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Lamson, Barnabas (otherwise written Lamsonn, Lambson, and Lampsone), was a Selectman 1636, and res. at the N. E. corner of Holmes Place. He d. about 1640; his w. had prob. d. previously. By a nuncupative will, he ordered that his estate should be equally divided among his five children, whom he commended to the care of his friends, during their minority, to wit: ‘My daughter Mary to my brother Sparahak; to my brother Isaack, my daughter Sarah; my son Barnabey to my brother Parish; my daughter Matha to my brother Stone; my son Joseph to my brother Bridge.’ Joseph was still living in the family of Deacon Bridge, when Mitchell prepared his fragment of a Church Record; and he may have been the father of Mary, b. about 1679, m. James Clark, Jr., 4 Nov. 1703, and d. 25 June 1711, a. 32. [598]

Lappinwall, Michael, by w. Isabel, had Naomi, b. 8 Nov. 1638.

Latham, cary (otherwise written Lathom, Lathome, Lathum, and Lathrum), by w. Elizabeth, had Thomas, b. Nov. 1639; Joseph. He res. on the westerly side of Ash Street. He sold his house and seven acres of land about 1646, and rem. to New London, where he had Elizabeth, Jane, Lydia, and Hannah. He d. 1685.

2. Robert, res. in the family of Rev. Thomas Shepard two years, previous to 12 Nov. 1646. He afterwards rem. to Bridgewater, where he had a family.

Lawton, John (otherwise written Lorton), by w. Mary, had John, b. 10 Jan. 1691.

Leverett, John, son of Hudson, grandson of Governor John, and greatgrandson of Elder Thomas Leverett, was b. in Boston 25 Aug. 1662, grad. H. C. 1680, and received the degree of Bachelor of Divinity 1692, being the first, together with his classmate, Rev. William Brattle, on whom that honor was ever bestowed by Harvard College. He was several years Tutor, and a member of the Corporation; Selectman 1699, 1700; Representative of Cambridge 1696, 1699, and 1700; Speaker of the House 1700; Member of the Council 1706; Vice-judge of Admiralty; Judge of Probate from 30 Oct. 1702 to 1707; and during the same period, 1702-1707, Justice of the Superior Court. He was elected President of Harvard College 28 Oct. 1707, was inaugurated on the 14th of the succeeding January, and performed the duties of that office with distinguished honor to himself and advantage to the institution, until 3 May 1724, when he was found dead in his bed, having apparently deceased without a struggle.1 He was highly honored and respected through life, and his death occasioned a general lamentation. For a more extended notice of his character, see Pres. Quincy's Hist. of the University. It would seem that his [599] appearance was very dignified, and somewhat more haughty than would be tolerated in these days, since it has been discovered that all men are born free and equal. In the Library of the Mass. Hist. Society is preserved a letter from Nathaniel Cotton, a member of the Senior Class in College, to his father, Rev. Rowland Cotton of Sandwich, dated 6 Ap. 1717, in which it is said: ‘Our two Deacons walk on each side of the President with their hats under their arms, when consulting, making very low obeisance to him when they take their leave of him. He not so much as touches his hat, or takes his hand out of his pocket, which is taken notice of; and indeed is ruler of the Town as well as College.’ Pres. Leverett res. on the northerly side of Harvard Street, nearly opposite to Holyoke Street, which was the former residence of Hooker, Shepard, and Mitchell, and afterwards of the Professors Wigglesworth; connected with his homestead were about seven acres of land, now the property of Harvard College. He m. 25 Nov. 1697 Margaret, dau. of President Rogers, granddau. of Gen. Daniel Denison, and wid. of Capt. Thomas Berry. She d. 7 June 1720, a. 54, and he m. 5 Ap. 1722 Sarah, wid. of William Harris, who survived him, and m. Hon. John Clark of Boston 15 July 1725, after whose death she contracted a fourth marriage 6 May 1731, becoming the wife of Rev. Benjamin Colman, and d. 24 Ap. 1744, a. 71. His children, all by his first w., were Margaret, b. 30 Sept. 1698, d. 22 Nov. 1702; Sarah, b. 12 Nov. 1700, m. Rev. Edward Wigglesworth 15 June 1726, and d. 9 Nov. 1727; Mary, b. 29 Oct. 1701; m. Major John Denison of Ipswich 9 Ap. 1719, and Rev. Nathaniel Rogers of Ipswich 25 Dec. 1728; John, b. 26 Sept. 1703, d. 31 Oct. 1704; Payton, b. 4 Aug. 1704, d. 7 Dec. 1704; Margaret, b. 31 July 1705, d. 16 June 1716; Anne, b. 5 July 1708, d. 30 July 1708; John, b. 21 June 1711, d. 4 July 1711.

Rachel, m. Josiah Dana 31 Oct. 1782. Sally, m. Oliver Pratt 29 Sept. 1788.

Lewis, William, was here in 1635, and res. at the N. W. corner of Winthrop and Holyoke streets. He rem. to Hartford with Hooker's company, and thence to Farmington, where he was a Sergeant in 1649; ‘to train the men there.’

Lockwood, Edmund, was among the more prominent of the first company of inhabitants. He was appointed Constable by the General Court, May 1632; and, at the same session, it was ‘ordered that there should be two of every Plantation appointed to confer with the Court about raising of a public stock; Mr. Lockwood and Mr. Spencer for New Town.’ He died before 3 March 1634-5, when the Court ‘Ordered, that Ruth Lockwood, widow, shall bring all the writings that her husband left in her hands to John Haynes, Esq., and Simon Bradstreete, on the third day of the next week, who shall detain the same in their hands till the next Court, when they shall be disposed of to those to whom they belong.’ It is not improbable that Mr. Lockwood removed to Wat. before his death, or that his widow removed there immediately afterwards; for by an order of Court 7 Ap. 1635, ‘It is referred to the Church of Watertown, with the consent of Robert Lockwood, executor of Edmund Lockwood dec. to dispose of the children and estate of the said Edmund Lockwood (given to them), to such persons as they think meet,’ etc. Of these children, only one name appears on the record of births, viz. John, b. Nov. 1632.

2. Robert, prob. brother of Edmund (1), res. in Wat. and by w. Susan had Jonathan, b. 10 Sept. 1634; Deborah, b. 12 Oct. 1636; Joseph, b. 6 Aug. 1638; Daniel, b. 21 Mar. 1640; Ephraim, b. 1 Dec. 1641; Gershom, b. 6 Sept. 1643. Hinman says Robert the f. removed to Norwalk, Conn., as early as 1649.

Longhorn, Thomas (otherwise written Longhorne and Langhorne), was a butcher and the town drummer. In 1652 he purchased the homestead previously owned by Simon Crosby, at the southerly corner of Brattle Street and Brattle Square, where he probably resided during the remainder of his life. He m. Sarah, dau. of Bartholomew Green, about 1646, and had Thomas, b. 26 Aug. 1647, bur. 5 Ap. 1648; Sarah, b. 26 Feb. 1648-9; Elizabeth, b. [600] about 1651; Mary, b. 5 Sept. 1653, d. 27 Mar. 1654; Mary, b. 1 Mar. 1654-5; Samuel, bap. 9 Dec. 1660, d. young; Mercy, bap. 11 May 1662, d. young; Patience, bap. 3 Ap. 1664, d. young. Thomas the f. d. 6 May 1685, ‘aged about 68 years,’ according to his epitaph; but in his will, dated 24 Ap. 1685, he calls himself 69 years old, and names wife Sarah, and surviving children Sarah, Elizabeth, and Mary.

Bethia, family uncertain, m. Amos Marrett 2 Nov. 1681.

Lord, Thomas. His name does not appear on our Records. But Hinman says he ‘came to Hartford from Cambridge, Mass., in 1636, . . . . and was in the division of lands at Hartford in 1639. His children were Thomas [a surgeon], Richard, William, Dorothy, Robert, John, and Amy. He is the ancestor of the Lord family of the State.’

2. Richard, perhaps s. of Thomas (1), in 1635 owned ‘one shop, with garden plot, about half a rood,’ at the N. E. corner of Brighton and Mount Auburn streets. He rem. to Hartford, where he was Constable in 1642, and Selectman in 1744. ‘He was a man of great energy, and an original settler. In 1657, he was appointed Captain of the first troop of Horse ever raised in the Colony. . . . . After several years spent in Hartford he removed to New London, where he died.’—Hinman

Lowden, John, m. Sarah Stevenson 29 May 1682.

Luxford, James, was an early inhabitant, and res. on the westerly side of Holyoke Street, on a lot which he sold to Mrs. Glover in 1639, and which became the site of the famous Old School-house. By his w. Elizabeth, he had Elizabeth, b. Sept. 1637, living in 1658; Reuben b. Feb. 1639-40. It would seem that Luxford left a wife in England, and during her life-time iniquitously contracted a second marriage here. The General Court, being informed of the fact shortly before the second child was born, took measures to punish the guilty and protect and partially indemnify the innocent. Under date of 3 Dec. 1639, it is recorded that ‘James Luxford being presented for having two wives, his last marriage was declared void or a nullity thereof, and to be divorced, not to come to the sight of her whom he last took, and he to be sent away for England by the first opportunity; all that he hath is appointed to her whom he last married, for her and her children. He is also fined £ 100, and to be set in the stocks an hour upon a market day, after the lecture the next lecture day if the weather permit; or else the next lecture day after.’ Soon afterwards, he appears to have been convicted of other crimes; for 13 May 1640, ‘James Luxford, for his forgery, lying, and other foul offences, was censured to be bound to the whipping post till the lecture from the first bell, and after the lecture to have his ears cut off; and so he had liberty to depart out of our jurisdiction.’ Very probably he availed himself of the liberty granted, and with mutilated ears departed from the jurisdiction of those rulers who were a terror to, evil doers. I find no trace of him here afterwards.2 His wife remained here, was a member of the Church, and a recipient of its bounty. Her name appears on the records as sister Albon, Albone, or Olbon. I conjecture that her name before marriage was Olbon or Albone; that she resumed it for herself and her children when her marriage was annulled by the Court; and that, at some period subsequent to 1645 (when she is called sister Albone), she m.——Cole (perhaps the father of Arthur Cole, and died before 1668. This conjecture is partly founded on the fragment of a Church Record commenced by Rev. Mr. Mitchell, who d. in 1668. Under the name of John Fezington (Fessenden) he says: ‘In his family is Reuben Luxford, alias Olbon, who, together with his sister Elizabeth, were baptized in this church, being the children of our Sister Olbon (lately Cole), now deceased.’ The original record was thus written; but subsequently the words—‘Luxford alias’—were erased. [601]

2. Reuben, s. of James (1), resumed the name Luxford, and m. Margaret ——at Lancaster 22 June 1669; she d. 31 Aug. 1691, and he m. Lydia——. His chil. were Margaret, b. 27 July 1673, m. John Pattin 13 Mar. 1700; Lydia, m. Philip Goodwin 14 June 1694. Reuben the f. res. on the southerly side of Brattle Street, near Ash Street and d. 3 May 1703; his w. Lydia m. Nathaniel Billings 29 Mar. 1709.

1 A bill for professional services rendered by Dr. Henry Hooper (who resided at the westerly corner of Brattle and Appleton streets) is preserved in the Library of the New England Hist. Gen. Society. If it does not throw any light on the cause of President Leverett's death, it indicates the manner of medical practice a hundred and fifty years ago:—

Feb. 23d 1721-2 to July 21 1722.The Estate of ye Honble Mr. John Leverett Dr. Imps visit bleeding & dressing his armes£ 0.4.6
Feb. 23d 1721-2 to July 21 1722.Visit Extt dent. & dressing another ulcer that wanted digestion0.4.6
Feb. 23d 1721-2 to July 21 1722.Visit & dressing boath armes0.3.0
Feb. 23d 1721-2 to July 21 1722.[Forty-seven charges, here omitted, amount to]6.18.0
Feb. 23d 1721-2 to July 21 1722.Two visits to Boston0.10.0
Dressing at my house when come up again from Boston0.2.0
He went to Boston & stayed yr some time, and by reason I could not attend him there he was drest at Dr. Boylstons untill about the 20th April he come up agn with his armes very much excoriate & inflamed I dress him at my house and sent a pott of ungt with him by wech in a short time the inflamation of his armes and hands is decipated and almost cicatrized
About wch time he come and complaines his [sic] is sick at his stoma: & has an asthma I advise him to ye use of the Elixr ppr &c. by wch he is restored again so I do no more for him as yett charge2.0.0
the 6th July he sent for me to apply a fomentation to his leggs yt was much tumefied and pitted with ye touch of ones fingr which fomentation with stupes I continue daily to apply at his house untill ye 15th following embrocating with a camphorated spt with large emplasra Cn: Diac: Simp: & Rollers Item my attendee applying the above fomentation &ca from ye 6th July until 15th ditto &c.2.0.0
the 16th he goes to ye mineral spring to take ye waters and ye 17th he comes and went into ye salt water I go in with him to attend him & when come out dress his leggs as above, and doe thus sundry times & ye 21st July 1722 I visitt at his house & dress his leggs leave plaster & spread for sundry dressings by which means he gitts well and for this my attendce & cn I charge1.0.0

Errors Excepted

P H. Hooper.

2 An unfaithful steward of Governor Winthrop, bearing the same name, perhaps the same person, fled to, Plymouth before 10 Oct. 1640, and was then in extreme poverty and distress. Coll. Mass. Hist. Soc., XXXVI. 169. More than a dozen suits were commenced against him in Plymouth, at the court holden in December, 1641. Plym. Col. Rec., VII. 24-27.

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