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132—IV. DORCAS4, b. May n, 1729; m. Rev. Benjamin Butler of Nottingham April 17, 1754; and died April—, 1790. He d. Dec. —, 1804. One of their children was Maj.-gen. Henry Butler.

133—v. MARY4, b. Aug. 13, 1737; m. Dea. Thomas Hovey of Dracut March 22, '759


Dea. Isaac Abbots, born in Andover April 4, 1699. He graduated at Harvard college in 1723. He was a merchant at first, and later devoted his attention to farming, living in Andover. He was a deacon of the South church for forty-four years, and lined the psalms. He married, first, Phebe Lovejoy Nov. 29, 1739. She died Dec. 17, 1751, in her thirty-sixth year; and he married, second, Lydia Coley of Charlestown (pub. Nov. 17, I753)-* Deacon Abbot died Aug. 9, 1784, aged eighty-five; and his widow, Lydia, Feb. 28, 1791, in her eightyseventh year.

Children, born in Andover :— 134—I. William' (twin), b. July 21, 1741;

d. Sept. 29, 1768. 135—11. '(twin), b. July 21, 1741; d.

Aug. i, 1741. 136—m. ISAAC4, b. Feb. 3, 1745. See Menu

('36). '37—IV. PHEBK4, b. Nov. 14, 1746; m. Capt.

Henry Abbot (129). 138—v. son 4, b. Nov. 12, 1747; d.

Nov. 14, 1747. 139—VI. SARAH4, b. Jan. 2, 1750; m. Timothy

Abbot (414).


James Abbots, born in Andover Feb. 12, 1695. He was a farmer and also ran the mills on the Shawshene river in Andover until 1735, when he sold them. In the same spring he removed to Rumford (now Concord), N. H. He married Abigail Farnum Jan. 6, 1714. She was born in 1692. He died Dec. 27, 1787, aged ninety-two.

Children, born in Andover :— 140—i. AiiiOAii.4, b. Jan. i, 1715; m. Jacob Waldron of Warner, N. II.

•Abbot Genealogy says he married Elizabeth Galley.

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ELIZABETH4, b. June 24, 1718; of Concord, spinster; d. 1773.

WILLIAM4, b. Sept. 8, 1719; d. Oct. 29, 1741.

RACHEL4, b. in 1720; m. Manning.

Ezra*, b. March n, 1722; d. Dec.

S. 174'

Reuben', b. April 4, 1723; was a farmer, and lived in Concord. He was the first to drive an ox team from Andover to Concord; and he also drove to the fort the team conveying the bodies of the men killed by the Indians Aug. n, 1746. Himself and his son, grandson and greatgrandson, all named Reuben, were living at the same time in the same house. He m., first,-Rhoda Whittemore, who d. Jan. 27, 1785; and, second, widow Dinah Blanchard. He d. May 13, 1822, aged ninetynine; and his widow d. March n, 1826, aged ninety-four-.

SIMEON4, b. Sept. 8, 1724; d. Nov.

'S. '74'

Amos4, b. Feb. 18, 1726; was a farmer, and lived in Concord; m. widow Rebecca (Abbot) Chandler; and d. Dec. 3, 1821, aged ninety-six. They had children.

PHEUE4, b. Nov. 22, 172 7 jm. Thomas Merrill of Concord; and d. about

«7SS- son 4, b. in 1729; d. in 1729.

SARAH4 (twin), b. Aug. 13, 1730; m.

Job Abbot (185} of Pembroke, N. H. 152—xin. REBECCA4 (twin), b. Aug. 13, 1730;

m. Enoch Eastman of Hopkinton,

N. H. 153—xiv. MARY4, b. Oct. 13, 1732; m. Adoni

jah Tyler of Hopkinton. 154—xv. HANNAH4, b. Jan. 21, 1735; d. Sept.

io, 1736.


Paul Abbots, born in Andover March 28, 1697. He was a farmer, and settled in Pomfret, Conn., about 1722. He married Elizabeth Gray Feb. 8, 1720; and died May 6, 1752.

Children :—

155—i. NATHAN4, b. April io, 1721, in Andover; was a farmer, and lived in Ashford, Conn.; and m., first, Eunice Marsh Dec. 6, 1742. She d. Oct. 27, 1760; and he m., second, Hcphzibah Brown Nov. 24, 1763. He had children.

156—ii. WiLLiAM4, 1). Fch. 18, 1723; lived in I'omfret; in., first, Jerusha Stowell

May 9, 1745; second,;

third, Hannah Edwards June 4, 1778; and died Nov. I, 1805. His widow d. Feb. 5, 1808. He had children.

157—Hi. Benjamin', I). July 25, 1724; lived at first in Canterbury, then in Hampton, Conn., and removed to Brookfield, Vt., about 1793; m., first, Mary Ann Andrews Jan. 28, 1746. She d. Dec. 8, 1788; and he m., second, widow Hannah Brown of Canterbury June 30,1793. Hed. June2i, 1807. He had children.

158—IV. Elizabeth'', b. Feb. 5, 1726; d. Sept. 10, 1736.

159—v. Mary*, b. March 3, 1728.; m. Joshua Holt, jr., of Windham, Conn., June

17, 1749; and d. Aug. 10, 1769. 160—VI. SARAH4, b. Oct. 15, 1730; m. Joseph

Ingalls of Pomfret May 24, 1749; and d. Jan. 30, 1810.

161—vii. IsAAC4, I). Aug. 29, 1732; lived in Pomfret, Conn., and, N. H.; m. Sarah Barker of Pomfret April 29, 1756. He had children.

162—viii. Darius*, b. Oct. 16, 1734. See belmu (162).

163—ix. Elizabeth*, b. July 20, 1737; m. Joseph Phelps of Pomfret and Andover; and d. in Lexington April 7, 1828, aged ninety.

164—x. HARRIET4, b. Feb. 13, 1740; d. Sept.

18, 1740.

165—xi. HANNAH4, b. June 20, 1741; d., unmarried, Nov. 18, 1763. 166—xil. AsA4, b. Jan. 7, 1743; never married.


Benjamin Abiiots, born in Andover July i, 1686. He was a farmer, and lived on his father's farm in Andover. He married, first, Elizabeth Abbot (29) Dec. 24, 1716. She died Sept. 3, 1718; and he married, second, Mary Carlton Oct. 23, 1722. She died Jan. 19, 1726; and he married, third, Abigail Abbot June 25, 1729. He died Nov. 26, 1748; and his widow, Abigail, died Dec. 8, 1753.

Children, born in Andover :— 167—I. SARAH4, b. Aug. 2, 1718; m. James

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175 — IX. JACOB4, b. Feb. 2, 1737; d. in the

army, near Albany, in February, 1760, of cold, hunger and fatigue.

176 — x. ELIZABETH4, b. Oct. 27, 1738; m.,

first, Ebenezer Cummings of Dunstable June i, 1758 ; second, Thomas Merrill, esq., of Conway, N. H., in 1780; and d. Oct. 12, 1789.

177 — xi. ANNA4, b. Oct. 23, 1739; m. Ephraim

Burge of Hollis Jan. — ,1762. He d. July 20, 1784, aged forty-six; and she d. Jan. 15, 1810, aged seventy. One of their children was Rev. Josiah Burge.

178 — xil. JoEL4, b. Oct. 2, 1742; d. March 23,


179— xiii. DoRCAS4, b. Aug. i, 1744; m. Abiel Abbot (248).


Jonathan Abbots, born in Andover Sept. — , 1687. He was a farmer, and lived in Andover. He married Zerviah Holt May 6, 1713. She was living in 1753. He died March 21, 1770.

Children, born in Andover :—

Holt, jr., of Andover April 10,1746;

lived on her father's farm in Andover;

and d. March 5, 1778. Hed. Aug.

—, 1812, aged eighty-nine. 168—n. BENJAMIN4, b. Oct. 21, 1723. See be

l<no (/68). 169—in. Martha*, l>. June i, 1725.

180 — I. JONATHAN4, b. Dec. 14, 1714. See

below (/&»).

181 — II. DAVID4, b. about 1716. See below

182 — III. NATHAN4, b. in 1718; was a farmer,

and lived in Andover; m. Abigail Ames March 12, 1744-5; and d. June 23, 1798. She d. Aug. 27, 1812, aged eighty-nine. They had no children.

183 — iv. MARY4.

184 — v. ZERVIAH4, m. Ephraim Blunt of Sun

cook, N. H., Sept. 17, 1745.

185 — vi. JOB4, b. Oct. 3, 1724. Seei>eloiv(j8j').

186 — vii. Samuel*, b. Sept. 20, 1727; lived in

Pembroke, N. H. ; and had children.

187 — vni. Jeremiah*, b. Oct. 10, 1733 j d. in

the French war of 1755-
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Sweet was the sound when oft at evening's close
Up yonder hill the village murmur rose;
There, as I passed with careless steps and slow,
The mingling notes came softened from below.

But now the sounds of population fail,
No cheerful murmurs fluctuate in the gale,
No busy steps the grass-grown footway tread,
But all the bloomy flush of life is fled.

Where then, ah where, shall poverty reside,
To "scape the pressure of contiguous pride?
If to some common's fenceless limits strayed,
He drives his flock to pick the scanty blade,
Those fenceless fields the sons of wealth divide,
And even the bare-worn common is denied.

Oliver Goldsmith.


Easterly from the head of Annisquam river, in Gloucester, was formerly a settlement known as Dogtown. Here lived the ancestors of many of the present inhabitants of Cape Ann. Dogtown commons, as the territory is now called, contains several hundred acres, and is a barren waste in its general appearance, though between the innumerable boulders grass grows for the cattle that pasture there. The old streets are distinguishable much of their distance by the parallel walls of stone, and in these old thoroughfares the grass grows as in the pastures on either side. A team could not be driven over its roads most of their course. Many of the cellars of the houses are well preserved, and door stones remain in some instances where they were first placed. Novelists and poets have written of this place, Richard Henry Dana, Thomas Starr King, Col. Thomas Wentworth Higginson and Hiram Rich being among their number. In "Oldport Days," Col. Higginson says, "I know of nothing like that gray waste of boulders."

Here a hundred families once lived. Why they chose for their habitation this place so difficult of access is not clear. It is probable that the first settlers wished to remove from the coast as the troubles of the Revolution came on, and in this

place, then almost entirely surrounded by a dense forest, in the very heart of Cape Ann, they intended to secrete their valuables and families if worst came to worst, and the British burned or captured the seaports. The houses were small, generally of one story in height, with two small rooms on the floor.

Whoever the builders or first settlers were, it is clear that they were succeeded by poor and ignorant people. The seafaring occupation of the men soon removed most of them from the support of their families, and the children left home. A large number of the inhabitants came to be widows, and old and poor and ignorant, with little commerce with the outside world, many of them were soon esteemed to be witches. Their peculiar appearance, and the dreariness of the place, especially after nightfall, giving credence to the belief. The places of their natural protectors were taken by dogs, and so the region became known as Dogtown. The women obtained their living by picking berries and grazing sheep.

The cellar at the southern corner of the locality, on the brow of a steep rise of ground near Alewife brook, known as Foxhill, was covered by the residence of Lucy George, and later of her niece, Tammy Younger, "the queen of the witches." The latter was probably best known and most feared of her cotemporaries. She was daughter of William Younger, was born July 28, 1753, and died Feb. 4, 1829. A writer says that no one ever refused to do anything that she requested.

A little farther north stood the shop of Joseph Allen, the first blacksmith of Gloucester, who settled there in 1674. Then came the house of John Wharf, which afterward became the property of his daughter Polly Boynton. The Tristram Coffin house and Becky Rich's abode came next. Becky told fortunes by coffee grounds. Then came the house of Nathaniel Day, and some distance beyond that of Henry Day, John Clark, Philip Priestly, William Pulcifer, Arthur Wharf and Joseph Stevens. Mr. Stevens was something of a farmer. Nearly opposite his house stood that of the poor, but aristocratic Miss Esther Carter, which was the only two-story house in the village. It was clapboarded, and wooden pe,gs were used instead of nails in its construction. She, with her brother Joseph are thought to have come from England. The second story of her house was occupied by " Old Ruth," a mulatto, formerly a slave, who wore men's clothing. Then came the house of Molly Stevens. The house of William Carter's wife Annie, which stood a little farther east, in the rear of a large boulder, was the last one taken down in the village. The Dorcas Foster house was near. Her father brought his family here from the Harbor village when he enlisted into the Revolutionary army, Dorcas being at that time only eight years of age. She married, first, an Oakes, second, a Stevens, and, third, Capt. Joseph Smith, the commander of a privateer in the war of 1812. Next beyond was the house of Capt. Isaac Dade, who lived when a boy in London, Eng., and was impressed into an English man-of-war. He married Fanny Brundle, a lady of Virginia, whose father's plantation adjoined that of the mother of Washington, with whom they were intimate. Soon after their marriage they came to Gloucester to recover Mr. Dade's health, which was broken down, and the Virginia lady took up her abode in Dogtown.

Toward the north was the large gambrel-roofed house of Abraham Wharf, who committed suicide in 1814.

The last inhabitant of the village was Cornelius Finson, or "Neil," a colored man, who resided in an old ruined house until 1830, when he was taken to the almshouse, where he died a week later.

Some distance to the northwest of Neil's place was the house of Peter Lurvey, the hero of Hiram Rich's poem, beginning

"Morgan Stanwoocl, patriot:

Little more is known;
Nothing of his home is left
But the door-step stone."

His father, Peter Lurvey, removed from Ipswich to Gloucester in 1707, and married Rachel Elwell three years later. John Morgan Stanwood was Peter's son-in-law, and tradition was thus led astray as to the name of the patriot, as this was the home of both. "Granther Stannard " believed that his legs were of glass and feared to use them because of their fragility.

Some distance westerly was the- residence of "Jim White." Still farther west and near Washington street still stands the " old castle," a part of which is built of square logs. It is supposed to have been originally built in 1661 by Thomas Riggs, the first schoolmaster and town clerk.

Forty-one cellars have been discovered here. There may have been houses without cellars, thus increasing the size of the village, which has now been gone nearly three quarters of a century.


The will of Mr. Samuel Smith of Enon (now Wenham) was.proved in the Salem quarterly court 27:10:1642. The following copy is taken from the original instrument on file in the office of the clerk of courts at Salem, book i, leaf 12. This 5th of ocktober: 1642:

This my laft will and teaftament of Samewell Smith of Enon being in perfect memorey firft I will and bequeath vnto my wife Sarah Smith my farme in Enon with all the houfen vpon it as allfoe all the frutes vpon it as corne hemp and the like: for har owne proper vfe for the tearme of har lif vpon comideration that fhe (hall difcharg me of that promife vpon maridge; which is vnto my funn: william Browne fiftie pounds: as allfoe that fhe fhall giue vnto his two children, william and John Browne || 20' betwen ym||: all which fhall be paid|| by|| my exequetors hearafter named: my will further is to giue vnto Sarah my wif all my Cattell nowe vpon the farme young and owld as neat befts horfe befts and fwine in full

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