The vastness of the task is well-known to all familiar with such work, and therefore need not be dwelt upon. It was the intention of the author to furnish only a basis for more extensive work, to be pursued by some other member of the family, and as a foundation, then, rather than a complete strue ture, we beg that it be regarded. Errors and inaccuracies will doubtless be found in its pages. It can scarcely be otherwise, since we have been obliged in many cases to depend upon the private records of individuals, rather than the more authentic ones of church or town. Letters from other Moultons have been the principal source of information in every case, except in Chapters VII and VIII. Our hearty thanks are due Mr. Gilman Moulton, of Randolph, Vermont, and Gen. R. A. Alger, of Detroit, Michigan, whose generosity has enabled us to acquire most of the information regarding the descendants of Robert. In this instance, church and town records, deeds and tax — lists have furnished us nearly all the data. The editor desires to acknowledge the courtesy of Mr. Augus tus F. Moulton, of Portland, Maine, in permitting her to use material already published by him regarding the descendants of John and William.