Stiles — Wright

STILES, Thomas, of Moretown, Vt., came to Bedford a young man, served as clerk in a store, and became the proprietor and followed the business many years. He was a justice of the peace, and postmaster; was town clerk from 1846 to 1863, and in other important town offices. He m. April 11, 1838, Anna W. Reed. He d. Dec. 19, 1878; she d. Sept. 11, 1885.

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TAYLOR, John, son of William and Mary (Merriam), b. Oct. 19, 1653, m. Mar. 26, 1678, Eunice Woolley. Ch. Eunice. Mary, m. Nathaniel Merriam, q.v. Rebecca, m. Joseph Bacon (see family and epitaph). David, m. Ruth Jones. Jonathan, m. Mary Jones.

Mrs. Eunice Taylor and her son-in-law, Dea. Nathaniel Merriam, gave a cup to the church, which is still preserved.

Samuel, b. in England, came to this country in 1840, wife d. in England in 1841; m. 2d, 1842, Anna Jane Langhard. He d. Dec. 17, 1883; she d. Feb. 22, 1884. Ch. William and Alice.

WALTER, Frederick A. b. in London, Eng., Mar. 2, 1834, m. 1856, Anne C. Hibbs, and settled in Bedford, 1872. He d. Mar. 7, 1881. Had 8 ch.

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Webber Cradle, used by the family since 1690.

WEBBER, James,^1 of Scotch descent, came from New York to Medford; b. probably 1665, d. Mar. 19, 1729, was father of Jonathan,^2 James,^2 Benjamin,^2 and Nathan.^2 The Webbers of Bedford descended through Benjamin,^2 who m. Sept. 6, 1727, Susanna Whitmore, dau. of John and Mary (Lane) Whitmore of Medford. (See Chap. VII.) He d. July 27, 1732; she m. 2d, Christopher Page of Bedford, d. July 20, 1792. Ch. Susanna, b. Mar. 21, 1728, d. April 2, 1743. Martha, b. Aug. 2, 1729, m. John Hosmer, both d. in Medford. Benjamin,^3 b. Feb. 14, 1731, supposed to have settled near Pomfret, Conn. h John,^3 b. Nov. 25, 1732.

John,^3 son of Benjamin,^2 m. April, 1760, Sarah, dau. of Joseph and Amittai Fassett, who d. May, 9, 1782; m. 2d, Nov. 21, 1786, Susannah, dau. of Benjamin Simonds of Woburn, and widow of Ebenezer Page of Bedford. He d. April 29, 1808; she d. Feb. 5, 1825. Ch. h John,^4 son of John,^3 b. Dec. 31, 1760. h William,^4 b. Nov. 29, 1762. [^1] h Joseph,^4 b. Nov. 21, 1764. Sarah, b. Mar. 18, 1766, m. Roger Reed, d. Feb. 8, 1849. h Job,^4 h. May 16, 1769. Benjamin,^4 b. Dec. 21, 1770. h James,^4 b. Oct. 16, 1772. Susanna, b. Jan. 28, 1774, d. June 8, 1774. h Asa,^4 b. June 20, 1775. Thomas,^4 b. Dec. 27, 1777, m. —— Bacon, d. Aug. 6, 1846. Lydia and Lucy, twins, b. Oct. 27, 1780; Lydia m. Samuel Fletcher of Littleton, d. June 27, 1813; Lucy m. Elijah Putnam of Amherst, d. Sept. 20, 1837.

John Webber and Sarah Fassett had twelve children; eleven of them survived their mother, who died at the age of 38 years. The aggregate age of the eleven was 781 years; average, 71 years. The eight sons lived to an average age of about 76 years.

Capt. John Webber was possessed of a strong mind and great energy. In early life he followed the seas, and was not married until twenty-eight years of age. He lived in

East Bedford some years before he purchased the Danforth farm (Kenrick’s). He bought the farm of Samuel Danforth in April 1773. [^2] He was often in public service; was collector, treasurer, and clerk of the town, delegate in important conventions of the Revolutionary period, and representative.

John,^4 son of John,^3 m. Dec. 15, 1785, Bethiah Lane, dau. of Job^4 and Susanna. She d. Aug. 8, 1834; he d. Dec. 11, 1846. Ch. Amattai, b. Aug. 31, 1789, m. Zebedee Simonds, d. Feb. 20, 1853. [*1] Bethiah Lane, b. Aug. 16, 1799, m. Benjamin Reed of Lexington.

William,^4 son of John,^3 m. May 10, 1791, Mary Abbott. He d. Sept. 25, 1833; she d. May 24, 1817. Ch. Polley, d. an infant. h Hiram,^5 b. June 9, 1794. William,^5 b. May 19, 1796, m. Mariah Gifford of Charlestown, d. Mar. 1853. Mary, b. Feb. 22, 1799, m. Daniel Hartshorn. h Benjamin Abbott,^5 b. Dec. 25, 1802. Betsey Abbott, b. Aug. 26, 1806, m. George Wilson, d. Aug. 25, 1846. Susanna, b. Nov. 14, 1809, d. Sept. 5, 1855. Moses,^5 b. and d. 1811.

William Webber^4 was prominent in town affairs, being clerk almost one-fourth of a century; was representative to the General Court eight years, and enjoyed the confidence of his townsmen to the end of life. He was a justice of the peace.

Joseph,^4 son of John,^3 m. Oct. 5, 1794, Ruth Brooks of Woburn. He d. Aug. 24, 1844. Ch. h Joseph, Jr.,^5 and possibly others.

Job,^4 son of John,^3 m. June 21, 1796, Sarah Davis. He d. Oct. 10, 1838; she d. Jan. 31, 1861. Ch. John,^5 b. April 25, 1797, d. Sept. 24, 1879. Sally and Nancy, twins, b. June 9, 1798; Sally m. James Park, d. Dec. 27, 1857; Nancy, d. Mar. 6, 1879. h Artemas,^5 b. May 3, 1800. Job Page,^5 b. Nov. 23, 1801, d. Feb. 19, 1875. Eliza Farley, b. June 12, 1805, d. Jan. 21, 1839. Benjamin Newton,^5 b. Aug. 24, 1812, m. Sept. 5, 1837, Ann Urie, d. Sept 12, 1837.

James,^4 son of John,^3 m. Hannah Davis. He d. May 21, 1852; she d. Jan. 20, 1835. Ch. Hannah Rebeckah, b. Sept. 16, 1810, d. Sept. 18, 1844. Lydia Page, b. Jan. 27, 1813, m. David Clark of Arlington. h William^5 (adopted son).

Asa,^4 son of John,^3 m. April 30, 1801, Eliot (Reed) Lane. He d. Nov. 8, 1850; she d. July 26, 1878. Ch. Ruhamah, b. April 14, 1802, m. Nov. 30, 1826, William Hartwell,^6 d. Aug. 31, 1879. Eliot, b. June 26, 1804, m. Eldridge Merriam, d. July 24, 1855. John Lane,^5 b. Dec. 3, 1808, m. Sarah Whitford, d. Feb. 12, 1859. Lucy and Lydia, twins, b. June 5, 1811; Lucy m. Nov. 13, 1828, Benjamin F. Hartwell, d. April 20, 1834; Lydia d. an infant.

Hiram,^5 son of William,^4 m. July 20, 1824, Fidelia Page. He d. Jan. 18, 1857; she d. April 5, 1834. Ch. Mary Abbott, b. July 16, 1825, d. young. George Edward,^6 b Jan. 24, 1827, m. Sophia ——. Has 2 ch. in California. Harriet L. m. G. L. Sanderson, lives in California. Mary J. m. T. H. Dearing, M.D., of Braintree. Fidelia Page, b. Feb. 25, 1834, adopted by Reuben Thorpe of Lowell, m. 1862, A. W. Sturdy of Attleboro.

Benjamin Abbott,^5 son of William,^4 m. April 12, 1826, Mary Ann Twist. He d. Aug. 7, 1846; she d. Aug. 9, 1890. Ch. Caroline Matilda, b. April 21, 1827, d. Feb. 9, 1839. h Levi William,^6 b. Feb. 17, 1832. Henry Phelps,^6 b. Feb. 22, 1842, m. Esther Flint, d. May 6, 1890.

Joseph, Jr.^5 son of Joseph,^4 m. 1819, Eliza Bacon. He d. in South America in 1849; she d. Feb. 16, 1890, in Minnesota. Ch. Octa,^6 b. 1819, resides in Mandeville, La. [^3]

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Charles Stone,^6 b. Nov. 17, 1820, d. 1834 of cholera at New Orleans. Theresa, b. Mar. 9, 1824, m. 1844, Joseph Litchfield, d. 1853. Joseph Thompson^6 and Henry Augustus,^6 twins, b. Sept. 1828; Joseph T. d. June 1, 1844; Henry A. d. 1829. Irene W. b. Jan. 26, 1837, m. Dec. 17, 1855, Benjamin F. Clark.

Mrs. Eliza Webber died at the home of her daughter, Irene W. Clark, Minneapolis, after a long and useful life of ninety years in the world which she helped to make beautiful. She was active in all reforms for the benefit of humanity, particularly her own sex. At the age of eighty-six she was made president of a woman’s suffrage league, and was the first to cast her vote when school suffrage was granted to the women of Massachusetts, being then four-score years of age. She was a firm Spiritualist, [??] active in temperance work, and in her last years, spent in Minneapolis, she became an enthusiastic Nationalist, [??] and was an inspiration to the club by her own hopeful words concerning the brotherhood of humanity, a theme ever prominent in her thoughts.

Artemas,^5 son of Job,^4 m. May 20, 1827, Sarah Wyman Richardson. He d. 1846; she d. 1874. Ch. h Marcus Bruce,^6 b. Mar. 9, 1828. Sarah Abigail, b. Jan. 23, 1830, m. Henry Gleason, d. Dec 23. 1876. Ruth A. b. Feb. 16, 1834. Maria Cordelia, b. Dec. 4, 1837, m. Alvah Cotton.

William,^5 adopted son of James Webber and Hannah Davis, m. Oct. 11, 1835, Mary W. Gleason, d. Feb. 1848. Ch. h Charles W.^6 b. 1836. h William A.^6 b. 1840. h Edwin F.,^6 b. 1843.

Levi William,^6 son of Benjamin,^5 m. Nancy J. Reed. Ch. Abbott Reed,^7 b. Sept. 23, 1877.

Levi W. Webber is a successful merchant in Boston.

Marcus Bruce,^6 son of Artemas,^5 m. Nov. 22, 1852, Elizabeth Frances Gleason. He d. Feb. 12, 1885; she d. 1887. Ch. Kate Putnam, b. Jan. 21, 1855, d. Aug. 12, 1864. h Wallace Gleason,^7 b. Aug. 13, 1856. Carrie Maria, b. Aug. 9, 1858, d. May 23, 1881. Arthur Wyman,^7 b. Sept. 9, 1860, d. May 15, 1863. Henry Francis,^7 b. Dec. 7, 1862, d. Oct. 22, 1864. Warren Putnam,^7 b. May 12, 1864, d. Feb. 28, 1866. Marian Waldo, b. Oct. 21, 1865. Alfred Augustus^7 and Alden Brown,^7 twins, b. Nov. 28, 1868. Lizzie Frances, b. Jan. 15, 1871. Olive Putnam, b. Nov. 19, 1872. Lewis Butler,^7 b. June 4, 1875, d. Oct. 4, 1875. Marcus Howard,^7 b. Aug. 10, 1876, d. Nov. 2, 1876.

Marcus B. Webber^5 was early engaged in the manufacture of shoes, later became a merchant, which business he followed until death. He was postmaster nearly a quarter of a century, selectman, collector of taxes, school committee, and in other positions of public trust within the gift of the town. He was superintendent of the Sabbath school connected with the Church of Christ and Trinity Congregational Society for twenty-five years. A memorial window, the gift of the Sabbath school, adorns the house of worship of that society, where he labored for the good of others. [*2]

Charles W.^6 m. Mar. 17, 1869, Sarah A. Davis. Ch. Mabel L. b. Dec. 30, 1869. Arthur P.^7 b. Aug. 26, 1872. Ernest W.^7 b. June 13, 1881.

William A.^6 m. Francis M. Whitney. He is prominent in musical circles and an inventor of musical instruments.

Edwin F.^6 m. Maria H. Kelley, who d. April 2, 1881. [^4] Ch. Louise Gertrude. He is a noted singer and musician.

Wallace Gleason,^7 son of Marcus B.^6 m. June 22, 1881, Mary A. Putnam. Ch. Carrie Putnam, h. June 3, 1882.

Paul Baron,^8 b. April 27, 1884. Marcus Bernard,^8 b. Jan. 3, 1888. Lewis Gleason,^8 b. Aug. 30, 1891.

Wallace G. Webber^7 entered Blackstone Bank, Boston, as a boy, was rapidly promoted in positions of trust, until he resigned to form the copartnership of Paine, Webber & Co., Bankers and Brokers. He has met with financial success, and enjoys the honor and confidence of the public. His love for the town of his nativity and that of his ancestors led him to make many ventures to promote its welfare. He purchased tracts of land, opened streets and put house-lots into the market, and built many houses. His transactions in real estate in the latter part of the nineteenth century, and those of Joshua Page in the early part of the century, mark two very important epochs in the history of the town. He was chosen as his father’s successor in the superintendence of the Sabbath school, where he is a faithful worker. He is president of the Bedford Lumber and Manufacturing Company, also president of the Bedford House Association. He was chairman of the Building Committee of the Union School House.

Twins seem to be an inheritance in the Webber family. Twin daughters were born to Capt. John^1 and Sarah (Fassett) Webber. [^5] There were two instances in the third generation, viz., to Job^2 and Sarah (Davis) Webber, and also to Asa^2 and Eliot (Reed) Webber. (Sarah Davis was a twin. See Davis family.) Joseph, Jr.,^5 and Eliza Bacon had twins. [^6] Twins were born to Marcus B.^6 and Elizabeth F. (Gleason) Webber, and Elizabeth F. Gleason was a twin.

WILSON, or WILLSON. The family was located in the Shawshine district very early in the history of the settlement.

John (Sen.), first appears upon the tax-list in Woburn, in the rate for the country, assessed 26 Aug. 1666, and is numbered among those who had right in the common lands of the town in 1668.” (Sewall’s Woburn.) [*3]

His son John is doubtless the one who had a grant of thirty acres of land, in 1685,

“for encouragement towards his corn-mill.”

He was established there as a miller before that date, as in 1683 Billerica voted

“to give one days work of each man in ye town and of team of those that have them for the making a sufficient way to John Wilson’s corn-mill.”

According to Billerica records,

“21. 3^m. 1683, at a town meeting on a training day, the town granted to John Wilson, Jun^r. privilege upon our commons for y^e future, to the proportion of a five-acre lot, he paying to y^e town’s use twenty shillings in silver, within six months.”

John Wilson, Jr. (Lieutenant), was prominent in the early wars, “at the Eastward,” in 1692–3, and Cotton Mather says

“distinguished himself by the relief of Dover from an Indian alarm.” [??]

Lieut. John^2 died in Bedford, Feb. 1, 1735, aged 84 years. There are several depressions on the surface, on the Wilson farm, that suggest early cellars; and family traditions strengthen the evidence. The records prove that several families were flourishing here soon after the incorporation. The several heads may have been sons of John.^2

“Mr. Samuel Wilson, Jr., d. Jan. 21, 1740.
Mr. Joseph Wilson, Jr., d. Sept. 12, 1748, aged 43.
Mr. Ebenezer Wilson, d. Mar. 9, 1751.
Rhoda, dau. of Mr. Joseph Wilson, Dec. 17, 1753.
Mr, David Wilson m. July, 1755, Judith Johnson of Woburn.
Mr. David Wilson d. Jan. 23, 1757.

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Jacob, the son of Jacob and Hannah Wilson, b. Sept. 19, 1734.”

John^2 and Rebecca deed to sons Francis^3 and Samuel^3 the mills and homestead in Bedford, Feb. 23, 1729.

Francis,^3 m. Patience ——. Ch. Rebecca, b. May 7, 1733, m. William Maxwell of Bedford. Probably had other children, among whom was h James.^4

James,^4 m. Lydia ——, d. June 24, 1753. Ch. Lydia, b. April 22, 1744. Ruth, b. Oct. 6, 1745. Mary, b. June 17, 1748. Pattee, b. Aug. 30, 1750. h James,^5 b. Dec. 14, 1752.

James,^5 m. Abi Wheeler, d. 1818. Ch. Abi, m. Amos Butters. James,^6 b. Nov. 14, 1775, m. Dolly Gleason. John,^6 m. Polly Goodwin. Thaddeus,^6 b. Nov. 16, 1778, m. Mar. 11, 1802, Molly Lane. h Francis,^6 b. Mar. 15, 1781. Lydia, m. —— Woodward. Phineas.^6

Francis,^6 m. Elizabeth Colburn. Ch. h Francis,^7 b. Dec. 16, 1804. Elizabeth, b. .Sept. 27, 1807, m. Charles Spaulding.

Francis,^7 m. Feb. 7, 1828, Alvira Heath. He d. Jan. 12, 1857; she d. Aug. 19, 1860. Ch. Alvira A. b. Feb. 23, 1830, d. Oct. 21, 1885. Emeline S. b. Sept. 9, 1823, m. Willard Brockway, d. April 24, 1870. Addie, b. Feb. 1839, d. July, 1860. Nellie L. b. Mar. 10, 1845, m. James Holmes of Plymouth, N.H.


Jonathan (Capt.) (generation uncertain), m. a dau. of Hugh Maxwell; m. 2d, Oct. 8, 1761, Elizabeth (Stearns), widow of John Bacon. Ch. h Jonathan, Jr., b. 1763.

Capt. Jonathan Wilson was killed April 19, 1775. (See epitaph and military history.)

Jonathan, Jr., m. July 24, 1784, Rebekah Page, d. Sept. 25, 1797. Ch. Susanna, b. Feb. 8, 1785, m. June 17, 1806, Timothy Jones. Levi, b. April 2, 1788, m. April 8, 1813, Sukey Harrington. Cyrus, b. Nov. 28, 1790 (at Lexington), d. Dec. 8, 1790. Nancy, b. Oct. 14, 1792, m. Jan. 23, 1814, Parley Robbins.

Jonathan Wilson, Jr., served a campaign of three months, in 1780, in Rhode Island. (See Chap. XXVIII.)

WOOD. The first of the name in this town descended from William, who settled in Concord in 1638. The line is William,^1 Michael,^2 Jacob,^3 Capt. Ephram,^4 Ephram, Esq.^5 (Judge), Daniel,^6 Elijah,^7 Henry^8 (who settled in Bedford in 1850).

Henry,^8 m. Nov. 26, 1848, Lydia Augusta Willis. She d. Nov. 9, 1885. Ch. Elizabeth F. b. Aug. 26, 1849, m. Albert R. Boynton. h Charles H. b. June 20, 1851.

Henry Wood is a flourishing farmer, has been prominent in town office, and was representative to the General Court from District No. 18 in 1885.

Charles H.^9 m. July 28, 1870, Harriet F. March. Ch. Henry March,^10 b. and d. Nov. 1871. Frances Lydia, b. Mar. 5, 1873. Howard March,^10 b. Mar. 22, 1875. May Josephine, b. Mar. 17, 1876. Elizabeth Farmer, b. Aug. 26, 1878. George Henry,^10 b. Dec. 12, 1881. Florence Willis, b. Feb. 16, 1890.

For Stephen A. (M.D.) see professional men.

For WOOLLEY, see Homesteads.

WRIGHT. The name appears here before the Revolution. Judah and Tabitha had Tabitha, Bettey, and Patty.

James and Ruth (probably Fassett) established the family here. He d. Dec. 24, 1818; she d. Jan. 6, 1830. (See epitaphs.) Ch. Ruth, b. Aug. 9, 1769, d. Sept. 16, 1775. Sally, b. Dec. 12, 1772, d. Sept. 2, 1775. h James, b. Nov. 2, 1774. h John Tidd, b. Dec. 16, 1777. Betsey, b. Aug. 6, 1779, m. Joseph Brown, d. June 30, 1818.

James Wright was in the Revolution, was a deacon of the church from 1785 to 1817, and a leader in the music of the church services.

James, m. Mar. 16, 1797, Dorcas Page. He d. Mar. 27, 1826; she d. Nov. 22, 1846. Ch. Timothy Page, d. young. h Joseph Bixby, b. Sept. 13, 1804. Dorcas Emily, b. July 12, 1806, m. Seth Sweetser of Woburn. Sally, b. Sept. 22, 1808, m. Abel S. Monroe. Betsey, b. Mar. 28, 1810, m. Edmund Hoar. Margaret S. d. young. Caroline, b. Sept. 28, 1814.

John T. m. Oct. 11, 1796, Hannah Proctor. Ch. Hannah, Ruthy, Glorianna, and others.

Joel and Dolly H. had George Cleveland, b. Jan. 7, 1823.

Joseph Bixby, m. Mary E. Smith. He d. July 18, 1879; she d. Oct. 5, 1857. Ch. James E. b. Aug. 16, 1833 (vinegar manufacturer in Cambridge). Henry E. b. 1836 (can manufacturer in Somerville).


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Lane Homestead.

Built by John Lane^4 about 1750, continued in the family possession by Jonathan,^5 Jonathan,^6 and birthplace of Hon. Jonathan A. Lane.^7 (See Homesteads, p. 102.)


Weep not that the world changes — did it keep
A stable, changeless course, ’twere cause to weep.

Bryant. [*4]



  1. William,^4 ∨ William.^4
  2. April 1773. ∨ April, 1773.
  3. Mandeville, ∨ Manderville,
  4. Edwin F.^6 ∨ Edwin F.
  5. (Fassett) ∨ (Fasset)
  6. Joseph, Jr.,^5 ∨ Joseph,^5 Jr.,


  1. “Amattai”: [ (presumably) an error for ] Amittai
  2. “house of worship”: now First Church of Christ: 25 Great Road
  3. cf. Sewall’s History of Woburn (1868) p 648
  4. cf. Bryant’s “Mutation” in his Poems (1832) p 201
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