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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ...four sons: Jabez; John, was lost at sea with his father in a severe storm, the father being a fisherman; Hiram and William, the other two sons, were boys when their father was lost at sea; they were "let out" for some years, and William learned the trade of ship carpenter. William Prior, son of Jabez and Sarah (Holmes) Prior, was born in 1805, died March 1. 1881. After working at the trade of ship carpenter for a time, he was a master of a fishing vessel, and was one of the pioneers in the fish catching and marketing trade of Boston, having brought to this market with his fleet many million of fish annually. The later years of his life were employed in agriculture, upon the Myles Standish farm in Duxbury. He married Amanthis Peterson, born July 10, 1807, died January 2, 1894, daughter of Daniel and Bethia (Weston) Peterson, and granddaughter of Joseph and Rebecca (Delanoj Peterson, of Cape Cod, living and dying, possibly in Duxbury. Amanthis (Peterson) Prior was a woman of a rather high education for her day, and was known locally for her more than ordinarily bright mind; in early life she was a Wesleyan Methodist, but later became a Spiritualist, in the ranks of which sect her father and she became very prominent and knew personally some of its foremost followers. Children of Daniel and Bethia (Weston) Peterson: 1. Daniel, married Phebe Moore, children: i. Ellis F., married first, Martha Parker and had four children: Abbie, Emma, Sarah and Charles; married second, Julia Fitzgerald and had two children: George and Emily, ii. Sarah, married John Haskell, for years a very well known theatrical man; no children, iii. Hannah, unmarried, iv. Stephen, married Elizabeth Ray, of Nantucket; children: Lillian, Emma, Florence, Henry, v....
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