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This is the blown up image of William1 Baker's one page in his probate file, proving a son John - not Joseph
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Both of these images for Henry Jefts can be found on FHL microfilm 901,881
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William1 Baker & his wife Mary are a much more complicated couple to sort out than previous Baker families in this line. There are fewer records due to the earlier time-period and many secondary sources have confused and entangled them making claims that are not backed up by records, and/or documentation. My hope is that if we can clearly source what we can prove through evidence, & discuss what we can’t prove, we may break through this wall eventually, especially when combined with DNA results. Therefore, this writing is aimed at clarifying the sourced evidence, & letting go of statements that are not supported.
      Before I delve into a summary of what we can prove or surmise about our William from the records, I want to be clear that sadly, nothing about our William1, prior to his arrival in Concord, MA has thus far been supported with documentation. Nothing. Not one single record. This why we all need to work together so that we can solve this mystery. There has to be something out there & if nothing else maybe the y-DNA of our male Baker brother, fathers, nephews, sons – can help us figure it out that way.
      We know William1 arrived in Concord after 6 Mar 1654 because he is not listed on the list of residents at that time.[i] He is said somewhere to have rec’d 7 acres from 2nd Division of Concord in the East Quarter before 1656 BUT I don’t know where this record is. If you do, please share.
       By 1666 he is clearly listed as having 43 acres, within 5 lots of the east quarter of Concord MA.[ii]  His homestead was on what is now Lexington Rd & was the property between what is now identified as the Samuel Staples house on the west and the Benjamin Barron house on the east. This property was passed to William2, & then Joseph1. More evidence supporting the homestead & its location will be in a different post at some point, but it can be researched through the deeds in Middlesex County, albeit, not especially straight forward.
       There are no direct indications of his age on a record that I am aware of. We can try to make a ballpark guess about his age at birth & death from a little logical reasoning through the following indirect evidence
  1. If William1 was at least 25 when he was first definitively noted as owning property in Concord, MA in 1666,[iii] this would make him b. 1641 or earlier. If we consider he had a son William2 who was married in 1681, possibly about 21 years old, born c1660, & further estimating that William1 was about 21 when he had William2, that would make William1 b. c1639. If we consider he could have been 25 years old when he may have first been in Concord in 1656 - that would make him born about 1631. Now those are just some guess-timations. It seems to me like William1 could have been born anytime between 1629-1641, with the more likely being in the middle, say, c1630-35, if I am forced to pick a closer range.
  2. While his age at his death in 1679 is not known, he doesn’t seem particularly old given he hadn’t planned for it. Therefore, to think he might have died between the ages of 38-50 is not unreasonable. Therefore this coincides with William1 being born anytime between 1629-1641, & a guess for his age at death might be about 44 when he died on Apr 8 1679 (recorded as 8.2.79* CBMD p/ 23) in Concord, MA.
     *See this site if you do not understand the difference between the Julian & Gregorian calendars in genealogy.
     We can be certain William was married to a Mary, as she is mentioned as his widow in his probate papers. His Middlesex County Probate Docket 773, 1679 has only 1 remaining document. It is a list of the inventory of his estate, signed by Timothy Wheeler, Tho Wheeler & John Stofford (?) 17.4.79 “granted to Mary his relic widd. & com hor son[s?] & both took oath to ye inventory.” This document indicates his housing & land was worth 70 pounds at that time. It also notes:
“Widow.
Sonn John Baker.
Rec. Vol 6 Page 188”
     Mary married second Henry Jefts of Billerica as his 4th wife. The marriage took place on the same day (by the same minister) as her son William Baker2 married Elizabeth Dutton on 5 May 1681. Henry Jefts died on 24 May 1700 in Billerica, MA. His long detailed will written 4 Mar 1691-2 mentions William2 of Concord in his will as his "son in law" which was used for both step sons & what we now know as son-in-law today. It states on page 2 at the bottom: “Jno give eight pounds in my son in laws hand namely William Baker of Concord to be improved for her personall. (?)”   
       Therefore, seems like Mary may have died after his will was written on 4 Mar 1691, but a record for her death has not been found.
William and Mary of Concord MA had the following children (order uncertain):
1. John Baker –Mentioned on inventory paper in his father’s probate – nothing before or after – yet – I just noticed this in the summer of 2016
2. William Baker William died on 8 Jun 1702 in Concord, MA - click here.
 
      The above concludes the certainties we know. It is a sad & frustrating sight, but the reality is unless we back up to this point, we cannot effectively move forward in the research. I firmly believe we are all stuck because we are banking on & barking up falsehoods & unproven statements provided by secondary sources. We must eliminate these once & for all. That said, if you have evidence to support something I am dismissing, please share. I totally welcome the correction & I really hope all Baker researchers from this line can work as a team to put this together with a solid foundation. 

The Falsehoods:
     Let’s at least start with the most entertaining of these. When I first started researching, around 1998, I came across a story of a Husking Party at the home of our ancestors in Concord, MA. I had typed something the search engine I was using at the time, and up came a digital copy of an old book. I start reading pg 190…
“For weeks, Goodman Baker knowing that his place had been selected for the husking had been alive to all the requirements of the coming occasion, and his home had been a busy hive of willing and enthusiastic workers for many evenings since the early frost began crisping and curling the corn leaves. The woods had been scoured for
game, and the clink clonk of the mortar had been a familiar sound for many evenings, while good wife Baker and the boys pounded cloves and coriander seed, caraway, savory and sage, that all might be in readiness when the merry "mixing time" came, and the rich sauces and gravies were to be prepared.”
     I was so excited to have found a story from the 1600’s! I was glued to it until the end. I was very green at the time and had not yet learned the magnitude of context in this type of work. I hung on every word as it sucked me in, line by line. It wouldn’t be until I finished the story & went back to the beginning that I realized …this was not a true story. It was a fictional story within a non-fiction book. Alfred Sereno Hudson takes creative license in his book History of Concord Massachusetts, Volume 1 Colonial Concord (1904) and he tells a wonderful hypothetical story. Although, I will admit for a longtime I was kinda mad at him for crushing me like that, lol. I highly suggest you read it, but start it from the beginning on pg 188.
      Less amusing is the bulk of information that comes from numerous books who have both highly accurate information, as well as unsupported/inaccurate information. This makes it especially difficult because we want to believe that sources are either good or bad, black or white, & not waste time wading through the mucky greys, but wade we must. The following is most of the information that cannot be back up with additional records, to my knowledge at least.
     Let’s start with Town Records of Littleton.  For the most part this is a highly accurate source when it comes to the records. The Baker compilation on page 519-20, however, is significantly lacking in the sections below. 

               BAKER (pg 519)
1 Wm Baker of Charlestown 1634 d. 1658. His widow Joan d. 1669. He was one of the Selectmen 1646.
Tradition says one William Baker came to America about 1660 with a son William aged 3 years and he (probably the son) d. June 8 1702. One record says Wm Baker, s. Wm and Mary, b. Oct 19 1655.

      Our William1 is not the son of William & Joan of Charlestown & Billerica as indicated. The 1658 Administration papers & Middlesex County Deeds for William Baker & his wife Joan of Charlestown & Billerica – do not name William as an heir of William & Joan’s.
      We do know our William1 was in Concord before 1666 and he did have a son William who died 8 Jun 1702, but that is it. There is no support for anything else in this “tradition”. We have no record indicating how, when or where our William came from. Whether he came from somewhere else in New England, Virginia or from England. we do not know. There is more on this tradition under the discussion of Albert Clark Baker’s book.
      Our William2 was NOT the William born Oct 19 1655. That William had siblings John, Nathaniel & Mary & was the William who married Mary Eddington & Pilgrim Eddy, who then married _______ Stedman. This was a different man.
 
         BAKER (pg 520)
2 Wm Baker d. 8-2-1679 in Concord. His wife Mary (French) and son William settled his estate. (Mary m. 2nd May 5th 1681 Henry Jefts as his 4th wife). Children:
     Probably William b. 1657 or Oct 19 1655, m. 1st Eliz Dutton (p. 424) at Concord, b. Jan 28 1659, probably dau Thomas. She d. Apr. 7 1698.* William m. 2nd Abigail Waite who m. 2nd Samuel Wheat.
    Jos settled Marlborough
A John Eddy was in Watertown 1634, had a daughter Pilgrim who m. 1st Apr 22 1656 Wm Baker, m 2nd before 1678 Steadman. See N.E.H.G. Register p. 244-1848

      The above William Baker would be the one we refer to in this report as William1, and he did die 8-2-1679 in Concord & his wife was Mary. That is all agreeable & supported by the records.
      However, I have found no evidence that supports (French) as Mary’s maiden name, and we can prove that she most definitely was not the daughter of William French through his probate record. While a Joseph French lived in Concord also, nothing has been found yet to indicate a relationship with any of the French family at all.
      Further, William1’s probate record does not mention William2 at all. Instead it states “John Baker” and & “sons” appears to be plural, “both” signing off on the inventory.
     Despite this, it is certain they did have William2 who may have been born about 1660, but again he was definitely not born Oct 19 1655. Their son William, known here as William2, did marry Elizabeth Dutton at Concord. She was the daughter of Thomas and she did die 7 Apr 1698.
      William2 did marry again, & she did after marry Samuel  Wheat, but her maiden name was not Waite. It was Ballard as evidenced by her & her father’s probate papers. This is explained in the sketch of William2.
     Further, there was actually another marriage for William2 between Elizabeth & Abigail. That wife was Sarah Crackbone. She died 11 months after they married. Therefore, technically, William married Abigail 3rd, not 2nd.
      No evidence has been found indicating William & Mary had a son named Joseph. None. It seems this may have been an incorrect assumption made by the History of Marlborough, MA. There is evidence our William1 had another son, John. He is named on the one probate paper that remains for William Baker d. 1679.
 
Baker, Andrus, Clark & Adams Families with Descriptive Travels of the Author
     Again, this is another source that has some undocumented information. It is a treasure to the family & has tons of fabulous information too, but some very critical information is not specifically sourced and leaves us in a very wobbly tree.  These “traditions” have been repeated time & time again in other books and trees, but they are not specifically sourced and therefore are not supported by evidence. They just aren’t. I wish they were too, but until someone comes forward with evidence, it is merely tradition. “Tradition” is not the equivalent of truth. Let’s go through the areas of most concern one by one.

Pg 4: “Father in old age often was in a reminiscent mood, and I became much interested in the family history as it had come to him: but there was nothing in the shape of a genealogy except a family record in the old family Bible of my grandfather, this in the handwriting of my grandfather, on the front leaf inscribed: "William Baker's Bible, 1810." This genealogic record reached back to Concord, Mass., as the original home of the family.”
 
      See… it is implied there is proof in the Bible of William Baker 1810, but we don’t know what it is or where the bible is now. We have no way of knowing which facts are, and are not, in the bible. It states the bible reached back to Concord, but what about Concord is truly in it? We need to document this information. If the bible is still out there in the family or universe somewhere, we should all pray photos of it make their way to the rest of us.

Pg 4: “He also left to my father the coat of arms brought from England and carried in the William branch of the family.”
Pg 8: “The coat of arms (by the name of Baker ) I have no doubt is an original and not one of those that were sold to the public for prestige. My father said his father prized it much and that he said it had been in the William branch of the family since brought from England. It is on a very ancient piece of sheepskin and shows all the marks of its ancient origin. It was put in a frame covered with Indian arrow-heads and for years hung in the sitting-room at our old home in Castalia. When we removed from there, it was taken from the frame; it was never reframed, but at father's death given to my brother William at Sioux City. His son William having passed on, it was given to Frank Dike Baker of Sioux City, the oldest living son.”
 
      The author mentions this last part under The History of Embellishments, so it would make sense that there was a photo of it somewhere, but it is not in any digital copies of the book I have seen. It does say in Genealogies in the Library of Congress: A Bibliography, Volume 1, by Marion J. Kaminkow, Library of Congress, that the coat of arms is on the cover of the book, but upon writing to the Smithsonian to gain a photo of it, they responded:
“Unfortunately the Library of Congress frequently rebinds the materials it receives, and that was the case with this 1920 publication. So the Library's copy does not have the original cover. If the descriptive information was provided by the Library of Congress rather than the author, it must have been compiled before the book was rebound. That's an unfortunate loss of information.”
     Since it is not on the actual hardcover of the other digital copies of the book, it would seem there could have been a book jacket with it originally & perhaps it was on that? If one still exists, it has not been located. Until it is, we are in the dark on our particular Baker Coat of Arms.
      A few hints on the trail of where it might be, can be found by tracing Frank Dike Baker. Woodbury County History 1982, BAKER, By Gertrude Baker Scroggs writes: http://iagenweb.org/boards/woodbury/biographies/index.cgi?read=272714
“My parents Frank Dike Baker and Myrtle Reed Baker, now deceased, met at Carlton College, married January 4, 1899, and had four daughters all living as of December, 1983. They are Marion Reed Baker Rowse Strachan of Gulfport, Florida; Ruth Pamelia Baker Jepson of San Diego, California; Gertrude Baker Scroggs of Hawarden, Iowa; Helen (Billie) Adams Baker Robbins of Omaha, Nebraska. These four produced seven grandsons (one deceased) and one granddaughter.”
     From this, one might guess the original Baker Coat of Arms ended up outside of the Baker surname. Perhaps someday it will appear again among the belongings of this family line or on our Facebook page J
      Beginning on Pg 4, Albert Clark Baker talks about Amos Baker writing to his father for the first time in 1872. He is clear that when Amos first wrote, Amos had no reliable information other than finding Albert Clark Baker’s father. The entire line Amos first thought was ours was incorrect until Amos found William Henry Baker, ACB’s father. Albert goes on to talk about how Amos describes that he traveled to Rutland VT & by following the trail ended up at the house of Almira Richards in Westport NY, who was ACB’s 1st cousin, the daughter of his oldest paternal aunt.
      Amos tells how he was born in Concord, MA, the son of Daniel Baker, an uncle of ACB’s father. Amos was 74 in 1872 & had been an instructor in Boston for 42 years. He was now retired & was researching the family history. In a later letter, it is discussed how Amos’s father left the family when he was 10 to establish a home in the west for the family. The family never heard from him again. Amos’s mother had died about 2 years later. ACB’s father apparently had previously told Amos his father had died in Utica NY when Amos was about 19. Amos then went to Utica finding his father had apparently abandoned them, becoming a very wealthy man there.
      Albert states there are “a large number of his letters to father”. It is implied that Amos was the one to discover the following between 1872 and his death on 12 Apr 1886.[iv] We don’t know the date of this letter, but he mentions the following traditions a few times.

Pg 5 :“First he found one William Baker with his wife Mary and son, four years old, settled there direct from England, and that this William Baker was an offspring of William and Johanna Baker, married 1590 in England.”
Pg 11 :“ “William and wife, Mary, with one child, William, four years old, came to America and settled in Concord, Massachusetts, in 1660.”
Pg 86 :“ “We know that William the first was the son of William and Johanna Baker. They married in Old England in 1590.”,,,,,, “We do not know what portion of England they came from, hearsay history William Baker was from Yorkshire, and Johanna, Welch. We have no means of corroborating this.”

     Given Littleton Town Records was published in 1900, and it is implied Amos found the above information before 1886, it might seem logical that Amos is the earliest origin of any information regarding the “traditions” we first discussed relating to William & Mary coming to America, as well as the William & Johanna story of England. However, we do not know for sure where Amos got this information. Maybe it was in the records somewhere, maybe it was a random Baker who told him. We have no idea. Sadly, that keeps this mere “tradition” alive in online land. We cannot hold on to these and accept them as truth without support, otherwise we may never find the truth.
      Finally, the last thing I would like to mention about the difficulties in ACB’s book is:

Pg 6: “we find the will of Henry Jefts, in which he appoints his stepson William Baker as administrator of his estate. This seemed to fully establish the record so far. Next, we find the birth of his family and his son Joseph moving to Littleton and marrying Alice Jefts. a niece of Henry Jefts of Bellerica.”

      William was definitely not named administrator in Henry Jefts Sr’s will, nor was he called “stepson” in it, as was discussed earlier. Further, Alice was a daughter of Henry Jefts Jr. & granddaughter of Henry Jefts Sr. These types of errors really have to make me question the reliability of this work.
      Today the letters are unlocatable, or are at least out of the scope of my knowledge & photos of them were not published. Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I have to say, we cannot gleam anything from them as truth all by themselves. According to ACB, Amos Baker clearly indicates he knew nothing of his family until he was well aged. Without a clear explanation of how he determined some of the statements he made on early Bakers who lived 200 years before him, we cannot assume he was correct, because he states he did not grow up knowing anything. To make matters worse ACB also indicates that Amos Baker was totally on the wrong track until he found ACB’s father. Unfortunately, the credibility & reliability of Amos Baker has to be doubted and I cannot risk perpetuating a falsehood along with the others.
      I mean no disrespect to these men. I know how painstaking the work is first hand, and how meaningful & treasured their work is to Baker family members, myself included & I’m sure my work is not perfect either, but, I just cannot accept those truths & stay in line with genealogical proof standards, or in good conscience in the search for the truth. Times were just different. Documentation was not required by the same standard that it is today. It is a good thing that we have higher standards today, and we must adhere to them despite all the frustrations they bring with them.

      In summary, thus far…we cannot prove the following information, as well as many other things.
•           William1’s birthdate, birthplace, or parents, either here or abroad.
•           William1’s occupation
•           When or where William Baker1 & Mary married
•           What Mary’s maiden name was
•           Where they came from prior to Concord MA, to date no evidence suggests anywhere, here or abroad.
•           If from abroad - when they arrived or a ship they arrived on?
•           The age, birthdate & place of their son John, if here or abroad
•           The age, birthdate & place of their son William2, if here or abroad
•           The names or dates of other children born to William1 & Mary Baker of Concord

Also...I wonder..Is it merely a coincidence that after William1 died in April of 1679, John Baker & Susanna Martin give birth to a boy in August of 1679 & named him William? Perhaps y-DNA will solve the mystery...?
 

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[i] The History of Concord, Massachusetts. V. 1-: Colonial Concord (Free Google eBook) by Alfred Sereno Hudson (1904), p. 99 & 165;
[ii] See next
[iii] History of Concord p.37/38 Tax List 1666
 Proprietor             No. of Lots        Acres     Residence of:
 William Baker                5             43          
Nathaniel Billings, Sr.      4             51   S.   Amos Baker's
Nathaniel Billings, Jr       7            196   S.   Amos Baker's
John Billings                6            185   S.   Amos Baker's
 [iv] "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-267-12119-101756-0?cc=1463156 : 20 May 2014), 0960233 (004223257) > image 132 of 581; State Archives, Boston.

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<![CDATA[William Baker & Elizabeth Dutton of Concord, MA]]>Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:58:19 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/william-baker-elizabeth-dutton-of-concord-ma
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Marriage of William Baker & Elizabeth Dutton from FHL Film 892,249
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Administration of William Baker 1702
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The will of Abigail (Ballard) wife of William Baker, Samuel Wheat & Boaz Brown
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     William Baker was born c1660, the son of William & Mary Baker of Concord MA.[i] We have no record that acts as an age identifier for William. Our best guess is to take the ages of his wives and first born child to make an estimate. Given these dates, discussed in more detail below, we arrive at c1660.
    William, at about age 24, married Elizabeth Dutton, daughter of Thomas Dutton Sr[ii]  and Susannah Palmer of Reading & Woburn on 5 May 1681 in Concord, MA.[iii] Elizabeth was born on 28 Jan 1658-9 in Woburn, MA.[iv] William Baker & Elizabeth Dutton married on the same day William’s widowed mother Mary Baker, married Henry Jefts.[v] Elizabeth died on 7 Apr 1698 in Concord, MA,[vi] leaving 5 children under 17 years old.
     Concord Birth Marriages & Deaths p. 58 says "Sarah wife of William Baker dyed September ye 1st day of 1699". This makes me highly suspect William, in an effort to get married swiftly given his motherless children, was married 2nd,, from 17 Oct 1698-1 Sep 1699, to Sarah Crackbone of Cambridge who was his former wife’s 1st cousin. There is a marriage recorded in Cambridge records to 1850 pg 22 for a William Baker and Sarah Crackbone Oct 17, 1698.[vii] Sarah was born Aug 24, 1659, daughter of Benjamin Crackbone[viii], and Elizabeth Dutton (1620-1659),[ix] making Sarah Crackbone & William’s first wife, both granddaughters of John & Mary Dutton.[x] Sarah Crackbone would have been 39 when she married William who was about the same age. She died 1 Sep 1699 after being married less than a year. William’s oldest child, Mary, at this point was 17 and a half.
    William married 3rd Abigail Ballard (b. c1659-60), daughter of William & Grace Ballard of Andover MA, although no birth or marriage record can be found. Records of Littleton states William was 2nd married to Abigail Waite,[xi] but my guess is they got the notes confused, and meant Wheat, not Waite because William’s widow, Abigail, married Samuel Wheat. William Baker, “the Husband of Elizabeth his wife” died on 8 Jun 1702 in Concord, MA, no age on record.[xii] Although his probate, discussed later, will prove his widow was actually Abigail.
 
More information on William2 will be found on the blog titled Baker Homestead – when it is published.
 
William’s Probate & Beyond

     William2’s Probate, Middlesex County MA Probate Court #774, 6 Jul 1702 names Abigail Baker widow of William Baker late of Concord dec’d and John Merriam Jr of Concord & John Ballard of Andover. The file indicates that by 13 Mar 1703-4 she was married to Wheat, and in the records of Concord we find they married 11 months earlier on 7 Apr 1703.[xiii]  Lands as a whole deemed undividable without loss. Therefore 2/3 of estate was given to Joseph Baker, & 1/3 to Abigail in her life. However, Joseph or his grdn must pay Mary Baker, Elizabeth Baker, Susanna Baker & Sarah Baker, the value of 5 pounds 15 shillings 9 pence each. Samuel Wheat takes on responsibility for the girls getting paid. Together Abigail & Samuel Wheat raised William Baker & Elizabeth Dutton’s two youngest children, Sarah a10 & Joseph Baker a8. It does not appear Abigail ever had children of her own.
      Samuel Wheat’s will, Middlesex County MA Probate File #24205, was dated in 1705, & probated May 1714. He left Abigail everything. Abigail also got everything from Samuel’s brother John, Middlesex County MA Probate File #24197. His will was written 22 Jan 1714, names my sister Abigail Wheat, & was witnessed by Sarah Meriam, Joseph Baker, & John Meriam Jr, probated 7 Jun 1715.
      Abigail married 3rd Boaz Brown b. c1644 on 10 Sep 1716 in Concord, MA. Boaz died 7 Apr 1724 in his 83rd year. Abigail died 20 Jul 1726 at Concord MA. This is all proven in NEGHR vol. 140 pg 317-320, “The Wives of Boaz Brown”. He was buried & is marked in South Burying Place, Concord MA.
      Abigail outlived Boaz Brown by a couple years. Her will was dated 12 Jan 1724-5 & probated 20 Jul 1726.[xiv] She states she is formerly the wife of Samuel Wheat, late of Concord, dec’d, now relict widow to Boaz Brown. She names her sisters as: Sarah Holt, Lydia Butterfield, Mary Butterfield, Hannah Spaulding, Elizabeth Blunt and brother as John Ballard. Further connection to William Ballard is in the settlement agreement of the estate of William Ballard of Andover signed 23 Oct 1689 which includes William Blunt, Henry Holt, Samuel & Joseph Butterfield, and John Spaulden, Also signing were Abigail, William, & John Ballard. The original papers are referenced in Charles Henry Pope’s, Ballard Genealogy, page 65-68.
      Given Abigail seems so closely tied to John Meriam Jr. & Sarah Meriam having them witness nearly every court document she ever had, and selling her land to the Merriam family, I decided to check if there might be some kind of connection other than close friendship. John Merriam Jr was b. 3 Sept 1666. son of John & Mary[xv] & m. Sarah Wheeler on 22 July 1691 Concord MA.[xvi] Sarah (Wheeler) Meriam died 2 Aug 1692, a few short days after the birth of their only child, John. He married 2nd on 16 Feb 1692-3[xvii] Sarah Spaulding. I cannot seem to connect the relationship between Sarah (Spaulding) Meriam, but I’m certain if nothing else, they were good friends. Other Spaulding connections were made though.
      Abigail’s sister was Hannah/Anna Ballard b. 14 Aug 1655 who m: 20 Jul 1681 John Spaulding.  John Spaulding died 3 Oct 1721.[xviii] Abigail’s nephew was Samuel Spaulding who married William Baker’s dau Susanna. He is mentioned in Abigail’s will although she called him “cousin Samuel Spaulding, son of my sister Hannah Spaulding”
                               William & Elizabeth had the following children:[xix]
1.  Mary Baker was born on 28 Mar 1682 in Concord, MA.[xx] Mary married Thomas Whitney (III, Whittny of Stow b. 17 Sep 1681 in Stow) on 26 Jul 1704.[xxi] Lived in Stow MA? Descendants of John Whitney, by Frederick C. Pierce; Vital Records of Stow Whitney births start p. 101-106
             i. Samuel Whitney b. 22 Jul 1714 p. 105 VRS
            ii. David Whitney b. 4 Oct 1722 p. 105 VRS     
           iii. Joseph Whitney b. 1716
 
2.  *Elisabeth Baker was born on 15 Sep 1684 in Concord, MA.[xxii] 3 Sep 1684.[xxiii] Elizabeth married John Wooley [xxiv]on 29 Nov 1711.[xxv] John died 4 Aug 1718 [xxvi] His will leaves everything to wife & daughter Elisabeth b. 1712. Elisabeth married 2nd Joseph Stow 16 Jul 1719.[xxvii] Mrs Elizabeth Stow died d. 23 Jan 1757 a73* p. 433, buried Concord Hill Burial Ground (*photo on find a grave) – see deeds for right of way for her –Joseph & Eliz Stow Probates not found?
                                               Elisabeth Baker & John Woolley had:
            i. Elisabeth Woolly b. 11 Oct 1712 p. 81 – Only child named in her father’s will, everything goes to her; m. Ephraim Stow 29 May 1759 in Concord (possibly his 3rd marriage Deb 1; grace2?) She is referred to as “Widow Stow” in several deeds. She died d. 8 Apr 1790* Old Hill Burial Ground. His grave is not found in Old Hill. Ephraim Stow Probate 21757 1776 yeoman of Concord, m. Elizabeth Stow via will-he leaves everything to Elizabeth 29 Apr 1776, Elizabeth (Wooley) Stow Probate 21756, 1790 – She leaves everything to a Mr Ebenezer Stow, cordwainer of Concord, no indications of relationship-guessing stepson. Ephraim Stow & Elizabeth Wooley had no children? Several Deeds
                                                      Elisabeth Baker & Joseph Stow:
             ii. Joseph Stow b. 14 Apr 1720 p. 100 d. 4 May 1724 p. 110 His grave is not found in Old Hill.
            iii. Hannah Stow b. 10 Jul 1722 p. 105 d. 20 Oct 1727* p. 121
            iv. Joseph Stow b. 12 Sep 1724 p. 112 d. 21 Oct 1727* p. 121
             v. John Stow b. 14 Mar 1726-7 p. 117 d. 2 Sep 1730* p. 127
 
3. Susannah Baker was born on 25 Aug 1686 in Concord, MA. [xxviii] Susannah married Sam Spaulding (b. 5 Aug 1686 in Chelmsford son John Spaulding & Hannah/Anna Ballard[xxix] (nephew of Abigail (Bullard) Baker Wheat Brown, on 22-33 Oct 1705.[xxx] They removed to Plainfield CT. She d. 15 Jun 1748 in Plainfield CT. He d. 9 Jun 1749 in Plainfield CT – Connecticut Church Abstracts, Ancestry.com Church Records Index. Connecticut State Library, Hartford, Connecticut
Children via Plainfield Vital Records, Barbour Collection, Ancestry.com
             i. John Spaulding b. 2 Apr 1707
            ii. Jedediah Spaulding b. 1 Apr 1709 p. 246
            iii. Abigail Spaulding b 7 May 1711 p. 241
            iv. Susannah Spaulding b. 19 Oct 1723 p. 252
             v. Elisabeth Spaulding b. 16 Jul 1714 p. 252
 
4. Thomas Baker was born on 25 Jun 1689 in Concord, MA[xxxi], also says died young. He died Dec 9 1690.[xxxii] 
 
5.  John Baker was born on 6 May 1692 in Concord, MA[xxxiii], also says died young.   He died on 3 Aug 1692.[xxxiv]
 
6. *Sarah Baker was born on 15 Aug 1693 in Concord, MA.[xxxv] 13 Aug 1698. [xxxvi] Sarah married Nathaniel Ball Jr. (son of Nath’l Bakl & Mary [? Brookes p. 27] b. 1 Apr 1692 Concord MA p. 36) on 3 May 1711[xxxvii]; 31 May 1711.[xxxviii] She d. 16 Feb 1743 in Concord MA. p. 159 He married 2nd another Sarah & had another Elezer & child not born yet in 1748. He died 3 Jun 1749/50 in Concord –p 415 Downloaded his will dated 13 Oct 1748, Nathaniel Ball of Concord, my now wife Sarah Ball, sev pcs of land for her support. Their Son Elizer & the child not born yet. orders son Nathaniel Ball to see that his now wife get 2 cows, & my horse. dau Abigail Stearns m/Elias Stears; Dau Sarah Stratton m.Thomas; son Ebenezer [remaining] 2/3 North at Connecticut River together with what already given him; Dau Elizabeth Ball [unmarried]; Dau Mary; Dau Elenor; Dau Hannah Goss, also children Rebekah, Lois, Luke[Lucy?], Elezer, & also my child yet unborn. ;  
& ch gdn-incorprate – Nathaniell Whittemore grdn to Lois & Lucy both under 14, ; Rebecca a16 yrs old, gdn also Nathaniel Whittmore
Several Deeds. Sarah Baker died first & he m 2nd Sarah Merriam of Lexington 10 Sep 1746 pg 165 CBMD.
              i. Abigail Ball b. 26 Jul 1712 in Concord MA p. 79 Elias Stears
             ii. Sarah Ball b. 29 Apr 1714 p. 85 Thos Stratton
            iii. Nathaniel Ball b. 3 Jun 1717 p. 92
            iv. William Ball 12 Aug 1719 p. 97 d. 23 Jul 1732 p. 127
             v. Ebenezer Ball b. 30 Dec 1721 p. 104 – land near Connecticut River
            vi. Elisabeth Ball b. 9 Dec 1724 p. 112[unmarried]
           vii. Elener b. 2 Jul 1727 p. 117[unmarried]
          viii. Mary Ball b. 30 Apr 1729 p. 121[unmarried]
           ix. Hannah Ball b. 12 Jun 1731 p. 126 m: Phillip Goss; int. 16 April 1748 at Lancaster, Worcester Co., MA;[xxxix] Relocated to Winchester NH, Hannah (Ball) Goss died on 18 August 1811 at Winchester, Cheshire Co., NH, at age 80[xl]
             x. Rebekah Ball b. 29 Nov 1733 p. 136[unmarried age 16]
            xi. Lois Ball b. 10 Mar 1735-6 p. 140[unmarried under 14]
           xii. Lucy Ball 31 Aug 1739 p. 149[unmarried under 14]
                                       Children with his 2nd wife Sarah Merriam are:
                      Elezer Ball b. 31 May 1747 p. 170
                      Submit Ball – b. 26 Mar 1749 p. 175 unborn at father’s death
 
7.  [Capt] Joseph Baker was born on 8 Jan 1695/1696 in Concord, MA. [xli] See his family sketch here
 
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[i] Administration William Baker 1679; Administration William Baker 1702; Will of Henry Jefts
[ii] Elizab. Dutton, 28 Nov 1658; citing Birth, Woburne, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 892,249.
[iii] (recorded as 5.3.81 in CBMD, p. 24 - 3 being the month when the year start in Mar, & 5 being the day; same in LTR p. 424 5- 1681 - also the same day his mother married Henry Jefts) (Billerica V1 pg 219 ;Torrey’s Vol 2)
[iv] (Woburn V1 p. 82) (LTR 520)
[v] VR Billerica p. 219 & 276
[vi] (CBMD 57) (LTR 424)
[vii] Cambridge Marriages V2 p. 95
[viii] "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FCMY-T8K : 13 July 2016), Sarah Crackbone, 24 Aug 1659; citing Birth, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 892,249.
[ix] Benjamin Crackbone and Elizabeth Dutton, 06 Nov 1657; citing Marriage, Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 892,249
[x] Cambridge - V2, p. 95,  (see Crackbon), Benjamin and Elizabeth Dutton, Nov. 6, 1657.*
[xi] LTR p. 520?
[xii] (CBMD 58) (LTR 424)
[xiii] CBMD p. 60
[xiv] Middlesex County MA Probate File #2931
[xv] Merriam Family Genealogy p. 11
[xvi] Merriam Family Genealogy p. 12
[xvii] Chelmsford MA Vital Records p.319
[xviii] Births 1673-1775 Deaths, marriages, intentions 1707-1775 [Chelmsford, Massachusetts]
“Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-22587-14199-37?cc=2061550 : 13 July 2016), Middlesex > Chelmsford > Births, marriages, deaths 1673-1770 vol E > image 70 of 146; town clerk offices, Massachusetts.
[xix] (Also see LTR 424)
[xx] LTR 520; CBMD 25-recorded as 28.1.82
[xxi] CBMD 62; LTR 520)
[xxii] (CBMD 31)
[xxiii] LTR 424
[xxiv] (LTR 520)
[xxv] (CBMD 79
[xxvi] (CBMD 94)LTR 520
[xxvii] (CBMD 98)
[xxviii] (CBMD 31) (LTR 424)
[xxix] "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q29L-YB3N : 13 July 2016), Samuel Spaulding, 05 Aug 1686; citing Birth, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 868,435.
[xxx] (CBMD 64) LTR 520
[xxxi] (CBMD 31) (LTR 424
[xxxii] (CBMD 56)
[xxxiii] (CBMD 38) (LTR 424
[xxxiv] (CBMD 56) (LTR 520)
[xxxv] (CBMD 38)
[xxxvi] (LTR 424, 520)
[xxxvii] (LTR 520)
[xxxviii] (CBMD 78)
[xxxix] Henry S. Nourse, compiler, The Birth, Marriage and Death Register, Church Records and Epitaphs of Lancaster, Massachusetts 1643-1850 (Lancaster, MA: Town of Lancaster, 1890), Book 1, p. 31.
[xl] New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947, made available by FamilySearch.org; Evergreen Cemetery Winchester NH
[xli] (CBMD 41)

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<![CDATA[Capt Joseph Baker & Alice Jefts of Concord & Littleton MA]]>Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:34:52 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/capt-joseph-baker-alice-jefts-of-concord-littleton-ma                         If you have landed on this page and you descend from this couple,
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Capt Joseph1 Baker was born on 8 Jan 1695/1696 in Concord, MA.[i] The only son of William Baker & Elizabeth Dutton was just 7 yrs old when he was left an orphan.[ii] Raised by his step mother Abigail (Ballard) & her new husband Samuel Wheat after the age of 7-8.[iii] It is pssible he knew his grandmother Mary Baker Jefts, & step grandfather Henry Jefts as a young boy. He then grew up to marry Alice Jefts, granddaughter of Henry Jefts.[iv]
 
They married on 11 Dec 1716 in Concord MA.[v] She was born on 7 Sep 1691 in Billerica, MA, daughter of John Jefts and Lydia Fish. [vi] Joseph went to Littleton from Concord about 1718 based on Middlesex County Deeds & the births of their children. [vii]
 
There are numerous Middlesex County Deeds for Joseph1 Baker
  • 19-383 26 Feb 1718 Joseph Baker of Concord (wife Alice), Husbandman, to Benjamin Hoar
  • 21-24 20 July 1719. Joseph Baker of Concord, yeoman, (& Alice) to John Hunt, land in Concord, Fir Plain,
  • 21-91 20 Oct 1719, Thomas Powers of Littleton (wife Mary), yeoman, 100 acres in Littleton
  • 26-135 26 Mar 1717, Joseph Baker of Concord, Husbandman (wife Alice), to Nathaniel Stow of Concord, yeoman,
  • 26-213 20 Oct 1719, Joseph of Littleton (wife Alice), Husbandman, Joseph Fletcher ___ of Concord,
  • 27-6 15 Feb 1722, Joseph Baker of Littleton,
  • 27-227 30 Jun 1727, Samuel Dudley of Sutton (wife Lydia) to Joseph Baker & Samuel Hunt,  both Littleton, Husbandmen, land part Littleton & part Groton,
  • 28-85 15 Nov 1728, Joseph Baker & Samuel Corey? both of Littleton, Robert Cunning/ of Concord, Merchant,
  • 29-232 6 Mar 1728-9, Samuel Hunt & Joseph Baker of Littleton (wives Dorothy Hunt & Alice Baker), to Robert Cumming of Concord, 127 aces with house & barn.
  • 38-106 25 Feb 1736, Joseph of Littleton (wife Alice), yeoman to Joseph Merriam of Concord,  Blacksmith, 6 acres in Concord,
  • 38-115 25 Feb 1736 Joseph of Littleton (wife Alice), Samuel Merium Jr of Concord, Blacksmith,
  • 38-302 25 Feb 1736 Joseph of Littleton, Gentleman, to Samuel Minnott of Concord yeoman,
  • 39-52 23 Mar 1736 Joseph Baker Littleton (wife Alice), Gentleman, to Hugh Brooks of Concord, Gentleman,
  • 39-57 24 Feb 1736 John Merrium late of Concord (Sarah his wife) but was of Littleton “formerly” to Joseph Baker of Littleton, Gentleman,
  • 40-207 10 March 1735-6 Joseph Baker of Littleton yeoman, to Daniel Rogers,
  • 42-679 3 Apr 1741 Joseph of Littleton (wife Allice) yeoman to John Whiting Jr. of Concord yeoman 80 acres near the new meetinghouse in Lettleton, also another piece,
  • 43-656 15 July 1742 Joseph Baker of Littleton yeoman to Daniel Rogers,
  • 43-657 7 Jun 1743 Joseph Baker of Littleton Gentleman to Daniel Rogers,
  • 44-679 20 May 17746 Joseph Baker of Littleton Gentleman to Nathaniel Russell, 17 ac
  • 44-728 12 Feb 1745 Joseph Baker of Littleton, Yeoman, to John Fox of Littleton, Inholder, 30 acres Littleton
  • 45-243 10 Jun 1741 Joseph Administrator of Estate of Samuel Hunt (Business partner & best friend)
  • 45-346 14 Jan 1743, Joseph1 Baker of Littleton Yeoman (wife Alice), to Joseph2 Baker Jr of Littleton Husbandman 40 acres being part of the land I bought from Mr Robert Cumming known by the name of the salt box farm.
  • 45-477 15 Jan 1740 Joseph Administrator of Estate of Samuel Hunt (Business partner & best friend)
  • 54-432 2 May 1755 Joseph Baker of Littleton Gentleman to Nathaniel Russell
  • 58-618 31 Aug 1752 Joseph? of Littleton to Beaz Brown, Ephrain Whitcomb, Salmon Whitney, Bennet Wood near meetinghouse
 
Littleton Town Records states that "1728/29 Joseph Baker, Town Clerk, started a new book for recording births and deaths, arranged by families, and appears to have copied in most of those in the first book." and the History of Westmoreland states “Capt Joseph b 1695 m Alice Jefts. Town Clerk Littleton, in 1728/29”
 
Joseph died 13 Sep 1761.[viii] (3 Sep 1761 in Littleton Ma age 66 [ix]) He is buried in the Old Burial Ground in Littleton, MA.

Baker, Andrus, Clark & Adams Families p. 8:
These graves at Littleton Common, about two
miles from the railroad station, are in a good state of preservation.
The stones are of slate. The larger stone in the foreground
is that of Joseph Baker. On it is the epitaph: "Capt.
Joseph Baker. Died Sept. 3, 1761, aged 66 years." The one
to the right is the grave of William, his son. The epitaph:
•"William I'.aker. Died March 13. 1793, aged 74 years." Back
of this is the stone of Amos Baker, the one to whom I am so
much indebted. On stone: "Amos Baker. Son of Daniel
Fletcher and Elizabeth Baker. Born in Concord, Nov. 20, 1798;
died in Iloston. April 12, 1880. lie was 40 years deacon of the
West. Church, Boston, and 42 years a successful and beloved
instructor of the young of Boston." llis mother and wife also
have stones at graves. Other graves of the family there.
 
Alice, at the age of 73, is said to have married 2nd 12 Dec 1764 Sam’l Lewis of Reading by Rev Daniel Rogers of Littleton. [x] Their intention filed 17 Nov 1764.[xi] It is unclear to me when or where she died or is buried.
                          Joseph and Alice had the following children:[xii]
1.   Alice (Aliss) Baker was born on 14 Nov 1717 in Concord MA.[xiii] Alice married Rev Aaron Whitney of Nichawaug, son of Moses of Littleton MA on 9 Jan 1739/40.[xiv] She died on 26 Aug 1767, age 50.[xv]
            i. Abel Whitney d: Camb 1756 (LTR).
           ii. Charles Whitney settled Phillipston d: VT (LTR).
          iii. Rev Peter Whitney ordained & died in Northboro (LTR).
          iv. Aaron Whitney m 1772 Hannah Stearns (LTR).
           v. Alice Whitney m: Ens Mann d: 1806 (LTR).
          vi. Lucy Whitney m: Dr Samuel Kimball (LTR).
         vii. Paul Whitney m: at Westfield 1807 (LTR).
        viii.  Abel Whitney b: Mar 15, 1756 (LTR). d: at Westfield 1807 (LTR).
2. William Baker was born on 12 Dec 1719 in Littleton MA. [xvi] William married Rebecca Conant both then of Concord on 14 Apr 1743. [xvii] She died 12 Aug 1767 age 44. [xviii] He intended to marry Jemina Blanchard as of 28 Oct 1769. [xix] He died on 13 Mar 1793 age 74, buried 15 Mar 1793.[xx] Three of the six main Baker Researchers I know of descend from this line. They are Amos Baker, Albert Clark Baker (both deceased) & Silas K. Baker Jr.
 
3.  Joseph2 Baker Jr was born on 22 Jan 1721/22 in Littleton, MA. [xxi] m. Sarah Wheeler b. 4 Feb 1724.[xxii] The other three main Baker Researchers, namely myself, Cherie & Bob Schwartz descend from this line. See Joseph Jr Family here
 
4. Lydia Baker was born on 18 Mar 1723/1724 in Littleton MA.[xxiii]  She died on 26
                    Aug 1809. Lydia married Simeon Howe of Marlborough on 11 Mar 1745.[xxiv]
                    Also states March 15.[xxv]  
 
5. John Baker was born on 21 Apr 1726 in Littleton MA.[xxvi] He died in Jun 1760. John
                  married Elizabeth [xxvii] Gleason of Framingham [xxviii] on 28 Mar 1751 (LTR) Moved to Petersham. [xxix]
             i. Alice Baker b: 5 Feb 1752.[xxx]
            ii. John Baker b: 24 Mar 1754.[xxxi]  UPDATE 2.23.17: I believe this John is the John who lived in Westmoreland NH with his wife Mary/Mercy, although we need more proof. Documentation for this couple can be found on FS under Westmoreland NH Town Records Film 005511051, image online it is image 213 of 313. Also see Cheshire County NH Grantee Deeds: 9-229, 9-345, 10-560, 12-454, 21-247, 21-251, 24-235 but several do, Grantor Deeds: 6-253, 9-346, 10-137, 15-12, 18-222, 18-234, 231-273, 23-443, 24-234, 24-236, 25-81, 25-84, 25-486, 25-487, 26-308, 27-556, 28-241, 33-207 (These may not all apply to the same John - the bold ones definitely are- the others I have not viewed yet.) He sold land to his 1st cousin Peter in Westmoreland & lived very near if not next door. He also seems to have either relocated or disappeared about the same time as my Peter did. He is shown on the 1790 Census & Westmoreland but then in 1800 the name says "Alese Baker"
                                   Children of John & Mercy recorded in Westmoreland NH:
            a. Issac Baker
b. *ber 8 1779 m: Matilda Stebbins - He also seems to have left his family
            b. John Baker Jr
b. * 15 1781
            c. Artemus Baker
b. *mber 16 1783
            d. Elizabeth Baker
b. & 28 1785
            e. Billy Baker
b. * 18 1787
            f. Joseph Baker
b. * 22 1789
            g. Alice Baker
b. * 1791

 
6. Charles Baker was born on 30 May 1728 in Littleton MA.[xxxii] Charles married Mary King, [xxxiii]“ daughter of Ezra King of Brimfield, grd dau of Samuel King (alias Rice)” on 30 May 1751.[xxxiv] Lived in Templeton & Phillipston MA. [xxxv] She died on 8 May 1803, age 76.[xxxvi] He died on 3 Apr 1813. [xxxvii]
            i. Charles Baker b: 4 Apr 1752.[xxxviii] m: Anna Jackson  (LTR).
          ii. Levi Baker (LTR).
         iii. Joseph Baker (LTR).
        iv. John Baker (LTR).
         v. Jonas Baker (LTR). “of Lancaster NH” int 14 Mar m: 22 May 1802 Sally Whitcomb of Littleton & resided in Lancaster NH (LTR 243). church record says VT (LTR 243)
        vi. Lucinda Baker (LTR). m: Elijah Gould Esq (LTR). Children: Addison Gould (LTR);  Artemas Gould (LTR); Pliny P. Gould (LTR); James Gould (LTR); Sophia Gould who m: a Waite (LTR); John Gould (LTR).
          vii. Elizabeth Baker (LTR). b: 1760 m: Jun 8 1814 Jonathan Whitcomb (LTR).
 
7. Timothy Baker was born on 4 Nov 1730 in Littleton, MA.[xxxix]  He died on 14 Apr
                         1810. Timothy married Mary Dakin of Sudbury on 20 Dec 1760.[xl] 15 Jan
                         1761 in Sudbury.
            i.  Mary Baker b: 23 May 1762.[xli] d: 1828 (LTR).
           ii. Hannah Baker b: 21 Jan 1764.[xlii] d; 1825 (LTR).
          iii. Nancy Baker b: 29 Sep 1766.[xliii] d: 1827 (LTR).
          iv. Bulah Baker b: 15 Nov 1768.[xliv] d: 1827 (LTR).
           v. Alice Baker b: Oct 1 1770.[xlv]
          vi. Lydia Baker b: 28 Jun 1773.[xlvi] d: 1844 (LTR).
         vii. Samuel Dakin Baker b: 20 Sep 1775.[xlvii] d: 1844 (LTR).
       viii. Abel Baker b: 16 Jun 1778.[xlviii] Also states June 10, 1778 (LTR). d: in Boston May 26, 1867 (LTR). m: Dec 3 1807 Sarah Reed  (LTR). b in Cambridge Dec 22, 1790 dau of Joseph of Woburn (LTR). They had 8 children (LTR).
          ix. Stephen Baker b: 15 Oct 1781.[xlix]
           x. Timothy Minott Baker b: 7 Mar 1786.[l]
 
8. Thomas Baker of Groton/Littleton was born on 11 Oct 1732 in Littleton MA.[li]   int. 15 Jan 1755 [lii] married Beulah Dakin [liii] of Sudbury on 6 Mar 1755.[liv] He died on 31 May 1786. [lv] Possibly removed to Groton.[lvi] She married 2nd 20 Feb 1794 ____ Adams of Lincoln.[lvii] She died 1 Apr 1807 a72.[lviii] Children:
           i. Abel Baker b: 23 Nov 1756.[lix]
          ii. Mary Baker b. Aug 22 1769 (LTR).
         iii. Thomas Baker b: 22 Jan 1???.[lx] and died 5 Feb 1756.[lxi]
         iv. Thomas Baker b: Sept 28, 1771 (LTR).
          v. Belulah Baker b: Aug 29, 1774  (LTR). m Feb 20 1794 John Adams of Lincoln (2nd wife) (LTR).*
                                          *Also there is a Beulah daughter of Timothy Baker and Mary Dakin
                                           ...not sure which married John Adams? The record in Concord
                                          (CBMD) states on pg 385 "Jno Adams of Lincoln & Miss Buelah
                                          Baker of Concord Feb 2, 1794."
 
Another Capt Joseph Baker lived around the same time period, but was a little younger. He was b.25 Jan 1713 in Roxbury, MA son of Thomas Baker & Sarah Pike, married to Hannah Lovewell b.1721, daughter of Capt. John Lovewell, on 31 May 1739. They removed to Pembroke NH and had 11 children. They are said to be the ancestors of Mary Baker Eddy. There is no known connection in our family to Mary Baker Eddy’s ancestral line.
 
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[i] Concord Births, Marriages & Deaths p. 41; Littleton Town Records p.  424
[ii] Death of Eliz 1698; Death of William 1702; Guardianship of Joseph1 Baker Middlesex County Probate Court File #775, 1704, Joseph about 8 yrs old & Sarah about 10 yrs old, Children of William Baker of Concord MA granted to Samuel & Abigail Wheat.
[iii] Guardianship of Joseph1 Baker
[iv] Administration of John Jefts 1712; Will of Henry Jefts; Littleton Town Records p.  520
[v] Littleton Town Records p.  424, CBMD 92, also see Billerica Vital Records)
[vi] Littleton Town Records p.  520
[vii] Littleton Town Records p.  424
[viii] Littleton Town Records p.  424
[ix] Littleton Town Records p.   p. 118
[x] Littleton Town Records p.  90, 424
[xi] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 89
[xii] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 7, 9, 12, 14, 15, 18, 19, 424, 520
[xiii] Concord Births, Marriages & Deaths p. 91) Littleton Town Records p.  p. 18, 520
[xiv] Littleton Town Records p.  424, 520
[xv] Littleton Town Records p.  520
[xvi] Littleton Town Records p.  p.7 & 18
[xvii] Concord Births, Marriages & Deaths p. 153; Littleton Town Records p.   424
[xviii] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 118
[xix] Littleton Town Records p.  270 & 424
[xx] Littleton Town Records p.  342 & 118
[xxi] Littleton Town Records p.9 & 18
[xxii] Littleton Town Records p.  424
[xxiii] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 14 & 18
[xxiv] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 98
[xxv] Littleton Town Records p.  520
[xxvi] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 15 & 19
[xxvii] Littleton Town Records p.  424
[xxviii] Littleton Town Records p.  520
[xxix] Littleton Town Records p.  520
[xxx] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 65
[xxxi] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 65
[xxxii] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 12 & 19, b. 1727 p, 520
[xxxiii] Littleton Town Records p.  424
[xxxiv] Littleton Town Records p.  520
[xxxv] Littleton Town Records p.  424  
[xxxvi] Littleton Town Records p.  424, 520
[xxxvii] Littleton Town Records p.  424, 520
[xxxviii] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 67
[xxxix] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 19
[xl] Littleton Town Records p.  268
[xli] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 77, 129
[xlii] Littleton Town Records p.   p. 77, 129
[xliii] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 77, 129
[xliv] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 77, 129
[xlv] Littleton Town Records p.  129
[xlvi] Littleton Town Records p.  129
[xlvii] Littleton Town Records p.  129
[xlviii] Littleton Town Records p.  129
[xlix] Littleton Town Records p.  129
[l] Littleton Town Records p.  130
[li] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 19
[lii] Littleton Town Records p.  424, 520
[liii] Littleton Town Records b. 22 Mar 1735 p. 424
[liv] Littleton Town Records p.  520; Concord Births, Marriages & Deaths p. 191
[lv] Littleton Town Records p.  520
[lvi] Littleton Town Records p.  424
[lvii] Littleton Town Records p.  520
[lviii] Littleton Town Records p.  520
[lix] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 72
[lx] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 72
[lxi] Littleton Town Records p.  p. 72

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<![CDATA[Joseph Baker Jr & Sarah Hook Wheeler of Littleton, MA]]>Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:02:32 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/joseph-baker-jr-sarah-hook-wheeler-of-littleton-ma                      If you have landed on this page and are connected to this Baker Family,
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      Lt. Joseph2 Baker [Jr] was born on 22 Jan 1721, son of Joseph Baker & Alice Jefts.[i] He fought at the Battle of Bunker Hill with his son Joseph at his side.
     He died in 1776 “d. Jul 8 1776 a. 55 (Feb 20 1776 a. 55)”.[ii]  20 Feb 1776 – Siege of Boston was going on from 19 Apr 1775 thru 17 Mar 1776 when the Boston Troops started marching to NY. It is unclear if Joseph died locally on 20 Feb 1776, or on 8 Jul 1776 in New York. If I was to venture a guess, I would say it would be odd for his grave not to be marked if he died locally given the social status of Joseph. There isn’t a grave marked in Littleton for him.
     Joseph married Sarah Hook Wheeler daughter of Edward Wheeler and Elizabeth Herrick in 1742 in Littleton, MA.[iii] Sarah was “born ye 4 Feb 1724.[iv] She died on 22 Sep 1803 age 79 in Acton, MA.[v]
 
Merrimack County Deeds:
47-214 5 May 1748 Joseph2 Baker Jr of Littleton to Edward Wheeler
68-468 22 May 1752 Edward Wheeler to Joseph2 Baker Jr
69-12 3 Sept 1760 Joseph2? Baker to Leonard Whiting
72-97 7 May 1771 Leonard Whiting to Joseph Baker2
72-98 22 July 1771 Joseph2 Baker to Ebenezer Pemberton of Boston, 45 acres
72-519 2 July 1772 Joseph2 to Samuel Gilbert of Littleton
74-418 5 Mar 1770 Stephen Dudley of Littleton Cooper? to Joseph Baker
78-298 2 July 1772 Samuel Gilbert to Joseph Baker
                                    They had the following children:[vi]
1.  Sarah Baker was born on 22 Feb 1743 in Littleton, MA.[vii] Sarah dau of Joseph Baker died 14 Apr 1747 age 3y 7w.[viii]

2.   Mary Baker was born on 20 Sep 1746 in Littleton, MA.[ix]  d. 25 Sep 1794 unm.[x]  “Mara” died 25 Jun 25 1794 age 47. [xi]

3. Capt Joseph3 Baker was born on 11 Sep 1748 in Littleton, MA.[xii] Joseph married Anna Dix on 7 Nov 1779, dau of Jonathan Dix & Sarah Shattuck. [xiii]  Joseph III MC Deeds 90-48-50 1 June 1784 Laomi Baldwin of Woburn Esq & Sheriff, recovered judgment against Jos Baker Gnt; Daniel Osgood Tanner, both of Littleton, Nehemiah Ramsdell of Groton yeoman,
            Joseph is listed as a Capt on the births of his daughters [xiv] and on his probate record.[xv]        Littleton Town Record book states he prob. died about 1794,[xvi] but his probate is clear that he died before 25 May 1792.[xvii] The last record I have seen for him outside of his probate is 15 Aug 1793 when he received a military payment which seems odd given his probate was in 1792.[xviii] Anna Baker appointed Richard Goldsmith of Harvard as the Administrator. Also mentions John Dix, Benj Dix, John Hartwell and others. It gives no indication of his being deranged, infact he is referred to as Gentleman consistently. My 5x greatgrandfather, his brother Peter, is mentioned in the list of disbursements 7.4.6 for funeral charges & other things.[xix]
 
Anna died 30 Jul 1803, age 56, & was buried in the Central Burying Ground, Boston. Her obituary appeared in The Columbian Centinel, 3 August 1803:  Mrs. Anna Baker, Governess of Boston Female Asylum, died Saturday last.
 
It is unclear what happened to Joseph. He apparently had a hard time after the war and is listed as “deranged” 1 Apr 1779 in his military service.[xx]
 
Military Notations:
 
Aside from his father who served early & died in 1776, this Joseph was the only Joseph Baker from Littleton in the Revolution. The following sources will be helpful for any of his descendants.
 
WarDepartmentPapers.org NARA Manuscript File RG93, 15 Aug 1793, pd 13.95
 
The Pension Lists of 1792-1795, Ancestry.com A statement of all the claims which have been adjusted and allowed at the Treasury Department, Aug 28, 1793   4517   a   Baker, Joseph   Lieutenant, Colo: Bailey's Regiment     Oct 1, 1779      13.95
 
U.S., Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783, Joseph Baker
 
Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War 1775-1785, Pages 1-6, p. 3 is the page that mentions derangement. Joseph Baker, NARA M881
 
Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the Revolutionary War: a compilation from the archives. Vol 1, p. 488, Boston, Massachusetts: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1896-1908.

  • A Lieutenant Joseph Baker is noted in several accounts as having signed a certificate dated Feb.1, 1779 in Littleton that various men were in the 1st battalion.
  • "Baker, Joseph, Littleton. Private, Capt. Samuel Gilbert's co., Col. William Prescott's regt.; muster roll dated Aug. 1 1775; enlisted May 20, 1775, service 73 days; also, company return dated Cambridge, sept. 28, 1775; also, order for bounty coat or its equivalent in money, dated Cambridge, Oct. 30, 1775.
  • Baker, Joseph (also given Jr.) Littleton. 2nd Lieutnant Capt. Samuel Gilbert's co., Col William Prescott's regt.; list of officers; commissioned June 25, 1775; also muster roll dated Aug 1, 1775; enlisted April 30, 1775; service, 92 days; also company return dated Littleton, April 2, 1776; also return of men enlisted into Continental Army from Capt Jewett's co. col Reed's (6th Middlesex Co.) regt. dated Littleton, Sept 17,1777; joined Capt Samuel Darby's co., Col. John Bailey's regt.; enlistment, 3 years; also Col. Bailey's regt.; continental pay accounts for service from Jan 1, 1777 to april 1, 1779; reported resigned April 1, 1779; also Capt Darby's co. Col Bailey's regt.; return of men in service at Valley Forge jan 25, 1778; also order for clothing payable to Lieut. col. Ezra Badlam, dated Camp at White Plains, aug 19, 1778; also, return for clothingdate Dorchester, Sept. 28, 1778; also, return for clothing dated Boston, Oct 6, 1778; also list of officers in need of clothing, dated Dorchester, Oct 22, 1778; also, certificate signed by said Baker, dated Littleton, Feb 1, 1779; also, list of officers dated Boston, May 19, 1779; reported not recommended on the new establishment.
 
               i. Anna Baker  b: 27 Sep 1780 “Daughter of Capt Joseph Baker & Anna”.[xxi]
              ii. Sarah Baker b: 10 Sep 1782 “Daughter of Capt Joseph Baker & Anna”.[xxii]
                        Littleton Town Records, p. 521:
“They had dau. who m. Allen and had dau. Sarah Allen m. John S. Walton of Pepperell.”
                        Littleton Town Records, p. 425:
“Joseph m. Nov 7 1779 Anna Dix, had 2 daughters, one m. Allen, one m. Goodwin, whose dau. m. John Adams and died. John Adams m. 2d Dec 25 1835 M. A. Kimball.”
 
4.  Dr. Edward Baker was born on 14 Nov 1750 in Littleton, MA. [xxiii] Edward married 1st Patty Proctor on 28 Jul 1776,[xxiv] int 20 May 1776. [xxv] Patty died 17 Jun 1787. [xxvi] Edward married 2nd Betsy Reed, dau of Jona Reed of Harvard. [xxvii] Edward died 24 Mar 1822.[xxviii] 72-511 8 July 1772 Joseph2 of Littleton to Edward Baker of Littleton, Laborer; 78-299-300 20 Jul 1773 Joseph Baker to Edward Baker, witness Peter Baker
            i. Pattee/Polly Baker b: 9 Jul 1777.[xxix] m: 1797 Moses Whitney of Harvard int. 16 Mar m: 18 Apr 1797, int record says Patty of Littleton; church record says "Apr 28".[xxx] They d abt 1817 (LTR). Children: Lucy b.1800 m: Aug W. Walker; Eliza b. 1806 m. 14 Apr 1824 Eri Parker; Harriet b. 1811 m. Marshall Shed, 1845; Elbridge b. c1804 d. 26 Sep 1837.
           ii. Susanna Baker b: 1 Aug 1778.[xxxi]
         iii. Edward Baker Jr. b: 1 Jan 1780.[xxxii] Edward Jr married Anna Haskell, both of Lil't, int 9 Dec 1804 m. 15 Jan 1805. [xxxiii]
          iv. Andrew Baker b: 4 Nov 1806.[xxxiv]
           v. John Baker b: 7 Aug 1781.[xxxv] bpt Mar 6, 1785 (LTR) d: Jan 3, 1786 (LTR).
        vi. Lydia Baker b: 31 Aug 1783.[xxxvi] m: 16 Mar 1809, int 8 Feb Joshua Blodgett both of Lit'l.[xxxvii] Joshua b: 1785 (LTR). He died May 6, 1842 (LTR). Children: Lydia b: 24 Jun 1809; Jonas b: 28 Oct 1810
         vii.  Jonathan Baker b c1794 see also pg 320 bpt: 1 Jun 1794
        viii. Betsy Baker b. Feb 1792 (LTR). bpt. 13 Mar 1791 (LTR pg 319) unm (LTR).
         ix. Sally Baker b 1799 (LTR). bpt: June 2, 1799 (LTR) m James Tower (LTR).  resided in Lowell (LTR).
          x. Lucy Baker b: 1802 (LTR). bpt: Mar 14, 1802 (LTR) unm (LTR).
         xi. Susanna Baker m: Turner resided in Norwich, VT (LTR).
 
5.   Jonathan Baker was born on 18 Jun 1753 in Littleton, MA.[xxxviii] He died 26 Feb 1757.[xxxix]
 
6.  Peter Baker was born on 5 Sep 1755 in Littleton, MA.[xl]  int. Lydia Dudley 14 Nov 1783.[xli] – See his post here
 
7.   Sarah Baker was born on 14 Feb 1758 in Littleton, MA.[xlii] She married Jon Whitcomb on 8 Jul 1779 [xliii]“Jr” int 5 Jun 1779.[xliv]
 
8.   Elizabeth "Betty" Baker was born on 13 Aug 1761 in Littleton, MA. [xlv] Elizabeth married Samuel Tuttle III, b. 1758, [xlvi] on 30 Mar 1780,[xlvii] int. 23 Oct 1779.[xlviii] He died on 25 Feb 1829.[xlix] They had children born in Littleton & Acton & removed to Antrim, NH.[l] 
          i. Tuttle Twin b: 1780 (LTR).
         ii. Tuttle Twin b: 1780 (LTR).
        iii. Samuel Tuttle b: Oct 9, 1781 (LTR). d: 1834 (LTR).
        iv. Betsey Tuttle b: Nov 5, 1783 (LTR). d: Dec 23, 1843 (LTR).
         v. Sally Tuttle b; Feb 24 (LTR). d: Nov 8, 1825 (LTR).
        vi. Horace Tuttle b: Sept 1, 1791 (LTR). d: Jan 12 1800 (LTR).
 
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[i] Littleton Town Records p.9 & 18
[ii] Littleton Town Records p. 520 & 534
[iii] Littleton Town Records p. 495
[iv] Littleton Town Records p.14
[v] Littleton Town Records p.495, 520; Acton Births Marriages & Deaths via Ancestry.com
[vi] Littleton Town Records p.53; 54; 93, 424, 425, 521
[vii] Littleton Town Records p.p. 53
[viii] Littleton Town Records p. 93
[ix] Littleton Town Records p. 54
[x] Littleton Town Records p.424
[xi] Littleton Town Records p.152; burial 27 Jun 1794, p. 343
[xii] Littleton Town Records p.p. 54
[xiii] Littleton Town Records p.424; * Memorials of the descendants of William Shattuck, by Lemuel Shattuck, pg 112 states: “Anna, b. March 25 1748; m. Nov. 7 1779, Joseph Baker. In 1795 she went to Boston, and d. there in July, 1803. She was the first female employed as an instructor at the Orphan Asylum”.
[xiv] Littleton Town Records p.152
[xv] Administration Capt Joseph3 Baker 1792 Middlesex County MA Probate File # 758, Widow Anna appoints administrator Richard Goldsmith of Harvard on 25 May 1792 Witnesses Timothy & Anna Goldsmith
[xvi] Littleton Town Records p.521
[xvii] Administration Capt Joseph3 Baker 1792
[xviii] NARA RG93, Settlement of pay for Joseph Baker 13.95, 15 Aug 1793, No 5A, from Oct 1779
[xix] Administration Capt Joseph3 Baker 1792
[xx] Compiled Service Records of Soldiers Who Served in the American Army During the Revolutionary War, NARA
[xxi] Littleton Town Records p.152
[xxii] Littleton Town Records p.152
[xxiii] Littleton Town Records p.p. 54
[xxiv] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxv] Littleton Town Records p.272
[xxvi] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxvii] Littleton Town Records p.424
[xxviii] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxix] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxx] Littleton Town Records p.240
[xxxi] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxxii] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxxiii] Littleton Town Records p.244
[xxxiv] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxxv] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxxvi] Littleton Town Records p.154
[xxxvii] Littleton Town Records p.246
[xxxviii] Littleton Town Records p.54
[xxxix] Littleton Town Records p.54
[xl] Littleton Town Records p.p. 54
[xli] Littleton Town Records p.278
[xlii] Littleton Town Records p.p. 54
[xliii] Littleton Town Records p.424
[xliv] Littleton Town Records p.278
[xlv] Littleton Town Records p.p. 54
[xlvi] Littleton Town Records p.424
[xlvii] Littleton Town Records p.229, 521
[xlviii] Littleton Town Records p.229
[xlix] Littleton Town Records p.521
[l] Littleton Town Records p.521

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      Peter Baker
was born on 5 Sep 1755 in Littleton, MA, son of Joseph Baker Jr & Sarah Wheeler, and lived in Littleton MA growing up.[i] He became a Revolutionary Solder and served 1775-1779.[ii] Several years after the war Peter married Lydia Dudley of New Ipswich, NH, daughter of Stephen Dudley and Lydia Harwood on 14 Nov 1783 in Littleton, MA.[iii]. She was originally from Littleton MA too & was born there on 11 Aug 1762.[iv] When they first got married they lived in New Ipswich, NH,[v] and then removed to Westmoreland, NH sometime before the 1790 US Census.[vi]
                                “Was said that he ran away c1799 and left his family, some of them
                                                 quite small at the time.” ~History of Westmoreland NH


Peter. Peter. Peter. What the heck?

Piecing it all Together
      The image above is page 331 of The History of Westmoreland NH. As you can see this one family summary brings us all the way back to my 6x great grandfather Capt Joseph Baker, from my great grandfather Albert, but there are some mysteries & struggles along the way, to start with, Peter. Although this book published in 1976 and it is an excellent find, it is an undocumented secondary source which is not “proof” in & of itself.
     On the bright-side though, if you look closely inside the cover jacket, it offers us at least a credible source for the information. It states “Ella Patten Abbott, born in Westmoreland in 1847, provided the basis for this detailed genealogical data.” That places Ella a little younger than my 2x great grandfather, William A. Baker, but clearly living during the same time period as our family members.
     It looks like Ella moved to Westmoreland sometime between the ages of 2 & 12, and continued to live there until 1875 when she married & was in Holiston NH for a while. Sometime between 1900 – 1910 she moves from Somerville, MA back to Westmoreland NH. 1920 & 1930 she is in Keene where she dies in 1935. [vii]
     So, it seems a reasonable time frame for the period of her work would be about 1905 - 1915, give or take. The reason why we are going through figuring all this out is to add creditably to her work as time period work and try to figure out who her Baker source was. Her work seems very accurate in much of the book and in our entire Baker page, there are only a few inconsequential errors. For example, Lydia Dudley was born 1762, not 1763. There is no evidence Judge was Asa or Alden’s middle names. James was not a lawyer, and Charles has yet to be found in any record.
     I think if she was researching between 1905-1915, she may have found the only living child of Larkin at that time who was Sarah Josephine, aka Josie. But she also may have asked any one of William A.’s children. c1910 Albert was in Medford, MA; George was in Boston; William A. Jr was in Portsmouth NH then out west to California; Kate Mabel died in 1911, & Josie died 1908 in RI. Therefore, quite honestly, she could have talked to any of them.
     The Ella Patten Abbott Collection was found at The Historical Society of Cheshire County (CCHS).[viii] According to a correspondence with the Director of the Cheshire County Historical Society, the “Ella Patten Abbott Collection” indicates the following:
  • Peter and Lydia lived in the southwest part of Westmoreland.
  • Ella listed eight children of Peter and Lydia
  • Larkin was born to them on 17 Sep 1795
  • She indicated that Peter left his family about 1799 when Larkin was 4 years old and that he was brought up by Ezra Peirce.
  • In one location in her notes, Ella stated that “unfortunately no one seems to know the name of the father of Larkin Baker.” However, she later crossed out that statement and wrote that Larkin’s “father was Peter”.
  • Ella was working during the early 1900s and, as was all too typical of that time, she did not record her sources.
     Okay, so while the Ella Patten Abbott collection is a treasure, it is not considered “proof” either all by itself, because it also is a secondary source. In addition, no information is given by her as to how she knows any of this.  Therefore, we have to set out to prove it true or false with records.
     Now is as good a time as any to discuss briefly what was not found:
  • No declaration of death for Peter, or guardianship / adoption papers for any of Peter’s children were found in Cheshire County Historical Society/Courts.
  • No Bakers are in the Hillsborough Probate Index between 1769-1800.
  • No Bakers are in the Cheshire County Probate Index 1771-1789; 1789-1793;1793-1800
  • Cheshire County Wills 1799-1848 only has Osman & Oliver Baker
  • No Bakers in Cheshire County Accounts, claims against ...es, wills 1792-1800 vol 3
  • No Bakers in Cheshire County Accounts, claims against ..., wills 1796-1808 vol 4-5
  • Cheshire County Accounts, claims against ..., wills 1802-1818 vol 6-7 lists Barker, Peter (late of Sullivan deceased 1812) -  402, 403; Nathaniel Baker (of Walpole deceased 1802) 407 -
  • Neither Ezra Peirce, nor Rebecca were found in Accounts, claims against ..., wills 1796-1808 vol 4-5, or Accounts, claims against ..., wills 1802-1818 vol 6-7 ;
  • Lydia Baker Darling was not found in Accounts, claims against ..., wills 1802-1818 vol 6-7.
  • Further, no declaration of divorce was made/found.
  • Peter was not found in the U.S. War Bounty Land Warrants, 1789-1858

UPDATE 2.22.17: When I first posted this I noted that the Hillsborough County Deeds for Peter Baker still need to be checked. I have now done that. There were two deeds with Peter Baker's name, one was a Grantee & the other Grantor. Neither really gleaned that much insight on relationships.
25 Apr 1787 -  21-149 Stephen Dudley Estate by Admrx Lydia Dudley of Littleton MA to Peter Baker of New Ipswich NH, Yeoman, 90 acres in New Ipswich, original water damaged Copied in book 2-338
2 Sept 1788 21-147 Peter Baker of New Ipswich NH, yeoman,  to Isaac Wood of Rindge NH, 90 acres in New Ipswich, original water damaged Copied in book 2-337.
2 Sept 1788 21-147 Lydia Baker Et al to Isaac Wood, 90 acres in New Ipswich, original water damaged Copied in book 2-337.

UPDATE: 2.23.17: Stephen Dudley's Probate in Hillsborough County NH does mention Peter, but does not identify the relationship or mention his wife Lydia.

     We can be sure from Cheshire County Deeds that Peter Baker of Westmoreland was married to Lydia & was a farmer, having been considered either a Husbandman or Yeoman on the deeds. We also can see both the Peter Baker Farm and the Pierce Farm were located in what was called Pitch No. 6, and were both purchased from a John & Mary Baker, who had previously purchased the land from Samuel Works. [ix] [Most of this land seems to be now owned by the Cheshire County Farm]
     This immediately this raises the question – Who are John & Mary Baker? Are they related? John Baker lived in Westmoreland in 1790 according to the census. He had 5 males over 16, 2 under 16 & 2 females. It seems like he could still be living there at the end of 1799 in deed 33-39. Truth is… I don’t know exactly who he is or where he removes to after this. Given our line is very solid between Peter & his parents, I didn’t spend too much time on that mystery. It is entirely possible they were related somehow uncle, nephew or cousins, but it is just as likely they were not. Perhaps John Baker’s other deeds & probate records may show more information some still need to be checked.
UPDATE 2.23.17:
I believe this John was Peter's first cousin, son of his Uncle John Baker & wife Elizabeth Gleason.- See the sketch for Capt Joseph & Alice Jefts for an update there. It's also interesting to note that he pretty much disappears about the same time as Peter and the 1800 Census for him in Westmoreland NH names "Alese Baker" who if was his daughter - was only 9 yrs old which is rather bizarre.

      Ok, back to Peter & what his deeds show.  
The CC Grantee Deeds show Peter Baker bought 95 acres through the following transactions:
24-234:               7 Apr 1792    Husbandman, 35 aces Westerly part of Pitch No 6, plus another piece of an unknown amount on the north side of the road from John & Mary Baker
24-236:               2 Dec 1794   Husbandman, 10 acres of Governor’s Farm from John & Mary Baker
29-103:               6 May 1796  Yeoman, 50 aces from the Works Estate - near Canoe meadow –thru William Hutchins, Executor
 
26-308 & 309:  19 Dec 1795  Lease of 7 acres for three years from John Baker, occupations of either party are not named.
 
18 Aug 1795, we can see Peter in the newspaper……The Rising Sun, Peter is a commissioner to examine the estate of Samuel Works Esq. which I would guess would mean at this time he was fairly respected.
 
Through the CC Grantor Deeds we can see the following transactions:
32-86 & 87:         2 Jun 1796   Husbandman, 35 acres to Stephen Streeter [29-103 – Works Estate]
40-271:              24 Sep 1796   Yeoman, 10 acres to Oneb Scott [29-103 – Works Estate]
29-184 & 185:  23 Feb 1798   Husbandman, Mortgage 220.00 + lawful interest in 2 yrs with John Tuttle of Littleton, Yeoman on:
35 acres westerly part of No 6 [24-234]
Piece on the north side of the road [24-234]
10 acres Gov. Farm [from John & Mary Baker [24-236]
50 acres Excepting *35 acres sold to Stephen Streeter [32- 86 * 87] & Oreb Scott [40-271]
           *This was actually 45 acres of the 50 purchased on 29-103
33-39 & 40:      11 Nov 1799  No Occ., “All of said land which I have not formerly deeded to others”
(names Street & Scott)
Sold to Asa Britton of Chesterfield for 400 dollars, containing 4 pieces:
10 acres Gov. Farm [24-236]
35 acres near his dwelling house & west. part of No 6 [24-234]
Another piece north side of road [24-234]
22.50* acres from Works Estate
                       ….but there were only 5 acres left from Works estate…?
     11 Nov 1799 is the last known notation of Peter Baker before his disappearance in 1800. Could his vanishing act have something to do with selling 17.5 acres of land he didn’t have, or the fact that his mortgage was up with John Tuttle in 3 months; did Tuttle get paid? Is this in part why Peter says he is in debt 800.00 in his pension file? And did this leave Lydia & the family homeless? Maybe the key is to look for deeds & other documentation for these men, John Tuttle of Littleton MA, Asa Britton of Westmoreland; Stephen Streeter & Oneb Scott. This is also on the to-do list.
     Quick explanation of the social classes of the time. Generally, deeds & other records identify a man by where he lives & what he does for a living. This comes in very handy in genealogical work because it can sort out different men by the same name, or give us an idea of the decline or increase in social status, as well as other things. It can be tricky though as some terms were used loosely and may have had more to do with the respect between the parties, or the opinion of the person writing the document.
     It is said during this time period, a “Husbandman” usually meant that he was a farmer that owned his own land vs a Yeoman who was generally a farmer of a lower class, because he leased or mortgaged the land he farmed. If we were to apply this loose rule of thumb to Peter it would indicate he owned his own land in Westmoreland prior to deed 24-234. He leased more land in 1795, but in 1796 is mentioned as both within a month of each other. The 1799 deed Peter is not identified as Husbandman or Yeoman, instead it states nothing about his occupation. So, in this particular case the rule of thumb for these two terms doesn’t tell us that much in this case, and seems to be loosely regarded. Especially since John Tuttle is regarded as a Yeoman & yet he gives Peter, a Husbandman, a mortgage of 220.00. That said, it is possible that Peter, Husbandman, 1792, did farm his own land in Westmoreland or somewhere else prior to deed 24-234. It is likely that by 1799 when no occupation is listed on his final deed, that he had decreased in social status & may have failed at farming altogether.
     From the US Census’ we can see the following. I’ve added notes & names from Bob Schwartz' work. They are valuable possibilities. Bob has also done his best guesstimate for what was going on by 1810 & how many of Lydia’s children & her step children can be found with her & John Darling.
                             1790 Census for Peter Baker
2 males < 16                Asa (4), Unknown Male
1 males >= 16              Peter (35)
3 females                     Lydia (28), Sarah (5), Lydia (2)
Missing                         None

1800 Census for Peter Baker
1 males < 10              Alden (2)
2 females < 10           Lydia? (12), Polly (3)
1 female 26-44          Lydia (38)
Missing: Peter (45), Sarah (15), Asa (14), James (8), Larkin (5), Charles (0)
                             
The Missing Years
       At some point, it seems Peter must have been accepted as dead, because Lydia’s 2nd marriage to John Darling is referenced in Chesterfield History where it states “Wid. Lydia Baker, of Wmd.” They married Nov 27, 1804.[x] John had several children from his previous marriage to Sarah Blood of Groton, MA. They were: John 1778; Nahum 1781; Montgomery 1785; Darius 1787; Boynton 1790; Sarah 1791; Mary Ann 1794; & Louis 1796. [xi]
     Where Peter was from 1800-1812 has not been determined despite exhaustive searches by multiple researchers. However, there are a few possible leads, though weak.
  • He may have been in VT the whole time or anywhere else
  • He may have been in Rutland VT. It is interesting to note that Peter’s cousin William Baker b. 26 Mar 1746, son of William Baker & Rebecca Conant, died in Rutland in 1810.
  • Peter may have been using an alias. An interesting note I found was that there was a Peter Baker who used the alias Peter Scott c1805 detailed more below. I must say that is curious especially since a Scott family lived near Peter in Westmoreland and might be an easy uncreative alias.
     That article dated 25 Nov 1805 in the Columbian Gazette (Utica NY) pg 3:
List of persons claiming to be citizens of NY who were impressed and detained in the British service for want of documents to prove their citizenship. … Peter Baker –alias Peter Scott. ….Information respecting the above named persons must be transmitted to the Secretary of State, at Washington, or to the Collector at the Port of New York.
      The American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States. From the 1st session of the 1st to the 3rd session of the 13th congress, inclusive: commencing March 3, 1789, and ending March 3, 1815, Volume 2:
 
Seaman’s Names Peter Baker, alias Scott, Date of Impressment 1801, Ships of War into which stated to be impressed or carried, Resolve. Statement: Impressed into the Boston, the commander of which (Douglas) took from him his protection, in whose possession it still remains. Having no documentation to prove his citizenship, refused to be discharged.”
      This basically means this guy was impressed (taken captive) into the British Army by Douglas in 1801 on the ship named “Boston”, and was currently on the ship “Resolve”. This implies there was a Seaman’s protection but it was taken from him & Douglas still had possession of it in 1806.
      Observations on the Impressment of American seaman by the officers of ships of war……..
 
Pg 45:  Of applications made to the British Government, in cases of Impressments, from the last September, 1804, to 11th May 1805, by George W. Erwing, esquire.
Pg 49: Peter Baker, alias Peter Scott
     Personally, I kinda wish he was taken prisoner by the British Army. It would explain a few things, but alas, these notations do not prove this was our Peter. It seems to me he would say he was taken prisoner by the British Navy in his pension papers if he was…although he does end his statement with  ”…and further say not”, that phrase was common at that time. The lead should be followed just in case, that way maybe we can rule it out at the very least.
 
Peter’s Reappearance
      We do know he likely showed up in Mt Holly, VT in 1812 where his then married daughter, Sally/Sarah Cole,[xii] wife of Martin Cole lived.[xiii] The first time he is seen in the records there that I could find was a resource that states a Peter Baker was warned out of Mt Holly VT on Feb 24 1812.[xiv] A “Warning Out” is basically a petition to kick someone out of town for being undesirable or poor.
     It seems it is true when Ella writes that Peter abandoned his family c1799-1800, as it is supported by census records,[xv] the deeds mentioned previously, the obituary of Larkin Baker and lack of evidence from him thereafter.[xvi] Given that, wouldn’t be a big surprise if when he first showed up in his daughter’s town of Mt Holly after all those years, they tried to have him removed. She must have at least partially forgiven him eventually though because it is implied that about Christmas 1817 he was in Mt Holly VT.[xvii]
     It should also be noted there is another Peter Baker who lived in Mount Holly around the same time, but this is a different man. That Peter Baker was born about 1774, removed from Rhode Island and was a fairly prominent man.[xviii] There really is no confusing them.
     Peter Baker’s Military Pension papers filed in 1818 were also reviewed, as well as the 1820 follow-up report filed from Rutland County. In April of 1818 he says he has been dependent on his children for 5 months [Dec 1817]. It states in 1820 that he had been crippled 3yrs [1817], and was dependent on the support of his children, but he does not name his children, nor do any documents indicate any children submitted a sworn statement on his behalf.[xix]
     Peter is listed in the "Abstracts of Rev. War Pension File".  The entry reads: "Peter Baker, S39178, Cont and MA Line, appl. 6 Apr 1818 Rutland City VT aged 62". The full pension file can be found on Heritage Quest, as well as Fold 3.  It has quite a bit of information. 
 
April 1818 – Application for Pension
 
I, Peter Baker, of Mount Holly in the county of Rutland State of Vermont of the age of 62 years being duly sworn do declare depose & say with in December 1775 at Littleton in Massachusetts, I enlisted into Capt Samuel Gilbert’s Company in Col Prescott Rgm’t. of Massachusetts here to serve for one year. Went immediately joined my company at [Cambridge?] where we remained until the British army evacuated Boston, when we followed them to New York. [on March 17, 1776] First we went into winter quarters in the High Land in New York I believe about 3 miles north of West Point.  I further say that whilst in said winter quarters, about a month before my time of service expired. I again enlisted into Capt Samuel Darby’s company in Col John Bailey’s Rgm’t. being the 2nd Rgm’t. Massachusetts [?] to serve for three years.  Here I served in said company & regiment the full term of reenlistment except nine days which was allowed me to return home when I was discharged at West Point. I have lost my discharge, not considering it of any value. I was at the battle of Massachusetts [known as the Siege of Boston] and at the taking of Burgoine [Battle of Saratoga] I further say that I am a resident citizen of the United States – that I have resided in Mt Holly aforesaid about 5 months – that I am poor and from my reduced circumstances in life I am in need of assistance from my country for support –and further say not.
 
 Signed
 Peter Baker
 
On another page, dated June 1820, he states:
a pair of crutches upon which I am & have been crippled to walk for more than 3 years past & I am now more than Eight Hundred dollars in debt & have been obliged to depend upon the charity of my children for support until I receive my pension certificate.
 
His Service
      The term of the first enlistments was 2 years which fits perfectly with Dec 1775-Dec 77 in Gilbert’s Co. He reenlisted for 3 years in Dec 1777 and then was in Bailey’s. He may have been a volunteer at the march to Concord and at Bunker Hill, but not sure and it doesn’t seem likely since I can’t find him listed anywhere.
     He is not listed with Gilbert’s on Aug 1 1775, only his father (Lt) and brother (Prvt) were on that list. That regiment was at Bunker Hill (June 17 1775). His father died possibly in service for the same Company, or from an illness/injury contracted in service in 1776 age 55, but the date or battle (if one) is unclear at the moment. He died either July 8 or Feb 20, Littleton says both dates.[xx]
     In the book “An Historical Sketch of Littleton by Harwood, Joseph Jr, and sons Joseph and Peter are all mentioned on page 16 in relation to the War and Col Prescott’s, Capt Gilbert’s Company in the Continental Army which was probably organized after the North Bridge Battle as none of them are specifically mentioned as marching to Concord and Lexington. The Company that did march was Aquila Jewett’s Company.
      According to valleyforgemusterroll.org
The 2nd Massachusetts was organized in 1775 at Roxbury from Plymouth County. Entered Valley Forge with 459 men assigned, 297 fit for duty. Left Valley Forge with 392 assigned, 226 fit for duty. Previous engagements: Siege of Boston, Defense of Canada, Lake Champlain, Trenton-Princeton, Saratoga, Defense Of Philadelphia, Philadelphia-Monmouth.
     Peter is noted as being in Valley Forge, but he doesn’t specifically mention being there in his application for pension. He is on the Muster Roll at Valley Forge from Dec 1777 to June 1778. It also shows he enlisted Jan 1 1777 & was born Sept 9 1778. [xxi] The birth year obviously incorrect.
     He is also found in the Massachusetts soldiers and sailors of the Revolutionary War: a compilation from the archives. Boston, Massachusetts: Wright & Potter Printing Co., 1896-1908.
Baker, Peter, Littleton. Return of men enlisted into the Continental Army from Capt Aaron Jewett's (3rd) co., Col. Jonathan Reed's (6th Middlesex Co.) regt., dated Feb 19, 1778; joined Capt. Samuel Darby's (2nd) co., Col. John Bailey's regt.; enlistment, 3 years or during war; also Private, Col. Bailey's regt.; Continental Army pay accounts for service from Jan. 1, 1777, to Dec. 31, 1779; also Capt. Samuel Darby's co., Col. Bailey's regt.; return of men in service at Valley Forge Jan. 25, 1778.
     "Soldiers of the Revolutionary War who are buried in Vermont", only mentions the pension that Peter received; no burial information was indicated. However, the Vermont Pensioners, 1835 shows: 
Peter Baker, Rutland County, Private, Annual Allowance: 96 00, Sums Received: 950 87, Massachusetts Continental Line, Pension roll: September 23, 1818, Commencement of pension: April 6, 1818, Age: 72, Died February 28, 1828.
     For a more in depth exploration on Peter’s experiences during the Revolution, read fellow Baker researcher Bob Schwartz’s exceptional work.

An Overview of Peter & the Family’s Life
      This part is not endnoted here, but instead is sourced elsewhere in this blog or the Baker blog post which contains that family.
     Peter grew up in Littleton MA – His father died in 1776. His paternal grandfather, Capt Joseph Baker, who was briefly Town Clerk of Littleton, died when he was 6 yrs old. His grandmother died after that having married 2nd Samuel Lewis of Reading, MA. His maternal grandfather _________ Wheeler & Sarah _________...........
    He had many cousins……& likely knew Lydia from growing up….
  • 5 Sep 1755 Peter born in Littleton, MA
  • 26 Feb 1757 Death of Peter’s brother Jonathan
  • 14 Feb 1758 Sister Sarah born
  • Jun 1760 death of Uncle John in Petersham?
  • 13 Aug 1761 Sister Betty born
  • 3 Sep 1761 Death of Grandfather Capt Joseph
  • 26 Aug 1767 Death of Aunt Alice
  • 1775 Went to war in the Revolution w/ his father & brother Joseph
  • 1776 Father died
  • c1779 Brother became deranged after having served as LT & Capt.
  • 1783 Married Lydia Dudley, previously of Littleton MA, then of New Ipswich NH
  • Peter removed to New Ipswich near Lydia & her parents & had at least 2 children there:
  • 26 Jan 1785 – Sarah born
  • 31 Dec 1786 -  Asa born
  • c1787 - Probably removed to Westmoreland NH – for a farming job for someone on the west side of town along the Connecticut River & had:
  • 26 Jun 1788 – Lydia born. – No birth record – therefore prob. b. Westmoreland
  • 1790 Census – Peter in Westmoreland NH
  • 11 Mar 1792 - James born.
  • 7 Apr 1792 - Purchased his homestead of 35 aces in the westerly part of Pitch No 6, plus another piece of an unknown amount on the north side of the road from John & Mary Baker – We know he removed to Westmoreland before this from the deed 24-234.
  • Was a Husbandman/Yeoman – farmer
  • 1794 Peter’s brother Joseph, and sister Mary died
  • 2 Dec 1794, 24-236 – bought 10 acres of Governor’s Farm from John & Mary Baker
  • 17 Sep 1795 Larkin born
  • 19 Dec 1795 - He leased 7 acres for three years Dec 1795-Dec 1798] from John Baker on deed 26-308 & 309.
  • 6 May 1796 – Bought 50 acres from the Works Estate - near Canoe meadow – thru William Hutchins, Executor 29-103
  • Started selling & mortgaging land
  • 2 Jun 1796 - Sold 35 acres to Stephen Streeter [29-103 – Works Estate] 32-86 & 87
  • 24 Sep 1796 – Sold 10 acres to Oneb Scott [29-103 – Works Estate] 40-271
  • 29 Dec 1797 Polly born
  • 23 Feb 1798 - Mortgage 220.00 + lawful interest in 2 yrs with John Tuttle on all his land 29-184 & 185
  • 10 Dec 1798 Alden born
  • 11 Nov 1799 - Sold “all of said land which I have not formerly deeded to others” [Street & Scott] to Asa Britton 33-39 & 40 –  Last sight of him
  • 1799-1811 Peter is missing, disappearing from the family & the records
  • 1800 Census names Peter but he is not listed actually listed.
  • In 1800 the children are:
             Sarah: 15 yrs old
             Asa: 14 yrs old
             Lydia: 12 yrs old
             James: 8 yrs old
             Larkin 5 yrs old [Goes to live with Ezra & Rebecca Peirce]
             Polly: 3 yrs old
             Alden: 2 yrs old
                   Charles b. 1800 [There has been no evidence of Charles to date.]
  • May 1803 Sarah marries Martin Cole
  • 22 Sep 1803 His mother Sarah Hook Wheeler dies in Acton MA
  • 27 Nov 1804 Lydia remarries John Darling
  • Larkin Baker Cole b: 10 Apr 1804
  • 1810 Household of Lydia & John
  • 1812 Mt Holly warning out
  • 9 Sep 1815  Lydia died
  • c1817 Has injury or illness that causes him to be on crutches
  • Dec 1817 – He is living at/near Sarah’s
  • 1818 Pension Application
  • 1820 Update to Application
  • 1822 Death of brother Dr Edward Baker
  • 1827-28 Peter passes away in Mt Holly, VT - 28 Feb 1828 / 25 Nov 1827
       Peter died on 28 Feb 1828 in Vermont according to his Revolutionary pension file,[xxii] but the record of his grave marker in Old Mechanicsville Cemetery, Mt Holly/Belmont, Rutland County, VT, USA states "Mr. Peter Baker d. Nov. 25, 1827 age 72 y, "A Revolutionary Soldier".[xxiii] As you will note the death dates do conflict but further evidence points to this the being the same man. A formal vital record for his death has not been located.
     His name is inscribed in the Revolutionary Monument in Littleton MA along with his brother Joseph b. 11 Sep 1748 & his father Joseph.
     Lydia died on 9 Sep 1815 in Chesterfield, NH.[xxiv] John Darling then married Widow Mary (Wood) Taylor as his 3rd wife. They had two more children, Heliann & Joseph who died in Orleans Indiana 7 Jan 1840 20y 5m. He died Mar 28 1824 age 73,[xxv].  Lydia and John had one child, who would therefore by a half sibling of Peter & Lydia’s children. She is listed at the end as she was the youngest child of Lydia.
                                              Peter and Lydia had the following children:
1. Sally (Sarah) Baker was born Jan 26, 1785 in New Ipswich, NH.[xxvi] Sally married Martin Cole son of Jonathan Cole and Anna Whitman on 12 May 1803.[xxvii] Martin was born Nov 23 1781 in Westmoreland NH, and died Apr 6 1866 at age 85.[xxviii] Sarah died 2 Nov 1863. [xxix] The death record states Asa, her brother, as her father. They had one known son & lived in Mt. Holly VT where Martin was establishing a farm as early as 1810. [xxx] 1810 US Census: 1m -10; 1m 26-44; 1f 16-25;
     On 12 Feb 1812, Peter Baker, Sarah’s father appears to have been warned out of Mt Holly VT. This is the first known appearance of him since late 1799. Sarah must have forgiven him as in Dec 1817 he returns & is apparently dependent on her.  His follow-up application in June of 1820 Peter states he still lives in Mt Holly but he does not appear on the census with them. 1820 US Census: 1m under 10 [unknown]; 1m 16-18 [Larkin]; 1m 26-44; 1f 10-15[unknown]; 1f 26-44; [Peter is not w/ them]
     Over the years from 1820-1850 Sarah & Martin took in several children, some of whom we may never know the names of. We do know one of them was William Porter Walker b 4 Feb 1825, son of Sarah’s sister Lydia. Their entire family were left orphans when their father died & shortly thereafter their grieving mother also passed away in 1828. It appears they most likely took in William’s siblings as well, with the exception of the oldest two children. They all fit in the home of Martin & Sarah Cole in 1830.
  • 1830 US Census: “Martin Call” 1m 5-10 [Wm Porter Walker]; 2m 10-15 [Parker b. 1820 & Lawson b. 1816 Walker?]; 1m 40-50; 1f 5-10 [Caroline Walker b. 1822?]; 1f 10-15 [Polly Walker b. 1813?]; 1f 40-50
  • 1840 US Census: 1m 10-14 [unknown]; 1m 20-29 [unknown]; 1m 50-59; 1f 50-59
  • 1850 US Census: Martin Cole a68 b. NH; Sarah Cole a65 b. NH; William Cole a10 b. NY [unknown connection]; Charles Holden 16 b. MA [*son of Abel Holden & Sarah of Mt Holly - unknown connection]; Janette Bigsby 15 b. VT [*dau of Orick Bixby - unknown connection].
  • Jan 1856 – Their son Larkin dies
  • 1860 US Census: Mt Holly Martin a78; Sarah 65; Olive Benson a9- all b. NH [dau of Benjamin M. Benson & Emily B. Cole, granddaughter of Abijah Cole & Lucy Bennett of Westmoreland]
* also found on census with parents
                               Martin Cole & Sally Baker’s only birth child was:
           i. Larkin Baker Cole b: 10 Apr 1804 in Westmoreland. [xxxi] According, to The Early Genealogies of the Cole Families in America sketch 143, p. 230, it states that he adopted the s to his name very early, and was not home much after 14 yrs of age due to his own schooling & teaching. He was educated at Middlebury & Castleton VT, becoming a physician upon graduation from Castleton. On 14 Feb 1827 in Middlebury VT, he married Sarah Marshall Dyar of Boston. He was of Rockingham VT at the time.[xxxii] She was b. 2 Feb 1800.[xxxiii] and the Principal of a ladies’ seminary. [xxxiv]He practiced in Fitzwilliam, NH 1827-28, Groton & Lowell MA.[xxxv]
 
Annual Circular of the Massachusetts Medical College: With a History of the Medical Department of Harvard University, a Catalogue of Graduates, David Clapp, 1846 - Medical colleges - 32 pages, pg 27 Dr Larkin Baker Cole, Boston
Catalogue - Harvard University The University., 1846, pg 16 under Medical students, Dr Larkin Baker Cole, Boston
A Catalogue of Its Officers Fellows and Licentiates: 1781-1893 The Society, 1894 - Medicine - 204 pages, pg 90 d. 1856
       He decided to study ministry c1837 & attended the Newton Theological Seminary. Preaching in Windsor CT, Hopkinton, MJ & So Reading MA. His health was growing poor and he moved to Boston to focus on lecturing & writing. Earnestly involved in the anti-slavery movement.[xxxvi]
     Larkin B. Coles was well known for publishing two books in 1851 which are often still referenced today. They are Philosophy of Health, 1851 & The Beauties and Deformities of Tobacco Using, 1851. Both of which I should probably read & follow my cousin’s advice. J
      It is said they had 3 children that died in childhood & 3 that survived. The censuses do show a number of people in the household, but as we have seen from his parents, we cannot assume these are children of the couple.
1830 US Census Lowell MA 1m 20-29; 2f -5; 1f 5-9; 1f 15-19; 1f 20-29; 1f 30-39
1840 US Census South Reading MA 1m -5; 3m 30-39; 1f 5-9; 2f 10-14; 1f 15-19; 2f 20-29; 1f 30-39; 1f 40-49
1850 US Census Lowell, MA: Sarah Coles a50, Susan Dyer a50, Mary Ann Dyer a25; Sarah F. Cole a22; Mary M. Cole a23; Jane French a14 b. Ireland; the rest b. MA
It is unknown where he is in 1850, but it can probably be guessed that he was traveling with his book which he was promoting as early as March 1849.[xxxvii]
1855 MA State Census, Cambridge MA Larkin B Coly a51 physician b. NH; Sarah M D Coly a55 b. MA; Frances S. Coly a27 b. NH; Edwin Prentice a12 b. Michigan; Mary Shay a35 b. Ireland
     One of the last notations found for him is in the 23 June 1855 Cambridge Chronicle, Dr. Coles will preach tomorrow, Methodist Church, Harvard St. He died in Louisville KY Jan 18/20 1856 of pneumonia and is buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville KY. [xxxviii] His death notice appears in the Cambridge Chronicle 9 Feb 1856; Springfield Republican 2 Feb 1856; & Salem Register 31 Jan 1856 pg 2:
DEATH OF A BOSTON CLERGYMAN. Rev. Dr. Coles, of the Baptist Church, from Boston, died at the Galt House, in Louisville KY, on the 1875 inst., of pneumonia, from which he had been suffering two or three weeks. The deceased went to Kentucky with the intention of delivering a course of lectures on health and its relation to morals, &c. His wife reached him only half an hour before his death. Dr Coles was the author of a popular work on health, published in Boston not long ago.
      His probate in Middlesex County, Cambridge MA was in 1856, Docket #29568. She was Executrix. 3 May 1856, an Administratrix Notice for SMD Coles appears in the Cambridge Chronicle. She died in Syracuse NY 22 Apr 1858, a58.[xxxix]
                                            Their children that survived were[xl]:
                      a. Charlotte Augusta Coles b. 18 Feb 1831 in Lowell MA m. Silas F. Smith of Syracuse NY  b. 22 Dec 1812 Lanesborough MA d 4 Dec 1898 Syracuse NY. Silas was the owner & Editor of the Syracuse Daily Journal, a salt manufacturer, Internal Revenue Collector, & in the fire insurance business.  She died d. 5 Jan 1913 in Grinnell Iowa. They had two children: Stanley George Smith & Isabel Augusta Smith m. Rev Dr George A. Gates, Claremont CA.
                      b. Georgiana Coles b. ____m. Rev Wm A Simmons of Georgia. No children.
                      c. Frances Sarah b. _____ lived in Syracuse, NY, unmarried.

2. Asa Baker was born on 31 Dec 1786 in New Ipswich, NH.[xli] He was a Lieut. 31st Regt Infantry, Westmoreland, 18 Jun 1814. [xlii] War of 1812 Widows’ Pension 22.445 confirms his wife as Hannah Robinson & their marriage as 7 Feb 1819. They lived in Baldwinsvillle, Lysander, NY in 1850. He died in Baldwinsville NY 19 Apr 1851. She noted in Houston TX in 1878. He enlisted 30 Apr 1813 & was discharged in 1815. Research on Asa’s wife and children was mostly gathered by Bob Schwartz and his research likely shows the source documentation for the following children:
              i. William Robinson Baker b May 21, 1820 Baldwinsville, Onondaga, NY d Apr 30, Houston, TX. Mayor of Houston, TX and Senator. The Texas Senate: Civil War to the eve of reform, 1861-1889 by Patsy McDonald Spaw pg 185 on Google States: Asa & Hannah (Robinson) Baker parents of William Robinson Baker lived in Cheshire Cty NH until after the war of 1812 when they moved to NY (but this is incorrect & they were married in NY) Hannah was a daughter of a prominent Philadelphia merchant.
  
3.  Lydia Baker was born on 26 Jun 1788.[xliii] Lydia married Azra Walker son of Samuel in 1808. [xliv] He was born Jun 6, 1784 and died May 17, 1828 in Chesterfield, NH. She died on her 40th birthday 26 Jun 1828, a little over a month after Azra died. A notice in the paper states “much lamented”. [xlv] Their children were left parentless. Death records were not found in NHVRA, and the cause remains unknown. They were buried in Center Cemetery, Chesterfield NH.[xlvi] All children are listed in History of Chesterfield NH.
Children of Azra Walker & Lydia Baker
             i. Sabrina Shaw Walker b 18 Jan 1809, Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH d Aft 1883
          ii. Horton Dudley Walker b 9 Jun 1811, Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH d 9 May 1872, Portsmouth, Rockingham, NH
          iii. Polly Walker b 16 Nov 1813, Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH  d 16 Aug 1815, Chesterfield,  Cheshire, NH
          iv. Lawson Walker b 16 Jul 1816, Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH  d Aft 1880, Beverly, Essex, MA
          v. Parker Davis Walker b 26 Aug 1820, Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH d 7 May 1875, Salem, Essex, MA
          vi. Caroline Baker Walker b 3 May 1822, Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH
       vii. William Porter Baker b 4 Feb 1825, Chesterfield, Cheshire, NH d 23 Aug 1900, Portsmouth, Rockingham, NH. He has quite a long biography in the Biographical Review of Leading Citizens of Rockingham County, New Hampshire, 1896 pg 562. It states he lived with his uncle Martin Cole in Mt. Holly VT, and later with his brother Horton.

4. James Baker was born in Westmoreland, NH 1792. He died on 18 Nov 1868 in Cambria, NY. Hillside Cemetery, Cambria, NY  A family source shows James and his family moved to Cambria, NY abt 1838 where James bought a farm.  About 1816 James married Mary Palmer b 17 Dec 1799, Palmer's Ridge, Saratoga, NY daughter of Nicholas Palmer Descendant of Walter Palmer, founder Stonington CT and Jane Ross in 1816 in Prob. Northumberland, NY. Mary died on 11 Apr 1864 in Cambria, NY.
    Bob Schwartz’s work should be referenced for this line. As well, I was told by Bob “there was another James Baker family researcher who was a direct descendant of Palmer Nicholas Baker, eldest son, who moved left NY for Michigan around 1868. Her information appears completely independent from other research, and it states that James Baker was born 11 Mar 1792 in Westmoreland, NH.”
               i. Palmer N. Baker b 6 Apr 1816, Saratoga Co, NY d 2 Feb 1876, Shelby, Macomb, MI
              ii. Lydia Jane Baker b 1821, New York
             iii. Alden Dudley Baker b 28 Jul 1823, Saratoga County, NY d 15 Mar 1891, Cambria, Niagara, NY
             iv. Oscar Baker b 1829
              v. Ira Baker  b 1831, Ontario Co., New York
             vi. Mary Baker b 1834
            vii. Sarah Baker  b 1838, Cambria, Niagara, NY
           viii. Omar Baker b 26 Feb 1839, Cambria, Niagara, NY d 28 Dec 1884, Cambria, Niagara, NY
            ix. George Baker b. Bef 1845 d 10 May 1845, Cambria, Niagara, NY

5. Larkin Baker b. 17 Sep 1795– This was my GGG grandfather see this post.
 
6. Polly Baker .b. [29 Dec] 1797 Polly married Capt John B Day Jr. in Chesterfield on Jan 26 1814. She died in Grafton, VT on Jan 1 1849 age 52. He was born Feb 2, 1791 in Chesterfield, NH and died in Chesterfield Apr. 29 1864
Her gravestone in Grafton VT states: “POLLY BAKER / Wife of / JOHN DAY / died / Jan. 1. 1849 / AE. 52”.
     There is also a biography of John Day that states the following: “JOHN, son of John, m. 1st, 1814, Polly Baker, d. Grafton, Vt., Jan. 1. 1849, a. 52; 2d, 1850, Sophia, dau, of Rufus Harvey (2). He d. Chfd., Apr. 29, 1864.” 
     Evidence of her parentage is slim to none. One child is named Larkin, possibly after his uncle – that all we have other than secondary sources that I am aware of. Some of the following is from the History of Chesterfield & some Bob Schwartz.
Children of Capt John B. Day Jr. & Polly Baker
             i. John Boyden Day b. Apr 24 1815, Chesterfield, NH
            ii. William H Day b Mar 7 1818 Chesterfield, NH
           iii. Albert H. Day b Apr 8 1819, Chesterfield, NH d 1876 Joliet, IL
           iv. Charles Baker Day b Nov 9 1821 Chesterfield, NH d Nov 12 1895 Peoria, IL
            v. Polly E Day b Mar 24, 1824 Chesterfield, NH d Aug 20, 1825 Chesterfield, NH
           vi. Lucius L Day b Aug 8, 1827 Chesterfield, NH Jun 1907 Peoria, IL
          vii. Larkin Baker Day b Dec 2 1831 Chesterfield, NH d Nov 1883 Milwaukee, WI
         viii. Helen Maria Day b Aug 11 1839 Rockingham, VT d Jul 4 1910 Chicago, IL

7. Alden Sprague Baker was born in 1798 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH. He died in March 13, 1878 in Middleport, Niagara NY. Alden married Elizabeth Wonton Wickham daughter of William Wickham and Catherine Christian in 1823 in Sodus Point, NY. Elizabeth was born on 22 Dec 1804 in Philadelphia, Pa. She died on 5 Feb 1892 in Middleport, Niagara, NY.
     According to Bob Schwartz:
    “There is an Alden Sprague Baker who was a judge and he resided in Middleport, Niagara, NY. Two relevant accounts about him survive. First is his newspaper obituary that states: ‘Alden Sprague Baker was born in Chesterfield, N.H., Nov. 10th, 1798, and was at the time of his death 79 years of age. In 1816 he removed to Baldwinsville, Onondaga enmity, N. Y., and shortly thereafter went to Oswego.’
    The other is biography written about his son Andrew Jackson Baker where it is stated: “Hon. Alden Sprague Baker was born in Westmoreland, New Hampshire., November 10, 1799, and emigrated to the State of New York in 1816. He married Elizabeth Wanton Wickham, at Sodus Point, Wayne county, New York, in 1823, and settled in Middleport in 1824.”
    The two accounts give different birthplaces (Westmoreland vs Chesterfield) and birth dates (1798 vs 1799), but it does not represent much of an inconsistency. Lydia lived in Chesterfield after she remarried. His gravestone supports a 1798 birth. The mention of Baldwinsville is significant because Asa Baker lived there. It suggests that Alden S lived with Asa in Baldwinsville for awhile, which would explain the mentions of Alden S Baker in the William R Baker biography. Based on a mention of Westmoreland as his birth place and a connection to Asa Baker in Baldwinsville, the case for Alden S Baker as a child of Peter and Lydia is quite solid.”
Children of Alden S. Baker & Elizabeth Wickham
            i. William Wickham Baker b 1824, Middleport, Niagara, NY, d 1824, Middleport, Niagara, NY
           ii. John Frederick Baker b. 1825, Middleport, Niagara, NY d 1825, Middleport, Niagara, NY
          iii. James Northam Baker b 10 Nov 1824, Sodus Point, Wayne, NY   d 10 Mar 1883, Oswego, NY
          iv. Catherine Christian Baker b 1827, Middleport, Niagara, NY    d Bef 1867
         v. Andrew Jackson Baker b 6 Jan 1828, Middleport, Niagara, NY  d 23 Jan 1904, Middleport, Niagara, NY
          vi. Alden Sprague Baker b1832, Middleport, Niagara, NY  d 1907, Whitehall, Muskegon, Michigan
         vii. William Wickham Baker b 1836, Middleport, Niagara, NY   d 12 Mar 1902, Chicago, Cook, IL
        viii. Elizabeth Wanton Baker b 11 May 1837, Middleport, Niagara, NY  d 1921, Denver, , Colorado
          ix. Thomas Shipley Baker b. 1840, Middleport, Niagara, NY
          x. Angelina Baker b 22 Apr 1841, Middleport, Niagara, NY  d 28 Mar 1933, Middleport, Niagara, NY
          xi. Mary Winthrop Baker b Dec 1847, Middleport, Niagara, NY   d Aft 1910
                                     Sourcing on this line is mostly from
                                 a descendant Cherie, who I unfortunately
                                        lost the contact information for.
                             Bob Schwartz has also worked hard on this line.
                             
8. Charles Baker was born in 1799 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH. It
                  is said he was the youngest and removed to NYC. I have been unable to locate him but I am sure he is not the lawyer in Onondaga, NY who was married to Maria…nor is he the Charles in Albany NY or               the Charles Baker buried in NYC Marble Cemetery. I do not know of any of us that have found him for certain. I would love to know though.
                         At the moment, the best lead I have, but still yet to follow & rule in or out, is a Mr Charles Baker of Lincoln, MA who filed an intention to marry Miss Joanna Jones of Concord, MA 7 Feb 1828. The intention was filed & published as law directs (& bands were forbidden by Gregory Stone & Daniel Hayes of Lincoln & after trial before Ebenezer Hobs [?], Charles Wheeler & Elisha Wheeler, Esqrs, the certificate was given by Stephen Patch, Town Clerk [Lincoln]. Concord MA Vital Records: Charles, of Lincoln, and Joanna Jones, Mar. 25, 1828.
 
 
John Darling & Lydia (Dudley) Baker had:
 
9. Miranda Darling, b. 1805 m: 10 Oct 1822/23 in Chester VT (NHVRA & Vermont Vital Records, FS) Ebenezer Scott (son of Ebenezer Scott) via History of Chesterfield p.267? She died 13 Jun 1850 in Chester VT, a45 (Vermont Vital Records, FS). Ebenezer died 3 Jul 1862 in Chester VT, 73y 9m, 29d., Carpenter, b. Chesterfield NH (VVR)
                                             Ebenezer Scott & Miranda had:
i. Laura “Elizabeth” Scott b. 5 Jun 1824 in Chester VT Elizabeth S. Scott b. c1824 in Chester VT m Hathaway d. 26 Nov 1859 Boston MA
ii. Marshall Ebenezer Scott b. 1 Sep 1826 in Chester VT – Registered to vote in Oakland City CA 1871, a39, b. 1832 in VT; 1875 San Fran (California Great Registers 1866-1910, FS
iii. Charlotte M. Scott b. 8 Jun 1829 in Chester VT d. 10/15/1899 in Fitzwilliam, a71, married to Byam
iv. John L. Scott b. 23 Oct 1831 -  John Lowell Scott b. c1843 d. 29 Mar 1847 in Chester VT a4
v. Cerocia Scott b. 18 Sep 1834 Chester VT m: Nathan F. Hall (Her father is with them in 1860)
vi. Live “Warren” Scott b. 8 Sep 1837 Chester VT d. 8 Jan 1903 in Boston MA a64, married, b. Chester VT, burial Forest Hills Cemetery
vii. Miranda C Scott b. 21 Nov 1839 d. 9 Jun 1842 a2
 
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[i] Birth Record Peter Baker Records of Littleton, Massachusetts, Committee: George W. Sanderson, Herbert J. Harwood, Edward Frost, Littleton, MA (1900) p. 54; History of Westmoreland NH
[ii] Revolutionary Pension File Peter Baker, Application State: Vermont, Archive Publication Number: M804; See section on his service
[iii] Marriage Record Peter & Lydia Records of Littleton, Massachusetts, Committee: George W. Sanderson, Herbert J. Harwood, Edward Frost, Littleton, MA (1900) p. 274, “mr. Peter Baker of Littleton, MA & Mrs Lydia Dudley of New Ipswich, November 14: 1783.”; History of Westmoreland
[iv] Birth Record Lydia Dudley Records of Littleton, Massachusetts, Committee: George W. Sanderson, Herbert J. Harwood, Edward Frost, Littleton, MA (1900), p. 76
[v] Birth Record Sarah Baker b. 26 Jan 1785 in New Ipswich, NH, female, white, 1st, dau of Peter Baker & Lydia, William L. Phelps, Clerk of New Ipswich, NH 4 Sep 1905, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH Birth Record Asa Baker b. 31 Dec 1786 New Ipswich NH Male, white, 2nd child, Fa: Peter Baker, Mo: Lydia, Wilber L. Phelps, Clerk of New Ipswich Sep 4 1905 NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[vi] 1790 US Census Westmoreland NH; Cheshire County NH Deed 24-234, dated 3 Sep 1792, John & Mary Baker to Peter Baker
[vii] 1860 US Census Westmoreland NH; 1900 US Census Somerville MA; 1910 US Census Westmoreland NH; 1920 & 1930 US Census Keene NH; NHVRA
[viii] Ella Patten Abbott Collection The Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St, Keene, NH 03431 http://hsccnh.org/
[ix] Cheshire County NH Deed 24-234 & 25-84;
[x] Marriage Record Mrs. Lydia Baker & John Darling John Darling & Mrs Lydia Baker of Westmoreland, 27 Nov 1804 in Chesterfield, NH, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH;
[xi] Marriage Record John Darling & Sarah Blood; NHVRA; History of Chesterfield, Cheshire County NH
[xii] Birth Record Sarah Baker; Marriage Record Sally Baker & Martin Cole; Death Record Sarah D Cole d: Nov 2 1863 b. NH a79 Father: Asa Baker, Old Age & rheumatism, Mt Holly; 1810 US Census Mt Holly VT; 1820 US Census Mt Holly VT; 1830 US Census Mt Holly VT; 1840 US Census Mt Holly VT; 1850 US Census Mt Holly VT  -Martin Cole Mt. Holly, VT - It should be noted that despite her birth record, Sarah’s death record states her father was Asa Baker (her brother) Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954 via FamilySearch.org; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[xiii] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[xiv] Vermont Warnings Out, Vol 2, Alba Rollins, pg 87 &/or consult Mt. Holly Town and Vital Records, Vol 1 (1792-1829)
[xv] 1790 US Census Westmorland NH -Peter Baker; 1800 US Census Westmoreland NH -Peter Baker; 1810 US Census Westmoreland NH– not found.
[xvi] Obituary for Hon Larkin Baker
[xvii] Revolutionary Pension File
[xviii] History of Rutland County, Vermont with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers, Volume 2, Henry Perry Smith, William S. Rann, Heritage books, 1886 (Google eBook)
[xix] Revolutionary Pension File Name: Peter Baker, Application State: Vermont, Archive Publication Number: M804
[xx] Littleton Town Records p. 520 & 534;
[xxi] http://valleyforgemusterroll.org
[xxii] Revolutionary Pension File
[xxiii] Muff, Janet - FindaGrave.com Volunteer -  took & posted a photo at my request.
[xxiv] Burial Stone Lydia Darling Chesterfield NH Wife of John Darling 9 Sep 1815; Death Record Lydia Darling History of Westmoreland; History of Chesterfield, NH
[xxv] Burial Stone John Darling Chesterfield NH
[xxvi] Birth Record Sarah Baker
[xxvii] Marriage Record of Sally Baker & Martin Cole both of Westmoreland, both white, by Rev. Allen Pratt of Wmrld, Clergyman, 12 May 1803, no parents listed on reverse side, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; Birth Record Larkin Baker Cole “Larkin Baker” [Cole – left off top] born 10 Apr 1804 in Westmoreland, male, white, parents: Martin Cole, white, & Sally Baker, white, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxviii] Martin was born Nov 23 1781 in Wmrlnd. and died Apr 6 1866 at age 85
[xxix] Death Record Sarah D Cole d: Nov 2 1863 b. NH a79 Father: Asa Baker, Old Age & rheumatism, Mt Holly VT - It should be noted that despite her birth record, Sarah’s death record states her father was Asa Baker (her brother) Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954 via FamilySearch.org; Another copy states "Cole, Sarah B." 79y Husband Dea Martin Cole, d. 3 Nov 1863, Mechanicville Cemetery, Dec 15 1919 ES Burton, Town Clerk Mt Holly;Burial Stone of Sarah B. Cole wife of Dea Cole died Nov 2 1863 79 yrs.
[xxx] 1810 US Census Mt Holly VT; 1820 US Census Mt Holly VT; 1830 US Census Mt Holly; VT 1840; US Census Mt Holly VT; 1850 US Census Mt Holly VT; 1860 US Census Mt Holly VT
[xxxi] Birth Record Larkin Baker Cole “Larkin Baker” [Cole – left off top] born 10 Apr 1804 in Westmoreland, male, white, parents: Martin Cole, white, & Sally Baker, white, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxxii] US Newspaper Extractions, Ancestry.com; Vermont Vital Records, FS – but that says her residence was Middlebury VT; Massachusetts marriage Index, Ancestry.com
[xxxiii] Find a Grave, Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, NY, Plot: Sect 48 plot 117, Removed from Rose Hill
[xxxiv] The Early Genealogies of the Cole Families in America sketch 143, p. 230
[xxxv] The Early Genealogies of the Cole Families in America sketch 143, p. 230
[xxxvi] The Early Genealogies of the Cole Families in America sketch 143, p. 230
[xxxvii] Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA 17 Mar 1849, p. 2
[xxxviii] Find a Grave Louisville KY
[xxxix] Find a Grave, Oakwood Cemetery, Syracuse, NY, Plot: Sect 48 plot 117, Removed from Rose Hill
[xl] The Early Genealogies of the Cole Families in America sketch 143, p. 230
[xli] Birth Record Asa Baker b. 31 Dec 1786 New Ipswich NH Male, white, 2nd child, Fa: Peter Baker, Mo: Lydia, Wilber L. Phelps, Clerk of New Ipswich Sep 4 1905 NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xlii] Military Asa Baker "Asa Baker Lieut. 31st Regt Infantry Westmoreland, NH Sentinel, Keene, published 18 Jun 1814
[xliii] History of Westmoreland
[xliv] History of Westmoreland
[xlv] Death Record of Lydia Walker - NH Sentinel 18 Jul 1828
[xlvi] Burial Stone Lydia Walker

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HONORABLE LARKIN BAKER was born on 17 Sep 1795 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH.[i] He married first on 23 Jan 1823 in Westmoreland, NH to CELINA COBB[ii]  daughter of prominent General Simeon Cobb Jr and Eunice Goodnow.[iii] Celina was born on 27 May 1802 in Westmoreland, NH.[iv] She died on 4 Oct 1852 at the age of 50 in Westmoreland, NH, and was buried in North Cemetery, Westmoreland, NH, lot #175-A on 6 Oct 1852.[v] Larkin married second SARAH WHITE, the widow of John H. Weirs,[vi] on 1 Mar 1855 in Westmoreland, NH.[vii] Larkin died on 3 Feb 1872 at the age of 76 in Westmoreland, NH of senility[viii] and was buried in North Cemetery, Westmoreland, NH, lot# 176-A.[ix]  Sarah was born 4 Feb 1797[x] and died on 12 Sep 1880 at the age of 83 years, 7 months, 8 days.[xi] She is buried in North Cemetery as well, lot #173-A.[xii]
 
Assembling & Correlating Indirect Evidence in the Father of Larkin Baker
Direct primary evidence of Peter Baker & Lydia Dudley being Larkin’s parents has not been found. However, several pieces of indirect evidence do exist which will be revealed here.
 
Let’s first note what information was not found:
·         A record for Larkin’s birth was not found at New Hampshire Vital Records, nor in the Town Records of Westmoreland, NH where he was most likely born.
·         Records were found for both Larkin’s marriages & his death, but none indicate his parents.[xiii]
·         Will for Larkin Baker was found, but it does not give any indication of siblings or parentage.[xiv]
·         Will for Larkin’s second wife was also found, but again, it does not give any indication of his siblings or parents.[xv]
·         No formal declaration of death for Peter was found
·         No other Baker man in Westmoreland NH is a plausible father of Larkin.
·         No formal guardianship or adoption papers for any of Peter’s children were found.
·         Probate files for Ezra Peirce & John Darling did not mention Larkin.
·         No probate files for Peter Baker, Lydia Baker Darling or Rebecca Peirce.
·         No declaration of divorce was found for Peter & Lydia
·         Not able to secure a source for “Dudley” being Larkin’s middle name or even D. as middle initial?
 
Summary of Secondary Sources & Indirect Evidence:
·         Peter Baker & Lydia Dudley are said to be his parents in The History of Westmoreland and the Ella Patten Abbott Collection. [xvi]
·         Larkin named his daughter “Eunice Dudley Baker” [xvii]
·         Larkin’s Grandson was named Albert “Bertie” Larkin Dudley Farr, although I am unable to find proof of the middle names on a record. [xviii]
·         Sally/Sarah Baker, oldest child of Peter & Lydia,[xix] named her only known child “Larkin Baker Cole. ”[xx]
·         Polly Baker, said daughter of Peter & Lydia’s, named her son Larkin B. [Baker] Day,[xxi] although I am unable to secure further evidence that the middle initial of B. was for Baker, nor direct evidence that Polly was the child of Peter & Lydia. [xxii]
·         Obituary of Larkin Baker states that Larkin grew up without a father & lived in Westmoreland his whole life. [xxiii]
·         Peter Baker disappears from 1800-1818, when Larkin would have been growing up without his father. [xxiv]
·         Peter’s wife, then named a widow, marries John Darling in 1804. Peter is clearly nowhere to be found. [xxv]
 
As you can see, the evidence is scantly & scattered. However, the accuracy, credibility & reliability factors are quite high in regard to The History and Genealogy of Westmoreland & the Ella Patten Abbott Collection. Ella Patten Abbott did the research for these both sources. She was born in Westmoreland in 1847, and worked during the early 1900’s.[xxvi] Rarely have errors been found. Although both are unsourced compilations, and are really not ideal sources as they stand alone, combined with these other pieces of indirect evidence, it makes a fairly solid case for Peter Baker & Lydia Dudley being the parents of Larkin Baker.
Larkin’s Childhood
 
Peter Baker sold most of his property, & allegedly abandoned his family from about 1800-1818. His farm was on the southwestern end of Westmoreland known as Canoe Meadow which runs along the shore of the Connecticut River. It is assumed that when Lydia was left alone she had no choice but to receive help in raising her children by the community. Larkin would have been the 5th child of 8 children born to Peter & Lydia. Sarah, Asa, Lydia & James being older, & Polly, Alden & Charles being younger. Larkin’s older sister Sarah/Sally named her only child Larkin Baker Cole in 1804, when he was just 9 years old. [xxvii]
 
According to the History of Westmoreland & the Ella Patten Abbott collection it states Larkin was raised by the Hon. Ezra Pierce of Westmoreland & his wife Rebecca (Lawrence) from about the age of 4 or 5.[xxviii] I have not found any direct evidence of Ezra raising Larkin, but the Pierce’s Farm was very near to the original Baker Farm.[xxix] Ezra was a prominent man in town holding a position as Judge, and also Town Representative, Selectman, & State Senator.[xxx] Ezra died when Larkin was about 13 on 16 Sep 1808 a57 in Westmoreland and is buried in Canoe Cemetery, Westmoreland[xxxi]. His wife Rebecca died 4 Apr 1821 when Larkin was 25.[xxxii]
 
It seems likely that after Ezra died, Larkin may have returned to the home of his mother which she then shared with John Darling. Most of the younger children between this couple can be aligned with the 1810 census of John Darling. Bob Schwartz, a fellow Baker researcher, [xxxiii] has outlined the early censuses in his works & I believe I discuss it in Peter's post. 

Larkin’s Lifetime of Achievements
 
Ezra Pierce likely had a great impact on Larkin creating a drive & ambition that earned him many positions within the community. On the town level Larkin held many political offices in Westmoreland, among them were: Town clerk 1828-1840, Town Selectman 1832-1841, and Town Representative 1827-1828.[xxxiv]  He was also a lawyer, school teacher, Supt. of Schools, Justice of the Peace, farmer, and merchant.[xxxv]  He was side judge for Cheshire County 1833-1841, and finally Cheshire County Judge of Probate for 22 yrs 1841-1864,[xxxvi]
 
In addition to all that, he was President and Director for the Cheshire County Mutual Fire Insurance Co.,[xxxvii] and one of the first trustees for the Cheshire Provident Institution For Savings, as well as Keene Academy.[xxxviii]  He was the Master of the local Masonic Lodge entitled Jerusalem Lodge, No. 4. in 1822.[xxxix] He held titles of Captain & Major.[xl] The writer was unable to find specific evidence for the Captain title, but it can be assumed since Major is one rank higher, & there is proof of that. [xli] Around the state Larkin was involved in committees to lay out highways as far away as Bristol, NH,[xlii] and likely others.
 
In regard to being a lawyer it states in the History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, p. 508:
 
For many years his counsel was sought from far and near upon all legal matters. Possessed a tenacious memory, an aptness for scholarship, he soon took a prominent place in both town and country. He held the commission of justice of the peace during the whole of his business career, and transacted nearly all the business of the town in this line. He was assistant judge of the court of common pleas seven years, judge of probate for Cheshire County 22 years, resigning in 1864 by reason of poor health, and held at different times, all the offices within the gift of his native town.[xliii]
 
Despite the high regard given to Larkin in every source found, Larkin’s political career was not without a least one slight controversy. Two articles raise curiosity as they infer he was accused of fence jumping & twaddling, and then it was corrected. The following were found:
 
Portsmouth Journal of Literature & Politics Jan 23 1830 via GenealogyBank.com
In making up our list of prominent Twaddlers, the name of Larkin Baker, Esq. of Westmoreland, should have been omitted. The mistake arose in consequence of finding his name attached to a call of a federal Convention for Cheshire County, in Dec 1827. But we are happy to learn that Mr B abandoned that party the moment he discovered its character, and has constantly been since, what he invariably was before, a steady and consistent republican. We are happy in making this correction.
 
The publication goes on to state the above is from the last NH Patriot & continues with more of the general story regarding 100 names which were published by the NH Patriot previously. This article should definitely be consulted when researching this issue further.
 
New Hampshire Sentinel Jan 29 1830 via GenealogyBank.com
Maj. Larkin Baker, of Westmoreland, will not, we believe, thank Mr Barton, for his apology for placing him in good company. He has never, to our knowledge, jumped the fence, as insinuated, to entitle him to the character of “a steady and consistent republican”.
 
From the US Censuses of Westmoreland, NH between 1830-1870 we can determine he was in fact in town all his life.[xliv] Larkin and Celina raised their kids in the more affluent section of Westmoreland that is known as Park Hill.[xlv] The Cobb’s, Celina’s parents, lived in the same picturesque neighborhood.[xlvi]
 
The 1858 Map of Westmoreland shows the home of the “Hon. Larkin Baker” at the base of Park Hill. According to the Westmoreland Historical Society, the home burned in a large neighborhood fire on 2 April 1894; the fire is said to have started in the store/post office & spread to several other homes & buildings nearby.[xlvii]
 
Larkin’s detailed obituary which is genealogical treasure was published in The New Hampshire Sentinel [newspaper], Keene, NH, Thursday, 15 Feb 1872, Vol. LXXIV   Iss. 7, pg 3. It reads:
 
In Westmoreland, Feb. 3, after a brief illness, Hon. Lakin Baker, aged 76 years 4 mos. & 16 days.
Judge Baker was born in Westmoreland Sept. 17 1795, where he has always resided. In early life he was left without the care and counsel of a father. He acquired his education in the primary schools and in the academy at Chesterfield. He afterwards taught school several terms and was town superintendent for several years. He held for a few years a Captain’s and Major’s commission. In 1822 he was married to Celina Cobb, daughter of Gen. Simeon Cobb of Westmoreland. There were born to them nine children, four sons and five daughters.
    He devoted several years to agricyltural and a few years to merchantile pursuits, assisting Gen. Cobb in the transaction of his business in its various branches. His wife, with whom he had lived thirty years, died Oct. 4 1852, aged 50 years. He married his second wife, widow Sarah Weir, March 2, 1855. He faithfully served the town for many years in the capacity of Justice of the Peace, Town Clerk and Selectman; he also represented the town two years in the General Court. He held the commission of Judge of the Court of Common Pleas nine years for Cheshire County and Judge of Probate over twenty-two years, which latter office he resigned by reason of ill health at the age of 69 years, after which he was admitted to the Bar under the Statute. He was ever ready to impart information to all who sought his counsel. In him the widow and the fatherless ever found a true and faithful friend, a wise and fatherly counsellor whose memory will be gratefully cherished by the people of the town and county who interest he so long and so faithfully served. He was – to use a language of a near neighbor-“perfectly honest” – than which, there can be no higher social virtue; and of him it may justly said, “Good and faithful servant”.
 
All that love and affection could do was done for him by his dear wife and dutiful children and his kind and attentive neighbors. A wife, two sons and one daughter survive to mourn their irrsparable loss. For nearly fifty years he was, until recently, an active and influential member of the Congregational church whose interests he was ever zealous to promote.
 
Many people from this and other towns were present at the funeral services to testify their respect for him whose memory they gratefully cherish and to sympathize with bereaved friends. An appreciative audience listened with respectful attention to a discourse by the writer from Gen. 5:24. ~ Jehiel Claflin. East Westmoreland, N.H. Feb 10 1872
 
Larkin’s Will[xlviii] reads as follows:
 
Be it remembered that I Larkin Baker of Westmoreland in the County of Cheshire and State of NH, being of sound and disposing mind, do make publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say,
 
First - I give and bequeath unto Albert S. Baker, William A. Baker and Josie S. Farr my only children and unto George Elwyn Fuller son of my late daughter Charlotte A. Fuller and unto Alice Baker daughter of my late son Simeon L. Baker each the sum of one dollar if demanded.
 
Secondly - I give bequeath and devise unto my beloved wife, Sarah Baker, all the rest, residue and remainder of my estate – Real, Personal and mixed, to have and to hold the same, to her, the said Sarah Baker, her heirs and assigns forever –
 
Lastly -  I nominate my trusty and well esteemed friend Joseph W. Leonard* of Westmoreland aforesaid to be sole Executor of this my last will and testament.
 
In testimony whereof, I hereunto set my hand and seal, this ninth day of July, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and sixty seven.
 
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Larkin Baker as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who, at his request, in his presence, and in oresence of each other, subscribe our names as witnessses thereto.
 
Salome A. Wooley
Emma J. Woolley
Cornelia M. Woolley
 
*Joseph W. Leonard was a merchant on Park Hill via History of Westmoreland
 
Sarah Baker’s will[xlix] reads as follows:
 
Be it remembered that I Sarah Baker of Westmoreland, County of Cheshire and State of New Hampshire, being of sound and disposing mind do make publish and declare this my last will and testament that is to say..
 
1st- I direct my executor hereinafter named to pay all the just expenses of my funeral, and to erect over my grave suitable gravestones.
 
2nd - I give and bequeath to my sisters Elcy White now living in Chicopee Massachusetts and Sybil Biglow wife of Amos F. Biglow now living in Homer, Courtland County New York – each the sum of fifty dollars.
 
3rd – I give and bequeath to my nephew Henry Wright now living in Northfield Massachusetts the sum of One Hundred Dollars
 
4th- I give and bequeath to Sarah M. Wright – daughter of the aforesaid Henry Wright the sum of twenty five dollars.
 
5th – I give and bequeath to Larkin B. Cobb of Westmoreland the sum of twenty five Dollars
 
6th – I give and bequeath to Bertie L. D. Farr of Westmoreland the sum of twenty five dollars
 
7th I give and bequeath to Albert L. Baker, my grandson, the sum of Twenty five dollars
 
8th I give and bequeath to Josephine S. Farr wife of Elijah Farr of Westmoreland and her heirs all the rest and residue of my estate both personal, real and mixed.
 
And I do hereby constitute and appoint Willard Bill Jr of Westmoreland sole executor of this my last will and testament –
 
Dated 5 Apr 1873.  Witnesses Alson Cobb, A. Clarence Cobb, Willard Bill Jr.
 
Four years later, she then writes an amendment -   
 
I hereby revoke so much of the within will gave my sisters Elcy White and Sybil Biglow and their heirs the sum of fifty dollars to each and declare it to be my intention that either take nothing under my will
 
Signed 6 Feb 1877 Witnesses James S Lord, William C. Aiken, Jos[?] W. Leonard
 
Several receipts are contained in the file and are signed for the portions that were received, including one for the twenty five dollars to Albert L. Baker. William A. Baker signed for it stating he was a minor under his guardianship on 4 Jun 1881. That would have been my great grandfather, Albert Larkin Baker’s thirteenth birthday or thereabouts. I’d like to think Albert received it, but I suspect given William’s apparent character, he did not.
 
Larkin and Celina had the following children:
 
1. CHARLOTTE ADELINE BAKER was born on 23 Apr 1824 in Westmoreland, Cheshire, NH[l] and died on 13 Jun 1851, suddenly,[li] by apoplexy, age 27[lii] and is buried in North Cemetery, Westmoreland, NH, plot #172-A.[liii] Charlotte had married REV. GEORGE E. FULLER on 16 July 1846.[liv] He married second Sarah A. Green, daughter of Samuel Jefferson Green & Patty Williams on 3 Aug 1852 in Bernardston, MA, and from that record we also gain George was born in Amherst, NH, son of Noah & Sarah Fuller.[lv]  Sarah d. 11 Mar 1855 in Ware, Ma.[lvi]
 
Rev. George E. Fuller’s short career began when he was ordained in Kinderhook, NY on 3 Mar 1846.[lvii] In 1847-1848 he was a pastor in South Adams, MA, then Bernardston, MA 1848-1853, and finally to Ware, MA 1853-1855.[lviii] He died in Brattleboro, VT on 6 June 1856.[lix] Several announcements are made of his death in historical newspapers including the Daily Atlas, Boston, 18 Jun 1856 which states “At Brattleboro, 6th inst, Rev. George E. Fuller, 34, late Pastor of the Baptist Church in Ware, Mass.”
 
Also, in the Pittsfield Sun [MA] on 26 Jun 1856: “At Brattleboro, VT June 6 Rev George E. Fuller, aged 34, late pastor of Baptist Church in Ware, Mass and formerly settled over churches in Kinderhook, NY ; South Adams and Bernardston, Mass”.
 
Rev. George & Charlotte had one child who was left an orphan at the age of 7.
 
             i. GEORGE ELWIN FULLER born 5 Sep 1848 Bernardston, MA.[lx] He likely died after 1867.[lxi]
 
George E.’s father is on the 1855 Massachusetts State Census in Ware, MA without George Jr., so it seems possible he may have been placed with another family even before his father's death, but after the death of his mother. I'm not sure if he was with his father & his 2nd wife until she died or not.
George, the son, is named in his grandfather Larkin Baker’s will in 1867, unfortunately it gave no hint as to where he lived at the time[lxii], but he was eventually located. It turns out he is the George E Fuller who is taken in by Abijah C. & Jane P (Howe) Bullard of Greenfield MA & shown on the 1860 Census with them at age 10. He is still with them in Amherst, MA on the 1865 Massachusetts State Census & the 1870 US Census. At that same time, he can be found in the school year books at Massachusetts Agricultural College. Specifically, he can be found in Massachusetts Agricultural College, The Index ,1870, Vol II, No. 1, pg 15, listed as “George Elwyn Fuller”, Class of 1871.
 
Abijah & Jane can be found on the 1850 US Census in Gill MA, & the 1855 State Census in Erving MA without George. Abijah was b. c1804, son of Silas Bullard & Experience Orcutt & died 28 Mar 1876 in Greenfield MA of Typhoid Pneumonia. Jane P was Jane Parmela Howe of Wendell, daughter of Elmer Howe and Eliza Osgood. She died a widow on 6 Aug 1906 in Greenfield MA. She was born 10 Dec 1812 in Wendell, MA
 
The Massachusetts Agricultural College is now known as UMass. In their Special Collections in Amherst, MA there is a photo,[lxiii] and it is available online with a short bio here http://credo.library.umass.edu/view/full/murg130-i0002054
 
Formal portrait of George Elwyn Fuller, Class of 1871. He went on to become a civil engineer and at one point was engaged in work on the Hoosac Tunnel in Western Massachusetts. It is thought he died around 1885. "Geo E Fuller '71" signed on back. "M.A.C. Collection, Library of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, Amherst, Mass." stamped on back. Logo of "J.L. Lovell" printed on back.
 
He is also found in the General Catalogue...: Including the Officers of Government and Instruction, Sketches of the Alumni, Occupations and Addresses of the Non-graduates, and Other Matters of Interest Relating to the College 1862-1886, pg 23 where it states:
George Elwyn Fuller was born 6th September, 1849, at Bernardston; prepared for college at Amherst High School. Civil Engineer, Toledo, O., 1873-74; Civil Engineer and real estate agent, Greenfield, 1876-? When last heard from engaged in work at the Hoosac Tunnel. Address unknown.
And…he disappears again. The Hoosac Tunnel did have a large amount of deaths. It is possible he died/disappeared in the tunnel. The Catalog of Graduates and Former Students of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, College and Associate Alumni, 1916 - 94 pages, pg 7, it lists him in the Class of 1871:
          * Fuller, George E. Supposed to have died about 1885”
                                                               [* meaning dead]
 
A death record has not been located, nor does it seem he is found elsewhere.
 
2.   EUNICE DUDLEY BAKER was born on 8 Oct 1825 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH.[lxiv]
She died on 12 Jun 1852 at age 26 in Westmoreland, NH, and was buried in North Cemetery #176-A.[lxv]
 
3.  SIMEON LARKIN BAKER was born on 22 Dec 1827 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH.[lxvi] He died on 19 Sep 1854 at age 26 in Westmoreland, NH, and was buried in North Cemetery on 21 Sep 1854 #177-A.[lxvii] Simeon married MARY H. BINGHAM on 1 Feb 1853 in Westminster, VT.[lxviii] Elihue? Bingham was the Administrator on Simeon’s estate. The probate record names his wife Mary H. Baker who declines to be Administrator, & daughter, Mary Alice Baker, an infant”. His father served as the Judge on the case.[lxix]
They had 1 child.
          i. MARY ALICE BAKER b: 7 Sept 1853 (calc) d: 7 Dec 1892 Boston, Ma, 39 years & 3 months; unmarried.[lxx]
 
4.  MARY ELIZABETH BAKER was born on 5 May 1830 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH.[lxxi] She died on 9 April 1839 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH and is buried in North Cemetery lot 171-A.[lxxii]
 
5.  INFANT SON BAKER b. 1832 d. 1 May 1832 in Westmoreland, NH lot 170-A.[lxxiii]
 
6.  ALBERT SPRAGUE BAKER was born on 29 Sep 1833 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co,
NH.[lxxiv] He died on 15 Sep 1895 in Middleton, NH, a 61y 11m 15d.[lxxv] Albert married CAROLINE “CARRIE” F. LOCKE of Rye, NH on 27 Nov 1860 in Somerville, MA.[lxxvi] Carrie was the daughter of Joseph & Olive (Berry) Locke born April 2, 1833.[lxxvii]  She died 8 Apr 1882, age 47, in Cambridge, MA.[lxxviii] She
was actually 49 years old according to calculation from birthdate.[lxxix] The death record states "Hyper Catharsis" as cause of death which probably means excessive purging/defecation/diarrhea from medicine, anorexia or something else.  They are both buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA with her family in Lot #340. [lxxx] They had no children.
 
Albert can be found on the 1850 US Census in Westmoreland, NH with his father. He was a shoemaker at the time. Albert & Carrie were both attendants at McLean Asylum for decades,[lxxxi] but by the 1880 US Census, Albert is a Machinist suffering from Rheumatism & Carrie is a housekeeper.[lxxxii] They also have a boarder living with them who has a nervous disease named John Parker & Carrie’s sister, Hannah Piggot.[lxxxiii]
 
An interesting note about what he may have been machining in 1880 comes from a patent he filed on 13 Apr 1875. Apparently Albert developed the first ear gauges which he then called an “Improvement in Ear-rings”.[lxxxiv]
 
After the death of Carrie, Albert & William’s lives appear to become more intertwined. Therefore, there is more on Albert in William’s sketch.
 
7.  WILLIAM ALSON BAKER was born on 10 Mar 1837 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH.[lxxxv]
 
8.  MARY ELMINA BAKER was born on 10 Oct 1839 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH.[lxxxvi] She died in 1851 at about 12 yrs old, and was buried 1 Apr 1852; the grave is either not marked or otherwise unlocatable.[lxxxvii]                 
 
9.  SARAH JOSEPHINE “JOSIE” BAKER was born in Dec 1841-2 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co,
NH.[lxxxviii] Sarah married ELIJAH J. FARR on 2 May 1864 in Westmoreland, NH, son of Daniel Farr & Maria Taplin.[lxxxix] She was noted on 9 July 1867 in her father’s will,[xc] & also later in the will of her step mother Sarah Baker.[xci]
 
The 1870 US Census lists her in Rockingham, VT, but by 1880 she is in Westmoreland with her step mother, husband & son. In 1900, she is with her son & his family in Arlington, MA. It says she has 1 child & 1 child living and is a widow, but on 7 Feb 1894 in Gilsum, NH, her ex-husband marries again to Nellie J. (Nash) Hardy,[xcii] & in 1900, he still resides in Westmoreland, NH. 1910, she is in Hancock, ME with her son. Elijah Farr is in Keene, NH, but dies there 25 Jun 1912.[xciii] 1920 she is in Corinna, ME with her son, & in 1930 her son is in the same place, but she is not. She died in Corinna, ME on 17 Dec 1923, and is buried in Center Cemetery Lot# 88.[xciv]
Josie and Elijah had one child:
         i.  ALBERT “BERTIE” LARKIN DUDLEY FARR born 7 Dec 1871 Westminster, Windham, Vermont.[xcv] He married HELEN E. EATON on 6 Jan 1892 in Fitchburg, MA.[xcvi] She was born Dec 1859.[xcvii] Albert was an Electrician.[xcviii] They moved to Maine between 1900 & 1910.[xcix] Albert L. Farr died in 1945 & is buried in Corinna Center Cemetery, Corinna, ME.[c]
 

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[i] Obituary Hon. Larkin Baker The New Hampshire Sentinel [newspaper], Keene, NH, Thursday, 15 Feb 1872, Vol. LXXIV   Iss. 7, pg 3, Image via GenealogyBank.com
[ii] Marriage Record Larkin Baker & Celina Cobb New Hampshire Vital Records, Fruit St. Concord, NH, m: 23 Jan 1823 in Westmoreland, both of Westmoreland, both white, by Rev Allen Pratt of Westmoreland, Clergyman. [Reversed side] Edwin J. Goodnow, Clerk of Westmoreland, 1 Mar 1906, New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[iii] Birth Record Celina Cobb b. 27 May 1802, in Westmoreland, female, white, living, 1st child, father Simeon Cobb of Westmoreland, NH, b: [blank], white, farmer, mother: Eunice Goodnow b. Westmoreland, white, Housekeeper, Edwin J. Goodnow, Clerk of Westmoreland, 18 Dec 1905, NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[iv] Birth Record Celina Cobb
[v] Burial Records Westmoreland NH Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Westmoreland Historical Society, 1989, 406 pages, p. 26  [Please note: the index in this book is incorrect, when it states page “28” it is actually p.26; also the index is extremely incomplete and does not include any index listings for pages 216-378];
[vi] Marriage Record John H Weirs & Sarah White He was of Westmoreland NH, she was of Winchester NH, by Francis Danforth in Winchester NH, Clergyman, 7 Apr 1835, Winchester, NH [Reverse side] ? W. Bingham, Clerk of Winchester, NH, 18 Sep 1905, NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH; 1850 US Census Westmoreland NH – Sarah Weir
[vii] Marriage Record Larkin Baker & Sara Weir Both of Westmoreland, Groom a60, Bride a56, both white, int. 27 Feb 1855, Rev. Stephen Rodgers of Westmoreland, Clergyman,1 Mar 1855 in Westmoreland [Reverse Side] Edwin J. Goodwin, Clerk of Westmoreland, 8 Mar 1906, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH.
[viii] Death Record Larkin Baker 3 Feb 3 1872 in Westmoreland, age 77, b. Westmoreland, male, white, married, attorney, senility, name & birthplaces of parents all “unknown”, Edwin J. Goodnow, Town Clerk, Westmoreland NH, NHVRA, Fruit St, Concord, NH; Obituary Hon. Larkin Baker; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire, Westmoreland History Committee, 1976, 597 pages, pg 331; Gravestone Photo: North Cemetery, Westmoreland, NH via FindaGrave.com; Will of Larkin Baker Cheshire County NH Probate Court Records #1147, original located in NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[ix] Burial Records Westmoreland NH Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Westmoreland Historical Society, 1989, 406 pages, p. 26
[x] Calculated from age at death via Burial Records Westmoreland NH
[xi] Burial Records Westmoreland NH; Will of Sarah Baker Cheshire County NH Probate Court Records #1304, original located in NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xii] Burial Records Westmoreland NH
[xiii] Marriage Record Larkin Baker & Sara Weir; Marriage Record Larkin Baker & Celina Cobb; Death Record Larkin Baker
[xiv] Will of Larkin Baker Cheshire County NH Probate Court Records #1147, original located in NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xv] Will of Sarah Baker Cheshire County NH Probate Court Records #1304, original located in NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xvi] Marriage Record Peter Baker & Lydia Dudley Records of Littleton, Massachusetts, Committee: George W. Sanderson, Herbert J. Harwood, Edward Frost, Littleton, MA (1900) p. 274, “mr. Peter Baker of Littleton, MA & Mrs Lydia Dudley of New Ipswich, November 14: 1783.”; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire Westmoreland History Committee, 1976, 597 pages, pg 331; Ella Patten Abbott Collection The Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St, Keene, NH 03431 http://hsccnh.org/
[xvii] Birth Record Eunice Dudley Baker b. Oct 8, 1825, Westmoreland, female, white, living, child no. 2, fa. Larkin/Martin Baker, white of Westmoreland, mo. Celina Cobb, white, Edwin J. Goodnow, Town Clerk Westmoreland 24 Mar 1906, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[xviii] Birth Record “Bertie L D Farr” b. 7 Dec 1871 Westminster, Windham, Vermont, mo: Josephine S. Baker b. Westmoreland, NH Fa: Elijah Farr b. Bradford, Farmer, Res: Westminster, VT via Familysearch.org
[xix] Birth Record Sarah Baker b. 26 Jan 1785 in New Ipswich, NH, female, white, 1st, dau of Peter Baker & Lydia, William L. Phelps, Clerk of New Ipswich, NH 4 Sep 1905, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xx] Marriage Record Sally Baker & Martin Cole both of Westmoreland, both white, by Rev. Allen Pratt of Wmrld, Clergyman, 12 May 1803, no parents listed on reverse side, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; Birth Record for Larkin Baker Cole “Larkin Baker” [Cole – left off top] born 10 Apr 1804 in Westmoreland, male, white, parents: Martin Cole, white, & Sally Baker, white, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; Birth Record Larkin Baker Cole “Larkin Baker” [Cole – left off top] born 10 Apr 1804 in Westmoreland, male, white, parents: Martin Cole, white, & Sally Baker, white, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxi] History of Chesterfield, Cheshire County “Larkin B., b. Dec. 2, 1831 ; m., Aug. 3, 1853, at Bellows Falls, Vt., Carrie Wentworth. Res. in Peoria.” pg 279 & 280; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; Record not found at NHVRA Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxii] Marriage Record Polly Baker & John Day both of Chesterfield, 26 January 1814, no parents on back, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; Death Record Polly Day Polly Baker Day a52 wife of John Day died 1 Jan 1849, Village Cemetery, Grafton, VT, Vermont Vital Records 1760-1954 via Familysearch.org; History of Chesterfield, Cheshire County, N.H., from the incorporation of "township number one," by Massachusetts, in 1736, to the year 1881, together with family histories and genealogies by Randall, Oran Edmond, (1882) pg 279; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire;
[xxiii] Obituary Hon. Larkin Baker The New Hampshire Sentinel [newspaper], Keene, NH, Thursday, 15 Feb 1872, Vol. LXXIV   Iss. 7, pg 3, IMAGE via GenealogyBank.com;
[xxiv] See Sketch for Peter Baker & Lydia Dudley
[xxv] Marriage Lydia Baker & John Darling: History of Chesterfield “Wid. Lydia Baker, of Wmd.”.; John Darling & Mrs Lydia Baker of Westmoreland, 27 Nov 1804 in Chesterfield, NH, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxvi] Ella Patten Abbott Collection The Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main St, Keene, NH 03431 http://hsccnh.org/
[xxvii] Birth of Larkin Baker Cole
[xxviii] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; Ella Patten Abbott Collection
[xxix] Cheshire County Deed 25-84
[xxx] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[xxxi] Burial Records Westmoreland NH; Record not found at NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxxii] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; Burial Records Westmoreland NH; Record not found at NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxxiii] Schwartz, Robert Fellow Baker Researcher, California
[xxxiv] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties NH Philadelphia: J.W. Lewis & Co., 1886, 1073 pages, p. 504-505, archive.org; Obituary for Hon Larkin Baker
[xxxv] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; The New Hampshire Register 1827 - McFarland and Jenks, 1826 - pg 52; History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties; Obituary for Hon Larkin Baker
[xxxvi] Obituary for Hon Larkin Baker; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties, New Hampshire; Gazetteer of Cheshire County, N.H., 1736-1885, Syracuse, N.Y.: H. Child, 1885, 882 pgs, p.45-49; IRS Tax Assessments - 1865-66 - Larkin Baker available on Ancestry.com, show him as an Insurance Agent & Lawyer. The Total Tax listed for him each year was 20.00.
[xxxvii] Journal of the Senate of New Hampshire,  p. 636
[xxxviii] History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties; Obituary for Hon Larkin Baker)
[xxxix] The New Hampshire Register and Farmer's Almanac 1822 Hill & Moore, pg 106 “Grand Lodge of NH, "No. 4 Jerusalem Lodge, Westmoreland. Larkin Baker, master. Philip Hall, Orlo Richardson wardens, L.G. Mead, secretary. Tuesday or preceding F.M.”
[xl] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; Obituary for Hon Larkin Baker
[xli] New Hampshire Sentinel [newspaper],  Oct 3 1823 issue, Regimental Reviews.
[xlii] History of the town of Bristol Grafton County NH Bristol, N.H.: Printed by R.W. Musgrove, 1904, 1263 pgs. See p. 126-128
[xliii] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire; History of Cheshire and Sullivan Counties
[xliv] 1830 US Census Westmoreland, NH, Larkin Baker, head of household, where he has 1 male under 5years; 1 male 20-30 years, presumably him; 2 females under 5; 1 female 5-10 years; 1 female 15-20 years & 1 female 20-30 years, presumably Celina, living in his home; 1840 US Census Westmoreland, NH Larkin Baker - it indirectly implies he may have had 3 sons under 15 years, and 3 daughters under 20 by that time. 1850 US Census Westmoreland NH offers us their names and it states: Larkin; Mrs L.; Eunice; Elvina; Simeon; Albert; William & Josephine.
[xlv] 1858 Map of Westmoreland NH - “Early Maps of Westmoreland, NH 1750-1906”, CDROM Collection, purchased via Westmoreland Historical Society Look for early Map
[xlvi] 1858 Map of Westmoreland NH
[xlvii] Personal correspondence with Westmoreland Historical Society
[xlviii] Will of Larkin Baker Cheshire County NH Probate Court Records #1147, original located in NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xlix] Will of Sarah Baker Cheshire County NH Probate Court Records #1304, original located in NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[l] Birth Record Charlotte A Baker b. 23 April 1824, Westmoreland, female, white, living, 1st child, f. Larkin Baker, white, of Westmoreland, mo. Celina Cobb, white, Edwin J. Goodnow, Town Clerk of Westmoreland 24 Mar 1906, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[li] Obituary Charlotte Fuller - Boston Atlas Newspaper, published June 19 1851
[lii] Death Record Charlotte A Fuller d. 13 Jun 1851 in Bernardston, MA, 27y1m20d, female, married, b. Westmoreland, NH, no parents listed, Apoplexy, “Massachusetts Vital Records 1841*1910” image via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org; Obituary Charlotte Fuller
[liii] Burial Records Westmoreland NH
[liv] Marriage Record George Fuller & Charlotte Baker NH Sentinel, Keene, published July 29 1846 via America’s Historical Newspapers
[lv] Marriage Record George E Fuller & Sarah A Green Aug 3 1852, in Bernardston, MA ages 30 & 21, Clergyman, He was born Amherst, NH, she b. Bernardston, son of Noah & Sarah Fuller, dau of Samuel & Patty Green, image via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[lvi] History of the town of Bernardston, Franklin County, Massachusetts ..., Volume 1 By Lucy Cutler Kellogg.
[lvii] The Christian Review, Volume 11 By Samuel Francis Smith, Sewall Sylvester Cutting, Robert Turnbull, G. B. Taylor pg 153.
[lviii] Historical Sketch of the Massachusetts Baptist Missionary Society by William Harrison Eaton, pg 164; History of the Town of Bernardston
[lix] Death Record Rev George E Fuller, 6 Jun 1856 in Brattleboro, no parents, his usual residence listed as Brattleboro, no cause, a34, “Vermont Vital Records 1760-1954” via familysearch.org
[lx] Birth Record George Elwin Fuller b: 5 Sep 1848, Bernardston, MA son of George E. & Charlotte A. Fuller, Clergyman, no birthplace for parents are listed, Massachusetts Vital Records 1841-1910” image via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[lxi] Will of Larkin Baker
[lxii] Will of Larkin Baker
[lxiii] Lovell, J. L. (John Lyman), 1825-1903. George E. Fuller, ca. 1871. University Photograph Collection (RG 130). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries
[lxiv] Birth Record Eunice Dudley Baker b. Oct 8, 1825, Westmoreland, female, white, living, child no. 2, fa. Larkin/Martin Baker, white of Westmoreland, mo. Celina Cobb, white, Edwin J. Goonow, Town Cerk Westmoreland 24 Mar 1906, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[lxv] Burial Records Westmoreland NH
[lxvi] Birth Record Simeon Larkin Baker b. 22 Dec 1827, Westmoreland, male, white, living. Ch no. 3, f. Larkin Baker, mo. Celina Cobb, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[lxvii] Burial Records Westmoreland NH
[lxviii] Marriage Record Simon L Baker & Mary H Bingham m: 1 Feb 1852 residence of groom Westmoreland, NH by J.C. Richardson, Justice of the Peace, Westminster, P. Safford, Town Clerk, “Vermont Vital Records 1760-1954” via familysearch.org; Death Record Mary A Baker d. 7 Dec 1892 Boston, MA, female, Single, a39y 3m, Bright’s Disease & Valv Disease of Heart 1yr, 25 Sunnyside Terrace, At Home, b. Westmoreland, NH, f. Simeon, mo. Mary H. Bingham, both born in Westmoreland, NH original image via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org; No record found for birth at NH Vitals.
[lxix] Administration Simeon L Baker Cheshire County Probate #846 NHVRA, Fruit St Concord NH  IMAGES
[lxx] Death Record Mary A Baker
[lxxi] Birth Record Mary Elizabeth Baker b. May 5, 1830 in Westmoreland, female, white, living ch. No. 4, f. Larkin/Martin Baker, mo. Celina Cobb, NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[lxxii] Burial Records Westmoreland NH
[lxxiii] Burial Records Westmoreland NH
[lxxiv] Birth Record Albert Sprague Baker- b. 29 Sep 1833 in Westmoreland, male, white, ch no. 5, f. Larkin Baker, mo. Celina Cobb, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[lxxv] Death Record Albert S Baker, d. 15 Sep 1895 in Middleton, NH, 60y 11m 15d, b. Westmoreland, male, white, widowed, Farmer, Spinal Meningitis, burial Medford, f. Larkin Baker, mo. Celina Cobb, both born Westmoreland, occupation of father – judge, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH;
[lxxvi] Marriage Record Albert C Baker & Carrie F Locke 27 Nov 1860 in Somerville, MA, both reside Somerville, both a26, He is listed as a machinist, He was b. Westmoreland parents Larkin & Celina, She was b. Rye, NH, parents Joseph & Martha original image via Massachusetts Marriages, 1841-1915, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[lxxvii] Birth Record Carrie F Locke - History of the Town of Rye, NH, by Langdon B. Parsons, (1905) pg 436; Record not found at NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH;
[lxxviii] Death Record Carrie F Baker 8 Apr 1882 Cambridge, MA, female, married, 47y, Hyper Catharsis, b. Rye, NH, parents Joseph Locke & Olive, b. Rye, NH original image via Massachusetts Deaths 1841-1915 New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org [indexed as “Carrie P. Baker”]
[lxxix] Birth Record Carrie F Locke
[lxxx] Burial Record Locke Family Grave Marker Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA Lot #340
[lxxxi] 1860 US Census Somerville MA; 1870 US Census Somerville MA; 1873 Somerville Directory; 1876 Somerville Directory
[lxxxii] 1880 US Census Cambridge MA
[lxxxiii] Burial Record Locke Family Grave Marker; Death Record Hannah S Pigott d. 21 Jun 1898, Boston, MA, m.n. Locke,, Husb. Richard Piggott, 48y 3m 7d, Mitral Regurgitation, 299 Havre St., d. at home, b. Rye, NH dau Joseph Locke & Olive Berry both b. Rye NH via AmericanAncestors.org; 1855 Massachusetts Census Charlestown MA
[lxxxiv] US Patent # 161853- Albert S. Baker
[lxxxv] Birth Record William Alson Baker b. 10 Mar 1837 Westmoreland, male, white, living, ch no 6, Larkin Baker, mo. Celina Cobb NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[lxxxvi] Birth Record Mary Elmina Baker b. Oct 10 1839 Westmoreland, female, white, ch no. 7. F. Larkin Baker mo. Celina Cobb NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[lxxxvii] Her grave is not marked with the other family members in the family plot or in Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Westmoreland Historical Society, 1989, p. 26, but see page 352 under burial records, “*Baker, Dau of Judge Larkin, Apr 1, 1852”
[lxxxviii] Birth Sarah Josephine Baker - Record not found at NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow); 1900 US Census Arlington, MA; Corrina, ME Cemetery Record via town clerk Pamela Parlee – Corrina Center Cemetery, Lot 88, Josephine S. Farr, f: Larkin Baker, mo: Sarah Fobb, a82, 17 Dec 1923;
[lxxxix] Marriage Record Josie S Baker & Elijah Farr 2 May 1864 in Westmoreland, NH He was 26 b. Bradford, VT, son of Daniel Farr & Mary Tapin, His 2nd, Her 1st, dau of Larkin Baker & Celina Cobb, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xc] Will of Larkin Baker
[xci] Will of Sarah Baker
[xcii] Marriage Record Elijah Farr & Nellie J Hardy  7 Feb 1894 in Gilsum, NH, He lived in Westmoreland, a55, 3rd, Farmer, b. Bradford, VT, “widower [unclear what is says after], son of Daniel Farr & Maria Farr, She is 32, 3rd, divorced, dau of Joseph & Elizabeth Nash, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xciii] Death Record Elijah Farr 25 Jun 1912 in Keene, NH [more on record] NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xciv] Corrina, ME Cemetery Record
[xcv] Birth Record Bertie L D Farr b. 7 Dec 1871 Westminster, Windham, Vermont, mo: Josephine S. Baker b. Westmoreland, NH Fa: Elijah Farr b. Bradford, Farmer, Res: Westminster, VT via Familysearch.org
[xcvi] Marriage Record Albert L Farr & Helen E Eaton 6 Jan 1892 in Fitchburg, MA, he had parent’s consent, a20, She was 21, Farmer, Dressmaker, b. Westminster, VT b. Fitchburg, son of Elijah Far & Josephine S. (Baker), dau of Abel & Abbie (Case), 1st for both, CS Brook Clergyman of Firchburg via New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[xcvii] 1900 US Census Arlington MA
[xcviii] 1900 US Census Arlington MA
[xcix] 1920 US Census Corinna ME; 1930 US Census Corinna ME; 1940 US Census Dexter ME. 
[c] Corrina, ME Cemetery Record Albert L. Farr (1871-1945)

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WILLIAM ALSON BAKER
was born on 10 Mar 1837 in Westmoreland, Cheshire Co, NH, son of Judge Larkin Baker & Celina Cobb.[i] He married CORNELIA DEVINE CANNON, born about Dec 1840-2,[ii] daughter of a Cambridge, MA, glass cutter and daguerreotypist, John Cannon and his wife, Cornelia Devine on 9 Aug 1862 in Cambridge, MA.[iii]  William and Cornelia divorced in Sept 1882. His physical abuse and affair with Ellen S. Horne was deemed just cause.[iv] William married Ellen S. Horne on 16 Dec 1882 in Cambridge, MA.[v] Cornelia died 7 Sep 1884 in Wakefield, NH.[vi] William & Ellen separated by Sept 1888, [vii] and apparently divorced by 1893 as he married 3rd, his former book-keeper Olive A. Barnes.[viii] He died 23 Mar 1897 in Cambridge, MA.[ix]
 
William grew up in the more affluent neighborhood of Park Hill in Westmoreland, NH. His life, no doubt, took a traumatic turn between the ages of 14-17 years old when in that short period of time he lost his mother, 3 sisters and a brother.[x] This left only his father, his brother Albert Sprague Baker, and his sister Sarah Josephine (Baker) Farr. As late as 1860, he is noted in Westmoreland, NH with his father,[xi] and then next appears in Aug 1862 as an “attendant” living in Somerville, MA when he marries Cornelia in Cambridge, MA.[xii] Three days later, William enters the Civil War.[xiii]
 
Civil War Service
 
Several sources piece together his entire military service. [xiv] 12 Aug 1862, William A. Baker was mustered into service as a Corporal in the Union Army for an intended service of 3 years. The “Somerville Guard” was under the Command of Frederick R. Kinsley in Company E. 39th Infantry Regiment.  They originally went to camp in Lynnfield, MA, and after Boxford, MA leaving there on 6 Sep 1862 for Washington, DC. They arrived in DC on 8 Sep and on the 9th were ordered to Long Bridge at Camp Chase where they remained guarding the line of the Potomac, the City of Washington & other points in the area through the beginning of July 1863.
 
Just prior to leaving DC in Jun 1863, it seems William Baker may have been injured and consequently reduced to a Private, or perhaps that was for another reason unknown, but on 9 Jul 1863, William’s Regiment leaves for Harper’s Ferry without him. While the book written by John H. Dusseault raises the question if this is true, stating they only left behind JJ Giles in Washington, DC, William Baker’s military file states otherwise. Company muster roll sheets state he was present in both May & June, but on July & Aug he is absent, reported sick since 9 Jul 1863 and in Washington, DC. Rolls for Sep & Oct say sick 2 Jul 1863.
 
The military record states he was transferred to the 2nd Co, 2nd Battalion VRC (Veteran Reserve Corps, originally the Invalid Corps) 9 Oct 1863, and on 26 Oct 1863 William is mustered out from Washington, DC for disability. The rolls continue and in Nov & Dec they are back to saying he was been sick since 9 July. The file states: "Permanent lameness of left leg owing to partial confraction of flexor muscles of thigh, the result of injury". A “confraction” is an old obsolete word meaning ‘a breaking into pieces.
 
Alfred S. Roe states on page 390 in 39th Massachusetts, "The Thirty-ninth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, 1862-1865," that William was a “Hospital Attendant”. His compiled military record states nothing about being a hospital attendant, nor has a record been found that states that; however, it is possible this is in reference to his civilian life prior to entering service. His marriage record does list his occupation as an “attendant” and his only brother was in fact a hospital attendant/assistant at “McLean Asylum” as early as 1860.[xv] Of course, it is also possible he did light duty in the field hospital after he was injured, or both.
 
Life after the War
 
In the ten years after his discharge, William begins to settle into life and business in Cambridge, MA. In November of 1863, he is a witness on his mother-in-law’s executrix papers for John Cannon’s estate who had passed away of consumption on 6 Oct 1863.[xvi] William begins work as a machinist as early as 1864,[xvii] and lives in various places in Cambridge & Somerville for several years.[xviii] On the 1870 Census, he is listed in Somerville, as a Machinist. Cornelia, Kate, Josie, Albert & William are with them as well as Annie Barrett, a domestic servant, and his first cousin, Charles B. Wooley a23, also a machinist. In the 1870 Cambridge Directory, he is listed on Gore St and had listed his own machine shop named W.A. Baker & Co,[xix] but the very next year 1871, he listed as a real estate broker in Union Square,[xx] and a “trader” in Sep 1871.[xxi] Apparently, it wasn’t going well as on 5 Mar 1872, he filed bankruptcy.[xxii]
 
The bankruptcy file, case# 2549 in the District of Massachusetts indicates he had very few assets.[xxiii] There was no property, & possessions only included: Day Book and Ledger, two chamber setts, one sofa, four stuffed chairs, fourteen caned sealed chairs, one dining room table, one centre table, one kitchen table, three stoves, one woolen carpet, one straw carpet, crockery, stove,  wooden, tin and iron ware.

Schedule A showing the names of creditors includes several local business owners, merchants, lawyers, real estate brokers, and his brother Albert S. Baker. Among the papers is a letter from Edward P. Osgood which states that he opposes the bankruptcy because in 1870 he purchased “sundry iron cartriges” for 400.00 still owing 191.25. He goes on to say the bankrupt willfully defrauded or caused to be purchased a house in Chester Square “which house he subsequently exchanged or traded for another house in Boston, and this said house was again exchanged for a farm – the title to which now stands in the name of the Bankrupt’s wife. That a portion of the purchase money employed in various purchases of real estate was derived from the sale of the cartridge aforesaid – all of which your Petitioner is prepared to prove.” Despite this, William was granted Bankruptcy in June of 1872,[xxiv] and was listed as a real estate agent in 1873.[xxv]
 
The 1875 Directory in Somerville, MA, states he is in “liquors”, [xxvi] and he’s filing bankruptcy again in May of that year.[xxvii] The District of Massachusetts, file 4465, states on Schedule A under real estate: Caroline L. Wight:  Medfield note secured by mortgage a farm in Medfield, note signed by William & Cornelia, the fee to the property at the time. The mortgage was given & belonged to Cornelia D. Baker. Value of securities 5000.00; Amount of debt 3900.00. In addition, this list of creditors includes West Boston savings Bank for 4000.00, and again several merchants, lawyers, tradesmen, real estate agents, as well as a saloon keeper, and his brother Albert S. Baker. Some purchases involved groceries, hay, grain, manure, horses, & horse shoeing. Some services include moving a building, carpentry, mason work, use of a pasture, real estate and lawyer fees. Schedule B lists five notes for money due to him. Also in this file was a document dated 15 Jan 1881 stating that in reference to the case filed, “No claims proved” at that time.[xxviii]
 
The Real Estate Business
 
Much research still needs to be done & confirmed with regard to the real estate business & land transactions of William Baker & Cornelia Baker. The Registry of Deeds in the counties of Middlesex, MA & Norfolk , MA need to be fully searched & deeds found need to be completely evaluated & analyzed. This is a huge “work in progress” as combined grantor & grantee deeds for William A. Baker & or Cornelia Baker in Middlesex County alone contain approximately 80 deeds.[xxix]
 
Moving to New Hampshire
 
In the spring of 1876, the family moved to Middleton, NH when they purchased a 100 acre farm from Plummer Burley for 2700.00 plus the taxes for 1876.[xxx] In Feb of 1878, they got a mortgage with the same man for 704.00 against the same property for 3 payments of 234.67 each payable in 6 [Sept 1878], 12 [Feb 1879] & 18 [Sept 1879] months.[xxxi] In Jun of 1878, they added another mortgage for 200.00 with Daniel S. Burley on the same property under the terms of “200 and interest payable semi-annually in 1 yr. [Dec 1878 & Jun 1879].[xxxii] Apparently, things weren’t going very well in New Hampshire either as William files bankruptcy AGAIN, this time in NH in 31 Aug 1878.[xxxiii]
 
The New Hampshire District Bankruptcy File #1219 contains only couple papers.[xxxiv] It was filed on 31 Aug 1878 at 8:45PM, which seems like an awfully strange time, but that is what it says. The file contains a petition stating debts from Albert F. Wood=554.20 in merchandise; Daniel J. Burley = 365.08 Money loaned & Charles A. Nooney = 309.70 for merchandise. All these men live in Wakefield, NH. Another paper goes on to say that William A. Baker filed bankruptcy “for the purpose and with the intent of delaying, defrauding and hindering our collections, has concealed, transferred, sold, assigned & conveyed his property so as to avoid its being attached”. The researcher has not seen any property transferals in or about Aug 1878.
 
The first of January 1879, William & Cornelia bought an additional 50 acres on the “westerly side of the Hollow” from Albert F. Wood.[xxxv] Twelve days later they mortgaged 150.00 against that property with Daniel S. Burley of Wakefield, NH,[xxxvi] and the next month bought another property known as the “Levi Hannaford Tan Yard” in Union, NH from Albert F. Wood for 800.00,[xxxvii] of which it seems he mortgaged 150.00 the following July with Plummer Burley.[xxxviii]
 
It seems that during this time period although William and his family are still in Middleton, William is commuting on the train to Boston to work as a stock broker.[xxxix] William suddenly pops up again in the 1879 Cambridge MA Directory after not being listed since 1876 & it states “Baker, William A. banker and stock broker, 42 Water, B.h. 30 Park”. He is not on the 1880 Cambridge Directory, but he can be found on the 1880 US Census in Middleton NH which lists him as a “farmer”.
 
For some strange reason William A. Baker is granted Guardianship over Albert Larkin Baker in Feb 1881 in Strafford County. Could it be because Sarah Baker, William’s step-mother, died 12 Sep 1880, & Albert L. Baker is named in her will? I suspect so. Especially since William took possession of the twenty-five dollars in the capacity of Guardian 4 Jun 1881.[xl]
 
One of the most telling records found was the divorce of William A. Baker & Cornelia Baker that includes a statement made on Cornelia’s behalf by her lawyer; it was then signed by her in Strafford County, NH during Apr 1882.[xli]
 
 The completely transcribed the document states:
 
State of New Hampshire
Strafford S.
To the Supreme Court
 
Cornelia D. Baker a resident and citizen of Middleton in said county of Strafford complains against William A. Baker, late of said Middleton and says that she was lawfully married to him on the ninth day of August 1862, -: that your libellant since their intermarriage has always behaved herself as a faithful, chaste, and affectionate wife, but that the said William A. Baker wholly regardless of his marriage covenant and duty on the first day of Sept 1880 at said Middleton and at said Dover in said county and on divers other days and times between that day and the filing of this libel at said Middleton and at a place called Somersworth, and at said Dover committed the crime of adultery with one Ellen S. Horne. That the said William A. Baker is and for a long time has been guilty of extreme cruelty to the said libellant and docs so treat. and for a long time Viz” from the first day of January 1880 has so treated her as serisly to injure her health and indanger her reason.
 
That the said William A. Baker has personal estate of the value of three hundred dollars. And real estate of the value of eight hundred dollars.
 
That said libellant resided and cohabitated with the said William A. Baker at said Middleton up to the time of the commission of said acts of adultery, and since that time she has resided at said Middleton, but separate and apart from the said libelee. Wherefore said Cornelia D. Baker prays that a divorce from the bonds of matrimony between herself and the said William A. Baker may be decreed. That a suitable provision may be made to her out of his estate and that he be suspended from interfering in any way with the possession of the above described property during the pending of this suit and that a omit of attachment may issue. authorizing the attachment of said property in the suit and for such other relief as may be just. [Signed]  Cornelia D. Baker”
 
Also included in the file is the final decree in which Cornelia received as alimony all of William’s interest in the following real estate, & also all the personal property of William A. Baker situate in Middleton consisting of all furniture, farm equipment, one horse, yoke of oxen, two cows, two heiffers, hay, grain, provisions, etc.
 
The Homestead farm of the said William A. Baker, situate in Middleton, in the county of Strafford and State of New Hampshire containing about one hundred acres with the building thereon, and being it the same premises conveyed to said William A. Baker by Plummer Burley by deed date April 28th 1876, and recorded in Strafford County Registrar of Deeds Book 263 Page 537.
 
Also another tract of land situate in said Middleton and containing about fifty acres and being the land conveyed to said William A. Baker by Albert F. Wood by deed dated January 1st 1879 and recorded in Strafford County Registry of Deeds, Book 262, Page 19.
 
Less than 3 months later William married Ellen S. Horne on 16 Dec 1882 in Cambridge, MA where it shows he now resides once more,[xlii] but he doesn’t show up in the Cambridge Directory until 1884.
The 1882 Boston Directory does shows “Barnes, McBurney, & Co. (W.H. Barnes, J.W. McBurney, H.W. Holbrook and L.B. Barnes) Stock brokers, 42 Water” which is the same place where William’s stock brokerage was listed in 1879,[xliii] and was again after this.[xliv]
 
At the time of William & Cornelia’s divorce all children are still minors, yet none are mentioned in the divorce file.[xlv] The calculated ages of the children are: Kate 17, Josie 15, Albert 13, William 12 & George 11. Cornelia is presumably a single Mom of 5, and trying to run a 150 acre farm.[xlvi]
 
While Cornelia received possession of the 150 acres, this did not absolve her of the debt of the farm, and the next February Plummer & Daniel S. Burley start foreclosure proceedings. That May they took possession of all 150 acres with the assistance of Sheriff John Greenfield & warrants for both William & Cornelia are issued.[xlvii]
 
I can’t say for certain where Cornelia & the children ended up between this event in May of 1883 & August of 1884, when as will be discussed shortly, William’s brother, Albert, purchases the homestead. I guess it is possible Cornelia & the children were allowed to stay on the farm in the interim, but I suppose they could have also gone to Union, NH & stayed at the “Levi Hannaford Tan Yard” which William still owned.[xlviii] It seems odd that this property wasn’t mentioned in the divorce, nor was it foreclosed upon in 1883, but the deed states that on 7 Apr 1890 the 150.00 mortgage was paid & discharged,[xlix]
 
Sadly, just two short years after the divorce on 7 Sep 1884 Cornelia D. Baker (recorded under Cordelia A. Baker) died in Wakefield, NH at age 41.[l]  The record says she was still married; died of inflammation of bowels, buried Cambridge Cemetery with her father, John Cannon, and others.[li]
 
It isn’t exactly clear what happened to the kids at this point, but William’s brother Albert S. Baker comes into the picture by purchasing both the homestead property & the additional 50 acres that was once William & Cornelia’s from Daniel S. Burley & Plummer Burley for 1600.00 two weeks before Cornelia passed away.[lii] It has lost 20 acres in the interim somewhere that is yet to be determined.[liii] His mortgage was with Plummer Burley for 1300.00.[liv] February 1885, Albert S. Baker sells William A. Baker one undivided half of the property back to him.[lv]
 
Meanwhile, William was still married to Ellen S. (Horne) & shows up in the 1884 Cambridge Directory under Baker, William A. stock broker (403 Devonshire, B.) house 236 Putnam, & The 1885 Cambridge Directory “Baker, Wm A. stock broker (403 Devonshire, B.), h. 13 Tufts”.
 
In Dec 1885 William & Ellen Baker purchase the house on 30 Park St in Cambridge, MA from Harriet J. Whitney. [lvi] Both William & Ellen became involved in & held Officer positions 1884-1886 with the Pilgrim Father’s Harvard Colony No. 60 which was, in short, a group insurance association.  The 1886 Cambridge Directory lists “Baker, Wm A. stock broker (42 Water St B.) [B = Boston] h. 30 Park St” [Cambridge] & 1887 Cambridge Directory lists under Baker “Wm. A. stock broker (42 Water St, B.) h. 30 Park”.
 
In checking for the sons of William & Cornelia, it seems Albert & George show up Massachusetts as they turn 21.[lvii] The 1890 Cambridge Directory Albert L Baker is a candy maker residing at 30 Park St. with his father William A, stock broker and banker working at 32 Water St., and the 1892 Somerville Directory has an Albert L Baker as a Shipping Clerk living at 314 Broadway at Cambridge. Also listed at that address is George Baker, the brother of Albert, listed as a Mail Clerk.
 
Hazen Bill Bribery Case
 
It shouldn’t be a huge surprise at this point, that in October of 1887 William finds himself in a bit more trouble. He was one of several accused of offering bribes to individuals in the New Hampshire Legislator in regard to the Hazen & Atherton railroad bills. The Hazen Bill was sponsored by B & M Railroad; The Atherton Bill was sponsored by the Concord Railroad. The Hazen Bill initially passed but was vetoed. The bills are rather complicated, but in short, both bills had some common factors; both held protection & compensation for stockholders, both forbid an increase fairs or fees, and both forbid foreign companies from conducting any railroad business in the state. From there is gets more complicated.[lviii]
 
In William’s particular case, he was accused of bribing his cousin, William J Reed, a NH Representative to vote toward Hazen Bill.[lix] The following book outlines the entire investigation and testimony in detail,  State of New Hampshire June Session Proceedings and Testimony report of the Judiciary Committee of the House; Investigations of Charges of Bribery of Members of the Legislature, which can be found on google books. William’s case begins on page 25, and is sporadically mentioned throughout the book. The following summary of information is written from it. Reed’s testimony contains the bulk of the testimony, but is also followed by Sinclair, Jones & Woolley.
 
William J. Reed, a member of the House first testifies he is not there without a summons, and his testimony is not voluntary. He says he went to Boston sometime after the middle of July on business. It was just before supper when he arrived; he had supper and stayed overnight with a business colleague. The next day the man he had stayed over with asked him to go to downtown with him, and he went. They “passed the street of a certain broker”. Reed asked to be excused from stating his name. The inquirers then ask for the street, and Reed is not happy with complying stating “He is a friend of mine, and never before was put in a place where I ever went back on a friend. Now that is just where it is, but if you insist I can do it. I suppose I shall have to.” Reed states that William's business sign on Water St. reads "W.A. Baker".
 
Reed goes on to testify that he and his business colleague discussed Baker had a place there. They decided to stop in for a short visit planning to stay only about 15 or 20 minutes. Reed having not seen Baker for 5 yrs; Woolley not seeing him for 2 yrs. While there, Reed says it was discussed he was in the Legislator & Baker brought up the railroad fight wanting to know which way Reed thought. Reed had replied he hadn’t made up his mind yet when Baker, according to Reed said “Well, there is a pretty good chance for you to make some money”.
 
Apparently Baker went on to imply he could pay Reed for his vote toward a particular direction, first offering 1,000, then 2,000, then 3,000. Reed states he replied “You hold on, I do not know about this. That is a pretty large sum of money.”
 
Reed says it was tempting but he had thought up until that point regarding the Hazen Bill that it would cause a monopoly and be bad for the state. Reed goes on to say, Baker went higher and higher in price, finally offering 5,000. Reed left it with Baker that he would think about it, and if he was interested would let him know. Then he and his associate left.
 
Reed says that he and his associate conducted their business as planned, and he took the train home. His last words to his associate being “I shall think this matter over very carefully, and you can rest assured that I shall do nothing but what I think is right”. He states by the time he got home he had decided to have nothing to do with it. Reed thought about telling his wife but opted out of that. Reed states he wrote a letter to his business colleague soon after stating “On the matter of which we talked I have decided that I shall take no further action. I have a wife and a boy and myself, and to-day I stand clean, and I intend to do so.”
 
He says about that same time, he was beginning to see other men “being got around” by sharp men and if Baker “could put such a plausible story on me, they might on others.”  He goes on to say he ran in to Mr. Moore and told him that he had “become acquainted with a little transaction that looks to me very crooked, and it has been practised on an honest man, and I don’t like the looks of it”. In that circumstance Reed was talking about something he had overheard about another gentleman. Reed then shared his own story about what happened with Baker. He concludes he has “taken steps ever since not to be brought out, but I am here, and I have testified; that is all I have to say.”
 
The inquirers are not done with him yet though, they clarify the broker’s name was William A. Baker, and that the business associate was Charles B. Woolley. Further, they ask if Reed had seen Baker since, and discussed this. Reed replied “Yes, sir”.
 
He states he went to Boston again on different business, and stopped in to see Mr. Baker. Reed is a little wishy-washy here first stating he had his mind made up what he should do, but then stating he didn’t know if he might change his mind somewhat, as he “was not certain, but partly”.
 
Reed says “I went this time to satisfy myself, if I could, whether he was in that business or not of buying men, and I must say that I don’t think that he has made offers to anybody else. It may be in one town, but I have no knowledge of it.”
 
Beginning on page 33, Reed begins to discuss that he knew Baker all his life growing up in Westmoreland and went to school with him from about age 10-14, but Baker was older, and must be near 50. They discuss if there was anything in their history that would make Baker think he could bribe Reed & if Reed had ever known him to do that type of thing before. Reed denied, but said Baker told him he had “used money and knew how to do it” and offers to discuss whose money he said he used, going on to name “Mr. Frank Jones and Mr. Charles Sinclair”.
 
They question why Reed sent that note to Woolley & if Woolley was involved. They question if Baker knew which side Reed was on. Then they ask more about the second time Reed went to Baker’s office.
 
Reed says he went in there and they discussed the business of how the stock market worked, and then Baker asked “Is there any sugar up round there?” and if any fellows were taking any.
 
Reed replied “It looks to me as though some of them had sucked a little.” Then Reed asked Baker if he meant what he said before and Baker answered that he did. Reed questioned Baker as to how this kind of thing is done so that no one finds out. Baker says Reed could pick a stock on the board.
 
Reed then questions Baker on his authority and Baker states “If you will stay here fifteen minutes, I will have Charlie Sinclair in here.”
 
Reed says “no, I haint got to that point; I guess I will go” and left.
 
The testimony then discusses that Reed is a shipper of produce and Woolley's business is a dealer in provisions such as produce, vegetables & poultry in Boston. They question if Baker is a ‘curbstone’ broker or on a large scale. Reed states Baker had a stock board there and was conversing with NY. They questioned if Baker was “a man of property or not?” Reed said he thought he “has fair property, and in a fair way of making a good deal more”. They finally dissect Baker & Reed are cousins (p. 38).
 
Reed testified he heard William was a responsible man there as a broker for 5 or 6 years, and prior to that sometimes William was at the “top of the heap and sometimes...”, pretty near to the bottom. Reed said, Baker went to war as a boy from Somerville and has lived in East Cambridge, Somerville and Cambridge. As a boy he was a machinist and ran a business for himself then became a speculator. Reed recalls:
 
“He began to invest some money in land in Somerville, and any of you gentlemen who are acquainted with Somerville know that about that time there was quite a craze for investing in real estate in Somerville, and gentlemen that have held that real estate are worth something to day. He invested, on margins, what little he got, and there came a hard time, as you all know, later on, and when he supposed he had several thousand dollars in property I think he had it on mortgages mostly. He controlled a good deal of property, any way, and when these hard times came on it shut him off. There was where he was, and he had to get on his feet again. He has got there now, gentlemen. I don't know what he is worth — nothing about it.” (p. 40)
 
Reed was questioned if they were on good terms, and replied he did not want to be here to testify and that yes they had been, but "Well, he has not been quite my style of man, I might say that."
 
When asked “What is the trouble with the man?”
   
Reed said "Well, that ain't my style". When pressed he said Baker was "considered a kind of sharp fellow. I don’t know as you could call that anything against him."
 
It was asked if he was "shady", and Reed didn't know what that meant but upon clarification if he was “a little disreputable?” Reed said "No, not that way. I regarded him as a pretty sharp man and I think that if I should have dealings with him that I should-".
 
The inquirer then asked if Baker was “A little dangerous?”
 
Reed replied “No; I should look out for him as one business man would look out for another. I should not take any friendship in it. I should have it fixed; that is all. He is that kind of man. I should have it fixed.”
 
“Wouldn’t take his word of honor?”
 
Reed:  “I should rather have it fixed up or down.”
 
They go on to question how Baker said he had used Frank Jones’ money before. Reed says Baker “is a Republican. I didn’t suppose Republicans could ever be bought; but he said at the time Frank Jones was up for Governor[,] Baker had 300 of his money, and the result was that about twenty republicans of his town went the other way; that is all. I told him I didn’t think he was a very good Republican.” They questioned what town this was and Reed said Baker lived in Union or Union Village, in the town of Wakefield (p. 43-44).
 
Charles Sinclair’s testimony actually starts on p. 95, but on p. 145 calls Baker a "curbstone" broker who buys and sells mortgages. He states he did not know Baker intimately and doesn’t remember seeing him for 3 yrs. He also reports he has only spoken to Baker not more than 2 or 3 times in his life. Sinclair insists there was not one dollar of business through others between them in the last 3 yrs.
 
Sinclair states William cannot leave Boston, but has written an affidavit (p. 163-4), which is not included in the book. Sinclair’s partner in one of his businesses, Mr Cooke of Salem, had notified Sinclair he should come see Baker but Sinclair had declined seeing him and said “that I wanted nothing to do with him whatever”. Apparently, William had gone into their place of business after Reed’s testimony was published in the local paper, and stated it was false from beginning to end, and he was willing to give an affidavit to that effect.
 
On p. 182, they revisit why Baker can’t come to New Hampshire. Sinclair says it has come to light why & that they are “very good reasons” but that he does not “think it is necessary or proper” to share them with the court. He goes on to say that Mr. Baker referenced Reed had been in an insane asylum, and should be there now.
 
On p. 202, Sinclair decides to tell the reason why “There is an indictment hanging over Mr. Baker: he has been arrested for debt” Sinclair implies he does not consider him a decent man. He goes on to say he learned years ago Baker sold a mortgage to a friend that was fraudulent, about 4-6 years ago. Sinclair states “I do not think Mr. Jones ever had any business connections with Mr. Baker” Upon questioning as to how Sinclair would know that Sinclair states “I live with him, in business with him, a partner with him, and I think I might know something of his business.”  Questioned further it is noted Sinclair may not know all there is to know about Jones political business.
 
Frank Jones testimony resumes on p. 241 & later in it on p. 256 Baker is bought up again, and the question is asked “Do you know anything about a broker by the name of Baker?”
 
Jones states “I should not know that name if he came in here. I never spoke to him in my life. He lived up in Strafford county for a number of years, and I used to see him on the train, back and forth.”
 
“Did you have any business with him?”
 
“Never. I never spoke with him in my life.” Jones insisted.
 
Jones goes on to state he never authorized anyone to employ or negotiate with Baker, and to his knowledge Baker never handled his money. Then he says “I don’t know how he came to handle my money without speaking to him. I understood that he was a questionable character, and therefore I never wished to speak to the gentleman.”
 
“Do you know anything about his living in Wakefield?”
 
Jones shares, “I knew he came down on the Great Falls & Conway road. Where he lived I cannot say. It was up in that section of the country somewhere.”
 
Wooley’s testimony [Woolley], Wednesday, Oct 19, 1887, begins on page 450:
 
Woolley resides in Boston & been in business there 7 years at 25-31 Washington Market on Washington St. He states he was a NH man, native of Westmoreland. He has been acquainted with William J. Reed since school-boy days, and they have business connections. Reed supplies Woolley with produce.
 
They ask if he knows “A.S. Baker in Boston”
 
He says “No.” [This is amusing as “A.S. Baker” was William’s brother, although he didn’t live in Boston, but of course he knew him]
 
They ask do you know any broker in Boston named Baker?
 
Woolley answers “Yes”.
 
They ask his full name & he says “W. A. Baker” on Water Street. He says he has known him since he was a boy.
 
They ask “Is his [brokerage] what some men would phrase “a bucket shop?”
 
He answers, “I hardly think so. I could not give that on authority.”
 
They discuss the day Reed & Whoolley went to see Baker. Whoolley identifies it as the day Mr Hill, vice-president of the NY Stock Exchange, dropped dead.
 
Whoolley backs up Reed’s testimony to a certain extent but does not recall discussing Jones buying votes up north, and remembers it more like Baker was just telling him what Reed could do or get not that Baker would give it or had any authority to give it from anyone else. Whooley confirms all three are cousins, and that Baker’s office was near the back of the post office. The call to visit Baker was simply because they were relatives. Whoolley states: “Well, knowing Mr. Baker as I did, I thought perhaps he had no authority for making any offers.”
 
Whoolley is then asked “Is this Baker a sort of adventurer?”
 
The answer was “I should call him so”.
 
“Is he what you might call an irresponsible man in matters of integrity?”
 
Whoolley answered “Well, I could hardly say that.”
 
“Well what do you mean by adventurer?”
 
Whoolley answers: “I cannot say he is an adventurer now; but there was a time when he was in all kinds of business- different kinds of business, running from one to another, and not very successful in any. That is what I meant by being an adventurer.”
 
He states he understood Baker was doing quite a business as a broker and that his personal appearance had quite improved. Whoolley and Reed both testified there was a NY stock board on the wall in Baker’s office, and it looked as though he was prospering and running a legitimate stock broker’s office.[lx]
 
As previously mentioned, the affidavit is not included in the book. Naturally, the researcher wondered if it was in the original file. At this point in time, the location of the original file has not been confirmed as being in the New Hampshire State Archives.
 
Just for clarification, the all three were first cousins on their mother’s sides.[lxi] William J. Reed's parents were John Reed and Eunice Cobb.[lxii] Charles B. Woolley was the son of Aaron B. (Burr) Woolley & Semira Cobb,[lxiii] both sisters of Celina Cobb, William's mother.[lxiv]
 
There is also an article in the New York Times, 3 Nov 1887 titled "Hazen Bill Bribers" which states at the end "In the cases of brokers Baker and Mosely, of Boston, the minority believe that while they did attempt to corruptly influence members, they were acting without authority and were actuated by personal motives." The Journals of the Honorable Senate is not quite so polite when it states in Vol 2, 1887, pg 903-904 states:

 "It was shown that Baker is a person of very questionable reputation. His conversation with Mr. Reed, we think, was the irresponsible vaporing of a disreputable adventurer, who was absolutely unconnected with any one interest in the railroad bills."
 
Life after the Bribery Case
 
According to the 1887-1890 Cambridge Directories, Miss Olive A. Barnes is a bookkeeper at 42 Water St. in Cambridge, MA. She is not listed in the 1891-1893 Cambridge Directories, but her mother is listed at 9 Park St, a short distance from 30 Park St where William lived.
 
I do not feel it is a coincidence that Olive Barnes has been working for William when in September 1888, Ellen Baker files for Separate’s Support.[lxv] The record doesn’t say much, but a document in the file sent to William says “that for justifiable cause she is living apart from you and praying that you may be prohibited from imposing any restraint on her personal liberty, and ordered to furnish suitable support for her.”
 
Another document states “that her husband fails, without just cause, to furnish suitable support for her, --and has deserted her, --and that your petitioner, for justifiable cause, is actually living apart from her husband.” On 15 Oct 1888, it was ordered that William A. Baker pay Ellen twenty five dollars in October of 1888. Nothing else was in the file, and a divorce decree was not found in Middlesex County MA or Strafford County NH.
 
William can be found in a few records from 1890-1895. The 1890 Veteran schedule lists him as a Corporal Co E Reg 39 Aug 12 1862-Oct 26 1863 1y 2m 14d; it doesn’t state where or how he was disabled.[lxvi] The 1890 Cambridge Directory lists him as a Banker & Stockbroker at 42 Water St., and his residence as 30 Park St. As well, The Blue Book of Cambridge in 1890, 1891 & 1895 list William A. Baker at 30 Park St., Cambridgeport. He is not listed in 1896.
 
On 6 Sep 1893, William A. Baker married in Cambridge for the third time, his previous employee, Olive A (Barnes).[lxvii] The record states he is a broker & his parents are listed as Larkin Baker & Celina Cobb. It states he is 49 years old, but he is actually 56. She is 28, and the daughter of Martin Barnes and Mary Witham. It was his third and her first marriage.[lxviii]
 
2 Dec 1893, William runs for Mayor of Cambridge, but it seems it was tongue and cheek to perhaps everyone except him. Boston Journal [newspaper], Page 1:
 
SPRUNG HIS NAME
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New Candidate for the Moy-
oralty in Cambridge
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William A. Baker Comes Out on
“Republican Union” Papers.
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A Claim That It Is to Throw Cold
Water on Mayor Bancroft
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The quite long article goes on to state in part ….
 
“…the papers placing Baker in nomination were signed by about 200 citizens, and 140 were certified as being legal voters. The list was headed by Horace K. Osborn, who was a candidate on the Republican ticket for the Legislature in the last State election and was defeated”………..“A letter was attached to the nomination papers, signed by Mr. Baker, stating that he would accept the nomination for Mayor on nominations papers.”…….”Mayor Bancroft’s friends claim that it is a ‘put up job’ to throw cold water on his election and was instigated by a few disgruntled anti-workers in the Republican party who have no appreciation of the work of Bancroft’s administration.
   
A reporter called at the house of Mr. Baker on Park Street last evening, and in answer to questions Mr. Baker said that he did not seek the nomination. The first idea, he said, of any such thing coming about was on last Wednesday, when a committee of citizens waited upon him and desired to use his name…..The city had been canvased, he was told, and something like 2000 votes had been pledged for him.
 
Mr. Baker said that he was no catspaw and was a candidate solely on his merits. Mr. Baker is a veteran of the war, having gone to the front with Company E, Thirty-ninth Regiment, a Somerville company, and has resided in Cambridge since the war. He is a member of Post 186, G.A.R., and his business is that of a stock broker.”
 
Bancroft creamed him, 5638 to 167, winning the election on 12 Dec 1893.[lxix]
 
In 1894 several grantor deeds appear for 30 Park St,[lxx] and on 7 Apr 1890 the 150.00 mortgage for the “Levi Hannaford Tan Yard” in Union, NH was discharged.[lxxi] No sale for that property was found under William A. Baker.
 
15 Sep 1895, William’s brother, Albert S. Baker died of Spinal Meningitis at the age of 60 in Middleton, NH.[lxxii] He was on the Middleton School Committee in 1890,[lxxiii] and in 1892 was running a boardinghouse called “Hillside Farm”.[lxxiv] Although, the 1892 Atlas Map of Middleton, NH shows the house still owned by William A. Baker.[lxxv]
 
Feb 1896 William A. Baker & his wife Olive sell the one undivided half of the Middleton, NH Farm that had lately been called Albert S. Baker Place to Henry Doane for “one dollar & other considerations”.[lxxvi] We can see from a deed on 29 Apr 1897, that his Administrator, Samuel Parker of Farmington, NH, sells Daniel S. Burley back the 130 acre property then known as the “Albert S. Baker Place” for 12.00 worth of equity.[lxxvii]
 
23 Mar 1897 William died at his home in Arlington, Ma while apparently playing solitaire.[lxxviii]  He is buried in Cambridge Cemetery on Willow St with the Barnes Family.[lxxix]
 
The Administration of His Estate.
 
William did not leave a will and the administration of his estate took four years, not finalizing until May of 1901.[lxxx] The original file indicates William A. Baker Jr was appointed administrator just a few days within his father's death, after the decline of Olive. However, in 1899 he was removed after not completing the inventory.
 
The next of kin listed as of 5 Apr 1897 are:
  • Olive A. Baker widow, 30 Park St. Cambridge - "Widow has declined to serve as administrator"
  • Mabel K. Moulton, daughter, no address just -Salem  [signs "Mabelle K. Moulton"]
  • Josie M. Waldron, daughter Fairmont Ave Cambridge [signs "Jossie M. Waldron"]
  • Albert L. Baker, son, 101 Elm St. Cambridge
  • William A. Baker Jr., son, River St. Cambridge
  • George C. Baker, son, 782 Mass Ave Cambridge
 
The papers are extensive and include various creditors, stocks, assets, etc. Real Estate is consistently listed as none. In the end, the debts pretty much equal the assets, leaving nothing for the family. Various papers state rent/lease was due for Water St=100.00; also mentions he had a US pension check; lists hundreds of thousands of shares with “no value” or “little or no value”, a couple with “value uncertain.
 
A few interesting assets include:
  • Amount of personal property according to inventory  360.00
  • Cash in bank 140.91 [not included in inventory by appraisers]
  • Cash in safe  770.00
  • Cash in house 7.92
  • US Pension check 18.00
 
A few debts include: [There are many more, some for quite large amounts.]
  • ?  EE Ware Bookkeeper 140.00 salary
  • George C. Baker 60.00 salary
  • Stamps .79
  • Miss Buckley 2 weeks salary as operator 21.00
  • Rent Water St. 100.00
  • Undertakers bill 147.00
 
Some of his personal items included:
  • 2 Desks, 2 common office chairs; 3 Hoglo? stools, 2 stock boards, 1 clock; 1 copying press, telegraph instrument, & time stamp all total 100.00.
  • Two parts chamber sets, Toilet set, carpet, one chamber set, 4 chairs, one rocker, two plush chairs and carpets, Hall stand and table, Side board and mirror, Stove, two tables and four chairs, One barrell sugar, part of dinner set, Barrell, tubs, casks of vinegar, wheelbarrow, rake, coal crates, etc = total value 160.00
 
It seems shortly after William’s death, Ellen moved to Dover, NH where she can be found on the Directories for 1900-1904. The 1900 census lists her in Somersworth, NH. Ellen never remarried & died 13 Jan 1904 per the 1905 Dover NH Directory. She has a Strafford County NH Probate file as well as a Massachusetts Probate file.[lxxxi] From the Strafford County file we can see her father was named administrator and that she had significant inventory including 370.00 in stocks & bonds, 2871.02 in Savings & 53.00 in debt owed to her. Her personal estate was solvent 3294.12. No real estate property is listed.[lxxxii]
 
Olive remained in Cambridge for over a decade, then Arlington, then Malden, the latter places with her sister Esther Witham.[lxxxiii] She filed for Veteran’s Pension support in 1918.[lxxxiv] As late as the 1929 Malden Directory, Olive is with her sister at 69 Maude St. Olive’s sister, Esther, dies in Mar 20, 1930,[lxxxv] & within weeks on 9 Apr 1930, Olive is noted in Danvers State Hospital, Middleton, MA on the 1930 Census.[lxxxvi] She likely remained there through to the 1940 census in Danvers which lists her with an incorrect age, but then she is crossed off along with several others.[lxxxvii] It does indicate she was there in 1935, but because she was crossed of, we don’t know. Olive never remarried, but on both the 1930 & 1940 censuses it states she is still married. She died 4 Dec 1941 78y according to the Cambridge Cemetery Records.[lxxxviii]
 
William A. Baker and Cornelia Ann (Cannon) had the following children:
 
1. KATE MABEL BAKER b: 12 Sep 1864 Cambridge, MA.[lxxxix] She married HERMAN L. MOULTON likely very young as she was only 17 when she gave birth.[xc] In 1897, she is recorded in her father’s estate papers & was listed in the Salem Directory.[xci] She is still listed in Lynn, MA on the 1900 US Census, but marries 2nd ALEXANDER REID 12 Mar 1901 in Derry, NH.[xcii] It seems they were at least separated by the 1910 US Census of Salem, MA. Kate “Mabel” died 31 Jan 1911 in Salem, MA.[xciii]
       i. ELLA EMM MOULTON b: 5 Mar 1883.[xciv] m1: ALBERT J. ROBERTSON.[xcv] m2: FRANK
          L. KEMP.
[xcvi]
 
2. JOSIE MAY BAKER b: 25 Sep 1866.[xcvii] m: PHILIP M. WALDRON, son of Alexander & Margaret Waldron on 4 Feb 1892 in Cambridge, MA.[xcviii] She died 19 Jun 1908 in Providence, RI.[xcix] On the 1900 US Census they were all in Lynn, but by 1910 US Census Phillip is a widower with the children in Providence, RI. He also has a “companion” Sarah M. Leeman, age 44, a widow, born in ME. Philip died in 1918.[c]
       i. PHILIP MALCOM WALDRON JR. b: 18 Oct 1892 in Connecticut & died 19 Apr 1961.[ci]
      ii. MARGARET B. WALDRON b: Sep 1893 in Connecticut.[cii]
     iii. MARIAN RUTH ANNIE WALDRON b: 19 Sep 1903 in Lynn, MA.[ciii] d: 29 Mar 1904 in
          Lynn, MA.[civ]
 
3. ALBERT LARKIN BAKER b: 3 Jun 1868 in Somerville, MA.[cv] m: ANNIE MABEL COLE 5 Jul 1892 in Manhattan, NY.[cvi] He died on 10 Oct 1941 at Malden Hospital of a Coronary Occlusion at the age of 73yrs 4mo & 6 days.[cvii] He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA.[cviii] Mabel was born on 9 Feb 1874 in Cambridge, MA, daughter of Arthur & Annie Cole.[cix] She died on 12 Sep 1961 in Medford, MA of Cancer of the Bowel at the age of 87yrs 7mo & 3 days.[cx] She was buried on 14 Sep 1961 in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA.[cxi]  Click here
 
4. WILLIAM ALSON BAKER JR. b: 25 Dec 1870 in Somerville, MA.[cxii] m: EVALENA LALIA BURGESS on 18 Jun 1902 in Cambridge, MA, daughter of William Burgess & Mary Simmonds. [cxiii]
He was 14 when his mother passed away in 1884 & was the Administrator on his father’s estate in 1897.[cxiv] On the 1900 US Census, he was a clerk in real estate agency & lived on 94 Magazine St. as a lodger with Moore Baker & his daughter.[cxv] By the 1910 US Census, they removed to Carlton City, NV where he was a manager in a dry goods store. During the 1920 & 1930 US Censuses they were in Los Angeles, CA where he was a service manager. He died 25 Apr 1956 in Los Angeles, CA & they are buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, CA.[cxvi]
       i.  PHYLLIS BAKER b: 29 Oct 1904 in Portsmouth, NH.[cxvii] m: Mr. EVALENKO
           d: 5 Mar 1990.[cxviii]
      ii.  ADELAIDE BAKER b: 1907 probably in Portsmouth, NH.[cxix]
 
5. GEORGE CLINTON BAKER b: 12 Sep 1871 in Somerville, MA[cxx] m: ANNIE ELIZABETH (ORMISTON) MORRISON, widow of Allen Morrison, on 11 Dec 1895 in Cambridge, MA.[cxxi]. On the 1900 US Census they were on Austin Place in Cambridge, MA, but were separated by 1910.[cxxii] The 1920 US Census shows him in the home of his daughter Cornelia Russell in Somerville, MA and in 1940 he is with his other daughter in New Jersey. He died 27 Jan 1953 and is buried with his sister Josie in Rhode Island.[cxxiii]
       i. CORNELIA DEVINE BAKER b: 3 Sep 3 1896 in Salem, MA.[cxxiv] m: JASON LESTER RUSSELL
          1 Jul 1916 in Somerville, MA.[cxxv] They had one son.[cxxvi]
     ii. MABREY “INEZ” BAKER  b: 24 Mar 1899 in Cambridge, MA.[cxxvii] m: RALPH W.
         PROCTOR.[cxxviii] They were divorced before 1940 and she was living in New Jersey
         with her father, although he is noted as her grandfather. [cxxix] Inez and Ralph had two
         sons & a daughter.[cxxx]
 
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SOURCES:

[i] Birth Record William Alson Baker b. 10 Mar 1837 Westmoreland, male, white, living, ch no 6, Larkin Baker, mo. Celina Cobb NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire, Westmoreland History Committee, 1976, 597 pages, pg 331;
[ii] Marriage Record William A Baker & Cornelia D Cannon 9 Aug 1862 in Cambridge, MA. His res: Somerville, a25, attendant, b. Westmoreland, NH, Her res. Cambridge, a20, b. Cambridge, no parents listed for either original image via Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915 , New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org; 1850 US Census Cambridge MA; 1860 US Census Cambridge MA; 1870 US Census Cambridge MA; 1880 US Census Middleton NH; 1855 Massachusetts Census Cambridge MA; Death Record Cordelia A Baker d. 7 Sep 1884 in Wakefield, NH, a41, record states she was still married, inflammation of bowels, NHVRA, Fruit St, Concord; Burial Record Cornelia Baker Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA, Cannon Family Plot Record shows a41, unmarked; Obituary Cornelia Baker Boston Journal Sep 8 1884 “41y 9mo” 
[iii] Marriage Record William A Baker & Cornelia D Cannon; Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker Sep 1882, Strafford County Probate Court, NH; History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire
[iv] Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker
[v] Marriage Record William A Baker & Ellen S Horne 16 Dec 1882, He is a45 of Cambridge, She is a25 of Great Falls, NH, He is a broker and she is a teacher, daughter of Loverett & Sylvi (actually Leavett C. Horne & Sylvia Nowell), his 2nd & her 1st, son of Larkin Baker & Celina Cobb original image via Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1910, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org.
[vi] Death Record Cordelia A Baker; Burial Record Cornelia Baker
[vii] Separate’s Support Ellen S Baker from William A. Baker, Sept 1888, Middlesex County, MA, Supreme Judicial Court Archives, 3 Pemberton Square, 16th Floor, Boston, MA 02108 File# 24670
[viii] Marriage Record William A Baker & Olive A Barnes 8 Sept 1893 in Cambridge, MA, a49, a28, banker, b. NH, b. Boston, p. Larkin Baker & Selena Cobb, Martin Barnes & Mary Witham, 3rd for him, 1st for her. original image via Massachusetts Marriage Records 1841-1915, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[ix] Death Record William A Baker d. 23 Mar 1897, a55, married, broker, b. Westmoreland, NH, natural causes, p. Larkin Baker & Selina Cobb, both b. NH. original image via Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org; Burial Record William A. Baker Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA Martin Barnes Family Lot 2276 Willow Ave; Obituary William A Baker Boston Daily Advertiser Mar 24, 1897 Issue 71 pg 2; Boston Journal [newspaper] via GenealogyBank.com; Cambridge Chronicle Obituary & Funeral Notice, Mar 1897 via Cambridge Library, http://cambridge.dlconsulting.com
[x] Burial Records Westmoreland NH Ashes to Ashes, Dust to Dust, Westmoreland Historical Society, 1989, 406 pages, p. 26  [Please note: the index in this book is incorrect, when it states page “28” it is actually p.26; also the index is extremely incomplete and does not include any index listings for pages 216-378];
[xi] 1860 US Census Westmoreland NH Larkin Baker
[xii] Marriage Record William A Baker & Cornelia D Cannon
[xiii] Military Record US Civil War William A. Baker Co.E, 39th, Massachusetts, National Archives & Record Administration
[xiv] Military Record US Civil War William A. Baker Co.E, 39th, Massachusetts, National Archives & Record Administration; Massachusetts Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the Civil War, GAR Dept of Massachusetts 1866-1947 by Sargent; The Thirty-ninth Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, 1862-1865 by Alfred S. Roe. page 390; Letters to Eliza from a Union Soldier, 1862-1865 by George Fowle of the 39th Massachusetts Volunteers. Edited by Margery Greenleaf. Originally published in 1969 by the Follett Publishing Company; Historic Leaves, Volume 7 April, 1908 - January, 1909, Company E, 39th Massachusetts Infantry, in the Civil War; Somerville, Past and Present an illustrated historical souvenir by Edward Augustus Samuels, Henry Hastings Kimball see page 113-114; Company E, Thirty-Ninth Infantry in the Civil War by John H. Dusseault 
[xv] 1860 US Census Somerville MA “Albert S. Baker” a27;
[xvi] Death Record John Cannon 6 Oct 1863 in Cambridge, MA, 53y 10m 10d, married, consumption, glass cutter, b. NY, f. Michael, mo. Ann, doesn’t say parents birth places original image via Massachusetts Deaths 1841-1915, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org; Will of John Cannon-Middlesex Probate Court Record# 28763-vol 309-427;392-222;393-232 microfilm MA Archives Boston.
[xvii] Birth Record Kate M Baker 12 Sep 1864 dau of William and Cornelia, Machinist, b. Westmoreland, NH mo. B. Cambridge original image via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[xviii] 1865 Cambridge Directory “Baker, Wm A. machinist, h. fourth, cor. Spring”; 1866 Cambridge Directory William A. Baker, machinist, house 111 Cambridge St; 1868 Cambridge Directory, William A. Baker, machinist, bds Flander’s Exchange; 1869 Somerville Directory Baker, William (no A.) as a machinist, bds. Medford, cor. Greenville;
[xix] 1870 Cambridge Directory “Baker, William A. (W.A. Baker & Co.), machinist, 10 Gore”, also, “Baker, W. A. & Co., machinist, 10 Gore”;
[xx] 1871 Somerville Directory “Baker, William A. real estate broker, Union Square, house foot of Hamblet
[xxi] Birth Record George C Baker b. Sept 12 1871 in Somerville son of William A. & Cornelia, lived on Hamblet St., trader, f. b. Maine mo. b. Cambridge original image via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[xxii] Bankruptcy Case# 2549 - William A. Baker 1872-3, District of Massachusetts original available at the National Archives & Record Administration, Waltham, MA
[xxiii] Bankruptcy Case# 2549 - William A. Baker
[xxiv] Bankruptcy Case# 2549 - William A. Baker
[xxv] 1873 Somerville Directory: “Baker, William A. real estate broker, (B.) h. foot of Hamlet”
[xxvi] 1875 Somerville Directory “Baker, William A. liquors (42 Portland, B.), h. Hamlet”
[xxvii] Bankruptcy Case# 4465 - William A. Baker 1875, District of Massachusetts original available at the National Archives & Record Administration, Waltham, MA
[xxviii] Bankruptcy Case# 4465 - William A. Baker
[xxix] Middlesex County MA Registry of Deeds Indexes for Grantors & Grantees 1870-1880
[xxx] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 263-537 dated Apr 28 1876
[xxxi] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 518-263 dated Feb 11 1878
[xxxii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 263-3 dated Jun 24 1878
[xxxiii] Bankruptcy Notice William Baker New-Hampshire Patriot (Concord, NH) Wednesday, September 4, 1878, Volume: LXX, Issue: 36, Page: 3
[xxxiv] Bankruptcy Case# 1216 - William A. Baker 1878, District of New Hampshire original available at the National Archives & Record Administration, Waltham, MA
[xxxv] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 266-19 dated 1 Jan 1879
[xxxvi] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 266-127 dated 13 Jan 1879
[xxxvii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 266-130 dated 10 Feb 1879
[xxxviii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 267-145 dated 28 Jul 1879
[xxxix] State of New Hampshire June Session Proceedings and Testimony report of the Judiciary Committee of the House; Investigations of Charges of Bribery of Members of the Legislature, New Hampshire General Court, House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary, 462 pages, which can be found on google books. William’s case begins on page 25, and is sporadically mentioned throughout the book. The following summary of information is written from it. Reed’s testimony contains the bulk of the testimony, but is also followed by Sinclair, Jones & Woolley.
[xl] Will of Sarah Baker Cheshire County NH; Guardianship of Albert L. Baker Strafford County NH
[xli] Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker
[xlii] Marriage Record William A Baker & Ellen S Horne
[xliii] 1879 Boston Directory
[xliv] 1886 Cambridge Directory; 1887 Cambridge Directory
[xlv] 1880 US Census Middleton NH
[xlvi] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 278-235-236
[xlvii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 276-25; Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 276-263; Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 278-235-236
[xlviii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 266-130 dated 10 Feb 1879
[xlix] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 267-145
[l] Death Record Cordelia A Baker
[li] Burial Record Cornelia Baker 
[lii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 278-303-304
[liii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 278-303-304; Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 263-537; Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 276-257; Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 276-263; Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 278-235-236
[liv] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 278-320
[lv] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 284-260
[lvi] Middlesex County MA Registry of Deeds #1730-494 purchase; Middlesex County MA Registry of Deeds #1730-495 & Middlesex County MA Registry of Deeds #1730-498 are mortgages, plus there is one with Mary A. Horne Middlesex County MA Registry of Deeds #1785-158
[lvii] 1890 Cambridge Directory; 1892 Somerville Directory
[lviii] Journals of the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives Vol 2, 1887, available on google books for complete description of both bills, as well as many other books on the same subject and of railroads.   
[lix] State of New Hampshire June Session
[lx] State of New Hampshire June Session
[lxi] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire– see Cobb Family
[lxii] Death Record William J Reed d: 14 Jun 1913 in Westmoreland, NH Parents – John Reed & Eunice Cobb New Hampshire Vital Record & Archives, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[lxiii] Marriage Record Charles Woolley & Emma L Schrepel 12 Jan 1893 Boston, MA, son of Aaron B. Wooley Semira, dau of Frank H. & Catherine via AmericanAncestors.org
[lxiv] History of Westmoreland (Great Meadow) New Hampshire– see Cobb Family
[lxv] Separate’s Support Ellen S Baker
[lxvi] 1890 Veteran Schedule Cambridge MA William Baker
[lxvii] Marriage Record William A Baker & Olive A Barnes
[lxviii] Marriage Record William A Baker & Olive A Barnes
[lxix] Boston Daily Advertiser - Bancroft Election [newspaper], Dec 13 1893, page 1 via GenealogyBank.com
[lxx] Middlesex County MA Registry of Deeds #2230-209; Middlesex County MA Registry of Deeds #2252-310 which discharges the mortgage from 1730-498 with Mary A. Horne.
[lxxi] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 267-145
[lxxii] Death Record Albert S Baker d. 15 Sep 1895 in Middleton, NH, 60y 11m 15d, b. Westmoreland, male, white, widowed, Farmer, Spinal Meningitis, burial Medford, f. Larkin Baker, mo. Celina Cobb, both born Westmoreland, occupation of father – judge, NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[lxxiii] Annual Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Being the ... Annual Report Upon the Public Schools of New Hampshire (Google eBook), By New Hampshire. Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1890, pgs 251 & 257
[lxxiv] Lakes and Summer Resorts in New Hampshire (Google eBook) Ira C. Evans, Public Printer, 1892, pg 74; Report, Volume 20 (Google eBook) New Hampshire. Dept. of Agriculture, 1892, pg 223;
[lxxv] 1892 Atlas Map Middleton NH HistoricMapWorks.com
[lxxvi] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 309-233
[lxxvii] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 313-137
[lxxviii] Obituary William A Baker Boston Daily Advertiser Mar 24, 1897 Issue 71 pg 2; Boston Journal [newspaper] via GenealogyBank.com; Cambridge Chronicle Obituary & Funeral Notice, Mar 1897 via Cambridge Library, http://cambridge.dlconsulting.com
[lxxix] Burial Record William A. Baker Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA Martin Barnes Family Lot 2276 Willow Ave
[lxxx] Administration William A. Baker 1897 File# 44558, 1897, Supreme Judicial Court Archives, 3 Pemberton Square, 16th Floor, Boston, MA 02108
[lxxxi] Sale Personal Estate Ellen Baker Middlesex County Court, MA, 1904, Res: Somersworth, NH; 1904; Probate# 65859; Sale Personal Estate Foreign Administrator
[lxxxii] Administration Ellen S Baker Strafford County NH 1904 Baker, Ellen S, Somersworth #10817, 108-307, 120-250
[lxxxiii] 1898 Cambridge Directory; 1900 US Census Cambridge MA; 1920 US Census Malden MA; 1929 Malden MA Directory
[lxxxiv] Civil War and Later Veterans Pension Index Massachusetts Infantry, Regt 39, Company E, William A. Baker, 19 Jan 1864 Invalid Application No. 39.155, Certificate No. 35.510 Apr 3 1918, Widow Application No. 1.118.149 Certificate No. 868916 via Fold3.com
[lxxxv] Burial Record Esther Witham Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA Esther Witham Mar 20 1930 72y Martin Barnes Family Lot 2276 Willow Ave
[lxxxvi] 1930 US Census Danvers MA
[lxxxvii] 1940 US Census Danvers MA
[lxxxviii] Burial Record Olive Baker Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA Martin Barnes Family Lot 2276 Willow Ave
[lxxxix] Birth Record Kate M Baker 12 Sep 1864 dau of William and Cornelia, Machinist, b. Westmoreland, NH mo. B. Cambridge original image via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915,  New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[xc] Record not found at NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH; Birth Record Ella Emm Moulton b: 5 Mar 1883 in Wakefield, NH 1st child of Herman L. Moulton & Mabel K Baker of Wakefield, NH, mo b. Cambridge, a18 fa b. Wakefield, a23
[xci] Administration William A. Baker 1897
[xcii] Marriage Record Mabel Moulton & A W Reid both of West Derry, NH He was 29, Carpenter, b. Nova Scotia, 1st,  She was 32 b. Cambridge, 2nd-divorced, intention Mar 12 1901, married same day, son of James Reid of Nova Scotia a81 Farmer b. Nova Scotia & Jerusha Hingly of Nova Scotia a70 b. Nova Scotia, dau of William A. Black of Westmoreland, NH a65 Contractor, b. West Newbury, NH & Cornelia of Cambridge, a60, b. Cambridge, [both of her parents were dead].
[xciii] Death Record Mabel Read Mabel (Baker) Read died 31 Jan 1911 in Salem, MA, a47y 4m 20d, dressmaker,Res. 4 Cabot St. b. 11 Sep 1863 married, b. Somerville, Parents: William A. Baker b. Keene, NH & Cornelia D. Cannon b. Somerville, MA, wife of Alick W. Read, informant George C. Baker of Medford, buried in Greenlawn [cemetery], chronic intestinal nephritis & cardiac dilation, via New England Historical & Genealogical Society AmericanAncestor.org
[xciv] Birth Record Ella Emm Moulton
[xcv] Marriage Record Ella E Moulton & Albert J Robertson 17 Oct 1906 in Union NH, recorded in Lynn, MA, He was 24, Grocer, b. Lynn, son of John M. Robertson & Cassie McPherson & lived at 551 Summer, She was 22, b. Union, NH, dau of Herman Moulton & Mabel Baker & lived at 5 Rockmere Ter, 1st both via New England Historical & Genealogical Society AmericanAncestor.org
[xcvi] Marriage Record Ella E Moulton & Frank L Kemp 16 Oct 1910, Salem, MA, He is 25, 1st, b. Providence, RI Clerk res. Somerville son of Abbott L. Kemp & Margaret Fraser, She is 27, 2nd Div., housekeeper of Salem, b. Union NH, dau of Herman L. Moulton & Mabel Baker via New England Historical & Genealogical Society AmericanAncestor.org
[xcvii] Birth Record of Josie May Baker Pocasset Cemetery, Cranston, RI Gravestone Sept 25 1866- Jun 19 1908 via FindaGrave.com w/ photo; 1900 US Census Lynn MA
[xcviii] Marriage Record Josie M Baker & Philip M Waldron int. Jan 28 1892 (FS), son of Alexander & Margaret, dau of William A. & Cornelia Feb 4 1892 in Cambridge, Ma via New England Historical & Genealogical Society AmericanAncestor.org
[xcix] Death Record Josie May (Baker) Waldron:  Pocasset Cemetery, Cranston, RI Gravestone Sept 25 1866- Jun 19 1908 via FindaGrave.com w/ photo; Burial Record Josie May (Baker) Waldron Pocasset Cemetery, Cranston, RI Gravestone b. Sept 25 1866- d. Jun 19 1908 via FindaGrave.com w/ photo Rhode Island Deaths & Burials “Josie May Baker Waldron” d. Jun 19 1908 a41 married husb Philip M. Waldron, parents W.A. Baker & Cornelia Cannon Baker via FamilySearch.org [no image].
[c] Burial Record Josie May (Baker) Waldron
[ci] Military Record Philip Malcom Waldron Headstone Applications, via Ancestry.com; 1900 US Census Lynn MA;
[cii] Birth Record Margaret B Waldron b: Sep 1893 in Connecticut via 1900 US Census in Lynn MA
[ciii] Birth Record Marian Ruth Annie Waldron b: 19 Sep 1903 in Lynn, Ma, dau of Philip M. & Josie M. Baker, 73 Lexington, Iron Founder, b. NY, b. Cambridge via New England Historical & Genealogical Society AmericanAncestor.org
[civ] Death Record Marion A Waldron d: Mar 29 1904 in Lynn, MA, 73 Lexington St.,  6m 10d, dau of Philip M. b. Saratoga, NY & Josephine Baker b. Cambridge, buried Pine Grove Cemetery Lynn, MA, acute Intestinal Indigestion via New England Historical & Genealogical Society AmericanAncestor.org
[cv] Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker b. 3 Jun 1868, Albert Baker, Male, son of “William A. and Ellen” of Somerville, Father was a machinist, b. NH, mother b. Cambridge via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[cvi] Marriage Record Albert Baker & Mabel Cole 5 Jul 1892, Manhattan NY - NYC Archives Certificate Number  8296
[cvii] Death Record Albert Baker obtained from the City of Medford in May 1999. Albert L. Baker d. 10 Oct 1941 at Malden Hospital of a Coronary Occlusion, 73yrs 4mo & 6 days, Mechanic, Edison Electric, b. Somerville, fa: William A. Baker b. New Hampshire, Conelia Devine b. Somerville, wife Mabel Baker, 19 St Mary St. Medford, MA, buried Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA
[cviii] Burial Record Albert & Mabel Baker Oak Grove Cemetery Records, Medford, MA, in the Mystic Lawn section #L-1, 2, 3, 4
[cix] Birth Record Annie Mabel Cole Cambridge, Ma Feb 9 1874 dau of Arthur & Annie, fa Baker b. ME mo b. Mass via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[cx] Death Record Mabel A Baker Obtained from the City of Medford in May 1999 d. 12 Sep 1961 in Medford, MA of Cancer of the Bowel, 87yrs 7mo & 3 days [more on record]
[cxi] Burial Record Albert & Mabel Baker
[cxii] Birth Record William A Baker Jr b: 25 Dec 1870 in Somerville, MA, Highland Av, son of Wm A., Agent, b. NH  & Caroline D. b. East Cambridge via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[cxiii] Marriage Record William Alson Baker Jr & Lalia Evelena Burgess 18 Jun 1902 in Cambridge, MA, He was 33, b. Somerville, clerk, and lived at 94 Magazine in Cambridge, MA, son of William A. Baker & Cornelia D. Cannon, dau of William [Burgess] & Mary J. Simonds, b. Nova Scotia, a35 via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[cxiv] Age calculated from Birth Record William A Baker Jr & Death Record Cordelia A Baker; Administration William A. Baker 1897
[cxv] Moore Baker was of no known relation, but he had a son named William A. Baker who died & it seems he probably took a liking to this William A. Baker, likely because of that. See Death of William A. Baker 14 Jan 1876 a35 son of Moore Baker & Cynthia via FamilySearch.org [no image]
[cxvi] Death Record William A Baker [Jr] California Death Index, 1940-1997, parents listed as Baker & Cannon; Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, Los Angeles County California, USA, Plot: Florentine Col. - Dahlia Terrace, GM, Lot 0, Space 8409 -  via FindaGrave.com with Image
[cxvii] Birth Record Phyllis Baker b. Oct 29 1904 in Portsmouth, NH Father William A. Baker b. Somerville MA & Lalia Burgess b. Nova Scotia via New Hampshire, Births and Christenings on FamilySearch.org, no image
[cxviii] Death Record Phyllis Baker Evalenko b. Oct 29 1904 in NH d. Mar 5 1990 in Riverside via California Death Index 1940-1997 on Ancestry.com, no image; Phyllis Evalenko b. Oct 29 1904 d. Mar 5 1900 Enlistment date Feb 19 1945 Release Oct 25 1945 via US Dept of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010 on Ancestry.com
[cxix] 1910 US Census Carson City NV; 1920 US Census Los Angeles CA; 1930 US Census Los Angeles CA; 1940 US Census Los Angeles CA
[cxx] Birth Record George C Baker b. Sept 12 1871 in Somerville son of William A. & Cornelia, lived on Hamblet St., trader, f. b. Maine mo. b. Cambridge original image via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[cxxi] Marriage Record George Clinton Baker & Annie Elizabeth Morrison m: Dec 11 1895 in Cambridge, MA, parents: William A. & Cornelia D., a23, She was 26 [more on record] via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[cxxii] 1910 US Census in Boston Ward 10 indexed as “George C Zaker” on Ancestry.com but it clearly says Baker. He is married but a lodger with DeVoto
[cxxiii] Burial Record George C Baker Pocassett Cemetery, Cranston, RI, photo of gravestone with sister Josie Waldron via FindaGrave.com
[cxxiv] Birth Record Cornelia D Baker b. Sep 3 1896 in Salem, MA, dau of George C. & Annie Morrison, stockbroker b: NH Mo b. NS  via FamilySearch.org
[cxxv] Marriage Record Cornelia Devine Baker & Jason Lester Russell Jul 1 1916 Somerville, Ma, Recorded in Wakefield, MA where she resided, dau of George C. Baker & Annie E. Ormerston [more on record] via Massachusetts State Vital Records 1841-1920 via FamilySearch.org
[cxxvi] 1920 Census Somerville MA; 1930 US Census Saugus MA
[cxxvii] Birth Record Mabrey Inez Baker b: Mar 24 1899 in Cambridge, MA, parents George & Annie Ormiston, 195 Harvard, broker, b: Somerville, b. NS via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915 via FamilySearch.org
[cxxviii] Name based on son’s name via the 1940 US Census Florham Park NJ; No marriage found yet
[cxxix] 1940 US Census Florham Park NJ
[cxxx] 1940 US Census Florham Park NJ

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ALBERT LARKIN BAKER
was born 3 Jun 1868 in Somerville, MA, son of William A. Baker & Cornelia Cannon. [i] He married ANNIE MABEL COLE on 5 Jul 1892 in Manhattan, NY, daughter of Arthur E. Cole & Margaret Annie McElveen.[ii] He died on 10 Oct 1941 at Malden Hospital of a Coronary Occlusion at the age of 73yrs 4mo & 6 days.[iii]  He was buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA.[iv] Mabel was born on 9 Feb 1874 in Cambridge, MA, daughter of Arthur & Annie Cole.[v] She died on 12 Sep 1961 in Medford, MA of Cancer of the Bowel at the age of 87yrs 7mo & 3 days.[vi] She was buried on 14 Sep 1961 in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA.[vii]
 
Resolving Conflict in the Direct Evidence of Albert Larkin Baker’s Mother
 
There is some conflicting direct evidence in the case of Albert’s mother that needs to be discussed. While the evidence of his father is consistent throughout, that is not the case in regard to his mother.[viii] It appears that there is a significant coincidence in the records that proves to be just that, a coincidence.
 
It should be said first that a couple living family members, had knowledge of Albert’s middle name and birthday as 4 Jun 1868. They also thought he was born in Cambridge, MA. These family members did not personally know Albert when they were adults, as he died when they were quite young, and/or had not married into the family yet. However, they did know his wife, Mabel, personally. She did not pass away until 1961.[ix] Even more living family members knew each other, and had additional information about their children & grandchildren. Therefore, there is no doubt, that this line from a family knowledge stand point, is correct.
 
That said, in the researcher’s need to confirm the birth & parents of Albert, no record was found in Cambridge, MA.  The record was instead found in Somerville, MA, and it states: b. 3 Jun 1868, Albert Baker, Male, son of “William A. and Ellen” of Somerville, Father was a machinist, b. NH, mother b. Cambridge.[x] You may or may not already know of the controversy of William, Larkin’s father, having an affair, [xi] which is discussed fully in William's sketch. The short version is that is was with  Ellen S. Horne and eventually they married. [xii] It should be noted that the affair started 12 years after this record, and they married 14 years later. In 1868 when Albert’s birth was recorded, that Ellen would only have 11 years old herself, [xiii] and thus, this Ellen is not the same Ellen, and is a mere coincidence.
 
The other possibilities are that it could be a different Ellen, or an error on the record. Short of a DNA tests proving otherwise, the further compiled direct evidence indicates it was extremely likely it was just an error on the record. There is however still the slight possibility that William had another affair with a woman named Ellen, and she became pregnant & gave birth, only to have Cornelia raise him as her own. No direct evidence to that possible theory has been found, but there is one piece of evidence that has come to light which should be acknowledged. That is that Albert's father William gained legal guardianship of Albert when Albert was 12. He is the only child whose guardianship is legally gained by William. I suspect it was solely because of an inheritance Albert was to receive from his step-grandmother, but I do not know as the recorded probate volumes do not indicate the question of why. Also, to date, no DNA evidence has been confirmed or denied as to my Cannon line DNA.[xiv] That said, let’s look further at the direct evidence indicating the mother of Albert.
 
The marriage record for Albert & Mabel was recorded in Manhattan, 5 Jul 1892.[xv] The indexed record names Albert L. Baker & Mabel A. Cole and his parents are named as William A. Baker & C.A. Cannon. Her parents were noted as Arthur Cole & Annie McElwain.[xvi] A certified copy of the death record from Malden, MA for Albert L. Baker, d. 10 Oct 1941, names his parents as “William A. Baker” b. NH & “Conelia Devine” b: Somerville, MA. The informant was his wife Mabel Baker.[xvii] This record conflicts as it was “Cornelia”, but Devine was actually Cornelia’s mother’s maiden name, not her maiden name, but none the less, this does not shed any light on the conflict of “Ellen” on his birth record.
 
The 1870 & 1880 Census Records in show Albert with William Baker & Cornelia (Cannon) Baker, which while they are all listed together, & it definitely notes Albert as the son of the head of the house, William, this does not confirm or deny the relationship between Albert & Cornelia.[xviii] William & Cornelia had been married nearly 6 years prior to the birth of Albert in 1868.[xix]
 
Simply stated, the father of Albert Baker was definitely William A. Baker who was the son of Hon. Larkin Baker[xx]. The indirect evidence of William’s character, shown in records discussed earlier,[xxi] does not deem it impossible that another woman could have been Albert’s mother, in my opinion. Also, one must know, this was a time in history when secrets of paternity definitely existed and were actively hidden ‘at all cost’, as the phrase goes. However, it would be extremely rare that the mother would be in question in a situation like this. Generally, the father was questioned for obvious reasons, or both parents might be in question.  Although, we cannot say with inexplicable certainty that Cornelia (Cannon) was his mother, we can say the evidence definitely indicates certainty that she was his mother in every other way, and until DNA proves it otherwise, it will be accepted as the truth that Cornelia Cannon was his birth mother, and there was just an error on the record.
 
Piecing Together Albert’s Life
 
The earliest record of Albert aside from the 1870 US Census,[xxii] is that he can be found in the will of his step-grandmother, Sarah Baker.[xxiii] In which she writes “Albert L. Baker, my grandson, the sum of twenty five dollars”. While he was not, by blood, her grandson as she was the 2nd wife of Larkin and not the mother of William, she apparently felt as though he was. Albert L. Baker, my great grandfather, was 12 at the time of her death, but when she wrote her will in 1873 he was only 5 years old.[xxiv] Also in the probate file is a receipt showing the 25.00 for Albert L. Baker was paid to William A. Baker.[xxv]
 
We can piece together that as a child Albert lived Somerville & Cambridge MA, then in Middleton, NH from the age of about 8.[xxvi] Cornelia was apparently beaten by his father on various occasions beginning in January 1880, and in the following fall began an affair with Ellen S. Horne a teacher who resided in Great Falls, NH which ultimately led to a tumultuous divorce in 1882.[xxvii] Albert was 14 at that time. It would seem the children stayed with their mother as she received the homestead, other property & many belongings in NH in the divorce decree.[xxviii] Cornelia, the mother became ill & passed away in 1884 when Albert was 16.[xxix]
 
It seems at this time, Albert’s uncle, Albert S. Baker, moved to the homestead in Middleton NH, possibly to look after the younger children.[xxx] It is unclear if young Albert was in the home shortly before or after the death of his mother, but we know from the 1890 Cambridge Directory, Albert L Baker was a candy maker residing at 30 Park St. with his father William A, stock broker and banker working at 32 Water St. at the age of 21. Incidentally, I can vaguely remember my grandfather, Arthur L. Baker Sr., telling me his father used to make taffy, so this seems to give support to that.
 
The 1892 Somerville Directory has an Albert L Baker as a Shipping Clerk living at 314 Broadway at Cambridge. Also listed at that address is George Baker, the brother of Albert, listed as a mail clerk. It seems this would also be about the time, Albert would have likely met Mabel in the Cambridge/Somerville area prior to March 1892.[xxxi]
 
Albert and Mable were surprised with a pregnancy which prompted them to spend July 4th in NYC, and get married in Manhattan on 5 July 1892.[xxxii] They lived in Bridgeport CT shortly thereafter having their daughter Georgie Baker there in Nov of 1892[xxxiii] & Albert William in 1895.[xxxiv] 1895 Directory of Bridgeport, CT pg 26 states: Albert L. Baker, emp. Naugatuck Valley Ice Co., h. 70 Oak St. Notice from the birth record, this is the street Albert W. Baker was born on. The 1899 Bridgeport Directory does not show him.
 
From the births of their children we can determine they moved around a little bit, living in Cambridge, MA where he was a Teamster on the 1900 census. The 1910 Census shows them in South Boston, MA. They finally settled on 19 St. Mary's Street in Medford, MA sometime after that, and lived there until about 1949[xxxv] when Mabel moved to 14 George St. in Malden remaining there for the last 12 years of her life.[xxxvi]
 
Tradition says my Great Grampa Albert also worked at Boston Edison (then Edison Electric) as a mechanic, just like my grandfather. Evidence to support this is found on his death certificate where it states his employer was “Edison Electric Co.”.[xxxvii] On the 1910 US census in South Boston, he is listed as an "Electrician" and the industry is "Electric Works", but we know he was not technically an "Electrician" by today’s education & licensing standards. He can be found twice on the 1920 Census, once with his family in Medford, MA as an Express Messenger, and also in Greenfield, MA as a Farm Laborer.
 
We know there was a strong connection to Greenfield, MA. Their son Clifford lived there when he registered for the WWI Draft in 1916-17,[xxxviii] & he died there a few years later. On 30 Jul 1920, he was employed as a train brakeman & was thrown from the footboard of the engine.[xxxix] A family photo in the possession of the writer shows all of them there for their “25th” anniversary party in 1916. (Photo appears above) The photo was clearly marked as such before Mabel’s death. It should probably be mentioned that from the direct evidence we can tell this was actually their 24th Anniversary, but because she was apparently expecting Georgia at the time of marriage, their marriage date was most likely fudged a bit.[xl]
 
They probably still resided in Medford during 1930, but they are not found on that census. I searched high and low for them on there, browsing every page of Medford. Further, they do not seem to be in Greenfield, MA. The 1940 Census has them listed at 19 St. Mary’s St in Medford, MA & also states they were in the “same house” in 1935.[xli] The address in 1941 is still 19 Saint Mary St., this leaves us with no indication they moved.[xlii]
 
Albert & Mabel had a 19 acre summer house in Sandown NH off 121A that they purchased on 15 Apr 1931. [xliii] Mabel sold it 9 Nov 1943.[xliv] Both deeds indicate it was bought and sold for “one dollar and other consideration”. It should be mentioned that the sale deed states “Mabel A. Baker of Sandown, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.”[xlv] There is no indication in the family or otherwise that Mabel resided in Sandown, NH other than for the summers between 1931–1943.  The photo of the “summer house”, as it was called is posted above.

In about 1980, my father drove by and showed me the house, but at the time, I was young & not really paying attention. Since then, he has passed away. I knew it was on the right, & I knew it was in walking distance to Alden Pond, because I remember him saying he walked there as a kid to swim. Comparing the photo & after completing a title search through deeds, I was able to determine it is currently the home at 93 Main St. Sandown, NH. It’s between the streets of True's Parkway & Higgins Rd, but on the opposite side of the road. It comes up on Google Street View Maps as 97 Main St but it's really 93. Built c1850. A few years ago, they were having a yard sale & I stopped to meet the current owners and confirm it was the correct house.
 
                                 Children of Albert Larkin Baker & Annie “Mabel” Cole:
 
i.  GEORGIA MABELL BAKER b: 27 Nov 1892 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.[xlvi]  m: ROBERT WALTER AMAZEEN (1880-1963) on 29 May 1914 in Revere, MA.[xlvii] Divorced after 1940.[xlviii] They had one baby that died in infancy.[xlix] She never remarried & died 25 Oct 1978 in Revere, MA.[l]                
 
ii.  ALBERT WILLIAM BAKER
b: 2 Jan 1895 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.[li] m1: LOUISE JANET HOLDEN[lii] m2: SYLVIA NELSON.[liii] Albert d: Nov 1981 in Melrose, MA.[liv] Albert & Janet had 1 son & 2 daughters.[lv]

iii.  CLIFFORD JULIEN BAKER b: 2 Jan 1897 in Salem, MA.[lvi] m: EVANGELINE “VAN” FRIEND (1897-
1991).[lvii] He died in the railroad accident 30 Jul 1920 in Greenfield, MA.[lviii] They had one son.[lix]

iv.  HELEN LOUISE BAKER b: 12 Sep 1898 in Cambridge, MA.[lx] m: THOMAS WOOD (1898-1949).[lxi]  She died 16 Sep 1976 in Saugus, MA.[lxii] They had one son & one daughter.[lxiii]

v.  JOSIE VILLA BAKER b: 24 Mar 1900 in Cambridge, MA.[lxiv] m: EMIL APPEL.[lxv] She died 15 Jan
1992 in Amesbury, MA and was buried in Forest Dale Cemetery, Malden, MA.[lxvi] They had one
 son & one daughter.[lxvii]

vi.  ARTHUR LEON BAKER SR b: 16 Mar 1903 in Cambridge, MA.[lxviii] m: SYBIL NEWMAN HASELTINE in Plaistow, NH in 1925.[lxix] He died 29 Jun 1983 in St Petersburg, FL.[lxx] They had one son & one daughter.[lxxi]
 
vii.  HAZEL MAY BAKER
b: 2 Nov 1907 in Roxbury, MA.[lxxii] d: 13 Dec 2000 in Melrose, MA at the age of 93.[lxxiii] She never married.[lxxiv]

viii.  WARREN KENNETH BAKER b: 6 Apr 1910 in South Boston, MA.[lxxv] m: MARION FIELD.[lxxvi]
He died Dec 1994.[lxxvii] They had two sons.[lxxviii]
 
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Sources
[i] Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker b. 3 Jun 1868, Albert Baker, Male, son of “William A. and Ellen” of Somerville, Father was a machinist, b. NH, mother b. Cambridge via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[ii] Marriage Record Albert Baker & Mabel Cole 5 Jul 1892, Manhattan NY - NYC Archives Certificate Number  8296
[iii] Death Record Albert Baker Obtained from the City of Medford in May 1999. Albert L. Baker d. 10 Oct 1941 at Malden Hospital of a Coronary Occlusion, 73yrs 4mo & 6 days, Mechanic, Edison Electric, b. Somerville, fa: William A. Baker b. New Hampshire, Conelia Devine b. Somerville, wife Mabel Baker, 19 St Mary St. Medford, MA, buried Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA
[iv] Burial Record Albert & Mabel Baker Oak Grove Cemetery Records, Medford, MA, in the Mystic Lawn section #L-1, 2, 3, 4
[v] Birth Record Annie Mabel Cole Cambridge, Ma Feb 9 1874 dau of Arthur & Annie, fa Baker b. ME mo b. Mass via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[vi] Death Record for Mabel A Baker Obtained from the City of Medford in May 1999 d. 12 Sep 1961 in Medford, MA of Cancer of the Bowel, 87yrs 7mo & 3 days [more on record]
[vii] Burial Record Albert & Mabel Baker
[viii] Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker
[ix] Death Record for Mabel A Baker
[x] Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker
[xi] Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker Sep 1882, Strafford County Probate Court, NH
[xii] Marriage Record William A Baker & Ellen S Horne 16 Dec 1882, He is a45 of Cambridge, She is a25 of Great Falls, NH, He is a broker and she is a teacher, daughter of Loverett & Sylvi (actually Leavett C. Horne & Sylvia Nowell), his 2nd & her 1st, son of Larkin Baker & Celina Cobb original image via Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1910, New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[xiii] 1900 US Census Somersworth NH b. Jun 1857 [indexed under “Nellie Home” and says grand-daughter but she is with her father.]
[xiv] DNA Test - Amylynne (Baker) Murphy
[xv] Marriage Record Albert Baker & Mabel Cole
[xvi] Marriage Record Albert Baker & Mabel Cole
[xvii] Death Record Albert Baker
[xviii] 1870 US Census Cambridge MA & 1880 US Census Middleton NH
[xix] Marriage Record William A Baker & Cornelia D Cannon 9 Aug 1862 in Cambridge, MA. His res: Somerville, a25, attendant, b. Westmoreland, NH, Her res. Cambridge, a20, b. Cambridge, no parents listed for either original image via Massachusetts Marriages 1841-1915 , New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org; Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker
[xx] Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker; Birth Record William Alson Baker b. 10 Mar 1837 Westmoreland, male, white, living, ch no 6, Larkin Baker, mo. Celina Cobb NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[xxi] Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker
[xxii] 1870 US Census Cambridge MA
[xxiii] Will of Sarah Baker Cheshire County NH Probate Court Records #1304, original located in NHVRA, Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xxiv] Will of Sarah Baker; Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker
[xxv] Will of Sarah Baker
[xxvi] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 263-537 dated Apr 28 1876
[xxvii] Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker
[xxviii] Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker; Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker;
[xxix] Death Record Cordelia A Baker d. 7 Sep 1884 in Wakefield, NH, a41, record states she was still married, inflammation of bowels, NHVRA, Fruit St, Concord NH; Burial Record Cornelia Baker Cambridge Cemetery, Cambridge, MA, Cannon Family Plot Record shows a41, unmarked; Divorce Record of William A Baker & Cornelia D Baker; Birth Record Albert Larkin Baker;
[xxx] Strafford County NH Registry of Deeds 278-303-304
[xxxi] Marriage Record Albert Baker & Mabel Cole; Birth Record of Georgia “Georgie” Mabell Baker born on Nov 27 1892 on John St., Bridgeport, CT per family knowledge based on notations by living family members who knew the family personally.
[xxxii] Marriage Record Albert Baker & Mabel Cole
[xxxiii] Birth Record Georgia “Georgie” Mabell Baker.
[xxxiv] Birth Record Albert William Baker born Jan 2 1895 on Oak St Bridgeport CT per family knowledge based on notations by living family members who knew the family personally.
[xxxv] 1949 Medford Directory Mabel Baker, St Mary's St
[xxxvi] Death Record for Mabel A Baker; Also per family knowledge based on notations by living family members who knew the family personally.
[xxxvii] Death Record Albert Baker
[xxxviii] Military WWI Draft Registration Clifford Baker
[xxxix] The Springfield Daily Republican Saturday July 31 1920, pg 18 “Accident is Fatal”
[xl] Marriage Record Albert Baker & Mabel Cole; Birth Record Georgia “Georgie” Mabell Baker
[xli] 1940 US Census Medford MA [Albert is indexed as incorrectly on Ancestry.com – search for Mabel or Hazel]
[xlii] 1940 US Census Medford MA
[xliii] Rockingham County NH Registry of Deeds 869-142; Rockingham County NH Registry of Deeds 1014-46.
[xliv] Rockingham County NH Registry of Deeds 869-142; Rockingham County NH Registry of Deeds 1014-46
[xlv] Rockingham County NH Registry of Deeds 869-142; Rockingham County NH Registry of Deeds 1014-46
[xlvi] Birth Record Georgia “Georgie” Mabell Baker
[xlvii] Marriage Record Robert Walter Amazeen & Georgia Mabelle Baker 29 May 1914 in Revere, MA, He was 34, 2nd, of Revere, Painter, b. Chelsea, son of Frank L. & Kate Plummer. She was 21, 1st, of Medford, Stenographer, b. Bridgeport CT, dau Albert Larkin & Mabel Anna Cole via the New England Historical Genealogical Society Website, AmericanAncestors.org
[xlviii] 1940 US Census Medford, MA where they are listed together as Robert W. Amazeen & Georgia M. Amazeen on Fellsway West
[xlix] Death Record Baby Amazeen - Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[l] Death Record Georgia “Georgie” Mabell Baker [d. 28 Oct] 25 Oct 1978 Connecticut Revere MA Massachusetts Death Index 1970-2003; Not found on SS Death Index; Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members - I knew her quite well. We’d visit her in a nursing home, and she’d come over for holiday dinners. I was 11 when she passed away
[li] Birth Record Albert William Baker
[lii] Marriage Record of Albert William Baker & Louise Janet Holden Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[liii] Marriage Record of Albert William Baker & Sylvia Nelson Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[liv] Death Record Albert W Baker b. 2 Jan 1895 CT d. 24 Nov 1981 Melrose Massachusetts Death Index; Nov 1981 Social Security Death Index; Puritan Lawn Memorial Park , Peabody MA interred 28 Nov 1981
[lv] Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members.
[lvi] Birth Record Clifford Julien Baker b. 2 Jan 1897 Salem, MA - No first name on record - Parents Albert Baker & Mabel Cole, Laborer, b. Cambridge, b. Cambridge via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915; Military WWI Draft Registration Clifford Baker;
[lvii] Marriage Record Clifford J Baker & Evangeline Friend No record found; Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lviii] The Springfield Daily Republican
[lix] Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lx] Birth Record Helen Louise Baker b: 12 Sep 1898 in Cambridge, MA -No first name on record: Parents Albert Baker & Mabel Cole Res 99 Elm St. Cambridge, Tinsmith, both born Cambridge via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915 via familySearch.org
[lxi] Marriage Record Helen Louise Baker & Donald Wood Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lxii] Death Record Helen Wood b. 12 Sep 1898 d. 16 Sep 1976 Saugus MA Massachusetts Death Index 1970-2003; US Social Security Index; Oak Grove Cemetery, Mystic Lawn
[lxiii] Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lxiv] Birth Record Josie Villa Baker b: 24 Mar 1900 in Cambridge, MA - no record found in Massachusetts Births 1841-1915
[lxv] Marriage Record Josie Villa Bakker & Emil Appel Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lxvi] Death Record Josie Villa Appel - b. 24 Mar 1900 d. 15 Jan 1992 Amesbury MA US Social Security Index; Massachusetts Death Index 1970-2003; Forest Dale Cemetery Malden MA; An original funeral card in the writer’s archive collection
[lxvii] Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lxviii] Birth Record Arthur Leon Baker b: 16 Mar 1903 Cambridge, MA, parents Albert L. Baker & Mabel A. Cole, 99 Elm St., Teamster, b. Somerville, b. Cambridge via Massachusetts Births 1841-1915
[lxix] Marriage Record Arthur L Baker & Sybil Newman Haseltine 13 Aug 1925 Plaistow NH He lived in Medford, MA , b. Medford  baker, son of Albert L. Baker & Mabel Cole, She lived in Plaistow, NH, b. Haverhill MA, shoe worker, both 22y, 1st for both, dau of Ernest C. Haseltine & Hattie V. Sanderson, int 8 Aug 1925 by Ernest A. McKenzie of Plaistow NH via NHVRA, Fruit St. Concord, NH
[lxx] Death Record Arthur L Baker Sr Boston Globe, Sunday, Jul 3 1983, pg 59 Obituary of “Arthur L. Baker, 80”
[lxxi] Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lxxii] Birth Record Hazel May Baker b: 2 Nov 1907 in Roxbury, MA, parents Albert L. Baker & Mabel A. Cole, 2 Records, 1 in Boston & 1 in Cambridge, Massachusetts Births 1841-1915; Also a copy of the obituary in the writer’s archive collection which was posted on WeirFuneralhome.com on Dec 14 2000
[lxxiii] Death Record Hazel Baker b. 2 Nov 1907 Boston d. 13 Dec 2000 Melrose US Social Security Index; Massachusetts Death Index 1970-2003; Oak Grove Cemetery, Mystic Lawn; Copy of the obituary in the writer’s archive collection which was posted on WeirFuneralhome.com on Dec 14 2000.
[lxxiv] Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lxxv] Birth Record Warren Kenneth Baker b: 6 Apr 1910 at 373 Silver St., Boston, MA, Parents: "Albert Larkin Baker" of Medford, b. Somerville, Machinist, & "Mabel Annie Cole" b. Cambridge, Massachusetts Births 1841-1915
[lxxvi] Marriage Record Warren K Baker & Marion Field Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members
[lxxvii] Death Record Warren K Baker b. 6 Apr 1910 d. 18 Dec 1994 Conway NH US Social Security Death Index
[lxxviii] Personal knowledge of the writer & other living family members

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<![CDATA[Surname Saturday - Joseph Smith & Elizabeth Bickford of Oyster River / Durham NH]]>Sat, 01 Oct 2016 07:00:00 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/surname-saturday-joseph-smith-elizabeth-bickford-of-oyster-river-durham-nh
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Recent Satellite Map of Oyster River / Durham, NH - via GoogleMaps.com
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Map from the History of Durham
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1667 Map of Oyster River Area by John Scott - See also Smith map of Durham: https://www.library.unh.edu/exhibits/shipbuilding/durham-new-hampshire-map
Joseph Smith of Oyster River, Carpenter, was born c1639. Old time family speculation by some is that he was the son of George Smyth of Dover, who came from Plymouth England & descended from the Smiths of Willoughby & Old Haugh, England. Further, it is said that George was a son or nephew of Capt. John Smith of Pocahontas fame. All that, while fascinating, is at this point uncertain & unproven.
 
The author of History of Durham states "Not a shred of evidence has been found that George Smyth was the father of James Smith and Joseph Smith of Oyster River, nor that the two last were related at all."
 
I will concur, I haven’t seen a record that clearly states they were brothers. I will say though that they both lean toward being Quakers, they both had land on Oyster River in the late 1600’s & it is highly likely the Joseph Smith mentioned on the administration papers of James, is this Joseph. At some point I may do a blog on James, but for now I’m trying to stay on task with Joseph. If you are a male Smith & are reading this blog see this post.
 
Sometimes, it seems, Joseph Smith of Oyster River, Carpenter, has been confused in a couple secondary sources with Major/Col./Judge Joseph Smith of Hampton b. c1653-8 who was the son of Robert Smith of Exeter & Hampton, NH. Specifically, the History of Durham, pg 333 states our Joseph “is called ‘Judge of Probate’ in 1708, but indicates no source. I have seen nothing that would indicate this was Joseph of Oyster River. Instead, in my opinion, it was most likely Joseph of Hampton, as the numerous mentions in the Provincial Papers of New Hampshire indicate. These were definitely two distinct men of which our Joseph seems to be the older by at least 14 years.
 
Further, there seems to be some speculation that these two Joseph’s were somehow related, but to date, I have not seen a record to establish that. Although our Joseph’s son-in-law, Samuel Page of Hampton, was named an executor of Col Joseph’s will in 1712, NHPP Vol 31 pg 694, it could be merely coincidental that he is our Joseph’s son-in-law, as Joseph of Hampton was clearly cousins with Page family members.
 
There also is some speculation by other researchers that our Joseph Smith was related to John Smith, “The Cooper” of Hampton, said to have married Huldah Hussey. His father is said to be John Smith of Martha’s Vineyard. I have not followed this line at all. 
 
A genealogical record of the Smiths of Oyster River, implies there was also early on a John Smith of Oyster River. He is named in that book as being the brother of James & Joseph, all sons of George Smyth, but again, I have not seen evidence to confirm any of that. It is said this John “left his brethren and went to Little Compton [RI], in Plymouth Colony, on account of a young woman whom he had an aversion to; and at the same time she had a passionate regard for him, insomuch that after he absented himself, she cut off a piece from one of her fingers and sent it to him enclosed in a letter.” John did not marry the woman, but instead is said to have married someone else & had two daughters, who later married in Boston.
 
Several Smith DNA projects are underway & the prospect of DNA solving the mysteries still at hand is exciting! However, further DNA testing needs to be done for several male Smiths that trace back to Durham or Dover, NH in order to be certain of anything. Until then, or until further records are brought to light, all I can say is - I do not know who Joseph’s father or siblings were. While it would be easy to make assumptions based on George Symth being in Dover near its conception c1633-4, and then Joseph, James & John turning up in Oyster River c1657-61, that is not evidence.
 
Joseph, is first noted as witnessing a deed 9:12:1657, according to the History of Durham pg 333. On the same page it is footnoted:
 
“*Notice that Joseph Smith witnessed a deed when he was sixteen or seventeen years of age and that he married Elizabeth Bickford, who’s father was next neighbor to Charles Adams, and that the latter married Rebecca Smith. See Adams. Did not Joseph Smith come over with Charles Adams as a relative of his wife?”
 
In looking at Adams as directed, Rebecca Smith is mentioned under Mercy or Ursula b. 13 March 1674. She was captured by Natives in July 1694 & brought to Canada. Apparently, she was baptized in Canada 6 Apr 1697 & it was recorded she was the daughter of Charles and Rebecca (Smith) Adams of Oyster River.
 
There is no indication of what deed it was that may have been signed by Joseph, and I looked at all the deeds indexed on NHDeeds.com under 1657. It could be indexed incorrectly though, and as a side note, you also have to page through all the deeds without any date. I thought perhaps it was for Charles Adams, but only one deed prior to 1658 for Adams in Rockingham County exists & it is 1-83 from John Ault to Charles Adams 1651/2 [History of Durham says 1648]. Coincidence or not, George Symth is a witness on that deed, and is also the recorder at that time, proving he had atrocious handwriting, lol.
 
At about 21 in 1660, Joseph appears in the Dover/Oyster River records as receiving a grant & purchasing land, and begins showing on the Tax Lists in 1661.
 
He was caught being a little rowdy that year with Steven Robinson & Robert Lynsy/Hussey when they got carried away drinking & quarrelling, eventually confessing that “they changed a box on ye ear or two”. [ie: exchanged a punch or two] They were sentenced to pay fines. [NHPP Vol 40 Pgs 160 & 166]. That year Joseph also made a deposition that names him as “22 yeares, or there abouts”. [NHPP Vol 40 Pg 489]
 
There are a few other interesting notes in the court records about our Joseph which are as follows:

  • He was included in the disbursements paid by Robert Wadleigh for work about the sawmill of Lamprill river from Jan 1664-Oct 1668. [NHPP Vol 40, pg 543.

  • 29 June 1669, He was appointed to the Jury of Trials [NHPP Pg 244]

  • 1670 Constable – History of Durham pg 33

  • 27 June 1676 - Jury of Trials [NHPP Vol 40 pg 323]

  • 15 June 1676 – Joseph was fined after having been convicted of abusive behavior “towards Timothy Hillyard in Calling Him Indian Curr and shamble Hard-Cur, & other Revileing words to His Disparriagmentt”. [NHPP Vol 40 pg 435-6] A

  • A couple months later on 3 August 1676, Joseph went to court against Timothy Hillyard in a case in which Hillyard used a white oak log that Joseph had hauled up to the mill. Joseph lost the case & appealed to the County of Norfolk (Massachusetts).

  • 27 September 1676 – Joseph had a case against Roger Rose boatman “for withholding of Eight Hundred & Halfe of merchentable pine bords which wear the Remainder of six thousand and od measuer of Boards Delivered to ye sd Rose att Exetur & to bee Delivered att Boston”. Joseph won that case. [NHPP Vol 40 Pg 438]

  • Selectman in 1699, History of Durham, pg 333
 
 
Our Joseph Smith married Elizabeth Bickford, daughter of John and Temperance Bickford c1668 [Torrey Marriages; Hist of Durham]. A specific marriage record was not found in this research, so if it exists it is more challenging to find, but Joseph does appear to be a witness on John Bickford’s will [NHPP Vol XXXI, pg 296-298] & also is mentioned in the estate of Temperance Bickford [NHPP Vol XXXI pg 391].
 
Joseph's land ownership has been rather difficult to sort out, and much like his son John’s whereabouts & land, it has been confused in sources. We can be sure he was a land owner as early as 1660 & it seems the land he had in his lifetime included numerous, perhaps hundreds, of acres in various parts of Oyster River. His earliest & main residence for most of his life appears to have been on the north side of Oyster River about a half mile up from the mouth on what is now known as Emery Farm or Hills Family Farm, directly inland from the conservation land known as Wagon Hill Farm.
 
There, he had a garrison which was defended by his son Capt John Smith in the attack of 1694. This garrison is one of the twelve spoken of in The History of New Hampshire, Vol 1, by Belknap, pg 139, as having been one of the 5 preserved in the attack of the French and Indians in July 1694. The ambush which killed or captured 100 villagers was the most horrific attack in New Hampshire. There are several excellent articles on that topic including what is written in the History of NH, mentioned above, as well as an article written by Craig J. Brown in Historical New Hampshire Vol 53, Nos. 3&4, Fall/Winter 1998, & this blog at minerdecent.com.
 
Judge Valentine Smith of Durham was a descendant & his family notes refer to Joseph’s land as “Half Ride Rock”, but there seems to be some confusion as to where this land was. It is unclear to me if it was the land on the north side of Oyster River or if it was on the Squamscott in what would be Newmarket today. Just for reference, a “Half-ride Rock” is a rock that appears above water a halfebb; Halfebb means halfway between high tide & low tide while the tide is on its way out. I have not been to the site to see if anything matching this description exists there.
 
Several records point to Joseph’s land ownership on the north side of Oyster River including the following.
  • Dover Town Records 1647-1838 vol 1 pg 448 [Img 234 on FS]: 31: 7 [16]60: “Given and Granted unto Joseph Smeth his heirs and Assigns one small parsell of wast land on the north sid of Oyster River for a house lott provided it Intrench not apon anie former Grant wich sayd land leyeth Betwine the lott of Matthew Willyames and the lott of william willyames Juner as a peireth by the Grant”  
  • 1660 Rockingham County Deed 7-55: Matthew Williams of Oyster River for 20 pounds already given & other considerations, me thereunto moving, sell unto Joseph Smith of Oyster River [no occ], “forty acres of land” …”situated lying and being on ye north side of Oyster River” …”Bounded as followeth: the south end bounded by ye river, and the east side bounded by ye neck of land formerly granted unto Valentine Hill, and the north end lying against ye  __?__ and on ye northwest side bounded by ye said Joseph Smith’s land which was granted to him by ye Town of Dover” 14 Sept. 1660,
  • 1661 Joseph Smith first appears as being of Oyster River on the Dover Tax List; no other Smith is in Oyster River at that time. However, the next year James & John Smith also appear.
  • Dover Town Records 1647-1838 vol 1 Pg 528 [Img 274]: May the 13th 1673 – Whereas there was A Controversy Betwixt Ensign John Davis of oyster River and Joseph Smith of the same place about sume lands we whose names are under written here are appointed by the Towne have viewed the land and bounded Ensign davis land as follows beginning at white oak Tree at Stonee brook Cove near Joseph Smith’s fence which mark was owned by william Robbards who was one that first Laid out both the Lotts and Rune uppon a north north East Line to the head of the Lott which Line Took of Eighteen Rod from Ensign davis Lott to which Land we Added at the head of his Lott and have Left a suffissincy of Land to make good Joseph Smiths Lott and the East side of Ensign davis land is to stand as it was first Laid out and the west corner, at the head is bounded by a Red oak Tree [Signed] William Wentworth, John Bickford, John Heard [the latter 2 by marks]
  • 1678 Rockingham County Deed 3-147: 26 Aug 1678 Joseph Smith & John Davis – trespass agreement is formed between them regarding the land bought from Mathew Williams.
  • 19 March 1693/4 He had a grant of ten acres adjoining his house lot on the northwest [History of Durham, pg 333 & Town Records 1693-1757 Vol 3 , FS, Img 16]
  • 1697-8 Rockingham County Deed 7-5: Edward Leathers of Oyster River, to Joseph Smith of aforesaid town [no occ] 45 pounds – land & marsh on north side of Oyster River, beginning on ye north side of ye crook next to Oyster River falls & so running down by ye river side 27 rods & one half, upon an east & north point and from there two hundred rods from the north points 43 ½ rods to ye brook running westward to Hunkkins Mill with ten rods of saltmarsh from Jacksons Wesborn [?] bounds of his marsh running along by ye upland westward with all ye flatts and thatch joyning to ye march…etc. 10 Jan 1697-8
  • 1699 Rockingham County Deed 7-147 & 148: John Shapleigh of Kittery, adm to the est of Maj. Nicholas Shapleigh of Kittery, 70 pounds, convey to Mr. Joseph Smith & John Meader Jr both of Oyster River [no occ] 20 acres, located at ye mouth of Oyster River, all that tract, parcel or neck of land granted to Valentine Hill by Town of Dover on 5th day of the 5th month 1643. Bounds mention ye head of Royals Cove, head of a cove against Thomas Stinsons, exception Robert’s marsh,  [?] 20 Jan 1699 –
  • 1701 Grant by Town of Dover to Joseph Smith on 23 Jun 1701, 10 acres, sumwhat near Oyster River Falls, it lyeth by ye side of the highway that goes from Oyster River Falls to Quocheecho – see deed 14-282 below
  • Mar 1702-Oct 1702 [Town Records 1693-1757 vol 3 Img 35] granted additional land for loss of land in laying out road through his land
  • 1710 Rockingham County Deed 21-59: Joseph Smith of Oyster River [no occ] to John Meader Jr “me hereunto moving” , 50 pounds– “all my part of ye neck of land lying to ye eastward of old John Meader’s place where he now liveth Excepting & reserving only to myself an acre of land at ye point commonly called & known by ye name of Tickel Point, al ye rest of ye land belonging to me & as purchased by myself & sd John Meader Junr to say al my part lying to ye eastward of sd old Jno Meader’s & by us purchased of Jno Shaply on 20 Jan 1699 [land in deed 7-147] reserving one acre of land known as Tickle Point & a sufficient road through Meader’s land to Joseph’s reserve,19 Apr 1710 signed by Joseph & Elizabeth Smith.
  • 1716 Rockingham County Deed 9-477: Joseph Smith of Dover [no occ] 150 pounds, to John Chesley land & marsh lying on the northside of oyster river [same parcel as RC Deed 7-5] 29 Sept 1716
  • 1720 Rockingham County Deed 14-282: Joseph Smith of Oyster river, yeoman, 30 pounds, to James Conner, formerly of Irland, now of Oyster River, joyner, 10 acres, sumwhat near Oyster River Falls, it lyeth by ye side of the highway that goes from Oyster River Falls to Quocheecho, being given by grant by Town of Dover to Joseph Smith on 23 Jun 1701 & is laid out by John Smith & Jeremiah Burnham…beginning at the corner of land bought of Edwards Leathers…etc. May 23 1720
  • 1723 Rockingham County Deed 21-163: Joseph Smith of Dover, yeoman, to 25 pounds, to Joshua Crumel 15 acres being on Dover Neck lying on the southwest side of Thomas Whitehouse’s land, & westward on ye Back River, & north west Abrm Nute land, & east ward on highway.Oct 23 1723
 
Joseph Smith also owned land in several other areas as found below:
 
 
Southside of Oyster River:
  • 1716 Rockingham County Deed 9-552: Joseph Smith of Dover, 30 pounds, to ^son of Moses Davis, James Davis and ^ Joshua Davis of Dover, 40 acres on Oyster River on ye south side which I bought of Moses Davis Sr. by deed baring the date 11 Sep 1714, “beginning at my farm or working [?] house, southwest to Peter Mundro’s mark, then west…etc.  Dated 17 Sep 1716
 
Lamprey River:
  • 6 March 1693/4, [Town Records 1693-1757 vol 3 Img10 – north side of ??? unreadable] [grant] sixty acres on the north side of Lamprey River – via History of Durham, pg 333
  • 1699 Rockingham County Deed 7-3 & 4: Samuel Hilton of Exeter, Millwright, sells Joseph Smith of Oyster River, Carpenter, for 70 pounds, one half of a sawmill situatied on Piscasick river, with one half of ye falls, ___ work and monsills[?], with one half of all ye houses and ___ thereunto belonging together with one half of all woods, and timber, granted and being upon ye part of land formerly granted unto my father Edward Hilton deceased in consideration of setting up the sawmill aforesaid by the town of Exeter.  2 Sept 1699
  • Pascassick was the Native name for the first falls of the Lamprey, at the head of tide water, where the cotton mills of Newmarket now stand [Ancient Dover pg 12]
 
First Creek’s Marsh:
  • Rockingham County Deed 7-405: Dudley Hilton of Exeter, yeoman, 29 pounds, to Mr. Joseph Smith of Oyster River, 1708, marsh & flatts the upper end of the first creeks marsh Bounded on East & northeast by Richard Hilton’s marsh & flatts, northwest side [Closs home?] all along by the woods to the upper end, west and by Closs Hoome to William Powlins? And on the southeast side along by the river side extending to __ Water Marks til you meet with the aforesaid marsh & flatts Richard Hilton. 26 Aug 1708
 
Southeast side of Long Marsh:
  • 1694 Grant given by Town of Dover to Joseph Smith, 40 acres on the southeast side of long marsh – see Deed 6-609 below.
  • Rockingham County Deed 9-609: Joseph Smith of Oyster River, Carpenter, 20 pounds, to Edward Wakeham of Oyster River, weaver, 40 acres on the southeast side of long marsh, being a grant given by the freeholders of the town of Dover to Joseph Smith in the year 1694. 29 July 1717 [Long Marsh Rd runs inland from Bickford’s garrison]
 
Great Island, Newcastle:
  • Rockingham County Deed 11-222: John Russell, Newmarket, Turner, 50 pounds, Joseph Smith of Dover, all my house, land, and wharf garden on the Great Island in Newcastle…etc. signed by John & Mary Russell 1 Oct 1711 
  • Rockingham County Deed 11-224: Joseph of Dover, yeoman, 55 pounds, Daniel Greenough of Newcastle, Goldsmith, no description [land from 11-222?] 29 July 1712
 
He acted as POA in these deeds for John & Elizabeth Smart:
  • Rockingham County Deed 7-54: Capt John Smart & his wife Elizabeth of the city & county of New York, Mariner, to trusty & loving friend, Joseph Smith of Oyster River, house Carpenter, power of attorney. 1 Apr 1701.

  • Rockingham County Deed 8-8: Joseph Smith of Oyster River by attorney for John Smart & Elizabeth his wife of New York but formerly of Oyster River to John Ambler, 1 Apr 1701
 
 
He appears to have been, or at least leaned toward, being a Quaker having left money for repairs to the Friends meetinghouse in Dover in his will. In 1682, he was noted in the court records as receiving a warning for having not attended “publick worship of God these Severall years” [NHPP Vol 40 pg 387] As well, it is stated he was the First Clerk of the Dover Monthly Meeting [Smith book] & the following paper was found in the probate records according to the History of Durham, pg 333:
 
"Mary Tasket Dr. to Joseph Smith 1697 total 2-4-9.
"Friend henry knock i understand thou art conserned in the
estate of y^ deceased taskets estate, i desire thou would take
care to pay y Above mentioned some to me or to Samuel Daniels
his reseit for it shall be a discharg this is y^ request
"Joseph Smith"

 
What is also interesting in regard to this notation is that Mary Tasker [wife of William] was the daughter of Charles Adams, and [possibly] Rebecca Smith, mentioned previously. As well, Henry Knock was also married to one of the Adams daughters, Sarah.
 
1702 and following he was Selectmen several times & held other offices. [Smith book]
 
His tombstone was inscribed: “Sacred to the memory of Joseph Smith, who died Dec 15 1728, aged 89. He was the first European who cultivated the soil on which his remains are deposited.” [Smith book].
 
His wife’s stone which lies next to his reads “Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth Smith, wife of Joseph Smith who died May 25 1727”. [Smith book]
 
These markers are now located in the Durham Cemetery but they were originally located on his farm on the north side of Oyster River and were moved to their current location by a descendant. See this blog post for more about that.
 
His will dated July 17 1727 appears in the NH Provincial Papers:
 
JOSEPH SMITH 1727 DURHAM
 
In The name and fear of God Amen
The Seventh Day of July one thousand Seven hundred and twenty
Seven 1727 I Joseph Smith of oyster River in the Township of
Dover in his majesties province of new Hampshire In new England,
being ageed and well Stricken in years and weake of body *
 
Imprimis I give and bequeth to my well beloved Son John Smith
one hundred pounds pasible money of new England or bills of
credit, to be raised and Levied out of my Estate to be paid in the
Space of one year after my Deceas
 
Item I give and bequeth to my well beloved Daughter marry the
wife of Samuel Page the Sum of forty pounds pasible money of new
England or bills of credit, to be raised and Levied out of my Estate,
and to be paid in the Space of one year after my Decease
 
Item I give and bequeth to my well beloved daughter Elizabeth
the wife of amos Pinkham the Sum of forty pounds pasible money
of new England or bills of credit, to be raised and Levied out of my
Estate and to be paid in the space of one year after my Deceas
 
Item I give and bequeth to my well beloved grand Daughter
Sobriety the wife of John Cromet fifteen pounds pasible money of
new England or bills of Credit, to be raised and Levied out of my
Estate and to be paid in the Space of one year after my Deceas
 
Item I give and bequeth to my well beloved grand Daughter
Peacience the wife of Jacob Tash the Sum of Ten pounds pasible
money or bills of credit, to be raised, and Levied out of my Estate
and To be paid in the space of one year after my Deceas
 
Item I give and bequeth to and for the use and repairing of our
friends meeting house on Dover neck The Sum of twelve pounds
pasible money of new England or bills of credit, to be raised, and
Levied out of my Estate and to be paid in the Space of one year
after my Deceas or when need requier it
 
Item I give and bequeth to my well beloved Son Samuel Smith,
whom I Likewise constitute make and ordain my Sole Executor,
of this my Last will and Testament, all and Singular my Lands
messuages and tenements to him the said Samuel Smith and his
heirs or assigns for Ever by him or them freely to be possesed and
Enjoyed, as also I give and bequeth to my Said Son Samuel Smith
all my Estate, both real and personal, of what kind nature, quality,
or condition what soever, goods Chattels, Implements, Debts, bills,
bonds, Specialties, necessaries, Sums of money, and all other things,
whatsoever, as well moveable, as, Immoveable, of what nature,
kind or Quality Soever they be, and in whose hands, custody possession
governance or keeping or what soever place, or places, they
be, or may be found, within the town Ship of Dover as in any other
town, or towns within his majesties province of new Hampshire
new England or Eles where, by him the Said Samuel Smith his heirs
and assigns for Ever freely to be possessed and Enjoyed,
 
and I Do hereby utterly, Disallow, revoke and Disannul, all and
Every other former testaments Wills, Legcies and bequests, and
Executors, by me in any ways before named, willed and bequeathed,
Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last will and
Testament : in witness whereof, I have hereunto Set my hand and
Seal the Day and year above written
 
Signed, Sealed, published pro- Joseph Smith
nounced, and Declared, by the
Said Joseph Smith as his Last
will and Testament, in the presence
of us the Subscriders
John williams
nicoles meder
John Moulden
his
John X Bunker
mark
[Proved Dec. 26, 1728.]
 
[Blank sheet of paper for bond, signed by Mary Smith, Jonathan
Wadleigh, and Jonas Rundlett ; witnesses, Jacob Smith and
Jonathan Thing.]
 

                                  Children of Joseph Smith & Elizabeth Bickford
                                    Smith book – lists 4 children – not Joseph Jr
 
1. Lt/Capt. John Smith b: Jan 9 1669 See Previous Sketch Born at his father’s place 9 Jan 1669. At 25, 17 Jun 1694 (1 mo before attack) married Susanna Chelsey. * children [Smith book]
2. Mary Smith b: 1670 m: James Thomas (2) Mar 8 1726 Samuel Page of Hampton
3. Elizabeth Smith b: 1672 [James Pinkham- Smith Book] m: Capt Samuel Chesley (2) Amos Pinkham
4. Samuel Smith b: June 16 1687 m: Hannah Burnham, (dau of Jeremiah Burnham [Smith book] )- mentioned in father’s & brother John's will; lived on north side of Oyster River, near its mouth, on land first owned by Joseph. Samuel died 2 May 1760 aged 73, his wife died 10 yrs before, and both were buried in the burial place on the north side of Oyster River.
[Smith book] 12 children: [Smith book]
        i. Samuel Smith b. 22 Mar 1711
       ii. Elizabeth Smith b. 29 Apr 1712
      iii. Mary Smith b. Aug 1714 m. Timothy Emerson
      iv. Hannah Smith b. 1 Jun 1716 m. Richard Waldron
       v. Temperance Smith b. 16 Sep 1718 m. Joseph Varney
      vi. Sarah Smith b. 7 Oct 1720 m. Samuel Chelsey
     vii. Patience Smith b 6 Apr 1722 m. Joseph Knight
     viii. Joseph Smith b. 12 Mar 1725
       ix. Benjamin Smith b. 24 Apr 1726
       x. Jeremiah Smith b. 11 Feb 1728
      xi. John Smith b. 19 Aug 1729
     xii. Robert Smith 10 Apr 1732
 
5??. Joseph Smith Jr had a grant of 40 acres in 1694 d: prob bef his father  - per History of Durham, pg 333- not on fa's will, not mentioned in History of Newfields, nothing found by this researcher that indicates a Joseph Jr existed in this time period. There may be a grant that indicates it but I did not see it, nor did I see one for 40 acres for the elder Joseph.
 
 

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<![CDATA[September 28th, 2016]]>Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:55:43 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/9771477<![CDATA[Smith Family Cemeteries, Oyster River, Durham, Newmarket, NH]]>Sat, 06 Aug 2016 12:22:01 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/smith-family-cemeteries-oyster-river-durham-newmarket-nhJohn Smith Family Cemetery, Bay Rd Newmarket, NH
to read more on John Smith click here
The two remaining grave stones below have been the only stones visible for at least the last 100 years. An article about the Davis-Smith Garrison was published in The Granite Monthly, New Series Vol x1, pg 327 in 1916. At that time, it is noted these two are the only graves left "of the many that were buried here". It is unclear to me if Capt. John Smith (1669-1744) & his wife Susanna were buried here or not. They very well could have been, or they may have been buried in his father's cemetery on Oyster River discussed below. In either case, markers no longer exist for either of them.
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John Smith Family Cemetery, Bay Rd. Newmarket, NH, once known as Lubberland. Photo by Romeyn T. Murphy.
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John Smith Family Cemetery "In memory of Ebenezer Smith Esq Born June 6 1712 Died Jan 25 1764 Aged 59 years" Photo by Romeyn T. Murphy. According to the Granite Monthly the incription also read "Blessed are the dead, who died in the Lord, from henceforth yea, saith the Spririt, that they may rest from their labours and their works do follow them.
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John Smith Family Cemetery "In memo... [broken] Mr John Smith [broken] Born Nov 4 17 [?? broken] Died May 9 178 [? broken] Photo by Romeyn T. Murphy. Aged 33 years" This was the son of Ebenezer -per his death record at NH Vital Records.
Joseph Smith Family Cemetery, Oyster River/Durham, NH
Graves now located in Durham Cemetery
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Durham Cemetery, Durham, NH via Findagrave.org - Photo by Michelle Smith
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Durham Cemetery, Durham, NH via Findagrave.org - Photo by Michelle Smith “Sacred to the memory of Joseph Smith, who died December 15, 1728, aged eighty-nine years. He was the first European who cultivated the soil in which his remains are deposited.”
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Durham Cemetery, Durham, NH via Findagrave.org - Photo by Michelle Smith “Sacred to the memory of Elizabeth Smith, wife of Joseph Smith, who died May 25, I 727.”
It is clear these two graves, & others, were originally in the Joseph Smith Family Cemetery which was on the north-side of Oyster River about a half mile up from the mouth. This land was later owned by Forrest Smith Emery & he is the one who had them moved. The cemetery is said to have been near where the Garrison once stood on that property. As late as 1914 the grave yard was noted in History of Strafford County, pg 297, "In that burial ground you saw the gravestones of six generations of the Smith family, who in turn had been owners of that land; it is a condition which probably no burial ground in New Hampshire can duplicate. "

Part of the Joseph Smith property is still a farm today worked by Joseph's descendants. It is known as Emery Farm. Now owned by David Hills, you can read how he has protected the Hills Family Farm by ensuring its conservation with The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests here. There is also a Town Conservation area next to where Joseph's land was known as Wagon Hill Farm.
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<![CDATA[New Hampshire Smith Men - DNA?]]>Sun, 31 Jul 2016 13:19:45 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/new-hampshire-smith-men-dnaI am pleading for males named Smith who descend from any one of one of these couples below (or other New Hampshire, Maine & Massachusetts Smith lines) to have their Y DNA tested to help solve many Smith brick-walls. Especially as they relate to mine, between Joseph Smith (1639-1728) & his parentage which is in question (despite what many secondary sources say).

*Samuel Smith (1761-1844) & Abigail Burleigh of Ossipee NH
*Benjamin Smith (1709-17791) of Durham, NH who had 3 wives: Jemima Hall, Anna Veazie & Sarah Clark
*John Smith (1669-1744) & Susanna Chesley of Durham/Oyster River, NH
*Joseph Smith (1639-1728) of Durham/Oyster River/Dover, NH

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Smith Connections DNA Project for Descendants of Northeastern US Smith Families:
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Smiths Worldwide:
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Official Smith DNA Project for ALL Smiths, Schmidts, Smythes,Smyths,Smithey, Smithhart and Smitts and any variation from every geographical location:
https://www.familytreedna.com/public/smiths/default.aspx

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<![CDATA[Surname Saturday - John Smith & Susanna Chesley of Oyster River/Durham NH]]>Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:20:18 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/surname-saturday-john-smith-susanna-chesley-of-oyster-riverdurham-nh
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Photo via Romeyn T. Murphy. This marker stands on Bay Rd in Newmarket about 1/2 mile before Great Cove Farm if headed to Durham. It is on the left hand side and is a also on a very sharp corner, be careful. The Smith Cemetery was across the street in the field. The graves were moved to Durham Cemetery in 1968. Only 2 markers remain in the field. I'll blog about it soon.
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A view from the Smith land on Bay Rd Newmarket across from the Davis-Smith Garrison. Photo by Romeyn T. Murphy.
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Lamprey River just below the Wiswall Mill Site. Photo by Romeyn T. Murphy.
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Davis-Smith Garrison. Photo via Newmarket Historical Society.
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Lamprey River, Packers Falls aka "second falls". Photo by Romeyn T. Murphy.
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Lamprey River, Wiswall Falls Mill Site. Photo by Romeyn T. Murphy.
Lt/Capt. John Smith b: 9 Jan 1669 [i] & was the son of Joseph Smith & Elizabeth Bickford. [ii] He married Susanna Chesley on 17 Jun 1694. [iii] She was the daughter of Thomas Chesley & Elizabeth Thomas. [iv] [Thomas, son of Philip, built a garrison a Lubberland and was killed by Natives Nov 15 1697.[v]]

I am currently delving into deeds of his father Joseph, but it seems clear John & Susanna had lived at "Half Ride Rock" before moving to what was later referred to as "Red Rock". The property known as Red Rock is discussed in several sources as noted below. What did not seem to fit this property was..."Was just finishing his honeymoon when he defended so successfully the garrison at Oyster River July 17 1694." (pg 642, History of Newfields, NH) He goes on to say.."The garrison at Lubberland, occupied by David Davis was destroyed in the attack. The block house doubtless built in place of it stood until 1880."

The Lubberland garrison he talks of was the one which stood on Red Rock, John lived there beginning in about 1705. The garrison John defended in the 1694 attack was a different garrison which stood on the land of his father, Joseph, & was on the north shore of Oyster River, likely known as "Half Ride Rock" by family members. The Smith book compiled by Ballard Smith Jr & titled A genealogical record of the Smiths of Oyster River : from the first settler in 1630 to 1874, with some account of the immediate ancestors of Hon. Valentine Smith and his descendents, Louisville: Courier-journal Print, 1874, 28 pgs. confirms this & sources "several records in the old volumes made by Capt. Woodman and others".

For an excellent summary of the context of the Oyster River Attack visit this blog from MinerDecent.com. I do not confirm or deny anything in it in relation to the Smiths specifically, because I have to read those details more carefully, but it is definitely an exceptional post.

"Red Rock, according to the family history journal in possession of the Durham Historical Association, was situated on the north shore of Great Bay about two miles from its juncture with the Piscataqua, being nine miles from the ocean. It states "The site is most beautiful and commanding. The bay is found by the junction of the Swanset, Winnecunnet & Piscataqua rivers is almost 5 miles long and four broad. The place is now owned by Judge Valentine Smith lineal descendant of John."..."The present residence was erected by Capt Benj’, son of John in 1732."

According to the History of Durham pg 107, David Davis “built the garrison house at Lubberland, in 1695, afterward known as the Smith garrison. Two soldiers were stationed at "David Davis's Garrison," 6 Jan.1696. He was killed in this vicinity by Indians, 27 Aug. 1696. His (David's) widow, Susanna, married James Durgin.” The dates clearly do not mesh with what else is written.

Most sources concur, Capt Smith owned & occupied his house at Lubberland after 1694 but as early as 1705. "Here, he & his sons kept an open house, his fires gleaming with generous hospitality. He was a land surveyor, and engaged extensively in the lumber trade, owning almost the entire shore of Great Bay and sawmills at the first and second falls of Lamprey River. He was a Captain in a military company & served as Selectman of Dover 7 years, bet 1711-1727. He petitioned for the incorporation of Durham in 1732 and to be joined to Massachusetts in 1739. He united with the church at Oyster River on Mar 17, 1723." - see A genealogical record of the Smiths of Oyster River

John's property on Bay Rd now encompasses what is known as the Nature Conservatory in Newmarket, NH & the Lubberland Creek Preserve. See his son Benjamin's sketch for a map of the Smith properties compiled by Janet Mackie of the Durham Historical Association & myself.

However, what confuses this situation even further is that on the Map of Durham in the History of Durham, it lists the David Davis Garrison location near Smith Garrison Rd in Newmarket which is quite a long distance from the Smith-Davis Garrison Marker & Old Smith Cemetery. Honestly, I don't know what to say about that yet.

John was said to be a land surveyor, although is most often named as yeoman. He was also involved in lumber which was a principal part of the local economy at the time. Ballard states "He had mills both at the first and second falls of Lamprey River". John Carmichael of the Newmarket Historical Society tells me "the 1st falls is the old falls where the Lamprey empties directly into estuary behind the mills into tidal water.  (location of the present dam). " The second falls appears to be what is now called Packer's Falls.

The following Rockingham County Deeds 1629-1708: were found for John Smith of Oyster River/Dover/Durham. They can be viewed in full on NHDeeds.com

Grantee Deeds:

10-414 John Bickford to John Smith - 60 acres at 2nd falls Lamprey River 8 Apr 1703
8-143 Roger Rose to John Smith -assigned outstanding mortgages to him 17 July 1705
8-155 Roger & Abigail Rose of Portsmouth to John Smith - indenture - 17 July 1705:
All the land, salt marsh, houses, field & orchards in Lubberland that Rose bought from John York
10-411 John Rawlins to John Smith - all the land he bought from Roger Rose

Grantor Deeds:
25-41 John Smith to brother Samuel Smith, sons of Joseph Smith, 10 March 1729-30.
18-268 John Smith to Hugh Ranking - land in Nottingham, 30 Jun 1731
23-455 John Smith to Jeremiah Clough, Land in Canterbury 1738
85-71 John Smith to Abraham Mathes, 10 acres in Durham brought from Doe,  28 Nov 1740
32-634 John Smith to Benjamin Bickford, land in Nottingham, 9 Dec 1745


John was also noted as Selectman of Dover in 1711-1713, 1720, 1724-1725 & 1727.

His transcribed will can be found in the New Hampshire Provincial Papers, Vol XXXII pg 775, dated Mar 10, 1739/40, proved Jul 27 1744 "well aged".  Divisions of the land are clearly made & it mentions the estate paying 2/3 of funeral charges for him & his wife & that John, Joseph & Benjamin should pay the remaining 3/5. The will names brother Samuel Smith of Durham; Sons: John; Joseph; Benj of Durham; Samuel; Ebenezer of Durham; Elizabeth wife of Robert Burnum; Hannah wife of Tristram Coffin. It also states Ebenezer shall pay unto his mother yearly. So we can be pretty sure this is him & he likely died between 1739/40 – Jul 1744. I have not seen the original yet, but I have attached the transcribed images in this post.  
 
The History of Newfields, NH states on pg 310 under baptisms:
"1719-20 February 28, Susannah Smith, wife of Lt John Smith and her children, John Smith Jr; Joseph Smith (these two of age). Samuel, Benjamin, Ebenezer, Winthrop (minors). Mrs Smith was the daughter of Capt Thomas Chelsey and married Lt John Smith June 17 1694. She was admitted to the church Mar 17 1723. He petitioned respecting Oyster river Parish affairs in 1716, was parish clerk in 1717 and died in 1722."
 
Then it also states further down:
“1722-23 January 3, At funeral of Lt. John Smith (at Loverland) baptized the youngest son of Winthrop Smith”

However, NEHGSR Vol 30 pg 61 transcribes it as the following:
1722-23
Jan'y 30. At funeral of Lt John Smith's (at Loverland) youngest son Winthrop, I baptized...."

History of Newfields, NH pg 643 states:
Regarding our John- “United with the church at Oyster River March 17 1723; died May 14 1744. His wife died May 10 1719”
 
Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977 states: “(died about 1739)[1744 - crossed out]”
 
History of Durham, NH, pg 333 states:
“He died 14 May 1744. She died 24 Mar 1746, aged 68.“

A genealogical record of the Smiths of Oyster River : from the first settler in 1630 to 1874, with some account of the immediate ancestors of Hon. Valentine Smith and his descendants, Louisville: Courier-journal Print, 1874, 28 pgs, states:
"Capt. John died May 14 1744"

It seems that John & his wife, along with several other of his children & their descendants were likely all buried in a small family cemetery at Lubberland which is now located across from where the Davis-Smith Garrison Marker is on Bay Rd. There are only one & one half markers that remain & they are not in their original placement. There seems to be some confusion & rumor about what happened to that little cemetery. I'm working on getting to the bottom of it, but we do know as far back as 1916, these were the only two stones that remained as it is talked about it The Granite Monthly, New Series Vol x1, pg 327.

Joseph & Elizabeth Smith, John's parents, were never buried in that location but were instead originally buried on Joseph's land on the north-side of Oyster River & the graves & stone were moved to Durham Cemetery in 1968 by Forrest Smith Emery - as the marker in Durham Cemetery states. See this blog
 
The History of Durham & The History of Newfield have more information on John & Susanna's descendants that have neither been confirmed or denied by this researcher as I just don't have time to sort through them. Also, I did not specifically look for information on their descendants in the journals or other files at the Durham Historical Association Museum unless they related to my line. So, further information might be found there.

                                                             Their children were:
1. John Smith b: 18 May 1695. [vi] Baptized 1719-20 February 28. He married Mary Jones [vii] on 1 Jun 1727. [viii] He died 17 Dec 1747 aged 52. [ix] No known children. His estate went to his widow & siblings including: Ebenezer, Joseph, Samuel Jr., Benjamin, Elizabeth Burnam wife of Robert; Hannah Coffin wife of Tristram - See NH Provincial Papers.
 
2. Elizabeth Smith b: 1 Aug 1697.[x] She married Robert Burnham on 14 May 1714 [xi] & received land rights in Rochester, NH on her father's will. She died 1759. [xii]
 
3. Joseph Smith b: 7 Sep 1701. [xiii] Baptized 1719-20 February 28. He married Sarah Glidden on 20 Nov 1729, [xiv] daughter of Andrew Glidden.[xv] She was born Sept 11, 1712 and died Nov 26, 1785.[xvi] He died 29 Mar 1781. [xvii]
 
4. Hannah Smith b: 30 Sep 1703. [xviii] She married Tristram Coffin on 24 Nov 1726. [xix]  She died 1761. [xx] She received land rights in Rochester, NH on her father's will.
 
5. Samuel Smith b: 6 Feb 1706, [xxi] & Baptized 1719-20 February 28.. [xxii] He married Margaret Lindall [xxiii] on 17 Jan 1733. [xxiv] The History of Newfield, NH provides the following: rec'd from his father the western part of the homestead, afterwards occupied by Robert Channel; moved to Lamprey River Village; was town clerk of Oyster River 1739; and soldier 1745; was 2nd lieut in Capt Somersbee Gilman's Co, Col John Hart's Reg't, in the Crown Point Expedition; credited with labor on fire raftes at Newington. Oct 22 1775 and adjuntant in Col Thomas Tash's Regiment, sept 4 1776, and onward. The road from Lamprey River to Durham passed through his land in 1768"
 
6. Benjamin Smith b: 22 Mar 1709 Baptized 1719-20 February 28.

7. Ebenezer Smith b: 6 Jun 1712. [xxv] Baptized 1719-20 February 28. He married Margaret Weeks on 8 Apr 1728. [xxvi] The History of Newfield states she was the daughter of Joshua Weeks of Greenland. Further it states he received of his father the middle portion of his estate including the old block house at Lubberland; was a soldier, 1758; petitioned for a lottery in aid of a bridge, and its location at Newfields, 1759-60; was deacon at Durham; also selectman. He died 25 Jan 1764 & she died 23 Feb 1816. [xxvii]
 
8. Winthrop Smith b: 30 May 1714 Baptized 1719-20 February 28. d: 1728. [xxviii] History of Newfields states he died Jan 28 1723.
 
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Sourcing:
[i] History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 333
[ii] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 333
[iii] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 333
[iv] History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 333; History of Newfield, NH, pg 642
[v] History of Newfield, NH
[vi] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 333; History of Newfield, NH
[vii] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977;
[viii] History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 334
[ix] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 334; History of Newfield, NH
[x] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 334; History of Newfield, NH
[xi] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 334; History of Newfield, NH
[xii] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977;
[xiii] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 334
[xiv] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 334; History of Newfield NH
[xv] History of Newfield, NH
[xvi] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Newfield, NH
[xvii] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977;
[xviii] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 334;
[xix] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 334;
[xx] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 334;
[xxi] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 334; History of Newfield, NH
[xxii] History of Newfield, NH
[xxiii] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH, 1913, pg 334; History of Newfield, NH
[xxiv] History of Newfield, NH, pg 109
[xxv] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977;
[xxvi] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977;
[xxvii] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977;
[xxviii] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977;

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<![CDATA[Surname Saturday - Benjamin Smith of Durham, NH]]>Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:16:28 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/surname-saturday-benjamin-smith-of-durham-nh
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Map of Smith land in Oyster River aka Durham, now Newmarket, NH. Yellow lines are John Smith boundaries. Red lines Benjamin Smith boundaries. Both according to Janet Mackie of the Durham Historical Association. Joseph Smith, John's father, originally was granted 500 acres.
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Res. of Benjamin c1732-1740 & later, Valentine Smith now known as Great Cove Farm Newmarket NH. Photo by Romeyn T. Murphy
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Great Cove Farm Newmarket NH. Photo by Romeyn T. Murphy
Benjamin Smith was born 22 Mar 1709, son of Capt John Smith & Susanna Chesley [i] in Louberlan, sometimes called Lubberland/Loverland which is an area between Newmarket & Durham NH.[ii] His father's entire homestead property was known as Red Rock, and was several hundred acres of land.

Benjamin's birth was recorded in Dover records, [iii] baptized Feb 28 1720. [iv] He married first Jemima Hall, dau of Deacon Edward Hall of Newmarket.[v] Jemima was a descendant of Kingsley Hall of Exeter, a provincial counsellor of NH in 1698.[vi] Benjamin married 2nd, Anna Veazie of Stratham & 3rd, Sarah Clark of Stratham, NH.[vii]
 
According to Ballard Smith Jr. Benjamin received lands from his grandfather at the first Falls of the Lamprey on the east side in Durham, "where the road now turns down to the bridge that leads to Newmarket." had a mill & built a house residing there a while. Greene, in The Granite Monthly, Vol XI, pg 329, states that home was "where the road turns to 'Durham Bridge' (Newmarket). In an old map of 1800, this bridge is called 'Picked Rock Bridge' and this rock plainly shows itself when the water has been drawn from the river. At this place Benjamin also built a mill (said to have stood where the Newmarket Manufacturing Co's 'Planer' now stands)." 

However, he returned to Louberlan/Lubberland & built a house remaining there the rest of his life.[viii] The home in Lubberland was built c1740 on 280 acres he eventually received from the eastern portion of his father’s property which was given in his will.[ix] [See image above] The home that he built there is currently known as Great Cove Farm on Bay Rd in Newmarket NH.[x] It has been part of Newmarket since 1870 when the town line between Newmarket & Durham was changed. [xi] In 1849 Judge Valentine Smith, grandson of Benjamin, had possession of the house. [xii] Further, Ballard Smith Jr. states in his book, Benjamin had "several quite large tracts of land in Canterbury & Boscowen."

Rockingham County Deeds available to view on NHDeeds.com show the following deeds for Benjamin Smith of Durham between 1730-1750:

Grantee:
John Wedgewood 19-388
William Hilton 20-396
William Hilton 21-172
John Burnham 24-437
Nathaniel Doe Etal 29-227
Francis Durgin 35-411
Ebenezer Smith 83-270
John Mason 35-409
Robert Mason 37-41
John & Mary Mason 39-46

Grantor:
Josiah Parsons 27-464
John Wedgewood 27-468
Ralph Cross 30-540
John Bergin 60-324

I have not gathered the deeds after 1750 yet.


“He was Capt in Militia, then a very important & distinguished office. He held several offices in town & was much respected, & like his father he was a large landholder.”[xiii] Benjamin joined the church in Durham Oct 31 1780, [xiv] and was selectman and on the Committee of Safety in his 70th year. [xv]
 
Benjamin died Oct 13, 1791.[xvi] He is said to be buried on the point below the house.[xvii]
 
The Strafford County Probate Books show the inventory for Benjamin’s estate. His wife Sarah was Administrator. Everything regarding the estate should be re-examined & an original file should be located & photographed, if it exists. This researcher did not see any specific reference to his heirs, but it is uncertain if everything available was reviewed at that time in 2012. It seems just the inventory recorded in the books was located at that time. Ballard Smith Jr. states most of his estate was left to his youngest son Benjamin, however, it is clear Benjamin's son, John, received the homestead at some point as it was passed to Valentine, Ballard's grandfather.
 
Deeds to or from Benjamin have not been reviewed by the researcher yet & this should be done, as well as looking further into the records at the Durham Historical Association, as well as any archives for Dover, Newmarket & Newfield NH. As you can see, this work is by no means complete.

Also note I have not even so much as looked at the published version of
A genealogical record of the Smiths of Oyster River : from the first settler in 1630 to 1874, with some account of the immediate ancestors of Hon. Valentine Smith and his descendents, Louisville: Courier-journal Print, 1874, 28 pgs.
 
                                                               Children with 1st wife, Jemima Hall
1. Edward Smith [oldest] [xviii] b: __?__ married Mary Bryant [xix] on Dec 28, 1768, dau of Walter and Eliz (Folsom) Bryant.[xx] He died 3 Jun 1818 [xxi] & she died 23 Jan 1810 [xxii], but Valentine Smith’s journal states Feb 1810.
     The History of Durham & The History of Newfield have more information on these lines. This researcher did not specifically look for information on their descendants in the journals or other files at the Durham Historical Association Museum.
 
2. John Smith b: Sept 20 1732. [xxiii] He married Lydia Millet on Apr 3, 1758. [xxiv] She was the daughter of Thomas Millett & Love Burnham of Dover Neck. [xxv] John died 24 Oct 1819 & Lydia died 4 Mar 1821.[xxvi]
     The History of Durham & The History of Newfield have more information on these lines. This researcher did not specifically look for information on their descendants in the journals or other files at the Durham Historical Association Museum. That said, their son, Judge Valentine Smith is the man we owe much of this documentation to. In addition, he inherited his grandfather, Benjamin Smith’s home built c1740 & which is now known as Great Cove Farm in Newmarket, NH.
 
3. Mary Smith b: __?__.[xxvii] She married Mark Jewell on Oct 17 1751.[xxviii]
                                                      
                                           Benjamin’s 2nd marriage with Anna Veazie
4. Samuel Smith See This Sketch
                                                                       
                                           Benjamin’s 3rd Marriage with Sarah Clark
5. Benjamin Smith b: May 2 1769. [xxix] He married Nancy Smith, dau of John Smith, Esq.[xxx] He died __ 10 1826. [xxxi] History of Durham states Nov 4, 1826 & History of Newfield states Dec 10, 1826. She died Jan 6 1850, a79.[xxxii]
 
     The History of Durham & The History of Newfield have more information on these lines. This researcher did not specifically look for information on their descendants in the journals or other files at the Durham Historical Association Museum.
 

Copyright 2016 - Amylynne Murphy - NHGenealogist.com

Sourcing:
[i] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Newfields, NH 1638-1911 by James Hill Fitts, pg 642; History of Durham NH pg 333;
[ii] 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977;
[iii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL5W-CQ8 : 12 December 2014), Benjamen Smith, 22 Mar 1709; citing Dover, Strafford, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,041; "New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FDJV-DW5 : 12 December 2014), Benjamen Smith, 22 Mar 1709; citing DOVER TWP,STRAFFORD,NEW HAMPSHIRE; FHL microfilm 1,001,041.
[iv] History of Newfields, NH 1638-1911 by James Hill Fitts;
[v] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH pg 333;
[vi] 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977;
[vii] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH pg 333;
[viii] 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977;
[ix] History of Newfields, NH 1638-1911 by James Hill Fitts; Janet Mackie, Durham Historical Society, correspondence with me in July 2016
[x] Janet Mackie, Durham Historical Society, correspondence with me in July 2016.
[xi] Janet Mackie, Durham Historical Society, correspondence with me in July 2016.
[xii] 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977;
[xiii] 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977;
[xiv] History of Newfields, NH 1638-1911 by James Hill Fitts;
[xv] History of Durham NH pg 333;
[xvi] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977;
[xvii] Janet Mackie, Durham Historical Society, correspondence with me in July 2016.
[xviii] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH pg 333;
[xix] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH pg 333;
[xx] History of Durham NH pg 333;
[xxi] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH pg 333;
[xxii] History of Durham NH pg 333;
[xxiii] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH pg 333;
[xxiv] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH pg 333;
[xxv] History of Newfields, NH 1638-1911 by James Hill Fitts
[xxvi] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977;
[xxvii] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH pg 333; History of Newfields, NH 1638-1911 by James Hill Fitts
[xxviii] History of Durham NH pg 333;
[xxix] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH pg 333; History of Newfields, NH 1638-1911 by James Hill Fitts
[xxx] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH pg 333;
[xxxi] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977;
[xxxii] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Durham NH pg 333;

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<![CDATA[Surname Saturday UPDATE: Samuel Smith & Abigail Burleigh of Newmarket & Ossipee, NH]]>Sat, 16 Jul 2016 11:14:51 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/surname-saturday-update-samuel-smith-abigail-burleigh-of-newmarket-ossipee-nhI had said back in 2013 that I could not delve further into the ancestry of Samuel Smith at that time, because further work needed to be done on the line & its sourcing. This is an update to that line & the most accurate information I have as of July 2016, therefore I have replaced the 2013 post with this update.
 
Samuel Smith was born Mar 7 1761 on what is now known as Great Cove Farm in Newmarket, NH & was the son of Benjamin Smith & his 2nd wife Anna Veazie.[i]
 
The majority of the birth, date & marriage information for this line from here back to Capt John Smith comes from the family notes written by Judge Valentine Smith (1774-1869), who was a nephew of this Samuel. There are two books in the possession of the Durham Historical Society that contain the births, deaths and marriages of the Smith Family, both are very old. One is labeled as the property of Judge Valentine Smith, the other was probably that of his child or grandchild. From Valentine’s especially, I think we can be certain that the information in that book is accurate as far as the generations shortly before him & during his lifetime. Samuel, his father & grandfather fit in that category. Samuel’s birth & parentage are specifically mentioned in these books, his children, however are not. They are sourced according the notes that follow in this sketch. Also, Ballard Smith Jr. published A Genealogical Record of the Smiths of Oyster Rive in 1874, 28pgs. This sources also confirms Samuel was the son of Benjamin and states ""Samuel, who was born March 7 1761, and died in September, 1743, at Ossipee." (He obviously meant to write 1843.)

The guardianship of Samuel Smith, aged less than 14 years, was granted to Benjamin Smith Dec 27 1769 via probate records vol 26 pg 67. A bond for Benjamin Smith of Durham, with Walter Bryent and Edward Smith, yeoman, both of Newmarket, as sureties, in the sum of L500 was issued Dec 27, 1769, for the guardianship of his son, Samuel Smith: witnesses, Jeremy Bryent, Gideon [Gidden.]
 
Samuel married Abigail Burleigh/Burley on Jan 9 1783 in Newmarket, NH by Nathaniel Ewer, Clergyman, reported by Newmarket, NH[ii]. She was born about 1762 likely in the Newmarket area, daughter of _____
William Burleigh b: abt 1722 [James Burleigh, James Burleigh, Giles Burleigh]. [iii]
 
Samuel Smith & Abigail Burleigh removed to the Wolfeborough – Ossipee line, on the south end of Ossipee, NH in Lot 8 by 1793 via Survey Maps of Ossipee from 1772-1799, & 1800 located at the Ossipee Public Library. Strafford County Deeds 30-127 & 30-129 for Samuel from George Jaffery of Portsmouth offers further proof of this stating "Samuel Smith of Wolfeboro" 46 acres in part of lot 2 in the subdivision of Lot 8 of Ossipee, May 1 1793. In my opinion, ALL the deeds involving Samuel need to be pulled and further evaluated for familial connections and land placement, but this is a huge task.
 
I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but the 1800 & 1820 US Censuses for the area do not exist. Therefore, we cannot determine if there are older children of Samuel & Abigail’s that are unaccounted for. I suspect there are. It would be extremely unusual to have married in 1783 & not have a child until 9 years later. Children could have easily been born between 1783-1794 and not be on the census in 1810, especially sons who could be off with families of their own or younger ones could be off apprenticing by then. On the other hand, given Samuel’s father’s name was Benjamin & the old recorded son of Samuel was named Benjamin, it is possible there weren’t any sons born between 1783-1791.
 
The 1810 US Census Ossipee, NH shows:
Saml Smith County: Strafford 
Males Under 10: 2  [b: bet 1800-1810]         These fit with Eben & probably Ezra
Males 10 to 15:   1  [b: bet 1795-1800]         This fits with William
Males 16 to 25:   1  [b: bet 1785-1794]         This fits with Benjamin
Males 45 and Over: 1  [over 45 makes him b: before 1765]
Females 10 to 15: 2  [b: bet 1795-1800]       2 Unknown females
Females 16 to 25:1  [b: bet 1785-1794]        1 Unknown female
Females 45 and Over:1 [over 45 makes her b: before 1765]
            It is tricky finding him. You must search “Strafford County, New Hampshire” as the county lines
           were changed and it will not come up if you put in “Ossipee, Carroll County, New Hampshire”
 
He is not found on the 1830 Census.
 
1840 shows Samuel in Ossipee: 1 male age 70-79 & 1 female age 60-69 - From this it looks like Samuel may have married second a woman after Abigail died. She could be a second wife or she could have been a housekeeper, or some other relation, not sure at this point. It’s just something to consider.
 
Abigail, his wife, died June 13 1831 a69 according to her stone which is located in an old family cemetery in the woods off Brown Ridge Rd in Ossippe, NH. See my blog about this cemeteries for more & see the update on that posted here
 
Samuel died Nov 17, 1844 a83 according to his stone which lies along side of his wife Abigail’s. In addition to having wonderful volunteers who located the cemetery for me, the Ossipee Public Library Cemetery Records & tax map also list the cemetery & these burials. A probate file in Carroll County was not found for him, nor was one found in Strafford County, NH.
                                                  Children of Samuel & Abigail
                                    [There could be others born between 1784-1795]
1, Unknown Female? [b: bet 1785-1794 via 1810 Census]       
2. Benjamin Smith* was born July 5, 1792 in Ossipee, NH[iv]. He married Betsey Young* of Wolfeborough, dau of Zachariah* & Nancy Young on Oct 23 1817[v]. She was born Nov 21, 1793[vi].  Benjamin died in Wolfeboro, NH on Oct 16, 1859 of Typhoid Fever[vii] and Betsey died about two weeks later on Oct 30, 1859 in Wolfeborough of  the same disease. Her death record says her parents are John & Nancy Young[viii] however it is Zachariah who is buried with them[ix], and on the 1850 US Census with them[x].  Benjamin Smith’s probate record is Carroll County Docket #4895. I grazed through it but at the time I didn’t know of the connection.
                                                         Benjamin & Elizabeth had:
     i. William A. Smith* b: Aug 2, 1818 d: Apr 2 1893 m: *Sophia S. Young of Rochester on Feb 8, 1851[xi] She
             was  born Mar 31 1823 and died Apr 28 1887[xii]
             a. Albert Smith*  b: Oct 25 1857 d: Feb 14, 1936[xiii]
             b. Sarah E. Smith* b: July 5, 1854 d: Feb 18 1933[xiv] [might be wife of Albert? but doesn’t say]
             c. Betsy Ella Smith* b: Feb 12 1862 d: June 23 1866 4y 4m 11 days[xv] [this must be the broken & mostly
                 buried stone]
             d. Benjamin B. Smith* b: Mar 7 1859 d: Aug 9 1866 9y 5mo 2ds[xvi]
             e. George Y. Smith* b: May 28, 1851 d: Mar 3 1873 "GYS" stone[xvii]
     ii. Benjamin B. Smith* of Wolfeborough b: Oct 1, 1821 He d: Sept  2, 1859[xviii], m: Elvira/Alvira M. Leighton
        
of Ossipee Aug 6, 1845[xix].
             a. Betsey E. Smith* b: Sept 8, 1851 d: Sep 19, 1859[xx]
 
* These are in the “Smith Hill Cemetery” on the South side of Brown's Ridge Rd. in Wolfeborough, NH, but on the Ossipee Townline. It is really in the woods. You have to take Village Green Road and go in the one way & make a u-turn to come back the other way then park & go in the woods on the right. Once in there is an old road/trail and it is up on a hill to the right. It is not easy to find. We found it by nothing short of devine intervention. See my blog about these cemeteries for more
 
3. William B. Smith+ b: Sept 17 1794 d: Feb 5 1864[xxi] m: Polly+ _________ b: Aug 19 1799 d: Mar 1, 1881 81yrs 6mo 10ds[xxii] There is a Probate file for him in Carroll County. I grazed through it but at the time I didn’t know of the connection. The 1850 & 1860 Censuses confirm these children as well[xxiii].
                                                              William & Polly had:
        i. Albert Smith+ b: abt Sept 1825 d: Jun 24 1831 a5y 9m[xxiv]
    ii. Lydia K. Smith+ b: a1826 m: Daniel A. Hyde d: July 13 1865[xxv] 1850 in Ossipee there is a Daniel A. Hyde
        a27 married to Levonia a22; In 1860 under "Hide" a37 in Danvers with wife Lydia a35-no children. In 1863 he
        is on the Civil War Registration in Danvers, Ma
    iii. Mary A. Smith+ b: Sept 8, 1832 d: May 31, 1896[xxvi]
    iv. Bradley W. Smith+ b: Sept 14 1840 d: Jan 10, 1883 a 42 3m 27d[xxvii] There is a guardianship/competency
         file in the Carroll County Courthouse for Bradley that is supposedly still confidential, so I couldn't look at
         it without a court order. It is file #4679. His estate is file #4848, but like the others, I was not finding a
         connection at the time. I do remember his sister Mary is mentioned in Bradley’s Estate, and in his father’s
         estate papers he clearly refers to Bradley as "an insane person".
 
+ All are buried in Smith Hill Cemetery on North side of the road - records from the two cemetery books at the Ossipee Library. See my blog about these cemeteries for more http://nhgenealogist.com/2/archives/06-2013/1.html & see the update on that posted here
 
4. Unknown Female? [b: bet 1795-1800 via 1810 Census]
 
5. Unknown Female? [b: bet 1795-1800 via 1810 Census]
 
6. Ebenezer Smith born about Mar 27 1801 See previous blog
 
7. Ezra Smith of Ossipee, Effingham & Wolfeboro b: about Jul 10 1804 in Ossipee son of "Samuel Smith & Abbie Burleigh" d: Mar 10 1884 a79y 8m in Wolfeborough[xxviii]m: Sally Swazey b: 1802 dau of Maj John Swazey & Sally Goldsmith who also lived on the Ossipee – Wolfeborough townline[xxix]. She died in Wolfeborough, NH in 1880[xxx]. Ezra can be found on several censuses over the years in Wolfeborough & Ossipee, NH[xxxi]
                                                   Children of Ezra & Sally
      i. Calvin Smith b: a1832 d: Jun 10 1879 in Haverhill, Ma[xxxii] m: Emily Wentworth b. a1828 daughter of Isaac
         Wentworth[xxxiii] She died Sept 27 1891 in Haverhill, MA[xxxiv]
               a. Cora B. Smith b. Sep 19 1860 in Haverhill, Massachusetts[xxxv] She married Harold A. Webster in
                  Haverhill, Ma on Feb 2 1882[xxxvi]
      ii. Eliza Smith b: a1834 in Effingham, NH d: Mar 16 1884 Wolfeborough, NH[xxxvii]
     iii. Henry Jasper Smith b: a1837 died of disease in Jan 1862 while serving in the Civil War [see below].
               a. Louena/Lorrena Estella Smith b: Sept 13 1857 d: May 15, 1861 a3y 8m of an unnamed cause in
                   Haverhill, MA Her mother was Sophia S Sargent[xxxviii]. No evidence was found that they
                   married[xxxix]. Henry Married Diantha L.A. Sceggell, daughter of Moses Sceggell & Mary,
                   on Dec 7 1861 in Ossipee, NH[xl] She was b: Apr 21 1847 [see below]
 
                   Her Widow's Pension Application is # 3532; Cert# 6019. Fold3 has the file which says Co D 6th
                   NH Infantry, Sergt; Diantha L.A. Smith of Ossipee; "[He] died Jan 2, 1862, on Hospital Ship at
                   Hatevar Inlet"; "Shown by Capt of Co D have died Jan 21, 1862 of Pneumonia contracted in
                   service."; Company commanded by Samuel D. Quarles, hospital ship in Hatteras Inlet; "pneumonia
                   following an attack of measles" No children. Diantha was "aged 15 years" when they married
                   [actually she was 14] April 16 1917-  “Diantha A. Wells no title to pension as she has a husband"
                   A letter written by her says Henry 1st enlisted in Massachusetts Haverhill she thought, then
                   reenlisted 3 yrs for NH. She received a pension until Sept 1870 when she remarried, living in
                   Massachusetts Wm Wells, no income, but are dependent on our children. I have been sick for
                   more than 3 years with rheumatism & can walk with a cane only a little around the house. I shall
                   be 70 Apr 21 1917. Can I obtain the pension after that time? signed Diantha A. Wells,
                   17 Magnolia St. Malden, Ma. Marriage found for Diantha A. Smith (a23) & William T. Wells
                   (a24) Sept 7, 1870 in Freedom, NH- son of Nathaniel Wells.                                
     iv. Maria L. Smith b: 1841[xli] d: Jun 13, no year [1891?][xlii]
 
 
Researched & written by Amylynne Murphy
Copyright 2016 NHGenealogist.com

Sourcing:
[i] Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; 2nd Family Journal [not stamped directly as Valentine’s] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977; History of Newfields, NH 1638-1911 by James Hill Fitts; History of Durham NH pg 333; Janet Mackie, Durham Historical Association
[ii] New Hampshire Vital Death Record, Fruit St. Concord, NH Samuel Smith & Abigail Burleigh on Jan 9 1783 in Newmarket, NH by Nathaniel Ewer, Clergyman, reported by Newmarket, NH; Valentine Smith’s Family Journal – [which is stamped as his] in possession of Durham Historical Association donated to them by Peter Huntington Smith, South Dartmouth, MA 02748, 12 April 1977-Journal specifically mentions Abigail Burleigh & Ossipee;
[iii] History of Newfields, pg 458
[iv] Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH visited by Amylynne Baker-Santagate “Benjamin Smith July 5 1792 – Oct 15 1859”; According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH
[v]  Early Marriages of Wolfeborough listed in the History of Wolfeborough, New Hampshire,  By: Benjamin Franklin Parker, Published by the town, 1901
[vi] Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH visited by Amylynne Baker-Santagate “Betsey [Smith] his wife [Benjamin] Nov 21 1793 - Oct 30 1859”; According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH
[vii] New Hampshire Vital Death Record, Fruit St. Concord, NH, Benjamin Smith, Wolfeborough, d. 1859, a67, b. Ossipee, NH, married, Farmer, Typhoid Fever, son of Samuel Smith b. Wolfeborough, & Abigail b. Ossipee, Person reporting death Jonas W. Piper (town Clerk) reported from Wolfeborough, NH;
[viii] New Hampshire Vital Death Record, Fruit St Concord, NH, Betsey Smith, Wolfeborough 1859 a65 b. Wolfeborough Married, Farmer, Typhoid Fever, dau of John Young & Nancy both b. Wolfeborough, Reported by Jonas W. Piper (town clerk) Wolfeborough, NH; Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH visited by Amylynne Baker-Santagate “Betsey [Smith] his wife [Benjamin] Nov 21 1793 - Oct 30 1859”; According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH
[ix]   Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH visited by Amylynne Baker-Santagate: Youngs buried there are: Zach Young* died Jan 31 1861 85yrs 11mo 22 dys, Nancy Young* a38 May 23, 1842 dau of Zachariah & Nancy Young, William B Young* d: Jan 25, 1862 25 yrs; also According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library there is also an unmarked grave that could be Nancy wife of Zachariah Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH.
[x] 1850 US Census, Wolfeborough, NH Benj’a Smith a58 Carpenter, Bety a55 William A. a32[?] Carpenter, William B. Young a13 b. MA, Zachariah Young a85 Farmer –all others b. NH
[xi] Early Marriages of Wolfeborough listed in the History of Wolfeborough, New Hampshire,  By: Benjamin Franklin Parker, Published by the town, 1901
[xii] Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH visited by Amylynne Baker-Santagate; According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH
[xiii] Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH visited by Amylynne Baker-Santagate; According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH
[xiv] Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH visited by Amylynne Baker-Santagate; According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH
[xv] According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH
[xvi] Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH visited by Amylynne Baker-Santagate; According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH
[xvii] Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH visited by Amylynne Baker-Santagate; According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH
[xviii] Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH visited by Amylynne Baker-Santagate; According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH
[xix] Early Marriages of Wolfeborough listed in the History of Wolfeborough, New Hampshire,  By: Benjamin Franklin Parker, Published by the town, 1901
[xx] Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH visited by Amylynne Baker-Santagate; According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library Smith Hill Cemetery, Wolfeborough, NH
[xxi]  Birth calculated; New Hampshire Vital Records, Fruit St., Concord, NH William Smith Cemetery, Ossipee, NH-William B. Smith d: Feb 5 1864 in Ossipee 68y 5mo, married, General debility; bp of parents unknown; According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library stone says 69y 4mo 19ds
[xxii] Birth calculated; According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library William Smith Cemetery, Ossipee, NH-stone says 81yrs 6mo 10ds; New Hampshire Vital Records, Fruit St., Concord, NH Polly Smith d. Mar 1 1881 in Wolfeboro, NH, a82, Single, Old Age, reported by M.A. Harmon, MD Wolfeborough, NH
[xxiii] 1850 US Census in Ossipee under "Wm B." a 55, Polly a50, Lydia R. a24, Mary a17, Bradley W. a14,; 1860 US Census in Ossipee: William b. a65; Polly a 62; Mary A. a27; Bradley a24.
[xxiv] According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library William Smith Cemetery, Ossipee, NH
[xxv] According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library William Smith Cemetery, Ossipee, NH
[xxvi] According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library William Smith Cemetery, Ossipee, NH
[xxvii] Birth Calculated; According to Ossipee Cemetery Records at the Ossipee Public Library William Smith Cemetery, Ossipee, NH
[xxviii] New Hampshire Vital Death Record, Fruit St. Concord, NH, Ezra Smith, Wolfeborough, d. Mar 10, 1884, a79, b. 1805 in Ossipee, NH, widowed, Farmer, Bronchitis, son of Samuel Smith & Abbie Burleigh, Occ of father: Farmer, Person reporting death MA Harmon, Ossipee, Reported from Wolfeborough, NH
[xxix] New Hampshire Vital Records, Fruit St. Concord, NH, Sally Smith d. 1880 Wolfeborough, a78 b. Wolfebrough, married, Housekeeper, General Debility, daughter of John Swasey & Sally, Reported by George Ham, Wolfeborough; Genealogy of the Swasey Family by Benjamin Franklin Swasey (Google books) pg156-157;
 [xxx] New Hampshire Vital Records, Fruit St. Concord, NH, Sally Smith d. 1880 Wolfeborough, a78 b. Wolfebrough, married, Housekeeper, General Debility, daughter of John Swasey & Sally, Reported by George Ham, Wolfeborough
[xxxi] 1840 Wolfeborough Ezra & wife are 30-39; 1m under 5; 1m 5-9; 1f 5-9; 1850 Wolfeborough Ezra is a45; Sally a48; Calvin a 18, eliza a16, Jasper a14, Maria L. a9; 1860 Ossipee Ezra a 56, Sally a57, Eliza a26, Maria L. a18;     1870 Wolfeborough Ezra a66; Sally a 68, Eliza a36;  1880 in Wolfeborough Ezra a75, Sally a77, Eliza a46, Maria L. a38
[xxxii] Massachusetts Vital Death Record, Haverhill, MA NEHGS, AmericanAncestors.org  Calvin Smith, d. Jun 10 1879, a47 8m, married, Shoe mannf, b. Wolfeboro, NH son of Ezra & Saly both b. Wolfeboro, NH, Bleeding from Ulc. of Bowels; 1865 Massachusetts Census Haverhill, MA Calvin Smith a34 b. NH Manf; Emily Smith a33 b. NH Housekeeper; Cora B. Smith a4; 1855 Massachusetts Census, Haverhill, MA Calvin a 25, Emily a22; 1870 US Census Haverhill, MA Calvin Smith a38, Emma Smith a39 Cora Smith a9 Maria Smith a28
[xxxiii] 1855 Massachusetts Census, Haverhill, MA Calvin a 25, Emily a22; 1865 Massachusetts Census Haverhill, MA Calvin Smith a34 b. NH Manf; Emily Smith a33 b. NH Housekeeper; Cora B. Smith a4; Massachusetts Vital Death Record, Haverhill, MA NEHGS, AmericanAncestors.org  Emily Wentworth Smith d. Sep 27 1891 a63 b. Milton, NH widow of Calvin Smith, Housekeeper, buried Rochester, NH dau of Isaac Wentworth b. Milton, NH,
[xxxiv] Massachusetts Vital Death Record, Haverhill, MA NEHGS, AmericanAncestors.org  Emily Wentworth Smith d. Sep 27 1891 a63 b. Milton, NH widow of Calvin Smith, Housework, Chronic Intestinal Nephritis, buried Rochester, NH dau of Isaac Wentworth b. Milton, NH, [mother unknown]
[xxxv] 1865 Massachusetts Census Haverhill, MA Calvin Smith a34 b. NH Manf; Emily Smith a33 b. NH Housekeeper; Cora B. Smith a4; 1880 US Census Haverhill, MA, Franklin St. Emily Smith a48 b. NH fa: b. NH, mo: b. NH, widowed, Cora B. a19 b. MA f: b. NH mo: b. NH; 1870 US Census Haverhill, MA Calvin Smith a38 shoe manf, Emma Smith a39 Cora Smith a9 Maria Smith a28; Massachusetts Vital Birth Record, Haverhill, MA Cora B. Smith b. Sep 19 1860, dau of Calvin b. Wolfeborough & Emily b. Milton, NH
[xxxvi] Massachusetts Vital Marriage Record, Haverhill, MA NEHGS, AmericanAncestors.org Feb 2 1882 Cora B. Smith dau of Calvin & Emily a21 b. Haverhill to Harold A. Webster a 29 shoecutter b. Haverhill son of Ellsworth & Emily, His 2nd, her 1st, by Henry E. Barnes, Clergyman
[xxxvii] New Hampshire Vital Records, Fruit St Concord, NH Eliza Smith, d. Mar 16 1884 in Wolfeborough b. 1854 in Effingham, 30y 2m 1d of Pneumonia, single, dau of Ezra Smith & Sally Swasey
[xxxviii] Massachusetts Vital Birth Record, Haverhill, MA NEHGS, AmericanAncestors.org  Female Smith b. Sept 13 1857 dau of Jasper Smith & Sophia Sargent ;Massachusetts Vital Death Record, Haverhill, MA NEHGS, AmericanAncestors.org d: May 15, 1861 a3y 8m of an unnamed cause in Haverhill, MA Fa: Jasper b: Ossipee mo: Josiah S. ____ b: Haverhill
[xxxix] No marriage record was found, Sophia and her daughter were not found in 1860, 1855 Massachusetts State Census in Haverhill lists “Jasper Smith” at a boardinghouse a18; 1860 US Census in Haverhill he is a24 and in a boarding house. She is shown in Haverhill as “Miss” and “single” 1870- 1920 .
[xl] New Hampshire Vital Records, Fruit St. Concord, NH Dec 7 1861 in Ossipee, NH Henry J. Smith of Ossipee, NH, soldier in USA 3rd Sargent, b. Ossipee a23 son of Ezra, a Farmer b. Newmarket, NH & Sally b. Wolfeborough to Diantha L. A. Sceggell of Ossipee, NH a15 b. Ossipee dau of Moses Sceggel, a Farmer b. Ossipee  & Mary b. Berwick, ME, 1st marriage for both, by Sanborn B. Carter of Ossipee, Justice of Peace
[xli] 1870 US Census Haverhill, MA Calvin Smith a38 shoe manf, Emma Smith a39 Cora Smith a9 Maria Smith a28?
[xlii] New Hampshire Vital Records, Fruit St. Concord, NH , Jun 13 [no year] in Wolfeborough, a50, single, heart disease, dau of Ezra Smith & Sally Swasey

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<![CDATA[Surname Saturday: Israel Young Sr. & Martha Bedle of Haverhill, Amesbury, MA & Salem, NH]]>Sat, 09 Jul 2016 11:05:28 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/surname-saturday-israel-young-sr-martha-bedle-of-haverhill-amesbury-ma-salem-nh
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The earliest record found for Israel Young Sr. is his marriage to Martha Bedle married 21 Jan 1724-25 in Amesbury, Ma
The earliest record found for Israel Young Sr. is his marriage to Martha Bedle married 21 Jan 1724-25 in Amesbury, Ma. [i] As you can see from the record, he was “of Haverhill” at the time and we can loosely gather he might have been born about 1700. Haverhill, at that time, incorporated a vastly larger area than it does today, but no record for his birth has been located.
 
Martha “Bettell” was from the Amesbury MA area, very near Haverhill, MA. She was born 10 Nov 1703 in Amesbury[ii], daughter of Robert Beedle & Ann Carr in Amesbury, MA.[iii] Her siblings all recorded in Amesbury, MA were: Anne “Bettell” b. 13 May 1707[iv]; John “Bettell” b. 2 Nov 1705[v]; Jacob “Bettell” b. 29 May 1709[vi] ; Robert “Bettel” b. 2 Nov 1714[vii] ; Judeth “Bettel” b. 30 Sep 1718[viii]; Mary “Bettell” 21 Nov 1711[ix] ; John “Bettel” b. 1 May 1721[x]; & lastly, Timothy “Bettel” b. 31 Jul 1724[xi].
 
Israel was next found in “The History of Amesbury”, pg 185 as being taxed for the preacher in the West Parish in 1726. The ‘Second Church at Amesbury Records’ via “The Old Families of Salisbury & Amesbury” pg 509 further shows:
“Nov 19 1727 Martha wife of Israel Young, Ann Beetle, Mary of Abner & Jemima Whittier, Elisabeth Beedle, John & Mary of Israel & Martha Young, Reuben of Nathll & Sarah Davis”
 
Apparently, after that, Israel was rec’d to the church 16 Jun 1728 [pg 501] & Martha Young was rec’d 17 Jan 1730-31 [pg 502].
 
Essex County MA Deeds: 14 November 1729, # 59-108: Jonathan Davis of Amesbury the county of Essex Providence Massachusetts Bay in New England Husbandman 8 pounds in money by Israel Young of Amesbury, wheelwright, & for other considerations, me there unto moving, one acre of land lying in the township of Amesbury, originally to right of John Colby, deceased. Bounded as follows northerly upon the right of way which leads to the children’s land and westerly on ye land of said Davis and southerly upon land of Robert BEEDLE.  Dated 14 November 1729 signed Jonathan Davis.  Witnesses Thomas Colby and Daniel Sargent.  Jonathan appeared 14 April 1731.  Recorded 3 February 1731. [No sale found in Grantors, and no other Essex County deeds appear to be his]
 
Rockingham County, NH Deeds: 20 Jul 1742, # 40-21: Samuel Rowell of Methuen, yeoman, 70 pounds, from Israel Young of Methuen, carpenter. Parcel of land situate lying partly in Methuen and partly in town of Haverhill containing by estimation 20 acres and bounded as follows at the south easterly corner at a white oak tree marked (H) which is the original bound of Bartholomew Heath’s 4th Division thence westerly about 100 poles to land of my father Benoni Rowell thence by his land southerly to a stake and stones by land which was formerly John Ammy’s thence easterly of all one hundred poles to a stake and stones by common land thence northerly to bound first mentioned.  Dated 20 July 1742, signed Samuel Rowell.  Witnesses: Richard Hazzen and Nathaniel Peasle.  Samuel appeared 27 August 1746.  Recorded 25 April 1753.
 
Rockingham County, NH Deeds: 21 May 1744, # 40-20: John Rowell of Methuen in New Hampshire Husbandman for 10 pounds paid by Israel Young of Methuen, house carpenter certain tract or parcel of land in Methuen bounded as follows beginning at a stake and stones on the northerly side of the way that runs from the meeting house to Sanders mail so called it directly opposite to the bounds between my land and Joseph Davis’ thence running north 117 rods thence running east on a parallel line at each and 20 broad’s together. Dated 21 May 1744, signed John Rowell; Witnesses Abner Bayley and Abiah Peaslee; Rowell appeared 27 August 1746; Recorded 25 April 1753
 
From the common threads in these deeds we can be fairly certain they are all in the same area & to the same Israel Young. In addition, Israel Young who was listed c1741 in the History of Haverhill pg 314 in East Parish of Haverhill, MA, then also begins showing up in the Records of Salem, NH in 1741-2. One should also note at the time, parts of Salem, NH were known as Methuen, MA.[xii] [Considering Israel Jr was only 11 in 1742, we can assume this was the eldest Israel who was married to Martha.]
 
Salem NH Town Records[xiii] continue to show Israel [Sr] & also Israel Jr. beginning in 1753. Building a timeline from these records offers us the following:
 
1753-4 Tax List: Israll young & Isral young Jr
1754 Tax List: Isrell Young
1754 Tax List: “A list of such as live out of town” Isriel Young Juner, Richard Young
1754 Refrainging the charges of the ministerial rate: Isrial Young, Isrial Young Jr, Richard Young
1755 Rate & ministerial: Israel Yong, Israel Yong Jr
1756 Town & minister Rate: Israel Yong; Israel Yong Jr
1757 Under Town Rate: Israel Young; Robert Young, Israel Young Jr, Israel Young, Robert Young
1757 Minister Rate: Israel Young Jr., Israel Young, Israel Young Jr
1758 Minister Rate:  Israel Young
1758Town Rate:  Israel Young (2); Robert Young
1759 Tax List: Israel Young Jr, Israel Young & Robert Young
1760 [1st half of year] Isrel Youg Jr, Isrel Youg [last mention of Sr.], Robart Youg, Richard Youg,
1760 [2nd half of year] Israel Youg Jr, Widow Martha Youg, Robart Young, Richard Youg
 
From this is seems clear the elder Israel died in 1760 in Salem, NH. While this is not on a typical record, it is pretty conclusive. One should also note Widow Martha is not listed again after 1760 either. No will was found in NH Provincial Papers, Rockingham County or Essex County, MA. Also, just for the sake of mentioning it, nothing was found in either of these sources either: Essex Institute Historical Collections Vol 16 Salem, MA 1859, or Byram, History of the First Baptist Church, Salisbury & Amesbury, 1860.
 
So, from this research we can guess Israel Sr., wheelwright/Carpenter was likely born c1700 in the area of Haverhill, MA or southern New Hampshire, but no record for his birth or parentage has ever been found by any researcher.
 
The consensus of other researchers is that he was likely a grandson of John Young who was killed by Natives on 10 Jun 1697 & was married to Sarah Wadleigh. The names in the family do certainly indicate a similarity more than other lines. Although, I strongly hesitate to completely concur without some further evidence.
 
John Young of Exeter did have a son named Israel b. c1680 & that Israel rec’d land grants as noted in the History of Exeter by Bell for his service at Oyster River from 3 Aug – 31 Aug 1696 & was alive in 1702 when he witnessed a RC deed for his mother Sarah. This may or may not be the same Israel who m: Elizabeth Stevens & lived in Exeter simultaneously to our Israel being married to Martha. Israel & Elizabeth [Stevens] are found in the deeds in Rockingham County, NH as being of Exeter. So far, that couple’s children, if any, appear to be unknown.
 
John & Sarah (Wadleigh), also had a son John who was killed in 1704 & married to Mary. Their children are unknown as well. Personally, I think this is the strongest possibility given our Israel names his two oldest children Mary & John, and yet, are there more common names than John & Mary? No.
 
Therefore, it is definitely uncertain & his parentage may well never be known.
 
                                       Children of Israel Young & Martha Bedle
1. Mary Young b: 20 Aug 1725 in Amesbury, MA. [xiv] m: Benoni Rowell Jr 28 Sep 1742.[xv] Rix says baptized 19 Nov 1727 in Salisbury Church, but it was not found in Essex Institute Historical Collections Vol 16 Salem, MA 1859, pg 157, “Records of the First Church at Salisbury, Mass, 1687-1754”
               i. Asa Rowell b. 4 Jun 1743 in Salem, NH.[xvi]
              ii. Jacob Rowell b. 1 Mar 1747 in Salem, NH. [xvii]
             iii. Israel Rowell b. 24 Jul 1753 Salem, NH.[xviii]
             iv. James Rowell b. 3 Jun 1763 in Salem, NH. [xix]

2. John Young b: 8 Nov 1726 in Amesbury, MA. [xx] Rix says baptized on 19 Nov 1727 in Salisbury Church, but this record was not found in Essex Institute Historical Collections Vol 16 Salem, MA 1859, pg 157, “Records of the First Church at Salisbury, Mass, 1687-1754”.
 
John m: 7 Oct 1746 to Susannah Getchel. [xxi] She was b. 2 Feb 1727-8 in Haverhill, MA, dau of Nathaniel and (Susanna (Ladd) “Gatchwell” [Getchel].[xxii] Nathaniel Getchel’s will made July 4 1753 mentions his daughter Susanna Young. [xxiii] It should be noted while Rix implies this will identifies her as “of Haverhill” this does not seem to be the case in the transcribed copy. Further, his notes are rather confusing on regarding Susanna’s name & her mother’s name.
 
John Young Esq. of Hanover, NH did in fact have a will recorded in Grafton County NH Probate Court. [xxiv] The will names wife Thedora & her little daughter Polly, sons: Samuel, John, Jesse, Joshua, Caleb, David, Joseph & Benjamin; Daughters: Susanna Wasson, Triphheny Wheelock, Ruth, Betsey, Lucy & Polly. Dated 10 Nov 1784. Witnesses John Smith, Joseph Lee & Lake [?] Coffeen. John & Joseph testified to the court this document was signed by John Young, Esq. on 9 Jul 1785.
 
There is a Rockingham County deed 106-179 in which John Young of Haverhill purchases 80 acres of land from Oliver & Timothy Sanders of Salem, NH, dated 18 Apr 1752, which is adjacent to land that “said Young” bought from Micah Amy. There is no deed for land between Micah Amy & John Young, but there is a deed between Israel Young [Jr] & Micah Amy which John Young witnessed. This does indirectly imply that John & Israel could be very closely related. I did not see a deed for the sale of that land from John Young in Rockingham County, NH. Essex County, MA.
 
Essex County, MA deeds do show quite a few transactions for John Young of Haverhill, Joiner, & Susanna his wife. These deeds are: 116-54;131-180; 131-181;122-205;122-206;130-163;130-164; 132-186 & 134-191 which is particularly interesting as it is named as the “West Parish of Haverhill” and states “my farm”, with dwelling house, barn, cyder mill & horse shed. Butted by highway from Haverhill to Derry by land of Jeremiah Emerson, heirs of Sam’l Haseltine, James Webster. Also 5 acres opposite the house butted by Stephen Webster. “The whole farm well walled in”. Signed by both John & Susanna Young on 23 Jan 1776. It goes on to state “Capt John Young appeared” 30 Jan 1776 & it was recorded 24 Apr 1776. [xxv]
 
It does seem likely he was the son of Israel & Martha from the area in which these land deeds indicate. Personally though, I’d feel much better if we had an indication of his age in addition to this. His grave is said to be at Dartmouth College but most notations indicate 1787, not 1785. I have put in a request on FindaGrave for a photo of the grave, as well as the others buried with him.
 
Said to have removed to Libson, NH c1776, prior to Hanover, NH where he lived when he passed in 1785.Because he is not actually the focus of my research I did not look into deeds from the Libson, NH area, but one should if he is their focus.
 
                                                 Children of John & Susanna
             i. Samuel Young b. 19 July 1747 Haverhill [xxvi]m: 1st Hannah Emerson 15 Feb 1770[xxvii]
            ii. John Young b. Feb 1748-9.[xxviii] Rix states “was prob. born in Wells ME at the home of his wife’s parents, in 1747” Which really doesn’t make sense to me at all and again I think it is a case of his notes getting mixed up. John m: Elizabeth Bayley/Bailey 26 Jul 1768.[xxix]
           iii. Jesse Young b. 3 Jan 1751[xxx]
           iv. Susannah Young b. 17 Sep 1752[xxxi] d. 4 Oct 1752[xxxii]
            v. Nathaniel Young b. 19 Sep 1753[xxxiii]
           vi. Joshua Young b. 26 Sep 1755[xxxiv]
          vii. David Young 6 Sep 1759[xxxv]
          viii. Susanah Young 11 Mar 1761[xxxvi]
           ix. Tryphene 20 Dec 1762[xxxvii]
           x. Sarah Young 30 Apr 1764[xxxviii] d. 2 Sept 1765[xxxix]
          xi. Ruth Young 16 Nov 1765[xl]
         xii. Joseph Young b. 8 Jul 1767[xli]
        xiii. Betee 6 May 1769 [xlii]
        ixv. Benjamin Young b. 28 Feb 1771[xliii]
        xv. Lucey Young 11 Oct 1772[xliv]
                                            Second wife Thedora Wheelock,
                           dau of Eleazer Wheelock, Pres of Dartmouth College
         xvi. Polly Young b. c1780 probably in or near Hanover, NH
                                                                                                                                   
3. Israel Young b: 22 Dec 1728 in Amesbury, MA. [xlv] Rix states baptized 22 Dec 1728 in Salisbury Church but this was not found in Essex Institute Historical Collections Vol 16 Salem, MA 1859, pg 157, “Records of the First Church at Salisbury, Mass, 1687-1754”

4. Israel Young b: 1 Sept 1731 in Amesbury, MA. [xlvi] Rix states baptized on 5 Sep 1731 at Amesbury Church, but I did not find a source for this. See Israel’s Sketch here

5. Richard Young 26 May 1734 in Amesbury, MA. [xlvii]

6. Robert Young records conflict on Roberts birth, so it is unclear if there were perhaps 2 and one died, or perhaps one is a baptism, but Amesbury, MA records state b: 3 Apr 1737 [xlviii] and Haverhill Records state b. Dec. 22, 1736.[xlix] Rix states that he was born in Haverhill 22 Dec 1736 & baptized in Salisbury Church on 3 Apr 1737, but again was not found in Essex Institute Historical Collections Vol 16 Salem, MA 1859, pg 157, “Records of the First Church at Salisbury, Mass, 1687-1754”. At this point I’m thinking it is perhaps a different church in Salisbury.
 
He married Elizabeth _______ , poss. m.n. Dinsmore, based on their son John’s middle name, but a marriage record was not found. Robert got himself in some hot water in Salem, NH but eventually made it through fairly unscathed.[l]
 
Rix states he lived 1st at Salem, later Libson NH, was called Uncle Robert by his nephews who settled in Libson. & he finally removed to Canada and became lost. However, I saw zero evidence of this and his trail seems to be pretty consistent throughout his life in the Salem & Pelham NH area. Robert died 15 Oct 1818 a82 in Pelham, NH. Elizabeth’s dower was set off 6 Jan 1826 in HC Probate #10344. She died 21 Sept 1826 a84, & both are buried in Pelham Center (Atwood) Cemetery, Pelham, NH.[li] RC Deed 96-64, dated 8 May 1769, Robert buys 100acres from Timothy Bedell which abuts Joseph Harris; Benoni Rowell; & the road to the land of Joshua Bayley. etc.
        i. Hannah Young b. 27 Nov 1761 Salem, NH.[lii]
       ii. John Dinsmore Young b. 27 Sep 1763 Salem, NH.[liii] d. Haverhill 19 Jun 1846 a83.[liv]
      iii. Jannette Young b. 19 Apr 1765 Salem, NH.[lv]  “Jane” b. c1766 D. 29 Mar 1845 age 79 Haverhill, MA b. New Salem NH unmarried.[lvi]
      iv. Allen Young b. c1766 m: 17 Jan 1790 in Methuen, MA Sarah/Sally Mors/Morse.[lvii] He died prior to 25 Oct 1825-HC probate# 10343. She died 16 Jun 1861 at 95 & is buried in Pelham Centre Cemetery.[lviii] His grave does not appear to be marked if it was there. Either his or his son Allen’s house is on Ledge Rd in Pelham & listed under Pelham’s Historical houses. See RC Deed 246-477 for confirmation of his father.
               a. Sarah Young m: David Wilson 22 Nov 1812 in Pelham, NH.[lix] She died 8 Jan 1877 age 86 y 11mo & He died 22 Jul 1832 age 57. Both buried in Pelham, NH.[lx]
               b. Tryphena Young b. 15 Oct 1792 in Pelham, NH.[lxi] m: John Burt of Andover, MA 1 Dec 1815 in Pelham, NH.[lxii]
               c. Hannah Young b. 7 Jan 1795 in Pelham, NH. [lxiii] m: Ebenezer Woodbury Jr. of Salem 14 Apr 1814 in Pelham, NH. [lxiv] They became guardians of Allen & Melinda minors over 14 yrs on 30 May 1826 Probate# 10345
               d. Lucinda Young * b. 16 Jan 1797 in Pelham, NH. [lxv] m: John Bodwell of Methuen 22 Dec 1818 in Methuen, MA.[lxvi]
              e. Richard Young * b. 8 Jan 1800 in Pelham, NH. [lxvii]
              f. Elizabeth Young b. 19 Jun 1802 in Pelham, NH.[lxviii] m: Samuel Bailey 28 Jul 1821 in Salem,MA.[lxix] She died 21 Aug 1897 in Pelham, NH.[lxx]
              g. John Young *b. 4 Feb 1805 in Pelham, NH. [lxxi]
              h. Melinda Young b. 13 Oct 1807 in Pelham, NH. [lxxii] m: John Bryant Jr. 1 May 1829 [Int 11 Apr] in Salem, MA. [lxxiii]
              i. Allen Young [Jr] b. 7 June 1810 in Pelham, NH. [lxxiv] m: 1st Mariah* Bryant on 23 Aug 1832 in Salem, MA. [lxxv]  She died 16 Jan 1863 a52.[lxxvi] He m: 2nd Susan F. ______ 20 Oct 1878 a72.[lxxvii] He d. 24 Aug 1883 age 74.[lxxviii]
 
                      *Baptized Pelham Congregational Church. All on 1 Aug 1815 with the
                                exception of Maria, Allen Jr’s wife who was bapt 1 Nov 1840.

7. Joshua Young bpt 28 Sept 1740 in Amesbury, MA “P. R. 1”. [lxxix] Joshua, s. Israel and Martha (Bedel) b. 7 Nov 1739 in Haverhill, Ma. [lxxx]

8. Martha Young b. 7 May 1742 Salem, NH.[lxxxi]  b. Haverhill 7 Jan 1741-2. [lxxxii] Some say she may have never married & be in Hancock VT in 1850, but she would be 109 yrs old which does not seem realistic to me.

9. Judith Young b. May 12 1745 Salem, NH. [lxxxiii]
 


[i] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 515; Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Marriages, Vol, 2 pg 343 “before 1736”
[ii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 32
[iii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 285
[iv] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 32;
[v] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 32
[vi] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 32
[vii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 32
[viii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 32
[ix] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 33
[x] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 32
[xi] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA;
[xii] Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH
[xiii] “Town Records 1738-1780 Vol 3” & “Town records 1750-1805 vol 40910” both found online at FamilySearch.org in the Catalog option.
[xiv] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 265
[xv] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xvi] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xvii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xviii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xix] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xx] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pg 265
[xxi] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Marriages, Vol, 2 pg 343
[xxii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pg 135.
[xxiii] “Maine: Early Wills”, York County, Maine Wills pg 428 via AmericanAncestors.org
[xxiv] “Probate Records 1773-1814 vol 1-2”, pgs 118-119 Grafton County Probate Records via FamilySearch.org Image 66of 698  https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-99WH-2SX9?mode=g&i=65&wc=M799-PNL%3A347814701%2C347822401%3Fcc%3D2040537&cc=2040537 
[xxv] “Massachusetts Land Records, 1620-1986” via FamilySearch.org https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-89ZZ-BQWT?owc=MCB2-8WL%3A361613201%3Fcc%3D2106411&wc=MCBG-Y6X%3A361613201%2C361981801%3Fcc%3D2106411&cc=2106411
[xxvi] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pgs 326-27.
[xxvii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Marriages, Vol, 2 pg 343
[xxviii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pgs 326-27.
[xxix] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Marriages, Vol, 2 pg 343
[xxx] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pgs 326-27.
[xxxi] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pgs 326-27.
[xxxii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Deaths, Vol, 2 pg 499
[xxxiii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pgs 326-27.
[xxxiv] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pgs 326-27.
[xxxv] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pgs 326-27.
[xxxvi] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pgs 326-27.
[xxxvii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pgs 326-27.
[xxxviii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pgs 326-27.
[xxxix] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Deaths, Vol, 2 pg 499
[xl] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pgs 326-27.
[xli] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1,  pgs 326-27.
[xlii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pgs 326-27.
[xliii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pgs 326-27.
[xliv] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pgs 326-27.
[xlv] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 265
[xlvi] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 265
[xlvii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 265
[xlviii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 265 indicates: “P. R. 1” – “Copy of Rev. Paine Wingate’s record of Baptisms of Second Congregational Church, now in Merrimac, now in possession of Prof. Charles F. Richardson of Dartmouth College.”
[xlix] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pg 326-27
[l] Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH, pg 249
[li] Pelham Historical Society via “Gravestone Inscriptions All Cemeteries Earliest to 1906”, Typed by Melinde Lutz Sanborn, NHSOG, Computer indexed by Karen Genoter, http://www.pelhamnhhistory.org/library/pdffiles/volume3/Pelham_NHGR.pdf
[lii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[liii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[liv] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Deaths, Vol, 2 pg 499
[lv] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lvi] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Deaths, Vol, 2 pg 499
[lvii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Methuen, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1909, Topfield, MA
[lviii] Pelham Historical Society via “Gravestone Inscriptions All Cemeteries Earliest to 1906”, Typed by Melinde Lutz Sanborn, NHSOG, Computer indexed by Karen Genoter, http://www.pelhamnhhistory.org/library/pdffiles/volume3/Pelham_NHGR.pdf 
[lix] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lx] Pelham Historical Society via “Gravestone Inscriptions All Cemeteries Earliest to 1906”, Typed by Melinde Lutz Sanborn, NHSOG, Computer indexed by Karen Genoter, pg 34 http://www.pelhamnhhistory.org/library/pdffiles/volume3/Pelham_NHGR.pdf
[lxi] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxiii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxiv] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxv] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxvi] "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," database, FamilySearch
[lxvii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxviii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxix] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxx] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxi] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxiii] "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," database, FamilySearch
[lxxiv] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxv] "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," database, FamilySearch
[lxxvi] Pelham Historical Society via “Gravestone Inscriptions All Cemeteries Earliest to 1906”, Typed by Melinde Lutz Sanborn, NHSOG, Computer indexed by Karen Genoter, http://www.pelhamnhhistory.org/library/pdffiles/volume3/Pelham_NHGR.pdf
[lxxvii] Pelham Historical Society via “Gravestone Inscriptions All Cemeteries Earliest to 1906”, Typed by Melinde Lutz Sanborn, NHSOG, Computer indexed by Karen Genoter, http://www.pelhamnhhistory.org/library/pdffiles/volume3/Pelham_NHGR.pdf
[lxxviii] Pelham Historical Society via “Gravestone Inscriptions All Cemeteries Earliest to 1906”, Typed by Melinde Lutz Sanborn, NHSOG, Computer indexed by Karen Genoter, http://www.pelhamnhhistory.org/library/pdffiles/volume3/Pelham_NHGR.pdf
[lxxix] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849”, 1913 Topfield, MA, pg 265 indicates: “P. R. 1” – “Copy of Rev. Paine Wingate’s record of Baptisms of Second Congregational Church, now in Merrimac, now in possession of Prof. Charles F. Richardson of Dartmouth College.”
[lxxx] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pg 326-27
[lxxxi] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxxii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Haverhill, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1910, Topfield, MA, Births Vol. 1, pgs 326-27.
[lxxxiii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch

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<![CDATA[Surname Saturday - Israel Young Jr & Elizabeth Clark, as well as Molly / Mary Harris of Salem & Manchester NH]]>Sat, 09 Jul 2016 10:29:07 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/surname-saturday-israel-young-jr-elizabeth-clark-as-well-as-molly-mary-harris-of-salem-manchester-nh
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Joshua’s Birth as written in the original Derryfield Town Records available online via the FamilySearch catalog.
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Some more of the births of Israel & Molley’s children as recorded in the original Derryfield Town Records available online via the FamilySearch catalog
                       So who were Hezekiah Young’s parents, siblings & grandparents?
 
Indirect evidence seems to indicate it is probable that Israel Young Jr & Elizabeth Clark of Salem, NH were his parents, yet sadly direct evidence of this has not been found.
 
Indirect evidence includes Hezekiah naming one of his daughters Elizabeth Clark Young, as well as common thread in other children’s names, Hezekiah first purchases land from Nathaniel Merrill in Manchester, NH (his probable brother-in-law), other Hillsborough County deeds that contain both Hezekiah’s name & James Young (probable brother), & Israel Young (his likely father) & his 2nd wife Molly who was the aunt of Hezekiah's wife, among other things. See the blog on Hezekiah here.
 
I’d be lying though if I said it doesn’t bother me that Hezekiah’s oldest son was named John, & he does not seem to have named a child Israel at all. I want to be perfectly clear that while this is the direction the evidence seems to lead - It is by no means concrete.
 
As if Hezekiah wasn’t complicated enough, it appears that when Elizabeth (Clark) Young died (of which there is no record), Israel married Molly/Mary Harris and they moved to Derryfield, NH, now Manchester. Further it is stated by some researchers that Israel had three marriages, which gave him 23 sons & several daughters.[i] In this work l will prove one of those marriages to be false, & show that I find 17 children, 12 of whom are sons & 5 are daughters.
 
It does seem, it is entirely possible the two marriages to Elizabeth & Mary/Molley were for the same man. Originally I was thinking, may the man you married Mary Harris was a son by the name born to Israel & Elizabeth Clark. In that case, he would probably have been born c1756-58 & the 1800 census in Derryfield, NH would back that up with the indication of his age. However, now I’m thinking, if there was a son Israel born in that time period he would have been a Revolutionary Soldier at one point as well…and there is no record of an Israel from Salem being one. So, I have to say this, and other things, are making me lean toward it being true that the same man married both Elizabeth Clark & Mary Harris.
 
As you can see from that opening, there is much to be sorted out here. Be sure not to take what is found here out of context as we walk through & try to figure out what seems to make the most sense.
 
Let’s take one Israel at a time and build a timeline...
 
                               Israel Young Jr.] & Elizabeth Clark of Salem, NH
 
Israel Young Jr] was born to Israel Young & Martha Beddle and his birth was recorded as Israel Young b: 1 Sept 1731 in Amesbury, MA.[ii]  He married Elizabeth Clark who was without doubt the daughter of Edward Clark Jr & Ruth Kelly recorded in Methuen as “Elezebath, d. Edward, jr. and Ruth, Jan. 15, 1736-7”. She had siblings Sarah b. 12 May 1739; Mehettabal, b. 18 Apr 1744 & Edward b. 3 Aug 1746. [iii] We’ll get into his siblings in the next blog. You can see it here:
 
It seems we can be fairly certain Israel & Elizabeth married before 1756 due to the birth of their oldest known child, Edward Clark Young,[iv] but no marriage record was found in the vital records of Salem or any surrounding town such as Methuen, Haverhill, Amesbury, Salisbury, Windham, or Londonderry.
 
The first record found for an “Israel Young Jr” is Rockingham County Deed 40-19 from 9 Apr 1753 from Micah Amy of Haverhill, yeoman, three hundred fifty pounds old tenor paid by Israel Young Jr. “of town aforesaid” [being Haverhill] …one certain parcel of land in Salem, containing by estimation 37 acres more or less.
Bounded as follows: beginning at the southeast corner by a stake & stones by land of Jonathan Corliss thence running westerly about thirty poles to a stake & stones thence running westerly baring a little to the north about thirty poles to a stake & stones thence running baring little to the north to a small walnut tree with stone about it about forty poles thence running north by Dary line so called about fifty five poles to a stake & stones thence running east about Eighty Six poles to a stake & stones thence running south about ninety eight poles to the bounds first mentioned, it being part of Thomas Davis’s twelfth lott in the fourth division of Haverhill”.

Witnesses were Benoni Rowell Jr. & John Young. Micah Amy appeared 10 Apr 1753; Recorded 25 Apr 1753. In 1759 he sells it back to Micah Amy on deed 89-239, & no other record seems to reference this property. The wording on this deed is a little unusual in that it states:
said Israel Young Jr his heirs & assigns shall and may from time to time & at all times forever hereafter by force & virtue of the presents lawfully peaceably & quietly have hold use occupy possess & enjoy the said promised & bargained premises with the appurt free & clear, & freely & clearly deposed commerated & discharged of from all & all manner of former or other gifts grants bargainables leases mortgages wills entails Jointures Dowers Judgements Executions or Incumbances of what name or nature soever that might in any measure or decree obstruct or make void this present deed.
 
Also in 1753, he begins to show up on the Salem Tax List, along with his father. This is mentioned in the History of Salem by Gilbert on pg 161, but they may be further seen in full context on LDS Film titled Salem Town Records 1738-1780 Vol 3 & Salem Town records 1750-1805 vol 40910. Both can be viewed online at FamilySearch.org under the catalog option.
 
1754 lists Israel Young Jr. on “A list of such as live out of town”, as well as the list refraining the charges of the ministerial rate. The 1755 tax & ministerial rates list him on the in town tax lists. In 1756 the records show “March 31, 1756—voted to “ ‘except ye rod layd out from ashbe (Ashby's) to winhah line’ also ‘the rod layd out from ye rod that goes by Samuel Sandres to the old brig By timothy bells corne so over the hill Northly to Isrel Young Jrs house’ ”. [v] Gilbert who quotes the records goes on to say “Both these roads were in the vicinity of Policy Pond, but their exact location is unknown.” [vi] Policy Pond, by the way is now known as Canobie Lake.
 
As mentioned previously, Rockingham County Deed 89-239 dated 26 Mar 1759, recorded 30 Oct 1765 disperses the same property purchased in 1753 on Deed 40-19.
Israel Young Jr. of Salem and the province of New Hampshire in New England yeoman for the sum of 293 pounds old tenure paid by Micah Amy of Salem, yeoman.  A certain tract or parcel of land lying in the town of Salem containing about 36 acres and 100 rods be the same or less bounded as follows beginning at the northwest corner at a stake and stones thence south about 51 rods to a small walnut tree marked by said Amey’s land thence south easterly by his land about 95 rods to a stake and stones thence about north “by the twelve Rod way so called” about 92 rods to a stake and stones thence about west about 80 rods [?] to first mentioned. Signed Israel Young Junr [no wife mentioned] The deed was witnessed by Robert Young & Thomas Little. Israel appeared on 6 Jun 1765.

Israel & his father both sign petitions in 1759, & are on church pew records in 1760. Then they are also both listed on the Town & Minister Rate lists in 1757, 1758, 1759 & 1760. The latter year’s list in the fall of 1760, omits his father, & “widow Martha Youg” replaces him, only being noted this one time in any records. Israel Sr is never mentioned either after 1760. [vii]
 
Therefore, thus far, it seems reasonable to suppose the following:
  • The property he gained from Amy was not Israel Jr’s permanent/fulltime residence in 1753-54, and he likely moved entirely from the residence in 1759.
  • This may or may not be the property near Policy Pond, further research  would need to be done.
  • His father died sometime between the Spring – Fall of 1760.
  • Martha could have well died shortly thereafter in 1760-1 as she is never noted again.
  • Israel could very well have moved to his father’s residence to aid in his parent’s support & care, eventually inheriting the property.
 
After 1760, the tax lists consistently name Israel [Jr] for the years 1761 – 1777. He also appears on the Association Test in 1776, & on the Soldier Rate List in 1777.[viii] Elizabeth was not found directly or indirectly after the birth of Hezekiah c1775.
 
Rix states Israel first married a Maria & they had a Joshua born 13 May 1745.[ix] This clearly has to be an error as Israel Jr. would only have been 14 at the time. Further it seems that the record he is referencing was actually for Israel Jr.’s sister Judith, not Joshua, b. 13 May 1745 & the parents were Israel & Martha, not Maria.[x]
 
Let’s now discuss the evidence for children of Israel Young [Jr] & Elizabeth Clark. After that, we’ll discuss more of Rix’s theories on others.
 
Confirmed Children of Israel Young [Jr] & Elizabeth Clark
 
1. Edward "Clark" Young b: 10 Oct 1756 in Salem, NH.[xi] m: Ruth Haseltine Jan 27, 1780 Salem, NH. [xii] They are found on the following US Censuses: 1790 Derryfield NH; 1800 Weare, NH; 1810 Bridgewater VT; 1820 Rochester VT; 1840 Rochester, VT. He was a Revolutionary Soldier from Salem, NH & received his pension Jan 25, 1820. The last payment was made to Burlington VT. He died there 2 Apr 1841. There is a lot of information published on this man & his family which I have not looked into or confirmed further than this, except to say he can be found in the NARA pension files on Fold3.com.

2. James Young b: 6 ___ 1758 in Salem, NH. [xiii] He died on Mar 20, 1815 in Manchester of Spotted Fever age 55 [1760 calc] per the notice posted in Farmer's Cabinet, April 8, 1815, pg 3, but His Hillsborough County probate #10340 was first filed 5 Mar 1815 according to Vol 19 pg 318. So something is amiss. His widow declined admin & Israel Young of Manchester, yeoman, was appointed administrator 12 Apr 1815 Vol 27 pg 15. James’s widow is named as Lydia & she rec’d an allowance of 85.00 on 12 Apr 1812 for support of life Vol 18 pg 512. Later she rec’d a dower in Vol 25 Pg 236. It seems that was later revoked due to insolvency of the estate Vol 14 Pg 199. License to sell property is noted in Vol 20 Pg 107 & his inventory Vol 22 Pg 616. Claims against the estate include Hezekiah Young, Israel Young & Peter Young Vol 14 Pg 363.
    There is no direct indication of the relationship between Israel & James, or his heirs in the volumes or the deeds outlined below. There may or may not be more information in the actual docket file as I only looked at the volumes & pages available on FamilySearch.org under the catalog. I highly suspect that Israel was James’s son, as he was probably about 20 yrs old at the time. James’s father Israel was likely dead or near death by then.
     Hillsborough County Deeds show the following transactions for the estate of James Young:
1817 117-296 Israel, Manchester, yeoman, adm of the estate of James to Samuel P. Kidder, Manchester, Esq., 325.00, bounded by John Harwoods old Chester line, 64 acres, reserving the right of dower as sett off to the widow, highest bidder auction at house of Capt John Dwinell Manchester 8 Dec 1815, also one undivided 17th part of lot 49 being known by the name of the Tarr [?] kiln lott so called. Dated 27 Dec 1815, Witnesses Ebenezer Hacket & Robert Hall
1817 117-298 Israel Young from Samuel P Kidder 117-298 – 5.00 64 acres, farm of James Young, sold to Kidder same day – 27 Dec 1815 Witness Ebenr Hacket & Rob’t Hall
1817 117-299 Israel Young to Joseph Young of Manchester, 300.00, farm formerly owned by James Young, 64 acres. Witnesses: Wm Wallace & James Parker, dated 31 Dec 1816.
As you may have noticed, these are all for the same piece of property.
      The Dickey Genealogy lists several children of James Young & Martha Hall, who is said to be the same James & presumably his first wife. I have not really looked into confirming these with the exception of my underlined notes. Further research should be done in the records to confirm or deny any of this. That said, in that book their children are listed as:
        i. Israel Young b. c1795, m: Esther Stevens 12 Oct 1820 in Manchester, NH. [xiv] He died 13 May 1848 in Londonderry NH, and she died 19 Oct 1868 after having married Amos Griffin of Methuen, MA. It seems he starts popping up in Derryfield/Manchester Town Records c1813 & there are several deeds in Hillsborough County, some include Esther others do not.
        ii. Jane Young m: Taylor Southwick. I will say about this, the HC deeds I saw name her as a singlewoman. So if she married it was after the deeds I happen to remember seeing.
        iii. Mary Young
        iv. John Young  b. 16 Feb 1796 m: Edna C. Saunders. He died 6 May 1843. She d. 19 Sep 1859
         v. Jonathan Young – said to have gone to Maine
         vi. Daniel Young

3. Elisabeth Young b: 1 Dec 1760 Salem, NH.[xv] [I did not see anything for her, but I didn’t look that hard.]

4. Levenne Young b: Apr 1763 Salem, NH.[xvi] [I did not see anything for her, but I didn’t look that hard.]

5. Mary Young b. _____, no date recorded in Manchester, NH. [xvii] m: Nathaniel Merrill on 15 Feb 1785 in Manchester, NH.[xviii] Due to the date of marriage we can likely assume she was born no later than 1770 which would place her actual birth in Salem, NH, and her parents as Israel & Elizabeth vs Israel & Mary as the record in Manchester states. Rix has her birth as 1 Dec 1766 but no sourcing. It would seem she may have died fairly young as Nathaniel is said to have a second wife with whom he had two children. Nathaniel & Mary’s children according to Rix, but unconfirmed by me, are:
         i. Lovinia Merrill
        ii. Israel Merrill
       iii. Mehitable Merrill
       iv. Ezekial Merrill
        v. Nathaniel Merrill

6. Jonathan Young b. c1771-3 m: Mary/Polly Perram/Perham 25 Dec 1794 in Goffstown, NH.[xix] She died Feb 21,1828 age 49 & was buried in Center Cemetery, Manchester, NH. He died 26 Apr 1829 age 56 & was buried with his wife. [xx] Also see Hillsborough County Probate Files 10348 & 10349. Their children were:
        i. William Young 27 Feb 1795.[xxi]
        ii. Betsey Clerk Young b. 9 Jan 1797. [xxii]
       iii. Edward Young 6 Apr 1799. [xxiii] See HC Deeds re Estate of Jonathan Young: 167-362; 169-140; 170-483; 170-489; 173-414; 175-152, maybe more. I don’t have copies but saw them in the Grantor Index. Also 159-153 & 166-62.
       iv. Cyrus Young 11 May 1801. [xxiv]
        v. Jonathan Young 9 Apr 1803. [xxv]
       vi. Mary P. Young b. bef 1815. [xxvi]
      vii. Levina G. Young b. bef 1815. [xxvii]
     viii. Rev. James Moor Young b. bef 1815.[xxviii] He died 30 Nov 1884 in Manchester, NH. [xxix] There is more in the History of Windham, NH by Morrison & The Dickey Family Genealogy, but it needs to be confirmed with records.
       iv. Joanna M. Young aft 1815. [xxx]
        v. Joseph H. Young aft 1815. [xxxi]
       vi. Israel Young b. after 1815. [xxxii]

7. David Young b. c April 1773 [calc from gravestone] He m 1st Susannah Chamberlain in Manchester 7 Sep 1797 in Londonderry, NH. [xxxiii] She died 13 Apr 1810 in Landaff, NH [xxxiv] & he m2nd: Hannah Eastman in Bath, NH 4 Feb 1811. [xxxv] Buried Landaff Center Cemetery, Landaff, NH, marker states “David Young died May 10 1865 AE 92 1mo”. No death record was found at NHVR. Records were found for the following children:
        i. Moses Davis Young b. 27 Feb 1798 in Derryfield, NH. [xxxvi]
       ii. William Young b. 28 Oct 1800 in Derryfield, NH. [xxxvii]
       iii. Keziah Young b. c 1804 m: _______Snow d. 7 May 1869 in Landaff, NH. [xxxviii]
       iv. Hannah Young b. 1806 in Landaff, NH m: ______Eastman d. 16 Nov 1884 in Newbury, Vermont, age 78y 4mo 19 days. [xxxix]
                                    2nd wife:
        v. Hiero Young b. 21 Mar 1811 in Landaff, NH. [xl] 
       vi. Archimades Young b. 7 Nov 1812 in Landaff, NH. [xli] 
      vii. Sally Young b. 30 May 1814 in Landaff, NH. [xlii]
     viii. Israel Young b. 29 Mar 1816 in Landaff, NH. [xliii]  m: 27 Sep 1844 Mary Ann G B Young, daughter of Hezekiah Young of Manchester, NH.[xliv]
       ix. Betsey Young b. 20 Aug 1818 in Landaff, NH. [xlv]
        x. Mary Young b. 7 Jul 1822 Landaff, NH. [xlvi]

8. Hezekiah Young b. c1775 - See previous blog here
 
Rix also believed there were also the following,[xlvii] but he does not source any of it. I cannot confirm or deny, but I have not seen anything that supports this. David Young b. b. 9 Mar 1755 [who if their son at all died young apparently as a later David was born]; Israel Young b. _____ m. in Bath, 21 Nov 1793 Hannah Bedel; Susan Young b. 21 Nov 1770
 
This is when things start getting really complicated as far as sorting out Israel. Rix states that tradition tells us he had three wives, 23 sons & several daughters.[xlviii] We already know the “first marriage” tradition is false, having discussed it prior in this blog. His real first marriage was above & now we will delve into the last.
 
It is said in numerous secondary sources that the same Israel married Mary [Molly] Harris about 1777 in Salem, NH.[xlix] The History of Salem, NH states about 1777,[l] and NH Vital Records states “No date given”. It would appear Mary/Molly Harris was the daughter of Joseph & Joanna Harris of Salem, NH b. 16 Aug 1751 in Salem, NH[li], which incidentally makes her the aunt of Hezekiah’s wife Sarah Harris. There is no doubt that this marriage existed, the question really is if this is the same Israel or a son by the same name that has been confused.
 
Therefore, let’s pick up in Salem, NH where we left off. Only one Israel appears in the records from 1761-1777.[lii] While there are mentions of the two older sons Edward Clark & James, there is no mention of another Israel in town records or as serving in the Revolutionary War. This can lead us to believe that if there was a son Israel he was born later than 1760, and then he would probably be too young to marry Mary Harris before 1777. So…it’s looking like this was in fact the same man & he just married a woman 20 yrs younger. This could be feasible I guess if she was then 26 yrs old and afraid she would end up an Old Maid/Spinster, or perhaps she just loved him with all her heart, who knows. I hate to be cynical, so I’ll believe the latter as a real possibility. 
 
That leaves the only real contraction to this, from what I have found, is that the 1800 Census shows a man of the age of 26-44, not 45+. This could just be an error, but it nags at me nonetheless. Truth is, I don’t know what the real situation here is. I can only report what the evidence shows or doesn’t show.
 
The first record found that confirms Israel & “Molley” as a couple is Rockingham County Deed 109-401, dated 3 Mar 1777.
 
 “We, Israel Young & Molley his wife of Salem in the County of Rockingham & in the State of New Hampshire in New England, yeoman…..Two hundred Seventy & two pounds lawful money…..paid by Thomas Runnels of Methuen in the County of Essex & State of Massachusetts Bay in New England, yeoman…..to Thomas Runnells & to his heirs& assigns forever a certain piece of land lying in Salem aforesaid containing thirty acres by measure. Also a piece of meadow land lying in the town aforesaid containing about seven acres be the same more or less said land bounded as follow….Beginning at the southwest corner by a black oak thence by land of John Allens thence west one hundred & twenty pools [poles] to a pine marked by land of Simeon Johnsons thence northerly by said Johnson’s and forty pools [poles?] to a stake & stones by land of Israel Woodbury & thence east by said land one hundred & twenty five rods to a stake & stones by land of John Allens thence southerly forty poles to the bound first mentioned. Said meadow bounded as followeth…beginning at the north___ corner by hittee brook, thence westerly by said brook to Daniel Massey’s southwest corner bound of his meadow thence northerly by said Massey’s meadow to Samuel Barber’s meadow, thence westerly by said Barber’s meadow to the upland thence southerly by the upland to Samuel Berber’s meadow then easterly by said Barber’s meadow to said brook then by the brook to the [bend/end/?] thence easterly by the ___that leads to Sam’l Johnson’s till it comes to John Smith (^ &Joseph Smith’s) land to the bounds first mentioned.”….Witnesses Ephraim [Clark?] & Daniel Gordon. Israel appeared 26 Mar 1777; Recorded 12 Nov 1777.
After that, it was found that Israel was still on the Tax Lists in Salem for the years of 1778 & 1779.[liii] This Israel would then be about 48 years old. Simultaneously the first recorded child of this couple is in the Salem births as 25 Dec 1778 in Salem, NH.[liv]
 
Beginning in 1780 Israel is no longer listed on the Salem Tax Lists but instead shows up in Windham, NH in 1779 & 1780,[lv] but is never found again there after that.
 
Shortly thereafter or at about the same time, they start show up in Derryfield, NH, now Manchester, NH on the 1780 tax List.[lvi] The first Hillsborough County Deed for Israel is # 10-73 dated 25 March 1780 when he purchases from Asail Smith & Mark Doty, both of Derryfield for 400 bushels of merchantable Indian corn. On that deed, it states Israel Young of Windham. It states the land was originally in the town of Chester, but is now Derryfield and begins at the sw corner by Lot 23. Witnesses on the deed are Elisha Woodbury & Robt Young.
 
In March 1781 Israel is voted Hog Reever, & in 1782 Tithingman.[lvii] Invariably, this is when several will wonder…What are Hog Reevers & Tithingmen?
 
A Hog Reever was a town elected position for the man who was in charge of gathering escaped livestock & bring them to the town pound to be collected by their owners. They also collected the fines from owners, assessing any damage done by “estray” livestock prior to its capture, & finally ordering restitution for the damages. Some say the position was traditionally given to newlywed men, but I have seen no authoritative reference to this. There is no doubt however, that it was on the lower end of elected positions.
 
A Tithingman, which had various incorrect spellings in town records throughout New England, was also a town elected position. This man’s job was to keep the peace in church and about town. He also collected tithes, which are donations to the church, traditionally 10% of income, & enforced the observance of Sundays in that no one was allowed to work on the “Sabbath Day”. He was sort of a church police officer in a way.
 
But, I digress…Let’s get back on tract. Israel is also shown on the tax records in Derryfield for the years of 1781-1782 as well, and definitively from then on until 1805.[lviii]
 
The next Hillsborough County deed# 64-669 is to Israel Young of Derryfield, yeoman, from Nathaniel Martin of New Boston, NH for 7 lb 4 sh , dated 23 Oct 1782. Half of a 60 acre lot in quality & quantity, of Lot #23 in Chester. Beginning at the nw corner (which is the sw corner of Israel Young’s land, then easterly by Young’s land to a tree marked, then southerly to Daniel Hall’s, then west by Hall’s land, and by the mill lot to Abraham Merrill’s, then northerly to the 1st mentioned. Witnesses were Joseph & Anna Sanders.
 
1781, Israel purchased several lots of land from non-residents who couldn’t pay their taxes. Those lands were as follows - via pg 77-78 Early Records of the Town of Derryfield: 1782-1800
  • Lot No 37 struck off from Clement Meservie. Israel paid 40.00 per acre.
  • Lot No 44 struck off from Jotham Tilton. Israel paid 16.00 per acre.
  • Lot No 104 struck off from Nathaniel Bachoelor, 30 dollars pr acre.
  • Lot No 105 struck off from Nathan Philop Tole, 39 dollar per acre.
 
1784 “voted Isriel young Levt John Perham & Doctor John Dustin a Committee to provide Said praeching and to entertain the preachers at Disgression.” [lix] Israel was voted Surveyor of Lumber & Hog Reever in 1786 & in 1787 was Elected Constable.[lx]
 
The next HC Deed, 49-444, shows he purchased land via the Tax Collector on 19 Mar 1787 via John Hall of Derryfield to Israel Young of Derryfield 1lb 16 sh for 21 acres 140 rods, part of lot 49, beginning at the pine tree at the corner of lots 44 & 46, then running north by the line of 46…etc. Israel being the highest bidder at an auction held today at the home of Lt John Hall, Inholder, foreclosed to town on 25 Jan 1784. Witnesses were Elizabeth Hall & James Young.
 
Another deed for a purchase from the Tax Collector was also made a short time later on deed 91-520. That deed states for 1lb 16sh, Israel of Derryfield, yeoman, purchased 31 acres being part of Lot 45. Beginning at a black birch the corner of Lots 38 & 39 then northerly by the original line of lot 44 and 45 160 rods to a pine tree marked then 69 degrees westerly. Deed dated 23 Jul 1787, and witnessed by Elisabeth Hall & James Young.
 
In addition, there were others: 16 Mar 1787; Rec. 2 Mar 1789 – Sold for taxes due for the year 1780. [lxi]
No 45 Struck of to Israil Young  at one sh 2 pence per acre
No 46 Struck off to Israil Young one shillen & six pence per acre
No 49 Struck off to Israil Young at one shillen & 10 pence per acre
No 60 Half lote Struck off to Israiel Young at six pence per acre.
 
In the Early Records of the Town of Derryfield: 1782-1800, we find the following:
  • 1788 Elected Surveyor of Lumber
  • 1789 Action in town for selling land not in town with Daniel Hall
  • 1789 action brought against him by David Session
  • 1791, 1792 & 1793 – Elected Constable
  • 1793 Elizabeth Mercy struck off to Israel Young for care – 3lbs per year
  • 1796 Israel Young against town pg 305
 
1790 Census in Derryfield shows Israel with 9 males under 16; 2 over 16 & 4 females.
 
1800 Census in Derryfield [listed as Deering] Israel has 4 males under 5; 1 male 10-15; 1 male 15-25 & 1 male age 26-44; 1 female under 10; 2 females 10-15 & 1 female 26-44.
 
Two Rockingham County Deeds in 1800 appear to be for the same property on the same day:
28 Aug 1800 RC  Deed 176-381: Israel Young of Derryfield, yeoman, sells land in Salem [no wife mentioned] 27.00, to James Jones of Methuen, Gentleman, land bounded as follows: southerly on land formerly owned by Stephen Wheeler now owned by the said James Jones, easterly on land of the said James Jones, northerly on the road and easterly by the road and by the land of the said James Jones containing 7 acres & 16 rods being the same land I bought of the Widow Mary Lee. Deed dated 28 Aug 1800. Witnesses:  Silas Button & John Clerdemin [?]. Silas Button Verified. Recorded 12 Dec 1806.
 
28 Aug 1800 RC Deed 193-163: Israel Young of Derryfield, yeoman, sells land in Salem [no wife mentioned] to James Jones of Methuen, gentleman, 7 acres & 16 rods of land bounded as detailed in deed to me from Widow Mary Lee on deed date 16 Oct 1776, rec’d 44.00 of income or rent from the 10th day of Oct 1776 to this date of 28 Aug 1800. Witnesses: Silas Button & John Clindemen [?]. No appearance date. Recorded 19 Mar 1811.
 
No purchase deed was found in RC from or to Leigh/Lee in Salem, NH.
 
In the Early Records of the Town of Derryfield, 1801-1816, we find the following mentions for Israel Young:
Pg 18 3 Mar 1800 Appointed as one of the Surveyors of Highways
Pg 23 Letter to Israel Young Surveyor of Highways from Selectman 16 Jun 1800 allowing him to contract help to repair roads.
Pg 28 Inventory List for 1800: 1 poll; 1 horse 3y old; 3 cows; 2 neat stock 4yrs old;  1 3 yr old; 1 2 yrs old; 1 tillage; 1 mowing; 70 buildings; 30 unproved land; Carried out 5.26
Pg 36 Taxes for 1800: Town 2 25; School 0 90; State 0 79; County 0 16
Pg 48 1801 Mentioned in Surveyor of Highways letter as to his road & also hiring him for work.
Pg 56 Inventory 1801 0 Polls;1 horse; 2 oxen; 3 cows; 1 Neat Stock 4 yrs old; 2 Tillage; 4 mowing; 70; 30; 4.39
Pg 61 Taxes for 1801: Town 1 06; School 0 76; County 0 10
Pg 66 Voted to be on a committee to hire a preacher
Pg 73 Inventory 1806: 1 horse; 1;2;2;1;1;2;4;70; 30; 4.29
Pg 74 1802 “Mr Youngs” [road/house] in regard to Surveyor of Highway work
Pg 75 1 Jun 1802 also on list of workers for highway work
Pg 82 “foot of the Bill of Taxes” 1 33, 1 Sep 1802
Pg 92 4 Jun 1803: Voted that Mr Young pay the money [taxes] that is due (that the committee reported due) in 3 months from the 14 May 1803
Pg 101 1803 Taxes: Town 0 66; Minister 0 66; School 0 52; County 0 06
Pg 105 Inventory 1803 1 horse; 2 horses 2 yr old; 1 cow; 1 neat stock 3 trs old; 2 tillage; 4 mowing; 70 value of buildings; 30 Value of proved land; 2.78
Pg 117 1804 Surveyor of Highways to pay 2 12
Pg 121 1804 Town 43; Minister 36; School 60; State 47; County 21
Pg 129 Inventory 1804: 1 horse 4yr; 2 cows;1 neat stock 2 yr; 1 Neat stock 3 yrs old; 2 Tillage; 4 mowing; 70 value of buildings; 30 Value of proved land; 2.75
Pg 144: 1805 Surveyor of Highways “Mens names and sums against their names” to pay 3.65
Pg 148: Inventory 1805: 1 horse; 2 cows;1 neat stock 4yrs old; 2 net stock 2 yrs old; 2 tillage; 2 mowing; 10 Value of buildings; 30 value of wild land; 3 dollars 10 cents Carried out
Pg 146 Taxes 1805: Town: 67 School: 62 County:10
Pg 158: Oct 1805 14th Article: To see if the Town will allow Mr Israel Young a Reasonable Sum for Collecting the Taxes for the year 1792 when he was Constable.
Pg 160 10 Mar 1805: “Voted on the 14th article not to allow Mr Israel Young anything”
Pg 377: Committee to settle with past Selectman & Constables decided Constable Young owed 36 lbs 5 s due to the town from either 1791/1792 – [it really isn’t clear] – dated 10 Mar 1794. [No idea why in this book]
 
HC 112-540: Israel Young of Derryfield, Husbandman, 27.00 to Richard Hardy 24 acres of land, being part of lot 46 in Chester Grant, and bounded as follows beg pine tree which is at the corner of Lot 49 and 50 then N. 69 degrees west 24 rods to a s&s then southerly by a parralell line to the original dividing line of the lots 45 & 46, 160 rods to a stake & then south 69 degrees east 24 rods to a heap of stones the corner of lot 37 & 38 then by said original dividing line of lot 45 & 46 then to the bound 1st mentioned. Purchased from John Hall collector of taxes for 1780. 7 Apr 1804. Signed Israel Young Witnesses John Stark Jr & John Stark 4th Rec 7 Jan 1817. [No Molly]
 
HC 113-276: Israel Young of Derryfield, husbandman, to Richard Hardy of Derryfield for 90.00, beginning at the ne corner of Lot 24 at a pitch pine south to David Hall’s then west north west to Halls Rd the north by road to Ephraim Stevens then west to 1st bounds. Dated 11 Jun 1806. Witnesses Jole Rowell & John Stark Jr. Recorded 11 Feb 1817. [No Molly]
 
In 1806 Israel disappears from Tax & Inventory Lists, as well as any other mention at all after the above. It looks like Israel & Molley transferred the last of their real estate to their oldest son Joseph on 11 Jun 1806 on Hillsborough County Deed 84-113 & Joseph’s latter Town Inventory Records show the increase in property.
Deed 84-113: Israel Young to Joseph Young 500, stake & stones on Chester line, sw corner of Ebenezer Stevens, Halls Rd so called, Daniel Hall, part of Lot 23 & 24 in the west range of Chester, now in Derryfield. Signed by Israel Young & Molley Young, Witnesses were James Young & Richard Hardy, Recorded 19 Sep 1809.
 
After that Israel & Molly were likely living with Joseph on the 1810 Census, as Joseph would only be about 32 yrs old, & yet he has 1 male & 1 female both over 44 living with him. They both probably died between 1810-1820 as they are no longer with him in 1820. No death records or probate records exist for either Israel or Molly. Although, Rix says Israel was buried in Center Cemetery, I did not find any record of this. It is though, a likely place for his burial given the time period.
 
Incidentally, the next mention of an Israel Young is 7 years later in the Inventory List for 1813. He has 1 horse. I believe this is the son of James, just starting out on his own.
 
A probate record in Hillsborough County nor Rockingham County was not found for any Israel with the exception of guardianship for Jonathan’s son Israel after 1830. There are other deeds for Israel prior to 1806 in Hillsborough County that were not discussed here.
 
Children of Israel Young & Mary/Molly Harris
 
9. Joseph Young b. 25 Dec 1778 in Salem, NH. [lxii] m: 26 June 1806 Polly Sanders in Goffstown, NH.[lxiii] Married 2nd Hannah _______who is named as his widow & the administrator of his estate. He died before 21 Oct 1828 per Hillsborough County Probate records 10346 & 10347, guardian papers. [lxiv] See HC Deeds 158-527-529 & 154-309.
                                                    His children were:
        i. Mary H. Young [likely of age when her father passed away].
       ii. Eliza S. Young b. bef 1814 – Frederick G. Stark guardian
      iii. William Young b. bef 1814– Frederick G. Stark guardian
      iv. Andrew W. Young b. bef 1814– Frederick G. Stark guardian

10. Sarah Young b. 29 May 1781 in Derryfield, NH.  [lxv]

11. Joshua Young b. 16/25 July 1783 in Derryfield, NH. [lxvi]

12. Jenna Young b. 5 Jan 1786 in Derryfield, NH. [lxvii]

13. Samuel Young b. 5 Sept 1788 in Derryfield, NH. [lxviii]

14. John Young b. 25 Oct 1791 in Derryfield, NH. [lxix] He died 20 Sep 1882, Age 95 11m [Calc. birth] Oct 20 1786]. [lxx]

15. Peter Young b. 16 Nov 1793 in Manchester, NH.[lxxi] m: Lavina Perry in Bedford 4 Sep 1823. [lxxii] Removed to Amherst & died prior to 5 Nov 1833 leaving a widow & 6 minors under 14 & who’s guardian appointed was Moses Hills of Amherst, NH. Probate files 10350, 10352 & 10358.She died before 7 May 1850. Her Administration states she has 1 son one Orris P.  who declined.
        i. Nancy K. Young b. after 1820
       ii. Harriet H. Young b. after 1820
      iii. Orvis P. Young b. after 1820 d. 27 Mar 1891
      iv. Peter “Henry” Young b. after 1820 in Amherst, NH [calc 1834] d. 13 May 1903 Westborough, MA, buried St. Mary’s, Malden, MA, Resided in Chelsea, MA.[lxxiii]
       v. Elizabeth “Lizzie” Jane Young b. after 1820 m: _____ French d. 1 Apr 1882 Bedford, NH.[lxxiv]
      vi. Lavina/Lachana P. Young b. after 1820

16. Richard Young b. 15 May 1796 in Manchester, NH.[lxxv] m: Sarah Stevens 25 July 1822 in Bedford, NH.[lxxvi]  He died 13 March 1876 Lyndeborough, NH.[lxxvii]
        i. George Young b. 15 Oct 1822 Manchester, NH.[lxxviii] m: 1 Jun 1897 Catherine (Tupper) Robbins in Manchester, NH. [lxxix]
       ii. Emily Ann Young  b. 31 Mar 1825. [lxxx]
      iii. Charles Young b. 15 Aug 1826 Manchester, NH. [lxxxi] m: Eliza J. (Whitney) Senter 7 Jan 1884 Lyndeborough, NH. [lxxxii] He died 6 Jan 1898 Lyndeborough, NH.[lxxxiii]
      iv. Joseph Young b. 6 Mar 1828 Manchester, NH.[lxxxiv]
      v. Ephraim S. Young b. 28 Nov 1829 Manchester, NH.[lxxxv] He died 27 Aug 1906 in Manchester, NH. [lxxxvi]
      vi. Elmira Young b. 23 Oct 1833 Manchester NH. [lxxxvii]
     vii. Lorenzo [Orenzo] J. Young b. 28 Apr 1835 Manchester, NH. [lxxxviii] m: 10 Jul 1884 Rozanna J. Young, dau of Samuel Young & Lydia. [lxxxix] He died 21 Dec 1926 Brockton, MA. [xc]
    viii. Martha Augusta Young b. 10 Jun 1839 Manchester, NH. [xci] m: Abaijah W. Packard 19 May 1863 Lyndeborough, NH. [xcii]
      ix. Sarah Maria Young b. 24 Oct 1841 Manchester, NH. [xciii] m: Arro D. Cram 23 July 1860 in Greenfield, NH. [xciv] She died 4 Jun 1917 Lydeborough, NH. [xcv]
       x. William Young b. 24 Oct 1841 Manchester NH. [xcvi] He died 14 Sep 1907 Manchester, NH. [xcvii]
      xi. Harriet Ellen Young b. 4 Nov 1843 Manchester, NH.[xcviii]
     xii. Mary Amanda Young b. 22 Sep 1845 Manchester, NH. [xcix] m: Nathan Augustus Fisk 21 Mar 1863. [c], m2nd: Charles N. Allen 20 Jan 1872 Lyndeborough, NH. [ci]
    xiii. Rosa Young b. c1850 m: _____ Holt d. 10 Mar 1868 Lyndeborough, NH. [cii]
    xiv. Quincy Young [No Name Young b. 24 May 1853 Manchester, NH. [ciii] He died 27 Jul 1903 in Manchester, NH. [civ]

17. Robert Young b. 28 Sept 1801 in Manchester, NH.[cv] There are a lot of records for Robert(s). I didn’t want to get into researching him, but I will say this, be careful not to confuse them.
 
Rix also notes a few others as children of Israel & Mary, but again, no sourcing & I didn’t see anything that indicated them.
 
[i] Rix, Guy Scoby, “Genealogy of the Young Family”, Transcript, 1913, New Hampshire State Library, Concord, NH; Young, Edward Hudson, Prof. , “Our Young Family in America”, 1947, Durham, NC
[ii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Amesbury, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1913 Topsfield, MA
[iii] Topsfield Historical Society, “Vital Records of Methuen, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849”, 1909, Topfield, MA
[iv] New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; FamilySearch; Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH
[v] Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH, Pg 318-319
[vi] Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH, Pg 318-319
[vii] Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH; “Town Records 1738-1780 Vol 3” & “Town records 1750-1805 vol 40910” both found online at FamilySearch.org in the Catalog option.
[viii] “Town Records 1738-1780 Vol 3” & “Town records 1750-1805 vol 40910” both found online at FamilySearch.org in the Catalog option.
[ix] Rix, Guy Scoby, “Genealogy of the Young Family”, Transcript, 1913, New Hampshire State Library, Concord, NH;
[x] Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH; New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; FamilySearch
[xi] New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; FamilySearch; Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH
[xii] New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; FamilySearch; Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH
[xiii] New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; FamilySearch; Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH
[xiv] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xv] New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; FamilySearch; Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH
[xvi] New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; FamilySearch; Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH
[xvii] New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; FamilySearch
[xviii] New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; FamilySearch
[xix] New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; FamilySearch
[xx] 1938 WPA Survey, 1993 Bernard H. Cowette III & 2010 Survey by Amylynne Baker-Santagate all of Center Cemetery, Mammoth Rd. Manchester, NH. The latter unpublished but didcussed in my blog about Hezekiah Young & the former published & discussed at this link http://files.usgwarchives.net/nh/hillsborough/cemeteries/cencem.txt
accessed last on 15 Feb 2016.
[xxi] New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxii] New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxiii] New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxiv] New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxv] New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxvi] Hillsborough County Probate File Guardian Papers via FamilySearch Catalog online, or New Hampshire Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xxvii] Hillsborough County Probate File Guardian Papers via FamilySearch Catalog online, or New Hampshire Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xxviii] Hillsborough County Probate File Guardian Papers via FamilySearch Catalog online, or New Hampshire Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xxix] New Hampshire Vital Records & Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH; "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxx] Hillsborough County Probate File Guardian Papers via FamilySearch Catalog online, or New Hampshire Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xxxi] Hillsborough County Probate File Guardian Papers via FamilySearch Catalog online, or New Hampshire Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH)
[xxxii] Hillsborough County Probate File Guardian Papers via FamilySearch Catalog online, or New Hampshire Archives, So. Fruit St., Concord, NH
[xxxiii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxxiv] Landaff Center Cemetery with her husband
[xxxv] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxxvi] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxxvii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxxviii] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxxix] "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954," database with images, FamilySearch
[xl] "New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904," database, FamilySearch
[xli] "New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904," database, FamilySearch
[xlii] "New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904," database, FamilySearch
[xliii] "New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904," database, FamilySearch
[xliv] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xlv] "New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904," database, FamilySearch
[xlvi] "New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904," database, FamilySearch
[xlvii] Rix, Guy Scoby, “Genealogy of the Young Family”, Transcript, 1913, New Hampshire State Library, Concord, NH;
[xlviii] Rix, Guy Scoby, “Genealogy of the Young Family”, Transcript, 1913, New Hampshire State Library, Concord, NH;
[xlix] Rix, Guy Scoby, “Genealogy of the Young Family”, Transcript, 1913, New Hampshire State Library, Concord, NH; Young, Edward Hudson, Prof. , “Our Young Family in America”, 1947, Durham, NC; many many online trees
[l] Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH;
[li] "New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904," database, FamilySearch; Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH
[lii] “Town Records 1738-1780 Vol 3” & “Town records 1750-1805 vol 40910” both found online at FamilySearch.org in the Catalog option.
[liii] “Town Records 1738-1780 Vol 3” & “Town records 1750-1805 vol 40910” both found online at FamilySearch.org in the Catalog option
[liv] Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH;
[lv] Windham Town Records 1772-1845 Vol 2 pgs 104,118, 124, 130,140 found online at FamilySearch.org in the Catalog option.
[lvi] Brown, George Waldo, Early Records of Derryfield, NH, now Manchester, 1751-1782, 1905, Manchester Historical Society
[lvii] Brown, George Waldo, Early Records of the Town of Derryfield, now Manchester, 1782-1800, 1906, Manchester Historical Society
[lviii] Brown, George Waldo, Early Records of the Town of Derryfield, now Manchester, 1782-1800, 1906, Manchester Historical Society; Brown, George Waldo, Early Records of the Town of Derryfield, now Manchester, 1801-1816, 1908, Manchester Historical Society
[lix] Brown, George Waldo, Early Records of the Town of Derryfield, now Manchester, 1782-1800, 1906, Manchester Historical Society;
[lx] Brown, George Waldo, Early Records of the Town of Derryfield, now Manchester, 1782-1800, 1906, Manchester Historical Society;
[lxi] Brown, George Waldo, Early Records of the Town of Derryfield, now Manchester, 1801-1816, 1908, Manchester Historical Society, Pg 179 – this is correct even though the date doesn’t seem like it should be in this book.
[lxii] Gilbert, Edgar, A.B., “History of Salem, N.H.”, 1907, Rumford Printing Co., Concord, NH;
[lxiii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxiv] Volumes & Pages available online on FamilySearch in the catalog section-see Index cards 10347 for Eliza S Young et als 1828 Vol 23-426; 36-378;43-188, & also see Joseph’s Administration 10346, 30-603; 36-290; 36-121; 27-191; 38-92; 38-93; 28-228. There may or may not be more information in the volumes &/or the actual probate file at the NH State Archives.
[lxv] Birth of Sarah Young "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxvi] Birth of Joshua Young -Images of original Derryfield town record book “Joshua Young the son of Israel young and Mary his wife was born July the 16th 1783 Recorded this 16th Day of May 1785 pr Asael Smith Town Clerk” via catalog LDS - Town records 1746-1786 vol 1, toward the back of the book, Image inserted within above work; "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxvii] Birth of Jenna Young Images of original Derryfield town record book, Recorded this 16th Day of May 1785 pr Asael Smith Town Clerk” via catalog LDS - Town records 1746-1786 vol 1 – toward the back of the book, Image inserted within above work; "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxviii] Birth of Samuel Young Images of original Derryfield town record book, Recorded this 16th Day of May 1785 pr Asael Smith Town Clerk” via catalog LDS - Town records 1746-1786 vol 1 – toward the back of the book, Image inserted within above work; "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxix] Birth of John Young "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxx] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxi] Birth of Peter Young "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxiii] "Massachusetts Deaths, 1841-1915," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxiv] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxv] Birth Richard Young "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxvi] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxvii] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxviii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxix] "New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920," database, FamilySearch
[lxxx] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxxi] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxxii] "New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920," database, FamilySearch
[lxxxiii] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxxiv] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxxv] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxxvi] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxxvii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxxviii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxxxix] "New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920," database, FamilySearch
[xc] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xci] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xcii] "New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920," database, FamilySearch
[xciii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xciv] "New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920," database, FamilySearch
[xcv] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xcvi] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xcvii] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xcviii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xcix] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[c] "New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920," database, FamilySearch
[ci] "New Hampshire Marriages, 1720-1920," database, FamilySearch
[cii] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[ciii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[civ] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[cv] Birth of Robert Young "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch

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<![CDATA[Surname Saturday: Hezekiah Young & Sarah/Sally Harris of Manchester, NH]]>Sat, 04 Jun 2016 11:36:42 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/surname-saturday-hezekiah-young-sarahsally-harris-of-manchester-nh
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Mr Hezekiah Young Center Cemetery, Manchester, NH
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Today Willow, Valley & Hayward Streets
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1892 Willow, Valley & Young Streets
Hezekiah Young was born c1775 most likely in Salem, NH although a birth record for him was not found recorded there. He was mostly likely the son of Israel Young Jr. & Elizabeth Clark. Hezekiah married Sarah “Sally” Harris about 1795-6 probably in either Salem or Manchester, NH. [i] She was born Nov 15, 1776 in Salem, NH daughter of Joseph Harris Jr. & Martha Hadlock of Salem, NH. [ii] Further proof of her parents & siblings can be found in letter written by her on Apr 28 1837 in her mother's Revolutionary Pension file. [iii] Hezekiah likely relocated to Manchester with his father between 1779-80. See the link above for Israel Young.
 
Hezekiah is first noted on the Tax List in 1797,[iv] and the school tax list in 1798. [v] I did not definitively find him on the 1800 Census (incidentally, Derryfield is indexed as Deering on Ancestry for 1800), but I suspect it may be because his name looks like “Hugh Young” and should instead read as “Hezh”. That household has 2 males under 10; 1 male 16-25; 1 female 16-25 which fits perfectly with Hezekiah’s family in 1800; the two sons likely being John & Caleb. At any rate, Hezekiah’s household is definitely on the 1810 Census (then called Manchester). It shows 3 males under 10, 2 males 10-15, 1 female under 10, 1 female 26-44, 1 male 26-44.
 
Sadly, in March of 1815, Spotted/Spoiled Fever claimed 6 of their 9 children at the time, all within days of each other. Click here to read about that. After that they went on to have several more children as is indicated in other parts of this report.
 
The 1820 Census in Manchester shows his household as 1m 10-15, 1 male 16-25, 2 females under 10, 1 female 16-25, 1 female 26-44, 1 male 45+, and the 1830 Census shows 1 male 15-19; 1 male 50-59; 1 female 5-9; 2 females 10-14; 1 female 50-59.
 
The first deed for a land purchase in Derryfield, NH by Hezekiah Young of Derryfield, yeoman, is recorded in the Hillsborough County [HC] Deed# 64-671. It was signed 10 Jun 1799. The property was 10 acres in Derryfield, purchased from Nathaniel Merrill of Derryfield [who was married to his sister Mary] for 150.00. The general description of the land states it ran easterly on the line of Robert McGregor Esq., then northerly, then westerly to the line of land owned by John Harvey, along his line to the bounds first mentioned.  James Young was a witness on that deed.
 
Many other deeds are also found in Hillsborough County Registry of Deeds, Spring St. Nashua, NH for Hezekiah Young of Derryfield, NH, yeoman. In a brief nutshell they are as follows:

  • 64-668: 9 Feb 1801: Hezekiah Young was the grantee of one half of Lot 4 which contained 70 acres from Robert McGregore, Esq. of Goffstown for 133.33. It is described as being the “the northerly half of said lot the other half being owned by Agnes Warner of Portsmouth bounded northerly by said Youngs land and John Harvey and westerly on the Common land”. Witnessed by Nathaniel La[^u]chten & Daniel Barker. [Lot 4 according to Chase’s layout of lots from the History of Chester, was south of 10 & 11, in between 3 to the west & 5 to the east, with Mammoth Rd going right through it along with Cohos Brook.]
  • 83-137: 14 Jun 1809: Hezekiah Young & Jonas Harvey, both yeoman of Derryfield, for 40.5 acres, from Agnes Warner of Portsmouth, widow, for 200.00. It was the same land allotted to her out of the estate of James McGregore of Londonderry, and is described as part of Lot 4. Witnessed by Amos Blanchard & Levi Blanchard.
  • 136-579: 4 Jan 1815, Hezekiah Young, Husbandman, of Manchester sold to Joseph B. Hall of Manchester, yeoman, 2 tracts of land for the sum of 150.00 on. Beginning at the sw corner of the highway leading to Merrill’s Ferry, so called, the northward and bounded by Samuel Halls, the easterly & Southwardly and bounded by Joseph Hall land to the highway, totaling 9 acres more or less. Witnesses were Isaac Huse & Nathan Johnson.
  • 131-608: 14 Jul 1821, Hezekiah Young of Manchester, yeoman, purchases 50 acres of land from Israel Young of Manchester for 100.00.[It seems to me, this was probably his nephew, Israel, son of James] That land was bounded as follows “Beginning at the southeast corner of a piece of land I this day deeded to Job Rowell thence easterly by Jonathan Butterfield’s land to Derry old line thence northerly by derry old line to Samuel P. Kidder’s land thence westerly by said Kidder’s land to Job Rowell’s land thence southerly by said Rowell’s land to the bounds first mentioned. Also another piece of land situated in said Manchester bounded as follows beginning at a stake and stones on Chester road thence easterly to Bearbrook thence southerly to the northwest corner of land owned by John Young, Jun and by said Young’s land to the meetinghouse road thence northerly by said road to the southeast corner of Samuel P. Kidder’s land thence north to the bound first mentioned containing fifty acres more or less.” The deed is witnessed by F. G. Stark & Daniel Rowell. Unfortunately, there is no direct indication whatsoever of their relationship noted in the document.
  • 144-135: 21 Jun 1824, A purchase by Hezekiah Young, Jonas Harvey & John G. Brown all Husbandmen of Manchester from Daniel Parker of Bedford, Yeoman, for 127.50 on deed. Known by the name of the McClintick Lot containing 85 acres beginning at a stake & stones on Chester old line which is the corner of Lot 2 then west 260 rods on the town line then northeast 74 rods to a stake then east 228 rods to a stake, then south 68 rods to the bounds first mentioned reserving the highway land through the same. The said Young & Harvey are to have one undivided half, and the said Brown the other half. Witnessed by James Walker & William Wallace.
  • 142-186: 30 Jun 1824, A sale of 50 acres from Hezekiah Young to David Young, of Manchester, Yeoman, [indexed as Daniel]. 125.00 [“one hundred” might be crossed off] states & stones on Chester Rd thence easterly to Bear Brook then southerly to the northwest corner of John Young’s land to the meetinghouse Road then northerly by sad road to the se corner of land owned by Samuel P Kidder’s heirs, then north to the bound first mentioned.. Witnesses Ens. Frederick G. Stark & Thomas Pollard Jr.
  • 142-479: 14 Sep 1824, Another sale of 50 acres for 100.00 to Israel Merrill, of Manchester, yeoman,. Beg ___west corner of land sold by Israel Young to Job Rowell then easterly by James _____ land, to derry old line then north by derry old line to land bel to heirs of Samuel P. Kidder then west by Kidder’s land to Job Rowell’s then south to the bound’s 1st mentioned. Witnessed by John Stark & Frederick G. Stark.
  • 148-267: 5 Oct 1826, from Pearson Richardson of Chester, Gentleman, 213.00 paid by Hezekiah Young, Joseph Moor, & Jonas Harvey all yeomen of Manchester, land in Manchester, 72 acres, all of Lot 35 not owned by Joseph Moor. Witnessed by John Gamble & Patten Hall.
  • 156-511: 9 Jan 1829, Samuel Hall, Hezekiah Young & Samuel Brown all of Manchester & Hugh Moors of Bedford, all yeoman for 500.00 paid by John G. Brown of Manchester, Yeoman, all right, title & interest in land beginning at se corner of McClintock lot so called…reserving the road through it. Witnesses James A. Davis & James M.K. Wilkins
  • 172-180: 9 Jan 1829, Hezekiah Young to 250. Hugh Moor of Bedford & Samuel Hall of Manchester, McClinktock lot. Witness John G. Brown James M.K. Wilkin
  • 172-181: 29 Jan 1829, Hezekiah to Samuel Hall & Samuel Brown Witnes Zacheus Patten & James MK Wilkins
  • 171-232: 29 Aug 1832, Hezekiah Young Manchester Husbandman 1000.00 pd by David Young, Manchester, Yeoman, bounded by an oak on the bank of the Merrimack which is the sw corner of Halls farm, also bounded by what was formerly Nathaniel Baker’s land. Also ½ acre where the house & barn stand which land was purchased of David Merrill by Nathaniel Merrill for that purpose, also one other lot of land in Manchester in the great meadow or so called 6 acres bounded by brook, land formerly owned by Ezekiel Stevens & Daniel/David Davis, formerly William Perham & now Israel Merril, & land formerly owned by Weston & Kidder. Until the delivery hereafter, Hezekiah remains the owner.Witnessed by Frederick G. Stark & Jotham [?] Gilli
  • 171-234: 29 Aug 1832 Hezekiah Young, of Manchester, Husbandman, 100.00, pd by David Young of Manchester, yeoman, parcel of land in Manchester bounded by Samuel Hall, the highway opposite Joseph B Halls to Chester old line, along line to Samuel Browns to Derry old line to bound first mentioned. Until the delivery hereafter, Hezekiah remains the owner.
  • 171-235: Eliphalet C. Parker of Derryfield, yeoman to Hezekiah Young of Derryfield, Husbandman,  900.00 land in Derryfield, oak on the bank of Merrimack …Nathaniel Baker…witness Frederick G. Stack & Jotham Gillis
  • 172-179: 1833, I missed getting a copy of this one.
  • 175-13: Jonas Harvey, Samuel Hall & Hezekiah Young 600. To John Harvey Jr. and David Young both of Manchester, known by the name as Ministerial Lot being Lot No. 38. Witnesses Jesse Baker, John Balsom
 
In 1830 Hezekiah received land from Martha Harris, his mother-in-law, on Rockingham County Deed 260-507. She is named a widow and the land was on Hity tity brook. There is no sale from Hezekiah or Sarah/Sally that was found in Rockingham or Hillsborough Counties. See more on Joseph & Martha here & here.
 
The last deed found under Hezekiah’s name is in 1834, Hillsborough County, 175-337 and is actually an Indentured Lease dated 29 Aug 1832 between David Young & of Manchester, yeoman & Hezekiah Young, Manchester, Husbandman, , for the consideration hereafter mentioned David Young hath lease to Hezekiah Young all the farm that he now lives on in Manchester, bank of the Merrimack Samuel Hall, Nathaniel Baker, great meadow, 6 acres,  Ezekiel Stevens, David Davis, Also another piece….”Hezekiah Young for & during his natural life” 2 gift of deeds from Hez to David this same day. Signed by both David & Hezekiah Young.
 
Sally H. Young, widow, of Manchester, on HC deed -294 sold to Amoskeag Manf., Co. certain piece of land or farm beginning at the Merrimack River bounded by Sam’l Hall’s land lately sold to Amoskeag, to the highway opposite David Young’s dwelling house, middle of highway leading to Manchester Meetinghouse, 12 Dec 1837 Witnesses David Young & James Walker.
 
Hillsborough County Deed 237-423 solidifies the connections between several family members, although it does not specifically state relationships.
“Know all men by the presents that we Sally Young, Simeon Haselton and Clarissa Haselton wife of the said Simeon, all of Manchester in this county of Hillsborough and the State of New Hampshire, Benjamin Doe of Pembroke in the county of Merrimac and Betsy C. Doe wife of the said Benjamin, Israel Young of Landoff in the county of Grafton, and Mary Ann G.B. Young wife of the said Israel, Samuel G Wentworth of Jackson in the County of Coos and Louisa Wentworth wife of the said Samuel G. & Josiah Lamb of the Province of Lower Canada and Sarah Lamb wife of said Josiah for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred dollars….”
 
The Manchester Historical Society indicates:
 
"Hezekiah Young lived in the large wood-colored house since occupied as "The Women's Aid & Relief Home" at the lower end of Elm St. It is still standing and owned by the Amoskeag Company. The farm contained about 100 acres and extended half way out to the center." [vi]
 
That was in 1897, unfortunately, it has long since been torn down. The Women’s Aid was established in 1875 and was located "Young cor Willow" according to the 1890 Directory. While Young St. & Willow St. do not intersect today, the two did intersect in 1892 which can be seen on the Manchester Atlas in Ward 6. The farm is marked as being owned by the Amoskeag Corp. on that map. Today the intersection would be on the corner of Hayward and Willow, where Schnitzer Steel/Advanced Recycling, 399 Willow St., now stands. See above for a comparison between Today & 1892. The 1892 Atlas can be found & purchased on HistoricMapWorks.com – I highly recommend this site.
 
This location should not be confused with later sites of the Women’s Aid. Manchester By Robert B. Perreault, pg 86, has a picture of the 2nd Women's Aid Home at 180 Pearl St which opened in 1891. That book also mentions the first one being on Willow St & the third one being in what is now the Currier Museum of Art.
 
The Union Leader ran an article on the Women’s Aid & Relief Society in Feb 2014 which states:
 
“Businesses contributed as well. One of the largest of these donors was the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. In 1878, the company renovated a farmhouse in the Bakersville section of town on what is now South Willow Street, and loaned this to the Society. A professional staff was hired, and this became Manchester's first hospital” See more here.
 
I think I should note it was not on what I would call “South Willow St” as it was much closer to the Valley St jail than the business district of So. Willow as is depicted above. It is technically I believe the north side being just plain old “Willow St.” as is also depicted on the maps above.
 
Plus, it was noted as “the Company’s Hospital” in 1856, so while it could be the first hospital, it does not seem it was due to the Women’s Aid & Relief Society. According to The History of Manchester, formerly Derryfield, in New Hampshire: including ... By Chandler Eastman Potter published in 1856, pg 696
"This road continued in use until 1840 when the part from Bridge St to the Hezekiah Young Farm, now the Company's Hospital, was discontinued."
Pg 693 states:
The second road laid out this day [Nov 27 1751], commenced thus:
"Begining at the rhoad betwixt Thomas Gorge and Abraham Merrill's land, then runing eisterly on said line to Moss Willes land, thence easterly by marked trees as near to said marked trees as good ground will allow to a brige in John Halls land to the north sied of hies fieldes, from thence to a rod lidinge from John Hall to Roabort Andrsons."
This road is the one that passes the Company's Hospital, and so on east to the "Mammoth Road."
 
Now, this begged the question - What does “the Company’s Hospital” mean exactly? I think it means it was the Amoskeag Manufacturing Co’s hospital.  The 1857-8 Map, available on the Library of Congress website, shows it marked as a hospital.
 
Hezekiah died Sept 19, 1834, age 59 years old according to his death announcement in the New Hampshire Patriot on Oct 6 1834 where it curiously states “papers in Maine are asked to copy”. It wasn’t until I realized Sarah’s sister lived in Maine that I understood that comment. His death is also in the Farmer’s Cabinet on Oct 10 1834, both can be viewed online with GenealogyBank.com. A record for his death was not found at NHVR.
 
He and much of his family are buried in the Centre Cemetery in Manchester, NH off Mammoth Rd although few stones remained when I visited in 2013. It should be noted this same cemetery is listed as “Huse Cemetery” on FindaGrave and several pictures of stones are there, but Hezekiah was not listed and a photo of his stone was added to Sarah. I added him & a new photo of his stone.
 
The WPA completed a survey of this cemetery in 1938 and Bernard H. Cowette III completed another in 1993. A reference to both can be found on GenWeb Tombstone Project. From these works we can gather that the following family member were buried and marked at one time.
Cowette states in part:
  • The stones which are asterisked are stones which no longer existed in 1993.
  • Bracketed [ ] information indicates that is no longer legible but taken from the WPA survey.
Then in full he states:
“Regarding mistakes by the WPA surveyor, I have corrected them and made no provisions within the text to denote them with the exception of one case, that of Hezekiah Young (stone #41). As can be noted, the DOD and AG have been bracketed. Unless this Hezekiah Young was really the junior to an elder Hezekiah, the date cannot be correct it is likely that instead of recording the DOD as 1851, the WPA surveyor should have recorded it as 1815. This would be in ping with the dates of death of his children and his purported age at the time of his death.”
Please note: I have added my own notes in bold italics.
 
41  [Young]     Hezekiah                   [9/18/1851][59] 
                                                         Actually read 1834-stone is there, but top broken 2013
57*  Young       Sarah H.                  6/23/1817  70y 8m
                                                        Actually read 1847-wife of Hezekiah
40a  Young       Caleb                      3/11/1815  17     S: Hezekiah Young
40a  Young       Eliza                        3/11/1815  9      D: Hezekiah Young
                                                        Reads “in the 3rd year of her age” – dual stone with Caleb
                                                        & Eliza is still there in 2013
54*  Young       Mary                        3/13/1815  4m     D: Hezekiah & Sarah Young
55*  Young       George W.              3/13/1815  9      S: Hezekiah & Sarah Young
56*  Young       John                        3/14/1815  19     S: Hezekiah & Sarah Young
58*  Young       David                      10/8/1871  61y 7m
                                                        Son of Hezekiah & Sarah
61*  Young       Jonathan                 4/26/1829  56
                                                        Brother of Hezekiah
62*  Young       Mary                        2/21/1828  19  W: Jonathan Young
                                                       Read age as 49 not 19
43  Young       Emma J.                    9/21/1868
                                                       Unsure who she is…at this time, but her stone is still there
                                                       in 2013 & she is near the others.
44  Young       ?                              I suspect this belongs to Hezekiah Jr. d. Mar 17 1815 age
                                                      10 but it is unreadable
 
His Hillsborough County Probate No. 10351 was filed November 4 1834 & his will states the following:
 
I Hezekiah Young of Manchester in the county of Hillsboro in the state of New Hampshire, Husbandman, to make and publish this my last will and testament in the following manner
 
First. I give to my eldest son David Young all the lands heretofor conveyed to him by deed or deeds from me.  He to come in full possession thereof from and after the decease of my present wife Sally Young.
 
Second.  I give to each of my two daughters, Mary Ann and Loisa Young, a string of gold beads or money equivalent thereto.  I also give to them and to each of my other daughters Sally, Clarissa and Betsey the sum of one hundred dollars each being five hundred Dollars to be paid them by David Young in part consideration of the Estate conveyed or devised to him. 
 
Third.  I give and bequeath to my wife Sally Young all the remainder of my estate real and personal, to hold the same during her lifetime, and at her deceased to be equally divided among my five daughters above mentioned, or in case of my said wife should marry, all the property here by bequeathed is too pass to my said daughters at the time of such marriage.
 
And I do hereby appoint and allow Frederick G Stark Esq. of Manchester aforesaid to be sole executor of this my last will and testament, and reserve to him enough of my personal property to defray my funeral charges and his necessary and proper expenses of carrying this will into effect.
 
In witness is whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifth day of September 1834
Hezekiah Young
 
Signed sealed published and declared by the above mentioned as a key a young as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto
Samuel B Kidder
George Daniels
Mathew Kennedy

 
Also contained in the file is a statement by Stark it reads: “To the heirs, and others interested in the estate of Hezekiah Young late of Manchester deceased. on the 19th day of September 1834. You are hereby notified that I decline & refuse to accept the appointment of Executor of the foregoing well and I further certify that I gave personal notice hereof to the widow, and eldest son of said his Hezekiah Young on the 6th day of October 1834. ~ Frederick G. Stark”
 
“Sally H. Young” was appointed Administrator of the estate, and Frederick G. Stark acted as her attorney.
 
His Estate papers indicate his personal estate was valued at 505.72. It appears this does not include any of the real estate conveyed to David, but does include an undivided third of 35 acres being part of lot No 35 owned with Joseph Moore & I______ Hea_y [?]. The 1/3 was valued at 150.00. It also includes nearly every item imaginable as they often did in those days including: animals, tools, baskets, kettles, beds & bedding, lamps, utensils, and many other items.
 
From the estate, Dr Silas Walker was paid the balance due of 15.42 for tending to his last illness, & John B. Goodwin was paid 3.00 for a coffin. Three men were paid to appraise property. They were Benjamin Mitchell, George Clark, & Samuel Jackson. George Daniels & Samuel B. Kidder were paid to testify as witnesses to the will. There were a few administrative costs, and also some debt which included James McK Wilkins, John Young, Hibbard Stevens, John G. Brown, George Clark, Corey & Harvey. All this left a balance of 414.99
 
There is a death record recorded at NH Vital Records for a Sarah H. Young who died of Typhoid Fever a69 8mo in Manchester, NH on 23 June 1847. This is Sarah (Harris) Young, the mother, not the daughter, despite that the record states her father was Hezekiah Young. She was buried in Center Cemetery with the others but the grave was misread on the WPA Survey.
 
Children of Hezekiah & Sarah were:
* These birthdates were on the LDS - IGI years ago – they are no longer there since the site has been revamped, and aside from that source, there aren’t any real records I have found yet. NHVR does not have the births for his children, nor does the Town Records 1786-1806 vol 2 via LDS. I have not given up that they are in the City of Manchester somewhere. I suspect there is a family bible or church records floating around with all these dates but that is just a theory. Ordinarily, I would not include these dates given the lack of a valid source, but everything else I have seen seems to give credibility to them, therefore, I have in the hope that someone will contact me with valid records.
 
1. John Young b: Jan 2, 1797* probably in Manchester, NH d: Mar 14, 1815 age 19 grave in Centre Cemetery, Manchester, NH. [vii]
2. Caleb Young b: Dec 2, 1799* d: Mar 11, 1815 age 17 grave in Centre Cemetery, Manchester, NH.[viii] 
3. Sarah/Sally Young b: Oct 16, 1801* m: Josiah J. Lamb b. 13 Sep 1796 in MA [calc.] probably married between 1810-1820, although a record has not been found. It doesn’t seem she fits on the census with her father in 1820. She is noted in her father’s will in 1834.[ix] They are also on HC Deed 237-423 in 1845 as of “Lower Canada” with her mother & siblings. They lived in St Johnsbury, VT from 1850-1870 and are on censuses there. In 1860, her niece, Augusta Doe, is listed as a “Servant” with them. He died 23 Oct 1877 in St. Johnsbury VT. [x]Sarah Lamb d: Concord Mar 6 1883 82y 4m 8d [birth calculates to Oct 26 1800]. [xi] Just prior to her death, she is listed in the 1883 Concord Directory, pg 145, “Lamb, Sarah, widow of Josiah, h. 29 Turnpike”. They probably had more children but the only one I found for sure was:
      i. William Lamb b. c1838 in Canada per 1850 Census
4. Clarissa Young b: Nov 28, 1803* d. Dec 7 1868*. She is noted in her father’s will in 1834.[xii] They are also on HC Deed 237-423 in 1845 as “of Manchester’ with her mother & siblings. For more on her click here
5. Hezekiah Young Jr b: May 21, 1805* d:  Mar 17, 1815 age 10 grave in Centre Cemetery, Manchester, NH. [xiii]
6. George "Washington" Young b: Dec 25, 1806* d: Mar 13, 1815 age 9 Centre Cemetery, Manchester, NH. [xiv]
7. David H. Young b: Feb 19, 1810* d: Oct 8, 1871 61y 7m 19d, [birthdate calculates to given date] Centre Cemetery, Manchester, NH. [xv] m: Sophrina Hamblett who was born c1815 in VT.[xvi] He is noted as “Eldest son” on father’s will in 1834, meaning ‘eldest living son’ no doubt. [xvii] On the 1850 Census they are in Manchester. Removed to Sanbornton, NH in 1856 per Rockingham County deed 374-111 to his sister Clarissa Haselton, but in 1860 they are back in Manchester, NH. He is with son Horace in Manchester NH during 1870 Census.
They had:   [Also see 1850 & 1860 Census Manchester]
     i. Elisa J. Young b. 18 May 1838 in Manchester, NH. She never married & may have had a mental illness. She died in the NH State Hospital 17 Aug 1905 Concord, NH.[xviii]
    ii. David H. Young b. Mar 1840 in NH[xix] d. after 1860.[xx] M: Olive H. Clough 20 Mar 1856 in Manchester, NH. [xxi] Looks like his was on 1900 Templeton, MA Census; 1910 Manchester, NH Census, 1920 Templeton, MA Census; didn’t find on 1880 Census.
    iii. Mary O. Young b. 8 Jan 1842 d. Sep 11 1844 2y 8m 3d in Manchester, NH of Croop                                        buried in Center Cemetery. [xxii]
    iv. Horace H. Young b. 4 Oct 1843 in NH.[xxiii] m: Emelie J. Davis dau of Absalom & Emily Davis on Sep 4 1866 in Manchester, NH.[xxiv] Married 2nd Cora May Phelps in St Albans VT on Jan 10 1888.[xxv] He died Jan 5 1923 in Manchester, NH 79 3m1d. [xxvi]
    v. Sophronia Augusta Young b. 27 Aug 1846 in Manchester NH. [xxvii] m: _____Temple m 2nd: James M. Hall Oct 26 1887.[xxviii] She died Aug 7 1918 a72.[xxix]
8. Elisa Young b: Oct 16, 1812* d: Mar 11 1815 age 2/3 Centre Cemetery, Manchester, NH. [xxx]
9. Mary Young Nov 16, 1814* d: Mar 11, 1815 4mo Centre Cemetery, Manchester, NH. [xxxi]
10. Elizabeth Clark Young b: June 30, 1816 m: Benjamin Norris Doe in Pembroke on 25 Mar 1838.[xxxii] She d: May 20, 1884; See censuses in 1850, 1860, 1870 & 1880 in Pembroke & also see History of Pembroke which states Elizabeth Clark Young born on June 30, 1816 married Benjamin Norris Doe, she died May 20, 1884 see pg 69 for more on family-google books– Noted on father’s will 1834 They are also on HC Deed 237-423 in 1845 as “of Pembroke” with her mother & siblings.
     i. Sarah F. Doe b. 1839 in NH.[xxxiii] m. George S. Blanchard d. 6 May 1906 in Pembroke, NH.[xxxiv]
    ii. Augusta E. Doe b. 1841 in NH.[xxxv] m: ___ Hyatt d. 25 Jan 1892 In Pembroke, NH.[xxxvi]
    iii. Julia A. Doe b. 1846 in NH.[xxxvii] m. Henry F. Eaton 22 Jan 1872.[xxxviii]
    iv. John B. Doe b. 1852 in NH. [xxxix]d. 9 Jan 1898 in Pembroke, NH.[xl]
11. Mary Ann G. B Young b: Sept 29 1818*[xli] m: Israel Young b: Mar 29 1816[xlii]  [b. 31 Mar 1816[xliii]] son of David Young & Hannah Eastman [David being Hezekiah’s brother] on Sept 27 1844 in Manchester, NH.[xliv] She d: Feb 2, 1846 age 27 very suddenly in Landaff – “daughter of the late Hezekiah Young of Manchester, NH” – see New Hampshire Patriot on Feb 26 1846.  He died Aug 28 1899 age 83y 4m 30d in Landaff, NH.[xlv]  They are both buried in Landaff Center Cemetery, Landaff NH marker states: “Israel Young Mar 29 1816 - Aug 28 1899, Mary Ann G.B. Young his wife Sept 27 1818 - Feb 2 1846, Betsey A. Eastman his wife Mar 25 1822 - June 25 1890” See 1850 & 1860 censuses in Landaff, NH. She is noted on father’s will 1834 They are also on HC Deed 237-423 in 1845 as “of Landaff” with her mother & siblings.
                                                           Israel & Mary had:
    i. Orrin Young m: Martha Presby Dec 2 1869 in Landaff, NH.[xlvi] He died 27 June 1918 in Libson, NH.[xlvii]
    ii. Mary A.G.B. Young m: George C. Austin Sep 1 1869 in Landaff, NH.[xlviii]
                             Israel married 2nd Betsy Eastman & had:
    iii. Oscar E. Young, b. May 11 1848 d. Apr 18 1918 in Landaff, NH 69y11m7d.[xlix]
    iv. George H. Young b. May 16 1850 d. Dec 5 1934 in Woodsville, NH 84y5m19d.[l]
    v. Louise H. Young b. Oct 12 1854 d. Sep 17 1918 in Landaff, NH 63y 11m5d.[li]
12. Louisa D. Young b: Dec 3, 1820*[also calc from death] m: Samuel Gray Wentworth on Nov 14 1844 in Manchester, NH.[lii] 1850 Manchester, 1860 Middleton, MA; 1870 & 1880 in Candia, NH. The Wentworth Genealogy pg 733 states Louisa D dau of Hezekiah & Sarah of Manchester married Samuel Gray Wentworth. See for more. She is noted on her father’s will 1834. They are also on HC Deed 237-423 in 1845 as “of Jackson” with her mother & siblings. He died 22 Dec 1896 in Candia, NH & was buried in Holbrook Cemetery, Candia, NH. Howard W. Brown [grandson?] applied for a military stone for his grave in 1942.[liii] She died 9 Apr 1900 in Raymond, NH, but her father is incorrectly named on her death record.[liv]
    i. George Wentworth b. 1845 in [Manchester?] NH. [lv]
    ii. Charles Nelson Wentworth b 1847-9 in [Manchester?] NH.[lvi]
    iii. Millard F./P. Wentworth b. 1850 in [Manchester?] NH. [lvii]
    iv. Ellen M. Wentworth b. 1855 in [Manchester?] NH.[lviii]
    v. Mary A. Wentworth b. 1857 in [Middleton?] MA.[lix] m: ______ Brown d. 25 Dec 1917 in Raymond, NH. [lx]
    vi. Joseph H. Wentworth b. 1861-2 in [Middleton?] MA.[lxi]
    vii. Unnamed Wentworth b. 1880 in Candia, NH [child reported for year ending 31 Mar 1880 in Candia].[lxii] [weird as Louisa was almost 60…so this may be an error or delayed reporting]
 

 Endnotes:

[i] Marriage of Hezekiah & Sarah is based on the birth of their first known child, John, buried in Center Cemetery.
[ii] Birth of Sarah Harris Gilbert, Edgar, “History of Salem, NH” Rumford Printing, 1907 pg 29; Salem Town Records 1750-1805 Vol 40910, pg 612, available online at FamilySearch via their catalog; NHVR has it incorrectly recorded as 1778.
[iii] Martha Harris Revolutionary Pension File #14847 via Fold3.com
[iv] Brown, George Waldo, Early Records of the Town of Derryfield, now Manchester, 1782-1800, 1906, Manchester Historical Society, pg331, 343-4
[v] Brown, George Waldo, Early Records of the Town of Derryfield, now Manchester, 1782-1800, 1906, Manchester Historical Society, pg 347
[vi] Hezekiah Young House: Manchester Historic Association (Manchester, N.H.) “Collections”, Volume 1, 1897, pg 99, available on GoogleBooks
[vii] See WPA, Cowette & my notes in text prior, plus my blog here: http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2013/06/spotted-fever-kills-6-of-hezekiah-youngs-children-manchester-nh-march-1815.html
[viii] See WPA, Cowette & my notes in text prior, plus my blog here: http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2013/06/spotted-fever-kills-6-of-hezekiah-youngs-children-manchester-nh-march-1815.html
[ix] See transcription in text
[x] "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954," database with images, FamilySearch
[xi] Death of Sarah Lamb NHVR d: Concord Mar 6 1883 82y 4m 8d [birth calculates to Oct 26 1800] b: Manchester, female, widow, housekeeper, old age, Resided in state 9 ½ years, fa: Hesekiah Young & Sally Young, fa b: Deerfield, NH [prob should have been Derryfield] Mother b: New Salem, NH – does not name husband
[xii] See transcription in text
[xiii] See WPA, Cowette & my notes in text prior, plus my blog here: http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2013/06/spotted-fever-kills-6-of-hezekiah-youngs-children-manchester-nh-march-1815.html
[xiv] See WPA, Cowette & my notes in text prior, plus my blog here: http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2013/06/spotted-fever-kills-6-of-hezekiah-youngs-children-manchester-nh-march-1815.html
[xv] Death of David Young Manchester City Records, image via FS Catalog Oct 8 1871 61y 7m 19d, died on Old Ferry Rd, Res Manchester, male, Married, b. Manchester, son of Hezekiah Young & Sarah. Fa b. Manchester, no bp for mo, cause Consumption, buried Center Cemetery on Oct 10; See WPA, Cowette & my notes in text prior, plus my blog here: http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2013/06/spotted-fever-kills-6-of-hezekiah-youngs-children-manchester-nh-march-1815.html
[xvi] See Census records and vital records for children
[xvii] See transcription in text
[xviii]"New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch; "New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949," database, FamilySearch
[xix] 1900 Census in Templeton, MA
[xx] 1860 US Census with his father
[xxi] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxii] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxiii] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxiv] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxv] "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxvi] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxvii] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxviii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxix] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch;"New Hampshire Deaths and Burials, 1784-1949," database, FamilySearch
[xxx] See WPA, Cowette & my notes in text prior, plus my blog here: http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2013/06/spotted-fever-kills-6-of-hezekiah-youngs-children-manchester-nh-march-1815.html
[xxxi] See WPA, Cowette & my notes in text prior, plus my blog here: http://nhgenealogist.com/2/post/2013/06/spotted-fever-kills-6-of-hezekiah-youngs-children-manchester-nh-march-1815.html
[xxxii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxxiii] See Pembrook, NH Census Records
[xxxiv] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxxv] See Pembrook, NH Census Records
[xxxvi] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xxxvii] See Pembrook, NH Census Records
[xxxviii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch (
[xxxix] See Pembrook, NH Census Records
[xl] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xli] Gravestone
[xlii] "New Hampshire Births and Christenings, 1714-1904," database, FamilySearch; Gravestone; "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xliii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch
[xliv] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xlv] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xlvi] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xlvii] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xlviii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[xlix] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[l] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[li] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[liii] "United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949", database with images, FamilySearch
[liv] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lv] See parents Census records
[lvi] See parents Census records
[lvii] See parents Census records
[lviii] See parents Census records
[lix] See parents Census records
[lx] "New Hampshire Death Records, 1654-1947," database with images, FamilySearch
[lxi] See parents Census records
[lxii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch

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<![CDATA[DAR is in Sight!]]>Mon, 09 May 2016 16:08:24 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/dar-is-in-sight

DAR – At last! Joseph Harris Jr of Salem, NH
 
Finally, after years of trying to find enough proof to join the Daughters of the Revolution through several different Revolutionary Soldiers, I've finally got it! It hasn’t been that I have a shortage of men who served in some capacity that I connect to, it’s the matter of indisputable proof.

Luckily, it just so happens, I have proof of the Revolutionary War ancestor I am most proud of! You may have seen a blog that I wrote long ago about his exceptionally strong wife Martha.

Gilbert, in “The History of Salem, NH”, pg 347, states when “the news came that the British had fired on American troops at Lexington, Joseph got down his musket and powder horn and prepared to leave for the scene of action as soon as a call should come for assistance.” Gilbert states he didn’t know anything more of him after he went into the army but here, we’ll piece together Joseph & his service. Sources for his service can be found here.

Records show Joseph Harris Jr. enlisted Apr 23 with Stark’s Regiment just after Lexington & Concord serving from 15 May 1775 to 1 Aug 1775, 2 mo 22 days under Capt Elisha Woodbury in Col John Stark's First Regiment. Stark’s headquarters from the onset of the war was located at the Isaac Royal House, 15 George St, Medford MA. So, it’s safe to assume Joseph spent some time there. Stark, was an unsung National hero of the American Revolution, but is only well known in New Hampshire. He coined the state’s motto “Live Free or Die”.

Joseph Harris & others in Stark’s Regiment fought at the Battle of Noddle’s Island & Chelsea Creek May 27, 1775 - May 28, 1775 and Bunker Hill June 17, 1775. The Battle of Noddle’s Island & Chelsea Creek is seldom talked about or taught, but it was the second military battle of the Revolution & the first that involved Naval forces. The landscape of the area was quite different than it is today, but it is clear it encompassed the area of Boston Harbor which included parts of what we now know as Chelsea & Winthrop. The topic is quite controversial as to what names &/or towns should be given to this battle & I wish to stay out of all that, lol. Some online sources for the Battle of Noddle’s Island & Chelsea Creek can be found online. That said, the story goes something like this….

As I mentioned before, the Battle of Lexington & Concord had already happened, and British troops had attempted to take over Boston, but they were surrounded by “Rebels” who wished to contain them there. The Rebels, as we were called at the time, aka “Patriots” today, knew there was one area where the British could gain supplies and that was through their ships being brought into the harbor & the farmers that lived on the isles off the shore known as Noddle’s & Hogs Islands. See, the British banked on being able to convince the farmers not only to provide them with fresh livestock and produce, but store supplies they had stolen from elsewhere in the area. The farmers were stuck literally in the middle.

May 14 1775, Joseph Warren, who led the Massachusetts Committee of Safety for the Patriots issued an order that basically stated all the livestock needed to “be taken from Noddle's Island, Hog Island, Snake Island, and from that part of Chelsea near the sea coast, and be driven back” [inland]. Further, he decided that the regiment at Medford should do it. The Regiment at Medford was the NH men gathered by and under the Command of Col. John Stark, of which Joseph Harris Jr. was one.

A few short days before they were to complete this mission Warren and Gen. Artemas Ward scoped out the situation on Noddle’s Island & in fact did find plenty of livestock there. The plan was to move ahead. Keep in mind as I tell this story, the facts are that Stark has never received the respect he deserved, and so depending on who is telling his story matters greatly in the perspective it is slanted. That said, I will try to give a neutral version… 

It is said Stark & his trooped crossed the bridge over the Mystic River just after midnight on May 27. They went through Malden, Everett and Revere. The plan was to reach the shore at what is currently known as Belle Isle Marsh Reservation during low tide & make it to Hogs Island from there. About 10am they went across & the plan worked avoiding detection of British forces. Most of Stark’s men stayed there to clear that island while he & about 30 others continued across to Noddle’s Island.

Once on Noddle’s Island, Stark’s men began to kill the animals they could find & set fire haystacks and barns. Now, I don’t know what you are thinking, but even me as a big admirer of Stark, is thinking …Seriously? Dumb idea. Obviously, the British noticed the smoke. For now, I’m going to choose to believe Joseph was back on Hogs Island and not part of that fiasco. After all, I don’t know for sure, nor do I really want to look into it at this moment.

Anyway, so…the British noticed the smoke & fire around mid-afternoon and went to Noodle’s Island & engaged with Stark’s men there. At the same time, the British ship schooner “Diana” was sent to cut off the Patriots escape. 400 British troops encompassed the area & began driving the Patriots back, but alas they “stuck to their guns” so to speak & hunkered down in the marsh of a creek relentlessly firing up the British until they retreated. Stark’s men then rejoined the remaining Patriots at Hogs Island driving hundreds of livestock to the mainland. Meanwhile the Diana was rapidly becoming stuck in the retreating waters of the creek. The Patriots tried to get them to surrender but they weren’t ready & for hours later the battle continued. Eventually though the ship turned to its side & the British were forced to board their other ship the Britannia which was nearby.

A couple weeks later on June 17 1775 the Battle of Bunker Hill was fought and Stark’s men, including Joseph Harris, participated.   Stark determined upon his arrival that the British would likely attack the patriots approaching on the shore of the Mystic River. Stark directed his men to the valley between Mystic Beach and Beech’s Hill.
Jack Kenny describes it best in his post on TheNewAmerican.com & I highly recommend checking out the full context:

Stark ordered them to “fortify” a two-rail fence by stuffing straw and grass between the rails. Stark also noticed an additional gap in the defense line and ordered Lieutenant Nathaniel Hutchins, from his brother William Stark’s company, and others to follow him down a nine-foot-high bank to the edge of the Mystic River. They piled rocks across the 12-foot-wide beach to form a crude defense line. After this fortification was hastily constructed, Stark deployed his men three-deep behind the wall. A large contingent of British, with the Royal Welch Fusiliers in the lead, advanced toward the fortifications. The Minutemen crouched and waited until the advancing British were almost on top of them, and then stood up and fired as one. They unleashed a fierce and unexpected volley directly into the faces of the fusiliers, killing 90 immediately and breaking the advance. The fusiliers retreated in panic. A charge of British infantry was next, climbing over their dead comrades to test Stark’s line. This charge too was decimated by a withering fusillade. A third charge was repulsed in a similar fashion, again with heavy losses to the British. The British officers wisely withdrew their men from that landing point and decided to land elsewhere, with the support of artillery.[i]

The details of Joseph’s service in 1776 was a little harder to track. It is said in his wife’s pension file he served un Capt. John Allen near Boston in 1776, and it would make sense that he was closer to home as my 4x great grandmother Sarah would have been conceived about Mar-April 1776. But what about after that? Well, an undated record seems to indicate at some point he served in the 7th Regiment under Robertson in Richard Dow & Col. Wingate. It is my guess after combining the above record with an additional statement in his wife’s pension that he was in (or near) Ticonderoga, NY prior to June 1777 & a couple other sources stating that Dow & Wingate’s Regiment was raised for service to Canada &/or northern NY, that he was in fact with them up there in the summer of 1776.

I then suspect he returned home for a little while. It is certain he rejoined for another 3 years on Apr 23 1777, this time in NH’s 2nd Regiment under Caleb Robinson’s & Col Nathan Hale. That regiment also embarked upon the journey to Ticonderoga, NY shortly thereafter. Joseph was killed there 17 Jun 1777 during either an ambush by Native Americans or the raid of the British Army the same day. Some records seem to indicate he died the 18-19 of June, so it is unclear exactly.

Most people will probably now wonder…Native Americans…? Yes, while the battle has not been made historically well-known, it was in fact a major battle. More about it can be found on AllThingsLiberty.com in a blog written by Michael Barbieri. I can’t possibly describe the circumstances in Ticonderoga, NY which took my 5x great grandfather from this Earth better he. I highly encourage you to read his work for more specific details about the day. I will however quote from him the following two pieces which hold significant weight in piecing together the death of Joseph Harris:

On that day, with pleasant weather and little expectation of trouble from the British in Canada, the American camp at Ticonderoga had a relaxed attitude.[9] Around noon, the calm atmosphere changed dramatically when the long roll of the drums signaled a call to arms. The alarm had been occasioned by “two Men taken and two killed by a Party of Indians who had concealed themselves in the Bushes near our out Guards, and rushed suddenly upon some unarmed Men who had strolled out a fishing.”[10] These men, from Hale’s New Hampshire regiment, had gone out along the road between the French lines and the mills on the La Chute River.[11] When they had walked only about one hundred rods (about a quarter of a mile) from the lines where a thousand men sat encamped, the Indians fell upon them.[12] Within moments, the Indians had completed their bloody work, dragged their prisoners into the woods, and begun their trek back to Canada.
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Records indicate three men of Caleb Robinson’s Company in Hale’s Regiment—Joseph Harris, Moses Copps, and Samuel Smith—all died that day. Whether they suffered their fate near the French Lines at Ticonderoga or in the ambush has not been determined. Four other men—Israel Woodbury and Thomas Creighton of Hale’s regiment, Edward Wells of Poor’s regiment, and William Presson of Scammell’s regiment—are all listed as missing at that time. Like those killed, it has not been determined if they became prisoners during the raid or the ambush
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After that fateful day, Martha remained his widow in Salem, NH for the rest of her life. More details on her rather fascinating life after Joseph’s death can be found here
 
Okay – so now I guess it’s time to explain how I trace back to him & a little more about his details & descendants.

My 2x great grandfather was John Haseltine of Salem, NH – his blog is here, and documentation filed with my application can be found here

My 3x great grandparents were Simon Haseltine & Clarissa Young of Chester, NH – their blog is here, and documentation filed with my application can be found here

My 4x great grandparents were Hezekiah Young & Sarah Harris of Manchester, NH – their blog & the Young line will follow in the next couple weeks, but some documentation filed with my application can be found here

5x great grandparents Joseph Harris Jr & Martha Hadlock!
Joseph Harris Jr. was born in Salem, NH on 16 Aug 1751, son of Joseph Harris Sr. & Joanna (Webber).[ii] Joseph Sr & Joanna married in Ipswich, MA 2 Dec 1743, [iii] and had Joseph Jr & 4 daughters. Their daughters were: Elizabeth born 28 Sep 1749[iv]; Sarah born 29 Sep 1753[v]; Patience born 16 Apr 1756[vi]; Mary born 21 Oct 1758.[vii]

Joseph Jr’s mother, Joanna died prior to 1787 when Joseph Sr married second Lydia Asten/Austin on 9 Aug 1787 in Salem, NH. [viii] I highly suspect Joseph Sr & Lydia had a daughter of their own named Hulda W. Harris, born about 1783-1787, however evidence is severely lacking. Hulda does seem extremely close to the family given the names of her children. Hulda married William Jones in 1803 & had: Caleb Y.;Ralph H.; Sarah.; Alexander T.; Dudley W.; Hezekiah Y.; Henry P.; John R.; Margaret E.; Martha Allen; Nathan B.; & William (see familysearch.org)  She is referred to as Granny Jones in the History of Salem NH by Gilbert, however she is not on the census with her husband in 1850.[ix] If Hulda was Martha’s child as some indicate, I suspect I would have found something to her detriment for having a child out of wedlock – and there was not even the slightest hint she was anything other than highly respected in the community.) Joseph Sr lived a long life & was clearly part of his grandchildren’s life as Sarah mentions him in her letter found in her mother’s pension file.[x] He died between 1810-1820. No record or will was found in Rockingham County, but there is a notation of an inventory for a Joseph Harris [Sr] c1815 but it does not have a docket#. Deeds have not proved helpful thus far. I will have to do another blog on further details for him & his daughters when I get a chance.
 
Joseph Jr married Martha Hadlock born 2 Dec 1748 in Gloucester MA, [xi] dau of Samuel Hadlock & Hannah Toppan, [xii] on 15 Sep 1771 in Haverhill MA by Rev Badger. [xiii] They first lived in Ipswich and then removed back to Joseph’s home town of Salem, NH.[xiv] His probate file can be found in Rockingham County Docket# 4400. See this folder for copies of documentation on Martha & Joseph.
                                                              Joseph & Martha’s children were:
1. Martha Harris born c1772 in Ipswich MA.[xv] In Orford, NH on 24 Jan 1793 she married Michael Taintor [xvi] who d. 22 Jul 1802 Orford NH (NHVR). [xvii] She died 21 Nov 1824 a52y near Haverhill, MA & was buried in Salem Center Burial ground, Salem NH. [xviii] During 1800 they both were in likely in Orford, ME. 1810 shows she was in Orford, but she was not found in 1820 so it is unclear to me where she was in that last years of her life. [xix]
     i. Joana Taintor 17 Sep 1793 Orford NH (NHVR)[xx]
     ii. Josiah Taintor 1 Feb 1795 Orford, NH(NHVR)[xxi]
     iii. Alexander Troup Taintor 3 May 1797 Orford, NH(NHVR) [xxii] m: Deerfield MA? [xxiii] He died in Somerville Ma Oct 14 1873 (MVR)[xxiv]
     iv. Joseph Obadiah Harris Taintor 17 Dec 1799 Orford, NH (NHVR) [xxv] d. 7 Jun 1863 Deerfield MA (MVR)[xxvi]
     v. Mary Midwell Taintor 25 Mar 1802 Orford, NH(NHVR)[xxvii]
2. Joanna Harris born 6 Jul 1774 in Salem NH. [xxviii] Resided in the area of Belfast ME prior to 1837.[xxix] Some say she married Jonathan Jack of Chester NH, but I found nothing to confirm this. It is suspected my myself & a fellow researcher/potentially distant cousin, Christine Howard, that she may have actually married John Howard. Christine found that Martha provided an affidavit for the Revolutionary pension of Lydia (Corliss) Howard's application. Martha states in her affidavit that her daughter married Lydia and John Howard's son John, who was born in Salem, N.H. on 10 December 1776, but did not provide a first name of her daughter. Due to the process of elimination is seems clear this was Joanna, however naturally there is a snag. Salem, NH Town Records show a marriage for Nancy Harris & John Howard on 13 January 1799. Christine & I agree this is a stretch for a nickname for Joanna, however her grandmother was Joanna, so perhaps it was to avoid confusion. Or perhaps it was just an error as a son, Joseph Harris Howard was born to John & Joanna Howard in Salem NH on 28 March 1799. I can’t explain the quick birth after the marriage but my suggestion would be to check the details in the Salem Town Meeting Records available through LDS. There could be a hint in there I previously missed. There are definitely occasions in there when they discuss children that may have been conceived in unusual circumstances.
 
Further Christine found a listing for John Howard c1837 which coincides with the affidavit Sarah wrote on their mother’s behalf. As well, she found a listing for a service record for a Joseph H. Howard, born circa 1798-99 in Salem, NH & enlisted in Portland, ME. She would be the one with more expertise on the Howard line, and should be consulted in matters of interest to it.
 
3. Sarah “Sally” Harris b. 15 Nov 1776 (See future & past Young blogs, which are here and here
 
 

Additional Sourcing:
[i] http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/history/ite
m/4827-general-john-stark-the-man-the-motto-and-the-coverup
[ii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPR-SM9 : accessed 9 May 2016), Joseph Harris, 16 Aug 1751; citing Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,004.
[iii] "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FCCS-PM2 : accessed 9 May 2016), Joseph Harris and Joanna Webber, 02 Dec 1743; citing reference ; FHL microfilm 0547505 IT 1.
[iv] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPR-MYG : accessed 9 May 2016), Elizabeth Harris, 28 Sep 1749; citing Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,004.
[v] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPR-3WL : accessed 9 May 2016), Sarah Harris, 29 Sep 1753; citing Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,004.
[vi] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPR-SRD : accessed 9 May 2016), Patience Harris, 16 Apr 1756; citing Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,004.
[vii] "New Hampshire Birth Records, Early to 1900," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FLPR-SF8 : accessed 9 May 2016), Mary Harris, 21 Oct 1758; citing Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,004.
[viii] "New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:FL69-J2B : accessed 9 May 2016), Joseph Harris and Lydia Asten, 09 Aug 1787; citing Salem, , New Hampshire, Bureau of Vital Records and Health Statistics, Concord; FHL microfilm 1,001,267.
[ix] "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MWZL-32H : accessed 9 May 2016), Wm Jones, Salem, Rockingham, New Hampshire, United States; citing family 173, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
[x] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
[xi] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
[xii] Martha Hadlock Birth Record, Martha Young's pension file- #14847; Joseph Harris Rockingham County Probate File #4400, Joseph Death Record- does not exist - instead see Revolutionary Service Records; Martha Death Record-does not exist - instead see 1840 Census where she is in the home of Dudley W. Jones.
[xiii] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
[xiv] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
[xv] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file
[xvi] See FamilySearch.org
[xvii] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xviii] Haverhill, MA Death Records & Salem Center Burial ground, Salem NH.
[xix] 1800 Census he was in Orford, ME; 1810 Census she was in Orford; She was not found on the 1820 Census there
[xx] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxi] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxii] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxiii] See FamilySearch.org or MVR
[xxiv] See FamilySearch.org or MVR
[xxv] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxvi] See FamilySearch.org or MVR
[xxvii] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxviii] See FamilySearch.org or NHVR
[xxix] Fold3 Martha Harris’s pension file

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<![CDATA[William Smith Cemetery, Ossipee, NH Found At Last!]]>Wed, 30 Dec 2015 14:03:59 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/william-smith-cemetery-ossipee-nh-found-at-lastPicture
Tucked in the woods of Ossipee, NH the mystery alludes me no more thanks to a wonderful couple named Bill & April who braved the the ticks & frustration of 3 trips in to no avail. Clearly, for them, giving up was not an option. A cold winter's day in late December, hours before the first snow fall of the season, and for the 4th time they ventured in once more!

I was completely unaware of their determination to solve this mystery, so you can imagine my complete surprise when out of no where after nearly 3 years & 3 trips of my own up there with no luck, I got a text from an unknown number saying....
"Amylynne, My wife and I volunteer as photographers for findagrave, and have followed your search for the Wm Smith Cemetery in Ossipee. Well, Merry Christmas!"

I can tell you. I was so excited. I cried. I cannot possibly express my gratitude enough to this wonderful couple. Thanks to them I now have pictures, exact gps coordinates, directions in, the name of the owner of the property & a wealth of other information. It turns out that the NH State Archives has stone wall maps of many areas in the state done by the WPA. That was the piece of information that helped them finally find it. I had no idea these maps existed and I'm sure many others in the state did not either, until now.

I'm already in the process of discussing bi-yearly access with the owners of the property to clean-up & preserve this historical cemetery. It seems promising that I will be allowed to do this as a direct descendant. I have found a lot of graves & have volunteered myself with FindaGrave for many years, but nothing has been so rewarding as getting that text from Bill & April. Thank you again, guys! You are the best!

For more on my blogs about this family visit here & also here.

Photos & all the credit goes to Bill & April Day

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<![CDATA[Seeking Info & Locations of Any Photographic Work by Fred C. Low of Cambridge, MA ]]>Fri, 18 Dec 2015 22:43:34 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/seeking-info-locations-of-any-photographic-work-by-fred-c-low-of-cambridge-maSometimes marked as Frederick C. Low. (1837-1909) Also looking for information on any letters written by him or Elijah Low.

Please email:
Amylynne Murphy
Info@NewEnglandGenealogist.com
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<![CDATA[Offering History or Library Science Undergraduate Internship in New England]]>Sun, 01 Nov 2015 14:24:27 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/offering-history-or-library-science-undergraduate-internship-in-new-englandI need at least one undergrad intern who is studying Library Science or History, preferably in New Hampshire but other New England states could be helpful. About 10-15 hours a week, 75% working from their home and about 25% hands on at different libraries & archives in New England. Could end up being 50-50 if in Boston, Maine or Keene, NH/VT. Digital camera, internet access, & professor reference a must. If you know anyone, have them contact me at Info@NewEnglandGenealogist.com]]><![CDATA[Maine Historical Society Presents: Early Maine Photography 1840-1870]]>Mon, 26 Oct 2015 23:02:46 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/maine-historical-society-presents-early-maine-photography-1840-1870
Early Maine Photography, 1840-1870 Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm Now through January 16, 2016 


                                                          MHS Brown Library

Within the short span of a quarter century, photography became an integral part of life in Maine. Between 1840 and 1870, photography in its various forms recorded the appearance of individual Mainers as well as Maine itself. A host of pioneer photographers left us a precious visual legacy of Maine people and places which so enriches our understanding of the state's past. To celebrate the technological and artistic achievement of photography, and to better understand its impact on Maine, Maine Historical Society (MHS) is opening the Early Maine Photography, 1840-1870 exhibition on September 25.

All images featured in Early Maine Photography are of Maine subjects or were made by Maine photographers between 1840 and 1870. The exhibition will explore the meaning of the images, and delve into the notion of how early photographs provide the background and context for the culture we live in today.

Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Maine's State Historian and an authority on Maine photography, is curator of this exhibition, which is part of the Maine Photo Project – a statewide collaboration among museums, historical societies, photographers, and collectors that is bringing Maine's photographic heritage to national attention. Throughout 2015, more than 30 organizations will offer exhibitions and public programs exploring the best of Maine photography – from early documentary images to contemporary art forms. MHS holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of the earliest images of Maine, and its exhibition will provide a historic framework for the overall Maine Photo Project activities.

The Exhibition is open to the public through January 16, 2016 during regular library hours, and is included in regular museum admission.

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<![CDATA[Mystery Monday - Mourning Cards for Amos Heston d. June 31 1890 & Jehiel Annis d. May 7 1896, both of St. Joseph County, Indiana]]>Mon, 10 Aug 2015 13:11:15 GMThttp://nhgenealogist.com/blog/mystery-monday-mourning-cards-for-amos-heston-d-june-31-1890-jehiel-annis-d-may-7-1896-both-of-st-joseph-county-indiana
Recently my husband inherited these 1890's Mourning or Memorial Cards. So far, I haven't figured out why we have them. I thought I'd share them and maybe they'll help someone who has them in their tree.

They are black cardboard with gold lettering, on the back of Amos Heston's card it is written very faintly "Amos Heston died July 31 1890". I have no idea why that differs from the front, but I have a few guesses. Perhaps, the cards were printed incorrectly, the notation on the back is incorrect or maybe they jumped the gun printing them & he lived an extra month. Both men appear to be from St Joseph County, Indiana.



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