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Of English origin arc all the
FARNSWORTH families of Farnsvvorth in
the United States. The name
is derived from one of the two places in Lancashire,
England, called Farnworth. One of them is in the
parish of Prescott, not far from Liverpool, and the
other is in the parish of Dean, a few miles north-
west of Manchester, in the hvmdred of Salford. The
name is thought to be taken from the latter place.

The word is Saxon and derived from fearn,
meaning fern, and Wearth, a place, a farm, an es-
tate; and signifyino; a place or farm- where ferns
grow. The greater number of the English families
spell their name Farnworth, and so did the early
settlers of this family in America, but as the writers
and recorders of those early times spelled it fifarne-
worth, fifernworth, ffearneworth, ffarnot, ffearnoth,
and finally Farnsw-orth, . the Farnsworths them-
selves finally adopted the last form, which is now uni-
form orthography in America. The pronunciation
in early times in this country was probably as if
spelled Farnoth.

(I) Matthias Farnsworth, by occupation a
W'eaver, first appears of record in Lynn, Massachu-
setts, where he was a resident in 1657, but he had
probably already resided there some years at that
date. When he came to this country is unknown.
He was a farmer and had a farm near what is now
Federal street, on which he lived until 1660 or i66r,
when he removed to Groton. There he shared in
the distribution of lands with the other proprietors.
The records show that Matthias had the following
uplands : His houselot, ninety acres, more or less,
lying on both sides of the mill highway, bounded
on the north by the side hill by "James his brook,"
&c. ; six acres and a half, more or less, lying on
Indian hill ; eighteen acres, more or less, bounded
west by Mill road ; seventy-one acres, more or less,
lying on the other side of the Mill road. His
meadows : Li south meadow, fourteen acres, more
or less, bounded on several points by the town com-
mon ; six acres, more or less, near the mill ; five
acres and a half, more or less, near the mill ; two
acres and a half, more or less, at Half Moon
Meadow; in all something over two hundred and
twelve acres of virgin soil.

The first of the lots described was the one on
which he built his log house. This was imdoubt-
edly burned by the Indians when nearly the whole
town was destroyed by them, March 13, 1676. A.
number of settlers were killed, the others escaped
to Concord, and on March 17 removed in sixty
carts what was left of their portable propert^^ In
the spring of 167S, Matthias Farnsworth with his
familj^, including his three eldest sons, who were
then of age. returned to his clearing in the woods
and rebuilt his house and began anew. This latter
house stood until 1820, when it was torn down to
make room for improvements. Here he lived until
his death, January 21, 1689. He was admitted a
freeman of the Colony, May 16,' 1670, and made his

will January 12, 1689, being then seventy-seven
years of age.

Alatthias Farnsworth was a prominent member
of his church, of which he was one of the early
members, and a leading citizen of the toiwn. He
was one of the council of eleven held in Groton,
in May, 1664, to consider certain "uncomfortable
differences that had been amongst them about
Church Government." He filled many offices in the
town, the most important of which were those of
constable and selectman. He held the office of con-
stable, whose duties then were the collection of
rates and taxes for the settlement as late as 1684.
when he was seventy-two years old.

He was probably twice married, but nothing is
known of his first wife, by whom he probably had
three children. He married (second), Mary, daugh-
ter of George Farr, of Lynn, Massachusetts. She
survived him many years, seems to have been a
householder in 1692, made her will December 5,
1716, and died between that date and March 7, 1717,
when her will was proved. The children of Mat-
thias Farnsworth were : Elizabeth, IMatthias, John,
Benjamin. Joseph (died young), Mar}^ Sarah, Sam-
uel, Abigail, Jonathan and Joseph.

(II) Benjamin, third son and seventh child of
Matthias Farnsworth, was born in 1667, and died
in Groton, August 15, 1733, aged sixty-six 3'ears.
He built a house and lived on the east side of the
road running on the westerly side of the broad
meadow. He owned a large stretch of land west
of the meadow, and southerly of the road from
Farmer's Row, across the meadow to the First
Parish Meetinghouse. His house was standing till
1830. He held the ofiice of selectman and other
town offices. He and his wife were church mem-
bers, and their children were baptized. He mar-
ried, in 1695, Mary Prescott, bom February 3, 1674.
in Lancaster, Massachusetts, daughter of Jonas and
Mary (Loker) Prescott. She died October 28,
i735j aged sixty-one. They had Mary, Martha
(died young), Benjamin, Isaac, Ezra, Amos, Lydia.
Aaron, Martha, Jonas and Deborah.

(III) Aaron, eighth child and fourth son of
Benjamin and Mary (Prescott) Farnsworth, was
born August 29, 1709, and died in July, 1769, aged
sixty years. He married (first), March 29, 1739.
Hannah Barton, who died about 1743 ; married

(second), 1744, Sarah , wh"o died about 1747;

married (third), 1749, widow Elizabeth Parker,
who died December 12, 1766, aged forty-seven.
Married (fourth), June 16, 1767, Sarah Bennett,
born in 1723. After his death she married a Bolton,
and died June 24, 1822, in the one hundredth year
of her age. The children of Aaron and Hannah
(Barron) Farnsworth were: Zaccheus, Sybil (died
young), Mary, Hannah, Eunice, Samuel, and Es-
ther; by second wife, Sarah and Aaron; by third
wife, Elizabeth (Parker) Farnsworth, Timothy and

(IV) Mary, third child and second daughter of
Aaron and Hannah (Barron) Farnsworth, was



born in Groton, March 29, 1732. and died September
19, 1796. She married, March 2, 1767, Colonel
Osmyn Baker (See Baker I).

The McLane family is of Scottish
McLANE descent. Those emigrating to New

Hampshire came from the county
of Argvle. The Clan McLane was located at Loch
Buov. The family seems to have been honorable
and 'distinguished, Sir John McLane, to whom the
present family traces its lineage, having rank with
the nobility, claiming descent from a younger
branch of the family of Charles the Pretender.
Those earliest there seem to have possessed the
sterling virtues characteristic of those who origi-
nallv settled in Londonderry, and on their arrival
came among them before finally locating. jThey
were strong in their religious convictions and in-
tensely patriotic. Captain Obadiah McLane, who
settled in Goffstown, was a fellow-clansman and a
prominent ofiicer in the Revolution, who was given
the special duty of looking after the Tories and de-
serters, and had with them some romantic and des-
perate encounters.

(I) Sir John McLane married, and had among
other children si son Daniel.

(II) Daniel, son of Sir John McLane, was a
soldier in the army of Charles the Pretender at
the battle of Culloden, April 16, 1746. He married
Molly Beaton, by whom he had among his children
two sons, Malcolm and Hugh.

(III) Malcom, son of Daniel and Molly (Bea-
ton) McLane, was born in the parish of Lear Cas-
tle, Argxde county, Scotland. He emigrated to this
country in 1775, landing in Boston. He spent some
time among his countrymen in Londonderry and
New Boston, and finally located in Francestown
in 1784, buying of Hugh Morrill the place next

вАҐnorth of the Haunted Lake. He married, Isabell,
daughter of John and Jenny (Carmichael) Living-
ston, by whom he had the following children: Jane,
born May i, 1780, died December 7, 1852; John,
born March 6, 1784; Daniel, born October 10, 1787,
married Mary Starrett : Nancy, born April 2, 1789,
died June 26, 1819; Niel, born February 6, 1791,
never married; Mary, born October 9, 1792, died
March 9, 1873 ; Isabel, born April 4, 1794, died Jan-
uary 21, i88t ; Archibald, born May 26, 1796, died
unmarried. December 17, .1852.

(IV) John, eldest son and second child of Mal-
com and Isabell (Livingston) McLane, was born in
New Boston, March 6, 1784. He settled on a farm
in Francestown. near his father, where he resided
till 1822, when he removed to Newport, and some
time after to Fairlee, Vermont, and died there
August 8, 1851. He was a prominent man, and in
Fairlee was honored with election to town offices,
and represented the town in the legislature. He
was also for a time associate judge of the court
in Caledonia county. He was a man of positive
convictions, clear-headed, capable, and highly re-
spected bv all. He married, August 24, 1815, Eliza-
beth McCollom, who died in New Boston, Septem-
ber 30. 1882, aged ninety-one years. Their children
were : Neil, born January 19, i8t6, married, Octo-
ber 14, 1849, Sarah C. Kelso, of New Boston ; Alex-
ander, born January 16, 1817, married, in 1850, Bet-
sey Church, of Kirby, Vermont; John; Charles,
born April 28, 1819. married (first). Rebecca Bailey,
and (second), in 1852, Edwina Powell; Rodney,
born July 18, 1820, married, November 17, 1853,

Adeline Farley, of New Boston; Mary, born Octo-
ber II. 1822, married, in 1851, James Lyford, of
Canterbury; Nancy J., born in Newport, April 30,
1S23; George Waterman, born April 30, 1824, mar-
ried, November 19. 1848, Philena Renyon, of Plain-
field; Elizabeth, born in Newport, June 29, 1825,
died in Fairlee, Vermont, March, 1842; Clarissa,
born August 5, 1827, died August 15, 1849; Helen,
born July 31, 1828; Sarah, born in Sunapee, July
22, 1830; Marion, born in Sunapee, July 4, 1833,
died December, 1853; Robert E., born in Grafton,
October 23, 1834, married Emma Burton, of Athol,

(V) John, third son and child of John and
Elizabeth (McCollom) McLane, was born in New
Boston, April 14, 1818. He received his education
in the district schools. His occupation was that of
carpenter and farmer. He went to Boston, Massa-
chusetts, and for five years ran a store for himself,
and then returned to New Boston and worked in a
door shop. He built himself a house where he after-
wards resided. Politically he was a Republican,
and religiously a Presbyterian. He was a member
of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He died
August, 1900. He married, November, 1850, Han-
nah E. Whipple, by whom he had James Neil, and
perhaps other children.

(VI) James Neil, son of John and Hannah E.
(Whipple) McLane, was born in New Boston. No-
vember 8, 1858. He was educated in the" public
schools. After leaving school he learned the trade
of blacksmith, and worked at it for fourteen years.
He _ was then engaged in carrying on the lumber
business for three years. Afterwards he went into
partnership with his brother Reid in running a
grist mill, and carrying on the feed business. He
has also handled some real estate. In politics he
is identified with the Republican party. Denomi-
nationally he is a Presbyterian. He is a member of
the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and has
filled the chairs. He has been selectman, and rep-
resented his town in the legislature in 1902. He
has also been a road agent. He married, Septem-
ber 22, 1881, Rebecca H., daughter of John and
Mary (Crombie) Andrews, of New Boston. She
received her education in the district schools and
Francestown Academy, from which she graduated.
Afterwards she went to Boston and took a course
in training for a nurse. She is a member of the
Presbyterian Church. The children of Mr. and
Mrs. McLane are : Francis, born in 1883 ; Alice W.,
born in 1885. married Waldren Stevens; child born
February 22, 1888; John W., born October 19', 1892;
a daughter, born January 25, 1895 ; a son, born
August 9, 1897.

Several persons of this name came to
A]\IES Massachusetts Bay Colony in the early

days of its existence, and from one of
these ancestors an untraced line no doubt runs to
this family.

(I) James Ames was born November 16, 1741,
and died January 30. 1827, aged eighty-six years.
His children were : Jacob, Peter, James. Caleb,
Mary and Comfort. (Mention of Caleb and de-
scendants appears in this article.)

(II) James (2), son of James (i) Ames, was
born about 1780, and died in Gilford. He owned
and cultivated a farm of one hundred and fifty acres
of land. He was a cooper by trade, and also worked



at farming during the latter part of his life. In
politics he was a Democrat, and in religion a Free
Will Baptist. He married Catherine Thompson, a
native of Gilford, by whom he had four children :
James Thompson, AJorrill, JMary and Susan.

(III) James Thompson, eldest child of James
(2) and Catherine (Thompson) Ames, was born
in Gilford, 1821, and died in Gilmanton, 1886, aged
sixty-five. He was educated in the common schools,
and learned the cooper's trade. For some time
he lived in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where he
worked at his trade. He returned to Gilmanton
where he engaged in farming up to the time of
his death. In early life he was for a few years
engaged in mercantile pursuits at West Alton. He
was a Free Will Baptist and a Democrat, and lived
up to his profession in both. He married Catherine
Glidden, who was born in Alton, 182 1, and died in
Peabody, Massachusetts, in 1881, aged sixty. She
was the daughter of Noah and Polly Glidden, of
Alton. The children of James (3) and Catherine
(Glidden) Ames were: Gorham B., James N.,
Frank P., and George, the latter dying in in-

(IV) James N. (4), second son of James (3)
and Catherine (Glidden) Ames, was born in Alton,
September 18, 1850. After leaving the common
schools in which he was educated, he engaged in
farming two years. Subsequently he removed to
Salem, Massachusetts, where he can a meat wagon
for sixteen years. After a short stay in Salem,
Massachusetts, he removed to Peabody, where he
kept a provision store seven years, after which
he carried on business in Boston Highlands and
subsequently in J^Ialden. From the latter place he
came to New Hampshire and took charge of a farm
of two hundred and six acres in Gilford, on which
are fine farm houses, an orchard and a stock of
cattle. Here he is engaged in farming, but his
principal occupation is the entertainment of summer
boarders, who find here a beautiful and agreeable
place for rest and pleasure. Mr. Ames married
(first), in November, 1871, Emma A. Dearborn,
who was born in Salem, Massachusetts, 1845, daugh-
ter of Charles and Mary Dearborn. She died in
the winter of 1874, and he married (second) Mary
Ellen Hayes, who was born in Alton, Massachusetts,
1855, daughter of Ezekiel and Lydia Hayes. By
the first wife there was one child, Hattie, who died
young. By the second wife there are four chil-
dren: Bertram Frank, born July 21, 1877; Thur-
low H., August 21, 1879; Maynard J., September
5, 1888; and Morrill Roger, August 5, 1891.

(II) Caleb, son of James (i) Ames, was born in
Gilford, October 12, 1782, and died in New Hamp-
ton, May 19, 1862, aged eighty. He grew up a
farmer, and was educated in the district schools.
At the age of twenty-six he removed to New
Hampton, where he remained two years. Before
his marriage he bought a farm of one hundred acres,
which he cleared, and on which he built a log house
and barns. He settled on that place about 1809,
and was a prosperous farmer. He served a term
in the war of 1812, being stationed at Portsmouth.
The day before he would have been discharged he
learned of the serious illness of one of his chil-
dren, and set out for home, sixty miles away, walk-
ing the whole distance from Portsmouth to New
Hampton in a day and a half. Not being present
to be mustered out and receive his discharge, he
was not able to obtain the pension afterward
granted to soldiers of the war of 1812. He married,
Januarv 30, 1809. Sally Burleigh, eldest daughter
of William and Sarah (Ames) Burleigh (see Bur-

leigh), who was born January 2"^, 1788, and died
May 19, 1862, aged seventy-nine. Their children
were: Sarah, William Burleigh, James (died
young), James Marston, Peter B., Almira and
Daniel H.

(HI) James Marston, fourth child and third
son of Caleb and Sally (Burleigh) Ames, was born
in New Hampton, July 13, 1817, and died in Bristol,
December 28, 1881, in the sixty-fifth year of his
age. He left home at twenty-one years of age,
and for six years was employed as a quarryman.
He then bought the homestead of his father, which
he enlarged until he had three hundred acres of
land, and he also rebuilt the buildings. In 1866
he removed to Bristol, and settled at what is called
the North End on the farm now owned and occu-
pied by his son, where he and his wife spent the re-
mainder of their lives. He was an active, hard-
working man, who took good care of his own aft'airs
and felt an interest in matters of public importance.
His exemplary habits and success in taking care
of his own caused many of his neighbors to come
to him in times of doubt or adversity for advice.
In religious belief he was a Baptist, and in pol-
itics a Democrat. He married, February 17, 1845,
Abigail F. Batchelder, born June 8, 1827, daughter
of Benjamin and Mary (Spaulding) Batchelder, of
Bridgewater. She died January 10, 1886, in the
sixty-second year of her age. They had two chil-
dren : Mary Comfort, who was born in New
Hampton, January 7, 1852, and married January i,
1872, Laurin C. Tilton ; and Burleigh M., whose
sketch follows.

(IV) Burleigh Marston, first child and only
son of James M. and Abigail F. (Batchelder) Ames,
was born in New Hampton, March 8, 1848. He
lived in his father's family and attended school until
about nineteen, and then went to Watertown, ]\las-
sachusetts, and stayed a year, and then (1867) for
six or seven years was a manufacturer of straw
board at Bristol. In 1875 h^ engaged in the manu-
facture of gloves which he carried on for a time.
He owns the paternal homestead which he carries
on, and is also a dealer in wood, coal, ice, etc. He
has built and sold several houses in Bristol. He is
a trustee and vice-president of the Bristol Savings
Bank, and a director of the First National Bank
of Bristol. He is a Democrat and a Free Baptist.
He is a member of Union Lodge, Ancient Free
and Accepted Masons, Bristol. He married, Febru-
ary 14, 1869, Mary Ann Locke (see Locke, VII),
who was born September 21, 1850, daughter of Orrin
and Nancy J. (Favor) Locke, and they have two
children : Aletea Elfra, born in Bristol, February
27, 1872, who married Nathan P. Smith, of
Plymouth ; they have one child, Abby F., born May
12, 1889. Ethel Winnifred, born November 17, 1879,
who married (first) Charles E. Spencer; married
(second) George P. Fifield; their home is also in

This family name appears early in Mas-
AMES sachusetts, whence it spread into New

Hampshire ; and it is from an early
Massachusetts branch of the family that the Ameses
of this article have descended.

(I) John Ames is supposed to have moved from
Newmarket, New Hampshire, to Parsonfield, Maine,
where he died. He was a farmer. He married
Elizabeth Neal, and they had six children : Sanuiel,
John, Marston, Catherine. Daniel and Betsey.

(II) Samuel, eldest child of John and Elizabeth
(Neal) Ames, was born in 1770, and died in i86r,
aged ninety-one years. He settled in Tamworth,



New Hampshire, where he was a farmer for some
years ; and then moved to Wakefield, New Hamp-
shire, where he died May, 1861. He married Susan
Glidden, who was born 1771, and died 1872. Their
children were: Betsey, Marston, John, Susan, Ja-
cob, Samuel, and Daniel, all born after 1796.

(HI) Marston, second child of Samuel and
Sarah (Glidden) Ames, was born in Tamworth,
December 25, 1799, and died in -June, 1887, aged
eighty-seven years. He was taken by his parents
on their removal to Wakefield when a mere child.
He settled at Ossipee and followed farming. He
married in October, 1827, Clarissa Moulton, Avho
was born in September, 1806, daughter of William
and Mary Pearl of Parsonfield, Maine. She died
August II, 1876, aged seventy-one years. Their
children were: William, born 1828, died young;
Mary, born 1832, died 1867 ; Samuel and William
(twins), born April i, 1834; Martin Luther; John
born August 10, 1839; Silas, died young, and David,
whose sketch follows.

(IV) David M. Ames, youngest child of Mars-
ton and Clarissa (Moulton) Ames, was born in
Ossipee, October 21, 1843. At eighteen years of
age he began work in a tannery for Joseph Hodg-
don and was employed there three years. He then
went to Cornish, Maine, and worked at the same
business for Albers & Allen six years, and then
to Portland, where he was similarly employed two
and a half years. Returning to Ossipee he culti-
vated the homestead two years. In 1877 he removed
to Rochester, New Hampshire, and entered the em-
ploy of E. G. and E. Wallace, shoe manufacturers,
and for ten years past has been foreman of their
tanning department. In politics he is a Republi-
can, and he has held the office of councilman of
Rochester for six years. He married, February 28,
1866, Mary Cobb, who was born in Limerick, Maine,
July 14, 1841, daughter of Joshua and Mary (Cook)
Cobb. There were born of this union four children:

1. Sarah C, born February 8, 1867, a graduate of
Boston University, class of 1895, since a teacher
in Rochester four years, and in Chester county,
Pennsylvania, now engaged in educational work
in Boston. 2. William Marston, born July 3, 1869,
a graduate of Dartmouth, class of 1894, a civil en-
gineer at Berwick, Maine. He married, September

2, 1896, Mabel A. Fogg, born in Springvale, Maine,
1871, daughter of John D. and Phebe A. Fogg, of
Springvale, Maine, and they have three children :
John D., born May 31, 1897;- Marjory, born Janu-
ary 17, 1902 ; Elizabeth Howland, born February
25, 1906. 3. Howard O., July 8, 1871, died young;
4. Arthur O., July 23, 1878, a graduate of Roches-
ter high school, bookkeeper in New Britain, Con-

This name is not numerously repre-
QUIMBY sented in New England or in any

part of America, but the quality of
its representatives will compare favorably with that
of many families of much larger numbers. It has
been identified with the development of New
Hampshire, and is entitled to honorable mention in
connection therewith. It begins at an early period
of American history, in settlement of the Massachu-
setts Bay Colony, and is still continuing in a worthy
way along the lines of civilization.

(I) Robert Quinby is found of record in Amas-
bury, Massachusetts, as a ship carpenter and was
there married about 1657 to Elizabeth Osgood,
daughter of William and Elizabeth Osgood, of Sal-
isbury. He purchased land in Amesbury the next
year, and received grants in 1659 and 1668. He is

of record as a "townsman" in 1660, and holding a
meeting house seat in 1667. He died about 1677,
and it is probable that his death occurred in the
Indian massacre at Amesbury, July 7, of that year.
His wife - was wounded in that massacre but sur-
vived. She was appointed administratrix of his
estate October 9 of that year. The inventory was
made August 27. Their son Robert was appointed
to administer the estates of both parents Septem-
ber 26, 1694, and it was not divided until 1700.
Their children were: Lydia, William, Robert, John,
Thomas, Elizabeth, Philip and Joseph. (Mention
of Robert and descendants is a part of this arti-

(II) William (i), eldest son and second child of
Robert and Elizabeth (Osgood) Quimby, was born
June II, 1660, in Salisbury and resided in Ames-
bury. He took the oath of allegiance in 1677 and
was a member of the training band in 1680. He

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