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when ready to begin the activities of life he engaged
in mercantile business. He established himself as
a merchant at No. 428 Main street, Laconia, and
is now regarded as one of the leading business men
in that city. His prominence and popularity are
not only the result of his business success but
emanate from other causes, particularly his interest
in all matters of general importance. He was a
member of the board of ward selectmen for three
j-ears, served as overseer of the poor under the city
government for a period of seven years, and in
politics he is a Republican. He belongs to Belknap
Lodge, No. 7, Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
also to Winniposookee Lodge, Knights of Pythias,
being a past grand of the first named body, and a
member of the grand lodge of New Hampshire. Mr.
Randlett married Ida E. Brenton, of Laconia, and
formerly of Hull, Massachusetts, daughter of Samuel
and Alice Brenton. Mr. and Mrs. Randlett are the
parents of two children, Norman P., born July 14,
1900; and Chester Arthur, born November 15, 1901.



The family of this name came
RUNDLETT early to New England, and many
useful and highly' respected citi-
zens of this cognomen have resided in Massachu-
setts, Maine and New Llampshire.

(I) Nathaniel Rundlett was born, 1740-1, in
Maine, died in Piscataquog, January 7, 1825, aged
eighty-four years, and was buried in the Piscataquog
cemetery. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary
war and in the War of 1812. He was a corporal in
Captain Thorn's company, entering the service Sep-
tember 10, 1814, and was discharged September 27,
1814. He is known to have served as ship carpenter
on the United States Frigate Constitution. Probably
his early discharge from the army was due to the
fact that he was wanted in the navy. He was one
of the sufferers by the great fire in Wiscassett,
jNIaine, in 1823. He married Lydia A. Lambert of
Wiscassett, ]\Iaine, and they were the parents of
five children.

(II) Thomas Rundlett, youngest child of Nathan-
iel and Lydia A. (Lambert) Rundlett, born March 7,
1790, died in Bedford (now INIanchester), September
10, 1864. For many years he was a hat manufac-
turer in Piscataquog, Manchester, then a part of
Bedford. He was a man of firmness and sterling
worth, and held public office for many years. He
was constable in 1828, justice of the peace in Bedford
from 1834 to 1838, and quorum from 183S to 1S50.
He was an active member of the Amoskeag Veterans
and a valued member of the Masonic fraternity,
to whose interests he was thoroughly devoted. He
was senior warden of Bible Lodge at Gofifstown
in 1823. The first general meeting of Lafayette
Lodge was held at his house in Bedford March 4,
1824. A petition, asking for a lodge in Bedford
to be hailed as Lafayette Lodge, was presented at



this meeting, being signed by Robert Dunlap, Master,
Thomas Rundlett, senior warden, and John ^Nloor,
junior warden. He was master of this lodge for the
years 1832 and 185 1. He was an honorary member
of the Mt. Horeb Chapter and also of Trinity Com-
mandery. Knights Templar. He married, November
20, 1812, Fanny Ayer of Hampstead, New Hamp-
shire, born October 22, 1793, died on May 8, 1857.
They had twelve children: Leonard, William Ayer,
Jesse Ayer, Thomas, James, Charles E., Thankful
W., Sarah F., Andrew J., Susan and John, twins,
and Lucy.

(HI) William Ayer Rundlett, second son and
child of Thomas and Fanny (Ayer) Rundlett was
born in Bedford, now West Manchester, July 20,
1815, and died in Bedford, March 15, 1880. He was
educated in the public schools and at the academy
at Salisbury, being a classmate in the latter insti-
tution with the late Reverend S. C. Bartlett, presi-
dent of Dartmouth College. He lived for a time
in Bedford, now Piscataquog. He was in business
with his father as a hat manufacturer for a time,
but failing health compelled him to adopt farming
as a vocation, and he located opposite the John A.
McGaw estate in Bedford. He was a musician of
prominence, having been a member of the famous
Stark's Cornet Band of Manchester. He was widely
known as a successful instructor in dancing. He
was a Universalist in religious faith, and in politics
a Democrat. He married Louisa Hayes McPherson,
born August, 1814, died February 4, 1880, third
daughter and fifth child of William and Sarah W.
(French) McPherson. The McPherson family de-
scended from a warlike people in Germany called the
Chatti, who after bravely resisting Tiberius Ceesar
for a long time, were forced to leave their native
country. They embarked for Great Britain, but
were driven by storms to the north of Scotland, A.
D. 76. They increased rapidly and overspread all
the northern country and formed one of the divisions
of the Clan Chattan. Their line of descent can be
traced to Kenneth II. They emigrated to Ireland
to escape religious persecution, but were opposed by
the Irish on account of their acquiring property.
They then emigrated to America. Paul McPherson
and his son William, came to Boston in 1732. One,
a brother of Paul, settled in Goffstown. William
McDowel (McDole) McPherson, father of Louisa
Hayes McPherson, was the eldest son of John !Mc-
Pherson, son of John McPherson, who in turn was
a son of Paul. The children of this union were :
Louise Caroline, Helen Mary, Thankful Fra+ices,
Albyron Pierce, Estella Jane, William Ayer and
Louis John, on account of whom follows in the
next paragraph.

(IV) Louis John Rundlett, youngest child of
William Ayer and Louisa Hayes McPherson, was
born in Bedford, March 14, 1858, and received his
preliminary education in the public schools of Dis-
trict No. 4, of that town. He then attended the
schools of Manchester for six years, graduating
from the high school in June, 1877. Entering Dart-
mouth College in the fall of that year, he was gradu-
ated therefrom in June, 1881. While in college he
maintained a good standing in his class and for three
years was the regular pitcher on the baseball nine.
He was the first pitcher to take a ball from Yale.
This happened at Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1881.
He received flattering offers of positions on the
famous Detroit National League team, at $2,000 a
year and also on the Worcester National League
team. On the advice of the late Judge C. W. Stan-
ley of Manchester, he refused these offers and began
teaching school in Boscawen (Penacook) and after-



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ward taught at Fisherville at the rate of $300 a year.
The following year he was employed at Concord, in
Ward I (now Penacook) to teach at an advanced
salary. After four years of teaching he was pro-
moted to the suprintendency of the schools of Union
School District, Concord, where he has since re-
mained advancing from $1,000 to $2,000 a year in
salary. Mr. Rundlett's course in life has proven
him to be thoughtful, considerate and wise. As a
young man, he was strong, active, quick to think
and act and excelled in manly athletic sports. At-
taining manhood with a sound, well trained and
vigorous body, and possessing a mind trained and
qualified for usefulness in the world, he 'chose a
vocation where he would benefit himself and others.
He is a person of high character and peculiarly
fitted for the honorable place he occupies, which has
filled his life with hard work and pleasure. His
success and the esteem in which he is held by the
people of Concord, are attested by his filling the po-
sition he now occupies (1906) for twenty-two con-
secutive years.

He originally affiliated with the Democratic party,
but now puts good government above party prin-
ciples and votes for the candidate best qualified for
the office. He is connected with no sect, but attends
the Unitarian Church. He is a member of the
Horace Chase Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, of
Penacook, of Trinity Royal Arch Chapter, of Hor-
ace Chase Council, of Mt. Horeb Commandery,
Knights Templar, and of Bektash Temple, Order of
the ]\Iystic Shrine, all of Concord. He is also a
director in the Wonolancet Club.

He married in New Britain, Connecticut, Sep-
tember 6, 1892, Carrie Belle Copley, born at New
Milford, Connecticut, December 19, 1869, daughter
of George Daniel and Laura Sophia (Noble) Copley,
a direct descendant of Copley, the noted artist.
George D. Copley, was pay-master of Landers, Frary
& Clark Company, New Britain. Connecticut, and
during the Civil war, postmaster at New Milford,
Connecticut. Among the notable persons in the
ancestry of Carrie B. (Copley) Rundlett are: Rear-
Admiral Thomas Graves, and Governor Henry Bell
of Rhode Island, both of Colonial times ; Colonel
Charles Burrall of Revolutionary fame, and Rev.
Samuel Stone, founder of Hartford, Connecticut, a
direct descendant of King Guir, a Welsh monarch.
Mrs. Rundlett was educated in the common schools
and high school of New Britain, and took the
Kindergarten course in the Normal School of that
city. The children of this marriage are : Copley
McPherson, born April 22, 1893, and Lois born Sep-
tember 24, 1901. Copley M. Rundlett is the last
and only male descendant of this line of the Rund-
lett family.



The name of MacMurphy is
MacMURPHY rarely found in books or rec-
ords. The whole number of
persons who bear this patronymic is comparatively
small, but they are scattered throughout various
states. There were several in the town of Lon-
donderry when it was granted a charter. Two re-
ceived homesteads in the first division of land.

(I) Alexander MacMurphy is named on the
"Schedule of the proprietors of Londonderry," and
came to America with the early settlers of that
town from Ireland. His name also appears in a
copy of the parish tax list of 1750, directed "To Al-
exander McCollom, old parish Constable, in Lon-
donderry, in said province, to Colect the Minis-
ter's Sallary on the west side of Bevor Brook, in
said town." The amount of tax assessed upon Al-



exander MacMurphy being 12s. pd. His wife's
name was Janet.

(II) James, son of Alexander, and Janet
MacMurphy, was born in Londonderry, July
28, 1733, and died May 30, 1792. March 14,
1767, he received by deed from Abraham Morrison
a farm of sixty acres, which has remained in the
family name ever since Eventually he obtained
possession of the next two farms, each of sixty acres,
adjoining the former on the south. These three
farms were the charter homestead of David Morrison,
Samuel Morrison and Abram Holmes. There
were houses on each farm, but James MacMurphy
built a new house upon the first mentioned, where
he lived and raised a large family. The house is
still standing and occupied as a dwelling place.
James MacMurphy was a thrifty man and accumu-
lated an estate of considerable proportions before
the outbreak of the Revolution. In a part of his
house he kept a store furnishing the usual articles
of merchandise. Mr. MacMurphy deeded the mid-
dle and southern-most of the three farms to his son
Alexander, and the northern-most farm descended
by will to another son, Benjamin. James MacMur-
phy married, in 1765, Mary Wilson, daughter of
Nathaniel and Mary (Liggett) Wilson, of London-
derry. She died May 10, 1818. She was buried be-
side her husband in the old graveyard, now the
Forest Hill cemetery of East Derry, where a suit-
able stone marks their grave. To James and Mary
(Wilson) MacMurphy were born children, all of
whom survived him and lived to mature years.
They were : Jane, Alexander. Jenny, Peggy, Mary,
Betsey, Benjamin and Alice.

(HI) Alexander (2), second child and eldest
son of James and Mary (Wilson) MacMurphy, was
born in Londonderry, March 21, 1768, and died De-
cember 26, 1853. He received a deed of two ad-
joining farms now owned by Mrs. Sarah A. G.
MacMurphy, and until 1810 lived in the home by
the Aiken brook built partly of logs and partly of
sawed lumber. He was a merchant like his father,
trading in general household necessities. He was
married February 2, 1797, by Rev. William Morn'-
son to Sally Duncan, daughter of John and Han-
nah (Henry) Duncan, of Londonderry. To them
were born nine children: James, John D., Benja-
min, Hannah C, Mary, Sarah Jane, Alexander,
Alice Henry and Eliza, i. James MacMurphy, born
November 22, 1797, died January 28, i88t. He
taught school many years and finally settled on
his grandfather's farm. He was a great reader,
and held the general traditions of the family. He
married, April 12, 1842, Sarah Augusta Reed, of
Londonderry, who was born in Londonderry. June
14, 1809, and died December 25, 1894. To them
were born two children : Henry James, who was
born September 26, 1843, graduated from Dart-
mouth College in 1867, and died March 3, 186S; and
Abby Frances, born February 25, 1847. who was
educated in Pinkerton Academy, and died Febru-
ary, 3, 1875. 2. John Duncan was born in London-
derry, July 3. 1800, and died at the home of his
son, in Plattsmouth. Nebraska, March 13. 1877. He
was educated in Pinkerton Academy, taught school
in Londonderry, Pelham and Derry, and went to
New Jersey ; taught school there many years from
1830 onward. He married, (first). May i, 1834,
Sarah E. Osterlein, of New Hampton, Hunterdon
county. New Jersey, who was born in 1798, and died
November 26, 1849; (second), October 15. 1852.
Sophie Rhinehart, who was born in 1801, and died
in New Hampton, December 12, 1870. By the first
wife he had one son, John Alexander, who was



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born in Xew Hampton, New Jersey. July 9, 1838.
He was educated in Pinkerton Academy, was a
member of the Mounted Rifles of New York under
command of Judin Kilpatrick, was discharged from
service as injured, and afterward served as a war
correspondent. He was the proprietor and editor
of various newspapers, principally in Nebraska. He
married and died childless in Omaha, Nebraska,
March 16, 1898. 3. Benjamin, was born May 19. 1803,
and died in 1825. He was educated in Pinkerton
Academy, learned surveying and died of lung trou-
ble, as many of the family did. 4. Hannah C, was
born January 3, 1806, was educated at Pinkerton,
taught school some time, and died January 21,
1837. 5- Mary, born April 4, 1808, and died in Lon-
donderry, April I, 1893. She married, April 7, 1831,
Nathaniel Corning, of Litchfield, by whom she had
seven children. 6. Sarah Jane, born August 7, 1810,
died in Andover, Massachusetts, April 26, 1893.
She was educated in Adams Academy for Young
Ladies in Derry. November 26, 1835, she was mar-
ried to Jacob Chickering, piano maker of Andover,
and Boston, by whom she had six children. 7. Alex-
ander is mentioned in a paragraph below. 8. Alice
Henry, born September 6, 1816, died unmarried in
Andover, Massachusetts, February 25, 1892. She
was a teacher for many years. 9. Eliza, born June
17, 1821. died in Andover, Massachusetts, Septem-
ber 4, 1856. She was a teacher from an early be-
ginning. She never married and died at the home
of her sister, Mrs. Jacob Chickering.

(IV) Captain Alexander (3), seventh child and
fourth son of Alexander (2) and Sally (Duncan)
MacMurphy, was born in Londonderry. December
9, 1813, and died in the house where he was born,
July 9, 1898. He was educated at Pinkerton Acad-
emy, worked in the piano factory of his brother-in-
law, Jacob Chickering, moved buildings, settled es-
tates, was assignee, guardian and trustee, owned
considerable real estate, was in the New Hampshire
militia ensign, captain, and lieutenant. He married,
April 25, 1844, in Pelham. Sarah A. Gibson, who
\yas born in Pelham, April 2, 1818, daughter of
Jesse and Sarah (Atwood) Gibson. She died on
the old homestead, September 5, 1907. To them
were born six children : Jesse Gibson, mentioned
below ; Eliza Jane, born June 19, 1848, died Febru-
ary 3, 1858; Angeline, October 16, 1852, died Jan-
uary 9, 1854; a daughter, February 24, 1855, died
May 17, 1855; Emma Caroline, December 20, 1857.
died August 10. 1865, and Hannah Jane, born July
30, i860. She lives on the old homestead in Derry.
She graduated from Pinkerton Academy, is a mem-
ber of Derry Grange and of the Order of the
Eastern Star.

(V) Rev. Jesse Gibson MacMurphy, eldest child
of Alexander and Sarah A. (Gibson) MacMurphy,
was born in Derry, April 8, 1845. After leaving the
common schools he attended Pinkerton Academy
from 1859 to 1863 ; entered Dartmouth College in
1865. and graduated in 1868 with the degree of
Bachelor of Science. In 1873 he took the degree of
Bachelor of Divinity at Nashotah Theological Sem-
inary, was made deacon by Bishop Armitage in
1873, and priest by Bishop Whitehouse in 1874. He
was rector of St. Peter's, Sheboygan Falls, Wiscon-
sin, 1873-74; Immanuel, Racine, Wisconsin, 1874-77:
Holy Innocents, Racine, Wisconsin, 1880; St. John's
San Francisco, 1881-84; Immanuel. Racine, a second
time several years ■; and has been rector of the
Church of the Transfiguration, West Derry, from
1899 to the present time (1907). He was a teacher
in private schools twenty years ; three years in Ra-
cine College, three years in San Francisco, and one
year in Baltimore. His life has been active, useful



and successful as a preacher and a teacher, and he
has also succeeded in a financial way. He is a di-
rector in the First National Bank of Derry, and
a trustee of Nutfield Savings Bank. He is a mem-
ber of the New Hampshire Historical Society, the
New England Historical Society, the Confraternity
of the Blessed Sacrament, the Society for the Pro-
motion of Christian Unity. A member of Derry
Grange. No. 282, Patrons of Husbandry, and the
Board of Trade of Derry. He is also a thirty-sec-
ond degree Mason, and a member of the following
named divisions of the order: St. Mark's Lodge,
No. zt4, . Free and Accepted Masons, Derry; Bell
Royal Arch Chapter, No. 25 ; Mt. Nebo Council,
No'. IS, Royal and Select Alasters : Trinity Com-
mandery. Knights Templar of Manchester ; and
Edward A. Raymond Consistory, Sublime Princes
of the Royal Secret of Nashua. He is also a mem-
ber of Ransford Chapter, No. 3, Order of the East-
ern Star, of Derry; and Bektash Temple of the
Ancient Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine, of
Concord.

He married, in Londonderry, April 23, 1870,
Mary Lucy James, who was born September i,
1846, daughter of Captain Joseph Warren and Har-
riet Neely (Hoyt) James, of Deerfield. She is a
graduate of the Normal School at Salem, Massa-
chusetts, and is a successful teacher, lecturer, and
scholar. In 1886 she visited the cities of Europe
and made a study of art in painting, etc. There
have been born to them three children : Sarah
Russell, who was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin,
September 29. 1871, and graduated from the New
England Conservatory of Music in 1893. She was
a teacher of music in St. Mary's, Dallas, Texas.
1893-96: took music lessons of the court pianist
Barth in Berlin, Germany. 1896-97: returned and
was head teacher in St. Mary's 1897-98: was prin-
cipal teacher of music in the School of Music at
the University of West Virginia, 1898-1904: sum-
mered and wintered for health in Wyoming, 1905-06,
and one year in southern California (Lajola). She
resides in Derry. Alexander James, born August
29, 1875, at Ellison's Bay, Wisconsin, died there in
camp, August 31, 1875. and was buried in Mound
cemetery in Racine. Jerome Case was born in Ra-
cine, Wisconsin, April 19, 1881. He graduated from
the University of West Virginia-, in 1902, and taught
school one year. For several years he has been in
the department store of Marshall Field, Chicago.
He married, July 14, 1906, Mabel Louisa Pullen.
daughter of John F. and Louisa (Warner) Pullen,
of Newtonville, Massachusetts.

The large number bearing this name
BROWN among the pioneer settlers of New
England have left a very numerous
progenv. The frequent recurrence of the same
Christian names has rendered it extremely difficult
to trace the descent of many. Happily, the line
herein covered is fairly complete and includes some
prominent citizens of New Hampshire who have
earned distinction by their own merit and ability.
(I) John Brown, born in England in 1588-9,
came to Massachusetts as early as 1635, and settled
permanently at Hampton, in what is now New
Hampshire, in 1639. He w^as granted ' a house lot
of - four acres,, but soon after purchased ten acres
from John Sanders, upon which he took up his resi-
dence. This property continued in the hands of
his lineal descendants through seven generations.
He must have been a man of much industiy, for he
made several additions to this tract by purchase,
and also acquired other tracts in various parts of
the town. He died February 28, 1687. The records




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show that his wife's Christian name was Sarah.
Their children were: Sarah, John, Benjamin,
Elizabeth, Jacob, Mary, Thomas and Stephen.
(Mention of Thomas and descendants forms part of
this article).

(II) Benjamin, second son and third child of
John and Sarah Brown, was born about 1647, in

» Hampton, and was a farmer residing in the south-
eastern part of the town, in what is now Seabrook,
on land received from his father. He was married,
in 1679, to Sarah Brown, daughter of William and
Elizabeth (Murford) Brown, pioneer settlers of
Salisbur}', Massachusetts. She was born April 12,
1658, in Salisbury. Their children were : William,
Sarah, Benjamin, Elizabeth, John, Jacob, Stephen,
Mary, Thomas and Jeremiah.

(III) Thomas, ninth child and sixth son of Ben-
jamin and Sarah (Brown) Brown, was born May
21, 1699, in Hampton, and resided in that part of
the town now Seabrook, where he died in Novem-
ber, 1765. He was married May 2, 1729, to Mehit-
abel, daughter of Joseph and Mehitabel (Hobbs)
Towle, of Hampton. Their sons were : Joseph,
Benjamin, Thomas and John.

(IV) Joseph, eldest child of Thomas and Me-
hitabel (Towle) Brown, was born about 1730, in
Seabrook, and resided in Kensington, where he was
married, September 30, 1754, to Phebe Neal. Their
children were : Molly, Dorothy, Betty, Abigail,
John, Nancy and Nathaniel.

(V) Nathaniel, youngest child of Joseph and
Phebe (Neal) Brown, was born June i, 1777, in
Kensington. He resided at • Newburyport for a
number of years after his marriage ; but finally left
there in 1814 and removed to Chester, New Hamp-
shire, and resided on the Elliott place. He married
Mary Sleeper, of Newburyport, who was born
March 16, 1779. Their children were : John
Sleeper, Nathaniel, Simon, Mary, Sarah S., Eliza-
zeth E. and Charles H.

(VI) Nathaniel, second son and child of Nathan-
iel and Mary (Sleeper) Brown, was born in New-
buryport, Massachusetts, September 2, 1799, and ac-
companied his parents on their removal to New
Hampshire. He was a farmer and blacksmith, and
made a specialty of the manufacture of edge tools.
He married Sarah, daug-hter of William and Sarah
(Hall) Graham, of Pembroke. She was educated
at Pembroke Academy, and taught school before
marriage. She was a member of the Methodist
church. The children of this union were : Sarah,
Ann, Mary J., Belinda, Abbie F., William G.,
Elizabeth, George E., Simon H. The first two died
unmarried. Abbie F. married Simon Prescott. Wil-
liam G. is mentioned below. George E. married
Malone Davis, and Julia Spiller; Simon H. married
Ella Kimball.

(VII) William Graham, sixth child of Nathaniel
(2) and Sarah (Graham) Brown, was born in
that part of Chester (now Auburn), November 19,
1838, and was educated in the common schools,
and also by private teachers. He worked three
years at the shoemaker's trade, and afterward
learned the nursery business and carried it on six
years in Auburn. He now owns and cultivates a
farm of seventy-five acres, and is engaged in mar-
ket-gardening. He enlisted in Company K, First
New Hampshire Artillery, in 1864, and served a
year as a drummer, being discharged in 1865. In
local political faith he is a Republican, and has been
selectman ten years, and was elected to the legisla-
ture in 1895, serving in the session of 1896-7. He
is a Methodist, and has been Sunday school .super-
intendent twenty years. A member of Chester Post,



Grand Army of the Republic, and also of Massabe-
sic Grange No. 127, Patrons of Husbandry, and is
past chaplain. He married (first), 1867, Mary A.
Neal, who was born in Candia, February 21, 1839.
and died June 21, 1897. She was the daughter of
Peter and Mary (McDuffee) Neal, of Candia. He
married (second), April 10, 1900, Ella F. Hanson,
who was born in Manchester, October 13, 1847,
daughter of Wyman and Mary (Martin) Hanson,
of Manchester. Mrs. Brown was educated in the
common schools and at Manchester Business Col-
lege, and taught fifty-two terms of school. For



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