Edmund Quincy (1681–1737)

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Edmund Quincy III
1737 EdmundQuincy byJohnSmibert MFABoston.jpeg
1737 portrait by John Smibert
Born 14 Oct 1681
Braintree, Massachusetts
Died 23 Feb 1737
London, England
Cause of death Smallpox
Resting place Burnhill Fields Burial Grounds, London, England
Residence Boston, Massachusetts, Braintree, Massachusetts
Education Harvard University 1699
Occupation Merchant and Judge
Home town Braintree, Massachusetts
Title Judge, Colonel, Commissioner
Spouse(s) Dorothy Flynt (1678-1737)
Children Edmund IV, Esther, Elizabeth, Dorothy, Esther, Mary
Parent(s) Edmund Quincy (1628–1698) and Elizabeth Goodkin (1645-1700)

Edmund Quincy III (/ˈkwɪnzi/; 1681–1737) was an American merchant and judge. He was the son of Col. Edmund Quincy II (1627-1698) II and his second wife, Elizabeth Gookin. He married Dorothy Flynt and had 7 children. Four lived to adulthood, including Edmund Quincy IV and Dorothy Quincy, who was the topic of a famous poem by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.[1][2]


Coat of Arms of Edmund Quincy III

Like his father and grandfather, he was deeply involved with the affairs of the Massachusetts colony. He was a magistrate, Supreme Court judge from 1718 until his death, and a colonel in the Massachusetts militia. In 1737, he was appointed to a commission to settle the boundary between Massachusetts and New Hampshire.[3] However, he contracted smallpox and died before his return to Massachusetts. The colony built a monument at his grave in Brunhill Fields Burial Ground in London and gave 1,000 acres (4.0 km2) in Lenox to his family as a tribute for all of his efforts.

Notes and references[edit]

Quincy political family

  1. ^ "Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Vol II", by William Richard Cutter, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York (1908), pp. 592-598.
  2. ^ Crawford, Mary Caroline (1902). The Romance of Old New England Rooftrees. L. C. Page & Company. p. 117. Retrieved 2008-03-17. 
  3. ^ "Genealogical and Personal Memoirs," Cutter, p. 593