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Andrews, Thomas Eliot, ed., "The Diary of Elizabeth (Porter) Phelps," NEHGR, Volume CXVIII (1964), pp. 3-30, 108-127, 217-236, 297-308; Volume CXIX (1965), pp. 43-59, 127-140, 205-223, 289-307; Volume CXX (1966), pp. 57-63, 123-135, 203-214, 293-304; Volume CXXI (1967), pp. 57-69, 95-100, 296-303; Volume CXXII (1968), pp. 62-70, 115-123, 220-227, 302-309.

[Vol. CXVIII, p. 1]

Introduction
By James Lincoln Huntington, M.D.
Elizabeth Porter, whose diary covering 54 years of life in Hadley, Mass., is published herewith, the only child of Moses and Elizabeth (Pitkin) Porter, was born in Hadley 15 Nov. 1747; she died there 70 years later, 11 Nov. 1817. In fulfillment of this birthright and as the wife of Charles Phelps, whom she married in June 1770, she became one of the distinguished matrons of the area.

[p. 65]

1798 April 15 Sun: Mr. Hop[son]: Psalm 78 & 36 & Matt 25 & 32. The bridge foundered - we rode around [over Colemans brook]. Wednesday Mr. Hop: visit has been up to the Mills to marry Whitney (who lives with us) to Jerusha Murdock. Thursday forenoon went into town - did many arrands - home about 2. Dr. Colmans wife & Perez Smiths wife visit here - Friday I visit at Mr. Gaylords. Satt. Mrs. Shipman visit here.

[p. 296-297]

1800 January 5 Mr. Hop. Jeremiah 3 & 12 & Acts 13 & 38. Mr. Wards babe baptized this day. Mr. Phelps & I at Capt Smiths in the Eve. Monday Mr. Whitney & wife visit here. Tuesday Concert of prayer Mr. Hop. pr: [blank] When we came home found Capt John Clark & wife here. Wednesday Morn left us. Sally Williams came to stay. Afternoon Mr. and Mrs. Ward & Capt Smiths wife visit here. Thursday Lawyer Porter & wife visit here. Fryday Mr. Hop. visit here. Satt. Sally went home.

"Queries," NEHGR, Volume CXXI (1967), pp. 239-240.

[p. 240]

Wanted: parentage of Hannah Searing, born in 1718; died in 1785; married in Springfield, N. J., about 1735, Simeon Bryant (1710-1784). Also of Margaret Shatswell, married Matthias Corwin of Southold, L. I., N. Y., died in September 1658. Daughter of Martha married Henry Case. - Dorothy Whitney, 840-15th Avenue, Seaside, Oreg. 97138.

"Harvard Classes of 1761-1765," NEHGR, Volume CXXI (1967), pp. 245-249.

[p. 249]

Rev. Peter Whitney (1762) of Northborough, d. 1816

Torrey, Clarence Almon, "Stephen Gates of Hingham, Lancaster And Cambridge, Mass., and Some of His Descendants," NEHGR, Volume CXXI (1967), pp. 45-54, 217-223, 250-260.

[p. 46]

28. Ens. Jacob4 Gates (Isaac3, Stephen2, Stephen1), born in Stowe, Mass., in or abut 1698, died in Harvard, Mass., 22 Aug. 1769, in his 71st year (gravestone).
He married first, Elizabeth Hapgood, died in Harvard 24 Jan. 1741/2, aged 39 years 9 months 15 days (gravestone); secondly (intention 28 May 1743, Sarah Rice of Stow, d. 3 Dec. 1762, aged 53 years; and thirdly, in Lunenburg, Mass., 9 May 1764, Elizabeth (Hartwell) Gibson, died in Harvard 1 Feb. 1792, widow of Capt. John Gibson. [snip]

[p. 47]

Children by second wife, born in Harvard:
  1. Sarah, b. 13 Jan 1744 [1743/4]; d. in Harvard 29 or 30 Oct. 1766; m. 15 Jan. 1766 Lieut. James Whitcomb, d. in Boxborough, Mass., 17 Oct. 1790. James Whitcomb m. (2) (intention in Stow 17 Nov. 1768 and in Harvard 18 Nov. 1768), Lucy Whitney of Stow; and she m. (2), 28 June 1796, Capt. Nathaniel Sawyer of Lancaster, Mass.

[p. 223]

44. John4 Gates (Jonathan3, Simon2, Stephen1), born in Charlestown, Mass., 25 July 1713, baptized in Cambridge, Mass., 2 Aug. 1713, died in Worcester, Mass., 21 Nov. 1797, aet. 87 (gravestone).
He married about 1742 Violetta Rice, died 10 Feb. 1801, aet. 79 (gravestone). Her baptismal name is Violata, Violate and Violetta in the Worcester Vital Records and Violaty on her gravestone.
Children born in Worcester: [snip]
  1. Martha, b. 30 April 1759; d. 18 Sept. 1847; m. about 1781 Ebenezer Whitney of Worcester, d. 17 June 1836.

[p. 251]

47. Samuel4 Gates (Samuel3, Simon2, Stephen1), born perhaps in Pomfret, Conn., in 1710, died in Ridgefield, Conn., 30 Sept. 1798, aet. 84 years.
He married there, 1 April 1734, Rachel Hayes. It is believed that she was the Rachel Hayes, daugher of James and Mary (Allen) Hayes, born in Norwalk, Conn., 4 March 1711.
Children born in Ridgefield: [snip]
  1. James, b. 15 Aug 1752; d. in Essex, Vt., 1 Sept. 1822; m. about 1780 Polly Whitney, b. in Canaan, Conn., according to her own state-

[p. 252]

    ment in the pension records, d. in Essex 2 Sept. 1845, aged 85 years. Resided in Salisbury, Conn., 1781 and 1782, in Hinesburg, Vt., in 1786; and afterward in Essex. He was a soldier in the American Revolution and applied for a pension 18 April 1818, residence, Essex. He was for some time a prisoner of war.
  1. David, b. in June 1753; d. in Hinesburg, Vt., 19 June 1793; m. in Ridgefield, 22 Dec. 1774, Jerusha Whitney, d. in St. Albans, Vt., 29 or 31 July 1840, who m. (2) in Hinesburg, in 1802, Lawrence Delong. Removed to Hinesburg about 1786; his widow removed to Paris, N. Y., but afterward returned to Hinesburg.

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51. John4 Gates (John3, Thomas2, Stephen1), born in Stow, Mass., 15 Oct. 1713 ("old style"), died there 24 May 1790 (gravestone). In the latter part of his life he kept a diary in which he calle 26 Oct. his birthday. This date was "new style".
He married about 1736 Mary Whitney, born 24 Nov. 1715. She was mentioned in his will, dated 3 May 1790 and proved 15 Sept. 1790.
Children, born in Stow:
  1. Hannah5, b. 6 Sept. 1737; d. 19 Nov. 1814.
  2. Josiah, b. 24 March 1739; d. March 1757.
  3. Dorothy, b. 11 Dec 1740; d. in August 1813.
  4. Damaris, b. 9 Jan. 1745/6; unm. in 1790, when her father made his will.
  5. John, b. 12 Sept. 1748; d. in Stow 25 Nov. 1814; m. there, 19 Feb. 1778 or 1779, Catherine Wetherbee, d. 13 June 1834.
  6. Caleb, b. 14 July 1751; d. in Acton, now Townshend, Vt., 14 Aug. 1827; m. in Bolton, Mass., 10 March 1776, Mindwell Oakes, b 23 March 1746, d. 22 Nov. 1826.
  7. Mary, b. 25 April 1753; m. 19 Jan. 1780 Thomas Wetherbee, Jr.
  8. Thomas, b. 5 June 1755; d. 14 Feb. 1833; m. 4 June 1778 Lydia Hale, b. 6 Jan. 1760, d. 17 June 1817.

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