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51 "His whole life has been spent in Cedar County, (IA) where he as been an enterprising farmer, a worthy citizen, a kind and obliging neighbor. * ** Several years ago he suffered from a very severe attack of inflammatory rheumatism, form which he never fully recovered, the same being complicated with heart disease which finally proved fatal. Mr. Puffer was held in high esteem by those who knew him best. He appreciated the friendship of those who were truly his friends and was most fondly attached to his home and the loved ones there" (newspaper obituary). The funeral was at the Methodist Church and was largely attended. Interment at Mechanicsville cemetery. PUFFER, Authernial George Washington (I33619)
52 "I only know Naomi had two children Betty and Emma Bowers. Each were married to Eugene Baldwin and Edwin Clauser. Each had adopted children. Richard Puffer was Naomi second husband. Richard lost his arm in WWII and his occupation was RE appraiser in the LA area. Naomi I think was from the South. The reason the girls did not have natural children was they were afraid they may be black. There is some black history in either Naomi or Fred Bower, her first husband. It was just part of their generation thinking." (From Ancestry member berg775) BEDDOW, Naomi Elizabeth (I14988)
53 "If Mr. Joseph Hawley, who hath married Lydia my grand child & is now living at Northampton, see cause to settle there and build an house, I give him Land which lyeth between Elder John Strong's Homelott and my own, provided he build on it and live there four years, then it shall be to him and his wife and their heirs forever," from the Will of Lt. David Witton, of Northampton, who died 5 Feb. 1677/78, will dated 25 Dec. 1677. HAWLEY, Joseph (I13949)
54 "In memory of Richard Puffer son of Mr. Richard Puffer & Mrs Jemima his wife Deceased Novbr 20 1756 Aged 2 yrs 11ms & 24 days." PUFFER, Richard (I20606)
55 "It was at her house that I walked after the nail in my foot episode to see my first auto. She was a teacher." Roberta Puffer. PUFFER, Alice H. (I37417)
56 "John was the son George C BURPEE who married Jennie (Dingman) Putney on 28 April 1875 at Winchester, NH. It's unknown what happened to George Burpee. In 1878 Jennie married Gilman Raymond and John G took Gilman's name." RAYMOND, John G. (I41998)
57 "Mr. Sunday School" to the Southern Baptist Convention KILBRETH, Leon Raymond (I43094)
58 "Mrs Abigail Puffer, aged 85 yrs., was buried at his side, was presumably his wife. His will mentions no wife nor children" - Descendants of George Puffer of Braintree, Massachusetts 1639-1915 by Charles Nutt, page 66" Abigail (I16266)
59 "Mrs. Nutt had lived in Natick for forty years and, for one who seldom c ared to leave her home, she had a wide acquaintance and many friends. S he was absolutely devoted to her family. She was, however, interested i n public matters, especially temperance work and in her younger days be longed to temperance organizations; she was interested in the schools a nd often voted when there were contests for school committee. She too p art in the various forms of work of the loyal women of the North during t he Civil War, making uniforms, sewing for the soldiers, preparing lint a nd bandages for the wounded and gathering other supplies and comforts t o send to the front." - Natick Bulletin PUFFER, Abigail Prentice (I18922)
60 "Much beloved in life, she was greatly lamented. *** a woman of estimab le qualities of mind, heart and character." PUFFER, Lucy Ann (I16520)
61 "On Wednesday last a sorrowful accident happened at Stoughton, as a number of persons were raising the spire of the meeting-house there, some of the tackling gave way, when one Mr. Isaac Fenno, jun'r fell to the ground, and was killed in an instant. He has left a widow and 4 children." FENNO, Isaac (I43155)
62 "Phebe was killed by indians while returning from worship July 4 1697 and John was wounded" [Pike's Journal]. The pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623 to 1660; a descriptive list, drawn from records of the colonies, towns, churches, courts and other contemporary sources (1908) by Charles Henry Pope p. 92  LITTLEFIELD, Phebe (I48952)
63 "Puffer Genealogy" book shows marriage date as 10 Aug 1842. This is probably the intention date. Family: Edward Aldrich PUFFER / Almira Zernah HOAR (F8239)
64 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 58, p. 390: Sarah F arr ow daughter of Benjamin & Leah Farrow was baptised June 19,1726. FARROW, Sarah (I7090)
65 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 59, p. 137: Tamar F arr ow daughter of Benjm Farrow was Baptized by ye Rev. Mr. Bourn of th is To wn August 11,1734. FARROW, Tamar (I7092)
66 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 59, p. 309: Christian Farrow, a Child of Benj. Farrow, was baptised Aug. 20,1738. FARROW, Christian (I7091)
67 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 59, p. 78: Rachel F arr ow daughter of Benjm was baptized by Mr. Bourn July 18,1731. FARROW, Rachel (I2863)
68 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 60, p. 176: membe r s of the church on Nov. 13,1751, Jemima Farrow, wife to Mr. Thomas F. FARROW, Thomas (I3637)
69 "Rec. of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR, Vol. 58, p. 267: Leah Farrow daughter of Benj Farrow & Leah his wife was baptized Nov. 24, 1723. FARROW, Leah (I376)
70 "Records of the Second Church of Scituate", NEHGR Vol. 59, p. 134: Abigail Farrow daughter of Benjm & Leah was baptized by the Rev. Mr. Bourn April 23, 1732. FARROW, Abigail (I20263)
71 "Richard Tucker, "gentleman", came very early to the coast of Maine and New Hampshire; probably lived near Saco. He bought, about 1630, Richard Bradshaw's patent to lands at Spurwink, in Maine; in partnership with George Cleve had a patent for Gorges Jan. 27, 1627, of land in that vicinity; another deed from Alex Rigby, May 23, 1643."

He resided in Portsmouth, NH where he died in 1679 at the age of 85. Through his landed properties, however, he retained an interest in the development of Maine. He was one of the Selectmen of Portsmouth; a Commissioner of the General Court; and while at Casco was one of the Grand Jury. In 1665 he stood strongly for the jurisdiction of MA for the control of Maine and against the Royal Commissioners.

Margaret survived him for several years. She may have been a passenger on the ship "Abigail" which left London 1 Jul 1635. If so, she was born abt. 1612.

A monument in Portland erected by Payson Tucker commemorates the landing of George Cleeves and Richard Tucker. It was unveiled 4 Jul 1883 with Masonic Honors. It is located on the eastern promenade near the spot where they landed. Their landing was on the beach now covered by the "make land" of the Grand Trunk Railway, at a point a little east of the foot of Hancock Street where a small brook made its way into the bay. 
TUCKER, Richardus (I6867)
72 "She fell a'bleeding at the nose about 36 hours afore she died, which bleeding ceased not (if at all intermitted) till her death." (Hanover town records). COBB, Deborah (I62019)
73 "Sister of Mary, wife of Dwight W. Ellis, .. She was modest and unobjectionable in appearance and demeanor, marked with unostentatiousness in every lineament and movement; evidently of placid, serene temper and disposition, and apparantely fashioned precisely to suit her husband, not improbably from a rib of his. Pity all could not be as well coupled." Family Records of Wales, MA PUFFER, Abigail (I14143)
74 "St. John's Burying Ground used to occupy the space which is now James J. Walker Park, between Leroy, Hudson and Clarkson Streets. In a sense it still does since the old stones were buried in place and few of the 10,000 occupants were moved. The only stone remaining is one dedicated to three firemen who gave their lives in the line of duty over 150 years ago." As the centaph states, Cornelia and her infant son are still interred in that place. STAGG, Cornelia Depeyster (I18619)
75 "that after being burnt out in Maine by the Indians three times, he moved first to Clark's Island in Boston Harbor, and next to Rochester, Massachusetts, where he changed land with Samuel Hammond, and that his house was about two miles north of Mattapoisette Village." Killed and scalped by Indians after 1713 at Dyers Neck, MA. BOLLES, Samuel (I7394)
76 "The Complete Book of Emigrants 1607-1660" by Peter Wilson Coldham, 198 8 lists, "Examinations of those intending to embark in the ship "John a nd Dorothy" of Ipswich Eng, Mr William Andrewes, and the ship "Rose" of Y armouth Eng, Mr William Andrewes, for New England:among those listed ar e Michill Metcalfe of Norwich, dornix weaver aged 45 and his wife Sarra h aged 39, and 8 children Michill, Thomas, Marey, Sarrah, Elizabeth, Ma rtha, Joane and Rebeca;
and his servant Thomas Comberbach aged 16 to Boston to inhabit (PRO:E15 7/21)"

"I was persecuted ", he writes " in the land of my fathers sepulchres, f or not bowing at the name of Jesus, and observing other religious cerem onies, forced upon me at the instance of Bishop Wren of Norwich and his C hancellor Dr. Corbet, whose violent measures troubled me in the Bishops C ourt, and returned me to the High Commissioners Court. Suffering many t imes for the cause of religion, I was forced for the sake of liberty of m y conscience to flee from my wife and my children, to go to New England , taking the ship voyage at London, 17th of Sept. 1636, being by tempes ts, tossed up and down the seas til the Christmas following, then veeri ng about to Plymouth in Old England, in which time I met with many sore a fflictions. Leaving with the ship I went down to Yarmouth, in Norfolk c ounty, whence I shipped myself and my family, to come to New England; s ailed 15 April 1637, and arrived 3 days before midsummer, with my wife n ine children and a servant. ". The name of the servant seems to have be en Thomas Comherbach, aged 16. [Manuscript of Hen. Tames Savage] The ab ove extracts were taken from a from a copy of a letter written in Plymo uth Eng. Jan 13 1636, on his voyage hither; directed, " To all true Pro fessors in Christ's Gospel within the City of Norwich". In a postscrip t he remarks, "my enemies conspired against me to take my life, and som etimes to avoid their hands, my wife did hide me in the roof of the hou se, covering me with straw."

History informs us, that one of the charges brought against Bishop Wren , by a committee of Parliament, was, that during the term of two years, f our months, while he held the See of Norwich, " 300 of his Majesties su bjects, many of whom use trafes, spinning, weaving, knitting, making cl oth stuff, stockings and other manufactures of wool, some of them setti ng one hundred poor people at work." " transported themselves to Hollan d and other parts beyond the sea " in consequence of his " superstition a nd tyranny" [See appendix to Dr. Lamson's Historical Discourses]

When he was hauled before the Ecclesiastical Court he expertly quoted a gainst the judges, their own theologians and the Bible itself,but to hi s disgust, "their learned and invincible arguments to refute their asse rtions were these: Blockhead, old heretic, the devil made you, I will s end you to the Devil." Frustration gave way to fear. " Having become a m arked man he had no choice but to flee to America. He counseled with le ss known fellow Puritans to remain in Norwich if they possibly could, a dvising them not to be discouraged --- be chearly --- have patience --- abidith the will of God who worketh all things best for you." A " lovin g brother in exile persecuted for Christ's verity." Michael Metcalf wou ld go out alone and unwilling to the savage land of MA. He w ent with his eyes on England. not America: " O Norwich, The beauty of m y native country, what shall I say to thee". Taken from A New England T own by Kenneth A. Lockridge W.W. Norton and Co 1985 
METCALF, Michael (I1735)
77 "The descendents of Elias Clark say Robert drowned while crossing the Neosho River on ice & that was somewhere near Parsons, Kansas . But an old letter from Garrett Reasoner Jr.'s Granddaughter, Mary Rachel said it was a town up near St. Joseph, Missouri" CLARK, Robert Perry (I42544)
78 "They lived in half way to Columbia Falls in the 1st house after the R. R. track down in the woods towards the river." Hazel Smith Bradeen

"Served in the war of the rebellion and was promoted from captain to major for meritorious service." Co. H., 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment. Wounded 18 Jun 1864 during a charge in the 2nd Battle of Petersburg in the head and arm.

He was a Pensioner of the state of Maine Certificate Number 88,674 for " chr. diarr." (chronic diarreha?) $5.00 per month.

The 1860 Federal Census lists his occupation as a Master mason. 
SMITH, Maj. Harrison Gray Otis (I18391)
79 "used to come down from Boston to visit his mother's grave. He was a j eweler from Boston. He wore a tall silk hat and carried a gold headed c ane. He also wore a diamond necktie pin." Roberta Puffer to Charles K .W. French Benjamin Alonzo Shute acquired his education in the public schools of B oston, and began his business career as clerk in a cutlery establishmen t. By capable and faithful service he gradually worked his way upward u ntil he became the head of the establishment, which he managed successf ully until his retirement from active pursuits in 1870. In 1887 he purc hased a residence in Malden, the home of some of his early ancestors, a nd has since resided here, a respected citizen. On September 12, 1852, M r. Shute married Sophia Drisko, of Addison, Me., a daughter of Haskell a nd Hannah (Cole) Drisko. Mr. and Mrs. Shute have three children — Mary H elen, .Sophia, and Martha Anna. Sophia is the wife of Alfred J. Thompso n, and has three children — Marion, Leonard, and Gordon. Martha Anna ma rried Frederick Drisko, and they have one son, Stanwood Drisko. SHUTE, Benjamin Alonzo (I33259)
80 "Was probably born in the Windsor, MI area and had at least three siblings: Luella (Aunt Lou), Lillian (Aunt Lil) who died in 1924, and Jane (Aunt Jennie) who married Harold Horning. They had no children. Aunt Lou, unmarried, always made her home with the Hornings, living mostly in the Chicago area." WARREN, William Alexander (I42018)
81 "We know very little about her family except that they were 'poor', as Maude said." VANAVERY, Margaret S. (I42019)
82 "While my grandmother, Beulah Faye Barrett, was the daughter of Charlotte Julianna Puffer, She was born in 1913, four years before George Barrett married Charlotte. Grandma didn’t know she wasn’t George’s biological daughter until she was retiring and trying to apply for US Social Security pension and couldn’t find her birth records. She contacted her mother’s sister, Cora (Cora Augusta Puffer), who informed her that the government building containing the birth records had burned in a fire and that George Barrett was not her natural father so that side of the family would not likely be able to assist her. My grandma told my mum that she thought she had remembered her parents wedding but chalked it up to the fanciful imaginings of youth, quite a surprise to get in your 60s!" (Ed Note: As told to me via email from Clarissa Thompson, granddaughter of Charlotte Julianna Puffer Barrett. DMC 1/19/20) BARRETT, Beulah Faye (I41455)
83 "widow of Bolen Green Chitwood" PUFFER, Mary Smith (I34587)
84 "William Ingersoll, the first Ingersoll settler, known as Governor Ingersoll, came to Columbia in 1779 from Yarmouth, Me. He married Elizabeth Knowles; built a house in Epping, then so called, but in the town of Columbia, a little southeast of the corner on what has been known as the Ingersoll farm. ... He with others built a mill which was burned, and the place where it was located is now known as the "Burnt Mill Rips." Was listed in a census he was living there with his daughter Rebecca (Ingersoll) Drisko and her family in 1784 SOUR: @S62@ PAGE: p. 257 SOUR: @S310@ PAGE: p. 129, 141 INGERSOLL, Gov. William (I1973)
85 "William W. Puffer may have been the earliest white settler on Schneider Prairie Peninsula, Olympia, WA. He filed a donation land claim for this acreage on April 17, 1855. Field notes from the original survey of the Griffin area on August 4, 1855 noted Puffer's land claim, with 10 acres under cultivation, and a house. The house was located at about the corner of Sexton Road and Steamboat Island Road. The cultivated area was west of the cabin. However, the Puffer claim was rejected by the Federal Government and not successful." https://steamboatisland.org/schneider-prairie-history

No other records of this William W. Puffer can be found in Washington State records. It's possible that this is William Warren Puffer who died in 1856 in California. ED Note: 5/2/2022 
PUFFER, William W. (I37864)
86 (1,875 items) is comprised of business letters, personal letters, legal documents, and financial records related to an extended family with business and agricultural interests in Massachusetts, New York, Michigan, and South Carolina Source (S279)
87 (Bible records from Sidney W. Puffer, Saxtons River, VT.) PUFFER, Sally (I23655)
88 (Ed Note: According to family history, Colonel James Merritt was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill during the Revolutionary War. I can find no mention of this man in any history of Bunker Hill or the Revolutionary War. You'd think a Col. in the Continental Army who was killed at the most famous battle of the Revolution would be mentioned somewhere? The "History of the town of Bernardston, MA" lists a James Merrett as being a 'six month man' (enlisted for 6 months). DMC ) MERRETT\ MERRITT, Col. James (I9167)
89 (Ed. Note - G.S. reads "Died Sept 15, 1850 Aged 17 Yrs." this would make her birth 1833.) PUFFER, Julia Seville (I19317)
90 (Ed. Note) This is the biological father of Charles Kimball Worcester French. He raped Mamie French then refused to acknowledge the child. As payback, Mamie named him after his father so everyone would know whose son he was. WORCESTER, Charles Kimball (I37090)
91 (Ed. Note: He wrote a letter of condolences to Charles Kimball Worcester French on the death of his mother. Ansel was living at 124 Denver St., Pawtucket, RI at the time. CKW French was living at Bar Mills, ME at the time- DMC) ALLEN, Ansel Willis (I37421)
92 (Ed. Note: I visited with Leslie in the mid 1980s when I visited Columbia to do some research. She was very helpful and kind. Her husband allowed me to look at and copy many very old Columbia records of some of my ancestors - DMC)
(Ed Note: The Columbia Town was burned to the ground and all the old records kept there were lost.) 
SMITH, Leslie Elvira (I37195)
93 (Ed. Note: It is supposed she is a daughter of George, but no proof exists)

"JONATHAN BLISS (1626-1687) was the son of Thomas and Dorothy (Wheatlie) Bliss of Braintree and Rehoboth, Mass. The oft-repeated claim that his wife was MIRIAM HARMON is false. She was, in fact, neither a Miriam nor a Harmon; there is no record of a Miriam Harmon in New England during this period. Jonathan Bliss's wife was almost certainly a daughter of George PUFFER of Braintree, Mass., probably named RACHEL. For a complete discussion of the factors that led to this misidentification and the evidence supporting its correction, see NEHGR 151(1997):32-37." 
PUFFER, Rachel (I1314)
94 (Ed. Note: page 1660 of the N.J. Civil War Record listing "Officers of the United States Navy During the War Period. Appointed from New Jersey." shows an Alfred E. Puffer with the rank of "Landsman" enrolled Sep 17, 1864 and mustered out the same date. He had an enlistment for 2 yrs and shows he deserted June 30, 1865, from a U.S. Receiving Ship at New York. A Landsman was the lowest rank in the US Navy reserved for unskilled labor. After 2 years service a Landsman could be promoted to Seaman. Is this the Alfred E. Puffer?) PUFFER, Alfred Edgar (I16423)
95 (Ed. Note: It is believed that this is the "Timothy" son of Timothy & Elizabeth Cady Puffer found in the Puffer Genealogy book, page 77. As no records exist for a Timothy and he is not mentioned in his father's will I believe he is Elias Timothy.) Accordingly, he is buried at a small farm cemetery in Cranesville, NY, near Amsterdam. PUFFER, Elias (Timothy) (I22633)
96 (Ed. Note: she is put in this family because it is the only Puffer family that fits both dates and places. No record of her birth/parentage can be found.) DMC 08/23/17 PUFFER, Lucy Ann (I43444)
97 (Ed. Note: The 1870 Federal Census for Merrimack, NH shows a Joel Puffer, aged 48, in the county jail. Is this the right Joel?- DMC) The 1850 & 1860 Federal Census for Merrimack, NH shows a Joel Puffer, living on the "Poor Farm" as a laborer. PUFFER, Joel (I20529)
98 (Ed. Note: the Puffer Genealogy book is incorrect in her lineage. It should be William, William, William, William, RICHARD, James, George.) PUFFER, Molly\ Polly (I21754)
99 (Editors note: A John Puffer served in the Maine State Militia, in Capt Nathan Ellis, Jr.'s Company of infantry. They served "for the protection of it's Northern Frontier, from the twentieth day of February, 1839, the time of its rendezvous at Bangor, Maine, to the twenty-second day of April, 1839, when discharged or mustered. " This John is the only Puffer that fits the timeline as to age and location.) (archives.mainegenealogy.net) PUFFER, John (I23664)
100 (Nathaniel3, Israiel2, Thomas Alger1) ALGER, Abraham (I11789)

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