Calef — Cutler

CALEF, Wallace A., treasurer of Bedford Lumber & Manufacturing Co., son of Asa F. and Sarah (Nichols) Calef, was b. in Lowell, July 29, 1848. He m. Emma Francis Meek of Concord. Ch. Edna Georgiana, b. Sept. 26, 1879.

CHAMBERLIN. The family in this country is first found in Woburn. Thomas and Edmund were among the first English settlers of Chelmsford.

Phineas (gen. unknown), came from Chelmsford to this town about 1790, m. Feb. 21, 1797, Dorcas Varnum of Dracut. He d. Jan. 9, 1809; she d. Mar. 5, 1849. Ch. Dorcas, b. Dec. 6, 1797, m. Timothy Phelps, d. in Dedham.

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Joseph Brown.

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Rachel (Fitch) Brown.

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Abram English Brown.

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Brown Homestead.

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Lydia Smith, b. Oct. 25, 1799, d. Sept. 13, 1854. David Varnum, b. Mar. 6, 1801, d. May 22, 1833. h Phineas Whiting, b. Sept. 2, 1803. Benjamin Adams, b. June 22, 1806. Enoch Lane, b. Feb. 8, 1808, d. Sept. 5, 1885.

Phineas W. m. May 12, 1831, Almira Hatch; she d. Aug. 19, 1837; 2d, Esther Blood. He d. Jan. 29, 1878; wife Esther d. April 4, 1887. Ch. four d. young, and Almira, b. April 3, 1834, m. Edward A. Hartwell, q.v., Phineas W. Chamberlin learned the shoe business of Zebedee Simonds, which he successfully followed with John D. Billings. They were manufacturers for many years. Mr. C. was a prominent citizen of the town, being helpfully identified with its varied interests. He was a prominent member of the Trinitarian Congregational society and church connected with it, being deacon of the church from 1845 till death. A window to his memory is seen in the meetinghouse. [*1] It was the gift of his widow.

CLARK. Several families of the name have been in town at different times. Capt. Ebenezer from Braintree settled here soon after the close of the Revolutionary War, where he had served as “Captain of Body Guard” of General Washington, while in New England. He m. Ruth Wild. Ch. Eben., b. 1781, m. Mary Sampson, 11 ch. [^1] He d. in Townsend. Ruth, b. 1783, m. Elias Poole, had 2 ch.; m. 2d, Castillo Hosmer. Mary, b. 1786, m. 1804, Stephen Corbin, 6ch. He d. at Greenville, N.H., aged 99 yrs. Abigail, b. 1788, m. Jonathan Bacon, q.v., Sarah, b. 1790, m. Reuben Bacon, q. v., Benjamin, b. 1792, m. Martha Hosmer, 7 ch., d. New Ipswich, N.H. James, b. 1794, m. Hannah Hodgman, 4 ch., d. in Stoneham.


William, son of John and Mary Cutts of Maine, b. May, 1807, m. April 24, 1832, Susanna Sprague. He d. June 24, 1875; she d. Dec. 10, 1879. Ch. Mary, m. William Everett; 2d, Albert P. Sampson; d. Nov. 1863. William and John, twins. William went West, where he is supposed to have d.; John d. in infancy. Susan d. July 29, 1859. Sarah, m. Albert P. Sampson. John, m. Mary C. Draper. Elizabeth, m. G. S. Phillips. Samuel, d. young.


Hiram, son of Thomas and Lydia Woodbury, b. in Acworth, N.H., Sept. 12, 1815, m. Feb. 4, 1847, Mary Lane, and settled in this town. He d. Feb. 26, 1891; she d. April 18, 1885. Ch. Annette M., b. Feb. 28, 1850. Mary Alice, b. Dec. 16, 1852, d. Nov. 22, 1870. Hiram Clark was a farmer and later a teamster, a man of unimpeachable integrity.


Charles H., from Concord, m. July 12, 1869, Abbie C. Davis. Ch. Eugene Davis, b. April 17, 1870. Herbert Leslie, b. Jan. 31, 1880. Myron Henry, b. July 25, 1881.

Bradford, of Concord, m. May 1, 1877, Jennie A. Bateman of Rochester, N.Y. Ch. C. Nathalie, b. Mar. 31, 1878.

COLE, Lyman,^7 son of Nathaniel Cole and Abigail, dau. of Oliver and Abigail (Chandler) Flanders, was b. in Plymouth, N.H., April 13, 1820. His maternal ancestry is traced to Stephen Flanders, who with his wife Jane came from England and settled in Salisbury, in 1640. [^2] Lyman Cole is of the seventh generation; his parents d. when he was young. He m. at Cambridge, Nov. 4, 1849, Susannah Tufts, and settled in Bedford, where he has since followed the business of a tin and sheet-iron worker. Ch. h Quincy Sumner,^8 b. June 8, 1855. Harriet Elisabeth,

Nov. 6, 1857. Charles Lyman,^8 b. Oct. 28, 1859, d. July 2, 1862. Emma Rebecca, b. Feb. 10, 1862, d. Dec. 27, 1863.

Mrs. Susannah Cole is a descendant, in the third generation, from Henry Seavey of Deerfield, N.H., who with the other inhabitants of that town lived in garrison houses during the Indian wars. He ventured out at one time for some necessaries, when he saw a lurking Indian preparing to shoot him. He hid behind a log, extended his hat out on a stick, and the enemy fired at it. Seavey jumped up, fired and killed the Indian, who was heard to exclaim in dying accents, “Me thought so!” [^3]

Quincy Sumner,^8 m. May 21, 1884, Alice L. Jackson. He follows the business of his father. Ch. Lyman Jackson,^9 b. Mar. 26, 1886. Ida Mary, b. Aug. 13, 1887. Alice Bertha, b. July 1, 1891.

COREY, Charles C. b. in Groton, Mar. 19, 1816, came to Bedford in 1831, m. Nov. 27, 1839, Hannah A. Lane. She d. May, 1884. He m. 2d, July 22, 1888, Dora M. Holmes. Ch. Elizabeth Adalaide, b. Nov. 1840, m. Oct. 1867, Ai Rollins. h Charles Andrew, b. May 23, 1842. George W. d. young. Charles C. Corey was son of Aaron of Groton. His grandfather was of that town, and at Concord fight, April 19, 1775. He came to Bedford in 1831 in the employ of the Boston and Keene Stage Company. His father bought a part of the stage route in 1835, when father and son conducted the business, furnishing the only public conveyance from Groton to Boston. They made a round trip in two days, and carried the mails. The New England stage coach was abolished after the introduction of railroads. Mr. Corey established an express route between Bedford and Boston, and later engaged in the lumber and grain business.

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[[ Corey’s Bedford Stage Coach. ]]

Charles A. m. June 6, 1869, Mary Ella Lane. She d. July 26, 1879. Ch. Lottie May, b. June 24, 1870. Mary Adelle, b. July 25, 1876. Charles A. Corey followed the business of a grocer for many years. (See Town Officers.) [*2]

CROSBY. The family is now extinct in this town. The line in this country is, Simon^1 of Cambridge, Simon^2 of Billerica, Nathan,^3 Oliver,^4 Oliver.^5 Michael^6 (Dea.) of Bedford, b. 1771, m. 1792, Asenath Blanchard. She d. April 23, 1812. He m. 2d, Lucy Swain, d. Feb. 13, 1836. Ch. Michael,^7 b. April 29, 1792. Asenath, b. Jan. 6, 1794, d. June 24, 1811. Frederick,^7 b. Sept. 2, 1795. Rachel, b. July 15, 1797, m. May 21, 1818, Nathan Simonds of Burlington. Mary, b. June 19, 1799, m. Nov. 11, 1823, Luther Eaton. Loammi,^7 b. Oct. 2, 1801. Louisa, b. June 18, 1803, m. John Powers. George,^7 b. Mar. 6, 1805. Artemas,^7 d. young. Franklin,^7 d. young. Asenath, b. April 23, 1812. Dea. Michael was prominent in the town; was deacon from 1817 till his death.

George,^7 m. Abigail H. Gleason of Billerica. Ch. Michael, b. Jan. 9, 1833. George,^8 b. Mar. 3, 1838. [^4] William,^8 b. July 6, 1840. Frederick,^8 b. Dec. 11, 1842. Mary Louisa, b. Aug. 5, 1848. Loammi,^8 b. Mar. 1, 1851.

CUTLER. The family is traced to Holland. The name has various spellings. James was in Watertown as early as 1635. He had a grant of land in 1649 in the

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northerly part. The family settled in 1651 at Cambridge Farms, near that part of Concord now included in Bedford. The Cutler settlement was quite extensive.

Amos B., a carpenter and builder, son of Isaac of Ashby and grandson of Thomas of Lexington, a member of Capt. Parker‘s company of 1775, was b. June 22, 1809, m. April 16, 1833, Mary P. Lane. She d. Nov. 27, 1885. (See Rep. and Town Officers.) [*2][*3] Ch. h Emerson Bartlett, b. 1836. Frederic Amos, b. 1840, m. Sarah, dau. of Varnum Monroe. Two d. young.

Emerson B. m. Abby F., dau. of Elijah Brown, who d. Jan., 1856; [^5] m. 2d Catherine Jewett. Ch. Abbie m. O. M. Galloup. Katie L. m. John Adair. Frank E. Emma A. m. Herbert Hartford.

George W., Son of Isaac, b. 1811, m. Lucy E. Merriam; she d. 1857; 2d, Fannie S. McIntyre of Fitchburg. He d. June 1873. [^6] Ch. Mary, b. Oct. 1859. George Arthur; b. June 1861. [^7] Carrie E. b. April 1863, d. Nov. 1866. [^8] Albert Warren: b. Oct. 1865. Clara, b. Dec. 3, 1867. Sarah Jennie, b. April 1, 1870.

Nathaniel C., son of Thomas and grandson of Thomas of Lexington, m. Susan Grace Lane; she d. Feb. 4, 1847; 2d, Catherine Wheeler; 3d, Mrs. Betsey Clement. He d. May 13, 1874. Ch. Grace Ann was the only one who reached maturity, m. Edwin Gleason, d. Feb. 1888.

Thomas C., brother of Nathaniel C. b. Jan. 16, 1803, came to Bedford at the age of 18; was a carpenter. He was collector of taxes for nearly a quarter of a century. He m. April 17, 1828, Maria Wood; 2d, April 14, 1840, Louis Wheat, d. Feb. 7, 1869; [*4] 3d, July 1, 1870, Martha Blodget, d. May 14, 1879; 4th, Mrs. Mary Hanniford. He d. Dec. 1, 1887. Ch. Albert, b. July 8, 1829. George, b. Feb. 1834. Henry W. b. 1834. [^9] Leonard, b. Sept. 10, 1836. By 2d wife, Clark Coolidge, b. July 7, 1841. (See Military chapter.) [*5]



  1. Eben., ∨ Eb_n,
  2. ancestry is ∨ ancestry are
  3. thought so!” ∨ thought so.”
  4. George,^8 ∨ George,
  5. Jan. 1856; ∨ Jan., 1856;
  6. June 1873. ∨ June, 1873.
  7. June 1861. ∨ June, 1861.
  8. April 1863, ∨ April, 1863,
  9. Henry W.H_nry W.


  1. “the meeting-house”: now First Church of Christ: 25 Great Road
  2. cf. (in this work) pp 63-64
  3. cf. (in this work) p 60
  4. “Louis”: [ (presumably) an error for ] Louisa
  5. cf. (in this work) p 70

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