Leonard Allison Morrison.

Historical : the earliest history and genealogy, covering nearly three hundred years, from about 1600 to 1891, of the Dinsmoor-Dinsmore family of Scotland, Ireland, and America ; with that of many of their descendants, and additional facts relating to the sixteen first settlers and their families of online

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COVEEING NEAELY THREE HUNDEED YEAES, FEOM
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OF SCOTLA^^D, lEELAXD, l^sd AMERICA;



Vv'ITH THAT OF MANY OF THEIR DESCENDANTS, AND

ADDITIONAL FACTS RELATING TO THE SIXTEEN

FIRST SETTLERS AND THEIR FAMILIES OF

LONDONDERRY, NEW HAMPSHIRE,

WHO EMIGRcATED TO AMERICA

IN 1719:



Also. Statistics Conccrnini,^ the McKean and Bell Families ;

WITH A POEM, "THE HEROES OF THE SIEGE OF
LONDONDERRY, IRELAND, 1G88-89."

By LEOXAED ALLISON MORRISON, A. AI.,

OF WINDHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE.



LOWELL, MASS.
Morning Mail Print: No. 147 Central Street,

1891.



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THE DINSMOOR FAMILY.



Tins family of historic fame is of Scotch blood, and in
the earliest account of any of this race their home is found
upon Scottish soil.

ORIGIX OF THE NAME.

The name Dinsmoor is rarely found m Scotland, al-
though D^msmore is frequently seen, and Dinsmwn* and
Dinsraore are occasionally observed. In Ireland, the
riatronvniic is borne bv many persons in the vicinity of
Dallymoney, County Antrim, and they are jresumably
ilescendants of John Dinsmoor^, the emigrant to Ulster
from Scotland. Dinsmoor aj^peai'S as the original method
of si^ellino;, and was crenerally followed till about 1800.
Since then it became the fashion for some to spell their
name Dinsmore, and it is frequently seen as Dunsmoor,
Dunmore, Dunsmore, Densmore, Dcnsmoor, but generally
the orthography is Dinsmoor and Dinsmore, the latter
methods frequently appearing in the same family, and
x)ft.3n each has been adopted by the same individual at
difforent periods of life.

The family is not an ancient one, nor, on the whole,
very numerous ; and upon the other side of the water
the name has never been borne, to my knowledge, by the
gentry or nobility. The Dinsmoors were commoners.
Rev. John W. Dinsmore, D. D., of Bloomington, 111.,
gives this as the probable origin of this patronymic : —

"I have no doubt but that the original ancestor wrote,
if he could write, Dunsemoor (dtmse, a little hill, and
mooi\ heath). He probably lived on, or by, a little hill
at the ediie of the heath, or moor."



jjiy;<MooJis OF scoiland.



tin: riLsr knoavn dinsmook.

1. Laird DiiiMuoor', tlic jtrogciiitnr, and earliest
knoHiJ ancestor of the J^insmoors, was a Scotchin:\n,
horn in Aiil«l Scotia certainly not far from tlie ^'var
1600. The fact that lie wa8 called Laird would indi-
cate that he was a man of some note and consequence io
his locality. lie was a farmer, had tenants under him,^
and dwelt on the hank of the flowing Tweed, at a place
wliich traditi<»n has variously called Achenmead, Auehin-
mode, Aikenn:eail, and other variations of the n.-fue.
This spot lias not been identifie<l and located l)y his in-
quiring and investigating descendants. 'J'radition assrrt»
that he was a follower and adherent of Douglass, and a8
one of those powerful chiefs had his home in a fortress,
whose walls were of wondrous thickness and strength.
placed on a ]>rojeeting rock in a fiercely wind-swept and
narrow defile, on the north bank of the River Tweed,
known as Xeidpath Castle, near the City of Peebles, it i»
not amiss to hazard the conjecture that Laird ])iiis-
moor's home was in the immediate vicinity. Fair and
beautiful is that locality, and the river, as it rushes
through the deep gorge on its way from the highlands
to the sea, sings of Scotland, and is itself one of ibe
fairest streams in the home of our forefathers.

Of the mental characteristics of the Laird we know
but little. But it is evident that he w^as strongly imbued
with the prevailing principle of his age, that the eldest
born should receive undue homage and respect from the
younger, — a sentiment wliich was repugnant to the
second son, to his American descendants, and tv> all
Americans. His home being u| on the bank of the
Tweed, as he was living there some two hundred and
twenty-five years ago, or about 1667, it is probable that
he finished his days in the land of his birth, and that his-
dust mingles with the soil of his native Scotland.
" Requiescat in pace."

CHILDREN' OF LAIIID DIKSMOOR*, OF SCOTLAND.

2. Dinsmoor*. whose Christian name is not known, was bora in-

Scotland, presumably about 1648. He remained in Scotland, and
being the eldest, inh'erited his father's titles, dignities, homage^
and respect.

3. John Dinsmoor', of Ballj'wattick, Ballymcney, Ireland.



DINS MO OB S OF IB EL AND. 5

John Dinsraoor2, b. in Scotland, presumably about
1650. He was required, by his father, it is said, with
uncovered head, to hold the off stirrup of his elder
brother's saddle, when he mounted his horse. He felt
humiliated by the requirement, and in his seventeenth
year, or about 1667, he forsook his father's house and
early home, his kindred and native land, and went forth,
bearing no property or goods with him, save a cane in
his hand, his wearing apparel upon his person, with
striped woollen hose upon his stalwart feet, and a o^rav
bonnet of huge extent which covered his independent
and mnnly head. Thus he left his native land, and thus
he first appeared in the Province of Ulster, in the Parish
of Ballywattick, one of the town lands of Ballymoney,
County of Antrim, Ireland. For, like thousands of others
of the best blood of the Lowlands of Scotland at that
time, he crossed the belt of sea dividing the two coun-
tries, and helped to reclaim the cruelly confiscated land
of the native Celts. There he made his home, and
although the young adventurer was in a foreign land, yet
he was surrounded, not by a strange people, but by those
of his own race and nation. He was married, at the asje
of twenty, about 1670, was left a widower at seventy,
lived a widower for twentv-nine vears, and was "o-athered
to his fathers" at the great age of ninety-nine years. He
was widely known for his good sense, his moral worth,
his fervent piety.

He established the home in Ballywattick, and for gen-
erations his descendants have there resided, the last of
them leaving the place in 1838.

CHILDREN OF JOHN DINSMOOR", THE SCOTCH EMIGRANT TO IRELAND.

4. John Dinsmoor= (see No. 8), b. as early as 1671, in Ballywattick, Bal-

lymoney, County Antrim, Ireland. Emigrated to Londonderry, X.
H., that portion which is now Windham, N. H.. as early as 1723,
and is the ancestor of most of the Dinsmoors of New Hampshire.

5. Robert Dinsmoor' (12). b. in Ballywattick, Ireland, as early as 1673;

res. Ballywattick. Ireland; living there in 1715.

6. Adam Dinsmoor^ (.58). b. Ballywattick as early as 1675; of him there

is extant no exact record, only the general one, that he lived at
Ballywattick. Ireland, was the ancestor of many Dinsmoors,
and has had his name perpetuated in his descendants and distant
relatives in succeeding generations to the present time.

7. Samuel Dinsmoor', b. Bailywattick, Ireland, presumably as early as

1677; of him there is no definite record. But we know that these
three brothers. Adam^'. Robert^, and Samuel', were the ancestors
of most, if not all, of the Dinsmoors now in Ireland, and of those



6 D2ySMOOU6 OF -Vf.li' HAMl':>.llinK.



«: -....,. - 1- '-• « to ihp lultrtl .Slat€« at (liffi

li; r \ n l»in*ni(»or». their broilir

New Ha ' '••

M. .lolin l>ii {4),.i«>iiii^ Aairr/ I )iiism()or' .

trtui \i. m HftllvNK.i". rk, Uallymoiioy, Courity Aiilrini,
lind, a* early an l''Tl (iir liis 8<>n liobcrt was 1>. in ICl
wan thr j>roprnil<>r of most of tlic DiiiFnioorB of >• .
IlamiHihirr. an«l came to America as early as 1723. Ii»>
man taken prihoner l»y the Indians, and, after vari ' >
»«lvenltireti, finally made his appearance in the .Scotch
llcmrnt of I>on(londerry. N. II. With many of tlie pec
then? he was acqnainted, having known thera in Ireh jkI.
Ho made Ins home in wliat is now Windham, lieing ."i
ma»on, he huill a stone liousc, in which he lived, rind
where he d. in 1741. The ])lace is occnpied, in 1891. by
rh;t ns I). Scott. His wife and children joined bin- in
Wii, N.II.

< UII I>RE>', nOKN I.V nALLVWATTK K. IKKLANI>.

,. p.K.,. t,'. ,..,.,„« 11). b. ifii'i: res. Wlndliam, N. H.

10. } r*. m. J«ihn Hopkins, lived near lier father *,

I ii.im. N. H.. and was tiic ancestor of most of •«:

I. 1 that section of tlie country.

I I , Robert Dinsmoor"* (9), previously mcntioii'Ml,
m. Margaret Orr. in Ireland, and he and his wife and
four children came to New IIam]»shire in 1730. He w:
prominent in the town, filled various j)ul)]ic positicns.
and his last years were spent upon the farm owned in
1891 by Edwin O. I)insmoor, a descendant, four gen( r.
lions removed. He d. Oct. 14, 1751. His wife d. Jiioe
», I < «>> .

M.'.r.v of their descendants Iiave risen to distinctioii,
and high honors have crowned the labors of their livos,
among them Col. Silas Dinsmoor^' (John*, HoberL*.
John-"', John', Laird Dinsmoor^), his grandson, '
noted Indian agent, a man of versatility of gifts, oi
marked ability, who was b. in Windham, X. H., Sev'.
26, 176G, and d. at Hellevue, Ky., June 17, 1847. I t
wife was Mary (Gordon, and his son, Thomas A.
Dinsmoor', lives at Kirksville, Adair Co., Mo. Rob
Dinsmoor" (William*, Robert*, John'', John^, Xa,
Dinsmoor'), his grandson, was well known as the "R
tic Banl," a volume of whose poems, mostly written i



THE nHSTOBIAN OF THE BIJSfSMOORS. 7



the Scotch, dialect was published. lie was b. in Wind-
ham, Oct. 7, 1757, and d. there March 1»5, 1836. A
brother of the latter was G*ov. Samuel Dinsmoor®, b. in
Windham, N. H., July 1, 1766, a gi-aduate of Dartmouth
College, a member of Congress, and Governor of New
Hampshire. He m. ^lary Boyd Tteid, daughter of Gen-
eral Reid of Revolutionary fame, and d. March 15, 1835.
Their son, Samuel Dinsmoor^, was also Governor of New
Hampshire. They lived in Keene, N. H. Margaret
Dinsmoor^, a sister of the "Rustic Bard" and of the
elder Governor, was b. Oct. 15, 1759; m. Dea. Samuel
Morison, and d. in Yv^indhara, Sept. 18, 1837. Their
son, .Jeremiah Morrison', b. April 20, 1795, d. Nov. '24,
1862; m. Eleanor Reed Kimball, and were the parents of
Hon. Leonard Allison Morrison^, eighth generation from
Laird Dinsmoori, of Scotland. He was b. in Wind-
ham, X. II., Feb. 21, 1843, resides there, has been a
member of the House and Senate of the New Hamp-
shire Legislature, and is the author of this book. Two
great-grandsons of Robert Dinsmoor*, (John-'', John^,
Xairc? Dinsmoori), by his son John-'^ .John'^, were James
Dinsmoor'', of Boone County, Ky., a man of ability, and
his brother, .John Bell Dinsmoor^, of Ripley, N. Y.
Rev. Cadford M. Dinsmoor^, of Exeter, N. H., son of
John Taylor Gilman Dinsmoor'^ (James 6, Robert^,
Robert*, John^, John2, Laird Dinsmoor^), a Metho-
dist clergyman, was b. in Windham, N. H., Aug. 20,
1826; graduated at Wesleyan University in 1851. Hon.
James Dinsmoor', of Sterling, 111. (William^, AVilliam^,
Robert*, John-'', John^, Laird Dinsmoor^, of Scotland.)
He was b. in Windham, N. H , March 3, 1818 ; graduated
at Dartmouth College in 1841 ; is a lawyer of high stand-
ing, resided in Lowell. Mass., and was a member of the
Z>Iassachusetts House of Representatives. Removed to
Sterling, 111., in 1856, and for four years was a member
of the Illinois Legislature. He is the author of the His-
tory of the Dinsmoor Family, 75 pp., embodied in the
•'History of Windham in New Hampshire." It is one of
the most valuable family histories extant, and is a monu-
ment to the great industry and love of kindred possessed
by its honored author. He m. Amanda A. Carpenter, of
Sharon, Vt., who d. Aug. 14, 1886; in the following



WILLIAM n. J)lS:SMni:E.



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' . i, I'^^T, hi- ni , 'J'l, l»or HiMtcr, Mrs. M: ;v M
T True. His S(»i), .larvis I )insiiu)or', is i law
:. III., nn<l lw(» d.inghUMs who gradii: <m1 at
' — Alice I)in8ni<)or'», a teacher ; Flcence-

noor*. in. .Tames V. Covey, res. St rlin^',
lion. '■ K. rillsl»ury\ a hrilliaiit lawye aii'l

• i of the Slate of Massaeljusetts, is of
.1. as hi** niotli T, KIi/,al»etli Dinsino >r^ is
ii'.ii. .Tainrs 1 >iiisnif>or% lawyer and a 'hor.
, . .: ^..ih \Vel»l<"r I'i.lshury, and resides in M 1,

H. The lifit of jiroininent descen<hint8 of the N' ,v
nil fliire emigrant woul<l not he comj)lete without
»n l»eing in.idc of William V>. Dinsmore', Esq.,
:it of the Adams Express Conij>any, tlie la)g-
. \ t'otni'iny in the word. (Tie was son of 'Vill-

;»',Johij», HoIktI*, John'', John^, Xai/-(^ Dinsi : '
' * I Achrnnuad, Scotland) lie was b. in . .&.-
ii, ..1..-S. July, IMd, and d. April 13, 1888; i
,,".r,,^i, .M. Snow, of Brewster, Mass. lie pose
\n |»ow«.'rs for business, a massive mind and
and an inexhaustible fund of wit and hi . r.
He re«idcd at StaatsT^urg, \. ^^, and is succeeded by his
ik4«us Willi im B. Dinsmore'*, b. 1845, and Clarenc >' (t.
DiuhMiorc*, b. 184^.

This closes a Tjrief notice of some of the ]U"om -m
'' ndanls of llobert Dinsmoor*, son of John . i.s-

j.. \ the cajttive of the Indians, who was the ci st

son of John Dinsmour^, tlie Scotch lad who, with iie
and broad l>onnet, emigrated from the Tweed to Bally-
waltick, Ireland, who was son of Laird Dinsmoor^ of
Scotland.

T^avid T)insmoor< (name of father not known, b'^t
gr.andson of John I)insm'oor-, Laird Dinsmoor'), a
nrphew of John Dinsmoor'', who settled in Londonderry,
N. H., was b. in Ireland in 1714, emigrated to America
about 1745, was in Lomlonderry, X. II., in 1747, m. Mrs.
Kennedy, settled in Chester, N. 11. His descendants
live in Chester, Auburn, X. II., and Anson, Me. Among
them is liev. Jolin Dinsmore. Some years ago Curran
Dinsmore, Lemuel Dinsmore, and James P. Dinsuiore,
brothoi-s, were living in Xew York and were his descen-
dants.



ni^'^S MOORS OF BALLYWATTICK, 9

DIXSMOOKS OF BALLYWATTICK, BALLY-
MONEY, COUXTY ANTRI3I, IRELAND.

13. Robert Dinsmoor^ (5), Johns, Laird Dins-
moor i. Pie was b. in Bally waitick, Ballymoney, County
Antrim, Ireland, presumably as early as 1673, and was a
brother of John Dinsmoor^, the first emio-rant of the name
to New Hampshire. He resided in Ballywattick, and
was an intelligent, upright, and leading citizen. From a
letter which I received Feb. 3, 1891, from 31r. William
Hunter, of Ballywattick, I have obtained this information.

Rev. R. Park was pastor of the Presbyterian Church
there for over fifty years. On April 6, 169*2, the church
made application to the General Synod of Ulster for a
minister, and made a second application in 1694. Then
Rev. Hugh Kirkpatrick was appointed. He had fled to
Scotland at the time of the Revolution, returned in 1695,
and was installed over the church. In 1699 he was mod-
erator of the Synod, and continued minister until his
death, in 1712.

During his ministry, Robert Dinsmoor^, the subject of
this sketch, was a prominent member of his congregation,
and was a member of a deputation* to the S\nod at An-
trim, County of Antrim, Ireland, in 1715, on matters
relating: to the church and cono-reo-ation.

Details of his life are not knovv'u, nor the names of his
wife and children. From his Christian name, from the
fact of his residence in Ballywattick, his intelligence and
education, his age, and the relation which his age bears
to the subject of the following notice, it seems fair to
infer that he was the father of the one whose sketch is
here given (l)ut there is no absolute proof), and so in
that manner I have arranged them.

13. Robert Dinsmore*, Robert^ (?), John^, Laird
Dinsmoor^. He was a grandson of John Dinsmoor^, the
Scotch emigrant to Ballywattick, Ireland, and was b. in
1720; lived in Ballywattick, Ballymoney, County of
Antrim, Ireland, the place of his birth, and was a farmer.



^ The members of tlie delegation were as follows: Cornet Alexander
McGown, Mr. James Henry, Allen Templeton. Robert Dinsmore, John
Love, Peter Gamble, Thomas Eeid, Quinton Dick, John Lawrence.



10 iwisKiiT i)issMoin:\ (tr ihklaxjk

A brolhcr live<i near him, .in«l ^nvh lin«] a large f:.mil v.
lie w* aleft«linj: man in th«* |arisli, whr lidd i»i llic
r«ir- ". nn«! wan a rrrp^ylorian in his religious failh. j»

llin int- was of a lii;;h order, atsd lo liim a ' ' y^

if' -J jor iJ.o i-rr^ervnlion of iho ^oiioalogy and « :iil;
hi*: ry <»f llic family. Ilf was a man wlio onjoyed \. i
in^'. nn 1 cV -•• - his fife he kept np a eorrespondcne*' '• ''
• J.aird I '...... Mir, at the old home in Scotland, an<! • i

\\\n relntivcJ* in Now namjtahire, U. S. Among ih i:
wiih wh"m he exchanged letters were Jolm Dinsi.oor'',
of Windham. K. 11.. and with his sons — John Dinsmoor*,
whf»ti' wife wa!< Snsannali Hell, an«l Col. Silas Dinsiioor'',
the colehrated Indian agent. Only one lias been prc-
►crvcd. which wap addressed to John Dinsmoor*"', of Wind-
h»m. N. H. (a part of tlie original Lon(h)ndcrry, N. II.),
and printed willi the ])0ok of jtoems of the "(*n=t:c
Jl.Trd." K.tlxTl T>in<inoor, and dated : —

'* Ballywattick, Irclind, Aug. 12, 1 ^

'My Dear Sir, — In Jnly last, I received yoiii aftec-
tionatc loiter of *2lid Feb., 1794, where you liave given
me a full and clear answer to my letter of May 12, 1793.
which wns directed to your honoured father, — but, alas I
no more. M:iy I not bi<l adieu to North America.

** Submission is a duty, therefore I shall only add — T
fihall go lo him, but he shall not return to me. It gives
mo consolation that he has left a son and heir, blessed
with his principles and talents. I see that you feel for
the commotion;! of Euroj)e, and for the arbitrary proceed-
ings of our government in } "articular. You give ihem
hard names. Indeed, so could we, but dare not; we are
bro ight to submission indeed. While our lives are pro-
tected by the laws, we must submit our property lo the
discretion of government without a murmur or com} laiut.
Provided our taxes, which are heavy, were dispo.-^d of
for internal defence of our country and encourager ent of
our trade and manufactures, we would pay more cheer-
fully. But when we see it levied to support a i u.iuous
war, that we think Great Britain had nothinn- to do with,
we comjdain the more. At this moment the eyes of all <[
Ireland are looking earnestly for the completion of ynur



THE HISTOBIAN OF THE BINSMORES, 11

peace with Great Britain, on wliich the trade of Ireland
much depends. AVe know you have sent a late com-
missioner from Congress to the Court of Great Britain, a
Mr. Jay ; but as nothing has yet transpired in respect to
Ireland, I mi^st be silent. I had a long letter from your
brother Silas,* in May last, which I answered. It raises
my pride to find that there is a Dinsraoor in any part of
the globe so capable of composition as I sec the^riter of
this letter to be. The more so when I can truly call hira
friend and cousin.

"As to your request concerning the genealogy of our
family, you have been pretty fortunate indeed in calling
on me, as I assure you there is not a man livinf; within
my knowledge that cm go as far up in that description
as I can. Xevertheless it may be short of what history
could afford. Please take the following: —

"My grandfather was born on the mean land of Scot-
land, near the River Tweed — the son of a wealthy farmer,
as 1 supposed from his style, being called the Laird of
Achenmead. as he had tenants under him. He had two
sons, of which my grandfather was the second, whose
name was John. He left his father's house in the seven-
teenth year of his age. 1 suppose he must have eloped,
as he brought no property with him, as I have often heard,
save a gray bonnet of great extent, with striped woollen
hose, and a small cane in his hand. This is your original
in Ireland, and mine; and all by the name of Dinsmore,
here or elsewhere, that belong to that stock. Therefore,
you will be ready to say, we have little to boast of. But
stay a little, my dear friend, and let us go a little higlier,
and return to Scotland. Y'ou see, as above, we are
sprung from a farmer. Will this give us any dignity?
Yes ; the most ancient, the most honorable in civil life.
The second man in creation was a farmer. Cain was a
tiller of the ground. What are Monarchs? What are
Kings, Dukes, Lords, Earls? What was Alexander, or
Philip of Macedonia, but murdering vagabonds?

" The character of a farmer is far above them all. Stop
but the farmer and his culture, and you sweep off the



*Col. Silas Dinsnioor, the Indian agent, and a brilliant man.



12 Tff^ niSTUUK' LKTTKIi OF 179^

liMPMn rnor nt <.iu' ^lt•(•l»c. So you 8Co that the farnic-V
§lili »n i» rx.iUe<l above all others. Therefore, lu ' ' i-
g,, ,. i^ 1, ..l,..r ihaii any other whatever.

* I II. . rave vonr ]>ntiencc. Suffer me, then, to
tuni to my grandfather an<l his ofTsi.rinix, of whieh you are

a »t'i^Q^- ' '^''^•'* "^•"' '•'^'^ ^*''"* f**^"'**' John, Adam Hobert.
and Sanmel. .lohn was the lirst that migrated lo Amer-
ica of the name, and the first that Ptruck a stick in Loiv
<1 ' • ■, 'I'his man was your graiidfathcr\s father and
niv uijc.e. wiio surmounted many dilhculties in providing
n '■■-■-r^ and free estate for his offsjiring, and in the attempt
w :,;ade an Indian caj>tive. I'ermit mc to c -^orve a
ci:eumslancc with respeet to my grandfatlier's leaving
hi« father's house w ithout any property, whieh may eluci-
date the hint before observed, res})ecting it, which is this:
I never heard this man give any other reason or cause
for his leaving hi-i father's house, but this: That his
father obliged liim, and that uncovered, to hold tlie off
stirrup of his ehler brother's sad<lle when he mounted
hi-* h'-»rse. A subordination that appeared not t^. agree
with this man's proud heart.

"May it not be an heir-ship entailed on his ofir^pring?
And if so, wliether virtue or vice, I leave with you to
determine, althoush I am no advocate for virtue 'r vice
being hereditary. To conclude, then, this man lived
until he was 99 (ninety-nine) years of age. He was fifty
V' irs married, and twentv-nine years a widower which
en led h's life, much resi)ected by all who were acquainted
with him. for his juety, morals, and good sense. Now,
Bir, I have gone as far as my memory could assisl me in
answering your request. But there is yet son: etbing
remains whicli may gratify your inquisitive mind, in the
line of lieraldry. The Dinsmoor coat-of-arms is ii farm
laid down on a jdate, of a green color, with three v.heat
sheaves set u]>right in the centre, of a yellow coior, all
emblematical of husbandry and agriculture.

"KOBEirr DINSMOR .

The grandfather of the person to whom the lette ''as
addressed, Robert Dinsmoor*, of Windham, N. H
an own cousin of Robert Dinsmore*, the writer.



THE DINS M OB E COAT-OF-ABMS. 1



o



Another description is : "The picture of a man with
his dog and gun, with a sheaf of v/heat and one of oats,
which crossed each other."* These are given for wh.-it
they are worth. They may amuse, but probably have r.o
historical value.

Mr. Dinsmore lived with his son, Samuel^, the last of
his life, and died in Ballywattick, and is buried by the
side of his friends and kindred in the cemetery in Bally-
money, where there is a stone erected to his memory.
lie was twice married. The first family went abroad,
and one son went with Capt. Cook around the world.
Nothing more is known of the first family of children or
their history.

CHILDRE>', BOEX I>' BALLYWATTICK, IRELA^'D.

Second Family.

IJ. "William Dinsmore°, Id. 1755, d. 1818. lived a long while in Philadelphia,
Penn. PiCturned to Ballymoney. Ireland; m. Jane Blair, and d.
there. No children. William Dinsmore owned a house and out-
buildings on Main Street, Ballymoney. In his barn Adam Clark,
the commentator, used frequently to hold religious services, at-
tended by many of the people. Mr. Dinsmore was a leading man
in the town, and was greatly respected. As he had no children,
the property which he possessed, which was considerable, went to
his relatives. The following is upon his tombstone in Ballymoney :
"Consigned to the tomb, in the 63d year of his age. Here lies the
remains of William Dinsmore, late of Ballywattick, a man distin-
guished by purity of morals and integrity of heart. Impressed
with a due sense of religion, his practice was regulated by its dic-
tates; firmly believing the truths of the Gospel his whole life


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