The Chase family is of ancient English orogin, derived undoubtedly from the French word, chaser, to hunt. The ancestral seat of the branch of the family from which the American line is descended was at Chesham, Buckingham, England, through which runs a rapidly flowing river, the Chess, which gives the name to the place.
The Chase arms: Gules four crosses patonce argent, tow and two, on a canton azure a lion rampant or.
(I) Thomas Chase, of Chesham, was descended from an ancient family there.
(II) John Chase was also of Chesham.
(III) Mathew Chase was of Chesham; married Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Bould.
Richard, Francis, John, Mathew, Thomas, mentioned below, Ralph, William, Bridget.
(IV) Thomas Chase was of the Hundrich in Parish Chesham.
1. John, baptized Nov. 30, 1640.
2. Richard, baptized Aug. 3, 1642; mentioned below.
3. Agnes, baptized Jan. 9, 1551.
(V) Richard, son of Thomas Chase, was born in Hundrich and baptized August 3, 1542; married, April 16, 1564, Joan Bishop.
Children, baptized at Hundrich:
1. Robert, Sept. 2, 1565.
2. Henry, Aug. 1, 1567.
3. Lydia, Oct. 3, 1573.
4. Ezekiel, April 2, 1575.
5. Dorcas, March 2, 1578.
6. Aquila, Aug. 14, 1580; mentioned below.
7. Jason, Jan. 13, 1583.
8. Thomas, July 18, 1585.
9. Abigail, Jan. 12, 1588.
10. Mordecai, July 31, 1591.
(VI) Aquila (2) son of Aquila (1) Chase, [transcriber's note: could he be the grandson of the Aquila above?] was born in England in 1618, and was the American immigrant. He was a mariner, probably employed by his uncle or brother, Thomas Chase, who was in 1626 part owner of the ship "John and Francis." He was of Hampton, New Hampshire, as early as 1640; removed to Newbury, Mass., in 1646, when he had four acres granted for ahouse lot and six acres of marsh, on condition that he go to sea and do service in the town with a boat four years.
He and his wife and David Wheeler were "fined for gathering pease on the Sabbath," but were admonished and the fine remitted in Sept. 1646. He was a shipmaster, and died Dec. 27, 1670.
He married Anne, daughter of John Wheeler. She married (second) June 14, 1672, Daniel Mussiloway, and died in May, 1688.
2. Anna, born July 6, 1647.
3. Priscilla, March 14, 1649.
4. Mary, Feb. 3, 1651.
5. Aquila, Sept. 17, 1652.
6. Thomas, July 25, 1654; mentioned below.
7. John, Nov. 2, 1653.
8. Elizabeth, Sept. 13, 1657.
9. Ruth, March 18, 1660.
10. Daniel, Dec. 9, 1661.
11. Moses, Dec. 24, 1663.
(VIII) Thomas, son of Aquila (2) Chase, was born July 25, 1654, at Newbury, and died in 1733. He married, Nov. 22, 1677, Rebecca, daughter of Thomas Follansbee; (second) Aug. 2, 1713, Elizabeth Mowers.
1. Thomas, Sept. 15, 1680.
2. Jonathan, Jan. 13, 1683; died young.
3. James, Sept. 15, 1685.
4. Aquila, July 15, 1688.
5. Ruth, Feb. 28, 1691.
6. Mary, Jan. 15, 1695.
7. Josiah, July 15, 1697.
8. Rebecca, April 26, 1700.
9. Nathan, mentioned below.
(IX) Nathan, son of Thomas Chase, was born in Newbury in 1704. He married (first) Nov. 29, 1723, Judith Sawyer; (second) Dec. 30, 1740, Joanna Cheney; (third) Jan. 9, 1763, Ruth Davis.
Children of first wife born at Newbury:
1. Nathan, Jan. 28, 1725.
2. Mary, Nov. 1, 1727.
3. Moses, March 31, 1729.
4. John, July 27, 1731, mentioned below.
5. Judith, April 1, 1734.
6. Josiah, Sept., 1736.
By second wife:
7. Moses, Sept. 21, 1741.
8. Lydia, Sept. 25, 1742.
9. Parker, Feb. 28, 1745.
10. Edmund, June 21, 1748.
11. Stephen, July 16, 1750.
12. Jonathan, Dec. 5, 1751.
(X) John, son of Nathan Chase, was born July 27, 1731. He married Hannah, born Oct. 25, 1725, died Nov. 2, 1753, daughter of Samuel and Hannah (Woodman) Plummer; Sylvanus (3), Samuel (2), Francis (1). They had a son John, mentioned below.
(XI) John (2) son of John (1) Chase, married Molly Emery, and had a son John, mentioned below.
(XII) John (3) son of John (2) Chase, married Olive Davis, and their daughter Susan married Russell Willard Smith (see Smith III).
The Chase family is of ancient English origin, derived undoubtedly from the French word, chasseur, to hunt. The ancestral seat of the branch of the family from which the American line is descended was at Chesham, Buckinghamshire, England, through which runs a rapidly flowing river, the Chess, which gives the name to the place. The Chase arms: Gules, four crosses patonce argent (two and two) on a canton azure a lion rampant, or.
(I) Thomas Chase of Chesham, was descended from an ancient family there.
(II) John, son of Thomas Chase, wsa also of Chesham.
(III) Mathew, son of John Chase, was of Chesham; married Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Bould.
Richard, married Mary Roberts.
Thomas, mentioned below.
(IV) Thomas (2), son of Mathew Chase, was on the Hundrich in parish Chesham.
Children, born in Hundrich:
1. John, baptized Nov. 30, 1540.
2. Richard, baptized Aug. 3, 1542, mentioned below.
3. Agnes, baptized Jan. 9, 1551.
(V) Richard, son of Thomas (2) Chase, was born in Hundrich, Chesham, England, and baptized Aug. 3, 1542. He married, April 16, 1564, Joan Bishop.
Children & dates of baptism:
1. Robert, bap. Sept. 2, 1565.
2. Henry, bap. Aug. 10, 1567.
3. Lydia, bap. Oct. 4, 1573.
4. Ezekiel, bap. April 2, 1576.
5. Dorcas, bap. March 2, 1578.
6. Aquila, mentioned below.
7. Jason, bap. Jan. 13, 1585.
8. Thomas, bap. July 18, 1585.
9. Abigail, bap. Jan. 12, 1588.
10. Mordecai, bap. July 31, 1591.
(VI) Aquila, son of Richard Chase, was baptized Aug. 14, 1580, at Hundrich, Chesham, England.
1. Thomas, came to America.
2. Aquila, mentioned below.
(VII) Aquila (2), son of Aquila (1) Chase, was born in 1618 in England, and was the American immigrant. He was a mariner, doubtless employed by his uncle or brother, Thomas Chase, who was in 1626 part owner of the ship "John and Francis."
He was of Hampton, New Hampshire as early as 1640; removed to Newbury, Mass. in 1646, where he had four acres granted for a house lot and six acres of marsh on condition that he go to sea and do service in the town for a number of years.
He and his wife and David Wheeler were fined "for gathering pease on the Sabbath" but were admonished and the fine remitted in Sept., 1646. He was a shipmaster.
He died Dec. 27, 1670, aged fifty-two, and his will was dated Sept. 19, 1670.
He married Anne, daughter of John Wheeler, and she married (second) June 14, 1672, Daniel Musailoway. She died in May, 1688.
1. Sarah, married, May 15, 1666, Charles Annis, born in Ireland, 1638.
2. Anna, born July 6, 1647.
3. Priscilla, March 14, 1649; married, Feb. 10, 1671, Abel Merrill.
4. Mary, Feb. 3, 1651; married, March 9, 1670, John Stevens.
5. Aquila, Sept. 17, 1652; married Esther Bond.
6. Thomas, July 26, 1654; married (first) Nov. 22, 1677, Rebecca Follansbee; (second) Aug. 2, 1713, Elizabeth Mowers.
7. John, Nov. 2, 1655, married (first) May 23, 1677, Elizabeth Bingham or Bingley; (second) Dec. 21, 1687, Lydia Challis, who survived him.
8. Elizabeth, Sept. 13, 1657; married, June 27, 1678, Zachariah Ayer.
9. Ruth, March 18, 1660, died May 30, 1676.
10. Daniel, Dec. 9, 1661, mentioned below.
11. Moses, Dec. 24, 1663; married (first) Ann Follansbee; (second) Dec. 13, 1713, Sarah Jacobs.
(VIII) Daniel, son of Aquila (2) Chase, was born Dec. 6, 1661. He married Martha Kimball.
Children, born at Newbury:
1. Martha, Aug. 18, 1684.
2. Sarah, July 18, 1688.
3. Dorotny, Jan. 24, 1689.
4. Isaac, Jan. 19, 1691; mentioned below.
5. Lydia, 1693.
6. Mehitable, Jan. 19, 1695.
7. Judith, Feb. 14, 1697.
8. Abner, Oct. 15, 1699.
9. Daniel, Oct. 15, 1702.
(IX) Isaac, son of Daniel Chase, was born at Newbury, Jan. 19, 1691. With others of the family he located at Sutton, Worcester county, Massachusetts.
He married (first) Hannah Barry; (second) Nov. 3, 1772, Hannah Tenney, of Upton.
He probably lived in what is now Upton, near Sutton.
1. Ambrose, born Dec. 2, 1713.
2. Daniel, March 5, 1716.
3. Timothy, Jan. 12, 1719; married Leah Robbins.
4. Henry, March 2, 1722, mentioned below.
5. Abigail, March 6, 1725, died aged one hundred and two years.
(X) Henry, son of Isaac Chase, was born March 2, 1722. He lived at Sutton and Upton, Mass., and removed with others from that section to Townsend, Vermont. He was a soldier in the revolution from Vermont. In 1790 the federal census shows that he had three males over sixteen, one under that age and three females in his family. He was then of Townsend, and Solomon, Amariah and Timothy and Jacob were the others of the family in that town, all doubtless his sons, heads of families. Amariah Chase, of Sutton, married Nov. 28, 1784, at Grafton, Mass., Elizabeth Chase.
(XI) Jacob, son of Henry Chase, was born about 1760. In 1790 he was living at Townsend and had three sons under sixteen and four females in his family. A Jacob Chase married, March 17, 1774, at Sutton, Mary Ingerson. If this is the Jacob of this family, he must have been born as early as 1750-55. He had sons: Jacob, John and William.
(XII) Jacob (2), son of Jacob (1) Chase, was born at Townsend, Vermont, or vicinity, about 1780. He lived at Bellows Falls, Vermont, for a time, and perhaps settled in northern New York. He had six sons and one daughter.
(XIII) Hiram A., son of Jacob (2) Chase, was born at Bellows Falls, Vermont, 1809, died at Massena, New York, 1879. He came to northern New York when a young man, cleared his land and followed farming.
He married Lydia E. Spaulding.
1. Lodena D., now (1910) living at Raquette River, N.Y.
2. Clark E., mentioned below.
3. Charles C., lives at Raquette River.
4. Henry S., lives at Massena, N.Y.
5. Melvin, lives at Raquette River.
6. Abel L., lives at Raquette River.
(XIV) Clark E., son of Hiram A. Chase, was born in Massena, N.Y. 1839, died June 20, 1884. He attended the common schools and academy at Lawrenceville, N.Y., but was largely educated by his own efforts. He learned surveying and followed that profesion in connection with farming.
He was a Republican in politics and was justice of the peace for sixteen years and also highway commissioner of the town. In religion he was a Universalist.
He married Ann O., born in Massena, 1838, daughter of Nathaniel Brewer.
2. Henry B., mentioned below.
3. Nathaniel B., married Martha Shaver; children: Adelaide, Nathaniel, Olive and Hiram.
4. Giles Aquila, attorney-at-law, Massena; married (first) Rhoda Beeman; child: Rhoda Mildred; married (second) Elizabeth Hall; children: Edith May, Annette, and Giles Elihu.
5. Charles G., lives with mother at Raquette River.
6. Alonzo H., graduate of Michigan State Agricultural College; teaching in Illinois.
(XV) Henry Benjamin, son of Clark E. Chase, was born at Massena, Nov. 22, 1867. He attended the public schools and the Albany Law School and was admitted to the bar in 1893. He engaged in the practice of law in Massena immediately afterward and has continuted with notable success. He was one of the founders of the Massena Improvement Company.
In politics he is a Democrat. He is a member of Massena Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons; of Massena Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; of St. Lawrence Commandery, Knights Templar; of Media Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Watertown.
Member of St. Lawrence Bar Association and New York State Bar Association.
He married, in March, 1900, Georgia, born in Canton, N.Y., daughter of Charles O. and Ameda (Jacobs) Bacheller, of Canton, N.Y.
Children, born at Massena:
1. Clark Ledyard, May 29, 1901.
2. Charles Bacheller, March 6, 1903.
The annals of North America are frequently embellished by this name, which has been borne by statesmen, jurists, soldiers, clergymen and others honored in the various walks of life. New England has been highly honored by many priminent in the coucils of the nation, and it annals may well give prominence to the name.
(I) For many years the earliest known ancestor of the American family of this name was Aquila Chase, who was among the founders of Hampton, New Hampshire, and he was said to be from Cornwall, England, by several antiquarians whose authority was tradition. A long search has established, beyond a reasonable doubt, that he was from Chesham, in Buckinhamshire, some thirty miles northwest of London.
The family is said to have been of Norman origin, and it has been suggested that the name was formerly La Chasse. In the old English records it is spelled Chaace and Chasse, and in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries it was modified to the present form most in use - Chase.
Matthew Chase, of the parish of Hundrich, in Chesham, gives his father's name as John, and the father of the latter as Thomas. As the name of Matthew's wife is the first female found in the line, this article will number Matthew as the first. His wife was Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Bould.
(II) Richard, son of Matthew and Elizabeth (Bould) Chase, married Mary Roberts, of Welsden, in Middlesex. He had brothers, Francis, John, Matthew, Thomas, Ralph and William, and a sister, Bridget.
(III) Richard (2), son of Richard (1) and Mary (Roberts) Chase, was baptized Aug. 3, 1542, and married, April 16, 1564, Joan Bishop.
Robert, Henry, Lydia, Ezekiel, Dorcas, Aquila (mentioned below), Jason, Thomas, Abigail and Mordecai.
(IV) Aquila, fourth son of Richard (2) and Joan (Bishop) Chase, was baptized Aug. 14, 1580. The unique name of Aquila is found nowhere in England, before or since, coupled with the name of Chase, which makes it reasonably certain that this Aquila was the ancestor of the American family. Tradition gives the name of his wife as Sarah. Record is found of two sons, Thomas and Aquila, the latter born in 1618. It is generally believed that William Chase, the first of the name in America, was an elder son, and that the others came with him or followed later. The fact of their being minors would lead to their absence from the records of the earliest days of William in this country. Some authorities intimate that Thomas and Aquila were employed by their uncle, Thomas Chase, who was part owner of the ship "John and Francis," and thus became navigators and so found their way to America. This theory is strengthened by the fact that Aquila was granted a house lot and six acres of marsh by the inhabitants of Newbury, Mass., "on condition that he do go to sea and do service in the Towne, with a boat for future years."
(V) Aquila (2), son of Aquila (1) Chase, settled in Newbury, Mass. (that is now (1910) Newburyport), about 1646. He was formerely in Hampton (now part of New Hampshire), where he and his brother Thomas received grants of land in June, 1640, along with fifty-five others. As owner of a house lot he was listed among those entitled to a share in the common lands, Dec. 3, 1645. This he subsequently sold to his brother, as shown by town records, after his removal to Newbury.
His wife Ann was a daughter of John Wheeler, who came from Salisbury, England, in Sept., 1646. According to the county records Aquila Chase and his wife, with her brother, David Wheeler, were presented and fined "for gathering pease on the Sabbath." They were admonished by the court, after which their fines were remitted.
Mr. Chase died Dec. 27, 1670, aged fifty-two years.
His widow married, June 14, 1672, Daniel Mussiloway, and died April 21, 1687.
Aquila's children were:
Sarah, Ann, Priscilla, Mary, Aquila, Thomas, John, Elizabeth, Ruth Daniel (mentioned below), and Moses. Mary became the wife of John Stevens.
(VI) Daniel, fourth son of Aquila (2) and Ann (Wheeler) Chase, was born Dec. 9, 1661, in Newbury, where he resided and subscribed to the oath of allegiance in 1678; he died Feb. 8, 1707, and his estate was divided six years later.
He married, May 25, 1683, Martha Kimball, born Aug. 18, 1664, in Wenham, Mass., daughter of Henry and Mary (Wyatt) Kimball, granddaughter of Richard Kimball, the pioneer of Ipswich and Watertown, Mass. She survived him and married (second) in 1713, Josiah Heath.
Children of Daniel & Martha:
Martha, Sarah, Dorothy, Isaac, Lydia, Mehitable, Judith, Abner, Daniel (mentioned below) and Enoch.
(VII) Daniel (2), third son of Daniel (1) and Martha (Kimball) Chase, was born Oct. 14, 1702, in Newbury, and resided there until 1773, in which year, May 29, he purchased the land of John Parker in Pannacook, now Concord, New Hampshire, and removed to that colony. His name appears on the petition for the division of land in Concord, Jan. 18, 1737. In 1746 his family was assigned to the garrison of Timothy Walker, which was maintained for defense against the Indians, and stood on Main street, near the subsequent home of President Franklin Pierce. The spot is now (1910) marked by an appropriate stone erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
On Jan. 2, 1748, Daniel Chase signed a petition for a forge for making bar iron in Concord. His will was made March 24, 1778, and admitted to probate March 16, following year.
He married (first) in Newbury, Jan. 5, 1723, Mary Carpenter, whose birth and parentage have not been discovered. She lived but a short time and probably left no children. He married (second), Feb. 12, 1726, Elizabeth Collins, of Salisbury, probably born Nov. 21, 1700, daughter of John and Elizabeth Collins, Quakers.
Daniel (mentioned below), Jonathan, John, Isaac, Abner, Molly, Judith and Eunice. The last named married Thomas Eastman, of Hopkinton, New Hampshire.
(VIII) Daniel (3), eldest child of Daniel (2) and Elizabeth (Collins) Chase, was born about 1728, in Newbury, and lived for a time in Concord, New Hampshire. Thence he removed to Hopkinton. For a short time he resided in Haverhill, Mass., where one of his children was born. He signed the association test in Concord in 1777. The family tradition says that he married Mary Dow, but no record appears of this marriage. In 1772 he had a wife Susanna, and the first of their children recorded in Concord, Ruth, was born that year in Haverhill. The second, Polly, was born in 1774, in Amesbury. The others, born in Concord, were:
Ezekiel, Aug. 15, 1783.
Martha, Nov. 29, 1785.
John, June 9, 1791.
(IX) Ambrose, son of Daniel (3) and Mary (Dow) Chase, was born July 24, 1766, perhaps in Haverhill, and died April 9, 1803, in Canaan, New Hampshire. He resided in Hopkinton, New Hampshire, and later in Canaan.
He married, May 7, 1788, Hannah Hoyt, born 1769, daughter of Abner and Hannah (Eastman) Hoyt. She married (second) a Mr. Howard.
They had four sons and one daughter.
(X) William, son of Ambrose and Hannah (Hoyt) Chase, was born Oct. 29, 1789, in Hopkinton, and died Dec. 5, 1861, at Hewittsville, near Potsdam, New York. He settled, in 1839, near Parrishville, N.Y., where all the privations of the pioneer were suffered by him and his little family. He was one of those manly, large-hearted men who literally hewed their homes out of the primeval wilderness and laid the foundations of the advanced civilization enjoyed by their descendants today.
He married, Jan. 7, 1810, Abigail Richardson, of Canaan, New Hampshire.
(XI) Eliza, eldest child of William and Abigail (Richardson) Chase, was born June 11, 1811, in Canaan, New Hampshire, and died Jan. 22, 1892, in Lawrencville, N.Y. She married, Dec. 12, 1839, Peabody Newland of that town (see Newland, VI). The following is taken from an obituary notice after her death:
"She had endeared herself to many as a loving and sympathetic friend . . . . Her happiness was greatest when ministering to them. Her interest in everything that was elevating and ennobling and in the welfare and happiness of the young seemed to increase rather than diminish through her long life, so that she was never thought of as old. Her eyes were as bright and her step as light and quick as those of a girl of twenty; yet for almost all of the eighty years of her life she had patiently toiled for others. Her mother died when she was quite young and the responsibility of the household, containing four younger children and young people gave her a great aptitude for teaching and she taught in the public schools in the village of Parrishville, soon after 1830. She became the second wife of Peabody Newland, in whose family were two old people and two little ones to care for. An active Christian faith was hers and sympathy with the distressed and needy flowed only from a great loving heart. She became a member of the Baptist Church in Parishville in 1831. Her death was as peaceful and sweet as a babe's falling to sleep."
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