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church of St. Edburg, Dec. 4, 1608.
William, his only son and heir, from whom descended Charles Sumner, in the seventh generation, was baptized in St. Edburg, Jan. 27, 1604-5.
About 1635, he came, with his wife Mary and his three sons, William, Roger, and George, to Dorchester,
Annexed to Boston, 1870. Massachusetts, and became the founder of an American family, now widely spread.
Many of the first settlers of Dorchester were from the southwestern counties of England.
They arrived in 1630, less than ten years after the settlement of the Pilgrims at Plymouth.
They were attracted to the particular site by the salt-marsh, which lay along the bay and the Neponset River.
This furnished an immediate supply of hay, and dispensed with the necessity of clearing at once large tracts of forest land.
Among them were expert fishermen, who were pleased to find at hand this means of support.
The territory which they selected for their new home presented one of the fairest of landscapes,—
n the army.
He was fond of a soldier's life, and never repined at its hardships.
He had an ear and voice for music, and delighted in hunting-songs and marches rather than in psalmody.
He enjoyed books, we are told, such as military dictionaries, State constitutions, Shakspeare, Don Quixote, and Smith's Wealth of Nations.
One or more of these were the companions of his travels, and all of them he owned.
Two relics of his handwriting remain,— copies of lines of poetry, one from Home's Douglass, and the other, Othello's apology.
In the autumn of 1785, he was appointed by Congress a commissioner for settling the accounts between the Confederation and the State of Georgia.
He remained in that State until his death, with occasional visits to his friends in New York and Boston, and his relatives in Milton.
When in Massachusetts, he was usually the guest of Daniel Vose, at whose house in Milton he had lived before he entered college.
In 1787, Governor John Hancock appointed hi