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was living in 1700, and administration upon his
estate was granted June 11, 1705. The inventory
was presented by his brother Robert. The christian
name of his wife was Sarah, but no record of her
birth, death or parentage is obtainable. Two chil-
dren are recorded in Amesbury, namely : Elizabeth
and William.

(III) William (2), son of William (i) and
Sarah Quimby, was born, October 8, 1693, i'l Ames-
bury. He married Hannah Barnard, who was born
November 26, 1694, daughter of Joseph and Mary
(Jewell) Barnard. They owned the covenant in
the Second Salisbury church, February 4. 1728, and
had children baptized at that church August 16,.
1730, namely: Samuel, Joseph, Enoch and Hannah;
and on June 9, 1734, their sons Moses and Aaron
were also baptized.

(IV) Aaron, son of William (2) and Hannah
(Barnard) Quimby, was born July 22, 1733, and
baptized June 9. 1734, in the second Salisbury
church. He was among those who asked for the
incorporation of Hawke now Danville, New Hamp-
shire, and this town was incorporated February 20,
1760. There were several among the incorporators
of the same name, including Moses, who was prob-
ably his brother. They removed to Derryfield, now
Manchester, whence they went as pioneer settlers
to Weare, in 1752. 1753 and 1754, says one account.
The "History of Carroll County" states that
"Aaron Quimby was one of the incorporators of
Weare, one of its first selectmen, served in the old
French war, went on the expedition to Canada in
1755, and was a captain in the Revolution, and was
promoted to Major." His revolutionary record is
as follows : Aaron Quinby's name is on the pay
roll of Captain John Parker's company in Colonel
Timothy Bedell's regiment of rangers, "raised by
the Colony of New Hampshire in defence of the
Liberties of America — Joined the Northern divis-
ion of the Continental Army under General Mont-
gomer}^, 1775." He was a sergeant, entered the
service July 11, and was discharged December 20,
after serving five months and ten days, for which
he received pa}% £12, i6s. and a coat and blanket
valued at £1 i6s, billeting, los, 6d ; amounting in
all to £15 2s 6d. On the muster roll his age is given
as forty-one, occupation husbandman, and he is
credited to the town of Weare.

His name appears again on a muster and pay
roll of the men raised and mustered in the Sev-
enth Regiment, December 16 and 17, 1776, to be
under the command of Colonel David Oilman, Cap-
tain Gorden's company, to recruit the American
army till March i, 1777.

The pay roll of Captain Aaron Quinby's com-



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pany of volunteers in Colonel Moses Kelly's regi-
ment in the expedition to Rhode Island, has the
following record: Aaron Quinby, captain, entered
the service August 6, 1778, discharged August 27,
time of service twenty-four days, rate per month
twelve pounds, amount of wages, £g 12s, travel out
at 8d, home at Sd, one hundred and twenty-five
miles, £% 6s 8d, subsistence money £4 i6s, total £22
14s 8d. The roll is attested by "Aron Quinby,"
but the name is elsewhere spelled Quinbee and
Quenbe.

Aaron Quimby from Derryfield March 27, 1754,
bought lot 2,7, range i, Weare, of Jeremiah Bennett,
the proprietor who once thought to settle there
himself, for £100 old tenor bills of credit and
"Emediate settlement made on the lot." He built
a good, substantial, large house of hewed logs and
a rough log bam. It was on the north road from
Oil Mill to South Weare, one-half mile east of the
Meadow brook, and the mark of his cellar can now
be seen. When the town filled up with inhabitants
he opened an inn, probably the first one in Weare,
and kept it for a long time. It was a busy house
and had some exciting scenes. The first barrel of
rum ever in town was loaded by him on a "j um-
ber" and drawn by a horse on the rough path up
the Piscataquog and over the hills to his inn. How
many got balmy on that first barrel can not now be
told. In his bar-room the old logger-head was al-
ways kept at a white heat. With it he warmed the
flip made of West India rum with some pieces of
pumpkin dried on the "lug pole." apple skins and
bran in it. This gave it excellent flavor, and lips
smacked that tasted it. Half a mug of flip
was 3d. He also used it to warm the sling and
milk, and sold each for 3d a mug. He was a prom-
inent man in town, and once held the office of cor-
oner of Hillsborough county.

About 1779 he moved to Sandwich, then on the
very outskirts of civilization, and bought four hun-
dred acres of Rock Maple Ridge, North Sand-
wich, (paying in Continental scrip) where he after-
ward lived, and died December, 1810. He was
married (first), October 8, 1753, in Hampstead, to
Anna Batchelder, who died about 1765. He was
married (second) in Hampstead, March 20, 1766,
to Mary Johnson. His first two children were
born of the first wife. They were: Sarah, Joseph,
IMoses, Enoch, Samuel, James, Daniel, Anna, Aaron
J., Susannah, Johnson D. and 'Mary. (Johnson D.
and descendants are mentioned at length in this
article.)

(V) Enoch, the fourth of Aaron Quimby's
twelve children was born in Weare, New Hampshire,
INIarch 23, 1769, and died in Sandwich, March 22,
1831. He became an officer in the War of 1812,
and was one of the hardest working men and most
thriving farmers in Sandwich. In 1792 he married
Sarah Libby, by whom he had eleven children,
among whom were: John Smith, Joseph L. (Col.),
Polly (Mary Johnson), Betsey, Enoch, Nathaniel
E., Sally, Moses Dustin.

(VI) John Smith, eldest child of Enoch and
Sarah (Libby) Quimby, was born in Sandwich,
New Hampshire, March 10, 1793, and died there
July 14, 1853. He was one of the leading men in
Sandwich and vicinity in his day. Coming into
active life when party politics ran high, he became
ardent Jackson Democrat, and was intimately as-
sociated in politics with such men as Captain Paul
Wentworth, Hon. Neal McGafifey, and Captain Ran-
dall, until the schism in that party about 1844 or
1845. when he with John P. Hale and others joined
the Free Soil party, to which he firmly adhered



till his death. Living all his life on a farm, with
limited means of education and with no professional
training, he was yet a man of atfairs, and could
with equal facility lead his men in the mowing field
without fear of being "cut out of his swath," act
as farrier for himself and neighbors, or preside as
moderator in town or church meetings, act as
counsel, or preside as justice, according to circum-
stances. Pie was a captain in the old militia, held
many town offices, and represented Sandwich in the
legislature in 1843-46-47. He was a man of alder-
manic build and fine presence, a genial companion,
and firm friend, a strong opponent, fearless, and
tenacious of his opinions and rights. For sixteen
years previous to his death he was a leading member
and zealous supporter of the Free Baptist Church
at Centre Sandwich. On January 27, 1814, he was
married by Rev. Joseph Quimby to Nancy Marston,
of Moultonboro, daughter of John Marston, and
granddaughter of General Jonathan Moulton, of
Hampton, both men of ability and prominence in
the state. The children of this marriage were :
Enoch, George M., James M., John M., Mary Ann,
Caroline E., Elvira B., Caleb M., Abigail T., Harri-
son M., Alfred and Sarah.

(VII) Alfred, seventh son and eleventh child
of John Smith and Nancy (Marston) Quimby, was
born in Sandwich, New Hampshire, December 10,
1833. He was brought up on his father's farm and
educated in the public schools of the town. He
left home at an early age, going to Lawrence, Mas-
sachusetts, where he was engaged as clerk in George
P. Cutler's bookstore. By his diligence, courtesy,
and faithfulness he soon gained the fast friend-
ship of his employer, remaining with him till the
spring of 1861. He then went to Manchester, New
Hampshire, where he established himself in the same
line of business which he carried on successfully
for twenty years. Since his retirement from active
business he has dealt in stocks and real estate, in
which field he has attained a prominent position.
He has been a director in the New Harnpshire
Fire Insurance Company since the organization of
the corporation in 1870, and is one of the only
two living organizers. He is also a railroad director,
being largely interested in railroad stocks. Mr.
Quimby has always been a staunch Republican,
and was a member of the legislature in 1878-79. He
was married September 10, 1865, to Carrie Augusta
Davis, by Cyrus W. Wallace, D. D., first pastor of
the Hanover Street Congregational Church, of
which Mr. and Mrs. Quimby have always been
regular attendants. Mr. and Mrs. Quimby of late
years have traveled extensively in this country
and spent their winters in California and the
south.

(V) Johnson D., youngest son of Aaron and
Marv (Johnson) Quimby, was born on his father's
forest farm, in (North) Sandwich, April 17, 1782,
and died February 22, 1855. Pie followed farming,
was a man calculated to lead, and held a prominent
place among his townsmen. He built the Baptist
Church in North Sandwich, and was a brigadier-
general of militia. He married Mary ,

and they had children: Charles, Grace, Eliza M.,
George W., Mary B., Eveline B., Lucy IM, Dolly
H., now Mrs. N. S. Watson, of Dover.

(VI) Colonel George W., second son and
fourth child of Johnson D. and Mary Quimby, was
born in Sandwich, December 27, 1810, and died
in Manchester, October, 1902. He was educated in
the common schools, and lived on a farm for a
number of years. He was naturally ingenious and
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in Manchester and entered the employ of the Amos-
keag Manufacturing Company as a machinist. He
worked at his trade until seventy years of age,
being last employed in the Blood Locomotive Works.
He inherited the military spirit of his ancestors,
served in the militia, and rose to the rank of
colonel of the state militia of Sandwich, Nine-
teenth Regiment, Second Brigade, Second Division,
1840-42. He was a valued member of the Free
Will Baptist Church in .Manchester, and later of
the First Congregational Church, being the oldest
member at the time of his death. He was a mem-
ber of Lafayette Lodge, No. 41, Free and Accepted
Masons.

He married, IMarch 6, 1839, Mary Elizabeth Ful-
lerton, who was born September 16, 1816 ( still living) ,
daughter of William and Keziah Fullerton. Their
children were : Mary Ellen, George W. and Emma
Belle. Mary Ellen, only one living, born July 30,
1841, North Sandwich, married, June 6, 1864,
Nicholas Nichols, for many years a merchant in
Manchester, first in the drygoods, and later in the
fur business. F'or twenty years in the latter part of
his life he was assistant assessor of Manchester.
He died November 29, 1901. George W., born
January 28. 1847, in Manchester, died November
18, 1870. In the Civil war he served as a private
in the Twenty-sixth Massachusetts Volunteers. His
wife was Martha Fish. Emma Belle, born Septem-
ber 26, 1855, married Henry J. Carr, formerly of
Grand Rapids, Michigan, librarian of the state
library in Pennsylvania; Emma Belle died Septem-
ber 29, 1882.

(II) Robert (2), second son and third child
of Robert (i) and Elizabeth (Osgood) Quimby,
was born in Amesbury, and resided in that town,
but little of his history appears in the records.
No date of his marriage is discovered and the sur-
name of his wife is unknown. Her christian name
was Mary, and she was made administratrix of
his estate, June 6, 1715, which will indicate ap-
proximately the time of his death. The estate was
divided in December of that year. The children
were: Joseph, John, Mary, Benjamin, Hannah and
Anne.

(HI) Benjamin, third son and fourth child of
Robert (2) and Alary Quimby, was born January
10, 1689, in Amesbury, and resided in that town.
He was married on Christmas day, 1722, to Judith
Gould, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Rowell)
(iould, of Amesbury, and granddaughter of Nathan
(iould, the pioneer patriarch of that name. She was
born December 25, 1701, in Amesbury.

(IV) Jonathan, son of Benjamin and Judith
(Gould) Quimby, was born August 15, 1726, in
Amesbury and resided in that town until 1774,
when he settled in Hopkinton, New Hampshire.
The record of his marriage is not preserved, but
the christian name of his wife was Ruth. They
have had three children: Isaac, Benjamin and
Mary.

(V) Benjamin (2), second son of Jonathan and
Ruth, Quimby, was born February 4, 1768, in Ames-
bury, Massachusetts, and died March 27, 1834, in
Unity, New Hampshire. When he was six years
old his father removed from Amesbury to Hopkin-
ton, New Hampshire, but it is not certain how long
he resided there. Benjamin and an older brother
Isaac lived in Deering for many years, and finally
moved to unity in 1813. Benjamin (2) Quimby
married Kezia Beckford. She was born January 10,
^773- Their eight children were: Dorothy, Michael
(died in infancy). Benjamin, Joseph, Michael, Kezia,
Silas and Larenda. Two of the sons, Michael and



Silas, became Methodist clergymen. Michael
Quimby, born in Deering, September, 1805, was a
preacher in the New Hampshire conference from
1832 until his death in March, 1843. Silas, the fifth
son of Benjamin, was a member of the same confer-
ence for a long term of years. He received only
the usual advantages of the district schools of his
day, but he was a clear thinker and became an
indefatigable student. He occupied some of the best
pulpits in his conference, and was considered a
strong, enthusiastic and logical preacher. He died
in West Unity, January 25, 1885, aged seventy-four
years. He left one son, Silas, who is a prominent
clergyman in the New Hampshire conference, a
man of liberal education and broad culture.

(VI) Benjamin (3), second son of Benjamin
(2) and Kezia (Beckford) Quimby, was born Oc-
tober 18, 1800, probably in Deering, New Hampshire,
and died May 4, 1859, in West Unity, in which town
he had lived the greater part of his life. He was a
sturdy, industrious farmer, and accumulated a good
property for those times. He married March 23,
1826, Percis Gee, daughter of Asa and Rhoda (Otis)
Gee, and a descendant of Solomon Gee, who was a
citizen of Lyme, Connecticut in 1730. She was born
December 12, 1805, and died May 29, 1871. Their
children were: Milan W., Francis L., Melissa D.
and Wilbur B.

(VII) Francis L., son of Benjamin (3) and
Percis (Gee) Quimby, was born in West Unity,
December 25, 1827, where he resided until his re-
moval to Claremont in 1899. Mr. Quimby was one
of the most prosperous farmers in his community,
and a highly esteemed citizen. He was always ready
to bear his share of public burdens, and was honored
with various offices of trust by the citizens of his
native town. He is a Methodist, and at the time of
his removal from Unity had been an official in the
church for fifty years. In politics he is a Republican.
At an advanced age he is still young in heart and
takes an active interest in whatever movements
make for righteousness in civic affairs and for the
advancement of God's Kingdom in this world. ]\Iay
22, 1849, Francis Quimby married Lydia Johnson,
daughter of Amos and Huldah (Green) Johnson.
She was born January 8, 1825, in Weare, New
Hampshire. Her parents were Quakers, hence she
was of that faith at the time of her marriage.
She later joined the Methodist Church, of
which her husband was a member. She
was a woman of superior quality of mind and great
force of character, thus laearing evidence of the
worthy ancestry. May 25, 1899, Mr. and Mrs.
Quimby celebrated their golden wedding in the same
house where they began their married life. One
of their sons came twelve hundred miles in order
to be present at the rare anniversary, and as it
proved to be the last meeting of the children in
their old home, for a few weeks later witnessed
the removal of their parents from the farm in West
Unity to the new home in Claremont village. Here
Mrs. Quimby died May 21, 1906. Their six children,
all born in West Unity, were: Irving Wesley, Adella
L., George E., Lewis J., Herbert F. and Emerson A.

Irving Wesley was born ]\Iay 20, 1851. He passed
his life in his native town, and died in the house so
long occupied by his father, November 13, 1905.
This was the first death to be recorded in the family
for a period of fifty-five years. Mr. Quimby was
a man of good abilities, stern integrity and quiet
tastes, never desiring public office. He married
Josie Reed, of Acworth, who survives him. Adella
L.. only daughter of Francis L. and Lydia (Johnson)
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educated in the public schools and at Tilden Seminary
at West Lebanon. On May 22, 1879, she married
John Howe, then located in business in Walthani,
Massachusetts. Mr. Howe is a native of Newport,
New Hampshire. He came to Claremont in 1883,
and with his brother-in-law, Lewis J. Quimby,
founded the grocery firm of Howe & Quimby. He
has held his relation as senior member of this firm
to the present time (1907), with the exception qi
two years from 1887 to 1889, when the business
was owned and operated by Quimby Brothers. Mr.
Howe is a Methodist, and politically a Republican.
He was chosen a representative to the legislature in
the last election (1906). Mrs. Howe is very active
in church and temperance work, and is vitally inter-
ested in all movements that tend to the uplifting
of the community. Lewis J., third son of Francis
L. Quimby, was born June 2, 1861. He was a gradu-
ate of Stevens high school, and was for several
years a successful grocery merchant in Clareniont.
He was later for a short time in business at Clinton,
JNIassachusetts. Mr. Quimby is now filling accept-
ably a responsible position as traveling salesman
for' the Pillsbury Flour ]Mills, retaining his residence
at Clinton. He" married Mattie L. Dow, of Clare-
mont. Herbert F. was born December 24, 1863.
He fitted for college at St. Johnsbury, Verniont,
and graduated at Boston University. Following
the bent of others of an older generation of the
Quimby family, he entered the Methodist ministry
and joined the New Hampshire conference in 1891.
He is a highly esteemed member of that body, and
a successful clergyman. Mr. Quimliy married (first),
Eva Hoelgman, who died in"- 1889. He married
(second), Jennie Elliot. Emerson A., youngest child
of Francis Quimby, was born May 22, 1867. He
graduated from the Stevens high school, Claremont,
class of 1887, and from the Poughkeepsie Business
College in 1889. In 1901 he became a partner in the
firm of Howe & Quimby. This firm with greatly
increased facilities now holds a place among the
leading grocery houses in the western part of the
state. ]\Ir. Quimby is a devoted member of the
Methodist Episcopal Church. He takes an active
interest in matters pertaining to education, and is
chairman of the Claremont school board. In politics
he is a Republican. June 15, 1892, Emerson Quimby
married Jennie A., daughter of James S. and Emma
(Hunt) Perry, of North Charlestown, New Hamp-
shire.

(VIII) George E., second son of Francis L.
and Lydia (Johnson) Quimby, was born December
20, 1858. He attended the district schools of West
Unit\-, his native town, and entered the Stevens
high" school in the fall of 1877, from which he
graduated in the class of 1880. He taught school at
Acworth, New Flampshire, during the fall and
winter of 1879-80. January, 1881, he entered the
employ of Clark Maynard & Company, a dry goods
firm of Waltham, Massachusetts, where he remained
until September, 1885, when he resigned to accept
a position with Bradley Brothers, dry goods merch-
ants, of Decatur, Illinois. During his first two
years with this firm, Mr. Quimby was second dress
"goods man and mail order ckrk. He was later
advanced to the head of the silk and dress goods
department, successfully managing the same until
severing his connection with the company to engage
in business for himself. He purchased the dry goods
business of W. A. Glines & Company, of Claremont,
in December, 1904, which he has since conducted
with constantly increasing patronage. Politically
Mr. Quimby is a Republican, and a strenuous ad-
vocate of all reform movements, being particularly



active in temperance work. February 11, 1884, he
married Lillian C, daughter of Frederick and
Celinda (Mansfield) Davis, of Waltham, Massa-
chusetts. Mr. and Mrs. Quimby were formerly
Presbyterians, but are now members of the Methodist
Church in Claremont. They have three children,
the eldest, L. May Quimby, is a student at Mount
Holyoke. The other children are : Lewis F., a
student of Stevens high school, and Anna Dell.



The bearers of the name Randlett,
RANDLETT Ranlet, Rundlet and Runlet, are

descended from one common an-
cestor. These names appear occasionally in the
records of various parts of New England, but there
is little or no information to be gleaned relative to
their early history on this side of the ocean. Charles
Rundlett. Runlet, or Ranlet, of Exeter, New Hamp-
shire, was in the last half of the seventeenth century
captured by the Indians, from whom he eventually
escaped, and he was accidentally drowned August i,
1709. He may have been an immigrant, but it is
more probable that he was born the son of one.

(I) The first of the line herein considered, so
far discovered, was James Rundlett. He was among
the petitioners for the establishment of the town of
Stratham, December 3, 1709. He was probably a
resident of the district now comprising that town for
some time previous to this date. His wife's name
was Elizabeth, and their children, born in Stratham
from 1700 to 1731, were: Liddeah. Daniel, Theo-
philus, Jonathan, James. Mary, Sarah, Charles and
Josiah.

(II) Josiah Rundlett, w-as born January 20, 1731,
in Stratham. and married Mary Phillips. Their chil-
dren, born from 1759 to 1771, were: Jonathan, Sarah,
Josiah, iNIary, Rachel, Priscilla, Susannah and
Edmund.

(III) Josiah. (2) Randlett, third child of Josiah
(i) and Mary '(Phillips) Rundlett, born November
23, 1762, died November 27, 1841 ; married, January
13, 1785, at Epping. the Rev. Peter Holt officiating,
Dorothy Prescott.

(IV) Newell, eldest child of Josiah and Dorothy
(Prescott) Randlett. was born December 21. 1785.
in Gilmanton, New Hampshire. He settled in that
part of Gilmanton which is now Belmont, and there
died April 3, 1865. He married Rebecca Elkins, born
August 3, 1788, and the children of this union were :
borothv' born March 15. 1812. died June 20. 1887;
Almira," born July 31, 1814, died June 3. 1887 ; Newell,
born November 25, 1816; Rebecca, born November
12, 1820. died in 1907, and Prescott, who is refcrred_
to' in the succeeding paragraph. The mother of
these children died July 28, 1861.

(V) Prescott, son of Newell and Rebecca (El-
kins) Randlett. was born in Upper Gilmanton, Au-
gust 9, 1827. He was a prosperous farmer, owning
and conducting a large farm located some two miles
from Laconia, and for a period of eleven years he
carried on a popular summer boarding resort. His
last years were spent in retirement at Laconia, and
he d'ied in that city May 19, i899- He married
Lydia P. Smith, who was born December 27, 1836,
daughter of Elisha and Abigail (Robinson) Smith,
and granddaughter of John Robinson, who served
as a soldier of the American Revolution and of the
War of 1812. She died March 16, 1906, leaving two
sons, Elmer Prescott and Arthur .C. S. Randlett.
Elmer Prescott Randlett. was born in Belmont. July
16. 1867. attended the New Hampton Business Col-
lege, the New Hampshire Conference Seminary at
TUton. and the Brvant & Stratton Business College,
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instution in 1889. Remaining in Boston he engaged
in the wholesale fish trade on T Wharf, in partner-
ship with S. E. Rice, under the firm name of F. E.
Harding & Company, and this concern is now trans-
acting an extensive business. He married for his
first wife Annie E. Chivers, who died in February,
1897, and the children of this union are : Harold
E., Olive L. and Francis C. For his second wife he
married Mary Ramsay, of Vermont. By this union
there is one child, Elmer P. Jr., born October 17, 1906.
(VI) Arthur C. S., youngest son of Prescott
and Lydia P. (Smith) Randlett, was born in Bel-
mont, January 6, 1870. After graduating from the
Gilmanton Academy in 1890 he pursued a commer-
cial course at the Manchester Business College, and



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