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John MACK, Jr.

Mack Coat of Arms

I. John MACK, born 6 March 1653, at Inverness, Scotland, came to New England in 1669, arriving at Boston, but settling early at Salisbury, Massachusetts, among the earliest inhabitants of which place this family is numbered. On 5 April 1681, in Salisbury, John married Sarah Bagley, daughter of Orlando Bagley and Sarah Colby. Following the birth of their first child they moved to Concord, Mass., where the births of six children are recorded. From there, in 1696, they removed to Lyme, Connecticut, which became the family home for many generations, and where descendants live to this day. John Mack

John Mack Headstone

died 24 February 1721, in Lyme, his wife surviving.


  1. John III, born 29 April 1682; married 13 January 1703, to Love, daughter of Henry and Sarah Bennett, of Lyme. She died 25 January 1732, and he remarried 4 May 1733, Mrs. Abigail Davis, daughter of Isaac Fox. There were twelve children by the first marriage, and one by the second.
  2. Sarah, born 22 August 1684; married 28 November 1706 to Matthew Smith and were the parents of seven children, died 18 January 1755.
  3. Elizabeth, born 28 October 1686; married 3 July 1707 to Edward Sawyer and were the parents of eleven children, died 15 March 1750.
  4. Lydia, born 28 May 1689; married in 1709 to Peter Pearson of Lyme and were the parents of three children, died February 1716.
  5. Josiah, born 16 December 1691; married Abigail Peterson and were the parents of ten children, died 21 November 1769.
  6. Orlando, born 16 December 1691; married 4 March 1718 to Damaris Dutton; died "in a violent snow storm" in 28 January 1768.
  7. Jonathan, born 28 February 1695; married 24 August 1728 to Sarah Bennett (niece to the above Bennett) and were the parents of eleven children. Served as a soldier during the French and Indian Wars.
  8. Ebenezer married Hannah HUNTLEY.
  9. Mary, born 10 November 1699.
  10. Rebecca, born 4 October 1701; married Caleb Bennett, Jr., brother of Sarah Bennett mentioned above.
  11. Johanna, born 17 September 1703; married 12 March 1731 as his second wife, Richard Booge.
  12. Deborah, born 11 October 1706; married 8 May 1728 to Theophilus Lord and are the parents of six children, died 4 February 1776.

Ebenezer MACK

II. Ebenezer MACK, born at Lyme, Connecticut, 8 December 1697, was associated with his mother in executing his father's will in 1721. He inherited some of his estate. He was married 20 April 1728, to Hannah HUNTLEY, daughter of Aaron Huntley and Deborah de Wolf. She was born 15 July 1690, and died in 26 Sep 1748. Ebenezer died "while bringing in a back log for the fire.." He went out of the building to get a log, returned, walked into the building to the fireplace and died.


  1. Phebe, born 20 January 1729.
  2. Deborah, born 16 September 1730.
  3. Soloman MACK married Lydia GATES.
  4. Hannah, born 15 October 1734.
  5. Samuel, born 15 November 1736; married Lydia Brainard in 14 February 1758. He was a bridge builder, being the first one to build a dam across the Connecticut River with the help of his brother Soloman. He had two children.
  6. Hepsibah, born 7 May 1740; married Abishai Tubbs.
  7. Stephen, born 15 June 1742; died 1763.
  8. Elisha, born 16 July 1745; married Diadema Rathburne in 1782 and were the parents of nine children. She died in 1830 in Washington D.C.
  9. Azubah, born 28 November 1748; married 31 December 1768 to Jasper Huntley.

Soloman MACK

III. Soloman MACK was a New England frontiersman, deserving of honorable remembrance. He was a colonial pioneer, veteran of the French & Indian War, a patriot of the Revolution, and the patriarch of a notable posterity. For eighty-eight years he sought right manfully to do his part. He fought in two wars for family,country and freeman. He carved with his ax home after home in the wilderness. He helped build roads, mills, dams and bridges. He fought many close battles, traded in a multitude of occupations and endured shipwreck on the open seas. All of this he accomplished, despite a succession of heart-breaking adversities that would have daunted a lesser soul. Repeated disasters of physical and financial nature brought to him not the bitterness of defeat but the joy of an awakened faith. In the end, he published to the world his testimony of the goodness of God.

Fortunate we are to have a brief autobiography printed in his lifetime. Of his unhappy childhood experiences, he wrote:

My parents had a large property, and lived in good style; from various misfortunes, and the more complicated evils attendant on the depravity of the sons of men, my parents became poor, and when I was four years old, the family, consisting of five children, were obliged to disperse and throw themselves upon the mercy of an unfeeling and evil world. I was bound out to a farmer in the neighborhood. As is too commonly the case, I was rather considered as a slave than a member of the family, and, instead of allowing me the privilege of common hospitality, and a claim to that kind protection due to the helpless and indigent children, I was treated by my master as his property and not as his fellow mortal; he taught me to work, and was very careful that I should have little or no rest from labour. He never taught me to read or spoke to me at all on the subject of religion. His whole attention was taken up on the pursuits of the good things of this world; wealth was his supreme object. I am afraid gold was his God, or rather he never conversed on any other subject, and I must say he lived without God in the world.

I lived with this man until I was 21 years of age lacking 2 months, when a difficulty took place between me and my master, which terminated in our separation at that time. I, however, at his request returned and fulfiled [sic] the indenture; which in consequence of being frequently abused, I had found my indentures in my masters custody, and I burnt them. My mistress was afraid of my commencing a suit against them, she took me aside and told me I was such a fool we could not learn you. I was totally ignorant of Divine Revelation; or any thing appertaining to the Christian religion. I was never taught even the principles of common morality, and felt no obligation with regard to society.... I met with many sore accidents during the years of my minority.

I had a terrible fever sore on my leg, which had well nigh proved fatal to my life, which it seems was occasioned by a scald that terminated in a severe fit of sickness. In these trials my master was very kind to me, he procured the best physicians & surgeons, and provided every thing necessary for my comfort, all which, as I suppose that he might again reap the benefit of my labour, for although it was thought for a time that I could not live; yet my master never spoke to me of death, judgment or eternity, nor did he ever to my recollection discover that he himself had any idea that he was made to die....

French & Indian War was waged to determine who would control New England and extended soil

Soon after I left my master, I enlisted in the service of my country, under the command of Capt. Henry, and was annexed to a regiment commanded by Col. Whiting, I marched from Connecticut to Fort Edwards; there was a severe battle fought at the half way brook, in the year 1755.

It should be noted that at the time of his enlistment Soloman Mack was twenty-three years of age. Soon after he left the above command he enlisted under Captain Israel Putnam's company, Colonel Bagley's regiment from Pomfrey, Conn. in 1753. In 1757, while in charge of two teams in the King's service, he had an encounter with Indians which he graphically describes:

We came suddenly upon a company of Indians that were lying in ambush. Major Putnam marched his men through their ranks, whereupon the Indians fired, which threw our men into some confusion. Major Putnam was captured by them, and would have been killed by an Indian had he not been rescued by a French lieutenant. The enemy rose like a cloud, and fired a whole volley upon us, and as I was in the foremost rank, the retreat of my company brought me in the rear, and the tomahawks and bullets flew around me like hail-stones....

A little farther I observed a man who had in this last conflict been badly wounded, and the Indians were close upon him. Nevertheless, I turned aside for the purpose of assisting him, and succeeded in getting him into the midst of our army in safety.... The engagement commenced early in the morning and continued until about three o'clock p.m., in which time half of our men were either killed, wounded, or taken prisoners. In consequence of this tremendous slaughter we were compelled to send to Fort Edwards for men in order to assist in carrying our wounded, which were about eighty in number. The distance we had to carry them was nearly fourteen miles. To carry so many thus far was truly very fatiguing, insomuch that when we arrived at the place of destination my strength was about exhausted.

He spent many a months scouting in which he caught a bad cold and could not shake it:

I had been out on a long scout, and I caught a bad cold and was taken sick, and remained so all the rest of the winter, and in the spring, I was carried to Albany in a wagon, where I saw 5 men hung at one time. I remained sick the biggest part of the summer.

His enlistment expired while his illness was still upon him, and he was discharged on May 29. "I went to Lime," he wrote, "and purchased a farm." However, he reenlisted on several more occasions and avoids death in several narrowing instances. On one scouting trip, traveling alone:

Rush On! Rush on! Brave Boys

I espied at about thirty rods distance, four Indians coming out the woods with their tommahawks, scalping-knives, and guns. I was alone, but about twenty rods behind me there was a man by the name of Webster. I saw no other way to save myself only to deceive them by stratagem--I exclaimed like this--Rush On! rush on! Brave Boys, we'll have the Devils! we'll have the Devils! I had no other weapon only a staff; but I ran towards them and the other man appearing in sight, gave them a terrible fright, and I saw them no more, but I am bound to say the grass did not grow under my feet.

His last discharge came Nov. 18, 1758. He became acquainted with a schoolteacher, Lydia Gates, daughter of Daniel Gates and Lydia Fuller. On 4 January 1759 they married. She was born 3 September 1732. Civilian life brought enterprises that developed more or less successfully. He was severely injured by a falling tree, the effects of which he carried through the rest of his life. {NOTE: Lydia Fuller's forbearers numbered seven of the signers of the Mayflower Compact.}


  1. Jason, born at Marlow, Cheshire, New Hampshire, about 1762. He was a very religious youth, and became a preacher before he was twenty, which avocation he followed throughout his life.
  2. Lydia, born in Marlow, 1764; married 26 January 1786, Samuel Bill, born 27 February 1763, at Hebron, Conn. They were the parents of six children, four of whom grew to maturity. She died 8 January 1826.
  3. Stephen, born 15 June 1766; married 1788e Temperance Bond, and lived in Detroit and in Pontiac, Michigan. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and colonel in the War of 1812.
  4. Lovisa, born at Marlow, New Hampshire; married about 1784, Joseph Tuttle. She died at South Hadley, Mass. in 1789.
  5. Lovina, born at Marlow, died unmarried in 1788, at Gilsum, New Hampshire.
  6. Daniel, died at Tunbridge, Vermont.
  7. Solomon, born 28 January 1773; marries first to Esther Hayward in 1797, she died 13 April 1844. On 4 June 1845, he again marries to Widow Betsy Alexander who dies on 5 October 1863. He was a captain of the militia, and served his town as selectman.
  8. Lucy MACK marries Joseph Smith Sr.

At the close of the Revolutionary War, Soloman Mack sought to build up his fortune by trading at sea. He won many of fortunes and lost equally amount through misfortune after misfortune. At one point he writes:

I had very little property and my family had been turned out of doors on account of placing confidence in those that I took to be my friends, but by unjust dealing they took hundreds of dollars of my property.... Kind reader, look at the nature of mankind, what they will do for silver and gold, but after all this earth, hard labor and perplexity of mind, I had won nothing and the best of my days were past and gone and had to begin entirely anew. I not though all was gone, and I did not care whether I lived or died. But, however, I went to work and shifted from plan to plan.

He tried at a saw mill but that did not work out. Later, as mentioned earlier, he helped build the first dam across the Connecticut River with his brother. He drove cattle but fell and broke his wrist. The time bound of this left him destitute once again at his 79th year. He prayed to God eagerly to have mercy on him. In his search for truth his wife, he says, was his only instructor. While he suffered one evening from extreme pain attributed to rheumatism and confined to bed during the winter. He wrote:

In the spring the Lord appeared to be with me, but for my own satisfaction, I thought like this as I was sitting one evening by the fire, I prayed to the Lord, if he was with me that I might know it by this token-that my pains might all be eased for that night; and blessed be the Lord, I was entirely free from pain that night, and I rejoiced in the God of my salvation, and found Christ's promises verified that what things so ever ye ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive, and not one jot or tittle would fail; and the Lord so shined light into my soul that every thing appeared new and beautiful. Oh how I loved my neighbors; how I loved my enemies-I could pray for them; every thing appeared delightful. The love of Christ is beautiful.

With customary vigor he determined to serve the Lord faithfully the rest of his life, and to strive to make amends for any past neglect. In order to share his love and testimony with all mankind, he published in a little pamphlet his life experiences, "at the expense of the Author," concluding with these words:

Parents, train up your children in the sight of the Lord. Never bid them do anything that is out of their power, for fear of discouraging them, and promise them only what you mean to fulfill, thus setting good examples in mind, deed and action.

My friends when you read this journal remember your unfortunate friend Solomon Mack, who worried and toiled until an old age, to try to lay up treasures in this world, but the Lord would not suffer me to have it; but now I trust I have treasures laid up that no man can take away.... Although I am a poor cripple unable to walk much, or even to mount or dismount my horse, I hope to serve my God by his assistance to divine acceptance, that I may at last leap for joy to see his face and hold him fast in my embrace.

In a few years more Solomon Mack was parted from his faithful companion by death. She died about 1818. Solomon Mack spent the last few years of his life in Gilsum, at the home of his son, Solomon Mack, Jr. He pays this attribute to his wife:

In 1761 we moved to the town of Marlow, where we remained until we had four children. When we moved there, it was not other than a desolate and dreary wilderness. Only four families resided within forty miles. Here I was thrown into a situation to appreciate more fully the talents and virtues of my excellent wife, for, as our children were deprived of schools, she assumed the charge of their education, and performed the duties of an instructress as none, save a mother, is capable of. Precepts accompanied with examples such as hers, were calculated to make impressions on the minds of the young never to be forgotten. Besides instructing them in the various branches of an ordinary education, she was in the habit of calling them together both morning and evening, and teaching them to pray; meanwhile urging upon them the necessity of love towards each other, as well as devotional feelings towards Him who made them.

In this manner my first children became confirmed in habits of piety, gentleness and reflection which afforded great assistance in guiding those who came after them in the same happy channel. The education of my children would have been a more difficult task if they had not inherited much of their mother's excellent disposition.


Lucy Mack Smith

IV. Lucy MACK born at Gilsum, New Hampshire, 8 July 1776, was married at Tunbridge, Vermont, on 24 January 1796, to Joseph SMITH Sr., born at Topsfield, Massachusetts, 12 July 1771. Lucy authored a book which should be read by all of her posterity for it gives insight into the family and our heritage. -History of Joseph Smith-by His mother Lucy Mack Smith

For continuation of this family line, see the SMITH biographical sketch.

  SOURCE:  The Ancestry & Posterity of Joseph Smith and Emma Hale by Audentia Smith Anderson (1926)