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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Colby Family of Grand Rapids Michigan

Information furnished from Barbara Wilson, a descendant Also included records from and a little research of my own. If you would like a copy of this file please post or e-mail. Any contributions please e-mail.

Sarah Francis Colby Wood was born on 31 JUL 1839 in Haverhill, Grafton County, N H. She was the daughter of Luther Colby and Hannah Page. She married Arthur Wood on 6 DEC 1860 in Kent County, Michigan.

John Ball Line
From Ball Family History The Ball Family Lineage from their arrival from England to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
1) Nathaniel (1618-1706) & Mary (Mousal) Ball
2) Nathaniel (1663–1725) & Mary (Brooks) Ball
3) Nathaniel (1692-1749) & Sarah (Baker) Ball
4) Ebenzer (1721-1790) & Sarah (Goodkin) Ball
5) Nathaniel (1751-1834) & Sarah (Nevins) Ball
6) John (1794-1884) & Mary (Webster) Ball

John Ball (1794–1884) photo circa late-1870s or early-1880s.
Joshua Ball son of Nathaniel
From Michigan Historical Collections, Volume 35
John Ball was born on Tenny Hill, Grafton county, New Hampshire, November 12, 1794. He was educated in country schools and at Salisbury academy. He worked his way through Dartmouth college and was graduated in 1820. During the next four years he studied law at Lansingburg, New York, and taught school. He was admitted in 1824. His brother-in-law, a business man of extensive interests, died soon after and John Ball settled his estate, which took several years. In 1832 John Ball crossed the continent by way of Pittsburg, St. Louis, Independence, the South Pass, and the Columbia river. He was gone two and a half years, during which time he visited much of the territory now composing Washington, Oregon, California, and also the Hawaiian islands.
For two years he practiced law at Lansingburg and then came to Grand Rapids as a land-broker for capitalists and investors in 1836. During the next few months he located much land in Kent county and in the spring of 1837 he opened a law office at Grand Rapids, where he practiced for nearly fifty years. He had at different times for partners, George Martin, S. L. Withey, Edward E. Sargeant, E. S. Eggleston, and James H. McKee. The partnership of Ball & McKee continued for thirty-two years, from 1852 to Mr. Ball's death. No law firm of the Kent county bar has had a longer existence. The firm was never active in litigation, but was engaged in money loaning, real estate and business matters and often acted as counselors. Mr. Ball died at Grand Rapids, February 5, 1884. He left a gift to the city of forty acres of land which now forms a beautiful park that bears his name. Mr. Ball traveled and saw much of life. He did not marry until late in life, but left a family of several children who have every reason to be proud of their father. He was a representative progressive citizen who won the confidence and esteem of all who knew him.
For a Complete Account of John Ball Publications of the Historical Society of Grand Rapids, Issue 1

The Page Line Hannah R. Page was born on 14 SEP 1805 in Dorchester, Grafton County, New Hampshire and died on 23 FEB 1870 at Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan.She was the daughter of Gov John Page and Hannah Merrill.

John Page moved with his parents to Rindge NH, helped build a log house, performed settler's duty and thus secured a lot of land there. He moved to the Coos meadow in September 1762, wintered on the Great Ox Bow, took charge of General Bailey's cattle, in company with one other man and a boy, worked for General Bailey, and thus paid for a right of land in Haverhill. He went to Lancaster, worked for his uncle David and paid for another right of land in Haverhill. He then came back to this town, built a log house on the meadows, and married Abigail Saunders, daughter of the first settler south of him, and who died twelve years after marriage, without issue. He married for his second wife, Abigail Hazeltine, of Concord NH, who died without surviving children, and then married, for his third wife, Mrs. Hannah Green, daughter of Samuel Rice of Landaff, who bore him four sons, namely, John, William G., Samuel and Stephen R. John, the eldest, was born in Haverhill, May 21, 1787, was fitted for college in his youth, but just as he was about to enter, his father became embarrassed through having become bondsman for another party, and was likely to lose his farm. His son therefore relinquished his high ambition, turned his attention to saving the homestead, which was done, and which afterwards came into his possession. When twenty-five years of age he married Hannah, daughter of Maj. Nathaniel Merrill, of North Haverhill, who bore him nine children, namely Frederick, William, John Alfred, Henry Harrison, Nathaniel Merrill, Stephen Rice, Sarah Hazen, George Washington, George Brackett and Edward Livingston. All of these, with the exception of George W., grew to adult age.

Rev John Merrill father of Nathaniel Merrill
See Havehill NH Historical Society

John Page was elected governor of New Hampshire in 1839 by a Democratic vote of 30,518, and re-elected in 1840 and 1841. Edward L. Page succeeded his father in the ownership of the homestead, was a successful farmer, and held various local offices. He served as selectman several years, during the civil war, when his patriotism and activity in securing recruits caused the burning of his buildings. He married Laura M. Batchelder, of Franklin in 1855. For seventeen years he suffered with consumption, and died November 4, 1878, aged forty-six years. His widow survives him.

Brother of Hannah Page John Page, JR

Fulton Street Cemetery
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA

SOURCE: "A Genealogy of the Descendants of Abraham Colby and Elizabeth Blaisdell, his wife Who settled in Bow in 1768" By one of them, Concord, NH Printed by the Republican Press Association 1895
History of the city of Grand Rapids Michigan 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Amesbury Dedicates Park To Hackett Shipyard July 22 1930

Memorial Marker at Alliance Park Named after the first Frigate Ship authorized by the Continental Congress in 1777. Built by William and John Hackett Photo from Amesbury City
The Josiah Bartlett Chapter of the Daughters of the Revolution organization represented the home (1896-1980) when  Moses Colby donated the house and property to the Bartlett Cemetery Association as a memorial to the Colby and Macy families, and to the people of Amesbury, Massachusetts. The DOR ladies compiled scrap books and from one of the treasures is this article from July 1930. Amesbury's dedication on July 22 1930 to the legendary frigate "The Alliance" forged on the banks of the Merrimac River by the Hackett family. A large scale celebration took place that included the DOR ladies hosting a reception representing another part of Amesbury's history-Quakers which inspired John Greenleaf Whittier. If you have not visited any of the landmarks in Amesbury check out Amesbury Historical Dates and Places of Interest to plan a trip.

  Alliance, first continental Frigate built in Amesbury
Alliance Park, at the confluence of the Powwow and Merrimack Rivers
From Standard History Of Essex County  Massachusetts By Cyrus Mason Tracy
William Hackett built the the frigate "Alliance," owned by the Federal government. The " Alliance ” was in the memorable battle of Paul Jones, but rendered no service, on account of the jealousy between the commanders. "She carried thirty-two guns and was the favorite of the whole navy on account of her great beauty and speed. This ship had a history. She was not only named for the alliance between this country and France, but was placed in command of a Frenchman, Capt. Landois, and her first service was to convey Lafayette to his home.” Hackett afterwards drafted and superintended the building of the frigate " Essex,” at Salem, Mass. He was the master-builder and superintendent of the twenty-gun ship “ Merrimac,” of 355 tons, which was completed in seventy-five days. The " Merrimac ” was the first and best vessel of her size furnished on loan to the government. Hackett built other vessels here for many years, and afterwards bought a place below, and built a dwelling on the site of Mr. Folsom’s new residence, and established a yard in front, and continued his business, contracting for many ships. He was also the founder of a family that has produced many eminent men. The late Prof. Horatio Hackett, known as the best Greek scholar in America, was a descendant, and native of the town.

Commodore John Barry 1745-1803 Father of the American Navy
Alliance, took on two British ships, the sloop Atlanta, and the sloop, Trespassy. From Amesbury City

Old Paths and Legends of New England  By Katharine Mixer Abbott

   The Daughters of the Revolution at the Macy Colby House

More Reads:
  • William Hackett, Patriot Shipbuilder of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts Beverly J. Francis Hovanec
  • History of shipbuilding on North River
  • Colby Family and others by Ronald Colby
  • Lowell's Boat Shop  Amesbury, MA
  • James Hackett  
  • The old families of Salisbury and Amesbury, Massachusetts ; with some related families of Newbury, Haverhill, Ipswich and Hampton (1897)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Camp Berry & Civil War

Concord Civil War Camps (1861 - 1862), Concord Heights
Civil War training camps were Camp Belknap (1862), Camp Colby (1862), and Camp Berry (1861). Located at the "Concord Plains" on the east side of the Merrimack River.  See Chapter 7 Disgrace at Gettysburg: The Arrest and Court-Martial of Brigadier General Thomas A. Rowley, USA Camp Berry was a "depot for drafted men" Below are articles and other archival material.

The Portland Rolling Mills was built near Calvary Cemetery on the site of Camp Berry of Civil War fame in 1865-1866. It became a company town, with forty-seven homes and sixty-five families by 1870. The village, compromising eighty-five acres, would eventually include a school, auditorium, ball field, stores, and rows of dark barn-red houses. Some of the old military barracks were modified into dwellings, while other homes were built on and off from what became Central Avenue. The Mills was managed by Portland entrepreneur John Bundy Brown until 1878 and manufactured railroad, bar, hoop, and other iron products. In 1872 the company turned out 14,000 tons of rails and employed 200 men. The works was connected by a railroad bridge to Portland.

From Local towns played important role in Civil War
By Michael Kelley

Hiram Gregory Berry (August 27, 1824 – May 2, 1863)

Although much of the action took place hundreds of miles away, south of the Mason-Dixon line, southern Maine played a large role in the Civil War, which began 150 years ago this week with the firing on Fort Sumter.

Kathy DiPhilippo, a historian for the South Portland Historical Society, said one of the state's three camps to train soldiers was located along the Fore River in present-day South Portland. She said that camp, which was officially set up by the state in 1862 and named Camp Lincoln, before being renamed Camp Berry in honor of Hiriam Berry, a Maine native killed at the Battle of Chancellorsville, served as the training grounds for soldiers from York, Cumberland, Oxford and Androscoggin counties.

"Our role in the Civil War was significant because people came from all over southern Maine and western Maine to muster in and train here in South Portland," said DiPhilippo.

According to Paul Ledman, a Cape Elizabeth resident, history teacher at Scarborough High School and author of "A Maine Town Responds: Cape Elizabeth and South Portland in the Civil War," 410 men from Cape Elizabeth were credited as serving in the Civil War.

Ledman spoke Monday about the impact of the Civil War on Cape Elizabeth at a Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society event at the Thomas Memorial Library. Ledman's discussion this week was just the first of many events that will be held during the next few years as museums and organizations and historians throughout the state turn their focus to the Civil War.

DiPhilippo said last week that two of Maine's most famous infantries, the 17th Maine and the 20th Maine, both trained at Camp Lincoln in the summer of 1862.

The 20th Maine, the famed infantry lead by Brunswick native Joshua Chamberlain, came to the camp to train in August 1862, DiPhilippo said, before heading off for three years of battle, including the defense of Little Round Top in the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863.

Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1828-1914)

Soldiers in Cape Elizabeth, which at the time also included the city of South Portland, played a significant role fighting for the Union side. Company E of the 17th Maine Infantry was almost entirely made up of Cape Elizabeth men. The 17th Maine was in service from August 1862 to June 1865 and saw action in some of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War, including the battles of Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Wilderness, and Locust Grove, as well as the Siege of Cold Harbor.

Of the 33 Cape Elizabeth men in Company E, commanded by Cape Elizabeth residents Captain Ellis Sawyer and First Lt. George Fickett, only five left the infantry in June 1865 unscathed.

In fact, of the 1,371 soldiers who were enrolled in the 17th Maine, 207 were killed, 552 were wounded and 163 died of disease. It is the highest loss of any Maine infantry.

"They were welcomed as conquering heroes and marched down Congress Street with the citizens wildly cheering them. Probably never had a returning regiment been so enthusiastically received in Portland," said William Jordan in his book, "A History of Cape Elizabeth."

While Maine sent many of its men to fight down south, Fort Preble, now the site of Southern Maine Community College, played a role in the only Civil War battle that was fought in Maine, the Battle of Portland Harbor.

On June 26, a group of Confederate raiders, led by Lt. Charles W. Read, entered Portland Harbor in a fishing vessel they had captured and attempted to destroy ships and shipping facilities in the harbor. The Confederates captured the Caleb Cushing, a cutter ship that belonged to the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service, a precursor to the United States Coast Guard.

Lt Charles W. Read
"To have the Confederates come right up to Portland Harbor, it was quite a bold move," DiPhilippo said. "You really didn't see activity like that here during the war."

That bold move was foiled, however, after it was witnessed from atop the Portland Observatory. News of the attack spread quickly, and the Confederates were not able to leave the harbor before Union forces intervened. The raiders were captured, but not before abandoning the ship and setting it on fire. They were held at Fort Preble for a few days, but because of the outrage of having Confederate forces in Cape Elizabeth, they were moved to Fort Warren in Boston.

During Read's raid, which lasted from June 6 to June 27, 1863, he traveled along the eastern seaboard commandeering ships and destroying them. In total, Read captured or destroyed 22 U.S. vessels.

These tactics by the Confederates disrupted the shipping economy in Cape Elizabeth, said Ledman. "It sent up insurance rates and it had a chilling effect on commerce," he said.

Ledman said while 410 men from Cape Elizabeth were credited as serving in the Civil War, only 140 of them were listed on the town's 1860 census. This, he said, can possibly be explained by the fact many wealthy men both locally and across the nation could pay either young men or immigrants to serve in their place. Because of this policy, he said, it is difficult to determine how many residents of Cape Elizabeth actually fought in the war.

Regardless of the number, Jordan noted in his book that the Civil War was something that was closely followed in town.

"As the war progressed, Cape Elizabeth continued to do its part," said William Jordan in his book. "There was hardly a public or private meeting held that did not involved some direct reference to the rebellion."

According to a section about the Civil War in Scarborough in the town's 350th anniversary book, Earlene Ahlquist Chadborne said Maine residents, including many in Scarborough, were quick to embrace the Union's fight against slavery.

"When the southern forces captured Fort Sumter signaling the war's start, the hills and valley's of Maine resounded with martial fervor," Chadborne wrote. "Several Maine communities raised volunteer regiments within 24 hours of President Lincoln's call to arms. Like Mainers everywhere, Scarborough residents supported the Union cause."

Chadborne said while many residents in Scarborough went to fight, many more were at home doing what they could to support the effort.

"The entire community rallied behind the troops. Residents in each section of town met at local schools to roll bandages, knit socks and gather provisions to send to the front."

That is not to say that everyone in the area was sympathetic to the Union's cause. The local opposition to the war, Ledman noted, could be seen in several of the 140 letters written to and from Scott Dyer, a Cape Elizabeth resident who fought in the war. The letters are in the Cape Elizabeth Historical Preservation Society's collection.

Below The 20th Maine Infantry, which was led by famed general and Maine native Joshua Chamberlain, reconnected for a reunion at Little Round Top in Gettysburg, Pa., in 1889. The regiment trained in Cape Elizabeth.

"Cape Elizabeth had a lot of opposition to the war," Ledman said. "This was a very conservative community in many ways."

Camp Berry Date: Thursday, January 26, 1865 Paper: Daily Eastern Argus (Portland, ME)

Camp Berry and Its Men Date: Wednesday, February 3, 1864
Paper: Daily Eastern Argus (Portland, ME)

Brevet Major General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

Camp Berry Date: Saturday, December 5, 1863 Paper: Daily Eastern Argus (Portland, ME)

A Window on the Past Lost neighborhood: South Portland’s Ligonia By Craig Skelton
South Portland Historical Society
By all appearances, progress washed away all traces of Ligonia long ago. Except, I did find one small remnant tucked away in a distant corner of Calvary Cemetery. Difficult to make out in the accompanying photograph, the marquee is now hanging upside down, yet I’m sure I once saw a picture of this gate with the village name clearly displayed.

In the mid-1800s, the entire area from today’s Cash Corner to the waterfront was referred to as Ligonia. The area along the waterfront was the site of a Civil War training camp under the name Camp Abraham Lincoln and later was renamed Camp Berry. Following the Civil War, a company called Portland Rolling Mills built a facility along the waterfront and worker housing; a school and a church soon sprung up. Since roughly the 1880s, the intersection of Main Street and Broadway took on the name Cash Corner and the Ligonia village name became affiliated just with the area closer to the waterfront.

A historical researcher named Hazel Spencer Mack shared some of her fond memories of Ligonia, which were published in the “History of South Portland,” printed in 1992. She recalled there was only one grocery store, called Fuller’s, which was well-kept and clean. Customers did not frequent the store, however, because a driver would stop by in the morning for their grocery order and return to deliver the order in the afternoon. The children of Ligonia did frequent the store for its penny candy.

One item you would find very little of on the shelves was bread, as Hazel recalled that it was a disgrace for a housewife of that time to not bake her own for the family. In the early part of the 20th century when automobiles became more common, Fuller’s Grocery Store closed when people became more mobile and were attracted to bright new grocery stores in Portland.

An area of South Portland known as Ligonia has all but disappeared. A marker in Calvary Cemetery can still be found.
There were few conveniences before indoor plumbing and area residents would walk to a water spigot with their buckets each day to fill them. In the wintertime, the spigot frequently froze and residents would have to wait for hours while the water company tried to get the flow going again. 

Trenches left behind by the men in training when the area was occupied by Camp Berry served as an area for the kids to play “soldier” and it is also said those trenches were used by a manufacturer of sugar in the processing of beet sugar.
Many changes have occurred in this area and the proximity to the harbor fueled a transition from neighborhood homes of commercial and industrial uses. If you drive today on the spur from Main Street to Route 295 or Veteran’s Bridge, large brightly painted oil tanks and cemetery expansion occupy most of what was once Ligonia.
Although there may be fewer and fewer folks around that share memories of the village once located there, I find it interesting when listening to scanner frequencies that the police dispatchers still refer to this area around Main and Lincoln Street as Ligonia.
Note to readers: we are searching for a photograph of Bix Furniture Stripping, formerly located at 158 Pickett St. If you have a photo to share, please contact the society at 767- 7299.
Craig Skelton is a guest columnist and member of South Portland Historical Society.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Phelps at the Finish (Andover Phelps Family)

By Charlotte Helen Abbott Andover Historical Society 8/18/1905

After examination of the early proprietor's books, and the deeds of those who first parted with the  land taken by Edward Phelps, I find that he bought the lot of Job Tyler in North Parish, and the division lots that fall to it after that date brought his outlying land north and east of Blanchard's lots,  and near Haggetts pond.  But he bought more of Russe and Chandler, which brought his holdings nearer the West meeting house.  Samuel Hutchinson and others took the North Parish lots, so that in the days of Samuel and Francis Phelps, the surviving members of migrations were all located around Haggetts pond and in the Merrimac woods, and having intermarried with Danes and Chandlers and Mooar, we can guess that the last holdings of Chandler Phelps; one fourth of a mile north of the church, and that of Joshua, grandfather of the late residents of this estate near the pond and the Lowell railroad, indicate the main holdings in West Parish.  John Godfrey, of lpswich, also sold 40 acres to old Edward in 1666,  apparently held by mortgage from Job Tyler, so when we, sometime in the future, proceed to locate the Tyler lots, something more definite will be found of the North Parish home of  the first arrivals of the Phelps infants.
Samuel Phelps and his wife, Priscilla Chandler lost the eldest Samuel at Lake George 1750.  His brother, Joshua, born 1738, married Lois Ballard, a daughter of old Deacon Hezekiah Ballard and Lydia Chandler, so related closely to many allied families here - Dane, Holt, Deacon Nathan Abbot, and many others, who may not know how it is they are cousins to Phelps blood.
Henry Phelps married Mary Ballard, a cousin of his sister-in-law, Hannah married Benjamin Mooar of Lewiston, Me., and Priscilla married PhiIemon Dane (called Daniel in the Phelps book). These are best known to us from continued residence.  The children of Joshua include Lois, wife of lsaac Blunt, Jr., represented still by Charles Blunt and the family of the late Samuel, Hannah married Nathan Abbott, and one of her children was our faithful carpenter Nathan, who was well known in my childhood on the list of Abotts and Clement's men. The only son who survived, Joshua Phelps, born1774, died in 1801, and his wife, Mary Gilson of Pepperell, of a family allied to other lines here, lived to 1856.  In the next generation we are all familiar with the quiet lives at the old homestead still standing in the West Parish, a fine model of its style, held by Joshua, wife Dorothy Watson, from Sandwich, N. H. He was the third of the name to hold the estate, where he died in 1873 at 76, she passing at 84 in 1880.  After a life of journeying to and fro across the country. Joshua died here from an accident, in 1886, a single man following his brother Asa, who died in 1862, in California.  Mrs. Gilman and her sister Dorothy Phelps, were the last to hold the most ancient of the Phelps' estates in direct line. Samuel Phelps, son of Joshua, was a blacksmith, latest at Syracuse, N.Y.  Mary married Levi Bean in 1819, Lydia married Jonathon Abbott, Jr., Henry, born 1807, and his wife Eliza, Merrill, well known by her remarkable strength which sustained her through long years of sorrow and care, and who recently died in North Andover with her daughter, represent the Joshua line.  Henry Phelps and Mary Ballard saved Mary who married Joseph Chandler in 1806, in the line of Mrs. Peter Smith, and Chandler Phelps, who died at 82 in 1868.

Most of Chandler Phelps' life was spent, I should judge, on what very likely was the oldest holding in West Parish of the early Samuel, if I can judge from legacies of heirs and sales to the neighbors, before his day.  He married twice, Lydia Parkhurst, a Chandler cousin, and mother of the children, and again Hannah Frye Ballard, daughter of Hezekiah.  Only two children grew up, Herman, wife Esther Merrill, and Jacob, who died at 31, leaving a widow, Rebecca (Chandler) who married John Russell of Wilton, N.H.  Herman is represented by Frank Chandler Phelps, wife Abbie T. Hardy, and several in the tenth generation in his family, and a brother, Herman, and wife AlIen Ward, I have with three children and not traced outside as yet.  Frank Phelps has our banner family in the line holding this name, though there is plenty of the blood line. Samuel, Francis, and his wife Phebe Holt, an aunt of Dane Holt on Prospect Hill farm, born 1722, had by their alliance a chance for a large and long-lived family. The Phelps' book says he lived awhile in Hollis, N. H. and died in Pepperell, Me.
So many errors cling to this line, that I hesitate to back up this statement till verified.  The date of his death l758, at 38, and the widow's second marriage (by book) with Thomas Marshall, very likely determined the home of the children who "pop up" unexpectedly in Tewksbury, Mass., when they were old enough to marry.  Timothy of Hollis and Hanover, N. H., Phebe, born 1750 outside of Andover, so here in Andover at 16, in 1766 warned by authorities as to her lack of claims on pauper accommodation, in case she came to grief, (a great benefit to genealogists was this sweeping warning out of Essex County in 1766), and Joseph, born 1748, of whom the book and I agree mainly in the two wives he annexed, Ruth French and Isabel Isabel Dutton, and he lived in Tewksbury.  His sister Phebe, the warned maiden, married Jacob Foster of Andover, who owned the farm up on the North Andover line near the Richardson stables, latest of the lucky descendants of Andrew Foster and his witch wife Ann, whose cottage stood on the training field.  No pauper in her ranks.
Joseph Phelps, by his first wife, Ruth French, left Ruth, wife of Ephraim Foster, Francis of Danvers, wife Hannah Dandee.  Isaac, born 1778, died on a voyage to the West Indies, Joseph, who married Rebecca Abbott, daughter of Moses Abbott and Elizabeth Holt, Jonathan, who married Abigail Abbott, her sister, lived on Salem street many years, dying at 88 in 1866, Samuel and wife Sally Brooks, of Lexington, Elisha and Mary French of Northfield, Mary, wife of Amos Sheldon of Danvers and Shirley, Jacob and wife Rebecca Reed, of South Natick, these were children of Ruth French, adding two infants who died.  She saved the Phelps name.  By second wife, Isabel Dutton, Lydia, wife of a Jonathan Abbott not placed by book, Timothy, who married Dorcas Chamberlain of Dedham, Theodore, Joel, our veteran shoemaker, who lived on Central street so long, marrying twice, but left only one heir James, Hannah, born 1801, not traced, Henry, 1806, married Lydia Foster and moved to Dedham.  There, look at that record and think that all but two of the seventeen matured and thirteen were married.  We all know the happy home the sisters had together so long on Salem street, Elizabeth Holt Phelps, Belinda Jane, children of Joseph, and who kept a very successful club dining-room for students, and cut gowns for the maidens who graduated from abbott and Punchard.  Hannah Holt Phelps, of this happy, hospitable group of cousins, still survives, and resides with her eldest son, Rev. George Gutterson, whose record as an olive tree almost equals his great-grandfather's.  Her sister, Priscilla, wife of Richard Moore, so long resident, all these we have known in joy and sorrow, friends of our fathers and of us the middle-aged Abbotts and Holts and Chandlers.  These Phelps from old Henry down always had things happen to them, and I cannot do justice to the romance of the incidents kept for the family ear alone, that might fill this bare outline of a virile, long-lived gifted race of Salem Quakers.