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[This information is from Vol. II, pp. 549-551 of Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs, edited by Cuyler Reynolds (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1911). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 929.1 R45. Some of the formatting of the original, especially in lists of descendants, may have been altered slightly for ease of reading.]

(III) Augustus Dickinson, eldest child of Hubert (q. v.) and Experience Oaks (Dickinson) McLeod, was born at Phelps, Ontario county, New York, April 5, 1831. He is vice-president of the McLeod & Henry Company, of Troy, but is now living practically retired at the old McLeod homestead at Phelps, New York. He has been a most capable and energetic business man. He is and has been for a great many years an active, prominent and useful member of the Episcopal church, his present membership being with St. John's Church at Phelps. He is treasurer of the diocese of western New York, deputy to the general convention, delegate to the diocesan conventions, and for the past fifteen years senior warden of St. John's Church. His services as a churchman have been efficient and continuous. He is highly regarded in all circles, and his long life has been one of useful effort. He is a Democrat in politics, but has never taken an active part beyond expressing his convictions and preferences at the ballot box. He married, at Phelps, October 19, 1865, Mary Frances, daughter of Cooper and Elizabeth (Kirtland) Sayre. Children:

  1. Sayre, see forward;
  2. Annie, born February 5, 1869, married Dr. F. H. Rasbach, now a practicing physician located at 172 Allen street, Buffalo, New York.

(IV) Sayre, only son of Augustus Dickinson and Mary Frances (Sayre) McLeod, was born in Phelps, Ontario county, New York, September 25, 1866. He was educated at St. John's Military School, Manlius, New York, where he prepared for admission to Harvard University, and was graduated from the latter institution A. B., class of 1890. Having decided upon the profession of law, he entered the law department of Union University (Albany Law School), where he was graduated LL.B., class of 1898. He was admitted to the New York bar the same year, and at once began the practice of his profession in Troy. He makes a specialty of the law of corporations, and practices alone, devoting himself exclusively to that class of legal work, having as clients the McLeod & Henry Company, the United National Bank, and several of the large corporations of Troy. His outside business affiliations are: director and trustee of Monarch Road Roller Company, director of Stafford Manufacturing Company, director and treasurer of Central and Eastern Construction Company of Albany (builders of state roads) and other minor enterprises. He served in the New York National Guard (Troy Citizen's Corps) 1891-93, was on guard duty at the Buffalo strike disturbances of that period, and is now an honorary member of the senior corps. He is an active worker in the Republican party, and a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Troy. While a student at St. John's Military School he was chosen captain for two years. At Harvard he became a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, and is a member of the "Hasty Pudding" Club, the "Institute of 1770," and the Philosophical Society, all of Harvard. His home clubs are the Troy Club and Republican Club. His country club, the Ekwanoh, of Manchester, Vermont and Mt. Anthony Country Club of Bennington, Vermont, and his out of town club is the Harvard, of New York City. His fraternal order is the B. P. O. E. He married, October 17, 1895, Martha Mead, daughter of George Tibbits and Annie Case (Mead) Lane, of Providence, Rhode Island, and granddaughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Tibbits) Lane. Children, born in Troy:

  1. George Lane, January 7, 1898;
  2. Katharine Say-Sayre [sic - misprint of Sayre?];
  3. Sayre (2), March 17, 1904;
  4. Marshall, February 25, 1907.

(The Field Line)

Mary Catherine Field, wife of Harvey Smith McLeod, was a direct descendant of Zachariah Field, the emigrant ancestor from England. The English history of the Field family is one of noble achievement and unusual prominence. The name traces as far back as the Norman conquest. It was originally written De la Feld, or De la Felde, but about the middle of the fourteenth century was changed to Field, or in some cases Feild. In America and the United States the name is an eminent one, and includes Cyrus Field, the father of the Atlantic cable; David Dudley Field, the noted lawyer; Marshall Field, the merchant prince of Chicago; and many others of equal note. The first of record in the line of Zachariah Field was Roger Del Field of Sorverly, England, born about 1240. Zachariah Field, ten generations later, was born in East Ardsley, Yorkshire, England, in 1596. He was the son of John Field of Cockernhoe, England, and grandson of John Field, the astronomer.

(I) Zachariah Field came to New England from Bristol, England, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, 1629, and settled in Dorchester. In 1659 he removed to Northampton, where he engaged in mercantile business and had a large trade with the Indians. He was one of the twenty-five persons who were the first to settle in Hatfield, and there passed the remainder of his days. He married, about 1641, Mary ————, who bore him five children.

(II) Sergeant Samuel, son of Zachariah Field, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, about 1651. He removed to Hatfield, where he was slain by Indians in ambush while at work in his field, June 24, 1697. He was a sergeant in the Turner's Falls fight with the Indians, and an influential citizen and town official of Hatfield. He married Sarah Gilbert, who bore him eight children.

(III) Captain Zachariah (2), son of Sergeant Samuel Field, was born in Hatfield, Massachusetts. He removed to Deerfield in 1710, and in 1717 to Northfield, Massachusetts, where he died. He was captain of militia, selectman many years, and a very wealthy and influential man. He married Sarah Mattoon, who prior to her marriage was carried away captive by the Indians and held a prisoner in Canada for five years. She bore him ten children.

(IV) Dr. Ebenezer, son of Captain Zachariah (2) Field, was born in Deerfield, Massachusetts, died in Northfield. He was a physician noted in his profession, and noted in the town records as "Doctor Field." He had great faith in the oil and gall of the rattlesnake, and captured large numbers to obtain his favorite remedies for rheumatism and fevers. The pole and hook with which he captured the snakes is now in the possession of the Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association of Deerfield. He married Abigail Holton, who bore him six children.

(V) William, son of Dr. Ebenezer Field, was a farmer of Northfield, Massachusetts. He married Sarah Petty, who bore him five children.

(VI) William (2), son of William (1) Field, was born in Northfield, Massachusetts, where he followed the trade of a painter. He married Mary Woodward, who bore him seven children.

(VII) Franklin, son of William (2) Field, was born in Northfield, Massachusetts, August 11, 1824. He removed to Troy, New York, where he died May 8, 1881. He married in Montgomery, New York, November 8, ———— Mary Goldsmith, born November 13, 1820. Children: Thomas Goldsmith, Mary Catherine and Franklin.

(VIII) Mary Catherine, daughter of Franklin and Mary (Goldsmith) Field, was born February 21, 1852, died in Troy, New York, April 26, 1891. She married, January 18, 1872, Harvey Smith McLeod. (See McLeod III.)

(The Dickinson Line)

Experience Oaks Dickinson, wife of Hubert McLeod, was of English descent.

(I) Nathaniel Dickinson and his wife Anna Tull arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, from England, in 1630, first settled in Watertown, and in 1637 removed to Wetherfield, Connecticut. He was town clerk in 1645, and representative 1646-56, deacon of the church, and a man of great influence. Owing to dissension in the Wethersfield church he removed to Hadley, Massachusetts, in 1659. He was the first recorder of that town and deacon of the Hadley church. Anna (Tull) Dickinson died in Hatfield. Nathaniel died there June 16, 1676. They had eleven children. The first two may have been born in England; two were born in Watertown, Massachusetts, and seven in Wethersfield, Connecticut.

(II) Joseph, second child of Nathaniel Dickinson, was made freeman in Wethersfield, 1657, removed with his father to Hadley, and was settled in Northampton, Massachusetts, 1664-74. In 1675 he removed to Northfield, Massachusetts. He was a member of the military company of Northfield, commanded by Captain Beers, and was killed by the Indians September 4, 1675. (King Philip's War) He married, 1664, Phoebe Bray.

(III) Nathaniel (2), son of Joseph Dickinson, was born in Northampton, Massachusetts, May 20, 1670, died at Hatfield, Massachusetts, in 1745. He married Hannah White.

(IV) Joel, eighth child of Nathaniel Dickinson (2), was born March 23, 1716. He lived in Wheatley, Massachusetts, and later moved to Conway, Massachusetts. He was a deacon of the church. He married, 1738, Rachel Lamb.

(IV) Obadiah, third child of Nathaniel Dickinson (2), was born July 28, 1784, died June 24, 1788, married (first) Mary Belding, May 26, 1726.

(V) Elias, first son of Joel Dickinson, was born in Conway, Massachusetts, 1739, and died in Phelps, New York, 1806. He married Chloe Wait, born in Hatfield, Massachusetts, February 23, 1738, died in Phelps, 1806.

(V) Elijah, first child of Obadiah Dickinson, was born July 31, 1727. He married (first), 1756, Sybil Billington, born 1731.

(VI) Augustus, third child of Elias Dickinson, was born in Conway, Massachusetts, September 7, 1765, died in Phelps, New York, April 11, 1808. He married a kinswoman, Submit Dickinson, born in Hatfield, Massachusetts, March 18, 1766, died in Phelps, New York, March, 1813, sixth child of Elijah and Sybil Billington Dickinson.

(VII) Experience Oaks, daughter of Augustus and Submit (Dickinson) Dickinson, was born in Phelps, New York, March 27, 1807, died there June 8, 1880. She married, March 25, 1830, Hubert, third son of Murdock and Catherine Jane (Anderson) McLeod. (See McLeod II.)

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