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DEN, who died, 24 February, 1781, aged 92 years, 2 months, and 3 days.
Nole.---This gentleman was remarkable for his strength of mind, soundness of judgment, and exemplary deportment through life. He was a pious man and was ever cheerful through the christian hope, which he had attained. He lived till he was impatient to depart and enter a happier state, though he suffered but little bodily distress.
The subject of this notice was the second son of David Alden mentioned in the foregoing article. He was the father of colonel Ichabod Alden, a brave revolutionary officer, who fell at the time of the destruction of Cherry Valley.
It is a remarkable circumstance, that captain Samgel Alden and mrs. Alice Paddock, his sister, two of the grand-children of one of the first settlers of the Old Colony, should have been upon the stage, at the commencement of the revolutionary war. They lived to see the country peopled with three million white inhabitants and successfully opposing the ungenerous usurpation and tyranny of the pare ent empire. Had any one toid the first adventurers, who were often in the utmost jeopardy from their surrounding enemies, that some of their grandchildren would live to witness such an astonishing population in the vast and dreary region, whiche they beheld overspread with unknown numbers of savages and beasts of prey, and establishing national liberty and independence, they would have con
sheleped it as a thing utterly improbable if not totally impossible.
DUXBOROUGH, MASS. 622. Note.-Captain JONATHAN ALDEN, the fourth son of the hon. John Alden, of whom a memoir is given in the 620 article of this Collection, inherited and occupied the farm of his father. He died in February, 1697, at the age of about 70 years. From the Duxborough records, it appears that he married Abigail Ralat, 10 December, 1672, by whom he had four sons; 1. Andrew, who settled in Lebanon Connecticut, further noticed in a subsequent volume of this work; 2. Jonathan, who, a!so, removed to Lebanon and whose son, deacon Austin Alden, settled at Gorham in the vicinity of Portland ; 3. John, who inherited the place of his father, was a colonel of the militia, and died, 24 July, 1739, at the age of 58 years ; 4. deacon Benjamin Alden, who was drowned near the Gurnet, 14 April, 1741. Colonel John Alden, before named, had four sons ; 1. John Alden, who died in infancy; 2. captain Samuel Alden, who was master of a merchant ship and died at Bristol, Eng. land, where he married Edith- and died about the year, 1744 ; 3. captain Judah Alden, master of a vessel, who died on his passage to Scotland; 4. Colonel Briggs Alden, who owned and occupied the ancient seat of his ancestors and died in October, 1797, at the age of 74 years. Colonel John Alden had also three daughters; 1. Abigail, the wife of Benjamin Loring, who died at the age of 88; 2. Debian orah, who died a young woman in 1730 ; 3. Abigail, the wife of colonel Anthony Thomas of Marshheld. Colonel Briggs Alden's children were ; 1. Hannah, who was the wife of captain John Gray of Boston and died, in 1790, at the age of 47 ; 2. John, who was drowned, in 1766, at the age of 21; 2. Deborah, whose first husband was Caleb Coffin of Nantucket and second Isaac Belknap of Newburgh, in the state of New York, where she died in 1792 ; 4. Judah, a member of the general court of Massachusetts and justice of the peace ; 5. Nathaniel ; 6 Edith ; 7. Abigail, the first wife of the hon. Bezaleel Hayward of Bridgewater; 8. Samuel, who died in November, 1778, by a wound he received in the Penobscot expedition under general Lovell ; 9. Amherst, who died, in 1804, at the age of 45 years.
Captain Jonathan Alden, the principal subject of this article, was buried under arms, 17 February, 1697, on which occasion an address was delivered, at the grave, by the rev. Ichabod Wiswall, of Duxborough, a copy of which is still preserved, and from which the following paragraphs are selected.
“ Neighbours and friends, we are assembled, this day, in a posture of mourning, to solemnize the funeral of the present deceased, to pay our last tribute of respect to a person well known among us. I need not enlarge upon his character ; but, in brief, am bold to say thus much. He stepped over his youth without the usual stains of vanity. In his s'iper years, he appproved himself a good commonPEN, 1.-VOL III,
wealth's man; and, which is the crown of all, a sincere christian, one, whose heart was in the house of God, even when his body was barred thence by the restraints of many difficulties, which confined him at home. He could say, in truth, Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house. He earnestly desired the enlargement of Jerusalem and inwardly lamented that the ways to Zion did mourn, because so few did flock to her solemn feasts; but is now united to that general assembly, where is no more. cause of sorrow on that account.
" As to his quality in our militia, he was a leader, and, I dare say, rather loved, than feared of his company, etc. etc.
" Fellow soldiers, you are come to lay your leader in the dust, to lodge him in his quiet and silent repose. You are no more to follow him in the field. No sound of rallying drum nor shrillest trumpet will awaken him till the general muster, when the Son of God will cause that trumpet to be blown, whose echoes shall shake the foundations of the heavens and the earth, and raise the dead.
" Fellow soldiers, you have followed him into the field, appeared in your arms, stood your ground, marched, countermarched, made ready, advanced, fired, and retreated; and all at his command. You have been conformable to his "military commands and postures, and it is to your credit. But, let me tell you, this day he has acted one posture before your eyes, and you are all at a stand ! No man stirs a foot after him! but the day is hastening,
wherein you must all conform to his present posture I mean be laid in the dust."
After offering various serious exortations with many scriptural references, mr. Wiswall concludes his address in this manner.
“ Fellow soldiers, oh consider how dreadful it will prove, if, after you have with a matchless bravery of spirit, acted the part of soldiers on earth, you should, in the meantime, forget your christian armour and discipline, and be numbered among those mentioned in Ez. 32.26, 27, who having been the terror of the mighty, in the land of the living, yet went down to hell with their weapons of war, their iniquities remaining upon their bones! which, that you may all escape, follow your deceased leader, as he followed Christ; and then, though death may, for a short space of time, tyrannize over your frail bodies in the grave; yet, you shall rise with him in triumph, when the great trumpet shall sound, and appear listed in the muster roll of the Prince of the kings of the earth, the captain of our eternal salvation."
LITTLE COMPTON, R. J. 623. Note--The following paragraph is from the Boston News-Letter, 17 June, 1717, and is retained in judge Sewall's Phenomena Quædam Apocalyptica, published in 1727, in connection with sundry other statements, in evidence of the longevity of the irst settlers of the Old Colony and of their immediate descendants.'