1st upload: Mar16, 2007

Updated Oct 30, 2008: Transcribing errors corrected. Also a few more of my clarification notes added.


A copy of JOTTINGS ON BACON GENEALOGY (three documents) was kindly postal mailed to me in Aug 2004 from Wendy Richards of Mystic, CT.  Where she obtained it I have yet to find out. The following is the result of my retyping (into MS Word) these Jottings as close to the copy I received as I could. However beware that because I am a poor typist, there are words and or phrases that I miscopied.


·          I have purposely attempted to keep the misspellings as in my copy; and to be sure, there are many.

·          I have purposely attempted to keep punctuation and paragraphing as in my copy.

·          Any additions I made such as dates or clarifications are in italics or within brackets [  ].

·          For the reader’s information, I have added photos and maps.

·          Lastly, I added an index of first names of the Bacons mentioned in this document.

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Gerald (Gerry) Bacon King of Cuyahoga Falls, OH -- April 2007.

I am great grandson of Albert Zebina Bacon who was a brother to Ebenezer Carr Bacon, Rev. J.F. Bacon’s father,


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compiled by

Rev, Joseph Fletcher Bacon


Neligh, Nebraska



Lucretia Brockway


     Lucretia Brockway [1818-1874], my mother, was married [27 Oct 1844] to Ebenezer Carr Bacon [1816-1875], my father.


     They settled on a farm at Turnersville, Crawford Co. Pa.  where they lived until April 1st, 1861, and where their children were born. On the 1st of April, 1861, they removed to Colebrook, Ashtabula Co. Ohio, my father having sold the house at Turnersville to a Mr. McMonigal and having purchased the Falsey Philips farm on the east side of the highway just north of the center of Colebrook.  Here my parents lived until the death of my mother on the 13th day of April, 1874 in her 56th year.  The home was then sold.  My father died the next year in June.


My Home


     The children born to Ebenezer Carr Bacon and Lucretia (Brockway) Bacon were as follows: Ebenezer Delos[1845-1853], Joseph Fletcher (myself)[1850-1915], and Ida Lucretia[1855-1874].


     Ebenezer Delos was born in Dec. 1845.  He was drowned in the Chenango River at Turnersville June 17th, 1853.  Some older boys with whom he was allowed to go fishing were in bathing, he with them, he got into deep water, and they were not able to rescue him.


     My sister, Ida Lucretia, was born Dec. 3, 1855.  She died at Colebrook, Ohio, in her 19th year of typhoid fever.  She, my parents, and grand-mother and grand-father Bacon, are buried in the north burying grounds at Colebrook.



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     I was born, June 19th, 1850 at Turnersville, Pa. lived at home until its dissolution on the death on my mother in 1874, excepting while attending the Orwell Normal Institute a number of terms and while teaching and while visiting my uncle Lauren at Wyoming. Del. for 4 months in 1868.  Was married in the summer of 1874, soon after the death of my mother and sister in the spring, to Margaret Elisabeth Shaw of Waterford, Pa.


    From A. H. Bacon [Adolphus H. Bacon] of Philipstown, Ill. who is a son of Dr. Milton H. Bacon, who was a brother of my grandfather, a letter came to hand today, March 23, 1900, giving the following facts about relatives on my father’s side of the house.


     Ebenezer Bacon[1761-1838], my great grandfather was born at Woodstock, Conn.  He participated in the French and Indian war.  He also served in the Revolution under Gen. Washington.


     After the Revolution he married Miss Desire Hough[c1773-1825] and took a colony of 13 families west into New York State where they settled as “Squatters” on 400 acres of land at Unadilla, Otsego Co.

Here he was, for those days, an extensive lumber dealer, owning a number of saw mills.  His family at this time consisted of:


                        Marcus DeLaFayette [c1790-1837]

                        Zebina Fairbanks [c1793-1884]

                        Britania or Bertania



                        Milton Hough [? -1887]


     Lament Bacon was a banker at Chelsea, VT.  Marcus DeLaFayette Bacon was owner and captain of a ship.  He was lost at sea.


     Milton Hough Bacon was a physician of a large practice at Philipstown, Ill.  He died in ’87.


     Brittania lived at Burlington, Vt.


     Henrietta married a Mr. Shaffer.


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     Fanettia married a Smith.  (I met one of her sons in 1893 at Mattoon, Ill.  Another of her sons was a physician at Madison, Wis.)


     A son of Lament Bacon is now a banker at Chelsea, Vt.  His name is John B. [Butler].  A son of John B. is a lawyer at Lincoln, Nebr.  His name is Dana Bacon.


     Zebina Fairbanks Bacon [1793-1884] was my grandfather.  After marring at Unadilla, Miss Eunice Carr of that place, he continued for some years at the business of his father, owning a mill.  Afterwards he moved west by stages, finally stopping in North Eastern Ohio or No. Western Pa. Where the various members of the family married and settled and raised their families.  After leaving Unadilla he engaged in various speculating, traveling at one time for a clock firm, at another was traveling agent and salesman for farming mills.  In this way he acquired a roving disposition and became somewhat dissipated, and did not do much for the home or himself in the later years.  He was a very sturdy man, physically and mentally. My grandmother (Eunice Carr) Bacon was a bright woman and must have been a handsome woman when she was young, for she was a handsome old woman as I remember her.  Their children were as follows: Ebenezer Carr[1816-1875], (my father) – Marcus[1818-1894], Delos, Adolphus[1826-1866], Albert[1834-1876], Cameron, Cordelia[1818-1907], Catharine, and Mariah[1825/6-1878].  Grandmother died in her 72nd year – grandfather, in his 97th.  Both are buried in the north burying ground at Colebrook, Ohio.


     Marcus [1793-1884] married and settled at Williamsfield, Ashtabula Co. Ohio.  He raised a family of 16 children by two wives.  He is dead.


     Delos is living in Minnesota.  Do not know much about him.  He married a Weeks.


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       Adolphus [1826-1866] married Malvina Brockway and was a farmer at Colebrook, Ohio.  He died over 30 years ago.  His wife was sister of my mother.


       Albert [Zebina 1834-1876] was also a farmer at Colebrook.  He died about 20 years ago.  He married a Faulkner.


       Do not know anything about Cameron or Cordelia[1818-1907] only that Cordelia married a Booth.


       Catharine lost her mind in middle life, but while in health raised a family.  Her husband was William Lawyer.  He is also dead.


      Maria[1825/6-1878] married Lauren Brockway, a brother of my mother.  They lived in Wayne, then at Colebrook, O., then for a few years at Wyoming, Del. then at Akron, O. where both died a few years ago, and were brought to the north burying grounds at Colebrook, Ohio for burial.



March 31, 1900

      I received a letter today from John B.[Butler] Bacon, Vice-Pres. of the “National Bank of Orange Co.” at Chelsea, Vermont – a grandson of Ebenezer Bacon, my great grandfather, and a son of Lament Bacon.  He tells me that he had two children by his first wife, Lament and Mary.  Mary Bacon married William Sumner who died in Southbridge, Mass. leaving two daughters.


       These two children, Lament and Mary were born at Woodstock, Conn.


       The first wife of Ebenezer [not Carr] Bacon was, Mary Chandler.


       Lament Bacon moved to Chelsea, Vt. in 1825.   Previous to this he lived for a while at Southbridge, Mass.  He was twice married.  Had seven children.  The two by his first wife.  Christopher Bentley Bacon and Lament Bacon, Jr. migrated to Texas, and are dead.  A daughter of his, a Mrs. Harris, widow of George Harris,


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is living at present at Lincoln, Nebraska.  The Harrises had a family of seven children.  Geo. B. Harris the oldest son lives in Chicago, and is the 2nd Vice Pres. of the C.B. & Q.R.R.  John Harris, another of the sons is a stock broker in Chicago.  Edward and Frederick two other sons live in Omaha, and are in the grain business.  Charles Harris, another son lives in St. Louis and is in the iron business.  Another daughter of Lament Bacon, married a Hatch.  This daughter is now a widow and lives in Chardon, Neb. And keeps house for her brother, J. D. Bacon.  (This J. D. Bacon, son of Lament Bacon and grandson of Ebenezer Bacon, was at one time a banker at Neligh, Nebraska, my present home.)  He is a bachelor.


       John B. Bacon from whom I rec’d the letter, has been twice married, and has two sons.  John L. Bacon, son by 1st wife, is 38 years old, and is, at present cashier and one of the directors of the National Bank of White River Junction Vt. and also Treasurer of the state of Vt.  The other son is by 2nd wife and is 4 years old.  This letter from John B. seems to make it plain that Dana Bacon of Lincoln, Nerb. is not his son, as A.H. Bacon of Philipstown, Ill seems to think.


Hartford, Conn. Apr. 2nd, 1900.

     Was in the old burying ground here at Hartford Conn. Sunday afternoon.  On a monument erected in memory of the settlers of Hartford appears, among others the name of Andrew Bacon.  On investigation I find that he was of a colony that arrived from England about 1630 and settled first in Newton (Cambridge) Mass. but, owing to extreme democratic sentiment, they withdrew from the settlement on Mass. Bay and Vicinity and after a journey of a fortnight, settled here purchasing land from the Indians. Here is one Bacon that was of the Puritans who crossed the


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ocean to this, then, trackless wilderness for the love of political and religious liberty.  He was one of the Selectman of Hartford in 1639, and in 1640 was a member of the General Court, or Legislature.   On the death of Rev. Thos. Hooker who was the leader of the colony and pastor of the ch. (The Old Center Ch.) the church became divided on questions of government and doctrine.  A bitter strife existed for 3 years, resulting in the organization of the 2nd ch. and the withdrawal of a number who went up the river and settled Hadley, Mass.  Andrew Bacon was one of those who withdrew and went with the colony to Hadley.


       While investigating with reference to Andrew Bacon, I saw notice of an Asa Bacon, who resided at Litchfield, who seems to have been somewhat prominent in his time.  A son of his by the name of Francis born in 1820, and also another son by the name of Epaphroditus C. though dying young, became quite noted, both being lawyers.


       But the most interesting to me was the discovery that David Bacon, the missionary, who founded the Christian Colony at Tallmadge Ohio, who was the father of Dr. Leonard Bacon of Yale and of Delia Bacon who investigated and wrote extensively to prove Lord Bacon to have been the author of the plays of Shakespeare; that David Bacon was born at Woodstock Conn. In 1771, which is where my great grandfather Ebenezer Bacon was born.  I conclude that the two may have been related – brothers, or cousins, or in some quite near way.


       A letter just to hand from A. H. Bacon of Philipstown, Ill. gives certain additional facts of interest; to whit, that

       1.   Ebenezer Bacon was three married, his third wife being a Mrs. Cooke, a widow. By this union he had two sons twins, Chas.


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Eugene Bacon and Vincent Bacon.


2.       That Ebenezer Bacon died in Ill. near where Galesburg now stands.  He was wealthy.  His widow survived him, and his estate was administered by Washington Cooke, son of his widow by her former husband, and a prominent lawyer of Cinn., Ohio.


3.       That Ebenezer Bacon was of English parentage and a descendant, he understands, of Lord Francis Bacon.



4.       That my grandfather, Zebina Fairbanks Bacon was born at Unadilla, Otsego Co. N.Y.[see map preceding], June 16th, 1793 and was called Fairbanks after an uncle, Capt. Fairbanks.


5.       That Brittania Bacon married her cousin, Merrick Bacon who was drowned while crossing Lake Champlain.



6.       That the husband of Finetta Bacon was Samuel C. Smith; a son of John Smith of Unadilla, N.Y.


7.       That Marcus DeLaFayette Bacon married the widow of a wealthy lawyer of N.Y. City by whom he had two children, a son and a daughter.  The daughter married a lawyer by name of Chamberlin.


8.       That Milton Hough Bacon pronounced the maiden name of his mother (Hough) Hō [long o] and said that it was sometimes spelled Howe.



Hartford Conn.  Apr. 4th, 1900


       Visited the Historical Room in the upper story of Wadsworth Atheneum here yesterday P. M. to investigate further concerning the Bacons.  Came upon the following facts:


1.       Woodstock Conn. was settled by colony from Roxbury, Mass. first settlement being Apr. 5, 1686.


2.       Thomas Bacon was one of a committee of thirteen sent previously to the settlement, to spy out the country.


3.       In allotting the lands, the first choice fell to Thomas and Joseph Bacon in partnership – a 30 acre lot lying at the north


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end and on the west side Plain Hill, abutting east and north on highways, extending itself over a highway at the west end.  The tenth choice fell to John Chandler.  (My great grandfather’s first wife was Mary Chandler).


4.       Joseph Bacon was 20 years old at this time – Thomas 28.

5.       Thomas and Joseph Bacon lived and died in Woodstock, Thomas being the last of the first settlers to die.  He died at the age of 96.

6.       The records show that, in 1771, Joseph, Johnathan, Benjamin and John Bacon were heads of families in Woodstock; for each had children baptized that year.  David Bacon, son of Joseph and Abigail Bacon was baptized Sept. 15th, 1771. This I take it was the David Bacon of Yale, who founded the Christian colony at Tallmadge, Ohio.

7.       In 1772 Jane, daughter of Ebenezer Bacon of Dudley was baptized at Woodstock.  Dudley was a overflow community from Woodstock, to the north and across the line in Mass.  It was incorporated, June 1st, 1732,  Ebenezer Bacon being one of the first town officers elected.



Hartford, Apr. 4, 1900.


       Called this afternoon on Dr. William T. Bacon, eye and ear specialist, 11 Pratt St., this city, who is a relative of the New Haven Bacons.  He said that their first ancestor in this country was Michael Bacon of Dedham, Mass.  That they though this Michael Bacon was a descendent of a brother of Lord Francis Bacon by the name, Michael.


       Another visit to the Historical Rooms today resulted in a few additional facts.  I was able to trace the line from Michael Bacon of Dedham down to the Thomas Bacon, pioneer of Woodstock,


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as follows: he had a son John.  This John was the father of Thomas which Thomas was ancestor of Dr. Leonard Bacon.


       The records so far a I found, all agree that this first Michael Bacon was born in Ireland.  Also that he brought with him to America four children -  Michael, Daniel, John and Sarah by name.  He came in 1640.


       In my researches I noted a Nathaniel Bacon of Middletown, Conn. and a Nathaniel Bacon of Barnstable, Mass.


       The Nathaniel Bacon of Barnstable seemed to be the first by that name in our country.  He married Dec. 4th, 1642 Hannah Mayo, daughter of Rev. John Mayo.  They had sons as follows: Nathaniel, Samuel, Jeremiah and John.


       Jeremiah Bacon, son of this Nathaniel of Barnstable had a son named, Ebenezer, born March 11, 1698.  This is the first Ebenezer Bacon I have met with, so far, in examining the records, i.e. 1st historically.


       The Nathaniel Bacon of Middletown in the very short genealogical notice that I found, is said to be the son of Wm, Bacon of Stretton, Rutland, Co., England.


 [  New info #1 ( from Dana Majernik{majerdm@yahoo.com Feb.2007}

    I am a descendant of Nathaniel Bacon who was a founding father of Middletown, Connecticut.  His father was erroneously recorded in the early records as William Bacon of Stretton, Rutland, England--but, it has been fairly well established today that William Bacon was the father of Nathaniel Bacon of Barnstable, MA NOT Nathaniel Bacon of Middletown, CT.  We know for certain that Nathaniel Bacon of Middletown, CT was the nephew of Andrew Bacon, who early on lived in Cambridge, MA and who was a founding father of Hartford, CT and Hadley, MA. ]


       So far then, I find four Bacons who cane to America in the earliest days – Andrew, a pioneer of Hartford, about 1630 – Michael of Dedham, Mass. 1640 – Nathaniel of Barnstable, Mass at least as early as 1640 – Nathaniel of Middletown, Conn. 1645 a nephew of Andres of Hartford, and from the same place in England – and possibly George Bacon of Hingham, Mass. 1635.



Hartford, Conn Apr. 5, 1900.

       Another visit to the Historical Library here, this afternoon was not without results.


       1.   Daniel Bacon, son of Michael Bacon, born in Ireland,


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was one of the original proprietors of Woburn, Mass. 1640.


2.       Nathaniel Bacon, a nephew of Andrew Bacon of Newtown, Hartford and Hadley was an important settler of Middletown, Conn.  He was at Hartford for a while.  Whether a relation of Nathaniel Bacon of Barnstable, Mass, I could ascertain.


3.       Nathaniel Bacon of Middletown was from Stretton, Rutland Co. England. [ Not so, see New info #1 ] His father was Wm. Bacon of that place a brother, evidently of Andrew Bacon, pioneer of Hartford.


4.       The sons named in the will (1697) of Nathaniel Bacon of Middletown were, Thomas, John, Andres, and Nathaniel Jr.  The name Nathaniel Jr. was subsequently changed to Thomas (I suppose his brother Thomas had died).  This Thomas is supposed to be the Thomas Bacon of Simsbury.


5.       A grandson Nathaniel Bacon of Middletown John Bacon Jr. (1694) had a son, Ebenezer Bacon born Feb. 4, 1730.  This John Bacon Junior had a son by the name of John, this (3rd) son had a son by the name of Ebenezer.  This last Ebenezer comes to the stage somewhat near the time my great grandfather, Ebenezer Bacon must have been born.  Further John Jr. had a son born 1728 by the name Joseph.  This Joseph Bacon had a son, Ebenezer; which comes even closer to this.  If it be true, as claimed, that my great grandfather was a solder in the Revolution, he was quite likely born somewhere from 1750 to 1760, and that would be the time when this Ebenezer, son of Joseph Bacon could have been born.


6.       Nathaniel Bacon of Barnstable was enrolled there in 1643 as “able to bear arms”.





I also gleaned some facts concerning the Bacons, as follows:


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1.       Sir Francis Bacon, popularly known as Lord Bacon, was born in London, 1561.  He was youngest son of Sir Nicholas Bacon a celebrated lawyer and statesman and Lord Keeper of the Seals for 20 years under green Elizabeth.  His mother was a daughter of Sir Anthony Cooke.  He had a brother by the name of Anthony.  His mother was a warm adherent of the Puritan Church.  He died (1626) leaving no children.


       Daniel Bacon one of the original settlers of Woburn, Mass. was from Ireland (1647).  He removed to Cambridge (1669).  Died 1691.


       George Bacon of Hingham, Mass. is said to have come from London in 1635 at the age of 43.  He brought children with him, Samuel, Susan, and John.  He died in 1642.


       Jacob Bacon a grandson of Daniel Bacon of Woburn, had sons at Roxbury as follows:  Jacob (1680)  Isaac ( 1698)  Ralph (1706).


       Michael Bacon (or Mighill Bacon) brought with him from Ireland in (1640) a wife and the following children:  Michael, Daniel, John, and Sarah.  His son John has sons as follows:  John, Daniel, Thomas, and Samuel.  Dr. Leonard Bacon of New Haven was a descendant of Michael Bacon 1st through his son John.


         A Daniel Bacon was one of the early settlers of West Bridgewater.  He has a nephew at Bilerica, Michael Bacon Jr.  He was made a freeman in 1647.  He is last mentioned at Bridgewater I 1668.  Soon after this he left B. sold to his nephew above mentioned.


       Ancient Bridgewater was eight miles square.  It (the land) was purchased from the Indian Chief, Osamequin (Massasoit) for 7 coats of 1 yds each – 9 hatchets – 8 hoes – 20 knives – 4 moose skins – and 10 yds cotton - $30.00.


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       The house and lot originally assigned to Nathaniel Bacon 1st of Barnstable, was still owned by his descendants when the Otis Papers were written, about 50 years ago.


Hartford, Conn. Apr. 7, 1900.


             I was at the Historical Rooms again today and made careful transcripts of the genealogy of Nathaniel Bacon (1) of Barnstable [son of William Bacon of Stretton, Rutland, England] as given in the Otis Papers Which is as follows:


Nathaniel Bacon of Barnstable, Mass. No. 1


1.       Married (1642) Hannah, daughter of Rev. John Mayo, teacher of church at Barnstable.


2.       Children were: Hannah (1643)  Nathaniel (baptized 1645)  Mary (1648)  Samuel (1651)  Elizabeth (1654)  Jeremiah (1657)  Mercy (1660)  John (1665).


3.       One of the 1st settlers.


4.       House and lot assigned him still in possession of his descendants when Otis Papers written (1661).


5.       He was a tanner and currier by trade, but acquired considerable land adjoining the town.


6.       He built his house (1642) a two story, rectangular structure 22 x 26 ft, 3 rooms below and 3 above, the front room 16 ft. square – chimney of stone, fireplace 8 ft. wide, 4 ft. deep.


       7.   He was deputy to the Colony Court for 13 yrs (1652-1665).  In 1667 he was chosen, Assistant, and elected to that office annually there after until his death.  He was also a member of the Council of War.  He cane to the Colony a poor man and without friends to assist and without the advantages of a good education; but those disadvantages were more than compensated for by his moral integrity and good business habits, his energy and industry.


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He became quite wealthy, and was a prominent man in the Colony.  He was about 60 yrs old when he died.



       In looking over a list of the members of the Mayflower Society in New York, I noticed the name of Gorham Bacon, a descendant of John Alden; also Anna Fosdick Bacon, Francis Bacon, Rosalie Bacon, and William Post, Hawes Bacon, enrolled as descendants of William Brewster.


       An examination of the records of Woodstock, Conn. showed that Eliphalet Carpenter and Mary Bacon were married Apr. 22nd, 1730.  Wonder if this was the widow of Jeremiah Bacon of Barnstable, Mass, who is said in the Otis Papers to have married Eliphalet Carpenter of Woodstock.  Her name however, as given in those was Abigail.  The Woodstock records that I saw today, were clipped from a paper and I question whether they are entirely reliable.   But since the marriage of Eliphalet Carpenter and the widow of Jeremiah Bacon would be apt to take place at Barnstable the home of the widow, the more reasonable supposition is, that there was another Eliphalet Carpenter at Woodstock that married on the above date a Bacon of descendants of Michael bacon of Dedham, who were already residents of Woodstock.





       1.   There was 2 Rev. soldiers, by the name of Ebenezer Bacon the first.


       a.   Enlisted July 10, 1775 – discharged Dec. 19th of the same year, term of enlistment having expired.


       b.   Belonged to 7th Reg. Conn.  Vol. 5th Company under Col. Chas. Webb.


       c.   They served on “The Sound” until Sept. 14th when they were ordered by Gen. Washington to Boston.  There they were assigned



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to Gen. Sullivan’s Brigade on Winter Hill where they remained until the expiration of their term of service in Dec.


       d.   The regiment was reorganized by Col. Webb in 1776. Whether this Ebenezer Bacon, who, I think, was my great grandfather, re-enlisted when the regiment was reorganized, I could nor ascertain definitely; but think he did; for there is a record of his receiving pay in 1781.


       e.   This Ebenezer Bacon appears in the list of Connecticut revolutionary soldiers, residing in New York, who received pensions under the act of 1818.


     The other Ebenezer Bacon is simply mentioned, so far as I saw, as a pensioner under the act of 1818.


There is a Jeremiah Bacon, “Capt of Light House” in the 1st regiment, under Maj. Wm. Hart.



May 8, 1900.


       A letter to hand this morning from Mr. H. Clay Evans, Commissioner of Pensions for the U. S.  Gives the following as the military history of my great grandfather, Ebenezer Bacon in connection with the Revolutionary War: -


       He enlisted in April 1781 and served until in Jan. 1784.  He served as a private to June 1783 when he was promoted to sergeant.  He served under Captains Allen, Wells, and Hopkins, and Colonels Samuel B. Webb and Herman Swift.  He was in the battle of Yorktown.  The place of his enlistment is not in record at the pension office, excepting that of the state, Connecticut.  He applied for a pension May 8 1818, which was grated.  At the time of his application for pension he resided at Unadilla, N.Y.  At the time of said application he was 55 years old.  Subsequently he removed to Illinois.



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       Two or three facts of interest and importance are made plain by the above communication.


       1st.   My great grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary war for 2 years and 9 months.


       2nd.   He must have been born sometime in the year 1763.


       3rd.   He was only 18 years old when he enlisted, only 20 when commissioned.  Am very glad to get the above facts – sorry, however, that there is no record of his place of residence in Conn. at the time of enlistment.  But, if born at Woodstock, and if Lement and Mary his children were also born there, the reasonable conclusion would be that he was living there when he enlisted.



New Haven, Conn. June 4th, 1900.


       Met Prof. Benjamin Bacon of Yale University and his wife this forenoon.  His wife has given a good deal of attention to tracing Bacon connections, but has not yet been able to untangle the snarl at Woodstock.  From her I got this that may help me in tracing my line:


       An Ebenezer Bacon, born 6th Oct. 1722 was admitted to ch. at Dedham, Mass in 1745.  He is said to have moved to Woodstock Conn.   He was the son of Wm. Bacon by his 2nd wife, Experience Howes.  He was a teacher.


       The sons of Michael Bacon 2nd were – Michael, John, Daniel and William: and the sons of this William were – Ebenezer (1722), Daniel (1723), David (1730), and Joseph.



June 4, 1900.


       Visited Yale Library this afternoon with very meager results:  noted this, however, that in 1759 there was a split in the 1st



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ch of Woodstock, the church at Muddy Brook being formed which took records of the 1st ch, and tried to call itself the 1st ch. – that subsequently in 1831 this church also split and the church at No. Woodstock was formed, and this church also swiped the old records.  So, if I visit Woodstock, the records if still in possession of ch at No. Woodstock should be examined.


       I also noticed that an Ebenezer Bacon was received into the church at Canterbury in 1743.


       Also that the name Hough is quite prominent in Woodstock and vicinity annals, one of the pastors of ch. at No. Woodstock was Rev. Lent S, Hough, the 2nd pastor.




June 28, 1900.



       Visited library at Southport, Conn. this afternoon.  Attention was called to an article in Vol. 37 of the “New England Historical & Genealogical Register”, on the origin of name Bacon and the early descendants of 1st by that name, from which I gleaned the following facts;


       1.   Grunbaldus, a Norman gentleman, came into England at the time of the Conquest in company with Wm. DeWarren, Earl of Surrey, to whom he was related.


       2.   He became a resident of the County of Norfolk near Holt.  He had 3 sons, Radulph, Edmund, and Ranulf or Reynolds.  From this Ralph are descended the Bacons.


       3.   Ralph was known as Ralph de Bacons Thorp, taking as was often the case then, the name of his place of residence.  Thorp was the Saxon for village.  Bacons Thorp meant Beechtree village.  He was father of Roger de Bacons Thorp, who was father of Robert.  Robert “assumed the name Bacon” dropping the rest of the patronymic.


8.       The early monumental brasses of the family have effigies



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under trees on them, an allusion to the origin of the family name; and a certain knight by the name, in the reign of Philip III of France, bore for his grims a beech trees.


       5.   Robert Bacon who assumed the name was a person of great power.  He was a cousin of Jeff Ridel, Bishop of Ely in 1174.


      6.   The family became very widely spread through Suffolk Co. Eng. Particularly.



July 5, 1900.


       In Yale Library this A.M. noted in Chandler Genealogy that Mary Chandler married Ebenezer Bacon of Dudley, Mass. first child being born in April 1788.  This fixes residences of my great grandfather at Dudley when married, and date of marriage about beginning of 1787, would say.



July 12, 1900.



       By letter from M. D. Smith of Mattoon, Ill, a grandson of Ebenezer Bacon by his youngest daughter, Fanetta,

I learned that the home of Ebenezer Bacon was on Butternut Creek about a mile southeast of Mt. Upton and about ten miles from Gilbertsville.  In 1850 the place was owned by an Englishman by name of Severn.


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compiled by

Rev, Joseph Fairbanks Bacon


Neligh, Nebraska


Aug 24, 1900.


       Visited North Parish of Woodstock, Conn. this afternoon, and examined records at office of the town clerk, a Mr. Shinner. On page 46, Book of Records of Marriages and Deaths is the following entry.


       Ebenezer Bacon, son of Ephraim Bacon and Sarah Bacon, born Oct.9th, 1761”.  My great grandfather without a doubt.  Found also the following entries of births to Ephraim and Sarah Bacon: -


       Ephraim                Jan.  10, 1740

       A son Moses         Jan.  17, 1742

              Asa Bacon     Sept.   2, 1743

       Benjamin Bacon   Mar. 22, 1746

       Daniel                   July  12, 1747

       Sarah Bacon         Aug. 16, 1751

       Abel                      July  12, 1749

       A daughter

                Jemima        Oct.  11, 1759

       Simeon                 Mar. 19, 1765


       These were the brothers and sisters of my great grandfather so far as there is a record.

       On page 68, same book is following:  “Molly Chandler, dau. of Seth and Ennice Chandler, born July 18, 1764”.  This Molly C. was first wife of Ebenezer Bacon above.


       On page 144 is following: Lement Bacon, son of Ebenezer and Polly Bacon, born Aug. 19, 1789.  In the original record book, which I examined, it is written Lament.



Oxford, Mass. Aug 28, 1900.


        In a history of Oxford, examined this morning, found an account of Luther Bacon who resided here subsequently to 1841 up



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to death in 1870.  He a son of Ephraim Bacon 2nd, or, as I take it a grandson of my great grandfather’s oldest brother.  He was born in Burrillvill R.I. Dec. 1784.  His father Ephraim 2nd died when he was 6 years old, and he was brought up by his grandparents in N.Y. City.  Whether these grandparents were Ephraim 1st and wife not stated.


     Also noticed in Amidown’s Hist. Cole. that an Ephraim and an Enoch Bacon were among the petitioners for organization of Southbridge, Mass.  This was in 1800.  The petition was granted by Gen. Court of Mass. Feb. 26, 1801.  Ephraim and Enoch Bacon being named among the incorporators.  This was first a “Pole Parish”.  In June 1814 Gen. Court was petitioned to allow organization of a town with boundaries defined.  Petition granted, the town was called Smithbridge.    No Ephraim Bacon, only Enoch, among the last petitioners, if this was Ephraim 1st wonder if he had moved to N.Y. City where Luther lived with his grandparents, or had he died.



Aug 29, 1900.

       Met this morning, at Oxford Mass. a Mr. Morris a e & 75, whose mother was a Bacon.  He remembers his father talk about Ephraim Bacon – says that Ephraim was given to saying drell and witty things – that his sayings were often quoted when he was a boy.



Sept 4th, 1900.

       In Court House of Suffolk Co., Mass at Boston following settlement of estate of Ephraim Bacon of Roxbury is recorded: -

       The estate of kind not practical to divide among heirs.  Court grants recommendation to wit – That whole (valued at 850 pounds) pass to possession of his eldest son Ebenezer, on condition



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that he reserve for widow her dower to be used by her while living (she being married again) and to the other children (brothers and sisters of said Ebenezer) their rightful shares in money or its equivalent in value.  The names of the children who were to be thus reimbursed were, Elizabette Child, Susanna Bacon, Mary Bacon,  and Ephraim Bacon.  The date of this settlement is Feb. 20, 1727.  They were to receive 94 pounds, eight shillings and ten pence each on or before the 20th day of Aug. 1728.   Upon the death of their mother, each child to be paid the further sum of 47 pounds, 4 shillings and five pence. Signed by Saml. Sewell.


       The date giving of bond and of latter to widow empowering her to administer the above estate is 1714.


       Also the following is recorded:  In 1724 Ebenezer Edmund, father-in-law, was appointed guardian of Ephraim Bacon who was then about eleven years old. The given name of mother of Ephraim 2nd was Elizabeth.


       It seems plain that this Ephraim Bacon whose property was administered as above was grandfather of my gt. grandfather, the Ephraim for whom guardian appointed being father of my gt. grandfather and that my gt. grandfather was named Ebenezer for the brother who bought out the heirs.  For, Ephraim 2nd was born, as appears above about 1713, and was of age 1734 or 1735 at which time he would be paid his share; and records show that the Ephraim Bacon of Woodstock bought his land there about 1736.


       In library of N.E. Hist. and Gen. Soc. this afternoon, In Roxbury Records (published) in file here, I noticed following “Ephraim the son of Ephraim and Elizabeth Bacon was born the 17th of Feb. 1713.  In the record as published it is spelled, Beacon.  And the following: - “Elizabeth the d. of Ephraim and Elizabeth



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Bacon was born upon the 10th day of May 1701.”  Also Abigail the dau. of Ephraim and Elizabeth Beacon was born 3 July 1703.



Sept 5th, 1900.


At library of N.E. Hist. and Gen. Soc. again this afternoon in pub. Records of Roxbury, Mass. noted as follows:


       1.  Ebenezer child of Woodstock and Elizabeth Bacon of Roxbury married Nov. 30, 1720 by Mr. Thayer.  This the Elizabeth B. mentioned in settlement of Estate of Ephraim B., an aunt of my gt. grandfather.


       2.  Ebenezer Bacon and Jane Everton both of Roxbury married Nov. 13, 1720.


       No mention in Roxbury records of birth of Ebenezer and Susana, children mentioned in settlement of estate of Ephraim Bacon 1st, nor of marriage of Ephraim 1st.  Possibly he married before settling in R. and those children born before.


       Spent this evening in Boston public library.  In “Genealogies and estates of Charlestown” by Wyman, p 43, found the following: John Bacon married Susana Draper Sept. 2, 1668. She died of smallpox Mar. 20, 1678.  He died of the same disease Apr. 7, 1678.  His will, Apr. 6, 1678 confides his dau. to Mrs. Elliott, his sons to Jas. Draper; and gives a boy, Robert Miller 20 shillings.  His children were, John, Aug. 27, 1670 – Susana, Jan 3. 1673 – Ephraim July 9, 1675.  A child name not given died of small pox Mar. 18, 1678.  Here, undoubtedly I have a record of birth of Ephraim 1st, grandfather of my gt. grandfather.  The child Susanna mentioned in settlement of estate of Ephraim 1st, before mentioned was named for his mother and sister.


       In Genealogy Dictionary of New York by Savage, p. 90 I found as follows; Daniel Bacon of Charlestown was an original



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projector of the settlement of Woburn 1640 a son of Michael Bacon – had a brother Michael – was brought from Ireland by his father.  Children born at Woburn were, Thomas, Apr.13, 1645 – John, Sept 8, 1647 – Isaac, Apr. 4, 1650 – Rachel, June 4, 1652 – Jacob June 2, 1654 – Lydia Mar. 6, 1656 – Daniel.  He removed about 1669 to Cambridge (now Newtown), died Sept. 7, 1691.  John Bacon son of this Daniel borne 1647 was undoubtedly John father of Ephraim 1st.  That is, my gt. gd. father’s gt. gd. father.  So then it seems to be settled conclusively

 [JFB later retracts this conclusion, see Original document #2 pages 19, 22 & 23; Sept 24, 25 & 27, 1900 entries] that Michael Bacon of Dedham, Mass (1640) who came from Ireland with 3 sons, Michael, Daniel & John and a dau. Sarah, was my first Bacon ancestor in America.  The will of Michael 1st is dated Apr. 14, 1648, and was probated following spring (See notes of Sept. 18th, 1900).  The New Haven Bacons are descendants of John, 3rd son of Michael 1st.  His eldest son Michael, lived at Woburn, then moved to Billerica 1678 where he died July 4, 1688.  The children of Michael 2nd were, Mary 1661 and Sarah 1663, Abigail 1666. Children of John 1st were: - John 1656, Rebecca 1658, Daniel 1661, Samuel 1665, Thomas 1667, Mary and Susanna.  He died 1683.


Sept 6th, 1900.


       At library of N. E. Hist. And Gen. Soc. this A.M. examined published records of Woburn, Mass.  On page 13 the following:

       Thomas, son of Daniel Bacon, born Apr. 13, 1645

       John, son of Daniel and Mary Macon, born Sept. 8, 1647

       Isaac, son of Daniel Bacon, born Apr. 4, 1650


       Michael 2nd had son Michael who married at Woburn, Sarah Richardson, Mar. 22, 1660.  His children being daughters, name ended with him in his line; that is, children of Michael 3rd were daughters.  Michael 2nd moved to Billerica.


Gleaned from History of Woburn by Sarah Sewall that: Woburn a grant of land to Charlestown (1640) and was called



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Charlestown Village for about 2 years.  Charlestown most ancient town in Mass. excepting Plymouth, Salem and Dorchester was settled 1629,


       In the Courthouse, Boston, this afternoon, I found the will (original document) of Michael Bacon of Dedham, the father of Michael, Daniel and John.  Owing to the character of the writing I did not have time to read it in full, but saw it sufficiently to note that Daniel was his 2nd son.  Will was made in 1649.  He signed by his mark.  If have more time will read it carefully someday (See notes of Sept 18th, 1900 & Sept. 20th, 1900).



In Frothingham’s history of Charlestown (library of N.E.H. & G.Soc.) it stated that Michael and Daniel Bacon with thirty others, most of them already inhabitants of town, met Dec. 18, 1640 at house of Thos. Graves in Charlestown and agreed upon a series of town orders for Woburn and signed the document.


       In Wyman’s estates and Genealogies of Charleston, noted further, that, in the estate of John Bacon, father of Ephraim 1st, James Draper and Samuel May of Roxbury are given as parties, who were sureties for the executors.  James Draper was grandfather of the children, John, Susanna and Ephraim, and the person to whom the father in his will committed the boys for care.  In this way they undoubtedly came to live at  Roxbury.  In confirmation of this I also noted John 2nd mentioned as selling property at Roxbury implying his residence there.


Haverhill, Mass.

Sept. 7, 1900.


       Dropped into public library here a while this afternoon.  Examined published records of Dedham, Mass. and happened upon he marriage of Ephraim Bacon 1st in following terms:  “Ephraim Bacon



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and Elizabeth Grigs [Griggs], both of Roxbury, were married 28 day of Aug. 1700.”


       In Sewall’s History of Woburn (Boston Pub. Library) page 592 saw following:  Daniel Bacon, son of Michael of Dedham, one of original settlers of Woburn, married Mary Reed of Bridgewater, by whom he had six sons – Thomas, John, Isaac, Jacob, Daniel and John, and two daughters – Rachel and Lydia.  About 1669 he removed to Cambridge village, now Newton where he died Spt. 7, 1691.


       Why two sons by the name of John, I wonder?


       The above is especially interesting because of name of person whom Daniel married, Mary Reed.



Sept. 17, 1900.


       At library of N.E.H. & G. Society a while today, and made careful investigation of the Daniel Bacon who was at Bridgewater from 1647 to 1669.  Evidence is conclusive that he same as the Daniel of Charlestown and Woburn.  The history seems to have been – He lived at Woburn till 1647, during which time 3 children were born, Thomas, John and Isaac.  Moved to Bridgewater about 1647 which was about time of settlement of B.  Lived at B. till 1669 when he sold to his nephew Michael Bacon Jr. of Billerica, and the family removed to Cambridge where he resided till his death.



Sept. 18th, 1900.


       Spent part of afternoon (day rainy) in office of probate at Courthouse, Boston.  Examined carefully the will of Michael Bacon.  Saw no evidence that he had more than one daughter.  Would have copied the will, but found it so very difficult to read the very straight style of the writing, that I gave up the attempt  (See notes of Sept 6th, 1900 & Sept. 20th, 1900).



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       Looked again over the records of settlement of estate of Ephraim Bacon 1st.  Noted in addition to what had seen before that, Apr. 13, 1728 Ephraim Jr. (minor) petitioned the court that his brother Ebenezer (being then of age) be appointed his guardian, which petition was granted by Judge Seawall on same day: viz. Apr. 13, 1728 “being the first year of the reign of our sovereign, Lord George the second.  The petition begins as follows: “Know all men by these present – That I, Ephraim Bacon, a minor aged about 14 years, son of Ephraim Bacon late of Roxbury, husbandman, deceased, have named, ordained and made, by these presents do put and constitute my brother, Ebenezer Bacon of or near Woodstock, husbandman, to be my guardian with full power and etc.  This is of special interest because it locates the two brothers at Woodstock at this time, where my great grandfather was born.


        N.E.H & G. Library – Dudley town records, Vol. 2, p. 74.  Perambrelation [maybe meant Perambulation] between Woodstock and Dudley, Apr. 26, 1763.  Nathaniel Child one of the select men of Woodstock and Eliphalet Carpenter by appointment met Phineas Mixer and Ezra Cenant selectmen of Dudley at the Southwest corner of Dudley at a heap of stones in Ephraim Bacon’s stone wall, formerly Eliphalet Carpenter’s hedge fence etc.  This is important as it gives location of Ephraim Bacon’s home, which was, quite likely, where my gt. gd. father was born.  The place was in northwest corner of Woodstock, or southwest corner of Dudley, evidently.  As record of his family in Woodstock, the former is most likely true – that is that he resided at northwest corner of Woodstock.



Court House E. Cambridge

Mass.,         Sept. 19, 1900.




       Spent couple hours here examining records.  In Vol. 3; p. 375



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is recorded deed of land and buildings in Cambridge Mass. by Gregory Cooke to Daniel Bacon of Bridgewater, Plymouth Colony.  Date of purchase is June 15, 1668.  Daniel Bacon is designated as, Taylor, consideration, 105 pounds.


     In Vol. w p.95 deed by Nathaniel Stedman of Boston, County of Middlesex, New England, husbandman, to Daniel Bacon of Bridgewater in the jurisdiction of Plymouth Colony, taylor, to 20 acres of land at Cambridge, Middlesex Co., consideration ten pounds in hand and note for twenty pounds.  The date of the instrument is in  following language – “In witness hereof I the said Nathaniel Stedman have hereunto put my hand and seal this sixteenth day of July in the year of our Lord Good, one thousand six hundred sixty eight, and in the twentieth of the reign of his Majestic, Charles the Second, by the Grace of God, of England, Scotland, France, and Ireland, King, etc.”  Following the signatures of Mr. and Mrs. S. both of whom signed by a mark, is the following postscript.  “This witnesseth that I, Daniel Bacon the above named grantee do acknowledge that the one moyty ot half part of the above granted premises is by me purchased with the legacy that was given by Thomas Reed, my father-in-law, for the benefit and behoofe of my children by his living wife Mary his daughter, and I do hereby accordingly assign the said moyty or half part hereof to her and remain after the decease of myself and my wife to them, their heyres, and assignes forever, is to be divided among them in such wise as the last will of their grandfather and nominated and appoynted.  Witness my hand and seal July 16, 1668.  In presence of Daniel Bacon & Seale – Thomas Danforte Assistant.”


       In Vol. 10, Records, Middlesex Co., Mass. is recorded, p. 577 to 578 deed by Daniel Bacon to his son John of parcel of land



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on So. Side Charles river in Watertown containing 5 ½ acres.  This instrument begins as follows: “To all people to whom these presents shall come, greeting, Know ye that I, Daniel Bacon, of Cambridge in New England, Yeoman for sumery causes me hereunto moving & more particularly in observance of the last will and testament of Thomas Reed, late of Colchester in the County of Essex, in Old England, deceased, with reference to my children by my wife Mary Bacon daughter of the said Thomas Reed have given, granted, & etc. – Daniel Bacon signs by name, - Mary B. by mark. The date is Feb. 4, 1678.”


       Vol. 4 P. 178 – Deed of Michael Bacon, Jr. of Woburn to Daniel Bacon, Sr. of New Cambridge.  Deed to this property given in consideration of property at Bridgewater received in exchange for same.  Date of instrument, Nov 29, 1670.



Sept. 20, 1900.


Spent part of yesterday afternoon and most of this afternoon, (5 hours in all) at Court House in Boston reading and copying the will of Michael Bacon 1st. Resuts[Results] gratifying  (See notes of Sept 6th, 1900 & Sept. 18th, 1900).  The following is a copy of said will:

       “This present writeing bearing date the fourteenth daye of the second month, 1648, doth declare that I Michael Bacon of Dedham in the Countie of Suffolk, New England do order and make this my last will and testament for the disposall of that portion of outward estate that Good in his goodness hath bestowed upon me; in manner and forms following.


       First, I give and bequeath unto Michael Bacon, my eldest sonne on lipped pott ------- silver, spoones, these to be delivered to him after my decease by my executor, Allso I give and bequeath to him my stuff coate and my stock.



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       Item.  I give and bequeath unto Daniel Bacon my second sonne the beste kowe and beste steere that shall be mine at the time of my decease, Always providing that it shall so fall out that the said kowe or steere be not out upon hyer at the time of my decease – then my will and mind is that at the end of the tearme of the hyer they shall be delivered unto the same sonne, Daniel his heirs or assigns by the hand of my executor.  Or, in the case of losse of said cattell or deth of them by casualtie, my said executer shall make it good.  Also I give and bequeath unto my sonne Daniel my best iron kettle and three penter dishes of the middle sort in value.  Also further I give unto my sonne Daniel my beste coate and my wives beste gowne.


       Item.  I give and bequeath unto John Bacon my third sonne and his heirs forever all my piece of upland commonly called the twelve acre lott, together with all the buildings, fences and all other improvements there upon.  Allso that pcel of meadow land thereunto adjoining.  Also to John my said sonne and to his heirs forever, I give four acres of meadow lying in ffowle meadow in Dorchester, and also all those my woodlands and swamps formerly granted to me by the towne of Dedham excepting that swamp that lyes on the north of Charles river.  Also I give to my sonne John aforesaid my beste ffeather bedd except one and two pillowse and tow pillow biers thereunto belonging, one blanket and the beste coverlet except one, one payer of --- fine ope seamed sheetes, my bigg pot, and one trammel.


       Item.  I give and bequeath unto Sarah Bacon my beloved daughter and to her heirs lawfully begotten of her body all that my tenement wherein I now dwell, together with all the houses, ffences and all other emprovements thereupon and the appurtenances



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thereunto belonging -----.  More also, seaven acres of meadow in Broad Meadow, and two acres of that my pcell of six acres, in - - - - meadow aforesaid, which isto be evenly divided from the other four acres formerly in this my will given to my sonne John.  More allso, four acres of carable land lying upon the greate playne which I lately purchased of Richard Ellice.  More also, That pcel of wood land that I formerly  purchased  of Edward Cullver.  And my will and mind is that, if I shall come to pass that Sarah my said daughter shall decease without leaving issue as before said, that then all my - - - herein formerly given her shall at the end of one whole years after her decease return to the possession of my two sonnes Daniel and John and their hiers forever, to be equally divided between them.  And if the said Sarah my daughter shall bear issues that shall not live to the age of eighteen years, it shall return as before said to my two sonnes at the end of one whole yeare after the deceased of said issue.  But if her issue shall live to attayne of eighteen years the age then this my gift shall be of full force to them and their hieres forever.  More also.  I give to Sarah my said daughter all my cattele not formerly disposed of, my swine living or dead at the time of my decease.  More also, I give to Sarah  my daughter, and her hiers forever all that my household stuffe not herein formerly bequeathed together all those my - - - - - or instruments of husbandry to them - - - - - yet reserving the corne then in the ground and debts due to me at the time of my decease to the use of my executor.  Allso more, I give to Sarah my said daughter and her hiers forever that my - - - - - - - - the iland - - - - -.


       Item.  I give and bequeath unto Thomas Bancroft, my sonne in law twenty shillings to be paid to him or his assigns in current



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Countrey paper by my executor within on whole yeare after my decease.


       And I do hereby assigne and appoint John Bacon my sonne aforesaid to be my sole executor for the full pformence of this my last will and testament, and for the payeing and receaveing in of all my debts, and for the decent domely buryeing of my body in Christian burial, unto whom also I hereby all my goods whatsoever not herein formerly disposed of.


       In witness whereof that this indeed is my true intent according as is herein expressed, I the said Michael bacon first above mentioned doe subscribe with my own hand and affix thereunto my seal.


In presence of John                                                                                         Sign

Kingsbery, Ebeazer Dusher,                                                                     Michaell   X  Bacon

Daniell ffisher


       The following is the signature of John Bacon as it appears on the appraisers statement filed along with the above will:



     All references to Michael Bacon 1st that I have seen in town histories and genealogical works claim that he brought 3 sons and a daughter with him to America.  The above will show conclusively that there where two daughters.   On glancing again at the Dedham records in historical library here I noticed that Thomas Bancroft and Alice Bacon were married Jan. 31, 1647o.s. .  Also that she died Jan. 29, 1648o.s. .


     I noticed also that Sarah Bacon and Anthony Hubbard were married Feb. 14, 1648o.s. , which was the very day Michael Bacon made his will.


       I also noticed that Alice Bacon died Feb. 2, 1648.  I take it that this Alice Bacon was wife of Michael 1st and that the



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Alice that married Bancroft was the eldest daughter and was named for her mother.


       I also noted that Michael Bacon 1st died Feb 18. 1648o.s. , which was four days after he made the above will.



Sept. 21, 1900.


       In “Pioneers of Mass” by Pope, N.E.H.S. library, saw, today, that Michael Bacon 1st came from Ireland with Sam’l cooke and John Smyth.  His wife who arrived in Dedham, Mass. before him, was admitted to church July 17, 1641.  She died in 1647.



       Noticed also that to Thos. Bancroft and wife, Alice was born, Jan 11, 1648, a son called Thomas.  Also then a Thomas Bancroft died Jan. 24, 1648.  Death of child was five days before that of its mother and death of mother four days before that of grandmother.



Court House, E. Cambridge.


       In probate office found inventory of Estate of Daniel Bacon, Sr. on file, also bond given by his sons, Daniel and Jacob as administrators.  Inventory dated Sept. 7, 1691.  Wording of beginning of bond sounds odd today.  Begins this way:  “Know all men by these presents that we Daniel Bacon and Jacob Bacon of New Cambridge as principals and Michael Spencer and Sam’l Gibson both of Cambridge, sureties, all in County of Middlesex in New England, do own and acknowledge ourselves to owe and stand justly to our Sovereign Lord and Lady, King William and Queen Mary of England & etc. defenders of the Faith, their heires and successors, in the full sum of two hundred and forty pounds.”


       Will of John Bacon, on file at Court House, E. Cambridge, Mass.


       “This first of April, one thousand six hundred and seventy



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and eight of john bacon in the Matachuset Colony in the County of Midlesex in Charlestown, being weak in body but right in my understanding, sound in memory, do commit my soull to god the Christ, and my body to be desently buried and being of a disposing mind, doe after all my debts are payed do will and bequeath my eldest sonne john a dubl portion of my estatt, and the older children an equal proportion.  My desire is that my daughter may bee put to Mistris Eliott of Roxbury to be brought up in the feare of god, and that my two sonnes bee left at my fathers dispoas to bee brought up in the feare of god and in what calling shall be thought fitt and I do impour and apoynt my honored father james draper of dedham to bee my sole exequtor to whom I comitt all power and trust of this my last will and testament and I do desire my living friends good man penta cost and with joseph linds to be the over seers of this my last will and I do desier that twenty shillings be given to my boy Robert Miller to this my last will and testament I have here to sett my hand and seall


In presence of us

Thomas Brigden                                                                                                   John Bacon  x  his mark

Samuell Hunting


       In Vol. 5 p. 308, Reg. of Deeds office E. Cambridge, is recorded a transfer by Bridget Winds of Charlestown to John Beakon conditions.  Date of instrument 1675, Oct. 11th.  Instrument signed by Bridget Winds, John Beakon, John Draper, and Samuel May.  This Bridget Winds called an Aunt in the document, Bacon agrees to pay her ten Shillings a month for her use, and see that she has good burial, also care for her while she lived.



Sept. 22, 1900.


       Made copy of the above mentioned instrument, this forenoon, as follows:



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       “To all christian people to whome these presents shall come.


       Bridget Wines of Charlestown in the County of Middlesex in New England, sendeth greeting.  Know ye that the said Bridget Wines being the relict and sole executrix and administratrix to and on the estate of her husband, ffaintnot Winds, formerly of Charlestown aforesaid, as by his last will and testament may appear, for divers, causes and severall weighty reasons thereunto moveing her, hath given, granted, alienated, bequeathed, made over, conveyed and delivered and by these presents doth absolutely, freely, and upon serious consideration and deliverate consultation, give, grant, alien, bequeath, make over, convey and deliver unto her kinsman, John Beakon of Charlestown in the County aforesaid, and to his heyres, executors, and administrators, and his or their assigns, the house and homestead given and bequeathed unto her the said Bridger Winds by her said husband, faintnot winds as his decease, together with the fencing standing upon the said land or homestead, and all utensills and moveables being and contayned in the said house, and all privilegeds and benefits unto the said housing or land in anywise apperteyneing or belonging.  To have and to hold the said housing and land with the fencing and moveables of what kind and whatsoever, unto him the said John Beakon, his heyres, executors, administrators and assignes forever.  To which end the said Bridget Winds by these present doth promise, covenant and grant to and with the said John Beakon, that before and until the ensealing of these presents, she is the true and proper owner of the premises, and that hath in herselfe full power, good riget and lawfull authourity the premises to grant, alienate, give, bequeath, make over, convey and deliver as



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above said, and doth also affirme that he premises now are and forever henceforth shall be continud and remayne free and cleare, and freely and cleerly acquitted, exonated and discharged of and from all manner of other, are former gifts, grants bargaines, sales, leases, assignments, mortgages, wills, intailes, judgements, executions, seizures, or any other claimes or incumbrances whatsoever, that so ye said John Beakon and his heyres and as aforesaid may use and occupie the premises and bequietly and firmly and peaceably possessed thereof in a firm and lawful tenur which and which only is the true meaning and propper intent of these presents, for the manifestation whereof the said Bridget Wines doth covnt and obligt herselfe at all times to do and performe any such act of acts thing or things as the law doth require, or may be though needful or convenient for the settlement, establishment or sur makeing of the premises to and upon the said jno Beakon, his heyres, executors, administrs

and assigns as is above said.  Ffor and if consideration of which housing land and moveables above mentioned, being the whole estate of the said Bridgett Wines, given, granted, alienated, bequeathed, made over, conveyed and delivered unto him as above said the said Jno. Beakon doth bi nd and oblige himself, his heyres, executors, admestratrs unto the said Bridget Winds for the true and faithfull performance and observance of these following articles:


       Impimis – That he shall and will have and execute a due and tender care of and over his aunt the said Bridget Wines in her aged and crazed condition, tendering her therein in the time of her health and finding her such convenient tendance and other necesearyes in the time of her sickness as her weake and infirme condition may require or call for from time to time.



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       Item:  The said Jno Beakon by these presents doth also acknowledge himself to pay or cause to be pyd unto his said aunt, Bridget Wines ten shillings y month in current money of New England for and during the term of her naturall life, which said money is to be at her sole disposing, and to be expended for such things as may be for the supply of her necesiety and comfort.


       ffinally,  The said Jon Beakon doth faithefully promise and sollemly covent to and with his said aunt that when it shall please the Almighty God in whose hands are all our lives, and who knows the number of our days, to remove her out of this world by death that he will be carefull that she shall be buryed and interred after a comely and decent manner.


       To the performance and observacion of every and singular which articles contracted and agreed by John Beakon of the towne and county named above (viz the payment of ten shillings y mo. In current coyne of New England from the day of the date of the date of these presents unto the day of the death of the aforesaid Bridget Wines, the provisions of careful tendance for her in sickness or health during the term of her life, and discharge of all other such charges as can be discharged by and with the aforesaid ten shillings y mo. and the discharge of funerall rites and charges aforesaid), James Draper and Samuell May both of Roxbury in the County of  Suffolk, New England, do also owne and acknowledge themselves to be bound and obliged unto the aforesaid Bridget Windes, as also their several and respective heyres, executors and administrators.


       In acknowledgmt of every and singular which premises the parties above named to their respective obligations have hereunto set their hands and affixed their seals, the 1st day



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of Oct. one thousand six hundred seventy five.


                                                                                                        Bridget Wines, her mark and seal

                                                                                                        John Beakon & seale

                                                                                                        James Draper & seale

Signed, sealed and delivered                                                           Saml May & seal

in presence of

John Gore

John Douse



                                                                       Thomas Danforth


       Notice on record, this afternoon, at Courthouse, Boston, that Ebenezer Bacon had 180 acres of land near Woodstock ( then Suffolk Co,) deeded to him by a Mr. Healy of Newton, for which he paid 250 pounds.  This elder brother of Ephraim 2nd, one for whom, I suppose, my gt. gd, father was named.



Sept. 24, 1900.


     Mrs. Wines appearing in preceding document as aunt to John Beakon has let me to make further inquiry to determine how said relationship came about. Went to East Cambridge this morning to examine records, there, found will of Faintnot Wines on file, also on record at probate office, Court House.  One clause of will bequeaths 5 shillings each to the 3 children of his cousin, Elizabeth Harsuett, now wife of - - - Pope: viz, John Bacon, Ephraim Pope Elizabeth Pope.  Will is witnessed by James Cary & Ellinor Cary. On culting records of 1st ch. Boston, at N.E.H. & G.S. library I find that John Bacon, son of Ann Pope was baptized 18th of 8th month (Oct. 8, N.S.) 1657 and that he was 13 year old when baptized; also that Ephraim Pope and Elizabeth Pope were baptized same day.  This Ann P. would seem to be same as the E.P. in the will, but, Why Elizabeth in one place and Ann in the other?  This discovery makes it extremely doubtful if the John Bacon of Charlestown was a Son of Daniel 1st as I have come to believe [see Original document #2 pages 5, 22  & 23; Sept 5, 25 & 27, 1900 entries].



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Sept. 25, 1900.

Will of Faintnot Wines.


       Probate Records, Vol. 2. p. 229 Court House, East Cambridge, Mass.


       “The last will and testament of ffaintnot wines of Charlestown, made the first day of Septemb.  In the yeare siten hundred sixty three, being at present well and in health of body and sound in mind and understanding, blessed be God, calling to mind the frailty of this my last will and testament as hereunder followeth.


       Imp.  I bequeath my soul into the hands of God who gave it, and my body to be buried civilly in the earth when it came, for my outward estate I desire, firstly, that all my just and reall debts may be duly payd chiefly what is due to Jno Tucky.


1.       Nextly my will is and hereby do declare my now beloved  wife Bridget Wines to be executrix of this my last will, and that shee do truly pay out of my estates, and really performe all and every such gift or legacies as I shall here by give or bequeath unto my friend or relation mentioned underneath.


       2.  I give and bequeath unto the five children of my cuzon Nicholas Hodsden viz:  The children he had by my cozen Hester Wines twenty five shillings, viz, unto each child 5 shillings.


       3.  I give unto the three children by my cozen Elizabeth Harsnett now wife unto - - - Pope, viz, John bacon, Ephraim Pope and Elizabeth Pope fifteen shillings, viz. five shillings unto each child.


       4.  I give unto my brother Daniel wines one sute of apparel some one of my wearing garments after my decease.


       5.  I give unto my cozen Peeter Churchman his two children,



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ten shillings, viz unto each child five shillings


       6.  I give and bequeath unto my wife Bridget Wines my now dwelling house and outhousing with all the ground thereunto belonging, situate and being in Charlestown with all the household stufe and moveable goods therein or unto me anywise belonging.  And also one cow common included within the stinted pasture of Charlestown, and also a smale splatt of upland ground near unto Richard Stowers on Mistick side, and whateverelse is really mine or appertaines to my estate.  (Except what is already given asaforesaid)  I give all unto my now wife to have and to enjoy the same unto her and at her disposing to her for lifetime, and at her decease to give it unto whome shee shale, only in the Lord.  Also my desire is that my loving friends Richard Kettle John Cuttler will please to oversee that this my last will be duly performed.                 1663


Signed and sealed in                                                                                        ffaintnot Wines

ye presence of

James Cary  x                                                                                                        his mark              

Ellner Cary  x


       Charlestown 20-4-1665 sworn in Court by the Winess subscribed ye above named testator being of sound judgment and memery sealed and declared this instrument his last will and testament and that they know of no other.


Entered & Recorded                                                                                 Thomas Danforth R.

June 20, 1665

     Thomas Danforth, Recorder


       The above will, I think, indicates plainly that John Bacon mentioned as child of Elizabeth Pope was same as John Bacon of deed already copied, for I understand by Mr. Tranlaw who is in charge of N.E. H. &  G. Library that, in those days cousin usually meant what we now understand as nephew or niece.  If they the same, then the boy, John Bakon,  baptized in the 1st Ch. Boston, as before



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noted, was my ancestor, instead of John Bacon, son of Daniel, born at Woburn 1647, as I had come to believe, [see Original document #2 pages 5, 19 & 23 ; Sept 5, 24 & 27, 1900 entries] now, who was father of this John Bacon, is next question.



Sept. 26, 1900.


     At library of N.E. H. &  G. Society in Mass. Hist. Coll. Vol. 6 Fifth Series (Seawall Papers Vol. 2) page 53 I find following:


       Feb. 22, 1702  “This day Goodwife Pope died.”


       Feb. 25  “Goodwife Pope is buried.  Captain Byfield and I and the select men, and about 12 women there; Cowel, Wheeler, Colef & etc, one or two Bacons, her grandsons, followeth next.”


       The most persistent search today, has failed to reveal the existence in Boston or vicinity of the father of John Bacon.  The Pope genealogy, as published simply states that Ephraim Pope married widow, Ann Bacon, but does not give date of marriage, nor date of birth of two Pope children Elizabeth and Ephraim.



Sept. 27, 1900.


       Have given most of day to an attempt to ascertain the true name (Christian) of Goodwife Pope, designated in will of Faintnot Wines as Elizabeth, but in published record of old at. Ch. of X, of Boston as Ann, also in Pope genealogy as Ann.  No evidence to confirm either.  The record of  her death copied from Sextons Bills, on file in office of City Registrar calls his Goodwife Pope same as she’s mentioned in Sewall Diary; and copied record on file as above date of her funeral, Feb. 23, 1700, which is two years earlier than date in Sewall Diary, a mistake undoubted on part of record as copied and on file.  The Sewall Diary would be apt to be correct; Nor have I found anything today that throws any light upon the father of John Bacon.  My impression is, that



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Savage is wrong in assuming that Daniel Bacon of Charlestown was a son of Michael 1st and identical with Daniel of Woburn, Bridgewater, and Cambridge.  Daniel of Charlestown may have been father of this John of Boston and may have died early, hence no further mention of him.  But if this John was 1st son, his father’s name was quite likely, John, for it was the custom in the family that prevailed down to 1800 to name oldest son after the father.  My feeling is that the name of this John Bacon’s father was John. which John may have been a brother of Daniel of Charlestown, and possibly a brother of Michael of Deedham and William of Salem, and that the four brothers came to America at or about the same time; viz 1635-1640.  This however is mere conjecture.  [see Original document #2 pages 5, 19 & 22 ; Sept 5, 24 & 25, 1900 entries]


       My impression is that Elizabeth was the name of John’s mother and not Ann.  This for the reason that Faintnot Wines calls her Elizabeth in his will, and her daughter by Pope (quite likely her 1st daughter) was named Elizabeth and that a mistake was made either when her name was entered upon the records of the church or by the person who copied the Ch. records for publication.  May have been Ann Elizabeth.


     My impression further, is that John Bacon was her first and only child by her 1st husband for the reason that his having been born in 1644 and she not having died till 1702 require that her age at the time of death be 79 years or that she be born in 1623.  Quite likely she was not older than that.  This also is more conjecture.  There may have been Bacon children earlier than 44 that died.  [see Original document #2 pages 5, 19 & 22 ; Sept 5, 24 & 25, 1900 entries]



Sept. 28, 1900.

Will of Ephraim Pope, Jr.  Probate Records, Volt 6, p 410, Court house, Boston.


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       Following is copy of disposition in will of Ephraim Pope, son of Ann or Elizabeth Bacon Pope, half brother of John Bacon of Boston and Charlestown:


       “Ephraim Pope sent for me, James Everell by John Magee the 2d Ephraim lying sick of the small pox, when I came to him hee he sent for me to make his will and to dispose of what hee had for hee though that hee should not live.  And being very weak but of a good and sound memory hee disposed of what estate he had as followeth, he gave his mother some part of his bedding as should bee most convenient for her, and what his gun should be worth, hee gave to his sister a great bible and to Goody Webster his landlady two chests, hee gave to Goodman Webster one coate, and to his son Thomas Webster hee gave him a coate, and to the first church of Christ in Boston he gave his part of the hundred pound that is in Arthur Masons had which hundred pound the Deacons of the first Church of Boston received the rent of for maintaining of his mother.  And he said hee thought that money that was left with James Everell hee thought was spent, but if after his funerall charges and expenses in his sickness and Goodman Belkmaps and James Everell was paid for their trouble about his father and himself – if there was anything left, it should be divided between his mother and sister.” 



James (x) Everell    Their

John    (J) Magee     marks

Sarah  (m) Magee      (  )


       James Everell, John and Sarah Magee, the three witnesses subscribed, made oath before Simon Bradstree, Esq. Depty Governor, and Edward Tyng, Esq. 14th  Apr. 1679, that they were present with Ephraim Pope and did leave him publish the above written to bee a declaration of his minde concerning his estate hee should



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leave behinde him, and that hee was then of a disposing minde to their beste understanding, And power Administracon was, at the same time, granted of the said estate unto Mr., Robert Sanderson and Henry Allen Deacons of the first Church of Christ in Boston, to administer the said estate according to the within disposition”.

                                                                                                             Isa, Addington, Clerk.


       The above is a copy of the instrument as recorded; not made from the original document.  Did not see the original.


       It will be seen by the above that some circumstance between Ephraim P. Jr. and his father had occurred since trouble to Belknap and Everell. The will of his father, who had died previous year, made 27th Jan, 1675, recorded Vol. 6 p. 218, left all his estate to the two children, this Eph. and his sister, and did not so much as mention his wife.  Evidently some trouble.  Wonder if the trouble referred to in will of Ephraim Jr. that above parties had been to was what they had done in adjusting matters in the family.

       Noticed also at probate office, Boston, petition 23d March, 1723, of Ebenezer Bacon, son of Ephraim of Roxbury.  That John Carey, Roxbury, be appointed his guardian.  E.B. mentioned as about 17 years old.  This gives his date of birth sometime in 1706 or 1707 and makes him six years older than Ephraim Jr.  Petition granted.


      This afternoon I visited the old grave yard of Charlestown hoping to find evidence there of the burial of John Bacon.  Found nothing, but was well paid for my trouble.  It is one of the oldest grave yards in the country.  First burial then was that of John Harvard, founder of Harvard College, in 1638.  The tomb that most interested me was that of Oliver Holden, author of Coronation.



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       Called at City Hall, Boston and examined record of births and etc, at Charlestown.  In Charleston Archives, Vol. 3 page 28 found following:


       1.  John, son of John and Susanna Beacon born 27 day of August 1670.


       2.  Susan, the daughter of John and Susanna Beacon born the 3rd day of January 1672.


       3.  Ephraim the son of John and Susanna Beacon born 7th day of Nov.1675.


       Noticed also in records of 1st Church of Boston, copied and on file with City Registrar, that the baptism of John Bakon is recorded in following language:


       “John Bakon, ye sone of our sister, Ann Pope, aged 13 years, Ephraim Pope & Elizabeth Pope, bapt. ye 18th of 8th mo. 1657.”


       In probate office, Boston, Vol 23d, p. 165,petition of Susanna Bacon, at about 15, dau. Ephraim Bacon late of Roxbury, that Issac Newell of Roxbury be made her guardian. Date of petition 23d March, 1723. Petition granted.


       Same book, Judge Sewalls appointment of Ebenezer Edmunds as guardian to his dau – in – law, Mary Bacon, dau. of Ephraim Bacon of Roxbury, deceased, age of Mary Bacon about 13 years.  Date 23d Mch. 1623.


       Same book, p. 166, Judge Sewall aptmt of Ebenezer Edmunds to be guardian to Ephraim Bacon, his son – in – law, son of Ephraim Bacon, late of Roxbury, deceased.  Eph. B. aged about 11 yrs.  Date of instrument 23d Mch. 1723 [1623].


       Glanced over the will of Susanna Bacon, spinster of Hingham, daughter of Peter Bacon.  She bequeathed her property to her



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mother, Martha, and named her, along with her beloved brother John May of Hingham as executors.  Brother, here, I suppose means, bro-in-law.  This is interesting because a May figures elsewhere in Bacon transactions, which fact may be suggestive of relations between the Hingham Bacons and others, I have looked up.  Will look further into this matter.  Will of this Susanna Bacon dated 15th July, 1718.


Oct. 3rd, 1900.


       Court house, Boston.  In book of deeds, p. 228, Vol. 26 found record of purchase by Ephraim Bacon and other of property at Roxbury, in 1712.  Among the purchasers was a Mr. Griggs and a Mr. Haychet.  Wonder if this Haychet can be same in name as the Harsnett mentioned in will of Faintnot Wines. 


       In Hist. Of Charlestown by Frothingham, Atherton Hough (Howe) is spoken of as prom. In Charlestown in earlier days – he soon removed to Boston when also prominent – died 1650.  Spelled also Howgh, in C. records and B. records.


Oct. 13th, 1900.



       Saw copy of record of 1st Ch. of Boston in which following:

       “Ann Pope admitted a member 4th of 8th mo. 1657.”  This must be regarded as setting the question as to the exact name of the mother of John Bacon.  It also shows that she became a member of the church only 2 weeks before she had the children baptized.  It would also appear that she, the, became a church member for the 1st time, as she seems to have been admitted on confession.  Found no evidence that her, then, husband Ephraim Pope was a church member.


       While at historical rooms for few minutes, I noticed in a work on early settlers by Rev. Pope of Charlestown, that he mentions



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A Nicholas Bacon who rented a peace in Boston in 1640, but gives nothing further excepting references to Court records.  Will examine those records when have time, for he comes right to have been father to John Bacon.  Will also try and see Rev. Pope as he is still pastor of 1st Ch. Charlestown.


Oct. 18th, 1900.


       Have just had a talk with Rev. Mr. Pope, author of “Pioneers of Mass.”  He thinks that the Nicholas Bacon mentioned in his book as a renter in 1640 may have been a son of Michael Bacon of Dedham, that he died before Michael made his will, hence not mentioned, and that he may have been the father of John Bacon of Boston and Charlestown.  This view seems to be quite plausible.


Worcester, Mass. Oct. 19th, 1900.


       Took time, today, to call at office of register of deeds and make a note of purchases of land by Ephraim Bacon of Woodstock.  Made following observations:  In Book 6, page 270 – is recorded deed from Joseph Williams of Roxbury to Ephraim Bacon of Woodstock 69-3/4 acres of land – consideration 172 pounds, 7 shillings.  Land situated in Woodstock, being the 4th and 5th lots in 1st range of 2nd division of lots in north half of town.  Bounded easterly and westerly and southerly on highways, and northerly on land of the heirs of Sargent James Draper.  Executed at Roxbury, 1st day of May 1735.


      Book 24, p. 24 – Deed of Jabez Lyon to Ephraim Bacon of Woodstock to 20 acres and 100 yds of land at Woodstock – a part of the 3d division of land in the north half of the town in the 2nd range of 3d division and known by the name of 16th lot.  Bounded north on 17th lot, south on 15th lot, east and west on highways.  Date of transaction 4th of March 1744.




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       Book 24, p. 26 – Deed by Eliphalet Carpenter of Woodstock to Ephraim Bacon of Woodstock to 12 acres of land in north half of Woodstock in north part of 15th lot – in last division.  Bounded as follows: Beginning with small walnut tree runs west across the range by Samuel Davis’s land to a stake and heap of stones, then northerly in the range line about 18 rods to a stake and heap of stones, then easterly by said Ephraim Bacon’s land across the range to a stake and heap of stones, then southerly in the range of line about 16 rods to the first mentioned corner.  Deed executed 28th of Nov. 1745.



       Book 44, p. 530 – Deed from Eliphalet Carpenter of Woodstock to Ephraim Bacon of Woodstock to 36-3/4 acres of land.  Date of deed, 3d of March 1759.


       Book 51, p. 283 – Deed by Thomas Cook and others to Ephraim Bacon of Woodstock Coun. To 81 acres and 20 rods of land in Sturbridge, Mass.  Date of transaction 4th of June 1765.


       Examined again the will of Ebenezer Bacon of Dudley. Noted that date is 21st of Jan. 1770, that the sons are named Ebenezer and John and that Ebenezer was at the time residing in the portion of land willed to him, and that widow’s name was Jane.


              Also looked over again papers of administration, appraisment and of estate of Ebenezer Bacon of Dudley bearing date 1772, whose widow’s name was Phoebe, and am of the opinion that this Ebenezer Bacon was the son mentioned in the will of the other Ebenezer B., but can only presume it to be so, as no description of the property is given so that comparison can be made with that described in the will of the first Ebenezer Bacon.


       Gleaned again at the Chandler Genealogy, and noted that Ebenezer bacon and Mary Chandler were married 27th Dec. 1787 – also that Seth Chandler, her father, is spoken of as Captain, and that he was a man of massive frame and had a very large chin, and


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that her mother was a very large women, weighting over 200 pounds.


Public Library, Worchester, Mass.

Oct. 20th, 1900.


       Put in noon hour here – gleaned at Chandler Genealogy with results as above indicated.  I also had time to look at “The Drapers in America”,  a neat book published, not long since.  James Draper of Roxbury, Mass was 4th son of Thomas Draper, Priory of Heptonstall, Vicarage of Halifax, Yorkshire Co. England.  The maiden name of his mother was Miriam Stansfield, dau. of Gideon and Grace (Eastwood) Stansfield of Wadsworth, Yorkshire Co. England.  The first 3 children born in America to James and Miriam Draper at Roxbury were, Sarah, Susanna and James.  It not definitely known when James Draper came to America, but thought by author to have been in 1647 or 1648.  He lived for a while at Dedham, Mass. – also, for while at Charlestown.  At least, he sold property at Charlestown 1672 and was notified then in 1676; but he and his wife died at Roxbury and were buried there.  Book mentions the marriage of his 2nd child born in America, Susanna, to John Bacon of Charlestown in 1668, and says that she was born about 1650.



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compiled by

Rev, Joseph Fairbanks Bacon


Neligh, Nebraska


Unadilla, New York, Nov. 16, 1900.


       Got here last night.  Have put in the day about town inquiring as have had chance Bacon’s and Carrs, since here is where both my grandfather and father were born. 


       My first call was upon Samuel Bacon who lives here, aged 82 years, but quite active.  He knew about Ebenezer Bacon, , great grandfather, but was not acquainted with his family.  From our conversation I think Samuel Bacon is not of our line in America. 


       Called at a Mr. Carr’s.  He, not at home, at Cooperstown attending a meeting of the County board of Supervisors but saw and talked with Mrs. Carr.  From her learned that the Carrs are buried in “Sand Hill” Cemetery, also got the address of two Carrs, one of whom, she thinks has the old family Bible that contains family records.  These persons are, Susan Carr, Wells Bridge, Otsego Co. N.Y. and Thaddens Carr, Scranton, Pa. Washington Ave., opposite the Courthouse.


       I also examined a history of Otsego Co. but found nothing definite.


       Called upon town clerk also hoping to find some vital statistics, but no records of births, deaths and marriages exist prior to about 25 years ago.  So, while the day has not been fruitless, still have not increased my knowledge of either the Bacons or Carrs.


Unadilla, N.Y.  Nov. 17, 1900.


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       Met casually, yesterday Mr. Otis Lyon of Butternuts who said the he lives on the place that Ebenezer Bacon gave to his daughter, Finetta.  So concluded to visit Butternuts today.  With livery team and drive started for there at 8:30 this morning, called first at Mr. Lyons.  He not at home, but Mrs. L. showed me through the house, a part of which is as it was when my great aunt lived there. She directed me to Mr. Simeon Church a person best informed concerning the early inhabitants.  Found him very intelligent in that way.  He is 78 years old.  He knew my great grandfather, my grandfather and my father – said my father worked for his father when a boy – said he remember his sitting beside the big fire place that is still there and singing songs in the evening.  He told me where to find the place where my gt. gd. father lived, also the places that he gave his children, “each a farm of 100 acres”, he said.  Told also the grave [yard] where my great grandmother was likely buried.  I consider it a very fortunate meeting.


       I then visited and located the home of my grandfather and those of his two brothers, and that of old Ebenezer.  My grandfather’s place was on the right hand side of the road as you go down the hill to Butternut Creek on the road that runs north from Unadilla Village over the hills to the Butternut Valley, about ¼ of a mile above the intersection of this road with the road that runs up the valley to Gilbertsville.  A Creek runs between the house and the highway.  On this creek my grandfather had a saw mill.  The remains of the dam are still there, and the old mill race is plainly visible.  A private road runs from the house down by the mill race for a ways and crosses by a bridge to the main road.   His mill has disappeared, but I judge that it stood near this bridge.  A letter from Dr. Smith of Madison, Wis, a cousin of my father, received in 1894 mentions how he and my father used to play on

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the bridge by the mill.  The house and barn are still there, but are not occupied.  The appearance of the house from the road is something like this:



The el part seems about ready to tumble down.  The farm in the rear of the house is pretty rocky and hilly.


        The house of grandfather’s brother, Milton,H. Bacon, was at the point were the hill road intersects the valley road.  That of  M. DeLaFoyette Bacon was about 40 rods down the valley from that of Milton H., and the old Ebenezer was about a third of a mile below the intersection of the hill road with valley road.  There are house and barn, where home of M.H. was, an old barn but no house where M. DeLaFoyette was.  Nothing but some locust trees and the remains of the cellar and an old orchard across the road, marks the site of home of old Ebenezer.  It was on left side as you go down the Butternut Valley.



       Took dinner at Mt. Upton where I found a very neat hotel.  After dinner examined the graveyard at Mt. Upton, but found nothing of interest there.  We then went to an old graveyard across the creek from and nearly opposite to, the home of Ebenezer Bacon, which is entirely neglected – has been part of a pasture for years, till, recently a wire fence has been erected around it.  Most all of the grave stones here are broken off and gone.  Was fortunate, however, in finding the grave stone that I am most interested in – that of my great grand mother.  The stone is broken, but the pieces lay on the ground near each other.  Placed them together, brushed off the snow, and could read the inscription easily.  It was a plain, marble slab, the following being the inscription:


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                                                “In Memory of


                                          Wife of Ebenezer Bacon

                                         Who died Apr. 30th, 1825

                                                          Aet 52”


                               “A soul prepared needs not delays

                                 The summons comes, this saint obeys

                                 The flesh rests here till Jesus comes         

                                 And claims the treasure from the tomb.”



       And I found also this Monumental inscription in same part of the yard where I found the head stone of my gt. gd. mother;


       “Frances A., daughter Mirick and Brittania

         Bacon, died May 20, 1834, aged 11 years.”


Also the following:


       “Julia, daughter of Samuel C. and Finetta Smith,

         died May 30th, 1847, aged 23 years.”


The above two stones are in marble and are in good condition.


       We next visited the graveyard at Unadilla Center. Found nothing of interest here, excepting a stone in memory of Whiting Bacon, born 1791.  He may have been a cousin of my grandfather, and a brother of the Mirick Bacon husband of grandfathers sister Brittania.


       Mr. Church confirmed the family tradition concerning M.D. LaFoyette Bacon. Said he made first voyage to Calcutta and returned.  Afterward to the West Indies where died of yellow fever.


Cooperstown, N.Y.  Nov. 19th, 1900.


       Came here from Unadilla this A.M. to examine records.  Find 1st purchase by Ebenezer Bacon, my gt. gd. father, recorded here in 1813.  Land of I. Alcone.


       In 1819 he bought land of W. Cooper

          1892                       G. Fenoo

          1824                       H. Walton

         1826                       R. Morris

          1830                       M. Bacon

          1832                       E. H. Ferris

          1832                       H. & E. Carr


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       In 1819 Zebina Bacon bought land of S. C. Smith.


       Learned from County Clerk that deeds prior to 1791 are recorded in Montgomery county instead of here.


       First purchase by a Bacon was by Gould Bacon.  This in 1804.  In 1806 there were two purchases by William Bacon.  In 1809 an Erastus Bacon bought land.


       Grandfathers brother appears in records as Marcus D and Marquis D.


       An Issac Carr bought land at Unadilla in 1791.


       In 1804 Issac Carr Jr. bought land of I. Carr.


       The last deed of sale by Ebenezer Bacon at Unadilla was in 1832, and was to G. Gadsby.  This was the Milton Bacon place and intersection of hill road with creek road, which he bought in 1830.  This indicates that Milton H. May have preceded his father in going to Ill.  He made 4 sales that year.  His wife’s name (then) was Leonora.


       In 1830 Zebina and Eunice Bacon sold land on “Saw Mill Brook” to Hezekiah Carr.  Same year they sold land to A. Mead.


       First sale by Ebenezer in which Leonora Bacon appears as wife to him was 1830.


       In the last sale by Zebina and Eunice Bacon, Hezekiah Carr signed as witness along with E. Bacon.


       Found on record the will of Marcus D. Bacon made in Boston previously to his sailing to Cuba in 1837 (Jan.) where he died about Aug. 26th that year.  His wife’s name was Lucinda, Bethina.  Names of his sons, Vincent S. and Eugene B.


Cleveland, O. Dec. 8th, 1900.


       Called this forenoon upon an E. C. Bacon in his office 309 Prospect St. and discussed the Bacon family question.  Found


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him intelligent – evidently quite a business man – age about 68. Resemblance to my grand father quite market. His grandfathers name was Abner and resided at Putney, Vermont, and had a son by name of Asa.


Akron, O. Dec. 9th, 1900.


       Cousin Ellen (Mrs. Marvell) has just showed me a letter to her father (Lauren Brockway) from his brother Samuel, in which it is said that my father and mother moved away on the 15th of May.  This letter was written at Wayne, O. July 3, 1845, and is addressed to Winslow, Stephenson Co. Ill.  Tells of extremely dry weather, no rain for some time in March till June 10th.  Presume that removal of my parents referred to was to our home at Turnersville, Pa.


Finlay, O. Dec. 12th, 1900.


       From family record in possession of U.E. Bacon copied the following:


       Adolphus Bacon was born at Unadilla, Otsego Co. N.Y. Dec 12, 1826.      


       Adolphus Bacon died at Colebrook, Ohio. Aug. 3d, 1866.


       Martha M.[Melvina] Brockway was born at Wayne, Ashtabula Co. Ohio, June 3d, 1828.


       Adolphus Bacon and Martha M. Brockway were married Mar. 13th, 1850.


       Martha M. (Bacon) Eastman died November 20th, 1897.


       Newton E. Bacon, son of Adolphus and Martha M. Bacon was born May 26, 1857. [Another sources has 1851]


       Dillon A. Bacon, son of Adolphus and Martha M. Bacon was born Dec. 11, 1860.


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Finlay, O. Dec. 13th, 1900.


       Examined records here today.  Found deed to Harvey Bacon of Tioga Co., N.Y. to 80 acres of landhere in Hancock Co. Date 1835.


Galesburg Ill. Jan. 7th, 1901.




       “In the name of God, Amen; I Ebenezer Bacon of Knox County in the state of Illinois, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former will and testaments by me anytime heretofore made, which will and testament is in manner and form following, to wit:


       First:   It is my will that all my just debts be punctually and fully paid.


       Secondly:   I give and bequeath my beloved wife, Leonora Bacon, and to her heirs and assigns forever, seventy acres of landing the County of Knox and state aforesaid, to be located in one body, and in shape and form convenient for use and culture, on the northerly part of lands owned by me in township , no. twelve, north of the base line of range five, east of the principal meridian – to be located on the north east corner of said lands, section eight of said county; which lands so owned by me were purchased from Archibald Williams of Quincy and from the United States.


       Third:   I give and bequeath my said wife, Leonora, out of my estate a respectable maintenance and support suited to her condition in life so long as she remains with our sons, Hobert C, and Homer F. Bacon hereinafter mentioned.


       Fourthly:   I give, bequeath and devise to my two youngest


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sons, (a proper Provision having heretofore been made by me for my own children) Hobert Combs Bacon and Homer Fairbanks Bacon, all the rest, residue, and remainder of my estate, real personal and mixed, (subject only to such disposition thereof or of any part thereof as may be made by my executors hereinafter mentioned), and to their hers and assigns forever.


       And, whereas it is my desire that my said sons should during their minority have a proper and comfortable maintenance and support, and shall receive a good education out of my estate, (first out of my personal estate and if that should prove inadequate, then out of my real estate,) now therefore, in order to effectuate this my desire and intention, I hereby do invest in my executors hereinafter named and in the survivor of them, full power and authority to sell, convey or dispose of my real estate or any part thereof in fee simple or for a term of years, or otherwise in as full and large a manor in every respect as I could myself do, it living.


       And lastly, I do nominate, constitute and appoint, Thomas Simons and Herman Knox aforesaid, the executors of my last will and testament.


       In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of September A.D.  , in presence of Enos Pomeroy and James Knox.

                                                                                                          Ebenezer Bacon (seal)

Signed, sealed and declared to

be the last will and testament

by the testator, in whose presence

and by whose request we have set

our names hereunto as witnesses.


                   James Knox

                   Enos  Pomeroy.


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       Items from papers filed with the above will -

       On Nov. 23d, 1837 James Knox and Enos Pomeroy made an oath before R. L. Hannaman, probate justice of the peace, that they witnessed the will of Ebenezer Bacon and believe him of sound mind and it is last will and testament.


       On the same day Thomas Simmons makes oath that he will inventory the estate of E. Bacon, and legally execute his will.  Oath is in the plural but signed only by Simmons.  James Knox however acts along with S. for on Jan. 18th 1838 an inventory of the estate of Ebenezer Bacon was filed by Simmons and Knox, as follows:


       Notes – One by Gregory for $226.30

                             S. C. Smith for $190.00

                             Klanburg for $50.00

       Lands – Bought of Williams 510 acres

                                  U.S. 240 acres


       Due Williams, Apr. 21st , 1839,  $200.00 with interest at 7%,

from Oct. 21st , 1836.  Williams to give good warrantee deed when paid.  Lands purchased from U.S. were purchased Nov. 5th, 1836.  On Jan. 22, 1838 Leonora Bacon, the widow, renounced claim under the will and chose dower or legal share of the property.  Resident of Putnam Co. at this time.  On Jan. 4th, 1838 bill of sale of the personal estate of E. Bacon filed with the Court amount $467.70,  Nov. 22, 1841 claim of William Francis Cook of New Orleans, a step son of E, Bacon, was settled  -  amount of claim $259.40.


       It would seem from the above items that Ebenezer Bacon did not settle in Knox Co. earlier that 1836, judging from date of his first purchase of land there.  Also he did die sometime between November 5th, 1837 and November 23rd of that year; that is, if date of purchase from the United States means anything, which is questionable since these lands are mentioned in his will that was made Sept. 1st that year.



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       The county clerk informed me that the lands above mentioned were in the southwest corner of what is now Stark County.


Chicago, Jan. 16th, 1901.


       Spent part of this afternoon at public library here.  Glanced over a history of Knox Co. this state.  Came upon following of interest:  H.F. Bacon of Galesburg enlisted in the Civil War Aug. 5, 1862.  He was killed at New Orleans Dec. 25th, 1863.  He was in Co. A-77th Reg.  Undoubtedly this was the Homer Fairbanks Bacon mentioned in will of Ebenezer Bacon – half brother of grandfather [Zebina Fairbanks Bacon]. 


Chicago, Jan. 23rd, 1901.


       Spent part of afternoon in library of Chicago Historical Society.  In history of Start Co., Ill. found transcript of original land entries of West Jersey Township, said county, among which is following entries by Ebenezer Bacon:


       Nov. 5th, 1836 – South west quarter, sect. 8 and west half of S. east qur. sec. 8.


       Archibald Williams entered the two quarter sections (upper half of sec. 8) north of this on Aug. 14th, 1836.


       This is in tp. 12 north, range 5 east of 4th principal meridian.



       Stephen Griggs had entered the east half of the s.e. quarter of sec. 8, or the half joining that taken by E. Bacon on east.  I note this because of interesting fact that the 1st Ephraim Bacon married a Griggs.



Chicago Hist. Library, Jan. 24th, 1901.


       From a history of White Co., Ill. I glean the following concerning Dr. Milton H. Bacon of Philipstown, Ill. a brother of my grandfather:



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       Born Unadilla, N.Y. June 22nd, 1803.  Attended Medical College at Fairchild, Herkimer Co., N.Y.


       Commenced practice of medicine at Lancaster, O. 1824.  Lived also at Fanesville and Aberdeen, O.  Moved to Ill, first to Vandalia, then to Carlenville in 1832 where he engaged for 5 years in merchantile business and his profession.


       Moved to Carmi in 1839 and practiced extensively 2 years after which he removed to Phillipstown where his has resided ever since, between forty and fifty years.


       He practiced law too.  Was married three times - 2 children by 1st wife, 2 by 2nd and 9 by 3rd wife.


       He was a great sportsman, fond of hunting, fishing and trapping – he once killed three deer at a single shot.  Kept a drug store the last 12 or 15 years of his life.


The biography from which I gleaned the above states that his father Ebenezer Bacon on removing from Conn. to Unadilla, N.Y. bought out thirteen families of “squatters” 400 acres of land which is more likely to be true than that he led a colony of 13 families thither and squattered on land, as I have been led to believe from a letter by one of his grandsons.



Feb. 5th, 1901.


       Letter from A. H. Bacon just what states that my grandfather Zebina F. Bacon, died Mar. 7th, 1884.  The letter enclosed these stamp pictures of A. H. Bacon and his wife, Irene.



Chicago, Feb. 9, 1901.


       A letter from the County Recorder at Meadville, Pa. gives following as to the family home at Turnersville, Pa.


       Father bought his place there of Caleb T. Scovel and wife Anna.  Deed dated May 9th , 1845, to 99 acres of land in So. Chanango



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Tp. Consideration $850.00.


       On Oct. 15th, 1856 Schuyler Smith and wife Mary A. assigned a deed to 3 acres, more or less, to him, in Turnersville, Crawford Co. consideration $400.00.  Smith had bought this of father Aug. 18th, 1854.  This deed reconveyed it to father. At the same time (Oct. 15th, 1856) Schuyler Smith and wife deeded father one acre of land at Turnersville.  Consideration $100.00.


        The date of first deed above mentioned fixes time when father acquired his first home.  The two later deeds fix the time when he tore down the log house and moved a frame house from nearer town to the site.  I can remember when it was done.  Now that I have the above information, I also remember that he got the frame house of  a man by the name of Schuyler Smith.  This frame house was our home at T. until we moved to Colebrook O.  Did you know, however, that father had previously sold Smith property.  Father sold the Turnersville property for $2700.00 so got good returns on his investments.


       Albert Bacon, father’s youngest brother, died, May 1876.


Chicago, Feby. 12, 1901.


       Spent the afternoon in Newbury library in “Miscellanea Heraldica Geneologica”.  I came across 30 or 40 Bacon wills, most of them of Bacons residing in Suffolk Co., Eng. and many of them bearing dates in last half of 16th century and first half of 17th.  Many Bacons of this collection resided at or not far from Ipawich, which I believe was the Shire town.  The names, Michael, Nicholas, Daniel, William and John were common, that of John being very common.  Thomas and Robert quite common.  Cordelia is a name among the girls. Elizabeth, Susanna, Alice are common with the girls, Susanna and Elizabeth being very often repeated. The Bacons of Suffolk were, principally, yeomen, as were those who came to



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America 1630 to 1640, and settled in Mass. Bay Colony.  Their wills in form and spirit resemble strikingly that of Michael of Dedham and others I saw on file in Boston and East Cambridge.  I am led to believe my ancestor, John Bacon of Charlestown, was from those Bacons; also that the other Bacons of the vicinity of Boston, William of Salem and Michael of Dedham, and possibly George of Hingham.


Chicago, Feb. 13, 1901.



      This afternoon while at the Newbury library, I examined what history and records of Suffolk Co. England I could find.  Nothing conclusive on the Bacon ancestry.  This however of interest, I found.  Ever since finding at East Cambridge in will of Faintnot Wynes that John Bacon’s mother’s maiden name was Harsnett, I have been on the look out for that name.  Did not find it in the records of any place in England.  I happened upon it, today, in the history of Suffolk Co. England.  In 1619 or 1620 Dr. Samuel Harsnett was “transplanted” from Chichester to Norwich and became a Bishop of Norwich.  He is said to have been a native of Colchester  in Essex Co.  This clue to the name may help in finding about the marriage of John’s Bacon’s mother.  Taken in connection with the fact stated in deed of Daniel Bacon of Cambridge of property at Watertown to his son John, viz, that this transfer of property was pursuant to and in discharge of an obligation of his to his father-in-law, Thomas Reed & etc. in which statement Reed is mentioned as of Colchester, Essex Co. England.  It may be taken as indicating that Daniel Bacon and the father [of] my ancestor John Bacon, were from same place in England.  If Elizabeth or Ann Harsnett was of Colchester, then the two married women of the same town.  And, if this be true, the father of our John may have been  brother of Daniel 1,



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and son of Michael of Dedham that died before M. made his will, and Mr. Pope’s theory that  Nicholas Bacon, who is simply  mentioned in Court records of Boston in 1640, was a son of M. be correct.


Chicago, Feb. 15, 1901.


       A letter to hand this morning informed me that Zebina Fairbanks Bacon died at Kingsville, Ohio, Mar. 7th 1884.  So this is from the record of his death at K. it must be correct.  He was, therefore, lacking but 3 months of 91 years old when he died.  He was taken to Colebrook, Ohio for burial, and was buried in the grave yard in North western part of the town, where my parents and sister are interred – buried beside grandmother, I think.


Chicago, Feb. 28, 1901.


       A letter from Rev. G. Graves of Burlington, VT. just to hand, gives some information about Britania Bacon one of grandfather’s sisters.  Graves was a neighbor of hers.  Says she affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Also that she lived alone in her old age – that a nice of hers, a Miss Bacon, was with her at time of her death. – that her husband had not been heard from for many years previous to her death, and, probably died long before she did – that a Mr. E. E. Davis purchased her property some years before her death, and was to provide for her, pay funeral expenses, and erect a monument, which he did.  That if I will write to Elmer E. Davis, Lawyer, Colchester Ave., that city, he will be able to give me further information.


Chicago, Mar. 16, 1901.



       A communication from Judge L. S. Hayward of Pomfret Center, Conn. to hand today informs me that records of his office show that the estate of Ephraim Bacon of Woodstock was distributed by distributors Apr. 24, 1784.  The heirs at law mentioned were, Ephraim, Moses, Asa, Benjamin, Abel, Daniel, Levi, Ebenezer, Simeon, Sarah (wife of Moses Corbin) and Jemima.


       This gives me the names of two children (Abel and Jemima) that I failed to get from records at Woodstock; also approximately the time of death of Ephraim Bacon.  He died when great grandfather was about 12 years old.  The district of Pomfret originally included Woodstock, which accounts for the above records being at P. and not at W.


Chicago, July. 29, 1901.


       A letter from Judge L. S. Hayward of Pomfret Center, Conn. just to hand, states that record of distribution of estate of Ephraim Bacon shows that Ebenezer’s share was bounded on one side by the Dudley line.


The following shows Rev. Bacon ministered at Neligh, NE

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     The figures represent the pastors.


      Bacon, Rev. J. F.                  Neligh, 1895-99.


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Notes by Gerald B. King:

See Ancestors of Abigail Gates for information on some early Bacons in MA.