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early member of the Congregational Church in
Laconia. He was married February 15, 1791, in
Hollis, by Rev. Daniel Emerson, to Rebecca Boyn-
ton, of Hollis. She was born in Hollis, November
20, 1765. and died June 28, 1843. Their children
were: Rebecca, Benjamin, Sally, John B., Moses,
Hannah and Mehitabel.

(VH) Benjamin (3), son of Benjamin (2) and
Rebecca (Boynton) Jewett, was born in Gilford,
July 16, 1795, and died March 23, 1879. He was
educated at Gilmanton Academy, and taught school
several years, and then opened a general store in
Gilford Village, which he conducted for a number
of years. Subsequently he returned to the home
farm and spent the remainder of his life there. He
was a Whig in politics, and filled the office of justice
of the peace. He was a Congregationalist in re-
ligion, and clerk of the church of that faith in La-
conia. He married (first), December 17, 1820, Sally
Sleeper, of Gilmanton; and (second). November 7,
183 1, Maria French, of Gilmanton, who was born
January 7, 1800, and died September 21, 1875. By
his first wife he had one child, John Quincy Adams,
and by the second, three children : Sarah Maria,
Rebecca Melcher, and Benjamin Quincy, whose
sketch follows.

(VHI) Benjamin Quincy, youngest child of
Benjamin (3) and Maria (French) Jewett, was
born in Gilford, August 2, 1838, died February 13,
1890. He was educated in the public schools and at
Gilford Academy, and after leaving school took
charge of the farm which his grandfather settled,
and devoted his life to agriculture. He was a re-
spected member of the Laconia Congregational
Church, and a strict observer of the Sabbath. In
politics he was a Republican. He was much inter-
ested in the order Patrons of Husbandry, and was
instrumental in starting Mt. Belknap Grange, which
was one of the first organized in this section, and of
which he was a charter member, continuing active
in its work till the time of his death. He married
(first), June i, 1865, Huldah Maria Brown, who
was born in Loudon, September 30, 1840, daughter
of Richard and Sally Brown, of Loudon. She died
September 15, 1870. He married (second), De-
cember 25, 1871, Mary Page Price, who was born
in Gilmanton, August 22, 1836. The children of the
first wife were Benjamin Richard and John Young;
by the second, Harvey Austin, and Edwin Price, the
subject of the next paragraph.

(IX) Edwin Price, son of Benjamin Q. and
Mary Page (Price) Jewett, was born in Gilford,
February 21, 1877. He was educated in the public
schools and at Tilton Seminary and New Hamp-
shire State College, graduating from the latter
school with the class of 1901. After leaving college
he entered the employ of the Walker-Gordon Labor-
atory Company, Boston, New York and Philadelphia,
producers of sanitary and modified milk. He re-
mained with this firm about two and a half years,

being for the most of this time assistant superin-
tendent of their largest farm, located in New Jersey,
and producing milk for the select trade of New
York and Philadelphia. Owing to failure in health
he was obliged to give up this work and he then re-
turned to the homestead, the same place which his
great-grandfather cleared more than one hundred
years before, where he has since resided. He is a
Republican in politics, and in religion a Congrega-

The family name of Powers is from
POWERS the old Norman name "Le Poer," as

old in England as the time of Wil-
liam the Conqueror, one of whose officers bore
that name in the battle of Hastings. From that
time on the namr. has borne an honorable place in
the history of England. The immigrant ancestor
of this family came to Massachusetts in early
Colonial times, doubtless as a refugee from the re-
ligious oppression in England of the Stuarts. The
name Powers is of Norman origin and the martial
qualities of some members of this family entitle
them to the credit of belonging to a race which has
produced many brilliant soldiers.

(I) Walter Powers, born in Essex, England, in
1639, came to New England, and later settled on a
tract of land then in Concord, now in Littleton, Mas-
srchusetts. His house was on the north side of
Quagony hill and near Magog pond, where he died
February 22, 1709. He was married in Maiden,
March 11, 1661, to Trial Shepard, who was born
December 19, 1641, daughter of Deacon Ralph and
Thanks Shepard, of Maiden. Their children were :
William, Mar}^ Isaac, Thomas, Daniel, Increase,
Walter, Jacob and Sarah. (Daniel and descendants
are mentioned in this article).

(II) William, eldest child of Walter Powers,
was born March 16, 1661, in Concord, Massachu-
setts, and died there March 16, 1710. He inherited
the homestead on which he resided. He married
Mary Bank, daughter of John and Hannah Bank,
of (ihelmsford. Their children were ; John, Wil-
liam, Experience, Mary, Samuel (died young),
Samuel, Lemuel, Ephraim, Walter and Benjamin.

(III) William (2), second son and child of
William (i) and Mary (Bank) Powers, was born
in 1691, and was married March 16, 1714, to Lydia
Perham, who was born October 20, 1693. His
children included Lemuel, William and Stephen.

(IV) Lemuel, son of William (2) and Lydia
(Perham) Powers, was born in 1714, and died in
1792. Despite his age, he served as a soldier in the
Revolution. He was a cooper by trade, and re-
sided in Grafton and Uxbridge, Massachusetts. His
estate was administered by William Powers, of
Grafton, probably his brother. He was married.
January 14, 1742, to Thankful Leland, daughter of
James and Hannah (Earned) Leland. She was
born August 16, 1724, and died in 1809. Their
children were born in Grafton, from 1742 to 1765,
namely: Deliverance, Ezekiel, Lydia, Prudence,
David, Rev. Lemuel, Sarah, Thankful, Colonel Sam-
uel and Mary. Soon after the death of her hus-
band the widow. Thankful (Leland) Powers, re-
moved to Croydon, New Plampshire, where several
of her children were then located.

(V) Colonel Samuel, fourth son and ninth
child of Lemuel and Thankful (Leland) Powers,
was born 1762, in Uxbridge. He was a soldier of
the Revolution and. after the triumph of the col-
onies in that struggle, was among the earliest set-
tlers of Crojrdon, New Plampshire, and was an in-



fluential citizen and popular with his fellows. . He
died of spotted fever in 1813. He was married in
1784, to Chloe Cooper, of Croydon, and his chil-
dren, twelve in number, included : Olive, Obed,
Solomon L., Judith, Ara, Larned and Samuel.

(VI) Larned, son of Colonel Samuel and
Chloe (Cooper) Powers, was born April 20, 1808,
in Croydon, New Hampshire, and was among those
who early settled in the neighboring town of Cor-
nish. His wife was Ruby Barton, of a noted Croy-
don family, daughter of John A. Barton, a promi-
nent citizen (see Barton). Larned Powers died in
Cornish in 1896. Ruby Barton was born July 9,
1808, and died in Cornish in 1900. They were the
parents of four children : Caroline Matilda, Eras-
tus Barton, Alice Victoria and Samuel Leland, all
of whom are still living. Larned Powers was a
man of strong character and the highest integrity.
He was public-spirited, and took a lively interest
in political matters, although he declined to be a
candidate for office. He was what was commonly
termed a "Jackson Democrat," and fully believed
in the principles of of the party. He was one of
the best farmers in the county, and kept thoroughly
in touch with the progress of agriculture. Both he
and his wife were greatly interested in education,
Mrs. Powers having been a school teacher in her
earlier years. Both their daughters were educated
at Kimball Union Academy, and for a number of
years followed the profession of teaching. Their
son. Erastus Barton, fitted for college at Kimball
Union Academy, and graduated at Dartmouth in
the class of 1865, being valedictorian of that class,
a'nd receiving one of the highest ranks in scholar-
ship that has ever been awarded at Dartmouth.
He graduated from the Harvard Law School in
1867, and is now engaged in the practice of law
in the city of Boston. He has been a great student
all his life, and is regarded as a critic of high
rank in literature.

(Vn) Samuel Leland Powers, youngest child
of Larned and Ruby (Barton) Powers, was born
October 26, 1848, in Cornish, where his boyhood
days were passed. He was fitted for college at
Kimball Union Academy and Phillips Exeter
Academy, and graduated at Dartmouth in the
class of 1874. Among his classmates who have
acquired distinction are Frank N. Parsons, chief jus-
tice of the supreme court of New Hampshire; (jen-
eral Frank S. Streeter, one of the leaders of the
bar in that state ; Edwin G. Eastman, for the last
twelve years attorney general of New Hampshire :
John A. Aiken, present chief justice of the superior
court of Massachusetts ; Honorable Samuel W. Mc-
Call, who for many years has represented the Har-
vard College district of Massachusetts in congress ;
the late William H. Davis, an eminent clergyman
in the Congressional Church;- and many others
who have achieved prominence outside of New
England. Mr. Powers studied law first with Wil-
liam W. Bailey, Esq., at Nashua, New Hampshire,
later at the law school of the University of the
City of New York, and with Very & Gaskill, of
Worcester, Massachusetts, in which office he was
at the time of his admission to the bar in Novem-
ber, 1875. He formed a partnership in January of
the following year, with his classmate, Congress-
man McCall, opening an office in Boston, which
partnership continued for one year. Later he be-
came associated with Colonel J. H. Benton, of
Boston, with whom he remained for four years ; he
then formed a partnership with his brother, under
the name of Powers & Powers, which continued

until 1889, at which time he became general coun-
sel for the New England Telephone and Telegraph
Company. Later on he went into partnership with
Edward K. Hall and Matt B. Jones, which partner-
ship continued until 1903, at which time Mr. Jones
left the firm to become the general counsel for the
New England Telephone and Telegraph Company.
The present law firm is known as Powers & Hall,
and is one of the large and successful law firms in

Mr. Powers was married, in 1878, to Evelyn
Crowell, of Dennis, Massachusetts. They have one
son, Leland, who was born July i, 1890, and at the
present time is a member of the sophomore class
at Dartmouth. Mr. Powers removed to Newton in
1882, where he has since resided. He has been a
member of both branches of the city government
and of the school board of that city. In 1890, in re-
sponse to a public demand, he became a candidate
on the Republican ticket for congress from the
Eleventh Massachusetts District, receiving a unani-
mous nomination and being elected by a majority
of some 13,000. He accepted a re-election, serving
in the fifty-seventh and fifty-eighth congress, but
declined another re-election, although he was
strongly urged to accept it, and returned to the
practice of his profession in 1905. In the fifty-sev-
enth congress he -was a member of the committees on
judiciary and the District of Columbia, and was
selected as one of five members to draft the trust
legislation of the second session of the fifty-seventh
congress. He was selected as one of the house
managers to prosecute the impeachment of Judge
Swayne before the United States senate in 1904.
While in congress he took an active and prominent
part in the debates of the time. He was instrumen-
tal in forming what is known as the Tantlus Club,
that being an organization of the new Republican
members of the fifty-seventh congress, and con-
tinued as president of that organization during his
two terms in congress.

He is president of the Middlesex Republican
Club, the largest political organization in Massa-
chusetts, and vice-president of the Massachusetts
Republican Club, a member of the University Club
of Boston, of the Newton Club and the Hunnewell
Club, of Newton, and is connected with various
military organizations, he having formerly been
an active member in the militia of the state. He
is a Unitarian in religion, attending the Channing
Church at Newton. He spends his summers at
Meredith, New Hampshire, on the shores of Lake
Winnipesaukee, where he has a camp, and has at
all times shown great interest in the affairs of his
native state. He is a member of the board of trus-
tees of Dartmouth College, in which he takes the
greatest interest. He is an owner in the large farm
which was tilled for so many years by his father in
Cornish, New Hampshire, and intends to retain it
for the family for many years to come.

(II) Daniel, son of Walter and Trial (Shep-
ard) Powers, was born in Concord, May 10, 1669.
He owned a tract of land one mile wide and ex-
tending the whole length of the township of Lit-
tleton. He married (first), April 8, 1702, Elizabeth
Whitcomb, who was a daughter of Jonathan and
Hannah Whitcomb, of Lancaster. Jonathan Whit-
comb died in 1700, and his widow, Hannah, was
killed by the Indians at Lancaster in 1702. Eliza-
beth Powers died about 1711, and Daniel married
(second) Martha Bates. There were five children
by the first marriage, and eight by the second mar-
riage : Daniel, Jonathan, Oliver, Peter, (known



as Captain Peter, of Hollis) Hannah, William,
Sepheran, Timothy, Jarahmael, Martha, Abijah,
Tryphena and Increase.

(III) Jonathan, second son and child of
Daniel and Elizabeth (Whitconib) Powers, was
born in Littleton, October 13, 1704. He lived in
that part of Lancaster which is now Sterling. He
served six weeks in scouting service in July and
August, 1748, following the attack by the Indians
upon Lunenburg, and the capture of John Fitch
and his family, and in 1755 was a volunteer in Cap-
tain Peter Powers' company of Colonel Josiah
Brown's regiment, at Crown Point. In a petition
in 1756 for compensation he records his experi-
ence in the service : "Jonathan Powers enlisted
himself a private under the command of Captain
Jeduthan Ballding in Colonel Brown's Regiment
to go in the expedition against Crown Point the
Last year. * * * i -was taken sick at Lake
George and so continued for thre wekes and after
recovering some small strength I was embarked
in a wagon and got Down to Albany with much
Deficulty and thare Taried thre Days and then I
being Verry desirous of Citing hom, atempted a
tryel and Traveled as my strength would bare
untill I got to Kingston, and sent Home for Horse
and man to come to my assistance being unable
to proceed any further I had got so weke." Ap-
pended to this statement are the items of expense
attending a sickness at home of three weeks. He
also served in the war of the Revolution in Captain
Dow's company at Bunker Hill. In "The History
of Hollis," pg. 206, is a copy of the "Great Re-
turn." It contains the names of all the soldiers
from Hollis. In this list is the name of Jonathan
Powers as serving in the Continental army in 1775
at the battle of Bunker Hill and Cambridge eight
months. He received twenty-four cents per day.
He was the oldest soldier of his company, recorded
in several places. He was over seventy years of
age at the time, but gave his age as "sixty." He
died before the close of the year 1775- He
was married (first) November i, 1750, to Lois
Blood, and they settled at Pine Hill, a section of
Old Dunstable, a few rods east of the Hollis Ime,
where he cleared off the forest and built their
home. His first wife died in 1763, and he was
married (second) November 28, 1764, to Susannah
Willoughby. There were nine children of the first
marriage (four died in infancy), and eight of the
second, namely: Lois, Bridget, Betsey, Jerusha,
Jonathan, John, Susannah, David, Anna, Lucy,
Jonas, Joseph and Rebecca. (Mention of John and
David and descendants forms a part of this arti-

(IV) John, eldest of the eight children of Jon-
athan Powers and his second wife, Susanna Wil-
loughby, was born March 9, 1766. He married
Hannah Brooks, of Hollis, New Hampshire, No-
vember 28, 1793. They had six children: John,
born August 25, 1796; Nathan, mentioned below;
Noah, born November 13, 1802; Isaac, born Octo-
ber 4, 1804; Ira, born September 22, 1807; William
P., born April 24, 1813. John Powers died at Hol-
lis, New Hampshire, November 6, 1815, at the age
of forty-nine.

(V) Nathan, second son and child of John and
Hannah (Brooks) Powers, was born December 8,
1798. He was a man upright in character, honest
in ail his dealings, progressive and decided in his
opinions. He was engaged in the stove business
in Peterboro, New Hampshire, and later, with his
son John A. Powers, came to Milford, New Hamp-

shire, where the two conducted a successful busi-
ness for many years. Nathan Powers married
Rhoda C. Buttertield on December 16, 1820. They
had four children : John Alvin, mcnlioned below ;
Lydia Ann, born December 31, 1823; Charles
Brooks, born February 27, 1826; Albert Smith, born
March 2, 1834. Nathan Powers died in January,
17, 1851, at the age of lifty-three years.

(VI) John Alvin, eldest son and child of Na-
than and Rhoda (Buttertield) Powers, was born
March 9, 1822, at Townsend, Massachusetts. When
a young man he lived in Peterboro, New Hamp-
shire, where he learned his trade. In 1844 he came
to Milford, New Hampshire, with his father. The
two were engaged in business together till 1851,
when the death of his father compelled a change.
In 1856 John A. Powers was associated with John
Dickey in the manufacture of tinware and baskets.
After the death of Mr. Dickey, Mr. Powers car-
ried on the business alone. He enlarged it each
year until 1870, when he built what was at that
time the largest business block in Milford. He
was a man who had the confidence and esteem of
all. His purse-strings were always open to all de-
serving and worthy poor and to all charitable ob-
jects. The poor heaped blessings upon his head
which others knew little about. He commanded
the love and respect of all who knew him. He was
a successful and reliable business man, and one who
took an active part in all matters pertaining to the
general welfare of the town and its inhabitants.
He was among the first to adopt improvements, and
he always advocated advancement. He served the
town in several responsible positions, and always dis-
charged his duties thoroughly, faithfully and hon-
estly. For thirty-seven years he was engaged in
business at Milford, New Hampshire, and upon his
death the town lost one of its most respected citi-
zens. John A. Powers was twice married. He
married, September 24, 1846, Lucy J. Conant, of
Lyme, New Hampshire. They had one child —
George A., born June 28, 1848. Mrs. Lucy (Con-
ant) Powers died September 20, 1851. He married
(second) February i, 1862, Sarah L. Spalding,
daughter of Asaph S. and Hannah (Colburn) Spald-
ing, of Hollis, New Hampshire. To this union three
children were born: Ella M., born August 19, 1865,
Frank W., born April 3, 1868, and Fred C, born
February 20, 1871. John A. Powers died October
30, 1881, at the age of fifty-nine years.

(VII) Ella M., only daughter and eldest child
of John A. and Sarah C. (Spalding) Powers, was
born at Milford, New Hampshire, Agust 19, 1865.
After attending the public schools in that town she
went to Colby Academy, New London, New Hamp-
sire, where she completed the four years' course
in two years' time. When nineteen years of age
she went to New York, where she successfully con-
ducted a private school of which she was principal
for five years. At the same time she pursued an
advanced course in music at the Metropolitan Col-
lege of Music in New York City. During her
years of teaching, Miss Powers became a regular
contributor to eight educational and teachers' jour-
nals. Over five hundred articles written by her
have been published. The subjects which claim her
attention are literature, science and history. Miss
Powers has done much to foster a love for our
song birds among the children of the public
schools. She was the first to advocate and pub-
lish exercises for the observance of Bird Day in
the schools. For many years her books of exer-



cises relating to the school observance of Thanks-
giving, Christmas, Washington's Birthday, Arbor
Day and Memorial Day have been published.

Miss Powers has composed nearly one hundred
children's songs, which have been published. In
many instances she has not only composed the
words and the music, but with pen and ink sketches
illustrated the words of the songs. She has writ-
ten and also assisted many writers in the prepara-
tion of books on art, biography and literature.
These have been adapted for school use as supple-
mentary reading for the grades. She is widely
known in educational circles of this country, and
her remarkable versatile talents have been liltingly
recognized by her publishers and by honorary mem-
berships to various literary and educational organi-
zations in the country. Besides writing her own
manuscripts, doing the work of editing, proof-
reading and revising, she is often engaged upon
works of review or in preparing manuscripts of
others for the press.

In 1899 Miss Powers became principal of the
Sanborn School of New York City. In 1900 she
began a series of school-readers, seven in num-
ber, covering the entire course of reading in the
nine grades of our public schools. Few women,
alone, have attempted such an exhaustive work.
These readers are called the Silver-Burdett Read-
ers, from the name of the publishers, Silver, Bur-
dett & Company of New York City.

When not engaged in the pleasures of travel,
music and art, Miss Powers may be found living
quietly in the little New England town of Milford
among her rare books and her music. Her motto
has always been "Accomplish something," and she
has lived up to this teaching. She is at present
engaged upon a series of histories to be used in
the public schools.

(IV) David, son of Jonathan Powers, and
eighth child of his second wife, Susan Willoughby,
was born June 4, 1770, in Dunstable, New Hamp-
shire, and died April 7, 1849, in Hollis, this state.
His birthplace was just outside the present town
of Hollis, where his father was then living. About
1814 he removed to Barnard, Vermont, where he
resided until shortly before the birth of his last
child, when he returned to Hollis, New Hamp-
shire, and died in that town, as above noted. He
was among those who went to the defense of Ports-
mouth in 1814. He married (first) Mary Messer,
and after her decease, married (second) Lydia
Adams, of Dunstable, New Hampshire. The chil-
dren of the first marriage were : David, Charlotte,
Mary, Rebecca; and those of the second were:
Lydia Spaulding, Myles, Hannah, Susan Wood,
Harvey A., Luther Adams, Salome, William Wil-
loughby, Calvin Page, Sarah Jane and Silas Curtis.

(V) Harvey A., son of David Powers, and fifth
child of his second wife, Lydia Adams, was born
February 17, 1817, in Barnard, Vermont, and died
in Hollis, New Hampshire, June 10, 1882. He was
educated in the district schools. He went to Abing-
ton, Massachusetts, where he manufactured shoes
six years. From there he removed to Hollis, New
Hampshire, where he was engaged for a number
of years in the business of contractor and builder,
and bought a farm upon which he passed his last
years. He was a member of the Baptist Church
and of the Grange, and voted the Democratic
ticket. He married March 7, 1839, in Hollis, Sarah
Adeline Colburn, who was born in Hollis July 31,
1820. and died in Hollis in 1896. She was the
daughter of Robert and Kasiah (Wright) Colburn,

of Plollis, and was a member of the Baptist Church
and the Grange. Their ten children were : Fran-
cena, a daughter unnamed, Alphonso H., Erwin,
Ozro E., Luray C, Marcellus J., Perley A., Llew-
ellyn S., and Jesse B.

(VI) Alphonso Harvey, third child and eldest
son of Harvey A. and Sarah Adeline (Colburn)
Powers, was born in Abington, Massachusetts,
April 27, 1843. He was educated in the public
schools, the Nashua High School and the State
Normal School at Bridgewater, Massachusetts,
graduating from the last named institution with the
class of 1870. He taught school the following nine
years, filling positions in Crosby's Institute at
Nashua, N. H., in the Boston Asylum and Farm
Schools for Boys, on Thompson's Island, Boston
Harbor, and at Dedham and Bridgewater, Massa-
chusetts. From Bridgewater he removed to Hollis,
New Hampshire, and subsequently to Litchfield,

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