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GENEALOGIES AND THEIR MORAL.
We were carelessly looking over a genealogy of the “Minot Family," in the second number of the “ New England Historical and Genealogical Register," when suddenly our eyes were sutfused with tears, as they rested on the following sentence in the catalogue of the children of Capt. John Minot, who died in Dorchester, 1669 :
“Martha, born Sept. 22, 1657; died, single, Nov. 23, 1678, aged 21. She was engaged to be married, but died unmarried, leaving a will in which she directed that at her funeral her betrothed husband, 'John Morgan, Jr. be all over mourning, and follow next aster me.'”
What a history is there in these few words about Martha Minot, who lived almost two centuries ago! The mind runs back in a moment to those times, when almost all New England was a wilderness — to those days of the old Indian wars, when no man could be a "captain” without being a man of some rank and consequence. Just after the close of King Philip's war, when the villages of New England were all in peace, Capt. John Minot's daughter Martha, twenty-one years of age, and having come into possession of her share of her father's estate, had plighted her troth to one she loved, and was expecting to be married too, when disease fastened upon her young frame, and would not be repelled. In the chill November air, when
“ The melancholy days were come, the saddest of the year,"
she faded like a leaf. And at her burial there followed, nearer than brother or sister, nearest to the hearse, the one whom, of all the living, she loved most, from whom to part had been to her more painful than the death-pang, and who had been in her thoughts till " the love-light in her eye” was extinguished. That single item in her directions for her funeral, that " John Morgan, Jr., be all over mourning, and follow next after me," tells the whole story.
Nothing seems, at first sight, less interesting or less instructive, than a genealogical table, a mere register of names and dates. But such a passage as that which we have quoted — so picturesque, so suggestive, so touching, so dramatic — when it occurs in the midst of these dry records, throws out an electric light at every link in the chain of generations. Each of those names in the table is the memorial — perhaps the only memorial- of a human heart that once lived and loved ; a heari that kept its steady pulsations through some certain period of time, and then ceased to beat and mouldered into dust. Each of those names is the memorial of an individual human life that had its joys and sorrows, its cares and burthens, its affections and hopes, its conflicts and achievements, its opportunities wasted or improved, and its hour of death. Each of those dates of “birth," "marriage,” « death," — O how significant! What a day was each of those dates to some human family, or to some circle of loving human hearts !
To read a genealogy then may be, to a thinking mind, like walking in a cemetery, and reading the inscriptions on the gravestones. As we read, we may say with the poet
"To a mysteriously-consorted pair,
The presence of death drives the mind to thoughts of immortality. Memo. rials of the dead are memorials not of death only, but of life. They lived, and therefore they died; and as the mind thinks of the dead gathered to their fa. thers, it cannot but think of the unseen worlds which they inhabit. All these names are memorials of human spirits that have passed from time into eternity. Ready or unprepared, in youth or in maturity, in childhood or in old age, they went into eternity, as we are going.
“The nursling, and the tottering little one
The genealogical chapters in Genesis and Chronicles are commonly and very naturally regarded as being almost if not quite an exception to the testimony, "All Scriptnre is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." But the story is told of a man who had long been irreligious and thoughtless, that in some vacant hour he happened to open his Bible, and began to read the catalogue of antediluvians, in the fifth chapter of Genesis. As he read that one lived so many years and he died, and another lived so many years and he died, the uniformity of the record arrested his attention, his mind was awakened to new thoughts of the significancy of death and life, and thus he was led to realize the ends of his existence, and to dedi. cate himself, in penitence and trust, to a forgiving God. — New York Evangelist.
FIRST SETTLERS OF RHODE ISLAND.
BY THE LATE JOHN FARMER, ESQ.
MARRIAGES AND DEATHS.
Our authorities for most of our records of Marriages and Deaths are the newspapers.
ams of Salem, and mother of Rey. N.
Adams of Boston.
Y., to ANNIE M , daughter of Gen. Tim. a. 120. He had contracted seven mar.
grandchildren were 570 — 370 males and Bigelow, H. J., M. D., to SUSAN, daugh 200 females. New York Observer.
ter of William Sturgis, Boston, May 8. Blake, Rev. Caleb, Westford, May 11, Brown, ABNER HARTWELL, M. D., of a. 85. He gr. H. C. 1784, and was set. Lowell, Prof. of Chemistry in Wil
lled in Westford forty-five years. loughby Medical College, 0., to SUSAN Brimmer, Hon. Martin, Boston, April 25, AIGUSTA, daughter of Rev. Dr. Shurt for some years Mayor. H. C. 1814. leff, late Prof. in Dartmouth College, BURNHAM, BENJAMIN, Essex, April 14, a. April 13.
92, a soldier of the Revolution. Twelve BURLINGAME, ANSON, Attorney, of Bos. persons have died in Essex since Jan.
ton, to JANE CORNELIA, daughter of 12, whose united ages amount to 970
Carpenter, Rev. CHESTER W., Sinclair-
Universalist Society in Attleboro', to Beaver, Pa., while returning home from
CARPENTER, Mrs. HANNAH, Chichester,
LINE JANE Tower, Cohasset, March 24. siah Carpenter.
W. Hayes, only daughter of Lewis 2, a. 86. Dr. Cotton was a lineal de.
scendant of Rev. John Cotton of the HARDING, SPENCER Ś, of Boston, to Lou. first church, Boston, and was a man of
ISA T., daughter of Prof. Joseph Dana of literary and scientific attainments and
ary to China, to ARETHUSA ANNA, April 26, a. 79.
25, a. 80. He was oue of those philanLEMON, JOHN J., of Boston, to Miss EMMA thropic men who formed the American
L. BADGER of Philadelphia, daughter of Bible Society, was a corporate member the late George Dier Badger of Wind of the A. B. C. F. M., and a patron of ham, Ct., March 20.
all good institutions. Russell, BRADFORD, Attorney, Groton, DUNBAR, ELIJAH, Esq., Keene, N. H.,
to Miss Maria Prouty of Sterling, May 18, a. 88. D. C. 1783. Attorney. March 25.
Ellsworth, Mrs. Nancy G., Lafayette, SEEGER, EDWIN, M. D., of Springfield, Ia., Jan. 15, a. 54. She was the wife of
to ELIZABETH A., daughter of Hon. Hon. Henry L. Ellsworth, late ComJohn H. White of Lancaster, N. H., May missioner of Patents, and dau. of Hon. 31.
Elizur Goodrich of New Haven, Ct. SHATTUCK, Joel, Esq., of Pepperell, to Fisk, Dea. EBENEZER, Shelburne, Dec.
Mrs. Nancy PARKER of Boston, April 21, a. 62. He was a brother of the Rev. 14.
Pliny Fisk, Missionary to Palestine. STEARNS, Rev. Oakham S., of South- Fitcu, DEA. ELIJAH, Hopkinton, April
bridge, to ANNA Judson, daughter of 27, a. 68. He was a son of Rev. Elijah
Rev. B. C. Grafton of Medford, June 8. Fitch, second pastor of the church in TerriLL, CHARLES FREDERICK, to Han. that town.
NAH Williams, daughter of W. War- FULLER, ABRAHAM W., Esq., Boston, land Clapp of Boston, Editor of the April 6, a. 63. Counsellor at Law. Evening Gazette, May 23.
Gould, Mrs. Sally McCurdy, May 19,
widow of the late Hon. James Gould of
Gray, Rev. Thomas, D. D., Pastor of the
Congregational Church, Roxbury, (Ja. ADAMS, Mrs. Meritable T., May 9, a. maica Plains,) June 1, a. 75. H. Č. 1790.
79, widow of the late Dea. Nehemiah Ad. | Harvey, Rev. Benjamin, Frankfort, N.
Y., March 18, a. 112. He was of the SANBORN, Mrs. MARTHA, Reading, May Baptist denomination, and had been a 2, a. 59, wife of Rev. Peter Sanborn.
preacher more than seventy years. SAVAGE, Mrs. Lucy W., May 16, a. 57, HODGDON, Albert E., Barnstead, N. H., wife of Rev. James Savage of Bedford,
May 20, a. 25. D. C. 1842. Attorney. N. H. Holman, Gen. Silas, Bolton, March 25, SAURTLEFA BENJAMIN, M. D., Boston, a. 86. He was connected with the State
April 12, a. 72, B. U. 1796, M. D. H. U. Legislature between 20 and 30 years, He was an honorary member of the New and was one of the Governor's Council
England Historical and Genealogical during the administrations of Strong and Society, and a brief memoir of him may Brooks.
be expected in our next number. Kellogg, Mrs. Susan C., Williamstown, Smith, Rev. Eli, Hollis, N. H., May 11,
April 8, a. 48, widow of the late Prof. a. 87, B. U. 1792. Minister in Hollis. Kellogg.
Stewart, Enos, Esq., Davenport, lowa, Meigs, Mrs. ELISABETH, New Britain, formerly of Boston, a. 48.
He was a Ct., March 3, a. 92, widow of the late native of Coleraine, H. C. 1820. Major John Meigs of the U. S. Army in Strong, Rev. CALEB, Montreal, Canada, the Revolution.
Jan. 4, pastor of the American PresbyMoore, Rev. George, Quincy, Ill., March terian Church. He was a son of Hon.
11, a. 35, H. C. 1834, minister of the Lewis Strong, and grandson of Gov. Unitarian Society in that place.
Strong of Northampton. Y. C. 1835. Nevers, Gen. John, Northfield, March THAYER, DEA. SHADRACH, South Brain30, a. 74.
tree, May 4, a. 71. PARKER, Mrs. MARTHA L, Lancaster, THOMAS, Rev. DANIEL, Abington, a. 67.
April 30, a. 23, wife of Dr. J. 0. Parker | Tuck, Mrs. SARAH A., Exeter, N. H., of Shirley, and daughter of Dr. C. Carter Feb. 20, a. 36, wife of Amos Tuck, Esq., of Lancaster.
an attorney, and daughter of David PATTEN, Jean, Bedford, N. H., Feb. 16, a. Nudd, Esq., of Hampton, N. H.
78, daughter of Hon. Matthew Patten. Urham, Albert G., M. D., Boston, June PEABODY, Rev. William B. O., D. D., 16, a. 29, B. C. 1840. He was a member
Springfield, May 28, a. 47. H. C. 1816. of ihe N. E. Historical and Genealogical Revere, John, M. D., New York, April Society. A brief memoir of him may
29, a. 60. He gr. H. C. 1807, and was a be expected in our next number. Prof. in the Medical Department of N. | WIGGLESWORTH, SAMUEL, M. D., Boston, Y. University.
April 7, a. 35. H. C. 1831. Robinson, Rev. Charles, Lenox, March WORCESTER, DR. Noah, Cincinnati, O.,
3, a. 45. He was a missionary at Siam, April 4, a. 3. H. C. 1832, M. D. at D. and died on board the barque Draco, on C. 1838, Prof. in Medical College, Cinhis return home.
cinnati, o. SAFFORD, Charles G., M. D., Rutland, Wright, Mrs. ELEANOR, Dec. 20, 1846,
April 27, a. 42. He was a native of Ex a. 85. She was the widow of the late eter, N. H., gr. D. C. 1825, and Andover Silas Wright of Weybridge, Vt., and Theo. Semy, and was a minister in Gil mother of Gov. Wright of New York. manton, N. H. Having lost his health, Mr. Wright died in May, 1843, a. 84. he gave up the ministry, studied medi. This couple lived together as husband cine, and practised till his death.
and wife 61 years.
NOTICES OF NEW PUBLICATIONS.
The American Loyalists, or Biographical Sketches of Adherents to the British Crown in the War of the Revolution ; alphabetically arranged; with a preliminary Historical Essay. By James Sabine. Boston : Charles C. Little and James Brown. MDCCCXLVII.
Mr. Sabine, it is believed, is a merchant at Eastport, Me., but still has been in the habit of composing for the press. He has written articles for the North American Review, and is the author of the Memoir of Commodore Preble in Prof. Sparks's American Biography.
The subject of his present work is both novel and interesting, and one upon which we are too ignorant. The most intelligent and best informed among us have but little knowledge of the names and characters of the Loyalists, or Tories of the Revolution, (probably twenty thousand in number,) and of the reasons which influenced, of the hopes and fears which agitated, and of the rewards or miseries which awaited them. Separated from their homes and kindred, outlaws, wanderers, and exiles, they have