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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Appendix I: Genealogy (search)
uel Sewall, afterward the first chief justice of Massachusetts. He received from his father-in-law a farm in the parish of Byfield, on the Parker River. In 1680 Samuel Sewall wrote to his brother in England: Brother Longfellow's father Wm lives at Horsforth, near Leeds. Tell him bro. has a son William, a fine likely child, and a very good piece of land, and greatly wants a little stock to manage it. And that father has paid for him upwards of an hundred pounds to get him out of debt. In 1688 William Longfellow is entered upon the town records of Newbury as having two houses, six plough-lands, meadows, etc. The year before, he had made a visit to his old home in Horsforth. He is spoken of as well educated, but a little wild, or, as another puts it, not so much of a Puritan as some. In 1690, as ensign of the Newbury company in the Essex regiment, he joined the ill-fated expedition of Sir William Phipps against Quebec, which on its return encountered a severe storm in the Gulf of S