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the anticipation of the conjugal state affords. To have my thoughts ever fixed on you, to live in perpetual fear of every accident to which human life is liable, and to send up my ejaculations to avert them from you, is what I do for her who is worthy of more than I can bestow. With a heart full of gratitude I devote my secret prayr to God, for prospering me thus far in obtaining my greatest Earthly object; Who in the time of trouble and adversity, which is incident to human life; will afford soothing consolation. The sentiment expressed in yours of the 20th (paper marred) last, evinces a noble & elevated mind, a heart devoted (paper marred) which is a shure way to enjoy life agreeable to our own conscience, that monitor within that tells the good from the bad; & the only way to inshure a goodly inheritance in the life to come.

May divine protection keep you stedfast in the faith of Christianity, and gide your steps in the strictest path of virtue Lucinda King Rufus Caldwell

I shall be at your house on Sunday morning 16th Inst, if the sleighing will admit, if not sleighing then, the first Sunday morning of good sleighing following.


Rufus King8 Caldwell, b. April 2, 1829; d. West
Northfield, Mass., April 20, 1904; m. (1) Gill,
Mass., Dec. 5, i860, Almeda Harriet Bascom, dau.
Henry and Rhoda (Munn) Bascom, b. Greenfield,
Mass., Dec. 23, 1827; d. West Northfield, Jany. 3,
1885; (2) Springfield, Mass., Sept. 27, 1893, Mrs.
Martha Amanda (Sexton) King, dau. Oliver and
Mary (Cooley) Sexton, b. Springfield, Mass., Aug.
13, 1836.

Rufus King Caldwell (called by his second name), like his father before him, always lived on the West Northfield farm which his grandfather had bought in 1795. This he kept and left "one of the most productive and welltilled farms of the town." "He was a most active and useful citizen of the town, having served it in many capacities. He was for many years deputy sheriff, having wide acquaintance throughout the county. He served the town several years as selectman, member of the school committee, and tax collector, performing these duties in a prompt, efficient manner. He was well versed in law and his opinion was frequently sought by his townsmen upon matters pertaining to business, he having settled many estates." A later selectman said of him, that in going over some of Mr. Caldwell's accounts, he was "surprised not only at the accuracy of them, but the conscientious, faithful way in which he had used the money for the public good." And that in town meetings, "Mr. Caldwell had never hesitated to stanchly advocate a measure he thought for the best good of the town, even though he knew it would not win popular favor for him." At his death the thought was reiterated that, "Men of this stamp are what have given strength to the New England towns in the past, and it is to the coming men of this character to whom we must look for the preservation of our New England institutions." Both of his children were born at West Northfield, Mass.


i Exsie Almeda7 Caldwell, b. Dec. 12, 1866; m. Bernardston, Mass., March 3, 1888, Mahlon Charles Weeks, son John and Caroline (Shafer) Weeks, b. West Northfield, Mass., Feb. 24, 1864. Farmer. Residence, West Northfield, Mass., where all their children were born. Mrs. Weeks is a graduate of the Northfield, Mass., Seminary.


1 Raymond Caldwell8 Weeks, b. Sept. 9, 1890.

2 Ralph King Weeks, b. Sept. 4, 1892.

3 Marion Almeda Weeks, b. Nov. 15, 1894.

4 Ruth Lucinda Weeks, b. Jany. 5, 1897.

5 Margaret Victoria Weeks, b. Aug. 29, 1899. 2 Mary King7 Caldwell, b. June 24, 1869; m.

West Northfield, Mass., Oct. 7, 1893, William
George Morgan, son George Henry and Nancy
(Chatfield) Morgan, b. Lockport, N. Y., Jany.
23, 1870. Residence 136 Lincoln St., Jersey
City, N. J.


1 Lillian Exsie8 Morgan, b. Springfield, Mass.

July 30, 1894.

2 Rufus George Morgan, b. Auburn Me., Aug.

29, 1895.

3 Robert William Morgan, b. New Haven,

Conn., Oct. 30, 1897.

4 James Philip Morgan, b. Lockport, N Y.,

Sept. 7, 1899.

5 Albert Edward Morgan, b. Jersey City, N. J.,

Dec. 15, 1904; d. Jany. 6, 1905; buried at Lockport, N. Y. ii. Harriet Lucinda8 Caldwell, b. Jany. 16, 1831; m. West Northfield, Mass., Jany. 31, 1854, Dr. Elijah Pierce Burton, son Timothy and Mary (Pierce) Burton, b. South Windham, Vt., Jany. 8, 1826; d. Corydon, Iowa, April 23, 1903; buried in New York, Iowa. He was a regimental surgeon in the Civil War and was with Gen. Sherman on his march to the sea. Residence of family is at Corydon, Iowa. Issue:

i William Caldwell7 Burton, b. Wardsboro, Vt.,
Oct. 22, 1856; d. New York, Iowa, Feb. 28,
1897; m. Chicago, Ill., Dec. 30, 1886, Helen
Maria Howe, dau. Orlando Cutter and Maria
(Wheelock) Howe, b. near Spirit Lake, Iowa,
Oct. 8, 1859. He was a graduate of the Iowa
State University and a civil engineer.

1 George Howe8 Burton, b. Canyon City, Colo.,

Dec. 29, 1888; d. Medicine Lodge, Kansas,
Jany. 25, 1890.

2 William Ernest Burton, b. New York,

Iowa, June 1, 1891. 2 Minnie (mary) Maria7 Burton, b. Wardsboro, Vt., June 24, 1858; m. New York, Iowa, Sept. 8, 1881, Isaac Garinger Davis, son Friend and Margaret (Crow) Davis, b. Batavia, Iowa, Dec. 23, 1855. Farmer. Children all born in New York, Iowa. Residence, Corydon, Iowa.


1 Harriet Rachael8 Davis, b. July 7, 1882; m. Corydon, Iowa, Sept. 1, 1904, Wilfred Newsome Stull, b. Dec. i, 1877, at South English, Iowa, son John Daniel and Mary (Newsome) Stull. Issue:

1 Russe Davis9 Stull, b. San Martin, California, Aug. 19, 1905. Res. St. Louis, Mo.

2 Ernest Friend8 Davis, b. Nov. 1, 1884,

Student at State Agricultural College, Ames,
Iowa (1906).

3 Son, b. Dec. 18, 1886; d. Jany. 26, 1887.

4 Helen Caldwell Davis, b. April 2, 1890.

5 Leslie Burton Davis, b. July 25, 1893.

3 Almon Pierce7 Burton, b. Chesterfield, Ill.,

Nov. 17, 1863; m. Shellbina, Mo., May 3, 1893,
Mariana Cross McMurry, dau. William Wesley
and Mary Elizabeth (Williams) McMurry, b.
Shelbyville, Mo., Jany. 7, 1868. Contractor.
Residence, Corydon, Iowa.


1 Wesley Mcmurry" Burton, b. Corydon, Iowa, April 3, 1897.

4 Alice Ellen7 Burton, M. D., b. New York,

Iowa, Aug. 2, 1868. Unmarried. Graduate of North Western University Medical School, Chicago, Ill. Practicing physician at Sidney, Iowa, iii. Hannah Maria" Caldwell, b. Feb. 19, 1833; d. Northfield, Mass., Jany. 20, 1899; m. Chicago, Ill., Sept. 18, 1856, Henry Baxter Parker, son Henry and Matilda (Perry) Parker, b. Millbury, Mass., Nov. 30, 1831; d. Northfield, Mass., Nov. 21, 1897. Buried in West Northfield, Mass. They were in Kansas for a brief time in the "fifties" during the immigration there of free state men. He was a farmer and also owned a small sash, door and blind factory in Northfield, Mass. Children all born in Northfield, Mass. Issue:

1 Arthur Henry7 Parker, b. March 4, i860; m. (1) Worcester, Mass., April 20, 1886, Alice Edson Stone, dau. James Munroe and Hannah Abby (Loring) Stone, b. Holden, Mass., April 28, 1865; d. Worcester, Mass., Dec. 9, 1890.

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