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(TV) Captain Jabez. fifth child and fourth son
of Captain John and Mary (Nowell) Lane, was
born in Wiscasset. ]\Iaine, September 21, 1743,
and died at Buxton, April 30, 1830. He resided
in Buxton, one mile from the Lower Corner,
on a farm, and was often engaged in "kimber oper-
ations." His name in 1754 appears on the roll of
his father's company as "a son under age, not twelve
years." The muster roll of Captain Jabez Lane's
company is dated January i, 1777, and he served
through most of the revolutionary war. In early
youth his taste for military affairs was cultivated
in the company w^here his father commanded at
Crown Point, where his eldest brother John was
lieutenant, at the age of twenty, and his brother
Daniel a private at the age of sixteen. Colonel



Isaac Lane once met a southern gentleman in
Washington City, who said that his father, an officer
in the revolutionary army at the south, once fought
a duel with a Captain Lane from the east. That
"it was at a dinner given by the officers; that when
they had become excited over their wine, his father
said something derogatory to the Yankees, and
Captain Lane slapped him in the face, and a chal-
lenge followed. Captain Lane was wounded in the
side, and his father in the leg." Colonel Isaac
concluded that if it was either of the three Buxton
captains, it must have been Captain Jabez, for
neither of the others would have kept it secret for
so long. After his return to Maine, one Saturday
afternoon, when Captain Jabez and "a goodly num-
ber of citizens were met at his store, drinking rum
and molasses, telling stories, swapping horses, and
so forth, Colonel Isaac related the story ot the
duel. Captain Jabez, at the close of the story, re-
moved his clothes and showed a scar, left by the
wound, on his side." He w^as a quiet man and re-
mained on the farm where he settled in 1772, until
his death. He married, August 27, 1772, Sarah,
daughter of Joshua Woodman, who died March 11,
1825. They had ten children : Samuel, Jabez,
Polly, Joshua, John. Captain Stephen W., Mehi-
table M., Rufus K., Silas Nowell, and James.

(V) Joshua, fourth child and third son of Cap-
tain Jabez and Sarah (Woodman) Lane, was born
June 5, 1782 ; and died October 5, i860, at Water-
boro, Maine. He was a farmer and resided at Bux-
ton. He married, October 21, 1799. Elizabeth,
daughter of Jonathan and Priscilla (Davis) Rin-
nery, of Buxton^ born November 28, 1780, who died
April 28, 1846. They had ten children : Sarah W.,
Alvin Bacon, Rufus K., Priscilla Ann, Henry J.,
Joshua C, Jonathan R., Mary R.. Amanda Eliza-
beth and Jonathan R.

(VI) Joshua Charles, fourth son and sixth child
of Joshua and Elizabeth (Runnery) Lane, was born
at Buxton, Maine, August 4, 1823. He has been
long a resident of Limerick, where he has been a
merchant, banker, and influential citizen. He was
treasurer of the Savings Bank at Limerick for
twenty-three years, and of the Limerick National
Bank for seventeen years. He is a Democrat, and
has taken a lively interest in politics, having filled
the offices of selectman, representative in the state
legislature, delegate to the National Convention in
1894, etc. He was trustee of the Phillips Limerick
Academy, and president of the board of trustees.
He is a Universalist, a member of the Masonic fra-
ternity and of the Odd Fellows. He married, 1849,
Martha A. Staples, born in Limington, 1826, died
in Limerick in 1903. They adopted two children :
Eugene, born in Limerick, December 25, 1856, and
Alice M., bom in 1870.

(VII) Eugene, adopted son of Joshua C. and
Martha A. (Staples) Lane, was born in Limerick,
Maine, December 25, 1856, and educated in the
common schools and Limerick Academy. At the
age of fifteen he w^cnt to Augusta, where he learned
the printer's trade in the office of the Gospel Banner.
Two years later he bad so fully mastered the de-
tails of the business that he was placed in charge
of the Banner's entire printing establishment,
which at that time was the largest Universalist de-
nomination and book publishing house in the coun-
try. This place he filled four years, and then en-
gaged in newspaper work at Limerick and Cornish,
Maine.

Mr. Lane came to Suncook in t88i and entered
the newspaper field. In April, 1883, he came into
possession of the Suncook Journal, and with com-



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mendable enterprise and energy endeavored to give
.the community a sprightly, newsy, weekly paper,
land meet promptly the demands of the public for job
work. To furnish greater facilities for increasing
business, he added a cylinder press in 1884. He
conducted this paper till October, 1894, when he sold
the plant and it was removed from the town. Mr.
Lane has contributed to other papers in the state,
and for several years was the local representative
of the Associated Press". He was appointed post-
master at Suncook in 1898, and served in that office
four years. In politics he is a Republican, and for
twenty-two years past has been a member of the
town council, serving all that time as its clerk.
He has served two terms as town clerk, and in
1893-94 represented Pembroke in the New Hamp-
shire legislature. He married, May 17, 1883, Meta
G. Gault, daughter of Andrew and Abby (Davis)
Gault. of Pembroke, born January 5, i860. They
have had three children : Dean G., born February

20. 1884, died August, 1884. Hazel, born May 2,
1889, died June 17, 1906, and Gladys, born October
29, 1891.

(H) William (2), second child and eldest son
of William (i) and Mary (Brewer) Lane, born
October i, 1659, was a tailor by trade. He joined
the North Church, Boston, in 1681, and in 1686 re-
moved to Hampton, New Hampshire, where he
settled on a grant of ten acres. He built a one-
story house near the meeting house and the spot
where the old academy stood. He is said to have
licen "a devout and godly man," living a quiet and
humble life, respected by those who knew him. He
died at the home of his son Joshua, February 14,
]749, aged about ninety years. He married, June

21, 1680, Sarah, daughter of Thomas and Sarah
( Brewer) Webster, born January 22, i66r, died
January 6, T745, aged eighty-five years, and they
had seven children : John. Sarah, Elizabeth, Abi-
gail, Joshua, Samuel, and Thomas.

(HI) Deacon Joshua, fifth child and second son
of William (2) and Sarah (Webster) Lane, was
born June 6, 1696, and was killed while standing
on his door-step after a shower, June 14, 1766, aged
seventy years. He and his wife joined the church
in Hampton, March 10, 1718. Here he resided on
a farm on the road to North Hampton, one-half
mile north of the present railroad station, and car-
ried on the trade of tanner and shoemaker. He
married, December 24, 1717, Bathsheba, daughter
of Samuel and Mary Robie, born August 2, 1696,
Old Style, died April 13, 1765. They had sixteen
children, eight sons and five daughters of whom
lived to become useful members of society. He
had sixty grandchildren before his death. His
children were : Deacon Samuel, Mary, Joshua
(died young), William, Joshua, Josiah (died
young), Major John, Sarah, Bathsheba. Lsaiah,
Deacon Jeremiah, Ebenezer, Abigail, Elizabeth,
Josiah and Anna. (Mention of Joshua, John and
Jeremiah and descendants occurs in later para-
graphs of this article).

(IV) Deacon William, third son and fourth
child of Deacon Joshua and Bathsheba (Robie)
Lane, was born January i, 1723, and baptized on
the tenth of the following February, in Hampton.
He was a tanner and shoemaker by occupation, and
his estate continued in the family for many years,
being occupied in very recent years by his great
grandson. He died December 20, 1802, but a few
days short of eighty years of age. He was mar-
ried, February 13, 1746, to Rachel, daughter of
Thomas and Rachel (Sanborn) Ward, of Hampton.
Their children were: Noah (died young). Abigail,
Ward, William, Noah, Thomas and Jeremiah.



(Noah and descendants are noticed in this ar-
ticle).

(V) Ward, second son and third child of Dea-
con William and Rachel (Ward) Lane, was born
June I, 1751, in Hampton, and died there June 24,
1837. He was also a shoemaker, and settled on
the North Hampton road. His house was standing
until the latter part of the past century. He was
married, April 28, 1774, to Mehitable, daughter of
Samuel and Abigail (Towle) Fogg, of Hampton.
She was born July 13, 1755, and died August 21,
1839. Their children were : Abigail, Samuel Fogg,
Rachel. Daniel Ward, Dearborn, Thomas, Mary,
William, Anna and John.

(VI) Daniel Ward, second son and fourth child
of Deacon Ward and Mehitable (Fogg) Lane, was
born March 7, 1780. and died July 4, 1865, in
Hampton. He was a farmer by occupation, and
was succeeded by his youngest son. who was still
living in recent years. He married Lydia, daughter
of Josiah and Hannah (Towle) Towle, of Hamp-
ton. She was born April 3, 1783. and died Decem-

, ber 18, 1849. Their children were : Joseph Stacey
(died young), Oliver (died young), Joseph Stacey,
Asa, Thomas. Shuabel, Sarah, and Oliver.

(VII) Oliver, youngest child of Daniel Ward
and Lydia (Fogg) Lane, was born January 14. 1828.
in Hampton, where he died. He was a blacksmith
by trade, and was employed many years on the rail-
road. He married Sarah A., daughter of Sewall
and Nancy (Blake) Brown. She was born August
26, 1830, and died September 2, 1891. Their chil-
dren were : Mary Abbie, Lydia Ann, Julia Etta,
Sarah Augusta, Lizzie Florence and Nellie Ger-
trude.

(VIII) Sarah Augusta, fourth daughter of Ol-
iver and Sarah A. (Brown) Lane, was born Jan-
uary 22, i860, in Hampton, and was married July
2'^. 1887. to Walter E. Darrah, of Concord (see
Darrah, V).

(V) Deacon Noah, fourth son and sixth child
of William and Rachel (Ward) Lane, was bom in
Hampton. January 30, 1756 or '57. He settled upon
a farm in Deerfield, where he became closely iden-
tified with the Congregational Church, and was for
many years a deacon. He married Mehitable Burn-
ham, who died in 1846, aged ninety-one years. The
twelve children of this union were : Molly. Lieu-
tenant Edmund Churchill, William, Sarah, Rachel,
Thomas Robie, Noah, Simeon and Levi (twins),
Joshua, John and Samuel, all of whom were born
in Deerfield except the first born.

(VI) Joshua, seventh son and tenth child of
Deacon Noah and Mehitable (Burnham) Lane, was
born in Deerfield. November 26, 1794. He was a
shoemaker, and followed that trade in connection
with farming. The last years of his life were spent
in Manchester, and he died there August 12, 1849.
February 28, 1822, he married Jane Batchelder, who
was born in Deerfield, October 22, 1796; died Jan-
uary 12, t88o. She became the mother of six chil-
dren : Erastus, born March 16, 1823 ; Mehitable.
Jane, August 12. 1824; Thomas A., the date of
whose birth is recorded in the succeeding para-
graph : Abigail Ann, February 8, 1831 ; Sarah Eliza-
beth. June I. 1833 ; and Adoniram Judson, October

30. tS3.=;.

(VII) Thomas Alvin, second son and third
child of Joshua and Jane (Batchelder) Lane, was
born in Deerfield, June 17, 1827. In early life he
followed the shoemaker's trade in Deerfield, but
subsequently was employed in cotton mills, and
later in the manufacture of rifles in Springfield,
Massachusetts. After leaving Springfield he came
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forty thousand dollar contract for making the
trimmings of guns then being manufactured in the
last named city. Later he was a partner with his
brother, Adoniram Judson, in a grocery business, in
Manchester, and in the same place was for nearly
thirty-tive years engaged in a steam-fitting business.
In 1885 he purchased the farm in Bedford upon
which his son Fred now resides. His religious re-
lations were with the Universalists, and in politics
he was a Republican. He was a Mason of high rank,
affiliated with Lafayette Lodge, Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons ; Mount Horeb Chapter, Royal
Arch Masons; Adoniram Council, Royal and Select
Masters; Trinity Commandery, Knights Templar;
Edward A. Raymond (now New Hampshire) Con-
sistory, Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret, and has
attained the thirty-second degree. Scottish Rite. He
was an accomplished musician, and a member of the
Manchester Cornet Band, one of the famous bands in
the state. May 4, 1847, he married Hannah Maria,
daughter of Charles and Deborah (Baker) Smith,
of Knox, Maine. Of the five children of this union,
four lived to maturity. Frank Alvin is the subject
of the next paragraph; Inez A.; Scott Weston,
born October 29, 1854. married Mary S. J. Kitt-
ridge, and has one son, Edwin Scott; Fred Forest
is mentioned at length in this article; Judson Ells-
worth, born May 11, 1861, married Grace W.
Farrington, and died April 28, 1893, leaving two
children: Natalie Augusta and Thomas Arthur.
Mrs. Hannah M. Lane died January 2, i8g6. She
was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
(VIII) Frank Alvin, eldest son of Thomas A.
and Hannah M. (Smith) Lane, was born in IMan-
chester. New Hampshire, October 22, 1849, and
was educated in the public schools of that place.
While his father was engaged in the manufacture
of guns with the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company,
Frank A. learned the trade of machinist. At the
expiration of three years he went to Lowell, Mas-
sachusetts, where he accepted a position with the
RoUin White Arms Company, and was engaged in
the manufacture of revolvers for a period of six
months. He then went to Providence, Rhode
Island, with his father, returning to Manchester,
and in 1871 with him commenced a plumbing and
steam fitting business, among the first in that city.
He remauied in the employ of his father and rose
to the position of foreman and superintendent.
This concern was later incorporated and was known
as the Thomas A. Lane Company, and Frank A.
was the manager, a position he filled very capably
for a period of fourteen years. After the death
of his father the corporation went out of business
in February, 1906, since which time Mr. Lane has
lived in retirement. His political affiliations are with
the Republican party, and he had served as alder-
man for two years. He is connected with the
following fraternal organizations : Lafayette Lodge,
No. 41, Free and Accepted Masons; Mount Ploreb
Chapter; Adoniram Council; past commander of
'J'rmity Commandery; Edward A. Raymond Con-
sistory, thirty-second degree; the Nobles of the
Mystic Shrine; and the Benevolent and Protective
Order of Elks. He is an attendant at the Universal-
ist Church. He married, October 22, 1868, Susie
E. Martin, born in Hooksett, daughter of Oilman
and Nancy (Darrah) Martin, who had two children;
Oilman Martin spent his life in Hooksett, and
died at the age of seventy-three years; his wife
died at the age of seventy-five. Mr. and i\Irs. Lane
have had one child : Inez A., born ]\Iarch 18, 1874-
She was educated in the public schools, and married
Ernest A. Smith, of jNIanchester, a member of the



firm of Smith Brothers Piano Company, dealers in
musical instruments. They have children : Lane E.
and Elliott.

(VIII) Fred Forest, third son and fourth child
of Thomas A. and Hannah M. (Smith) Lane, was
born in Manchester, November 8, 1857. He was
educated in the public schools of his native city,
graduating from the high school, after which he
served an apprenticeship at the steamfitter's trade,
under the masterly direction of his father. With
him he came to Bedford in 1885 and engaged in
dairy farming, which has ever since been his prin-
cipal occupation. He is also extensively interested
in the lumbering business, and has also dealt in real
estate. He is prominently identified with public
affairs, having served with ability as highway agent
for six years, supervisor for four years, also on
the board of selectmen two years. He is a Master
Mason, and a member of the local grange, Patrons
of Husbandry, and of the Royal Arcanum. In
politics he is a Republican, and he attends the
Presbyterian Church. On September i, 1876, Mr.
Lane was united in marriage with Mary Frances
Stevens, daughter of John and Elvira (Smart)
Stevens, of Raymond. Of this marriage have been
born four children: Grace Maria, born March 8,
1878; Gertrude May, born October 26, 188 1 ; Bertha,
born September 16, 1894, and a son who died in
infancy. Grace Maria married, March 18. 1895,
Ora Kilton, of Bedford, and has two children-
Earl, born February 4, 1897, and Francis G., born
October 31, 1906. Gertrude M. married, April 24,
1906, Charles F. Shepherd, of Bedford. Before her
marriage she held a responsible clerical position in
Manchester.

(IV) Joshua (2), fourth son and fifth child
of Deacon Joshua (i) and Bathsheba (Robie)
Lane, was born July 8, 1724, died January 13, 1794.
He was a farmer, carpenter and cabinet-maker, a
superior workman. He resided in Hampton till
about 1762, when he removed to Poplin (now Fre-
mont), near to Epping, to the Sanborn farm, plain
and meadow, occupied in 1890 by John M. Fitts,
his great-great-grandson. He was a member of the
Congregational Church in Hampton, and removed
his relations to the church in Epping, under the
care of Rev. Josiah Stearns, whose son John mar-
ried his daughter Sarah. Joshua Lane was a man
of sterling integrity and unsullied Christian char-
acter. He was careful in keeping the Sabbath, and
regular in observing family worship, and the public
worship of the Sabbath. He married, December 16,
1747, Ruth Batchelder, born in Hampton, November
23, 1727, died June 14, 1812, in her eighty-fifth year.
She descended from the Rev. Stephen Batchelder.
It is said of her that though independent and out-
spoken in her opinions, she was an able helpmeet
to her husband, revered and loVed by her children,
and esteemed highly by her neighbors. There were
born of this marriage three children : Mary, John
and Abigail.

. (V) John, second child and eldest son of
Joshua and Ruth (Batchelder) Lane, was born at
Poplin, October 24, 1750, and died March 12, 1823,
aged seventy-three years. He settled in Candia in
1775, on a farm about a mile from the village, on
the North road, where Ezekiel Lane afterward re-
sided. Besides being a farmer he was a carpenter
and cabinet-maker and land surveyor. He used a
compass box and tripod of his own manufacture.
He furnished soldiers' supplies in 1778, one hundred
and eighty-eight pounds, and took an active part m
town affairs as moderator, justice, selectman and
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to 1820. For many years as town clerk he used
to "cry" candidates for matrimonial honors, in
meeting on the Sabbath. He was a man of much
influence in town atTairs, and was retained in office
until the time of his death. He regularly maintained
family devotions, and was a constant attendant and
supporter of public worship. He married, Novem-
ber 30, 1775, Hannah Godfrey, born in Poplin, No-
vember 19, 1755, daughter of Joseph and Susanna
(Morrill) Godtrey. The farm of Hon. Ezekial
Godfrey and his son Esquire Joseph was the best
one in the neighborhood. Esquire Joseph did the
most town business^ and was the richest man in town.
The Lanes and the Godfreys lived on adjoining
farms, and John and Hannah were intimately as-
sociated from childhood. Hannah Godfrey Lane
was characterized by marked intelligence and com-
mon sense, great sweetness of temper and cheerful
Christian grace. Owing to conscientious doubts
respecting the rite of baptism, she did not make a
public profession of religion till 1838, in the eighty-
third year of her age, when she united with the
Congregational Church. After her husband's death
she lived on the homestead with her son Deacon
Ezekial. She died October 15, 1845, in the nine-
tieth year of her age. John and Hannah Lane had
eleven children : Ruth, Susanna, Joseph, Josiah,
John, Hannah, Joshua, Ezekial, Sally, Dr. Isaiah,
and Abigail. Eight of these children settled in
Candia.

(VI) Esquire John (2), son of John (i) and
Hannah (Godfrey) Lane, was born October 15,
1783, and settled on the North road, about one-
quarter of a mile west of the homestead. He was
a good farmer, and possessed the confidence and
esteem of his fellow citizens, whom he served for
many years as selectman, representative, justice of
the peace, land surveyor, town agent, etc. In 1823
he united with the Congregational Church ; was an
extensive reader, and a teacher and superintendent
of the Sunday School forty years. As a justice
of the peace throughout the state he was often and
largely employed, and by his excellent advice fre-
quently saved a resort to law. On April 28, 1851,
he died instantly of apoplexy, aged sixty-seven
years. November 12, 181 1, he married Nabby,
daughter of Colonel Nathaniel and Sarah T. Emer-
son, born in Candia, July 9, 1786 (see Emerson,
V). She was a lady of quiet tastes, and admirable
discretion and ability in her household. She sur-
vived her husband fifteen invalid years in great
patience and Christian fortitude, dying June 25,
1866. Their children received a thorough education.
They were : Richard Emerson, Sarah Tilton, Han-
nah Godfrey, Abby Emerson, Emily and Lucretia.

(VII) Lucretia, sixth child and fifth daughter
of John and Nabby (Emerson) Lane, was born
November 13, 1828^ studied at the academies in
Henniker and Pembroke, and was a teacher in Man-
chester. January i, 1854, she married Francis
Brown Eaton, son of Peter and Hannah H. (Kelly)
Eaton, born in Candia, February 25, 1825, a dis-
tinguished journalist of Manchester, Boston, and
Washington D. C. (See Eaton.)

(IV) John, sixth son and seventh child of
Deacon Joshua and Bathsheba (Robie) Lane, was
born in Hampton, New Hampshire, February 14,
1726. He joined the Hampton church, October 23,
1748, but later removed to Kensington, New Hamp-
shire, where he was selectman. He also made re-
turn of the census there in 1773. He appears to have
been a man of dignitj- and standing in the com-
munity. On August 24, 1775, he was chosen by the
Provincial congress first major in Colonel J.
Mounton's third regiment of militia. He married,



December 28, 1749, Hannah Dow, who was born
September 20, 1727, and died September 10, 1775,
aged forty-eight years. They had eight children :
Samuel, born December 17, 1750; John; Hannah,
died unmarried; Comfort, died young; Mar}', mar-
ried William Harner; Joshua; David; and Joseph,
born February 26, 1789. Major John Lane died at
Kensington, March 21, 181 1, aged eighty-five years.
(Joshua and descendants are mentioned in this
article.)

(V) Samuel Lane, eldest son and child of John
and Hannah (Dow) Lane, was born December 17,
1750, and died August 5, 181 1. He was one of the
earliest settlers in what is known as the Lane
neighborhood on the south side of Salmon brook
mountain in Sanbornton. His occupation was that
of tanning, at which he carried on quite an ex-
tensive business, and it is said to have been his
invariable custom when a poor man lost any do-
mestic animal to tan the hide without charge and
give the loser a dollar. He was a lifelong member
and for many years deacon of the Congregational
Church. He was town clerk first after Daniel San-
born. On February 9, 1774, Samuel Lane married
Judith Clifford, who died December 6, 1825. Their
children were : Samuel, Hannah, Simon, Jeremiah,
Ebenezer, John, David, Judith and Timothy.

(VI) Hannah, eldest daughter and second child
of Samuel and Judith (Clifford) Lane, became the
wife of Nathan Plummer (see Plummer, II).

(V) Joshua, third son and sixth child of Major
John and Hannah (Dow) Lane, was born at Ken-
sington, New Hampshire, August 28, 1782. After
his marriage he lived first at Kensington, then at
Rochester, and finally settled at Sanbornton, New
Hampshire, in 1798. He built the first house on the
Sanborn road, where J. T. Durgin now lives, which
place he made over to the widow of his brother
Joseph in 1813. He then built on the place where
his descendants have since lived to the fourth
generation. He had the town clerk's office for
twenty successive years in both these houses. He
was a fine penman, and drew the plan of the town,
as originally laid out, which is now in the town
clerk's office. He also made the surveys for San-
bornton and at least seven other of the neighboring
towns for the famous Carrigain map. This map,
which was not published until 1818, though the
plans were made ten years earlier, was the work
of Colonel Philip Carrigain, of Concord, the witty
and accomplished secretary of state, 1805-1809.
"Master Lane," as he usually was called, had an



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