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NEW ENGLAND HISTORIC-GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY.
NECROLOGY, * [Prepared by WM. B. Trask, Historiographer of the Society.] HOCKEY, Joseph, a resident member, died in Chelsea, Oct. 13, 1863, aged 61 years, 6 months. He was born in Rame, in the hamlet of Cawsand, County of Cornwall, Eng., came to St. John, New Brunswick, when a boy-apprenticed himself to the cabinet-making trade, and was afterwards engaged in that business, resided in Belfast, Me., went from thence to the town of Freedom, Waldo County, in the same State, m, Mary Boulter, of Freedom, in Sept., 1834, by whom he had one son and four daughters, all born in Freedom, viz. : Russell Streeter, deceased; Clara Streeter, m. Hiram F. Eliot; Ada L., m. Allen P. Winslow; Hortense B., m. Austin A. Turner (he died Sept. 29, 1866); Mary C., m. John S. Parsons.
The name of Mr. Hockey is found in the Boston Directory for 1846-7, as a merchandise broker, at 14 Lewis' wharf; in 1848-9, as a weigher and inspector of hay, 17 City wharf; in 1850-1, under the firm of Hockey and Davis, weighers and gaug. ers, 13 Central whart, and as Joseph Hockey, culler of hides, at the same place ; in 1852-1856, weigher and guager, 16 Long wharf; in 1857, pursuing the same business at 8 Lewis' wharf, and in 1860 and until his decease, at No. 15 on the same wharf. He was during the whole time a resident of Chelsea. Mr. Hockey became a resident member of the Society in 1859.
The following is from Zion's Herald, of Oct. 21, 1863. “ Joseph Hockey, of Mt. Bellingham church, long time superintendent of the Sunday School, died last week, and was buried on Friday last. Before his death, he selected his burial place, also the hymns and text for his funeral. Brother Peck preached on the occasion from John xi. 23. Brothers Barrows and Mellalieu took part in the service. The Sabbath School was in attendance and followed their beloved superintendent to the grave. In Bro. Hockey the church has lost an active, zealous and useful member."
CLARKE, Rev. Henry Steele, D.D., a corresponding member, died in Philadelphia, Pa., Jan. 17, 1864, aged 47. He was son of Oran and S. (Thomson) Clarke, and was born at Somers, Conn., Sept. 20, 1816. He was the second of four children, all of whom, with the exception of one sister, Mrs. Waldo Guthrie, of Zanesville, Ohio, are deceased. His great-grandfather, Rev. Eliphalet Steele, was probably son of Eliphalet and Catharine (Marshfield) Steele, and mentioned in the Steele Family," by Daniel Steele Durrie, Librarian of the Wisconsin State Historical Society. Mr. Durrie says (p. 14)-" Rev. Eliphalet, Jr.5 b. 1732 ; graduate of Yale College, 1764; ordained preacher, 1770; d. at Paris, N. Y.; probably d. unmarried.”
In the Annals of Oneida County, by Pomroy Jones, p. 289, is given the inscription from the table stone over the grave of Rev. Eliphalet Steele, pastor of the church in Paris, Oneida County, a part of which is as follows:-“He was born at Hartford, Conn., June 26, 1742, graduated at Yale College, 1764, was ordained to the work of the Gospel Ministry at Egremont, Mass., 1770, dismissed from his pastoral charge in that place, 1794, installed at Paris, July 15, 1795, died Oct. 7, 1817, aged 75. The Church in Paris, of which he was the first Pastor, was formed by the Rev. Jonathan Edwards, D.D., in 1791, of 5 members. When Mr. Steele was installed, it consisted of 19; 273 were added during his ministry, and at the time of his decease there were 193 meinbers."
From Holland's Hist. of Western Mass., Vol. ii. page 486, we learn that Mr. Steele was of West Hartford ; was ordained the first pastor of the church in Egremont, Feb, 28, 1770. “Mr. Steele remained with the people with entire harmony, until the time of the Shays Rebellion, when, many of his parishioners being among the malcontents, they became his enemies, from the fact that he did not sympathize with them. Some of them entered his house at night, and after inflicting sundry personal indignities upon him, stole his watch and several articles of clothing." Mr. Jones, in his history, says, “Mrs. McNiel, widow of the late Henry McNiel, Esq., of Paris, and daughter of Mr. Steele, and who now (1851) resides in Clinton, although but a small girl at the time, well remembers this transaction. She says that armed sentinels were placed at all the doors and windows of the house, to prevent any persons escaping, and giving the alarm. The numbers in and about the house were so great, that resistance was entirely hopeless, and none was made. She
had blue silk in the house for a new bonnet, which was taken by these marauders, they saying that it would make good colors for Shays. When the party left they fired two guns in quick succession, supposed to be signals.” “ The disturbing elements thus introduced, never became thoroughly reconciled, but Mr. Steele remained with his people (in Egremont] until April 29, 1794, when he was dismissed. The church gradually diminished in numbers after this, left, as it was, without regular preaching - until 1814, when it was considered extinct." Mr. Jones, in his " Annals," relates a pleasing anecdote of Mr. Steele
The parents of Rev. Dr. Clarke removed, soon after his birth, to Utica, N. Y., where his boyhood was passed. His mother died when he was quite young, so that he was early deprived of her care and christian counsel. His father, subsequently, formed a second marriage and removed to Cleveland, Ohio. The son graduated at Hamilton College, N. Y., in 1837; pursued his theological studies at Yale, where he graduated in Sept., 1841. He was licensed at New Haven; was ordained at Willoughby, Ohio, in 1843, where he remained but a short time, a disease of the throat compelling him to relinquish this his first charge just as a strong and tender attachment had begun to form between himself and the people. After recruiting for a few months, he commenced preaching at Northford, Conn. Receiving a call from Manchester, N. H., he accepted, and was installed Pastor of the Franklin Street Church, Sept. 20, 1849. Here he labored with success until the year 1852, when, in consequence of his troublesome throat and general delicate health, he was induced to accept the cordial and unanimous invitation to settle as Pastor of the Central Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Pa. Here he labored with most unremitting zeal and fidelity for more than eleven years. On the 6th of January, 1864, a cold which had troubled him for several weeks developed into serious illness, at first pronounced pleurisy by his physicians, but rapidly changing into typhoid pneumonia. And thus through eleven days and nights of severe suffering and almost constant delirium, this earnest pastor, true friend and most devoted and endeared husband and father, on the morning of the Sabbath, passed to the rest that remaineth for the faithful.
A commemorative sermon was preached to his bereaved people, on the Sabbath following his decease, by the Rev. Charles W. Shields, D.D., which was published.
Dr. Shields describes the ministerial character of his departed brother as one of perfect symmetry. As a preacher his abilities were of a high order; he had a graceful presence, a persuasive manner, an exact and careful taste, good judgment, a quick fancy, an acute and discriminating intellect. He had acquired a scholarly acquaintance with English literature, and maintained a high standard of pulpit preparation. As a pastor he was no less efficient and successful than as a preacher. He gave himself to his work with his whole heart. His gentleness and affability eminently fitted him for the pastoral oversight; fidelity and candor marked his teachings, and he had tender affection for his people. Dr. Clarke was called to a number of prominent stations in the church, and he took a lively interest and an active part in her various schemes of beneficence. “He was eminently the friend with whom a grave interest could be trusted, and the adviser to whom any question of duty or propriety might be safely carried.” “He was tenderhearted, forbearing and forgiving, and in the breadth of his charity sought some excuse even for the very censoriousness which pained him.” “Every opportunity for doing a little service was promptly seized, and no civility received was allowed to pass unacknowledged ;'* “ thoughtful of others, rather than of himself, he was to the last the gentleman, no less than the christian."
Dr. Clarke was married on the 6th of May, 1857, to Ellen, dau. of E. B. and Almira Williston. Their only child, Ellen W. Clarke, was born Oct. 10, 1859. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Clarke and daughter returned to the home of her widowed mother in Norwich, Vt., where they now reside.
A few slight mistakes of time and place occur in Dr. Shields's beautiful and comprehensive tribute to his ministerial brother and friend, which are corrected in this notice. He was elected a corresponding member of the Society in 1858.
CHADBOURNE, Thomas, M.D., a Life Member of the Society, died in Concord, N. H., April 29, 1864, a. 73. He was the son of Dr. William and Martha (McMillan) Chadbourne, and was born at North Conway, N. H., August 13, 1790. His ancestors were among the earliest emigrants to this country from England, he being the sixth in descent from the Humphrey Chadbourne of whom honorable mention is made by Belknap as being associated in 1631, under Capt. Walter Neal, agent for the lower plantation, with Gibbons, Vaughan, Warnerton and Godfrey “as superintendents of the several businesses of trade, fishery, salt-making, building and husban
dry." Chadbourne built a house at Strawberry bank, which was called the great house, in which Warnerton resided. History of N. H, (Phila. 1781), i. 17. See also Register, ii. 39, 204.
Dr. Chadbourne commenced his professional studies with Dr. Alexander Ramsey, attending his lectures in Fryeburg, Me., in 1809 and '10. After pursuing his studies with his father until 1811, he went to Hanover as a private student with Drs. Nathan Smith and Perkins, and received his medical degree at Dartmouth College in 1813. He commenced practice in Concord, N. H., in co-partnership with Dr. Zadok Howe, as early as 1814. He married (October 8th, 1818) Miss Clarissa Dwight Green, youngest daughter of Dr. Peter Green, a distinguished physician, who, at his decease in 1828, at the age of 83, was the oldest physician in Concord..
With the exception of about four years, from 1827 to 1831, which he spent in Conway, Dr. Chadbourne remained in practice in Concord until his death, a period of fifty years. He was justly considered among the most eminent physicians in the State, his practice being extended to neighboring and often to distant towns. He was elected a member of the N. H. Medical Society, in 1818, of which he was many years Librarian and Councillor; honorary member of the Dartmouth Medical Society in 1821 ; member of the N. H. Historical Society in 1835; member of the Northern Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1841; honorary member of the Massachusetts Medical Society in 1845; and in 1863, member of the N. E. Historic-Genealogical Society. In 1851, he attended the World's Fair in London, and was there appointed one of the Jurors.
Both as a physician and a citizen Dr. Chadbourne was highly esteemed. He had a firm hold upon the confidence and affections of the people, and held important offices in various religious and charitable institutions. · He united with the First Congregational Church in Concord, in 1816, and sustained a consistent and useful christian profession till his death. For several years before his decease he was affected by paralysis, first in his limbs, afterwards his sight was much impaired. But he retained his uniform cheerfulness and serenity, and died in sweet peace, in hope of a blissful immortality.- (Communicated by Rev. Nathaniel Bouton, D.D., Concord, N. H.]
In the Register, vol. xiii. pp. 339-41, will be found a genealogy of the Chadbourne family, contributed by Dr. Cbadbourne.
HAYWARD, Hon. Elijah, Honorary Vice-President of the Society for Ohio, at McConnellsville, Morgan County, Ohio, on the 22nd day of September, 1864, in the 78th year of his age ; formerly one of the Judges of the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Judge Hayward was born November 17, 1786, at Bridgewater, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Ile was the eldest son of Elijah Hayward, of that town, who was born in the year 1741, who was the eldest son of Hezekiah Hayward, of Bridgewater, who was born Nov. 15, 1707, and died in 1790, who was the second son of Benjamin Hayward, of Bridgewater, who died in the year 1733, aged 56 years, who was the fifth son of Nathaniel Hayward, of Bridgewater, who was the second son of Thomas Hayward, who migrated from England about the year 1634, was made a freeman 1616, was an original proprietor of Bridgewater, and among the earliest and eldest settlers of that town, and who died there in 1681.
Judge Hayward, when young, was engaged in mercantile business, and, in the latter part of the year 1811, went to England, and was in the House of Commons, on Monday, May 11th, 1812, at the very moment when Bellingham shot the Right Hon. Spencer Percival, then prime minister of England, in one of the lobbies of the House. Bellingham kept an insurance broker's office in Liverpool, and, shortly before, Judge Mayward had occasion to call at his office, and spoke with him respecting some matter of marine insurance, though he was happy to say he had no acquaintance with him.
On his return from England in April, 1813, he resolved to devote himself to the study and practice of the law, and applied to the committee of the bar of Plymouth County for examining students for admission to the bar, who gave him a direction in writing to study one year and six months, under a qualified instructor, the languages, and such previous studies as were usually preparatory to the study of the law, and that his legal studies should commence after that period, with which directions he complied; and on the 6th day of October, 1817, he commenced the study of the law with the late Hon. Nahum Mitchell, of East Bridgewater.
In 1818, he again went to England to superintend the commencement and prosecution of the suit of Samuel Hicks and Sylvanus Jenkins, surviving partners of his late father-in-law, David Kingman, of East Bridgewater, against John Inglis and others.
He applied to the late Joseph Chitty, Esq., author of the treatise on pleading, in whose office the suit was commenced, and he retained as counsel Mr. Scarlett, afterwards Chief Baron of the Court of Exchequer, Mr. Littledale, afterwards one of the Judges of the Court of King's Bench, and Mr. Fell, the author of the learned treatise on mercantile guarantees.
The action was assumpsit upon a guaranty, and came to trial before Mr. Justice Bailey, one of the Judges of the Court of King's Bench, and a jury, when a verdict was rendered for the plaintiffs. Exceptions were taken which delayed judgment about six months; but the exceptions were eventually waived, and judgment rendered on the verdict for the plaintifis. During the delay Judge Hayward pursued the study of the law at one of the Inns of Court in London.
He was often in the House of Lords, and in the House of Commons, and in the Courts of Law and Equity, and saw all the prominent men of the time in Parliament and in the Courts; often heard Sir Samuel Romilly argue cases in the Court of Chancery before Lord Chancellor Eldon. He was present and raw Sir Sam 'l Romilly chaired, as the expression was, after his election as a member of the Ilouse of Commons for the district of Middlesex, and heard his address to the electors on that occasion. Judge Hayward often spoke of the great personal beauty and dignity of Sir Samuel Romilly, his beau ideal of human perfection, and made comparisons between him and Mr. Webster and Mr. Clay, as an orator.
He had an interview and conversation once with Lord Brougham, and used to narrate what Brougham said on that occasion respecting American institutions ; had some acquaintance with King William the 4th, when only the Duke of Clarence, with whom he once dined, and who took an interest in him as an American.
On his return home he again pursued the study of the law, and removed to Cincinnati, Ohio. In January, 1820, he was admitted to the bar, and devoted himself to the practice of his profession. On the 15th day of February, 1830, he was, without solicitation on his part, appointed one of the Justices of the Sapreme Court of Ohio, and held the Court at Misi Prius in 48 Counties, when in October, 1830, he, again without solicitation on his part, received from President Jackson the appointment of Commissioner of the General Land Office of the United States, now a branch of the Department of the Interior, until the then next session of the Senate of the United States, which he accepted, and again on the 16th Dec., 1830, he received the commission during the pleasure of the President, which he continued to hold until 1835, when he resigned on account of ill health.
He was subsequently Librarian of the State of Ohio, and held various other offices of trust and responsibility, about the last of which was that in 1855, by the appointment of the Supreme Court of Ohio, of commissioner to examine the Ohio Life Insurance and Trust Company, upon the complicated business of which he submitted a lengthy report, which was printed.
Of a kind and genial disposition, he made friends, at once, wherever he went. Of great intellectual power and incessantly studious and laborious, there seemed to be no science or knowledge, theoretical or practical, with which he had not a considerablo acquaintance.
In the history of the United States, and of the several States, he was profoundly Versed, and understood the early landed titles of each State and the history thereof, from that of the Plymouth Colony, including those of Ohio to the Spanish titles in Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri, with which he had much to do as Land ComInissioner.
He was one of the most profound genealogists in the country. He had in MS. the genealogy of a vast number of families in Ohio, and in Massachusetts, and other portions of our country: and were the ancient records of births, marriages and deaths, in many towns in that part of Massachusetts, called the Old Colony, to be lost, his MSS. would nearly supply the deficiency.
Indeed, the late Judge Witchell, himself also a distinguished genealogist, used to say that when he had exhausted all his means of research he used tu send to Judge Ilayward, of Ohio, who scarce ever failed to solve the inystery.
He was acquainted with most of the men of distinction, who figured in the United States from 1820 to 1850, and corresponded with many of them, and had seen most of the men proininent in England in 1812 and 1818, and had some temporary acquaintance with many of them.
We regret both the delay in publishing this notice of Judge Hayward, and the failure of it to do justice to his attainments.
lle had been four years a meinber of the General Assembly of Obio. IIe was a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society, of the Royal Society of Northern Antiquaries of Copenhagen, and of other similar institutions. He was made a corresponding member of this Society in 1852, and elected honorary vice-president in 1855.-[Communicated.]
GREENLEAF, Rev. Jonathan, D.D., died at Brooklyn, N. Y., April 24, 1865, after a short illness, in the 80th year of his age. He was born in Newburyport, September 4, 1785. Ilis ancestors had resided in that place ever since the original emigration ; Edmund Greenleaf, his first American ancestor, having settled there in 1635. llis grandfather, Jonathan Greenleaf, born in Newbury in 1723, was a ship-builder on an extensive scale, and accumulated a large estate. Ile was much in public life, and sustained many important offices. He was a member of the Continental Congress at the breaking out of the Revolutionary War, and subsequently was for many years in the Senate, or Council, or House of Representatives of Massachusetts. He adorned a profession of religion from the time of his entering the married state, in 1744, till his death, in 1807; and was for many years an elder in the First Presbyterian Church in Newburyport, under the pastoral care of those eminent ministers, Rev. Jonathan Parsons and Rev. John Murray.
Moses Greenleaf, son of Hon. Jonathan Greenleaf, born in Newburyport, May 19, 1755, was a captain in the Army of the Revolution from 1776 till 1781. He then commenced the business of ship-building in connection with his father, and from that time till 1790, they built twenty-two ships and brigs. His wife was Lydia Parsons, youngest child of Rev. Jonathan Parsons, already mentioned, and sister of Samuel Holden Parsons, a Major-General of the Continental Army, and one of the founders of the State of Ohio. In November, 1790, Captain Greenleaf removed with his family to the town of New Gloucester, in the District (now State) of Maine, where he died, Dec. 18, 1812.
The eldest son of Captain Greenleaf was Moses Greenleaf, who, after being engaged in trade in New Gloucester and Bangor, settled on a farm in Williainsburg, Maine. He was distinguished as a surveyor of land, and published a large and valuable map of Maine; also a Survey of Maine, an octavó volume of 500 pages. lle was many years one of the principal magistrates of the County where he lived, and a Justice of the Court of Sessions.
Another son of Captain Greenleaf was the Hon, Simon Greenleaf, eminent as a lawyer in Maine, and fifteen years Royall Professor of Law in Ilarvard University. lle died at Cambridge, Oct. 6, 1853, aged 70. He was a man of great weight of character in civil life, and a devoted and exemplary christian.
The Rov. Jonathan Greenleaf was the youngest child of Capt. Moses Greenleaf, and brother of Professor Greenleaf, who has just been mentioned. At the age of five he went, as a member of his father's family, to New Gloucester, Maine, and was brought up on his father's farm. Ale united with the Congregational Church in New Gloucester in October, 1807; studied Divinity with those eminent ministers, Rev. Edward Payson, of Portland, and Rev. Francis Brown, of North Yarmouth, afterwards President of Dartmouth College; and was licensed to preach by the Cumberland Association of Congregational Ministers in Sept., 1814. Ile was ordained pastor of the Church in Wells, Me., March 8, 1815. Besides the faithful and diligent discharge of ministerial duty, he found time, while settled in Wells, to compile a volume entitled, “Sketches of the Ecclesiastical History of the State of Maine," from the earliest settlement to the time of the author. It is a work of great value, exhibiting evidence of laborious research, and characterized througbout by great fairness and candor.* It is highly desirable that some competent person would take up this work where Mr. Greenleaf left it, and bring down the history to the present time.
Mr. Greenleaf's father and grandfather having, during many years, been engared largely in ship-building, and one of his brothers, Ebenezer, having followed the seas from boyhood, until he rose to the command of a packet-ship from Portland to Liverpool; it is no wonder that the clerzyman, of whoin we write, should have been warmly interested in the spiritual welfare of scamen. We find, accordingly, that in September, 1828, he was dismissed from his pastoral office at Wells, in order to assume the charge of the Mariners' Church in Boston, and to become Secretary of the Buston Seamen's Friend Society. So faithfully did he demean himself in these relations, that in December, 1833, he was invited to New York to become the Secretary of the American Seamen's Friend Society, and Editor of the Sailors' Magazine, which department of labor he occupied till November, 1841. He then thought it
* Members of the Episcopal, Baptist, and other denominations, lave testified to the correctness of these “Sketches,” so far as these dedominations were concerned.