Eleazer Arnold House


Eleazer Arnold 9th great grandfather on RootsMagic tree.
“Eleazer Arnold builder of the noted 17th century stone-end chimney house was a typical representative of second generation Rhode Islander settlers … Such were the conditions in Rhode Island as pictured by travelers of a period only fifty years after Eleazar Arnold created his mansion in 1687 on the Great Road to Mendon. The land he built on was fifty acres left to him by his father at “Worlds End” near Scott’s pond”.

Image 10 of 19, page 81. Eleazer Arnold House July 1952 Volume 2 No. 3 at Rhode Island Historical Society link to the publication page with an explanation of the journal. Link to the actual journal.


George Thorndike Angell b. 1823

3rd cousin 4 generations from Elizabeth Speedy who married Stanley Roose
GGeorge_Thorndike_Angelleorge Thorndike Angell was the son of George and Rebeka Thorndike Angell born in 1823, Southbridge Massachusetts. George graduated from Harvard Law School. At a horse race in 1866 George witnesses two horses being ‘run to death’. This changed the course his life. He founded and become president of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the American Humane Education Society. He created and edited Our Dumb Animals a publication aimed at teaching kindness and caring towards animals. George’s quote, “I am sometimes asked ‘Why do you spend so much of your time and money talking about kindness to animals when there is so much cruelty to men?’ I answer: ‘I am working at the roots.” George died March 16, 1909 in Boston at his rooms in the Hotel Westminster.
Angell, George T monument

monument at John Stephen Dwyer [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons

Angell, George T. and Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Our Dumb Animals. Boston, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Thomas Bliss b. 1588

Thomas Bliss b. 1588, 10th great grandfather on RootsMagic Tree

Thomas Bliss came to America with other Bliss family members and is frequently mixed up with other Thomas Blisses, probably relatives. One sure thing is this Thomas Bliss’s will names Nicholas Ide, Thomas’s son-in-law, husband of Martha Bliss. A will provides great proof when children or married daughters are mentioned. Thomas also names his (best) oxen: Spark and Swad, Quick and Benbo; and cows: Traveler and Damson.

This Thomas Bliss arrived in America around 1640. In 1642 May 18, he is in the list of Freeman of Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1644 June 31 his name is in a list of land lots, No. 29. In 1644 July 3 Thomas signed the Rehoboth, now Seekonk, Compact. Similar to other colony or plantation Compacts of the time male residents made a pact to live in and protect the community to the best of their ability, etc. Thomas married Dorothy, probably in England, they had 9 children. Thomas was a farmer, blacksmith and surveyor.

Thomas’s will. Volume 8 page 85 Society of Mayflower Descendents (Mass.). The Mayflower Descendant. Boston: 1899-1940 at HathiTrust

Freeman. No pages image 15 Andrews, H. Franklin. List of Freemen, Massachusetts Bay Colony From 1630 to 1691,  Exira, Iowa: Exira Print. Co, 1906 at Archive.org

Land lots page 27, Rehoboth compact page 28. Bliss, Leonard. The History of Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts, Boston: Otis, Broaders, & Co, 1836 at HathiTrust

Thomas Bliss 1588-1647
Martha Bliss 1622-1676
Martha Ide 1654-1700
Timothy Walker 1687-1745
Eunice Walker 1728 – 1772
Cynthia Hill 1763 – 1830
Dexter Angell 1794 – 1854
Delia Viola Angell 1839 – 1916
Matilda Flood 1858 – 1940
Philippa Flood Mockford 1891 – 1979
Elizabeth Speedy 1917 – 2005 m. Stanley Roose 1915 – 2004

Bradford Hale b. Jan 1844

Bradford Hale 1st cousin 2 times removed or 2 generations back from Elizabeth Speedy who married Stanley Roose.  Bradford Hale on RootsMagic tree.

Bradford Hale was born in Prairieton, Vigo, Indiana. His father’s family, the Hales, and mother’s family, the Angells, were original settlers in Prarieton. Bradford’s grandfathers are featured in the book “History of Vigo and Parke Counties together with historic notes on the Wabash Valley, gleaned from early authors, old maps and manuscripts, private and official correspondence, and other authentic, though, for the most part, out-of-the-way sources” by H. W. Beckwith. Available at the Vigo County Public Library and on Ancestry.com .

In 1862, at age 18 Bradford enlisted and entered the Civil War. He was part of three regiments:
33rd Regiment, Indiana Infantry
54th Regiment, Indiana Infantry (3 months, 1862)
85th Regiment, Indiana Infantry

The 85th regiment “took part in all the operations before Atlanta and was present at its fall. It engaged in the destruction of railroads and also in the building of roads and bridges.”  Source: Index with transcription Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., American Civil War Regiments, 1861-1866 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.

Bradford ended up at the infamous Confederate Andersonville Prison or Camp Sumter- known for seriously inhumane conditions. Bradford was exchanged the day President Abraham Lincoln died April 15, 1865. The camp was officially liberated May 1865 and today it’s a National Historic site in Georgia, at Wikipedia Andersonville Historic site.

After the war Bradford worked, married later in life and had a daughter. By 1885 he was 44 and a rancher in Chafee Colorado. 

Part of Bradford Hale’s military record at the National Park Service, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, online.

Name: Bradford Hale
Enlistment Date: 18 Jun 1862
Rank at enlistment: Private
State Served: Indiana
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company F, Indiana 54th Infantry Regiment on 18 Jun 1862.Mustered out on 18 Sep 1862 at Indiana

Name: Bradford Hale
Side: Union Regiment
State/Origin: Indiana
Regiment Name: 85 Indiana Infantry.
Regiment Name Expanded: 85th Regiment, Indiana Infantry Company: E
Rank In: Private
Rank In Expanded: Private
Rank Out: Private
Rank Out Ex –

Civil War Trust Saving America’s Battlefields provides maps, photos and great detail on the Civil War.

A copy of Bradford’s headstone application c. 1936. Bradford’s great grandfather was Israel Angell, a Revolutionary War Colonel who wrote to and received letters from General George Washington. I wonder if Bradford knew this.


Hale, Bradford. U.S. Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963

National Archives at Washington, D.C.Applications for Headstones,
compiled 01/01/1925 – 06/30/1970, documenting the period ca. 1776 – 1970
ARC: 596118. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774–1985,
Record Group 92. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.