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Elizabeth Carter, and they had eleven children, one of whom was


Key. Ebenezer, b. at 'Woburn, Mass., Oct. 18, 1704. He gradu-
ated at Harvard, 1725, and came to Chester in 1736. Rev. Moses
Hale, "now a i-esident of Haverhill," deeded him two home lots,
marked on the map " B " and " M," being- Gov. Wentworth's and
the first settled minister's. The L part of the Bell house was Mr •
Flagg's. He was married to Lucretia Keys by Rev. Mr. Hooper,
of Boston, Xov. 15, 1739. Children: —

I. Lucretia, b. Jan. 27, 1741, m. Coffin, of Portsmouth.

II. John, b. Feb. 24, 1743, graduated at Harvard 1761; M. D.,
1766; settled in Lynn; d. May 27, 1793.

in. Thomas, b. Oct. 17, 1745, went to Virginia.

IV. Josiah, b. April 8, 1748, m. Anna, dau. of Col. John Web-
ster, March 18, 1777; lived on the homestead; was an officer in
the Revolution; d. April 25, 1799. She d. May 1, 1799. Chil-
dren : —

1. Betsy Van Mater, b. Feb. 12, 1778, m. Daniel French, Esq.,
1805; d. April 23, 1812.

2. Catherine Gardner, b. Jan. 8, 1780, m. TVm. J. Folsom : d.
Sept. 25, 1807.

3. Sarah Wingate, b. May 31, 1782, m. Jonathan Bell, and m.
(2) Daniel French, Esq.; still (1869) alive in Chester.

4. Henry, b. April 9, 1785; still living, 1869.

5. Edmund, b. July 3, 1787, graduated at Dartmouth 1806 ; d.
at Island of St. Croix, Dec, 15, 1815.

V. Sarah, b. July 8, 1751, m. Evans; d. July 29, 1831.

VI. Richard, b. April 25, 1754, d. Jau 21, 1762.

VII. Ebenezer, b. March 19, 1757, m. Mary Emerson, 1781;
lived at Salem, and was a brass founder; d. 1796.

VIII. Mary, b. July 4, 1759, m. Greenough, brother of Daniel.

IX. Catherine Flagg, b. 1762, died in infancy.

Rev. Ebeu. Flagg d. Nov. 14, 1796. Lucretia d. March 30,
1764, a. 41. Mary d. ]S'ov. 10, 1783, a. 62. (See further, notices
of Clergymen.)


JOHX FOLSOM, b. at New Market July 7, 1723 ; Sarah Veasey ,
b. at Stratham, Nov., 1727; m. Jan., 1748. She d. Sept. 19, 1756.
Their second child, David, b. May 20, 1750, m. Dorothy, dau. of
Rev. William Johnson, of Newbury, Mass. He was a clerk for
Gen. Moulton, of Hampton. They had William J., b. 1774, and
John, h'. March 11, 1776. He had the idea suggested to him of
cutting nails by seeing a tin-worker cut off a piece from the end
of an iron hoop with his shears. When John was about twelve,
which would be in 1788, the family removed to Harrisburg, Penn.,
and there Mr. Folsom got up machinery for cutting and heading

'^priy oJ^atAjcmxf.


nails, which was yeiy rude. They were cut with shears so fixed
that they could be oj)erated by the foot, while the iron was fed in
by the hand. They were screwed into a common vise, and receiv-
ed a blow with a hammer to head them. They soon made an im-
provement in heading-. They had two bai-s of iron hinged at one
end, one fastened to a bench, and the other to vibrate, with dies to
receive the nails near the joint. A rope or chain was attached to the
end of a movable bar and to a treadle, so that with the foot they
were drawn together to hold the nail to be headed. At first they
not only put in every nail with their fingers, but also took them
out. The next step was to bore a hole through the bench, and let
the nails drop out. This machineiy was used until after they
came to Chester, and the heading- was done in the same way
while it was carried on there. I find charges on Lieut. Unde"r-
hill's book, in 179G, to "\Y. & J. Folsom, for '• making and mend-
ing shears."

In about six months after arriving at Ilarrisburg, David Folsom
died of small-pox. The sons, young as they were, carried on the
business some four years, or until about 1792, when, having the
fever-and-ague badly, they were advised to come Xorth. They
procured a horse and cart, and came to Xew Hampshire. Mrs.
Folsom, after a while, opened a boarding-house at Exeter, and the
sons went (for what reason I do not know) to Tamworth. The
wife of Hon. Joseph Blanchard died in 1793. He was senator, I
think, and the Legislature sat at Exeter, and he boarded at Mrs.
Folsom's, and finally married her in April, 1794.

The Folsoms soon came to Chester, and built a shop near where
Mrs. Wiley's house now is, and went to work with such machin-
eiy as I have described. After a while they turned Esquire
Blanchai'd's fulling-mill into a nail-factory, and commenced cut-
ting by water. William J. Folsom left the concern, went to
Chester and went into trade. He m. Catherine G., dau. of
Josiah Flagg, Esq., and had Henry, Frederic and Catherine, who
m. Israel "Webster, Jr. Mrs. Folsom d. 1807, and he went back
and cut nails for Esquire Blanchard, and d. 1809, Dec. 11.

John Folsom carried on the nail bu.siuess until the fall of 1805,
when he and John Melvin took a contract to build fifteen miles of
the Londonderr}' turnpike from Hooksett bridge, and also the
Straits bridge. He the next year bought, and built a house and
opened a tavern on that i-oad, No. 98, 2d P., 2d D., and was noted
as a landlord. He was much in public business as a selectman,
representative, &c. From 1802 to 1808, the Republican party pre-
vailed, and sent Henry Sweetser representative, and he boasted
that he had been seven years, and could go seven more, but in
1809 Mr. Folsom was elected. He went one or more vears from


Deny, after he removed there, and was the oldest member in the

In 1820 a Court of Sessions was established for laying out
roads, auditing accounts, «fec., and John Harvey, Hall Burgin
and [John Folsom were appointed judges. He was a straight-
forward, upright man. He m. Mehitabel, dau. of Benj. Melvin,
Dec. 25, 1800. They had no issue. She d. March 23, 1824. He
m. (2) Dolly T., dau. of Lieut. Josiah Underhill, who was a niece
of his first wife, Dec. 9, 1824. John Folsom d. Aug. 9, 1850.
Dorothy T. d. Dec. 5, 184G. They had eight children, three of
whom graduated. (See Graduates.)

I have given a detailed account of the making of nails, as re-
lated to me by Mr. Folsom, and corroborated by Richard Melvin
and Mrs. Dinsmore. I suppose it was the first nail-cutting in
the world. The self-heading machines of Odiorne & Perkins
superseded all hand work.


Dea. Matthew Forsaith was born in Scotland, and went
thence to Ireland. He there m. Esther Graham, a daughter of
Robert Graham, and came over Avith the Graham family about
1730, and at first lived south of the meeting-houi-e, but made a
final settlement on Add. lot No. 91, wliere his gi-andson Josiah
iiow lives. He was an enterprising business man, and his name
appears Irequently on the town and Presbyterian records. Chil-
dren: —

1. JIatfhew, Jr., was a physician, and went out in a man-of-
war and died at sea.

2. Jonathan, was in the army at Ticonderoga, and d. there July
9, 1777.

3. David, came home and died May 21, 1778.

4. Esther, d. March 29, 1778.

5. Bobert, b. 1746, m. Margaret, dau. of Dea. William Tolford,
1767, and lived on the Tolford place, whei'e Mr. l^lerrill lives, at
Walnut Hill. He d. 1810.

6. Hannah, m. Wilkes West, d. Jan., 1793.

7. Dea. WiUiain, went to Deering; d. about 1808. He had a
son James.

8. Josiah, m. Katy Richardson, dau. of Caleb R., and lived
where his fiithcr did; d. March 18, 1833. He had several chil-
dren, among whom was Josiah, b. Jan. 25, 1785; lived on the old
place; d. Aug. 18, 1868.

Dea. Foksaith's wife was famous as a midwife. She d. July
1, 1784. He d. Sept. G, 1791, a. about 90.



Isaac Foss was in Greenland in 1729, and bought H. L. No.
37, wliere Edmund Sleeper now lives, and might have settled
there, but he soon went back on to Add. 101, and deeded it tQ
his son Timotliy, in 1757 ; subsequently owned by Daniel Rich-
ardson, and Daniel, Jr., now by David Lane. There was an
Isaac, Jr., Thomas, and Joseph, of whom nothing is known.

John Foss, probably from Greenland, m. Tabitha, dau, of En-
sign Jacob Sargent, March 11, 1745, and settled on the northwest
end of Add. No. 105, on the Great Hill, the lot Rufus Sanborn lives
on. The}' had a son David, b. Oct. 12, 1744, m. Anne Richardson,
1767, and had 11 children. The second, Hannah, b. Sept. 26,
1770, m. Jethro, son of John Sanborn, and was mother of John
and Rufus, of Chester.

There was one Jonathan Underbill, b. 1780, named probably
for Hezekiah UnderhiU's son who d. iu the army. John Foss d.,
and administration was granted, 1746, to the widow, who charges
for nursing David since Nov. 10, 1745. Tabitha m. Hezekiah, son
of Sampson UuderliiU. She d. May 24, 180o.


There was a man by the name of Fowler who was b. in Wales
and gave seven years' service for his passage. He settled in
Amesbury and m. there, and had a son Thomas, who m. a Davis,
and came to Chester about 1764, and d. 1794, Children : —

I. Tliomas, Jr., was b. in Amesbury in 1750, and one brother,
and some sisters. They settled near the east side of No. 89, 2d
P. 2d D., in-obably where Archi. MoDuffee, Sen., settled.

II. Jeremiah, the brother, was a soldier in the Revolution, and
d. soon after his return.

III. Rebecca, m. Peter, son of Sanniel Aiken, Sen., d. 1796.
Thomas m.Phebe Colburn in 1781, d. June, 1828. Cliildren: —

1. Thomas, m. a Worthen, went to New York. 2. Anna, m. Jo-
seph Worthen, went to Dorchester, N. H. 3. Hannah, m. Win-
throp Rollins, went to Dorchester, N. H. 4. Rebecca, m. Joseph
Carlton. 5. Stephen, m. Ann, dau. of Daniel McDuffee; lived
first on the homestead, went thence to New York, and thence to


BENjA:Mm Frexch was of Kingstown, in 1744, and sold to Da-
vid McClure the west half of No. 17, 2d P. 2d D., and the same
year the road was laid out through his laud.


March 10, 1748, the road to the Branch was laid out, '' Begin-
ning at Jabez French's N. E. corner." Jabez was probably the
son of Benjamin, and settled where Dr. Samuel Brown once lived,
northwe>t of Charles Stevens' saw-mill. May 10, 1751, Joseph
Basford and wife, and Moses Richardson and wife, deeded to Ja-
*bez French H. L. Fos. 2 and 140, on which he lived, and gave it
to his grandson, Nathan Fitts, Jr. He m. Hannah, the dau. of
Benjamin Hills, Sen., Jan. 5, 1743. He was a major. He d. Oct.
9, 180C. His wife d. Oct. 5, 180G, and they were both buried in
one grave. Cliildren: —

1. Hannah, b. Nov. 10, 1744.

2. Abifiail, b. Sept. 4, 1746, m. Nathan Fitts, and Dea. Nathl.
French of Sandown; d. June 18, 1831.

3. Buih, b. May 29, 1753, m. Josiah Hall; d. Nov. 25, 1836.

Zepiiaxi.vii Frexch m. Mary Greeley, 1746. He d. June 24,
1763. He settled on Add. No. 117, where his descendants have
lived. Besides children who d. young, they had

I. Benjamin, b. 1751.

II. Surah, b. 1759, who was a deaf mute.

III. Mary, b. 1761, who was famous as a fortune-teller.

IV. Zephaniah, b. 1763, a deaf mute, who was burnt to death
in a coal camp, 1788.

Benjumin French m. Esther Currier, and had, — 1. Jonathan; 2.
Benjamin; and 3. Nathaniel. He d. 1797. The Avidow m. Sher-
burne Dearborn.

SiMOX Fkexch came to Chester from Salisbury, Mass. Joseph
French sold to Simon French 25 acres, which he bought of Samuel
McPherson, Add. Nos. 8 and 9. Benjamin Porter sold to Simon
■ French, for 133 Spanish dollars, one half of No. 51, 2d P. 2d D.,
on which he settled, in Candia, in 1765. He m. a dau. of John
Shackford, Sen., of Chester. She was a feeble woman, and was
mostly confined to her bed for nine years, and they endured severe
hardships. At one time he went to Trickling Falls, East Kings-
ton, a distance of twenty miles, and bought a bushel of corn
and brought it home on his back. It is said that he and Daniel
Dolby once went to Plymouth and bought corn and brought it
home on horseback. He d. Aug. 3, 1823 ; time of her death not
known. Children : —

I. liuth, m. Samuel Colby, of Candia, settled at Derby, Vt.,
and had Nehemiah, a merchant, and Moses, a physician.

II. Dolly, m. Andrew Rankin, settled at Littleton. They were
the parents of Rev. Andrew Rankin, a minister who was settled
in Salisbury, N. H., and d. at Danbury.

III. John, b. March 25, 1770, m. Comfort, dau. of Dr. Coffin


Moore, Dec. 20, 1793; she b. Jan. 24, 1770. He d. Dec. 24, 1845;
she d. Dec. 1, 1834. Lived on the homestead. Children: —

1. Martha, b. Oct. 22, 1794.

2. Simon, b. Feb. 2, 1796, m. Ann B. Evans, lives on the home-

3. Coffin M., b. April 6, 1799, m. Dolly Pillsbmy, and lives on
the Zebedee Berry place, near the homestead. They have a son
Samuel Franklin, b. Dec. 22, 183.1, g-rad. at Dart. 1860, Audover
Theo. Sem., 1865; settled at Hamilton, Mass. Also George H.
French, b. July 27, 1838, g-rad. at Dart. 1862, entered Andover
Theo. Sem. 1865. (See Graduates in Candia.)

4. Lncinda, b. 1803, m.. Frederick Fitts.

5. Eveline, b. 1805, m. Samuel Murray, d. 1848. Simon French
Sen., m. (2) Comfort "Weeks, wid. of Dr. Coffin Moore. She d-
Nov. 1, 1814.

Hox. Daniel Frexcii vt^as the son of Gould and Dorothy
French, b. at Epping, Feb. 22, 1769. He was a student at Exeter
under Dr. Abbot, two years, and also was under the tuition of
Rev. Robert Gray, of Dover, some time. He studied law with
Hon. William K. Atkinson, of Dover, and was admitted to the
bar in 1796. He practiced law at Deerfield Parade two years, and
came to Chester, and succeeded Hon. Arthur Livermore, who was
appointed .Judge of the Superior Court, Dec, 1799. He was ap-
pointed Solicitor, June, 1808; was admitted to practice in the
United States Court in 1809; was appointed Attorney-General
Feb.. 1812, and resigned in 1815; contiiuied to practice, attending
all the terms of the courts till within a few years of his death,
Oct. 15, 1840. He was appointed Postmaster, April, 1807, and
held the office until 1839, when he resigned, and his son, Henry
F., succeeded him. Loammi Davidson, Edmund Flagg, Abner
Emerson, Stephen Crooker, Jabez Crooker, B. B. French, Eben
French and Henr^F. French, wei-e students at law in his office.
Besides his profession he was quite a farmer.

Gould French d. May 12, 1823, a. 83; Dorothy d_ Dec. 12, 1804.
Daniel French m. Mercy, dau. of Benj. Brown, Sept. 15, 1799.
Children : —

1. Benjamin B., b. Sept. 4, 1800.

Mercy d. March 8, 1802. He m. (2) Betsey Y. M. Flagg, dau. of
Josiah Flagg, Esq. , June 30, 1805. Cliildren : —

2. Arthur Livermore, b. May 28, 1806, d. April 25, 1825, an un-
dergraduate at Dartmouth.

3. Ann Caroline, b. Feb. 3, 1808, m. Hon. Simon Brown, lives
at Concord, Mass.

4. Catharine J., b. Jan. 12, 1810, m. Dr. P. P. Wells, Brooklyn,
N. Y.


5. Sarah, b. Aug, 3, 1811, m. Dr. S. L. Chase, Lockport, N. Y.
He m. (o) Sarah ^Y . Flagg, dan. of Josiah Fkxgg, Esq., aud wid-
ow of Jonathan Bell, Nov. 6, 1812. Children: —

6. Henry F.,\). Aug. 14, 1813.

7. Harriette V. 31., d. March 9, 1811.
8 Elizabeth Jane, d. July 4, 1818.

9. Edmund Flagg, b. July 17, 1819, m. Margaret Brady, lives
at Washington City.

10. Arianna,m. Charles E. Soule, Brooklyn, N. Y.; d. May
1-4, 1865.

11. Helen Augusta.

Benjimihi B., son of Daniel French, besides being an attendant
at the public schools of Chester, was a student at the academy at
North Yarmouth, Me. ; studied law in liis father's office, aud was
admitted to the bar Feb., 1825. Dartmouth conferred the honor-
ary degree of A. M. on him in 1852. He practiced law at Hook-
sett and Sutton, N. II., and was appointed Clerk of the Courts,
and went to Newport in 1827 ; was Assistant Clerk of the Senate
in 1830, and Representative in 1831, '32 and '33; aud w^as propri-
etor and editor of the ''N. H. Spectator." lie was an Assistant
Clerk of tjie U. S. House of Representatives, 1833; and Clerk of
the House in 18-45, He was President of the Magnetic Telegraph
Company, and Commissioner of Public Buildings. He was
elected to the thirty-tliird degree in Masonry, and was Grand
Master of the District of Columbia. He m, Elizabeth S,, dau. of
Hon, Wm, M, Richardson, and had two children. She d. May,
1861 ; m. (2) Mary Ellen Brady.

Henry F. French was educated at the Pinkerton Academy at
Deny, and at Pembroke, and at Hingham Mass., where he went
to study French, He studied law in his father's office, and at the
law school at Cambridge, Mass., aud was admitted to the bar
Aug. 14, 1835. He practiced law with his father till his death ;
was at Portsmouth one year, then removed Ito Exeter, and held
the office of Solicitor ten years from 1838 ; and that of Bank Com-
missioner four years from 1848 ; aud practiced law in Exeter until
appointed a Justice of the Court of Common Pleas, Aug, 15, 1855,
wliich office he held till Aug, 1, 1859, He opened an office in
Boston in Sept., 1859, and removed his family to Cambridge in
1860; was appointed Assistant District Attorney for Suffolk
county, Nov, 19, 1862, and held the office (at the same time prac-
ticing law) until June, 1865, when he was elected the first Presi-
dent of the Mass, Agricultural College. He removed to Amherst,
where the college was established, Sept., 1865, having resigned
his office in Boston, Being unable to organize the college accord-
ing to his ideas of what such an institution should be, he resigned


Ms position there Oct. 17, 18C6, and resumed his profession in
Boston in the spring of 1867. He purchased a farm in Concord,
Mass., on which he still resides, still practicing his profession in
Boston. Dartmouth conferred the honorary degree of Master of
Arts upon him in 1852 ; and he was elected an honorary member of
the Phi Beta Kappa Society at Cambridge, July, 1861. He has
always taken a deep interest in agriculture, was active in orna-
menting his native town with trees. He set the elm trees in front
of his father's office and nearly opposite the dwelling, about the.
year 1829. He was also a leader in setting other trees on Chester
street. After removing to Exeter he was active in ornamenting
that ancient town with trees. He was President of the Rocking-
ham Agricultural Society, from its organization, in 1852, till he
left the State. He was long a regular contributor to several agri-
cultural papers, and published a very full treatise upon farm
draining soon after his agricultural tour in Europe in 1857.

He m. (1) Anne, dan. of Chief Justice Richardson, Oct. 9, 1838.
She d. Aug. 29, 1856. Cliildren: — Harriette Van Mater, m. Maj.
A. Hollis, Concord, N. H. ; ^Ym. M.Richardson; Sarah Flagg;
and Daniel Chester. He m. (2) Pamela M. Prentice, of Kecne.


JOHN FULLONTON came from England and settled in Ep-
ping, and had : —

I. James, who lived in Ra}Tnond, and had his house burnt, and
■Went to Sanborntou.

II. AViLLiAM, went to Wolfeborough.

III. Joiix, who is called Captain, settled in Raymond on lot
No. 3; m. (1) Delia Locke. Children: —

1. Ezekiel, went to Cambridge, Vt.

2. Mary, m. Eliphalet Folsom, of Raymond.

3. Joseph.

4. John, killed in the army.

5. Francis, went west.

John m. (2) Molly Cram, of Hampton, Cliildren: —

6. JEphraim, m. (1) Margaret, dau. of Thomas Patten, and (2)
Miss Foster, of Cambridge, Vt.

7. Anna, m. Eben Osgood, of Loudon, d. 1818.
John m. (3) Rachael French. Children: —

8. Ebenezer, m. Lydia Purrington.

9. liachael, m. David Page, of Raymond, d. 1834.

10. Jeremiah, ra. Hannah, dau. of Joseph Dudley. Children: —

1. Susannah, d. 1831.

2. Rev. Joseph, b. Jan. 31, 1808, is a minister; preached at Ac-
ton, Me., Danville, N. H., and Raymond; lives on the Daniel Ro-



bie i^lace, and is the historian of Raymond. He m. Abigail D.
Eobinson, of ^orth Hampton,

3. Jeremiah, lived on the homestead.

4. John, grad. at Dart, in 1840. (See Graduates of Eaymoud.)


There were two men of that name at the Long Meadows.

Robert Fultok bought of Benjamin Crosett part of N"os. 87
•and 93, 2d P. 2d D., and half tlie saw-mill, in 1768.

James Fulton lived on No. 85, 2d P. 2d D., where Matthew
Dickey lately lived. His wife was Mai-garet. Children : —

Jean, b. April 18, 1745, m. Robert Leathhead, and went to Me.

Marffciret, b. Dec. 22, 1749, m. Arthur, son of David Dinsmore,
went to Anson, Maine.


Joiix Gage lived on home lot No. 13, probably near where Dea,
John Lane now lives. He bougiit two and one half rods of the
ten-rod vray in 1767.

Samuel N. Gage lived on Add. No. 27, whore John Dickey
formerly lived, and Jacob Couch lived; d. suddenly, 1800.


"William Gambel or Gamble came from Londonderry, Ire-
land, at the age of fourteen, with the McClentos and Starret.
He lived awhile at Londonderry, and married a widow Clark
there. Previous to 1748, he bought lots No. 10 and 11, 4th D.,
and a corner of No. 12, on which he built, where Samuel Gamble
now lives. He was a petitioner for soldiei's in 1748. His will is
dated Nov. 25, 1785, at which time he died of colic, a. 77. Chil-
dren : —

I. Janet, m. Alexander, son of William McClento, Feb. 22,

H. 3fargaret. m. a Love.

He m. (2) Ann, dau. of Archibald Stark. She was burnt to
death by the burning of the house, Jan. 28, 1805.

III. William.

IV. Archibald^ m. (1) Margaret, dau. of Nathl. Bold, who d.
in childbed; m. (2) Elizabeth, dau. of John Patten. He lived
on the homestead. He d. 1844, a. 82. She d. 1834. They had
several children, of v.iiom Samuel survives on the homestead.


SAJSIUEL GAULT was born in Scotland; m. Elsie Carlton,
of "Wales, and had three children born in Scotland. He moved to


Londonderry, Ireland, and had two cliildren born there. lie
came to this country, and settled on the farm now owned by his
great grandson, Matthew Gault, near the upper end of Chester,
now Hooksett, on the Suucook gi-ant. Cliildren : —

I. Patrick, m. Anna Thompson, and had tive children. He d.
aged 70.

II. Samuel, m. Ann Coclu-an ; settled in Bradford, Vt., and had
nine children.

III. Andrew, m. Molly Ayer, of Londonderry, and settled in
Pembroke, and had three sons and four daughters: —

1. Samuel. 2. Matthew. 3. Andrew. 4. Elsie. 5. 3Iolly.. 6.
Jenny. 7. Betsy. He d. in Pembroke, a. 83.

IV. Matthew, m. Betsy Marsh, and was an oificcr in the
French war, and d. at Cape Breton, a. 35. He made a will
March 19, 1759, i^robably before leaving home, which was proved
August, 1759, in which he gave all his property to liis wife.

V. Jenny, m. Robert Clark, of Merrimack. They were both
drowned about a year after their marriage.

1. Samuel, son of Andrew, m. Anna Gile, and settled in Bow.

2. JIatthew, b. 1755, m. Elizabeth Bunton; lived on the old
Gault farm, and had twelve children, nine of whom lived to be
married, among whom, —

2. Polly, m. John Brown, of Chester. She is now of Milton,

8. Matthew, m. Dollie D. Cochran, and lives on the old Gault
farm. They have communicated the Brown and Gault families.

Jlaftheio d. Oct., 1824, a. 69. His wife d. 1818, a. 56. The old
Gault house was a gai'rison.

GILCHRIST — in the early deeds KILCHRIST and GILCREAS.

There were two men of that name who settled in Chester, and
were brothers,— ROBERT and WILLIAM. Their ancestors are
said to have lived near Ayrshire, in Scotland, and emigrated to
the neighborhood of Londonderry, in Ireland.

ROBERT GILCHRIST, of Chester, bought of Joshua Brown
H. L. Xo. 10, Dec, 1732, on which he settled; since occupied by
Joseph Carr, Robert Graham, now by Josiah J. Hall. Children : —

I. John, b. 1731. He was a house carpenter, and went to Hal-
ifax to work. It is said that in consequence of au ugly dream
wliich alarmed him, he left in the first vessel bound to Boston;.
There he came in contact with the small-pox ; came home, had
the disease, and died in 1746. The neighbors were afraid to go
near the house, but somehow learned that he was dead, and i>i-o-
cured a rough board coffin, and left it on a high snow-drift. The


mother and Alexandei-, aged about fifteen, with the younger chil-
dren, managed to dig a grave back some distance from the house,
and bury him at eleven o'clock at night, drawing him on a sled
with a pair of steers.

II. Alexander, b. Oct. 28, ra. Martha, dau. of John Shirley.

III. William, b. Jan.* 8, 1736, was never married; lived awliile
on lot Xo. 99, 2d P., 2d D., where Isaac Towle, Jr., afterwards
lived, and subsequently near Mr. Parker's meeting-house, Deny,
his sister Elizabeth keeping house, and after her death a niece,
till about 1811; then went to Goifstown and lived with Alex-
axd'er; d. of spotted fever about 1815.

IV. Agnes, b. May 28, 1738, m. John Kelso.

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