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Coit & Woolsey, which was one of the prominent
mercantile houses of the metropolis during the early
years of the last century. In his latter years he was
a . stock broker in Wall street. He lived to be
nearly eighty years old, and died in New York
City, January 6, 1850. He was married, February
5, 1794, to Lydia Howland, who was born October
3. '^T/2ii daughter of Joseph Howland. She sur-
vived her husband but a short time, dying January
8, 1851. She was the mother of seven children,
namely: Caroline, born November 11, 1794, died
April 13, 1797; Edward William, born August 17,
1796, died February 2"/, 1798; Cornelia Ann, born
September i, 1798, died October 25, 1818; Henry A.,
born August 20, 1800, married Sarah Borland ; Jo-
seph H., who will be again referred to ; Harriet
Frances, born August 15. 1805, married Daniel W.
Coit, and Thomas Thornby, born October 17, 1807,
died December 30, 1S09.

(VII) Joseph Howland, fifth son and third child
of Levi and Lydia (Howland) Coit, was born in
New York City, November 3, 1802. Late in life he
decided to enter the Protestant Episcopal ministry,
and was ordained a deacon by Bishop Griswold.
He died in 1866. November 2, 1825, he married
Harriet Jane Hand, of Abington. Vermont. The



children of this union are : Henry Augustus, born
January lo. 1S30, now a clergyman of the Protestant
Episcopal Church ; Joseph Howland and James Mil-
nor (twins), born September 11, 1831, the latter
died April 3, 1833 : William Noble, born December
24, 1834; Edward Woolsey, born July 26, 1837, be-
came a merchant in Philadelphia ; Levi, born June
9. 1840, sometime United States consul at Valentia,
Spain ; Harriet Jane, born September 26, 1842 ; and
James ^Milnor, born January 31, 1844. The latter
acquired a responsible position in the service of the
Lake Shore, and Michigan Southern railway.

This surname is very common
ALEXANDER in Scotland, and the x*\lexanders

of this sketch are without doubt
descended from Scotch ancestors, who settled in
Ireland in the time of the exodus of the Scotch
from Argyle to that island.

(I) Randall or Randyl Alexander, with two
brothers, James and John, came from the North of
Ireland, and were among the first sixteen settlers
of ancient Nutfield (now Londonderry), New
Hampshire, Randall being one of the six grantees
of the town. His farm has always been kept in the
Alexander name, and the house he built on his
farm, about 1720, is still in good condition, having
been kept up by its successive owners. The chil-
dren of Randall were: Robert, born November -14,
1720: Alary, Alarch 5, 1722; Isabel, February 15,
17^3: David, April g, 1728; John, April 22, 1730;
Randall; James; William; and Samuel, the subject
of the next paragraph.

(II) Samuel, ninth and youngest cliild of Ran-
dall Alexander, was born in 1737. in Nutfield and
died in Bow, June 25, 1835, at the age of about
ninety-eight years. He moved to Bow previous to
or early in 1767, and resided there the remainder
of his life. He married Mary Boynton, of London-
derry, and their children included: Enoch, Wil-
liam. Mary and Patty.

(III) William, second son and child of Samuel
and Mary (Boynton) Alexander, was born June 28,
1767, in Bow and died at Tunbridge, Vermont. De-
cember 9, 1847, in his eighty-first year. He moved
to Tunbridge about 1789, and there cleared up land
and was a successful farmer. He was married,
February 28, 1788, in Dunbarton, to Polly Putney,
who was born April 22, 1770, in that town, and died
at Tunbridge, Vermont. May 4, i860, having sur-
vived her husband more than twelve years. Their
children were: David, William, Daniel, Samuel,
Sally, Dorothy, Polly and Rhoda.

(IV) William (2) Alexander, second son of
William (i) and Polly (Putney) Alexander, was
born December 10, 1790, in Tunbridge, Vermont, and
died in East Andover, New Hampshire, October 15,
1877, in his eighty-seventh year. He was a successful
farmer in Tunbridge. Vermont, until the Civil war,
when he retired and subsequently resided in Con-
cord and Andover with his children. He was mar-
ried September 16, 1813, at Strafford, Vermont, to
Abigail Moore, who died August 30, 1814, leaving
a daughter, Abigail Moore Alexander. Mr. Alex-
ander was married (second), to Edna Putney, of
Dunbarton who died in East Andover, New Hamp-
shire July 16. 1875. Their only child William H.,
is the subject of the following paragraph. Mr.
Alexander's daughter, Abigail M., became the wife
of Henry Putney, and resided in East Andover,
New Hampshire.

(V) William Henry, only son of William and
Edna (Putney) Alexander, was born in Tunbridge,
Vermont, November 24, 1836. He obtained his edu-

cation in the common schools of New Hampshire
and at several academies of note in that state. At
the age of seventeen he took employment in a gen-
eral store in Manchester, where he performed the
duties of a clerk for two years. He next worked two-
or three years as a clerk in the freight office of the
Concord railroad, and was then .transferred to Con-
cord, where he filled a position in the office of Jo-
seph Gilmore, afterward governor of New Hamp-
shire, then superintendent of the line. In 1861 he
was appointed station agent of the Concord & Ports-
mouth railroad, at Portsmouth, which place he filled
until 1865. From the latter date he was conductor
of a passenger train on the Concord railroad, first
between Concord and^ Portsmouth, and later be-
tween Concord and Boston, until 1882. He was
then appointed purchasing agent for the road and
filled that position until July, 1895, when he retired
from the railroad service, after being continuously
employed forty-two years by one company. Soon
after quitting the railway service he was made man-
ager of the Beecher Falls Furniture Company, at
Beecher Falls, Vermont, which position he is now
filling (1907).

Mr. Alexander comes of ancient and honorable
lineage, and like manjr others of the stock is sl
companionable gentleman, a good business man and
an upright and highly respected citizen. He is a
member of Eureka Lodge, No. 70, Ancient Free
and Accepted Masons ; of Trinity Royal Arch
Chapter, No. 2; of Horace Chase Council No. 4;
and of Mount Horeb Commandery, Knights Temp-
lar. He married, August 30, 1878, at East Concord,.
Leodore E. Eastman, daughter of Samuel and Mary
(Brown) Eastman (see Eastman VI), born in
Hartford, Connecticut, August 11, 1847. They
have two children : Harry L., teller in the Me-
chanicks' National Bank of Concord, and Mary E.,
who is a well known artist.

(I) Anson Alexander, born in
ALEXANDER Massachusetts in 1803, resided
in Littleton from 1847 to 1863.
He was a farmer, a citizen of good repute, and was a
member of the board of selectmen in 1850. He
married Lucy Crouch, born in Massachusetts in
1799, daughter of John and Lucy (Willard) Crouch.

(II) Wesley Alexander was born in Swanzey,.
New Hampshire, January 29, 1823, and died in
Penacook, N^ew Hampshire, June 25, 1900. He re-
sided in Littleton from 1847 to 1863, and was a
scythe manufacturer by trade. He took an active
part in public affairs. Originally a Whig, he be-
came one of the original promoters of the Repub-
lican movement in his state. For more than thirty
years he used his influence successfully in securing
the predominance of these parties in Littleton. He
was a man of integrity and good judgment, and
was placed in affairs of importance by his fellow
citizens. He was selectman in 1855, representative
in 1858. and was also justice of the peace. He
married, July 4, 1848, Sarah B. Bray, who was born
May 5, 1820, and died in Lancaster January 18,
1890. The children ^of this marriage, all born in
Littleton, were: Clara A., Edward B., Anson Colbv,
Fred B. and Mabel.

(III) Dr. Anson Colby Alexander, second son
and third child of Wesley and Sarah B. (Bray)
Alexander, was born in Littleton. October 10, 1855.
He acquired his early education in the public
schools, and at the New Hampton and New Lon-
don academies. He began the study of medicine at
Lancaster, in the offices of Drs. Daniel Lee Jones and
Charles W. Rowell, and afterward matriculated ii-



the Philadelphia School of Anatomy and Surgery,
from which he graduated in 1879. The following
year he received his diploma from the Hahnemann
Medical College, homoeopathic, of the same city.
He also graduated from the Penn Hospital. He
was the only student from the New England states
in many years who won the gold medal at the
Hahnemann College, for superior scholarship in
every department. In the spring of 1881 he began
the practice of his profession at Penacook, New
Hampshire, succeeding Dr. S. M. Emery, deceased,
and occupying the Dr. Emery residence. His abil-
ity and success as a physician soon attracted a
large practice in the village, and from the sur-
rounding towns. In 1890 the demands of his busi-
ness required -more room and better accommoda-
tions, and he purchased the Mechanics' block, and
fitted up a commodious set of offices in that build-
ing, and there he has remained to the present date.
His bent of mind has always been toward independ-
ent and original investigation of causes and cure of
disease, and to the burdens of his regular practice
he has added other labors none the less onerous —
the study of specific remedies for disease. Success
in a much greater than the usual degree has
crowned his efforts, and he has discovered a spe-
cific inhalent for catarrhal troubles, which is now
manufactured by a corporation organized for its
production. He has also discovered a new treat-
ment for cancer which has recently attracted the
attention of the public and likewise the profession.
His practice in this specialty brought so large a
number of patients for treatmeht that it became
necessary to secure a permanent hospital for their
use. In 1898 a corporation was formed which built
the Alexander Sanatorium. This is a commodious,
comfortable and well ventilated building, located on
the Boscawen side of the Contoocook river, fitted
with rooms for about thirty-five patients. An asso-
ciate physician resides at the sanatorium, and this
enables Dr. Alexander to devote a portion of his
time to general practice. The doctor's successful
treatment for cancer has led to the establishment of
offices in Boston, where he is associated wath Dr.
Frank O. Webber. The business has grown rapidly,
and the remedy is now given to the medical profes-
sion at large, and physicians in all parts of the
world are now making successful use of it.

Dr. Alexander's energetic and successful use of
his know-ledge and skill as a physician have brought
joy to many a one who sorrowed as one whose
troubles could never be alleviated except by death.
His successful practice and general business ability
have brought him into prominence with his fellow
citizens, and he is a stockholder in various organi-
zations, has filled official positions, and is promi-
nent in social circles. He is a member of the N.
E. Gynecological and Surgical Society, of Bos-
ton, a trustee of the New Hampshire Savings Bank
of Concord, and a stockholder in other organiza-
tions. He is a Republican in politics has been an
active member of the school board on the Boscawen
side of the river, and has served the citizens of his
town as a representative in the New Hampshire
legislature. He was one of the organizers of the
Union Club of Penacook, and is a past president
of that organization. He is a Mason of high de-
gree, being a past master of Horace Chase Lodge,
No. '/2 ; a member of Trinity Chapter, No. 2,
Royal Arch ^lasons ; and of Mount Horeb Com-
mandery. Knights Templar, of Concord. He is also
a past grand of Dustin Island Lodge, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, as well as a member of the
Knights of Pythias. He has much natural talent

for music, and delights to indulge in musical exer-
cises. He is a strong tenor singer, a violinist, and
an excellent conductor of chorus singing. He is a
member of the First Baptist Church, and conducts
the music for all the Sunday school concerts at
Easter and Christmas. He married, June 22, 1882,
Fannie Goodwin, born in North Attleboro, Massa-
chusetts. They have two children, Marion and
Harold Wesley.

The Babbitt family of this article
BABBITT was founded in New Hampshire
soon after the Revolutionary war.

(I) Asa Babbitt was a native of England, from
whence he came to America, settling in Hanover,
New Hampshire, where he conducted a farm for
many years, and where his death occurred. He
was a man of sound judgment and exemplary
habits. His wife Ruth (Harriman) Babbitt, sur-
vived him several years. Their children were :
Montgomery, John, Isaac, Olive and Harmie.

(II) John, second son of Asa Babbitt, was born

in Hanover, New Hampshire, April 24, 1797, died '
January 19, 1879, aged eighty-two years. He re-
sided in Enfield many years, and subsequently re-
moved to West Andover, where he resided until his
death, a period of about five years. He was a suc-
cessful teacher in his earlier years, and later was a
farmer. His good judgment and natural capabili-
ties made him a popular citizen, and he was elected
to office by the Whigs, and later the_ Republicans,
and was a member of the school committee and rep-
resentative to the general court. He married, Feb-
ruary 6, 1823, Salome Marden, born in Lancaster,
January 26, 1805, and died November 16, 1869, in
her sixty-fifth year. She was the daughter of John
and Fannie (Massure) Marden, of Lancaster. Ten
children were born of this marriage: i. Alonzo,
deceased. 2. Mary Ann, deceased. 3. Elvira, de- .
ceased. 4. Martha, deceased. 5. Orpha Ann, de-
ceased ; she married Stephen Place, and two chil-
dren were born to them : Eva, deceased, and Ida,
married Dr. Charles S. Dewey, wdio died January
20. 1887 ; Mrs. Dewey resides in Lebanon, New
Hampshire. 6. Hannah, deceased. 7. Carlos Cald-
well, see forward. 8. Franklin, twin of Carlos
Caldw^ell, died December 8, 1903. 9. George ]\Iil-
ton, an optician, resides in Syracuse, New York.
10. ]\Ielissa B., married Augustus A. Heath, of En-
field, who died December 14, 1901 ; she resided in
Lebanon, New Hampshire, up to her death, March
16, 1907.

(III) Carlos Caldwell, seventh child and second
son of John and Salome (INIarden) Babbitt, was
born in Hanover, New Hampshire, June 6, 1834.
He received his education in the common schools of
Enfield. At the age of twenty he engaged in
the optical business. He located first in Lisbon,
New Hampshire, remaining until 1876, wdien he
came to Manchester, locating at 721 Beech street,
where he still resides. He is one of the oldest opti-
cians in New England, and during his fifty years''
connection with the trade has had in his employ a
large number of young men who, as a result of his
training, have become successful business men and
are now occupying prominent positions in. both pro-
fessional and business circles. He was made a
Master Mason in Kane Lodge, No. 64, Free and
Accepted Masons, of Lisbon, in 1866, and was made
a Royal Arch Mason by Franklin Chapter, No. 5,
of Lisbon. On his removal to Manchester, in 1876,
he was demitted from these and then joined Wash-
ington Lodge, No. 61, Mt. Horeb Royal Arch Chap-
ter, No. II, and Adoniram Council, No. 3, and



Trinity Commandery, Knights Templar. In poli-
tical faith he is a Republican. He and his wife are
members of St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church,
of which he is a trustee.

He married, June 10, 1857, Martha J. Holton.
born in Landaff, December 14, 1835. daughter of
Jehiel W. and Hannah S. (Eaton) Holton, and
granddaughter, on the paternal side, of Bela and
Patty (Olcott) Holton, and on the maternal side
of Eben and Ruth. (Hutchins) Eaton. Jehiel W.
Holton was a merchant in Landaff with his brother,
Elias O. Holton, for a number of years ; later he
retired and died at the home of his son-in-law, Car-
los C. Babbitt. He was born August 15, 1799, died
July II, 1884. His wife also died at the home of
Mr. Babbitt, April 10, 1880, aged seventy years.
Mrs. Babbitt was their only child. For a few years
prior to her marriage she was a successful teacher
in the public schools of Lisbon. Carlos C. and
Martha J. (Holton) Babbitt were the parents of
one child, Charles Holton, see forward.

(IV) Dr. Charles Holton, only child of Carlos
C. and Martha J. (Holton) Babbitt, was born May
25, 1869. He was prepared for college in the com-
mon schools and by a private tutor, and was a stu-
dent at Harvard University one year. He then
spent three years in the study of medicine in Bos-
ton, after which he entered the medical depart-
ment of the University of the South at Sewanee,
Tennessee from which he graduated, receiving the
degree of Doctor of Medicine. He at once engaged
in the profession of optician and oculist in which he
has attained much success. The optical business of
The Babbitt Company, Opticians (the name under
which his optical business is carried on) is un-
doubtedly the largest in the state, exclusive of the
manufacturing plant at Tilton. His residence and
main office is in Nashua, with branches in Lowell,
Manchester and other cities. He is a member of
St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church Manchester.
He is a Mason, holding membership in Washington
Lodge, No. 51 ; Mt. Horeb Royal Arch Chapter,
No. II, Adoniram Council, No. 3, Trinity Com-
mandery, Knights Templar, all of Manchester ; also
the various Scottish Rite Masonic bodies, includ-
ing the New Hampshire Consistory thirty-second
degree of Nashua; and Bektash Temple, Mystic
Shrine of Concord, New Hampshire.

Dr. Babbitt married. May 25, 1903. Ada E. Bumpus,
daughter of Abel M. and Eliza V. (Gordon)
Bumpus, of Nashua. She was educated in
the common schools of Vienna, Maine, at-
tending until twelve years of age, when she re-
moved to Nashua, New Hampshire, where she at-
tended the public schools, graduating from the high
and later from the training school for teachers.
She began at once teaching in the schools of
Nashua and continued until her marriage, a period
of eight years. She is a member of the Pilgrim
Congregational Church, and of the Nashaway
Woman's Club.

This name seems to be fairly well
HUSSEY authenticated as an ancient one, among

the first in New England. John Hus-
sey of Dorking, in the county of Surrey, England,
was married December 5, 15Q3, to Mary Wood, or
Woodin. Circumstances indicate that they were
people of good standing. He died in England, and
the records show that he had children, Jolin (died
young), Christopher and one or more daughters.
Among the grantees of Hampton, New Hampshire,
were "Christo" Hussey and a widow, Mary Hussey,
the latter presumed to have been the widow of

John Hussey of Dorking. It is believed that Chris-
topher was the son of Mary Hussey. They resided
on opposite sides of the meeting house green in
Hampton, the five-acre house lot of the widow being
about the present site of the town house. She died
June 16, 1660. Ten years previously seats in the
meeting house were assigned to "ould mistris husse
and her dafter husse." No record of such daughter
appears, and it is presumed that this record refers
to the wife or daughter of Mary Hussey's son.

(I) Christopher Hussey, captain and deacon,
probably son of John and JNIary Hussey of Dorking,
was born in 1595-6. The son of John of Dorking
was baptized February 18, 1599. He was probably
among the parishoners of Rev. Stephen Bachiler,
and went to Holland with others to avoid religious
persecution. It was only upon his promise to emi-
grate to America that Rev. Bachiler consented to
give his daughter to Hussey. The marriage took
place in England, either before or after the exodus
to Holland. Christopher Hussey and his wife Theo-
date sailed in the "William and Francis'' from South-
ampton sometime in May, 1730, and arrived at
Charlestown, Massachusetts, about July 23. They
took up their home in Saugus (Lynn), and were
joined two years later by Rev. Bachiler and others.
(See Batchelder). Christopher Hussey was later
a prominent man in Newbury, Massachusetts. It is
presumable that widow Mary Hussey accompanied
her son on his voyage to America, but she may have
come later with other Puritans. As before related,
Christopher Hussey was a grantee of Hampton, with
Bachelor and many others. He was the first deacon
of the church, and otherwise an influential man,
a captain in the militia, town clerk, selectman and
representative. When New Hampshire was made
a royal province he was one of the commissioners
named in the charter. In 1650 he sold all his prop-
erty in the present Hampton, and soon moved to
the "Falls Side" (Hampton Falls). He was one of
the purchasers of Nantucket in 1659, and subse-
quently commanded an ocean vessel. It is supposed
that the record of death (October 20, 1649) refers
to his wife Theodate, but is may have been their
daughter, as her death appears on the record at the
same date. The wife was dead December 9, 1658,
on which day Christopher Hussey was married to
Ann, widow of Jeffrey Mingay. She died June 24,
1680, and was survived nearly six years by her hus-
band, who passed away March 6, 1686, being about
ninety years old. His children were : Stephen,
Joseph, John, Mary, Theodate and Huldah. John
was the second white child born in Lynn, and the
first baptized in America by Rev. Stephen Bachilor.

(II) Stephen, eldest child of Christopher and
Theodate (Bachiler) Hussey, was (born about
1632, and settled in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where
he died April 2, 1718. He was married in Nan-
tucket, October 8, 1676, to Martha Bunker, who
was born November 11, 1656, and died September
21, 1744, a daughter of George and Jane (God-
frey) Bunker and granddaughter of William Bun-
ker. Before his marriage Stephen Hussey lived at
Barbadoes, and was possessed of considerable prop-
erty when he settled in Nantucket. He was a member
of the Society of Friends, and was representative
to the general court at one time. His children were :
Puella, Abigail, Sylvanus, Bachelor, Daniel, INIary,
George and Theodate.

(III) Bachelor, second son of Stephen and [Mar-
tha (Bunker) Hussey, was born February 18, 1685,
in Nantucket, where he lived many years, settling la-
ter in Biddeford, Maine. He was probably engaged in
the coasting or West India trade. He was married.



October 11, 1704, to Abigail Halle, the record ap-
pearing in Hampton, with the births of four children,
namely: Christopher, Mary, Jedidah (daughter)
and John. Others were born to them in Nantucket
or Biddeford.

(,1V) Stephen, son of Bachelor and Abigail
(Hall) Hussey, was born about 1715, and died May
8, 1770, in Berwick. He married Eunice Baxter,
who died April 9, 1769. Their children were: Daniel,
Batchelor, William, JNlargaret, Deborah, Hepzibah,
Phebe, Stephen, Ruth, Paul, Miriam and Walter,
the last three born in Berwick, all the others in

(V) Batchelor, second son of Stephen and Eunice .
(Baxter) Hussey, was born June i, 1745> in Bidde-
ford, and resided in Berwick, where he died Feb-
ruary 15, 1794. He was married in Berwick, De-
cember 12, 1767, to Sarah Hanson, daughter of Isaac
and Sarah Hanson of that town. Their children
were : Sylvanus, Isaac, Peter, James, Huldah,
Batchelor, Daniel and Stephen.

(V) Isaac, second son of Batchelor and Sarah
(Hanson) Hussej', was born February 12, 1772, in
Berwick, and resided some years in Sanford, Maine,
whence he removed to Acton, Maine, where he died
aged seventy-eight years. His entire life was de-
voted to farming. He married Lydia Merrill, by
whom he had eight children : Daniel, who died in
the Civil war ; Mary Ann ; Eliza, who married Sewell
Cowell ; Amanda, who married James Caswell ; Asa
A., who lives in South Boston; Isaac, who is men-
tioned below ; Eunice, wife of William S. Knox of
Lawrence, Massachusetts ; and Charles, who is of
South Boston.

(VI) Isaac (2), sixth child and third son of
Isaac ('i) and Lydia (Merrill) Hussey, was born
in Sanford, Maine, 1841. He accompanied his parents
in their removal to Acton, and has ever since re-
sided there where he is engaged in farming. For
some years he was overseer of the Acton town farm.
He married Harriet Miller, who was born April 18,
1842, daughter of Woodman and Nancy Miller of
Acton, and died August 9, 1907. Tkey have seven
children: Orrin N., mentioned below; Cora B.,
who married Charles E. Ross, of Eastport, Maine;
Annie, who married (first), Fred Chisholm, and
(second), Granville Varney; Amanda, who married

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