooper by trade, and lived 

in Boston. He m. Margaret, dau. of Maj. Henry I'urkitt, of 
Boston, an original member of the Mjisb. Char. Mech. Assoc. 

409. Serena,' b. Sept. IU, 1793; m, William Norm; they lived iu 

New York State. 





410. JiMjiam} h. Oct. 8, 1795; m. Mim Jenks; tbej live in Penn- 

Mylvauiu. anil fajivc at I«ast one child. 

411. Arediusa,' b. .Juij. 12, l7'J'J ; <L Jau. G, 1866. Her parents 

dying whvu ahe. wom four yean old, ehe was brought up in the 
fitwily of her gmndfitlher Jenkins. In her fifteenth year she 
becanw5 a renidiint in Dorclienter, and while there, for a time 
caui« in Hoc-ial connection with some of her kinsfolk in the 
line of NicBOtAB. Thu« a friemhthip was formed which 
continuc'ii unabated to the time of her death. She m. March, 
1824, Jotteph I^eeds, of Dorchester, where they lived for 
many years ; afterwards lived in Boston, aud then moved to 
Philadelphia. They had nine children. ** She was a person 
of great excellence of life and character. From a child her 
desire was to he useful, aud habits of systematic induKtry 
wore early fixed. As a christian her religion embrat^ed all 
4luty, and she was ready and active in every good work. 
Her liiin]> was always triuimu<l and burning, and her depart- 
ure was in peace." Mer husband, Mr. Jos. Leeds, wrote the 
Ode which was sung at the meeting of the Ciapp family in 
BoKtoii in 1H7.'J. He has been for several years roost actively 
rngago<l in [ilanH for setting apart for national purpHjses the 
landn and buildingB in Philadelphia connected with the meet- 
ings of our first Congress. 

412. Dedokah," b. Jan. I'J, 17<;i. 

4ia. Nabby,* b. Aprir22, I7G4. 


THOMAS" {TImma,* Thamus* Tfinmas,' Tliumos'), son of Thomos 
ixiid will' Huiiiiuli Cbi)[i, of iK'dliuiii, waa bom in the year 1715, 
und «Ji«;d in Marcli, ITol, aged 30 years. Wife Sasauna. 

Children of Thomas and wife Susanna Clapp: 

414. TnnMA.H.* b. Sept. 'ICi, 17 1.5. He d. from the e<!ect of ninuing a 
]iiu-lif'(irk inlir lii.s leg when a young man. He was the sixth aud 
la.stTliinniis in llic line of eldest sous. Hed. in 17(5^, without issue. 

415. Susanna,' b. Jan. 24. ]74(;i m. Capl. Oliver Clapp (No. IIG), 
of Walpnle. They hud live diildren. 

410. Jacoii,* (i. Mim li ;5U, 17 19 ; d. in lH;i2. He m. Hannah Fairbanks, 
and settled in Walpole. Children: 

417. Siisiiiinn^ b. Aug. 30, 177.J ; m. Seth Smith, of Strong, Mo. 

41H. Jmiil)^ b. Dec, 1 Ci, 1779; lived in Walpole; utimarried, 

4lil. anUit: b. .luly 2;», 1782. 

4211. Harvti/,^ li. March 4, 17M(»; d. .Inly, li^ !"• He was poRtmasfer 
of Waipiilc, ill which place he kept a large pid)lic house ; he 
was once a Uepre»ciilHtivc to the General Court, and was a 
nian of enterprise and great respectability. He m. N.'d)by 
IN.llrvs. Children: [, Kilmnnd ir.," b. Jan. 1.5. IHII ; car- 
ried on the public house formerly kojit by his father, and 
was also postmaster for many years. He was afterwards a 
successful inerelinnt in Boston. He ni. in 18.37, Achsah B. 
Hawes, of Wtdpole, aud a daughter Al/ba Frances* b. 


May 29, 1837. H, Hanry Erasitus? b. May 14, 1814; d. 
iu 1863. He gnidiiiittid at Harvard College iu 18.'J7, tliea 
studied uiediciiie, and setfled and practiswili is profession in 
Wreiitliam. He m. in 1H4II, Priscilla U. Crocker, of Charlea- 
town, and Iiad a son. Hi. Ablry P.,*h. March 7, 1817 ; m. ia 
1831), Siimuel W. Hacoti, of "Watpoie. \y,Samud G.,» bb 
JuDe 21), 1821 ; d. Marcli IG, 1870; a successful inerchantin 
Boaton ; ni. Betsey Babbitt, of Walpole, formerly of Braiu- 
tree. w, Frances £.,* h. June 12, 1827. wl, Ariffdine W.* 
h. Oct. 12, 1829. 
421. Zreip/s,' b. Se[)t. 7, 1789 ; m. Lydia Gould, of Maine. 
422. IcHABOD,'' b. Feb. 21, 1750; d. in 1832; m. Susanaa Doggettand 
lived iu Wtdpolc. Children: 

423. Nancy^ b. March 13, 1783; unmarried. 

424. Metcalf^ h. Marcli 4, 178R. He was a captain ; m. and had a 

child, Ebenezer Doggeti,* b. March 11, 1813, who in. Julia A. 
iiawea, of Walpole, and had one son, Edmund Metcalf? 


JAMES* (T7/onjffs,* llromas* Thomas* Ti^oma*'), son of Thomas 
and wife Hannah Clapp, and brother of the preceding, was bora 
in Dcdliain between the years 1716 and 1723, and lived in Walpole 
from its incorporation in 1T24. Wife Rachel. 

Children of James and wife Rachel Clapp, of Walpole : ■ 

425. James,* b. Oct. 9, 1746 ; d. young. 

42G. Eachkl,^ b. Aug. 19, 1748 ; m. Mr. Copp, and had one son and 

four daughters. M 

427. Jamks,* b. -Jan. 12, 1749; m. Hannah Boyden. He d. very end- 1 

denly while taking his dinner, in Boston, being there on business 

at the time. Childriin : 

428. Esther,^ b. March 13, 1772. 

429. HamuUi;' h. Feb. 21, 1775; m. Mr. Boyden. 

430. EUzahfOi'' b. May 5, 1777 ; d. young ; found dead in bed 

431. Jiitnex^ b. Feb. 8, 1779 ; was a farmer in Dedham; he d. sud- 
deidy of cramj). He m. and had issue. 


432. Jolm^ b. Jan. 1, 1783; d, July 27, 1811. Wiilpole records eay 

he was L. Dec. 31, 1780. lie m. July 14, 1811, Mary Crane, 
in Boston. lie was killed by a cart in Boston, when he was 
28 years of age, just thirteen days after his marriage. Hia 
widow m. George Jackson, of lioston. ■ 

433. Jahfz^ h. April 12, 1784 ; was a cooper by trade; he m. andV 

settled in Portland, Me. Children : i, Jo/tn,^ went to tha 
Sandwich Islands. IhJuiiiesJ' settled in Portland, Me. iil, 
Edward,^ h. about 1H15; settled in Boston us a coppersmith. 
If, Charlotte,^ m. Augustus llobinson, of Portland, Me. T« 

434. Sarah,* b. Jan. 2, 1752 ; m. Benjamin Billings, of Sharon. 

435. Ltdia,* b. Oct. 5, 1753 ; m. James WiUiams, of Mansfield. 




TIMOTHY' {Thomas,* Thomas,'' Tlioinos,' TV^om/?/), yonnfrest son 
of Thoma.'S and wife Hannah Clapp, was born Dec. 24, 1733. He 
married Rhoda Wittierctl and settled in Sharon, Mass., where he has 
descendants still livin<». He died in 1 811. 

Children of Timothy and Rhoda (Wilhcrell) Clapp, of Sharon: 

436. Thomas,' b. in 1764; d. June 30, 1851 ; m. first, ; second, 

March 27, 1845, Aurelia Allen, being then 81 years of age, and 
his wife 29 years. In 1847, there was a case brought before the 
Court at Dedham on his account. After his marriage with his 
second wife, he was put under guardiunship at the request of 
one or more of his sons ; this case was au appeal to a higher court 
to have it talven otf, and the old gentleman got the case. He 
had two children in his old age by his second wife. Children by 
first wife : 

437. Olive,'' m. Mr. Smith. 

438. Rtuben,^ xa 

439. Nathaniel,'' m 

18, 1846, aged 77 
De<lham, who was b. 

years : m. 
March fi, 

440. Samuel," b. Nov. tt, 17G9 ; d. Feb. 
Oct. 18, 179.i. Abigail Paul, of 

1777, and d. Dec 23, 186'J, aged 92 years, 9 mos. 15 days, 
lived in Sharon. Children : 

441. Reuben^ b. Oct. 24, 1796 ; d. in Sharon, in the house where he 

was horn, Nov. 20, 1874 ; m. first. Luc>' Johnson ; second, May 
8, IS.'iS, Hepsey, wid. of Otis Hartshorn, of|M)le, d. Nov. 
6, 1874. CMidreu : i. Reuben J.,* b. Sept. 11, 1821 ; died 
unm. ii. Lucy F.,> h. July 6, 1823. 111. A'rf«on," b. May 1 0. 
1826 ; m. Amanda Hixon, of Sharon. IT. Eh'ira,^ b. April 
16, 1827 ; d. yoTing. T. Horace W.* b. July 12, 1829. ?i. 
Harvey Z.,' b. June 3, 1831 ; dead. tII, Charles W.,* b. Feb. 
1, 1833 ; m. Susan Emerson, of Boston. 

442. SamwJ,'' b. April 2i), 1799; West India goods dealer in the 

south part of IJostou ; now lives in Foxlniro'. lie ni. Hantiuli 
Holmes, b. Ma]-ch, 17'JW. Children: I. Samuel II,' lived in 
L.ifayolte, N. .1. ; now living in New York ; m. first, Harriet 
<jtlni(n-e; second, Adel.-iide lioyden, both of South Walpole. 
Had children by each wife. 

443. Isaac P.^ b. Sept. 1, 1800 ; was a merchant tailor in Boston, 

and a very steady and respectable man ; aft«rward8 removed 
to Topsfield. He m. June 1, 1835, Harriet Moore, of Sterling. 
Children: i, Harriet J.* b. in 1835. ii. Isaac Henry* b. in 
1839. \\U Helen,' dead. \\ , Edward Francis," h. in 1842; 
died young. F, Granville IF.,' lives in Danvers. vl. Charles' 
dead. Vlli Frederic? Till. Ferdinand.' \\. Clarence* 

444. Abigail^ b. June 14, 1802; m. first, Willard Gould; second, 

Dca. Ebenezer Gay. She lived in Sharon, and haa three 

445. Betsey^ b. Oct. 21, 1804 ; m. Samuel Monk, of Stoughtoii, and 

lives in Salem, Mass. No children. 

446. Horace,'' b. April 12, 1809; settled in Oiarlotte, Me. ; after- 

wards, in 1857, in Ashland, Mass. He d. Nov. 21, 1874, and 



his liodj was carried to Sharon and placed beside lliat of hia 
brollier lii'uben, find a double funeral Bcn'ice was held Nov, 
28, 1S7 4. Both wore buried in the cemetery near tlie home 
of their childhood. He in. first, Sarah Fisher. Children by 
first Wife: UEhinnS." M, Jidgar If.' Ui. Laura 0.' He 
m. secxind, Emily Fisher. 

447, Luther^ b. Sept. 9. 1812. lie m. Keziah Esty; both dead. 
A son Frank L.* m. Kate I. Porter, of Stoughton. 

448. Warrtn^ b. Sept. 28, 1815; d- Jau. 12, l8o<); hem. Sarah 

A. Hrown, and lived first in Sharon, afterwards in Boston. 
Children \ \, Mary A.,^ d. in 18R0. il. SaraA M.,' wns adopt- 
ed by her aunt, Emily J. Tilden ; her name wus changed to 
Elzina W. Tildeii, and she m. Geo. F. Gay. of Nonvich, Ct. 

449. Albert,'' b. Dec. 18, 1816 ; m. Jtily 1 1, 1847, Emily L. EinerBon, 

who was b. in Rockingham, Vt., Juno 12, 182.'H; they Jive in 
Boston. Children: I, John A.,' h. Sept. 7, 1848; lives iu 
Hutchinson, Kansas. If, Emily E.,^ b. Jan. 23, 1854. Ill, 
Nellie a;,* b. March 4, 1859. 

450. Emihj ,/.,' b. March 14, 1818; m. Nov. 8, 1842, Wm. M. 

Tilden, of E. Marshfield. He is a descendant of Peregrine 
Whitje. They had uo children, and adopted a dau. of her 
brother Warren. 

451, Elhridge: h. Aug. It, 1820; m. Sept. 5, 1849, Martha Hewins, 

h. in Siiaron, April 14, 1819. He is a merchant, and a 
Deacon of the Congregational Church in Quiucy, Mass.; was 
at the Family Gathering in Nortliam]Hou, and was one of 
the committee of ai-nmgements for the sccoikI meeting; took 
an active part in all that related to these pleasant occasions. 
Childreu: t. (ieorqimia B.,' b. Aug. 19, 1850; d. Sept. 19, 
18uU. 1). AMie k /".,« b. Sept. 13, 1851 ; m. Oct. 21, 1873, 
Wm. H. Mitchell, of Quincy. ifl. Herbert A'.,' b. Dec, 1, 
1853. Iv, George W.,' h. Oct 24, 1855. y, Helen P.,« b. 
Oct. 24, 18G0; d. Aug. 5, 1861. 

452, George,^ h. July 6, 1824; livef? in Auburn, Cal. ; m. Jan. 22, 

1852, Sarah Welts, who was b. in Lafayette, Ind., Dec. 2, 
1830, and d. May 28, 1860. Children: {.Elhridge,* b. in 
Nevada, Cal., July 8, 1854. 11. Frances Ahigail,")!. in Auburn, 
Cal., Feb. 1 1, 1857 ; d. in Su Joseph, Mo., March 4, 1869. 
Two children of Samuel' and Abigail d. in infancy. 

453. Rkuben,* never married ; he d. when ;ihout 21 years of age. 

454. Hei'ZIBAH,' m. Liffee Smith, of Walpole, and had five children. 

105 — 

JOSHUA" {Jofhtin* Jos/iuaJ' Thomm,' Thomas^), eldest son of 
Joshna arwl Aljijj;ail (IJullard) Ciapp, was burn Sept. 7,1729. Uo 
married. Margaret Guild and settled in Walpole. 

Children of Joshua and Margaret (Guild) Clapp, of Walpole: 

455. MAttGAiiET,* b. June 12, 1750 ; m. Benjamin Petty. 
-f-456. Joshua,* b. March 11, 1753. 

457. Aaron,* b. Feb. 5, 1755; lived in Walpole ; m. first, Lois Holmes ; 
m, second, Abigail Whitman, Children by 1st wife: 



458. Harmon^ b. De«. 31, 1774; «L at cea wbeo sbovt 21 yean old. 

469. /"/iwy,' b. Aog, 5, 1776 j d. Slarcb, 1846. He ira» a respecta- 
ble, ilidu»tnou* mao, and for many years carried on the 
tntckisg bunoew ia Beaton. Ue m. Esther Billings, of 
Bharon, wbo d. May, 1858. Children : I. Bradith R^* b. va 
\Wr£; fl. Aug. \H, 1872; m. Miaa Hough. Was the latter 
part of hiji life AMi«taut Saperinteodeot of BoBtoo Inatitn- 
tionn at I>ei-.r InIantL ii. O$bom,* Bettled iu Riu Grande, 
8outh America, and m. a Portuguese lady. ill. Curlit* fol- 
lowed the «ea; m. June 24, 1841, Eliza Ana Stevens- IVi 
fjeorije Mf/rey,* b. about 1813 ; d. June 7, 1854 ; m. Aug. 25, 
184G, Mary E. Doak. 

460. Aaron^ b. in 1778 : d. Aug. 1834, aged 56 years. He settled 
as a tncrciiant iu nallimore, Md. He m. first. Miss Clark ; 
(H!<',ond, .Mi** Hyde. Cliildren : i. Martha* m. Mr. Stone, iu 

Ilttlliinore. \\, Georgr* ra in lialtimore. \\\, Sarah* 

m. G«ortf« Ilyde, of Charlestown, Mass. 

4C1. Zotf,' m. John Smith, of Boston. 

Children of Aaron* by 2d wife : 

462. Churleit^ d. at sea when about 20 years old. 

463. Alnijnil^ m. John Pitman, of Boston. 

464. Francit W.,' was a pump- and l)lock-makcr by trade, and d. of 

the yellow fuvur the IumI time it prevaile<l in Boston, previ- 
ous (o 18-13. He ni. first, Susan W. Vose, in Boston, March 
17, 1818. Tliey had one child, Susan* who m. some one in 
MUtou. Ue m. second, June 3, 1825, Rebecca Dobel, of 

465. Gvttryfi,'' probably Iho Gc^rgo II. who m. June 18, 1818, Mary 

Heoiis, of Weston, anil who was a sail-muker in Choilestowa, 

and worked in the Navy Yard. 
466. O1.TVK,' b. Fob. 22, 1757; m. John Boyden. 
407. Em-iiAz," b. Sept. 3, 1760 ; lived in Walpolo and m. Miss Boyden. 

Children : 

468. Nancy,^ b. March 6, 1783; m. a Mr. Jackson, of Walpole or 


469. KIcarinr,'' h. Aug. 16, 1784; m. Josiah Hall, of Walpole. 

470. Lyilia,'' b. Ang. 3, 178(5 ; m. Isaac Davis, of Maine. 

471. Kliphaz,'' b. May 4, 1788; in. Hannah Jones, and lived in 

UusUiiry and Milton. Children: i. Tjewis J.,' a cabinet- 
inukiT in Miitiin ; m. July, 1817, Almira .lones, of Wayland. 

II. Gronj>> W.* li, nlioul 1821 ; a Imrneas-makcr in Milton. 

III, I'^/irin M.' II. culiiiii'l-in.'jker in Milton ; m. 2<1 wift-, June 
iMi, 1 «(')(■), UoKiiHii II. Weld, juid rcuKvvwl to Jamaica Plain. 
lliH widowed uiothor was living with him in 1874. 

472. PrudfixW b. May 25, 178Sli married Harmon Ruggles, of 


473. Comfort,^ U. March 12, 1793; married Harmou Marshall, of 


474. Urmf/aiff',' b. May '.), 179C. 

475. Asa." b. March 26, 1763. Lived in New Marlboro', N. H.; m. 
Esther Allen and had one son : 
476. AUen^ who was living in Roxbury in 1843. 



477. Thokas/ b. May 19, 1766 j m. Nancy Boyden, and lived in Wal- 
pole. Children : 
478. Catharine,^ h. May 29, 1801. 
47». Thomas^ b. Nov. 28, 1805. 

480. OUIs,' b. Marcli 14, 1816; m. Abigail SciuWer. Children: i. 
Ahby J««,» b. Aug. 4, 1840. ii. Henry S.* b. Sept, 7, 1842. 
481. Olivkr,' b. Sept. C, 1768; livwl in Walpole; m. Patience Copp. 
Children : 

482. Sophy,^ b. Sept. 27, 1790. 

483. OUis,^h. Dec. 21, 1792. 

484. Oliver,^ b. July 1, 1796. 

106 — 

EBENEZER' {Joshua* Joshua* Thomas* Thomas'), second son 
of Deacon Josliua and Abigail (Bullard) Clapp, was born Nov. 17, 
1731. Hg wa3 a Colonul and probably a Lieut.-Colonel in the 
Revolutionary War. He settled in Walpole, and married, first, 

Mari^ret , who died Jan. 30, 1775, agod 41. lie married, 

second, Hepzibali ........ who died Feb. 11, 1827, aged 92 years. 

He died Oct. 20, 1817. 

Children of Ebenezer and wife Margaret Clapp, of Walpole: 

485. Ebenkzer,' b. July 20, 1755; m. Elizabeth Bullard. Children: 
48C, Jarvif^ b. Dec 27, 1781); formerly lived in Boston, and m. 
there Nov. 25, 1824, Mary F. Copeland. He is now dead, 
and a son Charles GJ d. in California, Oct. 5, 1860, aged <34. 

487. Edward.' 

488. mphalet? 

489. Clary,' a dau., b. July 1, 1793. 

490. S^wnli: 

491. David," b. Nov. 30, 1757. 

492. Thaddeus,' b. Aug. 29, 1759; d. about 1840. He ni. Polly 
Billings, of Manstield. Children : 

493. Bradisli^ b. Jan. 25, 1784; m. Julia Smith, nud lived in 
Walpole. No issue. 

494. Ctirtis'' b. Sept. 4, 1795 ; probably not marriod. 

495. iiY/iV b. Feb. 25, 1800; m. Adeline Kingsbury. Children: 
i. Mary A.* b. M:iy 20, 1824; m. Sept. 15, 1870, James 
A. Dupw, of IJoston- ii. Maryarel,* b. Dec. 19, 1837. 

49C. Daniel,^ b. July 7, 17G2; he was a captain. He ni. Viae Blake, 
who was buried May 7, 1852. Children : 

497. Majfnard,' b. April G, 1794 ; ni. Olive Turner, who on his de- 
cease m. Hon. Joseph Hawes. Children: i, Josephine Aman- 
da/ It, Afnynard Harrison,* 

498. Amanda,' d. Jun. 28, 1859; lived in Walpole, unmarried. 


ELTPITALET' (Joshua* Joshua,^ Thomiu* Thomas'), third son of 
Joshua and Abijrail (IJulliird) Clapp, wa.s born in Walpole, where 
his life was spent, March G, 1736. Wife Hannah. 



Children of Ei.ii'Ualrt and wife Hanxah Clapp, of Walpole: 

4m. HcLi.ixns,* b. Aug. 13, 1750; li. unmarried 
6W. Ki-ii'MAi,BT,*b. Dec 23, 1760; lived iu Walpole. He m- Irene 
Hiillttrd. Cliil'lreri : 
.'JO I. //«rr/c/,' b. Dec. 3, 1799. 

OOZ. C'/itirUi,'' U. Aug. 8, 180.3; m. Sarah Children: i. 

/•«/!,»/ /?.,* b, Nov. 2, 1H33; II. C»ar/«< IT.,' b. Oct- 28, 1835. 
503, Mu/iM ii.^ b. Feb. 22, 1810. 
604. LtrcT,* b. Nov. 30. 1762; m. Mr. Boyden. 

C05, DKHtAtl," b. Dec. 31, 1764; d. about 1799; m Wise, who 

d. Doc 1820. Per!iaj)s removed to Mitldlt-boro'. He wm cast 
away and lost Liit life on Seguin Ledge, off Kennebec River. 
C'hir<!ren : 
flO«. imingn,^ b. Oct. 21, 1790; d. Feb. 21, 1873, at Enfield, Me. 
lie wnii u Motliodikt mini>iteriu Eddiiigton, Me. He m. KrBt, 
.liin. (1, 1817, Sunuii Shcfl, who d. .Jan. 18, 1817; m. second, 
March 19, 1X18, Kmily Whitney, who was bom in Harvard, 
MnxM., Jan. 2.'!, 1797, and d. Nov. G, 1861 ; m. thinl, Nov. 2, 
18()3. Alr.i, Loriiiiliii M. liuHRcll, who was b. in Boxforfl, Mass., 
Ffb. 21,1 810, Chihlrtin by second wife : I. Emily W.,' b. Aug. 
5, 1819; .1, ()(-t. C, 1820. ii. Kmily W.,* b. Nov. 14, 1820 ; 
.1. .luiio 27, 1869. lii, I^n W.* bom Sept. 3, 1823 ; is a ear- 
in iit<i- and contractor ; he built ten stores in the burnt district 
of Uimtou in IH7.'{ ; he tn. first, .Sept. 3, 1848, Mary A. Lewis, 
of r.jrtluiid, who was b. Sept. C, 1827. and d. Dec 16, 1867, 
null hiul Wi//iiiin /l.," b. .Juno .'», 1849, and AVwirrf iV.,* b. 
Juno 12, 18.'il ; ho m. second, Oct. 1, 1-868, Nanoy E. Far- 
mer, of Kxetor, Mo., who was b. Jan. 6, 1830, and had 
ffrftryrt jr.," b. Oct. 24, 1870, Eva Jf.,' b. Jan. 3, 1872, d. 
8ept. 7, 1872, and f^tn /*.,» b. Jan. 3, 1874. Iv. Susan &,* 
h. Juno 1 1, 1826 : m. June 29, 1851, William Edgecomb, of 
Mttinw. \ , Nitlhanid /i,« b. Oct. 21, 1827; m. .Sept. 13, 
18.'».'i, Lnuni ,1. Ninvcomb; ho is a rarpentcr in Boston. Vl. 
JMimfn* b. F<>h. 16, 1829; in. Juno 14, 1861. Mary E. 
MosKiir, luid litis throo <:hildren. WlUtain* Charles* anil Ella;* 
bo is now livinjj in liostnti. viit Anne Ji.,' b. Dec. 5, 18.30; 
nt. June 6, 18.'t2, Huskrt Severance. Vlii. Sarali A.,' b. 
July 8, 1832; unmarried. Ix, Mart/ E.,* Iwirn March I, 
1834 i ni. Aug. 23, 18.>7, Diiniel T. Knight, of Boston. X, 
Imwsuu »'..» b. Nov. 11, 1835; d. July 30. 1842. xl. Lt/dia 
JC.,* b. March 9, 1837 ; m. Jan. 6, 1861, Orriu Harnden. of 
Me. x\l, C/uirles T. E.,' h. April 2.3, 1841. \ill. I^iura 
J.,* b. Miiy 24. 1842 : m. Nov. 21. 1872. Mr. Kelly of Boston, 
rhildren of Billings' bv thinl wife : xIt. Lena Z..,' b. Feb. 
21. 1865. X\ . Joseph' L.» h. M:iv 6, 1867. XVl. Lucy ir.,' 
b. April 8. 1869. XvH. .S^ihimW W.,' b. Oct. 28, 1871, 
407. JWtHry,' ui. Mr. Eddy, of Eddinglou, Me. 
fi08. /kriuh,^ m. Sylvia E<ldy. and lives in t^ldington. Me. 
fiOO. Skwali..' b, Jan.' 16, 1768'; m. Fanny Partridge. 
A 10. Maut.* b. Sept. 6. 17C9. 
All. Antaxii.,* b. Jan. 25, 1776; m. first, Mr. Boyden; aeoond. Mr. 

dl2. IUnnau,* 01. Mr. Hanluig, and tuored vnai. 




SAMUEL' {Sdmnd,* Samuel,' Thomas,^ TAomas'), eldest son of 
Samuel and Maiy Clapp, of Norton, was born Aug. IG, 1745. He 
lived iu Norton, and married Lydia, daughter of Samuel Wilds, 
of that place. He died July 28, 1773, aged 28 ^-ears. After his 
decease, she married; second, Jacob Shepard, of Norton, and had 

Children of Samtjel and Lydia (Wilds) Clapp, of Norton: 

+513. Samuel,* b. May 17, 1769. 

514. Oliver,* b. March 22. 1771; m. LuciucLi, Lincolu, who was b. 
Oct. 8, 177G, and setlleit in Petersham. Cbililren : 

515. Oliver,'' b. Sept. 11, 171)5 ; d. March 21, 18?;^. He m. Fidelia 
S. Geer, b. Apr. 11, 179t>. Chihirt-u : i, Arert/ L.,^ b. June 6, 
182-1 ; moved to Younifsboro', Ala. ; ui. Ellen lioiighlon ; four 
chiblr«;ii. il. Alfred iV.,» b. June 24, 182H ; d. Ft:b. 16, 1865 ; 
m. Harriet Cowau, and left two children; resided IG years 
in Moiitgoinery, Ala., and d. there, iiii Charlotte /,.,' b. 
Slarch 4, lf<JjO; ui. Charles M. Pierce; resides in Morris, 
111., and has (ive children. Iv. Charles G.,Mj. Jan. 12, 1834; 
settled in Norton ; m. Jane G. Capen, and has four children. 
V, JIarriel A.,* b. Aug. 27, 1838 ; lives in Aurora, III,, unm. 
y\, Lucy H.,'^ h. Dtic,2<^, 1840; in Manstield, 187:1, num. 
tII. J, Hmry,^ b. Oct. 30, 1845 ; iu Mansfield, 1873, uum. 

51 C. Ahmson^ b. Sept. 6, 17!)7; removed to Michigan. 

517. George^ h. July 22, 1799; m. and lived iu Graflon, Mass. ; 
liad a daughter A. J/.,* who m. Wm. H. Alden, and iu 1870 
lived in Ctica, La Salle Co., III. 

518. Lucinda^ b. March 14. 1802; m. Geo. Bosworth, of Petersham. 

519. Louisa,'' b. March 20, 1804; m. Timothy Smith; is now dead. 

520. ArckilMtld,'' h. Dec. 12, 1807; d. young. 

521. JSiios Z.,' b. Nov, 21, 181 1 ; d, about 1870 ; he ra. a Stockwell. 

522. Sal/fj A.,'' h. Dec. 14, 1813 ; d. young. 

523. Sara/i, A.,'' b. Sept. 19, 1H19 ; d. young. 

524. Shepard^W.,'' b. May 20, 1824. 
525. IcHABOD,' b. in 177il ; m. iu 1802, Betsey Smith, who was b. in 

Middleljoro' in 1777, aud d. March, 1845; they settled in New 
Bedford. Children : 

526. Adeline A,' b. in 1804; lives in New Bedford, unmarried. 

527. J^liza <S.,' b. 1809 ; m. in 1829, Dennis Wood, who was b. in 
Little Complon, 11. I., in 1804. They settled iu New 

528. J%/.,'b. in 1812; m. April 11, 1871, Daniel Pettee, of 
Sharon, who was b. in 180.5. 

529. Charles S.,'' b. in 1817 ; lived in New Bedford, unmarried. 
630. John S.,'' b. in 1820; m. Abby L. Pope iu 1866, and lives in 

Acushnet; has a daughter Jeaiinie M.^ 




NOAH' (Samwl* Samuel,' Thomas,* Thomas^), second son of 
Samuel and Mar}' Clapp, uf Norton, was born about 1747. He was 
a Deacon of tho Baptist cliurcli in Norton. He married Olive 
Shepard, who died in 1845, aged nearly 91 years. He died Nov. 
10, 1820, aged 73 years. 

Children of Noah and Olive (Shepard) Clapp, of Norton: 

531. Mary (or Polly).' b. May 14, 1777; d. May, 1833. unnmrried. 

532. Salmon," b. Jiin. 17, 1780; d. Oct. 1838. He lived in Braintree, 
anil nil. Eleanor Newcomh. Children : 

533. Salmon SA^-pard,'' b. April 13, 1808 ; d. May 29, 1832, unm. 

534. Georgey' b. June 18, 1809; in. Jan. 25, 1831, Betsey Adams, 
and lived first in Quincy, then in Dorchester. Children : |. 
Ann Maria,* m. Frederic Ballon, May 4, 1871. ii. George 
S.,* m. Fannie W. Wild, Nov. 25, 1857. iii, Josephine,* m. 
James F. Lincoln, Oct. 28, 1858; they live in Neponset. 
I?. Bessie A.,* m. Lyman Gates, Oct. 25, 1860. T, Jfen- 
ri£tt.a,» m. Daniel Wight, Oct. 27, 18G3. Tl, L. Russell.' 
Til. LnJira L* Vlil. Marion." \\, Hmma,* 

535. Charles,' b. Jan. 28, 181 1 ; d. unm. February, 1849. Grad- 
uated at the head of his class, from Amherst, in 1832, and 
was afterwards employed as tutor in the college. He once 
kejit a private school in Dorchester, and subsequently in Ply- 
mouth; afterwards he edited a newspaper in Quincy. Also 
studied law. and practised in Illinois. 

536. Con/e«^' b. June 18, 1813 ; ra. in 1833, Lysandor Richards, 
of Coraington, Mass., and had seven children, all but one of 
whom are now living. Hon. Lysander Richards served his 
town atid district in l>oih branches of the Mass. Legislature, 
ami d. in Havana, Cului, in 1852, where he had gone for his 

537. Eleanor,^ b. Feb. 27, 1816; unm. in 1870. 

638. 2fou}i,^ b. Sept. 26, 1820; m. L<3ui8a R. Stickney, of Andover, 
Alass., and settled in Wilmington. Sijf daughters. 

639. Sarah Olive: b. July 3, 1823; m. in 1847, John S. Lyons, 
son of Dr. Joel Lyons, of Gill, Mass.;; they live on Pleasant 
Street, Dorchester, in a house built by Seth Ctupp, a descen- 
dant of Nicholas, in 1804. It occupied for many 
years by .lohn Auiory, Esq., and stands on a portion of the 
land owned by David Clajiji (great-grandson of Nicholas and 
father of Soth). which embraced a considerable jwrfion of 
what was known as Jones's hill. Mr. Lyons is a stone con- 
tractor, doing business in Boston. They have six sons and 
one daughter. 

540. Peler^ b. March 12, 1825 ; moved to California about 1850; 
not m. in 1870. 
541. Elias,* b. Jan. 18, 1782; d. May 12, 1865. Removed to Green- 
bush, N. Y., where he resided awhile ; from thence he removed 
to Albany, N. Y. He m. Barsiua Wilbur. Children : 

542. Noah: m. and had live children. 

543. Elisa Ann,'' m. and had live children. 



544. Content,' b. Nov. 1 1, 1785 ; d. May 25, 1835, unmarried. 

645. Ai»OLLOd," h. Feb. 27, 1787 ; d. Oct. 8, 1840. He lived in Dor- 
chester aud was a carpenter by trade; an euterprising and 
iugeiiious workmau. and an honest man. lie wsis a Colonel in 
the Ma-ssutluisotts Militia. He lived iu Neponset Village, and 
m. IIiiiHiah, flan, of Isaac Howe, of Dorchester, who d. April 
12, I8o4. Cliildren: 

546. Sarii/i Ihmiuih,'' h. in 1819; m. Daniel Ilayward, of Braiutree, 

and had four children. 

547. Mitrtj Elizabiih^ b. iu 182G ; tu. Thomas J. Fitch, of New 

Hampishire, and had two children. 

548. Charles Shepard^ b. in \S'M. 

549. Sauah (or Sally)," b. Aug. 17, 1789 ; m. Elijah Spare, of Canton, 

Mass. ; had eleven children, of whom three were alive in 1875 ; 
d. Dec. 14, 18G.3. 

550. Reukl,' b. April 4, 1792; d. Jan. 1849; rennoved to Greenbusli, 

N. Y. He m. three tinw^, his first two wives being of Dutch 
descent and sisters. Children : 

551. Oliver^ m. and has a sou. 

552. Shepurd,'' d. iu 1842, not married. 
653. Sarah^ in. and has children. 

Reuel' had two children by his third wife. 
554. Nancy, • b. Feb. !l, 179(5; m. Thomas ^VUliams, of Easton, Mass., 
and d. Oct. 3, 1868 ; had one sou. 


DAA^ID' [Jomrthon* Somite!,' Tfiomas' T7/omaj'), son of Jonathan 
and ..... (Hewes) Clapp, was born iu Norton, Aug. 30, 1744, and 
died Sept. 5, 182,^, aged 79. When 15 years of age, he served in 
tlie old French War and went to Canada. A powder-horn, inge- 
niously and laboriously figured by himself, he brought Lome, and it 
has been preserved in his son George's family. On August 18, 1767 
(aged 23), he married Miss Hannah King, who was born Sept. 22, 
1748, and settled on the homestead. In August, 1778, he took a 
part in Gen. Sullivan's army, in the expedition against Newport, 
having a Lieutenant's commission. After the close of the war, ho 
was Captain of the Militia of Norton, and his commisslbn bore the 
signature of .Tolui Hancock. He represented the town in the State 
Legislature three different sessions, viz.: in 1794, 1799 and 1800. 
Was on the Board of Selectmen in 1792, '93, '94 and '95. His chief 
business was funning, in some of its departments. He kcftt many 
sheep, and the preparation of wool, with spinning, was an im- 
portant industry in his well-managed hoasehold, fi.\ing in industrious 
habits his si.\ happy daughters. In person, David Cla|>p was tall, 
rather slender, with brown hair and blue or gray eyes. He ia 
spoken of as having been an active, ijidustrious, kind-hearted man. 
His sou John in person represented him the nearest. Most, if not 
all, of his daughters possessed strong wills, and marked, honest 
characters, witb but very little sentiment, though possessed of kind 



and sjrapatliizing hearts. Mr. Clapp died of old ajre, accompanied 
with phthisis, and was buritid in the old l)uryiiif;:-}»TOiii)d of (he town. 
His widow lived till March 18, 1839, dying at 91. She was of me- 
dium size, light compliyLion, with a very expressive gray eye. 
Children of David and Hannah (King) Clapp: 

555, Jonathan," b, abont 1772, and moved, ratlier late in life, to 
Hampton, Conn.; by trade a tin-plate worker. He m. first. 
Miss Wood, of Norton, who d. of consumption ; second, almut 
1833. Temperance White. He d. rising 90 years of age. Chil- 
dren by first wife: 
55C. Jamea,'' m. first, Orilla Fields ; they lived at Dead River, Me-; 
he m. second, Miss Green. Children by first wife: it Alvin* 

lives in Elkhorn, Wis. ; m Viles and has one son and 

three daughters. H. Lovica C.,' m. Eliiiu Leach, of Trovi- 
denee, R. I., and has six children. iii. Clarinda Marilda* 
m. Joiiatban W. Pratt, of Providence, and has three children. 
IVi Natltanhl* m. Kmeline Hooper of Anson, Me., and has 
one son, Nalhamel /'.," living in Boston in 1874. T. WiUiam* 
m. Adeline Simmons, of Taunton, an<l has five children, vl^ 
Jfmri/,' m. Labrina A. Taylor, and lives in Concord, N. IL 

Child by second wife : rfli ^i,' m Lane. 

657. Silas.'' 561. Jiebecca.'' 

558. Artemas.'' 562. Hannah^ 

559. Jiurfiatn,'' d. young. 563. David.'' 

560. Efgie.'' 

564. DelitjhU^ b. in 1802; m. first. Feb. 6, 1820, Timothy Lincoln; 
second, April 11, 1830, Orin Hewitt, and had one child by 
first husband and six by second. 

565. Fanny.' . 566. Emeline? 

Children of Jonathan* by second wife : 

567. CordanaJ 569. Charles? 

568. Davtd: 

570. Sakau," b. about 1774; m. .Tames Godfrey, of Norton, and d. at a 
great age, leaving a sou N.-ihum in Oldtown, Me. 

571. GlcORGE, served some time at tbepaiuting business in Dorchester, 
but soon took the homestead in Norton off of his brother John's 
ha^ds, and m. Esther Lincoln, of Taunton, Mass. Aliout 1843, 
he sold the old homestead and removed to Providence, R. I^ 
where for a short time he kept a store, but soon returned to 
Bristol Co., and took up his abode iu Taunton. He d. in Eastoo, 
at rather an advanced age. Children : 

572. George.'' 

673. Thomas,'' m, ia Winchendon; he and his sister Betsey d. in 
June, 1849, of consumption, and wete both buried the same 

674. Enttis? probably d. young. 

675. Pern? 576. Band? 577. Silas? 

578. LutHtiia? m. a Mr. Burt, now dead ; lives in Easton. 

579. ift'/ji(y.' d. June, 1849. 580. //nHiinA.^ 
581. Hannah,' m. Dr. S. Bates, of Norton ; d- March 30, 1850, at an 

advanced age. 



582. Maroarkt,* m. Mr. Fields, of Mansfield; d. about 1840. 

583. TiLEY," m. Dr. Nathau Perry, of North Bridgewnter ; d. about 

1835, of coDsumption. Three of her cliiidren d. of the same 
disease; one only lives WilliaiM l\Try, of Brockton, Mass. 

584. Betsey,* h. Sept. 17, 1781; m. Calvin Lothro]i, of Boston, a 

carjieiiter (Oth generation from Mark Lothroj), the emigrant, of 
Bri(lgewater), and took up her re*iidence in Boston, on the 
" Neck," so-called, near by the present loeation of the Cathe- 
dral. She and her sister Phebe were married at the same lime, 
in Ma}', either in 1805 or '06. The bridej^frooras were cousins. 
Mr«. Lothrop snhseqneutly resided in Brnokline, Newton and 
Brishton; again in Boston, also at West Iloxbury, anci finally 
at West Medford. She had sis children, three only of whom 
are now livinsj. At 72 years of acre, she had become totally 
blind from cataract of both eyes. Under the influotiee of ether, 
a painless operation wiis performed, which resulted successfully 
ufiou one eye. After this, she lived eighteen years vfith her son, 
David W. Lothrop, in West Medford, and d. suddenly, after an 
illness of a tew days, on the 7th of September, 1871, lacking ten 
days of 90 years. Her remains lie beside those of her daughter 
Eliza, in Oak Grove Ccmeterj', Medford, and are indicated by a 
stone. Mrs. Lothrop was above the medium size, having brown 
hair, and the gray eye of her mother. In phrenological language, 
her head was very large and high, and !ier feelings strong. On 
matters withiu her own province, her oj>inions were decided, and 
she possessed niucli moral courage for their <lefenee. Her will, 
or firmness, and couscienitiousness, were marked, and her be- 
nevolence and frankness were characteristics worthy of imitation, 

585. PiiKBK," m. Stiilman Cobb, of Mausiield ; d. 1872, in advanced life. 

586. Joiix," the youngest of the children, intended to keep the home- 

stead of his father, but relinquished it to his brother George, 
learned the silver-smith business and went to the city of New 
York, where he married Miss J.ackson ; thence removed to 
Philadelphia. He had his name changed to Clark by an Act of 
the Legislature. He was successlul in his business, and at middle 
age took a grtsit interest in religion, acting as missionary, and 
Bometiines preaching. He wrole some tracts and small religious 
books of the old Presbyterian character. He d. at Washington, 
D. C, aged over three-score and ten. He had four sons, only one 
of whom is now living. Henry James Clark, in 1848, took the 
degree of B.A. in the University of New York city, and the 
degree of B.S. at Harv. Univ. in 1854. Studied Biology under 
Louis Agassiz, at<d assisted him in the publication of his works. 
Delivered a course of lecttjrcs on the subject at tbo Lowell In- 
stitute, arul published a book upon the subject.* He d. at 

• The Eleventh Annnnl Repirt of the Mnss«chiisclt.<) Ayriculturat College has tlic follow- 
ing notice on theiieatli of Prof, Hcmy Junics Cliirk : " Thu pulilic ni Inrge ciiti wItL dlllU'ulty 
apprcriiitc tlic loss to the College nml to ttie world, rcsiiltinR frnin the tlealh of so mcoin- 

f>ii.-hc<) II Kcietittst in the very jirinic of life. He wiis proiiotinocil liy Profejisor Afjivssli to 
>e the most jikilful anti n-liahk- microscoiilst in ibu couutr>-, and the oviiltiice of hifi iiliility 
miiy he seiTi in tlii" ndniinilile ilhistriiiiun!< mtt<l8 liy Iiim for Asrassiz's Contril'mions to the 
Niitiiral llfstory of the Uifilrd i-tivtus. Uo Wiw iih indefiilltialile worlier, nnd eontrihuted 
numerouH articles to seieiiiitic ficri<Mlic«ls ami the transai-tions of Icamcd soeietics. The 
Sniithsmiiun Inaiiiulion has now in pri'^s n work from his pen, nnd another valuable manu- 
script nearly ready fur publicatioa will be completed by a disuiigui^hcd BL'icutUic friend." 


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1812, kid an embargo on alt the vessels within the waters of tho 
Unitoil States, and a few montiia later war was declared between 
Great Britain and tho United States, he gave government his warmest 
support; and when tlie national finances were seriously embarrassed, 
he came forward voluntarily and subscribed nearly one-half of the 
whole amount of his property to the loan to sustain the national 
credit. Hid residence, during the war, was a place of general resort 
for the oflScers of the army and navy, and the constant scene of 
generous hospitality that was not surpassed in New England. A 
corps of volunteers, composed of many of the most respectable and 
worthy citizens of Portland, was organized for t!ic protection of the 
place against the fleet, which was committing numberles3 depredations 
between the Penobscot River and Eastport, and to this company Mr. 
Clapp speedily attached himself as a common soldier. Shortly after 
tho close of the war in 1815, he engaged again in commerce, his 
vessels employed in the trade witli Europe, the East and West 
Indies, and South America. In 1816, he was appointed, by tlie 
President of the United States, one of tho commissioners to obtain 
subscriptions to the capital stock of the Bank, of the United Stales, 
to which corporation he was the largest subscriber in Maine. During 
many years he participated in the direction of various baniiing insti- 
tutions. Having been a strenuous advocate for the independence of 
Maine, he was elected one of the delegates of tfio convention wiiich 
was holdcn in October, 1819, for forming the Constitution of Maine, 
and was conspicuous for the abtc manner in which he participated m 
the debates and tlic highly responsible duties wliich devolved on 
that important primary assembly of the delegates of the people. He 
was several years a Representative from Portland in the Legislature, 
and there was not a member who was listened to with more attention, 
or whose ojiiniona upon all the various subjects that were presented 
for consideration, were raoreuniversall>' respected. When President 
Polk visited Portland in the year 1847, on learning that Mr. Clapp, 
then in tho cighty-liflh year of his age, was confined to his house by 
illness, he immediately called, in company with the lio[i. James 
Buchanan, then Secretary of State, and Commodore Stewart, to pay 
his respects to tho venerable genlleman who hud maiiifested so much 
devotion to the welfare of his country. Mr. Clap[> brielly addressed 
the IVesident, welcoming him to his residence. 

Mr. Clapp a miii<l, capacious, energetic and firm, capaldc 
of great api)lication, and wliich was cultivated by study and a conslant 
intercourse with the intelligent and the refined in all parts of the 
country. He was the kind patron of enterprising young men, and 
when satisfied of tlieir iutegrity, he never hesitaled granting them 
liberal credits, and was among tho very first of creditors to offer 
liberal terms of adjustment when ncede<l. His beneficence was expan- 
sive, and having acquired a very large fortune his means were ample 
for its gratification. So perfectly did he retain the energies of his 




mind, and that moral firmness for which he bad been prceminentl/ 
distinguished, that daily and up to lesa than an hour of his decease, 
he attended to the management of his property ; and with such a 
system had he arranged bis affairs, that at his decease there was only 
oue small demand outstanding against him, which was for the daily 
paper, for which he waa a subscriber, the year not having expired. 
As a Christian, he relied upon the promise of the Messiah for that 
life of heavenly immortality, which he believed a merciful God was 
ever ready to confer upon those who acknowledged His Divine power, 
and sought salvation with a contrite heart. On the 20th of April, 
1848, the religious ceremonies at the funeral of Mr. Clapp were 
performed at bis mansion house ; there was an immense assemblage 
of relatives, friends and fellow-citizens. The exalted estimation in 
which this excellent citizen was held by tlio whole community was 
strikingly evinced by the mournful suspension of the flags of all the 
vessels in the harbor, and on the signal siaff^ of the Oliaervatory, at 
half mast, and the vast concourse of people who thronged the streets, 
through which the large procession moved to the cemetery, where 
his remains were entombed. 

The following obituary notice of Hon. Asa Clapp is from the 
Pordaiid AJcertisir, in April, 1848: 

"The Hon. Asa Clapp died at his residence in Portland, on the 17th 
inst., in the 8Cth year of his age. He was born in Mansfield, Bristol Co., 
Massachusetts, on the loth of March, 1762. He was the eldest son of 
Abiel Clapp, Esq., a farmer of high respectability, who filled what were 
then considered very important stations in the towns of New England, the 
otfices of Magistrate, and the commander of the Military Company in that 
ancient munieipnlity. Being deprived of his parents at an early age, he 
was left entirety dependent upon his own exertions for advancement. When 
only sixteen years old, he volunteered to act as a substitute for a young man 
who was dratted as a soldier in the expedition under Gen. Sullivan for the 
expulsion of the British Army from Rhode Islam! in 1778. He was imme- 
diately appointed a non-commissioned olRcer, and remained in service until 
the dose of the c.impaign, when he went to Boston and commenced the 
adveiituriHis life of a mariner in one of the numerous private armed vessels 
which were fitted out. in all the northern ports. After several cruises, he 
entere<.l as thin! oflicer in a large Letter of Marque, commanded by Capt. 
Dunn, in which, during three years, he made numerous successful voyage*, 
and in the last returned as the first officer. He ivas in many desperate 
engagements, ami in one of which he was severely wounded. He acquired 
such distinction by the intelligence, cuter[)rise and eminent skill he had 
evinced as a nfivigator ttiut he obt-uiued cotnmund of a ship at the conclusion 
of the Revolutionary War, wlicu he but just reached the era of man- 
hood. He was at Port nu Prince in the Island of St. Domingo when the 
attsick W!is made nj>on that city by the negroes, and with Joseph Pcabody, 
Esrp, of Salem, then in the merchant service, rendered most essential aid to 
the white [)oputation, who were exposed to plunder and slaughter during 
that horrible servile convulsion. By many successful voyages, after liecoming 
the owner of the vessels be commanded, he was enabled to establish himself 



as a merchant at Portlariflin 17i>G, where he coiitiiiueii to be one of tlio 
most fortuiiiite luid diHiiiigiiishe<l iii Altiiiic, until a i'aw years before his 
decease, wlieri, from indisposition, it becuine necessiiry lo rfliiK|uisli his com- 
mercial hiiainess. His navigation was so fur extended tliat he had vessels 
employed in the trade with Europe, the East and West Indies and South 
America. Tliere are few persons in New England who have built so many 
ships and emploj'ed so many mariners, mechanics and tabnrers in all tho 
numeroiiH liraiiclies of maritime industry as Mr. Clapp, or who have erected 
as many hoiisea and Btores, and done so much to promote the tuteregt aad 
prosperity of Maine. Before the separation of the State from Massachu- 
setts, he was one of the councillors of the united Commonwealth. Having 
been a strenuous advocate for the independence of Maine, he was elected 
one of the delegates of the Convention, which was holdeu in Portland itt 
October, ISIU, tor forming the Constitution; and was conspicuous for tho 
able maimer in which he participated in the laborious and hi<;h!y responsible 
duties which devolved on that important primary assembly of the people. 
He was for several years a Representative from I'ortlajid in tlie Legislature, 
and his opinions on all subjects were universally respected. As a faithful 
patriot, he not only aideil the governmentby loans, at a period when it was the 
most dillicult to obtain them for a vigorous prosecution of the hist war with 
Great Britain, in vlndicjitiou of Free Trade and Sailors' Rights, but was a 
volunteer soldier in a corps of the most venerable citizens of tho town, 
which was expressly organized for its defence against threatened invasion 
bj' the fleet and army, which had taken possession of the seacoast from 
the Penobscot to Eastport. He possessed a capacious and energetic mind, 
which WJis cultivated by study and a constant intercourse with the most 
intelligent and illustrious gentlemen of all parts of the country. Mr. Clapp 
wa.s ever the kind patron of enterprising ycmng men, and when satisfied 
with their integrity, he never hesitated to grant them liberal credits, without 
regard to their immediate means of payment, on the sale of the great variet3' 
of merchandise which he was constantly importing from all parts of the 
globe ; and whenever there was experienced any of the disastrous revul- 
sions in the commercial community which involve individual embarrassment, 
he was among the very first of the creditors to offer liberal terms of adjuat- 
ment to those who were unable to meet the accumulated demands made 
upon them. His beneficence was as expansive, having acquired a very 
large fortune, as his means were amjde for its gratilicatJoti, and tu perpetuate 
his det^p interest for the amelioration of the condition of the nnfortUTiate, he 
has left a fund of eight tbousiuid dollars for the education ami relief of 
female orjdian children, ami four thousand dollars for furnishing fuel lo 
unfortunate wirlows and other poor women. Such remarkable oxemplifica- 
tious of the salutary iiiHueiico and the great advantages to be derived from 
activity of character, iiidoinitable perseverance, rectitude of principle and 
hoiiorable dejjortinent are as instructive to the rising as they were eucour- 
aging to the various generations which have succeeded since he assumed a 
position worthy of their imitation. So perfectly dirl he retain the energies 
of his mind, ami that moral firmness for whicli he had been preeminently 
distinguished, that daily, and up to within less than an hour of his decease, 
be attended to the management of bis vast property with the same calm- 
ness and exactitude as when in the full vigor of health, although entiirely 
conscious that his end was near." 



Children of AsA and Elizabeth Wendell (Quincy) Clapp, of 
Portland, Me. : 

587. Elizabeth W. C.,* m. Levi Woodbury, of New Hampshire. He 
has been Judge of the fSuprenie Court,, Menil>er of the Legisla- 
ture and Governor of the State, Seeretiiry of the Navy and 
Trcasui'y, Seuator in Congress, and .!ndge of the United States 
Supreme Court. They had five children : Cliarles Levi, who 
was U. S. District Attorney for Massachusetts, under the ad- 
luiuistralion of President Buchanan ; Maiy K., who m. Mont- 
gomery Blair; Frances Ann, who m. Arcliibahl IL Lonery; 
Virginia L., who m. Gustavus V. Fox ; and Ellen C. De Q. 

588. Frances B.,' m. first Eev. G. W. Olney ; second, S. R. Brooks, 
of New York. She had one daughter, Frances, who m. Gardi- 
ner Frye. 

589. CuAKLES QciNcy,' lived in Portland ; m. Julia O., daughter of 
Gen. Joshua Wingate, of Bath, llo was member of the Legis- 
lature and of the City Government of Portland, Director of 
Railroads and Bunks, &c. Children : 

590. Julia E. D.^ m. John B. Carroll, they having four children. 

591. Georgiana FF.,' m. Wiiithrop G. Ray, and had one daughter. 
592. Marv J. G.,* m. Andrew L. Emerson, first Mayor of Portland. 

They had two children : Mary O., who m. Ilorace Brooks ; and 
Andrew L. 
693. Asa Wm. H.,' lives in Portland ; m. Julia M., daughter of Gen. 
Henry A. S. Dearborn, of Roxbury, Mass. He was elected 
Member of the U. S. Congress in 1847; Director of various 
Public Institutions, &c. &c. He baa one daughter: 
594. Mary J. EJ 


EBENEZER' {Ebenezer* John," Lurrea^e,' Thomas'), oldest SOD of 
Ebeuczcr and Mary (Wiiislow) Clapp, was born in Rochester, 
Mass., in 1734. Uo married Lucy Sprague. He died in 1770. 

Children of Ebenezeb and Lncy (Sprague) Clapp, of Rochester: 

5!).^. Lticr,* m. Stephen Wing, and live<l and d. in Vermont. 
5t>6. Pohi-y," b. in 17.59; m. Elisha Uuggles. 
o'J7. Ebknezkk,* d. young. 

5'J8. Nathan'ikl,' h. in 1761); d. in 1829. He m. Mercy Burgess, of 
Wareham. who d. iti 1SG6, aged 90 years. Children: 
599. jEOeiiezer,^ h. Dec. ai, 1796; d. Dec 4, 1822. He was a 
graduate of Burlington College, Vt. 
Mary,^ b. Dec. 11, 1798 ; m. Capt- Joseph Church, and d. Oct 

13, 1832. 
Kezia/i,'' twin sister to Mary, b. Dec 11, It 98 ; m. Dea. John 

H. Clark. 
XhV b. June 18, 1801 ; d. Nov. 25, 1819. 
603. William,'' !>. July 3, 1803; lives in Rochester; m. Nov. 4, 

1832, Sophia D. Athern. Children : I. Mary £.» b. Oct 8, 

1833. 11, iniliam B.,^ h. May 4, 183.5 ; d. May 7, I SCO. 
iU. Naihaniel P.,* b. July 6, 1837, If. Charles A^* b. Sopu 






11, 1839 ; d. Dec. 5, 1858. ?. Joseph //.,« b. Jan. 4, 1844. 

Vi. JIarriet S.,' b. AprU 17, 184G. vil. George A.* b. Oct. 

18, 18.10. 
604. CAarfc*,' b. Jail. 20, 180C; d, in 18C0. He settled in New 

Orleaus, and WiOa tiever married. 
60.'). Martha C'.,' b. March 2\. 1801) ; unmarried. 

606. Natlianiet,^ h. July 29, 1811 ; d. March 21), 1840. Uo m. Jano 

Demmings, and had Martha J." 

607. Marcia i?.,' b. May 19, 1816; ni. Capt Joseph Church. 
COS. Keziah,* m. Stephen Luce. 


EARL' (Hbenezer* John,^ Increase,' Tkomas^), Bon of Ebcnezer 
and Mary (Wiuslow) Clapp, was born April 21, 1741. He was a 
soldier in tlic old French War. He took a very prominent part in 
the affairs of the town of Rochester, wliere he lived, his name appear- 
ing on several committeea appointed by the town during the trou- 
blous tinaea of the Revolution. His tirat services in the war of the 
Revolution were as Captain of a Company of Minute Men. After- 
wards he was appointed Major in the army, and served through the 
war, bearing the character of a bravo and energetic man. It appears 
by the town records that he lived in Woodstock, Ct., in 1801 and '02. 
There was once a difhculty between him and Rev. Mr. Moore, of 
Rochester, out of whicli grew a law-suit. Major Clapp was a leading 
ancHibcr of the church, and the diflicully between them was concern- 
ing cluirch matters. Major Clapp received a pension of $5G0 per 
year from the U. S. Government during the latter part of his life. 
He died in 1835, aged about 94 years. Major Earl married, first, 
Sarah, daughter of Jeremiah How, who was the mother of all bis 
children J his 2d wife was widow Phebe Dutch. 

Children of Major Earl and Sahah (How) Clapp, of Rochester, 
Mass. : 



jKHEMtAH,' b. April 20, 17fi2 : d. Nov. 11, 1817. lie m. Polly 
Brifrgs, and settled i[i Woburn. He was styled "Major" as 
early as 17')2. He wiw an iiiflnential citizen of the town, and 
au active and useful member of the First Parish. 

Major Clapp lived in the large, tjirec-story house in Central 
SqiHire, at \V'oliurn, known as the '* Clapp Mansion," which he 
liuilt in 1807, and which was standing until a recent date. At 
the time of its erection, ii lamentable accident took place, which 
veiled tlte whole community with sorrow, and was ever after 
rememl>eretl by those iivijig to Wohuru at the time. Mr. William 
R. Cutter, of that town, published in the Wohttrn Journal for 
Feb. 6. 1 8611, a full account of the catastrophe, from which we 
glean the following items: As usual in those days, a large gath- 
ering took place at the " raising " of this house, which was more 
generally participated in, from the fact that Major C. was a man 
of wealth and importance, the building of more than ordinary 
dimensioas, and the concluding entertainment expected to be on 



a correspondingly large nnd hospitable scale. As the two 
ends of the house were to be of brick, the two sides, com- 
pletely framed iii heavy limber, were raised at once, and being 
improperly sniijilied with braces, when the timbers for the top 
of the structure were put in place, and ihirly or more mea 
■were at work upon it, the whole frll with ii tremendous crash. 
Two men were iiiBtantly killed, another died before the next 
morning, a fourth man during tlie week, and thirty or forty indi- 
viduals, " the strong men of our town," as fhey were called, were 
wounded in a great variety of ways — some lingering for months 
and even yejirs before death released them from their sufferings, 
some crippled for life, and others gradually recovering from 
their injuries. The funeral of the three first mentioned was held in 
the Third Meeting-house, and the Rev. Joseph Chickering. the 
piislor, preached au appropriate from Job i. 19 : "And 
behold there came a great wind from the wildeniess, and smote 
the four corners of tlie house, and it fell upon the young men, 
and they are dead ; and I only am cs<;apcd alone to tell thee." 
The gravestones of three of the unfortunate victims are found in 
the Second Btiryiug-ground in Wobum, says Mr. Cutter, •' with 
inscriptions uniquely descriptive of their several virtues, and 
eulogistic of the merit thus untimely lost to the town."* 

Mrs. Clapp d. Nov. 15, 1792. The following is the inscrip- 
tion upon her giavestone, in the Seeoud Burying-grouud at 
"Woburn Centre: — 






Mrs. Polly Clapp, 

wife of 

Maj. Jekemiah Clait, 

who died with y' small-pox 

Nov. 15, 1792, 

a'tat. 25. 

Had virtue's chairos the power to save, 

And free lier votarivs trom tlie grave, 
This Btonc lind ne'er posscs^cU the fiimo 

Of being marked wtth Poily's name. 

There is a mar'ble stone over Major C.'s grave, near by, with 
a plain inscription : — 

In Memory of 

Mr. Jeremiah Clapp, 

who died Nov. 11, 1817, 

aged 55 years. 

• The following Bccoiint of this disaster appeared In the Columbian Cetitinel, Boston, 
SatnrdH.v, July 18, 1807 : 

" Melanc/toli/ Acculent.—Ou Mondiiy IsHt [July Htli, 1807] tlie frame of a house Ijclonging 
to ilai<u Clap, of Wobum, was i-aisetl, aud when nearly completed, the whole fell, and 



Miijor Joremitih Clapp and wife left no sons, hut they had 
tlireo (laughters, who were married, uud oue, Mary B.^ un- 
married, d. in Fa.irhaven, Aug. 185(>, Ojie daughter was named 
Sarafi How.'' Another, Sasati,'' was engaged in tlie establishment 
of the First Church Sunday School in Woburn, in IHlS; opened 
the first meeting of the school with prayer, and was its first 
Supenritendent. She was Prea. of the Ladies' Char. Reading 
Soc. Wahnru ; m. Oct. 9, 1819, John Reed, of Charleston, S. C 
610. Sktii,* bv .Jan. '22, 1761 ; followed the sea jis mastt^r of a vessel ; 
after starting on Ids last voyage, he was never heard from ; nn- 
doul)tedly lost at sea. He lived in Woodstock, Conn., and m. 
Charlotte Burden, who d. July 13, 1833, aged 71 years. C'hil. : 
611. Lothrt/p.'' 

Sydneif,^ a diin., m. Oliver Ilolt, of Ahington, Ct. 


61 a 

Sally^ m. July 7, 18U9, Asa Bnrnham, of Abington, Ct., who 
d. at Palmer, Mass., Aug 29, 1819, aged 61 yra- They had 
seven children. 

614. Betsey,' b. in 17iJ.S; d. Aug". 31, 1866. She m, Willi.qm Sweet 

and had two children. They lived in Plainfield, Conn. 

615. ChnHofff.,' b. in 179.5; d. Aug, 31, 18C4, unmarried. 

616. Janies,^ made his home in Boston, and for many years sailed as 

master of the Brig Cordelia between Boston and Cuba, in 
the employ of Beiij. Burgess & Sons. He was distinguished 
for his care and attention to his sailors. He m. in Boston, 
June 18, 1829, Eliza Holland. Children : I. Adnline A'.,» b. 
May 10, 1832. ii. James K,^ b. July l.o, 1834. 

617. Almira^ m. first, Hezekiah Craudall, of Canterbury, Conn.; 

second, Mr. Burgess. 

618. Zebedee,* b. Oft. 18, 17C.5; d. July 24, 1799; lived in Wood- 

stock, CL, and died of a cancer in the leg. 

619. Susan,* b. Aug. 7, 1767; d. May 10, 1838; m. Rev. Samuel 

Mead, who d. March, 1818, aged 51 years. One of the children, 
Abbie, long a teacher, gave much valuable informatiou in relation 
to the family. 

620. Sai-ly," b. Oct. 20, 1769; d. July 6. 1862, aged 92 years. She 

m. Esck Preston and had ten cliildren. 

621. Earl,® b. Aug. 2, 1772 ; was a physician, ami after practising 

awhile in N. Hampshire and Mass., .settled in Abingdon, Va., m. 
Elizabeth Craig, of that place, and had three sons and two daugh- 
ters. He lived to a good old age. 

622. EtTSHA,' b. .July 24, 1774; m. in Rochester, and afterwards re- 

moved to Utica, in the State of New York, tliat part of the State 
being then a vvildemess. He had a family, but nothing has ever 
been learned about them. 

623. Betsey," b. May 21, 1770 ; d. Sept. 13, 1813. She m. Natluiuiel 

Briggs, of Rochester, and had seven sons ami throe daughters. 

624. BETiiiAn," b. Sept, 23, 1778 ; m. Alvin Bacon and lived iii Wood- 

stock, Ct. ; had three daughters ; she lived to the age of 87 yrs. 

killeil two persons Immedlotoly on tlie spot — one died the night following; stxteen were 
wounded, .some it is loared mortally. Tlio pertioiit killed wore Mcsiirs. Samuel Wright, 
Jonkun Richnrdaon nnd Jnhn Lyman." 

Nuilinn Psrker dl«d of the wound he rcoelved, on Rundny, July 10, 1S07; hence be is 
not luentioDed iu this account iu ibo Cen^iM^ of the liay previous.— [W. K. Cuttea.] 



625. Abigail/ b. Aog. 12, 1782 ; d 1C»7 5, 1803. Slie n. Eleazer 
Brown, and d. a year or two after, leaving ooe dangbter. 


TUCREASE* {Benjamin,* John* Inereaae* Thomas'), son of Ben- 
jamin Clapp, of Rochester, was bora in Rochester, Feb. 27, 1"40. 
He mored to Tollaod, Conn., where he died Mav 24, 1801, having 
Buffered very much with rheumatism the latter part of his life. He 
married Bethiah Winslow, who was bom Feb, 2, 1749, and died 
March 15, 1825. 

Children of Ixcbease and Bethiah (Winslow) Ct.APP, of Tolland, 
Conn. : 

626. JosATHAX,* b. Sept. 24, 1770 ; d. Not. 26, 1774. 

627. EvyiCE," b. Sept. G, 1772 ; m. in 1807, Eleazer Stede, of Bolton, 

4-628. Stephe.v,* b. Oct. 2, 1774; d. Aag. 14, 18.^^4. 

629. Jonathan,* b, Dec. 20, 1776; d. Jan. 2, 1820. He nuand settled 
in Windsor, O. Children : 

630. Ichabod,^ lives in Windsor, O. Children : i. Mile* \\. Jane.* 
ill. Elberton* It. Carol* T. DeUeJ 

631, Bethiah,^ m. Mr. Hitchcock, and in 1870 was living in Illinois. 
Two other daughters of Jonathan* are dead. 

632. Keziah,* b. Jan 22, 1779 ; d- March 21, 1813. She m. Aahbel 
Harvey, of Tolland, Conn. 

633. Benjamin,* b. May 11, 1781; d. Sept. 1845. He settled in 
North Argyle, N. Y., where he died. Issue : 

634, WiUiam^ m. and lives on die old farm at North Argyle, N, Y, 
Childreu : i. Jienjamtn D.? is a Cashier of a Bank in Plaits- 
burgh, N. Y. ii. Louisa W.,* m. Mr. Shields, and lives in 
Belcher, Washington Co., N. Y. Hi. £malin.* It. Lucy H* 
Ti Abigail.* tI« Juliaette.* 
635. Increase,* b. April 6. 1783 ; d. Feb. 8, 1859. He removed to 
East Windsor Hill, Conn., in 1808; m. Nov. 26, 1807, Polly 
Spencer, who was b. July 2, 178G, and d. at East Windsor, Cu, 
Dec. 27, 1»35. Children: 

636. Ebeiiezei- SpeiicerJ b. April 12, 1809. Settled in Windsor, Cl., 
and m. April 17, 1832, Sophia, dau. of Daniel and Hiddah 
Pinney, who was b. Feb. 23, 1813. CJHldren : I. Julius 
Spencer,* b. Aug, 1, 1833 ; he is living in Brunswick, Me. ; 
m. Aug. 10, 1856, Adelaide C. Gieason, and hiis: (1) Carrie 
S.,* b. Oct. 11, 1858; (2) Julia ma,' b. Feb. 7, 1861 ; (3) 
Anna ,/,» b. March 31, 1863; (4) Grace P.,» b. Oct. 10, 
18G5. ii, JUart/ia Sophia,* b, Aug. 2, 1837. iii. Sarah 
Morris,* b. Sept. 13, 1839; m. July 14, 1862, Eli P. Ells- 
worth, a merchant of Windsor, Ct., aud had three children in 
1870. It. Mfufj Spencer," b. Sept. 28, 1845. 

687, Jo/in Selden,'' h, March 7, 1814 ; settled in Windsor, Cl. ; m. 
May 12, 184(\ Julia Tulcott, b. in Glastenbury, Coiin., Sept. 
19, 1819. Childreu ; i, Charlotte lalcoll,' h. April 23, 1841. 
11. Charles Spencer,^ b. March 30, 1846; m. Nov. 27, 1872, 



Mary Ellen, dau. of Edward and Mary Ann (Parsons) Dex- 
ter, b. Dec. 1. IH-ty. ill. AlfWd Sel'den,' b. April 5, 1851. 
IV. Mirn Vhurlton,^ b. Oct. 25, 1853. 

638. Ckonje O.,' b. April 2G, 181 G. He settled in Windsor, Ct., 
and m. May 10, 1843, Harriet S., dau. of Elistia and Fanny 

Bowen, formerly of Weatlierslield, Vt., who was Ijorii July 3, 
1823. Children : i. Elishn B.» h. Feb. 3, 1844. ii. Mfiry 
Frances," b. Jan. 22, 1847 ; d. Fob. 26. 1840. iti. George 
/«crertsc,»b. July 13, 1857. Iv, Nenri/ M.> h. Aug. 2, ISOS. 

639. Carlos West,'' h. Dee. 14, 1824; m. Get! 26, 1853, Caroline J., 

dau. of Rolyert and Cynthia (Colioon) Thoin()soii, who was b. 
Feb. 22, 1825. SetiJed in Windsor, Ct. Children : i. Car- 
los M.,^ b. Jtily 22, 1834; d. Jan. 15, 18G0. ii. Inez C.,^ h. 
April 29, 1856; d. May 21, 18515. iii, Carrie 7\,' b. May 
11, 18G0. iv, Minnie Louise,^ h. March 13, 18G2. 

G40. Increase Btilkr,'' h. April 8, 1827 ; lives in Hartford, Conn., 
and m. April 31), l«5(t, Fannie Skinner, b. Dec. 28, 1827. 
Children: i.Jidwin Carlos," b. May IG, 1851. ii, George 
jr.," h. .Jan. 28, 185C. iii, Anua S.,' b. June 18, 185!). 
Iv. All,eri BiUler* b. Oct. 3, 1802. T. Waller /.,» b. May 31, 

fi41. George^ d. young. 

(i42. Charles^ d. young. 

C43. Martj^ d. young. 
044. John," b. Aug. 25, 1785 ; d. Aug. 23, 1786. 

645. John,* b. May 14, 1787; resides in Salf^tn, N. Y. He is a phy- 
sician, thoufih (in 1871) (piite ititirni. Cliildren : 

646. Betijnmin^ ni. and lives in Salem, N. Y. Children: \t Jolm 

M.^ ii, Kezinfi^ rti. James Hnggart. 

647. Marvin,'' ui, and lives ia Saratoga, JJ. Y. Children : 1. T/ieo- 

dore r." W.Phebe* 
648. Catuauink,' b. .Sei)t, 4, 1789; d. April 23, 1842. She m. John 
Bamp (or Bauiip), and settled in Hebron, N, Y. 

— 269 

MICHAEL' [SiimurJ* Joseph^ Samuel,' T/iomns'), eldest son of 
Samuel and Sai-ah (Curtis) Clapp, of Scituatc, was boi-ii Nov. 27, 
1126. Ha lived iu Scituate, and married Nov. 20, 1158, Sarah 
Lambert, probably iLe one who died June 16, 1812, at the age of 
91 years. 

Children of Michael and Sarah (Lambert) Ct.APP, of Scituate: 
649. Micn\Kf,.' b. Oct. 15, 1700; li%ed in SciUiate, and m. March 11, 
179lt, Eunice Sylvester, of Scituate. Cliihlren : 

650. Michael 'JW lived in Scituate ; m. Hannah Wilder. Children : 
i. Mic/iael,' b. Nov. 12, 1825 ; ii. Na/mu/i If.," b. Aug. G, 

651. James S,f^ h. a\\oul 1794; m. Elizabeth Bates, and Iive<l in 
Scituate. Chihlren : |. Helen,* b. Nov. 25, 1828. Ii, James 
H.," b. March '.). 1831. iii. Dacis,^ b. Dec. 2, 1833. If. 
Eunice," b. April 27, 183G. 

652. Eunice,^ m, Duvid Bowker, of Scituate. 



653. Sarfih^' unm., and subject to mental derangement. 
654. James," probably tbe one who m. Nancy Htutsell iu Boston, Feb. 
18, I7'J5. 


WILLIAM' {Samucf,* Joscp/i," Sumntf' 77wmrtjf'). brotlicr of the 
precediitj^, was boni Dee. 3, 1733. He married Pri^cillu Oij:^:, who 
died at the advanced age of 95 years, lie probably lived in Scit- 
uate, and died at about the age of 74 years. 

Children of "William and Friscilla (Otis) Clapp, of Scituate: 
655. William," b. May 26, 1768; d. Ang. 14, 1811. He was a dry 
goods merchant in Boston, and for a time transacted as much 
business in that line, probably, as any person iu Boston. He 
m. Sarah Smith, who d. afjed 79 years. Children: 

656. mUiain,' b. Nov. 1 1, 17«y ; d. unmarried, Dec. 17, 1811, aged 
22; always an invalid. 

657. Caroline,'' b. Nov. 7, 1791; d. in January, 1875, unmarried. 
She was a person of strong peculiaritit-s, of a kind heart and 
good disposition, which uutnifested itself in her love for 
children. Wherever she living she took it upon herself 
to amuse them, and often indulged them to their injury. 
While she was especially fond of the young, she was always 
willing 10 helj) all. She liiid a fine memory, and, until a few 
years previous to her death, was a genealogical history in 
herself, giving correctly dates of birth and death, and many 
interesting anecdotes of her ancestors. 

658. iSiirah Eiizn^ b. Feb. M. 1793; m. in 1812, John Wetherbee, 
and has four children r John, who m. Louisa A., dan. of Wil- 
liam Beals, proprietor of the Boston Post; Sarah Emeliue, 
who m. Albert T. Elliot, of Providence, K. I.; Adeline, who 
m. James M. Keith, attorney at law in Boston; and AVilliam, 
who ni. first, Cornelia Simmons, second, Madam Van Zandt, 
of New York City. 

C59. Frederick,'' b, April 10, 171U ; d. Dec. 9, 1868, aged 74 yrs. 
8 mos. Ho m. first, Sept. 18, 1817, Adeline Luce; second, 
Oct. 22, 1823, Nancy Thorndike Doggett. He was in active 
business in Boston for over fifty years, at first on Exchange 
Street in the grocery business ; afterwards commenced the 
wooden ware business in Dock Square, and waa the pioneer 
of this particular branch, being the first legitimate woo<l- 
en ware dealer in Boston- He soon after associated himself 
with Daniel Ciunmiiigs on South Market Street, where they 
did a successful business in the simie line of trade until 1867, 
when he withdrew from t!iat firm and went into the metal 
trade with his son George Walter, who now carries on the 
business. He was an earnest christian man, joining the 
Baldwin Place Baptist Church in the time of Dr. Baldwin ; 
was a firm believer in a " higher christian life," and that he 
should never be satisfied with that whereunto he had .already 
attained, but desired continually to "press toward the mark 



for the prize of the high calling of God In Christ Jesus." 
lie was always very eiiniesl to have the goiieulogy of the 
Clapp Family published, and he freiiuojitly urged the autlior 
to (lut his miiiiuscript volumea in print. Children hy first 
wife: \, Adeline Lnce,^ h. Oct. lO, 1818; m. George G. 
Hook, organ builder, of Boston, and has had five cliiidri't) : 
George Frankliij, Adeline Maria, Frederick Chipp, William 
Greenleaf and ^I:in:t C'orinne. ii. S<iruh Mariti,^ h. .Inly 
23, 1821; m. Walter D. JSriggs, of JJristot. K, I., and has 
had six children ; Mary Williams, Sarah Adeline, Lizzie 
Williams, Walter Dean, Louisa Bertha and Lemuel Wil- 
liams. Children hy second wife ; HI. Frederick,^ h. Aug. II, 
1824; d. June IG, 186."3j m. Lois .S. Evans, and had three 
children: Mury Cooi,' Fannie Z/0»/i''and Knima G." iT, Jainet 
Kiwwies,^ h. Nov. 21, 182C ; d. Oct. 18, 1828. \. Elhnbeth 
Doggett' h. June i), 1830; unmarried. \i, Edward Angus- 
tus"* b. AprU 28, 1834 ; in. Ellen M. Wheelock, and has 
Anna Louise." vll, Mitrg Coofr," h. May 22. 1839 ; d. May 8, 
1851. Vtii, Ceort/f W<dter* h. June 10, 1841 ; a merchant 
in Boston, and lives in Camhridge ; nu May it, 1871, Emma 
G. Uinnian, a lineal deseendant of Sergeant P^dward Hiii- 
man, of England, and has Frederick* h. Feb. 2.5, 1872. Ix. 
Annie Jsadura,^ h. Aug. .'>, 1845; m. June 7, 187U, Albert 
L Sands, and has three children : Frederick Ivory, Auuie 
Thorudike and Sumner li. M. 

6fiO. Edicnrd,'' h. March 5, 171)5; d. unm. Feb. G, 1820, a. 25 yrs., 
in Mobile, Alabama. lie kept a shoe store for somo time 
on Wttshingtou Street, opposite the Old .South Church. 

661. Hannah Mary;' b. March 5, 17DG; d. Nov. 15. 17i)7. 

GC2. George,^ b. July 8, 17i)7 ; d. Nov. G. 1815, in Boston, unm. 

663. jRir;«-y,^ b. Aug. 2, 1798; d. in 1821), nt New Orleans, La., 

aged 31 years. He ni. Eliza B. Ilall, of Boston, Oct. 17, 
182G. Children ; i, James Hall' b. in 1827 ; at one time a 
broker in Boston, but now connected witFi the John Hancock 
Insurance Co., and lives in Newtonvilie; m. first, Sept. 29, 
1 1851, Ann Caroline Taylor, of Boston, who d. March 3, 

1860, leaving one chikl, Edith* b. Aug. 4, 1852 ; m. second, 
Oct. 8, 18G3, Harriet B. Foster, of Wallham, and 1ms Gil- 
mer* b. Nov. 4, 18C4, and Li/ndon? b. Aug. 13, 1874. ij. 
Callmrine Davii,^ b. about 1829 ; d. in 1834. 

664. JJarriH' b. Jan. 27. 1800: d. unm. in 1833. She showed 

great taste and skill a.s an artist, leaving, as evidence of this 
talent, twenty or thirty paintings, sonie of rare merit. 

665. Hannah Barney^' b. Jan. 20, 1801 ; d. unm. May, 1871, aged 

70 years. A woman of many accomplishments, educated in 
music and other fine arts, apt in all branches of handy work. 
Proud spirited in her early womanhood, until she had be- 
come mentally and physically impaired several years pre- 
vious to her deatL 

GG6. Henry Aiiqustiis,^ h. April 18, 1802; d. unm. in Boston, Jan. 
•11,' 1819, aged 17 years. 

667. Emeline,'' b. Nov. 8, 1803 ; d. unra. in 1838, aged 30 years. 
668. Otis," b- Oct. 29, 1769 ; d. Sqpt 22, 1842. He was a carpenter by 



trade ; liverl and died in Chnrlestown, ISfass. ITo left n handsome 
pro|)erly. He m. lirst, OcU 8, 1799, Elizabetli Hills, d. Jan. 28. 
181)6, ft. 30 yfs. ; m. second, Dec. 7, 1807, Sally Newell, d. in 
18U5 ; m. third, Fei). 20, 1825, Mrs. Eliza S. Larkiu, d. Jan. 12, 
1871, a. 73 yrs. Children by first wife; 
GOO. EHzahelh Ann,'' h. Sept. S.'lSOO; d. Sept. 9, 1801. 

OhW b. Feb. 12. 1802; lived in Charleslown, unmarried; d. 

May 26, 1870. 
John'Hilts,^ b. Feb. 20. 1803 ; d. July 1, 187o. He lived ia 
Chnrlestown, and was highly respecti^l by all who knew him, 
his funeral being largely attended by friends and by mennl)ers 
of the two Charlestown lodges of the I. O. O. V., in which 
he had lield the highest offices. He m. March 15, 1831, 
Sanih, dau. of Col. Isiaac Smith, of CMiarlestown, and had 
one daughter, Sarah Klizabeth," b. Dec. 17, 1835, d. March 
12, 18.! 6. 
Lucinda^ b. Dec 28, 1805 ; m. Dec. 9, 1835, Richard Williams. 




Child of Otis" by second wife : 

673. Elizabeth Ann^ b. Feb. 10, 1813 ; lives in Charlestown, unin. 
674. Allkn,* b. Oct. G, 1771 ; d. May 31, 1827. He wjw n carpenter by 
trade, btit devoted most of the latter part of his life to farming. 
He lived in Scituate, and m. Jan. 21, 1807, Charlotte Bowker. 
Children : 
675. Lucy,^ b. Jan. D, 1808; m. Jan. 13, 1828, Joseph, son of 
Perkins Clapp (Nt> 28(;). 
Charlotte;' b. A[>ril !>, IBoi) ; d. unmarrietl. Feb. 25, 18G5. 


Allen; b. Sept. 7, 1812 ; d. Sept. 21, 1870. He was haptizefl 
Wilii;im, but his name was altered after the death of his 
brother Allen. He lived in Scituate, and m. Nov. IG, 1812, 
Deborah A. (No. 751), dan. of Natlmniel Clapp. Chihlren : 
i, Eiiijene Howard,^ b. Oct. 11, 1843. Is in active busi- 
ness in Boston as a dealer in metals ; has been zealously en- 
gaged ill tiie promotion of temi)erance; assisted in the Fami- 
ly Cratheriiig at Northampton, in 1870, and in that of 1873 
rendered valuable aid on the Committee of Arrungeraent«. 
His interest in the publication of this Memorial has been 
manifested in various ways. He m. Dec. 21, 1870, Sarah R. 
Graves. Children: (1)* Euffene K," b. Sept. 28, 1872; (2) 
Willi'iin Alfm,^ ii. April 7, 1875. ii. Erstine Follen,' b. June 
3, 18Hi. iii. Geori/e A.' b. Jan. 11, 1849. if. ArtJiur W.,' 
h. Deo. 1, 1858. v". Antoinette* b. Dec. 22, 1862. 

678. Anna B.; b. Jan. 2, 1815 ; d. Dec, 22, 1839, aged 25 years. 

She m. Nov. 25, 1838, Natliaaiel B. Clapp (No. 750), of 

679. Mar;/ Ji.; b. Jan. 15, 1817; m. April 3, 1842, for a second 

wife, Nathaniel B. Clapp, husband of her sister Anna B., 
deceased. She d. .Inly 2, 1871. 

680. Lucretia; b. June 15,"l81fl; m. Oct. 24, 1858, E. B. Whit- 

man, of Kansas; has one child. 

681. Hehn; b. May 12, 1821 ; m. Jan. 7. 1858. 

682. Mia; b. May 1 1, 1823 ; m. Nov. 9, 1872, for his third wife, 

Nathaniel B. Clapp, husb. of her sister Mary B., deceased. 



C83. Allen J.,' b. Julv 5, 1825; rl. March 5, 1827. 

684. Nancv,* b. April IS, 1773 : m. Daiiial G. Wheeler, of "Worcester, 

and (1. ill Worcester, about 1833. 

685. Mahtin,* b. Dec. 25, 1774; was in the Jry goofJs business in Bos- 

ton; subsequently an auctioneer; d. in Charlestown, unmarried. 

686. PiusciLLA,' b. Nov. 10, 1777; m. (published July 26, 1801) 

Edward Foster Jacobs, of Scituate ; d. about 18G3. 

687. PoLi.T," b. Jan. 23, 1780 ; ni. Thomas Lewis, of Boston, and hod 

three children : Abiel Smith ; William G. ; and Fanny, who m. 
Mr. Wilson, She d. in Framingham about 1868. 

688. Lucy," b. Dec. 18, 1781 ; d. unmarried, Jan. 9, 1803. 

689. Fanny,' b. Feb. 14, 1784; d. in 1841, leaving a considerable sum 

of money to the abolitionists. She oever married. 


JOSEPH' {Joseph,* Joicjih,' Savxiiel," Thomas^), oldest son of 
Deacon Joseph and Hannah (Brigga) Clapp, waa born in Scituate, 
Feb. 21^ 1734-5, lie spent the first part of liis life in Scituate, but 
probably settled in some other place. While in Scituate, he married 
Eliza Turner. 

Children of Joseph and Eliza (Turner) Clapp: 

G'JO. CiiAULKS,' probably the one recorded as dying of smallpox, in 
Scituate, iu 17W2-3. 

691. LuTHKR,* nothing known of his history. 

692. Barnard,' d. April 21, 1803. He m. Lydia Packard, who d. 
May 24, 1797. lie removed to Brain tree. Children: 

693. CV/arfej*,'' b. Jan- 10, 1795; d. Jan. IG, 1838; m. Sally Manley, 
and lived in North Bridgewater. Children : i. Lucius,'^ h. Jan. 
14, 1817; m. July 4, 184-, Emily Waters ; is a farmer in 
Stoughton. li. darks,' b. Feb. 11, 1827 ; d. Jan. 11> 1846. 

694. Lifdia^ m. Daniel Holbrook. 
C95, IncreasEj' b, in Scituate, about 1780. Removed to Weymouth 

when a youth, and lived with his brother Barnard, to whom he 
was apprenticed. He m. at about 23 years of age, Sarah, daa. 
of Elisha Holbrook, of Weymouth. Was a man of good charac- 
ter, habits and standing in the town ; industrious, and attended 
closely to his business, which was ship-building, he Iwing one of 
the firm of ''Clapp and Loring," ship-buildens. He was quite 
active in the organization of the Union Religious Society of 
Weymouth and Braiutree, " to whom tlie Rev. Jonas Perkins 
preached for a great many years," and one of the committee 
to sujicririlend the removal of the Old Church btiildiug from 
Boston to Weymouth (which was taken down in Boston, the 
material transported to Weymouth by water, and set up again 
on its present site). He was not a professor of religion, but lived 
an u[)rinht, moral life, and was much respected by his townspeo- 
ple. He accumulated some property, and, about the year 1809, 
erected the auhsiantiul dwelling-house on Front Street, Wey- 
mouth, now (1875) owned and occupied by his son Adoram' and 
family. Ho d. in the prime of life, being only 40 years of age, 



leaving liU wile aod family of eight children, the oldest being but 
15 years old. Children: 

606. Clarista,' h. Slarch 28. 1805 ; m. "Warren Richards. 

6U7. Adoram^ b. March 26, 1807. He is quite a prominent citizen 
of the town ofWeymoutb, and has represented that town iu 
the State Legislature one year. Has carried on for many 
years quite an extensive business in the manufetctare and 
wholesaling of boots and shoes in Weymouth and Boston. 
Was one of the first iu the organization of the Universalist 
Society in "Weymouth, and has always been connected with 
it since. He m. Clarissa B., daughter of Ebenezer Nash, of 
Weymouth. Children : i. Ann Elisahet/i,' b. June 23, 1820; 
m. Albion Hall, and had three children, fl. SamJi Jane,' b. 
Feb, 1, 1832. ili. Auguilus JF.,' b. Juue 7, 1834; m- Elea- 
nor F. Richards, and has: (1) Emma Lonita* (2) Charlti 
Auilin f (3) nilliam Augustus* d. young. It. Andreic 
Jachton,^ k Sept. 21, 183G. T. Maria Louisa,' b. Sejit. 24, 
1838 ; m. Solon W. Pratt, and has three children- Tl, fl'iV- 
linm Jlenry,* b. March 10. 1842. Til. Emma Auffusta,* b. 
Feb. 17, 1814. Till. Richmond,* b. Nov. 14, 1846. 

C98. Joseph,'' h. Jau. 11, 1809; m. Susan Adlingtou. 

C!)9. Sarah,' b. Feb. 15, 1811 ; m. Addison Cliceseman. 

700. Charlfs S.,'' b. April 20, 1813; m. Harriet Naf.h. 

70J, 3/ary Ann.'' h. Aug. 24, 1816; m. Ebed Stoddard. 

702. Hannah Torrey^ b. July 18, 1818; m. Robert Bassett. 

703. Mercy^ b. Aug. 25. 1820; m. Thomas Pratt- 

704. JosKi'H,* b. in 1781 ; m. and removed to LjTne, N. H. Children : 

705. Joseph^ and three other children. 
706. Job,* nothing known of his history. 


SAMUEL* (Jt/A/i,* Stejihen,^ Samuel' 77(omyw'). eldest son of John 
and Mercy (Otis) Clapp, of Scituato, was born July 25, 172.5. He 
married and removed to Wortliinf^tou, Mass.^and died in 1809. 

Children of Samuel Clapp, of Worthington : 

707. Stepiikk,' m. and settled iu New Salem, N. Y., at a place called 
Clapp's Mills. Children : 

708. Strpheti,'' b. in 1780; m. Jane Mack. Children: UAztthah,' 
\i. iu 180G ; m. Levi Farwell. ii. Caroline Dirtily,* b. Nov. 
1809 ; m. Hiram Green. She was a woman of liuc personal 
appeai'auce, and was living iu 1852 at Fort liauiiltou, witli 
her brother Ilawley D. ill, Ambrose Spencrr,* m. Laura 
Raymoud, and lives in Salem, N. Y. It. Maria L,,* b. in 
1816; ra. Henry W. Hewitt, and lives in New York city. T. 
Hmdfij D.* kept a very large public house at Fort Hamilton. 
on L. L, N. Y. ; siuce then, he kept the Everett House in 
New York city ; m. Iluldah Van Brunt, and has Nicholas 
Jiutger Van BrmU* and a child b. Aug. 1852. Tl. Jane 
Ann,'' m. Silas Rice, and lives in Salem, N. Y. tU. Eliza- 
Uth H? Till. SaTa)i Matilda* 

709. Constant^ m. Statira Bartlett. Children : i. Ltonidaa,* m. 



Jane Chamberlain and lives in Salem, N. Y. ii. Louisa,^ m. 
Wm. Baker, and lives in Greenwich, N. Y. iii. Amelia* d. 
about 18-17. Iv, ^//rtfa? i^.,* m. Sarah Chamberlain, sister of 
the wife of Leonidas. Tt Slalira* 

710. OftV m. Harriet Munroe. Children : i, Munroe,* AcaA in 1873 ; 

went to South America and m. a Spanish lady. Ii, Benjamin 
F.,^ dead in 1873. Ill, Frances,' d. young. JV, WHlourffihy,' 
dead in 1873 ; buried in Greenwood Cemetery m New York. 
T, Ociaiia.^ tI. Cuthariue.^ 

711. Ephraim W^' b. in 1790; m. Sarah Rice. Children: i. Clark 

7J.,* m ii, Georye Ii.,* m Ilurd, Uvea in Arling- 
ton, Vt iii, Harriet,'^ m. Mr. Eddy, who kept a public house 
in Arlington, Vt. She was dead in 1873. \\,Murtha T.* 
m. and lived in Salem, N. Y. ; was dead in 1873. T. Mary 
(?.,' was dead ill 1873. y\,Jaini;s William.^ 

712. Samuel^ was dead in 1852. He m. Lois Cleveland. Children: 

I. C(Uharii»e.* ji, Alntira,^ m. Mv. Billings,, and removed to 
Ylrginia about ISi^l. ill, Mary,* dead, iv, Julia Ann," dead. 
?4 Frances.^ 

713. Leonard H.^ lived in Pittsford, N. Y. ; m Stephens; 

after his decease she m, Mr. Ferguson, of Washington, D. C. 
Children: I, iSirHjW,* drowned. il,,/(/A"a,' dead. 

714. Dwelly M,,'' b. about 1800; setllwl in Adrian, Mich. ; m. Misa 

Achor, and bad Emily A.* and two more. 

715. Lemuel," 

716. Barnabas,* settled in Pittstown, N. Y. ; m. Anna Shepard, of that 

town. Children : 

717. John,'' is a physician; m- widow Abba Rankin, acSe Coval. 

718. William,'' studied for the ministry. 

719. SallyJ m. Robert S. Best wick arid settled in Phelps, N. Y. It 

is from one of their sons, Barnabas Clapp Bustwick, that 
much information has been oblained. 

720. Lucy,'' m. David Doolittle, and lived in Pittstown, N. Y. 

721. Isaac' 

722, John,' went West when about 21 years of age. He enlisted in 

the war of 1812, and was made prisoner by an Indian chief in 
the defeat of Gen. St. Clair. After he obtained his liberty he 
Bettle<l on the bank of the Big Miami River in Ohio ; m. and had 
a family. 


JOHN* {John* Stephen,^ Samuel,'' Thomas^), son of John and 
Mercy (Oti.s) Clapp, of Scituate, and brothei- of the preceding, was 
born July 5, 1734. He was a Colonel and. lived in Scituate, near 
the Second Herring Brook, so called. He was an officer in the 
Frencli War, also in the War of tlie Revolution. He married Chloo 
Stowers, of Uinghani, in 1761. He died in ScituatCj Feb. 13, ISIO. 

Children of Col. JouN and Coloe (Stowers) Clapp, of Scituate: 

723. Rachel,* b. Aug. 80, 17G3 ; m. Elijah Curtis. 

724. Elijah,* b. April 25, 176() ; d. in South Scituate, Oct. 19, 1859, 



in hia 94th year. He enjoyed remarkable health, and was not con- 
fined to his house by sickness during siity-tive years previous to 
1857. He probably m. Martha Hatfh, July 19, 1801. Children: 

725. MaT\i:^ b. Aug. 13, 1803 ; d. May 18, 1848, unmarried. 

726. Martha," b. June 1, 1805; d. in 1857. 

727. Elijali,^ b. March 9, 1807 ; m. Jan. 10, 1830, Temperance 

Laphuo), and lived in Scituate. Chihlreu : 1. Temperance^ 
b, June 22, 1833; m. Dec. 26, 1858, Sylvanus Clapp (No. 
753). Il.^»irfrew,«b. June 22, 1837; m. Dec. 25, 1864, 
Susan F. Ewell. 

728. Joseph Stowers,'' b. Nov. 11, 1808 ; m. Sally Turner. Children : 

U David," b. Jnly 16, 1844; m. Sept. 30, 1869, Eltuira 
Barry, and has one son, George S.,* b. Nov. 12, 1871. ii. 
Hoger* b. Nov. 29, 1846; d. Sept. 2, 1849. lU, Evinta 
Caroline,* b. April 2, 1853. 

729. Baihsheba," b. Nov. 16, 1811 ; m. Charles H. Lapliam. 

730. George,^ h. Jan. 5, 1818; m. Deborah, dau. of Ira Barker. 

Children: 1. George B.,* b. Jan. 23, 1839; d. Feb. 8, 1842. 
il. Ann M^* b. Nov. 2, 1840 ; m. Mr. French, and d. within 
a short period after. Hi, Debora/i F^* m. Albert Sawyer, 
and d. soon after. 
781. Joseph Stowers,' b. Aug. 26, 1768; m. April 23, 1801, Lefy 
Curtis. Child : 
732. Edxoard SlowersJ 

733. Chloe,* b. May 26, 1770 ; m. Jan. 1, 1795, John Turner, and had 

two children. 

734. Ltdia,* b. July 10, 1778 ; m. Elisha Barrell, of Hanover, Mass., 

and had three children. 

735. JoHN,«b. SepU 23, 1780; d. Feb. 28, 1855; m. May 4, 1817, 

Lucy Otis, of Scituate, a descendant of Peregrine White. She 
d. March 23, 18C0. Children : 

736. Sara/i T.,' b. Feb. 10, 1818; m. Feb. 26, 1854, John Curtis, 

of Hanover. 

737. Rachel S.,'' b. Feb. 7, 1820; m. Feb. 14, 1845, James B. 

Brewster, of Hanson. 

738. Ltict/ A.,' b. March 29, 1822 ; d. July IC, 1854. 

739. Frances A.,'' b. Feb. 11, 1824 ; m. Oct. 11, 1855, Joel Bowker, 

of Boston. 

740. Lgdia <?..' b. Feb. 21, 1826; tn. Sept. 29, 1859, Ira B. San- 

born, who was b. in Waterboro', Me., Nov. 5, 1830; have 
three children. They live in South Scituate. 

741. John,'' h. Dec. 31, 1828; m. March 7, 1872, Elvira A., dau. of 

E. S. Cojiniit, of Riiudolph. 

742. Etlwin,'' b. May 15, 1831 ; d. May 18, 1839. 

743. Catharine M.,'' b. Sept. 5, 1834; m. Dec. 2, 1800, Richard P. 

Briggs, b. in Hanover, OcL 21, 1828. Two children. 


SYLVANTJS' {JVhthaniel,' Stephen,* Samvel,' T//om«s'), eldest SOU 
of Nathaniel anJ Desire (Bourne) Clapp, of Scituate. was born Jan. 
20, 1742. He lived in the house which he iuberitcd from hia father 



and j^i-aTidfather, being the saino in which his uncle, Pres. Thomas, 
of Yate College, was born. He luaiTted, June 9, 17G8, Elizabi'Ui 
Brooks, of Scittiate, who was born in 1743, and died Nov. IS, 1820, 
having survived her liusband nearly nine years. Ho died April 29, 
1811, aged 68 years. 

Children of Sylvanus and Elizabeth (Brooks) Clapp, of Scitnale : 

744. BET9ET,' b. Feb. .5, 1771 ; d. in 1728. She m. (publishtd Dec. 

17, lyni) William Whiting, of Hanover, and had four children, 

745. Tkmi'euance," 1>, June 'J, 1773; d. iu 1834. She m. June 18, 

1795, Charles Lapham. of Scituate, and had five childron. 

74C. De.^irk." b. Dec 4, 1775 ; d. in 183G. She m. (pul.lishcd April 

17, 1802) Job Loring, of ILnghaiu, inul had six iihildrew. 

747. Rachel,* ij, April fl, 1778; m. firnt, in 1801, Warren Jacobs, of 

Boston, iiud had three children; m. second, Stcph(.;n Iluil, of 

748. Maki-,' b. Sept. 5, 1781 ; m. Isaac Totman, of Boston, and had 

three <:hildren. 

749. Natuanikl,* b. March 1, 1785 ; d. April 19, 1854. Was a very 
respectable man, and lived in Scituate on land which has been 
possessed by the family from IGGO. He was Deputy Sheriff of 
Plymouth County for many years, and held various offices iu 
town and county. He lost one leg in early life by an accident, 
and while having it amputated, without any ana'slhotic, he did 
not so much as utter a groan. From his family, impoitnnt in- 
formation was obtained for these annuls. lie m. Nov. 27, 1814, 
Ann.i Briggs, of Scituate, who wtis b. Juno 4, 1793, and was 
j>resent at tlie social meeting of tlie Clapps, on the evening of 
June 18, 1873, in Boston. Children; 

750. Nathaniel B,,' b. Aug. 28, 1815; he m. first, Nov, 25, 1838, 
Anna B. (No. 078), dan. of Allen Chipp, of Scituate, who d, 
Dec. 22, 1839, leaving one child, Frank Alien* b. Nov. o, 
1830, who lives in South Boston, ra, Nov, 5, 1865, Juletta 
Sylvester, and has: (1) Anna Mitt/* b. May 28, 1«G7 ; (2) 
Carrie If",," b. Nov. G, 1872. Nath'l B.' m. second, Mary B, 
Clapp (No. C79), sister of his first wife. They hail one child, 
Frederick Waterston," b. Feb. 2.i, 1843, who m. Dec. 2. 18G8, 
Mary A. Lewis, of Framiiighaui, and has : (I) Fanny Lewis? 
b. Sept. 25, 18G9 ; (2) Frank Jiat/ianiel," b. Oct. 2, 1870 ; 
(3) Gustavus*h. Oct. 28, 1871; {A) John Wihon? h. Marcli 
10.1873; (5) /Verf«r»VX-,M). Aug. 4, 1874. Nath'l B.^ m. 
third, Nov. 3, 1872, Julia Clapp (No. 682), of Scituate. 

751. Deborah A^ b. Aug 13, 1819 ; m. Nov. IG, 1842, Allen (No. 
677), son of Allen Clapp, of Scituate, and has five children. 

752. Antoinette,'' h. Feb. 27, 1822; d. October, 1847, unmarrieth 

753. Sylcanus,'' b, Oct 18, 1831 ; ra. Dec> 26, 1858, TLuiperance, 
dau. of Elijah Clapp (No. 727), of Scituate. He has served 
aa Selectman of the town, and in varioua other oHices. 

754. SxEfiiEN," b. July 20, 1787; d. Feb. 13, 1825. He lived in 

Scituate in the same honse in which his father lived and died. 

He m. April 14. 1814, Delight Bowker, of Scittiate, who d. Jan. 

15,1849. Children: 

755. Melelia/i,^ b. Feb. 13, 1815 ; m. in 1838, Lucy Sherman, of 


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7^, <^ /%' h. Mardi 12. 1818; m. OtU n, IMS, 

inUgg, q/ Botcas, —< dw r ■iiti libire. Ha* 
lUi, JSUmM, /(,' k Ifcpc 12. 1«1» : au ia 1938, trnte* M. Cte 

BiJAffi, of Ak««r Yofl(. aad ha* lix cMJAm a. 
7M. //»>A4u( .<C^ b. Kardi 4, 1821 ; m. inc. Oct. 27, 1S44, 

hfftfm, Mfm. A. Hawrw. aitd had ooecfcild; wootid, I 

K|«Miildiajp awl had two daUrm. 
7fiO, Ttmptraitef'- k Aoe. 2«^ III22 : m. Hanaoa Sleeper, of J 

and had two eUMfrai. 
701. iknhtm! h. Oct. £, M'24; d. De«L27. 1973; n. Dec 19, 1^7, 

lladMl Khmaaa, aT Manhldd. CblUreo : I. i£iry J^' kj 

Aaf. 2«. iWO; m. Jme 11. 1871. Daatei J. SanpMii. H* 

Ofra J^* h. Jan. 29, 1859. HI. .9. EddU* k Mareh 4, 18C2 ; ' 

d. I.>ec. II. I8«3. 
On* ochar child uf HylTams* and Eltzabeth d. jonog. 

340 — 

JOHN' (T/ioman* John* Sftmud,' 77/o/n//j'), eldest son Of Judgc 
Tliomu/( and Murjr (I><joiJurd) CIap|), of Soituale, was born in Taun- 
Um, July 14, 1733. Ifc wai a Captain ia the Militia, and an officer 
in tlif! Frciirh War. Ifo wan at Quebec In 1759. lie married in 
\1f>2 .JiiriiHlia Hailey, who wan bom in 173G, and lived in Scituate. 
lie waN but *J0 yearn of a{fe and hiH wife but IG at the time of nnar- 
riuK". Un ili<;il May 24 17fi7. lie was the only member of his 
family who married. 

Clilldreii of Cupt. Juil.N and J£KDSIIA (Bailey) Olapp, of Scitaate: 

7il-i. Makt." 

7HH. .loiiN,' t\. It young man, wliilo acrving in the Army of the Revo- 

7(14. Itirni." m. John Tiflhny, of Attlcboro'. 
7«.'i. NANtJr,"]!. in I7«l; il. April *-".», 1H(K), aged 3'J yeurs. She 

I)o('. 12, 17H2, Kdwunl S. L<io(ln, of Dorchester, who wa« fa 

fi'iiiii lit<iiii> nil i'xciii|ihiry num. Hhe was buried iu the old 

liiti yiiifj-tjioiiinl lit iJorcht'iilcr. 
7«ll. Kim I IK." b, ill I7t!l ; m. Churlei* Cole, of Scituate ; was an active 

and iiilidllKi'iil tvoniiin. 
7C7. I.lo>N\iiii,° b. Au;^. 170(5; d. April >t. IS'ii. ajjcd 8'i years. 8 nios. 

llr lived oil ilu) |iiiU'riiiil L'(*tiile of Key. Thomas, lie m. Betsey 

>SltU»oi), of Sciiuutc, who d. Juue 7, 1854, aged 81 years. Chil. : 



768. Munj I^omtrd,'' b. Sept. 2C, 1708; unm. Lives with her 

brother Ileni-y in the house Imilt hy her gieat-grandtiither 
ill 1740. Is familiar vvitli the whole family history of tho 
Sdluate branch ; ia well informed iti regard to matters of 
public as well as local interest; has furuished valuable aid 
ill gjitheriiig materia] for these annals; and tjeafiures up, 
with the (levotediiess of a true antiquary, many precious relics 
which liave come down to her frfim worthy ancestors. 

769. Leominh^ b. March 18. 1800 ; d. Feb. !), 1818, at sea; unm. 

770. J/ejiri/,'' h. May 20, 1802: m. Oct. 1844, Frances Perry, of 

South Alnngtoii. lie settled as a tnercliaut in Scituate, 
and now lives in the maiKsion house built by Judge Thomas 
Clapp iu 1710. Children: \, Mori/ Frances^ b, August, 
1845. il. Hairy Ofcir," h. April, 1847. 

771. Alfred,'' h. tlaw. 15, 1804; was a sea-captain, and lost at sea 

off Cape Ilatteras, April, 1834; m. Nov. \^, I82'J, Catharine 
Litchfield, b. Jan. 1, 1811. Children: \, Maiuhina Catha- 
rine,^ h. Oct. 12, 18;i0: m. Feb. 23, IS.Jd, Josseph W. IMorris, 
of North Scituate, and has four chi!<Jren. ii. Alfred,^ b- July, 
18^4 ; lu. Ahhie Merritt, and has: (1) Geurffiaiia ,^ (2) Lu- 
cy EHen .•" (3) Mary I^onard f (4) Alfred,^ (5) Augustus ,•" 
(6) Bessie? 

772. Albert'^ twin brother of Alfred, b. Jan. 15, 1804; d. June 

26, 18.38; m. March 2'.\, 182D, Martha Weston, of Duxbury. 
Children: \, Aiirpistus* was engineer of one of the U, S. 
Steamers during the War of the Rebellion, and d. after the 
close of the war. lit Geori/iaua,'' lives iu Duxbury, unm. 
with hor mother. 

773. Sarah Jirlffffs,' h. July 15, 1805; m. Nov. 8, 1829, Geo. W. 

Wetherbee, of Boston. 

774. Luc;/ Jiriggs^ twin sister to Sauah B., b. July 17, 1805; m. 

Dec. 25, 1827, Ciilviu Damon, of Boston. 

775. Augu^tujs,^ b. Sept. 15, 1807; d. Jan. 10, 1831; was Post- 

master of .Scituate for some time ; unmarried. 

776. Chandler^' b. Doc. 25, 1808; was a sea-captain. lie m. 

ia 1837, Hannah Foster, who d. May 5, 18(JG, a. 48 yrs. 6 
mos. Cliildren : i. Oriamt* b. Nov. 13, 1837 ; d. Aug. 23, 
1838. Ii. Mnria FJ h. June 13. 1839 ; m. Benjamin Wild- 
er, of HL-fosfph W.,^ h. inlH43; m. July 20, 
1875, Almeiia M. Sparrow, of Chatham, iv. George Chand- 
ler,^ b. in 1845 ; m. March 24, 1872, Annie M. Phillips, of 
Foster, U. L T. Cknrlef: /•'.," b. July, 1850; m. Nov. 5, 
1874, Alice Carpenter, of Marlboro'. Some ancient docu- 
ments, miule use of in this Memorial, were kindly furnished 
by him. 

777. Thomas,'' b. Feb. 25, 1812 ; fifteen years one of the School 

Committee of Scituate, and also served the town as one of 
the Selectmen in 18C8. The mill, of which the [loet sings in 
the Bong ot "The Old Oaken Bucket," bcionga to this branch 
of the family, and is still iu use. He m. Dec. 23, 1838, 
Ann Rosiua Cudworth, who was b. in Marshlicld, Jan. 7, 
1821. Children: \, Henri/ T J b. April 2, 1810; he was 
the Ward Master of the Georgetown College Hospital in 





the early part of the Rebellion, and in the 42(1 Mnss. Vols, 
in the lutter part; m, June 12, 1870, Mary Frances Carr, 
who was b. in Taunton, Jan. 27, 1850. II. Ami Ji.,* b. May 
30, 1842; m. Dec. 7, 1865, Elijah T., son of Elijah Clapp 
(No. 299), of Scituate. Hi. WiWain* b. Nov. 17, 1846; 
lives in Centreville, Cal. iv. Ella B.," b. Sept. 2, 1857. ?. 
Josephine /,.,* b. July 4, 1859. 

Frances Elhabelh,^ h. 'March 13, 1814; in. Turner Hatch, of 

Jtufus,^ b. April 10, 1817 ; he is a farmer, and has served on 
the School Conomittee of Scituate ; m, Nancy Mall, of Marsh- 
field. Children : 1. Nancy >!.,» b. Nov. 1845 ; d. about 1872 ; 
she m. Capt. George Ilodgdon. 11, Albert,* b. Oct. 1847 ; m. 
Mary A. Packard, and has: (1) George P., ^ {2) Lizzie ^ 
(3) Anna ,•" (4) an infant, not name<l. ill, Alfred,^ lives in 
Boston. I?. Frank? lives in Illinois, and m. there. V, Li- 
lian,* tI. Jennie.^ tII. Gertrude? vlll. Rufus Floyd.* 
The last four are living at their father's house, in Scituate. 
780. Hannah,' h. in 1768; d. Feb. 19, 1837; m. April 19, 1795, John 
Otis, of Scituate, a sea-captain, b. Feb. 17, 17G9. 


D WELLY" (DavJil,* DnviJ,' Sftir.iu:l,' Thomas'), only child of 
David and first wife Ruth Clapp, of Scituate, was born Aug. 12, 1741. 
He was a soldior in tlie War of the Revolution, and received a pen- 
sion during the reniaiudor of his life. He married first, June 5, 1 700, 
Eliza Elmnis; second, May 23, 1776, Abigail Gray. Ho lived and 
died in Scituate. 

Cliildren of Dwelly and Ist wife Eliza (Elinras) Clapp, of 
Scituate : 

781. DwKLLT,' b. in 17G3 ; d. June 22. 1819, aged 56 years. He m. 
Rachel and lived in Scituate. Children : 

782. Polly,^ b. Aug. 8, 1781. 

783. Sfdhi^ b. Aug. 8, 1784. 

784. JRoffur,'' h. Dec. 2, 1785; d. May 10, 1812. He is probably 
the one who ra. in Boston, March 2C, 1810, Betsey W. 

785. L*x>i,-< b. Aug. 11. 1787 ; d. Dec. 22, 1814. He m. in 1813, 
Sally Leavitt, and had one or two children which d. young. 

786. Baifis/icbn,'' b. Oct. 17, 1790. 

787. Perez,'' h- Aug. 24, 1793; removed to somewhere in Worcester 
Co., Mass.. and was in Woodstock, Vt, in 1856. He m. 
Jan. 18, 1814, Khoila Smith, of Bridgewater, Vt., who wash. 
Jan. 16, 179G. Children : 1. Harret/," h. Feb. 12, 1820. ii, 
Norman,^ b. Aug. 9, 1822. Hi. Wlillam? b. Nov. 23, 1824. 
IV, Elmira,^ b. April 16, 1827. T. Si^lregtcr,* b. July 9, 1829. 
rl.Leri," h. May 24, 1831. y li. Jamcii» h. Nov- 22, 1833. 
Vill, Elvira K.* b. April 23, 1836. |X. George* b. Oct. 8, 

788. Susanna,'' b. Aug. 24, 1793. Twin sister to Perez. 



78t). RhUi,' b. Oct. 1.3, 1796. 
791). RacheP b. Sept. 2, 1708. 

701. EUza,^ b. Jutie 27, 1802. 

702. Ludndii,^ b. March 2, 1805, 

793. TUden: b. Dec. 2, 1807 ; m. Oct. 10, 1824, Penelope Nichols. 
Children r I. LtiHier L.* b. Doc. 23, 1826. II. George JI.> b. 
S«pt. 29, 1828. Ill, Rhoda iV.,« b. Oct. 29, 1830. Ir, 
Lticmda,^ b. July 28, 1834. T. Rfioda,^ b. Oct. 1, 1837. Tl. 
CaiebK," b. Nov. 10, 1839 ; vll. Lt/dia E.," b. May 14, 1841. 
794. RofJER,' b. 1765 ; <1. 1797; m. Margaret .Sutton and 1. in Scituate. 
After his decease, his widow in. second, John Federheu, a Ger- 
man, and lived in Boston ; in 1842, being quite aged, she made 
a misstep and broke her leg in two places, crippling her for the 
remainder of her life. Important information was obtaiDed from 
her for these annals. Children : 

795. G(den,'> b. March 14, 1792; d. about 1836. ITe is represented 
as an honest man, but of imprudent habits, lie was a 
jeweller by trade, and lived in Boston. He m. iu Boston, 
March 6, 1814, Deborah Haydeii. Children: \, Amos C.' 
h. in 1814 or '15; a printer in Bo.ston; m. about 1839, 
Catharine Lambert, of Nova Scotia, and had : (1 ) /«An,' b. iu 
1840; (2) Mary J'Jlhabet/i* b. iu 1842; d. Oct. 2\K 1847. ii. 
Martjaret* m. Win. Taylor, of Boston, who d. about 1841, 
and had one child ; she afterwards lived with her mother, ilf . 
William' lived in Boston. I?. Henry,* d. young. V. Anna,' 
b. iu 1826; lived with her mother, whom she helped to 

79G. Artemn*,^ b. April 4, 1794; d. March 3, 1869. He was a con- 
fectioner by trade atwl lived in Boston. He m. in Boston, 
May 5, 1812, Mary Hanson, who was born January 1, 
1701, and died October 15, 1872. Children: \, Ariemns* 
b. Nov. 20, 1816; loll the country about the year 183.'>, 
and was snppoRed to be in the Sandwich Islands, iii Mary 
E.* b. June 1 1, 182(1 ; m. April 20. 1843, Charles F. Dan- 
forth, of Clareniuiit, N. H.; lived in Boston; d. Dec. 29, 
1872. m.Juhii F.," b. Sept. 11. 1821 ; d. Oct. 6. 184G. iv. 
Ann C.'h. Feb. 25, 1824; m- first, Aug. 28, 1842, James 
W. Root, of Eulioiil, Ct. ; m. second, Charles H. Knowltou ; 
lives in Boston. T, AV/e« /f.* b. May 3, 1826 ; m. Aug. 12, 
1847, John W. Gleason, of Andover, and lives in Boston. tI. 
Caroline,' m. Job T. Bates, of Cohasset. tII, C/tarles T.,* d. 
Jan. 9, 1861. 

797. Ca.ssiiis.'' h. July IG, 170C ; d. about 1841, aged about 45 years. 
He lived awhile in Charlcstuwn, but finally settled in Lynn, 
where he died. He m. first, in Boston, May 13, 1818, Hen- 
rietta Gould ; second Bangs. Children: i, Thomas* 

b. in 1819 ; lived in Lynn, and in 1843 m. Eliza Oilman ; ii. 
Cassiiis,* d. young, ill. Jacob* was an api>rentice iu Boston 
in 1843. If. Henrietta,* d. young. V. Harriet,* d. young. 
708. Alexavdicr,* b. in 1767; d. Aug. 21, 18.30, aged about 63 ye^ars. 
He lived and died in Scituate. He m. Sei)t. 9, 1701, Bethi.ih 
Litchfield. Children: 

799. Paul,' b. iu 1792 ; m. Not. 29, 1810, Lydia Bates. Children: 



i. Osiru* b. April 7, 1829 ; lives in Boston; m. first, Nov. 
28, 1853, Lucy V. Bouve, and has: {\) John B.* h. Aug. 31, 
1856; (-2) Frcmi: If.,' b. May 23, 1859; (3) Lulu Af.,' b. 
March 23, 18G3 ; — m. second, Oct. 15, 1871, Lizzie C. Pope. 
ii. Otven," h. March 22, 1833. iii. Eliza Ann,' m. William 
R. Webster, and was dead in 1873. 

800. Silas: b. in 1793 ; d. April 26, 1826. He m. Oct 9, 1814. Rnth 

C. Litchfield, who d. Aug. 27, 1825, aged 30 years. Children : 
i. Mart/ia F.,' b. Oct. 17, 1815. Ii. Sil^u Z>.,* b. Oct. 14, 
1818; d. Aug. 4, 1836, aged 18 years, iii, Mary E.* b. Oct. 
31, 1820. iv. Mckols,' b. June 20, 1823. 

801. Benry: b. Feb. 28, 1797 ; ni. about 1817, Martha Parker, who 

was b. in Dorchester, and had : i, Gtoryt /*..' b. Feb. 18, 1817; 
m. Nov. 28, 1839, Aon, dau. of Joseph and Susan (Cutting) 
Potter; live iu South Scituate. Childreu : (1) George ll.* 
b. July 18, 1841, m. March 7, 1865, Susan R. Stet«oa, and 
lives in Somer>ille ; {2) Ann M.^ b. Jan. 5, 1847; (3) 
Aiitputine W.' b. Dec. 12, 1853, d- Jan. 12, 1871. 

802. Job:^h. in I7'J9; d. Aug. 20, 182.'), .iged 26 years. Hem. 

April 2. 1820, Lvdia Damon. Children: I, Iii ram* b. Julj 
28. 1822. ii. Christiana: b. Dec 20, 1825. 

803. Allen: b. in 1801 ; m. Feb. 15, 1821, Mary Gotbott Childreu : 

i. iMzarin: b. Feb. 7, 1824; d. Jan. 4, 1827. ii. iMnry G^* 
b. Jan. 11, 1826. iii. Salome: b. March 3, 1829. It. Xoa 
A.: b. Dec. 12, 1831. T. J%a)7 M.: h. April 18, 1834. 

804. Alexander: b. in 1807 ; a blacksmith by trade. He settled in 

Hingham, and m. Sept. 24, 1830, Leverett L. Lincoln. 
Children: 1. C/iarUt C," dead iu 1873. ii. George: 111. 
Mary B: 

805. Joseph: h. in 1809; probably m. about 1830. Lvdia 

Children: \, lielhlah: b. Nov. 24, 1830. \\. Joseph .fl".,' b. 
Dec. 20, 1833. iii. RtUh Z.,' b. March 16, 1835. 

806. Azuia'' (or Ursula). 

807. William," probably d. young. 

808. Barxard,* probably d. young. 

809. JosiAfl,* probably d. young. 

— ^362 

BELA' (Jos/iun,' David' Samvd* Thomas*), eldest sonofJosbna 
and Lydia Clapp, of Scituate, wa^ born in Scituate, July 2, 1760, 
but removed to Boston, where he carried on a large business as a 
carpenter. He built the house on the lower road, Dorchester, called 
the Hall House, bought by Capt. F. W. Macondray. He was a mem- 
ber of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery ; afterwards remored to 
Claicmont, N. H., where lie died. He married, first, Jan. 23, 1783, 
Sarah Warland, who died Feb. 2, 1804; second, Feb. 16, 1805, 
Elizabeth Gilbert, of Littleton, who died Aug. 15, 1826, having 
survived her husband about 14 years. He died July 12, 1812. 

Children of Bela and 1st wife Sabah (Warland) Clapp: 
-1-810. William Wablasd,* b. Nov. 2, 1783 ; d. April 80, 1860. 



811. Sarah," b. Jan. 11, 1786; m. about 1838, Meletiah Holmes, of 

Kingston, Mass. ; no issue. 
81-2- Marv," b. Dec 16, 1787 ; d. Nov. 7, 1795, aged 8 years. 

813. LYDiA,''h. Feb. U. 17yO; m. in Claremont, N. II„ Capt Jobii 

Farwell, iiuiJ liml five cbildreii. After tbe deatb of her husband, 
she residc'il with her sons in Boston. 

814. JosnrA B.,' b. July 20, 1792 ; d. April 2, ISGO. He lived in New 

London, Conn., and afterwards kept au Intelligence and Real 
Estate Office in Boston. He m. Clarissa Clark. Children : 

815. Mary B.,^ b. about 1819. 

816. Maria Elizabeth;' b. Dec. 31, 1820, at New London, Ct. ; d. 

Aug. 13, 1857. She was a woman of very marked religious 
traits. A memoir of her life and eharucter was written by 
her pastor, Rev. Chamllcr Robbina, D.D., of Boston, in 1858, 
and publislied in a book of 134 pages. He says of her: 
"She was a Christian indeed, in whom was no guile." 
" Those who met her most fre(|npuLlj, and knew her most in- 
timately, were profuuudly impressed vvilh I he genuineness 
and thorouginiL'SS of licr consecration tfi God," 

817. Clarissa L.^ va- Rev. William G- Bahcock, of Lunenburg, 

afterwards of Boston; now minister of Warreuton Street 
Chapel. A daughter of theirs passed through the regular 
course of study, in llio Divinity School of Harvard College, 
and is now the wife of Rev. H. Risbee, pastor of the Uawea 
Plac^ Congregational Society, South Boston. 
8J8. Joahm fF.,' b. Dec. 31, 182-1 ;' m. June 23, 1853. Sarah Ann 
Maria Cole, who d. Jan. 1875. Children : i. Maria Louisa' 
b. April 7, 1854. ii. George Greffori/,' h. March 27, 1858. 
Hi. Clarissa Clark,^ b. Sept. 27, 18G4. iv. Frederick Waller,* 
b. Oct. 4, 18r,8. 

819. Lucy S.: b. May 19, 1827 ; d. Aug. 28, 1827. 

820. Luvy /'.,' b. .June 19, 1828 ; m. April 2, 1856, Dr. Joseph 
Hagar, of Boston. 

George G.,' b. Aug. 17, 1829 ; d. June 17, 1871. He m. Aug. 
17, 1854, Harriet Tirrell, of Boston. Children: i, Joshua 
Warland,^ b. May IG. 1855. ||. Harriet Maria » b. Aug. 30, 
1857. HI. WiUiam Henry,^ b. Oct. 26, 1859. Iv. Charles 
Walter,^ b. Dec. 28, 18C0 ; d. March 5, 1861. 

Harriet 1/.,' b. Oct. IC, 1831 ; m. April, 1856, Smith Wright, 
of Boston. 

Edmund,^ h. Dec. 8, 1834; d. an infant. 

Charles,'' b. Aug. 13, 1835; d. young. 

825. Joseph," b. Jan. 19, 1795 ; d. an infant. 

826. Rebecca,* b. May 29, 1798 ; d. an infant. 

Child of Beia and 2d wife Elizabeth (Gilbert) Clapp: 

827. SxKi'UEN RoWE," b. Mjirch 25, 1809 ; a pianoforte maker in Bos- 

ton. He m. Jan. 5, 1832, Rebecca W. Noyes, of Newburyixtrt. 
Children : 

828. Man/ L.,'' b. June 5, 1833. 

829. Stephen Jioice,' b. August, 1843. 







JOSHUA' (Jonhnn,* Joshua * Joshua * Thomas,^ Tliomas^), oldest 
son of Joshua and Margaret (Guild) Clapp, of Walpole, was bora 
March 11, 1753; when youug, lived in Connecticat, then moved to 
Walpole, and from thcuce he removed to the vicinity of Brattleboro', 
Vt., where he settled on a farm. lie married Lucy Buckmiuster, 
dauglitor of a clergyman of that name in Connecticut. 

Children of Joshua and Lucy (Buckminster) Clapp, of Walpolo, 
Mass., and Brattleboro', Vi. : 

830. Nathan B.,'' b. .Sept. 16, 1778. 

831. Lucy,' b. May 17, 1780. 

832. Lowell,' d. February, 1854. 

-f.833. Ellis,' b. Sept. 17, 1784 ; d. Feb. 10, 1854. 
834. Joshua.' 

— 513 — 

SAMCEL" (Samncl,^ Samuel,* Samuel,^ Thomas* Thomas^), oldest 
sou of Samuel and Lydia (Wilds) Clapp, of Norton, was born May 
n, 1769. He settled first in Petersham, but in the latter part of 
his life he lived with his son Samuel at Athol. He married. May 
26, 1 795, Sarah, daughter of Enos Lincoln. 

Children of Samuel and Sarah (Lincoln) Clapp. 

835. Samuel,' b. Feb, 16, 1796 ; d. Dec. 5, 1874. He Uved in Atbol, 
Slafis., and was a very intelligent, ingenious man, as well as an 
eminent Christian. He was a good man, greatly beloved by all 
who knew him. He held the office of Deacon in Athol for more 
than forty years, having been chosen to that office the second 
year of bis membcriihip in the church, and during that time was 
a faithful and consistent chunh officer. He illustrated in his life 
the truth of the proverb : " When a man's ways please the Lord, 
he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him." He was 
the inventor of *' Clapp's Telegraphic Calendar," a most ingeni- 
ous and couvcniout chart "• for instantly finding the day of the 
month and the day of the week, in any year, from the birth of 
Christ to the year 3200 inclusive." An edition of this " Calen- 
dar," prepared by the author, was printed in 18.50, on a sheet 10 
or 1 1 inches sijuarc, by Da\nd Clapp, Jr. of Boston, and published 
by Ebenezer Clapp, Jr. He m. Nancy Bancroft, of Peteniham. 
Children : 

836. PrisciUa E/nm,>'h. Feb. 13, 1820; m. Feb. 10, 1841, James 
S. Gouldimr, who was a Deacon of the church in Athol. 

837. Samiwl An f tin,' h. Oct. 30, 1821 ; d. June 6, 1848. He m. 
Jau. 12, 1847, Hepzibeth Goo<lnough, of Templetflu. No 

838. Nancy Angelina,^ h. Feb. 3, 1826; m. Aug. 4, 1846, Sumner 
J. Lincoln, nf West Brookfield. Lives in Baltimore. M<1. 

839. Harriet Shipley ■> b. Maich 27, 1881 ; d. March 8, 1833. 

840. Edward Payson* b. Sept. 16, 1840. 



841. Sahah,' b. Aug. 19, 1708 ; tl. Oct. 3, 1803. 

812. Lt-dia WiLDsi' I). M.iiy 27, 1801; m. May 2, 1826, Gilhert H. 

Cliirk. ftiiil ])iis two ('litlilrtsn. 
843, Ei-viua', b. Dec. 8, 1803 ; m. Joseph G. Parmenter, and has four 



STEPHEN* {Inrreaxe* Benjamin* John,'' hicrease,' Thiman^), son 
of Increases and Cclliiali (Winslow) Olupp, was borij in Tolland, 
Connecticut, Oct. 2, 1774. IJe lived itt ElHuf^lon, Tolland Co., 
Conn., until 1823, when he removed to Windsor, Aslitabula Co., 0., 
that county then being b«t newly settled, and the inhabitants but 
few and scattered. He raarricd, April 29, 1802, Marv Looiiiis, who 
died March 8, 1864. He died Aug. 14, 1S54. 

Children of Stephen and Mary (Loomis) Clapp, of Ellington, Ct. : 

844. E.vui./ b. Dec. 15, 1804; d. May H?, 1866. He lived in West 
Farmiiigton, Tnimbiill Co., O. Cliildren : 
84.'>. ^far1|? 847. Emma} 

84G. £hai'f/kfJ 848. Emebim.' 

849. Caroline,''^ b. June 24, 1807 ; m. David Ilutnphrey, In Windsor, 
O., and Fias three children. 
850. Inckkase,' b. Nov. 30, 1810. He m. Nancy CollinB, and settled in 
Espyvillo, Crawford Co., Pa,, as a physician. In 1871, he had 
no children. 
-1-851. Wu.i.rA.M M.,^ b. Dec. 18, 1817. 

852. JoiiN M.,' b. Feb. 24, 1819 ; d. April 6, 1844. 


WILLIAM WARLAND' {Bda; Joshnn* Darhl,' Stmitcl,' 
Tliomus^), oldest soa of Capt. Bela and Sarah (Warlaud) Clapp, was 
born in Boston, Nov. 2, 1783. Ho served au apprenticeship of 
seven years with Young &, Minns, publishers of the Massadmselts 
Mercury, He was publisher of the GazHlc if Maine, for s\x years, 
and of the B'is/on Repertory. In 1S13, he issued proposals for the 
publication of tiic liusfon Daily Ath-triiscr, the lirst daily jiapcr in 
the city, which he started, and subsequently sold to Mr. Nathan 
Hale. He then became publisher of the Hampshire Gazette. On 
his return to Boston, he bought the Sntiirduy Evening Gazette, of 
which lie was proprietor for thirty years. In 1822, he started the 
first flaiiy evening paper. He was a practical printer, a ready 
writer, and a very industrious man. He possessed great energy 
and public spirit, and his useful life was intiuiatcly connected with 
the progress of Boston for half a century. He was admitted as a 
member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Co. in 1820. Ho 
married, Dec. G, ISO", Hannah W. Lauo, of Boston. Ho died April 
30, 1866. 




WILLIAM M.' (Stephen' Inereasc," Benjamin* John,^ Increase' 
TAomoi-'), son of Stephen and Mary (Loomis) Clapp, was l)orn in 
Elliiigtoii, Tolland County, Conoecticut, Dec. 18, 1817. He ia one 
of the old Puritan stock, who has attained a character and position 
■which deserve more than a passing notice. He has succeeded in 
spite of all difficulties; has never knowQ when he was down, indeed 
never was down but to rise again to some higher station by his 
genius and energy. He manifests great reverence for his ancestors, 
and takes much interest in tiieir history. Id 1870, he came from 
IndiaTia to attend tho Clapp Gathering in Northampton. The fol- 
lowitig items relating to his youth and manhood will be read with 

He moved with his father in 1823 to Windsor, Ashtabula County, 
0., where the opportunities for getting any education wore limited; 
worked on the farm with his father and brotliers during tho summer, 
and attended school in a log-house building in the winter, usually a 
term of three months; studied English Grammar, eommittiug to 
meraiory the coarse printed part of Lindley Murray's Grammar (lieing 
that part which the schoolmasters of those days required pupils to 
repeat), and, while making maple sugar, alternately poking up tho 
fires, watching the kettles and conning over the grammar book. At 
the age of 17, he undertook, what with ao many Yankees is the first 
start in the world, school teaching; but hero he failed, not being 
able to control and manage the older rude members of the school. 
Believing discretion the better part of valor, he called upon the 
trustee of the District, informed him that teaching school was not a 
success, and lelTt the field without honor. The following spring, with 
a desire to strike out and sec the world, and meet its respunsihilitics, 
be left his pleasant and agreeable home, went to Barton, Ohio, and 
commenced work in a dry goods store; remained there 18 months, 
then went to Mantua, Ohio, and entered another dry goods store, 
and not long after engaged in the same business in Franklin, Port- 
age County, Ohio. Remained there about eighteen months, then 
went to Chester, Granger County, Ohio, and worked for E. W. 
Johnson in a dry goods store, each change Imving been made with 
tho expectation of getting better wages and obtaining a more desira- 
ble situation. Having now acquired a fair practical knowledge of 
the business, a partnership with Johnson was proposed, the labor of 
one compensating as the capital of tho other partner. After finding 
a situation and renting a store room, here again was failure, for 
Johnson proved to be insolvent, and young Clajjp was out of business. 
Was induced, with an acquaintance who had been peddling clocks 
for a Connecticut Clock Co., to go to Wheeling, Virginia, thinking 
that the Company would give employment to more men tljcre. After 
four or five days' travel, reached the plac(3, but the agent was not to 


)(• found, and after a few days of waitino;, it seemed that clock ped- 
dhni; wan not to bo depended upon. But what to do, — out of busi- 
npi-s, nmbifiou?, willing to work, and mind uneasy ! Got up one 

Ipiorninj;; and walked out about ten mi!ct« into the country among 
|ho \\'i\h; made partial arranwemnnt3 to toacli a school: came back 
in the evening, and seeing a steamboat at the landing went on board. 
The Ohio River wa? so low that no boats were running, except oc- 

Kasionully a very small one. On the b(»ot were a Mr. Stocking and 
rife, f'-orn Granger County, Ohio, going down the river to teach 
school somewhere in Kentucky, provided they could get a situation. 
They ui-ged him to go along, and as the boat was not to leave until 
the next morning, there was a It' tic time to think the matter over. 
There were many doubts and fears in the way ; to go off several 
hundred miles further from home, with hardly enough money to get 
there and none to get back with, and engage in a bueines.'* which 
J'ormer experience had t«hown unfitness for, niade the thing look a 
Ittic gloomy. But the next morning's sun phone ?o brightly, the 
lag on the little sieamer floated so gaily in the autumn breeze, that 
ope was inspired, tlie trunk put al'oard the boat, and a deck passage 
aid for to May^fvilie, Ky. Tiiat dcuk pasttago (being as good an 
i-angcment a,* tlie financial condition wof.ld adtnit) gave the party 
e right to ride on the boat, sit oi\ his trunk and sleep on the floor 
e?ide it, and eat at the second tabic with tho boat hands or other 
eck pa.-isengers by paying for each meal. Mr. and Mrs. Stocking 
•wore the kinde.-it and best of people, iutore3tit\g and intelligent, and 
the lime passed off pleasantly. It took ten daj's to rciich Maysville^ 
Started out on foot Irom there in .^earoh of a school. After much 
labor found a ]dace among tlu- hills, or knobs, as they called them, 
M'horo a schoolmaster was wanted, who would " board around," 
collect his own pay, and take his chances generally. Allcr getting 
theru, jusl a oue dollar bill on the bank of Massilloii, Ohio, was the 
cash on hand. A few weeks after, that bank failed, :iiid then, five 
or six hundred miles from home, witli no friends, acquaintances or 
money, it looked a.^ W oil was depending upon effort. After staying 
here about a year, giving general satisfaction, and known as the 
Yiinhet: Schouhniifta; concluded to go to a better part of the State, 
and went to Fayette County, near the Bourbon County line, and 
taught school two yeari«. S&ved some money there, so a.-? to leave 
with abiiut four hundred dollars. Went home to Windaor, Ohio; 
stayed two months; bought a horse, saddle and bridle, and putting 
some clothes in a pair of saddle-bags, started off on horseback for 
Indiana, having concluded to go there and study and practise law. 
Aflur travelling about eight days, arrived one Saturday night at 
Peru, Miami County, Indiana, then a small village, the county scat 
of the County. Rested over Sabbath, and on Monday morning, after 
inquiry in regard to the lawyers of tho place, went to the office of 
Ebenezcr P. Lovcland, and made arrangemoDts to cater bia office as 



a law stuflent, and the same day was set to work on Clutty's Black- 
stone, Vol. I. Ill a day or two after, traded the horse, saddle and 
bridle for six months' board at the cheapest hotel in the place. 
Remained in LovcJand's office until the last of Mafch^ 1843, and 
obtained a license to practise law. Went to Au<justa, the then 
county seat of Noble County; the county seat afterwards removed 
to Port Mitchell, and then again to Albion. Commenced practising 
law in Noble County in April, 1843. Law business in those days 
was quite limited, there being ouly two terms of Circuit Court a year. 
In the fall of 1845 was elected Auditor of the County; held that 
office five years; attended to the duties of the office, practised law, 
uud iu 1849 added the aelliug of dry goods, groceries, <fec, to the 
other business. In 185G, was elected Representative, and served 
one term in State Legislature; in 1860, was elected Judge of the 
19th Common Fleas District, embracing five counties ; was re-elected 
in 1S64, and again in 1868 and in 1872. In 1873, that court was 
abolished, and all its business transferred to the Circuit Court. 
Having served the public thirteen years upon the IJench, now, in 
1875, retired to private life, with not much to do, saving only the 
management of the Bank of Albion (a little affair of his own), some 
interest in a dry goods and hardware store in Albion, a woolen mill 
at Rome city, ahout 8 miles distant, and a small farm of sixty-five 
acres adjoining Albion, with some law practice.* William M. Clapp 
married, Nov. 14, 1847, Mary A. Skinner, who was born Dec. 15, 

Children of William M. and Mahy A. (Skinner) Clapp: 

867. William Frank.» 
8G8. Charles Mekritt.* 
86&. Malissa." 

— 858 — 

CflARLES W.' {Willmm /F.," Bela,' Joshim* David,' Samvel/ 
Thomas'), son of William W. and Hannah W. (Lane) Clapp, was 
born in Northampton, Sept. 6, 1816. lie carried on the publishing 
business iu connection with iiis father. He married, first, April 
16, 1841, Jane T.Eaton, who was born June 16, 1821, and died 
March 1, 1843. Rev. Alcvander Huntington Clapp (son of Levi 
Clapp, of Worcester, No. 874 of the descendants of RotsEB) com- 
posed and published a beautiful piece of blank verse on her death. 
He married, second, Nov. 20, 1 844, Mary A. Foster, of Providence, 
RL Hedied June 10, 1874. 

• A corresponiicnt of the " Inter-Occan," of CliicaRO, writing from Albion, April 8, 1875, 
says. — "Among the early settlers hero aro "William M. ClBp]), cx-jiidge, iNinkcrand nicr- 
cliant; 8. E. Alvonl, publisher of the New Era; and Nelson F'rentins, merchant. The«) 
men are still in tlicir prime, and may 1* seen any warm aftumoun sutiniit^ themselves liko 
tortoises. In a double sense they arc doing this, for tbcy biisk in the sunshiuu of fortune, 
like other buainess m«n of Albion." 



Child of CflABLKS W. and Ist vife Jake T. (Eaton) Ciapp, of 
Boston : 

870. Charlss W.,* b. Feb. 20, 1^43; m. Mardi 20, 1870, Elb Cr 
of l^emhmjfort. They liv« in QidMa. ChiM : 
871. Artkur W^ b. Oct. 29, 1870. 

Children of Chables W. and 2d wife JIabt A. (Foster) Clapp: 

872. Waltek C' b. in Newport, R. L, Sept. 13, 1818. 

873. Flora B„* b. in Boston, Sept. 20, 1854. 

874. CoRi-XSE C.,' b, ui Baltimore, Md., Sept. 9, 1855. 

875. IIowABD W.,' b. m Milton, Aug. 6, 18C0. 


WILLIAM W.' (JFitliam IV.* Beln," JosJtm,* Darld,' Samuel,' 
T/iommi'), brother of the preceding, was born April 11, 1826. De 
resided al»road two years, completing his education, and became, in 
1849, solo proprietor of the Saturday Evening Gazette, which he sold 
in 18C5, when he purchased an interest in the Boston Journal, and 
became one of its managing editors. He held several positions in 
the militia, serving on the staflF of Governor Andrew. He has been 
a member of the Common Council, Board of Aldermen and State 
Senate. In 1850, he wrote a work entitled ".\ Record of the 
Boston Stage." Ho married, Sept. 30, 1850, Caroline, daughter of 
George Dennie. 

Children of William W. and Caroline (Dennie) Clapp : 

fi7r>. Mauy Dknnie,' b. July 21, 1851. 

877. CSEoar.E Dennie," b. June 2'J, 1853. 

878. Mabel Delako," b. April 22, 1865. 


, ALMON M." {FJlh^ Joshua,^ Joi^hua,' Joshua,' Jnshnn^ Thnntas,*' 
T/iomas'), oldest son of Ellis and Kcziah (Bowen) Clapp, was born 
in Killingly, Ct., Sept 14, 1811. His prospects in early youth wcro 
Huch as usually attend tlio sphere of comparative poverty allied to 
unquestioned respocta!)ility, the common school oll'ering to him the 
only means of an education. 

In the fall of 1818, his father loft his New England home, and 
emigrated to Western New York, at that time a comparative wil- 
derness. By rigid economy, he had saved from his earnings a sutn 
sufficient to purchase a farm of about one hundred acres in Living- 
ston County. By dint of industrious eflbit. the forest disappeared, 
the soil was tilled, comfortable buildings were erected, and in a few- 
years llio wilderness was converted into fertile and produclivc fields, 
in the centre of which was a happy home. Being the eldest child, 
the subject of this sketch, though only seven years old, was made 
Hseful in the discharge of such duties as were adapted to his years 
and condition. 


J 89 

At the ago of fourteen, Almoti left Lis father's house, not to return 
again, except as a "welcome jjucst. He bad read of Benjamin Franklin, 
in admiration of wliose character and example he selected the life 
and lot of a printer for his future sphere of usefulness, and he adopt- 
ed that vocation, determined upon success. He entered a small 
priating-oCico in the village of Geneseo, the count_y seat of Livingston 
Countj, as an apprentice, working patiently for three years, without 
much compensation therefor, except the progress be made in a know- 
ledge of the art of printing. In 1828, he nought a wider field. He 
visited the then village of Buffalo, where he engaged to complete his 
education as a printer in the establishment of Day, Follet & llaskins, 
where he remained, laboring for sixty dollars a year, with board, 
lodging and washing, until he attained his majority. 

Having reached the point where he was his own man, in 1831 he 
entered a classical school, where he studied and toiled for a few 
uioalhs to acquire a higfier degree of mental culture. On the 19th 
of April, 1S32, he married Miss Hannah Warren, youngest daughter 
of Gen. William Wan-en, at the village of Aurora, Erie Co., New 
York, her native place. 

In 1843 Mr, Clapp entered upon a new departure in business. 
Forgetting the maxim that the "cobbler should stick to his last," ho 
entered the mercantile mart in an adventure which proved disastrous 
to his pecuniary afl'airs and prospects. Nothing disheartened by 
this early misfortune, he returned to the vocation in which he had 
been educated, and, in 1835, through the aid of kind friends, he es- 
tablished a small weekly paper, called the Aurora Standard, in the 
village of Aurora, which he published and edited for three years, 
making it a pecuniary success. At the end of that time, he had 
extricated himself from his embarrassments. 

In the winter of 1837 and 1838, organizations were developed on 
both sides of the Canadian frontier bordering upon the United 
States, which had for their purpose to wrest the Canadian Provinces 
from the dominion of Great Britain and establish therein an inde- 
pendent government. It was, at best, a hopeless adventure, bnt 
gained sufficient strength to create great anxiety on both sides of 
the boundary line, from Vermont to Michigan, Canadian soil was 
invaded by tho "Patriots" who had collected on the American sida 
of the frontier, and a few lives were lost at Prescott, opposite 
Ogdensburgh. In retaliation for this, late in the month of December 
the Canadians fitted out an expedition under tho cover of night, 
which visited the American shore of the Niagara River, at Schlosser, 
a few miles above the cataract of Niagara, cut out the American 
steamer Caroline, towed her into the stream, and sent her over tho 

At that time Mr. Clapp hold a Captain's commission in the militia 
of tlic State of New Yurk; aud as tho Cicneral Government had bnt 
a handful of troops with which to enforce the laws of neutrality and 


tax CLAIT 

ynUd Mb emu tnatskr m tte CumiBam bacder. fhe aiiilk of 
JforlbtrB asd Westen K«v Tock v<ere called iaio acrrioc aad 
■adar tUi MDHBon OiylBB Chpp Bsved with Wm tamfamj to die 
frwrt,6 Bteri^Aed^ofBaftl»aBtfceigg tofJhw aiy,183». fie 

waa hroa^t to a bloodkas tenuaalaaa, aad peaee aad qaieKtrara 
r wl orc d aloof the frontier. T b oag h ao wBtair nauau vas gaioed 
from this aerrioe, H opeaed tfae door to a acv field of joaraaHiBB, 
o|K»o vbidi Mr. Clapp eatered in tbe dlLj of Bafalo, wbere he eoa- 
tiaaed lui labors vhli di^ iaten a i a noii oatfl ApnU 1869, wbea Us 
cOdiWrtiOB with jomiahnB oeaaed. 

lo Jul J, 1838, Mr. Clapp became eoanaeled vith tke proprietor- 
ifaip aod editorial coodact of tbe Bafblo Ooanaerdal Adrertiser, 
wbicfa posHioo he held for BM)ff« tbaa a jear, vhea he disposed of bis 
iotereet in that joaroal and embariced in the book and job printing 
barioeas in Uiat city. This be contiooed ontil Jaooarr, 1846, vhen 
be establtsbed the Bofialo Express, which |at>Ted a profitable enter- 

Mr. Clapp has been an active, zealoos and effective politician 
Hince he attained to fall citizenship, and has labored vith pen and 
voice, as bia abitities have aided, in maintaining the ?aprcmacj of 
thoflc principles and measures in government which, in itis judgment, 
would best conserve the public iq^rest. He was a whig, so long as 
that party had an existence, aiH when it became obsolete he cast 
\\U political fortuues with the Republican organization, its principles 
and purposes being, in his opinion, nearest akin to those of the party 
of Win earlier faith. He has been honored with several positions by 
thcuc two political parties. The first was in 1S39, when he was 
elected Cleric of the Board of Supervisors of Erie County, which he 
bold for two terms. He was next appointed Loan Commissioner of 
the United States Deposit Fund, by the Governor of the State of 
New York, which position he lield for some ten years. In 1S53 he 
was elected to tlio Legislature of his State, as member of Assembly, 
from llio first di.'^trict of Erie County. This position was held but 
for a siiigli; tfinn, as he positively declined a re-election. In 1866 
tho National llcpublican party was organized, and in 1857 the Rc- 
ptiijIicafiH of Now York uomiimtcd him as their candidate for Secre- 
tary of State. In that canvass he shared the fate of his party in 

1)1 I8G1 Trosiilent Lincoln appointed Mr. Clapp Postmaster of 
tho city of rJiilValfi, and in 18fi5 re-appointed him. After the assassi- 
nation of rresiilent Lincoln and succession of Andrew Johnson to 
tlji; I'rcsidoiicy, lie was removed in June, 18(56, for disloyalty to that 
atliiiinislnitinn. In thu fall of 18GG the Republicans of Erie County 
nominated ttitii ior member of Conpres.'?, and with his party he met 
defeat. In March, 1869, ho was elected Congressional Printer by the 
United State's Senate, iu which position ho has been sustained fur 



six years, and without re-election, though bis term of office is nomi- 
nally for two years. 

This latter is the most important civil trust yet held by Mr. Clapp, 
as he has the entire superintendence of the letter-press printing and 
binding for tKe legislative, executive and judicial departments of tlie 
(rovernment of the United States. The great national ju'intiug- 
house in Jiis cliarge employs altogether some twelve hundred persons, 
and disburses nearly two millions of dollars annually in the compen- 
sation of labor and the purchase of material. 

The Hon. Almon M. Clapp presided at the Family Meeting at 
Northamjjtou, in 1870. Ho delivered the opening address on that 
interesting occasion, which, witli iiis dignilied yet easy bearing 
through the whole of t!ie proceedings of the day, contributed much 
to the enjoyment of that first public gathering of the family. 

Children of Almon M. and Hannah (Warren) Clapp: 

879. Henry H.,» b. April 12, 1833; m. Nov. 15, 1853, Olivo M. 
Thomas, of Biiftlilo, N. Y. Children : 

880. Alice M.,"h.iu 185C. 

881. Olhe K,'" h. iu 1801. 

882. Amklia M.,' b. Sept. 21), 1839, 

883. William Ellis,' b. Dec. 28, 1852. 

It will be seen, in the preceding pages, that although the descend- 
ants of Roger and Thomas Clapp do not vary much numerically 
as herein recorded, yet the former are somewhat the most numerous. 
It has been supposed that the excess in numbers was the other way. 
This may still be the case, as various causes have operated, not 
unlikely, to change the relative numbers of these two lists as re- 
ported to tiie compiler. Indulgence must be claimed for errors and 
omissions connected with each of the branches of the family. A 
supplementary account may in part supply some of these, but there 
will still be cause to say of the "Memorial" that it is not perfect. 

The following item, relating to a prominent member of the 
"Thomas" branch, having come to light too late for insertion in its 
proper place, is printed lierc. 

Tiie Rev. Dr. James McSparran, the learned and well-known mis- 
sionary from England to Narragansett, in his America Dissected^ 
written in 1752, speaking of New Haven College, says: " The presi- 
dent, Mr. Thomas Clap, was my scholar, when I came first into these 
parts, and, on all occasions, gratefull}' acknowledges his receiving 
tlie first rndinieiits of \ns learning frnm mo, who, by the way, have 
not but a modicum to boast of myself.' 



^^H Some of the descendants of Col. 

Thomas Clapp have set apart a 1 

^^H barying-placc for tbe remains of Ibcir brancii of the family. The 1 

^^M spot is situated on the main road very near the present South Scitu- | 

^^m ate Railroad station, io a northerly 

direction from the old mansion- 1 

^^K house of their ancestor less than 

a quarter of a mile distant, and H 

^^V jast at the foot of an ascent of 150 feet, called Coleman Ilcights. | 

^^M It is of a triangular shape, of about 

. an acre in extent, and contains ■ 

^^M in all twelve gravestones, in memory of direct descendants of Col. H 

^^m Thomas. As mentioned on page 139, his grave-stones and those of | 

^^H his last wife were removed in 1S2) 

i from the town burying-ground H 

^^M and placed in this one. The inscr 

iptious on these two are printed 1 

^^H on the page alluded to, and the remaiaing ones are here given : ■ 


Erected ^^| 

^H Died Apr. 8, 1852, 

Li Memory of ^^^| 

^^^B Ac;t'<l 8G years. 



who died ^^H 

^^H His wife 

June 8, 1834, ^^M 

^^m Died June 7, 1854, 

aged 75 years. ^^^| 

^^H Aged 81 years. 


^^^1 Hannah C. 



Erected ^^^^ 


In Memory of ^^^H 



^H May 5, 18G6, 


^^H Aged 48 yrs. 6 mos. 

who died ^^^| 

Jan. 10<^ 1831, ^H 
Aged 23 years, ^^^| 

^^^B In Memory of 

& 4 months. ^^^^^H 



^^H who died 
^H Dec. 6, 1829, 



^^H aged 91 yrs. 


^^H & 17 days. 

In Memory of ^^^M 

daughter of ^^^H 

^^H Erected 

Cqakdler and ^^^^ 

^^H Iji IMeDiory of 

Haxkah Clapp ^^^| 


born Nov. 13, 1837 ^^M 

^^H who died 

died Aug. 23, 1838 ^^M 

^H Dec. 2a, 18.'i2, 

Aged 9 months ^^H 

^^V aged 78 years. 

and 9 days. ^^^H 



In memory of 


wlio died 

Jan 9, 1840, 

Aged 93 years. 

In Memory of 

who died 

Feb. 2(], 18-27, 

aged 75 yrs. 

TliG following epitaphs on tho twin brothers (Nos. 171 and 772) 
are inscribed on oue gravestone. 

Id Memory of 


who was 

lost at sea 

April 1834 

in his 31 year. 

Oil I tmd lie Uvt-d to reach liU nntivo land 
And tlien expired, I would have blessed the 

Btit where my hnsbnnd lies 1 may not He, 
Norciin I go, with lirokcn heart to sigh 
O'er hie loved dust & strew with flowcrb bis 

His yillliiw liftth no cover tmt the snrr; I may 
N"t |KJur the :t;nr-iiro[t IVom mine ere 
Near his cold bed : he sliiuiticrsin the irave. 
Oti I I will luvc the sen bcciiuso it is hia 


In Memory of 

Mr. albert CLAPP, 

who died 

June 26, 1838, 

In his 35 year. 

Fart'well, dear friend of virtue and of truth, 
Painful to part hnt hope supports the mind, 
He's left this world of sorrow and of fin, 
He's gone to rwist on plcnsurea well refined. 
But O ! bis kind i-oni pan ion's left to monrn, 
Her loss is grent, where can she find relief ? 
Sabmission to Oud's will docs peace alTord, 
A soTcrelgn cordial lo cunaolc her grief. 

As a brief and interesting illustration of the part which tho citi- 
zens of Scituate took in the public movements which immediately 
preceded the RcvohiLionary War, tiio following records are copied 
from Deane's History of the town. 

October 3, 1774. 

" It was put whether the Town would chose a committee of Inspec- 
tion, to see that the CouLinental Association shall he strictly adhered to, 
and passed in the athrmative. A Committee of Inspection was then chosen, 
consisting of John Cu.shiii_£r. jr., N;ithai) Cas!iin,ii, Est]., Charles Turner, 
Israel Viiiiil, jr.," Natliaiiiel W^alennan, Joseph Tolman, James Otis, William 
Turner. Hamahas Little. John Palmer, Galen Clap, Anthony Waterman, 
Noah Otis, Joseph Stetson, Increase Clap, Gideon Vinal, Eli Curtis, 
.Samuel Clap, Aliiel Turuer, Barnabas Barker, George Morton, Ignatius 
Otis, Thomas Mann, Deacon Samuel Jenkins, Paul Bailey. Calvin Pierce, 
Amasa Bailey, Deacoa Joseph Bailey, Constant Clap, John Jacob, and 
James Briggs." 

At the same meetuig a committee of correspondence was chosen, viz. 



'• John Cusliing, jr., Nathan Gushing, Esq., Joseph Tolman, Burnahas Lit- 
tle, Israel Vinul, jr., Galen Clap, Abiel Turner, Noah Otis, Nathaniel 
Waterman, Dea, Joseph Bailey and Eli Curtis." 

January 18, 1775, the oommittee of inspection reported to the To\m this 
" Publick Information." 

" The Publick are hereby informed that on the 9th Inst, the Committee 
of IiiH|)ecliou, by rerjuest of the Town, waited on Charles Curtis and Fre«l- 
erick rieritlerson, shopkeepers, to know whether they intended to adhere to 
the Continental Association, the former of whom rendered the following 
answer : ' I shall not adhere to it,' and the latter replied as the former, 
adding, ' I don't know any Congre$s,' — whose ignorance is the more to be 
wouihjred at, seeing he has been an inhabitant of this Continent and Town 
sevorid years, since (piitting his marine vocation. Therefore the inhabitants 
of this Town do hereby resolve to break off all dealing whatsoever with 
said refractory shopkeepers, until they shall give publick and absolute satis- 
faction to the foresaid Committee and Town, touching their open refractori- 
ness relative to said salutary Association — trusting in the mean time that 
the publick will condescend to trouble their memories with their names and 

" John Coshimo, jr., Chairman," 

At a meeting of the Town, May 29, 1775. 

" Voted to recommend to the inhabitants of this Town to bring their 
fire arms and accoutrements with them to meeting, on the Sabbath, June 
10, 1775." 

This may have had reference to a plan concerted about that time, for 
capturing Capt. Balfour, who was stationed in tho neighboring town of 
Marshfield, with the " Queen's Guards," and who, it was thought, might 
attempt to march through Scituate to Boston. But the British at Boston, 
by some means, learned the design, and took off" this beuntiful company of 
Guards by water, just iu season to be aiiniliilated at the battle of Buuker-hill, 
on tho 17ih of June. 



Nirijolas (CInpp 

Was tlie fourth son of Richard Clapp of England, and was bom 
in Englaad, in 1612. Of Iiis brotbers, Tbomas came with him to 
this country, John emigrated bohig time afterwards, and Ambrose 
and Richard remained behind. It was doubtless by the advico 
and encouragement of tiis cousin Roger, who was tbroo years his 
senior, that he came to New England. Ho probably arrived in Dor- 
chester in 1633, aa liis name appears on the records of the town the 
next year. Many others also arrived from Old England in 1633 
and the year previoua, so that the inhabitants bad become many 
more in numbers than the few score wlio came with Roffcr in 1630. 
That year found tlicm with a meetinpf-house built, and witnessed also 
the comnicnceracnt of the practice of choosing a body of Selectmen to 
manage the affairs of the town. A Port wan likewise ordered to be 
built in 1G33 on " y* Rock upon Rock-hill," to be paid for by the 
town, and liberty was «Tiven Mr. Israel Stougliton to build a mill on 
Neponset River. Mr. Clapp was a man highly re.«pected by hia cotem- 
poraries ; he held a number of the responsible offices of the town, and 
was a Deacon of the church. His name is found on the list of jurors 
at a special court held in September, 1653, relative to disputed mat- 
ters connected with the Lynn Iron Works. He married, iirst, Sarah 
Clapp, a sister to Capt. Roger Clapp; he married, second, Abigail, 
widow of Robert Sharp, of Brookliue. De lived in the north part of 
the town, on the westerly side of what is now Boston Street, a little 
8out!i of tlie Five Corners, and near the house where my father Deacon 
Ebenezer Clapp lived and died, and it is sup|(oaefl he set out tho 
orchard which was on my father's land contiguous to his house, as my 
grandfather, Noah Clapp, who died in 1799, told my mother that 
the man who set out those trees had been dead one hundred and 
thirty years. Some of these trees remained many years aflcr this, 
and a few doubtless reached the age of two hundred years before 
their dead branches and decayed tranks were finally removed from 
the sol! which had been cultivated by no less than six generations. 



He owned land also in various other places, as will be seen by his 
inventory, many acres being located in parts long since occupied by 
streets and buildings. In 1667, a tax was laid by tie town of half 
a penny on each acre of ploughed land on the Neck (now South 
Boston), and Nicholas's tax that year was lid. For the use of land 
on the Neck as pasture, no tax was assessed. The fac-simile of his 
autograph here given is obtained from /> j) 

a list in the Town Records of the male ■<:^yc£e^aA ^^^i^ 
inhabitants of the town, appended to *' ^ 
an instrument conveying to Dorchester all rents and profits of Thomp- 
son's Island, for the support of a Free School. He died suddenly in 
his barn, Nov. 24, 1679, 

In 1849, several of his descendants in Dorchester and Boston, 
actuated by a desire that some fitting memorial of his worth and of 
his position as their emigi"ant ancestor, should be preserved in the 
ancient cemetery where he was buried, caused to be erected there 
a handsome marble grave-stone, on which is inscribed the following 
epitajih. The stone is near the westerly corner of the ground, but a 
few feet distant from Stoughlon Street, and around it are the simple 
head-stones of many of his relatives and cotemporaries. 

The Puritans are dead ! 
One venerable head 

Pillowa below. 
His grave ia with us seen, 
'Neath Summer's gorgeous green 
And Autumn's golilen sheen, 

And Winter's snow. 

In memory of 


One of the early settlers of Dorchester, 
lie came to New England about 1633, and died Nov. 24, J679, aged 67 
years. His descendants, to whom he left the best of all patri- 
mony, the example of a benevolent, industrious and 
Christian life, erect this stone to his memo- 
ry 1 70 years after his decease. 

His piety. 
His constancy in virtue and in truth. 
These on tradition's tongue shall live; these shall 
From sire to son be handed down 
To latest time. 



Hts wearing appnrel ...... 

A Bed and bedding that belongs to it 

A Saddle, pillion and pillion cloth, pad & some small things 

Bed & Beilding in East charalior .... 

A great clvest, sheeps Wool and other small things 

Bed & bedding in the West ch.'uuber 

Sheets, pillow hecrs and other linen .... 

Brass kettle, pans & some small things • . . 
Pewter ......... 

Books and other small things ..... 

Iron Pot, Iron kettle & other Iron implements 
Table, hozen & chairs & some other things 
Cart & Wheels & tacklijig belonging thereto . 
Swine ......... 

Sheep ......... 

A Yoke of Oxen ....... 

Three Cows &, three Young Cattle .... 

Four horsekiude ....... 

Hay anil other stover . . . . . • . 

Indian Corn, Biirley, Oats and Rye .... 

Upland at the Mouth of the Neck,* three Acres . 
The plough land behind the house .... 

Seven Acres of Upland at Leeks Hillf . . . 

Fourteen Acres of Upland &, pasture at Roxbury Neckt 

The Meadow and upland before the door 

The Meadow at the bottom of the home lot 

Nine acres of Meadow at the mouth of the great Nock 

Two Acres of Meadow at Leek'a Hill 

A piece of Meadow at Pine neck§ .... 

Four Acres of pasture at the great neck 

A Quarter of the tide Mill 

The first Divisiyti of land in (be Woods|| 
The second Division of land in the Woods 
The third Division of laud in the Woods 
A piece of laud by Goodman I'olmaaslf 

8 00 

12 IG 
5 00 

10 00 

13 Oil 
15 00 
30 00 
32 00 
70 00 
40 00 
30 00 
80 00 
20 00 
10 00 
30 00 
25 00 
15 00 
10 00 

8 00 
10 00 

Amount carried forward 531 12 

• "The Neck" was the general nniue for all that part of Dorchester included in the pe- 
ninstihi nftrrwimls and now kniiwii as South Hoston. The mouth or cntrnrue toit was 
by tb« old Cuuspwav road over the low suit luiirjih which ijordercd the nortliem vAtt of the 
town. The first upland reached in going northward over thnt road ( now called Wafihington 
Village), wirli the salt iiuvrBh immediately north of it, went liy lite name of Little Nerk, 
while the heights beyond and all the rest of South Boston were called Great Neck, the 
moutli of the latter bciiiR the low laniN between the two necks. 

+ At tlie junction of the preiient Dorchester and Third Street.", near Emerson Street, 
Sonth Boston. Doubtless named from Thomas Lake, who d. in Dor. Oct. 'i7, 1678. 

J ProlMtlily what was called Black Neck, near the Uoshury boundary, and in the extreme 
north-weat part of the town of Dorche.fter. 

i A part of what I" now known as Nepon.set, in Dorchester. 

II In the town of Stonghton, then part of Dori.lie.xter. A dcpMition of John Bird, of 
Dorchester, in 1731, he bcinit then in die 90lh year of his age, shows that 80 acres of this 
'* land in the woods" fell to tlje share of Nicholas's son EI>eiiezor, 

It On the Lower Boad, now Adaina Street. ^ 


TBB CLAfT MyjMIKlif . 

Tba diNinvc mmmc mm Mm sm oaunwi^^ 

A Conler, Fllw St ■woid, floanoB ri^ beTonl fafev iBib 

TiMt wUco UM mdow MMigv MH BOW to bc prized was 
M (olknretfa: 
Bed A BeddiaK 6 00 6 

liMS, 8. 18. 0, pevtor, 9*: bfMi, 2. 18. 

6. tioolu, G*; cad wiae otlwr Ihinp, 

1. lA. 6 8 18 

Two Irof) |>o<«, A ftodirona A other Iran 

Ware, 2 9 6 

»I It 

80 00 

2 00 

17 03 

Tb« other pren in afl«nrarrl 


£629 15 7 
13 10 

643 05 7 
The estate is indebted 28o 01 3 


Leaving 3o8 04 4 
Tfie appraiiien were James Homfrejr, William Sumner. Henry Leadbetter. 

IliN two oldest Bonn, Nathaniel and Ebeuezer, were adminLstratorB. 
Nathuiij<il d'u-A in 17'>7-, Ebenezer, in 1712. At that time they had not 
/iiiii)h(2<l iHstilin;^ the estate, and Noah waa appointed in 171G to complete 
the Hbttlement. 

Cliildrcu of Nicholas and Ist wife Sabah Clapp: 

Sakaii,' \t. Dec. 31, 1C37. She probably t\. young, at least pre- 
vious u> 1 670, when her half sister was born and called by the 
8niiio name. 

Nathaniel,' b. Sept. 15, 1640; d. May 16, 1707, aged 67 years. 

KiiKNKZKR,' b, in 1043; d. in Miltou, July 31, 1712. 

Hannah," b. in IC4C; m. Oct. 14, 16G8, Ehenezer Strong, of 
Nortbiimptfln, and removed to that town. They were the great- 
grand panint* of Caleb Strong, U. S. Senator 1789—97, and the 
jil>l<i itiid etiicicnt governor of Massachusetts during the years 
1800-07 iintl ]>Jl:J-16, but whose opposition to the war with 
Kngland, during the last named period, drew upon him the 
severest censure of his political oi>|>onent,s and createtl an 
uniiji[i[iy atato of disagreement with tlie national authorities at 
Waxliini»ton. Ebenewr was tjrothtr to Samuel Strong, who m. 
Esther Clapp (No. 7 of Edwakd). Ebenezer d. Jan. 11, 1721), 
aged 80 years. 

Children of Nicholas and 2d wife Abigail (Sharp) Clapp; 

C. NoAii,'' li. July l."), lf.G7, Ho removed to Sudbury, Mass., proba- 
bly ciiily ill life, as tho only record of bini in Dorchester is that 
of bis birth and baptism. He m. in Sudbury, July 28,1690, 
Mury Wright, llo wjis Town Clerk in Sudbury thirteen years 
— bi-lw<'<'n 1721 and 1730 — and boKI other important ollices in 
tho town. Ho died there in 1703, .aged about 8C years, his wife 



He jjrobably married twice, Mary being 

having died previously. 
Ixis last wife. 


Know all men by tlieso preaeuta that I Noali Clap of Sudbury 
in the County of Mid' Yeoman. Being of perfect n»iiid 
and memory, Do make this my last Will and Testaiueut, as 

Impri* I commit my Son! to God and my Body to the Earth 
Decently to bo buried by my executom hereafter named to be 
charged to my estatea, and as touching the rest ]>art of my 
Temporal Estate which God hath mercifully bestowed upon me, 
I depose of as followeth. 

Item first that my just & due Debts be Payd and discharged 
out of my old estate. 

Item I give and bequeath unto my four grand children viz to 
Noah Bowker £3 Gs &d lawful money ; to Joseph Bowker £3 
6s iht lawful money; to Hannah Joyner £3 G» SU lawful 
money and to Mary Moore £3 Gs Sd lawful money. To be 
Paid by my Ex' here after named out of my Estate Before 
Division thereof. 

Item I give and bequeath nnto Tristram Cheney of said 
Sudbury the one half of the lands and Bnihlings whii^h is mine, 

Bounded as followeth, the other half of said 

laud and liuildings I j»ive and Bequeath unto my daughter Anne 
Clap viz. the improvemeut and income thereof Dureing her natiiral 
life, and at her I give .lud bequeath said premises which 
y" said Anne is to have the improvement of as aforesaid unto 
my graudson Ellas Cheney son of John Cheney and Mary 
Chenej', to him, his heirs, and Assigns forever, Bounded as 

followeth, and the alwve said premises which I 

have before bequeathed, unto s*" Tristram, I give to him, his heirs, 
and Assigns forever ; 

The whole whereof bounded as followeth viz. Bountl westerly 
By llopp Meadow, Southerly By lamls left for a liigh way; 
Easterly By land laid out to the Kite of M'. Pelham and 
Northerly By lands of Hezekiab Moore. Fnrtherniore I do 
hereby constitute and appoint Tristram Cheney aforesaid my 
Executor of this my last will and testament. 

Dated this 20"' day of June A.D. 1751 lu the 25'* year of 
his Majesties Eeign. 

KoAn Claf (and a seal). 
Witnesses ! 

Samuel Browne. 

IlopostiU Browne. 

Josiali Browne. 

Cornelius Wood. 

John Cheney. 

There was a supplement to the will, dated 12, 175.^, in 
which he says that as he has omitte<l to name his moveable 
estate, &c., he wished thai to be taken to pay just debts and 
funeral charges. 





Children of Noah and Mary Clapp, of Sudbury. 
Aime,* b. Sept. 10, IGOl ; was never married. In a document 
in the probate ofTice of Middlesex Co., she is styled non com- 
pos mentis, and she is supposed to have lived to the age of GOCf 
or 70 yenrs. V 

Sarah* b. April 30, 1693; m. first, Feb. 21, 1721, John Bow-~ 
kcr, and had at least two children ; m. second, Mr. Moore, 
and had a dauj^htor. 
9. Mtirt/,' b. Sejit. 20, 1695; m. Dec 25, 1730, John Cheney, ol 
Framinghani, and had at least two children living in 1751 

10. Mas,^ b. June 14, 170'J ; d. Oct. 5, 1713. 

11. Noah,' d. in infancy, Sept. 27, 1714. 

12. A daughter,* m. Mr. Joyner. 
Sarah,' b. December, lG7iJ; the Dorchester church records sav, 

bapt. 11 (10) 1670. She m, June 2, 1689, Joseph, son of Timo- 
thy Mather, of Windsor, Conn. The aiitograph of Sarah Clapp, 
a fac simile of nliich is hen? given, is 
from a fly-leaf in a printed book mora 
particularly referred to under the 
record of her brother Nathaniel (No. 
3). Other sjiecimens of her penman- 
ship are also given on the same leaf, 

comprising some poetic lines por!st'sse<l of a peculiar inlarest. 
This autograph is without date, but doubtless was written beford 
her marriage in 1089. 

— 3 — 

^^rJi CJfi 



NATHANIEL* (Nicholajt^), oldest son of Nicholaa and Sarah 
Clapp, was boru \a Dorchester, Sept. 15, 1640. lie married, 
March 31, 1068, Eli/.abclh, daughter of Lawrence Smith. He was 
a man highly re-spected in the town, and of ^ood estate. lie was one 
of the two constables of* tlic town in 1671. He brought up his 
oldest son at Harvard Collcfic. The Dorchester Churcli Records say 
of him: "May 16tli, 1707, Mr. Nathaniel Clap, a choice man, rested 
in the Lord and was interred May 17th.'" Mrs. Clapp died Sept. 1 
["12lh," gravestone], 1722. Mr. Clapp probably lived on the lot o 
laud which makes the western angle of the open place known as th 
Five Comers, in Dorchester, now jnnctionof Boston, Cottage and Pond 
Streets. The fac simile of his autograph here givea is from a print- 
ed book which roust have been 
prized by tlie family, as hia broth- 
er Ebcnezer, his sister Sarah and 
his son Nathaniel all recorded 

their uames in it under different j 

dates. The date of tins signature is '*Nouembcr 2.^" 1671)." Tiierofl 
is in the book a date of 1658, accompanying apparently a name, which 
cannot now be deciphered. The book itself was printed in London 
in 1623, and contains two sermons by "William Whatcly, Preacher 
of tho Word of God iu Bauburic." The iirst sermon is entitled 

y/mii>>-/ (^'i^ 




"Mortification. A Sermon Preached vpon the Third to the C0I03- 
sians, the fifth Verse; Morfijie thcrcfoie your tncmbirs that are on 
earth." The secoud, "Charitable Tearcs : or a Sermon Shewing 
Uow Needfvll a Thing it is for every Godly Man to lament the com- 
mon sinnes of our Countrie." 


In the name of God Amen. The two and twentieth day of April in 
tlie year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & seven, I Niilhuniel 
Clap of Dorchester in the County of SutTolk, in her Maj'" Province of the 
Massaeb'* Bay in New England, Being very sick »nd weak of Body ; But 
of perfect mind and memory ; Thuuka be given to God therefor ; calling to 
niiiul the mortality of my Body, and knowing that it is appointed unto a!l 
men once to dye r Do make and Ordain tliis my lust Will & Testament 
Tliat is to say [iriiieipally anil first pf all, I yive and recoiumend my soul 
into the liamis of God that gave it, & my Body I reeoinmeiid lo the earth, 
to he huricd in a decent ami christian manner, at the discretion of my luviiijj 
Wife and children, nothing donhting but that at the General UeBurrectiou, 
I shall receive y* same again hy the Almighty power of God. And as 
touching snch Worldly estate wherewith it hath plea.sed God to bless me 
with I give & Dispose of y"" same in the following manner and form: 

Imp": my Will is that my funeral expenses & just debts be discharged 
by my Exec" hereafter named. I do Will and give unto each of my loveiiig 
children To Wit, Natlmuie!, John, Jonathan and Ebenezer Clap & Elizabeth 
Sumuer the sum of sixty pounds a p'. That is to s.iy w"" what they have 
had already. Item I do give unto my son Jonathan Clap y" lott on w"'' his 
house stands, that is to say the piece of land that I bought of my brother 
White for his sixty pounds, & also I give to my son Jonathan ttiat piece of 
laud I bad of the Town lying by his house. Item my Will is that my son 
Jonathan shall have y' orchard & tlio three acres of land be y" same more 
or less Joyuing to tlie Lott above"* at the southernmost End thereof. That 
is to say after his Mothers decease, for his portion ; he paying to the rest of 
my children the overphis if there be any. Item my will is that my son 
Jonathan shall pay for the last piece of Land mentioned Namely the three 
acres & Orchard, unto his Mother Yearly in good money the just sum of 
one pound & teu shiUiugs during her natural lifp.', if he see cause to hire the 
same. Item I do give unto each of my Grand-children which arc now in 
being the sum of six shillings, as a token of my love to them. Item my 
Will j^ that what I have given to my Grand-chiidreu he paid to them, or 
to their Parents for their use by my Executors, and tliat within the space 
of one Year after my decease. Item I do give au<l be<|ueath unto my dear 
and loving Wife all the use, benefit and profit of all and every part of my 
Estxite, both housing and land, Goods and Chattels of what kind soever 
During her nalurnl life ; That is to say after my children have had their 
8um afore"* and all is paye<l before mentioned. Item I do give unto my 
loveing Wife the value of Twenty pounds of my moveable Estate to dispose 
of as she thitJis meet. Item my Will is that after the decease of my bo- 
loved Wife, that so much of my Estate as is then left be cfjually divided 
amongst all my children, Excepting only a double share part or jiortion 
thereof unto my eldest sou namely Nathaniel Clap. Item I do ordain and 
constitute my two Sotis namely Jonathan and Ebenezer Clap to be Exec" 


of this my last Will and Testament ; And I do hereby utterly dlsalloir. 
Revoke & disannul every other Testament and Will by me made & do 
RatifS' and confirm this and no other to be my last Will & Testam*. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand 6t seal the day 

& Year above written. 

Nathaxikl Clap [and a seal]. 

Signed, sealed & published, pronounced & declared by the said Nathaniel 
Clap, tf> be his last Will & Testiiment, in presence of John Blake, Samuel 
Clap, The mark of -f- Mary Clap. 

Children of Nathaniel and Elizabeth (Smith) Clapp: 

-j-14. Nathaniel.* b. in Dorchester, Jan. 20, 16C8-9 ; d. Oct. 30, 1745 ; 

minister at Newfrart, R. I. 
-j-15. John,* b, April 7, 1C71 ; settled in Sudbury; d. Nov- 26, 1735. 
-j-l<j. Jo-VATriAN," b. Aug. 31, 1673; d. Jan. 2, 1723-4. 

17. Elizahetu," b. May 22, 1G78 ; m. March 14, 1G99-1700, Ebene- 
zer. Son of Dea. IXfigur Sumner, then of Milton. 
+18. Ebf.nkzek,» b. Oct. 2.5. 1(;78; d. May 20. 17o<>. 
ly. Meuetabel," b. Aug. 30, 1C84; d. Feb. 20, 1G85. 

EBENEZER' (Nicholas'), second son of Nicholas and Sarah 
Clapp, was born in Dorchester in 1643. His tlrst wife, Elizabeth, 
died Dec. 20, 1701, aged 57 years. Ho married, second, Nov. 11, 
1702, Elizabeth Diekerman, who survived her huiiiband and married 
Edward Dorr, of Roxbiiry. In her will, dated May, 1728, she re- 
members Iicr first husband's brotliers. She died Jan. 30, 1732—3, 
in llie 64th year of her age. Neither of the wives left any children. 
Ebeuezer Clapp resided in that part of Dorchester which in 1665 
was set 00' as the town of Milton. Uo was admitted a member 
of the churcli in Dorciiester May 3, 1665. In the Records of that 
cburch, April 24, 1678, it is stated lliat *' there was a church gathered 
by some of our brethren that lived in Milton." On account of some 
difference of opinion in regard to it, this service was performed in 
Dorchester, and Eljcnezer was one of the first signers of the cove- 
nant. Aug. 28, 1681, according to the JftUoii Cliurch Records, "Sister 
Clap, wife to Ebcnezcr Clap, was admitted to full communion" with 
that church, ilr. Clapp was much respected by his townsmen, was 
an Ensign in tlie military company, and for 
several years one of the Selectmen of Mil- 
ton. He died in that town July 31, 1712, (^^OlCZf/' L^<tp 
aged 69. His autograph, as hero represent- ^ 

ed, occurs on a fly-leaf of tlie book descril)e.d in the record of his 
brother Nathaniel (No. 3). Connected with his name and elegant- 
ly written, arc these wortls : "his Book in possession this IS* of 
Aprill 1679." 

The following is a copy of his will : 




" Tliese presents Witnosseth aufl Dccl.areth tliia to be the last Will & 
Testiimeiit of Ebeneztjr Clap of Milton in the County of SiiH'ulk, in her 
iliij''" Pmviuce of tlie Massachusetts Bay in New England, being inlirmin 
Body, and know not the time of my Dissolution (which cannot be long) 
Yet through the Jllcrcy of God, of Memory and understanding Competent 
as formerly Do make this my last Will and Testament this Tenth of June, 
1708, in mauTier and form folJoweth. 

Imprimis I resign up my soul to God that gave it, that it may be re- 
ceived into the heavenly Mansions purchased and prepared for it by Christ 
Jesus my Dear Lord and only Saviour, and my Body to be decently 
Interred in hope of a joyful resurrection at the last day ; and as for my 
temjiond estate my Will is, that all my dues and just Debts and funeral be 
discharged, I do Will, ordain and make my Dear and loving Wife Elizabeth 
Clap to he the Executrix of this my last Will and Testament while God 
continue her Life and then our Brother John Dickerman or his heir. I do 
orthiin and make Executors of this my Will, after my Dear Wifes death, 
and I do give the rest of ray Estate to my Dear and loving Wife afore"* to 
be disposeil of by her with all the income of the same for her comfortable 
maintenance or the rewarding of any that shew kindness to her of our kin- 
dred. And if it shall please Gml tliat my Dear Wife should marry again ; 
my Will is, that the Man that marry's her shall not live in my house without 
it be with the consent of our Brother Dickerman or his heir then surviving, 
and that any Man that shall marry my now Wife, shall have no power to 
demand, or dis|)<jse of an3thing of my estate, Except nur Brother Dickerman 
and my Dear Wife shall agree to any sum of Dowry to her satisfaction. 
And my Will is that if our dear Brother Dickerman, and hig that have been 
kind to us. do fuKill his Articles, and hoM on, and still carry kind to his 
sister my Wife during her life, all the housing and land that are mine, and 
whatsoever else my Dear Wife do not order or Will in her life time, I do 
give to our Brother John Dickerman and his heirs as their proper Estate. 

In Witness thereof I the said Ei>enezer Clap have set my hand and seal, 
dated above one thousand seven hundred and eight this tenth of June, in 
the seventh Year of the reign of our Sovereign Lady Queen Anne. 

Ebeneze'r Clap [and a seal]. 

Witnesses : 

Nath' Bl.ake, Nathaniel Wales, , 

Edward Blake. 

The Inventory of the above estate of Ebenezer Olapp consisted of 
a house, orchard, land, farming utensils, &,c. ; amounting in all to 
JE685 5s. 

As mentioned in a note on page 94, Ebenezer Clapp* was one of 
the twelve original signers of the covenant of thS church in Milton. 
Ilia name docs not occur again in the church records of that town 
up to the time of his death, but it often occurs in the county records. 

• Etx-nc/.cr Clnpp Rcems to have l)ccn o skilful penman. In nddition to his aatogrnph 
already shown, which may be supposed (o represent his ordinan' sijinuf ure, his name, as hero 
given, is found on the outside murgin of a pnge in the printed hook re- / 

ferri'd to, condensed Into the narrow fipace reserved for occasional EoCltexefC/Sa 
intirj^imtl references. There is little doubt it wns plnccd there near the / 

time when the other one wns written, and by liimself; indeed it is doubtAil whether any 
other holder of the book, then or since, could have done it so well. 





NATHANIEL' (Nathaniel; JSHc/iolas'), oldest son of Nathaniel and 
Elizabuth (Smith) Clapp, was born in Dorchester, Jan. 20, 1668—9, 
and died in Newport, R. I., Oct. 30, 1745. His early years were 
passed in Dorchester, and from what is known of his tastes and babitd 
wiien grown to manhood, and from his early letters relating to books 
in possession of his kindred, there is little doubt that while (jiille young 
be acquired the love of reading and the desire to accumulate the literary 
productions of the day, which so strongly characterized him in after 
life. A fac simile of his autograph, cxo- s- /• ^ /> j, 
cutcd in the year 1685, while in College, f^^f^^nmuL CJwf 
is here given. It is accompanied with a / ^_ r]> 5^ ^^^~^ » 
scroll, such as is occasionally to be found 
in writings of those days, some of which were very elaborate and 
very skilfully done. This is taken from the book referred to in bis 
father's record as containing autographs of other members of the 
family. He graduated at Harvard College, 1690, and in 1695 went 
to Newport, R. I., as a missionary, by advice of the Congregational 
ministers of Boston. He preached there, under many discourage- 
ments, until 1720, when a church was formed and he was ordained 
pastor. During these twenty-five years there must have been, it 
would seem, a lack of zeal and of faith on the part of the people, as 
well as the exercise of great perseverance on that of their minister. 
The church flourished, after it was organized, for about three years, 
when an unhappy schism took place, iu part occasioned by his views 
and practice respecting the Sacraments. He distrusted his people 
being iu a right condition to partake of the Lord's Supper, and 
therefore almost entirely discontinued its administration, and the 
ordinance of baptism he withheld in certain instances. The churcli 
and society disagreed with him, and sought relief in employing a 
colleague, who was not acknowledged as such by 5Ir, Clapp, nor 
allowed by him to preach. In consequence, many withdrew and 
were formed into what was afterwards known as the Second Con- 
gregational Church. In 1740 Joseph Gardner, of Boston (grad, 
H. C 1732), was settled as colleague with him, and was dismissed 
June 10, 1743. In 1744, Mr. C. received as a colleague Mr. 
Jonathan Hclyer, a native of Boston, who graduated at Harvard 
College in 1738. Mr. C. continued over the First Church till his 
death, and, notwithstanding their disagreements on some important 
points, was beloved and revered by both cliurch and congregatiou, 
and respected by members of other denominations. A second edifice 
was built for the First Church in 1729. It is now owned and occu- 
pied by the Unitarian Society of Newport, and is on Mill Street. 
The First and Second Churches have become united into one, called 
the " United Congregational Church ; " and its handsome stone edifice, 
built about twenty years since and capable of holding about 1000 



worshippers, stands on tho corner of Spring and Pelham Streets. 
In one of its lectare-rooins still liang3 a portrait of its first minister, 
in good condition, having been retoudied, or clcanaed, not many 
years since. 

When the celebrated minister Whitefield came to New England, 
in 1740, he visited Mr. Clapp at Newport, on arriving in that town 
from Cliarleston, S. C, and had a more cordial welcome from him 
than Nathaniel's kinsman, President Thomas, of Yale College, was 
willing to extend to the great preacher. Mr. WbtteQeld wa3 much 
imjjressed with the venerable appearance and fervent prayers of "the 
good old Puritan," and could not but think, as he says, that he was 
" sittiniT wiUi one of the patriarchs.'.' Dtau Berkeley also said of Mr. 
C, "Before I saw Father Clap, I thougfit the Bishop of Rome had 
the gravest aspect of any man I ever saw; but really the minister 
of Newport has the moat venerable appearance." Blake, in hia 
Biographical Dictionary, says of htm that "ho maintained through 
life a character distinguished for piety and the social virtues." 

The following anecdote is related of him: A little girl brought 
him a small present of some nice refreshment, and upon knocking at 
his door was invited in. After she had accomplished her errand, 
Mr. Clapp invited her to a room, where was a tabic, on which were a 
5ish of fruit, a jiiccc of money and a book. Of these articles, he 
bid her take her choice. She chose the book, which so pleased the 
old gentleman that he bid her take all three. 

Another anecdote is told as illustrative of Mr. Clapp's perfect in- 
dependence in thought and action, and his persistence in adhering to 
cherished though unpopular beliefs. A council of ministers from 
Boston was held to consider the matter of the anticipated division of 
the Newport church on account of the pastor's peculiar views and 
piractices in regard to the administration of the Lord's Supper. 
After private consultation the council agreed upon advising him to 
yield to the wishes of the church and conform to the nsual custom 
of other churches in this matter. He was called upon and informed 
of the decision. He listened patiently and silently to all that was 
said in the way of urging him to heed their advice. He then, still 
without speaking, passed round to tho members a dish of figs, and 
when each of them had taken one, he abruptly left the room, saying 
as he went out — " A fig for you aU ! " 

In the yt'ar 1715, occurred in Newport one of those tragic events 
which occasionally strike terror into a whole community and calt 
forth the deepest commiseration. It was the murder of his wife and 
her sister by a man named Jeremiah Meacham, while under the in- 
fluence probably of delirium tremens. The circumstances attending 
the murder, together with the culprit's trial, condemnation and exe- 
cution, in a quiet and religious community like that which then 
dwelt in Newport, produced an intense excitement, and called into 
requisition the personal labors of Mr. CJapp, both private and pro- 



fesMional. Three sermons preached bj him on the occasion, two of 
wliich were listened to by the criminal a, short time before his death, 
together with an account of the man's life, of the murder, trial aud 
execution, his confessions, prayers and last dying words, the correct- 
ness of the latter certified to by the Governor of JJhodc Island, were 
printed in Boston, at first issued scparatcl}', the whole making a 
volume of nearly 200 18mo, pages. An extract from Mr. Clapp's 
" Impartial Account of the Inhumaae and fiarbarons Murder," printed 
at the end of his first sermon, gives further particulars in regard to 
it, and ahowa the state of feeling produced by it 

New-port on Rhode-Mand. 

"Never was this Town put into a greater Corsternation since I came 
into it, thiiu tliai wliiuh was owasioued by the Terrible Tragedies of the 
Evening next after March 22, 1715. 

''All the Alorma tliat have been made by the Notices of Enemies upon 
the CouHl have never so Terrifyed the Generality of People here, 

" For on that Evetiing, a Poor Man, having been for some time Exercised 
with Grievous Hurries of Mind, after he had sat ou his House Top some 
part of the Day, and been in his Chamber much of the Afternoon. His 
Wife and her Sister, upon his luvitatiou, going up intu the Chamber to him, 
after Sun-set; while they were striving to Persuade him to go down witli 
thorn, or to Prevent his* Hurting of himself, He Stabb'd his Wife in her 
Throat with a Pen knife, and then struck her and her Sister down with an Ax ; 
Barbarously Murdering them, and miseraldy mangling their Boflies with 
eevoral Dreadful Stroaks, and then stood on his Guard, with his Pen knife, 
and his Ax in his hand; Knock'd one Man down, as he was going up 
Stairs ; Oth«?i's Endesivoriug to Apprehend him, by Breaking up the Floor 
under him and th*^ Uoof over hiui, and carrying some Fire Flaming before 
them, to ligiit their way. He Snatch'd away the Fire, laid it among some 
nondiiistible Matter, got Heady more, quickly Knidled a great fire in the 
Chamber, made the Hnom too hot for himself, Sprang out at the Window, 
among the Peivi)le, flint were now Surrounding his House. And being 
Apprehended, was imprisoned : And the Court Speedily Approaching, He 
WHS Tryed, found Guilty, Condemned, and within a short Time Executed, 

the World hath been already informed." 

" So Great was the consternation upon the Minds of People, thus occa- 
Rioned, that not otdy little Children were afraid to Lotlge in the Night, in 
their usual Places, and were willing to have their Beds Remov'd into Places, 
where Iodised bigger persons ; but even up-grown Persons were Aftraid, in 
the Diiy Time, to gu into a Room alone, far Distant from the Best of the 
Family: Such a Dread was npoti their Spirits. 

" While the uiimls of People were under this Drcidful Consternation, tho 
Sermon Published herewith, was Preached in a Congregation, where Divers 
then seemed miylilily Affected, as if Desirous to Know the meaning of llie 
Voice of God in his Providence: and to Comply with His WUl. 

" When 1 under8too<l that many of the Hearers desired the Publication of 
tho Sermon, as a more Durable Remembrancer of the impressions then 
made ujion their Souls, than their own Treacherous Memories were like to 
be ; I WiW not utterly I'nwilling to Gratify tlie Dei-irea of them, who 
Designed not ouly their own benefit, but also the Benefit of Others in what 
Ihey jtro|Hi»od." 




After giving a " Narrative " of the murderer, Mr. Clapp says : 

" People of all Persuasions here, had iu:uiiffste<l their Charitable Com- 
piissious toward him. The Episcopii^ Jliiiister hath frequeiiily Visited liiui 
iu Prison, with his Councils aud Prayers. One of the Aiicit'iitesl Men 
among the Anttfitedo Baptists Accompanied liim, and Pi-ayed with him near 
his Last Moments. From the Quakers he had a Letter of Advice, to evi- 
dence Unfei(fned Jiejieiitance, and to Consider, There is Mervn tcit/i (he Lord 
that He may be Feared." 

Meacham's crime was committed Marcli 22 ; his trial took pLice 
April 8; he was sentenced April 9, and executed April 12. With 
regard to tliis apparent haste, Mr. Clapp remarks: 

" As the time of his execution drew near, he manifeste<l uo reluctancy to 
attend it; only ho comjjlained, that the time hetvveen the Sentence and his 
Death was very short ; then he was told, that it much longer than 
what he allowed autu those whom he liad murdered, aud that he had livetl 
longer hy near three weeks, than he wouhl have suttered himself to have 
lived, had he heen left unto his own will. 

" He desired that God would ftintisli him with Courage to Glorify his 
Name, aud Eucounter tiie Terrors of Death. 

" As he drew netir to the Place of hia E.x'eeutiou, lie seemwl mightily 
amazed ; but so recovered, as to utter several things, that were by Konie 
accounted considerable; some of them are preserved. 

"■ But in all the Expressions that he uttered, when he came to Dy, he 
pretended unto uo more hopes couceruing the goo<l State of his Soul, than 
what iniglit he imjilied in his desires of an absolute Resignation to the Will 
of God ; with entire dependance on the free Grace, the Iiifiuite Sovereign 
Mercy of iho Lord Jesus Christ." 

In addition to the published sermons of Rev. Nathaniel Clapp, al- 
ready referred to, a duodceiino from liis pen, entitled "The Duty of 
all CLristiaus" was publisfied in 1720. He was also the author of 
the "Advice to Children," which makes the concluding part ol the 
New England Primer, a work long used in the public schools. 

Upon the occasion of his death, a discourse was delivered by Rev. 
John Callender, from Ilcbrews xiii. 7, 8, wherein tUo cliaracter of the 
deceased was fully delineated, ile says of liitu : 

*' The main stroke in hia character was his emiueiU sanctity and piety, 
and an ardent desire to promote the knowledge and practice of true godli- 
ness in others." 

'* He thought his station required more than common iustauces of iuno- 
cency, self-denial and caution." 

'• I lis r'harily eniliraced good men of all denominations. He had Itltle 
value for merely speculal.ivej local, nominal Christianity, anil a form of god- 
liness wilhuut tlu^ |iuwer." 

" He abounded in acts of charity and beneficence to the poor and necessi- 
tous, who have lost in him a kind father and guardian." 

•'lie abounded in contrivances to do good by saittering books of piety 
and virltie, not such as minister ({uestions and strife, but godly edifying; 
and put himself to a very considerable expcnce that he might in this method, 
awaken the cureless and secure, comfort the feeble miiide<l, succonr the 
tempted, instruct the ignorant, aud ipiickeu, auimate and encourage all." 



"There are two things in Trhich he excelled in so remarkable a manner 
that I must not oniit them : his care about the educatiou uf children, and 
his concern for the instruction of servants." 

" The conclusion of his life and ministry was a peaceful and liappy death, 
without lhu*e rapturejt which some boast of, but witli perfect resi<;nafion to 
the Will of God, and good liope and humble confidence in Christ Jesus, who 
was the sum of his doctrine and tlie end of his conversation." 





24 18 



11 16 G 


His Apparel ....... 

A Bed, l)cdstead, Bedding, table linen, &c. 
Siimlry chests. Trunks, Boxea, Table, Chairs, &c. . 
Two pair of Andirons, Tongs, Hammer, Chafing dishes, 

Gridiron, Trivett, Candlesticks, Warming pun. Fire 

shovel. Bellows, Iron pott, Brass Kittle and other 

household utensils 
Pewter ware, £5 lOs. Stone & Earthen ware, 2'38. 
Glass ware, oOs. a cane and brass scale 1 is. 
Sugar box's & other Wooden Ware .... 
Inkhnrn, Combs, Razors, .Sealing Wax, Spectacles, } 

Pocket books and other small things j' 

His Books «& Pamphlets and paper .... 

The one half of an obi dwelling House & the one third ) 

of a small barn, brjtli in Dorchester j 

About 4 acres of land about t!ie lionse .... 
The two lifth parts of about 5 acres of Upland <& meadow > 

before the door j 

Almut 4 acres of pasture land iu the first Division in \ 

Dorchester j 

About 4 acres of Pasture land at Dorchester Neck 
The J of 3 A. <]r. 2i) rods in tlie 8th lott in the > 

division of Cedar Swamp iu SLouj,'liton ) 

The J part of 3 A. 3 qr. rods in the 39th Lott in the| 

said division of Cellar Swamp ^ 

The J part of 4 A, 2 ([r. r. in the 2l8t Lott in the | 

Division of Meadow bottom in Stoughton I 

The \ part of 3 A. 3 qr. r. in the 25t.h Lott in the > 

said division of Meadow bottom j 

The \ i)art of 75 acres in the 17th Lott in the 25th) 

division in Stoughton )" 

The J part of 62 A. i .jr. r. in the 3Gth Lott in said } 

25 th division j" 

Several gold rings & pieces of Gold .... 

Two silver spoons ....... 

A silver Watch* 

James Blake, Thos. Bird & James Foster, Appraisers. 



3 2 


5 6 










2 10 

12 10 



1454 17 3 

• Jiunog B. Clivpp, 8(jn of the Inte Dcjicon Jolin, of Roxliury, lias till.-; wtttib now iu his 
tosscMiOD. It H-us vxbiblted at the Clupii Family Oaiberlug at Noitbampiou iu 1870. 




Tn comparing the different items of this inventory, the striking 
preponderance in value of Mr. Clapp'a library will be seen. Although 
in possession of over 80 acres of land and a wardrobe valued at 
£101 1 1.«., his books, pamphlets and paper count up in the appraisal 
to over .X500, being more than a third part of the valuation of his 
whole estate. These books, alter his decease, were divided among 
his relatives in Dorchester, and some of them are now in possession 
of the author and the senior publisher of this work. Most of thetn 
have written on the title-page, or on some blank page, his own name, 
and also various private marks or hieroglyphic ^ 

characters not now understood. The accom- /NT. C^\,C{A 
jianying autograph is a fair specimen of what 
is found on those of his books which have been preserved, and of what 
was written probably on each one contained iu his library. Qno 
volume of over 900 pages, printed in IGIS, is now in a good state of 
preservation. It comj)rises a course of ninety-five " Leetvres vpon 
the whole Epistle of St, Pavl to Philippians, Deliucred in St. Peters 
Clivrch in Oxford: By the reuerend and fuithfull soruaiit of Ciirist, 
Henry Airay, Doctor of Diuinitic and late Provost of Qveencs 
Colledge, &c." In 1743, ho sent to Mr. Timothy Green,* of Boston, 
40 shillings old tcuor, for the purchase of" the Xian History, Boston 
Gazette, tfec." Mr. G. in sending them writes that the Gazettes were 
obtained through much difficulty, and that he also sends a few other 

The following inscription ia on his grave-stone at Newport: 

"Tilts Moiuimt'ut sftcred to the memory of the venerable Nathaniel Clap, 
Pastor of the First Coiij^regattonai Churcht in Newport, R. I,, whose body 
rests here iu hopes of a glorious resurrection, wiis erected by the bereaved 
flock in testimony of their just resfwct. He was born in Dorchester, A. D. 
1(507, ediiciiied in Harvard College, at Cambridge, bog:iii his Ministry here 
A. D. HiiJj, labored in tlio Word and doctrine, uiitill 172'), when he was 
ordaitied our pastor. lie was a zealou.s ami faithful prearlier of tiie great 
doctrines of the gospel which promote vital religion, ajit to teacb, ready to 
iustruct them that oppose themselves, hut clothed with humility, gentle, 
showing raeekneas to all, he devoted himself to serve the Kingdom of 
Christ, and Go<l made him signally instrumental to promote it- He loved 
good men of all dt'iiominations and was much beloved by tiiem. After 
fifty years of labor in the miidstry among us, lie fell asleep in Jesus October 
30, 1745, in the 78th year of his age. 'The memory of the just is blessed.' " 

• TimMhy Orceii, printer, Boston, eldest son of Doacnn Timothy, ttfcnmc assMiclated with 
BumuGJ Knecliinil in llic printing l)usinut^t> in 1727- They startL-d the t'ourtli nevv.spuper 
printed on ttie Continent, The .Veto England Journal, wliich in a few ycnrs w:is iinitcil wiih 
the Uostnii Gncelte, tho sct-ond newspuper of the ixjnntry. TI»o piirtnorship cotititiu<^d 28 
years. In 1 j'W, Grctn removed to New London, Ct., nnd tooit chargrt of his futlicr's printing 
iistablishincnt \\wxv, sucwfditig hi» fatluT as printor of the Colony, the only press then in 
oijemtlou In the Colony. Ho died Oct. 3, 1763. 

t An historical Account of ihe Coni^repnional Cliorcb In Newport, from Its first intro- 
rtiirtion to the island, is now in conrsc of prcpiiration. Such a work cannot fail of pos- 
Hf!>.>iii»; gri-ftt interest to many licyond tlic limits of the locality with which it is more 
imuicdiutely connected. The gentleman, of Newport, who hiu the worlt in charge, write*, 
"The memory of oar first srcat pr«Hcber is still very Ucmu' to us." 




JOHN' (JVai/iiinicl', Nk-hol.m^), second son of Nathaniel and 
Eli/.alielli (Smith) Clupp, was born in Dorchester, April 7, 1671, and 
remained in that town at least till he was 22 years old, having been 
received iuto the church there April 30, 1693. He was married to 

Silence , probably in the year 1699, and removed to the town 

of Sudbury, Ma.s.s., in what year has not been ascertained. He 
became r>eacoa of the church in that town, and held a hi<^h rank in 
town and clmrch matters generally. He died Nov. 26, 1735, in the 
65lh year of his age. 

Children of Deacon John and wife Silence Clapp, of Sudbury: 

J-20. John.* b. March 21, 1700; d. A|.ril 12, 17.S8; aged 8« ye«rs. 

21. Thankfii.,* b. (M. G, 170(1; m. Mr. Willis, whose descendants 

(ire now living in Sudbury. 

22. Natii.vxiel/ b. Sept. 10, 170!); d. young. 

23. Elizabeth,* m. Peter Noyes, Deacon of the Church in Sudbury, 

b. May 22, 1700; descendants still living in tlmt Iowa. 

— 16 — 

JONATHAN' (NatJianicl.' Nkholm'), third son of Nathaniel and 
Elizabeth (Smith) Clapp, of Dorchester, was born in that town, Aiif». 
31, 1673, and died Jan. 2, 1723-4. Ho married. Juno 23, 1703, 
Sarah, daughter of Barnard and Sarah Capon, and sister of Barnard 
Capen who m. Sarah Clapp (No. 36 of Rooer), of Dorchester. He 
was ordained Deacon of the Church in Dorchester, I^Iarch 1, 1718—19. 
For several years and up to the time of his death, he held the offices 
of Selectman and Town Treasurer, llo was an enterprising man, 
and owned much real estate. He was proprietor of three fourths of 
the grist mill called Clapp's Mill, which stood nearly north-east of 
the estate owned and occupied in the beginning of this century by 
the venerable Preserved Baker, and not far from where the presoifc 
New York & New England Railroad reaches the upland after cro.ssing 
the waters of the Back Bay. This mill was originally built by Mr. 
Bates, probably James Bates, for Deacon Edward, Nicholas, and 
perhaps Capt. Roger CIa[^p. It was rebuilt by Deacon Jonathan 
Clap)) and Llwtnphrey Atherton in 1712. According to the articles 
of agreement for rebuilding it, Joseph Parsons, of Northampton, was 
to build a corn or grist mtil at a place called "Clapp's Mill," where 
the former mill stood, for which lie was to have XoO, the mill to be 
finished by Sept. 12, 1712. Deacon Jonathan probably built the 
house in which he lived and died, which was destroyed by fire May 
15. 1784. It stood about 20 rods north-west of wiiat \a now Bostou 
Street, the passage to it from which Street was rather more than that 
distance south-west from the Five Corners. Mrs. Clapp was born in 
1678, and died Sept. 7, 1746, ia the 68th year of her age. 




211 ^^ 





Item his wearing apparc! 




Item liis beds & furniture* 



Item bis Linen & woolen ware &c. 




Item iiis Brass ware 




Item his Iron ware & tools 




Item his tin ware 



Item his armour 

! 2 


Item his wooden ware 




Item his hooks 




Item Glass bottles & looking glass 



Item Hees & hives £1 Bees wax Gs 




Item Liimhcr such as old Casks &c. 



Item Seven Sheep .... 




Item a Mare £6, a young do £7 



Item 8ii Cows £2i, two heifers £4 



Item two Swine ..... 



Item Dwelling house & barn 



Item 10 acres land about the housef 

. 120 


Item oue acre of Land he had of his mother, a part of ) 



his Fathers barn J 


Item 53 acres of Land west end of Nuket 



Item 5 acres at cast eud of Nuke .... 



Item about 1 acre ho bought of ITeury Bird 



Item t> acres of land in great Shee]» Pasture at neck 



Item his wood lot by Mr. Paysou'a about 5| acres 



Item 47 acres in 2.i division ..... 




Item 3 of a grist mill and the meadow belonging thereto 



Item the fence about the land hired of the town 




Item the fence that stood on the land of Rob' Newell 



Item Bonds, Bills & a Mortgage ..... 




Item 22oz silver £12 2. two silver buttons 4, G 




Item Province bills ...... 




Item Debts due tlie estate 





9 ^B 

^^B Cliildrcu of Deacon Jonatuan and Sabah (Capen) 



^^m 24. Sarah,* b. 1704; bapt. June 17, 1704; d. young. 


^H -\-25. Jonathan,* b. Dec. 6, 1705; d. Feb. 14, 178G. 

^V 26. Nathaniel,* b. May 'M, 1709; d, March 18, 171 



27. Nathaniel,* b. July 27, 1711 j d. Aug. 6, 1711. 


• One hiirh-biuk cliair, with ilic tiiitliils " I. C." Immt on the l>ack, is i 

ow in possession of ^| 

one of Dcaciiu Junjitiiau'.-i Krcat-^randcliildren, in BoiJton, who rerncmt) 

ors seeing 

it stand ^ 

in tlie centre of one of the 84]aare pews In tbe old Dorchester meetln 

g-house which 

was H 

taken down in 1816. 


t In me Dciicon Jonathan's real estate was divided tvctween his i 

ions Jonatliitn 

and ■ 

UavitI, NcMih linving prolmbly already received his share in the «hnpc of 

a llbeml edncatlon. ■ 

A etmrt i!< now in cxistcncu, in wliieh ore shown the dividing- lincH l>ctH 

•ccn these two 

l^v'e 1 

lione, and including the whole Irnctof land on the north side of Boston s 



Corners to nenr Upham'ii Comer. 


^m i The Lawreucc School, on B Street, South Boston, now itanda near t 

he spot. 






28. Sarah,* b. May 11, 1714; d- June 13, 1768. In 17.36 she m. 
Hcif>estill Leeds, of Dorchester, wlio die<l .Tan. 14, 170.0, ajred 93 
years. ITiey lived in the old uinu!>iou house in Ceuti-e Street, 
near what ia now Dorchester Avcuue. They left two sons, 
.•uid oue daughter who died March 18, 1737. 

-|-29. Noah,* h. Jan. 25, 1718; (L AjiriJ 10, 17U9; for more than forty 
years the Town Clerk of Dorchester. 

-|-30. David,* b. Nov. 11, 1720; d. Aug. 17, 1787. 


EBENEZER' (Nnthankl*, Nicholas'), fourth fion of Natlianicl and 
and Elizabeth (Smith) Clapp, was born in Dorchester, Oct. 25, 1678. 
After he arrived at manliood he waa usually denominated senior, to 
distinguish him from his eldest sou of the same name. lie waa a 
very worthy man, and held in higli esteem by the Churcii and Town. 
Uc married Hannah (No. 25 of Uogeb), the daughter of Ehlcr 
Samuel Clapp and granddangiiter of Captain Roger. She was bora 
in 1681, and died Aug, 9, 1747, aged 66 years. For his second wife 
he married Mrs. Uannaii Eddy, of Boston, Nov. 13, 1749. lie died 
May 20, 1750. lie left a large estate. He probably lived on the 
spot of land wliieh makes the northern angle of the Five Corncra 
in Dorchester. He had about 44 acres of land in the uorlli part of 
the town, viz., 11 acres where his son Nalhauiel lived, west of the 
Five Coniens ; 8 at the mouth of the Neck (soutli-west of what is now 
Washington Village); 5 at Little Nock (near the Old Colony Rail 
Road Crossing in South Boston), | au aero" where the mill formerly 
was" (it seems the mill was then removed) ; and other lots enough to 
make about tlio number of acres uamed above, lie also had at Bluo 
Hills and in Sloughton 248 acres. His whole estate was appraised 
at £811 ITs. 8il. The estate of his wife, who died nearly three 
years previous, appraised at .£220 13s. 4d. was settled about the 
same time as bis, most of it probably coming to her by the way of 
her father Elder Samuel, son of Capt. Roger. Their sons Ebenezer 
and Nathaniel were the administrators, and Ebenezer Moselcy, 
Humphrey Alhcrton and Samuel Blake, the appraisers. 

Children of Ebejjezer and Hannah ClaI'P: 

Ebenezer,* b. Oct. 4, 170.T; d. .Jun. 10. 17.52. 

Hannah,^ b. Nov. 28, 1707; d. March 16, 17!>9. She married, 
Jan. 2, 1735, .John Tolm.-in, Jr., h. Ajvrj] G, 1700. 

Joux,* b. Aug. 2, 1710; d. June 12, 17;i5. He came to liis death 
before he was 25 years old. ami wiis j)roi»iii»ly uinnarried. llje 
following account of his death was recorilcd al flic tiitie: "1735, 
Jiiue 12. John Clajip, son of Mr. El(eii('Z«!r Clapj). was drawing 
a heavy log upon a pair of dniuglus, and the lever slipping loose, 
the end Hew over ami streak hiiu on the forehead, of whieh ho 
died in about 24 hours, he being then at Stoughlon." 

NATHAN'fEL,* b. Jan. 22, 1712-i;j; d. March 18, 1750-61. 

JosEPU,* b. Oct 'J, 1715; d. Feb. 14, 1780. 



3G, Elizabeth,'' b. Aufr, 1718. Probably m, Samuel IIow, o£ Dor- 
chester, Deo. 2, 1736. 
-j-37, RoGKK," b. April 28, 1721 ; tl. Aug. 1, 1807. 

38. Mart,* b. Nov 18, 172(5; m. Dec. 14, 1749, Thomas BirrJ, of 
D(jrchestcr. She d. May IC, 1S08, aged 82 years. He was 
Constable in 1751, and d. Aug. 28, 1772, aged 50 years. 


JOnN* {John,' Nathaniel* Nkholm^), oldest child of Deacott 

John and Silenco ( ) Clapp, was born in Sudbury, March 21, 

nOO; d, April 12, 1788. He was a man of more than ordinary 
pifts and ac<imTements. AUbongli he enjoyed only a common school 
education, yet " being uncommonly studious and attentive to books, 
and having a very retentive memory withal, iie fnnushed himself 
witli a most sarpriding fund of knowledge. He was able to converse 
with any person on any subject, either philosophy, astronomy, mathe- 
matics in all its various branches, geography, divinity, <fec. &c., and 
his company was courted by all lua literary acquaintance. Yet with 
all his acquired knowledge, he never accumulated any pecuniary 
profit by it. The acquirement of property was never his object. 
He lived above want, winch was the extent of Ids wishes, and died a 
firm and sincere christian, in the 89th year of his age." He was 
married in March, 1723, to Abigail Estabrook, who was born Sept. 
2.5, 1702, and d. May 2G, 17 90. 

Tiic following cliaracteristic letter from John Clapp to his oticle 
Rev. Nathaniel, of Newport, R. I., reveals the kindly sentiments 
which these relatives held towards each other, fostered no doubt by 
a similarity of taste, and continuing active notwithstanding their 
great distance from each other and lack of means of communication. 

Honoured Sir 

By these I Let you Understand that at present I am in Good Health, 
and that I received the Book yon Sent me, Intituled, Purchase His Pil- 
grimage (Whereof I have read near one half) Fur which I render you 
ilany Humble and Hearty Thanks; as also for your Providential care, 
in Borrowing of Mr. Parry, a Book Intituled The Successions of Eug- 
laiiils Monurchs for me, Wliii^h I Received of him near the Middle of 
January, and Havirij; I>i I ligently Perused it, 1 returned it home tlm Last 
Tlnirwhiy without any harm thereto. I Lament my Inability to Betaliata 
the many favours your Goodness has heaped upon me But assure your 
self that I shall Omit uothing tiiat a Gratefull mind is Cap.ibIo of. And 
Bo not to be Tedious to you, Imploring the Continuauco of your Good 
Esteem, I Crave Leave to subscribe myself in all Love and llespect 
Your Obedient JNejihcw and Servant 

John Clap. 
Sudbury May 25, 1717. 
Superscribed " To M' Nathaniel Clap 

at New Porte Rhode Islaud." 



Children of John and Abigail (Estabbook) Clapp: 

39. Bfxlah,' b. Jan. 1, 1724; m. in 1744, Pluncas Walker, and 
settled in Rutland, Slass. 
-f 40. JoEL,» b. July 2, 172G; d. in 1770. 

41. Jercsua,* b. May 14, 1728; m. Oct 10, 1751, Ambrose Tower, 
and livfd in Sudluirv- 
-|-42. AsAiiKL,' b. March 12, 1729-30. 

43. Ann," b. Feb. 0, 1732; m. Mr. Knight, In 175fi. 

44. Maki',* b. Nov. 18, 1733; m. Mr. Mussey, and settled in 


45. JoiiN,*b. Dec. 24, 1735; d. July 6, 1736. 

46. Silas,* b. Sept. 17, 1737. He was a soldier in the exj»«lition to 

Crown Point in 17.55, and while tliere was taken sick ami die<l 
Dec. 11, of that year. He was reputed to be a young man of 
fine personal ajiivearance. 

47. Daniel,* b. Oct. 10, 173y. Ho woa a very respectable man and 

of sound judgment. In 1774 he a member from KutJand 
of the first Pmvinciid CMUgress of Massaclmsctts, an<l also held 
the miliuiry office of Colonel. The latter part of his life was 
spent in Worcester, Mass., where he held the ofllco of County 
Ilegistor of Deeds for mure than thirty-five years. It is believed 
that in the year 1757 he was a resident of Boston, and a member 
of the sitijiing L-hoir connected with the rellpious Soiit-ty of 
Church Green, lie probably was married but had no chilih'uu. 
He d. February or March, 1*827. 

48. SAUUEx/d. Dec. 11, 1755. 

JONATHAN* (Jonathan,* Nathaniel* Nicholas'), oldest son of 
Deacon Jonathan and Sarah (Capcn) Clapp, was boni in Durchcalcr, 
Dec. 6, 1705, Uc was about 19 years old at the time of hia father's 
death. He married, first, Aug. 26, 1736, Jean Tucker, of Slilton, 
who died Juno 18, 1749, in the 35tli year of her age; m. second, 
March 29, 1750, Deborah Straten, of Braintrec, but a ineriiber iif tho 
church in Walthara. She died Feb. IG, 1780, in her 75tli year. 
He survived licr six years, and died Feb. 14, 1780. Tho house and 
landed estate of his father, Deacon Jonathan,' near the Five Corners, 
was settled by a deed of division between Jonathan' and his brother 
David, in 174G (referred loon page A •O/' 

211, and again in the record of Da- JJ^^^^Mtcvrc (^C^f/0 
vid, No. 30 ; it is from this deed ■/ ^— ' y 

that the. autograph of Jonathan is copied), and they oc^Hipled tlio 
house together, their brother Noah living with them. In 1755, Da- 
vid add all his share in the estate to Noah, and built a house on 
Stonghtou Street. Jonathan and Noah remained in the old iiouso 
until it was burnt down May 15, 1784, after which Noah built a 
house a short distaucc to tiic south-west, and Jonathan probaidy pat 
up the other which long stood on tho same spot a.s tho old one. 
After Jonathan's death, this was occupied by Ebenezer Sumner, still 
later by Ira Adams, and was taitcn down some twenty-five years ago. 



Children of Jonathan and Jean (Tucker) Clapp: 

49. Joi^athan,* b. Sept, 4, 1736; d. Fch. G, 1787. in llie 5\»t year 
of his age. He mavriwl, Dec. 18, 1750, Elizaljcth Eislin]», h. 
Feb. 5, 1731. She outliveil her husbaiul 17 yfarw, timl d. Oct. 
5, 1804, agud 73 years. Tliey jirobably livwl in the hmise at 
tlitj comtT of what is now called Dorchester and Crescent 
Avenues, which was taken down by his son Jonathan in 1793. 
Chiltlreii : 

50. Jf-H(///ian," b. May fi, 17G1 ; d. IMay .10, 1701, 

51. Jeriit,^- h. An^. 1, 17l!3; d. IMurih 2{'k !81[I; ni. .Tonatlmn 

lilacknian, of Dorehestrr. They lival first in .in anrient 
house ouec staiidiu;r on the lane now called Creseent Avenue, 
not many roils east of the one above nipntioiied, and then in 
another, long since removed, on what is now Cottage Street, 
near tlie corner of Sumner Street. Mr. lilaeknian died .Tun. 
2!>, 1813. Three children surAJved their parents, but are 
now dt'jwl. 

52. IJ/izaLft/t," b. Srpt. 25, 1766; d. May 10, 1812, She ra. Dec. 

B, 178!), Lemuel Collyer, of Dorchester, who d- Ajiril 0, 1813. 

53. Susanna," b. Sept. 'iO, 'l7n;i;d. April 23, 1848, unmarried. 

54. Jonathan* h. Jan. 25, 1772; d. Aug. fi, lH4i), in his 7Hth year. 

He m. Sept. 8, 1793, Jean Eyre Baden, of Brauitree, and 
settled in Dorc-hester. He was a carpenter by trade, and 
pruliahly Jiuill the house in which he lived and died, now stand- 
ing on Ihe corner of Dorchester and Crescent Avenues. The 
old house standing near the spot, then belonging to his two 
aunts (Bishop), was taken down to give place for the iiew one. 
Ho was a very rugged man, strong and athletic. His wife 
was born 10, 17G8, and died Dec. 29, 1858, in t!io 91st 
year of her age. Children: i, George^ b. Nov. 1 1, 17'.t4; d. 
Dec. 17, IftC'J. Inherited his father's house, and lived and 
died in it. He m. lir-ft, Nov. 2, 1820, Adelaide Woodbury, 
of Gloucester, b. A]iril 5, 17i18, d. Feb. 22, 1823, aged 25 
years, and had: (1) Grorije EJiranl' h. Aug. 21, 1821, 
(1. July 15, 18G1 — a wheelwright l)y trade, afterwards 
removed to Brookfield, m. Harriet C. Kimball, who d. Feb. 
6, 18 GO, leaving one child, J/atiie,^ who d. agwl 14 mos. 
George' m. second, Se[)t. 14, 1823, Mary Wetherbee 
Brown, of MarllH>ro*, Mass., b. Nov. 18, 1801, and had: 
(2) /^m/iV b. Oct. 24, 1824, d. July 2G, 1831— a very 
promising boy; {3} Eliziifieth Jime,^ b. Oct. 1, 1826, m. John 
E. Jones, Lieutenant Boston I'ulice Station 11, ami live in 
Dorchcstef District, (jii 8t<iught<ui Street, about half a mile 
westerly from the homestea<l of her fathci' ami grandlather, 
tfiey have one daughter 5 (3) Mary Anurietin* li. March 13, 
1828, m. Scwell T. .lenkins. carpenter, and live on the old 
homestoafl, corner of Dorchester and Crescent Avenues; (4) 
SofMn A(MiiiiI«,^ b. Ajiril 24, 1833, m. Seiifember, 185», 
George S. Estey, and d. Nov. 18G!), leaving one daughter. 
55. Jaxe,* b. June 5, 1739; m. Feb. 8, 1759, Ebenezer Bird; lived 

for a time in Dorche.«ter, and hail severjJ (13) children, then 

removed to Willtamsburgh, Mass. 



56. Saiiah,* b. April 30, 1742; d. Sept. 8, 1747. 

57. EzKA," b. Aug. 15, 1745; d. Aug. 10, 1824, agei} 79 years. Ho 

m. first, Oct. 25, 1770, Susiintiiih JTiunj)lirey, who d. Anp .31, 
1778, aged 30 yejirs; m. second, May 27, 1771), Mrs. Jilary 
W:ilker, sister of Thomas Williams, of Dorchester ; m. third, 
Boino out- probalily in Luuouljuiiih, where ho spout a part of his 
later ye.ars. At the lime of the Jire whieh destroyed the house in 
whieh hi'* f;ither ."iiid uncle Noah lived, he resided with them. 
Chil<hcn by first wife : 

58. Ltm* b.'Oct. 20, 1771; ni. Feb. 14, 1709, Phineas Pcabody, 

b. in 1751 ; they lived in Vermont, and in New Salem. M.iss. 

59. Stisamia,^ b. Dee. 30, 1772. Lived unmarried, with her 

sist«»r LoLs in \'ermont. She was a bright, aetive woman. 
Two visits of her's to my father's are reeollecteil, the last 
one of several weeks' coiitinuiinre, in 1828. 
CO. Jonm liuiiipfirei/,* b. Jouo 21, 1778; d. April C, 1794, aged IG 

Children of Ezra by second wife: 

61. JCzra* b. Nov. 23, 1780. His liistory not ascertained. 

02. Josiati,'^ b. Nov. 20, 1782. It is supposed he married, but left 

no children. 

63. SAK.vti," b. .June 8. 1749, ten days before the death of her mother; 

m. .Jan. 0, 1770, Joshua Hiadley, of Roxbury, and reinove<l to 

New Loudon, Conu., where several children were born to them. 

29 — 

NOAII' {Ji/nathan,^ Nathaniel* Nicholas^), son of Deacon Jonatliaa 
and Sarah (Capen) Clapp, brother of tho preceding, and grandfather 
of the coin[)ilcr of tliis work, was born in Dorclicster, Jan. 25, 1718. 
lie married, Dec. II, 17G0, Ann (No. 85), daughter of Ebenczer 
CIap[i, Jr., iie being then about 42 years of a<!;e. His wife was a 
daui^liter of his cousin, and aliout 13 years his junior; she was born 
March 16, 1731, and diea May 2G, 1812. They fir3t lived in the 
liouse before spoken of, occtipit'd by liis fatlier Jonathan, on Boston 
►>lroet, near the Five Corners, a little North of the mansion of Mr. 
John Uuldcn, still standing, llf^. had, in 
1755, bought all his 
in their falliei's j)rop 
piod the house in connection with his brother Jonathan (see records 
of Jonathan and David). This house was consumed by fire May 
L5, 1784. Noah was then clerk of the Town. The Records were 
iu the house at the time, and some were destroyed. Great efforts 
were made by him to save them, even if everything else was lost. which were consumed were in a great measure supplied by 
him afterwards. Tliat bouse was the second in Dorchester contain- 
ing the town Records which had been destroyed by fire; the other 
•was in the year 1657, when Thomas Millet was Town Clerk. 

The burn in '' of the house in which Noah lived caused another fire 

atanding. Hi:, had, in / y"^ f /l^ 
1 brother David's share ^yy^ cL^A^ •f^cup 
r»perty, and then occu- V_y / 



at the same time, the wind blowhif^ frcsli from tlio Nortli West, and 
a burning shingle being carried to tlie leeward about one third of a 
mile, and seltiti<j on Hro a house then oeciipicd by William Allen, 
■wliich stood oil the spot where the building known as the ravilioti* 

• As tliJH house ami anotlier owit'iit out' to tlie westward of It were in tliai uRrt of Dor- 
chester where the Clapjis were then fur more nutncrone than citizens of iiny oilier Tiaine, it 
maj- not ba consicltrtd wholly out of place to givo some brief notice of these houses and 
iheir occu|miiLs. 

Thv Pavilion on Allen's Plain, w!iii-h took the place of tJic house destroyed l>y fire in 
17M, wati pwnliar in its structure, and nnlikc any other buiWin;; In town. It wns ocoiipieii 
for many years tjv the Hon. Pure/. Morton, who WBsl'om in Plyraoutli, Nov. 1.5, 1751, ({TH<i- 
nntcJ lit Harvard College in 1771, and died in the Pavilion Oct. 14, 1837. He took an 
active part In tiie cause of freedom, hcfore the Ucvolntion. In 177.5, ho was one of the 
Committee of S:ifety and depnty-Sccrctiiry of the Province of MasNacliusetts. After the wdr, 
be opened a law office iu State'Strect, Bo.>toii ; wiis n lender of the Jacotiin Cluli that met 
at the GrccTi Drapon Tavern ; was Sf)eHker ol' the Honsu of Representatives from 1806 to 
1811, Attorney-Oencral of the State from 1810 to 18.32, and it member of the Convention 
for rcviwinfi the ."^tiite Cont^titution in 1820. One of hl.s earlicFt public net.* was the delivery 
of the eukvgy in 177(> over the rcmBius of Gen. Joseph Wairen; and one of his latest was 
the prosecution of the cii>c, as Smte's Altorney, insisted by Daniel Webster, in the cele- 
brated trial of the Knapps at .Sakm, in 1830, for tlic murder of Capt. Joseph White. His 
apiHjintinent by the masonic fniteruify im eulogist at the Kiavc of Warren, he being then 
only 2.5 years of nfte, wits a tlatteriiis testimony to his pcjiularily and worth. The bixly of 
the hero having been discovered in the latter part of March, 177i>, near the spot on which 
he fcif and was buried nine months iK'fore, the I/id^-e of Freemasons of North America, 
of whkh Warren was Gmiid Master, obtiijied leave of the House of Repre.ientativcri, then 
in session, to remove »n<l bury ii v¥it!i tlie ciistomarv polcumitlesof the craft. On the 8th 
of April, this was dime, the services Iwing performed in King's Chapel, with the attendunce 
of a raltitnry detuchment, n nnmeroas body of Muson*,- incnibcrs of the General Court, 
Selectmen and citizens of the town, Mr. Morton's oration was " ingenious and spirited," 
was well receivcil at the tiim.', and shows nmrks of more ilian ordinary ability. Pre>ident 
Adams's lady MTote on the occojiinn ■ — "Itliitik the siilijeit must have inispireil him. A 
youn^r fellow could not huve wished a liner opjiortunUy to display his talents. " Ills apo.<i- 
trophe to the deail Ijoily iicfore him, lommonciiifr, " Illut^liious relics ! What tidln>:s from 
the Slave ; Why hast ilioii left the jicHceful maii.sionsof the rornb, to visit again rliisiroubled 
earth i" was partk'iilarly btrikiii;;, iinil must have uwnkened the deepest sensildlitics of his 
nudlenee. ^I^. Morton married, in 1778, Sarah Weiitworth A)iihor|i, of Quincy, a woman 
of tine litcniry tastes, the author of a volume of poems, and spoken of hy Paine a.< the 
American Sapplio. She survived her husicind several years. The Pavilion, xvhiic iiduib- 
itcd i>y them, was often the resort of il britliaut array of the leading men and women of the 
time. In law, literature and fashion. 

Wliliin sif<lit of lite Pavilion, across the Plain in a westerly dircctlon,nfftr what is now the 
corner of Stoughtoii and Sumner .Streets, not many roils distJint from the present resi- 
dence of the compiler of this Memorial, a house still stnnds which was for scvcnil years 
previous to 18'20 the alxKlo of Arodi ThaytT, who, in the troublous times preeeditij? the 
devolution, took the opposite side fron» Mr. Morton in thi'sreatstnifrgle then commencing. 
In I'ljf*, he was Marshal of ilic Court of Admiralty, tinder His Majesty Qeorpe III. The 
sloop Liberty, bcloiislns to John Hancock, had ttcen .sel/.cd .some time previou.'. by ihu 
government, and the odlecrs of Customs Imvinfi now prosecuted the owbit, lie was arrested 
Nov. 3, 176*f, hy Mr. Thayer, on a precept for £90<X), and hail demanded and obtaiiicd for 
£.3000 more. Mr. Thnycr continued on the royal side np to tlic time of the hrenkingont of 
the war, when ho left the country. It Is uncertain what year he returned, but he is remem- 
bered now hy some of the older citizens nt Horclicstcr as the occupant of the bouse in 
qnestlon early in the prcst'nt century. The house was then owned by Wiltlam Bird, 
who lived in it in 1800. Mr. Thayer in the enjoyment of a pension Vnnii the British 
povcmmcnt, which was allowed to tiiin through life. He continued to wear the three- 
cornered hat, small-clothes and knee- awl sluw-laickles of a previous peiieration, and 
occitsionnlly received the hoots of the ruder Uay» of the town, whose hatred of iiiiythiii(r 
connected wit!i tlio old tory party had come down from their fathers. In general, however, 
he was well treated by the citUens, w,a« rcsiwetcd for his modest worth aiiilijulet demeanor, 
and Ills family, eonsVtIng of n wife and twi> daughters, a.s.soi iatcd in the most fricndiv 
manner with the rlliiena of the town. Altlioiigh in liumlder circumstanecs than tho 
Attorney-General, he was in the haliit of neighborly intercourse with him, and persons are 
tiow living who rcineml)cr his ficiinent inornin™ svalks from Ids own house, through what 
is now Pleii.sant Street, to brcaklust with his aged friend at the Pavilion — a txautiful in- 
stance of the forgetfiilncss of old |sjlitical disputes and cstrnngemcnts. Mr Thayer died in 
Dorchester, May 7, 1831, aged 8S years. His daughters survived hliu, and died-^CIiarlottc, 
Feb, a, 1850, In her 80th year; and Mary, Dec. I, ISfiO, aged 87 vears.— Mr. '1 haver's coin- 
mission and hodgc of office (a silver our} were de^Kjsitcd with tiio Doahcster Antiiiuoriuu 
and Historical Society. 



afterwards stood for many years. This was on Pleasant Street, 
near the corner of Cottage Street. Noah took measures for the 
erection of another lioiise soon after the Hre, and the one afterwards 
occnpieil Ity his son l>eacon Eljenezer Clapp, antl in which t!iey both 
died, was built by him. It was situated South West of the old one, 
on what is now Boston Street, and not many rods north from the old 
cemetery. It was raised Nov. 18, 1784, and on the 26th of May 
followiu;^ tiie family moved into it. lie lived tliere the rest of hi3 
days, and died April 10, 1799, aged 81 years. 

The foUowin.ij account of him was written by the late Elisha Clapp. 

"Noah, son of Deacon Jonathan Chip, was born in Dorchester. 
He received the honors of Harvard College in 1735. lie studied 
theology, and became a preacher; but such was the feebleness of his 
censtitulion, that he docs not appear to have entertained the idea of 
settling in the ministry. lie ofiicialcd occasionally for the neighbor- 
ing clergy for many years. He was usefully cmplDyed in Ida native 
town, in tlio capacity of Selectman, Assessor, Clerk, and Treasurer, 
thirty seven years successively, and as schoolmaster at four different 
periods about twenty years. From March 13, 1748-9, to March 24, 
1792, a space of forty-three years, during all of which, except three 
near the close, he was Town Clerk, he recorded above 1700 births, 
900 deaths, and 400 marriages. He was a man of meekness, piety 
and integrity, and singular veracity. Ho was rarely known to assert 
anything positively, but prefixed whatever he uttered with • it may 
he.' He delighted in the study of American antiquities, and from 
him the lute Dr. Belknap received some valuable hints for the 
Collectioirs of the Massachusetts Historical .Society. Owing to a 
retentive memory, he was remarkable for accuracy in his statements 
of facts, and for {l»e exactness with which he would repeat his tales 
of former years." 

The late Rev. Dr. Harris* preached a sermon the Sunday after the 
interment of Noah Clapp, April 14, 1799, in which he paid a tribute 
to his memoiT. He says : 

"Though I Jiavo made it a point studiously to avoid any direct 

• Tbe Rpv. Thmldeus Mason Hnrris, D.D., w.ns son of Willinni Harris, of Chnrlcstwwn, In 
wliich |j|iK'c lie WHS iwrii July 7, I7G8. He ciiK-reJ Harvanl College in 178.3. unit Kriuliiiited 
In 17S7. For nhout ii vcur lie luiJ chnrge of a cliistiical .•iL-hool in Worcecter, and in 1791 
was nppoliiteil Litiranitii nf Uitrvnrd University, where lie rt'nniine<l aiitil Oetoher 23, 1793, 
wlicn lie was ordained niiniiiUT over the Chnrcli and Society in Dorcliefiter. He ermtinuerl 
tlicir minister until July \f\ 18^5, wlien iIk pnritli, acredini; to bis reiiucst, wttlcd with him 
a colleiijrue (Ilcv. NaiHanicl Hull), ond on tlic 23d of OftoliiT, 1S.W, ticins the fony-lbirtl 
snnivL'rsiiry of inn unliniition. lie rcsiyned fiis chnrge and took leave of his people in a 
sermon which in in print. The Rev. Mr. Hall then iissumrd the cole charffe of the uurisb, 
«nd h»w continued its minister to the prc*ciit time ( 1876). Dr. HiiiTis " was n rami of fcrvat 
Sonsihility, deep Icaniinf;, of a [>oeliL'al turn, wus mucli inelinod to wit, and hud te-ixe for 
all the unfortunate. Sonic of hiii diiicoariies abounded with p^itbos and eloquence. He was 
a tnenvlver of many of the most important Bodolien in this part of the country." Of his 
books, sermons, &e., f'onv-fonr were piihlisliud. 

January 28. 179-5, Mr. Harrii* was niiirried to Mary, daughter of Dr. Elijah and Dordhy 
Dix. In 18113, after a severe tit of sickness, he woa indutvd to undertake a journey to tbe 
then newly. lorniod stittc of Ohio, wliirh lie awomplistied on liorsc-hack, receiving there- 
from great iK'iielit to his bodily health. His " Juarnal " ofthLs tour, publbihcd shortly after 
liU rucutu, ib a work of rarv iaterciit and coutaiua much iutoruiation. 



refcrencG to individuals in funeral eulogies, yet I am persuaded such 
is your veneration hv the memory of Mr. Clapp, that you would 
gladly see me breaking through a general rule, and will accompany 
me cordially in every expression of affection and. respect in a just 
tribute to his memory, 

" He early began the career of virtue, and held fast his integrity 
to the last. Descended from godly parents, and favored with the 
advantages of their pious example and instruction, his noind and 
heart, his principles and manners, were seasonably formed to sobriety 
and holiness." 

"It seems that an early regard to truth and uprightness had 
been inculcated upon him, and formed the distinguishing attribute of 
his life and conversation. I never knew a person farther removed 
from every appearance of duplicity, or more singularly rcmarkablo 
for a cautiousness iti speecli and inviolable regard to veracity. 
This was discoverable in all his concerns, and formed a prominent 
feature in his character." "He was very careful of asserting more 
tliau he was positively sure of. He was not fond of athrmationg; 
and hesitated even as to the accuracy of his own judgement, and the 
certainty of his own information. This singular cautiousness was 
the result of the most inflexible reverence for truth. It was accom- 
panied by a meek, humble, diffident and modest spirit, and a plain, 
undisguised, unaflectcd artlessness of manners. Indeed he might be 
considered a fair specimen of primitive simplicity. His character 
had all the worthy signatures of 'an Israelite indeed, in whom was 
no gtiiie.' 

" When he had finished his collegiate course, he applied himself to 
the study of divinity ; and though for a number of years he was 
exercised in various places as a preacher, his feeble and precarious 
state of health was such that he did not consider himself a candidate 
for a settlement in the ministry. Those of you who had the oppor- 
tunity of hearing him in the pulpit will witness, that aa in life, so 
'in drxirine, he showed uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, and sound 
speech which could not be condemned.' 

'* A very observable and lovely trait in hia character was his 
candor and charitableness in judging of others. Of this he gavo 
the most pleasing proofs in his unwillingness even to hoar anything 
to the disadvantugo of persons. He would not patiently listen to 
t!ie reports which might be in circulation of the misconduct of any; 
and when they were mentioned in his presence, he was always ready 
to palliate and excuse what he could not commend, and seemed 
averse to believe ill news, flying rumors and petty scandal. Of 
course he was never known to repeat them. 

" One circumstance I must not pass over witliout proper notice, 

because it so often contributed to your instruction and cntertainmenL 

Possessing a remarkably retentive memory, ho was able to bring out 

of its treasures things now aud old. lie had stored up a vast fund 




of information respecting the early settlement and history of this 
country ; and so rich was he in anecdote, and so copious in the 
detail of interesting particulars concerning our progenitors, that he 
WHS considered as the oracU of ancient timet. 

" ' Ye are all witness, and God also, how holily and anblamably and 
humbly he behaved himself among us.' Of him, as of the venerable 
patriarch whose name he bore, it might safely be said, 'Noah was a 
just man, and perfect in his generations; and Noah walked with 

"His children will be solicitous to honor their father's memory by 
imitating his virtues and following his pious instructions. He had 
the precaution to leave each of them a written ciqvj of his oileice and 
counsel. It is a very valuable legacy; and if used and improved as 
he hoped and prayed, will prove a better patrimony than any earthly 
inheritance he could bestow." 

Children of Noah and Ann Clapp : 

64. Ann,* b. Nov. 9, 1761; d. unmarrie<l, March lo, 1787. From 

writiDgg left by her, ahe is known lo have been religious and 

65. HANNAn,* b. April 22, 1763; d. Nov. 24, 1793. She had the 

Bame traits as her siator, and like her died in the prime of life. 
+66. JOFTS,* b. Sept. 11, 1764; d. Sept. 23, 1840, aged 76 years. 

67. Lois,* b. Oct. 15, 1765; d. Jan. 11, 1766. 

68. Elizabeth,* b. Jan. 10, 17(;7; d. Feb. 22, 1838, aged 71 yeara. 
She m. Dec. 22, 1788, Elwuezer Seaver, of Koxbury, a griuluate 
of Harvard College in 1784 (b. July 5, 1763; d. March 1, 1844), 
and for many years in puWic life. In politics he was a firm Repub- 
lican SIS understoo<l in those days, and was a Representative Ln 
Congress ten years, from 1803 to 1813, under the admiiiistrations 
of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, lie was a member of 
tlie State Constitutional Convention of 1820. Representative 
to the General Court from 1704 to 1802, and held many town 
offices. They had eight children who lived to grow up. Mrs. 
Seaver's life was uuiissuuiing, her discharge of duty faithful, 
her manner kind. In her household management she was 
uncommonly judicious and active, aud she left to hex family a 
rich legacy of virtim ami affection. 

69. Sakah,' b.'Oct. 7, 1703; d. Nov. 21, 1806, aged 38 yeiirs. She 
m. Dec 3, 1792, John Holdcn, of IX)rchester, and lived in the 
next house north of her father's, on the ohl road leading to South 
Boston, now Boston Street. She left six childern to mourn her 
ejirly lofis, idl but one of whom afterwards marrie<L Mr. 
Holdeu,* m. second, Sept. 9, 1811, Rhoda Sumner, who d. in tJie 
winter of 1874-75. 

70. Lyiha,* b. Feb. 3, 1770; d, Oct. 7, 1814, in her 45th year; m- 

• Jolin Hoi Jen wns bom at Dorchester, lils Tathcr'a nAfive town, Novcml^er 3, 1770. 
About 179fi lie set up II sliiitglitcr-house near what is now called Bofiton Street, in Dorclieytcr, 
wbenco he sent to the "Old Market," in Bositon, regiiliir Buppliea of Ijccf. This basioew 
be puraaed uitliout iiilerniisKion uutil 1837, when, having aeqnired a ooiiirorUilile estate, bo 
retired to eiijoy that reKt whieh he bnd so well earned by houest ludustry and the Cuthibl 
fitowardsbip of hiii moderate, but steady, accuinolatloDS. 



June 20, 1796, James Pierce, of Dorchester, and Hettled in 
RoxUury, near Brookline. She partook of the virtues of her 
parents. Like her Mster she died in the prime of life, and left 
four fhildren. Her son James liveil at his ,ntic:le Ebetiezer'a 
(itiy I'iilher), till he was nearly 30 jears old, and always seemed 
very near to me as a relative and friend. 

Ebexezer," 1). Au-;. 25, 1771 ; d. March 6, 1860. The father of 
the fompiler of this Memorial. 

Lrcv," h. March 27, 177C; d. Juno 11, 1804, in her 20tL year. 
Slit? was much beloved for her good (juaJities by a large circle of 
frienils anil acquaintance, and lier early tJeath, in the midst of 
her usefnlncss, was severely felt She was unniarrted, nml for a 
iiuiuber of years was cnfjatied in teachiiitj school, a part of the 
time in the North S<'hooJ lloust" in Dorchester, and a part as a 
j)rivate teacher at her home. The Ilev. Oliver Everett was then 
living in the mansion house still stjinding at tln^ Five Corners — 
and two of his sons, Alexander II. and Edward, in aft«r life so 
celebrated as scliuhirs aud as public men, atteiidert the school of 
Sliss Clapp, anil learned tlieir alphabet in her father's bed-room, 
where her aeliool was held a |tonion of the time. 

W (f<^^ 

80 — 

DAVID* (Jonathan,' Nathaniel* Nicholas^), youngest son of 
Deacon JonaUian and Sarah (Capen) Clapp, and brother of the 
preceding, was born Nov. 11, 
1720, in the house near the ^^^ZyC ^ ^^^ 
"Five Corners, aud which was ^^^ C^C^'^yi^ 
afterwards destroyed by fire, 
May 15, 1784 He was a steady and exemplary man; was a 
cordwainer by trade, and also a farmer. The portion of the estate 
of hig fatlicr which fell to him by the deed of division with his 
brother Jonathan, in 1746, comprised one half the house already 
alluded to, part of one barn, and about four and a quarter acres of 
land adjohiing — together with varioua tracts of land at Great and 
Little Neck and Powow Point (So. Boston), the latter amounting 
to ton or twelve acres, and an interest in undivided lands in 
Stoughton. He was married June 20, 1754, to Iluth Huraphroya, 
daughter of Samuel Humphreys, of Dorchester. During that year 
lie disposed of most of the parcels of land above named, and in 
May, 1755, his interest in the old homestead was sold to his brother 
Noah for £99. In the same month and year he bought of Thomas 
aud Sarah Kiltoii a tract of 12 J acres, embracing moat of the north- 
easterly side of Jones's Hill so-called, being part of the estate, as 
the deed says, "that our Hon"'. Grand-Father Jonathan Jones, late of 
Dorchester Dec'\ Died Siezed and Possessed off." The amount paid 
for it was £146 13.^. \d. It fronted on Stoughton and Pleasant 
Streets, from nearly opposite the southerly cud of Sumner Street, 


wftcMtcriy to land Uien b do^ j ng to Dr. Gmam Tailer 'i 
^ eatale of Judge ErereCt, and now of the vidov NaUna Apfrietoa. 
It iadoded the hiD Boatb-vesterljr froB Ae afereet to its U^Msat 
poiata, the fc a tJit bomdary in that directioB bciag 8 a » jw and 
Thadier Arenaea recently laid oat. Tbe UD ifcnlf afiirda « 
eoaHHUkding view of the dty of Bostoo, three aiilea dialaat on the 
north, of ita harbor, aad of borchestflr Baj. Pefsoaa Imag at tbe 
tiae the Cuboob Whitefidd weot throai^ thb pait of tke ooimtij, in 
1740; said that hU roiee was OBoe beard bj ttea on tbe nde ci the 
Un vhen be was preaching on Boston CoanoiLt It vms also n 
eooapieaooa place for some of the demonstrations irfaich -rere called 
forth io tbe r'f^^c times preeeding the Berolatioa. On ploagfaiog 
Dp a portion of its nr&ee aboat the tiaie of the aeeond war with 
England^ there were broagfat to light tbe chaired waanta of the 
boniSre which was known to hare been exhibited there after the 
repeal of tbe stamp act in 1765. A boo^e stood at tbe fooi of tfaa 
Inll, near tbe extreme soatbeasterlj comer of the lot, on the sootberlj 
aide of wbat is now Pleasant Street, in tbe bend near tbe east end 
of Scoogbton Street His marriage taking place tbe same year of 
the porcfaase, be at once occupied tiii^ honse ; here all bis diildren 
were boro, and here be died. It descended to his son Samoel, and 
was burnt down in 1804, taking fire either accidentally, or, as was 
strongly Eospccted, by the hand of an incendiary. Another boase 
waa pat op in its place by his son Samuel, and is the one nnw stand- 
ing and occupied by Samuel's grandchildren. In 1781, financial 
embarrassments, occasioned in part by the war then near its close^ 
rendered necessary the sale of a portion of this land, and four acres 
of it on the northwesterly side, from the street in front to tbe top of 
the hill, were sold, for X45, to Col. Ebenezer Clapp (So. 86), who 
already owned land adjoining it on tbe west. On the lot thus sold 

• William Tailor, ion of Hon. William Toiler, of Boston, was appointed lievt. Ovrcmar 
of MaaaactiiuclU in 1711. Being a nephew of Oorcmor Stooghtoa, he ibbeiited hiaeMiM 
In Dorchester, inelurlinj^ tbe old man«ion boose of Got. S., od tbe we«terl]r ooraer of wh0t 
U txrw Sarin Hill Avenoe and Pleaaant Street. He appean;, bowcrer, to bavc liT«4 » part 
of hia life in a Ijoum, which be is sappoMd to bare builc, on the other comer of the street 
and arcnue named. Be was Captain of tbe Ancient anU Honorable Anillery Co. in 1713. 
was one of Uie oomaiiasioiMn to treat with the Six Nations at Albany, and commanded 
one of the regfnMats raised to toke Port Royal. He dir.l iUrch 8, 1732. and was traricd to 
Oor. BtongJittM's tomb. Dr. Oillam Tailer mentioned alxivr, a mid of William, gndiuted 
■t Harrard College hi 173$, and became a phyaidan. He owned the land eouib.«ast of Da- 
vid ClApp'f lot, probably as br as that now and for many yc«n van belonging to Sama«| 
Downer, iDcIaduiK the cetato recently owned by Oor. Henry J. (iardiner. Or. Gillam 
Taller died July 17, 1757, aged 39 yean. WilUam Tailer, merchant in Bofton, proliably • 
bn'tlier to Gillam, waa one of the heirs of the Lieut. Governor, and was a large land-owner 
in D<;r<'bc«tcr. He inherited tbe maasion-boiise of the Lient. Governor, already alluded to, 
wblcli, with two acres a(|joining, la represented In ancient deeds a« bonnded westerly by a 
road known by the name of Green I^ne (supposed to be wbat i« now Sarin Hill .Ire.), and 
WQtbcrly by way to Rwky Hill (Mecrine-house Hill). Thi* homestead, with two loca «d- 
Jotolos, one called Howard's urcbord 4 acres, the other Pund orcbanl 4 1-2 acres, and. a 
piaoe on tbe other kide of Pleasant Street, called Hill Pai^tnre 1 1-2 acres, w&s Mid by Um, 
lUrcb 20, 17M, to Dr. Sylreater Gardiner, of Boston, for £^133 6f Sd. 

t " When he Preached his Farewell Sermon to Boeton Common, it was Jnd^d by y apaee 
of grotiTid taken ap by y» Auditory, that there could not !« less thiin 20 Thousand (which I 
think i* Mr. Whitctield'K own account in bis Journal} and some said 30 Tboosand."— iJiofa'a 
AnnaU, p. 64. 


now stands tlie large house of tlie heirs of the late George C. 
Thaclier aod the brick house of Charles A. Green, while near by 
Everett Avenue ascends the hill from Stoughton Street, with houses 
on each side. On the death of David Clapp, hia landed estate was 
divided equally between his three sons, David, Samuel and Scth, the 
oldest decliuiiig to receive the double portion then allowed by law, 
and two of tlicae portions still remain in the hands of his descendants. 
In the inventory of his estate, the whole lot is called about nine acres, 
and ia appraised at £85. 

In the year 1777, David Clapp was drafted as a soldier to join 
the regiment appointed as a guard to Gen, Burgoyne's army, then 
prisoners of war at Cambridge. His son David, then in his ei<;:hteenth 
year, oflered himself as a substitute for his father, and was accepted. 

David Clapp, Senior, is represented as of a cheerful disposition. 
Near the close of his life he was afflicted with a painful affection of 
the knee, and a despondent state of mind was said to have been 
induced thereby, He died Aug. 17, 1787, in the G7th year of his 
age. His wife died April 13, 1773. 

Children of David and Ruth (Humphrey) Clapp: 

73. Hannah,* b. May 22, 1755; d. uamarricd, April 21, 1831, aged 

76 years. 

74. Sarah,* b. Aug. 19, 1757; d. unmarrierl, .Sept. IS, 1839, agwl 82 

years. She was of a lively and cheerful dispusition, rciniirkal)]y 
active, and made horsclf uspfut and companioiuible in the families 
where she passed her life — (irat, in that of Jilt uuut Surah Leeds, 
then, hi those of James Itohiiisoii and his son Stephen Kobiusoii, 
aftcrw.irds in th.<it of Thunias Lyon, all of Dorchester. 

75. Elizabeth,* b. Dnc. J 7, 17.'>8? d. unmarriwl, Jan. 23, 1819, aged 

60 years. Hannah and Pjlizahith lived with their brother David, 
-f 7G. David." b. Nov, 30, 1759; d. May 15, 184G, in his 87th year. 

77. Rt:TH,' b. April 21, 17C1; d. unmarried, April 13, 1815, aged 54 

years. Tlie last years of her life were passed in the fiunily of 
Judge Moses Everett. 

78. Abigail,' b. Dec 28, 1763; d. unmarried Aug. 9, 1814, aged 51 


79. Sa-muel,* b. June 13, 1766; d. July 17, 1830, agwl 64 years. He 

iuheritod the middle one of the three lots into which his father's 

landed t'j^tafe was divide<l, iiichiditig the homestead and <hvelling 

hoKst'. He m. Nov. 27, 1801, Anna, diitighter of Christopher 

Cajvi'ti, of Canton, M.iS8. In .July, 1801. his house was •lestroyL'*! 

liy tire, hut was rejduw.'d by another in the same year, lie was 

u cooper by trade, but liis liusinesH in tins line was sDiall. His 

wife survived him, and died April 13, 1853, aged 82 years, 6 

months. Children : 

80, Anna Larkin," h. Nov. 11, 180.') ; d. M.ay 16. 1872. m her 67th 

year; m. Oet. 10, 1835, William Harris, a printer, of Boston, 

b. ill Miildt.'town, Conn., wlio died Dee. 22, 18G5. Two 

chiMren, Stimuel and Anna, livp<l to grow up, and now 

(1875) oecnjiy the place of the old homestead on Pleasant 

Street, and retain tlie l.uid which has come down to them 

from their great-grandfather, David* Clapp. 


n, Smmd Ctfm,* b. April 1, 1910; d. Oei. 28. I8». ^ed 21 
vcacs. He wa* a KkooUeDov of tfae SBtlur of dm 
Iftawriai, «mI «mt nltiinmt wen al the matt inrinwtg- kind^J 
He WW • fOKWg BOB (rf trae chratiui thmnrtrr . vkhoofc 
<&pla]r. fwft mai bflaUe, ret trae to eraj c»D of dntr. 
Ho fc^ • j ^tiiin miw fm liiiM ior n^bodi rml mid] 

liiBJtiM, mJ <irfaf iiiiaiaa^iliiw j^ » 1» wm 

of hk wiUiiMBi aad a BKaaiff ^ Idi laiiiMli i> tke Ber. Dr. 

Harru, of DMchertcr, was fmted mmm afier hk death* ' 

Tlw Soaday after lot borial !>. Bank |ir»iniitd an fpro- 

prkte ^Hoone from Qte words — "Hktb was a jvanig asaa 

earned oat, tbe only son of hm aiodKr aad she was a widow.'' 

82. SCTfl,* L Not. 2, 1767; d. Marcfc 9, 183«, aged 08 y«aza. la ' 

17^ be m. SaUy Uawca, who d. Dec 19, 182«, aged 5S | 

yoan. Mr. Gaf^ was a carpeater by trade. At the tons o€j 

the boratog of Saonael's boose ia 1804, Seth was Uwiag with him, | 

and both were tberefbre deprired of a home. WfaOe Samuel ^ 

reboOdine on tbe old spot. S«th also commeiioed improruig bu 

own adjoining lot on tbe Sonili-east by the erection of a dwelling 

hoiue, bat on so lar^ a scale and with such limited means that 

the boose, scarcely finished, was sold at auction the next year, 

1805, un/1 iMught by John Amory Es<|., for S6000. inclndiiig the 

three acres of land which was inherited by Seth. Mr. ^Vmory 

lived in tbe tbe remainder of bis Ufe, and some of his 

family occupied it till 1869, when it was sold to tbe present 

occupant, John S. Lyons, who married Sarah Olive Cla{ip (Ho. 

53y of Thomas). Seth afterwards lived in various places in 

thi! lower part of the tcwu — was induslrioius, a good workman 

at bis trade, but never made up the pecuuiiir^' losses of his early 

life. Cliild: 

88. SaraM,'^ b. March 20, 1794; m. in 1841, Thomas Lyon, he 

l>cing then about 83 years old. and she 47 years. She was 

bu second wife, his first being Sarah Clapp (No. 106 of 

Boorr). After Mr. Lyon's death, she m. JaiL 1. 1849, 

Josiah Daven|3ort, in Uordiester, but then belonging to 

Nccdham, where they are Ixith still living. Her rocollectiou 

of old residents and aueieut localities, in the lower part of 

Dorchester, are fresh and reliable, and much infonuatioa 

from her has been received. 


KlIKNEZEIt* {FJHinrzer,* Nalhaniel* Nirholm'), oldest son of 
Ebciiiy/.fr und Hannah Clapp, was born in Dorcliestcr, Oct. 4, 1105, 
and diod Jan. 10, 1752.* Ho married, Feb. 21, 1727-8, Hannah, 
daut^liter of .loliii and Abigail Pierco, of Dorchester, he being thea 

• The ycnr in wlilcli EI>cnc7,crCla|i|i died wag memorable l)y the extreme previilcncc and 
frttnllty ol" tlie smiill(iox, more pimlciiliirly in Boston. Blake says of it: "Tlii'* v":ir v« 
Miimli-rox WPiit tlimu»;li Boston, wlileli It hud not done for 21 Years before, f' : 

worn niiuiy 'rii<>Uf>niulA to liavc y« Distemper. Tlicre Died of It there 561 Pci> 
Iiioi'tiliitioii & 630 y«- tommou way. Of those that were luoculatcd there Died ium..iii .jne 

about 22| years old, and she about 19. Neither of them lived to 
old age, ho dying in the 47th year of his age, and she died Nov. 24, 
1757, in lier 49lh year, fie built the house now standing and owned 
by his graoddaugliter the widow of Jamea Howe, near the north-west 
end of Willow Court, beyond the house first erected by Roger and 
alluded to on p. 4. Previoua to thia house being built, he lived ia 
the one afterwards known as the old Chatupiiey house, on the easterly 
corner of what is now Cottage and Suroner Streets. At the time 
the new house was raised, it was and had long been customary to 
celebrate such an occasion by the assembling of most of the men of 
the neighborhood, who after rendering such assistance as was needed 
in the raising, partook of the entertainment which was sure to follow. 
I have heard my father say, that after the raising of this house, May 
15, 1750, a large collection of people repaired to the house already 
spoken of, wliere Ebenezer Clapp then lived, about a thii'd of a milo 
distant, i)la}'ing leap-frog all the way on the road. Ebenezer Clapp 
was an active man, and carried on the business of tanuing as well as 
that of farming. 

Children of Ebenezer and Haxnah (Pierce) Clapp: 

84. Abigail,* b. J:in. 15, 17-28-20; d. June 23, 180;>. She m. June 
5, 1752, Henry Ilunifilireys, iiml hnd ten children, one of whom 
was Deiicon .JaiuL's lluui(»hrf}s, b. June 5, 175*3, a pruiiiiuent 
citizen of Dorcljoaftr, for many years Deacou of the First 
Churcli, and il. Jidy 13, I84.>, iigL'd 02 yoars. Deacon Jamea 
was father of D^'acon Henry llnniplireys. now living on the 
lioinestead of his ancestors, corner of Dmlley and liumjihreys 
Streets, and who not many yoarB since gave up the husiiietiB of 
tanning, which had been carried on by the family in a yard in 
front of the house llirough seven generations. 

Ann-,» b. March 1 U, 1731 ; d. May 2G, 1812. She m. Dec 11, 1760, 
Noah Clajip (No. 2'J}, who for so many years tilled various 
important dH'iccs of trust and honor hi the town of Dorcliester. 
Her father was a coiiiiin of her husband, so that bringing doivn 
the generations in rotation from the first settlers, her children, on 
their father's side, come before her. She wa-s an exemplary 
woman, mild and gentle in disposition and manners, and stutUed 
tilings which were peaceful. Thene cjnalitie.s nia<le her a suitable 
companion for her meek and studious husband, with whom she 
walked ealmlv and eheerfullv iii the jinirnev of life. 

EnENEZKit.' b. "April r^, 1732; d. Jan. 21), l*S(>2. 

Daniel,* 1>. Feb. It). 1733-4; d. June U», 1734. 

Lemi^ei-,* b. 9, 1735; d. Dec. 29, IHUK 

Hawaii,* h. Sept. 8, 1736; d. Jan. 5, 1804. She m. June 1!1, 
17iic>, Timothy Tilestou, and had u large family of chiblreu. 
Her husband livetl to lie 91 years of age, and d. April 20, 1819. 

out of 85, and of those that took it y« nntural way harilly one ont of Ten ; it did not spread 
liinc-h in ye Connlry Towns (except Chnrlcstown} though it was in many of them; tliere 
were Seven Persons had it in this Town [Dorchester], one of wliom Died, nnmciv llol>ert 
•Searl, s man aljont 80 Years of uge. There were acciirdin); to Accoants Two I'lioo^nnd 
PerM>ns Removed out of Boston, into j« Country Towns to escape y» Distemper, whith Vfoa 
tu more tUnn ever were (mown to Itcmore at any time hereUifure." 



Ml Johk.* h. JoJy 17, 1738; i Fefc. 19, 1739. 

91. ELiZABirm,**b. Jauu 10. 1739-40: d. Joim 22, 1741. 

92. Elizabeth,* b. Aug. 18, 1741 ; d. Dec 18, 1741. 

93. Elisha,* K Jane 10, 1743 : d. Aag. 14, 1775, aged 32 y««r8. He 

w** a tanner bj trade, and commenced bu&iness for himself, oa 
the road leading westerlv from the Fire Corners, now cadled 
Cottage Street. He lived in a hoiu>e sooth and front of the old 
Blake house (afterwards Caleb Williams's), and the old bam west 
of the honse and fronting on the street he used as a mill and bark 
hoiue. He was a steadj, hard-working man. lie m. Jane 17, 
1773, Sarah, daogfater of Thomas Bird, of Dorchester. Tliej 
had one child, Blitha,* bom a few months after his father's 
decease, and lived only a few days. His widow afterwards 
marrie<l John Huwes, a large laml-^iolder in DonJiester aad 
afterwarrlj in South Boston, and a most liberal benefactor to the 
latter place by bequests for public pnrpoftes.* 

94. WiLLiAJi,* b. Aug. 8, 1745; d. March 8, 1778, in his 33d year. 

He resided in Boston, and was a carpenter by trade. He m. 

Dec 1, 1768, Sarah THeston, of Boston, dan. of Onesiphoros 

Tileston, a wealthy wheelwright, who lived in Purchage Street, 

opposite his wharf. Children : 
95. miliam TUeslon* b. SepL 14, 1770; d. Sept 13, 1818, aged 
48 years. He m. Sept. 14, 1794, Lucretia Hcwes, b. April I, 
1775. jMt. Clapp spent the early part of his life in Boston; 
afterwanls he removed with his family to Cincinnati, Ohio, 
and livc-d there a while. He was on the way from the last 
named place to New Orleans in pursuit of business, when he 
died. He had an edition of the " Memoirs of Capt. Roger 
Clap " |)rinted, in 18u7, the former etlitions being then neurly 
out of print. His widow with two or three of her daughters 
lived afterwards in Bostdn. Children : i, Martha HewesJ b. 
May 20, 1795; «L Aug. 18, 1833; m. Oct. 23, 1818, Rev. 
James Chute, said to have been a man o£ high christian 
character and attainments. James Chute after marriage 
taught school in Cincinnati, O., till 1828 — then having been 
trained as a Presbyterian minister he removed to Columbus, 
Ohio, where he was Chaplain of the Ohio St.ate Prison till 
Sept. 1831, when he removed to Fort Wayne, Ind., and took 

• John Hswes was bom In Dorchester, Dec. 29, 1741, and dtcd in South Boston, Jn Jsn. 
1829. At Che age of 7 years he was placed to \k brought up with hii< mntenisl gmn>lfathcr, 
Benjamin Bird, Esfj., of Soutli Boston, then Dorchest«'r Neclc. Here he must hare rereiveii 
thi- ruiliiiicnts of only a very limited eduration, an no nnproprintion was nuide l)y the town 
of Dordivstcr for the Hupport of ft school at ihftt pliicc till llieyear 1761, when £4 was voted 
for that piirpo.w ; and it is protmble that he ncvir lUtendcd li public school. A few yean 
were spent in Dorchester in learning a trade, when, after the death of bis grandfather, be 
returned to the Neck to take clutrgc of the i>ntri[nonial estate. He again went, however, 
to Dorchester, where he engaged largely In agricultural pursuits, became wealthy, and on 
the death of EliiJlia Clapp, in 1775, he tiniirrled his widow. Alioiit ISOt h* once liiore took 
uji hi8 residence in South Boston, where ho lived during tl>o renmindcr of his days. His 
attachment tu this pljtce was !>iich that, hiiving no Issue, be appropriated a large port of his 
estate to the (benefit of its inhnbitnnts in the way of common education and religioas 
instruction. One of the pnhlic sclioob and one of the religious societies of South Boston 
now bear his name. Mr. Hawcs was eccentric in character, was naturally retiring and 
unobtrufilve, bad a limited acquaintance with men and manners, was temperate and frugal 
in his hftblu, and was eager for giiin in till his business transactions. Ho was strictly and 
niornlly upright, however, in all his dciilings with others, and his religion consinted more in 
a vital priiici[>al [lervading his whole life tliau in boosting professions or usseut to any 
peculiadties of belief. 




tilt; Pastorate of the 1st Presbyterian Church which he had 
«ri;iiiijze<l. In Auj^iist, IS^S. his wife Martha H«'wufi Clapp 
«liwl lit P'ort Wayn*;. in the full assurance of a hlcssetl 
imuiiii tality. Iti Sept. 1834, Jnnn.'s C'liute niarrioii at Daytou, 
O.. Mrn. Mary llavwii Crane, widow of liev. Saihutl Craiio, 
formi-rly a missiouary to the Tuscarora Iiitlians. Rev. 
.Tames Chute died at Fort Wayne, Ind., rX;c. 2A, 1835. 
She died at the age of 38, and he surviveil her hut little more 
than two years. They have three cliildrcri now living, viz., 
Sarah Caroline, James Thurston ami Samuel Ilewes. ii. 
Willutm John:' b. March 10, 171>7; d. in IH48; m. June 19, 
1)^21. Kli/aheth S. Newton and lived in Portland. Children : 
{\)\\'iUi<tm Tilestu7i ^ {'2) Ami J/ffrf"*/,* d. young ; (3) Coium- 
hiisf [4) Ann Maria ;^ {r>) Jfiumoh f {ft) Fraiices.* {\\, Sa- 
rah Tilfiton^ b. Aug. 7, 17;W; d. Sept. 1, Ibifi; ni, Nov. 1, 
182.'J, Dr. George Kecjua, of Cineiniiati. \y,Anti Lncretia^ 
li. f)c-t.. 8, ]7!):3 ; d. Nov. 17, 1801. V. Charles,'' h. June 2, 
I. SOI ; d. unm. Feb. 29, 18i4. y\, Shiihael Hares? )). Nov. 
15, 1802 : d. Dec. 1, 1802. vil. Lurretia Hewes,'' h. March 
Sa, 1804 ; d. March 23, 1870. till. Joseph /fewe^,' h. Nov. 
7, 1806; ni. Sept. 8, 1835, Caroline Allen, who d. in Rox- 
l>itry, Dec. l.'i, 1830, aged 27 years. Hera, second, in Port- 
liuid. Me., S<'pt. 24. 1841, .Julia 0. Chandler, of Augusta, 
Me., 1). Dec. 13, 1821. He was a watchmaker and jeweller 
in Augusta. Child by first wife: (l) Joseph n7//W,'* b. July 
]!», 1838, iu Marlboro". N. II. ; ni. Nov. 8, 1800, Eliza J. 
Dow he, b. in Kaiigi>r, Mo., Aj)ril 18, 1833, and hat! one 
child, Walter A.,* h. April 18, 180;}; they live in Augusta, 
Me. Children liy second wife : (2 and 3) George Allen* and 
JiiHa Caroline,^ twins, b. July 18, 1843, d. Dec, 10, 1844; 
(4) Juhi Alphonso* h. Sopt.l, 1844 ; {'}) Julia Maria* h. 
Sept. fi, 184(5; (C) Ella I^mi'm,^ b. Feb. 13, 1848 ; (7) Sam- 
iiel //ewes,' h. Nov. 1 G, 18.50; (8) William Tileslon* b. Jan. 
11, 1853. \x, Abigail Seaver Heires.^ b. Sept. 23, 1808; 
m. in lioibury, June 20, 1833, Samuel Fisk, and had six 
chiklreu, viz., Samucd White, dead, William Henry, Albert 
I^Iinot., dead, Josejih Hewes and Abby Hewes, twins, and 
Cliarles Franklin. Mrs. Fisk m. .second, March IS), 1H53, 
Joseph A. Arnold, of Rielunond, Va. H, Cliarloft^ Ann 
/femes;' b. Jan. '2;t, 1810 i m. Nov. 11, l,8iiO, Andrew Has- 
kell, and has one child, Richard Hewes. xl, Lydia Carver, 
\i. Feb. 28, 1813; is living uiiui. in Roxbury. 

Wtlliatu Tilestuii Cla]ip was a bookseller when in Boston, 
and in IT'.t'j had a store on the c:orner of Proctor's Lane (now 
Richmond St.) ; four years later he was in Fish (now Northj 
Street- His wife Lucretia d. April 4, 1857. 

9G. John," b. Jan. 2'J, 1773 ; was mate of a vessel, and d. in Balti- 

97. Mary* d. when about 9 years old. 




NATHANIEL* {Ebcnczcr* Naihomti; Nuhohn'), third son of 
Ebcnezcr and Hannah Clapp, was born in Dorchostcr, Jan. 22, 
1712-13. He married, Jan. 1, 1740, Sarah Howe, tlien abnat 18 
years of age. He was a slioeniaker by trade. It is proiiabie that he 
built the liousc afterwards and for a \o\\^ time occupied by Prcscrvod 
Baiter, a few rods South-west of Clapp's Mill, in the northerly part 
of the town. Mr. Baker married one of his ilaughtcrs. He secraa 
to hare owned the land making the westerly angle of the Firo 
Corners, and extendinp: south on what is now Boston Street, to iho 
gateway leadiiitr to the Ijouse of Deacon Jonatiian and his sons. 
It is said that his dcatli, which took place March 18, 1750-51, in his 
39th year, was caused by a fall from a tree. His wife outlived Ucr 
husband more than forty-six years, and died Nov. 2, 1796. 

Children of Nathaniel and Sarah (Howe) Clapp: 

98. JouN,' b. Oct. 11, 1741 ; in. first. Nov. 20. 1764. Hannah Baker; 
m. af'coud, Sejit. li), 17.S4, Polly Vauglum. He was .<» sho*^ 
maker by tr.ide, and wjus somewbiit ileningfd in tlie lattrr part 
of Ilia life. This Jolin w.ts fauiLliariy known as "Jolm Old 
Times." Children by lirst wife : 
99. John," b. Dee. 19. 17C«: d. May IG, 181G; m. first, July 30, 
1780, Elizalntii Wilsitn ; m. second, Melutable Allen^ The 
foijiK-r piirt of bis life lie livfid in Dorchest^T, the latter part 
in Kiixbury, exreptiiig a short time in Boston, where lie died. 
His widow married again, and lived probably in 15angc)r, 
Me. Children by iirst wife; i. Huiinah,'' h. March 5, 1790; 
d. June, 1790. W, Abnihitm,'' b. April 29, 1791; lived 
awhile when a boy with Deacon Ebonezir Clapp (my father), 
then went to sea and was lost, ill, Eli^abelh,'' b. July 29, 
1792; m. William Whittemorc, and livrd in Dcdham. It. 
Isaue,'^ b. Sept. 1 G, 179.3; m. in 1814, Vesta Keyuold*. of No. 
Bridgewatei', and lived in South \VLymoutb. Mrs. Clapp tl. 
ill March, 18G4. Children: (1) JMry .^rtji,' b. March 13, 
1817, d. Mav. 1844; (2) FJi:a M.* "b. May ». l«ll*, m. in 
WM\, Wm. Tiukcr, of Boston ; (3) Jn-i'lfa,^ b. Feb. 2, 1820, 
ni. in is 14, Barnard M. Lewis who d. in IHjG; (4) /lumr,' 
h. May 31, 1821, d. unm. Sept. 30, 1847; (o) Juims l^^in'it* 
b. Sept. 17, 1^2.3, m. Jan. 14, 1847, Sally P. Uovuolds ; (G) 
FidcHii," h, .July 31, 1827. d, Aug. 9, 1847, m. Oct. 18, 1840, 
George W. Tucker, of Bosdin ; (7) ]'isf<i It.* b. Oct. II, 
1829; (S) LncrHift,' h. ,Julv 27. I!S31; (0) Geor^je IF.,* b. 
Feb. 22, 1835; (10) nennj'W.,' b. March l.^, 1837; (II) 
Ellen S.," b. Nov. 6, 1841. ^.Jficoh,'' h. Oct. 17, 1797; d. 
Feb. 15, 18o4; m. Elizabeth Howninrf, of Marblehead, atid 
lived in South AVevmouth. Chililreu : ( 1 ) C/iarles Ji.' b. M.ay 
12, 1820, m. Deer 31, 1846, Mary Jane O'Mara, an<l liveil 
in South Weymouth: (2) WUliain //.,' b. May 15, 1822, m. 
in 1843, Mary Tisdale: {'.i) Jacob L.,' b. Dec. 28, 1824, m. 

Sept. 1847, Littlefield : (4) Jo/iit Z.,« b. Mnv 29. 1827, 

d. Dec. 11, 185 Ij m. Dec. 23. 1847, Adelaide M. llaydeu. 




an.] lived in Weymouth; (5) Lorin 0.,' h. Aug. 11, 1829, 
ru. 8:irr»h Nichols; {()) JtJlizft/jct/i,^ m. Jolin Diiun, ami live 
iu South Woymnuth ; (7) .Sfirri/r,* m. .T«se]»li K. Tirrell. vl. 
Jfannah,'' m. Abiel Suiith, and HvmJ iii iioxliHry- \'l\t •Joseph,'' 
prohiibly niJiiTii'il, :i4k1 is supposed to have bflen lost at st'a. 
Children of J<j1iii" by st'i-oiKl wife: YiiUJn/niJ m. iiud live(l 
afterwards in the State of Rlntrn'. |Xi Aaron,'' ni. aud lived 
in tlie Fame town with his l>rotlu:r John. 
100. Hnnnah* b. June 10, 1772; d. June 15, 1776. 
lUl. Nathaniel^ twin brothtr of Hannah, b. June 10, 1772; d. 

Oct. 18, 1774. 
102, Nathamell^ b. Aug. 28, 1777; d. Jan. 21, 18.59, ». 82; m, first, 
Oct. 18, 1800, Polly, dau. of John Williams, of Dorchester ; m. 
second, Sept. 20, I8OI1, Lucretia Jolni'son, of Cbarlestown. 
She d. March 20, ISG.O, aj^ed 7'J years. Mr. CI a]))) was a 
very respectable man ; \va.s a bootmaker by tr.ide. He livod 
ju Boston, and hud an interesting family. Children by 
second wife: \, Mary ir.,' b. Nov. I'd, 1807; m. Jose])h W. 
Lawrence, of Boston, and had four children. il, Lrtr.retia^ 
h. Jidy 12, 1810 ; d. Sept. 22, 1812. Iii. Lucretu.i,'' b. Aug. 
SO, 1813; d. Dec. 2», 18fi4. iv. Caroline 5.,' b. May II, 
18115; d. Sept. 3, 187.'), uimi. \,Marf/aret A.,'' b. April 11, 
1 8 1 y ; d. Feb. 1 3, 1 82o. vi. Margaret '/!..' b. Au.e;. 1 2, 1 826 ; 
ni. Dec. 0, 1852, liridgc Wheat, of IJoston, and had two 

\. Sauah,' b. Oct. 4, 1742. 

t. Natij.\n'iki.,« h. April 22, 1744; d. Oct. 11, 1823. 

•). Samvkl,' b. July \'i, 174.5; d. Jan. 22, 1823. 

;. ELiZAnKTii,* b. bet. 20, 174(>; m. Samuel 15akcr, of Dorchester, 
brother of Preserved Baker, who in. Iter sister Submit. They 
Iive«l in Leetls's Lane, near Old Hill, so-called, now Savuj Hill 
Avenue and Savin Hill. 

107. Isaac," b. Jlay U, 174K ; d. Jan. 29, 1750. 

108.,' b. Jan. 9, 1749-50; d. Jan. 11, 1749-50. 

109. SiBMiT,* b. B>b. 5, 1750-51; d. Dec. 28, 1836; m. Preserved 

Baker, of Dorclicster. Both of them lived to Ixj age*]. Tbeir 
liiiiise was tbe one sdready spoken of as probably built by 
Nathaniel {'!aj>]i* (No. 34), nortli of the end of what is now 
Willow Couit, and reached by a passage-way from Cottage St. 

JO.>EPIl' [Ebenezcr,^ Nathaniel,' Nirhu/as'), fourth son of 
Ebenezer and llannah Cbpp, was born in Dorchester, Oct. 9, 1715, 
and died Feb. U, 1789. lie married, first, Jan. 23, 1745, Abigail 
Dyer, who died May 19, 17C0. Married, second, April 2, 17G1, 
Abigail Prcscott, who died Aug. 31, 1791, aged 7(1 years. Tins 
Joseph was ancestor of the several generations who have lived 011 
what was formerly called the Upper Hoad in Dorchester, and on 
Centre Street. 



GhildreD of Joseph and Abioah. (Dteb) Clapp: 

110. Abigail,*!.. Nov. 11, 1740; <l. IXt% 2-1. 17o0. 

111. Haxnaii.Mi. May 11. 1749; d. Feb. 14, 17^0-^1. 
4-112. Joseph,* k <>i. 24. 17al ; <LSeirt- 18, 1823, ag«l 72 jeaw. 

113. Ai»ioAiL,*b. May 24, 1754, * 

114- Timothy,' b. May 27, 1756 ; d. next day. 

— 37— 

ROGER' (Eltenezer* Nathaniel,^ Nicholm*), youngest son of 
Ebenezer and llaunali Clapp, and brother of tlie precediiij^, waa 
born in Dorchester, April 28, 1721. He lived in and probably built 
the westerly half of the house which still stands on the north-westerly- 
angle of the open square known as tlie Five Corners, the house 
being afterwards enlarged by the addition of the easterly half 
by his son Ezekiel. On the corner bounding: the square on tho 
north-cast, and directly opposite from Roj^cr's dwelling, Lieut. Go- 
vernor Thomas Oliver (the last royalist holding t)>at office in Massa- 
chusetts) then lived, and the two neiglibors are said to hare been ou 
intimate terms. A large fowling piece, probably a " King's arm," 
was given to Roger by Mr. 0. Years afterwards this came into the 
possession of Deacon Ebenezer Clapp, Sen., and by him was used on 
8omc of the gunning excursions down the harbor, of which, as many 
DOW living can rcmemljcr, ho was so |)assionately fond. Tho houso 
of Gov. Oliver, built by himself and still standing, afterwards went 
into the hands of Rev. Oliver Everett, and became the birth-place of 
Gov. Edward Everett, son of Oliver. Sulisequently it came into the 
possession of llie Ricliardson family, and is now occupied by John 
Richardson, Ei(\. Roger* Clapp married, about 1748, Susaunab 
Wales, of Dorchester, and died Aug. I, 1807. 

Children of Roger and Susannah (Wales) Clapp: 

Ui>. I{0(Jiin,» b. Feb. 24. 174D ; «l. same «lay. 

116. SteI'Hes,* b. Murch 21, 1753. lie was engageil in the Revolit- 
, tionary War, was never married, and d. iu Lramp or ou his way 


117. EzKKiKL,*b. March 14, 1756; d. Nov. 4, 1823, in his G8th year. 

In 1777, he m. Lydia Pratt, of Weymoutli, wlio d. Jan. 17, 

1837. In litT old ago one of her legs wiis bniken, from the 

effects of which bIiu never recovered. Ezckit*! built and livwl 

in die oastrrly half of the house .it the Five Corners, already 

described above (see Roger*). Cliildrcu: 

118. i>f.i'j>f,m,' b. D^f, 22, 1778; (1. Miu-ch 2.1, 18.50; m. Dec, 15, 

18117, Ilaiiiiidi W., daugliter of Dcsicoti J.auu-s Ilmnphrej^s. 

Ho was a tihociuakcr by trade, and an industrious Jiud worthy 

man. Tho shop which he at first occujiieil was near the 

Five Corners (Boston Street), and was biu-ut In the winter 

of 1815, on the day long afterwards known as the " eoM 

F'riday." He afterwanl.H and to I he cud of his life livc<l on 

what is uow Dudley Street, a short distance from the house 




of lii;* fatlier-in-law. Children : I. James ITarris^ b. Dec. 
lo, 180L) ; (1. Fel). 2, 187.i; Wiis a taiiiiiT hy tr;«lp, having 
served hi.s tiiuf with his nnclo Henry rinni|)liri'ys ; his liouso, 
ni(w Ktnniliir^ on Dudh'y StriH't, is diroclly o[)positt' ihe 
llitmphrfys hoiuoslt'iid ; he ni. (irsl. Nov. 'l>^, \'6'A\\, Lt'onnra, 
duugliter of .Iiinu'H Hhikc, of Warwick. Sh« d. Nov. 28, 
1>^ KJ. aged *2H, Icavinif oiu' chihl ; (\) Mndeliu Hiidmn,^ b. 
July 31, \M2, d. Dei-. 7, IH7(J. ni. Oct. 27, 18C«, S. Mason 
Duibeare, wlio d. Oct. 12, 1871. aired 27. JuniCH II. Ciapp 
jn. yt'cund, Oct. 2 t. 1814, Ly<lia Wai'dwol!, wliu b<ire liini tvvi) 
chilih'fu: {•>) Arthur,*' b. Nov. 24, lS4a, cnli'rcd the :»rn>y 
in tliu AVtir nf x\w. Rclicllidn, and (h in rhe iJcrwii-k City 
Hospital, May 21, lH«a; {:V) LottiM Vhnrch,'* A. Au<^. '2\, 
184;), :i<rod irS mnnllis. il. AV/«v/r-/,' h. Miuih 14, 1811; 
ni. Ahirc'li 8, 1841, Funny W., djiu^htfr of Is:uu^ Ilwils, of 
StonjrhtfHi. Tliey livtnl in IJostoii, wluTe he<lid bnsincss sis 
:t ma^ion initilafi'w yeart; a<;o. wlirn lindily tnHrniitj coni- 
IK-llt'd Idiij to give u[) his business and tliey removed to Dor- 
chester. Cliilibvn : (I ) Fnnny Louisa," h. .Tan. IJ, 1842 ; (2) 
Jii/iriiri/,^ i\. vounjij; (;J) Jiriiftforii Ji.,* d. vonng; (I) Horace 
B.,* h. Jnne* 2, 1851. ili, 'SusaH C.,' li! May 7. 1812; d. 
July (5, 1875; in. Aug. 20, 184(5, Cyrus IJalkam, Jr.. of 
Dorchester, and had a son, Cvrns, b. Oct. 3. 1841*. iVi /-'"•'/ 
/A.' U. Oct. 24, 1813 ; m." May 7, 18;!o, Lcvvi.s Clapp 
(No. 12.1). of DDrelie.*ter. \ , ./iisori ,'' hi March 2.'), 1815; a. 
\vlK'eIwri;.fht by. trade, and lives in San Francisco; he in. 
Aug. 12, 1841, Harriet N. Hall, of Lyme, N. H., ami has: 
{])Fra>nHS S.,' h. Dec. 1), 1841. d. July :10, 1842 ; (2) Frwi- 
cis S.," b. in 1844; (3) Siy>/trn,iui ;' (4) Esther;^ {a) a ion* 
who d. young; (G) «»V«m,' who is in a Military Academy. 
Vl. Slepltm,'' b. June 24, 1 817 ; m. June 28, 18;J2, Martini, 
dan. of Richard (son of Ca]it. Lemuel) Clapp. of Dorchester, 
VH, Hitiiiiiik Hiimpltrfi/sC' b. (Jet. 28. l.MIH; in. June 11. 1850, 
Lewis L. ^Viiitney; they live in Wobiirn. tHL Dnnithy //.,'' 
b. Marx!h 2ti. 1820; ni.'Mareh 2.'{. 1S5.'J, Loren W. rerliam, 
a carpent<T by trade ; they live in Wohurn. and have two 
children: Alonzo L. and Williametta. \\, Henry BnriHird^ 
b. Oft. 2<5, 1821 ; mosseiig<'r in National Bank nf Hi'dcmif- 
tion, Boston ; in. March 20, IK K), Mary C. Ueals, of Stou^jh- 
toij, b. Hejit, 3, 1825, sistiT to his bnttlier Edward's wife. 
Chililreii : (1) Heitry,^ d. in iiifaiiev ; (2) Henry Binyley,* b. 
July 14, 1855 ; (3) Mury FMa," b." March 20, 1857, m. Aug. 
17. 1874, Albert L. Dunning; (4) Charles K.,* d. young; 
(5) Emma Florenre,'^ h. June 10, 1801. X. Lijdin FMzalHih^ 
h. Dec. 2, 1823; d. Aug. 2(1, 1824. xL Willhrn,' b. Miirch 
1), 1827; livt'd with his nncle Henry Uunifdireys, then went 
to Californiii, and d. there Jan. 211, 1850. xii< Amos,'' b. May 
12, 1828; d. Oct. 12, 18«;0; m. June 23, 1853, Charlotte W. 
llohnan, and had: (1) Wi/Htim Hohmm,^ b. Jnly 17, 1855. 
9. Susanna* b. Jan. 21), 1782; d. June 17, 1839; m. Nov. 11, 
180(;, Oliver Wiswall Chamjiney. who d. Aug. 13, 1845, 
aged 77. For many years ihey lived in the same house with 
her father and mother. 



120. Edward,* h. May 22, 1791 ; d. in Savannah, Ga., about Sept. 

10, lUlo. 

121. AVfi'iV/.* b. Sept. i), 1 79.^ 5 lie was never mnrrial. He lived in 

till! liouso formerly hi'* fnl tier's, wilh liis brolher-iji-law Mr. 

C'lumii«iJt'y. Alter tlie iletitli of .Mr. C'lianipney, Kxekicl 

came into possession of nidst of iiis projierty, and Live<l iu 

the Hamo place till his own death. Sejit. cJ. 1848. 

122. Natiiamkl,* b. July 1.3, 17r.l ; d. Mareh 27, 1820; m. Nov. 24, 

1791, Hannah Glover. She wan iJeraii-red the latter part of her 

life, and d. Feb. 25, 1829. Tliey lived in tiie north-westerly end 

of the double house, the oilier part of which was liuilt and 

lived ill bv his Lather. ChihUeu : 

123. Lains." b. OeL 17, 1792 ; d. Jan. 28, 1851 ; m. May 7, 183;'*, 

Liuy H., dan. of Stephen Clapp (No. 118), of Dorchester. 
AVitli 111!) brotiier Knos he lived, unm., iu the same hou^e 
►witJi llieir parents til) 40 years old or upwards. He was aii 
iiiduKlrioiis, hard-workui^ mau all hiij days, but founil timt; 
to indulge Iuh foiidneii.s for gunning excurhions on the waUT 
and neighboring 6ea-,shorc duriii*; maTiy years. Childrt-'ii : 
l,L'/diu.' b. Sept. 10, 1H3G; m. Feb.lo, 1855. Joseph P. 
Sil»liy, lawyer: ihey live in IVistou and have had four 
rliild'ren, viz., Lizzie Park, b. Sept. 21. 18oC, d. Aug. 27. 
1857; Lewis Clnpp, b. Ajwil 21, 1858, d. Aug. 29. 1872; 
Joseph Park, b. Munb 8, 1801 ; and Lvlia A., b. June 25, 
]N<'.5,d. Aug. 15, 18G5. iL Funny liJ b. Dec. 13, IH.'iS ; 
ni. April 8. 18()G, Thomas H, Silsbv. and live in Philadelphia. 
HI. (brnehW h. Dec. 22, 1811 ; d.*Aug. 28, 1845. Iv. Clara 
Iliimpltreys,'' b. Dec. 13, 181.3 ; m. Oct. 31, 1872, Ivlwin It, 
Joiiin'>.H, and live in Biii^toii. y, Anluinetle^ b. July 2. 1.8.1— ; 
m. Oei. 4, liSOO, Chester M. (Jay; they live in Dorchester, 
and have one child, Mary Auloinclte, b. Dec. 31, 1874. 
tI. Lhoij^' b. Jime 14, 1851 ; m. Oct. 31, 1872, Edwin A. 
IJrooks ; they live iu Boston, and have Edwin A., b. March 
2.3, 1875. 

124. Enof*h. M.ay 31, 1794; m. July 18, 1834, Adaline C.issell, 

of Dorchester. Until his marriage, he livol in the same 
house with Ins brother Lewis, and the intinnicy and affection 
which exi.Mt.e<l between them w.'ih remarkable ami proverbial. 
Their size .and hei;rht did not differ much, and tiiey dress«;d 
very nearly alike. They were, however, of ditl'ereiit Com- 
plexion, Lewis having light hair and eyes, and Enos'e being 
dark, liefore they were married it was seldom tliat either 
of them was seen without the other. In busiiie-ss and plea- 
sure, ill llie inowing-tield and in the street, on Sunday and 
week-il.'iys. IIkm' were seldom ajiart. and the hap)>inc8s of 
each seemed inseparable from that of the other. Their names 
were almost always used in connection liy others, insomuch 
that many persons who were well aeiiuainled wilh l«»th, did 
not know eitlu-r hy his ilistinctive name ; and diihlren, whoa 
they hai»j>i>iieil to see one without the other, have been 
known to say — "There goes Lewis and Enos ! " liYhile 
their father was alive, he wa« a p.arlnor as it wore in many 
of their labors, ami nothing of iniiiortauco was trausaclwl 




■without a consultation with him. They were excellent gmt- 
iiers; ipany stormy as well as jiloivsniit flays uniluiglits were 
iKWsed by tlit'iu on laiiil am! water aiiiona; the islamls of 
Uostuii harlnir in their caj^er pursuit for tjame, aud no lianl- 
sliiji itr i'X|M>sure was severe en(>n>jli to elieek their enthusi- 
asm gr injure their health. They souietimeis made excursions 
as far ua Cape (.'<i<l. sending their game up to Boston mai"- 
ket, awd the nuii)lier of sea-fowl kllle<l by them before ihey 
relinipiisbud thi.s kind of reci'eation. was iuimi-nsy. Knos 
removed to Wayland in the sprin;; of 1848. llis wife dicil 
Oct. ;S, 1«(!8, a^jed 54, after which he returned to Dorchester, 
hut has lately bought a place in Norfolk, Mass., where he 
now. IH7.5, resiile.s. Children: i. Emily (Jui'iiri/;' li, .July 
l-'i. I8!i.">; m. .John D. Lokcr; they lived in Dorchester. 
ii. Coriiline^ b. Nov, 12, IHSU; m. Nathan B. .Johnson ; they 
live in Wayland. Hi. Ak'j-ander," b. Dec. 29, 1IS38. h'.Jumis 
CassclK^ h. Dee. iH, 18 40; was a soldier iu the War of the 
Uebellioti. in the l^itli Mass. Vols,, oiid d. in a hospital in 
Virginia in llie latter part of 18(j.'J. 
125. Jounnii,'' h. Fel). 1.^, 17!»7; d. Sept. i), 1832. Lived and ilicd 
in Ikt father's house. 


JOEL" {Jnhu* Jnlni,^ Niilhaukl," AV/^rV/;.,' ), oldest snn nr.rohn an<l 
Aliii^ail (p].staljrook) Clajip, of i?iidl>ury, was born July 2, l7-t>, aati 
died in 1770. Ho married, Oct. 14, 1749, Elizabeth Diirk. IJo was 
a carpenter by tfadc. IJe held but little property at th<; time uf his 
death ; it in part consisted of SO acres of land in the town of 
AsLburrihani (called Darehcster Canada), that being the townstiip 
granted b}' the (loncral Conrt of Ma;*sacliusett3, itv 173"), to tlie heirs 
of those who perished in the Canada expedition in IbiJO. It would 
seem that either Joel or his wife was included among tiic'^e heirs. 
He was at one time iu the army diirinf; the French war. 

Children of JoEi. and ErJZABETH (Buhk)': 

120. JorLV," b. Jan. 29, 1750; d. Feb. 16, 17.J2. 

127. Caleb,* ) t, . \, v u n i-^.i ( d. June .5, 1812. 

128. JOSHUA," P''^'"'' ^- ^'^^\^' ^'•'^' "j d. Nov, .'i, 1810. 
Caleb and Joslm.i, twin son* of Joel anil Kli/aheth C'tapp. of 

.Suilbury, were born in Ilanlwick, Mass. They were ijn[>ortant 
men of their time; were both oHieers in the KevohUionary War, 
and aciiuaintanees and frieuds of Geu. Washington. Tlieir father 
died when they were about 18 years of age, leaving his children, 
a.s has already been said, but little i)roperly. Calel) errtcred ihe 
army at an early date; in August, I77.'>i he was Sergeant- Jlajor 
of Col. Docdittle'-s regiment of M:*ssaelmse[ts troojis, anil wa.s 
snhsp<piently aiipoinled Captain, and served honorably ihrougli 
. the war. Id I77(>, while Ensign iu Cajit. Thomas MighiU's Co., 
2(ith Mass. Regiment, conunandwl by Col. Loammi Bahlwin. lie 
ne(H>mj)anieil that regiment to Now York, it having been orderetl 
there after the British .army left Boston. A diary was kept liy 

fji^igo Clapf daring tlw fBgr of dbe uglmmt to Kew T«dk 
■ad tlw vkole tune <rf ii* «taj is that ci^ — a period of oeariy 
•rrctt noallM. It l«ft Caaihnlge llsnji 29. 1776, readlii^ 

Wahhun '* '" . 3larlban>' the tccood dsT. and eada iuooved- 

iag daj- .. - Grafton, BelliaghaB, iS wito ice. stopping 

b Froviiu-urT< ou^ (lar. theo to CoTeatrr. R. L. Plainfidd. Nor- 
wich. New I^Bilon oo the lOth ttav : the next Doming vxu- 
harked for New York siwl arrived tbe lltfa of April. Gpiu-ral 
WaihiiigtoB arming t]>«re on tli« 13th. Thk ancient diiLrj is 
tww faemg pabGsfaed in full br Mr. Ile&rj H Dawson, in his 
lliatorical Magszine, New York. It cuastitntts a ralnable 
liixtoriial document, and. ooidd it be done witd ■. inter- 

eating rxtracts might be ben? copied boin it. ^^ -eiraiu, 

li»wirv>T, from tiding one single item, rdallng ;i» it dtna to an 
evfiit fh" npprooching Centennial Celebration of which now 
iiiv« ■ 1 peoiliar intercut. I'nilor date of .Tiily 9. 177<js 

tliL- 1. . < then Will" in New York, he write*: "Thi< (lay 

llie l>«x-lunuiuD of thti In*l\;[H.'ndant State* of America wa«readat 
llii.> IIii-:k<i of the Uri<;a<le, after whii-h u ]>art of the 80 l':»!ilm 
w:iA ^ung. and then Mr. I.weonard made Pniyers, after tliat tbe 

wlioli; Hrigaile give tliree Cheers." Caleb married Stone, 

of Kiitlaiid. Mflji*., and remove<l to Greenfield. Mass., where he 
lieenme ii dnigj^ist and ac<juire<l a hamliMjme propertr. He w&s 
a Rejireienlative to the General Court from Greenfield iu 1797, 
and |M'rhap« in other years. He was !iubje<-t to Eeu^onsi of great 
mental depression, and in one of them, when alM>ut 60 years old, 
eoiHtuilt<Nl nuicide. After hi« death, his widow, nn excellent and 
uceompllshed woman, coutinned to reside iu their mansion, situ- 
ated ill a delightful sjwl in the town of Greenfield. A pension 
from government was awanled to her as widow of a Revola- 
tiiiriary otfireV. Caleb's name Is among tboi>e of the original 
nienilM:rs of the Society of the Cinciimati. 

dohhna Clapp wa* also iu the Army of the Revolution, and 
rose to the rank of Lieutenant. After the war he marrie<l Naliby 
Itaruaril, a sister of Mr. Charles liariiard, of I^stcm, am] in 
]7'J2 reinove<l to Montgomery, Vt., being the first settler in that 
town, and Ills family was the only one in the town for two ywira. 
lie w:i.s ^subject to turns of the same kind of mental depression 
Its hit* brother Caleb, and also eommitteil suicide, being a metn- 
Ik'V of the State Lesislature at tlie lime. 

Iu lilt! "History of Greenfield," wc find tbe following notice 
of tliene brothers : 

" The laj)se of a quarter of a century has not obliterate<l from 
the minds of a large portion of the p<5j>uh«ti(m of tliis section of 
eniuili'v the memory of the twin brothers, Capt. Caleb and Capt. 
.JohIiiiu Clap; the former a resident of this town, the latter of 
JMinitgoniery, Vermont. Both were officers in the War t)f tha 
liiviiliition, of the same gniile. The resemblance between them 
was sii jicrfect that they could not bo disiingiiished the one from 
the other, except by their dress. Both gentlemen of the old 
school, intelligent, affable, polite and accessible to all. Both 
men of very sanguine temperaments, at limes seemingly enjoying 
life to tlie iull, and again all nature secmod to them a blank, a 



desolation. The dark atid all-ahsorliing spirit of despondency 
and depression (wliicl) ocott-siuiiiiUy Uikcs jw.ssession of eoine 
peculiarly coiistituted minds), that grand levollor and iiuUitior of 
talent and disU'DCtion, of wliicli those who liave never partuken 
can fi>rm no !idi;(|iiitt« c;onc«])lion, no, not even a remote idna, at 
tiini'H ovfr\vlit;'lin(3d them, settin|» :tl uonght thw powers of reason. 

" The sympathy existing V)elwci«3n these high-minded, honora- 
ble, and, when the writer last saw them together in 1810, 
venerable men, was as remarkaUle as the almost wonderful ro- 
scm'tlanoe in their jiersons. Both were comjiarativeJy in easy 
circumstaucea, yet llie lirst-iiamwt had suiTored c»>u.siderably in 
the grtsat Virginia land 8j)ccwlalion. This symi>athy eliowed 
itself in the closing act of their lives." 

The. historian of GreenHohl was mistaken in saying above tliat 
both wiTo otHcers of the same grade in the Bevolutiou, as Caleb 
was a CapUiiji and Joshua a Lieutenant. 

The following addiltonal notice of Cajit. Caleb Ls from tlio 
I^rfitd/iH Herald, puljlLshc<l at Greenfield, under date of June, 

" Died suddenly, in this town, tlie morning of Qa& 5th inst., 
Capt. Caleb Clajtp, an oHieer of Lh« lievolutiou. 

" With thos«> who knew liini, his Mord Worth & Virtue, and 
the social fpaalities that adorw.Ml lu"s Charai:ter, the death of Capt. 
Clapp will he learned with an hejirtfelt sorrow, deep and lasting. 

"A life of IjG years, full of service to his Country and Society 
in general, will speak the l)Cst and truest Kulogisni. 

*• His humanity and Benevolence were attested through the 
extensive S|)here of his Acquaintance : Wide Wiis the circle of 
Lis Charities, llis sense of Honor such as becomes both the 
Soldier and the Clirlstian ; and the jmrest integrity, the truest 
bravery and a sincere and rational piety coin>unimated hia 

Children of Capt. Cilcb Clapp : 

129. Lncy^ after the death of her fatherj lived with her mother in 


130. Sumn^ m. Thomas W. Ripley, of Greenfield, whose son, 

Capt. Thomas W. Ripley, now livitig in that town, has in hin 
possession the origin.*! niiuinserijit of the diary of his grand- 
father, already referred to. 

131. Zor««a,' m. George A. Trumbull, and lived in "Worcester; he 

was cashier of the Worcester Bank. 

132. Elizubetli? m. Rev. Wales Tileston, a Congregational minister, 

formerly settled in Charlemont, Muss., and afterwards re- 
moved to the West. 

Children of Lieut. Joshua Clapp: 

133. /tw/,' b. in Montgomery, Vt., Sept. 14, 1793, being the first 

person born in that town ; d. there Feb. 23, 18(51, in his C8tU 
year. In IHIO, he entered the University of Vermont, but 
the sudden death of his father the next year compelled his 
return home, where several years were spent in settling his 
father's estate. He then studieil law and was admitted to 
practice, but that profession not proving congenial, he gave 



his attention to theology, and Oct. 2. l^lft, wiis onlainctl a 
Dcat-on iii the Protestant JEiiiRfopal Churcli. by BiHho(> 
GriswoUl, of MassachusettB, who aJso or»l:iii(fd him iis I'riost 
Sept. 17, 1811). He soon orjJiaiiiztMl a jtarish in hi>* nalivo 
towu, ami also one iu thu town «f Berkshirts :ilul aiiuthcr in 
Sheibiirne, Vt., and was iiistitiitetl Ku<,U>r of iho Trinity 
Chureli in the last-nametl town, Oct. 27, IsHt. During liia 
eight yeai-8 re-siduuee hero, the amount of missionary service 
{lerfornied by him wa.s very jircat. Tlio chnreli at WotxJ- 
jttrick and also one at Hethel were added to the other three 
UM*k'r liis charge, luid the extreme* of this tiehlof labor were 
1 ."»U iiiik-s apart, with the Cirei u Mountain range between. In 
]MiK. he began to coidiiiehifi labors to Itethel and Witodstock. 
Ill .June, 1821, iMjiuj: then lieetor of the ehureh in .Shelhurno, 
and also, iu the uiasouie order, Ciiand ChapLlin of the StJite, 
he delivered a llis(■lm^^e on the haying of the corner-stone of 
Grace Chareli, Sheldon. V't, In HSil2, he accepted ii eall to 
Gardiner, Me.,renuiining there eight years; in 1K40, relurne<1 
to tho ehureh in Woodstouk, Vt., and in ISlH became Hector 
of a Parish iu Ikilows Falls, whore he renwiined ten years. 
In IM.'iH, he took charge of St. Philip's Church, Philipstown, 
New York. Iu 1 1S<!(J, he acccpttd the poet of Chaplain and 
SuperinteudcnL of tlie lloiuc for the At;cd and Ori>», at 
Ihooklyu, 2\'. Y. I« cou.scipience of failing hejJth, he with- 
drew from this office, and retur-ned to the parishes of IMont- 
goniery luid lierk.shu-e iu Vermont, cioBin^ hia work jtist 
wliere it was iK'gun forty years before. It may bo adile<l 
that he rejiresented liis Diocese in seven sessions of tho 
Gutieral Couveutioii, was tlilrtecn years secjotary oi the Dio- 
cesan Convention, an<l was seven ye^irs president of tho 
Standing C'omnuLlee. lie received the «legree of l).l). from 
Jsorwich I'niversity in 184'J. The character of Rev. Dr. 
Clapp is thus summed up by a writer in the American 
Quarterly Church Keview for 18G1, to whom also we are 
indebtwl for many of the facts above stated. "His most 
striking excellencies were humility, modesty and kindness ; 
sympatiiy with sorrow an<l suffering; and forbearance in 
judgment. He vviis also remarkable for an entire surrender 
of heart and purpose to truth and simplicity. So averse, 
indeed, was he to all dn|tlicity. efusian or art, tliat he was 
Bometunes thought to have been too out-spoken, an<l unC4tm- 
promising. .igainst all chicanery and artful niano'uvering. 
The character of Dr. Clapp'a mind was rather soliri, than 
brilliant. Ho excelled more iu the wise :ind judicious appli- 
cation of common knowledge to the every-<iay busini'ss of 
ordm.ary life, than m nire speculations and striking antitheses ; 
more iu wise atlaj)tation of common appliances than in tho 
invention of rare and com|»licatetl processes, eitiier of thought 
or action. Hence he was rather a useful than a showy 
preacher ; more distinguished for moral au<l practical instruc- 
tion and exhortation, than for nietaphysiejil specidations or 
philosophical subtleties. With him religion wjw r.ather a 
Faith to bti received, a life to lead, liiau a system of theolu- 



gk'iil opinion!?. In his aor.ial relations, public and private, he 
will bf long roinpinhercd sis a fiiidifiil raiuistpr and jmlicitjus 
foiiiisi^Uor; 11 true friend ;vnd affectionale coinjiiinion." liev. 
Joel t'ifi|>p was ui:irrio<l about 18 hi, to Abirtnil Feekliam, of 
Fetersliani. JIiiss. Children : i. Charles li.* b. in 1817, and 
livfd ill Gardin.T, Mo. II, Man/ M* HI. Harriet E* Iv. 
Jnliit .4." v. Aimlin G* vl. G^-nr^s P? 

134. Horrid,'' b. A|)ril 2, 17'J6; m. "Williiun Baker, and lived in 
Dcnliara, Canada. 

13.>. EUza^' b. Jan. 31, 1802; m. Rufiis Hamilton, and lived in 
Mt^ntiromcrv, Vt. 

136. Josfniit: b. Feb. 15, 180.5; m. Sept. 3, 1827, Fanny, dau. of 
Riclianl Smith, of Moiitfjomen', whore they resided. Chil- 
dren : I. Charles Frtnifctin," h. May IG, 1W28. iU Ahi(/tn'l S.,' 
b. Sept. 14, 182!>. Hi. Wil/iam 'B.,' b. JuU 3, 1831. Ir. 
Georye A.,' b. Oet. 8, 1832. V. Francis B.,^ h. Mav 17, 1835 ; 
<1. Oet. 13, 183.5. T|. /'Jdwin* h. Feb. 25, 1H3S. >». Fanny 
L.,' b. M.ay 28, 1810. vlll. Calol," h. Maz-ch 28, 181-1. 
Ix. Harriet,']). Deeemhor, 18-l.'>. 

1-37. Niibhif,' b. April 4, 1807; ra. Hiram Hamilton, brother of 
Kufus, above named; <L Ajiril 6, 1843. 

158. Caleb,'' h. April 2.5, 1810; he is an Episcopal clergyman, resi- 
dent in New York city tor mure than twenty years, and now 
Uector of the Cliiireh of tlie Nativity, in tliat city ; he m. 
tSo[»liri)nia, dan. of Geo. Woodworth, Est]., of Saratoga, and 
bad Aurelio,* ii. in 1841. 
Joshua* had also two children who d. in infancy. 

139. Catk,' b. Sept. (5, 1753; m. (irdt, Nathan Haynes; m. second, 

Mr. t'utting; m. thinl, "Mi: 'Wilder. She outlivetl all her threo 
husbands, and in 1843 was livin^r and active in Mttrllwro', Mass. 

140. .bins.' b. Nov. 0, 1755; d. Dee. 17, 1757. 

141. Nauuv.* b. Dee. 6, 1757; was living in 1843, unmarried, in 

Lowe LI. 


ASA FIE L* {John,^ John* Natlianid* Sicholos*), second SOD of Johtt 
and Abigail (Estalirook) Clapp, of Sudbury, was born in that town, 
March 12, n21)-30. lie married, first, Ilobccca Baker ; sccoud, 
Elizabetli Gilbert. They lived in Rutland, Mass, 

Children of Asahel and 1st wife Rebecca (Raker) Ci-app: 

142. Jonas." b. Nov. 13, 1701 ; d. Nov. 13, 1840; m. AbigaO Gnrfield. 
Ilo lived and died in ("Jakhain, M.-uss., !eavin«f a large family of 
childrcu. He was a farmer-, and a man of genuine hosjiilality. 
Children : 

143, Joseph,'' b. Feb. 12, 178!). A fanner in Oiikland. He m. first, 
Mehitablc Bovd ; m. second, Abigail Allen. Chihlren by 
first wife: h Mnnj A.* W, Albert R* \\\, AbifjaiL* Jr. 
Mrhitnble.'* Children by second wife: y.Lucima P? y\, 
Martha M.' tII, B'feii F.* 

144. Jnnm,^ b, Nov. KJ, 17'JO; d. iu 1828. He was a blacksmith 
by trade, lived in Kiithiml, Mass., and d. unmarried. 






Sally,'' b. Oct. n, 1792; dead. 

LiUher Johnton^ b. Jan. 22, 1795. A furmer, and lived in 
Speucer, Muss. He m. Rvbecca Boyd. Cbiltlren : I, 5iZa*." 
ii. Luther* now dead. 

iSiVrti,' b. March 26, 1797 ; m. Sybil Ripley, and lived in 
Oiikliam. He was a farmer, was au active and useful 
citizen, and held tlie office of Chairman of the Board of 
Selectmen of that town. Children: \t Si/lvntm».* ]S, Maria.' 
ili. Sarali? I?. John* V. Otit.' Tl. Henry* 

Irene,'' b. July 4, 1799. Lived in 

149. Daniel,'' h. April 25, 1802. A farmer, in Spencer, Muss. He 

m. Mary Ann Lathe- Children: i, George B* il, Jii I win C 

150. Atahel^ b. in Dcceiuber, 1804. A carjienter in Bnittleboro', 

Vt, He m. Aunis B. Pratt, who il. in that town M:uch 6, 
1844, aged 39. Children : I. Maria ./.« tl. Sarali J* 
-flSl. Rfxdk.n,* b. May 8, 17G6; d. April 12, 1823. 

152. AiiiGAiL," lived in Oakham, uumjirried. 

Children of Asahel and 2d wife EuzABErn (Gilbert) Clapp: 

153. Elizabeth,* b- Feb. 28, 1768; d. unm. May 14, 1842. 

154. Uriah,* b. July 16, 1761); m. Azubah VVililer. and lived in 
- Gardner, Mass. ; a cabinet-maker by tnule, aaid said to Itave 

been a inan of snporior mechanical ability. Children : 

155. Asahel,'' b. Sept. \b, 180'j. A shoemaker by tra<le. Married 
Haimuh B. llarri«, of Slnitiwlmry ; livwl in Giirdner, uiid 
had tsvo children. He enlisted in the army in the War of 
die Rebellion, Aug. 9, 1862, 36th liegt., Co."H., Mass. Vols., 

,^ and d. at Clinton, 12 miles from Jackson, Miss., July 20, 

1864, of typhoid fever. Cliildren: 1, W. E.* lives in Fitch- 
burg, ii. Flora F.,^ lives iu Ganlner. 

156. Daniel,'' b. Feb. 12, 1811; ni. Catliarino Grout; lived in 
V Leicester, Mass., and bad tliree children. He m. seootid, J. 

Wood. He now resides in Gardner, Mass. 

157. Mary B.' b. June ^'2, 1815. Lived in Gardner. 

158. Lovell^ b. June 17, 1818. A shoemaker, und lived iu Leicester, 
Mass. Married Martha Jones, of I'ownal, Me. 

159. Joel," b. Dec. 27, 1772. A shoemaker in IloHen, Mass. He m. 
; ti first, Patty Barnes; m. aooond, widow Betsey Kimball. 
.., . Chihlren by first wife: 

160. Joseph iy.,' b. March 4, 1802. Went South, and was a school- 
teacher there; at one time was clerk in a book-store in 
Charleston, S. C. 
1^1. Litry,'' b. June 4, 1804; m. Ira Cook, and lived in Athol, 

162. Charles^ b. April 4, 1807. A shoemaker by trade in Peters- 
ham, Mai4«. He m. Relief Taylor, and is said to have had 
five children. 

Children by second wife : 
,163, Manila,'' h. May 18, 1820. 
164. Asahel^ b. Feb. 27, 1822. 
16.'?. Selinda: h. .Ian. 13, 1825. 
166, Patienck,* b. Dec. 17, 1774; d. unmarried, Dec 1, 1838, 




JOBN' {Noah,* Jonathan,^ Xal/miiid,' Mtlwhis'). oldest Bon of 
Noad and Ann Clapp, was born in Dorchester, Sept. 11, 1764. 
Ho served his time aa a cabinet maker witli Deacon Jliinro, of 
Eoxbtiry, Mass., in whicli town he settled and lived, and wliere ho 
died Sept. 23, 1840, aged Hi vcars. His business was canied on 
in a shop wliicli stood on the main street of the town, and his house 
was on what is now calli^d Taber Street. He nuirrifd,, Nov. 20, 
1704, Susanna, daui^litcr of James and Sarah Rubinsoii, of Doreliestcr, 
Lorn June 10, HTl, and died May 9, 1802. aged 31 years. He 
married, second, Nov. 6, 1803, Priscilla, daughter of Jonathan acid 
Mary Ann Holden, born March 22, 1777. and died Jan. 24, 1822, 
aged 45 years. He married, third. May 22, 1823, Mrs. Ann IJawcs, 
daughter of Samricl and Etizaljcth Pierco, of Dorchester, born Sept. 
13, 1778, and died in Richmond, Va., Sept. 2, 18G1, aged 82 years. 

John Clapp was for tnatiy years Deacon of the First Church in 
Roxbury. Ho was a truly honest man, affable and remarkably 
courteous to all, and a blessing to his generation. There was a 
deep and lasting affectiou between him, liia sister Elizabctli (.Mrs. 
Seaver), and his brother Ebcnezer for years preceding his death ; 
they were lor a long tunc all tliat remained of llieir father's family. 
His funeral was from the mecting-houso in Ro.xbury, and he was 
buried with his ancestors in the Dorchester bnrying-irround. 

His death was noticed in a funeral sermon by liis Daiitor, Rev. 
George Putnam,* D.D., as follows: 

'•Another veuemble form hitely with us, and with us here constantly as 
the sabbath bell — but now gone from us — rises to uiy view" * * * "He 
was for many yetws an officer in our church, unci vvull known to all our 
older resitlonta of the place. Hi! always Bet'iiu-il to niu a Koniuwhiit remark- 
able man, though there was nothing shining ftr cunHpicuous, to the gRiieral 
jeyc, either in his career or cliaracter. He beluttg«id to a class, which as a 
peculLir class, i.s nearly extinct among ub. I have often calleiJ him, though 
|>erhap9 not witli strict jiropriety, the last of the Puritans*. He was a man 
whose education, habits and manners were mouideii ufler the moral fashions 
of a by-gone day, less ehangeil in ufler life than is usual. He seemed to 
embody ia him.self all that is most respectable and lovely in our idea of the 
primitive worthies of New England. There was in him none of tlio 
moroseness, bigotry, superstition, ur stern ascetic spirit which we sometimes 
associate with our ancesturs; those fiad worn off, given way to the times, and 
the ififliienec: of his o^vn liberal and intvUigent mind, hut there remaine^l 
that strong old-fashioned religious faith and prinei]ilc aiul feeling, that 
Bought no novelties, and required no stimuliittng maehinery to keep it 
alive — honesty, steadiness of lite, truthfulness, duty, scemeil a matter of 
course with him, rooted not grafted in ]H'iMciples, the very seedlings of his 
character and not superinduced, you would be almost sure that he never 

• Uov. GcofRP Piitnnm, I). II., in son of Andrew ami Jorusiiii (Clapp Xo. HG of EnwARn) 
Putimm. lie was scttlcJ as minister oviT t!ie First Clmrrli in Uoxburv, July 7, Ib30, nrni 
njiitinucd sole minister of tlic same iinlil Oetjbcr, 1875, wlicii a colleague w;i& settled witli 



oonlil have been ilifTerent, that ho had never gone astray. I know nothing 
of his ()areiitage, but liis seemed the sort of character, iu which the seeds of 
all the virtues Imve been early planted and nurtured m a good soil, by 
])areiits of the same i>latit|i, and that they liad gruwn up and 8treDgtheii<?d 
with hiiD. There was an evenness und a jterfect con.sistency of life, very 
pleasant to eontemitlate — u crown of honor to an old man. Me was a 
plain downright m;iu, who never did or said anything for show — and there 
was sudi simplicity and utter sincerity in him iliat one cannot conceive Unit 
he ever had occasion to study appearances. He was not thriftless or 
neglectful of atfairs, l>ul was |K:rfcctly content with com[)etency in a plain 
way and a hinnlilc lot, an<I seemed never to have felt the stirring ambitions 
of life, iKir to liave had any of the restless pride of life. lie w;is a picluro 
of a i-ahu, cheerful, lilauieless, contcutc<l olil age — such fruitjige as only 
grows from the root of religious principles on the trunk of a well-spent life. 
We have many good nieii — I wish we coidil have more such men — that lAcU 
l)ecuHar character which his aci)uaint;ince understand might not become 
ol>*elete. His death was instructive. He who so seldom spoke of himself 
at any other time, theu s[K>ke freely and attectingly. He said he had 
endeavored to till his humble place well, anil ihaf. he had been content and 
happy in it — tliat lie hail lived in peace with all men and died so. Me left 
a good man's blessing on all in whom lie was interested. He said he had 
looked forward to the days of infirmity and pain, decrepitude and death, and 
had all iiis life kept this lust period iu view, an<l expressly prepared for it by 
keeping pejice with his conscience, and cherishing that failh and trust, that 
grntitude to Go<l and hope in Christ which now supported him and made 
him happy in suffering and dying. Would God I could convey to others 
the simple lesson derived from the life and death of that plain old man. 
Go(jd words arc dull, but a good life, whenever we see through it and into 
it, the very marrow and beauty of its excellence, is always fresh, interesting, 

John Clapp ever felt a deep interest in all that concerned the Town 
of Dorchester, and rejoiced iu its prosperity. He was very fund of 
goinj; down the harbor on fishing excursions from Dorchester. In 
one of these excursions, in 182G, two of liis sons wcio drowued. 
He bore the culainity witli threat composure, but tlie cfl'ect upon hiiti * 
was such that lie never went upou the waters of the harbor afterwards. 

Children of Dca. Joux and 1st wife Susanna (Robinson) Clapp: 

1G7. .Slsanx.vii R-.^b. Aug. 12, 179G ; m. July 8, 181S, Benjamin R, 
Davis, ol' Brookline. She die<l of consumption, Uct. 10, 1«37, 
deeply regretted, leaving two children, the eldest of w horn, Susiin, 
ilied of consumption, Feb. IG, 1839, aged IG years and lU 
moutlis. Mr. Davis uiarrietl, for his second wife, Elizabeth, 
dau. of Hon. Ebenezer and Elizalx-th (Clapp No. G8) Seaver, a 
cousin to his tirst wife, and au cjLcelleut wi>ni:ui. 

168. Saijaii Axn,' b. Jime 24, IfHUO ; ni. Xov.27, 1S2H, Otis Withiugton, 
of Brookline. She d., also of consumption. Nov. 23, 183l>, leav- 
uig several chiliben. Her loss was severely felt. 

Children of Dca. JoH.v and 2d wife Puiscilla (Uoltlen) Clapp: 
IGD. LtCY," b. July It), 1801; m. as his second wife, Otis Withington, 
fiirmcrly thf husband of her half sister, Sarah Ann. Luoy hud 
one v]>\U[. and d. Jan. '2'j, iSiG. 



170. Enw.vuD," 1). May 18, IftO?. lie wus an apprentice in a diair 

ami baniuss luaviiifactory in IJruokliiic. and was a ymin_n niiin of 
inuL'li prouiisc. On the 2sth t>i July, lH2r>, lie lust liis lilV- uniK-r 
jH'cuHarly ilistivs;sin;j circitiii.Htani'us. His fatliui' and sti-ii-aiullKT, 
witli all lliL'ir I'laldren, iiis uncle Elw-nt'/ur ami vvifi.' (parents 
of tluM-om]iiliT of this work) am! part nf tli<'ir family, went tliat 
(lay on the water of Dorehester 15ay ou au excursion ni pleasure. 
Thfv la»<lcil at Thompson's Island, to cook their dinner under 
the sy«'aiii(>re tree llton Ktandinn: oti ihi? Island; and wliilo Itiiis 
enga«;ed ICilward ami his brollier John left the party tn bathe on 
the iillior side uf the isIau<L The tide heirifj out, Johu slippt^l 
into the channel, and Edward, fti his attempt to assist him. wati 
<'au;^ht hy his hrotliiT in sucli a manner tiiat they l)oth sank, 
and were driMvnfil. The hoily of ICdward was fouuil and carried 
htuMe with tlii-m that day; that of his hmlher John was ro- 
eovered the next day. They were hurled in one j^i-ave, in the 
north liurviujr-<;roiind of Dofelu'ster, hy t!ie sidi; of their mother, 
and their father's liody was afterward-^ laid lieside lliem. This 
sudden atlliefiou wiis a severe stroke to their fatlier, hat he bore 
it with ifreat i.'almnesa and resijinatinn, 

171. John,''' h. Sept. 2.5, IHOU. He was placed in a hook-store in 

^»o^lon, and was there cnja:a;;^ed up to the time of tlie fsital 
avcidejit already rclati'il, Avhich resulted in liis di-ath in his 17th 
year. Like his lirotlier John, lie was alreatly forniinfj prineijiles 
and haliits which jjave jii'omise of miieh future usefulness. 

172. J.VMKS 15.,* h. Sept. 20, 1S12. lie has heen in the hook trade, in 

different eapaciti<'s. all his life; is unmarried, and for the hist 
twenty-live years been faithfidly en^jaj^ed in the salesroom in 
Boston of the, Massaehiisvtls Bible Soniely. Ho is tlie prcJiCiit 
owner of the watch mentioned in the inventory of the Rev. 
IS'athanicP Chipp (No. 14}, of Newport, 1{. I. 

173. Jank," h. April 27. 1810; d. F«b. Hi, 185.3. She m. Mosos 

Withiiigton, of Brookliuc, brother of Otis Withiiiijton, who m. 
two of her si.sters. After her death, he ra. Harriet S., dan. of 
Dr. Josejdi and Betsey (Tilestou) C!aj)[i. Sir. Jloses Withing- 
ton is now living, and for many years has been town trcaiurer 
of Bruokline. 

— 71 

EBEXEZER' (Nunli,' Jimntliun,'' iS'tit/innivl," A7f7/o/(/.v'), yomificst 
sofi of Noah and Ann Clapp, was bofii in Doi'tilio-sler, Aut,'. 2.5, 1771, 
in the Deacon .JonnLlian house, burnt in 1784, and died nciir tlic fdiiee 
where he was born, iMarcli 6, 18G0, in the S'Uh year ol" IiIh ai^e. 
lie served his liine witfi Cfj). Ebeiiezcr Clapp, of Dorchester, in tiio 
tannin;:: and funning; business. The pfitic)])al part of his business, 
through life, was tanning, the yard whurc he carried it on being in 
the liollow nearly opposite the present northwest gate of the old 
cemetety of the town. It was on the north margin of a gooJ-sizetl 
pond vvliidi fiirnishcd water for his work.s, and which in the old 
charta is put down as Kojall's pond, one of the family of that name 



in former years owning tlie land on its soath margin.* An infant 
Bon of Deacon Clapp's was unfortunately here drowaed in 1802. 
One of the town scliool-hoiiaea stood for many years between the street 
and this |»ond, with a passage way side of it down to the pond; and 
many a good ducking witli sometimes narrow escapes from drowning 
here took place among the school children at intermission scosoni). 
Ebeticzcr Ciapp was married, Oct. 18, 1797, to Eunice, dau. of John 
and Sarali Pierce, of Dorchester. He lived at once in the house 
M'hich hi.-5 father Noah built in 1784 and 1785, and continued there 
till his death. In 1809 he was chosen Deacon of the First Church 
in Dorchester, being the eighth of tiie name of Clapp who had filled 
the office in that church since its formation. He retained the 
dcacon^hip till his death, and was a member of the church more thun 
CO years. liis wife Eunice died Nov. 23, 1S49, aged 71 years. 
She was sister of Ilcv. Dr. Pierce of Brookline, was a woman of 
sterling qualities in all the relations of life, and spent her strength and 
health in nursing the sick and suffering. Deacon Clapp married, 
second, Oct. 22, 1850, Mrs. Patty Holdcn, dau. of Dr. Phineas 
Holdcn ; she was married first, to Samuel Glover, second to Ezekiel 
Ilolden, third to Deacon Clapp. She died April 5, 1864, aged 87 
years. In hr r younger years she was called the "Dorchester beauty," 
and tlirongh life in appearance and manners her superiority was 
universally acknowledged. The ChrUtian Register of April 16, 
18G4, says of her : ''The character of the tender mother, the aflectioa- 
ate and coniiding wife, the jiuliciuas councillor, and tlic constant 
sympathizing friend, she exemplified with rare truthfulness and fulness. 
Industry, sterling sense, faith, self-reliance and heroism, were among 
the most brilliant traits of her character." Deacon Clapp d. March 
6, 1 8G0, aged 88 years G mos. 1 1 days. 

The possession by Deacon Clapp of a fowling-piece once the 
property of Lieut. Gov. Oliver has ulready been referred to (p. 230). 
llow often and how efl'octively he made use of this instrument ia 
the gunning excursions upon the waters of the "Harbor," of which 

• Wiliiiim Royall died in Dorchester in 1724. Hon, Isjuic Royall, liia son, wiis bom 
there In 1672, mid bcramc a miin of wcaltli ftriil ili.stinction. He siretit many Tears of bU 
lift- In AniifjUA, ill tlie Woxt Indits, iiut rclurned lo Cliarli'stown, Miiss., in l'737, iind died 
there in 17^9. lie liuiUn Inr^v, siiitiituntiul itmt expensive l«)ini> fur liii> futlier in the old 
1)1(17 iiiggrtnmtl In lljrilie.stcr, wlicre Ills own Imdy wan ititfrred. On tlic horizoniri! ttiblct 
over the lonili is inscrilK^d un cxtciidwl t>pit'i|)t) coniiuciiiuriitivc of his eliiineiiT iis ■ 
cliristiim, [nvlriot nnd iHiiicsnian. The piece of Jmid nlluded to was opposite the old liiirying- 
KToiind, iiiul reiU'ht'd on Uustun Street from tlie ponit to wliut i.s now UphniuV Conior. 
iHiac Koynll M one time owned on the cntitcm side of Botiton Street a thirty .Acre lot extend- 
ing from tlie Five Corners north townrU thfl salt innrsii. This lie sold to Rolxjrt Oliver bjr 
deed dated Nov. 18, 1738. A !.iK-ceediiijt meinlier of tlie Royiill f.imily, n loruliiit, also 
nomcd Isiiac, was llie ftcnenms founder of the (iist iiiw profejis.or^'liip In Harvard tTuivenilty. 
Aiiotlicr Isaac Roynli, perlniph nn iinele of the 1ir.«t-nained, liveii in Dorchc^tc^ In 1676, was 
the tniilder of the iiii'rtiii>j-house jutt np thnt yciir, nnd ivn)Unl)ly marrieil a dmi^jrhierof 
Thomn* Tolinnn, of I3ol•ehl•^iter. It would seem ihiit there were three Isaac Royivlls iiving 
nt tlie !!aiiie time, eiirly in tlie 18th icutury, in PoriMicstcr. A deed is on record nt tlic Sni- 
folk Co. Re»5i.ttry oHlec, diiled Jtily 28, 1703, sif^iied liy Inaac Royall, Sen. (his iniirk), houso- 
Wright, of Dorehestj-r, iin«l wife vV'aitnlill Royull (hcrmi»rii), eonveying to son iHonc Royall, 
Jr., hIho hoijBcwrijilit, of Dorchester, certain reul e.slute; and nnother deed, a few yciii^ 
Inter, with his own mark only attnchcd, conveys ull liig otiicr property lo bit £ou U'ol>on 
Roynll, of tbo stunc profcBsion and In the same place. 



he was 80 passionately foiKl, is still remembered by some of the 
{jcncraliou tlicn just carniuo: on to the stage. With regard to one 
lorni of bodih' exposure incidont to sucli pursuits, he used to say 
that he considered wet feet no more hurtful to health than wet hands. 
He was an excellent raarksman arunnjj; the llyiiij? sea fowl, and very 
seldom failed in bririi^iug down hiri ^ainc* A writer in one of the 
papers, at the time of his death, says of him: 

" He was at various periods urged to accept uu ap{K»intrueiit as Justice of 
the Ptsaoe, in tiis earlier days, a mark uf distiuctiun which hid excessive 
modesty would' never allow him to accept." 

" Dt^acon Clapp was always aii early riser, always industrious, ever prompt 
in the fulliliiK'nt of eiiffa^reinents. And he found his sure reward in a 
competent c.Htiile wiiicli aHbrded him the maferial of a well a|)|)L>i»tod homef 
hiti> which himself infused tlie .spirit uf Christian contentment and h.'i[i[>iness, 
whiln iiH and his family found their chief delight in manifesting their gratitude 
to the good {>ravidence of tiod hy dispensing his bouutifu! gift.s with such a 
union of grace and good will as entirely set at rest all feelings of restraint 
or obligation." 

The followiiin; brief sketch of Lis life and character is from the 
New-England Historical and Genealogical Register for I860: 

" Deacon Ciapp was for niiiny years in the constjint eniidoyment of the 
town, having chiirge of its various affairs us selectman, overseer of the poor, 
and mctuber of the school couimitte^.t in all whi<-h he received the cordial 
approbation of his fcllow-citizeus for his correct judgment, his fidelity and 

• What wltli the skill of sponaracn in those diiys ami the ahundnnfe of sen l)lrd, n Urge 
iMisiness wns doTii- hi Ibwliiii,' liy sotiio of the Dorchester men. Due of the prcdccosors of 
Uencoii Klicne/cr Chipp in tliis lino proliahly fur execlleil hitn in tlie iiumlicr of h'trtin eliot, 
us apiKiJirs l)y tlio following exiracl from the Hiutori- of Uurchi'ster. "John Pierce, of 
Diinhes'tcr, \v«s one of ilie most noted 8poI^-lIK'll in tlic vidiiitv. He wiv." Rreat-griiii«lf;ither 
of tiR' late Rev. John Ticree, U.n., who iliod In Brooldlne'i Aujr. 2.1<1, 184',). Juhii, the 
H|Hirtsnian, wa." t>orn in Dorelie.sttT in 1W8. lie spriil imith lime in killing wild fowl. It is 
Miiil, iiikin jrciod uiilhoiity, tlmt he kept un .leeount of the l)Riats shot by him — they lieing 
then, IIS- now, i-onsidiTed u mip''rior qnnlity uf piinK— attd tliey iimouutetl to thirty thoiisiinil. 
He (lid not, like iiiniiy less .skilful Kiiiniers, Idsc his life from so constant a use of fire-anus, 
but died in eoHseipioin-e of a full, Jiiniimy 27, 174-1." 

t Deacon Elienezer Clapp whs u tiinner pnictlciilly as welt as by profession. The heavy, 
roiipii iind (li-ei.lorcti oatsiilo ih.'thinp whirh was worn by tanners when aliotit their work 
wiia dally .«eeM Ufxin him as he tiilrigled wlih the other woi-kmen in the pnK-ess of tjinninp. 
The writer of tlii> note, one of the eoininittee on the piibliL-atiun of this " Memorial," well 
renieiulicrs the worthy lleaeon heiii); eiilleil ."inhleiily frfun his wurk iiilo the stliix>l hard 
hy, l)y the tetteher, to administer n deserved rcprimatul to a guilty scholar. [)ne of tlio 
eiilcr girls h:id liean detected in u falsehood under eiretimstances which hriiuglit the olfenco 
to llie knowledge of the whole school. In order lo give more force to the rebuke which 
the te.'ichir f'-lt wiv» called for, and to lmpres.s the ."icholiirs more strongly hy lt.>! toining 
t'h'oni so worthy a memtKT of the school commitiec, a messenger waj> sent to the tan-yard, 
aliiiiist miller the sclioril-honsc windows, requesting Deacon Clapp (o come in at "Fice. 
There was no time for cliatige of clothes or any other prepnration ; nevertheless he 'juiekly 
oiK'ycd the call. He wa.* informed of the clrcnin^tflnecs of tho eas<«, and then in a few 
plain, direct and impres.'ive word'' he set forth tlie hcinou-sness of lying in a manner that 
strongly impressed one at least who heard liim, and there is little doubt that every child 
present felt the weight Of his remarks, and perlulps quite as deeply as though the speaker 
were clothed in richest rot)es. 

This selxiol-houst' was of brick, and wivs biult in 1802, #300 being npproprlated by the 
town for the pnriKJse, aiul the balance of the expense Iteing borne liy Individuals in that 
school di.-trict, In 1811, the hnllding wa.s formally .surrendered to the town, a vote Iteing 
p;i>sed to accept the cess-ion of it " for the town use to he reLiincd and kept as a sohool- 
house as heretofore." Alter the building was taken down, the " Tiger" engine house was 
erected on the s])Ot, and another schtMil- house wiw built in Snmner Street, in 1835, wlilch 
was afterwards replaced by the oue now sttiiidiug. This school is uow kaowu us thu Dor- 
chester Everett School of the city of Boston. 




bis cheerfn] an<) nndirided devotion to the welfare of his native town. He 
was often calle<l to act in the ca|)acitj of administrator U|)on estates and ua 
goardiiiii to widows and the fatherless, who^ interest was always sure to be 
well cared for under his judicious and conscientious administration. 

** He poss«s8ed a remarkablr retentive and at the same time an unusuallj 
ready memory. A most engaging feature of his conversation was the review 
of the events of his early life. It may be noted here that the earliest point 
to which his memory referred was the burning of Charlestown in 1775, 
which he witnessed from ''Jones's Hill," at a short distance from his father's 
honse. The memory of the songs and stories of the Revolution afibrded 
him great delight, while bis rehearsal of them imparted a lively interest to 
the social hour. The geniality and hospitality of Deacon Clapp rendered his 
house a place of great resort for old and young." 

"■• Deacon Clapp was the last survivor of the company who enlisted from 
Dorchester for the suppression of the rebellion of Daniel Shays, being at that 
period but loj years old. He was naturally very cautious, yet firm as a 
rock, knowing no fear." 

'' He died as he lived, in full trust in God, and in perfect charity with all 

Children of Deacon Ebejjezeb and EtmiCE (Pierce) Clapp : 

174. Hepzibao,* b. Sept. 4, 1798; m. JIarch II, 1824, Benjamin 

Latlirop Sumner, b. in Taunton ; they have lived for some year* 
past in a house erected a few rods north of her father's, and five 
chililren have been bom to them. 

175. AsAHEL,* b. Dec 27, 1799 ; d. .Jan. 12, 1867; m. first, Sept. 28, 
1825, Hannah Harraden. She d. of a cancer, without issue, 
April 7, 1831 ; and he m. second, Feb. 2. 1837, Elizabeth 
S. ^Miiting, b. Dec I. 1818. He lived with his father for the 
first twenty years of his life, and worked at the tanning business, 
which he was compelled to relinquish on account of his health. 
He was afterwards, in company with Joel Priest, engageil in the 
wholesale grocery business on State Street, aud theu on Long 
Wharf, in Boston. Subsequently, he was a clerk in the em])luy- 
ment of Josiali Stickney, of Boston, and later he was several 
years a partner in trade with Gov. Joseph A. Gilman, of Con- 
cord, N. H. He resided the latter part of his life in his house 
on Columbia Street, Dorchester, and d. there Jan. 12, 1867, 
aged G7 years. His widow still occupies the same house, He 
pH)Rsesse<l good business qualiiications ; was kind, genial and 
courteous, and had hosts of friends, CTuldren : 

176. Elizabeth Stickney,^ b. Aug. 23, 1839; m. June 6, 18G'», Ben- 
jamin Pierce Cheney, of Boston, and has five children. 

177. George W.^ b. June 23, 1847; m. June 11. 1873, Sus.<in M. 
Camj)bell, of Cherryfield, Me., and has Alice Campbell^' b. 
July 27, 1875. 

178. Anufttf lioyden,' h. Aug. 27, 1849 ; d. Nov. 17. 18J0. 
170. Jo$ej)lnne,^ b. May 1.5, 1854. 
180, Bvnjamiii P. Cheney,'' b. Nov. 24, 1862. 

181. Jonas,* b. April 15. 1801 ; d. by drowning. May 20, 1802. Hia 
body was found in the pond adjoining his father's tan-yard, he 
probably having rolleil into the water down the steep bank on 
the south side between the pond and the street. 



182. JoHM Pierce," b. Feb. 12, 1803. He served his time at the 
tanning business with his father ; and after becoming of age he 
estublitjhad liimself in Ihe same business, on the Dorcliester side 
of Roxbury Hruok, so-called, the boiuidary line iKstween the 
two towns. In 1840. he erected a new house near his yard, on 
the site of the ohl IIiimj>l»rey9 iiouse, then reniove«l and one of 
the oJdesi houses in town. Aug. 25. of that year, he m. Mary 
Ann Bragi,', of Drewsv^lle, N. IL His liealth was feeble for 
many years, uiid in 184.J he gave n[) tlie tunning business, re- 
moved to anollitr jjart of the town, and beeaine a dealer in 
lumber. He was Lieut. Colonel in the Ma-ssaehusetts Jlilitia, 
held the offiees of asse.ssor and town treasurer, and for several 
years was one of the school committee of Ikirchester. In 1848 
he Wiis cho.sen one of the Wardeus of St. Mary's Ejtiseoiial 
Churcli in that town, and, with the exception of one year, has 
been annually re-elected to that otlice to the present time. He 
reliii<[uished the lumber business some years ago, and has since 
been occupied as an insurance agent. His life has In-en upright 
and useful, anil has exerted a mora] and christian influence in 
the e^minnnity. Children: 

183. JJenri/ Amf'tit,'' h. July 17, 1841 ; graduated at Harvard Col- 
lege 18<;0, and studie<l law ; m. June 23, 1809, Florence 
Clarke, of Oswego. N. Y. In 1802, he enlisted for nine 
months in the 44th Regiment of Mass. Vols., in the War of 
the Kebelliou. During two months of his service in New- 
bern, N. C, he was detailed by Geu. John G. Foster for 
special service, and had charge of the work of taking the cen- 
sus of the colored populatioit of that city, lie practises law 
in Hoslon, but has bt'On ejigaged for several years past as 
the dramatic and musical rritic of the liisluu Duiitf Advertiser^ 
and has frequently contributed lo that paper, and to other 
leading newspajiers of Boston and New York. 

184. Mary IMen^' b. June 7, 1845. 
iHo. Lonisa Uowe^ b. Jinic '^, 1847. 
18C. WiUiam While,'' b. Dee. 11, 1848. 

187. Lucy,' b. July 23, 18Uo; d. Dee. 1(5, 1872. She was never mar- 
ried, and lived with her father till his death. She was remarka- 
ble for the sweetness of her disposition, and the exhibition 
through life of the other gifts and graces that made her useful 
at home and beloved everywliere. 

188, Jonas,' b. March .30, 1807. "Was a wheelwright by trade. He 
was engaged in several fishing excursions to the Great Banks, 
and once went on a whaling voyage to the Pacific Ocean. He 
lived awliile in Dover, Mass., and also in Walpole, where be d- 
unm., Dec. 10, 1857. He was genial and kind hearted in his 
disposition ; a great lover of music, both vocal and instrumental ; 
an expert oti the bassoon, upon which for many years he per- 
formed, gratuitously, in the choir at the meeting-house of the first 
parish in Dorchester. 

-f-189. Ebknezkr," b. April 24, 1809. Compiler of this Memorial. 

190. ANN.'b. March 2(1, IKll ; m, Nov. 17, 1841, Henry A. Gay, of 
Quincy. Mr. Gay was b. in Los ton, and served his time at the 
tanmiig business iu Dorchester with Ann's father. He carried 



on the tanning business in Qiiiucy, and was for iimny years iLc 
etlicit'iit Depot Muster at the Qiiincy Station of the Olrl Colony 
Railroad. They have no children of their own, but have one 
adopted daughter. 

191. Ei-IZAUETH,' b. July 1.5, 1814; m. May 14, 1835. John H. Robin- 

son, of DorcliestiT, son of Major Edward Robinson. They live 
on Adams Slreet, Dorclioster, in the niarision house of his father, 
and have had six tliildren tliat lived to grow up. viz.: Ellen 
Elizabeth, Mary Caroline. John Howe, Lury Ann. Emily Pierce 
and Isahulhi Howe — the second and last two now living. 

192. Ei-.viCK.* b. All!,'. 28, 1810; d. Si-pt. 2. 1816. 

193. JoKL," b. Doe. irt, 1817. He worked with his fath<^r in the tanning 

business until alKiut 18 years old, then kejit .school for two years; 
in 1842, was keopinf; store in Boston. Subsequently, he wi:!nt 
out west, and was never he.ard of afterwards — ^uj>i>osed to have 
dit'd of (rliolora. 

iy4. IIiUAM,"!). Jan. 22, 1820; ni. May 1.3. 1819. Relweca Jenkins. 
He was brought up as a taiiuer, and (M^mtiiuiod iu the business 
until the old yard wsls given up. about thirty-five years since. 
Was for awhile engaged in the lithographic business in Boston, 
and has now for ntaiiy years held the t)fficc of eolleetion elerk in 
the State National Bank in Boston. He lives near the spot where 
liis gTandfulher Noali's house was built. That house, ui which 
also his father (Deacon Ebt>uezer) lived and died, together with 
the liarn belonging to it, were removed by Hiram a few rcnls 
west, and were sold to John A. Bird, and Hiram's present resi- 
dence was built iu the year 18(i.i near the site of the old one. 
The ancient vane, measuring six feet four inches, which was 
on the meeting-house of the First Parish when taken down iu 
181('>, and which was then placed on the bitrn of Deacon Clapp,* 
still remains and is veered by the changing breezes as they pass 
over the s.-mie Imilding in its new place. Hiram was one of the 
Committee for calling the Chipp Family Gathering in 1873. 
19'). Frederic fVilJiam,'' b. July 2fi, \8'>0. 

196. Ajios.Mi. Nov. .5. 1821; d. June IG, 182.5, and was buried the 
next day, being that on whieh the coruei^lone of the Bunker 
liiU Moiiumeut was laid. 

76 — 

DAVID' (Diir!<t,* Jonfiffntn,* Nnthnnifl,'' Nichohn'), oltJcst son of 
David aiul Kuth (lluinphroys) Ciupp, was born in Dorchester, Nov. 
30, 1759, and died tiicre May 15, 1846, in bis 87lli year. He 
muiried, Dec. 9, 1794-, Susannah rTuuiphreyy, daugiiter of Honry 
Hiunphrcys, of Durchester (who in n.j2 married Abigail Clapp, No. 
84:, daughter of Ebenezer and Hannah Clapp). Mrs. Susannah 
Clapp died Jan. 27, 1801), and David niarried second, July 28, 1801, 
Azubali.daugliter of Deacon Jonathan Capon, ofStoughton. born there 
March 20, 1 766. She was a woman of iniicli energy of cljaracter, and 
wa3 ever ready to give assistance when needed among friends and 
neighbors. She brottyht with licr from her first home the then commou 



household utensils of llio liaiirl-loom and spinning-wlieel, and for 
many years after marriage made use of tticui in 8U|iplyiiig cloth for 
family urie.* She died in Dorchester, of a cancer, Aug. 10, 1835, 
aged 69 years. 

From statcnioiits made vcrlially by Lim.self, David scenia to have 
bfecn engaged, with his father, in the exciting occnrrcnces connected 
with the throwing up of the fortilications on Dorchester Ilei^^hts, in 
March, 177G, which drow into the ]Tuldic service most of the male 
inhabitants of the town. The pay-roll for services thus performed, 
now in the State House, Boston, includes his father's name from the 
I4th to the 26th of March, between which dates, as ia well known, 
the British army evacuated Boston, As already mentioned on page 
223, he took (be place of his father as a soldier in the Dorchester 
company in 1777. This company was on duty as guard to Gen. 
Burgoyiic's army, then prisoners of war in Cambridge, and he con- 
tinued there for live months. Hia diary of that period relates the 
following incidents: 

" A prisoner, one of the British grenadiers, was seen at night by one of 
our scnliuuls to be getting picket-s that were placed around the fort, and as 
Lis onlers were to secure tlieni, lie ordoted ilie prisoner to desist. After 
speaking several times witliout fiHe<:t, the sentry tc»id him if he persisted in 
doing so he would Hre. The only answer given wils a profane daring of 
the sentry to lire. lie fired, and killed the prisoner cm the 8|>ot. Some of 
the other [)risonor8 were so enrag<'d at this, tliat thi^y threatened to kill the 
seutry ; and as he wjis n(3tfd l>y a stttTness in one of his kiiet-s, and could be 
easily reciiguized, the ollicers thought it best not to put him on the main 
guard again. I think there was another prisoner who lo«t his life at 
Caniliridge by disobeying orders." 

'• (Jno of tlie eompaiiy which I belonged to would freipieutly, after his 
duties of tlie day were done, set out at night to visit his family, and return 
ao as to be uu hand between daylight atid sunrise tlio next muruiug to 
answer to his name — being obliged in walk iu going and cwmitig, mure than 
If, miles." 

A few months after his return home, he was himself drafted, 
and was one of nine privates, who with a sergeant and corporal 
were sent to Noddle's Island (East Boston) to guard the fort there. 
He stayed there from August to December, 1778, having, as ho .said 
iti his diary, "as easy a time as a soldier could wish to have." 
East Boston was then barren and almost unitdiabited. "At the time 
that I wa.s at the Island," says iiis diary, "there were only two 
dwelling houses and two families, the inhabitants I think no more 
than twelve." t During the ne.xt three years he wa.s on duly at 
dillercnt times, as mentioucd in the following extract front some of 
his papers. 

• The mother of Mrs. Clajip, wlio died In Sioiightun in 1817, age*! 96 years, continnn] 
the use of hcT loom till very late in life. During her 90lh year the niiiiihcr i)f .vnnls of 
vivrlims kinds of clotli wiiven by luT wif* carffiilly marked down liy one of her duu^'liters, 
»nd wiis foaml to hiive been Miirtvrn hundred. 

t By the eensiisof Boe^ton l«kcn in the innnncr of l.S7d, the pupulntiun of Ward I (Bust 
n^H^iim) ispntduwn lu 29,347, and that of South Boston (the ancient Dorcbeutcr Nuck), 
ua 53,902. 



wns li. Dec, 31, 1811, and rl. July 12, 18'>:J. He h-nrnn] tlie 

track' nf tanning, and for many yrars was emjiloyfd in \\w yiinl 

of Duiicoti .lames Humphreys, in Dorcliester. He afterwards 

purcluiswi a small farm in Stituijhton, being par! of liu- lainli'd 

estate of his yraiull'atlier, Joualhan Capeu, and lived there till 

the death of liis wife, when he sold out and went to Keodlmm, 

where he has since boarded witli his cousin Mrs. Sarah (Clapp 

No. y3) Davenport. Children : 

19a. Baeid,'' h. in Dorrhester, Aufj. 23, 1836; m. first, Nov. 20, 

18G-2, Abhy E. (.)tis, of Harnstalde, who d. .July 8, ISlia ; m. 

second, iii May, 1867, Ellen Chnmherlniii, of HurtistHhle, 

He served his time in the store of NathanielWates in Ston^h- 

tou ; was theu for several years with Wales & Couaut in 

Earnstulde, and in Noveiuher, 1863, removed to Boston and 

established himself in the grocery business iti TremoMt Street. 

He is now in the same business, in ]>artiiersldp with his l>ro- 

ther, iSteplien 11., in the Wasbinjrton Market, nnder the firm 

of D. «& S. li. Clapp. Child by wife : 1. Wilh'dm Ste- 

pfieu.' h. Dec. ;3U IHG-t. Child by second wife: U, Allen 

Tat/ior,^ b. Feb. 13, IHCA. 

200. Stuannah I/ut/ip/irei/s,'' h. in Doiehester, Sept 7, 1838; (L in 
Stoughtitn, of consmnptiiiii, .lone 27, 1857. 

201. Step/ien Biake,^ b. in Dureliester, Ajwil 2, 1811 ; m. Get. 13, 
1874, Lucy M., dau. of Jonathan Capi-n, of I'oultney, Vt., and 
great-j;jraiiddau. of Dea. Joiiaihan CajteJi, of Sttmylitnti, Mas.-j. 
Ste]>hen li. was for sevend years in the sti>re of Wales & 
Cotiant in Barnstable. ]n August, 1S(>2, he enlisted in the 
navy for one year ; was on gunboats '• Isaac Smith," " T. A. 
Wai-d" and " Williani Bacon;" 8erve<[ in the South and 
Nortli Atlantic .<!fpmi]rons and Potom.ic flotilla ; in an en- 
gagement at Stono River, 8. C, in January, 18G3, lie was 
taken jirisoiier and was confined about two months in Charles- 
ton Jail and Libby Prison. jVfter the, he engaged in 
busiuesa in Marlb<u'o', Mass., but .since October, lH7n, luis 
been in partnership with Ids brother David, in Wasliinglou 
Market. Boston. 

202. Elijah Blitke,' b. April 5, 1844 ; d. July 2.1, 184(>. 

203. Jonolliuii Copai: h. Jan. 19. 1847; d. May l".>. 18C7. 

204. Mttri/ Jtine,' b. July 7, 18o0; now living with her father in 


205. D.wiK,' b. in Dorchester Feb. C. IfifHi ; m. April if, 18.^5, Msiry 

Eli/ahedi, h. Aug. 2a, 1808, dan. of Atherton Tneker, of Milton. 

After serving an apprenticeslup at the printing bnsines.s witli 

Mr. Jalm Cotton* iu Boston, he continued in Mr. C.'a office, at 

• The lion. .Tolrii Cotton, n dirtct ilcECcndant of tlie Rev, John Cotton, second minialcr 
of the Pirst Clmn-li in Boston, was hum in Boston, Juncfl, 1771. lie carried on tlu* husincss 
of sliip und liousL" [mintinff in BnttOTy ranri h StriH;t, and was nlso pretty extcusivtiy cTiKHfccd 
in the nmnnfrtcturc of patuted carpets. In 1822, circumstnnceii plact'd the prinllrift ofHi* of 
his eun, John Cotton, Jr., in his hand?, and he continued in the )>rinrinz nnd imliUshlng 
iMisiiics? lor the next ten or twelve yenrs. lie was rnrly jiinred in pnUlic otfires of vnrions 
kinds, wliH-li he fiiilliCulIy and acetptJihly filled; wa.-) alone time conmianitcr of the niilitiiry 
company called the Winslow Bines, and after the town nf Boston ns:<iitjicd ihc name anil 
government of a tily lie wna chosen President of its Hoard of Health CoinnilKslouers. He 
was aUo President of the Massachusetts CliaritaWi" Meeliuuie Association in 1821, 1822 nnd 
1823, soccctding Mfg. Beiuamin Rasscll in thai utHce, and in 1833 a silver pitcbcr was pre- 



the eoruer of Wiwhington and Kratiklin .Streets. Karly in IS.'Jl 
a brief jisirtiu^rsliiji in t-arrviiig on the same estalilLslinieMt wa« 
uiittreil into with Henry S. Hull, taking thu nanii- of Clapp & 
Hnll. after wliich Sir. Cotton anil Mr. Cia[>p were partners, un- 
der tin? Hnn of 1). C'lapp. Jr. & Co., till 16.14, when the jimior 
partner bini:;ht out the ollice, and continued the business on the 
old furinT till iHtJl. Franklin Street then widened at its 
head, the burner huildinjj taken down, and tlie printinj» oUic*', 
after remainin<r in that place for the peritxl of ihirty-niiie yeiirs, 
was removed to No. 5(11 Washiiiirton Street, where it ha.? since 
been devoted to the business of jtenerid book and job printing 
and publishing. In 18()4 his oldest aon, John Cotton Clapp, 
was taken into partnership with him, under the firm of David 
Clapp & Son. While he an apprenti<.'e with Jolu» Cotton 
in IH23. the publication of the Medical Intelligencer, a weekly 
perioiliciU then edited by Dr. J. V. C. Smith,* was commenced 
in the office, and in 1H2H was united with another periodical 
and afterwards contiiuiud as tlie " Boston ile<liefl1 and Surgical 
Journal." It becajne the sole property of Mr. Clapp in \H:i4. 
and was i»sue<l from his pix^ss without the oaiiBsi<m of one weekly 
ruinil>er fill December. 1 H74, when it was purchased by acomi>any 
of meilicul men of IJo.stoii, and its place of publication r»'move«L 
The work had reached its IMst volume, and Mr. Clapp had been 
coniie<'tcd with its publication for about fifty years. The 
Bo.ston Directory was printed in the same olfice from 18211 to 
18+ti ; much l)o<ik and jianiphlet work has been done in it, and the 
N. E. Hist, and (Tenealogical Hegister Iteen ii^sned by the firm 
for the last ten years. Mr. C has never been in pulilie life, and 
Lis chief attention has lieen given to the business of his oHice. 
with scarcely a day's intermission by sickness, and with few 

Rented lilm by the government of the Asuocifttlon, on wlileh trM inReritied : "From the 
M;vi». Clinritiiiilc Mfolianic AssoHatioii in Uio Hon. John Cotton (one of the (>ri.^inal mein- 
Iwrs of tlic Assocmriiin), a-* a wstiniony of tlii'lr respect for his serviccn us liecn-tflrv, trca- 
Barcr, trustee, president and vice-prej-ldcut, and of tlicir wibh to tie reinemla'rei) mi liis 
afisocintcs." On tlie oeothion of the great llio In Rc:icon Street, July 7, 1824, Mr C. was 
the owner of one of tlic dwellinJ-honsCs burned, wliiili was oeeniiied nt tliiu time, it may 
Ih' nicntiiincd, liy Mr. Tiniolliy H. Carter, a ever sinec well linown and much 
respected in noi«ton, nnd who may Mill •>? dully ceen pausing netlvcly lliron;:li our 
titrcetn. Mr. Cotton hiun^elf lived for munv yenr.s in Pardntse Street, iind died ilicrc Nov. 
25, ISCJ?. In II fiinerid sermon tifter his Jeiith, liy Rev. Oeorjje Itipley, Mimsttr of ilic 
Pnreliiisc-Hrect Conm'regutioual CIum-cIi, he spi'iiks of "the recent event which hns inkea 
Ironi thi!^ relipious KH'iety one of Its oUIest nienilxTs, one of it.< most eoii^buU worshiiijicri', 
one of it* liunored olfleei-k, need I sny one of its sitronjii-sl friends." 

• JcroMic Van Crowiiinsliield SniitU, SI.D , was Iiorri in Conway, Jf. H., Jnly 20, 1.900, 
son of Dr, Richard R. Smilli. Hp pnidunted nt Bniwn Uaivvrsity in 1818, wii,- elected 
Prof, of Anatomy nnd l^tiyMoloRy in the Berkshire Medical Iitinituilon In l!i'22. Joined the 
MiiKS. .Medical Sociuly in lS"2t, nnd a pr'nnluent niunilier of the Ma.<onie Fnitrniily In 
IS'i'i lie estjililislie.l the Roslon Mcdicnl lnielll(;encer, wliirh liecditoil fur ii nund'ir<if years. 
He nfterwiird* liecame Editor of the Duslon Med. and Surg. .lonrnul, which tnolt the place 
of Ihe iMtelllseneer, .ind continued its rditor uliout twenty yt'urf". Dr. Smith wjik n re- 
iniirkahly active nnd Industrious m«n. Hiiil was the iiutlior of various scliniifle, historical 
nnd miswll.i neons works. Those on the Honey-l>ee, on the Fishes of Ma'sieliMiielts on 
the Aiiieriean Indiana, a Clii».sl)ook of Anat4iiny, ninl n Satire on AntmnI Mii^>neli.'-ni. may 
lie mentioned anions his earlier works. He "was i>ort phy.'irJiiM of Boston fnmi 18"J(> to 
1819, lmvingchai>'e of I{uiii>tV>rd I^liuid Hospital, was a Mn-rnlicr o( the Lepii«latnri' scvenil 

f'eiirs, nirinher of thr sriioul coiniiiitti-e, a justice i)f ihe peace, a popular Iri'tnicr, mid ue- 
ivered » 4tli of July oration at Soutli Huston in 1835 II<' made tli<- lour of Kurope in I8.50, 
and afterwards issued his two vkIuidcs of travels in Egypt and I'alestiiic. In 1851, lie wag 
elected Mayor of the city of Boston, ami wiis re-elecled tlie nest year. Some years since. 
he removed from Boston to New York, where he still resides, and where he has continued 
the satue busy ruand of useful labor as marked his long residence in Boston. 



abstmees fi-om home for any purpose. In 184-6 he was chosen 
oiii) of th« wunJuiis of St. Matthevv'.s Kpi.sco|ial Church in South 
liostori, and has been annuiilly rf-<;]eot.e<l to that office to the 
present time. Since his marriage in IHotJ, his residence, excepting 
a. period of three or four years in Dorehester. 1ms been in South 
liostoii — which place, (hiring his ab«ile there, has grown from 
G.ODO jieO[>Ie to more tiian 53,000. On tlie death of Iiis father, 
in 1840. the estate was so settled with the other heirs that the 
hmiiestead and hill-land adjoiniu^ became the property of him- 
self and hJH -iister Azuhah, who still retain them. As one of the 
Committee of Publication of this work, and also one of its pub- 
lishers, the labor of transcribing and completing its material has 
in some measure devolved on him. Children : 

206. 3furi/ SnsaniKt/i,^ h. in Dorchester, June 6, 183G, Has been 

occupied at different times in teaching. 

207. Jr>/in Cotton,^ h. in Dorchestttr, June ;40, 1837. In 1«55 ho en- 

tered the printin^LCoflice of his father, David Clap)), then at 184 
\Va>!un;Tton Street, and since 18ti4 luis been in ]iartiiership 
with him. In 181)4 he took out. a pi* tent at Wasliinjfton as 
inventor of a numbering machine, and several years altera 
wards sold out hi.s right to a party at the we^t, who have made 
extensive use of the invention for various purposes. Has been 
clerk of St. Matthew's Parish, So. Boston, since 1861. His 
christian name was given him in memory of the gentleman 
with whom his father was connected for many years, and who 
died in liostou a short time before the birth of John C. He 
in. July 1 1>. 1 805, Julia Curtis, daughter of Horatio N. Crane, 
of Bo.itini ; they rctiide in South liostoii. Children : i, Ellen 
Gertrude,' b. May 7, 1866. \\. Homer Crane," b. Dec. 9, 
1868. WhJuhn €'otfo)i,^h.Oct.27, \H70. \y , David Atlterton* 
b. Jane 12, 187:3 ; d. Aug. 10, 1874. 

208. EUsalieth Athertoii.' Dorchester, April 9, 1831). Has for 

several years pnictised drawing a)i<l painting, and is the de- 
signer of some of the illustrations in this Memorial. 

209. David Capen,'' h. in South Boston, April 12, 1841 ; m. Nov. 

13, 1867, Constance Ljiocidie I'ierrolee, b, in Paris, France, 
April 1, 1843. He served in the War of the Kebellion aa 
private in the 44tK Mass. Kogt, in North Carolina; as Sei'- 
geant in the 1st unattached Co. Mass. Vols., at Fort Indo- 
peiidenec, lioston Harbor, and as 2d Lieut, in the 8th U. S. 
Colored Troops in Virginia and Texas. They live in Dor- 
chester, and he is in the office of his father and brother. 
ChiMren: L Wilfred Atherion,* b. Aug. 6, 1860. \\,Mar- 
ffitrrite Sfefens,^ b. March 30, 1872. Hi. Mart/ Elizabeth* b. 
Mav 30, 1874. 

210. Caro'Uue Tucker,^ b. in South Boston, July 28, 1844 ; ni. OcL 

1, 1867, Albert A. Chittenden, of Boston, b. Oct. 1, 1842. 
In the late war he was Color Corjioral in the 4;'Jth, and after- 
wards Lieut, in the 6th, Mass. Vols. He is now a clerk in 
the office of the Boston (las Co. They live at Mt. IJovvdoin, 
Dorchester District. Bo.stou, and Inive three children living: 
George Herbert, Charlotte Elizabeth, and Albert Percival; 
one child, Winthrop Clapp, has died. 




211. Samli Mm,'' b. in South Boston, Aug. 8, 1847 ; m. June 10, 
1873, Samuel Newman Chittenden, b. in Chelsea, Jan. 15, 
18iD, and have one child, Kogor Clapp. They live iu Har- 
vard Street, Dorehestcr District, and he carries on, with a 
brother, the Mt. Bowdoin Market. 
212. AiUBAii CArE\,"b. Nor. 1, 1808. She lived with and took care 
of her aged father until his death in 184:(»; since which time she 
has lived with her brother David in South Boston. 


KBENEZER' {Eheticser* Ebenezer* Nathaniel* Nkhohn'), oldest 
son of Ebenezcr and Ilatinali (Pierce) Cla])p, was born in Dnrcliester, 
April 23, 1732; died Jan. 29, 1802. He married first, Dec. 1 1, 1755, 
Elizabetli, dauj^hter of Deacon Richard, and granddaughter of Jona- 
than and Elizabetli (Clapp No. 35 of Rogeh), Hall. She died Feb. 
n, 1779, and be niarriod, second. May 13, 1779, Mary, dauglitcr of 
Enoch Clover, of Dorchester. In con.soquence of the death of lier 
Bon Eieazer, by suicide, in a fit of derangement, her feelings were 
80 wrought upon as to completely minerve and bewilder bcr, and five 
days after her son's death, Sept. 2, 1817, she also committed suicide. 
His first wife was about 17 years old when married, and his second 
wilb about 18 years. Mr. Clapp lived and died in the house built 
by his father a short time previous to his death, the house being 
situated in what is now Willow Court, near the old Causeway road 
leadiuf^ from Dorchester to South Boston. He was chosen Colonel 
of the Militia, and his military title served to distinguish him from 
the other Ebeuezera of the family.* Col Clapp was a remarkably 
active man in business, and the owner of a large amount of real 
estate, including probably 300 acres of land. After his decease, tliia 
land greatly increased in value, and made some of his children quite 
wealthy. It is believed his estate was the largest ever rendered in, 
to the Norfolk Co. Probate Court, up to the time of his death iu 1 802. 
He presented the town of Dorchester an elegant clock, whicli was first 
placed in the meeting-house that was pulled down iu 1817, then 
removed to the town-house, and on the annexation of the town to 
Boston, it became the property of that city. From the town-records 
of Dorcliestcr for the year 1770, the following vote of acknowledg- 
ment lor the present is taken : 

" Whereas. Mr. Ebenezer Clapp has been so generous as to make the 
town a present of a clock and to place it iu the meeting-house, 

" Voted, That the ttianks of this town he given him for his valuable and 
liandsome present, which is an ornament to the meeting-house, and exceeds 
in value any present made the town since the proprietors gave the town a 
bell for the mectiug-house ; and that this vote of thanks be carefully recorded 
for the perpetnal remembrance of hia gift." 

• Enrly in 1775 tlie oRlcors of tlic militin genernllv recisiieil rather tli«n hold commis- 

sionti umk-r the king, Tho^u in nhuni the people had cunfiiU'nco were n.*i-hoe«Ti. receiving 

coniniusion^ frum the Coiitincm;il Coiij;rct.«, aiiU Col. Clap|) was thus rccliosien, Marvh 7tb 



The following notices of Col. Clapp are from an lateresliug sketch^ 
dravpii up by Daniel W. Baker, Esq., and published in the Bostoa 
Daily Globe of April 26, 1875. 

" Colonel Clapp was several times elected a Selectman of the town, and 
during a consitJerabte jwrtion of his life was the largest tflxpajer. This 
distinction he valued, and remonstrated with the assessors upon one oreasion 
for having rated one of his to-wnsmea higher than himself. It was hardly 
to he GX{i«cted that human nature in an afi»e«8or could withstand that kind 
of an appeal. The error was rectified, and thereafter the Colonel stoo<l at 
the head of the list* His extensive farming operations, together with the 
husineas of tanning whicli he also carried on, refjuired the labor of a large 
number of persons, and it is saitl that nearly every laboring man in town at 
one time or another was employed by him. Work in dull as well as busy 
times was generally to be lia<l at his place for fair wages, and in tliis way 
he ever beiriended the jwor in the manner most satisfactory to themselves. 

" If partial to titular distinctions, he seems to have been of democratic 
BjTHpathies, as this anecdote may illustrate : Late one summer night the 
accustomed quietude of the farmhouse was disturbed and the Colonel 
aroused from slumljcr by strange noises in the kitchen. Neither considera- 
tions of l)iirglars nor of tlie toilet suggested any special delay for prepara- 
tion, and accordingly the owner appearefl at once ujK>n the scene, demand- 
ing with some degree of wrath to know the occasion of so much untimely 
noise. The two farm hands whom he found standing before a roaring tire 
in the kitchen, exidained that they had been detained late at work, and 
thinking to have something to eat before retiring, had roasted a joint from 
the jtantry. The steaming dish had just reachetl the table, and its pleasant 
aroma bad already sensibly molIiOed the irate Colonel. Without waiting 
for further esfdanation or apology, he allowed that the meat was savory, 
mid said he woubl join them in the feast. The Colonel carved and did the 
honors, and tfie three sat down to a fraternal midnight meal. 

" With his accustomed liberality he reciprocnted the honor of the Colonelcy 
when conferred upon him, in a manner regarded appropriate then, and not 
altogether out of fashion yet. The regiment wtts paraded, suid after the usual 
field exercises was marched to hia mansion, where, upon the green in front, 
a collation was spread and a quarter cask of brandy was uuheaded, which, 
with the inevitable farm-house cider, made a very pleasant entertainment. 

" Attendance upon public worship was part of the recognized duty of 
citizenship in those days, wherein due regard was had for dignity of appear- 
ance. The Colonel's conveyance to the meeting-house was a coach and 
pair, an equipage of rarity then, and of some distinction till within a com- 
paratively recent periofl. Tolerant of the exuberant fashions of the day, ha 
is described by a contemporary yet living as wearing an ample coat of 
broadcloth, with ruthi>d wristers, a scarlet embroidered waistcoat, breeches 
and stockings uf silk, and shoes ornamented with large silver buckles; and 
he is remetul>ered by our informant as prominent among the wortliiea of 
the assembly." 

* Not far from the time of the atrnve occurrence, the nsscssors of Dorchester were an- 
noyed by ft compkint of a dilfLTent nature, and one corresponding more nenrl? to those 
which havcci'er since twcn commim in assessors' otHccs. Anothi-r wealthy land owner of 
the town olycttcd Birongly to Hie liirge nmount of liis taxes. Not being aWc to prevail 
upon tlic propor nutti(>rjli(;8 to rcdueL- it, he sold hU property, moved Itito n tipistihoring lo- 
cality, where tic spent the lemnlndvr of his lite, and ut hiii death bequeathed the bulk of \il» 
estate for tbe henelit of the people among whom he died. 



Children of Col. Ebenezer and ] st wife Elizabeth (Ball) Clapp : 

213. EBENEZEit,* b. March 19, 1757; d. Juue 11, 1763. 

214. Hannah," b. March 11), 1759: d. Oct. 21, 1819; m. first, Sept. 

21, 1778, Henry Gardner, Esq., of Stow, Mass., for seveml 
years treasurer uf the State of Alassaclujsetts, having been ap- 
pointeil to that office by the Sons of Liberty as early as 1774, 
the Hon. Harrison Gray being then the treasurer under the 
Crown. Dorchester was one of tlie earliest towns whirli voted 
to pay its province tax into the liands of Mr. Ciardner instead 
of ilr. Gray. Henry and Ilauuab Gardner had two sous, Henry 
and Joseph, both of them doctors of mi'dieiiio. Henry graduated 
at Harvard College in 1798, studied nieilicitie with Dr. ,Iolm 
Warren, Ijut never practised. He held many olTices of trust in 
Dorchester, where he lived, was often moderator at town meet- 
ings, represented the town in the General Court several years, 
wiis Senator from Norfolk Connty three years, and a member of 
the State Convention of 1820. "lie d. June lU, 1858. Hon. 
Henry J. Gardner, ex-Governor of Mass., is his son. Joseph 
was a graduate of Harvard in 181)2, practised medicine in Dor- 
chester, and <1. in 1809. After the death of her husband, Hannah 
marrio<l, second. Dee. 28, 1784, Rev. Moses Everett,* of Dor- 
chester, being his tliird wife, and eight chUdrun were born to 

Children of Col. Ebenezer and 2d wife Mary (Glover) Clapp ; 

215. Polly,' b. Feb. 20, 1780; d. Dee. 10, 1799, unmarried. 

216. EiiENKZKK,* b. Aug. 20, 1781 ; d. May IH, 1.S21. He was never 

married. For si number of years, he carried on the Jjovfder farm, 
so called, iti Dorchester, a little west of Meeting-house Hill, on 
what is now Howdoin Street. The farm was subst.Hjuently owned 
by BradLsh Billings. Ebenezer died at llie Island of St. Tlioiujis, 
where he had gone to trans.act some l>usiness. 

217. Elizabkth," b. Sejit. 10, 1782; m. June 30, 1802, James Howe, 

of Dorchester, who d. Aug. 27, iK.'iO. They had two children, 
Eliza Ann and .James Theothu'e, the former of whom m. Edwanl 
Pierce, the latter Martha N.Jenkins, Ijoth of Dorchester. James 

• Moses Everett wns l)om in Dedlwtn, .luly 15, 1750. He vtas admitted to the ColleRc nt 
Caiutiridge, anil rcrelved liia first iicja"cc in 1771. His education hud twcn wirli n view In 
the pixifesHon o( ti Clirisilan Minister, wliich, on leaving College, lie adopted. Wlien the 
Churcli ill Dofolie-iter t)e('miic viiainl Ity the df'^iiiisMiiii of Mr. Bowman, lie wuh Invited to 
preach there; nnd, Sept. 2Stli, 1774, vvns ordnincd to (lie piii=tiiriil cliiirgc of tlnu mwn, Ihea 
eoniistini; of one pftri.-li. He reinnlncd iti tbii^ ministry eigliteen years, and porfurnvHi tlio 
dutiCH of it to the sntin faction And improvenKnt i>f his peopti'. At tlic end of that period, 
the declininK state of his Lealtii foin|>ellcd him to reliiKiiiiali tlie ntBce, tind in the year 
1793 lie requestoil nnd olitsiued n disinisfiim. The next year offer lie left the pulpit, lie 
was eleetetl one of the Keprcsentutivcs of Uorchester in tlie Genend Court. Alterwards he 
received n eoinmissinn of Justice of the Pence, was iniidc Special Justice of tlic Court of 
Coramon Ptea-t of Norfollt County, nnd in itic year 1WJ8 was appointed to fill the vacancy 
on the bcmb of lliul Court, (Hc:i!-ioned tiy tlie death of his brotlier, Oljvc-r Everett, V.H]. In 
this citinuioii lie acted with integrity and ability, nnd lield It till the niKiliiion nf the Coart, 
Ho died Muri-Ii '25, 1S13, in tiia li3d year, Juilpe Everett's lioiise, prolmhly hqilt by himself, 
is still standing, and hn« for many ye'ars licen owtied and otenpied Ijy tlie widtiw of Nathttiilcl 
W. Appleton. It is sitnnted on Pleasant Street, in Dorchester, near Savin Hill Avcnni', ami 
nearly op|>o»itc the site of the. old Oov. Stoii^hton imuision. The vcneraMe hiitlon-wixKl 
trccs'which so lung were eonsjiicuoiis ami ornnnicnlMl olijett.s in the stn-ct in front of tlic 
liou^e, were ix-movcd after the annexation of Dorchester to Boston, on occasion of the 
wIdeuiDg uf Pleasant Street. Judge Everett wiis ancle to the Hon. Edwiu-d Everett. 



Iloire and family occupied the ancient house in Willow Court, 
wIrtc Mrs. H.'b father liv<vl ninl died. After Mr. Howe's dcuth, 
his widow occupied it till her death, which took place Nov, 2.0, 
I8ri8, and it has since been occnpied by her son James Theodore. 

218, Lemuel,' h. June 2, 1784 ; d. June 1 1, 18L>G, aged X2 years. He 
was never niarrie<l ; he lived -with his sinter, Mrs. Ilmve, and 
imjiroved the land inherited from his father. He left liiroctions, 
before his death, for the erection of a marble numunient to the 
memory of !iis father, Col. Ebeuezcr Clapp, which has since been 
erected, at an expense of upwards of $.JiiO. in the old Dorchester 
burying-grounil, and is an elegant and ajipropriate structure. 

2It<. PjLkazkr,' h, Aug. 18, 1786; d. as already unentioned, Aug. 27, 
1S17. He graduated at Harvard College in 1807, studied niedi- 
eiue, and practised as a physician in Dorchester. 

220. Bk\jamin,« h. .Inly 17, 1788; d. Oct. 12, 17S'J. 
-221. E.vocn," h. Aug. fi, 1790. 

222. Anx,« h. Dec 8, 1792; m. AprH 4, 1811, Alexander Baldi, wdio 

d. July ft, 1812, aged 26 years. They had one child. Ann A., 
b. Feb. 4, 1 81 3, about seven mouths after the death ut her father, 
and married, in 18;i4, Francis I). Kiidder. Mrs. I'aJeli married 
second, Jau. 10, 181 'J, John Wheeler, and had seven children — 
John W.. d. Jnly fi, 18:J7, aged 18, Alexander W., James H., 
Klislia C, Frederick L., Elizabeth E. and Harriet F. Mrs. 
Wheeler is now dead. 

223. Benmamin,* b. Jan. 16, 1795; d. Nov. 0, 18fil ; m. in 1840, 

Elizabeth, daughter of Stephen Pierce, of Dorchester. In early 
Jife he was in mercantile business, which he relini(iiished, and 
afterwards lived upon the income of the property left liini by liis 
father, lie resided on Ailams Street, Dorchester. Children : 

224. Mary Klisabeth^ b. March 8, 1841 ; d. of consumplioii, Jau. 

6, 1844. 

225. Bemjamiriy'' b. July. 12, 1842. He is in the leather business in 

22G. Eltzatjtth Anna,'' h. March, 1841; m. Sept. 21'., IRfu, CJeorge 
T. Andrew. They have two cbildien : George Cl.a])p and 
Benjamin Clapp. 

227. El)e7ie:erJ b. Dec. U. 1846; d. Sept. ID, 1848. 

228. Slefjfici Pi'frce,'' b. March 10, 1854 ; d. Feb. 27, 1864; he was 

a young lad of great promise. 

229. EusiiA," b. Oct. 22. 175K;; d. Aug. 8, 182.1, aged 27 years. It 
is believed he was in business awhile in Baltimore. 

2.10. Amasa," b. Jan. 14, 179!) ; d. Dec. 29. 1H74. He was unmarried ; 
livecl in Boston the early part of his life, but for many years 
before death resided in his native town, the last part ul the time 
in Mt. Vernon .Street, in the northerly jiari of the town, on laud 
wliicli for many generali(ms was the jtroperty of his ancestors. 
"With some eceentriiiities, he pos.sessed many virtues,* was honest 
and upright in all his deiilings with others, and was endeared to 

• As an illiis»r«tion of the kind-heartcdneM of Amasa, the rollowirift little inciUpnt may Ijo 
related. An elderly woman of Dorcticster n-ns for iimny yojirs in thir lialiit ofdUtilllnK lii-rlw, 
&c., ami carvyins imskc'ts of Imttlcs lilUd witli tlii^ di.*tllli'iJ liiiiiids nloot ovi-r fhc liirii|iikL' 
to Hie Biislon" marlcet. One liCAvy Imskct on each ami was tier Hcciistoiiied loaiJ. Tlic 
wriK'r of tliii' iioli% ome trtt\ oiling ttic S4iinc' roaJ, some distance holiind, hiw Aninsii over- 
take (lie old liidy, and mking liolli lier Iwskcts from her, carry lliom tiimsvll'a considi-rulilv 



a large circle of connections and friends. He had long l)een 
k]]owu as a noted horseman, and in the course of his life ha<I 
traini'd suvcral horses to j)erforra very remarkable tricks at his 
command. lie was also un iiiypiiious artitii'rr in wood-work. 
Tiie affection which marnagi> probably would have fixtid npou 
other objects, he freely bestowt-il upfin animals, and the death 
of one of his favorite horses is supposed to have hastened his 
own deceiise. As showing the tendency and strength of his feeJ- 
ings in this direction, it may he mentioned that in his will he 
be<|tieathc'd §5000 to tixe Society for the Prevention of Cruelty 
to Aiiiniid.s. During the Kickness preceding his death, which 
cunfincil liini to his house nearly three years, he exhibite<l ex- 
emplary patience and Clu'idtiun resignation. He was the last 
but one of his family, his brother Enoch, of Plula<lelphia, alone 
now remainiu^f. 


88 — 

hEinmh' (El)cnrzer,* Ehcnczcr," Nnthaniel,* x\7r//o/o.s-'), third so" 
of Ebonozur, Jr., and Hannah (Pierce) Clapp, was born in Dorches- 
ter, April 9, n35jand died Dec. 29, 1819. He married, iirst, Dec. 11, 
17G0, .SuHauna Capen, of Dorchester, who died March 6, 1767, aged 
26 years. They were married ifie same day his sister Ann was 
married to Noali Clapp (Xo. 29). He married, second, Nov. 3, 1768, 
Rebecca, tliird dauirliter of Rev. Samuel Dexter, of Dedhara. Lemuel 
was a Captain in the Itcvolutionary War, and his company was on 
duty for several of its first years at Dorchester Heights, Noddle'8 
Island, and other places near by. The etilistmcnts for this service 
were short, a Uiw months at a time, and Bometiiues less, and his 
company, therefore, often cliangcd its members. Sometimes there 
were quite a number of the Dorchci^ter Claj>ps in its ranks. He 
was a tanner by trade, and carried on the business on the old 
Causeway road, near tlie corner of what is now Willow Court, His 
liousc was in the same court, and was enlarged and elegantly fitted 
np by him from the small one originally built by Rogkr, and referred 
to on page 4. He was a man of energy and decision, and much 
respected in the town. His wife, Itebecca, survived him, and died 
May 31, 1823, aged 84. 

Children of Capt, Lemuel and Ist wife Susannah (Capen) Cl-app: 

231. ScsANNA,* b. Nov. 2, 17CI ; d. Dec. 10. 17G1. 
282. Lemlel,* b. Aug. 5. 1703 ; d. April 5, 1783. 

233. EnWAKD," b, Jan. 24. I7(;5 ; d, Dec. IG, 1790. Began to leiirn 

tlie trade of shoe-making, but relinquislied it and worke<l with 
his fiithcr in the t^mning business, and contiinied hi it till he diet!. 

Children of Capt. LEMUBt. and 2d wife Rebecca (Dexter) Clapp : 

234. SamUEI-,* b. Oft. 1. nr.O ; d. Jan. 1, 1770. 

<li«tancc. The occunrncc wiis tlic iiii»rc obscrvalilc, as Mr, C, was a yoanjj man of wi-nlth 
luul riisliiun, unit one who would uot have been thought likely to fallow a kinilnesK in that 

t »a^. 






235. Ebenezeu." b. Oct. 8, 1770; d. Mar. 13, 180fi; m. Nov. 12, 1795, 
Abigail Glover CJiipj), <lau. of Juscph Clajip, <il" Dorfht'ster. He 
built the house now stamliny on the east side of Boston Street, 
nearly opposite Willow Court, then the most northerly house on 
the old Ciinseway road loading to the Neck, lie uiherited from 
his father niudi land in the ueighljorhood. His widow occupied 
the house after his decease and died there. Cliildreu : 

236. Abigail,^ h. in Dorchester, Sept. 13, 179C; d. Jau. 7, 1829, 

aged 32 years. She m. Oct. 29, 1822, Josiah Adams, of 
Salem. She left several children. 

237. Caifmrine Bitrnnrd,^ h. in Dorchester, Nov. 21, 1797; d. in 

Dorchester, April 'A, 1870. ,Slie m. first, June 17, 18."<il, 
John \V. Harris, of Boston, who d. April 3. 184'i, leaving 
• one child. They lived in her parents' house, uii Boston 

Street, She m. second, JIarch 26, 1845, James Blake,* the 
former luisbantl of her deceased sister Tolly, and livi-d with 
him in Newtuu. Afterwards, they resided in Dorchester, 
where she d. April 3, 187<>, ami where he now lives. 

238. Po%,' lj. in Dorchester. July 8, 1799; d. in Boston, .Jan. 9, 

1840; m. Sept. L), 1825, James Bl.ake, of Boston, afterwards 
luifibaiid to her sister Catharine B. She left sevend chilitren. 
239. REHKCOA.^b. Nov. 13, 1771 ; d. Nov. 13, 1772. 
2-10. Jasox,* b. Sept 20, 1773 ; d. Dee. 8, 1852, aged 79 years. He 
was extensively engaged in early life in mercantile business in 
Boston, hia business occasionally calling him to Europe, where 
his stays were sometimes prolonged. He then removed to Ad- 
dison, Me., wliere lie had a store. His last days were spent in 
Dorchester. He is recollected as upright in Fiis dealtiig.s, very 
gentlemanly iu his manners, and precise and fashionable in his 
dress. When somewhat advanced in life, iu the lull uf 1829, he 
married Louisa M. Hiilchitis, of Maine. She died hi 1830, to 
his very great grief, leaving one child r 
241. Sophroma lAtuisn^ h. Aug. 7, 1830; m. Albert W. Bee, of 
New York State, who an interest in some of the silver 
muies of Nevada. They livwl most of their mairied life in 
Cidifornia. He was connected with many of the piddic 
and private improvements in that p.irt of the coniilry, hut 
was taken aw.iy in the prime of his life in 18C3. His widow 
■«vas afterwards eniployc<l in a responsible situation in the U. S. 
mint iu San Eranciseo, and largo nniouuts of the j>reciou8 
metal.'! passed through her hands. She has journeyed several 
times to and from that Stale, and has therefore had much 
exj)erieuce iis a traveller. Sfie is now residing at the east- 
ward. She two children living. 

242. RicnARU," b. Oct. 15, 1774; d. Sept. 20. 1775. 

243. EusriA,* b. June 25, 177(>; d. Oct. 22. 1830. He early showed 

a hjve of study and a capacity for literary pursuits, and was 
therefore iiulul'ietl in his wish to obtain a liberal education. He 

• James BlatiC, son of TliOTiins nTiU Mary (Bnniartl]i BlaUc, was iKirn in Bostun, Sept. 6, 
1798. He was formerly n tallow ilumdlcr, itnd wu* in iwrtncrsliip wltli liis Oulior tor many 
years liefore lits fatlivr's lieatli, wlileli ttxjk ijIool- in IHW). Tlio lioiisci oi'tiit' tailu'r itnili<or) 
wiTC at the soMili end of Boston, on Wiisliington Street, ant! jolnod ciioli oilier. In 1S13 lio 
settled lip the business in Bo^nm, anil has since, in the enjoymeut of a welL-eamed compe- 
tency, lived in comjarativi} rctirciucnt. 


wiu fitted for College at one of the Dorchester schools, and in 
1793 outtroti Harvard Uiiivergity, at the age of 17. He gi-.odu- 
uted ill 1797, hiiviuju; boruc a liighly respectable rauk in the 
iustituliou, and was afterwards elected Tutor of Greek, which 
office he held two years. He then devoted himself to a prepa- 
ration for the ministry, and having preached for a short lime, 
received a cull to settle at Fitchburg ia 1804. Owing to a want 
of harmony in the society, he thought proper to decliiie the call, 
and atierwards became I'rincijial i>f the Sandwich Academy, car- 
rying witli him eminent qualilications as a tcaclier, and i)lacing that 
jic^demy, during ilie twelve years he remained at its head, among 
Uie best classical schools in the State. He then removed to Boston, 
at the soliciuttion of several gentlemen, whose sous he undertook 
to educate. He continued to act in the cjipacity of teuchar for 
many years, until declining health compelled him to relinipiisb 
the employment. His leisure time he devoted to astronomy, 
which was his favorite science, and he wa.s honored by Ixjing 
eleeteil a member of tlie Aculemy of Arts and Sciences and of 
tlie Massa<-husetts Ilistoiicril Society, In 182.3, he niarrie«J 
Mary, oldest daughter of Hon. Holnirt Treat Paine, one of the 
signers of the Declaration of Independence, with whom he lived, 
but without Lssue, till 18.'$0, his death taking place on the 22d of 
October in that year. For some years previous to this event his 
healtli bad been gradually failing, so that he hud been obliged to 
resort to warmer climates for its restoration, but without success, 
lie a[)jicars to have contemplated pu))Iish!ng an account of the 
Clapps, from the first settlers to his day. aud for that jjurposo 
he Cdllecteil a great ininiber tif facts, and tlie names of most of 
them ill the male line. Ily tlie kimluess of his Avitlow. those 
pa])ers were loaned to the author of the present work, and were 
of great service in it-s {ireparatinn. A few weeks after the loan 
of these papers, Mrs. Clapp died, Feb, 27, 1842. She was a 
woman very much beloved liy all who knew her. Tlie following 
u<MH>uul of her life and character aiipe4.«red in a newspaper a few 
days subsequent to her death : 

" Mrs. Mary Clapp, the widow of Elisha Clapp, Esq., .and 
daughter of the late Judge Paine (llobert T.), whose dece."»-se 
occurred in this city on tlie 27th ult., <le8erve8 a further notice 
than the mere obituary record of her death. Mrs. Cla|)p live<i 
not for herself, but for the comfort of otiiers; her whole life 
and fortune seemed to be devoted to alleviate the suffering }Htor 
anil the distresses of the aHlietcd, wlii-tlier of Iwjdy or miiiJ. She 
was purely exemplary, plain and |tnideut in her dress and domestic 
arrangements, that she miglit have more to give to objects of 
charity. She was emphatically the friend of the [Mjor and needy ; 
none visited her in vain, and none retireii from her hospitalde 
niaitsiiin witliotil a more ehet^rful heart, for she was jieculiarly 
ca])acitated to disburthen the most desponding mind. However 
heavy laden, she was always ready and equal to the task; feel- 
ings of sympathy and benevolence would soothe and overpower 
the greatest human anguish. The circle in which her father 
moved, fur many years Judge on the supreme bench of tlie 




Courts in Massachu.setta, brought hor in contact with some of 
the most glfleil miutls in the ConunouweaJtli, and hor society haa 
been sou^irht Ijy the h'arued and the good ; and thu.s, while she 
was made to iiui)nrt gituluess to the poor and dejectetl, she was 
ready to entertuiu the more learned and aSluent, and equally at 
home with all." 

244. STi-:raEN,« b. Sept. 9, 1777; d. July U, 1778. 
-245. William,* b. March 3, 1779 ; d. Feb. 29, 18G0, aged 80 years. 
-•2U\. HicHAiti),* b. July 24, 1780; d. Dec. 2G, 1861, aged 81 years. 

•247. CATnAiiiNK," b. April 17, 1782; d. unm. Feb. 21, 1872, in her 
90th year. She retained her mental facultien to the last, reading 
her bible and other good books daily, without glasses, which 
througb her long life she never used; Wiis a worthy woman, of 
the old puritan stamp; lived and died in the house in Willow 
Court, oecn[iied hy her father during bis life. Tlie house, after 
her death, as el.sewhcre mentioned, passed into the hands of her 
nephews, Frederick and Lemuel. 

248. Rebecca,' b. March G, 1784 ; d. unm., Dec. 11, 1855. She lived 
with her sister in Willow Court. Her intellectual powers were 
of a high order. She took an acti\'e interest in all the passing 
events of the day, and her company was mucli sought after and 
prizeil by relatives and friends. Though for many j'cars a great 
sutlerer, passing hours of weariness and pain, her conversation 
aboiiiidt'd with guod sense and often with wit and humor. She 
retaiucd her natural sprigbtlluess and cheerfulness till nearly 
the close of life. 


NATHANIEL* (Nathaniel,* Ebenezer,' Nnihaniel,' Nicholas'), sec- 
ond son of Nathaniel and Sarah (Howe) Clapp, was born April 22, 
1744. and died Oct. H, 1823. He married, first, April 3, 1769, 
Eunice Bin!, boru June 9, 1743, died Jutie 4. mO, the daughter of 
Thomas Binl. He married, second, Nov. 14, 1 7S2, Hannah Wheeler. 
He lived in a house now standing, on Boston Street, a few roda 
north of li3e old entrance to Dca. Jonathan Clapp's bouse, and about 
the same distance south from the Five Corners, and his land made 
one of those corners. Ttiis land, and the house spoken of, are still 
ill the hands of Nalhaniel's descendants, and the land lias been in 
possession of the family from very early times, probably from iho 
settlement of the town. He was a tanner by trade, and his yard 
was a short distance back of Lis house — tlio place being long since 
filled up. 

Child of Nathaniel and 1st wife Eunice (Bird) Clapp: 

249. Eunice," b. May 2,'), 1770; m. Caleb Williams, of Dorchester, 
and lived in the old Blake house, now standing in the north 
. part of that town, the entrance to which was by a passage way, 
leading from what is now Cottage Street, not many rods north- 
west from tlie Five Corners. Since the destruction of the old 
Minot house by fire in 1873, this is now supposed to be tJie 



moKl andcnt honse in the oW towa of Dorchpster. It La said to 
have been buill [irevioiis to 1650. by EldtT JameH Blake, who nx. 
Elizabt'tli (Xo. i of Edward) Clapp in 16")i. was Deacon and 
Kujing Elder of the IXirchester Church about twenty-tive years, 
and d. dune 28, 1700, aged 77 years. In tlie '• Blake Family " 
book, published in 1H57, a w<kk1-cuI illustration of the hous-e is 
given, and its ap{>earanee is little altered since. Caleb Williams 
and Euniee" (Clupji) Williamti had two children who livwl to 
grow uj) — Caleb and Charles, and the widow of the former now 
occupies the ancient house here Rfwken of.* 

Children of Nathaniel and 2d wife Haxnah (Wheeler) Clapp; 

250. Nathaniel," b. Dec, 21, 1783; d, Nov. 4, 1847. He g^a<luated 
at Harvard College in 1805. and for a while kept the Grammar 
School in the north p<irt of Dorchester. Afterwards, for a long 
series of years, he was book-keeper in the Tremont Bank in 
State Street, Boston. He livefl in a house built by his father, 
and now .standing, on the westerly side of l>oi'che«ter Avcmue, 
near its* junction with Boston Street (then the Dorchester and 
Aliltoii Turnpike and the old Causeway road, and opposite the 
Turn])ikc toll-house), where he dwelt ni.iny years, and where he 
die<^l, ageil 64. He m. Mary, dau. of Joshua Gardner; she »L 
April 1), 1847. Chil.lren : 
i61. Louisa.'' b. Dec. 29, 1810; d. Oct. 8, 18.37; m. Nov. 10, 1831, 
Benjamin F. Hathorne. They lived in the honso opjxjsite her 
father's on the easterly side of the Turnpike (Dorchester 
Avenue), now standing, enlarged and modermze(l, and occu- 
pied by Alderman James Power. She died in her 27th 
{'ear, leaving Henry W., Mary L. and Benjamin F. The 
alter was in the 14th Reg't, Co. C, Mass. Vok., in the War 
of llie Rebellion, and d. of fever, Dec. 23, 18C2, a. 25 yra. 
252. Joshua Gardner,'' b. Jan. 25, 1812; m. Jane 3, 1839, Lucy 
Anna Greene — a member of the family in Warwick, R. 1., 
into wliich Silas Cla[ip married about th^ middle of the last 
century (see Part V. of this " Memorial "). Joshua G. has 
been a merchant in Boston most of his life ; has resided 

• In the curly port of the present century, this houve wna tlie seelucIiKl resitiCDcc of tiro 
agc<l si»-tcr», Mfus Kjichd BlAe wnd Mrn. tli/jil)cth, widow of DiiiiicI Fi>irn. Mr. Fnim 
lunrrifd, (Iriit, May 8, 1753, Mhidwfll Clupp (No. 86of Hogeh), who died March 17, 176". 
Id the Un year of her a^jc; hu ujurried, second, Nov, 2*, 1708. Doruis Dnvenport, who Uletl 
Sept. 22, 17'80, in lier 48th veur; he mi\rried, third, Miiy 22, 1781. Klizidjeth Bliike, clan, of 
John nnd AIiIk'hII Blnko, who died Jiiu. 8, 1817. "•ted 86 your.'*. He died Mureh 11, 17i>o, ill 
Uie ft3d yenr of his nge. It in a ehienlikr roincidencc that Mr. F. nnd his seeond and third 
wives were cneh Ijurn in the yonr 1732. The two .>.i.stors, aUivc niuned, lie hurictl near e^ieli 
oUior in the old Durcticitlcr Ititrving-grouiid, with ihu following cpituphN : 

In Memory of 

Mas. ELi/.AUKTn Faiux, 

Widow of 

Ma. Danibi. Faibn, 

Who died Jnn. 8, 1817. 

Aged 85 years. 

How very few like mc aurvive 
And rnacli Ihc iiKe of cljihty-dve. 
Long time 1 »riHr thif vnln ol'ti'Sm, 
Till/Wudiue with Ik weight of years, 
I calmly aumt into the liruvc, 
XtiMtlog Almighty I'uwvr U> aavo. 

Miss Rachel Biakk 

Died Ang. 13, 1825, 

Aged'S4 years. 

Brrrne I walked life'* Journey oVr 
Till I arrived at elKlity-fuur. 
Tlien ealm de^crndetl h^rc to reat 
to hopcB to be forever blest. 



lum-h of the time in Dorchester, but is now living in Boston. 
Cliildren : I, Gujifaviis William,' b. March 1!>. 1840. fi, 
Herman Gmeue," b. June 4, 1842. Hi, Lucy Ann,^ b. Nov. 
16, 1844. It. Joshua GJ b. -Jan. 13. 1847; d. vSept. 4, 
1848. V. jWmj Gardner* b. Jnly 2, 1849 ; m. Oct. 12, 1875, 
Emmet Hobiiison Oicott, a m(?mbt?r of the New York bar. 
vi. Amelia Rebecca,'^ b. Feb. 28, 1852. 

253. Ailitliiiti Marin,' b. April 3, 1815; d. Sf*)>t. Ifi, 18fi4 : m. .luly 
26, 18.'5(i, Eilwiird I. Sheldon, and liveil in New York. They 
Iifid t'hiidreii — E<l\v:ird G., M;iry A. and Wulter M.. the Ifilter 
of whom was killed in the first b.iUle of Hull Run, in the Wiir 
of the lic'liclhoii, wlien he was Ifj years of a^'e. 

254. GiiMai-us Wiliiaiti^ l>. M;troli 2.'*, 1817; ni. .Lirie Graham, of 
New York. His wife died, and in 1873 he was living in 
San Fnineisco. 

255. Mary Ell-abeth,^ b. Feb. 10, 181'.). Married, first, Dec. 25, 
1837, Henry W. Ridjjeway, and bad Henry Gustavus, b. 
Sept. 18, 18;J8; d. Dec. 22,' 1 844. She m. second, Ang. 3, 
1852, llenrj Coutes Brians, and had; KUen Amelia, b. 
March 2(». IHo,}, d. Feb. 1(;,"18."j4 ; Henry Contes, b. Feb. 16, 
1855; Mary Ella, b. Jidy I'J. 1858; Henrietta Gardner, b. 
.Tan. 31, WW ; Herman Greene, b. Dec. fi, ]8(i:]. 

250. Catharine Gardner,' \>. Atiij. 21, 1821 ; d. uiim., .Ian. 31, 1861. 

257. Francis /fe/iry,'' b. Dec. 17, 1824; ni. first, Ellen C, dau. of 
William H. Fowle, Esq., of Boston, who d. in Detroit, Mich.., 
Oct. 7, 18»ii;, aged 38 vear.s and had : i, Eliin Clara," h. Aug. 
4,1850. U.Miry JnfoiNeffe,* h. Man-h 28,1852; d. Jan. 
26, 1868. Ill, Anna Whittlesey,* b. Sei>t. 6, 1855; d. Dec 
25, 1859. He m. second, Adaline Lewis, of J^ausiug, Mich. 
They an^ now living in Detroit, Mich. He has been con- 
nected with the Michigan CenU'al R,aib'oad for the past 
twenty-five years. 

258. Amelia Rebecca'' b. Dec. 28, 1827; m. July 21, 1853, Joseph 

Frye. Mr. Frye carries on an extensive carriage nianu&c- 
tory in South Boston. They live in Washington Village, 
and have one tliihl, Francis Henry, b. Nov. 15, 1857, gnid. 
from Englisli High School, Boston, with high honors, 

259. Nancy," b. May 2."J, \'W ; d. May 17, 18G4, in her 75th 

She m. Joseph Ward Bird, of Dorchester, who d. Feb. 17, 1851. 
Thuy lived in Dorcliesler. and had six children : Amasa, Ijapt. 
Mar «, 1810 ; d. Aug- 'M. IHl 1. Charles, b. June 2, 1811 ; d. 
March 8. IS.'U. Elizahelh, h. Feb. 1(1. I8I4; m. Feb. IC, 1830, 
Daniel Odiorne. Jr., of Eliot, Me. Emcline, b. July 3, 1816; 
HI. Feb. 17, 183^. Daniel Hayes. Catharine, b. dJc. 1, 1H2U, 
m. June 2. \x<\U. Francis N. Whitney. Amasa, b. Dee. 3, 1824 ; 
m. May 2", IHfJd, Clariss,a Greenwood. 

260. Moses,* b. Feb, 10, 171)6; d. uum. in 1821. He was a young man 

of good uKual (]ualities; one of the constables of the town ; he 
was stout and rugged, a first-rate gunner, and in one of his fox- 
hunting excursions, two fingers were aecidenUilly shot from his 
right hand by liis comrade, Jacob Beats. He resided with his 
father until bis death. 

261. Uannah,^ b. Aug. 15, 1799; m. Feb. 2, 1823, Josiah Kingsbury, 



of Boston. Tliey Hved in the house with her fother. Mr. Kings- 
bury tlietl, June 21, 1832, leaving two daughters : Martha, b. Jan. 
12, 1824 : nt. .Ian. 4, 1852, Andrew Sumner. Caroline Au- 
gusta, b. Nov. 11, 1825; in. Se[)t. 9. 1815, John II. Sumner. 
Mrs. Kingsbury m. second, Jan. 10, 18.j3, Josiah Foster, of 
Dorchester, a descendant of the Fosters of Scituate. They had 
one cljjhl, a son, w lio d. at the age of three or four years. Uau- 
nah« d. May 4, 185G. 


SAMUEL' {Nathaniel* Eheiiezer,' Nathaniel* Nicholas'), third 
son of Nathaniel and .Sarah (Howe) Clnpp, ami brother of the pre- 
ceding, was born in IJordiester, July 13, 1745, and died Jan. 22, 
1823. He married, first, Juno 14, 1770, EHzabetli Foster; nmrried, 
pecond, Dec. 13, 1811, Hannah, daughter of Deacon Edward Pierce, 
of Dorchester. lie lield various town offices; was one of the Se- 
lectmen, witli Ebenezer Wales and Deacon Ei)cnc/.cr Clapp, during 
the second war with England — tlicy being the Uepnblican candidates 
at a time when party spirit ran high and was carried into municipal 
as well as national elections tiuich more tban at present. 

Children of Samuel and 1st wife Elizabeth (Foster) Clapp: 

202. Samuel,* h. Sept. 20. 1771 ; d. Aug. 21, 1834. He m. first. May 
22. 1800, Sarah Tohnaii, b. July IM, 17G7, who d. of a cancer; 
and he m. »iecGn<l, JMarcli '.', I8I5, .Susanna, dau. of Jonathan 
Ilulden. of Dorchrster. He was a large, [lowerful man. and 
carried on the brick-mukiiig business on the old Lower lload 
(now Adams Street). Children liv firbt wife: 
203. Mary Ann //.,' b. Feb. 19, I8U1 ■ m. JIarch 17, 1829, Simeon 

264. James: b. March 27, 1802; d. Feb. 27, 187.5 ; m. March 10, 
182y, Sarah Lewis, lie was a carpenter by trade, and lived 
in Dorehehter. Children: i, Samuel,^ b. March 6, 184.'i; m. 
Dec. 24, 18G8, Martha A. Fi.wler, and has: (I) Martha /'.,* 
b. Sept. 1!), 18«9; (2) Georffe /'.," b. March 2G, 1871. H. 
Elizabeth* b. Nov. 15, 1845; m, in 18G;i, James liurr. of 
Quincv. Mass. Hi. Jume$ Z.,' b. June 28, 1848. I?, Thno- 
th,/ F','h. June 10, 1850. 
2C5. Sarah: b. Oct. 4, 1803 ; m. Dec. 1."). 1822, Sylvester Wheeler. 

206. EllzaMi: b. Feb. 14, 1805; m. March 28, 1833, Stephen 

Slimpsuii, of Maiden, and has cliildren. 

207. J/arrirt: b. Due. 10, 1800; m. April I'J, 1835, John N. Reed, 

of Dorchester, and lias children. 

268. Caroline: h. May 20, 1808; d. July 6, 1814. 

269. Lucy: b. Oct. 3, '1810; d. Oct. 22, 1811. 

Children by second wife : 

270. Susanna B.: b. June 16, 1816; d. Sept. 12, 1817. 

271. Smnnita B.: b. Sept. 8, 1817; m. Nov. 2, 1830, William 

Gordon, and has children. 

272. Samuel Adunu: h. Aug. 2'J, 1810 ; now dead ( * cabinet-maker^; 



m. Aiijr. 28, 1850, Mercy Nickerson; liiiil two cJiilJrcn ; 

273. Caroline^ h. Muy 5, 1821 ; m. first, in 1843, Cliarles Woodard, 

anil livetl iti Maine ; m. Eccoiid, Cliiirles LeedK. 

274. Timothtj' h. Sept 24, 1822. A tin-pliite worker. He lives in 

SlougliUm ; in Nickeisori, niid luis children. 

275. Jemima,® b. Feb. 13, 1774; nr. Joudtliiiii Edrniiii^ter. of M.tlden, 

and had a Isirye family of children. Mr. Edminstur d. iii 1840. 

276. TiMOTur.' b. Mnrcli 28, 1777; d. about Aug. I. IBirl. llo m. 
first, Feb. 18, 18U(), Deborah Wait, who d. Aug, 14, 1828; m. 
seciiiHl, April 7, 182'J, 8arah Wait, Tbey lived in Maiden. 
Children liv first wife: 

277. AU'juH D.,'' h. July 17, 1807; m. May 10, IS.'il, Samuel 
Drown, and had children; father, mother and childjeu dead. 

278. JiimesJ h. Jiilv 20. 1810; cL Sept. 2(1, 1810. 
27i). Siiwiu'l //,' k Nov. 5, 18ia ; m. Nov. 2;», 1836, Susan Tierce. 

Live in Everett. Children: i, E<lward Everett,'^ b. in 1837; 
lived in I'ittsburj;!), Pa. In the War of the Rebellion, he was 
Captain in a Pennsylvania regiment, and w'as killed on one 
of the battlcfieliJs. He was first shot in the wrist, and was 
urged to go to the I'ear, but he refused, saying that his jiost 
of <luty was with his company ; wry soon after a ball passed 
through his head, killing him instantly. He was greatly be- 
loved hy hi.>i business and social friends, and, on his depattnrc 
with his regiment, a nnlitary outfit was presented to iiim hy 
liis Sunday-Seliool sehulars. li, Sarah E.* h. in 18o!l; m. 
Mr. Whittier. iii. Adeiinv /•.," b. in 1841 ; in. Mr. Atkins. 
IVi J^iici) Jane..' y, Al>ba Fruurrs." y\, Harriet An</itsta.^ 

280. haarj h.May 24, 182:]: ni. May liO, 1847. Elizabeth Kebecca 
Sfioffdnl, vvlio was h. Mareh 2ti, 182;J, and d. Jan. 18. 1873, 
aged 4'j years. He lives in Chelsea, Mass., and has live 
chiUiren :"i. AiUm A'.' (a<h>]>ted), h. July 29, 184.^ ;, m. Sept. 
12, IS()7, Mary W. Underhill ; he is now one of ihe firm of 
IJillings, Clap]) it Co., iiiniiufactnriitg clieiiiists and pid>liKhers 
of the liusdm .fourital of Cfirmislri/ ; thev are living in Grant- 
ville. and Imve: (I) I'rwa M.." b.'july io. 1871; (2) Allrttm 
B.? b. May 21, 1874. ii. Emofjenc A'.,» b. April 2(;, 1850; 
d. Se|it. 24, 18.50. Ifi, Marij Jane* h. Marcli 5, ISiil ; d. 
Sept. ri, 1854. i?. Lizzie A.,* b. June 22, 1856. ?, Frank 
W.* b. Feb. 20, 1859. 

281. E/iziiMi F.,'' h. Feb. 11, 1826; m. and had two children. 
282. ELiZAnKTii," b. Jan. 11, 1780; d. July 5, 1805; m. Nov. 15, 1803, 

ELilward Pierce, .lr.*of Dorclie.<!ter, whod. .Sept. 2, 1805, aged 30 
year.*, thus both dying within the same year. They left one 
child: Edward, b. Se[.t. .'S. 1804; m. Dee.' 13, 1832, Eli/a Ann, 
dau. of James and iCIi/alietFi (Clupp No. 217) Howe, of Uoix-hes- 
ter; Eli/.a A. d. Oct. 22, 1847. a. 42, liaving had seven children, 
three of them now living; Edward resides on Adams Street, 


♦ .Son of Dciicon Eilwaril I'iorrc, who wiis ii v<'r>' worthy citizen of norelicilcT, twrn Mny 
6, 17M. Dea. Eilwiird Picrro wns tlie contractor for eulnrpng the nreetiiig-ljciusp of ihe 
First Parish, on MfL'tm)j-h<jii. so Hill, hi 179a. Ho wii.i) to Uivide the Ijiiililing aUmg [ho 
ri<l(,?i'-|Kile, iiiovi' one hidfof it foiirleoii tiTt nnil the towi-r and stcfpli" pevcn (vet, iind iiiiilc 
the two hiitvc!4 l)y new tHUteriitl, thcri'liy iriakinsr thirty new [h'Wh iiiridc, wliirh lie wits to 
hiive ilic (lisposjii of in [uiyincnt for the work. Thi!* wiiis iicioniphfiuMl to the siiti^fnttion of 
the parish, and lie htm'^clfwa.s f» wnU reinuncraleil that hf voluntarily put on two coats of 
l>uiDC uubiUe, iu addiiiun to wlmt vsus riqiiiruiJ ul' hiin hy ihu cuuiracl. 



Dorchester District ; hms held many hnportant trasts in tlie Utwu \ 
luw been usistmnt ■womor, bookkeeper of tke Itt, National 
of Dorcbeater, and for manj years was IraaMuer of the Dnrches-^ 
ter Savings Bank ; he U now one of tlie exeeatora in tike settle- 
meat of the estate of Amasa Clapp (No. 230), 

283. Jamks/ h. March 23. 1782; fl. Feb. 18, 1800. 

284. luAAC* b. Dec. '27, 1784 ; d. Jan. 28, 18C1. aged 76 year*. He 

Eliza Cook, who d. Nov. 1, 18-^4, without issae. An ado 
daughter, Eliza T., lived with them — a young lady of oon- 
nderable literary talent, luid the authoress of a work whiiii 
took high rank a5 a religious and metaphysical essay. He lired 
on the westerly side of Jones's Hill, near the comer of what is now 
Ilauctick and .St<Jugbtou Streets. The house which he built and^ 
lived in for mure than 40 years has been re-modelled, and is uoir 
oocopied by 3Iicah Dyer, Jr., Esq. He early commenced busi- 
ness as a merchandize broker in Boston, carried it on BuocessfuDy, I 
and Bnally rose to high diiilinctiou as an upright, sagacious andi 
trusty guide iu all matters omuected witli commerce and tiuance.j 
A remarkable trait in his characrer was the calm and deliberate j 
manner in which he investigate*! matters of interest, and the 
anruifled spirit he manifested in every event he was called to 
pass through. He was reserved, almost taciturn in hisi daily 
intercourse, but his words were uistructive and reliable. Tho 
following notice of him appeared iu one of the Boston papers 
soon atler his death: " Mr. Clapp was iu the truest and broadest 
sense a merchant, in contradistinction from the mere trarlesman. 
His eye swept the horizon of the commercial world, combining 
in its \iew that vast variety of data essential as the base for 
intelligent and successful enterprises. His tnind had a native 
strength and steadiness of build, a breadth of vision, an 
intuitive insight of the connections and complexities of things, a 
sagacity and acuteness of observation, which, iu other depart- 
ments of activity, with appropriate culture and training, would, 
have ensured him marke<l success. He was what he was in spite 
of a lack of educational advantages. The world was his univer- 
sity; mankind, nature, ex|*rieuce his teacher. During the fifty i 
years that State Street and its neighborhood h.-is known him aa 
a constant and busy visitor, there is not one, it is believed, who 
can l>e;ir witness to aught iu him unmanly or dishonorable : wltile 
with the stenier attributes of rectitude and justice were combined 
a generous judgment, a ready kindness, a forbearing gentleness, 
a winning amenity. His remarkable equanimity was greatly 
temperamental. And yet none could doubt that underlying and 
transfusing it was somethuig of nobler than nature's birth. Tlutt 
equanimity, never failing, amidst however much to disturb or 
overcome it, assiuned the dignity of a virtue, showed a footing on 
unfluctuating principle. His mind was not narrowi-d to the 
demands of his calling. He was more than a merchant. No 
department of human thought or activity was without interest to 
him. For agriculture he had a natural fondness, and practised 
it with a acientilic {.kill. Though naturally conservative, he was 
most liberal in his judgments. CaUuly tenacious of his o.wn 
opinions, he gave caudid audience to those of others. Ho was i 



sinfjulitrly unselfish ; too much so for the pecuniary succesg his 
.iltiiitiL's ami <jp|«)ititiiities might have trained for him. 'VVith a 
tiiiitihtKjd (if noble i-iist — of wliicli his outward presence was no 
unworthy type — he hiid « childlikene&s of npirit, a tender-hearted- 
ness, a sweet making love tiie inevitable return. His 
religion was rational, reverent, trustful, calm. His end was 
peace." * 

Moses,* { ,. ,„_., „ „„., o ,,0. . (d- Sept. 28, 17'.U. 

286. Aaron,* 

U. April 8 and 9, 1791 jj J 

Sept. 15, 171)1. 

— 112 

JOSEPH* (Joseph* Ebenezer^ Nathaniel * Nkholnt'), son of Jo- 
seph and Abigail (Dyer) Clapp, was born Oct. 24, 1751. and died 
Sept. 18, 1823, aged 72 years. Htj married, first, Oct. 14, 1773, 
Abiiiail Glover* who died Oct. 3^ 1775, in hei- 25th year. He 
married, second, Nov. 14, 177G, Abigail, daughter of Henry Ilutn- 
phreys, and sister of Deacon James Iliitiiphroys. She died May 11, 
1831. Josepti Clui)p built the houac on Wasliiui^ton Street, in 
Dorchester, near the Second Congregational Church, which has ever 
since been in possession of the family. 

Children of Jo.seph and l.^t wife Abigail (Glover) Clapp: 

^287. JosEru,' h. Aug. 10, 1774; d. June 11, 1852. aged 78. 

288, Abigail Glover,' b. Sei)t. 2(i, 1775 ; d. June 18, 1838. She m. 
Nov. 12, I79.'», Ehenezer, son of Capt. Lemuel Clapp (No. 235). 
She lived in the house built by her husband in tlje north part of 
Dorchester, for many years one of the northerly houses 
in the town. She was a woman of fine personal apjiearance, 
and a sincere and devout Christian. Her death was caused by 
a tumor, from which she suffered the most distressing pain, 
which was borne with great jiatience, and her end was peaceful. 

Children of Joseph and 2d wife Abigail (Humphreys) Clapp: 

289. William,* b. March, 1778; d. April 12, 178C, aged 8 years. 
200. Samiel Dyer,' h. Nov. 4, 1779; d. March 29. 1823. lie m. 

Xancy Daniels, who died April 5, 1831, age<l 5G yrs. ; no issue; 
they lived on Centre St., Dorchester. 

291. Hannah.' b. July 25, 1781 ; d. Feb. 1, 1784. 

292. Sally.' b. May 2, 1783; d. April 10, 1785. 

I tione 

I vmir. 


• 111 the OeDwiIogical HNtury of tUo DIako Fiiniily, » vuliitibk* little work compiled hj 
tlie livtc .Snniuel Blnke, of Dorclicstw, nini juiiiliclieJ in 18-57, wc lirni the following refer- 
ence to till' mani.'igc of several couples of Dorchester, aud among ilicni that of Joncph Clapp 
and At>i};ull Glo^'L'^. 

" Under the date of Sept. 18, 177.*!, there were four intentions of mnrrlngc entered in Mr. 
Noah Clupp'!) Book of Rceords. The pnrtics were Increase DIuUe and Sarnh Pierce, John 
Baker, jr. und Ann Pierce, Jonnllmn Blnke and Snrah Pierce Urtin, and Joseph Clapp, jr. 
and Aliifjail Ulovcr. These four couple, on u pleasant day, the Hth of October fuUowim;, 
met to^ethei and suirted off, with the plausible excuse of isoiiij; n short distance into the 
country a chesnulting. But instead, they inndc their way 10 Quinev, and called nt the 
jnnnslon of the Hon. Samuel Quincy (un uncle of the present Hon. Jo^tiah Quincy, sen.), 
who was n niagisCmte, and were all united in innrringo by him at one time, and then they 
returned to their several homes. Two of the ladies were sisters, viz., Sandi F'iercc and Ann 
Pierce, and .Sarah Pierce tertia wa* eon>iii to Sanili and Ann. Sonic of the al>ove men- 
tioned party died early, and Mr. Jonathan Bluke and his wife Sarah outUvvU all the utburs 
nutay years. She died iu 18-11, and lier husband in 1836." 



293. Hannah,* h. July 4, 1785 ; d. March 26, 1790. 

294. William,' b. Oct. 7, 178C; d. A|)ril 5. 1842. He lived in Lex- 

ington, Mass., but was burierl in the old burying-ground in Dor- 
chester. Ho m. June 30, 1808, Sandi, b. June 7, 1789, dau. of 
Fraiiois and Susanna (Cliamberlain) Bowman, of Lexington. 
Children : 

295. miiiatn T.,' b. Oct. 1, 1809; d. May 2, 1823. 

296. Submit I).,' m. J. M. Johnson, and live in Cliiirleatown. 

297. Isaac Ji.,'' m. July, 1841, Lydiii S. Wellingion. and lives in 

Maplewood. A dau. Aniut^ in, William McClauslin. 
298. Hknrv.' b. Oct. \3, 1788; d. Dec. 26.1874; m. Oct, 12, 1812, 
Ilanna!; Lemist, of Dorchester. They lived in Dorchester, in the 
house built by his father, on Washington St., near the church. 
He and his sister, I\Irs. Hannah Tolman, were buried on the 
sanif day, Dec. 31, 1874. ChiUh-eii : 

299. JiiiepU lienry,^ b. March 3, 1815, He lived in Dorchester, 

and was a mauufiicturcr of block tin. He m. June 4, 1839, 
Lydia Clark. 

300. M.iry Ann^ b. Nov. 0,1817; d. July 4, 1818. 

301. Elizabeth Ann,'' b. April 26, 1821 ; d. July 24, 1840. 

302. Hannah Lemist,^ h. May 21, 1823. 

303. James.* 1>. April 20, 1790; d. March 28, 18G0; m. June 18, 1816, 

YAvia. Moore, of Boston, who d. in Dorchester, April, 1873. He 
was the first male member admitted, iitier its organization, to the 
Second Church in Dorchester. Thej' moved to Boston, and in 
1827 he was chosen Deacon of the Pine-Street Congregational 
Church. They afterwaids returned to Dorchester, and he was 
active in every good work in the Village Church, in the upper 
part of that town. They suhswjiienlly lived in Rosbury, and he 
was connected with the Eliot Clmrcli there. Througli life he 
took an active part in the temperance cause. Ho died in Dor- 
chester, in the same house in whicli he was born, after a long and 
painfnl illness, and left the example of a life distinguished for 
fervent piety and a tender conceni for the spiritual welfare of allj 
with whom he was connected. A brief memoir of his life waa 
puhlisln^il some time after his decease. 

304. Hannah," h. Aug. 27, 1792; d. Dec 28. 1874; m. Oct. 11, 1820, 

John Tolinaii, b. in 1793, and had four children : Abigail, m. 
Amasa Davenport; John; Hannah; James. They lived iu 

305. HAunis.' b. May .^1, 1794; d. July II. 1795. 
300. Mary Ann,' b. April. 1796; m. Oct. 11, 1820 (at the same time i 

her sister Hannah ), . Jonathan Ilanvmond, and hail three children : 
Joseph, .Tamej* and Mary Ann. They lived in Dorchester; afker- 
terwarib in Wobum, where Mrs. flammowd died in June, 1875. 


REUBEN* {Asnhcl," John,' John,' Nathamel* iV/cAy/wj*'), second] 
son of Asahel and Rebecca (Baker) Clapp, of Rutland, Mass., was 
born May 8, 1766, and died .\pril 12, 1823. Flo nmrried llcpzibah 
Gatos, of IlLjIiliiirdston, Mass., about the year 1790, and removed to 
Montgomery, Vt.., ia 1798. 

. ■ I':!-; Im'!-k-.I::ii>. \ I . .:• ! » !. i. ■■i'!- . ■■■ i-'!s 
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\V',i!-(i!, ." ii'.v'! ill 

Cliildren of Reuben and IJepzibah (Gates) 

-1-307. AsAiiEL,' b. Oct. 5. 1792; d. Dec. 17. 18n2. 

308. JonN L./ b. iii ITH.'j ; m. Lydiii Hurailtnii, ami lived in Mont- 
gomery, Vt., being Postmaster of tluit place more than 20 years, 
and resigned in 1842. Children : 

309. Nelson,' h. Sept. 24, 1825; m. Abigail S. Clapp, diui. of Joahua 

(No. 136) Clapp, of Montgomery, and has Martf* b. Sept. 14, 

310. Charles,' b. Nn%-. 23, 1829 ; m. Rachel Head. 

311, Matilda,' m. William Dwyer. 

312. Emily,' unm. 313. Mvra,' d. young. 
314, Ko>vLA\t>,' m. Martha Walcott. Children: 

31.5. EUzabfUt* 316. Amhel* 317. Emily. '^ 

318. JoNATnAN,' was killed by the falling of a tree wlien alwnt 15 

years old. 

319. Daniel,' b. in 1809 ; m. Maria Thompson. Children: 
320. WiUiam y,,* b. April 12, 1838. 

322: fel," } ^- ^''''•^'' ^■^' ^^^^' {d. Dec. 1841. 

323. Edward 1\,' b, in 1844; d. in 1840. 

324. Charles J.,'b. Dec. li>. 184.5. 
325. William,' b. in 1811 ; d. in St. Albans, Vt.. April 30, 1870. \\m 

w 119 the Posttnaster of East Berkshire, Vt., in 1843, afterwards 
Collector of the Custom.^ in Vermont, and wna UeprPH<>ntativu 
and Senator in tlie Vermont Legislature, lie ui. KuKdine Uaw- 
8on. Children : 

82G. Kmimi,^ b. about 1841. 

327. WiUiam," h. in 1843. 
328. SoruiA,' m. iu October, 1840, Theodore Wutson, and lived in 
Waverly, 111. She d. leaving five childreu. 

— 189 __ 

EBENEZER"* (Ebcnczer," Nmh,* Jomif/mn' Nnthnniri* Mchnhs^), 
fifth sou of Ebctiezcr and Eunice (Pierce) Clnpp, was born in Dor- 
chester, April 24, 1809. Until he was about twenty-two years and 
BIX nioiitha old, ho remained at home with hid parents and worked in 
the tannery witli his father, wlio, as previously stated, had carried 
on the busincas siicce.s.sfully for many years. Jlia scliooi ediicntioii 
was received at the brick school-house, adjoining the old hoinesload. 
In the month of September, 1831, an opening was made for him, 
temporarily, in the Boston Custom House, to lake the place of his 
cousin, Joahua Seaver, son of Ebcnezcr Staver, E8(|., of Ro.xbury, 
who was obliged, on account of ill health, to vacate Cor a time his 
position there. In June, 1S32, Mr. Seaver, haviii;^ returned from 
the South, resumed his duties at the Custom House, where he con- 
tinued until the fall of that year, when he decided, for tlie benefit of 
his health, to go to the Islaud of Porto Rico. He embarked in a 

* As Compiler of tliis Mcmnrtnl of the Clnpp Fiunily, Ills own jiorsonal record has been 
left by him to the Committee of FuUUoitiou, one of wliom hat prepared liil« brief sketch. 




vessel for that port, bat never readied his place of destination. 
Intelligence was subsequently rcceircd that the vessel in which Mr. 
Seavcr sailed drifted ashore at l!ic Bermuda Islands. It was sup- 
posed to have capaized in a sijuall, and tliat all on board perished. 
The vessel belonged to Mr. James Brown, of Boston, and two of his 
sous were lost. Mr. Clapp succeeded Mr. Scaver, and received a 
commission as Inspector for the District of Boston and Charlestown, 
Aug. 31, 1833, David Henshaw being at that lime the Collector. Mr. 
Clajip held the oHicc of Inspector eleven years. The Boston Poit 
said of liim, on retiring, — "Mr. Clapp has been a faithful and capable 
officer, and retires with tlic respect and esteem of all with whom hia 
official duties have brouglit him in contact," 

After withdrawing from the Custom House, he was engaged in 
the book-selling and stationery business in Boston, on tiie corner of 
Franklin and VVashington Streets, until 1861; then in the same 
business for a few years at 308 Washington Street, and for the last 
eight or ten years to the present time at 1 School Street. While in 
the lirst-namcd place, he published the Histori/ of Durcliatcr. Much 
of the labor of compiling that work devolved upon him, as one of a 
comuiillce of the Dorchester Antiquarian and Historical Society ap- 
pointed for that purpose. 

In June, 1834, he commenced keeping a daily journal. This ha.s 
been continued by him ever since, upwards of 41 years, and he hopes 
to kt'Cp it the remainder of his days. The love for historical and 
genealogical research, which was so marked a trait in the character 
of his grandfather Noali, has attached itself strongly to Ebonozer, 
and, aided by a retentive memory, has made his mind a store-houso 
of reliable facts connected with the persons and events which go to 
make up the history of the old town of Dorchester, so that he has long 
been looked up tuas an authority iti such matters. In 1843, the Dor- 
chester Anliipiarian and Oi.'storical Society was organized, the pre- 
liminary meeting being held at his house on the 2Tth of January of 
that year. He was elected Corresponding Secretary of the Asso- 
ciation, to which office ho has been annually chosen to the present 
time, thiity-two years. In 1842, Mr. Clap]) resolved to collect the 
history of his ancestors to leave to his children and posterity, believ- 
ing that when that generation should have passed away it would 
be almost an impossibility for any one successfully to accomplish 
it. Ill collecting information in regard to his own family, the im- 
portance of the work became manifest, and he determined, as far as 
possible, to collect together and write out a genealogical history of 
all bearing the name of Clapp. The [uiticncc, perseverance and 
energy he has manifested during an entire generation of the race, 
in commencing aud carrying on the design thus contemplated, ia 
shown so thorougldy in the work now accon)plislicd as to entitle him 
to the lasting gratitude and rcs^ard of those who arc connected with 
the families here represented, and of all interested in such pursuits. 



Ha was chosen in 1854, and still remains, Deacon of the First 
Cliurch in Dorcliestcr, Rev. Nathaniel Mall,* late pastor, succeeding 
his fallior, Ehcnczer/ in that office, and has been annually elected 
Clerk of the First Parish, thirty-eight years. Ho was appoint- 
ed Justice of ttie Peace about twenty years since, and has held a 
commission up to the present time; has likewise been a member of 
the School Committee of Dordiester. He married, April 4, 1833, 
.Sarali, daujjhter of William and Sarah (Shcpard) Sw-an, of Dorches- 
ter, who was born May 10, ISOG. His residence is on Sumner St., 
Durchesttr, and the rear end of liis home lot joins on to the cast 
side of the old burying-ground, where so many of his ancestors and 
lainiiy and friends are laid, in that beautiful "garden of the living 
and home of the dead.'' w. n. T. 

Children of Ebenezer and Sarah (Swan) Clapp, of Dorchester. 

32!). A.NN- Eliza,' b. Feb. 15, 1834, 

'630. CiiAKi.KS Adgustus,' b. Nov. 9, 1835. After a few years of 
early life sj)C-iit in his father's store and tlien in that of Crosby & 
Nichols, Mr. Chiji|) ent«rcd the w«ll-kiiowti estiiblisbment of 
Tii.knor & Field!', in the "Old Corner Bookstore," where he re- 
maineil, gnining most valuable experience, till 18G4, when that 
store with its retail trarie was givetv up by Ticknor & Fields. 
Their successors were the new firm of K. P. Duttou & Co., Mr. 
CJajiji being the junior partner. The hasiness successfully 
carried on by them for several years, during which time the store 

• Rev. Nnthnnicl HnU, son of Nnthaniel and Joannit Cotton (Brooks) HaU, of Medford, 

Mass., was luirti in that town, Aiij;, 13, 1805. He wiis a dfsi-cnJttiit In llie seventh generation 
from Jtcv. John Cot^ton, niltiistwi' of tlic First Cliiircli, Boston, and itJ the eigiitti (toueratioii 
from Rev. NutlKiiilel Ward, of Ipswich, Mass., the nntlior of "The Siniple Colibler of 
At,'uwaui " As ivlrciidy moutioucil, p. 218, he succeeded tlio Rev. Dr. Harris Oit. 23, 18.36, 
OS sole minister of ilie First Clinrcli iti Doriliestcr, having I»een ortliiiiicd collcncue with 
liim Jnly liJ, iSlJ. Sint-e the notice of iilra on that page was printed, Mr. Tlall has (wen 
removed liy death from hi* earthly hil)or«, liis deceiiM; tnkiiiR pluL-e in Dorchester, Oct. 21, 
1875. On relnrning from a resilience of several inontlis in Canada for the Iwnctit of his 
UealUi, bat tiavins obtiiinod no relief, lie tendered the re^igIlntion of his pastoral olllcc on 
tlie luili of Uttober, whleh resignation had not I*ecn a<'tcd oa liy the Parish at the time of 
liiH UeHil). Mr. Hail, iist ihet-e dales show, wan minister of tliat ancient ehiircli and society 
forty years, and its sole pastor thirty-nine yearn. From the time of Rev. Ricliard Mather's 
ordiniilion over the aaiuc church in IG36, there have Uccn, cxelasivc of colleagues, biit seven 
mtiiifters settled over it. Their names with ilieir terms of service have Ijtcn as follows : — 
Richard Mather, 33 yearK; Josiah Flint, 9 yejirs; John Danforth, 48 years; Jonntlian 
Bovvaian, 41 years; Moses Kverett, 18 years ; Thadileua Mason Harris, 43 years ; Nathaniel 
Hall, 39 years. The course of Rev Mr. Hall's ministrv-, during the long period of his 
settlement, lias been marked by a coiistitit, earnest and wann-hcartcd di'votiun to the 
variuus iluties of his ealiiiit;, with n firrn and nmscientious siipiKtrt, both in and oat of tbo 
pulpit, of the varioioi philjiut)]r(j[ilc:ind patriotic meiuiures which, during that time, have 
fie^'n uigcd upuii the public raind. Wtiat<.'ver dlin-reaecs of opiirion may have cxij*ted at 
t'lc time 111 rcjrnrd to his advocacy of some of these oiijcct.'i, lie has ever ptood liish In tho 
ci>tinnit[oii ol all who liave Itccii associated with him as a faltlifiil christian minister and a 
kind and syniimthisinfr friend, and has now passed nvvay with the sincere Inve and respect 
of the whfile ciinrmiiiiity. At lii- funeral, on the '25th, the wrvices, which were peculiarly 
imprc-ssive, were conducted by the Rev, Jatncs Freeiiiaii Clarke, nf Bostoti, mid Rev. Drs. 
PealKMly and Hrlgffs, of Cambridge. An nntisiird tiuuiber of tlie aged people of Dorcliestcr 
were present, including one, Mr>. Iluniiaii Foster, aged 92, who distinctly remciubcrcd tho 
onliniiliun ser^ioe.s of the previons minister. Rev. Dr. Harris, Oct. 23, 179.3. Mr. Halt 
married Sarah Rliyali th, danghicr of John G. Cotiln, M.J}., a mach esteemed physician of 
Boston in the curly part of tins century, and of the tV>ur children born to them, one son, 
Henry Ware, w,is eminently iHsiiugiilslied for heroic conduct in the late War of the Re- 
bellion. He left Harvnrd Cidlcge in September, 1*78; was niiide Lieutenant of the .ilst 
Illinois Rcg'l Dec. H, 1861, Captain Jane 28, 18)2, and A(|jutant Sept. 34), 1862; was killed 
at the battle ofKuiicsuw Muuutain, June 27, ItiGt. 



hnrl been the only Kpiscopal Church book-slore in the city, and 
become one of tlie leading publishing houses, in that line, in the 
country. Having purchased stock and plates of several Church 
publishing houses in New York, aud that city being the most 
desirable place for a large business of this kind, in the spring of 
1868 they begau a branch there of their Boston eslablishnieiit. 
A fiavorablo opportunity soon off'ered for greatly enlarging this 
branch, and they finally decided to sell out their entire business 
at the " old corner," in Boston, and take a prominent store on 
Broadway, in New York. This was done in the spring of 18C0, 
and the large publishing-house of E. P. Dutton & Co. has since 
been strictly a New York one, having also a valuable and at- 
tractive retail department, which is more particularly under the 
care of Mr. Clapp. He m. Oct. 1, 1S(j3, Amanda Robinson 
Neally, dan. of Charles Herbert and Hannah Amanda Neally, of 
Boston. Child: 
331. Emma Lowne,' b. SepU 13, 1864. 

832. Ebenezeu Hkrbert,' b. Oct. 17, 1838; m. April 17, 1863, 
Lizzie Graham Mason, dau. of James S.Mason, of Philadelphia. 
For several years, he was engaged in the Adjutant General's 
office in the State House, Boston. Afterwards, he moved to 
Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., in Colorado, where he entered 
into extensive business and held several ini[)ortant public olfices. 
The failure of his wife's health eomjielled tlieir removal, and 
they then went to PliilaLtcIphia, where he is now settled in busi- 
ness with his father-iu-law. Child: 
333. I/erbert Mason,' b. Juty % 1872. 

334. George William/ b. June 30, 1840 ; d. May 7, 1841. 



ENOCri' (Ebenczer,' Ebcnezer* Ebenezer,^ Nn/fianiel,' Nicfiolot'), 
8on of Col. Ebcnczer and Mary (Glover) Clapp, was born in Dor- 
chester, Aug. 6, n90. lie married in June, 1812, Mary, daufihter 
of Eiislia Ty.son, of Ballimorc. She died March 18, 1858. Enoch 
lived in that city for more than twenty years, and then removed to 
Philadelphia, where, and in tiie neighborhood of which city, he hag 
since resided. His residence is now ut Sharon IIIll, in Delaware 
County. He lias, for many years, been a worthy member of the 
Society of Friends, and his whole life has been an upright and ex- 
emplary one. He was at the Clapp Meeting at Northampton in 
1870, was one of the oldest present, and took as much interest in the 
proceedings as any one there. He has made frequent visits to the 
home of his early years, and has kept himself informed of the 
changeful events which have marked the more recent history ofhia 
native town. 

Children of Enoch and Mary (Tyson) Clapp, of Philadelphia: 

335. Mary,' b. March 10, 1813 ; d. young. 

336. Elizabeth H.,' b. May 17, 1814; m. William Jackson, of Phila- 
delphia, DOW a retired merchant. 




337. Rebecca C.J 1>. May 14, 1815; d. iri 1837. 

338. Maky T./ b. Nov, 28, 1817; in, ,Taii. 25, 1843, Dr. M. Fisher 

Longstrelh ; tiiey live in Plii]adei|)hia, 

339. Nathan T.,' h. -luiie 27, ISliJ ; ni. Aug. 1, 1849, Sarali Roberts; 

reside in Philadelpliia, and he is now a retired merchaiit. Child : 
340. lienjamin FratJclin,'^ b. about 1864. 
341. Bkxjamin Franklin,' b. Juue 21, 1821 ; now dead. 

— 245 — • 

WILLIAM' [Lcmm:},' Ebenezer* Ebenezer,' Nathaniel* Nkholas'), 
SOD of Cajtt. Lemuel and Rebecca (Dexter) Clapp, was born in 
Dorchester, March 3,1779, died Feb. 29, 1860, and waa buried 
on the 3d of March, the day on wliich he would, if spared, have 
completed his 81st year. He followed the business of liis father, 
and established and carried on, till near the close of his life, tho 
large and well-known tan-yard on the corner of what ia now Boston 
Street and Willow Court, for many years the largest tannery in 
Dorchester. He built a house on tlie opposite corner of the Court 
(north from the tan-yard and a few rods east of his father's), whicli 
Btill stands, a substantial and commodious brick tnansion. Later in 
life, he devoted his time to his large farm, situated in the north part 
of the town, adjoining Boston, and well known to ttic passers by for 
its systematic cultivation and its horticultural fertility. He married, 
Dec. 15, I 806, Elizalieth, danc;hter of Deacon James Humphreys, of 
Dorchester, who waa born Fcl», 22, 178.3, and died Oct. 4, 1869. 
Mr. Clapp lillcd important offices ia tho town and was two years a 
lieprcscntative to tlie General Court; was also Captain of the Mili- 
tary Company in Dorchester for some years. The death of three 
of his cliildren in 1837, in the space of four days, by typhus fever, 
at the ages of 17, 19 and 21 years, was u very afflicting event to 
the i)arenta, but was borne willi Cliristian resifrnation. The whole 
family were sick at the sanio time, and the result of other cases was 
for a time doubtful, Two of the victims of this terrible epidemic 
were buried in one day. Mr. Clapp was a man of excellent charac- 
ter, of sound judgment, iirtn and decided, aud much esteemed by the 
people uf the town. He left a larf^e landed estate in t!ie north part 
of Dorchester and in South Boston. A sermon on his life and char- 
acter waa preached by Rev. Nathaniel Hall, minister of tho First 
Parish, March 4, 1 SCO. 

Children of Wii.mam and Euzabete (Humphreys) Clapp. 

342. ELtZABETH,^ b. March 2, 1808 ; d. Oct. 20, 1809. 

343. V\'"iLLiAM.'' li. Seivt. 28. 1809 ; d. M;»v 2, 1825. 

344. TiiADi>Eus.' Ii. May 11, 1811 ; d. July 10, 1861. Attended the 

public schools iu Dorchester, and waa (iltod for College at the 
Ai-adeniy of Hiram Mauley, iu Dorchester; he grad. at Harv. 
College in 1834 with tlicsecinid honors of his class, and delivered 
the salutatory oratiun iu Liitiu. He was engnged for a short time 


in tfarliiug school ; and was Secretary of the Board of School Com- 
mittee of DorclH^ster for several years. Feeble health prevented 

, his eiigagirg in any profession. lie took his degree of Master 

of Arts in 1838, and the same year went to Franklin, La., 
where for five or six mouths he was tutor in a private family. On 
his return, in 1839, he gave his attention to farming, and having 
a special taste for the cultivation of fruit, with abundance of 
laud and suitable soD for the gratification of his taste, he eventu- 
ally became celebrated as a horticidturist and one of the leading 
pomologists of the day. In connection with his brothers, 
Freilerick and Lemuel, he succeeded! in raising from seed a new 
variety of pear^ — a cross between the " Flemish Beauty " and 
the *' Bartlett" — to which was given the name of " Clapp's 
Favorite," now well known, and much prized by fruit growers. 
A representation of this pear is curved upon his tomb-stone at 
Forest Hills Cemetery. He was a member of the Massachusetts 
Horticultural, the Norfolk Agricultural and the American Po- 
molojical Societies, and obtained many premiums for choice 
varieties and fine specimens of fruit, lie was also member of 
the Phi Beta Kajijta Society. He was of a most amiable disposi- 
tion, and led a life of unspotted integrity. He m., in Claremont, 
N. II., Aug. 11, 18.57, Miiry II. Duslin, daughter of Rev. Caleb 
Dustin, but had no children. Ili.s wife survives him. 

345. Frederick,^ b. Jan. 2<;, 1H13 ; d. May la, 1875, aged 62 years. 
He followed the t.anning business with his father as long as the 
business was continued in that part of the town, and afterwards 
gave his attention to farming and horticulture. He built a 
dwelling-house and occupied it til! his death, situated a few rods 
north of his father's, on Boston Street, being the most northerly 
house in the town of Dorchester and near the ancient gateway 
opening to the " Neck " over the Causeway rojul. With hia 
brother Lemuel, he came into possession, shortly before his 
deatli, of the old homestead of hi.s gnmdfuther, Capt. Lemuel, 
in Willow Court. He m. May 17, 16H), Martha M. Blake, of 
Warwick, Mass. Children : 
846. Julia Elizabeth,'' b. June 21, 1841. 

347. Frederick William* b. Oct. 10, 1H4.3 ; d. same day. 

348. Frerlericl- Auymtm* h. Oct. 11, 1845 ; d. Nov. 1 1. 1874. Hia 

death occurred just us he was entering upon the responsibili- 
ties of active manhood, in the exercise of virtuous ipialities 
that ni.ide him beloved and respected by all. He was a 
thoughtful anil discriminating reader, especially fond of 
naltira! history, and as nn amateur entomologist had himself 
gallu-rtHl iiud arrangeil a heautiftd and valuable entomologi- 
cal collection. His chosen voc-utiou sis a Horist was u source 
of much enjoyment to Itim, and he had an innate and practical 
regjird for all similar jjiirsuits, 

349. Edward Jitake: b. March 11, 1851. 

350. Mary Ix>uisa* b. Feb. 9, 1854. 

351. Lf.mikl.' b. Jan. 21, 1815. He inherits and occupies the hoose 
built and lived in by his father, on the corner of B<Jston Street 
and Willow Court. Since the tanning business was given up by 
his father, he has attended to the cultivation of the extensive 



grouuda connected with the esUito, on the extreme northerly 
bor<ler of the town of Dorchester, and L'oraprisiiig the well-kjiovvii 
orchard loug designated by the family name. He is much 
tnterested Lu growing new varieties of fruits, ami has originated 
many fine varieties of pears, he planting with hia own hami the 
seed from which the '• Clapp's Favorite " originated. Ho is 
interested in all that concerns the Clajiji Fiunily History, and 
has furnished important ancient dofiiinmits to asKist in completing 
it. He m. June 9, IH-ttt, Charlotte Tuttle, dan. of Cluirles and 
• Sarah Aim (Austin) Tuttle, of Boston. Children: 

352. liebecca iVj-Zcr," b. May 9, 1841 ; d. March 6, 1865. 

353. WiUiam C/uininnff," h. Aug. 31, 1813; ra. June 19, 1867, 

Alartha A. Kingman. Children : |, Frank Lemuel* b. June 
2, 1S71. li, Sidneij Kiwpnuit* b. Jan, 8, 1873. 

3.54. Elisabeth Nump/iret/s,* h. Nov. Ifi, 18-15 ; d. Jnne 28, 1849. 

355. SuraJi Amtin* b. Feb. 18, 1848; ra. Jucic 1*. 1873, Samuel 
A. Cnshing. Jr. Child : Austin Andrews, b. March 9, 1874. 

35 ft. Jnmes Nn/np/iret/s,' b. Oct. 18, 1851. 

357. Elizaiikth Hcmi'hkev.s,' b. .Sept. 18, 1816; m. Nov. 19, 1844, 

Kfiv. Hiram Withington, b. in Dorchester, July 29, 1818. Mr. 
W. studied for the ministry at the Divinity .Scliool in C.aml>ridge, 
after having been for several years a successfid teacher of the 
public schools in Dorcliester and othi^r places ; graduated in 1844, 
and at om-e t<.)ok his place as a " popular preacher, possessing 
tlint delicacy, tenderness and glow of both thought and feeling 
that gave him great command over his audience." He was or- 
dained as pastor of the Unitarian Cougi'egationiU Church at 
Leominster, Mass., Dec. 25, 1844, thus commencing his conjugal 
and liis ministerial life jdmost at the same time. Bat the 
brightni'SK of his jirospects soon became clomled. The laliors 
belonging to a large parish cansed a rapid decline in his health ; 
his wife's health also suddenly failed, and she died Dec. 3, 1845, 
leaving one cliikl : WilJiiim Clapp, born November 25, 1845. 
Hia labors were, however, conthnied, and Feb. 21, 1848, he 
married again; but his [(hysicjd and mental prostration so in- 
creased that he wa.H. compelled to ask leave to resign his charge, 
anil on the 3d of September, 1848, ho preached his farewell 
sermon. He imme<liately removed to the house of his father in 
Dorc^licster, xvhere he rapidly sank, and died Oct. 30th of that 
3'ear. The yuAr after his lieath a Sremoir of his Life was pub- 
lished, with Selections from his Sermons and Correspomlence. 

358. Ri:»KCCA I)KXTKR,'b. Dec. 26, 1817 ; d. Nov. 13, 1838, aged 21 

years. She wjis a young lady of great promise, and of marked 
Christian excellence. She waa one of the three victims, already 
alitidi-d to, of the fearfid disease which visited her father's family 
and afilicted more or less severely each member of it, excepting 
her brother Thaddeus, then absent nt the South. 

fino. James,' b. Dec. 28, 1819 ; d. Nov 17, 1838, aged 19 years. 

360. Ai.K.XANDEit,' b. June 16, 1821 ; d. Nov. 13, 1838, aged 17 years. 
James and Alexander possesseil tnuts of ch.aracter which gavQ 
promise of high moral worth and future usefulness. 




RICHARD* {Lemuel,* Ebenezer* Ebenezer,' ffatfianiel,* Nicholas^), 
Bon of Lemuel and Rebecca (Dexter) Clapp, and brother of the 
preceding, was born in Dorchester, July 24, 1780, and died Dec. 
26, 1861, aged 81 years. IJe was a tanner by trade, and his yard 
■was only a few rods south of his brother William's. At one time iu 
early life he was enp;aged pretty extensively in brick-making, the 
business being carried on upon lands of his own in South licston. 
Bricks thero made were used in 1812, in the construction of the 
house ho allerwards occupied, now standing on Pond Street, near the 
Five Corners. A few feet east from this house is the site of the one 
in which Rov. Richard Mather* lived, and in which his son President 
Increase Mather was born. Mr. Clapp married, Nov. 3, 1807, Mary, 
born April 1, 1784, daughter of Jonathan and .Sarah (Pierce) Blake, 
of Warwick. Ilii held various responsible ofliccs in the town, was 
chairman of the Board of Selectmen, Overseer of the Poor and of the 
Highways, one of the School Committee^ and was ever forward in 
carrying on improvements and every true reform. " A man of large 
benevolence, firm in his principles, just and kind, a good citizen and 
an exemplary christian." His widow survived liim upwards of 
thirteen years, and died Feb. 7, 1875, in the 91st year of her age. 
In a consoling letter from her pastor, the Rev. Nathaniel Hall, to one 
of her datighters, soon after Ijcr decease, this sentence occurs: " Few, 
it seems to nio, have lived so blameless a life; and not simply blame- 
less, but hlled with active duty, conscientiously faithful to all tho 
trusts committed to her, and all the opportunities afforded for 
blessing others. You have cause for deepest gratitude that you 
have had from the beginning on, and so long spared to you, such a 
mother and such a life, and that you have such a precious and price- 
less legacy in the memory of her virtues and graces and afibctions." 

Children of Richard and ILvry (Blake) 

361. Sarah Blake,' b. July 28, 1803 ; d March 15, 1850. She m. 
Dec. 2, 18^0, Henry Ilinnphrcys, h. April 3, 1801, son of 
Deacon Jiunes and Elizabeth (Capi^n) Iltiniphreys, of Dorches- 
ter. They livwl in the house on the ctirut-r of what is uow 
Dudley an<l I luinjilireysi streets, the plju-e Laving i)eeu the hume- 
Btead of the Humphreys family ever since Dorchej^ter was first 
60tt.led. An extensive Umnery was not many years since re- 
moved from the comer opposite the house, which had been car- 

• Tlie Rev. Ricliard Mathi-r, D.D., was for tliirty-tlircc years minister of the church In 
Dorchester, and ilioil in that town, in the house nl)ove alluded to, April 22, 166'J. Kdwonl 
Ctupp, one of tlie Deacons (iftlic oharcli, died Ave .veurs lifforc, and was ofi.'onr^e for many 
yean associated willi Mr. Matlier in church .illiiira. Capt. ]l<i^er Cliipp, fimr years licfiirv, 
tind heen nppointcd to the citmrnnnd of the Citstlo, nnd was donbtless residing there in 1(W9, 
ami In a grwit uic«siire disconnected with the churcli. Samuel, son of Roger, wlio in 1661) 
hiid the military title of Sergeant, afterwiirds liceumu C:iptidn,nnd was for some years l^eforo 
his lietitli in 1708 Ralinf; Elder of tlie Biinie church. — Of tlie " Divinely Rirh «nd Loaniecl 
Bicbdrd Mjiiiier," or of his " Sous like him Propliel.< jfrent" — as expresfccd on his tutnb- 
Btone— no furibcr mention is required or would perhaps he pardoiuiblc In theM po^^. 



ried on by oup Humphreys after another through seven genera- 
tions. Henry now holds the office of Deacon hi the First Cliurch, 
which his father held diiriug many years, the liitttT dyinji JtiJy 
13, 1845, aged 92. It U said tliat neither of tlie families to 
which they belong have ever, except iu two instances, inter- 
married with anv hut natives of the town. Children: I.Sarah 
Elizalieth, h. in i>orcFiester, Nov. 28, 1831 ; d. Feh. 20, 187(1; 
111. March 17, I8,5.i, Curtis (Jreenwood, of Wohiirn, and had: (1) 
Mary Blake, b. Oct. 28, 18 GO; (2) ileun- Ilumphrc-ys, h. Dec: 
21, 1862; {:i) Alice Elizabeth, b. Jnne 2o, 18(J1; (4) Walter 
Curtis, b. July :i, ISHf,, ,1 Mov. 20. 1«C'J ; (fj) Clarence Everett, 
b. May 17. !8«8, d Sept. II, 18(58. H.dames, b. Nov. 20, 
1833 ; "d. Jan. 2r>, 184!). lii. Henry, h. Dec. 22, 1834; d. Jan. 
15, 18r>0. iT, Kichard Clapp, b. June 10. 183fi; lu. March 5, 
18fi3. Sarah Elizabeth Heals, and ha» : Clarence Blake, boru 
March 2J, 1H73. T, Charles Alfred, b. April 1, 1K38 ; ni. 
April 15, 18B8, Kate J. Mattoun, of Greenticld. IIh graduated at 
Harvanl C<dlege in IHtiU, and from Divinity Scliool. Cambridge, 
July 14, 18(i.3, when he was ordained as Cha]daiii to the 2d 
Mass. Cavalry, and went to Virginia and .staid til! the war was 
over ; during this time, he waa taken jirisoner and confined at 
Macon, Ga., and Cliiirleston, S. C'., from which place he was 
released, and joined his regiment again. Me was installed Nov. 
29, 18(i5, as pastor over the Unitarian Church at Springfield ; 
resigned in January, 1872 ; installed at Frmninghaiu Nov. 2, 
1873. Children : (1 ) Charles Maltoon, b. March 23, I8«'J ; (2) 
Sarah Blake, b. Sept. 17, 1870; (3) Catharine Clapp, b. Aug. 
1, 1873 ; (4) Elizabeth, h. July 23. 1875. vl. Barnard, b. Dec. 
17, 1839; d. June IG, 1841. vii. Martha, h. Feh. 28, 1841; 
d. Feb. 1, 1842. TiJl, Mary Blake, twin sister to Martha, m. 
Dec. 30, 1874, Ahiel S. Lewis, of Fmmingliam. ix, Walter, b. 
July 4, 1842; enlisted August, 1862, iu the 13th Mass. Iteg't; 
d. June 2, 18G4, from effects of a wound receive*! the day pre- 
viou.s. while engaged in raisuig breastworks under the enemy's 
tire at Cold Ilarlior. Va. X. Dexter, b. Sept. 17, 1843; m. 
Juno 24, 18(itt, Maria T. Davis, of Boston, and has : {1 ) Emma 
Louise, h. May 18, 1870; (2) Walter, h. July 14. 1874. xi. 
Catharine, b. March 10, 1845; d. Nov. 21. 184,'). xil. Anna, 
b. April 27, 1846. xlH. James Henry, b. March 6. 1850; m. 
June 15, 1875, Francis Wilson Lewis, of Frandngham. 
3G2. Lemuel DEXTEn,' b. Nov. 4, 1810; d. Nov. 13, 1H44; m. Nov. 
St), !83<), Abigail H. Eaton, of Franiiugham. He was in the 
tanning business with his father, and was the inventor of an ui- 
geiiious furnace for burning tan. He lived in Cta[)p I'lace, near 
the tan-yard, where he died after a long and [lainful illness, which 
waa borne with patience and Christian resignation. Chihlren: 
363. Afary Jimeline," b. Oct. 19, 1837 ; d. Aug. 23, 1838. 
804. John Dexter,* b. Sept, 10, 1839. Dealer in Sewing Machines, 
in Winter Street, Boston, and now living in West SomerviUe, 
Ma.s8. Married, Jan. 7, 18G5, Caroline A. Lowe, and has : 
i. Adeline Amjusta* h. in Dorchester, Oct. 1, 1861;. ii, 
E<lward Lowe* h. in Dorchester, Feb. 17, 1869. Ui. fValter 
Blake* b. in Somerville, Aug. 9, 1875. 



365. Emma Mary* b. Sept. 18, 1842 ; m. June 7, ISfiS, Dr. Frnnda 

F. Brown, of Reading, Mass., and had tlvree cliildren : Mabel 
Franceii, b. June 24, 1866; Edward Dexter, h. Aug. 14, 
186'j : Wilfred Rogers, b. Jane 29, >B72. All b Reading. 

366. Abby Caroline,* b. July 17, 1844. 

867. Mart,' b. April 2, 1812; d. Nov. 24, 1821. 

368. Richard,' b. Jan. 27, 1814; m. Jan. 12. 1842, Caroline, dan- of 

Jacob Bird, of Dorchester. He was a tanner, ami afterwards a 
carpenter. Hii wife Caroline d, Feb. 5, 1858, and he m. second, 
Marrh .'31, 1859, Eunice Emily Holden. He died Aug. 20. 
18(Wj, age«l 52 years, 6 montlis. 

369.,' 1». Nov. 26, 1815 ; m. July 14, 1851, Deacon Henry 

Humphreys, hujibaiid of her deceased sister Sarah B., and resides 
in the place in Dorchester where she lived and die<L 

370. Rkuecca,' twin sister of Catharine, b. Nov. 26, 1815; d. March 

13, 1817. 

371. Reuecca,' b. .Sept. 4, 1817; m. Nov. 25, 1844, William Bhvkc 

Trask, b. in Dorchester, Nov. 25, 1812. BIr. T. was by trade a 
cabinefrmaker, but for the past thirty years has devoted much 
time to historical un'l antiquariau researches ; was an early 
and active member of the Dorchester Antiquarian and Histori- 
cal Society, and also of the New England Historic-Genealogical 
Society; was historiographer of the latter from 1862 to 1867, 
has edited several volumes of its quarterly Register, and has 
contributed to tbe pages of that work, at various times from 
its first issue, a large amount of valuable matter. He aided 
Mr. S. G. Drake in preparing the notes to his History of Boston, 
Gen. Sumner in the preparation of his History of East Boston, 
and as one of the Committee of Publication of this Memorial 
h:i8 rendered valuable assistance in completing its family records. 
Mr. T. has been a member of the School Committee in DorcJies- 
ter ; was an Assistant Assessor there in 1850. He bnilt a house 
in Clapp Place, in 1844, where they resided ten years. Subse- 
(|uently, for seventeen years, they lived in the old CijJt. Lemuel 
Clapp house, in Willow Court, with Catharine and Rel»ecca 
Clapp (Nos. 247-8), aunts to Mrs, T., where they continued 
until Catharine's death, in 1872, but now reside in the brick 
house on Pond .Street, built and occupied by the father of 
Mrs. Trask- They have no children. 
372. Alfkkd,"' b. April t». 1819; m. Oct. 10, 1843. Elinor M. Cain, b. 
iSept. 24, 1H20, dau. of Zechariah and Charlotte Cain, of Dor- 
chester. Is a cubiuetrmaker by trade, and lives in Dorchester. 
Children : 

373. CharlutU Eliza Chapman* b. Oct, 5, 1844. 

374. Ernest Alfred,* b. July 15, 1846; m. Oct. 26, 1871, ElizaAna 

Eveleth. They have Afary Elinor,^ I.. Nov. 13, 1873. 

375. Eugene Dnvis* b. Jan. 12, 1848 ; d. Jan. 21, 1848. 

376. Jiichard Dexter? b. Jan. 2y, 1853. 

377. Martha,' b. April 27, 1821 ; m. June 28, 1852. Stephen, son of 
Stephen (No. 1 18) and llaiiiiuli (llumplin'vs) Clapji. of Dorches- 
ter. He is a carpenter, and they live in Doirheiiter, without issue. 

878. Et.isHA,'' b. Sejit. 20, 1H22; m. April 8, 1851, Martha, b. Dec. 
24, 1827, dau. of Daniel and Sally (Ward) Johnson, of Warwick, 


Mnas. lie was first a currier, then an eiigraver, but afterwarilH 
purchased a farm hi Gill, Mass., where he has since lived aud 
successfully followed the cultivation of his grounds. Children : 

379. Wulier Kliskn,' h. Feb. 22, 1867. 

380. WKHe liic/iard," b. Nov. 8, 1872 ; d. Jan. 28, 1873. 

381. Mauv,' b. Aug. 16, 182i5 ; m. June 28, 1852, Charles Frederic 

Weis, b. Aujif. 1, 1820, in Offenbacli, Germany. He belongs to 
the firm of Weis & Zoebisch, who keep a fur and umbrella Btore 
on Wiishington Sti-eet, Boston. He lives in Dorchester, aud has 
five children : Anna Lora, b, Jan. I, 185.0 ; Mary Bhiku, b. Aug. 
11, 185f>; Charles Frederic, b. Dec. 8, 1839, d. Aug. I'J, 1860; 
Richard Clapp. b. Aug. 4, 1863; Johan Peter Carl, b. Feb. 20, 
1 8<')(;. Sir. W. is one of the executors on the estate of Aiuasu 
ClapiJ (No. 230). 

382. Jauics Blake,' b. Sept. 9, 1828; i Aug. 6, 1829. 


JOSEPH' (Joseph,' Joseph,* Ebenezcr,' Nathaniel,* Nicholas'), 
oldest cliiid of Joseph and first wifo Abifrail (Glover) Clapp, was 
born ill Dorchester, Aug. 10, 1774, and died June 14, 1852. IJe 
married, March 24, 1706, Betsey Tileston, who waa born Dec. 22, 
1776. He lived in Centre Street, in Dorchester, a few rods east of 
the meeting-house of tlie Second Church. He wa.s for twenty-four 
years one of the Assessors of the town, was most of that lime chair- 
man of the Board, and waa chosen hy iiis townsmen Representative 
to the General Court. He waa a man wliota his neighbors, when 
dying, often selected as a guardian for their children, or as admin- 
istrator of their estates. Mr. C. was eminently a man of peace, and 
was not uiifrequently called upon as a settler of disputes. Ue was 
one of the sixty-four original members of the Second Chtrrcfi in Dor- 
clioatcr, Jan. I, 1808, Rev, John Codman* pastor, having {»reviously 

• Ret. John Codman, D.D., wm bom In Boston, Aug. 3, 1782. He was son of Hon. 
Jobn (JrjUnmii and Marg^irot Kuivwll 1il« wife, gruiidi^on of John, ofCliurlestown, and givat- 
gniiidMin of C«p[. John, who t«nie lo an uticimi'ly end by iK-ing poi.vunud by his ihrce iiL-gro 
slaves aboiu tlie middle ofilie 18lh ceiiniry. It i.-< rfcurijcd liy llie Itiojiraphcr of Rev. Dr. 
C. that one of thcac sIbvcs wns fxeciitid fur his crinio on the nortli<Tly sitjo of the Cain1>ri<ipo 
rodd, AlH)ut a quarter of u tnile sIkivc the )itniniiulii,Rnil that unotbcr, a fcnuilo, was burned 
at the stukc, wljoiit ten yanis from the ^alluw»! — the only iiistatR-o, It f» siiid, in the history 
of tliis iHiuntry, of that method of |itmifihiiieiit unil«r the nuiiiority of the Inw. Dr. Codninn 
gni'luuied ut liiirvard Colleuo in ISOi, studied for tiic minihtry under tUo Rev. Henrj' Wsre, 
then of HinKhiiin, and in iHUt cmlmrked for Earope, to Hni^li h)r< theological sitidiea there. 
After !<|iendiii|>; three yeiiri! aiiroiid, he returned homi', and in August, I80S, first preiicbed 
lo tlie Second Chiin'li in Dorclienfer, then recently orguni/,ed, tlieir new tiRttltiK-lioiiM 
having' hecn dediejited OlI. 30, ISOfi. He was ordnined paslor uf this ehnreh Dec. 7, Ifli.g, 
tlio ilev. Dr. Clianiiing (from wlioin lie very soon after £c|)nrated in theoloKkal l>elief) 
preaehinjt the onilnation bermon. In al>oiu a year nl'ter Iii.^ settlement, c-oininenred itie 
fxleliratcd cunU'oversy t)Ctwecn him iind innny mcmber.s of tlie parish, widch iHHtcd for 
three ycnr<), t)iit tieithcr the iiierittt nor tilt: details of wliieh can be here entered into. In 
1824, an interesting journey by Dr. C. nnd Ins wife wtis made to the State of Gcorgiii, inclad- 
iiipa Sunday jMissed ar Midw'iiy, nmouit the descendant* of the [yopic of Dortliester who 
emigrated thence in l6Qi. They then tooic pnswiKe for Europe, returning liome the next 
year. Two other visits to Kurop<! were afterwardrt made liy ]>r. C. The position attained 
by Dr. Codman as pastor of the Second Church, and an a leading and able niiijistcr in the 
dcnoiniiiiition to \v'|jieh he helonKed, wim elevated, and his death, whitdi took place Dec. 23, 
I&17, in hia (kith year, was much Inincnted. 



united with the First Cborch. He was chosen Deacon, Feb. 1 7, 
1808, wbich office he held Until hid death. " He is remembered as 
*R homble-minded Christian, with child-like faith, quiet but firm, 
loving all and himself beloved, and deeply interested in the troth 
and cause of Christ. In the church, he was active by labors and 
prayers. He lived to see all his children (save two who died in 
early life) gathered into the Christian fold." He had a cancer on his 
hand when advanced in life, and his arm was amputated July 14, 
1847. Spared to a (lood old ase, he felt tliat his work was done, 
and he was ready to depart His funeral sermon was from a text of 
his own selection, which all felt truly to express his spirit.: — " Thou 
wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Thee, be- 
cause he trusteth in Thee.'' 

Children of Joseph and Betsey (Tileston) Clapp: 

383. FANsr Tilestos.^ b. Aug. 8. 1796; d. July 24, 180.3, aged 7 yrs. 

384. Betsey,^ b. May 3, 1 7d9 ; m. May 3, 1820, Thomas Hancock, who 

went to sea ui 1834, and has never sioce been heard bom. They 
had no cliililreu. .She d. Dec. 12, 1863. 

385. JosF.i'H,^ b. July 6, 1801. He was a cabinet-maker, and lived in 

the house built by his father on Washington Street, next on the 
north to the meeting-house of the Second Parish ChurcL In 
Jauuary, 184C, he was chosen Deacon of tbechurdi (the Secxmd 
in the town) so long under the charge of the Rev. Dr. Cothnan, 
and now under tliat of his successor, the Rev. .Tumes H. Means, 
D.D.* In 1874, he was released from active service, on ac- 
count of feeble health. Wliile strength continued, he was a 
faithful, useful officer of the church, highly esteemed by all. 
For many years, he le<l in singing at all the chapel services, 
from which he was rarely absent. He m. in 182G, Louisa 
Adams. Children : 
380. L^juim Ann* b. Aug. 13, 1827. 

387. Jof^h Warren' h. Sept. 13, 1830. 

388. Marin Almira* b. Jan. 28, 1833. 

389. Cornelius,^ b. Dec. 30, 1834; killed instantly. May, 1875, by 
a railroad train of cars running over him while trying to 
step from the platform of the car while in motion. He had 
been in hastiness in Jamaica Plain .as a tinsmith about twenty 
years ; was an energetic man, long ci>uriecte«l with the fire 
department, an<l much resjiected. He left a family of five 

890. Mart/ Ellen* b. Aug. 21, 1839. 

* Rer. Jnmes H Mcanii, D.D., was liom la Boston, Dec. 13, 1S73. He was the con of 
JiiinOH nnd Janniia Monti8. He gnKliiiitcd nt Hiirviird CoIIpj^c in 1843, and at Andovor 

TliC''li)KH-nl Scmiiinry in 1847. Retfivini; a Ciill to settle in the miriihtn at Dordiester, ho 
wiiM ordrtiiied July 13, 1818. Boforo ilio di'atli, In 1817, of Kcv. Dr. Cotlnmn, who Imd long 
lieen Ihu inlnl^tcrof tiic Second Chiir<'li there, Mr. McanK wa.« the itindiUntc uf his ehoice 
as lUCceHMyr lo lilm in the pa'itontl otHco. Hnw well lie bus fullilled the expectations and 
made good the iilaco of his predecessor, l.s attested by IdH long, haniiuniatiR and Buccejwful 
contiriuii«ne In the offii-c to which he was then uminimoimly cliuseti. In 1873, the ciiurtb 
cvlolimtcd the 'lM\i anniversary of IiIk f^cttlemcnt, which was an occasiun of jrrcat interest 
and llic intcrchjiiiKe of mutual love and c'teem. Pr. Means ha.' lwi^^e viititcd Europe 
since his ordination. For scvcnil yoiirg he was one of tlie school cuinniittee of the town. A 
serinon l)y hitn, delivered tjcforc tils own {leoplc Dec. 26, 1861), was puhlisihed, nnd contains 
muL-h ititerestliig historical iiuuior, mure i>aiticuUi ly In regaiU to the churches in OorchMter. 



391. FxKKY TiLESTON,' 1). Jlarch 3, 1804 ; d. Sept. 22, 1823. 

392. Hanxah,' b. Aug. 2fi, 1806; m. in 1828, Charles GuUd, a gold- 

beater ill Boston. He ilied in 1846. 
893. Haiiuiet,' b. Oct. 13, 1808; d. Aug. 17, 1817. 

394. SoPiHA SuEKBUKKE,' h. Nov. 24, ISIO; in. April 2, 1850, 

Samuel Albert llobinson, b. in Brookline, Oct. 17, 1809. They 
live in Brookline, and have children, Louise S., and J. Albert. 

395. John Codmax,' b. iu Dorchester, April 5, 1813. lie is the 

general agent of an Insurance ConipMuy in Boston. lie now 
resides in Chelsea. Me was one of tlie Committee of Arrange- 
ments for the Clapp Mcitings at Northampton and in Bonton, 
and has assisted iu preparing this family record for the Memorial. 
lie m. first, Sept. 15, 1841, Lucy A. Blake, who d. Oct. 8, 1807. 
He tn. Hccoud, iu 1870, Sirs. Elizabeth W. Teuney, of Chelsea. 
Chihiren by first wife : 

396. £mma hadore,* b. Dec. 15, 1843; m. May 12, 1868, Edward 

P. Brown, who passed a throe years' service, and attained 
the rank of Major, in the War of the Rebellion. He was on 
Gen. BuTDsido'a staff, and also on that of Gen. Ilartrantf, now 
Governor of Pennsylvania. He is now a lawyer in Boston. 

397. Herbert Codrnan/ b. Jan. 31, 1846; graduated at Harvard 

College in 18ti7, and at the Harvard Meilical .School in 1870. 
Is now a pliysician in Boston. 
898. Arthur Htihe* b. ,June 11, 1851 ; graduated at Harv. College 

in 1S74, and is a lawyer in Boston. 
399. Austin Phelps* b. July 1, 1853; is a hardware merchant m 
400. James Otis,' b. March 4, 181 ft; d. Aug. 24, 1849. He removed 
to North Bridge water, and m, Oct, 5, 1840, Lucia, daughter of 
Eliphalet and Zilpah (Edson) Kingman, of that place. Very 
Boon after his marriage, he took up his residence in Boston, 
where be lived, and for several years kept a store, in Prince 
Street. After liis decease, his wife m. second, Oct. 8, 185ft, 
Henry, son of Matthew Snell, of North Bridgewater, being his 
second wife; he d, Nov. 11. 1865. Children of James Otis': 

401. Men Atujvsia,' b. Aug. 5, 1842; d. Aug. 23, 1843. 

402. Otis Francis,' b. Sept. 20, 1843 ; is a civil engineer iu Provi- 

dence, R. I. 
408. George FrmikHn* b. Aug. 8, 1845. 

404. Albert Hermim," b. June II, 1848 ; d. same day. 

405. Eliza Moore,' b. Feb. 18, 1851 ; d. June 14, 1851. 

406. Hakkiet SiiKunnRNE,' b. July 10, 1818; m. as a se^-ond wife, 

Sc]»t. 1, 1853, Withingtou, Treasnrei' of Brookline. Mr. 
W.'s first wife was Jaiio Clapp (No. 173). 

407. Samuel Worckstek,' b. Sept. 3, 1821 ; wa.s a cabinet-maker by 

trade, and lived in Bridgewater. He m. A]>ril 30, 184.3, Mary 
Gary, of North Bridgewater, b. Dec. 4, IS'23 ; subsequeutly, he 
settled as a merchant and manufacturer in Boston, aud now 
carries on extensively the stove, range and furnace business, un 
Blackstone Street, where he has occu])ied (he same store for the 
last twenty-live years. He was actively engaged in both th« 
Clapp Family Gatherings. 




ASAHEU (licubcn," Amhcl," John* John' Nathaniel* Nkhaivs- ), 
oldest sou of Reuben and Hepzibah (Gates) Clapp, was born in 
Hubbardston, Ma»i;., OcL 5, 1792, and died in New Albany, Ind., Dec. 
n, 18G2. His father's family moved, when be was quite young, to 
ilontgoinery, Vt. Ho chose tlie profession of medicine, in every- 
tliing relating to which prolession be soon became a devoted stndent 
and an accurate observer. He was also very much attached to the 
study of tlie natural sciences, and his attainments in it were great. 
He moved to New Albany, Ind., early in the year 1817, and in seek- 
ing inforujation in his favorite studies, he visited several portions 
of Southern Ituliana and Northern Kentucky. His collections of 
geological and botanical specimens were quite as large as any in the 
State. A large part of the former is now at Yale College, credited 
to him. When on his second visit to this countrj', Sir Charles Lyell 
visited him, and obtained valuable information from him in regard 
to the fossils of the Falls of the Ohio and viciaity. He was chair- 
man of the Committee on Indigenous Medical Botany and Materia 
Medica for 1850-51, appointed by the American Medical Associa- 
tion, and presented to that body a report which was j)ublislied in the 
5th Volume of its Transactions. The report is a very valuable one, 
and was the result of much labor. He married first without issue; 
married second, Jan. 31, 182*2, Mrs, Elizabeth, widow of Nathaniel 
Scribner, who was one of the family that laid out the city of New 
Albany, Indiana. She was born in Bath, N. H., June 5, 1792, and 
died Aug. 15, 1872. Dr. J. L. Chandler, of St. Albans, Vt., who was 
a fellow-pupil of Dr. Clupp, under the tuition of the father of the 
furnier, Dr. Benjamin Chandler, furni.shed to the Buston Medical and 
Surgical Jourwa/ of Fel>. 12, 1865, the following interesting par- 
ticulars resjjcctiug the early habits and traits of character of his 
associate : 

"When," he says, "Asjihel Clapp presented himself to my father, he 
must have been not far from 20 years of age. He was in the rougli garb 
of ft liackwoodsman, and anmiuiiced his wish to commence the study of 
medicine forthwith. It wa.s tlie custom of country physicians in those early 
days to receive pupil."i, Iwardiug, and sometimes clothing them, tnisting to 
their future ]vrofeBsionftl success for remuneration, fie signilied his wish to 
discharge liis pceutiiary obligations as they accrued, by labor on the farm, 
or in any employment, luy father might furnish. He had travelled some 
thirty niile.s on foot, from a new settlement among the mountains, where be 
had resi<led froni early childhood, and where iiis ardor in the pursuit of 
knowledge must have been kindlerl. Yet his training had all been etfected 
ill the rougli and brief terms of the district school of that pioneer period 
and mountainous region, usually taught by backwoodsmen them.selves. His 
bearing was indicative of intelligetice and good sense — of solidity rattier 
than brilliancy. My father wa.s quick to discover and appreciate talent, and 
watched its development with the gusto of an epicure. He acce<led to 
young Clapp's terms at once. It was during my own pupilage, and though 



the only advantage I could claim over him was a superficia.] smattering of 
Latin, I affected profound amazement at his temeritj hi presuming to enter 
upim the stud)' of merlicine with so little prej>aratton, especially with the 
draw-Liacka ou his time by the undiffnitied employment of 'his own hands ' 
ill eateriiig fi>r his daily support. My father replied to this sage announce- 
ment of my sentiments toward my fellow-jmpil, that I should soon l>e re- 
lieved from the burdeu of such regrets, by finding myself amply employed 
in following at a respectful distance my fellow-student's lead in the acquisi- 
tion of knowledge. BIy impartial and sagacious father's prediction was 
ruefully veritied. 

" With no special claims to geniu3» lie had intellectual strength, and an 
iron will to do what he purposed; the true secret, no doubt, of s»iccess iu 
every department of human pursuit. His work was diligently to study aud 
understand the elementjiry books in medicine, prescribed by his preceptor; 
his pastime, the entire fulfilment of his contract with my father, by labor on 
the farm; still leaving him many fragments of time, which were successfully 
employed in gleaning items of knowledge from any source which might 
facilitate the study of bis prtd'essiou. We lodged in a room adjoining my 
father's study, and while my own slumbers were protracted through the 
early morning hours, he was up betimes, rsinsiicking the bookshelves and 
makitig himself familiar with every writer who might, directly or indirectly, 
solve the que^iions perpetually rising in his active mind. May I he indulged 
in relating a laughable incident, yet really indicative of his indomitable 
porpoae to put every opinion an<l every theory in science to the proof? He 
had taken up a small work oa electricity — and though the subject was en- 
tirely new to him. he had, iu a very short time, made himself familiar with 
all the book contained. Some question was started between us in regard 
to the ilifftTcnt degrees of susceptibility which the sleeping and waking 
condition of the human system might manifest to tlie inHuenco of electricity. 
At the time. I little suspected his purjiose to improve my own bad habit of 
6lB0|)iiig in the early hours, for the benefit of science ; but tlie very uoxt 
nmnaiig. I waked to find myself the victim of a tremendous dose of light- 
ning, adroitly administered hy my fellow-student while I slept. He had 
skilfully arranged my fother's electrical apparatus by the bedside, and given 
me a dose which satisfied me at least that somnolence was uo security 
against forked lightning." 

Dr. Chandler adds, with regard to his knowledge of Dr, Clapp in 
his later years : 

" During a short visit to Vermont some two years since, when I had the 
pleasure of renewing our acquaintance, I found him still the same enthusi- 
astic and diligent student. He was at that time so absorbed in microscopic 
inquiries, that he hardly allowed himself time for the ho.spitalities and 
enjoyments which relatives aud old friends were anxious to offer him. 
Indeed, his travelling outfit seemed to consist mainly of lenses and other 
apparatus appropriate to the unremitting labor which, at home or abroad, 
he made the great business of his life. He was eminently distinguished 
in and in New Albany, the city of his early adoption, was no less 
honored for his professional skill than for his public spirit and his hearty 
cooperation in every humane enterprise." 

Children of Asahel and Elizabeth (Scribner) Clapp, of New- 
Albany, lud. : 



408. William Auocstds,' b. In New Albany, Ind., Oct. 29, 1822. lie 

studied medicine and practised with his father until hitt death. 
He is unmarried, and lives with his sister Mary Eliza'ieth in the 
old homestead where they were born. 

409. Theodoke Franklin," b. May 7, 1824; d. Aug. 3, 1826. 

410. John Edmonds,^ b. Nov. 14, 1825 ; d. June 29, 1836. 

411. Franklin TnEODORK," b. April 7, 1827; d. Sept 6, 1828. 

412. Esther Elizabeth,* b. April 1.^, 1829 ; d. July 17, 1830. 

413. ASAHKL,' b. July 18, 1830; d. July 17, 1832. 

414. Mart Elizabeth,* b. Nov. 22, 1832; is living unm. with her 

brother William A. in the old homestead at New Albany. 

On the completion of the genealogical record of the four original 
and co-temporarj Clapp emigrants to Dorchester, New England — 
viz., Roger, Edward, Thomas and Nicholas — it is interesting to note 
the relative number of the descendants of each, in connection with 
the different localities occupied by them. While there is not a 
descendant of Roger in the male line remaining in Dorchester, his 
numeroas progeny, making Nortliampton their base, have diffused 
themselves throughout New York State, and thence to the west 
The descendants of Thomas, also now nearly unknown in Dorchester, 
with Scituate and Dedham as their base spread to the south-west into 
Connecticut, also to the north-east into Maine, and thence directly to 
the west, fe.w settling in New York State. The number of descendants 
of these two must be very nearly equal. On the contrary, Edward 
and Nicholas and their descendants remained located in Dorchester, 
making that town and their family name almost a synonymous term. 
The line of Edward is now extinct in the male lino in Dorchester, 
and almost so elsewhere ; and the descendants of Nicholas do not 
number one-half of those of Roger and Thomas, as shown in the con- 
secutive numbering in the preceding pages — in point of fact, they 
are much less than one-balf as numerous as those of cither Roger 
or Thomas. Whether or not these results are owing to tiie fact that 
the generations of the latter have received a stimulating infiuence 
from early and frequent removals to fresh scenes and new circles of 
activity, and marriages with diverse branches of the Anglo-American 
settlers, might be an interesting subject of inquiry. 




Scorge CUson €lapp, IE.®. 

" Was born in England, and was educated for the profession of 
medicine ; he possessed an ardent thirst for knowledge, and visited 
most of the countries of Europe, extending his travels through Pal- 
estine and some parts of the Turkish Empire. He visited the Holy 
Sepulchre at Jerusalem, in the character of a pilgrim, the only mode 
in which he could travel in safety. He acquired a knowledge of 
various languages and assumed many of the oriental customs, 
amongst others the habit of chewing opium, of which he became fond 
to excess. He crossed the Red Sea, as also the Black and Dead 
Seas, travelled in Egypt, and returned to his native country after 
having spent nearly twenty years in foreign nations, and expended 
the greater part of a large fortune, in course of his various travels. 
Soon after his return to England, he commenced the practice of 
medicine in London, but the Great Plague breaking out soon after, 
he removed to this country and settled himself in South Carolina, in 
the year 1G6G or 1667, where he resided about two years, and then 
removed to the city of New York. The colony was at tliat time 
under tlie government of Lord Cornberry, with whose advice Dr. 
Clapp settled himself in West Chester Co., about 30 miles from the 
city. He was esteemed one of the most learned men in the colony, 
and such was his reputation in his own neighborhood in this respect, 
that an idea prevailed amongst many of his neighbors that he was 
possessed of some supernatural agency." 

The above is the most authentic of the records of George Gilson 
Clapp, which have been transmitted in different forms in all the 
branches of his descendants. There is evidently in it an anachro- 
nism as regards the connection of Lord Cornbury with Dr. C. It is 
possible that the connection spoken of may have been with the Doc- 
tor's son John* or grandson John.' This discrepancy, however, 
which cannot now be cleared up, does not injure the main points of 
the record. Dr. Clapp is also said to have been of Italian descent, 



but if sucb a tradition has any foundation in fact, it probably amounts 
to nothing more iban that his father may have been a traveller, as 
well as himself, and perhaps married in Italy. 
Child of George Gilson Clapp : 
-f-2. John.' 

2 — 

JOHX' (George Gihov}), son of George Gilson Clapp, the 
traveller, finally of Westchester, N. Y., was probably born before 
hia father settled in this country. Ee no doubt accompanied his 
father to the Caroliuas and thence to Westchester, N. Y., where he 
died. He married, and had a son. 

Child of John Clapp, Senior: 
-f 3. John.' 


JOHN' {John* George Gih&ti'), the son of Jolm Clapp, of 
Westchester, New York, was born either in England or the Caroli- 
nas. Ho may have been the child which tradition tells came near 
being caught by an alligator in South Carolina, an accident which 
induced the family to remove to the less barbarous settlement of 
New York. He passed his life in Westchester Co., and was com- 
monly called "John the second." 

Children of John Clapp (the second) : 

4. Henrt.* 

5. GiLSON.*' 

4-6. John.* 
4-7. Elias.* 

6 — 

JOHN'' (John,^ John,' George Gilson'), son of John Clapp called 
" the second," of Westchester Co., N. Y., lived in or near the same 
place as his father. From the fact that all the branches of his de- 
scendants were identitied with the Society of Friends, it is presumed 
that he, first, brought up his family in this faith. He married, io 
the year 1 713, Eliza Douglas Quimby, and died in Westchester, 
May 10, 1730. 

Children of John and Eliza Douglas (Quimby) Clapp, of 
Westchester, N. Y. : 

-I- 8. JoHN,*b. in 1714; d. May 6, 1778. 
4- 9. James,* b. in 1715. 

-f-lO. Sri.AS,* b. Feb. 27, 1717 ; d. March 19. 1777. 
II. Phebe,* b. Jan. 1, 1710 ; m. Edward llallock. 
-f 12. Thomas," b. Feb. 25, 1722. 



ELIAS* (John,^ John,' George Gihon'), foarth son of Jolin Clapp 
(called tlie second }, and brotber to the prceediug, was boru ia the 
county of Westchester, where it is supposed he married, lived and 
died, though it 13 possible he may have settled in Greenwich, Ct., 
adjacent to New York. 

Children of Euas Clapp; 

-j-13. Joseph." 

14. Benjamin.* 
-J-15. Henry.* 

16. Joiiv." b. Jaa. 25, 1732, in Westcbeater, N. Y., or Greenwich, Ct. 
Wife Phebe, wl»o was b. Aug. 26, ITil. They lived iu Green- 
wich, CL Children : 

17. PAi/ea," b. Feb. 26, 1766. 

18. Allan* b. May 5, 17G8. lie lived in Westchester, N. Y., many 
years, theuco moved to Philadelphiu, where he died. He waa 
Superintendent of the Philadelphia. Hospital for 2') years. 
Allan Clapp was noted for his iiue presence and courtly raaa- 
ners, and waa considered the gentleman of the family, par 
excellence. His son William A*.,' now 7<) years of age, is re- 
sidinn; iu Trenton, N. J. 

19. Mary,^'b. March 14, 1770. 

20. /V/e-fe," b. Nov. 20, 1772. 

21. Jf7//mm,« b. Feb. 14, 1775. 

22. EUzaheth,* b. April 21, 1778. 

23. John? b. near Purchase's or King St., Greenwich, Ct., Aug. 
30, 1781; d. July IC, 1857. He removed to New York 
city about the year 1800; m. and had a sou JoA/t,' who is 
now residing in New York. 


JOHN' {John* John,* John,* George Gilion'), oldest son of John 
and Eliza Douglas (Quimby) Clapp, was born in Westchester Co., 
N. Y., in 1714. He married, Aug. 27, 1735, Alice Allen, of Long 
Island (a lady of property, born in 1711, and died Jan. 3, 1787), 
and moved to Greenwich, Ct., where he pnrchased a large estate, 
and soon afterwards built the house ho lived in, in that town, which 
is more particularly spolceu of in the record of his son Thomas, who 
inherited it. John Clapp, in common, probably, with most of hia 
family at that time, belonged to tiie Society of Friends. In the time 
of the Revolutionary War, some of the Britisli army were stationed 
iu Greenwich, and ifie name of King Street, which divided John's 
farm, is said to have been derived from this circnmstancc. The 
Quakers who lived in the neighborhood were hospitable to the King's 
troops, although they took no sides in the contest, and their farms 
were very much damaged. A tract of land in Ohio was granted by 
the U. S. govcrnmcDt, after the wai-j to those sufierers, and the right 


of John Clapp in this tract, called New Connecticut, was sold many 
years afterwards by his son Thomas. John* died May 6, 1778. 
Children of John and Alice (Allen) Clapp, of Greenwich, Ct: 

24. John," b. Aug. 1, 1736; d. Nov. 14, 1760. 

25. Dorcas,* b. June 27, 1738 ; m. William Sutton and had chUdren, 

all of whom are now dead ; a grandson, Thomas Sutton, is now 
living on part of the estate, and has greatly assisted in procuring 
records of this family. Dorcas* m. second, Francis Nash. 

26. James,* b. May 15, 1740; d. March 12, 1756. 

27. Silas,* b. Feb. 22, 1742; d. Nov. 12, 1760. 

-j-28. Thomas,* b. in Greenwich, Ct., Oct. 6, 1744 ; d. March 1, 1828. 

29. William,* b. Oct. 10, 1746; d. Feb. 22, 1748. 

30. Jesse,* b. April 1, 1748; d. Sept. 18, 1751. 

31. Mart,* b. Feb. 2, 1750 ; m. Joseph Carpenter ; she and eight 

children were living in 1827, but are now all dead. 


JAMES' {John* John,^ John* George Gilson^), brother of the pre- 
ceding, was born in Westchester Co., N. Y., in 1715. Notiiing defi- 
nite is known of his history, excepting that he was a sea-faring man, 
and made voyages to and from the West Indies. An old chest once 
belonging to him is now in the possession of Thomas Sutton, of 
Harrison, N. Y. (spoken of above as grandson of Dorcas Clapp, 
No. 25); and a book of navigation, also the property of James, 
was once in Mr. Sutton's possession. In here considering James* 
as the father of Gilbert Clapp, it can only be said that this is 
strongly probable, no record of such relationship having yet been 

Child (probably) of James Clapp: 

-|-32. Gilbert,* b. about 1740. 


SILAS* (John* John,' John' George G.'), third son of John and 
Eliza Douglas (Quimby) Clapp, of Westchester, N. Y., and brother 
of the preceding, was born in Westchester, N. Y., Feb. 27, 1717. 
He came from New York to Block Island, on a visit, and from there 
went to Warwick, R. I., where ho became acquainted with Mary 
Greene, daughter of John and Mary Greene, and married her. 
She inherited the farm and homestead of her father, and these have 
been occupied by Silas and his descendants to the present day. Silas 
died March 19, 1777. His wife Mary died July 8, 1760, in her 
38th year. The accompanying inventory of his personal estate is 
interesting as a good specimen, probably, of what constituted the 
farming and house-keeping utensils of a well-to-do Rhode Island 
yeoman of a century ago. It is copied verbatim from the original. 



A Trdk akd Perfect Inventory op all the Personal 

Silas Clapp, Esq., late of Warwick, Deceased, 

BY us whose Names are Here Inscribed. 

To Waring aparril, 

Four Threyesirold Stears .... 
. Four Cows and Tliree Calfs 
Fine Two year old liefers .... 
Two Two year old Bulls, and one Two year old Stear 
Four Yearlings, two stears, one hefer and bull 
Four borse Kind ..... 
Thirty Two Sbeep and Thirteen Lambs 
Two Barars hogs and Two Sows and six pigs 
One Cart and Wheals .... 
Two old Plows and Irons .... 
Two loads of hay in Stak .... 
Two harrows with Iron Teath . 
Three Draft Chains and one log Chain 
Three axes and four hoes .... 
Three picliforks and fine Rakes 
One handsaw and sundry other articles 
Three ox yoaks and one cops and pin 
One Grindstone and crank and one Iron bar 
Half of a croscnt Saw .... 
One hundred bushels of Indian com . 
Thirty Two bushels of oats at Two shilling bushel 
Ten bushels of barly and oats Two and niuepcnce 
5J bushels of Rye a 4s. 6d. .... 
Seven Busiiels of flax seed a 6s. 
One hundred and eiglit pounds of Clover Seed Grass 
1 G Quarts of herds Grass Seed 
Eight Barrels Cyder and 4 old hogsheads . 
Three and half Barrels of Porke a lOSs. pr. bbl. 
70 lb. of hogs Lard a 7d. . •. 
16 lb. of Tallow Candles a 9d. 
A Tarce of molassis Coutaiuing Sixty Gallons a 3s. 8d 
Some old Casks and Tubs .... 

One Old Cyder Mill and Press Valued at . 
7(t0 lbs. of Tobacco at Three pence pound 

Soueral old Cask 

One i)air of horse chains and coller and hames . 
One Eight Day Clock Uallued at . . . 
Two higli Case of Draws and one low Case of Draws 

Two Desks 

Seueral old Trunks ...... 

P^our ouil Tables at 

Two Chests and one Stool .... 

Plight Beds and Bedding and seuen Bcdstids 
One Set of Curtins and sundry other articles 
Sum homspun Cloth Uahied at . 

Estate of 

£ s. d. 

13 13 


33 12 6 


12 12 

7 4 


21 3 


7 10 

1 16 


2 2 

1 11) 

13 6 
3 3 

1 1 
3 2 

17 10 . 

3 4 

19 2J 

10 16 

18 18 

2 10 



1 4 

8 ir> 


7 4 

4 4 

1 19 

3 5 

78 5 6 
15 7 

1 13 6 


Amount carried forward £420 19 3^ 



Amount brought forward 
To One Looking Glass with a Gilt frame 

One Looking Glass with a Black Wolnut frame 
Six yeards of Broadofeath and sum small Rem- ) 
nants of other cloth J 

One Watch .... 
. Six Bannerster Back Chears at 
A number of old Chares 
One old Candle Stand 

2 Spining Wheels and one Reel 
One pipe Box .... 

3 pr. hand Irons, 2 pr. Shovels and Tongs, 3 Tramels ) 

and Two Spits and one fender one melting >■ 

Ladle ) 

A pr. Flat Irons 

One Box Iron and 2 heeters 

Sundry Iron pots and Kitles and a Frying pan and ") 

Chafeing Dish and one Tap boreer ) 

Two Brass Kittles .... 
2 Copper Tea Kittles 
One bell mettle Kittle 
A shoe hammer, a pr. pincers and nippers 
4J lb. of Gees Feathers, a 28. 7 Jd. per lb. 
One bag containing said Feathers 
1 1 lb. of hen and Turkey Feathers and Bag contain- > 

ing them ) 

One Flesh fork one Scimmer and Basting Ladle 

2 Tea Canisters, 2 tunels and one Cullindine and ) 

Tin pan \ 

Half Doz. Silver Table Spoone and half Doz. Tea ) 

D". w' 9oz. 15p. Troy j 

Making the above Spoons . . . . , 

One Silver Taiikerd and four poringers, one beer 

Cup and one other Small cup. Eleven Large 

Table Spoons, Twelve Tea ^oons and one pr. 

Clasps, w' 80oz. and 15p. Troy 
The makeing the above Plate .... 
One pr. Silver Shoe Buckels and one Buckle 

3 large puter platters 

15 puter plates ...... 

6 puter platters and four Baysons 5 Spoons 

5 Brass Candle Sticks and one Brass pepper Box 

2 Cases of Knifes and forkes and a number of old ") 

forkes and Knife box ) 

2 meal Sives 

One Raser hone and Strap and Raser Case 

One old pare Scales and one Weight and 3 Iron Scures 

3 pr. Stilyards ........ 

1 Coffey mill 

One Silver Cane head ...... 

10 lb. 6 oz. of old puter a Is. per lb. ... 

£420 19 
3 12 

7 2 


4 10 
1 10 
1 10 


1 2 

4 6 


3 13 

1 13 





3 3 

1 16 

26 18 


7 10 

1 1 

2 14 
1 2 

3 1 
1 1 





1 10 



Amount carried forward £521 16 4 J 







Amount brought forward £521 

To One old "Warming pan 

Old pr. Belloses 

22 Earthen plates 

Sundrey baker Glasgis and other glassis, one Chiney 1 

Bowl one Earthen Bowl, 3 Round bottles, 2 >- 13 6 

Glass flasks ) 

One mettle Teapot, 2 Brass Candlesticks and one ) n k 

Earthen Bowl j 

Sundry Glassis and 2 Glass Canisters, 2 Vinegar ) 7 

Cruets I 

Sundry Read Earthen pans and pots 
Sundry Trays and 2 milk pales .... 

One Box Containg Some Sugar .... 

One pr. Temple Specticles and one puter Ink Stand . 

1 Cheese and 2 Butter Tubs and Sundrey other articles 
One Loom Slay and other Tackling .... 

2 Stone gugs, 2 Case Bottles, Sundry other bottles ) 

and Vials ) 

4 Baskets 

A pr. Cards 

2 old Sadies and one Bead Stead .... 
2 Side Sadies, one a 60s. the other a 90s. . 

One Chest 

A Quantity of flax and Toe, also Toe and Lining yam 
Seven Notes of hand amounting to ... . 


94 lb. of Raw hides, a 3d. 

One Taned and one new Calf Skin . ' . 

One Taler's Goos 

Puter Bread pan 

221b. of Flax, 10 1b. of itbacheled .... 

A Parcel of Books ....... 

Two Bridels 

Taking the 28th June, A.D. 1777. 
Thomas Remington, 
William Matteson. 

One Cow Bell 8 

Ballance Rec'd of John Reynold . . 12 9 

1 Looking Glass black walnut Frame . 14 

£718 14 2i 

The Council Approved and Accepted of the Above Liventory the 28th 
day of June A.D. 1777. 

Per Order J. Jbbauld, Coun' Clerk. 

Entered June the 30th, 1777. 






1 11 


1 16 






1 7 

7 10 


10 6 

145 3 


6 8 

1 3 





1 7 



£716 9 




CLildren of SrLAS and Mary (Greene) Clapp, of Warwick, R. I. : 

33. John,* b. May 14, 1754; m. Aug. 31, 1775, Anne Waterman, of 
Coventry, who was b. May 27, 1748. lie d. Sept 19, 1817, in 

his G4tli year. She d. Sept. 19, 1844, In her 97th year. 

34. Silcu,' b. Aug. 29, 177C ; ni. Sylvania Andrew. He d. Oct. «, 

18.53, in his 78th year. Children: i. 7?av,* m. Ann E. 
Cleveland, of Providence, R. I., an<l had : ( 1 ) Gforg^* m. Sa- 
rah Gray, of Newport. R. I., and has a dau. Anue E.^"; (2) 
Men J/..-» (3) Elizabeth ;* (4) Anne B.;" (5) TI,omn»? ra. 
Saliiia Shaw, of Providence, and has a d.iu. Floreiutt JU?" 
fi. Creene," m. Juliet, tlau. of Thomas and Mary (Snellin-j) 
Fletcher, of Providence. Children : ( 1 ) Mntihla M. ? 
(2) WUUam <?..-" (3) 7iYm«or /V m. Nathan Smith ; (4) 
Marjf Siielliriff,^ m. John Sweet, and had two children ; (.5) 
Sarah 1).,'' ni. John C. Sanborn, and had A Hun. and are 
now living in Durolifster District, Boston. iii, P/te/x'* m. 
George .leidcs. of Providence, and had two children. Iv. Ira,' 
m. Margaret lirown ; no issue. V, Mtvy,^ m. William H. 
Dyer, and had a son, William H., Jr. vl, Elizabeth,'^ d. Oct. 
25, 1832, in her 16th year. 

35. M<in/ Greene,'' h. Aag. 30, 1778; d. unm. Feb. 11, 18G8, in 

lior 9()th year. 

36. John Greene,'' h. Aug. 8, 1780; d. Nov. 21, 18G2, in his 84ih 

year. lie m. Catharine Godfrey, and setlle<l in Abington, 
Conn., and his whole family still remain there. Children : 
I, Mnry A.,* ra. John Lyon, being his second wife, after the 
decease of her sister Almira, his first wife. ii, Almira,^ m. 
John Lyon, of Conn., and had two children. ill, Gudfrey} 
\\, Neheiniiih R.? m. Eliza Auldrich, and has : ( 1 ) John G.? 
who m. Emma Ch.ipman ; {'!) S<ir<ih C. r> (3) Elfeu L.:' (4) 
Mary.* V. Snrah N." tI. Auflrt/ S.» xU. John W.,* was 
in the 18th Conn. Reg't three years, iluring the War of ihe 
llelifllion, and returned without wounds; m. Olive Holt, and 
has: (1) George L.;^ (2) Thvor>m S. ^ (.S) Catharine C. f 
J4) Anne L.? {J}) John T?. ;» (f») Eurrin \\'at,-rm,iu? 

37. ThoTMis^ b. IMarch 2«, 1782; d. Oct. 7, 1828, in his 47th 

year. He ni. Hannah Smith, who d. Aug. l.">, 18.j7, in her 
69th year. Children : i. Jiimeg IL* is a dealer in boots ami 
shoes in Holyokc, Mass.; m. Ruth A. Cogshall, and had one 
child, Thomas IL^ who d. Aug. 16, 1853, in his lOth year. 
ti« Susan A.," m. William M. Urown, and liad three children. 

38. yliin«,' b. Sept. 6, 1784; is still living in the old honicstead 

where she was born, and where her life .so far has been sjienu 
She is still in tolerable health, patient and cheerful, and her 
fllst birth-day was celebrated by a small parly of friends. 









Sept. 0, 1S75. She w,ir then able to como down Btaire from 
hor chamber to met^t licr tVieuils. 

39. William.' b. 24. ITmi; ; m. in 1820, Mary Roynolits, who is 
still liviijf^, 11. 78. He hit'l ti(i issue. Ho died mucli rospecled, 
in his 88tli y<?ar, Oct. 31, 187;^. Much ii)f(jriniitioii was ob- 
Uiin€-fl fnjtu liim for these anrals. The foliovvin-s; is taken from 
a local paper: " Dying in Warwick, in liis HHth year, lie sel-l 
•lom, in all ll>at time, went iKjyonil the limits of his native 
State, ami perhaps no man, in the communities where he has 
Hpent his long fife, was more generally known. If we search 
for the causes of his prominence, wo nuiy find them in his 
fitronj», positive nature, and in his sturdy nprightnes.s, which 
nex'er. in all his !oii<i life, allowed him Ui do wrong to any 
one, so that he has lived nearly uinefy years wilhout a stain 
u|ujn Ilia name. ThoHO who knew Jiim best, knew also, how 
tender and kiml-hearted he, and how a deed of cruelty or 
ojipression would make liis indignation break out m a torrent. 
For perhaps forty years, he was book-keeper in a Centre- 
ville mainifacuriiig eittabliBhment, and though his sjilary 
Wits small, habits of strict f)ersonal economy enabled him to 
save the foundation of a competence. In liis earlier years 
there, it was his custom to lend hi.« annual l^aviugs to his 
employers; but after a few years, they refused longer to keep 
liis money, fearing, perhaps, he would soon own the establish- 
ment. Though not technically an educatetl man, his strong 
common sense and keen observation brought him fruits which 
scholars may well desire. Perhaps no man more than he bus 
proved the worth of a few strong instincts and a few plain 

40. Waterman^ b, April 18, 1788; m, Eliza TVoodward, of Provi- 
dence, vvhi> tl. March 22, 182G, in her Jl.^d year. He is still 
living in llie old hoinestea<l at Warwick, R. I., with his sister 
Anna and his two daogbters. Wateriuaii is of the third 
generation of the name who have occupied the house and very 
extensive farm behmging to the original owner, John Greene. 
When the bouse waa built it was of otie story, with only a 
kitchen, ln-droom and closet ; another story and L were after- 
wards added, which, with an addition on the west end, and 
another still later on the east end, entirely modernize it as 
com|)arcd with its original a[ipearnnce. The inside of the 
bouse, however, still retains an ancient aspect, being stoek?)l 
with many old an<l interesting articles of furniture and house- 
hold utensils, silver, chinn and pewter dishes, a watch, clock,* 

• The eiglit-iby dock, mentioned in tlie inventory of Silas, in 1777, and llicrc vnlned at 
£21, is still riinniiig und in Watt'rnmu's possossion. Some of tlie oliler monibcrs of ilio 
family were told, In tlicir younger ycurs. the story of the piirt'hnso of tliis i-lock from tlio 
iiroi'ceds of (he side of ftii ox niitiicd " Oolilen." A worthy old colored womnn in the funii- 
ly, ealled Binah, was frenucDtly in tbe tialilt, when iho clock struck, of saying, "Old ' Ool- 
(ieii ' roars." 

One large gcntlcmiin's clmir, witli a moilcm ont»idc Anisli, but having on it the date 
of 1(>94, is now in use in tlits linnse iiml n'oiiki Ije an ornninmit to any pnrlur. It lias a 
Inrge, loiir-i-ornered seiil, none of the comers liting rounded, and one of tliem directly in 
front, the unjointed sotiil piece of wood which coniposeN tlic nnns licingalsoungiilar t>ehind 
and sonievvlittt |irojcclinp, and tiio whole tttting neatly into rlie iwrner of the room. — Also an 
elegant dining tabic, the centre or Ktationary part a foot iu width and four feet long, uod 





&c. &c, belong-ing to and transtnittetl witli tlie old house.^ 
Not many rods from tlii! house is the family cemetery, a 
square lot leas than a quarter of an ucre, surrounded by a 
solid Htone wull, in excellent couditioii. It has no interments 
previous to that of Silas in 1777. A well-proportioned mon- 
nmeut of Italian marble, of recent constructiou, with a shaft 
of about eight feet, is cons])icuous, and may be seen at a 
distance outside. On its four sides are the names of: ALiry 
G., d. Feb. 11, 18G8, in her 90th year; William, d. Oct. 31, 
1873, in his 88th year; Marcy, d. Dec. 9, 1873, in her 82d 
year; Anna [now living, aged 91, and mentioned above 
as residing in the house near by]. Marble stones and 
epitiqihs to the memory of others of the family are around, 
and headstoues mark the places of interment of faithful ser- 
vants (black and white, including old Binah, mentioned below) 
who have died in the service of the family. On a recent visit 
to this most interesting homestead, by one of the committee ou 
the publication of this Memorial, no spot awakened such deep 
emotions as this sacred inclasure. Mr. Waterman Cl.ipp 
attended the Ciapp Gathering at Boston, in 1873. Children : 
I, John,* d. unm. Sept. 4, 187U. in his 5 1 st year. ii. Anne A. 
If.," m. Stephen Tiffany, of Conn., and h:is a child. Hi, 
Marcy S. IF.," lives with her father in the old homestead. She 
has furnished much valuable information for this Memorial. 
Iv, Mary M, (?.," also at home with her father. 
Marcy,'' b. May 19, 1792, lived to her 82d year, and was uni- 
versally e8teeme<l by all who knew her for her quiet, womanly 
(pialitics. She d. unm. Dec. 9, 1873, and the funeral services 
wore conducted by Mrs. Medcr, Mrs. Charles Earle and Mrs. 
Huldah Bede, all appro ve<l ministers of the Society of 
Friends ; the former, in her 82d year, delivered a very accepta- 
ble discourse on the ocausion. The following obituary is takeu 
from a Khode Island paper: 

"Marcy was imiocent, humble, patient, and possessed the 
kitul of love that knew u» evil. So unassuming and so un- 
obtrusive we should look for a higher virtue than dwells in 
ordinary hearts. She lived by faith in the Gospel, and her 
very nature was temperized with a mildness and serenity that 
flows only from that source. Kind and generous, she was a 
friend to the ])oor and destitute, and her hand was ever open 
to relieve their wants. Possessed of strong mental powers 
and a retentive memory, she held in her min<l many of thu 
events of the family, the neighhorliood, and the country, antl 
it was interesting to listen to her rehearsals of them. The 

the hia^d or rnlHrig louveg Inrfre enough to make n circle when raised, now •tiind« in the 
centre uf the lar^'c [>ar1ur, npparcntly nut having bod a break or a scmccli during Its Krvico 
or mure than a cfiitury. 

» Noiir Watennnii'n Iioitse, on the Cowliesct road, is the site where formerly stood whiit 
WHS known as ttin " Cl»t>[> scliool-housp," erected in 17*W, tlie lirst one in tlint part of 
Warwick, and paid for liy priviUc subscription. According to Mr. Cliipp'» n-'collcction, it 
cost but #130, and llie shnreuoiik'rs numbered iwcnly, who paid the expenses of carrying 
on the Hcliool. This honse ww occupied over ilihiy ycarf, and flitcen vcnr* nlterwnrds 
In 181.'), the first putilic sciiool was c!-tanli»Ued. The lild l>ulidinf! vras boaglic l>y Watemaan 
Ciapp. moved on to his land, and used for a small tenement till some few years since, the 
grumbling cvlhir walls being still seen ou the 8|iol. 



last few days of her life she was specially blest and comforted 
in the Itelief aud liope of a blc4»sc<l immortality, and she 
quietly passed away to realize what she had so long held in 
sucred auticipaliou." 
42. Phebk," h. about 17JG ; d. unm. Sept. 28, 1795, in her 40th year. 
■13. Daniel,* b. about 1759; m. firet, Elizabeth, dau. of Robert Bai- 
ley : second, Isabel, sister of his first wife. He settled in Pom- 
fret, Conn. Children by Krst %vife: 

44. DaiiielJ lived in Ponifret, Conn., where his family still reside. 

lie was a Quaker preacher. He m. Sarah Albro, of New- 
port, K. r. Children: i. SxUu.'^ il, David,^ m. Phebe A. 
HarrinD;ton, and has : (1) WilUnm IJ.' served three years in 
the War of the Rf hellion, and now lives in Nebraska; he m. 
Mary Shove, and has a daughter j (2) Tliomcvs C.,° m. Julia 
Warner, they live in Nobra.ska, and have one child. ill, 
Jamfs,^ m. Emily T. Wheeler, and has : ( 1 ) Mart/ FAisaleUi ,■• 
(2) Sarah? iv. Elizabeth? now living in Brookline, Mass., 
and is Matron of the Infant Asylum there. 

45. Mary^ m. Jeremiah II. Bailey, and had two sons ; is now liv- 

ing in E. Greenwich, R. I., in her 85tli year. 

46. Elisuheth^ now dead; m. Obi:'d Dennis, and bad nine children. 

Children of Daniel* by second wife: 

47. Joseph,'' lives in Pomfret, Conn.; he owns the famous " Wolf- 

den " farm, containing the den from which the brave Gen. 
Putnam, as related in the school-lwoks of former years, drew 
out the savage wolf which he had so fojxrlessl}' attacked 
.and slain — now a popular resort for tourists ; m. Sn«in Dennis. 
Children : j, Juseph D.,* m. Amey A. Maasa. li. Phfhe A? 

48. Phebe? ni. William Reyuolda. She is now living at Kingst<^)n, 

R. I., aged 80 years. 

49. Anne:, now dead ; m. George C. Kenyoa, and had one son. 


THOMAS' {John* Jo/in," John* George Gilson^), youngest child 
of John and Eliza Douglas (Quirnby) C!app, of Westchester, N. Y., 
and brother to the preceding, was born in Westchester, Feb. 25, 
1722. According to tradition, he moved first to Horsoncck and 
thence to Lagrange, Dutchess Co., N. Y., where his family was raised 
and where he passed the remainder of his life. Thomas Clapp was 
a farmer, and, like his brother John, a " Friend." 

Children of Thomas Clapp, of Lagrange, N. Y. : 

50. Jesse T.,* probably never married ; his sister or mother kept honse 

for him. It is related that be bonght a farm, and kept a large 
number of geese ; that he paid fur itie farm in goose feathers, 
there being a contract that be shouhl pay a certain number of 
pounds per year. He d. June 27, 1824, at the house of his 
sister Mary. 

51. John," emigrated to Ohio about the first of this century, but, on 
account of sickness and other miisfortuues, waJ9 obliged to return 



home. lie came all the way afoot, accompanied by his wife. 
They then movetl into Cuuado, aud are su]>|>Oiied to have dcsceu- 
daut3 living in that country. 
52. Phkbe,* m. Mr. Dean, an Indian Agent; a son Thomas was also 
Indian Agent. 
-j-53. James,* b. April 1, 1756; d. March 12, 182C. 

54. lUr," b. in 1758; d. Oct. 21, 17C2. 

55. DouCAS,* b. in 1750, 

56. William," b. in 1760. Nothing is known of his history, but some 

of his children arc suppose<l to have settled in Canada. 

57. Mary," b. M.<iy 1, 1763; d. Sept. 22, 1832; m. April 16, 178G, 

James Alley, who d. March 8, 1845. They lived in Dutchess 
Co.. and had eleven children. 

58. Ray," b. March 2l>, 1705 ; never married; lived with hi? relatives. 

59. EMZAKKTii," m. Andrew Skidmore, and lived in Dutchess Co., 

where her descendants still reside. She d. in November, 1838. 

60. Hannah," b. in 1774; m. Mr. Farmer, aud has descendants living 

in Dutcheas Co. 


JOSEPH' {Ellas* John,' John,' Cfcorgc Gllsoii'), oldest son of 
Elias Claj>p, was born and lived in Westcliestcr, N. Y., or Green- 
wich, Conn. 

Children of Joseph Clapp : 

61. Jksse I.,* d. in old age at the house of his son Isaac; m. and had : 
62. I$aac R,'' b. July 1, 1786; d. Oct. 10, 1837. He w-is a well- 
to-do farmer in Dutchess Co., and m. Nov, 29, 1809, Phebe 
lierry, b. Aug. 11, 1780, and d. May 15, 1801. Children: 
l,I*eter B.* b. April 21, 1812; lives in Lagrange, Dutchess 
Co. ; m. Dec 10, 1835, and has : (1) hnuc P.,* b. March 4, 
1839 — went to Texas in 1805, aud for the last six years has 
been Sheriff of liryon, Brazos Co., Tex.; (2) Mary P..* b. 
Nov. 22, 1840; (3) John /".,« b. Jan. 22. 184G. d. Oct. 1, 
1848. ii, Mary,* b. Aug. 8, 1814. ih. Ndthanid IV b. May 
9, 1817 ; au energetic young man, whose enterprising spirit 
carried him to Wisconsin where he settled on a farm ; he 
came to an untimely death by an accident on a railroad train, 
leaving : (1) Isaac* who d. in 1874, aged 21 years ; besides 
two daughters. It, George IK.,* b. Nov. 25, 1819 ; uumar. 
V, Isaac J.,* b. May 20, 1822 ; no issue, vl, Annii* b. May 
29, 1825 ; d. Jan. 22, 1834. Til. Susan? b. April 28, 1828 ; 
ra. Mr. Storms, and had two children. Till. Jfsse J.,* b. Jan. 
3, ]»31 ; unm. Ix. Annis,* b. Aug. 27, 1835; m. Mr. 
Storms, no children. 

63. Joseph.* 

64. Klias,* m. and had : 
65. John? 

66. Natuanikl.' 

67. Uk.nmamin.' 

68. James." 
4-69. IlENur.'' 


loiiae uiiiii aim occu- 
pied by Ills lather, lotretlier with the large farm bcloiigiiiij: to it. 
lie lived there during tlie whole of liis life, and, being a |»rudent 
anil careful muimger of his afl'airs, added l«y ptirchat^e toliis alrt'iidv 
extensive property nntil lie acijiiired the re|)Utation of a man uf 
wealth.t lie married, Jan. 20, 1779, Elizabeth Vail, who died May 
13, 1820 J llicy had no children. He was cousin of John CIa})p, the 

• The Soek'ty of Friends, more gcncrnllv known as Quakers, originaU'il in En);1aiiil, bs a 
tKitlv ofChristiiiii piorej<sor», iiliout tin' niitltllu of llie l"rh i-ciiturv. OcorKc Kox, licirri in 
IG24, Htid brouplit up In llie Kstiibllsucil CJiurcU, wiis one of tlio tlilt-f letidiT* in foimiiig the 
Sock'tir. In iimMtiueiicc of tlie persecution* very liooii curouiiicrod in Engiund, (Cinisiiuiun 
of hiili,ridu!tl ineinlieni v> New England rndy tfegnn. In IGo-% two of tt»:ni nrrived in 
Bostuii, and tlie yoiir, clgtitmore L-mnc ovi-r. i'liese wort' uU tiilsen up hy tlie i-olonliil 
antlioritks, the litiolts ihej- brought with tticni nindc h Ijoiilirc of in tlit ronrl^cl-piiic-c, iind 
their owners l<ept in pri.'^on seviral weeks und then Imiiished fioni the eonnlrv. The next 
year a law was pa.«itd furbidding masters of vessels to laing a Quaker into the rolony ; 
people were proliiliileil from liiirlioringoreountcnanLinp thciu, and a tine was imposed liiwu 
any one wlio sliould atteiul a Quaker meeting. Fkjhi iJrni time till the year 16(51, the eruel 
per»cnitioii8, and punisUmcRt.s even unto dtaili, whieli were tnilictcd upon those callin); 
themselves Quakers, ean now In; Ihoutrht of lint vsilli regret and slmtne, ami ean only lio 
explained hy considering them the uatunil result of tli«> spirit of the a^'e in which they 
Occurred. In September, Ititil, Charles II. issued a mandamus fcjrliidding any furltier iii- 
llietiori of sueli severe punislinients on the Quakers in the MusSjiehnsetls Coluny. Tlic 
Klioile Island Colony, in<|nenec of o greater toleration of all dilferenees In rc- 
Ut'iouij hellef, invited large immlicrs to settle there, and many eonvert.s to their faith were 
here reeciveil from other deiioininrttions. Under the (uitruna^e of William Venn, who 
early became nn ndvoejicc and lender of the new sert ui Englntid, many left that eounlry 
mid settled in Pennsylvania. He himself came over m 1S82, having ulit4iined a patent Iroui 
the crown for the territory now forming the Stiile of Pennsylvania. Allliauglk in his two visits 
to thi.1 eonntry his stay wa«< conllned to only alion: four years, yet by his celebrated 
treaty of (WJiee anc) frietidship with t>evenil powerful irlbeB of Indnuis — the only treaty, it 
has l)e«n s-ald, " never sworn t^j and never hroki n" — and by liis jtistarid benevolent eomiuet 
ai governor and in his otiier trnnsaction^ here, he endeared his n:une and memory to 
Biiceeeding gencratlon.-i. The scornful «tid persecuting spirit whUh two c^iuiiries ago was 
fchowii towards the religion he profess-cii has long since passed away. 

Yearly Meetings were very early establisheil by the Quakers, f<ir discipline and general 
nver»ighl. This iliseipline has been exercised ugninst misconduct among members, as welt 
aj> ngaiiist crroneons doctrineu. In Rhode Ishui^l, these Yearly Meetings were hetil at llie 
house of Gov. Coddingtoti until his death In 1678. In \'0'\ the first ineeting-housc of the 
friends was erected at Newport, ond the Y'eaily Meeting for New finglnnd was then es- 
tid>lislied at that place, where il has ever since be<-u lichl. In the ycjir 1827, a separuiiou 
took place in the Society iu this country — one party, under titu leadership of Elias Uicka 
(lK>rn March 19, 17JS, died l\h, 27, 183'), olyecilngto certJiin doctrines wlilch the orthodo.\ 
party held to lie sound and edifying. UiifLiuet Yearly Meclingtf were established, by ciicli, 
both claitning the mime of Friends. 

Tlie .SfH'iciy of Fricmts has never been a numerous body, comp.ired with other religious 
denoniiiiHtions. I'robnidy no accurate returns have ever been made, but tlic niindier liaa 
been estiraacvd at 1(J0,0(J4) In Kngland and alxiut ns many more in this country. The latter 
mav iKjrlmps iu round numbers be divided as follows, among the Slates where lliev are prin- 
cipiillv fivund: Pennsvlviinia, 'ja.OOO : Indlnnn, 20,i(00; Ohio, 14,0(»0; New York, UMUXJ ; 
Khode Island, 8,000; "Maryland, 8,00U ; Virginia, fi.OOO ; Nonh Caiollna, 3,U<)0.— Fntni early 
times nniny of tiic dosoendants of llr. George Oilson Claiip have been niuiiljcred among 
them; but very few have been foimd in the other lines of ihe CIrtppfl. 

t He was one night called to the diH>r of his house by robbers, who demanded Ids money 
in » jx-reinptory manner. Tliouias pretended detifnes-s, and commenced to direct them to 
isume place further along on the road; but they piTsisted iu their demands, and tnaiierii 
were gcttiii; somewlwit hot, when he stepped to tiie stairs door nnil calletl, '• Jumes I Jolin ! 
Nicholas! " which frighleued the robbers aw.ty, ihoy thinking there were a uumbei of men 
iu tlie house. 



fatlicr of Waterman (Xo. 40), now living in Warwick, R. I. Water- 
man remembers visiting liim, ia Greenwich, when a young man. 
He says the house in which Thomas lived was, as he was told, the 
first built ill tlie place, and was orij^iiially of one story, with only- 
two rooms and a closet, and a stone cliimiiey on the outside. After- 
wards Thomas's father John added two more rooms on the same 
story, and when it came itito Thomas's possession he made another 
similar addition, so that the house was a very long one-story build- 
ing. By Tiiomas's will, it passed into the hands of his nephew, 
Thomas Carpenter, wljo intended to build an elei^ant house ou the 
spot, but his death in middle life prevented, and ///» son Richard B. 
Carpenter sold it to the present owner, George W. Mead. The 
house has still but one storj', the only change being the addition 
of a brick kitchen, in place of tlie one of wood. Tiie Rye Pond, in- 
cluded in his estate and alluded to in the will annexed, is situated 
in the State of New York (his property lying along and on botii 
sides of the boundary between tliat Stale and Connecticut*). It ia 
said to have been desired as a source of water supply for the city 
of New York, Init Thomas declined selling it on account of serious 
damage appreliondod to his tiei;_'libors by some overflow which would 
be brought about. Thomas Clapp possessed in a large measure the 
benevolence and kindness of heart which form so prominent a trait 
in the Quaker character, and his generosity was not confined by 
bounds of blood or sect. One who knew him says of him: "lie 
was a farmer of good standing in society, and honest in dealings 
with others, and very good to tho poor of ids neighborhood ; plain 
in his dress and address, and a good neighbor to all." He died 
March 1, 18U8, aged 87 years. 


This is the last Will and Testament of me Thomas Clapp, of the town of 
Greenwich, C-ounty of Fairfield, and Stale of Connecticut, being of souud 
deposing mini!, memory and uitrlcrstanding. which Will I make as follows. 
Viz.: First I order and illrect my Executors hereafter mentioncHi to pay 
and diseharge all luy just debts, funeral ex|)eitfies, and the charges of prov- 
ing and exeentiiig (his my Will. I then give and devise unto my nej>hew 
Tiiomas Carpenter, hi.s heirs iukI! assigns all my Homestead Farm, lying on 
the west side of the Kings Street Itoad, containing about two hundred 
and fifty acres with tlie biiildiuns and a|tpurtenance8 thereunto belonging, 
exe(!pt the back ruom with lire-placu and chamber, wliieh privilege I 
reserve for my iiiwe l>ebondi Pugsley, so \tmg as she remaius single or 
uimiarried. Also said Thoiuas Carpenter shall furnish her with firewood 
cut up at the door dureiiig tho continuance of tins privilege. I likewise 

• AVhilc rm tlio vintt nlludeil to above. Waterman wnii Kliown one Kpot on th« e«t«t« of 
Tliomaf Clupj) where the Iiound»ry line of Green wicli, Conn., wuKioudieU by the romcn« of 
three towns in New YorU Suiie, viz., Rye, Hsirrit^on ami Ntirthai^lle, » bouini 
iHsinj? In tlic centre. Thoniiu- was fond orshowin(?thiHs|nit to his visiiors. llo v 
tlieio to Che stone, «tund by it£ side, stuup over it, and, spreading out botti ormti, Iju... . ... ....^ 

being in tliciie Tour towns at once. 



order ami direct said Thomas Carpenter to pay out to his Brotherfi ninl 
Sisters Oac hiuidrtd DoUurH each. I then give and devise unto Thomas 
aud Allen, sons of niy nephew WUliam Sutton, the whole of my tund 
lying on the East Kide of Kings .St. Koiwl. with the Mill imd Appiirte- 
iiancen therennto hclonaing, to be equally di\'ided between them or occupieil 
jointly ; said laud with the ApjiurlenaiK-cs is devii*ed to them their heirn and 
Assigus forever, they jiayuigout to their four si.sterH Two Hundred Dolliirs 
each. I then give and devise unto my Nephew iind Nirt-e, Julia and Mnry 
Sands, Jun., to their heirs and ikssij^ns, all thai Farm with the ii[i[Hirt<'niuiees 
wliicli 1 purchased from the heirs of Peter Lyon, deceased, with the Appurte- 
nances thereunto belonging. I also give and devise unto Ezra Carpenter, 
and .Solomon Ilewlaud. Jim., trustees of the Sehool iippoiutecl by Pureliaso 
preparative meeting, and to their successors in that trust forever, who shall 
be from time to time apjioin ted by said meeting, all that certain traetof land 
lying hack of Rye Fond eontainiiig near or more ihnn One hundred and fifty 
acres, to l>e and remain a permanent fund, the annual jiroceed* arising 
therefrom to be employed to the benetit of Schooling the Children of 
FriiMid-^ in limited eircumstfiuces, and the Chil(h'eu of others in the iieigh- 
iKirhoud of said school who may not be members of Soeiety, who may be in 
straitened circumstauces, and who are willing to oom|>ly with the rules of 
the school. Then I give and bequeath imto my sister Maiy Carpenti^r, 
Two Thousand Dollars, I also give and beipieatli unln my seven Ne- 
phews and Nieces, being children of my said Sister JIary Carpenter, 
viz., John, William, Charles, Joseph, Martha, Sui-nii and iKirrjis, Three 
Thousand Dollars each. I then give and be(|ueatli inito Phebe, wife 
of James Field, One Thousand Dollars, and to her sou Tlmmas, ( )ue 
Thousand Dollars, aud Two Thousand dollars, to he ei|uatly divideil among 
their other eldblren. I then give and beipieath unto tlie li\e children of 
my neidiew William Sutlou, viz., to John, Five hundred dollars, to Phebe, 
Mary, Alice and Hlinaheth, One hundred dollars each. I also give and be- 
queath tmto Benjamin Cornel's five Children, by hia former wife Alice, 
Three hundred dollars each, and Ui Silas's son Thomas, live himdr<'d d<dlars, 
to be placed on Interest until he becomes of .age. I then give and betpieatli 
unto .lames Nash, Kight hundred dollars, and t-o Sarah, wife of .lonah 
Brundage, Eight hundred dollars. 1 also give and berpiealh unto William 
Corners Chihlren, Five hundred dollars, to be ecpially divided among 
tliem. 1 also give and betpieath unto John Sliernian's two Children, Two 
hundred and Hfly dollars each. I likewise give and beijueatb unli» Deborah 
Pugsley Two Thousand five hundred dollars. I then give anil bequeath 
unto Kidiard, Sarah and Wra. Pugsley, Five hnndrcil dollars each. I also 
give and Ijetpieath iiiUd my Niece, Mary Sands, Five hundred dollars. I 
then give ami be(|ueath unto the Children of Thomas Yail. Five hundred 
dollars, to be eijnally divide<l among theui. I give and V>ei[ueath unto the 
Children of my Nephew .lohn Carpenter, One Thousand dullars to Aaron, 
Five hundred to be divided amoug the others. I also give and luHpieatli 
unto the children of my three nephews, viz., William. .Joseph and Charles 
Carpeuter, Three Thousand <lollars, to be equally divi<U:iJ among them. I 
then give and bequeath unto the thildren of my Nephew Jesse .Suttou, 
Two Thousand and five hundred dollars, to l>e equally divided. I give and 
bequeath unto the two Daughters of my Uncle Thoiuiis C'lapp, viz., the 
Wives of Skidmoreand Alley, Five humjred dollars each. 1 also give unto 
the children of their Brother James Clapp, Five hundred dollars, to be 
e(]ually divided amoug them. 1 likevvitie give aud bequeath unto the chil- 



dreii ritnl frrandH-bildieii of my undo Silas Clap]!, late of Rliode Ishinrt 
Decoaswl, the sum of Two Tlioiisand dollars, to he ucjually ilivided ainon«^ 
tJiem. I also give and l>e«|iieatli iinlo the cliildren and gniiid-oliildren i)f 
my Uncle Kdward Ilallofk, Tliree; Thousand dollars, viz. to Clement Sands. 
Five hundred ilolhirs. and Two Tliouwmd Five hnndreil <lolliirs to be equally 
divitleil iimon<5 ihe rest. 1 then give nnd be(|ucalli unto the Wife nnd Chil- 
dren of Nathaniel Hiiilev, Six hundred dollu 

iiren ol i>atlianiel lligiey, .>i.\ nuiiareil aollars to ue ecjualJy divKleil among 
them. I also give and liequeath unto the children of .Tames and Anna 
Hru-sh, One Thousand dollars, to be I'ljually divided among ihem. I then 
j^ivc anil liei|Ui'atl) unto Klizaln-lb rmlerhill and lier son MotL. Two hilfi- 
rlred ami fifty dollars each. I also give and bei|uealh unto iSIary Fowler 
Two hun<lred dollars. I then give and bequeath unto Ilannah, wife of 
Caleb Paulding, Two hundreel and fifty dollars. I next give and be<iueath 
nulo the Trustees appointed by the following Prejtaralivc Meetings re- 
spectively, to the Superinten<lents of their schools an<l to their siiccessurs iu 
that trust, forever, to be from time to time appointe<l by said meetings, One 
Thousand dollars, to those ni)pointe<l by ea<'h of the following meetings, 
viz.: Purchase. Maniaruneek, Westchester, Middlesex, Chapi)aipni, Nortli- 
crtstle, Croton valley, Ammawalk, t'roton, Peek.skill anrl Salem. iKMiig Kleven 
Thousatid dollars, to l>e ond remain permanent funds, and placed at interest 
with good security by said Tnistees, and the interest arising therefrom to 
be employeil in Schooling the Children in limited eircurastances and other 
poor children in tiie neighlxirliood of such schools witlioul distinctiiJii, who 
may l>e willing to com])ly with the rules of the schools. I also give au<l 
l>e(|ueath unto the Treasurers of the following Monthly Meetings, viz.. 
Purchase, Chappaqua and Ammawalk, and to their successors in that trnst 
forever, to he appointed by one day Meeting, Five hundred dollars each, to 
be an<l remain i)erniaiient fun<ls, the Interest only to l>e use<l at the discre- 
tion of one day Meeting. I then give and bequeath unto the children of 
Mary Pugsley One thousand Five hundred dollars, to be equally divided 
amongst them. I next give an<l la^queath unto the Treasurer of Nine- 
partners Hoarding School, and to his successors in that trust forever, One 
Thousand dollars, to be and lemnin a permanent fund, the interest arising 
therefrom to l>€ employed fronj lime to time for the l>enefit of said school. 
I likewise give and hequeatli unto the Cliildren of Sister Dorcas, Two 
Thousand dollars, to be e<pi;illy divideil among them. I then give nnd be- 
queath unto .lames. Son of Patrick IM"K:iy. Two hunilred and lifty dollars. 
I next give anil bequeath unto the cliildren and grand-children of my Cnclu 
Silas Ckpp, in addition to what I have given them above. One Thou.-<anil 
dollars, to he equally divided. J then give and bequeath unto the Treasurer 
of the three following Monthly Meetings, in .addition to the beipiests muile 
above, viz.: Purchase. Chrqipaqini and Ammawalk, Five tiundreil dollars each, 
to be enqiloyed as above ilirecte<l. I also give and bequeath the .idilitinnal 
sum of Five hunilred dtdlars to .Tolm Suiton, son of William Sutton. 1 lastly 
give and hequeath unto the children and grand-childi-en of my two Sist4.*rB, 
Dorcas and Mary, nil and single of the residue of my Personal Kstnte. of 
every descrijdinn, to be eipially ilivideil among them. He it nndt-rnt/Kid, anil 
it is my will that if any of llu' before-mentioned Legatees shall deceuKe, 
leaving no lawfid issue, their shares of property therein dividwl or 
bequeathed, shall be equally divided among their sur\iving Brothers arid 
Sisters; be it further understoiHl and it is my will, that in the diKlribution 
of the properly herein bequeathed, such ns Legacies to individual boqueat, 
or donations to public institutions, where the Iut4:'rcst is only to be employed, 



that my hereafter named Executors arc hereby directed to cause transfer 
of sHi'h iiotea, bonds or obligntioiis to be a circulalhig tne<liniin, to discharge 
or pay such Legacies and bequests, and espeeially when it would not distress 
an tionest Debtor tn be sudileidy called h])oii for the mouey. I theu uominate 
and apitohit my Ne])hcw8, William Sutton, "William C'nrpeuter, Thomas 
Carpenter and James Field Executors to this my last 'Will and Testament. 
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal, this twenty- 
secon<l, of the Fifth month, called May, in the Year of our Lord Oiio 
Thousand Eight hundred and twenty-seven. 

Thomas Clapp [and a Seal]. 

Signed, Sealed, delivered, acknowledged and 
declared in the presence of us, 
Samuel Miller, 
James T. Carpenter, 
Job Caqienter. 

I certify the preceding to he a true copy of the Will of Thomas Oapp, 
deceased, and of the Certificate of the proof thereof. 

Ebcnezer White. 


GILBERT' (James," Mm* John,^ John,' George GUson') waa born 
about the year 1740, From coiocidences of dates and names, it is 
conjectured that tic was a sou of James Clapp, of WostcLester Co., 
N. Y. At some period of hid life, probably with his grown up sons, 
he rcmnved to Kindcrliook, N. Y., and died there in 1812, being 
over 70 years of age. 

Children of Gilbert Clapp, probably of Westchester, N. Y. : 

7i), Jamks,'^ he jtrohably removed after maturity to Kinderhook, N. Y., 

and d. there over 70 years of age. 
71. Eda,' went with his father and brother to Kinderhook, and d. there 
also over 70 years of age. 
-|-72. coknbury.' 
73. Mart.' 
71. Hannah.' 

75. Antja.' 

76. AzuBAU.' 


JAMES" {Thomas,* John* Johi,' John* George Gihm'), third 

son of Thomas Clapp, of Lagrange, N. Y., was born April 1. 1756. 
Ho married, Dec. 28, 1780, Phcbo Haigiit,* who was born July 17, 

• It was the cnstom In thoRO days for n father to giro his danffhtcr, on the occasion of her 
weitdinp, (I fcmnlc sliivt' ui do her" hoase-work, and one enllcU " Black Betta " was given by 
Mr. Hiiight to his dan^'liter Phctio. Ilor first child, Ja«>b, hns said that in hLs yonngcr 
tlnvf Ui'ttu t<x)k the princi|>al uire of him, he sIccpiiiR with her more than with his own 
iniithor. Also one of tlic carliot-t thiiiff' Jiicob rcu)ciiilK.'red distinctly was that nliilc living 
with his Krandfiitlier Clapp, whun about three years old, he vim poliii? down lo the hrook 
tho shive, wiiB washing. 

where " Blaclc Bctta, 


On a log 00 wlijcb lip bad to cross tbo 



1750. Jainos was brouj^lit up and perbaps born iu Lagranj2;c, 
Dutcliess Co. lie prob;ibly lived witli liis fallicr till about llie year 
nSG, wlieii lie moved to the town of Clinton, N. Y., and purchased 
tho farm that he remained ou most of his days. Jamos Clapp was 
a member of the Society of Friends. He is described as a large, 
fleshy man, not over tall, with a very red face; quick iu his motions, 
but a yury awkward teamster, always whippinf» his fast horse.* He 
had a strong will and was very set in his own way, but willingly 
acknowledged an error when proved to bo in the wrong. Ue was a 
strict temperance man for those days, and when on the road if he 
stopped at a tavern would call for a lump of sugar, for which he 
paid, being unwilling to accept of hospitality without paying for it. 
An old acquaintance of James relates llial he was once prcHCiit at a 
law-suit, and among the witnesses called was •' Uncle Jimmie," as 
Mr. Clapp was sometimes familiarly called by his neighbors. He 
looked troubled when it was suggested to have him sworn, as it is 
against the rules of Friends to take an oath. The Justice under- 
stood the matter at a glance, and said: " Let Uncle Jimmie tell his 
story, he will tell the truth without being sworn." Having had few 
educational advantages iu his youth, the introduction of the decimal 
system of currency, when he was well advanced in life, rendered 
matters of money and trade a difficulty to biiu; but no fecling.s of 
pride hindered his attending a night school, and taking his sons with 
iiim, to leani tliat method. He went down to see his cousin Thomas 
Clapp, of Greenwich, Ct., a few years before his own death. About 
two years after his death, a letter came to his address which Ids 
sons took from the office; it proved to be from the Executors of 
Thomas, informing Janins that there was money left (o him, by the 
will of his rich cousin lately deceased (see p. 297). He died at the 
house of his sister, Mrs. Mary Alley, in Lagrange, March 12, 1826. 
IJis wife, Phebe, died Dec. 16, 1827, 

Children of James and Phebe (Haight), of Clintoo, N. Y. 

77. Jacob,' b. in Lagrange, Dutchess Co., April 21. 1782; ni. Nov. 
23, 180+, Saraii Stringhani, who was Iwrn ,1uly 17. 1784. His 
father moved to tho town of Cliiituii about 178r), where he was 
brought iij). IIo livtHl with his father about two ycais after bis' 
marriage, and bis oldest child, rhebe,' was born there. About 

brook, lip was met by liis granilfiiihcr'.< larjfe dos, who crowilcd him into ilic iirook. Black 
Bettn cAtnc to the rescue nnd pulicd liim Trom tlic wnicr. Binta wa« iiltorated, Ijat ulwnirs 
BUitd with and considered herself one of the family. She used to tell very often bow she 
had the Hnitrht spunk. 

• One (lay lie liiul ln'cn down to Salt Point to mill, had returned nearly home and com- 
mencvd dosc<.'niling a lonit hill in ^ight of liis hoasc. In Roing over a xlight ridgn made to 
throw tlm water over to the side of the road, his wbifllctrce Uilt came out nnd liis hors«« 
Gtartcd. Tho pole dropped, and in some way the horses not Ia) uno sU\e. nml the wa!<rit» 
piiisctl them ; tho lines, whiili were rope ones, doubtless, pulled over their head.s, aiitl ttie 
old Ltcntlciii/in lieid on, r/tr xi^ijou running aitay with the horaei. Ills folks heard an nniismU 
tioise, looked and wiw Jdiiies coming, hi< hroud-lirirn lint turned op in iVont by the win»l. 
Ilia wagon rolllii:; down llie hill at a brcAk-neck pave, and the horses following l>ehin<I. 
The wagon kept the road till at the foot of the hill, when it made a eliort cun'c and ran 
into the fence. No damage war done. 



tlie year 1806, he moved to the town of Rensselnervillp, Albany 
Co., where the rest of his cliihlreii were horn. In tlie sju-iiig of 
182;'), he moved to Slonroe Co., N. Y. — lived in Wlieatlaiid 
two years, and in Avon, Living.ston Co., one; from wtiieh laittr 
|)hice he mnved to North Rush, IMonroe Co., N. Y., wliere he 
had puichased a hirge farm of the Wadsworths. This was but 
BJijjjbtly cleared.* but had five log houses |mt up by squatters; 
threi> of theac-i ho moved togellter to make a home for his large 
family. In thes*- he lived for ten years, when he erected a frame 
house. When Jacob purchased his farm, he had the promise of 
some money from a friend to assist him, but from fear tiiut 
the Wadswortlis would not be able to give a good title, the 
promise was not kept. This caused liim a great deal of (rouble, 
and he came very near losing all he had. But, tinally, the tide 
turned, and he was able to secure his place, making several ad- 
dition,*, and jiurchased land in Orleans Co., N. Y. and in Michi- 
gan. Sarah, his wife, died Jan. Ki, IS^JC, and in the spring of 
i8.")7 he maiTied Maria Hinnian. This marriage did not prove 
a very hapiiy one tor Jacob and his family. lie died .Sept. 7, 
18G;},"in his" 82d year. Children: 

78. PAf^A;-,' b. Oct.i!l, 180;') ; d. nnm. Aug. 6, 1842. 

79. Benjamin,^ b. April 29, 1807, in Albany Co., N. Y. Is a 

physician, and settled in Albion, N. Y., in 1834, where he 
practised his profession an long as his health allowed. He 
married, March 21, IHK), Lanra Force, who was born in 
Attica, N. Y.. Feb. i, 1811, and d. in 18GG. Has one dau., 
Lama Adell* b. Oct. 1, 184C, who is living with her father. 

80. A««c,' b. Jan. 11, 1809; m. Nov. 25, 1840, Joanna Perry. 

She wa.s b. June 4, 1817. Lives on part of liie farm his 
father bought in Rush. Chililreu: i, Edwin P.,' b. Aug. 22, 
1842; m. Oct. 10, 1872, Krmiiia J. Hart, who was b. June 
2, 18'50; ihey live in North Rush, oti part of his grandiiither's 
farm. He has rendered important aiil in preparing family 
records, and in procuring valuable information tor the pages 
of this " Memorial." Cliild : ( 1 ) Krnesi JJeicel/i/ii,^° b. April 
18,1874. l\, James G.*\h Feb. 26, 1844; enlisted, Aug. 
;jl, l«62, as sergeant in 140th Reg't, N. Y. S. V,; was iu 
the attack on Petersburg, and battle of the Wilderness ; he 
fell at Gettysburg, Julv 2, 1 8(i;5. and his remains were brought 
home. ill. C/iurles If'.,' b. July 20, 18c>7. 

81. Tfiomas," b. Feb. 28, 1811 ; m. Dec, 16, 1840, Mary Albertson. 

Move<I to Uarre, Orleans Co. (where his childieu were born), 
spring of 1841 ; and moved to Kalamazoo, Mich., spring of 

• Soon nftcr he tMiight his place, while on tlio roatl fVom liis fiirm in Roftli to Scottsville, 
his attention >vus callcit to tlic cries of — " Tlic hear! tlic hear!" Looking up, he saw a 
lurjie, liluvk lici'.r close Ijy ; ibe livar cviulcj liini. TiikinR n horse from the wafton, he nwle 
in pursuit. The l^ciir went u[> the river nhoiit a mile, t'olloweU closely I'v Jargh. Coming 
on souic men iit work in u eorn-tieid, they shouted, stvini^ liieir lioes Hiid tunieil the Iteor 
back. Securing a saddle from some place near whicli the hear passed, lie followed n^iin. 
Once, a larw dog clinched the hear, in a place away from anythinj? which could l)c used to 
attack it. Tlic only f:itl.sf.iction lie eonld get wiin by kicking; the hear. At^cr a i.hort 
ftrugKJf, the hear got aw.iy, and the do;; dared not toucii him again. A gqn was given to 
Jaeoh, and oomiu^j up eio^e he flred, Imt in his nervous huMe missed him. His liorsc was 
pcrfc<-fly fearless, jumped large dilelies, niid Indrnveil in a nianner worthy of a hunter. Tho 
Ix-ar WHS linailv driven to llic river (tho nene>oe), foilow-ed l)y large parties on l)Oth sides, 
who »hot him, hut not bci'ure be had swatu the river for halfa mile. 

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1854, where he still resides. Children : I, Charles Albfrft^ni', 
b. Jan. 23, 1843 ; num. and lives with his father. il« Emily 
Jane' b. March 11, 1845; m. April 18, 1807, John Graliam, 
a merchant in Wayland, Allegan Co., Mich., where they now 
reside ; have three sous, Frederick Wallace, Charles Albert 
and Harry Homer. 
82. Jameg,' b. Jan. 15, 1813; m. April 14, 1857. Klirabeth Wash- 
euburger, who was b. Feb. 24, 1826. James staid on the 
farm with his father till 1857 ; went first to Ohio and then 
to Mich., where he now lives at Lawton, Van Burea Co. 
Children: \, Edward J.* b. Nov. 11, 1858. W.IIatmah 
Sybilla: b. June 11, 1864. 

83. Sainuel> b. Feb. 16, 1814; m. 1845, Sarah Jane DtiBois, 

who was b. in Steuben Co., June 3, 1825, and d. in Victor, 
Ontario Co., Feb. 18G4. Has lived in Mendon and Victor, 
and is now living in Ionia, Ionia Co., Mich. Children: I. 
Jennie A. C* h. in Mendon, Dec. 9, 1848 ; d. in loniii, De<^ 
21, 1874 ; m. Aug. 1, 18G8, Henry Brewer, and had three 
children : Harry, b. Sept. 15, 1869 ; Nina, b. Aug. 10, 1871 ; 
and Frank, b. Oct. 19, 1873. li. Flora* b. in Victor, Nov. 
2G, 1852. 

84. Sarah F.,^ b. Jan. 28, 1816; m. Feb. 19, 1851, William 

Walker, a merchant in Kochester, N. Y., who was b. iti 
Manchester, England, Nov. 7, 1812. Children: i. Franklin 
C, b. Jan. 31, 1852; is a lawyer in Rochester, N. Y. li. 
Charles Jacob, b. July 13. 1853; d. Sept. 20, 1854. Hi. 
Dannie S., b. Sept. 1, 1856. If. James W., b. Oct. 17, 
1859 ; d. Oct. 28, 1859. y, Samh Matilda, b. Dec. 9. 1862. 

85. Nicholas,^ b. July 4, 1817; m. Nov. 11, 1852, Mrs. Charity 

A. Walker (nee Cornell), who was b. in Morris Co., N. J., 
June 8, 1829. Has lived in Victor, OnUirio Co., N. Y., 
where his children were born. Is now living in Mondon 
Centre, Monroe Co. The publishers are greatly iudcbt^^I 
to him for valuable assistance in collecting records of the 
line of Geokoe GtLSON. Children: I, Es/fier A.* b. Nov. 
26, 1853 ; m. Oct. 21, 1875, John Hoklridge, who was b. at 
Honeoyc Falls, Monroe Co., N. Y., where they now live. 
M. William a* b. Nov. 7, 1857. 

86. David S.,^ b. Sept. 5, 1 8 1 8 ; m. Oct. 1 8, 1 844, Nancy Antoinette 

Martin ; has Uved in Oakfield, Genesee Co., and is now living 
in West Sjiarta, Livingston Co. Children : I. Daniel A'.,' 
b. Aug. 9, 1846 ; d. Jaii. 18, 1865. U. Martin /.,' b. Jan. 3, 
1849; m. Dec. 22, 1870, Rosellia Altuburg, and has: (1) 
David E.,'" b. Sept. 26, 1871 ; (2) //<?«r/i?.,'° b. Oct, 19, 
1874. ill, Phebe Eliza,'' h. June 16, 1850; m. Aug. 1, 1872, 
Wui. Darrow, and has two children : Florence Theresa, b. 
Sept. 17, 1873, and Elenora Adell, b. Sept 22, 1875. 

87. //art »<«/«,' b. April 16, 1820; d. April 27, 1875, in Lawton, 

Mich., at the house of her brother James. Hannah remained 
on the farm with her father as long as he carried on the 
farm. Her kindness to the many grandchildren tliat nsed 
to gather there will long be remembered. She never married. 

88. Hmrtj* b. July 22, 1822; m. Dec. 1, 1846, Hannah C. Case, 



who was h. in IroiHlequoit, Nov. 4, 1828. He has lived in 
Kush, Fannington ami Scottsville, N. Y., and moved to 
Beiirord, Calhoun Co., Mich., in 1864, where he now resides, 
lias one son : Daniel A.,^ b- Feb. 12, 18o2, in the town of 
Kush ; moved to Harvard, Clay Co., Nebraskti, in 1872, 
where ho now lives. 
89. Mary J.,* b. April HI, 1824 ; in. Feli, 22. 1849, Royal Green, 
who was \r. in Vermont, Miirch 20, 1825, and d. March 26, 
1872. Mary lives on her father's homestead in North Kush, 
ten miles south of lioche.ster, N. Y. Has: I.Jucob Clttpp, 
b Oct. 11, 1850. H.Sarah Adell, b. April 12, 1804. fii. 
Mary Emilie, b, Oct. 21', 18oG. They all stay with tJieir 
'JO. Sarab,' b. Dec. 13, 1784: d. Aug. 4. 1814, num. Sarah took 
the terrible cold which terminated in her death by toiisiumiitioii, 
from rinsing the flaxen yarn which she was working at in a brook, 
after it had been in a bath of ashes and water. She was just 
recovering from the scarlet fever. Her dying words were taken 
down at the time, and have been preserved in the family in a 
manuscript of eighteen well-written pages, now in possession of 
Nicholas," iihove-meniioned, nephew of Sarah,' and which has been 
kindly loaiie<! to the publishers. It is entitl«d, '• Testimony of 
James and Phebe Clapp, concerning their daughter, Sarah 
Clapp, of Creek Monthly Meeting, Ninepartners, State of New 
York." After giving the date of her birth — " 15tli of 1st mo. 
1784" — and mentioning the innocency of her early life, it is 
stated that when at the age of about 22, she was visited uith 
a severe illness, from which slie recovered after a confinement of 
several weeks, " during which her miln<l became impressed with 
religious concerns." About the 3(>i!i year of her age, she 
again iittacked with sickness, from which she never recovered. 
The principal part of the " testimony " is devoted to the expres- 
Bions of joyful trust and happy ariticijiations which fell from her 
lips, united with pious counsel and earnest exhortations to her 
relatives and all around her. whom she entreated to "live in the 
fear of the Lord," to be " faithful iit the little," to " seek no grejit 
things," ami to be sure and " keej» to plainness of speech, be- 
haviour and Hp]iarel." " She quietly breathed her last the 4th 
of 8th month 1814, aged 30 years and 8 months." 
91. Thomas,' b. Dec. 30.' 178.5; d. Oct. 13, 18.50; m. April 26, 
1810, Lydia Gilford, who was b. Oct. 28, 1785, .and d. Oct. 18, 
18yii. Thomiis lived and die<l near his father's homestead. 
Children ; 

92. Johi (7..* b. June 7. 1814; d. Juno 22, 1815. 

93. Sornfi G„'b. April 17, 181 (>; m. .Sept. 24, 18,35. Hon. Shotwell 

Powell, who was born Oct. 3, 1808. Mr. Powell has repre- 
sentetl his Assemlily District one term in the Legislature, 
They lived first in Dutchess Co., and are now living in Bristol. 
Ontario Co., N. Y. Children: It Thomas J., b. July 23< 
1837; m. March 20, 1864, Emily Ewer, who was b. Oct. 9, 
1843 ; lives near his father, ii, Israel M., b. Aug. 10, 1839 ; 
m. June II, 1873, FAie \yaters, who was b. May 24, 1840; 
lives with his father, iti, Lydia Ann, b. Aug. 7, 1841 ; m. 


Fc:b. 27. 1%70. Wm. £. LiiMx4n, who ww k Ibirfa 14, 1335 ; 
iires at Bii»tol Spriogs Ontario Co. 
Oi. Ammi PJ h. Dee. iS. f**'>: m. Oci- il. ISI-i. Eilteii Brown- 
iog. who wa» n.Nor. I. l9l ■'« : lire at Cniin Elbow. Datcbess 
Co. CfaiMrea: i. Jaiiie§ C~ U Joiy ^. lM<: m. Mar 22, 
1>>72. Naomi Halsiead. nho wa« h. Jaite 2->. !>«-!.'•. ii, Anna 
G., k .S«p(. 20. 1^7. Hi, CbaHe-' P.. b. Jlav 9. 1«49. iT. 
Tberon M.. b. Feb. 2. 1«51. T. William J., b. Jan. 10. 1856. 
W. James G..* h. Nov. 12. 1*2-0: 4. Oct. 23. 185.>: m. Xor. 5, 
1>(.^I. Marv B. Dol.z, wbo wa> b. Feb. 2.5. 1S31. He lea 
Oiie »on: i. Egbert DJ b. Sept. 19. 18o2; iaderkin a dmg- 
Ktore in Pougbkeei^ie. 
06. SichoUu y..* b. Nov. 20. 1828 ; m. Oct. 1853. Caroline Briggs ; 
lives in Macedon, N. Y., and bad iwo children, who died in 
d7. Nicholas.' b. Jane 12, 1788; d. June 8. 1834. Nicholas was 
the wag of the ikmilj. Wei-e all his tricks and jokes told, they 
woald till qoite a volume. He lived with his father and brother 
James, gpending bis lime in Poogfakeepeie and in Albany daring 
the session of the Legislaiare. While at Albany one time, as he 
was walking the wharf. !ie was asked by a man to give him a 
job. Nicholas was \erY anxious to have the well pumped dry 
near where ihey were sian'ding. and offered the man a dollar to 
do the job. The man accepted the offer, went to work with 
a will, Hooding the wharf, and attracting (he attention of the 
passers by. In answer io the inquiries as to what he was doing 
that for, he said ihat he was pumping the well dry. ^ Pomping 
the well dry I ! Yon fool, do you ihink you cau pump the North 
River dr}' ? Tiiat pump goes ioio the river." He was anxious 
then to find hiit employer, on wliom he wished to vent his terrible 
wrath. Nicholas had been watching him all the time from a 
second-story window overlooking ihe pump, laughing, as he 
always did ai bis victim^, wilh a laugh thai shook him all over. 
After enjoying it to liis Iieatt's conleni. he came down and settled 
with the man lu his saiisfaciion, giving him fiity cents. Nicholas 
left his property to his nephews and nieces, giving those that 
were named after him a thousand dollars for their name. He 
died at Skanealeles, on his way home from a visit to his brother 
Jacob, in Kush. 

98. Hannah,' b. June 4, 1790 ; d. March 28, 1823 ; m. April 25, 1816, 

Andrew Underbill ; had no children. A singular occurrence in 
reference to Hannah's death was, after attending a funeral at the 
Crum Elbow meeting-bouse, she remarked to a friend at the 
grave that her remains would be laid there next. It was the 
cuHtom there In the burying-grounds of the Friends to bury in 
rows, commencing at otie side and filling up in regular order, 
roganlless of families, and to stay at the grave till it was filled. 
Her prophecy proved true. 

99. Jamkh H.,' b. April 13, 1792 ; d. Feb. 18, 1860 ; m. Oct, 26, 1815, 

Klizabctb MarHball. James lived and died on the farm that his 
father owned before him. He was very hospitable, and greatly 
enjoyed the society of his friends, with whom his house was often 
fille<l. Like his brother Nicholas, he was quite a joker. Eliza- 


beth, his wife, died in Meiidon, Jan. 30, 1865. 
with Ler voiingest dan. Kmily- Cbildren : 


She was living 



Hannah.^ b. Aug, 17, l«ir. ; m. Oct. 22. 1840. Oliver P. Hul], 
who wiis b. J:in. 21>, 1813. Tliey moved to Mendon Centre, 
Monroe Co., N. Y., where they lived till her death, March 
14, J 873. Ilanniih was well informwl with regard to the 
genealogy oflier frtn)ily, and in all matters of family history; 
the reciords which she had gathered have l)een of nnieh assist- 
ance in compiling tlii.s Memorial. Had : i. KlizaLelh A., b. 
April 26, 1842 ; m. May 22, 1801, Alonzo D. Gazlcy, of 
Dalehesa Co., who was b. April 29, 1836, and is now a 
merchant and {wstmaster at Mendon Centre. Ili Mary 
Emi.'y, b. July 24, 1852 ; m. Feb. 7, 1872, Dr. Reuben E. 
Phillips, who wan b. Nov. 22, 1848; live in FarmiDgtou, 
Ontario Co.. N. Y. 
E. mcks* b. March 17, 1818 ; m. Nov. 4. 1840. Cathunue E. 
Allen, vvlio was b. April 1, 1818; lives in Clinton Hollow, 
Dutchess Co., N. Y., near hii» father's and grandfathers 
homestead. Children: i, William A.* h. Sept. 12. 1841; is 
k employed in the oHire of the clerk of Weslchesler Co. lit 

t Surnh M'laMi," b. OcU 6, 184^3; m. Jan. 27, 1864, John 

I W. Lntlin, and d, De<'. ID, 1808; had : (I ) Mary Louise, b. 

L Jan. ii, IWC-J; (2) ilii-.ks A., b. Jan. 2H, 1.S67. HU Geon/e 

^^^^ Beiinj; b. Sept. 21, 1845. If. James Kdienvd* b. Dec 10, 

^^^V 18411 ; m. Dec. 10, 1872. Eltna .S. Van Wagner, v. Vharlts 

^ Auymlm.* b. Feb. 22, 1854. 

^^1 102. Sumud Nuesfis' b. Jnly 11, 1820; m. Auun Frost; live in 

^^M Brooklyn, N. Y., where .Samnel is a Police Officer; they 

^^m have: \, Ilerliert* W, Henry * 

^^H 103. Justice Murshnllf* b. June 1 2, 1824 ; m. Hattie ; has one 

^^H daughter. Is a grocer in Brooklyn. N. Y. 

^^H 104. jfTf/fv/,* b. Jan. 2, 1830; m. James Allen, who is now dead: 

^^H has four children: Julia, William. Mary Emily acid James. 

^H 105. Surah E.,' b. Apri! 2, 1«31 ; m.Jan. 1.3, 1868, Jacob Downing; 

^^B resides at Half Moon Bay, San Maieo Co., Cal., Dowuiug's 

^H Gate. 

^H 106. Ei7iily a,^ h. Nov, 19, 1837; m. Feb. 16, 1864, Franklin 

^^H Ewer-s of Mendon, N. Y. ; they reside near Bedford, Calhoun 

^^H Co., Mich., and have three children : Elizabeth, b. Jan. 20, 

^^P 1865, James and Adaline. 

Jame.*' and his sons brought up their families in the Quaker faith ; but, 
out of all his descendants, only Nicholas" (No. 85), Sarah' (Xo. 93), Ann.i' 
(No. 94) and Hannah* (No. lOD), brought u]) theirs in the faith of their 
fathers, and the children of these latter have mostly marrio<l outside of the 
Friends Society. 


HENRY* {Joseph* Elias,* John," John,* George Gilson^), seventh 
sou of Joseph Clapp, was born in Weatclicstor Co., N. Y., and re- 
moved to the viciiiil}- of Albany, N. Y. He becamo an intimate 
friend of Gen. Van Kcnaselaer, known as "the Patroon," and, dy- 



lag when Ilia children were quite young, he cboso the Patroon* as tl 
guardian of his eldest sou. His wife was a native of ndlaad. 

Children of IIe.vry Clapp, of Albany, N. Y. (whose descendants 
use the letter K, instead of C, in spelling their name) : _ 

107. Joseph/ spent the first years of hia life near Albany, N. "^1 
After acquiring ail the preliminary education necessary, he was 
pliiced by his giuinliiin, Geii. Van Keusselaer, iu the office of Dr. 
IJenjaniin Kiisb.f of Philadelphia, then one of the most emint ~ 
physicians in thisi country. Having graduated with the higlie 
honors as a physician. Dr. Rush, who had formed for his yoni 
pupil a strong personal nttachnient, advised him to settle 
Philadelphia, which he did aI>out the year 1805. He soon after 
married Anna Miluor, the daughter of William Milnor, a promi^ 
neiit citizen of Philadelphia and a warm personal friend of Gt 
Wiushington, and sister to the Hon. James MilDor,^ Dr. Klaj 
rose to great eminence in his profession, and was esteemed one 
of the most successful practitioners of his day. Besides beix 
for a time Professor in the Jeffersou College of Philudelpbt 
and Physician to ihe Philadelphia Uospitjil which the pressii 
cares of a very large practice compelletl him to rnsign, he 
the author of a number of essiiys nytou importunl subjects in 
profession, which were re-publisheil in several European lan- 
guages, rendering his reputation abroad almost as great as at 
home. IIu died buddenly in 184:j, iu the Court House at Phila- 





• Stephen Van Renasclncr, LL.D., "the Patroon," whs bom in New York, Nov. 1, 1764, 
and illetl in Albany, Jan. 26, 1839. He vraa thu 5tli in lineal desi-cnt from Killiacn Vi 
Uenssolaer, thi- uriglniil Painx)n, or propiiftor, of » trajt of liinil whlcli in 16S7 was twciitj 
four miles in lirendtli liv forty-vi^lit in IcDgtIi, extending over tlic grtftter part of AlUtn. 
Kensselaer and Culuiu[>ia Countiuts, N. Y. In 1783, liu inan-ied a dangliicr of Geii. Philip 
Srliuylcr, of Altjany. Menibur of the Asscinhly In 1789, of the ."State Semite in noo-.i 
Lleut.-Gov. I795-I8('il; mciubor of tlieConstlnitlo'nni Conventinn of ISol, and most of t' 
time its presiding; oHiccr. In 1801, he comniandid the Suite Cavalry, with the ninit of Ge 
erul ; yrits in command nf the New York niiUtia on the hreaking ont of the war of IKl! 
and asNiiilied and took Qiifcnstown, Canada, bill wii« eventually delVated. lie was n[ 
a nieinticr of the Ix-gislaiiire in 1816 ; in 1819, was elected a rvftcin of the Suiu- Univcnsi 
and subsc<}uciitly it^ ehancellor ; in 1821, u nietnl>cr of the CuiistitutioDul Convculion ; 
niumIxT of Congress in 1823-9, where his vote caused the election of J.Q. Adams. In No' 
1824, lie eslubllshed at Troy a s-cieutitic schix>l for the instrtiction of teachers, iiicorpoi 
in 1826 lis the llens«tlrttT Institute. Fully one-half of it.s current exfwnseii wero borne 
him, anil he continuoil to aid it till his lieatti — Drake's Biogmphical Dictionary, 

t B<.'nj:»nin lli\.*\i, M.D. (EdinlmrKb, 1763), LL.D., was not only di.^iInKuisfied throni 
a long life n,s a phy^'iciun, n professor and medical author, but as one of the »igMor9 of IB 
Declunuion of Independence, and an active participator in the iinportint political cvcni 
which succeeded the ttcvolation, lie is ranked ntnonK the eminent raen who seem 
our national inde^icndcncc and founded our Federal and State Constitutions. Uo wa6 
ncjir Pbllndelptiia, Uec. 24, 174o, ftiid died in that city, April 19, 1813. He studied m<>dfol 
in Philadelphia, Kdinburi;ii, I»n(ion and Paris. Durintr i ho prevalence of yell' 
Philndelpljia in 1793, Dr. Rush's Inbors were almost lierciileau, sometime!- > 
prefcriliiiif; for not ies!^ than lOU imtients in a day. His treatment wa.i bold hii 
and tliereby, as maintained by Dr lliunsay, he was iiisirumental in sjivinp the live* ol many 
thousands of the inbabitants'of PhilmlclpbliL Colibett, however, in his "Peter Porcu- 
pine's Gazette," BO violeulJy lussauJled Ur. Hush and his treatment of this di*"--- •' ■• i 
tuit was brought lUfainst him and a verdict of S!.)iWO obtained. Dr. K. was T 
the U. S. Mint from 1799 to his death. His writings are numerous. He was d, , 

for pliiliimUropy and piety, and for many of hia last years was vlce-Presidcut ol the 
Philudilphia Uiiilo .Society." 

t Hon. Jamo Milnor was eminent a.s n lawyer and a member of Congrt^a from Phil 
delphiu, but afterwards entered the ministry' of the Episcopal Cliurcli, and dieil wh 
Rector of old St. George's, New York, of which he haii Ik'cii iLPct^ir for many yenm, bo( 
ored and respected not only by all the New Yorkers, but by all vvlio knew tiim personal! 
or by reputation. 





(lelpliia, while ubout to give testimony in a very important t-ase, 
coiicei'uiiig- the. satiily of a wealthy patient. Dr. Klikp>p, like his 
cou^iin Allan (No. 18), was a gentlemau pur exrelleitce, nnH im- 
presst'd nil who met hitn by liis courtly niaiiuers ami intellectual 
conversation. Childrt^n : 
108. Slfi/jfmii Van lieiisielaer,^ who d. in infancy. 
100. Wiiliain Ilennj,^ was a physician, and practised for many years 
in riiiliulclphia ; d. in 18.'»o, at about the middle periotl of 
f life, beloved by all who knew him ; he in. Rebecca Devereux, 

ami had : i, DevereurJ \\, Geoigf Gi'hon.^ \l\, Frfirien'ck:' 
Iv. WiUiiim.'' Vi A datighier^ m. Mr. Williams, and is now 
liviDji in Romp, Italy. \\, Lauruy VJK Hfrtha? 
IIU. Henrif* a physician, and was for many years Physician to the 
Moyamensing Prison, afterwards to the Kastern Penitentiary, 
and who, besides being highly thoujiht of as a successful 
practitioner, was a writer of con-siderable uieriu He had in 
early life Kpeut manj' years in travelling, especially in China 
and Biazil. lie ilied without issue, broken down by the 
fatigues of his profession. 

111. Josep/i,^ also a physician; he is now and lias been for many 
years engaged in a large practice in Philadeljihia. He hafl 
also been largely interested in the Howard Hospital and 
Infirmary for Incurables, the only inslitution of its kind in 
the world, of which he and his friend Dr. Partridge were the 
original founders — Di'. Klapp profiosiug the peculiar plan 
upon which it is tbimded; owing to its perfect syBtem, the 
Itilirmary is capable of doing an immense deal of good, and 
in its wards HJiiiH patients wei'c treated during the year end- 
ing March, lS7o — during the twenty-two years of its exist- 
ence, 1 13,G27. Dr. Joseph Klapp m. Ajuia Pauline, dan. of 
.loJMi Van Lew, deceased, who was, up to the time of his 
death, an extensive and most prosperous hardware merchant 
ill Itichmond, Va., and who d. in 1843, beloved and esteemed 
most highly by all who knew him. Children: \, Joseph,' 
m. the dau. of Rev. Dr. Ingraham, of Mis.sis8ippi, the author 
of " Prince of the House of David," and other works. ii. 
Jo/iii Villi fjeic* Hi, I/(uvey,' d. some years ago. IVt Wtl- 
bur Pmlihck? T, E, Lmtisf." m. Dr. B. F. Nicliolla. late of 
South Carolina, now of I'hiladelphia. vi. Anim Mifnor.^ m. 
Theodore T, Lines, a merchant of Philiideljdiia. y\\, Ellen 

Franklin} Till, Mm;/ Panline.^ Ix. Gertrude ITnwktns? 

112. Anna Afihior' m. ijcr cousin. Dr. Henry Milnor, of New York; 

she d. not many months afterwards. 

1 13. Mary,* m. Rev. Mr. Whilesides, and left two children. 

114. Ellen* m. Rev. Thomas L. Frauklin, D.D., now of Philadel- 

phia ; two sons and three daughters. 

115. Afarffiiret," m. as a second wife. Dr. Henry Milnor. husband of 

her sister Anna M., deceased ; two sons and one daughter, of 
whom but one, the Rev. Charles E. Milnor, of Berlin, Md., 
now survives, 
lie. Reberca* m. Samuel M. Mitchell, merchant, of Richmond, Va. ; 
three sons and a daughter. 
117. Harvey,^ lived for many years near Poughkeepsie, N. Y. His 


brotlier Josojili. finding liis practice too large to atleml to alone, 
sent for bis brother Uarvey, wbo stuilieJ with iiioi aud becurue. 
like hini, one of tb(^ pupular physiciiins iu PhibuIelplnA. 
The excessive labors of bis profession were too great for his 
constitution, tbougb tititurully a strong one, und be <Led at about 
the ago of 411, mourned over by a large circle of friends. He 
m. first, liebooca Peltz, wbo wiis the uiotber of the children left; 
she dying, he m. second, Anna McKnigbt, the niece of Com. 
Decutur; she bad no cliildren, and survives hi tn. Children by 
first wife: * 

118. Mart/* m. Richard W. Steel, merchant ; she d. in about a year. 

119. Rebecca* m, as a second wife, Richard W. Steel, husband of 
her sister Mary, deceased. 

120. Gertrude,* m. Howard liiucbman, merchant. 

121. Elizabeth,^ ra. Capt. Stites, of the Navy, and is now dead. 
122. .John,' in early life, began the study of medicine with his brothers 

iu Philadelphia, but for some reason diverted from the pro- 
fession of his choice, perhaps by his marri.ige at the early age of 
twenty-one. His wife wivs a beautiful and accomjdisbed dau. of 
(Jeu. .Samuel A. Barker.* After the death of Gen. Barker, 
Mr. Klapp, bis son-in-law, continue<l to occupy the old home- 
stead — a large and valuable farm iu Lagninge, Dutchess Co., 
N. Y., well known throughout the county as " the old Barker 
Place." Ou tills farm, it is said, he raised the largest crop of 
wheat that had ever been raised iu Dutchess Co. Here were 
born bis four sons and one daughter. He afterwards engjiged 
iu business in Pouglikeepsie, N. Y., and tinally went west to 
Ohio. l)iit returned a)id died at the house of his only daughter, 
at Palinyra, N. Y„ at the advanced age of 83, after a life of re- 
niarkuble beahh. .John Klapp served his country in the war of 
1812, probahly as Ciiiarleruiastcr, and he wrote from Camp 
Harlacm, " 1 shall soou return home, unless attacked by the 
British who are s.iid to have 50 sail in the [Sound] iielow." In 
the winter of 1824, Mr. Klapj> was sent to Aliwny, as a memlier 
of the Legislature. He was a life-long admirer of Clay, Web- 
ster and Hamilton. Ho heard Webster's celebrated reply to 
Gen. Hayne, and delighted to recall the imposing appearance 
and flasliing eyes of the great orator. After Burr's fatal duel, 
Mr, K. once saw biui iu New York, ntid followed him from the 
Battery through the crowded streets Ut the upper part of ihe 
city, to see what notice he would receive from the public. But 
not one hat was raised ui token of recognition or respect. 
Children : 
123. Henri/ Aiajitilus,* also studied mediciue ; d. in Fishkill, N. Y.; 

he m. Nancy, dau. of James Grant, of Dover, N. Y. ; she d. 

leaving one sou : I. William //.,* now a dry goods eommis- 

• A Revolutionary o(Hrcr, and is said to hnve been a man ot waallli, talents and influeucp. 
He gtrved on the urnlT of Gen. Lafayette, nnrt was present in that cjipacity at the victory of 
Yorktown. Uc is said to have Iwcn almost the only American offlrcr who could eonvertie 
with Lafuyette In his native timnne. On Gen. Difnyctte's second visit to thii- country, be 
Inquired nffeetionntclv iiftor his old friend nnd liis chil^'ren ; and, at a rcceplion givoti him 
in Waterloo N. Y., llndiiig Pierre A. Bnrker a m>u of liL" old comrade, present, Lafayette 
insicited on his cnterinj; the ciirriaec nnd taklnt,' ii place by his side. Geo. Barlier was also 
for many years a raember of the New York Legislature. 




sion mfrcliant, doing hi>.'>(iieK8 in New York city ; is in. and 
li:isr (] ) Eia/Piie:''' (i) Mm,:"' (3) Lnurmce,^" now dead. 
121. Juhii Rmidolpfi,'' stmlied medicine with his uncle. Dr. Joseph 
KI«|ip, in I'hiladdphiu ; m. and went to the wilds of Ohio, 
whcru he niistHl a lart;e family. Me now resides in lllinr>i.s. 
Cliildreu : I, Aiu/imtus.' H, JcmiesJ' HI, Hdtcanl.^ i\ . Jukn.' 
also several diingluers. 

125. Edward Meritte* entered into tlie land speculations in Buffalo, 

2^. Y., and at one time possessed a handsome furtuue, but 
snflcred, like many other.s, on the retreat of the wave, and 
finally died of consumptioij, in 1840, at Palmyra, N. Y., at 
the early a^e of ^.'i.ycars. 

126. Philip Sc/iHi/ler* youngest son of .John Klapp, when he was 

about 17 years of ago, went a sea voya;];e around the world. 
On his return, studied medicine in Ohio with bis brother 
John Uaiidolpb, but d. of Consumption at an early age, unm. 
Piiilip wa.s called "the traveller" by the family. George 
Gilson's spirit seems to have migrated to this lineal descend- 
ant. In a letter of his, dated Galena, Ohio, written Dec. 30, 
1840, lie says of his recent voyage, " I made a "complete pas- 
sage round our little world ; called at the East Indies; saw 
the anaconda, the enormous black whale in the Sea of Kamt- 
schatka, the huge white Iwar at Bhering's Straits, the black 
6wau at ?»ew Holland, the swift ostrich in the deserts of 
Africa ; hunted the voracious condor on the plains of Chili ; 
lassoed the wild horse aljout the gulf of California; shot the 
otter and beaver in the Russian possessions ; paused to look 
at Cook's monument, at Owyhee, and to contemplate the 
volcano at Lomboreh ; and read Hyron's poem of ' The Island ' 
at Olaheite." 

127. Louisa J/.,* m. William F. Aldriidi, a lawyer, und lives in 

lirooklyn, Long Island. 

— r^ — 

COR\B\JRY' {Gilbert* Jnmex,' Jo/ni; Jo/n>,'' John,' Gtorge Gil- 
son*), yotMi2;c'St son of Gilbert Clapp, probably of Westchester Co., 
N. y., married, first, Catharine Bishop, and settled in Greenville, 
Ct., where their children were horn. She died early, and he mar- 
ried again about 1 79 S, probably reniovnig to Dutchess Co., N. Y., 
and Ihenoe to Kiiidcrhook, in Columbia Co. lie died of apoplexy, 
at the age of 60 jear-s. lie had font' daiiglitera not given below. 

Children of CoRNBUEY and 1st wife Catharine (Bishop) Clapp: 

128. James,' went to Ohio; nothing known of his history. 

129. William," went to sea Lu a ship from New York, and was never 

heard from ; the vessel was supposed to be capture<l by Turks. 
4-130. Gu.BKRT,» b. in Greenville, Ct., May 8, 1792; d. March 0, 1873, 

131. Lewis.' 

Children of Cornbury and 2d wife; 

132. JonK,« b. in Dutchess Co., N.Y,, about 1800; lives at Black River 
Falls, Wis. Children: 



133. Nathan," living at Black River Falls, Wis. 

134. Oliver,^ resides at Denver City, Col. Terr. 

135. Zwts,' now dead. 

136. Oscar F.,' is a, bookseller at Black River Falls, Wis. 
137. Alexander," is now living at Kinderhook, Columbia Co., 



— 130 — 

GILBERT' (Cornbunj,' Gilbert,' Jama,' Jol,u* John,* J< 
George Gilsoii' }, tliird son of Cornbury and Catharine (Bishop) i 
Clapp, was born in Greenville, Ct., May 8, 1792. When quite young fl 
he removed with his father and aloij-motlier into New York State, ™ 
and part of his childhood was probably spent in Kinderhook, as he 
remembered going to a school in which Martin Van IJuren (afterward.s 
President) was also a scholar. Ug was bound out, when l>ut seven 
years old, to a man whoso wife treated Gilbert with such cruelty 
that he ran away at the age of twelve, and sinpped on board of a 
merchantman as cabin-boy. He served in the American navy for 
several months j afterwards went into the merchant service, and 
while in Liverpool, after a service of two years, was seized by a 
press-gang and taken on board an Etip;lish frigate, where he remained 
over a year, when lie escaped and entered the American service. 
At various times, he was on board the old frigate Constitution, the 
Chesapeake, the Hornet and the Wasp. He was a seaman sixteen 
years, visiting all the best known ports in both hL'mis|)heres, and for 
his courage and energy was made commander of a vessel. Gilbert 
afterwards removed to Onondaga County, N. Y., then to Tompkins 
County, N. Y., then to Cleveland, Ohio, and in 1845 went to Michi* 
gan. For twenty-eight years previous to liis death, he was a farmer 
in the township of Battle Creek, in the County of Calhoun, Michigan. 
lie died of apoplexy, March !>, 1^73, nearly 81 years of age. At his 
deatfi, and for sumo time previously, he had been a pensioner of 
the war of 1812, through which ho served. The earlier part of his 
life was varied by many scenes of adventure, being iu that time of 
strife previous to and during the war of 1812, and of piracy and 
the slave trado afterwards. In tlie peaceful, closing days of his life, 
he wa.s fond of relating tlie capture of a slave trader, or some encoun- 
ter with pirates, of rehearsing incidents in his life on an English 
IVigate, as an impressed American seaman, as well as portraying 
vividly scenes of battle and personal encounter. He married, Au^. 
(i, 1811, Jane, daughter of Sir John Pattison, M. P. for Co. Mona- 
ghan, Ireland. 8he left her homo with him, and they were married 
in New York. They lived happily together till her death in 1872. 

Children of Gilbert and Jane (Pattison) Clapp: 

138. John,' h. in 1«16; d. in 18.S7, without issue. 
130. William," b. in 18l»; d. without issue iu 1«37. 

140. EuNA Alukna." m. Mr. Aldrich, and lives in Dubuque, la. 

141. Lewis B.," b. March 3, 1822; still living in Battle Creek, IVIicb 




where he went in 1845. He is at the head of the most extensive 
cigar manufacturing estahlishment in SouiIkth and Central 
Michigan, and is also extensiviely engaged in the lumber trade. 
He m. Dothii A. lirundage. Cliildren : 

142. Frank ir.,'" b. Nov. S.'), 1844; is an attorney at law; has 

been City Attorney of Battle Creek, and is the present 
Prosecuting Attorney of Calhoun Co. He m. Josephiiie A. 

143. Charhs /..'" h. May 23, 1855; is a commercial salesman, living 

in Battle Creek. Mich. 
144. Elijah,' b. -Ian. lU. 1R25 ; went to Battle Creek, Miclv., in 1845. 
and is still living at that place, where he is one of the prominent 
business men. Since 1H48, he has been very largely engaged in 
the manufacture of wagons, carriages, &c., and his sales extend 
into nearly every State in the Union. He m. Susan Carr, and 
145. WiUiam,^" b. June 15,' 1855 ; he is interested in business with 

his father in Battle Creek, Mich. 
14fi. Vietla,^" b. Jan. 28, 1858. 
147. Liilie,^" b. Jime 15, 1800. 

148. James,' b. in 1833; d. in 18,34. 

149. Wesley G..' b. Nov. 20, 183C; he ia a farmer, and lives on the 

old homestead of his father in Battle Creek, Mich. He m. Ala- 
phuir lirundage. Children : 

150. Frederick,"' b. April 15, 1857 ; with his father. 

151. T^wii li.,'" b. Deo. 2(3, I8G8. 

152. £arl,"> b. Dec. 25, 1874. 

153. Jane,* d. young. 154. Henrietta. 

The genealogical account of the GEoufiE Gilson branch of the 
Clapp ftitnily in the hands of tfie compiler was very meagre when the 
printing of tliis work was begun. In answer to circuiar.s and private 
letters .sent out by the ptiltlisliers, faiaily rocord.s and traditional 
narrations liavecorae to liglit and have been furnished with a williiig- 
nes9 that .shows the deep interest feit in the mutter by this branch. 
This line, it will be seen, is not so numerous as some of the others, but 
much interesting matter in relation to individual members has been 
obtained and is now for the finst time printed. In addition to what 
has been received from private sources, the following facts, derived 
mostly from the Documentary History of New York Slate and Bol- 
ton's History of Westchester County, will be found interesting. 

In the year 1G90, the inhabitants of the towns of Hanipstcad, 
Jamaica, Flushing and Newtown on Long Island, directed Captain 
John Clapp to write a [))'0test to the King's Secretary of State 
against '• the severe oppressions and tyrainiical usurpations of Jacob 
Lcisler* and his accomplices." This letter has been truly called 

* Jncob Leisler, a Oerman Adventurer yrUom ttie unsettled state of sflhini in the Amcricnn 
colonies, ni flic lime of the dowrir'nll of.Inmea II. nnd tlie acctwion of Wiilinm niid M;irv to 
tbe crown of England, hud acciduntnlljr llirowo intu power iu Nuw Yurie, liaally osuunivd 




"telling and bitter." About 1703, John Clapp resided in the "out 
•ward" of New York City. His family tlicri consisted, bcHidej 
himself, of" 1 male [perhaps his father], I fcmaio [his wife], 2 male 
children, 2 male negroes and 1 female ne«;ro." In I 704, John Clapp 
was one of twenty-nine proprietors of the township of Bedford, in 
Westchester Co., their patent being granted i>y Quoon Anne, through 
Gov. Conibury. In 1705, John Clapp i)urcliased of the Indian pro- 
prietors a lar«re tract of laud on the north side of Rye Pond, in 
Northcastle, Westchester Co., which is thus described in the deed: 

All the land above mentioned, from the &aid north-west side of said pond, 
running west northerly three miles, more or less, and from thence runuhig 
norih-oastwardly four miles, more or less, ou a run or river called BruDcIu'a 
river, and from thenee east nortlierly three English miles, moi-e or less, and 
then from thence runs soutb-westerdly to tlie place from whence it began, 
tiikliig ill Hiid including u small |M>nd culled Cranberry pond, unto JobD 
Clftpp, bis heirs, executors, administrators, &c.., reser\-iiig three hun'^Ired 
acres for our own use, for the sum of £10, that is to say, four pieces of 
eight, or money, and the other £8 10s. in such goods as are agreed upon by 
said parties. 

Signed sealed and delivered in 
presence of us, 

Kiiger Tlioryon, The mark of Cj Pattbunck, sen. 

The mark of Daniel The n»ark of ^ Pan ridge. 

lieadley. The mark of -< Wapeto Patthunck. juo. 

The mark of O younger Patthuuck, 

In 1708, the title of Jolin Clapp and eight others to a tract of 
land in NorthcasUe wa.-3 confirmed by royal charter, through Lord 
Curnbury. In 1705, Capt. John Clapp, with two others, |)urchased 
another extensive tract of the Indian proprietors, in the township of 
Rye, in the same county, the deed being dated April 13th of that 

A certain parcel of land lying and being within ye township of Rve. 
bounded by a certain beach tree standing upon the brink of Byram river, 
marked with .1. G. J. and J. H. ,ind J C. running up ye said river northerlT 
to a great swamp, where standeth an ash tree marked with the al)ove 8.aid 
letters, and from thence in a direct course to an oak tree with stones laid 
at ye root, and from Ibeuee with a range of marko<I trees of the norther- 
most corner of ye great pond, so running down by ye said pond till it nieet- 
etb witli a while oak sapling marked with ye above said letters, and from 
thence by certain markeit trees Co the above said marked beach tree by ye 
brink of Byriim river. 

The true mark of q Wapetoe. 

The true mark of ^ Raresqaiuih. 

The true mark of o* Mekeram 


Sig. sealed and delivered 
in the presence of 
Daniel Strang. 
Joseph Purdy. 
The marke of ^ Pare, 

the governnn-hiji of th»t rolony.aiid on the nrriviil of Gov. SloMfThter frnm Kni^lnnil refused 

to giicrciiUcr llit; forliflcntions', tliu>i rciiJcrinp liimsclf tiablc to tlit clisrw of fnusi.n. r<-.,r 

wh(i-li lie WHS tried, conilemiu'd imd fxorntcd, liis execution takinn ph\w >t" 

He wiMiiw to liiivo poHS(v<i<'<l jf<K)d imJ liail irnits of clmrnclor. In 1689, he | 

liirye tr«i't ol' liuid in Wct-tclic-ilcr Co., c-mlimoing the whole of whiil i« now tl;. : ...„ .,c 

New Ri)thillc, whic-li he iKstowed on tbo Huguenot*, then arriving in Urge numt)cr» ta me 

country from France. 



A further grant and confirniatioo was obtainod July 20, of tho 
same yuar, as follows : 

Of all that said tract of land which is butted and bounded as follows, vIb. 
begitiuiiig at a beach tree staudiug by Byram river near a great rock, 
iii;trkcJ with letters J. H. J. V. .1. C., then nmniiig up the said river uorth- 
wej^t to « fertuin ash tree in the upjier end of a phice commonly called Pond 
Pound neck, marked with the letters aforesaid, &c. &c., to the Colony line 
and thence by the suid Colony line westerdly to the eight mile stake stand- 
ing hetvveej) three white oak treei*, marked, viz. one of said trees is marked 
with the letters C. C. U. on the north side, and on ye south side J. D. and 
from said tree in a direct Hue runs to ye northmost corniT of Rye Pond 
and thence south l*t degrees westerdly to a wliite ouk sapiitig, niarke<l by 
the Pond side with the letters J. P., thence liy u range iif marked trees 
south G.J degrees east to au ash tree standitrg by IMind brook on the east 
side thereof, and thence hy another range uf marked trees to a certain 
chestnut tree marked with tlie letters J. J. ou ye north side, on tiie west 
side with the letters J. P., on the south-west side with the letters J- U., and 
thence by a range oi marked trees to ye place where it begins. 

Sigueil, sealed and delivered The mark of Serringoe. 

in presence of Serringoe's mark in behalf of Wapeto 

James Mott. Palhunck, and of his brother Karesquash. 

Ueury Disbrow. 
Joost Puldiuck. 

Iq niO, Queen Anne issued Iter royal letters patent to him antl 
others for lliese lands in Rye. From 1707 to nil,.Iolni Clappwas 
clerk of Wcdtchestei- Cotinty. The pedij:;iee of tito Quitiby luiiiily, 
of Northcttstle, shows that Dorcas Quinby, born Sept. 9, 1690, 
manicd John Clapp, of Purchaso. 

It id almost certain that the Johti Clapp who fij^iired in the early 
liistory of Worflcheslcr Co. was John,' No. 'i, <d" our Mooiorial. 
The item mentioned, however, refer.>^, probably, to his son John,* 
No. 6, who, aixording to family records, married Eliza Dougla.s 
Quiinby. From tlicsc gleanings of history, it would seem probable 
that John Cla[>f>. who probably came from the South in his youth, 
lived fHi Long Island and in New York city, where his children 
were born. Thence entering the wilderiiesH to the north of thi; oitV, 
lie finally settled lii:^ family on land comprised in the towns of North- 
ca.stlc, Rye and Harrison. From tltij point, hi.s dcsceudaiits have 
spread up tlic Hud.sun River as far as Albany; thence west through- 
out the State of New York, and, so, on to the great west, one branch 
only (Silas, No, 10) taking au eastward direction into Rhode Island. 

Doubtless, large numbers of the descendants of Geoiige Gilsox 
are still unrecorded. It is known that many are in Canada; and 
could the scattered names of this family be collected, tliey uiight 
exhibit an aggrej^ate in numbers nearly equal to those of tho other 
families of the same name. 

The arrival and settlement in this country of large numbers of 
Huguenots, some of them from the city ol" Roclielle in Fraticc, the 
last asylum in that country from which they were driven out, forms 



a most interestiiic; chaiiter in tlie colonization of America, but it 
can hen? be referred to only as connected willi the family intended 
to be memorialized. The town of New Rochollc, already montioned, 
received in 1C89 a portion of tliese exiles, who had been aided 
in tlicir escape by tlie English government, and had received letters 
of denization from Charles 11. in council nnder the great Bcal. In 
1695, larj^er numbers came, and they continued to arrive till the 
year IIOO. On tlic I7tli of April, 1724, twenty-eisht freeholders of 
the town signed a document granting to Anthony Lespinard a portion 
of land (on Oavenport's Neck) for the erection of a mill. Among 
these ficeliolders i» found the name of Gilleanrac Clapp. Wiiethor 
he was of the lino of Groroe Gilson is not certain, but probably he 
was, from his vicinity to the first settlements made by members of that 
family, and as his name was not there in 1710. With the exception 
of his name and those of John Clark and John M. Martin, the other 
twenty-tive names are of fopcijjn derivation. The records of the 
town were tlien partly kept in liic French language. This language 
in its purity is said to have been preserved in New Rochellc during 
at least two generations, and tlic town was a place of considerable 
resort for the acquirement of that language, and likewise on account 
of the hospitality and politeness of its inhabitants. Here the Hon. 
Jolin Jay (the grandson of a Pluguenot), and Gen. Philip Schuyler 
of revolutionary memory, received the elements of their education 
under the charge of the French clergy. As showing the type of 
character of these worthy emigrants, among whom oue at least of 
our name is known to liave lived, if he was not actually one of them, the 
followinir extract from t!ie will of the Huguenot, Juhn Mashclt (date^i 
New llochelle, April 17, IG!)4), is copied from Holtou's interesting 
history already alluded to: 

Our help be in the name of God, which made the heaveaa and earth. 


I. JoliM INIoshett^ a ship carpenter, born and bred in ye town of Fnimbbad 
in Fnince, and dwelling in Kiird^jaux, and being fugitive by the persecution, 
with my I'umily. viz., Jwuie Thomas my wife, aurt Peter, John, Jeanne and 
Mary Atme ilashelt, my oliildreii, sons and daughters, and having all 
abatidtiiiL'il ami tursaken all my goods for uiy religion's sake, whioli I profess 
in the purity of a Cliristian commonly called Protestant, and l>eing now 
est^iMJsheil in these place's, lands and dependencies of Nl-w York, in the 
town called JVn'r Jioc/ie/fp, uiitliT the dominion of the liigli and mighty 
monarch, our king, William of jiluiuc memory, t<^ which God preserve his 
sceptre and crownc. and that iinfler his reign we might live in Gofl's ft-ar, 
and l)eing sick of body with a fever, notwithstJinding sound of mind and 
memory, and willing to provide my business for the tran<|uility of ray 
family, &c. Impriuius, I eomuHMKl my soul to God, the Father, the Creator 
of Heaven and Earth, that he inij;;ht receive /let in Ilis Heavenly kingdom 
amon^ his blessed children. And as for my corpse, to be buried after the 
custom and manner of my religion and discipline, till the accomplinthmcut 
of times, and utilill the ressurrection when our Lord shall come for to judge 
the quick and the dead, &c. &c. 





Besides Itngrr, Eihrartl, Tftumas, ]\ir/ioinii anrl Gcorfrc Gi/son, 
whose descendants have l>cen carefully traced in the preceding pages, 
there were others of the name of Clapp, early found here, who either 
came to this country independently of any of the above-named, or 
who were descended from some of theui, the relationship being at 
the present time unknown. Tltcse names are given chronologically, 
as nearly as this has been found practicable. 

Mlilltam ariapp. 

n IGG4. a petitian from the inhabitants of the town of Dorchester 
" To tlie Hon"' Gouvn^ the Deputy Gouvn', together with the rest of 
the hou"' Majristrats <fe houHO of Dcputyes: ■Assembled in Generall 
court at Boston," was drawn up and signed by one hundred and two 
iridividual.s, constituting the great body of the freemen of the town. 
It bad reference to the political changes brought about by the resto- 
ration of Charles II. in 1660, Tlie colonists feared the worst when 
this restoration took place, and during these four years the good 
people of Dorchester, with the inhabitants of other towns, had an.x- 
ioiisly awaited the course of events. It was in this condition of 
things tliat the petition referred to was presented, the burden of 
wiiicfi was a request for a continuance of the privileges and liberties 
they had liitherto enjoyed. One sentence from it, here given, com- 
prises, perhaps, the most important desire contained in it, and one 
about, which they had experienced tiio most alarm. " Therefor," 
they say, " it is our Hnmblc request that the liberty of o' churches & 
Jkitfirull ministry in this collotvy utay bee still continued, without the 
imjuwilion of any such Injunction not ordained of god, wch con- 
sciences truly tender would bo trobled wilhall, but that as hitherto 
our churches & ministers hauc bine freed from such human inuen- 
tions & impositions, soe they may beo still, it being well knowne to 
the world that to be freed therefrom was one spetiali cause that 


moned many to remone from their deare natiue country Into this 
wildernes & how lamentable & greiueous it would bee to be here 
burdened & encombred againe with such matters is casv for any to 

Among the signers to this Dorchester petition, were no less than 
nine of the name of Clapp, and one of them was the William above 
mentioned. Nothing is known of his history or of his connection with 
other families of the name ; but as he is stvlcd senior, it is likely he 
had a son also named William. 

The other Clapps who signed the petition were Ezra, Ebenezer, 
Increase, Nathaniel, Nehcmiah, Edward, Nicholas and Samuel. The 
original petition, with autographs of all the signers, now belongs to 
the library of the late Samuel G. Drake, Esq., and doubtless consti- 
tutes the largest collection of original signatures of the chief men of 
Dorchester, of so old a date, now extant. 

Joijtt oriapp. 

There was a John Clapp and his wife Hannah, who were living 
in Boston in 1679, how much earlier is not known. This family 
either returned to England, or was not perpetuated here. 

Children of John and wife Hannah Clapp, of Boston : 

2. John,* b. Nov. 11, 1679; m. July 17, 1710, Margaret Lattany, 

of Boston. 

3. Abigail,' b. Feb. 14, 1681 ; d. young. 

4. Abigail,' b. Nov. 21, 1685. Nothing known of her history. 

SS^illiam OTlapp. 

In the records of the town of Marblehead which were lately copied 
into those of Boston, is given the marriage of William Clapp and 
Mary Helman, both of Boston. They were married by Moses Mav- 
erick, Nov. 24, 1 685, and the record adds, " Mother dead and father 
gone to the eastward, but given his consent." They were living in 
Boston in 169iJ, and buried a daughter Mary, June 18th of that year. 
This is probably the same person whose petition for clemency is 
given below. 

To the Hon'* Court of Assistants \ 

sitting in Boston, September 18,1 685. ) 

The Humble Petition of William Clap. Whereas Your poor petitioner 
was sentenced yesterday by Your Honor to' pay ten pounds tine to the 
Country and a month emprisement and charges, &c., Your Hon" Petition' 
doth not in the least desire to have any hard thoughts of You, not any 
ways doubting but it ia Your Hon" aime in all your iudicial proceedings to 

isoi,ati:d families. 


tlo that is Just and rightouss Yet I liumbly request Your Hono" leve to let 
me say that I am inocent as to tht' rharges and humbly rerjuest Yonr 
Hurio" woiiM be pleased tr> remit the sentence tliat halli been jironounced 
me catlier in jiart or In the whole being hear a stranjier in a stnifii; hirid, 
remote from my I'arents and at |)resenL uncapablc to make any satiiifaction 
nnless God should pleas to stirru up the hearts of my friends liear to 
fauonr me on that aeeoinit. Yonr Eloii" faner in grantinja; tliis my request 
will be thiinkfiilly Acknowledged by your poor petitioner who desires Your 
Honors happiness & prosperity. William Clai'. 

On this petition it was ordered that he be discharged by " paying 
lii,'^ fine, clmi'jies of tryale, <fec." There is little doubt that this 
William was an emij^rant iVom Ens^land, but his ailor life ia wholly 
unknown, unless lie afterwards cornea to liuht in 1705-06 as the 
Capt. William Clapp who was a Water BaililY at Capo Cod during 
those years, and had chars^e of the drift whales. No descendatats 
of his are known to Lave remained in this couiitrj'. • 

Uottxt €\a^p. 

In 1687. there was a Robert Clapp and his wife Mary living in 
Boston. It is simply possible he may have been the Robert Ctapp 
who was made overseer to the Will of Robert Martin, of Rehoboth, 
iti ICGO, and called ia that document "cozen," "of Dorchester."* 
This family probably returned to England soon after the birth of 
their last child. 

Children of Robert and Mart Ci-app, of Boston : 

2. Robert,' b. in Boston and returne<l with his parents to England. 
Jle returne(l to Bcston and was employed by Edmund and 
Josiah (^uiiiey. of Boston, a.s Master of the lirig Seahorse, of 
wliieh he owned oite-ei'jhth. In one of his voyages in the Sea- 
horse, he wa.s at I'ort linyul (.Jamaica), in 1740, where he was 
taken nick, and there made his will and teirttament, in which 
he ordains lliat his body should he " decently but not extrava- 
gantly buri*»d." lie left bis property to his mother, '' Maiy 
HcnvJaud," his brother John and his sister Agues, all of the 
Parish of Little Ilaiu in the County of Devon in Old Eng- 
land, to be divided ei|nally between them. He m. in Bostiju, 
Feb. 10, 170."}, Mrji. Hannah Bristow, dan. of fSainuei Flaek, of 
Boston. He outlived her, and left no eluldreii. In the inven- 
tory of Im estate, the following articles are enumerated (uinoug 
others) : 

One Negro Man ..... 

A dark blue brojidcloth Coat and breeches 1 
trimmed with silver j 

A pair of velvet breeches .... 


* Also in Inventory of fame person in 16GC, " coicn Clapp, ami Idnswoman June Clapp," 
who mitv Imve b6eu iils »irtci'. 



A light blue broadcloth Coat and breeches ) 
trimmed with silver j 

A black I'adusoy Jacket, gold bnttoDB 

Oiic-eighth of Brig Seahorse 

Two II lids of PImeuto .... 

The whole of his Estate was appraised at £1,43G 1 
48. 8d-, old teuor. j 

Agniss,* not m. in 1740. 

John,* b. in Boston, Nov. 7, 1687. 


Was born about the middle of tlic last century; lived in Foster, 
R. I. Ilis wife's name was Comfort Durfey. He was known by 
some of the deecendauts of GEOauE Gilson, living in Warwick, 11. 1., 
but was not considered by them as belonging to that family. After 
Lis death, his widow went with her children to Vermont, and married 
John Thomson. 

Children of Ebenezer and Comfort (Durfey) Clapp, of Foster, 
R. I.: 

2. Thomas,* b. March 3, 1767. He was a volunteer in the war of 
1812, and d. of smallpox at Platt«barg, N. Y. He m. March 14, 
1790, Abigi^il Place, who was b. April 22, 1768, and d. at 
Hastings, N. Y., Aug. 12, 1850. Chihlren : 

3. Celia,' b. Miiy 1, 1791 ; m. >Sept. 17, 1^*29, R, S. Orvis; dead. 

4. Jerri/ A.,' b. June 15, 1793 ; m. Aug. U, 1818, Amelia Be»tou ; 
now dead. 

6. Nancy' h. Aug. 16, 1795 ; is still living. 
G, John T.,' b. iu Hiiiesburgh, Vt., July 30, 1707 ; he ia now 

h'ving ui Jericho, Vt. He m. Chloe FonL Children : |, 
Olife M,* d, young, if. Sarah E.* m. John A. Bowman, 
and lives in Boaton. fit, Olive M.* \y, Jiollin M.* lives in 
Vorgcnnes, Vt. ; m. Emily M. Stroud, an<l liiis a son John 7".* 
Tf Simeon W.,* lives in Boston; m. Loreiida Mead, and has : 
(1) A'raj' (2) WaJter C' 

7. Christopher C.,' b. ui Jericho, Vt, May 3, 1 709 ; m. M.iy 30. 
1822, Lydia Cornell, who was b. iu Rutland. Vu, April 14, 
1803. He moved to Onondaga Co., N. Y., about 1820, and 
later in life moved to the State of Michigan. He d. Dec 
11,18(J8. She lives iu Ashtema, Mich. Children: I, John 
T.,* h. iu Ikliisle, N. Y., March 12, 1823; m. Sept. 3, 1848, 
Eliza C. Rickard, b. in Charlestown, N. Y.. Dec. 28, 1822; 
they live in Pau Pau, Mich. ii. Almira* b. March 9, 1824 ; 
d. Sept. 1824. ill. S<iU,j Ann* b. Julv IC, 1825; d. March 
22, 1830. Iv. (Mia J./ b. in Beliisle,' N. Y., Sept. 8, 1827 ; 
m. in 1847, Wesly A. Dunhum; they live in Lyons, Iowa. 
y^ Horace C* h' in Belli»le, N. Y., July 9, "l829; is » 
physician, and lives in Mendon, Midi.; m. April 15, 1856, 
Mary A. Miller, who was b. in Keesville, N. Y., Sept. 17, 



1834. She is a niece of William Jliller, the faunder of tLo 
Advent Millerites, who were so immcrous in Vermont, in 
184a. Children: (1) AlUe Mae," h. iii Ustego, Mi.-h., Sept. 
1, 1858; {i)Liak lielle,'' b. in MeiHion. Mich., Sept.. 22, 
1860 ; (3) Louis Onmi," b. in Mendoii, Mich., Oct. 10, 1864. 
vt, Lonim M.,* b. in Van I3uren, N. Y., Nov. 6, 1833 ; m. in 
185U, John II. Bushnell, wlio was b. iu 1830; they live in 
O^^htenio, Mich. vil. Orson S.,* b. in Van Buren, X. Y., 
April 7, 183l>; m, in 18<'>7, Hannah ...., and lives iu 
Appleton, Minn. Tili* Irnny F.,* b. in Van Buren, N. Y., 
June 10, 1838 ; m. Oct. li, 18G1, Delora A. Sherwood, who 
was b. in Otsego, Mich., Oct. 11, 1813 ; they live in Allegau, 
Mi<-h. Children : (1 ) Jra Burt,^ b. Feb. 13', 1869 ; (2) Fred 
Crittenden,'' b. in AUentan. Mich., Feb. 8. 1873. Ix. haac 
H.* b. in Van Buren, N, Y., Oct. lo. 1840; m. in 18lil, 
Esther Bacon, and lives in Oslitemo, Mich. 

8. Harry 0.," b. Feb. 8. 1801 ; m. Mary Rogers; dead. 

9. Mnen-a MJ b. Feb. 2(3, 1803 ; ui. l')r. Joseph Ti. Cornell. 
10. Thomas J.,' b. Aug. 30, 1805 ; ni. Almira Rose, June 30, 

1828; dead. 
11. Chloe,* m. Alexander ReyDoldii. 

Joljn OTIapp 

Was born about 1740 j be came from (Windsor?) Connecticut, 
where liia ancestors resided, settled in Eastbumpton, marrying in 
that town, about June, 17G2, Sarah Pomcroy, and built a house 
near her falber'a. He was a soldier in the war of the Revolution 
(doubtlesa the John Clapp mentioned in ifie History of Easthanip- 
ton as serving Ibnr years), and received a pension for some 
years. If over he had any brothers and sisters, they never visited 
Easthamptou, and were never spoken of by him so far as is known; 
neither can it be ascertained who bis father was, or to what branch 
of the family he belongs. He died some years previous to 1832. 
Lyman, in his History of Northampton, calls him a nephew of Maj. 
Jonathan and Aaron. This must be a mistake, aa we cannot tiud that 
he was related to cither of tliem. 

Children of John and Sarah (Pomeroy) Olapp, of Easthampton: 

2. Olivek,* m. and moved to some place in New York State, and 

never visited Lis native town afterwards, lie had four daugh- 

3. Thomas," b. about 1783 ; d. in Northampton, Aug. 1867, aged 84 

years. He m. in 1811, I'hebe, of Northampton, who 

d. many years previous to lier hu»;band. Children : 

4. Sarah U.,' m. Thoma.s Rogers, of Northampton. After the 

death of her husband, she moved, with her two remaining 

children, to Sacramento, Gal., where her oldest dau., already 

married, then lived. 



5. Elisnlteth,^ m. William F. Pratt, of iS'orth.impton, and had 

eleven ehildrt-n, seven of wlmrn were liviiic; in 1873. 

6. Julia* m. Eli Edwards, and resided iu Northauiptou until his 

death, a few ye«rs since ; now resides in Florence, with her 
daughter, Mrs. Hill. 
T. Nancy,* unm. ; she went to California wilh her sister Sarah B. 
8. Charles* d. iu the Navy. 
9. Asa,' d. in youth. 

10. Charles,' never ni.arried. He followed his brother Oliver to his 

new home, and visited hi.s fi'iends in Eiisthauaptou but oueo af ler- 

11. John,* m. Sophia Ch.ipnian. He survived his wife a number of 

years, and d. about 18G3, more than 80 years of age. Children : 

12. Sophia* m. Sylvester Cooper, and lives in Easthamptou. 

13. Maurice* 

14. John Merrick* m. first, his couaiu Maria, dan. of Mrs. Sally 

Frost (No. 23); second, Mr,s. Sophia Avery. Children by 
lirstvvife: i, George* m. and has two children; resides in 
Westfield. ii. Frederic Oliver* d. March, 1871, aged 21 

15. Amos B.* m. Delila Johnson ; they reside in Easthampton and 

have one son, John* 
IS. Asa O(>^n«0R,' m. Roxana Mo<xly, of South Hadlcy, who d. 

Dee. 1872. Children: \, Emjom M.* m. and has a eJiild. 

II. aVc//iV.' lives with )\i-v father in Westfield. 
17. Eliakim W.* m. first Miuerva Miner; seeond, Mrs , of 

We,>!tfield. lie resides in Soutli;\nipton. Children by first 

wife: \, Elln* ni. Jlr. Phelps, of Westfield, and has one 

child, ii, Willie* lives with his father. 
18. James,' b. in Southampton. Dec. 27, 178D; d. Jan. 18, 1849. He 
was drafted into tlu^ iirniy in the war of 1812, and went to 
Boston, where he served three months. He in. Ot-t. Ii), 1825, 
Mrs. Tlieodoeiu (Chipij) Riiij>, wiilovv of Eleazer Hinjsj, and dau. 
of EliakLin Clapp (No. 3U.') of the ilescendauts of Iio<;iir{), of 
Chesterlield ; she was b. in Chester, April 4, 17'.)2. He was 
often heard to tell his wife that they were no relation to eacb 
other. Children : 

19. Adaline T.* h. in, Oct. .3, 182G ; ra. Jan. 18, 1855, 

Robert, of I'riuee Edward's Island. They live ia 
Easthaiiiptoii atid have four children. 

20. Janws,' h. in Easthampton, Feb. 2C. 1820; m. Oct. 1853, 

An;;ust.i Meekins, of Conway, Mass. They live in Worcester. 

21. Helen* b. iu Northampton, Dec. 28, 1832 ; is now living unm- 

iu Easthampton, She fumishtnl much information concern- 
ing this branch of the family. 

22. KiVG,* d. Jan. 25, 18411, unmarried. 

23. Sally,* m. Mr, Frost, and lived and died in Troy, N. Y. She 

left, a son, who moved to Hlinois, and a daughter Maria, who m. 
her cousin John M. (No. 14), of Ejislhampton. 

24. Mauia,' d. young. 

25. Batiisheba.' m. Mr. Tinker, and had fonr children. They both 

d. many years ago. 



[Since the printing of the precoflinp p.i?l<^R, many omissions nml eri-ors in 
the records of the diilert'nl familit's huva hctn detected, and tiiuch ndditioiifil 
mutter relatiTif; to itidividualHiiaiiipd in the Ixjok or to phiees or ]nit)lie events 
in wlneh iinhvidimls nf ihe family were coneernod, has ciniie to hand. Also 
pai)cr8 am! doemuentsi, s-omc of them too lon;» for insertion in the body of the 
wiirk, have been thou^fht de.«ervin<{ of imhlieation. A portion of the book 
has therefore been .set apart for these additional records, corrections and mis- 
cellaneous papers. All these will be taken up in regular order, iirxler the 
names and numbers (as Ihcy occur in the forepoing' pajres) of the individuals 
with wliom the fncls or statements may Ijeconneeted, It is believed no mem- 
ber of the Ciajip Famdy ivill fail to lind something in tliem worthy of jierusal.] 

I. - - - in tijc ILinc of Mogrr. 

No. 1 {page 1). — Roger. By a comparison of the will of Captain 
Roger Clapp with the "Deed of Division" of the estate of liis son 
Elder Samuel Clapp, who left no will, it appears that the house first 
built an<l lived in by Roger fell to Elder Samuel's son Samuel, tlieti to 
his son Samuel, and was ne.'st bought by the son-in-law of the latter, 
John Ward;, who sold it to Capt. ricmnul (Jlapp (No. 88 of NicHor.As) in 
January, ITfil. The Hatter, dying in 1819, provided in his will that 
hia two daughters, Catharine and Rebecca, should have the usp of the while they lived and remained unmarried. Ilebecca died, un- 
married, Dec. II. 1855, in her 72J year, Catharine died, unmarried, 
Feb. 21. 1812, in her 90th year, having lived in her father's Louse 53 
years after liis decease. Since her death, the old homestead has been 
bought by her nephews, Frederick and Lemuel Clapp, grandchildren 
of Capt Lemtiel. There were about fifty heirs to the property. From 
information given by the latter of these gentlemen (the former has 
since died), it appears that Capt. Lemuel enlarged and improved the 
house about the year 1767, adding the two cast room.s, the kitchen and 
the large cliimnoy, and so ornamenting the parlor that it was considered 
the best in that part of the town. By an examination at the present 
time (1875) it would seem that the upper and lower bed-rooms (tbe 
lower but 6 ft. 2 in. high) in the centre arc all that remain of the origi- 
nal house. These rooms have been in use upwards of two hundred years, 
and were probably occupied by Roger himself. The framing of the 



first addition to the building is very subetantial, the corner posts being 
about a foot square, and one girt in Ihu centre njcasures 8x16 inches. 
They are of ot^, and as sound as new. Several flooring boards in the 
attic measure two feet wide. The patiel over the fire-place in the 
present west room measures 2J by 6 feet. The fire-place in east room 
was, until recently, ornamented by glazed China tiles, in the style and 
fashion of former days. After the death of Catharine, the east room 
or parlor not being used, and no fire being kept there, the wall paper 
became loose and a part of it came off. This paper was known to 
have been on the walls one hundred and three years, and doubtless 
was imported from England. It was of a showy pattern, with large 
columns or pillars, with bright red roses intertwined about them. It 
has been said that when Capt. Lemuel's military company was quar- 
tered in the house, in the early part of the Kevolutionary War, the 
soldiers tried to get these roses off to put on their hats, but their efforts 
proved unavailing. During the last few years, pieces of this paper 
have been much sought after for relics. In the east chamber can bo 
seen in the lloor the charred marks of the legs of the iron kettles used 
by the soldiers, and in two other rooms the ceiling shows marks made 
by their guns while exercising. In striking contrast with the chim- 
neys of ttie present time, the west chimney of the old house measures 
about eight feet square in the cellar. 

Castle Island, now Fort Independenob. 

This Island, which for so many years was under the command 
of Capt. Roger Clapp, must ever posso.'is a peculiar interest to his de- 
scendants. From some "Historical Notes" respecting it, recently 
published by Mr. Samuel Burnham, the following condensed sketch is 
mostly drawn : 

Casfle Island, now Fort Independence, in Boston Harbor, is probably 
the oldest fortified place in the United States now used as a military 
post. It is situated about 9(11) yards from South Boston Point, and 
1160 yards from (lovernor's Island, from which it is separated by tho 
main channel. Like the other islands in Boston Harbor, it has suffered 
much from storms and the continued wear of the sea since its first 
occupation, especially on the north and east side, where a sea wall has 
lately been laid to protect it fioin further encroachment. On the south 
side, however, it has probably extended its area by the same forces 
which have worked upon the other sides. From its situation, com- 
manding the main ship-channel, it was early selected for the defence 
of Boston, within the limits of which it was included. At a court held 
at Boston on the 4th of March, ]<i33— t, it was proposed, for the benefit 
of the Colony, " that a moving Fort bo built, 40 feet long and 21 feet 
wide," and the means for building the same were raised by individual 
contributions. Also "the Governor and Council, and divers of the 
ministers and others, met at Castle Island, and there agreed upon 
ererting two platforms and one small fortification to secure them both, 
and for the present furtherance of it they agreed to lay nut £5 a man 
till a rate might be made at the next general Court." The Court meet- 
ing in the following Septenjber passed an order that there should " be a 
platforme made on the north-east syde of Castle Island, and an house 


built on the topp of Iho hill to defend the said plaltforme." The 
inasoury was of oyster-shcH lime, ami ttie works neither solid nor 
expensive. It appears to be probable the first motive in building tlie 
castle was for the defence of tiie Colony as much against the home 
government as against a foreign enemy, for it was the escitement 
relative to giving up the charter, and a rumor that the king was about 
t<f send over a governor general, which was the cause of the first steps 
tliat wore taken and the voUuitary contributions which were made 
for that end. At about the same time, some friends of the Colony, 
then in England, sent over a present of guns for the useof the Colony, 
and tlic'BO wf-re pjjfedily monntcd on the foitification which had been 
prepared. The first cumniander at the fort was Gapt. Simpkins. 

Ou the 6tli of June, 1639, a tax of £1001) was levied for the whole 
Colony, which was assessed upun tho tuwris of Boston, Roxbury, 
Salera, Weyinoiith. Ilingham, Lynn. Cambridge, Watertown, Newbury, 
Dorchester, Ipswich and Chivrlestown. One quarter of this sum was 
appropriated (owardti building a house and repairing the batteries on 
the Island, £100 per anmirn having previously been voted towards 
keeping the fort propeily niauncd. As years passed on, hf)wever, the 
expense of keeping the furt was great for the little Gulutiy, and the 
necessity appearing so sliglit, in 1643 the Court abandoned the whole 
affair and " gave Castle Island and the house there to Capt. Gibbons," 
with this proviso, " urdesse it bee implied to publiqne use for fortifica- 
tion at any time hcaralter." The ordnance, ammunition, &c., were 
returned to the towns of IJoston and Charlestown. 

Bostr>n and the few towns immediately adjoining the harbor were 
thus left entirely exposed, and began to feel the sense of weakness, 
which was especially apparent when armed vessels were able to come 
to the very landing uf the town without possibility of interference. 
Consequently upon this feeling, at a special Court held in March, 
1643-t, an order was passed " thatitshal be lawful for the inhabitants 
of the towiios within the Bay, or any convenient uimibcr of them, to 
erect a fortification upon the Castle Island, such as the present time & 
their abilities will give liberty and opportunity unto, & to repair the 
batteries there as the necessary defense of tho peace shall require, & 
that they shall have liberty to take back unto the said Island such 
ordnance and anniKinition as was lately fetched from thence, or so 
much thereof as lliuy shall m:ike use of, any former order to the con- 
trary notwithstanding;" and it was further ordered that "when the 
townes in the Bay shall have repaired the two (platforms) in Caatle 
Island & mounted the ordnance and erected a fortification there of 
lifetye foote square within, the wall ten foote thick, at loaste, &. heighth 
proportionable, with stone, timber «& earth & a sufficient garrison of 
twenty men at least provided for the defence of it, Ihi.-j Court will alow 
one hun<lrcd pounds pr annum townrds the maintenance thereof, & 
this Court will also alow, towards this work, & the securing the other 
passage by Byrd Uatjd, one hundred pounds, to be paid when both 
the said works shal bee finished. And it is further ordered, that not- 
withstunding the charge to bee defrayed by the towns in the Bay, yet 
the said fortifications to bo still accounted to belong to the country, 
& this Court, or the councell of warr from time to time to have the 
command and disposall thereof as occasion shall require." 

Lieut. Richard Davenport was chosen first regular Commander of the 

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