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Full text of "Historical : the earliest history and genealogy, covering nearly three hundred years, from about 1600 to 1891, of the Dinsmoor-Dinsmore family of Scotland, Ireland, and America ; with that of many of their descendants, and additional facts relating to the sixteen first settlers and their families of Londonderry, New Hampshire, who emigrated to America in 1719 ; also, statistics concerning the McKean and Bell families; with a poem, "The heroes of the siege of Londonderry, Ireland, 1688-89""

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HISTOEICAL. 



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COVEEING NEAELY THREE HUNDEED YEAES, FEOM 
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OF SCOTLA^^D, lEELAXD, l^sd AMERICA; 



Vv'ITH THAT OF MANY OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, AND 

ADDITIONAL FACTS RELATING TO THE SIXTEEN 

FIRST SETTLERS AND THEIR FAMILIES OF 

LONDONDERRY, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 

WHO EMIGRcATED TO AMERICA 

IN 1719: 



Also. Statistics Conccrnini,^ the McKean and Bell Families ; 

WITH A POEM, "THE HEROES OF THE SIEGE OF 
LONDONDERRY, IRELAND, 1G88-89." 

By LEOXAED ALLISON MORRISON, A. AI., 

OF WINDHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE. 



LOWELL, MASS. 
Morning Mail Print: No. 147 Central Street, 

1891. 



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THE DINSMOOR FAMILY. 



Tins family of historic fame is of Scotch blood, and in 
the earliest account of any of this race their home is found 
upon Scottish soil. 

ORIGIX OF THE NAME. 

The name Dinsmoor is rarely found m Scotland, al- 
though D^msmore is frequently seen, and Dinsmwn* and 
Dinsraore are occasionally observed. In Ireland, the 
riatronvniic is borne bv many persons in the vicinity of 
Dallymoney, County Antrim, and they are jresumably 
ilescendants of John Dinsmoor^, the emigrant to Ulster 
from Scotland. Dinsmoor aj^peai'S as the original method 
of si^ellino;, and was crenerally followed till about 1800. 
Since then it became the fashion for some to spell their 
name Dinsmore, and it is frequently seen as Dunsmoor, 
Dunmore, Dunsmore, Densmore, Dcnsmoor, but generally 
the orthography is Dinsmoor and Dinsmore, the latter 
methods frequently appearing in the same family, and 
x)ft.3n each has been adopted by the same individual at 
difforent periods of life. 

The family is not an ancient one, nor, on the whole, 
very numerous ; and upon the other side of the water 
the name has never been borne, to my knowledge, by the 
gentry or nobility. The Dinsmoors were commoners. 
Rev. John W. Dinsmore, D. D., of Bloomington, 111., 
gives this as the probable origin of this patronymic : — 

"I have no doubt but that the original ancestor wrote, 
if he could write, Dunsemoor (dtmse, a little hill, and 
mooi\ heath). He probably lived on, or by, a little hill 
at the ediie of the heath, or moor." 



jjiy;<MooJis OF scoiland. 



tin: riLsr knoavn dinsmook. 

1. Laird DiiiMuoor', tlic jtrogciiitnr, and earliest 
knoHiJ ancestor of the J^insmoors, was a Scotchin:\n, 
horn in Aiil«l Scotia certainly not far from tlie ^'var 
1600. The fact that lie wa8 called Laird would indi- 
cate that he was a man of some note and consequence io 
his locality. lie was a farmer, had tenants under him,^ 
and dwelt on the hank of the flowing Tweed, at a place 
wliich traditi<»n has variously called Achenmead, Auehin- 
mode, Aikenn:eail, and other variations of the n.-fue. 
This spot lias not been identifie<l and located l)y his in- 
quiring and investigating descendants. 'J'radition assrrt» 
that he was a follower and adherent of Douglass, and a8 
one of those powerful chiefs had his home in a fortress, 
whose walls were of wondrous thickness and strength. 
placed on a ]>rojeeting rock in a fiercely wind-swept and 
narrow defile, on the north bank of the River Tweed, 
known as Xeidpath Castle, near the City of Peebles, it i» 
not amiss to hazard the conjecture that Laird ])iiis- 
moor's home was in the immediate vicinity. Fair and 
beautiful is that locality, and the river, as it rushes 
through the deep gorge on its way from the highlands 
to the sea, sings of Scotland, and is itself one of ibe 
fairest streams in the home of our forefathers. 

Of the mental characteristics of the Laird we know 
but little. But it is evident that he w^as strongly imbued 
with the prevailing principle of his age, that the eldest 
born should receive undue homage and respect from the 
younger, — a sentiment wliich was repugnant to the 
second son, to his American descendants, and tv> all 
Americans. His home being u| on the bank of the 
Tweed, as he was living there some two hundred and 
twenty-five years ago, or about 1667, it is probable that 
he finished his days in the land of his birth, and that his- 
dust mingles with the soil of his native Scotland. 
" Requiescat in pace." 

CHILDREN' OF LAIIID DIKSMOOR*, OF SCOTLAND. 

2. Dinsmoor*. whose Christian name is not known, was bora in- 

Scotland, presumably about 1648. He remained in Scotland, and 
being the eldest, inh'erited his father's titles, dignities, homage^ 
and respect. 

3. John Dinsmoor', of Ballj'wattick, Ballymcney, Ireland. 



DINS MO OB S OF IB EL AND. 5 

John Dinsraoor2, b. in Scotland, presumably about 
1650. He was required, by his father, it is said, with 
uncovered head, to hold the off stirrup of his elder 
brother's saddle, when he mounted his horse. He felt 
humiliated by the requirement, and in his seventeenth 
year, or about 1667, he forsook his father's house and 
early home, his kindred and native land, and went forth, 
bearing no property or goods with him, save a cane in 
his hand, his wearing apparel upon his person, with 
striped woollen hose upon his stalwart feet, and a o^rav 
bonnet of huge extent which covered his independent 
and mnnly head. Thus he left his native land, and thus 
he first appeared in the Province of Ulster, in the Parish 
of Ballywattick, one of the town lands of Ballymoney, 
County of Antrim, Ireland. For, like thousands of others 
of the best blood of the Lowlands of Scotland at that 
time, he crossed the belt of sea dividing the two coun- 
tries, and helped to reclaim the cruelly confiscated land 
of the native Celts. There he made his home, and 
although the young adventurer was in a foreign land, yet 
he was surrounded, not by a strange people, but by those 
of his own race and nation. He was married, at the asje 
of twenty, about 1670, was left a widower at seventy, 
lived a widower for twentv-nine vears, and was "o-athered 
to his fathers" at the great age of ninety-nine years. He 
was widely known for his good sense, his moral worth, 
his fervent piety. 

He established the home in Ballywattick, and for gen- 
erations his descendants have there resided, the last of 
them leaving the place in 1838. 

CHILDREN OF JOHN DINSMOOR", THE SCOTCH EMIGRANT TO IRELAND. 

4. John Dinsmoor= (see No. 8), b. as early as 1671, in Ballywattick, Bal- 

lymoney, County Antrim, Ireland. Emigrated to Londonderry, X. 
H., that portion which is now Windham, N. H.. as early as 1723, 
and is the ancestor of most of the Dinsmoors of New Hampshire. 

5. Robert Dinsmoor' (12). b. in Ballywattick, Ireland, as early as 1673; 

res. Ballywattick. Ireland; living there in 1715. 

6. Adam Dinsmoor^ (.58). b. Ballywattick as early as 1675; of him there 

is extant no exact record, only the general one, that he lived at 
Ballywattick. Ireland, was the ancestor of many Dinsmoors, 
and has had his name perpetuated in his descendants and distant 
relatives in succeeding generations to the present time. 

7. Samuel Dinsmoor', b. Bailywattick, Ireland, presumably as early as 

1677; of him there is no definite record. But we know that these 
three brothers. Adam^'. Robert^, and Samuel', were the ancestors 
of most, if not all, of the Dinsmoors now in Ireland, and of those 



6 D2ySMOOU6 OF -Vf.li' HAMl':>.llinK. 



«: -....,. - 1- '-• « to ihp lultrtl .Slat€« at (liffi 

li; r \ n l»in*ni(»or». their broilir 

New Ha ' '•• 

M. .lolin l>ii {4),.i«>iiii^ Aairr/ I )iiism()or' . 

trtui \i. m HftllvNK.i". rk, Uallymoiioy, Courity Aiilrini, 
lind, a* early an l''Tl (iir liis 8<>n liobcrt was 1>. in ICl 
wan thr j>roprnil<>r of most of tlic DiiiFnioorB of >• . 
IlamiHihirr. an«l came to America as early as 1723. Ii»> 
man taken prihoner l»y the Indians, and, after vari ' > 
»«lvenltireti, finally made his appearance in the .Scotch 
llcmrnt of I>on(londerry. N. II. With many of tlie pec 
then? he was acqnainted, having known thera in Ireh jkI. 
Ho made Ins home in wliat is now Windham, lieing ."i 
ma»on, he huill a stone liousc, in which he lived, rind 
where he d. in 1741. The ])lace is occnpied, in 1891. by 
rh;t ns I). Scott. His wife and children joined bin- in 
Wii, N.II. 

< UII I>RE>', nOKN I.V nALLVWATTK K. IKKLANI>. 

,. p.K.,. t,'. ,..,.,„« 11). b. ifii'i: res. Wlndliam, N. H. 

10. } r*. m. J«ihn Hopkins, lived near lier father *, 

I ii.im. N. H.. and was tiic ancestor of most of •«: 

I. 1 that section of tlie country. 

I I , Robert Dinsmoor"* (9), previously mcntioii'Ml, 
m. Margaret Orr. in Ireland, and he and his wife and 
four children came to New IIam]»shire in 1730. He w:  
prominent in the town, filled various j)ul)]ic positicns. 
and his last years were spent upon the farm owned in 
1891 by Edwin O. I)insmoor, a descendant, four gen( r. 
lions removed. He d. Oct. 14, 1751. His wife d. Jiioe 
», I < «>> . 

M.'.r.v of their descendants Iiave risen to distinctioii, 
and high honors have crowned the labors of their livos, 
among them Col. Silas Dinsmoor^' (John*, HoberL*. 
John-"', John', Laird Dinsmoor^), his grandson, ' 
noted Indian agent, a man of versatility of gifts, oi 
marked ability, who was b. in Windham, X. H., Sev'. 
26, 176G, and d. at Hellevue, Ky., June 17, 1847. I t 
wife was Mary (Gordon, and his son, Thomas A. 
Dinsmoor', lives at Kirksville, Adair Co., Mo. Rob 
Dinsmoor" (William*, Robert*, John'', John^, Xa, 
Dinsmoor'), his grandson, was well known as the "R 
tic Banl," a volume of whose poems, mostly written i 



THE nHSTOBIAN OF THE BIJSfSMOORS. 7 



the Scotch, dialect was published. lie was b. in Wind- 
ham, Oct. 7, 1757, and d. there March 1»5, 1836. A 
brother of the latter was G*ov. Samuel Dinsmoor®, b. in 
Windham, N. H., July 1, 1766, a gi-aduate of Dartmouth 
College, a member of Congress, and Governor of New 
Hampshire. He m. ^lary Boyd Tteid, daughter of Gen- 
eral Reid of Revolutionary fame, and d. March 15, 1835. 
Their son, Samuel Dinsmoor^, was also Governor of New 
Hampshire. They lived in Keene, N. H. Margaret 
Dinsmoor^, a sister of the "Rustic Bard" and of the 
elder Governor, was b. Oct. 15, 1759; m. Dea. Samuel 
Morison, and d. in Yv^indhara, Sept. 18, 1837. Their 
son, .Jeremiah Morrison', b. April 20, 1795, d. Nov. '24, 
1862; m. Eleanor Reed Kimball, and were the parents of 
Hon. Leonard Allison Morrison^, eighth generation from 
Laird Dinsmoori, of Scotland. He was b. in Wind- 
ham, X. II., Feb. 21, 1843, resides there, has been a 
member of the House and Senate of the New Hamp- 
shire Legislature, and is the author of this book. Two 
great-grandsons of Robert Dinsmoor*, (John-'', John^, 
Xairc? Dinsmoori), by his son John-'^ .John'^, were James 
Dinsmoor'', of Boone County, Ky., a man of ability, and 
his brother, .John Bell Dinsmoor^, of Ripley, N. Y. 
Rev. Cadford M. Dinsmoor^, of Exeter, N. H., son of 
John Taylor Gilman Dinsmoor'^ (James 6, Robert^, 
Robert*, John^, John2, Laird Dinsmoor^), a Metho- 
dist clergyman, was b. in Windham, N. H., Aug. 20, 
1826; graduated at Wesleyan University in 1851. Hon. 
James Dinsmoor', of Sterling, 111. (William^, AVilliam^, 
Robert*, John-'', John^, Laird Dinsmoor^, of Scotland.) 
He was b. in Windham, N. H , March 3, 1818 ; graduated 
at Dartmouth College in 1841 ; is a lawyer of high stand- 
ing, resided in Lowell. Mass., and was a member of the 
Z>Iassachusetts House of Representatives. Removed to 
Sterling, 111., in 1856, and for four years was a member 
of the Illinois Legislature. He is the author of the His- 
tory of the Dinsmoor Family, 75 pp., embodied in the 
•'History of Windham in New Hampshire." It is one of 
the most valuable family histories extant, and is a monu- 
ment to the great industry and love of kindred possessed 
by its honored author. He m. Amanda A. Carpenter, of 
Sharon, Vt., who d. Aug. 14, 1886; in the following 



WILLIAM n. J)lS:SMni:E. 



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' . i, I'^^T, hi- ni , 'J'l, l»or HiMtcr, Mrs. M: ;v M 
T True. His S(»i), .larvis I )insiiu)or', is i law 
:. III., nn<l lw(» d.inghUMs who gradii: <m1 at 
' — Alice I)in8ni<)or'», a teacher ; Flcence- 

noor*. in. .Tames V. Covey, res. St rlin^', 
lion. '■ K. rillsl»ury\ a hrilliaiit lawye aii'l 

• i of the Slate of Massaeljusetts, is of 
.1. as hi** niotli T, KIi/,al»etli Dinsino >r^ is 
ii'.ii. .Tainrs 1 >iiisnif>or% lawyer and a 'hor. 
, . .: ^..ih \Vel»l<"r I'i.lshury, and resides in M 1, 

H. The lifit of jiroininent descen<hint8 of the N' ,v 
nil fliire emigrant woul<l not he comj)lete without 
»n l»eing in.idc of William V>. Dinsmore', Esq., 
:it of the Adams Express Conij>any, tlie la)g- 
. \ t'otni'iny in the word. (Tie was son of 'Vill- 

;»',Johij», HoIktI*, John'', John^, Xai/-(^ Dinsi : ' 
' * I Achrnnuad, Scotland) lie was b. in . .&.- 
ii, ..1..-S. July, IMd, and d. April 13, 1888; i 
,,".r,,^i, .M. Snow, of Brewster, Mass. lie pose 
\n |»ow«.'rs for business, a massive mind and 
and an inexhaustible fund of wit and hi . r. 
He re«idcd at StaatsT^urg, \. ^^, and is succeeded by his 
ik4«us Willi im B. Dinsmore'*, b. 1845, and Clarenc >' (t. 
DiuhMiorc*, b. 184^. 

This closes a Tjrief notice of some of the ]U"om -m 
'' ndanls of llobert Dinsmoor*, son of John . i.s- 

j.. \ the cajttive of the Indians, who was the ci  st 

son of John Dinsmour^, tlie Scotch lad who, with iie 
and broad l>onnet, emigrated from the Tweed to Bally- 
waltick, Ireland, who was son of Laird Dinsmoor^ of 
Scotland. 

T^avid T)insmoor< (name of father not known, b'^t 
gr.andson of John I)insm'oor-, Laird Dinsmoor'), a 
nrphew of John Dinsmoor'', who settled in Londonderry, 
N. H., was b. in Ireland in 1714, emigrated to America 
about 1745, was in Lomlonderry, X. II., in 1747, m. Mrs. 
Kennedy, settled in Chester, N. 11. His descendants 
live in Chester, Auburn, X. II., and Anson, Me. Among 
them is liev. Jolin Dinsmore. Some years ago Curran 
Dinsmore, Lemuel Dinsmore, and James P. Dinsuiore, 
brothoi-s, were living in Xew York and were his descen- 
dants. 



ni^'^S MOORS OF BALLYWATTICK, 9 

DIXSMOOKS OF BALLYWATTICK, BALLY- 
MONEY, COUXTY ANTRI3I, IRELAND. 

13. Robert Dinsmoor^ (5), Johns, Laird Dins- 
moor i. Pie was b. in Bally waitick, Ballymoney, County 
Antrim, Ireland, presumably as early as 1673, and was a 
brother of John Dinsmoor^, the first emio-rant of the name 
to New Hampshire. He resided in Ballywattick, and 
was an intelligent, upright, and leading citizen. From a 
letter which I received Feb. 3, 1891, from 31r. William 
Hunter, of Ballywattick, I have obtained this information. 

Rev. R. Park was pastor of the Presbyterian Church 
there for over fifty years. On April 6, 169*2, the church 
made application to the General Synod of Ulster for a 
minister, and made a second application in 1694. Then 
Rev. Hugh Kirkpatrick was appointed. He had fled to 
Scotland at the time of the Revolution, returned in 1695, 
and was installed over the church. In 1699 he was mod- 
erator of the Synod, and continued minister until his 
death, in 1712. 

During his ministry, Robert Dinsmoor^, the subject of 
this sketch, was a prominent member of his congregation, 
and was a member of a deputation* to the S\nod at An- 
trim, County of Antrim, Ireland, in 1715, on matters 
relating: to the church and cono-reo-ation. 

Details of his life are not knovv'u, nor the names of his 
wife and children. From his Christian name, from the 
fact of his residence in Ballywattick, his intelligence and 
education, his age, and the relation which his age bears 
to the subject of the following notice, it seems fair to 
infer that he was the father of the one whose sketch is 
here given (l)ut there is no absolute proof), and so in 
that manner I have arranged them. 

13. Robert Dinsmore*, Robert^ (?), John^, Laird 
Dinsmoor^. He was a grandson of John Dinsmoor^, the 
Scotch emigrant to Ballywattick, Ireland, and was b. in 
1720; lived in Ballywattick, Ballymoney, County of 
Antrim, Ireland, the place of his birth, and was a farmer. 



^ The members of tlie delegation were as follows: Cornet Alexander 
McGown, Mr. James Henry, Allen Templeton. Robert Dinsmore, John 
Love, Peter Gamble, Thomas Eeid, Quinton Dick, John Lawrence. 



10 iwisKiiT i)issMoin:\ (tr ihklaxjk 

A brolhcr live<i near him, .in«l ^nvh lin«] a large f:.mil v. 
lie w* aleft«linj: man in th«* |arisli, whr lidd i»i llic 
r«ir- ". nn«! wan a rrrp^ylorian in his religious failh. j» 

llin int- was of a lii;;h order, atsd lo liim a ' ' y^ 

if'  -J jor iJ.o i-rr^ervnlion of iho ^oiioalogy and « :iil; 
hi*: ry <»f llic family. Ilf was a man wlio onjoyed \. i 
in^'. nn 1 cV -•• - his fife he kept np a eorrespondcne*' '• '' 
• J.aird I '...... Mir, at the old home in Scotland, an<! • i 

\\\n relntivcJ* in Now namjtahire, U. S. Among ih i: 
wiih wh"m he exchanged letters were Jolm Dinsi.oor'', 
of Windham. K. 11.. and with his sons — John Dinsmoor*, 
whf»ti' wife wa!< Snsannali Hell, an«l Col. Silas Dinsiioor'', 
the colehrated Indian agent. Only one lias been prc- 
►crvcd. which wap addressed to John Dinsmoor*"', of Wind- 
h»m. N. H. (a part of tlie original Lon(h)ndcrry, N. II.), 
and printed willi the ])0ok of jtoems of the "(*n=t:c 
Jl.Trd." K.tlxTl T>in<inoor, and dated : — 

'* Ballywattick, Irclind, Aug. 12, 1 ^ 

'My Dear Sir, — In Jnly last, I received yoiii aftec- 
tionatc loiter of *2lid Feb., 1794, where you liave given 
me a full and clear answer to my letter of May 12, 1793. 
which wns directed to your honoured father, — but, alas I 
no more. M:iy I not bi<l adieu to North America. 

** Submission is a duty, therefore I shall only add — T 
fihall go lo him, but he shall not return to me. It gives 
mo consolation that he has left a son and heir, blessed 
with his principles and talents. I see that you feel for 
the commotion;! of Euroj)e, and for the arbitrary proceed- 
ings of our government in } "articular. You give ihem 
hard names. Indeed, so could we, but dare not; we are 
bro ight to submission indeed. While our lives are pro- 
tected by the laws, we must submit our property lo the 
discretion of government without a murmur or com} laiut. 
Provided our taxes, which are heavy, were dispo.-^d of 
for internal defence of our country and encourager ent of 
our trade and manufactures, we would pay more cheer- 
fully. But when we see it levied to support a i u.iuous 
war, that we think Great Britain had nothinn- to do with, 
we comjdain the more. At this moment the eyes of all <[ 
Ireland are looking earnestly for the completion of ynur 



THE HISTOBIAN OF THE BINSMORES, 11 

peace with Great Britain, on wliich the trade of Ireland 
much depends. AVe know you have sent a late com- 
missioner from Congress to the Court of Great Britain, a 
Mr. Jay ; but as nothing has yet transpired in respect to 
Ireland, I mi^st be silent. I had a long letter from your 
brother Silas,* in May last, which I answered. It raises 
my pride to find that there is a Dinsraoor in any part of 
the globe so capable of composition as I sec the^riter of 
this letter to be. The more so when I can truly call hira 
friend and cousin. 

"As to your request concerning the genealogy of our 
family, you have been pretty fortunate indeed in calling 
on me, as I assure you there is not a man livinf; within 
my knowledge that cm go as far up in that description 
as I can. Xevertheless it may be short of what history 
could afford. Please take the following: — 

"My grandfather was born on the mean land of Scot- 
land, near the River Tweed — the son of a wealthy farmer, 
as 1 supposed from his style, being called the Laird of 
Achenmead. as he had tenants under him. He had two 
sons, of which my grandfather was the second, whose 
name was John. He left his father's house in the seven- 
teenth year of his age. 1 suppose he must have eloped, 
as he brought no property with him, as I have often heard, 
save a gray bonnet of great extent, with striped woollen 
hose, and a small cane in his hand. This is your original 
in Ireland, and mine; and all by the name of Dinsmore, 
here or elsewhere, that belong to that stock. Therefore, 
you will be ready to say, we have little to boast of. But 
stay a little, my dear friend, and let us go a little higlier, 
and return to Scotland. Y'ou see, as above, we are 
sprung from a farmer. Will this give us any dignity? 
Yes ; the most ancient, the most honorable in civil life. 
The second man in creation was a farmer. Cain was a 
tiller of the ground. What are Monarchs? What are 
Kings, Dukes, Lords, Earls? What was Alexander, or 
Philip of Macedonia, but murdering vagabonds? 

" The character of a farmer is far above them all. Stop 
but the farmer and his culture, and you sweep off the 



*Col. Silas Dinsnioor, the Indian agent, and a brilliant man. 



12 Tff^ niSTUUK' LKTTKIi OF 179^ 

liMPMn rnor nt <.iu' ^lt•(•l»c. So you 8Co that the farnic-V 
§lili »n i» rx.iUe<l above all others. Therefore, lu ' ' i- 
g,, ,. i^ 1, ..l,..r ihaii any other whatever. 

* I II. . rave vonr ]>ntiencc. Suffer me, then, to 
tuni to my grandfather an<l his ofTsi.rinix, of whieh you are 

a »t'i^Q^- ' '^''^•'* "^•"' '•'^'^ ^*''"* f**^"'**' John, Adam Hobert. 
and Sanmel. .lohn was the lirst that migrated lo Amer- 
ica of the name, and the first that Ptruck a stick in Loiv 
<1 ' • ■, 'I'his man was your graiidfathcr\s father and 
niv uijc.e. wiio surmounted many dilhculties in providing 
n '■■-■-r^ and free estate for his offsjiring, and in the attempt 
w :,;ade an Indian caj>tive. I'ermit mc to c -^orve a 
ci:eumslancc with respeet to my grandfatlier's leaving 
hi« father's house w ithout any property, whieh may eluci- 
date the hint before observed, res})ecting it, which is this: 
I never heard this man give any other reason or cause 
for his leaving hi-i father's house, but this: That his 
father obliged liim, and that uncovered, to hold tlie off 
stirrup of his ehler brother's sad<lle when he mounted 
hi-* h'-»rse. A subordination that appeared not t^. agree 
with this man's proud heart. 

"May it not be an heir-ship entailed on his ofir^pring? 
And if so, wliether virtue or vice, I leave with you to 
determine, althoush I am no advocate for virtue 'r vice 
being hereditary. To conclude, then, this man lived 
until he was 99 (ninety-nine) years of age. He was fifty 
V' irs married, and twentv-nine years a widower which 
en led h's life, much resi)ected by all who were acquainted 
with him. for his juety, morals, and good sense. Now, 
Bir, I have gone as far as my memory could assisl me in 
answering your request. But there is yet son: etbing 
remains whicli may gratify your inquisitive mind, in the 
line of lieraldry. The Dinsmoor coat-of-arms is ii farm 
laid down on a jdate, of a green color, with three v.heat 
sheaves set u]>right in the centre, of a yellow coior, all 
emblematical of husbandry and agriculture. 

"KOBEirr DINSMOR . 

The grandfather of the person to whom the lette ''as 
addressed, Robert Dinsmoor*, of Windham, N. H 
an own cousin of Robert Dinsmore*, the writer. 



THE DINS M OB E COAT-OF-ABMS. 1 



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Another description is : "The picture of a man with 
his dog and gun, with a sheaf of v/heat and one of oats, 
which crossed each other."* These are given for wh.-it 
they are worth. They may amuse, but probably have r.o 
historical value. 

Mr. Dinsmore lived with his son, Samuel^, the last of 
his life, and died in Ballywattick, and is buried by the 
side of his friends and kindred in the cemetery in Bally- 
money, where there is a stone erected to his memory. 
lie was twice married. The first family went abroad, 
and one son went with Capt. Cook around the world. 
Nothing more is known of the first family of children or 
their history. 

CHILDRE>', BOEX I>' BALLYWATTICK, IRELA^'D. 

Second Family. 

IJ. "William Dinsmore°, Id. 1755, d. 1818. lived a long while in Philadelphia, 
Penn. PiCturned to Ballymoney. Ireland; m. Jane Blair, and d. 
there. No children. William Dinsmore owned a house and out- 
buildings on Main Street, Ballymoney. In his barn Adam Clark, 
the commentator, used frequently to hold religious services, at- 
tended by many of the people. Mr. Dinsmore was a leading man 
in the town, and was greatly respected. As he had no children, 
the property which he possessed, which was considerable, went to 
his relatives. The following is upon his tombstone in Ballymoney : 
"Consigned to the tomb, in the 63d year of his age. Here lies the 
remains of William Dinsmore, late of Ballywattick, a man distin- 
guished by purity of morals and integrity of heart. Impressed 
with a due sense of religion, his practice was regulated by its dic- 
tates; firmly believing the truths of the Gospel his whole life 
evinced the genuine fruit of Christianity. iSiS." 

15. Samuel Dinsmore^ (10;, b. 1761, lived in Ballywattick. Ballymoney. 

Ireland, and d. Nov. 12, 1829. The father of John Dinsmore®, of 
Bloomington, Ind. 

16. Molly Dinsmore^. m. Thomas Mcllhose, res. Derrock, County Antrim. 

17. Margaret Dinsmore°, m. Andrew Dinsmore (No. 41), of Ballywattick, 

Ireland. He was her own-cousin. 

18. Martha Dinsmore*, m. Alexander Culberson, and lived iu lower Bal- 

lywattick, Ireland. 

19o Samuel Dinsmore^ (15), Robert*, Robert3 (?), 
John^, LaxnP . He was b. in Ballywattick, Ballymoney, 
CountyAnti'im, Ireland, in 1761 ; m. in 1783, Mary, daugh- 
ter of Andrew Brewster, of Glenhall, County of London- 
derry, Ireland. He was a large, tall, strong-limbed farmer, 
and lived on a portion of the Dinsmore homestead in 
Ballywattick, where he d. Xov. 13, 1829, and is buried in 
Ballymoney Cemetery. Upon his tombstone in Bally- 



^ From letter of John Dinsmore^ (grandson of foregoing Robert*), of 
Bloomington, Indiana, dated Sept. 9, 1887. 



14 



I\ Til Kin LAST bLEEV 



money is iIikh inscription : '' Here lies the bo<ly ol • iatc 
Samuel l>insniore, of nallywnttick, wlio depai this 

life the loth Nov. 1820, aged G8 years; also, ;:.d 
Kohert, who departed this life the 18th of Apji!, Icx.^, 
aped 18 yt'ars." lie and family were Presbv '''riaDS. 
His wid«)W dietl in IJloomington, Ind, in 18 i He 

lived in a comforlahle stone house ; at the end < it is 
a lieM surrounded hy trees, which make the ] • at- 
Ira'tive and home-like. 

rniLDRF.X, BORN I?f IIALIAWATTICK, BALLYMOXEY, COUNTY ANTRIM, 

IRELAND. 

20. William Pinsmore". b. jibout 178."i. lived in I'allywatUck, i;.<-ii 

to America. an<l d. at ri<iua. Miami Co.. Ohio. 

21. Andrew Dinsmorc". b. about l>77. res. at Charlottesville, \a , wiiere 

Jio dic<i sndtlcniy; single. 
?2. Marcarct Dinsnioie". b. about 17S9; m. Archibald IVIcI ul 

lived in P.allywattick. on a farm occupied in IS'.tl by \; 

then removed to Tort Stewart, County of Londonden '(, 

where they died. Two daughters are still living: Ma ,: 
rcavy, single, res. I'ort Stewart. Ireland; Kachel Mclii 
Mr. IJeid. and has a large family, res. Croninore. Cot i 
Ireland. Daniel Mclhcavy wentto Australia, and is d . 

23. l*eJtie I'lnsmore**. b. about 17'.)1. m. Charles Riddle, and m 

burg, I'enn. The family was there in 18f>0. See Hist >. v ,<;- 

dell. Kiddle, Ilidlon. i;idley. Family, p. UtG. by (>. T. Ridluu. 

24. Samuel Dinsniorc'-. b. about 1792, was killed at Baltimore. ^^^. ;• ^<^i'' 

by being blown up in a i)owder mill. 

25. James Dinsmore*^. b. about 1795. d. in Hamilton. Ohio. 

26. IJobert DiDsmore^.b. about 1797. d. in IJallywatlick, Ireland, in 18(K). 

27. Mar>- Dinsmore*, b. about 1799, m. Sanmel Johnson, a merchant; the . 

lived and died at lUish Mills. Antrim. Irel.md. 

28. Jennie Dinsmore^. b. about 1803, m. Robert Small, and d in 1 

burg. I'enn. Her fir.st husband was\Mr. IMcAllister. 
daughter m. Mr. I'inkerton.* and t'r.ey live in Philadelph'a. 

29. Rachel Dinsmore", b. about 1806, m. James McAftee; she died i:, 

Wooster, Ohio. His early home was near Giant's Cause^ray. 

30. Matilda Dinsmore'^, b. aboiit 1808, m. Campbell AlcCurdy; she d. in 

Baltimore. Md. 

31. John Dinsmore^ (32), b. in 1810. res. 1891, in Bloomingtou, led. See 

following sketch of him and his family, 

32. John Dinsmoro^ (31), Samuel^, Robert*, Rob- 
ert3 ?, John2, Laird Dinsmoor^ lie wa.s b. in Bally- 
wattick. Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland, in 181*0, 
and succeeded his father, on the home of his for',*fathers, 
in the parish of his birth. There he remained several 
years after the death of his father and in 1838, he, the 
last of the name there, left his native huid, the old home 
of his peop-e for several generations, and with his family 



*Many Pinkertons are natives of Bally waUick, Socou. and 
Note.— The i^arish of Mdquoskin, .sometimes called Maco 
Coleraine, Ireland. 



aear 



THE OLD DINSMOBE HOME FOliSAKEN. 15 

and venerable mother removed to Bloomington, Ind , 
where he has ever since lived, and where he resides in 
April. 1891. Thus the ancestral home of the Dins- 
mores on Irish soil passed into the hands of others. It 
is occupied in 1891 by Archibald Usher. He and his 
family, his father and his family, are, and were, members 
of the Presbyterian Church. In a letter dated Oct. 1, 
1890, he says : "I hope and trust, through the interces- 
sion of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, that our 
names will be enrolled in the Book of Life." He m. in 
1832, .Margaret Small, who died in 1882, at Bloomino-ton, 
Ind. 

CHILDKEN: THE THREE ELDEST BORN AT BALLY WATTICK, IRELAND; 
THE OTHERS AT BLOOMINGTON, IND. 

53. Samuel Dinsmo^e^ b. Feb. 8, 1834, m, Magdelene T. HudsenpeH. res. 

Burden, Kan. Cliildren: John Dinsmoie*. Julia Dinsraore^, Mary 
Dinsmore*. 

54. Joseph S. Diusmore^, b. Jan. 1, 1830. m. Mary A. Henderson, res. 

Bloomington. Ind. Children: Wadsey Dinsraore^. William Dins- 
more*, Paul Dinsmore^. The two elder are in college at Bloom- 
ington. Ind. 

35. Mary Dinsmore", b. January, 1838; d. Oct. 20, 1853, at Bloomington, 

Ind. 

36. William J. Dinsmore', b. March 4, 1840, m. Mary Gates, res. Earlville. 

HI. Cliildren: Theophilus Dinsmore*. Annie Dinsmore*. 

37. Andrew Dinsmore^ b. February. 1842. d. ]*.Iay, 1843. 

38. Jane Dinsmore", b. April 2, 1844. d. March. 18G3. 

£9. Theophilus V>'. Dinsmore", b. Sept. 27. 184C, m. Sarali Bunger. He 
d. April 14, 1871. 

40. Matilda H. Dinsmore'. b. Jan. 4, 18.30, m. Benjamin Kirby, res. Bloom- 
ington, Ind. They have one son and four daughters. 

41. Andrew Dinsmore^, *, Robert^ (?), John^, 

TAiird Dinsmoor^. He lived in Ballvwattick, in a stone 
house, now, 1891, unoccu])ied, and owned by Archibald 
Lusher. He was a shrewd, sensible man, quite intelligent, 
and a man of influence in his neifyhborhood. Pie was a 
member, as were all the Dinsmores, of the Presbyterian 
Church of Ballymoney, which has been in existence since 
1700. He died in the place of his nativity, and is buried 
with others of his kindred and name in the cemetery in 

the village of Ballymoney. He m. Ist, . 

who had seven sons and one dauo-hter. She died, and he 
ni. 2d, his own-cousin, Margaret, daughter of Hobert 
Dinsmore*, the letter icriter. On his tombstone in Bally- 
money is: "Here rests the remains of Andrew Dins- 
more, of Ballywattick, who departed this life 13th July, 



16 AyDUK]V DiySM(fUE\ OF inELAND. \ 

1811, a^nMl 73 years; and aLso liis wife, >rargaret. who , ' 

«lie(l 4tii A})ril, 1!?13, acjcd C/2 years. Much of the viriu 
which ornament the Christian character were possesscjl 
by tViis \*?.lr.'' Tlu y had seven <lang}iters and on( - 
The record of all his chn«Trefi,-ae-[;;iy^^U t;:a<]itionally, i^ us 
follows, though some are missing. 

. iiiIDlirv. noUN IN BAT.LVWATTirK. BALLY ^TtriiKY, fOUNTY ANTUJW, 

IKF.LAND. 

42. John lMii«:innro". Piniprated early to A nurlca. ' before 1817, aii(M\-.f» 
poYoniiin'nt surveyor in one of the S(»titliern States, where !ie 
resi(l» «i. He w.is in.. l)Ut is said to have left no childrenv 

♦.3. Robert IMnsniorc*. lived in Hallywatiick. m. .fl^efltili r 

the loss of his ^>roperty with his brother-in-law. Joseph SmflU't !. 
ai>oiit )>^3n. and is buried in Hallymoney. He had several childBeii, 
antont: tlieni Kol)ert I»insni(»re". who settled in Tennes?(e; J<;iin 
I>; •■ ■• I l>insniore'. Klizabeth Dinsmore', Margaret 

1)1 ,.';."y fiilismore". They all came to A:ne)' i 

after their father's dea'th. -^- - • ... -> 

44. .lames Samuel Hinsmore", b. 1771, d. in 1846. m. Jennit..5?i'l>^.i"t) :"-d 

lived near Havre de Grace, Md., where his descendants ?:t said 
to l>e still living. 

45. William l)lnsm<ire«. called " Gentle Willie." Hem. Martha Henrv. 1 

He owned the farm and erected the stone house owned by V' illiam ' 

Knox in Rally wattiek in 1891. He, "Gentle V/illie," ni i v.ith 
flnaiicial trouble, euiiprated to Maryland, and died with nis | 

itrother James. He had no children. His wife was from upl-'er 
Secon. close to Ballywattick. 

46. Andrew Dinsmore". emigrated to America, before 1817. T',/o other 

sons are said to have settled, one at Charlottesville, Va.. and oue 
farther South. 

r,y Second Marriage with Margaret Dinsmore'. 

47. Kachel Dinsmore* (52 , b. in 1810. m. .John Hunter, res. York, Fcnn. 

48. .lane Dinsmore', m. Joseph Small, lived in Ballywattick. .Mid in 

Kr.owend, County Antrim, Ireland. Farmer. Children: Alltlivse 
said to have settled in Bloomington, Ind. 

John Smair. 

Josejih SmalF. 

Andrew Smair. 

.lames Small". 

Rachel Smalr. moved to Bloomington. Ind. 

Small, m. Tomb, fo Dunkendalt, Ballymoney Antrim, 

Ireland. Had a family, and removed to New England. 

Small, m. Francis McKinley. of Strome, County Ant r> '" ar 



Derrock. and removed to Bloomington, Ind 
Small, m. Mr. Smith, moved to Canada 



Margaret SmalT. m. her cousin. John Dinsmore. removed to Bloom* 
ington. Ind.. in 1838. See sketch No. 32. 

9. Mary Dinsmore". m. Samuel Boyd, of Culbrom. County Antrii .. ■where 
they died. Child : Robert Boyd, went to United States Wus in 
United States Survey ; returned to County Down, and liv L there. 
No family. 

50. Susan (or Hannah^ Dinsmore", m, James Neill, of Dunker - ' T5al- 

Ivmoney. County Antrim. He died, and his family re d to 

Philadelphia. Penn. Children : James NeilP, Ann Xeil Kachel 
NeilF. Margaret XeilF. 

51. Dinsmore. m. James Hay, of Burnside, Ballymoue> /ounty 

Antrim. Children are deceased. 



.»■ 



BACHEL DINSMOBEe, OF TOBK, PE:NN. 17 

52. Rachel Dinsraore^ (47), Alargaret (Dinsmore^) 
Dinsraore^, Kobert*, Robert 3 (?), John 2, Laird Dins- 
moor 1. She was b. in Bally wattiek, Town of Ballymoney, 
County Antrim. Ireland, in 1810: m. John Hunter, son 
of John Hunter, of Secou. He was b. there 1784; was a 
weaver of fine linen, lived in Bnllywattick. and built the 
house occupied in 1891 by William Hunter, his nephew. 
Went to America in 1817, and d, in York, Penn., in 
May, 1823, where they lived. Rachel (Dinsmore) Hun- 
ter m., second, Joseph McPherson, in 1829, and d. in 
York, Penn., Feb. 1, 1837. She and Mr. Hunter were 
members of the Presbvterian Church, and later she was 
a member of the Methodist Church. 

CHILDREN. 

53. Rev. William Hunter^, b. in Ballywattick, Ireland. May 26, 1811; m. 
Jane ]\IcCarty ; went to America witli liis parents in 1817. became a 
clergyman in tlie Methodist Episcopal ChTirch. and was an editor. 
He was a gifted man. and was a po : ct merit. In alluding to 
another, in one of his sweet poems, he said: — 

Away from his home and the friends of his youth, 
He hasted, the herald of mercy and truth. 
For the love of his Lurd. and to seek for the lost. 
Soon, alas! was his fall, but he died at his post. 

He asked not a stone to be sculptured with verse; 
He asked not that fame should his merits rehearse; 
But he asked as a boon, when he gave up the ghost. 
That his brethren might know that he died at his post. 



He was author of the hymns, 
and of. 



The Great Physician now is near, 
The sympathizing Jesus, 



Joyfully, joyfully, onward we move, 
Bound for the laiid of bright spirits above. 

He d. in Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 11, 1877. His second wife was Ur- 
sula McCarty, and he had children. 

CHILDREN OF REV. WILLIAM HUNTER''. 

1. Eachel Dinsmore Hunter^, d. in infancy. 

2. Wesleyana Hunter^, b. ; m. Stephen Quinon, and d. in Pitts- 

burg, Penn.. (Jet. 8. 1889. Children: Mary Alice Quinon^, b. 
Sept. 4. 1875; Flora Hunter Quinon^. b. ; d. Xov. 30, 1889. 

3. Daniel McCarty Hunter*, b. June 2, 1840; m. , and res. Al- 

liance. Ohio. No children. 

4. Elliott Virginia Hunter^, b. ; m. Dr. Volk; res. Eiverside, Cal. 

5. Leouidas Hamlin Hunter^, b. .June 18. 1844; m. Kate . Chil- 

dren: Flora Holmes Hunter^, b. May 26, 1874; Bertha May 
Hunter^, b. . 

6. Flora Ursula Hunter^, b. ; m. Prof. Horace Bancroft, who d. 

She m.. second. Stephen Quinon. recently, who is on the edito- 
rial staff of the Pittsburg Times. Children: Grove Hunter 



IS liEV. WILLIAM UUyXKin, THE I OUT. 



/ 



Bancroft', b. Oct. 29. 1867. d. Dec. 14. 18«17; Leon T . n. 

Haiioroft*. b. Oct. 17. 1h<;s. is u\i:ht t'ditor of Pitts 

patch. iN'iin. ; i:«ln.i I'ella Haiicroti''aii(i .h-iiiiie Klla ' 

It. Sept. 4, 1S70. .Ifimie <1 .fan. 4. l«;;{; Ida J'.ancioft 

4, 18TJ. d. Jan. Ij. 1HT:<; William Karl iJaiicntft", b. M 

res. Pittsbur^r. P -nn. ; .Mabel Klizabeiii Hancroft", 

187.'>. d. Julv 12. 1H7G. 

7. John An<liew rtuiitei".b. Dec. 1.1H47; m Rattie . C .i;i. 

incmber of Kast Ohio .Methodist Episcopal Confe 
siuikmI, and is now a student of medicine at Colun 
Children: Andrew Diiismore Hunter'', b. Jan. 27. 1^7 \ 
Car«y Hunter*, b. Aui^.Jl. 1^71 ; Frank Dalles Huntt . 
27. 1^76. d. Ai'ril 2. l!*77; John Hunter", b. Oct. 6, l-^TT, ^ruda 
Lena Hunter", b Jan. 1. 188'»; Hattie Lillle Hunter'' b. Julv 4. 
lewi. d. Aug. 23. 18«*2; Eva Mabel Huntei-^, b. Sej 
Florence Lois Hunter*, b. Feb. 12. 18.S5; Gilbert Have i .iivu. . 
b. April 4. 18b7; Mary Vaughan Hunter^, b. Nov. 11, - 8. 

8. Nathan GolT Hunter", b. ; d. in infancy. 

9. Jane .Vnielia Hunter^, b. ; m. Mr. F'ordiug, a la yer; re*. 

near Kiverside. Cal. 

54. Rev. Andrew Hunter^ b. Ballywattick. Ireland, Dec. 26, 18 - -^r^ to 
America in 1S17: m. Maria Jones, of York. Penn. He .' i 

powvrful clergyman in the Methodist Episcopal Chur( 
degree of D. D." wa^ conferred upon him. His ministry 
half a ceuturv. He was stricken with partial paralysis <*i CuUui» 
Plant. Ark., while preaching, and is now p.irtially reco\t.'red. H.'s 
home is near Bryant, fourteen miles from Little Kock, Ark. 

CHILDREN. 

1. William Patterson Hunter^, res. near Bryant, Saline Co , Ark.; he 

was b. Sept. 21 l?4'?. 

2. Florence Bertrand HunterS b. Aug. 31, 1855; res. Little Kock. Ark. 

3. Andrew Jones Hunter", b. April 8, 1858: res. Little Ptock, Arl:. 

56. John l^unter^ b. York. Penn., Oct. 15. 1817; m. Harriet McCarty. He 
was a manufacturer. He was a strong, self-reliant maa ox busi- 
ness, was held in the highest esteem, and was an active niernber 
ot the Methodist Episcopal Church; d. 1887; res. Alliance 0M'> 

CHILDREN. 

1. .Andrew Dinsmore Hunter^: deceased. 

a. Elizabeth Hunter^; m. Erban Weikart, of Alliance, Ohi . 

56. • Margaret Hunter", was b. in Y^ork. Penn.. Oct. 31. 1820; r . Aug. 23, 
,.•" 1&42, Abrara Weils, and res. in vVelisville. Penn. She stiii lives 
there in her pleasant home, " Willowdale," with h^ r married 
daughters living near her. She is a lady of rare gifts and graces. 
Mr. Wells was a person of great courage and energy, h gh-souled, 
a. leader in society, aud an example in all good worki, and was 
"^atly missed and mourned at his death. 

CHILDREN. 

Eii.-ia Hunter Wells^, b. April 2, 1846; m. 1876, Fran , )i:7 

Barrett of Wooster, Ohio, and has children: Willu. i .luraer 
Barrett*, b. Oct. 28, 1877; Ruth Barrett*, b. Nov. 8,1879; and 
Margaret Barrett*, b. Sept. 27. 1881. 

2. Olive Malinda Wells\ b. March 23. 1848: m. Dec. 23. l-70 Roberi 

John Belt, of Wellsville, Penn. Clnldren. b. Wells\ ' : Penn.: 
Abram Dinsmore Beli^ and Margaret Dinsmore B , D. Oct. 
27, 1871; James Edward lielV and Miriam Alice Be u**. j^. May. 
1881. 

3. Harriet Maria Wells^ b. April 17, 1851; m. Aug 23, 18 ^ T 

Young, of New York, N. Y. Children: William 



L X U i A '. 



BEV. ANDBEW HTJ^^TERt, D. D. 19 



Yonng^, b. July 24. 1873. and d. Feb. 7. 1886, atFlatbush, L. I.: 
Olive Viola Yoiing". b. Sept. 5, 1877, at Brooklyn, N. Y. ; Kichara 
Young--, b. Sei^t 17. 1886. 

4. Mary Dinsniore Wells*, b. Nov. 10. 1854; m. June l. 1876. Thomas 

Barkdalc Hoover, of Wooster. Ohio; reside in the old home, 
" Wiiiowdale," Wellsville. Penn. Their children are: Walter 
"Wells Hoover^ b. Oct. 13, 1877, at Wooster. Ohio: Thomas 
Leonard Hoover'*, b. Dec. 10, 1880. at W-ehsville. Fenn. ; Donald 
Dinsmore Hoover-^' and Dorothy Goentner Hoover^, b. Dec. 14, 
\^2A\ and :Mary EUloita Hoover, b. Aug. 21. 188.5. 

5. Margaret Wells*, b. Dec. 23. l>s56, at Wellsville. Tenn. 

6. Ellioiia Wells\ b. Feb. 14. 1801. 

7. James G. Wells, of Wellsville. Penn., is a son of Abrara Wells by 

a former marriage. 

8. Adeline Emily Wells, daughter of Abram Wells by a former mar- 

riage, and was a most lovely woman. She m. Eev. D. (". John, 

a MetlK'dist chrgynian: and u. in Winona. Minn., where she 

is buried. Children: Anna IMiriam John. m. Mr. Armituge, res. 

Milwaukee, Wis. ; James John; David John; William Nelson 

John. 

57. Agnes Hunter', the youngest child of Piachel Dinsmore*^ and her 

husband. John Hunter was b. in York, Penn., May 15, 1822, and d. 

 there iu 1822. 



DIXSMORES OF FENNSYLTAXIA. 

58. Ailam Diiismoor^ * (6), John^, Laird Dins- 
m<'ori. He was b. in Ballywatlick, Ballymoney, County 
Antrim, Ireland, presuraabiy as early as 1675, and re- 
mained in Ireland, in the parish of his birth. He had 
three sons and perhaps other children. The sox^s emi- 
grated to America and settled in Eastern Pennsylvania. 

CHILDREN. 

59. Kobert Dinsmore*. At about the commencement of the Eevolu*! mary 

W^arhe removed to Western Pennsylvania, and settled on viiiler's 
Creek, twelve miles southwest of Pittsburg. Later he removed to 
the imbroken wilderness of Kentucky, and his after history is 
unknown. In those early days there were no mails to those ua- 
known lorders of civiiizati(»n. and little, if any. word was evei- 
received bv his friends after his departure from Pennsylvania. 

60. James Dinsmore* '62), b. Baliywattick, Ireland, April 26, 1742; d. in 

Pennsvlvania. in 1817, 

61. Andrew Dinsmore* 186 . b. Baliywattick, Ireland, in 1753; -vent ' 

America and settled in York Co., Penn; d. April, 1829. 

62. James Dinsmore* (60), Adara3(?), John*, Z<arf 
Dinsmoori. He was b. April 26, 1742, in Bally vfat^i'«89 
Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland. He emigrated, iu 
1761, to York Co., Penn., and remained several years. 



* He is supposed to be the father or grandfather of Robert*. James*, 
Andrew Dinsmore*. As my inforinant, ±cev. J^^hu W. Dinsmore. D. D., 
of Bloomington. 111., thinks that Adam^, or PiOhert-, was their /a^/ier, I 
have called Adam^ their father, and have so numbered the generation. 



20 JAMES DJ^^s^[onE^, of PEJ^fK. 

About 1774. he an<l Iiis In-other, IJobcrl, who wi-^ living 
near him, removed to Miller's Creek, twelve niih onth- 
west from Pittsburg, where he lived until 1794, "ti he 
bought a large tract called Huntingdon Plantation, in Can- 
ton To]), Washington Co., Penn., some six miles n jrthweet 
from the town of Washington. It was, and i . r< mag- 
nifu'cnt tract of land, covered with enormous timber. 
Where he hrst lived was, when he first settled there, 
a howling wilderness, subject to frequent incursions of 
the savages. The Dinsmoor family was one of the 
first to invade the unbroken solitude, which now is one 
of the richest and finest parts of the country. He was 
of great size, weighing above three hundred pounds, and 
a man of profound and exalted piety, an elder in the 
Presbyterian Church, and of great influence in the entire 
reffion where he lived. He d. on his estate in 1817, and 
is buried in the churchyard at Up}>er Buffalo, six miles 
west of Washington, Penn. He was twice m.; name of 
first wife is unknown. He m., second, at Miller's Run, 
Peim., Mary Walker. He changed the spelling of his 
name to D'lnsmore. 

THEIR CHILDREN WERE: THOSE OF FIRST M. BORN YORK CO., PENN.; 
BY SECOND M. AT MILLER'S CREEK, PENN. 

63. Jannette Diusmore'. b. Dec. 8, 1770; m. Mr. Lee ; removed to Meudina, 

Ohio, and there died. 
&i. Elizabeth Dinsmore'% b. Dec. 24, 1772; m. . 

By Second Marriage. 

65. ]SIary Dinsmore\ b. May 29, 1777; m. Mr. Langhan, or Langdon. 

66. John Dinsniore'' (70). b. .July 14, 1779; m. Jane Carr. 

67. James Dinsmore-^ (76), b. March 4, 1782; m. Esther Hamilton. 

68. Hannah Dinsmore'", b. Jan. 26, 1784; m. Mr. Saulsbury. 

69. Sarah Dinsmore\ b. March 30,1789; m. Thamas Mason. They had 

numerous and influential children, who were born at Cross Creek, 
Washington Co., Penn. 

TO, John Dinsmore^ (66), James*, Adam^ (?),Johr"-. 
Xair d Diusmoor^ ^ previously mentioned, m. Jane Carr. 
in the autumn of 1800. AlthouQ-h not educated in th€! 
schools, he was a man of uncommon intelligence, of great 
dignity of character, of unusual force and energy, aad o'^ 
deep and fervent piety. For about fifty years he was an 
elder in the church, and had widely extended influence. 
He had a large and valuable estate, which had betn his 
father's. He completed a country house in 1810, of stone 



DINSMOOR CHANGED TO DIXSMORE. 21 

and brick, where died his parents, and himself and wife; 
but the mansion stands to-day. solid and impressive, and 
apparently will endure while the world does, unless it is 
destroyed by fire. Five generations of tlie family in its 
shelter have found a home. For eighty years it has been 
the abode of respectability and comfort, and of a Large 
and free hospitality. He d. July 1:2, 1859. 

HIS CHILDREN WERE BORN ON THE HOMESTEAD. 

71. William Dinsraore'= (80), b. Oct. 14, 1801 ; m. Kebecca, daughter of Capt. 

James Anderson, March 12, 1838. 

72. James Dinsraore''. b. May 20. 1803; m. Margaret Lyle, of Cross Creek, 

about 1827, and d. in 1873. He was a man of high character, 
wealth, and influence. 

73. John Carr Dinsmore'^. b. Dec. 31, 1804; m. Lucinda Clutter, and d, 

about 1875. 

74. Mary Carr Dinsmore'^. b. March 7, 1807; m. Samuel Cowan. They had 

numerous children, all deceased. 

75. Robert W. Diusraore'', b. Aug. 1. 1810; m., first. Nancy Perrine; second, 

Matilda Clutter. The first wife of Kobert W. Dinsmore'' d. in a year, 
. leaving a daughter, now ^Nlrs. Nancy (Dinsmore') Vance, of Wash- 
ington. Penn. He had eight children by his second Avife . all of whom 
d. in childhood, save one. Mrs. Ella (Dinsmore') PhilUps. of 2126 
Michigan Avenue, Chicago. 111. She and her widowed mother live 
together. Her father, Kobert Dinsmore*^. was accounted a wealthy 
man. and on the night of Dec. 6, 1866. he was murdered by burglars 
in his own home and in the presence of his family, for which one 
of the murderers was hanged. His estate was near the old home. 

76. James Dinsmore^ (67), b. March 4, 1782; lived 
upon a portion of the elegant estate of his father, on 
Huntingdon Plantation, Canton Top, Washington Co., 
Penn. He had a numerous family. His wife was Esther 
Hamilton. 

AMONG HIS CHILDREN ARE : 

77. Mrs. Sarah (Dinsmore) Cook's of Washington Penn. 

78. William W. Dinsmore'% of West Middletown, Penn. 

79. Alexander W. Dinsmore*', of Bentonville, Ark., or Boonesboro, Ark. 

He is the father of Mr. Dinsmore', late U. S. Minister to Corea. 

80. William Dinsmore^ (71), John^, James^, 
Adam^ (?), John 2, Jjaird Dinsmoor^, was born on his 
father's famous estate, Huntingdon Plantation, Canton 
Top, AVashington Co., Penn., Oct. 14, 1801, and died 
on the same spot, March 31, 1883. He was amiable and 
gentle, industrious and thrifty, of pure character, and 
greatly beloved. He was generous and hospitable, and 
a free giver to religious objects especially. He m. March 
12, 1838, Rebecca, daughter of Capt. James Anderson, an 
ofiicer of the Revolution. She d. Sept. 9, 1886, in her 
seventy-ninth year. 



22 BEV. JOHN W. DINSMOin:\ D. D. 



CHILPKEN, HORN OX TITK OLD HOMESTEAD. 

«l. Rev. John Walker DInsmore". D. I>.. b. Marcli 13. 18;?9. ITis advan 
lau'»s (or edurriiion were tlie bet^t. — aeademy. eollt-^e, theological 
.seminary, and liy foreign travel. I\ev. John \V. I'in.sniore. J>. !>., 
entered tlie I'resiiyterian University ; ordained in 1H(;3; was pastor 
at Trairletlu Sae. Wis., from lH(i4to IXTit. and at I'.looniington. J II., 
since that lime, having charge of a very large cliurcli of nearly 
seven luindred conimnnicants. He ni. Dec;. 22. 1852, Adeline 
Vance, of the same Scolch-Irish blood as liimself. Kes. 315 East 
Street. Hlo(«niington. 111. Children: Three are deceased; those 
living are Willi, im Vance Dinsnmrc". b. ^Tarch .30, 18G8. graduated 
second in hi.i class of one hundred and forty-one njeniliers at 
I'rincetiin College. N. .1.. 1800. and he is in tie engineers' depart- 
ment of tlie liurlington & Quincy K. K., Chicago, 111.; Dudley 
Fitz-John !)insnu)re\ b. May 16, 1873. was educated at Ivake For- 
rest .Xcademy. Ill .in business. Hloomington. 111.; Paul Anderson 
Dinsmore\ b. Aug. '24. 1877, member of Illinois Normal Uuiversiy; 
Mariruerita Adeline ])insmore\ b. Feb. 1(». 1882. 

82. Jane Melissa Dinsmore'. b. May 1. li^l ; m. Wibon McClean,of Wa.sh- 

ington. I'enn.. and has seven children. 

83. Marr" Virginia Dinsnuue'. b. .May 1. 1841; m. J. H. McCarrell. Res. 

Lawrence. Kan. No living children. 

84. James Anderson Dinsmore". b. July 2, 1844; d. in infancy. 

85. William .Malcolm Dinsmore', b. Jan. 2.5. 1843; m his second cousin, 

Margaret, daughter of W. W. Dinsmore. and they reside on the 
old homestead at Huntingdon Plantation, Canton Top, Washing- 
ton Co., Fenn. They have four children. 

80. Andrew Dinnraore* (61), Adatns (?), John^, 
Laird Dinsmoori. H^. ^as 5, ^,t Bally w-^ttiek, Bally- 
raoney, County of Antrim, Ireland, in 1753, and emi- 
grated to America when nineteen years of age, which 
would be in 1771-72, and settled at Peach Bottom, 
York Co., Penn., where he m. Catherine, only daughter 
of James Alexander. They lived there the remainder of 



Records and history of different branches of the Dinsmoor family are 
printed in the following woiks, many of which can be found in the. Library 
of the N. E. Historic and Genealogical Society, 18 Somerset Street, Bos- i 

ton. Mass.. and in other antiquarian libraries: ! 

Eev. Warren R. Cochrane's History of Antrim. N. H. 

Hon. Leander W. Cogswell's History of Henniker, N. H. 

Dinsmoie Genealogy, published 18G7, by Rev. John Dinsmore, of i 

Winslow. Me. 

Eaton's History of Thomaston, Me. ! 

Genealogical and Historical Register, VoL XVII. 

Keyes' History of West Boylston, Mass. 

Little Genealogy. 

Hon. Leonard A. Morrison's History of Windham. N. H. A full history 
and genealogy of John Dinsmoor^, the emigrant to Londonderry, N. H., 
and his descendants. 75 pp. ; prepared by Hon. James Dinsmoor. 

Page's History of Hardwick. Mass. 

History Of Washington, N. H. 

Benjamin Chase's History of Chester, N. H. 

For Dinsmores of Irelaiid, see Rambles "in Europe, with Historical 
Facts Relating to Scotch-American Families, by Hon. Leonard A. Morri- 
son, of Windham. N. H. 

Rev. Thomas H Dinsmore, D. D., Highland, Kan., is preparing a gen- 
ealogy of his branch of the family. 



ANDBEW DINSMOBE^, OF YOBK, FENN. 23 

their lives. He d. April. 1829, asjed seventy-seven years 
She was b. February, 1767; d. August, 1814, aged forty- 
eight years 

CHILDKEN, BORN PEACH BOTTOM, YORK CO., PEN2^., POST OFFICE 

SLATE EIDGE. 

87. Jenny Diesmores (97>, b. Aug. 9, 1783 ; m. .Tohn Livingston. They lived 

near Peacli Bottom, and later removed to Ashl.ind Co., oliio. 

88. Mary Dinsmore '. b. Feb. 9, 1786; she m. .Mr. Scott. Children: Rev. 

John W. Scott«. I). D., LL. D. ; was President of Washington Col- 
lege, Penn., and d. some years ago; Piev. James Scotf^. They 
were successful teachers, as well as prominent clergymen of the 
Presbyierian Church. 

88. James Alexander Dinsmore' (111;, b. March 20, 1788; m. Grizzel Col- 
lins; res. Ashland Co.. Ohio. 

yo. Piachel Dinsmore', b. .Jan. 9, 1791; m. Mr. Kerr, of York Co., Penn. 
Ciiild: Kitty Ann Kerr^. 

91. William Dinsm'ore\ b. Feb. 15, 1794; single ; d. when a voung man. 

92. Martha Dinsmoie' (119^, b. Jan. 22, 1797; m. David IMitchell, of York 

Co., Penn. 

93. Andrew Dinsraore^ (124), b. June 10, 1799; physician and teacher; d. 

March 3, 1868. 

94. Anu'i Alexander Dinsmore^ (125). b. June 26, 1801 ; m. Rev, Benjamin 

Mitchell, D. D., of York Co., Penn.; d. Mt. Pleasant, Ohio. June, 
1842. 

95. Samuel Dinsmore-^ (132), b. April 4.1804; m. Cecilia M. Williamson, 

of Peach Bottom, York Co , Penn.; res. Slaterville. York Co . Penn. 

96. Robert Caldwell Dinsmore^ (141), b. July 28, l8o7 ; ra Rebecca Kilgore ; 

res. Peach Bottom, York Co., Penn. 

OT, Jenny Dinsmore^ (87), Andrew*, Adam' (?), 
John^, Laird Dinsraoor^. She was b. at Peach Bottom, 
York Co., Penn., Aug. 9, 1783; m. Jolin Livingston, 
who resided near that place. They removed to Ashland 
County, Ohio, in 1836, where they died. 

CHILDREN. 

98. Andrew Livingston", was a physician. 

99. Sarali Jane Livingston". 

100. Mary Livingston^, m. Rev. Jacob Wolf, of Hawpatch, LaGrange 

Co.. Ind. 

101. John Livingston^ 

102. Hugh Livingston*^. 

103. Catherine Livingston*'. 

104. William Living.>-,ton^ d. when young. 

105. Anne Livingston^. 

106. James Livingston^, d. when young. 

107. Nancy Livingston''. 

108. Jlartha Livingston^, m. Rev. J. Ross Ramsey, of York County, Penn. 

109. William S. Livingston^, was a clergyman. 

110. James Robert Livingston*^. 

111. James Alexander Dinsraore* (89), Andrew*, 
Adam' (?), John'. Laird Dinsmoori. He was b. at 
Peach Bottom, York Co., Penn., March 20, 1788. En- 
listed as a soldier in the war of 1812-15, and with his 



24 JAMES ALEXANDER DINSMOliE^. 

coin]>any marched to the defence of Fort .Ardlenry, at 
Baltimore. In 1H14 he went to Ohio, and entered a lialf- 
section of land in Ashland Co., wlien he returned to 
IVnnsylvania, where lie lived till 1833, on a farm on 
Muddv Creek, nea»' his father's, at Peach Bottom, York 
Co., when he and his family removed to liis farm of three 
hundred and twenty acres, on the ]\[uddy Fork, in Jack- 
son, Ashland Co., Ohio., makinc: the long journey through 
the then wilderness and over the mountains in a wagon, 
his wife, with a babe in her arms, riding most of the way 
on horseback. He and his wife were members of the 
Presl>yterian Church, and adorned their profession by 
o-odly'lives, liviniz in peace with all men. lie d. in Jack- 
son, Ohio, Jan. 7, 1863, and his wife Jan. 20, 1888. Mrs. 
Dinsmore's maiden name was Grizzell, a daughter of David 
and Dorcas (Xeal) Collins, of Chanceford, York Co., 
Penn., a runaway couple. Her father was b. 1768; d. 
March 26. 1828. Her mother was b. Jan. 5, 1778; d. 
March 6, 1874. She was b. Aug. 23, 1799, and ra. Mr. 
Dinsmore March 14, 1826. 

children: the FOCR eldest were born in peach bottom, YORK 
CO., PENN. ; THE REST IN JAKCSON, ASHLAND CO., OHIO. 

112. Catherine Ann Dinsmore" (145), b. Feb. 8, 1827; m. May 2. 1848, Au- 

gustus Moore Hav, wlio d. Nov. 26, 1850, leaving one child. She 
m. second, "Williain Collins, who lived on a farm near Xenia, Green 
Co.. Ohio, where their four children were born. 

113. Tabitha Mary Dinsmore'' f 150). b. Oct. 14. 1828; m. April 23, 1856, Hon. 

Thomas Beer. Kes. Bucyrus. Crawford Co., Ohio. 

114. David Collins Dinsmore^ (160), b. Dec. 10, 1830; m. April 2, 1863, 

Cvrilla Andrews. 

115. Janette Elizabeth Dinsmore^ b. April 16, 1833; m. Nov. 1, 1865, 

Joseph li. Reed, of Adel, Dallas Co., Iowa. She d. July 27, 1887, 
at Council Bluffs. Iowa. She was a member of the Presbyterian 
Church, of which her husband was an elder, and was faithful unto 
deatb. Mr. Keed was elected Judge of the Court of Conuuon 
Pleas for two terms, then Judge of the Supreme Court, and was 
chosen to Congress in 1888. 

116. Andrew Alexander Dinsmore'^ (171), b. Aug. 7. 1835; m. Oct. 13, 1864, 

Margaret A. Woodburu; clergy-naan. Kes. Alhambra, Cal. 

117. Eachei' Margaret Dinsmore", b. March 20, 1838. Ptes. We.st Salem, 

Wayne Co., Ohio. She was educated at Vermillion Institute, 
Hayesville, Ashland Co.. Ohio; was then a teacher, then relin- 
quished her work, and for twenty years cared for her invali.l 
mother. 

118. James Robert Washington Dinsmore'^ (176), b. Dec. 16, 1840; m. in 

1890. Mrs. Mary Heacock. 

119. Martha Dinsmore^ (92), Andrew*, Adarn^ (?), 
John2, Xat/v/Dinsmoori. She was b. at Peach Bottom, 
York Co., Penn., Jan. 22, 1797; m. May 17, 1821, 



DB. AXDREW DIXSJIOBE^. 25 

David Mitchell, b. at Peach Bottom, Penn., Aug. 24, 
1796. Pie was an eider in the church, and d. April 20, 
1881. She d. M^rch 24, 1862. 

CHILDREN, ALL BORN AT PEACH BOTTOM, PENN. 

120. Eev. Andrew Dinsmore Mitchell^ b. Feb. 22, 1824; was a Chaplain in 

the re^iUar army; d. at Fort Grant. Ari.. of apoplexy. March 26, 
18^2. He m Uct. 15, 18.34. Mary Xeisiling. of :\Iiddleto\vn. Daupliine 
Co., Penn., and left a son. Prof. B. V>^ Mitchell'. A. M., Ph. D., 
of Allegheny <;Penn.) Academy. He was b. Marcli 24, 1861. He m. 
Annie Lee Edwaids, of Cuniberlaud. Penn.; res. at Zs'o. 18 Arch 
Street. Allegheny. Penn. 

121. Joseph Rodney Mitchell-, b. Nov. 21. 1825; m. Sept. 5. 1870. Celia C. 

Grove, of St. Clairsville. Ohio. They have five children: Carrie 
Dinsmore MitchelP. b. Sept. 4. 1873; Mary M. Mitchell', b. ^larch 4, 
1876; Rodney Mitchell', b. June 4, 1878; Blanche G. Mitchell', b. 
Nov. 30. 18S1 ; Helen Cecelia Mitchell', b. Nov. 16, 1884. Joseph 
Rodney Mitchell resides at St. Ciairsville, Ohio, where all his 
children were born. 
121a. Mary Catherine r^Iitchell^. b. Feb. 16, 1831 ; d. March 8. 1834. 

122. Martha Ann Mitchell^ b. Oct. l, 1833; res. Woodbine, York Co., 

Penn. 

123. Elizabeth Susan Harper Mitchell^ b. April 12. 1838; m. March 11, 

1880, James P. Mitchell; res. Woodbine, York Co., Penn. 

124. Andrew Dinsmore^ (93), Andrew*, Adam^ (?), 
John-, Laird Dinsraoor^ Born at Peach Bottom. Yorli 
Co., Penn., June 10, 1799; never married. Graduated 
at the College at Schenectady, N. Y., became a physician, 
and for many years practised his profe«sion in a hospital 
at Baltimore, Md. Afterward he established a school 
for boys at Shrewsbury, York Co., Penn., where he was 
a successful teacher. lie d. March 8, 1868. 

125. Anne Alexander Dinsmore^ (94), Andrew*, 
Adam^ (?). John^, Xof^WDinsmoori. She was b. at Peach 
Bottom, York Co., Penn., June 26. 1801 ; m. April 26, 
1826. Rev. Benjamin Mitchell, D.D., b. Xov. 25, 1800, 
of York Co.. Penn. Thev removed to Mt. Pleasant, 
Jefferson Co.. Ohio, where he preached more than fifty 
years to one congregation, and died greatly beloved at an 
advanced a<j:e. at Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, Dec. 26, 1884. She 
d. June, 1842. 

CHILDREN. 

126. Catherine Mitchell^ m. Rev. Joseph Thoburn. of Wheeling, "W. 

Va. He was Colonel of a regiment, promoted to Brigadier-Gen- 
eral, and was killed while in the United States service. 

127. Marv R. Mitchell". 

128. Addison Mitchell". 

129. Andrew Mitchell^ 

130. Eliza Mitchell^ 

131. Martin Mitchell^. 



20 SAMUEL DINSMOIIE^. 

133. Samuel Dinsniore* (95), Andrew*, Adam^ (?)>, 
Juliij2, Zd/rJ Dinsnioor'. lie was b. at Peach Bottom, 
York Co., IVnn., April 4. 1804; ni. June 13, 1837, Ceeili.-^ 
M., daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Steele) VVilliarasoni, 
b. Sept! *J1, 1816, at Peach l^ottoin. Penn., and resided at 
Peach Bottom, York Co., Penn.. where he died April 2P, 
1875. She res. at l*each Bottom, Penn. 

CHILDREN. 

133. Catherine Elizabeth Dinsraore«. b. April 17, 1838; m. Dec. 12, 186)-, 

Robert N. Glasgow; res. Teach Bottom, Penn, She d. March li.^ 

1870. 

134. Rachel Anna Dinsmore", b. March 11, 1840; single; res. Peach Bo't- 

toni. Penn. 

135. James Scott Diusmore", b. Feb. 26, 1842; res. Peach Bottom, Penn. ; 

m. June. 1872, Sarah Kilgore, who died. He m. second, Sara.h 
Ferguson. 

136. John Calvin Dinsmore", b. Sept. 23, 1844; res. Delta, Penn.; single ; 

farmer. 

137. Peter Andrew Dinsmore*. b. March 10. 1850; was a physician ; single'- 

He died at Deadwood. Dak., Sept. 23, 1877. 

138. Margaret Marcelina Dinsmore", b. Aug. 18, 1852; m. June 6, 188:«. 

James Scarborough ; res. near Pittsburg, Penn. ; farmer. 

139. William Samuel Dinsmore*, b. March 6, 1855; res. once at Delta • 

Penn. He m. Mary Cooper, August, 1882, Res. Smithsburg, Md. ; 
teacher. 

140. Thomas Robert DinsmoreS b. June 29, 1857 ; d. Feb. 5, 1858. , 

141. Robert Caldwell Dinsraore^ (96), Andrew*, 
Adam3 (?), John^, Laird Dinsmoori. He was b. ai^ 
Peach Bottom, York Co,, Penn., July 28, 1807; ffi- 
Rebecca Kilg(jre. of Chanceford, York Co., Penn. ; ree>. 
at Peach Bottom, Penn., until their death. He d. Dec'- 
8, 1863. She d. Dec. 16, 1854. Three children died iii 
infancy. 

CHILDREN. 

142. John Andrew Dinsmore". b. April 17, 1834; m. Feb. 1, 1860, Sara^i 

Elizabeth Ramsay, b. May 10, 1836. He d. in Aberdeen, S. Dak-» 
Sept. 27, 1888, 

CHILDREN. I 

1. Rebecca Margaret Dinsraore', b. Nov, 19, i860. 

2. Jennie Augusta Dinsmore", b. March 12. 1863; m. Jan. 15, 1890, i^ 

Aberdeen, S. Dak., Edward E. McConkey, of Peach Bolton'. 
Penn. 

3. Carrie Nelson Dinsmo^e^ b. May 22, 1865, 

4. Annie Mary Dinsmore', b. Sept. 7, 1867. ' I 

5. Ross Alexander Dinsmore', b. June 23. 1870. j 

143. Samuel Nelson Dinsmore^, b. at Peach Bottom, July 23, 1836; d. July' 

9, 1863, at Portsmouth. Va. ; school teacher; single. 

144. Robert Alexander Dinsmore^. b, Sept. 14, 1840. at Peach Bottom; res. 

Delta. York Co.. Penn. He m. March 7, 1872, at Peach Bottom, 
Penn., Annie Maria Watson, b. there Nov. 12, 1850. She was the 
daughter of Thomas Alexander and Helen (Beattie) Watson, of 
Peach Bottom. Her father was born in Wilmington, Del., son of 



TABITHA DINSMORE&. 27 



James and Margaret (McAllister) Watson, of Wilmington. James 
was son of Thomas Watson, of the North of Ireland. Mr. Dins- 
more is a farmer and resides at Peach Bottom, Fenn., on the 
homestead of his father, once owned by Andrew Dinsmore^, the 
Emigrant. 

CHILDREN, BORN AT PEACH BOTTOM, YORK CO., PENN., EXCEPT 

THE TWO YOUNGEST. 

1. Helen Margaret Dinsmore', b. Dec. 12. 1872. 

2. Nelson Caldwell Dinsmore-. b. Sept. 11. 1874. 

3. James Watson Dinsmore'. b. Jnlv 19. 1876. 

4. Walter Scott Dinsmore", b. Sept. 25. 1878. 

5. Rebecca Kilgore Dinsmore', b. April 28, 1880. 

6. Chester McAllister Dinsmore', b. May 3. 1882. 

7. Thomas Howard Dinsmore-, b. Jan. 15. 1884. 

8. Marian Belle Dinsmore', b. Jan. 19, 1887. 

145. Catherine Ann Dinsmore® (112), James Alex- 
ander^, Andrew*, Adam^ (?), John 2, Laird Dinsmoor^. 
She was b. in Peach Bottom, York Co., Penn., Feb. 8, 
1827; m. May 2, 1848, Augustus Moore Hay, who d. 
Nov. 26, 185U. fche m. second, April 25, 1861, William 

Collins, of , Green Co., Ohio, who d. July 18, 

1887. Mrs. Collins d. Dec. 28, 1887. They were mem- 
bers of the United Presbyterian Church. 

CHILDREN. 

146. Henrietta Grizzell Hay^, b. Aug. 14, 1850; m. ; res. Springfield 

Ohio. 
146a. Dinsmore Smart Collins^ b. April 13, 1862. 

147. Mitchell Wilberforce Collins^ b. Sept. 20, 1863. 

148. Clarkson Beer Col]ins^ b. July 28, 1867. 

149. William Augustine Collins^ b. April 16, 1870; d, in infancy. 

150. Tabitha Mary Dinsmore^ (113), James Alex- 
ander^, Andrew*, Adam^ (?j, John^, Laird Dinsmoori. 
She was b. at Peach Bottom, York Co., Penn., Oct. 14, 
1828; m. April 23, 1856, Thomas Beer, son of Rev. 
Thomas Beer, D. D,, a Presbyterian clergyman ; res. 
Bucyrus, Crawford Co., Ohio. He was a member of the 
Ohio Legislature from Crawford County in 1863, of the 
Constitutional Convention in 1873, .Judgre of the Court 
of Common Pleas in 1874 and subsequent years, and 
Judge of the Circuit Court in 1884 and 1886 for full 
term of six years. 

CHILDREN. 

151. Mary Margaret Bee^^ b. March 26. 1857; d. Jan. 12, 1866. 

152. James Dinsmore Beer^ b. Sept. 15, 1858; m. Sept. 2, 1884, Jean Lyle 

Thoburn, of Mount Pleasant, Ohio ; physician ; res. Wooster, Ohio. 



28 BEV. AKDJiEW A. DlNiSMORE^. 



CniLDUEN. 

1. Mary Marparet Beer*. 
. 2. I lioiuas I'.eer". 

153. Thomas Cameron BeerV b. Sept. 14. 1860. 

154. William Collins Heer". b. .Ian. I'S. 186.S: m. May 1!>. 1886. Martha Alice 

I'.aldwin. at Council Blutts, Iowa; is in the Omaha National Bank; 
res. Omaha. Neb. 

CHILDKEN. 

1. Alice B. Beer", 

2. Thomas Beer*. 

I.'i5. Poroas <4rizzell Beer", b. Dec. 31. 18C5. 

156. Katherine .Janette Beer', b. May 13, 1868. 

157. Kobert L. Beer^ b. Aug. 9. 1870. 

158. Infant dauphter^ b. August 9, 1870; <1. 

159. Mary Elizabeth Beer^ b. Aug. 10, 1875. 

160. David Collins Dinsmores (114), Jamo8 Alex- 
ander^, Andrew*. Adam^ (?). J()hn2, Laird Dinsmooi-i. 
He was b. at Peach Bottom, York Co., Penn.. Dec. 10, 
1830; m. April 2, 1863, Cyrilla Andrews. He studied 
medicine in Cleveland, Ohio; was three years in the army, 
and was Captain in an Iowa regiment; is now practising 
his profession, and resides in Kirkville, Iowa. 

CHILDREN. 

161. Infant son", b. and d. Dec. 21, 1864. 

162. James Andrew Dinsmore', b. May 30, 1866; d. April 2, 1868. 

163. Jessie Dinsmore", b. May 12, 1867. 

164. Katherine Louisa Dinsmore", b. July 18, 1868; d. Aug. 20, 1868. 
1G5. Claia Dinsmore", b. July 4, 1869. 

166. Henry Dinsmore". b. Dec. 17, 1870. 

167. Mary Dinsmore', b. Aug. 28, 1872; d. March 2, 1873. 

168. Florence Dinsmore", b. Oct. 28, 1873. 

169. Henrietta Dinsmore". b. Nov. 10, 1874. 

170. Helen Dinsmore", b. Sept. 20, 1876. 

171. Rev. Andrew Alexander Dinsmore « (116), 
James Alexander^, Andrew*, Adam^ (?), John2, Laird 
Dinsmoori. He was b. at Rowsburg, Ashland Co., Ohio, 
Aug. 7, 1835 ; m. Oct. 13, 1864, Margaret Ann Wood- 
burn, b. Aug. 11, 1842, daughter of John and Jaoe 
(Hutchinson) Woodburn, of Freeport, Armstrong Co., 
Penn. He graduated at Jefferson College, Canonsburg, 
Penn., in ISBO, and in 1863 from the Western Theolog- 
ical Seminary, at Allegheny, Penn., and was, in 1862, 
lic=?nsed to preach by the Wooster Presbytery of Ohio. 
During the war, was twice at the front in the service of 
the Christian Commission ; in Xovember and December, 
1863, at the battle of Chattanooga, Tenn., and in April 



JAMES B. W. BINSMOREQ. 29 

and May, 1865, at City Point, Ya. In 1864 was ordained 
and installed over the Presbyterian Church at Xeenah, 
Wis. In November, 1866, was called to First Presby- 
terian Church at Des Moines, Iowa, where he spent five 
years. Was pastor of church in Milford, Del., in 1873, 
and in 1876 was called, to Bridesburg, Philadelphia, 
Penn., where he remained about twelve vears. Went to 
California in 1887, and on July 17, 1889. he took the 
pastorate of the First Presbyterian Church in his present 
home. Res. Alhambra, Los Angeles Co., Cal. 

CHILDREN. 

172. William Alexander Pinsmore^, b. Des Moines, Iowa, Jan. 5,1867; 

single; res. Sioux City. Iowa ; banker. 

173. Frank Woodburn Dinsnl()^e^ b. Des Moines, Iowa. Nov. 4, 1S69 ; res. 

Sioux City, Iowa; merchant. 

174. Howard Collins Dinsmore^ b. Milford, Del., July 3, 1875; d. Phila- 

delphia, Penn., Dec. 9, 1876. 

175. Mabel Lulu Dinsmore^, b. Philadelphia, Penn., May 10, 1881; res. 

Alliambra, Cal. 

176. James Robert Washington Dinsmore^ (118), 
James Alexander s, Andrew*. Adam^ (?), John 2, Laird 
Dinsmoori. He was b. Jackson, Ashland Co., Ohio, 
Dec. 16, 1840. lie served three years in the Union Array, 
and was three times wounded. He ra. 1890, Mrs. Marv 
Heacock. He was educated at the Vermillion Institute, 
Hayesville, Ashland Co., Ohio; res. on the homestead at 
Jackson, Ashland Co., Ohio ; owns a portion of tlie farm 
of his father, and has one child. 



DINSMOKES OF PENNSYLVANIA. 

177, Robert Dinsmore*, Dinsmore^, John^, 

X«m7 Dinsmoori. He was b. in the North of Ireland, 
probably in Ballywattick, Ballymoney, County Antrim. 
He was of pure Scotch blood, and, according to tradition, 
was the sou or grandson of Robert Dinsmoor^ (.5), Adam 
Dinsmoor^ (6), or Samuel Dinsmoor^ (7), the three 
brothers of John Dinsraoor^ (4) who emigrated to New 
Hampshire as early as 1723. These four brothers, as has 
been stated, were sons of John Dinsmoor^, who emigrated 
from Scotland to Ireland, who was son of Laird Dins- 
moori, who lived upon the River Tweed. 



30 liOBEliT VINSM01iE\ THE EMIGRANT. 

AcconliniT to the information wliich we have, tiie afore- 
8fii«1 IJohert'^Dinsmoor^, Adaiii Hinstnoor'', and Samuel 
Dinsmoor'' wer»', wit)i their cliildren, and Koberl Dins- 
nioor^, who emiu'ratecl to New llampsliire in 1731, the 
onlv Dinsmoors in that section of country at that period, 
fruin 17-- to 17li6; so I have called Robert Dinsmore*, 
the sulijeet of this sketch, of the fourth generation. By 
tradition he was a cousin of Robert*, James*, and 
Andrew Dinsmoor*, who had preceded him a score or 
more of years and settled in Pennsylvania. (See p. 19.) 

Mr. Dinsmore* m. Nancy, daughter of Moses Scott, 
also of Scotch blood. Her father lived in, or near, the 
City of Londonderry, Ireland. He and his wife were 
members of the Presbyterian Church, and both were dis- 
tinguished for intelligence, piety, and strict adherence to 
the° church of their forefathers. After marriage they 
lived in the Coiinty of Donegal, on the Lough or River 
Foyle, three miles below the City of Londonderry, Ire- 
land,* where nine children were born to them. They 
were lovers of liberty and haters of the annoyances, civil, 
religious, and political, incident to their abode in Ireland. 
So. in 1790, Mr. Dinsmore and his sons, John^ and 
Robert^, sought and found a home in the new Republic. 
During their absence, Mrs. Dinsmore died, when his eldest 
daughter, Mary*, with the others, settled up the business, 
and, following the direction of their father, these seven 
children set sail for the L^nited States, arrived in 1792, 
and settled in Peach Bottom, York Co., Penn., about 
1800 or 1801. He removed to Allegheny Co., and set- 
tled on a farm on Turtle Creek, about twelve miles east 
of Pittsburg, where, as a farmer, he spent the remainder 
of his life. He had been a farmer in Ireland. 

In his eighty-third year he m. second, Mrs. Margaret 
(Acheson) Stewart, Xov. 16, 1805, and they had three 
children. She was a native of the North of Ireland, 



*0n the afternoon of Wednesday, March 27, 1884, I met, in the City of 
Londonderry. Ireland. James Dinsmoor and his two sons from Muff, in 
the County of Donegal, Ireland, on Lough or Kiver Foyle. and three miles 
from the City of Londonderry. The Christian names of James. John, an(?. 
Ephraim frequently appeared in that branch of the Dinsmoor family. 
Their home was certainly not far from the place from which emigrated 
Robert Dinsmoor*, to Pennsylvania.— [Leo>'akd A. Morkison. 



BOBEBT DINSM0BE5. 31 

He was a man of great activity, energy, and force; was 
hale and stout in his old age, and carried forward success- 
fully the business of his farm. lie was severely injured 
by the fall of his horse, and died in 1817, between ninety 
and ninety-five years of age. His wife survived him, and 
died April 4. 1842. His tomb is in the cemetery of the 
Beulah Presbyterian Church, of which he and his wife 
were members. The first family of children grew to 
adult age, married, and had families, except the eldest 
daughter, who died in young womanhood. 

CHILDREN. 

178. John Dinsmores, m. Martha Pollock, soon after his arrival in Penn- 

sylvania. 1790. Be settled in the country in York Co., where he d. 
early in the present century. He had two sons and one daughter. 

179. Eobert Dinsmore", m. Feb. 28, 1827, Margaret Curry, and settled on a 

farm on Pucketaw Creek, Westmoreland Co., Penn., where he d. 
aged about eighty years. 

CHILDREN. 

1. Robert Dinsmore", m. Mary Livingston, and left nine children, 
eight of wbom arrived at maturity, and four became teachers. 

CHILDREN. 

I. Margaret C. Dinsmore", m. A. M. Wolff. Children: Rev. Dr. A. 
F. Wolffs pastor of the First Presbyterian Church; res. 
Alton, 111. Robert Dinsmore Wolff*, res. Greensburg, 
Westmoreland Co., Penn. ; is local editor of the "Greens- 
burg Press." Elizabeth Dinsmore AVolff'^. is not married. 
II. Robert Scott Dinsmore^ b. July 11, 1829. in Plum Top, Alle- 
gheny Co., Penn. ; has been a teacher most of bis life; now 
a farmer and Justice of the Peace. He m. April 18, l8fH, 
Isabella Christy, daughter of David Christy of Plum Top, 
Penn., who d. May 9. 1863; two sons, one deceased. He m. 
second. Sept. 3, 1867, Sarah Jane McKee. Mr. Dinsmore, 
his wife, daughter, and three eldest sons, are members of 
the Presbyterian Church. Children: John Hamilton Dins- 
more«, b. Jan. 31, 1862; m. Sept. 19, 1888, Nettie Wilson, 
of Minnesota; farmer; res. Maine. Otter Tail Co.. Minn. 
Harry Homer Dinsmore^ b. Sept. 6, 1868; studentin Greens- 
burg Seminary, Penn. William IMcKee Dinsmore^ b. 
March 1.5. 1870; at home; farmer. Mary Alice Dinsmore*, 
b. April 11, 1872. Robert Ross Dinsmore*, b. Sept. 24, 1874. 
Clarence Carey Dinsmore*, b. May 17. 1877. Alexander 
Cooke Dinsmore*, b. Nov. 28, 1879. Benjamin Scott Dins- 
more*, b. Sept. 6. 1882. 

III. Mattie Robinson Dinsmore^, m. Alexander Cooke, and d. 

March 7, 1888. 

IV. Mary Livingston Dinsmore'^, m. Hugh Donnell. Children: 

Robert Dinsmore Donnell*, res. Richmond, Ind. Rebe. ca 
Dtmneir, res. with her parents in Verona, Allegheny Co., 
Penn. 
V. James Livingston Dinsmore% b. Feb. 1, 1835; d. April 30, 1888; 

single. 
VI. Sarah Ross Dinsmore^, res. Shenandoah, Iowa. 
VII. Nannie M. Dinsmore^, m. August, 1881, Benjamin Walp. He 

died. She res. ^hanandoah, Iowa. 
VIII. Rebecca Alter Dinsmore^, m, Eobert H. Adams; res. Canton, 
Ohio. 



32 MAHGARKT CUJiBY DINSMOEEg. 



2. Marpi'Pt Cnrrv Dinsniort-'^, ni. TToii. Josepli Alter, of rarnassus, 
NVtsimoreiaiul Co.. IV'iin.. and had 

CHILDREN. 

I. David Alter', b. Dec. 28. 1829; in. Mary Anderson. Dec. 31, 186.3, 
He is a successful I'hysician and has been in practice since 
lRr..">. Ke pr.iduateil at .Jeflerson Medical College, in I'liila- 
delphia. Peiin.. .Marcii n, I8t!l. and was surjreon of the 20Gth 
Keiiiinent of Tennsylvania ^■oluntters during the war. 
He res. I'arnassus. i'enn Children: Alonzo Anderson 
Alter", b. March 10. 186.5; is a member of the class of '92, 
at I'rinceton College. N J. William Irvine Alter\ is in 
business at 704 Kii:hth Avenue. New Y'ork City. He was 
manai:er and pr(»prietor of the •' Tarnassus I'ress " for 
two ve.trs. Joseph AUer\ is a member of the class of '94, 
at Westminster College, Isew Wilmington, Lawrence Co., 
I'enn. 
II. Robert Dinsmore Alter^ b. July 18, 18.39; m. Elizabeth, daugh- 
ter of John .McKean. of Burrell, Feun., and d. February, 
1887. Children: Maggie Viola Alter*; Randall Murray 
Alter"; James Clarence Alter*. They all live at Parnassus, 
Fenn. 

III. Rev. Joseph Alter^ b. Dec. 18. 1841 ; was a member of the I23d 

Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers; was wounded at 
the battle of Fredericksburg; graduated at the University 
of Wooster, Ohio. June 25, 187.}, and at the U. P. Theolog- 
ical Seminary, at Allegheny. Penn. ; was licensed to 
preach Apriri8. 187G; ordained at Valley Falls. Dec. 12, 
1877. and was pastor there and at Waterville for seven 
years ; was a missionary in Washington Territory until 1891, 
when he was appointed to the Indian Mission at Warm 
Springs. Crook Co.. Ore., where he res. April, 1891. Hem. 
Jeanette Copley, Nov. 25. 1886. Children: Wade Dinsmore 
Alter*, b. March 25, 1888; Margaret Truby Alter*, b. Nov. 
11, 1889. 

IV. Maria Alter", m. Martin Van Buren, a grandson of the late 

President Van Buren. He is a farmer, an elder in the 
Presbyterian Church, and res. at Forest, Hardin Co., Ohio. 
Children: Robert Van Buren*; Carl Van Buren*; Kent Van 
Buren"; Ethel Van Buren*; Hattie Van Buren*. 
V. Nancy Alter^ who lived to adult age. 
VI. Margaret Alter", who lived to adult age. 
VII. Elizabeth Alter', who lived to adult age. 
VIII. Rebecca D. Alter", who lived to adult age. 
IX. Mary Jane Alter ^ d. in infancy. 
X. Jane' Alter^, d. in infancy. 
XI. Lucinda Ann Alter% d. in infancy. 

180. Mary Dinsmore^, d. unmarried in early woomanhood. 

181. Jane Dmsmore^, m. James Garvine; res. Ohio Co., ten miles south 

of Wheehng, W. Va. 

CHILDREN. 

1. John Ganine^, m. 1834. Helen Ritchie ; lived in Guernsey Co., near 

New Cumberland. Ohio; d. 1882. leaving eight children. 

2. Moses Dinsmore Garvine**. m. Miss Phillips. Child: William Gar- 

vine, who is married and has children. Res. Cambridge, 
Guernsey Co., Ohio. 

3. James Garvine^, d. in Weston, AIo., leaving two sons. 

4. Mary Garvine**, m. Martin Kellar; res, Bridgeport, Ohio. She left 

several children. 

5. Rachel Garvine®, m. Smith, M. D. 

182. Henry Dinsmore*, m. 1806, Sarah Ross; lived on a farm near Turtle 

Creek. Allegiieny Co., Penn., where he died about 1846; ten chil- 
dren; four died in infancy and the others arrived at maturity. 



THOMAS DINSMOBE\ 33 



CHILDREN. 

^. Nancy Scott Dinsmore^,m. Marcli 1,1827, Hamilton Stewart. They 
left eleven children. 

2. Margaret Dinsmore^, m. Thomas P. Brown, and left four children. 

3. Jane Dinsmore'*, ra. William Fletcher; no children. 

4. Mary Dinsmore**, m. Calhoun Clargston, in 1838; seven children. 

5. Thomas itoss Dinsmore^. m. Sarah Monroe, in 1834-35; two children. 
C. Sarah Dinsmore«,m. Matthew Henning, in 1844; one child, d. young. 

183. Elizabeth Dinsmore'', m. William Willock, of Pittsburg, Penn., 
where they lived and died, leaving 

CHILDREX. 

1. Nancy AVillock", m. Piichard Hope, and left six children. 

2. Mary Willock"; single; Alleglieny. Penn, 

3. Sarah Ann Willock'^, m. Net Metyar, a merchant; res. Allegheny 

City, Penn. No children. 

4. W^illiam Foster Willock'-; merchant; d. unmarried. 

5. Jane Willock'% m. Moses Ward; six children; res. Allegheny, 

Penn. His son, John Scott Ward"; res. Allegheny, Penn. 

6. John Scott Willock'^ m. Miss Hayes; res. Allegheny." Penn. Chil- 

dren: James W^illock', is a banker; Lillie Willock-; William 
Willock', dec, was a banker; Frank Willock'. 

7. James Willock'% d. in infancy. 



184. 



Thomas Dinsmore", b. 1780, in Ireland, County Donegal; m. 1812-13, 
Mary Gray; res. on a farm in Kich Hill, Greene Co., Penn. 



CHILDREN. 

1. PiObert Dinsmore^ ra. Amy Bane; several children; res. Crow's 

Mills, Greene Co., Penn. 

2. Bjlhinia Dinsmore", m. Philip Conkle; no children; res. Crow's 

Mills, Greene Co., Penn. 

3. Nancy Scott Dinsmore^ m. .John Yanatta; several children. She 

m., second, Mr. Throckmorton; no children. 

4. Mary Dinsmore'', m. Benjamin Duubin; four children. 

5. Jane Elizabeth Dinsmore'', m. James Vanaita; one child. 

6. Anne Dinsmore", m. Milton Beabort, and had nine children, all 

deceased. 

7. John Gray Dinsmore", m. Margaret Harvey; res. Crow's Mills, 

Greene Co., Penn.; tour children: William Dinsmore', Mary 
Dinsmore', Benjamin Dinsmore', Margaret Dinsmore^. 

8. Thomas Dinsmore". m. Miss Elliott; several children. He m. 

a second and a third wife; res. West Union. Ohio Co., W. Va. 

9. Henry uinsmore", m. Miss McKarihan, daughter of Joseph, and 

left children. 

185. Moses Dinsmore^ (190), b. 1783; res. Pach Hill. Greene Co.. Penn. 

186. Nancy Dinsmore"', m. 1811. James Hamilton, of Pittsburg. Penn. 

"He was a whitesmith." They left six children. One was a 
lawyer, and is deceased. 

Children of Robert Dinsmore* , by Second Marriage. 

187. Martha Pollock Dinsmore^, b. Nov. 16, 1806; m. Andrew Thompson, 

April, 1827. They are deceased; no children. 

188. William Dinsmore', b. Dec. 16, 1807; m. Charlotte Ramsay, of Wash- 

ington Co., Penn., March 10. 1846; res. Belmont Co., Ohio; six sons 
and two daughters. 

189. Margaret Padeu Din3more\ b. Aug. 3. 1809; m. James Hope in 

1827, b. 1802, d. July 14, 1880; ten children. Robert Hope", res. 
Greensboro, Westmoreland Co., Penn. The others resside in 
Eastern Iowa. 



34 MOSES nixsMonE^. 

11)0. ^VIoscs Dinsmore'"' (185), Robert-*, Dins- 

niore"*, .Tohii = , Xa«*;7n)insmoor' . He was b. in County 
Doneo-al, Ireland, in 1783, in the home on the Foyle 
IJiver, three miles from the City of Londonderry, Ireland. 
From a child he was studious and religiously inclined, 
and early united with the Presbyterian Church. In 1812 
ho ])urchascd a tract of land of two hundred acres in Rich 
Hill, Greene Co., Penn., and commenced his farm. He 
m. June 9, 1814, Irena?a, daughter of Francis and Eliza- 
beth (Martin) Braddock, who was b. Sept. 20, 1790, and 
whose parents, about the time of the Revolution, settled 
in the forest of Western Pennsylvania. ISlr. Dinsmore 
was an elder in the church. His life was one of useful- 
ness, and he d. April 3, 1836, in his fifty-third year. 
Mrs. Dinsmore d. Aug. 20, 1834. 

CHILDREN, BOKN ON' DLN'SMOKE FARM, RICH HELL,, 
GREENE CO., PENN. 

191. Rev. Robert Scott DinsnioreS b. Nov. li, 1815; m. May 4, 1837, Mar- 

garet Loughbridpe. %vbo d. June 13, 1838; one child. He m. second 
in 1849. Sarah Wliitham. He went that year to Iowa as a Home 
Missionary, and was pastor of the Fresbyteriau Church of Wasli- 
ington, Iowa, from 1849 to 1853 ; d. Aug. 27, 1853. 

CHILDREN. 

1 William Loughbridge Dinsmore". b. on the Dinsmore farm. Rich 
Hill. Greene Co.. Penn.. March 13,1838: m. in 1860. Sarah C. 
Wirick, b. Dec. 24. 1842. They res. Adair. Adair Co.. Iowa. 
Children: Robert Scott Dinsmore^ b. Sept. 1. 1862; m. Nov. 27, 
1890, at Otfumwa. Iowa. Sadie Ray Bell. b. Sept. 10. 1869. He is 
a carpenter and bridge builder : res. Ottumwa, Iowa. Margaret 
Elizabeth Dinsmore\ b. April 13, 1864: m. Dec. 26, 1880. Elton 
Booth ; res. Adair, Adair Co. , Iowa. William Henry Dinsmore'*, 
b. Jan. 29, 1871; teacher; res. Adair, Iowa. 

2. John Milton Dinsmore^ b. May 5, 1850: d. March 13. 1852. 

3. Elizabeth DinsmorC, b. 1852; res. Battle Creek, Mich. 

192. Rev. Francis Braddock DinsmorC'. b. April 22, 1817; m. June 6, 1847, 

Jane Patterson, b. April 10. 1820, in Washington Co., Penn. That 
year he went to Iowa as a Home Missionary, and was pastor of the 
church at Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Two children, a son and a 
daughter, died in infancy. 

CHILDREN. 

1. William Patterson Dinsmore', b. July 28, 1851; d. Aug. 15, 1853. 

2. Frances Katherine Dinsmore', b. at Morning Sun, Iowa, May 3, 

1855; ra. Henry Griflan. Jan. 25, 1877; res. Gavnor City, Mo.; 
five children, born at Nodaway Co., Mo : .John Monroe Griffln«, 
b. Dec. 26, 1877. Ada Jane Griffin*, b. June 3. 1880. Charles 
Walter Griffin% b. Oct. 6. 1882. Lizzie Myrtle Griffin^, b. April 
24. 1887. Ora Gertrude Griffin^ b. Nov. 22, 1888; d. Oct. 14, 1889. 

3. John McCluskey Dinsmore\ b. Morning Sun, Iowa. Aug. 3, 1856; 

m. Cornelia E. Bucks. May 16, 1883 ; res. Gaynor City, Mo. Two 
children: Grover Cleveland Dinsmore'S b. Dec. 18, 1885. May 
Mabel Dinsmore^ b. July 27, 1887. 



REV. THOMAS HUGHES DINSMOBE, D. D. 35 



4. William Henry Dinsmore'', b. Morning Sun, Iowa, Nov. 17, 1858; m. 

in Maryville, Mo., Frances T. Simmons, Sept. 8, 1886. Two 
children: Francis B. Dinsmore^ b. Aug. 18, 1887. Bessie Jane 
Dinsmore% b. Dec. 3, 1888. 

5. Thomas Chalmers Dinsmore^ b. Mount Pleasant, Iowa, July 29, 

1861 ; m. Mattie Sylva Forshee, Jan. 1, 1891 ; res. Gaynor City, 
Nodaway Co., Mo. 

193. Kev. Thomas Hughes Dinsmore^ D. D., b. Aug. 15, 1819; m. Sept. 14, 
1847, Elizabeth McConaughey, b. April 13. 1822, only daughter of 
Robert and Mary (Anderson) McConaughey, who came from the 
North of Ireland. Mr. Dinsmore was a Home Missionary in Iowa. 
Many years were spent by him in pioneer educational work as well 
as in missionary labor, in Iowa, Missouri, and Kansas. His home 
for many years has been at Highland, Doniphan Co., Kan., where 
his wife died July 24, 1 874. 

CHILDEEX. 

1. Mary E. M. Diusmore^ b. Sept. 18, 1848; d. July 14, 1849. 

2. Virginia McCheyne Dinsmore'', b. Nov. 22, 1849; unmarried; res. 

Highland, Kan. 

3. Archibald Alexander Dinsmore^, b. Oct. 30, 1851; m. 1877. Lizzie 

Dreher, daughter of Hon. Samuel Dreher, of Stroudsburg, 
Penn. He is an attorney ; was admitted to the bar in 1876 ; res. 
Philadelphia, Penn. Children: Bessie Dinsmore", b. July 1, 
1878; Francis William Dinsmore", b. Jan. 29, 1880. 

4. Ptobert Scott Dinsmore', M. D.. b. Dec. 4, 1853; m. Nov. 21,1883. 

Esther, daughter of Judge Wilkinson, of Troy, Kan., b. Jan. 
19, 1864. Child: Bertha Dinsmore^ b. Sept. 21, 1884; res. Troy, 
Doniphan Co., Kan. 

5. Prof. Thomas Hughes Dinsmore". Jr., Ph. D., b. May 18, 1855; is 

professor of chemistry and physics in the State Normal School 
at Emporia, Kan.; res. Emporia. Kan. He m. Minnie Curtiss, 
daughter of Rev. Mr. Curtiss, of Preble, N. Y. 

6. Francis William Dinsmore', b. April 21, 1857; merchant; m. Emma 

Adelia Toner, a teacher. June 10. 1886; res. Fairbury, Neb. 
Children: Archibald Hughes Dinsmore**, b. July 25, 1887; Fran- 
cis Elmer Dinsmore*', b. Jan. 10, 1890. 

7. Mary Irensea Dinsmore", b. Jan. 23, 1859. She was a professor in 

Hastings College,"Hastings, Adams Co., Neb., from 1883 to 1889. 
She m. Aug. 26, 1889, Daniel Upton, Jr., b. Sept. 26, 1853; book- 
keeper; res. Muskegon, Mich. Child: Thomas Dinsmore 
Upton*, b. Oct. 18, 1890. 

8. Elizabeth McConaughey Dinsmore', b. March 10, 1862; unmarried; 

res. Highland, Kan. 

194. Rev. John Martin DinsmorC', b. May 25,1821; m. Martha Jane Grey, 
July 19, 1847, b. Feb. 19, 1826; res. Carthage, Jasper Co., Mo. 

CHILDREX. 

1. Mary Irenaea Dinsmore", b. Sept. 13, 1849; single; res. Carthage, 

Mo. 

2. John Grey Dinsmore', b. Oct. 21. 1851; m. Nancy Jane Moody, 

Sept. 8, 1872. 

CHILDREN. 

I. Jessie M. Diusmore% b. July 28, 1873. 

II. Elmer G. Dinsmore\ b. Dec. 5, 1875. 

III. Scott Dinsmore*, b. July 6, 1878. 

1 IV. Roy Dinsmore^ b. Nov. 1, 1880. 

' V. Kate M. Dinsmore ^ b. April 14, 1882. 

VI. John Dinsmore^, b. March 6, 1885. 

VII. Joe Dinsmore^, b. Aug. 19, 1887. 



3G BEV. WILLIAM HENRY DINSMORE^. 



3. Martha Jane Dinsmorc', b. Nov. 24, 1853; in. Burgcn II. Brown, 
April 24. 1877; res. Cartliape, Mo. Children: Elmer B. Firown", 
b. March 1, 1878; Clara E. Brown", b. April 28, 1880; Berenice 
S. I'.rown". b. .Jan. 5. 18h3; Martha J. Brown", b. June 7, 1885; 
Homer Brown", b. March 13. 1887. 
• 4. William S. V. Dinsmore", b. Sept. 9. 1856; d. April 9, 1857. 

5. M. Josephine Dinsmore', b. March 2, 1858; m. Charles Ransom, 

March 14. 1888. 

6. riummer L. Dinsmore", b. Ang. 7. 1860; m. Esther Y. Hood, Juae 

10, 1885; he d. Sept. 6. 1886. Child: Marguerite H. Dinsmore^, 
b. April 27, 1886; res. Carthage, Mo. 

7. Nannie A. Dinsmore'. b. Oct. 10, 1863; single; res. Carthage, Mo. 

8. Minnie F. Dinsmore", b. Sent. 30. 1866; m. Ambrose E. Findley, 

Dec. 4, 1889; res. Springfield, Mo. 

195. Elizabeth Jane Dinsmore*, b. June 7. 1824; d. Aug. 13, 1834. 

196. Nancv Anne Dinsmore^, b- July l,l826:m. 1850. Hon. William H. 

Fitzpatrick. wlio d. Aug. 14, 1890. He served several terms in the 
]>egislatureof Kansas as representative and senator; res. Topeka, 
Kan., where his widow now resides. 

» 

CHILDREN. 

1. Thomas Dinsmore Fitzpatrick", res. Salina, Kan. 

2. Margaret Irenaea Fitzpatrick', res. Topeka, Kan. 

3. Kobert Ford Fitzpatrick", res. Arkansas City, Kan. 

4. William Fitzpatrick". res. New Mexico. 

5. John Scott Fitzpatrick', res. on the home farm, at Topeka, Kan. 

6. Mary Fitzpatrick", res. Topeka, Kan. 

197. Bathsheba Dinsmore", b. April 9, 1828; teacher; d. Sept. 14, 1851. 

198. Moses Garvine Dinsmore'"'. b. Feb. 7, 1831. He was a teacher and 

student, and d. when a young man, at the home of his brother, Rev. 
Thomas Hughes Dinsmore", at Washington, Iowa, Aug. 31, 1854. 

199. Eev. William Henry Dinsmore*', b. May 31. 1833; m. Lizzie Crosset, 

who d. :May 12, 1865. He m., second, Phebe Harris, of Phillips- 
burg. N. J., on Sept. 16, 1867. He was pastor of the Presbyterian 
Church of Deerfield, N. J., and d. May 26, 1877. His burial place 
is at Fhillipsburg, N. J. 

CHILDREN. 

1. William Harris Dinsmore', b. May 12, 1868; res. Fhillipsburg, N. J. 

2. Benjamin Braddock Dinsmore", res. Fhillipsburg, N. J. 



DINSMORES OF MISSISSIPPI. 

200. Adam Dinsmooi'i. He was b. in Ireland, and 
bore the same Christian name as one (No. 6) of the four 
sons of John Dinsmoor^, the Scotch Emigrant who set- 
tled in Ballywattick, Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland. 
By his approximate age, he was probably a grandson of 
one of the three (Adam^, Robert^, Samuel^) brothers 
who remained in Ireland. He m. Miss Jackson. 

CHILDBKN. 

201. David Dinsmore-. 

202. Samuel Dinsmore^. 

203. James Dinsmore^ (205), m. Miss McDonald. 

204. Elizabeth Dinsmore^, m. Archibald McDonald. 



DINSMOBES OF MISSISSIPPI. 37 



205. James Dinsmore^ (203), Adami. He came 
from Ireland ; m. Miss McDonald, and he lived in the 
South. 

AMO^■G HIS CHILDREN WERE: 

206. James J. Dinsmore^, res. at or near Falkville, North Alabama, and 

has a family. 

207. Nancy Dinsmore-^, m. Mr. "Wall; res. Avoca, Ala. 

208. Andrew McDonald Dinsmore' (209), b. 1808; res. Noxubee Co., Miss. 

209. Andrew McDonald Dinsmore^ (208), James 2, 
Adami. He was b. April, 1808. Removed to Xoxubee 
Co., Miss., about 1846, from Xorth Alabama. He m. 
Minerva Barton Beauchamp, who d. March, 1888, in that 
state. He is still living, in vigorous health, and is an 
officer in the Presbyterian Church in Macon, Miss. 

CHILD. 

210. James Augustus Dinsmore*, b. Jan. 16, 1852; m. 

CHILDEEN. 

1. Andrew McDonald Dinsmore^ 

2. Emma Dinsmore^ 

3. Gardiner S. Dinsmore^ 

4. J. A. Dinsmore^. 

5. William Dinsmore^ 

211. John Eobert Dinsmore* (212), b. Jan. 18, 1855; res. Macon, Miss. 

212. John Robert Dinsmore*, Andrew McDonald^, 
James^, Adam^. He was b. near Macon, Miss., Jan. 18, 
1855; graduated at Cumberland University, Lebanon, 
Tenn., in June, 1876, completing his course with honor, 
and is, in 1890, a successful lawyer in Macon, Miss. He 
was a candidate for nomination to the Mississippi Leg- 
islature before he was twenty-three years of age, but was 
defeated. He served as Mayor of Macon for six sug- 
cessive years, when he was succeeded by his brother-in- 
law, Hon. A. T. Dent. He is j^opular and supported 
by all classes. He takes an active part in politics, and is 
Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Fourth 
Mississippi Congressional District. He is conservative 
and firm in his views, and has the confidence of the people. 
5[e,is a deacon in the Presbyterian Church of which his 
father huo '^^.^'"^ ^^a eic:c -fpi: oy^ fortj^ years. He is six 
feet and one' inch in height, {^ vrpipriis o-'^r two hun- 
dred and fifty pounds. He 'td " a, dauguu -1 . 
William Dent, in Dec. 1884,,  

^ cb;Q ; ^ 

:213. Mary With rspoon Dinsmore^A . jj 



38 AT THE OLD HOME. 

A VISIT TO THE OLD DINS3IOKE HOME IX 
1KP:LAND, JULY 9, 1889. 

This brief sketch will preserve, it is hoped, for all time 
the place of habitation of the Diusmore family in the 
Emerald Isle, which had not been located and was entirely- 
unknown to most of the members of the family in the 
United States until my investigations revealed and estab- 
lished it. 

It had been my great desire to visit the old home of the 
early Dinsmoors, the abode for many generations of their 
descendants, whose history has been here given. John 
Dinsmoor^, the Scotch lad who, with cane and broad 
bonnet, '*hied him" from Scotland to Ireland and founded 
the family home at Ballywattick, with his son, John 
Dinsmoor"^, who came to Xew Hampshire, were my an- 
cestors. All the other Dinsmoors there, in their several 
generations, were, in different degrees of consanguinity, 
my relatives. 

Business of another nature called me to Ballymoney, 
and so I gladly embraced the opportunity of visiting one 
of its town-lands, Ballyw^attick, two miles away. With 
Mr. William Hunter, an occupant of part of a Dins- 
moor homestead, I had enjoyed a pleasant correspond- 
ence for several years. An Irish jaunting-car, on the 
afternoon of the day of my arrival, bore me rapidly over 
the smooth, hard road to the home of Mr. Hunter, 
where he, his amiable wife and interesting family, gave 
me the cheeriest w^elcome. There I passed the night. 
They live pleasantly and cosily in a well constructed, 
good-sized stone house, built upon a portion of the home- 
stead of Robert Dinsmore*, the writer of the historic 
letter of 1794. 

The day was misty, rainy, chilly. An open fire glowed 
brightly upon the hearthstones. A canary bird, forget- 
ting its prison. bars and not to be outdone in evidences of 
hospitality, poured forth its welcome in sharp, sweet Tiotpq. 
of song. Throvigii the -^rjn^c-srs I W^ked forth upon fields 
£oTT^ii'nr. fo; ana trodden by, my ancestors two hundred 
and more years ago, and which had been sacred to their 
descendants almost to the present year. A lane, lined on 
either side with hedges, led us to the former home of 



HOME OF THE LETTER WBITEB. 39 

Robert Dinsmore*, the letter writer. It is a stone house 
of comfortable size and dimensions, with a roof of thatch. 
In its day it was one of the most pretentious in the 
neighborhood. It is now unoccupied. Here it was that 
Robert Dinsmore lived, at seventy-four years of age, in 
1794, when he wrote his letter, since famous, and now 
historic, to his relative, .John Dinsmoor, of Windham, N". 
H. (see p. 10), giving the genealogy and early history of 
the family. 

That venerable man little knew the boon he was con- 
ferring upon all of his lineage who were to succeed him, 
by the knowledge which he imparted in that epistle. He 
never dreamed that his letter would become historic, and 
that he was the earliest historian of his family, and had 
made possible the tracing of the annals of his race into 
the dim past. He little thought that a century later dis- 
tant kinsmen '-from beyond seas" would seek out the old 
home, and his abode, as the place where lived a bene- 
factor. Yet such was to be the case. 

His house stands alone. The fires have gone out upon 
its ancient hearthstones. The calm faces of parents, dis- 
ciplined and strengthened by life's cares, sufferings, and 
toils ; the joyous ones of children, with laughing, gleeful 
eyes, which once appeared at those windows, are no longer 
there. All are gone, and forever ! An air of desolation, 
forsakenness, and gloom prevades the ancient home and 
its immediate surroundings. The beating storms, the 
buffeting winds and tempests, shall assail no more forever 
the Dinsmores at that old homestead ! 

Never again will the old days come. 

Memories? Fold them up — 
Lay them sacred by; 
What avails it to dream of the past? 

The home of Samuel Dinsmore ^ (son of Robert, the 
letter writer) and of his son, John Dinsmore^, now of 
Bloomington, Ind., was only a few rods away. William 
Dinsmore, called "Gentle Willie," a relative, lived close 
at hand, and his home is occupied by William Knox. 
The buildings are all of stone, very comfortable, and sur- 
rounded by tall and shapely trees, which furnish abundant 



40 MOTTO OF THE DlNSMOIiE FAMILY. 

shade. A lane, hedge lined, leads through pleasant fields 
from hijijhway to highway. The fields are well cultivated, 
the country attractive and inviting to the view. A gen- 
eral look of thriftiness and good cheer prevails. The 
roads, like most of those in Great Britain, are excellent, 
bard and very smooth. T bade farewell to the first home 
of the Dinsmores in Ireland and went to Ballymoney. 
In the cemetery there is their quiet place of rest. There 
were the graves of Robert Dinsmore*, the letter writer, 
of SamueT', his son, of Andrew ^ and William Dinsmore^. 
I took a hurried view of the small, yet historic, town 
where had live<l another of my ancestors. Justice James 
McKeeu, who emigrated to Londonderry, N. H., in 1719. 
The emigratini? sons and daughters, and their descend- 
ants, of the little moorland town of Ballymoney have had 
a wide intluence in the Scotch-American settlements in 
the United States. 

MOTTO OF THE DINSMORE FAMILY. 

The alleged motto of the Dinsmore Family is expres- 
sive and suggestive : " Spes Anchora Tuta." A free trans- 
lation is : '''lIoDe is a safe anchor." 



Facts relatijig to Emigration to Londonderry^ JSf. H.^ 
in 1719, icherein Jferition is made of the first Scotch 
Settlers there and some of their Descendants. 

STATE3IEXT OF ELIZABETH DINSMOORe, 

William^, Robert*, John^, John2, Laird Dinsmoori. 
She was a sister of the elder Governor Samuel Dins- 
moor 6, of Xew Hampshire. She was b. in Windham, X. 
H., December, 1778; m. in 1801, Samuel Thom, of 
Windham, X. H.; removed to Denmark, Iowa, where she 
d. Jan. 17, 1868, aged ninety years. Her mental powers 
were excellent, and she delighted in reading and writing. 
She left numerous articles in manuscript. Her grand- 
mother was Janet McKeen, a daughter of Justice James 
McKeen, of Londonderry, X. H., who came, when young, 



THE EMIGBATION OF 1719. 41 



with her father's family from Ireland, married Emiorant 
John Cochran, and lived in Windham, N. H. In her old 
age she recounted the incidents of the emigration to her 
granddaughter, Elizabeth Dinsmore^, about 1785, who 
was not then ten years of age. It made a vivid impres- 
sion on the mind of her youthful listener, who wrote out 
the account, which is preserved among her manuscripts, 
now in the possession of her great-granddaughter, Mrs. 
Eliza T. Fox, of Seneca, Kan. Thus, after one hundred 
and seventy-two years since the emigration, this account, 
never before in print, is presented to the public. 

Mrs. Elizabeth (Dinsmore^) Thorn says: "My grand- 
mother was nearly half a day relating the circumstances 
of their emigration and settlement in this country. I was 
between seven and eiojht years old at the time, and lis- 
tened with deep interest to her narrative. My grand- 
mother said she was a native of the North of Ireland, 
which was settled from Scotland. Her forefathers were 
among the first who renounced Popery, and were much 
persecuted by the Catholics. Her father, James McKeen, 
resolved to emigrate to America, where he could peace- 
fully enjoy the religion of his choice. Having disposed 
of his property, he embarked with his preacher, Rev. 
James McGregor, and sixteen others, who had bound 
themselves to him for a certain time to pay for their 
passage to America. 

"It was Sunday when they reached Boston, and the 
pious emigrants celebrated the joyful occasion by singing 
psalms of praise to that God who had brought them in 
safety to the shores of the Xew World. Their fervent 
piety secured them a warm reception among the inhabi- 
tants of Boston, but after a brief stay at that place, they 
hired hunters to guide them through the wilderness to 
Beaver Pond, in Xutfield, afterward called London- 
derry. There they pitched their tents and had religious 
services. My grandmother, though only ten years old at 
that time, could remember the text and much of the dis- 
course. Her memory was excellent, and she had the deep 
religious feeling of the Puritans of those times." 

The fact that James McKeen, who was a man of means, 
had advanced the passage money for his neighbors and 



42 A CLOSE liELATIONSIIir. 

kinsmen who were less successful than liimself, to my 
knowledge, has never before been promulgated, and as it 
was his own daughter who made the statement, herself an 
emigrant, and familiar with all the circumstances of the 
emigration — it is not to be questioned. 

The first sixteen settlers (with their families) of Lon- 
donderry, X. ir., were all of Scotch blood. They were as 
follows: James McKeen, John ])arnet, Archibald Clen- 
denin, John .Mitchell, James Starrett, James Anderson, 
1 Randall Alexander, James Gregg, James Clark, James 
Nesmith, Allen Anderson, Robert AVeir, John Morison, 
Samuel Allison, Thomas Steele, John Stuart. According 
to Parker's History of Londonderry, N. IL, "James 
^fcKeen was one of the principal originators of the 
enterprise " and was " the patriarch of the colony." 

The relationship between those early settlers was very 
near, and their intimacy of the closest kind, as will be seen 
from the following facts : Among them James McKeen 
had one, and probably two brothers-in-law, with their 
families. His first wife was Janet Cochran, and his 
daughter, Janet, m. John Cochran, of Windham, N. H. 
Another daughter, Elizabeth, m. James Nesmith, in 
Ireland, who was one of the famous sixteen settlers. 
Mr. McKeen lived at one time in Ballymoney, County 
Antrim, L-eland, only two miles from the homes of the 
Dinsmoors, with whom he must have been acquainted. 

In Ireland Mr. McKeen m. second, Annis Cargil. 
Kev. James McGregor, of Aghadowey, County of Lon- 
donderry, Ireland, m. her sister, Marion Cargil, and came 
to Londonderry, N. H., and was the first minister there. 

Capt. James Gregg, one of the sixteen settlers, m. 
Janet Cargil, probably a sister of the others. Thomas 
Steele m. in Ireland, Martha Morison, a sister of John 
Morison, which made those two brothers-in-law. Samuel 
Allison m. in Ireland, Katherine Steele, a supposed sister 
of Thomas Steele, which linked them together. Two 
others of the sixteen, Allen and James Anderson, were 
brothers. 

Rev. James McGregor, and most, if not all, of the six- 
teen first emigrants, were from the parish of Aghadowey, 
County of Londonderry, Ireland, a description and brief 
history of which has already been given. (See pp. 25-36.) 



OTHEES JOIN THEM. 43 

James Morison, a brother of John, and my ancestor; 
Robert Armstrong, ancestor of the Armstrongs of 
Windham, X. H,, and of George W. Armstrong, Es q.. 
a prominent business gentleman of Boston, Mass.; and 
John Bell, — quickly joined the colony mentioned before. 
According to a family tradition, which is accepted as 
truth, the earliest known ancestor of the Bells of New 
Hampshire was Matthew Bell, who was born at Kirk 
Connell, in Scotland. (There are seven places of this 
name in Scotland, and no identification has been made.) 
His son, John Bell, was born in Ballymoney, County of 
Antrim, Ireland, in 1678 ; m. Elizabeth, daughter of John 
and Rachel (Nelson) Todd ; came to Londonderry, X. 
H., in 1720, where he died July 8, 1743, leaving a numer- 
ous posterity. 

This work will close with a poem of rare merit, which 
is particularly appropriate, as it relates to Scotch, or 
Scotch-Irish, achievement, suffering, long endurance amid 
famine, pestilence, and death, and final glorious triumph. 
The ancestors of many who read this volume were on the 
side of William, in the famous struggle between James 
the Second and William, Prince of Orange, for the Eng- 
lish throne. Many of them were in the besieged City of 
Londonderry, Ireland, endured the horrors, witnessed and 
were thrilled with the great joy of final victory, all of 
which the great English historian, Macaulay, describes 
with graphic power in his History of England. The 
author of this poem has, with rare power, depicted the 
"City of the Foyle," as it was and as it remains to-day. 
The main events of the celebrated siege, when the gates 
of the city were closed in the face of an insolent foe by a 
band of noble " Apprentice Boys"; the fierce attacks of 
the enemy, the bursting of the boom which the foe 
had stretched across the Foyle to prevent ships loaded 
with provisions from succoring the starving city, are re- 
hearsed in an elevated and spirited manner. The writer 
is a descendant of Capt. James Gregg, who was born in 
Ayrshire, Scotland, and, with his parents, went to Ireland 
about 1690, and was one of the first sixteen settlers of 
Londonderry, X. H,, in 1719, as previously stated. 



44 HEROES OF THE SIEOE. 

Althoiiixli the author of the poem never visited London- 
derry, Ireland, never trod its " steep, ascending streets," 
never saw its '* sacred walls," worshipped in "the old 
cathedral on the lieights," nor bathed her hands in the 
flowing waters of the Foyle, yet her description of the 
city and all within it, as well as its surroundings, are 
wonderfully accurate, — they are almost without a flaw. 
The }>oem is inserted with the hope that it may afford 
my readers as much pleasure and joy as it has given me. 



THE HEROES OF THE SIEGE OF LONDON- 
DERRY, IRELAND, 1688-89. 

By Miss Lucinda Jaxe Gregg, of Derry, N. H. 

There '« many a prouder citadel, there 's manj' a grander town, 
Among the thousand battle-fields on which the stars look down; 
But never place held hero hearts more resolute and strong 
Than brave old Londonderry, famed in story and in song. 

Hill of the Oaks! we see, unchanged, thy sacred walls arise: 
Still up thy steep, ascending streets the ancient pathway lies ; 
Still at thy foot the river flows with broad, majestic sweep, 
And still the grand cathedral crowns thy narrow sunmiit steep. 

No rock of stem Gibraltar lifts its dark, defiant wall; 
No fortress rises from the sea to shield thy towers tall; 
More glorious far than rock or fort built up by time or toil. 
The Eock of Ages is thy trust, brave City of the Foyle! 

Flow on, historic river, sing the story of the free ; 

Eepeat it proudly to the sky — go tell it to the sea! 

Send far, O sea! the thrilling song across Atlantic's wave, 

And bid these echoing hills send back the anthem of the brave. 

The haughty foe came boldly up with weapons keen and bright ; 
"Within those narrow walls each face paled quickly at the sight; 
One startHng cry rang wildly up from street to palace dome,— 
"The gates! the gates! close fast the gates! For freedom and our 
home!" 

Loud called a band of hero lads, all resolute and bold, 
" Quick to the guard house! Seize the keys away from traitor's hold! " 
Down to the water gate they rushed where rolled the river low, 
And quickly drew the drawbridge up in face of all the foe! 



CLOSING OF THE GATES. 45 



The heavy gates swung grandly round, in triumph, one by one; 
The great key turned the massive holt,— the glorious deed was done! 
Glad Freedom walked the hillside streets and saw, adown the land, 
The army of a king defied by that heroic band. 

Courageous citadel! thy fate is told with faltering breath ; 

Full well those bold defenders knew 't was victory or death! 

They looked their narrow fortress o'er, reviewed their few strong men, 

Opened their scanty magazine, and pledged each other then. 

One earnest prayer to Heaven they sent, one firm resolve they made. 
Then bound the white badge on their arms while burst the cannonade ; 
That sacred badge would lead them on to conquer or to die. 
For " No surrender " thrilled each heart and flashed from every eye. 

Then burst the dreadful shot and shell, and fast the fire came down ; 
The roaring of the culverin resounded through the town; 
The river blazed with lightning, and the red-hot cannon balls 
Thundered against the trembling gates and shook the dark old walls. 

The tumult and the terror of War's horrible alarms 
With deep and dreadful anguish filled that citadel in arms; 
Yet still that glorious badge they wore through every fearful hour- 
Still waved the crimson banner from the high cathedral tower. 

Upon that crowded garrison the summer's sun shone down, 
And dread disease came through the gates with fearful, fatal frown; 
Then frightful famine leaped the walls and shook his spectral shield, 
And deadly foes all joined to make the faithful fortress yield. 

Ah ! hushed was every hillside home, and stilled was every song, 
As paled the famished faces of that starving, suffering throng; 
Wan skeletons with trembling steps the battered bulwarks trod, 
And thousands, ere the summer waned, lay dead beneath the sod. 

Their holy altars and their homes,— for these they perilled all; 
And still the banner waved on high, still stood the firm old wall ; 
Still " No surrender " thrilled each heart and nerved each dying hand, 
And every home was hallowed by the heroism grand! 

The old cathedral on the heights knew well their wants and woes ; 
There, pleading prayers ascended oft, sweet sounds of peace arose, 
While from the roof the sounds of war went booming loud and long; 
There blazed the beacon light that told the peril of the throng. 

One startling sound was echoed from the river to the rock! 
*' The ships! the ships are coming! yes, the fleet is in the Lough! " 
All eagerly the famished crowd climbed up the fortress wall, 
And saw upon the happy tide the vessels vise and fall. 



40 VICTOIiY AT LAST. 



l.iivl life was in the swclliiiR sails and in the blissful breeze; 

Too weak, too faint for rapturous cheers, they droppeti upon their 

knees; 
T«'ars of thankspivint: told their joy. but never shout or song,— 
Ah! Clod had heard the faithful prayers of that heroic throng. 

The bold besiegers on the shore their batteries opened wide; 
Apalnst the ships the blazing balls came thundering o'er the tide; 
The starving crowd upon the walls saw life's last hope assailed, 
Lut God was with those gallant ships, and safely on they sailed. 

Wild rose the joy — when suddenly one vessel ran aground! 

'The bo«)m! ihe boom!" and shouting foes the perilled ship came 

round; 
"Oh! now or never!" was the cry that rose from livid lips 
And hearts of agony that watched the struggle of the ships. 

All petrified with silent grief, amid the fearful strife, 
They saw go down the trembling tide their last dear hope of life; 
But God was with those heroes still — the glorious ship sent back 
A sudden, fearful, fiery charge across the foaming track. 

One quick rebound, and she was safe! the ships were seen to ride, 
Amid the yells of furious foes, triumphant o'er the tide! 
Kight onward toward the joyful town the conquering vessels passed; 
'T was life! sweet life! 't was home! dear home! 't was victory at last I 



Index of Diiismoors-Dmsmores, and Others. 



Alexander, Eandall, p. 42. 
Allison, Samuel, p. 42. 
Anderson, James, p. 42. 
Anderson, Allen, p. 42. 
Alter, Hon. Joseph, and Descen- 
dants, p. 32. 
Armstrong, George "W., p. 43. 
Armstrong, Robert, p. 43. 
Barnet, John, p. 42. 
Beer, Hon. Thomas, and Family, pp. 

27-28. 
Bell, John, p. 43. 
Boyd, Samuel, p. 16. 
Cargil, Annis. p. 42. 
Clark, James, p. 42. 
Clendenin, Archibald, p. 42. 
Cochran, .John. p. 42. 
Collins, William, p. 27. 
Dick, Quentin, p. 19. 
Dinsmoor-Dinsmore. 

Adam^ of Ballywattick, Ireland, 
pp. 5. 19. 

AdamS and Family, p. 36. 

Alices p. 8. 

Andrew^, and Family, pp. 22, 23. 

Andrews and Family, pp. 15, 16. 

Andrew-^ p. 25. 

Eev. Andrew A.", and Family, pp. 
28,29. 

Andrew McDonald-^ p. 37. 

Anne ^^ lexander', p. 25. 

Archibald A.', p. 35. 

Rev. CadfordM.Sp. 7. 

Catherine Anne*^, p. 27. 

Curran, p. 8. 

David, p. 8. 

David Collin s^ p. 28. 

Elizabeth-^ p. 33. 

Elizabeth^ p. 40. 

Elizabeth', p. 8. 



Dinsmoor-Dinsmore. 

First Sixteen Settlers of London- 
derry, N. H., p. 42. 

Florence Amanda'^, p. 8. 

Eev. Francis B.c, and Family, p. 
34. 
j " Gentle Willie^\" p. 16. 
I Henry^ and Family, pp. S2, 33. 

James*, and Family, of Pennsylva- 
nia, pp. 19-20. 

Jarnes'^ p. 21. 

James P., p. 8. 

Hon. James', p. 7. 

James', of Kentucky, p. 7. 

James^ p. 37. 

James A.-', and Family, pp. 23-24. 

James P. W.*', p. 29. 

Jane", p. 32. 

Jarvis^. p. 8. 

Jennys p. 23. 

John-, the Scotch Emigrant, pp. 
3-4-5. 

John", the Emigrant to New 
Hampshire, pp. 5, 6. 

John', of Pennsylvania, pp. 20-21. 

John, and Family, of Blooming- 
ton, Ind., p. 14. 

John Bell', p. 7. 

Piev. John, p. 8. 

Eev. John W^,3, 22. 

Eev. John M.S and Family, pp. 35, 
36. 

Hon. John E.*, p. 37. 

Joseph S.', p. 15. 

Laird^, p. 4. 

Lemuel, p. 8. 

Margaret', p. 13. 

Margaret", p. 14. 

Margaret Curry", p. X. 

Margaret P.\ p. 33. 



48 



INDEX. 



Dlnsmoor-Dinsmore. 
Martlia\ p. 24. 
Matilda H.. p. 16- 
Molly\ p. 13. 

Moses', and Family, p. 34. 
Nancy', p. 33. 
Nancy Amanda*, p. 36. 
llacher. pp. 16. 17. 
Robert', of Ballywattick, Ireland, 

pp. 5-9. 
Kobert*, of Kew Hampshire, pp. 

6-9. 

Robert*, of Pennsylvania, and De- 
scendant s, p. 27. 

Roberts "Tbe Letter ^Vriter," 
pp. 9-13. 

Robert', •' Rustic Bard," p. 6. 

Roberts p. 31. 

Robert CaldwelP, and Family, p. 
2G. 

Robert Scott', p. 31. 

Rev. Robert ScottS p. 34. 

Samuel', of Ballywattick, Ireland, 

p. 5. 

Samuels p. 13. 

SamueP, p. 26. 

Gov. Samuels P- 7. 

Col. SilasS P- 6. 

Tabitha MaryS P- 27. 

Theophilus WS p. 15. 

ThomasS and Family, p. 33. 

Thomas A. W.s p. 7. 

Rev. Thomas H.S and Family,p.35. 

Prof. Thomas H.S p. 35. 

Williams of Ballywattick, Ire- 
land, p. 13. 

TVilliamS of Pennsylvania, and 
Family, pp. 21-22. 

William B.S p. 8, 

Rev. William H.S and Family, p. 
36. 
Donnell, Hugh, and Family, p. 31. 
Fitzpatrick, Hon. "William H., and 

Family, p. 36. 
Fox, Eliza T., p. 41. 
Gamble, Peter, p. 9. 
Garvine, James, and Family, p. 32. 
Gregg, Capt. James, p. 42. 



Gregg. Lucinda Jane, p. 44. 

Hamilton. James, p. 33. 

Hay, Augustus ISIoore, p. 27. 

Henry, James, p. 9. 

Hope, James, p. 33. 

Hunter, John, and Family, pp. 17-19. 

Rev. Andrews p. 18. 

Margarets P- 18. 

William, of Ballywattick, Ireland, 

p. .38. 
Rev. Williams P- 17. 
Knox. William, p. 39. 
Lawrence, John, p. 9. 
Livingstone, John, and Family, p. 23. 
Love, John, p. 9. 
McAbee, James, p. 14. 
Mc(jOwen, Alexander, p. 9. 
McGregor, Rev. James, p. 42. 
Mcllreavy, Archibald, and Family, 

p. 14. 
McKeen, James, pp. 40, 42. 
Mitchell, Benjamin, and Family, p. 
25. 
David, and Family, p. 25. 
John, p. 42. 
Morrison, .Jeremiah', p. 7. 
John, p. 42. 

Hon. Leonard A., pp. 7, SO. 
Nesmith, James, p. 42. 
Pillsbury, Hon. Albert E.^, p. 8. 

Josiah W.,p. 8. 
Pinkertons, p. 14. 
Reid, Thomas, p. 9. 
Riddle, Charles, p. 14. 
Scott, Moses, p. 30. 
Small, Robert, p. 14. 

The Family of, p. 16. 
Starrett, James, p 42. 
Steele, Thomas, p. 42. 
Stewart, Margaret A., p. 30. 
Stuart, John, p. 42. 
Templeton, Allen, p. 9. 
Thorn, Samuel p. 40. 
Todd, John, p. 43. 
Weir, Robert, p. 42. 
Wells, Abram, and Family, pp. 18-19. 
Willock, William, and Family, p. 33. 
Wolff, Rev. A. F., p. 31. 



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