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ough, and lived at Eandolph, Vt., and on the homestead. He d.
Oct., 1851. 4. Margaret, b. 1775; m. Sherburne Wiggin; lived
in Concord. 5. Susannah, b. June 17, 1777; m. John Melvin and
Eichard Dearborn, d. Feb. 4, 1868. 6. Huldah, unm. 7. Benja-
min, b. 1781. 8. Elizabeth, b. June 23, 1784; m. Benjamin Mel-
vin, 1804, and went to Maine. 9. Thomas, b. 1786. 10. Martha.
11. John, b. Jan. 6, 1793; m. Sally Wilkins; d. at Moulton-
borough, May 17, 1840. He was a physician. (See Professional

6. Phebe, b. 1751; m. Ebenezer Eaton of Candia.

7. Jmlith, b. Jan. 15, 1752; m. David, son of Nathaniel Hall, d.
Jan., 1733.

8. Sarah, b. 1755; m. Samuel, son of Thomas Dearborn, and
lived in Candia.

n. Jacob, b. Nov. 10, 1713. In 1748, his father gave liim No.
130, 3d D., (the AVard place) on which he lived; d. without issue.
ni. Judith, b. March 27, 1716; m. Francis Towle, 1738.

IV. Sarah, b. March 8, 1718; m. Enoch Colby, 1748.

V. Elizabeth, b. 1722.

VI. Dorothy, b. 1725. (The foregoing were b. in Amesbury.)

VII. Tabitha, m. John Foss, 1744. He d. Nov. 14, 1745; m.
(2) Hezekiah Underbill ; d. Aug. 23, 1803.


VIII. JoHX, m. Susannah Ilarriman and settled on ISTo. 70, 3d
D, where B. P. Colbj^ now lives; d. Nov. 14, 1797. Children: —

1. Jacob, m. Margarett, dau. of Thomas Patten. 2. John.
3. James, m. Elizabeth Rowe, and once owned and lived at Hall's
mill on Chester Turnpike. 4. Hannah, m. Caleb Towle of Ilawke.
5. Sarah, unm. 6. Susa, m. Thomas Emery.

IX. Theophilus, lived near Candia Corner ; m. Lydia Mitchell,
1753; d. 1807. Children: — The first three d. young. 4. Lydia, h.
Jan. 29, 1752; m. Moses, son of Samuel Emerson, Esq.; d. July
22, 1784. 5. Judith, h. 1763; m. John Eaton. 6. Theo2)hilus,h.
1765; m. Ruth Rowe and went to Belfast. 7. 3foses, d. unm.
8. Jonathan, m.. Anna, dau. of Thos. AVasou and lived in Candia.

The Rev. CHRISTOPHER SARGENT was a settled minister
at Amesbury, and afteiT\'ards at Methueu. He had thirteen cliil-
dreu, the youngest of whom, Dr. Thomas, was b. at Amesbury,
July 22, 1766. He received his preparatory education at Methueu.
Dr. Isaac Thorn of Londonderry m. a dau. of the Rev. Mr. Sar-
gent, and it is supposed that Dr. Thomas studied his profession
with him. He came to Chester about 1777 and boarded with Maj.
Jabez French until he was married. He m. Hannah Smitli, dau.
of Col. Webster's last wife, Oct. 15, 1780. In Jan., 1780, he
purchased an acre of land with a house on it, where Mrs. French
now lives, the Merchant Blasdell place. In 1782, he bought of
Isaac Blasdell, administrator of Ben. Bachelder, the land soutlieast
as far as the Eben Dearborn place, and afterwards built the house
where Mr. "WTiite lately lived. He was a very cautious, but
skillful physician, and had an extensive practice. He remained in
Chester until 1819, and then went to Hartford, Lower Canada.
Children : —

John, d. young.

Sally, h. June 21, 1784; m. Samuel Head, Oct. 24, 1811; d.
Nov. 6, 1854.

Edmund Toppan, b. 1786; d. 1796.

Hannah Smith d. Nov. 15, 1788. Dr. Thomas m. (2) Nancy
Hall of Concord, Feb. 26, 1792 ; she d. Nov. 22, 1817. Children :—

John, b. April 22, 1793; m. Sally, dau. of Samuel Andei-son.

Hannah Smith, b. Aug. 12, 1794; m. Robert, son of Dr. James
Brown of Ilooksett, and Robert Smith of Bristol, N. H. ; d. May,

Nancy Hall, b. Nov. 15, 1798; m. Rice Dudley of Pembroke.

Ilary Jane, d. unm.

He m. (3) Mrs. Elizabeth G. Ladd, Feb. 27, 1820. He d. Nov.
18, 1829 ; she d. 1830.



Sa^iuel Screbxer ^vas of Exeter, perhaps of that part now
Breutwood. He was accidentally shot by a man who was out
hunting. He had a son John, who lived in Poplin (Fremont)
near Cavel mill. He m. a Smith and had : —

1. Lieut. Samuel, who lived in Candia on the John Moore place,
No. 73, 3d D., and m. Moore's widow; m. (2) a Harriman, and
had: —

2. Manoah, m. Sarah, dau. of Daniel Fitts, and settled in Ray-
mond on No. 105, O. H., near Jones Pond, and had Daniel, m.
Ann Langford, and John, m. a Page, still residing there.

3. John, resided on the homestead; d. 1853. His gTandson,
Benning S., resides there.

4. A daughter, m. Henry Smith ; d. at Auburn, Nov. 4. 1858,
a. 81.


JoHX Seavet probably came from Eye; m. Dolly, dau. of
Ithamar BeiTy, 1762 ; settled on the west half of No. 36, 2d P., 2d
D. ; d. May 18, 1806 ; she d. 1816. Children: —

1. Jonathan, b. 1763; m. Sarah, dau. of Elijah Pillsbury; m.
(2) Lucretia Eand.

2. Elliott Berry, b. 1766 ; m. a dau. of John Eand ; no children.

3. Ann, m. Isaac Libby of Candia.

4. JToIly, m. Sam. Seavey.

5. John, m. Betsy, dau. of Sherburne Dearborn; moved to the

6. Andrew, b. Feb. 21, 1778; m. Hannah Foss and lived on the

7. Josiah, b. Aug. 14, 1780; m. Sally, dau. of Cort. Isaac Lane;
lived on the Jona. Morton place; d. July 31, 1863.

8. Greenleaf.


Benjajiin Severance was from Kingstown; m. Euth, dau. of
"William Long of Kingstown. In 1751 he bought of John Stock-
man H. L. 100 and 36, where John Calfe had formei-ly lived. He
d. early; she d. 1816, a. between 85 and 90. Children: —

Joseph, m. Anna, dau. of Gideon Cm-rier, Sen. ; went to Salis-
bury, N. H.

Peter, m. Sarah, dau. of Nathaniel Hall, and lived on No. 100,
2d P., 2d D. He d. 1817 ; she d. Dec. 23, 1839, a. 83. Sons, Geo.
W., and James, lived in Auburn.



Thomas Shannon is said to have come from the " Shoals;" m..
a sister of Nathaniel Rand, and had no permanent residence.
Children : —

1. WiUiam, m. Hannah Holmes, wid. of Nathan Lane. Chil-
dren: — Dea. Josiah, m. Siarah, dan. of Capt. John Sargent;
Sarah, m. Moses Sargent; Jane, m. Jona. Worthen. He d. 1807.

2. Samuel, m. (1) Lydia Taber; m. (2) L5'dia(Leavitt) Griffin,
1792. He d. 1813; she d. May 25, 1842, a. 87. Children: —
1, Lydia T., b. 1794; m. Josiah Morse. 2. Thomas, m. Davis.
3. Sarah, ra. Thomas Chase.

3. Thomas, m. (2) Dolly Locke, wido-w of Josiah Moore.

4. John, m. a dau. of Jacob Griffin.


William Shackfobd was of Portsmouth, and was a retailer.
Children : —

1. JOHN was also of Portsmouth, and a block-maker, and was
a gTantee of Chester.

2. SAMUEL, also of Portsmouth, was a block-maker and a
grantee. His -w-ill was proved March, 1730-31.

John, his sou, was a shoemaker, and settled first in Andover,
then came to Chester and settled on his fathei''s additional lot No.
92, where his great grandson Jonathan now lives ; d. Nov. 2,
1786. Children : —

I. Theodore, m. Mary Bartlett, Feb. 14, 1754. Children: —

I. Sarah, b. Feb. 3, 1755; m. David Richardson, 1773. 2.
Susannah, b. Feb. 5, 1757; m. Dea. Nathan Knowles. 3. Molly.
4. Anna. 5. Theodore, b. July 7, 1770.

Theodore, Sen., lived on the Plain, and he and his son removed
just out of Chester into Alleustown.

II. John, m. Sarah, dau. of Lt. Ebenezer Dearborn, and lived
on the homestead. His Tvill proved June 10, 1779. She d. Aug.,
1814. Children: — 1. Billy. 2. Sarah, b. 1765, m. Bradbury
Quimby. 3. Samuel, b. Nov. 19, 1767 ; m. Hannah, dau. of Ca^Dt.
Benjamin Currier, April, 1806 ; lived on the homestead. He d.
Jan. 23, 1843; she d. Aug. 17, 1865. 4. Jonathan, b. 1770; num.;
d. Dec, 1799. 5. Richard, b. Nov. 6, 1772 ; uum. ; d. Sept. 3,
1864. 6. Betsy, m. Josiah Lane, son of Ezekiel Lane.

ni. A daughter, m. Simon French, and lived in Caudia.



Cornet Daatd Sha-sv \vas son of Hilliard Shaw of Hampton
Falls; m. Abigail, only dau. of Paul aud Love Smith, 1780; lived
on the Smith i^Iace, H. L. 119, He d. Xov. 11, 1825; she d. Dec.
25, 1847, a. 94. Children : —Po?<Z Smith, b. 1782, num., d. May
15, 1805; Jonathan HiUiard. b. 1784, was a jDhysician, d. Sejjt.,
1821 ; David, b. June 20, 1788, m, Sally Marden, 1817, resides on
the homestead; Abigail, m. Josiah, son of Perley Chase, 1816,
d. 1824.


It is said that the Shirleys date back to the Gei*mans, and that
the Countess of Huntingdon, who was the patron of "Whitefield
and "Wesley, was a Shirley ; but those who came to Chester came
fi'om Ireland, and were of Scotch origin.

Ja31es Shirley came to Chester at a very advanced age, about
the year 1730, and lived on Add. lot No. 13, where the town farm
now is. He had a lai'ge family. Several sons came over, onlj'
three of whom came to^Chester;— I. JOHX; II. CAPT. JA^^IES;
III. TH03L\S. He is said to have died 1754, a. 105.

I. JOHX bought Add. Xo. 13, Xov. 6, 1730, on which his
father lived. Xov., 1731, he bought of Sampson Underbill, H. L.
Xo. 124, on which he settled, where Margaret Sliirley and Mrs.
Cowdery now Live. He m. for a second wife, the widow of
Ai"cM. MiUer. Cliildren : —

1. James. In 1741, John deeded to his son James the north
end of Add. lot Xo. 13. Xothing further is known of liim.

2. Mary, m. James AYilsou.

3. Axx, m. Eobert "Wilson.

4. Martha, m. Alexander Gilchrist aud went to Goffstown.

5. Jane, m. McMurphy of Londonderry.

6. Dea. Th05ias, b. 1728, m. Margaret, dau. of Capt. James
Sliirley, and went to Goftstown and purchased of James Miller ;
d. 1808; shed. 1820, a. 93.

7. Daxiel went to Xew Chester.

Issue of Dea. Thomas and ]\Iargaret : —

1. Jane, m. Eobert Patten of Bradford.

2. Polly, m. Eobert, son of Alexander Gilchrist.

3. James, m. Mary Moore. _ He was three years old when they
moved to GoflFstown, and rode there on horseback behind his
mother. He lived on the homestead; d. 1855, a. 96. Cliildren: —
1. Xancy. 2. Jane. 3. Thomas, d. at Memphis. 4. Daniel,
lived in Goffstown.


5. James, was a lawyer and lived at Vicksburg. Gen. Grant's
entrencliments went through his front yard and his house was
destroyed ; and Gen. Grant gave him possession of the house of a
rSbel. After the surrender, a great many claimed to have always
been loyal, and Gen. Grant referred their cases to Mr. Shirley, and
the labor and excitement wei"e more than he was able to endure,
and he d. Aug., 1863. His son Robert Q. was admitted to West
Point upon the recommendation of Gen. Grant.

6. John, is at Suspension Bridge, N. Y. 7. Gilman, was a
teacher at Cortland, N. Y. 8. William, at the same place. 9.
Robert M., m. Maria McCutcheou; lived on the homestead, but
removed to Manchester, and has a son on the homestead.

II. CAPT. JAMES SHIRLEY was a seventh son, and famous
for curing king's evil, and was a man of considerable note. He
was b. Dec, 1700, m. Janet Shirley, in Ireland, and d. May, 1796.
He came to Brookliue, Mass., and in 1734 bought Add. lot No. IT,
and settled where Dudley C. Swain now lives. Children : —

1. James, who while coming from Exeter Avas caught in a thim-
der shower, got off his horse and Avas leading him, was struck by
the lightning and killed ; silver money in his pocket and silver
knee-buckles were melted.

2. Margaret, m. Dea. Thomas Shirley.

3. Agxes, m. John McNair, who was a mariner, and d. soon
after marriage; she d. Feb., 1823, a. 80.

4. JoHX, lived on his father's homestead, and had a son John.

5. Hugh, lived on Add. No. 13; was several years clerk of the
Presbyterian parish, and had a son Peter who sold the i)lace to
the town and went to Maine.

6. Lieut. Willia3i, m. Mary Morrison, 1788; lived on H. L.
124. He was several years clerk of the Presbj'terian iiarish. He
d. 1807 ; she d. July, 1843, a. 83. Children: —

1. 3Tarr/aret, b. Aug. 6, 1789; unm., on the homestead.

2. (Tames, b. 1791.

3. John, b. 1793, m. Polly, dau of Robert Graham.

4. William, b. 1799.

6. 2fanj, b. 1801, m. Samuel Cowdery.
6. JRobert, b. 1803.

III. TH0:MAS SHIRLEY was half brother of John and Capt.
James. He lived in several places. He once lived on Add. lot No.
51, where John Smith first settled. In one deed he is said to be of
Timberlane (Hampstead) , but hisi final settlement was at what is
now Auburn Village, his cellar yet being open in Amos Chase's
field. He died in consequence of a blow from John Patten. He
and Patten met at Cajit. Underhill's tavern and had some altercation.
Patten had an old scythe in his hand which he was carrying to a


blacksmith, and probably without any intention of inflicting any
serious injury, struck Sliirley with the taug- of the scythe, making
a wound in his head. The wound was not considered serious at
first. It was inflicted Dec. 25, 1775. Shirley went to London-
derry, to Dr. "Wood, for treatment, and died there Feb. 1,.1776.
Patten was indicted, and tried at the September term, and con-
victed of manslaughter, and sentenced to be branded in the hand,
which was executed. He had a surgeon in attendance to ajjply
some remedy, but it was so slightly done that he thought his
services needless.
Thomas Shirley had five sons and one daughter :—
1. JoHX. 2. Samuel. 3. Alexander. 4. James. 5. Thomas.
6. Anna. The names of most of them ai'e on the army rolls.

1. Of John I have no ti-adition.

2. Sajiuel, b. about 1740. He lived on lot No. 123, 2d P., 2d
D., near the pond. He built the first grist-mill at Auburn til-
lage, kept tavern and boiled potash. He moved to Xorthfield,
and thence to Union Bridge; died about 1806. Hem. (1) Mar-
garet, dan. of William Graham. Children: —

1. Ann, m. Daniel McDuffee; d. Nov. 29, 1860, a. 85.

2. John,h. 1781, m. Joanna Gale; was a builder of wharves
and pile-bridges ; d. 1851. He had a son John Major, b. 1831;
a lawyer at Andover, X. H.

3. Molly, m. Alexander Donovan; d. 1826.

4. Betsy. 5. James, went to Long Island.
6. Margaret. 7. Sally. 8. Lucretia.

Margaret d. 1792. He m. (2) Anna, dau. of Master James
Hazard, Oct., 1793.

9. Samuel. 10. William. 11. Stephen Dearborn.

He m. (3) Elizabeth, dau. of Hugh McDuflee, 1798. She d.
1843, a. 80. She had: —

Kancy, m. Eodney Allen, went to ^Michigan.

3. Alexander m. a dau. of James Hunter.

4. JA3IES m. Susa, dau. of ArcMe McDuffee. They owned the
Oswego mill, and sold to the Rays in 1806.

5. Thomas m. Mary Ann, dau. of James Wilson.


OziAS SiLSBT, son of Henry Silsby and Bethia Woodward, b.
at Windham, Conn., Jime 15, 1760; gTaduated at Dartmouth,
1785 ; studied theology, and preached at Henniker, and at Wells,
Me., but his health failing, he was never ordained. He came to
Chester, and m. Mary, dau. of Dea. John S. Dearborn, 1794, and
built a house, and lived on tlie Haverhill road, where James
Stevens lately lived, nearly opposite the old Baptist meeting-house.


He wag the first mail-carrier tlirougli Chester from Exeter to
Peterborough. His wife d. 1802. He m. (2) Frances Congdon.
He afterwards lived iu Bedford, Suttou, "Warner, and died at
Hillsborough, Feb. 28, 1833.


Capt. James Silver lived on Add. lot No. 61, where John
Smith, the first settler at the Long Meadows, lived; d. 1796.
Children : —

Joseph, lived on the homestead.

Abraham, m. Elizabeth Gilchrist, widow of Mark Carr ; lived at
New Chester.

Eunice, m. Joseph Calf, Jr., and John Downing; d. 1855, a. 8G.

Muldah, m. Eldridge.

Molly, uum.


TnoJiAS Sleeper, b. iu England about 1607, came to Hampton
1640; d. July 30, 1696. His wife, Joanna, d. at Kingstown Feb. 5,
1703, a. 80. They had 7 children:—

VI. Aaron, b. Feb. 20, KiGl, m. Elizabeth Shaw May 23, 1682.
He m. (2) Sarah; d. at Kingstown May 9, 1732, a. 71. He had
17 children by his first wife, and 2 by his second, of whom

II. MOSES, b. Jan. 22, 1685, m. Margaret, dau. of Capt. Jona.
Saiiborn (who was Lt. John Sanborn's fifteenth child), Jan. 9,
1714. She was b. March 20, 1698. He d, at Kingstown, Jan. 13,
1754. They had 15 children, of whom

IV. David, b. Nov. 16, 1721, m. Margaret Scribncr, Nov. 24,
1743, and at that time removed to Sandown. He m. (2) Enth
Jeuness, b. 1735. He had 19 children; 13 sous and 2 daugliters
lived to maturity, and the descendants are very numerous, par-
ticularly in Bristol, N. H. He d. 1780.

3. David, h. 1748, settled on the homestead at Sandown; re-
moved to Vershire, Vt., and back to Sandown,

4. Edmund, b. March 17, 1753, m. (1) Lydia, dau. of Jethro
Colby, March 11, 1779; lived on the Colby place, H. L. 101 and
37. She d. Jan. 3, 1802. He m. (2) Elizabeth, dau. of Lt.
Ezekiel Worthen, May 7, 1803. He d. June 1, 1838. She d. July
18, 1840, a. 75. Child:—

Jethro, b. Nov. 9, 1780, m. Martha, dau. of Timothy Wells,
Jan. 10, 1806; d. Sept. 9, 1844.

15. Benjamin, the fifteenth child of David, b. Jan. 17, 1771,
m. Betty Hills, 1796; hadJosiah, b. April 3, 1798; lives in Lon-"
donderry. He d. at Compton, Canada East.

V. Henry, sou of MOSES, b. Feb. 17, 1726, m. Sarah Morse of


ISTewburypoi-t, 1748; resided tliei-e. He d. Dec. 16, 1781. She
was b. March 28, 1731, d. 1793, had 7 children:—

4. John, b. Aug. 2, 175-1, d. unm., June 27, 1834. He was in
the Battle of Bunker Hill ; also in the expedition under Mont-
gomery, which went up through the woods to Quebec, suffering
seyerelr. Upon the death of Montgomery he was taken prisoner,
and lay in prison nine months. He went on a voyage as carpen-
ter in the frigate Boston, and several in privateers. He had quite
a mechanical genius. I tliink that he once told me that he made
the first joiners' moulding tools made in this country. He came
to Chester with his brother-in-law Xathl. Brown in 1814.

7. 3£ary, b. March 16, 1770, m. Xatlil. Brown; d. Xov. 11, 1835.

Xni. Richard, the thirteenth child of MIOSES, b. April 17,
1738, m. Martha Fifleld April 22, 1702; d. at Kingstown 1813, a.
75; had a dau. Jfartha, m. Lt. Jacob Elliot 1798; d. 1850.


Lt. Thomas Smith was a grantee, having been atbnitted by the
committee, Nov. 20, 1720, in the place of Richard Swain. It is
said that he came from Ireland to Hampton, but his name is not
fouud on Hampton records. He came early to Chester ; was a
lot-layer in 1725, and selectman in 1728. It is said that he married
a sister of John Karr, Sen. He settled on H. L. Xo. 150. His
name appears frequently on the records as Lt. Thomas Smith. In
March, 1762, he sold to Gideon Rowel of Amesbury, and moved to
New Boston. The Rowel heirs conveyed to Nathaniel Sleeper.
John Picket and Thomas Haselton have since OAvned it.

In 1724, he and John Karr were taken by the Indians, an
account of wliich I extract from Dr. Bell, N. H. His. Soc. Coll.
Yol. 7, p. 404: —

'' Karr was abau.t eighteen years of age, and his sister was
Smith's wife. They were making brush fence to secure the cow
from the Indians. They were surprised by the crack of a gun,
the ball passing between them, touching Smith. The l)idiuns
sprang upon and captured them ; a scuffle ensued in which Smith
turned the butt of his gun with a view of sinking the lock into
the head of Capt. Joe English, the leader of the Indians, but
missed his aim. [The hill in New Boston, whose south end is
very steep as seen from Auburn, was named for this Indian.]
They Avere captured. They proceeded nortliward till niglit, when
the keepers each managed to secure his j^risoner for the night.
They were not allowed to see where each other lodged. Smith's
captor cut a notch in the spreading root of a beech tree, fitted in
the ankle of the prisoner, then drove down a stake so as to make the
foot secure, while the prisoner was lying on his back. His arms


were also tied above him with the sinews of a deer. Tlie next
day they pursued their journey, the prisoners not being allowed
to speak to each other. The next nig'ht Smith took special notice
in which direction Karr was placed from him. lie was secured as
on the night previous, with the addition of having hooks put over
his elbows and driven firmly into the ground.

Resolving to make his escape after his Indian was asleep (the
Indian slept on the ends of the cords with which he was bound) ,
he gradually tried the strength of his strong arms, and the hooks
gave way. Then he found tliat the cords would give. He con-
tinued to strain upon them until he could get his thumbs under
the cord that stretched across his breast. Then with that aid he
raised it upon his chin, then got it into his mouth, and after a
long trial, succeeded in raising it over his nose, and finally over
his entire head. He might have killed the party but thought it
would be murder. Leaving them to their pleasing dreams, they
found a stream of water in which they traveled as tar as possible
to elude the dogs. At length tlioy climbed some trees, and soon
the day dawned, when they heard the alarm war-Avhoop of their
disappointed captors, which was answered by another party on
the opposite side of them. Their position was now a critical one :
directly between two parties of Indians so near as to answer each
other Avith the voice. Descending, they made their way back
towards Chester, Avhere they anived on the evening of the third
day after capture. The garrison was at Chester, not London-

The above is the relation of Dea. Thomas Smith, a grandson of
Lieut Smith, now (1852) over eighty years of age."

John Smith was probably a brother of Lieut. Thomas, and was
the first settler at the Long Meadows. In laying out Gov. Went-
worth's farm of 200 acres in 1728, they began " about 40 rods
from John Smith's corner where he now dwells." Thomas Smith
deeded to him the Add. No. 51 in 1731, and something is said in
the deed about his quarter or share. They had bought Brownell's
right, or a part of it. John and Rachel Smith sold John Mills
No. 51, in 1741. Thos. Sliirlcy and Capt. James Silver afterwards
occupied it.

There was another John Smith of Hampton, who was a com-
missioner for running the line between Massachusetts and New
Hampshire, and who had two sons Paul and Sylvanus, who were
early settlers in Chester. Sylvanus Smith was surveyor of high-
ways in 1731. They built their first camp on H. L. No. 20, some-
where opposite where the Rev. Mr. AYilson afterwards lived, that
being the main or only road; but after a road was opened by Dea.
Dearborn's, they moved on to the northwest end of the lot a little
'^•-^^h of where Capt. David Shaw's barn now stands.



Paul Smith m. wid. Love (Marston) Gross, Dec. 18, 1752.
Abigail, b. Dec. 19, 1755, m. Cornet David Shaw. The woods
were infested with bears after Mi-s. Shaw's recollection. He d.
about 1765.

May 29, 1733, Paul and Sylvanus Smith bought H. L. Xo. 24,
on which Sylvanus settled. He built one-eighth of the New or
Dearborn saw-mill in 1751, which his administrator sold in 1772.
He was representative in 1752. He m. "Wid. Mary Weare of
Hampton Falls. (Daniel Weare of Chester bought of Thomas
Shirley half of Add. No. 40. He was probably her son.) They
had a dau. Huldah, m (1) John Burley; m. (2) Daniel Green-
ough; d. Oct. 24, 1847, a. 85.

Benjamin Smith came from Exeter about 1750, and settled on
No. 73, 3d D. He was probably the third settler in Candia, and
they were much troubled with bears. He m. Sarah Hoit of Sea-
brook, and had nine children. He d, Jan. 14, 1827, a. 99. Chil-
dren : —

Benjamin, m. Nancy Kobie and lived on the homestead and had
a souCapt. John, who lives on the homestead; Nathl.; Nicholas;
Dolly; Elizabeth, m. Capt. John Wason, d. Dec. 3, 1743, a. 81 ;
Lydia, and Hannah.

Besides Benjamin Smith, there appear to have been four others,
said to be brothers, who came to Candia from Brentwood, and
were sous of ISEAEL SMITH, b. 1706, and Mary, b. 1709, who
were ni. Dec. 5, 1728. They were innkeej)ers at the sign of a

I. Chase,

n. Oliver, settled on No. 49, 3d D. ; d. Nov. 20, 1810.

ni. BiLEr, settled on the north end of No. 49, 3d D., about
1771, and about 1788 bought of Jacob AVorthen the gore lot No.
81, 5th D., and lived where his son Biley now lives. He had a
dau. Abra, m. George, son of Nathl. "Wood, of Chester. He d.
Oct. 3, 1829.

IV. Jonathan, settled on No. 26.

I. Chase Smith came with his family to Candia about 1771 ;
settled on the north end of No. 49 ; d. Jan 3, 1810. He had a son
Joseph Chase, b. Jan. 17, 1759, m. Elizabeth Gilman (b. Sept. 5,
1756,) June 8, 1778, resided on the homestead. Children: —

1. Abigail, b. Dec. 12, 1779.

2. Joseph Chase.

3. Stephen, b. June 6, 1785.

4. Betsy. 5. Ilary.

6. Jesse, b. Jan. 13, 1794, lives on the homestead.

7. Sally. 8. Jlehitabel.


3. Steplien, b. 1785, m. Dolly, clau. of Isaiah Eowe, Dec. 26,
1809; lived ou No. 25, aud moved to Manchester. Children: —

1. Oilman C. 2. Sarah. 3. Fi-ederick. 4. Sophia. 5. Abra-
ham Calvin.

3. Frederick, b. March 9, 1819, m. Emily, dau. of John Lane,

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