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Guthrie, lion. James, at his residence in Louisville, Ky., in his seventy-seventh year. He began life as a trader on the Mississippi, but afterwards studied law and settled in Louisville, where he successfully practised his profession for many years. He also took an active interest in commercial affairs, originating the Nashville and Louisville railroad, of which he was the first president. He served nine years in the state legislature, and in 1853 was called into President Pierce's cabinet as secretary of the treasury. He was elected a senator in congress from Kentucky in 1865, but resigned on account of ill health, and was succeeded by the Hon. Thomas C. McCreery.
Mr. Guthrie was one of the ablest of the secretaries of the treasury who have held that office since Alexander Hamilton. He was a prominent candidate for the presidency in 1860, and had he been nominated it is more than probable that there would have been no civil war in 1801.
Kendall, Dea. Nathan, in Alfred, Me., October 4, 1869, aged 90 years.
Lincoln, Mrs. Sarah, in Charlestown, Mass., November 9, 1869, aged 71 years. She was the eldest daughter and second child of Nathan and Sarah (Leach) Webb, of Boston, where she was born March 15, 1798. February 12, 1821, she was married in Boston to Hawkes Lincoln, Jr., whose father was a native of ilingham. Of her ancestors by the name of Webb, a full account is already in print—in the Giles Memorial—and respecting those by the name of Leach, an account may be read, ante, vol. xix. page 255.
Mrs. Lincoln was one of the numerous descendants of Tristram Coffin, and of the branch from which sprang Admiral Sir Isaac, whom she well remembered. Shi; was the mother of four sons and three daughters, of whom two sons and the (daughters, with their father, and one grandchild, survive her. H. H. E.
Mcdonald, Hon. Moses, in Saco, Maine, October 18, 18G9, aged 54 yrs. and 6 mos. He was a son of the late Gen. John McDonald, of Limerick, Maine. Mr. McDonald has been a member of both branches of the legislature, state-treasurer, member of congress four years, and, during the administration of President Buchanan, collector of the port of Portland.
Rice. Henry, Esq., in Somerville, Mass., July 19, 1869, aged 51, eldest son of the late II< nry Rice, Esq,, of Boston.
Mr. Rice's disease originated in paraly
sis of the brain, caused by too great a pressure of business during his connection with the "Naval Office,'' New York, in 1867. Spooner, Daniel Nicolson, in Boston, Mass., August 28, 1869, aged 50 years,
2 mos. and 10 days. He was a son of William and Hannah O. (Nicolson) S. of Boston; grandson of Nathaniel and Mary (Holmes) 8 . of Plymouth; gr.grandson of Thomas and Deborah (Bourn) S. of Plymouth; gr.-gr.-grandson of Thomas and Sarah (Nelson) 8. of Plymouth; gr.-gr.-gr.-grandson ot Ebenezer and Mercy (Branch) S. of Plymouth; and gr.-gr.-gr.-gr-grandson of William and Hannah (Pratt) S. of Plymouth and Dartmouth. T. S.
Spooner, Mary Elizabeth, in Plymouth, Mass., August 7, 1869, aged 55 years and 25 days. She was wife of Ephraim Spooner, of Plymouth, who was born April 26, 1804.
Mary Elizabeth S. was daughter of Capt. Nathaniel and Mary (Holmes) Spooner of Plymouth; granddaughter of Thomas and Deborah (Bourn) S. of Plymouth; gr.-granddaughter of Thomas and Sarah (Nelson) S. of Plymouth; gr.-gr.-granddaughter of Ebenezer and Mercy (Branch) S. of Plymouth ; and gr. -gr.-gr.-granddaughter of William and Hannah (Pratt) Spooner, of Plymouth and Dartmouth.
Ephraim S., husband of Mary E. S., is a son of James and Margaret (Symmes) S. of Plymouth; grandson of Hon. Ephraim and Elizabeth (Shurtliff) S. of Plymouth; gr.-grandson of Thomas and Sarah (Nelson) S.; gr.-gr.-grandson of Ebenezer and Mercy (Branch) S.; and gr.-gr.-gr.-grandson of William and Hannah (Pratt) Spooner. T. S.
Wentworth, Rev. Daniel,' of Skowhegan, Maine, 20 October, 1869, born at Rochester, N. H., 16 July, 1783, son of Isaac5 and Abigail (Nutter) Wentworth, aged 86 years, and father of Rev. Seidell7 Wentworth, of Lovell, Maine.
Also, at same place, on 5 Sept. 1869, his daughter, Mary-Fletcher' Wentworth, aged 41 years.
Isaac5 was son of Thomas,' in the line of John,3 Ezekiel5 and Elder William Wentworth.
Wentworth, John B.,8 son of Andrews and Mary (Rollins) Wentworth, and grandson of Col. John,4 president of the first revolutionary state-convention in New- Hampshire, at Salmon Falls, N.H.,
3 Nov. 18(i9, and at the house occupied by his father and grandfather, aged 75 years. He was for many years a member of the New-Hampshire legislature.
NEW-ENGLAND HISTORIC-GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY.
Hinman, Royal Ralph, Hon., son of Gen. Ephraim and Sylvania (French) Hinman, was born in Southbury, Ct., June 20, 1786, and died in the city of New-York, Oct. 16, 1868, aged 83 years. Mr. Hinman prepared for college with the Rev. Dr. Azel Backus, of Bethlehem, Ct. He was graduated at Yale College in the class of 1804. He taught an academy in Virginia one year after his graduation, and then entered the law office of Hon. Daniel S. Boardman, in New-Milford, Ct. The next year he attended the celebrated law-school at Litchfield, and was admitted to the bar in 1807. Soon after he commenced the practice of the law in Roxbury, Ct., where he continued about twenty years, when he removed to Southington, Ct. In 1835 he was elected secretary of the state, when he removed his residence to Hartford. He was elected to that office seven successive years, and never afterwards resumed the practice of his profession.
In 1842, Mr. Hinman published a History of the part taken by Connecticut in the War of the Revolution, a volume of 643 pages, octavo. In 1836, he published a volume of official letters between the kings and queens of England and the early governors of the Connecticut colony—a volume of 372 pages, duodecimo. He was also the author of a Catalogue of the First Puritan Settlers of Connecticut, and a Register of Families in Connecticut. Several volumes of the statutes of that state were published under his careful editorial supervision. He was chosen a corresponding member of this Society, April 20, 1847, and about ten years ago he gave us his manuscript genealogical collections.
In Sept., 1844, Mr. Hinman was appointed collector of customs for the port of NewHaven, Ct.—an office which he held only some seven or eight months. His residence during the later years of his life was in the city of New-York.
Mr. Hinman married, Sept. 14, 1814, Lydia, youngest daughter of General John Ashley, of Sheffield, Mass. She died in N. Y. city, Aug. 27, 1853, leaving one son and four daughters.
Mr. Hinman's first name, "Royal," was singularly acquired. It was given him byway of compliment, by his friend and classmate, John Chester, afterwards the Rev. John Chester, D.D., of Albany. It was so published in the college catalogue of the freshmen class, and, accepting the nam deplume, he wore it gracefully through life.
Willard, Paul, Esq.—Mr. Willard died at his residence in Roxbury, Mass., Aug. 15, 1868, aged 43 years, 10 months, 19 days. He was the second child of Paul and Harriet Whiting Willard, and was born in Charlestown, Mass., Sept. 26, 1824.
He was educated at the schools in Charlestown, Mass., always holding in them a very high rank. He was fitted for college by H. G. O. Blake, Esq., principal of a classical school in Charlestown; was graduated from Harvard College in the class of 1845, with high honors; and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He was two years at the law-school, Cambridge, and one year in the law-office of his father, Paul Willard, Esq., in Charlestown; was admitted to the bar, 1848, and established his office, first in Charlestown, afterwards in Boston. He devoted himself earnestly and conscientiously to his profession, which he thoroughly loved, until his last months of sickness. On the 17th of Dec, 1855, on motion of Hon. Caleb Cushing, attorneygeneral of the United States, he was duly admitted to practise in the supreme court of the United States.
When Charlestown was established a city in 1847, he was chosen clerk of the common council, and afterwards was a member of the council, two years, 1857 and 1858. He was a representative to the general court in 1857, and solicitor of the city of Roxbury in 1861 and 1862, which office he resigned February, 1863. At these same times he worked hard at his profession. April 23, 1862, he was appointed by His Excellency John A. Andrew, a justice of the peace and of the quorum, throughout the commonwealth. He was, also, commissioner of deeds, &c, for the New-England states for many years, and one of the committee for visiting the Dane Law-School for ten successive years previous to his death.
Mr. Willard published no works in his own name—though some works and many articles on miscellaneous subjects found their way into print. But I should not be doing him justice, did I not mention his many literary labors on various subjects— manuscripts, nu clear finished style and elegant diction: prose and poetry; facts in history; criticisms; lectures and orations, some of these last publicly delivered. It may not be amiss for me to say, that I believe those who listened to him would testify to the remarkable magnetism and fascination of his clear ringing tones and earnest manner—his choice refinement of language, and force, softened by a sweet winsomeness of manner, scarcely definable.
His industry was remarkable, and his energy untiring. Even as a boy, in all sports and boyish work, he was a leader; and, as I am told by those who knew him as a boy, he was "first in work and first in play." He carried that trait through his manhood. He sethis standard high and diligently tried to reach it; yet not overlooking or forgetting the sweeter graces and charities; and when at times he laid aside the harder duties of life and his profession, he entered with his whole heart into the pure and gentler atmosphere of social life, gathering and giving happiness, with a grace that won him many warm and devoted friends.
Below will be found a notice of Mr. Willard, from the Boston Courier of August 16, 1868.
"The decease of Paul Willard, Esq., in the prime of life, will affect a large circle of attached friends with the sincerest and deepest regret. He was a valuable member of the legal profession and of the community, and in his personal character amiable, courteous and upright. His late father, bearing the same Christian name, is well remembered as a gentleman of unusual ability and accomplishment, a member of the same learned profession, and serving as Naval Agent under a former Democratic Administration. The son inherited the talents and virtues of the father, and with them a strong attachment to the principles of the Constitution and the Union. He was an ardent Conservative in feeling and by conviction. He will be very much missed by the many to whom his presence was always welcome, in this city, and in Roxbury, the place of his residence."
The following analysis of Mr. Willard's character, is from a citizen of Roxbury,. s highly esteemed friend, and well-known gentleman of much literary worth and social excellence.
"When Mr. Willard removed to Roxbury he had few intimate friends there; but very soon there were many, among the first citizens of the place, who gladly held that relation to him. One of his leading traits was that social magnetism by which he won and retained friendships. Certainly he never seemed to be in a more joyous and congenial element than on those occasions in his own house when he was dispensing hospitality or diffusing the cheerful influence of his simple presence among a small circle of near and attached friends.
"He was the model of an attentive host; for his unforced attentions seemed to come from pure benignity of spirit and a loving heart.
"As a public speaker Mr. Willard always commanded attention by the animation of his delivery, and a clear musical utterance that made him easily heard even among a crowd in the open air. His patriotic harangues and his more finished speeches early in the war will long be remembered by those who had the good fortune to hear them. He was always ready to aid in any good be cause, and to tax his health and strength in imparting some of his own energy to any movement involving benefit to the community.
"Of his general refinement and purity of life, his generous impulses and his unswervinging fidelity, his noble industry, his unselfishness, his uprightness and his high sense of honor, I need not speak, for these may be regarded as among his negative traits, so naturally did he seem to assume that it was no merit in a gentleman to manifest them. But in their possession, we may perhaps find the secret of that sweetness which tempered the manly traits of his character, so harmonious and well-rounded, and which made him at once respected and beloved."
Willard Family. The work of the late Joseph Willard, Esq., entitled "Willard Memoir," will give the history of the Willard family in England; also the life of Maj. Simon Willard, who was baptized April 7, 1605, at Horsmonden, co. Kent, England, and came to NewEngland in the year 1634. He was thrice married. His first wife was Mary Sharpe second, Elizabeth Dunster; third, Mary Dunster. Paul Willard was a direct lineal descendant from Major Simon Willard, as follows: Henhy Willard, 4th son of Major Simon and Mary Dunster ; b. at Concord, Mass., June 4, 1655; m. 1st, Mary Dakin, of Groton, July 18, 1674; m. 2d, Dorcas Cutler, in 1689.
Henry Willard, 1st son of Henry and Mary, above named ; b. in Groton, April 11, 1675 ; in. 1st, Abigail Temple, July 21, 1698 ; m. 2d, Sarah Nutting.
William Willard, son of last named Henry; b. in Lancaster, Mass. j baptized there May 24, 1713; m. Sarah Gates of Lancaster.
William Willard, son of aforesaid William; b. in Harvard, Mass., Nov. 1737 ; m. Mary Whittemore, of Concord, Mass. He died in Lancaster, in 1786.
Paul Willard, son of the last named William and Mary; b. in Lancaster, Mass., Dec. 29, 1764; m. 1st, Dec. 18, 1792. Martha Haskell (dau. of Col. Henry Haskell, of Revolutionary army); m. 2d, in 1810, Polly Damon; d. in Lancaster, August 2, 1817; children: Paul and four others.
Paul Willard, son of the above named Paul and Martha Haskell; b. in Lancaster, Aug. 4, 1795. He was graduated at Harvard College, 1817; admitted to the bar, March, 1821; appointed post-master of Charlestown, Mass., Sept. 15, 1822, and continued to July, 1829; elected clerk of Massachusetts senate, May, 1823, and continued to 1830; m. Harriet Whiting (dau. of Capt. Timothy Whiting, of Revolutionary army, of Lancaster, Mass.), Oct. 10, 1821 ; and died March 18, 1856, in Charlestown, Mass.; children : three sons and two daughters.
Paul Willard, 2d son of last named Paul and Harriet; b. in Charlestown, Mass., Sept. 26, 1824; m. 1st, April 9, 1849, Maria Louisa McCleary (only dau. of Samuel F. and Maria Lynde McCleary, of Boston). She died in Charlestown, Mass., Feb. 11, 1851; m. 2d, July 6, 1859, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Head Weld, (dau. of George and Rebecca Pierce Read, of Roxbury, Mass., and formerly wife of George Weld, of Roxbury) ; d. Aug. 15, 1868.
Arthur Walter Willard, only child of Paul and Maria Louisa, above named; b. Dec. 26, 1850, in Charlestown; now resides with his mother, Mrs. Mary E. R. Willard, in Roxbury, Mass.
Paul Willard changed his residence to Roxbury, July 6, 1859.
Whiting Family. The mother of the last mentioned Paul Willard, Harriet Whiting Willard—daughter of Capt. Timothy and Lydia Whiting, of Lancaster, Mass., is a direct lineal descendant from Rev. Samuel Whiting—her first ancestor of the Whiting name in America. Rev. Samuel Whiting was a son of Hon. John Whiting of Boston, England. Hon. John Whiting was mayor of Boston, England, in 1600 and 1608. Rev. Samuel Whiting was born Nov. 20, 1597, and died Dec. 11, 1679, aged 82 years.
So many biographical notices have appeared of this distinguished man, that it is only necessary for me to allude to them: Life of Samuel Whiting, by Cotton Mather, printed in Boston, 1822. Lewis's History of Lynn, Mass. Thompson's History of Boston, England. Drake's History of Boston, Mass., and others.
Rev. Samubl Whitino. His first wife, with her issue, except her daughter Dorothy, died in England. Dorothy came with her father, llcv. Samuel, to America, May 26, 1636, and afterwards m. Thomas Weld, son of Rev. Thomas Weld of Roxbury, Mass., June 4, 1650. (I mention this incident, as connected^with a somewhat interesting coincidence in the family of the last Paul Willard, which I will afterwards mention.)
Rev. Samuel m. 2d, Elizabeth St. John, Aug. 6, 1629 ; with his wife, his dau. Dorothy, and son Samuel, arrived in New-England, May 26, 1636.
The genealogy of Elizabeth St. John, is clearly traced from William de St. John, who was one of the barons who accompanied the Norman duke in his invasion of England—as on record, taken from New-england Historical And GeneaLogical Register And Antiquarian Journal, vol. xiv. January, 1860; also, same Journal, vol. xv. p. 217, July, 1861. I have another long and interesting account of the St. Johns taken from Memoirs of Life, #c., of Lord Viscount Bolingbroke, published in London, 1752. I am tempted to quote one passage from that memoir, as being applicable in a great degree to his remote kin, the subject that has called out these genealogical reminiscences. Mr. Henry St John, who was born in the reign of Charles II., is thus spoken of;
"• • • • he had a dignity mixed with sweetness in his looks, and a manner that would have captivated the heart, if his person had been ever so indifferent He was remarkable for his vivacity and had a prodigious memory. He had quickness and penetration, and a sprightliness and a perspicuity in delivering his own opinions." Samuel Whiting, son of Rev. Samuel, b. in England, 1633; graduated at Harvard College 1653; ordained in Billerica, Mass., Nov. 11, 1663, as minister; m. Dorcas Chester, Nov. 12, 1656; d. Feb. 28, 1713, aged 79 years; isssue; eleven children.
Oliver Whiting, of Lancaster, Mass., 3d son of the last named Rev. Samuel Whiting; b. Nov. 8, 1665; m. Anna Danforth, Jan. 22, 1690; d. Dec. 22,1736, aged 71 years; issue s nine children. Deacon Samuel Whitikg, 4th son of Oliver, above named, of Billerica, Mass; b.
1702; m. Deborah Hill; d. 1772 ; issue: Samuel and Timothy. Timothy Whiting, of Lancaster, Mass.; son of Deacon Samuel; b. Feb. 24, 1732, in Billerica, Mass.; m. Sarah Osgood ; d. July 12, 1799, aged 67 years; issue: five children. Timotht Whitino, 3d son of Timothy Whiting, last named; b. in Lancaster. Mass., June 17, 1758; m. 1st, Abigail Kidder, Aug. 21, 1781 ; m. 2d, Lydia Phelps, Oct. 14, 1799; d. Jan. 12, 1826, aged 67 years; issue: 1st marriage, eight children—2d, four children. Harriet Whiting, dau. of Timothy and Lydia; b. in Lancaster, Mass., Dec. 13, 1800; m. Paul Willard, of Charlestown, Mass., counsellor at law, Oct. 10, 1821. Now residing with her son-in-law, Hon. Arthur W. Austin, West Roxbury, Mass. Issue: five children. Paul Willard, 2d son of Paul and Harriet Whiting Willard; b. Sept. 26, 1824; d.
Aug. 15, 1868. The family of Whiting was very early connected with Boston, England, and the neighborhood. William Whytynge, of Boston, is mentioned in the Subsidy Roll of Edward HI. (1333). Many interesting facts and early records of the Whiting family are given in Thompson's History of Boston, England, page 430.
Many of the members of the Whiting family have held the honorable position of Mayor of Boston, England. One, John Whiting, having occupied the office four distinct times; the only instance, previous to the municipal act of 1835, of any person having been mayor four times.
A somewhat interesting coincidence in the family of the last Paul Willard may be mentioned:—His son, Arthur Walter Willard, and his step-son (by his marriage with Mrs. Mary E. R. Weld,) Clifford Read Weld, are both descendants, in the 9th generation, from Rev. Samuel Whiting of Lynn, Mass; his daughter, Dorothy Whiting, having married Thomas Weld, son of Rev. Thomas Weld of Roxbury, Mass. (from whom Clifford is a direct lineal descendant), who arrived in Boston, Mass., from England, June 5, 1632, and about a month after (at the time that church was gathered) was settled over the 1st church in Roxbury, Mass. In Nov. 1632, he received as colleague John Eliot, "the apostle Eliot." And, not only the Rev. Thomas Weld, ancestor of Mr. Willard's step-son, Clifford R. Weld, was settled over the 1st church in Roxbury, but two direct ancestors of Mr. Willard's son, Arthur Walter, on the maternal side, were also settled there:—Rev. Nehemiah Walter, ordained Oct. 17, 1688, and his son, Rev. Thomas Walter, Oct. 19, 1718; and both Arthur and Clifford attend this church, over which Rev. George Putnam, D.D., is now the pastor. And five generations of Reads, Clifford's maternal ancestors, have in succession attended this church, as have paternal ancestors, on both sides, for generations far back.
Mary E. R. Wili Ard.
Boston, Mass., Wednesday, Sept. 1,1869. A monthly meeting was held at three o'clock this afternoon at the society's rooms, No. 17 Bromtield street, the president, Hon. Marshall P. Wilder, in the chair.
William J. Foley, Esq., the librarian, reported that, since the meeting in June, there had been presented to the society thirty-nine volumes, three hundred and fifteen pamphlets; a series of maps relating to the late war; a small volume, hound in parchment, containing "Accounts and Memoranda " of the late Henry Quincy, a Boston merchant; a fine photograph of the old house in Roxbury, said to have been built by William Curtis, in 1638 or 1639, which is now occupied by Isaac Curtis, a descendant of the seventh generation.
Rev. Dorus Clarke, D.D., the historiographer, read biographical sketches of the following deceased members:—William Winthrop, Esq., U.S. consul at Malta; Hon. Royal R. Hinman, of the city of New-York, and Hon. Thomas Tolmau and Henry James Prentiss, Esq., both of Boston.
The board of directors nominated nine gentlemen for resident membership and one for corresponding membership, who were elected.
Col. Alrnon D. Hodges then read a second paper on the "Don-rebellion," and gave notice that he would conclude his history of it at the next stated meeting, in October.
Rev. Dorus Clarke, D.D., offered an amendment to the constitution, and gave notice that at a future quarterly meeting he should call it tip for the action of the society.
The president laid before the meeting a circular letter, addressed to the society, from a committee of the Boston Society of Natural History, inviting the aid of the society in the