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Tolman, Newton F., editor, A History of Westminster, Massachusetts, 1893-1958, compiled by The Westminster Historical Society (Richard R. Smith Co., Inc., Peterborough, New Hampshire: 1961); Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 61-17914; New England Historic Genealogical Society Call No. F/74/W72/W72.

HOLDEN - HOWARD - KNOWER
LYNDE - MERRIAM - MILLER

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[p. 217] HOLDEN

Deacon Joseph Holden (1) was the second settler in Westminster, coming here with his family in 1737. Heywood's History says: "He was for some time the most active, influential and important inhabitant of the township." Many of the present inhabitants of the town claim him as a common ancestor, as well as those bearing the name of Holden.
Children of George (67) and Harriet (Priest) Holden:
1. Mary Jane (71) b. June 10, 1859, d. June 25, 1940; m. Louis Miller.

Children of Louis and Mary Jane (Holden) Miller: [from p. 263]
1. Gerald Holden b. December 25, 1897; unmarried; an electrician, resides with brother.
2. Adelbert Payson b. June 13, 1905; m. Marjorie E. Smith; divorced; veteran of WW II.

2. William S. (73) b. September 29, 1863, d. December 18, 1952; m. October 12, 1898 Grace R. Nichols, b. October 3, 1872 [p. 272], daughter of Marcus M. Nichols. Lived in Leominster; 3 children.
Children of Calvin Holden (68):
1. Jennie E. (75) b. April 15, 1855; m. William E. Gilson. [p. 201] They resided for a while in Westminster and then moved to Leominster. He died in the South, where he was spending a winter. His wife died in Leominster. Their daughter, Ida Estelle, had died young.
2. Cora F. (79) b. July 28, 1867, d. June 12, 1943; m. Ephraim W. Towle. (See Towle.)
3. Lillian E. (80) b. December 21, 1869, d. October 12, 1947; m. Arthur C.(10) Lombard; lived South Ashburnham; 1 child.
4. Leon L. (81) b. December 22, 1872, d. October 23, 1936; m. Edith Willard of Leominster. Lived in Gardner; no children.
5. Edna M. (82) b. April 6, 1874; unmarried.
6. Bertha T. (83) b. April 21, 1875, d. March 22, 1952; m. Frank H. Pond; lived in Leominster. He died May 16, 1914.
7. Carrie A. (84) b. May 17, 1876, d. August 3, 1939; m. Edwin Upton of Gardner; 2 children.
8. Grace G. (87) b. April 21, 1883; m.; no children.
9. Ina O. (88) b. September 4, 1884; d. January 2, 1949; m. Edward Hamlett; lived South Royalston; no children.

[p. 220] HOWARD

Albert Howard (24) of the 7th generation; b. May 23, 1845, d. December 18, 1931.
Children of Albert Howard:
1. Elizabeth (31) b. October 5, 1875, d. May 9, 1918; m. Edwin C. Prescott of Ayer.
2. Alberta (32) b. January 11, 1878, d. March 19, 1922; m. Lester D. Jillson of Gardner. Died in Greenfield.
3. Nathan D. (34) b. October 9, 1881; m. January 1, 1912; Celina D. Reed, b. November 19, 1885, d. November 17, 1955, dau. of Henry D. and Louisa P. (Whitman) Reed of Whitman. He lives on Academy Hill.
Children of Nathan D. and Celina D. (Reed) Howard:
1. Barbara Whitman b. October 19, 1915; m. February 20, 1936, H. Raymond Morse, b. January 31, 1909 in Fitchburg, s. of Herbert Raymond and Inez L. (Austin) Morse. They own the Frank Miller home on Leominster Street. Mr. Morse is employed by Crocker-Burbank in Fitchburg.

[p. 265-266] Children of H. Raymond and Barbara Whitman (Howard) Morse:
1. Harry R., Jr. b. December 3, 1936; unmarried; lives in Whitman.
2. Henry H. b. November 23, 1937; unmarried; lives at home.

2. Beulah Davis b. November 28, 1919; graduate of Fitchburg Teachers College; unmarried; lives in Westminster.

[p. 232] KNOWER

Charles F. Knower (12) b. December 21, 1856, d. August 11, 1927; s. of Horace B. and Mary A. (Sawin) Knower; m. November 26, 1878, Edith E. (d. April 22, 1946), dau. of George H. and Emily (Taylor) Prescott. Until 1923 they lived in the Minott District on the farm which had been in his family for four generations; then they moved to the Prescott house on South Street, now owned by Wilton Clark.
Children of Charles F. and Edith E. (Prescott) Knower:
1. Henry Horace (13) b. January 10, 1882, d. Oct. 1, 1947; m. Annie E. Baker; resided in Westminster and Templeton; 6 children.
[p. 161] Anna E. (116) Baker, dau. Levi and Alice (Foskett) Baker, b. July 31, 1882.
2. Alvin Lawrence (14) b. June 19, 1884; unmarried; resides on South Street.
3. Gladys Georgiana (15) b. August 19, 1886; m. Chester E. Lynde (See Lynde.)
4. Bessie Maria (16) b. November 8, 1888; m. Michael Paskuskas of Gardner; resides in Fitchburg; 4 children.
5. Mary Emily (17) b. August 11, 1890; m. Rev. Edward J. Abar. (See Abar.)
6. Eleanor Prescott b. November 9, 1895; m. J. Albert Roy; resides in Fitchburg; no children.
7. Arthur Herman b. September 11, 1902; m. (1) Elizabeth Kindred; m. (2) ----; resides in Northfield; 3 children.

[p. 246] LYNDE

Chester E. Lynde (12) b. April 12, 1873; d. April 17, 1957; youngest son of John and Lucy (Kendall) Lynde; m. (1) May 24, 1893, Minnie Bell Sanborn (d. March 11, 1922 in Fitchburg); m. (2) Lilla Stocker (d. May 12, 1932) of Canaan, New Hampshire; m. (3) December 9, 1937, Gladys G. Knower (15). (See Knower.) About 1930 he built a house on Pleasant Street, where Mrs. Lynde still lives.
Children of Chester E. and Minnie (Sanborn) Lynde:
1. Earle Sanborn b. October 10, 1804; m. Isabelle Andrew of Fitchburg; a retired insurance salesman; 1 child.
2. Clifton Wesley b. May 10, 1902; d. May 28, 1903.

[p. 257-258] MERRIAM

The two branches of the Merriam family in Westminster were descended from brothers who settled here early in the eighteenth century: Samuel (70) and Thomas Merriam (2).

Joel Merriam (99) was the great-grandson of Samuel (70), brother of Thomas (2). Samuel came to town in 1769. Joel Merriam m. Elmina Perkins.
Children of Joel and Elmina (Perkins) Merriam:
1. Evelina (115) b. October 2, 1843, d. October 16, 1896; m. W. O. Foskett; 4 children.
2. Emma Elmina (117) b. August 1, 1850, d. January 11, 1934; m. Frank M. Urban; resided in Westminster and Dorchester; 2 children. (See Urban)
3. Joel Hervey (118) b. July 3, 1852, d. 1934; m. (1) Ella M. Persons; m. (2) Anna P. Mansfield; 2 children; resided in Westminster and the West.
4. Frank A. (119) b. September 5, 1855, d. August 12, 1930; m. (1) Jennie (111) Merriam and (2) Ida E. (2) Simonds (d. May 2, 1957). From 1886 until his death he was a Deacon of the First Baptist Church. Mrs. Merriam was the organist in that church for sixty years. She was also a Library Trustee for many years.

Children of Frank A. and Jennie (Merriam) Merriam:
1. Frank E. (135) b. May 6, 1878, d. March 13, 1956; m. Nellie F. Wright of Littleton; resided in Fitchburg. 1 daughter. In 1943 he retired after 39 years as Register Clerk at the Fitchburg Post Office.
2. George A. (136) b. August 21, 1882; m. Elizabeth Greer of Worcester; retired; resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; no children.
3. Robert J. (137) b. August 29, 1885; unmarried; formerly employed at Gardner State Hospital; retired.

Children of Frank A. and Ida E. (Simonds) Merriam:
4. Charles S. b. June 9, 1894; m. Martha Stone of Wellsville, New York; resides in Longmeadow; 2 children.
5. Winfred E. b. December 1, 1895; m. Julia S. Butler of Syracuse, New York; resides in Elliott City, Maryland; 1 son.
6. Spenser H. b. January 6, 1898; graduate of Syracuse University; m. Martha Taylor of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. He teaches at Peddie Boys' School in Hightstown, New Jersey. No children.
7. Leon A. b. August 18, 1899, d. August 12, 1900.

5. Sarah E. (120) b. September 8, 1857, d. 1943 in Manchester, New Hampshire; m. Fred B. (31) Bolton; resided in Orange; 1 child.
6. Cora E. (121) b. May 27, 1863; graduate of New England Conservatory of Music; m. the Reverend Henry A. MacDonald, President of West Kentucky College in Mayfield, Kentucky; lives in Kentucky; 2 children.

[p. 263] MILLER

Frank A. Miller b. February 5, 1857, in Decatur, Wisconsin, d. October 29, 1937; s. of George (101) and Clarissa (Gill) Miller. He was descended from Deacon Joseph Miller but of another branch. He removed to his father's native Westminster and m. November 17, 1885, Mary Ellen Marsh (d. December 5, 1951 in Springfield at the home of her daughter), dau. of Thomas and Elizabeth (Feeley) Marsh. Mr. Miller was a chairmaker. He was also a member of the Board of Registrars for forty-eight years. Mrs. Miller was interested in all civic activities. She was a president of the Westminster Historical Society. They lived on Bacon Street opposite the Town Hall.
Children of Frank A. and Mary Ellen (Marsh) Miller:
1. Walter A. b. September 21, 1888; m. Edith Jaycox of Connecticut; veteran of WW I; lives in Vermont; 2 children.
2. Grace E. b. March 5, 1891; graduate of Fitchburg Normal School, teacher in Springfield; unmarried.

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