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from this state, and has served as clerk of the house
committee on patents since 1905. Ralph T. Barnev,
youngest son of Charles O. Barney, was born July
8, 1885, is also a graduate of the Canaan high
school, and is now assisting his father in the office
of the Reporter.

Jacob Barney, who was made a free-
BARNEY man in Salem, Massachusetts, in 1634,

was representative in 1635-38-47-53,
and died in 1673, aged seventy-two. From him
descended the Sudbury family of Barneys from
whom the members of this family have probably

(I) George Darwin Barney, son of Nelson
Barney, was born in the town of Shoreham, Ver-
mont, June 16, 1852, and died at Island Pond, 1889.
He was a farmer and lumberman for some years.
For ten years before his death he conducted a hotel
at Island Pond. He married Emma McNamara,.
daughter of Michael McNamara. Her father was a
soldier in the war with Mexico, and was in Gen-
eral Scott's army at the capture of the Citv of
Mexico. Tvi'O children were born of this union :
Elmer J. E. and Catherine. She married Peter
McCrystal, and resides in Berlin, New Hampshire.

(II) Elmer Joseph Barney, M. D., onlv son
of George D. and Emma (McNamara) Barnev,,
was born in Shoreham, Vermont, June 16, 1873.
He attended the common schools of Island Pond,
and then learned the printer's trade. In 1895 he
removed to Berlin, New Hampshire where he
started a job printing office with one Andros.
Later he engaged in the printing business under
the name of "the Barney Reporter Press, and pub-
lished the Berlin Reporter, of Berlin, a newspaper
which _is_ still published there. He was engaged in
the printing business eight years and brought out the
first city director of Berlin. He entered the Uni-
versity of Vermont as a student in the medical
department and graduated with the degree of
M. D. in 1905. He immediately returned to Berlin
and opened an office and began the practice of his
profession in which he has met with gratifving
success, especially in obstetrics. He is both a
musician and a poet, is leader of the Berlin or-
chestra, and plays the violin and trombone. He
is a member of the Grand Council of the Alpha
Kappa Kappa medical fraternity of the University
of Vermont, and was editor-in-chief of its magazine,.
The Centaur. He is a member of the Coos Medi-
can Coiinty Society, the New Hampshire Medical'
Association, and the American Medical Association.
He is a member of Sabatis Lodge, No. 95, Free
and Accepted Masons ; the Knights of Pythias : Ber-
lin Lodge. Benevolent Protective Order of Elks,
and the Order of Eagles, of which he is president
and examining physician. He married, June 20,
1899. Helen Maud Clark, who was born in Berlin,,
daughter of Thomas Clark. Mrs. Barney is a
pianist, has a fine voice, and sings in the Congre-
gational Church choir. She is very much interested
in the kindergarten school established by President
William W. Brown, of the Berlin Mills Company,
of which she is a teacher. Dr. and ]\Irs. Barney
have one child, George.

This name is of Scottish origin and
GAL'LT originally, as found in the New Eng-
land records, had various spellings,,
such as Gott, Gaat and Gait. It has been borne by



many excellent citizens of Xew Hampshire and of
other states, and has been especially conspicnous in
railroad operations in the Tvest, as well as in the
various walks of life in New England.

(I) Samuel Gault was a native of Scotland, and
married there Elsie Carlton, who is said to have
been a native of Wales. They had three children
born in Scotland, and two after they removed thence
to Londonderry in the northern part of Ireland,
whence they came to the. United States in 172 1, lo-
cating first in Massachusetts. In 1737 Mr. Gault
settled in what is now the town of Hooksett, then
part of Chester. The records show that he pur-
chased of Joseph Hubbard, of Concord, lot No. 24,
in the Suncook tract, the deed bearing date. May
25. 1736, in which his name is spelt "Gott," and his
place of residence is given as Westford, Massachu-
setts. In the next year' he settled on lot No. 25,
and it is presumed that he purchased this at that
time and was the owner of both. This property he
deeded to his son, Mathew, January 29, 1789. His
children were : Patrick, Mathew, Andrew, Samuel
and Jane.

(II) Andrew, third son and child of Samuel
and Elsie (Carlton) Gault, married Mary Ayer, of
Londonderry. After her death he married a second
time and the Christian name only of his second wife
is known, namely, Gracy, as shown in his will. He
resided in Pembroke, and died at the age of eighty-
three years. His children were : Mathew. Elsie,
Betsey. Samuel, Margaret, William and Molly.

(III) Mathew, eldest child of Andrew and
Mary (Ayer) Gault, was born 1754, in Pembroke.
He was a man of remarkable physique, and served
as a soldier under General Stark in the Revolution-
ary war. He could out-run any man in the regiment
and could also overcome any of them in a wrestling
match. It is said that General Stark remarked : "If
I had a regiment of men like Mathew Gault and
Jimmy Moore, I could storm Hell." He with a
brother Samuel was also in the Canadian expedi-
tion. For several years after the Revolution he re-
sided in the town of Protectworth (now Spring-
field), but returned to what is now Hooksett and
bought of the other heirs the family homestead. He
married (first) Elizabeth Buntin, who was born in
1762 in Allenstown, daughter of Captain Andrew
Buntin, who was killed at the battle of White
Plains. His second wife was Mary MacConnell
Emery. His children were : Andrew. Polly, Jane,
Jesse. Betse}-, Sally, Elsie, Mathew and William.

(IV) Jesse, second son and fourth child of
Mathew and Elizabeth (Buntin) Gault, was born
October 22, 1790, in Chester, and died September 25,
1855, on the homestead in Hooksett, which was his
father's. He was a successful teacher and farmer,
and was the first school committeeman under the old
system in Hooksett. He was a great student and
well-known teacher. He was married November
14, 1S16, to Dolly, daughter of Josiah Clement. She
was born April 21, 1794, in Pembroke, and died
November 30, 1873, at her home in Hooksett. Their
children were : ^lathew, who was drowned at an
early age. Elmira, the wife of Harlan P. Gerrish,
of Boscawen. Jesse. Martha H., who died in her
twenty-fifth year unmarried.

(IV) Mathew, third son and eighth child of
Mathew and Elizabeth (Buntin) Gault, was born
May 27, 1802, in Chester (now Hooksett) on the
family homestead, and died there February 10, 1873.
He was a farmer and was among the early brick
manufacturers of Hooksett, being successful as a
business man and respected in the communitj'. He
was one of the early members of Lafayette Lodge, -
Free and Accepted Masons, of Bedford, which was

subsequently removed to Manchester. He was a
Universalist in religious faith, and a Democrat in
politics. For many years he served as first select-
man of Flooksett, and was its representative in the
legislature at the time of President Andrew Jack-
son's visit to Manchester. He was married in 1825
to Dolly Doe Cochran, daughter of Nehemiah Coch-
ran. The following is a brief account of their chil-
dren : James, eldest, was a forty-niner in the pur-
suit of gold in California, and died at Glen Ellyn,
Illinois, in August, 1905. William also went to Cali-
fornia in 1850. remained fourteen years, and was
subsequently a railroad man in the west, dying at
Sterling, Illinois, at the age of about forty-five years.
John Cochran was a railroad man for many years
and died in Chicago, Illinois, in 1894. Mary Eliza-
beth died at the age of three years. George died
at the age of one month. Sylvanus Buntin is now a
resident of St. Paul, Minnesota. Mathew Harvey
died at twenty-two years of age. Norris Cochran
receives extended mention below. Hiram Sargent
died in infancy. Thomas Benton was a railroad
man and died in Chicago. Anne Elizabeth married
Daniel McCurdy, of Pembroke, and died at Fond du
Lac, Wisconsin, in 1869. . Sally Sargent is the widow
of Charles Henry, residing in Fond du Lac.

(V) Norris Cochran, eighth child of Mathew
and Dolly D. (Cochran) Gault, was born May 11,
1838. on the family homestead in Hooksett, which is
now his property and where he makes his home.
He grew up there, being educated in the local schools
and in the Pembroke Gymnasium. He is a farmer
and an extensive manufacturer of brick. He is a
member of Friendship Lodge, Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, of Hooksett, and of Jewell Lodge,
Free and Accepted Masons, of Suncook. He was
formerly connected with the Amoskeag Veterans
and captain of a company. This is a prominent in-
dependent military organization, and he commanded
a company at Philadelphia during the Centennial
there (1876). He is a Universalist, and follows the
political inclinations of his sires, giving allegiance
to the Democratic party. He has filled most of the
offices of the town, including selectman and repre-
sentative in the state legislature. He was married
December 2, 1857, to Annie Hunkins Mitchell, who
was born October 8, 1841, daughter of Nathaniel
and Sally Sanborn (Leavitt) Mitchell. (See :\Iit-

chell ). She was the mother of four children.

The eldest of these, Emma Cochran, was horn
August 20, 1858, and married in 1884, Anson S.
Paine. She resides in Rochester, New Hampshire,
having a son, Ralph G. Paine. Clara Gertrude, the
second, born October 16, i860, was married in 1881
to Robert W. Skelton, and resides in Milwaukee,
Wisconsin. They had three children, Norris Gault,
who died May 11'. 1883; Kathryn and Robert Hewitt-
son. Matthew, third child and eldest son of Norris
C. Gault, was born August 18, 1867, and is a civil
engineer at Worcester, Massachusetts, being chief
of the city sewer department. He graduated from
Dartmouth College in 1890. He was married in
December, 1896, to Grace A. Stetson, of Worcester,
and has two children, Warren Stetson and Helen
Norris. John, see forward.

(VI) John, youngest child of Norris C and
Annie H. (Mitchell) Gault, was born February 28.
1872, on the family homestead in Hooksett, where
he grew up. He attended the local i_)ublic schools,
the Pembroke Academy and graduated from Dart-
mouth College in the class of 1895. During his
school years he engaged in teaching, and taught two
winter terms at Alstead, New Hampshire. His first
school was in a district lying jointly in the towns
of Concord, Epsom and Pembroke. He became



principal of the Haven school in Portsmouth, which
he resigned December i, 1896, to take charge of the
Webster street school in Manchester, and here he is
still engaged. He is the author of a text book for
schools on the "Constitution of New Hampshire,"
which was prepared in co-operation with Fred L. V.
Spaulding, who was then principal of the Lincoln
street school. Mr. Gault is a member of Jewell
Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and of Hiram
Chapter. Royal Arch Masons, of Suncook, and
of Damon Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of Ports-
mouth. He attends the Methodist Church, and is
independent in politics with Democratic tendencies.
In 1903 he purchased a handsome dwelling on Pine
street, Manchester, which he occupies with his fam-
i]\'. Of broad mind and genial and kindly nature,
he forms and retains friendships, and is recognized
as a good citizen. He was married August 27, 1902,
to Sallie Head, daughter of William F. Head, of
Hooksett (see Head IV).

(V) Hon. Jesse (2), second son of Jesse and
Dolly (Clement) Gault, was born in Hooksett, New
Hampshire, September 20, 1823. and died May 8,
1888, and grew up on his father's farm. He obtained
his education in the public school and Pembroke
Academy. At the age of sixteen he began teaching
in his own district, where he taught the winter
school four consecutive years, working on the farm
in summer. Later he was a teacher in Suncook and
Hooksett Village. He remained at his home until
twenty-two years of age and then went to Baltimore,
jNlaryland, where he became a bookkeeper and sur-
veyor for Abbott & Jones, ship lumber merchants.
He was very successful in his work there but the
climate impaired his health and he was compelled
to give up his situation. Returning to his home in
the north he regained his health, and acceding to the
requests of his parents remained in Hooksett. In
1843 he opened a brick yard of modest size in Hook-
sett and here he resided till his death. This he de-
veloped until its annual output was six million
bricks, affording employment to sixty-five men.
The burning of so many bricks required a large
amount of fuel, to supply which Mr. Gault bought
about three thousand acres of woodland. That por-
tion of the wood that was fit for lumber went to
market and the remainder was used in the kilns.
Mr. Gault also engaged in extensive farming opera-
tions and owned several farms. Llis home farm pro-
duced seventy-five tons of hay annually and large
crops of other kinds. In 1880 he built one of the most
expensive residences in that section of the country,
situated on the old Concord and Haverhill (Mass.)
stage road. In politics Mr. Gault was a Whig and
was active in politics at an early age, interested in
school matters and a member of the board many
years. After filling various local positions, he was
elected chairman of tlie board of selectmen and
filled that position for many years. In 1851 he
overcame a Democratic majority of more than two
to one and was chosen delegates from Hooksett to
the constitutional convention, being the youngest
member of the body. In 1857 he was elected to the
New Hampshire house of representatives from his
native town, and re-elected the following year. In
1867 he was elected a railroad commissioner for a
term of three years, and during the last year was
chairman of the board. He was selected as a dele-
gate to the Republican National convention, in 1876,
and was for years a member of the Republican state
committee. He was elected in 1885 to the state sen-
ate from the Londonderry district, and was chair-
man of the committee on claims, and a member of
the committees on claims, on revision of statutes,
and on asylums for the insane, respectively.

]\Ir. Gault was a member of the Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons of Hooksett. Though not a church
member he was a constant attendant at the Congre-
gational Church of Hooksett, and was one of its
prompt and liberal supporters. Industry, energy,
perseverance and a pleasant disposition were the
characteristics which made Mr. Gault's life success-
ful and eventually made him a large property owner,
a stockholder and a director in railway corporations.
His executive abilities \yere of the highest order.
His judgment was so good that his opinions upon
important matters, both public and private, were
often sought. His character was upright, his life,
public and private, spotless and pure, and his fidelity
to his friends a thing they could ever rely upon. His
home was always a place of generous hospitality and
attracted many visitors. In personal appearance he
was commanding, his features handsome and pleas-

He married, April 22, 1846, Martha Ann Otter-
son, daughter of Isaac and Margaret (Head) Otter-
son (see Otterson V), born January 29, 1825. They
were the parents of five children, two sons and three
daughters. Four of these died in youth, one, the
eldest, reaching the age of sixteen. The only sur-
viving child is : Myra C, who married Frank C.
Towle, who died 1885. He was a native of Epsom
and assisted Mr. Gault, who conducted the business
after his death. Mr. Gault died May 8, 1888. They
have two daughters : Annie Gault Towle, who has
been a teacher at Tilton, New Hampshire, Academy,
and Mrs. Adam D. Smith. Mr. Smith is supervisor
of the Hospital for the Insane at Danvers, Massa-
chusetts. They have one child, Helen Gault.

The ancestry of this name is traced
SPENCER through centuries in England and

extends to the ninth generation in
this country. The name is of Norman origin, and
relates to an occupation, known generally now as
steward. The ancient family of this name was seated
long in Stotford, Bedfordshire, England, and was
founded in the time of William the Conqueror. In
ancient times the kitchen was called the spence, and
one who was designated as de (of) spence or spencer
came in time to have this as a surname. It need
not be observed that one in this position, who was
a dispenser, was of trustworthy character. The
plain virtues of the Puritan fathers of New England
are still preserved as characteristics of the family
in New Hampshire.

(I) Michael Spencer and his wife Elizabeth, re-
siding in Stotfold, had four sons and two daughters,
namely: Richard, Thomas, John, Gerard, Catherine
and one whose name has not been preserved.

(II) Gerard (or Jarrard), fourth son of Michael
and Elizabeth Spencer, was baptized May 20, 1576,
at Stotfold, and died before March 17, 1645. He
and his wife, Alice, were parents of four sons and a
daughter, namely: William, Gerard, Michael,
Thomas and Elizabeth. All of the sons except
Michael came to this country about 1631.

(III) William, son of Gerard and Alice Spencer,
was baptized October 11, 1601, at Stotfold. He was
at Cambridge (then Newtown), Massachusetts, in
1631-32, and was a member of the first general
court of the colony at Boston, and of most of the
subsequent ones until his removal from Massachu-
setts. He was a lieutenant of the first military
company and one of the founders of the "Ancient
and Honorable Artillery," still in existence. Remov-
ing to Hartford with the founders of the Connecticut
river colonv, he was one of the committee of three
to revise the laws of that body in 1639, being at


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that time a representative in the general court. He
was also a selectman in that year, and died next
^•ear. His wedding occurred somewhere about 1633,
and his wife, Agnes, is supposed to have been a
daughter of Rev. Mr. Wakeman. After his death
she married William Edwards, another pioneer set-
tler of Hartford. William Spencer's children were :
Samuel, Sarah and Elizabeth.

(IV) Samuel, only son of William and Agnes
Spencer, died about 1716, surviving his wife Sarah,
who passed away April 24, 1706. Their children
were : Samuel, Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, Rachel,
Mar}', Abigail and Agnes.

(V) Samuel (2), only son of Samuel (i) and
Sarah Spencer, lived first at Hartford and later in
Colchester, spending his last days in Bolton, all in
Connecticut, and died March 26, 1748, in the eight-
ieth year of his age. He married Hepzibah Church,
daughter of Deacon Edward Church, of Hatfield,
Massachusetts, the latter a son of Richard Church,
one of the first settlers at Hartford. She died Sep-
tember 13, 1745, and was buried at Bolton, where
the bones of her husband also lie. They were the
parents of seven sons and two daughters. It is
probable that the next-named was one of these.

(VI) Asa Spencer came from East Haddam to
Campton, New Hampshire, in 1770, and was one of
the first settlers in that town. He enlisted as a
soldier in the Revolution, February 10, 1776. and
<iied March 7, 177S, while in the service. He was
married in East Haddam, before 1764, to Deborah
Patterson. Their children were : Huldah, Statira,
Amasa, Deborah, Hannah, Asa and Israel.

(VII) Israel Spencer, youngest son of Asa and
Deborah (Patterson) Spencer, was born in Camp-
ton, December 29, 1775, and died June 9, 1852. The
active period of his life was devoted to farming. He
was a member of the Congregational Church. He
was married, October 13, 1803, in Campton, to
Molly Tupper, daughter of Nathaniel and Hannah
(Choat) Tupper, of that town. She became the

mother of ten children : Nathaniel, Henry, Hannah,
Mary, George, Gardner, Jerusha, Statiria, Eliza and
Walter. Eliza married Kimball, and is now (1907)
residing in Manchester.

(VIII) George Spencer, third son and fifth child
of Israel and Molly (Tupper) Spencer, was born in
Campton, December 31, 1812. He followed general
farming in his native town until 1841, when he re-
moved to Manchester and engaged in the grocery
business, which he carried on successfully up to his
death, December 10, 1861. Possessing a melodious
voice and a good knowledge of music, he taught
singing school in Manchester for a period of time,
and was considered a very proficient instructor. He
married, April 21, 1831, Mrs. Sarah Johnson (nee
Bartlett), who was born in Campton, June 13, 1792,
daughter of Thomas Bartlett, of Campton, grand-
daughter of Thomas Bartlett, of Newburyport,
Massachusetts, and widow of William Johnson. She
died in Manchester, July 24, 1876. Of this union
there were two sons: Milton Ward, (see forward),
and Thomas Bartlett (the latter is the subject of a
sketch in this article).

(IX) Milton Ward Spencer, eldest son of
George and Sarah Spencer, was born in Campton
January 19, 1832. He studied preliminarily
in the Manchester publjc schools, and concluded his
education at KendalPs Academy, Piscataqua. When
a young man he entered the grocery business in
Manchester, and resided there until April, 1867,
when he removed to Bedford, where he engaged
in farming and lumbering. He purchased and carried
on the McFerson Farm (so called), which he

devoted chiefly to the dairying industry, and he
improved that property by the erection of new
buildings. In addition to farming and lumber-
ing he dealt in real estate to some extent, and at
the time of his death, which occurred February 3,
1889, he was regarded as one of the most prosper-
ous residents of Bedford. As a Republican, he
was several times chosen a member of the board of
selectmen, and he also held other town offices in-
cluding school committeeman, in which capacity he
served for a number of years. His church affilia-
tions were with the Presbyterians. He married,
November I, 1855, Theresa Amanda Stevens, born
in Montville, Maine, 1833, daughter of Thaddeus
H. and Eleanor (Atkinson) Stevens, and grand-
daughter of Major Thomas Atkinson, of Montville,
an officer in the Revolutionary war. She became the
mother of four children : i. Oscar M;. born Sep-
tember 22, 1856, died August 4, 1858. 2. Sarah
Bartlett, October 16, 1858, married Rollin H. Al-
len, see forward. 3. George Orville March 24, 1864,
a prominent farmer and lumberman of Bedford, is
identified with Narragansett Grange, Patrons of
Husbandr}', and has served with marked ability as
a selectman for several terms. 4. Gardner Ward,
May I, 1866. died in Los Angeles, California, De-
cember II, 1904. He resided in Boston prior to
removing to Los Angeles. He married Harriet H.
Gilbert of Dedham, ^Massachusetts, who bore him
three children : Helen Ward, born in Dedham,
November 4, 1895 ; Miriam Dunbar, in Boston, July
13, 1S97 : Elise Hathaway, in Boston, August 22,
1899. His widow and children reside in Los An-
geles, California.

Rollin H. Allen, aforementioned as the husband
of Sarah Bartlett Spencer, traced his ancestry to
Samuel Allen, who came from Scrooby, England,
1620, and whose children were : Samuel, Joseph,
James, Sarah, Mary, Abigail. The next in line of
descent was (2) Samuel, whose children were:
Samuel, Essiel. Mehitable, Sarah, Bethiel, Nathan-
iel, Ebenezer, Josiah, Elisha, Nehemiah. The next
in line of descent was (3) Josiah, whose children
were : Micah, Josiah, Mary, Esther, Sarah, Nathan,
Betty, William. The next in line of descent was

(4) Micah, whose children were : Mary, Micah,
Joseph, Daniel. The next in line of descent was

(5) Micah, whose children were: Micah (died
young), Catherine, Micah, Mary, Elisha, Nancy,
Fanny, Oliver Otis, Chloe, The next in line of de-
scent was (6) Micah, whose children were: Sam-
viel B., Annie, Fanny, Eunice, Micah, Samuel Par-
ker, Stephen Cans ; Micah Allen, father of these
children, resided in Alansfield, Massachusetts, fol-
lowed farming as an occupation, and died there at
the age of eighty-nine years. The next in line of
descent was (7) Stephen Gans, born March 28, 1816,
died October 5, 1878, aged sixty-two years. He was
engaged in the iron business in Boston, but finally
abandoned this and engaged in the real estate busi-
ness, continuing the same until his demise. He mar-
ried Sarah E. French, born in Bedford. February
II, 1826, died in Boston, March 25, 1889, daughter
of Ebenezer C. French, a representative of an old
pioneer family. Four children were the issue of this
marriage, three of whom attained 3"ears of ma-

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