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opening of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy,
Mr. Littlefield entered on a course of study there
under Professor George F. Babcock. Professor
George F. H. Markoe, and others. Here he attended



two years. In 1869 he removed to Manchester,
New Hampshire, where he has since resided, and
opened a drug store, carrying on business under the
name of C. B. Littlefield until 1892, when the Little-
field Drug Company was incorporated, of which
Mr. Littlefield was made president. From 1870 to
1907 Mr. Littlefield was engaged in the manufac-
ture of a meritorious proprietary medicine, which
was a profitable industry. Mr. Littlefield has been
engaged in the real estate business since 1902. From
the time of his coming to Manchester until the
present, Mr. Littlefield has been successful, liberal
and cheerful, and his business generally prosperous.
He has been popular and respected. He has taken
some interest in politics. In 1877, while absent on
business in Canada, he was nominated without his
knowledge as a candidate for the common council,
and duly elected. In 1886 he was elected representa-
tive to the legislature from Ward two. In 1871 he
was made an Odd Fellow in Hillsboro Lodge, No. 2,
and afterward joined Mt. Washington Encampment,
No. 16. At the formation of the Calumet Club,
Mr. Littlefield was a charter member.

He married (first), in Manchester, 1872, Fannie
E. Porter, daughter of. Benjamin F. and Eliza A.
(Buffun) Porter; she died in 1901. He married
(second), in 1902, Laura A. Campbell, a native of
Manchester, daughter of Henry R. and Adeline
(Dickey) Campbell. They attend the jNIethodist
(Thurch.



From one couple of this name comes a
TOWLE large progeny of Towles in south-
eastern New Hampshire and Maine,
who are people of good standing. The early Towles
were patriotic, and many of them fought for liberty
in the Revolution. The early generations were
strong and hardy, and noted for longevity. Vitality
and vigor characterize their descendants.

(I) Philip Towle, seaman, is supposed to have
been of Irish descent. April 15, 1664, he bought a
dwelling and outhouses and a house lot containing
seven and one-half acres, and about sevent}^ acres
of outlying lands and some shares in common lands
in Hampton. Part or all of this land is still owned
by his descendants. He married at the age of
forty-one years, November 19, 1657, Isabella, daugh-
ter of Francis and Isabella (Bland) Austin, of
Colchester, England, and Hampton, New Hampshire,
and granddaughter of John and Joanna Bland, of
Edgartown, England. She was born about 1633,
and was the eldest of three daughters. She was once
the victim of persecution for witchcraft. She and
Rachel Fuller were accused in the summer of 1680.
Rachel confessed and accused Isabel. Both were
committed to prison, wdiere they remained until the
sitting of the Hampton court, September 7, when the
case was heard, and later released on bail of iioo
each, and discharged the next year. Isabella was
then the mother of eight children, from two years
old upward. Philip and family lived in what is now
the heart of the village of Hampton. Fve of their
sons — Joseph, Philip, Benjamin, Francis and Caleb —
served in King Williams war, 1689-169S. Their chil-
dren were: Philip, Caleb (died young), Joshua,
jMary, Joseph, Benjamin, Francis, John and Caleb.

(II) Sergeant Joseph, fourth son and fifth child
of Philip and Isabella (Austin) Towle, born May
4, 1669, died September 2, 1757, probably lived a
little north of the village of Hampton. He served
in King William's war, and was selectman in 1723-
29-33. He married (first), December 14, 1693, Me-
hitabel Hobbs, born February 28, 1673, daughter
of John and Sarah (Colcord) Hobbs; and (second).



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March 4, 1731, Sarah, daughter of Morris Hobbs.
The children, all by the tirst wife, were : John,
Joseph, James, Mary, Jonathan, Mehitabel and Amos.
(Mention of Jonathan and descendants appears in
this article).

(III) James, third son of Joseph and Mehitabel
(Hobbs) Towle, was born in 1698. He was select-
man of Hampton, and with his sons is known to
have been connected with church, for we know
their children were baptized. In 1725 he married
Keziah Perkins. He died April 14, 1756, leaving
seven children: Mary, jNIehitabel, Anna, Huldah,
Abraham Perkins, James and Jonathan, the sons
being respectively sixteen, thirteen and nine years of
age. The two elder daughters had previously mar-
ried, but of the other two we have no record but
their baptism. Jonathan afterwards named his first
two daughters after them.

(IV) Jonathan, son of James and Keziah (Per-
kins) Towle, was born in 1747. He was an honest,
genial man, industrious and thrifty, a progressive
farmer giving unusual attention to the raising of
fruit and potatoes. He removed from Hampton to
Pittslield in 1780, and began cutting down the
forest on a lot about a mile west of Wild Goose
pond, bought of Samuel Marston, of Deerfield, for
four hundred pounds of continental currency. This
lot was No. 15 of the first range of the second divi-
sion, then of Chichester. In 1786 he bought of
Stephen Cross lot No. 14, west, for nine pounds. It
contained fifty acres and extended to Barnstead
line. Fifty acres more were subsequently added. He
was one of eight owners of a sawmill at the outlet
of the pond. At the outbreak of the Revolution in
177s, when the alarm following the battle of Lexing-
ton reached Hampton, it is said that Jonathan and
his brother Abraham were in the held plowing.
They immediately ran for their guns and started
with the Hampton company for Boston, leaving the
oxen for the women to unyoke. At Ipswich, Massa-
chusetts, they were met with an order to return,
probably for coast defence.

Jonathan was without doubt in the battle of
Bunker Hill. He served in Captain Moses Leavitt's
company. Colonel Abraham Drake's regiment, sent
to reinforce the northern Continental army at Still-
water, New York, from September 8 to December
16, 1777. He was credited two pounds and two
■shillings for travel home; from Windsor, Vermont,
two pounds and eleven shillings and four pounds
four shilling for wages. He was probably present
at the time of Burgoyne's surrender. Plis brother,
Abraham P., was paid one pound and sixteen shil-
lings "toward hiring to go to Peekskill for the first
time." The three brothers with thirteen other
Towles signed the Association Test in 1776. Thirty-
two names of Toweles are recorded in the New
Hampshire Revolutionary Rolls. The tradition is
that Jonathan went to Pittsfield the year after the
Dark Day, which would have been in 1781. The log
house built the year before on a little knoll some
twenty rods south of where he afterwards built,
is now marked by a large mound of stones. While
living in Hampton, Jonathan and his wife were
members of the Congregational Church, uniting Oc-
tober 16, 1774. In Pittsfield he became a pioneer
Free Baptist. The family were of strong constitu-
tion, equal to the hardships they were called to en-
dure, and attained remarkable longevity. Jonathan
married Miriam ]^Iarston. of Hampton, in 1773, and
died in 1822. His wife was born in 1749 and died in
1835. Their children were Molly, Huldah, Jona-
than, Daniel, James, Sally, Abraham Perkins and
Nancy.



(V) James (2), son of Jonathan and Mirian
(Marston) Towle, was born in 1781. He settled 011
the old homestead. He was short and of medium
height, but very strong, in which he took great pride.
One of his feats, which cost him his life, was the
carrying of four bushels of salt up stairs, which
resulted in an immediate attack of spinal difficulty
making him helpless. After thirteen months of
suffering he died, June 13, 1813. This was a severe
blow to his father, who was depending upon him for
care in his old age. He married, January 13, 1806,
cousin Polly, daughter of Robey and' Hannah
(Drake) Marston, of Deerfield. She was born
March 22, 1779, and died September 24, 1854. Their
children were Robey JMarston and Samuel.

(VI) Samuel, son of James and Polly (Marston)
Towle, was born October 19, 181 1. He lived on the
home place in Pittsfield. He married Betsey, daugh-
ter of Thomas and Hannah (Meserve) Snell, of
Barnstead, New Hampshire, December 8, 1835. She
was born January 26, 1815, and died January 19,
1902. Their children were : Angeline Alvina, Alvin
Freeman and Louisa Hannah. The last named died
in her sixth year.

(VII) Angeline Alvina, daughter of Samuel and
Betsey (Snell) Towle, was born May 27, 1838. She
married, July 3, 1869, Charles Carroll Rogers, son
of Jacob and Hannah (Kelley) Rogers of Pitts-
field. Mr. Rogers moved with his parents to Pitts-
field when a small boy. His father kept hotel at
Pittsfield Corner. Mr. Rogers was raised and edu-
cated in Pittsfield, and continued to live there after
his marriage. His business was that of a hardware
merchant, which he continued till 1883, when he
sold out and took up a small farm on Berry Hill,
where his widow now resides. He served as select-
man five years, and also as road agent. He was
not a member of any church, but was reared in the
Episcopal Church. By a former marriage he had
two children, Abbie E. and George Edward, both
of whom are dead. He had no children by his second
marriage. His widow is a woman of great prudence,
energy and strength of character, and is respected
by all who know her.

(\TI) Alvin Freeman, son of Samuel and Betsey
(Snell) Towle, was born February 8, 1842, and now
resides in Northwood, moving there after the death
of his wife. He married, February 21, 1865, Francena
Floyd, daughter of George and Sarah (Goodwin)
Stockman of Pittsfield., She was born February 21,
1848, and died April 8, 1881. Their children are:
Herbert Clarence, born July 31, 1867; Hattie Belle,
born October 30, 1870, and Arthur Daniel, born
April 27, 1876. They lived in Pittsfield until 1881.
The family are noted for their intellectual tastes,
and have one of the best libraries in the vicinity.
Louisa Hannah was born September 16, 1844, and
died February 17, 1850.

(HI) Jonathan fourth son and fifth child of
Joseph and Mehetabel (Hobbs) Towle, born Apri^
5. 1703, died April 23, 1791. He married, Decem-
ber 12, 1728, Anna Norton, born March 20, 1708,
daughter of Bonus Norton, of Hampton Falls, and
probably settled in Rye. They had children : Jona-
than, Levi, Joseph, Samuel, James, Anna, and Na-
than.

(IV) Jonathan (2), eldest child of Jonathan
(i) and Anna (Norton) Towle, born July 4, 1729,
died in Ep.som. He married Elizabeth Jenness,
born April 4, 1734, a native of Rye, and they had
children : Hannah. Simeon and Levi.

(V) Hannah, eldest child and only daughter of
Jonathan and Elizabeth (Jenness) Towle, married
William Yeaton, of Rj-e. They removed to Ep-



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som, and settled near the Suncook river (sec Yea-
ton, II). , , ■, , r
(V; Simeon, eldest son and second child ot
Jonathan and Elizabeth (Jenness) Towle, married
Elizabeth Marden, of Rye, and settled in Epsom,
and they had two sons, Simeon (2), and Benjamin,
next mentioned.

(VI) Benjamin Marden, second son of Simeon

(1) and Elizabeth (Marden) Towle, was born in
Lpsom, and there married Hannah Sanborn.

(VII) Lemuel B., son of Benjamin and Han-
nah (Sanborn) Towle, died September 30, 1895,
was a farmer and prominent citizen of Chichester,
having his residence near Chichester station, on
the Suncook Valley railroad. He married Mary
Ann Frescott. died January, 1904. Both were
members of the Congregational Church. Their
children were: Mary Elizabeth, died in infancy,
Charles, resides in Epsom, Frank C. is the subject
of the next paragraph ; George C. is in Alaska.

(VIII) Frank Clifton, second son and third
child of Lemuel B. and Mary Ann (Prescott)
Towle, was born May 30, 1847, in Epsom, where he
grew up on his father's farm. He attended the
common schools and Pittsfield Aca lemy, and when
eighteen years old took a place in the store of his
uncle, Joseph Towle Goss, in Hooksett. Later he
became station agent for the Boston & Maine
railroad, and purchased the store in which he had
been employed. He carried on the store for many
years, and also acted as chief assistant to the late
Jesse Gault, who was a large brick manufacturer
of Hooksett. Mr. Towle was an active and suc-
cessful business man, and left a comfortaljlc for-
tune. He was a Republican, and a political leader
in his town. He represented Hooksett in the lower
house of the legislature, and was afterward a mem-
ber of the senate. Naturally social, he was a val-
uable member of the Masonic order, in which he
attained the thirty-second degree, being a member
of Hooksett Lodge, Trinity Royal Arch Chapter,
No. 2 ; Horace Chase Council ; Mount Horeb Com-
mandery. Knights Templar ; Horace Chase Coun-
cil No. 4, Concord ; and Edward A. Raymond Con-
sistory, Nashua. He was also a member of Friend-
ship Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of
Hooksett, and for many years an honored member
of the Congregational Church. He married. Octo-
ber 19, 1870, Myra Clement Gault, daughter of Jesse

(2) Gault, of Hooksett (see Gault, V). She was
born April 7, 1847, and now resides with her wid-
owed mother in Manchester. They were the par-
ents of two children : Annie is a teacher in Tilton
Seminary; Helen Augusta is the wife of Adam D.
Smith, of Danvers, Massachusetts.



There is little doubt that the present
TOWLE branch is descended from Philip

Towle, the patriarch of the Towles
in this country, who came to Hampton, New Hamp-
shire, as early as 1657. He reared a numerous
family, some of them lived in Hampton for gen-
erations, while others spread over the surrounding
country. Some of the female descendants in the
fifth generation married and settled in Epsom, and
others doubtless migrated there. As it has been im-
possible to determine the parentage of Colonel
Isaac Towle from the record of vital statistics or
otherwise, the present branch must begin with him.
• (I) Colonel Isaac Towle was born in Epsom,
New Hampshire, October 17, 1794. A little before
1840 he moved to Sutton, New Hampshire, where
he was a farmer and an exemplary and useful cit-
izen. At some time of his life he was a colonel in



the militia. In 1818 he married Rebecca, daughter
of Jonathan and Alice Locke, of Epsom, who was
l)orn in 1798. They were the parents of sixteen
children : James, born October 28, 1820, died in
November of that year ; James M., Henry, Horace-
E., Rodney, died young; Charles, died young; Al-
mira J., George, died young; Charles A., whose
sketch follows; Mary Ann, died young; Mary Ann,
Albert, Ellen M., Elizabeth, George and William
Perry, who was born October 28, 1843. and died
in the army, July 13, 1863. Colonel Isaac Towle
died at Sutton, January 14, 1884. aged eighty-nine
years, and his wife died at Sutton, March 31, 1879,
aged eighty-one years.

(II) Charles Augustus, eighth son and ninth
child of Colonel Isaac and Rebecca (Locke) Towle,
was born at Canaan, New Hampshire, June 14, 1833.
On December i, 1854, he married Maria Scates,
daughter of Oliver and Sally (Leighton) Scates.
(See Scates, III). They had three children:
Charles Frank, born March 29, 1856, who now lives
in New York; Willis A., born August 31, 1861,
who died January 18, 1864; and Fred Scates, whose
sketch follows. Charles A. Towle died August 18,
1870, at the early age of thirty-seven years.

(III) Dr. Fred Scates, third son and child of
Charles Augustus and Maria (Scates)) Towle, was
born at Boston, Massachusetts, December 28, 1863.
He was educated in the Boston public schools, and
was graduated from the Medical College of Colum-
bia University in the class of 1893. He took a
post-graduate course in the hospitals of New York,
and practiced one year in Boston. In 1894 he took
up his permanent abode in Portsmouth, New Hamp-
shire, where he has since continued in general prac-
tice. During his residence there he has been city
physician and chairman of the Board of Health.
He is surgeon of the Boston & Maine railroad, sur-
geon of the Cottage Hospital of Portsmouth, and
in 1897- 1899, was on the staff of Governor George
A. Ramsdell, as surgeon general. Dr. Towle is a
man of genial nature, and his very entrance to a
sick room brings cheer to the patient. As a sur-
geon he stands at the head of his profession, and is
well known throughout the state, being frec]uently
called in council with the leading physicians. Dr.
Towle is a member of the New Hampshire Sur-
gical Club, the American Medical Association, and
the following societies : Portsmouth Medical,
Strafford County Medical, Rockingham County
Medical, and New Hampshire Medical. He belongs
to the Masonic order in all its branches, and has
attained to the thirty-second degree. He is a mem-
ber of the various bodies in the Independent Order
of_ Odd Fellows, and also of the Knights of Py-
thias. Dr. Towle is not only one of the substantial
citizens and leading physicians of Rockingham
county, but is well liked as a man. He is president
of the Wallack Social Club of Portsmouth, and is
a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.
In 1885 Dr. Towle married ]\Iartha Home Perry,
daughter of Alfred Perry of Boston. They have
one son. Charles Augustus, born in Boston, 1886.
He was educated in the public schools of Ports-
mouth and at a military academy in New York, and
possesses a mechanical turn of mind.



The name of Scates is most unusual
SCATES in this country, and seems to be con-
fined to the eastern part of New
Hampshire, reaching from Dover upward to Lake
Winnepesaukee. It may possibly be related to the
old Dutch Skaats, first represented in this country
by Dominie Gideon Schaats, who came from Hoi-



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land in 1652, and for forty-two years was pastor of
the Old Dutch Church at Albany, New York. The
earliest reference to Scates that has been found is
in the records of Milton, New Hampshire, origi-
nally a part of Rochester. In 1772 or 1773 one Ben-
jamin Scates settled on Plummer's Ridge in what
is now Milton. Probably he was related to the fol-
lowing line.

(I) Dodonah Scates had two brothers, Ithicl
and Benjamin; possibly the latter may have been
the one who settled at Plummer's Ridge. Dodonah
Scates married Mrs. Lydia (Hansen) Manning, and
they have five children : Jack, Abigail, Oliver,
mentioned below, Zimery and Maria. All of these
lived to marry and raise families.

(H) Oliver, second son and third child of Do-
donah and Lydia (Planson) Manning, was born at
Milton, New Hampshire, April 21, 1800. In 1810
he married Sally Leighton, daughter of Ephraim
Leighton, of Ossipee, New Hampshire, who waii
born April 16, 1801. They had eight children. Do-
donah, Sally, Clark Swett. Maria, mentioned be-
low ; Sally Alice. Annie Elizabeth and John. Of
this large family all of them lived to grow up and
marry, the only survivors in 1907 are Maria, whose
sketch follows, and John, who was born April 28,
1841. Oliver Scates met with an accidental death.

(Ill) Maria, second daughter and fourth child
of Oliver and Sally (Leighton) Scates, on Decem-
ber I, 1854, married Charles Augustus Towle. (See
Towle, II)'.



Ancestors bearing this patronymic
TOPPING came from England in the year 1620,

and settled upon the southern shores
of the eastern end of Long Island, where a num-
her of their descendants still reside upon the orig-
inal tracts settled by them. The family furnished
several soldiers to the cause of the Revolution, and
took an active in the early affairs of this country.
From them a numerous lineage has sprung, most
of whom always remained in the state of New
York, only a few representatives going into other
states. The original settlers bearing the family
name consisted of two brothers, John and Thomas.
Among the descendants of John was the subject
of the following paragraph. ■

(I) John Topping died at Harpersville, New
York, leaving three children : Elizabeth, Katherine
and Henry S., the subject of the next paragraph.

(II) Henry S., son of John Topping, conducted
a large painting and decorating business for years
in Waverly, New York. He served three years in
the Union army in the Civil war, being a member
of the cavalry arm of the service, and being badly
wounded once in action. In politics he was always
a Republican, and in religion a Methodist. He was
a member of the Grand Army Post at Waverly,
lip to the time of his death in 1897 He married,
in 1863, Lydia A. DeForest, who still resides at
Waverly, New York. She is a daughter of Charles
and Jeanette (Hedges) DeForest, of North Barton,
New York, whose ancestors settled in Connecticut
previous to the war of the Revolution, and whose
great-grandfather was one of the pioneers to leave
a legacy to Yale College, and the "DeForest prize,"
one of the most sought at the college today, is the
result of this legacy. Their children are Charles
A., now deceased; Mildred E., who married Ellis
Crandall, a jeweler at Owego, New York, and Wil-
liam H., the subject of the next paragraph.

(III) William Harold, oldest son of Henry S.
and Lydia A. (DeForest) Topping, was born in
Waveriy, November 26, 1865. He attended the



public schools of his native city. He learned the
printer's trade in the office of the Waverly Advo-
cate and Waverly Free Press, and later drifted
into journalism. After an experience of years at
his trade and profession in Waverly, New York
City, and Spencer, New York, he went to Hillsbor-
ough, New Hampshire, in i88g, with the Hillsbor-
ough Messenger. With the birth of the New Hamp-
shire Daily 'Republican, Mr. Topping became con-
nected with its staff, and was its legislative and
special state corespondent. Later Mr. Topping
was connected with the Manchester Union. In 1893
he removed to Manchester and became a member
of the city staff of the Manchester Daily Mirror,
and rose to the position of city editor, which he
filled for some time. In 1899-1901 he was assistant
clerk of the house of representatives of the state
legislature, Init resigned in 1901, owing to the fact
that he had been elected in 1900 clerk of the com-
mittee on invalid pensions of the national house
of representatives, which position he held during
the Fifty-sixth, Fifty-seventh, Fifty-eighth, Fifty-
ninth and Sixtieth Congresses. In 1907 he was ap-
pointed by Governor Floyd and council as execu-
tive commissioner for New Hampshire at the
Jamestown Exposition. Mr. Topping was married,
in May, 1896, to Etta Louise Bartlett, daughter of
Ezra and Mehitable E. Bartlett, of Manchester, a
former business man and one of the pioneer resi-
dents of the city. In politics Mr. Topping has al-
ways been a staunch Republican.



This name has been variously repre-
BROWN sented in New England from the ear-
liest colonization of the country ; and
in Westminster, Massachusetts, the early seat of
the family of this article they were so numerous, the
branches so various, the records so fragmentary
and heterogeneous, that it has been found impossible
not only to trace any of the family to its original
progenitor, but also to connect the different fami-
lies with each other to any great extent.

(I) Nicholas Browne, son of Edward Browne,
of Inkburrow, Worcestershire, England, settled first
at Lynn, Massachusetts, and early removed from
there to Reading, where he appears to have owned
two places. He was a man of comfortable means
as appears from the fact of his sending his son
John, in 1660. to England, to look after certain prop-
erty to which he had become heir. He died in 1673.
His wife's name was Elizabeth, and their children
were : John, Edward, Joseph, Cornelius, Josiah,
and perhaps Elizabeth.

(II) Jonathan Brown was no doubt a descendant
of Nicholas Bron'ne, and resided in Westminster.
He married Mehitable Hay. Her father, James
Hay, was an original proprietor of No. 2 drawing in
the first division of lands, lot No. 106, near Wa-
chuscttville.

(III) Jonathan (2), son of Jonathan (i) and
Mehitable Brown, probably located on the lot No.
106, mentioned above, occupying a house built some
years before by Benjamin Gould. He was first
taxed in 1764. and in 1769 a public school was kept
in his house. January 3, 1771, he purchased of
Joseph Lynde, of C harlestown, lot No. 105, lying
directly south of the Hay lot, which was long
known as the Brown estate, more recently owned
by Asaph Carter and his son Edward R. On his
way from Reading to Westminster, Mr. Brown
seems to haye sojourned awhile in Leominster,
where he married Huldah Hawkes. He died March



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