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Esq. (who was b. July 22, 1822,) Dec. 11, 1844. They have no
children. The original name is said to have been Smyth, and for
the ijurpose of business convenience when he commenced busi-
ness he restored the y in writing Ms name. He was i*eared ou a
farm, with only common-school and academic education.

In 1838 he went to Manchester and engaged in mercantile pur-
suits. In 1849, 1850, and 1851, he was City Clerk. In 1852, 1853
and 1854, he was elected Mayor, and again in 1864, unanimously,
by all parties. In 1855 he was appointed by the Governor and
Council, chairman of the commissioners to locate, i)urchase a
site, and build the House of Keformation for juvenile ofienders.
In 1861 he was appointed a commissioner to the World's Fair in
London, and acted as one of the jurors at the distribution of the
awai-ds. He made an extended tour on the continent of Europe,
and as he was connected with the State and National Agricultural
Societies in an official capacity, he made the condition of European
agriculture a subject of especial investigation. In 1865 he was
elected Governor, and re-elected in 1866. In 1866 he was chosen
by Congress, for six years, as one of the managers of the National
Asylum for Disabled Soldiers.

As Mayor of Manchester and as Governor of the state, he did
much to sustain the credit of the city and state, especially the
state in the disordered condition of its finances; and also did
much to alleviate the sufferings of New Hampshire soldiers in the
camp and hospital. He has been cashier in the Merrimack
Kiver and First National bank since its charter in 1855; also
treasurer and chief officer of the Merrimack River savings bank
He is also a trustee of the New Hampshire College of Agriculture
and Mechanic Arts, and is also officially connected with many
other benevolent, moral aud industrial enterprises in New Eng-

There was a Bexjamix Smith settled in Raymond, on No. 7,
O. H. In 1761 a road was laid out near his land, leading into

Joseph Smith is said to have come from what is now Raymond
when a boy, and might have been a son of Benjamin. He gave
his time till 21 to Jonathan Beny for 50 acres of land. He was
b. March 19, 1753; m. Ann Berry; settled where Simon Haselton
now lives; but afterwards bought of Robert Rowe No. 40, 2d P.,
2d D. ; was a soldier in the Revolution, aud, it is said, at Bunker
HiU. He. d. May 24, 1825. Child: —

T T.Stixaxt. Boston.


Joseph, b., March 19, 1778, m. Anna Garland; lived on the
homestead; d. Oct. 21, 1858. Children:— Peter; Anna; Joseph,
on the homestead.


Elizabeth and EoiruNi) Sticknet, of Xewburyport, bought of
Andrew" Craige his homestead, the south-east iiart of Gov. AVent-
■svorth's farm of 250 acres, in 1771. There was an Anthony
Stickney there, upon whose estate Anthony Somerby Stickney
administered in 1776.

Anthony 8. was quite a prominent man, especially in the Pres-
byterian parish, though on one occasion there was a protest
entered ao-uinst liis serving in some office because he was not a
church-member. He and his wife Ruth had Dorcas, b. 1776, and
Euth, b. 1781, and some other cbildreu. One m. Eev. Tillotson
Howe. Stickney went to Pembroke.


Henry Sweetser came from CharlestowTi, INfass., as a clerk in
the store of Toppan Webster. After Mr. Webster stopped busi-
ness, he and Benjamin Brown formed a copartnership in trade,
and did a large business, much of it ou credit, and to secure
pa^nnent took several farms at a higher price than they could
realize. The Republican party had the ascendency in town, and
Mr. Sweetser was very i)opular, and was chosen Representative
from 1802 to 1808. He also held various other offices. He held
the office of Quartermaster-General of Xew^ Hampshire. He
several years kept tavern in Toppan Webster's house. He m.
!Xancy, dan. of Benj. Brown, Nov. 19, 1798. She d. childless.
He m (2) Susan, dan. of Jolm West of Concord and had several
children, of whom I am not informed. He removed to Concord
about 1822.


Allen Templeton came over with Robert Craige and John
Mclvinley. He had been married in Ireland, and had a daughter
born there, and liis wife died there. The daughter's name was
Martha, and she m. John Orr.

Allen m. Agnes Craige, sister of Robert, and had: —

1. 3Iattheio, who lived a bachelor on the homestead of 25 acres
of Gov. Wentworth's farm, west of Robert Craige's, until an old
man, when he gave his property to Thomas Crawford and w*ent to
Sandown, and d. Nov. 22, 1825, a. 87. He was very eccentric,
and many anecdotes are related of him.

2. Jane, m. Robex't Craw^ford, of Sandown. She d. July 10,
1832, a. 91.

Allen d. 1755, Agnes d. May 3, 1797.



Silas Texket, b. Dec. 4, 1772, m. Rebecca Bailey (b. May 13,
1773) Oct. 26, 1795 ; lived iu Bradford until 1804 or '5, when he
purchased H. L. Ko.-Gl, where Jabez Hoit had lived. He d. July,
1834. She is alive (1869). Children: —

Bailey, b. Jan. 7, 1797.

Tliomas,'b.'^o\., 1798, ^-ad. Dartmouth, 1825; m. Martha T.
Parker. (See Graduates.)

Seu-ell, b. Aug. 27, 1801, grad. Dart. 1827.

Sally, b. Jan. 13, 1804, m. Hale and Eev. J. R. Arnold.

William, b. July 13, 1807, m. Murray; lived on the home-

Harriet, b. Apnl 8, 1812, m. Thomas J. Mehin.

Charles, b. Sept. 23, 1814, grad. Dartmouth 1835; m. Emily G.
Pai'sons 1841. (See Graduates.)

Daniel, b. Dec. 10, 1816, grad. Dartmouth 1841 ; m. Mary A.
Parker, 1844. (See Graduates.)


William Todd came from Ireland and lived some time in Bos-
ton, lie was i)robably married in Ireland. He settled on O. H.
No. 56, in Raymond. He was one of the petitioners for Raymond'
Children : —

I. Mary, m. James, son of John Moore, m. (2) Robert Wallace ;
d. 1832, a. 91.

II. William, went to Freeport, Me.; m. a Brown of N. Yar-
mouth. Children: — 1. Mary, ra. Robert, son of James Moore;
lived at the Branch; d. Nov. 10, 1856, a. 84. 2. Anna, m. James,
son of James Moore ; lived at Freeport, Me. He d. 1798 ; she m.
Robert, son of Alexander AYitherspoon ; d. at Auburn, April 19,
1852, a. 78.

III. Daniel, m. Susan, dau. of James Wilson, and lived at Ray-
mond near the Branch.


JoHX Tolford was bom about fifteen miles from Londonderry,
Ireland, iu July, 1701. He, it is said, came over in company with
John Aiken. In May, 1724, John Packer of Haverhill, Mass.,
conveyed to John Tolford of Bradford, the home lot No. 66, and
one-half of all of the other divisions, on condition that he should
make a settlement. He accordingly settled on that lot on AValuut
HiU. He was a Major in the militia and held many civil oJffices.
He became a large landholder and was an enterprising man. He


built the first saw-mill at White Hall in Hooksett. He m. Jean
Mc^NIurphy, Jan. 8, 1734, and had 9 children, 3 of whom were
sons : —

1. Joshua, b. Feb., 1739, and moved to Alexandria when he
was about 22 years of age.

2. Hugh, b. Dec. 22, 1747, m. Elizabeth Patten of Bedford, and
lived on the homestead, and had: — Isaac, b. 1786; William, b.
1795, lives at Bedford; Jane; and Elizabeth, d. April 24, 1823.

3. John, b. Jan. 2, 17o0, lived in Danbury, X. H.

Major John Tolford d. May 1790. Jean d. Dec. 29, 1792.
The following is copied from the Collections of the N. H . Hist.
Soc., Yol. 4, p. 201 : —

'^Henvas selected in 1754, being then a Major, by the govern-
ment of X. H., as one of the ofiicers to command the party sent to
explore the Coos countn*, which party set out 3Iarch 10, and in
seven days reached the Connecticut river at Piermont. They
were accompanied by John Stark, who had been the preceding
year a prisoner among the Indians, aud was acquainted with that
region, as a guide. After passing one night and making such
observations as their time would allow them, they returned, aud
on the 13th day from the time they left, reached Concord."

Dea. "William Tolford was brother of Maj. John; owned H.
L. 69 and 70, and lived there, where Mr. Merril now lives. He m.
Isabel, dau. of John McMurphy. She d. Oct. 17, 1748, a. 35. He

m. Agnes . She d. Jan. 22, 1785, a. 66. He d. Sept. 2.5,

1792, a. 92. His will dated 1787. The legatees were John,
Elizabeth, wife of William Powel, Mary, "uife of David Mc-
Murphy, Robert Forsaith residuary legatee. Children: —

1. Elizabeth, b. Dec. 13, 1736.

2. John, b. Nov. 3, 1738, who was many years insane and con-
fined in a cage.

3. Mary.

4. David.

5. Margaret, b. 1746 ; m. Robert Forsaith, and moved to New
Chester, 1770 ; had 5 children born there, aud retui'ued to the Dea.
Tolford place, where they had 4 more children. He d. 1810.

T O W L E .

CALEB TOWLE was son of Philip Towle and Isabel Asten of
Hampton; b. May 14, 1678; m. Zipporah Bracket. He was one
of the Society for Settling the Chestnut Country, attended the first
meeting, was chosen one of the committee to manage the affairs
of the Society, and likewise one of the committee to lay out the
Home Lots, ^e was also one of the gi'antees of the first saw-
mill, and owned a part of it up to tlie time of making liis will,
Sept., 1763, and gave it to his sons Anthony and Francis. They
had nine sons and thi'ee dausfhters.


Caleb, tlie second, b. Maj- 9, 1701, had by the will his .O. H.
lot, ]S"o. 12, on which Elisha, his son, had previously settled, being
a petitioner for a road in 1761.

Anthony, the third son, b. April 30, 1703, ni. Sarah Hobbs,
Nov. 7, 1734. He settled on the southwest end of H. L. 53 and
151, bought of the Clifibrds; Samuel Emerson buying the north-
east end. He was constable in 1731. Administration granted to
Phineas Towle May, 1765.' Children: —

I. lieuben, b. 1735.

II. Sainiielf b. Xov. 20, 1737, m. Mary, dau. of Thomas Dear-
born, March 13, 1760; d. 1793. He settled on the south half of
No. 49, 2d P., 2d D., near school-house No. 4 in Candia. Chil-
dren : —

1. Elizabeth, b. 17G1.

2. Tliomas, b. April 18, 1767, m. Sally, dau. of Walter Robie,
Esq., and lived on the homestead.

3. Siuuuel, b. 1769, m. Lydia, dau. of Abraham Sargent, 1792;
keiJt tavern several years in the Toppan Webster house.

4. Olif. 5. Eben. 6. Sarah.

7. Jonathan, b. 1781; d. at Havana, 1801.

8. Eichard, b. 1783, m. Lydia, dau. of Moses Emerson, and
lived with his uncle, Dea. John S. Dearborn, sold out and went
to Steuben County, N. Y.

9. Polly.

III. Jonathan, b. 1739, m. Anna, dau. of John Robie, and lived
near Samuel. In laying out tlie road in 1762, it went '• west of
Samuel Tole and Jonathan Tole's housen." Walter Robie settled
liis administration account, 1777.

IV. Fhineas,]). 1742. V. Jlorris, b. 1743. VI. Bracket, b. 1746.
VII. Sarah. VIII. Simon. IX. Ilary.

X. Anthony, b. Nov. 4, 1752; lived on the homestead; d. 1808.

Francis Towle, eleventh son of Caleb, b. Jan. 13, 1711, m.
Judith, dau. of Ensign Jacob Sargent, June 4, 1738, and settled
on his father's H. L., No. 55. Children: — Elizabeth, Hannah,
31ary, Zipporah and Francis, who settled on No. 85, 2d P., 2d
D., the northwest side of the road over Rattlesnake Hill.

Isaac Towle, the son of Zachariah and Anna, baptized April
6, 1735, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Nathan Philbrick and Dorcas John-
son, Feb. 17, 1754. She was b. May 13, 1730. Isaac d. Aug. 24,
1791. The wid. m. Jonathan Swain, Esq., Jan. 9, 1797; d. Feb.
5, 1820. He settled on Add. No. 61; was a blacksmith. Chil-
dren : —

I. Simon, m. Eleanor, dau. of Nathl. Hall, 1I?9; built and
lived in the house since occupied by Benjamin and William Eaton,
Drs. Brown, Whittemore and Brown ; moved to HaAerliill, N. H.,
about 1805; d. Dec. 11, 1808. Children:—


Edward; Hemy; Charles; Elizabeth; Frederic.

II. Abraham, m. (1) Sally McClelloii; she d. 1814. He m. (2)
IS'abby Emerson, widow of Benja. Hall. He lived on the home-
stead. Children : —

Caiy, d. imm. Sally, m. Benjamin Baker and Henry Eobie.

HI. Isaac, b. 1771, m. Anna, dan. of Elijah Pillsbnry, 1792; she
d. 1814. He m. (2) Wid. Bntterfield, 1815; she d. 1846. He m.
(3) Mrs. Hannah Shackford. He lived on Xo. 103, 2d P., 2d D. ;
built the house where Andrew F. Fox now lives ; moved to Fran-
cestown; d. June, 1856.

IV. Elizabeth, m. Sherburne, son of Peter Dearborn, 1779 ; she
d. Nov. 25, 1798.


Ebexezer TowNSEXD cauie from Charlestown, Mass.; settled
on H. L. No. 11, where John Gage had lived; m. Ann Parker
June 4, 1776. He d. Oct. 12, 1840, a. 88; she d. June 12, 1831, a.
71. Children: —

John, b. 1777.

JSrinci/, b. 1778, m. Jona. Parker of Pittsfield.

Hannah, h. Ju\y 30, 1780, m. Dea. John Lane; lived on the
homestead; d. April 28, 1861, a. 81.

Uben, b. 1782, lived in New York City.

Isaac Parker, b. 1784.

Betsy, b. 1786, m. AYilliam Stanwood; lived at Newburyport.

Abigail, b. 1789, m. William Barstow.

Nathan, b. 1791, m. Eliza Harding; lived at Wilmington,

Deborah, b. Aug. 26, 1793; d. April 24, 1826, unm.


Capt. Joseph True came from Salisbuiy, Mass. ; was surveyor
of highways 1755; m. Sarah, dau. of Joshua Prescott; settled on
No. 13 or 14, 2d P., 2d D., the southwest side of the river, below
the Branch. Children : —

31olly, b. 1757, m. Dr. Francis Hodgkins; Henry; Abigail',
Sarah, m. David Glidden; Joseph, b. 1766; Love, b. 1770.
Joshua, b. 1772; Levi, d. 1832.

Joseph, Sen., d. April, 1800.

Bexjamtn True came from Salisbury, Mass. ; was surveyor of
highways in 1756 ; m. Mehitabel Osgood. They settled first on
the northeast side of the river, near the Branch, but moved to the
southwest side, on No. 14, 2d P., 2d D. He d. May 5, 1817 ; she
d. Oct. 24, 1825, a. 94. Child: —

Capt. Benjamin, m. Mary Locke, dau. of Capt. William Locke,


and lived on the homestead, whei*e his son, Osgood now lives.
He d. Xov. 13, 1841, a. 81 v., 7 mo. She d. Nov. 13, 1839, a. 71.


"William Tcrxer, previous to 1742, had purchased four acres
at the northeast end of Add. No. 9, of Paul McFersou. He "was
eithei' the first or second settler in Candia. There is a tradition
that David McClure was the first settler, and that Mr. Turner bor-
rowed fire there when he moved to Candia ; but he bought lot No.
35, 3d D., 1741. He m. Sarah, dan. of Enoch Colb}'. Children: —

1. Sarah, b. Nov. 5, 1747, first child in Candia; d. num., 183G.

2. 3Iary, b. April 9, 1752, m. Capt. Sargent; d. 1823.

3. Moses, b. Nov. 1755 ; lived on the homestead ; d. 1844.

4. Susanna, b. Nov. 12, 1758.

Wm. Turner d. Dec. 8, 1796; his wife d. :May 28, 1811. Now
if Mr. Turner went to Candia when first married, he was there
before McClui-e. In 1756 Jona. Blunt sold to Winthrop Sargent
one-eighth of a saw-mill, on No. 35, 3d D., which he purchased of
William Turner.


Richard Kent, of Newbury, sold his full right to Johx Tyler
of Boxford, May 2, 1727. He gave up the Home and Add. lots,
and in 1731 had them both laid out together northwest of Gov.
Wentworth's farm of 250 acres, southwest of the Congregational
church in Auburn. In 1734, he deeded it to his son Moses, who
had previously settled on it. The road from the corner near
school-liouse No. 2, in Auburn, to the Congregational church,
was laid out at his request in 1740. He sold to Andrew McFar-
land in 1745, including the orchard. He moved to Suncook.
McFarland sold fifty acres to Stephen Merrill. Children : —

Joshua, b. 1735; Hannah; AdonijaJi; Jepthah; dSfabby, b.


The earliest of any of the name that we know anything about,
and the ancestor of all of that name in Chester, was Sajipsox.
There are deeds on the records in his name as early as April, 1717,
in which he is styled " clothier." Sampson Underbill and Eliza-
beth Ambrose, both of Salisbury, were married by Rev. Caleb
Gushing, minister of the gospel in Salisbury, Januaiy 15, 1717.
(See Nathl, Ambrose) .

SA:SIPS0N UNDERHILL sold to Jenness his farm of fifty acres,
on which " he lived and kej)t tavern," April 1, 1730, for £500, and
probably then came to Chester. He bought H. L. No. 28, and lived


near where D. L. Bachelder s hotel now is. He probably died in
1732, as his estate was appraised in May of that year at £483, 19s.
6d. His wife was administrator. The uniform tradition is that he
was the fii'st person buried in the present burying-gTOund. It was
on the ten-rod way, in the rear of the old meeting-house. A grave
was shown me many years since, as Ms, just inside of the wall,
opposite the i^reseut meeting-house.

There is on SaUsbiuy recoi-ds : " John IJnderhill, son of Samp-
son and Elizabeth his wife, born March 16, 1720-21 ; Jeremiah,
born Dec. 29, 1724." There were also Hezekiah and Moses, not
on the records.

In August, 1742, the widow settled her account of administra-
tion, and charges for the support of a son Hezekiah 4i years;
Moses, 6d years, and a sick son Jeremiah, 10 yeai's.

In 1842, March 29, Elizabeth Underbill conveyed to James
Yaruum of Chester the home lot Xo. 28, and John Underbill
released the same ; also a house and barn on the highway between
the lot and the Rev. Mr. Flagg's. The widow was soon after
married to Benjamin Batchelder, who lived where Mr. Sargent
now lives, below Mr. Orcutt's H. L. 138. James Varnum pur-
chased of the town five rods of the ten-rod way. He sold to Col.
"Webster. The place has been subsequently owned and occupied
by Dr. John Wingate, Dr. Benjamin Kittridge, A. G. Quigg, J.
S. Brown, and others, now by D. L. Bachelder. Childi-en: —

1. Joiix Underhill, m. Joanna Healey, daughter of ^Villiam
Healey, Oct. 21, 1741. They lived on Add. 53, near Jacob Chase.
He d. July 31, 1793; she d. Aug., 1809. Children:—

I. Betty, b. July 13, 1742, m. Samuel Buswell, of Candia. She
was a hypochondriac, and lay in bed without speaking six years ;
d. Sept 30, 1806.

n. William, Y). Feb. 15, 1744, m. Abigail Choate; settled on
lot Xo. 46, 3d D., in Candia; sold to X. Brown in 1771 ; removed
to Moultonborough ; had 6 children.

III. John, b. June 20, 1745, m. Hannah Colby; settled in Ches-
ter, near the brick school-house, where AY. AATiittemore now
lives, and i-emoved to Plainfleld, and d. of hypo., 1816. Had 7

IV. 2£olly, b. Dec. 4, 1747, m. James Pierce; lived opposite
where John lived ; moved into the country.

V. Moses, b. Feb. 2, 1749, m. Patty Knight, Xabby Elliot and
Eachael Lufkin, and had a large number of children, most of
whom d. young: —

Patty, m. a Godfrey of Hampton; Moses, num., was in the war
of 1812; Sally, b.Xov. 26, 1790, m. (1) Smith Greenough, m. (2)
Abraham Sargeut, Jr. ; Polly, m. Thomas Montgomery; Stephen,


m. Sally Currier; David, was a wheelright, lived in Concord, re-
moved to Amherst, and was county treasurer, d. July 28, 1827 ;
Euth, m. G. W. Everett, and lived in Chester.

Jloses lived a little west of the brick school-house in Chester ;
he d. Feb. 8, 1838.

Yl. David, b. Sept. 9, 1751, m. Jemima Blake; resided on the
homestead: d. July, 1827; she d. June 25, 1829; had one son,
John, m. Lucy Linn.

VII. Samuel, b. May 5, 1752, m. Sarah, dan. of Hezekiah
Underbill; resided on Add. lot No. 54, where George S. Under-
bill now lives. Hed. Sept. 20, 1828; she d. Aug., 1829. Chil-
dren: —

1. Eichard, who lived at New Chester and on the Charles Moore
place in Chester, and had 8 children.

2. William H., m. Sally March and Elizabeth ToAvle, dan. of
Isaac Towle, Jr. ; resided on Add. lot No. 55, where his son AV'il-
liam P. resides; d. Dec. 14, 1843, a. 60.

3. Samuel, m. Betsy March; resided in New Chester and Bos-

4. Dolly, m. Eichard Dearborn, son of Jonathan; resided in
NcAV Chester.

VIII. Jeremiah, b. Aug. 6, 1755, m. Anna Heath; lived where
Caleb Hall first settled, on the road to what is now called Bunker
Hill, in Auburn. They had 9 children, who were raised in a
house with but one large room and a bedroom. He d. suddenly,
Sept. 16, 1794; she d. May 19, 1844. Children: —

1. David, b. 1776. 2. Elijah, m. Molly White. 3. Benjamin,
m. Polly Green. 4. Betsy, m. Samuel Davis. 5. Eeuben, m.
Hannah H. Chase. 6. Anna, m. Joseph Little. 7. James, m.
Elizabeth Chase. 8. Samuel. 9. John, b. Nov. 46, 1793, m.
Molly Chase.

IX. Sarah, m. Capt. Eichard Greenough, of Atkinson; d. 1838.

X. Joanna, m. Moses Preston.

2. Hezekiah Uxderhill, son of Sampson, m. Tabitha Sargent,
wid. of John Foss. He was a shoemaker, and settled on Add. lot
No. 47, where his son Josiah and gi'andson, Jesse J., lived. He
d. March 8, 1800; she d. Aug 24, 1803. Children: —

I. Jonathan, who probably died in the army.

n. Hannah, m., and went to Cabot, Vt.

TIT. Sarah, m. her cousin Samuel Underbill ; d. Aug., 1829.

IV. Josiah, b. about 1759, m. Anna, dau. of Benjamin Melvin,
Feb. 26, 1784; d. May 1, 1822, a. 63; she d. March 1*7, 1847. Cliil-
dren : —

1. Jesse J., b. Oct. 2, 1784, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Dea. John
Graham; d. Oct. 21, 1860; she d. Sept. 18, 1851, a. 60.



2. Catherine J., b. July 15, 1786, m. Samuel Graham, Dr. B.
Elittridg-e, and John Bradley; alive in 1869.

3. Hazen R., b. July 2i, 1788, d. at Detroit about 1820.

4. Edward Reed (on the family records, but called Xed, and so
appears on all the tax-books) , b. 1790, m. Abigail Conner of
Exeter in 1817 ; lived nearly opposite liis father's, and was a job
blacksmith. lie moved to Boston and d. there. They had 5 chil-

5. Mack T., b. May 12, 1798, drowned in Amoskeag FaUs June
1, 1808.

6. Xancy T., b. Xov. 17, 1795, m. Caleb Merrill, an attoi'ney at
Pittsfield, and James Thorndike; lives in Pittsfield.

7. Sally T., b. May 7, 1798, m. Dr. Rufus Kittridge.

8. Dolly T., b. April 1, 1800, m. Hon. John Folsom; d. Dec. 5,

9. Jay Temple, b. March 17, 1802, m. SaUy Brown Oct. 9, 1828;
d. Feb. 7, 1839 ; she d. Aug. 17, 1862.

10. Flagg T., b. Feb. 8, 1804, m. Mary Brown Xov., 1831; d.
1850. His son, Arthur B., is master mechanic for the Boston &
Albany Railroad.

Family of Jesse J. Underliill : —

1. Jane Eveline, b. Aug. 6, 1807, m. Elihu Thayer, who was an
edge-tool maker at Goffe's Falls. He d. 1834. She m. (2) Asa

2. Samuel Graham, b. Jan. 22, 1809, m. Mary Ann Dinsmore in
1833. In 1829 he went into the tool business in Boston; has now
retired, and lives at Somerville.

3. Catherine Graham, b. Dec. 30, 1811, m. David L. Osgood;
lived in Auburn, now in Xashua.

4. George W., b. July 19. 1815, m.Mary M. Gale. He is super-
intendent of the Underbill Tool Company at Xashua.

5. Belinda K., b. May 7, 1817, m. Edmund, son of Jethro
Sleeper; d. Feb., 1858.

6. Rnfiis K., b. March 8, 1819, m. ElutheraD. TTebster, a gi-eat-
granddaughter of Col. John Webster. He lives in Bilerica, and
and carries on the tool business in Boston.

7. Hazen R., b. March 27, 1821, m. Rebecca P. Dickey; can-ies
on the tool business at Derry Village.

As the Underhill family have been not only locally but widely
celebrated as edge-tool makers, and as Chester has been to a con-
siderable extent the seat of their operations, I give here some ac-
count of the rise and progress of the business.

Lt. Josiah Underhill served a very short apprenticeship) at the
blacksmith trade with E. Fitts. TThen he first commenced busi-
ness he did not dare undertake to weld a collar on to the bearino- of
a grindstone crank, but upset the end, and the crank is yet in use.



Jesse J. once told me that Nathaniel Hall had an ax in which
the smith did not succeed in welding in the steel, and he riveted
it, and Mr. Hall had to carry a hammer to tig-hten the rivet. He
did )iot tell me who the smith was, hut one of his children told
me that it was his father. Mr. Underhill, however, became a
workman, and drove a thriving business at all branches, includ-
ing scythes, axes, hoes, &c., as his account book shows.

The earliest specimen of a narrow or chopping
ax that I have seen, was apparently made of iron,
two to two and a half inches wide, and half an
inch thick, with no head or poll more than the
thickness of the iron. The eye was plated so as to
have ears jiroject inside on the handle, and the ax
would be about nine inches loug. They would
then have a straight handle nearly three feet long.
Gordon Bean, of Candia, has two which he found
on his farm, one apparently considerably worn,
about nine inches long, the other apparently new,
and longer.

The first whom I knew to make a business of
edge-tools was Ingalls of Dunstable, at the Harbor,
I suppose, near where the shop of the Underhill
Company now is.

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