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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Appendix I: Genealogy (search)
s a well-to-do clothier who lived in Upper House, and, besides, possessed three other houses or cottages (being taxed for 4 hearths), with gardens, closes, crofts, etc. He had two sons, Nathan and William, and four or five daughters. William was baptized at Guiseley (the parish church of Horsforth), October 20, 1650. The first of the name in America was this William, son of William of Horsforth. He came over, a young man, to Newbury, Massachusetts, about 1676. Soon after, he married Anne Sewall, daughter of Henry Sewall, of Newbury, and sister of Samuel 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