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physical strength and intellectual energy; and from it have sprung many men of mark and influence. The name is frequently met with in the college catalogues, and in the early archives of the Commonwealth. The American head of the family was William Sumner, who, with his wife Mary and three sons,--William, Roger, and George,--came from Bicester, Oxfordshire, Eng., and settled in Dorchester, Mass., anterior to 1637. The country now covered with highly-cultivated farms and gardens, and decorated with handsome villas and imposing mansions, was at that period a wilderness, the dreary abode of prowling beasts and savages. With the other colonists, William Sumner bravely met the dangers and endured the hardships of the new settlement, and bore a prominent part in laying the foundation of the important town of Dorchester. He was made a freeman in 1637, and for twelve years was elected as a deputy to the General Court. In 1663 he was chosen clerk of ye training band; and in September, 167
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 1: Ancestry. (search)
ver. At first, the organization of the settlement was imperfect. In 1633, a local government was organized; and the next year the town sent delegates to the first general court or legislature. The community was still in its infancy, when William Sumner joined it. Two children were born to him after his arrival. The early records show that he entered actively on his duties as a citizen. He became at once a grantee of land. He was made a freeman in 1637; admitted to the church in 1652; wappointed one of a committee for building a new meeting-house, and in 1663 was chosen clerk of ye training band. Roger, the second son From his third son, George, who lived on Brush Hill, Milton, descended, in the fifth generation, Increase Sumner; an associate justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, 1782-97, and the successor of Samuel Adams, in 1797, as governor of the Commonwealth. of the emigrant ancestor, was baptized at Bicester, Aug. 8, 1632. Marrying Mary Josselyn, of Lancaster, he
Edward L. Pierce, Memoir and letters of Charles Sumner: volume 1, Chapter 4: College Life.—September, 1826, to September, 1830.—age, 15-19. (search)
assing a few days with his father's uncle, William Sumner, who lived on what is now River Street, ins, where now are streets and dwelling-houses. Sumner rowed on the river, strolled over the fields, vior would be in every way respectful to Mr. William Sumner, on account of his age and character,—ad which horses and teams were carried over that Sumner had ever seen, the boat being moved by two horbetween the Indians and the first settlers. Sumner, in the afternoon, went on to Greenfield, ridiMountains, about the highest eminence on which Sumner had ever stood, with a view extending from sixand movements of the hostile forces; and these Sumner recorded with particularity. Leaving the housgood idea of a cataract. The next day (25th), Sumner alone ascended Mt. Defiance, to obtain a view Babcock went directly to Saratoga Springs; but Sumner, persevering in sightseeing, repaired alone toe stage for Schenectady, on his way to Utica. Sumner, now left alone, still persevered, arriving at[1 more...]
7 yrs, Esther, of Woburn, m. Jonathan Eastman, of Concord, New Hamps, 15 Sept. 1776. Reuben, of Woburn, and Keziah Baldwin, of Woburn, m. 5 Aug. 1777. Seth, of Woburn, m. Abigail Symmes. of Medford, 10 Feb. 1780. Frederick, and Rhoda Reed, m. 16 Oct. 1783. 2. Reuben, m. Sarah Abbott Warren, of Charlestown, 20 May, 1810. Sarah Abbott d. 29 Apr. 1811, a. 21; and Reuben's infant d. 11 May, 1811. Reuben, m. Rachel Buckman, 24 Oct. 1826. Had Sarah Ann, a. 10 yrs., bap. 7 July, 1837; William Sumner, d. 7 Jan. 1836, a. 1; Reuben Sumner, bap. (a. 6 days) 7 July, 1837, d. 19 Jan. 1838, a. 61 mos. Reuben the father d. previously to the death of this last one, viz., on 16 July, 1837, a. 55. See Wyman, 562. 3. Leonard, who m. Hannah Winship, of Lexington, 2 Apr. 1812, was the Leonard buried 30 Mar. 1835, a. 50; and Mrs. Hannah (his wid.) m. John Frost, 23 June, 1836. See Frost (par. 31). Miss Olive, prob. dau. of Leonard (3), d. 29 Oct. 1841, a. 25. Jones, Ephraim, Jr., of Conc