Niles, Increase (b. WFT Est 1735, d. ?)
Note: Nellie (Somers) Ritchie, widowed, married Francis (Frank) LaChapelle in 1914.
Church: Methodist Episcopal
Note: Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and ... - Page 1863
by William Richard Cutter - Massachusetts - 1908
John Cass came to Hampton and married Martha, daughter of
Thomas Philbrick, Sen., before 1650. On the 4th of January, 1650,
they had seats assigned them in the meeting-house. In 1653, his
tax was 9s. 10d.; whole amount raised, £53 2s. lOd. October 15,
1657, he and William Fuller were "chosen to lay out the highway
towards Strawberry Bank to the extent of our bounds, as convenient
as may be, which they have done according to their discretion."
At this time he lived on the Portsmouth road, between Lane's Corner
and the former site of the Methodist meeting-house. Soon
after he moved south of Taylor's river. December 14, 1669, the
road by his house was viewed by Lieutenant Swett and Nathaniel
Weare and altered. In 1651, he drew one share in the ox commons.
March 3, 1670, he drew share No. 41 in the commons containing
one hundred acres. April 5, 1664, he bought Rev. John Wheelwright's
farm, which the town formerly granted Rev. Stephen
Bachiler, and situated in what is now the town of Seabrook. He and his wife were both members of Rev. Seaborn Cotton's church
in 1671. He was one of the selectmen in 1653, 1657, 1668, 1671,
and 16To. He died suddenly in his bed, April 7, 1675. His will
was proved April 13, 1675. The witnesses were Thomas and Samuel
Philbrick and Joseph Dow. The estate was appraised by Joseph "
Dow and Edward Gove, and valued at £940 11s.; debts, £96 17s.
6d. This property was of more value than that of any person who
died in Hampton prior to 1680. His widow, Martha, died before
The Hon. Lewis Cass, born in Exeter October 9, 1782, a United
States senator from Michigan, and a member of President Buchanan's
cabinet, was a lineal descendant of the above John Cass.
The name of Cass appears upon our records until 1767, when it
disappears. Probably all living in the town at that time were in
the limits of what was afterward Seabrook.
The children of John and Martha Cass:
MARTHA, married John Redman/ February 18, 1667.
MARY, married Isaac Green.
JOSEPH, married, first, Mary Hobbs; second, Elizabeth Chase.
SAMUEL, married Mercy Sanborn.
JONATHAN, born September 13, 1663.
ELIZEBETH, born July 17, 1666.
MEBCY, born August 1, 1668.
EBENEAZEE, born July 17, 1671. '
ABIGAIL, born January 11, 1674.
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