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Eaton Grange, first settlement, altitude, 1025 

Description of views, of laying out of road, of early use of 

the house, of neighborhood, 1026-1028 

John Eaton, 1029 

Present use of Eaton Grange, 1029 

Golden wedding of Mr. R. H. and Mrs. Ruth (Eaton) Sher- 
burne, 1031-1033 

Some of the descendants of Caleb Kimball, 1033 

Reflections, 1034 

Caleb Kimball and his ancestry, and the ancestry of his wife, 

Sarah (Sawyer) Kimball, 1035-1037 

Children of Caleb and Sarah Sawyer Kimball, 1037 

Mary Kimball and John Eaton, 1037 

Lucretia Kimball and William Haddock, and descendants, . . 1037 

Caleb Kimball, Jr., 1039 

Sarah Kimliall and John Adams, and descendants, . . . 1039-1044 
Betsey Kimball and Lemuel Adams, and descendants, . . 1044-1048 
Jacob Sawyer Kimball and Eliza Purkett, and descendants, . . 1048 
Phoebe Kimball and Stephen Moore, and descendants, . . 1048-1050 

Lavinia Kimball-and James Pinkerton 1050 

Abigail Kimball and Dr. John McCrillis, and descendants, . . 1051 

Eatons and their ancestry, 1052 

John and Mary (Kimball) Eaton, and descendants, . . . 1055-1078 
Elijah and Elizabeth (Vose) Eaton, and descendants, . . 1078-1082 
Nathaniel and Sarah (Emerson) Eaton, and descendants, . 1082-1086 
Pamelia (Eaton) Messer, and descendants, 1053-1055 

Samuel Andrew and his ancestry, 1087 

Children of Samuel and Mary (Dodge) Andrew, 1088 

Daniel and Sally (Quimby) Andrew, and descendants, . . 1088-1090 

Mary Andrew and Timothy Peaslee, 1090 

Nathan and Hannah (Gregg) Andrew, and descendants, . 1090-1098 
Samuel and Sally (Peaslee) Andrew, and descendants, . . 1098-1100 

John and Mary ( ) Andrew, and descendants, 1100 

Israel and Phoebe (Messer) Andrew, and descendants, .... 1100 


Sarah Andrew and Dr. William Martin, and descendants, llOl-llOi 

Hannah Andrew and Israel Putnam, and descendants, . . 1104-1105 

Perley and Elizabeth (Muzzey) Andrew, and descendants, 1105-1109 

Betsey Andrew and Samuel Jones, and descendants, . . 1109-1110 

Concluding item, . 1111 



Hon. George A. Pillsbury, frontispiece. 

George S. Cheney, 653 

Johnson Colby, 667 

William H. Marshall, 742 

Matthew Harvey, 3d (of Ne'W'port), 753 

Charles H. Kohlrausch, 754 

Benjamin E. Porter, 756 

Dr. Robert Lane, 792 

Dr. James Smiley, 796 

Robert L. Ela, 798 

Richard Ela, 800 

Cyrus H. Little, - 805 

Hiram K. Little, 809 

Oren Nelson, 837 

Enoch Page, 849 

Charles A. Pillsbury, . . 892 

Ex-Gov. John S. Pillsbury, 895 

Carlos G. Pressey, 910 

Judge Benjamin Wadleigh, 982 

Daniel F. Whitcomb, 1006 

James H. Woodward, 1016 

Eaton Grange, 1025 

Eaton family group, 1031 

John Eaton, 1059 

Frederick Eaton, 1066 

L. B. Eaton, 1070 

Horace Eaton, 1076 

Dr. Jesse Haven Foster, 1089 

T. F. Andrew^s, 1093 



[When the name of a town is given without designating the state, it is to be under- 
stood as located in New Hampshire.] 


For John Adams, see Eaton Grange. 
For Samuel Andrew, see Eaton Grange. 

Dennis H. Adams, b. Nov. 16, 1819 ; m. Sept. 2, 1850, 
Betsey A. Everett, b. Oct., 1833 ; she d. Sept. 14, 1864. 

I. Julia A., b. Sept. 3, 1852 ; d. Sept. 14, 1865. 

II. Augusta M., b. May 21, 1856 ; m. May 12, 1872, John G. 

Dennis H. Adams m., 2d, Dec. 16, 1865, Betsey A. Upton. 

I. WiUiam H. H., b. Oct. 23, 1866 ; m. April 13, 1887, Fannie 
A. Gate. 


See " Early Settlers," and personal sketch of Rev. Samuel 
Ambrose. No complete record of his family is found. His 
sister Rebecca m. John Davis ; and of his children, — 

I. Abigail, m. Thomas Persons, April 30, 1799. 

II. Polly, m. David Davis. 
Ul. Sally, m. Nathan Leach. 

IV. Lydia, m. Elisha Parker, April 7, 1811. 

V. Esther, not m. ; d. 1840, aged 46. 

VI. Susan, m. Carey. 

VII. Samuel, d. in Newbiu-yport. 

VIII. Jonathan, d. in Maine. 

IX. Nathaniel, m. Sally Eaton. 


X. David, ni. Ruth Stevens ; 1 ch., d. before the mother ; second 
wife, Lydia Merrill, 4 children. 

INIrs. Mary Ambrose, mother of the above children, d. 
Jan. 5, 1830, aged 76. 


Nathaniel Armstrong, b. Oct. 16, 1793, in Windham; d. 
Apr. 6, 1856, in Bedford ; m. Apr. 17, 1823, in Acworth, 
Polly McGregor, daughter of William Adams, b. Aug. 14, 
1801 ; d. July 18, 1853. Children, b. in Sutton,— 

I. Orson H., h. Dec. 4, 1824 ; d. June 12, 1841. 

II. William A., b. Jan. 11, 1827 ; d. Aug. 4, 1828. 

III. Joseph, b. Nov. 12, 1830. 

IV. Solon, b. May 15, 1834. 

V. MUon, b. July 25, 1839 ; d. July 12, 1842. 

III. Joseph Armstrong m. July 17, 1859, Ann M. Dudley, of 
Hampden, Me. She d. July 5, 1860, in St. Paul, Minn. He m., 
2d, July 15, 1875, Mary E. Drew, formerly of New Hampton. 

IV. Solon Armstrong m. Feb., 1874, Mrs. Sarah B. (Rollins) 
Redfield, daughter of Capt. John Rollins, of Minneapolis. Chil- 
dren, b. in Mimieapolis, — 

1. Bessie Rollins, b. Feb. 21, 1875. 

2. Solon, b. Oct. 2, 1877 ; d. Sept. 29, 1886. 

3. Joseph, b. Dec. 23, 1878. 

Mrs. Sarah B. (Rollins) Ai-mstrong d. April 14, 1879, in Min- 

Nathaniel Armstrong, son of Daniel Armstrong, of Wind- 
ham, came to Sutton in 1823 or 1821, and in connection with 
Aspasio Hemphill, his brother-in-law, engaged in trade at 
the North Village, in the store which then occupied the 
site of the present Walter Sargent house. At the end of 
about four years he purchased what is now known as the 
Gage farm, at the south part of the town, and removed 
thither. There he spent the remainder of his life. He was 
possessed of many excellent qualities, and was much es- 
teemed. His two surviving sons, Joseph and Solon, early 
in life removed to Minnesota, where the}^ have been very 


successful, and where tliey occupy good positions in busi- 
ness and society, and are influential and honored citizens. 
Joseph has for several years been mail agent on the North- 
ern Pacific R. R. Solon Armstrong has served the city of 
Minneapolis in several important offices. 


Solomon Austin came to Sutton from Amherst, about 
the year 1800, and settled in the vicinity of Edmund Rich- 
ardson, who was a brother to the wife of Mr. Austin. They 
settled near the base of Kearsarge mountain. Their son, 
Saul Austin, married Susan Flint, and one of their daugh- 
ters, Charlotte, married Ebenezer Flint, brother to Susan 
Flint. Another daughter of Solomon Austin, Sally, mar- 
ried Hezekiah Parker, Jr. 

Saul Austin, and Susan his wife, had a family. Among 
their children was Charles, a musical instrument manufac- 
turer in Concord, and the inventor of a very important 
improvement in the instrument knoAvn as the melodeon. 
Saul Austin in his later years returned to Amherst, where 
he was living in 1877 at the age of ninety years, being the 
only man then living who paid taxes in this town in 1810. 


Joshua Babb, b. Nov. 17, 1796; d. Feb. 29, 1868: m. 
Marian Powers, b. July 16, 1797; d. March 10, 1868. 
Children, — 

I. Henry O., b. Dec. 7, 1820 ; cl. 

II. Catherine, b. May 16, 1824. 

III. Dennis P., b. Jan. 5, 1827. 

IV. Ellinor M., Jan. 6, 1830. 

V. Henry E., b. Aug. 17, 1834. 

III. Dennis P. Babb m. . Children, — 

1. Henry D. 2. Mary E. 3. Martha. 


2. Mary E. Babb in., 1st, Benjamin Corning ; 2d, David McGregor, 
Dec, 1886. 

IV. Elllnor M. Babb m., March 16, 1849, Benjamin P. Nelson. 
Children, — 

1. Monira G., b. June 14, 1850; d. Dec. 26, 1871. 

2. Martha C, b. May 23, 1853. 

3. William F., b. Aug. 9, 1855, 

4. Loren T., b. Aug. 1.5, 1858. 

1. Monira G. Nelson m. Alphonso P. Hoyt. Child, — 

Cora B., b. May 22, 1869. 

2. Martha C. Nelson m. George W. Burbank. Children, — 

Edna M., b. Dec. 3, 1871 ; Amy G. ; Chfford. ; Winfred. 

4. Loren T. Nelson m. Dec. 26, 1888. 

V. Henry E. Babb m. Eliza J. Dow. Children, — 

1. Martha J., b. June 2. 1848. 

2. Nettie, b. Feb. 4, 1854. 

3. Eliza A. and Alfred H., b. Feb. 10, 1860. 


Dudley Bailey, b. in Salem, June 2, 1781 ; m. September 
8, 1808, to Sarah Woodman, who was born Sept. 9, 1788. 
They removed to Sutton in 1818, remaining till 1832. Chil- 
dren, — 

I. Emery, b. Aug. 21, 1809. 

II. Lydia, b. Nov. 11, 1812. 

III. Laura, b. Jan. 8, 1815. 

IV. Lavi^rence Dudley, b. Aug. 26, 1819. 

V. Abner Woodman, b. Jan. 23, 1825. 

I. Emery Bailey m. Sept. 25, 1834, Lois G. Clough, who was 
b. at Wibnot, May 10, 1811. In 1839 he moved from Wihnot to 
Sutton, purchasing the farm known as the Philip Hai'vey place. 
Children, — 

1. Lydia Maria, b. Aug. 11, 1836. 

2. Sarah W., b. ]\Iarcli^30, 1840. 

3. Lois A., b. Sept. 27, 1841. 

4. Mary E., b. Oct. 20, 1845. 

Mrs. Bailey d. Feb. 4, 1854, and Mr. Bailey m. Feb. 1, 1855, 
Elizabeth Knight, who was b. Feb. 17, 1820. Child,— 

5. Lawrence E., b. Aug. 16, 1857. 


Capt. Emery Bailey has been for many years a resident of North. 
Sutton, and a very useful and influential citizen, filling acceptably 
many important town offices. 

1. Lydia Maria Bailey m., 1st, Frank Nelson, Sept. 9, 1857, who 
d. Feb. 20, 1875. Children,— 

(1) Linda E. (2) Frank A. (8) James M. 

Mrs. Nelson m., 2d, February, 1880, Truman Putney. 

(1) Linda E. Nelson m. Rev. Orison L. Gile, Jan. 1, 1884. She d. — 

2. Sarah W. Bailey m. Dec. 25, 1867, Horatio Longa, of Manches- 
ter. Children, — 

(1) Charles E. (2) Lilla B. (3) Willie N. (1) Archie B. 

3. Lois A. Bailey m. Aug. 1, 1865, Dexter E.Brown, of Wilmot. 
Children, — 

(1) Etta L. (2) Idelle. (.3) AVillie N. (4) Walter S. (.5) Arthiu-. 

5. Lawrence E. Bailey m. May 10, 1885, Mary E. MerriU, of Sut- 
ton. Child, — 

(1) David E. 

II. Lydia Bailey m. Aug. 19, 1836, Reuben G. Andrews, of 
Sutton, who died Sept. 21, 1868. Children, — 

1. Emery. 2. Dudley. 3. Byron. 4. Helen. 5. Charles. 6. Frank. 
7. Minerva. 8. Lydia J. 

III. Laura Bailey m. Jidy 4, 1837, Uriah B. Persons, of Brad- 
ford. She died March 14, 1878. Children,— 

1. Eliza. 2. Laura. 3. John. 4. Dudley. 5. Ellen. 6 Mary. 

IV. Lawrence Dudley Bailey m. Dec. 15, 1870, Mrs. Elizabeth 
A. Peabody, of Lawrence, Kansas. He is Judge Bailey, of Kansas. 

V. Abner Woodman Bailey m. Jime 24, 1846, Minerva Twiss, 
of Newbury, who died Sept. 20, 1851, leaving one child, Minerva, 
and he again m. March 16, 1852, Jidia T. Clough, of Orange, Me. 
Children, — 

1. Emma. 2. Lawrence. 3. Name unknown. 

* Stephen R. Bailey, b. March, 1818, d. Aug. 24, 1863; 
m. Jan. 18, 1842, Sarah G. Bean. She was born March 19, 
1824, d. May 81, 1876. Children,— 

604 HISTORY or SUTTOI!?^. 

I. Prudence A., b. Nov. 9, 1843. 

II. Stephen E., b. Sept. 13, 1847. 

III. George A., b. Aug. 14, 1848. 

IV. Charles L., b. Aug. 9, 1842. 

II. Stephen E. Bailey m. March 27, 1875, Lucy E. Johnson. 
She was born Feb. 27, 1856. Children,— 

1. Blanche N., b. Dec. 7, 1875. 

2. Stella M., b. Jan. 25, 1878. 

3. Kate E., b. Sept. 23, 1887. 

III. George A. Bailey in. Oct. 9, 1874, Alice Conant. Child, — 
1. Alice Lilian, b. Oct. 5, 1875. 

IV. Charles L. Bailey m. July 4, 1873, Ellen Brown. 

* See Soldier Record. 

Pvufus Bailey, b. Feb. 10, 1821 ; d. Jan. 10, 1866 : m. Eliza- 
beth P. . b. April 11, 1825. Children,— 

I. Charles P., b. Dec. 20, 1848. 

II. George E., b. May 5, 1850. 

III. Emnia L., b. March 11, 1861. 

IV. Clara E., b. Sept. 5, 1865. 

I. George E. Bailey m. Mina J. . She was b. Sept. 9, 

1857. Child,— 

1. Fred H., b. April 25, 1887. 

Bradbury Bailey, Esq., came to Sutton from Hopkinton 
about 1818, having kept store in Hopkinton three or four 
years, and being much esteemed while here ; removed to 
Washington ; was father of Rev. George W. Bailey. 

Isaac Bailey came to Sutton from Hopkinton about 
1813; succeeded Capt. Minot in keeping store at the 
South Village. His brother, Enoch Bailey, came, and later 
kept the store, and was the only postmaster in town for 
some years. 

John Bailey came here from Hopkinton, perhaps about 
1880. His son Lewis kept a store for some years in the 
South Village. Capt. Joshua Bailey was brother to Lewis 
Bailey, and at different times made Sutton his residence. 

ge:n:ealogy. 605 

Captain Joshua Bailev, b. in Hopkinton, April 16, 1792^ 
d. in Sutton, March 4, 1881, married a young lady of 
Charleston, S. C. They had. one daughter, Olivia P., who 
m. March 7, 1855, William C. Haynes, of Newbury. Re- 
sided a short time in Sutton, but chie% in Washington, 
D. C. His first wife having died, he remained single sev- 
eral years. Married, 2d, Dec. 8, 1849, Harriet Pauline 
Fiske, of North Chelsea (Revere). Their child, Florence 
Pauline, b. Nov. 5, 1850, m. Sept. 1, 1875, Fred H. Gould^ 
of Bradford, a lawyer. 

Capt. Joshua Bailey shipped as cabin boy at the age of 
thirteen, and before attaining his majority had worked his. 
way up to captain. He was the first captain that ever 
shipped a crew from Portsmouth, and probably from any 
other New England port, that consented to accept hot 
coffee in place of the customary allowance of "■ grog." He 
was at one time owner of many vessels, and, as captain, 
has sailed his ships into almost every port of both conti- 
nents. In 1873 he bid farewell to his sea-faring life, and 
thereafter made South Sutton his home. His reminiscences 
of foreign countries and their people were very entertain- 
ing as well as instructive. 


Samuel Bagley, b. 1842 ; d. Jan. 30, 1881 : m. Feb. 21, 
1863, Lydia Little. She was b. Feb. 23, 1840. Children,— 

I. Orison, b. May 21, 1864. 

II. Orrin, b. May 1, 1866. 

III. AHce, b. Dec. 12, 1875. 

IV. Flora, b. June 5, 1877. 


Phineas Batchelder removed from Sandown to Sutton in 
1789. He was quite a noted man in his day, being a sheriff^ 
and as such having business in many places. He also was a 


"cirovier," as it was termed, buying cattle and taking the 
drove down country to sell at the markets of the large 
towns, and thus made many acquaintances. In early life 
he had been a school teacher ; also a teacher of dancing 
and etiquette. He was a direct descendant of the noted 
Rev. Stephen Bachilor, of Lynn and other towns at an early 
date. Phineas Batchelder lived at one period in Newbury, 
but spent the last of his years with his daughter Dorothy, 
wife of Dea. Samuel Bean, in Sutton. Phineas Batchelder 
d. May 18, 1833, in Newbury : m. Sally Clough in 1775 ; 
d. Sept. 24, 1832. Children,— 

I. Hannah, b. 1777 ; m. 1802, Eleazer Wells, of Newbury. 

II. Dorothy, b. 1780 ; m. 1803, Samuel Bean, o£ Sutton. 

III. Mehitabel, b. 1783 ; m. 1805, Samuel Cutts, of Goshen. 

IV. Polly, b. 1786 ; m. 1803, Moses True, of Goshen. 

V. SaUy, b. 1788 ; d. in infancy. 

VI. Sally, 1790 ; m. 1812, David Heath, of Bradford, Vt. 

VII. Betsey, b. 1791 ; m. Sept. 3, 1819, Benjamin Cilley, of 

VIII. Charlotte, b. 1793 ; m. 1811, Henry Richardson, of Cor- 
inth, Me. 

IX. Phebe, b. 1795 ; m. 1820, Button Wheelock, of Calais, Me. 

X. Lucinda, b. 1803 ; m. July 11, 1824, Moses CiUey, of New- 


Samuel Bean, the ancestor of the Sutton families of that 
name, is sometimes spoken of by his descendants as "Sam- 
uel Bean the grantee." This, however, is incorrect. His 
name is not found among the names of the sixty original 
grantees of 1749, nor does it appear upon the record book 
of the proprietors till many years after that date. But he, 
by purchase, became owner of a whole right, or proprietor's 
share, which consisted of three different lots. On the 
three lots he settled three sons, viz., Cornelius upon the 
lot best known as the Dearborn Meadow farm, Ijdng in the 
western part of the town and extending over the line into 

ge]o:alogy. 607 

the Newbury of to-day; Samuel, upon the lot embracing 
the western part of Wadleigh hill, and Meadow Brook farm, 
now owned by John Pressey ; and upon the large lot 
embracing the southern part of King's or Bean's hill, and 
extending across the valley, taking in a portion of the next 
hill, what became the " Ensign Jacob Bean " farm, he set- 
tled his youngest son, William. At one time he owned 
here connected nearly, or quite, four hundred acres. He 
was preparing to move thither himself, and spend the re- 
mainder of his days in the new town he had taken such 
active interest in, but his sudden death (see Casualties) cut 
short his plans, and doubtless was a great loss to the town, 
his great energy, capacity, knowledge, and experience being 
just what was needed here. He was in the habit of com- 
ing up during the summers to assist about the work after 
his sons had settled here, and the way he used to notify 
all the neighborhood of his arrival was to go on the hill in 
the morning and sing. He had a voice of wonderful power 
and sweetness, which could be heard three miles, and when 
his former friends settled in this vicinity heard it, they 
recognized it at once, and would hasten to greet him and 
to hear news from their old homes. Several of his descend- 
ants have inherited his peculiar quality of voice for singing, 
and some of them have also inherited a peculiarity not so 
desirable. In all the generations, now and then has ap- 
peared one born with ankles turned so that the feet point 
in. To his son Samuel he gave a double portion of his 
property, because he was thus crippled. A great-great- 
grandson, born in Canada, to-day represents this family 
peculiarity. Samuel Bean, Sr., however, was not thus 

Samuel Bean, Sr., b. near 1708: m., 1732, Mary ; 

d. June, 1800, in Hopkinton. His wife d. Aug., 1811, in 
Sutton, aged 100 years. Children, — 

I. Judith, b. 1732 ; d. Nov. 9, 1817. 

II. Joseph, b. 1736; d. Sept. 1759. 


III. Cornelias, b. Jan. 2, 1740 ; d. summer of 1831, 

IV. Sarah, b. Dec. 10, 1742 ; d. July 11, 1820. 

V. Mary, b. Dec. 8, 1746 ; d. near 1832. 

VI. Samuel, b. Jan. 8, 1748 ; d. AprH 20, 1819. 

VII. Cornelia, b. July 8, 1750 ; d. 

VIII. WiUiam, b. April 5, 1752 ; d. Jan. 15, 1833, 

IX. Elizabeth, b. May 6, 1755 ; d. Sept. 20, 1821. 

I. Judith Bean m. 1754, Moses Quimby, of Hawke (now Dan- 
ville). He was b. 1713. He d. Dec. 18, 1797, in Sutton. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Elizabeth, b. 1756 ; d. March 17, 1826. 
•2. Hannah, b. 1758 ; d. April IG, 1831. 

3. Sally, b. 1761 ; d. Aug. 3, 1810. 

i. Dorothy, b. 1767; d. June 12, 1795. 

5. Pollv, b. 1770 ; d. June 30, 1843. 

6. Judith, b. 1772; d. Nov. 23, 1842. 

7. Rhoda, b. 1775 ; d. Nov. 21, 1795. 

2. Hannah Quimby m. Philip Xelson. 

3. Sally Quimby m. Jan. 1, 1789, Daniel Andrew. 

4. Dorothy Quimby m. April 14, 1794, Jacob Bean. 

5. Polly Quimby m. Jan. 17, 1798, John Muzzy, and, 2d, Joseph Put- 
ney, of Hopkinton. 

II. Joseph Bean never married. He was killed in battle at the 
taking of Quebec, after having had three guns stove to pieces in his 
hands. Tidings of his great bravery were sent home afterwards. 

III. Cornelius Bean m. Betsey . 

IV. Sarah Bean m. May 23, 1768, Samuel Peaslee, of Sandown. 

V. Mary Bean m. 1767, Benjamin WeUs, of Sandown. 

VIII. William Bean m. Jan. 1, 1773, Sarah, dau. of Judge Jere- 
miah Griffin. Children, — 

1. Joseph, b. June 5, 1774 ; d. Feb. 1, 18-33. 

2. Elizabeth, b. Mayj2, 1776; d. Sept. 12, 1877. 

3. Elizabeth, b. March 23, 1780 ; d. Jan. 30, 1866. 

4. Samuel, b. Aug. 15, 1782; d. ]\Iarch 21. 1868. 

5. Mary, b. Jan. 9, 1785; d. Aug. 17, 1861. 

6. WUliam, b. Sept. 4, 1787 ; d. March 30, 1829. 

7. Israel, b. June 3, 1789 ; d. near 1832. 

William Bean moved to Sutton in 1778, and settled upon 
Bean's hill, so named for him or for his father. William 
cleared the large farm and lived here, caring for his aged 
mother, Mary Bean, the centenarian, and rearing his own 

gen:ealogy. 609 

family. In later years the farm was so divided that nearly 
all his sons had a portion of it. He was among the early 
believers and supporters of the Universalist faith. He had 
a good education and much taste for reading and study. 
He was quite well situated in life, as the farm developed 
many good points, among them the fine granite quarries 
which were first opened by him, and the clay-bed was made 
a source of profit. Much to the regret of his fellow-towns- 
men, he, with his wife, late in life removed to Hatley, Can- 
ada, where some of his daughters were already settled. He 
d. in 183.3. His wife d. May 6, 1840. 

1. Joseph Bean, his son, m. Dec. 29, 1796, Hannah Wadleigh, dau. 
of Benjamin AVadleigh, Sr. ; she d. April 11, 1841. Children, — 

(1) Daniel, b. Xov. 2, 1797 ; d Sept. 16, 1825. 

(2) William, b. Xov. 8, 1800 ; d. Sept. 16, 1859. 

(3) Hannah, b. July 25, 1808 ; d. Aug. 8, 1874. (See Pressey.) 

2. William Bean, son of Joseph and Hannah (Wadleigh) Bean, b. 
Nov. 8, 1800, m. March 1, 1826, Jane McQuesten, of Litchfield, sister 
of Dr. David McQuesten, of Washingtoxi. She was born July 15, 1801. 
She was dau. of James and Ann (Moor) McQuesten. Children, b. in 
Sutton, — 

(1) Daniel, b. April 9, 1828. . 

(2) James M., b. May 10, 1830; d. Jan. 23, 1887. 

(3) Joseph, b. June 11, 1832. Went to California; supposed d. 

(4) Mary Ann, b. Nov. 8, 1834; d. March 27, 1881. 

(5) Franklin, b. Sept. 15, 1836 ; d. Sept. 5, 1837. 

(6) Nancv, b. Sept. 23, 1838. 

(7) Hannah Jane, b. April 25, 1843; d. July 20, 1877. 

(8) Martha M., b. Feb. 9, 1845; d. Feb. 20, 1868. 

William Bean spent nearly all his life upon Bean hill in 
Sutton. When a young man he went to Manchester and 
learned the process of brick-making, at the then noted 
McQuesten brick-yards ; came home and established the 
Bean brick-yard upon Bean's hill, where quite an extensive 
business was done. A few years before his death he sold 
out his estate in Sutton and removed to Sunapee. 

Note.— The first generation is indicated by Roman [!.], the second by Arabic [1.], 
the third by parenthesis [(1)], the fourth by letters [a.], the fifth by letters in parenthe- 
sis [(a)], the last (whatever the generation) by blank. [Ed. 



Dr. James M. Bean 

was one of the natives of Sutton whose successful achieve- 
ment of a professional education, of wealth, and social posi- 
tion, entirely without external aid, deserve especial mention. 
His father, with a large family to support, could do but 
little more than provide all his children with a comfort- 
able, respectable home. Like many other Sutton boys, 
James Bean obtained his early education at the district 
school, supplemented by a few terms at New London Acad- 
emy. The distance of the seminary from his father's house 
necessitated a daily walk of several miles. At the age of 
fifteen he commenced teaching school, and taught success- 
fully several terms. Through both parents James Bean 
seems to have inherited qualities which proved as good as 
a fortune to him. The mother of William Bean was a 
woman of very superior mind, she being a daughter of Ben- 
jamin Wadleigh, Sr., and his wife Hannah, daughter of 
Ebenezer Kezar. 

William Bean's "vvife, Jane McQuesten, was of a very fine 
family. She was a sister to Dr. David McQuesten, long a 
successful practising physician in Washington. It is be- 
lieved that the example and influence of this honored 
uncle may have determined James Bean in his choice of a 
profession. With this stimulus, and with the intellectual 
tendencies and scholarly qualities of his Wadleigh ancestry, 
united with the immense physical energy, practical ability, 
and sound judgment of the Kezars, he could hardly fail to 
accomplish all that he did. He went to New York and 
taught school, at the same time studying medicine, and 
afterwards pursuing the same course in New Jersey, whither 
he went without money enough to keep him over night, 
but was so successful that, at the end of the third year there, 
he had saved from his salary as teacher about one thousand 
dollars, which money enabled him to go to Philadelphia 
and there pursue a course of study at the Pennsylvania 
University, from which he graduated with honor April 1, 
1854. He commenced practice at once in New Jersey, 


locating first in Camden, then at Juliustown, then at Jacobs- 
town, and, in 1878, in New Egypt, where he remained till 
his death. He built up a large and lucrative practice, and, 
being a shrewd financier and man of business, he was able 
to amass a large fortune, and was at the time of hfs death 
the richest man in the county. He was very popular among 
all classes, and for some years before his death he was 
much talked of as a candidate for governor and United 
States senator; but his failing health did not permit him to 
enter the political arena. In 1885 he was taken seriously 
ill with a complication of diseases. This sickness left him 
much broken in health, and finally he died Jan. 23, 1887. 
His wife was Rachel E., daughter of Aaron R. and Eliza A. 
Borden, one of the most prominent families in the state of 
New Jersey. They had six daughters, the thi-ee eldest of 
whom graduated from the Moravian College, at Bethlehem, 

(4) Mary Ann Bean, b. Nov. 8, 1834; d. March 27, 1881 ; m. Nov. 6, 
1862, James Francis Trow, of Sunapee, son of John and Hannah 
(Smith) Trow, of that town. Children, born in Sunapee, — 

Emma Serena, b. Oct. 23, 1864. Is a teacher in Sunapee. 
Frank John, b. June 8, 1866. Is employed in Worcester,Mass. 

3. Elizabeth Bean, dau. of William and Sarah (Griffin) Bean, b. 
March 23, 1780; m. May 8, 1800, Abijah Little, of Sutton or Fishers- 
field. They removed to Hatley, Can., where they had born to them 
the following children, who have also numerous descendants there : 

(1) Sarah, b. Aug. 1, 1802 ; m. Amasa Marsh ; 9 ch. 

(2) Mary, b. Aug. 8, 1803; m. Joel Shurtliff; 9 ch. 

(3) Thomas, b. Aug. 7, 1805; m. Ruth Little; 3 ch. 

(4) Eliza, b. July 9, 1807; m. Thomas Reed; 7 ch. 

(.5) Abijah, June 18, 1809; m. EUinor McNorton; 7 ch. 

(6) Bond, b. Mav 25, 1812 ; m. Sarah A. Farrington ; 5 ch. 

(7) Charlotte, b.^May 12, 1813; m. Henry Putney; 5 ch. 

(8) Ermina C, b. June 8, 1816 ; m. Thomas Drew ; 4 ch. 

(9) Melissa Jane, b. June 28, 1818 ; m. Amos E. Ball; 6 ch. 
(10) John, b. Aug. 30, 1828 ; m. Mary Morey ; 7 ch. 

Abijah Little d. Dec. 19, 1860, in Hatley, Can. Wife, Elizabeth 
(Bean), d. Jan. 30, 1866, in Hatley. Can. 

4. Samuel Bean, son of William and Sarah (Griffin) .Bean, b. Aug. 
15, 1782; d. March 21, 1868: m. May 28, 1803, Dorothy Bachelder of, 


Sutton, dau. of Phineas and Sally (Clough) Bachelder ; she d. March 
19, 187-i. Children, born in Newbury, — 

(1) William, b. Oct. 9, 1804 ; d. May 3, 1828. 

(2) Hannah W., b. March 10, 1807 ; d. Dec. 17, 1825. 

(3) Phineas B., b. April 7, 1810 ; d. Dec. 11, 1880. 

(4) Sally H., b. Aug. 12, 1812; d. April 15, 1829. 

(5) James Madison, b. Aug. 10, 181.5; d. Jan. 26, 1861. 

(6) Betsey B., b. Dec. 17, 1818. 

(7) Joseph, b. June 22, 1821. 

(1) William Bean, of the above family, m. Feb. 16, 1826, Mary A. 
Collins, dau. of Richard and Betsey (Cilley) Collins, of Newbury; she 
d. July 5, 1832. Child,— 

Hannah C, b. Nov. 13, 1826. 

(2) Hannah W. Bean m. June 27, 1844, Aaron C. Marshall, of Unity. 
He d. Feb. 8, 1885, in Manchester. Children, — 

John Alonzo, b. June 21, 1846 ; m. Jennie S. Carr, of New- 

Mary Etta, b. Feb. 10, 1855 ; m. Charles P. Still, of Clare- 

Orra William, b. Oct. 2, 1861. 

(3) Phineas B. Bean m. Jan. 20, 1834, Rebecca H. Worster, of Sun- 
apee. Children, — 

a. James William, b. Oct. 13, 1834. 

b. Sarah Jane, b. April 6, 1836. 

c. Elizabeth Ann, b. March 23, 1839. 

d. Lucy P^mmeline, b. Dec. 11, 1843. 

Rebecca H. (Worster) Bean d. July 29, 1853; Phineas B. Bean m., 
2d, Jan. 16, 1855, Dolly A. Angier, of Manchester, who d. Sept. 2, 1885, 
in Sutton. He d. Dec. 11, 1880, in Sutton. 

a. James William Bean m. Aug. 6, 1866, Nelly F. Hardy, of Bed- 
ford, dau. of Ephraim and Mary F. (Quimby) Hardy. Children, — 

Sarah Estella, b. Aug. 22, 1867. 
Lora Jane, b. Sept. 17, 1869 ; d. June 22, 1883. 
Gertrude Augusta, b. March 29, 1875 ; d. June 18, 1883. 
Ralph William, b. March 14, 1879 ; d. June 20, 1883. 

These children died with diphtheria at Hyde Park, Mass. 

b. Sarah Jane Bean m. Dec. 24, 1856, George W. Russell, of Sutton. 
Children, — 

William Bartlett, b. Dec. 10, 1857. 

Grace Ada, b. Aug. 4, 1859. 

Fred. Clayton, b. March 4, 1861 ; d. Jan. 29, 1863. 

George W. Russell resides at Claremont. 

William B. Russell, of Sutton, m. Nov. 2,1882, Hattie M. Wigley, of 
Hyde Park, Mass. 


Grace A. Russell m. Aug. 31, 1879, Frank S. Jordan, of Sutton. 
(See Russell.) 

c. Elizabeth A. Bean, dau. of Phineas B. and Rebecea H. (Wors- 
ter) Bean, m. April 1, 1855, Frank F. Dolloff, of Manchester; m., 2d, 
July 5, 1862, Bartlett H. Hardy, of Bedford, she being his 2d wife. 
His present residence is Hyde Park, but he owns the Samuel Andrew 
farm in Sutton for summer residence. 

d. Lucy Emmeline Bean m. Dec. 17, 1863, Eugene S. Barnes, of 
Claremont. Child, — 

Fred. E. S., b. Oct. 10, 1864, in Claremont ; m. Oct. 2, 1888, Ellen 
E. Macomber, dau. of Daniel S. and Martha E. (French) Macomber. 
Residence at Rapid City, Dak. 

(5) James Madison Bean, son of Samuel and Dorothy (Batchelder), 
b. Aug. 10, 1815; d. Jan. 26, 1861, at Manchester; m. March 15, 1837, 
Harriet W. Haynes, of Newbury, dau. of James and Sally (Clark) 
Haynes. Children, — 

a. James M., b. Dec. 2.5, 1838; d. April 3, 1846. 
h. Carlos P., b. May 30, 1842 ; d. Sept. 24, 1856. 
c. James M , b. March 29, 1848. 

Mrs. Harriet W. (Haynes) Bean d. June 28, 1848. 

James Madison Bean m., 2d, Aug. 25, 1849, Hannah D. Bachelder, 
of Loudon. No children. He d. Jan. 26, 1861, at Manchester. 

c. James M. Bean, Jr., m. Mary Johnson, of Exeter. Children, — 

Hattie; James M. ; Charles; Mary. 

h. Carlos P. Bean was accidentally shot at New Hampton, and died 
in a few hours. 

James Madison Bean went to Manchester in 1848, where 
he became eminently successful as a business man and poli- 
tician, at one time owning much real estate there. Was 
jDrominent in the F. W. Baptist church, held important city 
offices, and also, at the time of his death, held the highest 
office then conferred in the Odd Fellows' lodge. 

(6) Betsey B. Bean, dau. of Samuel and Dorothy (Batchelder) Bean, 
m. Nov. 12, 1839, Johnson Colby, of Sutton. (See Colby.) 

(7) Joseph Bean m. Oct. 1, 1844, Sarah C. Bartlett, of Newbury, 
dau. of Giles and Tabitha (Wells) Bartlett. Child,— 

Dorothy Jane, b. May 21, 1845, in Newbury; d. Feb. 23, 1867; m. 
May 19, 1866, Henry C. Richards, of Goffstown. 

Joseph Bean lived in Newbury till 1859, when he sold 
his farm and went to Manchester aud entered into the 


grocery business, which he successfully prosecuted till 
1888. He is a staunch Democrat, a leading man in his 
party, holding places of trust such as councilman, assessor, 
tc, and is one of the solid men of the city. He is a promi- 
nent Odd Fellow. 

5. Mary Bean, dau. of William and Sarah (Griffin) Bean, b. Jan. 9, 
1785; d. Aug. 17, 1861 ; m. Sept. 21, 1807, Bond Little, Jr., and with 
him removed to Hatley, Canada. Children, — 

(1) Sarah, b. Jan. 5, 1809; d. Feb. 11, 1858. 

(2) Rvith, b. May 9, 1811 ; d. June 1, 1879. 

(3) William, b. June 12, 1813 ; d. Dec. 31, 1851. 

(4) Maria Mary, b. April 11, 1816; d. June 8, 1866. 

(5) Taylor, b. May 12, 1820; d. June 19, 1849. 

(6) Lois E., b. Jan. 2, 1824; d. Jan. 18, 18.51. 

(7) Alice, b. Oct. 3, 1825; d. May 2.5, 1862. 

(8) Clinton, b. May 26, 1828; d. Feb. 4, 1868. 

(9) Milton, b. May 26, 1828 ; d. Jan. 26, 1850. 
(10) Marietta, b. May 10, 1830; d. Oct. 9, 1867. 

Bond Little, Jr., d. Feb. 23, 1859. 

(1) Sarah Little m. March 4, 1831, Simon Bean, of Hatley, Canada ; 

6 children. 

(3) William Little m. Lucinda Kezar, of Hatley ; b. Feb. 6, 1817 ; 3- 

Note. — To his daughter Lucinda (now Mrs. Edwin Woodward) we are indebted for 
these Canada records, and for a vast amount besides, for which the limits of this his- 
tory cannot And room.— [Ed. 

(4) Maria Mary Little m. April 25, 1837, James H. C. Flanders; 5 

(6) Lois E. Little m. Jan. 1, 1848, Jonathan Leayitt; 2 children. 
She d. Jan. 18, 1851, and Jonathan Leayitt m. 2d, Sept., 1852, Alice 
Little, dau. of Bond and Mary (Bean) Little; 3 children. She d. 
May 25, 1862. 

(8) Clinton Little m. Sept. 4, 1854, Sarah, dau of Richard and Re- 
becca Drew, of Hatley ; 6 children. 

(10) Marietta Little m. Jan. 28, 1850, Thomas Shurtliff ; 6 children. 
She d. Oct. 9, 1867. 

This Thomas Shurtliff is son of Dr. Lathrop and Ruth (Little) 
Shurtliff, his father a natiye of Vermont, and his mother daughter of 
Bond and Ruth (Atwood) Little. She was born in Sutton, Sept. 24^ 
1797. He is an Episcopal clergyman, now resident in California. 

6. William Bean, son of William and Sarah (Griffin), b. Sept. 4, 1787 ; 


d. March 31, 1829, iii Sutton : m. May 14, 1809, Sarah Dearborn, of 
Sutton, dau. of Henry and Mary (Williams) Dearborn. Children, — 

(1) Janette S., b. July 4, 1810 ; d. April 16, 1827. 

(2) Stillman P., b. June 4, 1814. 

(3) Henry D., b. Aug. 31, 1818 ; d. same day. 

(4) Diantha A., b July 7, 1822 ; d. March 22, 1865. 

(5) Harriet W., b. Feb. 13, 1826. 

(6) Sevira Jane, b. Feb. 2, 1829. 

William Bean lived on the Henry Dearborn farm, and 
assisted in all the various branches of business carried on 
by Mr. Dearborn at that place. He was a man of much 
energy and capacity, but died of consumption while yet in 
the prime of life. Sarah, his widow, married, 2d, Aug. 4, 
1848, Benjamin Tebbetts, of Lowell, who died July 18, 
1851. She married, 3d, June, 1852, John P.ressey, of Sut- 
ton, she being his 3d wife. 

(2) Stillman P. Bean m. Jan. 22, 1840, Zilpha S. Currier, of New 
London, dau. of John and Mary (Stevens) Currier. Children, b. in 
Sutton, — 

a. Mary S., b. Aug. 23, 1840; d. same day. 

b. Orville Augustus, b. Aug. 17, 1841 ; d. Aug. 27, 1844. 

c. Orville, b. 

Stillman P. Bean m., 2d, July 13, 18.56, Miranda E., dau. of Nehe- 
miah and Mary B. (Felch) Emerson, of Andover. Child. — 

(a) Mary Addie Estelle, b. at East Andover, Aug. 10, 1860; m. Jan. 
4, 1888, Andrew C, son of Cyrus and Almira (Towle), French, of Sut- 
ton. Child, — 

Cyrus Andrew, b. at Wilmot Flat, Jan 26, 1889. 

Mary B. Felch was b. in Society Land, now Francestown. 

(4) Diantha A. Bean m. Feb. 14, 1839, Simeon Stevens, of Newbury. 
Children, born in Sutton, — 

a. Henry Dearborn, b. Feb. 27, 1840; d. March 4, 1858. 
h. Franklin Pierce, b. Nov. 27. 1843. 

c. Mvron Williams, b. Aug. 27, 1845; d. Nov. 20, 1849. 

d. William Myron, b. Nov., 1850. 

Simeon Stevens d. July 31, 1886, in Newbury. His wife, Diantha 
A. (Bean), d. March 22, in Sutton. After the death of his wife, Mr. 
Stevens removed from South Sutton to Newbury, and m., 2d, Hannah 

b. Franklin Pierce Stevens was a soldier in the late war ; removed to 
the West. 


d. William M. Stevens resides in Sioux City, Iowa. Was a high school 
teacher some years; m. Fannie A. Townsend. 

(5) Harriet W. Bean m. Oct. 5, 1853, George Fellows, of Sutton; b. 
March 5, 1825 ; d. Feb. 22, 1882, in Sutton. Child,— 

a. George Walter, b. Dec. 10, 18,54; d. March 10, 1864. 

(6) Sevira Jane Bean m. Oct. 23. 1850, John Quincy Cui'rier, of New 
London. Child, — 

Florence Jane, b. in New London, Aug. 27, 1855; d. in Mont- 
pelier, Vt., June 17, 1858. 

John Quincy Currier d. in Montpelier, July 3, 1865. Mrs. Sevira J. 
(Bean) Currier m., 2d, May 14, 1867, James T. Thurston, of Mont- 
pelier, who d. June 14, 1878, since which time Mrs. Thurston has re- 
sided in Sutton. 

7. Israel Bean, son of William and Sarah (Griffin), m. July 23, 1809, 
Lois Eastman, adopted daughter of Obediah and Jemuna (Williams) 
Eastman. Children, — 

(1) Obediah E., b. July 11, 1811 ; d. in Westfield, Vt. 

(2) Jemima, b. Aug. 2, 1812; d. Sept., 1819. 

(3) Milton, b. Sept. 11, 1814; d. in Canada. 

(4) James Munroe, b May 9, 1817; went to California. 

(5) Samuel, b. Oct. 8, 1820 ; m. 1842, Olive Wheeler. 

Mrs. Lois (Eastman) Bean d. May 8, 1821, in Sutton. Israel Bean 
m., 2d, Sept. 27, 1826, Lucy, dau. of Abner Ward, of Sutton, who d. 
July 18, 1867, in Canada. Israel Bean d. near 1832, in Canada. 

Descendants of Samuel and Dorothy (^Wells') Bean. 

VI. Samuel Bean m. Dec. 24, 1768, Dorothy WeUs, of San- 
down. Children, — 

1. Isaac, b. July 8, 1770 ; d. Oct. 4, 1855. 

2. Jacob, b. April 2, 1773 ; d. Nov. 30, 1848. 

3. Moses, b. July 21, 1774; d. Oct. 19, 1826. 

4. Samuel, 3d, b. Aug. 17, 1775; d. April 8, 1843. 

5. Joseph, b. April 12, 1777 ; d. Aug. 19, 1870. 

6. Dolly, b. Feb. 4, 1783; d. Nov. 16, 1871. 

7. William, b. March 15, 1785; d 1841. 

8. Sally, b. April 13, 1788 ; d. Oct, 18, 1851. 

9. Ruth, b. Sept. 23, 1790; d. Nov. 13, 1817. 

10. Benjamin, b. May 5, 1793 ; d. March 16, 1858. 

11. Ephraim, b. Jan. 16, 1795; d. 1833. 

12. Reuben, b. Jan. 6, 1797 ; d. June 11, 1882. 
Two babes died with putrid sore throat. 


Samuel Bean, Jr., d. April 20, 1819, in Sutton. His wife, Dor- 
othy (Wells), d. Aug. 8, 1825, in Sutton. They moved to Sutton 
when their son Isaac was six weeks old ; the other children were 
born in Sutton. 

1. Isaac Bean m. May 1, 1792, Euth Wells, of Sandown. Chil- 

(1) Sarah, b. April 30, 1793. 

(2) Isaac, b. May 3, 179.5 ; d. voung. 

(3) Timothy, b. June 17, 1797"; d. June 14, 1884. 

(4) Samue^b. April 20, 1800 : d. at sea. 

(5) Jemima W., b. March 5, 1802 ; d. July 19, 1877. 

(6) Jesse, b. Dec. 5, 1804. 

(7) Hiram, b. Feb. 20, 1806 ; d. Oct. 2, 1876. 

(8) Ruth, b. Nov. 6, 1808 ; d. Aug. 29, 1882. 

(9) Dollv, b. March 28. 1812. 

(10) James, b. Feb. 7, 1814. 

(11) Joseph, b. May 29, 1816 ; d. July 7, 1849. 

Isaac Bean d. Oct. 4, 1855, in Sutton. His wife, Ruth (Wells), d. 
May 12, 1853, in Sutton. 

(1) Sarah Bean m. April 24, 1825, James Brocklebank. Child, — 

John, b. in Sutton. 
(3) Timothy Bean m. Oct. 25, 1818, Fanny B. Brocklebank, daughter 
of James Brocklebank, Sr. Children, — 


Sarah Jane, 

John Clark, who m. Oct. 22, 1885, Martha A. Harwood. 

Timothy Bean d. June 14, 1884, in Sutton. His wife, Fanny B. 
(Brocklebank), d. Feb. 6, 1882, in Sutton. 

(5) Jemima W. Bean m. April 8, 1840, William Pressey (2d wife). 

a. John M., b. May 11, 1841. 

William Pressey d. May 12, 1877, in Sutton. His wife, Jemima W. 
(Bean), d. July 19, 1877, in Sutton. 

a. John M. Pressey m. Electa Durgin. Child, — 

William S. 

(7) Hiram Bean m. Dec. 8, 1843, Delia Morgan, of Sutton, daughter 
of Samuel and Mehitabel (Robinson) Morgan. No children. He d. 
Oct. 2, 1876, in Sutton. 

(8) Ruth Bean m. Nov. 23, 1830, James Johnson, of Enfield, who d. 
in 1832, and she m., 2d, Mr. Muzzy, of Newport, 1834. She m., 3d, 
Caleb B. Flanders. She d. Aug. 29, 1882, in Sutton. 


(9) Dolly Bean m. Oct. 20, 1844, John U. Blodgett, of Newbury. 

Children, — 

a. Mary Angeline, b. Aug. 1, 1845. 
h. John, b. Aug. 15, 1846 ; d. 1848. 

c. Abbie J., b. Nov. 4, 1847. 

d. Betsey, b. Sept. 11, 1852; d 18.53. 

John U. Blodgett d. Sept. 1, 1875, in Sutton. 

a. Mary Angeline Blodgett m. Sept. 23, 1860, Stillman B. Hart, of 
Sutton. Children, — 

Rosetta M., b. March 12, 1860 ; d. young. 
John, b. April 13, 1863 ; d. young. 
Fred S., b. AprU 9, 1865. 

Stillman B. Hart d. 1865, in Sutton, and his wife, Mary A., m., 2d, 
July 10, 1866, Carlos S. Bingham, of Sutton. Children, — 

Minnie; Nellie Viola; Arthur; Charles; Henry. 
Mrs. Mary A. Bingham died in Newbury. 
c. Abbie J. Blodgett m. Dec. 1, 1868, Benjamin D. Belcher. Child, — 

Nellie May, b. May 19, 1870. 

2. Jacob Bean, commonly called " Ensign " Jacob Bean, b. Apr. 2, 
1778, m. April ' 14, 1794, Dorothy Quimby, daughter of Moses and 
Judith (Bean) Quimby. She d. June 12, 1795. Jacob Bean m., 2d, 
Oct. 20, 1796. Children,— 

(1) DoUv Q., b. Sept. 4, 1797 ; d. Sept. 7, 1888. 

(2) Abigail H., b. June 9, 1799. 

(3) Hannah N., b. May 31, 1800. 

(4) Polly, b. Nov. 1, 1802 ; d. Sept. 7, 1873. 
(.5) Asa, b. May 25, 1805; d. Aug. 31, 1889. 

(6) Jacob, b. Feb. 24, 1807. 

(7) Sarah J., b. April 26, 1802. 

(8) Betsey A., b. Aug. 24, 1811 ; d. Oct. 19, 1847. 

(9) William Taylor, b. July 29, 1813. 

(10) Mary, b. 1816 ; d. same year. 

(11) Malvina, b. April 20, 1819. 

Ensign Jacob Bean d. Nov. 30, 1848, in Sutton. His wife, Hannah 
(Nelson), d. Jan. 8, 1865, in Sutton. 

(2) Abigail H. Bean m. Nov. 8, 1825, John Muzzy, of Newport. 

(3) Hannah N. Bean m. Sept. 8, 1824, Matthew H. French, of Sutton. 

(4) Polly Bean m. Oct. 24, 1822, Asa Mastin, b. Jan. 14, 1799. Chil- 
dren, — 

a. Carlos, b. Aug. 24, 1823; d. Sept. 1, 1865. 
h. Mark, b. Dec. 25, 1826. 
c. Mary. b. April 5, 1829. 


Asa Mastin d. Nov. 19, 1844, in Sutton, and his wife m., 2d, Capt. 
Stephen K. Hoyt, of Sutton. She d. Sept. 7, 1873, in Sutton. 

(5) Asa Bean m. Jan. 22, 1832, Theodata Bohonnan, of Siitton, 
dau. of Dea. Jonathan Bohonnan. Children, — 

a. Mary E., b. Dec. 23, 1835 ; d. Nov. 6, 1848. 

b. Addison A., b. Nov. 1, 1845. 

Asa Bean d. Aug. 31, 1889, at Chester. His wife, Theodata (Bo- 
honnon), d. Sept. 22, 1874, in Sutton. 

h. Addison A. Bean m. Jan. 7, 1869, Mary E. Gordon, b. at Sandown, 
Oct. 10, 1847. Removed from Sutton to Chester, April 25, 1874. 

(6) Jacob Bean m. Harriet Huntley. Child, — 

a. Louisa, m. Benjamin Hart. 

Jacob Bean m., 2d, Nov. 22, 1859, Harriet Newell Woodward, daugh- 
ter of Jonathan Woodward. She d. Nov. 14, 1889. 

(9) William Taylor Bean m. Oct. 1, 1837, Sarah D. Felch, daughter 
of Dea. John and Hannah (Dodge) Felch, of Sutton, b. Sept. 16, 1816 ; 
d. Jan. 4, 1868. Children, born in Sutton, — 

a. Roxana J., b. Jan. 11, 1839 ; d. June 9, 1884. 

b. John Alfred, b. Oct. 16 1841. 

c. Sarah Maria, b. April 9. 1847. 

d. Frank Taylor, b. June 27, 1849. 

e. Grace Hannah, b. May 15, 18.52. 
/. Jacob Walter, b. June 7, 1855. 

g. George William, b. Oct. 11, 1859. 

William Taylor Bean ra., 2d, June 1, 1870, Nancy Tuck, of Brent- 
wood. Child, — 

Ji. Oren N., b. July 2, 1871. 

Mr. Bean lived with his father in Sutton many years. Removed to 
New London, and subsequently to Brentwood, where he now resides. 

a. Roxana J. Bean m. Dr. Moses W. Russell, July 2, 1861. (See Rus- 

c. Sarah Maria Bean m. George O. Sanborn. 

e. Grace Hannah Bean m. Jan. 12, 1878, J. Louis Cass. 

d. Frank Tavlor Bean m. July 4, 1874, Ella F. Holt; d. 1876; 

m., 2d, April 24, 1881, Sarah Neal. 
/. Jacob Walter Bean m. June 7, 1884, Ella S. Kingsbury. 
g. George Willam Bean m. Oct. 11, 1883, Ella J. Perham. 

7. William Bean, 2d, b. March 15, 1785; m. Betsey Fisher of Sutton. 
Children, — 

(1) Truman, b. Nov. 10, 1811 ; d. Feb. 19, 1826. 

(2) Harmony, b. Nov. 4,1813. 

(3) Carlos P., b. Sept. 13, 1815. 

(4) Louisa, b. Jan. 6, 1818. 


(5) Caroline, b. Jan. 9, 1820. 

(6) Amanda W., b. April 13, 1822. 

(7) Abiel F., b. May 3, 1824. 

(8) Truman, b. July 16, 1826. 

(9) Jane, b. Nov. 23, 1828. 
(10) William, b. 1830. 

William Dean died about 1841. He was a farmer living upon the 
farm now owned by John Pressey. About 1832 he sold out and re- 
moved to East Corinth, Me., then a new town. He purchased a farm 
near that of his brother Reuben, and lived there the remainder of his 
days. His son, William Bean, 3d, now lives there. 

3. Moses Bean, b. July 21, 1774, in Sutton, m. Sept. 2, 1802, in Hat- 
ley, Betsey Kezar, b. March 12, 1776. He removed to Hatley, Canada, 
in 1798. Children, born in Hatley, — 

(1) Simon, b. Oct. 16, 1804; d. Julv 7, 1885. 

(2) Mark, b. Jan. 17, 1806. 

(3) Lora, b. Feb. 17, 1807. 

<4) Betsey, b. Feb. 15, 1808 ; d. 1873. 

(5) Moses, b. Jan. 19, 1809; d. June 4, 1809. 

(6) Vernon, b. Jan. 15, 1810; d. June 22, 1882. 

(7) Luke, b. Nov. 15, 1811; d. Aug. 11, 1881. 

(8) Salome, b. May 29, 1818; d. June 7, 1839. 

Moses Bean, d. Oct. 19, 1826, in Hatley, Canada. His wife d. Oct. 
25, 1830. The descendants of the above are numerous in Hatley, and 
are among the best citizens. 

(4) Samuel Bean, b. Aug. 17, 1775; m. Oct. 1, 1798, Charlotte 
Phelps,of Litchfield, Conn., b. in 1779. Children, b. in Glover, Vt., — 

a. Cromwell P., b. June 10, 1800; d. Dec. 25, 1864. 
h. Samuel b. April 8, 1802 ; d. Jan. 22, 1884. 

c. Charlotte, b. March 24, 1804 ; d. . 

d. Amos P., b. Nov. 27, 1806; d. Nov. 16, 1875. 

e. Phebe, b. Sept. 17, 1808 ; d. May 27, 1832. 

/'. Eldad P., b. April 17, 1811 ; d. Dec. 16, 1884. 
'g. Eveline B., b. March 12, 1813; d. Sept. 25, 1884. 
h. Tnmian F., b. Sept. 26, 1815. 
i. Nathan C, b. Nov. 18, 1818. 
j. John E., b. Aug. 16, 1820. 

Mrs. Charlotte (Phelps) Bean d. Jan. 15, 1837, in Glover, Vt. Sam- 
uel Bean m., 2d, Sept. 1, 1837, Mrs. Laura (Spaulding) Percival, dau. 
of Benjamin and Azubah (Gates) Spaulding. Child, — 

k. Phebe P., b. Sept. 17, 1838; d. Nov. 26, 1854. 

Samuel Bean d. April 8, 1843, in Glover, Vt. His wife d. Aug. 14, 
1871, in Somer\dlle, Mass. The descendants of the above family are 
many and respectable in Vermont. 

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5. Joseph Bean, b. April 12, 1799, m. March 4, 1805, Betsey Rowell, 
of Goffstown, b. April 10, 1786, dau. of Thomas and Lydia (Hawes) 
Rowell. Removed to Hatley, Canada, where were born their chil- 
dren, — 

(1) Lvdia, b. June 10, 1806 ; d. Jan. 30, 1859. 

(2) Philip, b. Feb. 11, 1808. 

(3) Joseph, b. April 12, 1812 ; d. July 11, 1888. 

(4) Betsey, b. May 6, 1814; d. July 17, 1844. 

(5) Freeman, b. Nov. 12, 1816; d. Sept. 20, 1886. 

(6) Dolly, b. Jan. 15, 1818. 

(7) Lucy, b. Aug. 24, 1819 ; d. Feb. 28, 1882. 

(8) MeMna, b. March 2, 1821. 

(9) Moses, b. May 4, 1823. 

(10) Samuel, b. March 27, 1825. 

(11) William, b. Aug. 6, 1826 ; d. Jan. 9, 1870. 

Joseph Bean d. Aug. 19, 1870, in Hatley, Canada. His wife d. Oct. 
12, 1870, in Hatley, Canada. Their descendants in Canada are numer- 

6. Dolly Bean, b. Feb. 4, 1783, in Sutton, m. Nov. 1, 1802, in 
Glover, Vt., Jonas Philips, b. Aug. 13, 1776, in Athol, Mass. Chil- 
dren, — 

(1) Curtis, b. June 18, 1804 ; d. Xov. 5, 1862. 

(2) Jonas, b. Dec. 2, 1805; d. March 6, 1850. 

(3) Dolly, b. Jan. 26, 1808. 

(4) Hiram, b. Dec. 17, 1809. 

(5) Samuel, b. Aug. 7, 1812. 

(6) Josiah, b. Sept. 23, 1814. 

(7) Rosanna, b. April 10, 1817. 

(8) Charlotte, b. Jan. 7, 1819 ; d. Dec. 23, 1881. 

(9) Lydia, b. Jan. 18, 1822. 

(10) Betsey, b. Jan. 25, 1830 ; d. April 25, 1852. 

(11) Walter H., b. Feb. 11, 1827. 

(12) John E., b. Jan. 25, 1830. 

Jonas Philips d. July 12, 1849, in Glover, Vt. His wife d. Xov. 16, 
1871, in Glover, Vt. Their descendants in Vermont are numerous. 

10. Benjamin Bean, b. May 5, 1793, in Sutton; m. 1814, Abigail 
Hoyt, b. June 5, 1793. Children,— 

(1) Jacob W., b. June 15, 1815. 

(2) Ruth, b. June 25, 1817. 

(3) Benjamin, b. Aug. 17, 1819. 

(4) Sophronia, b. March 5, 1824. 

(5) Curtis P., b. April 17, 1826. 

(6) Levi Persons, b. Nov. 24, 1828 ; d. Jan. 24, 1863. 

(7) Reuben, b. Sept. 27, 1832; d. April 21, 1878. 

Benjamin Bean d. March 16, 1858, at Ascot, P. Q. His wife d. 
Sept. 18, 1866, at Ascot. P. Q. They went to Glover, Vt., in 1817, 


where they lived several years ; thence to Ascot, P. Q., where they 
lived the remainder of their lives. 

12. Reuben Bean, b. Jan. 6, 1797, m. June 1, 1^22, Mary F. Smith, 
of Sutton, b. Dec. 30, 1804, dau. of Moses and Drusilla (Smart) 
Smith. Children born in Sutton. — 

(1) Clarissa S., b. Nov. 19, 1823. 

(2) Diana, b. Aug. 22, 1825. 

(3) Diantha, b. Aug. 11, 1827. 

(4) Augustus L., b. May 5, 1829. 

Children born in East Corinth, Me., — 

(o) Albert, b. Aug. 3, 1831. 

(6) Sumner, b. 1833 ; d. same year. 

(7) Charles, b. March 22, 183.5. 

(8) Keuben M , b. Jan. 18, 1838. 

(9) Edward W., b. May 1, 1840. ) 

(10) Edwin P., b. May 1, 1840. | 

(11) David H., b. Apr. 24, 1842 ; d. Sept. 9, 1850. 

(12) Marietta, b. April 29, 1844. 

Reaben Bean d. June 11, 1882, in East Corinth, Me. His wife d. 
June 15, 1866, in East Corinth, Me. 

11. Ephraim Bean, b. Jan. 16, 1795; m. Feb. 18, 1822, Ismena T. 
Thompson, of Salisbury, dau. of Benjamin and Abigail (Hazeltine) 
Thompson. Children, born in Sutton, — 

(1) Charles Alden, b. March 8, 1823. 

(2) i:phraim, b. March 6, 1825. 

(3) Emily T., b. Feb. 10, 1827. 

(4) Oliver S., b. 1829 ; d. 1831. 

Ephraim Bean d. in Sutton, in 1833, and his widow m., 2d, March 
25, 1835, William K. Howe. [For descendants of this marriage see 
Howe.] Mrs. Howe m., 3d, John Andrew, of Sutton (2d wife). 

(1) Charles Alden Bean m. Dec. 31, 1846, MaryF. Johnson, in Hen- 
niker. Children, boi'n in Henniker, — 

a. Ellen M., b. March 21, 1848 ; d. Sept. 24, 1887. 

b. Mary E., b. Nov. 20, 1849. 

c. Charles E., b. Nov. 11, 1851. 

d. Hattie A., b. March 19, 1854 ; d. Oct. 1, 1863. 

e. George A., b. April 20, 18.56. 

/. Sarah C, b. Mav 4, 1858 ; d. Nov. 11, 1863. 
'q. Charlotte A., b. Sept. 30, 1860. 
'/i. William H., b. April 28, 1868. 

Charles A. Bean resides at Henniker. 

a Ellen M. Bean m. Jan. 1, 1868, William P. Holton, of Moundville, 
W.Va. Child,— 


Edward H., b. November, 1868. 

Mr. Holton died, and his widow in., 2d, Alonzo Phelps, of Sutton. 

Children, — 

Mattie B., b. June 30, 1872. 
Charles I., b. Aug. 3, 1875. 

Mrs. EUen M. (Bean) Phelps d. Sept. 24, 1887, in Henniker. 

h. Mary E. Bean m. July 3, 1869, John S. Lovering, b. in Methuen, 
Mass., July 16, 1847. Children, born in Manchester, — 

George W., b. May IS, 1871. 
Charles J., b. Sept. 19, 1873. 

c. Charles E. Bean in. March 3, 1886, Susan Dean, of Chicago. 
Children, born in Chillicothe, 111., — 

Albert C.,b. Jan. 17, 1888. 
A daughter, b. Dec. 29, 1888. 

e. George A. Bean, m. Jan. 19, 1886, Mary E. Crocker, of Merri-. 

g. Charlotte A. Bean m. Nov. 23, 1881, Walter S. Hanscom, of 
Portsmouth. Child, — 

Walter L., b. in Henniker, March 10, 1883. 

h. WiDiam H. Bean m. Nov. 29, 1888, Hattie A. Davis, of Henni- 

2. Ephraim Bean, Jr., m. Oct. 23, 1844, Mehitabel A. Flint, of Sut- 
ton, daughter of Ebenezer and Charlotte (Austin) Flint, b. July 22, 
1823. Children, born in Sutton, — 

a. Lydia Florence, b. Jan. 10, 1846. 

h. Charles Allen, b. Feb. 3, 1849. 

c. Ephraim K., b. Sept. 11, 18.52; d. Feb. 24, 1853. 

d. Ismena L., b. Jan. 13, 1856. 

Mrs. Mehitabel A. (Flint) Bean died Jane 15, 1858. Ephraim Bean 
m., 2d, Sept. 29, 1859, Mrs. Hannah D. (Colby) Ferren, of Warner. 

e. Edward Horace, b. Oct. 4, 1860, in Sutton. 

Mrs. Hannah D. (Colby) Bean's children by former marriage, now 
living in Sutton, are Abbie C. and Emma, b. May 12, 1850. 

a. Lydia Florence Bean m. Dec. 18, 1860, William L. Morgan, of 
.Sutton, b. April 1, 1836. Children, born in Sutton, — 

Almira W., b. Sept. 16, 1863. 

Charles F., b. Nov. 10, 1865. 

George H., b. Jan. 3, 1874; d. Jan. 5, 1874. 

Edith B., b. Sept. 13, 1876. 


Almii-aW. Morgan m. Feb. 1, 1888, Frank A.Woodward, of Sutton, 
b. Jan. 4, 1853. 

Charles F. Morgan m. INIarch 14, 1888, Josephine M. Bartlett, of 
Claremont, daughter of Joseph S. and Ellen (Cowles) Bartlett. 

(/. Ismena L. Bean m. Nov. 9, 1872, B. Frank Turner, of Sutton. 
Children, born in Warner, — 

Walter F., b. Oct. 25, 1873. 
Ralph F., b. Sept. 21, 1875. 

e. Edward H. Bean m. Feb. 1, 1880, Ella F. Town, of Franklin. 

Edward F., b. March 30, 1881, in Sutton. 

Edward H. Bean m., 2d, March 14, 1885, Mary A. Reckard, of 
Waterville, N. Y., dau. of John and Catherine (Miller) Reckard. 

(3) Emily T. Bean, dau. of Ephraim, Sr., and Ismena (Thompson) 
Bean, b. Feb. 10, 1827, m. 1844, Levi Flint, of Sutton. She died 
1864. [For descendants see Flint.] 

III. Cornelius Bean, brother to William and Samuel, m. Sept- 
26, 1860, Betsey , in Sandown. Children, — 

1. Jane, b. Dec. 5, 1761. 

2. Susanna, b. June 16, 1765 ; d. 

3. Isaac, b. April 15, 1768 ; went to sea. 

4. Joseph, b. Nov. 1, 1770, in Sutton ; d. June 6, 1771. 

1. Jane Bean m. Jacob Cass, of what is now Hill. Children, — 

(1) Betsey. (2) Nason. (3) Anna. (4) Mary. (5) Jane, 
(6) Jacob. 

(5) Jane Cass m. John Tilton, of Plymouth. Children, — 

a. Watson, b. William W. c. Laura J. d. Jacob C. e. La- 
vina N. 

John Tilton died, and his widow m., 2d, Francis Currier, of Sutton. 

Children, born in Sutton, — 

/. Sarah Jane. g. Francis, h. Dorella. 

Francis Currier, d. July 3, 1870, in Sutton. His wife, Jane (Cass) 
Currier, d. Xov. 29, 1876, in Sutton. 

c. Laura J. Tilton m. Jan. 22, 1848, Samuel T. Trumbull, of Wil- 
mot This family moved from Wilmot to Sutton in 1853, and from 
Sutton to Newport in 1869. 

Children of Laura J. Tilton and Samuel T. Trumbull, — 

Sultana C, b. May 11, 1849 ; d. Nov. 9, 1850. 

Eliza Jane, b. March 11, 1850. 

Sarah Ann, b. April 1, 1852 ; d. Jan. 12, 1866. 

Medora B., b. Jan. 22, 1854. 

Frank S., b. Dec. 10, 1857 ; d. March 17, 1858. 

Sarah Ann, b. March 22, 1866. 

Eliza J. Trumbull m. William Sharpies, of Andover ; m., 2d, George: 
E. Marston, of Newport. 

Medora Trumbull m. Joseph CaiT, of Ne\\^ort. 

Sarah A. Trumbull m. George S. Roberts, of Newport. 

/. Sarah J. Currier m. Andrew Peaslee, of Sutton ; m., 2d, William 
Carr, of Unity. 

h. Dorella B. Currier m. Leonard F. Peaslee, of Sutton, who d. July 
10, 1863, in Sutton, and his widow m., 2d, Abram Richards, of Sutton. 

g. Francis Currier m. Etta . Children b. in Sutton, — 

It will be seen that the only known descendants of the early settler, 
Corneliu,s Bean, are those of his daughter, Jane, who m. Jacob Cass. 


Jesse Blake lived at the South Village, where he d. 
about 1837. His wife, Betsey, d. Nov. 25, 1856, aged 72. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

I. Jesse C. P. 

II. Westley. 

III. Erastus. 

IV. Mary O. 

V. Mansel. 

Mrs. Lysander Carroll, of Concord, is daughter of Mansel Blake, 
I. Jesse C. P. Blake m. April 28, 1836, Fanny Slmonds, of New- 
bury, daughter of Moses and Hepsibah (Gillingham) Simonds. 
Among their children were, — 

1. Fanny, m. Mr. Joy, of Lowell, Mass., 

2. Page, m. Mary ]\Iorse, of Newbury. 

3. Mary, m. John Wright, of Sutton. 

4. Charles, m. and lived at the Mast Yard. 

5. Alphonso, b. 1841 ; d. Jan. 30, 1845. 

6. Lorenzo, b. 1843 ; d. Feb. 24, 1845. 

IV. Mary O. Blake m. John W. Marshall, of Sutton. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Mansel B., b. 1842. 

2. Charles M.,b. Sept. 3, 1844 ; d. May 15, 1845. 

Mrs. Mary O. (Blake) MarshaU d. June 9, 1846. 

1. Mansel B. Marshall has been three times married, 1st, to Jennie 
Hart, 2d, to Martha Hart, daughters of William Hart, 3d, to Nellia 
Hart, daughter of Charles Hart. 



Samuel Blanchard, of Medford, Mass., b. 1803; m. 1825 
Frances Burroughs, of Amherst. Children, — 

I. Samuel, b. 1826 ; d. 1870. 

II. Abbie A., b. 1831 ; d. Feb. 27, 1867. 

III. Eben, b. 1833. 

IV. William, b. 1834 ; d. Aug., 1867. 

V. Elizabeth, b. 1836. 

VI. Lucy, b. 1842. 

Mrs. Frances (Burroughs) Blanchard d. m Medford. 
Mr. Blanchard m., 2d, Mrs. Ruthena (White) Hilliard, of 
Boston. He d. in Sutton, Nov. 4, 1876. Came to this 
town July, 1856, and spent the remainder of his life here. 
Kept the hotel at the South Village for several years. Was 
also a public auctioneer. 

I. Samuel Blanchard m. Mary H. Barker, of Medford ; m., 2d, 
Mary H. Mitchell, of Kittery, Me. 

II. Abbie Blanchard m. Daniel George Chadwick. [See Chad- 

III. Eben Blanchard m. Melvina Marshall, of Lynn, Mass. He 
lived in Sutton several years ; is now in grocery business in Med- 

IV. William Blanchard was for many years an officer in the 
Massachusetts state prison. 

V. Elizabeth Blanchard m. July 6, 1865, George Mitchell, of 
Kittery Point, Me. 

VI. Lucy Blanchard m. 1862, George Robertson, of Warner. 
Child, Martha F., b. 1863, in Warner, and m. George Putnam, of 
Warner. Their child, b. in Sutton, Sept. 16, 1889, Mabel E. 

George Robertson is son of Timothy D. Robertson, a prominent 
citizen of Warner, and is himself at the present time a member of 
the board of selectmen of Sutton, and he has kept store several 
years at South Sutton, in company with George G. Wells. Later 
he sold out to Mr. Wells, and has been in the cattle trade and other 



David Brown, of Wilmot, b. Nov. 25, 1801 : m. Apr. 18, 
1824, Mary Dorr, of Boston ; b. Oct. 25, 1804. Children,— 

I. George F., b. April 19, 1825 ; d. June 2, 1826. 

II. Georgiana, b. Oct. 29, 1826 ; d. Apr. 26, 1871. 

III. Angeline, b. Aug. 29, 1828 ; d. Oct. 3, 1874. 

IV. Abner, b. March 9, 1830 ; d. 

V. Levi F., b. April 4, 1832. 

VI. David, b. Aug. 4, 1834. 

VII. Caroline L., b. Oct. 12, 1838. 
Vni. Mary A., b. Feb. 12, 1841. 

IX. Ellen F., b. March 22, 1843. 

X. Elizabeth L., b. April 11, 1845 ; d, AprU 8, 1865. 

XI. Grace E., b. Sept. 5, 1849. 

Mrs. Mary (Dorr) Brown d. July 31, 1882, in Sutton. 

II. Georgiana Brown m. Sept. 13, 1850, Rev. George Hill 
b. July 8, 1825, at Meredith. Children, — 

1. Florence, b. April 2, 1852. 

2. Alice G., b. Feb. 23, 1854. 

3. Jesse K., b. May 6, 1857. 

4. Mary Grace, b. June 28, 1868. 

Mrs. Georgiana (Brown) Hill d. April 26, 1871. Rev. George 
Hill is a Universalist clergyman. He has been pastor of the church 
at West Cambridge, Mass., at Milford, at South Dedham, at Fox- 
boro', and at Marshfield. 

III. Angeline Brown m. 1856, Edwin BaUey, of Bradford. 

1. Maud C, b. Feb. 14, 1859, at Bradford. 

Edwin Bailey d. Dec. 12, 1888, at Bradford. His wife d. Oct. 
3, 1874. at Bradford. 

1. Maud C. Bailey m. May 24, 1874, George L. Mitchell, of Brad- 
ford. Child.— 

(1) Carl Ashley, b. May 22, 1879. 

George L. Mitchell is the station agent at Bradford, which position 
he has acceptably filled for several years. 

IV. Abner Brown left home for a sailor's life, which he followed 
some years. The tidings of his death came home to the family, but 
the exact date was not given. He died near the Sandwich Islands. 


V. Levi F. Brown m. May 27, 1863, Minerva E. Cheney, o£ 
Sutton, daughter of Lyinan and Achsa (Twiss) Cheney. Children 
b. at Council Bluffs, Iowa, — 

1. Charles W., b. Oct. 10, 186i ; d. July 1, 1866. 

2. Elizabeth L., b. June 17, 1868 ; d. Sept. 22, 1878. 

3. Grace I., b. Jan. 17, 1870. 

4. Edwin L., b. Sept. 21, 1871. 

Levi F. Brown is a carpenter ; he resides at Council Bluffs, Iowa. 

VI. David Brown, Jr., m. 1858, Susan Maria Williamson, of 
Marshfield, Mass., b. Aug. 17, 1834, at Marshfield, Mass., dau. 
of George and Susan R. (Burditt) Williamson. Children, — 

1. David, b. March 13. 18.59, at Concord. 

2. George Williamson, b. May 9, 1862, at Marshfield. 

3. Susan Robinson, b. July 7, 1864. 

4. Henry S., b. Jan. 11, 1866. 

Mrs. Susan Maria (Williamson) Brown d. July 4, 1889, at 

VII. Caroline L. Brown m. March 20, 1865, Ezra E. Sanborn, of 
Sutton. [For children see Sanborn.] 

VIII. Mary A. Brown m. Nov. 5, 1861, Edwin L. Cheney, of 
Sutton. Children, — 

1. Herbert E., b. April 5, 1863. 

2. Lizzie Gertrude, b. March 17, 1869. 

3. Grace Evelyn, b. Feb. 11, 1872 ; d. Nov. 14, 1885. 

4. Frank Elmer, b. Nov. 27, 1874. 

1. Herbert E. Cheney m. Feb. 23, 1887, Louise Estelle Child, of 

IX. Ellen M. Brown m. James H. Coolidge, of Watertown, 
Mass. They have a family of nine children, b. at Galesburg, 111. 

XL Grace E. Brown m. Charles D. Beckett, of Portland, Me. 
Children, — 

1. Charles Arthur, b. Sept. 11, 1873. 

2. Annie May, b. June 19, 1876. 

3. Albert Edward, b. July 11, 1880 ; d. 1883. 

Charles D. Beckett d., 1882, at Cambridgeport, Mass. 

Dexter E. Brown, son of Nathan and Mindwell (Everett) 
Brown, of Wilmot, removed to Sutton in 1868. His 
present residence is the Harris Burpee farm. He m. April 
25, 1852, Lucy A. Roby, of Wilmot ; b. Feb. 8, 1836, dau. 

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of Phineas and Eliza ((3olby) Roby. Children, b. in Wil- 
mot, — 

I. Alpheus E., b. July 22, 1855. 

II. Clarence A., b. May 26, 1858 ; d. July 13, 1882. 

III. Milon D., b. April 4, 1862. 

IV. Bertha L., b. May 12, 1864. 

Mrs. Lucy A. Brown d. July 26, 1864, in Wilmot. Dex- 
ter E. Brown m., 2d, Aug. 1, 1865, Lois A. Bailey, of Sut- 
ton, dau. of Emery and Lois (Clough) Bailey. Children, 
b. in Wilmot and Sutton, — 

V. Etta L., b. June 24, 1867. 

VI. Jennie IdeUe, b. Aug. 19, 1869 ; d. Dec. 23, 1870. 

VII. Willie F., b. Feb. 19, 1872. 

VIII. Walter S. b. June 8, 1874. 

IX. Arthur H., b. June 13, 1881. 


Winthrop A. Barnard, b. in Warner, Dec. 10, 1810 ; d. 
in Sutton, Feb, 26, 1866 : m. Feb. 25, 1836, Lucinda Flan- 
ders, of Warner. Children, — 

I. Annie E., b. June 21, 1837 ; d. Nov. 10, 1862. 

II. Louisa F., b. July 8, 1839. 
ni. Sarah A., b. Oct. 8, 1841. 

IV. Susan L., b. May 17, 1844. 

V. Hattie M., b. Jan. 16, 1847. 

VI. Hannah A., b. Feb. 14, 1849. 

VII. Ida Frances, b. June 8, 1851. 

VIII. John Milton, b. Dec. 1, 1853. 

This family moved into Sutton about 1836, living in the 
Eaton district. They subsequently moved to premises of 
Samuel Andrew, in Avhose employ Mr. Barnard continued 
for thirty years, until his death. 

I. Annie E. Barnard m. Nov. 24, 1859, John C. Butterfield, of 
Hopkinton. Child, — 

1. Arthm- H., b. Oct. 6, 1860 ; d. Feb. 8, 1873. 

630 HISTORY OF sutto:n^. 

John C. Butterfielcl d. June 30, 1864, in Hopklnton ; his wife d. 
Nov. 10, 1862, in Hopkinton. 

II. Louisa Barnard m. March 21, 1861, George A. Smart, of 
Concord. Children, — 

1. Herbert D., b. Feb. 28, 1862, in Concord. 

III. Sarah A. Barnard ni. Aug. 15, 1863, Addison Ayer, h. 
May 28, 1839. Children,— 

1. Elton M., b. Aug. 5, 1861. 

2. Loren, b. Sept. 7, 1866. 

3. Annie E., b. Aug. 1, 1868. 

1. Sherman, b. May 80, 1870 ; d. Feb. 28, 1873. 

5. Nina B., b. Nov. 5, 1872; d. June 24, 1873. 

6. Ernest V., b. Nov. 25, 1874. 

7. Avis M., b. April 19, 1882. 

8. Lee F., b. May 15, 1885. 

IV. Susan L. Barnard m. Nov. 29, 1862, Jason H. Watkins, of 
Sutton. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Harry S., b. Aug. 18, 1864. 

2. Edson C, b. Dec. 7, 1866. 

3. Alfred W., b. Oct. 26, 1871. 

V. Hattie M. Barnard m. May 3, 1863, Jerome G. Rogers, of 
Sutton. Child, — 

1. Clinton B., b. in Sutton, July 3, 1866. 

VI. Hannah A. Barnard m. Charles Edwin Moxon, of Sutton, 
she being his 2d wife. 

VII. Ida Frances Barnard m. Sept. 25, 1873, Moses H. Roby, 
of Warner. Child, — 

1. Florence Anna, b. Nov. 1, 1882, in Warner. 

VIII. John Milton Barnard m. Feb. 20, 1881, MeUie M., dau. 
of Henry Hunt, of Sutton. ., 


Hezekiali Blaisdell, b. July 30, 1759, in Amesbiiry, 
Mass.: m. May 1, 1781, Anna Sargent; b. April 5, 1760, 
in Amesbury, Mass., dau. of Christopher and Anna (Sar- 
gent) Sargent. Children, — 

I. John, b. April 22, 1783 ; d. Oct. 30, 1870. 

II. Mary, b. Oct. 10, 1785 ; d. Jan. 14, 1838. 


ni. Anna, b. Feb. 7, 1788 ; d. Jan. 15, 1861. 

IV. Miriam, b. Oct. 29, 1790 ; d. Sept. 7, 1857. 

V. Christopher S., b. Dec. 21, 1792 ; d. 

VI. Stephen, b. Nov. 6, 1796 ; d. Oct. 9, 1833. 

VII. Hezekiah, b. April 3, 1801 ; d. Feb. 7, 1865. 

Hezekiah Blaisdell d. July 5, 1844, in Sutton. His wife 
d. Oct. 5, 1845, in Sutton. 

I. John Blaisdell m. Nov. 4, 1811, Judith Johnson, dau. of Jona- 
than and Molly (FoUansbee) Jolinson, of Sutton. Children, b. in 
Sutton, — 

1. Jonathan J., b. Sept. 2.5, 1812 ; d. Xov. 18, 1880. 

2. liloses S., b. Nov. 16, 1813 ; d. Dec. 26, 181-3. 

3. Pollv J., b. Oct. 11, 1815. 

4. Moses S., b. April 9, 1817. 

5. Francis F., b. May 8, 1820 ; d. Jan. 16, 1886. 

Jolm Blaisdell d. Oct. 30, 1870, in Svitton. His wife d. April 
26, 1825, in Sutton. 

1. Jonathan J. Blaisdell m.. 1838, Mrs. Mary (Melvin) Martin, of 
Sutton, b. Dec. 19, 1799. Children, b. in Sutton,— 

(1) John, b. March 21, 1839. 

(2) James H., b. April 22, 1844. 

Jonathan J. Blaisdell d. Nov. 18, 1880, in Bradford. His wife d. 
Nov. 12, 1874, in Bradford. 

(2) James H. Blaisdell m. May 10, 1865, Abbie E. Collins, of War- 
ner, dau. of John H. and Esther P. (Marshall) Collins. Child, — 

George A., b. Dec. 16, 1868, in Bradford. 
Mrs. Abbie E. (Collins) Blaisdell d. Oct. 6, 1878, in Bradford. 
James H. Blaisdell m., 2d, April 20, 1880, Mary A. Johnson, of Brad- 
ford, dau. of Alvin and Abigail H. (Stowe) Johnson. No children. 

3. Polly J. Blaisdell m. Aug. 17, 1851, George S. Morgan, of Sutton. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Lydia Jane, b. April 11, 1853 ; d. Nov. 13, 1858. 

(2) Judith Ann, b. Sept. 5, 1854 ; d. March 22, 1858. 

4. Moses S. Blaisdell m. May 25, 1852, Mary Jane Johnson, of Sut- 
ton, dau. of Moody and Lucinda (Felch) Johnson. Children, b. in 
Sutton, — 

(1) Walter L., b. Oct. 19, 18.53 ; d. Mav 2, 1855. 

(2) Wells L., b. March 11, 1856 ; d. Nov. 24, 1860. 

After the death of Mary Jane (Johnson) Blaisdell he m., 2d, 
Dec. 30, 1874, Augusta E., dau. of Safford Watson, who d. Aug. 10, 

632 HISTORY or suttox. 

1887, and he m., 3d, Dec. 10, 1888, Mrs. Mary (Mastin) Hoyt, dau. of 
Asa and Polly (Bean) Mastin. 

5. Francis F. Blaisdell m. Clarissa lAicinda Ellis, of Broome, N. Y., 
dau. of James and Margery (Hubbard) Ellis. Children, b. in Sut- 
ton, — 

(1) Anna Josephine, b. Dec. 22, 1849 ; d. March 19, 1852. 

(2) Adopted child, James B. Gasner, b. 1845 ; d. March 20, 18.52. 

Mrs. Clarissa L. (Ellis) Blaisdell d. Oct. 24, 18G8, in Sutton. Fran- 
cis F. Blaisdell m., 2d, May 9, 1869, Mrs. Eliza A. (Sanborn) Cheney, 
of Sutton, dau. of Tappan and Lavina (French) Sanborn. 

Francis F. Blaisdell d. Jan. 16, 1886, in Sutton. His wife d. Jan. 
31, 1886. 

II. Mary Blaisdell m. May 2, 1811, Henry Johnson, of Sutton, 
Children, b. in Warner, — 

1. John H., b. Jan. 27. 1812. 

2. Wells B., b. Oct. 15, 1813 ; d. Sept. 10, 1834. 

3. Saloma, b. Aug. 14, 1816 ; d. May 2, 1887. 

4. Moses, b. March 16, 1819. 

5. Stephen, b. Aug. 14, 1821. 

6. Henry, b. June 15, 1824. 

7. Mary A., b. Jan. 6, 1827. 

8. Sarah A., b. Jan. 6, 1827. 

Henry Johnson d. May 29, 1842, in Warner. His wife d. Jan 14, 
1838, in Warner. 

III. Anna Blaisdell m. Nov. 21, 1811, Jolm Hills, of Sutton, 
b. Feb. 7, 1787. He d. Jan. 6, 1812, and she m., 2d, Jan. 23, 
1817, Joshua Eaton, of Bradford, b, Feb. 25, 1768. Children, b. 
in Bradford, — 

1. Joshua, b. Dec. 22, 1817. 

2. John H., b. ^ov. 22, 1819. 

3. Roxana B., b. March 20, 1823 ; d. Jan. 31, 1842. 

4. Daniel, b. Sept. 24, 1827 ; d. June 7, 1828. 

5. Albert, b. April 22, 1830 ; d. March 2, 1885. 

Joshua Eaton d. April 11, 1850, in Bradford, and she m., 3d, 
Nov. 1, 1854, Moses Pillsbury, of Sutton. She d. Jan. 15, 1861. 

1. Joshua Eaton, Jr., m. Feb. 20, 1840, Alzina E. Gillingham, b. 
April 17, 1820. She d. Oct. 6, 1851. Children,— 

(1) Alzada, b. Jan. 5, 1841. 

(2) Alzira, b. Jan. 5, 1841 ; d. Feb. 26, 1841. 

(3) Alverton, b. July 27, 1843 ; d. July, 1846. 

(4) Alzina, b. April'lO, 1848. 

Joshua Eaton, Jr., m., 2d, Oct. 28, 1852, Mrs. Louisa A. Plummer, 
b. Oct. 17, 1823. Child,— 

(5) Joshua Willis, b. Dec. 24, 1856. 


IV. Miriam Blaisclell m. March 5, 1816, Jacob Colby, of Suna- 
pee, b. Oct. 31, 1791. Children, b. in Sunapee, — 

1. Henry J., b. Sept. 17, 1817 ; d. Feb. 9, 1888. 

2. ]Mary Aim, b. Oct. 5, 1819; d. March 11, 1883. 
.3. John M., b. June 11, 1822; d. Dec. 7, 1862. 

4. Lafayette, b. :VIay (i, 1824. 

0. Stephen Augustus, b. July 2, 1833. 

6. Ann Augusta, b. July 2, 1833 ; d. Aug. 15, 1882. 

Jacob Colby d. Feb. 20, 1870, in Sunapee. His wife d. Sept. 7, 
1857, in Sunapee. 

1. Henry J. Colby m. Sally Winn. 

2. Mary A. Colby m. John Y. Gardner. Children, — 

(1) Ella. (2) Elbra. (3) Charles S. (4) George W. 

3. John M. Colby m. Dorcas Craig. Children, — 
(1) John M. (2) Ada. (3) Henry A. 

4. Lafayette Colby m. Sylvia Collins. Children, — 

(1) Joan. (2) George H. (3) Frank E. (4) Ida. (5) Etta. (6) 
Eugene. (7) Belle. 

5. Stephen A. Colby m., 1st, Lydia Sargent ; 2d, Mrs. Mary Cham- 

V. Christopher S. BlaisdeU m. Feb. 3, 1814, Ruth Hills, of Sut- 
ton, dau. of Moses and Polly (Knowlton) Hills. Children, — 

1. Jerome. 2. Matilda. 3. John. 4. Lorenzo. 

VII. Hezekiah BlaisdeU, Jr., m. Nancy B. Felch, of Weare. He 
d. Feb. 7, 1865, in Sutton. His wife d. March 23, 1871, in Sut- 

Hezekiah Blaisclell came from Amesbury, Mass., about 
1795, and located in the extreme south part of Sutton, near 
Bradford. He built a small house of two rooms, such as 
most people built at that date, got his farm in good condi- 
tion, and then erected a saw-mill on his own premises, after 
which it was easy for him to build his large, two-story 
house, which has been occupied by his descendants ever 
since, till within a few years. He was an industrious, use- 
ful man, and accumulated a good property. The Blais- 
dells, in all their generations, in Amesbury as well as in 
Sutton, have been known as very capable, honorable, relia- 
ble men and women. 



Dea. Jonathan Bohonan, of Salisbury, m. 1799, Dorothy 
Wells, of Sandown. Their children, all except the last, 
were b. in Washington, Vt. Children, — 

I. David, b. March 12, 1801 ; d. March 22, 1888, in Hopkinton. 

II. Shuah, b. Aug. 25, 1803. 

III. Theodata, b. June 14, 1805 ; d. Sept. 22,' 1874. 

IV. Jonathan, b. Jan. 14, 1807 ; d. May 17, 1875. 

V. Dorothy, b. Nov. 7, 1808. 

VI. Sargent, b. Sept. 24, 1811. 

VII. Sarah, b. June 19, 1814, in Sutton ; d. March 28, 1865. 

Dea. Jonathan Bohonan d. Feb. 4, 1861, aged 82. His 
wife d. Nov. 10, 1855, aged 79. 

I. David Bolionan m. April 23, 1826, Belinda Bean, a gi-and- 
daughter of Dea. Asa Bean, b. 1808. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Samuel B., b. May 31, 1827 ; d. in Hopkuiton. 

2. Andrew J., b. Aug. 8, 1831. 

3. Dorothy B., b. Nov. 9, 1833. 

4. James S., b. Aug. 2, 1836. 

5. Alzaida, b. July 19, 1839. 

6. Adelaide F., b. "March 28, 1841. 

7. Diana R., b. May U, 1843. 

8. David N., b. March 31, 1845 ; d. Jan. 31, 1880. 

9. John W., b. Mav 27, 1847. 

10. Mary A., b. July 8. 1849. 

11. Josephine A., b. Nov. 9, 18.51. 

1. Samuel B. Bohonan m. July 10, 1851, Ellen Stuart, of Peterbor- 
ough. ChUdren, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Belinda Maria, b. April 23, 1853. 

(2) Emily J., b. Oct. 5, 1855 ; d. in infancy. 

2. Andrew J. Bohonan m. Sept. 22, 1867, Mary Jane Newton, of 
Newport, b. Nov. 11, 1840, dau. of Hiram and Mary (Cheney) Newton. 
Child, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Mary Josephine, b. July 11, 1870. 

3. Dorothy B. Bohonan m. Nov. 4, 1855, Lemuel S. Pope, of Clare- 
mont; m., 2d, Nov. 18, 1861, Cyrus Leet, Jr. 

4. James S. Bohonan m. Nov. 2, 1858, Fannie A. Kezar, dau. of 
George and Fannie (Munroe) Kezar. Children, b. in Sutton, 

(1) Emma F., b. Sept. 21, 1864 ; d. Nov. 7, 1874. 

(2) George S., b. Aug. 3, 1869. 

gen:eai.ogy. 635 

5. Alzaida S. Bohonan m. April 7, 1859, Warren H. Gould, of Clai-e- 
mont. Present residence, Manchester. 

7. Diana R. Bohonan m. Sept. 30, 1867, John B. Hinton, of Pena- 

8. David X. Bohonan m. May 1, 1871, Martha A. Wiggin, of Hop- 
kinton. She d., and he m., 2d, Jennie M. Fisk, of Hopkiiiton. 

9. John W. Bohonan m. May 2, 1876, Delia A. Jewell, of Weare. 
He lives with his parents upon the farm on Sugar Hill, in Hopkinton, 
whither they removed from Sutton about 1866. 

10. Mary A. Bohonan m. July 23, 1870, J. Bailey Clark, of North 

n. Shuali Bohonan m. N. B. Favor, of Lowell Mass. 

m. Theodata Bohonan m. Jan. 22, 1832, Asa Bean. Children, 
b. in Sutton, — 

1. Mary Eliza, b. Dec. 3, 1835; d. Nov. 6, 1848. 

2. Addison A., b. Nov. 1, 1845. 

This family removed to Chester, AprU 25, 1874, and there Mr. 
Asa Bean d. Aug. 31, 1889. Theodata, his wife, d. in Sutton, 
Sept. 22, 1874. 

IV. Jonathan Bohonan, Jr., m. Sarah Andrews, of Bradford, 
who d. April 20, 1845, aged 31. Children,— 

1. Washington, killed in last war, Nov. 1, 1863. 

2. Maria, b. June 12, 1834 ; d. Aug. 3, 1835. 

He m., 2d, Elizabeth Whitcomb, Cliild, — 

3. Walter. 

V. Dorothy Bohonan m. Kimball, of Bradford. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Alden. 2. Nelson. 3. Oliver. 

VI. Sargent Bohonan m. July 28, 1833, Roxana Blood, of 
Sharon. She was b. July 4, 1810 ; d. Jan. 24, 1870. Children,— 

1. Cyrus H., b. 1834; d. in infancy. 

2. Mary L., b. June 5, 1836 ; d. July 24, 1864. 

He m., 2d, Sept. 19, 1872, Mrs. Elizabeth B. Cudworth, of 
Whitefield, b. May 13, 1827 ; d. April 3, 1879. He m., 3d, Oct. 
6, 1881, Mrs. Mary H. Snow, of Dublin ; b. April 25, 1820 ; d. 
Aug. 21, 1887. 

2. Mary L. Bohonan m. Giles Lakin, of Hancock. Child, — 
1. Etta. 

636 HISTORY or suttoist. 


James Brocklebank came from Georgetown, Mass. He 
was b. April 29, 1755. He located first in New London, and 
came to Sutton probably on the decease of James King, 
whose estate he purchased. He m. Sarah Adams. Chil- 
dren, — 

I. John. 

II. Moody ; d. in service in war of 1812, at Burlington, Vt. 

III. James. 

IV. Theodore, b. May, 1791 ; d. Feb. 27, 1874. 

V. Sarah. 

VI. Fanny B. ; m. Oct. 25, 1818, Timothy Bean ; d. Dec. 6, 
1882, aged 89. [See Bean.] 

VII. Lois. 

III. James Brocklebank m. Sally Bean. She d. March 30, 1880, 
aged nearly 87, being at the time of her death the oldest native 
resident of this town. Children, — 

1. John, b. April 12, 1826. 

2. Samuel, d. in childhood. 

V. Sarah Brocklebank m. Samuel Huntoon. Children, — 

1. Mary. 2. Susan. 3. John. -1. James. 5. Charles. 6. Sarah. 


John Brockway, of Bradford, b. Jan. 18, 1793 ; d. Dec. 
27, 1874. He was son of Capt. Asa Brockway, who lived 
and, in 1829 d., on the farm in the west part of Bradford 
afterwards occupied by John Putney. John Brockway 
lived many years in South Sutton, moving here in 1836. 
He removed to Hopkinton in 1860, where he died. He m. 
Mary, dau. of Capt. Joshua Eaton, of Bradford. She was 
b. June 5, 1796 ; cl. Nov. 24, 1870. Children,— 

I. Thomas B., b. Feb. 23, 1817, in Newbury; d. Feb. 13, 
1874 : m. Ann C. Bailey of South Sutton. He was for several 


years at Cleveland, O., and afterwards moved to New York city, 
where he was proj^rietor of the New York Hotel. He d. in New 
York city, leaving a widow, three daughters, and one son. 

11. WiUiam E., b. Aug. 21, 1819. in Newbury ; d. Feb. 26, 1887 : 
m. Mary Leach, of Sutton, dau. of Nathan and Sarah (Ambrose) 
Leach. He was at one period a merchant, after which he 
became a cream-ale brewer. He gained a handsome property. He 
d. in New York city, leaving a widow and one son, Willie E. 

IIL Hiram C, b. Sept. 29, 1831, in Newbury; d. Sept. 28, 
1874 : m. Mrs. Sarah Cooper Coon, who d. 1876. He was also a 
hotel-keeper in Cleveland, 0. He was projjrietor of the City Hotel 
at the time of his death. 

IV. John G. Brockway, b. June 9, 1834, in WUmot : m. Amanda 
M. CarroU, dau. of John P. and Rachel (Powers) Carroll, of Croy- 
don. Children, — 

1. Fred John, b. Feb. 24, 1860, in Sutton. 
•2. Etta B., b. Oct. IQ, 1861, at Hopkinton. 

1. Fred John graduated at Tilton, 1877, Yale college 1882, and at 
the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York city in 1887. He 
was surgeon at Rosevelt Hospital two years. He is now surgeon in 
Johns Hopkins' Hospital, Baltimore, Md. 

2. Etta B. Brockway attended school at Tilton, and also at the Nor- 
mal School at New Britain, Conn. She has been a teacher. 

Mr. Jolm G. Brockway still lives on the homestead farm in Hop- 

V. Horace H. Brockway, b. Nov. 24. 1836, in South Sutton : 
m. Adaline A., dau. of Micajah and Hiddah Pillsbiuy, of South 
Sutton. He w^as a very popidar hotel keeper ; is now proprietor of 
the Ashland House, 4th Ave., 26th St., N. Y., where he is doing a 
large business. He is a man of wealth and much business ability. 
Has three sons, — 

1. Charles. 2. Walter. 3. Horace, Jr. 

John Brockway, father of the above five sons, m., 2d, at 
the age of 82, Mrs. Betsey Sargent, of Hopkinton. 

638 HISTORY or sutto:n". 


Nathan Burpee, b. April 14, 1801 ; d. May 30, 1887 : 
m. Feb. 3, 1825, Lois Savaiy ; b. April 1, 1802. Children, — 

I. Emily, b. Oct. 10, 1825 ; d. March 17, 1826. 

II. SaUy S., b. Aug. 7, 1827 ; d. March 5, 1833. 

III. Hannah S., b. Jidy 23, 1829 ; d. April 24, 1851 : m. Sept. 
25, 1849, Thomas W. Nelson, who d. April 24, 1851. 

IV. Alma, b. Nov. 5, 1831. 

V. Orson, b. March 19, 1834 ; m., 1st, Mary Ann Prlchard ; 
2d, Alma Sanborn ; 3d, Jennie Rowe. 

VI. Nahum, b. Feb. 16, 1837 ; d. Oct. 31, 1861. 

VII. Orra, b. Aug. 20, 1839. 

VIII. Thomas, b. Nov. 12, 1842 or '43: m. Nov. 24, 1869, 
Hattie A. Buck ; b. Dec. 17, 1845. 

IV. Alma Burpee m. Orrin Humphrey. Child, — 

1. George. 

VII. Orra Burpee m. Abbie Gee. Children, — 

1. Charles. 2. George. 3. Walter. 4. Frank. 

Nathan Burpee owned and occupied the Dea. Joseph 
Greeley farm in South Sutton. He came here from New 
London. His son Nahum, a young man of much promise, 
enlisted early in the war, and died during his term of ser- 
vice. Mr. Burpee was a man of stern independence of 
character, and was much respected by the people of this 
his adopted town. 

Harris Burpee, b. Aug. 8, 1808; d. May 8, 1885: m. 
May 15, 1832, Hannah Savary; b. Dec. 18, 1807. Child,— 

I. Frank, b. July 21, 1833 ; d. Oct. 16, 1864 : m. Lydia Page, 
Nov. 7, 1856. They had one child, Willie P., b. May 30, 1858, 
and d, Oct. 11, 1864, five days before the death of his father, both 
dying of diphtheria. 

Lydia Page, wife of Frank Burpee, was dau. of Col. Asa Page. 

Lois Savary, wife of Nathan Burpee, and Hannah Savary, wife 
of Harris Burpee, were sisters, being daughters of Daniel Savary of 

gen:ealogy. 639 

Sutton. Harris Bxirpee for several years owned and occupied the 
Jacob Harvey estate in South Sutton ; af tervrards he resided in Mill 
Village. He was much esteemed as a citizen, and, as the town 
records show, many times held offices of trust and responsibility. 

Benjamin P. Burpee. 

The following, taken from the Manchester Union of Nov. 
8, 1888, will, it is believed, be read with interest by the 
people whose memory goes back to war-time when Col. 
Burpee was an active and influential citizen of this town. 
He did a good share of the public work, and made many 
friends while here. 

The end, which had been expected for some days in the life of 
Col. Benjamin P. Burpee, came at 3 : 10 o'clock this morning, when 
his spirit peacefully and without a struggle forsook its tenement of 
clay and soared to realms of immortality. During the middle of 
the past summer the fii-st evidence of the undermining of his health 
became manifest, and he slowly but surely failed, until about the 
first of Sejitember, when he became in a large degree restricted to 
his pleasant residence at No. 417 Central street, and ten days since 
took his bed, where he lay failing day by day, fully conscious of 
his approacliing dissolution, and awaiting the same with calmness, 
and without the slightest semblance of fear. 

Mr. Burpee was born at New London Aug. 27, 1818, and was 
the fourth of five children born to Thomas and Lydia (Blake) Bur- 
pee. The fii'st forty years of his life were passed in his native 
town, where he was educated and became a successfid agriculturist. 
He left there to engage in mercantile business in the neighboring 
town of Sutton, where he became a prominent merchant. From 
Sutton he removed to Hopkinton, where he was at the head of a 
store for a time, and then purchased what is now known as the 
Grassmere farm, at Goft'stown, where he engaged in farming. In 
1871 he located in Manchester, and engaging in the grocery trade 
was thus actively employed for some years in the Museum building. 
His career in this city is well known, however, he being most of the 
time actively engaged in business, retiring less than a year since 
from trade in the store at the corner of Lake avenue and Massabesic 

640 HISTORY OP sutto:n". 

While at New London he held every office within the gift of the 
town, representing the town in the legislature, and was also a mem- 
ber of the board of commissioners for Merrimack county for three 
years. At Sutton he enjoyed similar honors from his fellow-citi- 
zens, being town treasurer during the period of the war. Here in 
Manchester, too, he was singled out as a public servant, and served 
in the common council and in various other capacities. He was a 
candidate for the last time in ward six at the election of 1884, 
when he ran for representative. He was an uncompromising Dem- 
ocrat at all times and under all circumstances, and never lacked 
the courage of his convictions. He took a deep interest in the cur- 
rent political events of the day, was an ardent admirer of President 
Cleveland, and one of the last toi)ics he spoke about was that of the 
approaching election. 

In religion he was a Spiritualist, and was one who was never 
ashamed to be known as such. He was the backbone of the society 
in Manchester. His wife died sixteen years since, and from that 
time until the family ties were broken by Mr. Burpee's death he 
and his children have been closely allied in each other's affections. 
He was everything that a father coidd be to his family, and his 
strong affection was met by a current of love equally as ardent from 
them to him. The children ai*e Nellie J., Harry H., Jennie A., 
Hattie, and William B. The first three named reside at home, 
while Hattie is the wife of L. H. Dyer, an attorney at Portland, 
Me., and William B. resides on Young street. One sister, Mrs. 
Jacob Messer, of Springfield, completes the list of immediate survi- 

There was a straightforward earnestness about Col. Burpee's 
presence which ever commanded respectful attention when he was 
speaking, and all who have ever been thrown into his companion- 
ship were warmed into a feeling of esteem and high regard for 
him. He was a kind neighbor, true as the needle to the pole in 
his friendship, generous with his means and generous to the faults of 
other. Truly, a good man has been taken from the walks of life in 
his death, which resulted from heart disease. 

His title of colonel was acquired in the old state militia, in which 
he won his way by promotion from ensign to the command of a reg- 



James Buzzell, of Nottingham, m. Jan. 12, 1799, Mehit- 
abel Tarbox. Children, b. in Sutton, — 
I. Miriam, b. 1800. 

n. James, Jr., b. 1802 ; m. March 12, 1838, Mehitabel Marshall, 
of Sutton. 

III. Sarah, b. in 1804. 

IV. Ehza, b. 1806 ; m. Nathaniel Fifield, of Amherst. 

V. Charlotte, b. 1807 ; m. Hiram Davis. [See Ezekiel Davis 

VI. David, b. 1809 ; m. Mary Goodlight, of Lowell. He was a 
cabinet-maker and lived in Lowell. 

VII. Amelia, b. 1812. 

VIII. Henry, b. 1815 ; m. Maria Ames of Temple. 

IX. Samantha, b. 1817 ; m. Wright, of Hudson. 

I. Miriam BuzzeU m. Stephen Buzzell, of Goffstown. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Sarah. 2. Climena. 3. Edwin. 

Stephen Buzzell d., and she m., 2d, July 9, 1839, Daniel Smith, 
of Sutton. Children, — 

4. Edgar W. Smith, b. Sept. 13, 1840. 

James Buzzell lived on the road from South Sutton to 
Kimball's hill, and was farmer and blacksmith ; he was a 
soldier in the War of 1812. He d. in Sutton, and he himself 
and wife are buried in South Sutton graveyard. None of 
the above families now reside in Sutton. 


Clark C. Carr, son of Caleb and Mary (Brockway) Carr, 
b. in Washington, N. H., July 14, 1835 ; m. Oct. 27, 1858, 
Isabella R. Dustin, of Mario w. Children, — 

L Walter C, b. in Sutton, Jidy 28, 1862. 

II. Nettie B., b. in Sutton, July 21, 1864 : m. March 31, 1885, 

Henry L. Blake ; residence, BeUows Falls, Vt. 

in. Fred L., b. in Keene, May 23, 1871. 


Daniel Carr was b. in Newbury, Mass., Aug. 2, 1801. 
His father, Moses Carr, was b. Oct. 10, 1778, and d. Feb. 
10, 1815, and his mother, Abigail (Noyes), was b. Feb. 11, 
1777, and d. July 20, 1863. 

Sometime after 1801 Moses Carr, the father of Daniel 
Carr, removed from Newbury, Mass., to Hopkinton, where 
he purchased a large farm on Sugar Hill. There the rest 
of his children were born, and there he died. 

Daniel Carr, then a lad of fourteen, soon tired of the 
farm and started out to seek his fortune. He sought and 
found employment as clerk in the store of Lewis Bailey, at 
South Sutton. There he remained until 1824 (?) when, 
with the little patrimony received from his father's estate, 
he purchased the store and merchandise of Mr. Bailey, and 
commenced business on his own account. 

Of course at that time nearly every family used spirit- 
uous liquors in some form, and every store was expected, 
not only to keep a good stock of all kinds from New Eng- 
land rum to the finest wines, but to sell by the glass over 
the counter. Very quickly, however, Mr. Carr saw the 
evil of this, and gave orders that no more of that business 
be carried on in his store. This came very near causing a 
revolution and ruining his trade. But he persisted in his 
determination, and succeeded in doing away with that part 
of the business. He was one of the three men who first 
voted the Whig ticket in town. 

Feb. 20, 1827, Mr. Carr was married to Rhoda, a daughter 
of Joseph Bartlett, of Warner, and a descendant of Rich- 
ard Bartlett, who came from England to Newbury, Mass., in 
1635. They had one son, William A. Carr, b. Jan .10, 1828. 

About 1834 Mr. Carr sold his store to his brother Moses 
Carr, and removed to Concord. There he went into trade 
and remained until the death of his wife, Nov. 29, 1836. 
He then removed to Bradford, buying out the store of John 
D. Wadleigh, and there he remained in business until July, 
1854, when his son was admitted as a partner under the 
firm name of D. & W. A. Carr. This copartnership con- 

ge]st:alogy. 643 

tinued until July, 1875, when the elder member retired 
after a successful business career of over fifty years. His 
son, W. A. Carr, remained in trade until January, 1887, 
when he in turn gave up the business to his son, William 
M. Carr. 

Jan. 1, 1839, Daniel Carr married as a second wife Caro- 
line L., daughter of Weare Tappan, by whom he had two 
children, Frank T. and Kate E., wife of C. A. Carlton, M.D., 
of Salem, Mass. He died Aug. 17, 1887, aged 86. He 
was a man of unimpeachable integrity and great kindness 
of heart. 

Moses Carr, who succeeded Daniel, continued in trade 
at South Sutton for a time, when he went to Sanbornton 
Bridge, now Tilton. He died in Ohio, Sept. 16, 1876. 


Alonzo C. Carroll, of Croj^don, b. Nov. 24, 1826 : m. 
Feb. 4, 1849, Mercy A. Hale, of Grafton ; b. May 16, 1826, 
dau. of Abner and Rebecca (Williams) Hale. Children, — 

I. Clarence Franklin, b. April 1, 1852, in Enfield. 

II. Edward Herman, b. Oct. 30, 1855, in Sutton. 

Mrs. Mercy (Hale) Carroll d. Dec. 10, 1866, in Sutton. 
Alonzo C. Carroll m., 2d, Sept. 1, 1868, Margaret H. 
Adams, dau. of John and Elizabeth (Horton) Adams. No 

I. Clarence F. Carroll graduated at Yale College. He is now 
principal of the Normal School at New Britain, Conn., and is a 
man of superior talents and a fine scholar. He m. Jidia L. Web- 
ster, dau. of Nathaniel and Julia (Lord) Webster. Children, — 

I. Stella. 2. Harry. 3. Carleton. 4. Margaret. 

II. Edward H. Carroll m. Aug. 30, 1877, Susie C. Putney, of 
Warner, b. July 24, 1858, in Lowell, dau. of John P. and Lucinda 
(Robertson) Putney. Child, — 

1. Lee, b. in Warner, Dec. 11, 1880. 

Edward H. Carroll is a prominent business man in Warner, a 


Lysander H. Carroll, brother to Alonzo C. Carroll, b. in 
Croydon, Nov. 9, 1836 ; m. Dec. 23, 1855, Adelaide Lov- 
erin, of Sutton, dau. of Timothy H. and Juliana (Wadleigh) 
Loverin. Children, b. in Sutton. 

I. Ella B., b. December, 1856, now Mrs. Nason, of Concord. 

II. Jennie B., b. June, 1863, now Mrs. Davis, of Contoocook- 

Lysander H. Carroll m., 2d, Annette, dau. of Mansel 
Blake, of Sutton. Child, — 

III. Herbert, b. in Concord. 

Lysander H. Carroll came to South Sutton in 1849, and 
went into the tin and stove business, in which, in connec- 
tion with his brother, Alonzo C. Carroll, he continued for 
several years. In 1863 he removed to Concord, where he 
was engaged in the same business. Later he was in a large 
and popular restaurant, and was for several years post- 
master in Concord. He is now in business in Concord. 

Alonzo C. Carroll was born in Croydon, Nov. 24, 1826. 
His parents were John P. and Rachel Carroll. When he 
was twelve years of age his mother died, and the family 
was broken up. He then went to Grafton to live with a 
relative, where he remained five years. Being now seven- 
teen years old and feeling that he must go out into the 
world to do battle for himself, he went to Quincy, Mass., 
and engaged as a teamster on the stone quarries. He re- 
mained there some three years, when he returned to Graf- 
ton and bought the old " Horton Farm," so called. He 
remained in Grafton until 1852, when he moved to South 
Sutton and engaged in the stove business ; in 1853 he 
added to this a dry goods and grocery store. At the same 
time he was interested in the patent right business. In 
1860, having sold out his interests at South Sutton, he 
formed a partnership with George Putney in manufacturing 
bobbins at Sutton Mill village. In 1863 he reengaged in 
the stove business, and in 1867 went into trade with Geo. 


'Thompson, at the Potter Place, Andover. He remamed 
with him one year, when he sold out to his partner and 
moved to Warner, and again embarked in the dry goods 
and grocery business, buying out the firm of Hale & 
Adams, at the so called Robertson store, where he remained 
for about one year, when he sold out and was called to 
take charge of the Winslow House, on Kearsarge Moun- 
tain, during the season of 1869. In April, 1870, he com- 
menced trade in the Union Hall building, where he still 
remains. Having taken his youngest son into partnership 
with him he has devoted himself to other business pursuits, 
still retaining his interest in the store. He had charge of 
the Warner and Kearsarge Mountain hotel at the village 
through the seasons of 1874-75. In the spring of 1878 he 
again took charge of the hotel, and was its popular land- 
lord for seven years, when he retired from the hotel and 
engaged in the lumber business in connection with the 
store, which business he is still engaged in. In 1882 the 
Merrimack Glove Company was formed, and he was elected 
as its president, which office he still holds. 


For Henry Carleton and Stephen B. Carleton see Joseph 



Da\4d Chadwick, b. 1766; d. May, 1838: m. Betsey 
Tucker, b. 1776 ; d. Aug. 26, 1852. Children,— 

I. John, b. March 30, 1791 ; d. Nov. 22, 1856. 

II. WiUiam, b. March 27, 1792. 

III. Susanna, b. Feb. 11, 1794. 

IV. Sarah, b. Aug. 13, 1795. 

V. Rebecca, b. Jan. 11, 1797. 

VI. Calvert, b. May 26, 1798. 

VII. Edmund, b. Oct. 9, 1799 ; d. Jan. 13, 1876. 


VIII. David, b. April 22, 1802. 

IX. Langdon, b. March 4, 1804. 

X. George, b. March 17, 1806. 

XI. Charlotte, b. June 11, 1807. 

XII. Walter, b. May 15, 1809. 

XIII. Thomas Jefferson, b. April 30, 1811. 

I. John Chadwick m. Sept. 30, 1816, Susan Harvey, b. March 4,, 
1796 ; d. Sept. 13, 1825. Children,— 

1. Almira, b. July 29, 1817 ; d. Sept. 17, 1825. 

2. Emeline, b. Aug. 9, 1822 ; d. Aug. 30, 1825. 

John Chadwick m., 2d, Oct. 24, 1827, Hannah Harvey, b. Oct. 7, 
1803 ; d. May 20, 1877. Child,— 

3. Susan M., b. Nov. 7, 1829. 

These two wives of John Chadwick were sisters, they being 
daughters of James Harvey, who was brother to Dea. Matthew 

11. William Chadwick m. Lucy . Five children. 

IV. Sarah Chadwick m. Peaslee. Four children. 

V. Rebecca Chadwick m. Feb. 29, 1827, Curtis Fisher, b. 1797 ; 
d. Oct. 20, 1846. She d. Sept. 17, 1878, aged 81 years 8 months. 
No children. 

VI. Calvert Chadwick m. . Two children. 

VII. Edmund Chadwick m. Nov. 24, 1831, Tabitha Peters, b. 
April 8, 1807. Children,— 

1. Isaac M., b. Dec. 6, 1832 ; d. Dec. 23, 1886. 

2. Mary Ann, b. May 18, 1831. 

3. John F., b. Feb. 29, 1836. 

4. Lizzie B., b. Nov. 14, 1840. 

5. Maria Cordelia, b. Nov. 9, 1842 ; d. Dec. 30, 1843. 

6. Susan E., b. Xov. 1, 1846; d. Aug. 1, 1852. 

7. Maria C. (2d), b. April 28, 1844 ; d. Feb. 20, 1884. 

8. William H., b. Aug. 31, 1849. 

9. Hattie G., b. March 4, 1851. 

1. Isaac M. Chadwick m. Sarah A. Clark. Child, — 
(1) Lilian, b. Sept. 6, 1874. 

2. Mary Ann Chadwick m. March 12, 1856, Everett P. Baker.. 

(1) John C, who m. Etta Ayer. 

Mrs. Mary Ann (Chadwick) Baker m., 2d, Osman Bailey. 

3. John F. Chadwick m. May 31, 1862, Elizabeth Towle. He m.,. 
2d, Sarah Ray. Children, — 


(1) Ethel W., b. Sept. 4, 1872. • 

(2) Alfred L., b. Nov., 1881. 

4. Lizzie B. Chadwick m. Jan. 26, 1869, James W. P. Smith. 

5. Maria C. Chadwick m. Greene Johnson. 

8. William H. Chadwick m. Dec. 16, 1871, Susan E. Cobiirn, who d. 
Jan. 2.5, 1882, aged 32. He m., 2d, Feb. 22, 1883, Emma Morgan, 
who d. Jan. 13, 1889, aged 36. Child,— 

(1) Helen, b. March 7, 1886 ; d. April 7, 1887. 

9. Hattie G. Chadwick m. Jan. 1, 1882, George W. Ewins (2d wife). 

VIII. David Chadwick, Jr., m. Sophronia Pressey, b. May 24, 
1803. Children,— 

1. Horace. 2. Reuben G. 3. Amos P. 4. John (died). 

1. Horace Chadwick m. Martha A. Bowles. Children, — 

(1) George E. (2) Emma S. (3) Kattie B. (4) Mattie S. 

2. Reuben G. Chadwick m. Marcia A. Jenkins. Children, — 

(1) Sarah E. (2) Daniel M. (3) George Edward. (4) Marcia E. 

3. Amos P. Chadwick m. Carrie O. Austin. Child, — 
(1) Bernice. 

IX. John Langdon Chadwick m. Dorinda Colcord. Children, — 

1. Daniel George. 2. Sophronia (died). 

1. Daniel George Chadwick m. Abbie A. Blanchard, dau. of Samuel 
and Frances Blanchard. Children, b. in Warner, — 

(1) Francis S., b. April, 1865; d. Aug. 3, 1865. 

(2) Infant dau., b. and d. Feb. 27, 1867, and the mother d. the same 

Daniel George Chadwick m., 2d , Nov. 21, 1867, Helen M. Harwood, 

of Sutton, dau. of William D. and Martha (Vose) Harwood. Children, 

b. in Newport, — 

(3) George Langdon, b. March 26, 1870. 

(4) Guy Densmore, b. Oct. 8, 1871. 

(5) Sophia Sweat, b. March 17. 1873. 

(6) Carl Augustine, b. Sept. 21, 1874. 

(7) Arthur Clayton, b. Oct. 15, 1879. 

(8) Erma Grace, b. April 3, 1885. 

Daniel George Chadwick d. April 25, 1886, in Newport. 

XI. Charlotte Chadwick m. May 25, 1823, Guy King. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Aspasio. 2. Eugene. 3. Almira. 4. Louisa. 5. Maria. 

XII. Walter Chadwick m. Mary Fisher ; m., 2d, Mary Mana- 
han. Children, — 

1. Curtis. 2. Mary. 3. Sarah. 4. Alfred. 5. Lizzie. 6. Joseph. 

XIII. Thomas Jefferson Chadwick m. Aug., 1831, Ruth Wood- 
ward. Children, — 


1. Guv K., b. XoY. 4, 1832. 

2. George, b. May 23. 1834. 

3. Gage W., b. April 28, 1836. 

4. Harvey W., b. Sept. 3, 1838. 
.5. Almira H., b. July 21, 1840. 

6. Alvira S., b. Jnly"21, 1840. 

7. Lydia W., b. March 12, 1843. 

8. Mary. 

9. Edson. 

10. Charles. 

11. Willie P. 

1. Guy K. Chadwick m. Malvina Ide. 

2. George Chadwick m. Rosina V. Richards, Jan. 22, 1857. Chil- 
dren, — 

(1) Bert. (2) Carrie. (3) Josie. (4) Walter. 

(2) Carrie Chadwick m. Elmer Blodgett. Child, — 


3. Gage W. Chadwick m. Purington. Child, — 

(1) Adm. 

4. Harvey W. Chadwick m., 1st., Hannah Cheney, dau. of William 
and Sally (Emery) Cheney. Child, — 

(1) Emma A. 

He m., 2d, Louisa Whittier. 

6. Almira H. Chadwick m. John Hall. 

6. Alvira S. Chadwick m. Adam Mathes. Children, — 
. (1) Adeline. (2) Blanche. 

7. Lydia W. Chadwick m. Dec. 23, 1862, Gilbert J. Cheney. [See 
Gilbert Cheney.] 

8. Mary Chadwick m. May 15, 1863, William Little, b. Jan. 31, 
1836. Children,— 

(1) Lena Eldona, b. April 24, 1865 ; m. George Tilton. 

(2) Hiram Jefferson, b. Xov. 8, 1872 ; d. March 24, 1873. 

(3) Evaline Ruth, b. July 31, 1875. 

10. Charles Chadwick m. Mary Allen. Children, — 
(1) Alice. (2) Bessie. 

11. Willie P. Chadwick m. Lizzie Prescott. Children, — 
(1) Chester J. (2) Ruth. 

Joseph Chadwick, Sr., m. Bethia Davis. He was 
brother to David Chadwick, Sr. They came into Sutton 
previous to 1795. He d. about 1829. Chiklren, — 

I. Joseph, Jr., m. Sarah Jackson. Children, — 

1. Albert. 2. Elbridge. 3. Andrew. 4. Thomas. 5. Luthera. 
6. Jane. 


Joseph Chadwick, Jr., d., and after his death his family removed 
to New York. 

II. Samuel, b. 1789 ; d. April 18. 1863 : m. Sarah Lear, b. 
1796 ; d. March 29, 1863. ChUdren,— 

1. Alvah. 

2. Mary Ann. 

3. Horace, b. 1836 ; d. Aug. 16, 1859. 

4. Caroline, m. Columbus Knowlton. 

1. Alvah Chadwick m. July 4, 1854, Abigail Carr, dau. of Samuel 
and Nancy (Emerson) Carr. [See Willard Emerson.] Children, — 

(1) Samuel Elmore, m. Lydia Hill. He d. Feb. 26, 1884. 

(2) Charles, m. Laura Andrew ; had two children ; both died. 

(3) Horace Roscoe, m. June 1, 1884, Gertie, dau. of Sylvester Felch; 
he m., 2d, Dec. 31, 1887, Sarah Frances Huntoon. 

2. Mary Ann Chadwick m. Horace Morgan. Children, — 

(1) Sarah. (2) Sydney. (3) Louise. (4) Belden. (5) Ezra. (6) 
Alvah. (7) Adeline. 

4. Caroline Chadwick, m. Columbus Knowlton. Children, — 

(1) Frank W. (2) Luette. (3) Willie. (4) Mary. 
(1) Frank W. Knowlton m. Emma Little. Children, — 

Herbert ; Wilbur. 

(4) Mary Knowlton m. Fred O. Prescott. Child, — 


III. Jonathan Chadwick m. Carr. 

IV. PoUy, or Mary Chadwick, b. 1790 ; m. Sept. 15, 1809, 
William Pressey. She d. Jime 3, 1813, leaving one child, Ruth, 
who m. Eliphalet Wadleigh. She had four children, and d. April 
1, 1839. [See Wadleigh.] 

V. Edward Chadwick m. Dec. 10, 1818, Mrs. Betsey Lear. 


Jonathan Cheney was b. in Deny about 1725. He had 
eleven children, among whom was Thomas, who settled 
in Goffstown, and with him the father died about 1790. 
Jonathan and Joseph married and settled in Bradford. 
Some of their descendants lived in Sutton. 

Hannah and Sarah both married Sargents, and settled in 
Bradford. Enoch settled in Washington, Vt. Daniel 
lived in Ticonderoga, N. Y., owning a small farm, but was 


a noted hnnter and mountain guide, and his son Isaac was 
also a hunter, and of this family is the celebrated guide of 
the Adirondack Mountains, by name John Cheney. Rachel 
Cheney became wife of Gen. John McNiel. Nathaniel 
Cheney married Mary Stevens and moved to Sutton. 
Others of the family of Jonathan Cheney were Mary and 
Anna, who are not traced, the Cheney records having been 
stolen some years ago, just as they were about ready to be 
published. The Cheney family is of English origin. 

Nathaniel Cheney, b. 1755, in Plaistow ; d. in Sutton 
March 6, 1847 : m. 1776, Mary Stevens, b. 1759, in Hamp- 
stead, dau. of Wait and Elizabeth (Sargent) Stevens. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

I. Wait Stevens, b. Feb. 11, 1778 ; d. in New York : m. Char- 
lotte Elwell, of Francestown. They moved to Batavia, N. Y. No 

II. Daniel, b. June 19, 1780 ; d. Nov. 21, 1820. 

III. Mary, b. Dec. 5, 1782 ; d. Dec. 3, 1813. 

IV. Nathaniel, b. Feb. 6, 1785 ; d. Feb. 27, 1870. 

V. Sarah, b. Feb. 21, 1788 ; d. May 31, 1822. 

VI. Isaac, b. Aug. 19, 1790 ; d. March 6, 1857. 

VII. Timothy, b. June 21, 1793 ; d. in Wisconsin. 

VIII. Thomas, b. Oct. 6, 1796 ; d. June 5, 1875. 

IX. SUas, b. May 17, 1798 ; d. Oct. 20, 1825. 

X. Caleb, b. July 24, 1800 ; d. Nov. 2, 1828. 

II. Daniel Cheney m. Feb. 4, 1811, Hannah Putney (b. 1795), of 
East Washington, dau. of Jolm and Betsey E. Putney. Childi*en, 
b. in Sutton, — 

1. Marv J., b. Jan. 9, 181-2; d. June 16, 1888. 

2. Sarah A., b. Dec. 10, 1814 ; d. June 30, 1839. 

3. Betsey, b. April 3, 1816. 

4. Daniel, Jr., b. Oct. 10, 1818 ; d. May 26, 1864. 

Daniel Cheney died, and after the death of her husband his wife 
m. Ciu'tis Robbins, of Hillsborough. She d. Jan. 10, 1869. 

1. Mary J. Cheney ni. Jan. 22, 1836, Jason Ripley, and removed to 
Maine, probably Bridgton. Children, — 

(1) Orrin W., b. Oct. 30. 1836 ; d. Feb. 16, 1873 : m. July 21, 1864, 
Ann L. ^Mitchell, of Brunswick, Me. ; 2 children. 


(2) Ophelia, b. June 9, 1838 : m. Aug. 26, 1862, Dr. Henry S. B. 
Smith, of North Bridgton, Me. ; 4 children. 

(:}) Orville, b. :May 9, 18-10 ; m. Dec. 23, 1864, Georgiana L. Jackson, 
of INIauchester. Xo children. 

(4) Jason A., b. Dec. 15, 1842; d. Aug. 19, 1844. 

(5) William W., b. Xov. 2, 1844; d. Jan. 5, 1873 : m. 1867, Emma 
Schultz. Xo children. 

(6) Jason A., b. March 11, 1853. He resides in Marshfield, Mass. 

(7) Charles E., b. Feb. 9, 1858. He resides in Marshfield, Mass. 
Mrs. Mary J. (Cheney) Ripley d. June 16, 1888. 

2. Sarah A. Cheney m. 1831, Xathan Green, of Hillsborough. Two 
children, Gilman and David. Both were in service in the last war ; 
David died of wounds. Nathan was wounded at Gettysburg. 

3. Betsey Cheney ni. April 1, 1834, William Bobbins, of Hillsbor- 
ough. Children, b. in Hillsborough, — 

(1) Francis W., b. Dec. 1, 1834 ; d. Aug. 9, 1863, at Cairo, while in 


(2) Sarah J., b, Sept. 6, 1836 ; d. Sept. 14, 1839. 

(3) Daniel Cheney, b. March 15, 1841 ; d. July 6, 1842. 

(4) Sarah A., b. July 4, 1843 ; m. James Barnard, of Dunbarton. 

(5) Daniel Edgar, b. Feb. 8, 1845 ; m. Xov. 1, 1887, Hannah Caine. 

(6) William H., b. Xov. 4, 1847 ; d. May 3, 1868. 

(7) Albin L., b. Sept. 4, 1849 ; m. 1885, Lizzie Annis ; 1 child. 

4. Daniel Cheney, Jr., m. May 5, 1842, Mehitabel Murdough, of 
Hillsborough. Children, b. in Hillsborough, — 

(1) Xancv M., b. May 16. 1843. 

(2) Charles D., b. March 17, 1846 ; m. Sept. 2.5, 1866, Helen_ M. 
Abbott, of Bradford. She was killed by being thrown from a cai'rlage 
Julv 14, 1867. 

(3) Sophia S., b. March 11, 1848. 

(4) Jennie O., b. May 6, 1850 ; d. Sept. 1.5, 1867. 

(5) Emily A., b. April 9, 18.52; d. Sept. 11, 1853. 

(6) Myra F., b. Sept. 27, 1854. 

(7) George H., b. June 3. 1857. 

(8) Emma A., b. Oct. 10, 1861. 

(9) Daniel, 3d., b. July 10, 1864 ; d. June 10, 1876. 

Daniel Cheney, Jr., d. May 26, 1864. His wife d. July 10, 1879, at 

(3) Sophia S. Cheney m. Jiuie 5, 1867, Charles E. Curamings, of 

Sutton. Children, — 

Flora J., b. Sept. 5, 1868. 
Arthur F., b. April 8, 1872. 

Charles E. Cummings was for several years connected in business 
with the Cummings Bros, marble works at Concord. His business is 
now located in Xashua. 

(6) Myra F. Cheney m. Oct. 17, 1874, George H. Morey, of WUmot. 

Helen E., b. in Concord, March 12, 1883. 


(7) George H. Cheney m. Sept. 30, 1884, Mrs. Alfarata U. (Pope) 
Marshall. Children, b. in Bradford, — 

Charles H.. b. July 10. 1885. 
Blanche E., b. Dec. 28, 1886. 

(8) Emma A. Cheney, m. July 26, 1883, Samuel K. Page, of Warner. 

Marion H., b. in Warner, Sept. 18, 1887. 

Mr. Page is a lawyer, located in Warner. 

III. Mary Cheney m. Jan. 29, 1799, Asa King, of Sutton, and 
in 1812 removed to Whitefield. [See King Rec] 

IV. Nathaniel Cheney, Jr., m. Sept. 5, 1811, Sarah Pillsbury, 
dau. of Micajah and Sarah Sargent Pillsbury. He d. Feb. 27, 1870. 
His wife d. May 2, 1875. He was a farmer and lived in several 
different places in Sutton. About 1846 he purchased the Phineas 
Stevens farm, and there remained till he died. His death from 
heart difficulty was very sudden. His wife was an invalid for 
many years before her death. Children. — 

1. Moses Pillsbury, b. Sept. 3, 1815 ; d. Oct. 15, 1885, in Sutton. 

2. Sarah B., b. April 18, 1818 ; d. June 11, 1841. 

3. Mary Stevens, b. July 23, 1820. 

4. Elizabeth P., b. Sept. 1, 1822 ; d. Dec. 10, 1824. 

5. George Sargent, b. Aug. 30, 1825. 

6. Susan M., b. June 22, 1829. 

7. Nancy J., b. Aug. 26, 1834. 

1. Moses Pillsbury Cheney m. June 16, 1855, Mary L. True, of 
Goshen, dau. of Moses and Polly (Batchelder) True, " she being a 
direct descendant of Henry True, who emigrated in 1635 from Hud- 
dersfield, Yorkshire, Eng., receiving a grant of land in Salem, Mass., 
in 1649." Their children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Frank Edward, b. Nov. 30, 1855. 

(2) Fred Mervin, b. Dec. 19, 1857 ; d. July 18, 1884, at Memphis, 

(3) Clarence Herbert, b. Aug. 16, 1859. 

(4) William Ellsworth, b. May 16, 1861. 

(Mary L. (True) Cheney's children by a former marriage : 
Emma Amelia Lewis, b. July 26, 1850; m. Oct. 25, 1865, LoweU 
Simons, Esq., of Milton. He d. Oct. 20, 1879, and she m., 2d, May, 
1880, John D. Otis, of Farmington. She d. Nov. 10, 1881. Xo chil- 

George Nelson Lewis, b. March, 6, 1852, in Warrensbm-g, X. Y. ; m. 
Aug. 13, 1872, Arvilla Gibson, of Fitchburg, Mass., b. Aug. 28, 1850. 

Herman G., b. Sept. 9, 1874, in Fitchburg, Mass.) 





(1) Frank E. Cheney m. Xov. 29, 1889, Effie M. Hart, of Sutton, 
dau. of Charles and Hannah AI. (Bmgham) Hart. 

2. Sarah B. Clieney m. July i, 1839, John Carter, of Lowell, Mass- 

(1) George Cheney, b. in Lowell, Mass., Oct. 28, 1840. 

George C. Carter received a good education, and learned the grocery 
business in Lowell, which he successfully followed in that city, and 
later in Boston, where he now resides. He m. Sept. 7, 1863, Susan A. 
Hanscom, of Lowell, Mass., b. May 20, 1843, dau. of George H. Hans- 
com. Child, — 

Sarah Lilla Blanche, b. Jan. -5, 1868 ; d. Sept. 6, 1868. 

3. Mary Stevens Cheney m. AprU 31, 1845, George L. Flint, of Hen- 
niker. Children, — 

(1) Louis Fernando, b. Oct. 19, 1847, iii Sutton. 

(2) Lydia Josephine, b. March 14. 1851, in Warner. 

(3) George Heniy, b. Feb, 24, 1857, in Warner. 

(4) Ella Lenora, b. Oct. 26, 1859, in Henniker. 

(5) Mary Bell, b. Aug. 8, 1863, in Henniker. 

George L. Flint is a blacksmith, and resides at Henniker. 

5. George S. Cheney m. May 2, 1848, Mary Jane Flint, of Lowell, 
Mass., b. Xov. 30, 1830, dau. of Oliver W. Flint. Children, b. in 
Lowell, — 

(1) Sarah Lucetta, b. Dec. 11, 1849 ; m. Oct. 30, 1877, William A. 
Owen, of Lowell. Xo children. 

(2) Elizal;)eth Whiting, b. Oct.lS, 1856; m. Xov. 22, 1876, Walter J. 
Pettengill, of Lowell. Child,— 

Brenda Cheney, b. June 20, 1878. 
[For sketch of George S. Cheney see Pillsbury.] 

6. Susan M. Cheney m. Xov. 16, 1848, Xathau P. Blodgett, of Xew- 
bury. Children, b. in Xewbury, — 

(1) Oren J., b. Sept. 7, 1849 ; d. . 

(2) Charles W., b. June 16, 1854; d. Oct. 3, 1876. 

(3) Rose M., b. April 11, 1863; d. March 20, 1882. 

(1) Oren J. Blodgett, of Xewbury, studied for the medical profession.^ 
He m. Dec. 24, 1884, Cora R. Jones, of Goshen, dau. of John and 
Caroline (Emery) Jones. Child, — 

Xewell Ray, b. in Xewbury, Oct. 7, 1888. 

7. Xancy J. Cheney m. Aug. 19, 1864, Lorenzo H. True, of Goshen. 
He is a farmer. He moved to Bradford in 1870. Children, — 

(1) Mervin L., b. Oct. 21, 1865, in Sutton. 

(2) Bell Blanch, b. June 2, 1867, in Goshen. 

(3) Mary Gertrude, b. May 4, 1869, in Goshen. 


V. Sarah Cheney m. Sept. 24, 1807, Israel Morrill, of Warner, 
being his 2d wife. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. William, b. Sept. 4, 1808, d. June 7, 1879. ' 

2. Rosanna F., b. Jan. 10, 1812. 

3. Thomas C, b. March 3, 1814; d. Nov. 24, 1840. 

4. Marv C K., b. Dec. 30, 1818; d. 1862. 

5. Sarah C, b. March 3, 1820. 

1. William Morrill m. May 16, 1833, Eleanor A. Webb, of Ports- 
mouth, Va. They had nine children, all resident in Virginia and in 
Pensacola, Fla. At the age of nineteen he left Sutton and went to 
Milton, Mass, where he learned the business of stone cutting at the 
Quincy Granite Works. In 1830 he received an ai^pointment from 
the government to go to Norfolk, Va , to work on the dry dock, then 
in process of construction at the U. S. navy-yard. He held the posi- 
tion of master workman till that work was completed, and remained 
in the government service several years afterwards. In 1843 he was 
appointed to superintend the construction of the dry dock in Pensacola 
navy-yai-d. This important work being completed he was then ap- 
pointed to superintend all the work at that navy-yard, with the title of 
major. He held this post till the breaking out of the war, when he 
retired from active business. He devoted himself much to the inter- 
ests of the Episcopal church, with which he was connected, and also to 
the interests of the Masonic lodges in the Southern states, having 
attained the highest honors in the order, with corresponding respon- 
sibilities. The records of both the church and the lodges show that 
he was much esteemed, and that his death was felt to be a severe loss 
to them. 

2. Rosanna F. Morrill was a very successful school teacher in Sut- 
ton. In 1838 she removed to Lowell, where after some years she m., 
Aug. 10, 1848, Stephen B. Clough, for many years engaged in the gro- 
cery business in Lowell. 

3. Thomas C. Morrill spent his boyhood in Sutton, and in 1838 
went to Portsmouth, Va., where he obtained a high position on the 
Norfolk and Virginia R. R. He was m. in 1839 to a Southern lady. 
No children. He d. Nov. 24, 1840. 

5. Sarah C. Morrill m., 1839, Daniel H. Sinclair, of Mount Holly, 
Vt. Children, b. in Lowell, — 

(1) William T., b. Jan. 22, 1840; d. May 14, 1857. 

(2) Henry A., b. April 7, 1843; d. July 29, 1872. 

(3) Charles H., b. June 6, 1849 : d. May 6, 1878. 

(1) Henry A. enlisted in Co. G, 6th Reg't Mass. Vols., and was 
wounded in going through Baltimore April 19. He reenlisted and 
served through the war. 


VI. Isaac Cheney, b. Aug. 19, 1790; cl. March 6, 1857, in War- 
ner : m. Sabra Morrill. Children, — 

1. Harrison L., b. April 28, 1813. 

2. Curtis C, b. March 26, 1814. 
S. Marden S., b. Nov. U, 1815. 

4. William M., b. Jan. 20, 1817. 

5. Sarah A., b. Sept. 19. 1819. 

6. Caleb M., b. March 7, 1820. 

7. Daniel S., b. March 10, 1821. 

8. Benjamin F., b. Sept. 20, 1822. 

9. Isaac, Jr., b. Dec. 25, 182.3. 

10. Babe, b. May 14, 1826. 

11. Stephen A., b. July 6, 1828. 

5. Sarah A., the only dau. of the above family, m. Stephen Swett, 
and was mother of Herbert Swett, of this town. 

VII. Timothy Cheney m. Mary Farr, of Saugus Point, N. Y. 
Tlii'ee children. He was a carpenter, and lived many years in 
Saugus Point, N. Y. Later he removed with his son Timothy to 
Rising Sun, Wis., where he died several years ago. Timothy, Jr., 
ni. a lady from Wilmot, and had 4 children, viz., — 

1. Hattie C. 2. Mary S. 3. Charles. 4. Timothy. 
He removed from Rising Sun, whither, not known. He was a 
carpenter like his father. 

VIII. Thomas Cheney, b. Oct. 6, 1796; m. June 15, 1820, 
Mehitabel Wadleigh, dau. of Thomas and Miriam (Atwood) Wad- 
leigh, of Sutton. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Mh-iam W., b. Sept. 29, 1820; d. May 20, 1825. 

2. Xathaniel, b. July, 1822. 

Mrs. Mehetable (Wadleigh) Cheney d. Aug. 13, 1824, and her 
husband m., 2d, Sally Rowell. Children, — 

3. Charles H., b. April 10. 1837 ; d. Sept 29, 1865. 

4. Abram, b. Aug. 20, 1840 ; d. Sept. IS, 1845. 

5. Mary Sargent, b. Sept. 27, 1842. 

6. Sarah Ann, b. Dec. 21, 1849 ; d. Jan. 7, 1879. 

7. Abram R., b. July 9, 1853. 

Mrs. Sally (Rowell) Cheney d. May 17, 1868, and her husband 
m., 3d, Oct. 25, 1869, Mrs. Lois (Harvey) WeUs, of Sutton. 
Thomas Cheney d. June 5, 1875. He was a carpenter, and built 
many houses in Sutton, some of which are standing yet in good 
condition. He was the head workman upon the present church in 
the South village. He was a Free Mason of high standing in the 
order. Like many of his race he was, when young, very fond of 
liunting. His last years were spent quietly at his home in the 


South village, his princii^al enjoyment being the social prayer meet- 
ings held at his house. 

2. Nathaniel Cheney m. and removed to Franconia, where he has 
been engaged in the hotel business for several years. He has a small 
family of childi'en. 

5. Mary S. Cheney m. March 6, 1860, Addison B. Putnam, of Wil- 
mot. Children, b. in Wilmot, — 

(1) Charles A., b. Mav 2, 1862 ; d. Sept. 17, 1862. 

(2) Lilla Bell, b. Aug! 10, 1865; d. Oct. 24, 1866. 
(8) Xellv G., b. Aug. 8, 186.9. 

(4) Sarah B., b. Oct. 2;3, 1871. 

Addison B. Putnam was a son of Benjamin Putnam, a native of 
Lyndeborough. His mother was Sally Tenney, a native of Hancock. 
They lived many years in Wilmot, and reared there a large family. 
Their son, Isaac Putnam, m. Susan Maxon, of Sutton, and after his 
death she m. his brother, Samuel Putnam. They lived at that time in 
California, engaged in the lumbering business, with mills in the moun- 
tains and lumber yards at Auburn. 

6. Sarah A. Cheney m. March 11, 1874, George G. Wells, of Sutton. 

7. Abram R. Cheney m. Sept. 21, 1877, Mrs. Mary F. (Thomas) Hill- 
iard, widow of (ieorge H. Hilliard, of Bradford, who d. in Sutton, Oct. 
26, 1774, at the home of his mother, Mrs. Samuel Blanchard. He 
learned the tinman's business, and for some years owned and operated 
the tinshop at South Sutton. He was burned out at the old stand 
Nov. 21, 1879, and soon afterwards erected the present building, in 
which for a season he kept up the business of tin and hardware. 

IX. Silas Cheney, b. May 17, 1798 ; d. Oct. 20, 1825, in Sut- 
ton : m. Oct. 28, 1819, Judith Colby, of Warner, b. March 4, 1797. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Timothy, b. Aug. 28, 1820; d. Aug. 2, 1885. 

2. Wait Stevens, b. Feb. 3, 1822. 

3. iSTathan Colby, b. July 10, 1823. 

4. Joseph AVarren, b. Nov. 29, 1825 ; d. Oct. 7, 1858. 

5. Caleb, b. June 22, 1827. 

The widow of Silas Cheney m., 2d, David Bagley. 

2. Wait Stevens Cheney m. Nov. 19, 1845, Mrs. Clarissa S. (Bean) 
Gray, of Sutton, dau. of Reuben and Mary F. (Smith) Bean. Chil- 
dren, b. in East Corinth, Me., — 

(1) Charles A., b. Sept. 17, 1846. 

(2) Nellie M., b. Dec. 1848. 

(3) Mattie J., b. Dec. 16, 1851. 

(4) Nettie J., b. July 20, 1853. 

(5) Hattie E., b. Sept. 25, 1855. 

(6) Hobart W., b. July 20, 1857. 

(7) Frank S., b. Dec. 14, 1860. 


4. Joseph Warren Cheney m. Jan. 24, 1849, 'SI. Antoinette Magee, 
of Xew York. Children, b. in Washington, D. C, — 

(1) George Warren, b. April 19, 18.50; d. Xov. 1, 1877. 

(2) Susan Colby, b. April 2, 1852 ; d. Sept. 2.5, 1855. 

X. Caleb Cheney, b. July 24, 1800 : m., 1st, Lydia Sargent, of 
Warner; m., 2d, Mary McDuffie, of Hampstead ; m., 3d, Mai'cia 
A. May, of Canaan. Children, — 

1. Henry F., of 1st wife ; he lives at Jewett City, Conn. 

2. Edward A., of 2d wife ; he lives at Northwood. 

3. Albert E., of :3d wife. 

4. Ethel May, of 3d wife. 

5. AVarren Timothy, of 3d wife. 

6. Mabel Eva, of 3d wife. 

Lyman Cheney, 

of Bradford, purchased the old Isaac Peaslee farm near 
Long Pond, about 1843, and remained in this town till his 
death, Sept. 27, 1857. He m. Nov. 9, 1837, Achsah E. 
Twiss, of Newbury. Children, b. in Bradford, — 

I. Edwin Lyman, b. Oct. 26, 1838. 

II. Minerva Eliza, b. May 21, 1842. 

Mrs. Achsah E. (Twiss) Cheney d. April 21, 1844, in 
Sutton, and her husband m., 2d, Dec. 25, 1845, Eliza A. 
Sanborn, of Sutton, dan. of Tappan and Lavina (French) 
Sanborn. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

III. Alma F., b. Oct. 1, 1846 ; d. Nov. 19, 1846. 

IV. Julia A., b. Nov. 23, 1848 ; d. Jan. 17, 1850. 

V. Elsie L., b. Aug. 13, 1855 ; d. June 4, 1877. 

VI. Frank T., b. Oct. 17, 1854. 

Mrs. Eliza A. (Sanborn) Cheney m., 2d, Francis Blais- 

I. Edwin L. Cheney m. Nov. 5, 1861, Mary A. Brown, dau. of 
David and Maiy (Dorr) Brown, of Sutton. Children, — 

1. Herbert Ellsworth, b. April 5, 1863, in Sutton. 

2. Lizzie Gertrude, b. March 17, 1869, in Cambridgeport. 

3. Grace Eveljai, b. Feb. 11, 1872 ; d. Xov. 14, 1885. 

4. Frank Elmer, b. Nov. 27, 1874. 

1. Herbert Ellsworth Cheney m. Feb. 23, 1887, Louise Estelle Child^ 
of Cambridgeport, dau. of Spencer and Eliza (Goodrich) ChikL 



Edwin L. Cheney engaged in mercantile business early in life, 
and for a few years he kept the store at the South village. He re- 
moved to Cambridgeport, where he has since resided. He was at 
one time connected with Faneuil Hall Market. 

II. Minerva E. Cheney m. May 27, 1863, Levi F. Brown, of 
Sutton. Children, b. at Council Bluffs, Iowa, — 

1. Charles W., b. Oct. 10, 1864; d. Julv 1, 1866. 

2. Elizabeth L., b. June 17, 1868 ; d. Sept. 22, 1878. 

3. Grace I., b. Jan. 17, 1870. 

4. Edwin L., b. Sept. 27, 1871. 

This family resides at Council Bluffs. 

VI. Frank T. Cheney m. AprU 28, 1876, Jennie R. Walker, of 
Warner. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Arthur Frank, b. June 6, 1877. 

2. Edith May, b. May i), 1881 ; d. Oct. 8, 1881. 

3. Henry Francis, b. Nov. 1, 1883. 

4. Eva May, b. Nov. .5, 1885. 

Frank T. Cheney lived upon his father's farm near Long pond, 
and later upon that of his ste}>father, Francis Blaisdell, till 1887, 
when he sold the jjroperty and removed to Pembroke. 

Peter Cheney. 

Peter Cheney, b. 1770 ; d. April 13, 1849: m. June 18, 
1795, Sally Davis, dan. of Jonathan Davis, b. July 22, 
1774 ; d. Oct. 10, 1851. Children,— 

I. Philip, b. March 10, 1796. 

II. SaUy, b. May 7, 1797 ; d. 1813. 

III. Matthew, b. Nov. 2, 1802. 

IV. Levi, b. Aug. 13, 1807 ; d. Nov. 6, 1874. 

V. William, b. Nov. 19, 1808 ; d. Aug. 17, 1883 : m. Pamelia 

I. Philip Cheney m. Nancy Brown. Moses Cheney, of WUmot 
Flat, is their son. 

rV. Levi Cheney resided in Sutton ; m. Dec. 20, 1830, Caroline, 
dau. of Jonathan Phelps ; m., 2d, Dec. 29, 1840, Almira Smith, 
dau. of Moses Smith. Children, — 

1. Franklin. 

2. Frances M., b. May 10, 1844 ; m., Sept., 1864, Lorenzo Richard- 
son, of Winthrop, Mass. Children, — 


(1) Lorena M. (2) Lorenzo W. (3) Horace W. (4) Rolliu. (5) 
Florian. (6) Ethel M. 

Levi Cheney was a good scholar and a successful teacher when a 
young man. He was known for many years as Dea. Cheney (of 
the Free Will Baptist church). He was gentlemanly in manners 
and a careful farmer. Several years before his death he leased his 
mountain farm and bought a residence in the North village, where 
he passed the remainder of his life. 

Under the head of Mastin genealogy we have inserted the state- 
ment that Jacob Mastin, Sr., being the possessor of two adjoining 
lots, settled on one of them himself, and gave the other to Peter 
Cheney, for the sake of having him for a neighbor. Such transfers 
of lots or parts of lots were not infrequently made at that early 
date in this town and in other places, the donor wisely calculating 
that the value of the land he reserved for himself would be greatly 
increased by having the land adjoining it cleared and cultivated. 
Added to this consideration was that of having a neighbor in his 
loneliness, on whose society and occasional assistance he could 
count, and personal preference, of course, had its due weight in 
determining his choice of the man who would be, probably, a life- 
long associate of his own. The arrangement seems to have con- 
tinued satisfactory to both parties in this case. Mr. Cheney was a 
neat, tidy farmer, a good neighbor, and a worthy citizen. Having 
lost his father when a boy he had spent several years of his early 
life and young manhood in the family of Thomas Wadleigh, Esq. 

William Cheney, 

of Bradford, b. Aug. 8, 1797 ; d. Sept. 20, 1874 : m. Dec. 
15, 1824, Sally Emery, b. Oct. 2, 1802; d. April 11, 1859. 
Children, — 

I. James B., b. Jan. 8, 1826 ; d. Feb. 16, 1861. 

II. Mary A., b. Feb. 21, 1829 ; d. July 30, 1858. 
ni. Harriet M., b. May 20, 1833 ; d. June 5, 1876. 

IV. Lyman H., b. July 6, 1835 ; d. March 22. 1882. 

V. Hannah J., b. Sept. 18, 1836; d. Nov. 8, 1868. 

VI. Albert F., b. Dec. 24, 1839 ; d. Oct. 29, 1843. 
Vn. GHbert J., b. Dec. 24, 1839. 


I. James B. Cheney m. Louisa M. Piu'ington. Child, — 

I. Sarah. 

II. Mary A. Cheney ni. Putney Wiggin. Cliiklren, — 

1. Albert C. 2. Celia. 3. Harriet, i. John. 5. Mary. 6. Frank. 
m. Harriet M. Cheney m. Nathaniel Chase. Child, — 
1. Sewall. 

IV. Lyman H. Cheney m. Lisette Smith. Children, — 
1. George W. 2. John F. 

V. Hannah J. Cheney m. Harvey W. Chadwick. Child, — 
1. Emma A. 

VII. Gilbert J. Cheney m. Dec. 23, 1862, Lydia W. Chadwick. 
Children, — 

1. Hattie A., b. May 26, 1864. 

2. Delma A., b. Aug. 30. 1866. 

3. Alston F., b. Jan. 12, 1868 ; d. Aug. 6, 1870. 

4. Rebecca B., b. April 18, 1871 ; d. Jan. 29, 1873. 

5. Amy M., b. May 26, 1873. 

6. Walter A., b. Xov. 17, 1876. 

7. Willie P., b. Sept. 26, 1880. 

1. Hattie A. Cheney m. George A. Cilley. Children, — 
. (1) Mattie W. (2) Emma A. 

2. Delma A. Cheney m. Winfred B. Cilley. 

The above named Cheneys are descendants of Jonathan Cheney, 
of Bradford. 


Elder Nathan Champlin, son of Rev. Nathan Champlin, 
of Lyme, Conn., was born in Lyme about 1757. Married, 
near 1781, Nancy Lewis, of Westerly, R. I. Children, — 

I. Hannah, b. in Westerly about 1782 ; d. March 17, 1871, in 

II. Louisa, b. in Westerly, 1783 ; d. 1790. 

III. Nancy, b. in Westerly, July, 1784; d. June 14, 1863, in 
lona, Mich. 

IV. Nathan, b. ; d. Jan. 30, 1874, aged 83. 

V. Samuel, b. in Lyme, Conn. ; d. in Utica, N. Y. 

VI. Daniel, b. in Lyme, Conn., and d. probably in New Orleans. 


VII. Harry, b. in Lempstei', N. H., near 1799 ; d. Jan. 22, 1815, 
in Sutton, by accidental drowning. 

VIII. Calvin, b. in Lempster ; d. a few years ago in New York, 
where he was a prominent hotel keeper. 

IX. Mary, b. Oct. 9, 1802. 

X. John, b. ; d. Feb. 24, 1859, in Laconia. 

XI. Oliver, b. in Lempstei*. 

XII. Laura, b. in Sutton in 1812. 

While living in Connecticut, Elder Nathan Champlin 
carried on the business of a jeweller. Later was ordained 
an evangelist preacher, and came to this part of the coun- 
try to serve in that capacity. Was in Lempster for a few 
years, coming to Sutton to preach occasionally, and in 
1805, by invitation of the town and church, located here as 
their minister. He was a man of good talents and good 
qualifications as a preacher. P\irther account of his connec- 
tion with Sutton Calvinistic Baptist church may be found 
in the history of that body, in another chapter of this work. 
While in Sutton, Elder Champlin lived some 3-ears on the 
farm of the late Aaron Russell. He died in Bethany, 
N. Y., in 1814. His wife survived him many years, and 
died aged eighty-five. 

I. Hannah, b. in Westerly, R. I., about 1782 ; d. March 17, 1871 ; 
m. Gurden Huntley, of Lempster. Children, — 

1. Milton, who was blind, lived in Louisville some years, and is sup- 
posed to have died at New Orleans. Was a professional musician. 

2. Erastus, lived in Louisville ; married a Southern lady, and had 
four children. 

0. Harriet, m. Jacob Bean, of Sutton ; d. Nov., 1858. Child, Louisa, 
who is wife of Benjamin Hart. 

4. Louisa, d. in early childhood. 

IL Louisa, b. 1783 ; d. 1790. 

III. Nancy, b. July, 1784 ; d. July 14, 1863 : m. April, 1811, 
Daniel Wadleigh, son of Thomas Wadleigh, Esq. Children, — 7, 
for whom see Thomas Wadleigh. 

IV. Nathan Champlin, Jr., m. April 20, 1808, Harriet Young, of 
Hopkinton. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Matthew, b. Nov. 7, 1809 ; d. about 1856. 

2. Harriet F., b. Aug. 27, 1812 ; d. Jan. 5, 1878. 


3. Fidelia, b. Oct. 26, 1814 ; d. Nov. 8, 1884. 

4. Nathan Jasper, b. Dec. 21, 1817; d. about 184.5. 

5. George Washington, b. May 1, 1819 ; d. Jan. 4, 1864. 

6. Charles Hudson, b. Jan. 19, 1821 ; d. Nov. 25, 1829. 

7. Sarah Young, b. Dec. 5, 1822 ; d. Oct. 1, 1824. 

8. Daniel Carr, b. Feb. 10, 1825; d. Aug. 31, 1826. 

9. Sally Ann, b. Jan. 1, 1827 ; d. Feb. 21, 1828. 

10. Sarah Young, b. Nov. 26, 1828. 

11. Caroline, b. Oct. 21, 1831. 

Capt. Nathan Champlin d. Jan. 30, 1874, in Sutton. His wife 
d. Sept. 8, 1853, in Sutton. He m., 2d, Lucy A. Chellis, of La- 

1. Matthew Champlin married, and left one or more children. He 
went West. 

5. George "Washington Champlin m. 1842, Hannah Merrill. Child, — 

(1) George H. Champlin, b. Aug. 15, 1843. He was in the army 
during the late war, was corporal in Co. C, 39th Reg't Mass. Vols. He 
died of sickness and was sent home. 

Mrs. Hannah (Merrill) Champlin d., and her husband m., 2d, 1852, 
Maria Mead, b. Feb. 22, 1832. Child,— 

(2) Edward, b. Aug. 4, 1853. 

2. Harriet F. Champlin m. Nov. 7, 1832, AVilliam C. Hoyt, of Deer- 
ing, b. INIay 29, 1811. Children,— 

1. Emilv Young, b. March 5, 1834. 

2. Nathan Champlin, b. Feb. 8, 1836. 

3. Charles Elbridge, b. Nov. 8, 1838. 

4. James Henry, b. Jan. 15, 1841. 

5. Walter William, b. June 17, 1843. 

6. Frank Robbins, b. June 15, 1845. 

7. Sarah Champlin, b. Feb. 15, 1848. 

8. Caroline A., b. April 3, 1850. 

Mrs. Harriet F. (Champlin) Hoyt d. Jan. 5, 1878, in Sutton, and 
her husband m., 2d, Dec. 6, 1878, Mrs. Emily Y. (Hoyt) Smith, of 
Henniker, b. July 20, 1817, dau. of Saunders and Sally (Rice) Hoyt. 

William C. Hoyt is a painter by trade, and a superior workman. 
He resides at the South village. He is son of Daniel and Mary (Cod- 
man) Hoyt, of Deering. Nearly all his sons learned their father's 
trade, while James H. has become known as one of the best rope- 
walkers and performers in the country. All the Champlins, as a fam- 
ily, were always noticeable not only for ingenuity and capability, but 
also for much native wit and great dramatic talent. Daniel Chami^lin 
(son of Elder Nathan) became eminent as an actor of legerdemain, 
rope-walking, etc. Nathan Champlin, Jr., was town-collector many 
years. He remained a resident of this town till his death, in 1874. 

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3. Fidelia Champlin m. June 5, 1842, James B. McAllister, of 
Antrim, b. Nov. 25, 1818. Childi-en, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) James H., b. June 17, 1843. 

(2) Charles W., b. Jan. 28, 1848. 

Mrs. Fidelia (Champlin) McAllister d. Xov. 8, 1884, in Sutton. 
James B. McAllister was a soldier in the late war. Present residence 
in Montana. 

(2) Charles W. McAllister m. Aug. 19, 1869, Adelaide Kendrick. 
[See Kendrick Record.] He m., 2d, Aug. 26, 1889, Etta L. Brown, 
dau. of Dexter E. and Lois A. (Bailey) Brown, of Sutton. 

10. Sarah Y. Champlin m. Dec. 24, 1849, Hall S. Rand, of Aliens- 
town. Children, — 

(1) Charles William, b. Jan. 29, 1851 ; d. Dec. 23, 1852. 

(2) Marv Champlin, b. March 7, 1853 ; d. July 29, 1855. 

(3) Charles William, b. Sept- 11, 1855; d. Dec. 23, 1862. 

(4) Nellie Caroline, b. Dec. 19, 1859. 

(5) David Harriman, b^ July 10, 1861. 

(3) Charles W. Rand, the 2d of this name, was drowned at Ports- 

Present residence of Rand family, Oakland, Cal. 

11. Caroline Champlin m. William Siperly, of Chicago, 111., where 

she now lives, a widow. No children. 

IX. Mary Champlin, b. Oct. 9, 1802, in Lempster ; m. Calvin 
White, who d. in Boston, Oct. 18, 1875. His widow is living in 
Warner, and her good memory has furnished many of the facts 
concerning the Champlin family. 

X. John L. Champlin m. May 22, 1825, Ruth Smith, of Derry. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Rosetta, b. June 12, 1826 : d. June 6, 1828. 

2. John Raymond, b. June 30, 1828. 

3. Angelina S., b. Dec. 26, 1832 ; d. Julv, 1847, in Lowell. 

4. Emily M., b. Feb. 18, 1834 ; d. Aug. 20, 1834. 

5. Almanda W., b. May 28, 1835. 

John L. Champlin d. Feb. 24, 1859, in Laconia. His wife d. 
June 8, 1836, in Sutton. He was a carpenter and cabinet-maker, 
— an ingenious artisan — almost an artist. He lived for several 
years near the pond in North Sutton, and was renowned for the 
witty speeches he was apt to make, some of which are not yet for- 

5. Almanda W. Champlin m. Byron Slade, of Boston. Children, — 

(1) Claude. (2) Ada B. 

2. John R. Champlin m. Dec. 30, 1845, at Lowell, Mercy Ann 


Swain, of Gilford, dau. of Elias and Elizabeth (Craig) Swain. Chil- 
dren, b. at Meredith Bridge, — 

(1) Frank H., b. Sept. 30, 1847. 

(2) George O., b. May 29, 1849 ; d. Sept. 15, 18.55. 

(3) Martha A., b. Oct. 23, 1851 ; d. Oct. 1, 18.55. 

(4) Charles L., b. April, 1854 ; d. Sept. 1, 1855. 

(5) Ida A., b. April 14, 1857 ; d. April 22, 1882. 

(1) Frank H. Chaniplin, of Laconia, m. Dec. 29, 1878, Mrs. Angeline 
J. (Worth) Grace, formerly of Sutton, dau. of Samuel and Hannah 
(Atwood) Worth, and widow of John G. Grace of Laconia. He is the 
telegraph and telephone manager at Laconia. 

John R. Champlin's residence is at Laconia, an inventor and me- 
chanic. His business is located in part at No. 10 Court street. He 
has also an extensive business, both wholesale and retail, as a bottler of 
choice wines, ales, etc., manufacturer of carbonated beverages, extracts, 
and colorings. He is also proprietor of the " Novelty Job Printing " 
office at Laconia. He is a prosperous man, and charitable and gener- 
ous accordingly. 

XL Oliver Champlin was b. in Lempster. The last information 
concerning him was that he was engaged on a steamboat on Lake 
Erie, and it is supposed he has has been drowned, as nothing has 
been heard from him for a long time. 

XII. Laura Champlin, b. in 1812, in Sutton, m. Jason White, 
of Lowell, Mass., who d. many years ago, leaving children, of whom 
two daughters are living in Chicago, and their mother now lives 
with them. 

Elder Nathan Champlin had twelve children, but only a 
part of them became residents of Sutton, and very few of 
his descendants are left at the present time in this vicinity. 


Adoniram Coburn, b. 1791; d. Oct. 16, 1866: m. Sarah 
Nudd, and came to Sutton in 1835, from Canterbury. 
Children, — 

I. James Munroe, b. Oct. 20, 1817. 

II. Maiy, b. Jan. 13, 1822. 

III. WiUiam W., b. June 12, 1825. 

IV. Sarah, b. 1832. 


I. James Munroe Coburn m. April 14, 1844, Martha J. Jehonnet, 
b. July 29, 1823. Children,— 

1. Georo-iana, b. Julv 28, 1845; d. Oct. .SI, 1851. 

2. Frank P., b. March 7, 1847; d. Feb. 10, 1888. 

3. George A., b. Feb. .5, 1851 ; d. Jan. 11, 1874. 
4 Charles M., b. June 2.5, 18.55. 

5. William S., b. Jmie 28. 1857. 

6. Fred R., b. July 14, 1866. 

3. George A. Coburn m. Hattie Hvmt. Child, — 
(1) George A., b. Jan. 21, 1873. 

4. Charles M. Coburn m. Addie Matten. Children, — 

(1) Arthur J., b. Oct. 25, 1881. 

(2) Lee Arthur N., b. Oct. 25, 1881. 

(3) Mabel G. 

(4) Mattie, b. Sept. 6, 1888. 

5. William S. Coburn m. Edith . Child,— 

(1) Celia. 

II. Mary Coburn m., 1st, William W^ells (known as Major 
WeUs). Child,— 

1. Addie. 

She m., 2d, George Hunt. (See Davis.) 

III. WiUiam W. Coburn m. Nov. 16, 1848, Ruth H. Kezar, b. 
Aug. 11, 1825 ; d. March 5, 1885. Children,— 

1. Susan E., b. Jan. 8, 1850; d. Jan. 25, 1882, aged 32: m. William 
H. Chadwick. 

2. Benjamin K., b. Dec. 8, 1851. 

3. Edgar W., b. April 12, 18.57. 

4. Maria S., b. March 28, 1862. 

W^illiam W. Coburn m., 2d, Mrs. Adeline C. Sargent, widow of 
Dea. Benjamin P. Sargent, and dau. of Dea. John Felch. 
She d. 1889. 

2. Benjamin K. Cobum m. Oct. 17, 1874, Minerva Y. Harwood, who 
was b. Jan. 6, 1850. Children, — 

(1) Lena M., b. March 18, 1876. 

(2) Emma J., b. Aug. 31, 1882. 

3. Edgar W. Coburn m. Sept. 28, 1880, H. Nellie Jones, b. Aug. 16, 
18.56 ; d. March 6, 1888. 

4. Maria S. Cobum m. Charles L. Fowler, Nov. 23, 1881. 

IV. Sarah Coburn m. Elisha P. Davis. Children, — 
1. Adoniram C. 2. George W. 


Leonard Colburn or CoBURisr 

came to Sutton about the time the Philbrook family came, 
and was soon followed by his mother, Mrs. Lovejoy, sister 
to Mrs. Philbrook. Leonard Coburn was her son by a for- 
mer marriage. Susan Coburn, who m. April, 1797, Eben- 
ezer Eaton, and Betsey Coburn, who m. July 4, 1797, Paul 
Towle, of Fishersfield, were probably her daughters. 
Leonard Coburn m. Elizabeth Flood. Children, — 

I. Hannah, b. Dec. 31, 1767. 

II. Sarah, b. Oct. 12, 1769. 

III. Dorothy, b. Dec. 26, 1772 ; m. May, 1790, John Philbrook. 

IV. Abigail, b. Feb. 23, 1783. 

V. Betsey, b. March 14, 1786. 


David B. Colcord, b. Oct. 29, 1802 ; d. Sept. 28, 1881 : 
m. Louisa George, b. 1810 ; d. Oct. 6, 1881. Children, — 

I. Harriet, b. Feb. 7, 1825 ; d. Feb. 19, 1886 : m. Edwin P. 

II. Alva D., b. Oct. 26, 1831 : m. Oct. 20, 1854, Pluma P. 
Palmer, dau. of David and Nancy (Colby) Palmer, of Sutton ; b. 
in 1832 ; d. in 1876. Child,— 

1. Lilian, b. Oct. 21, 18.55 ; d. Oct. 4, 1872. 
Alva D. Colcord m , 2d, Dec. 13, 1877, Mrs. Clarinda V. 
(Richards) Bates, dau. of Albert P. Richards, of Sutton. 


Elliot Colby, of Amesbury, b. May 22, 1735 ; d. Feb. 20, 
1811, in Warner : m. June 26, 1760, Judith Sargent, dau. 
of Stephen and Judith (Ordway) Sargent, b. Feb. 9, 1739. 
They removed to Warner. For account of their ten chil- 
dren, as well as for their Sargent ancestry, see record of 
Sargents of Sutton, to whom they were related. Mrs. 

m'/ideTi ^ti\ 


Judith (Sargent) Colby d. June 30, 1782, and her husband 
m., 2d, Nov. 30, 1782, Mrs. Hannah (Smith) Pearson, b. 
Oct. 21, 1752 ; d. March 3, 1830, in Newport. Chiklren, 
b. in \Yarner, — 

I. Pearson Smith Colby, b. April 26, 1784 ; d. May 17, 1855, in 

II. Daniel Colby, b. Aug. 28, 1790 ; d. Aug. 13, 1867. 

I. Pearson Smith Colby m. Sept. 2, 1806, Polly Johnson, dau. 
of Jonathan and Molly (FoUansbee) Jolinson, of Sutton. Child, — 

1. Johnson Colby, b. in Newport, Oct. 22, 1808 ; d. Feb. 27, 1890, in 

Pearson S. Colby m., 2d, Dec. 1, 1809, Hannah Putney, of War- 
ner and Hopkinton. Children, — 

2. Daniel, b. Dec. 25, 1810; d. Juner26, 1818. 

3. Asa, b. Feb. 11, 1813 ; d. May 23, 1814. 

4. Asa P., b. Jan. 23, 1815 ; d. April .5, 1818. 
.5. Polly, b. June 26, 1817 ; d. April 12, 1818. 

6. Warren, b. April 25, 1821 ; d. May 12, 1864. 

7. Priscilla, b. April 14, 1823; d. Aug. 31, 1844. 

8. Elliot, b. Dec. 9, 1830 ; d. Nov. 25, 1849. 

1. Johnson Colby m. Nov. 12, 1839, Betsey B. Bean, of Newbury, 
dau. of Samuel and Dorothy (Batchelder) Bean. Children, b. in Sut- 
ton, — 

(1) Marv A. Colby, b. June 23, 1843; d. same day. 

(2) Jennie B., b. Nov. 29, 1847 ; d. Sept. 27, 1879. 

(3) Hattie B., b. May 6, 1851. 

(2) Jennie B. Colby m. Dr. David M. Currier, of Canaan. No chil- 
dren. Dr. Currier was b. in Grafton, and was son of David and 
Rhoda (Morse) Currier. He took the academic course at Tilton Sem- 
inary, and graduated from Dartmouth college 1867. He went to Bos- 
ton, remaining two years in study upon special diseases, practised a 
year and a half in Sutton with Dr. John M. Fitts, locating in Sunapee in 
1888. At the end of a year and a half he went to Boston and took a 
post-graduate medical course, and in 1870 located at Newport, where 
he has built up a good practice, being much devoted to his profession. 
He is a highly honored member of the State Medical Society. He is a 
prominent member of the Methodist church in Newport. 

Johnson Colby, the subject of this sketch, was born in Newport, this 
state, Oct. 22, 1808. His mother died when heM'as but nine years old, 
and he was brought to Sutton Nov. 4, of the same year, and was cared 
for by his maternal grandparents. His whole life has been passed in 
this town, except when working or teaching in other towns when a 
young man. He has been well known by a wide circle and respected 


by all. His early life, like many another, was checked with shadows. 
He worked hard and persistently to earn a comfortable home for him- 
self and family, to whom he was greatly attached, and he was success- 
ful. Whatever he did he did heartily. He served his town faithfully 
as selectman and town treasurer. While quite young, at near the age 
of twenty years, he became a convert to Universal salvation, to which 
faith he strictly adhered through life, often speaking of the perfect 
trust he felt in the Saviour, and in the decline of life feeling the Ever- 
lasting Arm sustained and comforted him, and we are told went to 
sleep feeling safe in God's hands. For many years he was deacon of 
the Uuiversalist church. He leaves the record of an honest, upright 
life, the golden rule being his motto. He was a kind neighbor, a faith- 
ful citizen and true friend. He was of a naturally quiet temperament, 
retiring in his addi'ess, never speaking of his sorrows and troubles to 
other than his dearest friends, never boasting of his successes or attain- 
ments. He had a good education and admired it in others. For sev- 
eral years Mr. Colby has been in failing health, being obliged to give 
up the active work of his farm, and fully realizing that the summons 
was likely to come at any time calling hiui away. Yet it came in an 
unlooked for manner. While going to his door some two weeks pre- 
vious to his death, and suffering from a dizzy head, he slipped and fell, 
causing injuries from which his weakened system could not rally, and 
he died Feb. 27, 1890, aged 81 years and 5 months. 

While we refer with just pride to those natives of Sutton who, seek- 
ing a wider field for theii* activities, have gone away from the old 
town and found distinction or attained eminence elsewhere, we do not 
forget those who have remained here, and laboi"ed/or the town, and in 
the town, and have had here their public and private interests. It is 
fortunate for the town that not all the energy and capability that 
awakened into life here has gone away and spent itself. Those who 
have gone out from us and prospered have done well for themselves, 
and doubtless also for the place and the community wherein they located, 
while those who have labored here have done well for this town. 
Strong in his convictions of right, acting always from principle and 
sound judgment, such a man as Johnson Colby asks but very little 
laudation, but it is impossible that one should be benevolent, liberal, 
and sympathetic as he has shown himself, and not be gratified at re- 
ceiving those tokens of appreciation which ISlr. Colby has many times 

Mr. and Mrs. Colby celebrated their golden wedding Nov. 12, 1889, 
an occasion which was much enjoyed by themselves and their many 
friends present, but, as not unfrequently happens after the celebration 
of a golden wedding or centennial birthday, death has followed on 
with rapid footsteps. 


Anthony Colby. 

The writer has been informed that the New London 
Colbys are descendants from the same Amesbury stock as 
are the Warner families of that name, and that they are 
nearly related to each other. The name among them of 
Anthony Colby, so familiar to ns some years ago, would 
seem to indicate the probability of their descent from the 
Amesbury emigrant ancestor, Anthony Colby. 

Anthony Colby came from England to America in 1630. 
He was made freeman May 14, 1634, and was No. 93 on 
the list of church members. In 1639 he received a sfrant 
of land in Salisbury, and removed thither. Anthony Colby 
and wife Susanna had eight children, most of whom settled 
in Salisbury and Amesbury. From one of these descended 
Elliot Colby, supposed to be Thomas, born May 8, 1651, 
but that is not ascertained. 

Like many other families of Sutton and vicinity that are 
traced back to Amesbury, the Colbys find a break in the 
pedigree line which makes it impossible to connect them 
with the immigrant, and the reason is this, that the record 
of births on xVmesbury books does not begin till 1686 
Whether an earlier record-book ever existed, or whether it 
was lost or destroyed, is not known. The children of 
Anthony Colby were, — 

I. John, b. Feb. 20, 1632. 

II. Sarah, b. May 28, 1635. 

III. Samuel, b. Aug. 10, 1638. 

IV. Isaac, b. July 6, 1640. 

V. Rebecca, b. March 11, 1643. 

VI. Mary, b. Sept. 19, 1647. 

VII. Thomas, b. March 8, 1651. 

VIII. Amos, b. Sept. 14, 1654. 

Other Colbys. 

Benjamin Colby, a Revolutionary soldier, settled here 
quite early on the piountain side, about one fourth mile 
back of the Daniel Mastin place. He had a large family. 


His son, Thomas Colby, m. Polly Davis, sister to David 
Davis. Eri Colby, several years a resident of Mill village, 
was son of Thomas and Polly Colby. 

Enoch Colby lived in this town some years. He was 
here in 1809. He came from Amesbury. His wife was 
Sally Harvey, sister to Moses S. Harvey, and they removed 
to Painesville, Ohio, about the time that Mr. Harvey and 
his family went to the same place. Their son, Moses Har- 
vey Colby, b. in Sutton Aug. 16, 1817, m. Shuah Fifield, 
clau. of Jonathan Fifield. They removed to Michigan, and 
there reared a family. 


Aaron Chase, of Lempster, b. 1767 : m. Dec. 25, 1790, 
Dorothy Stevens, b. Aug. 24, 1763; d. Nov. 17, 1841. 
Children, — 

I. Joseph P.. b. Nov. 5, 1791 ; d. Feb. 6, 1881. 

II. Lydia, b. Aug. 11, 1793. 

III. Barak, b. Dec. 1, 1796. 

IV. Daniel, b. May 24, 1799; d. Dec. 13, 1835, in Sutton. 

V. Marriner, b. Dec. 8, 1801. 

VI. Nancy S., b. March 8, 1804. 

VII. Mary, b. Sept. 6, 1807. 

Aaron Chase d. May 27, 1812, at Lempster, and his wife 
m., 2d, Jan. 13, 1814, Phineas Stevens, of Sutton. Mrs. 
Chase's children came to this town to live, and this is the 
first of this family in town. Simeon Stevens was her 
brother. He died suddenly, probably from exposure to a 
cold storm. 

I. Joseph P. Chase m. Sept. 29, 1825, Sabrina MorriU, of War- 
ner, dau. of Israel and Rosanna (Farsons) Morrill. Children, b. in 
Sutton, — • 

1. Samuel M., b. May .3, 1826. 

2. Frank, b. Oct. 15, 1828. 

3. Dorothy, b. March 19, 1831 ; d. June 23, 1865. 

Joseph P. Chase lived on a part of the Nathaniel Cheney farm, 
and later at the South vdlage. He d. Feb. 6, 1881, in Sutton, and 
his wife d. July 1, 1863. 


1. Capt. Samuel M. Chase m. Oct. 27, 1852, Clarissa Green, b. Jan. 
24, 1832; d. Oct. 9, 1858. Children,— 

(1) George N., b. April 11, 1853 ; d. Nov. 21, 1856. 

(2) S. Lee Forrest, b. May 3, 1854; m. Nov. 25, 1882, Addie Holt. 

(3) William E., b. Mav 10, 1856 ; m. Sept. 24, 1889, Carrie M. Otis. 

(4) Clara E., b. July 12, 1858 ; m. June 23, 1881, Leslie M. Berry. 

Capt. Samuel Chase m., 2d, May 20, 1859, Sarah P. Getchell, of 
Lewiston, Me. Children, b. in Lewiston, — 

(5) Frank M., b. Jan. 6, 1860; m. May 26, 1884, Mary Mahanny. 

(6) Nellie E., b. Sept. 19, 1861 ; m. Aug. 11, 1888, George F. Saw- 

(7) Maria C, b. Sept. 8, 1863. 

(8) Annie C, b. July 14, 1868. 

(9) Charles E., b. Mav 31, 1870. 

(10) Walter B., b. April 7, 1872. 

(11) Sarah P., b. Aug. 1, 1873. 

(12) George S., b. Nov. 14, 1876. 

(13) Ralph L., b. April 15, 1885. 

2. Frank Chase, of Sutton, m. May 6, 1853, Emily J. Clark, of Man- 
chester. He is a mechanic and inventor. See " History of Modern 
Si^iritualism," by Emma Hardings, for account of his patented inven- 

3. Dorothy Chase m. March 29, 1855, Samuel Straw, of Newbury. 

(1) Lilla Dale, b. Dec 15, 1859 ; d. Oct. 5, 1886. 

She m. May 8, 1879, Nathan B. Bly, of Newbury. Child,— 

(2) Moses H. 

IV. Daniel Chase, of Sutton, m. Nov. 6, 1821, Mary Littlehale. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Carleton. 2. Julia. 3. Catherine. 4. Daniel, Jr. 

VI. Nancy S. Chase m. March 24, 1825, Gilman Currier, of 
Bristol. Children, — 

1. Sarah A., b. March 12, 1826; m. William Hannaford, June 1 

2. Charles R., b. July 22, 1828 ; m. Abbie A. Edgerly, March, 1853. 

3. Theodore E., b. June 16, 1830; m. Mary F. Sanborn, Oct. 20, 

4. Cyrus C, b. March 5, 1834 ; m. Annie E. Brown, April 24, 1858. 

5. Lorenzo M., b. July 30, 1836 ; m. Hattie S. Hunt, Aug. 6, 1860. 

6. George C, b. Feb.'l3, 1841. 

7. Martha J., b. March 3, 1845. 

VII. Mary Chase m. John Smith, of Bradford, who d. Feb. 3, 

1845 at Bradford. He was a sea captain many years of his life ; 
later he taught school many terms, and finally settled in Bradford. 
His wife ni., 2d, a Mr. Burrill, from Maine. 



John Chellis came from Amesburj to Sutton early in the 
present century, and settled on Dodge's hill, near Thomas. 
Wadleigh. His wife was a Miss Harvey, from Warner, a 
sister to the wife of Seth Russell. Children, — 

I. Thomas : went West. 

II. John, d. in early manhood. 

III. Timothy, m. Mary, dau. of Joseph Putney, of Hopkinton. 

IV. Eimice, m. July 11, 1819, Joseph Putney, Jr. 

V. , m. Moses Colby, of Warner. 

VI. Dolly, m. Feb. 22, 1816, Dea. Ezekiel Little. 

III. Timothy Chelhs m. Mary Putney. Children, — 

1. John, m. June 29, 184.5, Nancy W. Spofford, of Peterborough. 
No children. 

2. Timothy, d. 1864 in Hopkinton; not married. 

3. Dolly, m. John Ellis. 

4. Elvira, b. Oct. 15, 1815; m. George W. Wadleigh, June 10, 1841. 
[See record of George W. Wadleigh, in Russell.] 

5. Elmina, b. Oct. 15, 1815; m. Erastus Wadleigh, Feb. 21, 18:39. 
[See record of Erastus Wadleigh.] 

3. Dolly Chellis m. John Ellis, and d. young, leaving two children, — 

(1) Mary Elvira. (2) Joseph P. [See Erastus Wadleigh.] 

The Amesbury ancestors of the Sutton Chellis family 

for several generations had been Quakers in faith and 



Rev. Elmore C. Clarke, b. Aug. 10, 1854 : m. Aug. 30, 
1873, Annette E. Turner, b. Feb. 28, 1855. He was or- 
dained a Free Will Baptist minister Aug. 27, 1884, at 
North Sutton. 


Nathaniel Clay came from Candia. He was b. Feb. 6,, 
1831 ; m. Jane Bartlett, of Newbury, b. Nov. 25, 1831. 

I. John W., b. May 19, 1856 ; m. Feb. 8, 1880, Cora Worthen. 

1. Joey B., b. April 22, 1885. 



Francis Corao, or Coomer, b. in Canada ; m. Judith Davis. 
Children, — 

I. Hannah, b. Nov. 6, 1773. 

II. Anna, b. June 17, 1775. 

III. Elizabeth, b. June 21, 1778. 

IV. John. b. April 27, 1780 ; he went to Canada. 

V. Benjamin, b. Jan. 10, 1785 ; he went to Canada. 

VI. PoUy, b. Oct. 11, 1787. 

VII. Judith, b. Jan. 9, 1790. 


Rev. David Cooper was b. in Arlington, Vt., June 14, 
1799. He was son of Owen Cooper. He received an 
academic education and entered the Baptist ministry, but 
becoming a convert to the Universalist faith he afterwards 
connected himself with that denomination, and did a good 
work preaching in different places in Vermont. In 1829 he 
was called to take charge of the Universalist society in 
Washington. Finding many friends in different towns in 
the vicinity he soon established a circuit, which gave him 
employment all the time. At that date most Universalist 
societies were small and not able to support preaching 
more than one or two Sabbaths in each month: hence arose 
among them the circuit system. 

Mr. Cooper continued to preach in Washington and in 
his circuit some five years, when he found it necessary on 
account of failing health to give up preaching, and he went 
into mercantile business in Washington, and later in Sut- 
ton, part of the time in connection with Col. N. A. Davis. 
He was at the Mill village, and for several years at the 
North village. He removed from Sutton for some time, 
but about 1870 he returned, and remained in this town till 
his death, June 26, 1885. 

Mr. Cooper was twice married. His first wife was Sarah 


Goodspeed, m. March 7, 1822. She d. June 21, 1847. 
Children, — 

I. Eveline, b. Jan. 22, 1823 ; d. April 23, 1825. 

II. Elvira E., b. Aug. 21, 1824. 

III. Caroline M., b. Jan. 18, 1828. 

IV. Solon, b. Sept. 9, 1835, at Sutton. 

Mr. Cooper m., 2d, Sept., 1848, Mrs. Nancy S. Haskins. 

V. Carrie H., b. in Washington, Api"il 25, 1859. 


Daniel W. Couch, b. Oct. 16, 1812 : m. Aug. 15, 1839, 
Mary A. Davis, b. April 30, 1810 ; d. Nov. 24, 1855. Chil- 
dren, — 

I. Edmund D., b. July 24, 1840. 

II. Sarah J., b. Jan. 7, 1842 ; m. Dec. 25, 1871, Edgar W. 

III. Emma M., b. June 24, 1844 ; d. April 11, 1875. 

IV. Katie P., b. Aug. 18, 1846 ; d. March 3, 1861. 

V. Charles H., b. July 20, 1848. 

VI. Laura A., b. March 14, 1851 ; d. April 14, 1888. 

VII. John F., b. May 10, 1853. 

Daniel W. Couch m., 2d, Feb. 11, 1857, Edna Austin, 
b. June 27, 1829. Children,— 

VIII. Bert D., b. Oct. 31, 1857. 

IX. Frank W., b. July 21, 1861. 

X. Cora E., b. May 18, 1865 ; m. March 24, 1887, WiUiam 

XI. Alonzo, b. June 23, 1871. 

VI. Laura A. Couch m. Sept. 16, 1871, Henry J. Mastin. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Lilian E., b. Feb. 8, 1872. 

2. Frank H., b. June 14, 1874. 

3. Mary E., b. July 12, 1876. 

4. Bertha J., b. Aug. 12, 1884. 

VII. John F. Couch m. March 10, 1886, Florence M. Presby. 

1. Delma E., b. June 21, 1887. 

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Azariah Cressey, of Bradford, b. Feb. 20, 1821 ; m. Nov. 
27, 1851, Dorothy Ann Gordon, of New Hampton, b. Oct. 
23, 1828, daii. of George B. and Sarali (Drew) Gordon. 
Children, b. in Bradford, — 

I. Sarah E., b. Oct. 13, 1852. 

II. AUen Frankhn, b. Sept. 17, 1854; d. Dec. 2, 1866. 

III. Hattie M., b. Nov. 16, 1859 ; d. Feb. 5, 1881. 

IV. Abbie M., b. March 8, 1863 ; d. Feb. 14, 1881. 

V. George B., b. Oct. 15, 1866. 

YI. Henry WiUiam, b. Oct. 20, 1871. 

Mrs. Dorothy Ann Cressey d. Dec. 11, 1880, and Mr. 
Cressey m., 2d, Feb. 8, 1885, Mrs. Sophronia (Carroll) 
Stockwell, of Sutton, dan. of John P. and Rachel (Powers) 
Carroll, of Croydon. 

I. Sarah E. Cressey m. May 25, 1882, J. R. W. Hutchinson, of 
Manchester. Residence, Manchester. 

Y. George B. Cressey m. Dec. 6, 1887, Minnie L. Wells, of Sut- 
ton, dau. of Elliot and Alma (Palmer) Wells. 

Azariah Cressey is son of Allen and Judith (Sargent) 
Cressey, of Bradford, where his earl}' years were spent, and 
where he learned the tinsmith's trade. He moved to Sut- 
ton in 1858, and has been a resident of this town ever since, 
and has here carried on and been engaged in the business 
of tin and stove work, either by himself or with a partner, 
or as agent for other parties, until November, 1879, a few 
days before the fire, which burned the shop and its con- 

Mr. Cressey has long been an ardent Christian of the 
Advent persuasion, and Oct. 24, 1884, he was ordained by 
the Advent Christian Conference at their session at Lake 
Village. Nov. 15, 1884, he with others organized the 
"'Advent Christian Conference " of Sutton, and by the 
Advent people of Sutton he was elected pastor of this 
church, which position he still holds. 

The death by diphtheria of the two lovely daughters of 
Mr. and Mrs. Cressey in February, 1881, was a severe 


affliction, and one in which their friends and neighbors sor- 
rowed with them. 

Mrs. Sophronia (Carroll) StoekivelV s Family. 

Sophronia Carroll, of Croydon, b. Oct. 27, 1820, dau. 
of John P. and Rachel (Powers) Carroll ; m. Jan. 30, 1840, 
George Stockwell, of Croydon, who d. Jan. 20, 1858. Chil- 
dren, — 

I. Henry H., b. Aug. 30, 1840. 

II. Orah S., b. June 19, 1844 ; m. Sept. 10, 1865, J. C Loverin. 

III. George T., b. AprH 9, 1847. 

IV. EUen E., b. May 9, 1849 ; d. Feb. 17, 1882. 

V. Etta A., b. July 3, 1851 ; m., 1st, Feb. 18, 1874, Daniel B. 
Smith, of Claremont ; be died Oct., 1876. She m., 2d, George H. 

III. George T. StockweU m., 1st, Sept. 8, 1868, Sarah E. Winn. 
She d. March 27, 1871, and he m., 2d, Nov. 30, 1872, Ella J. 
Baker, of Concord. She d. Sept., 1876, and he m., 3d, Frank 
Badger, of Barnet, Vt. 

I. Henry H. Stockwell enhsted in Col. Tappan's Regiment for 
three months. He served his tune and came home, reenlisted for 
three years or during the war in Co. E, 5th Regiment, N. H. Vols., 
and was mortally wounded at the battle of Fair Oaks, and d. June 
6, 1862, 

Mrs. Sophronia (Carroll) Stockwell moved to Sutton 
Dec. 31, 1860. 


Enoch P. Cummings, b. March 28, 1815; d. Dec. 31, 
1883 : m. Jan. 14, 1838, Dolly W. Pillsbury, dau. of John 
and Susan (Wadleigh) Pillsbury, of Sutton, b. Sept. 6, 
1818 ; d. Dec. 8, 1858. Children,— 

I. Alfred P., b. Sept. 23, 1838 ; d. Nov. 5, 1843. 

II. Charles E., b. Aug. 5, 1843 ; m. June 5, 1867, Sophia S. 
Cheney, of Sutton, dau. of Daniel and Mehitabel (Murdough) Che- 
ney. [Children, for whom see Cheney.] 


Enoch P. Cummings m., 2cl, May 26, 1859, Mary E. 
Russell, of Sutton, dau. of Aaron and Sally D. (Wadleigh) 
Russell. They removed to Concord, Jan., 1871. [3 chil- 
dren, for whom see Russell.] 

Adin M. CUM]\nNGS, 

b. July 20, 1821 ; m. Dec. 5. 1843, Elizabeth M. Peaslee, b. 
Nov. 20, 1818, dau. of Elder Isaac and Hannah (Mastin) 
Peaslee, of Sutton. Children, b. in Ashburnham, Mass., — 

I. Eugene M., b. Oct. 22, 1846. 

II. Edwin, b. Oct. 10, 1848. 

III. Arthur, b. March 14, 1854 ; d. April 16, 1854. 

IV. Frankhn, b. May 12, 1855. 

V. John B., b. Sept. 4, 1864, in Sutton. 

Mrs. Elizabeth M. (Peaslee) Cummings d. in Sutton, 

April 2, 1889. 

I. Eugene M. Cummings m. Aug. 10, 1871, Belinda F. Wright, 
of Sutton, dau. of John and Belinda (Fellows) Wright. Children, 
b. in Sutton, — 

1. Herbert A., b. Oct. 9, 187:3. 

2. Harry D., b. Sept. 26, 1881. 

3. Harlan G., b. April 27, 1887. 

Eugene M. Cimimings resides at the South village. He is a 
prominent man, a painter by trade. 

II. Edwin Cummings m. June 13, 1874, Orrie A. Bisbee, of 
Hanover, Mass., b. July 2, 1854. Children, b. at Hanover, 
Mass., — 

. 1. Walter, b. Oct. 6, 1875; d. Sept. 1, 1876. 

2. Jennie M., b. Dec. 31, 1876. 

3. Effie, b. Aug. 1, 1880. 

4. Minnie A., b. Jan. 19, 1883 ; d. Feb. 21, 1888. 

5. Charles E., b. Aug. 23, 1885. 

IV. Franklin Cummings m. May 15, 1874, EUa M. Noyes, who 
d. 1879, in Sutton. He is a painter, and resides in Manchester. 

V. John B. Cummings resides in Manchester. 



Jacob Davis, Sr., was b. in Haverhill or Plaistow, 1714 ; 
d. in Sutton 1819. His wife d. one week after his death, 
aged 99. Children, — 

I. John, m. Rebecca Ambrose. 

II. Jacob, m. Judith Cheney. 

III. Aaron, never married. 

IV. Betty, never married. 

V. Anna, m. Moses Davis. 

VI. Ezekiel, b. July, 1773 ; d. March 31, 1852. 

I. John Davis m. Rebecca, sister to Elder Samuel Ambrose. 
Children, — 

1. Ruth, b. Dec. 10, 1789 ; d. Oct. 13, 1874. 

2. Hannah, b. April 5, 1793 ; d. about 1833. 

3. Lois, b. Jan. 30, 1796. 

II. Jacob Davis, .Jr., m. June 14, 1785, Judith Cheney, sister to 
Peter Cheney. Children, — 

1. Thomas, b. Sept. 19, 1786. 

2. Hannah, b. Au"-. 22, 1788. 

3. Daniel, b. Nov.^9, 1790. 

4. Nabby, b. Oct. 24, 1793. 

5. Jane, b. Oct. 19, 1797 ; d. 1874, immarried. 

1. Thomas Davis m. Feb. 1, 1815, Clarissa, dau. of Hezekiah Parker,, 
b. Jan. 12, 1796. Children,— 

(1) SyMa J., b. March 10, 1716. 

(2) Darius H., b. Feb. 1, 1818. 

(3) Charles, b. Jan. 13, 1820. 

(4) Charles P., b. June 30, 1822. 

(5) Alvah M., b. Jmie 6, 1824. 

(6) Thomas S., b. Nov. 3. 1826. 

(7) Daniel S., b. May 31, 1828 -, accidentally killed at the age of 6' 
years. [See Casualties.] 

(8) Harriet M., b. April 17, 1831. 

(9) Mary Lavinia, b. July 17, 1833. 

(10) Clara A , b. June 18, 1838 ; ni. July 7, 1858, Charles J. Fox, of 
Centre Harbor. 

3. Daniel Davis m. Asenath, dau. of Rev. Job Seamans, of New 
London. Children, — 

(1) Job Seamans. (2) Mary. (3) Daniel. 

(2) Mary Davis m. Charles Young, of Concord, in which city he 
worked for many years as journeyman printer. He was for several 
years one of the editors and publishers of the National Eagle, of Clare- 


mont. His wife died in Concord, and he there married again. The 
2d wife has since died. Children, by 1st wife, — 

Grace; Nellie. 

Charles Yonng d. April, 1890. 

VI. Ezekiel Davis m. Mrs. Ednah (Wilkins) Mills, dau. of 
Aquilla Wilkins, about 1800. Children, — ■ 

1. Hiram, b. Aug. 29, 1801 ; d. March 26, 1854. 

2. Rachel, b. Aug. 22, 1803 ; m. Johnson Sargent, of New London. 

3. Jacob, b. May 6, 1806 ; d. in early manhood. 

4. Ednah, b. Oct. 29, 1807 ; d. aged about 20 years. 

5. Sabrina, b. Feb. 11, 1811 ; m. Rev. V. E. Bunker. 

6. Warren, b. Aug. 30, 1813. 

1. Hiram Davis m. Dec. 3, 1829, Charlotte Buzzell. Children, — 

(1) Sabrina Ann, b. Nov. 1, 1830. 

(2) Martin Van Buren, b. Dec. 13, 1832. 

(3) Hiram A., b. Sept. 27, 1834. 

(4) Benjamin C, b. Aug. 8, 1836. 

(5) William, b. Sept. 27, 1838 ; d. Dec. 29, 1838. 

(6) Mary Frances. 

5. Sabrina Davis, b. Feb. 11, 1811 ; d. May 3, 1867 : m. April 24, 
1838, Rev. Valentine E. Bunker. Children, — 

(1) Cyrus Valentine, b. 1839, in Ohio ; d. in infancy. 

(2) David W., b. May 2, 1842 ; m. Sarah J., dau. of Cyi-us Lane, of 

(3) Angeline, b. Sept. 11, 1844; d. 1877. 

6. Warren Davis, b. Aug. 30, 1813 ; m. Nov. 5, 1838, Eliza Read. 
Children, — 

(1) Sylvander, b. June 2, 1839. 

(2) Abby Elizabeth, b. Dec. 31, 1840. 

(3) Emily Josephine, b. July 1, 1842. 

Some more children born after the family removed from Sutton to 
the West, and later to Manchester. 

Jonathan Davis 

came, to Sutton from Salisbury, Mass. ; m. Sarah Blaisdell 
in Amesbmy, Mass. Children, — 

I. Jonathan, b. Nov. 9, 1766 ; d. 1850. 
n. David, b. Jan. 20, 1770 ; d. 1861. 

III. Hannah, b. March 17, 1772. 

IV. SaUy, b. July 22, 1774 ; m. June 18, 1795, Peter Cheney. 

V. Nabby, b. March 23, 1777 ; m. Nov. 16, 1797, Willard 


VI. PhUip, b. Aug. 4, 1779 ; d. 1871, in Charleston, Vt. 

VII. Polly, b. Oct. 29, 1781 ; ni. Thomas, son of Benjamin 
Colby. Eri Colby was their son. 

VIII. Phebe, b. Sejjt. 2, 1783 ; m. Jan. 4, 1804, Levi Bradley, 
of Danville, Vt. 

Jonathan Davis, Sr., d. suddenly, about 1800. His wife 
died aged 90. 

I. Jonathan Davis m. 1793, Lucy Parker, b. Feb. 12, 1777, dau. 
of Hezekiah, Sr. Children, — 

1. Adam, b. Nov. 10, 179.3. 

2. Esther, b. July 22, 1795; d. March 26, 1880, in Warner, unmar- 

3. Sally, b. April 5, 1797 ; d. July 9, 18.51 : m. Osgood Whittier. [See 
the same.] 

4. Hannah, b. March 28, 1799 ; d. Oct. 14, 1856, unmarried. 

5. Trvphena, b. Feb. 1, 1801 ; d. 1874. 

6. Jonathan, b. March 21, 1803. 

7. Amos, b. March 22, 1805. 

8. Lucy, b. June 22, 1808; d. . 

9. Hezekiah, b. May 13, 1810; never married. 

10. Mary, b. May 28^ 1812; m. Jacob Morgan. 

11. Elisha P., b. June o, 1815. 

1. Adam Davis m. 1815, Polly Flint, sister to Ebenezer Flint. 

(1) Lucy, b. Aug. 2, 1824 ; m. Henry Putney. 

Mrs. Davis d. July 29, 1832, and her husband m., 2d, Laura Sargent. 
Children, — 

(2) Pluma. 

(3) Augusta. 

4. Hannah Davis m. Baruet Austin. Children, — 

(1) Barnet. 

(2) Ednah, m. Feb. 8, 1857, Daniel Couch (2d wife). 

(3) Newell. 

5. Tryphena Davis m. April 22, 1883, Joseph Hunt. Children, — 

(1) George, m. Mrs. Mary (Coburn) Wells; they had 3 children, — 

Hattie ; William ; Mary. 

(2) Amos D., m. Oct. 10, 1857, Rosette Sanders. 

(3) Almira, m. Frank Chase. 

6. Jonathan Da^ds m. Dorcas Johnson, in Vermont. No children. 
He m., 2d, Abigail M. Dodge, and lived in Charleston, Vt. 

7. Amos Davis m. Oct. 2, 1834, Eunice (Hunt) Watkins, of Warner. 
Children, — 


(1) Dustin. 

(2) Livonia W., m. Dec. 21, 1859, Daniel Ordway. 

(3) Esther A., b. April 1, 1844; m. Dec. 21, 1859, George Philbrick. 
[See Philbrick.] 

11. Elisha P. Davis m. Sarah Coburn. dan. of Adoniram. Chil- 
dren, — 

(1) Adoniram C, m. July 1, 1871, Caroline F. Flint, of Sutton, dau. 
of Levi and Emily (Bean) Flint. She d. July 1, 1872, and he m., 2d, 
Minnie Smith. Children, — 

Annie L. ; Shirley. 

(2) George W., m. Flora Smith. Children, — 

Eva; Fred L. ; Charles S.; Arthur E.; Robert. 
Elisha P. Davis m., 2d, Mrs. Jennie H. Inlanders. 

II. David Davis, b. Jan. 20, 1770 : m. Polly, dau. of Rev. Sam- 
uel Ambrose, b. May 15, 1777 ; d. Feb. 27, 1863. Children,— 

1. Ambrose, b. Aug. 2.S, 1802; d. young. 

2. Nathaniel A., b. Sept. 29, 180;3 ; d. July 28, 1867. 

3. Lydia, b. Dec. 3, 1804. 

4. David Ambrose, b. Sept. 21, 1810. 

5. Job Seamans, b. Feb. 17, 1812 ; he lived in Boston. 

2. Col. Nathaniel A. Davis m. Sept., 1835, Hannah, dau. of Judge 
Benjamin Wadleigh, b. Nov. 23, 1814, d. Nov. 8, 1853. Children, b. in 
Sutton, — 

(1) George Henry, b. Nov. 24, 1837. 

(2) Antoinette, b. IMarch 13, 1839 ; d. Aug. 25, 1840 

(3) Charles Frederic, b. July 2, 1841 ; d. Jan. 16, 1865, at Goole, 

(4) Narcissa, b. INIay 2, 1843. 

(5) Lydia Grace, b. Dec. 6, 1844 ; d. April 21, 18.52. 

(6) Hannah Grace, b. May 5, 1853 ; d. Aug. 15, 1871. 

(4) Narcissa Davis m. Aug. 28, 1872, at Brooklyn, N. Y., Frank 
Hilton Chandler, of Brooklyn. They have one son, Frank Wadleigh 
Chandler, b. June 16, 1873, at Brooklyn. 

(6) Hannah Grace Davis, on the death of her mother, was adopted 
by Mr. and Mrs. John B. Hutchinson, of West Randolph, Vt., by 
whom she was tenderly loved and cared for till her death, at the age 
of eighteen. She was always called Grace Hutchinson. 

Col. Nathaniel A. Davis was a man of much energy and capacity. 
He spent most of his life in Sutton, where he was interested in various 
kinds of business operations, — carrying on mills, keeping store and 
tavern, and filling some town offices. He was for several years high 
sheriff of Merrimack county. He was also colonel of the 30th regi- 

George H. and Charles F. Davis, both sons of Col. Nathaniel A. 


Davis, were in service during the late virar, but not for this town, both 
being residents in Wisconsin at its commencement. George enlisted 
in the 23d Wis. Vols., Aug. 12, 1862, and was mustered out of the ser- 
vice July 4, 1865. 

Charles F. enlisted early in the war from Prairie du Sac, Wis., 
where he had for a time been living. He was in the 14th Wisconsin 
Regt., Co. R, was badly wounded in four places on the right side of the 
body, losing the use of his right arm and hand. He lay where he fell 
two days and one night before assistance reached him, and had he 
not possessed uncommon nerve and vitality would doubtless have died 
there. He was at length carried to the hospital, where, after a long 
time, his wounds healed, but he never fully recovered from the expos- 
ure and suffering, and at the end of about two years died of consump- 
tion, Jan. 16, 1865, at Goole, Vernon Co., Wis., and was buried at Hills- 
borough, in the same county, a place fourteen miles distant, at that 
time the nearest public burying-ground. In 1885 the G. A. R. Post at 
Hillsborough erected a stone to his memory. A letter from his captain 
to his father, written soon after the battle, says, — " Your son, or, as I 
call him, my brave boy, was wounded in the battle near Corinth, Oct. 
3, 1862. Mr. Davis you have reason to be proud of Charlie. He is 
worthy of the name of patriot, and, I assure you, is one of the best 
and bravest of young men. I have appointed him sergeant for his 
brave and meritorious conduct on the battlefield." 

3. Lydia Davis m. Dec. 23, 1824, Jacob Morgan. Childi-en, — 

(1) Susan Chadwick. 

(2) Lydia A. 

(3) Betsey S. ; died young. 

(4) Syrena; d. aged 19 years. 

(5) Julia D. ; d Sept., 1889. 

(6) Elizabeth S. 

(7) Pluma; m. a Mr. Garrett; she has one son, and resides in San 
Josd, Cal. 

(8) Alonzo ; d. young. 

(9) Antoinette ; d. young. 

Of the above children Susan C. Morgan, now Mrs. Goss of San Jose, 
Cal., is remembered in Sutton, having been a resident here several 
years of her childhood, in the family of her uncle, Nathaniel A. Davis. 
She has five children residing in California and Oklahoma, three sons 
and two daughters. One of the latter is Miss C. S. Goss, M. D., who 
has been a practising physician ten years, and the other has just com- 
menced practice. Both are graduates of the Hahnemann College, of 

Jacob Morgan, who married Lydia Davis, was a grandson of Levi 
Harvey, Esq., of New London. 

4. David A. Da\ds, Jr., and 5. Job S. Davis, were for several years 


in mercantile business in Boston. David had considerable literary 
talent, and published a volume of poems of his composition, which 
were considered very meritorious. He m. his cousin, Mary Anne 
Parker, a deaf mute, a pupil and subsequently teacher in the Hartford 
Asylum, of whom see special notice in " Deaf and Dumb." He m., 
2d, Julia Russell, of Warwick. They had one child, — 

(1) Theodore R. Davis, of Brooklyn. 

He m., 3d, Hattie Dolph, of Troy, Ohio ; 3 children ; all d young. 

5. Job Seamans Davis m. Elizabeth Andrews. Children, — 

(1) Elwyn ; unmarried. 

(2) Alice ; m. Alden Moody. 

Present residence of the above children of Job S. Davis, San Jose, 

Jeremiah Davis. 

Jeremiah Davis was a brother, as is supposed, to Jonathan 
Davis, Sr., and their wives were sisters. Jeremiah Davis 
m. Mary Blaisdell. Children, — 

I. Moses, b. Feb. 16, 1768, and d. about 1848. 

II. Isaac, b. May 18, 1774. 

III. Samuel, b. Feb. 12, 1777. 

IV. William, b. Feb. 14, 1779. 

V. Susanna, b. May 7, 1781. 

VI. Daniel, b. Feb. 27, 1785. 

VII. John, b. Dec. 24, 1786. 

After several years' residence in town Jeremiah Davis, 
or Jeremy, as he was often called, removed to Grantham 
with his family. None of his descendants live in Sutton 
except those of his son Moses, who m. Anna Davis, dau. of 
Jacob Davis, Sr. 

Jonathan Davis and Jeremiah were not brothers to 
Jacob, Sr., and it is not known what relationship, if any, 
existed between them. 

I. Moses Davis m. May 27, 1787, Anna Davis. Children, — 

1. Sally, b. April 10, 1788. 

2. Polly, b. March 16, 1790. 

3. Isaac, b. March 4, 1792. 

4. Hannah, b. June 20, 179.5. 

5. Charlotte, b. June 16, 1797. 

684 HISTORY OF sutto:n". 

6. Moses, b. Feb. 4, 1799. 

7. Samuel, b. Feb. 16, 1802. 

8. Nancy, b. June 19, 1804. 

9. William, b. April 15, 1807. 

7. Samuel Davis m. Dec. 23, 1856, Mrs. Melissa (Presby) French, of 
Bradford. Children, — 

(1) Martha, b. July 30, 1857; m. George Hosmer. 

(2) Laura, b. 1858.' 

(3) George, b. Aug. 20, 1862. 

Dr. Dimond Davis, 

To. April 27, 1803 ; cl. Dec. 5, 1861 : m. Oct. 1, 1840, Mrs. 
Olive (Holmes) Shattuck, b. July 9, 1812 ; d. Nov. 1, 1880. 
Children, — 

I. Enoch Proctor, b. July 24, 1841 ; d. Dec. 30, 1888. 

II. Charles Gordon, b. June 23, 1843. 

III. Hiram Harvey, b. May 26, 1845. 

I. Enoch Proctor Davis m. Jan. 15, 1867, Mrs. Mary Amanda 
Campbell, widow of Robert Campbell, and dau. of Moses Hazen, 
Esq. Children, — 

1. Winfred Dimond, b. May 28, 1871. 

2. Eva Gertrude, b. Jan. 26, 1873. 

3. Robert Hazen, b. June 20, 1875. 


By Sutton Grange, No. 91, at its meeting, Jan. 12, 1889 : 

Sunday morning, Dec. 30, 1888, Brother Enoch P. Davis was 
called from among us by our Divine Master, " who seeth not as 
man seeth." " He has gone to his rest but his works do follow 

His daring and patriotic service in the First New Hampshire 
Cavalry, his many years of earnest and faithful labor on our board 
of town officials, the many courtesies, acts of kindness and assist- 
ance rendered, will ever be remembered by the host of friends who 
mourn his loss. 

His recent election to represent our town in the legislature was a 
well deserved compliment of appreciation. 

Genial in his manner, honest in his convictions, generous and 
liberal in his views, his presence was ever welcome. As a husband 
and father, kind and affectionate ; a neighbor, cordial and constant ; 
a citizen, loyal and true ; a friend, confiding and faithful ; a good 
and worthy patron ! 


n. Charles Gordon Davis m. July, 1877, Elizabeth Saltmarsh. 

1. Edward, b. March 9, 1880. 

III. Hiram Harvey Davis m. March 18, 1867, Nellie M. Nelson, 
who d. Aug. 1, 1877. Children,— 

1. Harrv, b. June 18, 187-2. 

•2. Charles Hagar, b. Jan. 29, 1874. 

Dr. Davis was son of Daniel Dayis, of Bradford, in which 
town the doctor was b. April 27, 1802. He studied medi- 
cine with Dr. Lyman, in Warner. His health failing, he 
did but little at his profession for three years, but after 
that, with recovered health, he gained a good practice in 
Bradford and Sutton. 

On his marriage to Mrs. Shattuck, in 1840, he settled in 
Mill Village, and there remained till his death in 1861. He 
was a safe and successful physician, a good citizen, and a 
kind neighbor. His mother was Mary Brown, dan. of Dr. 
Brown, who led a baud of music at the battle of Bunker 
Hill. Concerning this family the author of the sketch of 
Bradford in " Hist. Merrimack and Belknap Counties,'* 
says, — " The marriage of Daniel Davis, who was b. in 1766, 
to Mary Brown, b. in 1771, was an unusually good combi- 
nation of the physical and mental forces. Out of eleven 
children ten grew up to mature age, and were as a family 
remarkably intelligent, industrious, economical, and, conse- 
quently, prosperous citizens of the various communities 
where they lived." The father of Daniel was Isaac Davis, 
who went from Plaistow to Bradford in 1760, and was, as 
is supposed, a brother to Jacob Davis, Sr., of Sutton, who, 
as elsewhere stated, died in Sutton in 1819, aged 105 years. 


Henry Dearborn, b. Feb. 12, 1765; d. Dec. 28,1846: 
m. March 14, 1792, Mary Williams, b. July 28, 1766 ; d. 
Dec. 18, 1856. Children,— 


I. Sarah, b. July 21, 1793 ; d. Oct. 5, 1872. 

II. Mary, b. Dec. 24, 1800 ; d. Nov. 21, 1880. 

I. Sarah Dearborn m. May 14, 1809, William Bean. [See 
Bean.] William Bean d. March 30, 1829, and she m., 2d, Aug., 
1^48, Benjamin Tebbetts, of Lowell, who d. July, 1851. She m., 
3d, 1852, John Pressey, of Sutton (his 3d wife). John Pressey 
d. Aug. 17, 1858. 

II. Mary Dearborn m. March 13, 1817, Elbridge G. King. [See 
King record for descendants.] 

Henry Dearborn and Obediah Eastman, his brother-in- 
law, came to Sutton from Hawke (now Danville) previous 
to 1795, and settled upon the present Nathaniel Clay farm. 
Mr. Dearborn was a cooper, and also carried on an important 
and extensive tannery business. His was the first framed 
barn in town, and he also erected a cider-mill on his prem- 
ises, which did the work of making cider for the whole 


Elder William Dodge, of Fishersfield (Newbury), b. Jan. 
10, 1781; m. Sept. 24, 1799, Sally Wells, of Fishersfield, 
b. Oct. 1, 1778. She was dau. of Abram Wells, formerly 
of Deering. Most of their children were b. in Sutton, — 

I. PoUy, b. Aug. 10, 1800; d. Dec. 28, 1867. She went to 

II. Betsey, b. March 9, 1804 ; m. John Mastin. She lived in 

III. Sophia, b. Feb. 16, 1806 ; m. Sumner Fowler and went to 
New York. 

IV. William, b. Feb. 6, 1808 ; d. June 22, 1824. 

V. Hepsibah, b. Oct. 13, 1809 ; d. at Croydon, 1881 : m. George 
Angell, of Sunapee, and lived in Croydon, where they both died. 

VI. Abigail M., b. Dec. 23, 1811 ; d. April 7, 1843 : m. Jona- 
than Davis, of Sutton, and went to Vermont. 

VII. Levi, b. Aug. 24, 1813. Unknown. 

VIII. John L., b. July 12, 1815 ; m. Story, of Hopkin- 

ton. He lived many years at Henniker, and was station master for 

gejo:alogy. 687 

a long time. He was also a farmer of some note. He was one of 
the best citizens of that town. 

IX. Alva, b. June 24, 1817 ; d. Dec. 18, 1870. Unknown. 

X. Hannah W., b. Feb. 24, 1822 ; d. March 16, 1888 : m. Wal- 
ter Colburn, of Newbury. 

XI. Simeon S., b. Oct. 24, 1823 ; m. Dudley, of Newbury, 

and there resided. 

Elder William Dodge d. Aug. 31, 1859, in Newbury. His 
wife d. Nov. 12, 1853, iu Newbury. They lived many years 
in Sutton upon Cliellis Hill, and the north side of the hill 
lias since been known as " Dodge's hill." He took charge of 
the ^ Jones's grist-mill " for several years. He returned to 
Newbury before his death. His mill in Sutton, below the 
South village, has long been gone. 

Elder William Dodge came originally from Danvers, 
Mass., but moved to Sutton from Fishersfield (Newbury), 
about 1805. He was esteemed a very excellent man, and 
possessed respectable talents as a minister. He was a Free 
Will Baptist. He was a very ingenious, skilful mechanic, 
and used to make all kinds of furniture, spinning-wheels 
included. It was remembered of him that he was remark- 
able for honesty and integrity in his dealings. Some of the 
chairs he made in Sutton were in use sixty years afterwards, 
as good as ever. He had a very good family. He was 
brother to Edward Dodge, who m. Polly, dau. of Thomas 
Wadleigh, Esq. 


Wilson Dorr, b. March 1, 1833 ; d. June 27, 1884 : m. 
July 29, 1854, Roxana Wheeler, b. Jan. 22, 1829. Chil- 
dren, — 

I. Inez E., b. July 25, 1855. 

II. Minnie L., b. May 7, 1857. 

III. Seth E., b. Sept. 4, 1859. 

IV. OsweU W., b. Nov. 29, 1863 ; m. Lilian Whitcomb. 

I. Inez E. Dorr m. Dec. 26, 1875, Albert S. Atkins. CliUdren,— 


1. Edith L., b. Jan. 3, 1877. 

2. Willie, b. April, 1879 ; d. in infancy. 

3. Bertha F., b. June 17, 1882. 

II. Minnie L. Dorr m. Oct. 12, 1873, Benjamin F. Perkins. 
Children, — 

1. Elgie R., b. Oct. 31, 1874. 

2. Susie N., b. April 27, 1877. 

3. John W., b. Dec. 21, 1879. 

4. Elisha S., b. March 11, 1882. 

5. Mabel D., b. Aug. 6, 1884. 

6. Georgiana, b. Jan. 28, 1887. 

III. Seth E. Dorr m. 1877, Laura Dean. He m., 2d, 1880, 
Emma Whitney. Children, — 

1. Eva L., b. Xov. 6, 1882. 

2. AVillis M., who d. in infancy. 


Smith Downing, b. Feb. 22, 1788; d. Feb. 13, 1821 
see ''Casualties"; m. May 11, 1814, Man^ Colby, b. May 
11, 1788 ; d. May 8, 1834. 

I. Charles E., b. June 22, 1817 ; d. July, 1856. 

II. Julia M., b. July 7, 1819. 

III. Phebe J., b. Sept. 14, 1821 ; d. June 3, 1859. 


Samuel Dresser, b. in Chester, Dec, 30, 1763 ; d. in Sut- 
ton Dec. 29, 1859 : m. Dec. 29, 1795, Rachel, dau. of Joseph 
and Rachel (Lowe) Story, of Hopkinton, but originally of 
Essex, Mass., b. Sept. 10, 1774; d. Feb. 13, 1869, in Sut- 
ton, Children, — 

I. Samuel, b. at Chester, Nov. 8, 1796 ; d. May 13, 1868, at 

II. Rachel L., b. in Boscawen, June 19, 1798 ; d. Nov. 14, 1851. 

III. Aaron S., b. in Boscawen, July, 1800. 

IV. Joanna S., b. in Springfield, May 17, 1802. 

V. Jolm Calvin, b. in Springfield, April 20, 1804 ; d. March 31, 


VI. Sarah B., b. in New London, Feb. 22, 1807 ; cl. November, 

VII. Joseph S., b. in New London, June 25, 1808 ; d. April 12, 

VIII. Martin Luther, b. in New London, Aug. 19, 1810. 

IX. DoUy C, b. in Sutton, April 11, 1813. 

X. Mary, b. in Sutton, April 11, 1813. 

The above family came to Sutton to live about 1812. 
From the fact of his being licensed to preach by the Bap- 
tist and F. W. Baptist denominations, the father became 
known in Sutton as " Elder " Samuel Dresser. This title 
also distinguished him from his son Samuel. His Sutton 
home was on what has since been known as Dresser's hill, 
near the South village. In the same neighborhood, and 
near each other, lived his sons, Samuel, John C, and Mar- 
tin Luther. In view of the fact that all the members of 
this large family of children, as they grew up, gave proof 
of possessing superior judgment and excellent practical 
ability, that they attained a high rank in scholarship, and 
most of them made a fine record as teachers, the following, 
related by Samuel Dresser, Jr., in his sketch of the Dresser 
family, seems hardly credible. He says, — " The mother of 
these children was, for many years, partially deprived of 
reason." This, of course, threw a heavy burden of care, 
labor, and responsibility upon her young daughters. Strong 
minds indeed, and much self-reliance the children must 
have had, to be able to resist the depressing influence of 
this afflicting cloud upon their home. That not one of them 
ever manifested any tendency to insanity indicates that, in 
the mother, the causes must have been accidental, not con- 

I. Samuel Dresser m. June 11, 1835, Sarah B. Eaton, of Sutton. 
Children, — 

1. Lucretia A., b. May 13, 1836; d. Dec. 30, 1858. 

2. Leonard F. E., b. June 20, 1838. 

3. Franklin E., b. Sept. 18, 1840 ; d. Feb. 1, 1845. 

Samuel Dresser was a farmer, and in the course of his life held 
several public offices. He was church clerk for many years, and 


his records are a faithful indication of carefulness and good schol- 
arship. He was in the habit of committing to writing facts of inter- 
est, and his papers, freely offered to the compiler of this work by 
the wife of his son, Mrs. L. F. E. Dresser, have been an important 
aid. He was a man whose influence for good was strongly felt in 
the commimity. 

2. Leonard F. E. Dresser m. Dec. 18, 1879, Sarah H. Wiggin, of 
Hopkinton. No children. He is a farmer, living on Kimball's hill. 

II. Rachel Dresser m. May 15, 1826, Dimond Shaw, of Salis- 
bury, who d. May 13, 1874, at Salisbury. Children, — 

1. John C, b. Sept. 14, 1826 : d. April, 1888, at Avery, Mich. 

2. Mary C, b. Jan. 6, 1828 ; d. Jan. 22, 1856. 

3. Frederic C, b. June 12, 1831. 

4. Abbie M., b. Oct. 25, 1832 ; d. June 20, 1842. 

1. John C. Shaw m. Dec. 25, 1869, Barbara Glass, of Laporte, Ind. 

(1) Dimond. 

John C. Shaw was a soldier in the late war. 

2. Mary C. Shaw m. Feb. 19, 1852, Moses T. Little, of Salisbury. 
Child — 

(1) Carrie M., b. Jan. 9, 1853. 

3. Frederic C. Shaw m. Feb. 3, 1853, Sara Shaw, of Saiibornton, 

(1) Anna C, b. Nov. 21, 1853. 

(2) Margie A., b. Nov. 21, 1859. 

(3) Abbie M., b. March 5, 1861. 

III. Aaron S. Dresser m. April 30, 1826, Esther H. Davis, of 
Bloomfield, Ohio. Children, — 

1. Sarah Ann, b. Dec. 14, 1827; d. Jan., 1847. 

2. Eliza Jane, b. May 23, 1830 ; m. Ransom Kelly, of Ohio. 

3. Susan Lavinia, b. Oct. 28. 1832. 

4. Daniel Davis, b. Feb. 15, 1835. 

5. John Story, b. June 11, 1837. 

6. Margaret E., b. Oct. 22, 1840 ; m. Henry Adams, of Ohio. 

7. Mary Aim, b. Feb. 20, 1847. 

Aaron S. Dresser settled in Ohio in Oct., 1824, He has been a 
preacher and has reared a superior family. 

7. Mary A. m. Dec. 25, 1871, Reuben P. Hilliard, of Portage, Wood 
county, Ohio. Children, — 

(1) Rose D., b. April 7, 1873. 

(2) Nellie A., b. Jan. 12, 1876. 

(3) Charles R., b. March 20, 1878. 

(4) Frank A., b. Jan. 11, 1881. 

(5) Laura E., b. March 7, 1884. 

(6) Daisy M., b. March 1, 1887. 


IV. Joanna S. Dresser m. Sept. 11, 1843, Nathan S. Morrison, 
of Franklin, she being his 2d wife. No children. 

V. John Calvin Dresser m. Sept. 18, 1834, Eunice W. Kendrick, 
dau. of Samuel and Rhoda (Wdliams) Kendrick, of Sutton. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Ira R., b. July 12. 1835. 

2. John R., b. June 29, 1887. 

3. Rhoda A., b. April 21, 1843. 

4. Mary A., b. Oct. 20, 1853. 

Several years before his death John C. Dresser removed to En- 
field, and when he went this town lost an excellent citizen. In his 
family it would seem must exist the tendency to extreme longevity, 
inherited from their ancestors on both sides, since, as we have 
already fovind. Elder Samuel Dresser lived to the age of 96, and 
his wife 95 years, and Samuel Kendrick was 86 years old, and his 
wife was 98 at the time of her death. 

1. Ira R. Dresser m, Nov. 17, 1857, Angelina Braley, of Sutton. 
Children — 

(1) Edward A., b. Oct. 2, 18.58. 

(2) Forrest Budd, b. May 3, 1867. 

(3) Jessie May, b. Sept. 28, 1875. 

(1) Edward A. Dresser m. Dec. 30, 1879, Emma Vernorsdale. Chil- 
dren, — 

Victor T., b. April 1, 1881. 
Hugh, b. Dec. 30, 1882. 
Thad, b. April 12, 1887. 
John C.,b. July 5, 1889. 

Present residence of Ira R. Dresser Granite Falls, Minn. He is 
there engaged in farming, and is also a prosperous business man. 

2. John Dresser m. May 4, 1861, Nancy M. Cheney, of Sutton, dau. 
of Daniel and Mehitabel (Murdough) Cheney, and in the same year 
removed to Enfield. Children, — 

(1) Cora F., b. June 3, 1863 ; m. Julv 24, 1886, Henry O. Fletcher. 

(2) Willis Cr., b. Feb. 7, 1865. 

(3) Carrie G., b. Aug. 4, 1866 ; m. Oct. 18, 1886, Irvin C. Avery, all 
of Enfield. 

(4) Belle M., b. Dec. 1, 1872. 

3. Rhoda A. Dresser m. Feb. 18, 1870, Kelson Gile, of Lebanon. 
Children, — 

(1) Ernest S., b. June 30, 1871. 

(2) Earl L., b. Sept. 16, 1878. 

4. :\Iary A. Dresser m. May 14, 1874, Hiram Gage, of Enfield. No 


VI. Sarah B. Dresser m. March 5, 1835, Jubal Eaton. Chil- 

1. Phima, m. Solomon Martin. 

2. Jubal. 

3. Jacob M. 

VII. Joseph S. Dresser went to Southern Ohio in 1835, where, 
four years afterwards, he died of consumption, unmarried. 

VIII. Martin Luther Dresser m. April 30, 1840, Lucy W. Wells, 
dau. of Benjamin and Lois (Wheeler) Wells, who d. Feb. 17, 1865. 
Cliildren, — 

1. Almira L., b. Sept. 25, 1889 ; m. Feb. 27, 1879, James E. Nelson. 

2. Ida E., b. May 19, 1851; m. June 20, 1886, Ira M. Colby, of 

IX. Dolly C. Dresser m. 1842, William B. Emery, of Andover. 
Children, — 

1. Ellen Maria, m. Albert Clark, and died in Sanbornton, leaving an 
infant daughter. 

2. Lucy B., m. John Aiken, of East Andover. 

X. Mary Dresser m. Dec. 3, 1846, Daniel F. Searle, of Salis- 
bury. Children, — 

1. Mary F., b. Oct. 6, 1848 ; d. Jan. 9, 1856. 

2. George F., b. Oct. 6, 1848 ; m. Dec. 25, 1884, Clara M. Andrews.. 
Present residence, Concord. 

Mrs. Clara M. (Andi-ews) Searle d. May 15, 1890. 


Obediali Eastman, b. 1768; m. Jemima Williams, dau. 
of Joseph and Mary (Greenleaf) Williams. They had no 
children born to them, but adopted two children, — 

I. Jemima Stevens, m. Moses Johnson, of Sutton. [See Johnson 

II. Lois Eastman, m. July 23, 1809, Israel Bean, of Sutton. 
[See Bean record.] 

Mrs. Eastman was sister to Mrs. Henry Dearborn, and 
both families came from Hawke (Danville). 

Mr. Eastman was a capable, energetic man, of good per- 
sonal appearance. In town records in 1795 he is named as 
Lieuteiiant Eastman. He d. Dec. 31, 1820. His wife d. 
Aug. 5, 1848. The Dearborn and Eastman families were 
very religious people of the Methodist persuasion. 


James Eastman 

■came to Sutton about 1839 from Concord, and for several 
years kept the tavern in the North village. The opening 
of the railroad from Concord to Bradford having diverted 
the travel from the neighborhood, he finally gave up the 
tavern, but remained in this town as long as he lived. He 
and his wife are toth buried in the North graveyard. They 
are remembered as generous, kind, and agreeable people, 
and made many friends in Sutton. He d. May 22, 1854. 
•Children, — 

I. Abby, m. in Manchester. 

II. Henry, served in the late war. 

III. Susan Jane, d. in Sutton, a young child. 


David Eaton, an early inhabitant of this town, came 
probably from Deerfield or Nottingham, and settled on the 
John Felch place. He was constable in 1782, and, being a 
very efficient man, held other offices. He d. in Sutton, 
May 16, 1804, aged 66. He had two sons, David and Jon- 
athan, and one daughter, Hannah, and perhaps other chil- 

I. David Eaton, Jr., m. Dec. 31, 1807. Clarissa Dudley, probably of 
Newport. Their son, Roderick Random, was b. in Sutton, Sept. 
13, 1808. (No further record of him.) 

II. Jonathan Eaton m. 1790, Jane Sargent, and for several years 
lived on the homestead of his father, and there his eleven children 
were born. He afterwards removed to Brownington, Vt., where he 
died. Later his widow m., 2d, John Sargent, of New London, she 
being his 2d wife. She d. March 26, 1864, aged 91. She was 
sister to the wife of Dea. Matthew Harvey, and is the same iierson 
whose wardrobe is inventoried in another part of this book. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Betsey, b. Feb. 16, 1791. 

2. John Clements, b. Dec. 17, 1793. 

3. Cyras, b. Jan. 8, 179.5. 


4. Patty (Martha), b. April 22, 1797 ; drowned in Kezar's pond, July 
17, 1809. ■ 

5. Amanda, b. July 9, 1799. 

6. Matthew Harvey, b. June 28, 1801 ; d. March 8, 1803. 

7. Ellinor, b. July 3, 1803. 

8. Susanna, b. Aug. 4, 1805. 

9. Miriam, b. July 29, 1807. 

10. Stillman. 

11. Harrison. 

James Eaton. 

James Eaton, probably a brother to David Eaton, Sr.y 
was a land-owner here in 1792, but afterwards removed to 
Vermont. Child, — 

I. Sally, m. Nathaniel Ajiibrose, of Sutton. Cliildren, — 

I. Eaton. 2. Reuel. 3. Joshua. 4. Samuel. 5. Mary. 

Only two of them are now living, — Joshua Ambrose, who became 
a clergyman, and Samuel. 

The other children of James Eaton were, according to 
the statement of Miss Ruth Davis, of Sutton, who at one 
time lived in their family in Westmore, Vt., — 

II. Hannah. 
ni. Mary. 
IV. Nelly. 

V and VI. John and David, twins. 

A few items concerning the Ambrose family, received 
since the record of the ancestor, Rev. Samuel, went to print, 
will not be greatly out of place in connection with this 
mention of Nathaniel Ambrose's family. His brother, Jona- 
than Ambrose, who went to Maine, m. Prudence ,, 

and had sons, Joshua and Samuel. 

It is supposed that some of the children of Lydia Am- 
brose, who m. Elisha Parker, are now living in Cold water, 

Samuel Ambrose m. Sarah Phalan, a widow, and had 5 
children, Sarah, Goodhue, Thomas, Elizabeth, and one who 
died young. 

Susan Ambrose m. William (3arey, and had two daugh- 

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ters, viz., Harriet, who d. Nov., 1855, and the other is Mrs. 
Warren Hicks, of Ontario Centre, Wayne Co., N. Y. 

Rev. Samuel Ambrose, of Sutton, had a brother Na- 

Ebenezer Eaton, 

of Haverhill, Mass., belonging to another family of Eatons, 
became a resident in the family of Dea. Joseph Greeley, 
soon after Mr. Greeley located in this town in 1792. He 
m. April 9, 1797, Susanna Coburn or Colburn, dau. of 
Leonard Colburn, and removed to Lebanon. 

[For other Eatons of Sutton see " Eaton Grange."] 


Lee E. Elliott m. Ruth Kent, of Capleton, P. Q. Chil- 
dren, — 

I. Hattie. 

II. John. 

III. Alice. 

Mr. Elliott is a partial owner in the saw-mill upon the 
road from South Sutton to Roby's Corner. 


Willard Emerson, b. in Haverhill, Mass., May 7, 1773 ; 
m. Nov. 16, 1797, Nabby Davis, dau. of Jonathan Da- 
vis, Sr. Children, — 

I. Nancy, b. Aug. 9, 1798. 

II. Neheraiah, b. April 13, 1800. 

III. Phebe, b. Jan. 8, 1803. 

IV. Lysias, b. Feb. 21, 1805. 

V. Hannah Bradley, b. Feb. 7, 1807. 

VI. Nabby K., b. Feb. 7, 1807. 


VII. Raphsey, b. March 28, 1810. 

VIII. Harrison, b. July 19, 1812. 

IX. Dolly, b. Sept. 17, 1814. 

I. Nancy Emerson m. Samuel Carr, of Wilmot. One of their 
children was Abigail Carr, of Wilmot, who m. July 4, 1854, Alvah 
Chadwick, of Sutton. [See Chadwick.] 

II. Nehemiah Emerson m. April 29, 1824, Polly (Mary) B. 
Felch. sister to Dea. John Felch, of Sutton. Children, — 

1. Benjamin. 2. Susan. 3. Mifanda. 4. Truman. 5. Mary. 
6. Harvey. 


Tappan Evans, of Newburyport, m. Abigail, dau. of Dea. 
John and Lydia (Haynes) Merrill, of Haverhill, Mass., b. 
Dec. 9, 1746. They settled in Warner, probably soon after 
1770, as it is related that the first oxen that ever stepped 
foot in Sutton were driven by this sea captain, Tappan 
Evans, assisting to bring thither the goods and family of 
Samuel Bean, a very early settler, the roads above Warner 
being at that date so difficult as to render extra help neces- 

Three of the children of Tappan Evans became some- 
what identified with this town, viz., Benjamin, who, as 
stated elsewhere, did business here in the early years of the 
present century, Jacob, a school teacher, noted as a disci- 
plinarian, and Judith, who m. Oct. 7, 1799, Jacob Quimby, 
and resided here some years. Children, as found on Sutton 
records, — 

I. Benjamin, b. Aug. 31, 1800. 

II. Abigail, b. Aug. 22, 1802. 

III. Susan, b. Oct. 12, 1804. 

IV. Sally, b. March 11, 1809. She went to Lowell, and for 
many years did a successful business as boarding-house keeper. 

I. Hon. Benjamin Evans, b. 1772, in Newburyport ; d. Nov. 12, 
1844, in Warner : m. 1795, Susannah, sister to Benjamin and 
Thomas Wadleigh, Esq., b. 1774 ; d. April 20, 1848. This family 


Tjecomes further identified with Sutton through the eldest daughter, 
Abigail, who married Hon. Reuben Porter, and came to Sutton to 
live, and here reared their many children. [See Porter.] 

The children of Hon. Benjamin and Susannah (Wadleigh) Evans 
were, — 

1. Abigail, b. April 30, 1796 ; d. July 29, 1882. 

2. Susan, d. young. 

3. Susan, 2d, m. Dr. Leonard Eaton. [See "Eaton Grange."] 

4. Luciuda, b. Feb. 18, 1803 ; m. Xathan S. Colby. 

5. Sophronia, b. April 1, 1807 ; m. Stephen C. Badger. 

6. Sarah, m. H. D. Robertson. 

7. Hannah, m. Abner AVoodman (2d wife). She d. May 26, 1885. 

8. Benjamin, d. at the age of 6 years. 

Mr. Evans was a man of immense energy. He was engaged in 
various kinds of business besides storekeeping. He had a farm and 
saw-mill at Roby's Corner, and traded largely in cattle, and was 
extensively engaged in coojiering. While in Sutton he built the 
large two-story house in the South village, known as the Evans 
house, and now owned by Mrs. John Andrew. He also built the 
store, of two stories, this being the fu-st erected for a store and hall 
above in this town ; before that stores had been kept in private 

In Sutton Mr. Evans was prominent and popidar as a public man. 
Returning to Warner he was many years representative ; he was 
senator in 1830, in old district No. 8, and was in the governor's 
comicil in 1836-'37, and in 1838 was appointed sheriff of Merri- 
mack county. 

II. Jacob Evans, the teacher, was well know;n through this and 
the neighboring towns as " Master Evans," and was fuUy believed 
to be able to reign absolute monarch in any school he undertook, 
and perhaps for that reason was one winter employed to teach the 
school at the South district in Sutton, which had been in a mutinous 
condition, the scholars having driven out two masters already. The 
school numbered one hundred and fifteen scholars, twenty of them 
being young men, and some of them six feet tall. But Master 
Evans, being a man of much courage, and possessed of immense 
bodily strength, felt confident of his power to govern as well as to 
instruct, and after one severe contest he did govern the school. 

For the first day or two everything was tolerably quiet, but that 
was only because the great boys were maturing their scheme for 
overj)owering the master, as they had done his predecessors. One 

698 HISTORY OF sutto:n'. 

day, having just rapped to call the scholars in from recess, he was 
seated in his desk, writing copies. The younger scholars came in 
and took their seats quietly ; then a noisy stamping and shouting 
outside was followed by the entrance of the great boys, each with a 
big stick of wood for a weapon, and marching as if going to battle. 
The master saw that the conflict was close at hand, had come, in 
fact. "Shoulder arms!" cried the leader of the boys, but, — 
" Ground arms ! " shouted Master Evans as, dropping his pen, he 
rushed into the fight, and laid about him with fist and fire shovel, to 
the right and left. One and another, and another of the mutineers 
he felled to the floor in a few seconds. The younger scholars 
screamed in terror, the master assuring them he could conquer all 
without killing any, ordered them to "shut up," and they did "shut 
up." In a very few minutes the battle was all over, and quiet was 
restored. The leaders being vanquished, their followers concluded 
that prudence was better than valor, and showed their wisdom by 
submission to the master's authority. Master Jacob Evans for the 
remainder of the term governed his school without trouble. 

One of the witnesses to this conflict was living in 1876, — Mrs. 
Col. John Harvey, — and as she was one of the small scholars, it is 
probable that Master Evans did that . good piece of work sometime 
in the later nineties of the last century. In 1797 he taught school 
in the north part of Sutton, as the following papers show, and had 
hard work to collect liis pay for the same. In a letter to Mr. Har- 
vey, who seems to have been the financial committee of the district, 
he says : 

" Sir, — I expect to go a long journey soon, and should be exceed- 
ing glad for that trifle that is due me for Schooling. Necessity 

drives me to ask. From your Humble Servant, 

Jacob Evans. 
Warner, April 1, 1797. 

April 7, 1797, one week later, he writes : 

" Deacon Harvey, Sir, 

s d s d 

Mr. Hoyt's accompt is 0/7, My due is 22/3, on schooling, and I 

should be exceeding glad of the pay. Jacob Evans." 

Folded in with these letters was a paper labelled, " Schooling 

ac'ct for a number of years," years 1794-'97. For the last, 1797, 

one of the items charged is " For collecting and hauling to Hopkin- 

ton, to pay Mr. Evans, 24 bushels of corn." 

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From the same " schooling account " it appears that Stephen 
Bailey taught the school in 1794, 8 weeks and 3 days, and that his 
board was 5 shillings per week, and that the next year he taught 24 
weeks, and in 1796 the school term was 12 weeks, and that Simon 
Kezar was " Committee to get a school master." 


Sometime in the latter half of the last century Edmund 
Flint and his wife Susanna lived in Mont Vernon. The 
names of. their children are known, but not their order. 
They were Calvin, Isaac, Polly, Simeon, Susanna, Bath- 
sheba, Molly, Betsey, Ebenezer, Lucy. This family moved 
to Amherst, and several of the children settled there. 
Polly, Bathsheba, Susanna, and Ebenezer afterwards came 
to Sutton. Polly m. Adam Davis ; Bathsheba m. Daniel 
Richardson ; Ebenezer m. Jan. 2, 1807, Charlotte Austin, 
and Susanna m. Saul Austin. Charlotte Austin and Saul 
Austin were brother and sister, being children of Solomon 
Austin, who came from Amherst to Sutton about 1800, and 
settled near the base of the mountain. To make the rec- 
ord of this union of the Flint and Austin families as plain 
as possible, the old fashioned phrase serves best to express 
the same, viz., that Saul Austin and Ebenezer Flint " swap- 
ped sisters." 

Isaac Flint m. Susan Russell, of Francestown, and lived 
many years in Sutton, on " Birch Hill." Simeon Flint 
lived in Sutton occasionally. He was a repairer of watches 
and clocks, and in the prosecution of his business went 
from place to place. Calvin Flint went to Vermont to 

live. Betsey Flint m. Kendall, in Amherst. Molly 

Flint m. Baldwin, in Amherst. 

Ebenezer Flint, of Sutton, was a man remarkable for 
industry, honesty, and integrity. He was born probably in 
Mont Vernon, about 1784 ; d. Feb. 17, 1864 : he dropped 
dead in his own door-yard. Children, all b. in Sutton 
except the first, she in Mont Vernon, — 


I. Hannah, b. Nov. 14, 1807 ; d. unmarried. 

II. Charlotte A., b. April 18, 1809 ; d. near 1861. 

III. Edmund, b. Oct. 2, 1812 ; d. Jan. 31, 1844, unmarried. 

IV. Lucinda, b. June 29, 1815; d. July 22, 1847, unmarried 

V. Lydia, b. May 20, 1818 ; d. April 6, 1856. 

VI. Levi, b. Aug. 26, 1821. 

VII. Mehitabel A., b. Jidy 31, 1823 ; d. June 15, 1858. 

VIII. Calvin, b. Oct. 19, 1827 ; d. May 10, 1875. 

II. Charlotte A. Flint m. March 25, 1845, Benjamin S. Fisk. 
[For children see Fisk.] 

III. Edmund Flint lived to attain a very promising manhood, 
Tseing possessed of many desirable qualities, and a most excellent 
character, but died of consumption. 

V. Lydia, m. Dec. 15, 1840, Buzzell Barnard, of Bradford. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Lucinda F., b. Aug. 1, 1841 ; d. Mav 12, 1859. 

2. George, b. Aug. 17, 1845 ; d. May 30, 1864. 

3. John Calvin, b. 1847. 

2. George Barnard entered the service during the war, and was 
killed in battle, being the first man from Sutton killed, aged only 19 

Buzzell Barnard d. In 1851, in Stoughton, Mass., and his widow 
m., 2d, about 1853, Fessenden Bessie, of Stoughton. Child, — 

4. Jennie, b. in Sutton, 1853. She m. a jVlr. O'Brien, and lives in 

1. Lucinda F. Barnard m. Feb. 13, 1858, Horace M. Howe, of Sutton. 
She died in about a year after her marriage, leaving an infant, which 
soon died. 

John Calvin Barnard m. Mary Saltmarsh, of Concord, and lives in 

VI. Levi Flint and Eplii'aim Bean " swapped sisters," that is, 
Levi Flint m. Emily Bean, and Mehitabel A. Flint m. Ephraim 
Bean. Emily and Eplu-aim Bean were children of Ephrami and 
Ismenia (Thompson) Bean. Children of Levi Flint, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Edmund A., b. Sept., 1845 ; d. March 21, 1875. 

2. Angeline, b. :Nrov. 22, 1847 ; d. Aug. 13, 1866. 

3. William H., b. Aug., 1850. 

4. Caroline F., b. Dec. 25, 1853 ; d. July 1, 1872 : m. Adoniram C. 

5. Frank A., b. Xov. 4, 18.59. 

6. Charles H., b. March 7, 1862 ; d. Sept. 14, 1887. 

Mrs. Emily F. (Bean) Flint d. 1864. 


3. William H. Flint m. Feb. 8, 1877, Mrs. Martha A. (Gilson) Lit- 
tlehale, of Sutton, dau. of Jeremiah and Mary (Richardson) Gilson. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Grace L., b. Jmie 7, 1878. 

(2) Edwin A., b. Dec. 15, 1879. 

6. Charles H. Flint m. April, 1886, Belle Silver, of Edwardsburg, 
Mich., dau. of George F. Silver. 

VII. Mehitabel Flint m. Ephraim Bean. [See Bean.] 

VIII. Calvin Flint m. Elizabeth, dau. of Perley Andrew, and 
resided on the Perley Andrew estate. [See Andrew.] 


Epliraim Fisk, of Boscawen, m. Nov. 23, 1818, Rachel 
Peaslee, of Sutton, dau. of John and Olive (Bailey) Peas- 
lee. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

I. OHve, b. 1819; d. Nov. 23, 1819. 

II. Benjamin, b. Feb. 19, 1820. 

III. Alice, b. Oct., 1821. 

IV. John P., b. Sept. 10, 1823 ; d. Oct. 17, 1841. 

V. Levi, b. May 10, 1825. 

VI. WiUiam, b. July 24, 1827 ; d. Oct. 24, 1841. 

VII. Mary A., b. Oct., 1829 ; d. Aug. 9, 1848, in Sutton : m. 
Asa Keniston, of Claremont. 

VIII. Hannah, b. June, 1832 ; d. Aug. 17, 1848, in Sutton : m. 
Alvora Sargent, of Vermont. 

IX. Ephraim, b. Oct. 3, 1839. 

Ephraim Fisk d. Oct. 27, 1864, in Sutton. His wife d. 
Nov. 4, 1879, in Sutton. 

II. Benjamin Fisk m. March 25, 1845, Charlotte Flint, of Sut- 
ton, dau. of Ebenezer and Charlotte (Austin) Flint. Children, b. 
in Sutton, — 

1. Almeda J., b. Jan. 18, 1846. 

2. Rachel E., b. Oct. 14, 1847. 

3. Addie J., b. Oct. 12, 1849. 

4. Ebenezer F., b. Xov. 6, 1851. 

Benjamin Fisk m., 2d, Mary Ann Philbrick, of Sutton, dau. of 
William and Anna (Keyes) PhUbrick. Children, — 

5. Ida. 

6. BeU. 


Benjamin Fisk m., 3d, Lavlna Sleeper. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

7. Xorman H., b. Oct. 13, 1873. 

8. Frank H., b. April 16, 1876. 

9. William H., b. Jan. 18, 1878. 

10. Mina E., b. May 6, 1880. 

11. Mattie D., b. June 29, 1883. 

III. Alice Fisk m. July 17, 1845, Ransom C. Palmer, of Sutton. 
Children, b. in Sutton, except the first one, — 

1. Carrie, b. in Barnstead. 

2. Emma. 

3. Frank. 

4. Charles. 

V. Levi Fisk m. Susan Rogers, of Claremont. She d. Oct. 1, 
1865, in Sutton. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Frances, b. Aug. 16, 1843. 

2. Ann Eliza, b. April 24, 1845; d. Feb. 18, 1889. 

3. Addie E., b. July 6, 1847. 

4. S Jennie, b. June 29, 1850. 

5. Mary M., b. Nov. 22, 1852. 

6. Sylvia J., b. April 18, 1855. 

7. Hattie M., b. Jan. 12, 18.58. 

8. Alice L., b. March, 1861 ; d. Nov. 8, 1865. 

9. F. Annetta, b. Nov. 10, 1862; d. Jan. 19, 1884. 

2. Ann Eliza Fisk m. March 17, 1864, William K. Philbrook, of Sut- 
ton. [See Philbrook.] 

IX. Ephraim Fisk m. March 2, 1864, Martha Melvin, of War- 
ner, who d. in Lawrence, Mass., March 7, 1888. Children, b. in 
Lawrence, — 

1. Walter, b. Julv, 1866. 

2. ]\Iinnie, b. 1868. 

3. Emily, b. 1874. 


The immigrant ancestor of the Sutton Felch families was 
Henry Felch, who came to this country from Wales about 
1640, accompanied hj his son Henry, born probably in 
Wales about 1610. They and their descendants lived in 
Reading, Mass., and in Seabrook. Later some of them set- 
tled in Weare, while others went to Vermont. The Sutton 
families came from the Weare branch. They were related 
to each other, but not very nearly, being descended from 
two different sons of Henry, Jr. 


Nancy Felch, a cousin to Benjamin, father of Samuel, 
who came to Sutton, m. Hezekiah Blaisdell, Jr., of Sutton. 
She was b. July 31, 1803 ; d. March 23, 1871. 

Daniel Felch, 3d son of Henry, Jr., had a son, Daniel, Jr., 
b. in Seabrook, April 3 or 5, 1718 ; m. Feb. 14, 1749, Jane 
Page, of Hampton. They had 7 children, of whom the 
youngest was John Felch, b. Feb. 23, 1763 ; d. Dec. 27, 
1816, in Sutton, of spotted fever: m. Rutli Sweetser, b. 
Jan. 22, 1763 ; d. in Sutton, Sept. 5, 1826. They spent 
most of their married life in Francestown, where their 
children were born. They came to Sutton in 1814, and 
.settled on the farm in North Sutton, which has been held 
in the Felch family ever since. 

The children of John and Ruth (Sweetser) Felch were, — 

I. Amos, b. July 1, 1787 ; d. April 29, 1876, at Newbury : m. 
Betsey Kelley, b. Feb. 10, 1784 ; d. Oct. 5, 1868. He settled in 

II. WUliam, b. Nov. 23, 1788. He was in the War of 1812. 
He received a land warrant for services done in the war, and went 
West, and the same is true of his brother, Daniel Felch. 

III. John, b. Aug. 22, 1790 ; d. May 13, 1877. He settled in 
Sutton, and left numerous descendants. 

IV. Daniel, b. Aug. 8, 1792. He was in the war of 1812. 

V. Benjamin, b. Aug. 21, 1794 ; d. May 28, 1877 : m. DoUy 
Andrews. He settled in Wilmot. 

VI. Rhoda, b. May 12, 1796 ; d. 1868 : m. Elder Elijah Wat- 

VII. Betsey, b. AprU 1, 1798 ; d. April 21, 1798. 

VIII. David, b. April 12, 1799 ; d. Dec. 7, 1814. 

IX. Samuel Barnet, b. Feb, 24, 1801 ; d. June 4, 1873, in lUi- 
nois : m.. 1st, Betsey Keyser ; m., 2d, Partridge. 

X. Polly (Mary) B., b. June 24, 1803 ; d. 1868 : m. Nehemiah 
Emerson, of Andover. 

XI. Susan E., b. Feb. 10, 1806 ; m. Solomon Dodge. 

I. Children of Amos and Betsey (Kelley) Felch, — 

1. Died in infancy. 2. Jane P. 3. Rufch S. 4. Moses K. .5. Betsey 
K. 6. John. 7. Lois N. 8. Almira. 9. Hannah D. 10. Mary P. 

2. Jane P. Felch m. John L. Adams. Children, 12 in number, 3 
died, — 


(1) Betsey J. (2) Abbie. (3) Moses J. (i) Almira. (R) Mat- 
thew. ((3) Mary. (7) Sylvester. (8) Susan. (9) Matilda. 

(1) Betsey J. Adams m. Ira P. Whittier. Children, — 

Abbie, m. Ralph Brown. 
Moses J., m. Ann Kidder. 
Almira, ni. Elbridge Eaton. 
Matthew, m. Saloma Adams. 
Mary, in. Charles Morrill. 
Sylvester, m. Addie Morey. 
Susan, m. George Sleeper. 
Matilda, m. James Hawthorn. 

3. Ruth S. Felch ni. S. B. Paige. Children, — 

(1) Martha, m. Charles Moore. 

(2) Minerva, m. Charles Pausland. 

(3) Mary, m. Edwin Randlett. 

4. Moses K. Felch m. Olive Carter. 

5. Betsey K. Felch m. Hiram Baker. Children, — 
(1) Alonzo. (2) Josephine. 

6. John Felch m., 1st, Melinda Livingston; m., 2d, Sarah. J. Bart- 
lett. Children, 9 in number, 3 died, — 

(1) Melinda A., m. Herman G. Brown. 

(2) Alice J., m. Sargent Abbott. 

(3) Horace M., m. Alice Bass. 

(4) Al/.ina. m. Albert Abbott. 

(5) Li] la M., m. Charles Codman. 

(6) Charles B., m. unknown. 

7. Lois N. Felch m. Moses C. Aver. Children, — 

(1) S. C. Ayer, m. Fletcher. 

(2) Mary J., m. Whittaker. 

(3) Samuel, m. . 

(4) Oliver, m. . 

8. Almira Felch m. John B. Smith. Children, 4 in number, 2 died, — 

(1) Nathan, m. Ella Young. 

(2) Betsey, m. James Chase. 

9. Hannah D. Felch m. Rev. W. Brown. Children, 5 in number, 1 
died, — 

(1) Xellie R., m. George Sawyer. 

(2) Charles, m. Nettie Morse." 

(3) Olive M., m. Frank Sawyer. 

(4) Fred, m. Lucretia Hurlburt. 

10. Mary P. Felch m. Rev. Dustin Seavey. Child,— 
(1) Mary P. Cu.tter, m. Frank Merrill. 

III. John Felch (Dea. John Felch) m. 1815, Hannah Dodge. 
She d. Oct. 11, 1883, aged 87 years, 10 months. Children, — 


1. Sally D. 

2. Roxana. 

3. Gideon D. 

4. John A., b. :\rai-ch, 1823 ; d. May 24, 1824. 

5. Charity Adaline. 

6. John S., b. 1827 ; d. July 17, 1832. 

7. Hannah M. 

8. Mary A., b. 1831 ; d. July 21, 1832. 

9. Benjamin Dean. 

10. Mary A., b. 1835 ; d. 1878. 

11. Frances C. 

1. Sally D. Felch m. Oct. 1, 1837, William Taylor Bean. She was 
b. Sept. 16, 1810 ; d. Jan. 4, 1868. [For descendants see Bean and 

2. Roxana Felch, b. Oct. 18, 1818 ; m. Sept. 7, 1837, Amos H. Jones, 
b. in Salem, Sept. 8, 1809. Children,— 

(1) Frank, b. Nov. 14, 1839. 

(2) Marcia Maria, b. July 2, 1842. 

(3) Edgar Amos, b. May 10, 1850 ; m. Ella Osgood. 

(1) Frank Jones m. Lorinda Atherton. Children, — 4 daughters and 
2 sons. 

3. Gideon D. Felch m. near 1840, Malvina Beau. She was b. April 20, 
1819. Children,— 

(1) Adelaide. (2) John. (3) Hannah. (4) Fred A. (5) Jacob M. 

(1) Adelaide Felch m. Ervin Knight. Child, — 


(2) John Felch m. Rossie Putney. Children, — 

Viola; Sherman, 

(3) Hannah Felch m. John W. Smith. Children, — 

Freeman M. ; Edison J. ; Lilian M. 

(4) Fred M. Felch m. Hattie M. Howe. Children,— 

Ai-thur W. ; Charles F. 

(5) Jacob M. Felch m. Mary Cheney. 

5. Charity Adaline Felch m. Benjamin P. Sargent. Children, — 
(1) Mary Frances. (2) Benjamin. (3) Hattie D. 

Mr. Sargent d. March 8, 1874, and Mrs. Sargent m., 2d, William W. 
Coburn. She d. Aug., 1889. 

(1) Mary Frances Sargent m. July 26, 1874, Walter P. Sargent. 

Sevira, b. Dec. 1, 1880. 

(2) Benjamin Sargent m. Mary J. Gladman. Children, — 

Harry P. ; Alvah J. 

(3) Haltie D. Sargent m. Charles A. Todd. 



7. Hannah M. Felch m. March 30, 1852, Moses L. Pillsbui-y. Chil- 
dren, — 

(1) George C, b. Aug. 13, 1856. 

(2) Herbert L., b. Oct. 22, 1865. 

9. Benjamhi Dean Felch m. Nellie Carr. 

10. Mary Ann Felch m. about 1856, George S. French. No children. 

11. Frances C. Felch m. Nov. 25, 1858, Lucien E. Smith. Children, — 
(1) Josephine. (2) Barton. (3) Milton. 

(1) Josephine Smith m. Harlan Fuller. Child, — 

V. Benjamin Felch m. Dolly Andrew, dau. of Samuel, 2d. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Amos. 2. Rhoda. 3. Samuel. 4. Sarah. 5. Franklin. 6. 
Hannah. 7. James. 

1. Amos Felch m. Abby Fuller. Children, — 
(1) Benjamin. (2) Arthur. (3) Hannah. 

(1) Benjamin Felch m. Lydia Hoyt. Children, — 

Lydia S., b. Dec. 1, 1833. 
Mary T., b. May 5, 1835. 
Benjamin Harvey, b. Jan. 4, 1837. 

2. Rhoda Felch m. James McDonnell. Children, — 

(1) John. (2) Margaret. (3) Julia. (4) Edmund. (5) AA^illiam. 
(6) James. (7) Katie. (8) Benjamin. (9) David. (10) Grace. 

3. Sanmel Felch m. Caroline Bucklin. Child, — 
(1) Dexter. 

4. Sarah Felch m. Gilman Clark. Children, — 

(1) Fred. (2) Albert. (3) Florence. (4) Arthur. 

5. FrankUn Felch m. Lottie Stevens. Child, — 
(1) Sadie. 

6. Hannah Felch m. David Collins. Child, — 
(1) Nellie. 

7. James Felch m. Fiorina Putnam. Children, — 
(1) Cora. (2) WilUam. (3) Florence. (4) Gertie. 

VI. Rhoda Felch m. Rev. Elijah Watson. Children, — 

1. Rhoda, died. 

2. Minerva, m. Rev. Sidney Frost. 

3. Alphonso. 

4. Burns. 

IX. Samuel Barnet Felch m. Betsey Keyser ; m., 2d, Part- 
ridge. Children, — 

1. Daniel. 2. Polly. 3. Barnet. 4. Rosette. 


X. PoUy Felch m. April 29, 1824, Nehemiah Emerson. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Benjamin. 2. Susan. 3. Miranda. 4. Truman. 5. Mary. 6. 

Nehemiah Emerson was h. April 13, 1800, son of AYillard and 
Nabby (Davis) Emerson. He spent several years of his minority 
in the family of Hon. Jonathan Harvey. 

XI. Susan Felch m. Solomon Dodge. Child, — 

1. John F., m., 1st, Georgia A. Colby ; he m., 2d, Mary E. Proctor. 
Childi-en, — 

(1) Alfred. (2) Leonora. (3) Sarah J. (4) Sarah M. (5) Sidney. 

(1) Alfred Dodge m. Amanda Thompson. 

Amos Jones, who m. Roxana Felch, came to Sutton about 
1828, as clerk in a store, and afterwards was in trade there. He 
was also postmaster there several years. In 1843 he removed to 
Sanbornton Bridge, and there was postmaster 15 years. He was 
selectman of Sanbornton and Tilton 6 years, and was also town 
treasurer and county treasurer of Belknap county 4 years. 

John Taylor, whose wife was sister to Amos Jones, was in trade 
at North Sutton some eleven years, and was supposed to have made 
money very fast. He came about 1830, and bought out the store 
of Hemphill & Armstrong. He removed to New Hampton, and 
afterwards to Sanbornton, where he d. 1854, and in which town he 
was b. 1793. His wife, Caroline B., was b. in Salem, 1804 ; d. 
1873. They had one son, John Franklin, b. in New London 1829, 
a merchant in Northfield. 

On coming from Francestown to Sutton the John Felch family 
was accompanied or very soon followed (1815) by Daniel Dane 
and wife, also of Francestown, who located near Mr. Felch, and 
there spent the rest of their lives. They were very worthy people, 
and are kindly remembered by their old neighbors. No children. 
Mr. Dane d. Nov. 5, 1843. His wife d. aged 90. 

Family of Benjamin Felch of Weare. 

L Lucinda, b. May 17, 1800 ; d. July 11, 1879 : m. Sept. 18, 
1825, Moody Johnson, of Sutton. [See Johnson.] 

II. Lucintha, twin sister of the above, m. John Manahan. 


III. Samuel, b. Aug. 9, 1802 ; m., 2d, Hannah Phelps, of Sut- 

IV. Joseph, b. March 26, 1805 ; d. Aug., 1861, unmarried. 

V. Benjamin, b. June 20, 1807 ; d. Feb. 1, 1855 : m. Lydia 
Hoyt, of Hopkinton. 9 children. 

VI. Stephen, b. May 17, 1810 ; m. 1836, Lucinda Phelps, of 
Sutton. No children living. 

VII. Mary, b. March 10, 1813 ; m. June 18, 1838, Horace J. 

VIII. Squire, b. Nov. 6, 1815 ; m. AprU 15, 1840, Laura Ann 
Silver. 9 children. 

IX. Justice, b. Aug. 1, 1820 ; d. Aug. 23, 1865 : m. April 15, 
1840, Almira Hutchinson. 2 children. 

X. President, b. March 26, 1823 ; m. May 17, 1849, his cousin, 
Abigail Felch, of North Weare. 2 children. 

XI. Ira, b. Aug. 23, 1825 ; d. May 6, 1876 : m. Nov. 11, 1852, 
Phebe A. Brown, of Danvers, Mass. 

Of the above family Lucinda, Lucintha, Samuel and Stephen 
came to Suttton to live, from 1818 to 1829 inclusive. 

II. Lucintha Felch, b. May 17, 1800 ; d. at Hillsborough, Jan. 
16, 1882 : m. 1818, John Manahan, of Deering. He d. at New 
London May 7, 1862. Soon after their marriage they located on 
a farm in the north part of Sutton, and in 1828 removed to New 
London. Children, — 

1. Emily, b. in Sutton. 

2. Mary, b. in Sutton. 

3. Liicinda, b. in Sutton. 

4. A^alentine, b. in Sutton. 

5. Abby, b. in New London. 

6. Newton, b. in New London. 

7. Frances, b. in New London. 

8. William H., b. in New London. 

1. Emily Manahan m. Dea. John A. V. Smith, of Manchester, where 
they reside. No children. 

2. Mary Manahan resides in Hillsborough. 

3. Lucinda Manahan m. Thomas A. B. Young and lives in Hillsbor- 
ough; has 2 sons, Walter and George. Walter is married and has a 
daughter. Residence, Putnam, Conn. 

4. Valentine Manahan is a physician and is in practice, and resides 
at Entield. After graduating at the Jefferson Medical College he 
practised first in Antrim, then at Springfield, and subsequently located 
whei'e he now is. He m. Abby E., dau. of Hon. Reuben Porter. She 
d. young, and Dr. Manahan has never remarried. 


5. Abby Manahan m. Benaiah Fitts ; has had 3 sons and 2 daugh- 
ters. Residence, Worcester, Mass. 

6. Newton Manahan lived on the farm in Xew London, where his 
parents located. He d. May 7, 1888. He m. Hejisibette Thompson, of 
New London. Children, — 

(1) Helen, m. George P. Sholes, of New London, and they have one 

(2) Cora, m. Eugene Derby, of New London ; no children. 

(3) Lottie, m. Warren Lewis of Boston; 1 son. 

7. Frances Manahan m. T. Newell Turner, of Worcester, Mass., 
where they reside. They have one son, Wallace i\I., educated at Har- 
vard College. 

8. William H. Manahan m. Fannie H. Chaffin, of Holden, Mass. 
Residence, Hillsborough. Children, — 

(1) Josie E. (2) F. Gertrude. (8) William H. 

m. Samuel Felch m. Sarah Scales about 1828. She d. wdthin a 
year, and he m. Nov., 1829, Hannah Phelps, b. Dec. 8, 1806, at 
New Boston. He d. May 15, 1843. Children,— 

1. Sarah Jane, b. March 9, 1831. 

2. Eliza Ann, b. Dec. S, 1832. 

3. Samuel Sylvester, b. Julv 25, 1834 ; d. May 23, 1889. 

4. Elvira, b. Jan. 14, 1837 ; d. May 3, 1852. 

1. Sarah Jane Felch m. July 4, 1855, John E. Baker, of Newbury, 
who d. Oct. 26, 1857, at Newbury. She was a superior school teacher 
many years. 

2. Eliza Ann Felch m. Oct. 2, 18.50, Charles Wyman, of Woburn, 
Mass. Children, — 

(1) Emma Florence, b. Nov. 1, 1852, at Sutton ; m. Aug. 11, 1886, 
Willis H. Abbott, of Wilton. 

(2) Addie L., b. Sept. 25, 1854, at Francestown ; d. Jan. 11, 1877, at 
Mont Vernon. 

(3) Frank Kindiall, b. Nov. 18, 1856, at Sutton. 

(4) John Frederic, b. May 6, 1859, at Francestown. 

3. Samuel Sylvester Felch m. Jan., 1861, Lydia J. Whittier, of New 
London, who d. Dec. 18, 1872. Child, — 

(1) Cora Gertrude, b. May 12, 1864 ; d. Sept. 29, 1885 : m. June 1, 
1884, H. Roscoe Chadwick, then of Wilmot. 

Samuel Sylvester Felch m., 2d, Feb., 1879, Abbie M. Littlehale, dau. 
of Henry P. and Harriet (Tilton) Littlehale, b. Jan. 2, 1851 ; d. Sept. 
25, 1885. 

John Boyd, a resident in the above family 23 years, d. May 10, 1882. 
He was a native of Ireland and was much esteemed and kindly cared 
for by the family. The beautiful collection of stuffed birds at their 
house, which has delighted so many visitors, was the result of his skill 
and taste. 


S. Sylvester Felch was a man of the highest character, and possessed 
many of the finest qualities that ever fall to the lot of any person^ 
Conscientious, generous, and hospitable in his home, a kind neighbor 
and a capable citizen, his death in the midst of his years of usefulness 
was considered a great calamity, not only by his bereaved relatives, but 
also by the public generally. 

V. Stephen Felch m. 1836, Lucinda Phelps, dan, of Jonathan. 
No children living. Their dau. Cornelia, as recorded on her grave- 
stone, d. Aug. 10, 1840, aged 4 years. 


Jesse Fellows, b. 1767 ; d. 1841 : m. Dolly Blaisclell, b. 
1769 ; d. 1865. He moved from Hopkiuton to Sutton 
March, 1790. Children,— 

I. Jonathan, b. March 20, 1789. 

II. Isaac, b. May 17, 1791. 

III. Mary, b. Jan. 8, 1794 ; d. 1872, in Wilmot. 

IV. Daniel, b. Sept. 29, 1796 ; d. 1881. 

V. Jesse, b. Jidy 29, 1799 ; d. July, 1803. 

VI. Dorothy, b. Jan. 28, 1803 ; d. in Vermont. 

VII. Ira, b. Dec. 11, 1805 ; d. 1865, in Newbury. 

VIII. Belinda, b. Dec. 7, 1807. 

IX. Harrison, b. Feb. 15, 1814 ; d. 1870. 

X. One d. in infancy. 

I. Jonathan Fellows m, Dec. 30, 1810, Mary King. Children, — 

1. Sarah. 2. Ednah. 3. Jonathan. 4. Mary. 5. Dolly. 6. Char- 
lotte. 7. John. 8. Almira. 9. Lucy. 

Jonathan Fellows moved to New York, and thence to Illinois, 

where he died. 

I. Sarah Fellows m. William Caldwell. Children, — 

(1) Ednah, m. David Miller. 

(2) Jonathan, m. Jerusha Crumb. 

(3) Mai"y, m. Myron Strong. 

(4) Dolly, m. Milo Strong. 

(5) Charlotte, m. Marvin Strong. 

(6) John, m. unknown. 

(7) Almira, m. Isaac Hayes. 

(8) Lucy, m. Darwin Strong. 

II. Isaac Fellows m. about 1814 Ruth Bean, dau. of Samuel 
and Dorothy (Wells) Bean, b. Sept. 23, 1790. Child,— 

1. Freeman, b. July. 2, 1815. 


Mrs. Fellows d. Nov. 13, 1817, and her husband m., 2d, April 
23, 1820, Hannah Wright, of Sutton, dau. of John and Molly 
(Chadwick) Wright. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

2. John W., b. Oct. 31, 1820 ; d. July, 188i. 

3. Melissa, b. Aug. 12. 1821. 

4. Molly, b. Jan. 16, 1823. 

.5. George, b. March .5, 182.5 ; d. Feb. 22, 1882, in Sutton. 
6. Andrew J., b. Sept. 1, 1828. 

Mrs. Hannah (Wright) Fellows d. Nov. 15, 1855. 

1. Freeman Fellows m. Catharine Morey, and had one son, — 

(1) William B., m. Feb. 11, 1863, Ellen Towle. ChUdren,— 

Anna ; Willie ; Jennie ; Ina. 

5. George Fellows m. Oct. 5, 1853, Harriet W. Bean, of Sutton, dau. 
of William and Sarali (Dearborn) Bean. Child, — 

(1) George Walter, b. Dec. 10, 1854; d. March 10, 1864. 

6. Andrew J. Fellows m. Augusta Wiley, of Sutton. Children, — 

(1) Carrie, m. Frank Woodward ; has one child, Mabel L. 

(2) Frank B. 

(3) Leonette, m. George J. Messer. 

III. Mary (or Molly) FeUows m. June 18, 1815, John M. WUl- 
iams. [For descendants see Williams.] 

IV. Daniel Fellows m. Lydia Agur of Henniker, and moved to 
Bradford, and thence to Orange, where he d., aged 85. Children, — 

1. Jesse, d. in infancy. 2. Lucinda. 3. Dolly. 4. Lydia A. 5. 
Mary Ann. 6. Susan. 7. Daniel. 8. Abigail. 

2. Lucinda Fellows m. John Chellis, of Orange, where she d. July, 
1860. Children,— 

(1) Dolly C. (2) Freeman. (3) Daniel. (4) Mary Ann. (.5) An- 
thony. (6) Lydia. (7) Abljy. 

(1) Dolly C. Chellis m. William Chellis. Children,— 

William H. ; Sumner; Herman. 

Mrs. Chellis m., 2d, Joseph True, and had 2 children, Fred and Free- 

(3) Daniel Chellis was in service in the late war, and was killed on 
the battlefield. 

5. Mary Ann Fellows m. Eliphalet G. Smith, of Wilmot, a carpen- 
ter. They moved to Lawrence, Mass., and she there died in 1852, aged 
26. Children,— 

(1) Isadora. (2) Edwina. 

(1) Isadora Smith m. Henry Brock. Children, — 
Daniel ; Blanche ; Elmer ; Dora. 


6. Susan Fellows m. Cyrus Whittier, of Sutton. Resides in Wiscon- 
sin. Children, — 

(1) Eldora. (2) Frank. (3) Mary. 

7. Daniel Fellows m. Henrietta Powell. He is a farmer in Wiscon- 
sin. Children, — 

(1) Hattie. (2) Mary. (3) Sarah. 

8. Abigail Fellows lives on the old homestead in Orange. 

Mary A. Fellows, a granddaughter of Daniel Fellows, Sr., m. John 
Trumbull ; has one son, John. 

VI. Dorothy Fellows m. Nov. 4, 1827, Ira Herrick, and moved 
to Vermont, where she died. Children, — 

1. Mary Jane. 2. John. 3. Lucy. 4. Luci'etia. 5. Charles. 

1. Mary Jane Herrick m. Calvin Campbell, and after her death her 
sister Lucy became his 2d wife. Residence, Hyde Park, Vt. Chil- 
dren, — 

(1) Cora L. (2) John. (3) Flora A. (4) Charles H. (5) Arthur E. 
(6) Everett H. (7) Oscar N. (8) Herman L. 

2. John Herrick m. Ellen B. Wrisley. Children, — 
(1) Addie J. (2) Ira A. 

4. Lucretia Herrick m. Ambrose Collins. Children, — 

(1) Bertha L. (2) Adolphus B. (3) Elbridge B. (4) Mabel S. (5) 
Lulu L. (6) Delta A. (7 and 8 twins) Lela and Lida. 

5. Charles Herrick m. Verola Reed. Children, — 

(1) Delia E. (2) Guy A. (3) Almira L. (4) Bernard L. (5) 
Josie L. (6) John L. (7) Bertha L. (8) Grafton D. 

VII. Ira Fellows m. Jane Cunningham. Children, — 
1 . Mary Jane. 2. Minerva. 3. David. 4. Henry. 

1. Mary Jane Fellows m. Timothy B. Lewis. Child, — 
(1) Arthur W. 

2. Minerva Fellows m. Samuel Emery, of Suncook. Children, — 
(1) Nellie. (2) Mark. 

3. David Fellows enlisted in the 11th N. H. regiment, went into the 
battle of Fredericksburg, and never was heard from afterwards. 

4. Henry Fellows m. Clara Bingham. Children, — 
(1) Willie. (2) Edwin H. 

VIII. Belinda FeUows m. July 26, 1827, John Wright, of Sut- 
ton. Children, — 

1. Jason D., b. Jan., 1830; d. Sept., 1848. 

2. John, b. Sept. 30, 1833 ; d. Sept. 13, 1883. 

gen:ealogy. 713 

3. Edwin, b. Feb. 1, 1835. 

4. Lavina. 

5. Adelaide. 

6. James I. 

7. Jesse F., b. Jan., 18-48 ; d. A'oung. 

8. Belinda F., b. Feb., 1851. 

2. John "Wright m. 1870, Mary A. Blake, of Sutton, dau. of Jesse 
O. P. and Fanny (Simons) Blake. Children, b. in Sutton. — 

(1) Estella Agnes, b. Feb. 10, 1872. 

(2) Sidney, b. 1875; d. m infancy. 

(3) Caroline, b. 1878. 

(4) Bertha Adelaide, b. 1880 ; d. 1885. 

(1) Estella Agnes Wright m. "William Annis, of "Warner. They 
have one son. Residence, Concord. 

3. Edwin "Wright m. Aug. 30, 1862, Helen Persis Keeler, of Malone, 
N. y., b. April 25, 1841, dau. of Ira and Lydia (Amsden) Keeler. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) "Wilbert E., b. June 22, 1863. 

(2) Fred A., b. Sept. 30, 1865 ; m. Xov. 5, 1888, Winnie A. Barker. 
[See Russell.] 

(3) Jason K., b. Jan. 21, 1873 ; d. Sept. 17, 1886. 

Mrs. Helen P. (Keeler) Wright d. Aug. 2, 1889, in Sutton. 

4. Lavina Wright m. Nelson Gove, of Weare, where they now re- 
side. Xo children. 

5. Adelaide Wright, m. Milton Kimball, of Maine. Residence, 
Henniker. Child, — 

(1) Carrie M., b. Dec. 10, 1872, in Sutton. 

6. James Wright m. . Residence on the homestead in Sutton. 

8. Belinda F. Wright m. Eugene M. Cummings. [See Peaslee.] 

IX. Harrison Fellows m. May 31, 1840, Julia Ann Presby. of 
Bradford, and lived upon the old homestead of Jesse Fellows. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Harriette. 

2. Catharine, b. 1845 ; d. 1865. 
8. MaryG. 

4. Harrison Augustine, b. 1851 ; d. 1874. 

5. Phebe M., b. 1859 ; d. 1876. 

1. Harriette Fellows m. James D. Prescott. Children, — 
(1) Fred O. (2) George B., d. (3) Mabel H. 

3. Mary G. Fellows m. Austin Morgan. Children, — 

(1) Lucy A. (2) George G. (3) Walter H. (4) Charles A. (5) 
Elizabeth E. 

5. Phebe M. Fellows m. Frank Sargent. 


The Fellows farm, having been owned by Jesse Fellows 
and his descendants more than three fourths of a century, 
passed out of their possession in 1875. 

When Jesse Fellows moved to this town he had with 
him his wife and one child, and the family, with their 
household goods, travelled on an ox-sled drawn by ten 
yoke of oxen. They completed the journey in three days, 
stopping the first night in Warner, and the second night at 
the farm now owned by John Pressey. Mr. Fellows had 
bought a hundred acres of wild land, on which he had, in 
the previous autumn, erected a rude log house, where they 
lived seven years, at the end of which time they moved 
into a small frame house. 

Mrs. Fellows lived to be almost a centenarian, within 
three and one half years of it, and yet retained her mental 
faculties to a .surprising degree. Even up to six weeks be- 
fore her death she was able to relate incidents of early 
years, including her recollections of the dark day, at which 
time she was ten years old. She became totally blind 
twenty years before she died. She was b. in Amesbury, 
Mass., and is supposed to have been sister to Hezekiah 
Blaisdell, who m. Anna Sargent, and moved to Sutton. 
Her father was Jonathan Blaisdell, who, as a gunsmith, was 
in the battle of Bunker Hill, and died on the way home 
from the fight. Several of the name and family of Blais- 
dell have been noticeable for longevity. 


Francis E. Ferry, of Hyde Park, Vt., m. Aug., 1881, (2d 
wife) Alice E. Shattuck, of Pittsfield, dau. of Elder Calvin 
S. and Phila (Grey) Shattuck. Child, — 

I. Phila Gertrude, b. in Sutton, Oct. 31, 1884. 

Mr. Ferry has resided part of the time since his last mar- 
riage in Sutton. He is partial owner, and has had charge, 
of the saw-mill on the road from South Sutton to Roby's 



Levi Ferrin was, for several years before and after 1870,. 
in trade at the North Village, where he and his family 
were much respected. He sold out and removed to He- 
bron. Children, — 

I. Frank. 

II. Emma. 


Asa Fisher, b. Oct. 1, 1798 ; d. Feb. 28, 1846 : m. June 
16, 1821, Mary Gage, b. Sept. 21, 1798; d. March 24, 
1866. They removed from Francestown to Sutton in 1825, 
locating on the Moses Hills farm. Children, — 

I. Phineas G., b. March 31, 1827 ; residence, Milford. 

II. David M., b. Dec. 3, 1829 ; residence, Sutton. 
ni. George W., b. April 16, 1831 ; d. Oct. 19, 1852. 
rV. Thomas J., b. Jan. 4, 1833 ; residence, Gibbon, Neb. 

V. Joel H., b. Oct. 28, 1835 ; residence, Milford. 

VI. Freeman A., b. April 8, 1838 ; residence, Minneapolis,^ 

VII. Franklin W., b. Jidy 16, 1844 ; d. June 16, 1860. 

I. Phineas G. Fisher m. Caroline M. Dickinson. Cliildren, — 

1. Edwin C, b. June 22, 1852. 

2. Willie G., b. Aug. 15, 1853. 

3. Herbert S., b. Aug. 27, 1855. 

4. Asa J., b. Sept. 5, 1861 ; m. July 24, 1887, Yinnie Towne. 

5. Clara E., b. July 8, 1864. 

1. Edwin C. Fisher m. Nov. 8, 1876, Anna Young. Child, — 
(1) Mabel, b. Jan. 5, 1881. 

2. Willie G. Fisher m. Feb. 4, 1880, Emma Lear. Children, — 

(1) Ora G., b. Oct. 6, 1881. 

(2) Clarence E., b. Feb., 1886. 

5. Clara E. Fisher m. Feb. 19, 1884, Elber R. Cutts. Child,— 
(1) Edwin F., b. Sept. 5, 1886. 

II. David M. Fisher m. Sept. 20, 1841, Lois S. Nelson. Chil- 
dren, — 


1. Ella v., b. Jan. 24, 1850. 

2. George F., b. Jan. 13, 1855. 

3. Oren C, b. Jan. 16, 1857. 

4. Frank J., b. April 3, 1859. 

5. Fred W., b. AprH 16, 1864. 

1. Ella V. Fisher m. Feb. 28, 1880, Frank E. Hemphill. Child,— 

(1) Persis M., b. Sept. 9, 1882. 

3. Oren C. Fisher m. Oct. 13, 1881, Lydia H. Flint. Children,— 

(1) Charles M., b. Oct. 27, 1882. 

(2) Irving R., b. March 13, 1887. 

IV. Thomas J. Fisher m. Jan. 29, 1856, Amanda A. George. 

V. Joel H. Fisher m. March 4, 1857, Angeline C. Spaulding. 
Children, — 

1. Cora B., b. Aug. 7, 1860. 

2. Emma G., b. March 9, 1868. 

1. Cora B. Fisher m. Aug. 7, 1885, George Holbrook. Child, — 
(1) Bertha M., b. Oct. 8, 1886. 

VI. Freeman A. Fisher m. Feb. 29, 1860, Marlon Orvis. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Elmer E., b. Dec. 11, 1862 ; m. Jan. 3, 1884, Carrie B. AVhittier. 

2. Frank O., b. April 14, 1864. 

3. Marion L., b, Oct. 15, 1866. 


Jonathan Fifield, b. in Salisbury, April 28, 1784; d. 
April 16, 1846: m. March 17, 1806, Hannah Thompson, 
dau. of Benjamin and Abigail (Hazeltine) Thompson, of 
Salisbury, b. Jan. 22, 1789 ; d. Aug. 10, 1874. They moved 
to Sutton when they were young, and there spent the rest 
of their lives. Mr. Fifield was a blacksmith, a worthy, 
industrious man. Children, — 

I. Benjamin, b. Sept. 4, 1806 ; d. June 23, 1885. 

II. Sally, b. Feb. 8, 1808 ; d. June 3, 1888. 

III. Phebe, b. Aug. 6, 1809 ; d. May 24, 1846. 

IV. Abigail, b. Dec. 26, 1811 ; d. Oct. 8, 1813. 

V. Hannah, b. July 1, 1813 ; d. April 28, 1887 : m. Oilman 
Greeley. [See Greeley.] 

VI. Abigail, b. April 8, 1815. 

VII. Louisa, b. Oct. 9, 1817. 


VIII. Albert, b. July 29, 1819 ; d. Sept. 19, 1819. 

IX. Shuah, b. Sept. 28, 1820. 

X. Susan, b. April 7, 1823. 

XL Margaret H., b. Feb. 21, 1827 ; d. Feb. 20, 1887. 

XII. Jonathan, b. March 17, 1829 ; d. May 16, 1829. 

XIII. James J., b. Aug. 8, 1831. 

XIV. Caroline, b. July 4, 1834 ; d. Feb. 2, 1872. 

I. Benjamin Fifield was a very ingenious blacksmith and ma- 
chinist, and for several years held a responsible position in the 
machine shops in Exeter, where he was married and had children, 
none of whom lived much beyond infancy. Later he returned to 
Sutton, and there spent the remainder of his Ufe. He was among 
the last survivors of the Sutton men who were members of King 
Solomon's Lodge. 

XIII. James J. is a machinist and salesman. Residence, Chel- 
sea ; m. Emily Brown, and has had several children, among them 
Charles and dau. Belle. 

II. Sarah or Sally Fifield m. William Norcross and had several 
children, of whom only one, George, is living. Two sons lost their 
lives in the civil war. This family resided in Maiden. 

VI. Abigail Fifield m. Oct. 27, 1833, Oren Silver, of Newport, 
and removed to Cass Co., Mich., where she had a family. 

VI. Louisa Fifield m. Joseph Crummet and had a family ; has 
resided mostly in Concord. Mr. Crummet was in the war. 

IX. Shuah m. Moses H. Colby, son of Enoch and Sarah (Har- 
vey) Colby, b. Aug. 16, 1817. They removed to Michigan. 

X. Susan, m. Jan. 19, 1843, Hiram B. Judkins. They had one 
child, a daughter, who d. in childhood. 


Benjamin Fowler, b. probably in Hopkinton, Jan. 20, 
1767 ; m. Sarah Stevens, b. June 16, 1766. Children, — 

I. Lucinda, b. April 20, 1790. 

II. Micajah, b. March 5, 1792. 
IIL Levi, b. Nov. 20, 1793. 

IV. Lydia H., b. Jan. 14, 1796. 

V. Matilda, b. April 2, 1798 ; m. Samuel Andrews. 


VI. Salome, b. Oct. 19, 1800 ; m. Frederick Hills, son of Moses 
Hills, Esq. 

VII. Pamelia, b. Jan. 5, 1804 ; m. Wliittier. 

VIII. Amanda, b. June 2, 1805 ; m. . 

IX. Adna, b. April 17, 1809 ; d. in childhood. 

I. Lucinda Fowler m. 1807, John Kimball, of Hopkinton. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Ruth H., b. Dec. 9, 1807. 

2. Benjamin F., b. Sept., 1809. 

.3. Ozro, b. Sept. 7, 1811. [See " Deaf and Dumb."] 

4. Alfred A., b. July 31, 1819. 

5. Sarah E., b. April 20, 1822. 

0. Joseph, b. May, 1813. 
7. Gilbert, b. May, 1815. 

II. Micajah Fowler m. Achsah Dow, of New London. Chil- 
dren. — 

1. Andrew. 2. Adna S. 3. Cyrus A. 

1. Andrew J. Fowler went to New Orleans, where he m. and has a 

2. Adna S. Fowler, k Juue 13. 1826; d. Dec. 19, 1766: m. Lucina 
H., dau. of Samuel Shepherd, of New London. Children, — 

(1) Fred. (2) Alma E. (3) Mary E.; d. iu childhood. 

3. Cyrus A. Fowler m. Dec. 6, 1858, Amanda M. Pressey, dau. of 
William and Polly (Phelps) Pressy. Has two children living. Resi- 
dence, Lawrence, Mass. [See Pressey.] 

IIL Levi Fowler, b. Nov. 20, 1793 ; d. Sept. 18, 1860 : m. Dec. 
30, 1817, Harriet, dau. of Jesse Shepherd, of New London. She 
d. June 21, 1863. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Hannah S., b. Nov. 12, 1818 ; d. young. 

2. George S., b. May 20, 1820. 

3. Charles A., b. Jan. 15, 1823. 

4. James Wesley, b. Nov. 9, 1826 ; d. 1857. 

5. Infant daughter, b. Nov. 9, 1828 ; d. Dec. 10, 1828. 

6. Marietta R., b. Sept. 8, 1836. 

7. Harriet A., b. Sept. 26, 1839. 

8. Ann Elizabeth, b. Jan. 17, 1843 ; d. 1845. 

2. George S. Fowler m. Maria Hildreth, of Henniker. Child, — 
(1) Hattie, ra. Jones, of Wilton. 

3. Charles A. Fowler m. Catharine, dau. of Benjamin W. Harvey, b. 
Jan. 23, 1823 ; d. 1872. Children,— 

(1) Mary Esther, b. 18.50-, d. 1872. 

(2) Katie, m. Job Cress, of New London. 

(3) Charles L., m. Maria Coburn, of Sutton. Residence, Scytheville, 
New London. 


Charles A. Fowler m., 2d, ]Mrs. Eliza L. Hart, dau. of William and 
Patty (Teel) Nelson, and ^Yido^v of W. Henry Hart. 

6. Marietta R. Fowler ni. Charles Holmes, of Georgetown, Mass. 
They have two sons and two danghters. 

7. Harriet A. Fowler m. William W. French, of Enfield. Their 
oldest son, Sherman B., m. and lives at North Enfield. 

IV. Lydia H. Fowler in. July 11, 1820, Nathaniel Curtis, of 
Hopkinton, and resided there many years. Children, — 

1. Mary Ann P. 2. Walter, o. Henry Martin. 4. Margaret Eliza- 

1. Mary Ann Curtis m. Mr. Mixter, in Lowell (his 2d wife), and 
later lived in Boston. She was, with her family, on board the steamer 
" City of Havre " when it collided with another vessel in the English 
Channel and went down with nearly all on board, and supposed to be 
among the lost. 

2. Walter Curtis became a physician. 

Benjamin Fowler came to Sutton from Hopkinton about 
1790. He was a land owner in 1792, and perhaps earlier. 
His farm, which he probably cleared up himself, was well 
stocked and productive, being the place afterwards owned 
and occupied by Jeremiah Hazen and his descendants. 
Mr. Fowder was chosen deacon of the present Calvinistic 
Baptist church on its formation in 1803, but he had held the 
same position at least ten years before in the early church 
of 1782. He was a man of fine personal appearance, gen- 
tlemanly and dignified in manner, and always maintained a 
high character. He had a large family, his children being 
finely developed mentally and physically. Most, if not all 
of his daughters became school teachers. He removed 
from Sutton to Orange in 1823, soon after the great tor- 
nado, which demolished his barn and greatly damaged his 
large, commodious house. He exchanged farms with Jere- 
miah Hazen who, at that time, came to Sutton. 

Capt. Levi Fowler spent most of his life in Sutton, and 
died there at the age of Q6. He was a man of keen intel- 
lect, and possessed many noble qualities. He was one of 
the men drafted from this town to serve in the war of 
1812, and received therefor a bounty of a land grant. 

Charles A. Fowler is the only one of his children resi- 


dent in this town, which he has repeatedly served in vari- 
ous positions of trust and responsibility, as the records 
show. He is a veteran school-teacher, and is well qualified 
by nature and education to fill almost any position he 
might aspire to. 

The following, concerning the probable ancestor of the 
Sutton Fowlers, is copied from Amesbury town records : 

" Jeremiah Fowler of Amesbiny, and Kebekah Colby, daughter 
to Isaac Colby, of Rowley, were married together, Jan. ye 6th, 
1706, by Mr. Thomas Wells, minister in Amesbury." 

"Jeremiah Fowler died Feb. 3, 1754. 
Rebekah, his wife, died Oct. 13, 1753." 


Greene French, of Hopkinton, purchased a three hundred 
acre lot in the east part of Sutton in 1798, and divided the 
same between his two sons, Ohver and Greene, "in consid- 
eration of love and good will," and they probably settled 
there the same year. 

Cyrus P'rench now lives on the part deeded to his grand- 
father Oliver. 

Oliver French, b. 1769 ; d. March 24, 1812 : m. Aug. 30, 
1792, Martha Hadley, b. 1768, in Weare ; d. Dec. 15, 1848. 
She m., 2d, 1838, Robert Dickey. She was a cousin to the 
wife of Dea. Matthew Harvey. Children, — 

I. Greene, b. June 24, 1793. 

n. Sally, b. Nov. 16, 1794 ; m. Neheniiah Knight. 

III. Martha, b. Jan. 31, 1796. 

IV. John, b. Sept. 13, 1797. 

V. Laura, b. Oct. 16, 1800 ; burned to death Aug. 13, 1834. 

VI. Cyrus, b. July 20, 1802. 

VII. Matthew Harvey, b. July 20, 1802. 

VIII. Abigail, b. Sept. 30, 1804. 

IX. Mary (Polly), b. June 28, 1806; m. Asa Knight. 

X. Eliza, b. Nov. 30, 1808. 

XI. Mercy, b. Jan. 31, 1812. 


I. Greene French m. Sept. 15, 1815, Betsey Temple.. 

III. Martha French m. Henry Saunders. Children, — 

1. Sarah, m. Charles Graves. Children, — 
(1) Harry. (2) Mattie. 

2. Abby, m. Wing. 

3. Martha, m. Rev. George W. Norris. 

rV. John French ra. Brown ; he m., 2d, Jane Flanders. 

Children, — 

1. Oliver. 2. Joseph. 3. Cyrus. 4. John. 5. Harvey. 6. Betsey. 
7. Brewster. 8. Sarah. 9. Clara Belle. 

VI. Lieut. Cyrus French m. Polly, dau. of Israel Andrew, b. 
1805. Child,— 

1. Cyrus, m. Oct. 21, 1852, Almha J. Towle. [See Towle.] 

Lieut. Cyrus French d. Dec. 31, 1831. His wife d. Oct. 5. 1841. 

VII. Matthew H. French ra. Sept. 8, 1824, Hannah N., dau. of 
Ensign Jacob Bean. Children, — 

1. Susan, b. Aug. 5, 182.5. 

2. Martha, b. Aug. 12, 1827. 

3. Oliver, b. May 1, 1829. 

VIII. Abigail French m. Colby. Children, — 

1. Harvey. 2. Lucy. 3. Eben. 4. Cyrus. 5. Sarah. 

She m., 2d, Buswell ; m., 3d, Hey ward. The chil- 
dren are all by the 1st husband. 

X. Eliza French m. James Barney. Children, — 

1. James. 2. Eliza. 3. Jacob. 4. Samuel. 5. Nancy. 6. Melvin. 
7. Hira. 8. Emily. 9. Charles. 

1, James, and 2, Eliza, d. Sept. 1, 1837. [See " Casualties."] 

XL Mercy French m. Samuel Martin. Children, — 

1. Eunice. 2. Candace. 3. Alfred. 4. Carlo. 

Greene French 

was. b. about 1771 ; d. Jan., 1843 ; m. Molly Page, of New 
London. Children, — 

I. Mary, b. June 7, 1793 ; d. 1886. 

II. Charles, b. Aug. 15, 1795 ; d. Sept. 5, 1859. 

III. Hannah, m. Benjamin R. Andrew. 

IV. Lydia. 



I. Mary French m. Knowlton. Child, — 

1. Emineline, m. Sylvander French. 

She m., 2d, Hartford. Children, — 

2. Lydia. 

3. Sophronia. 

2. Lydia Hartford m. June 27, 1844, John Stinson. Childi-en, — 

(1) Edwin. 

(2) Ellen, m. Royse. 

(3) Robert. 

(4) Sophronia, m. Wilson. 

3. Sophronia Hartford m. Conant. Children, — 

(1) Emma, m. Appleton. 

(2) Daughter, m. Jocelyn. 

II. Charles French m. Clarissa Smith, sister to Bart Smith, Esq., 
of Bradford. Children, — 

1. Clarissa, an invalid from her birth ; d. young. 

2. George S., b. Dec. 23, 1829. 

3. Sarah S., b. April 21, 1834. 

4. Mary C, b. Feb. 1, 1837 ; m. Edward B. Moody. 

2. George S. French m., about 1856, Mary Ann Felch, who d. 1878. 
He m , 2d, Flora M. Crane. Children, — 

(1) Charles G., b. May 11, 1885. 

(2) Clara R., b. Sept. 28, 1886. 

(3) George, b. March 15, 1888. 

3. Sai'ah S. French m. Josiah Rowe. Children, — 

(1) Mary J. (2) Jennie. (3) Charles. (4) George. (5) Clara. 

III. Hannah French m. Benjamin R. Andrew, son of Samuel, 2d. 
Children, — 

1. George. 

2. Martha, m. Byers. 

3. IVIary, m. Cochrane. 

Greene French is described as a man of much practical 
energy and capability, of good judgment and stern moral 
rectitude, with a good degree of mental cultivation. He 
was a Royal Arch Chapter Mason, a prominent brother. 
He was a wealthy man. His principal residence was New 
London, though he lived sometimes in Sutton, owning land 
in both towns. 

Capt. Oliver French, brother of Greene, was an active, 
capable man, and he also accumulated a good property. He 
was captain of militia, and, being possessed of more than an 


ordinary share of personal beauty, was said to make a fine 
appearance as an officer. 

Benjamin B. French 

came to Sutton about 1824 with his wife, who was daugh- 
ter of Chief- Justice Richardson. He was the first lawyer 
who ever opened an office in Sutton, and was also the first 
post-master in the North Village. He was much identified 
with King Solomon's Lodge of Masons, and while here 
received the three first degrees in Free Masonry, thus tak- 
ing the initiatory steps in our obscure town, and finished 
by receiving in Washington City the highest honors in the 
Grand Lodge of the United States. He removed from 
Sutton to Newport, and there conducted the Spectator for 
some time. Since then he has "made his mark " as poet, 
politician, and in various high positions of public trust in 
Washington, D. C. He has filled the offices of chief clerk 
of the U. S. House of Representatives, commissioner of 
public buildings, and mayor of the city. 


Converse Gage, son of Phineas and Phebe (Eaton) Gage, 
of Enfield, b. in Enfield, June 18, 1817 ; d. in Sutton April 
20, 1882 : m. Nov. 17, 1844, Cerlania Carroll, dau. of John 
P. and Rachel (Powers) Carroll, of Croydon. Children, — 

I. Susan E., b. Dec. 13, 1847 ; m. Charles W. Purmort, of En- 
field. Children, — 

I. Frank M. 2. Herbert C. 3. George C, d. 4. Mabel M. 

II. George, d. in infancy. 

III. George W., b. Dec. 12, 1853. He resides on his father's 

Mr. Gage was much respected as a neighbor and citizen, 
and being a man of a cheerful, genial disposition, made 
many friends in this town, which he represented two years 
in the legislature, and was selectman nine years. In poli- 
tics he was a Republican, in religious belief, a Universalist. 


Mrs. Susan Williams, 

who became so widely known in Sutton through her gen- 
erous gifts to the soldiers who went to war from Sutton, 
was, for many years, a member of the family of Converse 
Gage, being an aunt of Mrs. Gage. To every man who 
went from this town to serve in the last war she made a 
present of live dollars, besides stockings and other needed 
articles, and to two orphan boys who died soon after they 
came home she gave ten dollars each, and one hundred dol- 
lars "for the purpose of setting uj) grave-stones and fixing 
up their graves." She used all her influence to encourage 
the soldiers, and they, to show their appreciation of her 
generous aid and sympathy, made her a present of a nice 
album containing all their portraits. Tliis album she held 
sacred to the day of her death. 

Mrs. Williams was in many respects a most remarkable 
woman ; being the fortunate possessor of a strong mind in 
a strong body, she could do, and was in the daily habit 
of doing, an immense amount of physical labor. For 
many years she took care of twenty cows, and in that time 
spun and wove many hundred yards of cloth, and yet 
always found time to read the reports of the proceedings in 
congress, and, having a very retentive memory, was well 
posted back from her childhood, especially concerning the 
events of the war of 1812. As her niece said of her, in 
summing up her characteristics, " She loved her God and 
her country, and always stood by the flag." 

She died in Sutton, Aug. 8, 1880, being within a few 
months of 90 years of age. She was born in Croydon in 
1791, being the oldest of the twenty-one children of Ezekiel 
Powers. Seventeen of these twenty-one were daughters, of 
whom fifteen lived to reach maturity. At the age of six- 
teen she married John Williams, but never had any chil- 



John Gile, supposed to have been born in England about 
1616, came to America in 1636, with his brother Samuel 
and sister Ann. John settled in Dedham, jNIass., where he 
d. Oct. 4, 1682. He m. June 24, 1645, Elizabeth Crook, of 
Roxbury, who d. Aug. 31, 1669. Children, — 

I. Samuel. 

II. John. 

III. Elizabeth. 

Samuel Gile, brother to the first John, was the ancestor 
of the Sutton Giles. He was for a brief period in Dedham, 
but in 1640 he was one of the twelve men who settled Pen- 
tucket (Haverhill). He was made freeman by the general 
court in 1642. He m. Sept. 1, 1647, Judith Davis, dau. of 
James Davis, one of the original settlers, and an emigrant 
from Marlborough, Eng. Samuel Gile d. Feb. 21, 1683. 
He had 7 children, of whom Ephraim, the 7th, b. March 21, 
1661-2, m. Jan. 5, 1686, Martha Bradley. They had 9 
children, of whom Samuel, the 7th. b. Feb. 13, 1702-3, m. 
Sarah Emerson, probably dau. of Benjamin and Sarah 
(Philbrook) Emerson. She was b. 1708 ; d. Sept. 10, 1804. 
They lived in Chester in 1723, and later in Haverhill, where 
he d. Dec. 1, 1775. They had 11 children, of whom 
Ephraim, the 2d child, b. May 1, 1730, m. March 19, 1753, 
Mary Simons. Samuel, the 5th child of Benjamin and 
Sarah (Emerson) Gile, m. Phebe Kezar, dau. of John 
Kezar, of Haverhill, and had 8 children, of whom Elizabeth 
{Betsey), b. Oct. 2, 1778, is believed to be the Betsey Gile 
who m. Edmund Richardson, and removed to Sutton, where 
she d. Nov. 4, 1863, aged 84. 

Ephraim and Mary (Simons) Gile removed in 1770 to 
Sutton, where he d. 1820. Children, b. in Haverhill, — 

I. Mary, b. March 24, 1754 ; d. unmarried in New London 
about 1823. 

II. Sarah, b. Feb. 3, 1756 ; m. Paul Page in HaverhUl. Child, — 
1. Amos, b. 1778. 


III. Lyclia, b. Aug. 6, 1758 ; d. in Sutton, Jan. 11, 1795 : m. 
Jacob Mastin. [See the same.] 

IV. Reuben, b. Dec. 24, 1760 ; d. in Sutton April 19, 1829 : m. 
Sarah Messer. 

V. David, b. April 29, 1763 ; d. in New London about 1803 : m. 
Phebe Mastin. 

IV. Reuben Gile m. April 14, 1783, Sarah Messer, dau. of 
Daniel Messer, of Sutton, b. 1764 ; d. 1851. Children, b. in Sut- 
ton, — 

1. Levi, b. Oct. 22, 1786 ; d. May, 1872 : ni. Asenath Fletcher. 

2. Sarah, b. March 14, 1790; d. June 12, 1805. 

3. PoUv, b. Oct. 11, 1792; d. Aug. 21, 1824 : m. William Lowell. 

4. Reuben, b. March 14, 1794; cf. July 25, 1796. 

5. Koxana, b. March 22, 1799 ; d. Sept. 27, 1881 : m. Daniel Mastin. 
[See the same.] . 

6. Jane, b. Sept. 22, 1803 ; m. William Lowell. 

Reuben Gile lived in Sutton, and was an industrious and useful 
man, and much respected. He was a church member, as was also 
his wife. She had been at the time of her death a professor of re- 
ligion more than fifty years. She was considered a very worthy 
and pious woman. 

1. Captain Levi Gile resided on his father's estate, and thei'e brought 
up his family. He m. 1808, Asenath Fletcher, of Springfield, b. 1787 ; 
d. Jan. 22, 1847. He m., 2d, Eliza Pervere. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Reuben, b. Oct. 6, 1809 ; d. Feb. 21, 1869, in Sharon, Vt. 

(2) Joel Fletcher, b. April 2, 1811 ; d. March 6, 1871, in Lyman : m. 
1850, Caroline Beckwith, of Lempster. No children. 

(3) Mahaleth F., b. Feb. 6, 1813; d. Oct., 1859, in Springfield: m. 
1843, Daniel S. Perlev. 

(4) Anthony Sargent, b. Feb. 27, 1815. 

(5) Philip Sargent Harvey, b. May 20, 1817. 

(6) Quartus Fletcher, b. Feb. 7, 1821 ; d. Jan. 31, 1848, in Spring- 

(7) Orson Parker, b. Oct. 2, 1825; d. Dec. 5, 1847, in Lempster. 

(1) Reuben Gile m. Feb. 12, 1839, Malvina Williams, dau. of John 
and Molly (Fellows) Williams, b. Feb. 12, 1818 ; d. Nov. 23, 1872, in 
Sharon, Vt. Children, — 

Alvira, b. Feb. 16, 1841; m. March 29, 1863, Robert Porter. 

6 children b. in Hartford, Vt. 
Joel F., b. March 11, 18-13. 
Marilla W., b. April 5, 1845. 
Perley D., b. Aug. 18, 1847, in Enfield; m. Aug. 23,1871, 

Augusta A. Xott. 
Reuben, b. June 5, 1849, in Enfield. 
Charles H., b. Dec. 6, 1854, in Enfield ; m. Dec. 6, 1880, Mrs. 

Mary A. Colman, of Manchester. 


Frank, b. June 21, 1856, in Sharon, Yt. 

Maria, b. 1858, in Sharon, Vt.; d. June 20, 1859. 

(3) Mahaleth F. Gile m. 1843, Daniel S. Perley, of Springfield. 
Children, — 

Mary Ann, b. March 24, 1844 ; m. 1869, Woodbury Hutchins : 

d. in Wilniot, 1875. One child, Guy. 
Asenath, b. 1847. 

(4) Anthony Sargent Gile m. Feb. 20, 1840, Mary Hull Brockway, 
in Lempster. Children, — 

a. Charles Hull, b. Nov. 19, 1842, in Lempster ; m. Sept. 10, 1867, 
Abby Eugenia Davis ; m., 2d, July 4, 1882, Catharme Lovilla Davis. 
Children by 1st wife, — 

Flora May, b. Oct. 29, 1869, at Hillsborough. 
Ada Matilda, b. June 26, 1873, at Lempster. 
Eva Myrtie, b. Feb. 25, 1876, at Lempster. 

&. George Levi, b. March 29, 1845, in Lempster; m. June 5, 1867, 
Mary Louisa Davis. Their children were, — 

Etta Luella, b. Feb. 10, 1870, in Hillsborough. 
Fred Sargent, b. May 22, 1872, in Hillsborough. 

George Levi Gile d. in Hillsborough, June 19, 1879, being killed by 
a falling tree. 

(5) Philip Sargent Harvey Gile m. Feb., 1841, Sybil M. Wilcox, of 
Newport. Children, — 

Josephine Sybil, b. May, 1842, in Newport; d. Feb. 3, 1849. 
Frances Elizabeth, b. Jan. 21, 1844, at Sunapee ; d. Feb. 8, 

1880, in Sutton : m. 1867, John W. Sanborn; m., 2d, 1877, 

Truman Putney, of Sutton. 
Prentiss Harvev, b. Aug. 19, 1845, in Claremont ; d. Feb. 23, 


Philip Sargent Harvey Gile m., 2d, Feb., 18.52, Lucy Jane Messer, of 
Sutton, who d. Aug. 20, 1852. He m., 3d, May, 1853, Mary Rowena 
Dodge. Children, — 

Alfrida M., b. March 5, 1854, in Bennington ; d. March 13, 

Orison Levi, b. Oct. 22, 1856, in Bennington. 

Orison Levi Gile took a course of study at New Hampton Institution 
and at Bates College, Lewiston, Me., and at the Theological Seminary, 
at Lewiston. He was pastor of the Free Baptist church in Lewiston 
from 1883 to 1885, and since of Richmond village Free Will Baptist 
church. He m. Jan. 1, 1884, Linda E. Nelson, of Sutton, dau. of 
Frank and Lydia (Bailey) Nelson, who d. Jan. 25, 1886. He m., 2d, 
June 22, 1887, Sadie E. Libby, of Richmond, Me. 

3. Polly S. Gile m. William Lowell. Children,— 
(1) Sally. (2) William. (3) Reuben. (4) Roxana. 

728 HISTORY or sutton^. 

6. Jane Gile, sister to Polly S., m. May 30, 1826, William Lowell 
(his 2d wife). Child,— 

(5) Chestina. 

Mrs. Jane (Gile) Lowell ni., 2d, Stowell, in Newport. 

Y. David Gile m. April 10, 1788, Phebe Mastin, dau. of Benja- 
min and Elizabeth (Chandler) Mastin. She was sister to Jacob 
Mastin, who m. Lydia Gile. After a few years they removed to 
New London, where they remained tiU his death, about 1803. 
Children, — 

1. Eliza, b. Jan. 21, 1789, in Sutton. 

2. Benjamin, b. in New London, where he d., leaving one daughter, 

3. Betsey, b. ; d. Oct. 20, 1870 : m. Feb. 4, 1812, Joshua Her- 

rick, of Corinth, Me. Children, — 

(1) David Gile. (2) Betsey Matilda. (3) Joshua Manning. (4) 
Charles. (5) Joseph Colby. (6) Rapsima B. (7) Nathan C. (8) 
Emily Ann. (9) Charlotte B. 

4. David Simpson, b. Oct., 1794 ; m. Emily Gage. 

5. James Manning. 

6. Asa Mastin, b. March 29, 1801 ; m. Rebecca P. Sweet. 

7. Rapsima. 

Abiah Gile, b. 1746, in Haverhill, dau. of Daniel Gile, 

who was son of Ephraim and Martha Bradley, m. 

Heath, of Sutton. 

Ephraim Gile, or Quile^ as his name is sometimes spelled, 
brother to Abiah, b. April 9, 1752, m. Lois Currier. He 
lived in Sanford, Me., in 1777, and later, for several years, 
in New London, and perhaps some in Sutton. His children 
were Zeriah, Daniel, Ruth, Theodata, Lois, and Mary. 
(This Ephraim Gile is not to be confounded with the 
Ephraim Gile who m. Mary Simons and became ancestor 
of the Sutton Giles. The two Ephraim Giles were cous- 

Ebenezer Gile, named in the Sutton Proprietors' Book of 
Records as being at one period active in affairs connected 
with the settling of Perrystown, was uncle to Ephraim 
Gile, Ebenezer moved from Haverhill to Hampstead in 
1740, thence to Henniker in 1765, thence to Hopkinton, 
where he d. about 1775. He m., in Haverhill, June 6, 
1731, Lydia Johnson. She d. in Enfield. 


Ephraiiii Gile, the early settler in Sutton, was a liberal, 
"benevolent man, and became a nseful and prominent citi- 
zen. Previous to incorporation he was for several years — 
1779-1783 — town-clerk, and to his records, carefully pre- 
served by his descendants, we are indebted for all the 
knowledge we have of the town-meeting proceedings in 
those early years. It is by their help we are able to carry 
back the list of town oiiicers chosen to the very earliest 
attempt at organization. Those ancient records are now 
so faded by time that they are no longer entirely legible, 
but some two and twenty years ago the present writer was 
so fortunate as to be able to make out the whole, though 
with some effort and careful study. 

The first wife of Ephraim Gile was the mother of his 
children. He m., 2d, the widow of Ebenezer Kezar, who 
was also Mr. Kezar's 2d wife, and not the mother of his 
children. He m., 3d, Mrs. Rebecca D. Eaton, who sur- 
vived him, dying in 1827, aged 82. She was the mother of 
John, Elijah, and Nathaniel Eaton. 


Andrew Greeley, the immigrant ancestor of the Sutton 
Greeleys, came to this country previous to 1610. He was 
an original proprietor of Salisbury, Mass. In 1669, and 
perhaps before that time, he was an inhabitant of Haver- 
hill, where he d. June 30, 1697. He married Mary . 

Children, — 

A. Philip, b. Sept. 21, 1644. 
£. Andrew, b. Dec. 10, 1646. 

C. Mary, b. July 16, 1649. 

D. Joseph, b. Feb. 5, 1652. 
£. Benjamin, b. Dec. 9, 1654. 

A. Philip m. Feb. 17, 1670, Hannah, dau. of Jolin Illsley, or Ins- 
ley, whence the name of Insley Greeley, occasionally, among their 
descendants. It is believed that the Wilmot Greeleys are descend- 
ants of Philip Greeley, the oldest son of Andrew. The Sutton 


Greeleys are descendants of Joseph, second son of the same 
Andrew, and their pedigree line rims thus, — 

D. Joseph, b. in Salisbmy, Mass., Feb. 5, 1652 ; m. Martha Cor- 
liss. Son, — 

Benjamin, b. in Haverhill, Mass., Feb. 28, 1699 ; m. Ruth 
Whittier. Son, — 

Joseph, b. in Haverliill, Feb. 18, 1730 ; m. Prudence Clement. 
Son, — 

Joseph, b. in Haverhill, Sept. 30, 1762 ; m. Dorothy Sargent. 

The pedigree of Prudence Clement, as obtained from J. 
W. Clement, of Warner, is as follows : 

Robert, b. in England, 1590 ; settled in Haverhill, Mass.. 1642 ; 
6 ch. 

Robert (2d) b. in England, 1624, came to this comitry with his 
father, and m. Dec. 8, 1652, Elizabeth, dau. of John Fane. He 
settled in Haverhill ; 11 ch. 

Fane (3d) b. March 2. 1662, in Haverhill ; m. Sarah Hoyt, of 
Amesbury, and settled in Newburyjjort. He was a ship carpenter ; 
3 ch. 

Jonathan (4th) b. Jan. 11, 1695 ; m. Nov. 30, 1721, Mary Green- 
leaf, of Newburyport. They settled in West Amesbury and had 5 
children, of whom Prudence, 4th child, was born 1730. 

Joseph Greeley, 4th, and his wife, Prudence Clement^ 
had also sons, Reuben and Moses, who settled in Hudson, 
Jonathan, who settled in New London, and Stephen and 
Clement, m. and settled in Haverhill. 

Dea. Jonathan Greeley m. Polly Shepherd, of New Lon- 
don, where they had several children, and where they both 
died, and where also they were much esteemed. Their son 
James, a remarkable scholar, and very promising in other 
respects, died in young manhood. Their dau. Susan ra. 
Walter P. Flanders, Esq., and with him removed West. 
They have reared a family. 

Another dau. of Dea. Jonathan Greeley m. Samuel Carr, 
and had a family. They resided many years in New Lon- 
don, but none of them are now living there. One dau. m. 
Col. Benjamin P. Burpee, and for some years lived in Sut- 

Joseph Greeley, 5th, m. in Amesbury, Dec. 15, 1785, 


Dorothy, dau. of Christopher Sargent, Esq., of Amesbury. 
She was b. Oct. 14, 1766 ; d. m Sutton, July 25, 1835. 
Soon after their marriage they removed to Warner, and 
settled on Tory Hill, and there were b. their two oldest 
children. In 1792 he bought land in the south part of 
Sutton, and removed thither. With the exception of a 
few years spent in Haverhill the}^ passed the remainder of 
their lives in Sutton. He d. in Sutton June 1, 1843. Chil- 
dren, — 

I. Polly, b. June 17, 1786, in Warner; d. Dec. 3, 1842, in 

II. SaUy b. Aug. 24, 1788, in Warner ; d. Nov. 10, 1876, in 
Lynn, Mass. 

ni. DoUy, born Aug. 3, 1796, in Sutton ; d. Aug. 4, 1859, in 

IV. Sophia, b. Nov. 7, 1798, in Sutton ; d. Aug. 21, 1872, in 

V. Joseph, b. Oct. 19, 1803, in HaverhiU ; d. July 2, 1873, in 

VI. GUman, born Jan. 8, 1807, in Sutton ; d. Oct. 16, 1881, in 

I. Polly Greeley m. 1808, Henry Carleton, b. in Billerica, Mass., 
July 10, 1778 ; d. in Salisbury, Jan. 27, 1864. About 1759 John 
Carleton, of Bi-adford, Mass., purchased the miU and privilege at 
North Billerica, Mass., and removed thither. Among his eleven 
children was Moses, b. Sept. 13, 1749, in Haverhill or Bradford ; 
m. Jan. 15, 1771, Margaret Sprague, dau. of Nicholas Sprague, b. 
May 22, 1754 ; d. July 7, 1782. Among the children of Moses 
and Margaret (Sprague) Carleton was Henry, who became a resi- 
dent in Sutton, and here m. Polly Greeley, soon after which they 
removed to Bucksport, Me., where most, if not all their children 
were born. In 1823 they returned to Sutton, and Mr. Carleton 
there owned and operated the clothing-mill above Mill Village, and 
subsequently purchased the Dea. Greeley farm. Some years after 
the death of his first wife he m., 2d, Miss Mary Thompson, of 
Salisbury, in which town he spent the remainder of his life. Chil- 
dren, all of 1st wife, — 

1. Sylvia, b. Sept. 30, 1808; unmarried. 

2. Joseph G., b. May 24, 1812 ; d. May 29, 1885 : unmarried, lived in 

732 HISTORY or suttoist. 

3. Henry Guy, b. Nov. 30, 1813. 

4. Mary H., b. Feb. 4, 1816 ; d. March 28, 1889 : unmarried, lived in 

5. Margaret S., b. Sept. 20, 1817 ; m. May 9, 1841, Geo. A. Pillsbury. 
{See Pillsbury.] 

6. Sarah E., b. Jan. 20, 1820 ; m. Solomon Searls. No ch. 

7. John, b. Feb. 5, 1822; d. Feb. 12, 1890. 

8. Charles, b. ; d. in childhood. 

3. Henry G. Carleton m. Dec. 12, 1848, Hannah E. French, of Hop- 
tinton, b. 1827 ; d. June 11, 1856. He m., 2d, July 3, 1860, Mrs. Mary 
J. (Haskins) Nelson. Children, b. in Newport, all of 1st wife, — 

(1) Frank Henry, b. Oct. 8. 1849. 

(2) George F., b. Oct. 18, 1853 ; d. March 5, 1855. 

(1) Frank H. Carleton m. March 24, 1881, Ella Jones, dau. of Hon. 
E. S. Jones, of Minneapolis, Minn., b. Sept., 1858. Children, b. in 
Minneapolis, — 

Edwin Jones, b. April 15, 1883. 
Henry (Juv, b. :\Iarch 21. 1885. 
George Alfred, b. April 24, 1888. 
A son, b. 1889. 

Frank Henry Carleton, while a mere youth, learned the printer's 
trade in his father's office. Later he fitted for college at Kimball 
Union Academy, and graduated from Dartmouth in 1872. He was for 
some time on the editorial staff of the Union Democrat, Manchester, 
and afterwai'ds on that of the St. Paul Press, Minn. In 1874 he com- 
menced the study of law in the office of Gov. C. K. Davis, in St. Paul, 
and has for several years been practising law in Minneapolis. 

3. Henry G. Carleton was ten years of age when his parents returned 
to Sutton. Here his educational advantages were such as our common 
schools then afforded, which, however, at a later period, he supple- 
mented by some terms at the New Hampton Institution. In January, 
1832, he commenced his apprenticeship to the printing business in the 
office of the Argus and Spectator, in Newport, at the conclusion of 
which he went to Boston, and was there employed as journejmian 
printer some four years. He then returned to New'port, and in com- 
pany with Matthew Harvey, purchased the Argus and Spectator, and 
from that date for about forty years the paper was edited and pub- 
lished by them. At the time of their retirement it was the oldest 
newspaper firm in the state. They were co-editors and proprietors, 
each taking his turn on alternate weeks at the editing and superin- 
tendence of the printing. They were cousins, had been playmates, and 
at some times schoolmates during the later years of their boyhood, and 
learned their trade by serving their apprenticeship in the same office 
at the same time. All this, together with the fact named above, that 
their connection as business partners lasted forty years, makes it evi- 


dent that the lives of the two men became so intimately associated that 
the recital of the career of either one tells the story of the other, very 

Henry G. Carleton was register of deeds in 1844-5, register of pro- 
bate for Sullivan county in 1854-6, and represented the town of New- 
port in the state legislature. For a long term of years he was director 
of the Sugar River Bank, and subsequently of the First National Bank 
in Newport, and president of the Newport Savings Bank. Having 
said this, it is hardly necessary to add that he has long been recognized 
as a man of the highest honor-, possessed of sound judgment, prudence, 
and much business sagacity. 

7. John Carleton m. April 10, 1851, Mary E. Griffith, of Royalston,, 
Mass. Children, — 

(1) Emma Frances, b. Jan. 22, 1852, at Holyoke, Mass. ; m. May 1, 
1873, John H. Goodall, of North Brookfield. Children,— 

Jura H., b. Jan. 3, 1875. 

Florence Carleton, b. Jan. 11, 1878. 

Robert H., b. Nov. 6, 1879. 

(2) Eva May, b. Nov. 15, 1855, at Holyoke ; m. May 12, 1881, C. C 
Bausman, of Minneapolis, Minn. No ch. 

The following notice of John Carleton is taken from the Springfield 
(Mass.) Republican, in which paper it a^ipeared shortly after his recent 
death : 

The death of John Carleton, of West Springfield, is a loss to the 
town at large and his neighbors in particular. Mr. Carleton was a 
man of powei'ful frame and strong constitution, eminently social in his 
nature, of clear and positive opinions, shrewd and thoughtful in his 
views, but never obtrusive in his speech. He was a remarkably well 
balanced man, and thoroughly honest and truthful. Boi'n in Bucks- 
port, Me., in 1823, the youngest of seven children, he started out early 
to help himself, and learned the machinists' trade. He worked at this 
business in various places, and went to West Springfield from Holyoke 
about 1858. Since then he had successfully carried on a farm, occa- 
sionally spending the winter in the Mitteneague mills and the railroad 
repair-shops in this city. He was about his usual work Saturday, and 
the doctor was first called Sunday. He died on the 4th day after his 
first attack, of pneumonia. 

II. Sally Greeley m. Oct. 9, 1809, John Harvey, of Sutton. [See 

III. Dolly Greeley m. 1819, Stephen B. Carleton, of Bradford^ 
Mass. Children, — 

1. Dolly, b. Sept. 14, 1820 ; d. Feb. 5, 1858. 

2. Sophia, b. 1822 ; d. Feb., 1875. 


3. Charles, b. ; d. in infancy. 

4. Charles E., b. March 12, 1829, in New London ; d. Jan. 29, 1881, 
in Concord. 

5. Theresa E., b. 1835, in Sutton ; d. June, 1868, in Lebanon. 

1. Dolly Cai'leton m. Dec. 27, 1842, Curtis Messer, of Newbury. 
Children, — 

(1) Addie, b. Nov. 18, 1843. 

(2) Charles C, b. Nov. 4, 1845. 

(3) Frederick A., b. March 13. 1848. 

(4) Asa B., b. Sept. 11, 1851 ; d. Feb. 24, 18.58. 

(5) Edward C, b. March 15, 1854. 

2. Sophia Carleton m. Sept 20, 1845, Lewis A. W. Heath, of New 
London. Children, — 

(1) Isabella Adelaide, m. Nathaniel Moulton. 

(2) Bessie. 

(3) Frank. 

(4) Nellie. 

4 Charles E. Carleton m. Dec. 25, 1857, at Manchester, Frances 
Oilman, of Gihnanton, dau. of John M. and Mary J. (Smart) Gilman. 
No children. Mrs. Carleton m., 2d, March 21, 1882, in Peterborough, 
Halph Sawyer (his 2d wife). Residence, Nox'wich, Vt. 

5. Theresa E. Carleton ra. 1857, John Chamberlin, of Charlestown, 
Mass. Children, — 

(1) John. 

(2) Edvv'ard, d. a young man. 

(3) Willie, b. and d. 1862. 

(4) Minnie, b. July 4, 1864 ; m. Leonard, in Minneapolis. 

IV. Sophia Greeley, b. Nov. 7, 1798; d. Aug. 20, 1872, in 
Bristol : m. April 16, 1818, in HaverhiU, Mass., Samuel Walker 
Gardner, b. April 14, 1797, in Bradford, Mass. He d. in Great 
Falls Feb. 28, 1884. After their marriage they resided some 
years in Sutton. Children, — 

1. Dolly Sargent, b. in Sutton, June 14, 1819 ; d. in Danburv, Jan. 
26, 1854. 

2. Joseph Greeley, b. in Sutton, Dec. 20, 1822 ; d. in Haverhill, 
Mass., Julv 9, 1842.' 

3. Sophia Greelev, b. in Troy, N. Y., Feb. 8, 1825. 

4. George Warren, b. in Pomfret, Vt., Oct. 8, 1828. 

5. Christopher Columbus, b. in Hudson, May 8, 1833. 

1. Dorothy Sargent Gardner m. Jan. 6, 1839, Hezekiah Chase, of 
Danbury. Children, — 

(1) George Warren, b. Sept., 1839. He now resides in Canaan. 

(2) Dorothy Ann, b. June, 1841. 

(3) Joseph G., b. Aug., 1843. He now resides in Concord. 

(4) Sarah Josephine, b. Aug., 1847 ; m. Rev. E. C. Spinney, d. n., 
formerly pastor of the Pleasant Street Baptist Church, of Concord, now 
resident in Des Moines, Iowa. 


3. Sophia Greeley Gardner m. March 5, 1846, Asa Randlett, of 
Canaan. Children, — 

(1) Angeline, b. May 19, 1847; m. George E. Stevens, of Boston. 

(2) Emma Sophia, b. Jan. 14, 1850 ; m. Rev. J. R. Stubbert, pastor 
of Baptist church in Putnam, Conn. 

(3) Warren Gardner, b. July 12, 1852. Resides in Shirley, Mass. 

(4) Nellie, b. Oct. 24, 1854; m. George W. Dickerman, of Boston. 

(0) Ida Grace, b. Feb. 11. 1859. Resides at Boston Highlands. 

(6) Fred Asa, b. Oct. 8, 1862. Resides at North Woodstock, Conn. 

(7) Josephine Gertrude, b. June, 1866. 

(8) Minnie, b. . 

4. George Warren Gardner m. Nov. 18, 1852, Celia Lull Hubbard, 
in Windsor, Vt. Children, — 

(1) Guy Hubbard, b. March 7, 1S56. He is M. D. (Harvard, 1879). 
He m. Cora Cutler, dau. of Charles Cutler, M. D. 

(2) Clai-ence, b. Dec. 12, 1858. Graduated M. A. at Brown Univer- 
sity in 1883. He is professor in the Central University of Iowa. 

(3) Ada Grant, b. May 8, 1860. Graduated B. A. from Smith Col- 
lege, 1882. She m. Rev. Joseph Fielden, pastor of the Baptist church 
in Winchester, Mass. 

(4) George Frank, b. at Winchester, Mass., 1875. Resides at home 
with his parents. 

The following brief sketch of the life and work of Rev. George W. 
Gardner as a clergyman and educator, is taken from Appleton's Cyclo- 
pedia of American Biography : 

" . . Born in Pomfret, Vt., Oct. 8, 1828, graduated at Dartmouth 
1852, and in 18.53 became principal of the New London (N. H.) Institu- 
tion, continuing in that position till 1861. He was ordained as a min- 
ister of the gospel in 1858, and in November, 1861, installed pastor of 
the First Baptist church in Charlestown, Mass. He left this place in 
1872 to become corresponding secretary of the American Baptist Mis- 
sionary L^nion. From 1876 to 1878 he was pastor of the First Baptist 
church in Cleveland, O., and from 1881 till 1885, when his health 
broke down, he was president of the Central L'niversity in Iowa. Dur- 
ing the year 1870 he visited Europe, extending his travels to Egypt, 
Palestine, and Greece. He has performed editorial service in connec- 
tion with the Baptist Missionary Magazine and the Watchman news- 
paper of Boston, besides writing many tracts and review articles. He 
received the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Dartmouth in 1867." 

During the last few years Dr. Gardner has been in impaired health, 
and has been engaged only in partial public service, but is at present 
so far recovered as to become pastor of the young and flourishing Beth 
Eden Baptist church in Waltham, Mass., where he now resides. He 
also has a beautiful summer home in New London, where with his 
family he spends several months in the year amid the scenes of his 
early educational work. 


5. Christopher C. Gardner m. April 13, 1859, Susan E. Bartlett, in 
Concord. Children, — 

(1) Joseph Greeley, b. March 11, 1860. Graduated at Dartmouth 
college, class of 1883 ; a lawyer and real estate dealer in Sioux Falls, 
South Dakota. 

(2) Charles Christopher, b. Feb. 28, 1866. Graduated at Dartmouth 
college, class of 1^)88, and is now a banker in Sai'gent, Neb. 

(3) George Warren, b. Nov. 5, 1872. Entered Brown University 
June, 1890. 

Christopher C. Gardner, now resident in Biddeford, Me., has been 
engaged in the i^hotographic and picture business with success, and is 
an able and careful business man. He is interested quite extensively 
in real estate in the West. 


V. Joseph Greeley m. 1825, Hannah, dau- af John and Ellinor 
(Whitcomb) Kezar, b. Nov. 23, 1808 ; d. Dec. 11, 1847. He m., 
2d, April 3, 1851, Mrs. Lydia (Merrill) Ambrose, widow of David 
Ambrose, of Sutton. She survived Mr. Greeley several years, and 
spent the last of lier life in JNIaryland, with her children by her 1st 
marriage. Children, all by 1st wife, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Marian Harvey, b. Sept. 16, 1825; d. May 15, 1865: m. Nov. 26, 
1857, Newell J. Nye, of New London, his 2d wife. Child, — 

(1) Minnie H., b. Aug. 13, 1860. 

Newell J. Nye was a harness-maker, doing business for some years 
in Mill Village. He enlisted in the autumn of 1862, and served till the 
close of the war. He m., 1st, Margaret Clark, of New London. Their 
children were William, now living, with a family, in Scytheville, and 
Ellen, who d. Sept. 7, 1865, aged about 14 years, in Sutton. Mr. Nye 
ni., 3d, Mrs. Sarah (Ensworth) Carleton, who survives him. 

2. Joseph, b. Dec. 21, 1828 ; m. Dee. 21, 1856, L. Maria Snow, of 
Dublin. No children. 

Joseph Greeley has spent most of his life in North Sutton, where he 
is known to possess the universal confidence and esteem of the people. 
He has been post-master there some thirty years, holding the office 
through all changes of administration, irrespective of political ascend- 
ency, and without any manoeuvring beyond the endeavor to accom- 
modate to the best of his ability the people whose mails pass through 
his hands. He has also during these years kept a store for general 
merchandise. It will be seen that witli all this he must have been 
brought into official and business, as well as social, relations wath a 
great number of people. To say that he has made no enemies among 
them all is to say much, but to go farther and venture the assertion 
that, though a successful merchant, he has made friends of all those 
he has dealt with, is to credit him with the possession of qualities such 


as fall to the lot of very few men. And yet it is believed that all will 
agree in the opinion that he is the fortunate possessor of those very 
qualities, and that the same figures which would express the number 
of his aquaintances would indicate exactly the number of his friends. 
In the busy life that Mr. Greeley has led he has foimd it necessary to 
steadily decline all political preferment. 

VI. Gilman Greeley m. Oct. 11, 1828, Hannah Fifield, b. July 1, 
1813 ; d. April 28, 1887. Children,— 

1. Sarah Elizabeth, b. Aug. 9, 1830; d. May 15, 185.5, in Manches- 

2. Dorothy Sargent, b. July 4, 1835 ; d. May 13, 1855, in Sutton, of 

3. Frank (lilman, b. June IS, 1847, in Sutton ; d. Sept. 11, 1879, in 
Haverhill. He m. July 4, 1870, Alzina Eaton. They had no children. 

1. Sarah Elizabeth Greeley m. about 1852, "William Hoyt, of Sutton, 

who d. in Haverhill about 1886. He m., 2d, Fanny , who d. some 

years before he did. Xo children. Child of 1st wife, — 

(1) Sarah D., b. May 7, 1855, in Manchester. 

Her mother dying when she was only one week old, she was brought 
up by her grandparents in Sutton, and was usually called by their 
name, Greeley instead of Hoyt. 

(1) Sarah D. Hoyt Greeley m. 1872 Thomas Keith of Haverhill, 
Mass. Children, b. in Haverhill, — 

Mabel, b. 1873. 
IVIary, b. 1874. 

Mrs. Keith m., 2d, George S. Covell, of Portland, Me., now resident 
in Lynn, where he has been for many years agent for Wheeler & Wil- 
son Sewing Machine Co., besides other business of his own. They 
have a daughter, — 

Ada S., b. 1877. 

George S. Covell is son of Stanley and Phebe Jane (Sawj'er) Covell, 
of Portland, Me. 

In looking at the record of deaths of the daughters of Gilman 
Greeley, it will be seen that it shows the somewhat remarkable cir- 
cumstance of two sisters dying within thirty-six hours of each other, 
though in different places and not of the same sickness. 

Dea. Joseph Greeley removed to Warner, and located on 

Tory hill, where his two oldest daughters were born. In 

1792 he purchased of Samuel Andrew the estate in Sutton 

known in later years as the Nathan Burpee place, and moved 

into a log house. He built, in the course of a few years, a 

738 . HISTORY OP sutto:n". 

large dwelling-house, which he opened as a tavern, and 
also kept a store on the premises, as well as a blacksmith- 
shop, where he did more or less work on iron, having 
learned the trade from his father while a boy. 

Dea. Greeley was also for the long period of forty years 
of his life engaged in the business of buying cattle and 
sheep in the country, and driving them for sale to the city 
markets. Twenty years ago those were living who could 
well remember him in the character of a drover, often asso- 
ciated in the business with bluff Col. Flint, of Brentwood, 
sometimes also with Capt. Bela Nettleton, of Newport. In 
his sheep-gathering expeditions and consequent frequent 
transits between cit}^ and country, he was always attended 
by his factotum, faithful Cesar Lewis. 

Dea. Greeley served the town as selectman, committee- 
man, &c., as the records show. He was a deacon of the 
early Baptist church in the later years of its existence. 

He was a man of much enterprise, and for several years 
— more than twenty — was successful in his various branches 
of business. But the opening of another road, which drew 
the travel away from the road that passed his house, closed 
up his tavern : this was his first business reverse of much 
account. Becoming reduced in circumstances, he sold his 
property in the south part of Sutton and purchased a 
smaller place near Kezar's pond, lately the George French 
place, and there resided till his death. 

He was a man of refined and gentlemanly manners, gen- 
ial, hospitable, and kind as a friend and neighbor. The 
reverses of his later years did not in the least affect the 
uniform cheerfulness and politeness of his demeanor. At 
eighty years of age he was as straight and nimble as a boy. 
The writer remembers to have seen him, when past that 
age, make a very rapid descent down a flight of outside 
stairs. The steps were eight or ten in number, worn 
smooth and round on their edges, and made more treacher- 
ous by recent rain. He chanced to slip on the edge of the 
first stair, but, not in the least disconcerted, he never lost 


his balance, allowing himself to continue to slide down on 
the edges of the stairs from one to another, and so reached 
the ground in safety, and passed on his way without even 
stopping to look back or comment on his adventure. 

The most faithful and minute descriptions of the customs 
and condition of the people of those early days which the 
writer has been able to obtain have come from the recollec- 
tions of aged women. A daughter of Dea. Greeley, Mrs. 
Col. John Harvey, furnished the following : 

" I was born in Warner. When I was four years old I 
came to Sutton with my parents and sister Polly [after- 
wards the wife of Henry Carleton] in an ox-cart, in which 
were also some of our household goods. We reached the 
neighborhood of our new home after dark, went into the 
last house on the road and lighted our lantern, and then went 
on through pastures one half or three quarters of a mile to 
our log house. My mother used to make our house warm 
for winter by calking the fissures and cracks with tow. She 
would get a quantity of tow, and with a case-knife crowd 
it in between the logs. At first our floor was neither 
boards nor split logs, but simply strips of bark laid over 
the bare earth. The trees in the woods being of great size, 
however, strips of bark of great length and width could be 
procured without much trouble, which, being laid down 
with the smooth side uppermost, made a clean, comforta- 
ble flooring for our log-house." 


Hiram Gillingham drove the stage from Bradford to New 
London twenty-one years, thus passing through the whole 
length of the town of Sutton every day, carrying the mail 
and doing no small amount of express business besides. In 
this way he became acquainted with almost every person 
in town, and by his unfailing kindness, faithfulness, and 
liberal dealing, secured the confidence, good will, and es- 
teem of all. 

740 HISTORY OF sutto:n^. 

When he had been drivhig on this route many 3'ears the 
Sutton people, wishing to manifest their appreciation of 
the handsome manner in which he had treated them, invited 
him to meet them socially at the town hall in North Sut- 
ton. At this reception, which was very fully attended, 
many pleasant things were said, and the occasion was much 
enjoyed by all present. 

Mr. Gillingham commenced driving on this route in 
June, 1853, and continued on the same till 1874. 


Charles Hart, b. June 1, 1791; d. Feb. 24, 1876: m. 
1816, Polly Sargent, b. March 17, 1795 ; d. Oct. 9, 1880. 
Children, — 

I. David, b. May 17, 1817. 

II. William S., b. April 8, 1819. 

III. Benjamin W. P., b. June 21, 1821 ; d. July, 1856. 

IV. Martha Jane, b. June 18, 1823 ; d. July 19, 1826. 

V. Joseph, b. April 26, 1825 ; d. July 16, 1831. 

VI. Daniel H., b. June 14, 1827 ; d. 1850. 

VII. Mary Jane, b. Aug. 28, 1829 ; d. Dec. 31, 1830. 

VIII. Charles, b. Nov. 18, 1831. 

IX. Clarissa, b. March 10, 1835 ; d. Jan., 1865. 

X. StiUman B., b. April 15, 1637; d. 1865. 

I. David Hart m. April 6, 1842, Caroline Morse. Children, — 

1. Betsey J., b. Feb. 6, 1841. 

2. Mary, b. April 23, 1846; d. Jan. 1, 1854. 

3. Benjamin A., b. April 16, 1848. 

4. Cassilda, b. May 8, 1850; d. Dec. 4, 1853. 

5. George AY., b. April 13. 1854 ; d. Feb. 21, 1865. 

6. Mark L., b. Julv 16, 1856; d. June 9, 1886. 

7. Howard E., b. Jan. 23, 1859 ; d. IVIarch 5, 1865. 

8. Carrie L., b. April 20, 1862 ; d. Feb. 21, 1865. 

9. Clara M., b. June 22, 1863 ; d. Sept. 24, 1884. 

10. Lizzie A., b. July 6, 1864; d. March 11, 1865. 

11. Frank A., b. April 14, 1868. 

II. William S. Hart m. Jan. 29, 1846, Mary MerriU, b. May 20, 
1829. Children,— 

1. Sarah J., b. March 24, 1843 ; d. Dec. 31, 1874. 

2. Martha A, b. Jan. 25, 1850 ; d. May 11, 1886. 


3. Maxy L., b. May 22, 1852 ; d. Dec. 11, 1864. 

4. Frank W., b. May, 31, 1855 ; d. Dec. 26, 1864. 

5. Emma L., b. April 23, 1866 ; d. July 25, 1886. 

Vin. Charles Hart m. Jan. 6, 1852, Helen M. Bingham, b. Jan. 
17, 1832. ChUdren,— 

1. Grace E., b. Nov. 8, 18.52. 

2. Sarah M., b. Sept. 4, 1859; d. Feb., 1865. 

3. Effie M., b. 1869. 

IX. Clarissa J. Hart m. 1855, Carlos S. Bingham. Children, — 

1. Mary J., b. Noy., 1856; d. 1865. 

2. Lora A., b. May, 1859 ; d. 1865. 
S. Clara B., b. March 23, 1861. 

X. Stillman B. Hart m. 1860, Angeline Blodgett. Children. — 

1. Etta :M., b. Noy., 1860 ; d. 1865. 

2. John B., b. April, 1862 ; d. 1865. 

3. Fred S., b. April, 1864. 

The many deaths in these Hart families in 1864-5 were 
caused by diphtheria. 

William Haet 

was b. in Weare, Jan. 27, 1788 ; m. Feb. 13, 1814, Sarah 
Gould, b. Feb. 7, 1795, in Dunbarton, who is still livnig. 
He d. in 1857, in Sutton, of blood poisoning, induced by 
freezing his feet while working in a saw-mill. This family 
came to Sutton in 1840, and among this town's adopted 
citizens none were ever more respected than Mr. and Mrs. 
Hart. Mr. Hart was a miller and wheelwright, and assisted 
in building most of the mills and shops in the then grow- 
ing part of the town where they lived, the Mill Village. 
Since the death of her husband Mrs. Hart has lived with 
her daughter, Mrs. William H. Marshall. She retaius her 
mental and bodily faculties to an extent and degree which 
at her great age is considered very wonderful. Children, — 

I. Sarah, d. in infancy. 

II. Mary G., b. March 17, 1817. 

III. Eben G., b. March 23, 1819 ; d. Noy. 30, 1823. 

IV. John G., b. July 15, 1827 ; d. Feb. 25, 1867. 

V. William Henry, b. April 27, 1830 ; d. Nov. 4, 1864. 

II. Mary G. Hart m. William H. Marshall. Children,— 
1. Mary F., b. Nov. 19, 1837. [For descendants see Knowlton.] 


2. Ellen L., b. Dec. 3, 1840 ; ra. Westley J. Robinson, July 1, 1867. 

(1) Elmer D., b. Aug. 12, 1868. 

3. Charles C, b. May 29, 1844. He was sergeant in Co. H, 1st N, H. 
Vol. Cavalry, in the War of the Rebellion. He m., 1st, Lizzie M. 
Evans, Jan. 1, 1872 ; m., 2d, Fannie J. Marshall, Jan. 23, 1884. Chil- 
dren, by 1st wife, — 

(1) Grace E., b. May 12, 1873 ; d. in infancy. 

(2) Mabelle A., b. Nov. 9, 1875. 

4. Sarah G., b. Nov. 3, 1847 ; d. April 27, 1861. 

5. Frederick H., b. Sept. 11, 1851 ; d. July 1, 1880. 

IV. John G. Hart m. Oct. 10, 1853, Addie M. Richardson. 

1. George F., b. Nov. 8, 1860; m. Nov. 17, 1887, E. Josie Burnett. 

V. William H. Hart m. Nov. 1, 1852, Eliza L. Nelson. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Selwyn Van Ness, b. Dec. 23, 1853 ; m. Nov. 26, 1879, Louisa 
Hutchinson. Child, — 

(1) Walter S., b. April 18, 1881. 

2. Estelle A., b. Sept. 6, 1859 ; m. Nov. 8, 1877, Fred P. Harvey. 
Children, — 

(1) Albert W., b. March 10, 1878. 

(2) Edwin H., b. Oct. 10, 1887. 

Among the citizens of Sntton who acquired a reputation 
for abilities of a high order displayed in the various walks 
of life, was William Harrison Marshall. He was b. at Brad- 
ford, Oct. 26, 1811, and was the third of seven children 
born to Walker and Dorcas (Presby) Marshall. 

The Marshall family is of English origin, and the grand- 
father of the subject of this sketch, Josejoh Marshall, the 
founder of the Marshall family in this section, was born at 
Chelmsford, Mass., where he was living at the breaking 
out of the American Revolution. He was of that patriotic 
mould which spurned with indignation the oppression of 
the mother country, and, attaching himself to the minute 
men of the period, he took an active part in the memorable 
Concord fight in 1775, and was also among the patriot band 
who fought at Bunker Hill and Bennington. 

The year after the breaking out of the Revolution he re- 
moved to Weare, where he purchased a farm of 175 acres, 
and engaged in agricultural pursuits when not in the army. 




He raised a family of fifteen children, the result of two 
marriages, and Walker Marshall, the father of William H., 
was the youngest son save one. In 1817 Walker Marshall 
removed to Tunbridge, Vt., where, shortly afterwards, his 
wife died, and the children were at once separated and put 
out among families wherever a place could be found for 
them. As the result of this they enjoyed very meagre 
educational facilities, and the most of the knowledge they 
obtained, aside from the rough experiences of life which 
were their portion, was the result of their own persistent 
inquiry and research during intervals when they could 
command their own time. 

Young Marshall remained at Tunbridge until attaining 
his majority, when he proceeded to northern New York, 
and, while employed in the iron mines of that locality, nar- 
rowly escaped death from an explosion, pieces of rock and 
other matter being blown into his side. When able to be 
about he left for East Weare, which he made his home for 
a time, finding employment as a carpenter at Concord. At 
Weare he became acquainted with Miss Mary G. Hart, 
whom he married at Hopkinton, January 25, 1837, and 
from that time till the close of his career was blessed with 
a helpmate who was rarely endowed with all the kindly 
and self-reliant qualities which are characteristic of the true 
New England woman, and proved a most loving wife and 
affectionate mother. Shortly after their marriage they re- 
moved to Manchester, where Mr. Marshall, following the 
vocation of millwright, assisted in placing in position the 
first wheels run by the great x4.moskeag Manufacturing 
Company, now the most important cotton manufacturing 
corporation in the world. After the completion of his work 
at Manchester he removed to Hopkinton, and while there 
learned of the manufacturing interests then being centred 
at Sutton, and on Aug. 8, 1840, arrived there, and from 
that date to the time of his death, which occurred April 18, 
1887, from pneumonia, made Sutton his home. 

On January 25, 1887, Mr. and Mrs. Marshall celebrated 


their golden wedding anniversary, it being an event of 
much importance in the social history of the town. The 
exercises pertaining to the affair took place in Nelson's 
hall, and were generally attended by the town's people. 
Many handsome gifts were bestowed, and all of the worthy 
couple's descendants were represented in some way. 

Following Mr. Marshall's arrival in Sutton he assisted in 
the building of several mills, and thereafter devoted him- 
self to the calling of a wheelwright, the excellence of his 
workmanship bringing him patronage from a wide area of 
countrj^ and "as good as Marshall's wheels " became pro- 
verbial. He was likewise an enthusiast in the cultivation 
of the soil, and originated several varieties of fruits and 
vegetables, which have enjoyed a wide popularity. In both 
politics and religion he was of the progressive mould, and 
took advanced ground. He was well informed upon all 
topics, a ready talker and debater, and whatever party, 
question, or idea had him as an exponent possessed a cham- 
pion whose arguments were supported by reasoning which 
was both lucid and incontrovertible. Coupled with his 
power in this direction was a nature as kindly and genial 
as the sunlight, a disposition so generous and charitable as 
to place self in the background, and those in want and 
afHiction ever found in him a sympathizing heart and help- 
ing hand. He was tolerant of the opinion of others, and 
never discriminated in the performance of a good deed. It 
was but natural that a man of his make-up should exercise 
a commanding influence upon the community, and no man 
in Sutton was more sought after for advice in the direction 
of town and individual affairs. He possessed a symmetry 
of character, a directness of method, which made and re- 
tained friends, and when his obsequies were held the whole 
town, seemingly, paid tribute to his memory. It is recalled 
of him that as the infirmities of old age approached he 
felt that his life-work was done, and manifested a desire for 
the speedy coming of the time when his soul should throw 
off the mortal and be clothed in immortality. 

<3^EXEALOGY. 745 


Daniel Hardy, b. March 14, 1824, in Pelham. son of Dud- 
ley and Sophia (Barker) Hardy ; m. March 31, 1859, Zoe 
Marshall, b. April 6, 1830, in Hudson. No children. They 
came to North Sutton to live April 6, 1879, having pur- 
chased the Reuben Porter farm, where they still reside, 
being a very useful and agreeable addition to the society of 
the town and neighborhood. 


Thomas and William Harvey, brothers, were in this 
coiTutry previous to 1640. Thomas m. 1643, Elizabeth, 
dau. of James Wall, of Hampton, and resided in Hampton 
and Amesbury. 

William m. Joan , and in 1639 was living in Ply- 
mouth. He removed to Taunton, where he was elected 
several times (1644 to 1657) a representative to the Mas- 
sachusetts General Court. Children by first wife, — 

I. Abigail, b. April 25, 1640. 

II. Thomas, b. Dec. 18, 1641 ; d. . 

III. Experience, b. March 10, 1644. 

IV. Joseph, b. Dec. 14, 1645. 

His wife Joan d. 1649, and he m., 2d, Martha Slocum, 
sister to Anthony Slocum, one of the first settlers at Taun- 
ton, from Somersetshire, Eng. Children by 2d wife, — 

V. WiUiam, b. Aug. 27, 1651. 

VI. Thomas, b. Aug. 16, 1652. 

VII. John, b. Feb. 5, 1655. 

William Harvey, the father, d. Aug. 15, 1658, and his 
widow ra. Nov. 10, 1659, Henry Tewksbury. 

It is believed that (VI) Thomas and (VJl) John are the 
Thomas and John Harvey found on the earh* Amesbury 

Thomas first appears as one of a committee on highways 
in 1689, and from that date till 1714 he was constantly in 


office as selectman and representative for many years, and 

held other offices. He m. Oct. 26, 1676, Sarah . Their 

first child, found on Amesbury records, is William, b. 

March 9, 1687, d. . Another WilUam, b. Jan. 15, 

1689, m. Sept. 25, 1714, Abigail Martin, and had a son, 
Thomas, b. April 30, 1716. Thomas and Sarah might have 
had children born earlier than those named, but Amesbury's 
record of births does not begin till 1686. Thomas Harvey 
died 1714. 

From (VII) John Harvey the descent is clearly traced 
to the Harveys of Nottingham, Northwood, Warner, and 

William Barnes, one of the first eighteen men who organ- 
ized the town of Amesbury in 1655, and one of the most 
promiuent of their number, was b. in England 1603, d. in 
Amesbury 1698. He held many important town offices, 
and his name occurs frequently on Amesbury records. 
Through the marriage of two of his daughters he becomes 
the remote ancestor of many Sutton families, which circum- 
stance makes this brief notice of him admissible in our town 
history. His daughter, Rachel Barnes, b. April 30, 1649, 
m. March 2, 1667-'68, Thomas Sargent, and the Sargeuts 
of Sutton, New London, Warner, and Hopkinton are their 
descendants, as are the Harveys of the same towns the 
descendants of Sarah Barnes through her marriage with 
John Harvey, her 2d husband. Sarah Barnes, b. near 1650, 
m. Sept. 8, 1670, Thomas Rowell, who d. 1684. She d. 
April 17, 1720. John Harvey, her 2d husband, d. March 
8, 1706. 

VII. John Harvey m. Sarah Barnes, probably 1685. Children, — 

1. Dorothy, who iii. Feb. 9, 1705, Orlando Bagley, 3d. 

2. Judith, named on the records as " '2d daughter of John and 
Sarah," b. May 2, 1088 ; m. Dec. 7, 1710. Jacob Sargent ; 5 children. 

3. John, b. Dec. 3, 1690 ; d. May 10, 17-10 : ni. Anna Davis. 

4. Joseph, b. April 1, 1693 ; m. Dorothy Barnard. 

3. John Harvey m. Oct. 30, 1714, Anna Davis. Children, — 

(1) Sarah, b. ; m. Blaisdell. 

(2) Judith, b. Nov. 15, 1719. 

(3) Dorothy, b. 1721 ; m. Nov. 18, 1742, Henry Lankester. 


(4) Jacob, b. Jan. 9, 1723 ; d. in childhood. 

(5) Joseph, b. March 22, 1724 ; m. Jan. 4, 17.50, Sarah Sargent; 4 ch. 

(6) Jonathan, b. May 29, 1725 ; 4 of his sons came to Sutton and 
New London. 

(7) Anne, b. March 23, 1727. 

(8) Jacob, b. March 7, 1728-'9 ; came to Sutton. 

(9) John, b. March 17, 173.3-'4. 

John Harvey, father of the above children, d. May 10, 1740. His 
•wife survived him several years. Her will is dated April 22, 1748. In 
this will she does not name Judith, Anne, nor John, which indicates 
that they were not living at that date. 

(6) Jonathan Harvey, b. May 29, 1725; m. Susanna George, of 
South Hampton. Five of tlieir children are found on the Amesbury 
records. Children, — 

Levi, b. July 1, 1745. He went to New London. 

Miriam, b. April 23, 1747 ; m. Benjamin Critchett, of Not- 

Matthew, b. March 1, 1749. He came to Sutton. 

Gertrude, b. Nov. 25, 1751 ; m. Nathan Philbrick, of Deer- 

Judith, b. May 30, 1754. 

Joseph, came to Sutton, and later went West with his family. 

Jonathan, m. Susan Hedlock, of Sovitli Hampton ; 19 children. 
He lived in Nottingham. 

Susan, m. Thomas Robinson, of Deerfield. 

Dolly, d. about 1834, on the homestead in Nottingham, un- 

James, b. March 4, 1765, a few months after the death of his 

Jonathan Harvey, father of the above children, died 1764, in Not- 
tingham, whither he removed about 1755. His wife survived him 
many years. Her name is found on Nottingham inventory of 1806. 

Levi Haevey, 

of New London, was oldest child of Jonathan and Susanna 
(George) Harvey, b. m Amesbury, July, 1, 1745 ; m. Bet- 
sey Randlett. Children, — 

I. Jonathan, m. Hannah Cram, and had 3 children, to wit, 
Hannah, Perry, Dearborn. 

II. Levi, m. Polly Adams. 
HI. James. 

IV. Matthew, never married. 

V. Molly, m. Brocklebank. 


VI. Betsey, m. Samuel Morgan ; 3 children, to wit, Samuel, 
Levi, and a dau., who d. young. 

VII. Dolly, m. Henry Morgan. 

VIII. Susan, m. Hubbard Cross ; lived in Newbury ; had chil- 
dren, Betsey, Nelson, Charles. 

IX. Judith, m. Ebenezer Scribner. 

X. Eunice, m. Harris. 

I. Levi Harvey, Jr., ni. April 30, 1801, Polly Adams. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. George W., b. Sept. 30, 1801. 

2. Eliza, b. Jan. 2, 1803; m. Mr. Clements, a Baptist minister. 

3. John L., b. April 22, 1805; m. Miss Savage. 

4. Sallv J., b. May 5, 1807. 

5. Ruth W., b. Feb. 18, 1809. 

6. James M., b. Jan. 21, 1811 ; d. Feb. 16, 1811. 

7. Pierce, b. Dec. 17, 1811. 

8. William H. Harrison, b. Dec. 21, 1813 ; d. Nov. .5, 1821. 

9. Stephen D., b. Dec. 15, 1815. 

10. Mary A., b. Feb. 3, 1818 ; m. Charles Everett. 

11. Calista, b. Feb. 5, 1821 ; d. June 29, 1822. 

12. Rufus L., b. Oct. 25, 1823. 

VII. DoUy Harvey m. Henry Morgan. Children, — 

1. Jacob, m. Lydia Davis. [See Davis.] 

2. Josepli, lived for some years in Sutton North Village, about 1840. 
He m. the widow of Daniel Beau. 

3. Betsev. 

4. Dolly": 

5. Charles. 

6. Matthew. 

7. Marcus. 

8. Jonathan. 

9. Henry. 

Matthew Haevey, 1st, 

3d child of Jonathan and Susanna George, b. in Amesbury, 
March 1, 1749; d. in Sutton Feb. 25, 1799; m. 1779, 
Hannah Sargent, b. in Kingston, Jan. 18, 1761, dau. of 
Philip and Hannah (Hadley) Sargent. She d. in Hopkin- 
ton, Nov. 8, 1827. Children,— 

I. Jonathan, b. Feb. 25, 1780 ; d. Aug. 25, 1859. 
IL Matthew, b. June 21, 1781 ; d. April 7, 1866. 

III. Philip Sargent, b. Jan. 13, 1783 ; d. AprU 12, 1855. 

IV. Susannah, b. AprU 25, 1784 ; d. Feb. 28, 1864. 


V. Hannah, b. Feb. 8, 1786 ; cl. April 23, 1816, in Henniker. 

VI. John, b. Jan. 14, 1788 ; d. Aug. 27, 1850. 

VII. Benjamin, b. Nov. 6, 1790 ; d. Sept. 17, 1863. 

Mrs. Hannah (Sargent) Harvey m., 2d, 1804, Thomas 
Bailey, Esq., of Hopkinton, and had one son, John Milton 
Bailey, b. April 17, 1805, d. Jan. 18, 1886. 

Philip Sargent, father of Mrs. Hannah (Sargent) Har- 
vey, d. March 3, 1809, in Weare, aged 78. His wife d. Jan. 
25, 1811, in Weare, aged 73. He was 5th in descent from 
William Sargent, the immigrant, the line beings 

A. William, m. Elizabeth Perkins. 

B. WiUiam, m. Mary Colby, 
C Philip, m. Mary . 

B. Philip, m. Martha Hadley. 
E. Philip, m. Hannah Hadley. 

I. Jonathan Harvey m. April 24, 1806, Ruth Wadleigh, dau. of 
Thomas and Miriam (Atwood) Wadleigh, b. Nov. 23, 1784; d. 
Jan. 17, 1871. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Marian, b. Feb. 15, 1808 ; d. Oct. 24, 1849. 

2. Hannah, b. June 19, 1810; d. Sept. 6, 1889. 

3. Thomas W., b. Dec. 18, 1812 ; d. Oct. 13, 1814. 

4. Caroline, b. Dec. 12, 181.5 ; d. March 29, 1859. 

5. Susan, b. Aug. 6, 1827. 

1. Marian Harvey m. Elbridge McCoUum. Children, — 

(1) Elizabeth. 

(2) Hannah W., b. May 12, 1842. 

(3) Thomas Benton, b. April 23, 1844. 

(1) Elizabeth McCollum m. George Lowe. Children, — 

Mary E. ; Elbridge ; George E. ; Fred C. ; Clifford ; Fannie E. ; 
Perley H. ; Everett H. 

(2) Hannah W. McCollum m. March 27, 1865, Hiram Truell, of En- 
field, b. Nov. 7, 1837, d. June 26, 1882. Children,— 

Abbie L., b. May 5, 1867. 

Harry B., b. Feb. 8, 1870 ; d. Jan. 8, 1872. 

Susan M., b. March 26, 1874 ; d. May 11, 1875. 

Walter W., b. April 7, 1876. 

Elbridge AV., b. Dec. 27, 1878. 

2. Hannah Harvey m. June 6, 1839, Hiram Watson, b. Nov. 13, 
1812, d. Nov. 22, 1855. Children,— 

(1) Caroline H., b. Sept. 8, 1841 ; d. Sept. 28, 1841, 

(2) Susan H., b. April 20, 1845 ; d. Sept. 28, 1845. 


(3) James H., b. May 9, 1847 ; m. Oct. 5, 1889, Emma Wheeler, dau. 
of Leonard H. and Lucy (Hoyt) Wheeler. " 

4. Caroline Harvey m. 18.52, Charles Morgan. Children, — 

(1) Emma, b. Oct., 1852; d. Jan. 13, 1889. 

(2) Ruth Ellen, b. March 7, 1856 ; d. 1875, on Thanksgiving Day. 

(1) Emma Morgan m. William H. Chadwick. . Child, — 
Helen, b. March 7, 1886 ; d. April 7, 1887. 

5. Susan Harvey m., about 1855, John Knowltou, who d. 1862. No 

II. Matthew Harvey, 2d (Judge Harvey) m. 1811, Margaret 
Howe, of Newburyport, b. 1781, d. 1864. Children, b. in Hopkin- 
ton, — 

1. Frederick Rowe, b. 1813 ; d. Sept. 16, 1862, in Louisiana. 

2. Margaret Elizabeth, b. 1815; d. Sept. 20, 1836, in Hopkinton. 

1. Frederick R. Harvey removed to Clinton, La., and there m. Xov. 
3(), 1841, Ann J. Rhea, dau. of Judge John Rhea, of that place. In 
1857 he removed from Clinton to the Atchafalaya River District, 
where he died. His wife died at the same place Oct. 21, 1861. Chil- 
dren, — 

( 1 ) Matthew, b. Oct. 31,1844; d. March 19,1888, at Atchafalaya, 
unmarried. He came Xorth when ten years of age, and lived with his 
grandfather. Judge Harvey. He graduated at Dartmouth College, and 
studied for the medical profession, but after the death of his grandpar- 
ents returned to the South. 

(2) Lee Hardisty, b. Oct. 31, 1846; d. at Port Hudson, Feb., 1863. 

(3) Rhea, b. Aug. 27, 1848. 

(4) Margaret E., b. ; d. July 16, 1856. 

(5) Henrietta, b. ; m. Rev. Bennett Smedes, principal of St. 

Mary's School, Raleigh, N. C, where they now reside. 

(6"^) Winter, b. ; d. at Clinton, July 31, 1853. 

(7) Frederick R., b. Aug. 5, 18.54; d. Feb. 4, 1877, at Sikeston, Scott 
Co., Mo. 

(8) Twin brother of Frederick R. ; d. early. 

(9) Ann, b. ; present residence, Raleigh, North Carolina. 

(10) James, b. at Atchafalaya, 1860 ; d. at Clinton, La. 

(3) Rhea Harvey m. March 23, 1871, Ophelia V. Rogers, at Atcha- 
falaya. Children, b. at St. Landry Parish, Atchafalaya, La., — 

William Frederick, b. Dec. 22, 1871. 

Lee Ernest, b. March 22, 1874; d. Oct. 25, 1881. 

Lottie Elizabeth, b. March 29, 1876 ; d. Sept. 20, 1877. 

Bennett Rhea, b. March 29, 1878. 

Prechett, b. April 30, 1883. 

Mary Blanche, b. Dec. 7, 1886. 

Maurice, b. May 4, 1888. 

Dr. Frederick R. Harvey entered Dartmouth college, but graduated 
from Union college, Schenectady, N. Y. He studied for the medical 


profession in Philadelphia. His choice of Louisiana for his home and 
field of medical practice was determined by the fact that an asthmatic 
difficulty compelled him to seek a milder climate than Xew England 
affords. It was supposed by some of his former friends at the North 
that during the war Dr. Harvey served in the Southern army, but a let- 
ter from his son, now resident in Louisiana, gives the following assur- 
ance : " My father never entered the Southern army." 

III. Philip Sargent Harvey, b. Jan. 13, 1783 ; d. April 12, 1855, 
in Sutton : m. April 6, 1807, Mary Seamans, b. 1785 ; d. Nov. 
24, 1866, in Sutton ; dau. of Rev. Job Seamans, of New London. 

1. Mary R., b. 1808; d. Feb. 1, 1875. She was of good mind, but 
was a helpless cripple from her birth. 

rV. Susanna Harvey, b. April 25, 1784 ; d. in Windsor, Feb. 28, 
1864 : m. Jan. 2, 1806, Joseph Emerson, of Hopkinton, b. Aug. 4, 

1778, in Haverhill, Mass. ; d. in Windsor, Dec. 22, 1864 : son of 
Jeremiah Emerson, of Haverhill, Mass., who removed to Hopkinton 

1779. Children, b. in Hopkinton. — 

1. Jeremiah, m. Judith Morse, of Haverhill. 

2. Matthew Harvey, went to Michigan; d. 1877. 

3. Jonathan B., b. Jan. 6, 18]'2; d. Jan. 16, 1885, in Washington. 

4. Elizabeth, m. Haskell. 

5. Philip H., b. June 2, 1821 ; d. Aug. 30, 1870, in Lowell Mass. 

6. Joseph Frederick, b. March 29, 1824 ; d. July 28, 1879, in Con- 

1. Jeremiah Emerson, and 2. Matthew Harvey Emerson ; settled in 
Adamsville, Cass County, Michigan, where the former died, and his 
■v\idow returned to Hopkinton with their two daughters. Elizabeth 

m. , and Susan m. 1855, Nutter, and lived in Concord. Mrs, 

Emerson m., 2d, Hoyt, and lived in Concord. 

2. Matthew Harvey Emerson had sons, J. Fred, who m. , and 

lives on his father's farm in Michigan, and Allen R., lives in Buffalo, 
N. Y. 

3. Jonathan B. Emerson m. Jan. 27, 1842, Mary A. Copp, of Hop- 
Mnton, b. May 27, 1813, in Plaistow ; d. Dec. 9, 1888, in Washington. 
Children, b. in Hopkinton, — 

(1) George, b. July 21, 1813; m. Jan. 17, 1872, Elizabeth H. Baker, 
of Goshen. 

(2) Fred J., b. Aug. 10, 1846 ; m. March 7, 1885, Emily V. Austin, 
of Goshen. 

(3) Mary D., b. Sept. 21, 1852 ; m, Nov. 12, 1879, Louiselle R. Bas- 
com, of Newport. 

3. Jonathan B. Emerson with his family removed from Hopkinton 
to Windsor in 1854, and thence in 1868 to Washington, which place 


was afterwards his home. He was an active business man, and was 
extensively engaged in farming and in lumbering. When a resident 
in Windsor he represented that town in the legislature in 1864 and 
1865, and about the same time received a commission as justice of the 
peace. He also held a military commission as ensign, and later as 
lieutenant. He was in the cavalry, and the pistols he used when he- 
" rode in the troop " have been in the Emerson family ever since the 
Concord fight, and are said to have been taken from a British officer 
on that occasion. They are now in possession of his son George. In. 
religion, Jonathan Emerson was a Baptist ; in politics, a Democrat. 
His death was instantaneous, but not unexpected, as he had previously 
suffered from epileptic attacks. 

4. Elizabeth Emerson, who m. Mr. Haskell, died young, leaving two 
daughters, of whom the youngest died in childhood, and Lucretia, the 
oldest, m. Oscar Sawyer, and lived in Bradford, and later in Concord,, 
where Mr. Sawyer died, and she now resides with her son Harry, in or 
near Boston. 

5. Philip H. Emerson m. Elizabeth Simpson, of Hopkinton. No 

6. Joseph Frederick Emerson m. Cassandra Smith, b. in Henniker.. 
Children, — 

(1) Wan-en, a locomotive engineer. Residence, Concord. 

They had also two other sons (of whom one died young) and a dau. 

V. Hannah Harvey m. Dr. William Dinsmore, son of John and 
Sarah Dinsmore, b. in Goffstovvn. Children, b. in Henniker, — 

1. Robert, b. Nov. 3, 1808 ; d. April 21, 1816, of spotted fever. 

2. INIarv, b. ]\Iarch 20, 1810 ; d. Feb. 18, 1831, of consumption. 

3. William H., b. July 17, 1813. 

William H. Dinsmore learned the printer's trade in the office of 
Gov. Isaac Hill, in Concord. He engaged in publishing a paper in 
Nashua, then in New York, and was for many years one of the 
proprietors of the Sacramento Union, in Sacramento, CaL, where he is 
remembered as an energetic, honorable business man. For the last, 
fifteen years he has lived in San Francisco. He is supposed to have 
died recently. He never married. 

Dr. William Dinsmore m., 2d, Mrs. Susan Wallace, of Henniker. 
He d. April 29, 1820. He practised medicine in Warner and Hen- 
niker, and was considered one of the best physicians in the state. 

VI. John Harvey m. Oct. 9, 1809, Sally Greeley, b. Aug. 24, 
1788, in Warner; d. Nov. 1, 1876, in Lynn, Mass»; dau. of Josepk 
and Dorothy (Sargent) Greeley. Children, b. in Sutton, — 



WMm ^Uim^^j di 



1. Theresa, b. Aug. 17, 1810; d. Dec. 29. 1873. 

2. Dorothy S., b. Oct., 1812 ; d. March 20, 1814. 

3. Matthew, b. Jan. 14, 181.5 ; d. Jan. 31, 1885. 

4. Hannah D., b. May 3, 1819. 

5. Sophia G., b. Feb.- 17, 1821 ; d. May 14, 1873. 

6. Augusta, b. Sept. 27, 1823 

7. Mary Anne, b. April 1, 1828; d. July 11, 1849. 

3. Matthew Harvey m. Sept. 21, 1847, Experience R. Ci-osmon, 
dau. of John and Sophia (Huntoon) Crosmon, of Unity, b. June 21, 
1819; d. Xov. 16, 1869, in Newport. He m., 2d, Nov. 28,1876, R. 
Emma Chapman, of Providence, R. I., who survived him. Residence, 
Providence. Children, by 1st wife, b. in Newport, — 

(1) Sophia C, b. May 11, 1849. 

(2) Minnie A., b. May 8, 1852 ; m. May 15, 1878, Frank P. Meserve. 

Present residence of the children of Matthew Harvey, Redlands, 
San Bernardino Co., Cal. 

In the autumn of 1831, being then sixteen years of age, Matthew 
Harvey went to Newport and commenced his apprenticeship to the 
printer's trade in the office of the N. H. Spectator, B. B. French editor 
and partial proprietor. From that date the newspaper business be- 
came Mr. Harvey's life-work, concerning which, for fuller details, see 
sketch of Henry G. Carleton, his business partner. At the time of his 
death, in 1885, he was, with the exception of Mr. Carleton, the oldest 
editor in the state, and as such his death was extensively noticed in 
most of the newspapers in New England, especially in Boston. Al- 
though always popular as a citizen, Mr. Harvey was never an office, 
seeker, having little time and less mclination to pursue politics beyond 
what was demanded by the interests of the Democratic party, of which 
the Argus and Spectator was an organ. It had been more or less cus- 
tomary to bestow the office of register of deeds for Sullivan county 
upon the publisher of the paper, in order to help sustain the same, and 
Mr. Harvey had his turn with his partner in holding this office some 
five years. He was also assistant marshal of the U. S. to take the 
U. S. census in 1860. 

4. Hannah Dinsmore Harvey m. in Lowell, Mass., 1847, Charles 
H. Kohlrausch, b. Jan. 3, 1813. Children,— 

(1) Charles Harvey, b. Aug. 6, 1848, in Lowell. 

(2) John H., b. Aug. 28, 1851, in Lowell. 

(3) Dorothea Retburg, b. and d. Sept. 14, 1855, in Danvers. 

(4) Matthew Harvey, b. Feb. 8, 1859, in North Billerica. 
(6) Hannah Augusta, b. Feb. 11, 1865, in North Billerica. 

Mr. Charles H. Kohlrausch, father of the above children, was born 

in Uslar, Kingdom of Hanover. He was son of Henry Christian and 

Dorothea (Retburg) Kohlrausch. They were m. in 1812, she being his 

3d wife. She d. 1849, aged about 60. He d. Feb., 1838. She was b. 


754 HISTORY or suttox. 

in Eiubeck, Germany. George W., their 2d son, was b. Aug. 23, 1816. 
He resides in Chelsea, Mass. Henry Kohlrausch was a near relative 
of Frederick Kohlrausch, the historian. 

(1) Charles Hai'vey Kohlrausch m. July 1, 1885, Lillian, dau. of 
Samuel and Elizabeth Hoyle, of Lowell, b. in Lowell, 1860. He is a 
member of the very prosperous firm of " Talbot Dyewood and Chemi- 
cal Co.," of Lowell and North Billerica, which establishment he entered 
when a mere youth, and acquired a knowledge of analytical chemistry 
and the manufacture of chemicals, the business being at that time 
owned by Gov. Thomas Talbot, and his brother, C. P. Talbot, of 
Lowell. L'pon the death of the Talbot brothei'S a stock company was 
formed to continue the business, of which he became a member, and is 
superintendent and general manager of the works at North Billerica. 
He is in various ways one of the most influential men in the town. He 
is an earnest promoter of education, and for many years has held the 
superintendency of the schools. 

(2) John H. Kohlrausch m. Oct. 9, 1879, in Lynn, Mass., Susan H. 
Estes, of Lynn, b. in Deer Isle, Me., Nov. 18, 1857, dau. of Charles W. 
and Louisa (Haskell) Estes. Children, b. in Lynn, — 

Louisa Augusta, b. July 20, 1881. 
Helen P., b. Oct. 8, 1882. 
Olive Doris, b. July 27, 188.5. 

John H. Kohlrausch has been engaged since he was sixteen years of 
age in a large shoe manufactm'ing establishment in Lynn, Mass., where 
he has been for many years superintendent of important depai'tments 
of the manufacturing work. 

(4) Matthew Harvey Kohlrausch is superintendent of the dye works 
at Talbot Flannel Mills, in North Billerica. He m. Dec. 25, 1886, 
Frances Perry, of North Billerica, Mass. Child, — 
Dorothy, b. Feb. 15, 1888. 

5. Sophia G. Harvey m. 1849 Edward G. Porter, son of Hon. Reu- 
ben and Abigail (Evans) Porter, of Sutton. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Benjamin E., b. Oct. 27, 1849. 

(2) John H., b. and d. July 28. 1851. 

(3) Sarah H., b. July 21, 1856. 

(1) Benjamin E. Porter m. 1875, Margaret Ellen Currier, of Lynn. 
Mass., dau. of George B. and Margaret (Alley) Currier. Child, — 
Bertha Currier, b. in Lynn, Dec. 29, 1875. 

Benjamin E. Porter is superintendent of an extensive shoe manufac- 
turing establishment in Lynn, in which he has spent his whole busi- 
ness life since he was thirteen years of age, having risen to his present 
position through his own merit and capacity. He has been member of 
the Lynn city government and school committee repeatedly. He is a 

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prominent member of the First Universalist church, and has been for 
some years clerk of the same. He is a man who has many friends and 
no enemies. 

(3) Sarah H. Porter has been for several years a teacher in the Ken- 
dall Institution for deaf mutes in Washington city. 

6. Augusta Harvey m. in Danvers, Mass., Feb. 15, 1855, Charles 
Freeman Worthen, b. in Candia, April 7, 1833 ; d. in Ljnm, Mass., 
Jan. 15, 1882, son of John and Lydia (Lovejoy) Worthen, of Candia. 
No children. She sj^ent several years of her early girlhood in the fam- 
ily of her uncle. Judge Harvey, in Hopkinton. She attended school at 
Hopkinton academy, and later at Andover academy. She has been 
at times a teacher, and has written more or less for publication in 
newspapers and magazines, and is the editor and partial author of 
this History of Sutton. Her home is in Lynn, to which city she re- 
moved with her husband, from Danvers, in 1858. 

VII. Benjamin W. Harvey m., 1st, Esther Stearnes, b. Oct. 24, 
1791 ; d. Jan. 22, 1834. He m., 2d, Sarah J. Stearnes, b. Feb. 12, 
1808 ; d. Feb. 21, 1844. He m., 3d, Mrs. Susan (Sargent) Fisk, 
b. Feb., 1809 ; d. Oct., 1860. Children,— 

1. Sarah S., b. July 2, 1817. 

2. John C, b. May 16, 1819. 

3. Alfred, b. March 11, 1821 ; d. Aug. 4, 1847 : m. Maria Jones ; 2 

4. Catharine L., b. Jan. 22, 1823 ; d. Feb. 27, 1872: m. Dec, 1849, 
Charles A. Fowler. [See Fowler.] 

5. Matthew, b. Dec. 9, 1824 ; d. May, 1878. 

6. Esther J., b., Oct. 24, 1826 ; d. Aug. 14, 1849. 

7. Ann J., b. June 7, 1829. 

8. Jonathan C, b. April 5, 1831. 

9. Mary E., b. April 1, 1835 ; m. Jan., 1857, George Baker, of New- 
bury. No children. 

10. Susan E., b. May 22, 1836; d. May 30, 1884: m. April 7, 1857, 
Darius J. Satt'ord. 

11. George P., b. Aug. 18, 1837 ; m. 1862, Martha Bronson, of Con- 

12. Margaret R., b. March 15, 1839; m. Oct., 1861, Ephraim Barnes. 

13. Caroline, b. May 2.5, 1840 ; m. Dec, 1865, Madison Perham. 

14. Helen M., b. Nov. 2, 1841 ; m. George Story. 

15. B. Frank, b. Oct. 29, 1842 ; d. Feb. 10, 1871 : m. Dec. 22, 1868, 
Alice Bristol. One son, Frank. 

16. Ruth E., b. Feb. 9, 1844; d. Aug. 4, 1845. 

1. Sarah S. Harvey m. Sept. 19, 1835, John C. Carner, b. Sept. 13, 
1811 ; d. Feb. 24, 1862. Children,— 

(1) George C, b. Feb. 19, 1837 ; d. July 4, 1841. 

(2) Alfred T., b. Dec. 5, 1838 ; m. March 21, 1863, Elizabeth Car- 

(3) John H., b. and d. Aug. 10, 1840. 

756 HISTORY or suttox. 

(■i) George L., b. June 20, 1841 ; d. Sept. 23, 1874 : m. Feb. 15, 1866, 
Susan M. Adams. 

(.5) Esther M., b. April 1, 1843. 

(6) Frances, b. June 6, 1845: m. July 11, 1868, Reuben B. Porter. 
[See Porter.] 

(7) John G., b. Dec. 19, 1846 ; ra. Auo-., 1872, Helen J. Sears. 

(8) Adelia, b. Oct. 18, 1848; d. July 8, 1880: m. David J. Rolf e ; 
1 dau. 

(9) Edwin E., b. Oct. 20, 1850 : m. Sept. 10, 1871, Lida Bemis. 

(10) Franklin P., b. Aug. 17, 1852; d. Mav 2, 1857. 

(11) Sarah, b. April 15, 1854; d. July 17, 1856. 

(12) Franklin H., b. Sept. 13, 1855; m. Dec. 25, 1879, Cleora Y. 

2. John C. Harvey m. Jan., 1847, Louisa Allen. Children, — 

(1) Florence; d. 

(2) Carrie, m. W. Powelson. 

(3) Bertha, m. Andrew Banks. 

(4) Allen. 

John C. Harvey m., 2d, 1861, Kate Bristol. Child,— 

(5) Edward B., in Harvard College. 

5. Matthew Harvey m. Oct., 1847, Sarah Wilbur. Children, — 

(1) Ellen. (2) Elizabeth. (3) Jennie. (4) Mary. (5) Jessie. (6) 
Isabelle. (7) Frank. (8) Fannie. (9) Artluu'. Live in Michigan. 

8. Jonathan C. Harvey ni. Sept., 1852, Charlotte Rolfe, of Concord. 
Children, — 

(1) Alfred. (2) Edward. Live in New York city. 

Jonathan C. Harvey, in connection with his brother, George P. Har- 
vey, was for several years in carriage manufacturing business in Con- 
cord. George P. Harvey is now in the same business in Buffalo, N. Y. 
Frank Harvey and wife died about the same time, leaving a young son, 
who was adopted by his brother, George P. Harvey, and reared to 
young manhood, but was drowned while bathing in the river at Xew 
York in 1888. 

The two sous of Alfred and Maria (Jones) Harvey were, — 

(1) John L. Harvey, who served for Sutton dm'ing the war. He now 
lives in Minnesota. 

(2) George Harvey, w^ho d. at Fortress Monroe during the war. 

James Harvey, 

youngest child of Jonatluin Harvey, of Nottingham, b. in 
Nottingham, June 5, 1765, a few months after his father's 
death, m. Sept. 21, 1786, Eunice Cotter, b. in Nottingham, 
June 5, 1765 ; d. 1840, in Sutton. Chikh-en,— 




I. Margaret, b. at Nottingham, April 21. 1787 ; cl. Aug. 14, 
1848, at Wilmot. 

II. Jonathan, b. at Nottingham, Feb. 9, 1789. 

III. Joseph, b. at Sutton, May 7, 1790. 

IV. James, b. at Sutton, Feb. 5, 1792. 

V. DoUy, b. at Sutton. May 29, 1794 ; d. AprU 30. 1868 : m. 
Jonathan Woodward. [See Woodward.] 

VI. Susan, b. at Sutton, March 4, 1796 ; d. : m. John 

Chadwick. [See Chadwick.] 

VII. Eunice, b. at Sutton, 1798. 

VIII. Hannah, b. at Sutton, Oct. 7, 1803 ; d. May 20, 1877 : 
m. John Chadwick. [See Chadwick.] 

James Harvey, father of the above said children, enlisted 
in the army in the War of 1812, but died at Wilmot while 
on the march with his regiment from Concord to Burling- 
ton, Vt. He was taken sick and stopped at the home of 
his daughter, Mrs. Gay, in Wilmot, where he d. in a few 
days. He was buried at Wilmot. His widow, Eunice, 
lived with her son-in-law, Jonathan Woodward, till her 
death, about 1840. James and Joseph Harvey had each a 
wife and children when they located in this town, which 
was about 1790. Soon after 1820 Joseph removed with 
his family to western New York. He was justice of the 
peace while here. 

I. Margaret Harvey m. Jmie 3, 1811, William Gay, b. in New 
London, June 4, 1789, son of Maj. Gen. Eliphalet and Anna 
(Wadleigh) Gay. He was 8th in descent from John Gay, the im- 
migrant, who came from England in Gov. Winthrop's colony in 
1630. Children,— 

1. Abigail Caroline, b. Dec. 1.5, 1811 ; m. Charles Poor. 

2. Daniel, b. May "22, 1811; m. . Residence, Concord. 

3. William Plummer, b. Feb. 1, 181G ; m. Hannah Smith. 

4. James Muuroe, b. Feb. 10, 1818, 

1. Abigail Caroline Gay m. Feb. 27. 1831, Charles Poor, b. in Ando- 
ver, Mass., Feb. 22, 1800, he being 6th in descent from Daniel Poor, 
who sailed from Southampton, Eng.. in the Bevis, in May, 1638, and 
settled in Xewbm-y. and ten years later in Andover, Mass. Charles 
Poor d. in "NMlmot, March 17, 1867. His widow was living in 1888, in 
Wilmot. Children.— 

758 HISTORY or suttox. 

(1) William Gay, b. May 18, 1832. 

(2) Charles Fry, b. May 28, 1835 ; d. June 5, 1853. 

(3) Maria Gay, b. May 17, 1836 ; m. Curtis Laiigley ; 4 children. 
Residence, Wilrnot. 

(4) James Monroe, b. March 15, 1838 ; m. Clara M. Chandler ; 2 

(5) Daniel Webster, b. Jan. 8, 1840. Residence, Milwaukee, Wis. 

(6) George Washington, b. June 18, 1842. Residence, Providence. 

(7) Margaret Ann, b. May 23, 1844; m., 1st, Oct. 2.5, 1866, Carlos 
Cheney; m., 2d, Dec. 7, 1878, Charles E. Burnett. 

(8) Caroline Almira, b. July 3, 1846 ; d. Oct. 5, 1873. 

(1) William Gay Poor m. Aug. 20, 1855, Delina Ann Freeto, dan. of 
Lorenzo and Ruth (Wakefield) Freeto, b. in Xewport, July 11, 1835. 
He d. at East Wilton, Me., Sept. 3, 1878. Children,— 

Ella Flora, b. April 21, 1856, in New London; d. Feb. 28, 1862. 
Mattie Jane, b. May 25, 1858, in Xew London ; d. July 30, 1869, 

at East Wilton. 
Ruel Whitcomb, b. Sept. 29, 1860, in New London. 
William Lorenzo, b. Jan. 28, 1866, in Littleton ; d. March 9, 

Charles Gay, b. Aug. 12, 1868, in East Wilton, Me. 
Walter Monroe, b. Dec. 8, 1872, in East Wilton, Me. 
James Ernest, b. Oct. 15, 1876, in East Wilton, Me. 

Ruel Whitcomb Poor m. Oct. 18, 1884, at AVilton, Me., Ida Maria 
Sawyer, dau. of Charles S. and Huldah J. (Delano) Sawyer, b. Nov. 
25, 1861. They were residing in Littleton in 1888, where he was con- 
nected with the Littleton National Bank. He furnished these records 
of the descendants of Margaret Harvey. 

Moses S, Harvey Branch. 

Jacob Harvey, 8th child of John and Anna Davis, b. 
March 7, 1728-9 ; m. May 23, 1761, Hannah, dau. of Na- 
thaniel and Hannah Hunt, b. Jan. 3, 1732. Children, b. 
in Amesbury, — 

DoUy, b. June 9, 1762 ; d. Nov. 10, 1765. 

Hannah, b. Sept. 23, 1773 ; d. 1766. 

Jacob, b. Dec. 29, 1764. 

Hannah, b. July 4, 1766; m. Feb. 18, 1804, James Eaton, o£ 

John, b. Feb. 27, 1769 ; d. winter of 1825. He came to Sutton 
in 1792. 

Joseph, b. April 21, 1773 ; m. March 10, 1810, PoUy, dau. of 
Christopher and Anna Sargent. 


Mrs. Harvey d., and her husband m., 2d, Dec. 1, 1790, 
Sally Welch. Child.— 

Dolly, b. May 21, 1791. 

Mrs. Harvey d., and her husband m., 3d, Oct. 20, 1793, 
Rhoda, dau. of Christopher and Anna (Sargent) Sargent, 
b. Feb. 4, 1774. Children, b. in Amesbury, — 

Moses S., b. June 8, 1794. 

Sally, b. Oct. 17, 1796 ; m. about 1816, Enoch Colby, in Sutton, 
and removed to Ohio. [See Colby.] 
Jacob, b. Jan. 28, 1799. 
Joseph, b. Oct. 19, 1802. 

Jacob Harvey, with his 3d wife and family, removed to 
Sutton, where he d. After his death his wife m., 2d, Sam- 
uel Rogers, and with him removed to Ohio. No children. 

Moses Sargent Harvey, the 8th child of Jacob Harvey, 
b. June 8, 1794, was for several years a prominent and 
influential citizen of Sutton. His wife was Sally, 5th dau. 
of Thomas Wadleigh, Esq., of Sutton. May 29, 1833, he 
set off with his family for the state of Ohio. They settled 
in Concord, Ohio, the same year. Mr. Harvey being made 
judge of probate in 1863, they removed to Painesville, Ohio, 
where he d. March 24, 1870. His wife d. in Concord, Ohio, 
May 1, 1876. Children,— 

I. Joseph, b. Feb. 19, 1818. 

II. Thomas W., b. Dec. 18, 1821. 

III. Rhoda S., b. Oct. 25, 1825 ; d. Sept. 10, 1836. 

IV. Moses C, b. AprU 23, 1830. 

I. Joseph Harvey m. April 4, 1839, Cynthia M. Chase, b. in 
EvansviEe, Ind. Residence, Perry, Lake Co., Ohio. Children, — 

1. Sarah Atwood, b. March 8, 1845; d. May 12, 1861. 

2. Helen Rosette, b. Jan. 22, 1849 ; d. Sept.' 8, 1852. 

3. Xellie May, b. Feb. 22, 18.53 ; d. June 12, 1860. 

II. Thomas W. Harvey m. Feb. 6, 1849, Louisa O. Beebe, b. 
March 20, 1826, in Mentor, Ohio. Residence, Painesville, Ohio. 
Children, — 

1. Millicent Lydia, b. June 23, 1850, in Chardon, Ohio ; d. June 2, 
1851, in Republic, Ohio. 


2. Thomas Alvaro, b. Oct. 6, 1851, in Masillon, Ohio. 

3. Marv Becket, b. Aug. 21, 1854, " 

4. Louisa Emma, b. Nov, 10, 18.58, " " 

5. Sarah Nancy, b. Aug. 3, 1864, " " 

6. Anna Steere, b. Sept. 12, 1867, in Painesville, Ohio. 

2. Thomas Alvaro Harvey m. Feb. 6, 1879, Elizabeth Chadwick, b. 
in Newbury, Vt. Residence, East Saginaw, Mich. 

IV. Moses C. Harvey m. Emily Chapin, b. in Walpole, N. H. ; 
d. in Concord, Ohio'. Residence, in 1885, Tres Piedras, New 
Mexico. Children, — 

1. Cora Jane, b. April 18, 1855 ; m. Cullen Palmer. Residence, 
Concord, O. Children, — 

(1) Bessie. (2) Jesse. 

2. Mattie May, b. May 6, 1865 ; d. in Concord, O. 

Jacob Harvey, brother to Moses S. Harvey, b. Jan. 28, 
1799 ; d. Nov. 27, 1883, in Concord, Ohio : m. 1846, Mrs. 
Lydia H. Rogers. Child, — 

I. Rhoda A., b. May 24, 1849 ; m. 1867, George W. Doty. 
Children, b. in Concord, O., — 

1. Clarence, b. May 10, 1870 ; d. Aug. 5, 1870. 

2. Ada B., b. Dec. 5, 1871. 

3. Harrv L., b. Jan. 10, 1875. 

John Harvey, 5tli child of Jacob and Hannah (Hunt) 
Harvey, b. Feb. 27, 1769, in Amesbury, came to Sutton 

1792. He was a capable, active, and very intelligent man. 
His sudden death by apoplexy, in the winter of 1825, was 
a great shock to his family and neighbors. He m. Oct., 

1793. Hannah, dan. of Simon Kezar, b. 1775 ; d. Dec. 24, 

1794. Mr. Harvey m., 2d, Oct. 15, 1796, Hannah Hoyt, of 
Hopkinton. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

I. Hannah (of 1st wife), b. May 14, 1794 ; m. Dudley Morrill, 
and removed West. 

II. Jacob, b. .July 13, 1797 ; d. Nov. 21, 1814. in War of 1812. 

III. Sally, b. March 31, 1799 ; m. Manning Wood. 

IV. Joseph, b. Sept. 4, 1800 ; d. 1887. 

V. Lucinda, b. May 2, 1802 ; d. Sept. 27, 1804. 


VI. Rhoda, b. Nov. 25, 1803 ; m. Daniel Lovering, of Salisbury. 

VII. John, b. Aug. 20, 1806. He went to Maine. 

VIII. Lucinda, 2d, b. March 31, 1807 ; d. 1867 : m. Jacob Mas- 

IX. Albert, b. Aug. 19, 1810 ; d. young. 

X. Louisa, b. Aug. 21, 1812 ; d. Feb. 15. 1883 : m. Ephraim 

IV. Dea. Joseph Harvey passed the whole of his life in Sutton, 
mth the exception of the few latest years, which were spent with 
his daughters. Of good education, honorable in his dealings, inva- 
riably amiable and yet dignified in manner, he was one of the men 
whose influence in the community is always for good. For several 
years of his active life he did considerable business in keeping store 
in the North village ; he also built a large house on his own prem- 
ises which he successfully operated as a tavern, and at one time 
owned a farm, which he made profitable. The town records show 
that he did his share of the public work. In religion he was sin- 
cere, liberal, and progressive. He ra. Dec. 3, 1833, Meliitabel 
Watson, b. in Newq^ort, Jan. 13, 1804, dau. of James "Watson and 
his 2d wife, Sally. Mrs. Harvey d. in Sutton Feb. 26, 1871. He 
d. April 24, 1887, in New London. Children, — 

1. Ann, b. Dec. 4, 1834; d. Feb. 11, 1835. 
•2. Alfred, b. July 29, 1836. 

3. Mariette, b. Jan. 10, 1S39 ; d. Julv 28, 1842. 

4. INIaroa C. b. Auo-. 19, 1810. 

5. John, b. July 9, 1842; d. Oct. 26, 1842. 

6. Mariette, b. July 9, 1845 ; d. Sept. 3, 1845. 

7. Lydia, b. Jan. 28, 1848; m. Alonzo Carvill, of Farmington, Me. 
No children. 

2. Alfred Harvey learned the printing business in the office of the 
Newport Argus, but did not pursue it long, his health demanding 
change of employment. In June, 1861. he went to Illlinois, and the 
following winter taught a country school near Carrollton. He returned 
to Sutton in 1862, and was married and lived in Sutton one year. At the 
end of that time, having been elected principal of the Carrollton, 111., 
public schools, he removed thither. In 1865 he took charge of the 
graded school at Waverly, 111., and held that position six years, and 
resigned in order to take the superintendency of the public schools in 
Paris, 111., which office he has held continuously since Sept., 1871, a 
period of over eighteen years. He m. Aug. 18, 1862, Elizabeth Foster 
George, of Bedford, dau. of Daniel and Betsey Foster (Stevens) 
George. Children, — 


(1) Grace Anna, b. June 9, 1863, at Sutton ; d. Oct. 7, 1864, at Car- 
rollton, 111. 

(2) Lillie Maroa, b. Aug. 7, 186-t, at Carrollton, 111. 

(3) Alfred Ernest, b. Sept. 16, 1868, at Waverly, 111. 

(4) Nellie, b. Jan. 2, 1870 ; d. Jan. 13, same year. 

(5) Walter Clarence, b. Xov. 14, 1870, at Waverly, 111. 

(6) Harry Haylor, b. Xov. IG, 187.5, at Paris, 111. 

(7) Charles Irving Parker, b. Jan. 5, 1878, at Paris, 111. 

(2) Lillie M. graduated from high school, and later from Cook Co. 
Normal School, and is now 1st assistant in Sheridan school, Chicago. 

(3) Alfred Ernest and (5) Walter C. graduated from high school, 
and both are now pu^rsuing special courses in the University of Illi- 

4. Maroa C. Harvey m. June 7, 1860, Asa Nelson Todd, of New 
London, son of Eli and Abigail (Nelson) Todd. Children, b. in New 
London, — 

(1) Charles A., b. May 2, 1863 ; m. Nov. 11, 1884, Hattie D. Sargent, 
dan. of Dea. Benj. P. Sargent. He is conducting successfully a mer- 
cantile business in Scytheville, New London. 

(2) Grace A., b. Dec. 4, 1867. 

(3) Lizzie N., b. Feb. 7, 1872. 

Warner and Northwood Har\t:ys. 

As already stated, the Warner as well as the Sutton 
Harveys are the descendants of the 1st John and his wife, 
Sarah (Barnes) Harvey, who had sons, John and Joseph. 
The Sutton Harveys are descendants of John, and the War- 
ner Harveys of his brother Joseph. 

Joseph Harvey, b. in Amesbury, April 1, 1693; m. Oct. 
29, 1715, Dorothy Barnard. Children, b. in Amesbury, — 

I. Mary, b. Sept. 29, 1716. 
XL Jolin, b. March 29, 1719. 

III. Timothy, b. Aug. 5, 1721 ; m. Martha ; m., 2d, May 

3, 1753, Gertrude Sargent. 

IV. Valentine, b. Nov. 19, 1723. 

V. David, b. April 24, 1726. 

VI. Isaiah, b. Jan. 29, 1728-'9 ; m. Oct. 28, 1773. Mary Sargent. 

VII. Joseph, b. Sept. 11, 1731 ; m. Jan. 4, 1750, Sarah Sargent. 

VIII. Thomas, b. Nov. 22, 1738 ; m. July 22, 1762, Elizabeth 
Colby, of Haverhill. 

II. John Harvey served in the French War, and died in service 


at Lake George, Aug. 18, 1756. He m. Mary, dau. of John and 
Mary (Greeley) Singletary. Children, — 

1. Mary, b. ^lay 26, 1744. 

2. John, b. Aug. 4, 174.5 (Col. John Harvey, of Xorthwood). 

3. Molly, b. Xov. 27, 1747. 

4. Dolly, b. May 26, 1750. 

2. Col. John Harvey, of Northwood, having served his coimtry sev- 
eral years in the war of the Revolution with valor and honor, retired 
in 1781, and built the house in Xorthwood which was for many years 
the residence of his son, Judge John Harvey. It is now a hotel, known 
as the Harvey House, situated on Harvey Lake, so called. Col. John 
Harvey m. 1771, Sarah Blake, of Epping. Children, — 

(1) Joseph, b. 1772 ; d. 1782. 

(2) John, b. April 16, 1774 (Judge John Harvey). 

(3) Sarah, b. 1787; m. Dea. Jonathan Piper, of Stratham; 5 ch. 

(4) Joseph, b. 1787; d. 1826, unmarried. 

(2) Judge John Harvey was a man of much executive ability, and 
conducted successfully a large and varied business as merchant, farmer, 
hotel keeper, etc. He was representative in the legislature four years, 
member state senate in 1817-'18, judge of Court of Common Pleas from 
1818 to 1820, and judge of probate from 1826 to 1838. He d. May 2, 
1849. He m. March 1, 1797, Betsey Meade, of Newmarket. Their 
children were, — 

John, b. June 16, 1799 : m. Adaline Bachelder ; had 2 daughters 

and .5 sons. He d. Oct. 10, 1834. 
Charles, b. Dec. 21, 1802 ; d. May 17, 1823. 

Judge John Harvey m., 2d, Jan. 10, 1815, Dolly F., dau. of Hon. 
John Wentworth, of Dover. They had 2 daughters, and a son, George, 
who d. in infancy- 

V. David Harvey (son of Joseph and Dorothy) m. Judith , and 

later removed with his family to Warner. Children, b. in Amesbury, — 

1. Sarah, b. Aug. 22, 1748 ; m. March 3, 1768, Benjamin Sargent, 
and removed to Warner. 

2. Isaiah, b. Dec. 21, 1749. 

3. David, b. June 25, 1750. 

4. Dolly, b. Sept. 28, 1753 ; m. Jan. 14, 1780, John Chellis. Came 
to Sutton. 

5. Judith, b. Sept. 28, 17.55. 

6. Timothy, b. Xov. 4, 1757. 

7. Humphrev, b. June 9, 1760. 

8. Abner, b.'^Aug. 12, 1764. 

9. Molly, b. Feb. 16,1707; m. Xov. 23, 1793, Seth Russell, of Sutton. 

10. Martha, b. April 24, 1769. 

11. Miriam, b. June 21, 1771. 

[For Jacob S. Harvey, who m. 1841, Almira Putney, see Putney 
and Hart.] 



William Densmore Harwood, oldest son of William Har- 
wood, of Mont Vernon, b. in Warner, Dec. 20, 1807 ; 
moved to Sutton Nov. 5, 1856, and settled upon the farm 
on Birch hill, where he now resides. He m. 1832, Mary 
A. Jackman, who d. same year. He m., 2d, 1835, Mrs. 
Martha (Vose) Dyer, b. Jan. 10, 1811, in Westford, Mass., 
dau. of Jeremiah and Elizabeth (Morse) Vose, widow of 
Samuel Dyer, of Andover. She represented the 8th gener- 
ation from Robert Vose, who was b. in Lancashire, Eng., 
1595. Mrs. Harwood's child by 1st marriage, Charlotte 
Anna Dyer, b. in Plymouth, July 23, 1829, m. Oct. 31, 
1851, in Hopkinton, George Green, of Franklin. Child, — 
Willis Edwin, b. Jan. 27, 1861. Mrs. Harwood d. Sept. 12, 
1885, in Sutton. Children of William Densmore and Mar- 
tha (Vose) Harwood, — 

I. Andrew, b. Jan. 25, 1836 ; d. Aug. 12, 1863. He was a sol- 
dier in the late war, and d. at Vicksbiu'g. 

II. WiUiam D., b. March 11, 1837. 

III. Mary Jackinan, b. July 25, 1838. 

IV. Rufus GUbert, b. April 1, 1840; d. Sept. 28, 1840. 

V. Martha Ann, b. Dec. 6, 1841 ; m. Oct. 22, 1885, John Clark 
Bean, of Sutton. No children. Residence, Birch hiU. 

yi. Helen Mar, b. July 7, 1848. 

VII. Minerva Vose, b.Jan. 6, 1850 ; m. Nov. 21, 1867, Daniel 
George Chadwick. His 2d wife. 

VIII. Josephine B., b. Sept. 3, 1751 ; d. July 27, 1887. 

IX. Emma Maria, b. Nov. 27, 1853. 

II. William D. Harwood, Jr., m. 1857, Betsey B. Ray, of Hen- 
niker. Child, — 

1. William Herbert, b. Oct. 14, 1859, in Henniker. 

III. Mary J. Harwood m. Dec. 25, 1871, Alonzo Welch, of 
Effingham. Child, — 

1. Martha Densmore, b. in Lawrence, Oct. 10, 1876. 
Alonzo Welch d. June 2, 1872, in Lowell. 

VII. Minerva V. Harwood m. Oct. 17, 1874, Benjamin K. 
Coburn. Children, b. in Sutton. — 


1. Lena Maria, b. March 18, 1876. 

2, Emma Josephine, b. Aug. 31, 1882. 

VIII. Josephine B. Harwood m. Sept. 7, 1870, John Blaisdell, 
of Sutton. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Albert Morton, b. March 7, 1874. 

2. Herman Melvin, b. June 24, 1876. 


Jeremiah Hazen, b. Aug. 31, 1778, in Rowley, Mass. ; d. 
Aug. 20, 1833 : m. in Weare, Feb. 24, 1803, Rachel East- 
man, b. in Nottingham-West, May 25, 1781. She cl. Oct. 
28, 1869. They moved to Sutton Jan., 1823. Children,— 

I. James, b. May 5, 1804 ; d. Oct. 4, 1869. 
IL Moses, b. Nov. 16, 1806 ; d. Oct. 5, 1884. 

III. Ichabod E., b. Oct. 27, 1816 ; d. Jan. 27, 1851. 

IV. Jesse A., b. Nov. 16, 1820. 

I. James Hazen m. Sept. 27, 1827, Betsey Mastin. Children, — 

1. Daniel M., b. May 1, 1830 ; m. Oct. .5, 18.51, Mary A. Shepard. 

2. James, Jr., b. May 13, 1835 ; m. 1854, Betsey G. Bowen. 

II. Moses Hazen, Esq., was one of the most useful and honorable 
men that ever lived in Sutton. He served the public and the town 
in various ways. From 1842 till his death he did a large amount 
of probate business as administrator, executor, and guardian. What- 
ever business was entrusted to liim was always executed with strict 
honesty, his aim being to be just to all parties concerned. In every 
case he ti'ied to befriend the widow and the fatherless. In him the 
poor and the unfortunate always felt that they had a friend and a 
safe counsellor. For what work he executed be made his charges 
less than is usual, and in cases where people were very poor he 
took but a trifle beyond what he actually paid out. He was a jus- 
tice of the peace, and did quite an amiount of business as such. For 
several years he was commissioner for Massachusetts to do work in 
New Hampshire. Dm*ing the time of the war he was on the board 
of selectmen, where his judgment and influence were of great value 
to the town. He was a good friend to the soldiers and their fami- 
lies during those trying years, and his interest for them lasted as 
long as he lived. Mr. Hazen received a common school education, 
and later attended the academy at Hopkinton. He taught several 


schools in Sutton, Warner, Bradford, and Dunbarton, in which he 
was considered successful. He always took great interest in schools, 
and was for several years one of the superintending school commit- 
tee. He never joined any church, but was a believer in religion, 
and always led a consistent Christian life. He m. Sept. 13, 1832, 
Pamelia Messer, b. Jan. 21, 1810, d. Dec. 10, 1854, dau. of James 
and Pamelia (Eaton) Messer. He m., 2d, Jan. 20, 1859, Mary A. 
Hazen, who d. Oct. 17, 1882. Children, by 1st wife, — 

1. Pamelia A., b. June 8, 1835. 

2. Rachel E., b. March 25, 1838 ; m. June 15, 1867, Orison Little. 

3. Mary Amanda, b. Oct. 15, 1812 ; m. April 6, 18G1, Robert Camp- 
bell ; m., 2d, Enoch P. Davis. [See Davis.] 

III. Ichabod E. Hazen m. Oct. 16, 1841, Ann Kowell, b. March 
9, 1817, dau. of Samuel and PoUy (Colby) Rowell. Child,— 

1. Nancy W., b. Jan. 15, 1845 ; m. Jeremiah Kimball. 

IV. Jesse A. Hazen m. May 31, 1842, Lydia C. Sargent, dau. 
of Daniel and Deborah (Foss) Sargent, b. April 13, 1824. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. John G., b. Dec. 28, 1814. 

2. Daniel S., b. March 28, 1847. 

3. Lydia P., b. April 2. 1851 ; d. Sept. 10, 1851. 

4. Jesse P., b. April 2, 1851 ; m. Ardelle W. Chase. 

1. John G. Hazen m. May 12, 1872, Augusta M. Adams, dau. of 
Dennis H. and Betsey A. (Everett) Adams, b. May 21, 1856. Chil- 
dren, — 

(1) Herbert W., b. Feb. 4, 1873. 

(2) Minnie L., b. July 15, 1874. 

(3) Ernest H., b. Oct. 5, 1882. 

(4) Luvia E., b. June 9, 1886. 

2. Daniel S. Hazen m. Oct. 30, 1866, Mary A. Russell. Children,— 

(1) Ida M., b. Nov. 12, 1873. 

(2) Jesse H., b. Oct. 10, 1882. 


Capt. Epliraim Hildreth, an early settler, lived near the 
pound. He was a good citizen, a respectable, public spir- 
ited man. He m. July 8, 1785, Sally, dau. of David and 
Rachel (Bean) Peaslee, who d. 1856, in Sutton. He d. 
1810 in Sutton. Children, — 


I. Polly, b. Aug. 14, 1786 ; m. Hunt. Perhaps lived in 


II. Peter, b. June 23, 1788. He was a soldier in War of 1812. 

III. Josiah, b. Oct. 6, 1790. He was killed by a fall on the ice 
at the age of fifteen. 

IV. Ephraim, b. April 14, 1793. He went to New York, where 
he d. unmarried. 

V. EUinor, b. March 7, 1796. She d. of consumjition at the age 
of twenty-two. 

VI. Dorothy, b. June 31, 1799 ; m. June, 1818, Eben Johnson. 
A son and daughter. 

Vn. Ednah, b. Sept. 1, 1804 ; m. Nov. 2, 1820, Jonathan Scrib- 
ner, of Unity, and was living in 1888 with her daughter in Henni- 

Jane Johnson, dau. of Dorothy (Hildreth) and Eben Johnson, m. 
WiUiam HoLnies, of Salisbury. 

The name of one Ephi-aim Hildreth is found on the roll of the 
1st N. H. Revolutionary regiment. He served from April 5, 
1781, to December, same year, credited to Hopkinton. It is not 
known, though probable, that this was the Sutton Ephraim Hil- 


Among those whose character and influence rendered 
them prominent in the early years of this town the name 
of Moses Hills deserves especial mention. Through the 
aid of one who well remembered him we are able to present 
the subjoined description of his personal appearance, and 
the leading points of his character. 

In stature tall and spare, though straight and well propor- 
tioned ; light blue eyes, features regular and expressive ; 
in manner courteous and dignified. His mental structure 
was strongly characterized by depth of thought and search- 
ing power of analysis. Morally, he was high-toned, just, 
and incorruptibly honest. Religiously, he was liberal and 
progressive ; cant could not blind him, nor could any man's 
creed put a check upon the free action of his reasoning 


powers. Strong of will, and morally courageous, no oppo- 
sition or pressure from without ever made him false to the 
truth within him, or caused him to deviate from what to 
him was right. He came here from Hopkinton. He re- 
moved to Orange, where he died, aged eighty-five. His 
wife was Polly Knowlton, and she died in Sunapee, where 
she went to live with her daughter Ruth, who married 
Christopher Blaisdell, and with him went to Sunapee, 
where they reared a family. Children, — 

I. Hannah, b. July 4, 1784 ; d. 1806. 

IL PoUy, b. Feb. 10, 1786 ; d. Dec. 20, 1811. 

III. John, b. Feb. 7, 1787 ; d. Jan. 6, 1812 : m. Anna Blaisdell. 

IV. Moses, b. July 11, 1789 ; d. Oct. 9, 1811. 

V. Ruth, b. Aug. 13, 1790. 

VI. Sally, b. March 27, 1792. 

VIL Samuel, b. June 6, 1793 ; d. Dec. 5, 1807. 

VIII. Frederic, b. Jan. 5, 1798 ; m. Salome Fowler. 

IX. Thomas JefPerson, b. March 5, 1802. 

X. Franklin, b. Aug. 21, 1803. 


John HfTwe came from England to America in 1639, and 
settled first in Sudbury, Mass. Afterwards was one of the 
petitioners for the grant of the town of Marlborough, Mass., 
and was the first white settler in that town. Himself and 
his wife Mary had a large family, and their descendants are 
numerous. He died in Marlborough in 1687, and his wife 
died about the same time. 

One of their sons was Peter, whose wife was Grace 
Howe, and one of the sons of Peter and Grace was Ezra, 
born in Marlborough, March 22, 1719. This Ezra was in 
the " Old French War." He died April 4, 1789. His wife, 
whose name was Phebe Bush, died Aug. 11, 1813. They 
had nine children, of whom Eli, b. Feb. 25, 1757, m. Polly 
Oakes, who was b. Sept., 1761. They settled in Henniker, 
and had eight children, of whom William K., b. Sept. 30, 


1791, resided in Henniker, where he was a prominent 
citizen, and was selectman for several years. 

William K. Howe m. Nov. 21, 1815, Calista Whitney, 
who d. May 19, 1828, leaving one child, Calista, who d. in 
childhood. He m., 2d, Sarah Hazeltine, who d. May 3, 
1834. An infant d. same day. He m., 3d, March 25, 1835, 
Mrs. Ismenia (Thompson) Bean, widow of Ephraim Bean, 
of Sutton, and dau. of Benjamin and Abigail (Hazeltine) 
Thompson, of Salisbury. She was b. Feb. 28, 1804. For 
children by 1st marriage, see " Bean." Children, by 2d 
marriage, — 

I. William, b. Feb. 26, 1836. 

II. Horace M., b. Dec. 17, 1837 ; d. AprU 25, 1885. 

William K. Howe d. Aug., 1842. His widow m., 3d, 
John Andrew, of Sutton. 

I. William Howe, m. Sept. 2, 1856, Mary .J. Flanders, b. April 
1, 1837. Children,— 

1. Willis H., b. July 4, 1857. 

2. Fred L., b. July 30, 18.59. 

3. Hattie M., b. Feb. 26, 1864. 

1. Willis H. Howe ni. Nov. 6, 1880, Augusta M. Dexter, b. May 
16, 1859. Children,— 

(1) Edith, b. Feb. 27, 1882 ; d. April 5, 1882. 

(2) Nellie, b. March 6, 1886. 

(3) Everett, b. Aug. 23, 1887. 

2. Fred L. Howe m. Oct. 9, 1882, Myra A. Andrew, b. xVug., 1868; 
d. Feb., 1884. He m., 2d, Nov. 9, 1885, Nettie A. Crosby, b. May, 1868. 

3. Hattie M. Howe m. Jmie 11, 1881, Fred A. Felch. [See Felch.] 
II. Horace M. Howe m. Feb. 13, 1858, Lucinda Barnard, b. 

Aug. 1, 1841 ; d. May 12, 1859. Child,— 

1. Frederic, b. March 29, 1859 ; d. March 10, 1860. 


Stephen Hoyt, son of Stephen Hoyt, of Bradford, moved 

from Bradford to Sutton in 1844. He was b. Aug. 29, 1795 ; 

d. Nov. 10, 1859 : m. June 18, 1820, Salona B.eamont, b. 

Jan. 11, 1799 ; d. July 21, 1864. Children,— 


Alfred, b. Jan. 12, 1822 ; m. 

Lucy, b. March 16, 1824 ; m. Leonard H. Wheeler, of Sutton. 

John H., b. May 18, 1826. 

Betsey H., b. Feb. 27, 1828 ; m. Thomas Deward. 

Stephen, b. May 14, 1830 ; d. April 20, 1843. 

Philip F., b. Nov. 2, 1834 ; m. Elizabeth Calef . 

Mary, b. July 26, 1836. 

Phebe A., b. Oct. 2, 1841 ; m. Frederic Croning. 

Capt. Stephen Hoyt, b. in Bradford, 1786 ; d. Oct. 9, 
1866, in Warner : m. June 7, 1810, Sarah, dau. of William 
and Sabra (Marden) Morrill, of Warner, b. May 23, 1790 ; 
d. April 6, 1846, in Sutton. Children, b. in Bradford and 
Warner, — 

I. Caroline, b. Nov. 26, 1811 ; d. June 25, 1835. 

II. Benjamin B., b. March 12, 1813 ; d. Nov. 12, 1837. 
IIL Apphia K., b. May 6, 1817 ; d. Sept. 28, 1843. 
IV. Minerva L., b. June 28, 1824 ; d. Oct. 7, 1841. 

III. Apphia K. Hoyt m. Sept. 9, 1841, Rev. Walter Harriman, 
then a Universalist minister, afterwards Col. and Gov. Harriman. 

The above Stephen Hoyt removed from Warner to Sut- 
ton in 1841, and here served as selectman, and was for sev- 
eral years collector of taxes. He was known as Captain Hoyt, 
having commanded the old artillery company in Warner. 
He m., 2d, Mrs. Polly (Bean) Mastin, widow of Asa Mas- 
tin, and dan. of Ensign Jacob and Hannah (Nelson) Bean. 
He returned, after some years residence here, to Warner, 
and there died. His 2d wife died Sept. 7, 1873, aged 71. 


Dr. George H. Hubbard was born in Hopkinton in 1823. 
He studied medicine under the guidance of Dr. Dimond 
Davis, of Sutton, and attended medical lectures at the Ver- 
mont Medical College in Woodstock. 

Not being of age when he finished the course of 
study, he did not receive his diploma at that time, but in 
1845 it was given him by that institution. In 1844 he m. 


Sally M. Jones, of Bradford, and there resided a few years. 
He was post-master there, and afterwards removed to Man- 
chester. On the breaking out of the War of the Rebellion 
he commenced his brilliant career in the army as surgeon 
in the 2d Regiment N. H. Vols., receiving his appointment 
May, 1861. In September, the same year, he was promoted 
to Brigade-surgeon, Burnside's Div., Army of the Potomac. 
He afterwards received the following promotions : Medical 
director District North Missouri ; surgeon in charge at gen- 
eral hospital at Tipton, Missouri ; surgeon in charge of 
hospital steamer Louisiana, on the Mississipj)i river ; chief 
surgeon Third District West Tennessee ; chief surgeon of 
the 2d and 6th Divisions of the Army of the Tennessee ; 
medical director of Army of the Frontier District, South 
West Missouri, and finall}^ surgeon commanding U. S. A. 
General Hospital at Troy, N. Y. He was in many battles, 
and was mustered out of service Oct. 13, 1865. He died 
in 1876 from pyaemia, resulting from an accident in step- 
ping from a horse-car at Lansingburg, New York. 


Ebenezer Hunting, b. in Dedham, Mass., May 3, 1748. 
He was one of the early settlers of New London. He m., 
April 2, 1778, Hannah Andrews. Children, — 

I. Jonathan. 

II. John, m. Jan. 4, 1803, Dorcas Pearson. 

III. Abigail, m. J. Bragdon ; m., 2d, J. Wheeler. 

IV. Israel, m. Feb., 1808, Lucinda Everett. 

V. Hannah, m. H. Hale. 

VI. Enoch, m. Joan Hobart. 

VII. Ebenezer, Jr., m. Feb. 8, 1815, Susan Stevens. 

I. Jonathan Hunting m. April, 1802, SaUy Shepherd, and the 
next year settled in Sutton. Children, — 

1. Israel, b. May 10, 1805. 

2. Polly, b. April 21, 1807. 

.3. Jonathan Greeley, b. Oct. 5, 1809. 

4. William S., b. May 7, 1812. 

5. Enoch, b. Jan. 15, 1815. 

6. James, b. Sept. 28, 1818. 

772 HISTORY OF sutto:n^. 


Stephen Johnson, of Hampstead, m. 1741, Susanna Love- 
kin, of Hampstead. Children, b. in Hampstead, — 

Stephen, b. July 13, 1742 ; m. Oct. 12, 1769, Ruth Johnson. 
Lived in Londonderry. 

Susanna, b. July 13, 1742 ; d. Sept. 12, 1805 : m. Asa Page, of 

Mary, b. Oct. 1, 1744 ; m. Nov. 5, 1767, Timothy Worthley. 

Timothy, b. July 1, 1747 ; d. May 20, 1769. 

Joseph, b. Dec. 3, 1751 ; d. July 5, 1849. 

Jonathan, b. Feb. 26, 1754 ; d. Aug. 4, 1844. 

Samuel, b. April 25, 1756. 

Henry, b. Feb. 21, 1760 ; d. Aug. 21, 1795. 

Sarah, b. Feb. 21, 1760; m. 1780, Timothy Johnson, of GofEs- 

Samuel Johnson, 7th son of Stephen, m. and had a family. 
Among his children were two sons. He was among the early set- 
tlers of Wentworth, and was a soldier in the Revolutionary War. 
When over 80 years of age he came from Wentworth to Sutton to 
visit his brothers Joseph and Jonathan. He journeyed on horse- 
back, and the agility with which he mounted his horse at that time 
was very remarkable. 

Three of the children of Stephen and Susanna (Lovekin) Johnson 
came to Sutton, viz.. Susanna, Joseph, who m. April 16, 1781, 
Sarah Philbrook, of Hampstead, and Jonathan, who m. Dec. 29, 
1781, Molly Follansbee, of Leominster, Mass. 

Joseph Johnson, 

5th son of Stephen, b. Dec. 3, 1751 : m. April 16, 1781, 
Sarah Philbrook, b. Feb., 1757, both of Hampstead. She 
was dau. of Benjamin and Sarah (Chute or Choate) Phil- 
brook. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

I. Joseph, b. Jan. 21, 1782 ; d. June 15, 1836. 

II. Henry, b. May 31, 1784 ; d. May 29, 1842. 

III. Sarah P., b. Feb. 20, 1786. 

IV. Stephen, b. Jan. 3, 1788 ; d. Sept. 4, 1843. 


V. Moses, b. July 31, 1789 ; d. JiUy 5, 1881. 

VI. Susanna, b. Nov. 11, 1791 ; d. Aug. 29, 1859. 

VII. Asa, b. Oct. 22, 1793 ; d. Dec. 9, 1860. 

VIII. Nabby, b. July 16, 1797 ; d. Sept. 26, 1810. 

IX. Syrena, b. Feb. 8, 1799 ; d. Dec. 3, 1871. 

. X. Moody, b. Dec. 17, 1801 ; d. May 13, 1864. 

Joseph Johnson d. July 5, 1849, in Sutton. His wife d. 
Dec. 20, 1843, in Sutton. 

I. Joseph Johnson m. 1812, Hannah Merrill, of , Me. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Jesse M., b. 1813. 

2. Ivliza A., b. 181.5 ; m. Joseph Wells. 

3. Joseph, b. 1817. 

4. Samuel M., b. 1820. 

6. Sarah 'SL, b. 1820 ; m. Kodnev Chase. 

6. Fanny E., b. 1823. 

7. Dolly R., b. 1825 ; d. Dec. 25, 1827. 

Joseph Johnson, Jr., d. June 15, 1836, in Sutton. His widow 
returned to Maine, and a part of the children went also. 

II. Henry Johnson m. May 2, 1811, Polly (Mary) Blaisdell. b. 
Oct. 10, 1785, dau. of Hezekiah and Anna (Sargent) BlaisdeU. 
Children, b. in Warner, — 

1. John H., b. Jan. 27, 1812. 

2. Wells B., b. Oct. 15, 1813 ; d. Sept. 10, 1834. 

3. Saloraa, b. Aug. 11, 1816; d. May 2, 1887. 

4. Moses, b. March 16, 1818. 

5. Stephen, b. Aug. 14, 1821. 

6. Henry, b. June 1-5, 1824. 

7. Mary A., b. Jan. 6, 1827. 

8. Sarah A., b. Jan. 6, 1827. 

Henry Johnson was much esteemed by all who knew him. Sev- 
eral of his sons have settled in Warner. He d. May 29, 1842, in 
Warner. His wife d. Jan. 14, 1838, in Warner. 

1. John H. Johnson m. Sally F. Cross, sister to the wives of his 
brothers Moses and Heury. Children, b. in Warner, — 

(1) Ellen A., b. Sept. 7, 1839. 

(2) David K., b. Oct. 27, 1843. 

(3) Warren L., b. Mav 27, 1818. 

(4) George J., b. June 12, 18.52. 

(1) Ellen A. Johnson m. Jan. 1, 1863, Charles L. Andrews, of Sut- 
ton. Childi'en, b. in Sutton, — 

Laura B., b. Jan. 8, 1866. 

Myra A., b. Aug. 4, 1868 ; d. Feb. 9, 1884. 


3. Saloma Johnson m. Nov. 12, 1839, John H. Brown, of Warner. 
Children, — 

(1) Henry J., b. Sept. 7, 1840. 

(2) Ira H., b. July 31, 1845 ; d. Jan. 5, 1881. 

(3) Infant son, b. May 4, 1852. 

(4) John W., b. Oct. 7, 1854; d. Jan. 5, 1881. 

John H. Brown d. Dec. 16, 1884. His wife d. May 2, 1887. 

(1) Henry J. Brown m. Sept. 25, 1864, Alice A. Ewins, of Wanier, 
dau. of Jonathan and Mai"y J. (Ingalls) Ewins. Children, b. in War- 
ner, — 

Mary A., b. Nov. 6, 1872 ; m. Nov. 6, 1887, Herbert M. Cheney, 

of Warner. 
Carrie L., b. May 8, 1879. 

(2) L-a H. Brown m. July 24, 1870, Jennie Jaquith, of Greenfield, 
dau. of Pierre and Maria (Lowe) Jaquith. Children, b. in Warner, — 

Moses J. C, b. Nov. 6, 1872. 
Waldo I., b. Oct. 12, 1876. 
Lester H., b. July 28, 1881. 

4. Moses Johnson m. Nancy Cross, of Northfield, dau. of John and 
Sally (Keniston) Cross. Children, — 

(1) Lizzie A. (2) Sarah. (3) Hattie. (4) Belle. 

5. Stephen Johnson m. Clarissa Page, of Warner, dau. of Samuel 
and Pauline (Page) Page. Children, — 

(1) Edwin, d. 1863. 

(2) Page, d. of diphtheria, 1855. 

(3) Clara, d. of diphtheria, 1855. 

(4) Pauline, now Mrs. Osgood, of Warner. 

6. Henry Johnson m. Mary Cross, of Northfield. Children, — 

(1) Charles, now dead. 

(2) Frank, m. Emma Putney, of Henniker, and resides in Warner. 
(8) Ella. 

7. Mary Ann Johnson m. Sept. 25, 1849, Moses J. Collins, of War- 
ner. No children. He d. Oct. 5, 1877, and she m., 2d, Dec. 18, 1885, 
Moses Bly, of Newbury. 

8. Sarah Ann Johnson m. Jonathan Maxon, of Sutton. Children, 
b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Mary E., b. Aug. 17, 1852 ; d. Jan. 11, 1878. 

(2) Charles P., b. Jan. 13, 1854; d. Sept. 23, 1879. 

(3) Henry H., b. March 13, 1856. 

(4) George E., b. May 9, 1859. 

(5) Walter W., b. Sept. 10, 1861. 

IV. Stephen Johnson m. Sept. 28, 1815, Polly Page, of Sutton, 
dau. of Daniel and Dolly (Noyes) Page. Cliildren, b. in Sutton, — 


1. Abigail, b. April 3, 1816. 

2. Marinda, b. May 5, 1819. 

3. Joseph, b. July 17, 1823 ; d. July 12, 1827. 

4. Sarah A. P., b. Oct. 25, 1825 ; m. Ste^jheii Woodward. [See 

Stephen Johnson d. Sept. 4, 1843. His wife d. Aug. 7j 1858. 

1. Abigail Johnson ni. Sept. 7, 1837, William J. Davis, of Washing- 
ton, son of Edmund and Mary (Graves) Davis, b. Jan. 10, 1816. Re- 
sided in Washington and Bradford till 1845, wiien she removed to 
Roxbury, Mass. Children, — 

(1) Enoch Page, b. Jan. 24, 1839 ; m. Aug. 10, 1862, to Susan S. 
Page, of Sutton. She d. July 31, 1874, and he m., 2d, Aug. 15, 1879, 
Carrie E. Davis. Children, — 

Adah M., b. in Roxburj^ 1864 ; d. July 14, 1883. 
Willie A., b. in Readville, Dec. 25, 186G. 

(2) Gertrude B., b. Dec. 1, 1844; m. May 16, 1866, William W. 
Worley. Residence, Jamaica Plains, Mass. 

(3) Amanda M., b. at Jamaica Point, Sept. 21, 18.50; m. July 18, 
1875, Alonzo W. Sherburne. Residence, Jamaica Plains. 

(4) Francis P., b. May 7, 1858, at Jamaica Plains; m. 1876, Maggie 
A. Madden. Residence, Syracuse, X. Y. Children, — 

Frank T., h. March 26, 1877. 
Abbie E., b. June 20, 1884. 

2. Marinda Johnson m. June 14, 1840, George W. Roby, of Sutton. 
Residence, Pittsfield. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Albert H., b. Feb. 8, 1842 : d. Feb. 2, 1843. 

(2) George H., b. Aug. 28, 1862. 

V. Moses Johnson m. Oct. 30, 1816, Jemima Stevens, adopted 
dau. of Obediah and Jemima (Williams) Eastman. He d. July 5, 
1882, in Claremont. His wife d. Oct. 11, 1861, in Claremont. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Mary Ann, b. June, 1819 ; d. Xov. 8, 1823. 

2. Daniel Webb, b. Oct. 16, 1827. 

Moses Johnson was a farmer in Sutton in the early part of his 
life. He resided in Peterborough a few years, and later returned 
to Sutton, and in company with Jacob S. Harvey purchased the 
store at the South village, where he was in business. He removed 
to Claremont, where he was in the boarding-house business, and 
spent the remainder of his life in that place, a much respected 
citizen. For his son, Daniel Webb Johnson, a man of wealth and 
influence in Claremont, see '' Early History." 

VI. Susanna Johnson m. Jan. 13, 1813, Merrill Roby, of Sutton. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

776 HISTORY OF sutto:n". 

1. Angeline, b. Dec. 5, 1814; d. May 12, 1827. 

2. Alanson, b. Aug. 28, 1820; d. Oct. 12, 1832. 

3. Leonidas, b. June 10, 1826. 

Merrill Roby d. March 23, 1843, in Sutton. His wife d. Aug. 
29, 1859, in Sutton. 

3. Leonidas Roby ni. Oct. 31, 1848, Harriet A. Bagley, of Bradford, 
dau. of Barnard and Hannah (Ellis) Bagley. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Alanson B., b. June 7, 18.50 ; d. June 22, 1869. 

(2) Syrena J., b. Aug. 4, 1852. 

Leonidas Roby was a farmer while he lived in Sutton. He removed 
June 13, 1860, to Claremont, where he has since been in the employ of 
the Monadnock Mills Co. — a man who is much esteemed and trusted. 

VII. Asa Johnson m. Oct. 29, 1829, Sally Brown, of Warner, b. 
July 2, 1808, dau. of Samuel and Comfort (Speed) Brown. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Angeline R., b. Aug. 7, 1830. 

2. Daniel, b. April 3, 1832. 

Asa Johnson d. Dec. 9, 1860. His wife d. April 15, 1863. 

2. Daniel Johnson m. Oct. 9, 1853, Mary Edmunds, of AVarner, dau. 
of Benjamin and Lois (Clement) Edmunds. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Marv Lodena, b. June 16, 1857. 

(2) Luella Idella, b. Jan. 9, 1869. 

(1) Mary Lodena Johnson m. June 12, 1882, Lewis C. AVithee, of 
Sutton, who d. July 3, 1889. Child,— 

Lottie Mabel, b. in Sutton, March 9, 1883. 
X. Moody Johnson m. Sept. 18, 1825, Lucinda Felch, of Weare, 
dau. of Benjamin Felch. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Joseph, b. Aug. 1, 1826. 

2. Benjamin, b. Nov. 27, 1827. 

3. Mary Jane, b. Aug. 10, 1830 ; d. Feb. 15, 1873. 

4. Wells B., b. June 9, 1836 ; d. April 24, 1853. 

5. Lucinda F., b. Jan. 31, 1839 ; d. Dec. 8, 1881. 

6. Olive Augusta, b. Feb. 8, 1841 ; m. March 7, 1870, Nathaniel Gib- 
son, of Woburn, Mass. 

Moody Johnson d. May 13, 1864, in Sutton. His wife d. July 
11, 1879, in Sutton. He lived most of his life upon the farm that 
had been his father's home and property. He sold the farm and it 
has passed out of the Jolinson name. Moody Johnson's children 
were well educated and have been highly respected as school-teach- 
ers in Sutton and elsewhere. 

1. Joseph Johnson m. June 10, 1851, Hannah Peaslee, of Sutton, 
dau. of Elder Isaac and Hannah (IMastin) Peaslee. Child, — 


(1) Effie v., b. in Sutton, Aug. 21, 1854 ; m. Jan. 1, 1871, John T. 
Merrill, of Sutton. Children, — 

Carl H., b. May 3, 1872. 
Elwiu L., b. Dec. 2.5, 1882. 
Fred E., b. Sept. 28, 1885. 

Joseph Johnson is a farmer living in the north part of the town. He 
has held several different town offices, and has been frequently con- 
nected with the schools, both as teacher and superintendent. 

2. Benjamin Johnson m. May 1, 1862, Antoinette Knight, of Hills- 
borough, b. Dec. 8, 1842, dau. of Caleb and Eli^iabeth (Gibson) 
Knight. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Mabel Eva, b. Dec. 20, 1865; d. Feb. 19, 1879. 

(2) Harry Eaton, b. Aug. 26, 1872 ; d. Aug. 28, 1874. 

Mrs. Antoinette (Knight) Johnson d. Oct. 12, 1879. 

Benjamin Johnson has also been largely connected with our schools, 
both as a successful and popular teacher and as superintendent. He 
has been a farmer and has also been in trade for several years at the 
South village, but owing to ill health has now retired from active busi- 

3. Mary Jane Johnson, b. Aug. 10, 1830; m. May 25, 1852, Moses S. 
Blaisdell, of Sutton. [See BlaisdelL] 

5. Lucinda F. Johnson m. Dec. 20, 1870, Taylor Palmer, of Concord 
(his 2d wife). She d. Dec. 20, 1870, in Boston. 

JoxATHAN Johnson. 

Jonathan Johnson, the early settler of that name, after 
purchasing his lot in Perrj^stown, used to come up and 
spend some weeks every summer, and work at improving 
his property, and then go back to Hampstead for the rest 
of the year. In this way he cleared up quite a large tract 
of land, built his log house of two rooms, dug his well, and 
in the summer of 1783 raised his crops, moving his family 
here in the fall of the same year. He was not exactlj'- 
alone in the wilderness while building his home, as his 
brother Joseph was at the same time at work upon his lot 
adjoining. Here, side by side, the two brothers spent their 
long lifetime. One spring Mr. Johnson had been clearing 
a lield, and his last act was to burn the ground over, and 


when he came back in the fall, five months later, there was 
still fire in the logs in the bog, and in the partly con- 
structed house the wood-dove had built her nest and reared 
her brood — a pleasant omen. 

In finishing his house he took great pains, each room 
having glass windows, and all the doors having iron hinges — 
rare luxuries in Perrystown at that date ; but Mr. Johnson's 
repeated transits between his old home and new home gave 
opportunity to supply himself with needful things not to 
be obtained here. He was a man of sterling qualities, and 
had a good education. His faculties, mental and physical, 
held out till the close of his long life. For further mention 
of these two brothers, see "• Early Settlers." 

Jonathan Johnson m. Dec. 29, 1781, Molly Follansbee, 
dau. of Francis and Molly (Dean) Follansbee, of Leomin- 
ster, Mass., b. Jan. 17, 1761, in Newbury, Mass.; d. in Sut- 
ton March 21, 1828. Children, all save the first, b. in Sut- 
ton, — 

I. PoUy, b. March 11, 1783, in Hampstead ; d. Oct. 31, 1808, 
in Newport. 

II. Jonathan, b. AprU 28, 1785 ; d. April 18. 1807. 

III. Judith, b. Jan. 21, 1792 ; d. April 26, 1865 : m. Nov. 4, 
1811, John Blaisdell, of Sutton. [See Blaisdell.] 

IV. Hannah M., b. March 28, 1795 ; d. Nov. 1, 1876. 

V. John, b. March 28, 1795 ; d. Aug. 14, 1865. 

VI. James, b. Nov. 1, 1797 ; d. Nov. 12, 1835. 

VII. Sarah, b. Aug. 25, 1799 ; d. April 15, 1878. 

VIII. Lydia, b. Dec. 22, 1803 ; d. April 14, 1883, in Sutton. 

IX. Jonathan, b. Sept. 7, 1807 ; d. March 24, 1878. 

I. PoUy Johnson m. Sept. 24, 1806, Smith P. Colby, of Warner. 

1. Johnson Colby, b. in Newport, Oct. 22, 1808. 

IV. Hannah M. Johnson m. Oct. 7, 1819, Moses Collins, of 
Warner. Children, b. in Warner, — 

1. Polly J., b. Sept. 10, 1820; d. June 22, 1887. 

2. Moses J., b. June 3, 1825 ; d. Oct. 5, 1877. 

3. Lemuel W., b. Aug. 11, 1830. 

4. Benjamin F., b. Oct. 7, 1832. 


Moses Collins cl. Feb. 7, 1876, in Warner. 

1. Polly J. Collins m. Feb. 8, 1843, James Stevens, of Warner. Chil- 
dren, — 

(1) Henry A., b. 1844. 

(2) Edwin R., b. 1846. 

(.3) James W., b. 1850 ; d. 1860. 

James Stevens d. Dec, 1889 ; his wife d. June 22, 1887, in Ayer's 
Village, Mass. 

(1) Henry A. Stevens m. Clara A. Dow, of Hopkinton, dau. of Hor- 
ace Dow. Child, — 


(2) Edwin R. Stevens m. Jennie Whittier, of Hopkinton, dau. of 
Amos AMiittier. They reside in Haverhill, Mass. Child, — 


2. Moses G. Collins m. Sept. 2.5, 1849, Mary Ann Johnson, dau. of 
Henry and Polly (Blaisdell) Johnson. No children. 

3. Lemuel W. Collins, of Warner, m. March 16, 1853, Betsey B. 
Marshall, dau. of Cummings and Lucy (Presby) Marshall. No chil- 

4. Benjamin F. Collins m. Jan. 4, 1862, Alzana Osgood, who d. Aug. 
4, 1872. No children. 

VI. James Johnson m. Anna Ring, of Newbury, dau. of Moses 
and Hannah (Kelley) Ring. She d. Sept. 27, 1865. Child, — 

1. Howard, b. April 2, 1831, in Sutton; m. Feb. 11, 1862, Lavina D. 
Chase, of Warner. Childi-en, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) James H., b. Feb. 8, 1863 ; m. April 3, 1890, Clarabelle Bates, of 

(2) Francis B., b. Oct. 3, 1866. 

VIII. Lydia Johnson m. May 14, 1837, Levi Collins, of Warner, 
who d. Aug. 16, 1873, in Warner. No children. 


Ezra Jones built the first " grist-mill " in Sutton, on the 
stream about one half mile below the South village. He 
also built the first saw-mill in the same locality. He had 
a mechanical turn, and in his mill he had a lathe for 
turning wooden bowls and plates. He m. Elizabeth Bailey. 
Children, — 


I. Ezra, b. ; m. Nov. 16, 1797, Ruth Page. 

II. Amos, b. April 24, 1786 ; m. Betsey Littlehale. 

III. Betsey, or Betty, or Hitty, b. June 16, 1778 ; m. Daniel 

IV. Jonathan, b. July 25, 1790 ; m. Feb. 25, 1810, Mary Mills. 

V. Nathan, b. Sept. 11, 1792. He was Dea. Nathan Jones of 

VI. John, b. Oct. 19, 1795. 

The date of birth of Ezra Jones, Jr., is not found on Sut- 
ton records, but as he was old enough to be the owner of 
land here in 1792 (see assignment of rangeways) he must 
have been born before his father came to Sutton. 


Dudley Kendrick, b. in West Newbury, Mass., 1743 ; d. 
Dec. 7, 1821, in Sutton : m. April 21, 1762, Mary Williams, 
b. in Newbury, Mass., 1741 ; d. in Sutton, Feb. 5, 1820. 
They moved to Sutton 1789, and settled upon the southern 
slope of Kimball's hill. Mr. Kendrick divided his large lot 
of land into three farms, one for himself and the son who 
was to live with him, William, and one each for the other 
two sons, in order to have them settle near him. His 
daughters married and settled out of town, but not very far 
away. Mr. Kendrick was considered a very upright, hon- 
orable man, capable in public affairs, and is credited with 
many kind deeds. Children, — 

I. Samuel, b. May 7, 1764 ; cl. Jan. 4, 1851. 

II. Benjamin, b. Aug. 17, 1767 ; d. March 22, 1850. 

III. Polly, b. May, 1770. 

IV. Rhoda, b. Nov., 1774. 

V. Hannah, b. June, 1780 ; d. . 

VI. William, b. Dec. 12, 1784 ; d. May 5, 1859, in Sutton. 

I. Samuel Kendrick m. Sept. 14, 1793, Betsey Rowell, of Hop- 
kinton, who d. Sept. 7, 1810, in Sutton. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Betsey, b. Aug., 1794 ; d. Sept. 20. 1799. 

2. Polly, b. March. 1797 ; d. April 24, 1812. 


3. Betsey, b. Nov., 1800 ; d. 1862. 

4. Hannah, b. May 17, 1807 ; d. 1875 : m. May 17, 1832, Ira Rowell, 
of East Sutton. 

Samuel Kendrick m., 2d, June 16, 1811, Rhoda Williams, sister 
to Thomas Williams, an early storekeeper of Hopkinton. She d. 
Feb. 20, 1866. Child,— 

.5. Eunice W., b. July 1, 1812; m. Sept. 18, 1834, John C. Dresser. 

[See Dresser.] 

II. Benjamin Kendrick m. June 10, 1897, Judith Gould, of 
Warner, b. April 24, 1776 ; d. April 15, 1815, in Sutton. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Jonathan Gould, b. Aug. 16, 1800; d. Aug. 13, 1879, at St. Louis, 

2. John Williams, b. May 3, 1806 ; d. Oct. 23, 1880, in Brooklyn, 
N. Y. 

3. Sarah G., b. June 16, 1809 ; d. March 1, 1874, in California. 

4. Rhoda W., b. Aug. 1, 1811 ; d. Oct. 28, 187.5, in Warner. 

5. Judith, b. April 10, 1815; d. June 11, 1884, in Sutton. 

Benjamin Kendrick m., 2d, Feb. 15, 1816, Abigail Hardy, of 
Pembroke, b. Nov. 26, 1781 ; d. Dec. 31, 1833, in Sutton. Chil- 
dren, — 

6. George W., b. Dec. 3, 1817 ; d. many years since. 

7. Otis R., b. Jan. 27, 1820; d. Julv 15, 1848. 

8. Mary A., b. Jan. 1, 1822 ; d. Xov. 28, 1851. 

Benjamin Kendrick m., 3d, May 14, 1835, PoUy Clough, o£ 
Warner, b. Nov. 30, 1787. 

1. Jonathan Gould Kendrick m. Mary E. Vancoust. Children, — 
(1) Mary Crawford. (2) Cordelia E. (3) Josephine. (4) Charles V. 

2. John Williams Kendrick m. Mary A. Dowers. Children, — 
(1) Harriet. (2) John Frederic. (3) George. (4) Mary Sophia. 

3. Sarah G. Kendrick m. March 1, 1846, John Reddick. Child, — 
(1) Frank. 

4. Rhoda W. Kendrick m. Xov. 30, 1843, Philip S. Harvey Wadleigh, 
of Sutton. Child, — 

(1) Julia A., b. March 25, 1845, in Sutton; m. B. Frank Heath of 
Warner. They have a son, Fred Harvey, b. 1883, in Warner. 

5. Judith Kendrick m. April 16, 1840, James M. Peaslee, of Sutton. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Benjamin, b. April 6, 1841; d. young. 

(2) Byron A., b. June 16, 1843 ; d. yomig. 

(3) Abbie A., b. April 7, 1848. 

(4) Sarah W., b. 1852. 


6. George W. Kendrick left home when he was quite young, and 
has not been heard from for many years. 

8. Mary A. Kendrick m. Sept. 6, 1849, Moses B. Scribner. Child,— 
(1) Frank, b. Nov., 1851. 

III. Polly Kendrick m. William Trumbull, of Warner. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. David. 2. Nathaniel. 3. Dudley. 4. AVilliam. 

IV. Rhoda Kendrick m. Nathaniel Floyd. Children, — 
1. Benjamin. 2. ]\Iary. 

V. Hannah Kendrick m. Sept. 4, 1815, Andrew Post, of Leba- 
non. Children, — 

1. Reuben. 2. Mary. 

VI. William Kendrick m. April 24, 1807, Sarah Johnson, of 
Sutton, dau. of Joseph and Sarah (Philbrook) Johnson. Children, 
Tj. in Sutton, — 

1. Dudley, b. Oct. 2, 1808 ; d. May -30, 1875. 

2. Mary W., b. March 6, 1814; d. April 10, 1835. 

8. Sarah J., b. April 25, 1825 ; m. Lucas Nelson, of Sutton, who d. 
March 25, 1873, aged about 52. 

William Kendrick moved into the South village soon after his 
father's death, and was quite a prominent business man for a long 
time. He kept the hotel at the Littlehale stand many years. 

1. Dudley Kendrick m. Dorcas Pattee, of Warner, b. 1810 ; d. May 
13, 1840, in Sutton. He m., May 15, 1842, Judith S. Morrill, of War- 
ner, b. Sept. 11, 1809 ; d. Aug. 3, 1869, in Sutton. Child,— 

(1) Adelaide, b. Aug., 1843 ; d. Oct. 9, 1882 : m. Aug. 19, 1869, 
Charles W. McAllister,'" of Sutton. Child,— 

Henry C, b. Feb. 18, 1873, in Sutton. 


Ebenezer Kezar, the ancestor of the Sutton Kezars, was 
b. in Haverhill, Mass., 1720. He came here from Rowley 
about 1772. He died here in 1793. His widow (2d wife) 
afterwards married Ej^hraim Gile, and died in 1808. 

Coming here with the early settlers, and being a resolute 
and powerful man, ambitious, and possessed of many capa- 
bilities, Mr. Kezar became a master spirit among them, and 


a good share of the public work was done by him for sev- 
eral years. He was empowered by the general court to 
call the first town-meeting after incorporation, but being- 
even then well advanced in life, he seems to have retired 
somewhat after that time, and left the town's work for 
younger men to do. 

Before coming to Sutton he was experienced as inn- 
keeper, tanner, and blacksmith, and had an extensive 
acquaintance in the older towns and communities wherein 
he had lived and operated. He was possessed of immense 
bodily strength, and all these advantages he was willing to 
turn in for the benefit of the young colony in Perrystown. 
He owned the first horse ever brought into this town, which 
was no small advantage where there were no carriage roads 
made as yet. Through his own force of character, as well 
as through his numerous energetic descendants, no man 
who has ever lived in this town has left a more decided 
mark upon it. He was more than fifty years old when he 
came here, accompanied by his son Simon and daughter 
Hannah. The son already had a family, and the daughter, 
at the age of 19, married Benjamin Wadleigh, Sr., and be- 
came mother of a numerous family. She d. in 1836, aged 

Simon's wife was of the celebrated Scotch-Irish stock, by 
name Mehitabel Foster. More children were born after 
their coming to Sutton, till they had, in all, twenty. She 
d, in 1801, aged 54 years and some months. Simon Kezar, 
her husband, d. in 1817, of apoplexy. Like his father, 
Simon was a blacksmith as well as tanner. 

Simon Kezar, son of Ebenezer, came with his family to 
Sutton at the same time his father came, and located near 
him. He m. April 19, 1769, Mehitabel Foster. Children,— 

I. Ebenezer, b. Feb. 4, 1770. 

II. Sarah, b. May 7, 1771. 

III. Simon, b. July 21, 1772 ; cl. Jan. 10, 1833. in Canada : m. 
Piercy Hovey. 


IV. Mehitabel, b. Nov. 15, 1773 ; d. March 12, 1801 : m. Feb, 
16, 1794, James Watson, of Newport. 

V. Hannah, b. Feb. 2, 1775 ; d. Dec. 24, 1794 : m. Oct., 1793, 
John Harvey. 

VI. Elizabeth, b. March 12, 1776 ; m. Moses Bean and went to 
Canada ; 8 children. 

VII. Abigail, b. June 24, 1777. 

VIII. Samuel, b. June 27, 1779 ; d. April 26, 1829 : m. Martha 
Sargent. Lived in Sutton. 

IX. Ruth, b. June 30, 1780 ; d. in early childhood. 

X. Joseph, b. Nov. 8, 1782 ; d. Feb., 1784 ; m. Polly Fletcher, 
and went to Canada. 

XI. Amos, b. March 3, 1783 ; m. Dorcas Lowell and went to 

XII. Ruth, b. May 7, 1784. Went to Canada. 

XIII. John, b. Dec. 7, 1785 ; m. Ellinor Whitcomb. Lived in 

XIV. Dolly, b. Jan. 22, 1787; m. Colby, and went to 


XV. Eliphalet, b. July 22, 1788. 

XVI. Daniel, b. Sept. 30, 1790. 

Some of the above cliildren died in infancy, and several of 
the daughters died of consumption soon after reaching matu- 
rity. About 1798 six of the chiklren, viz., Simon, Joseph, 
Amos, Ruth, Dolly, and Elizabeth, removed to Canada 
(Hatley, P. Q.), where they had large families and where 
their posterity remain. 

Concerning the three brothers who went to Canada, it is 
said of them that they in early life were hunters and trap- 
pers, but all were good farmers. Like the Kezars in Sut- 
ton, they and their progeny were fond of water, and several 
of them settled near Massawippi lake, in form and size 
much resembling Sunapee lake. One of the descendants 
of Joseph Kezar is noted as a railroad bridge builder, and 
another as a farmer and stock-dealer. The descendants of 
the Kezar family are numerous in Stanstead Co. 

Concerning the descendants of the Sutton Kezars, this 
may be said of some of them, viz., that to the fine taste and 

appreciation of the picturesque evinced by J. Harvey Kezar 
and his sons in beautifying the shores of the great centre 
of attraction, Kezar's pond, as well as to the work they have 
done in erecting close by it handsome and substantial sum- 
mer hotels, is due, in no small degree, the constantl}^ in- 
creasing growth of the summer boarding business in North 
Sutton, Avhich has already assumed such proportions that 
by means of it thousands of dollars are every year put in 
circulation in town. 

IV. Mehitabel Kezar m. Feb. 16, 1794. James Watson, of New- 
port. Children, b. in Ne"vv])ort, — 

1. Rhoda, b. June 6. 1795; d. Aug. 27, 1837 : m. Jan. 28, 181-5, 
Samuel F. Chellis, of Xewport ; 6 children. 

2. Ebenezev, b. June 20, 1796 ; d. April oO, 1867, in Prairie da Lac : 
m. Oct. 11, 1825, Mrs. Mary A. Barnes, dau. of Dr. James Corbiu, of 
Xewport ; 5 children. 

3. Samuel M.. b. Dec. 26, 1797 ; m. Harriet Jackson ; m., 2d, Eliza- 
beth Carter. Child, — 

(1) Emily C. 

1. Jonathan, b. Sept. 29, 1799 ; d. July 6, 1806. 

James Watson m., 2d, Oct., 1801, Mrs. Sally Cutting. They 
had 3 children, of whom Mehitabel, b. Jan. 13, 1804, m. Dec. 3, 
1833, Joseph Harvey, of Sutton. She d. Feb. 26, 1870, in Sutton. 
James Watson m., 3d, Mrs. Mabel Gilbert, and they had 6 chil- 
dren, of whom Hiram, b. Nov. 13, 1812, m. Jan. 6, 1839, Hannah 
Harvey, of Sutton. Hiram Watson d. March 22, 1855, in Sutton. 

V. Hannah Kezar, wife of John Harvey, d. at the age of 19, 
leaving an infant daughter, Hannah, who grew to maturity, married 
Dudley Morrill, and with him removed West. 

VIII. Samuel Kezar spent his life in Sutton, and was esteemed 
a very useful and honorable man. He m. Jan. 21, 1802, Martha 
Sargent, dau. of Philip and Hannah (Hadley) Sargent, of Weare. 
She was b. 1776 ; d. Aug. 9, 1851. ChUdren,— 

1. Ebenezer, b. June 25, 1804; d. March 17, 1841, unman-ied. 

2. Joseph, b. Nov. 13, 1807 ; d. June, 1886, unmarried. 

3. George, b. March 8, 1809 ; d. Aug. 25, 1865. 

4. Philip, b. . 

5. Helen Mar, b. April 14, 1816; d. Xov. 7, 1847; m. Joseph Trus- 
sell, of Xew Loiidon. Children, — 

(1) :Martha Ann, b. 1842 ; d. April 20, 1858. 

(2) Mary Ellen, b. 1845 ; d. 1855. 

(3) Helen, b. 1847 ; d. same year. 


786 HISTORY or suttox. 

3. Greorge Kezar, m. June 25, 1835, Fannie M. Munroe, of Stoddard. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Fannie A., b. Sept. 12, 1842 ; m. Nov. 2, 1858, James Smiley 
Bohonnan. [See Bohonnan.] 

(2) Mary J., b. Nov. 12, 1813 ; d. same day. 

(3) Sarah Jane, b. Oct. 17, 1817 ; m. Nov.' 19, 1867, John D. Colby, 
of Sutton. [For children, see Pressey.] 

4. Philip Kezar removed to northern New York, where he m. Bar- 
bara Allen and had a family. Present residence of some of his de- 
scendants, including a son Philip, Massena, N. Y. 

XIII. John Kezar also spent liis life in Sutton. He was a man 
of keen intellect and excellent capacity, and was an ingenious black- 
smith. He m. EUinor, dau. of Benjamin and Sarah (Watson) 
Whitcomb, of Newport. She was b. Dec. 8, 1788 ; d. Oct. 13, 
1853. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Hannah, b. Nov. 23, 1808; d. Dec. 11, 1847. 

2. Mehitabel. b. Aug. 11, 1810; d. July 29, 1812. 

3. Mehitabel, 2d, b. Sept. 24, 1812 ; d. Oct. 27, 1831. 

4. Sarah W., b. Oct. 13, 1814. 

5. Simon, b. Oct. 29, 1817. 

6. Benjamin Whitcomb, b. June 6, 1820; d. April 12, 1832. 

7. Jonathan Harvev, b. Sept. 27, 1822. 

8. Ruth Harvey, b." Aug. 11, 1825 : d. March 6, 1885. 

9. Lydia W., b. March 25, 1828 ; d. May 5, 1845. 

1. Hannah Kezar m. 1824, Joseph Greeley. [See Greeley.] 

4. Sarah W. Kezar m. Jan. 6, 1841, John G. Huntoon, of Gilmanton. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Mary EUinor, b. Nov. 25, 1841; m. Aug., 1866, Frank O. Dow, 
of New London. No children. 

(2) Lydia K., b. July 1, 1844 ; d. April 12, 1867. 

(3) Sarah Frances, b. Dec. 14, 1851 ; m. Dec. 30, 1889, H. Roscoe 
Chad wick. 

It was a fortunate day for this town when Mr. Huntoon married 
this Sutton lady, and henceforth made her native place the home of 
his adoption. As a public officer he has proved faithful and efficient, 
as well as a judicious and influential adviser. As a citizen he has been 
generous and public spirited, and with the hearty cooperation of his 
sympathetic and energetic wife he has ever been found among the first 
to step forward with real and ready help whenever sickness and want 
have made help necessary. In addition to the care and work of their 
farm, Mr. and Mrs. Huntoon have for the last twenty years accommo- 
dated many city boarders, for whom their pleasant and commodious 
house, enlarged and fitted for the purpose, affords a much desired I'e- 
treat during the vacation season, and in many cases the whole year 
round. See " Town Officers " for record of Mr. Huntoon's services as 
representative, &c. 


5. Simon Kezar m. Mary Ann Pinney. She was dau. of Dr. Charles 
Pinney, of Hopkinton, and his wife Betsey (Davis), of New London, 
who were married in Sutton May 12, 1818. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Marietta; d. young. 

(2) Hannah G., m. Freeman Blanchard. Children, — 

:^Iary J. ; Walter M. ; Burton C. ; Leon A. ; Edward S. ; Will- 
iam C. ; James F. ; Fred H. ; Valentine ; Addie B. 

Mary J. Blanchard m. John Schwamp. Child, — Arthur. 

7. Jonathan Harvey ^Kezar m. April 11, 1847, Emily Snow, of Dub- 
lin. She is sister to Mrs. Joseph Greeley, of Xorth Sutton. Their 
miother, Mrs. Snow, a widow, d. in Sutton, June 27, 1873. Children, 
b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Emogene M., b. April .5, 1849 ; d. March 20, 1872. 

(2) John H., b. Feb. U, 1851. 

(3) Josephine M., b. May 5, 1853; d. June 16, 1867. 

(4) Ella S., b. Oct. 30, 1855. 

(5) Carrie S., b. Aug. 3, 1857. 

(6) Fred H., b. May 18, 1860. 

(7) Hattie. b. Sept. 10, 1862. 

(2) John H. Kezar m. 1880, Clara E. Comey. Child,— 
Alice C, b. March, 1883. 

(4) Ella S. Kezar m. April 27, 1878, Frank Walter Todd, of New 

London, b. Feb. 10, 1854, son of Eli P. and Abigail H. (Nelson) Todd. 

Children, b. in New London, — 

George H., b. Feb. 7, 1880. 
Howard E., b. June 4, 1884. 
Robert C, b. Dec. 24, 1885. 
Leon N., b. Jan 2. 1789. 

(5) Carrie S. Kezar m. Nov. 25, 1878, Fred Putney, son of Truman 
and Lydia A. (Woodward) Putney. 

(6) Fred H. Kezar m. 1882, Grace M. Shattuck, dau. of jNIartin V. 
B. and Deborah Elizabeth (Moody) Shattuck. Child, — 

Herbert F., b. March, 1883. 

8. Ruth Harvey Kezar m. Nov. 16, 1848, William W. Coburn, son of 
Adonii-am and ( ) Coburn. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Susan E., b. Jan. 8, 1850; d. Jan. 2-5, 1882: m. William H. 
Chadwick ; no ch. 

(2) Benjamin K., b. Dec. 8, 1851 ; m. Oct. 17, 1874, Minerva Har- 
wood. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

Lena M., b. March 18, 1876. 

Josephine E., b. Aug. 31, 1882. 

(3) Edgar W., b. April 12, 18.57 ; m. Sept. 28, 1880, Nellie Jones. 
She was b. Aug. 16, 1856 ; d. March 6, 1888. He m., 2d, . 

(4) Maria S., b. ; m. Nov. 23, 1881, Charles L. Fowler, son of 

Charles A. and Catharine (Harvey) Fowler, of Sutton. 



James King m. , in Hampstead. Children, — 

I. John, b. 1764. 

II. Nathaniel, b. 1767, in Hampstead. 

He m., 2d, Delia Harriman. Children, — 

III. Polly, b. Oct. 30, 1775 ; m. Oct. 15, 1795, Trueworthy 
Noyes, of Tunbridge, Vt. 

IV. Betsey, b. June 5, 1777. 

V. Asa, b. March 15, 1779 ; m. Jan. 29, 1799, Polly Cheney. 

VI. Jesse, b. Oct. 28, 1781. 

I. John King m. Hannah Austin. Child, — 

1. Hannah, b. Sept. "28, ITiSG. 

Mrs. King d., and Jolui King m., 2d, Ednah Woodward. Chil- 
dren, — 

2. John, b. Jan. 7, 1790. 

3. Sally, b. Aug. 18, 1791 ; m. Carter Hall. 

4. Polly, b. April 26, 1793; m. Dec. 3(1, 1810, Jonathan Fellows. 
[See Fellows.] 

'). Betsey, b. Jan. 11, 1795 ; m. Thomas Walker, 2d. [See Walker.] 

6. James, b. Aiig. 19, 1796 ; m. Hannah Ilopson. 

7. Elbridge Gerry, b. May 22, 1798; d. Jan. 25, 1868. 

8. Guy, b. March 21, 1800; m. May 25, 1823, Charlotte Chadwick. 
Children, — 

(1) Aspasio. (2) Eugene. (3) Almira. (4) Louisa. (.5) Maria. 

9. Serena King, b. Dec. 13, 1801 ; m. March 22, 1820, Stephen Cilley. 
They lived in Grantham. Children, — 

(1) Elbridge G. (2) Benjauun (deaf mute). (3) Serena K. 

1. Hannah King m. Feb. 5, 1809, Pliny Bliss, of Fishersfield. 

2. John King m. Nov. 1, 1812, Sally Hills, dau. of Moses Hills, Esq., 

of Sutton. Children, — 

(1) Moses H. (2) Sarah. (3) James. (4) Pliny B. (5) Lafay- 
ette. (6) Lemuel W. (7) Melissa. (8) Drusilla. (9) Marietta J. 
(10) Almira E. 

7. Elbridge G. King m. March 13, 1817, Mary Dearborn, dau. of 
Henry and Mary (Williams) Dearborn. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Marilla, b. Feb. 28, 1818 ; m. March 1, 1838, Albert P. Richards. 
[See the same.] 

(2) Mary Jane, b. Nov. 29, 1819. 

(3) Elbridge, b. April 23, 1832; d. June 7, 1840. 

Elbridge G. King spent almost his entire life in North Sutton, where 
he was always much respected, and the same is true of his wife. He 
d Jan. 25, 1868. His wife d. Nov. 21, 1880. 


(2) Mary Jane King m. Sept. 11, 1838, Perley Sargent, of Xew Lon- 
don, b. Nov. 12, 1811 ; d. Feb. 14, 1864, in Eipon, AYis., son of John 
Sargent. Children, — 

a. Albert, b. July 8, 1840 ; d. Oct. 25, 1887, in Montreal. 

b. Emoroa, b. May 24, 1842. 

c. Emily, b. Xov. 9, 1843. 

d. Alma, b. April 14, 1848 ; d. Jan. 31, 1870, in Sutton. 

e. Walter P., b. June 7, 1850. 

/. Frederic G., b. Jan. 2, 1852 ; d. May 28, 1863, in Ripon, Wis. 

a. Albert Sargent m. Feb. 19, 1866, Alice Savage. Children, — 

Flora A., b. Dec, 1866, in Montreal. 

Stella A., b. July 5, 1868, in Sutton. 

Lotta L., b. Sept. 7, 1870, in Farkersburg, Iowa. 

Frederic J., b. May 11, 1873, in Montreal. 

Lena S., b. May 27, 1874, « 

Lena P., b. Nov. 28, 1875, " 

Charles, b. Jan. 31, 1878, " 

Alice H., b. April 14, 1880, " 

Edith M., b. April 8, 1882, " 

Grover S., b. Sept. 8, 1884, " 

Albert, b. Dec. 16, 1887, 

b. Emoroa Sargent m. Dec. 20, 1869, John W. Yen. Child,— 

Charles F., b. Dec. 11, 1870, in Blair, Neb. 

c. Emily Sargent m. Dec. 14, 1865, W. J. McLean. Child, — 

Bert E., b. Sept. 23, 1883, in Farkersburg, Iowa. 

e. Walter P. Sargent m. July 26, 1874, Mary Frances, dau. of Benja- 
min P. and Adeline Charity (Felch) Sargent. Child, — 
Sevira, b. Dec. 1, 1880. 

Perley Sargent kept store in New London, and later for several years 
in North Sutton, in connection with his brother, James Sargent. He 
was postmaster several years. He was much esteemed, and had many 
warm friends. He removed to Wisconsin and there died. Later his 
family retm-ned to Sutton. His widow m., 2d, May 5, 1874, Philip 
N. Little, she being Ids 2d wife. Mr. Little d. Oct. 16, 1887. 

V. Asa King, b. March l5, 1779 ; m. Jan. 29, 1799, Mary Che- 
ney, dau. of Nathaniel and Mary (Stevens) Cheney. Children, b. 
in Sutton, — 

1. Nathaniel C, b. Feb. 20, 1801. 

2. Sarah, b. June 2, 1802 ; m. June 9, 1821, Joseph Colby; 6 ch. 

3. Polly, b. Oct. 2, 1804 ; m. 1830, Stephen Nichols, of Lawrence, 
Mass. ; no ch. 

4. Eliza, b. Jan. 6, 1807; m. 1823, Asa Aldrich ; 1 son,— Charles. 

5. James Albert, b. INlarch 24, 1809 ; lost at sea 1840. 

6. Asa, b. Oct. 9, 1811 ; d. July 18, 1812. 

Asa King and family moved in 1812 to Whitefield, where he d. 
His wife d. Dec. 3, 1813. 


1. Nathaniel C. King m. April 21, 1824, Joanna B. Johnson, of 
Whitefield. Children, b. in 'Wliitefield,— 

(1) James M., b. Aug. 26, 1825 ; d. same da3^ 

(2) Asa J., b. April 22, 1827; d. April 23, 1827. 

(3) Angeline M., b. June 8, 1829; d. Dec. 23, 1832. 

(4) Caroline S.,-b. June 19, 1831 ; d. Dec. 24, 1832. 

(5) Charles E., b. June 16, 1834. 

(6) James M., b. July 9, 1836 ; d. Feb. 28, 1837. 

(7) William P., b. Xov. 21, 1837 ; d. Feb. 20, 1839. 

(8) Emerenza M., b. Sept. 2, 1839 ; d. Oct. 28, 1844. 

(9) Marshall H., b. July 24, 1844; d. Xov. 10, 1862, at Hilton Head, 
in the war. 


The ancestors of the Knowltons of Sutton came from 
Manchester, Mass., where some of the family were living as 
early as 1680. 

Samuel Smith Knowlton, a resident in New London, was 
b. 1797; d. 1853. He m. Martha Witherspoon, b. 1797; 
d. 1881. Children,— 

I. Andrew, b. 1823 ; d. . 

II. Betsey, b. 1825. 

III. Samuel, b. 1827 ; m. AUory Winchester. 

IV. James, b. 1828. 

V. Ezekiel, b. 1828. 

VI. John, b. 1830 ; m. Susan Harvey. He d. 1862 or 1864. 

VII. Mary, b. 1832 ; d. . 

VIII. George, b. 1834 ; m. Laura . 

IX. Nathaniel, b. 1837. 

X. Martha, b. 1839 ; d. . 

XI. Mary, b. 1841 ; d. . 

II. Betsey Knowlton m. John Cutler. Children, — 

1. Obediah, m. Mai'y Tallant. 

2. Martha. 

She m., 2d, Curtis Messer, of Newbury (his 2d wife). Child, — 

3. Clara. 

IV. James Knowlton was b. in New London, Dec. 7, 1828. He 
came to Sutton in June, 1853. He was for several years in partner- 
ship with William H. Marshall in operating a saw-mill and in lum- 
bering. Since disposing of his share in the business his occupation 

Hon. Edgar J. Knowlton. 

Elected mayor of Manchester, n. h., November 4, i890. 


has been that of a carpenter, and giving some attention to agricul- 
tural pursuits. He m. Mary F. Marshall Jan. 9, 1855. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Edgar J., b. Aug. 8, 1856. 
•2. George H., b. Sept. 21, 18.58. 
8. Xellie G., b. Aug. 14, 1861. 
1. Alice B., b. March 25, 1864. 

5. Wesley J., b. June 15, 1867. 

6. Mary F., b. Feb. 24, 1870. 

7. Charles K., b. Feb. 2, 1873. 

8. Ray F., b. March 15, 1880. 

1. Edgar J. Knowlton at the age of fifteen entered the office of the 
Daily Union, Manchester, to learn the printer's trade. After two years 
in the mechanical department he was advanced to a reporter's chair, 
and shortly after to the city editor's desk. In June, 1880, he accepted 
the assistant editorship of the Lockport. N. Y., Daily Union and Niag- 
ara Democrat, being employed in this capacity till January, 1881, when 
he returned to Manchester to accept a place on the staff of the Mirror 
and American. In October, 1884, he returned to his old position as 
city editor of the Union, and has since remained thus employed. Dur- 
ing his journalistic career he has done important work upon the New 
York Herald, Trihune, and World, for the various Boston papers, and 
for several years has been the Manchester coi'respondent of the Boston 
Globe. At the state election in 1886, although a member of the minor- 
ity party, he was elected a representative to the legislature from Ward 
Six, and in the campaign of 1888 was a member of the Democratic 
city committee. He m. Xov. 2, 1880, Genevieve I. Blan chard, of Nich- 
olville, X. Y. Children,— 

(1) Bessie Genevieve, b. April 2, 1885. 

(2) Belle Frances, b. Oct. 3, 1887. 

2. George H. Knowlton served an apprenticeship to the drug business 
in Manchester, and then entered the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, 
from which he graduated in 1881. He resides in Manchester, where 
he has been a member of the firm of ^Marshall & Knowlton, apotheca- 
ries, since 1880. He m. June 11, 1884, Xellie S. Colby, of Warner. 

3. Xellie G. Knowlton m. Aug. 14, 1879, George F. X'elson. 

5. Westley J. Eoiowlton learned the printer's trade at the Mirror office 
in Manchester. His health becoming impaired he returned to Sutton? 
after residing for a time in California. He died July 17, 1890, in Sutton. 

IX. Nathaniel Knowlton m. Elizabeth Hill. Children, — 

1. Allierta, m. Bert Currier. 

2. Warren F. 

Of the children of Samuel Smith Knowlton only James and John 
ever lived in Sutton. 


Capt. Nathaniel W. Knowlton, 

b. Sept. 23, 1794 ; cL July 14, 1879: m. Ruth Herrick, b. 
April 8, 1791 ; d. March 29, 1867. Children,— 

I. Nathaniel C, b. March 16, 1820. 

II. Caroline R., h. Dec. 2, 1821. 

Capt. N. W. Knowlton moved from Newbur}^ to Sutton 
iu 1825. 

I. Nathaniel C. Knowlton m. Oct. 20, 1850, Caroline R. Chad- 
wick. Children. 

1. Frank W., b. May 5, 185.5. 

2. Horace E., b. July 12, 1856 ; d. Jan. 30, 1858. 

3. Sarah Luette, b. Nov. 28, 1857. 

4. Willie M., b. May 28, 18(31. 

5. Mary E., b. Oct. II, 1865. 

I. Frank W. Knowlton m. Xov. 27, 1878, Emma E. Little, b. Jan. 
20, 1854, dau. of John C. and Mary Ann (Baker) Little. Children, — 

(1) Herbert L. (2) Wilbur C. (3) Adna J. 

5. Mary E. Knowlton 'm. Dec. 12, 1885, Fred O. Prescott. Child,— 

(1) Ashley G., b. J* lay 12, 1886. 

II. Caroline R. Knowlton m. Nov. 3, 1840, Elbridge G. Haynes, 
who d. Nov. 3, 1881. ChUdren,— 

1. Martin A., b. Julv 3(i, 1812 (ex-congressman). 

2. Addie M., b. April 29, 1816. 

3. Charles F., b. Nov. 26, 1851 ; d. Dec. 30, 1887. 

4. Cora, b. Dec. 1, 1863. 

1. Martin A. Haynes m. March 9, 1863, Cornelia T. Lane. Chil- 
dren, — 

(1) Ruth. (2) Mary. (3) Addie. 

2. Addie M. Haynes m. Chauncey Clement. 

[Copied from the Hi.story of Merrimack and Belknap Counties.] 


Dr. Robert Lane was . born at Newport, April 2. 1786. He 
studied medicine with Dr. Truman Abel at Claremont. He first 
settled in the practice of his profession at New London, moving to 
Sutton about 1810. He m. Mary Kelsey, of Newport, Jan., 1807. 
They had three children, — Elizabeth, who m. Dr. James R. Smiley, 



of Grafton, Mary, who d. when two years old, and Adelaide, who 
ni. George W. Ela, of Concord. June 10, 1812, Dr. Lane's wife 
died, and he returned to New London for residence, but continued 
to occupy the same field of practice. During the first years of prac- 
tice he spent the Avdnter months in attending lectures at Harvard 
and Dartmouth, and in 1814 received his degree of M. D. from the 
latter college. 

Close application to the study and practice of his profession, con- 
tinued through several years, told upon his health, and in 1817 he 
gave up practice for a season of rest. He went South, and after 
visiting most of the Southern states, accepted an appointment as 
surgeon in the expedition of Gen. Jackson against the Indians and 
Spaniards in Florida. After the capture of Pensacola he was sta- 
tioned there for a short time, and then was ordered to Mobile, Ala., 
and placed in charge of the military hospital at that post. In the 
smnmer of 1820 he resigned his position in the army, and returned 
to Sutton to settle permanently. He bought a farm near the North 
village, and the rest of his life was spent in the routine work of a 
country physician and in farming. 

The breaking out of the War of the Rebellion reawakened his 
military ardor, and it was with keen regret that he felt the infirmi- 
ties of age bearing too heavily upon him to permit his acceptance of 
the responsible position in the service which was tendered him. 

Toward the close of the war he was appointed by the governor 
an examining surgeon in the preparation of the draft rolls, and, as 
it did not take him from the state, he was able to perform the 
duties of the oflBce. 

He continued in active practice till he was eighty years old. In 
the spring of 1872 he fell upon the floor, crushing the bones of one 
hip, from the effects of which accident he died May 3d, aged 
eighty-six years. 

For more than fifty consecutive years Dr. Lane was an influen- 
tial citizen of Sutton. As a physician he stood in the first rank 
among his contemporaries. He loved his pi'ofession and gave to it 
the best efforts of a clear and vigorous intellect. Beginning prac- 
tice with a better preparation than was common at that day. he was 
a life-long student, both of books and in the line of original investi- 
gation. He regarded his profession as a field for unlimited research 
and study, and held it to be the physician's first duty to be always 

794 HISTORY or sutto:n^. 

He was gifted by nature with the special qualifications of a good 
surgeon, and the circumstances of his army connection gave him 
unusual facilities for the study of surgery. Upon his return to New 
Hampshire he gave special attention to that branch of his profes- 
sion, and soon became widely known as one of the best surgeons in 
the state. His reputation as a physician was also far more than 
local, and, in addition to his home practice, which embraced all the 
towns adjoining Sutton, he almost always had patients under his 
care in more distant towns. Professionally he may be said to have 
belonged to the county rather than to the town of his residence. 

In the midst of his professional work Dr. Lane found time for 
the watchf id supervision of his farm. He was a devoted lover of 
New Hamjishire soil, and stoutly maintained that it was the equal 
of any as a field for progressive and profitable agriculture. In tliis 
pursuit, also, he was a close student of books and of nature, and in 
his efforts to harmonize book farming and practical farming he was 
a generation in advance of his time. He was fond of experiments, 
and held many peculiar theories ; but these were the result of a 
careful study of the soil and the crops with which he had to do, 
and for the most part experience proved them true. At a time 
when New Hampshire farming was generally the practice of a blind 
routine, his work was based upon an intelligent study of the natural 
laws which governed it. 

In politics Dr. Lane was an old time Whig, and in later years a Re- 
publican. Sutton was a staunch Democratic town, only tlii'ee Whig 
votes being cast at its polls for several years. After a while the 
number of Whigs increased to thirteen, and so remained until the little 
band, known as " Dr. Lane and his twelve disciples," became polit- 
ically famous in the region round about. In politics, as in all other 
things, his opinions were sharply defined and tenaciously held, and 
he was always well informed upon cvirrent political ideas and events. 
He however had no wish for political position, and little time or 
taste for political controversy, but it was with pardonable pride that 
he at last saw his faith triumphant at home as well as in the country 
at large. In 1866 the Democrats failed of a majority at the annual 
election, and Dr. Lane was chosen the first Republican representa- 
tive from Sutton to the state legislature. He was then eighty years 
old, and the oldest member of that legislature. 

The mental characteristics of Dr. Lane were strength and 
breadth of view, united with accuracy and minuteness in the notice 


of details. Aside from his profession he was self-educated, but his 
education was broad and thorough. He had marked literary tastes, 
and was especially devoted to the study of the English classics. 
Wlien wearied with professional work he habitually found rest in 
the reading of standard English literature. But he took nothing 
for granted. Everything that he read must pass the ordeal of his 
independent judgment. His books, medical, agricultural, and lit- 
erary, were dotted along their margins with his notes of approval or 

He possessed rare conversational gifts, and a great store of anec- 
dotes, and having a retentive and exact memory his talk was an 
instructive and interesting mingling of facts and quotations with his 
own argument. He was always employed, finding his recreation in 
study or in a change of work, rather than in rest or sport. Thus the 
measure of his long life was filled with useful activity. 

The genealogy of the Lane family may be traced for several gen- 
erations, vmtil lost in the traditions of the seventeenth century. The 
ancestors of Dr. Lane were prominent among the early settlers of 
Connecticut and New Hampshire. His father, Jesse Lane, was 
born at Lebanon, Conn., Dec. 1, 1746, and removed to Newport in 
June, 1766. Feb. 22, 1770, he married Hester Wright, of Killing- 
worth, Conn., who was born Oct. 31, 1750. He was a leading citi- 
zen among the fii'st settlers of Newjiort, serving as representative 
three years and selectman eight years. He died at the age of 
seventy-two years. 

The family of Jesse Lane consisted of eleven children, of whom 
Robert was the fifth son and eighth child. Jesse Lane was the sec- 
ond son of Robert Lane, who was born at Killingworth, Conn., in 
November, 1713. He married Mary Thatcher, of Lebanon, Conn., 
July 4, 1744, and moved to Newi)ort, N. H., about 1770. 

It may be of interest here to state that the charter of the 
town of Newport, — the original document itself, — was pre- 
served by Jesse Lane, by his son, Dr. Lane, and by Mrs. 
Smile}', daughter of Dr. Lane, and Avas kept in Mrs. Smi- 
ley's possession till she loaned it to Mr. Wheeler, the histo- 
rian of Newport, to copy from. 

In borrowing and here presenting the foregoing sketch 
of Dr. Lane it is felt that no apology is necessary, since to 


the discerning reader it must be apparent that it is much 
better executed than anything of the kind that the compiler 
of this work is able to do. An item of personal knowl- 
edge and experience, however, if here added, will do no 
harm. Many years ago, when Dr. Lane was a younger 
practitioner than almost any one now living can remember 
him, a baby in Sutton received a terrible burn on the in- 
side of the right hand and arm. There was every indica- 
tion that the hand was spoiled for life. As it healed the 
fingers showed an obstinate determination to grow together, 
and, with the hand, to curl up into a solid ball. Dr. Lane 
gave his personal care and attention to that baby's hand, 
and saved it, without even a disfiguring scar, and without 
any loss of its usefulness. He dressed the burns himself 
every day for several weeks, and, sixteen days in succes- 
sion, cut the fingers apart with scissors, and bound each 
one up separately, and then bound the Avhole, slightly 
curved, over a ball of yarn wound soft enough to allow 
some little movement of the muscles. The complete restor- 
ation of that hand was considered a great triumph of sur- 
gical skill. It has served its owner well through a long 
life, and it is the same hand that is now preparing these 
Images for the printer. Without the care and skill of Dr. 
Lane it would never have been able to hold a pen, or any 
thing else. 

[Copied from the History of Merrimack and Belknap Counties.] 

Dr. James R. Smiley. 

WiUiam Smiley, the grandfather of Dr. Smiley, was of Scotch 
Irish origin, born in the north of Ireland in 1728. He was one of 
the first settlers of Jaffrey in 1758. He had ten children, two of 
whom, David and Robinson, were the first college graduates from 
that town. David became a lawyer, married Mary Harkness, 
Avhose mother, Elizabeth Putnam, was a relative of General Israel 
Putnam of Revolutionary fame. They had five children, only two 

^^ f^fAJlPMc^^- 


of whom lived beyond infancy. — Mary Harkness, born July 5, 
1806, married Oct. 9, 1834, to Dea. David Fosdick, died June 25, 
1861. and James Robinson, born in Bristol. June 17, 1808. 

When about eight years old James R. Smiley moved with his 
parents to Plymouth, and two years later to Grafton. He gradu- 
ated in 1826 from Kimball Union Academy, and entered Dartmouth 
college the same year. In his sophomore year he left college, and 
began the study of medicine under Dr. Reuben Muzzey. of Hano- 
ver. His studies were interrupted by ill-health, but he resumed 
them later with Dr. Robert Lane, of Sutton, and received his degree 
from the Dartmouth Medical School in 1833. 

He practised medicine four years ^vith Dr. Lane, and in 1837 
married Elizabeth Lane, daughter of Dr. Lane, and removed to 
Grafton. Here he lived, with two short interruptions, for nearly 
thirty years, building up a large and successful practice, which com- 
manded the whole of Grafton, and portions of Danbury, Spring- 
field, Canaan, Orange, and Alexandria. He was a thorougli medi- 
cal scholar, a close observer of diseases and their causes, careful 
and judicious in his treatment of them. He was earnestly devoted 
to his profession, making himself literally the servant of all if only 
he might save life or relieve suffering. He received in retm'n, to 
an unusual degree, the love and confidence of the people whom he 

Dr. Smiley began at length to suffer from the labors of his pro- 
fession, and a change became necessaiy. At the same time the fail- 
ing health of Dr. Lane required the presence of Mrs. Smiley — his 
only surviving child. In 1866, therefore, he retm^ned with his fam- 
ily to Sutton, where he spent the remainder of his life in the j^rac- 
tice of his profession, and giving attention also to farming. 

In 1828 Dr. Smiley received an appointment to the office of 
deputy sheriff of Grafton county, and to the horseback riding, which 
its duties involved in those days, he always attributed liis restora- 
tion to health. He was also about the same time an officer in the 
old state militia, ranking up from ensign luitil he held a colonel's 

While in actual practice he was a member of the New Hamp- 
shire Medical Society, and was a justice of the peace over forty 
years. He was an early member of the Christian church, organ- 
ized in Grafton in 1855, and for many years was the superintend- 
ent of public schools in that town. In his later life he helped 


establish a division of the Sons of Temperance, and was one of the 
charter members of the Sutton Grange. 

An old-line Whig and a staunch Republican, he has held Intelli- 
gent and decided views upon all the great public issues which have 
entered into the history of the country for the last half century. 
Dr. James R. Smiley died in Sutton, Oct. 15, 1886. 

Children of Dr. James R. and Elizabeth (Lane) Smiley, 
all born in Grafton, — 

Adelaide Lane, b. Oct. 10, 1837. 

Mary Elizabeth, b. Nov. 9, 1839 ; d. Sept. 9, 1856. 

Frances Farley, b. July 8, 1841. 

Susan Ela, b. Aug. 11, 1843 ; m. July 30, 1885, Charles L. Pul- 
sifer, and lived in Lake Village. She died Apr. 4, 1890. 

Pamelia Tarbell, b. Jan. 19, 1846 ; m. Aug. 18, 1874, Rev. Ben- 
jamin O. True. They reside in Rochester, N. Y. ; 3 children. 

Robert Lane, b. April 10, 1848. 

The daughters of Dr. Smiley were all graduates of New 
London academy, and all became teachers of high and 
other schools. Miss Adclie has been at two different times 
the lady principal at New London, her last engagement 
there covering a period of some fifteen or twenty years. 

Robert L. Smiley has been a journalist. Present resi- 
dence at the homestead in North Sutton. 

RoBEKT Lane Ela 

was eldest son of George W. and Adelaide Lane Ela, and 
was born at Concord April 17, 1838. When he was five 
years old his mother died, and he in consequence spent, in 
part, his childhood with his grandfather. Dr. Lane, in Sut- 
ton, and a portion of the time lived with his father in Con- 
cord. He was educated at New London, Pembroke, and 
Meriden academies. On completing his studies at these 
schools he was employed on his fathers extensive farm in 
Allenstown, and subsequent!}^ engaged in the manufacture 
of shoes in Stoneham, Mass., in which he continued till 
1861. At the breaking out of the war he returned to Con- 

t^^<--< I 


cord, and recruited a company for the Sixth N. H. Regi- 
ment. He was commissioned captain, and was mustered 
into service Nov. 30, 1861, and served till he was mustered 
out with his regiment July 17, 1865. In the second battle 
of Bull Run he was severely wounded in the right arm, and 
was sent home, where he remained a few months. Partial!}' 
recovering the use of his arm, he rejoined his regiment, and 
went with it to Vicksburg, where he was present during 
the siege and at the surrender. When the regiment, return- 
ing to Kentucky, was stationed at Frankfort. Captain Ela 
acted as provost-marshal. On the reorganization of the 
army under General Grant he went with his regiment to 
Virginia, and participated in the Wilderness battles of May 
5 and 6 ; the battles of Spottsylvania, May 12 and 18 ; 
North Anna River, May 29 ; of Cold Harbor, June 3 and 
4 ; then moving across the James river to the front of 
Petersburg, and engaging in the battles of June 17 and 18, 
and being under fire ever}" day till the explosion of the 
mine on July 30. Captain Ela was in command of the 
regiment at this time, and the Sixth N. H. being one of 
those selected to charge the enemy after the blowing up of 
the mine, he led it into the crater, and in the fight which 
followed was wounded by the explosion of a spherical case- 
shot in front of him. Both legs were partially paralyzed, 
causing injuries from which he has never fully recovered. 
He was afterwards detailed for duty as acting adjutant 
quartermaster at Concord. He returned to his regiment 
and was promoted to the rank of major before the close of 
the war. He was popular with the men under his com- 
mand, being thoughtful for their comfort and watchful for 
their interests. As an officer he was prompt and faithful 
in the discharge of duty, and performed well his part in the 
war for the Union. After his return from the army he 
studied medicine and surgery with Dr. Crosby of Concord, 
and at Dartmouth Medical School, and at Bellevue hospital. 
New York, taking degrees from both schools. He removed 
to California some fifteen years ago. 


Captain Richard Ela 

was the second son of George W. and Adelaide (Lane} 
Ela. and was born at Concord, Feb. 12, 1840. The death 
of his mother when he was three years old was the cause of 
his spending part of his childhood with his grandfather, 
Dr. Lane, in Sutton, the rest being spent with his father. 
He attended the public schools, and, later, the academies at 
Franklin, Pembroke, New London, and Meriden. Having 
graduated from the latter in 1858, he at once commenced 
the study of law in the office of George & Foster, in Con- 
cord, attending lectures at the Harvard Law School, and 
was admitted to the Merrimack county bar. 

The war broke out, and he entered the service as first 
lieutenant of Company E, Third Regiment, N. H. Vols., 
being mustered in Aug. 22, 18(31. While at Camp Sher- 
man, at Long Island, he was appointed judge-advocate of 
the Regiment. The Third Regiment was with General 
Sherman at Hilton Head, and during their stay of several 
months sickness visited them, and this, with some being 
detailed for duty elsewhere, so reduced the number of offi- 
cers that for six months, with few exceptions, he was the 
only officer with his company. 

In April, 1862, he was promoted to a captaincy. In July 
following he was assigned to the command of the forces on 
Pinckney island. He returned in September to Hilton 
Head, where sickness prevailed to such a degree that, for a 
time, but one captain besides himself was on duty. His 
own health suffered severely, and he was given leave of 
absence for twenty days. 

In March, 1863, he was assigned to duty as second in 
command of provost guard at Hilton Head. He was with 
the first expedition against Charlestown, and participated 
in the fighting on Morris island in July 1863. 

In April, 1864, the regiment was sent to Virginia to join 
in the operations against Richmond. Captain Ela's last 
letter to his father was dated at Gloucester Point, Va.^ 



Apr. 30, 1864. Thirteen days later he fell in the charge 
"which captured the first of the outer defences of Richmond. 
In the desperate charge at Drury's Bluff he led his men to 
within twenty paces of the enemy's breastworks and died. 

The adjutant-general's report says, — " The fighting lasted 
but twenty minutes, but in that time more than two hun- 
dred of New Hampshire's best and bravest fell dead or 
wounded. Among the foremost fell the gallant Captain 
Richard Ela, while in advance of his men, leading them to 
the charge. He was shot through the brain, and expired 
almost instantly." His body was buried on the field of 

Captain Ela was a brave and faithful officer. From the 
time of entering active service the complement of officers 
was never full. He was always on duty, and the work of 
absent ones fell on him. Officers and men alike bore testi- 
mony to his ability, his faitlifulness, and kindl}^ thoughtful- 
ness of others. He was never marked off duty, and at the 
end of two and one half years of service he was the only 
one of the original officers who had not been home. Regard 
for duty was the key-note of his character. Had he lived 
it would have made him a useful and honored citizen ; 
dying as he did, it made him a hero. 


Timothy B. Lewis, b. Aug. 9, 1841 ; m. Aug. 23, 1862, 
Mary Jane Fellows. She was b. July 22, 1837. Child,— 

I. Willie A., b. July 28, 1865. 



George Little, the founder of the Newbury, Mass., family 
of this name, came to this country according to a long cur- 
rent and probably reliable tradition, from Unicorn street, 
near London bridge, England, in 1640 or soon after, and 
married Alice Poor, and sailed from Southampton, Eng., in 
1638, together with her two brothers, Samuel and Daniel, 
in the party of Mr. Stephen Dummer, She is believed to 
have been a native of Wiltshire, b. 1620, d. Dec. 1, 1680. 
Her husband m., 2d, the widow of Thomas Barnard, of 
Amesbury, Mass. ; 5 children, all of 1st wife, of whom 
Joseph, 2d child, b. Sept. 22, 1653 ; d. Sept. 6, 1740 : m. 
Oct. 31, 1677, Mary, dau. of Tristram and Judith Somerby 
Greenleaf Coffin, who was b. Nov. 12, 1657 ; d. Nov. 28, 
1725. Resided in Newbury, Mass. They had 9 children, 
of whom George, 3d child, was b. Jan. 12, 1682 ; d. July 2, 
1760 : m. Feb. 22, 1711, Edna, dau. of Capt. Thomas and 
Sarah (Northend) Hale, of Newbury, b. Nov. 21, 1684 ; 
d. Oct. 15, 1732 : m., 2d, widow Mehitabel Clement, of 
Haverhill, who d. Nov. 3, 1754. He was a lieutenant in 
the militia. His name occurs among the proprietors of 
Boscawen. He removed to Haverhill, and later to Plais- 
tow ; 8 children, of whom Thomas, 1st child, b. Oct. 27, 
1711 ; d. Nov. 8, 1766 : m. Jan. 12, 1737-8, Mary Bond, of 
Haverhill, Mass.; b. Oct. 1, 1721; d. June 29, 1801. 
Thomas Little early removed from Newbury to Haverhill. 
In 1746 he and his brother Joseph were appointed by Gov. 
Wentworth to make a plan of Timberlaue, now Hampstead. 
He was a tanner and farmer. His descendants have as a 
whole been noted for their size of body and physical 
strength, especially those in the line of his son Bond. In 
his will, dated Nov. 5, 1766, he makes bequests to all his 
surviving children. In this will there occurs this particu- 
lar paragraph : " I give to my well beloved wife my servant- 
boy. Lot." This Lot Little was a mulatto. He accompa- 
nied Bond Little to Deering and to Sutton, and settled in 


Sutton, and his family is found on our town records. 
He engaged in farming while living here. Like all other 
colored persons who were born slaves at that date he was 
called by his master's name, but it is probable that on 
reaching maturity he was set free, as was not uncommon 
in New England, for the good reason that slavery 
could not be made profitable here. Cases like this of 
Lot Little, however, were not infrequent, in which the 
slave, though no longer considered such, still clung affec- 
tionately to the family in which he had been kindly reared, 
and the old feeling of dependence, the natural outgrowth 
of the peculiar relation of master and slave, made him 
ready to attach himself to the fortunes of some one mem- 
ber of it. Lot Little m. Susanna Thomas, a white woman. 
Children, as found on Sutton records, — 

Anna, b. Aug. 2, 1790. 
William, b. April 15, 1794. 
James, b. Nov. 27, 1795. 
Sarah, b. Jan. 18, 1799. 
John, b. Oct. 29, 1802. 
Lyman, b. Nov. 19, 1806. 

Thomas and Mary (Bond) Little had the following chil- 
dren, — 

I. Bond, b. June 25, 1739 ; d. Oct. 23, 1740. 

II. Bond, b. Nov. 11, 1741 ; d. July 10, 1811. 

III. Elizabeth, b. March 1, 1744 ; d. May 4, 1800. 

IV. Alice, b. March 18, 1746 ; d. Oct. 7, 1816. 

V. Thomas, b. April 11, 1749 ; d. Oct. 30, 1814. 

VI. Mary, b. Feb. 6, 1752. 

VII. Sarah, b. March 23, 1755 ; d. May 15, 1760. 

II. Bond Little m. March 16, 1762, Ruth Atwood, b. May 20, 
1742 ; d. May 14, 1814. He served mider Capt. John Hazen in the 
expedition against Crown Point in 1758, and not long after settled 
in Weare. In 1775 he removed to the adjacent town of Deering, 
where be held several town offices, and cleared a large tract of 
land. In 1786 he went to Fishersfield, where he had made exten- 
sive purchases of land. He was a prominent citizen there, served 
as selectman, was justice of the peace, and, as the records of Sutton 

804 HISTORY OF sutto:n-. 

show, performed many max'riages. At the beginning of the present 
century he removed with several of his children to Hatley, Stan- 
stead Co., Canada, where he died July 10, 1811. He was a man 
of much energy, and noted for his great wit and mirthfulness. His 
wife, of a sedate disposition, was a pious and excellent woman. The 
town and other records show that he did much work as a justice of 
the peace in Sutton, and it is thovight that he at times had his resi- 
dence in this town. Children, — 

1. Samuel, b. Jan. 20, 1763 ; m. Sept. 28, 1789, Susanna Russell, and 
d. without issue. 

2. Sarah, b. March, 4, 1764 ; d. young. 

3. Thomas, b. Sept. 16, 1768 ; d. Aug. 11, 1803, at Fishersfield. 

4. Ruth, m. June 14, 1795, James Gillingham, of Fishersfield (New- 
bury). She d. about 1800. 

5. Alice, b. May 2, 1773 ; m. Aug. 30, 1793, Ephraim Wadleigh. 
They removed in 1801 to Hatley, Can., where she d. Feb. 21, 1852, and 
he d. Jan. 20, 1852. They had 8 children, for whom see Wadleigh. 

6. Taylor, b. 1776 ; ni. Pamelia j\larsh, who d. Feb. 15, 1838, aged 
56. He m., 2d, Sally ^Miite, b. July 1, 1792; d. Sept. 4, 1872. He d. 
without issue Feb. 5, 1854, in Canada. He was the first of the Little 
family to go to Canada. 

7. Abijah, b. March 15, 1780; d. Dec. 19, 1860: m. May 8, 1800, 
Elizabeth Bean, of Sutton, who d. Jan. 30, 1866, aged 85 years. They 
removed to Canada in 1800; 10 children. 

8. Ezekiel, b. Nov. 18, 1781 ; d. March 6, 1847. (Dea. Little, of 

9. Bond, b. 1783; d. Feb. 23, 1859 : ni. Mary Bean, of Sutton, who 
d. Aug. 17, 1861, aged 75 or 76. He was a farmer and lived in Hatley, 
P. Q. \ 10 children. 

Thomas Little, 3d child of Bond and Ruth Atwood, m. 
March 26, 1795, Jennie McMasters, of Fishersfield. He 
was a farmer and lieutenant in the militia. His widow d. 
July 18, 1858, aged 81 years. Children, — 

I. Sally, b. Nov. 15, 1795 ; d. June 21, 1796. 

II. Ruth A., h. Sept. 24, 1797 ; m. Dec. 22, 1819, Dr. Lothrop 
Shurtleff, of Hatley. 

III. Jane, b. May 24, 1799 ; m. May 23, 1835, John St. John, 
of Cayuga Co., N. Y. 

IV. Thomas, b. Dec. 7, 1801 ; m. May 14, 1845, Jane E., dau. 
of Jesse and Lucy (Turner) Wadleigh, b. July 17, 1817, in Hatley, 
P. Q. Resides in Weedsport, N. Y. 

V. William, b. Dec. 5, 1803 ; d. Feb. 19, 1840 : m. Eveline, 
dau. of Stephen and Ruth Kinsman, b. at Landaff, June 1, 1808 ; 
d. at Cambridge, Mass., Sept. 1, 1866. Children, — 



1. Hiram Kinsman, b. May 27, 1830; d. July 4, 1864. 

2. Cyrus Baldwin, b. Dec. 21, 1831 ; d. Aug. 23, 18.53, while studying 

3. William, b. Jan. 31, 1836; m. May 1.5, 1863, Mary W., dau. of 
Thomas Jefferson and Ruth (Woodward) Chadwick. He is a manu- 
facturer of clothes-pins at Warner. Children, — 

(1) Lena Eldona, b. April 24, 1865. 

(2) Hiram Jefferson, b. Nov. 8, 1872 ; d. March 24, 1873. 

(3) Eveline Faith, b. July 31, 1875. 

4. Thomas, b. June 15, 1838 ; m. Marietta Pike. Resides at Brad- 
ford. He served two years in 11th N. H. Regiment. Child, — 

(1) Charles Elmer, b. May 21, 1858. 

Mrs. Little, widow of William Little, moved into this toAvn with 
her four sons, above named, and located in Mill village, where two 
of the sons afterwards engaged in the manufacture of clothes-pins. 

1. Hiram Kinsman Little m. 1856, Susan Harvey, dau. of Capt. Jon- 
athan and Dolly (Harvey) AVoodward. Child, — 

(1) Cyrus Harvey, b. Aug. 13, 1859, at Sutton. 

After the death of his parents, Cyrus Harvey Little lived in the fam- 
ily of his uncle, Truiuan Putney. He took a course of study at Xew 
Hampton Literary Institution, where he graduated in 1879. He had 
a high rank in scholarship, and at graduation delivered an address be- 
fore the Adelphi, one of the literary societies of the institution. In 
the fall of 1880 he entered Bates college, at Lewistou, Me., but his 
health, always delicate, failed under his enthusiastic devotion to study, 
and at the close of his freshman year he was forced to abandon his 
college course. His health gradually improved, and be was for several 
years associated with his cousin, Fred Putney, in trade at Sutton. In 
1885 he was school-committee in Sutton, and when the town system of 
schools was introduced he was elected a member of the school-board 
for three years, and during 1888 was chairman of the board. 

Mr. Little is a very ready and interesting speaker in public, in fact 
seems to have a natural gift of oratory, and has by invitation delivered 
several INIemorial Day addresses, which have been much admired. He 
is often called on to speak before Grand Army Posts, at fairs, political 
meetings, &c., and his addresses have often been favorably mentioned 
by the press. A correspondent of the Independent Statesman, of Con- 
cord, in giving an account of an entertainment recently held by Robert 
Campbell Post, at Sutton, thus alludes to him : 

" Cyrus H. Little was the first speaker of the eveniiig. but to a Sut- 
ton audience he needed no introduction, his birthplace being in our 
midst. Left an orphan in early years, we have watched his career 
with interest, and we can but congratulate him that he has inherited 
that patriotic love of country which characterized his noble father? 

806 HISTORY OF sutto:n-. 

Lieut. H. K. Little, of the Uth N. H. Regiment. He tenderly referred 
to his father, and expressed his interest in all comrades of the G. A. R. 
He eloquently spoke of the great issues arising from our cruel war, 
and the responsibility resting upon the nation. His address through- 
out was marked by the fine scholarship he has so well attained." 

A local paper, in a notice of his address on Memorial Day at Warner, 
thus speaks of him : " Mr. C. H. Little, who gave the address, is the son 
of one of Sutton's fallen heroes. His remarks throughout were cultured, 
graceful, and patriotic. He spoke with a strong, pleasant voice, in a 
simple, manly way, which won all hearts." 

Mr. Little is a member of the Free Baptist Church in Sutton, and is 
also a member of Massasecum Lodge, No. 34, Independent Order of 
Odd Fellows, of Bradford; also of W. W. Brown Camj) No. 1, Sons 
of Veterans, of Manchester, and has held important offices in both of 
these organizations. He is now in the employ of the well known firm 
of Barton & Co., dealers in dry goods, Manchester. 

Cyrus Harvey Little is the only child of his father, Hiram K. Little, 
and grandson of Jonathan Woodward, and great grandson of James 
Harvey, youngest brother of Dea. Matthew Harvey. With these three 
generations of honorable ancestry behind him in this his native town, 
the filial regard he has always entertained for Sutton is in no way 
diminished by the fact that he has now become a resident, perhaps 
permanently, of the city of Manchester, where he is taking up new 
interests and forming new business and social relations. He has been 
much interested in the success and correctness of this history of the 
town, being one of the committee appointed by the town, three years 
ago, to examine the manuscript as then presented, and report thereon. 
Since going away to live he has also aided mvich by making important 
and valuable suggestions, and especially by making much and finally 
successful effort to collect information on some points that seemed 
almost beyond the reach of any one. 

Ezekiel Little, eighth chikl of Bond and Ruth (At wood) 
Little, m., 1st, Judith, dau. of Judith and Hannah (Quim- 
by) Nelson, b. June 3, 1785 ; d. Sept. 16, 1814. He ra., 
2d, Feb. 22, 1816, Dolly Chellis, dau. of John Cheilis. He 
removed to Canada about 1800, where he remained till 
1812, and then returned to Sutton with his family, where 
he remained till his death, March 6, 1847. He was found 
dead in his bed one morning, after a slight illness. Like 
many of his branch of the Little family, he was noted for 


physical strength. He was deacon of the Calvinistic Baptist 
church in Sutton many years. His son, Philip N. Little, 
was born in Canada, but came to Sutton and lived many 
years upon his father's homestead farm, and there died. 
He was a prosperous farmer, and a useful, generous, public- 
spirited man. 

Children of Ezekiel Little, — 

I. Jonathan, b. Feb. 18, 1804 ; d. March 16, 1805. 
IL Philip Nelson, b. Feb. 3, 1806 ; d. Oct. 17, 1887. 

III. Hannah Nelson, b. March 20, 1808 ; d. Sept. 21, 1879 : m. 
Thomas Waclleigh. [See same.] 

IV. Ehza, b. April 25, 1810 ; d. June 7, 1880 : m. Luther Wad- 
leigh. See same. 

V. Jonathan, b. May 14, 1812 ; d. Aug. 26, 1879. 

VI. Moses, b. Aug. 26, 1814 ; d. April 3, 1815. 

VII. Jolin Chellis, b. March 16, 1817 ; d. March 25, 1876. 

VIII. Dolly Chellis, b. June 4, 1819 ; d. Aug. 23, 1844, unmar- 

IX. Judith Nelson, b. Dec. 26, 1821 ; d. Nov. 12, 1843, unmar- 

X. Salome, b. July 3, 1823 ; d. Dec. 20, 1841, unmarried. 

II. Philij) Nelson Little m. .Ian., 1827, Lydia, dau. of Henry 
Varner, of AValdoboro', Me., who d. March 10, 1872. He m., 2d, 
May 5, 1874, Mrs. Mary Jane Sargent, widow of Perley Sargent, 
and dau. of Elbridge G. and Mary (Dearborn) King. He d. Oct. 
17, 1887. Children,— 

1. Roxana, b. Jan. 6, 18-28; m. Daniel Woodward. [See Woodward.] 
^ 2. Uem-j Varner, b. April 10, 1829 ; m. Feb. 10, 186.5, Harriet M. 
Cheney, of Bradford. He is a farmer at Sutton, and has served as 
selectman. Children, — 

(1) Henry, b. July i, 1872. 

(2) Frank Bert, b. Jan. 1, 1878. 

3. Franklin, b. May 15, 18.30 ; d. July 13, 1847. 

4. Carlos, b. Sept. 18, 1833 ; m. Jvdy 23, 1855, Celia L., dau. of Per- 
kiu Hawse, of North Hatley, P. Q., b. March 16, 1834. Mr. Little 
was one of the first settlers in what is now Stanton, Plymouth Co., 
Iowa. He held several positions of trust, among them that of county 
commissioner. In 1878 he removed to Yam Hill, Oregon, where he is 
engaged in farming and lumbering. 

5. Orison, b. :\Iarch 6, 1835 ; m. June 1.5, 1867, Rachel Emily Hazen, 
and is a lieutenant of police in Boston. He served during the war in 
Nimm's Battery. 


6. Jane, b. Oct. 12, 1838 ; m. ]\Iarcli, 1862, Henry A. Stevens, a shoe 
manufacturer of Stonehani, ]\Iass. 

7. Lydia Evaline, b. Jan. 23, 1840 ; m. 1862, Samuel Bagley, of Sut- 
ton, who d. Jan. 30, 1881. Children, — 

(1) Orson, b. May 21, 186.5. 
(•2) Orin, b. April 13, 1867. 

(3) Alice Mary, b. Dec. 12, 1874. 

(4) Flora Bell, b. Jan. 12, 1876. 

8. Ellen, b. Nov. 3, 1842 ; m. Josiah, son of Eichard and Betsey Mel- 
vin. Lives in Lynn, Mass. Children, b. in Bradford, — 

(1) Lulu v., b. Nov. 28, 1862; d. Feb. 21, 1881. 

(2) Lena v., b. June 9, 1864; m. Nov. 20, 1881, Joseph A. Cook. 
Lives in Lynn. 

9. Franklin Nelson, b. July 16, 1846; m. Jan. 28, 1871, Elizabeth 
K. Asbury, dau. of Paul Asbury, Esq., of Birmingham, Eng., b. Jan. 
10, 1849. In 1869 Mr. Little went to Plymouth Co., Iowa, and became 
one of the first settlers of the township, afterwards named Stanton, 
where he held several positions of trust. In 1879 he removed to Yam 
Hill Co., Oregon, where he is engaged in lumbering. Children, b. in 
Plymouth Co., — 

(1) Philip Carlos, b. Dec. 30, 1871. 

(2) Lydia Etta, b. Oct. 21, 1874. 

(3) Nellie May, b. May 2.5, 1877. 

V. Jonathan N. Little, of Sutton, m. July 4, 1834, Lavinia Colby, 
of Warner, b. Aug. 7, 1812 ; d. June 4, 1855. Child,— 

1. Melissa Ann, b. March 29, 1836; m. Francis Shurtleff, of Hatley; 
2 children, — Thomas T. and Mary L., both married. 

Jonathan N. Little m., 2d, Dec. 18, 1861, Sarah Elmira, dau. of 
David and Harriet (Hurd) Ball. He d. Aug. 26, 1879, in Hatley. 
Children, — 

2. Erastus, b. Julv 20, 1864. 

3. Hattie Judith, b. May 25, 1867. 

VII. John Cliellis Little, b. March 16, 1817 ; m., 1st, Mary Ann 
Baker, of New Boston. He m., 2d, Lois Nichols, of Sutton. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Mary Jane, b. March 16, 1846. 

2. Salome Aim, b. March 10, 1850. 

3. Emma Emily, b. Jan. 20, 1854 ; m. Nov. 27, 1878, Frank Knowl- 

4. Mary Ann, b. 18G1. 

(1) Bert Little, grandson of John Chellis Little, b. al)Out 1870, has 
been most of his life a resident of this town ; he is a promising young 
man, of good habits and good character. 

Thomas Stevens Little, 6th in descent from George Lit- 
tle, the immigrant, b. May 5, 1766; m. Jan. 30, 1793, 


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J^, c:/i0^t>£iy 


Molly Kelly, and had 10 children. He was a farmer living 
in Goffstown till after his 2d marriage, Oct. 8, 1822, to 
Mrs. Olive Abbot. He d. in Sutton about 1848. Mrs. 
Abbot was a widow with 4 children when she m. Mr. Lit- 

Clementine B. Abbot m. Sept. 17, 1830, John Reed, of 
Grafton. Their son, John Reed, spent many of his early 
years in Sutton. He removed to Minnesota and became 
warden of the Minnesota state prison, which post he held 
acceptably several years. He married, and has a family. 
His mother went to reside with him, and there d. a few 
years ago. 

Thomas Stevens Little, while in this town, lived on the 
place formerly occupied by Jonathan Woodward. 

Hiram Kinsman Little was born in Newbury, N. H., 
May 27, 1830. He was a descendant in the eighth gen- 
eration of George Little, who came from London, Eng., 
in 1640, and settled at Newbury, Mass. His great grand- 
father. Bond Little, served under Capt. John Hazen in the 
expedition against Crown Point in 1758, and in 1786 set- 
tled in Fishersfield (now Newbury), where he had made 
extensive purchases of land. He was a prominent citizen 
there, served in various town offices, and for many jesirs 
held a commission as justice of the peace. 

The subject of this sketch was the son of William and 
Evaline (Kinsman) Little, and the eldest of a family of 
four children. Of these Cyrus Baldwin was born Dec. 21, 
1831, and died Aug. 23, 1853. He graduated at Frances- 
town Academy and commenced the study of medicine with 
Dr. Dimond Davis, of Sutton, A very promising young 
man, he was cut down in the strength of early manhood. 
William was born Jan. 31, 1836, and is now a resident of 
Warner. Thomas was born June 15, 1838, and resides at 

The father was a hard-working man and a thrifty farmer. 
An old friend and neighbor of his says, — '^ He was the best 


man to hew timber in town." When young Hiram was 
about ten years of age his father died. This was a heavy 
blow to the family. After a few years the mother disposed 
of the farm at Newbury, and with her young family de- 
pendent upon her removed to Manchester, where Hiram 
attended school. During this time he was very frail, and it 
was thought that he would not live to grow to maturity, 
but after a few years his health gradually improved. 

In 1850 he went to Sutton, and resided there until his 
death. He married, in 1856, Susan H., youugest daughter 
of Capt. Jonathan and Dolly (Harvey) Woodward, of Sut- 
ton, and had one child, — Cyrus Harvey, b. Aug, 13, 1859. 
At Sutton Mr. Little was engaged with his brother, Will- 
iam, in the manufacturing of clothes-pins. He was an 
influential and popular citizen, and was several times elected 
a member of the board of selectmen. He was at first a 
Democrat, but in 1856 joined the Republican party and 
became one of its leaders in town. 

Sept. 4, 1862, he received a commission as second lieu- 
tenant of Co. F, 11th N. H. Regiment, of which the gallant 
Walter Harriman was colonel. He was promoted to first 
lieutenant Jan. 30, 1863. He participated in the battle of 
Fredericksburg, the sieges of Vicksburg and Knoxville, the 
battles of the Wilderness and Petersburg. He Avas mortally 
wounded while in the trenches in front of Petersburg, June 
20, 1864. His wound was in the neck, rendering him 
speechless. After that terrible slaughter, with some eight 
or nine hundred wounded men, he was carried on board the 
United States floating hospital. New World, then lying at 
Point of Rocks up the Appomattox, and taken to the gov- 
ernment hospital at David's Island, New York harbor, 
where he died July 4, 1864. 

While upon the transport he was recognized by a brother 
of the Masonic fraternity, Capt. J. M. Durgin, Co. G, 12th 
N. H. Regiment, of Laconia. Capt. Durgin, at his request, 
took charge of some few effects that happened to be upon 
his person, including a beautiful silken sash. September 1, 

ge:^ealogt. 811 

1882, more than eighteen years afterwards, Capt. Durgm 
was present at a veteran's encampment at Blodgett's Land- 
mg, Sunapee Lake, where the camp bore the name of Lieut. 
Little. On behokling the name of the camp, memory 
quickly carried him back to the scene on board the trans- 
port, and he says, — " I at once inquired concerning the 
family of the loyal, patriotic dead, and learned that he had 
a son, the only survivor of the family, Cyrus H. Little, now 
arrived at early manhood, and in all respects worthy of so 
noble a sire ; and that on the next day he would be at the 
camp, where I should make his acquaintance — an event that 
will be fondly cherished by me while life and reason re- 
main, for I now have the honor and pleasure of presenting 
to this son the long kept sash, the beautiful badge of a 
noble father's military honor and fidelity, which he sealed 
with his life-blood. And now to this much respected and 
dutiful son I need not say, Accept this sash with the respect 
and reverence due to so honored a father, and cherish it as 
among your sacred things. May you preserve it as a sacred 
emblem, not only of the honored dead, but also of the 
noblest country on earth rescued from impending ruin." 

Lieut. Little was a brave soldier, and his death was deep- 
ly lamented by his comrades. Col. Harriman said of him, — 
" He was one of the most efficient and valuable officers in 
the service." The remains were brought home to Sutton, 
and the funeral was held in a beautiful grove near the 
church, on Sunday, July 10th. A large congregation of 
the friends and neighbors of the deceased were in attend- 
ance. He was a member of St. Peter's Lodge F. and A. 
Masons, of Bradford, and the funeral was conducted with 
Masonic honors. 

His widow, who was in feeble health, grief-stricken by 
his death, survived him only two months. 



Richard Littlehale came from England in 1633. He 
located first in Ipswich, thence went to Newbury, and in 
1640 was one of the twelve men who purchased a large 
tract of land at what is now Haverhill, and commenced 
there the settlement of the new town. 

Richard Littlehale m. Nov. 15, 1647, Mary Lancton. 
Their children were twelve in number, of whom Isaac, the 
tenth child, was born July 9, 1660. He m. Jan. 24, 1690, 
Elizabeth (perhaps) Bridges. They had 6 children, of 
whom John, the oldest, was born at Ipswich, July 15, 1691. 
John m. Nov. 3, 1715, Hannah Colburn. They had seven 
children, of whom Ezra, b. March 30, 1792, m. Dec. 25, 

1750, Lydia . They had two children, of whom Ezra, 

b. in Dracut, Dec. 6, 1753, m. June 9, 1777, Lydia Richard- 
son, of Dunstable, b. May 1756. This is the Ezra Little- 
hale who settled in Sutton not far from 1780. The precise 
date of his coming is not found, but the tax-list of Daniel 
Messer, constable and collector for 1779, has been found 
and copied, and the name of Ezra Littlehale is not on it. 

Children of Ezra and Lydia (Richardson) Littlehale, — 

I. John, b. May 2, 1779 ; d. young. 

II. Catherine, b. June 8, 1781 ; d. Aug. 22, 1856. 

III. Betsey, b. March 27, 1783 ; d. 1859. 

IV. Lydia R., b. Nov. 11, 1785. 

V. Ezra, 3d, b. Feb. 7, 1787. 

VI. Ruth, b. Jan. 1, 1790. 

VII. Mary C, b. April 29, 1792. 

VIII. Isaac, b. July 12, 1794 ; d. April 21, 1863. 

Ezra Littlehale, Sr., d. in 1843, in Sutton. His wife d. 
in 1838, in Sutton. 

Coming to Perrystown they settled upon the farm at the 
foot of Meeting-House hill. Originally the lot embraced 
nearly the whole of this hill, and reached down into the 
meadow. His log-house was east of the present house, 
where his grandson, W. Scott Littlehale, lives. This is one 

ge:n^ealogy. 813 

of the few farms still owned in whole or in part by the 
descendants of the original settler bearing the family name. 
It is said that the large old willow near the house grew 
out of the ox-goad which Mr. Littlehale used in driving his 
team from Dunstable to Perrystown, planting it in the 
ground upon his arrival, by the desire of his wife, who 
wished to have something in her sight which came from 
her old home, surrounded as it was with willows. 

I. John Littlehale m. 1802, Rhoda Scribner, of Salisbury. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

1. James, b. 1803. 

2. Lvdia, b. 1806. 

3. Isaac, b. 1808. 

4. Rhoda, b. 1811. 

John Littlehale was a carpenter, and lived for several years at 
the South village. He built the house where Scott Littlehale lives, 
and assisted in building the Bailey house, and also a house which 
stood between the Bailey house and Benjamin Johnson's house. E. 
Leach at some time occvipied this house. John Littlehale left Sut- 
ton and became one of the early settlers of Orange, Vt. 

II. Catherine Littlehale m. Dec. 29, 1803, Penuel Allen. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Betsey L., b. Oct. 2.5, 1804. 

2. Mercy, b. March .5, 1806. 

3. Elva A., b. Oct. 11, 1808. 

4. Stephen, b. Dec. 31, 1810. 

Children, b. in Lempster, — 

5. Abner, b. Xov. 24, 1812. 

6. Lorinda, b. June 30, 1815. 

7. Louis C, b. March 17, 1817. 

Penuel Allen d. Jan. 5, 1860, at Lempster. His wife d. Aug.. 
22, 1856. They lived in Sutton some ten years, and then removed 
to Lempster, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Mr. 
Allen was the master-builder of the Bailey house in the South vil- 
lage now owned by Thomas Nelson. 

III. Betsey Littlehale m. Dec. 26, 1805, Amos Jones. Children,, 
b. in Sutton, — 

1. Abner, b. July 23, 1806 ; d. Nov., 1850. 

2. Lucinda, b. March 26, 1808. 

3. Amos W., b. Aug. 21, 1810. 

4. Betsey A., b. Dec. 13, 1812 ; m. April 4, 1833, Gage Woodwai'd. 

5. P. Caroline, b. Dec. 7, 1814; m. 1839, Zenas Oliver. 


Amos Jones served about a year in the War of 1812, was taken 
sick in service, and d. at Plattsburg, N. Y., in 1815. His widow 
m., 2d, March 24, 1818, Joseph Wells, of Sutton. Children, b. in 
Sutton, — 

6. Samuel, b. Jan., 1820 ; d. Aug., 1820. 

7. Benjamin, b. May, 1822, 

1. Abner Jones m. 1835, Eunice Littlehale. Child, — 
(1) Evaline, b. 1838, in Shrewsbury, Yt. ; d. 1847. 

2. Lucinda Jones m. 1832, Stedman Darling, of Orange, Vt. Chil- 
dren, b. in Orange, — 

(1) Albert, b. 1834. 

(2) Alfred, b. 1836. 

(3) Abner, b. 1839. 

3. Amos W. Jones m. July 4, 1833, Orpha Potter, of Schroon, N. Y. ; 
d. Jan. 26, 1842. Children, b. at Schroon, — 

(1) Esther E., b. Dec. 18, 1835; m. June 19, 1853, James Call, of 
Benson, Vt. Children, — 

Eva ; Laura ; Ervin ; Maud J. ; Robert A. 

(2) Rosalia C, b. Aug. 17, 1841 ; d. Nov. 13, 1849. 

Amos W. Jones m., 2d, Nov. 20, 1842, Angelia A. Pratt, who d. 
Sept. 12, 1852 ; he m., 3d, Nov. 16, 1856, J\Irs. Eunice (Littlehale) 
Jones, who d. Aug. 20, 1869. 

IV. Lydia R. Littlehale m. Feb. 25, 1811, Enoch Sargent. 
Children, — 

1. Beulah, b. 1812 ; m. Hial Hurd, of Newport. 

2. Enoch, Jr., b. 1814. 

3. Susan, b. 1816 ; m. Erastus Reed, of Newport. 

4. Isaac L., b. 1818. 

5. James, b. 1820 ; d. young. 

6. Americus, b. 1822 ; m. Miss Whipiale, of New London. 

7. Lydia L., b. 1824 ; drowned, in 1829, by falling into a well. 

Enoch Sargent was a blacksmith, and lived at the South village, 
and did business in the shop between the school-house and Scott 
Littlehale's. The family moved to Orange, Yt. 

V. Ezra Littlehale, 3d, m. Dec. 14, 1813, Hannah Smith, of 
Bradford. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Ezra, 4th, b. May 12, 1815; d. . 

2. Eunice, b. April 1, 1819. 

3. Curtis, b. Jan. 21, 1822. 

4. Oliver, b. July 7, 1825 ; d. June, 1837. 

Ezra Littlehale, 3d, removed to Shrewsbury, Vt., about 1830. 


VI. Ruth Littlehale m. Dec. 3, 1817, James Cunningham, of 
Hillsborough. Children, b. in Hillsborough, — 

1. Benjamin, b. 1818. 

2. Catherine, b. 1821. 

3. Xancy, b. 1823. 

4. Healey, b. 1826 ; lived at Sunapee. 

5. Ruth,"b. 1829; d. young. 

6. Ezra, b. 1831 ; d. young. 

1. Benjamin Cunningham m. Miriam Roby, of Sutton, and had five 
children, — 

(1) Celia. (2) James. (3) Frank. (4) Ella. (5) Ida. James 
died some years ago ; the others live in southern California. 

VII. Mary C. Littlehale m. Nov. 6, 1821, Daniel Chase, of Sut- 
ton. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Carlton. 2. Julia. 3. Catherine. 4. Daniel, Jr. 

Daniel Chase d. in Sutton, Dec. 13, 1835. After his death Mrs. 
Chase, with her cliildren, went to Massachusetts, and after some 
years died there. 

2. Julia m. Sanford Stevens, and, after some years, removed to 
Corinth, ]Maine, and thence to Boston. 

3. Catherine d., aged 20 years. 

VIII. Isaac Littlehale m. June 30, 1819, Margaret Walker, b. 
March 12, 1803 ; d. Jan. 8, 1884 ; dau. of George Walker. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Langdon, b. March 14, 1820; d. Oct. 2. 1875. 

2. Mary Aim, b. Feb. 1.5, 1824. 

3. John McNiel, b. May 31, 1826 ; d. Feb. 21, 1887. 

4. Henry P., b. July 22, 1829. 

5. Winfield Scott, b. Dec. 29, 1837. 

Isaac Littlehale, lived with his parents upon the farm near the 
South village, where he d. April 21, 1863. 

1. Langdon Littlehale m. March 26, 18.56, Martha A. Gilson, of 
Woburn, Mass., b. Xov. 16, 1835, dau. of Jeremiah and Mary (Rich- 
ardson) Gilson. He was a popular and successful hotel-keeper at 
Bradford, Sutton, and Concord. He was considered a very honorable 
man in his business relations, and made many friends. He d. suddenly 
at the Bradford fair-erounds. No children. 


2. Mary Ann Littlehale m. Xov. 1, 1842, Homer Beckwith, of Lemp- 
ster. Children, b. in Lempster, — 

(1) Edson Leroy, b. Aug. 22, 1843 ; d. Jan. 3. 1848. 

(2) Edson, b. March 27. 1848 ; d. July 4, 1885. 

(3) Martin, b. June 21, 1849, 

(4) Infant dau., b. and d. Oct, 29, 1855. 


(2) Edson Beckwith m. 1874 Catherine Daiiforth. Child, — 
iN'att Head, b. in Boston, April 17, 1875. 

Edson Beckwith m., 2d, Sept. 13, 1879, Eliza Smidier, of Manchester. 

Elizabeth A., b. at Sutton, April 22, 1883. 

Edson Beckwith w'as employed for several years as hotel-clerk by his 
nncle, Langdon Littlehale, and also by other parties. He finally settled 
in South Sutton village, where he died very suddenly, of heart disease, 
July 4, 1885. His widow and daughter still live in Sutton. 

(3) Martin Beckwith m. Xov. 15, 1877, Martha J. Blake, of Derby, 
Vt. No children. Residence, Lenipster, where he is one of the lead- 
ing men of the town. 

3. John ]\IcNiel Littlehale m. 1882 Leah Fleischman, of Dunkirk, 
N. Y. Child,— 

(1) John Joseph, b. Sept. 9, 1885. 

John McXiel d. Feb. 21, 1887, at Selma, Ala., where he had for sev- 
eral years made his home, and was much esteemed, having prospered 
well. He W'as in the army during the war as veterinary surgeon, 
whence his title of doctor. 

4. Henry P. Littlehale m. Sept. 10, 1850, Harriet Tilton, dan. of 
Josiah and Dorothy (Smith) Tilton, of Sutton. Children, — 

(1) Mary Abby, b. Jan. 2. 1851. 

(2) George Henry, b. April 12, 18.52. 

(3) Emogene, b. Sept. 4, 1854. 

(1) Mary Abby Littlehale m. Feb., 1879, Sylvester S. Felch (2d 
wife). She d. Sept. 25, 1885. 

(2) George H. Littlehale m. May 2, 1882, Martha C. Page, dau. of 
Enoch and Polly (Colby) Page. 

Henry P. Littlehale has resided in Sutton most of his life, where he 
is highly esteemed. 

5. Wmfield Scott Littlehale m. Jan. 6, 1870, Celesta Rand, of War- 
ner, dau. of Noyes Rand. Children, — 

(1) Maud, b. April 8, 1872. 

(2) Blanche Winfred, b. Jan. 22, 1877. 


Nathan Maxon, of Lempster, m. Mrs. Sarah (Cheney) 
Ingalls, of Warner, dau. of Samuel and Abigail (Joseph) 
Cheney. Children, b. in Sutton. 



I. Nathan, Jr., b. June 17, 1817. 

II. Susan P., b. Feb. 5, 1823. 

III. Jonathan H., b. June 18, 1828 ; m. Sarah A. Johnson. 
[See Johnson.] 

IV. Amos C, b. Nov. 10, 1834 ; m. Clough, of Wihnot ; 

removed tliither. 

Nathan Maxon d. near 1865 in California. His wife, 
Sarah (Cheney), d. Nov. 8, 1861, in Sutton. 

II. Susan P. Maxon m. Isaac Putnam, of Wihnot, who went to 
CaKfornia. and died there. After his death, his widow m., 2d, his 
brother, Samuel Putnam. She had no children. Died in Califor- 
nia, but is buried in Sutton Mills graveyard. 


Benjamin Mastin came to Perrystown in January, 1776. 
He had bought land here in 1771, he being then resident in 
Litchfield. His wife, Elizabeth (Chandler), and six chil- 
dren accompanied him. The names of the children were 
Jacob, Isaac, Thomas, Asa, Betsey, Phebe. Thomas and 
Asa left town early. Thomas d. in Sutton, Vt., and Asa 
in Marlow, at a very advanced age. 

Benjamin Mastin, his wife, and daughter Betsey all died 
of dysentery in a few months after coming to Perrystown. 
He had been a Revolutionary soldier, and it is recorded 
of him that he was one of the first company to march to 
Lexington in 1775, and it is believed that his son Jacob, 
who is known to have served in the war, accompanied his. 
father at that time. 

Jacob Mastin, though but 18 years of age at the time of 
his father's death, at once stepped forward and proved to 
be a man of enterprise and ability. He made his mountain 
farm valuable and productive, meantime bringing up his 
large family in comfort and respectability. As before re- 
marked, Jacob Mastin and David Gile, in marrying, 
" swapped sisters." 

818 HISTORY OF sutto:n^. 

Jacob Mastin, b. March 8, 1758 ; d. Jan. 5, 1837. Lydia 
Gile (1st wife), b. Aug. 6, 1758 ; d. Jan. 11, 1795. Chil- 
dren, — 

I. Betsey, b. May 3, 1779 ; d. AjDril 10, 1860 : m. Joseph Flan- 

II. Polly, b. March 18, 1781 ; d. Dec. 17, 1857 : m. Judge Ben- 
jamin Wadleigh. 

III. Benjamin, b. AjH-il 22, 1784. 

IV. Ephraim G., b. June 20, 1786. 

V. Phebe, b. Apr. 14, 1788 ; m. Frederick Wilkins. 

VI. Sally, b. July 24, 1790 ; m. Oct. 14, 1813, Dr. Daniel Kel- 
cey, of Newjjort. 

VII. Lydia, b. March 12, 1792 ; m. Elisha Boardman. 

Jacob Mastin m., 2d, 1797, Alice Hoyt, of Hopkinton. 
Children, — 

VIII. Jacob, b. Nov. 22, 1798 ; d. Feb., 1871. 

IX. Judith, b. 1800. 

X. David, b. 1802 ; d. of spotted fever when it raged here in 

XI. Thomas, b. 1805 ; d. of spotted fever when it raged here in 
1816. » 

XII. Joseph, b. 1810 ; m. Sarah Gove, and for some years, about 
1840, resided in the North village. Has one son, Cyrus, who resides 
in Chester. 

I. Betsey Mastin m. Joseph Flanders. Children, — 

1. Eunice, b. Sept. 5, 1800. 

2. Susan, b. June 14, 1803 ; d. March 29, 1854 : m. Eliphalet Wad- 
leigh (2d wife). 

3. Joseph, b. July 12, 1806 ; d. . 

4. Polly AV. (Mary), b. April 17, 1808 ; d. May 4, 1865 : m. Jan. 5, 
1848, Erastus Wadleigh (2d wife). 

5. Benjamin M., b. Aug. 22 ; d. Nov. 13, 1830. 

III. Benjamin Mastin m. Elizabeth, dau. of Daniel and Sarah 
(Emerson) Messer, b. May 6, 1779 ; d. 1872. Children,— 

1. Ephraim, b. in Wilmot, May 9, 1812 ; d. in Sutton, July 21, 1877. 

2. Whittier P., b. ; m. Jan. 1, 1845; Betsey C. Morey, of Wil- 
mot. Child, — 

(1) Anjulette. 

3. Eliza, b. April 19, 1817; d. Aug. 13, 1888: m. Moses Moody, of 
Wihnot. (See Moody.) 


1. Ephraim Mastin m. Feb. 4, 1838, Louisa Harvey, dau. of John 
and Hannah (Hoyt) Harvey; b. Aug. 21, 1812; d. Feb. 15, 1883. 
Children, — 

(1) Ahnedia, b. Oct. 12, 1838. 

(2) Bryant, b. Oct. 5, 1840 ; d. March 6, 1866. 

Ephraim Mastin m., 2d, Mary Upton. Two sons, b. in Sutton. 

(1) Almedia Mastin went West, and engaged in teaching school. 
She is now a missionary and evangelist preacher in the West and 

IV. Ephraim G. Mastin m. Nancy Y. Hastings, b. Sept. 20, 
1796, in Warwick, Mass. Children, b. in Ridgeway, Orleans coun 
ty, N. Y.,— 

1. Carolina, b. 1818. 

2. Edwin H., b. Feb. 1, 1820. 

3. Angelina, b. Dec. 12, 1822. 

4. Laura, b. April 10, 1824. 
.5. Maryette, b. July 10, 1826. 

6. Charles, b. March, 1828. 

7. Lvdia, b. Aug. 11, 1829. 

8. Ephraim H., b. July 18, 1832. 

9. Harriet E., b. May 17, 1834. 

10. Martha C, b. July 2, 1836. 

11. Wm. Henry Harrison, b. Sept. 28, 1840. - 

VIII. Jacob Mastin m. 1834 Lucinda Harvey, b. March. 31, 
1807 ; d. 1867 ; dau. of John and Hannah (Hoyt) Harvey. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Ellen M, b. Sept. 10, 1835; d. Sept. 16, 1855. 

2. Edwin A., b. June 18, 1838. 

3. Jacob H., b. Aug. 1, 1841 ; d. April, 1858. 

4. Maryette, b. Sept. 3, 1843 ; d. Xov. 26, 1864. 

Jacob Mastin was a man of much general knowledge and surpris- 
ing accuracy of memory, and, having been a lifelong resident in 
this town, was able to furnish many facts concerning the early Mas- 
tin families, as well as some of general interest and importance in 
the history of the town. 

Isaac Mastin, Sr., 

son of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Candler) Mastin, b. 1869 ; 
d. Aug. 10, 1853 : m. Feb. 11, 1794, Hannah Messer, dau. 
of Daniel and Sarah (Emerson) Messer, b. Dec. 29, 1766 ; 
d. Nov. 28, 1823. Children, b. in Sutton,— 


I. Isaac, b. Nov. 26, 1795 ; d. 1871. 

II. Hannah, b. May 4, 1797 ; cl. Sept. 21, 1840 : m. Rev. Isaac 
Peaslee. [See the same.] 

III. Asa, b. Jan. 14, 1799 ; d. Nov. 19, 1844. 

IV. Daniel, b. March 13, 1800 ; d. July 29, 1880. 

V. John. 

VI. Betsey, b. Aug. 25, 1806. 

Isaac Mastin, Sr., located near the base of the mountain, 
in the neighborhood of his brother, Jacob, and like him 
became a useful and worthy citizen. He was remembered 
as a man of a very cheerful, vivacious disposition, indus- 
trious, and noted for honesty and uprightness in all his 

I. Isaac Mastin, Jr., ni. Betsey Shepherd. Children, — 

1. Roxana Shepherd, b. Aug. 25, 1821. 

2. Harriet Fowler, b. July 26, 1825. 

3. John, b. Dec, 1828. 

Isaac Mastin, Jr., m., 2d, Miriam Whittier. Children, — 

4. Albert F., b. ^lay 28, 1844 ; d. in service in war. 

5. Isaac H., b. .June 2, 1848. 

III. Asa Mastin m. Oct. 24, 1822, Polly Bean, dau. of Ensign 
Jacob and Hannah (Nelson) Bean, b. 1802; d. Sept. 7, 1873. 
Children, — 

1. Carlos, b. Auo-. 24, 1823 ; d. Sept. 1, 1865. 

2. Mark, b. Dec.^25, 1825. 

3. Mary, b. AjotI 2.5, 1829; ra. March 21, 1850, Charles H. Hoyt, of" 
Beverly, Mass. She m., 2d, Dec. 19, 1888, Moses S. BlaisdeU, 

1. Carlos Mastin became a homoeopathic physician, a skilful practi- 
tioner, and a very good man. He was killed by his insane wife. She 
became insane unexpectedly, shot her husband, her daughter, Cora, 
ten years old, and herself. They were at that time (1865) residing in 
Dedham, Mass. 

IV. Daniel Mastin m. Roxana Gile, dau. of Reuben and Sarah 
(Messer) Gile, b. March 22, 1799 ; d. Sept. 27 1881. Child,— 

1. Eliza Jane, b. about 1828 ; d. Dec. 16, 1869. She m. Xov. 16, 
1852, Amos H. Smith, son of Daniel and Susan (Peaslee) Smith. No 

Phebe Mastin, 

dau. of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Chandler) Mastin, m. 
Apr. 10, 1788, David Gile. [See Gile.] 



Moores C. Merrill, b. Aug. 19, 1817 ; d. Sept. 25, 1873: 
m. Dec. 25, 1814, Mary J. C. Tucker, b. Feb. 16, 1819. 

I. John Tucker, b. May 16, 1847 ; m. Jan. 1, 1871, Effie V. 
Johnson. Children, — 

1. Carl H. G., b. May 3, 1872. 

2. Elwyn L., b. Dec. 25, 1882. 

3. Fred E., b. Sept. 28, 1885. 

James H. Mekeill, 

b. July 10, 1837; m. April 8, 1859, Eliza J. Sleeper, b. 
June 28, 1840. Children,— 

I. John H., b. Feb. 28, 1860 ; d. March 27, 1862. 
n. Frank W., b. Oct. 28, 1861. 

III. Addison W., b. Jan. 2, 1865. 

IV. Mary E., b. Sept. 10, 1767. 

V. Effie J., b. Nov. 22, 1869. 

VI. Lydia M., b. July 25, 1875. 

VII. Lucy A., b. May 21, 1877. 
VIIL Arthur G., b. Oct. 8, 1882. 


Daniel Messer, b. in Methuen, Mass., Dec. 8, 1785 ; d. 
Nov. 11, 1815: m. Sarah Emerson, b. in Haverhill, Mass., 
May 11, 1737. She d. Feb. 2, 1828. They moved to Per- 
rystown about 1776. Children, — 

I. Sarah, b. Dec. 12, 1763; m. Apr. 14, 1785, Reuben Gile. 
[See same.] 

II. Thomas, b. Sept. 1, 1765. 

III. Hannah, b. Dec. 29, 1766 ; m. Feb. 11, 1794, Isaac Mastin. 
[See same.] 

IV. Isaac, b. Sept. 5, 1768. 

V. John, b. June 2, 1770 ; ra. Feb. 16, 1796, Hannah Emerson. 

VI. Jane, b. Feb. 22, 1772 ; m. Nov. 21, 1793, Whittier Perkins. 


VII. Adam, b. Jan. 7, 1774 ; d. Jan. 1, 1849. 

VIII. Abigail, b. March 4, 1775; m. Nathan Phelps. [See 

IX. Phebe, b. April 5, 1777 ; d. Jime 1, 1861 : m. Israel An- 

X. Elizabeth, b. May 6, 1779 ; m. Benjamin Mastin. [See same.] 

XI. James E., b. March 28, 1782 ; d. Nov. 4, 1851. 

. II. Thomas Messer m. April 29, 1794, Elizabeth Emerson. 
He m., 2d, Sally Powell. Children, — 

1. Thomas, b. Oct. 2, 1801. 

2. Perley, b. March 1, 1803. 
.3. Ralph, b. Oct. 8, 1804. 

4. Elizabeth, b. Jmie 14, 1806. 

5. Whittier P., b. Aug. 16, 1808. 

6. Eunice, b. April 16, 1810. 

7. Isaac, b. March, 19, 1812. 

VII. Adam Messer m. Nov. 25, 1799, Sally Colcord, who was 
b. April 25, 1780 ; d. April, 1855. Children,— 

1. Anna, b. Nov. 15, 1800; d. April 10, 1802. 

2. Sarah, b. April 18, 1802. 

3. Abigail, b. March 1, 1804; d. Sept. 6, 1804. 
3. Daniel, b. June 6, 1805 ; m. Bean. 

5. Reuben G., b. April 22, 1809 ; d. Oct., 1888. 

6. Abigail, b. July 3, 1811 ; m. Daniel Palmer. 

7. Anna, b Oct. 30, 1813. 

XI. James E. Messer m. Pamelia Eaton ; d. April 9, 1828. He 
m., 2d, Lucy M. Worth, b. 1802 ; d. Sept. 18, 1866. She m., 2d, 
Jan. 7, 1862, Aaron Russell (2d wife). Children of James E. and 
Pamelia (Eaton) Messer, — 

1. Pamelia, b. Jan. 21, 1810 ; d. Dec. 10, 1854. 

2. Matilda, b. Feb. 15, 1815 ; Nov. 7, 1875. 

3. Amanda, b. April 26, 1823. 

Child of 2d wife,— 

4. Lucy Jane, b. May 4, 1832; d. Aug. 20, 1852: m. Feb. 14, 1852, 
Philip S. Harvey Gile (2d wife). 

1. Pamelia Messer m. Sept. 13, 1832, Moses Hazen. [See same.] 

2. Matilda INIesser m. Jan. 5, 1836, Reuben G. Messer, son of Adam 
and Sally (Colcord) jNIesser. Child, — 

(1) Sarah M., b. May 1, 1838 ; d. March 28, 1880 : m. Nov. 23, 1864, 
Augvistus D. Follansbee. Children, — 

a. Ada M., b. Jan. 16, 1866. 

b. Charles R., b. April 15, 1870. 

c. Sarah E., b. Feb. 28, 1880; d. March, 1881. 


a. Ada M. Follansbee m. Nov. 10, 1885, Henry H. Cook. Chil- 
dren, — 

Arthur G., b. July 13, 1886; d. 1889. 
Charles R., b. July 15, 1888. 

Augustus D. Follansbee m., 2d, June 2, 1881, Webster, b. Oct. 

28, 1844. He was b. May 11, 1842. His brother, Herman D. Follans- 
bee, b. June 19, 1856, m. Aug. 22, 1882, Lilian A. Webster, b. March 
2, 1862. 

3. Amanda Messer m. ISIarch 8, 1849, Benjamin L. Jenks, who was 
b. at Crown Point, N. Y., April 25, 1820. They removed to Michigan 
in 1856. He d. Dec. 10, 1869, and she m., 2d, April 29, 1874, his 
brother, Jeremiah Jenks, a widower. Children of Amanda (Messer) 
and Benjamin L. Jenks, — 

(1) James Messer, b. July 14, 18.50. 

(2) Robert Henry, b. July 26, 1854. 

(3) Jeremiah Whipple, b. Sept. 2, 1856. 

(4) Hester Pamelia, b. Dec. 12, 1858. 

(5) Martin Lane, b. July 15, 1861. 

(1) James INIesser Jenks m. 1877, Nellie Neill. Child, — 
Max, b. 1878. 

(2) Robert Henry Jenks m. 1881, Clara Bouton. Children, — 

Lorine Amanda, > i tt. i o i qqt 
-c., ^r h b. leb. 6, 1887. 

Florence Mary, \ ' 

He is a lumber dealer, and manufactures aU kinds of dressed lumber, 
in Cleveland, Ohio. 

(3) Jeremiah Whipple Jenks, b. Sept. 2, 18.56 ; m. Aug. 28, 1884, 
Georgia Bisler, of Mt. Harris, 111. Children, — 

Margaret Bixler, b. May 8, 1887. 
Benjamin Lane, b. May 20, 1889. 

Jeremiah W. Jenks received the degrees A. B., in 1878, and A. M., 
in 1879, at Michigan University. He studied law, and was admitted to 
the bar, in 1881, in Michigan. He received the degree of Ph. D. at 
Halle, Germany, in 1885. He taught English literature, Greek, and 
Latin three years at Mt. Harris college in Illinois ; English, in Peoria, 
111., high school, one year. He w^as professor of political science and 
English literature in Knox college, Galesburg, 111., three years, and 
has been professor of economics and social science in Indiana Univer- 
sity, at Bloomington, Ind., since June, 1889. He is author of several 
works on political economy, and has contributed to the " Political 
Science Quarterly," and other periodicals. 

(4) Hester Pamelia Jenks was a very successful teacher, and was 
principal of the high school at Vinton, Iowa, when a severe illness of 
her mother called her home. 


(5) Martin Lane Jenks is with Findlay Rolling Mills Co., at Find- 
lay, Ohio. 

Benjamin L. Jenks, father of the foregoing family, was a farmer 
and lumber dealer. Jeremiah Jenks, his brother, the present hus- 
band of Mrs. Amanda (Messer) Jenks, is head of the firm of 
J. Jenks & Co., of Sand Beach, Mich., manufacturers of flour, salt, 
etc., and dealers in grain and general merchandise. 


Moses Moody, from Wilmot, m. Eliza, dau. of Benjamin 
Mastin, b. April 19, 1817; d. Aug. 13, 1888. Children,— 

I. Edward, b. 1847; d. March 19, 1873: m. Mary, dau. of 
Charles French. 

II. Albert H., m. Emma Fowler. 

III. Diantha M. 

IV. Chester J., m. May Gowings. 


John W. Moore, son of William T. and Lavinia (Dear- 
born) Moore, m. Lorinda R. Gove, Oct. 24, 1858, in Sut- 
ton. She d. in Sutton Aug. 9, 1861. Children, — 

I. Emma, b. Aug. 3, 1859 ; m. Lewellyn WeUs. [See Wells.] 

II. Frank, b. June 3, 1861 ; d. July 2, 1862. 

John W. Moore m., 2d, Jan. 4, 1862, Melissa George. 


Nathan Morey, b. Dec. 14, 1790; d. April 27,1871: m. 
1811, Lydia Carr, b. March 20, 1795 ; d. Sept. 28, 1873. 
They moved from Wilmot to Sutton 1840. Children, — 

I. Richard C, b. July 30, 1814. 

II. Susan, b. Feb. 13, 1816 ; d. April 5, 1882. 

III. Lucy C, b. May 21, 1818 ; d. Dec. 18, 1882. 


IV. Catharine, b. Aug. 6, 1821 ; d. March 15, 1888. 

V. Jeremiah P., b. Aug. 7. 1823 ; d. Aug. 30, 1863. 

VI. Betsey C, b. July 20, 1826 ; d. Nov. 21, 1882. 

VII. Millington C, b. July 8, 1828. 

VIII. John, b. May 4, 1831. 

IX. Hannah, b. July 30, 1834. 

X. Emily E., b. Nov. 28. 1837. 

XI. Sarah C, b. July 25, 1840. 

I. Richard C. Morey m. May 24, 1849, Rosilla French. ChU- 
dren, — 

I. Merrill F. 2. Dora. 3. Edwin X. 4. Emma J. 5. Harrison 
E. 6. Jeremiah P. 7. Lanra T. 8. Chellis B. 9. Rosie. 

II. Susan Morey m. 1834, Lutlier S. Tilton. Children, — 

1. Mary Ann. 2. Martha. 3. Nancy. 4. James F. 5. Almira. 
6. Joseph. 7. Nelson. 8. Lucas S. 9. Catherine. 

III. Lucy C. Morey m. 1837, Samuel G. Hill. Children,— 
1. Xoyes C. 2. Lydia M. 

IV. Catherine Morey m. 1841, Freeman Fellows. Child, — 
1. AVilliam B. 

V. Jeremiah P. Morey m. Nov. 12, 1846, Betsey Cheney. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Nancy A. 2. George H. 3. Hartson. 4. Nancy, o. Moses. 6. 
Luther. 7. Nathan. 

VI. Betsey C. Morey m. May 8, 1846, Stephen C. Howlett. 
Children, — 

1. Richard M. 2. John C. 3. George A. 

VII. Millington C. Morey m. May 1, 1861, Maria Perry. 

VIII. John C. Morey m. Jan. 23, 1855, Olive Heath. ChU- 
dren, — 

1. Samuel B. 2. Martin S. 

X. Emily E. Morey m. Jan. 12, 1854, Hartson J. Perry. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Edmund. 2. Wyman. 3. Curtis. 4. Ida E. 5. Delia. 

XI. Sarah C. Morey m. April 28, 1859, Horace Morey. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Edgar. 2. Bertha. 3. Nellie. 4. John. 5. Frederic. 6. Fred- 
eric A. 

Nathan Morey's great grandchildren, — 


Aggie E., Minnie, and Willie, Hewlett. 
Anna, Willie, Jennie, and Ina, Fellows. 
Bertha Smart. 
Elroy and IVIabel Rollins. 
Josie Bell, Bert, and Joseph, Tilton. 
Oscar, James, and Susie, Varnum. 

Mabel, Ola Belle, Nellie, George, Sumner, Helen, Minnie A., Leroy 
H., Archie G., Claude R., Frank, Nellie D., and Willie B., Morey. 
There are twelve others whose names are not given. 


Capt. Joliu Morgan lived in New London, near Pike's 
shore, on Sunapee Lake. Four of his sons moved into the 
north-west part of this town, viz., — 

I. William. 

II. James. 

III. Samuel. 

IV. Obediah. 

II. James lived near the Chad wicks ; m. Eliza Stanley, and they 
had several sons, — Horace, the oldest, b. May 26, 1812. 

III. Samuel m. Mehitabel Robinson. Children, — 

1. Bradley. 2. Almira. 3. Francis. 4. Solomon. 5. Delia. 6. 
Nancy. 7. Thomas. 8. Lydia. 9. John. 10. Charles. 11. Henry. 
12. William L. 

2. Almira Morgan m. Edward Waldron. Children, — 
(1) Joseph E. (2) Annie M. 

(1) Joseph E. m. Annie Simons. Children, — 
Belle; Everett; Ethel. 

(2) Annie M. m. Ezra Hines. Children, — 

Edward ; Ezra ; Mary. 

4. Solomon Moi'gan m. Idell Smith. Child, — 
(1) Clifton. 

5. Delia Morgan m. Hiram Bean. 

6. Nancy Morgan m. Edward Story. Child, — 
(1) Addie. 

8. Lydia Morgan m., 1st, Augustine Pelton. She m., 2d, ■ 

Fisher. Children, by 1st hvTsband, — 

(1) Clara. (2) Charles. 

9. John Morgan m. Adelaide Holland. Children, — 


(1) Annie. (2) Amelia. (3) John. 

10. Charles Morgan m. Caroline Harvey. Children, — 
(1) Emma. (2) Euth E. 

He m., 2d, Emily Maxfield. Children, — 
(3) Charles. (4) James M. (5) Edward W. 

(1) Emma Morgan m. William H. Chadwick. [See Chadwick.] 

(2) Ruth E. Morgan died in her young girlhood. 

(3) Charles Morgan, Jr., m. Sarah E. Tompkins. Child, — 
Roy Clifton. 

11. Henry Morgan m. Love Kinney. Children, — 
(1) Etta. (2) William. 

12. William L. Morgan m. Dec. 18, 1860, Florence Bean, dau. of 
Ephraim Bean. [See Bean.] 

Obediah Morgan, 

b. Oct. 5, 1800 ; d. Sept. 28, 1877 : m. Oct. 23, 1821, Hnl- 
dali Messer, of New London, and moved to Sutton about 
the same time. She was b. July 25, 1803; d. Oct. 28, 
1877. Children,— 

I. Mary Elizabeth, b. July 7. 1829 ; d. Feb. 19, 1832. 

II. Martha A., b. Feb. 18, 1831. 

ni. George, b. Nov. 26, 1834 ; d. in the war Jidy 23, 1864. 

IV. Austin, b. March 1, 1838. 

V. Mary E., b. June 14, 1842. 

II. Martha A. Morgan m. Sept. 5, 1852, Wyman P. Kimball. 
Children, — 

1. George L. 2. Ida. 3. Ed W. 1. Cora. 

2. Ida Kimball m. Frank Call. Children, — 
(1) Cora. (2) Minnie. 

3. Ed W. Kimball m. Ola E. Goings. Child,— 
(1) Etta B. 

IV. Austin Morgan m. Jan. 6, 1867, Mary G. Fellows. She 
was b. 1848 ; d. Dec. 24, 1887. Children,— 

1. Lucv A., b. July 29, 1869. 

2. George K., b. Xov. 18, 1871. 

3. Walter H., b. March 10, 1874. 

4. Charles A., b. May 6, 1879. 

5. Lizzie E., b. Nov. "^11. 1881. 

6. Infant, b. Xov. 22, 1887 ; d. Xov. 29, 1887. 

828 HISTORY or suttox. 

V. Mary E. Morgan m. Oct. 6, 1871, Francis Richards. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Alice. 2. Dura. 

Thomas Morgan, 

b. Feb. 28, 1789; m., 1st, Naucy K. W. Morgan, b. Sept. 
11, 1791 ; d. Nov. 24, 1844. He m., 2d, Rachel Davis, b. 
June 11, 1808. Children,— 

I. WiUiam D., b. July 26. 1812. 

II. George Sullivan, b. May 14, 1714. 

III. Sarah Ann, b. Aug. 5, 1816 ; d. Aug. 24, 1840. 

IV. Josiah S., b. Nov. 30, 1825 ; d. March 20, 1821. 

V. Oliver C, b. Oct. 30, 1823 ; d. April 15, 1845. 

VI. Josiah S., b. Nov. 30, 1825 ; m. Nov. 24, 1847, Harriet S. 

VIL Reuben B., b. Feb. 7, 1830 ; d. May 31, 1832. 

VIII. Reuben B., b. May 15, 1833. 

IX. Frances A., b. Aug. 11, 1847. 

X. Thomas resided in this town near his father, in the vicinity of 
Birch hill, on the Jonathan Roby place. 

II. George Sullivan Morgan m. May 20, 1838, Mary, oldest dau. 
of Moses PiUsbury, of Sutton, b. April 18, 1818 ; d. March 28, 
1851. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. George S., b. Jan. 2,5, 1839; d. Aug. 31, 1861. 

2. Harriet P., b. Dec. 2, 1840 ; d. Dec. 15, 1860. 

3. Marietta, b. Nov. 30, 1846 ; m. Oct. 17, 1871, Josiah Chase, of 
Manchester, who d. Nov. 26, 1877. 

George Sullivan Morgan m., 2d, Aug. 17, 1851, Polly, dau. of 
John and Judith (Johnson) Blaisdell, b. Oct. 11, 1815. Children, — 

4. Lydia Jane, b. April 11, 1853 ; d. Xov. 13, 1858. 

5. Judith Ann, b. Sept. 5, 1854; d. March 22, 18.58. 

A few years after his 2d marriage Mr. Morgan removed to Brad- 
ford, where he is a prominent and prosperous citizen. 

Thomas Morgan was not of the same family as the brothers 
Samuel, James, Solomon, and Obediah, who located in the north- 
west part of Sutton. 



Israel Morrill was for several years after 1807 a resident 
in Sutton, in the vicinity of Roby's Corner, where he was. 
connected with saw-mills. In 1821 he built a saw-mill 
near the river bridge at Roby's Corner, which he operated 
till it was destroyed by the great freshet of 1826, which 
undermined the mill, making it a total wreck. Mr. Morrill 
was not further identified with this town. He died while 
on a business trip to New York, Sept. 19, 1828. For chil- 
dren of himself and 2d wife, Sally Cheney, see Cheney. 


Daniel Muzzy served in the War of 1812. Six soldiers 
were called for out of the South Co. of Sutton, He volun- 
teered and enlisted under Capt. Thomas Currier, of New 
London, James Minot, of this town, ensign. They went 
into service Feb., 1813. Daniel Muzzy was son of John 
Muzzy of Salisbury, who for 2d wife m. Polly, dan. of 
Moses Quimby, Jan. 17, 1798. Dauiel was son of the first 
wife. A sister of Daniel m. Moses, son of Philip Nelson. 
Polly Quimby outlived her husband, John Muzzy, and for 
2d husband m. Joseph Putney, of Hopkinton. 

Elizabeth Muzzy, b. Dec. 29, 1790 ; d. Jan. o, 1866 : m. 
Dec. 2, 1810, Perley Andrew, b. Sept. 4, 1783; d. May 8, 
1859 ; 13 children. [See Andrew.] 


Jonathan Nelson, the progenitor of the Sutton Nelsons, 
came here in 1776. He was fourth in descent from Thomas 
Nelson, the immigrant, who came, in 1639, from Rowley in 
England, to Massachusetts-, and settled in what was soon 
after named Rowley. The pedigree line was (1) Thomas,. 
(2) Philip, (3) Joseph, (4) Jonathan. 


In May, 1640, Mr. Thomas Nelson was appointed by the 
court, with Mr. Edward Woodman and Mr. William Paine, 
to view and settle the bounds between Hampton and Col- 
chester (Salisbury), and make return thereof, which was 

In the division of his estate, Thomas Nelson gave a 
double portion to his oldest son, Philip, who thus became 
possessor of 3,000 acres of land. It was not unusual for the 
early English settlers in New England who owned large 
tracts of land to carry out in this manner the Eng- 
lish ideas concerning the division of their estates, the aim 
being, of course, to keep as much of the same entire, irre- 
spective of any especial merit in the favored eldest son. 
Even down to the Revolutionary period similar divisions 
of property were occasionally made. 

Philip Nelson was a graduate of Harvard college in 1654, 
and was captain of a Rowley company, fighting against the 
French at Quebec in 1690. 

Jonathan Nelson, who settled in Perrystown, had been 
in the French war, and his son, Philip, served in the Rev- 
olutionary war. In coming to this town, Jonathan Nelson 
was accompanied or soon followed by both of his sons, Asa 
and Philip, and they all spent the remainder of their lives 
ill Sutton, and died here, leaving a numerous posterity 
here and elsewhere. Some ten years ago there were in this 
town sixteen legal voters by the name of Nelson. 

Before coming here to live, Jonathan Nelson had helped 
to make the first highways in Perrystown. It is said that he 
helped to hew the logs for the small log structure which the 
early settlers built somewhere in the present Mill Village, 
which for a few years served the neighborhood for a meet- 
ing-house. He had been deacon of a church in Rowley, and 
perhaps held the same ofiice in the church in this town, 
but there is no record in existence to show who were the 
officers of the early church in Perrystown. 

He settled about one fourth of a mile above Mill Vil- 
lage, on the stream. Moses Quimby's lots were 33 and 34, 


which included most of what is now Mill Village. Jona- 
than Nelson's was the mill lot, and made the remainder of 
the village. 

Dea. Jonathan was considered a worthy, industrious, and 
pious man, — not merely a professor, but full of earnestness 
in the cause of religion. He was kind and pleasant in man- 
ner, tall, slender, and remarkably erect in person, even in 
old age. He died in 1801, aged 77. His wife died in 

Dea. Asa, son of Dea. Jonathan, like his father, was dis- 
tinguished for piety, industry, and integrity, being recog- 
nized as a very exemplary and upright man. In personal 
appearance, also, he much resembled his father. 

Philip Nelson, the other son of Dea. Jonathan, settled 
on land adjoining his brother, Asa, on the road leading 
from Newbury to Mill Village. He was greatly distin- 
guished for physical strength and agility, being in his 
youth a noted wrestler — an accomplishment much esteemed 
at that date. He died in 1811, aged 86. 

Stephen Nelson, a son of an older brother of Jonathan, 
settled here about 1792, and owned lot No. 14, 2d Div., 
a little above North Sutton village. He subsequently 
moved to Salisbury, where he died in 1811. He was con- 
nected with some of the early settlers of that town. Sev- 
eral of the settlers of Salisbury and Sutton came from the 
same vicinity — Hampstead and Kingston — and in early 
times intermarriages between them were frequent. 

Thomas Nelson, of Rowley, Yorkshire, England, m. 1634, 
Joan Dummer, of the same place, dau. of Thomas, and 
niece of Richard Dummer. Children, — 

I. Philip, b. in England, 1636 ; d. Aug. 19, 1691. 

II. Thomas, b. in England, 1638. 

HI. Mercy, b. in Rowley, Mass., 1643. 

IV. Samuel, b. in Rowley, Mass., 1646. 

V. Mary, b. in Rowley, Mass., 1648. 

I. Philip Nelson m. June 24, 1657, Sarah Jewett, of Rowley, 
Mass., who d. Feb. 14, 1665. He m., 2d, Nov. 1, 1666, Elizabeth 


Lowell, of Newbury, Mass., dau. of John Lowell, b. 1646 ; d. Dec, 
14, 1731. Children, b. in Rowley, — 

1. Philip, b. April 16, 1659. 

2. Mary, b. March 22, 1662. 

3. John, b. June 30, 1668. 

4. Jeremiah, b. Xov. 23, 1670 ; d. . 

o. ElizaV)eth, b. Jan. 27, 1672. 

6. Jeremiah, b. Nov. 15, 1674. 

7. Martha, b. Oct. 30, 1677. 

8. Kuth, b. Aug. 20, 1680. 

9. Joseph, b. Nov. 28, 1682. 

10. Jenuma, b. Oct. 22, 1686. 

11. Lucy, b. Jan. 14, 1689. 

Of the above children of Philip Nelson, the ninth, Joseph, m. 1706, 
Hannah, dau. of Capt. Samuel Brocklebank, of Rowley, who was killed 
by the Indians at Sudbury, Mass., April 21, 1696. She was b. 1683; 
d. June 5, 1732. Children, b. in Rowley, — 

(1) Jeremiah, b. June 23, 1707. 

(2) Joseph, b. March 10, 1709. 

(3) Moses, b. March 15, 1711. 

(4) Mary, b. May 11, 1713. 

(5) Samuel, b. May 6, 1715. 

(6) David, b. Aug. 8, 1717. 

(7) Francis, b. Dec. 2, 1719. 

(8) John, b. Nov. 9, 1721. 

(9) Jonathan, b. July 27, 1723 ; d. June 18, 1801. 
(10) Philip, b. Nov. 21, 1725. 

(9) Jonathan Nelson m. Dec. 24, 1752, Hannah Cheney, of Haver- 
hill, Mass., who d. July 14, 1802. Children, b. in Rowley, — 

Asa, b. April 3, 1754; Mav 31, 1837. 

Philip, b. June 3, 17.56 ; d'. Sept. 4, 1841. 

Betsey, b. March 11, 1759 ; m. James Smiley, of Haverhill, Mass. 

Asa Nelson, Se. 

Asa Nelson, Sr., married in Warner, and his wife re- 
mained at her parents' home till after the birth of their 
first child, he meantime going back and forth between the 
two towns, improving his lot, and building his house. 
Early in the season of 1777 tliey started for their home in 
the woods, a walk of eight miles, carrying their child in 
their arms, and driving their cow before them. Before 
reaching their house snow began to fall, and, cow and all, 
they were glad of its shelter that first night, though as yet 


the door was not hung, and the driving snow kept them 
busy with the broom to sweep it out. The next day the 
door and Avindow-shutters were hung, and the cow-stall 
finished ; and the cow lived nicely upon the fodder he had 
carefully saved, with evergreen-tree boughs to browse 
upon. In the spring she became the mother of a fine calf, 
and Mr. Nelson bought a mate for it, giving therefor his 
wedding shirt of fine linen, and the two calves became his 
first yoke of oxen. The experience of this young couple 
was like that of many others in Perrystown. Beginning in 
this simple, rude way, comfort and independence came in 
a few years as the result of hard labor and good manage- 

Asa Nelson, Sr., m. Jan. 1, 1776, Abigail Harriman, of 
Warner. Children, — 

I. Hannah C, b. in Warner, Dec. 24, 1776; m. Oct. 20, 1796, 
Jacob Bean, of Sutton. 

II. Sarah A., b. Oct. 2, 1779 ; m. March 26, 1807, Elder WiU- 
iam Taylor. No children. 

III. PoUy, b. Sept. 12, 1781 ; m. Dec. 24, 1809, Wm. Hall, of 
Massachusetts. No children. 

IV. Betsey, b. Aug. 31, 1784 ; m. Aprd 20, 1810, Benjamin 
Fifield, of Wilmot. Cliildren, b. in Wilmot,— 

1. Asa Nelson. 2. Abigail H. 3. Susan. 

V. Asa, b. Dec. 18, 1787 ; d. 1853. 

Mrs. Abigail (Harriman) Nelson d. Feb. 3, 1814, and 
her husband m., 2d, Nov. 21, 1815, Mrs. Susan (Smith) 
Sweetser, of Windsor, Vt. Her children by former mar- 
riage who came to Sutton were, 1. Mary, 2. Susan, 3. 
Elizabeth A. 

V. Asa Nelson m. Jan. 31, 1811, Elizabeth Wadleigh. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Belinda, b. Jan. 22, 1812 ; d. . 

2. Abigail H., b. Oct. 13, 1813; d. Jan. 22, 1876. 

3. Miriam A., b. May 6, 1816; d. March 15, 1881. 

4. Marcus, b. Nov. 21, 1818 ; d. May 29, 1884, in New London. 

5. Lucas, b. May 30, 1821 ; d. March 25, 1873. 

6. Jonathan Harvey, Xov. 17, 1823; d. April 5, 1866. 


834 HISTORY OF sutto:n". 

7. James Madison, b. July 19, 1825. 

8. Thomas W., b. June 20, 1827. 

9. Asa, b. May 12, 1832; d. Jan. 8, 1833. 

10. Franklin, b. June 11, 1834; d. Feb. 20, 1875. 

Dea. Asa Nelson, Jr., became one of the prominent men of Sut- 
ton. He held many town offices, and was afterwards justice of the 
peace. He was captain of infantry, and deacon of the Freewill 
Baptist church, — a pious, honoi-able, efficient man. He died in 
1853. His wife, EHzabeth, died in 1841. 

1. Belinda Nelson never m., and much of her life was spent in teach- 
ing school, and it is recorded of her that " she taught forty terms of 
school, and always with success." 

2. Abigail H. Nelson m. Sept. 15, 1833, Eli P. Todd, of New Lon- 
don. Children, b. in New London, — 

(1) Janette S. B., b. Jan. 20, 1834; d. Jan., 1861. 

(2) Asa Nelson, b. May 24, 1836. 

(3) George Sumner, b.'Feb. 5, 1839. 

(4) Sarah Elizabeth, b. April 7, 1841. 

(5) Abby Maroa, b. Dec. 10, 1846; d. 1890. 

(6) Harriet, Sept. 22, 1851. 

(7) Frank Walter, Feb. 10, 1854. 

Eli P. Todd d. April 23, 1881, at New London. His wife, Abigail 
H., d. Jan. 22, 1876, at New London. Abby Maroa, their fifth child, 
taught successfully 25 terms of school. 

(1) Janette S. B. Todd m. Aug. 18.54, Benjamin F. Davis, of Brad- 
ford. Child,— 

a. Elizabeth H., b. Oct. 9, 1856 ; m. Dec, 1877, Willian G. Hoyt, 
of Bradford. Children, — 

Eva J., b. Aug. 4, 1880. 

Ina Frances, b. Jan. 14, 1888. 

(2) Asa Nelson Todd m. June 7, 1860, Maroa C. Harvey. (See record 
of Joseph Harvey.) 

(4) Sarah Elizabeth Todd m. May 1, 1866, Thomas J. Courser, of 

Webster. Children, — 

Emma J., b. Oct. 30, 1867. 
George W., b. April 7, 1871. 
Fred W., b. Sept. 19, 1872. 
Sarah A., b. Feb. 22, 1876. 

Mrs. Sarah E. (Todd) Courser d. March 9, 1876. 
(7) Frank W. Todd, of New London, m. April 27, 1878, Ella S. Key- 
ser, dau. of Jonathan H. Keyser, of Sutton. (See Kezar record.) 

3. Miriam A. Nelson m. May 6, 1840, Edmund T. Ring, of Newbury, 
a farmer, and, by trade, also, a mason, who taught many terms of 
school in Sutton. They lived for some years in New London, at the 


north end of Sunapee lake ; later they removed to Bradford, where 
both died. Edmund T. Ring d. April 5, 1887. His wife, Miriam A. 
(Nelson) Ring, d. March 15, 1881. Child,— 

(1) Annette M., b. in Newbury, May 5, 1841 ; m. May 30, 1862. 
Frank Cressey, of Bradford. Children, b. in Concord, — 

Willis Martin, b. Oct. 2.9, 1863. 
Harry Ring, b. Sept. 5, 1869. 
May Florence, b. Jan. 28, 1872. 

Mr. Cressey resides at Concord, and is a business man of that city. 
Mrs. Ci-essey is a writer of considerable note. 

4. Marcus, or Mark, Nelson m. Sept. 12, 1844, Lucy J. Fifield of 
Andover, b. Aug. 1, 1826. Children, — 

(1) Lucia, b. Oct. 10, 1845; m. Nov. 9, 1863, James E. H. Shepherd, 
of New London. 

(2) Ellen, b. Aug. 20, 1851 ; m. Dec. 28, 1875, George A. Watts, of 
Charlestown, Mass. 

5. Lucas Nelson m. Mary Jane Kendrick, of Sutton, dau. of William 
and Sarah (Johnson) Kendrick. No cliildren. ]Mary Jane (Kendrick) 
Nelson died, and he m., 2d, Jan. 2, 1862, Sarah C. Hardy, of Nashua. 

6. Jonathan Harvey Nelson m. Oct. 22, 1850, Mehitabel Rogers, of 
Sutton, dau. of Joshua and Cervalla E. (Garland) Rogers. Child, — 

(1) Ralph Byron Rogers, b. in Sutton, Feb. 28, 1852; m. July 4, 
1872, Maria A Connor, of Plattsburg, N. Y., dau. of Horace G. and 
Sophia (Parsons) Connor. No children. Present residence in South 
village, at the Joshua Rogers homestead, formerly the Mariner Chase 

Jonathan Harvey Nelson d. April 5, 1866, in Sutton. He was a resi" 
■dent in town during his whole life ; was a man of influence and excel- 
lent business capacity ; was town collector several years in succession, 
and held other offices. 

7. James Madison Nelson m. March 16, 1854, Sarah A. Simons, of 
Newbury, dau. of Moses and Mary (Savary) Simons. No children. 
Resides at Enfield. 

8. Thomas W. Nelson m. Sept. 25, 1849, Hannah S. Burpee, dau. of 
Nathan and Lois (Savary) Burpee, of Sutton. She d. April 24, 1851, 
and he m. May 29, 1853, Angeline R. Johnson, dau. of Asa and Sally 
(Brown) Johnson. Children, — 

(1) Carrie, b. March 7, 1854 ; d. March 21, 1865. 

(2) Asa J., b. Nov. 20, 1856; d. March 17, 1865. 

(3) Frederic, b. Aug. 3, 1858; d. April 30, 1865. 

(4) Sarah B., b. AprU 18, 1860; m. Nov. 30, 1882, Fred. C. Brock- 
way, of Bradford. 

(5) George, [ b. Nov. 16, 1862 ; d. April 22, 1865. 

(6) Georgiana, ^ b. Nov. 16, 1862. 


(7) Jeannette, b. Xov. 27, 1864; m. June 6, 1888, Moses F. Whit- 
tiei", of Warnei". 

(8) Herbert, b. Jan. 26, 1867. 

(9) Blanche C, b. Feb. 10, 1870. 

Thomas W. Nelson was for many years a resident in Sutton, and 
was prominent as a citizen. He lived upon the Dea. Asa Nelson farm 
for several years ; later, at the South village ; present residence, War- 

10. Franklin Nelson m. Sept. 9, 1857, Lydia M., dau. of Emery and 
Lois (Clough) Bailey. Children, — 

(1) Linda Elizabeth, b. Nov. 20, 1858; d. Jan. 25, 1886: m. Jan. 1, 
1884, Rev. Orison L. Gile. 

(2) Frank Albertus, b. Jan. 26, 1865 ; d. Feb. 1.5, 1882. 

(3) James Madison, b. Nov. 1, 1870. 

Mrs. Lvdia M. Nelson m., 2d, Feb. 28, 1880, Truman Putney. 

Philip Nelson, 

b. in Rowley, Mass., June 3, 1756 ; d. Sept. 4, 1841, in 
Sutton : ra. Oct. 24, 1778, Hannah Quimby, of Sutton, b. 
Oct. 18, 1758 ; d. April 1(3, 1831. Children, b. in Sutton,— 

I. Moses, b. June 30, 1780 ; d. June 28, 1855. 

II. Jonathan, b. April 27, 1783. 

III. Judith, b. June 3, 1785 ; d. Sept. 16, 1814. 

IV. Hannah, b. Aug. 27, 1787 ; d. Jan. 14, 1862 ; m. Nov. 12, 
1837, John Mattingly, of Sutton (2d wife). 

V. Philip, b. Dec. 22, 1790. 

VI. William, b. July 28, 1797 ; d. Aug. 16, 1869. 

Philip Nelson m., 2d, March 28, 1834, Elizabeth Good- 
win. He was a farmer, and lived in the western part of 
this town, upon " Nelson's hill." At one period he did quite 
a business in purchasing and selling cattle, and had other 
outside interests. His sons Philip and Jonathan left this 

I. Moses Nelson m. Feb. 3, 1803, Lydia Muzzey, of Boscawen, 
b. Feb. 18, 1785 ; d. Jan. 6, 1817, in Sutton. She was sister of 
Daniel Muzzey, and dau. of John Muzzey. Children, — 

1. John, b. May 5, 1804; d. Aug. 8, 1885. 

2. Hannah, b. Nov. 28, 1805. 

3. Marv, b. Oct. 13, 1809 ; d. Oct. 31, 1839, in Newbury. 

4. Moses, b. Jan. 2, 1813. v 

5. Josiah P., b. Aug. 22, 1815; m., 1st, Phebe Downing. 



ge:n:ealogy. 837 

Moses Nelson m., 2d, Nov. 2, 1817, Dorothy Q. Bean, dau. of 
Jacob and Hannah (Nelson) Bean, b. Sept. 4, 1797 ; d. Sept. 7, 
1888. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

6. Oren, b. Feb. 14, 1819. 

7. Joseph P., b. Aug. 25, 1821. 

8. Ervin, b. Oct. 9, 1823 ; m. Sarah Gregg. 

9. Jacob B., b. Jan. 20, 1827. 

10. Robert B., b. Aug. 23, 1829; d. Sept. 21, 1855, in Sutton. 

11. Lydia M., b. Dec. .30, 1831. 

12. Alonzo, b. Sept. 5, 1836 ; d. Aug. 17, 1677, in Sutton. 

2. Hannah Nelson m. Seth Russell. [See Ru.ssell.] 

3. Mary Nelson m. Henry Gillingham, of Newbury. Children, b. in 
Newbury, — 

(1) Almira. (2) Moses Nelson. 

(1) Almira Gillingham m. Webster Morse, of Newbury, moved to 
Henniker, where she died. They had a small family. 

(2) Moses Nelson Gillingham m. , and has a family. Residence, 


4. Moses Nelson ra. March 21, 1837, Hepsibah Simons, of Newbmy, 
dau. of Moses and Hepsibah (Gillingham) Simons. Child, — 

(1) Henry A., b. in Sutton, June 15, 1813 ; killed in battle at Peters- 
burg, Va., July 30, 1864. 

Adopted son, John A. Brown, b. Feb. 6, 1839, at Newport. 

Mrs. Hepsibah (Simons) Nelson d. June 7, 1869, in Sutton. Moses 
Nelson m., 2d, Oct. 1.5, 1870, Mrs. Lydia (Hale) Baker, of Bradford, 
dau. of Daniel and Lydia (Holmes) Hale. Mr. Nelson has lived most 
of his life m Sutton. He is a farmer, residing near the South village. 

John A. Nelson, adopted son of Moses Nelson, m. Jan. 15, 1867, 
Abbie C. Ferren, of Sutton, b. April 2, 1848, in Warner, dau. of Lo- 
renzo and Hannah D. (Colby) Ferren. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

Charles P., b. Jan. 5, 1870. 
Florence E., b. Dec. 24, 1873. 
Arthur G., b. May 14, 1876. 
Fred A., b. Oct. 15, 1878. 
Susan M., b. April 10, 1880. 
Elizabeth O., b. Dec. 10, 1885. 

6. Oren Nelson, first child of Moses and Dolly (Bean) Nelson, was 
b. Feb. 14, 1819. He lived with his father till he was of age, and in 
the autumn following, 1840, went to work in a cotton-mill in Peter- 
borough, where he continued till 1845. In the autumn of the same 
year he returned to Sutton, and in company with J. P. Nelson bought 
the saw-mill of Albert Richards, and a shop of George Bean, with 
intention of " roughing out " bobbins for the cotton-mills. In April, 
1846, he bought a house of Stephen Woodward, opposite the saw-mill 


and shop, and in September following married Miss Lucy Goodhue, of 
Hancock. The water-power not proving svitRcient to run the machinery 
and saw-mill, the partnership dissolved after a few months, and Oren 
Nelson bought another shop further up on the stream, into which he 
put the machinery for roughing out bobbins, and about the same time 
sold his interest in the saw-mill to Ervin Nelson. In 1848 he took 
into partnership Phineas Crosby, which partnership dissolved at the 
end of one year, and Mr. Nelson then rented his shop to Crosby, Pres- 
sey, Harvey & Co. A shoi't time afterwards, March 11, 1849, the 
shop took fire and burned down, the building not insured, and very 
little machinery — two saws and one belt — being about all that was 

After the fire had done its work, Mr. Nelson went home and talked 
the matter over with his wife, who, thankful that he had himself 
escaped injury, spoke many cheering words. But he was much dis- 
heartened — all his hard earnings gone and no money left to start busi- 
ness anew. But friends and neighbors assured him he should have 
help about rebuilding his shop The fire occurred on Monday. Tues- 
day following was town-meeting day, and at that time Mr. Nicholas 
Rowell passed around among the citizens a paper he had prepared, 
stating the circumstances and asking help for Mr. Nelson. " Men from 
every part of the town responded, till the amount of $132, mostly in 
work, which was better for me than money, was pledged, and the next 
day, a light snow having fallen, people came from all parts, some with 
oxen and sleds, and some with their axes, and others with their car- 
penters' tools, all being prepared for work, with willing hearts and 
hands. I had a timber lot, and the men went and chopped and drew 
timber, which other men took and hewed ready for the carpenters to 
lay out the work. In a few days another shop was raised, and then 
some brought boards and shingles. Friends in Hancock gave me $25^ 
and with that and a little more I bought some machinery, hired some 
turning lathes, and in four weeks from the time the old shop was 
burned down the new one was in running order. God only knows how 
thankful we have ever been for the kind favors we received in that 
ti'ying time. Had it not been for the help then received I should 
never have rebuilt." 

This description of that picnic at Oren Nelson's shop is given in his 
own words, and it is encouraging to read it, showing, as it does, that 
people are just as easily moved to sympathy now as they were in the 
ancient days, whenever the occasion for it arises. 

In January, 18.50, the lease of the company expired, and Mr. Nelson 
then operated the shops himself successfully for several years In 
18.55, in company with Erastus Wadleigh, he bought a saw-mill about 
one fourth of a mile above his shop, on the same stream. In this mill 


he labored with much energy, being up in the morning in time to have 
his help and his cattle ready to commence work at daylight, and in the 
spring, when the water was high, running the saws day and night, 
taking his turn with the help in the night work. At the end of one 
year, finding it gave him too much care, he sold his interest in the 
saw-mill to Mr. Wadleigh, of whom Mr. Xelson says in the notes 
already quoted from, " I found Mr. Wadleigh a vei'y honorable man 
to deal with, ever ready to do what was right." Mr. Xelson goes on 
to state the amount of business he did at that period. He says, — " I 
'roughed out ' from $1,500 to $2,000 worth of bobbins in a year. The 
goods were mostly sold to George W. Fisk, of Lowell, and I got some 
contracts of Parker, of Lowell, and the last two years I ran the shop I 
sold the larger part of my stock to Joseph Baldwin, of Nashua." 

Finding that he was breaking down, and his wife's health failing, 
Mr. Nelson sold out his business to Clark C. Carr, who took possession 
September, 1858, and the following year bought a farm in Stoddard, 
and a few months later, in company with J. Xelson, Jr., bought out a 
store formerly owned by Whiting, Scripture & Co. In May, 1860, he 
moved to Stoddard, and as storekeeper and peddler carried on trade 
for several years. He sold his farm in Stoddard in 1868, and in 1870 
bought a house and land in Hancock, where he has since resided, one 
of the substantial and most respected men in that town, possessor of a 
handsome property, acquired by his own industr}^ and business sagac- 
ity, aided by the cooperation of his efficient and judicious wife. It 
will be observed that in furnishing the notes requested for this sketch 
Mr. Nelson has dwelt more particularly on his business life while in 
Sutton, than at a later period, doubtless with the idea that his account 
would furnish, as it does, interesting reminiscences of that period to 
his surviving contemporaries. He also relates incidents of other per- 
sons who suffered from such casualties as are frequent among mills 
and machinery, one of which, however limited the space left for it, 
must not be omitted. Henry Flanders, a poor boy, came to work for 
Mr. Nelson, and live in his family when he was fifteen years old, and 
remained till he was tw^enty, when Mr. Nelson sold his business. 
One morning, when he was oilmg the machinery, his sleeve caught on 
a nut, on the coupling of the main shaft. William Philbrick, seeing 
his situation, ran instantly and shut the gate, and so stopped the ma- 
chinery, or else the boy must have been killed. He was wound around 
the shaft in such a manner that he had to be raised up over the shaft 
in order to get him down, and when down we expected him to 
live but a short time. Dr. Lane and Dr. Davis were both simimoned, 
and the former remained with him many hours. He finally recovered, 
and when the war broke out enlisted, but never came back to Sutton. 
He was sick in the hospital when his company was discharged, but 


joined them and died on tlie way home. He was buried in the sea. 
Mr. Nelson adds, — " He was one of the best young men I ever knew." 
7. Joseph P. Nelson m. Nov. 6, 1845, Polly N., dau. of Asa and 
Miriam (Roby) Page. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Nellie M., b. Sept. 1, 1846 ; d. Aug. 16, 1877. 

(2) Frank G., b. May 16, 1856. 

(1) Nellie M. Nelson m. March 18, 1869, Hiram H. Davis. Children, 

b. in Sutton, — 

Harry W., b. Aug., 1872 ; d. Feb. 18, 1873. 
Charles H., b. Jan. 29, 1874. 

(2) Frank G. Nelson m. Aug. 14, 1879, Nellie G. Knowlton, dau. of 
James and Frances (Marshall) Knowlton. 

9. Jacob B. Nelson m. Sept. 14, 1850, Susan P. Putney, of Sutton, 
dau. of Benjamin and Lydia N. (Page) Putney. Children, b. in Sut- 
ton, — 

(1) Loratta A., b. April 22, 1852. 

(2) Leroy T., b. Nov. 26, 1853. 

(3) Etta E., b. Nov. 27, 1857. 

(1) Loratta A. Nelson m. May 13, 1875, Charles K. Nichols of Peter- 
borough. Children, b. in Peterborough, — 

Gertrude L.. b. March 21, 1878. 
Warren J., b. May 26, 1888. 

Jacob B. Nelson lives upon Nelson hill, at the old homestead, and is 
one of the most prosperous farmers of this town. He served as select- 
man in 1881-'83, and in 1889 was chosen to serve a few months in 
place of Enoch Davis, who died. 

10. Robert B. Nelson m. April 22, 1852, Mary Haskins, dau. of the 
2d wife of Rev. David Cooper, by her first husband, Mr. Haskins. 
No childi-en. Mrs. Nelson m., 2d, Henry G. Carleton, of Newport. 

11. Lydia M. Nelson m. Sept. 4, 1855, Israel Adams, of Newbury, 
b. Jan. 19, 1832. Children, b. in Newbury, — 

(1) Fred B., b. Jan. 13, 1859. 

(2) Elnora E., b. Sept. 12, 1864 ; d. Sept. 22, 1878. 

(1) Fred B. Adams m. Oct. 23, 1883, Cora D. Rowell, of Sutton, b. 
Nov. 26, 1861, dau. of Samuel and Achsah (Whittier) Rowell. 

Israel Adams and son, Fred B. Adams, reside at Sutton Mill Village. 
Mr. Adams sold his farm in Newbury on moving to Sutton a few 
years ago. 

12. Alonzo Nelson m. 1865, Hortensia Adams, of Sutton, dau. of 
Henry and Betsey (Maxon) Adams ; d. 1889, in Sutton. Child, — 

1. Adelbert A., b. in Sutton, Aug., 1869. 

U. Jonathan Nelson m. Sally Putney. Children, b. in Sutton, — 


1. Joseph P.,b. Jan. 8, 1809. 

2. Calno, b. Oct. 10, 1810. 

3. Hial J., b. Aug. 18, 1812. 

4. Urania, b. June 20, 1815. 

5. Lydia, b. May 6, 1817. 

6. Jonathan, b. Xov. 3, 1819. 

III. Judith Nelson, b. June 3, 1785 ; d. Sept. 16, 1814. [See 

V. Philip Nelson m. Oct. 17, 1813, Mary Teel, of Goffstown, b. 
Aug. 4, 1793, dau. of Aaron and Rebecca (Tweed) Teel. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Milton, b. Aug. 20, 1814. 

2. Judith, b. Dec. 21, 1815. 

3. Mary T., b. March 3, 1818 ; d. Aug. 9, 1820. 

4. John. 

5. William. 

6. Mary. 

7. Susan. 

8. Celinda. 

VL William Nelson m. Feb. 14, 1820, Patty Teel, of Goffstown, 
b. Sept. 6, 1795, dau. of Aaron and Rebecca (Tweed) Teel. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Albert, b. Jan. 20, 1822. 

2. Benjamin P., b. May 4, 1824 ; d. Dec. 13, 1862 ; killed in battle 
of Fredericksburg. 

3. Eliza L., b. Jan. 27, 1829. 

William Nelson was by trade a shoemaker. He was also a 
farmer, living near the Mill Village, where they celebrated the 
fiftieth anniversary of their marriage Feb. 17, 1869, about fifty of 
their friends being present. Mr. Nelson died a few months after- 
wards, much mourned by his many friends. 

1. Albert Nelson m. Xov. 2, 1844, Marilla, dau. of John and Molly 

P. Q. (Fellows) Williams, b. ; d. Sept. 17, 1873. Mr. Nelson m., 

2d, Sept. 12, 1877, Elizabeth B. Fuller, of Bangor, N., Y., b. May 20, 
1828, dau. of Franklin and Betsey (Weeks) Fuller. She d. in Sutton 
Aug. 18, 1889. 

2. Benjamin P. Nelson m. March 19, 1849, EUinor M. Babb, of Sut- 
ton. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Monira G., b. June 14, 1851. 

(2) Martha C, b. May 23, 1853. 

(3) William F., b. Aug. 9, 1855. 

(4) Loren F., b. Aug. 15, 1858. 

3. Eliza L. Xelson m. William Henry Hart. Children, b. in Sut- 
ton, — 


(1) Selwyn Van Ness, b. Dec. 23, 1853. 

(2) Arietta Estella, b. Sept. 6, 1859. 

William Henry Hart d. Xov. 4, 1864, and his wife m. Nov. 8, 1877^ 
Charles A. Fowler, of Sutton (2d wife). 

(2) Arietta Estella Hart m. Nov. 26, 1876, Fred P. Harvey, of Sut- 
ton, son of Jacob S. and Almira (Putney) Harvey. Children, b. in 
Sutton, — 

Albert H., b. March 10, 1878. 
Edwin, b. Oct. 10, 1887. 

Sarah Nelson, who m. about 1798, Jonathan Roby, was dan. of 
one Philip Nelson, who perished in the French War. 


Josiah Nichols, son of Josiah Nichols of Hopkinton, 
moved to this town about 1788, as is supposed from San- 
down or Pelham. It is said that he and Stephen Wood- 
ward came about the same time, and that they both bought 
their land of Dea. Matthew Harvey, and settled near each 
other. Josiah Nichols was born (according to their family 
record) " March 6, 1755, Thursday." " He married Abi- 
gail Long by ye Rev. Mr. Elijah Fletcher, of Hopkinton, 
Oct. 17, 1785." This Miss Abigail Long was sister to Col. 
Stephen H. Long, one of the earliest Rocky Mountain ex- 
plorers. Children, — 

I. Josiah, b. Dec. 13, 1786, " Wednesday, about 10 o'clock in ye 

II. Enoch, b. June 3, 1789, "Wednesday, about 6 o'clock in ye 

III. Abigail, b. Feb. 9, 1791, " about 8 o'clock in ye evening." 

IV. Hannah, b. March " ye 26th, 1794, Wednesday, about 7 iu 
ye morn ;" d. Jan., 1869. 

V. Mary L., b. Aug. 19, 1796, " Friday, about 2 o'clock in ye 

VI. Sarah, b. Sept. 29, 1798, " Saturday, between 8 and 9 in the 

VII. Ellinor, b. April 29, 1801, " Wednesday, about 6 o'clock in. 
the morning." 

VIII. Lucy Long, b. June 8, 1803, " Wednesday, about 9 o'clock 
in the evening." 

II. Enoch Nichols m. Polly Maynard. He left no children. He 
d. April 1, 1869. 

V. Mary Nichols m. Connor, in Henniker. They had one 

son, — Lafayette. She was the only one of the daughters who mar- 

VII. EUinor, d. Oct. 27, 1883. 

I. Josiah Nichols (Dea. Nichols) m. Sept. 24, 1812, Cynthia 
Whittier, who d. May 27, 1845 ; he m., 2d, Laura Fletcher, of 
Newport, who d. 1876. He d. 1868. ChHdren,— 

1. William Carey, b. Jan. 6, 1816; m. Maria Baldwin. Children, — 

(1) Harriet, m. Jerome Dunn. Child, — 
Lilian, b. June, 1861 ; d. March 9, 1883. 

(2) Enoch, m. Sarah Kibbey. 

2. Lois H. Xichols, b. April 30, 1818 ; m. John C. Little (2d wife). 
Residence on her father's homestead. 

3. Ruth W. Xichols, b. July 4, 1819 ; m. Ebenezer Putney, of New 
London. Children, — 

(1) Etta W., b. Oct. 20, 1853 ; d. May 11, 1877 : m. Rev. Joseph H. 

(2) Laura M., b. May 21, 18.5.5; d. May 18, 1874. 

(3) Mary A., b. Feb. 6, 1857 ; d. . 

(4) Rosabelle L., b. Feb. 12, 1859 ; m. John Felch. 

(5) Cynthia M., b. Oct. 6, 1862 ; d. Aug. 1, 1887 ; m. Xov. 7, 1886, 
Luther M. Rav. 

(6) Joseph E., b. May 14, 1864 ; d. Sept. 10, 1884. 

The Nichols family, both of the first and second genera- 
tion, may with trnth be termed a " Puritan " family, father 
and son being alike religious, precise, gentlemanly, and 
conscientious ; and, indeed, it may be said of the whole 
family that they were characterized by strict propriety in 
dress and behaviour. So careful and orderly were they 
that they never lost fire in the house for a period of twenty- 
four years. The velvet vest and breeches that were a part 
of the wedding suit of Josiah, Sr., when seen by the writer, 
were ninety years old, and were in a good state of preserva- 
tion. The elder Nichols always wore his own hair tied and 
braided in a cue, and was never seen any other way. Almost 
every man of his generation had his own hair short, and 


kept a false cue (or braid of hair) laid carefully in the desk 
all the week, and on Sunday the wife combed her lord's 
hair and tied on the cue with a ribbon. 

The Nichols family were all fond of music. Enoch was 
a fine performer on the violin, and was the owner of an 
instrument noted, far and near, for its superior quality. 
Abigail was skilled on the bass-viol. Dea. Josiah Nichols 
taught many terms of singing-school, and always led the 
singing in meeting till extreme old age disqualified him. 
He was polite and pleasant in manner, though like all con- 
scientious persons, he liked to have people do right accord- 
ing to his standard of right. 

Several boys, one after another, served their minority 
with him, and it is worthy of notice that all of Dea. Nich- 
ols's boys were good boys, and proved to be good men. 
Some people have attributed his extraordinary success in 
the training of boys to the interest he took in their musical 
education, fostering in them a taste for music, and thereby 
supplying them with an agreeable and elevating entertain- 
ment for their leisure hours. 


Stephen Noyes, of Atkinson, b. Sept. 12, 1730 ; d. Feb. 
18, 1793 : m. Sept. 26, 1756, Lydia Eaton, of Atkinson, b. 
June 15, 1735 ; d. Dec. 30, 1806. Children,— 

I. Lydia, b. Nov. 22, 1757 ; m. Jonathan Kimball : lived in 

II. Moses, b. Jan. 15, 1760 ; lived in Landaff : went away and 
was never heard from. 

IIL Amos, b. April 1, 1762. 

IV. David, b. Oct. 24, 1764 ; d. March, 1850 : lived in Enfield. 

V. Betsey, b. April 9, 1767 ; m. Samuel Noyes ; lived in Canaan. 

VI. Amos, b. Aug. 26, 1769. 

VII. Dolly, b. Oct. 5, 1771 ; m. Daniel Page, and went to Sut- 


VIII. Sally, b. March 12, 1774 ; m. Enoch Page, and went to 

IX. Ephraun, b. Dec. 13, 1776 ; lived in Orwell, Vt. : d. June^ 

X. Hannah, b. Aug. 19, 1779 ; d. March 20, 1854 ; m. Isaac 
Jones, of Enfield. Children, — 

1. Albee C. 2. Tracy. 3. Mrs. R. H. Pattee, all of Enfield. 


George Ogilvie, h. March 21, 1815 ; m. Jan. 26, 1843, 
Lucy A. Gillinghaiii, b. Feb. 15, 1818. Child,— 
I. Rosina E., b. Nov. 30, 1864. 


Asa Page, of Atkinson, b. Aug. 19, 1740; d. April 8, 
1807, in Sutton : m. Jan. 20, 1763, Abiah Webster, b. Sept. 
12, 1742; d. Nov. 8, 1763. He m., 2d, March 8,1764, 
Susanna Johnson, b. July 13, 1742, at Hampstead ; d. Sept. 
12, 1805, dau. of Stephen and Susanna (Lovekin or Lufkin) 
Johnson. Children, b. in Atkinson, — 

I. Nathan, b. June 13, 1765. 

II. Abiah, W., b. July 30, 1766. 

III. Sarah Ann, b. April 29, 1768 ; went to Sutton. 

IV. Daniel, b. May 30, 1770 ; went to Sutton. 

V. Enoch, b. July 17, 1772; d. Oct. 31, 1828 : went to Sutton. 

VI. Rachel, b. May 28, 1774. 

VII. Sukey, b. July 6, 1776. 

VIII. Ruth, b. Sept. 17, 1778. 

IX. Lois, b. Dec. 10, 1781. 

X. Betsey, b. March 4, 1783. 

XL PoUy, b. June 15, 1785 ; d. May 28, 1791. 
III. Sarah Ann Page m. Nov. 28, 1799, Dr. Ezra Marsh. ChU- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Benjamin F., b. Dec. 7, 1802. 

2. Aaron P., b. Sept. 2, 1811. 


Capt. Daniel Page was a useful citizen, a farmer in good 
circumstances. One who knew him well and remembered 
him said of him, — " He was the best neighbor that ever 
lived." He m. Dec. 26, 1792, Dolly Noyes, of Atkinson, b. 
Oct. 5, 1771, dau. of Stephen and Lydia (Eaton) Noyes. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

I. PoUy, b. Feb. 6, 1795 ; d. Aug. 7, 1858. 

II. Lydia, b. Feb. 12, 1797 ; d. July 7, 1852. 

III. Asa, b. July 19, 1799 ; d. July 2, 1885. 

I. Polly Page m. Sept. 28, 1815, Stephen Johnson. [See John- 

II. Lydia N. Page m. Feb. 7, 1815, Benjamin Putney. [See 

III. Asa Page m. May 9, 1822, Miriam Roby, of Sutton, dau. of 
Ichabod and Mii'iam (Putney) Roby, b. June 14, 1799 ; d. Sept. 
27, 1865. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Susanna P., b. June 29, 1823; d. June 29, 1827. 

2. Dolly N., b. Aug. 15. 1825; m. Nov. 6, 1845, Joseph P. Nelson. 
{See Nelson.] 

3. Asa, b. Jan. 28, 1831. 

4. Lydia P., b. Feb. 21, 1834. 

5. Miriam R., b. July 19, 1836 ; d. March 2, 1880, in Sutton. 

6. Susan Satyr a, b. Nov. 5, 1838; d. July 28, 1874, at West Rox- 

Asa Page m., 2d, 1867, Mrs. Jerusha (Hale) Sawyer, of Salis- 
bury, dau. of Daniel and Lydia (Holmes) Hale. 

4. Lydia P. Page m. Nov. 8, 1854, H. Frank Burpee. Child, — 

(1) Willie P., b. in Sutton. May 30, 1857 ; d. Oct. 12, 1864. 

H. Frank Burpee died, and his widow m., 2d, June 23, 1868, Silas 
W. Dana, of Newbury. Children, b. in Newbury, — 

(2) Ada Bell, b. July 16, 1870. 

(3) Frank S., b. Feb. 17, 1872 ; d. Aug. 29, 1874. 

5. Miriam R. Page m. Sept. 1, 1854, George W. Craft, of New Lon- 
don. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Clarence A., b. Oct. 18, 1859; d. Oct. 2, 1860. 

(2) Elmer Eugene, b. Dec. 25, 1863 ; lives in New London. 

George W. Craft d. Feb. 17, 1882, in New London. 

6. Susan S. Page m. Aug. 10, 1862, Enoch P. Davis, of West Rox- 
bury, Mass. Children, b. in West Roxbury, — 

(1) Adah M., b. Jan. 4, 1864; d. July 14, 1883. 

(2) WiUiam A., b. Dec. 25, 1866. 


Col. Asa Page lived to the age of 86 years. His eyesight was 
entirely gone for some time before his death, but otherwise he re- 
tained his faculties to a wonderful degree. He was able a few 
weeks before his death to inform the writer concerning some impor- 
tant points connected with the history of the town, from memory, 
his daughter, Mrs. Dana, carefidly writing down the same from his 
dictation. He possessed the highest integrity of character, and 
was imiversally esteemed. Reference to the town records shows 
hmi to have presided at town-meetings twenty years ; to have 
served as selectman twelve years ; was representative three sessions 
of the legislature, 1843-'45 ; state senator two sessions, 1846-'47. 
In 1827 he was commissioned lieutenant-colonel of the 30th Regi- 
ment N. H. Militia. 

Enocli Page, of Atkinson, 5th child of Asa and Susanna 
(Johnson) Page, m. March 21, 1795, Sarah Noyes, of 
Atkinson, dan. of Stephen and Lydia (Eaton) Noyes, b. 
March 12, 1774 ; d. Aug. 8, 1855, in Sutton. Children, b. 
in Sutton, — 

I. Susanna, b. April 21, 1797 ; d. Feb. 5, 1875 ; m. Oct. 24, 
1816, Hazen Putney, of Hopkinton. [See Putney.] 

II. Enoch, b. Oct. 21, 1804 ; m. Jan. 24, 1847, Hannah C. Col- 
by, of Warner, dau. of Daniel and Betsey (Clement) Colby. Clul- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Daniel P., b. May 5, 1848 ; d. Oct. 1, 1848. 

2. Josephine, b. Aug. 1, 1849. 

3. Eugene, b. May 16, 1851 ; d. Aug. 19, 1851. 

4. Martha C, b. Dec. 12, 1852. 

5. Sarah, b. Feb. 24, 1856 ; d. Aug. 23, 1856. 

6. Mary, b. May 4, 1860 ; d. July 28, 1860. 

2. Josephine Page m. Dec. 31, 1868, George Roby, of Warner. 

(1) Eva Blanche, b. in Warner, Sept. 15, 1870. 

4. Martha C. Page m. May 9, 1882, George H. Littlehale. No chil- 

Among the early settlers of Warner were Moses Colby and his 
wife MoUy (Parsons). They had twelve children, of whom the 
seventh, Daniel, was b. June 9, 1794 ; d. Oct. 15, 1820. He was a 
clothier by trade, and carried on that business in Warner as long as 
lie lived. Daniel Colby m. Betsey Clement, b. in Salisbury, 1794 ; 


d. 1865 in Claremont, dau. of Capt. John Clement, who was b. in 
Amesbury, March 17, 1753 ; d. April 12, 1857, in Warner. Dan- 
iel and Betsey (Clement) Colby had a family, of whom Hannah, 3d 
child, m. Enoch Page, Jr. 

Being the only son, Enoch Page, Jr., made his home with his 
father wliile he lived, afterwards caring for his mother. He re- 
ceived his early education in the schools in' Sutton, and later 
attended Pembroke and Meriden academies, and was a young man 
of good habits and an earnest student, of sterling integrity, and 
possessed much executive ability. He taught several terms of school 
with success. At the age of 23 he was ajjpointed post-master at 
South Sutton, and continued in office many years, the post-office 
being in the old tavern building, which his father had remodelled 
and made a private residence. Mr. Page was a good farmer, and 
took much pride in the cultivation and improvement of his farm. 
He also held many public offices, being town-clerk ten years, town 
treasurer six years, was county ommissioner in 1870, and held sev- 
eral other important offices, for which see record of town officers. 
He also attended to a large amount of probate business, and settled 
many estates. Being possessed of good judgment and much knowl- 
edge, many persons went to him for advice. Kind-hearted and 
unassimiing in manner, he formed many friendships among all 
classes. In religion he was a Universalist, though not a member of 
any church. In politics he was a Democrat till the breaking out of 
the war, when he became a Republican. He was a magistrate, and 
also held a commission as officer of militia. He served faithfully in 
all the offices to which he was elected or appointed. He d. of par- 
alysis, Jan. 14, 1882. 

2. Josephine Page was educated at Xew London academy, and be- 
came a school teacher, continuing such till her marriage to George 
Roby, who is 4th in descent from Samuel Roby, Sr. He enlisted Aug., 
1862, and served till the close of the war. Mr. and Mrs. Roby reside 
in South Sutton village, having purchased, in 1878, the B. Frank Pills- 
bury estate. Their daughter, Eva Blanche, has been a successful 
school teacher. Wishing to carry her owti education further, she is 
now pursuing her studies in the classical course at Green Mountain 
Seminary, Waterbury, Vt. 

4. Martha C. Page, resides with her husband, George H. Littlehale, 
at the homestead in the South village, where lived and died Enoch 
Page, Sr., and his son, Enoch Page. The mansion has been much 
improved and modernized. Mr. Littlehale is son of Henry, and grand- 



son of Isaac Littlehale, an early resident in this town. He is a farmer, 
taking just pride in well kept grounds and well fed stock. 

Enoch Page, Sr., for a few years after coming here, lived 
with his brother Daniel, on Dodge's hill, in the house best 
known as the Chellis house. Sometime between 1806 and 
1808 he built a large house, the second one in what is now 
the South village. Into this house he moved with his 
family, and opened a tavern, which he kept for several 
years. He built also his carpenter-shop, which stood on 
the site of the present Robbins honse. He was an exten- 
sive farmer, owning large tracts of land in the south part 
of this town. He served acceptably in many town offices. 
Whatever Capt. Page did he did well ; his farm was pro- 
ductive and his other business prosperous, and from a hum- 
ble beginning he by his own exertions gained a compe- 


The Palmers of Sutton and Warner are descendants of 
Jonathan Palmer. Three of his sons — John, James, and 
Jeremiah — settled early on a Lord Proprietor's lot, No. 8, 
drawn to the original right of John Moffat, one of the 
Masonian proprietors. The locality has been known as 
Palmerstown, or Palmer Gore, and adjoins Warner Gore. 
Here the three brothers lived to a great age, and reared 
large families, and it has since been largel}* occupied by 
their descendants. Some ten years ago 17 of the 330 legal 
voters of Sutton were Palmers, and descendants of this 
Jonathan Palmer, of Warner, who was from Rye and Ches- 
ter. Some of the Palmers have possessed much mechanical 
skill. David and Moses, sons of John, made and operated 
about the first clapboard- and shingle-mill in Merrimack 
county, nearly seventy years ago. David was also a cooper, 
shoemaker, and carpenter. John Palmer came from Rye 
about 1790, and settled in Warner Gore. In 1818 he re- 
moved to Sutton. 


Jonathan Palmer, of Warner, was son of Christopher 
Pahner, of Rye, who m., 1705, Elizabeth Berry. 

David Palmer was b. in Warner Gore 1799 ; m. 1818, 
Nancy Colby, and moved to Sutton with his father, and 
lived in town till his death in 1870. His wife d. 1866, 
aged 70 years. Children, — 

I. Ransom C, b. 1819 ; d. 1883, in Barnsteaci : m. July 17, 
1845, Alice Fisk ; lived in Sutton tiU 1849, then moved to Barn- 
stead, where he died. Children, — 

1. Caroline S., b. 1846, in Sutton. 

2. Edmund G., b. 1848, in Sutton. 

3. Frank E., b. 18.50, in Barnstead. 

4. Charles E., b. 18.53, in Barnstead. 

II. Simon R., b. 1821 ; d. 1866. 

III. James M., b. 1823 ; d. 1867, in Sutton : m. 1846, Eliza J. 
Durgin. Children, — 

1. Hattie A., b. April 5, 1850. 

2. Carrie N., b. June 25, 1857; m. Oct. 18, 1880, John J. Bartlett, 
of Warner : live in Concord. 

1. Hattie A. Palmer m. Nov. 17, 1869, Daniel L. Powers. Chil- 
dren, — 

(1) Eva J., b. Aug. .5, 1871. 

(2) Baron S., b. April 24, 1873; d. April 10, 1878. 

(3) Addie V., b. March 8, 1876. 

(4) Leon P., b. Dec. 1, 1882. 

(5) Shirley R., b. Feb. 20, 1885. 

(6) Arthur E., b. July 16, 1886; d. May 6, 1887. 

IV. Susan C, b. 1826 ; d. 1850. 

V. Nancy C, b. 1829 ; d. 1855 : m. Ruel Noyes, and moved to 
Lodi, Wis. No children. 

VI. Lavina R., b. 1829 ; d. 1861 : m, 1846, Albert A. Durgin, 
of Tilton. Children, — 

1. Ora A., b. 1848; m. 1870, N. C. Lear, of Newbury. 

2. Mary J , b. 1855 ; m. Charles O. Bailey, of Bradford. 

VII. Pluma P., b. 1832 ; d. 1876 : m. 1854, Alva D. Colcord. 

1. Lilian E., b. Oct. 21, 1855; d. Oct. 4, 1872. 

VIIL Harriet H., b. 1834 ; d. 1836. 

IX. George W., b. 1835 ; d. 1855, in Lodi, Wis. 

Jeremiah Palmer, b. 1756, in Rye ; d. 1835 : m. Hannah 
Bickam, b. 1754 : d. 1834. Children,— 


I. William. 

II. Timothy. 

III. Jeremiah. 

IV. Richard. 

V. Joseph. 

VI. Hannah. 

Vn. Jonathan, b. May 22, 1796 ; d. 1886. 

I. William Palmer m. Polly Palmer. Children, — 

1. John M. 

2. Hannah. 

3. Sullivan. 

4. Jonathan. 

5. Meribah 

6. Polly. 

7. Sabrina. 

8. William. 

I. John M. Palmer m. Lucretia Bennett. Children, — 
(1) Eliza. (2) Sullivan. (3) Frank. (4) Horace. 

(1) Eliza Palmer m. Feb. 14, 1863, Ira K. Eastman. Child.— 
a. Emmeline, m. Aiig. 7, 1887, Edwin H. Palmer. Child, — 

Sarah M., b. Aug. 16, 1888. 

(2) Sullivan Palmer m. Hannah Colby. Children, — 
Sullivan, and two others 

(3) Frank Palmer m. Jennie Barker, — 1 child. 

7. Sabrina Palmer m. Feb. 12, 1844, Joseph W. Palmer. Children, — 

(1) William. (2) George. (3) Leavitt. (4) Elliott. (5) James. 
(6) Harriet. 

(2) George Palmer m. Lavonia Colby. Children, — 
Willie ; Bertie ; Hattie ; Fred. 

II. Timothy Pabner m. Judith . Children, — 

1. William. 2. Jeremiah. 3. Timothy. 4. Philip. 5. Leonard. 
6. Hannah. 7. Diantha. 8. Emily. 9. Catherine. 

III. Jeremiah Palmer m. Sabrina Harwood. Children, — 
1. William. 2. Asenath. 3. Saloma. 

1. William Palmer m. 1st, Pattee ; 1 child. He m., 2d, 

Durgin . 

2. Asenath Palmer m. Proctor Ward ; 4 children. 

rV. Richard Palmer m. Esther Chase. Cliildren, — 

1. Horace, m. Pattee. 

2. Mary A., m. Stephen Messer. Child, — 


(1) Alvin, m. Jennie Brown. 

3. Elizabeth. 

4. Phebe, m. Theodore Waldron ; 3 children. 

5. Sarah, m. ; '2 children. 

6. Eunice, ni. Bunker. 

7. Hannah, m. . 

8. Orra, m. Chase. 

V. Joseph Palmer m. April 26, 1845, Mary Robertson. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Daniel. 

2. Sarah J., m. Beckwith. 

3. Mary E., m. Lyman Davis ; 5 children. 

4. Joseph. 

5. Rui'us, m. . 

VII. Jonathan Palmer m. Nov. 12, 1822, Abigail "Wells, who d. 
Nov. 14, 1884. Children,— 

1. Mary, m. James Colby. Children, — 

(1) Jonathan. (2) Isaiah. (3) Nancy, m. Calvin Page ; 1 child. 

2. Joseph, m. Sabrina Palmer. [See her record.] 

3. Jeremiah, b. Aug. 9, 1828; m. July 5, 1849, Abbie Palmer, b. 
1832 ; d. 1871. Child,— 

(1) Lendon H. 

(1) Lendon H. Palmer m. Abbie Page. Children, — 

Herman ; Guy ; Cleveland ; Mace. 
Jeremiah Palmer m., 2d, 1873, Mira Stone. 

4. Cyrus, d. . 

5. Hiram, m., 1st, Harriet Bachelder. Child, — 

(1) Edwin H., who m. Emmeline Eastman. [See her record.] 
Hiram Palmer m., 2d, Olive Bachelder. Child, — 

(2) Sarah M., b. Aug. 16, 1888. 

James Palmer m., 1st, Miriam Flanders. Children, — 

I. Jonathan. 

II. Philip, m. twice. Children, — Stephen and two others. 

III. Abner, m. . 

IV. Mary, m. Joseph Wells. [See Wells.] 

V. Sarah, m. Daniel Watson. Children, — 
1. Abijah. 2. Nicodemus. 3. Lucy. 

VI. Eliza, m. Putney. Children, — 

1. Mary. 2. Madison. 3. Elizabeth. 4. Squire. 

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James Palmer m., 2cl, Anna Morgan. Children, — 

YII. Moses, m. . Cliildren, — 

1. Brooks. 2. Tvler. 3. A dauohter. 

YIII. Nathaniel, m. Eunice Stackpole. Cliildren, — 

1. Augustus. 2. Leonard. 3. Martha. 4. Eunice. 5. Catherine. 

IX. Joseph, m. . 

X. Abigail, m. Phinehas Flanders. Children, — 
1. Caleb, and 3 daughters. 

I. Jonathan Palmer m. Temperance Morg'an. Children, — 

1. Rebecca, m. Reuben Swift. Children, — 
(1) Reuben W. and one other. 

2. Mary. 

3. Ira, m. Esther Bullard. Children, — 

(1) Ellen. (2) Lizzie. (3) Alma E. (4) Frank. (5) Charles. 
<6) Esther A. 

(3) Alma E. Palmer m. Elliot Wells. 

(.5) Charles Palmer m., 1st, Anna Morgan. Child, — David A. He 
m., 2d, Eaton. Child, — 1 daughter. 

4. Muiam, never married. 

5. Jonathan, m. Hannah Hale. Children, — 

(1) Clara. (2) Reuben W., and 2 others. 

(2) Reuben W. Palmer m. . Children, — 

Ross ; Clara, and one other. 

6. Andrew Palmer m. Mary Page. 


Hezekiah Parker m. Esther, dau. of Aquilla Wilkins. 
She was sister to the wife of Ezekiel Davis, whose 1st hus- 
band was Mills, Children, b. in Sutton. 

I. Lucy, b. Feb. 12, 1777 ; m. Jonathan Davis, Jr. [See same.] 

II. Esther, b. Dec. 28, 1779 ; m. Daniel Wliittier. [See same.] 

III. Hezekiah, b. Sept. 23, 1781. 

IV. Tryphena, b. Aug. 19, 1783; m. Moses Smith (2d wife). 

V. Sally, b. Aug. 31, 1785 ; m. Nov. 27, 1806, Daniel Richard- 

VI. Amos. 

854 HISTORY or suttox. 

VII. Tryphosa, b. Oct. 20, 1792 ; m. Wood, of New Lon- 

VIII. Clara, b. Jan. 12, 1796 ; m. Feb. 1, 1815, Thomas Davis. 
[See same.] 

III. Hezekiah Parker m. April 26, 1816, Sally Austin. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Alice, m. Stillman Andrew. 

2. Sally, m. Hutchins. 

3. Amos. 

4. Hannah. 

5. Barnet, d. yoixng. 

6. John, d. a young man. 

7. Eliza, m. Joseph Morgan (•2d wife). 

3. Amos Parker m. Nov. 4, 1852, Marcia L. Rowe. Children, — 

(1) Sarah L., b. Aug. 4, 1853 ; d. . 

(2) George A., b. April 7, 1856. 

(3) Marcia L., b. May 8, 1858 ; m. Lewis Fellows, of Dorchester ; S 

(4) Mahala E., b. Aug. 13, 1860. 

(5) John C, b. Sept. 21, 1862. 

VI. Amos Parker, b. Aug. 12, 1788 ; d. Aug. 7, 1865 : m. Bet- 
sey Wood. He m., 2d, Sept. 29, 1830, Ruth Sargent, b. April 30, 
1797 ; d. March 2, 1864. Children,— 

1. Sarah A., b. Aug. 9, 1831 ; m. James I. Wheeler. Children, — 
(1) May E. (2) Orella. 

2. Freeman S., b. July 3, 1833 ; m. Oct., 1857, Frances M. Cheney, 
who d. May 15, 1860. Child,— 

(1) Laura M., b. Nov. 6, 1858. 

He m., 2d, May, 1862, Sarah Bickford. Children,— 

(2) Cora Belle, b. June, 1865. 

(3) George W., b. April 13, 1875. 

3. Nathaniel A., b. Feb. 10, 1836 ; m. Feb. 8, 1866, Ellen A. Mcln- 
tyi'e. Children, — 

(1) Herbert E., b. Oct. 26, 1867. 

(2) Clinton E., b. May 21, 1871. 

4. Prudence S., b. Oct. 13, 1838 ; m. July 18, 1869, George Sanders, 
who d. Nov. 19, 1879. Child,— 

(1) Loren A., b. July 5, 1874. 

She m., 2d, April 26, 1883, James A. Smith. 

Elisha Parker 

was a nephew of Hezekiah Parker, Sr. He came from 
Hopkmton to Sutton previous to 1809. While here he was 


quite a prominent citizen. He was selectman in 1819, and 
several times afterwards till 1828, about which time he re- 
moved West with his family. He owned and occupied the 
estate since known as the Edmund Chadwick place. He 
m. April 7, 1811, Lydia, dau. of Elder Samuel Ambrose. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

Sophia Maria, b. Oct. 5, 1813. 

Mary Ann, b. July 23, 1815. [See " Deaf and Dumb."] 

Harriet, b. Sept. 23, 1817. 

Julia Franklin, b. June 6, 1819. 

Charles, b. April 29, 1820. 

Mark, b. Nov. 18, 1821. 

Susan Elvira, b. March 19, 1823. 

Newton, b. AiH-il 16, 1827. 

Lydia, b. June 26, 1828. 

Hezekiah Parker 

was, as his direct descendants claim, the first settler in the 
north part of Sutton. During the first years of his resi- 
dence in this region he subsisted almost entirely by hunting 
the bear, moose, and smaller game with which the forests 
then abounded. After a Avhile, however, he commenced 
operations upon a, lot of wild land near the base of Kear- 
sarge mountain, not far from what has, at a later period, 
been the residence of Moses Hazen, Esq. 

To clear up and make productive his mountain land was 
no light task. He, of course, encountered, in common with 
most first settlers, many hardships, privations, and dangers, 
in his semi-barbaric life in the wilderness. In fact, he 
seemed not infrequently to be the subject of more than the 
ordinary portion of mishap and ill-luck. At one time there 
arose in that mountain region a furious tempest of wind, 
rain thunder, and lightning. The wind blew down his 
house, the lightning killed most of his cattle, and one of 
his children was supposed to have perished in the general 
disaster. She, however, made her appearance the next 
morning, having fled, doubtless, in the belief that the 


general wreck of matter was about to take place, and sought 
shelter and passed the night m a hollow log. 

Many were the disadvantages under which Mr. Parker 
labored, many the difficulties to be conquered, even as com- 
pared with many other settlers, in the fact that these moun- 
tain lands, though rich in native productive power, were 
hard of access, and stubborn to resist the discipline of the 
cultivator. At length, however, by hard labor and untiring- 
patience on his part, the strong, rough soil began to " give 
forth its increase " and yield abundantly, and thus he was 
able to secure to himself and his family a comfortable home 
and subsistence during the remainder of his long mortal 

Though somewhat eccentric in his habits and fancies, 
Mr. Parker was a deeply religious, highly conscientious 
man, strictly honest always. 


Uriah P. Pearsons, b. March 4, 1812, son of Joseph and 
Deborah (Badger) Pearsons, of Warner ; m. July 4, 1837, 
Laura, dau. of Dudley and Sarah (Woodman) Bailey, of 
Warner. Children, — 

I. Eliza D., b. Sept. 1, 1838, in Newbury. 

II. Laura A., b. Sept. 16, 1841, in Sutton. 

III. John L., b. June 28, 1844, in Sutton. 

IV. Dudley B., b. Oct. 14, 1847, in Sutton. 

V. Ellen M., b. June 30, 1849, in Newbury. 

VI. Mary J., b. Aug. 23, 1861, in Sutton. 

Uriah B. Pearsons lived in several different places in this 
vicinity. He d. in Warner. His wife d. March 14, 1878, 
in Wilmot. 

I. Eliza D. Pearsons m'. July 22, 1857, Gilbert B. Briggs. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Frank H., b. Aug. 3, 1858, in Canaan. 

2. Fred G., b. July 28, 1860, in Alexandria; d. March 28, 1881. 


3. Willie B„ b. April 15, 1864, in Alexandria. 

4. John L., b. Dec. 10, 1866, in Alexandria. 

5. Charles B., b. April 3, 1870, in Wilmot. 

6. Laura Gertrude, b. Xov. 19, 1878, in Wilmot. 

II. Laura A. Pearsons m. Jan. 6, 1865, Charles S. Whitney, of 
New London. Children, b. in New London, — 

1. Carrie E., b. Jan. 6, 1866: m. July 6, 1889, Frank Reed, of Unity. 

2. George W., b. May 25, 1878. 

III. John L. Pearsons enlisted in 10th Regiment N. H. Vols. 
He was taken prisoner, and d. at Salisbury, N. C. 

IV. Dudley B. Pearsons m. March 1, 1871, EUa F. Keyser, of 
Wilmot. ChUd,— 

1. Lottie E., b. Sept. 10, 1873. 

Dudley B. Pearsons d. Oct. 21, 1878, in Wilmot. 

V. Ellen M. Pearsons m. June 22, 1870, Manson Patten, of 
Alexandria. Children, — 

1. Mabel. 2. Fred. 3. Fred, 2d. 4. Anna. 

VI. Mary J. Pearsons m. Dec. 31, 1870, Edward Woodman, of 
Alexandria. They removed to Iowa. Children, — 

1. Jennie, b. 1872. 

2. Nellie, b. 1877. 

Mrs. Mary J. (Pearsons) Woodman m., 2d, Dec. 4, 1882, Valen- 
tine Kennel, of Iowa. Child, — 

3. Frances, b. July 6, 1886. 

The Pearsons family, who were earl}" inhabitants of Sut- 
ton, are fnlly mentioned in another part of this work ; also, 
Ira B. Person, in "• Justices of the Peace." 


David Peaslee, of Sandown, m. March 18, 1743, Rachel 
Bean. Children, b. in Sandown, — 

Dorothy, b. Nov. 12, 1744. 

Samuel, b. June 5, 1746. 

Peter, b. March 8, 1749 ; d. in Bridgewater. 

David, b. March 6, 1751. 

Rachel, b. May 12, 1854. 


Abraham, b. July 20, 1756. 

Isaac, b. May 3, 1770. 

Jacob, b. May 3, 1760. 

Timothy, b. Oct. 5, 1763 ; m. Mary, dau. of Samuel Andrew. 
No children ; lived in Bradford. 

Sarah, b. April 12, 1766 ; m. July 8, 1785, Ephi-aim Hildreth. 
[See same.] 

John, b. Nov. 11, 1768. 

David Peaslee and wife died in Sutton. 

Samuel Peaslee, 2d child of David, m. March 13, 1768, 

Sarah Bean, of Sandown, dau. of Samuel and Mary ( ) 

Bean. Children, — 

I. Mary, b. Sept. 4, 1769 ; m. Dec. 17, 1793, Jonathan Heath, 
of Bridgewater. No children. 

II. Sarah, b. Oct. 30, 1771 ; m. July 3, 1792, Samuel Andrew ; 
10 children. 

III. Thomas, b. June 21, 1773. 

rV. Rachel, b. May 5, 1775 ; m. Jan. 5, 1797, James Heath, of 

V. Samuel, b. Nov. 28, 1776 ; m. Hannah Shepherd, of New 
London. The Bradford and Newbury Peaslee families are de- 
scendants of this Samuel Peaslee. He had sons, — John, Elijah, 
Joel, Eben, Jonathan, and Manly, and daughters, — Irene, Jane, 
and SaUy. 

VI. David, b. Feb. 20, 1778. 

VII. Joseph, b. March 14, 1780. 

VIII. Judith, b. Jan. 2, 1783. 

IX. Jonathan, b. April 7, 1785. 

Samuel Peaslee d. Sept. 12, 1821, in Sutton, His wife 
d. July 11, 1820, in Sutton. This couple, with one child, 
moved to Perrystown in the spring of 1770, settling at 
what is now the South village, in which he built the first 
house, and kept the first tavern in this town. Mr. Peaslee 
was a very important and useful man in the new township, 
as the early records show. 

III. Thomas Peaslee m. Jan. 24, 1799, Mary A., dau. of Benja- 
min and Mary (Bean) Wells. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

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1. BeBJamin Wells, b. July 5, 1800 ; d. . 

2. Samuel Bean, b. Aug. 1, 1802. 

3. Ruth Wells, b. July .5, 1804; d. March 26, 1812. 

4. Daniel C, b. April i, 1806; d. Aug. 12, 1809. 

5. Dorothy Ann, b. April 10, 1807. 

6. Joseph P., b. April 4, 1808. 

7. Daniel Andrew, b. July 25, 1810. 

8. James Minot, b. AprilS, 1813. [See Kendrick.] 

9. Benjamin Loverin, b. Feb. 2.5, 1816. 

Thomas Peaslee and wife d. in Sutton. 

VII. Joseph Peaslee m. Nov. 23, 1809, Dorothy Wells, of Sut- 
ton, dau. of Benjamin and Mary (Bean) Wells. Child, — 

1. Lyman, b. in Sutton, Nov. 9, 1811; m. April 30, 1833, Mary 

Abraham Peaslee, 6th child of David, b. July 20, 1756 ; 
m, Dec. 24, 1778, Martha Bean, of Brentwood. Children, 
b. in Sutton, — 

I. Benaiah, b. March 25, 1780 ; d. 1818, of consumption. 

II. Hannah, b. June 5, 1782 ; m. Sept. 23, 1805, Samuel Scrib- 
ner, of Salisbury. 

III. Phebe, b. Sept. 28, 1784 ; m. Nov. 17, 1803, Iddo Scribner, 
of Salisbury. 

IV. Martha, b. Nov. 15, 1786 ; m. Sept. 2, 1810, WiUiam Scrib- 
ner, of Newport. 

V. Polly, b. April 9, 1789 ; m. Scribner, of Salisbury. 

VI. Sarah, b. Sept. 21, 1791 ; m. March 22, 1812, John Peters, 
of Salisbury. 

VII. Abraham, b. Feb. 21, 1794; d. 1872. 

Vin. Dorothy, b. Feb. 27, 1796 ; m. Jan. 19, 1815, Daniel 
Stevens, of Salisbury. 

IX. John, b. March 12, 1799 ; m. Ruth Stevens. 

X. Susanna, b. Sept. 13, 1801 ; m. Benjamin Webster, of Salis- 

I. Benaiah Peaslee m. Scribner, of Salisbury. Children, 

b. in Sutton, — 

1. John, b. May 29, 1808. 

2. Mehitabel, b. Feb. 12, 1810. 

3. Sally, b. April 20, 1812. 

4. Abraham, b. June 27, 1815. 


All the Scribners who intermarried with the children of Abra- 
ham Peaslee, Sr., were of the same family, save one, and he was a 
cousin to the others. 

VII. Abraham Peaslee m. Jan. 24, 1815, Sally Scribner, b. Sept. 
2, 1790 ; d. June 11, 1856. Children, b. in Sutton,— 

1. Martha B., b. June 3, 1815 ; d. July, 1876. 

2. Zachaviah, b. Feb. 21, 1817; d. Jan. 1, 1818. 

3. Hannah, b. April 1, 1818; d. 1878. [See Wells.] 

4. Abraham, b. Sept. 2, 1820 ; d. March 21, 1877. 

5. Catharine, b. June 9, 1823 ; d. Dec. 25, 1843. 

6. Zachariah, b. Oct. 1, 1824 ; d. Sept. 9, 1845. 

7. Marcus, b. Sept., 1826; d. Sept. 10, 1827. 

8. Andrew J., b. May 25, 1828; d. Sept. 25, 1829. 

9. Betsey S., b. Feb. 12, 1830; d. July 10, 1849. 

10. Andrew J., b. Feb. 18, 18-32 ; d. 1878. 

11. Leonard F., b. Nov. 5, 1839 ; d. July 10, 1863. 

1. Martha B. Peaslee m. 1835, George W. Richards, b. in Walden, 
Vt., Feb. 11, 1805. [For their family, see George W. Richards.] 

4. Abraham Peaslee m. Dec. 10, 1856, Mrs. Betsey (Wells) Stone, of 
Sutton, dau. of Benjamin and Mary (Pressey) Wells. He m., 2d, 
Sept. 14, 1868, Mrs. Sarah ( ) Hardy, formerly of Vermont. 

Many of the children of Abraham Peaslee, 2d, died of consmn^)- 

Isaac Peaslee, 7th child of David, b. May 3, 1760 ; m. 
Oct. 4, 1782, Mary Collins (supposed of Weare). Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

I. Mary C, b. Feb. 18, 1783 ; d. Nov. 17, 1794. 

II. Jonathan C, b. April 20, 1788 ; d. in Wilmot. 

III. Isaac, b. Oct. 2, 1792 ; d. Aug. 14, 1794. 

IV. Isaac, b. June 18, 1795 ; d. May 11, 1884, in Sutton. 

V. Thomas, b. April 20, 1798. 

VI. Mary, b. Nov. 12, 1800 ; m. March 24, 1822, Joseph Good- 
win, of Manchester. They had a small family. 

II. Jonathan C. Peaslee m. and settled in Wilmot. Some of his 
descendants live in that town, and some in Canaan. 

IV. Isaac (Rev. Isaac Peaslee) m. Oct. 16, 1817, Hannah Mas- 
tin, b. May 4, 1797 ; d. Sept. 21, 1840, at Ashburnham, Mass. 
Children, all b. in Sutton except the last, he in Ashburnham, 
Mass., — 


1. Betsey M., b. Nov. 20, 1818 ; d. April 2, 1889. 

2. ISIoses C, b. Dec. 30, 1820. 

3. Elmiiia, b. Feb. 18, 1823 ; d. Nov. 20, 1843. 

4. Albert C., b. April 16, 1825; m. , and had children. 

5. Hannah M., b. Jan. 23, 1827; m. June 10, 18.51, Joseph Johnson. 
[See same.] 

6. Louisa, b. Oct. 10, 1829 ; d. Sept. 10, 1847. 

7. Arthur C, b. May 29, 1832 ; d. July 1, 1876. 

8. Edwin N., b. July 17, 1840; d. Jan. 12, 1848. 

Rev. Isaac Peaslee m., 2d, June 22, 1841, Nancy D. Andrew, of 
Sutton, dau. of Samuel and Sally (Peaslee) Andrew, who d. July 
19, 1860, in Sutton. He m., 3d, Sept. 20, 1860, Mary P. Clark, of 
Morristown, Vt., who d. Aug. 30, 1861. He m., 4th, Dec. 10, 
1861, Mrs. Sally (Brown) Johnson, of Sutton, dau. of Samuel and 
Comfort (Speed) Brown, who d. April 15, 1863. He m., 5th, Nov. 
21, 1863, Mrs. Lucy (Russell) Brook, of Rindge, dau. of Eliakim 
and Sarah (Converse) Russell. 

2. Moses C. Peaslee m. Susan Lowe, of Wells, Me., where they have 
resided chiefly. She d. Dec, 1880. in Portsmouth. Children, — 

(1) Charles F., b. Dec. 24, 1846 ; d. Jan. 1, 1883. 

(2) Henry C. 

(3) Annie S. 

(4) William. 

(5) Bartlett R., m. Vinetta Hadley. 

(6) Newton I. 

Moses C. Peaslee lived some years in this town, but none of his chil- 
dren were born here. 

(2) Henry C. Peaslee m. Lucy Parkhurst, of Bedford. They had 
two daughters b. in Sutton, — Grace and Flora ; and since the family 
removed to Bedford more children have been born. 

(6) Newton I. Peaslee m. Mary Parkhurst, of Bedford. No children. 
They adopted Myrtie Peaslee, the dau. of his brother, Bartlett R. 
Peaslee, on the death of the child's parents. 

7. Arthur C. Peaslee m. Sophronia DevoU, of Leominster, Mass. 
Children, — 

(1) Charles A. (2) Emmet. (3) William. (4) Frederic. 

[See sketch of Rev. Isaac and Rev. Arthur C. Peaslee, in Freewill 
Baptist Church.] 

V. Thomas Peaslee m. 1818, Hannah Graves, of Washington, 
dau. of Dea. WiUiam and Lucy (Wlieeler) Graves, who d. Feb. 25, 
1852. He m., 2d, 1852, Mrs. Zilpah (Sweet) Kidder. Children, 
all by 1st wife, and all b. in Sutton except the three last. Thomas 
Peaslee was a shoemaker and lived in Sutton, Wilmot, Peterborough,, 
and Washington. Children, — 


1. Julia A., b. March 3, 1819. 

2. Willard H., b. Dec. 18, 1820. 

3. Abigail G., b. Dec. 24, 1822. 

4. Lucy M., b. Oct. 8, 1825. 

5. William G., b. Feb., 1829. 

6. Isaac G., b., Oct. 5, 1830 ; m. 1854, Ursula T. Walker Residence, 

7. Thomas J., b. Oct. 18, 1832; d. June 1, 1878, in Boston: m. 
Harriet Burbank. 

8. George W., b. May 30, 1834; m. Caroline Burbank. Residence, 
Natick, Mass. 

9. Emily, b. July 29, 1837, in Wilmot ; m. May 31, 1864, Charles C. 
Phillips, of New London. 

10. Benjamin, b. Oct. 2, 1839, in Wilmot. Residence, Lake Village. 

11. Edwin J., b. Sept. 8, 1844, in Wilmot. Residence, Lake Village. 

George W. and Edwin J. Peaslee were in service in the late war. 

Abigail Graves, sister to the wife of the above Thomas Peaslee, 
b. May 4, 1798, in Washington ; m. June 1, 1831, Nathan Pierce. 
Resided in South Sutton, and later in Bradford. She d. June 22, 
1881, in Warner. He d. April 13, 1875, in Warner. Children, 
b. in Sutton, — 

1. Benjamin F., b. May 2, 1832; m. Sept. 6, 1855, Harriet Jane 
Goodwin, of Terre Haute, Ind. ; 6 children. 

2. Cynthia C, b. Nov. 23, 1835; m. Feb. 1, 1857, Leonard P. Jame- 
son, of Bradford. 

John Peaslee, 11th chikl of David, b. Nov. 11, 1768 ; m. 
June 25, 1789, Olive Bailey. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

I. Molly, b. 1799 ; m. June, 1814, John Scribner, of Salisbury. 

II. Alice, b. 1800 ; m. Aug. 6, 1815, Benjamin Webster, of 

III. Timothy, b. 1802 ; m. 1820, Patty Bean, of Salisbury. 

IV. Olive, b. ; m. Oct. 9, 1820, Benjamin Spalding, of War- 

V. Rachel, b. 1805 ; m. Ephi-aim Fisk. 

VI. John. 

VII. Susan, b. 1811 ; m. Daniel Smith. 

VIII. Rhoda, b. 1813; d. March 1, 1886. 

IX. Polly, b. 1815 ; m. Daniel Scribner, of Salisbury. 

David Peaslee, of Sandown, the first actual settler in 
Perrystown, came in the autumn of 1767, and was soon 
followed b}"" his many sons. He settled at what was after- 
wards called " Peaslee's Corner," at the foot of Kimball's 
hill, north of the John Eaton residence. The sons all set- 


tied in this town. Concerning these men, father and sons, 
it was said of them by those who knew and remembered 
them, that they were all men of honor and honesty, were 
strong, well made, most of them being six feet tall. They 
all became owners of farms, and made them valuable by 
their energy and industry ; nevertheless they were more 
fond of hunting than husbandry. Indeed, some of them 
were perfect Nimrods. It is not improbable that to this 
special proclivity they are indebted for the honor of being 
the first settlers in the wilds of Perrvstown. 

David Peaslee, the father, died probably about 1800. 
One of his sons gave his age, at the time of his death, as 
87. His widow died at a very great age. 

Samuel Peaslee, oldest son, married the sister of William, 
Samuel, and Cornelius Bean, and their daughter Sally was 
the first-born female child in Sutton that lived to maturity. 
For her record, see Samuel Andrew. Her grave may be 
seen in the North burying-ground. The first born male 
child in Sutton was son of Cornelius Bean, to whom the 
town voted a gratuity when he should be of age. He, how- 
ever, died in infancy. The first born male child that lived 
to maturity was also of the same Bean stock, being son of 
Samuel, named Joseph. 

One who remembered Samuel Peaslee w^ell, said of him 
that he was a very worthy man, sensible, capable, punctual, 
and one of the very best of neighbors. The last named 
qualification meant a great deal in the days of old, when in 
their isolated, toilsome lives neighbors depended on each 
other for companionship, as well as for symj)athetic help 
in time of sickness or calamity. 

Samuel Peaslee was farmer and brick-maker. He had a 
brick-yard about one fourth mile from his house on the 
road from Fishersfield to Warner. He did a good share of 
town business, as the early records show, reared his large 
family, and accumulated a good property. He died here 
at the age of 75 in 1821. His death was very sudden, and 
occurred near the time of the great tornado. 


Peter Peaslee lived near his father's residence, on the 
side of Kimball's hill, till he moved to New Chester. He 
died in Bridgewater, at the age of 90 years or upwards. 
He had no children. 

Abraham Peaslee lived on the Samuel Rowell farm. He 
came here from the Revolutionary war, having served 
about seven months, being then 17 years old. He resided 
here till he died, rather suddenly, of fever, in 1815, near the 
time of the closing of the last war Avith England, about 
tw^enty days after peace was declared, in which important 
events, having been a soldier himself, he was naturally 
greatly interested. He was esteemed a good citizen and 
neighbor, and a man of good judgment. 

David Peaslee, 2d, served in the Revolutionary war five 
years. He was long a resident of this town. 

Isaac Peaslee, 1st, settled near Long Pond, not far from 
the towns of Bradford and Warner, where he died at the 
age of 66. He reared his family in comfort, and accumu- 
lated some property. 

John Peaslee, spoken of as a worthy citizen, lived near 
Jones's mill, where he died. Charles Peaslee, for several 
years an esteemed citizen resident in the North village, is 
grandson of John. 

Other Peaslees found on Town Records, not lo- 

Betsey Peaslee m. Wadleigh Stevens, b. May 8, 1786. 
Children, — 

Abigail, b. April 21, 1809. 
Sarah, b. Feb. 12, 1811. 

Wadleigh Stevens was a nephew of Phinehas Stevens. 
Benjamin W. Peaslee m. Aug. 14, 1844, Hepsibah Pike» 
of New London. 

Daniel Peaslee m., "2d, 1841, Malvina Hart, of Thornton. 

The Heath family lived early near the centre of this 


town, where some of them died, and were buried not far 
from the Gile place. Two of the men married into the 
Peaslee family, and all finally removed to Salisbury. 


Edgar R. Perkins, b. May 18, 1852 ; m. June 27, 1872, 
Ida F. Wood, b. Jan. 17, 1854. Child,— 
Dora F., b. July 18, 1873. 

Dustin Perkins, of Newbury, m. July 17, 1880, Jennie 
E. Thompson, of Goshen, dau. of Samuel B. and Almira 
(Johnson) Thompson. Children, — 

Ella Jane, b. April 17, 1882, in Newbury. 
Elizabeth Josephine, b. July 24, 1885, in Sutton. 
Rosa BeU, b. Dec. 10, 1887 ; d. March 13, 1888. 


Joseph Peters, b. in Hopkinton, Dec, 1774 ; d. Feb. 25, 
1829; m. 1797, Elizabeth Gould, b. Jan. 13, 1777 ; d. Aug. 
12, 1857. Children,— 

I. Hannah, b. Feb. 15, 1801 ; d. June, 1874. 

II. Nathan, b. Jan. 21, 1803 ; m. Dolly JeweU. 

III. Tabitha G., b. April 8, 1807 ; m. Edmund Chadwick. [See 
Chad wick.] 

IV. Elizabeth, b. 1809. 

V. WiUiam, b. June 2, 1811 ; d. May, 1851 : m. Lydia'Beals. 

VI. Harrison, b. Dec. 1, 1813. 

VII. Rhoda, b. June, 1815. 

VIII. CordeHa, b. April 4, 1821 ; d. Aug. 13, 1844. 
I. Hannah Peters m. Franklin Fisk. Children, — 

1. Charles. 2. Joseph. 

IV. Elizabeth Peters m. Joshua Tenney. Children, — 

1. Frank. 2. John. 3. Elizabeth. 

VI. Harrison Peters m. Olive Butler. Children, — 

1. Horace. 2. William H. 


Joseph Peters, after his marriage, removed from Hopkiii- 
ton to Goshen, where their three oldest chiklren were born. 
In 1808 removed to Sutton, where he carried on the business 
of clothier till 1826. He did a good business while here, 
and is remembered as a very intelligent, honorable man. 
Two of his daughters, Rhoda and Mrs. Edmund Chadwick, 
reside in Sutton. Three of his sons removed to Hampton, 
and became somewhat prominent there. Nathan repre- 
sented the town. For William H. Chadwick, son of Ed- 
mund, see record of Town Officers. 


Nathan Phelps, b. 1777, in Amherst ; d. Feb. 22, 1837, 

in Sutton : m. Hannah , b. 1771 ; d. Feb. 20, 1827, in 

Sutton. Children, — 

I. Ira, m. Mclntyre. 

II. Nathan, m. Lucy Wilkins, of New London. 

III. PoUy, m. William Pressey (brother to Carlos G. Pressey). 

IV. Amanda, b. 1814 ; d. Dec. 18, 1839. 

Nathan Phelps, Sr., m., 2d, March 23, 1828, Abigail 
Messer, b. March 4, 1775 ; d. Jan. 16, 1854. 

Jonathan Phelps, brother to Nathan, Sr., b. in Amherst ; 
d. in Sutton : m. Hannah Marden, b. in Bradford, Mass., 
1770 ; d. in Sutton, April 22, 1833. He m., 2d, Oct. 15, 
1834, Sally Brown, of Wilmot. Children, the first three 
b. in New Boston, — 

I. Hannah, b. Dec. 8, 1806 ; m. Nov., 1829, Samuel Felch. [See 

II. Jeremiah, b. 1804 ; d. Oct. 11, 1842. 

III. Lucinda, m. 1836, Stephen Felch ; no cliildren living. 

IV. Caroline, m. Dec. 20, 1830, Levi Cheney (1st wife). 

II. Jeremiah Phelps m., 1835, Drusilla Smith, dau. of Moses 
and Drusilla (Smart) Smith, b. Nov. 29, 1812 ; d. March 1, 1881. 
Children, — 


1. Alonzo, b. July, 1836. 

2. Caroline M., b. 1841 ; d. April 14, 1876 : m. July 18, 1863, John 
H. Frazier. 

1. Alonzo Phelps ni., 1st, Jeanette Whitney. Child, — 

(1) Walter. 

He m., 2d, 1870, Mrs. Ellen ]\[. (Bean) Holton, of Henniker, b. 
March 21, 1848, dan. of Charles Alden Bean. Children, — 

(2) Mattie B., b. June 30, 1872. 

(3) Charles I., b. Aug. 3, 1875. 

Mrs. Ellen M. (Bean) Phelps d. Sept. 24, 1887. 


Benjamin Philbrook. of Hampsteacl, b. 1712 ; d. 1810, in 
Sutton : m. April 14, 1736, Sarah Chute, of Hampsteacl, b. 
1713 ; d. 1813. Children, b. in Hampstead,— 

Jemima, b. Oct. 29, 1737. 
James, b. Nov. 29, 1739. 
Abigail, b. Feb. 26, 1742 ; d. winter of 1826. 
Betsey, b. -April 26, 1744 ; d. 1821. 
Benjamin, b. June 10, 1746 ; d. 1845, in Hopkinton. 
Joseph, b. Aug. 17, 1748 ; d. 1840 : m. March 19, 1765, Ruth 
Hovey ; lived in Hopkinton. 

Mary, b. June 23, 1750 ; d. 1834. 

Mehitabel, b. Aug. 24, 1752 ; d. Oct. 27, 1812. 

Sarah, b. March 10, 1757 ; d. Dec. 20, 1843. 

Several of the above children came to Sutton to live, 
viz., — 

Abigail, m. Jan. 24, 1774, Thomas Walker. [See Walker.] 
Mehitabel, m. Phineas Stevens. [See Stevens.] 
Sarah, m. April 16, 1781, Joseph Johnson. [See Johnson.] 
Benjamin, m. April 16, 1867, Anna Knight, of Hardpstead, and 
she became mother of the eight children whose birth record follows. 
The date of her death is not found, but nuist have been between the 
birth date of her last child, 1783, and the date of her husband's 2d 
marriage. The record of his publishment to Lucy Buell, of New- 
port, is found on Sutton books, dated May 8, 1790. They had a 
son, William, born to them. 

868 HISTORY or suttox. 

Children of Benjamin Philbrook and Anna Knight (1st 
wife), — 

I. John, b. Jan. 21, 1769 ; Uved in Sutton. 

II. Joshua, b. Feb. 25, 1771 ; Hved in Sutton. 

III. Anna, b. March 7, 1773. 

IV. Nancy, b. Nov. 10, 1774. 

V. Knight, b. March 2, 1776 ; settled in Vermont. 

VI. Eben, b. July 17, 1778 ; d. May 3, 1788. 

VII. Benjamin, b. July 21, 1780 ; settled in Vermont. 

VIII. Alice (or Elsie), b. Aug. 19, 1783. 

IV. Nancy never married ; was lame, and many years an in- 
valid : d. in Sutton. 

VIII. Elsie m. July 30, 1807, John Johnson, of Enfield; they 
lived in Enfield. 

I. John Philbrook m. Api'il, 1790, Dorothy Colburn, his cousin. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Hannah, b. Aug. 0, 1792. 

2. John, b. May 8, 1793 ; went to Haverhill, Mass. 

3. Samuel, b. Feb. 2, 1795 ; d. . 

i. James, b. Aug. 22, 1796 ; settled in Warner. 

5. Susanna, b. April 17, 1798 ; m. Feb. 24, 1820, Nathaniel Eaton, Jr., 
of Lempster^ 

6. Samuel, 2d, b. Dec. 21, 1799. 

7. Chute, b. Sept. 1, 1800, 

8. Hiram, b. Aug. 4, 1801 ; went to Lempster. 

9. Benjamin, b. Aug. 6, 180.5. 

10. Orlando, b. June 3, 1807 ; m. Charlotte Pierce : lived in Wilmot. 

11. Oliver, b. ; went to Newport. 

12. Caleb, b. ; went to Lempster. 

13. Nathaniel, b. ; went to Lempster. 

John Philbrook and wife finally removed from Sutton to Lemp- 
ster, in which town their sons, Hiram, Caleb, and Nathaniel, and 
daughter Susanna, with her husband, had already settled. 

4. James Philbrook m. Nov. 20, 1823, Betsey Simons, dau. of Eben- 
ezer and Elizabeth (Steele) Simons. Children, — 

(1) Bartlett, b. Jan. 29, 1825. 

(2) Lucinda, b. Sept. 24, 1829. 

(3) Luke, b. Aug. 24, 1831. 

(4) George, b. Oct. 14, 1833. 

(1) Bartlett Philbrook m. Hannah Fifield ; m., 2d, Martha Shedd. 
Children, — 

Frank ; Nellie. 


(4) George Philbrook m. Dec. 21, 1859, Esther A. Davis, b. April 1, 
1844. Children,— 

Kate, b. Sept. 6, 1860 ; d. Feb. 11, 1884. 
Walter G., b. March 16, 1863 ; d. Jan. 2, 1883. 
Amelia M., b. Dec. 6, 1865 ; d. June 25, 1885. 
George B., b. Nov. 17, 1870. 

II. Joshua Philbrook m. Oct. 25, 1801, Hepsibah RusseU. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Annah, b. Feb. 5, 1803 

2. Joseph, b. April 25, 1804. 

3. Joel, b. Aug. 5, 1805. 

4. Nathaniel, b. Feb. 15, 1807. 

5. Cyrus, b. Dec. 11, 1808. 

6. William R., b. Feb. 18, 1810. 

7. Harrison, b. Oct., 1811. 

8. Mary Ann, b. Feb., 1815. 

6. William R. Philbrook m. Jan. 24, 1834, Anna Keyes, of Antrim. 
Children, b. in Newbury, — 

(1) William K., b. Feb. 3, 1835. 

(2) Mary Ann, b. March 12, 1837. 

(3) Lavonia, b. 1839. 

(4) Joseph R., b. 1841. 

(5) Hepsibah Alvira. 

(6) Joshua R. 

(7) Cyi-us F. 

(8) George H. 

(1) William K. Philbrick m. March 17, 1864, Ann E. Fisk, dau. of 
Levi Fisk, of Sutton. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

George S., b. Sept. 25, 1866. 

Alice L., b. Aug. 17, 1868 ; d. Sept. 25, 1874. 

Bessie J., b. Oct. 15, 1870 ; d. Sept. 28, 1874. 

Ida Mabel, b. March 15, 1873; d. March 6, 1877. 

Elmer E., b. Sept. 28, 1875. 

Herbert A., b. March 1, 1878. 

Lura Estella, b. Sept. 25, 1880. 

(2) Mary Ann Philbrick m. Benjamin Fisk (2d wife). Children,— 
Ida A. ; Mary Belle. 

(4) Joseph R. Philbrick m. Marietta Dolby. 

(5) Hepsibah A. Philbrick m. George Sanders. 

The wife of Benjamin Philbrook, Sr., lived to the age of 
one hundred years. On the day she was a century old her 
son, Benjamin Philbrook, Jr., held a religious meeting at 
his house to celebrate the remarkable occurrence. She 
lived just twelve days after it. She was long remembered 
by some of our older citizens as a very kind, good woman, 


who kept possession of her bodily and mental faculties to 
the very last of her life ; she could see and hear well as 
long as she lived. 

Benjamin Phiibrook, Jr., her son, was best known as the 
" tythingman," though, by the way, he had nothing to do 
with the collection of tithes, his official duties being only 
to prevent Sabbath-breaking in general, and to preserve 
order in the sanctuary during worship. He lived to the 
great age of ninety-nine years, lacking only a few months 
of his mother's age. 

Another of this famil}^, Mrs. Walker, lived to be very 
aged, as did her sister, Mrs. Joseph Johnson, reaching- 
eighty-six years. 

Mrs. Lovejoy, sister to Mrs. Phiibrook, the centenarian, 
followed to this town her son by her first husband, Leonard 
Colburn being the name of the son. She died here at a 
great age. She was long remembered as a very capable, 
good woman. She was a famous carder of wool, and carded 
for nearly every family in town. 

The tendency to extreme longevity seems to have existed 
in the Phiibrook family before the long-lived woman who 
was mother of Benjamin Phiibrook,. Jr., came into it.. 
Nathan Phiibrook, of Hampton and Sanbornton, died in 
1794, at the age of ninetj^-seven, and consequently must 
have been born in 1697, some fifteen years before the birth 
of Mrs. Phiibrook, of Sutton. A Benjamin Phiibrook died 
in Sanbornton in 1862, aged ninety-five years. 

The Gile genealogy has the following : " Samuel Gile,, 
born at Haverhill, Feb. 13, 1702-3, married Sarah Emer- 
son, probably daughter of Benjamin and Sarah (Phiibrook) 
Emerson. She was born in 1708, and died Sept. 10, 1804. 
They lived in Chester in 1823, and later in Haverhill, 
where he died Dec. 1, 1775." The second child of this 
marriage was Ephraim Gile, who came to Sutton, and in 
his case the Phiibrook blood seems to have asserted itself 
plainly enough, by keeping him alive ninety years. 



(The Pike ancestors came from England, and settled 
early in Attleborough, Mass.) 

Capt. John Pike m. Eunice, dau. of Ruel and Polly 
(Hurd) Keith, of Newport. She was b. May 6, 1770. 
Children, — 

James M., b. Dec. 2, 1817 ; m. Sarah Cilley ; m., 2cl, Mrs. Abby 

Delia W., b. Oct. 10, 1819 ; m. Joseph Bean, of Sutton. 

Hepsibah, b. Aug. 6, 1821 ; m. Benjamin Peaslee, of Sutton. 

John K., b. July 27, 1823 ; m. Lucy Wilson, of Cohasset, Mass- 
Eunice C, b. Oct. 14, 1825 ; m. Benjamin R. Morse, of New- 

Ziba, b. April 15, 1827 ; unmarried. 

Samuel K., b. Sept. 21, 1829 ; m. Hannah Leach, of Sutton. 

Harriet E., b. March 7, 1831 ; m. William S. George. 

Mary H., b. Sept. 4, 1833 ; m. Claude Goings, of New London. 

Nancy, b. March 17, 1835 ; m. Austin Goings, of New London. 


Mason W. Presby, b. Feb. 9, 1833 ; d. Oct. 10, 1881 : m. 
Oct. 23, 1854, Laura A. Bean, b. July 16, 1832. Chil- 
dren, — 

Henry E., b. Nov. 21, 1855 ; d. Oct. 1, 1857. 

Benjamin F., b. Oct. 3, 1857 ; m. Jan., 1887, Georgiana Ed- 
munds. ChUd, — LUian. 

Mary J., b. July 28, 1860 ; m. Nov. 8, 1885, Charles Woodward. 

Florence E., b. April 24, 1863 ; m. March 10, 1886, Jolm Couch. 
Child,— Delma, b. June 21, 1887. 

Martha A., b. May 21, 1867 ; m. March 10, 1886, Leander 

John W., b. March 19, 1869. 

Jennie S., b. March 15, 1871; m. April 26, 1888, Eugene 

Blanche R., b. Jan. 21, 1874. 

Amasa G., b. Feb. 21, 1880 ; d. March 19, 1880. 



The common ancestor of the Pillsbury families of Massa 
chusetts and New Hampshire was William, born in the 
county of Essex, England, in 1615. He came to Dorches- 
ter in the colony of Massachusetts Bay, in 1640, and there 
married Dorothy Crosby. He removed in 1651 to New- 
bury, Mass. (now a part of Newburyport), where he pur- 
chased a house built by Mr. Edward Rawson, a gentleman 
of wealth and learning, and the first local judge. This 
house then purchased of Mr. Rawson has been in Pillsbury 
hands ever since. It is situated on High street. 

The coat of arms of the Pillsbury family, when in Eng- 
land, is described in heraldic terms thus, — " Per fesse, sable 
and azure ; on an eagle divsplayed argent three griffins' 
heads, erased of the second." Crest, an esquire's helmet ; 
motto, "Labor omnia vincit." 

The name of Pillsbury was sometimes spelled Pillesberry 
and Pillsborough. 

William and Dorothy (Crosby) Pillsbury had born to 
them ten children — seven sons, of whom four lived to marry, 
and three daughters. Moses, second son, b. 1645 or 1646, 
in Dorchester, m. Mrs. Susanna (Whipple) Worth, widow 
of Lionel Worth. They had six children, of whom Caleb, 
third son and sixth child, was b. in Newbury, 1681 ; he d. 
1759; he m. July 27, 1703, Sarah Morse. 

Caleb, son of Caleb and Sarah (Morse) Pillsbury, was b. 
in Newbury,. Jan. 26, 1717; d. Feb. 7,1777-78. He m. 
July 8, 1742, Sarah Kimball, of Amesbury, Mass. This 
Caleb Pillsbury was at the time of his death the represent- 
ative from Amesbury to the Massachusetts General Court. 
Of him the author of the History of Amesbury says, " Caleb 
Pillsbury died this year, 1778, having led a useful and hon- 
orable life. He held almost every office within the gift of 
the people." He was captain in the French War, and his 
commission is yet in possession of Caleb G. Pillsbury, of 
Holland, Vt. 

gen:ealogt. 873 

The children of Caleb and Sarah (Kimball) Pillsbury 
were eight in number, of whom the eighth, Micajah, was b. 
May 22, 1763. A little brother, named Micajah, b. 1761, 
but died in early infancy, has occasioned some confusion of 
dates in the records kept by some of the descendants. 

Micajah Pillsbury m. 1781, Sarah Sargent, dau. of Sam- 
uel and Sarah (Kendrick) Sargent, of Amesbury, who were 
married in Amesbury, May 19, 1757, and soon after re- 
moved to Kingston. 

Children of Micajah and Sarah (Sargent) Pillsbury, — 

I. Stephen, b. Oct. 30, 1781, in Amesbury ; d. Jan. 22, 1851, in 

II. Joseph, b. April 1, 1784, in Amesbury ; d. 1869, in Sutton. 

III. Moses, b. June 19, 1786, in Amesbury ; d. 1868, in Sutton. 

IV. John, b. May 24, 1789, in Amesbury ; d. Oct. 11, 1856, in 

V. SaUy, b. AprU 29, 1791, in Amesbury ; d. May 2, 1875, in 

VI. Betsey, b. Oct. 16, 1794, in Amesbury ; d. Sept. 21, 1836, 
in Sutton. 

VII. Nancy, b. Oct. 11, 1798, in Sutton. 

VIII. DoUy, b. Feb. 16, 1801, in Sutton. 

Micajah Pillsbury moved from Amesbury to Sutton in February, 
1795. He lived in this town till his death, in 1802. His wife sur- 
vived him many years. She d. June 28, 1830. They settled in 
the southerly part of the town, on the old road leading from vSouth 
Sutton to Fishersfield (Newbury), near the top of what was called 
Coburn's or Dodge's hill. Mr. Pillsbury was a respected citizen, 
and filled several offices of trust. He was frequently called upon 
by his fellow-townsmen to settle matters in controversy between 
them, and acted as a sort of judge or referee. 

I. Stephen Pillsbury m. March 5, 1816, Lavinia Hobart. She 
"was daughter of the first male chUd born in Plymouth, N. H. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Mary Bartlett, b. Jan. 5, 1817. 

2. Lavinia Hobart, b. Xov. 8, 1818 ; d. Sept., 1871. 

3. Josiah Hobart, b. Aug. 1.5, 1821 ; d. Nov. 5, 1879. 

4. Stephen, b. Jan. 26, 1824. 

5. Edwin, b. March 16, 1826. 


6. Ann Judson, b. July 1, 1828. 

7. Adoniram Judson, b. June 11, 1830 ; d. Sept. 18, 1851. 

8. William Stoughton, b. March 16, 1833. 

9. Leonard Hobart, b. Dec. 2.5, 1835. 

In his early life Stephen Pillshury was quite noted as a school 
teacher. In 1815 he was ordained as a Baptist minister, and was 
settled as such at Hebron, and afterwards at Sutton, Dunbarton, 
and Londonderry. His ministry extended over a period of about 
thirty-five years. He was one of the very first persons in the state 
to espouse the temperance reform movement, and he published an 
appeal on this subject to the people of the state, and one also to 
those engaged in the liquor traffic. He neglected no opportunity to 
do good to his fellow-men. When resident in Sutton he represented 
the town in the legislature in 1833. While in Londonderry he was 
elected superintendent of schools several times, and always identi- 
fied himself with the cause of education. He was one of the most 
correct, exemplary Christian gentlemen of his day, prudent, amiable, 
and unselfish, and was much respected by all who had opportunity 
to know him. He came to be regarded as one of the fathers of the 
denomination with which he was so long connected. The wife of 
Stephen Pillshury was in all respects a very superior woman, — intel- 
ligent, refined, and possessed of a very lovable disposition. She 
gained the esteem as well as the love of all who came in contact 
with her. Her litei'ary attainments were of a liigh order. She 
composed several excellent religious hymns, and conti-ibuted many 
valuable articles for publication. 

1. Mary Bartlett Pillshury, m. Valentine W. Weston, of New York 
city, who d. in 1863. They had two daughters. She now resides in 
Lawrence, Kansas. 

Mrs. Weston devoted several years of her life to portrait and 
landscape painting, for which she early displayed a rare taste and 
talent. Some of her pictures became widely known, and are highly 
appreciated by good judges. Many years ago the present writer, 
knowing the distinction wliich Mrs. Weston had attained as an 
artist, wrote to her, asking some points in her career, and received 
in reply the proof-sheets of the sketch of Mrs. Weston in Mrs. Ellet's 
" Lives of Female Artists," from which might be gathered the de- 
sired facts, and a letter commencing, — 

" March 25, 1870. 

" Please accept my thanks for the honor you propose do me by 
giving me a notice in your History of Sutton. My life as an artist 


is all I care to have known. All the vicissitudes by which one gains 
the discipline of life are not always interesting or profitable to 
others. Whether I shall ever be permitted to complete my career 
as an artist, which cost me so much effort in the beginning of life, 
is now a little doubtful. Anyway, I am content. My two daugh- 
ters, whose lives woidd have been sacrificed had I trusted them in 
their delicate childhood to the care of an ordinary hired nurse, are 
worth more to me than all the fame and wealth of the world. Still, 
my longing to be engaged in works of taste and imagination costs 
me daily a good deal of suffering." 

The sketch of Mary AYeston occupies ten pages of Mrs. Ellet's 
book, and, would space permit its insertion entire in this work, we 
would gladly transcribe the whole, but a few paragraphs must suf- 
fice : 

" Mary Pillsbury was born in Hebron. In her humble home among 
the mountains, though surrounded by nature's wild beauty, the child 
found nothing to suggest to her an idea of what art coidd accomplish. 
Nevertheless she saw objects with an artistic perception, and loved 
especially to study faces. When taken to church she would sit gaz- 
ing at those around her, and wishing that in some way, of which, 
as yet, she had no conception, she could copy their features. When 
she was twelve years old her parents removed from Hebron to Sut- 
ton. One day, when her father was going to preach at a protracted 
meeting at Bradford, she accompanied her parents thither. Near 
the meeting-house was a tavern-sign, on which was painted in colors, 
richly arrayed, the figure of the Goddess of Liberty. This work of 
art was executed by Elder John Gillingham, a Freewill Baptist 
minister. [Those are yet living who can remember to have listened 
with interest and pleasure to Elder John Gillingham's occasional 
preaching at Sutton.] Having obtained a seat near the window 
during the services, Mary carefrdly studied this picture, which ap- 
peared to her a perfect triumph of art. After she went home she 
produced a clever sketch of it. From this time goddesses of liberty 
multiplied in her hands, and became famous in the school and neigh- 
borhood. One of them was actually put into a magazine. Caring 
little for the sports and pleasures of her age, it was Mary's habit to 
shut herself up in her father's study, and read over and over again 
the biographies of great men and distinguished women. She kept 
in advance of all the school-girls meanwhile, and improved in her 
drawing during the hours stolen from her spinning tasks and the 
duties involved in the care of other children. Ambitious dreams 


and longings broke on the monotony of her lonely life ; she resolved 
to become an artist like those persons of whom she had read, and 
compel appreciation from the world." 

The sketch goes on to relate the different and successive steps by 
vrhich she finally carried out this resolve to successful completion, 
and, of her paintings, says, — "Several of her copies have great 
merit, as her 'Angel Gabriel and Infant Saviour,' from Murillo, 
Titian's ' Bella Donna,' «fec., ' Beatrice Cenci,' which last has been 
pronounced an admirable copy. She made a fine copy of Guercino's 
'Sibylla Samia.' Mrs. Weston's flesh-tints are especially natural 
and beautiful, and she gives a high finish to her paintings. Those 
from the old masters and others have such wonderful fidelity that 
her achievements in this line alone suffice to make a reputation. 'A 
Witch Scene,' from , is admirable. One of her own compo- 
sitions is 'A Scene from Lalla Rookh,' and she has painted both 
landscapes and portraits from nature." 

2. Lavinia Hobart Pillsbury m. June, 1852, Samuel Andrew, of Sut- 
ton. She was a lady of very amiable disposition, and an excellent wife 
and mother, and her death was much lamented by all wlio knew her. 
They had two daughters. 

3. Josiah Hobart Pillsbury m. April, 1853, Elnorah Pervere, who d. 
1868. He possessed quite a literary turn, and was connected with sev- 
eral newspapers. Li early life he identified himself with the anti- 
slavery cause, and was a warm supporter of William Lloyd Garrison 
and Horace Greeley. It may not be out of place here to allude to the 
fact of the relationship of the Sutton Pillsburys to Parker Pillsbury, 
so widely known and remembered for the ardor with which he entered 
into the then unpopular fight against slavery. 

Josiah Hobart Pillsbury was one of the editors and proprietors of 
The Eagle, a reform paper published in New York city, and also of 
the Anti-Slavery Standard. He was one of the first settlers in the 
new state of Kansas, where he was elected a state senator, and was a 
bold advocate of the cause of freedom, and an uncompromising enemy 
to slavery. He was there a farmer, and also civil engineer He was 
elected a county surveyor, was appointed deputy collector of internal 
revenue, and was post-master at Manhattan, Kan., for several years, 
and died there Nov. 5, 1879. He was a graceful and instructive 

4. Stephen Pillsbury m. March, 1852, Sarah Annie Bailey, of An- 
dover. He subsequently studied for the ministry, and became an or- 
dained Baptist preacher. He was settled at Dunbarton, Mt. Holly, Vt., 
Lee, Mass., and at Manhattan, Kan. His health failing him, he was 


obliged to retire from the ministry, and engaged in mercantile busi- 
ness at Manhattan. They had but one son, who died in Kansas. 

5. Edwin Pillsbury m. Feb., 1847, Mary Ann Reed, of New Bedford^ 
Mass. He removed to Kansas and went into trade. He was quite a 
traveller, both by sea and land, was an observer of things about him,, 
and possessed a fund of information. 

6. Ann Judson Pillsbury m. Feb. 26, 18.55, William B. Marshall, of 
Weare. She was a very successful school-teacher for several years- 
They moved to Kansas in 1855, where she died the following year, 
much beloved and respected. 

7. Adoniram Judson Pillsbury was a fine scholar, and bade fair to 
make an active and useful man, but for his early death. 

8. William Stoughton Pillsbury m., in 1854, Sarah Crowell, of Lon- 
donderry. She died in about one month. He m., 2d, April 15, 1856,. 
Martha Crowell, also of Londonderry. He became one of the most 
sagacious business men of the state. At the age of fourteen he com- 
menced to learn the ti'ade of a shoemaker. At twenty he started a 
shoe manufactory at Andover. In a year or two he was engaged with 
a large shoe manufacturing firm at Derry, acting as agent for the 
firm. When the War of the Rebellion broke out he at once enlisted 
in his country's service, was commissioned as 1st lieutenant of the 
Fourth N. H. Regiment, and left for the seat of war in September,. 
1861. Meeting with a severe accident soon after, he resigned his com- 
mission, and returned to his home. Recovering from his injuries much 
sooner than was expected, he in a few months again offei'ed his services, 
and was commissioned a recruiting officer for the 9th Regiment N. H. 
Vols., which was qviickly raised, and he took a commission as 1st lieu- 
tenant of Co. A. His regiment was at once sent to Washington city, 
and in a short time was engaged in the conflict at South Mountain, and 
at the battle of Antietam, in both of which battles the Ninth Regi- 
ment distinguished itself, particularly Co. A, under command of Lieut, 
Pillsbury. Soon after this he was again attacked with a severe illness, 
and was obliged to resign his commission. He finally recovered his 
health, and, as soon as he was able, engaged in recruiting men for 
the army. He again went into his country's service, and was com- 
missioned as an officer in an artillery brigade. He was in command 
of a battery for a while, and was in command until the close of the 
w^ar in 1865. Within a few months after his return from the war he 
was engaged in the manufacture of shoes at Londonderry. His busi- 
ness soon outgrowing his accommodations, caused him to remove his 
establishment to Derry Depot, where he has succeeded in building up 
one of the largest shoe manufactm-ing establishments in the country, 
employing some five hundred persons. 


Mr. Pillsbury has filled various offices of trust and honor. In 1868 
he was elected one of the commissioners of Rockingham county, and 
during his term of office introduced and carried into effect several radi- 
cal reforms, much to the interest of the county. He has held the high- 
est offices within the gift of his fellow-townsmen, having been elected 
a representative to the legislature, where he served with honor, taking 
an active part in its deliberations and debates. In 1877 he was appointed 
by Gov. Prescott on his staff as aide-de-camp, taking rank as colonel. 
Mr. Pillsbury has always been identified with the Republican party. 
He is a member of the Presbyterian church, but is very liberal and 
tolerant towards all denominations. By close application to business 
he has accumulated quite a fortune. Of him it may be safely said 
that he is an honorable, active, high-toned, energetic business man. 

9. Leonard Hobart Pillsbury m. Aug. 23, 1862, Evelyn. F. Sanborn. 
At the breaking out of the War of the Rebellion, in 1861, Leonard 
was a student at Phillips Academy at Exeter. Notwithstanding his 
great desire to pursue his studies, his love of country was so strong 
that he felt it his duty to leave the halls of learning, and to offer his 
seivices in that country's defence. He at once undertook to raise a 
company of volunteers. His eft'orts and zeal were so great that in a 
short tiine the company was raised, and he was commissioned a captain 
of Co. A, of the Ninth Regiment N. H. Vols. He went to the defence 
of Washington about the time of Gen. Lee's raid on that city and the 
Northern states. He was in the battle at South Mountain, and also in 
the terrible battle of Antietam, where he fell wounded. He was at 
the battle of Fredericksburg, where nearly one third of his command 
were killed or disabled. He went to Vicksburg, and was engaged in 
the siege of that city under Gen. Grant. He was a courageous soldier 
and oflicer. After the close of the war he received an appointment in 
tlie custom-house at New York city. His health failing him, he went 
on a farm in the state of Kansas. He afterwards accepted the j)osition 
of U. S. commissioner and assistant clerk of the U. S. District Court at 
Memphis, Tenn. He left that place when it was visited by the terrible 
plague of yellow-fever. Coming North he located in Derry, and 
engaged in mercantile business. He was post-master at Derry Depot 
for several years. Mr. Pillsbury is a popular public speaker, and an 
upright, honorable, much respected citizen. He is a prominent mem- 
ber of the Baptist church. 

II. Joseph Pillsbury ni. Oct. 29, 1808, Miriam, dau. of Thomas 
and Ruth (Atwood) Wadleigh, of Sutton, b. March 30, 1786 ; d. 
June 26, 1830. Cliildren,— 

1. Micajah, b. Dec. 18, 1809. 

2. Lucretia, b. May 11, 1812. 

3. John C, b. March 6, 1814 ; d. 1854, in Concord. 


4. Daniel, b. May 17. 1816 ; d. in childhood. 

5. Thomas AVadleigh, b. Jan. 20. 1818. 

6. Joseph, b. Oct. 8, 1820. 

7. Miriam, b. Aug. 30, 1828 ; d. July 14, 1839. 

8. Sarah, b. Jan. 10, 1828. 

Joseph PiUsbury m., 2d, Nov. 8, 1830, Mrs. Abigail (Greeley) 
Lovering, widow of Dr. Benjamin Lovering, or Lovex-in. Child, — 

9. Benjamin L., b. Aug. 21, 1831; d. Xov. 18, 1854. 

Mrs. Abigail (Greeley) PiUsbury had by her 1st husband, Dr. 
Lovering, 2 daughters, — Minerva and Lavinia. Dr. Lovering was 
in this town about 1816, and the years following. He was resident 
in the South village. His wife was of the Salisbury branch of the 
Greeley family. 

1. Micajah PiUsbury soon after he became of age went to Maine, 
where he lived several years, and there m. Huldah Walker. Children — 

(l) James M. (2) Addis A. 

2. Lucretia PiUsbury m. Reuben Martin, of Bradford. Children, — 

(1) Miriam. (2) WiUiam. (3) Lucy. 

Mrs. Martin was a lady who was loved and esteemed by all who 
tnew her. 

3. John C. PiUsbury m. Charlotte Gove, of Andover. Children, — 
(1) Laura A. (2) Julius B. 

John C. PiUsbury lived at different times in Andover, Franklin, Sut- 
ton, and Concord. He died in the prime of life. He was a warm- 
hearted, intelligent, and much respected man. He held manj^ impor- 
tant offices of trust and responsibility, and discharged all the duties 
devolving on him with rare fidelity. He was sheriff of Merrimack 
county for several years, was repeatedly elected selectman of Concord, 
and after the town became a city he was city marshal of the same. 

5. Thomas Wadleigh PiUsbury m. Xov. 3, 1842, Abigail B. Palmer, 
of Concord. Children, — 

(1) Frank J. (2) Ellen A. (3) Frank K. 

Thomas Wadleigh PiUsbury has lived in Concord most of his life. 
He is an active business man, has excellent judgment, and is highly 
respected. W^hen quite young he was connected in business with his 
brother-in-law, Reuben IMartin. in the foundry and stove business. He 
was for several years connected with the Concord & Claremont Rail- 
road Corporation. For some thirty years he was the purchasing agent 
of the Northern Railroad Corporation, a very responsible position, but 
Ms duties were discharged faithfully and to the satisfaction of the cor- 
poration. He and his excellent wife were consistent and worthy 


members of the First Baptist Church in Concord for many years. His 
wife died in 1887. 

6. Joseph Pillsbui-y m. Esther M. Ager. Children, — 

(1) Hattie L., m. Xewell G. Durgin, of Wilmot. Children, — 
Emily C. ; Frank L. 

(2) Ella M. 

(3) Annie H., m. Oscar Brownell, of Wilmot. Children, — 
Carrie E.; John L. ; Kate W. 

8. Sarah Pillsbury m. John C. Clough, of Dunbarton. Children, — 

(1) Carrie E., d. . (2) Jennie M. (3) Emma D. (4) Carrie E., 2d. 

Mrs. Clough is a very worthy woman, and has been for many years 
an exemplary member of the First Baptist church in Concord, of 
which city this family were for a long period residents. They now 
live in Dunbarton. 

III. Moses Pillsbury m. Mary Carleton, of Hopkinton, who d. 
about 1852. Children, — 

1. Mary, b. April 18, 1818 ; d. March 28, 1851. [See George S. Mor- 

2. Harriet F., b. June 6, 1820; d. June 24. 1840. 

3. Sarah, b. Dec. 12, 1824; d. March 20, 18.55; m. 1850, Robert 
Rowe, of Wilmot. Xo children. 

4. Moses L., b. Sept. 10, 1826. 

5. Amanda, b. July 8, 1828 ; d. June 30, 1855. She was a school 

Moses Pillsbmy m., 2d, Nov. 1, 1854, Mrs. Anna (Blaisdell) 
Eaton, widow of Joshua Eaton, of Bradford. He m., 3d, April 1, 
1862, Mrs. Jane Stevens. 

4. Moses L. Pillsbury has always made Sutton his residence, and it is 
hoped will continue to do so, as the town cannot well afford to lose such 
citizens as himself and his sons. His family is the only one now living 
here of the ancient and honorable name and lineage of Pillsbury. He 
is, in fact, the typical Xew Hampshire citizen, — honorable, intelligent, 
and useful, — of good estate, and always a gentleman. The same 
description will apply well to his father, jNIoses Pillsbui\y, and, unless 
they shall change materially for the worse, which is improbable, to his 
sons also. He m. March 30, 1852, Hannah M., dau. of Dea. John 
Felch. Children, — 

(1) George S., b. Aug. 13, 18.56. 

(2) Herbert L., b. Oct. 22, 1865. 

[See record of Town Officers.] 

IV. John Pillsbury m. April 2, 1811, Susanna, youngest daugh- 
ter of Benjamin Wadleigh, Sr., b. March 23, 1793; d. 1877. 
Children, b. in Sutton,^ — 


1. Simon Wadleigh, b. June 22, 1812 ; d. January, 1836. 

2. George Alfred, b. Aug. 29, 1816. 

3. Dollv W., b. Sept. 20, 1818 ; d. Dec. 8, 1858. 

4. John Sargent, 1>. July 2.9, 1827. 

0. Benjamin Franklin, b. March 29, 1831. 

John Pillsbury was a prominent man in Sutton, having held the 
office of rejjresentative and selectman, and filled other positions, 
always acceptably. He was known as Capt. Pillsbury, having held 
a commission as such in the militia, and later, after he became a 
magistrate, as Esq. John Pillsbuiy. His wife was a descendant of 
Capt. Thomas Wadleigh, of Exeter, a son of Robert Wadleigh, of 
the same place, who was a member of the provincial legislature. 
The maternal grandmother of the children of John Pillsbury was 
Hannah, daughter of Ebenezer Kezar, so noted and so efficient in 
the earlier years of the town's existence. The descendants of Mr. 
Kezar are numerous in Sutton and other parts of the United States 
and Canada. John Pillsbury and his wife were both professors of 
religion, and led exemplary lives. All the children of this family 
received a good common school education. 

1. Simon W., the oldest, was a remarkable young man, both physi- 
cally and mentally. He was a superior scholar, being considered one 
of the greatest mathematicians in the state at the time of his death, 
which, it was believed, was caused by his close application to study. 
When attacked by the disease which cut short his life, this ambitious 
young man was prepared to enter college two years in advance. He 
gave the first public lecture on temperance ever delivered in Sutton, in 
a school-house, it being considered, fifty years ago, sacrilegious to use a 
meeting-house for such a purpose. His success was most mai'ked, for 
nearly every sober man present in the house was ready to sign the 

2. George Alfred Pillsbury m. May 9, 1841, Margaret S. Carleton, 
dau. of Henry and Polly (Greeley) Carleton. Children, — 

(1) Charles A., b. in Warner, Oct. 3, 1842. 

(2) Marv Adda, b. in Warner, April 25, 1848 ; d. May 11, 1849. 

(3) Fred C, b. in Concord, Aug. 27, 1852. 

2. George A. Pillsbury, son of John and Susan (Wadleigh) Pillsbmy, 
was born in Sutton Aug. 29, 1816. Having received a thorough com- 
mon-school education in his native town, and being of an active tem- 
perament, he manifested a desire to enter business at an early age. 
Accordingly, at the age of eighteen years he went to Boston, and 
obtained employment with Job Davis, a native of Sutton, who was 
doing a business at that time as a grocer and fruit-dealer, under the 

Boylston Market. He remained in Boston but little more than a year, 


when he returned to Sutton and engaged in the manufacture of stoves 
and sheet-iron ware, in company with his cousin, John C. Pillsbmy. 
He continued there a few years, they doing an extensive business. 

On the 1st of February, 1840, Mr. Pillsbury went to Warner as a 
clerk in the store of John H. Pearson, in which capacity he served till 
July of the same year, when he purchased the business, and from that 
time for nearly eight years he was actively engaged either on his own 
account, or in partnership with others. His partners during that time 
were Henry Woodman and H. D. Robertson. 

In the spring of ISiS he went into a wholesale dry goods house in 
Boston, and in 1849, having leased the store of Ira Harvey, in Warner, 
and bought his stock of goods, he returned to that town and engaged 
in business, where he remained till the spring of 1851, when he sold 
back his interest to Mr. Harvey, and went out of mercantile business 
entirely. In 1844 he was appointed post-master at Warner, and held 
the office till 1849, there being at that time but one office in the town. 
In 1847 he served the town as selectman, in 1849 as selectman and 
town treasurer, and in the years 1850 and 1851 he was elected repre- 
sentative to the general court. 

During the session of 1851 Merrimack county decided to build anew 
jail at Concord, the old one at Hopkinton having become dilapidated 
and unfit for use. The convention appointed Mr. Pillsbury chairman 
of a committee with fuU authority to purchase the site, perfect plans, 
and erect the building. The site selected by the committee was that 
occupied by the jail in present use. This lot contained ten acres. The 
general superintendence was given by the other members of the com- 
mittee to Mr. Pillsbury, and he devoted his whole time to the work, 
which was not completed till the spring of 1852. At the time of its 
erection it was considered one of the best buildings of the kind in the 
state, and the thoroughness of its construction is shown by the fact 
that now, after some thirty years of service, it will compare very favor- 
ably with other like institutions. 

In November, 1851, Mr. Pillsbury received from the Concord Rail- 
I'oad Corporation an appointment as purchasing agent for the road, 
and entered upon the duties of the position in December of the same 
year, having, meantime, removed his family to Concord. He occuj)ied 
this position continuously till July, 1875, a period of nearly twenty- 
four years. During his administration of the office, which was always 
most satisfactory, his purchases amounted to more than three millions 
of dollars, and he settled more cases of claims against the road for 
personal injury resulting from accident and fire than all other officers 
combined. In all his long term of office his relations with the officers 
of the road were of the most agreeable character ; no fault was ever 
found or complaint made of his transactions by the management. 


During a residence of nearly twenty-seven years in Concord Mr. 
Pillsbury was called upon to fill many important positions of honor 
and trust, and he did much toward building up and beautifying the 
city. He was one of the committee appointed by Union School Dis- 
trict to build the high school building, and several other school buildings 
that now stand monuments of credit to our people. He was interested 
in the erection of several of the handsomest business blocks upon Main 
street, and several fine residences in the city were built by him 

In 1864, Mr. Pillsbury, with others, organized and put in operation 
the First National Bank of Concord. He was elected a member of 
the first board of directors, and in 1866 became its president, and con- 
tinued in that office till his departure from the state. He was also 
instrumental more than any other person in securing the charter and 
putting in operation the National Savings Bank, in 1867. He was 
the first president of this institution, and held the position till 1874, 
when he resigned. During his connection with the First National 
Bank, that institution became, in proportion to its capital stock, the 
strongest of any bank in the state, and its standing is equally good 
to-day. Up to December, 1873, when the treasurer was discovered to 
be a defaulter to a large amount, the National Savings Bank was one 
of the most prosperous institutions of its kind in the state, but the 
defalcation, coupled with a general crash in business, necessitated its 
closing up. During the first year of its existence it received on de- 
posit nearly seven hundred thousand dollars, and at the time of the 
defalcation of its treasurer it had neai'ly one million six hundred thou- 
sand dollars on deposit ; its total deposits during the first five years of 
its existence, up to the time mentioned, amounted to more than three 
millions of dollars. The bank eventually paid a large percentage of 
its indebtedness. 

While a resident of Concord Mr. Pillsbury was identified with most 
of the benevolent and charitable institutions of the day, and he was 
always ready to assist by his advice and contributions all organizations 
that had for their object the relief of the unfortunate and suffering. 
He was ever a liberal supporter of all moral and religious enterprises. 
To his generosity the city of Concord is indebted for the fine bell 
which hangs in the tower of the board of trade building, and for this 
donation he was the recipient of a vote of thanks from the city coun- 

The large and handsome organ in the First Baptist church was a 
gift from Mr. Pillsbury and his son, Charles A., both gentlemen being 
at the time members of that church. 

He was actively engaged in instituting the Centennial Home for the 
Aged in Concord, made large contributions to aid in putting it in 
operation, and was a member of the board of its trustees. He also 


contributed largely to the Orplians' Home in Franklin, and was one 
of its trustees from the time of its establishment till he left the state. 

Mr. Pillsbury was for several years a member of the city council of 
Concord, was elected mayor in 1876, and reelected the following year. 
During the year 1871-72 he represented Ward Five in the legislature, 
and in the latter year was made chairman of the special committee on 
the apportionment of public taxes. In 1876 the Concord city council 
appointed him chairman of a committee of three to appraise all of the 
real estate in the city for the purposes of taxation, and in the dis- 
charge of the duties thus devolving upon him he personally visited 
every residence within the limits of the city. The position was a very 
responsible one, requiring the exercise of sound judgment and great 
patience, and the report of the committee gave very general satisfac- 

In the spring of 1878 he determined to leave Concord and take up 
his residence in Minneapolis, Minn., where, with his two sons and 
brother, he was extensively engaged in the manufacture of flour. 
Probably no person ever left the city who received so many expressions 
of regret as Mr. Pillsbury. Complimentary resolutions were unani- 
mously passed by both branches of the city government, and by the 
First Xational Bank, the latter testifying strongly to his integrity, 
honesty, and superior business qualities. 

Resolutions passed by the First Baptist church and society were 
ordered to be entered upon the records of each organization. The 
Webster Club, composed of fifty prominent business men of Concord, 
passed a series of resolutions expressive of regret for his departure 
from the state. A similar testimonial was also presented to Mr. Pills- 
bury, which was subscribed to by more than three hundred of the 
leading professional and business men of the city, among whom were 
all the ex-mayors then living, all the clergymen, all the members of 
both branches of the city government, all of the bank presidents and 
officers, twenty-six lawyers, twenty physicians, and nearly all of the 
business men in the city. 

On the eve of their departure Mr. and Mrs. Pillsbury were presented 
with an elegant bronze statuette of Mozart. Such tributes, however 
worthily bestowed, could but afford great gratification to the recipient, 
showing, as they did, the great esteem in which he was held by his 
fellow-citizens. Mr. Pillsbury is now very pleasantly located in the 
beautiful city of Minneapolis, having built one of the most elegant 
residences in the city, and during the comparatively few years he has 
been thei-e he has frequently been called upon to fill places of honor 
and trust. 

'George A. Pillsbury is a member of the firm of Charles A. Pillsbury 
& Co., of Minneapolis, Minn., the largest flour manufacturing firm in 


the world, of whose immense operations some brief mention will be 
made on another page of this sketch of the Pillsbury family. 

The foregoing accomit of George A. Pillsbury is copied from the 
sketch of that gentleman by Allan H. Robinson, in the History of Mer- 
rimack and Belknap County, printed in 1885. The facts which will 
follow regarding some of Mr. Pillsbury's acts and generous gifts since 
that date are given either from personal knowledge on the part of the 
present writer, or are the result of letters of inquiry concerning his 
later operations. First, however, space should be given to the follow- 
ing extract from The Northwest, a popular monthly magazine published 
at St. Paul, Minn,, which contains a fair account of him after his 
removal to Minnesota, up to the date of publication in 1885 : 

" More than a year ago the writer said, in the columns of The North- 
west, that if any man in Minneapolis was asked to whom the city chiefly 
owed its prosperity, there would be no hesitation in his answer, ■ The 
Pillsburys.' Since then the people of Minneapolis have had no cause 
to change their opinions, while last spring they gave a somewhat 
emphatic utterance to them by electing one of the members of this 
remarkable family, — the Hon. George Alfred Pillsbury, — to the mayor- 
alty of the city by an overwhelming vote. A liking for hard work 
and a belief in its virtues seem to have been early rooted in the Pills- 
bury family, for in England, more than two centuries and a half ago, 
they bore for their motto the words, Labor Omnia Vincit. But in 
all the generations of the Pillsburys since then who have lived and 
worked, from English Essex to Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and 
Minnesota, it may be doubted whether any one of them has better de- 
served to bear the motto than the present mayor of Minneapolis. It 
was Lord Brougham who was advised by a friend ' to confine himself 
if possible to the work of five ordinary men,' but his toil-loving lord- 
ship himself ndght have been envious of the amount of downright 
hard work which Mr. Pillsbury has got through in his life. Setting 
his early life aside for the present, the mayor has only been in Minne- 
apolis six years as yet. During that time he has been president of the 
Minneapolis Board of Trade, of the City Council, of the Homoeopathic 
Hospital, and the Minneapolis Free Dispensary, and is still president 
of the Chamber of Commerce, of the Pillsbury and Hurlbert Elevator 
Company, of the Board of Water-Works, of the St. Paul and Minne- 
apolis Baptist Union, and the Minnesota Baptist State Convention, 
vice-president of the Minnesota Loan and Trust Company, member of 
the Board of Park Commissioners, director of the Northwestern Na- 
tional Bank, the Manufacturers' National Bank, the Minneapolis 
Elevator Company, and a trustee of institutions innumerable. All this 
besides mayor of the city ! Here 's a small trifle of work ! Eleven 
trusteeships and nine presidencies is a simple coming-in for one man. 


And in spite of the diversity of his duties, there has not been one post 
among all those which he has filled wherein he has failed to win the 
heartiest respect and approbation of all who have been brought into 
connection with him. The more difficult the kind of work he has to 
do, the more he appears to be able to give his undivided attention to 
each one. Mr. Pillsbury has shown a capacity, almost a genius, for 
hard and honest work totally incomprehensible to most men. This 
alone would compel the respect of his fellow-citizens, but by his gener- 
osity, his warm-heartedness, and unostentatious charity he has also 
won their affection. No stranger could read his public record without 
admiring the man who could live such a life ; but it is a stronger trib- 
ute to his character that no acquaintance can see the details of his 
private life without his admiration growing to something warmer- 
Mr. Pillsbury is yet only sixty-eight years of age, and it is safe to pre- 
dict that Minneapolis will yet be grateful to him for much good work 
done for her, and many benefits received at his hands." 

Some four or five years have elapsed since the above was written,, 
and Mr. Pillsbury is still active and vigorous, showing no sign what- 
ever of diminished capacity or executive ability. In 1885 he was 
chairman of the committee to build the Minneapolis Chamber of Com- 
merce Building, one of the finest buildings of its kind in the North- 

In 1886 he was chairman of the committee to build the Baptist 
church in Minneapolis, the largest and most costly church building 
west of Chicago, and but few finer ones in the country. Mr. and Mrs. 
Pillsbury and their two sons, Charles A. and Fred C, at their own 
expense, placed in this church the largest and best organ in the city, 
at a cost of eight thousand five hundred dollars. 

Mr. Pillsbury has always been a friend and supporter of the cause of 
education, and while a resident of New Hampshire he contributed lib- 
erally for that cause. He was a member of the board of education of 
Concord for several years. He contributed liberally towards the en- 
dowment fund for Colby Academy at New London. Since he became 
a resident of Minnesota he has taken the same interest in the cause of 
education. He has served on several committees appointed to build 
school-houses, and has been elected member of the board of education. 
He has also been much interested in an academy located at Owatonna,. 
Minn. He has built at his own expense a ladies' boarding hall con- 
nected with the academy at a cost of $30,000, besides other liberal 
contributions for the benefit of the same institution, the name of which 
was two years ago changed by the legislature of Minnesota from the 
"Minnesota Academy" to "Pillsbury Academy," in honor of Mr. 
Pillsbury. An extract from the catalogue for 1889-'90 will give more 
fully the details of the work he has done for it. It is under the head 


of " Buildings." " Pillsbury Hall is 128 feet long, and has three stories 
above the basement. It is heated with steam, and contains parlors, 
dormitory, boarding department, bath-rooms, and gymnasium, and 
furnishes to young ladies the comforts of a well appointed Christian 
home. This building was erected in 1886, and is the gift of Hon. 
George A. Pillsbury, whose name it bears. The new academy build- 
ing, erected in 1889, at a cost of $40,000, is 122 feet long and is three 
stories high above the basement, with tower 140 feet high. It contains 
recitation-rooms, library, and reading-room, offices, chemical laboratory, 
gymnasium, bath-room, study-room, chapel, and a spacious auditorium. 
It is lighted with gas, and is a most commodious school-building. This 
building is also the gift of the academy's chief benefactor, Hon. George 
A. Pillsbury." 

At the annual meeting of the American Baptist Missionary Union, 
held in Minneapolis in 1888, Mr. Pillsbury was elected its president, a 
highly honorable position. This organization has its head-quarters in 
Boston, Mass. It has in charge all the foreign missionary work of all 
the Xorthern and some of the Southern states, distributing annually 
nearly half a million dollars for mission work in foreign fields by this 

Borrowing again from the History of Merrimack County, we will 
add the closing paragraphs of Mr. Robinson's sketch of Mr. Pillsbury : 
" George A. Pillsbury is a gentleman of great personal magnetism, 
genial and affable in manner, and possessed of entertaining and attrac- 
tive conversational powers. Warm-hearted and generous, he was ever 
ready to respond to calls of distress, not only with good counsels but 
with more substantial aids, as many an unpublished charity in Con- 
cord will attest. All who approached him were sure of a kindly greet- 
ing, and any petition for favors received a patient consideration and 
courteous reply. With the young he is very companionable, and with 
his conservative and liberal views of life he is able to impart much 
valuable advice and information. His mind is well disciplined and 
balanced, and his habits are very systematic. He is possessed of 
sound practical judgment, and great executive ability. Quick to grasp 
a point he seldom errs in action, and by a faculty of reading character 
he seems always ready to meet any emergency that may arise. In 
early life he received a thorough business training, and in his deal- 
ings with men he is straightforward and liberal. In his enterprises 
he looks beyond the present, and results seldom disappoint him. In 
public life his administration of affairs has always been most satisfac- 
tory and able, and has won for him the esteem of all with whom he 
comes in contact." 

It will be observed that the foregoing notices of Mr. Pillsbury are 
copied from books or periodicals already in pi-int. The compiler here 

888 HISTORY or sutton^. 

claims the right to add a final paragraph. And the first thought that 
suggests itself is, that he is a man concerning whom it would be easier, 
though far less pleasant, to select the materials for an obituary than 
for a biographical note while he is living. There is so much in his 
career that merits attention, his attainments and achievements, as well 
as his benefactions, have been so great and so important, that even the 
small moiety of them that can be mentioned in this brief sketch seem 
almost like an exaggeration. 

When a man is dead, taste and common custom no longer forbid the 
free and full expression of the public estimate of his superior qualities, 
however high that estimate may be, or however appreciative the recog- 
nition of his merits. But to discuss his qualities while he is yet their 
living possessor, and their outgrowth into deed and character, seems to 
have in it a degree of impertinence, and the higher his chai-acter, the 
finer his qualities, the greater seems the impertinence. 

Still, there exists no good reason why justice, at least, should not be 
done to the living as well as to the dead. In the case of Mr. Pillsbury, 
there is no need to credit him with the possession of qualities or facul- 
ties well adapted to the accomplishment of great good to himself and 
the world at large, his capacities having already passed triumphantly ' 
through the test of successful achievement. 

In his many generous gifts he has gone far beyond the limits of 
ordinary benevolence, and in his furtherance of great schemes for the 
support of religion and education, those mighty conservators of the 
peace and well-being of society, he has attained to the height of philan- 
thropy. And yet, with all his great successes, no poor man whom he 
ever meets will say that he ever received from Mr. Pillsbury a haughty 
or a cruel word, to remind him painfully of the great difference in the 
bestowment of the gifts of fortune. 

It is a great thing that a man should be able by his own good deeds, 
as Mr. Pillsbury has done, to place himself above all praise, and above 
all need of it ; but it is perhaps a greater thing, because rarer, that one 
should have grace given him so to comport himself that he should 
escape so almost entirely as he seems to have done the "envy, hatred, 
and malice, and all uncharitableness " which usually start into most 
intense and stinging activity against every one who becomes exception- 
ally fortunate. 

But perhaps the secret of his popularity lies not so much in a care- 
ful policy, or even the possession of qualities which, wherever he has 
been a resident, have always brought him easily and conspicuously to 
the front, as in his following out of the precept of the wise man (Prov. 
4, 23), " Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues 
of life." 

Simply because he has not, like so many rich men, allowed prosperity 


to harden his heart, its life issues flow out wide and clear, a constant 
gratification to himself, and a help and a blessing to many others 
whose earnest hope and desire is that he may long be spared, with his 
present active participation in all that concerns the good of humanity, 
and his own keen enjoyment in the many sources of interest and hap- 
piness with which his life abounds. 

Most of the foregoing extracts and comments were arranged some 
two years ago. With much pleasure and pride the compiler now un- 
folds the manuscript to add thereto the record of three more generous 
gifts of Mr. Pillsbury, by which he makes the year 1890 a memorable 
year for three different localities in New Hampshire, in each of which 
he has at some time had his home. That so much good is to be done 
is sufficient cause for joy and thankfulness, and Sutton people may 
well take pride in the thought that the man who does it all is a native 
born son of their town. In the course of his lifetime a man may have 
as many places of residence as his choice and convenience may deter- 
mine. In the case of Mr. Pillsbury, four or five different places divide 
between them the honor of having been for a longer or shorter period 
his place of residence. But since, live long as he may, a man can 
never have more than one birthplace, and since Sutton and none other 
was the mother of the distinguished Pillsbury brothers, so widely 
known, east and west, for their many and noble charities, she does not 
intend to allow the fact of her maternity to be forgotten. 

To Concord, George A. Pillsbury gives, at a cost of iS!60,000, a free 
hospital ; to Wanier, a free public library ; to Sutton, a soldiers' mon- 
ument. Not content with giving the money to pay for all these, he, 
with characteristic business sagacity, makes sure that his plans and 
wishes concerning them are fully carried out by personally attending 
to the erection and construction of the same. All these gifts seem to 
be most wisely planned. The need and the importance of a free 
hospital to a city like Concord is apparent, without any argument. 
A free public library would be most thankfully accepted by any town 
not so provided. As for the soldiers' monument, it is safe to say that, 
if Mr. Pillsbury had not given it, there would never have been one in 
Sutton, deeply as all the people have felt that common justice to the 
soldiers who suffered in the war demanded such an appreciative and 
enduring recognition of their services and sacrifices. All that the gov- 
ernment does in the way of requital, by occasionally pensioning their 
heirs, will not many years prevent the names and the memories of the 
dead soldiers themselves from slowly sinking into oblivion, such as 
now buries up the memory of most of the soldiers of the Revolution. 
To rescue from this oblivion the memory of the dead soldiers of Sut- 
ton is the design of the generous and patriotic donor of this monument, 
and every loyal heart will forever feel grateful to Mr. Pillsbury for 


doing for Sutton, not what she would not, but what she could not, on 
account of its great cost, do for herself. To the surviving relatives, 
and to the descendants to the remotest generation of those whose names 
are inscribed on this monument, it will be a source of pride and grati- 
fication to see them thus forever honored. 

No more fitting or graceful compliment could any husband ever pay 
a most excellent wife than Mr. Pillsbury has done in bestowing upon 
the new hospital the name of Margaret Pillsbury. Bearing her name, 
and fostered as it doubtless will be by her interest, it can hardly fail 
to be a successful and useful institution. She is a lady possessed of 
much kindness of heart, a sincere friend, generously responsive to 
every appeal for sympathy or help, and yet with such strict conscien- 
tiousness, and keen penetrative comprehension of character and mo- 
tive, and ability to grasp and rightly appreciate all the points in any 
case brought before her, as has caused her judgment to be much valued, 
her counsel sought, and her influence strongly felt iii all matters of 
church or society wherever she has lived. The following, taken from 
the Concord Evening Monitor of July 2.5, 1890, shows the spirit in 
which the people of that city accept Mr. Pillsbury's great gift : 


" The earth's best product is noble manhood and womanhood. Hon. 
George A. Pillsbury is a noble man. There is no mission higher than 
the alleviation of human suffering. His generous gift to our people of 
a general hospital is a splendid beneficence that touches every indi- 
vidual heart here with profound gratitude. It is an institution that 
comes home alike to the needs of the educated and the uneducated, the 
rich and the poor, the high and the low. He could have done nothing 
better for us. Everybody in this community is glad and thankful that 
such excellent provision is to be made for the care of our sick and in- 
jured, and everybody here is deeply grateful to the very considerate and 
kindly gentleman, our former fellow-citizen, for the great general good 
that he is doing. 

"As to the institution, our people will take early and appropriate 
opportunity to express formally and unanimously their earnest appre- 
ciation. As to the public-spirited and noble-souled benefactor himself, 
and his estimable wife, Margaret, for whom the elegant and commo- 
dious new hospital is to be named, there is only one sentiment, — Heaven 
bless Mr. and Mrs. Pillsbury ! 

"Mr. Pillsbury, with comparative ease, might have written his per- 
sonal check for $60,000, and turned it over to a citizens' committee, to 
found and endow a capacious modern hospital ; but this modest, sturdy 
man with the great warm heart, and his lovely Christian wife, left 


their sumptuous home in Minneapolis, that they might come among 
their old friends and neighbors in this state, and have the pleasure of 
doing, as it were, with their own hands, the gTand public work that 
they are accomplishing. He brought his own architect ; he selected 
and purchased the lot of his choice for the building ; and he will per- 
sonally superintend its construction. A man of superior practical 
judgment and experience, nobody could do it better. His is not only 
the generosity to give, but the self-sacrifice to make the gift the practi- 
cal success that he desires it to be. Within the past few days he has 
been elected president of a great Western bank, with hundreds of 
thousands of dollars of surplus to invest, but he telegraphed back that 
his work here will require his personal attention for the present. Posi- 
tions of honor and trust have been thrust upon him, but in noiseless 
charities he finds his greatest pleasure, his chief pursuit. Office and 
fame have no allurements for him. He is one of the few capitalists 
who is perfectly satisfied with his wealth. He enjoyed its honorable 
accumulation ; he will now take equal pleasure in its generous and 
discriminate expenditure. Xobody covets his riches ; everybody wishes 
that he had a still larger fortune to give away in public bequests. He 
and his wife are here now, with no possible object except to do good 
and to renew old friendships and associations, and to pay respects to 
the people who delight to respect and honor them. 

" We only seldom have such visitors. Think of it, — a happy, hand- 
some married couple, so advanced in years, and yet so remarkably well 
preserved ; so wealthy and yet so unostentatious ; so distinguished and 
yet so humbly affable and generous ; so blest with this world's favors,, 
yet possessed of such excellent native sense ; so public-spirited and 
beneficent, so charitable, kind, and tolerant towards all, — they present 
indeed a rare and touching sight, one to be cherished in our recollec- 
tions, beloved and welcome sojourners in our peaceful and beautiful 

"An institution is defined to be the lengthened shadow of one man ; 
George Alfred Pillsbury will have many worthy shadows, and long 
after he and his gracious wife have gone from us, perhaps forever,, 
fevered lips of invalid sufferers will whisper prayers of thankfulness 
that will be encomiimis on this good man and woman more eloquent 
and touching than any we could pronounce. Many who are now well 
and strong may fall victims to the afflictions of life, and have occasion 
from disease or accident to feel by personal experience the active good- 
ness of Mr. Pillsbury in presenting to this municipality the splendid 
city hospital that he is now building for our people." 

(1) Charles A. Pillsbury m. Sept. 13, 1866, Mary Ann, dau. of Charles 
and Mary Ann (Poor) Stinson, of Goffstown, b. Aug. 1, 1841. Chil- 
dren, — 


George Alfred, b. Oct., 1871 ; d. Jan., 1872. 
Margaret Carleton, b. July 18, 1876. 
Charles Stinson, b. Dec. 6, 1878. 
John Sargent, b. Dec. 6, 1878. 

1. Charles A. Pillsbury is the oldest son of George A. and Margaret S. 
Pillsbury. He was born in Warner Oct. 3, 1842. He entered Dartmouth 
college in 1859, at the age of sixteen years, and graduated in the class 
of 1863. Soon after his graduation he went to Montreal as a clerk for 
a wholesale firm, but in a short time became a partner in another 
wholesale establishment. He remained in Montreal some three years, 
and then went to Minneapolis, Minn., where he engaged in the manu- 
facture of flour, and has become the head of the largest flour manufac- 
turing firm in the world. 

]Mr. Pillsbury has confined himself almost exclusively to this branch 
of business. He has, however, against his wishes, been prevailed upon 
to accept some political oflices. He has been elected to the state sen- 
ate several times, and in one or two instances there was not a vote cast 
against him. He has been urged by his party to become a candidate 
for representative to congress, and for other offices the highest within 
the gift of the people of the state, the nomination to which would be 
■equivalent to an election, but has positively and unequivocally declined 
to accept such nomination and election. 

While a member of the state senate he has nearly always been 
placed at the head of the most important committee, — that of finance. 
He is everybody's friend, and nearly every one is his friend. He is a 
very liberal giver to all objects of a religious and benevolent character. 
He has, without doubt, within the last twelve years contributed more 
of his means for these objects than any other person in Minneapolis. 
His charities, however, are not by any means confined to his own 
neighborhood or state, as the following letter will show. It was found 
copied in the Lynn, Mass., papers, immediately after the great fire in 
that city, and is here presented as affoi-ding a good illustration of the 
nature and disposition of the man who wrote it, and it is felt that it 
merits permanent preservation in a book as well as almost any document 
that ever was penned. The circumstances were these : Late in Novem- 
ber, 1889, occurred in Lynn a very destructive conflagTation, which, 
"by burning up their homes as well as the shoe factories in which they 
earned their living, in a few hours reduced thousands of people to abso- 
lute destitution. Charles A. Pillsbury was at the time on a visit to 
friends in New Hampshire, but such a thing as a personal appeal to a man 
w'ho was not, and never had been, a resident in the city, nor even in 
the state in which the fire occurred, was not, of course, thought of. 
The cry of distx'ess, however, soon i-eached his ears, and the letter to 
his agent was at once written. 

ge]st:alogt. 893 

Goffstown, N. H., Nov. 28, 1889. 
Breed & Co., Wholesale Flour Merchants : 

Please supply the mayor at our expense with all the Pill.sburj''s Best 
he may require to supply the immediate wants of the poor people 
burned out in the late fire. 

Have telegraphed him to call upon you for it. 


Xo one can tell how timely was the gift, nor how thankfully it was 
received, any better than the writer of this, a resident in Lynn, and 
one who, in behalf of some of the sufferers, had occasion, more than 
once, to visit the Relief Committee's rooms. It was pitiful to see 
there the throng of respectable looking persons waiting, all numbered, 
in rows, till each one as his number was called passed eagerly up to 
the desk, to receive there the order for his weekly bag of flour or other 
provisions. But this was after some system in the distribution of the 
supplies of food was introduced. At first the Lynn authorities, entire- 
ly inexperienced in dealing with a calamity of such magnitude, and 
utterly confused and overpowered by the immense number of calls for 
immediate help, had failed to attend properly to the distribution of 
the flour, and, as a result, many persons had been allowed a whole bar- 
rel each, while many more had received none, thus defeating the pur- 
pose of the donor, to supply the immediate wants of as many persons 
as possible. 

Some men would perhaps have found in this failure to carry out his 
expressed design an excuse for withdrawing any further aid. Such, 
however, was not the case with Mr. Pillsbury. How much flour in all 
was given, the writer has not been informed. This, however, is known, 
that, when the immense quantity of 500 barrels had been given away 
the agent wrote to Mr. Pillsbury asking further instructions, and re- 
ceived the order to let the authorities have more flour, though at the 
same time recommending that equality in the division of it which 
they had by this time themselves learned the need of. 

As a business man Charles A. Pillsbury is not excelled by any one 
in the country. Commencing with nothing, he has succeeded in build- 
ing up an immense business. The members of the firm of C. A. Pills- 
bury & Co. are George A. Pillsbury, his brother, John S. Pillsbury, 
and Charles A. and Fred C. Pillsbmy, who are the sons of George A. 
Pillsbury. This firm stands at the head of all the flour manufactiu-ing 
firms of the world. They own three mills, and the capacity of the 
three is 10,500 barrels of flour each twenty-four hour's. It requires on 
an average more than 40,000 bushels of wheat per day to supply these 
mills, or more than 12,000,000 bushels per year, which is equivalent to 
the production of one million acres of land, or of thirty-two townships 
of land as large as the town of Sutton^ and every acre sowed with 


wheat. It requires about 100 cars per day to supply these mills with 
wheat, and about the same number of cars in which to ship the flour 
and oifal. If the whole pi'oduct of these mills were to be sent to Bos- 
ton or New York, it M^ould require five trains of cars each day, and 
fifteen hundred cars would be on the road continually. The amount 
of flour and offal sold each year is from $12,000,000 to $18,000,000, 
depending on the price for which the flour is sold. 

The reputation of the Pillsbury flour is world-wide. It is sold in 
every state in the Union, and in most of the foreign markets. It is as 
well known in Great Britain and some other countries as it is in the 
United States. This firm uses only the celebrated Red River of the 
North wheat, which contains the largest proportion of gluten, and con- 
sequently contains more nutriment than any other wheat produced in 
the world. In order to secure a sufficient amount of this superior 
wheat to rrm the mills, and to use only the very best quality, they have 
built about one hundred and forty elevators and store-houses in the 
valley of the Red River of the North with a capacity of about 12,000,000 
of bushels, thus enabling them at all times to secure the choicest quality 
of wheat, which gives them an advantage over all other mills. The 
cost of these elevators is about one million of dollars. 

The firm of J. S. Pillsbury & Co., consisting of John S., George A., 
and Charles A. Pillsbury, own about 2.50,000 acres of pine land, located 
in the northern portion of the state. This territory is equal to eight 
townships of land as large as the town of Sutton. They commenced 
operating on these lands some two years ago. They have a saw-mill 
located on the line of the Northern Pacific Railroad, at Gull river. 
This mill will saw 12-5,000 feet of lumber in ten hours, besides a pro- 
portionate amount of shingles, laths, &c. 

(3) Fred C. Pillsbury graduated at the Concord high school in 1870. 
He at once left for Minnesota, and became a clerk in the hardware 
store of his uncle, John S. Pillsbury. For about fourteen years he has 
been the junior member of the firm of Charles A. Pillsbury & Co. He 
has for a few years been president of the Minneapolis, Lyndale & Lake 
Minnetoka Railway. He is possessed of excellent judgment, and is a 
sound, conservative business man. He m. Oct. 19, 1876, Alice T. 
Cook. Children, — 

George Alfred, d. , 

Hattie Goodwin. 
Cai'leton Cook. 

3. Dolly Wadleigh Pillsbury m. Enoch P. Cummings, Jan. 14, 1S.38. 
Children, — 

(1) Alfred P., b. Sept, 23, 1838 ; d. Nov. 5, 1843. 

(2) Charles E., b. Aug. .5, 1843. 

-^"S'^b^ MJ.mais Sons. m-T^'^ 

ge:n^ealogt. 895 

4. John S. Pillsbury received a common-school education. At the 
age of sixteen he went to Warner as a clerk for his brother, George A., 
who was engaged in mercantile business in that town. He afterwards, 
in the year 1848, entered into a business partnership with Hon. Walter 
Harriman, a native of the same town It is a singular fact, that each 
of these men became governor of the state in which he made his 
residence, Mr. Harriman of Xew Hampshire, and Mr. Pillsbury of 
Minnesota. After leaving Warner Mr. Pillsbury was for some time in 
trade in Andover, and also in Concord. 

In 1854 he visited several of the Western states, and finally in 1855 
established his home at the Falls of St. Anthony, in Minnesota. Here 
he went into the hardware trade, and by his energy and fan- dealing 
built up the largest business in that line in the state. He took an 
active interest in the affairs of the territory and state of Minnesota. 
Mr. Pillsbury has never been a politician. His popularity, however, 
in consequence of his business reputation, was such that he has fre- 
quently been called upon to occupy positions of honor and trust. From 
1863 to 1875 he was continuously elected to the state senate, notwith- 
standing the fact that a majority of his constituents belonged to the 
political party opposed to him. No man exerted a wider influence in 
the legislature of his state than he did. He was a wise counsellor and 
a safe legislator. In 1875 he was elected governor of the state, and 
again in 1877 and 1879, the term of office being two years. This is 
the only instance in which any man has been elected governor of INlin- 
nesota more than twice. No man has ever occupied the governor's 
chair who has had the confidence of the people to the extent that Mr. 
Pillsbury has done. During his term of oflice the grasshopper scourge 
visited the state. In some portions the crops were entirely desti'oyed, 
causing great suffering. During the cold winter months Mr. Pillsbury 
visited in person, incognito, those afliicted districts, in order to ascertain 
the condition of the people. He found them in great distress, hun- 
dreds of families being destitute of food, clothing, and other neces- 
saries of life. He at once, at his own expense, relieved their present 
needs, and upon his return home j)ublished to the people the story of 
the destitution and suffering he had witnessed. He offered to person- 
ally take charge of contributions of food and clothing that should be 
made, and to forward the same to the suffering families. The people 
had so much confidence in his representations that they at once began 
to send in liberal contributions of money and articles of food and 
clothing, thus meeting his appeals in the most gratifying manner. 
The governor and his excellent wife were kept busy almost night and 
day for some time in packing boxes of clothing and other material to 
be forwarded, until he gave notice that no more was needed. From 
that day to the present time Mr. Pillsbury has been regarded by those 


people as their friend, and they have never forgotten his kindness and 
his sacrifices for them. 

Mr. Pillsbury has always been a friend to the poor and laboring 
classes : the worthy poor have never appealed to him in vain. He is a 
generous and public-spirited man, and has done a great deal, and per- 
haps as much as any one, to advance the interests of the state. 

At the breaking out of the War of the Rebellion Mr. Pillsbury lent 
the weight of his influence in i-aising men to enter the service of the 
country. He was mainly instrumental in raising three regiments of 
volunteers. In 1862 he, with a few others, raised and equipped a 
mounted company for service against the Indians. At a time when a 
large number of our efficient men had gone to the war, these Indians 
suddenly banded together, and at once commenced to massacre the 
whites. In a few days they put to a cruel death fifteen hundred de- 
fenceless men, women, and children. 

In 1863 Mr. Pillsbury was appointed agent of the State University, 
At that time the institution was by bad management hopelessly, as it 
was at that time thought, in debt, and but for Mr. Pillsbury and one 
or two others the property would have been lost by foreclosure and 
judgments. Mr. Pillsbury at once went to work to compromise mat- 
ters, and to save the institution if possible. After a long and tedious 
process he finally succeeded in settling up its affairs, and thus saving 
it. He has ever since been identified with the university as president 
and agent. It is conceded by all who had a knowledge of its affairs 
that had it not been for his efforts Minnesota would not to-day have 
such a magnificent institution of learning. 

In the year 1889 further action was taken on this important matter, 
accounts of which were extensively current in the public print. The 
following are selected for insertion here, the first from the Kearsarge 
hidependent and Times, of Warner, April 26, 1889, and the second from 
the Minneapolis Tribune, of June 3, 1889 : 


" The Minnesota papers, the Pioneer Press, Star, Tribune, Journal^ 
and others, have strong words in praise of a notable event which 
occurred in St. Paul, April 16th. 

" Twenty-six years ago, John S. Pillsbury, a native of Sutton, and 
for a time a resident of Warner, as a citizen of Minneapolis became 
interested in the University of the State of ^Minnesota. It was in 1851 
that the first University land grant of 46,000 acres was received, and 
six years later buildings were erected by mortgaging the land to raise 
the money. Forty thousand dollars came in this way, and mortgage 
bonds on the campus of twenty acres, and on the proposed buildings. 


brought il5,000 more. That was not enough, and a big floating debt 
was the result, and judgments, frequently obtained during the succeed- 
ing years, left the institution sadly in arrears in 1864. The bonds had 
been used for banking purposes, the banks had failed in some instances, 
and the bonds had been sold at 16 and 18 per cent. The prospect of a 
university that would ever amount to anything was small. 

" In 1864 Mr. Pillsbury had been elected to the state senate. He 
was familiar with the affairs of the university, and he made it his busi- 
ness to help it out of its financial embarrassments. Judge Berry, also 
one of the regents, was a member of the senate. Together they tried 
to work out plans for a settlement of the university's financial difficul- 
ties. Judge Berry had considered the university lost, but w^as willing 
to do all in his power to help it out, if a way could be found. The 
two prepared a bill, naming three men to settle up the affairs of the 
institution. The men were Mr. Pillsbury, John Xichols, and Captain 
O. C. Merriman. 

"When the agricultural grant of land was made, he secured its 
union with the university, and thus added greatly to its beneficent 
results. As governor, he gave them the wisest and most effective help. 
Both are doing magnificent work, and more and moi'e wanning favor in 
that state, and commanding the approval of the best judges in the 
country. Recently it has become necessary to erect another hall de- 
voted to science. Tlie estimated expense was $250,000. The legisla- 
ture was asked for that amount, and gave only $100,000. The regents 
were in great trouble. A meeting of officers and friends was called in 
a committee-room of the state-house. There were present regents 
Keihle, Sibley, U. S. Senatoi' Davis, and others, together with members 
of the legislature. The trying situation was considered but solved by 
the words of Gov. Pillsbury, who closed as follows : 

" ' Gentlemen, I have thought this matter over carefully, and I have 
made up my mind that the work must go on. And I '11 tell you how 
I 've concluded to make it go on. If this legislature will give me some 
kind of an assurance that that state university shall forever remain 
one grand undivided institution, so that I can go down to my final rest 
with a feeling of security in this respect, I will donate the $1.50,000 
necessary to the completion of the hall of science.' 

" One of the papers adds, — The announcement was received with the 
wildest applause, which continued for some minutes. Gov. Pillsbury 
was deeply affected, and President Northrup sat by with tears cours- 
ing down his cheeks unheeded. It was a most remarkable scene. 
Enthusiastic remarks were made by members of the legislature, and 
their solemn pledges were given that they would do everything in their 
power to keep the University of Minnesota entire. Resolutions com- 
mitting the state to the policy desired by Gov. Pillsbury were ordered 


unanimously. CongTatulations were showered upon Gov. Pillsbury by 
all present until that gentleman was entirely overcome and withdrew. 
Gen. Sibley exclaimed, as he grasped the hand of the generous ex- 
governor, — ' Glory enough, for one day, my friend,' and the rest were 
ready to exclaim, ' So say we all of us.' 

" New Hampshire may well congratulate herself on having sent such 
a man to the West to rear and maintain the institutions of liberty and 

" The names of George Peabody, whose monument may be seen in 
Harvard and Yale, and men who within the last few years have done 
gi-eat service to humanity by unprecedented gifts, especially Otis, 
Hand, and Slater, all of Connecticut, will readily occur to you ; and I 
am sure that as I speak all of you are thinking of the recent noble gift 
to this university by our friend and neighbor. Gov. Pillsbury. 

" It is not the first time that he has shown his generous interest in 
this institution ; indeed, it is owing to him that the university exists at 
all, for by unwearied efforts of his the university was rescued from 
hopeless debt, even before it was organized for the work. During all 
the years in which that able scholar. Dr. Folwell, the first president of 
the university, was laying its foundation and was wisely planning its 
educational work. Gov. Pillsbury was the sagacious counsellor, the 
earnest friend, the faithful regent, watching over the financial intei-ests 
of the institution with ceaseless vigilance, ever ready to sacrifice his 
time, his business, and his ease to its welfare. By his kindness and 
charity in his daily life, by his public spirit, his wise services to the 
state in both legislative and executive positions, his free-handed benev- 
olence to the suffering peojile of the state in a time of great trial, and 
his firm and determined stand for the honor of the state in a time of 
great public temptation, he deserves to be remembered with gratitude 
by the people of this state to the remotest generation. But for no one 
of his many noble deeds will he be longer remembered than for this his 
munificent gift of $150,000 to the state and the university, at a time 
when the financial condition of the state made it impossible for the 
legislature, however well disposed, to grant to the university the money 
which it needed to carry forward its enlarging work. He has shown 
himself wise in making this gift while he lived, and might justly hope 
to witness in the increased prosperity of the university the fruits of 
his own benevolence. He has shown himself wise in estimating money 
at its just value — not for what it is, but for what it can do ; not as 
something to be held and loved and gloated over, or to be expended in 
personal aggrandizement and luxury, but as something which can 
work mightily for humanity ; which can reinforce even the educational 
power of a sovereign state ; which can enrich human minds, and can 


thus lift up into the true greatness of a noble citizenship the sons and 
daughters of the whole North-west." 

Xo one act of Mr. Pillsbury's, perhaps, has done more to give him a 
wide and favorable reputation, in the nation as well as the state, than 
his course while he was governor regarding what was known as the 
railroad bonds. These bonds, to the amount of one or two millions, 
were issued in aid of railroad building, while Minnesota was a territo- 
ly. These roads were not built, in many instances, and in others the 
bonds were secured through fraud, and the people for many years 
repudiated the payment of them. Mr. Pillsbury was of the opinion 
that the bonds having been issued, and some of them being in the 
hands of innocent persons, it was a disgrace to the state to repudiate 
them. It was almost entirely through his influence that the state was 
brought finally to consent to a satisfactory arrangement whereby these 
bonds were assumed and paid, and the state saved from the disgrace 
of refusing to pay its obligations. 

Mr. Pillsbury is at this time president of the Gull River Lumber Co., 
with a capital of eight hundred thousand dollars. He is treasurer of 
the Minneapolis Stock Yards and Packing Co., a director in several 
railroad corporations and banks. His administration of all the insti- 
tutions with which he has been connected has been honorable, wise, 
and conservative. He enjoys the confidence of the people to as great 
an extent as any one in the state. 

John S. Pillsbury m. Xov. 3, 18.56, JNIahala F. Fisk. Children,— 

(1) Susan M., b. June 28, 1863. 

(2) Sadie Bell, b. Jan. 31, 1866. 

(3) Alfred F., b. Oct. 20. 1869. 

(1) Susan M. Pillsbury m. Sept. 23, 1885, F. B. Snyder, and lives in 

(2) Sadie Bell Pillsbury graduated at the State University in the 
class of 1888. 

(3) Alfred F. is now in the State University. 

Addie E. Pillsbury, adopted daughter, and by act of the legislature 
of Minnesota made heir-at-law equal with the other children of John 
S. Pillsbury, was b. Oct. 4, 1860. She d. April 2, 1885. She m. Oct., 
1884, Charles M. Webster. She was finely educated, being a grad- 
uate of Minnesota State University, as was also her husband, a prom- 
ising young lawyer. She was loved and respected by all who knew 

5. Benjamin F. Pillsbmy is more identified with Sutton history than 
either of his distingiiished brothers, from the fact that here he spent 
not only his youth, but many of his mature years, and took an active 
interest in the affairs of this town. He was elected selectman and 


town treasurer several years in succession. He was also elected repi-e- 
sentative to the legislature, and was held in high esteem by his fellow 
townsmen. He was, while in Sutton, engaged in farming, and was 
also in the lumber business. He was active and energetic, and his 
departure from Sutton was felt to be a loss to the interests of the town. 
In 1878 he removed to Granite Falls, Minn., where he now resides, and 
is engaged in the lumber business, and also in the elevator business. 
He is the owner of one of the finest farms in the state of Minnesota, 
which is his own residence, and also of other large farms, which he 
rents. He married Miss Susan W. Wright, of Warner. No children. 

V. Sally Pillsbury in. Sept. 5. 1811, Nathaniel Cheney, of Sut- 
ton. Tliey had seven children, for whom see Cheney. Their fifth 
child was George Sargent Cheney, b. in Sutton, Aug. 30, 1825. At 
the age of seventeen he went to Lowell and obtained a situation as 
clerk in a grocery store. Discharging his duties in a way that 
proved satisfactory to his emjjloyers and creditable to himself, he 
kept on, taking no backward step, till in 1848 he was able to go 
into grocery business himself. In this venture he was successful, 
and from that time till a few years since he has been in the same 
business, either by himself or in connection with a partner, the 
amount of business constantly increasing. His object in retiring 
from it a few years since was to be free to invest his interest and 
his capital in ways demanding less of his immediate personal atten- 
tion. The fact that Mr. Cheney, unaided, worked his way up from 
store boy to head proprietor in one of the largest grocery stores in 
Lowell, indicates plainly enough what his qualities and business 
abilities must have been. In public life he has held places of trust 
and responsibility in the city of his adoption. He has served many 
times on committees, has been connected with the water-supply 
directors and other city works. He was member of the common 
council in 1867, and unanimously reelected the following year ; he ■ 
was chosen alderman in 1869. For many years he has served as 
auditor, and in 1888-'89 was elected one of the city assessors, 
which position he still holds. His skill as a financier is well known, 
and his services are much valued by the people. He has been one 
of the directors of the Five Cent Savings Bank since its formation, 
and the institution has been highly successful. He is very charita- 
ble, and his sympathies are always with the poor and unfortunate. 
To those in his employ he has been ever just and kind. In the 
church of which he and Mrs. Cheney are honored members he has 


shown by his course and conduct that Universalism is a good faith 
to live by. Of this church he has been treasurer many years, a 
director, and one of the committee on financial investments. Mr. 
Cheney's domestic relations are very pleasant, and his ever hospita- 
ble home is the abode of peace and plenty. A friend long acquainted 
with him says of him. — " Mr. Cheney is a self-made man, quick to 
see a point and to take advantage of it, and of unerring judgment. 
His relations with business men are always agreeable. He never 
forgets his personal manhood, nor the respect due to his fellow-men. 
In public and in private life he is always sure to be the honorable, 
reliable. Christian gentleman." 

VI. Betsey Pillsbury m., 1st, Daniel Ober, of Hopkinton. They 
had no children. She m., 2d, Silas Rowell, of Sutton, in 1825. 
They had born to them two sons, — George S. and Charles Rowell. 
These sons are both living, Charles in Concord, and George S. in 
Granite Falls, Minn. Mrs. Rowell died Sept. 21, 1836. 

VII. Nancy Pillsbury m. John Morse, of Amesbmy, Mass. They 
had born to them four children. 

VIIL Dolly Pillsbury m. Nathan Andrew, of Sutton. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Hannah J., b. Dec. 19, 1827. 

2. Thomas F., b. March 31, 1831. 

3. George H., b. June 19, 1833. 

4. William G., b. July 7, 183.5. 

5. James G., b. April 23, 1837. 
6 Benjamin F., b. Jan. i, 1839. 
7. Horace E. b. April 10, 1844. 

[See Andrew, in " Eaton Grange."] 


Richard Porter settled in Weymouth, Mass., 1635. He 
had four children, of whom John m., Feb. 9, 1660, Deliver- 
ance Byram. They had nine children, of whom John, b. 
July 2, 1667, m. Mary , who d. March 8, 1709. Rich- 
ard, their 6th child, b. Jan. 8, 1705, lived in Weymouth ; 
he m. Jan. 29, 1729, Ruth, dan. of Dea. Samuel and Mary 
(Richards) Whitman, b. March 27, 1710; d. Sept. 13, 1759, 
and her husband died the same year. They had nine chil- 
dren, of whom Micah, 6th child, was b. Dec. 21, 1742 ; m. 


Mary (probably) Stockbridge. He d. in Canaan. She d. 
Jan., 1830. Children, seven in number, and perhaps more, 
all b. in Weymouth. 

Hon. Reuben Porter, son of Micah, b. Aug. 2, 1790 : d. 
Aug. 3, 1879: m. in Warner, Aug. 24. 1813, Abigail, dau. 
of Hon. Benjamin and Susanna (Wadleigh) Evans, b. Apr. 
80, 1796; d. July 29, 1882. He was in Warner in 1812, 
studied medicine with Dr. Moses Long, which he practised 
some years in connection with Dr. Long, and then went into 
mercantile business. He removed to Sutton in 1822, and 
went to farming. He was representative in the legislature 
from Sutton in 1826-'8, and state senator in 1834 and 1835. 
He returned to Warner in 1860, where he died. He was 
possessed of more than ordinary intellectual power, was an 
ardent Universalist, an outspoken Abolitionist, and fore- 
most in the temperance reform movement. Children, — 

I. Mary Stockbridge, b. Jan. 15, 1814 ; d. Sept. 12, 1882, in 
Warner, unmarried. 

II. Susan Evans, b. Nov. 10, 1816 ; d. March 8, 1853, in Sut- 
ton, unmarried. 

III. William, b. June 30, 1819 ; residence, Warner, unmarried. 

IV. Benjamin E., b. April 19, 1821 ; d. in Mexican War, Aug. 
22, 1847, unmarried. 

V. Reuben, b. April 6, 1823 ; d. Feb. 10, 1830, in Sutton. 

VI. Edward G., b. July 7, 1825 ; d. Aug. 12, 1858, in Sutton : 
m. 1849 Sopliia G. Harvey. [See Harvey.] 

VII. Abigail E., b. Jan. 4, 1828 ; d. Jan. 5, 1856, at Spring- 
field : m. Dr. Valentine Manahan, of New London. He has long 
resided at Enfield. 

VIII. Margaret R., b. Sept. 28, 1830 ; d. Jan. 23, 1874, in 
Lynn, Mass. : m. Joseph Brackett, of Lynn. Child, — Mary, b. 

IX. Hannah L., b. Sept. 21, 1832 ; m. Dec. 24, 1856, Robert 
Wadleigh, of Sutton, son of Thomas Wadleigh, 2d. Robert was in 
service during the last war, and d. in Louisiana in 1863. His wife 
d. in Oct., 1884, in Warner. They had one son, Thomas Edward, 
a promising young man, b. July 4, 1858 ; d. Sept. 12, 1878. 

X. Micah, b. Jan. 6, 1835 ; d. Oct. 17, 1856, umnarried. 


XI. Harriet W., b. June 10, 1838 ; d. June 8, 1875 ; m. Oct. 21, 
1862, J. B. Philbrick, of Deerfield. They had one daughter, Meri- 
bah, who m. William L.Reed, and resides in Lawrence, Mass. Mr. 
Philbrick d. in Warner, Oct. 2, 1863, of disease contracted during 
service in the war. His widow m., 2d, Oct. 31, 1869, Harrison W. 
Bartlett, of Nottingham. They had one son, Jerome B., b. Aug. 
26, 1870 ; d. March 8, 1872. Mr. Bartlett died by accident, 1879. 

XII. Henrietta W. (twin with Harriet W.), d. Aug. 9, 1878, in 
Lebanon, Me. ; m. Feb., 1875, James W. Baker, of Epping. They 
had one son, James Edward, b. June 16, 1878. 

XIII. Reuben B., b. May 31, 1840 ; found dead in the woods 
near Windham Junction. He was last seen alive on town-meeting 
day, March, 1878, and is supposed to have died on that day. 
He served with credit in the Louisiana campaign, being commis- 
sioned lieutenant, and acting captain much of the time. He came 
home when the war closed, and for some time operated the home- 
stead farm. He became prominent as a townsman, was selectman 
and superintending school-committee. A few years before his 
death he began to suffer from attacks of vertigo and consequent 
aberration of mind, dui'ing which he acted strangely. On the 
morning of the day in which he is supposed to have died he took 
the train at Concord, intending to go to Brentwood. He left it at 
Windham Junction to wait for his train for that place, and, as it is 
supposed, wandered into the woods, and, the weather being very 
inclement, cold and stormy, he, in a half insane condition, died of 
exposure. His body was not found till nearly three months after- 
wards, and then, as it was impossible to move it, it was bm-ied 
where it was found. It is believed that at some future time, when 
it shall be safe to do so, his army friends and his Masonic brethren 
design to remove the remains to some place of interment more suit- 
able for a man who left behind him a record so creditable in many 
respects as did Reuben B. Porter. He m. Fanny Garner, of New 
York, and later of Concord. She was a great-granddaughter of 
Dea. Matthew Harvey, of Sutton. Children, — 

1. Abby, in. 1888, A. C. Fisher, of Concord, and has two children. 
Residence, Greeubush, N. Y. 

2. Sarah. 

Reuben B. Porter m., 2d, April 3, 1877, Nancy J. Kenerson, of 
Nottingham. Child, — 

3. Jerome W., b. Feb. 7, 1878. 


Reuben B. Porter and Nancy J. Kenerson were m. by Rev. W. 
H. Jones, of Epping. 

XIV. Jerome B. Porter, b. April 18, 1844, in Sutton ; d. in 
Warner, June 25, 1870. He was a young lawyer of much j)romise, 
but his aspirations were cut short by his early death, of consump- 
tion. He was for a short period in the army in the early stage of 
the war. 

It will be observed by the reader that though Hon. Reu- 
ben Porter was father of fourteen children, he had very few 
grandchildren born. One of these few was William, com- 
monly called Willie Porter, to distinguish him from his 
uncle William, for whom he was named. He was b. in 
Sutton, Oct., 1864 ; d. in Warner, Nov. 30, 1881, of quick 
consumption. He was a young man of much promise, and 
possessed of many fine qualities. He was for some time 
employed in the store of A. C. and L. S. Carroll, in War- 
ner, and was much esteemed and trusted by his employers. 


Capt. William Pressey came from Haverhill to Sutton in 
1773. He was b. 1743 ; d. March 14, 1813. His wife, 
Elizabeth Smile}^ a native of Beverly, Mass., was b. 1735 ; 
d. Dec. 20, 1819. Children,— 

I. Amos, b. July 18, 1767 ; d. Oct. 3, 1839. 

II. Nancy, b. April, 1769 ; m. Nov. 17, 1796, Joseph WeUs. No 

III. Polly, b. June, 1771 ; m. April 12, 1792, Benjamin WeUs. 
lY. Ednah, b. ; m. Dec. 3, 1794, Joseph Persons. 

Y. John, b. Nov. 22, 1776 ; d. Aug. 17, 1858. 

I. Amos Pressey m. Aug., 1787, Betsey GiUingham, of Fishers- 
field, b. Sept. 17, 1765 ; d. Nov. 14, 1853. Children, b. in Sut- 
ton, — 

1. William, b. Nov. 22, 1788. 

2. Betsey, b. April 27, 1791 ; d. June 14, 1864, unmarried. 

3. John, b. March 20, 1793. 

4. Mary, b. Nov, 14, 1794; d. Sept 9, 1823. 

5. Clarissa, b. Oct. 7, 179(3 ; d. Sept. 7, 1867, in Sutton. 


6. Horace, b. Feb. 15, 1799. 

7. Winthrop, b. Dec. 3, 1800 ; d. April 12, 1858. 

8. Pickering, b. April 20, 1802 ; d. Aug. 22, 1822. 

9. Sophronia, b. ]May 24, 1803 ; m. David Chadwick. [See same.] 

10. Ebenezer Gage, b. Aug. 1, 1805; d. Sept. 6, 1880. 

11. Louisa, b. May 5, 1810; d. June 30, 1887. 

In making up our special notices of those who have been 
active in the past years of the town's history, we cannot 
omit Capt, Amos Pressey. Reference to the town records 
will show his name connected with many town affairs. 

That he was often chosen moderator of town-meetings, 
whether annual or special, proves the recognition by his 
fellow-townsmen of his fitness for the position. He was 
for many jesiva deputy sheriff of the county, at a period 
when the duties of sheriff were much more arduous than 
they now are. He in most instances filled the position of 
auctioneer at vendues, as auction sales were termed. The 
mere announcement that the witty Capt. Amos was to pre- 
side on such occasions was in itself sufficient to secure a 
full attendance, the occasion being such as called into play 
the keen and brilliant wit and peculiar power of repartee 
for which he was so eminently distinguished. 

As a humorist he was unequalled, and his sarcasm was 
scathing. His sayings, so replete with mirth, pith, and 
originality, will never be forgotten by those who have heard 
them. With all this, he was a good citizen, a kind husband 
and father, and as a neighbor keenly sympathetic with sor- 
row and suffering, 

1. William Pressey m., Sept. 1-5, 1809, Polly Chadwick, dau. of 
Joseph and Bethiah (Davis) Chadwick, b. 1790. Child, — 

(1) Ruth, m. Eliphalet Wadleigh. [See the same.] 

Mrs. Pressey d. June 3, 1813, and Mr. Pressey m., 2d, Feb., 1815, 
.Susan A. Cheney, of Warner, dau. of Samuel and Abigail (Joseph) 
Cheney. Samuel Cheney was cousin to Xathaniel Cheney, Sr. His 
wife, Abigail Joseph, was of Portuguese descent. Mr. Cheney and 
wife came from Massachusetts to Warner, and settled near Melvin's 
Mills. Children,— 

(2) Sophronia E., b. June 29, 1822. 


(3) Benjamin L., b. Jan. 26, 1824. 

(4) Mary C, b. Feb. 23, 1825 ; d. . 

(5) William, b. Feb. 11, 1827 ; d. . 

(6) Charlotte, b. Feb. 9, 1829. 

(7) William Wallace, b. April 5, 1834. 

(8) Susan Louisa, b. May 7, 1837. 

(9) Lucinda Mastin, b. May 7, 1837. 

This family lived for some years previous to 1840 at the Xorth vil- 
lage, where the youngest children were born. They removed from 
town, and their later residence is not known-. 

(6) Charlotte m. , and went West, and her mother went with 

her, and there died. 

5. Clarissa Pressey m. Dec. 14, 1817, Daniel Bean, son of Joseph 
and Hannah (Wadleigh) Bean, b. Nov. 2, 1797. Children, b. in Xew- 

(1) Marv Jane P., b. Oct. 27, 1818. 

(2) Dorothy W., b. June 11, 1820 ; d. Aug. 6, 1836. 

(3) John P., b. June 15, 1822 ; d. Aug. 27, 1841. 

(4) Lucas P., b. Sept. 2, 1824 ; d. July 15, 1859. 

Daniel Bean d. at Chelmsford, Mass., Sept. 16, 1825, and his widow 
m., 2d, Joseph II. Morgan, of Sutton. No children. 

(1) Mary Jane Bean m. Aug. 17, 1854, Chase Putney, of Henniker, 
h. Aug. 31, 1820 (2d wife). Children,— 

Walter S., b. April 18, 1858. 
Clara L., b. July 28, 1861. 

Chase Putney is son of Thomas and Nancy (Collins) Putney, and is 
a descendant of the Hopkinton Putneys. This family removed from 
Sutton, Oct., 1869, to Canaan, where they still reside. Their son? 
Walter S., resides at Lyme. For Mr. Putney's children hy 1st mar- 
riage, see Putney. 

(4) Lucas P. Bean, on account of the early death of his father, spent 
most of his boyhood with his grandfather, Capt. Amos Pressey, at 
North Sutton, and was often spoken of as Lucas Pressey. When old 
enough he went to Concord and learned the printing business in the 
office of the Independent Democrat. He was foreman three years in the 
office of the Dedham Gazette, was connected with the SprinciJield Post 
and the Macon (jeorgia Times. He was foreman in the Worcester 
Transcript at the time of his death. He was a capable business man, 
and a ready and interesting wi'iter. His early death was much lamented 
by all who remembered him in Sutton, and all who knew him else- 
where. He m., in the fall of 1853, Caroline D. Bellows, of Boylston, 
Mass., b. April, 1830, adopted daughter of Samuel and Abigail Ken- 
dall. Child,— 

rt. Charles L., b. in Boylston, Oct. 31, 1854. 


Mrs. Caroline Bean d. June 14, 1855, in Boylston, and her husband 
m., 2d, Oct. 6, 1858, Mary E. Lovett, of Worcester, Mass. He d. July 
15, 1859, in Worcester. 

a. Charles L. Bean m. Feb. 8, 1876, Hannah Tully, of Worcester,. 
Mass., b. Aug. 17, 1857. Child,— 

Charles Lucas, b April 14, 1877 ; d. July 15, same year. 

Mrs. Bean d. June 12, 1877, in Boylston, and her husband m , 2d,. 
Feb. 15, 1879, Ella M. Cray, of Milford. Child,— 

WiUiam Lucas, b. Dec. 25, 1879; d. July 11, 1880. 

Mrs. Bean d. April 29, 1880, in Boylston, and her husband m., 3d,. 
April 5, 1887, in Pensacola, Fla., Maria R. Busby, of Quitman, Miss, 
He is considered a veiy superior man. He is a machinist by trade. 
His home is in Massachusetts, but a portion of the time he is in Flor- 

7. Winthrop Pressey m. Nov. 23, 1833, Hannah Bean, of Sutton,. 
dau. of Joseph and Hannah (Wadleigh) Bean, d. Aug. 8, 1874, in Sut- 
ton. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) John, b. Nov. 29, 1834. 

(2) Betsev Jane, b. April 12, 1837 ; m. George C. Eaton. 

(3) Daniel, b. Oct. 9, 1835; d. April 11, 1836. 

(4) Carlos, b. April 9, 1839 ; d. Aug. 16, 1841. 

Winthrop Pressey vras a man of much energy, and very honorable in 
all his dealings. He was a successful farmer, and spent his early life 
upon the west side of Bean's hill, on the farm of his father, Captain 
Amos Pressey, where their children were born. Subsequently he pur- 
chased the Meadow Brook farm, occupied by William Bean before he 
removed to Maine, and later l)y Col. Nathaniel A. Davis. Here Mr. 
and Mrs. Pressey spent the remainder of their lives, and the farm is 
now owned and occupied by their son, John Pressey, under whose good 
cultivation it is one of the best in town. The buildings are much en- 
larged, improved, and beautified, making an attractive summer home for 
city boarders. With some additions which Mr. Pressey has made to his 
paternal inheritance, his farm now contains over 400 acres, and yet 
he finds time to take an interest in public matters, and, as the records 
show, has served the town in various ways. He is a hearty and liberal 
supporter of the Universalist society, friendly and charitable whenever 
his aid is needed, and, with the willing cooperation of his excellent 
wife, hosjjitable and agreeable in his home. 

(1) John Pressey m. Nov. 28, 1860, Betsey R. AVorthen, of New 
London, dau. of Albert S. and Sally (Abbott) Wortheu. Children, b. 
in Sutton, — 

Emma Bell, b. Nov. 4, 1865 ; d. June 6, 1875. 
Frank Winthrop, b. :May 16, 1868. 


Fred Albert, b. Oct. 27, 1870. 
Nellie Dell, b. June 30, 1874. 
Sadie Worthen, b. April 22, 1878. 

10. Ebenezer Gage Pressey was possessed of much energy and busi- 
ness sagacity, and acquired a good estate. He resided in Bradford, 
Mass., where he d. Sept. 6, 1880. He m. April 9, 1835, Hannah H. 
Stickney. Children, — 

(1) Mary Louisa, b. July 31, 1837; d. Dec. 7, 1864 : m. Charles E. 

(2) William L., b. Jan. 6, 1845 ; ni. Jennie E. Stacey. 

(3) Ella J., b. Jan. 29, 1847 ; m. Aug. 14, 1870, Christopher C. Cook. 

(4) John G., b. June 28, 1849 ; d. Sept. 19, 1849. 

(5) Annie M., b. July 15, 1851 ; d. Nov. 17, 1852 : m. AVilliam H. 

(6) Viola v., b. Oct. 25, 1855 ; m., 1st, C G. Sargent, and 2d, Feb. 
19, 1880, C. A. Davis. 

(7) Charles C, b. Dec. 4, 18.57. 

11. Louisa Pressey m. Dec. 28, 1845, John Colby, of Warner. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Luenah, b. Jan. 4, 1847 ; d. April 17, 1848. 

(2) John Demerritt, b. May 31, 1848. 

(3) Luke Bean, b. Oct. 10, 1850. 

(4) Daniel O., b. Dec. 28, 1851 ; d. Feb. 3, 1865. 

John Colby, son of Hezekiah and Roxana (Cheney) Colby, has lived 
many years in Sutton, where he has been held in high esteem, as was 
also his wife. She d. June 30, 1887, in Sutton. 

(2) John Demerritt Colby m. Nov. 19, 1867, Jennie S. Kezar, of Sut- 
ton, dau. of George and Fanny (Munroe) Kezar. Children, b. in Sut- 
ton, — 

Sarah L., b. Oct. 13, 1870 ; d. . 

Leon M., b. May 19, 1872 : d. Sept. 3, same year. 
Mabel L., b. Sept. 13, 1873. 
George C. b. March 2, 1875. 
Fannie M., b. Aug. 6, 1877. 
Myrtie E., b. July 28, 1882. 

(3) Luke Bean Colby m. Nov. 15, 1876, Annie Cate, of Glover, Vt., 
dau. of Byron and Olive Cate. He was for some yeai's a clerk in stores 
in Nashua and Warner. Child, — 

Nettie O., b. in Nashua, Nov. 15, 1881. 
Joseph Kezar, son of Samuel and Martha (Sargent) Kezar, never 
married. He served in the war, and received a pension. He spent 
the last years of his life in the family of his niece, Mrs. Jennie Colby, 
and was kindly cared for by them. He was an intelligent man, of 
good principles, and an amiable, friendly disposition, and though he 
lived without domestic ties of his own, all his relatives were much 
attached to him. 


III. Polly Pressey m. April 12, 1792, Benjamin Wells, brother 
to Joseph Wells, who m. her sister, Nancy Pressey. Children, b. 
in Sutton, — 

1. Xancv W., b. Dec. 12, 1792. 

2. Joseph, b. Dec. «, 1794. 

3. Gideon C, b, Dec. 29, 1796. 

4. Benjamin, b. Nov. 12, 1799. 

0. AVilliaiii, b. March 23, 1802. 

6. Tlioiiias, b. May 11, 1S04. 

7. Edwin, b. Jan. 11, 1807. 

8. Betsey, b. March 2,5, 1809. 

9. John, b. Oct. 28, 1812. 

V. John Pressey, Esq., brother to Capt. Amos, b. Nov. 22, 1776 ; 
d. Aug. 17, 1858 : m. Nov. 28, 1799, Ruth Moores, b. Dec. 19, 
1774 ; d. May 28, 1846, in Sutton. Cluldren, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Hannah, b. Dec. 28. 1800 ; d. July 1.5, 1876. 

2. William, b. Julv 5, 1802 ; d. May 12, 1877. 

3. John Moores, b. Julv 18, 1806 ; d. Feb. 27, 1822. 

4. Stillman, b. Dec. 19,' 1812 ; d. :\Iav 25, 1814. 

5. Carlos G., b. Jan. 2.5, 1816 ; d. June 16, 1890, at Concord. 

John Pressey, Esq., m., 2d, June 10, 1847, Mary Kimball, of 
Bradford, w^ho d. Oct. 10, 1848, in Sutton. He m., 3d, June, 18.52, 
Mrs. Sarah (Dearborn) Tebbetts, dan. of Henry and Mary (Will- 
iams) Dearborn. She survived Mr. Pressey (her 3d husband) sev- 
eral years, dying in Sutton Oct. 5, 1872. Reference to the town 
records shows that for many years, from 1807 to 1838, John Pres- 
sey, Esq., was prominent in public affairs. He was one of those 
favorably constituted men who had the good fortune to secure uni- 
versal confidence and esteem. For further notice of him and his 
brother Amos, see " Early Settlers." 

1. Hannah A. Pressey m. Xov. 18, 1818, Ebenezer Andrew, of Sut- 
ton, who d. June 2, 1880. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Ruth M., b. April 19, 1820. 

(2) Lavina H., b. Nov. 17, 1826 ; d. Nov. 9, 1830. 

(1) Ruth M. Andrew m. Sept. 2, 1847, Rev. Robert Stinson (Univer- 
salist). Children, four in number, d. in infancy. [See sketch of Mr. 

2. William Pressey m. Dec. 11, 1828, Polly Phelps, dau. of Nathan 
Phelps, of Wilmot, b. Dec. 6, 1806; d. May 5, 1839. Children, b. in 
Sutton, — 

(1) Henrietta S., b. Dec. 29, 1829 ; d. Feb. 12, 1858. 

(2) Hannah M., b. :\Iav 6, 1832. 

(3) Mary Ann R., b. June 27, 1834 ; d. May 13, 1875. 

(4) Amanda M., b. Feb. 8, 1838. 


William Pressey m., 2d, April 8, 1840, Jemima W. Bean, b. March 
5, 1802 ; d. July 19, 1877, in Sutton, dau. of Isaac and Ruth (Wells) 
Bean. Child,— 

(5) John M., b. in Sutton, May 11, 1811. 

William Pressey was a farmer, living upon the original Pressey 
far)n, near Pinnacle hill. He spent his life in this town. When a 
joung man he was a good school-teacher. His name is among those 
who have held town offices. 

(2) Hannah M. Pressey m. March 25, 1850, John A. Caldwell, of 
Paris, Me. Children, — 

INIaria Avirelia, b. in Sutton, Dec. 30, 18.50 ; d. in Ridgeway, 

Penn., Sept. 12, 1869. 
Mary Ella, b. in Lowell, Mass., April 12, 1854, where she d. 

Sept. 9, 1857. 
Herbert Freeman, b. in Kane, Penn., May 8, 1868. 
Blanche Pearl, b. hi Erie, Penn., Oct. 21, 1872. 
William Pressey, b. in Erie, Penn., Jan. 21, 1876 ; d. Feb. 2, 

same year. 

Mr. Caldwell is a conductor on the Penn. & Erie R. R. 

(.3) Mary Ann R. Pressey m. Oct. 1, 1857, Warren W. Holmes, of 
Jefferson. Child, — 

Ida E., b. in Lowell, Aug. 27, 1858. 

Present residence of Mr. Holmes, Jefferson. 

(4) Amanda M. Pressey m. Dec. 6, 1858, Cyrus A. Fowlei-, of New 
London, son of Micajah and Achsah (Dow) Fowler. Children, — 

Minnie Etta, b. and d. in Manchester, Feb. 8, 1860. 

Bertha Addie, b. in Alstead, Aug. 27, 1865 ; d. Oct. 8, same 

AVilliam French, b. in Marblehead, Mass., Nov. 11, 1874. 

Mr. Fowler is a jeweller in Lawrence, Mass. 

(5) John M. Pressey m. June 6, 1865, Electa A. Durgin, of Sanborn- 
ton, dau. of William and Abiah (Hill) Durgin. Child, — 

William S., b. in Concord, March 25, 1866. 

John M. Pressey is very energetic and enterprising, and is among 
the very best farmers in Sutton. For some years past he has dealt quite 
extensively in cattle. His home is at the old Elder Champlin place, 
known also as the Aaron Russell place. He still owns the old Pinnacle 
Hill farm, the home of his ancestors. He has served honorably in 
towm offices, and also served in the late war. 

5. Carlos G. Pressey, son of John and Ruth (Moores) 
Pressey, was born in the westerly part of Sutton, Jan. 
20, 1816, and was educated in the common schools of the 
town and at different academies. 



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He taught school several winters in Sutton and vicinity. 
He went into trade at Wilmot Flat in 1837, in company 
with John H. Pearson. They continued in company for 
one year, when he bought out Mr. Pearson and continued 
the business alone until 1840. From there he went to 
West Andover, where he was in trade until 1843. In that 
year he moved to Washington, N. H., where he was in trade 
for some years. 

While at Andover he was chosen collector of taxes for 
one year. Upon going to Washington he was appointed 
post-master, wdiich office he held during his stay there. He 
was also chosen town-clerk. 

He moved back to Sutton in 1849, and weut into trade 
at the Mill Village in company with Jacob S. Harvey, under 
the firm name of Pressey & Harvey, which firm continued 
about four years, when Mr. Harvey sold his interest to 
Truman Putney, and the firm was then Pressey & Putney, 
wdiich continued until 1867, when Mr, Pressey sold his 
interest to Mr. Putney. 

After a short time Mr. Pressey went to Concord, and 
opened a store for the sale of carpets, crockery, paper- 
hangings, &c., which he continued for several years, finally 
selling out to Messrs. Hammond & Ayers, after which time 
he made his home in Lowell, Mass., not being in active 
business except to look after his real estate which he owns 
in Lowell and in the West. 

While living in Sutton he served as moderator at town- 
meetings a good many years. He also represented the 
town in the legislature in the years 1867 and 1868. He 
was elected chairman of the board of road commissioners 
in 1855. And after the law was passed creating the office 
of county commissioners, he was elected to that office in 
the year 1857, for the term of three years. 

Li the year 1870 he was appointed by the court a county 
commissioner, to serve the unexpired term of Mr. Daniel 
E. Hill, who had resigned. He was chairman of the board 
for two years. 


While living at Sutton he was appointed a justice of the 
peace, which office he held several years. 

Mr. Pressey, in November, 1839, married the daughter of 
Hazen and Susan Putney, Miss Mary N. Putney, who died 
June 5, 1864, leaving one son, George H. Pressey, who died 
October 8,1877. 

October 8, 1866, Mr. Pressey married Miss Mary McDuffie, 
daughter of Archibald and Hannah McDuffie, of Candia. 

Mr. Pressey died June 16, 1890, at Concord. 

George H. Pressey, son of Carlos G., was b. at West Andover, 1842. 
He was 2d lieutenant in Co. H, 1st N. H. Cavalry. While his regi- 
ment was quartered at Camp Stoneman, near Washington, D. C, he, 
with five other officers, was ordered to take a body of men down the 
Shenandoah valley to I'einforce Gen. Sheridan. They took their men 
down and delivered them, and upon their return, it being in the night 
and they having no escort, he and the other officers wei-e surprised and 
captured by Mosbj^'s guerillas. They were all stripjjed of everything 
that was of any value, including horses, money, watches, &c., and were 
then marched to Richmond and confined in Libby prison. They were 
subsequently exchanged. Returning to Xew Hampshire at the close 
of the war Mr. Pressey assisted his father in his store in Concord, and 
later was for a few years clerk in the custom-house, at Boston. He d. 
Oct. 8. 1877. 


Several families of the name of Putney have lived in this 
town at different times, but those who have lived here con- 
tinuously are the descendants of Joseph Putney, Sr., the 
landlord of the well known tavern on Putney's hill, in 

Two brothers, Joseph and William Putney, from Dun- 
barton, about 1735 settled in Hopkinton. Their sister, 
Miriam Putney, became the wife of Ichabod Roby, and 
settled in Sutton. Josiah Putney, supposed to be their 
brother, settled in Goffstown, and his granddaughters, 
Mary and Betsey Putney, children of his son John, became 


the first and second wife of Icliabod Roby, Jr., and Lydia 
Putney married Moses Abbott. 

Josepli Putney m. Marion Piper, of Hopliinton. Chil- 
dren, — 


Hazen, b. Sept. 29, 1790 ; d. Feb. 6, 1841. 

Mary, b. 1783 ; d. Nov. 19, 1845 : m. Timothy CheUis, of Sut- 

Sally, m. 1808, Jonathan Nelson, of Sutton. 


Benjamin, b. May 16, 1792 ; d. Feb. 28, 1843. 


Joseph, Jr., m. July 11, 1819, Eunice Chellis, a sister to Timo- 
thy. It will be apparent to the reader that Joseph Putney, Jr., and 
Timothy Chellis " swapped sisters." 

Joseph Putney m., 2d, Mrs. Polly (Quimby) Muzzy, of 
Sutton. She d. June 30, 1848, at Hopkinton. 

Hazen Putney m. Oct. 24, 1816, Susanna Page, of Sut- 
ton, dau. of Capt. Enoch and Sarah (Noyes) Page. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

I. Mary N., b. Oct. 28, 1817 ; m. Carlos N. Pressey. [See 

II. Lydia E., b. Aug. 31, 1819. 

III. Almira M., b. May 24, 1823. 

IV. Truman, b. July 1, 1828 ; d. Sept. 30, 1882. 

Hazen Putney d. Feb. 6, 1841. His wife d. Feb. 5, 1875 ; 
b. April 21, 1797. He was a tanner by trade, and for some 
years owned and operated a tannery at the South village. 
He probably introduced the business in that locality, and 
built the tannery which many now living can remember as 
located near the bridge. It was partly run by water, yet 
there was an engine and the necessary machinery for steam- 
power. Mr. Putney did quite an extensive business, em- 
ploying several men. After some years he sold the tannery 
to Gardner B. Gay, of New London, who did business for 

several years, a part of the time in partnership with Enoch 



P. Cummings. Later the tannery was sold to Samuel 
Blanchard, who operated it a short time, and afterwards 
had the building taken down, which was much regretted, 
as it was the last tannery in town. After disposing of his 
tannery Mr. Putney followed farming. He was very highly 
respected by the people of this town. 

II. Lydia E. Putney m. Dec. 15, 1836, Walter "W. Stone, b. April 
10, 1812. He was in mercantile business. Children, — 

1. Charles H., b. Oct. 30, 1838, in Bradford. 

2. Edwin C, b. Jan. 20, 1845, in West Dedham, Mass. 

1. Charles H. Stone m. June 1, 1862, Sarah F. Saft'ord, of Concord, 
dau. of William B. and Dolly N. (Bott) Saft'ord. Children,— 

(1) Walter H., b. July 30, 1863, at Concord. 

(2) Hattie M., b. May 8, 1868, at Keene. 

Charles H. Stone is a hardware' dealer, doing a large and x>rosperous 
business in Keene. 

(1) Walter H. Stone m. Nov. 25, 1886, Ethel S. Hubbard, of Keene, 
dau. of Henry E. Hubbard. Child, — 

Charles L., b. in Keene, Dec. 9, 1887. 

2. Edwin C. Stone m. Hattie A. Ward, of Hanover. He m., 2d, 
April 12, 1887, Mrs. Sarah A. Daniels, of Detroit, Mich., which j)lace 
is their present residence. He is a silk salesman for George P. Rich- 
ardson & Co., of Chicago, 111. Their extensive silk mills are located 
at Belding, Mich. 

III. Almira M. Putney m. Nov. 9, 1841, Jacob S. Harvey, of 
Hopkinton, but then resident in Sutton, engaged in mercantile busi- 
ness. Children, — 

1. Walter, b. Sept. 24, 1842; d. Nov. 27, 1862. 

2. FredP.,b. July 10, 1850. 

3. Albert F., b. Feb. 4, 1857 ; d. Sept. 16, 1865. 

Jacob S. Harvey was b. in 1819, in Hopkinton ; d. Feb. 23, 1860, 
in Hopkinton. His wife d. Dec. 9, 1865, aged 42. 

2. Frederic P. Harvey m. Nov. 26, 1876, Estella A. Hart, dau. of 
Henry and Eliza (Nelson) Hart. Children, — 

(1) Albert W., b. March 10, 1878. 

(2) Edwin C, b. Oct. 10, 1887. 

IV. Truman Putney m. Oct. 3, 1853, Lydia A. Woodward, dau. 
of Jonathan and Dolly (Harvey) Woodward. Children, — 

1. Fred, b. Sept. 4, 1855. 

2. Cora Belle, b. May 15, 1858 ; d. June 4, 1865. 


Mrs. Putney d. March 2, 1875, and Truman Putney m., 2d, 
Nov. 23, 1876, Mrs. Frances E. (Gile) Sanborn, dau. of Philip S. 
Harvey Gile and his 1st wife, Sybil Wilcox. Mrs. Putney d. Feb. 
8, 1879, and Truman Putney m., 3d, Feb. 3, 1880, Mrs. Lydia M. 
(Bailey) Nelson, dau. of Emery and Lois (Clough) Bailey, of Sut- 

1. Fred Putney m. Xov. 25, 1878, Carrie S. Kezar, dau. of Jonathan 
H. and Emily (Snow) Kezar. No children. 

Truman Putney commenced his business life by serving as clerk 
for his brothers-in-law, Carlos G. Pressey and Jacob S. Harvey, 
merchants at the Mill village. After a few years Mr. Harvey, find- 
ing his health required change of climate and occupation, sold out 
his share of the business to Mr. Putney, and went to Texas, and 
later Mr. Putney purchased Mr. Pressey's interest, and continued 
merchandising in his own name. For nearly thirty-five years he 
continued the same business in the same place. In April, 1878, he 
took his son Fred into partnership, under the firm name of Tru- 
man Putney & Son. 

About 1881 Mr. Putney's health becoming impaired by his long 
continued devotion to business, and believing that a change of cli- 
mate might be a benefit, accompanied by his wife, went to Colorado 
Springs, where he rapidly grew worse, and died Sept. 30, 1882. 
His body was brought to Sutton for interment, and the funeral ser- 
vices were conducted exactly in accordance with his previously, 
made arrangements. 

Entering into trade early in life, Mr. Putney developed a man- 
hood well worthy the imitation of young men. He had a natural 
aptitude for commercial transactions, and by honesty, perseverance, 
and industry, he was prospered. By integrity, years of fair deal- 
ing, and a strict adherence to his word, he built up a character of 
solidity, and never dared malice or envy to whisper aught against 
his name or his broad Christian charity. 

In his business relations he was widely known, and his uniform 
courtesy and kindly manners won for him many friends, both in 
financial and social circles. He was a leading man in town, and 
many among all classes sought his counsel and advice, and he was 
ever ready with his generous aid for any good object, and for a 
long time took an active part in everything tending to promote the 
prosperity of the town. 

Politically he affiliated with the Republican party, and repre- 


sented Sutton in the state legislature. He was appointed post- 
master at Mill village in 1861, and held the office till his death. 
For many years he held the office of town treasurer, and other offi- 
cial positions, discharging all the duties with characteristic fidelity. 
He was not a member of any church, but his contributions for the 
support of the gospel were numerous and liberal. By his death 
Sutton lost a valued citizen. 

Benjamin Putney, b. May 16, 1792, in Hopkinton ; m. 
Feb. 7, 1815, Lydia N. Page, b. Feb. 12, 1797, in Sutton, 
dau. of Daniel and Dolly (Noyes) Page. Children, — 

I. Daniel Page, b. May 18, 1816 ; d. June 6, 1888. 

II. George, b. Dec. 17, 1818. 

III. Stephen Noyes, b. July 29, 1824. 

IV. Benjamin True, b. Sept. 1, 1826. 

V. Lydia Page, b. Sept. 19, 1829. 

VI. Susan Page, b. Sept. 4, 1832. 

VII. Joseph Johnson, b. Jidy 27, 1835. 

VIII. Ira Allen, b. Jan. 20, 1840 ; d. Feb. 11, 1866. 

IX. Henry Porter, b. Feb. 21, 1842 ; d. Aug. 11, 1864. 

Benjamin Putney d. Feb. 28, 1843, in Sutton. His wife 
d. July 7, 1852, in Sutton. Their two oldest children were 
born in Sutton, the next four in Haverhill, Mass., and the 
three youngest in Hopkinton. 

I. Daniel P. Putney, b. May 18, 1816 ; m. Aug. 29, 1843, Susan 
D. Sleeper, b. Jan. 2, 1821, in Concord. Children, — 

1. Mary M., b. in Rock Stream, N. Y., Sept. 22, 1844 ; d. in Hamil- 
ton, Minn., Feb. 15, 186.9. 

2. NeUie L., b. in Racine, Wis., Jime 26, 1854. 

3. Julia S., b. in Racine, Wis., Oct. 18, 1857; d. Feb. 7, 1861. 

Daniel P. Putney d. in Hamilton, Minn., June 6, 1888. His 
wife d. in Hamilton, Minn., March 12, 1888. 

2. Nellie L. Putney m. Nov. 29, 1876, S. H. Hall. 

Daniel P. Putney, a worthy and much respected man, removed 
from tliis town to New York in 1843, and subsequently to Racine, 
Wis., and in 1864 to Hamilton, Minn., where he purchased a farm, 
and also had a successful practice as veterinary sui'geon. 

II. George Putney m. May 18, 1843, Adeline Hall, of Warner, 
dau. of Oliver Hall. She d. June 5, 1847, in Warner. George 


Putney m., 2d, Oct. 26, 1852, Julia A. Sanborn, of Sutton, clau. of 
Tappan and Lavinia (French) Sanborn. Children, — 

1. Eva G , b. Aug. 30, 18-53, in Cambridgeport, Mass. 

2. Wilbert G., b. Dec. 6, 1857, in Sutton ; d. April 3, 1890. 

3. Leolah Sarah, b. April 23, 1860; d. Aug. 18, 1861. 

Mrs. Putney d. Jan. 30, 1863, in Sutton, and George Putney m., 
3d, Oct. 14, 1863, Annie S. Bickford, of Littleton. 

1. Eva G. Putney m. Aug. 5, 1879, Sewall M. Chandler. 

George Putney in early life followed fanning, and was also 
engaged in manufacturing at the Mill village. He removed to 
Cambridge and entered into business, in which he was successful, 
and acquired property. Later he returned to Sutton, and was for 
some years an enterprising and popular citizen. He represented 
the town in the legislature in 1859. While here he was extensively 
engaged in lumber business, built mUls, and also buUt a fine resi- 
dence, which was afterwards owned and occupied by his cousin, 
Truman Putney. He was a generous, public-spirited man, and his 
depai'ture from this town was much regretted by the people. He 
returned to Cambridge, where he still resides. 

III. Stephen N. Putney m., about 1845, Lavina H. Spaulding, of 
"Warner, dau. of Benjamin and Olive (Peaslee) Spaulding. Their 
child, Charles Putney, was b. in St. Louis, Mo. Mrs. Putney d. 
May 8, 1873, in Manchester, and Stephen N. Putney lived in War- 
ner, Sutton, and Cambridgeport. He went West, and was, when 
last heard from, employed as carpenter and finisher on steamboats 
on the lower Mississippi river. 

IV. Benjamin T. Putney m. Dec. 3, 1851, Mary E. G. Williams, 
of Sutton, dau. of John and Molly P. Q. (Fellows) WiUiams. 

1. Frank Albert, b. in Sutton, Jan. 27, 1861. 

Benjamin True Putney, commonly called by his middle name. 
True Putney, resided for many years at Sutton Mills, where he 
carried on the business of stone-cutting, being a finished workman. 
He was much respected while here, and was elected to fill impor- 
tant town offices. He was town-clerk several years. A better 
business chance opening for him at Concord, he removed thither 
May 1, 1869. He is engaged at the Concord granite works. 

V. Lydia P. Putney m. Sept. 30, 1847, I. Peaslee Sanborn, of 
Sutton, who d. July 20, 1849. ChUd,— 


1. Adelaide Estella, b. May 5, 1849, in Sutton. 

Mrs. Lydia P. Sanborn m., 2d, March 28, 1852, Asa Gee. Chil- 
dren, — 

2. Ida Frances, b. April 26, 1854. 

3. Emma Capitola, b. March 3, 1859; d. April 15, 1882. 

Asa Gee d. Jan. 24, 1879, in Manchester. Mrs. Gee resides at 
Manchester, where she has for many years successfully operated a 
large dressmaking establishment, thus obtaining the means to sup- 
port her family, and give to her daughters the best education the 
city affords. At an early age Emma Gee commenced teaching, and 
in her vocation obtained a liigh rank. 

2. Ida Frances Gee m. May 14, 1874, Oliver H. Abbott, of Manches- 
ter. Child,— 

(1) Mattie Moore, b. Dec. 27, 1874. 

1. Adelaide Estella Sanborn m. Oct. 4, 1872, Chai'les Y. Foss, of 
Biddeford, Me. Children, b. in Biddeford, — 

(1) Aolie Estella, b. Sept. 10, 1873. 

(2) Ida Bell, b. April 16, 1880. 

VI. Susan P. Putney m. Sept. 14, 1850, Jacob B. Nelson. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Loretta A., b. April 22, 1852. 

2. Leroy T., b. Nov. 26, 1853 ; d. Sept. 14, 1880. 

3. Etta E., b. Nov. 27, 1857. 

Three of the sons of Benjamin T. Putney enlisted and served in 
the late war, viz., Joseph J., in a Western regiment, and Henry and 
Ira A. in the 11th N. H. Joseph served during the war, and was 
honorably discharged at its close. Henry was mortally wounded at 
Williamsburg, and Ira A. died in consequence of sufferings at 

Joseph J. Putney m. March, 1870, Denia Ghen, of Clinton, 111. 
Children, — twin boys, George Henry and Frederic Arthur, b. 1870, 
d. 1872, and the mother became insane in consequence of her loss. 
Mr. Putney has lived in many different localities in the Western 
country, and followed many different kinds of employment, — farm- 
ing, teaming, policeman, soldier, camping agent, carpenter, and 

Moses Putney many years ago came to Sutton from Hopkinton^ 
and took the tannery of Dea. Benjamin Farrar at the North village, 
where he carried on business for several years, and built the house 


afterwards owned by Dea. Benjamin P. Sargent. Mr. • Putney 
afterwards returned to Hopkinton. 

Daniel Putuey, a wheelwright, came from Hopkinton, 
and lived for several years at the North village,. where he 
owned an estate. He was b. in Newbury, Oct. 30, 1815, 
being son of Daniel and Lois (Foster) Putney. He m. 
May 6, 1839, Susie A. Dow, of West Conoord, who d. Jan. 
10, 1861. Children,— 

I. Edward, b. in Antrim, Dec. 9, 1841. 

II. Charles G., b. in Sutton, July 22, 1846. 

III. Lucian W., b. in Sutton, June 29, 1852. 

IV. Emma S., b. in Sutton, Aug. 13, 1860. 

Charles G. Putney, at the age of 16, enlisted in the cavalry, and 
served till the close of the war. 

Daniel Putney m., 2d, Minerva C. Watson, dau. of Saf- 
ford Watson, of Sutton. Child, — 

V. Carrie A., b. in Sutton, July 10, 1864. 

Chase Putney came from Andover to Sutton about 1854. 
He m. for his 2d wife, Aug. 17, 1854, Mary Jane Bean, dau. 
of Daniel Bean. Two of his sons by liis 1st wife, John and 
Nelson, enlisted and served in last war. [For children by 
2d wife, see Daniel Bean record.] 

Ebenezer S. Putney, of New London, m. June 3, 1851, 
Ruth W. Nichols. [See Nichols record.] 

Capt. John Putney, among the early settlers of Sutton, 
was empowered to call the first town-meeting before incor- 



Moses Quimby came to Perrystown from Hawke in 1773. 
He located on what has smce been known as the Tappan 
Sanborn place, in the Mill village. He built the first saw 
and grist-mill on the stream, and cut the first tree in the 
hollow above the village. He carried on his mills till his 
death, and then his son-in-law, Daniel Andrew, continued 
the business, with the addition by him of a carding-mill, 
till about 1825. Then Nathaniel A. Davis took the mill 
privilege and built a new mill. Mrs. Quimby was quite 
skilful and efficient as a physician, or became so by prac- 
tice, as there was no other in town except Mrs. Cornelius 
Bean, for twenty years after they came. She d. in 1817, 
aged 85. Mr. Quimby d. in 1797, aged 84. They had 
daughters whose records may be found in the Bean geneal- 
ogy. Their daughter Elizabeth dropped dead in the road 
when a young woman. Mr. Quimby and his family were 
much respected by the people of Sutton. 


John Reddington, for some years previous to the opening 
of the railroad from Concord to Bradford, kept a public 
house, which he built on the road about midway between 
North Sutton village and Warner. He did a good business 
till the opening of the railroad diverted the travel from the 
road, which, at the time he located there, was the main 
stage road. He died in this town. He was the father of 
Oliver P. Reddington, for many years an esteemed citizen 
of Sutton. 


Albert P. Richards, b. 1810 ; m. March 1, 1838, Marilla 
King, dau. of Elbridge Gerry and Mary (Williams) King, 
of Sutton. Children, — 


I. Rosina v., b. Aug. 22, 1839 ; m. Jan. 22, 1857, George C. 
Chad wick. [See same.] 

II. Clarinda V., b. Jan. 18, 1842. 

III. James B., b. Sept. 29, 1845. 

IV. Frank. 

II. Clarinda V. Richards m. Oct. 23, 1864, Rudolph Bates. Mr. 
Bates died, and she m., 2d, Dec. 13, 1877, Alvah D. Colcord (his 
2d wife). 

III. James B. Richards m. Sawtelle. Child, — 

1. E valine. 

He m., 2d, McAlpine. Child, — 

2. Lena Maud. 

He m., 3d, Flora B. Morgan. 

Albert P. Richards cl. about 1850, and his widow m., 2d, 
Benjamin Kimball. Child, — George Kimball. 

Lewis Richards, brother to Albert P. Richards, m. Nov. 
30, 1841, Mary Rowell, of Goffstown. Children,— 

Sarah Josai^hine, b. May 7, 1847. 
Edwin ChesteUar, b. Oct. 12, 1849. 
Mary J., b. Nov. 9, 1851. 
Lewis C, b. July 6, 1854. 
Loren G., b, Jan. 11, 1857. 

Lewis Richards died in 1870. 

The following, prepared by Carlos G. Pressey, Esq., in 
1888, gives some account of the stores for general mer- 
chandise which have in times past been kept at the Mill 
village, including those of the brothers, Albert P. and 
Lewis Richards, and their relative, Alfred Richards : 

" The first store that I remember in Sutton Mill village was kept 
by Nathaniel A. Davis. He was succeeded by Otis J. Story, who 
sold out to Pi'essey & Harvey. Mr. Harvey sold his interest to 
Truman Putney, and then the firm was Pressey & Putney. Later 
Mr. Pressey sold his interest to Truman Putney, who took his son, 
Fred Putney, into business, and the fii-m was T. Putney & Son, and 
so remained till the death of the elder member of the firm left the 
entire business to the son. Jacob S. Harvey, a native of Hopkin- 


ton, came to Sutton as clerk in the store of Moses Carr, in South 
Sutton, and subsequently went into trade in the same village in 
eompany with Moses Johnson. A few years later he went into 
company with Carlos G. Pressey, in the Mill vUlage. He was a 
man of superior ability, was universally respected, and held many 
important offices. He went to Texas, where he was in business for 
a few years, but losing his health, he returned to his father's home 
in Hopkinton, and there died. Some time after Nathaniel A. Davis 
opened his store, another store was opened in the village by Albert 
P. Richards. Later it was Albert P. and Lewis Richards, then it 
was L. & A. Richards, being Lewis and Alfred Richards, and after- 
wards Lewis Richards. Subsequently it was sold to Truman Put- 
ney, and both stores merged into one. Several years after the 
above named stores were in operation, Joseph P. Nelson built a new 
one, which was occupied several years by Richards & Burpee, being 
Alfred Richards and Benjamin P. Burpee. This store was after- 
wards occujiied by some other parties that I do not remember, but 
it is now kept by J. B. and F. Richards, sons of the former Albert 
P. Richards." 

The Richards brothers originated in New Boston. They 
were much respected by the people of Sutton, and did a 
good business while they were in trade here. [See record 
of town-officers.] 

Alfred Richards came to Sutton in 1839, and for twenty- 
six years was one of our leading merchants. He com- 
menced business at the North village in company with his 
brother William, under the firm name of W. & A. Richards. 
In 1845 he bought his brother's interest, and continued the 
business in his own name till 1849, when he removed to 
the Mill village, and bought one half of the goods of A. P. 
Richards & Co., and continued the business with Lewis 
Richards, one of the former proprietors, under the firm 
name of L. & A. Richards. In 1858 he removed to the 
South village, and bought a stock of goods of Frank Rob- 
bins. He soon returned to the Mill village and entered 
into a copartnership with Benjamin P. Burpee, under the 
firm name of Richards & Burpee, and continued in trade 
till 1865, when he removed to Andover to engage in the 


wood and lumber business. Here he also engaged in trade 
for one year, being connected with the firm of Melendy & 
Babbitt. In 1869 he removed to Manchester, where he 
now resides. 

Alfred Richards was born in Goffstown, Oct. 20, 1816 ; 
m. Dolly A. Simons, of Weare, May 23, 1843. They had 
one child, Henry A., b. in Sutton, Jan. 23, 1848 ; d. Dec. 
18, 1882: m. Josie S. Rumrill, of Manchester. 

While resident in Sutton Mr. Richards was two years a 
member of the board of selectmen, and with Asa Page, 
Reuben Porter, Johnson Colby, Jacob S. Harvey, and 
Albert Richards, organized the Sutton Mutual Fire Insur- 
ance Co. 

He took great interest in agricultural pursuits. The 
orchard on the southern slope of Pigeon hill is the product 
of his labor. He was very fond of hunting, and was a cap- 
ital story-teller. His memory of the old folks, the people 
of his day, is remarkable. 

George W. Richards 

was b. in Walden, Vt., Feb. 11, 1805 ; d. 1879, in Goshen : 
m. 1835, Martha B. Peaslee, dau. of Abraham, Jr., and 
Sally (Scribner) Peaslee, of Sutton, b. June 3, 1815 ; d. 
July, 1876, in Sutton. They moved to this town in 1839, 
and here resided till the death of Mrs. Richards, when Mr. 
Richards removed to Goshen. He was a shoemaker by 
trade. Children, — 

I. Diana W., b. Nov., 1836 ; d. July 1, 1852. 

II. Cyrena O., b. March, 1838 ; m. 1855, Samuel Bagley. 
Children, — 

1. Willie 0., d. 1867. 

2. Arlie A. 

3. Hattie. 

Mr. Bagley died, and his wife m., 2d, Thomas Fish, and resides 
at Vergennes, Vt. 

III. Mary Anne, b. April 22, 1840 ; d. June 6, 1861 : m. 1858, 
Orson Burpee. 


IV. Francis M., b. April 15, 1842 ; m. Oct. 6, 1861, Mary E. 
Morgan. Children, — 

1. Elma E., b. June 17, 1862 ; d. July 26, 1864. 

2. Alice M., b. July 1, 1867. She is a successful school-teacher in 

3. Dura M., b. Jan. 11, 1872. She is now a clerk with Barney Bros., 
of Canaan. 

Francis M. Richards enlisted in Co. F, 11th Regiment N. H. 
Vols., Aug. 22, 1862. He was promoted to corporal May 4, 1864, 
wounded in right arm and left thigh May 12, at Spottsylvania 
Court House. He was discharged April 28, 1865, by reason of above 
wounds. He was elected collector of taxes in 1866-'69, selectman 
in 1871 and 1872, and town-clerk in 1876. He removed to War- 
ner March 15, 1884, where he now resides. For the past five 
years he has been a commercial traveller for boots and shoes, at 
present for Parker, Holm & Co. He was elected supervisor of 
Warner in 1888. 

V. Abraham P., b. Aug. 28, 1844. Enlisted in Co. F, 11th 
Regiment N. H. Vols., Aug. 22, 1862, mustered out with the regi- 
ment, June, 1865, as corporal. He m. Dorrilla Peaslee, 1867, and 
had one child, who was accidentally scalded to death at four years 
of age. He d. in Concord, 1884. 

VI. Ai P., b. March 10, 1848 ; m. 1875, Anna Weeks, and has 
one child, — Edna. Resides in Boston, in the employ of the B. & 
A. R. R. 

Martha B, (Peaslee) Richards, mother of the above 
named six children, was in the 3d generation from David 
Peaslee, the first settler in Perrystown. 


Edmund Richardson and wife, Betsey Gile, originated in 
Haverhill. They came to Sutton at an early period and 
settled near the mountains, where they resided till death, 
both at advanced age. They lived in comfort and inde- 
pendence. They had no children. Mr. Richardson was a 
very respectable man. A sketch of Mrs. Richardson fol- 
lows. Edmund Richardson d. Jan. 14, 1868, aged 92. His 
wife d. Nov. 4, 1863. [For her ancestry, see Gile.] 


Daniel Richardson, brother to Edmund, lived near him. 
His wife was Bathsheba Flint. They had four children. 
He became blind in consequence of an accident, and after- 
wards supported himself by basket-making and chair- 
bottoming. He used to go all over town to people's houses, 
and do their chair and basket work. He died in this town, 
past 60 years of age, and his family removed to Amherst. 

Sally Richardson (probably dau. of Daniel), b. June 27, 
1808; m. Oct. 26, 1826, David Colby, b. June 1, 1801. 
Child,— Clarissa, b. Aug. 31, 1827. [From Sutton Rec- 

Aunt Richardson. 


Ever pleasant for us in our intercourse with humanity is 
it to meet with those possessed of what we commonly term 
originality of character, those in whose make-up there exists 
the principle of individuality in so positive a degree that 
false education and falser social habits and customs cannot 
despoil nature of her maternal character, or obliterate her 
likeness from her offspring. 

Aunt Richardson, as she was known to the people of Sut- 
ton (the soubriquet of aunt being accorded her on account 
of her kindly and motherly nature), claimed relationship to 
all because of her affection for all. 

She was a native of the old town of Haverhill, Mass., 
where, to use her own expression, she early became a 
"bound girl " in the family of a highly respectable deacon, 
who thought that in giving her food and shelter he fully 
compensated the little drudge for her faithful service in his 
household. Not a day was she permitted to go to school, 
nor ever allowed to enter the parlor except on duty and on 
the occasions of family devotions, when the deacon became 
so far democratic as to call his whole household together to 
listen to prayers and the reading of the Scriptures. Such 
was the eagerness of the little Betsey to know something 


of the mysteries of books and letters, that while the deacon 
was slowly droning through the chapter, she would adroitly 
slip behind his chair, and noting with her eye the figures 
which marked the chapter, then taking position by a stand 
whereon lay another Bible, by intense observation and care- 
ful comparison of word with word, was soon able to follow 
him understandingly while he read. In this way she 
learned to read words before she learned the letters whose 
combinations make words. This benefit the deacon con- 
ferred on her gratuitously, though unwittingly on his own 

She grew up, married a poor man, and with him came to 
Sutton and settled on an uncleared farm. Here they toiled, 
she sharing all the rough labors with unflinching courage 
and hope that never faltered. Being childless, her great 
motherly heart sought expression for its sympathies exter- 
nally in acts of kindness towards all who were suffering- 
through sickness or misfortune, and, in fact, to everything 
that had life. 

One striking peculiarity of her character was the wonder- 
ful influence she exercised over animals. There was no 
creature so vicious or unruly that she could not bring it 
into order and subjection, from the strong horse or bovine 
to the little sensitive bee : her potent magnetism could 
subdue them all. She ever maintained that through kind- 
ness and love even the animal's nature is reached, and made 
subject to moral suasion. Who shall say that her theory 
was not correct ? Modern science seems pointing in the 
same direction, and demonstrating the mighty truth that 
love is the all-potent force of the universe. 

Whenever we remember and think of Aunt Richardson, 
we sometimes compare her to a Avild vine clambering over 
rough rocks, yet loaded with lucious fruitage ; sometimes 
to a stately palm-tree in the desert, which yields both shel- 
ter and food to the travel-worn traveller ; but most of all, 
she seems like the mountain-spring bursting through cleft 
granite, whose waters taste sweeter than those quaffed from 


crystal vase or marble fountain. Many had cause to bless 
her kindness while living, and many mourned, though few 
of her kin remained, when her form, unbent by the burdens 
of more than eighty years, was given back to earth. 

An amusing anecdote is related of Aunt Richardson and 
her bees. In her house was a passage-way between two of 
her rooms, at one end of which was the chimney, and in 
this warmest end during the cold weather she kept her bee- 
hive. On one occasion, when a religious meeting was 
appointed at her house, both of her rooms were warmed up, 
and the minister took his station in the passage-way be- 
tween them. He had not proceeded far in his discourse 
when a bee flew out of the hive ; another and another fol- 
lowed, buzzing about his ears, he brushing them away and 
resolutely continuing his sermon, till, at last, the whole 
swarm appeared to take offence at his doctrine, and attack- 
ed him, front, flank, and rear. Aunt Richardson had sat 
quite still till things reached this desperate pass, but she 
now arose, approached the bees, addressed them in gentle 
accents, telling them it was not time for them to leave 
their hive, that they must be good and go right back, wav- 
ing them along with her outstretched hands as she spoke. 
In a few minutes she had them all back in their hive, they 
moving along with as much docility as if they had full, in- 
telligent comprehension of all she said. The religious ser- 
vices went on as before, and the bees made no further 
attempt to interrupt them. 

In becoming acquainted with the peculiar power which 
this kind lady evidently possessed and exercised over the 
lower animals, we are reminded of what is related of the 
great St. Francis, that he esteemed all living creatures his 
brethren, and would do them service. He would have them 
listen to his preaching, and they listened. He was mighty 
in love, he was a man overflowing with sympathy for man 
and beast : not only was every man his brother, but every 
animal, — the sheep in the fields, the birds in the branches, 
the brother-donkey on which he rode, the sister-bees who 


took refuge in his kind protection. He was the friend of 
everything that suffered or rejoiced ; no emotion went be- 
yond his sympathy ; his heart rose to see the gladness of 
nature, and melted over the distresses of the smallest and 
meanest creature on the face of the earth. And by this 
divine right of nature everything trusted in him. The 
magnetism of the heart, that power which nobody can 
define, but which it is impossible to ignore, surrounded him 
like a special atmosphere, and there cannot be any doubt 
that he must have possessed, in an almost unexampled 
degree, the power of attracting all creatures to him. 

The author of the life of the great St. Francis goes on to 
say, — "And, every now and then, God still sends among us 
a man or a woman with a peculiar, if a limited, gift of recon- 
cilement between mankind and the inferior animals, of 
restoring, at least in exceptional cases, that harmony which 
once obtained between man and nature, and which is still 
prophesied in unmistakable terms as sometime again to be- 
come universal, by these select souls sent among us, whose 
mission and its accomplishment are its pledge and token." 

We do not feel that it is at all out of place to apply 
the words spoken of the saint of old to Aunt Richardson, 
suiting her case so entirely as they do. It is curious that 
both the saint and herself are chiefly remembered for the 
same thing. Sincere and constant as were her pity and 
kindness to her fellow human beings, her fame rests on the 
fact of her great love and pity for and influence over ani- 
mals. And of him the same is true : St. Francis is known 
and remembered the world over for his practical recogni- 
tion of the fact that the inferior animals are simply man's 
poor relations, and of their consequent claim on his loving- 
kindness, while very few save the most learned in the 
Catholic Church know that he was the founder of the 
immensely powerful order of the Franciscan brotherhood. 
Herein lies a hint for seekers after earthly immortality. 

ge:n:ealogy. 929 


Mrs. Edmund Richardson, or, as she was familiarly 
called, "Aunt Richie," was married at sixteen, and moved 
with her husband from Haverhill, Mass., their native place, 
to Sutton, first locating near Gile pond. After a few years 
they moved to the east part of the town, or " under the 
mountain," into a log-house, where by dint of energy and 
strict economy they secured a comfortable home. A frame 
house succeeded the log-cabin, it being the third frame 
house in their district. 

Mrs. Richardson's knowledge of roots and herbs enabled 
her to be very useful. Far and near has she ministered to 
the wants of suffering humanity, and many a dollar has she 
saved for the farmer's pocket by her care and cure of his 
sick or wounded animals. She had great love and pity for 
animals, and always had many pets around her. Even 
after she became old in years her sympathetic heart was 
always young. She was the lady-factotum in those days, 
managing funerals and weddings, no gathering bfiing con- 
sidered complete without her presence, officially as well as 

She ever maintained an upright Christian character, being 
a strict Calvinist Baptist. She was a frequent visitor at 
the house of the father and mother of the writer of this 
sketch, and, as they were Freewill Baptists in belief and 
profession, discussions sometimes arose on the great points 
of free agency and foreordination. On one occasion she 
illustrated her favorite and oft-expressed assertion of "once 
in grace, always in grace," by the following pretty word- 
picture : 

" ^ow, darter," she said, turning to my mother with her 
peculiar smile, " suppose a living spring to be found in the 
woods ; in course of time that spring will get choked 
with leaves and rubbish : now get down and clear out the 
leaves and rubbish, and the spring will still be there." 

Prayer-meetings were maintained at her house every 


Sabbath evening for twenty years. She will long be re- 
membered for the good she has done. She died Nov. 4, 
1863, aged eighty-four. She originated the idea of mud- 
shoes for horses in wet places. 


Francis Robbins, of Mason, b. July 9, 1815, son of Abra- 
ham and Hannah (Elliot) Robbins, settled in Sutton 
South village in 1842. He first came to this region as a 
peddler, and became known over a large territory, and, as he 
carefully saved his money for judicious reinvestment, was 
soon able to enlarge his stock in trade. Soon after coming 
to Sutton he opened the first tin-shop at the South village, 
in the old red shop that used to occupy the site of the pres- 
ent tin and hardware building. He soon added some gro- 
ceries to his stock, then stoves and ironware, and built up 
a good business. 

He engaged in various lumbering and farming specula- 
tions, and, with the exception of two years spent in Boston, 
continued to be one of the leading business men of Sutton 
till 1873, when he sold out and removed to Warner. His 
departure was much regretted by the people, for not only 
was he, as one who knew his career said of him, ''one of 
the most active spirits that ever operated in this town," but 
he was a kind-hearted, sympathetic man, and made many 
friends. While here he built two houses, the one now 
owned by Mrs. Israel Andrew, and the Asa Withee house. 
He owned the store at the South village some years, and 
employed James B. McAllister to attend it, while he did 
the buying and outside business himself. 

In Warner he bought the John Robertson house, and 
later erected the fine buildings on Kearsarge street, where 
he spent the remainder of his days, and where his widow 
and daughter still reside. He m. June, 1839, Abigail 
Gage, of Enfield, b, Dec. 10, 1814, dau. of Phineas and 
Phebe (Eaton) Gage. Children, — 


I. Augusta Ann, b. in Canaan, Aug., 1840 ; d. Dec. 10, 1849. 

II. Francis, b. in Sutton, Oct., 1844 ; d. Aug. 10, 1846. 

III. Sarah Meltia, b. in Boston, Dec. 13, 1848 ; d. Jan. 1, 1864. 

IV. Frances A., b. in Sutton, Dec. 6, 1852 ; m. Oct. 16, 1877, 
Fred Bean, of Warner. Child, — SteUa May, b. in Warner, May 5, 
1884. Mr. Bean is one of the prominent men of Warner, where 
he is engaged in various business transactions. He is son of Henry 
and Mary (Colby) Bean, of Warner. 


Samuel Roby came to Sutton from Warner, but was orig- 
inally from Kingston. The time of his coming is not exact- 
ly ascertained, but he d. here in 1790, aged 86. His wife 
was Hannah Merrill. They had a numerous family, among 
whom were Jonathan, Ichabod, Samuel, and a daughter, 
Lucy, who m. Plummer Wheeler, Sr., and had eleven chil- 
dren, for whom see Plummer Wheeler. This Lucy was 
said to be a very superior woman, and noted for her per- 
sonal beauty. 

Jonathan Roby served in the Revolutionary war when 
about 17 years of age, and was in the battle of Bunker 
Hill. He and his sons were distinguished for great physi- 
cal strength. He was b. 1756 ; d. May 14, 1824 : m. Sarah, 
daughter of the Philip Nelson who lost his life in the 
French war, and his wife, Abiah (Morrill) Nelson. Sarah 
was b. 1755 ; d. May 8, 1825. The inscription on their 
gravestone is as follows : " They were among the earliest 
settlers of Sutton, and by their industry obtained a compe- 
tency. They lived respected and died lamented." This 
epitaph, according to what was told of them by persons 
who remembered them, does not overstate their merits. It 
is also told of the Robys that they were men of good sense 
and judgment, as well as stout and strong in body. It 
seems they were the right men in the right place when 
they came here, for Sutton, at the time they made their 
advent, was a very poor place for weaklings. 

932 HISTORY OF sutto:n^. 

Children of Jonathan and Sarah (Nelson) Roby, — 

I. Philip Nelson, b. Jan. 22, 1779 ; d. May 6, 1860. 
n. Hannah Nelson, b. Feb. 6, 1781 ; d. May 20, 1816. 

III. Joseph, b. June 13, 1783 ; d. 1847. 

IV. Samuel, b. June 23, 1785 ; d. Nov. 20, 1856. 

V. Abiah M., b. Oct. 7, 1787 ; d. Nov. 15, 1873, unmarried. 

VI. Jonathan, b. Aug. 25, 1789 ; d. Nov. 20, 1866. 

VII. Sarah Ann, b. Jan. 22, 1792 ; d. Feb. 15, 1861. 

VIII. AbigaU, b. May 23, 1794 ; d. May 11, 1842. 

I. Philip Nelson Roby (commonly called Dr. Roby) m. 1805, 
Lydia WUloughby, of Rumney, b. Jan. 1, 1788. Children, — 

1. Jonathan, b. June 13, 1806. 

2. John W., b. Feb. 11, 1809 ; d. 1873 : m. Sarah Taylor, of Dan- 

3. Louisa M., b. May 2, 1811 ; m. June 26, 1876, Edward Story, of 

4. Azabah W., b. Aug. 27, 1814; m. June 14, 1858, Sylvanus Sar- 
gent, of Danbury. 

5. Horatio N., b. Oct. 6, 1816 ; m. March 23, 1888, Catherine Green- 

I. Jonathan Roby m. Elizabeth Sanborn. Children, b. m Dan- 

(1) ]\Ioses S. (2) J. Smith. (3) Mary E. (4) George Nelson. (5) 
Lydia Clarentina. 

II. Hannah N. Roby m. Jan. 1, 1802, John Addison, of Spring- 
field. Children, b. in Springfield, — 

1. John. 2. Jonathan. 3. James. 4. Hannah. 

III. Joseph Roby m. April 10, 1805, Mehitabel, dau. of Phineas 
and Mehitabel (Philbrick) Stevens. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Sarah Nelson, b. Oct. 29, 1805. 

2. Phineas S., b. Feb. 17, 1807. 

3. Betsey A., b. Oct. 13, 1808. 

4. Mehitabel S., b. March 21, 1812. 

5. W. H. Harrison N., b. Feb. 2, 1814; m. March 24, 1835, Julia M. 

Joseph Roby m., 2d, Sept. 24, 1822, Mehitabel Rowe, of Sutton. 

rV. Samuel Roby m. May 1, 1818, Lavina Rowe, of Sutton, 
Children, — 

1. Eunice, b. April 15, 1819 ; d. Nov. 11, 1822. 

2. Harriet, b. Dec. 5, 1823. 

3. Hannah, b. 1826. 

Samuel Roby was in the War of 1812, and drew a pension a few 
years before his death. 


VI. Jonathan Roby m. Hannah Kelley, of Warner. 

VII. Sarah Ann Roby m. Aug. 19, 1810, Daniel Wheeler, of 
Sutton. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Susan, b. Dec. 7, 1810. 

2. Daniel, b. April 2.5, 1812. 

3. James Munroe, b. March 6, 1819. 

4. Sarah N.. b. March 13, 1821. 

5. Barzilla S., b. April 21, 1823. 

6. Frances E., b. Feb. 2, 1896. 

Daniel Wheeler d. Nov. 4, 1866. 

VIII. Abigail Roby m. March 14, 1812, James Stevens, of Sutton. 
No children. James Stevens m., 2d, Mrs. Jane (Addison) Sargent, 
of Sutton, dau. of John and Hannah N. (Roby) Addison, of Sut- 
ton. No children. James Stevens died May 4, 1851, in Sutton. 

IcHABOD Roby, 

son of Samuel, b. 1762 ; d. 1834 ; m. Miriam Putney, sis- 
ter of Joseph Putney, of Hopkinton, b. 1762 ; d. May 9, 
1826. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

I. Molly, b. Feb. 11, 1786 ; d. Oct. 12, 1817. 

II. MerriU, b. Jan. 25, 1788 ; d. March 23, 1843. 

III. Samuel, b. Sept. 24, 1789 ; d. April 26, 1863, in Warner. 

IV. Ichabod, b. Aug. 17, 1791 ; d. Feb. 11, 1860. 

V. Joseph, b. March 9, 1793 ; d. 1859. 

VI. Stephen, b. March 31, 1795. 

VII. Hannah, b. July 4, 1797 ; d. Sept, 1. 1802. 

VIII. Miriam, b. June 14, 1799 ; d. Sept. 27, 1865. 

IX. SaUy, b. May 13, 1802 ; d. Dec. 17, 1826. 

X. Hannah, b. June 9, 1803. 

XI. Lavina, b. Dec. 17, 1804. 

XII. Putney, b. April 14, 1807. 

Ichabod Roby m., 2d, 1826, Mrs. Betsey Chandler, of 
Sunapee. Children, — 

XIII. Betsey M., b. AprU 20, 1827. 

XIV. Silas N., b. Sept. 4, 1828. 

XV. Robert B., b. Nov. 15, 1829. 

XVI. James Mimroe, b. June 13, 1831. 

XVII. WiUiam D., b. 1833 ; d. Aug. 22, 1863. 


Two children of Mrs. Betsey Roby, by her 1st husband^ 
John Chandler, came to Sutton, viz., — 

Sarah Chandler, b. 1818 ; d. Aug. 27, 1847 : m. Lyman Roby. 
Jolm C. Chandler, b. 1820 ; d. Sept. 30, 1836. 

Mrs. Betsey Roby m., 3d, Lowering ; she d. July 8^ 


I. MoUy Roby m. Nov. 27, 1806, Samuel Worth, b. April 25, 
1783. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Miriam P., b. Oct. 24, 1807. 

2. Susanna S., b. Aug. 20, 1811. 

3. Alexander H., b. Sept. 15, 181.3. 

II. Merrill Roby m. Jan. 14, 1813, Susanna Johnson. [See 
Joseph Johnson.] 

III. Samuel Roby m. July 18, 1819, Hannah Colby, of Warner, 
b. Oct. 1, 1796 ; d. June 18, 1854, in Warner. Children, b. in 
Sutton, — 

1. Mary C, b. June 22, 1820 ; d. Oct, 1.3, 1858. 

2. Marinda, b. July 26, 1822; m. Oct 14, 1867, Caleb K. Roby, of 
Dover, N. J. (his 2d wife). 

3. Thomas C, b. Mav 3, 1828 ; d. June 26, 1835. 

4. Moses H., b. Aug.'^31, 1831. 

5. George, b. Sept. 21, 1834. 

4. Moses H. Roby m. Sept. 25, 1873, Ida Frances Barnard, of Sutton, 
dau. of Winthrop and Lucinda (Flanders) Barnard. Child, — 

(1) Florence Anna, b. in Warner, Nov. 1, 1882. 

Moses H. Roby lives in Warner ; he is a farmer, and for a very long 
term of years station-master at Roby's Corner. 

5. George Roby m. Dec. 31, 1868, Josephine Page. [See Enoch 

rV. Ichabod Roby m. May 10, 1813, Mary Putney, dau. of 
Capt. John Putney, an early settler, who lived on the Jeremiah 
Sanborn place. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Minot, b. Jan. 5, 1814. 

2. Angelina, b. Dec. 5, 1814. 

Mrs. Roby d. Dec. 9, 1814, and Ichabod Roby m., 2d, Aug. 30, 
1815, her sister, Betsey Putney. Child, — 

3. Lyman, b. 1817; d. Feb. 7, 1876: m. 1836, Sarah, dau. of John 
and Betsey ( ) Chandler. Child, — 

(1) Harriet M., b. April 10, 1837; d. May 23, 1840. in Sutton. 

Mrs. Roby d. Aiig. 27, 1847, and Lyman Roby m., 2d, Sept. 23, 1857, 

Melissa Small. 


V. Joseph Roby m. May 13, 1812, Dolly Stevens, dau. of Pliineas 
and Mehitabel Stevens. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. George W., b. Aug. 1, 1813. 

2. Martha W., b. March 11, 1815; d. Feb. 20, 1883. 

3. Augusta C, b. April 25, 1817. 

4. Mary W., b. June 17, 1819 ; d. Aug. 21, 1849. 

5. Susan S., b. Jan. 14, 1821. 

6. Charles H., b. Aug. 9, 1823. 

7. Miriam P., b. Feb. 23, 1825; d. Jan. 11, 1887. 

8. Oliver S., b. July 6, 1828. 

9. Lavina M., b. Jan. 10, 1831. 

10. Joseph P., b. May 4, 1834. 

11. Henry S., b. Sept. 7, 1836 ; d. March 1, 1841, 

Mrs. Dolly (Stevens) Roby d. Aug. 20, 1887, in Pittsfield. 
Joseph Roby was one of the earliest mail-carriers in Sutton. 

1. George W. Roby m. June 14, 1840, Marinda Johnson. [See 

2. Martha W. Roby m. Nathaniel W. McCrillis. Children,— 
(1) Edward. (2) Clarence. (3) Walter. 

VIII. Miriam Roby m. May 9, 1822, Asa Page, of Sutton. [See 

X. Hannah Roby m. Oct. 3, 1824, Thomas Wadleigh. [See 

XI. Lavina Roby m. Jan. 14, 1838, Thomas Wadleigh. [See 

XII. Putney Roby m. Nancy Butterfield, of Weathersfiekl, Vt. 
Children, b. in Sunapee, — 

1. Clarissa M., b. ; d. March 19, 1888. 

2. Melinda. 
8. Lucy. 

XV. Robert B. Roby m. May 1, 1850, Harriet M. Spaulding, 
dau. of Eben and Esther (Graves) Spaulding. Children, b. in Sut- 
ton, — 

1. Frank W., b. March 30, 1851. 

2. Robert E., b. Sept. 28, 1854. 

3. Addie E., b. July 28, 18.56. 

4. Lilian E., b. Aug, 26, 18.59. 

5. Charles W., b. Aug. 4, 1863. 

6. Hattie E., b. Sept. 9, 1870. 

4. Lilian E. Roby m. Nov. 25, 1882, William Bean, of Salisbury, son 
of Moses H. and Elizabeth A. Bean. Children, b. in Penacook, — 

(1) William Hill, b. May 29, 1884. 

(2) Edmund Elgin, b. Nov. 23, 1886. 

XVII. William D. Roby m. Lucy Hubbard, of Sutton. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 


1. Emma J., b. Oct. 19, 1859. 

2. Imogene, b. Nov. 22, 1861. 

3. William D., b. June 13, 1863. 

William D. Roby d. Aug. 22, 1863, in Sutton, of disease con- 
tracted while in service in the war. He was sent home sick, and 
•died in a few days. 

Ichabod Roby, Sr., was iu 1810 the greatest land-owner, 
and paid the highest tax in town. 

John Roby, 

son of Capt. Thomas Roby, of Nashua, b. May 8, 1797 ; d. 
April 4, 1873 ; m. Jan. 26, 1832, Betsey Rouncly, b. July 7, 
1804 ; d. Sept. 26, 1886. They moved to Sutton a few 
days after their marriage. Children, b. in Sutton, all liv- 
ing to maturity, — 

I. John, b. Dec. 8, 1832. 

II. Thomas, b. July 30, 1835. 

III. Mary A., b. Jan. 9, 1838 ; d. June 15, 1881. 

IV. Samuel R., b. Nov. 23, 1839 ; d. Feb. 23, 1884. 

V. Hannah M., b. Sept. 1, 1842 ; d. Aug. 3, 1862. 

VI. Betsey A., b. AprU 14, 1845. 

VII. Walter H., b. Jan. 31, 1847. 

II. Thomas Roby m. Sept. 25, 1861, at Wilmot Flat, Mary Ann, 
dau. of Nicholas and Hannah M. (Cheney) Rowell. Children, b. 
in Sutton, — 

1. Arthur H., b. Sept. 24, 1862. 

2. Fred W., b. Nov. 10, 1864. 

3. Miles S., b. May 28, 1867. 

4. Frank B., July 1, 1869. 


Joshua Rogers, son of Joshua and Abigail (Currier) 
Rogers, of Hampstead, went from that town to Salisbury, 
and thence, about 1823, to Sutton to live. He built the 
house in the South village, known as the Martin house, and 
lived there some time, then bought the Mariner Chase house. 


at the corner of the roads to Warner and Bradford. He 
was a shoemaker, and worked at his trade, and was also a 
small farmer. He was b. Jan. 10, 1802 ; d. July 15, 1878 : 
m. Oct. 9, 1824, Cevella E. Garland, of Salisbury, b. May 
22, 1804 ; d. Sept. 18, 1883, in Sutton. Children, b. in 
Sutton, — 

I. Mehitabel S., b. April 27, 1826 ; m. Oct. 22, 1850, Jonathan 
Harvey Nelson. [See same.] 

II. Elbridge G., b. June 17, 1836. 

III. Jerome G., b. Nov. 21, 1838 ; m. May 31, 1863, Hattie M. 
Barnard, of Sutton, dau. of Winthrop and Lucinda (Flanders) Bar- 
nard. Child, — 

1. Clinton B., b. July 3, 1866, in Sutton. 

Jerome B. Rogers is a farmer and shoemaker ; resides at South 
village. * 

Elbridge G. Rogers m. June 4, 1857, Nancy M. Brown, of Wil- 
mot, dau. of Thomas and Hannah (Bean) Brown. Children, b. in 
Sutton, — 

1. Willie, b. May, 1858; d. Nov. 1.5, 1858. 

2. Willis, b. Aug., 1860 ; d. Sept. 29, 1864. 

3. Mary Bell, b. 1862. 

4. Edward E., b. 1865. 

5. Carrie, b. 1867. 

6. Charles, b. 1869. 

Elbridge G. Rogers lived some years where Daniel S. Hazen 
now lives. He was a shoemaker, and at one period had a small 
store in the Robbins red shop, where the tin-shop is now. 


Samuel Rowell came from Hopkinton to Sutton in 1823. 
He was b. Nov. 15, 1780; d. Jan., 1858: m. Polly Colby, 
b. Aug. 10, 1777 ; d. Dec. 27, 1866. Children,— 

I. Nicholas, b. Oct. 13, 1807 ; d. Aug. 26, 1883. 

II. SaUy, b. Dec. 3, 1811 ; d. May 17, 1868. 

III. Hannah, b. Aug. 12, 1813 ; never married. 

IV. Annie, b. March 9, 1817. 

V. Samuel, b. Feb. 20, 1821. 


I. Nicholas Rowell m. Sept. 28, 1835, Hannah M. Cheney, of 
Bradford. Children, — 

1. Mary Anne, b. Sept. 9, 1837; m. Sept. 25, 1861, Thomas Roby. 
[See same.] 

2. Ira F., b. June 1-3, 1839 ; m. Jan. 1, 1868, Rachel A. Hook, of 
Claremont. Child, — 

(1) Harry F., b. Sept. 1.5, 1873. 

II. Sally Rowell m. Thomas Cheney. Children, — 

1. Charles H., b. April 10, 1837. 

2. Abram R., b. Aug. 20, 1840 ; d. . 

'3. Mary S., b. Sept. 27, 1842. 

4. Sarah A., b. Dec. 31, 1849. 

5. Abram R., b. July 9, 1852. 

IV. Annie Rowell m. Oct. 16, 1841, Ichabod Hazen. Child, — 
1. Nancy, b. Jan. 15, 1845 ; m. Jeremiah Kimball. Children, — 
(1) Edward. (2) Annie. 

V. Samuel RoweU m. Nov., 1846, Nancy Whittier. Children, — 

1. Achsa J., b. Aug., 1848; d. May 9, 1872: m. Reuben Dickey. 

(1) Enola. 

2. Henry A., b. Aug. 21, 1850. 

3. Charles E., b. Jime 5, 18.52 ; m. . Children, — 

(1) Maud. (2) Mabel. 

4. Grace A., b. Sept. 8, 1854. 

5. Emma V., b. March 23, 1858; m. William Hardisty. Children,— 

(1) Isabel. (2) Lillie E. 

6. Cora D., b. Nov. 26, 1861 ; m. Fred Adams. 

7. Selina M., b. April 2, 1864; m. Oct. 9, 1886, Byron E. Perkins. 

8. Clinton C, b. Nov. 20, 1867. 

4. Grace A. Rowell m., 1st, Reuben Dickey. Child, — 

(1) Reuben E. 

Grace A. Rowell m., 2d, Herbert R. Swett. Child, — 

(2) Rosa B. 

Dea. Nicholas Rowell, on account of his business, grist-milling, 
and also by reason of his office in the FreewiU Baptist chui'ch, which 
he retained many years and until his death, became familiarly 
known to almost every person in town, and is remembered as a man 
strictly honorable in all his dealings, of good judgment, and very 
kind and obliging to all he came in contact with. With the others of 
his father's famUy he came from Hopkinton, Rowell's Bridge being 
the locality, in 1823. They settled on a hill farm back of the MiU 


village, which, by dint of constant hard work, they succeeded in 
paying for and bringing under cultivation. After his marriage 
Nicholas settled at the Mill village and engaged in the miU busi- 
ness, in which he used constant diligence, being at the same time 
fervent in spirit to serve the church. His wife was no less active 
and earnest in the cause of religion than himself. Weekly relig- 
ious meetings were held at their house for many years, and their 
zeal in the cause of Christianity will not soon be forgotten. 

Ira F. RoweU, their son, was church clerk for several years, as 
their records show, and his departure from Sutton was considered a 
loss to the town as weU as to the church. His present residence is 
Claremont. In the summer of 1888, though only on a visit to Sut- 
ton, he took considerable pains to put within the reach and knowl- 
edge of the compiler of this work some records and other facts 
from which to glean the early history of the Freewill Baptist church 
in Sutton. 

Jonathan Rowell 

came to this town very early, and Abraham, his brother^ 
came soon afterwards. It is supposed they came from 
Hopkinton. They lived near Kimball's hill. Jonathan 
Rowell m. Achsah Flood. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

I. Comfort, b. Sept. 14, 1789. 

II. Daniel, b. March 4, 1791. 

III. Silas, b. Jan. 9, 1794 ; m. Betsey Pillsbury, widow of Dan- 
iel Ober. 

IV. Rachel Annis, b. Aug. 15, 1799. 

V. Cutler, b. Nov. 5, 1802. 

VI. Ii*a, b. Oct. 6, 1807 ; m. 1832, Hannah Kendrick. 

Abraham Rowell m. Elizabeth Eastman. Children, — 
I. Thomas, b. Nov. 25, 1764 ; m. Lydia, daughter of Obediah 
Hawes. Cliildren, — 

1. Elizabeth, b. April 10, 1787. 

2. Lvdia, b. Julv 3, 1790. 

3. Molly R., b. Jan. 24, 1794. 

II- SaUy, m. Thomas Messer (2d wife.) 

III. Betsey, m. Samuel Kendrick, in 1793. 

IV. Polly, m. March 11, 1783, Silas Parker. 



There are several distinct families of Russells in New 
England. The families of that name residing in Sutton 
are descended from William Russell, an English emigrant, 
who, with his wife Martha, settled in Cambridge, Mass., 
before 1645. They were both members of the church in 
that place. He d. Feb. 14, 1662, leaving nine children. 
His widow m. March 24, 1665, Humphrey Bradshaw. She 
m., 3d, 1683, Thomas Hall. She d. 1694. 

The sixth child and fourth son of William and Martha 
Russell was Philip Russell, b. 1650 ; m. April 19, 1680, 
Joanna Cutler, dau. of James and Phebe Cutler, of Lex- 
ington. They settled in Lexington, and he was a promi- 
nent and influential citizen of that town. His wife d. Nov. 
26, 1703, aged 40. He m., 2d, Oct. 18, 1705, Sarah Brooks, 
of Medfield. He d. Feb. 7, 1730. His son m. Elizabeth 

, but the record of the marriage cannot be found. 

Among his children were Joel and Nathaniel Russell. The 

latter m. Mary or Maria , and removed to Littleton 

about 1728. He was a lawyer, and one of the leading men 
of his time. He d. about 1763. Mrs. Isaac Peaslee, of 
this town, is a descendant of his in the 4th generation. 
Joel Russell, son of William, was b. in Lexington, Aug. 2, 

1716. He m. Huldah , and resided for several years 

in Littleton, and afterwards removed to Rindge. His wife 
d. previous to 1780, and he d. soon after that date. He had 
eleven children, of whom the oldest, Silas Russell, b. Oct. 
10, 1742, in Ipswich, Mass., removed to Sutton previous to 
the Revolution. Three children were b. in Rindge, and 
were baptized there, viz., — 

Silas, b. Jan. 12, 1766 ; d. Dec. 17, same year. 
Susanna, b. Oct. 22, 1867. 
Seth, b. April 2, 1769 ; d. May 21, 1851. 

Alice, b. Aug. 19, 1779, in Sutton ; m. June 24, 1806, Benjamin 

Levi, b. Dec. 2, 1780, in Sutton ; removed to Springfield. 
Amos, b. May 7, 1787, in Sutton. 


The two last named removed from Sutton early. [For 
Silas Russell, Sr., see "Early History" and ''Revolutionary 

Susanna Russell m. Sept. 28, 1789, Samuel Little, son of 
Bond and Ruth (Atwood) Little, b. Jan. 20, 1763, and d. 
without issue. She m., 2d, Jonathan Wadleigh, and the 
record of the publishment, but not of the marriage, is found 
on Sutton books, Aug. 23, 1795. She was Mr. Wadleigh's 
2d wife. 

Seth Russell m. Nov. 23, 1793, Molly (Mary), sometimes 

written Polly, dau. of David and Judith ( ) Harvey, 

who with their family removed from Amesbury to Warner. 
Mrs. Russell was their 8th child, b. Feb. 16, 1767 ; d. April 
11, 1836. Children,— 

I. Anna, b. Nov. 27, 1794 ; d. May 18, 1874. 

II. Aaron, b. Jan. 25, 1797 ; d. May 26, 1883, in Concord. 

III. John, b. Aug. 25, 1798 ; d. May 19, 1867. 

IV. James, b. Oct. 16, 1800 ; d. Nov. 14, 1870 : m. 


V. MoUy, b. Aug. 4, 1803 ; d. Jan. 2, 1830. 

VI. Seth, b. Nov. 3, 1805. 

The wife of John Chellis, who came to Sutton, was sister 
to Mrs. Molly (Harvey) Russell. They were 2d cousins 
to Dea. Matthew Harvey, of Sutton. 

I. Anna Russell m. March 26, 1818, William, son of Moses and 
Elizabeth (Dow) Wadleigh, who d. March 20, 1863. Children, b. 
in Sutton, — 

1. George W., b. March 10, 1819. 

2. Polly R., b. Feb. 11, 1831 ; d. May 28, 1881, unmarried. 

George W. Wadleigh was educated principally at common schools, 
and attended Franklin academy during two terms. He commenced 
teaching at the age of sixteen, which occupation he followed seven 
years. In 1842 he commenced mercantile business in Concord, and 
remained one year. In the spring of 1843 he removed to Sunapee, and 
there did business five years. In 1848 he returned to Concord, and 
has continued in business there till the present time. He m. June 10, 
1841, Elvira A. Chellis, of Sutton, dau. of Timothy and Mary (Putney) 
Chellis. She d. Dec. 11, 1860. Children,— 


(1) William R., b. Xov. 1, 1842 ; d. July 20, 1874. 

(2) Ella A., b. June 23, 1846. 

(3) Elvira C, b. April 18, 18.50; d. Nov. 20, 1865. 

(4) Frank C, b. Sept. 16, 1852 ; d. April 5, 1864. 

(1) William R. Wadleigh m. March 8, 1867, Lizzie M. Alden, of 
Lebanon. She d. Jan. 22, 1871. Children,— 

Minnie A., b. Nov. 1, 1868; m. June 23, 1888, Charles P. Drew. 
George, b. Feb. 25, 1870 ; d. Aug. 3, same year. 

II. Aaron Russell m. April 29, 1823, Sally D. Wadleigh, dau. 
of Moses and Elizabeth (Dow) Wadleigh. Children, b. in Sut- 
ton, — 

1. Caroline Elizabeth, b. July 28, 1825; d. May 18, 1845. 

2. Mary, b. March 17, 1830. 

3. Moses Wadleigh, b. Nov. 4, 1836. 

Mrs. Sally D. (Wadleigh) Russell d. Dec. 14, 1860, and Aaron 
Russell m., 2d, Jan. 7, 1862, Mrs. Lucy M. Messer, widow of 
James Messer, who d. Sept. 18, 1866, and Aaron Russell m., 3d, 
Feb. 27, 1867, Mrs. Mary E. (Smith) Evans, of Candia. 

2. Mary Russell m. May 26, 1859, Enoch P. Cummings,b. March 28, 
1815 ; d. Dec. 31, 1883. He removed to Concord Jan., 1871. Chil- 
dren, — 

(1) Herbert C, b. June 11, 1860, in Sutton. 

(2) Nettie Caroline, b. July 21, 1864, in Sutton. 

(3) Fred Russell, b. June 16, 1873, in Concord. 

Herbert C. Cummings studied medicine with Dr. M. W. Russell, and 
in 1881 attended lectures at Dartmouth Medical College, and in 1882- 
'84 at the L'niversity of the City of New York, from which he grad- 
uated in 1884. He d. Sept. 1, 1890. 

3. Moses Wadleigh Russell studied medicine with Drs. Dixi and 
Alpheus Bennett Crosby, of Hanover, and graduated at Dartmouth 
Medical College in 1863. He afterwards attended two courses of lec- 
tures at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York. He 
practised in Sutton three years, and in 1867 removed to Concord, 
where he now resides. He m. July 2, 1861, Roxana J., dau. of William 
Taylor and Sally D. (Felch) Bean, then of New London. She was b. 
Jan. 11, 1839, in Sutton ; d. June 9, 1884, in Concord. Child,— 

(1) Sadie E., b. Dec. 19, 1869 ; m. Nov. 5, 1889, J. Clare Derby, of 
Denver, Col. 

III. John Russell m. Phebe Russell, of Francestown, dau. of 
Aaron and Phebe (Gilbert) Russell, b. 1798 ; d. Dec. 3, 1840, in 
Sutton. John Russell m., 2d, Dec. 31, 1845, Sally S. Savary, of 
Newbury, dau. of Chase and Alice (Chandler) Savary. Children, 
b. in Sutton, — 


1. John E., b. March 4, 1846. 

2. Jennie P., b. April 1, 1848. 

1. John E. Russell m. Xov. 5, 1871, Helen M. Merrill, of Acworth, 
dan. of Xathaniel and Hannah (Collins) Merrill. Present residence, 

2. Jennie P. Russell m. June 17, 1869, Eugene T. Barker, of Hills- 
borough, b. Feb. 19, 1848. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Winnie Alice, b. July 19, 1870. 

(2) Marvin Seth, b. Xov. 14, 1874. 

(3) Willie Granville, b. June 6, 1879. 

(4) Sadie Mary, b. Aug. 27, 1881. 

p]ugene T. Barker is a farmer, and has lived in Sutton since 1870. 

(1) Winnie Alice Barker m. Nov. 5, 1888, Fred A. Wright, of Sut- 
ton. Child, — 

Henry Andrews, b. in Sutton, Aug. 1, 1889. 

VI. Seth Russell m. Hannah Nelson, of Sutton, dau. of Moses 
and Lydia (Muzzy) Nelson. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. George W., b. Oct. 3, 1832 ; d. Sept. 18, 1862 (killed in battle). 

2. Louisa, b. Dec. 24, 1833. 

3. Joseph W., b. July 11, 1846; d. Dec. 4, 1871. 

1. George W. Russell m. Dec. 24, 1856, Sarah J. Bean, of Sutton, 
dau. of Phineas and Rebecca (Worster) Bean. Children, b. in Sut- 
ton, — 

(1) William Bartlett, b. Dec. 10, 1857. 

(2) Grace Ada, b. Aug. 4, 1859. 

(3) Fred Clayton, b. jNIarch 4, 1861 ; d. June 29, 1863. 

(1) William Bartlett Russell m. Nov. 2, 1882, Hattie M. Wigley, of 
Hyde Park, Mass., dau. of John and IM. Elizabeth (Roundy) AVigley. 

(2) Grace Ada Russell m. Aug. 31, 1879, Frank S. Jordan, of Sutton. 
Children, b. in Sutton, — 

George Selwyn, b. May 26, 1880. 

Fred Arthur, b. May 29, 1881. 

Alice Rebecca, b. June 6, 1883. 

Hattie Russell, b. May 30, 1887, in Warner. 

3. Joseph W. Russell received a good common-school education, and 
later attended Colby academy, at New London. He graduated at 
Dartmouth college. Having resolved to devote himself to the medical 
profession, he gave all his spare time to the study of it, and most of 
the time between his school terms was spent in the office of Dr. Moses 
W^. Russell. In March, 1870, soon after his graduation, he located at 
Stoddard. He was gaining a good practice, but his health began to 
fail, and, feeling that he must rest, he left his business in charge of 
another and came home to Sutton, where he d. Dec. 4. 1871. 



Tappan Sanborn, b. May 31, 1795, in Kingston ; d. April 
5, 1872, in Sutton : m. July 4, 1821, Lavina French, b. in 
Kingston, April 27, 1801 ; d. Nov. 18, 1863. This family 
removed from Kingston to Weare in 1823, and from Wears 
to Sutton Dec, 1832. Tappan Sanborn m., 2d, 1864, Mary 
A. Stevens, of Laconia. Children, — 

I. Eliza Ann, b. Aug. 26, 1822, in Kingston ; m. Dec. 25, 1845, 
Lyman Cheney, o£ Bradford. [See same.] She m., 2d, May 9? 
1869, Francis F. BlaisdeU, who d. Jan. 16, 1886, and his wife d. 
Jan. 31, 1886. 

II. Israel Peaslee, b. Aug. 24, 1824, in Weare ; d. Jvdy 20, 
1849, in Sutton : m. Sept. 30, 1847, Lydia P. Putney, dau. of 
Benjamin and Lydia N. (Page) Putney. Children, — 

1. Adeline Estella, b. May 5, 1849 ; m. Oct. 4, 1872, Charles Y. Foss, 
of Biddeford, Me. Children, — 

(1) Aolie Estella, b. Sept. 10, 1873. 

(2) Ida Bell, b. April 16, 1880. 

III. Lavina F. Sanborn, b. Dec. 24, 1826, in Weare ; m, Feb. 1, 
1860, Asa P. Wiggin, of Warner. Present residence of this family, 
Henniker. Children, — 

1. Alma A., b. Jan. 4, 1861 ; d. May 22, 1885. 

2. Lulah P., b. May 23, 1862; d. Jan. 25, 1885. 

3. Eldora F., b. Oct. 25, 1865. 

4. George S., b. July 31, 1867. 

5. Tappan S., b. Oct. 8, 1869. 

IV. Julia A., b. July 20, 1829, in Weare ; d. Jan. 30, 1863, in 
Sutton : m. Oct. 26, 1852, George Putney. Children, — 

1. Eva G., b. Aug. 30, 1853, in Cambridgeport. 

2. Wilbert G., b. Dec. 6, 1857, in Sutton ; d. April 3, 1890. 

3. Leolah Sarah, b. April 23, 1860 ; d. Aug. 18, 1861. 

V. Ezra E., b. Aug. 1, 1831, in Weare ; m. March 20, 1865, 
Caroline L. Brown, dau. of David and Mary (Dorr) Brown. Chil- 
dren, the first three b. in Council Bluffs, la., the others in Spring- 
field, Neb.,— 

1. Webster Bowles, b. April 1, 1866. 

2. Perley Arthur, b. June 4, 1869. 

3. Clifford Wayne, b. March 17, 1872. 

4. Mary Joanna, b. Feb. 23, 1875. 

5. Lavina Jane, b. Jmie 12, 1878. 


6. Grace Minerva, b. Aug. 12, 1880 ; d. Dec. 8, 1881. 

7. John David, b. July 11, 1882 ; d. March 6, 1883. 

Ezra E. Sanborn is engaged in farming on an extensive scale. 
He ovrns and operates a farm of 640 acres of line land. 

VI. John W., b. Sept. 16, 1834, in Sutton ; d. Oct. 22, 1875, in 
Sutton : m. Frances E. Gile, dau. of Philip vS. Harvey Gile and liis 
1st wife, Sybil AVilcox. She d. Feb. 8, 1879. 

VII. Mary F., b. Jan. 10, 1838 ; d. May 23, 1873, in Clinton, 
Kan. : m. Oct. 13, 1868, John Roby, Jr., of North Sutton. Child, — 

1. Mabel F., b. May 23, 1873. 

VIII. Alma A., b. Jan. 11, 1840 ; d. Aug. 24, 1869 : m. Oct. 8, 
1864, Orson Burpee. 

IX. Everett T., b. Jan. 16, 1844 ; m. Dec. 1, 1874, Mrs. Clara 
L. Davis, of Wilmot. 

X. George R., b. Dec. 25, 1847. He and his brother, Everett 
T., are located in Jevrell Co., Kan., both engaged in extensive farm- 
ing operations. 


Daniel Sargeut, son of Peter and Elizabeth (Sargent) 
Sargent, of New London, b. Sept. 23, 1798 ; d. April 18, 
1876 : m. Deborah Foss, of Charlestown, Mass., b.. Aug. 
18, 1794. Children,— 

I. Benjamin Perry, b. Dec. 5, 1820 ; d. March 8, 1874. 

II. Lydia C, b. April 13, 1824. [See Hazen.] 

III. Daniel F., b. May 23, 1825 ; went to Illinois : m. Rebecca 
J. Foss. He m., 2d, Abra Deming. Children, — 

1. Adelbert. 2. Nettie. 3. Adelaide. 4. Lillie. 5. Jesse. 6. Clara. 
7. Gertrude. 

IV. Lucy D., b. March 10, 1830 ; m. March 8, 1857, Esech 
Sischo, of Goshen. Cliild, — 

1. Peninnah. 

V. Jacob True, b. July 28, 1832 ; went to Illinois : m. Maria 
Braley. Cliildren, — 

1. Herbert. 2. Charles. 3. Ernest. 4. Venus G. 5. Edith M. 

VI. Foss "Wright, twin with Jacob True, went to Charlestown, 
Mass. ; m. Elizabeth Trafton. Children, — 

1. Louisa. 2. Lucy. 3. Jacob F. 


Daniel F. Sargent m., 2d, Sarah Burnap. He m., 3d, 
Mrs. Mary (Harvey) Hope. Her daughter, by a former 
marriage, Mary J. Hope, b. Feb. 17, 1845, m. Sept. 30, 
1868, Henry H. Bell, b. June 29, 1839. Children,— 

Harry B., b. July 31, 1869 ; d. Oct. 5, same year. 
Herbert H., b. May 11, 1871 ; cl. Feb. 1, 1881. 
Cora C, b. April 14, 1873 ; d. Jan. 26, 1881. 
Bernard, b. May 19, 1882. 
Charlotte M., b. April 20, 1887. 

Daniel Sargent passed many years of his life in Sutton, 
in the Mill village, and later in the North village, where he 
carried on his trade of blacksmith. When a young man he 
went to Charlestown, Mass., where he resided several years. 
He was an intelligent, industrious, useful citizen, much 
devoted to religion. His son, Benjamin P. Sargent, was 
also a blacksmith, residing at the North village. He was a 
very honorable man, and was deacon of the Freewill Bap- 
tist church, and an earnest promoter of religion. 

I. Benjamin P. Sargent m. April 16, 1846, Charity Adeline 
Felch, b. Dec. 31, 1824 ; d. July 1, 1889 : dau. of Dea. John and 
Hannah (Dodge) Felch. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Mary Frances m. July 26, 1874, Walter P. Sargent. Child,— 
(1) Sevira. 

2. Benjamin m. March 3, 1879, i\Iary Jane Gladman, in Genesee, 
111. Present residence, Alexandria, Dakota. 

3. Hattie D. m. Nov. 11, 1884, Charles A. Todd, son of Asa Nelson 
and Maroa (Harvey) Todd, of New London. 

Benjamin P. Sargent died, and his widow m., 2d, Jan. 31, 1887, 
WiUiam W. Coburn (2d wife). 

Philip Sargent, 

a brother to the wife of Dea. Matthew Harvey, came to 
Sutton from Weare previous to 1790, and probably on or 
soon after his marriage, as all his children are found on 
Sutton records. He lived not far from Newbury line, on 
the T. B. Lewis farm. He was quite an active, useful man, 
and acquired a good estate. None of his descendants 


remain in tliis town, as he removed with his family to Ver- 
mont a long time ago. Philip Sargent m., probably in 
Weare, Miss Pattee. Children, — 

John Pattee, b. Oct. 20, 1787. 

Hannah, b. Jan. 9, 1789. 

Philip, b. Oct. 24, 1790. 

PoUy, b. June 2, 1792. 

Peter, b. April 9, 1794. 

Moses, b. Jan. 30, 1796. 

Sally, b. Sept. 18, 1798. 

Nancy, b. June 25, 1800. 

Matthew Harvey, b. March 21, 1802. 

Thomas W., b. Aug. 29, 1804. 

Aaron Sargent was nephew to Philip Sargent. He came 
to Sutton previous to 1809, and resided for some years at 
the North village (in the Smiley cottage on the hill), where 
he carried on his trade of hatter, but finally returned to 
Weare ; m. Sarah Rowell. Children, — 

1. Sarah D., b. 1809. 

2. Stephen Pillsbury, b. 1811. 

3. Samuel Rowell, b. 1814. 

Perley Sargent, son of John Sargent, of New London, 
b. Nov. 12, 1811. [See King.] 

James M. Sargent, brother to Perley Sargent, b. Feb. 13, 
1818; m. Feb. 23, 1843, Catherine Jackman, b. May 17, 
1819. No children. He has been for many years engaged 
in mercantile business in Sutton, in connection with his 
brother, Perley Sargent, and later in connection with Mrs. 
Sargent, his wife, in dry goods and millinery. Both Mr. 
and Mrs. Sargent have been much respected for mental 
and moral worth. Mr. Sargent has held offices of trust and 
importance, and has been many years deacon of the Baptist 

Rev. Joseph Sargent, son of Zebulon Sargent, of Warner, 
was for some years resident in Sutton, a Universalist min- 
ister. It was during his pastorate that the first and only 
Universalist church in Sutton was formed. [See sketch of 
him in Universalist Church.] 

948 HISTORY or suttox. 

Sargent Ancestry. 

[Some of the descendants of Thomas Sargent, 1st son of 
William 1st.] 

William Sargent, b. in England 1602, came to this coun- 
try in 1633. He d. about 1675, in Amesbury. He m., 1st, 
Judith, and, 2d, Elizabeth Perkins, daus. of John Perkins, 
an original settler of Ipswich, Mass. The children of 
William Sargent were, — 

Elizabeth, b. ; d. 1641. 

Thomas, b. June 11, 1643 ; d. Feb. 27, 1705-'6 : m. March 2, 
1667-'68, Rachel Barnes. 

WiUiam, b. Jan. 2, 1645-'46 ; m. Sept. 23, 1668, Mary, dau. of 
Anthony Colby. 

EUzabeth, b. Nov. 22, 1648. 

Sarah, b. Feb. 29, 1651-'52 ; d. Oct. 3, 1701 : m. Dec. 22, 1681, 
Orlando Bagley. 

Mary, b. . 

Thomas and Rachel (Barnes) Sargent had eleven chil- 
dren, of whom Thomas, b. Nov. 15, 1676, m. Dec. 17, 1702, 
Mary Stevens, dau. of John Stevens, and had six children, 
of whom three daughters d. in early infancy. The sons 
were, — 

I. Christopher, b. Aug. 4, 1704 ; graduated M. A. at Harvard 
college 1725 ; settled in the ministry in Methuen, Mass. : m. Jan. 
22, 1729, Susanna Peaslee, of Haverhill, and was father of Nathan- 
iel Peaslee Sargent, chief-justice supreme court of Massachusetts. 

II. Moses, b. Aug. 21, 1707 ; d. Jidy 24, 1756 : m. Aug. 14, 
1727, Sarah, dau. of Orlando Bagley, 3d. This Sarah Bagley was 
b. 1708 ; d. March 16, 1801. Moses and Sarah had six children, 
of whom Christopher, b. May 18, 1740, d. Nov. 10, 1830, m. Anna 
Sargent, and three of his daughters came to Sutton. 

III. Stephen, b. Sept. 14, 1710 ; d. Oct. 2, 1773 ; m. Sept. 26, 
1730, Judith Oi'dway of West Newbury. Children, — 

1. Thomas, b. Sept. 2, 1731. 

2. James, b. July 3, 1733. 

3. Stephen, b. March 16, 1734; m. in Amesbury, Dec. 17, 1760, Eliz- 
abeth Hoyt, and removed to Hopkinton. 

4. Peter, b. Xov. 2, 1736 ; removed to Hopkinton 1763, and in 1781 
to Xew London. 


5. Nathan, b. April 10, 1738 ; removed to Hopkinton. 

6. Judith, b. Feb. 9, 1739 ; m. June 26, 1760, Elliot Colby, and went 
to Warner. 

7. Abner, b. Aug. 18,1741; m. Oct. 22, 1766, Sarah Rowell, and 
had seven children b. in Amesbury, and then removed to "Warner. 

8. Lois, b. April 15, 1743 ; m. May 26, 1762, Stephen Kelley, of 

9. Amasa, b. Dec. 11, 1714; m. Mary Webster, of Amesbury. 

10. Moses, b. June 30, 1746 ; d. young. 

11. Ezekiel, b. March 12, 1747. 

12. Moses, b. Jan. 25, 1749 ; m. May 11, 1775, Mary Sargent; 6 ch. 

13. Mary, b. Nov. 17, 1751 ; m. June 12, 1777, Hezekiah Sargent. 

14. Ebenezer, b. Nov. 10, 17.53; m. April 12, 1782, Lydia Williams, 
in Amesbury, and removed to Warner. 

4. The children of Peter Sargent were Anthony, Abigail, Ruth, 
Judith, Peter, Ebenezer, Amasa, John, Molly, Ezekiel, Stephen, Will- 
iam, and Lois. His son, Peter, m. Elizabeth, dan. of Philip and 
Hannah (Hadley) Sargent, of AVeare, and had several children, among 
whom were Matthew H., Ezekiel, Daniel, Ebenezer, and William. 

6. Judith Sargent m. June 26, 1760, Elliott Colby, of Amesbury, b. 
May 22, 1735 ; d. Feb, 20, 1811, in Warner. Children,— 

(1) Naomi, b. Oct. 27, 1761; d. April 26, 1763. 

(2) Ezekiel, b. Aug. 22, 1763. 

(3) Stephen, b. June 18, 176.5. 

(4) John, b. June 28, 17G7. 

(5) Elliot, b. Sept. 9, 1769. 

(6) Judith, b. Sept. 24, 1771. 

(7) Naomi, b. Dec. 18, 1773 ; d. April 9, 1870. 

(8) Anna, b. ]\[ay 4, 1776. 

(9) Molly, b. July 11, 1778. 
(10) Phineas, b. June 24, 1780. 

Mrs. Judith (Sargent) Colby d. June 30, 1782, and her husband m., 
2d, Nov. 30, 1782, Mrs. Haimah (Smith) Pearson. 

Christopher Sargent, son of Moses and Sarah Bagley, m. June 
12, 1759, Anna, dau. of Capt. Robert Sargent. She d. July 31, 
1824, aged 82. Children, b. in Amesbmy, — 

1. Anna, b. April 5, 1760; m. Hezekiah Blaisdell, and went to Sut- 

2. Moses, b. April 22, 1762 ; d. in infancy. 

3. Nicholas, b. Jime 21, 1764; d. in infancy. 

4. Dorothy, b. Oct. 14, 1766 ; m. Joseph Greeley : went to Sutton. 

5. Betsey, b. April 1, 1769 ; m. Thomas Sargent. 

6. Christopher, b. Oct. 24, 1771 ; m. Jane Patten. 

7. Rhoda, b. Feb. 4, 1774 ; m. Jacob Harvey : went to Sutton. 

8. Sarah, b. July 12, 1776; d. Aug. 23, 1796. 

9. Stephen, b. Dec. 1, 1778. 

10. Moses, b. May 9, 1781 ; d. in infancy. 

11. Polly,_b. Feb." 21, 1784; m. Joseph Harvey: lived in Carmel, Me., 
and had six children, viz., — Hannah, Ann, John, Mary, Joseph, and 

950 HISTORY OF sutto:n^. 

5. Betsey Sargent m. Thomas Sargent, and had eight children, of 
whom Betsey, b. March 7, 1791, m. Jacob Worthen, in Amesbury, and 
removed to New London. She d. Dec. 31, 1823. Children, — 

a. Albert S., b. Jan. 21, 1812 ; d. May 12, 1885. 

h. Thomas, b. 1819 ; d. aged about 58 , m. Betsey Roby, of Spring- 
field. Xo children. 

a. Albert S. Worthen m. Sally Abbott. Children, b. in New Lon- 
don, — 

Lorenzo b. Nov. 12, 1834. 

Jerome B., b. May 14, 1837. 

Betsey R., b. Feb. 26, 1840 ; m. Nov. 28, 1860, John Pressey, of 

Eugene B., b. Aug. 21, 1846. 
Maryette, b. Jan. 2, 1849. 
Ai, b. April 25, 1851. 
Byron, b. June 3, 1853. 
Cora E., b. April 1, 1855. 
Jacob N., b. Dec. 9, 1857 ; d. April 8, 1859. 

By reviewing the foregoing record of Sargent ancestry, 
it will be seen that a great many Sutton people and their 
issue are the descendants of Christopher Sargent, Esq., of 
Amesbury, viz., the wife and all the descendants of Heze- 
kiah Blaisdell, Sr., the same of Dea. Joseph Greeley, the 
same of Jacob Harvey, and also the same of the wife and 
children of John Pressey of North Sutton. A brief sketch 
of their ancestor, who was, in his long life, a very eminent 
man, will not be out of place here. 

Christopher Sargent, Esq., d. Nov. 10, 1830, being more 
than 90 years of age. He was son of Moses and Sarah 
(Bagley) Sargent, b. May 18, 1740. William Sargent, the 
immigrant, was his great-grandfather. For nearly half a 
century he was a very prominent man, holding all the 
offices in the gift of the people. He spent his life in Ames- 
bury, where he was first chosen selectman in 1771, and 
subsequently served the town in that capacity for thirteen 
years, his last term being in 1813. He was representative 
fourteen years and town-clerk nine years. During the 
Revolutionary struggle he was one of the few who directed 
public affairs, and gave his whole great influence to the 
cause of freedom. He not only managed his large farm, 
but as a justice of the peace wrote deeds and wills, settled 


estates, and performed many other duties which were con- 
nected with the office in those days." (From Merrill's 
History of Amesbury.) 

He was the great grandfather of the compiler of this 
history of Sutton, who is the fortunate possessor of his 
justice of peace commission, signed by John Hancock, and 
the signature looks very much as the same name does on 
the most important document connected with our national 
history, — the Declaration of Independence. 

Esquire Sargent's faculties held out wonderfully till the 
very last of his life. For several weeks before his death he 
had driven out daily in his chaise, making calls on all his 
friends, and bidding them what he assured them was a last 
good-bye, though he was to appearance as well as usual. 
One Sunday morning he was, according to his custom, 
winding up his eight-day clock, and, turning around to de- 
scend from the chair he was standing on, became dizzy and 
fell. His son, who was present, ran to him, placed him 
on the bed, called for help, and was hastening to summon a 
doctor, but the father called him back. " No doctor," he 
said, " can reach my case. The wheels of nature are stop- 
ping for me, and can never be wound up again like that 
clock." And so it proved : the clock he had set going was 
doing duty several days after he ceased to breathe. 

The mother of Christopher Sargent, Sarah (Bagley) Sar- 
gent, lived to the age of 93. Her pedigree is as follows : Or- 
lando Bagley, 1st, m. March 6, 163-4, Sarah, dau. of Anthony 
Colby ; and their son, Orlando Bagley, 2d, m. Dec. 22, 1681, 
Sarah, dau. of William Sargent, 1st. Their son, Orlando 
Bagley, 3d, m. Feb. 19, 1705, Dorothy Harvey, dau. of John 
and Sarah (Barnes) Harvey, b. probably in 1686. She d. 
Jan. 2, 1757, and her husband, Orlando Bagley, 3d, d. May 
2, 1756. Sarah Bagley, who m. Moses Sargent, was their 

The wife of Christopher Sargent was Anna, dau. of Capt. 
Robert Sargent, of whom the History of Amesbury says, — 
" Capt. Robert Sargent d. Jan. 28, 1808, in the 92d year of 


his age, being born in 1716. He was a man of some note, 
having held a commission in the militia for some years, 
and served the town in various offices as selectman, etc. 

His pedigree is as follows: (William, Thomas, John) 
John was b. May 18, 1692; d. May 19, 1762; m. Jan. 12, 
1713-'14, Hannah Quimby. They had six children, of 
whom Robert, b. 1716, m., about 1740, Anna Coffin, of 
West Newbury, a descendant of Tristram Coffin. Their 
dau., Anna, who m. Christopher Sargent, Esq., was b. Aug. 
29, 1741. She was a second cousin to her husband. 

[Some of the descendants of William, 2d son of William 

William, third child of William 1st, m. Sept. 23, 1668, 
Mary, dau. of Anthony Colby. They had five sons and 
perhaps more children, of whom Philip, b. Aug. 12, 1672, 

m. Mary . They had ten children, of wdiom Philip, 

b. April 7, 1703, m. July 23, 1724, Martha Hadley. They 
had ten children, viz, — 

Martha, b. July 14, 1725. 

Rachel, b. March 22, 1727. 

Margaret, b. March 15, 1729. 

Philip, b. May 9, 1731. Removed to Kingston, and later to 
Weare ; d. March 3, 1809. 

Abel, b. April 10,*1734 ; m. Susan Hadley; lived in Dunbarton ; 
ten cliildren. 

Samuel, b. Oct. 10, 1737. Removed to Kingston. 

Dorothy, b. Sept. 12, 1740. 

Noah, b. July 4, 1743. 

Sarah, b. Dec. 3, 1745. 

Jesse, b. Jan. 15, 1749 ; dropped dead in the road : never mar- 

Samuel Sargent m. May 19, 1757, Sarah Kendrick, of 
Amesbury, and removed to Kingston soon afterward, where 
was born, 1763, their dau., Sarah Sargent, who became the 
wife of Micajah Pillsbury, and later removed to Sutton. 

Of the above children of Philip and Martha Hadley, the 


fourth one, Philip, m. Hannah Hadley, b. 1838 ; d. Jan. 25, 
1811. Children,— 

I. Ebenezer, m. Esther Quimby, by whom he had several cliil- 
ren. She d., and he m., 2d, Phebe Flanders, by whom he had four 
sons and thi-ee daughters. He lived in New London, but removed 
when his children were quite young to Orange, Vt., where he lived 
about 20 years, when he removed to Chautauqua, N. Y., where he 
resided tUl his death, near the close of the last century. He had 
by both wives thirteen children. He served in the Revolutionary 
war, and in his last years received a pension. 

II. Philip lived a whUe in Sutton, but sold out, and went, per- 
haps, to Orange, Vt. 

III. Joseph, b. 1760 ; m. ; d. in Vermont, 1813. 

IV. Hannah, b. 1761, in Kingston ; d. Nov. 8, 1827 : m. Mat- 
thew Harvey, and came to Sutton with him and reared their family, 
whose record is given in the Harvey genealogy. Mr. Harvey d. 
1799, and she m., 2d, 1804, Thomas Bailey, Esq., of Hopkinton. 
They had one son, John Milton Bailey, b. April 17, 1805 ; d. Jan. 
18, 1886 : m. April 9, 1827, Lucy P. KnowUon, b. in Hopkinton, 
March 20, 1808. Children born in Hopkinton : 

1. George Harvey Bailey, b. July 14, 1829 ; d. Aug. 1, 1883 : m. Oct. 
15, 1860, Helen Young, of New Albion, X. Y., who d. Aug. 1884, aged 52. 

2. Frederick Harvey Bailey, b. in Hopkinton, Sept. 18, 1832: m. 
Sept. 10, 1855, Lovilla G. Jones, of Washington, who d. in Chicago, 
Sept. 20, 1868, aged 36. Children, born in Chicago, — 

(1) Lucy FAha, b. July 2, 1857 ; d. Jan. 23, 1863. 

(2) Frank Milton, b. Oct. 14, 1863. 

(3) Robert Rollo, b. Jan. 9, 1865. 

Frederick Harvey Bailey m., 2d, Jan. 1, 1885, Sarah Maria Knowl- 
ton ; residence, Hopkinton. 

V. Robert, b. ; lived in Tunbridge, Vt. 

VI. Sarah, b. ; m. Brigham : went to Canada 


VII. Rachel, b. 1770 ; d. June 4, 1838 : m. Kimball, and 

had children, — 

1. Miriam. 

2. Polly m. Thomas Wadleigh (3d wife). 

3. Philip Sargent m. Priscilla Mclntyre, and had a son, George, 
d. in infancy, and Augusta H., b. about 1840. 

VIII. Jane, b. 1773 ; d. March 26, 1864 : m. Jonathan Eaton, 
of Sutton; m.j 2d, John Sargent (2d wife). 


IX. Martha, b. 1776 ; cl. Aug. 9, 1851 : m. Samuel Kezar, of 

X. Elizabeth, b. ; d. 1856 : m. Peter Sargent, of New 


XI. Miriam, b. ; m. Trussell, of New London. 

She had no children, but her husband had by former marriage two 
sons, — John and Joseph; the latter m. Helen M., dau. of Samuel 
and Martha (Sargent) Kezar. 

XII. Samuel, b. Feb. 25, 1779 ; d. June 11, 1837 : m. EUzabeth 
Burpee ; lived in Weare. 


Daniel Savary came from Amesbury to Sutton, and set- 
tled in the south-west part of the town, near Newbury, 
where he lived many years, and until his death, at an 
advanced age. His wife was Lois Goodwin, of Amesbury, 
and they had several children, most of whom were born in 
this town. 

Mr. Savary was possessed of many excellent qualities, — 
industry, honesty, and sobriety, — by means of wliich he 
brought up his family in comfort and honor, and also 
brought up an orphan boy, named Reuell Noyes, who after- 
wards became a school-teacher and a Universalist clergy- 

Four daughters of Mr. Savary married and lived in Sut- 
ton, viz., — 

Lois m. Nathan Burpee, Jan. 3, 1825. 

Sally m. James Russell. 

Hannah m. Harris Burpee. 

Rhoda m. John Nelson. 

Mary m. Samuel Simons, of Newbury. 

John Savary, whose name is found on the list of new 
tax-payers between 1810 and 1820, was son of Samuel 
Savary and Elizabeth (Sargent), his wife. They were res- 
idents in the Gore at the time of the great tornado, and the 
father, Mr. Samuel Savary, was killed. 

Daniel Savary, of Kearsarge Gore, m. Mary Straw, of 
Salisbury, March, 1813. 

ge]s:ealogy. 955 


Theodore Sawyer, son of Benjamin and Rebecca Sawyer, 
was b. in Methuen, Mass., June 30, 1793. He came to 
Warner with his parents when he was eleven years old, 
and lived there until April 1, 1857, when he came to Sut- 
ton, and lived at the Rowell tavern stand till his death, at 
the age of 88 years. 

Two sons survive him, N. B. Sawyer, of Cherryvale, Kan., 
and J. B. Sawyer, who became successor to his father's 
estate, and now lives there. He was b. in Warner, Jan. 
19, 1836 ; m. Lucy Ann Richards, formerly of Newport, 
Nov. 29, 1860. She was b. Feb. 5, 1845. 

Sylvanus Richards, b. March 4, 1811, m. Clarissa, dan. of 
Dea. Elnathan Hurd. She was b. Oct. 17, 1817. Their 
children were Charles E. and Lucy Ann, who m. James B. 
Sawyer, of Sutton. 

The children of James B. and Lucy Ann Sawyer are, — 

Ehner E., b. AprU 17, 1862. 

diaries E., Ij. Oct. 13, 1864. 

Fred A., b. Aug. 27, 1872. 

Mary Ella, b. March 11, 1874. 

Elmer E. Sawyer obtained a good education, enjoying the advan- 
tages of a good district school, and also was a student of Simonds 
Free High. School, Warner, from which he graduated June, 1883. 
In Aug., 1884, he entered Bates college, at Lewiston, Me., as a 
student, pursuing his studies with determined purpose, teaching 
school during vacations to help pay expenses, having taught the 
high school at Topsham, Me., two terms with excellent success, 
and many other schools in Maine and New Hampshire. He grad- 
uated from college June, 1888. 



Europe Shattuck, b. Jan. 1, 1809 ; d. Dec. 11, 1839: m. 
Oct. 30, 1834, Olive Holmes, of Hopkinton, b. July 9, 1812 ; 
d. Nov. 1, 1880, in Sutton. Children, — 

I. Moses C, b. Oct. 7, 1835 ; m. Sept., 1872, Jennie Abbott, who 
d. July 8, 1887. 

II. Martin Van Buren, b. March 13, 1837. 

III. Proctor, b. Sept. 3, 1838 ; d. June 21, 1839. 

Europe Shattuck came into this town from Brookline, on 
his marriage. He owned and occupied the farm next to 
the Burpee place, in South Sutton, which was formerly the 
Dea. Greeley farm. The parents of Mr. Shattuck had four 
sons, all born in Brookline, and also two daughters. The 
sons were named Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. 

After the death of her husband Mrs. Olive Shattuck be- 
came the wife of Dr. Dimond Davis, and m., 3d, Erastus 
Wadleigh, Esq. 

II. Martin V. B. Shattuck m. Sept. 30, 1856, Deborah Elizabeth, 
dau. of Rev. David Moody, b. Jan. 10, 1838 ; d. Nov. 18, 1877. 
Children, — 

1. Walter, b. July, 1857; d. young. 

2. Sarah Olive, b. Sept. 1, 1858; d. June 16, 1865. 

3. George Meade, b. July, 1863. 

4. Grace M., b. April, 1865 ; m., 1882, Fred H. Keyser. Child,— 

(1) Herbert Fred, b. 1883. 

Martin V. B. Shattuck m., 2d, Feb., 1879, Antha M. Cilley. 


Ebenezer Simons m. Elizabeth Steel, Jan. 1, 1794. Chil- 
dren, born in Sutton, — 

I. Enoch, b. Sept. 1795 ; m. Mary Grant, and removed to Spring- 

II. John, b. March 16, 1797. 

III. Betsey, b. May, 1799; m. John Philbrook, of Sutton. 

IV. Hannah, b. March, 1801 ; m. Mr. Evans, of Haverhill, Mass. 

V. Franklin, b. March, 1803. 


VI. Daniel, b. March, 1805. 

VII. Bartlett, b. March, 1807. 

VIII. James, b. Jiuie, 1809 : d. November, 1824. 

IX. Ebenezer, b. March, 1811. 

X. Thirza, b. March, 1813 ; d. May 23, 1879. 

XI. Lucinda, b. March, 1815. 

XII. Sabrina, b. May, 1817 ; d. 1837. 

Ebenezer Simons d. aged 95 years. His wife Elizabeth 
(Steele) d. aged 105 years. They came from Weare to 
this town, and settled first in a log-house near the small 
pond that bears their name. Later, they built a frame 
house on the hill, where the\' spent the remainder of their 
lives, and where some of their descendants have lived. 
This farm is now owned and occupied by Peter Sawyer. 

V. Franklin Simons never married. He went to New York to 
work, and died there, in middle life. 

VI. Daniel Simons went to Lowell to work when a young man, 
and there married Lucy Grant. 

VII. Bartlett Simons also went to LoweU, and there married 
Jane Grant, sister to Daniel's wife. Both brothers had large fam- 
ilies, and lived and died in Lowell, both at an advanced age. 

VIII. James Simons died when young, the first death in this 
large family. He was always a feeble child. 

IX. Ebenezer Simons went to Haverliill, Mass., and there mar- 
ried a Miss Green of that city. 

XL Lucinda Simons went to HaverhiU with her brother, and 
later to Boston, where she lived many years, and died there un- 

XII. Sabrina Simons went to New York, where her brother was 
in business, and there died very suddenly, being about 20 years of 

II. John Simons, of Sutton, m. Jan. 10, 1824, Polly Swett, of 
Warner, dau. of John and Eunice (Presby) Swett. Child, — 

1. Warren H. Simons, b. March 16, 1825, in Warner. 

Mrs. Polly Swett d. Nov. 21, 1881, in Sutton. 

John Simons lived in Sutton till he was twenty-five years of age ; 
then in Warner for five years ; moved to Newport, and there lived 
fifteen years ; moved to Springfield, and there lived twenty years ; 
then returned to Sutton, where he has since lived, and at the age 


of 92 years has given this record from memory with remarkable 
correctness as to dates. Mr. Simons has been farmer and drover, 
and while a young man was often employed upon stone-work, such 
as bridge abutments, mill-dams and sluice-ways, and double-faced ' 
walls ; especially while living in Newport he was able to command 
extra pay for the superior quality of his work. 

As a rule, great length of days on earth is not to be desired. 
Extreme old age is very often accompanied by much that is un- 
pleasant, — feebleness or even helplessness of body, loss of faculty 
and memory, failure of the organs of sight and hearing, and conse- 
quent increasing dulness of perception, — making association and 
conversation with the unfortunate old man or woman very tiresome 
and disagreeable for others. In the case of Mr. Simons, however, 
none of these vmpleasant conditions seem to attach to his old age. 
When the present writer last saw him, which was in the autumn of 
1888, he was erect in person, and still able to do usefid work if 
occasion called for it, tidy in his dress, and with the deportment of 
a gentleman, sight and hearing good, and ready and agreeable in 
conversation. It seemed almost as if his life had been thus well 
preserved and prolonged for the sole purpose of encouraging those 
feeling themselves foredoomed to extreme longevity, by exhibiting 
in this one individual all the pleasant and desirable possibilities of 
old age. 

1. Warren H. Simons, of Sutton, m. June 8, 1852, Eliza Ann Worth, 
of Concord, dau. of James and Eliza Ann (Langmaid) Worth. Chil- 
dren, — 

(1) Florence, b. April 23, 1854, in Sutton. 

(2) Fred L., b. Dec. 4, 1856, in Springfield. 

Warren H. Simons was a soldier in the late war. He was for several 
years employed in the mills at Suncook. He returned to Sutton about 
1880, and his present residence is near Mill Village. 

(1) Florence Simons m. Fred L. Pratt, of Suncook, Jan. 23, 1874. 

(2) Fred L. Simons m. Olive Gilbert, of Suncook, March 29, 1883. 
Children, — 

Natt, b. Dec. 11, 1883, in Suncook. 
Don, b. Sept. 6, 1885, in Sutton. 

X. Thirza Simons m. Asa Sargent, of Bradford. Children, born 
in Sutton, — 

1. Eliza A. 2. John S. 4. James S. 4. Hannah. 5. Sabrina S. 
6. Merantha. 7. Clarissa A. 


Asa Sargent and family lived upon the Simons farm, and cared 
for the aged parents. Mrs. Sargent died May 23, 1879, and her 
husband returned to Bradford, and m. a 2d wife. 


Moses Smith, b. July 5, 1780; d. July 15, 1852: m. 
April 24, 1801, Drusilla Smart, b. 1782; d. May, 1809. 
Children, — 

I. Ethan, b. 1801 ; d. . 

II. Clarissa, b. Nov. 26, 1803 ; m. Caleb Smart : 5 ch. 

III. Mary F., b. Dec. 30, 1805 ; m. June 1, 1822, Reuben Bean : 
12 children. [See Bean.] 

Moses Smith m., 2d, Sept., 1811, Tryphena Parker, dau. 
of Hezekiah Parker, Sr., b. Aug. 19, 1783; d. Dec. 18, 
1834. Children,— 

IV. DrusiUa, b. Nov. 29, 1812 ; d. March 1, 1881. 

V. Almira, b. Sept. 23, 1814 ; m. Dec. 29, 1840, Levi Cheney. 
[See same.] 

VI. Gilman, b. Sept. 20, 1816. 

VII. Samuel N., b. June 19, 1819 ; m. Mrs. SaUy Colby. He 
m., 2d, Lucy . 

VIII. Harriet N., b. June 19, 1819. 

IX. Roswell M., b. May 10, 1821. 

X. Rhoda, b. April 24, 1825. 

IV. Drusilla Smith m. Jeremiah Phelps, who d. Oct. 11, 1842. 
Children, — 

1. Alonzo, b. July, 1836 ; m., 1st, Janette Whitney. Child, — 
(1) Walter. 

He m., 2d, Mrs. Ellen M. (Bean) Holton. [See Bean.] 

2. Caroline M., b. 1841 ; d. AprU 14, 1876 : m. July 18, 1863, John 
M. Frasier. 

Mrs. DrusUla (Smith) Phelps m., 2d, June 15, 1843, James 

French, who d. , and she m., 3d, Oct. 31, 1848, Calvin Rowe, 

who d. Oct. 7, 1853. 

IX. Roswell M. Smith m. Oct. 7, 1849, Martha L. Barnes. 
Children, — 

960 HISTORY OF sutto:n'. 

1. AValter P., b. Oct. 12, 1850. 

2. Howard L., b. July 25, 1852. 

3. Olive A., b. May 30, 1855. 
-1. Mary, b. Jane 27, 1858. 

5. Mattie, b. June 27, 1858. 

6. Lora L., b. Jan. 16, 1860; m. Newton Champlin. 

7. Harriet J., b. Oct. 16, 1862; m. John Higby. Children, — 

(1) Earle. (2) Eddie. 

8. Chester L., b. July 19, 1867. 

1. Walter P. Smith m. Mary Skean. Children,— 
(1) Mabel. (2) Elva. (3) Roger. 

4. Mary Smith m. John Mills. Child, — 
(1) Maud. 

5. Mattie Smith m. Frank Breemer. Child, — 
(1) Ethel. 

Moses Smith m., 3cl, March 17, 1836, Deborah Wadleigh^ 
b. July 6, 1782 ; cl. Sept. 25, 1843. 

Daniel Smith, 

of Bradford, b. April 10, 1803 ; d. July 11, 1874, in Sutton ; 
m. April 24, 1827, Susan, dau. of John and Olive (Bailey) 
Peaslee, of Sutton. Child, — 

I. Amos H., b. March 14, 1821. 

Mrs. Smith d. June 2, 1834, and her husband m., 2d, 
July 9, 1839, Mrs. Miriam (Buzzell) Buzzell, dau. of James 
and Mehitabel (Tarbox) Buzzell, who d. Dec. 31, 1867, in 
Sutton. Child, — 

II. Edgar W., b. Sept. 13, 1840. 

Daniel Smith came to Sutton a young man, purchased 
the Joseph Youring farm, and was a highly respected cit- 
izen of this town. His father, Amos Smith, came from 
Londonderry to Bradford, and was one of the early settlers 
of that town. 

I. Amos H. Smith m. Nov. 16, 1852, Eliza Jane Mastin, of Sut- 
ton, dau. of Daniel and Roxana (Gile) Mastin, who d. Dec. 16, 
1869, in Sutton. No children. 


II. Edgar W. Smith m. Dec. 25, 1871, Sarah Jane Couch, of Sut- 
ton, dau. of Daniel and Mary A. (Davis) Couch. Child, — 

1. Kate Miriam, b. in Sutton Oct. 27, 1872. 

Present residence of Edgar W. Smith, Bradford. He is a jew- 
eller by trade. 


The pedigree line of the Spaukliiigs is as follows : 

Edward came to this country in 1630 or 1634, settled in 
Braintree, Mass. Edward, his son, removed to Chelmsford, 
Mass., in 1654, where he d. 1670. Ebenezer, son of the 2d 
Edward, removed to Nottingham West (Hudson), and his 
son, Stephen, also resided in that town. 

Ebenezer, son of Stephen, b. in Nottingham West March 
27. 1750, removed to Lempster about 1772, and m. Amy 
Roundy, who was b. iu Windham, Conn., March 29, 1759, 
and d. June 8, 1859, aged 100 years, 2 months, 10 days. 
She was m. at the age of 17, lived in Lempster and in 
Washington, and • had ten children, of whom Ebenezer, b. 
in Lempster, Sept. 12, 1789 ; m. March 25, 1813, Esther, 
dau. of Dea. William and Lucy (Wheeler) Graves, of 
Washington, b. April 1, 1793 ; d. in Sutton April 2, 1881. 
He d. in Sutton April 22, 1862. They resided in Bradford, 
and for many years in Sutton. Children, — 

I. Chester P., b. in Washington, Aug. 4, 1814 ; m. Aug. 24, 
1837, Betsey D. Sanborn, and lived in Sutton and Andover, and in 
Newport, Vt. He was a soldier in the last war. Children, b. in 
Sutton, except the last, — she in Andover, — 

1. Elizabeth, b. May 30, 1839. 

2. William H., b. Sept. IG, 1841. 

3. Charles W., b. Julv 20, 1843. 

4. George E., b. May' 17, 1845. 

5. Ann E., b. April 5, 1847. 

6. Helen, b. July 10, 1851. 

II. Sarah A., b. Oct. 13, 1817, in Bradford, 

III. Louisa, b. Jan., 1821, in Bradford. 

IV. Roswell L., b. Jan. 30, 1822, in Bradford ; m. Eunice Har 
vey, of Warner. Children, — one son and one daughter. 



V. Harriet N., b. June 4, 1830, in Sutton ; m. Jan. 7, 1850, 
Robert B. Roby, of Sutton. [See same.] 

TI. Sarah A. Spaulding m. Dec. 28, 1837, John Mattingly, Jr., 
of Sutton. She d. July 2, 1848. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Esther A., b. Jan. 14, 1889 ; d. June 2, same year. 

2. Alfred S., b. May 12, 1842. 

8. Joseph P., b. Aug. 6, 1844; d. Sept. 9, 1846. 


Ensign Phineas Stevens came from Hampstead to Sutton 
in 1772. He was a man of great bodily strength, very 
stout and laborious, and much in the habit of carrying 
heavy loads upon his shoulders. In this way he conveyed 
the boards to cover his barn more than a mile, through the 
woods, and up a steep hill much of the way. He gained 
property, and brought up a large family, and was much 
respected as a citizen and neighbor. In the latter part of 
his life he was much afflicted with rheumatism, a natural 
result, it may be supposed, of his taxing his strength so 
severely in his earlier years. He, however, lived to the age 
of 90 years. He was b. 1752 ; d. May 2, 1742, in Sutton. 
He lived in the south part of the town. 

Phineas Stevens m. Mehitabel, dau. of Benjamin and 
Sarah (Chute) Philbrook, of Hampstead. Children, b. in 
Sutton, — 

I. Asa, m. about 1801, Lydia Heath. Children, — 

1. Ruth, b. July 19, 1802. 

2. Sukey, b. April 13, 1804 ; d. Nov. 19, 1804. 

3. Hulda, b. Aug. 19, 1805. 

4. Asa, b. June 4, 1807. 

5. Phebe. 

Some other children, names not known, are buried in the South 
graveyard. Later this family removed to Rochester, Vt. 

II. Benjamin, m. June 24, 1866, Alice Russell. [See Russell.] 

III. Mehitabel, m. April 10, 1805, Joseph Roby. [See Roby.] 

IV. Sarah, m. Sept. 22, 1807, Joel Waldron, of Warner. 

V. Phineas. He went to Maine. 


VI. Joseph. He went to Maine. 

VII. Susan, m. Feb. 8. 1815, Ebenezer Hvinting, and went to 

VIII. Betsey, m. John Pearsons, and removed to Maine. 

IX. Dolly, m. May 13, 1813, Joseph Roby. [See Roby.] 

X. Oliver. He went to Maine. 

XL James, m. May 14, 1812, Abigail Roby ; d. May 4, 1851. 
[See Roby.] 

XII. John and two babes, names not known, died with putrid 
sore throat when it raged here. 

Mrs. Mehitabel (Philbrook) Stevens cL Oct. 27, 1812, 
and her husband m., 2d, Jan. 13, 1814, Mrs. Dorothy (Stev- 
ens) Chase, of Sutton, who d. Nov. 17, 1841. 

XII. John Stevens m. Dec. 26, 1815, Lydia, dau. of Aaron and 
Dorothy (Stevens) Chase. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Lucy Maria, b, 1818. 

2. Sanford P., m. Julie, dau. of Daniel and Mary Littlehale Chase. 
Children, — 

(1) Arland. (2) Mary. (3) Julie. 
This family went to Maine. 

Jonathan Stevens 

came to Sutton in 1770, and settled, first, on the Littlehale 
j)lace, where was born, Sept. 12, 1779, their dau., who be- 
came the wife of Jacob Osgood, of Warner, and was the 
first native centenarian of Sutton. Jonathan Stevens and 
wife had a large family, among their sons being Wadleigh 
and Tristam, 

Jonathan Stevens and wife lived some time in Warner, 
and many years in the east part of Sutton. They both died 
here about 1840, within a few days of each other, he aged 
97 and his wife 96 years, being, with one exception, the 
oldest couple that have ever died in this town. 

Stevens's brook was named for Jonathan Stevens. He 
is supposed to be a brother to Phineas Stevens. 


Simeon Stevens, who m. Diantha Bean, and lived some 
years in Sntton, was of Newbury. [See Bean.] Their 
son, Frank Stevens, served in the late war. 


Capt. James Taylor, an early settler, m. Ann Corniag,, 
of Beverly, Mass., had two daughters, and four sons who 
became clergymen. [See " Elder William Taylor."] 


Moved into Sutton from Newbury, and lived upon the 
Europe Shattuck farm several years ; then moved to Mill 
Village, living in the house now owned and occupied by 
David Bagley. He sold out there, and removed to Dan- 
bury, where he died. He m. Priscilla Atwood. Children, 
b. in Sutton, — 

Harriet Maria H., b. April 29, 1832. 

Louisa P., b. June 18, 1834 ; m. Maloon, in Salem, Mass. 

Adeline A., b. Sept. 23, 1836. 
Albert Dexter, b. June 19, 1843. 
Noi-ris William, b. Jan. 29, 1846. 
Harvey D., b. May 8, 1851. 


Josiah Tilton, b. Jan. 7, 1799 ; d. Sept. 10, 1885, in Sut- 
ton : m. April 24, 1823, Dorothy Smith, b. April 20, 1795 ; 
d. April 19, 1878, in Sutton. Children,— 

Josiah, b. March 10, 1824. 
Harriet, b. July 31, 1825. 
Dorothy S., b. Jan. 12, 1827. 
Mary, b. Sept. 9, 1829. 
George W., b. March 10, 1831. 

ge:n^ealogy. 965 


The brothers, Nathaniel and William, are named in 
another part of this book. They were people of refined 
taste, good intellect, and attractive social qualities, and 
always considered very honorable in their dealings. It was 
a loss to the town when they moved out of it. Nathaniel 
removed to Newport, and later to New London. While 
living here, four of his children died of scarlet fever in four 
weeks. Contagious diseases have at times made terrible 
havoc in some families in this town, especially diphtheria. 
It was remarkable that when it raged here in the winter of 
1862-63, fifteen of the name and family of Hart died of it. 

The children of William Todd were, — Frederick, who 
was for some years in business in Manchester, where he 
died a yonng man ; Hiram, who was in trade at Wilmot 
Flat, and died there about 1864; Nathaniel, who settled in 

New London ; Emmeline, who m. Shepherd, died 

rather young ; and Mary Jane, who was the last to reside 
with the parents on the homestead before they left town. 


Isaac Towle came from Epsom to Sutton a little previous 
to 1840. He was a farmer, an industrious, exemplary, use- 
ful man, esteemed by all classes of people, and had a very 
respectable family. He was b. Oct. 17, 1794; d. 1884, in 
Sutton : m. 1818, Rebecca Locke, b. 1798 ; d. 1879. Chil- 
dren, — 

I. James, b. Aug. 28, 1820 ; d. Nov. 19, same year. 

II. James M., b. Nov. 14, 1821 ; m. May 25, 1852, Jane Mc- 
Clure. One child, — Fi-ank. 

III. Henry, b. Oct. 9, 1823; m. Jan. 10, 1849, Mary Ann 
McCrillis. Children, — 

1. George H. 2. Edgar D. 3. Perry. 


IV. Horace E., b. Dec. 16, 1825 ; m. AprU 3, 1852, Susan M. 
Daily. Children, — 

1. Ella. 2. Corliss. 3. Susan. 4. Hattie. 5. Lizzie. 6. Bert. 

V. Rodney, b. March 24, 1827 ; d. July, same year. 

VI. Charles, b. Sept. 23, 1828 ; died. 

VII. Ahnira J., b. Oct. 18, 1829; m. Oct. 21, 1852, Cyrus 
French, of Sutton. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Jennie F., m. Charles Emmons. Children, — 
(1) Carrie E. (2) Edith A. (3) John C. 

2. Andrew C, m. Addie E. Bean. 

3. Lizzie M., m. Arthur A. Clark. 

VIII. George, b. June 7, 1831 ; d. Nov. 26, 1836. 

IX. Charles A., b. June 14, 1833 ; d. Aug. 18, 1870 : m. Dec. 1, 
1854, Maria Skates. Children, — 

1. Charles F. 2. William. 3. Fred C. 

X. Mary Ann, b. July 28, 1834 ; d. Oct. 8, 1834. 

XI. Mary Ann, b. Aug. 1, 1835 ; m. Nov. 15, 1860, Robert 
Ford. Children, — 

1. Alice R. 2. Arthur R. 3. Ida L. 4. Charles P. 

XII. Albert, b. Jan. 8, 1837; m. March 12, 1862, Annie E. 
Rymes. Children, — 

1. Willie. 2. Annie. 3. Mabel. 

XIII. Ellen M., b. April 1, 1839; m. Feb. 11, 1863, William 
B. Fellows. Children, — 

1. Annie G. 2. Willie F. 3. Jennie. 4. Ina. 

XIV. Elizabeth, b. Apr. 25, 1840 ; m. 1862, John F. Chadwick. 
She died. 

XV. George, b. Dec. 17, 1841; m. Feb. 20, 1867, Mary J. 
MacFarland. ^ 

XVI. William Perry, b. Oct. 28, 1843 ; d. in the army, July 13, 



The father of the Wadleighs, who settled in this town, 
was Thomas, a resident of Hampstead, who became a pro- 
prietor by the purchase of a right, and perhaps of more 
than one right. As a consequence he was interested in the 
affairs of Perrystowu, and resided here occasionally. His 
name occurs frequently in the Proprietors' Book of Rec- 
ords, in connection with matters relating to the interests of 
the town. From this record, as well as from some other 
known facts, it is natural to infer that he was possessed of 
much practical ability, good sense, and sound judgment. 
He was also a man of giant strength. It is related of him 
that on one occasion himself and two other men were about to 
lift a heavy log, he taking the small end, and the other two 
men the butt end. They could not, however, succeed in 
raising the log till they changed ends, he taking the butt- 
end and the two other men taking the small end, and in 
this way the log was lifted. He was out in the "last 
French and Indian War," returning from his last campaign 
in 1759. 

This Thomas Wadleigh was the father of nine sons and 
three daughters, born probably in Hampstead. Their 
names, with date of birth as nearly as they could be ob- 
tained from records, or from other known facts, are here 
given : 

Benjamin, b. 1749 ; d. Aug. 9, 1817 : m. Hannah Kezar. 

Jonathan, b. 1751 ; m., 1st, Miles, who d. in 1779 ; he m., 

2d, in 1795, Mrs. Susanna (Russell) Little. 

Joseph, b. 1753 ; m. Betsey Ingalls, and had a large family, and 
removed to New York. 

Thomas, b. March 29, 1755; d. Feb. 26, 1827: m. Miriam 
Atwood, who was b. Jan. 18, 1763, and d. 1843. 

John, b. 1756. He was living with the Shakers at Canterbury 
in 1848, then aged 92. 

Judith, b. 1758 ; m. Moses Atwood, of Hill. 


Betsey, b. 1760 ; m. John Kent, of Canterbury ; she m., 2d, 

Lovering, of Loudon. She d. aged 75. 

Moses, b. 1763 ; m. in 1790, Elizabeth Dow : d. 1839. 

Aaron, b. 1769 ; d. in Starksborough, Vt., in 1848. 

Ei)hraim, b. March 8, 1770 ; m. Aug. 30, 1793, Alice Little. He 
d. in 1852, aged 82. 

Henry, b. 1773 ; m. Stevens. 

Susanna, b. 1774 ; d. April 20, 1848 : m. Benjamin Evans. 

The following concerning Aaron Waclleigb was found in 
a note-book written by bis niece, tbe wife of Hon. Jonathan 
Harvey : 

" May 19, 1846. Then my uncle, Aaron Wadleigh, started from 
Starksborough, Vt., and came to N. H. and made all of his friends 
a visit, and left Sutton June 30. He travelled all the vray on foot, 

aged 77." 

Epbraira Wadleigh, with bis wife, Alice (Little), re- 
moved to Hatley, Canada, in 1801, where be d. Jan. 30, 
1852, and sbe d. Feb. 21, of same year. She was sister to 
Dea. Ezekiel Little. Children, — 

Samuel, b. Jan. 17, 1794 ; m. Polly Marsh. He m., 2d, Polly 

Betsey, b. Oct. 7, 1796 ; m. Moses Coburn. 

Mary, b. Dec. 20, 1798 ; m. Nathaniel Batchelder. 

Taylor, b. Dec. 8, 1799 ; m. Melinda Hovey. 

Thomas, b. April 15, 1802 ; m. Hannah N. Little. 

Ruth, b. Sept. 13. 1805 ; m. Thomas Paradis : 1 child. 

Roxana, b. May 16, 1808 ; m. Chauncey Kezar. 
• Luke, b. Aug. 10, 1810 ; m. Phebe Rowell. 

Thomas Wadleigh m. his cousin, Hannah N., dau. of Dea. Eze- 
kiel Little. She was b. March 20, 1808, and d. Sept. 21, 1879. 
He d. Sept. 4, 1850 : 6 children. 

Benjamin Wadleigh, Spw, 

m. 1769, Hannab Kezar, b. 1750, d. 1836. Children,— 

I. Mehitabel, b. March 4, 1770, in Hampstead ; d. Dec. 8, 1846, 
in Sutton : m. Dec. 30, 1793, Jonathan Carr or Karr, of Canaan. 
Children, — 


I. Sally, b. June 14, 1794 : d. July 3, 1796. 

•2. Daniel, b. Jan. 11, 1796 ; d. April 11, 1797. 

II. Hannah, b. Sept. 6, 1772 ; d. April 11, 1841 : m. Dec. 29. 
1796, Josejjh Bean. Children, — 

1. Daniel, b. Xov. 2, 1797 ; m. Clarissa Pressey. 

2. AVilliam, b. Xov. 8, 1800; m. Jane McQuesten. [See Bean.] 

3. Hannah, b. July 27, 1808 ; m. AVinthrop Pressey. 

[For children of Daniel Bean and Hannah Bean, see Pressey.] 

III. DoUy, b. Feb. 8, 1775 ; d. Nov. 19, 1797. 

IV. Jesse, b. Jan. 6, 1777 ; m. Lucy Turner. Removed to 
Canada 1798. 

V. Eliphalet, b. April 19, 1779 ; d. March 4, 1780. 

VI. John, b. July 10, 1781 ; d. April 29, 1843 : m. Judith Em- 
ery. She d. 1859. Removed to Canada 1798. 

VII. Benjamin, b. Oct. 8, 1783 ; d. June 24, 1864. 

VIII. Eliphalet, b. July 26, 1785 ; d. March 19, 1787. 

IX. Judith, b. ; m. Ebenezer Towle. Removed to Canada. 

X. Simon, b. April 15, 1789 ; d. April 21, 1798. 
XL Ebenezer, b. May 1, 1791 ; d. Dec. 15, 1791. 

XII. Susanna, b. March 23, 1793 ; d. May 2, 1876 : m. John 
PiUsbury. [See PiUsbury.] 

VII. Benjamin Wadleigh m. Aug. 21, 1803, Polly Mastin, dau. 
of Jacob Mastin, Sr. Children, — 

1. David, d. in infancy. 

2. Eliphalet, b. Xov. 22. 1804; m. Ruth M. Pressey. 

3. Luther, b. July 11, 1806 ; d. July 25, 1873. 

4. Erastus, b. April 27, 1808 ; d. May 21, 1881. 

5. ]\Iilton, b. Feb. 13, 1810. 

6. Amanda, b. Dec. 18, 1811 ; d. in infancy. 

7. Hannah, b. Xov. 22, 1814 ; d. Xov. 8, 1853 ; m. Col. Nathaniel A. 
Davis. [See Davis.] . 

8. Lydia F., b. Feb. 8, 1817 ; d. Oct., 1888. 

9. Benjamin, b. July 5, 1819 ; d. Xov. 8, 1868. 
10. Gilbert, b. May 27, 1821 ; d. March 7, 1886. 

2. Eliphalet Wadleigh, b. Xov. 22, 1804; d. Oct., 1864: m. Ruth, 
dau. of William and Polly (Chadwick) Pressey. She d. April 1, 1839. 
Children, — 

(1) Alonzo. (2) Benjamin F. (3) Mary Mianda. (4) Corliss. 

Eliphalet Wadleigh m., 2d, Susan D. Flanders, who d. March 29, 
1854. She was b. June 14, 1803. 

(1) Alonzo AYadleigh was born about 1827. He lives in Chicago, 
and has a family. 


(2) Benjamin F. Wadleigh, b. Dec. 23, 1829 ; m. Feb. 6, 1859, Caro- 
line E. Cliase. She was b. Feb. 16, 1839. Children, — 

Frank Eugene, b. Dec. 26, 1865. 
Ehner Ernest, b. May 16, 1874. 
Marion Inez, b. Feb. 17, 1881. 

(3) Mary Mianda Wadleigh, b. in Kirby, Vt., April 22, 1833; ni. 
1855, Leonard Georg-e, son of Daniel and Betsey (Stevens) George, of 
Manchester. Betsey F. Stevens was of Goffstown. After her marriage 
Mary M. Wadleigh removed with her husband to Minnesota, then a 
territory, and settled in Winona county, near Winona, where they 
lived till the autumn of 1878, when they removed to Yankton, Dakota. 
Children, all b. in Minnesota, two boys and one girl. Only one of the 
sons is now living. The daughter is married, and has one child. Pres- 
ent residence of Mrs. Mary M. George is Mount Vernon, Davison Co., 
Dakota. Her husband d. Nov. 27, 1887. 

(4) Corliss Wadleigh, b. Sept. 23, 1835, in Kirby, Vt.; m. in Boston, 
Feb. 25, 1874, Elmina S. K. Brigham, dau. of Edward and Frances 
Brigham, of Boston. Children, — 

Mina Beulah, b. March 19, 1875. 
Corliss, Jr., b. Aug. 19, 1880. 

Corliss Wadleigh was for twenty-nine years a resident in Boston, 
where he has been for many years and is still engaged in the whole- 
sale flour business. Since 1881 he has resided in Medford. 

3. Luther Wadleigh m. Eliza Little, dau. of Dea. Ezekiel Little, 
Sept. 29, 1831. She was b. April 25, 1810 ; d. June 7, 1880. Soon 
after their marriage they removed to East Corinth, Me. Mr. Wadleigh 
there became a prominent and popular citizen, and served as town- 
clerk, selectman, and county commissioner. Children, — 

(1) Benjamin F.. b. July 13, 1832. 

(2) Alonzo K., b. Feb. 28, 1834. 

(3) Carlos B., b. Jan. 23, 1836. 

(4) Marv X., b. April 9, 1838. 

(5) George B., b. Nov. 12. 1840. 

(6) Eliza A., b. Dec. 2.5, 1842. 

(7) Maria, b. Aug. 21, 1851 ; m. Oct. 26, 1873, Abrani Dunning, of 
Charleston, Me. 

(8) Addie E. 

4. Erastus Wadleigh m. Feb. 21, 1839, Elmina Chellis, b. Oct. 15, 
1815 ; d. July 14, 1842. Children,— 

(1) Milton B., b. Dec. 4, 1839. 

(2) B. Frank, b. July 13, 1841 ; d. Nov. 14, 1841. 

Erastus Wadleigh m., 2d, Mary W. Flanders, Jan. 5, 1848. She 
was b. April 17, 1808 ; d. May 4, 1865. He m., 3d, Mrs. Olive Davis, 
Sept. 26, 1867. She d. Nov. 1, 1880. Her maiden name was Holmes. 


Her 1st husband was Europe Shattuck ; her 2d husband was Dr. 
Dimond Davis. 

Mary Elvira Wadleigh, adopted daughter of Erastus Wadleigh, was 
b. 1847; m. May 9, 1878, Charles C. Holmes, of Salisbury; d. of con- 
sumption April 20, 1880, aged 33. She was niece to the first wife of 
Erastus Wadleigh. Her mother was Airs. Dolly (Chellis) Ellis. Her 
father was John Ellis. 

Erastus Wadleigh, Esq., 

was the third son of the Hon. Benjamin Wadleigh, and was 
born April 27, 1808 ; died May 21, 1881. 

A high-minded, honorable gentleman, scholarly, cour- 
teous, and hospitable, he was one of those men whose pres- 
ence gives character and dignity to the community in which 
they make their life-long abiding-place. Possessed of supe- 
rior intellectual powers, cultivated and strengthened by the 
habit of study and investigation, with much natural sagac- 
ity, quickened by thorough acquaintance with men and 
practical experience in the managing of public affairs, his 
influence was strongly felt. As a politician, he was con- 
servative enough for safety, yet not too timid to adopt new 
measures in place of the old when the new seemed founded 
in justice. 

In his young manhood, as teacher and as superintending 
school-committee, he was the means of giving to the cause 
of education in Sutton a decided impulse forward, being 
among the foremost of those who substituted emulation to 
excel in scholarship for the old fashion of seeking to govern 
by authority founded on the rod and ferule. 

No man who ever lived in Sutton has a clearer right to 
the favorable remembrance of his fellow-townsmen than 
Erastus Wadleigh, since no man ever did so much as he has 
done to rescue from oblivion the names and memories of 
others. He prepared many biographical sketches of de- 
ceased citizens, which found their way into the journals of 
the day, and copies of which are still preserved. In this 
work he spent many laborious days, but it was his favorite 


employment, and many of the later years of his life were 
largely devoted to the early history of his native town. No 
one so well as the writer of this sketch, who labored jointly 
with him on that work, can testify to the enthusiastic inter- 
est, the study, the faithful accuracy and patience, which he 
bi'ouglit to bear upon it. 

Both authors were descended from original settlers piom- 
inent and active in the earlier years of the town, — the one 
from Benjamin Wadleigh, Sr., and the other from Matthew 
Harvey, Sr., — and both having access to the papers and 
records of their respective ancestors, much valuable matter 
was thus collected and recorded. Selections from this un- 
published history have, to some extent, formed the basis of 
the present work. By his separate and individual efforts, 
Mr. Wadleigh added greatly to that which is the chief 
merit of those historical collections, as indeed it is of all 
historical works, — their reliability. 

He left no means untried for obtaining correct informa- 
tion. By many letters of inquiry, by conversation with 
aged persons, and by carefully consulting burial-stones in 
ancient graveyards, he compelled both the living and the 
dead to add their testimony to the written record. No part 
of the town was left unvisited, and from everj^ part he gath- 
ered something. In response to his close questioning 
" North " Sutton " gave up " all it knew about itself, and 
"South" Sutton "kept not back." He left nothing for 
guesswork, accepted no statement unless supported by 
well known facts. 

He was, perhaps, at first led into this pursuit by the 
strong love and interest he always felt for the scenes and 
localities amid which his infancy and boyhood, his young 
manhood and mature life, had been spent. To him every 
hill and valley, every lake and stream, had a history of its 
own, suggestive of the toils, the alternate successes and 
defeats, of the men of the preceding generations ; of their 
continuous conflict with the very roughest side of nature; 
of the cold and hardships, sometimes even hunger, that they 


braved, of the rocks they blasted, the stone walls they 
built, the swamps they filled up, and the hills they laid low 
to make passable roads ; of the forests their determined 
arms converted into fields and farms. Occasionally, too^ 
there bubbled up in his memory, like a living spring in the 
dense forest, some jest or joke, some anecdote of fun or 
frolic, that had its origin among those hardy pioneers, and 
which, having served its refreshing purpose of making an 
hour or a day of their toilsome life more endurable, had 
reached down to our time. 

Kezar's pond was to him an object of especial love and 
admiration ; there was no sheet of water so beautiful, no 
sandy beach so white and smooth as that on its south and 
south-eastern shore. For more than seventy years he had 
watched its face, playful or frowning, as it lay nestled' at 
the foot of the noble eminence on which stood his ancestral 
home. Following with his eye the hills beyond, and in 
every direction, the desire grew upon him to repeople them 
all, not, like the novelist, with creatures of his own imagina- 
tion, but with those to whom these localities had been the 
theatre on which they had acted their part in the drama of 
real life. 

The History of Sutton was commenced, but the work had 
not proceeded far before the discovery was made that it is 
one thing to put on record facts already within reach, and 
quite another to find right answers to all questions of gen- 
ealogy and descent to which these facts give rise. 

(And here, perhaps, is as good a place as any other to 
state, for the benefit of all those who are ambitious of enter- 
ino- the field of antiquarian and genealogical research, that 
no one ever yet entered that field with any adequate con- 
ception of the amount of labor involved in the attempt to 
operate there. Why, then, does not the aspirant quickly 
abandon a work the proportionate results of which are so 
small ? Simply because he cannot. His interest in the 
work grows with his constantly enlarging conception of its. 
magnitude and its importance. He soon becomes thoroughly 


identified with it, or, rather, the work has mastered him, 
and he has become subordinate to it. For genealogical 
research, apparently so dry, once entered upon, becomes the 
most fascinating of all literary work, becomes magnetic 
even in its attractiveness to its pursuer. Very unwillingh% 
and only under pressure of strong necessity, will the genea- 
logist suspend, even temporarily, his work while searching 
for " missing links " in some family chain. The clue lie 
may chance to hold in his hand is so slight, so elusive, has 
been so difficult to obtain, and yet is of such value if it leads 
to the result he is working for, with the conviction that, if 
he lets it slip, it is lost forever, and no future genealogist will 
be able to reach it, and yet will blunder for lack of it, — all 
this makes him cling to it with a miser-like tenacity till he 
finds the desired link and has got it fairly riveted in its 
proper place. Not only does the genealogist feel compelled 
to do his work, but he must do it ari<iJit. An assertion 
based, for lack of proof, upon supposition, or even upon 
probability, may prove to be a misstatement, which will 
fatally bewilder and mislead the future historian. P^'or his- 
tory is forever going on, and the record is by no means com- 
pleted when the writer of our day lays aside his pen for- 

Mr. Wadleigh, of course, realized that in succeeding 
years some other would take up the work where he dropped 
it, and would make this, his early work, the foundation on 
which to build his own. It was this sense of double re- 
sponsibility to the past which, to his ear, clamored for 
remembrance, for recognition, and for historical justice at his 
hands, as well as to the future, which was to sit in judgment 
upon his work, united with a natural honesty and conscien- 
tiousness, which, if a man possess it, enters as closely into 
his literary work as into his business dealings, — it was all 
this which urged him to use the strictest accuracy of state- 
ment rather than fulness of detail. Throughout his entire 
work there is no possibility of misconstruction through dif- 
fuseness or carelessness. 


When, with advancing age, the hand of disease was laid 
heavily upon him, it was with deepest regret that he yielded 
to the conviction that he was no longer able to continue his 
chosen work. And yet he could not fail to view with satis- 
faction that which was already accomplished. He had 
brought the thirty years succeeding the first settlement out 
of the region of fog and fable in which the antiquarian 
usually finds such years, when searching for material for 
the centennial address, long before the town had seen its 
hundredth birthday. 

In the following brief words he explains his aims and 
object, and gives his moderate estimate of what he had 
accomplished. He says, — 

Fellow-Citizens of Sutton : I submit to you the following 
early history of the town, and a sketch of the settlers previous to 
1800, and some of their descendants, taken from the records of the 
original gi-antees, town records, and information preserved by some 
of the settlers themselves, together with personal knowledge of a 
large number of the persons referred to. It is believed by the 
writer, so far as his knowledge extends, to be materially correct, 
although deficient in other respects — not embracing all that is desir- 
able. It is designed to be a record of mere facts, as far as it goes, 
without embellishment or exaggeration. If the writer has been 
able to make himself understood, he will feel that he has done 
something towards rescuing the memory of our forefathers from 
immediate oblivion, which is his principal design. 

The love of kindred, always so noticeable a characteristic 
of Mr. Wadleigh, became much more marked towards the 
last of his days. This peculiar feature, which not infre- 
quently manifests itself, is always gratifying, yet painful for 
relatives to observe, indicating, as it does, this return to our 
earliest affections, this coming back to where we started 
from, that our life-circle is nearly completed. Whenever 
we shall detect this change in ourselves, it will not require 
the knowledge that our seventy allotted years are already 
past to tell us that the end of our life is near. 

With a modesty remarkable in a man of his acknowledged 


and recognized ability, Erastus Wadleigh never sought dis- 
tinction or preferment. Here in our quiet town he was 
content to pass his whole life, here he gave his interest, 
and here he gained what so many sons and daughters of 
Sutton have sought elsewhere, and some have failed to find, 
competence, influence, friendship, true regard. 

He was married three times. His first wife, who was the 
mother of his children, was Elmina Challis, married Feb. 
31, 1839, daughter of Timothy Challis. She was born Oct. 
15, 1815, and died July 11, 1842. His only surviving child 
is Milton B. Wadleigh, who lives on and owns the old Wad- 
leigh homestead, which remains unimpaired and undivided, 
though greatly enlarged, and is one of the finest farms in 

His second wife was Mary W. Flanders, who died May 4^ 
18<i5. His third wife was Olive Holmes, widow of Dr. 
Dimond Davis. She died Nov. 1, 1880. 

5. Milton Wadleigh graduated from Norwich University, Vermont, 
in 1837, as civil engineer. Subsequently went West, and engaged in 
railroad engineering. Located at Galena, Jo Daviess county, 111., 
then distinguished for its mines, and being at the time the most prom- 
ising and flourishing town in the state. Here for many years he filled 
the office of city engineer, and, since then, that of surveyor of Jo Da- 
viess county, to which office he has for many consecutive years been 
elected, irrespective of political ascendency. 

9. Benjamin Wadleigh was in mercantile business in Newport and 
elsewhere, where he was much esteemed. He m. Aug. 31, 18-18, Han- 
nah P., dau. of William Young, of Sunapee. He d. in Newport, Nov. 8, 
1868. Children,— 

(1) Arthur Edson, b. July 2, 1852. 

(2) William Young, b. Nov. 10, 1854; m. Dec. 25, 1877, to Fanny 
Boynton, of JNIilford. 

(3) Benjamin F., b. Mav 31, 1865 ; d. Oct. 15, 1S68. 

(4) Gilbert H., b. May io, 1867 ; d. Aug. 28, 1869. 

(5) May Helene, b. Jan. 23, 1869 ; d. Sept. 24, 1871. 

(2) William Young Wadleigh is a member of the firm of John A. 
Andrews & Co., wholesale grocers, at 6 and 8 Commercial street, Bos- 

(1) Arthur Edson is in the employ of the same firm. 

10. Gilbert Wadleigh fitted for college at New London academy, and 
was graduated from Dartmouth in 1847. After graduation he taught 


high schools in Sutton, Bradford, and Concord, and read lawwith Hon. 
Mason W. Tappan, of Bradford, and with Hon. Asa Fowler, of Con- 
cord. In October, 1850, he began practice in Milford, and for nine 
years was actively engaged in the duties of his profession. From 1859 
to 1864, he was cashier of the Souhegan National bank, and was treas- 
urer of the Milford Five Cents Savings Institution from 1871 to 1875. 
During the Rebellion he was a paymaster in the army. In 1863 and in 
1874, he was a rej^resentative in the legislatiu'e. He was a Chapter 
Freemason. In all the responsible positions which he filled he proved 
himself an able, conscientious, and honorable man. In his later years 
he resumed law practice to a limited extent. Gilbert Wadleigh died 
March 7, 1886. He was never married. 

Jonathan Wadleigh 

settled early in Sutton, and married a Miss Miles, of Salis- 
bury, who died in 1779, leaving an infant, one week old. 
This child was the one, elsewhere spoken of in this work, 
that was carried by Thomas Wadleigh, his brother, to its 
mother's relations in Salisbury or Northfield, and grew to a 
worthy manhood, by name Thomas Miles Wadleigh. 

Jonathan Wadleigh married, 2d or 3d, 1795, Mrs. Susanna 
(Russell) Little. He married a second or a third wife in 
Northfield, whither he removed soon after the death of his 
first wife. He was an early pioneer of that town, and set- 
tled on Bean's hill, and afterwards on Bay hill. One of his 
sons was Judge Peter Wadleigh of that place. His grand- 
son, Ephraim S. Wadleigh, now resides on Bay hill, in 
Northfield, where the first farm in town was cleared. Jon- 
athan Wadleigh had several sons and daughters. He died 
in Gilmanton, about 1833, being then very aged. He was 
a tax-payer in Sutton in 1779. 

Joseph Wadleigh 

married Betsey Ingalls. Children, — 

John, b. Sejit. 13, 1777. 

Margaret, b. Jan. 9, 1779. 


Joseph, b. Sept. 24, 1780. 
Thomas, h. Feb. 21, 1782. 
James, b. Nov. 20, 1783. 
Samuel, b. Nov. 29, 1785 ; d. 1786. 
Betsey, b. May 22, 1787. 
Moses, b. March 17, 1789. 
Joshua, b. April 27, 1791, 
Sally, b. Nov. 2, 1793. 
Nathaniel, b. May 21, 1794. 
Amos, b. Feb. 11, 1796. 

Joseph Wadleigli removed with his family to Blackwater, 
N. y,, where, after some years, his wife dying, he married 
again, and nine more children were born, making twenty- 
one in alL This account of his family was received from 
Mrs. Jonathan Harvey, his niece. 

Moses Wadleigh 

was born 1763 ; died 1839 : married 1790, Elizabeth Dow, 
of Atkinson, who died March 20, 1863. Children, — 

William, b. Jan. 15, 1702 ; d. March 20, 1863. [See Russell.] 

Moses D., b. Sept. 21, 1794 ; d. July, 1851. 

Sally D., b. AprU 1, 1798 ; d. Dec. 14, 1860. [See Aaron Rus- 

John D., b. March 21, 1801 ; d. March 20, 1869. 

Elizabeth, b. Dec. 20, 1803 ; d. about 1863. 

Benjamin Evans, b. Oct. 1, 1805 ; d. Dec. 3, 1887. 

Thomas J., b. Aug. 13, 1808; d. May 10, 1874: m. Achsa 

Anna D., b. Nov. 2, 1811 ; d. July 1, 1890 : m. Roswell Had- 
dock, who d. 1884. * 

For description of the members of this family, see " Early 
Settlers." Some deaths have occurred since that was writ- 
ten, which are found in the above record. 


Susanna Wadleigh 

was born 1774 ; died April 20, 1848 : married Benjamin 
Evans, Esq., of Warner. Children, — 

I. Abigail, b. April 30, 1896; Aug. 24, 1813, Hon. Reuben 
Porter. [vSee Porter.] 

II. Susan, m. Dr. Leonard Eaton. [See " Eaton Grange." ] 

III. Lucinda, b. Feb. 18, 1803, in Sutton ; m. Nathan S. Colby, 
of Warner. Children, — 

1. Charles, m. H. Clement. Children, — 

(1) Sarah, m. -. — Trumbull, of Webster. 

(2) Nathan, m. Eunice . 

(3) Fred, m. Eva Patten. 

2. Walter, d. 

3. Walter. 

4. Elizabeth. 

IV. Sarah, m. Harrison Robertson. Children, — 

1. Lucinda, m. John Putney. Child, — 

(1) Susie, m. E. Herman Carroll, of Warner, and has child, — Lee. 

2. Sarah. 

3. John, m. Mattie Page. Children,— 

(1) Sarah. (2) Carl. (3) Sadie. 

VI. Sophronia, b. April 1, 1807, in Sutton; m. Stephen C. 
Badger. Cliildren, — 

1. Benjamin E., m. Rachel Eastman. Children, — 

(1) Gertrude, m. Will W. Stone. 

(2) William. 

(3) Estella. 

2. William, m. Fannie . Children, — 

(1) Walter. (2) Sadie. 

Thomas Wadleigh 

was born in Hampstead, March 29, 1755 ; d. Feb. 26, 1827, 
in Sutton: m. Dec. 11, 1783, Miriam Atwood, b. Jan. 18, 
1763 ; d. 1843. Children, b. in Sutton,— 

I. Ruth, b. Nov. 23, 1784 ; d. Jan. 17, 1871. 

II. Miriam, b. March 30, 1786 ; d. June 26, 1830. 

III. Daniel, b. Sept. 1, 1788. 


IV. Elizabeth, b. June 18, 1790 ; d. 1841. 

V. Lucretia, b. June 19, 1792 ; d. Nov. 29, 1794. 

VI. Polly, b. July 1, 1794 ; died. 

VIL Sarah, b. April 25, 1796 ; d. May 1, 1876 : m. Moses S. 
Harvey. [See same.] 

VIII. Mehitabel, b. Oct. 29, 1798 ; d. Aug. 13, 1824. 

IX. Patty, b. Aug. 2, 1800 ; d. Aug. 22, 1827. 

X. Thomas, b. Dec. 9, 1802 ; d. Nov. 13, 1847. 

XI. Susanna, b. April 12, 1806 ; d. Oct. 2, 1836. 

XII. James Madison, April 17, 1809 ; d. Feb. 12, 1830. 

I. Ruth Wadleigh m. Jonathan Harvey. [See same.] 

II. Miriam Wadleigh m. Joseph Pillsbury. [See same.] 

III. Daniel Wadleigh m. April, 1811, Nancy, dau. of Elder 
Nathan Champlin, b. July, 1784 ; d. June 14, 1863. Children, — 

1. Horace, d. young. 

2. Sylvia, d. young. 

3. Juliana, b. Mareh 1, 1814. 

4. Philip S. Harvey, b. Oct. 1, 1815. 

5. Thomas H., b. Sept. 4, 1817 ; d. 1824. 

6. Adeline, b. Mav 16, 1819. 

7. Augusta, b. July 12, 1822. 

3. Juliana Wadleigh m. Oct. 2,5, 1836, Timothy H. Loverin, of Sut- 
ton. Children, — 

(1) Adeline. 

(2) Charles. 

(3) Julia, m. James McWayne, of lona, Mich. Lives at Grand 
Rapids, Mich. 

(1) Adeline Loverin ni. Dec. 23, 185.5, Lysander IL Carroll. Chil- 
dren, — 

Ella B , b. Dec, 1856 ; m. Nason, of Concord. 

Jennie B., b. June, 1863 ; m. Davis, of Contoocookville. 

Mrs. Adeline (Loverin) Carroll m., 2d, John L. Taggart of Contoo- 
cookville, where she now lives, a highly respected lady. 

(2) Charles Loverin m. Lois Forner; lives in Zona, Mich. Chil- 
dren, — 

Lois, m. Tiffany, of lona, Mich. 

Edward H. 

4. Philii) S. Harvey Wadleigh m. Rhoda W. Kendrick, of Sutton. 
Child, — Julia A., b. March 2.5, 1845; m. Benjamin F. Heath, of War- 
ner. With this child Mr. Wadleigh now lives. Mi-s. Wadleigh died 
in 1875. 

6. Adeline Wadleigh m. Amos Blood ; m., 2d, Benjamin F. Shelton, 
and is now a widow, living in lona, Mich. 


7. Augusta Wadleigh m. Dec. 28, 1841, Charles Bean, of Warner. 
They moved to lona, ]Mich., about 1850, where she died April 1877, 
leaving no children. 

IV. Elizabeth Wadleigh m. Jan. 31, 1811, Asa Nelson. [See 

VI. Polly Wadleigh m. Oct. 8, 1816, Edward Dodge. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Thomas W., b. Oct. 2.5, 1818; d. Feb. 12, 1819. 

2. Sarah Williams, b. June 1, 1820. 

3. Edward W., b. June 15, 1822 ; m. March 18, 1850, Eliza X. Jones, 
of Washington. Children, — 

(1) Susan Maria. (2) Jennie Greeley. 

VIII. Mehitabel Wadleigh, m. June 15, 1820, Thomas Cheney. 
Children, — 

1. Miiiam W., d. :May 20, 182.5. 

2. Nathaniel, b. July, 1822 ; m. Rebecca Goodrich. Children, — 

(1) Emma. (2) Flora. 

IX. Patty m. Nov. 28, 1822, Sumner Fowler. They had one 
child, and left town ; residence, unknown. 

X. Thomas m. 1824, Hannah Roby. Children, — 

1. Miriam, b. Dec. 1.5, 1824; d. Dec. 19, 1827. 

2. Sally, b. July 13, 1827 ; m. Jabez Townsend, of Dublin. Child,— 

(1) Sarah. 

3. Thomas b. May 19, 1829 ; m. Abbie Prescott, in Concord. Chil- 

(1) Prescott T., who m. Kate Jones. Child, — Mu-iam. 

(2) Sarah. 

4. Robert, b. May 4, 1832; m. Dec. 24, 1856, Hannah Porter. [See 

Thomas Wadleigh m., 2d, Jan. 14. 1838, Lavina Roby, sister of 
his first wife. He m., 3d, April 30, 1839, Polly (Mary) Kimball, 

b. 1800 ; d. March 15, 1855 ; dau. of Rachel (Sargent) and 

Kimball. Chdd of Thomas Wadleigh and third wife, — 

5. Hannah, b. 1841 ; d. March 13, 1845. 

XI. Susanna Wadleigh m. Jolm Burnham, of Hopkinton. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. James M., m. Emma F. Marston. Children, — 
(1) Walter M. (2) John C. 

2. John F., m. Satira W. Peabody; m., 2d, Frances E. Richmond. 
Children, — 


(1) Herbert B. (2) Susan W. (3) Addie L. (i) Mary E., and 
of second wife, (5) Clara B. 

3. Edward D., m. Georgie B. Davis. Children, — 

(1) Xathan D. (2) Grace L., died. (3) Fred T. (4) Frank P. 
(5) Charles D. 

Judge Benjamin Wadleigh 

was born and spent his life, married, and reared his family 
on the same farm in Sutton. He is remembered as being 
of good personal appearance, gentlemanly in manner, and 
possessed of a pleasant, genial nature, which was very 
attractive to young and old. He was an earnest promoter 
of education, and no sacrifice was deemed too great to 
afford the educational advantages of the time to his chil- 
dren. Through life he commanded the confidence, respect, 
and friendly regard of his fellow-townsmen, while, as a citi- 
zen, no man's views had more weight than his, and it was 
on account of his sound judgment and recognized integrity 
that his opinions and advice were much sought in contro- 
versies, not only between his own townsmen, but by those 
of neighboring towns. For many years no inconsiderable 
part of his time was devoted to the settlement of such con- 
troversies, he acting as arbitrator, sometimes with associates, 
but more frequently alone, by mutual consent of parties. 
One who knew him well said of him, twenty years after his 
death, — " I remember him well : I remember his unflinch- 
ing honesty, and if I were his worst enemy or he were 
mine, I would trust him for honest dealing ; he never gave 
opinions at random." 

Judge Wadleigh was active in the public service during 
most of his life. His name appears in the record as select- 
man in 1809, and from that date almost continuously as 
selectman, moderator, representative, and town-clerk for 
the next twenty years. He was justice of the peace from 
1823 till his death, and judge of the court of common pleas 
from 1833 till his age disqualified him. He d. June 24, 
1864; his wife d. Dec. 17, 1857, aged 76. She was a most 
excellent woman. 


Judge Wadleigli succeeded to the homestead of his 
father, who d. Oct. 8, 1817, aged 68, aud his mother loug 
survived her husband, dying in 1836, aged 86. Her long 
period of widowhood gave room and opportunity for the 
manifestation of that filial devotion on the part of Judge 
Wadleigh which was so noticeable in him continuously, 
and up to the last day of this venerated lady's life. She 
was Hannah, daughter of Ebenezer Kezar. She came to 
live on Wadleigh hill with her husband and one child when 
she was only 19 years old, from Hampstead. 

Lydia F. Wadleigh, 

Vice-President and Professor of Ethics in the Normal Col- 
lege in the city of New York, was born Feb. 8, 1817, in 
Sutton, N. H. She was the youngest daughter of Benja- 
min and Polly Marston Wadleigh, and inherited from 
both parents much individuality of character. 

Her early education was the best available. Later she 
entered upon a collegiate course at the New Hampton L'it- 
erary and Scientific Institution, where her talent was at 
once recognized, and she was soon chosen pupil assistant, 
which position she retained until 1841, when she graduated 
with class honors, and was appointed teacher of Mathe- 
matics, Greek, and English Literature. 

Miss Wadleigh's class was the first in that notable insti- 
tution to receive diplomas on parchment, an honor con- 
ferred by Hon. Josiah Quincy, of Rumney, N. H., who 
suggested and bore the expense of the innovation. Upon 
this occasion Miss Wadleigh read an original salutatory in 
Latin . 

During Miss Wadleigh's connection with this institution 
she received the ordinance of baptism by immersion (Rev. 
Eli B. Smith, D. D., officiating), and united with the Bap- 
tist church in New Hampton. Some years later she was 
connected with the Presbyterian church in University 
Place, New York, holding that position until her death, a 
period of about thirty years. 


In 1845, finding her position as teacher unsatisfactory to 
herself, Miss Wadleigh tendered her resignation, which was 
accepted with regret by teachers and trustees, she having 
proved herself to be not only competent as an instructor, 
but painstaking and self-sacrificing. No pupils could leave 
the class professedly ignorant of problems, for she brought 
them to the blackboard and held their attention till the 
cloud lifted. She collected the laggards in the recitation- 
room before breakfast for additional polishing, and many a 
Greek root was mastered by the tears of the unwary kept 
after school hours for an extra drilling. 

Miss Wadleigh had established so good a record in New 
Hampton that she received early invitations to other schools. 
She was first with Mrs. Ellis's private school in Hanover, 
from which place she was invited to become lady principal 
of an academy in Derry. She was afterwards connected 
with the high school in Concord. We find her name in a 
catalogue as teacher in Georgetown, D. C, in 1848, and in 
1852 she was again with Mrs. Ellis, who had removed to 

She was connected with schools in Philadelphia, Pa., and 
in Freehold, N. J. She was associated with Prof. Richard- 
son, whose established reputation rendered the position 
very creditable to herself. 

Dissatisfaction in regard to public education had arisen 
in the city of New York. The course of instruction was 
limited and non-progressive. Certain influential citizens 
were especially desirous of increasing the facilities for 
young girls. The movement met with opposition as being 
aristocratic, uncalled for, and a waste of public money. It 
was ultimately decided to create a senior department in the 
12th Street grammar school, to be devoted to the higher 
education of young ladies. 

Miss Wadleigh was invited from Freehold, N. J., to be- 
come the principal of this senior department. She entered 
upon her new duties February 6, 1856. The prospect was 
dubious. Only twenty-six pupils were present, and a few 

ge:nealogt. 985 

of these were restless under the new discipline. The public 
was slow to avail itself of its increased privileges. Books 
were needed, and there was dearth of funds. Everything 
moved heavily during the first year. Nothing daunted, Miss 
"VVadleigh devoted herself to the onorous duties of her posi- 
tion, regardless of outside pressure or criticism. She was 
dignified, self-reliant, impartial in government, and accus- 
tomed to command. She enlarged the course of instruc- 
tion until it included higher mathematics, higher astron- 
omy, logic, natural and mental philosophy, and the lan- 

For these extra studies no appropriation had been made 
by the board of education. The text-books had to be sup- 
plied and paid for by the teachers, assisted by the pupils. 
Miss Wadleigh collected books for reference, accustomed 
her pupils to memorize, to use the blackboards and globes, 
to avail themselves of the public libraries, and to be thor- 
ough in ever}' thing. 

The school officers soon became convinced that what they 
had regarded as an experiment was destined to become a 
success. Eleven of the first twenty-six pupils remained to 
graduate. Miss Wadleigh prepared and paid for the diplo- 
mas given at the close of the three-years course, upon which 
occasion she inaugurated the annual commencements, 
which were so attractive that it became expedient to limit 
the invitations and admit by ticket. 

No commencements had previously been held in any 
school in the city. From this date the senior department 
was crowded to its utmost capacity, and Miss Wadleigh's 
educational reputation was established beyond question. 
For a long term of years the senior department was regarded 
as the educational centre of New York. Her wonderful 
mental vigor pervaded everything. The grammar schools 
vied with each other to raise themselves to this higher plane, 
while the private and select classes found themselves 
dwarfed by the growing reputation of 12th Street. 

Some fifteen years after the formation of the senior 


department, the pressure became so great it was found im- 
possible to accommodate the increasing numbers. It was 
decided to establish a Normal college, and to incorporate 
into it the senior department of the 12th Street grammar 

Miss Wadleigh was appointed vice-president of the Nor- 
mal college (Prof, Hunter being president). Later she 
was made Professor of Ethics, being the first woman en- 
dowed with a professorship in that college. She was said 
to receive the largest salary of any lady teacher in the state. 

Neither promotion nor fresh laurels reconciled Miss 
Wadleigh to the removal of the senior department from the 
place where so many literary triumphs had been achieved. 
She regarded her pupils with pride as well as affection. 
Of the five prizes awarded for excellence in scholarship to 
the first graduating class in the Normal college, four were 
given to 12th Street girls. And when the compositions for 
the commencement exercises were selected by a committee 
from whom the names of all the writers were concealed, all 
of the nine essays chosen were written by her 12th Street 

Miss Wadleigh retained her position as vice-president, 
with ever increasing honor to herself and to the college, 
nntil her death. 

Early in the summer of 1888 she had gone to Europe for 
recuperation and pleasure, by the advice of her physician. 
She became seriously ill in Paris. The discomforts of the 
return voyage developed the fatal malady that in a few 
weeks terminated her life. She was taken from the state- 
room directly to the residence of her niece, Mrs. Frank H. 
Chandler, in Brooklyn, where she received every attention 
that affection could suggest. A council of eminent physi- 
cians having decided that recovery was impossible. Miss 
Wadleigh received the intelligence with Christian resigna- 
tion. She bore her sufferings with heroism, arranged for 
the final services, selected the hymns to be used, and asked 
the last favors of her pastor. 

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Miss Wadleigh expired quietly at 7 A. m., Oct. 27, 1888. 
Tlie services were held first at the house, Rev. Dr. Cuyler 
being present and officiating. The services in New York 
were in the University Place Presbyterian church, and 
were conducted by Rev. Dr. George Alexander. The 
church was crowded, large numbers of her late pupils 
and former graduates, the faculty of the college, the board 
of education, many eminent citizens, and throngs of per- 
sonal friends of the deceased being present. 

From New York the casket was escorted to Sutton, 
where it was received by relatives, and the final services 
held in the Wadleigh homestead, now occupied by her 
nephew, Mr. Milton B. Wadleigh. 

The ^burial was in the family lot in Sutton. The rela- 
tives and family friends being present, and Rev. Mr. Clark 
assisting, the casket was lowered by four nephews whom 
Miss Wadleigh had tenderly loved, and from whom she 
had solicited this last favor. Her own grave, and that of 
the brother beside whom she desired to rest, were strewn 
with evergreens and floral offerings. 

What brighter illustration of individual influence could 
be desired than that afforded by the life of this representa- 
tive woman? From her quiet, isolated home, without 
wealth or patronage beyond what other maidens could 
command, she takes her place in the educational ranks. At 
a period when the most experienced teachers were poorly- 
paid, she was not only self-supporting, but always progres- 
sive ! Slipping into the gaps that opened to her as she 
pressed forward to the front, she seems to have left traces 
of her influence everywhere. She visits the large cities, 
and where many fail Miss Wadleigh succeeds, and leaves 
a most honorable record. She is invited to the city of 
New York by the board of education, and assigned to the 
special trust of instructing the daughters of the better 
classes. For thirty long years she exerted a wonderful 
influence over thousands of young girls, who in their turn 
will mould the pliant characters of those to come after 


them. From salaries too small for mention, through her 
own individual merit she commanded thousands, and even 
then the sum was a trifle compared to the reward she re- 
ceived in the confidence and estimation of an appreciative 

In Memoriam. 

Lydia F. Wadleigh, 

Lady Suj^erintendent 


Professor of Ethics 

in the 

Normal College 

Of the City of New York. 

Died October 27th, 1888. 

Memorial Exercises 

held by the 

Associate Alumnae 

in the 

Chapel of the Normal College, 

Saturday, Nov. 3d, at 2 : 30 P. M. 

The Instructors, Graduates, and Students 

of the Normal College, 

The lady ])rincipals of the Grammar Schools, 

and Other Friends of 

Miss Lydia F. Wadleigh, 

in appreciation of her noble work as an Educator, have decided to 
establish a Memorial in the Normal CoUege building. This 
Is to be an Alcove, filled with books on Ethics, Philosojihy, 
and Pedagogy, to be known as the Wadleigh Alcove. 

[Extract from the Business Woman's Jmirnal.'] 

The graduates, pupils, and teachers of the Old Senior Depart- 
ment of the 12th Street school propose to honor the memory of 
Miss Wadleigh by equipping the microscopical and chemical labora- 
tories of the new building about to be purchased for the Woman's 
Medical College of the New York Infirmary. 

A handsome marble tablet bearing her name, and a suitable In- 
scription indicating the origin and Intention of the endowment, will 
be placed in a conspicuous part of the hall devoted to that pur- 

One of the last acts of Miss Wadlelgh's life was to make a liberal 
donation toward the fund of this new building. 


Thomas Wadleigh, Esq., 

did not finally locate in Sutton till after the close of the 
Revolutionary war, in which struggle he was a participa- 
tor, and was among the heroes at Bunker Hill. It is related 
of him that on that occasion, when the little band of patriots 
were compelled to retreat across the Neck, exposed alike 
to a raking fire from sea and land, one of his comrades, run- 
ning for his life, cried out to him, '' Why do n't you run, 
Tom ? " His response was, " Never will I run for a red- 
coat ! " "I walked," said he, in relating it to our informant 
years afterwards, " as coolly, deliberately, and with as little 
fear as ever I walked from m}^ house to my barn." Thomas 
Wadleigh served in the Revolutionary war six years and 
seven months. He was a native of Hampstead, and proba- 
bly served for that town. 

Mr. Dresser, in his notes of several of the early settlers, 
says of Thomas Wadleigh, — "• He was very highly esteemed 
by the citizens of this town, for capacity, integrity, and 

He was the first town-clerk after incorporation, and every 
year afterwards till 1806, a period of twenty-two years. He 
also represented the town in the legislature ten years, and 
was a captain in the militia. He was a civil magistrate. 

All the offices of trust to which he was elected he filled 
with faithfulness and ability, while as a farmer he was as 
successful as he was in everything else he undertook. On 
the farm which he cleared with his own hands, and on 
which he reared a ninnerous family with comfort and 
honor, he resided till his death, which took place February 
26, 1827, aged 72. 

He was a clear-headed, large-hearted man, hospitable 
towards all, being one of whom the poor and needy never 
asked in vain for food or shelter. Sociable and affable in 
manner, his presence and bearing showed the stamp of 
nature's unmistakable seal of the true gentleman. 

Thomas Wadleigh was born March 29, 1755 ; married 


Dec. 11, 1783, Merriam Atwood. She died in 1843, aged 
80. She was born Jan. 18, 1763. They had tweWe chil- 

Mrs. Mehitabel (Wadleigh) Caeh. 

In making up personal sketches of those men and women 
who lived and acted in this locality, and whose graves are 
visible in our burying-yards, no character stands out on 
the pictured walls of memory more peculiarly and strongly 
marked than that of Mrs. Carr. 

She was the eldest daughter of the first Benjamin Wad- 
leigh, Esq. Her mother was daughter of Ebenezer Kezar, 
and she thus inherited from both parents a large share of 
physical strength and vital energy, with a corresponding 
degree of mental power. Her educational advantages 
were such only as the common school afforded, which at 
that early period in the town's history were exceedingly 
meagre. Had her opportunities equalled her capacity for 
improvement, she would doubtless have taken a high rank 
in scholarly attainment. 

She married early in life, and became the mother of two 
children. Her marriage, we have been toid, was an un- 
happy one, and resulted in much domestic misery. Death, 
however, soon released her from matrimonial bondage, and 
ere long two little graves in the north burying-ground were 
all that remained to tell the world that Mrs. Carr had ever 
borne the name of wife or mother. Of this episode of her 
life she seldom spoke, and few there Avere who had the 
audacity to force an entrance, or even knock for admit- 
tance, to the secret cabinet of her heart's history, when she 
had closed the door in their faces. Whatever may have 
been her sufferings, she seemed to regard them as weak- 
nesses. By an iron austerity of manner she alike rejected 
sympathy and repelled curiosity. 

Thenceforth her character seemed to assume a new 
phase, in the form of religious development. In this direc- 


tion, as in every other, she was strong, positive, and self- 
centred in her views and opinions. She was as much of a 
devotee in her conscientious performance of her duties to 
the Calvinist Church, as were her Catholic sisters, St. 
Cecilia and St. Ursula, to the Church of Rome. With her 
strong mental powers and psychologic will she became a 
power in the church, and could not fail to exert a control- 
ling influence on the minds of both clergv and laity. In 
all church councils, especially touching matters of doctrine 
and discipline, in all female organizations connected with 
the church, such as missionary movements and the like, 
she was the acknowledged head and leader. Her mental 
powers were ever busy in the effort to reconcile the appar- 
ently conflicting doctrines of predestination and free moral 
agency, an effort in which she seemed to be quite as suc- 
cessful as any one ever w^as among the many millions who 
have wrestled with that difficult problem. 

We would by no means ignore the existence of the gen- 
tler and more womanly virtues in her nature. Though her 
face was hard and its expression forbidding, her manner 
often curt and morose, yet she has been known to walk 
miles in a winter's day, through snow and storm, to assist 
a sick or distressed fellow-being, whether of her own relig- 
ious creed or of no creed, thus asserting through her own 
act her recognition of a universal brotherhood and a com- 
mon humanity. 

To fashion, style, and custom she was altogether a non- 
conformist. She was her own milliner and dressmaker, as 
well as the cultivator of her own land. In her little house 
b}^ the pond shore she dwelt alone, supplying by the labor 
of her ow^n hands her material wants, almost scorning all 
offers of aid or companionship from others, — strong, even in 
her old age, in her courage and self-reliance. The only 
relaxation from hard labor, apart from religious duties, 
which she ever afforded herself, was an occasional visit to 
the village singing-school, vocal music being something in 
which she excelled, and which she much enjoyed. Its 


influence seemed to harmonize the somewhat discordant 
elements of her nature. 

Thus she lived for years, in her isolation and stern inde- 
pendence, without sickness or the necessity of ever asking 
assistance from others But, at last, one bleak winter's 
morning, her curtains remained undrawn, and no smoke 
ascended from the chimney. As the sun rose higher, neigh- 
bors drew near and entered the door, but it was found that 
an unseen visitor, the Death Angel, had entered before 
them, and held in his strong embrace the tenant of that 
lonely dwelling. Breath still lingered in the chill form, 
but all efforts to restore the physical vitality were unavail- 
ing, for the spirit was " outward bound " and would not 
turn back, and it was soon freed from the sinewy, strong 
structure that had served it so well for seventy-six years of 
mortal life. 

Such types of strong individualism are not soon forgot- 
ten. The strongly marked features on the face of human- 
ity, they stand out in bold relief, doing much to relieve it 
from the utter insipidity and sameness that would other- 
wise characterize its outward expression. Were we called 
upon to give a term that would symbolize the entire char- 
acter of Mrs. Carr, we would simply utter the word 


Thomas Walker, sent to New England with other sol- 
diers in the service of England during the French war, 
found opportunity to desert, and located somewhere in 
eastern Massachusetts or New Hampshire. He m. Abigail 
Philbrook, sister to Benjamin Philbrook, the tything-man, 
and had the following children : 

I. George, b. . 

II. John, b. Mareh 4, 1775. 

III. Abigail, b. Oct. 23, 1778. 

IV. Thomas, b. June 17, 1782. 

III. Abigail Walker m. Joshua Flanders, and lived at the South. 

GE^EALO&T. 993 

village, where for some years Mr. Flanders operated a rifle-shop, 
but later moved from this town. 

Before coming to Sutton to live Thomas Walker served 
in the Revohitionary war, and his son George served with 
him some portion of the time. The Thomas Walker named 
among the soldiers from Sutton in the War of 1812 is sup- 
posed to be his son. 

I. George Walker m. Olive Whitcomb, the first female school- 
teacher in Sutton. Their cliildren, as found in Sutton records, 
were, — 

1. Thomas, b. Dec. 17, 1792 ; m. Betsey King. 

2. James P., b. March 8, 1797. 

3. Abigail, b. March 6, 1799, 

4. Margaret, b. March 12, 1803 ; d. Jan. 8, 1884 : m. Isaac Little- 

George Walker d., in middle life ; his wife d. May, 1803. 

Children of Thomas and Betsey (King) Walker, the first two found 
on Sutton records, the others are gathered from the recollections of 
those who think they are correct in the names, — 

(1) Almon, b. Dec. 29, 1815. 

(2) Alanson, b. Dec. 28, 1817. 

(3) Adeline. (4) Alonzo. (5) Angeline. (6) Maria. (7) James. 
(8) Frederick. (9) Olive. (10) Ednah. 

Thomas Walker, Sr., d. in Sutton, 1822, at the great age 
of 103 years. Farmer and Moore's G-azettee}\ printed in 
1823, ver}^ shortly after Mr. Walker's death, may be sup- 
posed to be correct iu the notice given of him under the 
head of Sutton. The remarkable circumstance of a man 
dying at that great age would naturally have led to some 
inquiry as to antecedents and origin, and as " Farmer and 
Moore " were at that very time making up their G-azetteer, 
it is not strange that Mr. Walker's case should have been 
reported to them among the Sutton items. The book says 
that Thomas Walker was a native of Wales, that he served 
in the French war and in the Revolutionarv war, and 
was in several important battles, — Saratoga, White Plains, 
and Brandywine. Mr. Walker's wife also lived to a great 
age. She died in the winter of 182(3 at the house of Sam- 
uel Kezar, in the north-west part of Sutton. 

994 history of sutton. 

Maetin L. Walker, 

b. March 8, 1825 ; m. May 15, 1827, Judith MerrilL Chil- 
dren, — 

I. James I., b, Jan. 7, 1849 ; m. Feb. 20, 1876, Lora S. Adams. 
Children, — 

1. Harrv L , h. Feb. 22, 1877. 

2. EvaM., b, Oct. 25, 1881. 

II. Susan M., b. March 31, 1852 ; m. Dec. 20, 1871, Henry R. 
Davis. Children, — 

1. Ralph M., b. June 11, 1873. 

2. Ethel W., b. Oct. 18, 1875 ; d. May 27, 1887. 


Safford Watson, b. Dec. 29, 1791, in Salisbury ; d. July 
18, 1872, in Sutton : m. Sept. 25, 1817, Abigail L. Currier, 
b. Oct. 27, 1793, in Deerfield ; d. June 16, 1885, in Sut- 
ton. Children, b. in Warner, — 

I. Martha J., b. Jidy 22, 1819 ; d. Jime, 1870 : m. John Duke, 
of Warner ; 2 ch. 

II. Carrie P., b. Nov. 15, 1822. 

III. Minerva C, b. May 14, 1828 ; m. Daniel Putney, of Hen- 
niker (2d wife). Child,— Carrie W. 

IV. Charles S., b. July 18, 1830. 

V. Augusta E., b. March 8, 1833 ; d. Ang. 10, 1887 : m. Moses 
S. Blaisdell, of Sutton (2d wife). No ch. 

II. Carrie P. Watson has been a school-teacher ever since she 
was of sufficient age to commence. She has instructed district 
schools in the country, and in primary and grammar schools in 
cities. Before the present year she has taught, in all, 596 weeks, 
and always with success. 

IV. Charles S. Watson is considered one of the best men in 
town. He is a fine scholar and a close student, and was prepared 
to enter college, but circumstances forced him to give up the course. 

Safford Watson was son of Caleb and Lydia ( ) Wat- 
son. His father was b. in Salisbury, and his mother in 


Hillsborough. During his life in Warner he became cap- 
tain of the artillery company, and was said to make a fine 
appearance as an officer. He came to Sutton in 1837, pur- 
chasing one of the Wheeler farms upon Birch hill. He 
became prominent as a citizen, holding several town offices, 
and was very popular with all classes of people. Himself 
and wife celebrated their golden wedding Sept. 25, 1867. 

Hiram Watson was for several years a merchant at North 
Sutton, where he m. Hannah, dan. of Hon. Jonathan Har- 
vey. [See the same.] 

Elder Elijah Watson. [See Freewill Baptist church.] 


Dr. Selim N. Welch, since 1877 a resident of Sutton, was 
born in Burke, Vt., Sept. 6, 1834. He was son of Moses 
Welch, of Warren, and Marj' (Whicher), his wife, a native 
of Danville, Vt. He received his education at the common 
schools of his native town, and at St. Johnsburj'- academy. 
He studied medicine from 1860 to 1863 with Drs. Holbrook 
and Sanborn, of St. Johnsbury, and commenced practice in 
Peacham, Vt., April, 1863. In 1861 he moved to Cabot, 
Vt., where he resided till 1870. While living in Cabot he 
was engaged somewhat in real estate business, in connec- 
tion with his practice. He was also connected with the 
U. S. Soldiers Hospital, at Montpelier, Vt., in the fall and 
winter of 1864-'65. 

He married August, 1865, Louisa, eldest daughter of 
Theophilus E. and Rosetta Wilson, of Cabot, Vt. No chil- 

In 1870 Dr. Welch sold out in Cabot and moved to Rox- 
bury, Vt., where he remained in the practice of his profes- 
sion till 1875. He then sold out and spent a year in attend- 
ing medical lectures, taking a degree from Dartmouth col- 
lege in the fall of 1876. He bought out Dr. Bronson, in 
Sutton, in March, 1877. Since that time Dr. Welch has 

996 HISTORY OF sutto:n^. 

been a resident in Sutton, engaged in a very large and lucra- 
tive practice. 

He is a member of the N. H. Medical Association, and is 
also a Freemason and a Granger. 

While attending school at the academy, and while study- 
ing his profession. Dr. Welch followed teaching a portion of 
the time to procure funds necessary to pursue his studies. 
He has a local reputation as a public speaker, and has, by 
invitation, lectured at various places in this state and Ver- 
mont before good audiences. He was one of the historians 
of his native town for Miss Hemenway's " A^ermont Gazet- 
teer." In religious belief he is inclined to Universalism. 
In politics, he has usually acted with the Democratic 
party. He has never sought office, though something of a 
politician, preferring to give his time and attention to his 
profession, but has served as moderator at town-meetings 
several times, and is at present a member of the school- 


Several of this name came from Sandown to Sutton early. 
How nearly they were related to each other is not known. 
The wife of Samuel Bean was Dorothy Wells. Timothy 
Wells was father of Benjamin Wells, of Birch hill, who m. 
Lois Wheeler ; and Ruth Wells, sister to Timothy, was 
wife of Isaac Bean. Benjamin Wells, who m. Mary Bean, 
came here a very early settler. Later came Thomas Wells, 
the ancestor of the Wells families that lived in the Gore. 

Benjamin Wells m. Mary, dau. of Samuel and Mary 
( ) Bean. Children. — 

Isaac removed from Sutton soon after attaining his majority. 
He was a carpenter, a very good man, and had great physical 

Benjamin, m. Polly Pressy. 

Joseph, m. Nancy Pressey. 

Rvith B., m. David Woodward. [See same.] 


Mary A., m. Thomas Peaslee. [See same.] 
Dorothy, m. Joseph Peaslee. [See same.] 

The above family came to Perrj^stown 1771, and settled 
on the north side of Pinnacle hill. Benjamin Wells d. near 
1825, in Sutton. His wife d. 1832, in Sutton. They were 
remembered as very honorable, religious people. 

Benjamin Wells m. April 12, 1792, Polly Pressey, b. 
1769, dau. of William and Elizabeth (Smiley) Pressey. 
Children, — 

I. Nancy, b. Dec. 12, 1792. 

II. Joseph, b. Dec. 6, 1794. 

III. Gideon C, b. Dec. 29, 1796. 

IV. Benjamin, b. Nov. 12. 1799. 

V. WUliam, b. March 23, 1802. 

VI. Thomas, b. May 11, 1804. 

VII. Edwin, b. Jan. 10, 1807. 

VIII. Betsey, b. March 25, 1809. 

IX. John, b. Oct. 28, 1812. 

Benjamin Wells was in War of 1812, and did not return. 
He was supposed to have been killed about 1815, as he was 
never heard from after the war was over. He settled on 
the east side of Bean hill. His wife died in 1857, in Sut- 
ton. His family mostly left Sutton. 

II. Joseph WeUs m. Hannah Peaslee, of Sutton, dau. of Abra- 
ham and Sally (Scribner) Peaslee. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. G. W. Llewellyn, b. June 27, 1852. 

2. Infant son, b. Nov. 4, 1857; d. Xov. 5, 1857. 

3. Frank P., b. Sept. 13, 1859 ; d. Sept. 18, 1864. 

4. Leonard P., b. Sept. 11, 18(32 ; d. Sept. 29, 1864. 

Joseph Wells d. Dec. 29, 1873, in Sutton. His wife d. March 2, 
1878, in Sutton. 

[Silas Gove, of Weare, m April 2, 1839, Lavina Lovering, of Sutton, 
dau. of Dr. Benjamin and Abigail (Greeley) Lovering. Their child, 
Lorinda 11. Gove, m. Oct. 24, 18.58, John W. Moore; and Emma L. 
Moore, their daughter, ni. G. "W. Llewellyn Wells.] 

1. G. W. Llewellyn ^Vells m. Aug. 24, 1876, Emma L. Moore, of 


Sutton, dau. of John W. and Lorinda R. (Gove) Moore. Children, b. 
in Sutton, — 

(1) William L., b. Oct. 12, 1877; d. March 20, 1878. 

(2) Carrie B., b. Aug. 7, 1879. 

(3) Charles J., b. Oct. 18, 1881. 

Present residence of the above family near Mill Village. 

VIII. Betsey Wells m. 1830, Joel Stone, of Peterborough. Cliil- 
dren, b. in Peterborough, — 

1. Louise P., b. Dec, 1831 ; d. Feb. 5, 1849. 

2. Elizabeth, b. Dec, 1831 ; d. Dec. 8, 1831. 

3. Calvin, b, April 17, 1833 ; d. June 11, 1870. 

4. Emily, b. 1835. 

5. Emmeline, b. 1837. 

6. Adeline, b. 1837. 

Born in Sutton, — 

7. John H., b. July 22, 1841. 

8. Mary, b. March' 14, 1843. 

9. Ruth P., b. Jan. 18, 1845. 

Joel Stone d. in Sutton, 1844, and Mrs. Stone m., 2d, Dec. 10, 
1856, Abraham Peaslee, 3d. She d. in 1867. 

3. Calvin Stone m. March 12, 1855, Myra C. Henderson, of Roches- 
ter. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Charles J., b. Jan. 10, 1857. 

(2) Fred D., b. Sept. 1, 1859 ; d. Dec. 1, 1859. 

(3) Lulie J., b. March 18, 1861 ; d. Sept. 6, 1863. 

Calvin Stone d. June 11, 1870, in Boston. 

5. Emmeline Stone m. Nov., 1857, Nathaniel Sawyer, of Sutton. 
Children, — 

(1) Nellie, b. 1859. 

(2) Addie, b. 1861. 

Present residence, Brainard, Minn. 

6. Adeline Stone m. Sept., 1857, Lane Stevens, of Wilmot. They 
removed West some years ago, and Mrs. Stevens died there. 

8. Mary Stone m. Edwin White, of Epsom. Children, — 

(1) Nellie, b. 1871. 

(2) Edwin, b. 1863. 

Edwin White d. 1873, at Epsom. His wife m., 2d, 1874, ]Morris 
Sharps, of Suncook. Children, — 

(3) James, b. 1876. 

(4) Charles, b. 1878; d. . 

(5) Viola, b. 1881. 

(6) Fred, b. 1886 ; d. . 

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9. Ruth P. Stone m. Augustus Burgess, of Lowell, Mass. Chil- 
dren, — 

(1) George, b. Sept., 1868. 

(2) Fred, b. 1875. 

(3) Frank, b. 1879. 

(4) Xelma, b. 1881. 

Present residence of the above family, Barre, Vt. 

Joseph Wells m. Nov. 17, 1796, Nancy Pressey, who d. 
near 1816. No children. He m., 2d, 1818, Mrs. Betsey 
(Littlehale) Jones. Children, — - 

I. Samuel, b. 1820 ; d. in infancy. 

II. Benjamin, b. 1822. 

III. Betsey, m. Gage Woodward. 

II. Benjamin Wells m. and had a daughter, Lydia Ann, and per- 
haps other children. He lived in Lowell, and in various parts of 

Another Branch of the Wells Families. 

Thomas Wells, ancestor of the Wells families that settled 
in the " Gore," married Rebecca Hunt, probably of San- 
down, where a part of the family continued to reside. 
Among their children were Samuel, Caleb, Joseph, Sarah, 
Phebe, and Rachel. Of these children Samuel had a large 
family, born, it is thought, in Warner. 

Joseph married Mary Palmer, of Warner, dau. of James 
and Miriam (Flanders) Palmer. A part of their children 
were born in Warner, and a part in Sutton. Their names 
were as follows, the dates not given : Joseph, Jr., Miriam, 
Rebecca, Elizabeth, Abigail, Philip, Daniel, Thomas, Hial, 
Mary and Sarah, twins, Caleb, and James. 

Of these Thomas was b. May 29, 1807, and d. Nov. 24, 

Joseph Wells and wife, Mary (Palmer), died in Sutton. 

Joseph Wells, Jr., m. Eliza Johnson, of Sutton, dau. of 
Joseph and Hannah (Merrill) Johnson. They had nine 


children, — some died young ; their names were Joseph, 
John, Johnson, George, Thomas, Eliza, Harriet, Dorothy, 
and Sarah. 

None of the daughters married except Abigail. She m. 
Dec. 12, 1822, Jonathan Palmer. 

Hial Wells married Lois Harvey, of Warner. No chil- 

James Wells married Louise Tucker, of Warner. They 
had four children b. in Warner and Sutton, viz., — Leavitt, 
Addie, Lillian, and Frank. 

Leavitt Wells was a physician, but died a young man. 
He lived in the Gore upon the John Palmer farm, later in 
Warner some years, and then in Tilton, where he died. 

Thomas Wells m. Sept. 21, 1841, Deborah Gale, of Alex- 
andria, b. Nov. 6, 1808, dau. of Tudor and Mary (Tenney) 
Gale. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

Meribah A., b. Jan. 9, 1843. 

George Gale, b. Nov. 15, 1849. 

Thomas Wells d. Nov. 24, 1877, in Sutton. His wife d. 
Dec. 3, 1874, in Sutton. 

Meribah A. Wells m. June 25, 1863, Joseph B. Dustin, of Hop- 
kinton, who d. in Virginia in service. She in., 2d, April 29, 1875, 
David K. Johnson, of Warner. Since their marriage they have 
resided in Sutton. No children. 

George G. Wells m. March 11, 1874, Sarah A. Cheney, of Sut- 
ton, dau. of Thomas and Sally (Rowell) Cheney. No ch. Mrs. 
Wells d. Jan. 7, 1879, in Sutton, and her husband m., 2d, Sept. 3, 
1882, Annie L. Jones, of Warner, dau. of Richard and Abigail 
M. (Cross) Jones. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

Carlington Gale, b. Feb. 23, 1884. 
Purlington Guy, b. Nov. 21, 1885, 

George G. Wells has spent most of his life in Sutton. In 1872 
he went to Concord and learned the carpenter's trade, at which he 
afterwards worked in Sutton till 1881, when, in company with Geo. 
Robertson, he purchased the store at the South village. October, 
1856, Mr. Robertson sold his interest to Mr. Wells, who has since 
been sole proprietor. Feb. 6, 1882, Mr. Wells was appointed post- 
master, which office he still holds. 


Caleb Wells, b. Aug. 21, 1814 ; m. March 23, 1841, 
Ursula McMurphy, of Alexandria, b. Aug. 10, 1814. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

Twin daughters, b. Oct. 20, 1842 ; d. Oct. 20 and 27, 1842. 

Mary Jane, b. Oct. 17. 1843 ; d. April, 1865. 

Daniel H.. b. Aug. 7, 1846. 

Ursula Ann, b. Sept. 12, 1848. 

Mrs. Wells d. Nov. 13, 1866, and Caleb Wells m., 2d, 
Oct. 31, 1867, Cordelia R. Bartlett. Child,— 

George B., b. June 8, 1869. 

Caleb Wells removed to Tilton a few years ago, after many years 
residence in Sutton and Warner Gore. He is the last of his family. 
His son, Daniel H. Wells, has lived in several places at the West, 
but is now settled in business in Boston. His youngest son, George 
B. AYeUs, lives at home with his parents in Tilton. 

Mary Jane WeUs m. July 3, 1861, Lowell S. Button. Child,— 

George L. A., b. Aug. 18, 1862 ; d. Dec. 17, 1864. 

LoweU S. Button d. Dec. 17, 1863. His wife d. . 

Ursula Ann Wells m. March 1, 1869, Joseph P. Andrews, of 
Warner. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

Arthur M.,b. Oct. 19, 1872. 
Ernest A., b. June 2(), 18/7. 

Their home is in Warner Gore. 

Samuel Wells (brother to Joseph who settled in the 
Gore) m. Elsie Little. Children, — 

I. John M., m. Mary A. Quimby. Children. — 

1. Eliza J., m. David K. Priest. 

2. Levi. 

II. Asenath, m. Isaac Bowles. Children, — 
1. Silas. 2. Pluma. 3. Zilpah. i. Lyman. 

III. Louisa, m. Johnson Quimby. Children. — 
1. Winslow. 2. Charles. 3. Arvilla. 4. Ella. 

IV. Rachel, m. Plumraer Sj^ooner. ChUd. — 
1. Mary J. 

V. Nancy, m. Enoch Colby. Cliildren, — 


1. Charles. 2. Hale, 3. Albert. 4. Harriet. 

VI. Elias, m. Ann Quimby. Children, — 
1. Charles. 2. George. 

VII. Noah, m. Hannah Wallace. Children, — 
1. Eveline A. 2. Wilbur, m. Mary H. Young. 

VIII. James K., m. Sarah Quimby. Children, — 
1. Elliot. 2. Frank. 3. Mariette. 4. Stella. 

IX. Elliot, m. Oct. 29, 1857, Alma E. Palmer. Children,— 

1. Fred L., b. Feb. 11, 1860 ; m. Dec. 11, 1886, Rachel Kent. 

2. Xellie E., b. March 24, 1861. 

3. Minnie L., b. Oct. 24, 1863; m. Dec. 6, 1887, George B. Cressey. 

4. Myrtie E., b. Oct. 24, 1863 ; d. May 11, 1871. 

5. Cora A., b. Oct. 1.5, 1866; d. Jan. 11, 1884. 

X. Henry. 


Plummer Wheeler, b. Aug. 31, 1753 ; m. Jan. 9, 1777, 
Lucy Roby, clau. of Samuel and Hannah (Merrill) Roby. 
She was born March 6, 1760. They were early settlers in 
Sutton, where most of their children were born. Chil- 
dren, — 

I. Tryphena, b. Feb. 10, 1778 ; d. March 1, 1778. 

II. Lucy, b. Feb. 13, 1779 ; d. March 31, 1855. 
in. Lois, b. May 1, 1781 ; d. April 1, 1866. 

IV. Hannah, b. Feb. 26, 1784 ; d. Oct. 7, 1835. 

V. Daniel, b. Nov. 26, 1786 ; d. 1866. 

VL James, b. March 17, 1789 ; d. May 30, 1813. 

VII. Phunmer, b. Aug. 27, 1791 ; d. Sept. 24, 1855. 

VIII. Samuel, b. Feb. 23, 1794 ; d. April 23, 1855. 

IX. Sally, b. Aug. 23, 1796 ; d. Nov. 20, 1811. 

X. Achsah, b. Feb. 23, 1800 ; d. Oct. 13, 1868. 
XL Jonathan, b. May 4,. 1802 ; d. Sept. 11, 1864. 

Plummer Wheeler, Sr., d. Aug. 19, 1839, in Sutton. His 
wife d. June 4, 1840, in Sutton. 

The old Plummer Wheeler farm lay north of the farm 
and buildings owned by the late Capt. Safford Watson, 
upon Birch hill. 


James Plummer, Jr., and Samuel Wheeler were in the 
War of 1812, and James died in service. 

III. Lois Wheeler m. Nov. 28, 1805, Benjamin WeUs, of San- 
clown. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Benjamin, b. Jan. 27, 1807. 

2. Lucy W., b. June 12, 1810 ; d. Feb. 27, 1865. 
.3. Sarah A., b. Aug. 9, 1812 ; d. . 

4. James R., b. Jan. 12, 1814 ; d. June 4, 1814. 

0. James W., b. June 11, 181.5 ; d. . 

6. George, b. Oct. 18, 1819 ; d. June 23, 1885. 

7. Lois E., b. March 26, 1822; d. April 2, 1824. 

8. Gilbert, b. May 5, 1826 ; d. . 

Benjamin Wells came to Sutton when a yoimg man and married, 
settling upon Birch hill. He lived upon the present Harwood farm. 
He was a spinner, and worked in the cotton-mill, living near there 
for a time. Some time after 1826 he bought the small place oppo- 
site the Thomas Morgan place, which he afterwards exchanged for 
the old Plummer Wheeler farm, where he spent the remainder of 
his days. He was son of Timothy Wells, of Sandown. 

X. Achsah Wheeler m. May 1, 1822, Jonathan Watson, of Salis- 
bury. Child, — 

1. Emily, b. April 16, 1824 ; m. 1844, Jesse D. Currier, of Warner. 
Children, — 

(1) Orlin H., b. Feb. 16, 1846. 

(2) Adelbert H., b. May 5, 1851. 

(3) Ernest C, b. April 19, 18-55. 

(4) Clara E., b. Dec, 27, 1857. 

Abel Wheeler 

came to this town from Canterbury ; b. April 4, 1792 ; 
d. Jan. 18, 1855; m. Sarah Jehonnet, b. 1785; d. August, 
1868. Children,— 

I. John G., b., 1821 ; d. 1868 : m. Nancy Buswell. Cliildren,— 

1. Charles G., b. Dec. 22. 1844. 

2. James H. 3. Herman D. 4. Cyrus. 5. Alma. 6. Eveline. 7. 

1. Charles G. Wheeler m. April 5, 1838, Harriet McAdams. Chil- 
dren, — 

(1) Warren D., b. Mav 31. 1868. 

(2) Carrie E., b. May 4, 1870. 


(3) Susie H., b. Oct 28, 1872. 

(4) Alma J., h. May 9, 1877. 

(5) Elmer J., b. May 9, 1877. 

II. Leonard H., b. Oct. 8, 1822 ; d. Aug. 14, 1877 : m. Oct. 24, 
1854, Lucy B. Hoyt. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Emma, b. May 6, 1857 ; m. Oct. 5, 1889, James H. Watson, of 
Sutton . 

2. Clarence, b. Aug. 26, 1859. 

3. George, b. Aug. 22, 1861. 

4. Kate P., b. Oct. 15, 1864 ; m. Nov., 1889, Walter King, of Frank- 
lin, Mass. 

III. Luther H., b. 1824 ; m. Kate Worthley. ChUd,— 
1. Ralph. 

IV. Ransom R., b. May 4, 1826. 

V. Lovell, b. 1828 ; d. same year. 

VI. James J., m. Sarah Parker. [See Parker.] 

VII. Jonathan Dearborn, b. 1842 ; d. 1869 : m. Frances Chap- 
man. Child, — 

1. Mason R. 

The ancestors of both Abel Wheeler and his wife were 
among the early inhabitants of Sutton, Mass. The town 
of Croydon was granted in 1763, and most of the grantees 
were residents of Grafton, Mass., Sutton, and neighboring 
towns, which circumstance of course induced a large emi- 
gration from that vicinity. Among others came the Wheel- 

The Jehonnets (or, more properly, Johannots) were of 
French extraction. Daniel Johannot, with his parents, who 
were Protestants, came to this country and settled with 
other French Protestant families in Oxford, Mass., which 
town was granted in 1683, for the accommodation of about 
thirty French families, who had escaped from France after 
the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. 

The French Protestants, or Huguenots, as they are 
termed in history, proved a most valuable addition to the 
manufacturing arts and industries of this country, being, 
when they came, already skilled in those arts which had, 
at that date, made but little progress in this country. Some 
of the most useful inventions and improvements in manu- 


facturiiig machinery have been made by those claiming 
descent from these French refugees from persecution. 

Abel Wheeler moved into this town about 1840, with his 
wife and six sons, and continued to reside here till his 
death. His wife was a very intelligent, industrious, and 
worthy woman. Three of the six sons served in the army 
during the war, viz., Ransom, Leonard H., and J. Dear- 
born, and also one or more of the grandchildren. Leonard 
H. Wheeler was a man of much force of character. He 
was a good scholar, and when a young man was a good 
school-teacher. He held the office of selectman. 

After his return from the war he was engaged quite 
largely in Inmber business, and accumulated considerable 
property, and always bore a character of the highest honor. 
Isaac Jehonnet, brother to Mrs. Wheeler, lived in North 
Sutton several j^ears. They had a daughter, INIartha, who 
m. James Monroe Coburn, and had several children born 
in Sutton. [See Coburn.] 


James G. Whidden m. Mrs. Hoyt, a widow, and has ever 
since been a useful and respected citizen of this town, a 
period of between thirty and forty years, living most of the 
time in the Mill Village. They had no children. Her chil- 
dren, by first marriage, were George Hoyt, who has been 
for many years a resident in Haverhill and Bradford, Mass., 
engaged in shoe-making ; William, who at one period drove 
the stage from Warner to New London, before the railroad 
was open to Bradford, married Sarah, dau. of Gilman Gree- 
ley, and had a daughter, Sarah ; and third, Lucinda, who 
has always remained at home to care for her mother, who 
lived to be aged and helpless. Mr. Whidden has many 
times obliged his neighbors by managing at funerals, a 
position he is well adapted to fill by his polite manners and 
knowledge of the world's ways. 



Daniel Whitcomb, son of Panl Wliitcomb, of Warner and 
Newport, was b. in Sutton, Aug. 7, 1804 ; d. May 26, 1843. 
His wife was Meliitabel Cowan, of Deering. They were 
m. at Sutton, March 9, 1826. Children, — 

I. Joseph Greeley, b. at Francestown, Jan. 26, 1827. 

II. Samuel F. K., b. at Sutton, April 18, 1830 ; cl. at Colebrook, 
July, 1885, from the effects of sunstroke. 

III. Daniel F., b. at Sutton, March 25, 1832. 

IV and V. John F. and Benjamin R., b. at Sutton, Jidy 23, 
1837. Benjamin enlisted in 16th Regiment N. H. Vols., and d. at 
Port Hudson, La., July 23, 1863. John F. d. at Grafton, Jan. 29, 

VI. Augusta Harvey, b. at Sutton, Oct. 31, 1841; d. Jan. 7, 
1843, at Manchester. 

VII. Emery Bailey, b. at Sutton, Aug. 24, 1843. He served 
three years in the war, and was honorably discharged at the close. 
He was in many battles, and never received a wound. 

I. Joseph G. Whitcomb m. 1853, Arvilla Heath, of Grafton. 
Children, — 

1. Mary. 

2. Grace. 

8. Fred, b. 1870; d. Dec, 1889, being accidentally killed at his post 
of duty as brakeman on a AVestern railroad. 

II. Samuel F. K. Whitcomb m. Luella Reed, of Colebrook. Chil- 
dren, b. at Colebrook, — 

1. Dwight. 2. Viola. They died within a few hours of each other, 
Aug., 1866, of diphtheria, at Sutton. 

III. Daniel F. Whitcomb, at the age of 19, went West, and com- 
menced work as a common workman on a railroad, from which 
position he has risen by successive promotions to a very responsible 
post, held for several years. He is now general superintendent for 
the Indianapolis Union Railway Co., office at Indianapolis. He is 

IV. John F. Whitcomb m. Abby Richardson, of Winthrop, 
Mass. No children. 

V. Benjamin F. Whitcomb died unmarried. 

VII. Emery B. Whitcomb m. March 18, 1869, Miss 

Thompson, b. Nov. 8, 1847, in Monroe, Butler Co., Ohio, dau. of 






Thompson and his wife, who was Miss Jones. Chil- 

clren, — 

1. William Paul, b. at :Mattoon. Coles Co., DL, Julv 18, 1873. 

2. Daniel F., b. at Louisville, Ky., Feb. '24:, 187-5. 

3. Joseph G., b. at Topeka, Kan., Sept. 12, 1882: d. Dec. 3, 1883, of 

Emery B. T\Tiitcomb is passenger conductor on the AYest Shore 

Railroad. Present residence, Syracuse, N. Y.. 

The Sutton Whitcomb family are descendants of Jacob 
Whitcomb, who was born in Stowe, Mass., 1743. He emi- 
grated to Henniker in 1T70, and after some years, about 
1780, removed to Warner. Olive Whitcomb, the first 
female school-teacher in Sutton, was aunt to Daniel Whit- 

On the mother's side Daniel Whitcomb was a descend- 
ant, in the 4th generation, of Ebenezer Kezar, the man so 
noted in Sutton's early history, and he seemed to have in- 
herited much of his ancestor's ingenuity and capability. 
He was a blacksmith, and lived, with the exception of a few 
3^ears, in Manchester, always in the North village, where he 
had a house and shop. He had a fine taste in music and a 
superior voice for singing, and was a favorite and success- 
ful teacher of singing-schools. He died of quick consuni])- 
tion induced by measles. He was of a pleasant, genial, 
companionable disposition, and had many friends. His 
wife still survives, and her present residence is with her 
son, Joseph G. Whitcomb, Potter Place, Andover. 


Dea. Henry White, of Hopkinton, m. Abigail Cressey, of 
Bradford. Children, — 

I. Calvin, b. June 21, 1804 : d. Oct. 18, 1875. 

II. Sarah, b. Aug. 13, 1808 ; d. Feb., 1870. 

Mrs. White d. April, 1810, and Dea. White m., 2d, Nov. 
20, 1811, Lucy Smith, of Bradford, dau. of Abram and 
Keziah (Stiles) Smith. Childi'en, b. in Sutton, — 


III. Abigail, b. Nov. 15, 1815 ; m. Amos S. Goodwin. 

IV. Henry, b. March 12, 1817. 

V. Lucinda C, b. Feb. 23, 1819. 

Dea. White d. May 8, 1841, in Lowell, Mass. His wife 
d. May 31, 1871, in Bradford. He came to Satton near 
1812, and lived upon the old road from Roby's Corner to 
South Sutton and Stevens's hill, where the apple orchard 
yet remains. He did considerable business as a cooper. 
He sold his farm, and lived a short time at South village, 
and afterwards returned to Bradford. Later he removed 
to Lowell. 

I. Calvin White m. Mary, dan. of Elder Nathan Champlin, of 
Sutton. He was a mason by trade, and lived for some years at 
Sutton Mills. 

II. Sarah White m. James W. Presby, of Bradford, and had 7 
children, of whom Frank W. lives in Concord. 

V. Lucinda C. White m. Charles A. Cressey. Children, — 

1. Mary F., b. Jan. 11, 1S52 ; m. George W. Gardner, of Sunapee. 

2. Martha A., b. May 3, 1855; m. Alphonse E. Foster. Child,— 

(1) Byron A. Foster lives with his father near Bradford Centre. 


Francis Whittier and his sons, Daniel and Francis, were 
all land-owners in this town in 1792. They located near 
the mountain, on adjoining farms. Francis lived on the 
John Merrill place. Both of the sons had large families, 
and both were respectable men. Francis m. Folly Pear- 
sons, sister to, Joseph, John, and Thomas Pearsons. She 
was a very superior woman, physically and mentall3^ She 
was a school-teacher. Soon after the great tornado in 1821, 
which did much damage in their neighborhood, they re- 
moved to Corinth, Me., where some of their descendants 
still remain. Children, — 

Sally, b. April 29, 1797. 
Betsey, b. April 6, 1798. 



Sylvia, b. Oct. 20, 1799. 
Pearsons, b. June 3, 1801. 
Elizabeth, b. May 3, 1803. 
• Cynthia, b. Feb. 27, 1805. 
Jonathan N., b. Sept. 6, 1806. 
Polly, b. Sept. 5, 1808. 
Lucinda, b. March 5, 1810. 
Charles, b. April 21, 1814. 

Daniel Whittier lived in this town till his death. He m. 
Esther, dau. of Hezekiah Parker, Sr. Children, — 

Ebenezer, b. Feb. 17, 1801. 

Delia, b. July 29, 1802. 

Simon, b. Aug. 8, 1804. 

Tryphena, b. March 20, 1806. 

Daniel, b. June 5, 1808. 

Esther, b. Aug. 3, 1810. 

Miriam, b. Sept. 4, 1812 ; m. Isaac Mastin, Jr. ; 2 sons. 

RosUla (ZiUah), b. Oct. 19, 1815. 

Jonathan, b. . 

Jonathan Harvey, b. Oct. 30, 1818 ; m. Jan. 10, 1852, Mary 

Abner Whittier, of New London (perhaps brother to 
Francis, Sr.). m. Jan. 11, 1783, Nabby Sargent. They were 
parents of William, Phineas, and Osgood Whittier, of 
whom the two last named became residents of Sutton. 
Phineas m. Jan. 7, 1813, Sally, dau. of Samuel Andrew, of 
Sutton. Children, — 

Alden P., b. Sept. 29, 1814 ; m. Ruth Whittier, dau. of Osgood 

Judith S., b. June 24, 1817. 

Achsa D., b. Jan. 22, 1820. 

Samuel A., b. Sept. 21, 1822 ; m. Aug. 1, 1848, Sarah J. Heath, 
of Cabot, Me. 

Nancy, b. ; m. Nov., 1846, Capt. Samuel Rowell, of Sutton. 

Two other children, names not obtained. 

Phineas Whittier was a man of much physical energy, as 


is shown by the fact that he was one of the first New Eng- 
landers that ever climbed the Rocky Mountains. He was 
witli Major Stephen H. Long in his first exploring expedi- 

Osgood Whittier, b. 1787; d. Aug. 11,1854; m. Sally, 
dau. of Jonathan Davis, 2d, b. 1797; d. July 9, 1851. 
They came to Sutton in 1831. Children, — 

I. William Taylor, b. Feb. 16, 1819 ; d. Sept. 12, 1832. 

II. Charles C, b. April 17, 1821 ; d. Oct. 17, 1882. 

III. Ruth, b. May 14, 1823. 

IV. Ira P., b. June 10, 1826. 

V. Robert L., b. Jan., 1830 ; m. Sept. 11, 1856, Hannah E. 

II. Charles C. Whittier m. Selina Small, who d. Oct. 31, 1885. 


1. Herman C, b. July 27, 1860 ; m. Nov. 17, 1887, Roxy L. Call, b. 
Jan. 10, 1860. Child,— 

(1) Ernest C. 

III. Ruth Whittier m. Dec. 30, 1840, her cousin, Alden P. 
Whittier. Children, — 

1. Elbridge G. 2. Alvah. 3. Mary J. 4. Ellen S. 

Mrs. Whittier m., 2d, Sylvester Hardy. ChUd, — 

5. Charles H. 

1. Elbridge G. Whittier d. in service in the war, Sept. 17, 1863. 

3. Mary J. Whittier m. Frank B. Sargent. Children, — 
(1) Edith. (2) Agnes. 

4. Ellen S. Whittier m. Josiah C. Hardy. Children, — 
(1) Alice M. (2) Arthur J. (3) Ada C. 

IV. Ira P. Whittier m. Sept. 16, 1851, Betsey J. Adams. Chil- 
dren, — 

1. Ira C, b. April 15, 18.53; d. Feb. 3, 1857. 

2. Amos C, b. March 1, 1858 ; m. Sept. 11, 1880, Alice Hadley. 

3. John E., b. Dec. 21, 1860. 

4. Moses F., b. Feb. 27, 1864; m. June 5, 1888, Jennie Nelson. 

Several years ago Ira P. Whittier removed to Warner. 

On Sutton records the following is found : " Benjamin 
Williams m. May 7, 1809, Abigail Whittier." She was, 

GEXEALOGY. ' 1011 

perhaps, sister to Phiiieas and Osgood Whittier. Cynthia 
Whittier, who ni. Josiah Nichols, was perhaps of the same 


Frederic Wilkiiis m. Jan. 4, 1805, Phebe Mastin, 2d. 
Children, — 

I. Lydia, b. March 10, 1805. 

II. Sherburne, b. Feb. 20, 1807. 

III. StiUman, b. Oct. 3, 1809. 

IV. Lucy Smith, b. Feb. 1, 1812. 

Deacon Gideon Wilkins m. Sall}^ . Children, — 

I. Gideon, b. Dec. 1, 1800. 

II. Cynthia, b. Aug. 7, 1802. 

III. Matthew, b. April 15, 1804. 

IV. Jesse, b. July 4, 1806. 

V. Dustin, b. Dec. 8, 1808. 

VI. Ehza, b. July 3, 1811. 

VII. Lucy, b. Nov. 10, 1813. 

Frederic and Gideon Wilkins were sons of Aquilla Wil_ 
kins, who at an early date owned a farm near the moun- 
tain, where he liv6d till his death. Gideon Wilkins lived 
near the home of his father till the death of his first wife, 

Sally . Afterwards he removed to New London, 

where he m. Rachel Knowlton. One daughter of Aquilla 
Wilkins was Esther, wife of Hezekiah Parker, and another, 
Ednah, m., 1st, Mills, and 2d, Ezekiel Davis. 


Benjamin Williams, who lived early near Mr. Kendrick, 
left no children. He was not of the same family as the 
following : 


Thomas McWilliams, or Williams, as the name is now 
called, m. Dec. 29, 1791, Anna Southworth, of Fishersfield. 
Both were born in Scotland, but their acquaintance began 
in Fishersfield, and in that town, on a hill farm, they spent 
the remainder of their lives. They were very worthy, hon- 
orable people, kind and friendly, and the same has always 
been said to be true of all their descendants. Children, — 

I. John, b. July 14, 1795 ; d. Sept. 28, 1867, in Wilmot ; m. 
June 18, 1815, Molly P. Q. Fellows, who d. Dec. 7, 1872. 

II. Betsey. 

III. Mary, b. ; m. Feb. 7, 1811, Andrew Gillingham. 

Cliildren of John and Molly P. Q. (Fellows) Williams,— 

1. Thomas, b. Dec. 22, 1816; d. April, 1890: m. Ruth Colby. They 
lived many years in North Sutton, and had sons, — Alvin, Charles, and 
other children. 

2. Malvina, b. Feb. 12, 1818 ; d. Nov. 12, 1872, in Sharon, Vt. : m. 
Reuben Gile. 

3. Jesse F., b. Feb. 25, 1820; d. March 26, 1869, in Manchester. 

•1. Marilla, b. March 8, 1823 ; d. Sept. 17, 1873 : m. Albert Nelson. 

5. John, b. April 21, 1825. 

6. Samuel G., b. Feb. 6, 1828; d. Oct., 1831. 

7. Mary E. G., b. March 3, 1830; m. Benjamin True Putney; lives 
in Concord. 

8. Ira F., b. March 7, 1833 ; d. March 29, 1863. 

9. Belinda W., b. April 2, 1835 ; d. March, 1839. 

10. Jonathan F., b. April 9, 1838 ; lives in Lowell, Mass. 


Asa Withee, b. in Belfast, Me., May 10, 1809; d. hi Sut- 
ton, March 11, 1890 : m. March, 1837, Lucretia B. Holmes. 
Mr. Withee came to Sutton in 1836. He resided in the 
South village, first owning the house now owned by Charles 
McAllister. " He was a man of much thought, a close 
reader, and was well informed on very many subjects. His 
clear memorj^ could recall with accuracy events of interest 
many years ago. He was a good citizen and kind neigh- 
bor. He was son of David and Elizabeth (Brown) Withee, 
of Belfast, Maine." Children, — 


I. Ellen A., b. June 8, 1838 ; m. Oct. 7, 1863, George C. Hoyt. 

II. George W., b. Nov. 23, 1842 ; d. Aug. 8, 1843. 

III. Cordelia M., b. March 5, 1846. 

IV. Lewis C, b. June 14, 1848 ; d. Jidy 3, 1889 : m. Emma J. 
Smith. Child,— 

1. Walters. 

Lewis C. Withee m., 2d, Lodena M. Johnson. Child, — 

2. Lottie Belle. 


Eliphalet and Stephen Woodward were brothers, and 
came early to this town from Sandown. They settled on 
adjoining farms in the north-west part of Sutton, near New 

Eliphalet Woodward, b. May 28, 1758 ; d. Feb. 23, 1826 : 
m. Martha Gage, b. July 11, 1758 ; d. Sept. 30, 1847. Chil- 
dren, — 

I. Joseph Gage, b. Dec. 19, 1780 ; d. Aug. 19, 1863. 

IL Abigail, b. Nov. 30, 1782 ; d. March 25, 1873. 

III. Eliphalet, b. Nov. 29, 1784 ; d. May 8, 1807. 

IV. Ednah, b. March 20, 1787 ; d. Aug. 28, 1835. 

V. James, b. March 31, 1789 ; d. April 28, 1872. 

VI. Daniel, b. March 24, 1791 ; d. April 1, 1791. 
VIL Amos, b. May 31, 1792 ; d. Dec. 19, 1873. 

VIII. Rhoda, b. Feb. 6, 1794 ; d. Feb. 17, 1794. 

IX. John King, b. July 9, 1795 ; d. Nov. 20, 1873. 

X. Isaac, b. March 15, 1797 ; d. Dec. 27, 1877. 

XI. Mary Eaton, b. March 27, 1799 ; d. May 19, 1828. 

I. Capt. Joseph Woodward cleared vip and settled on the farm 
known in later years as the James Prescott farm. In this work he 
was, according to his own statement, assisted greatly by his wife, a 
very vigorous woman, named Polly or Dolly Dole, of W^ilmot, whom 
he m. Oct. 24, 1805. CliHdren,— 

1. Marcus, b. Jan. 12, 1807 ; went to Stoueham, ]\Iass. 

2. John D., b. Aug. 22, 1808; lived in New London. 

3. Mary, lived in Lowell and Dracut. 

4. Martha, m. Morey ; d. in Sutton. 

0. Urusilla. 

6. Milton, went West and there died. 

7. Abigail, d. . 


Capt. Joseph Woodward m., 2d, 1822, Mrs. Betsey Johnson, 
Chiklren, — 

8. Lawson. 

9. Eliza. 

None of his descendants now live in Sutton. 

One who knew and well remembered the families of 
both Eliphalet and Stephen Woodward said of them, — 
"The characteristics of the Woodwards, all of them, were 
honesty, integrity, and capability." 

Stephen Woodwaed, 

Born May, 1761 ; d. 1828 : m. Lydia Gage, b. Dec, 1760 ; d. 
1840. Children,— 

I. David, b. May 27, 1783; d. Sept. 8,1853: ra. Ruth Wells, 
who d. Nov. 18, 1859. 

II. Hannah, b. April 6, 1785 ; d. unmarried. 

III. Jonathan, b. Jan. 18, 1787 ; d. June 12, 1847 : m. Oct. 1, 
1814, DoUy Harvey. 

IV. Stephen, b. April 7. 1789 ; d. June 22, 1816 : went to Ells- 
worth, Me., married, and reared a family. 

V. Daniel, b. Dec. 29, 1791 : d. Sept., 1827, at Canterbury : m. 
July 4, 1816, Betsey Moore ; 6 ch. 

VI. Moses, b. Sept. 8, 1793 ; d. at Sutton, Nov. 15, 1855, un- 

VII. Benaiah, b. Dec. 10, 1795 ; went to Ellsworth, Me., where 
he d. unmarried. 

VIII. Ruth, b. Dec. 25, 1797 ; d. Aug., 1864 : m. Stephen Sar- 
gent, of New London. 

IX. Lydia, b. June 7, 1799 ; d. Jan., 1827 : m. Jonathan Moore, 
of Canterbury. 

X. Matthew, b. March 25, 1804 ; went to Ellsworth, Me. 

I. David Woodward m. Ruth B. WeUs. Children, — 

1. Gage, b. Xov. 30, 1809; m. Betsey Wells; i ch. Residence, Xew 

2. Daniel, b. Xov. 1, 1811 ; d. in infancy. 

3. Ruth, b March 23, 1813 ; m. Thomas Jefferson Chadwick. [See 

4. Dana, b. April 27, 1815; m. and lived in Lowell, and there died. 


5. Sarah, b. June 9, 1817 ; m. Burpee Pillsbury, of New London. 

6. Mary, b. June 19, 1819 ; d. in Lowell, of cholera, unmarried. 

7. Stephen, b. Feb. 16, 1822. 

8. Lydia, b. April 26, 182-1 ; m. Charles Gardner. Residence, Wilkes- 
Barre, Penn. 

9. Daniel, b. May 7, 1827. 

10. David, b. Feb. 5, 1830 ; m. , in Lowell, where he died. 

11. Hannah, b. June 5, 1882 ; d in infancy. 

7. Stephen Woodward m. Nov. 18, 1845, Sarah A. P. Johnson, of 
Sutton, dau. of Stephen and Polly (Page) Johnson. Children, b., some 
and perhaps all, in Sutton, — 

(1) Emma E., b. Oct. 10, 1846 ; d. Feb. 21, 1849. 

(2) Annette, b. Jan. 20, 1848; m. Oct. 26, 1865, Andrew J. Fuller, 
of Boston. 

(3) Albert H., b. Aug. 21, 1851 ; d. March 21, 1853. 

(4) Frank A., b. Jan. 5, 1853; m. Feb. 1, 1888, Almira, dau. of Wm. 
L. Morgan. 

(5) Mary A., b. Aug. 2, 1855; m. Dec. 24, 1876, Dr. F. P. Fisher, of 
Enfield Centime. 

(6) Carrie, b. May 5, 18.58; d. May 28, 1865. 

(7) Elva E., b. July 21, 1860. 

Mrs. AVoodward d. July 4, 1868, and Stephen Woodward m., 2d, 
Jan. 4, 1870, Mrs. Hai-riet M. (Clogston) Sargent, of Peachani, Vt., 
dau. of Robert D. and Betsey (Sargent) Clogston. Stephen Wood- 
ward was a carpenter and house-painter. He lived in Sutton some 
years, then at George's Mills, and finally located in Sunapee. 

9. Daniel Woodward m. Oct. 12, 1851, Roxana, dau. of Philip X. 
and Lydia (Yarner) Little. Children, b. in Sutton, — 

(1) Ella Harriet, b. Nov. 8, 1852; m. George White, of Lawrence. 

(2) George Henry, b. March 5, 1855; m. Annie E. Ayer, of Sutton. 

(3) Grace Lsabelle, b. March 15, 1857 ; m. Ii'ving Sawtelle, of Brad- 

(4) Lydia Jane, b. May 3, 1859 ; ni. Simon G. Cutting, of Sutton. 

(5) Philip Daniel, b. June 29, 1863 ; d. Nov. 29, same year. 

III. Jonathan Woodward was born in Sutton, and here spent his 
whole life. For several years after his marriage he lived on the 
farm known as the Thomas S. Little farm. In 1821 he removed 
to the old homestead of his father, Stephen Woodward, and cared 
for his parents during their declining years. He was a cooper by 
trade, and besides managing the large farm, found time to do con- 
siderable coopering work. He was captain in the '' Grenadiers " of 
the old state militia. He was small in stature, had an open, ex- 
pressive coimtenance, and sharp, black eyes. He d. June 12, 1847, 
on the same farm where he was born, and was one of the most 
respected citizens of the town. The memory of his well spent life 


was a precious legacy to bis children, and in after years they often 
referred to liim in terms of praise. He m. Oct. 1, 1814, Dolly, 
dau. of James and Eunice (Cotter) Harvey, of Sutton, b. May 29, 
1794 : d. AprH 30, 1868. Cliildren.— 

1. James Harvey, b. July 28, 1815. 

2. Harriet Xewell, b. July 5, 1817; d. Nov. 14, 1889: m. Jacob 
Beau (2d wife). 

3. Marcia Eunice, b. Aug. 18, 1821 ; d. June .5. 1881, in Tilton. 

4. Lydia Ann, b. May 2, 182.5 ; d. March 2, 1875 : m. Trumau Put- 
ney. [See Putney.] 

5. Moses Gage,'b. Jan. 20, 1828. 

6. Susan Harvey, b. Oct. 8, 1835 ; d. Sept. 4, 1864 : m. Hiram K. Lit- 
tle. [See Little.] 

1. James Harvey Woodward m. Abigail G. Rice, of Brighton, Mass. 
Children, — 

(1) James Thomas, b. Juh', 1844; d. Sept., 1847. 

(2) Emma Frances, b. Sept., 1848; d. Aug., 1861. 

(3) Harvey Augustus, b. July. 1851 : d. Sept., 1851. 
(1) Ella Louise, b. Oct. 20, 18.54 ; d. Aug., 1855. 

James Harvey Woodward was tlie eldest child of Capt. Jonathan 
and Dolly (Harvey) Woodward, and a gTaudson of Stephen Woodward 
and James Harvey, who were prominent among the early settlers of 
the town. He resided at Sutton till 1885, when he went to Brighton, 
Mass., where he worked for several years as a carpenter. He after- 
wards purchased a lumber wharf at Brighton, and did an extensive 
business as surveyor of lumber. In 1860 he removed to Xorth Cam- 
bridge, ]\Iass., and opened a furniture store on Xorth Avenue, where 
he built up a large and lucrative busmess. 

^Ir. Woodward was a man of activity and great natural ability. 
When he first arrived at Brighton, a young man of twenty, after pay- 
ing his stage fare he had only two dollars in his pocket. In after 
years, through his own efforts, he became a man of wealth. He 
applied himself closely to business, and never sought political prefer- 
ment. He was often urged by his friends to permit the use of his 
name as a candidate for various offices in the city government, but 
always refused. 

For many years he was a prominent member of the L^nitarian 
church at Brighton, of which the Eev. Frederick A. Whitney was the 
honored pastor, and for a time served as deacon of this church. After 
his removal to Cambridge he united with the Xorth Avenue Universa- 
list church. His religion had no Calvinistic flavor, but he fully be- 
lieved in the fatherhood of God and the brotherhood of man. He was 
one of the many men who have gone forth from Sutton to achieve suc- 
cess in wider fields. He ever manifested a deep interest in his native 
town, which he annually visited, that he might meet his old friends 


/^, y/h~-(rcl<^^cuuO' 


and acquaintances. Sept. 21, 1843, he married Abigail G. Rice, young- 
est daughter of Dea. Edmund and Abigail (Maynard) Rice, of Brigh- 
ton. They had four children, all of whom died in youth. The loss of 
his children was a blow from which he never fully recovered. He died 
Dec. 1, 1885, and was buried in the family lot on a beautiful elevation 
in the Cambridge cemetery. 

3. Maria Eunice Woodward m. June 2, 1847, Sargent H. Richardson, 
of Nashua, b. Oct. 6, 1820. Children,— 

(1) Ida ]Maria, b. Oct. 14, 1850 ; m. John D. Stewart, of Centreville, 
Iowa, and now resides in luka, Pratt Co., Kan. 

(2) Mary Ann, b. Aug. 24, 1853 ; d. Feb. 6, 1856. 

(3) Mary Ella, b. Aug. 6, 1856. 

(4) Minnie Harriet, b. May 29, 1860. 

5. Moses Gage m. Sept. 30, 1856, Luvia Josephine, dau. of Joel Cil- 
ley, Esq., of Woodbury, Vt. She d. Oct. 30, 1861, in Wilinot Flat. 
He m., 2d, April 4, 1863, Sarah Jane, dau. of Elisha Keniston, of 
Andover, b. March 5, 1839. At the age of 20 years he went to Bright- 
on, Mass., where his brother, James H., resided, to learn the-carpen- 
ters' trade, and remained there several years. He afterwards resided 
in Wilmot and in Sutton. In 1870 he removed to Franklin Falls, 
where he does an extensive business as contractor and builder. Mr, 
Woodvvard is a member of the Unitarian church at Franklin, and also 
of the Masonic fraternity. He has been a very industrious man, and 
is honored and respected by the community in which he lives. Chil- 
dren, by his 1st wife, — 

(1) Henry Arthur, b. Aug. 3, 18.57; d. July 9. 1865. 

(2) Mary Ella, b. Nov. 14, 1858; m. Sept.^ 26, 188.5, Frank P. Mars- 
ton, of ^leredith. 

(3) George B., b. Oct. 14. 1861 ; m. Sept., 1885, Alice May Allen, of 
Nashua. He is now in trade in Burlington, Vt. 

Children, by 2d wife, — 

(4) Emma Maria, b. June 30, 1867, has recently graduated from the 
N. H. State Normal School, and is a very successful teacher. 

(5) Jennie Hannah, b. April 22, 1874. 

(6) Hattie Mabel, b. July 15, 1877. 

V. Daniel Woodward, b. in Sutton, Dec. 27. 179- ; m. 1816, 
Betsey Moore, of Newbuiyport, Mass., who d. Jan. 8, 1851. aged 
58. Children, — 

1. Sylvester, b. in Sutton, Dec. 10, 1816 : d. Dec. 31, 1874 : m. Nov. 
21, 1844, Mary A. Tinker, of Ellsworth, Me. Children,— 

(1) Azilla M., b. July 30, 1850. 

(2) Carrie A., b. Oct. 10, 1852; d. 1854. 

(3) Frank Harvey, b. April 6, 1855. 

Mr. Woodward was a carpenter by trade, residing for many years in 
Lowell, Mass. 


2. Arvilla, b. in Sutton, 1818; m. 1848, Norris Nichols, of Reading, 
Mass., now resident in Chelsea. 

6. Emily G., b. in Sutton, June 10, 1820. For many years she was 
a successful and popular teacher in the schools in Lowell, where she 
still resides. 

4. Daniel, b. at Canterbury, Nov., 1822 ; d. Aug. 29, 1825. 

5. Moses, b. in Canterbury, Oct. 19, 1824; d. Sept. 18, 1825. 

6. Mary Ann, b. in Canterbury, Jan. 22, 1828; d. Jan. 22, 1873 : m. 
Oct., 1846, John R. Whitcomb, of Stowe, Mass.; 4 children, only one 
now living. 

X. Matthew Harvey Woodward, youngest child of Stephen and 
Lydia (Gage) Woodward, was b. in Sutton, and remained with his 
parents till 1823, when he, being then 19 years old, went in com- 
pany with his brother, Stephen G., to Ellsworth, Me., to learn the 
ship carpenter's trade. At this business he worked for many years, 
and has built several large vessels. Mr. and Mrs. Woodward have 
been married sixty years, and are respected by all who know them. 
Mr. W.oodward, at the age of 86, has been able to prepare the fol- 
lowing record of his children with his own hand : 

" Matthew Harvey Woodward, b. March 25, 1804 ; m. Jan. 25, 
1830, Julia S. Whittaker, of Ellsworth, Me. Children,— 

1. Charles H., ra. Priscilla Springer, of Boston; 1 son, d. aged 10 

2. Alvah K., ra. Elizabeth Jordan, of Ellsworth ; 1 dau. 

3. Marilla K.,m. Spencer S. Higgins, of Ellsworth. She d. a few 
years after marriage, leaving 1 dau. 

4. Llewellyn D., m. Elizabeth Nichols, of Belfast, Me. ; 1 son. 

5. Fanny A., d. unmarried, aged 23. 

6. William P., m. Alice M. Bartlett, of Ellsworth ; 3 sons and 1 dau. 

7. Lydia K., m. Spencer S. Higgins (2d wife) ; 3 sons and 1 dau. 

8. Julia A., m. Eugene K. Morany, of Ellsworth; 2 sons. 

9. Clifton, m. Hattie E. Jordan, of Ellsworth; 1 dau." 

Eiios Woodward m. irannah French. Children, — 

Charles H., b. Aug. 28, 1867. 
AViUie E., b. Fob. 29, 1868. 
OUie E., b. Oct. 15, 1872. 
Hattie B., b. April 20, 1874. 

Charles H. Woodward m. Nov. 8, 1855, Mary J. Presby. 



The ancestor of the family of this name who became res- 
ident of Sutton was, it is said, of German origin. He 
settled in Amesbury or Newbury, whence some of the de- 
scendants came to Enfield. Joshua Wright, of Enfield, 
m. Molly Chadwick, and after some years removed to this 
town, and occupied the farm near Moses Wadleigh, where 
afterwards his son, John Wright, lived. The name of the 
latter will be found on record of town officers. Joshua 
Wright and his wife died in Sutton, the latter Feb. 3, 1811. 
Children, b. in New London, — 

I. Hannah, b. Nov. 16, 1792 ; d. Nov. 15, 1855 : m. April 23, 
1820, Isaac FeUows. 

II. SaUy, b. April 25, 1794 ; d. Feb. 24, 1796. 

ni. John, b. Nov. 22, 1795 ; d. Feb. 25, 1872 : m. July 26, 
1827, Belinda Fellows, b. in Sutton. 

IV. Lydia, b. May 22, 1798 ; d. Feb. 18, 1877. 

V. Betsey, b. AprU 27, 1800 ; m. Nov. 9, 1820, Nathaniel Flan- 
ders, of Hopkinton. 

VI. Joshua, b. Aug. 27, 1802 ; m. Emily West, of Bradford. 

VII. James, b. April 28, 1804 ; d. AprU 14, 1868. 

VIII. Zadock, b. Oct. 4, 1806 ; d. Oct. 12, 1882. 

IX. Susanna, b. Oct. 2, 1809 ; d. July 17, 1872. 

VI. Joshua Wright m. Emily West, of Bradford. They have 
sons, — Eben. George, Henry, and Robert, who are noted railroad 
engineers, and Frank, who died aged 20 years. Their daughters 
were Emily, Abbie, now dead, Susan, who married B. F. PiUsbviry, 

and Elizabeth, who married Gillingham. The two last named 

daughters now live in Granite Falls, Minn. 

I. Hannah Wright and descendants are found on page 711, but 
the name there given of her father is erroneous. It shoidd be 
Joshua, instead of John. For record of John Wright (III) see pp. 
712, 713. 

Robert Wright, who died in Sutton in the winter of 1888-89, 
was a half brother of Joshua Wright, Sr. Robert was supposed to 
be about 95 years of age. He was brought up by the Shakers in 
Enfield, but left them when a young man. He was a capable, indus- 
trious man, and of a friendly disposition, though he never married. 




Joseph Youring m. April 24, 1778, Olive Kimball. Chil- 
dren, b. in Sutton, — 

I. Peter K., b. July 30, 1780 ; d. in Worcester, Mass. 

II. Jonathan, b. Sept. 28, 1785 ; d. in Weedsport, N. Y., Nov., 

III. Molly, b. April 12, 1787 ; d. in Hopkinton. 

IV. Israel, b. Jan. 23, 1792 ; d. in Bradford, Sept. 11, 1865. 

V. Sally, b. Nov. 13, 1795 ; d. in Warner, Oct., 1835. 

Joseph Youring and wife d. in Warner. Their descend- 
ants changed the name to Ewins about 1800. Mr. Youring 
cleared and settled upon the farm best known as the Dan- 
iel Smith farm, in the south part of the town, which he 
afterwards exchanged with Dudley Bailey for his farm on 
the western side of the " Mink hills " in Warner. 

I. Peter K. Ewins m. Ruth . Children, b. in Sutton, — 

1. Kiml^all, d. in Massachusetts. 

2. Ruth, m. Howe, of Worcester, Mass. 

3. Ralph, settled in Worcester. 

4. Xelson, m. Olivia Martin, of Vermont, where he settled : went to 
war and was killed in service. 

I. Kimball Ewins was a cripple from his birth, but he had saved 
enough from his wages as shoemaker to maintain himself comfortably 
in his last years in a church home. He never married. 

Peter K. Ewins moved to Vermont and died there. 

II. Jonathan Ewins m. Dec. 25, 1825, Mrs. Jennie (McMasters) 
Little, of Newbury, b. in Francestown, April 16, 1777 ; d. July 18, 
1858, in AVeedsport, N. Y. Children, b. in Newbury, — 

1. Jonathan, Jr., b. Oct. 24, 1806 ; d. Nov. 15, 1867, in Warner. 

2. Mary, b. Oct. 28, 1808. 

3. Elizabeth, b. Dec. 20, 1809. 

4. Joseph, b. Dec. 24, 1810; d. Dec. 15, 1886. 

5. Madison, b. Feb. 12, 1812. 

6. Jennie, b. April 5, 1815. 

7. Alice, b. Oct. 3, 1817 ; d. June 18, 1840. 

Jonathan Ewins was quite a noted man in Newbury. He was a 
farmer, carpenter, and was also a drovier or dealer in cattle. Later 
he removed to New York, where most of his children settled. 

1. Jonathan Ewins, of Newljury, m. May 1, 1830, Mary J. Ingalls, of 
Warner, dau. of John and Susan (Cheney) Ingalls. Children, b. in 
Warner, — 


(1) Herbert, b. Dec. 30, 1830 ; d. July 3, 1832. 

(2) Louisa J., b. March 17, 183-4. 

(3) Herbert J., V). Oct. 'i-J, 1838. 

(4) Georo-e W., b. April 1, 1840. 

(5) Alice A., b. Jan. 16, 1848. 

(2) Louisa J. Ewins m. July 17, 1857, Edward Kimball, of Hillsbor- 
ough. Children, — 

Ella M., b. July, 18.58. 

Warren C, b. Jan. 14, 1866. 

Belle, b. April, 1869 ; ni. Geo. Staniels, of Hillsborough Bridge. 

Ella M. Kimball m., 1st, Augustus Rogers, of Lebanon. After a 
few years he died, and she m., 2d, Frank Gordon, of Henniker. 

(3) Herbert J. Ewins m. Nov., 1861, Lucetta Pierce, of Bradford, 
dau. of Cummings and Caroline (Dowlin) Pierce. Children, — 

Marietta, b. Dec. 2-5, 1863, in Bradford ; m. Sept. 1, 1888, Al- 

pheus Huntoon, of Salisbury. 
Ida M., b. Feb. 17, 1866. 

(4) George W. Ewins, of Warner, m. Mary A. Ward, of Bradford, 
dau. of Lindon and ]Maria (Ward) Ward. Xo ch. ]Mrs. P^wins d. 
Dec. 5, 1880, in Bradford, and her husband m., 2d, Jan. 1, 1882, Hattie 
G. Chadwick, of Sutton, dau. of Edmund and Tabitha (Peters) Chad- 
wick. He is a farmer, living near Bradford pond. For many years 
he has done an extensive business in cattle and other stock, and has 
also been engaged in other branches of business. 

(5) Alice A. Ewins m. Sept. 25, 1864, Henry J. Brown, of Warner. 

Children, b. in Warner, — 

Mary A., b. Xov. 6, 1872. 
Carrie L., b. May 8, 1879. 

Mary A. Brown m. Xov. 6, 1887, Herbert M. Cheney, of Warner. 

2. IVIary Ewins m. George Holland, of Weedsport, N. Y. Chil- 
dren, — 

(1) Alice E., m. Abner Uort, of New York. She d. Dec, 1888. 

(2) Maria M., ni. Waterman Stevens, of Pennsylvania. 

Mrs. Mary (Ewins) Holland m., 2d, French, of Weedsport. 

3. Elizabeth Ewans m. John St. John, of Illinois. They have two 
sons now living in Stirling, 111. 

4. Joseph Ewins m. Adeline Hess, of Weedsport. Child, — 
(1) Percival, b. at Weedsport. 

5. Madison Ewins went to Weedsport, X. Y. 

6. Jennie Ewins went, probably, to Illinois. 

7. Alice Ewins m. Cyrenus A. Norris, of Weedspoi't. Child, — 

(1) Mary E., b. at Weedsport ; m. E. M. Stevens. They had 4 sons 
and a daughter, Jennie, who m. Jesse Hennings, of X. Y. 


III. Molly Youring m. Ezra Jones, Jr., probably 2d wife, as 
according to town records he m. Nov. 16, 1797, Ruth Page, b. May 
6, 1774, who, it is sup^Josed, was half sister to Molly Youring. 
Children of Ezra and Molly, — 

1. Elizabeth. 

2. Kimball, who d. in childhood. 

Dea. Ezra Jones moved to Hopkinton and died there, as did also 
his widow, a few years later. 

1. Elizabeth Jones m. Joseph Philbrook, of Sutton, who was a 
■descendant of Benjaniin and Sarah (C'hute) Philbrook, but his right 
place in the record of their issue is not found. He lived near the 
South village. Children, — 

(1) Fanny. 

(■J) Joseph, d. young. 

(8) Mehitabel. 

j\Irs. Elizabeth (Jones) Philbrook m., 2d, Jonah Campbell, of Hop- 
kinton. Child, — 

(4) Francis, now resident in Colorado. 

Jonah Campbell was a noted drummer, and as such was known far 
and wide, as also was his son Francis. 

Israel Youring m. Deborah Lowe, of Antrim. No children. 
They lived in Warner and Bradford, and his sister, Sally Youring, 
spent the last part of her life with him. She never married. 

Daniel Emery. 

The following, received too late for insertion in its 
proper place, is here added, the interest attaching to the 
fact of Mr. Emery's having served in both our wars with 
England making it imjiortant to preserve all that can be 
learned concerning him. The information was obtained 
through the agency of Charles E. Emery, of New York city, 
and from Rev. Rufus Emery, who is now engaged in col- 
lecting material for a history of the Emery family. 

This Daniel Emery was baptized in Newbury, Mass., 
Feb. 26, 1764. The baptism of infants usually took place on 
the 2d Sunday after birth. He settled in Sutton, and m. 
Mary Jones, and d. in Wilmot, Aug. 29, 1850. His wife 
d. Nov. 12, 1849. Children,— 


I. John, b. March, 1795 ; d. when 18 years of age. 

II. Daniel, ni. Rebecca Chase. 

III. Ezra, m. Jane Dole. 

IV. Judith, m. Eben White. She was b. 1804. 

V. Timothy, b. 1808 ; ni. Fanny Jones. 

It was within the recollection of Sutton people that Mr. 
Emery's wife was a daughter of Ezra Jones, Sr., the first 
miller, but there was some confusion as to her given name. 
Mary is not found on the Sutton record of Mr. Jones's 
children, probably because she was born before the family 
came to Sutton. The Betsey or Hitty who is marked III 
of Ezra Jones's children on page 780 of this history, should 
therefore read simply " Betsey, b. June 16, 1788," as it is 
here made certain that she is not, as was supposed, the wife 
of Daniel Emery. 

It is also fully established by the knowledge and recol- 
lection of Sutton people that the Daniel Emery who is 
named among the soldiers from Sutton in the War of 1812 
is Daniel Emery, Sr., and not his son Daniel, as has been 
suggested lately. The circumstance of his serving in both 
wars was frequently spoken of by the old people, and never 
doubted or contradicted. It will be seen that the name on 
the list of 1812 soldiers was not Daniel Emer}^ Jr. 

As to Mr. Emery's Revolutionary service his pension 
record gives the following information : 

He enlisted for three years in March, 1780 or '81, under 
Capt. Eleazer Frye, in Col. Dearborn's regiment (called the 
1st). He joined this company at a place called Soldier's 
Fortune, near West Point, N. Y. In November, 1821, he 
was aged 57 years, and his wife, named Mary, was aged 53 
years at the same date, his daughter Judith, aged 17, and 
son Timothy, aged 13. 


In 1822 the legislature of New Hampshire made appropriation 
of a sum of money to be expended at Hartford Institute for the 
education of such deaf mutes as desire an education. 

Ozro KimbaU, son of John and Liicinda (Fowler) Kimball, was 
born in Sutton Sept. 7. 1811. When about three years old he lost 
his hearing, in consequence of being very sick with canker-rash. 
His uncle, Capt. Levi Fowler, was much interested in the child, 
and, after some years' time and considerable effort, managed to 
obtain admission for him to the asylum at Hartford, taking him 
there himself. He was remarkably smart and intelligent, learned 
rapidly, and acquired a good education. He grew to manhood, 
married a deaf-mute, a lady whose acquaintance he made at the 
asylum. They had three children, all of them bright and intelli- 
gent, and they can hear perfectly well. Mr. Kimball was for several 
years emiiloyed in a pianoforte manufactory in Boston, where he 
had charge of some department of the work. He acquired a good 
projierty. He was killed on a railroad a few years ago, not hear- 
ing the approaching train behind him, when he imprudently at- 
tenuated to cross the track. 

Mary Ann Parker, daughter of Elisha and Lydia (Ambrose) 
Parker, also lost her hearing in consequence of canker-rash. She 
had just begun to speak some words, and those she never forgot^ 
She was very quick to learn, and possessed of remarkable beauty. 
When she was twelve years old she could " cipher," as it was then 
termed, as far as the " rule of three," her cousin, David Davis, 
having taught her by a process of his own invention. She usually 
attended school because she chose to go with her brothers and sis- 
ters. While in school she used to spend most of her time in writ- 
ing, the teacher setting her copies willingly. Soon after she was 
twelve years of age she was sent to Hartford Asylum for her edu- 
cation, went through the course of study, and became a teacher 
there. Some years elapsed, and her health failing, her cousin, 
David Davis, sent for her to come to him, and when she came, evi- 
dently far gone in consumption, he married her, as he wrote to a 
friend, in order to take care of her. She soon after died. She 
was born July 23, 1815. 


Eaton Gi'ange, the summer home of the sons and daughters o£ 
John Eaton, is located in the south-eastern part of the town of Sutton, 
on the road from South Sutton to Warner, near the highest point of 
Kimball's hiU, so called from Caleb Kimball, its first settler, who is 
supposed to have come here about 1780— '81. The altitude of the 
site is some twelve hundred feet above sea level. The air is breezy, 
cool, and most healthfid. The roads are hilly, but the drives are 
embowered with trees, shady and attractive, and the views from the 
open heights are magnificent. South-eastwardly can be seen the stee- 
ples of the Warner churches ; southerly is Stuart moimtain, 1800 feet 
high ; south-westwardly is Lovell's mountain. Turning to the right 
the eye takes in Sunapee mountain, at whose base nestles Sunapee 
lake in all its beauty, at an altitude of about 1,100 feet ; then 
Dresser's, King's, and New London hiUs, the last mth its church and 
academy, until directly to the north the eye rests upon Kearsarge 
which in its majesty crowns the surrounding landscape at the height 
of 2,942 feet. The summit of the mountain is about eight miles 
from the Grange, toward which it descends continuously to Stevens 
brook as that courses its way toward Warner river along the foot 
of Kimball's hill. It is supposed that the location of Mr. Kimball's 
buildings was determined by the proximity of a rock-sheltered spring, 
on the northerly slope of the hill, of exceptionally pure water, still 
greatly prized. 

In 1784, the town voted " to appoint a cormnittee to accept the 
road laid out, passing by Joseph Wadleigh's (South Sutton) and 
Caleb Kimball's to Warner." Here is evidence of the home on the 
hill and of the highway to the commerce of the world. For a gen- 
eration this was the main road, hilly as it was, of travel south and 
south-easterly for a large population in more northerly towns. The 
increasing travel suggested a tavern, and soon the moderate-sized red 
house, first built, gave way to a more pretentious mansion. Here 


for years at niglit the weary traveller found rest and food for him- 
self and beast. Sometimes the number of lodgers was so great 
that they slejjt in rows on the floor. Here news was exchanged 
from the up-country and the city. Those still living recall the busy 
and merry scenes presented. On the broad field at the east the 
militia paraded at regimental muster, and the children and adults of 
this and surrounding towns gathered in gala dress to enjoy the holi- 
day and the martial display. On the opposite side of the road near 
the barn, Mr. Bartlett, of Warner, established a store, which was 
tended by his son Levi, afterward the well known agTicultural 
and historical writer. Mr. Levi Bartlett in his old age said to the 
Batons, — " I have known seven generations of your family." 

In 1786, Caleb Kimball was one of a committee to locate the 
south meeting-house, and, as one of the selectmen, had care of the 
expenditure of twelve pounds raised that year for the support of 
schools. His home was in the " third district," and the school for 
his children was located on the ledge at the brow of the hill south 
of the road and within view of his home — a sightly spot, a solid 
foundation. Rev. Dr. Hoi'ace Eaton, his grandson, who took his 
first lessons in this school-house, was wont to say that his education 
was "founded on a rock." Here the children and grandchildren of 
Mr. Kimball attended school, and in part acquired the intelligence 
for which they were noted. Tradition tells us of the sensation of 
admiration and wonder produced by a visit to the school of a sol- 
dier returned- from the War of 1812, dressed in a captain's red coat. 
When another and better " people's college " was built, at a point on 
the road farther toward Warner near the Benjamin Kendrick place, 
this old house was removed to the new district on the road ^^assing 
Jonathan Roby's, and rebuilt near Thomas Morgan's where it 
remains to this day. In this house John Eaton, afterward U. S. 
Commissioner of Education, at sixteen years of age taught his 
first school. 

Near the school-house on the ledge, crossing the road, John Eaton, 
who married Mary KimbaU, built his first house, carried on his trade 
as a brazier, and opened a store. All trace of this home is now gone 
except the cellar, the well, and the tansy patch. On the opposite 
side of the road lived Jonathan Stevens, whose daughter became Mrs. 
Jacob Osgood, and died in Warner over one hundred and two years 
of age. Only the old well and a slight depression of ground mark 
the site of the Stevens house. 


The next house crossing the road at the foot of the first hill was 
the home of Elijah Eaton. It is now vacant. Elijah was the 
brother of John Eaton, above mentioned, and of the centenarian, 
Nathaniel Eaton, who lived farther down the road. Here Elijah's 
son. Carlos, lived, raised his family, and died. Then came the Ken- 
dricks — Samuel, William, and Benjamin — the children of Dudley 
Kendrick, whose home was the second of these, the William Kendrick 
house. Tlie Samuel Kendrick house was at one time occupied by 
John Morgan, and is now occupied by John Colby and his son 
Demerit. The William Kendrick house, once occujiied by the Sim. 
mouses, by Holton Martin, and the Philbrooks, is now vacant. The 
Benj. Kendrick homestead, once occupied by his daughter, Mrs. P. 
S. H. Wadleigh and family, is now owned by Leonard F. E. Dresser. 
Near here Benj. Kendrick had a blacksmith shop. The new house, 
built by Benj. Kendrick across the road and occupied by his widow 
until her death, is now removed to a point opposite Hon. Geo. C. 

A few rods up the road from the Benj. Kendrick homestead was 
erected, about 1824, the successor to the school-house on the ledsfe 
near the grange. This was burnt, and the old red school-house across 
the road appeared, in which aU the Eaton brothers and sisters went 
to school. In 1884 this was changed into a new and more com- 
modious white house. But it in no longer crowded as were the older 
ones with hearty children. The few who attend of another genera- 
tion still play in the sand, build their miniature stone walls aromid 
their miniature farms, houses, and barns, roU up the big snow-balls, 
slide gaily down the hill, and have their cliildish quarrels as those 
before them. 

The next house below the Kendricks on the south side was the 
home of Edward Ordway, father of Samuel Ordway and ancestor 
of all our Ordways. It is now occupied by the widow and children 
of Daniel Ordway. Of the next house on the same side of the 
road, Joseph Johnson's, notliing remains to mark the site but the 

Nearly opposite stands the mansion, built in 1814 by John Adams, 
who married Sally Kimball. They first settled and lived on the 
summit of Adams hill near by. His son John Adams afterwards 
occupied the homestead now owned by Highgate Jordan. On the 
other side, at the corner of the Waterloo road, stands the house built 
by Edward Ordway, the son of the Edward above mentioned. It 

1028 HISTORY OF sutto:n^. 

is now the home of Hon. Jacob K. Adams, who represented Sutton in 
the state legislature, as it was of his father, B. F. Adams. Across 
the Waterloo road from here was the home of John Kezar, 1814-'20, 
which long since disa2)peared. 

On the north side farther down stands the mansion, built in 1814^ 
of Nathaniel Eaton, who lived to celebrate, in the jjossession of all 
his faculties to a remarkable degree, his hundredth birthday. It is 
now occvipied by his son. Hon. Geo. C. Eaton. The next house, and 
the last before passing from Sutton into Warner, was the home of 
Jonathan Rowell and his sons Ira and Silas Rowell, later of George 
and Charles Rowell, the sons of Silas, and now of James B. 

Passing westerly from Eaton Grange, the first house was that of 
Peter Peaslee, son of David, of which only the cellar remains in 
what has ever since been known as the " Peter orchard." At the 
foot of the hill, near the corner of the road leading to North Sutton, 
lived the Taylors. Here at one time was a busy centre, — a tavern, 
a store, a potash, a tannery, and a cooper shop. All traces of this 
home and these activities have disappeared excepting the cellar, the 
vat-holes of the tannery, and the orchard of the old Taylor home- 
stead. Several of the Taylor sons became clergymen ; — one. Rev. 
Wm. Taylor, organized many Baptist churches, among them those 
in Bradford and Concord, N. H. He was one if not the chief of 
the fomiders of the academy at New Hampton, N. H., and of the 
college at Kalamazoo, Mich. 

In this Taylor homestead also afterward resided Mr. Silsby, a 
clergyman, who carried the mail on horseback through a considera- 
ble region of this county, and annoxmced his approach by a blast 
from his tin horn. 

Down the roadway towards North Sutton is the steep hill known 
as Potash hill. 

Rising the Downing hill on the road towards South Sutton, on the 
north side, is the cellar which marks the site of the old home of 
Seth Downing, afterwai'd occupied by Josejjh Peaslee. 

About an eighth of a mile np the South Sutton road from its 
junction with the North Sutton road on the north side, David Peas- 
lee, above mentioned, made the first settlement in the town of Sut- 
ton. The site is now covered with forest, and is marked only by a 
few surviving apple-trees. All these places named, westwardly 
from the Grange, are now inckided in the Eaton estate. 


John Eaton succeeded his grandfather, Caleb Kmiball, in the 
ownership of Eaton Grange. He was a conquering farmer, who by 
indomitable energy and unceasing industry added farm to farm, 
until he was said to own '* all the land adjoining liim." His chil- 
dren retain about one thousand acres, perhaps one half of what be- 
longed at one time to their father. They have removed the barns 
from the south side of the road and remodelled the other buildings, 
retaining the old two-story house with its massive frame of oak and 
pine, so firmly put together that it has been said it could be rolled 
down the hillside to kStevens's brook without breaking to pieces. 

The sons and daughters of John Eaton, who are the present 
proprietors, have all resided beyond the limits of the state of New 
Hampshire for over twenty-five years ; but hither they come with 
their families as opportunity permits for their summer rest and 
recreation. They are John Eaton of Marietta, Ohio, Mrs. S. M. 
Pennock of Winter Hill, Somerville, Mass., Nathan A. Eaton of 
Encinitas, San Diego Co., Cal., Frederick Eaton of Toledo, Ohio, 
Lucien B. Eaton of Memphis, Tenn., Christina L. Eaton of Mem- 
phis, Tenn., James A. Eaton of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Charles 
Eaton of Memphis, Tenn. These Eaton brothers and sisters have 
restored and beautified their old home, and, as they could, have made 
an annual pilgrimage to it, not simply for their own pleasure, but as 
some expression of the tender affection which they cherish for the 
father whom they honor and for the mother whose memory they 
idolize. It is a matter of great thankf idness to them that the ranks 
of tliis band of six brothers and two sisters had not been broken by 
death up to the close of 1889. During the first days of Sept.. 1889? 
these brothers and sisters were all together at the old homestead, 
the first time for forty years. 

Gen. John Eaton, the oldest, has always been the executive in 
charge of the affairs of Eaton Grange, and Miss Christina L. Eaton, 
its matron and hostess. To the devotion and admirable manage- 
ment of Miss Christie are due in the largest degree the pleasures of 
the delightful family reunions at the Grange. 

Here have gathered every summer, without interruption for over 
fifteen years, some of them with their friends and their kindred scat- 
tered from Maine to California. The latch-string hangs out to all, 
with a warmer welcome to any of the Kimball, Eaton, Andrews, 
or Gregg lineage. All mere formal restraint is laid aside. All are 
children again. The old mansion resounds with laughter and frolic, 


song, music, and the dance, and in turn come earnest discus- 
sions and tearful memories. As Dr. Jacob S. Eaton, the brother 
of John Eaton, was wont to remark, " Perfect order and perfect 
freedom reign." 

Sometimes large parties of friends ai'rive, lunch is served, toasts 
given, speeches made, side-splitting stories told, the old familiar songs 
are sung, and then perhaps visits to the spring, and music and dance 
and round and round of jollity. 

On Sabbaths, in the days of Rev. Horace Eaton, D. D., came 
friends from the neighborhood, and sometimes from more distant 
villages, to hear his thoughtful, eloquent, and sometimes very touch- 
ing discourses. One of these sermons, upon the text II Samuel 
23 : 15, " And David longed and said, ' that one would give me 
drink of the water of the well of Bethlehem which is by the gate,' " 
will never be forgotten by those who heard him. He dwelt upon 
the heart's yearning for the old scenes and hearthstones, and the 
beauty of children's restoring the old dwelling, and gathering as here 
in the home of their parents and their childhood. 

It was the delight of the Eaton brothers and sisters to see how 
dear the old place was to their uncles. Dr. Jacob S. Eaton of Har- 
vard, Mass., and of Rev. Dr. Horace Eaton of Palmyra, N. Y., and 
to their aunts, the sisters of their father, Mrs. Ruth K. Sherburne, 
Mrs. Sally Dresser, and Miss Lucretia K. Eaton. Here they found 
the fountain of youth, and revelled in the scenes of their childhood. 
Dr. Horace wandered over the fields and climbed the liills as one in 
a trance, possessed of a heavenly vision. Dr. Jacob and " Aunt 
Ruth " referred to it to the last with the enthusiasm and rapture of 
a Mohammedan saint to the Mecca of his joy. " A charm from the 
skies seemed to hallow them " here. 

An instance of the gay humor of Dr. Jacob S. Eaton when here, 
even in his old age, must be perj^etuated. At eighty -two years of 
age, he sat at the table with aunt Christina (Andrews) Callan, of 
Washington, D. C, then seventy years of age. As he met her at 
tlie breakfast table his first morning, taking her hand warmly and 
drawing her slightly and gently aside, he said to her with the grace 
of a cavalier, " Madam, I dreamed of you last night." 

Among the most interesting incidents of the reunions at the 
Grange was the golden wedding of *' Aunt and Uncle Sherburne," 
Sept. 6, 1875, of which a contemporary newspaper gave the follow- 
ing account : 






EATO]!^^ GKAXGE. 1031 

One of the most delightful social gatherings which has taken 
place in this neighborhood for many a day was that at the old 
' Kimball mansion ' otherwise known as ' Eaton Grange,' on the occa- 
sion of the golden wedding of Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Sherburne, of 
Concord, on Monday, the 6th inst. The ancient mansion in Sutton, 
from which the bride was married fifty years ago, is now the smn- 
mer home of the Eaton brothers and sisters, the eldest of whom is 
Gen. John Eaton. Commissioner of the Educational Bureau, Wash- 
ington, D. C. Thither they come with kith and kin to forget 
business cares for a few weeks, and to refresh their hearts and health 
in that high place among the hills and mountains. It was very 
appropriate that the venerable couple around whom the chief inter- 
est centred should have complied with the wishes of their nieces 
and nephews at the Grange, and come back to the old homestead to 
celebrate their golden nuptials, bringing with them their children 
and children's children. 

The weather was everything that could be wished, the company 
numerous and in a mood to enjoy themselves, and the reception most 
hospitable and gi-acious. Of the immediate relatives present, there 
were Gen. Jolm Eaton, wife and three children ; Judge and Mrs. S. 
M. Pennock, of Somerville, Mass. ; Col. Lucien B. Eaton, U. S. 
Marshal of Memphis, Tenn., his wife and son ; Miss Christina L. 
Eaton, of Memphis, Tenn. : James A. Eaton and Avife, of Adrian, 
Mich. ; and Charles Eaton and wife, of Toledo, Ohio. Mr. and 
Mrs. Sherburne have four children, twelve grandchildren, and four 
great-grandchildren. Of their family present there were Joseph 
Sherburne, Mrs. Rolfe and husband, Hon. Henry P. Rolfe and two 
children, Mrs. Col. Jesse A. Gove and her daughter Jessie. The 
yoimger son, Robert H. vSherburne, Jr., a resident of McHenry. Bl., 
was unable to be present. A sister of Mrs. Sherburne, the wife of 
the late Samuel Dresser, of Sutton, and her son, Mr. Leonard 
Dresser, were guests, — also her brother. Rev. Horace Eaton, D. D., 
of Palmyra, N. Y., and Mrs. Frederick Eaton, of Warner. Of the 
cousins and more distant relatives who came up to greet the happy 
couple, may be mentioned Geo. C. Eaton and lady, Mr. and ]\[rs. 
Carlos Eaton, Moses Hazen and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Adams 
of Sutton, Mr. and Mrs. Allen of Fisherville, Mrs. Wadleigh of 
Manchester, Dr. and Mrs. Rix, Mr. and Mrs. A. C. Carroll, Mr. 
and Mrs. L. H. Adams of Warner, Mrs. J. Y. Mugridge of Con- 
cord, and Mrs. John Andrews of Melrose, Mass. Besides these 
were present. Rev. Dr. Eames, Hon. Geo. G. Fogg, Mrs. ex-Gov. 
Harriman, Concord, N. H., Enoch Page and daughter, James Saw- 
yer and wife. Rev. Mr. Moody, wife and daughter, Mrs. Dr. Smiley 
and daughter, of Sutton, Col. N. G. Ordway, Rev. Wm. H. Walk- 
er and wife. Rev. M. A. Gates, Robert Thompson and daughter, 
Hiram Baswell and daughter, Henry L. Harris, Misses Amanda B. 
and Mary Harris, Dr. Cogswell and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Harvey, 
Mrs. Dr. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Harriman, Willard Graves, 


Mrs. Dr. Frank "VV. Graves, Mr. and Mrs. Uriah Ager, Levi Bart- 
lett, Mrs. Lavinia K. Davis. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. K. Bartlett, Alfred 
W. Sargent, Geo. Barnard, Mrs. Julia A. Barnard, Mr. and Mrs. 
B. F. Heath, P. S. H. Wadleigh, all of Warner, and Rev. and Mrs. 
John C. Ager, of Brooklyn, N. Y. 

The religious exercises were conducted by Rev. Dr. Eames, the 
pastor of the Sherburne family, in the same room in wliich, fifty 
years before, the marriage ceremony had been solemnized. First, 
" Praise God from vs^hom all blessings flow " was sung. Then fol- 
lowed a most impressive prayer and benediction upon the venerable 
pair, this part closing with " Blest be the tie that binds," which was 
sung by all present. 

Gen. Eaton, in behalf of the brothers and sisters, made an in- 
formal address, tenderly welcoming the bride and bridegroom, refer- 
ring to the past history of the old mansion and those who had dwelt 
under its roof-tree — a touching, eloquent memorial, coupled with 
words of cheer and gratitude. 

Hon. H. P. Rolf e followed with feeling remarks, alluding in pleas- 
ant terms to the relationship which existed between himself and the 
family and to the member of it who for more than a score of years 
had walked life's uneven road by his side. 

Letters from friends who were unable to be present were read by 
Col. Lucien B. Eaton, among them a charming, gossipy one, full of 
reminiscences, from Dr. Jacob S. Eaton, of Harvard, Mass., a brother 
of the bride, and an off-hand and very felicitous one from Hon. 
Wm. E. Chandler. Most kindly congratulatory letters Avere also 
read from kindred in distant states, from Rev. Dr. N. Bouton, Rev. 
Dr. Cummings, and many others. Dr. Bouton's letter, coming 
from one who was married the same day. and who for a long time 
lived a near neighbor to Mr. and Mrs. Sherburne, Avas particularly 
interesting. Levi Bartlett gave some genealogical data and facts 
concerning the ancestiy of the family, who were of the right blue 
and the right true blood. Hon. Geo. G. Fogg, a classmate of Dr. 
Horace Eaton, responded to a call on him in a few fitting words, in 
wliich he eulogized the spirit of yoimg men who, having left the pa- 
ternal roof in New Hampshire and gone out into the world to meet 
wealth and fame, are not ashamed of the old homestead, but return 
to beautify it as the boys of that sturdy old farmer, the late John 
Eaton, are doing to-day. Hon. N. G. Ordway, like the late Mr. 
Lincoln, was reminded of '■' a little story, " and so told it. Rev. Dr. 
Horace Eaton was the last to give one of those informal addresses, 
in which there had been such a mingling of the joyful, the grave, 
and the gay, of the memorial and the congratulatory. His hapjjy 
little speech combined the facetious, the tender, and the religious. 
The benediction was pronounced by Elder Moody, of Sutton, form- 
erly pastor of the Eaton family. 

All through these pleasing exercises, nmsic had come in at inter- 
vals to do its part toward the entertainment. In addition to the 


two hymns sung at the earlier stages of the exercises, many ballads 
followed that are dear to our common hmiianity, the sweet familiar 
words of "John Anderson my Jo. John," "' The Last Rose of Smn- 
mer," "The Land o' the Leal," "Oft in the Stilly Night." conclud- 
ing with " Home, Sweet Home." Miss Jessie Gove rendered them 
with good effect, being accompanied on the violin by Mrs. John 

Refresliments were most generously served by many kind hands, 
grace having been said by Rev. Mr. Walker, after which many of 
the party retired to the pleasant grounds just west of the house. 
Here the inspiring strains from the violin recalled the gay scenes of 
former years to some who had long been imused to the mazy dance, 
and Mr. and Mrs. Sherburne lead the dance on the greensward in 
the old orchard. In the same set danced Levi Bartlett. having for 
a partner Mrs. Dr. Frank Graves. Col. Ordway was especially jolly, 
and did all he could by precept and example to keep up the fun. 
Valuable presents were made, among them a handsome gold-headed 
cane to Mr. Sherburne. And now guest after guest departs, leaving 
the happy old couple to the enjoyment of the present hour, and 
gratefid to the proprietors of " the Grange " for a day of pleasure. 

But the glad faces of these gray-haired children of that genera- 
tion of Eatons, that of the former John Eaton, will probably never 
more be seen at the Grange. There were in all seven brothers and 
five sisters. The last survivor of the generation, Lucien B. Eaton, 
never visited the old hive after 1837. 

Of the descendants of Caleb Kimball beside the Eatons, who have 
shared largely and successfully in the activities of life, may be men- 
tioned his son, Jacob Sawyer Kimball, the jeweller, of Montpelier, 
Tt., his grandsons, Edwin H. and Franklin Haddock, capitalists, of 
Chicago, 111., Lorenzo K. Haddock, a la'v^yer, of Buffalo, N. Y., 
Lemuel Adams, a large farmer, of Sheldon, Vt., Caleb Kimball 
Adams, the prosperous farmer, of Ogden, N. Y., Hon. Wm. Henry 
McCrillis, lawyer and capitalist, of Bangor, Me., Mrs. Harriet 
(McCrillis) Griswold, widow of the author, Dr. Griswold, Hon. 
Jacob Kimljall Moore, merchant and farmer, of Griggsville, 111. ; his 
great-grandsons, Dr. J. S. Adams, an eminent physician and sur- 
geon, of Oakland, Cal., Edward Payson Adams, a manufacturer 
and large farmer, of Swanton, Vt., John Adams Andrews, a leading 
merchant, of Boston, Mass., Rev. -John Q. Adams, of San Francisco, 
Cal., and Miss Harriet Andrews, the artist, in Boston. 

To one raised on the farms among the New Hampshire hills who 
returns to the scenes of his childhood, one of the most striking feat- 
ures is the nmiiber of homesteads, as shown in the above sketch, of 


which nothing remains except the cellar, the old well, the orchard 
with trees full of dead branches or decrepit and broken down with 
age, and perhaps the tansy patch, or the lilac- or rose-bush. These 
are touchingly and mournfully suggestive of the hardy pioneers who 
drove out the wild beasts, cleared the forests, so thoughtfully planted 
these apple-trees, and with lofty cheer heroically wrestled with these 
rocky soils for a livelihood, and who here sheltered their loved ones 
from the wintiy storms around these once blazing hearth-stones. 
These fu"es which lighted up the faces of soberer age and of the 
cliildren, who frolicked and laughed as others of a softer fortune, 
have long since died out, and the paths to these thresholds long since 
ceased to be frequented. AU have gone. The weary pioneers rest 
from their labors ; and if their children siu'vive, they are scattered, 
gray-haired and feeble with age, through the great West. 


AND His Descendants, Eaton, Haddock, Adams (John), Adams 
(Lemuel), Kimball, Mooke, Pinkerton, McCbillis. 

Caleb Kimball was one of the earliest selectmen of the town, and 
one of the largest tax-payers. He was one of a committee in 1784 
to locate a meeting-house, and sei-ved his fellow-citizens at various 
times. He was one of those who built the first saw-mill, at the foot 
of Jones's hill on Lane's brook. Tradition says that he spent one 
year in town preparing his farm, camping in the forest, before bring- 
ing his family. Benjamin and Asa Kimball aj^pear as proprietors 
of Perrystown or Sutton. Caleb Kimball was born Sept. 25, 1748, 
in Hampstead, N. H., originally a part of Haverhill, Mass. He 
married, Feb. 8, 1769, Sarah, daughter of Edmund and Sarah 
(Rowell) Sawyer, of Hampstead. They lived two years in Hamp- 
stead, then moved to Goffstown, remaining there eleven years, when 
he removed his family to Sutton. Mr. Kimball was a prominent 
contributor to the early develojmient of the town. In his later 
years he suffered from paralysis agitans, or shaking palsy. His 
wife was characterized by strength of intellect and high purpose, and 
heartily seconded her husband in his endeavors for advancement. 
No efforts were spared for their children. 

We are indebted to S. P. Sharpley, Esq., of Boston, for the fol- 
lowinsr succinct accoimt of the ancestors of Caleb Kimball. 

A. Richard Kimball, b. 1593 ; d. June 22, 1675 : m. Ursula 
Scott. He came from Ipswich, England, on the ship Elizabeth, 
Capt. Andrews, master, which sailed April, 1634. He first took up 
land in Watertown, afterwards, about 1637, moved to Ipswich, 
Mass., where he died. ' 

B. Benjamin Kimball, b. 1637 ; d. June 11, 1696 : m. April 16, 
1661, Mercy Hazeltine, b. Oct. 16, 1642 ; d. Jan. 5, 1707. Benja- 
min and Mercy lived the most of their lives in Bradford, near Ha- 
verhill. Their wills are on record at Salem, Mass. Mercy was the 
daughter of Robert Hazeltine and Ann, his wife. 


C. Jonathan Kimball, b. Nov. 26, 1673; d. Sept. 30, 1749 : m. 
July 15, 1696, Lydia Day, b. Mar. 18, 1676 ; d. Sept. 16, 1739. 
Lydia was the daughter of John Day and Sarah Pingry, of Ipswich. 
John was the son of Robert Day. Sarah was the daughter of Moses 
Pingry, of Ips^vich. 

D. Benjamin Kimball, b. in Bradford, May 16, 1697 ; d. Aug. 
5, 1741 : m. Mary Emerson, b. 1697. Mary was the daughter of 
Martha Toothaker and Joseph Emerson, and was a first cousin to 
Hannah Dustin. Mary, the mother of Martha, was killed by the 
Indians. Benjamin moved, soon after his marriage, over the river 
to Haverhill, and settled in that part of the town which is now 
Hampstead, N. H. Although he was a young man when he died, 
he left a large family. Six children, Jonathan, Benjamin, Lydia, 
Hannah, Moses, and Mehitable survived him, four having died 
young, tliree dying in 1737, the year of the " throat distemper " in 
Essex Co. 

E. Benjamin, 2d, b. May 3, 1722. was his second son, and m. 
Dec. 28, 1842. Mary Eaton, of Salisbury, b. Mar. 27, 1723 ; d. Aug. 
29, 1757. He m., 2d. Mary Hoyt, Feb. 28, 1758. 

Children by first wife, — 

Joseph, b. Oct. 22, 1743. Settled in Wentworth, N. H. 
Mary, b. Mar. 12, 1745 ; m. Dec. 27, 1764, Obededon HaU, of 

Benjamin, b. Sept. 8, 1747 ; d. 1747. 

Caleb, b. Sept. 24, 1748 ; m. Sarah Sawyer. 

Andrew, b. Sept. 27, 1750 ; finally settled in Cincinnati. O. 

Benjamin, b. Apr. 19, 1752. 

Nicholas, b. Mar. 8, 1754. 

Children by the second wife. — 

Moses, b. Mar. 3, 1756. Settled in Winsted, Me. 

Ebenezer, b. Feb. 17, 1759. 

Ruth, b. Nov. 9, 1761. 

Sarah, b. Dec. 11, 1760 ; m. (probably) Dec. 15, 1784, Stephen 

Lydia, b. Mar. 15, 1768. 

Isaac, b. Jan. 1, 1769. 

Jacob, b. May 20, 1770 ; lived in the homestead in Hamp- 
stead. He made a donation to the N. H. Asylum for the Insane. 

Jabez, b. Jan. 20, 1772 ;d. Mar. 19, 1805. He was a graduate and 


tutor at Harvard ; never married. The sermon preached at his 
funeral was published and is preserved. 
Naunl, b. Mar. 16, 1775. 

Mrs. Sarah (Sawyer) KimbaU d. Feb. 22, 1822, aged 77 years. 
As nearly as can be ascertained at present, Mrs. Kimball's ances- 
tors in America were as follows : 

A. William and Ruth Sawyer, Newburyport, Mass. 

B. Samuel and Mary (Emery) Sawyer. 

C. Samuel and Abigail (Goodridge) Sawyei". 

D. Edmmid and Sarah (Rowell) Sawyer lived inHampstead and 
Sutton. Joseph Sawyer of Warner was his brother. 

Edmund SaAvyer, a man of devout piety, passed his last days at 
the Sutton home of his daughter, Mrs. Kimball, where he died 
Feb. 18, 1807. Mr. Caleb Kimball d. Dec. 19, 1825, aged 77 
years. Their graves can be seen in the South Sutton graveyard. 

Children of Caleb and Sarah (Sawyer) Kimball, — 

I. Mary, b. Dec. 11, 1770 ; d. Sept. 20, 1848. 

II. Lucretia, b. May 7, 1772 ; d. June 10, 1852. 

III. Caleb, b. Dec. 12, 1773 ; d. May 16, 1856. 

IV. Sarah, b. Oct. 23, 1775 ; d. Oct. 17, 1839. 

V. Betsey, b. Aug. 29, 1777 ; d. Sept. 22, 1833. 

VI. Jacob Sawyer, b. April 21, 1779 ; d. Jmie 23, 1827. 

VII. Phoebe, b. Jan. 21, 1781 ; d. May 30, 1862. 

VIII. Lavinia, b. Feb. 26, 1783 ; d. April 21, 1863. 

IX. AbigaH, b. Feb. 10, 1785 ; d. Sept., 1822. 

X. Ruth, b. Feb. 4, 1787 ; d. Feb 12, 1791. 

XI. Susan, b. Feb. 26, 1789 ; d. Feb. 2, 1791. 

I. Mary Kimball, b. in Hampstead, N. H.; m. in Sutton, Dec. 
20, 1792, John Eaton, of HaverhiU, Mass., and d. in Bristol, N. H. 
(See Eaton genealogy.) 

II. Lucretia Kimball, m. Feb. 26, 1807, William Haddock of 
Salisbmy, now Franklin. Cliildren, — 

1. George W., b. Feb. 29, 1808. He was drowned May 18, 1819. 

2. Benjamin Franklin, b. Aug. 10, 1809 ; d. Dec. 23, 1871. 

3. Edward Hiram, b. April 2, 1811 ; d. May 30, 1882. 

4. Roswell Shui-tliff, b. Feb. 22, 1813 ; d. June 22, 188i. 

5. Lorenzo Kimball, b. May 12, 1815 ; d. April 26, 1871. 

William Haddock was a man of great energy, a farmer, trader, tan- 
ner, and hotel-keeper. He married for his first wife, Abigail, sister of 
Daniel Webster. She d. Dec. 13, 1805, aged 27. Two sons, Charles 


and William, survived her and were educated. Charles became the 
eminent professor at Dartmouth, and "was minister to Portugal. 
He d. Jan. lo, 1861. Mr. Haddock owned what is now known as 
Elms farm, and sold it to Judge Ebenezer Webster. Mr. Haddock 
d. June 8, 1828, aged .57. His wife, Lucretia, d. June 10, 1852, aged 

2. Benj. F. and Edward H. earlj' went to Chicago, and had to do 
with many of the early enterprises centring in that city. Benjamin 
r. m., in 1835, Abigail M. Wadsworth, who died soon after. He m. 
Oct. 16, 1856, Sarah Day Van Valkenburg, of Albany, N. Y. He died 
Dec. 23, 1871. Children,— 

(1) William H., d. . 

(2) Lucretia A., d. . 

(3) Edward Webster, d. . 

(4) Mary Xichols, d. 

(5) Benjamin F.. b. July 1, 1859 ; m. Xov. 16, 1880, Xellie Goss, b. 
July 23, 1862. Child.— 

a. Helen De Koven Haddock, b. Aug. 13, 1881. 

3. E. H. Haddock, b. Aj^ril 2, 1811, was one of the most promising 
business men of Chicago, and amassed great wealth. He helped largely 
towards building up the city after the great fire of 1871. He was 
respected and noted for his strict integrity. At the time of his death 
he was reputed to have left an estate of a million and a half. He 
married Dec. 12, 1834, Louisa Graves, daughter of Dexter and Olive 
Kendall Graves. He d. May 30, 1882. Child,— 

(1) Helen, b. Oct. 19, 1835 ; d. Mar. 24, 1886, 

Helen Haddock m. Feb. 16, 1858, John De Koven, and d. Mar. 24, 
1886. Mrs. De Koven was a person of gentle and lovely character, a 
consistent Christian, active in all good work, and at her death left a 
void in the homes of many of her beneficiaries that will never be filled. 
INlr. De Koven is a successful banker and capitalist, and is highly 
esteemed as a financier and supporter of the best interests of the com- 
munity. Child, — 

a. Louisa, b. Feb. 26, 1859 ; m. June 1, 1886, Joseph Tilton Bowen. 
Children — 

John De Koven, b. June 17, 1887. 
(Son) b. Sept. 19, 1888. 

4. Roswell Haddock, b. Feb. 22, 1813, early left home, and was em- 
ployed by his cousin, John Eaton, of Sutton, for many years. He spent 
two years with his brothers in Chicago, 111., and upon his return to 
Sutton was employed by the Andrews families. He was a hard-work- 
ing, faithful man. He m. Anne Wadleigh, who d. July 1, 1890. He 
d. June 22, 1884. 

5. Lorenzo Kimball Haddock, b. May 12, 1815, early went to Buffalo, 

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N. Y., with his uncle. John Haddock. He entered Dartmouth college 
in the class of '36, and continued his studies there as long as his means 
seemed to warrant, when he began the study of his profession, and early 
entered upon the practice of law in Buffalo ; he wrote on law matters, 
and took his part in ])ehalf of the educational and other best interests 
of the city ; and at his death was greatly missed among those associated 
with him in large business enterprises. He m., about 1850, Sarah Eliz- 
abeth Bigelow, b. ]Mar. 28, 1820, near Colchester, Conn. She d. July 
21, 1851. Mr. Haddock d. Apr. 26, 1871. Child,— 

(1) Elizabeth Bigelow, b. July 1, 1867 ; instructed at Mt. Holyoke ; 
m. May 23, 1877, Henry Strong Mulligan of Buffalo, b. in New York, 
Aug. 10, 1848. They reside in Elliott, Ransom Co., Xo. Dakota. 
Children, — 

a. Charlotte Louisa, b. March 1, 1878. 
h. Mary Lathrop, b. March 25, 1880. 

c. Elizabeth Haddock, b. Aug. 17, 1883. 

d. Sally Howell, b. March U, 1885. 

III. Caleb Kimball, b. Dec. 12, 1773, never married. He was a 
wayward youth. He became a soldier in the War of 1812, partici- 
pating in the battle of Plattsburg and other engagements, and 
after the war became an invalid pensioner. He died in Sutton, 
May 16, 1856. 

IV. Sarah, b. Oct. 23, 1775, in Goffstown, N. H., dau. of Caleb 
and Sarah (Sawyer) Kimball, m. in Sutton John Adams, b. May 
15, 1775, in Newbury, Mass. His father (John) lived for a time 
in Ham])stead, N. H. In 1788 they moved to Sutton, and settled on 
Blaisdell's hill near Blaisdell's pond. It was near his father's home 
that Jolm and Sarah (Kimball) Adams first lived. There their 
two oldest children were born. Children, — 

1. Judith Folansbee, b. Nov. 19, 1799 ; d. Aug. 4, 1883. 

2. Benjamin Franklin, b. Aug. 10, 1801 ; d. Apr. 12, 1869. 

3. John. b. Oct. 26, 1803 ; d. July 27, 1865. 

4. Susan Kimball, b. Jan. 15, 1807 ; d. Sept. 13, 1877. 

5. Eliza Jane, b. Jan. 22, 1809. 

6. George Washington, b. Jan. 20, 1813. 

7. Harriet Newell, b. Sept. 3, 1815. 

In 1802 they purchased a large farm in the east part of Sutton, 
on the hill thereafter called " Adams's hill." On this hill were born 
John, Susan, and Eliza Jane. He Ijuilt by the main road from 
Kimball's hill to Warner, and north of its junction with the road to 
Waterloo, what was afterwards the L. They moved into tliis when 
Eliza Jane was eight months old, in Sept., 1809. In 1814 he built 
on to the L the large, square house. This and the Nathaniel Eaton 


house were raised on the same day. It was in this residence that 
George W. and Harriet N. were born, and where Mr. and Mrs. 
Adams died. 

He cultivated many acres and was looked up to as a leading and 
influential citizen. He was a justice of the peace, which in those 
days was an important office, doing business for people for miles 
around. He was always called " Squire Adams." He was select- 
man in 1817, in 1824, and in 1825, and was often moderator of 
town-meetings. His was of a warm and generous natiu'e, ready to 
help the unfortunate. His wife died Oct. 17, 1839. In the autumn 
of 1842 he m. Martha (Cotting) Bean, daughter of Benjamin and 
Abigail Cotting. 

John Adams d. April 5, 1864. His wife d. July 27, 1865. 

1. Judith F., b. Xov. 19, 1799 ; m. in 1820, Moses D. Wadley of 
Sutton, b. Sept. 21, 1794, and moved to Bradfoi'd, where they lived 
until the death of Mr. Wadley. Children, — 

(1) Franklin, b. ; d. in infancy. 

(2) George Adams, b. June U, 1821; d. April, 1884. 
(8) Sarali Louise, b. IMarch 23, 1826; d. Nov. 29, 1879. 

(4) Harriet E., b. Sept. 4, 1832. ' 

(5) Martha J., b. ; d. in infancy. 

(6) Emily Hatch, b. March 24, 1838. 

Moses Wadley was a very active business man and worthy citizen ; 
he d. July 8, 1851. His wife was a woman of marked native ability, a 
kind neighbor, and a devoted friend. She d. Aug. 4, 1883. 

(2) George Adams Wadley, b. June 24, 1824 ; m. Ruth Maria Booth, 
who died with her infant child. 

In 1855 he m., 2d, Mary Tappan Lovejoy of Cambridge. Children, — 

George Frederick, b. April 3, 1856. 

Frank Walter, b. Feb. 17, 1860. 

Charles Herbert, b. Jan. 17, 1863. 

William Henry, b. Jan. 7, 1864. 

Mary Louise, b. Aug. 4, 1868 ; d. June 19, 1880. 

Maude, b. Sept. 17, 1870. 

Mr. George Wadley inherited unusual ability, was an excellent 
scholar, but early turned his attention to trade, going to Lerapster as 
clerk in Amos Dodge's store in 1840. In 1845 he was employed in the 
wholesale house of Wason, Peirce & Co., in Boston, Mass., in which he 
was received later as partner. After twenty years with this house as 
clerk and partner, he established business for himself, and soon became 
one of the leading wholesale grocers of the city. He retired from busi- 
ness Jan. 1, 1881. He died in C'onio, Colorado, April, 1884. His wife 
survives him. His sons reside at Red Hill Ranche, Corao, Park Co., 


(3) Sarah Louise, b. March 23, 1826 ; m. Sept. 25, 1849, Samuel 
TVoodbury Jones, b. Dec. 21, 1821, son of Samuel and Betsey (An- 
drews) Jones, of Bradford. [See Jones family, under Andrews.] 

(4) Harriet E., b. Sept. 4, 1831 ; m. Jan. 24, 1856, N. AY. Cumner, of 
Manchester, X. H., b. at Wayne, Me., Xov. 28, 1829. Children,— 

Harry Wadley, b. July 18, 1800. 
Arthur- Bartlett, b, July 30, 1871. 

Mr. N. W. Cumner was successful in business, and one of the most 
prominent wholesale clothing merchants in Boston. He d. Aug. 13, 

Harry W., b. July 18, 1800 ; m. Oct. 29, 1884, Nellie Buckingham 
Pope, of Boston, b. Dec. 29, 1802. Child, Marjorie, b. July 23, 1887. 

They reside in Boston. 

(6) Emily Hatch, b. March 24, 1838; m. June 1, 1881, in Boston, 
John B. Handy, b. Sept. 15, 1843, at "Wayne, Me. They reside in 

2. Benjamin Franklin, b. Aug. 10, 1801. After he left home for a 
time he was in South Sutton as builder and operator of a saw-mill. The 
following twelve years he lived in Bradford, and was partner of Evans 
AVadleigh, as clothier. He then bought the farm in East Sutton 
known at that time as the Edmund Ordway farm, where he spent the 
remainder of his days. He was a man of unusual intellect and strength 
of character. He was often called upon to arbitrate in matters arising 
between his neighbors, and held many positions of trust. He repre- 
sented his town in the state legislature in 1858. His 1st wife was 
Betsey Sargent, daughter of Asa Sargent, of Warner. He m., 2d, Oct. 
11, 1832, Nancy N. White, of Bow, b. Nov. 23, 1809. Mrs. Nancy N. 
W. Adams d. April 7, 1869. Mr. B. F. Adams d. April 12, 1869. 
Childi'en,- — 

(1) James Henry, b. July 28, 1834 ; d. Nov. 5, 1858. 

(2) John Franklin, b. Aug. 11, 1830 ; d. Oct. 18, 1846. 

(3) Jacob Kimball, b. Nov. 30, 1838. 

(4) Mary A., b. Feb. 25, 1844. 
(.5) John F., b. March 19, 1848. 

(3) Jacob K. lives on the place formerly owned by his father, at the 
corner of Kimball's hill and Waterloo roads. His towns-people have 
honored him with positions of responsibility. He was selectman for 
the years 1885-'80, and chairman of that board both terms. In 1889 
he represented the town at the state legislatm-e. He m. Dec. 7, 1865, 
Hattie A. Hurd, of Newport, b. Oct. 23, 1846. Children,— 

Flora B., b. Nov. 9, 1866. 
Benjamin F., b. July 5, 1868. 
Hattie May, b. April 30, 1870. 
Clarence Winnifred, b. Aug. 30, 1873. 
George W., b. Nov. 10, 1879. 


Flora B. attended school at New Britain, Conn., after which she 
taught in the district schools in Sutton and Warner. She m. July 15, 
1887, Wilson B. Flanders, son of Walter and Sarah Flanders, of War- 
ner. They reside in Lowell, Mass. Child, — Xida May, b. Feb. 10, 

(4) Mary A. m. November 14, 1869, Dr. James Morrill Rix, of War- 
ner, b. Dec. 30, 1834, son of Hale and Adeline (Morrill) Rix, of Little- 
ton. Dr. Rix attended the academy at Peacham, Vt. During the war he 
was for a time with the 3d Mass. Reg., and then with the 13th X. H. 
Reg., until his health compelled him to leave the army. He began 
the study of medicine at Burlington, Vt., and graduated in 1868 at 
Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York. He began practising 
medicine in Warner in 1868. He has been a member of the school- 
board and a justice of the peace. He is a member of the N. H. State 
Medical Society, and a member of the Central District Society. Child, — 

Lee Arthur, b. Aug. 17, 1878. 

(5) John F. m. in 1870, Nettie C. Hollis, of Manchester. Chil- 
dren, — 

Florence N., b. Jan. 24, 1872. 
Mira B., b. April 27, 1875. 

Florence N. lives with her aunt, Mrs. Marj' A. Rix, and is a mem- 
ber of the class of 1890 of the Simonds high school. 

3. John Adams lived with his father until he was 21, when he loca- 
ted in Milton, Mass., where he learned the trade of stone-cutter, and 
was connected with the Milton Railway Co. as workman and superin- 
tendent. In 1846, in compliance with his father's request for help in 
carrying on his large farm, he returned to Sutton. His success at 
his trade enabled him to buy out his brother George's half interest in 
the old farm, where he remained till after his father's death. In Dec, 
1864, he sold the homestead and moved to Warner village, and bought 
the late Dr. Fitz's residence. He m. Dec. 15, 1831, Mary Elizabeth, b. 
in Milton, Mass., Nov. 11, 1812, dau. of Steven and Margaret (McCoy) 
Horton. He declined proffered political honors. The distressed and 
needy always found sympathy and relief at his hand. He was gener- 
ous to a fault. In his wife he had a faithful helpmeet. Her economy, 
untiring industry, and good management was ever apparent in their 
hospitable home. Mr. John Adams d. in Warner, July 27, 1865. Mrs. 
Adams resides with her daughter, Mrs. Margaret (Adams) Carroll, hi 
Warner, where she maintains her wonted activity, cheerfulness, and 
marked courtesy. Children, — 

(1) Margaret Horton, b. Sept. 13, 1834. 

(2) Lloyd Horton, b. May 17, 1846. 


(1) Margaret H. m. Sept. 1, 1868, Alonzo C, b. at Croydon, Nov. 
24, 1826, son of John P. and Rachel Carroll. In 1868 Mr. Carroll 
commenced trade in Warner, where he has since remained. In 1849 
he married Miss M. A. Ilale, who d. in 1866, leaving two sons, — Clar- 
ence F. and E. H. Carroll. 

(2) Lloyd H. m. July 4, 1866, Elizabeth A., b. Aug. 15, 1847, daugh- 
ter of C. G. and Hannah (Osgood) McAlpine, of Warner. He is an 
esteemed citizen of Warner. He has been moderator of thirteen suc- 
cessive town-meetings, and justice of the peace since 1879. He was 
aj^pointed deputy sheriff in 1881, which he resigned to accept the posi- 
tion of post-master. He held this office during the Cleveland adminis. 
tration, and until the May following. 

4. Susan Kimball m. April 1.5, 1829, John, b. March 3, 1804, son of 
Nathan and Hannah (Gregg) Andrews. [See Andrews.] 

5. Eliza Jane m. April 14, 1831, David Augustus Bunton, b. in 
Goffstown, Oct. 18, 1805. When Mr. Bunton was 21 he engaged in 
stonework in Quincy, and later in Charlestown, Mass. When he was 
married he settled in Goffstown Centre, and carried on a grist- and saw- 
mill. In 1837 he moved to Manchester, and for ten years was employed 
by the Amoskeag Company. For a time he was partner of George W. 
Adams in the grocery business. He was director of the Manchester & 
Lawrence R. R. He was representative to the state legislature in 
1842 and 1843, alderman in 1847 and 1865, mayor in 1861 and 1862, 
during the busy times in the early part of the war. He d. July 10, 
1890. Children,— 

(1) John Adams, b. Aug. 5, 1832; d. Oct. 5, 1841. 

(2) Sarah Adams, b. Oct. 30, 1834, d. Aug. 27, 1841. 

(3) Harriet Newell, b. Sept. 3, 1837; d. Mav 17, 1838. 

(4) William Henrv, b. March .5, 1840 ; d. Aug. 12, 1840. 

(5) John Adams, b. Oct. 27, 1842 ; d. July 18, 1844. 

(6) William Augustus, b. June 7, 1846. 

(7) George Wadley, b. Sept. 29, 1850. 

(6) William A. m. Sept. 9, 1873, Jennie L. Richardson, of Cam- 
bridge, Mass., b. May 18, 1848. 

(7) George AVadley, b. Sept. 29, 1850; m. Dec. 18, 1877, Elena S. 

Brown, of Cambridge, Mass., b. Jan. 2, 1851. Children, — 

George Herbert, b. Sept. 26. 1878. 

Sumner Augustus, b. Feb. 9, 1884 ; d. Feb. 14, 1884. 

Florence Elena, b. Feb. 14, 1885. 

Lillian Gertrude, b. Sept. 10, 1889. 

George W. Bunton and his brother, W. A. Bunton, graduated at 
Harvard, and both have been engaged in business in Boston. 

6. George Washington Adams, b. Jan. 20, 1813, m. Oct. 15, 1840, 
Nancy, b. March 13, 1821, dau. of David and Nancy Clement Bean, of 


Warner. After his marriage he was with his father till he sold out 
his farm interests to his brother John. In 1847 he went to Manches- 
ter as clerk for Tilton & Co., grocers, soon after going into business for 
himself, where he is still known as the reliable and successful grocer. 
Children, — 

(1) Sarah Bunton, b. in Sutton, Sept. 21, 1841. 

(2) John Andrews, b. in Sutton, Nov. 8, 1843. 

(3) f:ilen Maria, b. in Manchester, Sept. 1, 1851 ; d. Sept. 8, 18.53. 

(4) (leorge Herbert, b. in Manchester, Jan. 3, 1855; d. July 26, 

(1) Sarah Bunton, m. Sept. 18, 1866, Edwin Ruthven Sias ; he d. 
March 30, 1886. 

(2) John Andrews Adams m. Feb. 15, 1866, Mary Alma Bailey, of 
Manchester. Child, — 

Edward Shepard, b. Feb. 20, 1873. 

7. Harriet Newell Adams taught school in Manchester from 1837 till 
1839. After a year at home she returned to Manchester and began 
dress-making. During the 32 years that she was dress-maker she 
instructed over 100 apprentices in the same art. She invented a chart 
for dress-cutting. In 1883, having acquired a competency, she moved 
to A\"arner, where she now lives. 

V. Betsey, dau. of Caleb and Sarah Kimball, b. Aug. 29, 1777 ; 
ni. Feb., 1801, Lemuel Adams, formerly of Norwich, Conn., b. 
May 29, 1764, and settled in Plainfield, and afterwards in High- 
gate, Vt. She d. Sept. 22, 1833, and her husband Aug. 8, 1852. 
Children, — 

1. Jane Eliza, b. Oct. 28. 1801. 

2. Lemuel, b. March 10, 1803; d. Oct. 31, 1881. 

3. Emily, b. April 14, 1806 ; d. . 

4. Caleb Kimball, b. Feb. 15, 1809 ; d. May 24. 1869. 

5. Martha Miranda, b. Jan. 14, 1816 ; d. Jan. 27, 1879. 

1. Jane Eliza m. Feb. 4, 1827, Walter H. Comstock, b. at Vershire, 
Vt., June 5, 1801, and settled in Swanton, Vt. She combines the 
strong and gentle, and the religious, characteristics of her ancestors in 
a peculiar degree. Mr. Comstock d. Dec. 21, 1882. Children, — 

(1) Jane Eliza, b. Dec. 7, 1827. 

(2) George H., b. Feb. 7, 1829. 

(3) Lucia B., b. Dec. 13, 1830. 

(4) Orange A., b. Dec. 17. 1832. 

(5) Charlotte, b. June 2.5, 1834. 

(6) Caroline, b. June 25, 1834. 

(7) Betsey K., b. Jan. 16, 1838. 

(1) Jane Eliza Comstock m. Oct. 11, 1856, Aaron Cady, and resides 
at Spencerport, N. Y. Children, — 


Walter Clavton, b. Sept. 28, 1858; d. Xov. 6, 1888. 
Luis E.,b/Dec. 23, 1863. 
E. Luise, b. Dec. 23, 1863. 

(2) George H. Corastock m. April 17, 18.55, A. Louisa Young, and 

resides at Spencerport, N. Y. Children, — 

Walter H., b. Feb. 26, 1861. 
Abbie Eliza, b. April 3, 1862. 

Walter H. graduated at Oberlin college, June, 1887, and is principal 
of the high school at Dexter, Me. 

Abbie graduated in 1885 at Brockport Normal School, and is teach- 
ing at Scottsville, X. Y. 

(3) Lucia B. m. 1861, Dr. James Moore Hitchcock. He d. at La 

Crosse, Wis., June, 1886. Children, — 

Grace Eliza, b. Sept. 10, 1863; d. April 30, 1866. 

Clara Bess, b. June 6, 1866; ni. Oct. 10, 1888, William Kincaid, 

of St. Paul, Minn. 
Charles Monroe, b. June 15, 1868. 
George Harris, b. ; d. . 

(4) Orange A. m. May 8, 1867, Emily C. Willis. She d. . He 

lives on the homestead at Swanton, Vt. Children, — 

Lucia A., b. April 19, 1868. 

Walter H., b. Oct. 6, 186D. 

Asa Willis, b. April 15, 1S72 ; d. Aug. 10, 1872. 

(5) Charlotte m. 1867, Charles Tomlinson. They reside in Elraii-a, 

N. Y. Children,— 

Fred, b. Oct., 1868. 
Bertha E., b. April 1871. 
William H., b. Feb., 1887. 

(6) Caroline m. Dec. 11, 1863. Ira Campbell, b. Jan. 20, 1818 ; he d. 
Feb. 10, 1881, in Durant, 111. Children,— 

Walter Harris, b. Oct. 1, 1864, at Beaver Dam, Wis. 

Eliza Adams, b. Aug. 29, 1867, at Swanton, Vt. ; m. March, 

1889, Mr. Henry F. Kreppelen, of Mayville, Dak. 
Ira Robert, b. April 4, 1871, at Dm-and, 111. 
Jane Elizabeth, b. Aug. 14, 1872. at Durand, 111. 
William Thomas Benton, b. Nov. 1, 1874, at Durand, 111. 

(7) Betsey K. Comstock teaches in and around her native tovpn. 

2. Lemuel Adams, Jr., m. at Jericho Yt., March 3, 1830, Sally 
Smalley, b. Feb. 17, 1800, dau. of Alfred Smalley. They lived at 
Highgate, Yt., and afterward removed to Sheldon, Yt. Leiuuel 
Adams d. Oct. 31, 1881, and Mrs. Adams d. Nov. 27, 1888. Chil- 
dren, — 

(1) John Smallev, b. Dec. 24, 1830. 

(2) Henry Florentine, b. June 23, 1836, d. Jan. 18, 1890. 

(3) Francis Julian, b. Xov. 3, 1839. 

(4) Edward Payson, b. March 16, 1843. 


(1) John Smalley Adams m. June 10, 1856, in Troy, N. Y., Ellen 
Tompkins, b. in Providence, R. I , March 15, 1834, dau. of Clark and 
Eliza Tompkins. She d. in Oakland, Cal., Sept. 3, 1885. John S. 
Adams received a medical education, practised four years in Troy, 
N. Y., where he was a member of the board of education, but has for 
years been one of the most skilful and trusted physicians and surgeons 
of Oakland, Cal. His services have been sought for far and near, and 
he has accumulated a fortune from his extensive practice. Dr. Adams 
has been president of the Alameda County Medical Association, a 
member of the California Medical Society, and of the American Asso- 
ciation for the Advancement of Science. Children, — 

Frank Lemuel, b. July 30, 1858. 

Nellie Smalley. b. Nov. 25, 1870 ; d. June 9, 1871. 

Carrie Tompkins, b. July 31, 1872. 

Frank Lemuel Adams fitted at the Oakland (Cal.) high school, 
graduated at the LTniversity of California in 1881, and at the Cooper 
Medical College, San Francisco, in 1883, and is now practising in Oak- 
land, Cal. He m. Mary Wickham Leigh, IMarch 5, 1889. 

(2) Henry Florentine Adams m. Sept. 24, 1861, Lavinia Perry, who 
d. April 19, 1862. He was a surgeon in the army during the War of 
the Rebellion, and had a large and lucrative practice in Colton, Cal., 
where he d. Jan. 18, 1890. He m., 2d, June 30, 1863, Louise Wilkin- 
son, of Warren, 111. Children, — 

Gertrude, b. April 10, 1864. 
iNLaude, b. June 6, 1865. 
Josie, b. Jan. 31, 1867. 

(3) Francis Julian Adams m. Oct. 17, 1878, Emma Dean, of Morris, 
town. Pa., and lives at Jacksonville, 111. He has for many years been 
a leading advocate of the temperance cause in Illinois. An eloquent 
speaker, he has been selected to canvass the state and organize tem- 
perance societies, which he has done with marked success. 

(4) Edward Payson Adams m. Sept. 7, 1868, Helen A. Best, b. in 

Highgate, Vt., April G, 1845, dau. of Noah a,nd Abagail (Yale) Best. 

They reside in Swanton, A"t. He is one of the leading business men of 

northern Vermont. He has been active in church and Sunday-school 

work, and being a fine parliamentarian, a ready and an attractive 

speaker, he is often called upon to preside at both religious and 

political meetings. He has held, always without his seeking, various 

town and county offices, and in 1890 was elected state senator. Chil- 

di'en, — 

Mary A., b. Sept. 24, 1869. 
Nell'ie Best, b. Oct. 1, 1871. 
Lemuel Payson, b. July 25, 1875. 
John Edward, b. Oct. 24, 1879. 


Mary A. graduated in the class of '90 at Bradford Academy, and is 
now teacher in the high school at Swauton. 

3. Emily Adams m. 1844, Rev. Elderkin Boardman. They lived at 
Randolph, Vt., and Marshalltown, Iowa. She d. many years ago. 

i. Caleb Kimball Adams m. Jan. 16, 1837, in Ogden, X. Y., Lam-a 
Keeler, b. AjDril 2.5, 1811, at Ridgefield, Conn., dau. of Benjamin and 
Eunice Olmstead Keeler. He was an enterprising farmer, and an 
earnest and exemplary citizen. He d. at Ogden, X. Y , May 24, 1869. 
Children, — 

(1) Charles Henry, b. March 16, 1839 ; d. May 14, 1869. 

(2) Gertrude Eliza, b. June 22, 1841 ; d. Nov. 16, 1871. 

(3) Martha Venelia, b. March 25, 1845. 

(4) John Quincy, b. Aug. 8, 1849. 
(.5) Lucia Eveline, b. Aug. 20, 1851. 

(6) Frederick Kimball, b. Feb. 18, 1854. 

(1) Charles Henry Adams m. July 23, 1863, at Hartford, Conn., 
Emma Dean. He was a fine teacher and a devoted Christian. He d. 
May 14, 1869. Child,— 

Charles Chase Adams, b. in Cleveland, O., May 24, 1864; d. in 
Ogden, July 21, 1864. 

(3) Martha V. Adams ni. Sept. 26, 1873, at Rochester, X. Y., John 
Melville McPherron, b. July 5, 1846, in Knox Co., Tenn. He was 
educated at Oberlin, O., taught successively in Swayne School, Mont- 
gomery, Ala , Straight University, Xew Orleans, La., Xashville, Tenn., 
Oakland, Cal., and is now Professor of Mathematics in the Occidental 
College. Los Angeles, Cal. Children, — 

Xellie Gertrude, b. Sept. 12, 1875, in Montgomery, Ala. ; d. 

^larch 4, 1877, in Xew Orleans. 
Grace Adams, b. Sept. 21, 1877, in Montgomery, Ala. 
Ethelwyme Melville, b. April 11, 1887, in Los Angeles, Cal. 

(4) John Quincy Adams graduated at the University of Rochester 
in 1874, and from Auburn Theological Seminary in 1877 ; m. Jime 7, 
1877, at Rochester, X. Y., Clara Southgate. He preached at Mexico, 
X. Y., fourteen months, at Evansville, Ind., three years, at Boulder, 
Col., two and a half years. In 1884 he was called to the Westminster 
church, San Francisco, Cal., where he is still pastor. 

- (5) Lucia Eveline, b. Aug. 20, 1851. With her widowed brother 
she resides with Mrs. ^McPherron, Los Angeles, Cal. 

(6) Frederick Kimball m. in 1879, at Rochester, X. Y., Lucy Gross 
Beebe. Child, — 

Charles Kimball, b. April 26, 1881, in Rochester. 
They reside in Pomona, Cal. 


5. Martha Miranda Adams m. John H. Landon, of Ogden, N. Y. 
They moved to Austin, Mich., where she d. Jan 27, 1879. Children, — 

(1) Emily, m. A¥m. Jones. 

(2) Xettie, d. . 

(3) Charles. 

VI. Jacob Sawyer Kimball, b. April 27, 1779, son of Caleb and 
Sarah (Sawyer) Kimball, learned the trade of watchmaker and 
silversmith with L. and Abel Hutchins, Concord, and practised his 
trade in Montpelier, Vt. He accumulated a large estate. He m. 
March 19, 1812, Eliza A. Purkitt, b. in Boston, July 31, 1793. 
Her ancestor, Cajit. Henry Purkitt, participated in the famous Bos- 
ton tea-party of Dec, 1773. Jacob Sawyer Kimball d. June 23, 
1827. His widow m. Aug. 1, 1829, Zenas Wood, of Montpelier, 
Vt. Mrs. Wood d. Aug. 7, 1856. Children of Jacob Sawyer and 
Eliza A. (Purkitt) Kimball,— 

1. Henrv Purkitt, b. June 16, 1814 ; d. Feb. 2, 1875. 

2. Eliza, b. July 15, 181G ; d. Sept. 17, 1822. 

3. Jane, b. Nov. 11, 1823 ; d. Dec. 9, 1885. 

4. Maria, b. March 4, 1826. 

3. Jane Kimball m. Dec. 19, 1843, Wm. S. Burnham, of ]\Iontpelier, 
Vt. ]Mr. Burnham d. Jan. 10, 1862. Mrs. Burnham d. in Cambridge, 
Mass., Dec. 9, 1885. Child,— 

(1) Wm. S. Burnham, Jr., b. Oct. 19, 1850. He resides in Boston, 

4. Maria Kimball m. Oct. 17, 1848, John S. Barker, a native of 
Barre, Vt. Mr. Barker d. at St. Johnsbury, Vt., Jan. 31, 1861. Mrs. 
Barker m. Aug. 15, 1878, Edward Bingham, a retired merchant. Mr. 
and Mrs. Bingham reside in Cleveland, O. 

VII. Phoebe Kimball, b. Jan. 21, 1781, dau. of Caleb and Sarah 
Kimball, m. in 1800, Stephen Moore, b. July 5, 1776. They lived 
at Canterbury. Mr. Moore d. July 25, 1846. Mrs. Moore d. May 
30, 1862. Children,— 

1. Caleb Kimball, b. Nov. 16, 1800 ; d. Oct. 24, 1815. 

2. Hiram, b. Sept. 18, 1802 ; d. March 1, 1882. 

3. Lucretia Kimball, b. July 19, 1804; d. April 5, 1828. 

4. Stephen W., b. June 7, 1806 ; d. . 

5. Jacob Kimball, b. Jan. 27, 1808. 

6. Sarah Sawyer, b. Nov. 5. 1809. 

7. Phoebe M., b. Sept. 5, 1812; d. Nov., 1834. 

8. Lavinia Kimball, b. Dec. 4, 1814 ; d. Sept. 5, 1846. 

9. Charles H., b. Nov. 3, 1816. 

10. jNIartha K., b. Oct. 3, 1818. 

11. Eliza Purkitt, b. July 17, 1820 : d. March, 1867. 

12. Frederick Parker, b."^Oct. 31, 1822 ; d. Sept. 9, 1886. 



2. Hiram went to Illinois in 1837 ; d. at Griggsville, March 1, 1882. 

4. Stephen W. went South. It is supposed he d. there of yellow- 

5. Jacob Kimball m. Jan. 1, 1835, Cynthia Ann, b. Feb. 8, 1813, dau. 
of Joseph and Susan (Hancock) Gerrish, of Franklin. Children,— 

(1) Frances Ann, b. May 17, 1836, at Northfield ; d. Oct. 7, 1879. 

(2) Joseph Gerrish, b. April 6. 1838, at Sanbornton. 

(3) Plioebe Kimball, b. Aug. 2.5, 1841, at Brown Co., 111. 

(4) George Henry, b. Nov. 19, 184.5, at Brown Co., 111. 

(5) Albert, b. Oct. 12, 1851, at Griggsville, 111., where he resides. 

He was a very enterprising and prosperous man. They moved to 
Illinois in 1839, and settled later in Griggsville, where they now re- 

(1) Frances Ann m. Dec. 19, 1861, George Scott Russell, of Jackson- 
ville, 111. She d. Oct. 7, 1879, Children,— 

Anna Moore, b. Nov. 17, 1862. 

Andrew Scott, b. :\rarch 7, 1865 ; d. March 8, 1872. 

George Moore, b. July 16, 1870. 

John Hamilton, b. July 3, 1872. 

Ellen, b. July 10, 1874". 

Mary, b. July 22, 1876. 

(2) Joseph Gerrish Moore m. Jan. 10, 1866, Sabrina Ensiminger, of 
Bloomington, 111. They reside at Farmer City, 111. 

(3) Phoebe K. Moore m. Dec. 19, 1865, J. S. Hitt, son of Benjamin 

F. Hitt, of Jacksonville, 111. They reside in Blackburn. ]\Iissouri. 

Children, — 

Jessie Mooi'head, b. Sept. 30, 1866. 
Frank Kimball, b. INIay 2, 1868. 
George Russell, b. Xov. 12, 1870. 
Cynthia Ann, b. Jan. 27, 1878. 

(4) George Hemy Moore m. Feb. 23, 1876, Mary C. Clark, of Berlin, 
m. She d. April 23, 1877. He m. March 20, 1883, Mary Y. Bm-dick, 
of North Carolina. He was a member of the 137th 111. Reg. They 
reside at Bentonville, Ark. Child, — 

George, b. Sept. 9, 1885. 
6. Sarah Sawyer m. Nov. 7, 1837, David G. Heath, b. Dec. 25, 1808, 
and lived near Franklin Falls. Children, — 

(1) Dr. Sylvanus H., b. Sept. 25, 1838, lived at Oilman, 111. 

(2) Caleb M., b. May 13, 1842 ; m. Nellie Colby, of Henniker, and 
lived at Florence, Kan. 

(3) Sarah Celestia, b. Nov. 22, 18.50; m. Albert A. Moore, and lived 
at Concord. 

9. Charles H. Moore m. Feb. 10, 1840, Nancy T. Sanborn, of Hamp- 
ton. He lived in Chelsea, and did business in Boston. Children, — 



(1) Anna Frances, m. W, H. Porter, of San Francisco, Cal. 

(2) Charles Derby. 
(;5) Joseph Walter. 

(4) Henry Woodward. 

(5) Addie. 

(G).Ida, m. Herbert E. Tuttle, of Boston, Mass. 

10. Martha K. Moore m. at Canterbury, Feb. 25, 1847, James S. 
Coggswell, b. Xov. 29, 1816. They lived in Manchester. Mr. Coggs- 
well was a building-contractor. He d. instantly from a fall from a 
building March 26, 1863. Children,— 

(1) Emma, b. Aug. 4, 1848 ; d. Aug. 2,5, 1848. 

(2) Frank Erwin,^. Feb. 12, 1850 ; d. 1874. 

(3) Cecillia Grace, b. June 10, 1851 ; d. Oct. 2, 18-55. 

(4) Marv Ella, b. Jan. 11, 1857. 

(5) James E., b. April 20, 1859 ; d. May 10, 1869. 

(6) Mary Ella, m. George Eastman, of Manchester. They have one 

11. Eliza Purkitt Moore m. George French, and lived at Lawrence, 
Mass. All of their three children are dead except Horace Eaton 
Moore, of Methuen, Mass. She d. March, 1867. 

12. Frederick Parker Moore m. Lucy Harris, and lived at Ipswich, 
Mass. He d. Sept. 9, 1886. His wife has also died. Children, — 

(1) Elizabeth. 

(2) Harris. 

I'd) Lucy, m. Mr. Lewis. He d. She resides in Paris, France. 

VIII. Lavinia, b. Feb. 26, 1783, dau. of Caleb and Sarah (Saw- 
yer) Kimball, lived with her parents in Sutton. In June, 1841, 
she m. James Pinkerton, of Boscawen, where she d. April 21, 1863. 

IX. Abigail, b. Feb. 10, 1785. dau. of Caleb and Sarah (Saw- 
yer) Kimball, m. Dr. John McCrillis in 1807, and settled in Mere- 
dith. She was with many a favorite, and was called the flower of the 
family. She d. in Sept., 1822, aged 37 years. Children, — 

1. Louisa, who d. Aug. 13, 1826, in Berwick, Me., whither the doctor 

2. AVilliam Henry, b. Xov. 4, 1814 ; d. May 3, 1889. 

3. Harriet Stanley, b. . 

2. William Henry was b. in Georgetowai, Me., where his parents 
lived only a short time, when they moved back to New Hampshire. 
He resided a few months in Wakefield, and later in Great Falls, where 
he attended school. He was one year with the advanced class at 
Exeter. He studied law with James Adams Burleigh, Great Falls, and 
was admitted to the bar in Kennebec Co., Me., a few months before 
he attained his majority. He commenced the practice of law in Bangor, 
Me., in 1834. In 1838 he was appointed county attorney. In 1838 he 


was elected to the legislature ; also in 1859-60. He was delegate to 
the Xational Convention which nominated Lincoln, and was one of the 
committee to notify Mr. Lincoln. He w\as an ardent supporter of the 
Union. The later years of his life he acted with the Democratic 
party. Since 1850 he has dealt much in lumber. He was greatly 
prospered, his estate being estimated at half a million. He owned 
large tracts of timber land, both in Maine and the provinces. He 
never married. His hospitable home was for many years in the care 
of his sister, Mrs. Harriet S. Griswold. He d. May 3, 1889. The 
memorial meeting of the bar iu respect to his memory bi'ought out 
from Vice-President Hamlin and others most appreciative statements 
of his great merits as an advocate, and the high esteem in which he 
was held by Judge Appleton and others so greatly distinguished among 
the lawyers of his day. 

3. Harriet Stanley McCrillis m. Rufus W. Griswold, b. Feb. 15, 
1815, at Benson, Yt., whod. in Xew York city, Aug. 27, 1857. In his 
early years he travelled extensively, worked and studied in a printing- 
office, then studied theology and became a successful Baptist minister, 
and received the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity. Later he turned 
his attention to literature, and was distinguished as editor and compiler. 
His "Poets and Poetry of America " reached the 20th edition. Mrs. 
Griswold is a lady of superior native ability, has improved her rare 
opportunities to cultivate her tastes for literature, and is widely known 
for her kindness of heart and her unsolicited aid for those in trouble. 
She is one of the most active lady members of her church. Child, — 

(1) William McCrillis Griswold, b. Oct. 9, 1853. 

He graduated at Harvard college in 1875, and studied two years in 
Europe, turned his attention to literature, endeavoring especially by 
improving methods of cataloguing and indexing to facilitate the use 
of books. His indexes have received the commendation of experts in 
America and Europe. For a number of years he was associate liltra- 
rian of congress, and also had service in the state department at Wash- 
ington, D. C. He m. Sept. 14, 1882, Anna Dee'ring Merrill, b. Aug. 
11, 1860, dau. of Elias and E. Augusta Merrill, of Bangor, Me. She is 
a lady of talent and culture. She has especially aided her husband in 
his literary labors. They reside in Cambridge, Mass. Children, — 

Margaret, b. Dec. 14, 1884. 
Merrill, b. July 15, 1886. 


John, Elijah, Nathaniel, Pamila\ residents of Sutton, descendants 
of Nathaniel, of Haverhill.- We trace Nathaniel's ancestry to 
John Eaton, who with his wife, Anne, and six children — two sons 
and four daughters — is known to have been in Colchester, now Salis- 
bury, Mass., as early as June 26, 1640. He moved to Haverhill, 
where he d. Oct. 29, 1668. Anne, his wife, d. Feb. 5, 1660. Jolm 
Eaton was a cooj^er and farmer, and dealt considerably in real 
estate. He was a man of strong will-power, tempered by sound 
judgment, who believed in liberty of conscience and toleration of 
society. His son John settled in Salisbury ; his son Thomas set- 
tled in Haverhill. Thomas, b. about 1631, twice m., — 1st Aug. 14, 
1656, Martha Kent, who d. Mar. 9, 1657 ; 2d, Jan. 6, 1659, Eunice 
Singlety, who d. Oct. 5. 1715. 

Ensign Thomas Eaton d. Dec. 15, 1708. He was the father of six 
sons and four daughters. His fifth child, Jonathan, was b. Apr. 23, 
1668 ; m., 1st, Sarah Sanders, 2d, Ruth Page. Jonathan and Sarah 
Sanders were m. March 16, 1695. She d. Apr. 23, 1698, leaving 
one child. James, b. Mar. 9. 1697. who m. June 13, 1728, Mrs. 
Rachel Ayer, of Haverliill. He was very feeble for many years. 
He was the father of six sons and three daughters of more than 
ordinary ability.^ Nathaniel, his seventh child, b. May 5, 1743, 
m. May 8, 1766, Rebecca Dodge, of Limenbm'g, Mass. They first 
settled on a farm in Concord, consisting of 154 acres, more or less, 
which was purchased of Ezra Tucker, Dec. 19, 1766. There it is 
said their first child was born. Soon, however, tliis farm was sold 
to Thomas Eaton, of Bow, viz., Oct. 6, 1768, and Nathaniel Eaton 

' Pamila (Eaton) Messer, under James Messer. 

2 We are indebted to Rev. W. H. Eaton, D. D., of Nashua, for data of Haverhill 

3 His oldest son, David, was a loyalist; moved tb Nova Scotia and became noted for 
his wealth. His descendants are numerous ; many of them reside in the United States. 
James was the ancestorof Rev. W. H. Eaton, of Nashua. 


with his family moved into the paternal homestead in the West 
Parish of Haverhill, where they passed thi-ough the trying scenes of 
the Revolution. According to muster rolls " Nathaniel Eaton was 
commissioned second lieutenant at Bunker Hill, in 1775, in Capt. 
James Sawj^er's Company, of Haverhill," and at another time in the 
same company " Lieut. Nathaniel Eaton, of Haverhill," in the ab- 
sence of his captain, commanded his company during the battle. 
Children of Nathaniel and Rebecca (Dodge) Eaton, — 

John, b. Concord, Feb. 21, 1767 ; m. Mary Kimball b. in Hampstead. 

Eliza, b. Haverhill, Mass., March 15, 1769 ; ni. Jeremiah Hutcbins, 
of Frveliurg, ]Me. 

Elijah, b." Haverhill, Jan. 12, 1771; m. Elizabeth Yose, of Bedford. 

Ebenezer, b. Haverhill, Feb. 5, 1773 ; m., 1st, Deborah Yose, of Bed- 
ford; 2d, Sarah Carlton, of Bartlett. 

Xathaniel, b. Haverhill, May 4, 1775; m. Sarah Emmerson, of Ha- 

Rebecca,! }^^ Haverhill, April 11, 1777 ; m Stilson Eastman Hutchins. 

Ichabod, b. Haverhill, June 3, 1779 ; m. Rebecca Hazeltine. 

Priscilla, b. Haverhill, Dec. 12, 1781 ; ra. Henry D. Hutchins. 

Painelia,2 b. Haverhill, Oct. 17, 17S5: m. James Messer, of Sutton. 

Pamelia, h. Oct. 17, 1785, dau. of Nathaniel and Rebecca 
(Dodge) Eaton, was a teacher among the district schools of War- 
ner and Sutton. She possessed a sympathetic, genial, and happy 
disposition, and was a devout Christian. She m. James E., b. 
March 28, 1782, the eleventh child of Daniel and Sarah (Emerson) 
Messer, of Methuen, Mass. They moved to Perrytown in 1776. 
The History of Essex County says, — "'•Abial Messer settled in 
Methuen about 1700, and is believed to be the first of that name in 
this comitry. Mrs. Pamelia (Eaton) Messer d. April 9, 1828. 
James E. Messer m., 2d, Lucy M. Worth, b. 1802 ; d. Sept. 18, 
1866. She m. 2d, Jan. 7, 1862, Aaron Russell (2d wife). Chil- 
dren of James E. and Pamelia (Eaton) Messer, — 

1. Pamelia, b. Jan. 21, 1810 ; d. Dec. 10, 18.51. 

2. Matilda, b. Feb. 15, 1815; d. Xov. 7, 1875. 

3. Amanda, b. April 26, 1823. 

Child of 2d wife,— 

i. Lucy Jane, b. May 4, 1832; d. Aug. 20, 1852 : m. Feb. 14, 18.52, 
Philip S. Harvey Gile (2d wife). 

1. Pamelia Messer m. Sept. 13, 1832, Moses Hazen. Shed. Dec. 10, 
1854, and he m., 2d, Jan. 20, 1859, Mary A. Hazen, who d. Oct. 17, 
1882. Children by 1st wife,— 

1 Hon. Stilson Hutchins, of Washington, D. C, is her grandson. 

2 Prof. J. W. Jenks, Ph. D., of Ind. University, is her grandson. 


(1) Pamelia A., b. June 8, 1835. 

(2) Rachel E., b. March 25. 1888; m. June 15, 1867, Orison Little. 
{■■]) Mary Amanda, b. Oct. 15, 1842; m. April 6,1864, Robert Camp- 
bell; m , 2d, Enoch P. Davis. 

2. Matilda Messer m. Jan. 5, 1836, Reuben G. Messer, son of Adam 
and Sally (Colcord) Messer. Child,— 

(1) Sarah M., b. May 1, 1838 ; d. March 28, 1880 : m. Nov. 23, 
1864, Augustus D. Follansbee. Children, — 

a. Ada M., b. Jan. 16, 1866. 

b. Charles R., b. April 15, 1870. 

c. Sarah E., b. Feb. 28, 1880 ; d. March, 1881. 

a. Ada M. Follansbee m. Nov. 10, 1885, Henry H. Cook. Chil- 
dren, — 

Arthur G.. b. July 13, 1886; d. 1889. 
Charles R., b. July 15, 1888. 

Augustus D. Follansbee m., 2d, June 2, 1881, Webster, b. Oct. 

28, 1844. lie was b. May 11, 1842. His brother, Herman D. Follans- 
bee, b. June 19, 1856, m. Aug. 22, 1882, Lilian A. Webster, b. March 
2, 1862. 

3. Amanda Messer m. March 8, 1849, Benjamin L. Jenks, who was 
b. at Crown Point, N. Y., April 25, 1820. They removed to Michigan 
in 18.56. He d. Dec. 10, 1869, and she m., 2d, April 29, 1874, his 
brother, Jeremiah Jenks, a widower. Children of Amanda (Messer) 
and Benjamin L. Jenks, — 

(1) James Messer, b. July 14, 1850. 

(2) Robert Henrv, b. JulV 26, 1854. 

(3) Jeremiah Whipple, b.' Sept. 2, 1856. 

(4) Hester Pamelia, b. Dec. 12, 1858. 

(5) Martin Lane, b. July 15, 1861. 

(1) James Messer Jenks m. 1877, Nellie Neill. Child, — 

Max, b. 1878. 

(2) Robert Henry Jenks m. 1881, Clara Ronton. Children, — 

Lorine Amanda, b. Feb. 3, 1887. 
Florence Mary, b. Feb. 3, 1887. 

He is a lumber dealer, and manufactures all kinds of dressed lumber, 
in Cleveland, Ohio. 

(3) Jeremiah Whipple Jenks, b. Sept. 2, 1856 ; m. Aug. 28, 1884, 
Georgia Bixler, of Mt. Harris, 111. Children, — 

Margaret Bixler, b. May 8, 1887. 
Benjamin Lane, b. May 20, 1889. 

Jeremiah W. Jenks received the degrees A. B., in 1878, and A. M., 
in 1879, at Michigan University. He studied law, and was admitted to 
the bar in 1881, in Michigan. He received the degree of Ph. D. at 


Halle, Germany, in 1885. He taught English Literature, (Jreek, and 
Latin three years at Mt. Harris college in Illinois ; English, m Peoria, 
111., hiah school, one vear. He was Professor of Political Science and 
English Literature in Knox college, Galesburg, 111., three years, and 
has been Professor of Economics and Social Science in Indiana univer- 
sity, at Bloomington, Ind., since June, 1889. He is author of several 
works on political economy, and has contributed to the " Political 
Science Quarterly," and other periodicals. 

(4) Hester Pamelia Jenks was a very successful teacher, and was 
principal of the high school at Vinton, Iowa, when a severe illness of 
her mother called her home. 

(5) Martin Lane Jenks is with Findlay Rolling ]\Iills Co., at Find- 
lay, Ohio. 

Benjamin L. Jenks, father of the foregoing family, was a farmer 
and lumber dealer. Jeremiah Jenks, his brother, the present husband 
of Mrs. Amanda (Messer) Jenks, is head of the firm of J. Jenks & Co., 
of Sand Beach, Mich., manufacturers of flour, salt, etc., and dealers in 
grain and general merchandise. 

Nathaniel Eaton, the father, died in Haverhill. Dec. 29, 1796. 
His widow afterward came to Sutton where she m. Mr. Gile. After 
his death she lived with her sons Elijah and Nathaniel. She was a 
woman of marked ability, faith, and good cheer. 

John Eaton, the son of Nathaniel and Rebecca (Dodge) Eaton, 
of Haverhill, Mass., was born Feb. 21, 1767, near the present vil- 
lage of Penacook, on the banks of the Merrimack river, just below 
the site of the monument erected to commemorate the heroic escape 
of Hannah Dustin from the Indians. He was a brazier, trader, and 
farmer, and removed in early manhood to Sutton, where. Dec. 2Q, 
1792, he m. Mary Kimball, b. Dec. 11, 1770, the eldest child of 
Caleb and Sarah (Sawyer) Kimball.^ John Eaton built and occu- 
pied a new house on the brow of Kimball's hill near the Kimball 
home, where were born to him the following children, — 

Frederick, b. Nov. 16, 1793 ; d. Jan. 31, 1865. 

Ruth Kimball, b. Feb. 10, 1795 ; d. Sept. 13, 1882. 

Rebecca Dodge, June 3, 1796 ; d. Dec. 9, 1852. 

Sarah, b. Oct. 12, 1797 ; d. in infancy. 

John, b. Nov. 7, 1798 ; d. May 19, 1873. 

Sarah Sawyer, b. April 27, 1800 ; d. Dec. 4, 1878. 

Jolm Eaton and wife removed to near Warner Lower Village, 

following child] 

See Eaton Grange. 

where were b. to them the following children, — 


Hiram, b. Jan. 14, 1802 ; d. Auo-. 8, 1876. 

Lucretia Kimball, b. Mar. 12, 1808; d. July 13, 1881. 

Jacob Sawyer, b. Jan. 4, 180.5; d. Sept. 5, 1888. 

Returning to Sutton there was born to them, — 

Charles, b. Feb. 4, 1807; d. Nov. 14, 1877. 
Removing to Hartley, Lower Canada, there was born to them, — 

Lucien Bonaparte, b. Dec. 17, 1808 ; d. Feb. 27, 1889. 
Returning to Sutton, there was born to them, — 

Horace, b. Oct. 7, 1810; d. Oct. 21, 1883. 

This John Eaton was a man of splendid physique, of a vigorous 
mind, a natural leader of men, but not thrifty. He d. in Montreal, 
Canada, in Nov., 1817. His wife, Mary KimbaU, was a woman of 
medium stature and of remarkable strength of mind. She early 
gave herself to a life of faith. She found great joy and strength 
in communion with her Heavenly Father, in reading and repeating 
the Scriptures, and in pi-ayer. She often surprised her friends bj 
repeating whole chapters and even books of the Bible. She d. at 
the house of her son, Jacob S. Eaton, M. D., at Bristol, Sept. 20, 
1848, aged 78 years. She lies buried in the South Sutton grave- 

Frederick Eaton, b. Nov. 16, 1793, son of Jolm and Mary (Kim- 
ball) Eaton, learned the clothier's trade, which he followed for a 
time at Warner. He subsequently devoted himself to study and 
teacliing, and once had the ministry in view. He m. Polly S. Badg- 
er, June 18, 1829, and settled down to farming. He became a 
very active member, and was for twenty-eight years deacon of the 
Congregational church of Warner. He was also for many years 
the superintendent of its Sabbath-school. His wife d. Aug. 27, 
1861. He m. 2d, Mar. 26, 1863, Abiah Heath, and d. at Warner, 
Jan. 31, 1865. His second wife still survives him. His life of 
severest labor was consecrated to his religious zeal. He was wont 
to rise every night several times for secret prayer, and had special 
hours devoted to prayer for relatives by name. Though a farmer 
of small means, he contributed smns of $30 and $40 at times to 
objects of Christian charity. He was a member of the American 
Bible Society, the American Tract Society, the Home Mission So- 
ciety, and the American and Foreign Christian Union. 

Ruth Kimball Eaton, b. Feb. 10, 1795, was a tall woman, of 
queenly bearing, of strong memory, of wonderful geniality and ex- 
ecutive capacity. She educated herself at the academies of Salis" 


bury and Pembroke, and on Sept. 5, 1825, m., at what is now- 
known as Eaton Grange, Robert H. Sberbm-ne, b. Sept. 10, 1801. 
Mr. Sherburne was a bookseller and publisher in Concord, Portland, 
Me., and Boston, Mass. This couple were spared to celebrate their 
golden wedding, Sept. 6, 1875, in the same room in which they 
were married. Mr. Sherburne d. July 25, 1877, aged 75 years, and 
Mrs. Shei'burne d. Sept. 13, 1882, aged 87 years. Children, — 

Joseph, b. Nov. 17, 1826. ' 
Mary Rebecca, b. Sept. 20, 1828. 
Maria Louisa, b. Dec. 17, 1830. 
Robert Hall, b. Feb. 3, 18;}3. 

Joseph pursued his studies at Portland and at South Berwick, 
Me. He was clerk in a grocery store in Boston for several years, 
and later was clerk for his father in the book business. He now 
resides in Concord. 

Mary Rebecca Sherburne, b. Sept. 20, 1828, on Nov. 22, 1853, 
m. Hon. Henry P. Rolfe, b. Feb. 13, 1821, the son of Benjamin 
and Margaret (Searle) Rolfe. His mother was the daughter of the 
first settled minister of Salisbury. He gradviated at Dartmouth in 
1848, was admitted to the bar in 1851, and belongs to the front 
rank of New Hampshire lawyers. He was a member of the board 
of education in Concord in 1852, and chairman of the same in 1853 ; 
member of the legislature in 1853, 1863, 1864 ; appointed post- 
master of Concord in 1866, but his commission was witliheld for 
pohtical reasons. He was IT. S. district attorney from 1869 to 
1874, member of the lake commission for the state in 1878-'79, 
U. S. commissioner from 1866 to this time. Children, — 

Marshall Potter, b. Sept. 29, 1854; d. Aug. 6, 1862. 
Margaret Florence, b. Jan. 12, 1858; d. May 2, 1858. 
Henrietta Maria, b. Jan. 17, 1861 ; d. Sept. 22, 1862. 
Robert Henry, b. Oct. 16, 1863. 
George Hamilton, b. Dec. 21, 1866. 

Robert Henry Rolfe graduated at the Concord high school in 
1880, and at Dartmouth college in 1884. He has since been en- 
gaged in the railroad and insm-ance business. 

George H., after leaving the high school, studied at the academy 
in Holderness, and is engaged in railroad business. 

Maria L. Sherburne, b. Dec. 17, 1830, m. in Concord, Oct. 6, 

1852, Col. Jesse Aug-ustus Gove, of Weare, b. Dec. 5, 1824. He 

graduated at Norwich (Vt.) Military University in 1847, and served 

as lieutenant in the 9th U. S. Infantry, and on General Pierce's 



staff in the Mexican war. At its close, his regiment being dis- 
banded, he studied law with President Pierce, of Pierce & Minot, 
and was admitted to the bar and opened a law office in Concord in 
1851. He was deputy secretary of state from 1850 to 1855, and 
was then appointed captain of Company I, 10th Regular U. S. In- 
fantry, recruited his company, and was ordered to Fort Snelling, 
Minn. Here he served until the Mormon rebellion broke out. He 
participated with his regiment in this service and in other arduous 
frontier duty until the War of the Rebellion. Vice-President Henry 
Wilson had raised the 22d Massachusetts Infantry, and ten- 
dered him the colonelcy of it, which he accepted. Massachusetts 
had no better regiment and no abler commander. His regiment in 
the Army of the Potomac, under McClellan, actively participated in 
the battles before Richmond, and Colonel Gove fell while gallantly 
leading Ms command at Gaines's Mill, Va., June 22, 1862. His 
portrait is preserved in the state capitol at Concord. Children, — 

Charles Augustus, b. in Concord, duly 5, 1854. 

Jessie Ridgely, b. in Fort Ridgely, Minn., Aug. 30, 1856. 

Charles Augustus Gove entered as a cadet in the U. S. Naval 
Academy at Annapolis, Md., in June, 1871, and graduated Jmie, 
1876. He served on the Pacific station three years, in China and 
Japan three years ; he has also served in the hydrographic office, 
Washington, D. C, and in Boston, Mass. He is now on coast sur- 
vey duty on the steamer Mc Arthur in the north Pacific, oif Wash- 
ington. Lieut. Charles A. Gove m. in Boston, Mass., May 23, 
1887, Minnie, daughter of Horace Webster, of San Francisco, Cal. 

Jessie Ridgely m. in Concord, Dec. 12, 1889, John Harris Pear- 
son, b. March 17, 1818, in Sutton, son of Thomas and Abigail 
(Ambrose) Pearson. Mr. Pearson was born in Sutton, and by dint 
of great energy, industry, and perseverance, and by faithful dis- 
charge of all responsibilities entrusted to him, has won for himself a 
position of prominence socially and politically, has acquired large 
wealth, and has been for many years one of the most influential 
directors of the Concord Railroad. 

Robert H. Sherburne, b. Feb. 3. 1833, m. July 4, 1861, at Chelms- 
ford, Mass., Betsey Stocker, and settled at Green Bay, Wis. They 
returned to Concord in August, 1853, and in 1857 moved to 
McHenry, 111., where he is a successful farmer. Betsey (Stocker) 
Sherburne d. at McHenry, Nov. 14, 1868, Children, — 

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INIaria Calista, b. at Howard, Wis., Mar. 20, 18.52; m. at McHenry, 
111., Sept., 1869, Serene M. Gale. 

Mary Rebecca, b. at Howard, Wis., Sept. 10, 1853 ; in. at Bethany, 
Mo., Mar., 1871, Oliver C. Churchill. 

Annie Ashley, b. at Concord, Aug. 6, 185.5. 

Roberta Josephine, 1). at ]McHenry, 111., Jan. 22, 1857 ; m. at McHenry, 
111.. April, 1877, M. E. Whedon. 

Ruth Kimball, b. at McHenry, 111., Oct. 14, 1862; m. at McHenry, 
111.. Dec. 4, 1884, E. J. IVIansfield. 

Robert Hall, b. at :\IcIIenry, 111.. Oct. 14, 1862; m. at Akron, Neb., 
Sept. 22, 1886, Marion Young. 

Frederick I., b. at McHenry, 111., July 1.5, 1864. 

Xewell Stocker, b. at McHenry, 111., June 19. 1866 ; d. Mar. 5, 1867. 

Robert H. Sherburne m., 2d, at McHemy, 111., Jan. 2, 1870, 
Sarah M. Colby. Child,— 

Flora Winifred, b. at McHenry, 111., Dec. 11, 1870. 

Rebecca Dodge Eaton, b. June 3, 1796, spent her youth with her 
aunt, Mrs. Lucretia Haddock, in Salisbiuy, now Franklin. She 
deyoted her life to teaching, mainly at Utica and Rochester, N. Y. 
She was gifted with a fine literary and poetic taste. She came 
to see her mother, and to aid in the care of her the last of her life. 
She spent her last years with her brother John, in Sutton, and d. 
at Eaton Grange, Dec. 9, 1852. 

Jolm Eaton, b. Nov. 7, 1798, leai*ned the currier's trade at Croy- 
don, and worked at this for Consul Jarvis at Weathersfield, Vt., and 
afterward for his uncle, Wm. Haddock, in that portion of Salisbury 
now known as Franklin. His grandfather. Caleb Kimball, when 
aged, offered him his homestead farm on Kimball's hill if he would 
take charge of it and support him and wife till death. He accepted 
this proposition, and became a farmer. He m. in Sutton, June 5, 
1828, Janet CoUlns, b. in Flshersfield, Jan. 2, 1808, the daughter 
of Nathan and Hannah (Gregg) Andrews. In John Eaton was 
united remarkable vigor of mind and body. He was a man of great 
energy and industry, and added farm to farm untU he was the 
largest land owner in his section. He contributed to the excellent 
education which his children received. In Mrs. Eaton were blended 
strength and gentleness with the loftiest spirit of consecration of 
the New England mother. She sought to communicate to her chil- 
dren aspirations for a broader and higher life. She seized every 
opportunity for their education, but was still more eager for their 
religious training. She often gathered them about her, " as a hen 


gatheveth her chickens," for prayer. She pointed to heaven and 
led the way. Mrs. Janet Collins Eaton d. Feb. 7, 1846, and her 
husband, Jolin Eaton, May 9, 1873. Children, — 

John, b. Dec. 5, 1829. 

Caroline, b. July 10, 1831. 

Nathan Andrew, April 11, 18o3. 

Frederick, b. Feb. 10, 1835; d. Feb. i, 1890. 

Lucien Bonaparte, b. Mar. 8, 18:)7. 

Chri.stina Landon, b. Aug. 23, 1839. 

James Andrews, b. Sept. 30, 1841. 

Charles, b. Aug. 28, 1843. 

Mary Janet, b. July 12, 1845; d. Nov. 10, 1845. 

John Eaton, like all his brothers and sisters, was kept at hard, 
manual work through his youth when not attending school. In 
addition to his schooling in his district, and a few extra terms at 
Warner and Bradford, he was educated at the academy at Thetf ord, 
Vt., under Hiram Orcutt, LL. D., Dartmouth college, and Andover 
(Mass.) Theological Seminary. He graduated from Dartmouth 
college in 1854, and became principal of a school in Cleveland in 
the same year. He was superintendent of schools of Toledo, O., 
from 1856 to 1859. 

His educational work was begun in his sixteenth year, and before 
entering Thetford academy by teaching one term in the Morgan 
district, near his home. The school-house still stands unchanged. 
With the exception of $243 dollars fui'nished by liis father, young- 
Eaton paid the entire expense of his education from his owij. earn- 

He was ordained minister of the gospel, and in August, 1861. he 
became chaplain of the 27th Ohio Volvmteer Infantry. In the fall 
of 1861 he was taken prisoner at Lexington, Mo. When our troops 
retired from Springfield, Mo., he volunteei'ed to stay behind with 
Colonel, now Major-General, J. W. Fuller, of Toledo, O., who was 
sick and expected to die, becoming again a prisoner in tlie Confed- 
erate lines, and while there was called upon to preach to the Con- 
federate soldiers. The colonel, however, recovered, and they were 
both allowed to reach the Union lines at Rolla in safety. 

In 1862 he became brigade sanitary inspector. He was appointed 
by General Grant in Nov., 1862, superintendent of the colored peo- 
ple, who came into the lines of his army by thousands and tens of 
thousands in northern Alabama, western Tennessee, and northern 
Mississippi. His supervision extended with the operations of the 

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Army of the Tennessee from Cairo to the mouth of the Red river, and 
up the Arkansas to Fort Smith, and came to embrace also the care 
of the thousands of white refugees that flocked to the Federal lines, 
and were furnished food, clothing, and medicines, and sent to places 
of safety. He had an oifice and force of assistants at each military 
post. Under his administration the colored people were, as far as 
possible, made self-supporting, and all possible forms of industry 
were devised for them. They were cooks, nm'ses in the hospitals, 
laborers in the army ; thousands and thousands of cabins were 
built, wood cut, cotton, corn, and vegetables raised. Marriage obli- 
gations were enforced, schools were established in which benevolent 
teachers from the North did great service. These schools became 
largely self-svipporting. His camps, it is estimated, furnished over 
70,000 colored soldiers. 

General Grant, in his Personal Memoirs, refers to this service of 
Chaplain Eaton as follows : 

It was at this point, probably, where the first idea of a " Fi'eedman's 
Bureau" took its origin. Orders of the government prohibited the 
expulsion of the negroes from the protection of the army when they 
came in voluntarily. Humanity forbade allowing them to starve. 
. . . The plantations were all deserted ; the cotton and corn were 
ripe ; men, women, and children above ten years of age could be em- 
ployed in saving these crops. To do this work with contrabands, or 
to have it done, organization under a competent chief was necessary. 
On inquiring for such a man, Chaplain Eaton, now and for many years 
the vei'y able United States Comndssioner of Education, was suggested. 
He proved as efficient in that field as he has since done in his present 

Chaplain Eaton became colonel of the 63d Colored Infantry, and 
was made brigadier-general by brevet, and in May, 1865, assistant 
commissioner of the Freedman's Bureau, and was ordered to Wash- 
ington, D. C. 

In 1866 General Eaton founded and was editor of the Memphis 
Post, a daily, weekly, and tri-weekly Republican pajjer. In 1867 
he was elected state superintendent of public instruction for Ten- 
nessee, and secured the attendance of 185.000 pujiils in the new 
schools. He was appointed United States Commissioner of Educa^ 
tion by General Grant, and assumed the duties of the office in 
March, 1870, when the office had only two clerks, not over a hun- 
dred volumes belonging to it, and no museum of educational illus- 


trations and appliances. He served as commissioner till August, 
1886, though in the fall of 1885 he had tendered his resignation 
and had been elected president of Marietta (Ohio) college, and had 
moved there with his family ; but, at the reqviest of the adminis- 
tration, he retained the responsibilities of the Bureau of Education 
till the date nanced. Under his direction the bureau became the 
exchange of educational thought and fact for the entire country. 
It noted the progress, experience, and methods of education the 
world over, and conveyed its information to school officers, teach- 
ers, educational workers and writers in every county and city of the 
United States. The clerical force of the bureau was increased to 
thirty-eight, the library was enlarged to 18,000 volumes and 46,000 
])amphlets. His publications and opinions were sought in every 
part of the world where there is progi'ess in education, and were 
translated into most remote languages, as those of Finland and 

General Eaton has twice visited Europe, and, travelling much in 
the states and territories, made himself familiar with the actual con- 
dition and needs of education. Every phase and problem of educa- 
tion has received his attention. He has promoted important changes 
in elementary instruction, aided improvement in school-houses, pro- 
moted greater attention to hygiene in public schools, helped effi- 
ciently to advance the qualifications of teachers and the standards 
of leffal and medical instruction. He has done much for the im- 
provement of our colleges and universities, and especially of agri- 
culture and mechanic arts, and for the establishment of schools of 
manual training. He has been the promoter of the kindergarten, 
and has aided the progress of education in every department. He 
always urged education for every child in the land. He early and 
ably showed that the condition of illiteracy in the United States 
requires national aid. The provisions of a government for Alaska 
and schools for its people, so long withheld, were especially aided by 
his endeavors. 

He was appointed by the president to represent the Department of 
the Interior at the Centennial Exhibition in 1876; has been twice 
elected president of the American Social Science Association, and 
one of the vice-presidents of the American Association for the 
Advancement of Science, and president of section " I ;" was chief 
of the Department of Education for the New Orleans Exposition, 
and organized that vast exliibition, and was president of the Inter. 


national Congress of Education there, and vice-president of the 
International Congress of Educators, in Havre, France. The degrees 
of A. B. and A. M. were given him by Dartmouth coUege, Ph. D. 
by Rutgers, and LL. D. by Dartmouth. He has served on the board 
of visitors appointed by the president to examine the instruction 
and concerns of the Military Academy at West Point ; has been a 
trustee of Fiske university, and is now a trustee of Lane Theologi- 
cal Seminary, Cincinnati ; of Howard university, and of Columbian 
university, Washington ; and was one of the incorporators and is 
one of the trustees of the funds of the National Educational Asso- 
ciation ; has been called to preside as the moderator of the Presby- 
tery of Athens and of the Synod of Ohio. He was by the appoint- 
ment of the governor one of the commissioners representing Ohio 
at the centennial celebration in New York city in April, 1889. He 
was a member of the Mohawk Conference on Indian aifairs. He is 
now a trustee and the president of Marietta college. 

His books have been reports, — one of the schools in Toledo, one of 
the schools in Tennessee, and an annual report of education in the 
United States, with a review of education in other parts of the world 
each year from 1870 to 1886. These reports have been circulated, 
some years to the number of 40,000. He lias also published impor- 
tant special reports, such as on libraries and on industrial education ; 
also a series of circulars of information and bulletins, some of them 
having been called for to the nmiiber of a hundred thousand. He 
has delivered numerous addresses upon educational topics. He has 
been made a member of various learned, scientific, historical, and 
benevolent societies in Europe. He was decreed honorary mem- 
ber of the French Ministry of Public Instruction. The emperor 
of Brazil offered him the order of the Commander of the Rose. He 
is a member of the society of Japanese savans for the promotion of 

Perhaps no one in the United States has a more extensive per- 
sonal acquaintance with the men who have distinguished themselves 
in peace and war, in philosophy, science, education, politics, and 
religion, in the past thirty years. He had the confidence of Presi- 
dent Lincoln, and was an intimate friend and confidant of Gen. 
Grant from the time of their acquaintance in the war till the latter's 

The venerable Professor Sanborn, of Dartmouth college, in pre- 
senting Gen. Eaton to an almnni meeting once, declared that their 


honored guest was the best informed man on education in the 
United States. Rev. Edward Everett Hale, D. D., in speaking of 
him, said, " I will not simply say he is one of the most distinguished 
educators in this country, but one of the most distinguished educa- 
tors known to the world." 

In a history of Memphis, where the general served the public as 
an editor, are the following fitting words : 

" General Eaton's whole life has been consecrated to the highest 
benevolence and to the broadest patriotism, and to going about doing 
good in eveiy direction." 

He m. vSept. 29, 1864, Alice Eugenia, daughter of Capt. James 
and Adeline (Quincy) Shirley, of Vicksburg, Miss. She was born 
at Carrolton, Miss., May 2, 1844. Captain Shirley was a native of 
GofEstown, and graduated at Dartmouth the year before his life- 
long friend, Rufus Choate. Mrs. Adeline (Quincy) Shirley was a 
daughter of Abram Quincy, of Boston, a favorite great-niece of John 
Hancock, and one of the Boston medal scholars. She was well 
knowai for her literary taste. Their home was known in the siege 
of Yicksburg as the '• White House," the only one near and out- 
side the Confederate lines not burned. Its upper windows were 
often used by General Grant in observing the operations of the 
enemy. Mr. Shirley and his daughter were in Clinton when the 
siege began. Mrs. Shirley, after the house had been riddled with 
cannon and musket balls, found safety in a rude cave prepared by 
her servants, while the youngest son joined the Union forces in 
their attack. The daughter's diary, found by the soldiers, became 
a means by which Gen. Grant recognized the loyalty of the family. 

Mrs. Alipe (S.) Eaton was instructed mainly by tutors at home 
and at Mr. Young's school, and finished her school days in the 
Female College under Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Hihnan, Clinton, Miss. 
She devoted much time to music, singing, also playing on several 
instruments ; but she was most fond of the piano. She is a ready 
writer, and has greatly aided her husband with her pen. Cliildren, — 

James Shirley, b. Aug. 1, 1868, at Xashville, Tenn. 

Elsie Janet, b. Feb. 6, 1871, at Washington, D. C. 

John Quincy, b. July 14, 1873, at Washington, D. C. 

Frederick Charles, b. Aug. 9, 1877, at Washington, D. C; d. June 15, 


James Shirley prepared for college in the high school at Washing- 
ton, D. C, and entered Dartmouth college, but transferred his connec- 
tion to Marietta college when his father became president of that col- 


lege, where he graduated in 1889. He is now employed in the audi- 
tor's department of the East Tennessee, Virginia JSc Georgia system 
of Railroads, under the presidency of Gen. Samuel Thomas.' 

Elsie Janet entered the AVashington high school, and l)ecanie a mem- 
ber of the high school at Marietta. She is now member of the class of 
■"91, in Lalve Erie Seminary, at Painesville, Ohio. 

John Quincy fitted for college in the preparatory department at 
Marietta. He is a member of the class of '93 of Marietta college. 

Caroline Eaton ni. May 27, 1869, at her brother Frederick's in 
Toledo, O., Samuel McMaster Pennock, b. April 27, 1821, at Straf- 
ford, Orange Co., Vt. At the early age of seventeen his father 
sent him to Boston to buy goods. At twenty-one he became a mer- 
chant at Hardwick and Wolcott, and in 1854 i*emoved to Morris- 
town, Vt. He was a member of the house of representatives one 
year, two years of the state senate of the state of Vt., two years 
sheriff of Lemoille county, and two years was county judge. He 
engaged in wholesale business in Boston, in 1867, and removed his 
family to Somerville, Mass., and has been a member of the school 
committee two years, and of the city council of Somerville four 
yeai's. Mr. Pennock died suddenly and without pain, sitting in his 
chair beside his wife, who was reading to him, Nov. 7, 1889. His 
life was a model of justice, integrity, and kindness. He possessed 
rare equanimity, and won the confidence of all who knew him. Caro- 
line (Eaton) Pennock, at the death of her mother, little girl as she 
was, began to take care of her father's house. She attended the 
district school until she was fifteen, when she went to Bradford and 
Warner fall and spring terms. She attended the academies at 
Thetf ord and Orf ord ; in the meantime she taught district schools 
three seasons. — one in Warner, one in Wilmot, and one in Bris- 
tol. She entered Mt. Holyoke Seminary in the fall of '54, grad- 
uating in '56, when she became teacher and lady principal of the 
Mgh school in Toledo, Ohio. After six years' successful service, she 
resigned, much to the regret of her pupils and the school authorities. 
She has been active in church, missionary, and charitable work. 

She has no children, but has taken a mother's interest in the care 
of Mr. Pennock's children by his first wife, all of them, except 
those who early settled in the West, Isaac in Wabasha, Minn., Mrs. 
Carrie (Pennock) Dyer in St. Paul, Minnesota, and Annie, who 
died the year she would have graduated at the high school. 
Mattie teaches in the Winter Hill school. Samuel M. is in business 


in Boston. John graduated from Harvard college, and is the expert 
chemist at the " Solvay Process Soda Ash Works," Syracuse, N. Y. 
Nida married Clinton D. Hardy, of the Lenawee County Savings 
Bank in Adrian, Mich. 

Nathan A. was named for his grandfather, Nathan Andrews. 
He had only a common school education. He left home when only 
sixteen years of age, and fought his own way in the world. In 
1850 he went, via the Isthmus, to California, and engaged success- 
fully in mining. He was ahle to loan his oldest brother, John, 
money to complete his course at college. In 1859 he retui-ned, via 
the Isthmus route, visiting his uncle, Charles Eaton, at Placquemine, 
La., and visited his brothers and sisters, and his father in the East. 
He subsequently engaged in trade in Waterloo, Ind., and after- 
ward in Chicago, 111. In 1873 he returned to California, and pre- 
empted government land, which he has improved and which he has 
increased greatly in value, near Merle, San Diego Co., Cal. He 
has salt works on his place ; also several hundred hives of bees. In 
1880 he was visited by his brothers, John and Lucien, and in 1886 
by his sister, Mrs. Pennock, and her husband. In 1887 he revisited 
his brothers and sisters in the East ; and again, in 1889, he was pres- 
ent at the reunion of aU his brothers and sisters at the old home 
at Eaton Grange. Forty years had then elapsed since they had all 
met together. 

Frederick Eaton has been a merchant in Toledo, Ohio, for over 
thirty years. His education, outside of the public schools, was ob- 
tained in one term at Thetford academy. While on the farm he 
did his share of the hard work the year round. In mentioning Mr. 
Eaton during one of his annual purchases in Boston, the Journal 
referred to his first visit to that city as follows, including these 
facts of his career : 

Mr. Eaton, being an entire stranger in Boston, was introduced 
to those firms by letters from Mr. Daniel Carr, the vetei-an store- 
keeper in Bradford, N. H., with whom he had first served as clerk, 
beginning in 1852 at S55 a year, and from Mr. Otis Barton, a 
Manchester merchant, for whom he subsequently worked till going 
to Ohio. Mr. Eaton's oldest brother, Gen. John Eaton, now Com- 
missioner of the United States Bureau of Education, was, in 1857, 
superintendent of the Toledo schools, and he lent his name and 
some of his earnings to the enterprise for a few years, the style of 
the partnership being Fred Eaton & Co. Their starting cash capi- 
tal was only SI, 200, the opening stock of goods but $3,000 in 
value, and the first year's sales but $12,000. The financial crash 


of 1857 came the very month the store was opened, and hard was 
the experience of the merchants in that young city of 6,000 to 8.000 
inhabitants. But the new enterprise weathered the storm, and Mr. 
Fred Eaton's business has survived all subsequent financial dis- 
turbances, great and small, that have overtaken the country, without 
his seeking shelter under insolvency or bankruptcy laws, and, what is 
really remarkable, without ever having the stain of protest attach 
to a single one of his obligations. His sales now amount to over 
one million of dollars annually, a sum which but few Boston mer- 
chants exceeded twenty-five years ago. 

He is a member of the First Congregational chm*ch, and a large 
contributor to its support, as he is to the many benevolent objects 
in the city, a director in two banks, and vice-president in one of 
them, and director in a number of manufacturing institutions. He 
has been twice called to manage and preside over the tri-state fair 
held in Toledo by the people of Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. He 
is one of the most active business men in bringing new and 
important enterprises to locate there. Though mentioned by the 
people as a Republican candidate for mayor of Toledo, for lieuten- 
ant-governor and for governor of Ohio, he has never allowed liis 
name to be used in any nominating convention. William H. Maher, 
a literary gentleman and brother merchant of Mr. Eaton's, in a 
letter to tlie press a few years ago, alluded to him as follows : 

The merchant of to-day must be very bold and veiy cautious ; 
he must be more than a mere salesman or shop-keeper. He must 
be as well acquainted with manufacturing as the manufacturer, as 
well posted in foreign markets as the importer, and as sensitive to 
the public temper and mind as the keenest politician. It goes with- 
out saying that Mr. Eaton has possessed these qualities, for other- 
wise he would not be where he is. How many boys and girls have 
grown up under his roof ; liow many families have been supported 
by his energetic forcing of business ; how many men have gone out 
to begin the battle of business for themselves after studying their 
lessons with him. The names of these must be in the hundreds, 
and if each one shall bring a stone in grateful appreciation, it will 
build a monument no higher than he deserves. But let us hope 
that no momunent will cover him for a score of years, during 
which he may enjoy the success he has earned. 

His ready wit and genial humor, added to his solid qualities, 
make him a favorite on social and public occasions of interest. He 
m. March 8, 1860, Mary Helen, b. May 23, 1839, daughter of 
Robert M. and Sophia (McCutcheon) Shirley. Her father was 
of the firm of Lawrence & Shirley, wholesale merchants of Boston, 


residing on Shirley hill, in GofEstown, and was one of its most hon- 
ored citizens. After she left the district school she studied at the 
academy at New London, and at Bradford, Mass. Her substantial 
qualities everywhere won friends. She abhorred pretence, and 
admired the genuine and true, whether in friendship, hospitality, 
virtue, charity, or religion. She was a devoted wife, a precious 
sister, and a true friend. She was active in her church and Sab- 
bath-school, and in works of charity. She d. Jan. 2, 1887. Child, — 

Helen Shirley, b. Aug. 5, 1866 ; d. April 1-3, 1876. Helen was greatly 
endeared to all her friends. 

Frederick Eaton m., 2d, Jan. 23, 1889, Laura Helen, b. July 10, 
1852, in Cleveland, O., daughter of DeWitt Clinton and Laura 
May (Wheeler) Baldwin. Mr. Baldwin is a gentleman of large 
experience in the financial and railroad affairs of Cleveland and 
Toledo. It was in the home of his parents where the first prayer- 
meeting was ever held in the Western Reserve. Mrs. Baldwin's 
father was deacon of the first Baptist church organized in Cleve- 
land. Mrs. Helen (Baldwin) Eaton graduated at the high school 
in Toledo, and taught successfully in the public schools, most of the 
time in the high school, where she was highly esteemed. In her 
kindness of heart and active, cultivated mind, enlisted in the wel- 
fare of othei's, in the family, society, and the church, her friends, 
old and new, find those enduring qualities which attract and hold 

This manuscript is opened to record the death of Mr. Eaton. The 
Toledo Blade, Feb. 4, in an extended article, says, — " Frederick 
Eaton, the merchant prince of Toledo, is dead." He suffered in 
December from the ulceration of a tooth, and in January from 
la grippe. In response to the great demands of his many business 
interests upon him he overtaxed himself, and did not give his system 
rest to enable it to rally. He d. Feb. 4, 1890. His brothers, John, 
Lucien, James, and Charles, and his sisters, Carrie and Christina, 
hastened to his bedside and his burial. His wife was well-nigh 
overcome by the suddenness of his death. Those sharing in his 
large business interests in Toledo and elsewhere, the citizens with 
whom he had been a favorite associate for a generation, could hard- 
ly realize the change. The crape on the door of F. Eaton & Co.'s 
lion store brought grief to many hearts and tears to many eyes. 
Said one of his clerks, '' He has been more than a father to me ; 
lie was the soul of generosity." Ellery Eaton remarked, " He has 


been more than a cousin to me." Said Mayor Hamilton, " I know 
of no man in Toledo who will be missed as much as Frederick 
Eaton." Said Banker Ketcham. " Toledo cannot realize its loss all 
at once." Said another, " He was a inan of great commercial abil- 
ity. I consider his death a public calamity." Said his pastor at 
his funeral, " No one among us was known to so many or will be 
missed by so many." 

Flags on many of the buildings were at half mast. His employes, 
and the merchants and bankers and others, held meetings, and passed 
resolutions of respect and condolence. Telegrams and letters came 
from many parts of the country. None were more considerate than 
those from Mr. Jolm Claflin, with whose house Mr. Eaton had held 
close business relations for a generation. The family desired a 
private funeral, but the public demand for services at the church 
prevailed. Many business houses were closed. The family and 
immediate friends joined with Rev. W. W. Williams, D. D., in 
brief services at the house, where were many floral tributes. At 
the church these tributes were specially touching. It was one of 
the largest, if not the largest, funeral gathering ever seen in Toledo. 
The people could not be seated in the First Congregational chm'ch, 
but overflowed in the aisles and on the sidewalks. The services 
were impressive. The hymns smig had been favorites with Mr. 
Eaton, such as "Nearer, my God, to Thee," "Lead, kindly Light." 
His pastor, with a voice broken with emotion, offered appropriate 
prayer, read selections of scripture, and in brief and fitting words 
spoke of the lessons of the life that had closed, and of his hope in 
Christ. At the close the great concourse tearfidly passed by the 
coffin, taking a last look of the face of their friend. 

He was buried in the family lot in Forest Cemetery, by the side of 
the wife and daughter who preceded him. The press of the city, the 
Blade, Bee, Commercial, and Journal, and of the neighboring towns, 
and in the distance such papers as the Advance, of Chicago, and the 
Independent, of New York, contained notices of his death and trib^ 
utes to his wortli. No words can convey a more truthful tribute to 
his memory than a description of the facts connected with his death 
and burial. He was everywhere a favorite. Child, — 

Frederick, b. May 31, 1890. 

Mrs. Helen (Baldwin) Eaton d. June 2, 1890, and on the 4th 
was buried beside her husband, widely and deeply mourned. 


Lucien Bonaparte Eaton was so named for his father's brother. 
He worked on the farm, attending the common school in the Eaton 
district, and sometimes in the Morgan district, and in the Gore 
until fifteen years of age. when he went to the academy at Thet- 
ford, Vt. He afterwards attended the academy at Orford a cou])le 
of terms. He entered Phillips academy at Andover, Mass., in 
1854, and gTaduated in 1855, and thereupon entered Dartmouth 
college and graduated in 1859. While in college he taught school 
winters. He spent the fall of 1859 reading law with Hon. George 
Collamer, at Woodstock, Vt. In December, 1859, he became prin- 
cipal cf the Hudson Street grammar school, in Cleveland. Ohio. 
Early in October, 1861, he resigned and entered the 65th Ohio Vol. 
Infantry as a second lieutenant. The teachers of Cleveland pre- 
sented him with a sword. He raised a part of a company in Cleve- 
land, and, reporting to his regiment at Mansfield, Ohio, was com- 
missioned first lieutenant. His regiment served with the "Army of 
the Cumberland." He participated in nearly all the campaigns and 
battles in which that army was engaged. He was at the battles of 
Shiloh, Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, 
Rocky Face Ridge, Resaca, New Hope Church, and many skir- 
mishes and minor engagements. After the battle at Stone River he 
was commissioned captain, and served as brigade inspector on the 
staff of Gen. Chailes G. Harker. who was killed at Kenesaw Moun- 
tain. In 1864, just before the last named battle, having been 
appointed lieutenant-colonel of the 69th U. S. C. Q., he was ordered 
to Arkansas, and was afterward appointed colonel of that regiment. 
He served as inspector of the freedmen's department for that state. 
At the close of the war he settled in Memphis. He became inter- 
ested in mercantile houses in Memphis and Lagrange, Tenn., and 
in Corinth, Miss., but devoted himself to the study of the law. In 
1866 he joined his brother. Gen. John Eaton, then editing and pub- 
lishing the Memphis Dally Post, as an assistant, and in 1867, on 
Gen. Eaton's being elected state superintendent of public instruc- 
tion for Tennessee, he became editorial and business manager of the 
Post. In 1868 he was elected and served as a member of the 
board of education for the city of Memphis. Early in 1870 the 
Post was discontinued, and he was appointed by President U. S. 
Grant United vStates marshal for the western district of Tennessee, 
and served till April, 1877, when he resigned. His term of service 
as U. S. marshal was during the reconstruction and ku-klux era, and 

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four of his deputy marshals were killed. In 1872 he was admitted 
to the bar ; in 1877 he began the active jjractice of his profession. 
He, however, devoted much of his time to the purchase and im- 
provement of real estate. He was one of the very few who had 
the courage to buy real estate in Memphis after the great yellow 
fever epidemics of 1878 and '79. He now owns several thousand 
acres of cotton lands in Shelby county, and hundreds of houses in 
the city of Memphis, and has one of the largest rent-rolls of any of 
the capitalists of Memphis. He is the head of the firm of L. B. 
Eaton & Co., the owners of the oldest ofl&ce furnishing- abstracts of 
titles to lands in Mempliis and Shelby counties, and of the firm of 
Eaton & Smith, lumber dealers. He is a member of the Knights 
of Honor, of the Historical Society, of the American Public Health 
Association, and of the American Social Science Congress. 

In 1880 he was elected and served as representative in the state 
legislature, and in 1882 was a Republican candidate for state sena- 
tor, but was defeated. In 1888 he was nominated as the Rejjubli- 
can candidate for congress in the Tenth Congressional District of 
Tennessee, and was undoubtedly elected, but was counted out. He 
has taken proof and filed his brief in the contest for his seat in con- 
gress, and is confident of secm"ing it. 

He m. Dec. 26, 1867, Clara, b. Feb. 16, 1841, daughter of Valen- 
tine and Catherine (Harshman) Winters, of Dayton, Ohio. Her 
father was a banker in that city. She possessed a quiet, cheerfid 
temperament, which sought retirement rather than display. She 
was a devoted wife and mother, and a faithful Christian. She d. 
Aug. 23, 1885. ChUdren,— 

Valentine Winters, b. Nov. 1, 1870, in Dayton, Ohio. 
Katie, b. July 28, 1872, in Dayton ; d. July 27, 1873. 
Lucien, b. Oct. If), 1877, in Memphis, Tenn. ; d. Xov. 21, 1877. 
Clara, b. June 13, 1879, in Memphis, Tenn. ; d. July 2, 1879. 

Valentine W. studied in Memphis, Tenn., and one year at Phillips 
academy, Andover, Mass. He is a member of the class of '92 in Dart- 
mouth college. 

Christina Landon, after the district school, attended the academy 
at Orford fall of '53, fall of '54, and winter and spring of '55, en- 
joying the rare advantages of the excellent care and home influ- 
ences of Mrs. Mary M. Wilcox, and that summer taught in the 
Gore. In the autumn of that year she accepted the offer of a home 


with her favorite uncle and aunt, Rev. Horace Eaton, D. D., and 
wife, of Pahnyra, N. Y., and attended the Union school in that 
place until the fall of '5$, when she entered the North Granville 
Young Ladies' Seminary, whose principal was Hiram Orcutt, LL. D., 
where she graduated in 1860. She was cashier in one of the stores 
of her brother Frederick in Toledo, in 1867 and 1868, and from the 
fall of '69 until January, '71. The later years her home has been 
with her brothers, for the most part with her brother Lueien. She is 
occupied at Eaton Grange usually in the summer. She is now with 
her sister, Mrs. Caroline (Eaton) Pennock. 

James Andrew was named for a brother of his mother. He re- 
mained with his father until he worked a season with his uncle, 
Nathan Andrew. There he saved his earnings for a term at the 
academy in New London. He finished his studies at Phillips 
academy, Andover, Mass., when he entered the store of his brother 
Frederick, in Toledo, Ohio. Later he was in business for himself in 
Fort Wayne, Ind., and Memphis, Tenn. He was 17 years in 
business in Adrian, Mich. 

In 1887 he went to Grand Rapids, Mich, where he has a large 
and successful business. Everywhere he is a patriotic citizen. He 
m. Jan. 10. 1872, Fannie Josephine, b. Dec. 24, 1847, daughter of 
James John and Joanna Wight (Needham) Newell, of Adrian, 
Mich. Mr. Newell was one of the leaders of the pioneer enter- 
pi'ises of Adrian, and in the organization of the Republican party in 
Mich. Mrs. Eaton was educated at Adrian, and at the academy at 
Monroe, Mich. She is of an active, critical mind, studious, observ- 
ant of current events, has special fondness for literature, and special 
taste in household ornamentation. Child, — 

Mary, b. ]\Iarch 24, 1S77, in Adrian, Mich. 

Charles Eaton, soon after his mother's death, was given to his 
uncle, Samuel Andrews, and his aunt, Sally G. Andrews, brother 
and sister of his mother. At fifteen he entered Phillips academy, 
Andover, Mass., and studied there two years. He finished his 
schooling at Kimball Union Academy, Meriden. The expense of 
his education was paid by his brother Frederick and by a small 
bequest left by his mother to aid in the education of all her chil- 

He studied law in Michigan university 1865 and 1866 ; in 1866-'68 
he resided in Memphis, and was connected with the Memjihis Daily 


Post with his brothers. He was reporter on the Boston Times a 
short time in 1868, and city editor of the Toledo Blade 1868-'70, 
clerk in the Bureau of Education, Washington, D. C, and newspaper 
correspondent 1870-'75, and, in the meantime, graduated at Cohim- 
bia Law School in that city ; returned to Toledo in 1776, and prac- 
tised law and loaned money for Eastern people tiU 1889, when he 
moved to Memphis, and is now with his brother. Col. L. B. Eaton, 
in the practice of law and in the management of real estate. He 
has written for the press on many current subjects. 

He m. May 25, 1865, Marion Emma, b. in Cornish, Nov. 9, 
1847, daughter of Dr. John Sabin and Louisa (Jackson) Blanchard, 
later of Meriden. Dr. Blanchard was the eminent physician at 
Meriden for his generation. Mrs. Eaton finished her studies at 
Kimball Union Academy, in Meriden. She is active in the work of 
the church, has a word of cheer for aU, and has the rarest skill in 
the art of housekeeping. Cbild, — 

Charles Linsley, b. Xov. 25, 1866; d. Xov. 23, 1874, at Eaton 
Grange. His death was occasioned by an accidental fall, severing the 
spine. His bright, attractive face will never be forgotten by his kin- 

Sarah Sawyer, b. April 27, 1800 ; daughter of John and Mary 
(Kimball) Eaton ; m. June 11, 1835, to Hon. Samuel Dresser, b. 
Nov. 8, 1796, and lived till after his death on Dresser hill, in Sut- 
ton, when she removed with her son, Leonard, to near the foot of 
Kimball's hill, where she d. Dec. 4, 1878. She was a woman of 
a wonderfully sunny and cheerfid disposition. Mr. Dresser was a 
leading citizen of Sutton. He was seven times elected select- 
man, and three times elected representative to the state legis- 
lature. He d. May 13, 1868. Children,— 

Lucretia Ann, b. May 13, 1836 ; d. Dec. 30, 1858. 

Leonard Furman Eaton, b. Jime 20, 1838. 

Franklin Edwards, b. Sept. 18, 1810 ; d. Feb. 5, 1845. 

Leonard F. E. Dresser is a farmer, at the foot of Kimball's hill. He 
m. Dec. IS, 1879, Sarah H. Wiggin. of Goffstown, b. June 29, 1843. 

Hiram Eaton, b. Jan. 14, 1802, learned the trade of watch- and 
clock-maker and sUversmith with Jacob Kimball, his uncle, at 
Montpelier, Vt., and established himself and prospered in this 
business in St. Albans, Vt. Afterward he resided and followed his 
trade at Warner and at Concord. He was a man of gentle man- 
ners, fine sensibility, and poetic spirit. He d. in Warner, Aug. 8, 




Lucretia Kimball Eaton, b. Marcb 12, 1803, was for some time 
engaged in the millinery business in Warner. She was a a devoted 
sister, and spent many years in the home of her brother, Dr. Jacob 
S. Eaton, of Bristol, and two years with her brother, Lucien B. 
Eaton, at Fremont, Ind. She died at the residence of her brother, 
Dr. Jacob S. Eaton, at Harvard, Mass., July 13, 1881. She was a 
woman of delicate health, but of sujjerior mental attainments. 

Jacob Sawyer Eaton, b. Jan. 4, 1805, pursued studies preparatory 
to college under Rev. Dr. Woods and Rev. Mr. Kelley, but decid- 
ing to enter the medical profession without a collegiate course he 
entered the office of Dr. Buswell, of Warner, and attended lectures 
at medical colleges at Hanover, and at Philadelphia, Penn. He 
began the practice of medicine at Alexandria, and afterward, on a 
general invitation of the townspeople, removed to Bristol, where he 
remained twenty-four years, very successful in his profession, and 
greatly beloved by all who knew him. For the health of his family 
in 1855 he removed to Stowe, Mass., and afterward to South Deer- 
field and Harvard, Mass., where he spent his old age in the sur- 
prising possession of all his faculties. With a rare enjoyment of 
elegant literature, with a brilliant imagination, with a heart full of 
sympathy for all the trying conditions of humanity, he was always 
at the front on all questions of reform. Early consecrating him- 
self to the service of his Divine Master, he was prominent and 
active in the various departments of church work. Quick and ten- 
der in his sympathies for his kindred, he was among them an ac- 
knowledged and cherished patriarch. The annual gatherings at 
Eaton Grange have been incomplete without his presence. He m. 
Sept. 20, 1830, Mrs. Harriet (Bean) Kimball, b. April 22, 1810, 
the daughter of Daniel and Sally (Pattee) Bean, of Waterloo. She 
d. at Bristol, Dec. 5, 1837. Cliildren, b. in Bristol, — 

John Marshall, b. May 12, 1832. 

Frances Amelia, b. June 10, 1835 ; d. August, 1838. 

Horace Augustus, b. Nov. 5, 1837 ; d. March, 1839. 

Dr. Jacob S. Eaton m., 2d, Sept. 20, 1849, Alma EUery Tyler, 

b. Jan. 5, 1815, dau. of Edward and Alma (Holden) Tyler, of 

Harvard, Mass. Dr. Jacob S. Eaton d. at Harvard, Mass., Sept. 

5, 1888. Children,— 

Lucien Kimball, b. Nov. 7, 1850 ; d. March 16, 1888. 
Harriet Frances, b. March, 1853 ; d. July 7, 1863. 
James EUery, b. July 10, 1855. 
Alma Tyler, b. Nov. 12, 1857. 


John Marshall Eaton gi'aduated at the Medical college of Harvard 
University in 1856. He served as assistant surgeon of volnnteei's in 
the War of the Rebellion from 1862 to 1864. He is a surgeon of re- 
markable skill, and a highly esteemed physician at Milford, Mass. He 
is state medical examiner for the county. He m. Oct. 27, 1858, at 
Waltham, Mass., Maria Wetherbee, b. in Concord, Mass., March 9, 
1837, the daughter of Lewis and Lucy Wetherbee. She is a lady of 
marked strength and excellence of character. 

Lucien K J^aton m. Mary E. Titus, dau. of John Titus, of Elkhart, 
Ind. He was a natural mechanic, and for the last twelve years of his 
life was employed in the railroad shops of Elkhart and Fort Wayne, 
Ind. He was a man of powerful frame and perfect health, but was 
suddenly stricken, and died after a week's illness, March 16, 1888. He 
was lai'ge-hearted, frank, and generous, and made many friends. He 
was a member of the Third Presbyterian church of Fort Wayne, and 
was earnest in Christian and temperance and political work. 

James EUery Eaton, b. July 10, 1855, in Stowe, Mass. His educa- 
tion was limited to the common school in South Deerfield and Har- 
vard, that state. While in his teens he was engaged in a grocery store 
in [^Loudonville, N. Y., and displayed fine business capacity. At the 
age of 22 he entered the employment of his cousin, Frederick Eaton, 
of Toledo, O. His good sense, tact, remarkable energy, and fault- 
less fidelity won for himself a foremost place under his cousin, and 
finally a partnership with him. July 27, 1889, he m. Flora Timpany, 
of Toledo. She is a lady of sweet domesticity, and for eight years 
was a most valuable teacher in the Toledo public schools. 

Alma T., b Nov. 12, 1857, attended school at Lawrence academy, in 
Groton, Mass., and taught eight years in the Harvard public schools. 
She m. June 19, 1889, Dr. Benjamin, b. Sept. 21:, 1863, son of Josiah 
P. and Susan M. (Garland) Royal, of Garland, Me. Dr. Benjamin 
Royal graduated from the Foxcraft academy, in Foxcraft, Me. He 
graduated in medicine at Bowdoin college in 1887. He settled in Har- 
vard, Mass., July 20, 1888. 

Charles Eaton, b. Feb. 4, 1807, early removed to Pennsylvania, 
and afterwards to Plaquemine, La. He was a skilful millwright, 
and widely known as a builder of cotton-gins, presses, and sugar- 
mills. He remained for years secluded from his friends, making 
them a general visit but once. Being so chagrined and disappointed 
at the trimiiph of the national arms in the War of the Rebellion, he 
shook off the dust of his feet against his kindred and country. He 
was traced to Valparaiso, Chili, and thence to the island of Tahiti 
in the South Seas, where he d. Nov. 14, 1877, according to the 


report of the U. S. consul. He gave his property, vahxed at some 
$3,000, to educational purposes. , 

Lucien Bonaparte Eaton, b. Dec. 17, 1808, early settled in north- 
ern Indiana, finally locating in Fremont, Ind. For three years he 
gave himself to the itinerant ministry of the Protestant Methodist 
church. Subsequently, while occasionally preaching, he devoted 
himself to farming, and was one of the large land-owners of his sec- 
tion. He m. Jidy 3, 1853, Malinda Phelps, b. Nov. 20, 1815, in 
Brookfield, Franklin Co., Ind., daughter of Reuben Benjamin and 
Ruth Corson Phelps. She d. Feb. 19, 1874. He d. Feb. 27, 
1889. He was a man of vigorous intellect and fine poetic sense. 
He gave 800 acres of land and over $5,000 to found and maintain 
a home in his (Stuben) county for indigent widows and spinsters, 
and the remainder of his estate, consisting of 120 acres of land, to 
his son. Though of eccentric severity in limiting his own comforts, 
he was a most generous giver to his church and to his township 
enterprises. Cliild, — 

Isaac, b. Jan. 12, 185.5. He is a sturdy farmer, his possessions lying 
near his father's farms, in Fremont, Ind. 

Horace Eaton, b. Oct. 7, 1810, spent his first years with his 
mother and Kimball grandparents at Eaton Grange. For two 
years he lived with Dr. Robert Lane at North Sutton, and at the 
age of 14, with the blessing of his mother, took a solitary jour- 
ney to his brother, Hiram, at St. Albans, Vt., with whom he mas- 
tered the trade of watch- and clock-maker and silversmith. He 
spent six years at St. Albans and Burlington, Vt., as apjjrentice and 
journeyman. At St. Albans he united with the church, ard later 
formed plans of study preparatory to the ministry. He first entered 
the academy at Meriden, but soon removed to Phillips academy, 
Andover, Mass., where he fitted for college. He entered Dart- 
mouth at the beginning of the college year in 1835, and graduated 
in due course in 1839. While in college he was elected president 
of the " Social Friends," the literary society to which he belonged. 
He studied theology at Union Theological Seminary, New York 
city, graduating in 1842. He supported himself by his own exer- 
tions while securing his education. He seized every opportunity 
for industry, and made long excursions in vacations and in winters, 
even into the South, employing his skill at " clockology " or " tick- 
tacks," as he was wont to call his trade learned at St. Albans. He 



was ordained pastor of the Sixth Street Presbyterian church, New 
York city, in June, 1843. In June, 1848, he became pastor of the 
Presbyterian church at Pahnyra, N. Y. 

He travelled while officiating at Palmyra through Europe, the 
Holy Land, and Egyjit, and made a second visit to Europe. He 
wrote much for the press, and published many sermons. In the 
exactness to which he held himself in all high duties he was the 
Puritan of the Pm'itans, but in the genial overflow of all that was 
innocent in wit and humor and friendly intercoiu'se, he was the 
cavalier of the cavaliers. His devotion to his mother and to his 
kindred was unsurpassed. He was respected as a father in the 
church by his fellow-clergymen. He maintained his thorough schol- 
arship in the classics and in Hebrew until his old age. Dartmouth 
college conferred the honorary degree of D. D. upon him in 1869. 
He d. Oct. 21, 1883, gi*eatly beloved by his parish and all his towns- 
people. During his funeral all business houses in Palmyra were 
closed. A memorial was erected for him in his church by the 
young people, and a suitable monument in the cemetery by his con- 
gregation. He m. Aug. 13, 1845, Anna Ruth Webster, b. in Bos- 
cawen, Nov. 26, 1823, the daughter of Nathaniel and Betsey (Saw- 
yer) Webster. Mrs. Eaton was a graduate and teacher at Mt. 
Holyoke Seminary. She has been eminent in her labors in the 
parish, and in behalf of missions and temperance. She habitually 
copied her husband's sermons, and since his death has published a 
" Memorial " of his life, which has reached its second edition. 
Children, — 

Horace Webster, b. June 28, 1846. 

John Spaulding, h. Aug. 27, 1848 ; d. July 4, 1868. 

Anna Sawyer, b. April 21, 1851 ; d. Sept. 11, 1853. 

Mary Sawyer, b. Dec. 19, 1853. 

Elizabeth Webster, b. March 25, 1857. 

Horace W. Eaton fitted for college under Dr. Taylor, at Phillips 
academy, Andover, Mass., and graduated at Yale college in 1870. He 
has taught school, but has been mainly occupied as a clerk in the gov- 
ernment service at Washington. 

John Spaulding Eaton was a student with his brother at Andover, 
but died before entering college. He gave evidence of a rare spirit, 
excellent scholarship, and promise of great usefulness. He had the 
ministry in view. 

Mary S. Eaton graduated at Mt. Holyoke seminary in 1876, and has 
taught successfully in New York, ^Michigan, and Ontario, Canada. 


Elizabeth W. Eaton graduated at Mt. Holyoke seminary in 1878, 
and has taught with marked acceptance in Monson academy, Mass., 
Frederick Female Seminary, Md., the high school at Schuylerville, N. Y., 
and Iowa Agricultural College. In April, 1888, she went to Europe for 
study and travel, returning in June, 1889. She is now the professor 
of modern languages of Colorado college, at Colorado Springs. 

Elijah Eaton, b. in Haverhill, Mass., Jan. 12, 1770, son of Na- 
thaniel and Rebecca (Dodge) Eaton, m. Jan. 1, 1797, in Bedford, 
Elizabeth, b. Aug. 10, 1777, daughter of James and Abigail 
(Richardson) Vose. Her father was b. in Milton, Mass., on the 
same farm where his ancestors fx'om England settled in 1654. Eli- 
jah Eaton and wife lived a few years in Haverhill, Mass. Early 
in the first years of the present century they moved to Sutton and 
located on the eastern slope of Kimball's hiU. Elijah, though not 
as tall, was like his brother Jolm In great strength, and like his 
brother Nathaniel in agility : he could outstrip younger men in a 
foot-race. With these physical gifts was blended an earnest, de- 
voted piety. He was styled the " peacemaker." He was the 
scholar of his family. In early life he began the study of medicine, 
but not believing in the practice of those days he conscientiously 
abandoned it. He was a Baptist. His sons, Ariel Kendrick and 
Pelatiah Cliapin, were named for ministers of that denomination. 
His sons Jubal, Elijah, Nathaniel, and Carlos became members of 
the Bajitist church. He d. Sejjt. 6, 1818. Mrs. Eaton showed 
great fortitude in caring for and training her young children and 
managing her farm, Carlos S., her youngest child, being only four 
months old. She d. Aug. 12, 1849. Children, — 

Jubal, b. Aug. 1, 1798 ; d. Nov. 2, 1878. 
Nathaniel, b. Sept. 9, 1800 ; d. June 29, 1801. 
Elijah, b. March 24, 1803 ; d. Sept. 12, 1843. 
Nathaniel, b. April 27, 1805 ; d. March 26, 1844. 
James Vose, b. July 27, 1807 ; d. Nov. 13, 1843. 
Sumner, b. June 18, 1809 ; d. September, 1818. 
Roxana, b. June 26, 1811. 
Ariel Kendrick, b. Dec. 1, 1813. 
Pelatiah Chapin, b. April 9, 1815 ; d. Aug. 25, 1818. 
Carlos Smith, b. May 4, 1818 ; d. Nov. 18, 1886. 

Note. It is related in connection with the conversion of Rev. William Taylor, that 
when he became duly impressed with the need of forgiveness for his sins, living with 
his fatlier at the corner of the road near Potash hill, he strugs^led to quiet his con- 
science until into the nij?ht, but could not. He felt the disapproval of any misconduct, 
by no one in the neighborhood so much as that of Elijah Eaton, yet in his distress his 
thoughts turned specially to the good man, and gathering courage in the darkness of 
the midnight houi-s, he wended his way over the hill to Mr. Eaton's. He rapped on 
the door. Mr. Eaton came at once, light in hand, for he was engaged, as was his cus- 
tom, in the reading of the scriptures and in prayer. 


Jubal Harrington, b. Aug. 1, 1798, in Haverhill, Mass. When two 
years old he removed with his parents to Sutton. In 1813 he went to 
live with his uncle and aunt, James and Pamelia (Eaton) Messer. At 
the death of his father, in 1818, he went home to aid in carrying on 
the farm. Soon after, he went South. In October, 1827, he m. Pluma 
Putney, daughter of Stephen and Sarah Putney, of Boscawen. They 
settled on the farm known as the William Kendrick farm. His 
brother Ariel says Jubal was the best scholar of the family ; he pos- 
sessed a genial, frank disposition. Children,— 

Sumner, b. Sept. 2, 1828 ; d. June, ISIS. 
Sarah Elizabeth, b. Nov. 11, 1830. 

Mrs. Pluma P. Eaton d. February, 1833, in Sutton. Jubal H. m. 
March 5, 1835, Sarah Brown, daughter of Samuel and Rachel (Story) 
Dresser, of Sutton. They lived in Wai'iier, he making brick at Dow's 
brick-yard till 1850 ; the remainder of his life he devoted to his farm 
interests. Children, — 

Pluma, b. Jan. 16, 1836. 

Jubal Harrington, b. Nov. 1, 1830. 

Jacob, b. Feb. 14, 1843 ; d. Oct. 2, 1847. 

Mrs. Sarah (Dresser) Eaton d. Nov. 11, 1876 ; her husband d. March 
2, 1878. 

Sarah Elizabeth, b. Sept. 2, 1828, m. September, 1852, James Morrill, 
of Concord. Children, — ■ 

Ellen, b. Dec. 24, 1853. 

Edward, b. May, 1856 ; d. July, 1858. 

Charles, b. May, 1861. 

Ellen m. August, 1878, Charles Carr, of Concord. They have one 
child, — Harry. 

Charles m. in 1882, Mary Currier, of Concord. They have one 
child, a daughter. 

Elizabeth Eaton Morrill and her descendants now all reside in Iowa. 

Pluma, b. Jan. 16, 1836, m. Aug. 1, 1871, Sullivan Marston, son of 
Nathaniel and Sarah Marston, of Deerfield. They reside in Newport. 
She is a writer and philanthropist. 

Jubal H , b. Nov. 1, 1839, m. Dec. 25, 1864, Martha Bryant, of Lew- 
iston, Me. Children, — 

Daughter, b. October, 1865 ; d. in infancy. 
Edward, b. March, 1870. 

They reside at Hillsborough Bridge. 

Elijah, b. March 24, 1803, m. April 16, 1835, Fanny, b. June 25, 
1804, daughter of Joshua and Sarah (George) Sawyer, of Warner. 
They lived in Warner. He was a sharp trader, a sprightly, genial 

1080 HisTonrr of suTTOisr. 

gentleman, possessing an even, trustful. Christian temperament. Chil- 
dren, — 

Frances A., b. June 29, 1836 ; m. June 26, 1883, Lucius H. Tyler, of 

Mary S., b. Nov. 3, 1837 ; d. Sept. 25, 1853. 
Roxana, b. Jan. 20, 1840 ; d. March 12, 1843. 
Sarah, b. May 12, 1842 ; d. Jan. 15, 1843. 

Elijah, their father, d. March 24, 1843. His wife d. Sept. 26, 1885. 

Nathaniel, b. April 27, 1805, m. in western New York and settled on 
a farm in Alabama, Genesee county, that state, where he resided till 
his death. He was one of the leaders in his church, a noble man, and 
an esteemed citizen. He d. March 26, 1844. Children, — 

Sumner, m. and lives near Biiffalo. 

Martha, resides with her mother. 

Mary, d. when young. 

Nathaniel, enlisted in the army and d. a soldier. 

James Vose, b. July 27, 1807, went to Pennsylvania as a stone quar- 
rier about 1831 or '32 ; was in business later, studied and practised law 
in Philadelphia until his health failed. He d. Nov. 13, 1843. 

Roxana, b. June 26, 1811, attended school in New Hampton and 
Concord. She taught in Sutton, Warner, Bradford, and Concord. She 
was a teacher of a select school for young ladies in Boston, and was 
active there in Sabbath-school and missionary work. 

Ariel K., b. Dec. 1, 1813, left home in 1832 to avail himself of better 
opportunities for study than his district afforded. He alternated his 
terms of studying with teacliing or working. He attended school in 
South Sutton, Salisbury, South Newmarket, and Claremont. At the 
latter place an attempt to study Greek and Latin was interrupted and 
almost ended by a severe illness. He taught in Hillsborough and in 
South Sutton the winter of 1833-'34, when many days he counted 85 
scholars in the one school-room. The winter of 183.5-'36-he tauoht 
in his own district, having thirty pupils. He taught a select school in 
Chelmsford, Mass. In 1836 he began teaching and studying law in 
Ohio, mostly in Washington, Fayette county. Later he went to Indi- 
ana. He m. J;me 3, 1839, Sarah McArthur, of Ross county, Ohio. 
She d. June 15, 1840. Their child, Byron, b. May 29, 1840, d. in 

Mr. Eaton was county auditor of Randolph county, Ind., from 1841 
to 1844. He was admitted to the bar in 1842. In 1844 he went to 
Iowa, from that time on taking a lively interest and an active j^art in 
the growth of Iowa. From 1846 to 1855 he lived in Delhi, Delaware 
county, practising law, holding county and other public offices of trust, 
and was member of the legislature four years. From 1855 to 1858 he 
was " receiver of public moneys for the Turkey river land district," 


the sale for the period covering over two million acres of public land. 
In 1858 his office was located in Osage, ]\litcheU county, where he now 
lives, and is occupied in the management of his business, and writing 
occasionally for the press. He m., 2d, Dec. 7, 184.5, in Randolph Co., 
Ind., Sarah Jarnagin, b. April 24, 1827, in Highland Co., Ohio. Chil- 
dren, — 

Marshall Story, b. at Delhi. Sept. 26, 1816 ; d. Feb. 13, 1848. 

Willard Lee, b. Oct. 13, 1848. 

Sumner Franklin, b. Dec. 5, 1851. 

Jones, b. May 21, 1858, at Osage ; d. Dec. 23, 1861. 

Willard L. m. Laura R. Annis, b. Xov. 24, 1848, in Vermont. He 
is a lawyer in Osage. Children, — 

Ivan Willard, b. Feb. 18, 1882; d. Sept. 17, 1884. 
Allen March, b. March 15, 1887. 

Sumner Franklin m. Aug. 7, 1876, Lucy A. Sherman, b. Jan. 8, 
1854. He is a farmer, and resides in Osage. Childi'en, — 

Fred, b. July 28, 1877. 
Lee, b. Sept. 30, 1879. 
Ross, b. Sept. 5, 1881. 
Jesse, b. Feb. 22, 1884. 
Harry, b Feb. 9, 1886. 
Leonard, b. Xov. 6, 1888. 

Carlos S., b. May 4, 1818, was reared by his widowed mother. He 
in turn remained with her, and always lived on the home farm. He 
was a hard-working, economical, upright citizen. By his prudence and 
good management he doubled the estate. He m. May 14, 1850, Laura, 
b. Dec. 11, 1822, daughter of Ezekiel and Lydia (Hardy) Dimond, of 
Warner. His wife was an ever ready aid by her industry and frugality. 
The sick and those in trouble were sure of a friend in Mrs. Eaton. 
She has walked alone at midnight across pastures and streams to re- 
lieve the suffering. Her influence was always for Christianity. Chil- 
dren, — 

Martha A., b. March 17, 1851. 
Ellen M., b. May 29, 18.53. 
Mary Elizabeth, b. April 6, 1855. 

These three daughters, aside from close application in study in their 
own district, attended school in Warner and Xew London, and each 
taught several of the district schools in Sutton, Warner, and Wilmot, 
Martha teaching in the more distant town of Pottsville. Mr. Carlos S. 
Eaton d. Xov. 18, 1886. Mrs. Eaton resides in Charlstown, Mass. 

Martha A., b. March 17, 1851, m. Oct'. 17, 1872, Charles A., b. Sept, 
2, 1848, son of George W. and Mary A. (Smith) Bemis, of Dublin, 
They reside at Boston Highlands, Mass. Children, — 


Florence M., b. July 27, 1873, in Harrisville. 
Shirley Eaton, b. April 30, 1876, " 

Laura B., b. Jan. 20, 1878, " 

Melville C, b. Xov. 13, 1883, in Boston, Mass. 

Ellen Maria, b. May 29, 18.53, m. Sept. 23, 1880, Austin Calvin, b. 
July 13, 1836, son of Alanson and Maria (Gibson) Stearns, of Hopkin- 
ton, Mass. Child, — 

Austin Eaton, b. March 16, 1883, in Westborough, Mass. 
They reside in Peterborough. 

Mary Elizabeth, b. April 6, 1855, m. Sept. 14, 1889, Benning M., b. 
Oct. 5, 1852, son of Dolphas S. and Anna R. (Eaton) Bean, of "War- 
ner. Mr. Benning M. Bean is a stock-raiser in Montana. Their resi- 
dence is Grass Range, Montana. 

Nathaniel Eaton, b. in Haverhill, Mass., May 4, 1775, son of Na- 
thaniel and Rebecca (Dodge) Eaton, m. in that town Oct. 11, 1797, 
Sarah Emerson, of the same place, b. April 21, 1778, daughter of 
Eltrimer and Sarah Eaton Emerson. He first moved to Hopkinton, 
and bought a farm about a mile north of Contoocookville. Here 
he remained but two years, when he sold out and bought for $950 
the eighty acre farm of Josiah Cutler, in Sutton, where he estab- 
lished his home in 1801 and spent the remainder of his life. Mr. 
Cutler bought of Abraham Wells, and had a small frame building on 
the site of the present mansion, and barns where the present barns are. 
In 1814 Nathaniel Eaton built the house in which he afterward lived 
and died, and in 1822 the large barns opposite. He had the first 
chaise in use in the neighborhood. He was an enterprising and thrifty 
farmer, of clear and strong mind, and decided convictions. He 
was a good neighbor, and his relations to all were cordial, but that 
between " Neighbor Adams " — John Adams, who lived near him — 
and " Neighbor Eaton," as each called the other, was for over sixty 
years a model of unbroken friendliness. He was an active member 
and a zealous supporter of the Baptist church in Sutton, and after- 
ward of that in Warner. He was greatly attached to all liis rela- 
tives, and followed them with a lively interest wherever scattered. 
His mother spent her last days with him and his brother Elijah, 
and died at his house. He made long journeys to visit his scattered 
kindred in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine. He was 
accustomed for years with his wife to visit his relatives in Haver- 
hill, Mass., and then always to make a stay at the beach at Plum 
Island near Salisbury, Mass., and sometimes he was able to take 


trips to Saratoga Springs. On one of these visits to Haverhill his 
wife suddenly sickened and died, aged 67 years. Hers was the first 
burial in the neighborhood bmying-ground on the Waterloo road. 
He died on the 9th day of May, 1875, over one hundred years of age, 
in full possession of aU his faculties, revered as a patriarch by a large 
circle of relatives, and respected by all who knew him. His cen- 
tennial birthday was celebrated at his home on May 4. 1875, by a, 
large gathering of his kindred and friends. A letter in the Boston 
Journal gave the following account of that interesting event : 

To-day the venerable centenarian, Nathaniel Eaton, of Sutton, 
completed the full term of a hundred years, and the rare and un- 
frequent occurrence of such an event was duly observed and com- 
memorated by the many relatives, friends, and neighbors of this 
worthy patriarch, who paid their respects to him and his in a way 
so cordial that it was made the source of much pleasure to all. Mr. 
Eaton lives with his son, George C. Eaton, Esq., one of the most 
respected, hard-working, and, withal, well-to-do farmers in aU this 
section of the country, and on the identical farm to which the father 
moved when yet a young man, now nearly three fourths of a cen- 
tury ago, and on which he has ever since resided, and reared a large 
family of children, who are and have been among the most worthy 
and respected of the community. Here he has toiled and prospered, 
and lived to see his whole ancestry, the companions of liis youth, 
the associates of his mature years, and the companion of his bosom, 
all fall, one by one, in the way of life, until now only he remains 
among them. 

Mr. Eaton, dressed in a new and his centennial suit of black, 
received his friends in a cordial way, easily recognizing and remem- 
bering all, and gave each as hearty a grasp of the hand and as 
warm a welcome as most men of seventy. His mental organism 
shows little impairment, and he yet converses fluently and quite 
intelligently, whUe his physical strength, with the store of latent 
vitality yet left to draw upon, warrants his friends in hoping for sev- 
eral years. 

As previously stated in the Journal, Mr. Eaton was born in 
Haverhill, Mass., and was the son of Capt. Nathaniel Eaton. His 
wife was Mrs. Sarah Emerson, by whom he had ten children, four 
of whom are now living, three being present. Hon. Leonard Eaton, 
for many years a successful practitioner in the healing art at War- 
ner, and now deceased, was his eldest son. Among those present 
were six nieces and nephews, between the ages of seventy and 
eiglity, whose average is seventy-three — a fact pleasing to the new 
advocates of biometry had they been present, as length of years 
seems to attach to aU bearing this name. 

Among the relatives present were Dr. Jacob Eaton of Harvard, 
Mass., Hon. John Y. Mugridge and family of Concord, Miss Susan 


Eaton, Mrs. Sherburne, and Mrs. Col. Jesse A. Gove, also of Con- 
cord, Hon. George C. Gilmore of Manchester, D. C. Emerson, Esq., 
of Chelmsford, Mass., Mr. R. Mason of North Conway, Jubal 
Eaton, and Carlos Eaton and family. 

Among those present not related to the hero of the occasion were 
Rev. David Gage of Manchester, Rev. W. H. Walker of Warner, 
R. Thompson, Esq., A. Whittier of Newlniryport, Mass., and sev- 
eral representatives of the press. The exercises closed at a late 
hour with music, singing, speaking, the reading of a spicy, witty, 
and humorous poem from Dr. Jacob S. Eaton, and letters from 
absent ones, including that of Gen. John Eaton, IT. S. Commissioner 
of Education, Charles Eaton, Esq., of Washington, D. C., Rev. 
Horace Eaton, D. D., of New York, and Rev. Albert Heald, of 
Amherst. The day and the occasion were most enjoyable. 

Children, — 

Leonard, b. in Hopkinton, .Tune 10, 1800; d. INIarch 22, 1868. 
MeseheUuni, b. in Sutton, October, 1803 ; d. June 28, 1864. 
Alvin, b. in Sutton, Dec. 18, 180.5 ; d. March, 1873. 
Nathaniel, b. in Sutton. Jan. 22, 1808 ; d. April, 1874. 
Rolinda. b. in Sutton, June 12, 1810 ; d. Sept. 14, 1818. 
George Clinton, b. in Sutton, July 28, 1814. 
Cynthia, b. in Sutton, May 21, 1821. 

Hon. Leonard Eaton, b. -June 10, 1800, m. at Warner, 1828, Susan 
Evans, b. Jan. 25, 1801, daughter of Hon. Benjamin and Susan (Wad- 
leigh) Evans. He lived all of his married life in Warner. He studied 
medicine w