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RILL, late ail esteemed
resident of Gilford, N. H.,
was a citizen well known in
public life, for many years
an influential factor in the
State politics. A S(Mi of
Barnard Morrill, he was
born in Gilford, on August
3, 1816; and he dietl in the same house and
the same room on January 20, 1S9J.

Abraham Morrill, who at an early date
settled in Amesbury, Mass., was the immi-
grant founder of the family in New luigland.
Barnard Morrill, father of John J., came from
Brentwood, N.IL, to Gilmanton, now Gilford,
which had then but few inhabitants. By occu-
pation a tanner and shoemaker, he became a
prominent citizen, and in the years that fol-
lowed held all the important offices within the
gift of his townsmen, being Selectman and
Justice of the Peace many years. While a Jus-
tice of the Peace, he sat on a majority of the
trials lield, and he also devoted considerable
time to other legal duties. Me married
March 23, 1S09, Judith Morrison, daughter of
Jonathan Morrison, a Revolutionary soldier,
who was a descendant of a New England pio-
neer. Mr. and Mrs. Barnard Morrill had a
son, John J., and two daughters — Rhoda and
Sally. Rhoda Morrill married John Davis, a
resident of what is now Lakeport, N. LL, who
was at one time agent for the Lake Company,
and was also associated as a partner with B. J.

Cole at Lakeport, under the firm name of Cole
& Davis.

John J. Morrill attended the district school
in his native town, and subsec|uently received
the benefit of a few terms at (iilmanton Acad-
emy and New Llampton Institution. He then
studied under the tuition of Dudley Leavitt,

, who was well known as the originator of
Leavitt's F<ii-i/n-i-' s Aluianac. In this way
Mr. Morrill acquired an unusually good edu-
cation for his day. His principal business
was tanning and the lumber trade. He was
also engaged in farming. Energetic, ambi-
tious, and capable, he was brought into pub-
lic notice, and was appointed on the staff of
General VVadleigh of the old State militia,
with the title of Colonel. He was agent of
the town of Gilford for years, and handled its

j law suits and other important legal matters.
He was a delegate to the Whig Ciuivention in
Baltimore in 1840, which nominated William
Henry Harrison for the Presidency. The
campaign which followed was one of the
most exciting in the history of this country,
and became known as the "log-cabin and hard
cider" campaign, because the opponents of
General Harrison undertook to bring up his
past life against him. The Whig party,
however, swept the country, and its candidates
were triumphantly elected. Subsequent divi-
sions among its adherents, owing to slavery
becoming the leading issue, led to its dis-
ruption; and, after electing Taylor in 1848,
and failing to elect Scott in 1852, the North-


crn Whigs became Free Soileis and by 1856
Republicans. Mr. Morrill tnuk an active part
in the excitin- politics of the times, and was
one of the influential factors in the organiza-
tion of the Republican party in New Hamp-
shire. He represented Gilford in the State
legislature several years, and he was a member
of Governor Straw's Council in 1873 and 1873.
His abilities soon brought him into wider
notice; and as the opponent of General Mars-
ton, one of New Hampshire's ablest men, he
lacked but a few votes of receiving the nom-
ination of Representative to Congress, a posi-
tion that he was well qualified to fill. He was
also a Presidential elector in 1876. About the
time that he was proposed for Congress he was
spoken of by many as a candidate for the gov-
ernorship. Six years before his death he was
stricken with paralysis, which was subsequently
followed by a second and fatal attack on the
morning of January 20, 1892. Mrs. Nancy-
Sanborn Morrill, his wife, taught school sev-
eral terms before their marriage. She was
born on January 27, 18 19, in Brentwood, N.H.
Her parents afterward removed to Gilford,
where her father, Mesech Sanborn, was for
many years a prominent citizen. They had
three children, namely: Stark; John Barnard,
who was born December 26, 1849, and died
July 20, 1852; and John U., who is now the
only survivor. Stark, born on December 9,
1846, died on June 8, 1880. He was educated
in the district school and at New Hampton In-
stitution, and for several years before his death
was associated with his father in carrying on
the tannery. He was a capable and successful
business man.

John B., the youngest child, was born on
November 11, 1854. He attended the district
schools of Gilford and the high school in what
is now Laconia, then studied with S. C. Kim-
ball, A.M., a noted tutor, who was at that

time pastor of the Free Baptist church in Gil-
ford. He fitted for Bates College, but went
instead to Dartmouth, and was graduated in
the class of 1879, taking the degree of ]5ach-
elor of Science in Chandler Scientific Course,
and is permanent Secretary of his class. It
was his intention to take a complete course in
civil engineering, but the illness of his brother
and an accident to himself interfered; and re-
turning home he took up his father's business,
lumbering, real estate, and farming. He has
given considerable attention to stock-raising,
trading in cattle to a large extent. Of late
years he has taken many premiums for fancy
teams exhibited at fairs. He keeps Hereford
stock principally.

On November 9, 1882, Mr. Morrill married
Miss Mary S. Rowe, a daughter of Simon
Rowe, of Gilford. She completed her educa-
tion at New Hampton Literary Institution,
and was a teacher before her marriage.

Mr. Morrill has always adhered to the Re-
publican principles loved by his father. He
was at the last Constitutional Convention held
in 1889, and is a member of the Republican
State Central Committee. In 1895-96 he
represented the town of Gilford in the New
Hampshire legislature. The past three years
he has been Chairman of the Board of Select-
men, and has held various minor town offices.
Since the organization of the Gilford Public
Library he has been one of the Board of

I':NRY KIMBALL, attorney and coun-
:llor-at-law, and superintendent of
the public schools of Rochester,
N. H., was born in Shapleigh, Me., December
14, 1833, son of Daniel S. and Love (Wilson)
Kimball. His father was born in North Bi^r-
wick. Me., May 24, 1804, and his mother in
I Shapleigh, April 17, 1806.


Daniel S. Kimball was reared to agricult-
ural pursuits, and the active period of his life
was spent in tilling the soil of a good farm in
his native town. A prosperous farmer and a
useful citizen, he gained by his upright Chris-
tian character the sincere esteem of his fellow-
townsmen. He died April 2,S, 18X2; aiidiiis
wife died May 2, 1.S93. Both were members
of the Congregational church, the father act-
ing as Deacon for many years.

Henry Kimball prepared for college at the
Maine Wesleyan Seminary, and was graduated
at Bowdoin College with the class of 1863.
His legal studies were pursued under the
direction of his uncle, Increase S. Kimball,
of Sanford, Me. ; and he was admitted to the
York County (Maine) bar, June 30, 1866.
He remained with his uncle for three years,
and in 1869 settled in Rochester, where he has
since resided. Teaching school was a favorite
occupation in his yduiiger tla\s, and his in-
terest in educational matters has never been
allowed to die out. In connection with his
law practice he has occupied his present posi-
tion of superintendent of the public schools in
this city, with the exception of a few short
intervals, since 1871.

Politically, Mr. Kimball supports the Re-
publican party, but has never taken an active
part in politics, excepting such as pertains to
educational interests.

fAMKS D. BARTLh:TT, senior member
of the firm Bartlett & Smith, con-
tractors and builders of Meredith, and
an e.x-member of the New Hanipsliiie b-is-
lature, was born July 2-j, 1833, in Ceiilre Har-
bor, N.H., son of Samuel G. and Sally (Rowe)
Bartlett. His great-grandfather was Abiel
Bartlett, son of Adam Bartlett, who was a
native of Beverly, Mas.s. Abiel Bartlett re-

sided in Deerfield, N. H., and died in 1816,
aged sixty-five years. The maiden name of
his wife was Margaret Goodhue, and his chil-
dren were: Abiel, John G., Josei)h, Moses,
and Mary Jane. James D. Bartlett, the
grandfather, was born in Deerfield. During
his active period he cultivated farms in Mere-
dith and Centre Harbor, and was one of the
stirring agriculturists of his day. In politics
a Democrat, he served as a Selectman in
Centre Harbor, and died January 5, 1861.
He married Olive Libbey, daughter of Sheriff
I.ibbey, of Wolfboro, N.H.

Samuel G. Bartlett, father of James I).
Bartlett, born in Meredith, March 2, 1807,
learned the trades of a carpenter and mill-
wright, which he afterward followed for ten
years. Then he bought a farm in Centre Har-
bor, where he resided for the rest of his life.
He voted with the Democratic party; and,
although not an aspirant for office, he was
Supervisor and a member of the School Com-
mittee a number of years. He died July 22,
1896. His wife, Sally, who was born in Gil-
ford, N.H., October 20, 1803, daughter of
I^zekiel Rowe, became the mother of eight
children, six of whom attained maturity.
These were: James D., the subject of this
sketch; I<:iizabeth R. , who married Charles P.
Leavitt, of Meredith, and is now deceased;
Lucinda, who married John R. McCrillis, of
Centre Harbor; Emily Jane, who is the wife
ol Jonathan Fox, of the same town; Josiah R.,
who resides in Centre Harbor; and Arvilla
R., now deceased, who became the wife of
Joseph Howard, of Northfield, Mass. The
mother died August i^, 1857. Both parents
were mendiers of the P'ree Baptist church, and
the father was one of its choristers for many

James D. Bartlett acquired a public-school
education in his native town. At the age of


seventeen he went to Lowell, Mass., and there
served an ai-iinenticeship oi three years at the
mason's traile. llaviny; hecniiie well ac-
quainted with brick-laying and plastering, he
was for two seasons engaged as a journeyman
in Boston and for the same length of time in
Manchester, X.H. In 1858 he settled in
Meredith, where he did general mason work
until 1881. lie then formed a partnership
with his present associate, and is now doing
quite an extensive contracting and building
business both in New Hampshire and \'er-
mont. He was Chief of Police for two years,
and at the head of the fire department for the
same length of time. He served for four years
as inspector of the check list: and he was
elected to the New Hampshire House of Rep-
resentatives in 1886, in which he served on
the Committee on Fisheries and Game.

On March i, 1856, Mr. Bartlett married
Lydia R. Hubbard, daughter of Rodney Hub-
bard, of New London, N.H. He is a member
of Chocorua Lodge, F. & A. M. ; is Past
Grand of Belknap Lodge, I. O. O. F. : a
member of Meredith Lodge, Knights of
Pythias; and of Winnepesaukee Grange,
Patrons of Husbandry. Mrs. Bartlett is con-
nected with the Daughters of Rebecca. Both
are members of the P>ee Baptist church.

tensive farmer of Rochester, was
born in Loudon, N.H., March 26,
1 83 1, son of Green and Mehitabel (Barton)
Osborn. The Osborn family in America is of
Lnglish origin. The great-grandfather of
Hiram S. was one of three Quaker emigrant
brothers of that name, who came to this coun-
try in the early days and settled in the Massa-
chusetts colony, probably driven to this step
by the persecution of non-conformists in the

parent country. P21ijah Osborn, the grand-
father, was presumably born in Salem, Mass.
After learning the trade of a potter, while
still a young man, he removed to Louiion,
N.H., and settled down on a farm, although he
still continued to work at his trade. His re-
ligious principles were those acceptetl by his
Quaker forefathers. The maiden name of his
wife was Margaret Green.

Green Osborn, born in Loudon, N. IL, son
of Elijah and Margaret (Green) Osborn, after
completing his education in the district
schools of his native town, began to learn his
father's trade of ])Otter. This jjurpose he soon
after abandoned, and turned his attention to
the cultivation of his father's farm. When
about forty years of age, he took up a farm in
Pittsfield, N.H., and was thereafter occupied
in its cultivation for the remainder of his life.
He married Mehitabel Barton, of Pittsfield,
and had a family of nine children, eight of
whom attained maturity. They were: liliza-
beth Ann, now deceased, who married Hiram
Walker, of Amesbury, Mass., also deceased;
Charles B., deceased; Mary Jane, who married
Nathaniel O. Sawyer, of Amesbury, Mass. ;
Hiram Sawyer, the subject of this sketch, and
the twin brother of Mary Jane; Margaret, who
married George O. Harmon, of Haverhill,
Mass., and is now a widow; Warren G., resid-
ing in Dover, N.H.; Angeline A., who mar-
ried Munroe Wiggins, of Haverhill, Mass. ;
and David G., now living in Ixochester.
Although Green Osborn was a man of a retir-
ing disposition, he served in some of the
minor town offices.

Hiram Sawyer Osborn received his educa-
tion in the public schools of Loudon and Pitts-
field, N.H., and of Quincy, Mass. In
Quincy, between the school sessions, he was
employed by a wealthy quarry owner. After
completing his education, he learned the car-


pcnter's trade, and thereafter followed it con-
tinuously for more than forty years. In the
year 1852 he went to California, and pro-
spected for gold along the Yuba and Feather
Rivers with a fair degree of success. After-
ward he engaged in farming for a year and a
half in the valley of the San Joaquin River,
and worked at his trade for about one year. In
1S61, after returning East, he bought the farm
in Rochester, N.H., where he now resides.
Although engaged in the cultivation of this
farm for a period after, he devoted the larger
share of his time and attention to his trade,
which developed into the business of a con-
tractor and builder. Of late years, however,
he has applied himself almost exclusively to
agriculture. His farm contains one hundred
and twenty acres or more. He makes a spe-
cialty of milk, which he ships daily to Boston,
Mass. Besides wintering some twenty heatl
of cattle, he cuts from forty to fifty tons of hay
annually. Intermittently, between 1865 and
1885, Mr. Osborn taught plain and (irnamental
penmanship. He is a good penman to-day.

The first of Mr. Osborn 's two marriages was
contracted with Nancy Jane Wahh-on, daughter
of Benjamin VValdron, of Rochester. By her
he became the father of two children, namely:
Caroline J., who married George Whiteliouse,
of Dover, and is now deceased; and Annie B.,
who married Oliver M. Vickery, of Rochester.
By his second marriage he was imited to Mary
E. Ham, of Rochester. She has borne him
one daughter, Nellie F., who married John L.
Foss, of Dover. In politics Mr. Osborn is a
Republican. He enjoys an unusual share of
the good will and confidence of the townsfolk,
who have elected him to their Board of .Sel(.>ct-
men and to other public offices, and who would
gladly place him in more important positions,
could he spare the needful time from his per-
sonal affairs. He is a Mason of Strafford

Lodge, No. 29, of Dover. Taking an earnest
interest in the Patrons of Husbandry, he is
connected with Cochcco Grange, of which he
is a Past Master, with E. N. H. Pomona
Grange, the New Hampshire State Grange,
and the National Grange. Successful through
his industr\' and sterling worth, Mr. Osborn
is highh esteemed in Rochester.

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EMERSON, one of the
energetic young business men
Alton, was born in this town,
November 13, 1866, son of Charles P. and
Ellor J. (Jones) Emerson. His grandfather,
William Emerson, came to Alton over a hun-
dred years ago, and was engaged in trade here
for the greater part of his life. William lived
to be about eighty-two years old; and his
wife, whose maiden name was Susan Rollins,
died at the age of eighty-six years. They
reared six sons; name!)', Walter G. C, Seth
R., Lewis, Charles P., Chester B. , and Smith.
Walter was a merchant in West Alton; Seth
resided in Alton; Smith was in early life a
trader in this town and later station agent in
Dover, N.II. All except .Smith married and
reared families. Chester B. is the only one
now living.

Charles P. Emerson, father of Willis P.,
was born in Alton, September 16, 1823.
When a young man he started a mercantile
business at Alton Bay, and afterward for sev-
eral years had a large and profitable trade. At
a later date he engaged in the manufacture of
shooks. Business reverses came upon him sud-
denly with disastrous effect; and he died May
30, 1882. He was an upright, conscientious
man, and an exceedingly progressive business
man, whose enterpiMses were very beneficial
to the community; and his untimely death
was generally deplored. Politically, he was a


Republican, and his business ability naturally
led him into [imminence in public affairs.
He was twice elected a Representative to the
legislature, and for over twenty years he was
Postmaster of Alton Bay. He married Ellor
J. Jones, daughter of James N. Jones, of Al-
ton, and became the father of two children,
namely: Mary Belle, who died at the age of
twenty-one; and Willis P.. the subject of this

Willis P. limerson acquired a good practical
education. But sixteen years old when his
father died, his only inheritance was a busi-
ness overwhelmingly in debt. The task of
liquidating the many claims upon his father's
old store was enough to discourage a much
older and experienced person. However, the
youth went earnestly to work at it, and the
result attained will long remain a bright spot
in the memory of the townspeople. By the
closest attention to business and the exercise
of the most rigid economy young Emerson
gradually lessened the debts left upon his
shoulders, until all the creditors were satisfied
in full. The business which he so nobly and
perseveringly reclaimed is now in a most
flourishing condition. Modestly, but emphat-
ically, he declares that his mother's guiding
hand did more toward retrieving the fallen
fortunes of the family than did his own
efforts. Those who were in a position to
know, however, do not hesitate to assert that
a case has never come within their observa-
tion in which a youth without business ex-
])erience displayed so much real energy and
iletermination and, above all, such a steadfast
adherence to the principles of integrity.

Since entering mercantile life Mr. Emer-
son has rapidly advanced in [irosperity, as
might be expected from a man of his character
and progressive tendencies. He carries on a
well-stocked store, receives a large share of

patronage, and is a popular as well as a suc-
cessful merchant. In politics he is a Repub-
lican, and he served with ability as Postmaster
for four years. He is a member of Winnepe-
saukee Lodge, No. 75, A. F. & A. M. : and of
Cocheco Lodge, No. 28, Knights of Pythias,
of Alton.

§OHN F. CLOUTMAN, a leading shoe
manufacturer of Strafford County anil
an esteemed resident of Farmington,
was born in New Durham, this county, De-
cember 27, 1831, son of John F. and Patience
T. (Edgerly) Cloutman. The family origi-
nated with three brothers, who came from Scot-
land, and respectively settled in Conway,
N.H., Portsmouth, N.H., and Maine. John
F. Cloutman, Sr. , was a carpenter by trade,
and also followed the occupation of farmer.
The early years of his life were spent in New
Durham and his last years in Rochester. He
married Patience T. Pldgerly in New Durham.
Of their nine children, three are living: John
F., the subject of this sketch; James A., of
Farmington; and Ellen I"., the wife of K. D.

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