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prises two hundred and fifty acres of productive
land and has a good set of buildings furnished
with all modern improvements. He has supplied
the horses and helpers for the livery at the Profile
House, from fifty to fifty-five horses being used
in a season. This line of business he has followed
for eight years. He has been engaged in agriculture
all his life and in connection with this has taken
an interest in lumbering. He was one of the or-
ganizers of the East Columbia Cheese Company.
He is successful in his vocation and a man of in-
fluence in the locality where he lives. He has
served several terms as selectman, was a member
of the legislature, session of 1897, and is now
(1907) serving his second term as county commis-
sioner. While in the legislature he served on the

committee of education. He is a charter member
of Colebrook Lodge, No. 38, Knights of Pythias of

He married, in Columbia. New Hampshire, Oc-
tober 29, 1880, Harriet L. Tilton, who was born in
Lunenburg, Vermont, 1857, daughter of Gordon
and Susan (Townsend) Tilton, of Lunenburg, Ver-
mont, and one child has been borrt to thim. Merle
A., who died at the age of fourteen years. They
have an adopted son, Edward H., born in 1896.

This is a very ancient American fam-
COWAN ily. coming probably originally froni

Scotland, and is found very early in
Newton, Scituate, Brookfield, and other towns of
Massachusetts. It lias been impossible, however,
to trace the connection of the line herein given
to the original American ancestor.

(I) Zechariah Cowan was born May 19, 1770,
in Lyman, New Hampshire, and lived in that town.
He was the father of thirteen children.

(II) Charles, fourth cliild of Zechariah Cowan,
was born November ig, 1796, in Lyman, and was
well known as Elder Cowan, a Methodist minister,
faithful in the service of his Master. He was ed-
ucated in the public schools, and received license
to preach the Gospel at Danville, Vermont, Feb-
ruary 7, 1827. He was admitted en trial to the New
England Conference the next year, and was or-
dained deacon by Bishop Hedding, at Barre, Ver-
mont, June 27, 1830. On August 12, 1832, he was
ordained Elder by Bishop Roberts, of Lyndon, Ver-
mont. He was given the following appointments
which he filled with satisfaction to the several par-
ishes : Stratford, New Hampshire, 1828-9; Beth-
lehem and Whitefield, New Hampshire, 1830; Lan-
caster, 1831 ; Newbury, Vermont, 1832; Bradford
and Fairlee, Vermont, 1833 ; Northfield, Vermont,
1834-5; Barnard, Vermont, 1836-7; Windsor.
1838-9; and Canaan, 1840. He was superannuate
from 1841 to 1S44, and was appointed for the year
1844-5 to a pastorate at Lisbon, New Hampshire,
but was at Littleton the next year, and again pas-
tor at Bethlehem and Whitefield in 1848. The next
year his charge included Whitefield and Dalton, and
in 1850, Dalton and Monroe, going the succeeding
year to Lyman, New Hampshire. He was super-
annuated at the latter place from 1852 to 1858, and
was pastor at Lisbon, 1858-60. He resided in the
latter place from i860 to 1869 and died there May
3. of the last named year. In 1846-7 he represented
the town of Lisbon in the New Hampshire legisla-
ture. He was married, May 8, 1816, to Clarissa
C. Bassett, who was born in November, 1800, a
daughter of Lemuel and Polly Bassett, of Vershire,
Vermont. She survived him nearly eight years,
dying February 27, 1877. in Lyman, New Hamp-

(III) Silas, eldest child of Rev. Charles and
Clarissa (Bassett) Cowan, was born about Decem-
l)er, 181 7, in Lyman, New Hampshire, and died at
Guild. New Hampshire, October 18, 1896, nearly
seventy-nine years old. He was married, Janu-
ary 6, 184T. in Lyman, to Mialma, daughter of John
and Pamelia (Eastman) Young. She was born in
March, 1821, and died November 25, 1896, surviv-
ing her husband one month and one week.

(IV) Arthur, son of Silas and Mialma (Young)
Cowan, was born June 11, 1842, and was married
July 4, 1861, in Bath, New Hampshire, to Jennie
Atwood. who was born May 29, 1847, and died April
23, 1896. They were the parents of three children :
I. Ardell Atwood, born in Manchester, New Hamp-
shire, October 23, 1863, married D. J. Daley, at Lan-

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caster, 1886, new a resident of Berlin, New Hamp-
shire. 2. Lizzie Loomis, mentioned below. 3.
Florence Hall, born at Lancaster, April 12, 1882.
(V) Lizzie L., daughter of Arthur and Jennie
(Atwood) Cowan, was born January 15, 1872, in
Lisbon, and was married, Januarj^ 15, 1890, to Al-
bert F. Whittemore, of Colebrook. (See Whitte-
more, IX).

John Kerins, deceased, for many
KERINS years a well known and highly re-
spected citizen of Manchester, New
Hampshire, was a native of county Kerry, Ireland,
born 1S36, and died in Manchester, New* Hamp-
shire, May 14, 1895, aged fifty-nine years.

In early manhood John Kerins emigrated to the
LTnited States, settling in Manchester. New Hamp-
shire, where he resided when the great Civil war
broke out. Being a man of patriotic spirit and de-
voted to the interests of his adopted country, he
enlisted in the Tenth New Hampshire Regiment,
and later re-enlisted in the regular army for a
period of three years, the principal battles in which
he participated having been the Wilderness, Fred-
ericksburg, and Cold Harbor, being wounded in the
latter battle and receiving therefor a pension from
the United States government. Mr. Kerins was a
member and active worker of St. Joseph's Cathe-
dral parish.

John Kerins was married in the basement of St.
Anne's Catholic Church by the Rev. Father Wil-
liam McDonald, the pioneer priest of that church,
to Ellen Callity, who bore him the following named
children : i. Johanna, wife of Frank Emery, of
Manchester, New Hampshire. 2. Mary Ann. wife
of Henry Martin, of West Manchester, New Hamp-
shire ; two children : Margaret and Esther Martin.
3. Anne, died June 11, 1904, aged forty years. 4.
Patrick, died in infancy. 5. Annie, died 1904, aged
thirty-five years. 6. Timothy J., married Margaret
Sullivan, and resides at No. 289 Lowell street,
Manchester ; he looks after his mother's property.
7. John, married Margaret Hall, one child, Ellen ;
the family reside in Manchester. 8. Margaret E.,
died in the sixth year of her age. The mother of
these children is the eldest child of Michael and
Johanna (Flynn) Callity. She came to Manchester
when it w^as mostly a wilderness, and grew up with
the city, witnessing its wonderful growth along dif-
ferent lines, especially that of religion, having seen
all the churches, schools, convents and other Cath-
olic institutions open and prosper. She attended
mass when Father McDonald held services in a
hall, prior to the erection of his church. She is
one of the oldest Catholic women in the city of
Manchester. She has been an indefatigable worker
throughout the active years of her life, prudent
and saving, and therefore acquired quite a com-
petency for her declining years. Although at the
present time (1907) she is over eighty years of age,
she is very active and energetic and attends to her
property, which is located in some of the best sec-
tions of the city, including that on Pine and Pearl

Mrs. Johanna (Flynn) Callity, deceased, who
was the wife of Michael Callity, and mother of
Mrs. John Kerins, was born and educated in Ire-
land, and there married, the issue of this union be-
ing twelve children, all of whom were born in Ire-
land with the exception of Dr. James E. Callity,
the youngest. Of these children the following at-
tained years of maturity: Ellen, widow of John
Kerins ; Johanna McKenna, of Bakersville, New
iv— 45

Hampshire; Timothy; Mary Sullivan; Julia, wife
of Asa Smith ; James E., mentioned below. In
i854"5S Mrs. Callity migrated from county Kerry,
Ireland, to the United States, settling in Manches-
ter, New Hampshire, accompanied by her children,
who were of great help to her. Mrs. Callity was a
woman of extensive ability, and at her death, at
the age of seventy-three,, she left her children an
estate valued at thirty-five thousand dollars. Her
first location in the city of Manchester was on
Washington street, from whence she removed to
Hanover street, which was then a row of wooden
buildings, and is now a business block, and later
removed to No. 268 Lowell street, where her death
occurred. She was one of the charter members
of St. Anne's Catholic Church was a clc-e per-
sonal friend of Rev. Father McDonald, its pastor,
and her devotion to the church and its work was
mosi marked. She attended mass in a hall for a
number oi years before the church was erected,
and during her residence in Manchester witnessed
the great _ transfomation which took place in the
business circles as well as in religious. She was of
a genial, kindly nature, loved and respected by all
who came in contact with her, and her life work
should serve as an example and inspiration. As
a Christian she was true to her God and church,
living and dying a devout and practical Roman
Catholic; as a wife and mother she performed her
duties and obligations in an exemplary manner,
and as a neighbor and friend she has left a tribute
to her memory by her good acts and deeds and her
liberality to the poor.

Dr. James E. Callity was educated in parochial
schools, graduating in the class of 1870, and then
entered Holy Cross College, at Worcester, Massa-
chusetts, graduating in the class of 1876. his pre-
ceptor having been Dr. George Crosby, and the
present president of that college was a classmate
of Dr. Callity. In 1877, during the summer ses-
sion, he pursued his studies in Dartmouth College,
and in the class of 1879 graduated from Bellevue
College, New York City; later in the same year he
pursued post-graduate studies. In 1880 he opened
an office in Manchester, his native city, and has
since been engaged in active practice, a period of
twenty-seven years. He held the position of city
and county physician for thirteen years, resigning
to accept a position on the. United States pension
board under President Harrison for four years. He
is a member of the staff of Sacred Heart Hospital,
and acted in the capacity of charity physician for
twenty-five years, serving in the Charity Square
Hospital, St. Patrick's Orphanage. Old Ladies'
Home and Infant Asylum. He was the first phy-
sician to examine the order of Forestry in New
Hampshire, and from the Granite State Court all
the other courts have sprung. He is a member of
the order of Foresters. He married Isabel Post, .
of New York.

This is one of the old New Eng-
MORRISON land families, although it is not

counted among the Puritan pio-
neers. It is not, however, to be confounded with
the Scotch-Irish families of which there were sev-
eral in southern New Hampshire and which have
contributed many valuable citizens to the state.
The line herein traced is probably of Scotch ori-
gin, but was planted in this country before the im-
migration of the hardy pioneers of Londonderry,
New Hampshire, who were of undoubted Scotch



(I) Daniel Morrison, first of wliom we have
record in this line, was living in Newbury, Massa-
chusetts, before 1690. He subsequently removed
to Rowley, Massachusetts, where he died between
November 3, 1736, and May 10, 1737, the dates re-
spectively of making and proving his will. His
first wife Hannah (Griffin) Morrison, was the
mother of five of his children, and died in New-
bury, October 9, 1700. He was married (second),
in 1707 (intention published March 27), to Mary
Folsom, of Exeter, who was the mother of four of
his children, all of whom died in infancy. She died
February 14, 171 1, and he married (third), in 1712
(published November 8), Abigail Kimball. She
was born June 12, 1669, daughter of John and Mary
(Jordon) Kimball, of Amesbury, Massachusetts,
and was living in 1727. His will mentions a wife
Mary, but no record of a fourth marriage has been
found. He had ten children, all born in Newbury,
namely : Mary, Daniel, John, Hannah. Ebenezer,
two pairs of twins that died at birth, and Abigail.
(H) John, second son and third child of Daniel
and Hannah (Griffin) Morrison, was born March
28, 1673, in Newbury, Massachusetts, and settled
in Haverhill, East Parish, same colony, where he
died at the close of 1769 or early in 1770. His will
is on file at Salem, dated August 18, 1769, and was
probated February 27, 1770. This will mentions his
wife Lydia and ten children. His name is found
upon tax lists and petitions and other affairs re-
lating to Haverhill. He was probably a farmer.
He was married in Haverhill, January 8, 1718, to
Lydia Robinson, who was born in Exeter about
1700, daughter of John and Mehitabel Robinson,
and granddaughter of Jonathan and Elizabeth Rob-
inson. She was a sister of the John Robinson who
married Elizabeth Folsom. The order of birth of
their children is not known. They were: Brad-
bury, John, David, Daniel, Samuel, Ebenezer, Han-
nah. Abigail, Lydia and Jeremiah.

(HI) David (2), third son of John and Lydia
(Robinson) Morrison, was born 1732 or 1733, in
Haverhill, Massachusetts. He resided for a time in
Amesbury, Massachusetts, whence he removed to
Epping, New Hampshire, about 1762. He returned
to Amesbury and from there to Canterbury, New
Hampshire, where he is first found on record in
1764 as being taxed fifteen shillings and six pence.
He was tithingman in the Northfield parish of that
town as late as 1782, and removed to Sanbornton
about 1784, locating on Salmon brook at the place
still known as Morrison's Mill. His property was
lot number sixty-fi.vc in the first division and he
v.-a.T employed in tending grist mills. He was mar-
ried (first), about 1753, to Keziah Whittle, daugh-
ter of Thomas and Molly (Cole) Whittle. Her
father was born on the Isle of Wight and first
settled in this country at Amesbury, Massachusetts.
She was a noted singer and her descendants have
inherited from her a talent in that direction. Two
of her older daughter were much distinguished for
musical ainlity. She died July 5. 1800, in Sanborn-
ton, and Mr. Morrison married (second), Hulda
Page, of East Andover. He died April 6, 1827,
aged 'ninety-four years. His children were: Anna,
Molly, David (died young), Lydia, David, Brad-
bury, John. Thomas W. and Keziah.

(IV) Thomas Whittle, fifth .son and eighth
child of David and Keziah (Whittle) Morrison,
was born in Sanbornton, New Hampshire, and set-
tled on Salmon brook just west of Turkey bridge
in that town, where he died October 2, 1838. He
was married, November 12, 1795, to Betsey Cass,
daughter of Moses and Sarah (Wring) Cass, of

Sanbornton. She was born May 26, 1777. Their
children were: Sally, Bradbury, Thomas Whit-
tle, Samuel, Nancy, David, Miriam P., Hannah,
James Simonds and Lydia. The eldest daughter
married (first), William Calley, and (second), Ce-
phas Smith. (See Smith, IV).

(V) Thomas Whittle (2), second son and third
child of Thomas Whittle (i) and Betsy (Cass)
Morrison, was born September 12, 1800, in Sanborn-
ton, and engaged in farming in New Hampton and
Franklin, and a large portion of his life was spent
in Weare. From Weare he removed to New Hamp-
ton, where he purchased a farm on the Tilton road.
About 1874 he sold this farm and removed to
Franklin, New Hampshire, where he purchased a
dwelling and there spent the autumn of his life.
He died in May. 1884, and his wife died in October,
1882. He was married in May, 1825, to Dorothy
Gordon, of New Flampton, who was born March
23. 1798, in Brentwood, New Hampshire. Their
children were : Ira Edwin, Charles Ewell, and Al-
bert Palm.er.

(VI) Albert Palmer, youngest child of Thomas
W. and Dorothy (Gordon) Morrison, was born in
New Hampton, February 6, 1833, and died January
2, 1873, aged forty years. He obtained his schooling
in the common schools and at New Hampton Acad-
emy, and at the age of fifteen went to Boston where
he entered the employ of a Mr. English and worked
in a meat market. In 1858 he engaged in the same
business on his own account at Boston, and carried
it on four years. Subsequently he leased the Black-
stone Hotel, Hanover street, Boston, and later
opened the Mystic Hotel and park at Medford,
Massachusetts. This he conducted until 1871. He
married (first), September, 1856, Sarah C. Gage,
who was born in Franklin, New Hampshire, daugh-
ter of Jacob Gage, of Franklin. She died July 30,
1863, leaving one child, Thomas Albert, who was
horn June 7, 1858. and now resides in Somerville,
Massachusetts. Thomas Albert Morrison married,
May 10, 1884, at Wauseon, Ohio, Cora Jane New-
comer, of Wauseon, Ohio. He married (second), in
Boston, November 21, 1866, Esther F. Dimond, who
was born April 24, 1832, daughter of Samuel and
Susan (Dimond) Dimond, of Concord, New Hamp-
shire. (See Dimond, V). Seventeen years after
the death of her husband, Mrs. Morrison removed
from Boston to Salisbury, New Hampshire, and
has since resided on the one hundred acre farm in
Salisbury village, formerly owned by her father.
(Second Family.)
Among the excellent and exemplary
MORISON Scotch who came to Londonderry
and settled in the early part of the
eighteenth century was the ancestor of this family.
His progeny has borne no mean part in the devel-
opment of civilization in the New World.

(I) John Morison, tradition states, was born in
county of Aberdeen, Scotland, in 1628 ; emigrated
to America between 1720 and 1723; and died in
Londonderry, New Hampshire, February 16, 1736,
at the reputed age of one hundred and eight years.
There is scarcely a doubt that he was born in Scot-
land and emigrated to Ireland some time before
the siege of Londonderry. He certainly lived in
Ireland, and had a family in 1688, and resided in
or near the city of Londonderry during the war of
James the Second for the throne of England. He
and his family were at Londonderry during the cele-
brated siege and defence of that city, and they
were among the number who were driven beneath
the walls, and subsequently admitted within the city,
remaining there until the city was relieved. He did



not come to America in the first immigration of
1718, but continued to live in Ireland till about 1720,
when he removed to America, with a young family
by his last wife, Jane Steele. On December 25,
1723, his sons, James and John, who had preceded
him to New Hampshire, deeded him a piece of land
in Londonderry, in that portion of the present town
of Dcrry now known as the "Dock." His children
were: James, John, Halbert, Martha, Samuel
Hannah, Mary and Joseph. All but the youngest
were born in Ireland.

(II) Joseph, youngest child of John and Jane
(Steele) Morison, was born on the passage of the
family to America about 1720, and died in Lon-
donderry, February 17, 1806, aged about eighty-six.
He was' of age and conveyed lands in 1841. He
was a carpenter and farmer. In 1769 he was one
of the undertakers for building the new church in
Londonderry, (now Derry) East Village. He set-
tled near the Windham line not far from the Lon-
donderry turnpike, on a farm at that time within
the limits of Windham, and his name appears on
the tax lists of that town for several years. There
he lived and died. He married Mary Holmes, of
Londonderry, and they had eight children: Joseph,
Abraham, Ann, Jane, John, Mary, Hannah and

(III) Mary, sixth child and third daughter of
Joseph and Mary (Holmes) Morison, was born
May 8, 1751. and died in Londonderry, March 31,
1836, aged eighty-five. She married, December 22,
1779, John Anderson, of Londonderry, who was
born ;May 9, 1754, and died January 8, .1827. He
was a farmer and resided in Londonderry. Their
children were: Joseph, James and Nancy (twins),
Mary, Jane and Betsey.

(IV) Mary Anderson, fourth child and second
daughter of j'ohn and Mary (Morison) Anderson,
was born in Londonderry, December 20, 1786, and
died February 21, 1832. She married Captain Abel
Plummer. of Rowley, Massachusetts. He was a
farmer, and after 1776 resided in Londonderry,
where he died November 3, 1841. Their children
were: Mary, Nancy, John A., William, Susan, El-
mira and Sarah.

(V) Mary Plummer, eldest child of Captain
Abel and Mary (Anderson) Plummer, was born in
Londonderry, August 23, 1809, and died March 9.
1873, aged seventy-five years. She married, Octo-
ber 25, 1830, Deacon James Nevins (See Nevins,
V), of Londonderry, farmer.

This is the usual spelling of the
TIBBETTS name in present use, though a part

of the family employ the form, Teb-
bets, Tibbets or Tibbits. It is among the earliest in
New Hampshire, and has been continuously as-
sociated with the development of the state in \vorthy
ways. From southeastern New Hampshire it has
spread to all parts of the United States and is
found in connection with pioneer settlements in many

(I) Henry Tibbetts, the ancestor of nearly all
of the name in America, was born in England about
the year 1596, and embarked from London, July
13, 1635. in the ship "James," bound for New Eng-
land. He \vas accompanied by his wife, Elizabeth,
born in the same year as himself, and sons, Jere-
miah, born 1631, and Samuel, 1633. He was a shoe-
maker by trade, and soon settled in Dover, New
Hampshire, where he had a grant of three and one-
half acres of land for a house lot, at Dover Neck.
At different times he had other grants, including
one of twenty acres situated on the west side of

Back river (now called the Bellamy river) and
another of one hundred acres adjoining the New-
ichawanock river in what is now Rollinsford, then
Dover. He held several minor offices in the town,
was a hard-working, industrious farmer and, for
some years, was the only shoemaker in the place.
He died in 1676, at the age of eighty years, having
survived his wife, Elizabeth, several years. They
had several children born after their arrival in

(II) Jeremiah, eldest child of Henry and Eliza-
beth Tibbetts, born 1631, in England, died in the
summer of 1677. His w-ill was dated May 5, and
proved October 31, of that year. His widow, Mary,
survived him and married a Mr. Loomis. He lived
at Dover, where he was a farmer and for several
years kept the jail or prison of the colony. He
had several grants from the town, one embracing
one hundred acres of land in what is now Rollins-
ford and another of three and one-half acres at
Dover Neck for a house lot, on which he built his
residence. He inherited the greater part of his
father's lands, including the one hundred acres tract
in Rollinsford. He married ]\Iary, daughter of
Thomas Canney, a neighbor who lived but a short
distance from the Tibbetts home. She died at
Dover, July 2, 1706. They had eight sons and
four daughters, namely: Jeremiah, mentioned in
next paragraph. Mary, born April 15, 1658, married
Ichabod Rawlins. Thomas, February 24, 1659, mar-
ried (first) Judith Dame, (second) Elizabeth ,

(third) Sarah . Hannah, born February 25,

1661, married Nathaniel Perkins. Joseph, born Au-
gust 7, 1663, married (first) Elizabeth , (sec-
ond) Catherine Mason. Samuel, born 1666, married
(first) Dorothy Tuttle, (second) Rebecca Will}-,

(third) Rachel . Benjamin, born about 1668.

Ephraim, born about 1669, married Rose Austin.
Martha, born about 1671. Elizabeth, born
about 1672, married John Bickford. Na-
thaniel, born about 1674, married Elizabeth .

Henry, born about 1676, married (first) Widow
Joyce Otis, (second) Mary Akerman. (Mention
of Thomas and Ephraim and their descendants
forms part of this article.)

(III) Jeremiah (2), eldest child of Jeremiah
(i) and Mary (Canney) Tibbetts, was born June 5,
1656, and died some time after June 27, 1735. and
before December 17, 1743. He lived at Dover, New
Hampshire, and was a farmer. He married Mary,
daughter of Ralph and Elizabeth Twombly, and
they were the parents of a large family of children.

(IV) John, son of Jeremiah (2) and Mary
(Twombly) Tibbetts, was born about 1685. He was
alive in 1743, and died before May 2, 1756. He
resided in Dover, and followed the trade of car-
penter. He married (first) Sarah, daughter of
John and Sarah ]\Ieader, of Dover. She died and
he married (second) Tamsen (Meserve) Ham,
widow of Joseph Ham. He had three children by
the first marriage and one by the second.

(V) John (2), eldest child of John (i) and
Sarah (Meader) Tibbetts. was born November 14,
171 1, the date of his death is unknown. He spent
his life in Dover. He married Tamson, daughter of
Ephraim Ricker, of the same place.

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