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Caleb Dana
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Birth: 1697
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Apr. 28, 1769
Massachusetts, USA

(IIl) Caleb Dana, second son and child of Daniel and Naomi (Croswell) Dana, was born in 1697, and died April 28, 1769, aged seventytwo years. He was born in that part of Cambridge which now is Brighton, and on a slatestone tablet, supported by brick, in a conspicuous part of the old cemetery in rear of the first church of Brighton are inscribed these words: "Here lie intombed the remains of Caleb Dana, Esq., who departed this life April ye 28th A. D. 1769, Aet 72." Caleb Dana was a tanner by occupation, and accumulated a large amount of property. At one time he was the owner of more real estate than any other man living in the neighborhood of Boston. He possessed considerable tracts of land in Cambridge. Brookline, Newton. Charlemont, Massachusetts, and also in Royalton, Warwick, and other towns in New Hampshire. He owned two hundred and fifty acres "in ye wilderness near Plaisted's Potash Works," and three thousand acres in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, where in 1752 he built the first grist mill and saw mill. In his will he left to the widow of his eldest son Caleb, land in Brookline, on the boundary of the town, and on which was erected the old homestead, standing on what was then known as the King's Highway, the principal thoroughfare from Boston to Springfield. After his death his real estate was appraised at five thousand four hundred

and sixty-eight pounds, thirteen shillings, four pence, and his personal property at three hundred seventy-one pounds, five shillings, eight pence. On July 14, 1726, Caleb Dana married Phebe Chandler, who was born in 1707, and died in 1772, fourth child of Thomas and Mary (Stevens) Chandler, (see Chandler family). Caleb Dana and Phebe Chandler had six children: 1. Caleb, born in Cambridge, March 20. 1726-27, died August 6, 1727. 2. Phebe, born in Cambridge, July 12, 1729; married. September 12, 1747, Henry Coolidge, son of Stephen and Sarah (Parker) Coolidge; the last named was a daughter of Captain Josiah Parker. After the death of Stephen Coolidge his widow married, second, Nicholas Fessenden, a famous schoolmaster. 3. Priscilla. born in Cambridge, August 24, 1731. 4. Caleb (2d), baptized August 13, 1733. died in Wallingford. Connecticut, April 17. 1769; see forward. 5. James, born Cambridge, in 1735, died August 11, 1812, in New Haven. Connecticut. He was a graduate of Harvard College, and remained there several years after graduation, pursuing theological studies. He entered the ministry but was denied ordination on account of his religious opinions until several years afterward. In 1768 he received the degree of D. D. from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. 6. George, born January 1. 1744. died April 11. 1787; married, first. February 14, 1764. Margaret Clark, born July 7, 1743, died October 3. 1770, daughter of Captain John Clark, who married, in 1734. Hannah Cutting; married second, in 1771. Eliza Parks, born January 18, 1749.

( 1V) Caleb Dana, fourth child of Caleb and Phebe (Chandler) Dana, was born August t3, 1733. and died in Wallingford. Connecticut. April 17. 1769. He lived in the old family homestead on the King's Highway in Cambridge, and at the time of his death was visiting in Wallingford. with his brother. Rev. James Dana. He married at Brighton. Massachusetts, May 24. 1756, Sarah Ballard, by whom he had five children.


Genealogical and personal memoirs relating to the families of ..., Volume 2 By William Richard Cutter 
Family links: 
  Daniel Dana (1662 - 1749)
  Naomi Croswell Dana (1670 - 1751)
  Phebe Chandler Dana (1707 - 1772)
  Caleb Dana (1697 - 1769)
  Richard Dana (1700 - 1772)*
  Hepzibah Dana Hastings (1714 - 1789)*
*Calculated relationship
Brigham Cemetery
Middlesex County
Massachusetts, USA
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Record added: Jul 24, 2010
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