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Generation No. 1

1.  JOSHUA1 PHILLIPS was born April 19, 1689 in Weymouth, Suffolk, MA, and died October 23, 1748 in Dighton, Bristol Co., MA.  He married HANNAH JONES November 21, 1715 in Dighton, Bristol Co., MA; Quality: 2 (Source: p, 18 [31]).  She was born August 30, 1701 in Hull, Plymouth, MA, and died May 09, 1738 in Dighton, Bristol Co., MA.

Child of JOSHUA PHILLIPS and HANNAH JONES is:
2. i. RICHARD2 PHILLIPS, b. September 28, 1728, Dighton, Bristol Co., MA.

Generation No. 2

2.  RICHARD2 PHILLIPS (JOSHUA1) was born September 28, 1728 in Dighton, Bristol Co., MA.  He married RUTH PITTS December 01, 1748 in Dighton, Bristol Co., MA; Quality: 2 (Source: Book 1, p. 200).

Notes for RICHARD PHILLIPS:

BIOGRAPHY

Richard's father Joshua Phillips was among the original proprietors of Ashfield in 1739,  but the Phillipses did not leave their hometown of Dighton in Bristol County until some years later.  Richard's family was among the first to settle in Ashfield, however, and he signed a petition from Huntstown (the early name for Ashfield) to the Massachusetts General Court in 1756 [F. Howes, History of the Town of Ashfield, p. 56].  He and several other men requested soldiers to protect their 29-person settlement from Indian raids [Rev. Thomas Shepard, D. D., "Sketches in the History of Ashfield, Mass., from its First Settlement to the Year 1833," in Frederick G. Howes, History of the Town of Ashfield, p. 68].   His daughter Anna was born a few years later, so she and three of her five siblings were probably Ashfield natives.  In 1764 Richard Phillips either bought or paid taxes on a fifty-acre lot in Beldingville, which lies between Ashfield's town center and the area known as Baptist Corner where the Elmers later settled [Ashfield, MA, Proprietors' Clerk, Proprietors' Records, 1736-1808 (manuscripts in the Ashfield Town Hall; FHL film no. 0902898, Items 3-4), p. 4: "20th June 1764 Recd of Richard Philips for Lot No 10 6/5 province Taxes & Comtee Charges last year 3/11d vendue [public auction] 3/6."].   He would have voted in meeting to establish Ashfield in 1765, and in 1766 he was assessed for taxes on two polls, a fairly large property with a house, and some livestock [F. Howes,
History of the Town of Ashfield, p. 95].   The community was growing, the town established, and the Phillips farm and family well settled by the early 1770s.

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E-mail to John Buczek of 23 May 2001:  Quite by accident yesterday (22 May 2001) I ran across information which sheds light on the birthplaces of Richard-7 Phillips' children.  It's in Rev. Thomas Shepard, D. D., "Sketches in the History of Ashfield, Mass., from its First Settlement to the Year 1833," in Frederick G. Howes, History of
the Town of Ashfield, p. 68.  Paraphrased, it reads that the 29 settlers in Huntstown (later called Ashfield) need protection from Indian raids.  They petition the Massachusetts General Court for soldiers to be stationed there.  Richard Phillips was one of the seven signers on July 8, 1756.

1756:  This means that Richard (and probably family) was living in Huntstown at the time.  Now, the births of his children that were not recorded in Dighton VRs all occurred after 1756: Ruth (b. 1759); Anna (b. 1763); Submit (b. abt. 1770); and Mary (b. 1774).  In 1764 Richard bought or paid taxes on a fifty-acre lot in Beldingville, which lies between Ashfield's town center and the area known as Baptist Corner (Ashfield, MA, Proprietors' Clerk, Proprietors' Records, 1736-1808 [manuscripts in the Ashfield Town Hall; FHL film no. 0902898, Items 3-4], p. 4: "20th June 1764 Recd of Richard Philips for Lot No 10 6/5 province Taxes & Comtee Charges last year 3/11d vendue [public auction] 3/6").  In 1766 he was assessed for taxes on two polls, a fairly large property with a house, and some livestock (F. Howes, History of the Town of Ashfield, p. 95).

Now, I don't know the Ingram Genealogy at all, but the evidence I've just outlined makes it look pretty certain that Richard and his wife took their first two children from Dighton and settled in Huntstown between 1752 and 1756.  It seems reasonable that the other children would have been born in Huntstown (Ashfield).
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Notes for RUTH PITTS:

BIOGRAPHY
Ancestral File gives Ruth's parents as Henry Pitts and Ann (Hannah) Cary, yet Dighton town records (Book 1, p. 15) do not list her among their children.
 

Children of RICHARD PHILLIPS and RUTH PITTS are:
 i. VESPASIAN3 PHILLIPS, b. March 05, 1748/49, Dighton, Bristol Co., MA.

 ii. ELENER PHILLIPS, b. September 22, 1751, Dighton, Bristol Co., MA.

 iii. RUTH PHILLIPS, b. 1759, Huntstown, Mass. Bay Colony.

3. iv. ANNA PHILLIPS, b. May 04, 1763, Huntstown, Mass. Bay Colony; d. March 03, 1812, Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA.

 v. SUBMIT PHILLIPS, b. 1770, Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA.

 vi. MARY PHILLIPS, b. 1774, Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA.

Generation No. 3

3.  ANNA3 PHILLIPS (RICHARD2, JOSHUA1) was born May 04, 1763 in Huntstown, Mass. Bay Colony, and died March 03, 1812 in Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA.  She married GAD ELMER November 28, 1782 in Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA; Quality: 3 (Source: Item 1, p. 162), son of SAMUEL ELMER and ELIZABETH KENTFIELD.  He was born August 31, 1760 in South Hadley, Hampshire, MA, and died November 13, 1819 in Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA.

More About ANNA PHILLIPS:
Burial: 1812, Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA

Notes for GAD ELMER:

BIOGRAPHY

Gad and a number of other Ashfield men participated in a 5-day expedition at the time of the Bennington, VT, battle.  The son of one of the men explained, "My father . . . was in the company that marched to Bennington.  They marched to Cheshire the first day where they joined the Berkshire troops, and the next day marched to Bennington." This man and Gad Elmer were both in Captain Jennings' Company.[CI:6:?2:CI]

More About GAD ELMER:
Burial: 1819, Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA

Marriage Notes for ANNA PHILLIPS and GAD ELMER:
Intention of marriage not recorded.

Children of ANNA PHILLIPS and GAD ELMER are:

 i. ANNA4 ELMER, b. September 23, 1783, Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA; d. September 19, 1867; m. OTHNIEL JOHNSON, 3 (Source: TITLE.).

 ii. BETSEY ELMER, b. June 07, 1785, Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA; d. November 27, 1870; m. JOSIAH JOHNSON JR., 3 (Source: TITLE.).

4. iii. DANIEL ELMER, b. May 04, 1787, Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA; d. October 01, 1866, Greenfield, Franklin Co., MA.

 iv. PHILO ELMER, b. March 05, 1789, Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA; d. October 27, 1841.

 v. GAD ELMER, b. September 06, 1790, Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA; d. February 01, 1823, Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA.

 vi. ADOLPHUS ELMER, b. April 10, 1794, Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA; d. August 1839.

5. vii. ALPHEUS ELMER, b. November 26, 1795, Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA; d. April 28, 1867.

 viii. ALMIRA ELMER, b. January 25, 1798, Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA; m. MICAJAH W. TEED, 3 (Source: TITLE.).

 ix. LUTHER ELMER, b. September 11, 1799, Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA; d. April 07, 1857.

 x. CHILD ELMER, b. January 08, 1801, Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA.

 xi. CLEON ELMER, b. May 25, 1802, Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA; d. February 27, 1878.

 xii. HORACE ELMER, b. November 20, 1804, Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA; d. February 26, 1854.

Generation No. 4

4.  DANIEL4 ELMER (ANNA3 PHILLIPS, RICHARD2, JOSHUA1) was born May 04, 1787 in Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA, and died October 01, 1866 in Greenfield, Franklin Co., MA.  He married (1) ELECTA WARD Abt. 1806 in 3 (Source: TITLE.), daughter of CALEB WARD and SUSANNAH LUTHER.  She was born July 25, 1788 in Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA, and died January 05, 1855 in Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA.  He married (2) BETSEY PARSONS December 17, 1858 in Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA; Quality: 3 (Source: Item 3, Marriages).  She was born Abt. March 1792 in Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA, and died January 23, 1859 in Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA.  He married (3) NANCY HILL September 29, 1859 in Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA; Quality: 3 (Source: Item 3, Marriages, 1858, no. 5).  She was born 1804 in Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA, and died September 28, 1874 in Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA.

Notes for DANIEL ELMER:

BIOGRAPHY

In 1820 Daniel's brother Luther was farming in Ashfield, where his brother Adolphus also lived.  His uncle Samuel, aunt Mary (widow of Zenas) and cousin Obed were also living in Ashfield.  Samuel and Obed were also farming.  Daniel was working in manufacturing (presumably blacksmithing) in Florida in Berkshire County to the west of Ashfield.

Around 1829 Daniel's cousin Alfred, who was determined insane, murdered a man in Ashfield and was committed to a mental hospital, where he apparently lived in a cage with handcuffs and chains. (Alfred Elmer probate file no. 1496, Franklin County Family and Probate Court, Greenfield, MA 01302)

In 1850 Daniel and Electa were living in Conway, Massachusetts.  At 63 years old, he was no longer working, but his four youngest sons (ages 16-29) were living at home and all working as cabinetmakers.

Daniel and Electa had been married close to 50 years when she died.  About four years later, when Daniel was 71 years old, he married Betsey, a 66-year-old spinster from Ashfield.  Five weeks later Betsey died of a stroke.  Eight months later he married again, this time to Nancy Hill, another Ashfield spinster, but younger.  Nancy was 55.  They lived in Ashfield, where Daniel was still farming in his 70s.  In 1860 his real estate was worth $700, his personal property $165.

More About DANIEL ELMER:
Burial: 1866, Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA

More About ELECTA WARD:
Burial: 1855, Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA

Notes for BETSEY PARSONS:

BIOGRAPHY

Betsey married only once, at age 66.  She died just five weeks after her marriage.

More About NANCY HILL:
Burial: Ashfield, Franklin Co., MA

Children of DANIEL ELMER and ELECTA WARD are:

 i. ORRIC OTIS5 ELMER, b. December 18, 1808, Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA; d. March 29, 1891, Russell, Hampden Co., MA; m. CAROLINE RUGG, July 07, 1833; b. March 20, 1813, Heath, Franklin Co., MA; d. February 14, 1880, New York, New York Co., NY.

Notes for ORRIC OTIS ELMER:

BIOGRAPHY

In 1840, Orric, 32, married and with four small children, was living in Heath, home of his wife's family.  His family was enumerated just after that of his mother-in-law, Esther Rugg.  Three of his wife's uncles were also living nearby.  At this time many of the Elmer family were living in Ashfield.

Orric's maternal grandfather Caleb Ward died in 1841.  Orric had borrowed money from his 87-year-old grandfather the year before he died.  By 1842 this one debt was unrecovered by Orric's uncle Luther Ward, administrator or his grandfather's estate:  ". . . except Oric O. Elmers Note of $ 40.87 which is good for nothing."  (Caleb Ward probate file no. 4963, Franklin Co. Probate and Family Court, Greenfield, MA)

In the birth registration of son Edwin Anthony in 1846, Orric was listed as a shoemaker. The 1850 census gives his occupation as carpenter in Conway, MA.

In 1860 the family of nine was living in Heath, where Orric was a farmer and eldest son John a master cigar maker.  The value of Orric's real estate was $900, of his personal property $300.  All children but John attended school, from daughter Esther, 18, down to daughter Mary Electa, 4.

The 100-acre farm where they lived was just east of the Rugg farm, on the Colrain Brook Road.  This was one over several places the Elmer family lived.[CI:1:?2:CI]

In 1870, Orric, at age 62, was working in a boot and shoe shop in Heath.  His real estate was valued at $1000 and his personal property at $500.  He was enumerated with his wife Caroline, their youngest son Albert D., 17 years old, and a 12-year-old boy, William M. Latham, born in Rhode Island.  Albert and William were working as farm laborers.

In 1880, Orric, widowed just four months before, was living with his son John and family in Springfield, MA.  They lived at 192 Worthington Street with three other families and a number of boarders.  The other residents of the house were a car builder, two locomotive engineers, a locomotive fireman and a brakeman, a dressmaker, and a nurse.  John was a dealer in cigars, and Orric worked as a clerk in a cigar store.

More About ORRIC OTIS ELMER:
Ancestral File Number: 183H-K3H
Burial: Russell, Hampden Co., MA

Notes for CAROLINE RUGG:

BIOGRAPHY

In 1870 Caroline was living in Heath, keeping house for her husband, youngest son, and 12-year-old William M. Latham.  Her real estate was valued at $200.

More About CAROLINE RUGG:
Ancestral File Number: 183H-K4P
Burial: February 17, 1880, Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY

 ii. MARY ANN ELMER, b. February 22, 1814; d. January 01, 1865.

 iii. NANCY E. ELMER, b. September 22, 1817.

 iv. DANIEL F. ELMER, b. September 05, 1820; d. May 03, 1880.

 v. ALPHEUS WARD ELMER, b. August 10, 1826, Florida, Berkshire Co., MA; d. April 17, 1886, Springfield, Hampden Co., MA; m. HARRIET BOOTH, June 19, 1850; b. May 29, 1830; d. April 19, 1870.

Notes for ALPHEUS WARD ELMER:

BIOGRAPHY

In 1880 Alpheus was working in a knife factory, as was his son Charles, 22, who lived with him in Springfield.

 vi. ZEBINA L. ELMER, b. July 25, 1829.

 vii. ALBERT EMERSON ELMER, b. July 30, 1833, Florida, Berkshire Co., MA; d. March 31, 1886, Springfield, Hampden Co., MA; m. (1) CLARA D.; b. Abt. 1841, Massachusetts.

 viii. ALFRED EMORY ELMER, b. July 30, 1833.

5.  ALPHEUS4 ELMER (ANNA3 PHILLIPS, RICHARD2, JOSHUA1) was born November 26, 1795 in Ashfield, Hampshire Co., MA, and died April 28, 1867.

Child of ALPHEUS ELMER is:

 i. FREDERIC5 ELMER, b. April 1854, Colrain, Franklin Co., MA; d. August 1855, Colrain, Franklin Co., MA.

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