The Connecticut-Massachusetts branch of the earlier family of this name of the old Bay State is one of long and honorable standing in New England, and as well of historic connection. The especial family here considered, and which for designation is styled the Taunton family, is that of pome of the descendants of Capt. Jabez Fox, of Berkley, Mass., one of whose sons was the late Henry Hodges Fox and the latter’s son the present Hon. William Henry Fox, lawyer and judge, who for forty and more years has been judge of the First District court of Bristol county and otherwise prominently identified with the public affairs of the city of Taunton.
It is to the life and paternal lineage of the late William Mason of Taunton that this article is directed, he being a direct descendant from one of the old pioneers and Indian fighters of this section in its early settlement – Major John Mason, of Pequot fame, from whom William Mason’s descent is through Daniel, Peter, Japhet, Japhet Mason (2) and Amos Mason.
Resident and business directory of Middleboro’ and Lakeville, Massachusetts, for 1899. Containing a complete resident, street and business directory, town officers, schools, societies, churches, post offices, notable events in American history, etc. Compiled and published by A. E. Foss & Co., Needham, Massachusetts. The following is an example of what you will find within the images of the directory: Sheedy John, laborer, bds. J. G. Norris’, 35 West Sheehan John B., grocery and variety store, 38 West, h. do. Sheehan Lizzie O., bds. T. B. Sheehan’s, 16 East Main Sheehan Lucy G. B., bds. T. B. Sheehan’s, 16 East Main
WALTER WELD, a son of Moses and Elizabeth (Holbrook) Weld, was b. April 24, 1761; m. Dec. 11, 1783, Lucy Carpenter. It is said they had nine children, but the first seven only are found on record. He enlisted in the War of 1812; and d. at Plattsburg, N. Y., Dec., 1813. Children all b. in Cornish: 1. BELA, b. Dec. 14, 1784. 2. SARAH, b. May 1, 1786. 3. Lucy, b. Jan. 29, 1788. 4. TIMOTHY, b. Feb. 26, 1790. 5. WALTER, JR., b. June 27, 1791. 6. ZEBINA, b. May 22, 1793. 7. CHESTER, b. Dec. 27, 1794.
HIRAM M.8 WELD (John7-6, Moses5, John4, Joseph3, John2, Joseph1) was b. April 12, 1831; m. first, Oct. 3, 1860, Alice M. Hamblet, dau. of Daniel and Eliza (Spaulding) Hamblet, b. Dec. 20, 1832; and d. March 20, 1881. Before his m. he spent a few years in Cal., acquiring a love for that section which seemed inherited by his children as several of them have tried their fortunes there. He lived on his return in the stone house built by Mr. Hamblet. A farmer and butcher. He m. second, Jan. 17, 1888, Nellie M. Gillingham. No issue. She d. Feb.
HENRY A.8 WELD (Willard7, John6, Moses5, John4, Joseph3, John2, Joseph1) b. Oct. 23, 1826; m. April 15, 1852, Eliza Ann Norris, dau. of Philo and Angeline (Stone) Norris, b. Sept. 6, 1829; d. Jan. 4, 1907. A farmer owning and occupying (1903) the Jonathan Chase estate overlooking Windsor and the Connecticut river. He d. Oct. 22, 1907. Children, all b. in Cornish: 1. FRANK H., b. Feb. 19, 1853. 2. ANGIE ELIZA, b. Feb. 8, 1857; m. Nov. 19, 1879, Benj. T. Harlow then of Cornish. Lives in Claremont. One child, Ruth, b. July 13, 1886. 3. FRED NORRIS, b.
Albert8 Weld (Willard7, John6, Moses5, John4, Joseph3, John2, Joseph1) was b. June 28, 1836; m. Dec. 4, 1867, Lucy C. Comings of Cornish, dau. of Benjamin and Rebecca (Westgate) Comings, b. March 8, 1843. A farmer, and lived on the homestead of his father till when he sold his farm and rem. to the Flat. Children, all b. in Cornish: Charles Henry Weld, b. Oct. 14, 1868. A prosperous farmer. Ivan Comings Weld, b. June 2, 1873. He early became interested and proficient in dairy work. After much experience in creamery work, he became head of the dairy dept. of
JOSEPH WELD came from England in 1638 and settled in Plymouth, Mass. He had a son, John2, b. Oct. 28, 1623, who had a son Joseph3, b. Sept. 13, 1650, who had a son John4, b. Aug. 19, 1689. He had a son Moses5, b. March 27, 1722. He m. first, Dec. 6, 1748, Elizabeth Holbrook, b. Jan. 13, 1727; d. July 11, 1763; m. second, July 11, 1764, Deborah Faulkner, b. Aug. 26, 1735; d. July 31, 1828. Had six children by each wife, all b. before coming to town. In advanced life he and Deborah came to Cornish,
GEORGE8 WELD (Horace7, John6, Moses5, John4, Joseph3, John2, Joseph1) was b. Dec. 13, 1817; m. April 9, 1843, Maria Chase of Cornish, dau. of Theodore and Judith (Bryant) Chase, b. Nov. 18, 1821; d. Sept. 9. 1894. For many years a teacher of schools in N. H. and Mass. Served as drum major in the home militia, hence received the title of major. He d. Jan. 6, 1883. Children: 1. FRANCES MARIA, b. Jan. 11, 1844; d. Sept. 8, 1847. 2. SARAH ABBIE, b. Feb. 16, 1846; m. July 20, 1862, Charles N. Hilliard of Cornish. Three children. (See Hilliard.)
DEA. JOHN6 WELD (Moses5, John4, Joseph3, John2, Joseph1,) was b. Jan. 4, 1752; m. Nov. 26, 1778, Deborah Plympton, b. Oct. 17, 1757; d. Sept. 10, 1830. He d. Jan. 22, 1834, aged 82. He was a thrifty farmer, a devout Baptist and a deacon of that church. He gave $500 to it in its early history, beside other gifts. He built the large brick house in 1812, afterwards owned by the town where their poor were kept. It is now owned and occupied by Freeman A. Johnson. Children, all b. in Cornish: 1. ELIZABETH, b. Oct. 5, 1779; m.