Lawrence – Neville

LAWRENCE, Sylvanus, of Waltham, m. H. Melvina S. Reed, d. July 30, 1858. Ch. h Charles F. b. April, 1841. George Otis, b. Jan. 1843. [^1] Frank L. d. young.

Charles F. m. Esther Walker. He was in Battery C in the Union Army, in twenty-seven engagements, and escaped without injury. He d. Nov. 9, 1884. Ch. Melvina N. b. May 28, 1871, m. Edward Hunnewell. Annie Winship, b. 1874, d. 1875.

LAWS, Hiram, b. in Westminster, June 27, 1844, m. Oct. 15, 1871, Mary Elizabeth Dutton, b. in Chelmsford, Oct. 15, 1849. Ch. Eugene Hiram, b. Sept. 20, 1873. Frederick Adams, b. April 4, 1876. Kenneth Rogers, b. May 3, 1883. Julia Ellen, b. Jan. 8, 1886.

LITCHFIELD, Joseph, b. in Boston, June 14, 1815, m. Sept. 18, 1845, Theresa Webber, who d. Nov. 15, 1853; m. 2d, May 9, 1884, Mrs. Susan L. Clark. Ch. Joseph Warren, b. Sept. 11, 1847, m. Abbie Mitchell of South Paris, Me.; have Harry Warren and Edith Marion. Marion T. b. July 4, 1846, m. Henry M. Ames of Oswego, N.Y., d. at Pasadena, Cal.; [^2] have Nellie Theresa and Louisa.

LOOMIS, Elihu G. b. Oct. 22, 1852, m. April 11, 1882, Marian Hillhouse Fitch of Norwich, Conn. Ch. Mary Fitch, b. July 29, 1883. Ralph Lane, b. April 13, 1887. Hubert Hillhouse, b. Mar. 16, 1889. (See professional men.) [*1]

LYONS, William, came from Sudbury, settled on a portion of the Page estate, and built the present dwelling in 1885, m. Margaret Flannigan. Ch. John Bernard, b. May 30, 1853, m. Louisa Sexton of Boston. Mary Jane, b. Sept, 2, 1854, m. John F. Dowd of Concord. William Joseph, b. April 6, 1856. Margaret Ann, b. Nov. 17, 1857, m. Daniel Gorman of Lexington. Sarah Frances, b. May 30, 1859, m. William J. Neville of Lexington. Elizabeth Agnes, b. Nov. 12, 1860, m. William H. Bowler of Waltham. Henry Dennis, b. April 8, 1862. George Augustine, b. Feb. 14, 1864. Edward Joseph, b. Sept. 14, 1865, m. Sarah J. Lawler of Westvale. Francis, b. June 14, 1867, d. April 10, 1877. Charles Augustus, b. Sept. 13, 1868. Ellen, b. July 19, 1870, d. Sept. 25, 1871. Emma Louise, b. Sept. 26, 1875, d. April 6, 1877.

MANSFIELD, Joel, m. Maria Bacon. He d. May 30, 1870; she d. Sept. 19, 1882. Ch. Elbridge B. b. Nov. 1847, d. Dec. 4, 1867. Charlotte M. d. young. Emily F. d. April 19, 1878.

[[ MARCH, Aaron H. ]] [*2]

MAXWELL, a family prominent in the early history of the town, but now extinct. Hugh, b. near Belfast, Ire., left his country because of religious persecution, and settled in Bedford in 1732. (See Homesteads.) [*3] He d. 1759. (See epitaph.) [*4] His wife d. 1769. Their son, Hugh, b. in Ireland, m. Bridget Munroe of Lexington, 1759; had 5 ch. Hugh and Bridget joined Bedford church “in full communion” in 1761, and dau. Hannah was bap. at same time. He became a famous warrior and military leader. At the time of his death (1799), he held commission of lieutenant-colonel. (See military chapters.) [*5] The following is from his journal:

“My parents early taught me the principles of liberty and religion which have supported me through many difficulties and hardships.”

Thompson,^2 son of Hugh,^1 b. at Bedford, 1742, in. 1763, Sybel Wyman of Lexington. He was famous in military life. (See military chapters.) [*5] He d. near Detroit, Mich., when past 90 years of age, having been pensioned with the rank of major. There are remarkable instances of lon-

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gevity in the family, — William, d. at 95; Margaret, at 99; Hugh, at 67; Sarah, at 90; Benjamin, at 92; James, at 83; and Thompson, at 93.

McGOVERN, Terrance, from Ireland, settled on a portion of the Samuel Hartwell farm. He m. Jan. 6, 1860, Mary Callehan, d. July 13, 1887. Ch. Mary, b. Dec. 1861. John and Lizzie, twins, b. July 1863. [^3] James, b. July, 1865. Annie, b. April, 1867. Frank, b. Nov. 1868.

John, from Ireland in 1853, settled on Samuel Hartwell farm in 1862. He m. Jan. 6, 1851, Winnie Whalin, who d. April 7, 1871; m. 2d, June 10, 1883, Ann McGuire. Ch. Mary T. b. Feb. 6, 1862, m. Thomas McDonough. William, b. July 1, 1863. John, b. Aug. 20, 1865. James, b. Feb. 22, 1867. Annie, b. Dec. 3, 1869. Frank, b. Mar. 26, 1871.

McGUIRE, Peter, settled in Bedford on Amasa Lane farm, m. Aug. 1859, Sarah Cosgrove. Ch. Emily M. b. June, 1860. Mary A. b. May 1866, d. Nov. 1885. [^4]

MEAD, a prominent family in the early years of the town. Savage says Gabriel^1 was a freeman in 1638, and d. 1666, aged 79. [*6] His son, Israel,^2 b. 1639, m. Mary Hall, d. 1714. Their son, Stephen,^3 b. 1679, m. Ruth Taylor in 1700, and had Joseph,^4 b. 1712. He m. Elizabeth, dau. of Samuel and Eunice Fitch. They had Stephen,^5 b. 1736, Joseph, b. 1740, and others. Stephen^5 m. 1765, Desire Batchelder, widow of Joseph Brown, q.v. Their son, Asa, b. 1774, m. Nabby Eames of Woburn. They had 8 ch., of whom Asa^6 is buried on the abandoned “Meads’ Place,” [^5] q.v.

MERRIAM. The Merriams were among the very early settlers of Concord, hence of Bedford. Robert, George, and Joseph — three brothers from England — appear as the ancestors of the family.

Joseph^1 is the head of the Bedford family. He was the last survivor of the trio, and d. Jan. 1, 1641. He m. Sarah ——. Ch. Joseph^2 b. about 1630, m. Sarah Stone. h John,^2 b. July 9, 1641. William,^2 Sarah, and Elizabeth are others.

Joseph Merriam’s^1 will, dated Dec. 29, 1640, mentions wife Sarah, brothers Thomas Flint, Simon Willard, and Robert Merriam, and son William. His widow m. 2d, Lieut. Joseph Wheeler, who purchased the estate of the heirs of Joseph Merriam.^1

The Bedford line is traced through John,^2 who was the second son of Joseph.^1

John,^2 son of Joseph,^1 m. 1663, Mary Cooper. He d. Feb. 2, 1703-4; she d. Mar. 5, 1731, aged 85. Ch. John,^3 b. Sept. 3, 1666, m. Sarah Wheeler. Joseph,^3 b. Aug. 15, 1667, m. Dorothy Brooks. Anna, b. Sept. 7, 1669, m. Daniel Brooks. h Nathaniel,^3 b. Dec. 16, 1672. h Samuel,^3 b. July 25, 1681. Ebenezer,^3 b. ——, m. Elizabeth Brooks.

One branch of the Bedford line descends through Nathaniel,^3 the fourth child of John.^2 He m. Nov. 18, 1707, Mary Taylor. He d. Dec. 11, 1738; she d. May 19, 1764. Ch. Mary, b. Dec. 22, 1702, m. Francis Wheeler, h John,^4 b. May 16, 1704.

Nathaniel Merriam^3 was active in the incorporation of the town and in organizing the church. He was chosen deacon Aug. 4, 1730, and remained in the position till his death, Dec. 11, 1738. A silver cup in the communion service of the church is inscribed to the memory of Dea. Nathaniel Merriam and Mrs. Eunice Taylor. (See epitaph.) [*4] Nathaniel Merriam,^3 by will, dated Oct. 18, 1738, proved Jan. 1739, provided for wife Mary, and gave to

son John the residue, after paying legacies; [^6] and after the decease of his mother to have the entire estate.

John,^4 son of Nathaniel,^3 m. Mar. 23, 1731, Abigail Howard, d. Sept. 20, 1767. (See epitaph of Lieut. John.) [*4] She m. 2d, James Lane, and d. Nov. 15, 1793, (See epitaph of 4th wife of James Lane.) [*4] Ch. Rebekah, b. Sept. 28, 1731, m. Joseph Stone of Framingham. Mary, b. July 25, 1733, m. Ephraim Crosby of Billerica. h John,^5 b. Feb. 13, 1734-5. Anna, b. July 13, 1737, m. Thomas Page of Bedford. (See Anna Page’s will.) [*7] Nathaniel,^5 b. Dec. 15, 1739, d. in his majesty‘s service at Lake George, Sept. 1758. Lydia, b. April 6, 1742, m. Rev. Nathaniel Sherman. Three d. young. h William,^5 b. Aug. 25, 1750.

Abstract of John Merriam’s^4 will, made Aug. 11, 1767: [^7]

To wife, Abigail, money and household goods and the improvement of certain parts of house, and my negro servant; named Abraham to be at her own disposal agreeable to the term of his service. (See slavery.) [*8] To my sons, John and William, the residue of my estate after paying legacies.

John,^5 son of John,^4 m. Dec. 4, 1760, Hannah Brooks of Lincoln. He d. Dec. 26, 1792; she d. June 8, 1829, aged 92. (She gave a silver cup to the church in 1818.) Ch. Rebecca, d. young. Hannah, b. April 14, 1764, m. John Reed. Rebecca, b. Mar. 25, 1766, d. Mar. 2, 1790. Anna and Mary, d. young. h John,^6 b. Aug. 28, 1774.

William^5 (Lieut.), son of John,^4 m. Esther Bellamy (see epitaph); [*4] m. 2d, Mrs. Rebecca Fisk. Ch. Esther, b. Nov. 1, 1771, m. John Page. William Bellamy,^6 d. young. William Bellamy,^6 b. Feb. 2, 1779, m. Rebecca Whiting of Shirley. Josephus,^6 d. young. Josephus,^6 b. Mar. 10, 1785, m. Betsey Rand of Stow, d. at Westport, N.Y. By 2d wife, Rebecca, b. Nov. 23, 1786. Anna P. b. May 2, 1790, m. Caldwell Hindman of Boston. (See epitaph.) [*4] Had Anna, m. Kendall, live in Woburn. Louisa H. b. Oct. 2, 1792, d. young.

Lieut. William Merriam^5 fitted for college, and entered Brown University, took part course, settled on the farm in Bedford; was town clerk, selectman, and deacon in church. His mind became diseased, and he killed David Bacon, who had been placed as keeper over him. He was dismissed from the arms of the law, and cared for by his son in New York, where he died.

John^6 (Esq.), son of John,^5 m. Dec. 3, 1799, Mary, dau. of Nathan and Mary (Page) Reed of Lexington. He d. Sept. 19, 1853; she d. Aug. 14, 1855. Ch. h Eldridge,^7 b. Feb. 8, 1802. h John Augustus,^7 b. Dec 20, 1803. Mary Adeline, d. young. Hiram R.^7 b. Aug. 5, 1808, d. Mar. 29, 1848. Mary A. b. Jan. 28, 1812, m. Mar. 7, 1833, Joseph B. Hodgman, d. Feb. 12, 1843; left Charles Otis, who m. E. Fannie Clement, and d. Mar. 3, 1889. Susan F. b. Oct. 20, 1818, m. Dr. Abel B. Adams.

John Merriam^6 was a leading man in the town, and prominent in promoting its varied interests. He was a leader in laying out Shawshine Cemetery, and gave the sum of $100 to aid the enterprise.

Eldridge,^7 son of John,^6 m. April 15, 1823, Eliot Webber, who d. July 24, 1855; m. 2d, Mar. 23, 1856, Mrs. Sarah Brown. He d. Sept. 25, 186S. Ch. John Eldridge,^8 b. Oct. 13, 1824, d. 1889. Lucretia Eliot, b. Nov. 9, 1827, m. Hiram Farmer. Eveline, d. an infant. Lucy Eveline, b. Jan. 11, 1835, m. George W. Cutler, d. Mar. 26, 1857. Asa Minot, b. July, 1838, m. Charlotte Gorham. Nathan Albert, b. Mar. 1840, m. Lucy P. Lincoln; 2 ch. died; she d. April,

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1891. Mary Adeline, b. April 9, 1844, d. Jan. 15, 1863. By 2d wife, Charles, b. 1858, d. 1877.

John Augustus,^7 son of John,^6 m. April 14, 1830, Nancy Bacon. He d. Mar. 19, 1882; she d. July 20, 1878. Ch. Maria Antoinette, b. Dec. 20, 1830, m. Daniel L. Shorey. Nancy J. d. young. h William A.^8 b. May 20, 1834. Mary Jane, b. Nov. 10, 1835, m. Amos Warren Proctor. Edward Jerome,^8 d. young. George H.^8 b. Jan. 22, 1840, d. Feb. 8. 1886. John^8 d. an infant. Nancy, b. Dec. 1, 1847.

Maria Antoinette Shorey attended the district school, also a private school taught by Rev. George W. Woodward, the pastor of the Unitarian church in this town, and in the latter was inspired to press forward to higher attainments than were generally sought by her sex. The teacher, being associated with such educators as Samuel J. May and Horace Mann, was ahead of the times, but found in this young lady one who was ready to follow him. She studied six months at Lawrence Academy, Groton, and at the age of sixteen years began the profession of a public school teacher, which she followed with success until her marriage, in 1856, with D. L. Shorey, attorney at law, when she went to reside at Davenport, Ia. Two children, Paul and Martha Hall, were born to them during their residence of ten years in that town, after which they located in Chicago, where she has gained fame as a writer for magazines and various publications. She has studied in Europe, and perfected herself in the German tongue. Her son, Paul, a graduate of Harvard College (1878), studied in Germany, received the degree of Ph.D. at Munich, and is now (1891) professor at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania, and a writer and lecturer upon the Greek and Latin classics.

William A.^8 son of John A.^7 m. 1859, Mary Deckro. Ch. Annie, b. Aug. 1860. Walter, Arthur, and Elizabeth.

Second Branch of Bedford Line.

Samuel,^3 son of John,^2 m. Sarah Wheeler. He d. Mar. 22, 1761; she d. Dec. 1, 1743. Ch. Sarah, b. April 1, 1713, m. David Wheeler. Benjamin,^4 b. Aug. 5, 1717. h Nathaniel,^4 b. May 7, 1720. Amos,^4 b. July 13, 1723, m. Hannah Danforth (?).

The will of Samuel Merriam,^3 dated Nov. 28, 1758, gives to son Nathaniel land and buildings in Bedford, after paying debts, legacies, etc.

Nathaniel,^4 son of Samuel,^3 m. Olive Wheeler. He d. May 9, 1802; she d. Nov. 25, 1806. Ch. Samuel, b. Nov. 5, 1749. Sarah, b. Oct. 10, 1753, m. Zebulon Converse of Rindge. N.H. Olive, b. Mar. 1, 1763.

Samuel,^5 son of Nathaniel,^4 m. Feb. 21, 1785, Alice, dau. of Simon Newton and Amittai Fassett, and widow of Thomas Hadley. He d. Nov. 25, 1822; she d. 1836 (?). Ch. Sally, b. April 17, 1785, m. John Grover of Lexington. h Jonas,^6 b. Aug. 22, 1787. Mary, b. April 4, 1791, m. George Pierce, had 7 ch., several of whom settled in Bedford; Mary m. Joshua Jackson of Bedford. Thomas, b. Jan. 29, 1793. Lucy, ——. Nathaniel,^6 b. June 23, 1795. Hannah, b. July 23, 1799, m. —— Lock of West Cambridge.

The record of the marriage of Samuel Merriam and Alice Hadley has the following appended note:

“Said Alice Hadley married in a borrowed suit of cloathes.”

This probably arose from an idea that if a man married a wife, and had no property with her, he could not be held

responsible for her debts. Hence he took her without even the clothing she had on. — Hudson. [*9]

Jonas,^6 son of Samuel,^5 m. Nancy Pierce. He d. 1822; she d. 1817. Ch. Isaac,^7 b. June 23, 1809 (deaf mute). Adeline, b. July 24, 1812, m. Sheubel Batchelder; m. 2d, Thomas Work. Mary Ann, b. Mar. 17, 1817, m. Charles E. Carruth of Paxton.

MERRITT, Edward, m. Mar. 27, 182S, Betsey C. Tarbell, d. May 20, 1882. Ch. George, b. Mar. 21, 1830, d. Dec. 21. 1847. [^8] Caroline, b. June 4, 1832. Ellen, b. July 8, 1836, d. Oct. 16, 1839. Emily, b. July 26, 1838, m. N. S. Daniels, d. June 4, 1882. h Edward, b. July 2, 1841, m. Mary Winchester; he was in Union army; d. July 24, 1889. Helen, b. Mar. 26, 1845, m. W. P. Putnam of Wilton, N.H.

MONROE, Jonas, of Scotch descent, son of Jonas and Sarah Henris of Carlisle, b. Mar. 17, 1795, came to Bedford about 1823, and entered the employ of Elijah Stearns, Esq., whose successor he became as a merchant. He m. Nov. 24, 1831, Abigail F., dau. of Rev. Samuel Stearns, who d. Jan. 1833; m. 2d, May 1, 1834, Mary A., dau. of Capt. Abner Stearns. He d. May 11, 1879. Ch. Ellen Maria, b. Aug. 30, 1832, m. John Clifford, d. Jan. 20, 1887. By 2d wife, h George Henry, b. Nov. 15, 1835. h Jonas Edward, b. May 4, 1837. Caroline French and Catherine Frances, twins, b. April 21, 1839; Caroline m. Charles E. Gleason; Catherine d. in infancy.

George Henry, son of Jonas, m. Oct. 11, 1871, Caroline M. Brower. Ch. George H. b. June 29. 1874. Mary Ann, b. Feb. 22, 1878.

Jonas E. son of Jonas, was in Union Army; m. Nov. 2, 1865, Ellen M. Butterfield. Ch. Clara Josephine, b. April 27, 1869.

Abel S. b. Oct. 1807, m. April 26, 1838, Sarah Wright, who d. Mar. 3, 1844; m. 2d, Dec. 1844, Caroline Bacon. She d. Jan. 31, 1860; he d. June 21, 1861. Ch. Sophronia, b. ——, d. April 27, 1844. George W. Sarah E. b. Jan. 1846, m. Knowlton.


Jonathan, m. Almira Page. He d. Jan. 6. 1865; she d. April 13, 1872. Ch. James, b. 1829, d. Sept. 6, 1863. Clariett, m. Wesley Carvill.

James Monroe joined the Union army, Oct. 15. 1862, as a member of Company G, Forty-seventh Regiment, served a term of nine months, and died from disease contracted in the service of his country.

“Though not upon the battle-field
He breathed his latest breath,
For freedom and for country still
He died a hero’s death.”

MUDGE. The immigrant ancestor, Thomas, who was born in England in 1624, was in Malden, Mass., in 1657. The line of descent is as follows; Thomas,^1 b. 1624; John,^2 b. 1654; John,^3 b. Nov. 21, 1686, d. Nov. 26, 1762; John,^4 b. Dec. 30, 1713, d. Nov. 26, 1762; Simon,^5 b. April 8, 1748, d. Aug. 27, 1799; Simon,^6 b. Sept. 8, 1775, d. Feb. 10, 1853.

William W.^7 b. in Danvers, Mar. 30, 1821, m. April 26, 1848, Harriet, dau. of Jonathan and Rebecca Perry of Danvers, d. Dec. 8, 1884. [^9] Ch. Rebecca F. b. Jan. 23, 1849. Elizabeth and Almira, twins, b. June 10, 1851, d. in infancy. William H.^8 b. June 15. 1853. Harriet M. b. July 27, 1857.

William W. Mudge^7 settled on a part of the Merriam farm in 1856, where his family now live. He was often in town office, and was a member of the Evangelical church.

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MYERS, Michael, settled in Bedford on a portion of the Page estate which had been occupied by John Davis. He m. Feb. 1878, Lena Tigh. Ch. Mary, b. Feb. 1879. Sarah, b. Dec. 1882. Fannie, b. Feb. 1886. William, b. July, 1888.

NEVILLE, John, m. April, 1850, Maria Keane, and settled on the Stephen Davis farm. (See Homesteads.) [*10] Ch. Mary Ann, b. Mar. 1850, d. Jan. 1878. William J. b. Feb. 1853, m. Sarah Lyons. John Henry, b. Dec. 1855. George Martin, b. Nov. 1857, d. 1861. Ellen E. b. Mar. 1860. Sarah J. b. June, 1863. Hannah M. b. Jan. 1866. James F. b. Mar. 1867. Katherine C. b. June, 1871. P. Henry, b. June, 1874.



  1. George ∨ Geor_e
  2. Pasadena, ∨ Pasenda, [*11]
  3. July 1863. ∨ July, 1863.
  4. May 1866, ∨ May, 1866,
  5. Place,” ∨ Place,^8
  6. Jan. 1739, ∨ Jan., 1739,
  7. 1767: ∨ 1767;
  8. George, ∨ Geor_e,
  9. Mar. 30, ∨ Mar. 30.


  1. cf. (in this work) p 57
  2. cf. (in this work) Brown’s “Appendix”
  3. cf. (in this work) p 99
  4. cf. (in this work) pp 85-88
  5. cf. (in this work) pp 22-25
  6. cf. Savage’s Genealogical dictionary of the first settlers: Volume III (1861) p 190
  7. cf. (in this work) p 15
  8. cf. (in this work) p 31
  9. cf. Hudson’s “Genealogical register of Lexington families” (1868)
    in his History of the town of Lexington (II: p 82)
  10. cf. (in this work) p 97
  11. Pasadena was incorporated just five years before the publication of this work.
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