Chute Family Notes: Notes 38-614 through 38-634

Note    N38-614         Back to Index        Back to John Edward Henshaw, Jr. and Jemima Chute Henshaw.

Notes on John Edward Henshaw, Jr. and Jemima Chute Henshaw:

There is a discrepancy on marriage dates: WEC records the date as 6 OCT 1861, the Henshaw Family records the date as 8 OCT 1860. The information from the Hinshaw Family Association is as follows:

John Edward Henshaw
Born Nov 28 1839, Nova Scotia
He married Jemima Chute, Oct 8 1860. Jemima was born Aug 6 1843, Nova Scotia. Jemima died Apr 6 1924, buried Clementsport United Cemetery, Clementsport, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. John Edward Henshaw died Aug 14 1929, buried Clementsport United Cemetery, Clementsport, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia. John's obituary was published in the Digby Courier on April 30, 1929: "John E. Henshaw passed away August 14th at his home in Deep Brook. The deceased lived to the good old age of eighty-nine years and nine months. He enjoyed the best of health until the three weeks of his illness. His wife, who was Jemina Chute, preceased him five years ago. He leaves to mourn their loss thirteen living children, namely Herbert A. Henshaw, New York, Joseph E. Henshaw, Deep Brook, Warren H. Henshaw, Hartland VT, Mrs. Edward Spinner, Windsor VT, Fred L. Henshaw, Windsor VT, Miss Jennie Henshaw, Plymouth NH, Mrs. Chas. O. Huff, Weatherfield, Conn., Mrs. John Ware, Reading Penn., Frank P. Henshaw, Salem Mass., Bickford J. Henshaw, Salem Mass., Wallace L. Henshaw, Salem Mass., Mrs. Carey Morgan, Landsdowne NS and Mrs. Belle L. Burrell, who took all the care of her aged father until the end. He also leaves twenty-six grand children, one of which, Miss Wanetta Burrell, was with him when he passed away. There are also thirteen great grand children."

Source: Copyright � 1997-2005, The Hinshaw Family Association. All rights reserved.



Note    N38-615         Back to Index        Back to Charles P. Berry and Lovenia Chute Berry.

Notes on Charles P. Berry and Lovenia Chute Berry:

At the time of William Edward Chute's recording, they had 4 children.


Note    N38-616         Back to Index        Back to Eli Jones Brooks and Satira Chute Brooks.

Notes on Eli Jones Brooks and Satira Chute Brooks:

iv. Satira, b. Feb. 1,1848; m. Eli Jones, son of Abram Brooks and Abigail(Foster) Smith, Mar. 6, 1874; have four sons at Bear River.

Source: Chute, William Edward. A Genealogy and History of the Chute Family in America: With Some Account of the Family in Great Britain and Ireland, with an Account of Forty Allied Families Gathered from the Most Authentic Sources. Salem, Massachusetts, 1894, p.89


Note    N38-617         Back to Index        Back to Oliver Aiken Milner and Mary Elizabeth Chute Milner.

Notes on Oliver Aiken Milner and Mary Elizabeth Chute Milner:

"Mary Elizabeth [daughter of Joseph], b. Sept 2, 1850; m. Oliver, son of Daniel W. Milner, have three sons."

Source: Chute, William Edward. A Genealogy and History of the Chute Family in America: With Some Account of the Family in Great Britain and Ireland, with an Account of Forty Allied Families Gathered from the Most Authentic Sources. Salem, Massachusetts, 1894, p.90


Note    N618         Index
3 children.


Note    N38-619         Back to Index        Back to Benjamin Chute and Susannah Jane Rogers Chute.

Notes on Benjamin Chute and Susannah Jane Rogers Chute:

"Twin brother to Joseph, marrried Susannah Jane, daughter of Nathan and Mary Elizabeth (Cunningham) Rogers, by Rev. Daniel McGregor, Feb. 10, 1833, and lived on the east side of Moose River in Clements; he was a good worker and quite sharp in business as a farmer and trader; she died Feb. 10, 1882, aged seventy-three, and he "still lives" with his children in Clements."

Source: Chute, William Edward. A Genealogy and History of the Chute Family in America: With Some Account of the Family in Great Britain and Ireland, with an Account of Forty Allied Families Gathered from the Most Authentic Sources. Salem, Massachusetts, 1894. Pages 90-91.


Note    N620         Index
Also lived in Cornwallis.


Note    N621         Index
Died young.


Note    N38-622         Back to Index        Back to Edward Pryor Sanford and Serena Edith Minard Sanford.

Notes on Edward Pryor Sanford and Serena Edith Minard Sanford:

WEC: "Moved from Nova Scotia to New Hampshire in 1879; to Alston, Massachusetts 1891 and to Linden, 1892."

Their son, Zenas Minard "Jack" Sanford, also a family genealogist, conducted a prolific and entertaining correspondence with my grandfather, and it was easy why to see why Grandpa kept an entire file on him. The grandson of David Minard and Louisa A. Chute Minard, he was connected with the Chute family in too many ways to count. Merely connecting links to the people he referenced in his correspondence is a lengthy process, and as he jokingly pointed out, the "maze" that was the Sanford-Chute-Potter relations at that time was such that "I have little doubt but what I would prove I was my own grandfather if necessary." He wasn't joking. It will take me a while to transcribe all of his correspondence, and his handwriting when rushed is difficult to read at times, but I'll do the best I can.

R.D.1 Pittsburgh Road
Franklin, Penna
April 10, 1951

Mr. Geo. M. Chute
Plymouth, Mich

Dear Sir,

You have caught me in my very busy season, hence the delay in answering your letter of 3/27. I have been very interested in my family and the Chute book you have, gave me a great deal of information I needed. I am not in the book, but my father was Dea. Ed. Pryor Sanford on page cxcii of the Allied Families. His first wife, Maggie [illegible. Looks like "waffle", but I'm guessing the Minard family did not give their daughter the middle name of "Waffle"] Minard died and he married Mother, who was Serena E. Minard, daughter of Louisa A. (#63 Benjamin's daughter) Chute.

Also, Jerusha Chute (#63 Benjamin's daughter) married Richard Harding Sanford as his second wife and brought up the whole family of my Dad's and the others as on the above mentioned cxcii. So you see, I was tied in double (by marriage at least) with the Chutes. There are others of course - as you might note that my Dad's sister Prudence Jane married Handley Chute #243, and his brother John Milton married Serena A. (a sister to my Mother's mother Louisa) and for a second wife married Amanda E. Chute - a sister of his first wife Serena. I know all these families and can give you information on a lot of them.

I get lost in the maze of Sanfords, Chutes and Potters (my Dad's mother) as they never intermarried as far as blood was concerned but sister married brother and a sister and brother married a father and daughter, etc., and I have little doubt but what I would prove I was my own grandfather if necessary.

I was born in 1900 also - August 21st - so we have seen 50 years of the fastest, most furious times anyone has ever lived through. I am Service Engineer with a Theater Sound Company (Alter Service Corp) (?), a nationwide concern and right now I am preparing a Drive- In Theater for a spring opening. I've been with them for 23 years. I've also been more than busy. Please let me know in what way I can help you and will be most willing to do so.



R.D.1 Pittsburgh Road
Franklin, Penna

Mr. Geo. M. Chute
Plymouth, Mich

Dear Geo,

I have had seven letters out now for over six months and still cannot get an answer to any of them. I hope that some of the people when they pass away will just be pushed off a cliff and left for the fishes - they surely don't rate any consideration in future generations. Still, I found that when I was going after the Sanfords, I often had the same results.

So just to avoid your thinking I had thrown your last letter away, I give you the following, as little as it is:

#243, Handley Chipman Chute
Son Alden C., b 1874
Married Laura Langville [possibly Longville]
Children Margaret d 1941, Winifred, still living

I never met Alden, I believe he was killed in an auto accident in Clementsvale, N.S.

His mother (Handley Chute's wife) was one of my favorite Aunts on Dad's side. She was Prudence Sanford - Aunt Purdy (or Prudy) to all of us. A fine Christian woman, felt the loss of her son very keenly and mourned for him all her days. I never knew her husband - he must have died long before my time. I saw Aunt Prudy last in 1940, she was then 95, very, very round-shouldered and bent, but of such a sweet old lady. She and my good Mother often wrote and were firm friends.

Margaret was a sad case. It was never fully determined what she had - possibly a brain tumor and was a sick girl for her last 2 years. Doctored in Halifax, Montreal and other places, she was planning to go to Boston when we were down in 1940, but she never got there. Her grandmother, Aunt Prudy, had the entire care of her and it was quite a job for woman of 80.

Winifred is in western Canada - I never saw her. You wrote that this is the end of that line. No boys. Aunt Prudy, all her life, worked and did for others. I thought a great deal of her. Aunt Prudy (your second question) passed away in 1943 or 4 at Clementsvale.

I will do my best to get dates on my trip to Nova Scotia in July of this year.

Your third question: #180: Daniel Rogers Chute - he was a brother of Louisa A. (Chute) Minard who was in turn my Mother's mother. Grandma was with us in Somerville, Mass when she died. I still have the newspaper clipping:

"Minard - at Somerville, February 21, 1909. Louisa A., widow of David Minard, 64 years."

I do not know whether George Otis Chute is living or not. I have had several letters out to those who should know with no results. The only one I ever knew well was Annie Laurie who married Lester Robbins. Annie Robbins was at my Mother's funeral in 1944 in Somerville, Mass. I have written to several [people] trying to locate her so I can get the information on her family - so far no results. I think my people have writer's cramp. I still will get the information.

Next you asked about the children of Hiram Chute #216. I never knew any of that family. Couldn't the wife of Fred who you say lived in Lynn tell you anything? I have no information on them at all.

As to other Chutes:

My knowledge of the Chutes is not too great. John Manning & Jessie (John the son of Zenas Chute) are my closest connections. I was born in Zenas Chute's home, RR1, Kentville (at that time it was Brooklyn St, Cornwallis, N.S.) and was named for him. I took the name Jack when I first went to work and now go by it all the time.

You no doubt have all the information on their family. I am staying at her house on our next visit to N.S. in July. John fell last fall and broke his neck but is coming along OK and I have little doubt will outlast a lot of us. Jessie's a fine girl - almost passed away this spring early with heart trouble, but is coming out of it and with care will be OK. Just the fact that my Good Mother went down from Boston that summer to have me shows our deep friendship with her.

I have some letters from a Mrs. Annie (Potter) Lantz. She was a sister to Ella Chute, wife of Zenas #181. She was a dear, sweet old lady and was a great favorite of us all. She lived quite near John & Jessie. I wrote her regarding the Sanfords, etc. and I got a wonderful lot of information. At the age of 80 or so, she paints her own little house, so nice and clean a place, got a barrel and bored holes in it, and had strawberries coming from each hole, she was quite a person. If you wish, I will send you the letters, which I prize very much. I only ask that you get what information you want and return them. Just where Aunt Annie got all the dates I do not know. If there is a bible or any records of hers, then John & Jessie ought to have them. If these letters assist in any way and you want further information on the records she names, I believe I could look them up [illegible] in my short stay this summer.

Please forgive the delay. I've been off my feet with flu since Jan 20th - first time I've ever been sick like this. Am not coming back right [illegible], am going to the Cleveland Clinic next week for a checkup.

My sincere regards,


Dec. 8, 1960

Dear George,

I have neglected your letter altogether too long and am ashamed I didn�t even write and say thanks to Jo for her kindness in sending that handkerchief � that was inexcusable. Nettie had several of other states but none like that and was pleased to get it � if I had done what I should have, left the letter on her desk, she would have written as she is a stickler for that. It is entirely my fault.

I have been (illegible: �letter worked�?) � a lot of folks get interested all at once and a short letter in the Boston, Mass. Globe brought me many many replies. It is quite amazing how many there are that I have not recorded. During the summer Dale Young in Nova Scotia happened to be in the Province Map office in Halifax to get me some maps and found a school chum of his also there and working on a History of East Hants. County. Since this man, Ron Graves, is a descendant of a Sanford, he gathered a great deal of data and we have started to exchange with each other the parts the other wants.

It took me almost 50 hours to assemble a letter of information I knew he could use, in return I get 10 pages, single spaced all full of information and questions. These take much time but are so valuable. I am getting far more than I ever dreamed of.

I was sent two articles of interest to you. You no doubt have them listed in your books. The amazing part is a lady from Natick, Mass. wrote to me to find out if I had ever heard of Capt. Joseph Chute, who was murdered. The story came to me two days later by the one going through the scrapbook I have mentioned on that page.

This lady Mrs. Clarence Carpenter , Happy Acres, Cochituate, Mass. says her �foster mother�s mother is the Abba R. Chute on p. 101 who m. Albert Greenough, lived in Newton, Mass and had Jennie, Mildred, William, Fred Percy, Josephine, Mary and Ruth.� She says, �Mildred is my mother� � this I cannot put together with the �foster-mother� statement and have not asked further.



Note    N623         Index
Listed in WEC as Millient V., sex unknown.


Note    N624         Index
5 children.


Note    N625         Index
2 children.


Note    N626         Index
Died, aged 4.


Note    N38-627         Back to Index        Back to John Thomas Medicraft, Jr. and Mary Chute Medicraft.

Notes on John Thomas Medicraft, Jr. and Mary Chute Medicraft:

"v. Mary, b. Apr. 19, 1837; m. John Medicraft, Aug. 3, 1853; fourteen children."

Source: Chute, William Edward. A Genealogy and History of the Chute Family in America: With Some Account of the Family in Great Britain and Ireland, with an Account of Forty Allied Families Gathered from the Most Authentic Sources. Salem, Massachusetts, 1894. Page 96.

Note that there are considerable issues with the birthdates of John and his brother,Stephen Medicraft, who married Priscilla Chute. Many genealogical databases have them born one day apart (suggesting they were twins who were born before and after midnight), but census records reflect a different year for Stephen. Verification of their actual birthdates is needed.


Note    N628         Index
Had 3 children.


Note    N38-629         Index
Notes on Josiah Brown and Lucinda Chute Brown:

"Moved from Nova Scotia to Massachusetts and were listed in the 1880 census, Taunton, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA. 4th Child of their son Frederick Augustus was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, although his parents were still listed as residents of Taunton, Massachusetts." Research on this line is being conducted by Brown descendants (see source listing).

Research conducted by Andrea Brown:

"Josiah Brown was a bachelor of the parish of Liverpool, Queens County, Nova Scotia at the time of marriage to Lucinda Chute, which occurred in Granville, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia (per microfilm copy from NS Archives). Birth record of daughter: Ellen Brown born 13 October, 1869 in Milton, Queens County, Nova Scotia (per copy of birth record from Town of Milton, NS). Lucinda, William A., Isabella and Georgiana CHUTE were all baptised in Wilmot, Annapolis County, Nova Scotia (extracted birth or christening records - see sources). Lucinda Chute died: 28 May 1918 in Raynham, Bristol County, Massachusetts (per Raynham city clerk)."


Note    N630         Index
Had 4 children.


Note    N38-631         Back to Index        Back to George Washington Chute, Jr. and Maria Worcester Chute.

Notes on George Washington Chute, Jr. and Maria Worcester Chute:

"Born at Lunenburg, Mass., July 4, 1805; married Maria, daughter of William and Mary (Spaulding) Worcester, July 25, 1831 and lived at Randolph till 1840; then to Canton; to Lunenburg 1843; to Leominster 1846. Mr. Chute went to sea some, and was a warm-hearted, genial man; died July 13, 1876; she died June 11, 1891, aged eighty years, four months."

Source: Chute, William Edward. A Genealogy and History of the Chute Family in America: With Some Account of the Family in Great Britain and Ireland, with an Account of Forty Allied Families Gathered from the Most Authentic Sources. Salem, Massachusetts, 1894. Page 101.


Note    N38-632         Back to Index        Back to Moses Wales Whitcomb, Jr. and Sarah Ann Maria Chute.

Notes on Moses Wales Whitcomb, Jr. and Sarah Ann Maria Chute:

ii. Sarah A. M., b. Oct. 31, 1834; m. Moses W. Whitcomb jr.. May 10, 1855; three children.

Source: Chute, William Edward. A Genealogy and History of the Chute Family in America: With Some Account of the Family in Great Britain and Ireland, with an Account of Forty Allied Families Gathered from the Most Authentic Sources. Salem, Massachusetts, 1894. Page 101.

"275. MOSES WALES WHITCOMB7 (Moses6, Moses5, Noah4, Israel3, Robert2, John1) lived in Randolph, Mass., where he was married May 10, 1855, to Sarah Ann Maria Chute, who was born October 31, 1834. He died February 17, 1902, in Taunton, Mass. He was a farmer.

605. GEORGE WALES8, born April 19, 1856; unmarried.
606. MOSES8, born September 23, 1859; married Carrie B. Fowler; no children.
607. MARY WORCESTER8, born August 1, 1861, Randolph, Mass.

Source: Whitcomb,Charlotte. The Whitcomb Family in America: A Biological Genealogy with a Chapter on our English Forbears "By The Name of Whetcombe": Publication made possible by James Arthur Whitcomb, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 1904. Page 102.

He worked as a bootmaker in 1850.


Note    N38-633         Index
Notes on Caleb Putnam and Jane ("Jenny") Longley Putnam:

Caleb was a farmer. He lived on the Putnam family homestead. He held military offices to the rank of captain in the Cavalry Co. of the 22d Regt. of the militia. For several years he took the lead of the singing in the church." (Livermore & Putnam, p. 481)
History of the Town of Wilton, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, Abiel Abbot Livermore and Sewell Putnam, 1888

WEC, referring to Jane/Jenny Longley: "Daughter of Asa, son of Jonas, 3rd son of Deacon John, the redeemed captive."

While the story of the "redeemed captive" might have been common knowledge in William Edward Chute's day, the story appears to have lost something of its notoriety in the intervening centuries. Needless to say, it was an interesting enough entry to make us, that is, the Chutes, look it up, and found two references. From "Epitaphs" by Dr. Samuel A. Green, Pub. l878 Little, Brown & Co.:

"Boston Tombstone Inscriptions at the Old Burial Ground, Groton, MA p.l8 Here lies buried Ye body of Deac John Longley who departed this life, May Ye 25th AD l750 in Ye 68th year of his age. Author's Note: The son of William and Deliverance (Crispe) Longley. When Groton was assaulted by the Indians July 27, l694 he was taken captive and held prisoner more than four years. p.4l Memento Mori Here lies the body of Mrs. Deborah Longley relict of Deacon John Longley who (she) departed this life Nov. the 7th AD l763 in the 72d year of her age. Author's note: Her maiden name was Houghton."



The expedition against Groton was planned in part by the Indians at a fort called Amsaquonte above Norridgewock, in Maine. It was arranged also in the plan of operations that Oyster River - now Durham, New Hampshire - should be attacked on the way; and the assault on that town was made July 18, 1694, nine days before the one on Groton. At Oyster River more than 90 persons were either killed or captured; the prisoners from the two towns appear to have been taken to Maine, where they were brought frequently together during their captivity.

The story of William and Deliverance Longley's family is a sad one. They were living, with their 8 children, on a small farm, perhaps a mile and a quarter from the village, on the east side of the Hollis Road. Their house was built of hewn logs, and was standing at the beginning of the 19th century. The old cellar, with its well-laid walls, was distinctly visable, and traces of it could be seen to modern times. The site of this house has been marked by a monument bearing the following inscription:

Here Dwelt
On the 27th of July 1694
The Indians Killed The Father and Mother
And Five of the Children
And Carried into Captivity
The Other Three.

The monument was erected in the autumn of 1879, at the expense of the town, on land generously given for the purpose by Mr. Zachariah Fitch, the present owner of the farm; and it was dedicated with appropriate exercises on Feb. 20, 1880.

On the fatal morning of July 27, 1694, the massacre of this family took place. The Indians appeared suddenly, coming from the other side of the Merrimack River, and began the attack at Lieut. William Lakin's house, where they were repelled with the loss of one of their number. They followed it up by assaulting other houses in the same neighborhood. They made quick work of it, and left the town as speedily as they came.

With the exception of John Shepley's house, it is not known that they destroyed any of the buildings; but they pillaged them before they departed. They carried off 13 prisoners, mostly children, and perhaps all, who must have retarded their march. There is a tradition that, early in the morning of the attack, the Indians turned Longley's cattle out of the barnyard into the cornfield and then lay in ambush. The stratagem worked. Longley rushed out of the house unarmed, in order to drive the cattle back, when he was murdered and all his family either killed or captured. The bodies of the slain were buried in one grave, a few rods northwest of the house. A small apple tree growing over the spot and a stone lying even with the ground, for many years furnished the only clue to the final resting place of this unfortunate family, but these have now disappeared.....Lydia, John and Betty were the names of the 3 children carried off by the Indians, and taken to Canada. Lydia was sold to the French and placed in the Congregation of Notre Dame, a convent in Montreal, where she embraced the Roman Catholic faith, and died July 20, 1758. Betty died soon after her capture from hunger and exposure; and John remained with the Indians more than 4 years, when he was ransomed and brought away. At one time during his captivity he was on the verge of starvation, when an Indian kindly gave him a dog's foot to gnaw, which for the time appeased his hunger. He was known among his captors as John Augary. After he came home his sister Lydia wrote from Canada urging him to give up the Protestant religion; but he remained true to the faith of his early instruction.

Their grandmother, the widow of Benjamin Crispe, made her will April 13, 1698, (admitted to probate in Middlesex Co., Ma. the following Dec.) and in it she remembered these absent children: "I give and bequeath unto my three Grand-Children that are in Captivity if they returne, these books one of them a bible, another a Sermon booke treating of faith and the other a psalms book". John Longley returned about the time when the grandmother died; and subsequently he filled many important offices both in the church and the town. Like his father and grandfather, he was the town clerk during several years.

After the attack of July 27th the town was left in poor circumstances, and the inhabitants found it difficult to meet the demands made on them. In this emergency they petitioned the General Court for relief, which was duly granted. 3 years later, the town of Groton was attacked again, and Stephen Holden and his two sons were taken captive for about 2 years.

ref: History of Middlesex Co., vol. 2, pp. 512, 513;
........Massachusetts Archives, v. VIII, pp. 39, 40.


Note    N634         Index
5 children.

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