Historian; born in Dorchester, Mass.
, Nov. 25, 1812; received a common school education; was apprenticed to a cabinet-maker, and worked at his trade in 1823-35; was on the school committee of Dorchester
; and became assessor in 1850, which he resigned soon after, owing to failing health.
Later he became interested in historical studies.
He copied the ancient town records of Boston
; aided Gen. William H. Sumner
in preparing a History of East Boston
; contributed to the New England Historical and Genealogical register
, and aided in preparing several genealogies; and published Memoir of Andrew H. Ward
; Baylie's remarks on General Cobb
; The Bird family
, and The Seaver family
He was a member of the Dorchester Antiquarian
and Historical Society, and the New England Historic-Genealogical Society, and was its historiographer in 1861-68.