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the expense. In 1857 the old house was removed, and a

new one built, which, with its furniture, cost one thousand


Number Ten.

The first old house, perhaps twelve feet square, is still
standing, near the old Joshua Ilall house (George S.
Smith's). It is beyond the memory of the oldest inhabi-
tant. The new one, standing neaf Deacon John Lane's,
was built in 1848, and two liundred dollars were raised by

Number Eleven, — now Number Four in Auburn.

TVhen the first old house near Aiken's went down, a new
one was built southwest of the brook and the west side of
the road, near where David Ball's house stands. April 28,
1817, there was a petition to the selectmen to call a district
meeting, " To see how much money the district will vote
to have raised To finish the School house where the frame
now stands." One hundred and nine dollars and fifteen
cents were raised by tax.

Number Twelve, — notv Number Eleven in Chester.

This district, previous to the formation of the 17th, ex-
tended from Camet's to Ithamar Berry's (William Weeks'),
and the school-house stood just above Ensign William
Weeks', now Captain Noah Weeks'. Then a new one was
built where the present one stands, near tlie Methodist
church. The present house was built in 1853, and cost
two hundred and ninety-two dollars and thirty-nine cents.

Number Thirteen, — now Number Fifteen in Aulurn,
The earliest tradition I can now get about the old school-
house is from Samuel Chase, Esq., of Portland, son of
Moody Chase, born in 1780. It was there the earliest of


his recollection. As it is where the writer received his
common school, academic and collegiate education, except
literally his senior year in the new house, and as it
is probably a fair specimen of the old school-houses and
schools — at least in the Long Meadows — he will describe
it. The house was fifteen by sixteen feet, six feet stud.
The outside boarding was " feather-edged ; " the walls on
the inside were ceiled ; a loose floor overhead ; the door
opened into the room, and was furnished with a wooden
latch and string. There were at first three windows of
nine panes each, but afterwards another was added. At
first there were on a part of three sides, writing-benches,
composed of planks some fifteen or eighteen inches wide,
one edge supported against the walls of the house, the
other by legs inserted in auger-holes. For seats, slabs
with legs were used. The writers, of course, sat with
their backs to the teacher. Inside of the writers' seats were
similar ones for the smaller urchins. The " Master" had
a chair and a pine table in the center, and " Master Rus-
sel " swayed a scepter in the form of a hickory switch long
enough to reach every scholar in the house. There was a
brick chimney, with a wooden mantel-piece, in one corner of
the house, w^hich so far counteracted the laws of iiature
that the smoke came down into the house, instead of rising:.
Green wood was used, which was out in the snow until
wanted, so that it took a considerable part of the forenoon
before the house was warm, the scli/)lars meanwhile rubbing
their eyes on account of the smoke. By this time the
mantel-piece is on fire, and some one must get snow and
quench it.

A No. 13 boy was the actor in the following incident,
though I think it occurred in another district : Master
Russel had the lad reading some of the proper names in
the Old Testament (and probably those old worthies, if they
had been present, would not have suspected that he was
reading their names), when the master says, " Stop, stop,
Elijah ! you bring tears to my eyes, for you are calling the
names of my old friends in Ireland ! "


In 1815 the old school-house was sold at auction to B.
Chase, for six dollars, and may now be seen in the form of
Pike Chase's sheep-shed, with half the middle beam cut
away for kindling. The members of the district put up a
new frame, and raised a tax and finished it at an expense
of one hundred and fifty-eight dollars and forty-four cents.

In 1851, the district having refused to raise any money,
the selectmen raised one hundred and seventv-five dollars,
with which the house was thoroughly repaired.

Numher Fourteen.

There was no house here early, the district being very
small. Dolly Hoit, born in 1774, says she generally went
to Poplin to school, but there was sometimes a school kept
at John Knowles's. The first school-house tax raised was
in 188-1, one hundred and seventy-five dollars, and in 1836
fourteen dollars.

Number Fifteen, — Numher Five in Auburn.

So late as 1810 they cither had no school-house, or it was
too open to have a school in winter. R. S. Clark says that
on the cold Friday, January 19th, 1810, the school was
keeping at Moses Bricket's. The first house was probably
built by individuals, and in 1813 there was a tax raised of
thirty-two dollars. The old house stood a little north of
the present road to Auburn village. In 1856 the district
voted to remove the old house on to the Dearborn road,
thirty-two rods east of the turnpike, and repair it. Mr.
Amherst Coult offered to give the frame if they would
build a new one, which offer was rejected. Two hundred
and eighty-five dollars were expended.

Number Sixteen, — Number Seven in Auburn.

This district erected a house as early, perhaps, as 1796,
but it remained unfinished so as to be unfit for use in cold
weather, and Nathaniel Underhill's house and Deacon
Kelly's shop were used. The house stood near where the
present brick one stands, and underwent several repairs,


and ill 1827 gave place to the present one, for which the
district was taxed, in 1827 and 1828, two hundred and
sixteen dollars.

District No. Seventeen, — noiv No. Three in Chester.

This district was formed from No. 1 and No. 3, in 1805.
The school-house was probably built by individuals, and
stood a few rods southeast of the Josiah Chase house, now
Fred. Morse's. In 1808 fifty-two dollars and twenty cents
school tax was raised. The house was afterwards moved
to near where the present brick house stands, and in 1835
sold to Elijah Hall for a tenement, and the brick one built.
Tax raised, 1835, three hundred and fifty dollars ; 1836,
two hundred and seventy dollars.

District No. Eighteen, — HeacVs, in JTooksett.

The first school-house in this district was built about
1805, and burned in 1808. A tax of two hundred and fif-
teen dollars raised, and the house rebuilt in 1808. The new
one burned in 1839, and a good brick one built in its place,
costing five hundred dollars. This district has been No. 1
in Hooksett. Sometime prior to 1842 it was divided, and
a new district, No. 7, constituted at the Factory, and a
house built in 1818, costing five hundred dollars. There
has been another district formed from the Head district,
No. 9, and a house built near the Head tavern in 1857,
costing six hundred dollars.

District No. Nineteen, — Martinis (No. Two') in Hooksett.

All of Chester woods was once in one district. Robert
Martin, born 1778, informed me that when a boy there was
a log school-house near Martin's Ferry, which probably
accommodated that part of Chester, and the upper part of
Derryfield. There was probably no other school-house
before the turnpike was built in 1806. In 1808 one hun-
dred and twelve dollars were raised by tax, and a house
built at the junction of the turnpike and White Hall road.


District No. Twenty/, — No. Eight in Auburn.

This district was a part of No. 5, and was constituted in
1806. The school-house was probably commenced by indi-
viduals. In 1808 fifty dollars were raised by tax.

District No. Twenty-one, — Beech Hill (No. Three) in Hook-

Constituted 1821. Was in Chester but one year. The
school-house stands by the turnpike above Hall's-mill
brook, where the road to Candia turns from the turnpike.
There have been two school-houses burned there.

In 1851 a building was erected by a few individuals at an
expense of two thousand five hundred dollars, including
school furniture. In 1855 the building and land were sold
to the town of Chester for a town-house, for one thousand
two hundred and fifty dollars, reserving forever the use of
the second story for school purposes, to be under the control
of the trustees of Chester Academy. A high school has
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Money ArrROPRiAXED for Schools ix Auburn.







No. 1

$15 92

$34 12

$48 03

$45 36

$31 02

* 1

9 00

10 00

10 00


28 41

47 95

57 06

67 59

55 59


50 07

80 32

95 03

109 30

117 71


26 42

57 16

81 87

75 24

46 27


27 17

47 02

60 56

72 34

62 07


27 56

40 41

58 41

59 56

59 01


27 77

49 42

76 16

90 23

81 03


33 37

57 48

67 05

63 36

51 12

$2.'!6 69

$413 88

$.553 17

$592 98

$513 82

• Money received Irom Chester in No. 1.

In 1759 there was paid to the northwest part of the
town, towards Suncook, ten pounds, old tenor, equal to
about one dollar and sixty-seven cents for their part of the
school money.

In 1767 Joseph Brown was paid twelve shillings lawful
money ; and for 1766, nine shillings.

In 1810 District No. 18, Head's, had thirty-nine dollars
and twenty cents ; No. 19, Martin's, tliirty-six dollars and
nine cents; No. 21, Beech-Hill, fourteen dollars and ninety-
two cents.

No. 18 has been divided into Nos. 1, 7 and 9 ; No. 19 is
No. 2, and No. 21 is No. 3.

Money ArrRorRiAXED to these Districts by Hooksett.








No. 1

$68 85
83 28

57 77
27 12

$78 52
98 89

83 69

32 40

$99 05

116 23

117 66
46 73

$217 42
222 87

216 86
116 37

$125 05

185 65

110 40

190 57

98 68

$116 72
116 72

86 '20
177 72

76 64

Where the school money was one dollar and fifty cents
in 1766, it was seven hundred and eighty-nine dollars and
forty-two cents in 1865.



The following list contains the names of those who were
natives of Chester ; also of those who were residents dur-
ing their college course, though not natives.

1761. John Flagg, son of Rev. Ebenezer, and Lucretia
Keys, born Feb. 24, 1742, graduated at Harvard, 1761 ;
M. D,, 1766 ; settled at Lynn, Mass.

1778. John Webster, son of Col. John "Webster and
Hannah Hobbs, born March 13, 1754 ; graduated at Dart-
mouth, 1778 ; studied theology and preached some, but
gave up the profession from diffidence ; settled in Chester,
and removed to Franklin, Yt., and died Jan. 7, 1838, aged

1787. Jonathan Calef, son of Joseph Calef and Eliza-
beth Jewel, graduated at Dartmouth ; was pastor of the
Congregational church, Bloomfield, Maine, 1794, dismissed
1708; installed at Lyman, 1801, dismissed 1831; died
April 25, 1845, aged eighty-three.

1798. Josiali Webster, son of Nathan Webster and
Elizabeth Clifford, born Jan. 16, 1772 ; graduated at Dart-
mouth, studied theology with Rev. Stephen Peabody, of
Atkinson ; ordained Fourth Congregational church, Ips-
wich (Chebacco), 1799, dismissed 1806; installed at
Hampton, June 8, 1808 ; married Elizabeth Knight, of At-
kinson ; died in 1837. John Calvin, graduated at Dart
mouth in 1832, Joseph Dana, 1832, and Claudius Buchan-
nan, 1836, were his sons.

1805. Francis Brown, son of Benjamin Brown and
Prudence Kelly, born Jan. 11, 1784 ; graduated at Dart-
mouth ; tutor at Dartmouth from 1806 to 1809 ; studied
theology ; ordained at North Yarmouth, Maine, Jan. 10,
1810, dismissed 1815 ; appointed President of Dartmouth
Sept. 27, 1815 ; went a tour to western New York for a
consumptive tendency in 1818, and to South Carolina and
Georgia in 1819, and died soon after his return, July 27,
1820. In person he was commanding and dignified, and
of prepossessing manners, and had a mind of uncommon


acuteness and moral worth, lie was forced into a conflict
between the college and the state, the trustees having re-
moved President Wheelock and appointed him, the Legisla-
ture and the Superior Court being in favor of President
"Wheelock. But the case was carried to the Supreme Court
of tlie United States, by writ of error, and was decreed in
favor of the trustees. His course was unexceptionable, and
for the college effective. Williams and Hamilton conferred
D. D. in 1819. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Rev.
Tristram Oilman, of North Yarmouth, Feb. 4, 1811, and
had three children. Samuel Oilman Brown, Dartmouth,
1831, Professor at Dartmouth and President of Hamilton
College, Clinton, N. Y., is his son.

1806. Edmund Flagg, son of Josiah Flagg and Anna
Webster, born July 13, 1787, graduated at Dartmouth ; Avas
preceptor of Moore's school, 1803 and '7 ; read law with
Daniel French, of Chester, and F. D. Channing, of Boston ;
settled in Wiscassett, Maine, 1810 ; was Register of Pro-
bate, 1812, and is said to have possessed shining talents.
He went abroad for his health, and died at St. Croix, W. I.,
Dec. 14, 1815. He married Harriet, daughter of Col. Da-
vid Payson of Wiscassett.

1803. William White, son of Col. William White and
Elizabeth Mitchel, born May 13, 1783 ; graduated at Dart-
mouth. He read la^v witli Amos Kent, of Chester, and
John Wilson, of Belfast ; commenced practice at Union,
Maine, 1809; was post-master from 1809 to '12 ; removed
to Thomaston and Belfast ; published orations and a his-
tory of Belfast ; died June 17, 1831.

1811. .Caleb Chase, son of Moody Chase and Anna
Webster, born Feb. 4, 1783, graduated at Dartmouth. He
studied theology but never preached ; was several years a
teacher, and in a bookstore. He died at Portland, Sept. 2,

1814. Samuel Emerson, son of Capt. John Emerson
and Elizabeth French, born Feb. 4, 1792, graduated at
Dartmouth ; read law with Amos Kent, of Chester ; com-
menced practice at Moultonborough, 1817 ; Sandwich 1824;


Moultonborough again in 1827 ; Solicitor of Carroll county ;
Senator, 1859 ; married Mary Ann F. Morton, 1817, and
Elizabeth (Merril) Picket, 1860.

1816, Samuel Dana Bell, son of Hon. Samuel Bell,
graduated at Harvard ; LL. D. at Dartmouth, 1851. (See
the Genealogy.)

1816. John Rogers, son of Major William Rogers and
Abigail Worth, born at West Newbury, Mass., May 2-1, 1787 ;
graduated at Dartmouth. His mother married Moody
Chase, which brought him to Chester. Before preparing
for college, he learned the art of dressing cloth of Wil-
liam Haselton of Suncook. He studied medicine with Dr.
Chadborne of Concord ; graduated from the Medical De-
partment of Dartmouth in 1819 ; commenced practice in
Chester; removed to Boscawen, and died January 5, 1830.
He married Sarah, daughter of Caleb Knight of Wake-

1818. James White, son of Colonel William White and
Elizabeth Mitchel, born September 2, 1792, graduated at
Dartmouth. He read law with his brother William, at
Belfast, and began practice there in 1821. Was State
Treasurer from 1842 to 1847. He married Lydia Shaw
Wood and Mrs. Hannah W. Cushman.

1820. ■ John Bell, son of Hon. Samuel Bell, graduated at

1822. James Bell, son of Hon. Samuel Bell, graduated
at Bowdoin.

1822. Luther Y. Bell, son of Hon. Samuel Bell, gradu-
ated at Bowdoin. (See Genealogy of the Bell Family.)

1825. Thomas Tenney, son of Silas Tenney and Rebecca
Bailey, born at Bradford, Mass., Xovem1>er 10, 1798 ; grad-
uated at Dartmouth ; taught at Moore's school ; Hampton,
two years ; Portland, one year ; studied theology with Rev.
N. Ronton ; ordained at Standish, Me., dismissed in six
years ; taught in Gorham four years ; has preached at
Mason City and Plymouth, Iowa. He married Martha
Tenney, daughter of William Parker of Dunbarton.

1826. John S. Emerson, son of Captain John Emerson



and Elizabsth French, born December 23, 1800, graduated
at Dartmouth ; graduated at Andover m 1830 ; agent of
A. B. C. F. M. in 1830-31 ; ordained a missionary in 1831,
sailed November, 1831, arrived at Honokilu in May, 1832 ;
visited the United States in 1860, when Dartmouth con-
ferred upon him the degree of M. D. ; staid eleven months
and returned. He has published several valuable elemen-
tary books in the languages of the Sandwich Islands. Died
March 26, 1867. He married Ursula Sophia, daughter of
Rev. Gad Newell, of Nelson, October 25, 1831.

1827. Henry J. Hall, son of Joseph Hall and Ruth Har-
riman, born October 25, 1795, graduated at Watcrville, Me.
He is a minister at Kalamazoo, Michigan. He married
Emily A. Wood in 1828.

1827. Sewell Tenney, son of Silas Tenncy and Robecca
Bailey, born at Bradford, Mass., August 27, 1801, gradu-
ated at Dartmouth ; taught at Sanbornton one year ; grad-
uated at Andover in 1831 ; ordained in 1831 ; installed
over the Bethel church, Portland, and dismissed in 1835.

1832. Stephen Chase, son of Benjamin Pike Chase and
Mary Chase, born August 30, 1813, graduated at Dart-
mouth ; studied at Andover one year in the class of 1834 ;
preceptor at Gorham one year ; taught in Virginia and
Maryland two years ; tutor and professor at Dartmouth
from 1838 till his death. He published a treatise on Alge-
bra. He died January 7, 1851. He married Sarah T.
Goodwin, of South Berwick. Frederic Cliase (Dartmouth,
1860), and Walter Wells Chase (Dartmouth, 1865), were
his sons.

1835. Charles Tenney, son of Silas Tenney and Rebecca
Bailey, born at Chester, September 23, 1814, graduated at
Dartmouth ; preceptor at Gilmanton one year ; at San-
bornton in 1837 ; graduated at Bangor in 1840 ; Gilman-
ton again from 1841 to 1844 ; professor of rhetoric of
the tlicological seminary at Gilmanton in 1844 ; ordained
in 1844 ; installed at North Haverhill and Plaistow in
1853, dimissed in 1858; installed at Biddeford, Me., in


1838. Christopher S. Ball, son of Hon. John Bell and
Persis Thorn, born June 4, 1819, graduated at Dartmouth.
(See the Bell Family.)

1841. Daniel Tenner, son of Silas Tenney and Rebecca
Bailey, born December 10, 181<3, graduated at Dartmouth;
graduated at Lane Seminary in 1844 ; settled at Oxford, Ohio,
from 1845 to 1856 ; Lawrence, Mass., from 1857 to 1862 ;
Boston from 1862 to 1865. He married Mary Adams,
daughter of Deacon Nathaniel Parker, September 22, 1844.

1842. Perley Smith Chase, son of Josiali Chase and
Abigail Shaw, born November 8, 1817, graduated at Brown
University. He read law, and practiced at Lawrence.

1843. Amos Lufkin, son of Nehemiah Lufkin and
Rachael Currier, born September 1, 1816, graduated at
Dartmouth ; taught at Taunton and Cleveland, Ohio.

1843. John Wason Ray, son of Stark Ray and Hannah
Wason, born December 23, 1814, graduated at Dartmouth ;
taught at Atkinson in 1843-'44 ; Manchester, from 1814 to
1848; Eastport, 1848-'49 ; Reed's Ferry, 1850; also at
Derry ; ordained, and stated supply at Gofifstown. He is
now at Hastings, Minnesota.

1844. Charles Henry Bell, son of Hon. John Bell and
Persis Thom, born November 18, 1823, graduated at Dart-
mouth. (See Genealogy of the Bell Family.)

1844. Hiram Chase, son of Josiah Chase and Abigail-
Shaw, born July 1, 1819, graduated at Union ; died August
31, 1845.

1847. Rufus Jay Kittredge, son of Dr. Riifus Kittredge
and Sally Temple Underbill, born in 1828, graduated at
Dartmouth, and M. D. at Jefferso-n Medical College. He-
died in 1850.

1848. John Currier Clark, son of John Clark and Eliza-
beth Currier, born at Chester (now xVuburn), March 3,
1822, graduated at the Wesleyan Univereity, Middleton,
Conn. ; immediately became teacher of mathematics at the-
New Hampshire Canference Seminary ; then Principal of
the institution in 1850 ; resigned in 1852, on aiccount of
ill health ; then went into the lumber trade at Cleveland,


Ohio ; then at Detroit, and now resides at St. Clair, Michi-
gan, where he is County Superintendent of Schools.

1850. David Bremner, son of William Bremner and
Helen Frazer, born in Scotland June 25, 1828, graduated
at Dartmouth, and at Andover in 1853 ; pastor of the Sec-
ond Congregational church at Rockport from 1855 to 18G4;
at Plymouth in 1864.

1851. George Bell, son of Hon. Samuel Bell, born June
28, 1829, graduated at Dartmouth.

1852. John Bell, brother of the above, graduated at

1853. Charles Bell, brother of the above, graduated at
Brown University. (See Genealogy of the Bell Family.)

1854. Edmund Webster Kittredge, son of Dr. Rufus
Kittredge and Sally Temple Undcrhill, born November 29,
1833, graduated at Dartmouth ; read law at Harvard, and
practices in Cincinnati, Ohio.

1855. Nathan Sherburne Haselton, son of Thomas Has-
.elton and Elizabeth Sanborn, born March 29, 1829, gradu-
;ated at Dartmouth, and at Andover in 1858 ; ordained at
Springfield, Vt., January, 1859 ; died January 22, 18G0.
He married Mary A., daughter of Rev. Robert F. Lawrence,
of .Claremont.

1855. David Quigg, son of Abel G. Quigg and Lydia
Bixby, born at Litchfield in 1834 ; read law at Peoria, and
practices at Cliicago.

1856. Charles Tenney Melvin,son of Thomas J. Melvin
and Harriet Tenney, born June 23, 1835, graduated at
Dartmouth, aud Andover Theological Seminary in 1859 ;
pastor of the Presbyterian church at Columbus, and Elk
<Grove, aiid Rising Sun Prairie, Wisconsin ; married Eliz-
abeth, daughter of Thomas Tracy, in 1860, and Sarah A.
Yauderburg in 1864.

1857. Arthur Falsena, son of Hon. John Folsom and
Dorothy Temple Underhill, born July 4, 1833, graduated
at Amherst ; studied theology at Danville Theological
Seminary, Kentucky ; about 1862 went a missionary to
Canton, China, under the Old School Board of Foreign


1857. Richard Folsom, brother of the foregoing, graduated
at Amherst ; studied law at the Harvard Lavr School, and
is in practice at Cincinnati, Ohio.

1862. David Folsom, brother of the above, born July 4,
1839, graduated at Dartmouth. He was a merchant at
Memphis, Tennessee, in 1862-'63 ; at. New Orleans to Feb-
ruary, 1864 ; then at St. Louis, Mo. The three above
were born in what is now Auburn.


Eleazer Blanchard, son of Hon. Joseph Blanchard and
Sarah Calfe, died 1809, aged twenty-seven, a Sophomore at

Arthur Livermore French, son of Hon. Daniel French
and Betsy T. M. Flagg, died April 25, 1825, aged nineteen,
a Junior at Dartmouth.

James Isaac Bell, son of Hon. John Bell, entered Dart-
mouth 1837. (See the Bell Family.)

Samuel Francis Murry, of Auburn, son of Samuel Murrj
and Eveline French, entered Dartmouth 1861 ; after one
term enlisted into the second regiment U. S. Sharp-shooters,
was promoted to captain, and is now a druggist at Man-

Charles "Warren Kimball, son of Lewis Kimball and El-
eanor Elkins, born 1847, now, 1868, a Sophomore at Dart-

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