Billings — Butterfield

BILLINGS. The family settled in that part of Concord which is now Lincoln. The line of descent in that town has been from Joseph through Nathan to John, m. Lydia Dennis. Ch. Lydia F. b. 1801. Mary, b. 1803. John D. b. 1805, m. May, 1832, Eliza Ann Stearns, d. Mar. 27, 1871 (see Industries). [*1] She d. Mar. 3, 1875. Ch. Mary Ann, b. Mar. 18, 1833, m. Oliver J. Lane. John Winn, b. Jan. 9, 1837, d. 1840. William P. b. 1810, m. 1834, Adaline A. Bond, who d. Jan. 1875.

BLAKE, John Quincy, son of William and Susanna Childs, b. in Boston June, 1809, m. Lucretia (dau. of Isaac Davis, a Boston merchant who perished on steamer Lexington Jan. 29, 1840), b. July, 1815. Ch. Anna Maria, b. Nov. 2, 1834, m. Francis H. Holton, 1 ch. Walter Francis, b. June, 1836, soldier in Union army, wounded at Fredericksburg, pensioned, drowned Aug. 1886. h Edwin Henry, b. Nov. 2, 1838. Clara Matilda, b, Aug. 31, 1841, m. Byron Harmon, M.D., of Woburn. Theodore Ernest, b. Dec. 3, 1843, m. Elizabeth Mathers. Eveline Amelia, b. Jan. 29, 1846, m. Eben Pratt, 6 ch. Frederick William, b. May 1, 1848. Arthur Wellesley, b. Oct. 14, 1851, m. Alice M. McCuen, 1 ch. Irene Adelia, b. April, 1854, d. 1874. Josiah Q. b. Mar. 3, 1856, d. young. George Washington, b. Feb. 4, 1861, m. Mary Perkins, 1 ch.

Edwin Henry, m. June 1, 1862, Mary L. Parkhurst. Ch. Charles Ernest, b. and d. 1863. Eddielena, b. and d. 1864. h Alfred Elmer, b. May 27, 1866. Clarence Willfred, b. July 27, 1869, d. Mar. 17, 1884. John Quincy, b. Oct. 14, 1874. Edwina May, b. Dec. 11, 1875. Charles Warren, b. Mar. 20, 1881. Edwin H. Blake started in the grocery business in this town April, 1860. Sold out and removed to East Cambridge Dec, 1864, where he followed the same business until 1882, when he returned to Bedford where he resides. He was on the board of Overseers of Poor of Cambridge 1872, alderman 1878-9, selectman of Bedford from 1884 to 1891, representative from Dist. 19 in the Legislature 1888.

Alfred Elmer, m. Sept. 27, 1887, Fanny Belle Rowe. Ch. Edwin Rowe, b. July 18, 1890.

BOYNTON, William, from England, settled in Rowley, Mass. His son probably went from Rowley to Groton or Pepperell. The line has been William,^1 Moses,^2 Abram,^3 John,^4 John T.,^5 who was b. in 1818, m. in 1843 Mary, dau. of Zebediah and Susan Adams. He has been often in town office. Ch. Mary Etta, b. Aug. 10, 1846, m. Frederick Davis. Nellie A. b. June 12, 1850, grad. of Framingham Normal School. Teacher at Emerson School, Concord.

BROWN. (Not numerous in Bedford.) In the early years of the town’s history there was a family but of very remote connection, if any, with that now in the town. Joseph m. Nov. 5, 1754, Desire Batchelder, d. 1762 (see epitaph). [*2] She m. 2d, Stephen Mead, d. Sept. 9, 1797.

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Joseph and Desire had several ch., among whom was Captain Joseph, b. 1755, d. 1808.

There were three early settlers of Watertown by the name of Brown, and thought to have been of the same family, viz., Richard, Abraham, and John. The records of Boston show that there was an Edmund Brown, proprietor, of Boston, as early as 1647; and according to a land suit, 1682, Edmund was nephew to Abraham and brother to John, of Watertown, and a son of John, of Hawkedon, England. Robert Brown, a near relative of John, was a reformer and founder of the denomination of independents called originally Brownists, and now represented in church organization and government by the various denominations of Congregationalists. [^1]

John,^1 b. in Hawkedon, England, 1631, m. 1655, Esther or Hester Makepeace, of Boston (probably England). Settled in Watertown, N.E., and later Marlboro and Falmouth. His will, dated at Watertown, Nov. 20, 1697, says, “late of Falmouth.” Of their twelve ch. Joseph,^2 the last, b. 1677, m. Nov. 15, 1699, Ruhamah Wellington, of Watertown, where they settled. He was selectman, constable, and town clerk from 1700 to 1708. He sold his farm in 1709 and removed to Lexington, where he and his wife were admitted to the church, May, 1713, of which he was later a deacon. He d. Jan. 11, 1766; she d. July 1, 1772, aged 92. Ch. Ruhamah, b. 1701. h Daniel,^3 b. 1703. John,^3 b. 1706, d. 1730. Joseph,^3 b. 1708. James,^3 bap. Sept. 2, 1708, in Lexington. Josiah,^3 b. 1714, bap. Aug. 12, 1715, admitted to church Mar. 11, 1730, graduated at Harvard Col. in 1735, settled in Sterling. Benjamin,^3 b. 1720, d. 1801. William,^3 b. in 1723, was a deacon of church of Framingham and selectman of town.

Daniel,^3 m. about 1728, —— Eliot, who d. 1734-5. He m. 2d. Anne Bright, of Watertown, who d. Jan. 18, 1780, in Lunenburg. He d. Feb. 26, 1796. Ch. John,^4 d. an infant. Ruhamah, b. April 7, 1731, m. John Reed, of Bedford. h Nathaniel Bowman,^4 b. July I, 1738. Abisha,^4 bap. Aug. 13, 1738. Anna, b. April 29, 1739. Daniel,^4 b. Dec. 20, 1741. Esther, Dec. 20, 1743, m. Nathaniel Tottingham, of Westminster. Jerusha, b. Mar. 18, 1746, m. Abisha Brown, of Concord. Martha, b. June 18, 1749, m. Zachariah Brown, of Concord. John,^4 b. April 12, 1751, killed on Lexington Common April 19, 1775. Hannah, b. April 8, 1756. Mary, b. May 8, 1758.

Nathaniel Bowman,^4 m. Feb. 9, 1765, Abigail Page of Bedford. Both admitted to Lexington church Oct. 6, 1765, and were dismissed to the church in Lunenburg in 1783. He d. July 30, 1806; she d. Aug. 8, 1799. Ch. Susannah, bap. Oct. 24, 1766, m. Cook, of Plymouth, Vt. Abigail, bap. April 26, 1767, m. Robert Bishop, h Nathaniel,^5 bap. Mar. 26, 1769. Anna, bap. Feb. 3, 1771. Nancy, m. French, of Concord. Hannah, d. unmarried in Michigan. Ruhamah, m. Daniel Barrett, of Vermont. Polly, m. Moses Fitch, of Bedford. Daniel,^5 d. in Michigan. Thomas,^5 settled in Vermont, and became the founder of a large and influential family. h Joseph,^5 b. Jan. 24, 1782.

Nathaniel,^5 m. Mar, 30, 1797, Ruth Lane, of Bedford, where they first settled, removed to Plymouth, Vt., and founded a prominent family. He d. April 28, 1834; she d. Aug. 18, 1838. Ch. Amos,^6 b. Mar. 23, 1799. John^6 (see epitaph). [*2] Abigail, b. Mar. 19, 1803. Mary Ann, b. Sept. 9, 1805. Ruth Davis, b. Oct. 17, 1807. John Page,^6 b. Jan. 12, 1810. [^2]

Joseph,^5 m. Oct. 5, 1809, Betsey, dau. of Dea. James

Wright; she d. June 30, 1818; 2d, Feb. 18, 1819, Rachel, dau. of Dea. Moses Fitch. He d. Aug. 26, 1858; she d. Mar. 26, 1858. Ch. by 2d wife, h Joseph,^6 Jr. b. April 27, 1820. Moses Fitch,^6 b. April 15, 1823. Joseph Brown^5 was a man of prominence in the town, often in town office, was decided and outspoken in all his dealings. His integrity and good judgment led many to select him to settle their estates and act as guardian of their children, which trusts he faithfully administered.

Joseph,^6 Jr. m. 1843, Sarah Ingalls. He d. July 24, 1854; she m. 2d, Eldridge Merriam. Ch. Joseph Winthrop,^7 d. young. Eugene Anson,^7 b. Oct. 18, 1847, who is a physician in Madison, Wisconsin.

Moses Fitch,^6 m. Elizabeth Smith, and his family, settled on the homestead, where he started the butchering business, which he followed till his death, April 29, 1873. She d. April 17, 1882. h Ch. John Henry,^7 b. Sept. 1844. Alden,^7 b. Sept. 1846, d. July 20, 1868. Abram English,^7 b. Jan. 21, 1849, m. Oct. 11, 1877, Sarah J. Flint, of Shrewsbury.

John Henry,^7 m. Mar. 1868, Ann M. Willard. Ch. Alden W.,^8 b. July 21, 1869. John Henry was in the war of the Rebellion (see page 69). He succeeded to the business established by his father, which he now follows together with his son.

BROOKS, Silas, from Worcester, m. Nancy Weeks of Waltham, settled in Bedford in 1838 as a wheelwright. He d. April 7, 1872. Three ch. two d. young. [^3] Edwin M. b. Sept. 14, 1843, m. Sarah P. Nelson of Peterboro, N.H. Was in Union army [see page 69], d. April 5, 1873.

BUTTERFIELD, Benjamin, headed petitioners, May 10, 1653,

“for a grant of the quantity of six miles square which bordereth upon Merrimack River.”

It included the town of Chelmsford, in which the name of Butterfield was prominent for many years. John d. in a stage-coach while going from Westford to his home. He left a widow and several ch. four of whom settled in Bedford. Ch. h Joseph M. b. Oct., 1812. Eunice, b. July 22, 1816, m. W. M. Ashby. h John b. Nov., 1818. h Charles M. b. Feb., 1820.

Joseph M., b. Oct. 1812, m. Oct. 11, 1835, Clarissa Blodgett of Lexington, who d. April 25, 1890. Ch. Ellen E., d. young. Ellen M., b. Sept. 22, 1839, m. Jonas E. Munroe.

Charles M., b. Feb. 1820, m. Sept. 6, 1840, Louisa Emerson, and d. April 25, 1887. Ch. Mary Louisa, b. Jan. 25, 1841, m. Sept. 27, 1869, Fred A. Locke, d. June 15, 1890. Charles Edward, d. an infant. Lucy Matilda, b. Mar. 18, 1844, m. Oct. 21, 1863, Eben T. Sumner. Charles Frederick, d. an infant.

John, b. Nov. 1818, m. Sept. 1840, Elizabeth Hodgman, who d. June 1, 1874. Ch. John H. b. Nov. 14, 1841. Eldora, b. May 31, 1843, m. H. K. Appleton, d. April 9, 1879.



  1. independents ∨ independants
  2. b. Jan. 12, ∨ Jan. 12,
  3. Three ch. ∨ Three ch


  1. cf. (in this work) p 39
  2. cf. (in this work) p 83

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