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As Mr. Underhill's sons grew up, they learned the trade.
Jesse J. settled where the Candia I'oad crosses the Londonderry
turnpike, wiiere Charles Offut now lives, but soon returned and
took his father's shop. He soon turned his attention almost ex-
clusively to the tool business.

The axes were then made of Russia iron and blistered steel.
At the time of the war of 1812 it was very difficult to get steel, it
being of English manufacture. American steel was tried, but it
proved worthless. Mr. Underhill at length obtained a quantity
which was smuggled through Canada, for which he paid seventy-
five cents per pound.

At that time they had a veiy slow method of doing their work.
They would take as long a piece of iron as they could well han-
dle, and cut and turn down about an inch to make a head, then
plate the cheek, and cut it off and lay it aside for one-half of the
ax; and then in the same manner make the other side, and weld
them together. One of Mr. Underhill's apj)rentices, Nathaniel
Brown, informs me that he and Joseph Neil used to work three
hours in the winter evenings to make three polls, without wekling
in the steel. But after a while they cut oflf a pattern for an ax,
plated the cheeks, turned it over, and either welded on or upset a
head. The steel was either split or drawn down with a welding


heat, to weld uj) the blisters. After all, the tool would ofteu
l^rove iiawy. ^

It was then a good day's work for two men to make six axes,
working- from morning till night, with no finish whatever. It
would then take the purchaser two or three hours on an ordinary
grindstone to grind an ax to an edge.

In 1822, Mr. Underhill, with his apprentices (his brother Jay
T. and Elihu Thayer) went to work at Boston for Mr. Faxon,
then a celebrated workman. The work was all done there by
hand, and with a common forge, but they had a horse-power to
l)ut on some finish, and two hands were required to forge, temper
and grind six chopping or three broad axes per day.

In 1824 Mr. Faxon died, and the Underliills took the shop. In
1826 Jesse J. returned to Chester and put up a horse-power, and
put some finish on liis tools. In 1828 Jay T. built a shoj) on Ches-
ter Street, and moved liis horse-power from Boston, and ran four
fires. In 1829 Jesse J. and his son Samuel G. went to Boston,
and did business in the old fashipn. In 1832 Jesse J. returned to
Chester and fitted up a water-power, with tilt-hammer, grinding
and polishing, in his father's old grist-mill.

In 183-3, Flagg T. having learned the trade, J. T. and he bought
the Blanchard mills, built a shop, with tilt-hammer, grinding, and
blowing common bellows by water. In 1837, J. S. Brown became
a partner. In 1839 Jay T. died, and the business was carried on
under ditferent firms by F. T. Underhill, J. S. Brown, Xathaniel
Brown, and ^Y. W. Leighton.

About 1839 the business undei^went a great revolution. The
hard coal furnace with a fan-blower, which gave a much hotter
fire with a constant blast, was introduced, and refined English
iron of a more suitable size used, so that instead of being an hour
making one poll, four axes could be made with steel fit for the
grinder in one hour, without any division of labor. In the Under-
liill and Blodgett shops, where there is a greater variety of tools
and di\-ision of labor, it is done much faster.

These improvements were introduced into the large establish-
ments of Collins at Hartford, and Hunt at Douglass, several
years earlier. George W. set up at N'ashua in 1839, but a large
stock company was formed in 1851, of which he is 6U.perinten-
dent. George "VY. informs me that when he first started at
Nashua in the old Ingalls shop with a blower, nine narrow or five
broad axes was a day's work. The Underhill company, in 1865,
employed about sixty men and produced three hundred chopping
axes, and about one hundred and sixty broad axes, and other
kinds of tools daily. Cast-steel was not used by Mr. Underhill
until about 1820. It was at first supposed to be incapable of
standing, excepting laid on iron, as in chisels andx)lane irons ; and


there was a great secrecy about welding it. "When it first came
into use it was not of assorted sizes, but about au iuch square.
For axes it was cornered down, and for other tools had to be
drawn. When blister steel was used, and in the early days of
cast-steel, German steel Avas used for small tools.

3. Moses, the third son of Sampson Underhill. learned the trade
of a hatter at Exeter, and always went by the appellation of
"Hatter Underliill." He owned land and probably lived and
carried on his trade a little northwest of the brick school-house in
Chester, where his nephew Moses afterwards lived. In 1770 he
bought of John Dearborn of Stratham, half of Xo. 127, 2d P., 2d
D., on which he built. His house stood the west side of the main
road a few rods south of the barn where Oilman C. Smith lately
lived in Auburn. His house was single in width with a stone
chimney sufficiently capacious to receive wood eight feet long,
which he drew in with a horse. The fireplace has been standing
witliin my recollection, and I have seen old men in passing point
it out to young men. He kept a tavern, furnishing his guests
lodging on bear skins on the floor. Jesse J. Underhill once had
occasion to call upon Daniel Webster at his office in Boston. Mr.
Webster inquired of his relationship to the landlord of the "Bear
tavern." He said that when a lad he drove his father's team and
used to put up tliere and lie on bear skins ; they therefore called
him the " Bear."'

He m. Anne Glidden of Exeter, sister to Xathaniel Glidden,
Dec. 26, 1753. Children : —

Abigail, b. Oct. 21, 1754, m. Moses Crombie, d. April 29, 1849;
Elizabeth, b. Feb. 20, 1757, d. unmarried; Anne, m. John Wilson
and Avent to Corinth, Vt. ; Nathaniel went to Piermont, N. H. ;
Moses, m. Sarah BusWell and lived where Eobert Patten now
lives, on 127, 2d P., 2d D. He d. 1827 ; she d. 1826.


Jaaies Tarxuji and John Tolford were chosen invoice men in
1741, and the inventory wliich Avas returned to the Secretary's
office to make a proportion of rates, is in his hand-Avritiug, and it
is excellent. He m. Abigail, the A'oungest dau. of Dea. Ebenezer
Dearborn, Oct. 26, 1742. March 29, 1742, he bought of Elizabeth,
widow of Sampson Underhill, H. L. Xo. 28, with a house and
barn on the ten-rod way, where he hved, and probably kept
tavern, as a proprietors' meeting was adjourned from the meeting-
house to James Varnum's, " on account of the cold." He sold to
Col. John Webster, March 2, 1753.

Abigail administered on liis estate AjDi'il 28, 1756. She m. John
Robie. Children: —

1. Abigail, b. 1743, m. Ezekiel, son of Cort. John Lane, 1762,


who d. iu the army, 1777, and she m. Peter Hills, 1780; d. Jan. 4,

2. flames, b. Feb. 14, 1745, m. Anua, dau. of John Robie, who
had been married to a Towle and to Jacob Quimby, and lived
where Qnimby had lived, Xo. 63, 2d P., 2d D. He d. Xov. 7,
1827, at Stanstead, C. E.

3. John, b. Sept. 23, 1746, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Thomas Patteli,
and lived in Raymond; d. June, 1803. Children: — 1. Polly, m.
Samuel, son of Col. Nathaniel Emerson. 2. Peter. 3. John.

4. Peter. 5. Josiah. 6. Mary, m. Peter Moores, and went to
Maine. 7. Sarah, b. Jan. 29, 1754, m. Moses, son of AYiuthrop
Sargent. She d. 1813.


Jame3 and Johx "Waddel lived on Add. Lot 132. It is not
known that John had a family. James married. Children : —
Betty, killed by John Tolford; a dau., m. "Woodsworth, d. in
Chester; Susannah, d. 1824; Jlirabah, b. 1750, um. d. 1848, a. 98.


Tho^ias TVasox came from Ireland to Londonderry. In July,
1738, he bouglit Add. Lot Xo. 106. Isaac Foss had settled on the
west end of 101 ; John Foss on the west end of 105, in 1745 ; .John
Moore and James McClure on the east end of their lots, but Mr.
"Wason settled near the center of his lot, and the family remained
without a road until 1822. He d. Jan., 1801, a. about 100. Cliil-
dren : —

I. Thomas, lived iu Candia on the goi-e between the old and
new hmidreds, where J. O. AVason now lives; d. 1792,

II. Robert, m. a "VTason of Hudson, and lived in Candia, on the
east end of Xo. 118, 2d P., 2d D. ; d. 1805, a. 70. Children: —

1. Dea. James, b. 1762, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Samuel Dinsmore,
and lived on Xo. m, 2d P., 2d D. ; d. 1826.

2. Capt. John, b. 1764, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Benjamin Smith
of Candia: lived near Candia corner and opposite the Long
Meadow meeting-house. He d. 1848, a. 84; she d. 1843, a. 81.

3. Thomas, went to Corinth.

4. Bets}', m. Ebeuezer Gregg of Dorchester.

5. Anna, m. a Clough of Caiidia.

6. Sarah, m. Edward Baker of Ljnne.

7. Hannah, m. a Frost of Lyme.

8. Robert, m. Catharine, dau. of David Graham; went to

ni. John, went to St. Johns, Xew Brunswick.
IV. James, b. 1746, m. Jane, dau. of Patrick Melvin, who was


b. 1747; lived on the homestead. He d. March U, 1829. Chil-
dren ; —

1. John, m. Jane, dau. of Thomas Wilson, who d. 1805; m. (2)
Sarah Osgood; lived on the gore vrhere Thomas Wason, Jr., had

2. Thomas, b. Kov. 23, 1775, m. Abigail, dan. of Cornet Isaac
Lane. He d. 1862, a. 87.

3. Mary, b. 1777, m. a Holt; d. 1829.

4. Sarah.

5. James, b. Feb. 13, 1780, m. Dorothy, dan. of Capt. Michael
Worthen, who was b. March 7, 1783; both alive 18G9; lived on
the homestead.

6. Samnel, b. June 13, 1783; lived unm. on the homestead; d.
July 4, 1868.


SiEPHEN Webster was born in Ipswich, and came to Haverhill
about IGGO. He was a tailor and was father of the grantee of that
name, who is mentioned as having built a house previous to 1675,
in Haverhill. Stephen, Sen., had a brother Natlian who settled
in Bradford, whose wife was Marj', and they had: 1. NATHAN,
one of the grantees of Chester, b. March 7, 1678-9.' 2. Israel, b.
1686. 3. SAMUEL, b. Sept. 25, 1688, who was the father of Col.
John Webster.

NATHAN, the grantee, came to Chester between 1728 and
1732, and owned two home lots, Nos. 71 and 72, and settled on
72, a little north of where Lewis Kimball now lives. His wife
was Martha. . Children : —

I. Daniel, b. Oct. 26, 1712, who settled on Add. No. 4, north-
west of Haselton's, towards Jack's Hill. He m. Mary Blasdell,
and had two daughters, — Abigail, b. 1746, and Mary, b. 1749.
His will .was proved May 30, 1780 ; had a grand-daughter, Martha

II. Nathax, b. July 1, 1715, m. Martha Blasdell, Feb. 10, 1742;
lived on H. L. No. 117, where xVmos Green lately lived, and had
11 children, most of whom d. young. He d. 1794.

Nathan, his third child, b. Nov. 19, .1747, lived on the home-
stead; m. Elizabeth Clifibrd, dau. of Isaac Clifford, and grand-
daughter of Wm. Healey, May 8, 1771, and had 10 children.
Josiali, b. Jan. 16, 1772, graduated at Dartmouth, 1798; settled at
Hamilton, Mass., and Hampton. He had a son John Calvin, who
graduated at Dartmouth, 1832 ; settled atHopkinton, Mass. Also,
Joseph Dana, 1832, and Claudius, b. 1836. (See Graduates.)

JS'athan and Elizabeth's 5th child was Nathan, b. April 9, 1780,
m. Mary Simonds, dau. of Capt. P. Richardson's wife, and lived


with Capt. E. He d. March 30, 1815. The wid. ra. John L.
Glidden, and d. Dec. 19, 1863.

NATHA]^ WEBSTER, the gTantee, had also : —

III. Stephen, b. Feb. 18, 1717-18. He lived on No. 131, O. H.,
subsequently owned by Jona. Norton, John Norton and Josiah
Seavey. He must have been one of the earliest settlers in that
part of the town. He moved to Candia and was a petitioner for
the charter. His wife was Eachael. Children: —

1. David, b. Dec. 12, 1738, who went first to Hollis, then to
Plymouth, N. H. ; was in the French war, and was very active
during the Eevolution ; was a colonel, and was sheriff of Grafton
county. (See N. H. Hist. Soc. Coll. Vol. 7, pp. 132, 133, 25-4, 263,
264, 269, 291 and 292; also Adj.-Gcn. Eep., Vol. 2, 1866, p. 352.)

There were also : —

2. 8tei)hen; 3. Lydia; 4. Sarah; 5. Amos. Eachael, the wife,
d. 1754. Stephen m. Sarah Clough and had: —6. Daniel, and 7.

NATHAN, the grantee, had also : —

IV. Abel, b. July 2, 1726; m. Hannah Emerson, probably of
Haverhill. He lived on the homestead for a time. Children: —

1. Nathan, who m. Lydia Eichardson, .dan. of Daniel E.

2. Phebe, m. Josiah Bradley, Jr. He d. at Mr. B.'s, Feb. 14,

NATHAN, the grairtee, also had a dan. : —

V. Mary, m. Beuaiah Colby. His will, dated March, 1746,
proved Oct. 29, 1746, in which he gave his eons the lots on which
they lived, and other lands. The homestead has been owned by
Moses Haselton, Josiah Haselton, who built the present house in
1812, and Lewis Ivimball.

CoL. John Webster, son of SAML. and Mary, b. Aug. 9, 1714,
came to Chester about 1735. He settled on H. L. 76, which has
been subsequently owned by Simon Berry, and by his son-in-law,
Lt. Wm. Wilson, and his son Daniel and now by Mr. Blackstock.
It is said that he opened the first store in town about 1750, in a
part of his house. March 20, 1753, he purchased of James Var-
num the H. L. No. 28, first settled by Sampson Underbill, with
five rods of the ten-rod way where Bachelder's hotel now is, and
built the present house, and kept a store, and I think a tavern.
He was also surveyor of highways in 1743, and selectman in 1744,
and representative several years. He was an energetic business
man, and was very active during the Eevolution ; was muster-
master, and sometimes advanced money for bounties to the sol-
diers. (See Coll. N. H. Hist. Soc, Vol. 7, pp. 65, 116, 162, 171,
188, 189, 219 and 222.) He m. Hannah Hobbs, Nov. 29, 1739.
Children : —


1. Ilary, b. Jane 2, 1741; d. 1760.

2. Hannah, b. 1743; d. 1763.

3. Sarah, b. Nov. 14, 1745, m. Dr. John Wingate; liveS on the
"Webster i)lace, but went to Maine; d. 1810.

4. Anna, b. Feb. 4, 1749, m. Josiah Flagg; d. May 1, 1799.

5. mizabeth, b. 1752; d. 1754.

6. John, b. March 13, 1754, graduated at Dartmouth, 1778. He
studied theology and preached awhile, but through diffidence gave
it up. He resided in Chester, was a deacon, and I think traded
awhile and removed to Franklin, Vt., where he was greatly
esteemed, and d. Jan. 17, 1838, a, 83. He m. Rebecca Webster,
May, 1782, and had Sarah Wingate, b. 1783.

7. Samuel, b. Feb. 15, 1757, m. a dau. of John Eobie, and went
to Newport, N. H.

Hannah d. Nov. 20, 1760. Col. Webster m. (2) wid. Sarah
Smith of Hampton, Nov. 17, 1762. She had two Smith children:
Sarah, m. Edward llobie, and Hannah, m. Dr. Thomas Sargent.
Children : —

8. To7J2:)a?i. Webster, b. July 22, 1765, m. a niece of Rev. Mr.
Flagg and had several daughters. He lived on H. L. No. 7, the
William Healcy place where Mr. Orcutt now lives, and built the
present house. He was a trader and inti'oduced Henry Sweetser
into town as a clerk, and John Porter, the first lawyer, to collect
his debts. Webster failed and went to N'ewburyport ; thence to
Wasliington, and was for a long period engaged in the general
post-office, and d. there.

9. Mary, b. May 6, 1768, m. William Hicks, who was a gold-
smith, and built the house where Woodbury Masters now lives.
She d. April, 1790.

10. Elizabeth, b. 1771, ih. Dr. Ben. Kittridge ; d. Sept., 1802.'

' 11, Edmund, b. 1773; lived and traded at the homestead; d.
unm. May 12, 1801.
Col. Webster d. Sept. 16,' 1784. His wife d. April 30, 1795.


William Weeks was of Greenland ; m. Susannah Haynes. He
d. Sept., 1821, a. 76; she d. May 31, 1845, a. 94. He was a car-
penter and lived in Portsmouth until the war ; came to Chester,
and purchased of Parker Carr; lived on Add, No, 72. Chil-
dren : —

John, William and Bennin, went to Bangor, Me. ; Jfary, m, Ed,
Moore Preston; Susan, m, James Calef; iV^oa/i, b, 1790, m, Char-
lotte Quimby, lives on the homestead.



Jacob Wells "was an early settler in Chester, and lived on Add.
lot Xo. 39, about 80 rods southwest of Chester Street.

Titus Wells had an amendment opposite Elliott's, southeast of
the cross-road to the parsonage lot. He was there in 1730.

Lt. Thomas Wells of Amesbury bought of Eldad Ingalls, H.
L. No. 61, in 1729. He is said to have m. Elizabeth, eldest dau.
of Capt. Ingalls, b. 1709, and he is named as an heir in settlement
of Capt. Ingalls' estate in 1760. The name of his wife is Hannah
on the record. He was a man of note in Chester, and a large
landholder. His will was dated Dec. 27, 1768, and proved May
8, 1769. Legatees: — son, 1. Winthrojy, who m. Dolly, dau. of
William Healey, and settled first iu Candia on No. 37, 3d D. ; sold
Dea. Nathl. Burpee, and went to Phinouth, N. H. 2. Thomas,
3. Henry, lived in Sandown. 4. Benben, and 5. Samuel, had the
homestead and were executors. 6. Ebenezer. 7. Peter. 8. Sarah
Carr, and 9. Phebe Wells. His homestead, lying in Chester, con-
tained 100 acres. *He had 170 acres in Goffstowu, and 400 iu New
Chester. There was another Thomas Wells, probably the son
above named, whose wife was Ruth, who was killed by John
Tolford, Dec. 27, 1773.


Wilkes West came from Beverly when about 21 years of age.
He m. Phebe, dau. of Lt. Ebenezer Dearborn, Aug., 1762. He
settled on Gov. Shute's H. L., where A. S. Dearborn lately Lived,
and was a cairpenter and cabinet-maker. His shop stood about
where the Baptist church stands. He was at the battle of Ben-
nington; d. April 10, 1830, a. 91. Children: —

1. Esther, d. young.

2. Molly, 13. 1762, m. Jesse, son of Joshua Hall, went \o Camp-

3. Joseph, d. young. ^

4. Nason, d. at Phnnouth.

6. John, d. at Beverly. '

6. Jackson, d. at Greenfield.

7. Thomas, was in the ai-my, 1812.

8. Joseph, b. Feb., 1779, m. PoUy, dau. of Jeremiah Rand;
lived on the homestead.

9. Henry II.,'b.-^%'^t. 5, 1781, was a seventh son, famous for
curing king's evil ; m. Sarah Rogers ; lived at Hall's Village ; had
a large family.

Phebe d. 1783. Wilkes m. (2) Hannah, 'daui of Dea. Matthew
Forsaith; she d. 1793. Children: —


10. Esther, m. Caleb Towle of Hawke, 1809.

11. Phehe D., b. 1788, m. Joseph, sou of Joseph Morse, 1806.

12. Hannah, m. "William Kelsey, 1808.

13. Sally, m. Thaclaw Henamingway, 1814.


Dea. "William White (not the grantee of that name) was b. in
England in 1C87. ' His father was a glover, and removed with him
to Londonderry, in Ireland, while he was an infant. His father
was wounded in the siege of that city, in 1668 and 1669. He came
to this country ia 1725, and resided in Londonderry, in the double
range, until about 1733, when he came to Chester and settled on
H. L. No. 126, where Joseph Webster now lives. His name first
appears in Chester records on the Presbyterian protest, March 28,
1735. He was a linen weaver. He m. in Ireland, and his wife d.
before arriving in this country. Cliildren: —

I. Henry, resided in Litchfield; was a mariner; d. at Halifax
about 1755.

II. Jfr;/<e5, was a mariner ; d. unmarried.

HI. Jane, m. Patrick White and lived at Peterborough.

After William came to Chester he m. Jane, dan. of Robert
Graham. Children: —

IV. Bohert, lived in Goffstown and New Boston.

Y. David, m. (1) Mary, dan. of Kobert Gordon; m. (2) Maiy,
dau. of Patrick Melvin. He lived on No. 71, 2d P., 2d D., first
back some 60 I'ods from the present road, on the first path to the
pond, then where the writer lives. He d. 1776. The widow m.
Stephen Merril; d. July, 1833. They had a large family, the old-
est of whom, Samuel, m. Huldah, dau. of Elijah Heath; lived on
the homestead and at the Neck; d. Jan., 1827.

VI. and Vn. Thomas and William, the first twins bom in
Chester, b. March 4 (O. S.). 1740. Thomas A. unm. William
resided on the homestead. He was appointed Major in 1775; Lt.
C^. in 1784; was muster master in 1777 and 1778; Justice of the
Peace in 1791; Senator of District No. 3 in 1806, '7 and '8. . He
m. (1) Mary, dau. of Robert Mills, Jan. 24, 1764. Children:—

1. Jane. 2. Jonathan. 3. Susaniiah, b. 1768, m. Jonathan
Quimby, 1790. 4, Robert. 5. Mary. 6. Elizabeth. 7. Ann.
They mostly went to Belfast, Maine.

Mary d. Dec. 24, 1780, a. 43. He m. (2) Elizabeth ilitchell,
Sept. 17, 1782. Children : —

8. William, b. 1783, grad. at Dartmouth in 1806 ; was a lawyer.
9. John, b. 1785. 10. Thomas, d. unm, 1830. 11. Sarah, b. June,
1790, d. 1825. 12. James, b. Sept. 2, 1792, grad. at Dartmouth;
was a lawyer. (The above, excepting Sarah, went to Maine.)


13. David M., b. 1795, d. in Chester. 14. Olif, b. 1798, d. July
22, 1826. 15. Lavina, b. 1800, d. uum. July 10, 1836; all in
Chester. 16. Beujamin, b. Aug 24, 1807, is now at Ballard Vale.
William d. Nov. 9, 1829. EUzabeth d. April 3, 1832, a. 71.


Eeuben "Whittier was probably from Newtown and early
settled on lot Xo. 30, O. H., in Eajinond. • His wife was Mary,
and they had eleven children on Chester records: — 1. Moses, b.
1740. 2. Richard, b. 1743. 3. Josiah, b. 1747. 4, Reuljen, 1749.

5. Mary, b. Sept. 17, 1751, m. Charles Moore, Jr., d. about 1830.

6. Joseph, b. 1752. 7. Daniel, b. 1753. 8. Deborah, b. 1755. 9.
Sarah, b. 1756. 10. iMirriam, b. 1757. 11. Phineas, b. 1758.

Mark "Whittier, b. July 26, 1746, came fi-om Newtown about
1798, to Chester Woods, now Hooksett. He m. Elizabeth San-
bom, b. April 13, 1755; d. Oct. 4, 1830. He d. Aug. 1, 1824.
Children : —

1. Joseph, b. June 21, 1774, came to Chester at the same time
his father did, and settled on No. 113, 4th D., at what has been
the Clark tavern, and owned a large tract of land. He m. Sarah
Whitaker. He d. Aug 19, 1845; she d. July 31, 1851, a. 74.
They had two sons, Joseph and Samuel.

2. Mark, b. Sept. 15, 1776, m. Betsey Dustin, dau. of Dr. John
Dustin. of Martin's Ferry, May 2, 1806. She was b. Jan. 16
1780. They settled in Boscawen (now Webster). He d. April
26, 1838; she d. Feb. 14, 1865. They had four children: George,
Betsey, Olive and Moses.

3. Abigail, b. Dec. 21, 1778; d. Feb. 8, 1838.

4. Dearborn, b. May 19, 1781, m. (2) Eosanna Aiken, wid. of
Alexander McGregor, and lived on the Simeon Carr place, in
Hooksett. He moved to Londonderry, and was killed by the cars
Jan. 26, 1850.

5. Dolly, b. Feb. 24, 1784, unm. ; lived in Hooksett; d. Oct. 10,

6. Samuel, b. Apr. 18, 1786, Uvedin Newtown; d. Jan. 17, 1864.

7. Mary, b. July 29, 1788, d. Nov. 20, 1815.

8. Jonathan, b. Feb. 7, 1792, m. (1) Charlotte P. Abbott, of
Andover, Mass. They had two children, Elizabeth and Charles
M. He m. (2) Rhoda ^Tijttier, wid. of John Jones. Lived in
Hooksett on the Carr place till 1837, then on the Eowe place in
the village; went to Plymouth in 1853, and d. Sept. 14, 1868.

9. Heuben, b. Oct. 4, 1796, d. March 16, 1797.

The earliest tradition that the Wilsons have is that a father,
James Wilson, and four sons,— I. AVilliam, H. James, IH. Eobert,


and IV. Hugh, — came over from Ireland and settled in Chester;
but in some tables of longevity there is a James Wilson who died
in 1739, aged 100. This father could not have been near as old at
that time. Then the names of three Jame^ "Wilsons are attached
to the Presbyterian protest, June 23, 1736, so it is nearly certain
that the grandfather, an old man of nearly 90, came over with the

JAIMES, the father, was in Stratham in 1728, and i^urchased
H. L. 49 and 112, on which he settled. In May, 1732, he bought
of Jamea»Basford one-eighth of the old saw-mill. In Nov., 1732,
he deeded the two home lots to h;s son Hugh, in consideration of
mainiainiug him and his wife.

I. William Wilson was in Stratham in 1727. He was fence-
viewer in 1728, selectman in 1729 and 1730. He settled on H. L.
No. 40, where his great-grandson Asa now lives. His will was
dated Aug., 17G1 ; proved June 27, 17G4; legatees, his wife, Rob-
ert, Martha Steel, James, Elizabeth IfitcheU, Jane Ifoore, Mary
Craige and William^

1. Robert, first settled on the cross-road on Add. Lot, No. 100;
then on No. 102. He was a very prominent man in Chester. He
built the first mill at Oswego; was active during the Eevolu-
tionary war ; was for a season one of the Committee of Safet3\
(See Coll. N. H. Hist. Soc, Vol. 7, pp. 43, 90 and 319.) He was
representative from 1776 to 1780. His will is dated Aug. 8, 1791 ;
proved Nov. IG, 1791. He d. Oct.", 2, 1791. He m. Jane Aiken,
Nov. 13, 1759. She d. Sept. 29, 1821, a. 86. Children: —

1. John, b. Sept. 7, 1760, m. Elizabeth, dau. of Enoch Colby;

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