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dren : Elizabeth, born February 16, 1675 ;
Sarah, October 25, 1676; Ann, April 25,
1678; Isaac, mentioned below; Mary,
April 3, 1683; Isabel, March 12, 1685;
Thomas, April 25, 1687; Susanna, April
3, 1689; Job, April 28, 1691 ; Ruth, April
9, 1694; John, September 2, 1696.

(III) Isaac (2) Lawton, eldest son of
Isaac (1) and Elizabeth (Tallman) Law-
ton, was born May 26, 1681, in Ports-
mouth, and married, December 25, 1705,
Mary, daughter of Jonathan Hill. Chil-
dren: Elizabeth, born November 24,
1706; John, mentioned below; Rebecca,
April 24, 171 1 ; Patience, January 30, 1714;
Mary, January 2, 1727.

(IV) John Lawton, only recorded son
of Isaac (2) and Mary (Hill) Lawton,
was born November 10, 1708, in Ports-
mouth, where he lived, and married, Oc-
tober 30, 1729, Naomi Lawton, of New-
port. Their children on Portsmouth
records were: Isaac, mentioned below;
Robert, born November 20, 1732; Pris-
cilla, February 14, 1735; Elizabeth, April
8, 1737 ; George, January 25, 1739.

(V) Isaac (3) Lawton, eldest child of
John and Naomi (Lawton) Lawton, was
born March 3, 173 1, in Portsmouth, where



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he made his home, and had wife Mary.
The following children are recorded in
that town: David, born April 7, 1754;
Elizabeth, December 2, 1755; Isaac, Sep-
tember 7, 1757; Hannah, April 15, 1759;
James, February 27, 1761 ; Mary, No-
vember 9, 1762; Stephen, August 15,
1764. They also had a daughter, Sus-
anna, born about 1766-69. as shown by
Quaker record of her marriage.

(VI) Susanna Lawton, daughter of
Isaac (3) and Mary Lawton, became the
wife of Isaac Almy, of Portsmouth (see
Almy V).



BOUTWELL, Edson Stillman,

Successful Business Man.

The surname Boutwell is also spelled
in early records Boutelle, Boutell, Boutle,
Bowtell and otherwise, and some of these
forms are still in use by American fam-
ilies. The name is of French origin, but
whether the first English ancestor went
to England with William the Conqueror
or several centuries later, with the ex-
patriated French Huguenots, is a mooted
question. Edward, Leonard, James,
John and Thomas Boutwell came to the
vicinity of Boston before 1650, but only
John and James remained in Massachu-
setts. John Boutwell was in Cambridge
in 1638, and died August 30, 1676, aged
sixty years.

(I) James Boutwell, born in England,
was an early settler of Lynn, Massachu-
setts, of which town he was a proprietor,
was admitted a freeman of the colony,
March 14, 1639, and died in 1651. Mary
Boutwell, mentioned in the court records
of Lynn in 1640, was doubtless his first
wife. His will, dated August 22, 165 1,
was proved four days later, bequeathing
to wife, Alice, and children : James, John
and Sarah.

(II) John Boutwell, son of James



Boutwell, was born in 1645, in Lynn or
Salem, and died December 3, 1719, in
Reading, Massachusetts, where he settled.
He married, May 10, 1669, Hannah,
daughter of George Davis, born May 31,
1648, in Reading. Children : John, born
February 26, 1670; Hannah, June 3, 1672;
Sarah, June 3, 1674, died young; James,
mentioned below; Mary, January 20,
1679; Elizabeth, March 2, 1683; Sarah,
August 20, 1686; Susannah, February 26,
1689; Thomas, February 6, 1692.

(III) James (2) Boutwell, second son
of John and Hannah (Davis) Boutwell,
was born February 6, 1677, in Reading,
and lived in Framingham, Massachusetts.
He married, in Reading, March 13, 1699,
Abigail Stimpson, born February 3, 1673,
in Reading, daughter of James and Naomi
(Leapinwell) Stimpson. of that town.
Children, recorded in Reading and Fram-
ingham: Ebenezer, mentioned below;
Susannah, born September 16, 1707;
James, March 15, 1709.

(IV) Ebenezer Boutwell, eldest child
of James (2) and Abigail (Stimpson)
Boutwell, was born October 23, 1700, in
Reading, and was a tinsmith by occupa-
tion. He settled in Framingham, in 1720,
and lived near the present railroad cross-
ing in the village ; was living in 1757. His
wife's baptismal name was Thankful, and
they had children recorded in Framing-
ham: Phebe, born June 3, 1733; Ebe-
nezer, mentioned below ; Margaret,
adopted child, baptized October 19, 1755.

(V) Ebenezer (2) Boutwell, only son
of Ebenezer (1) and Thankful Boutwell,
was born September 10, 1735, in Fram-
ingham, and owned the covenant in the
church there in April, 1759; was dis-
missed from the church in July, 1782, and
probably moved from the town about
that time. Some of his sons settled in
Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, and it is
likely that he passed his last days there.

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His wife's name was Ann, and they had
children: Ebenezer Calvin, mentioned
below; James, born February u, 1759;
Jeremiah, baptized in July, 1766; Josiah,
March 3, 1768; Thankful, July 1, 1770;
Anna, October 9, 1774; Molly, July 6,
1777; Enoch, June 14, 1778.

(VI) Ebenezer Calvin Boutwell, eldest
child of Ebenezer (2) and Ann Boutwell,
was born about 1757, and settled before
1779 in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire.
He resided on lot seven, range nine, of
that town, and was one of the petitioners
for leave to build pews in the church in
1779. About 1798 he moved to Leverett,
Massachusetts. His wife's name was
Polly Hosmer, and they had children :
Lucinda, born December 16, 1787; Calvin
S., mentioned below ; Elijah, baptized
September 28, 1793; John, at same time;
Levi, born September 12, 1792; Nancy,
January 11, 1796; Charles, January 31,

i/97-

(VII) Calvin S. Boutwell, eldest son of
Ebenezer Calvin and Polly ('Hosmer)
Boutwell, was born August 19, 1789, in
Fitzwilliam, and grew up in Leverett.
He was a farmer, living for some time in
the nearby town of Montague, and died
July 23, 1869. His wife, Sarah P. Bout-
well, born August 15, 1790, died Novem-
ber 17, 1859. Children: William, born
April 27, 1812, died in infancy; Phil-
ander, February 16, 1814, died March 29,
1879; Lyman A., March 8, 1816, died at
Poultney, Vermont, in 1912; Susan M.,
April 29, 1818, died June 24, 1850; Wil-
liam Hosmer, mentioned below; James
M., December 31, 1822, died in infancy;
James, March 19, 1825, died September
13, 1850; Otis B., December 2, 1827;
Sarah S., January 13, 1830.

(VIII) William Hosmer Boutwell,
fourth son of Calvin S. and Sarah P.
Boutwell, was born June 19, 1820, in
Montague, and died November 7, 1865,



in Montague. He was educated in the
public schools of Montague and began
life as a farmer. He subsequently en-
gaged in the lumber business and oper-
ated a saw mill in Montague. From this
he naturally drifted into the manufacture
of sash and blinds and wooden pails. For
a time he resided in Illinois, but soon
returned to his native town. He married,
June 1, 1842, Mary Walker Graves, born
August 20, 1822, in Leverett, daughter of
Kellogg and Eunice (Willis) Graves, died
June 24, 1896, in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Kellogg Graves was born August 20,
1793, and died November 18, 1870.
Eunice Willis, born June 14, 1796, died
November 15, 1873. Children of William
H. Boutwell : 1. Mary Jane, born August
18, 1843, at Montague ; married, Septem-
ber 15, 1869, Frank Wheelock, and had
children : Lena E., born May 9, 1871 ;
Mabel E., October 7, 1873 ; George F.,
October 15, 1875; the last-named was
adopted by Charles A. Fox, of Spring-
field, Massachusetts, and takes the name
of George W. A. Fox. 2. Ella F., born
April 5, 1846, in Illinois, died November

2, 1914; she married, September 16, 1873,
George N. Frizzell, and has children:
Ethel L., born June 25, 1876; Lawrence
E., October 9, 1880; Bessie I., January 25,
1889. 3. Fanny E., born June 27, 1850;
married, May 25, 1875, Solon E. Frizzell,
and had three children: Fred B., born
September 2, 1876; Marion E., September

3, 1878, died November 3, 1878; Florence
B., September 15, 1887. 4. Arthur K,
born August 21, 1852, died January 25,
1854. 5. Hattie E., born February 26,
1855 ; married Homer Bartlett, of West
Springfield, Massachusetts, and has two
sons: Homer E., born January 22, 1879,
and George M., September 7, 1882. 6.
Edson Stillman, mentioned below. 7.
Anna M., born December 13, i860, died
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July 30, 1863; married October 1, 1885,
Charles C. Butler; children: William
Allen, born November 18, 1889, died July
21, 1890; Mary Clifford, May 10, 1892;
Mildred, May 23, 1897; Charles C, No-
vember 10, 1903.

(IX) Edson Stillman Boutwell, second
son of William Hosmer and Mary Walker
(Graves) Boutwell, was born May 7, 185S.
in Montague, and was educated in the
public schools of that town and North-
ampton, Massachusetts, to which town his
widowed mother removed upon the death
of her husband, and here our subject lived
until he was eighteen years of age. That
he might benefit by the provisions of the
will of Oliver Smith, of that town, he was
then bound out to Emerson Frizzell until
he had reached his majority. .He then
learned the trade of carpenter with Bart-
lett Brothers, in Northampton, and was
employed for about seven years by Solon
E. Frizzell, contracting builder. In 18S6
he removed to Fitchburg, Massachusetts,
where he continued at his trade until
1907, when he commenced business as a
building contractor on his own account,
and has continued in the same line since,
with gratifying success. Mr. Boutwell is
a member of the Calvanistic Congrega-
tional Church, of Fitchburg, and of
Aurora Lodge, Free and Accepted
Masons, of Fitchburg. He is also affiliated
with the New England Order of Protec-
tion. Politically, he endorses the prin-
ciples of the Republican party, but takes
no part in the scramble for office. He
married, March 30, 1886, Cora B., widow
of Irwin Field, and daughter of Edward
W. and Ellen L. (Crittenden) Hamilton,
born October 10, 1861, in Conway, Massa-
chusetts. She is the mother of two chil-
dren by her first marriage : Albert I.
Field, born October 7, 1879, married
Nellie Spofford ; Louise E. Field, born
April 19, 1881, married Theodore T. Carl-



son, and has a daughter, Doris, born July
27, 1911. Children of E. S. Boutwell:
Bertha May, born June 21, 1891, in Fitch-
burg; Florence Belle, July 19, 1893; both
at home with their parents.



DICKSON, Henry Augustus,

Civil War Veteran, Business Mam.

This is an ancient name in Scotland,
where it is found with a great variety of
spellings, including Duykison, Dikeson,
Dykyson, Dicson, Dixon, Dixson. The
most usual form in present use in that
country is Dickson, while it is generally
rendered Dixon in this country. Thomas
Dicson, born 1247, is famed in historic
and romantic annals of Scotland, and the
family was numerously represented in the
shires of Berwick, Lanark and Peebles.
In 1489 it owned Winkston, in Peebeles-
shire, and part of the old mansion there
is still in use. One of the most distin-
guished men bearing the name was Rev.
David Dickson, D. D., Professor of
Divinity at the University of Edinburgh,
born 1583, died 1663.

(I) William Dickson, born 1614, was
very early at Cambridge, Massachusetts,
where he was made a freeman in 1642, in
which year he owned an estate fronting
on Brattle Square, extending from Win-
throp street to Mt. Auburn street. Later
he occupied property on the east side of
Menotomy river, bordering on North
avenue and Windsor Hill road. Part of
this estate was until very recently owned
by his descendants. He died in Cam-
bridge, August 5, 1692, aged seventy-
eight years. His wife, Jane, born 1616,
died December 4, 1689, aged seventy-
three. Children : Mary, born October 10,
1644, died 1648; Lydia, died young;
Abigail, born March 10, 1648; Mary,
January 17, 1650; Hannah, married Ste-
phen Francis ; John, mentioned below.



ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BIOGRAPHY



(II) John Dickson, youngest child of
William and Jane Dickson, was born
March 21, 1655, in Cambridge, and died
there March 22, 1737. He married, Ma)
12, 1687, Margery or Margaret, daughter
of Edward and Jane Winship, born De-
cember 11, 1664, died October 6, 1734, in
Cambridge. Children : Jane, born Octo-
ber 4, 1688 ; Elizabeth, William and John,
baptized July 24, 1698; Mary, born De-
cember 4, 1698; Edward, January 16,
1702.

(III) John (2) Dickson, third son of
John (1) and Margery or Margaret (Win-
ship) Dickson, born about 1697, in Cam-
bridge, lived in that town, where he died
July 26, 1775. He married, August 4,
1725, Mary, daughter of Walter and
Elizabeth (Winship) Russell, born Feb-
ruary 8, 1707, died in Cambridge, July 4,
1770. Children: John, born March 31,
1726; Walter, mentioned below; Mary,
baptized December 5, 1731.

(IV) Walter Dickson, second son of
John (2) and Mary (Russell) Dickson,
was born March 18, 1729, in Cambridge,
and made his home there, dying in 1798.
He married, May 3, 1750, Anna Cutter, of
Charlestown, born January 30, 1731, died
April 4, 1819, in Groton, Massachusetts,
daughter of Samuel and Anne (Harring-
ton) Cutter, whose home was near the
Cambridge border in Charlestown. Chil-
dren : Anna, born October 1, 1752 ; Mary,
March 23, 1755 ; Esther, August 23, 1757;
Rebecca, October 16, 1759; Lucy, May 12,
1764; Walter, mentioned below.

(V) Walter (2) Dickson, youngest
child of Walter (1) and Anna (Cutter)
Dickson, was born December 9, 1767, in
Cambridge, and settled in Groton, Massa-
chusetts, soon after 1795. There seems
to be no town record or tombstone in-
scription to show the time of his death.
He was a farmer in Groton, and a mem-
ber of the Congregational church. He



married, January 3, 1793, Anna Tufts,
born May 26, 1768, in Medford, Massa-
chusetts, daughter of Timothy and Anna
(Adams) Tufts. Two children are re-
corded in Cambridge, namely: Maria,
baptized November 3, 1793, and Anna,
September 13, 1795.

(VI) Walter (3) Dickson, son of
Walter (2) and Anna (Tufts) Dickson,
was born March 15, 1799, in Groton. He
attended the public schools in early youth
and also prepared for college, with the
intention of engaging in ministerial and
missionary work. Ill health compelled
him to abandon his college course after it
was begun, and he purchased a farm
which he tilled until about fifty years of
age. This he sold, and in 1853 went to
Palestine, intending to take up missionary
work. He purchased a farm near Jaffa,
and began raising fruit, making a special-
ty of oranges. Here he was subjected,
with others, to an attack by Mohammedan
fanatics, was robbed of his crops, and
returned to America at the end of five
years. He settled in Harvard, Massachu-
setts, where he died January 21, i860.
He married Sarah Eldridge, born June 1,
1800, in Dunstable, Massachusetts, daugh-
ter of Dr. Micah and Sally (Buttrick)
Eldridge, and she died May 27, 1878, in
Harvard. Children: 1. Sarah Augusta,
born September 13, 1825, in Groton, mar-
ried Walter Keys, and died January 9,
1909, in Hollister, California. 2. Philip
Dodridge, born March 21, 1827, in
Groton, died April 25, 1853, at Jerusalem,
Palestine; married Susan M. Mason. 3.
Almira Ann, born October 2, 1828, in
Groton, married, June 1, 1856, John A.
Steinbeck, who died August 10, 1913, in
Hollister, California; they had six chil-
dren, three of whom survive and now
reside, as does the mother, at Hollister.
4. Walter Eldridge, born July 13, 1831,
died July 20, 1872, in Ayer, Massachu-



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setts; he married, December 22, 1853,
Catherine Holton, and resided in Har-
vard ; of their six children, two sons and
a daughter survive and live in Harvard.
5. Mary Elizabeth, born July 4, 1833;
married at Jaffa, Palestine, Frederick W.
Steinbeck, and died December 10, 1867, in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, leaving two
children ; her body was taken to Groton
for burial. 6. Henry Augustus, mentioned
below. 7. Caroline S., born April 27,
1847, ' n Groton, married, February 27,
1883, Joseph C. Danks, of Hollister,
California, who died there October 10,
1900; she now resides at Hollister.

(VII) Henry Augustus Dickson, third
son of Walter (3) and Sarah (Eldridge)
Dickson, was born July 2, 1837, in Groton.
He was early experienced in farm life,
both in Groton and Palestine, whither he
went at the age of sixteen years. He had
attained man's estate when he returned
with his parents to America, and lived at
Ayer, Massachusetts, where he built a
house for a home. Very shortly after the
beginning of hostilities in the Civil War,
May 20, 1861, he enlisted as a soldier in
his country's defense, becoming a member
of the Sixth Massachusetts Volunteer In-
fantry, in the three months' service. This
regiment was known as "The Old Sixth,"
made famous, among other causes, by the
attack made on it at Baltimore while on
the way to Washington. Mr. Dickson's
enlistment expired and he was discharged
August 2, 1861. He reenlisted July 21,
1862, for three years' service, becoming a
member of Company E, Thirty-third
Massachusetts Infantry. When the regi-
ment was organized he was made third
sergeant, and was promoted first ser-
geant, June 1, 1863, filling that position
to the end of the war. He was appointed
first lieutenant, November 3, 1864, but
did not receive his commission until the
following May, after war had ceased. He



was discharged June 11, 1865, having
participated in many of the great battles,
including Chancellorsville, Beverly Ford
and Gettysburg. During Sherman's
southern campaign, he was in all the
battles from Chattanooga to Savannah.
At the battle of Resaca, Georgia, May 15,
1864, he received a gunshot wound in the
shoulder, which confined him in the hos-
pital several months. When peace was
restored he returned to his native town,
and soon removed to Fitchburg, Massa-
chusetts, where he has since continued to
reside. For three years he was employed
in a piano factory, and then entered the
service of the Boston, Clinton and Fitch-
burg Railroad Company, continuing six
years. During the twelve succeeding
years he conducted a very successful
retail fish business, selling out in 1886 and
retiring from active business. He became
considerably interested in real estate and
built several houses, and his time is now
largely taken up with the care of his hold-
ings. In 1903 he attended the national
encampment of the Grand Army of the
Republic, at San Francisco, and visited
other western coast points, including
Seattle, Washington, Los Angeles, Cali-
fornia, and the home of his sisters in
Hollister, in the latter State. In 1912 he
again visited the Pacific coast, accom-
panied by his wife, their tour occupying
over seven months. Mr. Dickson is a
regular attendant of the Rollstone Con-
gregational Church, and a member of E.
V. Sumner Post, No. 19, Grand Army of
the Republic, and has served as post com-
mander of the latter organization. Polit-
ically, he adheres to Republican prin-
ciples, and has been a member of the
Fitchburg City Council.

He married (first) September II, 1859,
Harriet B. Cushing, born June 19, 1839,
in South Dedham (now Norwood), Mas-
sachusetts, daughter of Joseph A. and



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Prudence N. (Green) Cushing, and she
died September 9, 1902, in Westboro,
Massachusetts. He married (second)
August 2, 1904, Mrs. Ida F. Whitney,
born in Groton, Massachusetts, daughter
of William and Elizabeth (Keyser) Gibbs.
She is a member of Relief Corps, No. 39,
of Charlestown, Massachusetts, auxiliary
to Grand Army of the Republic Post No.
11. A son was born June 26, i860, of the
first marriage, christened Melvin Au-
gustus, who died July 18, 1863.



COOK, Benjamin Albert,

Enterprising Citizen, Fnblie Official.

There were immigrants of this name
among the pioneers of several of the New
England colonies, and the name has been
honored in the history of various States
in the Union down to the present time.
Records in England show that a Richard
Cook embarked in the "Globe" of London
in 1635, being then forty-six years old. In
July of the same year, a Richard Cook
sailed on the "Alice" for Virginia, being
at that time twenty-one years of age.
x'here are traces of a Richard Cook in
Connecticut in 1648, but nothing definite
has been learned concerning him. The
first definite knowledge of the ancestor of
this line is given below.

(I) Richard Cook appears in Norwich,
Connecticut, in 1680, and is described as
of Stonington. He must have been only
a temporary resident at the latter place,
and does not appear in its records. Green-
field Larrabee, of Norwich, gave thirty
acres by deed of gift, July 21, 16S0, to
Richard Cook, of Stonington, on con-
dition (hat he settle thereon as an inhabi-
tant. This ground was in the present
town of Preston, and he was admitted as
an inhabitant of that town and received
other grants of land, including a home lot
in 1680. He died there in 1695. No



record of his marriage appears, and only
one child is recorded.

(II) Obed Cook, son of Richard Cook,
was born February 1, 1681, in Norwich,
and married there, July 12, 1704, Phebe
Clark. The following children are re-
corded in Norwich : Richard, born Au-
gust 10, 1705; James, mentioned below;
Nathaniel, December 17, 1712; Priscilla,
December 17, 1716. The last named was
baptized at the Preston church, March 3,
1717, at which time Obed Cook was de-
scribed as of Norwich.

(III) James Cook, second son of Obed
and Phebe (Clark) Cook, was born May
8, 1708, in Norwich, where he married,
March 6, 1732, Elizabeth Tracy, who was
baptized September 16, 1716, in Preston,
daughter of Francis and Elizabeth Tracy.
Children, recorded in Norwich : Priscilla,
born June 22, 1733 ; Mabel, June 20, 1735 ;
Elizabeth, June 24, 1736; Reuben, men-
tioned below.

(IV) Reuben Cook, only recorded son
of James and Elizabeth (Tracy) Cook,
was born June 10, 1738, in Norwich, and
lived in Hampshire county, Massachu-
setts, at the time of the Revolution. The
Revolutionary Rolls show that Richard
Cook enlisted, December 23, 1776, in
Captain John Well's company, Lieuten-
ant-Colonel Timothy Robinson's Hamp-
shire County Militia. The muster rolls
are dated in garrison at Ticonderoga,
February 24, 1777, enlistment expiring
March 23 of that year. Reuben Cook
helped to construct the fort at Crown
Point, and was later in Western New
York, near Oswego, where he endured
great hardships. He removed to Wethers-
field, Vermont, where he died in 1826.
He married Sarah Blakesly, probably
daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Barnes)
Blakesly, born August 19, 1743, in Water-
bury, Connecticut. Family tradition



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states that he also had a second wife, and
had in all twenty-four children.

(V) Augustus Cook, son of Reuben
and Sarah (Blakesly) Cook, was born
March 12, 1792, in Wethersfield, Vermont,
and died August 23, 1874, his body being
buried at East Guilford, Vermont. He
was a farmer and lived in Westminster,
Vermont, where he cleared land and first
built a pioneer log house. From West-
minster he went to Moriah, Essex county,
New York, where he lived several years,
and where he was the first resident to
own a cooking stove, removing thence to
Maryland, where he was living at the out-
break of the Civil War. He immediately
returned to Vermont, and after living for
a time in Westminster, settled in Guilford,
where he continued to reside until his
death. He married in Moriah, June 17,
1819, Polly Parsons, born April II, 1797,
in Westminster, died November 24, 1876,
in Guilford, daughter of Benjamin and
Miriam (Winsjow) Parsons. Children:
Unnamed infant, born and died March 8,
1821 ; Augustus Azro and Marcus Cicero
(twins), born March 26, 1823, both died
in infancy ; Erastus Holton, mentioned
below; Ellen, born October 2, 1827, mar-
ried Dr. William Craig; Achsah, March
28, 1830, married Dr. Charles Edward
Kells; John Webb, October 29, 1833, a
soldier of the Confederate army, died of
yellow fever ; Mark Henry, mentioned
below; Benjamin Parsons, July 28, 1841,
who served in the Civil War as a Union
soldier.

(VI) Erastus Holton Cook, son of Au-
gustus and Polly (Parsons) Cook, was
born June 21, 1825, in Moriah, New York,
and died in Keene, New Hampshire, aged
fifty-six years. Educated in the schools of
his native town, he taught in the district
schools and later went to sea, on account
of ill health, following the life of a sailor
for several months, visiting Labrador and



the southern coast of Greenland, during
which voyage he killed a white bear. On
leaving the sea, he settled in Westminster,
Vermont, where he resided until 1868, and
then removed to Keene, New Hampshire.
While residing in Vermont, he held the
rank of lieutenant in the State militia.



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