Marcia's great grandfather Aquila Chase began a life of crime assisted by family members way back in 1646. Migrated to Hampton NH by 1640, Aquila, his wife Ann Wheeler and her brother David Wheeler drew the rancor of local authorities in Hampton for harvesting peas on a Sunday. Chase and the family gang haad absconded to Newbury Mass where they cane to justice. Chase was admonished in court, but the fine was excused.
Aquila Chase appears to be the first man to pilot a vessel past the bar at the mouth of the Merrimack River in what is now Newburyport Mass. Chase owned lands at Plum Island off the Newburyport coast.
At the left is the plaque dedicated to Aquila Chase found in the Newburyport Mass library.