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1. Samuel Dana, b. Oct. 9, 1798, grad. Harvard 1816, LL. D.
Dai-tmoutli, 1854. He read law in the oflace of Hon. George Sul-
livan, of Exeter, admitted to the bar Feb. 1820, practiced at Mer-
edith Bridge six months ; then in Chester till 1830 ; then cashier
of Exeter Bank till 1836, when he resumed the practice of the law
in Concord, and in 1839 he removed to Manchester. He was Rep-
resentative from Chester 1825 and 1826. He was appointed Solic-
itor of Rockingham county 1823 ; Justice of the Court of Common
Pleas 1848 ; Justice of the Superior Court 1849 to 1859 ; then
Chief Justice, which office he resigned Aug. 1, 1864. He was one
of the several commissioners to revise the statutes of New Hamp-
shire in 1830, 1842, and 1867. He was a very industrious man,
and of varied acquirements, and especially eminent as an antiqua-
rian, as the reader may see by a reference to the notice of the
Chester grantees, p. 42, the materials of which he mainly fur-
nished, probably without leaving his oflBce. He m. iMary, dan.
of Newell Heale'y, Aug, 8, 1826. He d. July 31, 1868 ; she d. 1864.
Children : —

1. Jolm James, b. Oct. 30, 1827. He studied law and practiced
in Maine and Exeter; 2. Samuel N., b. March 25, 1829, grad.
Dart., 1847; read law with lion. William" C. Clarke, and is in
practice in Manchester; 3. Mary W., m. John P. Newell, d. 1858.

2. John, b. Nov. 5, 1800, grad. Union, 1819; studied medicine
with Dr. Shattuck of Boston, and afterwards at Paris; M. D.,
Bowdoin, 1822; Prof. Anatomy, University, Vt. ; Editor of theN.
Y. Med. & Surgical Journal; went South for his health, d. of
consumption at La Fouche, Lou., Nov. 29, 1830.

3. Mary Ann, b. Oct. 26, 1802, m. John Nesmith, of Lowell,
d. 1830.

4. James, b. Nov. 13, 1804, grad. Bowdoin, 1822, read law with
his brother Samuel D. Bell, practiced at Gihnanton, Exeter and
Gilford; U. S. Senator, 1855, to Ms death. May 26, 1857; m. Ju-
dith Almira, dau. of Nathl. Upham. Charles Upham Bell, Bow-
doin, 1863, now an Attorney at Exeter, is their son.

5. Luther V., b. Dec. 2, 1806; grad. Bowdoin, 1823; M. D.,
Dart., 1826; LL. D., Amherst, 1855; practiced in Dei-ry, 1831 to
1837 ; Superintendant McLean Asylum for Insane, Charlestown,
Mass; Surgeon, 11th Mass. Vols; Brigade Surgeon and Medical
Director, Hooker's Division; d. Feb. 12, 1862, at Budd's Ferry,
Ya. He ni. Frances, dau. of Dea. James Pinkerton, of Derry,
1835; she d. 1855.

6. George, b. June 24, 1829; grad. Dart., 1851; read law
with "Wheeler and Faulkner, of Keene; practiced in Chicago,
Manchester and Cleveland ; he was Author of Bell's Digest. He
was drafted and went into the army and d. soon after his return,
Sept. 2, 1864. He m. Emma Preston.

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7. John, b. July 19, 1831; gracl. Dart.. 1852; studied medicine
at the University of Pa. ; M.D., 1854 ; practiced at Kingston, Derry
andjSr. Y. City; Surgeon of oth U. S. Cavalry, 1861 to 1864: m.
Mary Ann, dau. of Pliineas Bedee.

8. Charles, b. Aug. 10, 1833; grad. Brovrn, 1853; studied
medicine and practiced in Coucoi-d; he was author of "Facts in
Relation to the Hist, of Chester," X. H. Hist. Soc. Coll. Vol. 7;
m. Elizabeth, dau. of Nathl. F. Emerson; d. Feb. 29,1856.

9. Louis, b. March 8, 1836; studied law and opened an office at
Farmington; was appointed Col. 4th N. H. Yols., May 16, 1863;
killed at Fort Fisher, Jan. 15, 1865. He m. Mary A. P., dau. of
Eev. Xathl. Bouton. She d. soon after he did.

William Bell was b. at Paisley, in Scotland. He m. Beatress
Barr, of Glasgow, and they came to America previous to 1780,
and first settled in Greenland, and went into trade; he soon came
to Chester and purchased the Capt. Blunt place. His name is not
on the tax-list of 1785, and is on that of 1790. He at first lived
in what has been called the Greenough house, where Mrs. Lang
now lives, and had a store, but soon built the large house where
his grandson James now lives. He d. July 2, 1817 ; she d. March
1,1825, a. 84. Children:—

1. William, Jr., was b. at Paisley in 1775; m. Mary McMas-
ter, of Augusta, Me.; was a trader there; came to Chester: d.
May 10, 1848; she d. March 8, 1861, a. 79. 2. George, b. in
Greenland, 1780; once traded and made potash near the Pond,
in Auburn; d. unm., 1803. 3. Elizabeth, m. Gilbert Morse; d.
Sept., 1812.


Ithamar Beret came from Greenland. He first settled on
Chester Street, on H. L., ]S'o. 32, where Thomas Wortheu and
James Stevens afterwards lived, a little east of where J. M, M.
Elliott now lives, but soon moved back upon, or near Xo. 22, 2d
P., 2d D., on what has been called the "Berry place," where his
son and gi-andson Jonathan lived. He was certainly on the Street
in 1732, and back towards Raymond when the road was laid out
in 1744. His wife was Ann. Children: —

I. Zebedee, b. June 5, 1726. He lived on No. 50, 2d P., 2d D.,
where Coffin M. French now lives, in Candia.

n. LUet, b. 1727; lived in Chester, on 37, 2d P., 2d D. He d.
1785 ; his wife d. 1835, said to be 90.

in. Ithamar, b. 1735; m. Abigail. Lived on Xo. 41, 2d P.,
2d D., where William Weeks now lives; d. Feb. 19, 1803. Chil-
di'en : —

1. Dolly. 2. Moses, b. 1762, lived where his L'ucle Zebedee


lived; in Candia, d. at Staustead, 1810, 3. Aaron. 4. Kachael.
5. Ellet and John, twins; went to Me. 6. Eliijlialet.

IV. Elizabeth.

V. Ann, ra. Josepli Smith.

VI. Jonathan, b. 1741; m. Betty Smith of Brentwood, and
lived on the homestead; d. 1805. The widoAV m. Lt. Samuel Bus-
well, of Candia. Chil: — 1. Pearson S., b. 1771, noted in his early-
life for his dissolute habits, and in later life for his religious zeal.
2. Jonathan, b. 1773; m. a dan. of Elijah Pillsbury, lived on the
homestead. 3, John. 4. Sally, m. Richard Bus weU and Asa Pot-

VII. Dolly, m. John Seavey, b. 1743.

VIII. John.

Simon Berry came from Rye about 1760, lived on H. L. No. 76,
where Col. Webster first settled. He liad a dan. Phebe, m. Lt.
William, son of Robert Wilson, and lived on the homestead. She
d. 1819. Mr. Beny went to Corinth in 1787.


Capt. EzEKiEL Bi.AKE Came from Milton, Mass., in 1792, and
carried on tlie tanning and currying business at the Samuel Robie
yard. He ra. Deborah Ward Sept. 2, 1785; he d. Dec. 1, 1830;
she d. Nov., 1833. They had seven children, the five youngest
born in Chester. His second son, Lemuel Ward, was born at
Milton, Mass., Feb. 21, 1791; m. Susan S., dau. of Dea. Nathan
Knowles, Jr., Oct. 6, 1814, and had chil., — Gilman, Geo. W., Otis,
Henry, Emeline, James, Charles C. and Miranda C.

Lemuel W. worked with his father at tanning and currying
until ls24. This business, however, did not suit his taste or genius.
He Avould spend a portion of his time repairing watches or on
musical instruments, and in other mechanical employments. In
Feb., 1824, he entered the machine shop at Nashua as an appren-
tice, or on trial, without any particular bargain as to compens-
ation. Although a green hand he took hold of the woi-k like an
old workman. After trial they told him that they would give him
as much as they dared to on account of offending the old hands.
He after a wliile took a job. His oldest boys, by mounting on a
box, could tend a lathe. Wliile at Nashua he was organist at the
cluu-ch which he attended. In Aug., 1833, he went to Springfield,
Mass., and worked under the celebrated John Chase. He was
constantly, wherever he worked, making improvements in the
mode of doing work, getting up new and improved tools, &c.
He purchased a shop and removed to Pepperell, Mass., in May,
1830. Ho invented and patented iu 1841, a center-dischai-ge


■watei' - ^lieel, one of the very best of its class, and very exten.
sively used, and got np in first-rate style. He also invented and
patented an extension auger, and a belt-fastener. He d. Feb. 13,
186-i, and left the business to bis sons. His five sons and two
sons-in-law are all macliinists, and it is very rare that so much
mechanical genius can be found in one family.


There was a Joseph Blaxchard of Dunstable, who was a Jus-
tice of the Superior Court from 1749 to 17o8, and was surveyor
for the Masonian Proprietors. He had a son Joseph, named in
the will in 1758. His name, with the prefix of Col., is in the list
of tax-payers in Litchfield on the west side of the river (Meni-
mack) in 1745. He was a grantee of Thornton, removed and d.
there. He had thi-ee sous, Joseph, Eleazer and Zaccheus.

Joseph was b. 1753. He partially learned the clothier's trade
and came to Chester about 1772, and went to work with Robert
Culfe at the^clotliier's trade. He m. Sarah, Mr. Calfe's only child,
and continued there, and in 1777 purchased the mill and jDrivilege
at t he present location, and removed there and conveyed one-half to
Mr. Calfe. His advantages of school education were very limited,
but liis natural talent was far above mediocritj-, and he was soon
promoted in public business. From 1788 to 1793, he was Eepre-
sentative. He was delegate from Chester to the convention wliich
ratified the Federal Constitution, and also to revise the State Con-
stitution. He was two or three years in the Senate, and two
years, 1800 and 1801, in the Council. He was a very genial com-
panion, abounding in anecdotes. It is said that in early life he
was a veiy hard working, industrious man, but iu later years not
so thrifty in pecuniary matters. An anecdote will illustrate two
traits of his chai-acter. A man who was hardly compos mentis,
who was then at the mill, observed that he had profitable mills.
He replied, " Yes." " Yoit have profitable oflSces, too." " Yes."
' ' Well, with it all you do not get rich." The joke was so good
and true and from such a source, Esq. Blanchard delighted in
tellmg it. Several of their first cliildren died young.

1. Joseph, m. Abigail Rogers, a dau. of Moody Chase's second
wife, and had five children. The oldest, Joseph, is station agent
at Martin's Ferry. Joseph absconded and was supposed to have
d. 1809.

2. Lucy, m. Thos. Montgomery and went into Vermont.

3. Eleazer, was an under-gi-aduate at Dartmouth, and d. 1809,
a. 27.

4. JS^ancy, d. unm. in 1809.

5. Sally, m. Josiah Melvin and went to Maine.

6. Cyrus, d. 1809, a. 22.


7. Hannah, b. Jan. 7, 1790; m. Dea. Samuel Dinsmore iu 1811.

8, Polly, m. Richard Fitts and went to Salisbury, N. H.

Mrs. Blaucliard d. Dec. 2, 1793, and he m. (2) Dorothy John-
son, widow of David Folsom, April, 1794. He d. March 7, 1833,

a. 80. She d. May 14, 1830, a. 88.


There were early at Amesbury two men by the name of " Blas-
DALE," — Henry and Ealph, and there are a great many of the
name on Amesbury records.

Nathaniel Blasdell was a wheelwright and lived on II. L. 34.
The house aud an acre of land were sold to Dr. Sargent in 1780,
and he sold to Daniel French, Esq., who erected the present
house. Mr. Blasdell purchased a quarter of an acre of land of
William and Paul Healey in 1759, and built a store where the
French office now stands, wliich was sold to the town in 1778,
and removed into the south woods for a pest-house when Dr.
Page's family had the sraall-pox. He did quite a business as a
trader several years, selling goods and taking his pay in produce
and lumber. He also made potash. He always went by the name
of Merchant Blasdell, aud I have one of his ledgers in my posses-
sion. He d. Dec. 22, 1786. Chil. on Chester records: —

William, born 1747, INIicajah, Molly, Abijah, Nathan, and John,
of whom uotliing is known.

Isaac Blasdell. Jonathan and Hannah Blasdell, of Amesbury,
had nine children; the first b. 1699; David, the sixth, b. Feb. 5,
17^11-12; wife, Abigail. He was a clock-maker, aud I have seen
several of his clocks. They had seven children. The tliird, Isaac,

b. March 27, 1738, m. Mary, dau. of E. Currier of Amesbury. In
March, 1762, he purchased of Dr. John Ordway five acres of H.
L. No. 34, and five rods of the ten-rod way (where John West
now lives) and came to Chester and set uj) his trade of clock-
making. He was in the Revolutionary army several times, select-
man, and continually sealer of weights and measures. He d. Oct.
9, 1791. His widow m. Jona. Swain of Raymond, and d. Dec. 6,
1795. Children: —

1. Hannah, b. April 6, 1758; m. Dea. Amos Morse, 1780; d.
Feb. 6, 1795. 2. Isaac, b. 1760, went to Salisbury,'N. H. 3. Rich-
ard, b. Nov., 1762, lived with his father; d. unm. July 26, 1790.
4. Molly, b. 1765, m. a Wadleigh, aud went to Canada. 5.
David, went to Peacham, Vt. 6. Anna, b. July 13, 1769, m. B.
P. Chase, Oct. 7, 1792, d. Feb. 22, 1808. 7. Abner, b. April 18,
1771, m. Jemima Melcher and lived iu Chester; had a son John
(the father of Albert Blaisdell of Greenland, the builder). He
enlisted in 1813, and went to the Canada frontier and never


returned. 8. Lydia, b. July 5, 1773, m. Josiali, son of Jacob
Chase, d. April 1, 1857. 9. Abigail, b. 1775, d. May 19, 1803. 10.
Ehenezej', b. 1778, m. Nancj^ Noyes; enlisted, d. at Acworth, N.
H., on his way to the frontiei", April 12, 1813.


JAMES BOID, the grantee, lived in Portsmouth. There was a
John Boid, who lived on James Boid's H. L. Xo. 59, where the
first road was laid out in 1730 ; and he was the first pound-keeper.
He was said by Col. White to have been a brother of the Rev. Mr .
McGregor's wife.

John Boid, son of the above, made a will dated Jan., 1751-2,
proved 1752. He had no real estate. His inventory was, " Two
Jackets, one pair of cloth breeches, three old checked shirts, one
old hat-cap, and handkerchief, one pair of old stockings, and an
old blanket. Money and notes, old tenor, £536." He gives his
cousin, Margaret McGregor, eldest clan, of the Rev. David Mc-
Gregor, £310, and the residue after some small legacies.

There was a Thomas Boid, owned H. L. No. 27, in 1730, and
probably lived on it, southwest of the Dearborn farm, near where
the steam-mill lately stood.

Nathaniel Boid was one of the first settlers in Dorryfield, on
No. 1, where J. G. Webster now lives. He signed the petition in
1748. The road laid out Sept. 16, 174:8, ran to his fence. His wife
was Margaret, and had Margaret, b. 1752, m. Archibald Gambel;
William, b. 1755.

There was a Nathan Boid on No. 16, in Derryfield.


JosiAH Bradley m. Anna, dau. of Jonathan Moulton, and lived
on bis place, H. L. No. 113, where Hiram Basford now lives. He
d. May 2, 1778. Chil.:— 1. Josiah, b. May 17, 1770, m. Phebe,
dau. of Abel Webster, 1792, lived on the homestead, and went
to Maine. 2. Jonathan, b. 1776.


Joshua Bradshaw lived on H. L. No. 63, at the Josiah Chase
place, on Walnut Hill, Chil. : — Peter, John and Sarah.


The Rev. Nathan Bradstreet is said in the History of New
Hampshire Churches to have been born in Ips^ch, Mass., in 1770 ;
but I always understood that he was a native of Rowley. He grad.
at Dart, in 1791, and studied theology at Newburyport. He m.



Phebe Dexter, of Cliarlestowii, a ueice of Lord Timothy Dexter
Aug. 10, 1796. Her father afterwai'ds lived at Westford, Mass.,
and when Mr. Bradstreet left Chester he went there. Mr. Brad-
street built a house on H. L. No. 8, where John W. Noyes now
Uves. He d. Jan. 29, 1827. Children: —

Freeborn, b. Aug. 22, 1799; Melissa, b. 1801; Nathan Dexter,
b. 1803; WilUam, b. 1808; Susannah,}). 1811. Notlaing is known
of the children. See further, History of the Congregational


Capt. Jonathan Blunt was b. at Andover, about 1708, and was
in Chester and had a saw-mill in 1730. In 1734, William Blunt,
of Andover, deeded to Jonathan H. L. Nos. 1 and 12. He settled
on No. 1, where Sarah Robinson now lives. His wife was Mary,
and they had eight children, the oldest, John, b. 1735. Joshua, b .
1740, 'm. Mary Grove, and had Isaac, b. June 1780, d. March, 1865.

Mary Bhtnt, b. 1743, m. Maj. Richard Emery. Capt. Blunt
was a prominent man in town, an innkeeper, and d. May 24, 1762.


Samuel Brown was in Bradford in 1734. John Jaques sold to
him Add. No. 17, and Thomas Smith gave to his cousin, Samuel
Brown of Bradford, No. 66, O. H., June, 1734. He came to
Chester and built on No. 17, a little southwest of where Amos
Green now lives. When an attempt was made in 1743 to have a
road laid out across the lots by Karr's mill to Londonderry, he
agreed to give the present I'oad across his land provided they
would not go by liis house. He signed the Presbyterian protest,
Nov., 1735. lie probably sold to John Mills, who afterwards
lived there, and moved to where Jabez French first lived, on the
cast half of No. 17, 2d P., 2d D. He bore the appellation of Dr.
Brown. His wife was Susannah. He d. May, 1794; she d. May
3, 1789. They had several children, the oldest of whom d. young.
Of those whom we know any thing about: —

I. Joseph, b. Feb. 23, 1758, m. (1) Lydia, dan. of Caleb Hall,
1782. Chil. : — Sara ; Abraham and Samuel, went to Maine ; Betsy,
m. Moses Chase, son of B. Pike Chase. She d. Dec. 15, 1790. He
m. (2) Lydia Mace, and had several children who settled in San-
down and Haverhill, Mass. He lived on the homestead; d. 1802.

n. Jonathan, b. Nov. 22, 1760, m. Sarah, dau. of Jonathan
Moulton, and settled in Poplin, now Fremont, about a mile south
of the Rocke bridge. To distinguish him from another and older
man, he was generally called *' Chesherman Brown.^^ Children : —

1. Jonathan, lived in Poplin. 2. Ebenezer, m. Mary Whitcher,


of Brentwood, and settled in Yersliire, Vermont, and made iron
from the bog ore there. They were the parents of Dr. William
W. Brown, b. Aug. 28, 1804. ' See Physicians. 3. Eliphalet, set-
tled in Vienna, Maine. 4. Josiah, went to sea and never returned.
6. Sail)", m. Peter, son of Stephen Morse, of Chester, 1799. 6.
Susannah, m. Moses H., son of Sherburne Sanborn, 1801, and
lived in Poplin.

Sarah d. March 15, 1822, and he m. (2) her sister Abigail, wid.
of Jacob Basfoi'd. She d. 1841.

III. David, b. Sept. 17, 17G5, lived in Eaj-mond ou O. H. No.
100, near the railroad.

Jedediah Brown came from Kensington, and settled on No.
11, O. H., and is mentioned in the return of a road across his lot
in 1761. He had two sons, Levi and Josiah, and three daughters,
Mary, Dolly and Abigail.

I. Levi ,m. Elizabeth, dan. of Jona. Swain, Esq. Children : —

I. Jedediah, d. Nov., 1868. 2. Jonathan S., lived on the Swain
place. 3. Libby. 4, Levi. 5. John, Esqr., b. 1796,m. a Worthen,
and has been noted as a land surveyor, and a very ingenious

II. Josiah, lived in Raymond.

There were three brothers by the name of Brown who came
from Scotland and settled in the upper part of Chester, towards

I. Samuel, m. Jean Gibson, in Scotland, and settled on No. 28,
5th D., on what is now the Hooksett poor-farm. Children: —

I. Joseph. 2. Margaret.

3. Ann, m. Frederic McCutcheon, of Pembroke.

4. John, m. Betsy Burgin ; lived in Hooksett ; d. in Newbury-
port a. 98.

5. 3IoUy, m. Robert, son of Samuel Davis, who was drowned
in Laken's pond, July, 180.5. She died at Newburyport, a. 96.
Nathaniel Head, Esq., related to me the following, which he
said that he had from Mr. Brown and his wife :

Some persons sowed a large quantity of rye on the j)lain on the
east side of the river at Concord, and set stakes at each bushel,
for the i)urpose of letting the reaping for the seed. Mrs. Brown
prepared breakfast, nursed her child, and went to Concord, a dis-
tance of five or six miles, reaped her bushel sowing, finishing be-
fore any of the men, and returned home.

II. Joseph, usually called doctor, on account of preparing
drops for fits, m. Ann Otterson, a sister of William Otterson, and
settled on land not gi-anted by the proprietors of Chester, near
Head's saw-mill. He probably had a title from the proprietors of


Suiicook, but he, with others, was sued. (See page 40.) Chil-
dren : —

1. Ann, m. James Knox, of Pembroke.

2. (Tosejyh, settled at Peacham, Vt. ; m. 2d, Molly Gay.

3. Je my. 4. Bachael.

5. James, also called doctor, m. Margaret Moore, 1793, and
lived on the homestead, and afterwards on the west side of the

6. Lydia. 7. Mary. 8. 3Iartha.
Dr. Joseph d. 1796.

III. William m. Euth, dau. of Daniel McDuffee, of London-
derry, and lived on No. 30, 5th D. Children: —

1. Daniel, m. Joanna Durgin, settled at Corinth.

2. 3IoUy, m. Ezra Abbot, d. a. 83.

3. James, m. Molly McCiirdy, settled at Grand Isle, Vt.

4. Sarah.

5. Capt. John, m. Polly, dau. of Matthew Gault.

6. Capt. WiUkim, m. Sally Buntin, lived where Samuel, Sen.,
had lived. Children : — •

1. Anna, b. Feb. 26, 1799, m. Col. John Head, d. April 3, 1849.
2. Hiram, b. Jan. 23, 1801. He was the first Mayor of Manches-
ter. 3. Andrew. 4. John. 5. Calvin.

Lt. William Bkown was a ship-carioeiiter at Newburyport, and
came to Chester in 1771, in companj'^ with his father-in-law, Ben-
jamin Pierce. They purchased of James and Benjamin Crosett
274 acres of land lying in 86, 87 and 93, 2d P., 2d D. Mr. Brown
lived where Israel Senter now lives, and Pierce fifty or sixty rods
to the northeast. He d. 1805. Children: —

1. William, m. Sarah Sheldon, lived on the Pierce place. They
went to Mount Desert, Me., with their children, and d. thei'e, he
a. 95, she over 90. 2. Joshua, went to Vermont, had a dau.
Pamela, m. James Hoit. 3. Benjamin P., m. a dau. of Asa Bur-
bank, lived at the intersection of the Rattlesnake-hill road with
Londonderry Turnpike ; went to Vt. 4. Judith. 5. Eunice. 6.
John, ni. a Merril, on the homestead, and went West.

Benjamin Brown came from Newbury, m. Prudence Kelly.
He lived ou Add. No. 85, where Nathan Morse had lived, and
afterwards on the Street, H. L. No. 135, where Woodbury Masters
now lives. He was a long time a partner in trade with Henry
Sweetser. She d. Sept. 9, 1798; he married (2) Widow Lunt.
He d. 1818, at Piscataqua Bridge. Children: —

1. Nancy, m. Henry Sweetser, 1798, d. April 28, 1799.

2. Mercy, m. Daniel French, 1799, d. March 8, 1802.

3. Hannah.

4. Lydia, b. Feb. 6, 1782, m. Toppan Ilobie, Oct. 8, 1804, d. Feb.
23, 1811.


5. Francis, b. Jan 11, 1784; gracl. Dart. 1805; m. Elizabeth,
dau. of Kev. Tristram Gilmaii, of North Yarmouth, Feb. 4, 1811,
d. July 27, 1820. (See Graduates.) Chil.: — Samuel Gilmau,
Dart., 1831; Mary; and Frances, d. y.

6. Prudence, b. April 3, 1786, m. Rev. David Thurston, of Wiu-
throp, Me., Oct. 31, 1811.

Nathaniel Brown, b. at Hamilton Mass., Sept. 3, 1770, m.
Mary Sleeeper, of Newburyport, who was b. March 16, 1779; re-
sided at Newburyport until 1814 ; removed to Chester, on to the
Elliot place. Children: —

1. John Sleeper, b. Nov. 6, 1797, m. Phoebe C, widow of Rev.
Amasa Hayes, Nov. 1, 1832. He was, from 1823, Deputy Sherift"
fourteen years; 1855, Sheriff live years; wfts Justice of the
Peace, Notary Public, and Coroner; was several years in the
Underbill firm, in the edge-tool business, and carried it on him-
self several years at Auburn. In 1861 he was appointed Inspec-
tor of Customs at Boston.

2. Nathaniel, b. Sept. 2, 1799, m. Sarah, dau. of William Gra-
ham ; was in the tool business ; lives in Auburn.

3. William C, b. Aug. 2, 1801. He was several yeai-s a
teacher ; a teacher of music in Boston ; a composer of music ; a
compiler of three collections of music, and author of a celebrated
j)oem on rum. He was seven years editor of " Zion's Herald,"
the Methodist paper in Boston, and editor and publisher o
the "Mother's Assistant." He has been twelve years Register
of Probate of Suffolk County.

4. Simon, b. Nov. 29, 1802, m. Ann C, dau. of Hon. Daniel
French, May, 1827. He learned the art of printing in the
"Patriot" office, at Concord. He was a partner in establishing
the " Ilinghara Gazette;" and afterwards in publishing the "N.
H. Spectator " at Newport. In 1837, went into the office of the
Clerk of the U. S. House of Representatives; and was Secretary
of the Commissioners of Public Buildings ; was in the General
Post Office ; and Librarian of the House of Representatives from
1840 to 1848; since 1855, has been agricultural editor of the "N.
E. Farmer," and is a practical farmer at Concord, Mass. In 1855,
was elected Lieut.-Gov. of Mass. ; and in 1857, Repi-esentative
from Concord.

6. 3Iury, b. Dec. 18, 1806, m. F. T. Underbill.

6. Sarah S., b. Oct. 4, 1810, m. Jay T. Underbill; d. Aug.
17, 1862.

7. Elizabeth E.,h. Oct. 4, 1810, m. a Whitney; d. Oct. 24, 1864.

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