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school to the age of fourteen. He began an
apprenticeship at the furrier's trade when fif-
teen years old at Kassa. His term of appren-
ticeship was four years, but he was so apt at
the business that he received his certificate at
the end of three years and a half. He entered
the Hungarian army and a month later was
appointed a corporal, promoted to the rank of
sergeant a year later, serving for four years in
all. He then returned to Kassa and followed
his trade there for four years. In 1882 he
determined to seek a better opportunity in the
United States and came to Boston. Here he
found employment at his trade and was able
in 1888 to establish himself in business. He
opened a fur store on Winter street, Boston,
and from the outset enjoyed a prosperous
trade. His industry, enterprise and skill in his
trade brought him success in business. After
ten vears in his first location he removed to
better quarters in 1898 at 128a Tremont street,
where his success has continued. He has many
of the best families of the city among his cus-
tomers. Mr. Fotch is one of those well-bred,
educated German gentlemen, whose artistic
taste and high ideals command the respect and
wins the friendship of all with whom he comes
in contact. He is an active member of the
Boston School Verein and prominent in the
various German orders at Jamaica Plain, where
he makes his home. He married (first) in
Hungary, May, 1877. Therese Hayda,born July,
1852, of an old German family. She spent
her youth near Kassa, Hungary, and died in



Boston, March 2, 1905. He married (second)
in Jamaica Plain, Boston, April 5, 1906, Mrs.
Gisela (.Thomas) Abel, born in the city of
Vienna, Austria, in 1862. Her father is a
famous violin maker and dealer and for a
number of years has been in business at the
corner of Tremont and Winter streets, Boston.
Her first husband, Paul Abel, a prominent
business man of Boston, died in 1904 without
issue. Children: 1. Arthur J., born 1878;
graduate of the Boston Latin School and of
Harvard ( A. B., 1903) ; now a teacher in the
Boston commercial high school ; married Annie
Martin; child, Arthur J. Jr. 2. Emma M.,
born 1880: educated in Boston girls' high
school and Bridgewater Normal school ; teacher
in Everett. 3. Julius A., born 1882, educated
in the public and high schools of Boston;
learned the business of furrier; died April 7,
1909. 4. William A., born 1886; educated in
the public schools of Boston ; now a student in
Harvard Law School; a musician of note,
prominent in local musical societies.

Joseph Turner, a descendant of
TURNER an old and well-known English
family, was born in Hipper-
holm, Yorkshire, England, in 1809. He died
in England in 1889. He learned the trade of
stonecutter and quarryman and followed it
during his active life. He was prudent and
industrious, upright and honest, commanding
the respect of all who knew him. He married
Sarah Gordon, who was of Scotch ancestry,
born also in Yorkshire in 1810, died there in
1875. Among their children were: 1. Thomas,
who died of a contagious fever at the age of
twenty. 2. James, a quarryman, died unmar-
ried in middle life, in England. 3. Elizabeth,
died in middle life, in England; married there
John Moore, a weaver, who died soon after his
wife, leaving two children. 4. Ruth, married,
in England, John Wilkinson, of Yorkshire;
came to this country after the death of her
husband ; returned to her native place, where
she died at an advanced age. 5. Caroline, re-
sides in Yorkshire ; married John Woodard, a
weaver. 6. Joyce, resides in Yorkshire, widow
of William Sladin. 7. Susanna, resides in
Yorkshire, widow of David Akroyd. 8. Joseph
H., mentioned below.

(11) Joseph H., son of Joseph Turner, was
born at Hipperholm, Yorkshire, England,
October 13, 1842. He was educated in his
native place, and learned the trade of shoe-
maker. He followed his trade in his native

land until 1869 when he came to the United
States on the steamship "Malta," landing at
Boston August 15 of that year. He worked
at his trade in this country and kept pace with
the progress in methods when hand-work was
being displaced by machinery. He soon en-
gaged in business on his own account in Bos-
ton and in 1875 was manufacturing hand-made
boots and shoes, having also a retail store at
1 142 Tremont street, Boston. His business grew
year by year and in 1890 he moved to larger
quarters in the Institute Building on Tremont
street. In 1902 he sold his business and re-
tired with a competence. He has made his
home since 1872 in West Roxbury, where he
owns valuable real estate on Center street.
Though quiet and unobtrusive in manner, he
is one of the best known citizens of that sec-
tion and universally respected. He and his
wife are communicants of the Protestant Epis-
copal church. In politics Mr. Turner is a Re-
publican. He married (first) in England, in
1863, Ellen Gledden, born in Yorkshire, 1844,
died in Halifax, in 1871. He married (sec-
ond ) in Roxbury, April 27, 1873, Laura Soniea,
born in Nova Scotia near the city of Yar-
mouth, March 19, 1841, daughter of Timothy
Soniea. Her father was born in a French
settlement in Nova Scotia and lived to the
extraordinary age of one hundred and three
years. He was a farmer, hale, hearty and
well-to-do. His parents were of French stock.
He married Elizabeth Jedrey, a native of Nova
Scotia, also of French ancestry. Mrs. Turner
came to Boston when a young woman. Child
of first wife: 1. Sarah Ann, born in York-
shire in 1865, came to Boston after her mother
died ; married there John K. Billings, a native
of Maine, for many years a salesman in the
shoe department of Houghton, Dutton & Com-
pany's department store, Boston ; residing at
Roxbury ; children : Edgar Billings, Eva Bill-
ings, Rosa Billings. Children of second wife :
2. Josephine, born November 24, 1873, died
May 15, 1908; married George W. E. Byers,
born in Cambridge, chief clerk of Charles H.
Capitain, retail dealer in wines and cigars,
Congress street, Boston ; children : Lillian
Byers, born February 5, 1904; Grace Byers,
February 1, 1907. 3. Harry, August 2, 1875,
died March 10, 1894, unmarried. 4. Henry
Walter, August 22, 1877, a successful real
estate dealer at 1055 Tremont street, Boston;
married, November 14, 1907, Grace Yark, born
in Nova Scotia, Canada, who came to Boston
when a young woman; child, Arthur, born
July 28, 1908.



In the tide of immigration that
WASON set into the colony of New Hamp-
shire from Ireland about two
centuries ago came the ancestors of the
Wasons. Like the great majority of settlers
from that island, the immigrant Wason came
to the wilderness of a new country to bear the
hardships and privations and enjoy the free-
dom and advantages of a land in a state of
almost primitive nature. He proved his good
qualities as a pioneer, was an enterprising and
respected citizen., and became the ancestor of
men who today are among the leading citizens
of the state.

1 1 ) James Wason, a native of the parish of
Ballymena, county Antrim, Ireland, was born
in 1 71 1. When a young man he removed to
I '< irtsmouth, New Hampshire, and subsequently
to Nottingham, now Hudson, where he lived
until his death, August 22, 1799, aged eighty-
eight. I le married at Portsmouth, New Hamp-
shire, November 30, 1736, Hannah Caldwell,
also a native of Ballymena. She died April 6,
1786. at the age of eighty years.

(II) Lieutenant Thomas, son of James and
Hannah (Caldwell) Wason. born in Hudson,
December 26, 1748, died November 18, 1832.
He married, at Londonderry, December 1,
1772, Mary Boyd, born May 27, 1749, died
( Ictober 20, 1832, daughter of Robert Boyd,
of Londonderry. She was a granddaughter
of Robert Boyd Sr., who with his wife whose
maiden name was Morrison, emigrated from
Ireland to New England about the year 1720,
and settled in Londonderry.

(III) Robert, son of Lieutenant Thomas
and Mary (Boyd) Wason, was born in Not-
tingham West, now Hudson, June 14, 1781.
He went to New Boston, April, 1803, to live
with Robert Boyd, his uncle, who settled on
lot No. 30, near Joe English hill, "being ad-
vanced in years." Robert Wason inherited his
uncle's farm and resided upon it for the re-
mainder of his life. He took an active part in
public affairs and served in various offices. He
united with the Presbyterian church in 1815,
and a few years afterwards was elected elder,
which office he held until his death. Deacon
Wason was a man of great energy, and entered
with zeal upon every enterprise adopted to
benefit the church or the community, so that
he was a "doer of the word" as well as a
hearer, and his death, August 7, 1844, aged
sixty-three, was greatly lamented and the loss
of his influence seriously felt. He was mar-
ried, December 2, 1808, by Rev. Mr. Bruce, to
Nancy, daughter of John Batchelder, of Mount

Vernon. She was born October 13, 1789, died
July 28, 1863, having survived her husband
nineteen years. She was a faithful mother
and a woman of many christian virtues. Chil-
dren of Robert and Nancy Wason were: 1.
Elbridge, see forward. 2. Louisa. 3. Hiram
W., born December 18, 1814; graduated at
Amherst, 1838, and later from Andover Theo-
logical Seminary, and then settled at Vevay,
Indiana. 4. Nancy. 5. Mary. 6. Robert Boyd,
see forward. 7. Adeline. 8. Caroline. 9.
George Austin, see forward.

( IV) Elbridge, eldest son of Deacon Robert
and Nancy ( Batchelder) Wason, was born in
New Boston, September 26, 1809, reared in
that village and educated in New Boston and
at l'inkerton Academy, Derry, New Hamp-
shire. He came to Boston, Massachusetts,
March 5, 1832, and entered the employ of
Pierce & ( iardner, where he remained in the
position of clerk until September 1, 1837, when
he formed a partnership with Henry Pierce,
which continued uninterruptedly until his death,
August 19, 1887, a period of fifty years. He
was one of the oldest and best known business
men of Boston, upright and honorable in all
his dealings, respected by all who knew him.
He was a member of the Masons, in which
organization he held office at different times.
He married (first) April 24, 1851, Mary
Stickney, born June 30, 1809, died August 15,
1863. Married (second) May 17, 1865, Mary
Isabella Chase, born March 30, 1835. daughter
of the Hon. Leonard Chase, of Milford, New
Hampshire. Two children were born of this
marriage: 1. Mary Isabella, born January 11,
1867, married, June 4, 1890, Jesse S. Wiley, of
Brookline, Massachusetts. 2. Leonard Chase,
August 5, 1868; married, October 8, 1896,
Harriet C. Willis, of Boston.

(IV) Robert Boyd, sixth child and third
son of Deacon Robert and Nancy (Batchelder)
Wason, was born in New Boston, New Hamp-
shire. July 13. 1820. He was educated in the
common schools and fitted for college in the
New Ipswich and Pembroke academies, and
taught school two winter terms, 1840-41, in
Amherst and Merrimack, New Hampshire. In
June, 1841, he went to Boston and entered the
employ of Wason. Pierce & Company, whole-
sale grocers and West India importers, a firm
which his brother, Elbridge Wason, one of
the partners, had organized in September,
1837. After a term of service of about seven
vears as an employee, Robert B. Wason was-
admitted as a member of the firm, which on
the death of Mr. Pierce became Wason & Com-

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pany. The business has been prosperous, and
now Mr. Wason, at the age of eighty-eight,
after sixty-seven years of mercantile life, sixty
of which he has been an active member of the
firm, finds himself senior member of the con-
cern, and in the enjoyment of good health,
vigorous and vivacious for one of his age, and
still able to look after business affairs with an
alertness not possessed by many of his juniors
by a quarter of a century. He is a Republican,
and a member of the General Theological
Library for many years.

(IV) George Austin, youngest of the nine
children of Deacon Robert and Nancy (Batch-
elder) Wason, was born in New Boston, Sep-
tember 17, 1 83 1. His education was obtained
in the common schools. He inherited the an-
cestral estate which now contains four hun-
dred and seventy-five acres, and devoted his
life to the pursuit of agriculture. He was
engaged in general farming, but made a
specialty of raising thoroughbred Devon cattle,
in which he attained gratifying success. He
lived on the farm until 1885, when he removed
to Nashua and resided there until his death, June
21, 1906. aged seventy-one. He kept the farm
and managed it until 1903. He was a mem-
ber of that class of New England farmers who
have elevated agriculture to the dignity of a
science. His interest in this industry was of
more than ordinary depth, and his efforts for
the improvement of stock resulted in much
gain, not only for himself but to farmers all
over New England. He was a member of all
the leading agricultural societies of his vicinity
and of the state. He became interested in the
grange during the early years of the organiza-
tion in this state, and was a charter member
of Joe English Grange of New Boston, and
served for years as its master. For four years
he was master of the state grange, and at the
time of his death was the oldest living past
master of that institution. To his work the
present standing of the order in this state is
due to a considerable extent. He filled the
office of president of the Hillsborough Agri-
cultural Society, and president of the Piscata-
qua Valley Fair Association. For over twenty
years he was trustee of the New Hampshire
College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts at
Hanover and Durham, and served as president
of the board for over seven years, being forced
to resign owing to ill health in 1904. He was
the first Republican moderator in the town of
New Boston, in which town he maintained his
legal residence and voted up to the time of
his death. Few men were better known than

he throughout the county and state. He was
county commissioner of Hillsborough county
six years, was representative from New Bos-
ton in 1883-95, and state senator in 1891-93.
He was instrumental in securing the charter
of the New Boston railroad, and was its first
president, serving until his death. He was a man
of upright character, honest in all his dealings,
prompt to keep his word, kind and sympathetic
by nature, a member of the best class of man-
hood this or any other state may produce. His
interest in public affairs was such that he was
many times placed by his fellow citizens in
position of trust and honor, and always sus-
tained with credit the duties they entailed,
however great their magnitude. George A.
Wason married, September 17, 1863, Clara
Louisa Hills, born in New Boston, October 15,
1843, daughter of Sidney and Louisa (Trull)
Hills. Three children were born to them : Ed-
ward Hills, see forward; George B., see for-
ward ; Robert S., see forward.

( V ) Edward Hills, eldest son of George A.
and Clara Louisa (Hills) Wason, was born in
New Boston, September 2, 1865. He acquired
his education in the public schools, at Frances-
town Academy, and at the New Hampshire
College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts,
from which he was graduated with the degree
of Bachelor of Science in the class of 1886.
He subsequently read law in the office of
George B. French, of Nashua, and while read-
ing his course taught as principal several terms
in the Main street evening school. He attended
lectures at the Boston Cniversity School of Law,
from which he graduated in the class of 1890,
with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. In
March of the same year he was admitted to
the New Hampshire bar. and at once opened
an office in Nashua and began a successful
practice. Later he became associated pro-
fessionally with George F. Jackson under the
firm name of Wason & Jackson. Mr. Wason
has shown a decided aptitude for politics ever
since he attained his majority, and has already
filled various offices in the city of Nashua and
in the state. In 1887 he was elected sergeant
at arms of the New Hampshire senate, and in
1889 was re-elected to the same position. In
1891 he was chosen assistant clerk of the
senate and returned to the same position in
1893. Two years later he was elected clerk of
the same body, a high testimonial of his fidelity
and ability as a public officer. In 1891 he was
elected a member of the Nashua board of edu-
cation, and in January, 1895, in recognition of
his services, his associates elected him presi-



dent of that body. Tn 1904 he was elected
solicitor, and re-elected the following year. In
1807 lie was elected to the common council,
and served as president of that body two years ;
in 1898 was member of the legislature; in
1002 member of constitutional convention ; in
September, 1902, was elected county solicitor,
and in 1904 was renominated and re-elected.
In 1906 he was elected president of the Citi-
zens' Institution for Savings, and trustee of
the New Hampshire College of Agriculture
and Mechanic Arts. He is an admirer of
ho:ses, and for some years has been treasurer
of the Nashua Driving Park Association. Mr.
Wason is a leading citizen and business man
of Nashua, and has made an enviable record
in the discharge of the duties of the various
positions he has filled. He is a member of
Rising Sun Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons, of which he is a past master ; Meri-
dian Sun Royal Chapter ; Israel Hunt Council ;
Saint George Commandery, Knights Templar;
Edward A. Raymond Consistory ; Aleppo
Temple, Mystic Shrine, of Boston; Nashua
Lodge, Knights of Pythias ; Nashua Lodge,
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of
which he was elected exalted ruler in 1903.

( V ) George Butler, son of George A. and
Clara Louisa Wason, was born in New Bos-
ton. April 20, 1869. After graduating from
the Nashua high school, he went to Boston,
188'), and entered the employ of the firm of
Wason & Company, of which his uncle, Robert
B. Wason, is senior member. After serving
five years as a clerk, he became a member of
the company in 1894. He is vice-president of
the Boston Wholesale Grocers' Association, a
director of the New England Wholesale Gro-
cers' Association, from 1903 to 1906 was a
director of the Boston Chamber of Commerce,
is president of the Liberty Trust Company, of
Boston, and member of Mount Olivet Lodge
of Free Masons. In politics he affiliates with
the Republicans. He married, April 20, 1895,
Lillian Maude Fletcher, born 1869, daughter
of Joseph and Bertha Fletcher, of South
Orange. New Jersey. Their children are:
George Fletcher and Richard Austin.

( V ) Robert S., son of George A. and Clara
Louisa Wason, was born in New Boston, De-
cember 10, 1 87 1. He attended the Nashua
high school, Berkley School of Boston, and
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, gradu-
ating from the latter institution June 9, 1906.
Me began his business career as clerk in the firm
of W'ason & Company, and continued in that
capacity until admitted to membership in 1898,

the firm then consisted of Robert Boyd Wason,
his uncle, George Butler Wason, his brother,
and himself. Mr. Wason is a Republican in
politics, member of various college fraternities,
and was president of national conventions of
Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, held at Wash-
ington. D. C, 1895. He married. January 28,
1903, Estelle Sperling, daughter of Ellis Joseph,
of New York City.

The records of several of
HAMILTON the various Hamilton fami-
lies in New England begins
with tradition and this is true of the record in
this instance.

( I ) Michael Hamilton is probably the immi-
grant ancestor of the family below written.
He was a native of Scotland, emigrated to
America, landed in Boston, settled in Wor-
cester, where his eldest son remained, but with
four other sons and a daughter removed to
and settled in Brookfield, Massachusetts, where
he died. Michael's wife was Rebecca.

(II) fosiah, son of the immigrant, came
with his father and family to America, and
settled in Brookfield, where he lived and died.

I III ) Lieutenant Josiah (2), son of Josiah
( 1 ) and Huldah (Barnes) Hamilton, was born,
lived and died in South Parish, South Brook-
field, Massachusetts. He died about 1794. He
married Huldah Barnes, who lived to be about
one hundred years old. She was blind for
some vears, and then her sight returned and
she could read small print.

(IV) Dr. Asa, son of Lieutenant Josiah
( 2 ) Hamilton, was born in Brookfield, May I,
1758, and died in Somers, Connecticut. April
16, 1 80 1. He had lived in Somers after May
18. 1779. He practiced medicine and surgery
very successfully over a large territory until
his death. He was honored by many civil and
military offices. He was surgeon of a regiment
in the revolution, afterwards major of the
Thirty-first regiment, and was also a Master
Mason. He married, in 1777, Rebecca Hamil-
ton, a distant relative, born in Brookfield, June
18, 1758, daughter of John Hamilton, who re-
moved from Brookfield and died in Palmer.
Fifteen years after the death of her husband.
Rebecca married Captain William Cook, of
Somers, Connecticut. She died at the home
of her eldest son in Enfield, Connecticut, April
5. 1840. Children: Horatio Arnold; Char-
lotte ; Theodore ; Joshua Erving ; Rebecca ; and
an infant (died young).

( V ) Dr. Horatio Arnold Hamilton, eldest
child of Dr. Asa and Rebecca ( Hamilton )



Hamilton, was born in Brookfield, March 24,
1778, and died in Enfield, Connecticut, March
21, 1850. At the age of fourteen months he
was taken to Somers, Connecticut, by his par-
ents, and there studied medicine and surgery
with his father. At the age of nineteen he
entered upon the practice of his profession in
Sandisfield, Massachusetts, and carried it on
with much success. About 1800 he returned
to Somers to render assistance to his father
who was enfeebled in health and could not
attend to all the professional calls that were
made upon him. During his residence in
Somers he spent a very active life in his pro-
fession, and held many important offices in
town and county and the ecclesiastical society.
He was a member of the Masonic fraternity,
and was master of Lafayette Lodge at its
organization. He built a number of dwelling
houses and other buildings, and after accumu-
lating a very handsome estate moved, April,
183 1, to Enfield, Connecticut, where his activ-
ities in his profession continued till his death.
He married (first) May 31, 1798, Elizabeth
Bement, born August 18, 1775, in Enfield,
Connecticut, died there December 28, 1839,
daughter of Dennis and Lydia Bement, who
lived at Enfield. Dennis Bement was grand-
son of one of the first settlers of Enfield, an
emigrant from England. Children : Horatio
Asa; Miranda Elizabeth; a daughter (died
young) ; Erasmus Erskine ; Aurelia Charlotte;
a son (died young). He married (second)
December 10, 1840, Hannah Watson, who died
September 26, 1877. Children: Hannah Atla
(died young), and Hannah Alice.

(VI) Dr. Erasmus Erskine Hamilton, sec-
ond son of Dr. Horatio Arnold and Elizabeth
(Bement) Hamilton, was born March 28, 1807,
and died October 6, 1885. He read medicine
with his father and graduated from the Pitts-
field Medical College. He engaged in practice,
which he continued for over fifty years at
Somers, Connecticut. He married. May 12,
1 83 1. Ursula Emeline Kibbe, born May 2,
1809, in North Somers, Connecticut, died De-
cember 22, 1888, aged eighty years, daugh-
ter of General Amariah and Charlotte (Mc-
Kinny) Kibbe. Children: A daughter (died
young); Theodore Erskine; Egbert Erwin
(died young ) ; Josephine Annette ; Horatio Asa.

(VII) Dr. Theodore Erskine Hamilton, eld-
est son of Dr. Erasmus E. and Ursula E.
( Kibbe ) Hamilton, was born in Somers, Tol-
land county, Connecticut, December 22. 1833.
He received his early education in the Suffield
Literary Institution, Somers, Connecticut, and

at Wilbraham Academy, Wilbraham, Massa-
chusetts. In the summer season when not at
school, he rolled pills and otherwise assisted
his father in his drug store, and also did hard
work on his father's farm. He began to read
medicine with his father when a young man,
and in 1858-59 was a student in the medical
department of Harvard University, and in
i860 entered the College of Physicians and
Surgeons of New York, from which he grad-
uated in 1861 with the degree of Doctor of
Medicine. Locating in Somers, Connecticut,

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