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From a Painting hy Frank Holland Copj righted, i!)14, hy G. W. Browne







A Full and accurate Transcript of the Births, Marriage Intentions,

Marriages and Deaths in this Town from the

Earliest Date to 1910

Complkd from the Town Books, Church tisJci-dii.'FAifiily Records, Graveyard
Inscriptions anil otn-jr sourcf?!*. b;r


The Subject Matter Edited, with Introduction, Sketches and Annotations by





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Londonderry, N. H., Nov. 5, 1913.
Following is a true copy of Article 4 of the warrant for the
March election in the year 1912:

"Article 4. To see if the town will vote to raise the sum
of three hundred dollars ($300.00) to be expended by the Se-
lectmen for printing the Vital Statistics (Births, Marriages
and Deaths) of Londonderry from the settlement thereof,
1719, to the year 1910."

The following action was taken on the above article :
Upon motion, it was voted that the Selectmen be instructed
to have the Vital Statistics printed at a cost of three hundred

Londonderry, N. H., Nov. 5, 1913.
I certify that the above is a true copy of Article 4 of the
Warrant for the annual meeting of 1912, and the action taken

Attest : , . ,

WI'l^iUAM /h\ 'CRO WELL,
' '• " ' ' ' , , .. Town Clerk.

LoNDONDtii-iRV-'N;. 'Hii'Dec. 27, 1913.
I have made what I believe to be a true copy of all the
names and dates included in the following transcript of the
births, marriage intentions, marriages, and deaths of London-


Then personally appeared Mr. Daniel G. Annis and made
oath to the statement above. Before me,


Justice of the Peace.


Gen. George Reid (Portrait)

Certificates of Town Clerk and Compiler

Contents ......

Coat of Arms of Campbell, Duke of Argyle
Introduction ......

Daniel Gage Annis . . . . . -

Gen. George Reid . 'VK:,' '/' • • '

The Romance of "Ocean Mary'/, >;,>! i;-
Ancestors of the Colonists of 'Lartd6'n4erf.Y.^
Vital Records: • •''•*'•, /'M''. '


Marriage Intentions

Marriages .....

Deaths ......






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It is perhaps needless to say that care has been taken in
transcribing the records as given in the originals, that their
value may be made certain by being accurate. Mistakes no
doubt there are in names and dates, but these cannot be fre-
quent, and in most cases are not due to the compiler. The spell-
ing of names, as a rule, is the same as it was given in the first
place. This accounts for the difference in names and the vaga-
ries that frequently occur. It was not thought best to follow
the literal wording of the original entries in the old town books,
but to separate the different classes under their respective head-
ings, Births, Marriage Intentions, Marriages and Deaths. The
first of these items have been arranged alphabetically under the
names of the parents, the children following in chronological
order. This seemed to be easier of identification, while saving
considerable space, which was a matter calling for attention.
Intentions of marriages and marriages have been given under
the surnames of both bride and groom. The deaths are in the
alphabetical order. Occasionally this rule has been broken,
especially among the births, where sometimes a marriage or
death is given, as it would make more complete the item, which
might not be consistently filled elsewhere.

As indicated by the title-page, the sources of informatipn
have been many, for the compiler labored zealously in his
work. It was not deemed necessary to designate these
sources, as that would tend to confuse the reader and add
little, if any, value to the item. The abbreviations are those
generally followed in works of this kind, and will be readily
understood. For instance, b. stands for birth ; m. for mar-
ried; d. for death; dau. for daughter; s. for son; w. for wife;
bur. for buried, etc.

The town has very generously made possible this publica-
tion by the payment of three hundred dollars towards the cost
of production, the balance of the expense, something like two
hundred dollars, being borne by the undersigned.



Above all else the thanks of every person interested in this
subject are due to Mr. Annis for his patient, conscientious
work in compiling these records, a task of no little magnitude,
which he has performed without payment or expectation of
reward. He was in every way admirably well fitted for the
undertaking, and I believe he has done his work well. It is
no more than justice that I should give here a brief sketch of
his life.



Mr. A. L. Annis, in his compilation of the Genealogy of the
Annis family, says that Charles Cumway Annis, born in En-
niskillen, Ire., probably of English parentage, in 1638, was the
ancestor of most, if not all, of the persons in this country bear-
ing that surname. This Charles Annis, at the age of 28,
married Sarah Chase and settled in Newbury, Mass. The
descendants of this worthy couple are very numerous and are
widely scattered over the United States, Canada and Nova

Charles and Sarah (Chase) Annis had nine children, the
fourth of whom, Abraham, was born April 12, 1672, and resided
in Newbury, Mass. He married Hannah, daughter of Christo-
pher and Hannah (Belknap) Osgood, born October 19, 1668.
They had ten children. The second son and fourth child was
named John and was born May i, 1700. He married, Decem-
ber 16, 1724, Abigail Rolfe, daughter of Ezra and Sarah (Jack-
son) Rolfe. This couple had nine children, the third of whom
was named Rolfe, born December 21, 1734; married Sep-
tember I, 1757, to Sarah Rollins, daughter of Benjamin and
Hannah (Annis) Rollins. This couple had two children, and
probably others. Isaac, the second son, was born in Novem-
ber, 1759, and married Hannah Dwinnell in 1785 or 1786. He
was a Revolutionary soldier. The children of Isaac and Han-
nah (Dwinnell) Annis, all born in Londonderry, were eight,
according to the records, and the second of these, John, was
born October 13, 1790, and died April 22, 1871.

Daniel G. Annis was the youngest son of a family of five
sons and six daughters, the children of John and Delilah
(Coburn) Annis, and was born in Londonderry, N. H., January
25, 1839. His father and grandfather both lived in Litchfield,
though the former removed to a farm in north Londonderry,
which he purchased in 1820. All of his children were born
here. He was a member of the old Whig party and of its
offshoot, the RepubHcan party. His wife, Delilah, died in
1853, and he in 1871, April 22.


The subject of this sketch, Daniel G. Annis, received his
education in No. 8 district school of Londonderry and Pinker-
ton Academy in Derry. Upon completing his education he
taught school for several winters, and soon after reaching his
majority was engaged a couple of years in the ice trade for
the well-known firm of Smith 8z Prescott, Jamaica Plain,
Mass. In the winter of 1862-63 he returned to the farm to
care for his parents and look after the homestead.

During his long and useful life Mr. Annis has filled many
offices of public trust to the great satisfaction of his townsmen.
He served as selectman in 1867 and 1868, and was chosen again
to that office in 1893 and 1894, being chairman of the board
for both terms. He was town clerk from 1873 to 1882 in-
clusive, and town treasurer from 1874 to 1878 inclusive, and
again town treasurer in 1891 and 1892. He was collector of
taxes from 1874 to 1884, inclusive, and chosen again to that
office from 1895 to 191 1, inclusive, making his service in that
capacity of twenty-eight years. He was postmaster of North
Londonderry for four years, and he has held the commission
of justice of the peace for thirty-three years. His long service
in the different offices he has held speaks in more eloquent
words than tongue of his honesty and efficiency.

Mr. Annis is a member of the Londonderry Presbyterian
church, which he joined in 1863. He is a charter member of
Londonderry Grange, instituted in 1875.

Mr. Annis was married June 18, 1868, to Miss Mina Al-
faretta, eldest daughter of Samuel and Nancy (Proctor) Gil-
creast. She died February 19, 1885, aged 37 years, leaving one
son, John S., born September 24, 1871. He married, second,
Miss Fannie M. Fling, December i, 1886. She was the oldest
daughter of John W. and Mary Ann (Goodwin) Fling, and
died January 16, 1901, leaving no children.

The "Old Homestead Farm" was disposed of several years
ago, and since then Mr. Annis has made his home in a com-
modious cottage near Londonderry depot. While acting as
town clerk he thoroughly examined the records of the town
from its settlement in 17 19 and arranged in alphabetical order
the vital statistics and many other important items of town
record. Since then he has brought this list down to 1910,
adding very much to it from other sources, until the work
has grown to the size and importance of this volume of over
300 pages.



Londonderry has furnished many men and women of promi-
nence in the world's work outside of the town, and it would
be eminently proper that sketches of these should be given
here, but space forbids even the mention of anything like a
full list. I cannot refrain from referring to that pioneer of
Presbyterianism in this country, Rev. James McGregor; Rev.
Matthew Clark, the fighting parson, who was his successor;
Matthew Thornton, M. D., one of the signers of the Declara-
tion of American Independence ; Joseph McKeen, the noted
Doctor of Divinity ; James Wilson, the inventor of the school
globe ; and last, but not least, Gen. George Reid, the Revolu-
tionary patriot.

Of General Reid by far too little has been said, and knowing
of no portrait that could better grace this volume, I have been
to the expense of having one painted expressly for this work.
He was born in Londonderry in 1733, the son of James and
Mary Reid. He seems to have been educated mostly under
private tutelage, and early was imbued with a military spirit,
and had a local company under organization before the news
of the battle of Lexington reached his home. Immediately he
called his men together and marched them to Cambridge. His
company did good service under the left wing of Stark's men
at Bunker Hill. The Continental Congress rewarded him for
his meritorious work with the commission of captain of a
company in the Fifth Regiment of infantry.

Rising rapidly in his ranking capacity as an ofificer, his
record during the Revolution was an admirable one, noted for
courage and keen foresight as a military leader. He partici-
pated with distinction in the battles of Long Island, White
Plains, Trenton, Brandywine, Germantown, Saratoga, Still-
water, and experienced the hardships of the winter at Valley
Forge. He, with General Cilley, served in Sullivan's famous
expedition against the Six Nations. In 1785 he was made
brigadier-general of the New Hampshire troops.


At the time of the threatened armed disturbance in 1786,
arising from the demand of certain persons in New Hampshire
asking for the issuance of paper money which could be used
as legal tender in the payment of taxes and debts, General Reid
was placed in command to quell the uprising. His own town
had voted for this measure, so that he was in a trying situ-
ation. But he proved equal to the occasion, and owing to his
prompt and decisive action the whole affair was suppressed
and a settlement effected without the loss of life or prolonged
disturbance of the peace. A local writer in speaking of this
affair says: "So intense was the feeling against him in his
own county for the part he had taken in suppressing the insur-
rection that his life and property were threatened. On one
occasion, when an angry crowd surrounded his house at night,
he appeared at the window fully armed and addressed the
rioters who had come to take his life. His coolness and the
force of his words alone induced them to disperse without
doing him harm."

General Reid is one of the forceful characters of his day of
whom too little is known. He married, in 1757, Mary Wood-
burn, daughter of John Woodburn and Mary Boyd. She was
a most estimable woman, who possessed a vigorous intellect
combined with a cheerful and happily modulated disposition,
which served as a happy medium to control his more excitable
nature. Her half-brother, David Woodburn, was the maternal
grandfather of Horace Greeley. General Reid died in 1815,
at the age of 82 years, while Mrs. Reid followed him April
7, 182:^, in her eighty-eighth year. Londonderry has had no
more worthy couple, and they deserve greater recognition than
they have received.

I could not resist the temptation of including in these
pages the romantic story of "Ocean Mary," one of the fair
daughters of Londonderry, as the facts have been gathered by
Mr. J. Warren Thyng and told in his inimitable way.


Previous to 1720, the year in which the principal events of
this narrative occurred, many families of Scotch peasantry
crossed the North Channel and found, for a time, homes in the
larger towns on or near the coast of Ireland. Thus London-
derry became the residence of a large number of Scotch

In those old times of slow ships and many perils of the
sea, it was a far cry from Londonderry in Ireland to London-
derry in the Granite State. Still, Scotland and the Emerald
Isle had already sent sturdy pioneers to the new world on the

Tradition, often the truer part of history, has failed to save
from oblivion the name of the ship which sailed from Lon-
donderry for Boston in July, 1720, but she is said to have been
in many respects vastly superior to others of her class in
those times. At any rate, long before she dropped anchor oflF
the picturesque coast many well-to-do families had prepared
for the long voyage. Of those who from the deck of the
departing ship watched the green shores of Ireland fade from
view, a large proportion were not only strong of limb, but
thrifty and provident.

Out through Lough Foye, past Inishowen Head and far
beyond Giant's Causeway, with favoring winds, sailed the
fated ship.

Among the passengers were James Wilson and his young
wife. A year before, Wilson married Elizabeth Fulton, and
they were now on their way to Londonderry, N. H., where
land had been laid out to James Wilson as one of the grantees
of that town.

In the small valley settlement to which Wilson and his
wife were traveling v/ere friends under whose hands profitable
harvests were sure, and a generation was springing up whose
influence was to be felt long years after.



Concerning the earlier part of the voyage of the emigrant
ship, tradition is nearly silent, although certain fragmentary
accounts hint of a protracted calm and following storm of
such violence that the vessel was driven from her course.
However that may be, it is reasonably certain that the passage
was about one third accomplished when events transpired that
made the voyage memorable in the lives of all on board.

One sultry evening the lookout saw on the horizon a sail
standing like a gray silhouette against the early rising moon.
All through the hot summer night the strange craft wore
nearer and nearer, and when morning came her low hull could
be seen like a black shadow under her full set of canvas.

The pirate was within gunshot of the emigrant ship. To
fight or run away was not to be thought of. The slow ship
had not a dozen muskets. They simply waited. They had
not long to wait, for boats were soon alongside and, swarm-
ing upon the deck, the robbers fell to work as men who knew
how to plunder and kill. Crew and passengers were bound,
and some were left lying where they were captured, and some
were rolled into corners, just as suited a momentary freak of
the invaders.

None were killed. Valuables were gathered into parcels
convenient to be transferred to the pirate ship. The robber
captain, going below to search the officers' quarters, threw
open the after-cabin door with a rough hand, but seeing a
woman lying in the berth, stopped.

"Why are you there?" demanded the ruffian.

"See." The terrified woman uncovered a baby's face.

Then the pirate drew near. "Is it a boy or a girl?"

"A girl."

"Have you named her?"


The pirate went to the cabin door and commanded that no
man stir until further orders. Then, returning, he went close
to the berth where the woman lay, and said gently, "If I may
name that baby, that little girl, I will unbind your men and
leave your ship unharmed. May I name the girl?"


Then the rough old robber came nearer still and took up the
tiny, unresisting hand of the baby. "Mary," was the name


the woman heard him speak. There were other words, but
spoken so low she could not hear. Only his Maker and his
own heart knew, but when the child drew its hand away the
mother saw a tear on the pink fingers.

There have been other knights than Bayard.

As good as his word, the pirate captain ordered all captives
unbound and goods and valuables restored to the places from
which they had been taken. Then with his crew he left the
ship and pulled to his own vessel. But the emigrant ship
had scarcely got under way when a new alarm came to them.
The pirate was returning.

If they were dismayed at his reappearance, they were sur-
prised to see him come on board alone and go directly below
to the cabin. There he took from a parcel a piece of brocaded
silk of marvelous fineness of texture and beauty of design.
Seen at a little distance, the effect of the pattern is as of a
plaid, combining in wonderfully harmonized tones nameless
hues of red and green, softened with lines of what evidently
was once white.

Time has, perhaps, somewhat mellowed its color tone, but
the richness of its quality is as the richness of pearls.

"Let Mary wear this on her wedding day," the pirate said
as he laid the silk on the berth.

The pirate left the ship and was seen no more. In the
fulness of time the emigrant ship reached Boston without
further incident. There James Wilson died soon after landing.
Elizabeth Wilson, with Mary, soon after went to live in Lon-
donderry, where friends were waiting for them. Here the
widow married James Clark, great-great-grandparent of
Horace Greeley.

For years the people of the little hamlet religiously kept
July 28, in thanksgiving for the deliverance of their friends
from the hands of pirates.

Some time early in the year 1738 Thomas Wallace emigrated
to America and settled in Londonderry, where, on December
18 of the same year, he was married to Ocean Mary by Rev.
Mr. Davidson of that town. Her wedding gown was the
pirate's silk.


A granddaughter and a great-granddaughter have also worn
the same dress on like occasions.

Four sons were born to Mary Wallace, three of whom
removed to Henniker. There, on a sightly hill, Robert built
the house which in his day was far and away the grandest
mansion in all the country around. He was a man of large
hospitality and intelligent strength of character.

Here Ocean Mary lived many years, and died in 1814 at the
age of ninety-four years. Her grave is in the Center burying-
ground, about half way down the middle walk, a bowshot
distant from the railroad station. The curious visitor may,
if he choose, read the inscription on the slate : "In Memory of
Widow Mary Wallace, who died Feb'y 13, A. D., 1814, in the
94th year of her age."

The likeness tradition has left of Ocean Mary is that of a

woman symetrically tall, with light hair, blue eyes and a florid

complexion, together with a touch of the aristocracy of nature

and a fine repose of manner in her energetic, determined and

kindly ways.

— /. IV. Thyng.


The historians of the austere Pilgrims of Plymouth and the
stern Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay colony have been
numerous, so that the story of the political, and more especially
the religious, persecution which sent them from their native
land has become a familiar subject to him who reads history.
It is a story of deep wrongs and unswerving fidelity to the
principles upon which they builded their code of moral

Coming to New England almost, if not quite, contempo-
raneously with the two named was another class of colonists
of whom far less has been written. These brave men and fear-
less women were from the sturdy yeomanry of northern and
western England, and the founders of most of the towns in
the Merrimack valley. Unlike the two mentioned first, though
a God-fearing people, they did not nurture in their hearts a
religious grievance, but came here with a desire to improve
their condition in life. They were the progressive pioneers
of New England. Scarcely a town granted in those days in
New Hampshire failed to have one or more of these families.
Ay, there is probably not a state in the union today whose
census roll does not contain the names of some of their de-
scendants. Many of them appear in the following pages. In
the cosmopolitan make-up of the English-speaking people these
colonists could claim a remote kinship with the Pilgrims and
the Puritans, but far enough removed to have moulded a new
type of citizenship.

While possessing as rugged virtues as either of the others,
and bearing a yoke of religious persecution that made the loads
of the others seem light in comparison, the colonists of Lon-
donderry belonged to a different ancestry. In a past so remote
that no historian has dared to fix the date, certain wild tribes



of western Asia, belonging probably to the Scythian race,
swept over Europe, scattered clans stopping by the way until
the continent was dotted here and there with their camps.
Some even pushed out from the mainland to the island since
named Ireland. More addicted to warfare than to peaceful
pursuits, they failed to formulate a form of government, and
existed as hostile tribes side by side.

Possibly five hundred years since the invasion of the Scyth-
ians, or Celtics, and about eight hundred years before the
reputed founding of Rome, an adventurous people belonging
to the Gaelic, Milesian or Scotic race followed in the footsteps
of the first, conquering the rude inhabitants of Europe, as in
more recent years the Roman legions followed in their foot-
steps. A certain number of the Scotic race crossed over the
channel from the mainland into Ireland, and, for weal or woe,
pitched their tents in the midst of the race already occupying
the island.

The newcomers had a decided advantage over the original
colonists of Ireland inasmuch as they brought with them a
good measure of the enlightenment that had established laws,
morals and intelligent government in Assyria, Egypt, Babylon
and other eastern countries. It was an easy matter for them
to conquer or drive into the interior of the island the earlier
claimants for the territory. For hundreds of years, however,
these Milesian rulers of Ireland were divided among them-
selves, different lords, descendants of the original stock, hold-
ing petty sovereignty by might over as many followers as they
could bring under their subjection. During this long interval,
in which there must have been more or less mingling with the
earlier race, a part of the great Scythian or Celtic family, the
Romans, had invaded Great Britain and left upon its people
the seal of the Church of Rome.

The uncompromising division of the inhabitants of Ireland
caused certain of the nobles to push farther and farther north,
until some of the most venturesome had crossed the North
Channel and entered ancient Caledonia, a corruption of the
Celtic term Celyddon, "dweller in the forest," as Scotland was
then called. This country was peopled largely by a stalwart
race known as the Picts, dwelling in the highlands, and another