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Elizabeth Pease

Elizabeth Pease

Elizabeth Pease, the daughter of Joseph Pease and Elizabeth Beaumont Pease, was born in Darlington on 5th January 1807. Her father was a wool manufacturer and along with his wife were Quakers who played a leading role in philanthropic and humanitarian movements. Elizabeth was educated at a local school and then by a governess, but her studies were disrupted by nursing her sick mother who died in 1824. (1)

Elizabeth came from a family heavily involved in the struggle for social reform. She was related to Isabella Ford and was close to Harriet Martineau. Elizabeth worked as her father's secretary in the campaign's for Catholic Emancipation, abolition of the Test Acts and the struggle against slavery. (2)

In 1824 Elizabeth Heyrick published her pamphlet Immediate not Gradual Abolition. In her pamphlet Heyrick argued passionately in favour of the immediate emancipation of the slaves in the British colonies. This differed from the official policy of the Anti-Slavery Society that believed in gradual abolition. She called this "the very masterpiece of satanic policy" and called for a boycott of the sugar produced on slave plantations. (3)

In the pamphlet Heyrick attacked the "slow, cautious, accommodating measures" of the leaders. "The perpetuation of slavery in our West India colonies is not an abstract question, to be settled between the government and the planters; it is one in which we are all implicated, we are all guilty of supporting and perpetuating slavery. The West Indian planter and the people of this country stand in the same moral relation to each other as the thief and receiver of stolen goods". (4)

William Wilberforce and other leaders of the Anti-Slavery Society were upset by Heyrick's views and attempts were made to suppress information about the existence of this pamphlet. Wilberforce's biographer, William Hague, claims that Wilberforce was unable to adjust to the idea of women becoming involved in politics "occurring as this did nearly a century before women would be given the vote in Britain". (5)

Elizabeth Pease and most of the women involved in the campaign against slavery agreed with Heyrick. Although women were allowed to be members they were virtually excluded from its leadership. Wilberforce disliked to militancy of the women and wrote to Thomas Babington protesting that "for ladies to meet, to publish, to go from house to house stirring up petitions - these appear to me proceedings unsuited to the female character as delineated in Scripture". (6)

On 8th April, 1825, Lucy Townsend held a meeting at her home to discuss the issue of the role of women in the anti-slavery movement. Townsend, Elizabeth Heyrick, Mary Lloyd, Sarah Wedgwood, Sophia Sturge and the other women at the meeting decided to form the Birmingham Ladies Society for the Relief of Negro Slaves (later the group changed its name to the Female Society for Birmingham). (7) The group "promoted the sugar boycott, targeting shops as well as shoppers, visiting thousands of homes and distributing pamphlets, calling meetings and drawing petitions." (8)

The society which was, from its foundation, independent of both the national Anti-Slavery Society and of the local men's anti-slavery society. As Clare Midgley has pointed out: "It acted as the hub of a developing national network of female anti-slavery societies, rather than as a local auxiliary. It also had important international connections, and publicity on its activities in Benjamin Lundy's abolitionist periodical The Genius of Universal Emancipation influenced the formation of the first female anti-slavery societies in America". (9)

Elizabeth Pease formed a women's group in Darlington. Other groups were established in Nottingham (Ann Taylor Gilbert), Sheffield (Mary Anne Rawson, Mary Roberts), Leicester (Elizabeth Heyrick, Susanna Watts), Glasgow (Jane Smeal), Norwich (Amelia Opie, Anna Gurney), London (Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, Mary Foster) and Chelmsford (Anne Knight). By 1831 there were seventy-three of these women's organisations campaigning against slavery. (10)

She supported the campaign for the 1832 Reform Act which enabled Joseph Pease, to become Britain's first Quaker member of the House of Commons. However, unlike most middle-class reformers, Elizabeth was not satisfied with this measure and along with her close friend, Anne Knight, became a supporter of the campaign for universal suffrage.

The Slavery Abolition Act was passed on 28th August 1833. This act gave all slaves in the British Empire their freedom. The British government paid £20 million in compensation to the slave owners. The amount that the plantation owners received depended on the number of slaves that they had. For example, Henry Phillpotts, the Bishop of Exeter, received £12,700 for the 665 slaves he owned. (11)

Pease joined forces with her friend Jane Smeal of Glasgow to campaign for universal suffrage. Smeal pointed out: "The females in this city who have much leisure for philanthropic objects are I believe very numerous - but unhappily that is not the class who take an active part in the cause here - neither the noble, the rich, nor the learned are to be found advocating our cause. Our subscribers and most efficient members are all in the middling and working classes but they have great zeal and labour very harmoniously together." (12)

In March 1838, Elizabeth and Jane Smeal published a pamphlet, Address to the Women of Great Britain, where they urged women to organise female political associations. She fostered links between female anti-slavery societies in Britain and the United States, and she became one of the leading British promoters of the radical wing of the movement which was led by William Lloyd Garrison. Pease also engaged in an extensive correspondence with American abolitionists. (13)

Elizabeth Pease attended the World Anti-Slavery Convention held at Exeter Hall in London, in June 1840 but as a woman was refused permission to speak. However, she did take the opportunity to meet American abolitionists, such as Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Mott later commented that Pease was "a fine noble-looking girl". (14)

Anne Knight became aware that the artist, Benjamin Robert Haydon, had started a group portrait of those involved in the fight against slavery. She wrote a letter to Lucy Townsend complaining about the lack of women in the painting. "I am very anxious that the historical picture now in the hand of Haydon should not be performed without the chief lady of the history being there in justice to history and posterity the person who established (women's anti-slavery groups). You have as much right to be there as Thomas Clarkson himself, nay perhaps more, his achievement was in the slave trade; thine was slavery itself the pervading movement." (15)

When the painting was completed it did include Elizabeth Pease. Clare Midgley, the author of Women Against Slavery (1995) points out that it also featured Mary Anne Rawson, Amelia Opie and Annabella Byron: "Haydon's group portrait is exceptional in that it does record the existence of women campaigners. Most other memorials did not. There are no public monuments to women activists to complement those to William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson and other male leaders of the movement... In the written memoirs of these men, women tend to appear as helpful and inspirational wives, mothers and daughters rather than as activists in their own right." (16)

Elizabeth Pease was a great advocate of women becoming involved in politics. She wrote to her friend, John Collins: "I believe there are few persons whose natural feelings are so opposed to women appearing prominently before the public, as mine - but viewed in the light of principle I see, the prejudice - custom and other feelings which will not stand the test of truth, are at the bottom, and must be laid aside." (17)

In 1842 Elizabeth Pease became a Chartist: "I believe the Chartists generally hold the doctrine of the equality of women's rights - but, I am not sure whether they do not consider that when she marries, she merges her political rights with those of her husband." (18) She argued passionately for social reform: "The grand principle of the natural equality of man - a principle alas almost buried, in the land, beneath the rubbish of an hereditary aristocracy and the force of a state religion. Working people are driven almost to desperation by those who consider they are but chattels made to minister to their luxury and add to their wealth." (19)

Elizabeth Pease married Dr John Pringle Nichol, regius professor of astronomy at the University of Glasgow on 6th July 1853. He was a Presbyterian, and Elizabeth was disowned by the Society of Friends for "marrying out". Pease left the family home in Darlington to live with her husband in Glasgow until his death in 1859. Elizabeth was a member of the Peace Society and the Temperance Society also took part in the anti-vivisection campaign. She publicly supported women's struggle to gain medical training at Edinburgh University; she became a member of the Edinburgh committee of the Ladies' Educational Association. (20)

In February 1880 Elizabeth was present at the Great Demonstration of Women at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester. She pointed out that some of her friends considered her to be "ungenteel" and "vulgar" because she was a supporter of universal suffrage. Elizabeth also signed the "Letter from Ladies to Members of Parliament", asking for the inclusion of women heads of householders in the 1884 Reform Act. (21)

Elizabeth Pease Nichol, died aged 90, on 3rd February 1897 at her home, Huntly Lodge, in Edinburgh, and was buried on 8th February alongside her husband in Grange Cemetery.

The females in this city who have much leisure for philanthropic objects are I believe very numerous - but unhappily that is not the class who take an active part in the cause here - neither the noble, the rich, nor the learned are to be found advocating our cause. Our subscribers and most efficient members are all in the middling and working classes but they have great zeal and labour very harmoniously together.

I believe there are few persons whose natural feelings are so opposed to women appearing prominently before the public, as mine - but viewed in the light of principle I see, the prejudice - custom and other feelings which will not stand the test of truth, are at the bottom, and must be laid aside.

The grand principle of the natural equality of man - a principle alas almost buried, in the land, beneath the rubbish of an hereditary aristocracy and the force of a state religion. Working people are driven almost to desperation by those who consider they are but chattels made to minister to their luxury and add to their wealth.

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(1) Clare Midgley, Elizabeth Pease Nichol : Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-2014)

(2) Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide 1866-1928 (2000) page 462

(3) Stephen Tomkins, William Wilberforce (2007) page 206

(4) Elizabeth Heyrick, Immediate not Gradual Abolition (1824)

(5) William Hague, William Wilberforce: The Life of the Great Anti-Slave Trade Campaigner (2008) page 487

(6) William Wilberforce, letter to Thomas Babington (31st January, 1826)

(7) Adam Hochschild, Bury the Chains: The British Struggle to Abolish Slavery (2005) page 326

(8) Stephen Tomkins, William Wilberforce (2007) page 208

(9) Clare Midgley, Lucy Townsend : Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-2014)

(10) Richard Reddie, Abolition! The Struggle to Abolish Slavery in the British Colonies (2007) page 214

(11) Jack Gratus, The Great White Lie (1973) page 240 (12)

(12) Jane Smeal, letter Elizabeth Pease (May, 1836)

(13) Clare Midgley, Elizabeth Pease Nichol : Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-2014)

(14) Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide 1866-1928 (2000) page 463

(15) Anne Knight, letter to Lucy Townsend (20th September, 1840)

(16) Clare Midgley, Women Against Slavery (1995) page 2

(17) Elizabeth Pease, letter to John Collins (14th December, 1840)

(18) Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide 1866-1928 (2000) page 463

(19) Elizabeth Pease, letter to Anne Phillips (29th September, 1842)

(20) Clare Midgley, Elizabeth Pease Nichol : Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (2004-2014)

(21) Elizabeth Crawford, The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide 1866-1928 (2000) page 463


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Esselte Pendaflex Corporation is one of the oldest American manufacturers of office filing supplies and a North American market leader. The company makes general filing products and filing supplies, labeling systems and supplies, report covers and portfolios, bound books, binders and loose-leaf supplies, plastic office accessories, and document binding systems and supplies. Well known for its Oxford brand of filing supplies and for its Pendaflex hanging folders, Esselte Pendaflex also markets other leading brands such as Boorum & Pease, Amberg, and Dymo. Approximately 90 percent of the company's products are manufactured at the company's own production facilities in Syracuse, New York Parsippany, New Jersey Union, Missouri Los Angeles, California, and other U.S. cities, as well as in Toronto, Canada. Owned by the Swedish company Esselte AB, one of the three largest suppliers of office products in the world, Esselte Pendaflex accounts for approximately 17 percent of its parent company's sales. Esselte Pendaflex markets primarily in the United States and Canada, though its presence in the Mexican market is increasing. A small percentage of the company's sales include exports to the Caribbean, South and Central America, the Middle East, and Asia.

The company was founded in Manhattan in 1882 by two brothers, Charles S. Jonas and Richard A. Jonas. Their company, Charles S. Jonas and Brother, at first operated in the specific field of paper ruling, providing the service of ruling lines on paper provided by its customers. After the turn of the century, businesses began to keep files using index cards and file folders, and Charles S. Jonas and Brother began to manufacture these items. This was the company's first venture in making its own products. The product line, at first limited to index cards and guides, gradually expanded, and sales began to cover a larger territory. The company was renamed Record Card Company in 1909, reflecting the new manufacturing bent.

In 1918, the Record Card Company first registered the Oxford brand name. The success of Oxford led the company to change its name in 1921 to the Oxford Filing Supply Company. The firm continued to specialize in filing supplies, introducing many new items which contributed to the growth of the filing industry. In 1929, the company began making expanding envelopes and introduced the convenience of file folder labels in rolls, as well as corrugated board transfer files in a drawer style. The company's most significant advance, however, was the Oxford Pendaflex hanging file folder. This was the now familiar filing pouch that hooked over the sides of a file drawer. Smaller files placed inside the hanging file allowed the drawer to be easily subdivided. The company called its Pendaflex hanging file the greatest development in filing since the evolution of the filing folder. The Pendaflex added significantly to the Oxford product line.

Oxford Filing Supply gradually expanded its operations beyond the New York City environs, establishing a midwestern base in 1934, with a factory in St. Louis. Its main plant moved in 1948 from Brooklyn to Garden City, New York. The company built a West Coast manufacturing facility in 1953 in Los Angeles, and the St. Louis and Los Angeles plants were expanded several times in the 1960s. Also during this time, the company opened new facilities in Augusta, Georgia, and in East Rutherford, New Jersey, while establishing an equipment division in Long Island, which later moved to larger quarters in Moonachie, New Jersey.

Oxford Filing Supply Company changed its name in 1969 to reflect its leading brand, and the company became the Oxford Pendaflex Corporation. Business continued to grow, and, during the early 1970s, Oxford Pendaflex expanded its New Jersey, Missouri, Georgia, and California facilities. By 1976, the company had subsidiaries in Mexico, Costa Rica, and Venezuela, employed a work force of 1,200, and had a marketing organization supplying approximately 5,500 dealers and 60 wholesalers across the United States and Canada.

The company's comprehensive North American marketing organization was an attractive asset, and, in 1976, the Swedish office supply firm Esselte AB made a lucrative offer for Oxford Pendaflex. Oxford Pendaflex shares had been trading on the New York Stock Exchange for between $13 and $14 a share, and Esselte offered $23 a share to take over the American company. The two companies announced an agreement in March, and Oxford Pendaflex became part of the Swedish company's Esselte Business Systems group. Esselte was a much larger firm than Oxford Pendaflex, with 1975 sales of approximately $350 million, compared to an estimated $60 million for the American firm. Esselte was founded in Sweden in 1913 from the merger of ten small printing works. The company expanded into office supplies and equipment, which it marketed internationally, and in Sweden the company also engaged in printing, publishing, and consumer packaging. Esselte began an acquisition spree in 1974, buying up eleven companies including one in West Germany, one in England and another in Brazil, before acquiring Oxford Pendaflex in 1976. Esselte had positioned itself as one of the world's leading companies in office equipment, and it was willing to pay a high price for Oxford Pendaflex in order to gain access to the American and Canadian market.

Sales grew in the years after the takeover, reaching close to $75 million by 1978. That year Oxford Pendaflex, backed by parent company Esselte, took over the California company Dymo Industries, which was well known for its Dymotape labelling equipment. Dymo had revenues of close to $210 million, and more than half of its sales came from foreign operations. Esselte AB already distributed some of the Dymo line in Europe, and it paid out $43.5 million for the company. Although Dymo initially resisted the takeover, by July 1978 Oxford Pendaflex controlled 94 percent of Dymo's stock. Oxford took over the Dymo product lines, which included Ideal accounting books and the Sten-C-Labl addressing system in addition to Dymotape.

The next year, Oxford Pendaflex changed its name to Esselte Pendaflex Corporation and continued to expand through acquisitions. In 1981, Esselte Pendaflex took over the operation of its parent's U.S. pricemarking division by integrating with the Esselte subsidiary Esselte Meto. Esselte Meto had been formed out of the pricemarking operations of Dymo and that of a 1980 acquisition, Primark. The company's next major addition was the Boorum & Pease Company in 1985. Boorum & Pease, based in Elizabeth, New Jersey, manufactured and marketed office supplies, record-keeping supplies, and information storage and retrieval products, and was a leading manufacturer of blank books and looseleaf binders. The company had revenues of $70 million in 1985, and Esselte Pendaflex paid $40 million for it. That year, Esselte Pendaflex also acquired a Los Angeles firm called Universal Paper Goods. This company had a West Coast business manufacturing custom order folders and office supplies.

Esselte Business Systems, of which Esselte Pendaflex was a division, continued to pursue growth through acquisition. The company bought up nine firms in 1987 alone, with a total combined annualized sales of around $85 million. The three divisions of Esselte Business Systems, which included Esselte Pendaflex for office supplies, a division specializing in graphic arts supplies, and a retail supply division, posted record sales and profits in 1987. Esselte Pendaflex also named a new president that year, Theodore V. Kachel.

In the early 1990s, however, the U.S. market for office supplies weakened significantly. Parent company Esselte AB was forced to institute a stringent cost-cutting plan that included large bouts of lay-offs in 1990 and 1991, in order to make up for the deteriorating market conditions in the United States, as well as in some European markets. Sales for Esselte Pendaflex dropped off steeply between 1989 and 1990, and revenue remained relatively static over the next few years. Operating income also shrank drastically between 1989 and 1990, and in 1993 the company posted a loss.

The company's difficulties were attributed in part to changes in the North American office supply market overall. Distribution became more concentrated as stores consolidated through mergers and acquisitions and new superstores became more important players. Competition was intense between the large distributors, and prices overall were forced down. By 1993, Esselte Pendaflex had a smaller pool of customers than in past years, though the customers on the whole were larger. Another change in the market lay in the declining number of white collar workers within major corporations. And though more people were working from their homes, with an estimated 39 million home offices in 1992, this did not altogether offset the loss of corporate workers.

Esselte Pendaflex was aware of these changing conditions and took steps to keep pace. However, the company's operating costs were very high in the early 1990s, and many of its products had low profit margins. This led to a disappointing drop in income. The company appointed a new divisional president in April 1993, Alan Wood. His mission was to reorganize the company for cost efficiency. Esselte Pendaflex expected to make major transitions through 1993 and 1994. Despite recent changes in the market, the company still saw opportunity for growth and predicted improved profitability over the coming years.

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Source: International Directory of Company Histories , Vol. 11. St. James Press, 1995.


Elizabeth Pease - History


2.1.2.2.3.4.4.3 Thomas F. (John D., John, John, Samuel, John, James, John), son of John D. and Sophronia (Lambert) Pease b. 1836 m. Apr 30, 1866 in Tisbury, MA, Sarah P. Vincent age 18. She was the daughter of Jared Vincent [2.7.2.3.1.4] b. Dec 12, 1807 in Edgartown, and Eliza L. Manter. Jared and Eliza were married (int.) Apr 19, 1834. Thomas Pease was issued Seaman's Protection Papers Aug 03, 1852, describing him as being five feet-two inches in height, dark complexion, brown hair, brown eyes. He was five inches taller when a second set of papers was issued on Jul 03, 1857. Children of Thomas F. and Sarah P. (Vincent) Pease born in Chilmark, MA:

2.1.2.2.3.4.4.3.1 Lydia Stephen b. Jul 09, 1870 d.
2.1.2.2.3.4.4.3.2 Ethel b. Mar 08, 1877 d.
2.1.2.2.3.4.4.3.3 Thomas Franklin b. Aug 02, 1880 d. Jan 30, 1968 Oak Bluffs, MA
2.1.2.2.3.4.4.3.4 Alice B. b. Sep 10, 1884 d. Nov 05, 1885 Chilmark, MA
2.1.2.2.3.4.4.3.5 Leroy M. b. Aug 31, 1886 d. Aug 22, 1890 Chilmark, MA

Children of Captain Peter (Peter, Peter, Joseph, Matthew, James, John) and Sarah Allen (Dunham) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.1 William Allen Pease b. Aug 24, 1820 m. May 06, 1847 in Dorchester, MA, Mary Ann Tolman b. Jun 10, 1828 in Dorchester, MA d. Nov 09, 1913 from myocarditis in Boston. She was the daughter of William Tolman b. Apr 01, 1796 in Dorchester, and Mary Hill b. in Brighton, MA. Children of William Allen and Mary Ann (Tolman) Pease born in Edgartown, MA:

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.1.1 Margaret Tolman b. Mar 06, 1848 d.
2.1.4.2.5.1.2.1.2 Julia M. b. Aug 04, 1851 d.
2.1.4.2.5.1.2.1.3 Abby Frances b. Apr 21, 1853 d. Jul 09, 1930 Newton, MA
2.1.4.2.5.1.2.1.4 Mariana b. Sep 24, 1855 d.
2.1.4.2.5.1.2.1.5 Elizabeth Harriet b. Nov 10, 1857 d. Feb 13, 1936 Newton, MA

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2 Peter Pease b. Apr 15, 1822 d. Mar 14, 1877 of heart disease in Edgartown m. (1) Feb 04, 1843 in Stonington, CT, Maria Norton d. Jan 25, 1846 of consumption in Edgartown. One child of Peter and Maria (Norton) Pease born in Edgartown, MA:

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2.1 Sarah M. b. 1846 d.

Peter Pease m. (2) Aug 10, 1851 in Edgartown, Abbie Frances Tanner b. Jul 26, 1827 in Phoenix, Rhode Island d. Mar 14, 1897 from cancer in Edgartown. She was the daughter of John B. and Sarah (Gardner) Tanner. of Phoenix. Children of Peter and Abbie Frances (Tanner) Pease, 1 born in Phoenix, RI, others born in Edgartown, MA:

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2.2 Addie J. b. 1854 d.
2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2.3 Frederick E. b. Jan 25, 1857 d. Mar 31, 1916 Edgartown, MA
2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2.4 Byron E. b. Jun 19, 1862 d. Jan 18, 1946 Nantucket, MA
2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2.5 Lillean E. b. Mar 19, 1867 d.

Children of Joseph Fitch (Matthew, Elijah, Matthew, Matthew, James, John) and Lydia C. (Earl) Pease born in Nantucket, Massachusetts:

2.1.4.6.3.1.1.2 Henry Pease b. 1824 m. Jul 1851 in Nantucket, Eunice B. Winslow. She was the daughter of George and Love Cartwright (Barnard) Winslow, who were married Jun 03, 1828 in Nantucket.

2.1.4.6.3.1.1.5 George W. F. Pease b. 1837 d. Jan 18, 1859 in Nantucket m. Sep 19, 1858 in Nantucket, Mary Ingraham Clark b. Jun 21, 1840 in Nantucket. She was the daughter of Charles A. Clark b. Jul 01, 1799 in Nantucket, and his second wife, Sarah Gardner b. Jul 02, 1810. Charles and Sarah were married May 13, 1830 in Nantucket. George Pease was a tailor. One child of George W. F. and Mary Ingraham (Clark) Pease born in Nantucket, MA:

2.1.4.6.3.1.1.5.1 Joseph H. b. Sep 19, 1858 d.

Mary Ingraham (Clark) Pease m. (2) Jul 04, 1886, as his third wife, Mark J. Worcester, an optician age 59 b. in Andover, MA.

Children of Matthew (Matthew, Elijah, Matthew, Matthew, James, John) and Sarah Noyes (Pease) Pease born in Nantucket, Massachusetts:

2.1.4.6.3.1.3.1 Coffin Fitch Pease b. Sep 1825 m. Jul 01, 1852 in Nantucket, Mary C. Eldridge b. in Falmouth, MA. She was the daughter of Thomas and Hannah (Swinerton) Eldridge. Children of Coffin Fitch and Mary C. (Eldridge) Pease born in Nantucket, MA:

2.1.4.6.3.1.3.1.1 Frederick A. b. Jul 20, 1855 d.
2.1.4.6.3.1.3.1.2 Henry A. b. Jul 20, 1855 d. Mar 05, 1858 Nantucket, MA

Mary C. (Eldridge) Pease m. (2) Oct 01, 1885 in Nantucket, as his second wife, Thomas Childs age 64.

2.1.4.6.3.1.3.2 Matthew Pease b. 1828 m. Jul 01, 1852 in Nantucket, Harriet N. Fisher b. about 1827 in Nantucket. She was the daughter of Lemuel and Martha (Jones) Fisher. Also known as Hannah, she m. (2) Oct 16, 1879 in Nantucket, Gershom Phinney age 54 b. in Sandwich, MA. He was the son of Gershom and Martha (Swift) Phinney.

Children of Matthew (Abraham, Elijah, Matthew, Matthew, James, John) and Susan Maria (Boyden) Pease born in Boston, MA:

2.1.4.6.3.11.2 Frank Walter Pease b. Mar 08, 1853 m. Feb 08, 1876 in Boston, Francina L. Smith age 25 b. in Hampden, MA. She was the daughter of Ames and Judith Smith.

2.1.4.6.3.11.3 Addie K. Pease b. 1855 m. Oct 10, 1877 in Boston, Edward H. Frye age 28 b. in England. He was a book binder, and the son of Edward and Mary Frye.

2.1.4.6.3.11.4.4 Wesley Fletcher (Benjamin F., Abraham, Elijah, Matthew, Matthew, James, John), son of Benjamin F and Betsey G. (Patterson) Pease b. Jul 23, 1859 in Nantucket, MA d. Jan 16, 1943 from chronic myocarditis in Newton, MA bur. with his wife in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Boston m. Nov 18, 1890 in Newton, MA, Ann W. Howley b. in St. Sylvester, Quebec, Canada d. Sep 30, 1939 age 77 from stomach cancer in Newton. She was the daughter of John and Anne (Percy) Howley of Quebec. One child of Wesley Fletcher and Ann W. (Howley) Pease born in Newton, MA:

2.1.4.6.3.11.4.4.1 John Benjamin b. Oct 19, 1893 d.

2.1.5.5.3.7.2.2 Lydia Weeks Pease b. Sep 07, 1828 m. Nov 14, 1848 in Tisbury, Josiah H. Vincent b. Mar 14, 1823. He was the son of William Sanford Vincent b. Mar 10, 1795 in Tisbury d. Jan 06, 1881, and Hannah Look b. May 16, 1801. William S. was a representative to the Massachusetts Legislature, and a Justice of the Peace. He and Hannah were married Feb 28, 1820 in Tisbury.

2.1.5.5.3.7.2.3 Joanna Pease b. Mar 03, 1830 d. Nov 26, 1905 in Tisbury bur. with her husband in Lambert's Cove Cemetery in W. Tisbury m. Oct 20, 1850 in Tisbury, by Ebenezer Chase, to Wendell Luce b. Dec 16, 1817 in Chilmark, MA d. Jul 20, 1893 in Tisbury. He was the son of Ebenezer Luce b. May 10, 1785 in Tisbury, and Mary Ann Joseph b. Nov 23, 1797 in Tisbury d. Sep 23, 1881 on No Man's Land, MA. Ebenezer and Mary Ann were married Dec 07, 1815.

2.1.5.5.3.7.2.4 William Luce Pease b. Apr 07, 1833 d. Jan 02, 1914 from a cerebral hemorrhage in W. Tisbury bur. in Lambert's Cove Cemetery m. Jan 07, 1856 in Fairhaven, MA by B. L. Bachelor, Minister of the Gospel, to Nancy Cleveland Pease [2.1.5.5.3.9.6.1] b. Oct 18, 1837 in Fairhaven d. Jun 01, 1913 in W. Tisbury. She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth E. (Dyer) Pease. Children of William Luce and Nancy Cleveland (Pease) Pease born in Tisbury, MA:

2.1.5.5.3.7.2.4.1 Henry Stetson b. Jan 17, 1858 d. Jul 26, 1875 Tisbury, MA
2.1.5.5.3.7.2.4.2 Nancy William b. Nov 15, 1862 d.
2.1.5.5.3.7.2.4.3 George Sherburn b. Apr 26, 1867 d. May 04, 1886 Tisbury, MA
2.1.5.5.3.7.2.4.4 William Henry b. Apr 20, 1877 d. Jul 12, 1909 W. Tisbury, MA
2.1.5.5.3.7.2.4.5 Henry S. b. Apr 20, 1877 d.


Children of Henry A. (Salathiel, Benjamin, Benjamin, Benjamin, David, John) and Mary A. (Fisher) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.2 Henry A. Pease Jr. b. 1822 d. Oct 12, 1892 from heart disease in Edgartown m. Mar 30, 1851 in Edgartown, by Reverend Charles G. Hatch to Phebe Ann Smith b. Apr 28, 1828 d. Nov 11, 1900 from a cerebral hemorrhage in Edgartown. She was the daughter of Holmes W. and Sophia (Coffin) Smith. Holmes and Sophia were married Aug 19, 1823 in Edgartown. Henry A. Pease Jr. was master of the 340 ton ship, the Planter of Nantucket. On May 19, 1852, the ship sailed for the Pacific whaling grounds, and arrived on St. Augustine Island Aug 18, 1853. Captain Pease in his journal described the island natives, their habit and dress, and some of the ceremonies they invited him and his crew to join. The ship arrived back in Edgartown Aug 07, 1856 with 1300 barrels of sperm oil and 100 barrels of whale oil. He was also master of the ship Menkar on it's voyage between Aug 16, 1851 and Apr 06, 1854, master of the ship Cambria on it's voyage between Sep 12, 1854 and Apr 29, 1858, and the bark Mattapoisett , on it's voyage between May 27, 1878 and Sep 07, 1879. Phebe Ann sailed with her husband on the Cambria when it sailed on Oct 05, 1858. She left the ship after three years, returning to Martha's Vineyard in order for her daughter Grace to be born in New England. The Cambria returned Nov 25, 1862. In the parlor of the Pease house, hung a much cherished painting of the ship, done by a Chinese Artist in the Orient. According to a niece, the fireplace in the same room was never lit, in order to keep ashes off of the revered painting. Children of Henry A. and Phebe Ann (Smith) Pease born in Edgartown, MA:

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.2.1 Henry Holmes b. Jan 26, 1852 d. Mar 02, 1933 Oak Bluffs, MA
2.4.1.4.2.3.1.2.2 Grace S. b. Jul 26, 1861 d. Jul 30, 1876 Edgartown, MA

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.3 Lois Neal Pease b. Oct 30, 1823 d. Jun 13, 1904 m. Feb 18, 1846 in Edgartown, Charles Edward Starbuck b. May 03, 1816 in Nantucket, MA d. May 30, 1863. He was the son of Charles Starbuck b. Feb 17, 1786 in Nantucket d. Mar 21, 1825 off the coast of Brazil, and Eliza Allen b. Dec 02, 1789 in Nantucket d. Feb 20, 1864. Charles and Eliza were married Jul 20, 1809 on Nantucket.

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.4 John Pease b. Nov 11, 1824 d. Nov 10, 1893 from pneumonia in Edgartown m. Nov 26, 1850 in Tisbury, MA, Aurilla C. Look b. Mar 03, 1834 in Tisbury d. Oct 17, 1909 from stomach cancer in Edgartown. She was the daughter of Davis A. Look b. in Chilmark, and Abigail N. Dunham b. Aug 27, 1807 in Tisbury. Davis and Abigail were married (int.) Nov 09, 1826. John Pease operated a livery business on the island. In the early days, he used horse drawn barges between Cottage City and Edgartown, one being the famous Pilot . Children of John and Aurilla C. (Look) Pease born in Edgartown, MA:

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.4.1 Mary A. b. 1851 d.
2.4.1.4.2.3.1.4.2 George L. b. Mar 08, 1857 d. Feb 22, 1877 Edgartown, MA
2.4.1.4.2.3.1.4.3 Abbie Davis b. Jan 29, 1861 d. Sep 27, 1943 Oak Bluffs, MA
2.4.1.4.2.3.1.4.4 Chester E. b. Nov 25, 1862 d. Oct 15, 1951 Edgartown, MA

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5 Charles Wesley Pease b. Apr 13, 1827 d. Mar 22, 1876 from a stomach ulcer in Edgartown m. Jul 22, 1852 in Edgartown, by Reverend B. Gould, to Parnell Cathcart Smith b. Jul 04, 1833 in Edgartown d. Jan 13, 1893 of heart disease and measles in Edgartown. She was the daughter of Tisdale Smith b. May 12, 1792 in Edgartown, and Jedidah Stewart b. Apr 15, 1795 in Edgartown. Tisdale and Jedidah were married Apr 08, 1824. Children of Charles Wesley and Parnell Cathcart (Smith) Pease born in Edgartown, MA:

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.1 Mary Wesley b. Dec 27, 1853 d. Jan 14, 1908 Edgartown, MA
2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.2 Parnell C. b. Nov 10, 1855 d. Feb 17, 1925 Edgartown, MA
2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.3 Tisdale S. b. Dec 12, 1857 d. Dec 15, 1931 Edgartown, MA
2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.4 Eliza M. b. Jan 27, 1860 d. Oct 25, 1860 Edgartown, MA
2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.5 Charles M. b. Aug 25, 1861 d. Mar 03, 1904 Edgartown, MA
2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.6 David Butler b. Nov 21, 1863 d. Nov 07, 1935 Oak Bluffs, MA
2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.7 Benjamin Warren b. Jul 30, 1866 d. Jan 23, 1938 Edgartown, MA
2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.8 Sarah F. b. Dec 25, 1868 d.
2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.9 Christine J. b. Jan 01, 1873 d.
2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.10 Stewart Parnell b. Apr 02, 1874 d. May 08, 1892 Providence, RI

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.6 Sarah F. Pease b. 1831 m. Nov 10, 1851 in Edgartown, Franklin R. Smith age 26 b. in Middletown, CT. He was the son of Henry and Lucy Smith.

Children of John H. (Salathiel, Benjamin, Benjamin, Benjamin, David, John) and Betsey (Wheldon) Pease born in Edgartown, MA:

2.4.1.4.2.3.3.1 Eunice R. Pease b. Mar 05, 1827 d. Dec 11, 1898 unmarried from vascular disease of the heart in Edgartown.

2.4.1.4.2.3.3.3 William Hall Pease b. Apr 22, 1838 d. Jun 15, 1915 from valvular heart disease in Edgartown m. Jan 01, 1861 in Abington, MA, by Congregational Minister William Leonard, to Fanny B. Boynton age 17 b. in Weymouth, MA. She was the daughter of William and Sarah Boynton. William worked in a shoe business in Brockton, MA. Children of William Hall and Fanny B. (Boynton) Pease 1 born in Edgartown, MA, 2 born in Abington, MA:

2.4.1.4.2.3.3.3.1 Frank Wheldon b. Jul 09, 1861 d.
2.4.1.4.2.3.3.3.2 Edith M. b. Jul 11, 1863 d.

William and Fanny, divorced, and she m. (2) Apr 25, 1883 in Abington, as his third wife, Secretary of State, Henry B. Pierce age 41. He was the son of Martin and Sarah Pierce.

Children of Elbridge Gerry (Timothy, Daniel, Benjamin, Benjamin, David, John) and Eliza (Clark) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.4.3.2.1.1 Emma A. Pease b. 1827 m. Mar 15, 1852 in Edgartown by Reverend George Crocker, to Nathan B. Mayhew b. in New Bedford, MA. He was a druggist, and the son of Julius and Julia Mayhew.

2.4.1.4.3.2.1.2 Susan Pease b. Aug 22, 1828 d. Sep 30, 1904 from cancer in Edgartown m. Feb 15, 1852 in Edgartown, by Reverend George Crocker, to Daniel Fisher Jr. He was the son of Daniel and Grace C. (Coffin) Fisher, who were married Sep 16, 1829 in Edgartown.

2.4.1.4.3.2.1.3 Timothy Pease b. Mar 02, 1833 d. Apr 23, 1896 from a cerebral hemorrhage in Edgartown. He was a book keeper.

2.4.1.4.3.2.3.2 Charles W. (Daniel, Timothy, Daniel, Benjamin, Benjamin, David, John), son of Daniel and Almira (King) Pease b. Jun 11, 1840 in Edgartown, MA d. Apr 06, 1909 from valvular heart disease in Edgartown m. Nov 15, 1863 in North Bridgewater, MA, Annie M. Jones b. May 19, 1841 in W. Bridgewater d. Mar 16, 1929 from a cerebral hemorrhage in Edgartown. She was the daughter of Isaac Jones b. in Turner, ME, and Olivia Warren b. in Abington, MA. Charles Pease was a boat builder.

2.4.1.4.3.2.5.1 Eliza Ann (Charles W., Timothy, Daniel, Benjamin, Benjamin, David, John), daughter of Charles W. and Lydia R. (King) Pease b. Jul 08, 1842 in Edgartown, MA d. Oct 27, 1918 from tuberculosis in Oak Bluffs m. Oct 19, 1864 in Edgartown, Henry Clay Chadwick b. Oct 14, 1844 in Edgartown d. May 16, 1910 from heart disease in Oak Bluffs. He was the son of Edward D. Chadwick b. May 01, 1817 in Nantucket, MA, and Clarinda Jernegan. Edward and Clarinda were married Jun 09, 1836 in Edgartown.

Children of Freeman (Timothy, Daniel, Benjamin, Benjamin, David, John)and Mary R. (Ripley) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.4.3.2.6.1 Horace S. Pease b. Nov 13, 1842 d. Apr 11, 1910 from heart disease in Edgartown. Horace was a shoemaker who died unmarried.

2.4.1.4.3.2.6.2 Eliza E. Pease b. 1848 m. Jun 15, 1870 in Boston, MA, Howard W. Spurr b. 1844 in Sandwich, MA. He was a grocer.

Children of John Harper (John Harper, Malatiah, Malatiah, Benjamin, David, John) and Mary B. (Bunker) Pease born in Nantucket, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.1 Edward Harper Pease b. Dec 17, 1816 d. Apr 12, 1849 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil m. Nov 04, 1838 in Nantucket, Jane Caroline Parker. Children of Edward Harper and Jane Caroline (Parker) Pease born in Nantucket, MA:

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.1.1 Mary Jane b. 1840 d.
2.4.1.6.2.1.4.1.2 Benjamin B. b. Sep 30, 1842 d. Jul 27, 1904 Nantucket, MA

Jane (Parker) Pease m. (2) Feb 08, 1857 in Nantucket, Valentine O. Holmes b. 1814 in Barnstable, MA

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.2 George Folger Pease b. 1818 d. Dec 11, 1900 m. Margaret Dickinson of CA.

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.3 Susan Bunker Pease b. Apr 30, 1822 m. May 19, 1844 in Nantucket, Allen C. Hinckley b. Aug 15, 1821 in Nantucket. He was a boat builder, and the son of Marshall and Ruth Hinckley.

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.4 John Harper Pease b. 1826 d. Nov 28, 1899 m. Nov 1857 in San Francisco, CA, Sarah C. Coffin b. Nov 30, 1834 in Nantucket. She was the daughter of Philander Coffin b. Jul 13, 1804 in Nantucket, and Mary Ceely. Philander and Mary were married Jul 01, 1824 in Nantucket. John Pease did some time on the waters. He was issued Seaman's Protection Papers Jul 24, 1848, which described him as five feet-six inches tall, dark complexion, dark hair, and black eyes. Sarah (Coffin) Pease m. (2) George Rand.

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.5 William Crawford Pease b. 1827 d. Apr 27, 1910 in Clare, Oregon m. 1854 in Brooklyn, NY, Henrietta E. Cartwright b. 1827 in New Haven, CT d. 1909. She was the daughter of David Gardner Cartwright b. Sep 05, 1799 in Nantucket, and Elizabeth Ceeley b. May 27, 1803. David and Elizabeth were married Aug 26, 1824 in Nantucket. William lived in Brooklyn, NY and moved to San Francisco, CA in 1849. Children of William Crawford and Henrietta E. (Cartwright) Pease, 2 born in Nantucket, MA:

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.5.1 Edward b. d.
2.4.1.6.2.1.4.5.2 Benjamin b. d.
2.4.1.6.2.1.4.5.4 George William b. Sep 16, 1862 d. Feb 10, 1905 Fall River, MA
2.4.1.6.2.1.4.5.5 Lester b. d.
2.4.1.6.2.1.4.5.6 William b. d.

2.4.1.6.2.5.5.1 Serena (Valentine Jr., Valentine, Malatiah, Malatiah, Benjamin, David, John), daughter of Valentine Jr. and Prudence (Ripley) Pease b. Mar 15, 1824 in Edgartown, MA d. Nov 19, 1901 from senile dibility in Edgartown m. Aug 22, 1842, William Cooke Pease [2.4.1.14.1.7.2] b. Oct 09, 1820 in Edgartown d. Dec 30, 1865. He was the son of Jeremiah and Eliza (Worth) Pease.

Children of Henry (Valentine, Malatiah, Malatiah, Benjamin, David, John) and Susan (Huxford) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.6.2.5.7.1 Charles Fordham Pease b. May 15, 1836 d. Mar 27, 1930 from chronic myocarditis in Brunswick, ME m. (1) Oct 28, 1862 in Providence, Rhode Island, by clergyman Cyrus A. Fay, to Harriet Johnson Anthony b. Apr 21, 1839 in Coventry, RI d. Feb 16, 1869 from diphtheria in Boston. She was the daughter of William H. Anthony b. Jun 08, 1810 in Rensellear, NY d. Jul 12, 1876, and Hannah Arnold b. in Smithfield, RI. William and Hannah were married May 1834. Children of Charles Fordham and Harriet Johnson (Anthony) Pease 1 born in Washington, RI, 2 born in Roxbury, MA:

2.4.1.6.2.5.7.1.1 Anna A. b. Dec 31, 1863 d. Mar 17, 1913 Boston, MA
2.4.1.6.2.5.7.1.2 Henry E. b. May 11, 1866 d. Feb 04, 1869 Boston, MA

Charles m. (2) Jun 06, 1872 in Boston, MA, Lucy M. Sawyer b. 1851 in Searsport, Maine. She was the daughter of Thomas W. Sawyer b. Jul 29, 1826 in Brooks, ME, and Harriet E. Fields b. 1830. Thomas and Harriet were married in 1850. One child of Charles Fordham and Lucy M. (Sawyer) Pease born in Boston, MA:

2.4.1.6.2.5.7.1.2 Charles Sumner b. Sep 24, 1875 d. Jul 12, 1936 Northampton, MA

2.4.1.6.2.5.7.2 Valentine Jenkins Pease b. Jul 23, 1839 d. Aug 27, 1922 from arteriosclerosis in Edgartown m. Jun 20, 1869 in New Bedford, MA, Ellen M. Cunningham b. Aug 26, 1842 in Needham, MA d. Jan 20, 1923 from pneumonia in Edgartown. She was the daughter of William Cunningham b. in Cashel, Ireland, and Mary Hurley b. in Ireland. Valentine was a clerk for William H. and Jonathan Munroe's store, and a salesman for a woolen concern in Boston. He traveled to Maine and New Hampshire with his latter job, and lived in Roxbury, MA. Valentine retired to the Vineyard on Water Street.

Children of Tristam Daggett (Valentine, Malatiah, Malatiah, Benjamin, David, John) and Mary Wass (Coffin) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.6.2.5.8.1 Tristam Daggett Pease Jr. b. Sep 09, 1831 d. Sep 07, 1917 from senile dibility at his home on North Water Street in Edgartown. Tristam's first sea voyage was with Captain Nathaniel Jernegan, his second as a boat steerer on the whaler " Franklin" from New Bedford, MA, and his third and last was on the Bark " Manuel Ortez " as third mate to Captain Frederick Forman. Pease's voyages took him to the Pacific Coast for shore whaling, and he spent some time in the mines of California and Idaho. Back in Edgartown, he was a painter in Oak Bluffs, until he and his brother, Alexander ran a grocery store left to them by their father, under the firm name of Pease Brothers. This store was near Morse's Wharf, until they removed it to Water Street. After twenty five years, they sold the business to Frank W. Beetle. Tristam Pease belonged to the Oriental Lodge A.F. & A.M. His funeral was conducted by Reverend Arthur Wadsworth, pastor of the Methodist-Episcopal Church.

2.4.1.6.2.5.8.3 Maria S. Pease b. Apr 21, 1840 d. Aug 13, 1902 in Edgartown m. Dec 28, 1870 in Edgartown, Jonas D. Linton age 36. He was the son of John and Sophronia Linton.

2.4.1.6.2.5.8.4 Alexander Pease b. Oct 03, 1844 d. Feb 07, 1936 at his home in Arlington, MA bur. Forest Hills Cemetery in Boston m. Oct 26, 1908 in Edgartown, Ella Frances Andrews b. Feb 24, 1863 in Boston d. Oct 20, 1960 from myocardial failure in Newburyport, MA. She was the daughter of Charles W. and Olive A. (Hawlin) Andrews from New Hampshire. Alexander was educated in the Edgartown schools, tried his hand at whaling for a few years, and spent some time in California, employed on a ranch. He returned to Edgartown to help his brother Tristam Jr. operate a grocery store, before removing first to Cambridge, MA, then to Arlington. Alexander took care of Tristam in his final days.

2.4.1.6.5.2.8.3 Elizabeth Parker (Thomas Marshall, Marshall, Obadiah, Malatiah, Benjamin, David, John), daughter of Thomas Marshall and Lydia Ann (Vincent) Pease b. Feb 18, 1848 in Edgartown, MA m. Nov 23, 1870 in Edgartown, William B. Atwood age 23 b. in Middleboro, MA. He was a teacher, and the son of Loranus and Charity Atwood.

Children of Thomas Marshall (Marshall, Obadiah, Malatiah, Benjamin, David, John) and Almira Louise (Atwood) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.6.5.2.8.4 Julias A. Pease b. Sep 08, 1857 in Edgartown, MA d. Jul 29, 1883 in Edgartown. Julias was a machinist. He was killed by lightning at his home.

2.4.1.6.5.2.8.5 Laura Mayberry Pease b. Jun 01, 1862 d. May 09, 1932 in Martha's Vineyard hospital, Oak Bluffs, MA, from injuries incurred slipping on the floor while bending over her bed. She was single and a school teacher. Educated in the Edgartown schools, and the Bridgewater Normal School, Laura taught at Everett, Stoughton, Oak Bluffs, and Edgartown. She was a member of the Edgartown Women's Club, the Dukes County Historical Society, and the Martha's Vineyard Chapter of the D.A.R.

Children of Daniel C. (Chase, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Charlotte (Fisher) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.14.1.3.1.1 John Nickerson Pease b. 1831 m. Jun 16, 1861 in Edgartown, Nancy Keniston b. 1835. She was the daughter of Samuel Keniston and Thankful Vincent b. Mar 25, 1811 in Edgartown. Samuel and Thankful were married Oct 24, 1830 in Edgartown. Nancy's brother, Samuel Keniston Jr. married Addie J. Pease [2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2.2]. Children of John Nickerson and Nancy (Keniston) Pease born in Edgartown, MA:

2.4.1.14.1.3.1.1.1 Willard b. Oct 19, 1862 d. Aug 09, 1873 Edgartown, MA
2.4.1.14.1.3.1.1.2 William N. b. Sep 29, 1872 d.

Widow Nancy (Keniston) Pease m. (2) in Wisconsin, Tristam Mayhew b. Jan 02, 1827 in Edgartown

2.4.1.14.1.3.1.2 Isaac David Pease b. Sep 04, 1832 d. Sep 18, 1913 in Edgartown m. Aug 13, 1866 in Edgartown, Eveline McLellan Clark b. Mar 21, 1844 in Gorham, ME d. Mar 23, 1919 from uterine cancer in Edgartown. She was the daughter of Aaron and Eveline Clark. Captain Pease was a veteran of the Civil War, a whaler, officer, and master. He was confined to bed as an invalid in his last years. Children of Isaac David and Eveline McLellan (Clark) Pease born in Edgartown, MA:

2.4.1.14.1.3.1.2.1 Benjamin Poole b. Aug 18, 1871 d. Jul 29, 1954 New Bedford, MA
2.4.1.14.1.3.1.2.2 Alexander McLellan b. Sep 26, 1876 d. Dec 18, 1946 Edgartown, MA

2.4.1.14.1.3.1.3 Charlotte F. Pease b. May 13, 1834 d. May 31, 1884 in Edgartown m. Jun 08, 1857 in Edgartown, Samuel H. Andrews, a mariner b. Nov 29, 182o in Tisbury, MA. He was the son of William C. Andrews d. Sep 30, 1843 from apoplexy in Tisbury, and Celia Luce d. Dec 29, 1849 of consumption in Tisbury age 61. William and Celia were married Jul 24, 1808.

Children of Richard Luce (Isaiah Dunham, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Mary West (Pease) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.14.1.5.2.1 Maria Thurston Pease b. Oct 16, 1836 d. Feb 09, 1913 in Edgartown, MA. Her obituary in part, "reared carefully and in an atmosphere of culture in both literature and history, she possessed a clear and cultivated mind as she grew into womanhood." Maria was a charter member of the Edgartown Women's Club served as it's secretary and treasurer, and a charter member of the Martha's Vineyard Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution elected as it's first historian and chaplain. She represented the D.A.R. at the 1906 Continental Congress in Washington, DC. Maria was also a choir member of the Methodist Church, and in her later years, with St. Andrew's Episcopal Church.

2.4.1.14.1.5.2.2 Harriet Marshall Pease b. Nov 19, 1840 d. Sep 23, 1907 from carcinoma of the esophagus in Edgartown. She was single, and a well known genealogist on the island.

Children of Isaiah Dunham Jr. (Isaiah Dunham, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Sarah E. (Allen) Pease:

2.4.1.14.1.5.4.1 Louis H. Pease b. Feb 02, 1850 in Falmouth, MA d. May 25, 1932 from stomach cancer in Edgartown m. Dec 26, 1875 in Edgartown, Cynthia B. Fisher b. Dec 26, 1855 in Edgartown d. May 26, 1939. She was the daughter of Daniel Fisher b. Oct 12, 1818 in Edgartown, and Cynthia Dexter (Blankenship) Kelley b. in Marion, MA. Daniel and Cynthia were married (int.) Dec 11, 1841. Louis ran a fish & ice market in Edgartown. He was one of the most respected businessmen in the area. His first job was an express delivery man for his uncle Sylvanus, eventually taking over the business from the elder. Louis later turned to lobstering, opened a fish market near the former Wesley House, another on Circuit Avenue, and one on his own property. Fish and ice were packed for shipment as well as retail, and his delivery customers numbered over 300. During the slow winter months, he built boats, wagons, houses, did chimney repair, and operated a nursery. His work day always began at 5 AM, even in his later years. Mr. Pease was a member of the Oriental Lodge, and the Sons of the American Revolution. Children of Louis H. and Cynthia B. (Fisher) Pease born in Edgartown, MA:

2.4.1.14.1.5.4.1.1 Ernest Allen b. Feb 08, 1876 d. Aug 02, 1931 New Bedford, MA
2.4.1.14.1.5.4.1.2 Louis Osman b. Aug 28, 1880 d. Jul 09, 1882 Edgartown, MA
2.4.1.14.1.5.4.1.3 Edith Lewis b. May 31, 1883 d.
2.4.1.14.1.5.4.1.4 Edward Howard b. Jun 22, 1885 d. Jul 23, 1928 Edgartown, MA
2.4.1.14.1.5.4.1.5 Fanny Louise b. Feb 06, 1888 d.

2.4.1.14.1.5.4.3 Osmond Kellen Pease b. May 23, 1855 in Falmouth, MA d. Jul 30, 1945 from congestive heart failure in Edgartown, MA m. Mar 14, 1876 in Boston, MA, Gertrude E. Packard age 22 b. in Quincy, MA d. Jan 18, 1884 in Edgartown. She was the daughter of John and Elvira Packard. Osmond, at the age of 15, was sent to Lynn, MA to learn carpentry. A year later he went to work for a civil engineer in Cambridgeport at a pay of seven dollars a week. He then delivered parcels, and one summer was given the task of sailing a cat boat to New York for a customer. A squall sprang up during the trip, the main rudder of the boat was lost, and he had to be towed into the harbor. Osmond purchased his own vessel rigged with a bowspirit that carried 14 feet clear of the stern, and swung a jib 20 odd feet on the hoist. He sailed this boat from Edgartown to Miami and Key West, Florida. After his wife passed away, Osmond lived alone in an old building on the North Wharf before moving to Sheriff's Lane. One child of Osmond Kellen and Gertrude E. (Packard) Pease:

2.4.1.14.1.5.4.3.1 Eddie H. b. Sep 1878 d. Dec 11, 1880 Boston, MA

2.4.1.14.1.5.4.4 Adaline R. Pease b. Sep 22, 1867 m. Dec 01, 1887 in Falmouth, MA, Martin H. Stearns age 23 b. in St. Albans, VT. He was a clerk, and the son of Osborne and Jennie S. Stearns.

Children of Joseph Thaxter (Jeremiah, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Sophronia Cottle (Norton) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.14.1.7.1.1 Horatio Nelson Pease b. Oct 23, 1836 d. Sep 07, 1919 from cancer of the pancreas in Oak Bluffs, MA m. Nov 27, 1858 in Chilmark, MA, Lydia A. Adams b. Mar 26, 1841 in Chilmark d. Apr 14, 1929 from a cerebral hemorrhage in Oak Bluffs. She was the daughter of Captain Carlton Calvin and Lydia (Athearn) Adams. Horatio Pease was a post office clerk, and in 1882, a keeper of the lighthouse on Gay Head. One child of Horatio Nelson and Lydia A. (Adams) Pease born in Chilmark, MA:

2.4.1.14.1.7.1.1.1 Sophronia Nelson b. Aug 04, 1862 d.

2.4.1.14.1.7.1.2 Joseph Thaxter Jr. Pease b. Jan 26, 1838 d. Jul 11, 1910 from carcinoma of the pancreas and liver in Edgartown m. Sep 05, 1862 in Chilmark, MA, Emma Frank Lewis b. Jun 04, 1842 in Tisbury, MA d. Aug 30, 1904 in Edgartown. She was the daughter of Shubael Lewis b. in Vinyardhaven, and Julia Ann Nye b. in Sandwich, MA. Joseph Pease was a painter and freight agent. Children of Joseph Thaxter Jr. and Emma Frank (Lewis) Pease born in Edgartown, MA:

2.4.1.14.1.7.1.2.1 Julia Nye b. Dec 26, 1862 d. Jan 31, 1894 Edgartown, MA
2.4.1.14.1.7.1.2.2 Warren L. b. May 02, 1866 d. Jan 23, 1875 Edgartown, MA

2.4.1.14.1.7.1.3 Maria Norton Pease b. Jul 13, 1846 d. Oct 29, 1925 in Edgartown m. Mar 02, 1871 in Edgartown, Lieutenant Edward Fitch Hedden age 34 b. in Mystic, CT. He was the son of Benjamin and Elvira Hedden, and served in the US Revenue Service, on the cutter Gallatin plying between Martha's Vineyard and Boston. His home port was in Baltimore, Maryland where the couple lived. Maria often visited the capitol in Washington, and was on hand at the reception of President Ulysses S. Grant Jan 20, 1874. She also attended the wedding reception party of the President's daughter, Nellie Grant to Algernon Satoris, a member of British Royalty. In her diary, it was at that occasion where she "received a bow from President Grant." That same year, Maria was visiting her father on Martha's Vineyard the same week the President decided to vacation in Edgartown. Maria's young daughter Anna recalled in later year tales to her own grandchildren, of having the honor to sit on the President's lap during his island reception party.

2.4.1.14.1.7.1.4 Cyrus Howard Pease b. May 02, 1849 d. Jun 21, 1922 from stomach cancer in Westboro, MA m. (1) May 25, 1868 in West Tisbury, MA, Ella Jane Bradley b. Jun 19, 1850 in Westport, MA d. Feb 14, 1906 from apoplexy in Westboro. She was the daughter of William and Eleanor S. (Gifford) Bradley. Cyrus Pease was a cashier at the Martha's Vineyard National Bank. He moved to Westboro about 1897, where he remained in the banking business. He was given a Masonic Funeral at the Methodist Church in Edgartown. Children (twins) of Cyrus Howard and Ella Jane (Bradley) Pease born in Edgartown, MA:

2.4.1.14.1.7.1.4.1 David J. b. Jun 11, 1868 d.
2.4.1.14.1.7.1.4.2 Charles b. Jun 11, 1868 d. Sep 05, 1948 Brookline, MA

Cyrus m. (2) Mar 19, 1913, Ineze M. Babcock b. Feb 16, 1879 in Westboro d. Nov 02, 1944 from arterio sclerosis in Westboro bur. in S. Berlin, MA. She was the daughter of John D. Babcock b. Sep 30, 1844 in Berlin d. Aug 02, 1923, and Ella L. Hartwell b. Nov 30, 1848 d. Feb 09, 1923. John and Ella were married May 01, 1870.

2.4.1.14.1.7.1.5 Walter Worth Pease b. Apr 09, 1851 d. Jan 26, 1924 from a cerebral hemorrhage in Framingham MA m. Aug 16, 1877 in Framingham, Helen Maria Stearns b. Apr 02, 1860 in Framingham d. Apr 01, 1939 from a coronary occlusion in Framingham. She was the daughter of Charles A. Stearns b. Mar 11, 1829, and Mary E. Holbrook b. in Randolph, MA. Charles and Mary were married Mar 17, 1855 in Framingham. Walter Pease was a newspaper publisher. In 1878, he was appointed assistant manager of four newspapers the Framingham Gazette , the Ashland Advertiser , the Holliston Transcript , and the Hopkinton News .

2.4.1.14.1.7.1.7 Anna Edna Pease b. 1857 m. May 14, 1884 in Edgartown, Julian W. Vose, a piano manufacturer. He was the son of James and Almira H. Vose.

2.4.1.14.1.7.2.1 William J. Worth (William Cooke, Jeremiah, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John), son of William Cooke and Serena (Pease) Pease b. Oct 01, 1847 in Edgartown, MA d. Mar 24, 1922 from arteriosclerosis in Edgartown m. Oct 01, 1870 in Edgartown, by Reverend Benjamin Batchelor, to Agnes M. Cheivers b. Nov 14, 1851 in London, England d. Nov 18, 1918 from bronchitis in Edgartown. She was the daughter of John Cheivers and Agnes M. Reynolds. William was a carpenter. He was also employed at the Monroe Twist Drill Company in New Bedford. Children of William J. Worth and Agnes M. (Cheivers) Pease 1 & 2 born in New Bedford, MA 3 born in Edgartown, MA:

2.4.1.14.1.7.2.1.1 William C. b. Jul 20, 1871 d. Mar 11, 1898 Dartmouth, MA
2.4.1.14.1.7.2.1.2 Edith W. b. Apr 14, 1874 d. Feb 12, 1900 Edgartown, MA
2.4.1.14.1.7.2.1.3 Serena M. b. Mar 13, 1879 d. Mar 13, 1895 Edgartown, MA

Children of Jeremiah Jr. (Jeremiah, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Lucy R. (Munro) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.14.1.7.4.1 William Cook Pease b. Mar 10, 1845 in Edgartown, MA d. Mar 15, 1920 from valvular disease of the heart in Edgartown m. Jul 12, 1883, Rebecca Allen Kelley b. Jun 04, 1855 in Edgartown d. Jan 26, 1906 from cancer in Edgartown. She was the daughter of Joseph L. Kelley b. in Edgartown, and Caroline Reynolds b. in Fairhaven, MA. William was a clothing store proprietor. Children of William Cook and Rebecca Allen (Kelley) Pease born in Edgartown, MA:

2.4.1.14.1.7.4.1.1 Gerald Allen b. Jan 13, 1885 d. Dec 17, 1918 Lexington, MA
2.4.1.14.1.7.4.1.2 Mildred W. b. Jan 01, 1890 d.

2.4.1.14.1.7.4.3 John Wesley Pease b. Dec 14, 1849 d. Oct 05, 1931 in Edgartown, MA m. Mary Tucker Osborne b. Nov 06, 1846 in Edgartown d. Apr 14, 1931 from cancer in Tisbury, MA. She was the daughter of Abraham and Eliza (Norton) Osborne. At age 15, John was working in a grocery store owned by an uncle in Bristol, RI. The store was on a wharf, and did business with the ships entering the area. Later in Boston, he was with Heaton & Company, a dealer in hosiery, gloves, and small wares. John returned to the Vineyard after the firm's owner was killed, and the business dissolved. His next employment was as a clerk for the Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, and the Vineyard Grove Company. In 1876, he was a book keeper for Holder Brownell at the Sea View Hotel in Oak Bluffs, and rose to the position of hotel office manager. In 1888, John became the deputy customs collector

2.4.1.14.1.7.5.1 John Lester (John Adams, Jeremiah, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John), son of John Adams and Mary L. (Darrow) Pease b. Sep 08, 1849 in Edgartown, MA d. Oct 21, 1854 in Edgartown. In Jeremiah Pease's diary: "Our little grand son dies about 8 PM of croup. He was an interesting and promising child, much beloved. his mother having died when he was an infant. He has gone to rest with his blessed Saviour..happy happy soul."

2.4.1.14.1.7.5.2 Josephine May (John Adams, Jeremiah, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John), daughter of John Adams and Sarah Eliza (May) Pease b. Jul 05, 1855 in Edgartown, MA m. Jun 04, 1877 in Boston, MA, as his second wife, James Allen Smith b. Feb 24, 1849 in Edgartown. He was the son of Francis C. and Abigail J. (Ripley) Smith, who were married Apr 22, 1841 in Edgartown.

2.4.1.14.1.7.7.2 Henry A. (Rudolphus W., Jeremiah, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John), son of Rudolphus W. and Abby Gridley (Stewart) Pease b. Aug 04, 1856 in Edgartown, MA d. Feb 09, 1935 from influenza in Edgartown m. Nov 26, 1879 in Edgartown, Lizzie Collins Fisher b. Mar 10, 1855 d. Oct 05, 1939 from arteriosclerosis in Edgartown She was the daughter of John P. and Sarah (Young) Fisher. Henry Pease was first drawn to the study of law with his uncle Joseph Thaxter Pease, but turned to teaching, and became the principal of the Edgartown Grammar School. He was elected a member of the Edgartown National Bank's first board of directors when the bank was organized in 1905, and served as president from 1922 until his death. Henry was also the Edgartown Postmaster from Sep 1885, to 1914. He was an ardent supporter of the Methodist Church, and a member of the Dukes County Historical Society. He and Lizzie had no children. Mrs. Pease, assisted her husband when he was postmaster, greeting each customer graciously. After their retirement, she took up gardening, and was known to have the "loveliest flower garden in Edgartown." Lizzie joined the Methodist Church Mar 07, 1875. In her will, she left over $35,000 to charities and the town of Edgartown. Included benefactors: Martha's Vineyard Hospital, Edgartown Public Library, Duke's County Historical Society, New England Deaconess Hospital, the town for relief of the needy, and a scholarship fund for the high school. A portrait of Zalmon Stuart, former Edgartown lighthouse keeper, and grandfather of Henry A. Pease, was bequeathed to the Dukes County Historical Society. In Apr of 1940, a large number of trees were planted in the Edgartown Cemetery as a memorial to Mr. & Mrs. Henry A. Pease.

2.4.1.14.2.3.1.2 Ida (Rufus F., Josiah, Francis, Seth, Benjamin, David, John), daughter of Rufus F. and Hepsibah (Ripley) Pease b. Dec 22, 1849 in Edgartown, MA m. Sep 10, 1869 in Edgartown, as his third wife, Nathan R. Davis. He was the son of Nathan and Louisa Davis.

Children of Charles W. (Josiah, Francis, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Mary A. (Marchant) Pease:

2.4.1.14.2.3.2.1 Charles B. Pease b. Jul 04, 1851 in Edgartown, MA d. Nov 08, 1940 from chronic myocardial heart disease in Edgartown m. (1) Jul 05, 1905 at age 54, in Edgartown, as her second husband, Urania Clifford (Luce) Cleveland d. 1910. She was the daughter of Hovey Luce bpt. Jun 21, 1785 in Tisbury, MA, and Nancy Clifford d. Dec 08, 1845 age 48 in Tisbury. Hovey and Nancy were married May 11, 1806 in Tisbury. Urania had m. (1) Jan 02, 1840, Joseph Cleveland. Charles m. (2) Isable Gentle Cunliffe b. May 12, 1845 in Richmond, New Brunswick d. Jul 20, 1923 from chronic valvular heart disease in Edgartown. She was the daughter of Elisha Cunliffe b. in Scotland. Charles was a whaling captain. His first voyage at age 16, was a five year hitch on the ship Splendid . He was second officer on the merchant vessel Europa on a voyage to Australia. Charles was confined there, due to an illness. He was brought back to America on a different ship, and dropped off in San Francisco, where some would be robbers, shanghaied him, tied him up in a flop house, and tried to steal $200 from him. Pease escaped with his money, returned to Edgartown, and continued whaling aboard the bark Mary Frazier . At St. Helena, he met his younger brother, Josiah, who was homesick, and begged to be stowed on the bark, as it was due back home months before the Clarice, he was stationed on. Charles made the unpopular but wise decision not to heed his brother's plea.

2.4.1.14.2.3.2.3 William B. Pease b. Apr 22, 1854 in Weld, Maine d. Apr 16, 1934 from heart disease in Bourne, MA bur. West Side Cemetery in Edgartown m. Aug 15, 1885 in Edgartown, Rosella P. Fisher b. Jan 11, 1864 d. Oct 16, 1893 in Edgartown. She was the daughter of Alvah B. and Elizabeth A. (Andrews) Fisher. William was a second mate of the bark, Clarice , and a central figure in a sea rescue. A whale boat, with crew member Thomas Jennings, became separated from the bark in a pursuit of a whale. A sudden storm threatened the crew, and despite objections from the first mate of the Clarice , William led what was predicted to be a doomed rescue effort. He found the overturned whale boat with the crew clinging desperately to it's sides. All were saved, but the boat was dashed to pieces against the side of the bark in the heavy seas on her return. Mr. Pease also sailed with Captain Abram Osborn on the famous bark, Mattapoisett . Children of William B. and Rosella P. (Fisher) Pease:

2.4.1.14.2.3.2.3.1 Frederick S. b. Dec 22, 1885 d.
2.4.1.14.2.3.2.3.2 George Fisher b. Jul 18, 1890 d. Apr 11, 1964 Edgartown, MA
2.4.1.14.2.3.2.3.3 Wilbur Brace b. Jan 12, 1888 d. May 13, 1944 Edgartown, MA
2.4.1.14.2.3.2.3.4 Lillian b. May 11, 1892 d.

2.4.1.14.2.3.2.4 Frederick S. Pease b. Jan 14, 1855 in Weld, ME d. Feb 09, 1929 from valvular heart disease in Edgartown, MA m. Florence S. Cunliffe b. Jul 08, 1851 in N. Woodstock, NH d. May 31, 1929 from carcinoma of the bladder in Edgartown. She was the sister of Isable Cunliffe who married Charles Pease [2.4.1.14.2.3.2.1]. Frederick was a fisherman who went on many whaling voyages. He was a member of the Edgartown Congregational Church.

2.4.1.14.2.3.2.5 Lydia Ann Pease b. 1856 in Weld, ME m. Dec 24, 1877 in Edgartown, MA, Edwin Ramsford Marchant, a farmer age 23 b. in Edgartown. He was the son of Seth Marchant bpt. Sep 11, 1803 in Edgartown, and Mary Smith Butler bpt. Jul 07, 1811 in Edgartown. Seth and Mary were married Jul 12, 1828 in Edgartown.

2.4.1.14.2.3.2.7 Josiah Chase Pease b. Feb 28, 1864 in Weld, ME d. Aug 30, 1948 from arteriosclerosis in Edgartown, MA m. Catherine Hatfield b. Apr 07, 1870 in Newport, RI d. Jul 03, 1954 in Edgartown. She was the daughter of John A. Hatfield b. in RI, and Catherine Hughes b. in England. Josiah returned to Edgartown with his family when he was only a year old, and at age 13, he went on his first sailing voyage on the bark Clarice , captained by Fred Smith, Master. The vessel had just cleared land, when a gale sprang up, forcing all hands to go aloft and tie down the sails. Pease later joined the crew of the cutter Dexter which was responsible for salvaging the wreck of the City of Columbus off Gay Head. Josiah spent nearly his entire life at sea, except for one winter in California. Children of Josiah Chase and Catherine (Hatfield) Pease born in Edgartown, MA:

2.4.1.14.2.3.2.7.1 Austin Swinburne b. Apr 15, 1891 d.
2.4.1.14.2.3.2.7.2 Robert b. Jul 09, 1892 d.
2.4.1.14.2.3.2.7.3 Lawrence Ensley b. Feb 23, 1897 d.

2.4.1.14.2.3.3.1 Francis Jr. (Francis, Josiah, Francis, Seth, Benjamin, David, John), son of Francis and Susan R. (Ripley) Pease b. Sep 16, 1841 in Edgartown, MA d. Jan 12, 1918 from arteriosclerosis in Brockton, MA m. Aug 27, 1862 in N. Bridgewater, MA, by Rev. Thomas Ely, to Caroline "Carrie" Elizabeth Brett b. Jan 07, 1841 in Boston, MA d. Dec 27, 1911 from chronic cystitis in Brockton. She was the daughter of David Brett b. Apr 02, 1816, and Caroline E. Freeman b. 1802. David and Caroline were married Oct 1838. Francis spent some time on board the sailing vessels, and was issued Seaman Protection Papers Sep 21, 1857, which described him as five foot-six inches tall, dark complexion, brown hair, and hazel eyes. He also served with the police department on Martha's Vineyard. Children of Francis and Caroline Elizabeth (Brett) Pease 1 born in Edgartown, 2 born in Northampton, MA:

2.4.1.14.2.3.3.1.1 Emma P. b. 1868 d.
2.4.1.14.2.3.3.1.2 Bertram Brett b. Jan 30, 1872 d. Sep 04, 1873 N. Bridgewater, MA

Children of Benjamin H. (Josiah, Francis, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Mary Pease (Vincent) Pease born in Edgartown, MA:

2.4.1.14.2.3.4.1 Alice Hazelton Pease b. Nov 11, 1844 d. Dec 28, 1872 in Brazil, IN m. Aug 23, 1865 in Richmond, Indiana, Grafton A. Luce b. Mar 05, 1842 in Edgartown. He was the son of James Norton Luce b. Sep 13, 1796 d. Sep 15, 1868, and his second wife, Martha N. Wilbur b. Dec 29, 1814 in Berlin, ME d. 1884 in Vineyard Haven, MA. James and Martha were married Dec 22, 1829.

2.4.1.14.2.3.4.2 Mary Jane Pease b. Feb 08, 1847 d. Jan 10, 1925 m. Mar 27, 1866 in Edgartown, George H. Furber age 27 b. in Newmarket, NH. He was the son of George and Sarah.

2.4.1.14.2.3.4.3 Benjamin E. Pease b. Mar 21, 1851 d. Sep 24, 1935 in Nantucket, MA m. (1) Nov 30, 1873, Hattie A. Swain b. 1852 d. Apr 11, 1891. Benjamin m. (2) Apr 03, 1893 in Nantucket, Emma C. Harps b. Feb 12, 1866 in Boston, MA d. Oct 27, 1953 from chronic myocarditis in Nantucket. She was the daughter of Reuben C. and Lydia (Ray) Harps. One child of Benjamin E. and Emma C. (Harps) Pease born in Nantucket, MA:

2.4.1.14.2.3.4.3.1 Ellison H. b. Dec 26, 1893 d.

Children of Josiah Chase (Josiah, Francis, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Mary Dexter (Forbush) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.14.2.3.5.4 Herbert Chase Pease b. Nov 23, 1878 d. Jan 18, 1947 from carcinoma of the liver in Edgartown bur. West Side Cemetery m. Aug 26, 1911 in Edgartown, Marie Adaline Chessier age 26 b. in Montreal, Quebec. She was the daughter of Beloni and Exalda (Clenault) Cheeser. Herbert was a postal clerk in Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, and a member of the Oriental Lodge A. F. & A. M. He retired after sustaining injuries from an automobile accident in Jul 1936.

2.4.1.14.2.3.5.5 Thomas Walker Pease b. Jun 28, 1882 d. Feb 25, 1941 from pneumonia in Edgartown bur. with his wife West Side Cemetery m. Jun 01, 1911 in Edgartown, Freida C. Brackett b. Sep 04, 1884 in North Adams, MA d. Apr 13, 1966 from cancer in Edgartown. She was the daughter of Rheinhold and Marie (Schmidt) Brackett from Germany. Thomas was a fisherman with his father, and a well respected member of the community.

Children of Peter M. (Josiah, Francis, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Rebecca S. (Dunham) Pease:

2.4.1.14.2.3.6.1 Ellen Maria Pease b. Jul 27, 1844 in Tisbury, MA d. Apr 01, 1903 in Acushnet, MA m. (1) Dec 07, 1872 in Edgartown, Charles F. Vincent age 36. He was the son of Charles and Julia F. (Tilton) Vincent, who were married Nov 14, 1833. She m. (2) Jul 19, 1889 in New Bedford, as his second wife, Christopher Albert Tripp b. Mar 17, 1846 in Westport, MA d. Aug 29, 1897 in Westport. He was the son of Nathaniel Tripp b. Jun 1808 in Westport d. Dec 19, 1893, and Lucy Pettey b. Nov 23, 1815 d. Oct 14, 1873 in Westport. Nathaniel and Lucy were married in 1830. Christopher Tripp m. (1) Sep 16, 1869 in New Bedford, to Pauline L. Thomas d. Oct 20, 1882 age 32 in Dartmouth, MA.

2.4.1.14.2.3.6.2 Lydia R. Pease b. Jun 04, 1846 in Holmes Hole Village, MA m. Jul 22, 1863 in Dartmouth, MA, George Lawton b. Nov 30, 1830 in Dartmouth. He was a mason, and the son of James and Huldah (Mosher) Lawton, who were married (int.) Mar 20, 1817.

2.4.1.14.2.3.6.3 Peter M. Pease b. May 03, 1848 in Tisbury, MA d. Nov 21, 1918 in Oak Bluffs bur. in Oak Bluffs m. Sep 15, 1880 in Tisbury, Mary A. Campbell b. Feb 02, 1851 in Ireland d. Apr 18, 1916 from breast cancer in Oak Bluffs. She was the daughter of Edward and Matilda (Stewart) Campbell. Peter Pease drowned accidentally. Children of Peter M. and Mary A. (Campbell) Pease born in Cottage City, MA:

2.4.1.14.2.3.6.3.1 Leonard Bacon b. Apr 20, 1883 d. Oct 23, 1927 Brockton, MA.
2.4.1.14.2.3.6.3.2 Albert Campbell b. May 02, 1886 d. Apr 04, 1936 Barnstable, MA
2.4.1.14.2.3.6.3.3 Sarah L. b. Aug 31, 1888 d.


Children of George Washington (Josiah, Francis, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Lydia N. (Lewis) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.14.2.3.8.1 Josephine M. Pease b. Feb 15, 1857 d. Apr 07, 1932 in Edgartown, MA. She died unmarried, and was well liked in the community. Her hobby was Indian basket making. One of her friends was General Tom Thumb, who visited the island between performances. Josephine was able to obtain his autograph.

2.4.1.14.2.3.8.2 Florence May Pease b. Jun 12, 1865 d. Nov 03, 1903 m. Elmer E. Norton.

2.4.1.14.2.3.8.4 Almaretta E. Pease b. Aug 07, 1870 m. Apr 07, 1889 in Lynn, MA, Henry H. Jernegan b. Dec 14, 1866 in Edgartown d. Feb 10, 1943 in Oak Bluffs, MA. He was a painter, and the son of Captain Nathan Jernegan b. in Edgartown, and Charlotte E. Dunham b. in Tisbury, MA.

Children of Thomas F. (John D., John, John, Samuel, John, James, John) and Sarah P. (Vincent) Pease born in Chilmark, Massachusetts:

2.1.2.2.3.4.4.3.1 Lydia Stephen Pease b. Jul 09, 1870 m. Jun 04, 1893 in Cottage City, MA, Henry K. Chadwick [2.4.1.4.3.2.5.1.1] age 27 b. in Edgartown. He was the son of Henry Clay and Eliza Ann [2.4.1.4.3.2.5.1] (Pease) Chadwick.

2.1.2.2.3.4.4.3.2 Ethel Pease b. Mar 08, 1877 m. Jan 14, 1904 in W. Tisbury, MA, Edward Francis Adams age 34 b. in W. Tisbury. He was a carpenter, and the son of Charles and Hancie M. (Allen) Adams.

2.1.2.2.3.4.4.3.3 Thomas Franklin Pease b. Aug 02, 1880 d. Jan 30, 1968 from pulmonary emphysema in Oak Bluffs, MA bur. Oak Grove Cemetery in Tisbury m. Muriel Fairchild. Thomas was a carpenter.

Children of William Allen (Peter, Peter, Peter, Joseph, Matthew, James, John) and Mary Ann (Tolman) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.1.1 Margaret Tallman Pease b. Mar 06, 1848 m. Nov 10, 1881 in Boston, MA, Henry Blanchard age 36 b. in Charlestown, MA. He was the son of Henry Van Voorhis Blanchard b. Aug 25, 1812 in Charleston, and Abigail.

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.1.3 Abby Frances Pease b. Apr 21, 1853 d. Jul 09, 1930 from a cerebral hemorrhage in Newton, MA. Abby was a clerk for the Youth's Companion Weekly Periodical, and died unmarried.

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.1.4 Mariana Pease b. Sep 26, 1855 m. Jan 09, 1877 in Boston, MA, William Eldridge Paine b. May 17, 1848 in Dorchester, MA. William was a clerk, and the son of Barzillai and Mary A. (Freeman) Paine, who were married 1831 in Truro, MA.

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.1.5 Elizabeth Harriet Pease b. Nov 10, 1857 d. Feb 13, 1936 in Newton, MA bur. Codman Square, Boston. Elizabeth was a nurse, and died unmarried.

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2.1 Sarah M. (Peter, Peter, Peter, Peter, Joseph, Matthew, James, John), daughter of Peter and Maria (Norton) Pease b. 1846 in Edgartown, MA m. Mar 28, 1868 in Edgartown, Marcellus Tobey age 23 b. in Norridgewock, Maine. He was the son of William and Ruth Tobey.

Children of Peter (Peter, Peter, Peter, Joseph, Matthew, James, John) and Abbie Frances (Tanner) Pease:

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2.2 Addie J. Pease b. 1854 in Phoenix, RI m. Oct 26, 1875 in Edgartown, MA Samuel Keniston b. Nov 26, 1849 in Edgartown d. Nov 07, 1911 A clerk of the Courts from 1878-1888, he was the son of Samuel Keniston b. in Thomaston, ME, and Thankful Vincent, and the brother of Nancy Keniston, who married John Nickerson Pease [2.4.1.14.1.3.1.1]. Samuel was a Tufts graduate, who owned and edited the Vineyard Gazette . He also wrote the novel, A Romance of Martha's Vineyard under a pseudonym.

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2.3 Frederick E. Pease b. Dec 30, 1856 d. Mar 31, 1916 in Edgartown. Fred died unmarried. He was a boatman. His funeral was from the house of his brother-in-law, William King.

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2.4 Byron E. Pease b. Jun 19, 1862 in Edgartown, MA d. Jan 18, 1946 from chronic myocarditis in Nantucket, MA m. Oct 28, 1895 in Nantucket, Lillian E. Murphy b. Oct 20, 1873 in Nantucket d. Mar 01, 1962. She was the daughter of Josiah F. and Avis N. (Folger) Murphy. Byron started his career in the grocery business after moving to Nantucket in his early twenties. He then became the proprietor of a garage, and operated a bus service shuttling vacationers from the ferry landing to the island scenic points. Children of Byron E. and Lillian E. (Murphy) Pease born in Nantucket, MA:

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2.4.1 Elmer Francis b. Sep 22, 1896 d. Sep 22, 1943 Nantucket, MA
2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2.4.2 Marion Elliott b. Sep 08, 1898 d. Aug 12, 1913 Nantucket, MA
2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2.4.3 Kenneth N. b. Jun 07, 1900 d.

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2.5 Lillean E. Pease b. Mar 19, 1867 in Edgartown m. Oct 22, 1889 in Edgartown, William A. King, a boat builder age 34. He was the son of William and Julia King.

Children of William Luce (Bartlett, Bartlett, Abishai, Theophilus, Nathaniel, James, John) and Nancy Cleveland (Pease) Pease born in Tisbury, Massachusetts:

2.1.5.5.3.7.2.4.1 Henry Stetson Pease b. Jan 17, 1858 d. Jul 26, 1875 in (recorded)Tisbury m. Christabell Martin b. 1860 in Manchester, NH d. Jan 16, 1907 from an ovarian tumor in W. Tisbury. She was the daughter of Nicholas and Mary (Peake) Martin from England. From his obituary: "Henry S. Pease was drowned on Monday afternoon of last week at Menemsha wharf, Chilmark. His body was recovered on Tuesday morning. Young Pease started to take his boat to haul some lobster pots and as the boat was found partially unfastened from the wharf, it is supposed he slipped overboard from it."

2.1.5.5.3.7.2.4.2 Nancy William Pease b. Nov 15, 1862 in Tisbury, MA m. Oct 13, 1881 in Tisbury, Christopher Look age 26 b. in Tisbury. He was a butcher, the son of John and Mary Look.

2.1.5.5.3.7.2.4.4 William Henry Pease b. Apr 20, 1877 d. Jul 12, 1909 from tuberculosis in W. Tisbury, MA. William was an invalid for the last several years of his life, and never married.

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.2.1 Henry Holmes (Henry A., Henry A., Salathiel, Benjamin, Benjamin, Benjamin, David, John), son of Henry A. and Phebe Ann (Smith) Pease b. Jan 26, 1852 in Edgartown, MA d. Mar 02, 1933 after a 351 day stay in the hospital at Oak Bluffs, MA. Henry was a whaler, and first officer on a vessel in the Pacific. He never married.

Children of John (Henry, Salathiel, Benjamin, Benjamin, Benjamin, David, John) and Aurilla C. (Look) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.4.1 Mary A. Pease b. 1851 m. Jul 10, 1871 in Aylesford, Nova Scotia, George Allen Tupper b. May 1849 in Rockland, ME. He was the son of Charles Francis Tupper b. Jul 16, 1824 in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia d. Dec 18, 1887 in Rockland, and Sarah Elizabeth Peck b. Nov 09, 1829 in Hopewell, New Brunswick d. Aug 22, 1876 in Rockland. Charles and Sarah were married 1845 in Hopewell. George Allen Tupper and Mary A. Pease renewed their vows Feb 13, 1879 in Edgartown.

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.4.2 George L. b. Mar 08, 1857 d. Feb 22, 1877 from consumption in Edgartown, MA. He was a printer.

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.4.3 Abbie Davis Pease b. Jan 29, 1861 d. Sep 27, 1943 from cancer in Oak Bluffs, MA. Abbie was born in the Pease house at the corner of Summer Street and Simpson's Lane. She began her teaching career at age 17, while attending the Martha's Vineyard Summer Institute. She also studied at Miss Wheelock's School, and the Hyannis Normal School. Her first classroom as a teacher was a shack at Farm's Neck with 24 students ages 4-16. One of her pupils, a deaf and dumb boy, was studied by Alexander Graham Bell in his own quest on the cause of a high concentration of deafness on the island. Abigail also taught at the school on the great plains outside of Edgartown, and the village school. In her fifty two years of teaching, only three months were lost due to illness. She retired in 1929.

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.4.4 Chester E. Pease b. Nov 25, 1862 d. Oct 15, 1951 in Edgartown m. Nov 26, 1890 in Vineyard Haven Methodist Church, Edgartown, Martha R. Lambert b. Sep 10, 1870 in Chilmark, MA d. Mar 10, 1944 from congestive heart disease in Oak Bluffs, MA. She was the daughter of Frederick and Almira (Norton) Lambert. "Mattie" (Lambert) Pease, a talented singer, was a member of the Edgartown Women's Club and the D. A. R. One of her singing engagements was for Madame Nordica when she made a visit to the island. Chester was associated with his father in the livery business, owned real estate, and operated a sales and rental agency for automobiles. He was confined to a wheel chair in the last few months of his life. For the 50th wedding anniversary of Chester and Mattie, in 1940, a celebration was held at their home from 7-10 PM, with many family members and friends.

Children of Charles Wesley (Henry, Salathiel, Benjamin, Benjamin, Benjamin, David, John) and Parnell Cathcart (Smith) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.1 Mary Wesley Pease b. Dec 27, 1853 d. Jan 14, 1908 in Edgartown m. Nov 18, 1879 in Edgartown, Benjamin B. Worth age 34. He was the son of Benjamin Worth b. May 01, 1799 and Louisa P. Coffin. Benjamin and Louisa were married Mar 13, 1833 in Edgartown.

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.2 Parnell C. Pease b. Nov 10, 1855 d. Feb 17, 1925 from complications of diabetes in Edgartown m. Mar 25, 1885 in Edgartown, as his second wife, Captain Charles W. Fisher age 49. He was the son of Gamaliel Fisher b. Sep 09, 1794, and Rhoda Fish. Gamaliel and Rhoda were married Oct 30, 1814. Charles was Captain of the Bark Alaska . Parnell sailed with him to the Pacific on a whaling voyage, and after their return, he built a house on a corner of North Water Street. Parnell was a member of the Edgartown Women's Club, and the Martha's Vineyard Chapter of the D.A.R.

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.3 Tisdale S. Pease b. Dec 12, 1857 d. Dec 15, 1931 from pneumonia in Edgartown. Tisdale attended school with the Indian children of Chappaquiddick. His seafaring adventures started at an early age, with his first voyage on a mackerel schooner out of Welfleet. At age 20, he was on a whaler from New Bedford a 30 month excursion to the Antarctic Circle. Tisdale spent the next 35 years as a whale man, sailing on the Canton, Janus, Ohio, Gay Head, Alaska, Alice Knowles , and Jacob Howland . In the ship Janus , he was shipwrecked on the coast of New Zealand, and spent several weeks in Auckland before being shipped home on another boat. His tour of duty on the bark Swallow nearly ended in disaster, when an Italian steamer rammed the boat. Quick patchwork by the crew prevented the bark from sinking.

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.6 David Butler Pease b. Nov 21, 1863 d. Nov 07, 1935 from complications following an operation in Martha's Vineyard Hospital in Oak Bluffs, MA bur. with his wife in West Side Cemetery m. Apr 09, 1894 in Edgartown, Ida B. Stuart b. Jul 14, 1868 d. Aug 09, 1942 from cancer in Oak Bluffs, MA. She was the daughter of Alfred and Lydia R. (Mayhew) Stuart. David Pease was a carpenter and fisherman. Before he married, he traveled west, and spent a few years working on a sheep ranch and a prune plantation. He belonged to St. Andrews Episcopal Church and the Oriental Lodge. One child of David Butler and Ida B. (Stuart) Pease born in Edgartown, MA:

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.6.1 Parnell S. b. Aug 24, 1896 d. Feb 23, 1974 Falmouth, MA

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.7 Benjamin Warren Pease b. Jul 30, 1866 d. Jan 23, 1938 from heart disease in Edgartown m. Feb 05, 1890 in Edgartown, Annie Baird Currier b. in Baltimore, MD d. Feb 25, 1940 age 72 in an ambulance in Wareham, MA, on the way to a Boston Hospital for surgery. She was the daughter of Daniel Currier of Plymouth, MA, and Henrietta Smith of Pittsburg, PA. Annie was a typesetter, (the first woman on Martha's Vineyard to do so) for the Cottage City Star . She was noted on the island, as a friend of the shipwrecked, giving them food and clothing in time of need. She also taught Sunday School at the Congregational Church. Benjamin attended the schools in Edgartown, studying building and architecture in Vineyard Haven. He operated a carpentry and building business before moving west. In Mexico, he was employed in a match factory, and operated a trolley car in San Francisco, CA, before returning to the Vineyard. Back home, Benjamin worked a 200 acre farm at Tom's Neck in Chappaquiddick, was a selectman and assessor for the town, a member of the advisory board, the Odd Fellows, and the Oriental Lodge of Masons. Children of Benjamin Warren and Annie Baird (Currier) Pease born in Cottage City, MA:

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.7.1 Gladys b. May 21, 1891 d.
2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.7.2 Elva Stuart b. Dec 08, 1892 d.

Children of Edward Harper (John Harper, John Harper, Malatiah, Malatiah, Benjamin, David, John) and Jane Caroline (Parker) Pease:

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.1.1 Mary Jane Pease b. 1840 in Nantucket, MA m. Sep 06, 1863 in New Bedford, MA, Isaac M. Mosher b. 1841 in North Dartmouth, MA. He was a carpenter, and the son of Isaac and Rebecca Mosher.

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.1.2 Benjamin B. Pease b. Sep 30, 1842 in Nantucket, MA d. Jul 27, 1904 from endocarditis on Nantucket bur. in the North Cemetery m. Jul 05, 1868, as her second husband, Ann Folger (Turner) Winslow b. Aug 10, 1839 in Nantucket d. Mar 08, 1921 from arteriosclerosis in Nantucket. She was the daughter of Job and Elizabeth (James) Turner, who were married Sep 22, 1822 in Nantucket. Benjamin was a Captain in the 120th MA Regiment. One child of Benjamin B. and Anna Folger (Turner-Winslow) Pease born in Boston, MA:

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.1.2.1 Benjamin Chester b. Apr 02, 1874 d. Feb 19, 1959 Nantucket, MA

Children of William Crawford (John Harper, John Harper, Malatiah, Malatiah, Benjamin, David, John) and Henrietta E. (Cartwright) Pease:

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.5.1 Edward Pease b. about 1854 m. Elizabeth Bailey. Children of Edward and Elizabeth (Bailey) Pease:

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.5.1.1 Edna b. d.
2.4.1.6.2.1.4.5.1.2 William b. d.

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.5.4 George William Pease b. Sep 16, 1862 in San Francisco, CA d. Feb 10, 1905 from liver cancer in Fall River, MA. On his death certificate, George was listed as married and a teacher.

2.4.1.6.2.5.7.2.3 Charles Sumner (Charles Fordham, Henry, Valentine, Malatiah, Malatiah, Benjamin, David, John), son of Charles Fordham and Lucy M. (Sawyer) Pease b. Sep 24, 1875 in Boston, MA d. Jul 12, 1936 from heart disease in Northampton, MA bur. South Windsor, CT m. Harriet Farnham. Charles was a physician.

Children of Isaac David (Daniel C., Chase, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Eveline McLellan (Clark) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.14.1.3.1.3.1 Benjamin Poole Pease b. Aug 18, 1871 in Edgartown, MA d. Jul 29, 1954 in New Bedford, MA m. (1) Nov 29, 1895 in New Bedford, Hannah J. Fuller b. Feb 1866 in New Bedford d. Mar 14, 1931 in New Bedford. She was the daughter of Captain Jonathan Aiken Fuller b. Nov 29, 1824 in Dartmouth, MA, and Hannah Hamilton Edmunds b. Jul 11, 1823 in Falmouth, MA. Benjamin Pease was a machinist at Mason Machine Works in Taunton, MA, the Suffolk Electric Company, and the Merchants National Bank Building in New Bedford. He spent some time at sea on the Taunton owned freight schooner Charles A. Briggs. For 25 years, Mr. Pease was also an instructor in the power department of New Bedford Vocational School. He m. (2) Sep 11, 1940 in Fairhaven, Mrs. Mary Eva (Park). They lived on Grape Street in New Bedford.

2.4.1.14.1.3.1.2.2 Alexander McLellan Pease b. Sep 26, 1876 d. Dec 18, 1946 in Edgartown m. Ethel Hutchinson. Alexander "Ike" Pease owned a house at Cape Pogue, that was "twisted around", but survived the hurricane of 1944. On Wednesday, Dec 18, 1946 around 7 PM, a fire started in the house, Pease was unable to get out, and he died from smoke asphyxiation. A fire truck with a crew of eight responded to the fire call, but the dwelling was in ashes before they arrived. A white "Spitz" dog owned by Ike evidently did escape, as he was found alive by the fire fighters.

Children of Louis H. (Isaiah Dunham Jr., Isaiah Dunham, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Cynthia B. (Fisher) Pease:

2.4.1.14.1.5.4.1.1 Ernest Allen Pease b. Feb 08, 1876 d. Aug 02, 1931 in New Bedford, MA m. Jun 03, 1896 in Edgartown, Margaret L. Emmerson b. 1876 in Clifton, NJ. She was the daughter of Herbert G. and Mary A. Emmerson.

2.4.1.14.1.5.4.1.4 Edward Howard Pease b. Jun 22, 1885 in Edgartown, MA d. Jul 23, 1928 in Edgartown m. Jun 23, 1913 in Edgartown, as her second husband, Florence Chester Ripley b. Apr 10, 1885 d. Jan 19, 1939 from arteriosclerosis in Edgartown. She was the daughter of Henry Ripley b. in Edgartown, and Cynthia Smith b. in Chilmark. Edward graduated from Edgartown High School and attended Bryant and Stratton Commercial College in Boston. He was an accomplished singer, and for 21 years served as organist and choir member at the Edgartown Methodist Church. He was also a town treasurer, member of the school committee, trustee of the church, secretary and treasurer of the Sunday School, member and first president of the Dukes County Historical Society, and one of the few male members of the Martha's Vineyard Garden Club. The gardens and flower beds surrounding his house, were many times admired by passersby. His last year was spent in and out of Massachusetts General Hospital. Florence spent most of her early years in New Bedford, graduating from the high school there. She was also a member of the Methodist Church, the D.A. R. and the Dukes County Hist. Society. She m. (1) Leroy Yale Fisher d. 1907.

2.4.1.14.1.5.4.1.5 Fanny Louise Pease b. Feb 06, 1888 m. Feb 05, 1910 in Cambridge, MA, Daniel Murray Weymouth age 26 b. in Old Town, ME. He was the son of Chelsey and Lenora (Cary) Weymouth.

2.4.1.14.1.7.1.1.1 Sophronia Nelson (Horatio Nelson, Joseph Thaxter, Jeremiah, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John), daughter of Horatio Nelson and Lydia A. (Adams) Pease b. Aug 04, 1862 in Chilmark, MA m. Oct 09, 1879 in Providence, RI, Orion A. Pease b. 1844 in New York. His parents were not listed on the marriage record, and no connection could be made to the main family.

2.4.1.14.1.7.1.2.1 Julia Nye (Joseph Thaxter Jr, Joseph Thaxter, Jeremiah, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John), daughter of Joseph Thaxter Jr and Emily Frank (Lewis) Pease b. Dec 26, 1862 in Edgartown, MA d. Jan 31, 1894 in Edgartown m. Walter S. Osborn.

2.4.1.14.1.7.1.4.2 Charles (Cyrus Howard, Joseph Thaxter, Jeremiah, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John), son of Cyrus Howard and Ella Jane (Bradley) Pease b. Jun 11, 1868 in Edgartown, MA d. Sep 05, 1948 from lung cancer in Brookline, MA m. Ida Murdoch b. Apr 08, 1865 in Pictou, Nova Scotia d. Oct 12, 1948 from heart disease in Brookline. She was the daughter of William Murdoch b. in Pictou, and Annabel Fisher b. in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Charles was a banker.

Children of William J. Worth (William Cooke, Jeremiah, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Agnes M. (Cheivers) Pease born in New Bedford, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.14.1.7.2.1.1 William C. Pease b. Jul 20, 1871 d. Mar 11, 1898 in Dartmouth, MA m. (1) Jan 08, 1891 in New Bedford, Helen E. Piets b. Jan 1873 d. May 21, 1892 in New Bedford. She was the daughter of Charles H. Piets b. in Tiverton, RI, and Mary Emma__ b. in Dartmouth. William m. (2) Dec 08, 1894 in New Bedford, Eva F. Demoranville age 22 b. in N. Dartmouth, MA. She was the daughter of Samuel B. and Eunice C. (Tripp) Demoranville.

2.4.1.14.1.7.2.1.2 Edith W. Pease b. Apr 14, 1874 d. Feb 12, 1900 in Edgartown, MA m. Oct 13, 1892 in New Bedford, Edward B. Robbins age 24. He was a rail road fireman, and the son of Moses H. and Lucy E. (Baker) Robbins.

Children of William Cook (Jeremiah Jr., Jeremiah, Noah, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Rebecca Allen (Kelley) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.14.1.7.4.1.1 Gerald Allen Pease b. Jan 13, 1885 d. Dec 17, 1918 from lobar pneumonia in Lexington, MA. He was a county official.

2.4.1.14.1.7.4.1.2 Mildred W. Pease b. Jan 01, 1890 m. Jun 15, 1911 in Edgartown, Walter S. Beatty age 25 b. in Boston, MA. He was the son of James H. and Rebecca (Pollock) Beatty.

Children of William B. (Charles W., Josiah, Francis, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Rosella P. (Fisher) Pease born in Edgartown, Massachusetts::

2.4.1.14.2.3.2.3.2 George Fisher Pease b. Jul 18, 1890 d. Apr 11, 1964 in Edgartown bur. Westside Cemetery m. Alice Elizabeth Fisher b. May 05. 1897 in Edgartown d. Oct 22, 1959 from a cerebral hemorrhage in Oak Bluffs. She was the daughter of Herbert Fisher b. in Edgartown, and Clara Waterman b. in E. Providence, RI. Children of George Fisher and Alice Elizabeth (Fisher) Pease:

2.4.1.14.2.3.2.3.2.1 Jonathan S. b. Jun 20, 1909 d. Sep 24, 1968 Oak Bluffs, MA
2.4.1.14.2.3.2.3.2.2 George F. b. Nov 14, 1916 d.

2.4.1.14.2.3.2.3.3 Wilbur Brace Pease b. Jan 12, 1888 in Edgartown, MA d. May 13, 1944 from a coronary thrombosis in Edgartown m. Gladys M. Luce d. 1974 age 71 in Oak Bluffs, MA

2.4.1.14.2.3.2.7.1 Austin Swinburne (Josiah Chase, Charles W., Josiah, Francis, Seth, Benjamin, David, John), son of Josiah Chase and Catherine (Hatfield) Pease b. Apr 15, 1891 in Edgartown, MA m. Jul 03, 1911 in Edgartown, Anna Elizabeth Dahl b. Apr 22, 1882 in Booda, Norway d. Jul 20, 1936 from TB in Danvers, MA bur. in Beverly, MA. She was the daughter of Fritzof and Anna (Hansen) Dahl from Norway. Children of Austin Swinburne and Anna Elizabeth (Dahl) Pease, 1 born in Attleboro, MA, others in Edgartown, MA:

2.4.1.14.2.3.2.7.1.1 Grace M. b. Dec 12, 1911 d. Dec 31, 1911 Attleboro, MA
2.4.1.14.2.3.2.7.1.2 Josiah Francis b. Oct 30, 1912 d. Nov 09, 1912 Edgartown, MA
2.4.1.14.2.3.2.7.1.3 Frances Dahl b. Jul 16, 1918 d. Aug 20, 1920 Edgartown, MA

2.4.1.14.2.3.3.1.1 Emma P. (Francis Jr, Francis, Josiah, Francis, Seth, Benjamin, David, John), daughter of Francis and Caroline Elizabeth (Brett) Pease b. 1868 in Edgartown, MA m. Nov 12, 1884 in Brockton, MA, Franklin Lingham age 21 b. in Quincy, MA. He was the son of George W. and Eveline M. Lingham.

Children of Peter M. (Peter M., Josiah, Francis, Seth, Benjamin, David, John) and Mary A. (Campell) Pease born in Cottage City, Massachusetts:

2.4.1.14.2.3.6.3.1 Leonard Bacon Pease b. Apr 20, 1883 in Cottage City, MA d. Oct 23, 1927 in an automobile accident in Brockton, MA. He was a lineman for Tel & Tel.

2.4.1.14.2.3.6.3.2 Albert Campbell Pease b. May 02, 1886 d. Apr 04, 1936 from an apparent heart attack in his sleep in Barnstable, MA m. Sep 10, 1911 in Edgartown, as her second husband, Marion (Bisbee) Robinson b. Oct 15, 1881 in Spencer, MA. She was the daughter of Frank Adelbert Bisbee b. Feb 28, 1855 in Nunda, NY d. 1923 in Florida, and Hannah T. Bradley d. 1886.

2.1.4.2.5.1.2.2.4.1 Elmer Francis (Byron E, Peter, Peter, Peter, Peter, Joseph, Matthew, James, John) son of Byron E. and Lillian E. (Murphy) Pease b. Sep 22, 1896 in Nantucket, MA d. Sep 22, 1943 from a coronary thrombosis in Nantucket, MA bur. Prospect Hill Cemetery m. Laura F. Ellis b. Aug 14, 1906 in Mattapoisett, MA d. Mar 28, 1973 from cancer in Nantucket. She was a school teacher, and the daughter of Charles W. and Fanny (Howard) Ellis of Mattapoisett. Elmer was a dispenser of public welfare.

2.4.1.4.2.3.1.5.7.2 Elva Stuart (Benjamin Warren, Charles Wesley, Henry, Salathiel, Benjamin, Benjamin, Benjamin, David, John), daughter of Benjamin Warren and Annie Baird (Currier) Pease b. Dec 08, 1892 in Cottage City, MA m. Jun 25, 1913 in Edgartown, Roger Sherman Hoar b. Apr 08, 1887 in Waltham, MA. He was the son of Sherman Hoar b. Jul 30, 1860 in Concord, MA d. Oct 07, 1898, and his first wife, Caroline Prescott Wood b. Oct 02, 1860 in Dorset, VT d. Aug 24, 1891. Sherman and Caroline were married Jun 02, 1886 in Concord. Roger S. Hoar graduated from Harvard B.A. 1909, L.L. B. 1911. He was a First Lieutenant in the US Coast Guard Artillery. His father was a lawyer from Harvard, a representative in Congress (1891-93) and the US Attorney for Massachusetts 1893-1897.

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.1.2.1 Benjamin Chester (Benjamin B., Edward Harper, John Harper, John Harper, Malatiah, Malatiah, Benjamin, David, John), son of Benjamin B. and Anna Folger (Turner-Winslow) Pease b. Apr 02, 1874 in Boston, MA d. Feb 19, 1959 in Nantucket, MA m. Apr 22, 1895 in Nantucket, Ellen Grey Parker b. Dec 21, 1869 in Nantucket d. Dec 18, 1960 in Nantucket. She was the daughter of Ezekiel H. and Elizabeth G. (Brown) Parker. Benjamin was a carpenter.

Children of Edward (William Crawford, John Harper, John Harper, Malatiah, Malatiah, Benjamin, David, John) and Elizabeth (Bailey) Pease:

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.5.1.1 Edna Pease m. Randall Pratt, and lived in Portland, Oregon.

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.5.1.2 William Pease m. Grace Miller. Children of William and Grace (Miller) Pease:

2.4.1.6.2.1.4.5.1.2.1 Wilma b. d.
2.4.1.6.2.1.4.5.1.2.2 Edward b. d.

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James Pease Sr. (1637 - 1719)

His father, John Pease came to Boston in 1634 where he met and married Lucy Weston. James was born in 1637 in Salem, Mass. The family moved to Martha's Vineyard in 1644 where his mother died by 1648 leaving John with 2 sons: James-11 and John-9. John Sr remarried quickly to Mary Browning, probably about 1648.

About 1650 to 1653 his father was in New London, CT, so maybe the family was there for a while

Birth: 15 MAR 1637 Death: 17 MAR 1719

Birth

15 MAR 1636-7 in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Bay Colony [3] [4] [5]

Marriages and Children

James Pease first married Elizabeth Norton, in Edgartown, on Apr 26, 1663. [6] [7] [8] [9]

1664 was the first Dutch War when the English took over New York.

James was known as a planter. Evidently was very successful businessman as his father's will indicates:
"[My son] James the Elder, God hath been pleased to bless him in his labours & indeavours and I have been helpfull to him so that he is verry well to pass in his Estate farre beyond myself: I do therefore in this my last will and testament give to my eldest Son James Peas twelve pence." [No land given as his brother received.]

James and Elizabeth had, in Edgartown: [10]

  • James b. ca. 1664 d. bef. 1711
  • John b. 1666 d. Mar 16, 1699 Tisbury, MA
  • Martha, b. ca. 1668, died young
  • Stephen b. ca. 1670 d. ca. 1728 Edgartown, MA
  • Matthew b. 1675 d. 1718 Edgartown, MA
  • Nathaniel b. 1678 d. 1751
  • Mary b. ca. 1680 d.
  • Martha b. ca. 1682 d.
  • Mehitable b. ca. 1685 d.

Elizabeth died, perhaps around 1705.

James then married Mrs. Abigail Covell (nee Travis, born on Jan 08, 1662, the widow of Ezra Covell) on Apr 26, 1706 in Edgartown. [11]

Death

He lived all his life on Martha's Vineyard and was buried at Tower Hill in Edgartown, MA
The will of James PEASE made Jul. 21, 1711 and proved Apr. 2, 1719.

27 MAR 1719 in Edgartown, Dukes, Massachusetts Bay Province [12] [13] [14]


Item details

Manuscript annotated on recto, with "24" appearing in pencil on top-left margin of page above Pease Nichol's salutation to Garrison, "Elizabeth Pease to W. L. Garrison" appearing in black ink on the top-right margin of page above letterhead date, and "Garrison MSS." stamped in blue ink on top-right margin of page underneath letterhead date.

Manuscript dated "5 mo. 23. 1848".

Manuscript addressed on verso to "Wm Lloyd Garrison 21 Cornhill Boston Massts".

Manuscript verso adorned with three overlapping postage stamps in blue and black ink.

Elizabeth Pease Nichols writes William Lloyd Garrison with "feelings of sorrow & sympathy" concerning the death of Garrison's infant daughter, Elizabeth Pease Garrison. Pease Nichols relays her concern to Garrison over having learned of his bout of influenza in the pages of the Liberator, and advises that he consider hydrotherapy treatments. Pease Nichols writes of the progress being made in Great Britain of the antislavery cause.


Helen Elizabeth PEASE

[S-888572663] U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.).

[S-1328049024] 1930 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.Original data - United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, ), Year: 1930 Census Place: Sumter, Sumter, South Carolina Roll: 2214 Page: 13B Enumeration District: 0027 Image: 224.0 FHL microfilm: 2341948.

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Elizabeth Pease - History

Robert PEASE Jr. (1683 – 1766) was Alex’s 9th Great Grandfather one of 1,024 in this generation of the Miner line.

Robert was a founder of Somers, Connecticut

Robert Pease Jr. was born 2 Feb 1683 in Enfield, Hartford, CT. His parents were Robert PEASE Sr. and Abigail RANDALL. He first married Hannah SEXTON on 15 Feb 1710 in Enfield, CT. After Hannah died, he married Rachel [__?__] after Nov 1711 in Enfield, CT. He married (3) Elizabeth Emery 28 Feb 1716 in Andover, Mass. Robert died 17 Nov 1766 in Somers, Tolland, CT.

Robert Pease Headstone — West Cemetery Somers Tolland County Connecticut,

Inscription:
In Memory of Mr Robert Pease / Who died / Novr 17 1766 / In his 82nd Year

Why do we mourn departing friends,
Or Shake at Deaths Alarms?
‘Tis But the Voice that Jesus Sends
To Call them to his Arms

Hannah Sexton was born 18 May 1692 in Westfield, Mass. Her parents were Joseph SEXTON and Hannah WRIGHT. Hannah died 8 Nov 1711 in Enfield, CT a few days after the birth of their daughter Miriam.

Rachel [__?__] was born about 1684 in Enfield, CT and died before Feb 1715.

Elizabeth Emery was born 28 Sep 1698 in Andover, Mass. Her parents were Joseph Emery and Elizabeth Merrill. Elizabeth died 9 Sep 1789 in Enfield, Hartford, CT.

Elizabeth Emery Pease Headstone — West Cemetery Somers, Tolland County, Connecticut

Inscription:
In Memory of / Mrs Elizabeth / Wife of / Mr Robert Pease / who died / Sepr 9, 1789 / In the 91 year / of her age.

Why do we tremble to convey
Their bodies to the tomb,
There the dear flesh of Jesus lay,
And left a long perfume.

Child of Robert and Hannah:

Name Born Married Departed
1. Miriam PEASE 27 Oct 1711
Enfield, CT
Nathaniel PEASE I
24 Dec 1730
Enfield, CT
1765

Children of Robert and Elizabeth Emery

Name Born Married Departed
2. Elizabeth Pease 1718
Enfield, CT
Daniel Read
1 Dec 1743
Enfield, CT
1768
3. Abigail Pease 21 Sep 1722
Enfield, CT
4. Lt. Robert Pease 19 Dec 1724
Enfield, CT
Hannah Sexton
4 Sep 1746
Somers, CT
.
Submit Davis
2 Nov 1805
Somers, CT
5. Emery Pease 17 May 1727
Enfield, CT
Mary Horton
9 Jan 1755
Somers, CT
3 Oct, 1776
Somers, CT
6. Jane Pease 1729
Enfield, CT
Thomas Buck
1 Jun 1749
Hebron, CT
18 May 1815
7. Hannah Pease 1730
8. Bathsheba Pease 27 Apr 1732
Enfield, CT
Joseph Hunt
18 Dec 1750
Somers, CT
1 Dec 1797
Somers, CT
9. Mary Pease 3 Jul 1734
Somers, CT
20 May 1778
Somers, Tolland, CT
10. Col. Abiel Pease 24 Jan 1736
Somers, CT
Esther Cooley
12 May 1757
Somers, CT
9 May 1806
Somers, CT
11. Capt. Noah Pease 28 Jun 1739
Somers, CT
Mary Ward
23 Mar 1762
Somers, CT
.
Dorcas Hubbard
20 Jul 1818
Somers, CT

Robert was a founder of Somers, Connecticut.

Somers is a town in Tolland County, Connecticut. The population was 10,417 at the 2000 census. The town center is listed by the U.S. Census Bureau as a census-designated place (CDP). In 2007, Money Magazine named Somers, Connecticut 53rd on its list of 100 Best Places to Live, based on “economic opportunity, good schools, safe streets, things to do and a real sense of community.”

Somers, Tolland, Connecticut

Bordering Massachusetts, Somers, Connecticut is considered part of the City of Springfield, Massachusetts NECTA. Somers is only 9 miles from the City of Springfield, Massachusetts, and considered more oriented toward it than the City of Hartford, Connecticut which lies 16 miles to the south.

In 1734, Somers received its name from Lord John Somers of England. The first town meeting was held on October 14, 1734. The following items were voted upon:

  • The first tithing men were appointed *
  • Swine were at liberty to run at large this year
  • Samuel Billings was elected constable
  • A school was to be constructed
  • A team of horses was to be allowed equal wages as a man

At all meetings and gatherings, rum and liquor was voted upon for the occasion usually by the gallon or barrel full and always recorded in the town records. Cider brandy was $.25 per gallon and American gin $.40 per gallon.

In 1749, Somers became part of Connecticut, and the town sent its first representative, Capt. Samuel Dwight, to the capitol in New Haven. The first recorded birth was Benjamin Thomas in 1725 who was said to have made the first apple cider in Somers. From 1785 to 1818, everyone residing in Somers had to pay taxes for the support of the Congregational Church unless they filed a certificate signed by the minister stating they belonged to another church and supported it. They were freed of this by the Constitution in 1818

1. Miriam PEASE (See Nathaniel PEASE I‘s page)

2. Elizabeth Pease

Elizabeth’s husband Daniel Read was born 1714 in Norwich Connecticut. His parents were William Read and Anna Stark. Daniel died in 1814.

4. Robert Pease

Robert’s wife Hannah Sexton was born 9 May 1730 in Enfield, CT. Her parents were Joseph Sexton and Sarah Parsons. Hannah died 22 Aug 1795 in Enfield, Hartford, CT.

Robert was a revolutionary soldier, enlisting July 6, 1775, in Eighth Regiment, discharged December 16, 1777

He removed to Blandford, Mass about 1780 and lived there a short time where he lost most of his wealth by the depreciation of “continental money.” He returned to Somers where he died in 1805.

Lt Robert Pease Headstone — West Cemetery Somers, Tolland County, Connecticut

Inscription:
In Memory of / Lieut / Robert Pease / who Died Novem / 2nd 1805 in the 81st / year of his Age

All you advanc’d in years,
You healthy and robust,
You’r tott’ring round the grave,
And soon must turn to dust.

Children of Robert and Hannah:

5. Emery Pease

Emery’s wife Mary Horton was born 15 Jan 1736 in Somers, Tolland, CT. Mary died 16 Jul 1812 in Somers, Tolland County, Connecticut.

Emery was a man held in high esteem. He was a Justice of the Peace, and was one of the first to rally at the call of his country to defend its liberties. He marched to Boston at the first alarm in the Revolution and was more or less engaged as a Captain of a Militia company during the Revolutionary struggle.

His tenth child, born 27 Aug 1776 in Somers, CT was named Independence.

Emery Pease Headstone — West Cemetery Somers, Tolland County, Connecticut

Inscription:
In Memory of / Emery Pease Esq. / who died / Oct. 3, 1776 / In the 50th year of his age.

Here is a voice directed here,
To old and young & all,
That they be ready to appear,
Whenever God shall call.

Children of Emery and Mary

6. Jane Pease

Jane’s husband Thomas Buck was born 6 Sep 1712 in Middletown, Middlesex, CT. His parents were Thomas Buck and Sarah Judd. Thomas died in Bedford, Pennsylvania.

8. Bathsheba Pease

Bathsheba’s husband Joseph Hunt was born 27 Apr 1729 in Somers, Tolland, CT. His parents were Joseph Hunt (1704 – ) and Ann Wood (1713 – 1783) Joseph died inDec 1814 in Somers, Tolland, CT.

Bathsheba Pease Headstone — North Cemetery Somers, Tolland County, Connecticut

10. Abiel Pease

Abiel’s wife Esther Cooley was born 15 Oct 1729 in Springfield, Hampden, Mass. Her parents were Eliakim Cooley and Griswold Beckwith. Her maternal grandparents were Mathew BECKWITH and Elizabeth GRISWALD. Esther died 31 May 1790 in Somers, Tolland, CT.

Abial was an officer in the Revolution, probably in the Connecticut Militia.

He had but one child, a daughter named Esther.

Col. Abial Pease Headstone — West Cemetery , Somers, Tolland CountyConnecticut

Inscription:
In Memory of Colnl Abial Pease / who Departed this / Life May 9th 1806 / Aged 69 years

This dark abode proclaims the truth,
To bending age and blooming youth,
You must your active powers resign,
And be a mouldering corps like mine.

11. Capt. Noah Pease

Noah’s first wife Mary Ward was born 16 Sep 1737 in Ashford, Windham, CT. Her parents were Jacob Ward and Hannah Jackson. Mary died 3 Nov 1807 in Somers, Tolland, CT.

Noah’s second wife Dorcas Hubbard was born 5 Apr 1756 in Ellington, Tolland, CT. Her parents were John Hubbard and [__?__]. She first married Samuel Arnold (1745 – 1797)
, next Peter Kibbe (1731 – 1808) and finally Noah. Dorcas died 24 Nov 1824 in Somers, Tolland, CT.

Noah was a Corporal in the Connecticut Militia in the Revolutionary War. He was a respectable farmer living in the center of the town of Somers.

Noah Pease Headstone — West Cemetery , Somers, Tolland County, Connecticut

Inscription:
In / Memory of / Capt. Noah Pease / who died / July 20, 1818 / AEt. 78


Pease family collection of sketchbooks and exercise books

The Pease family are remarkable as an example of a nineteenth century success story—success that sprung largely from their pivotal role in the development of English railroads over the course of the century. In the Victorian era, they became well established and rose to prosperity and prominence, taking part in politics and enjoying a rather lavish lifestyle. What makes the Pease family even more unique is that they were Quakers. This aspect of their identity affected their business decisions, their marriages, and their lifestyles as their fortunes rose, and the Peases’ changing relationship with their faith is described in many histories and memoirs about them. The Victorian era was the peak in the Peases’ fortune the last years of the 19th century, as well as the beginning of the 20th, brought change and financial trouble.

Edward Pease, born in 1767, was to become known as “the father of the English Railways" for his role in founding the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. The S&D Railway, used primarily for the transportation of industrial cargo between various towns along the Tees river, was the first English steam railway. Edward's diaries, published by Alfred Edward Pease in 1907, offer an extensive personal and social history of the early to mid-nineteenth century. Some of the Pease diaries and other personal writings have been published, while others remain in the family, or are kept in local record offices in Durham County. The YCBA collection of Pease family material concerns the descendants of Edward Pease, including his son, Henry Pease (1807-1881), and his granddaughters, Emma and Jane Pease (who were the daughters of Joseph Pease, the first Quaker M.P.). The collection also contains material pertaining to the family of Edward's grandson, Sir Joseph Whitwell Pease, the first Quaker Baronet, and his great-great grandson, Christopher York Pease, who was killed in the First World War.

Members of the family whose items appear in the YCBA archive:

“E. Gurney”= Emma Gurney (ca. 1800-1860) : Wife of Joseph Pease. Daughter of Joseph Gurney, and member of a notable Quaker family in Northeastern England. Married Joseph Pease in 1826, uniting Gurney family fortune with the Pease name, thereby bringing the Peases into prominence in the area. Mother to five sons and four daughters: Jane, Joseph Whitwell, Emma, Rachel, Elizabeth, Edward, John Henry, Arthur, Francis Richard, Gurney (father to Katherine Pease Routledge, who later voyaged to Easter Island), Alfred, and Charles Pease. Joseph and Emma lived at Southend, an estate in Darlington that, while less ostentatious than the eventual homes of their sons, was still grand. The estate included a “long carriage drive lined with thick trees” (Van Tilburg, 13). Southend was the Pease family seat during the mid-nineteenth century years of success and rising fortunes.

Emma Gurney Pease (ca. 1830-d. 1895) : Daughter of Joseph and Emma Pease (nee Gurney). Avid watercolorist and artist. In 1851, she toured the European continent with her family, a trip that inspired many drawings and watercolors. In 1853, she traveled to Scotland . She again traveled to Europe in 1874. She never married, and lived at Southend, the Darlington home of Joseph Pease. Described by Jo Anne Van Tilburg in Among Stone Giants in later life as:

Slender, with lovely skin, big eyes, and chiseled features. Bright and empathetic…she was efficient and practical with a quick, impatient manner that many people thought was pushy and sharp. Emma had no close friends but took an intellectual interest in women’s issues and Quaker philanthropy, using her fortune to support schools and health and to employ her formidable administrative talents. Emma thought clearly, read widely, wrote well, and had a keen sense of humor. She kept voluminous personal journals but left strict instructions for them to be burned after her death…Emma was devout, but her faith had a strong rational component. (Van Tilberg, 14).

Emma supported her niece Katherine in her passionate desire to go to college, when Katherine faced approbation and shock from her more immediate family members. She died on 2 July 1895, and was buried with her sister Jane.

Elizabeth Lucy Pease (1833-1881) : Fourth and youngest daughter of Joseph and Emma Pease (nee Gurney). She married John Fowler (1826-1864), agricultural engineer, on 30 July 1857, in a sober and quiet Quaker ceremony, unlike the wedding of her sister Rachel in 1851. John’s brother William was the second husband of Rachel Pease. After having designed and manufactured an innovative steam plough during the late 1850s and early 1860s, John Fowler founded a new steam plough manufacturing business in Leeds, “John Fowler and Co.,” in 1863. William eventually loaned money to the struggling J. & J.W. Pease Bank in 1897. Elizabeth enjoyed a comfortable life during the apex of the Pease family fortunes in the 19th century. John Fowler died of tetanus after a fall from his horse in 1864.

Jane Gurney Pease (1827-1894) : Daughter of Joseph and Emma Pease (nee Gurney). In 1851, she toured the European continent with her family, a trip that inspired many sketches and watercolors. Jane was considered eccentric and a spiritual visionary. According to Jo Anne Van Tilburg, family history had it that Jane had fallen in love while staying with her family at the Pease summer home, Cliffe House, in Marske-by-the-Sea. Jane’s beau was supposed to become the Church of England’s archdeacon of Cleveland, and her father, Joseph, refused to allow her to marry a non-Quaker (the prohibition against marrying outside of the Quaker faith would not be relaxed until the mid-nineteenth century). Jane submitted to her father’s judgment and ultimately never married. Like her sister Emma, she lived at Southend, in Darlington. Described by Jo Anne Van Tilburg in later life, Jane:

[preferred] seclusion and illusion. She spent her withdrawn days lying on a sofa, eating massive plates of teacakes and jam rolls and filling vast numbers of pages in her many journals with flowing script. She was preoccupied with food, filling a great emptiness inside with elaborate meals and teas prepared from heirloom Quaker recipes. Though she glided through the house with the appearance of a duchess, Jane had the heavy “Pease physique” and lethargic temperament later attributed to [her niece] Katherine. Jane had an aristocratic nose, a prominent beauty spot, a dreamy smile, and a ready laugh. She sought the companionship of young male “protégées” and charmed and flattered them shamelessly…[Jane] was a romantic who ‘saw the world through a veil of poetry.’ Jane had a rich repertoire of humorous and moralistic tales but also knew by heart the North Country’s terrifying ghost stories…Intensely bored by the limitations of her life choices, Jane’s brilliant mind turned inward. Her spiritual life grew increasingly rich and charismatic, and she blossomed from a storyteller into a remarkably gifted public speaker and Quaker visionary…As Aunt Jane grew older and her circle of visitors grew smaller, she led her life at Southend in a world of insular shadows that grew increasingly deeper and darker. She believed she could commune with the dead, especially Joseph Pease and her brothers…She saw their spirits walking on the paths and terraces of Southend, or sometimes lying snug in their graves and, she said, heard their voices. The family ghosts Jane conjured were constantly moving about, day and night, haunting Southend and deeply disturbing Emma. (Van Tilburg, 14-15)

Along with her sister Emma, Jane was a source of love, support, and stability for her nephews and nieces, among them Katherine Pease Routledge. Jane died on April 5, 1894 in Torquay. Her funeral was held in Darlington, with her coffin covered in flowers and plant sprigs from Southend. She was buried at the Quaker burial ground in Darlington.

Rachel Pease (1831-1912) : Third daughter of Joseph and Emma Pease (nee Gurney). She Married Charles Albert Leatham of Wakefield in 1851, with great festivities accompanying the event. “There was…bell-ringing,…[a] brass band…flags were flown on the stations of the Stockton and Darlington railway, and…there were salvoes of artillery. The bride was attended to the meeting house by seven bridesmaids,” (Orde, 102). Leatham had established an engine works and iron foundry in Middlesbrough, along with Edgar Gilkes and Isaac Wilson, in 1843. Charles and Rachel had five daughters: Rachel Mary Leatham (b. 1852, m. 1874), Emma (b. 1853, m. 1875), Margaret (b. 1855, m. 1875), Elizabeth (b. 1856, m. 1880 to Leonard Pelly, d. 1930) and Jane (b. 1857, m. 1878), and apparently a son who died in infancy (“Male Leatham” in birth records from Darlington, 1858). 1851 census records show Charles and Rachel living at Southend, the estate of Rachel’s father Joseph, but later records made after Charles’s death show Rachel and her family, along with servants, a governess, nursemaid, and cook, living in their own household. Charles died in 1858 and Rachel later married William Fowler (1828-1905), her brother-in-law by her sister Elizabeth’s marriage, in 1875. William was one of five sons of John Fowler, a dedicated member of the Religious Society of Friends. According to the DNB , he rose to prominence as a politician and financier after a period of economic lows during the 1860s. William and two of his brothers took over John Fowler’s steam plough business after John’s death in 1864. Rachel Pease was William’s third wife. Census records show them living in London in 1901. They had no children together, although William had eight children from his first marriage to Rachel Howard.

Henry Pease (4 May 1807-1881) : Fifth son of Edward Pease and Rachel Whitwell. Henry married Anna Fell on 25 February, 1835, with whom he fathered a son, Henry Fell Pease (1838-96). Anna died in 1839. Henry then married Mary Lloyd on 19 January 1859, and had three daughters and two sons with her (including Edward Lloyd Pease). In 1845, he purchased “Pierremont” house in Darlington, a showy, Gothic mansion, which he enlarged in 1873, with vast gardens and land. Henry served as a Quaker elder for many years. He gave up Quaker dress, but used plain speech until the 1860s. He refused to allow a piano in his home until old age, and never approved of dancing. He went to Russia in January 1854 as part of a failed Peace Society effort to persuade Emperor Nicholas against entering what would become the Crimean War. He served as MP for South Darlington from 1857 to 1865. In 1867, he visited Napoleon III as part of a Peace Society mission, but the society's request to hold a peace congress during the international exhibition in Paris was denied. Henry was primarily involved in the Darlington branch of the NE Railways, working as a promoter. He opened a railway line across Stainmoor in 1861, considered “the backbone of England.” Henry died 30 May 1881, during a London meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.

Edward Lloyd Pease (1861-1934) : Son of Henry Pease. He was educated at Cambridge, where he was a strong athlete (primarily in rowing). Edward traveled around the world, visiting America, Australia, and Europe, before settling down to a business career in Durham County. An avid hunter, he became director of several family business concerns in the Durham area. In 1890 he married Helen Blanche Pease, with whom he had a daughter, Mary Cecelia Pease (1892-1975).

John Henry Pease (1836-1854) : Son of Joseph and Emma Pease (nee Gurney). He appeared in the 1851 census, visiting Barclays’ household in Essex with his family. He died at age of 18.

Mary W. Pease (d. 1892) : Married Joseph Whitwell Pease. A talented watercolorist, she made an important record of the family estate, Hutton Hall, in Guisborough, in her "Hutton Hall" album.

Sarah Charlotte Pease. (1858-1929) : Second daughter of Joseph Whitwell Pease and his wife Mary Fox. In 1897, she married Howard Hodgkin, the relative of a banking partner of the Pease family, Thomas Hodgkin.

Francis Richard Pease (1844-1865?) : Son of Joseph and Emma Pease (nee Gurney). There is a death record for a "Francis Richard Pease" in Middlesex County in 1865.

Helen Blanche Pease (1865-1951) : Daughter of Joseph Whitwell and Mary Pease (nee Fox). She was a cousin to Beatrice Pease (of the “Portsmouth affair” family scandal), who was raised by Helen’s mother and father after the death of her own parents. She was cousin also to Katherine Pease Routledge, who would travel to Easter Island in the 1910s. Sister to Alfred Edward Pease. On 15 January 1890, she married her somewhat distant cousin, Edward Lloyd Pease. During her lifetime, she served as Justice of the Peace for Durham County.

Mary Cecelia Pease (1892-1975) : Daughter of Helen Blanche Pease. Married Reginald J. Mounsey (1884-) in 1921. Reginald appears to have served in WWI, as part of the Durham Light Infantry. Listed in WWI Medal Rolls Index 1914-1920.


James Sanburn Bartle / Mary R. Boerstler

Husband: James Sanburn Bartle
Born: 22 Feb 1855[5805] at: Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, United States
Married: 6 Nov 1879at: Cook County, Illinois, USA
Died: 26 Dec 1917[5806] at: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA
Father: William Toy Bartle
Mother: Elizabeth Granger Sanburn
Notes: [5807]
Wife: Mary R. Boerstler
Born: 5 Feb 1859[6479] at:
Died: 24 Feb 1917[6480] at: Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA
Father:
Mother:
Children
Name: Virginia Bartle [6742] [6741]
Born: 1 Feb 1881[6741] at:
Died: at:
Spouses:
Name: Ruth Bartle
Born: 24 Dec 1885at:
Died: at:
Spouses:

Pedigree Chart for: James Sanburn Bartle

Pedigree Chart for: Mary R. Boerstler

[5807] A Standard Daily Journal of 1905 gives his address as

Jas. S.
Railway Exchange Building
Chicago

James Sanburn was a assistant general freight agent for the Santa Fe Railroad under Mr. F. B. Houghton at his death. Previously general freight agent for the Burlington Railroad with headquarters at Saint Joseph, Missouri for a number of years, left 22 years ago, around 1895 to become eastern agent of the Santa Fe Railroad in New York, he was then transferred to Chicago in 1912.

James S. was born 22 February 1855 in Knoxville, Knox, Illinois, and married Mary Boerstler, who was born 5 February 1859 and died 24 February 1917, he died on 26 December 1917. His last home was in Chicago, Illinois. He left two children, a daughter, name unknown who resides in Spokane, Washington, and a daughter Virginia.

[6742] A Standard Daily Journal of 1905 gives her address as

Madison Ave 615
Plainfield, NJ

Another entry, later in the book:

1221 University Ave.
Boulder, Colorado

And another is found with an address in Pasadena.

All are crossed out, as if she died..


One Little Indian Boy

On Dec. 19, 1860, an armed force led by Texas Ranger Captain Sul Ross attacked a Comanche hunting camp on the Pease River. Among their captives was a boy whom Ross took in and named "Pease." This is his story .

Comanche Territory, by Heinie Hartwig Heritage Auctions, Dallas

Sul Ross is a Texas icon, remembered as a fierce Indian fighter, Confederate brigadier general, two-time governor and first president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (present-day Texas A&M University). Another who wore the Ross name had far less reason to be proud of it and is virtually unknown today. Pease Ross was his white name, but he wasn’t white. A full-blood Comanche taken into Sul Ross’ family as a boy in 1861, he dropped out of sight in the early 1880s. His memory is kept alive today through two family histories and a single intriguing photograph (see sidebar below).

His story begins near the confluence of Mule Creek and the Pease River in north central Texas at a small Comanche camp of mostly women and children. On Dec. 19, 1860, Texas Rangers, U.S. 2nd Cavalry troopers and citizen volunteers struck the camp on a mission of extermination. Texas Ranger Captain Lawrence Sullivan “Sul” Ross, just 22 and a recent college graduate, was their leader. Governor Sam Houston had ordered Ross to “regard all Indians seen this side of Red River as open enemies of Texas” and wipe them out in retribution for a Comanche raid in November through Palo Pinto, Parker, Jack and Young counties that left at least six settlers dead, including a pregnant woman left scalped and naked on the prairie. Ross and his men swooped down on the camp and killed more than a dozen Indians, including a defiant warrior (a chief perhaps) who died fighting rather than surrender. Three members of the camp were taken captive, including Cynthia Ann Parker, who was the main reason the engagement is enshrined in Texas history. In 1836 Comanches had snatched 12-year-old Cynthia Ann from her white family. In the intervening years she had been integrated into the tribe and become the wife of Chief Peta Nocona, bearing him three children. When recaptured in 1860, she had their 2-year-old daughter, Prairie Flower (Anglicized as Topsannah in Comanche), with her. Her two sons and her husband were away from camp. Mother and daughter would live unhappily with white relatives until Prairie Flower died of pneumonia around 1868 and Cynthia Ann succumbed a few years later either to disease or heartbreak.

The third captive was a Comanche boy about 10 years old. During the attack Ranger Lieutenant David Sublett leaned over and hauled him up onto the back of his horse but soon tossed the boy aside to continue the fight. Ranger F.C. Donohoe then grabbed him, but he too changed his mind, whereupon Ross claimed him, believing the prize to be “the son of the chief.” At least that is what Ross wrote in his Jan. 4, 1861, report to Sam Houston. Such a valuable trophy could be used either as a bargaining chip in future negotiations with the Comanches or as a gift to his mentor, Houston, who had made Ross a captain and sent him into the field. No one bothered to ask the boy what he thought of this, any more than the Comanches had asked young Cynthia Ann 24 years earlier.

Ross probably saved the boy from being killed that day. He was a lucky little fellow, even if he did not feel lucky. For years whites had denounced the Comanches for carrying off white children, conveniently forgetting that whites did the same with Comanche children. One contemporary account noted that at the time Ross claimed his prize, the boy was crying in fear for his life—very un-Comanche-like behavior, even for a child.

Ranger Jonathan Hamilton Baker wrote in his diary that night, “The prisoners are a woman, a small child and a boy about 10 years old.” Baker was curious about the white woman, but made no further mention of the girl or the unhappy boy. Sergeant John Spangler of the 2nd Cavalry noted in his report of Jan. 16, 1861, that “Captain Ross took one small boy prisoner.” These accounts and Ross’ after-action report are the first mentions of Pease Ross in the historical record—but not the last. Decades later cattleman Charles Goodnight, a civilian scout at the Pease River that day, told historian J. Evetts Haley about the boy, and in 1908 former Ranger Dave Simpson also remembered him.

In later years Sul Ross would relate the story of the battle and its results many times, but never the same way twice. About 1870, in a letter to a friend reprinted in several newspapers, he laid out what he termed the “correct history” of the battle, even providing a name—“Mohee”—for the Comanche chief and delving into greater detail about how the boy was captured. A decade after that, while preparing his first run for the Texas Legislature, Ross told biographer Victor M. Rose for Ross’ Texas Brigade that he was the one who first discovered the Indian boy “lying concealed in the tall grass…[and] with kind words placed the little fellow upon his horse.” In this telling Ross gave the name of the chief as Peta Nocona, Cynthia Ann’s mate and Quanah Parker’s father. Six years later, in yet another variation told to author James T. DeShields, he claimed to have unhorsed Peta Nocona but allowed his Mexican servant (a onetime Comanche captive) to administer the coup de grace with a shotgun, as Ross could not bring himself to finish off the brave warrior. Toward the end of his life Ross related a similar version to his daughter Elizabeth Ross Clarke, omitting Peta Nocona’s name.

The one indisputable fact in all versions of the story is that Sul Ross wound up with the boy—hardly surprising, as Ross was considered by some to be an “Indian lover.” He certainly had history with the Indians, telling Rose that he was “twice in their hands” (unverified) that his father, Shapely Prince Ross, had been an Indian agent for the state of Texas and that his paternal great-grandfather, Lawrence Ross, had been captured by the Cherokees at a tender age and lived with them until he was 23. Something else Ross knew about was carrying off Indian children. In 1858, during a raid on a Comanche camp on the Wichita River in Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), he had snatched up a light-skinned young girl. He brought her home and named her “Lizzie” after fiancée Elizabeth Tinsley, telling everyone she was a white captive who could not remember her parents, although later census reports list her as “Indian.” And, of course, there was his Mexican servant, Pablo, who had lived among the Comanches before being taken into the extended Ross family.

Ross named his most recent trophy “Pease,” either after the battle site or perhaps after recent Texas Governor Elisha M. Pease

Ross named his most recent trophy “Pease,” either after the battle site or perhaps after recent Texas Governor Elisha M. Pease. Crossing paths with Sam Houston on the Brazos River on his way home, the Ranger captain offered the boy along with other battle trophies, including a shield and lance. After Houston magnanimously declared the child should be returned to his own people, the two had, according to a witness, this surreal exchange:

Houston: “And I want you to tell your people to quit killing my people.”
Comanche boy: “Well, you tell your people to quit killing my people.”

That a Comanche boy knowing little or no English could come up with such a snappy retort strains credulity. And Pease did not go back to his people he went home with Ross, who was living with his parents in McLennan County. The boy became part of the household but not part of the family. He tended the Ross horses, which made him a stable boy, although family lore forever after described him as a “ward.” Most likely Pease slept in the stable along with black servant “Old Armistead,” caretaker of the family’s blooded horses.

The exact nature of the relationship between Sul Ross and Pease Ross is hard to define. The historic literature takes its cue from the soldier-hero in calling the boy his ward. Clearly, Pease was something less than a foster child, which is how Lizzie was regarded. On the other hand, no one ever called him a slave. Perhaps indentured servant is more accurate—indentured to the Ross family until he reached adulthood. When he struck out on his own, Pease kept the surname of his white family. As far as is known, from the day he was captured, he never went by his Comanche name.

Pease wasn’t a stable boy for long. After a few months Sul Ross enlisted in the Confederate army, and when he went for training at Camp Bartow near Dallas, he took along Pease as his body servant. Pease had his own pony, playing Sancho Panza to Ross’ Don Quixote. Dallas ladies visiting the camp took note of the boy and made him what was described as “a fine suit of uniform.” Ross wrote wife Lizzie in September 1861, “Pease creates more excitement than a monkey show.” When Ross’ regiment left for the front, Pease went along, albeit without his pony. Ross had sent it home to Waco.

The war’s end in 1865 found Ross back home in Texas, with Pease still faithfully tagging along. Ross steadfastly maintained the boy was granted multiple opportunities to return to his people but always declined. Realistically, however, the Comanches would never have accepted him back into their fold, and Pease must have suspected as much. He would not have fit in any more than Cynthia Ann fit in with her own people after having lived like a Comanche for so many years. The Comanches had no problem adopting captive children whom they could inculcate in Comanche ways, but it was a one-way street.

Late in 1865 one of Sul’s former Rangers, David McFadden, visited his old commander, dragging along another Comanche captive. McFadden asked Pease to translate for him, but the boy explained he had “so far forgotten his [original] language as to be unable to communicate with his own tribe any longer.” Yet another of Ross’ old Rangers, Benjamin F. Gholson, helped perpetuate the myth Pease was a beloved member of the Ross family, repeating that tale to interviewers into his 80s.

After the war Pease Ross fades from the picture, turning up occasionally in old-timers’ recollections but absent from the official record. Former Ranger H.S. Halbert recalled years later that when he left Waco in 1876 “the Indian boy” was still living there. A guidebook to the town published that same year reports cryptically the good citizens of Waco still regarded Pease as a “great curiosity.” Yet Pease doesn’t appear in the first Waco city directory (1876), and he is not listed in either the 1870 or 1880 census reports anywhere in Texas or Indian Territory, where the Army had relocated the Comanches.

He would have to live under the functional Jim Crow attitudes of the time—and he was neither black nor white

Pease most likely continued to live in McLennan County, but his circumstances changed dramatically. By the close of Reconstruction in 1876 the county had split into two segregated communities—white settlers and their former slaves. Pease was a grown man by this time and no longer bound to the Ross family. Unfortunately for his happiness and sense of self, as long as he remained in McLennan County, he would have to live under the functional Jim Crow attitudes of the time—and he was neither black nor white.

To pick up Pease’s trail we must shift our focus to the county’s black community, specifically the family of William “Buck” Manning, who had come to Texas in 1863 with his master, the Rev. William Manning. (Some Manning descendants insist Buck’s master was Neil McLennan, the pioneer and namesake of McLennan County, which cannot be true, as McLennan came to Texas in 1835.) After emancipation, Manning had risen to become the county’s most distinguished black patriarch, acquiring land and influence in equal measure and helping found the Willow Grove community of former slaves. At some point young Pease made the acquaintance of Buck’s teenage daughter Texana, who had been born shortly after her parents crossed the Red River. According to Manning family lore, endorsed by local histories, Texana was a beauty who caught Pease’s eye. He courted and won her, and they tied the knot in 1878 when she was just 15. Within a year she gave birth to a son, Samuel David Ross. At least that’s the story in family lore.

The truth is more complicated. There are no public records to substantiate the marriage, though a match between Sul Ross’ Comanche boy and Buck Williams’ girl would have been big news. There is a marriage certificate for Texana Manning and Kesic Thomas, a black man nine years her senior, showing they tied the knot on Oct. 3, 1878, and a birth certificate showing they had a son named Samuel David on Jan. 17, 1879. The math indicates Texana was pregnant when she married Kesic, but who was the father? The 1900 census lists Samuel David Thomas, still living at home with his parents, Kesic and Texana, and the couple’s other seven children. But the 1910 census lists him as Samuel David Ross, giving his race as “mulatto.” Thus his parents were of mixed race, and one could certainly have been Indian. From 1910 until his death in 1949, Samuel David used the surname Ross, and that is the name on his death certificate provided by a helpful family member. The Manning family has always said Samuel David’s father was a Ross.

But his death certificate only muddies the water further, as it lists Samuel David’s father as “Willie Ross,” not Pease Ross, suggesting either Pease replaced the hated name bestowed on him by Sul Ross with another of his own choosing, or that some other Ross male was Pease’s father. Sul Ross did have a younger brother named William. If William Ross was indeed Samuel David’s father, then we are entering Thomas Jefferson–Sally Hemmings territory, where some claim Hemmings’ mulatto children were sired not by the president but by his roguish brother, Randolph—only without supporting DNA evidence.

It would be nice to cast Pease and Texana in the roles of Romeo and Juliet, with the Ross and Manning families as the Montagues and Capulets, because as a couple they did not fit in with either side of the family. On the other hand, a Texana-Kesic marriage would have protected Manning family honor while keeping a beloved daughter in the protective fold of the black community.

Pease last appears in the public record in 1881, the year Victor Rose, Sul Ross’ unofficial biographer, reported the 30-year-old man was still living with “his benefactor,” thereby throwing further doubt on a Pease-Texana marriage. Another passing reference that same year suggests the direction the wild Indian boy’s life had taken since he reached adulthood. The item in a Waco newspaper criticized Pease for “drinking [too much]” and getting into a dust-up with a “Mexican organ-grinder,” after which the police put Pease behind bars for “his own protection.” Perhaps Sul, who was making his run for the Legislature, bailed him out. Regardless, it sounds like Pease had become an embarrassment to one of Waco’s first families at a very bad time.

Pease Ross seems to have died before he turned 40. Sul Ross told James DeShields, author of the 1886 book Cynthia Ann Parker: The Story of Her Capture, that Pease died “last year” (1884? 1885?). Years later Ross family biographer Elizabeth Ross Clarke said Pease died in 1887 “a respected citizen of McLennan County.” But his passing doesn’t show up in death or burial records or in the local papers, which did note the passing of the Rosses’ black servant Old Armistead. One strand of Manning family lore claims Pease and Texana had moved to Oklahoma, where he died.

Pease Ross will always have a place in Texas history, thanks to writers like Rose and DeShields and more modern references such as The Handbook of Waco and McLennan County, Texas, which gives credence to the Pease-Texana connection and the myth of Sul Ross’ kindly guardianship. In Sul Ross: Soldier, Statesman, Educator (1983), Judith Benner relied heavily on Clarke’s manuscript and repeats the same old myths. S.C. Gwynne in his Empire of the Summer Moon (2010) has Ross raising the boy and turning him into a “respectable citizen.” Ultimately, all the basic elements of Pease Ross’ story lead back to Sul Ross. Perhaps we should recall Charles Goodnight’s scathing indictment of Sul Ross as a “lying four-flusher” before accepting his account of Pease Ross at face value. WW

Wild West contributor Richard Selcer of Fort Worth has written 10 books, including A History of Fort Worth in Black & White: 165 Years of African-American Life (University of North Texas Press, 2015). For further reading he recommends Myth, Memory and Massacre: The Pease River Capture of Cynthia Ann Parker, by Paul H. Carlson and Tom Crum, and Sul Ross: Soldier, Statesman, Educator, by Judith Ann Benner.

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PICTURING PEASE ROSS


Is Pease Ross the sad-faced boy in this studio tintype? (Lawrence T. Jones III Collection, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University)


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