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own interests he does so only by the fairest means.
He is an attendant of the Congregational Church.
He is a Master Mason of Moses Paul Lodge, No.
96. Dover; and a member of Olive Branch Lodge,
Knights of Pythias, of Dover. He also holds mem-
bership in the various social clubs of the town.
He is descended from a long line of Revolutionary
and Colonial forebears, and through his mother be-
longs to one of the wealthiest and most influential
families of New Hampshire. He married, June 26,
1895. Winifred Lane, who was born in Pittsfield,
April 30, 1875, the only living child of Charles H.
and Lorena A. (Perkins) Lane. (See Lane, VII).
She was educated in the Pittsfield public schools and
the Kimball Union Academy, Meriden, New Hamp-
shire, graduating from the latter with the class of
1894. In 1892 she became a member of the Congre-
gational Church, the church of her fathers — one
of her ancestors. Jonathan Perkins, having been a
deacon and clerk of that church for forty years.
He was her maternal great-great-grandfather.
Since rerrfoving to Dover she has engaged in Sun-
day school, church and club work. Probably her
deepest interest lies in patriotic work, being a mem-
ber of New Hampshire Society of Colonial Dames,
and in that line peculiar to the Daughters of the
American Revolution. She is widely known both
for her ability and for her gracious manner and
pleasing address. She is regent of Margery Sulli-
van Chapter, Dover, secretary of the state organiza-
tion, and one of the managers and corresponding



secretary of the Children's Home. One son has
been born to Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Goss, Charles
Lane, February 24, 1903.

In the early colonial records this name is
GOSS written with a double "f" instead of a
double "s." John Goss, his wife Sarah
■and several children, arrived at Boston with Gov-
ernor Winthrop in 1630, and settled at Watertown,
Massachusetts. John was made a freeman in 1631.
and died in 1644. His wife married for her second
husband Robert Nichols. John and Sarah Goss
were the original American ancestors of nearly all
who bear the name in Massachusetts and New
Hampshire, as the Goss family of Maine is de-
scended for the most part from an immigrant who
came from England more than a hundred years
later. Philip Goss, a descendant of John, was born
in Lancaster, Massachusetts, in 1720, and in 1764
settled, in Winchester, New Hampshire, where he
died April 17, 1804.

(I) Joshua Goss, the place and date of whose
birth is not at hand, resided in Canaan. There is
some slight evidence that he was a son of Thomas
Goss, the founder of the Maine family just referred
to who came from England in 1756, but a record of
this line of the Gosses now in hand is wanting.
The christian name of Joshua's wife was Hannah,
•and his children were Richard, Reuben, John, Levi,
Orville, Daniel, Abbie, Sarah and Roxanna.

(H) Colonel Reuben, second son and child of
Joshua and Hannah Goss, was a lifelong resident
of Canar.n. He was married, February 25, 1S41,
to Susan B. Lathrop, who was born April 30, 1818,
and died in 1866. In connection with farming Col-
onel Go.ss operated a mill on the Mascoma river,
and he commanded one of the regiments of the
state militia. His wife Susan bore him five chil-
dren: Isabella L., wife of Elijah Smith, of Canaan;
Harris J., w'ho is referred to in the succeeding par-
agraph; Calista S., deceased; Wallace R., and Ber-
nice E.

(HI) Harris J., second child and eldest son of
Reuben and Susan B. (Lathrop) Goss, was born
in Canaan, January 7, 1845. He was educated in
the Canaan common schools, and assisted in car-
rying on the homestead farm until enlisting for
service in the Civil war as a private in Company F,
Eighteenth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteers.
At the siege of Petersburg he was a veritable target
for the enemy, receiving no less than five wounds
within the short space of tw^enty minutes, and he
was sent to the Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadel-
phia, where he remained until the close of the
war. Upon his return from the army he resumed
farming in his native town, and is still engaged
in that honorable calling. In addition to tilling the
soil he has bought and sold real estate, and dealt
quite extensively in lumber and firewood. He is
one of the leading supporters of the Democratic
party in Canaan, and prominently identified with
local public affairs, having served as a selectman
for several terms, has held all of the other important
town offices, and in 1891 was representative to the
state legislature. He is a member of Mount Cardi-
gan Lodge, No. 31, Knights of Pythias, Canaan,
and a comrade of the local post of the Grand Army
of the Republic.

On January 8, 1870, Mr. Goss was united in
marriage with Lizzie B. Norris, daughter of Benja-
min and Zaphira (Ross) Norris, of Dorchester,
this state. Of this union there are two children :
Ben A., and Ruby I. The latter is the wife of
John P. Currier, of Canaan.

Joseph Towle, son of Samuel and Susan
(Towle) Goss, was born in Epsom, April 8, 1820,
and died in Hooksett, October 24, 1876. His youth
was spent on his father's farm and at study in the
common schools. While still a boy he worked some
time in the mills at Lowell, Massachusetts, and
then settled in Hooksett when about eighteen years
of age. After attending Pembroke Academy some
time he became a clerk in the store of his brother-
in-law, George W. Converse, at Hooksett. _ In 1845
he purchased the stock of goods and continued the
business as sole proprietor until he sold out in 1872.
In business he w^as a successful and leading mer-
chant, and much esteemed and respected in the
community. As a Republican he was elected to the
principal "offices of the town, and to a seat in the
legislature. He was an attendant of the Congrega-
tional Church, and a member of the Independent Or-
der of Odd Fellows, of Suncook. He married, July
22, 1845, Lydia Stearns, who survived him and af-
terward married Rev. Moses Patten (see Patten).
There was one child of this marriage. Susan Fran-
ces Goss, who married John W. Odlin, of Eliza-
beth, New Jersey.

The town records of Rowlej-, I\Ias-
SHEPARD sachusetts, make frequent mention

of the Shepards— from '"30 of
Appril, 1666," when "Mr. Samuel Shepard and Mrs.
Dorothv Flint were joyned in marriage," down to
1730. This Samuel Shepard, who was a mmister,
was probably the ancestor of the Ebenezer Shepard,
born in 1741. who married Mrs. Jane McCordy, of
Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1762.

(I) Ebenezer Shepard was the founder of the
Shepard family in New London. New Hampshire,
a family which for six generations has maintained
an honored and influential place in the town. Eb-
enezer won his title of lieutenant in the Revolu-
tionary war. He was recorded as a private on the
Lexington alarm roll of Captain Aaron Fuller's
companv, which marched April 19, I775, from Ded-
ham First parish. He was commissioned second
lieutenant of the First Suffolk Regiment January
26, 1779, and promoted to first lieutenant the next
year, September 12, 1780. According to the records
of the First church (Congregational) of Dedham,
"July 8, 1764, Ebenezer Shepard and Jane his wife
took covenant ;" and their nine children,, born _be-
tween 1763 and 1780. received infant baptism into
that same ^church. Some time prior to 1790, Lieu-
tenant Shepard and his son-in-law, David Smith,
removed with their families from Dedham to New
London, New Hampshire, and settled in the Low
Plain district. We find in Elder Seamans' list of
baptisms that Ebenezer Shepard was baptized at
New London. June 23, 1790, while the names of his
wife, his children and his grandchildren follow _ at
short intervals. Men of the energy and standing
of Lieutenant Shepard soon make themselves felt
in a crmmunity. In 1794 he was chosen tithing-
man, and David Smith, highway surveyor. Ebe-
nezer was a joiner by trade, but according to the
records, he was a large holder of real estate as well.
In December, 1794, Ebenezer was moderator of a
meeting called to vote for a representative to Con-


Ebenezer Shepard died April 12, 1811, aged sev-
entv vears. His wife Jane died March 30. 1819,
aged "eighty vears. Their nine children, all born
in Dedham "Massachusetts, were Catherine, who
married David Smith: Elizabeth, who married
James How Messer; Ebenezer, who married Sally
Burpee: Jesse, who married Hannah Paige, of



Dunbarton ; Hannah, who married Samuel Peaslee,
of Sutton, New Hampshire; Mary, who married
Jonathan Greeley, of Warner ; Sally, who married
Jonathan Hunting; Mindwell, who married William
Stead; and Jolni, who married Caty Ward. Of
these nine children, all of whom married and made
creditable records for themselves, the first four
with Alary, the sixth, settled in New London, New
Hampshire. Hannah and Sally lived in Sutton, a
near-by town, while the two youngest went to New
York. Mindwell (Mrs. William Stead) lived at
Albany, and John became a capitalist in New York
City. His son .William Stead Shepard, became a
capitalist like his father, but lived in Albany.

(H) Ebenezer, Jr., eldest son and third child of
Lieutenant Ebenezer and Jane (McCordy)- Shep-
ard, was born in Dedham, Massachusetts, in 1767.
Instead of coming to New London with his father,
he appears to have gone to Vermont, for he was "of
Brookfield," that state,' when he married, January
8, 1793, Sally, daughter of Lieutenant Thomas and
Joanna (Foster) Burpee, who was born at Rowley,
^Massachusetts, February 26, 1775. They came to
New London in the eighteenth century, because
there is record that on June 12, 1800. Ebenezer
moved his house from its original location to a
place across the road, now owned by Alvin F. Mes-
ser. At this moving, James, the eight-year-old son
of Elder Seamans, "had his leg crushed in a fright-
ful manner." In 1803 Ebenezer, Jr.. moved again,
exchanging the Messer place for wild land on Low
Plain where is now the present homestead of James
E. Shepard. One of the grandchildren remembers
hearing Mrs. Sally (Burpee) Shepard tell that they
moved earlier that spring than they otherwise
should, because they wanted to set their goose.
Ebenezer, Jr., was a man of untiring industry and
great physical vigor, and was more than ordinarily
successful as a farmer, and trader. He died at Wil-
mot, New Hampshire, December 7, 1849. His wife
survived him less than five months, dying April 25,
1850. They had eleven children. Mary, married
Otis Everett. Abigail, married Manning Seamans.
Daniel Woodbury, married Jane Hamilton Robin-
son. Amial, married Elizabeth Connor. Samuel,
married Phebe Hoskins. Jeremiah Burpee, mar-
ried (first), Mary Everett, and. after her death.
Lavinia Austin. George married Mrs. Abigail
(Hill) Chadwick. Sylvester Foster married Cath-
erine Barrett. James G. married Mary A. Cogs-
well. Benjamin Franklin served in the Civil war,
and died unmarried.

(Ill) Samuel, third son and fifth child of Ebe-
nezer, Jr., and Sally (Burpee) Shepard, was born
December 9. 1802, at New London, New Hampshire.
He married Phebe, daughter of Eli Haskins, of
Grafton, New Hampshire. They went to live in
Grafton, going by spotted trees a mile into the for-
est, and making a clearing in the dense woods.
They lived there five years, and then moved to Dan-
bury, New Hampshire. They returned to New Lon-
don in 1834, and there Samuel lived till his death.
May 19, 1861. His wife survived him less than a
month, dying June 12, 1861. They had ten chil-
dren. William Haskins, the eldest, was twice mar-
ried ; first to Emeline C. Todd ; and second, to
Frances Maria Frisbie, daughter of Doctor E. Wil-
lard Frisbie. of Phelps, New York. Lucina Hill
married Adna Sylvester Fowler and lived in New
London. Sarah Burpee married William Slade and
finally moved to Merrimack, Wisconsin. Rhoda
Emily married James Greeley Trayne and also
lived in Merrimack, Wisconsin. Samuel George

married Malvina Abbie Mussey and also migrated
to Merrimack, Wisconsin. Martha Albina, the
sixth child, graduated from Ripon College, Wis-
consin, in 1872, and became a prominent teacher in
several states and later a missionary among the
Sioux Indians. Sylvester Foster married Helen
Comstock and lived in Janesville, Minnesota. Abi-
gail Seamans married Jacob H. Todd. She lived
in New London, as did her brother, James Eli,
who married Lucia Nelson. Franklin Pierce, the
tenth and youngest child, lived but a year, dying
October 12, 1845.

(IV) James Eli, fourth son and ninth child of
Samuel and Phebe (Haskins) Shepard, was born
at New London, March 13, 1842. He inherited the
vigorous qualities and untiring industry of his an-
cestors. He is widely known as a dealer in peat
stock and timber, and he is a large owner of real
estate. His home farm. The Sheepfold, is one of
the finest in New London. Mr. Shepard has been
very active in Grange work. He was one of the
founders of the New London Grange, and its first
master. He has been prominent in the county and
state granges and was especially successful as pres-
ident of the State Grange Fair Association. He is
a Mason, also a member of Heidelberg Lodge, In-
dependent Order of Odd Fellows, has held vari-
ous town offices, was delegate to the constitutional
convention in 1889, and has received several Demo- '
cratic state nominations. He is one of New Lon-
don's most public-spirited citizens, and since 1891
has been a trustee of Colby Academy. James E.
Shepard married November 9, 1863, Lucia, daughter
of Mark and Lucia (Fifield) Nelson, of New Lon-
don. Mrs. Shepard has been of great assistance
to her husband, and to her has been due in a large
measure the successes that have come to him. They
have six children. Charles Everett married Maude
Hersey and lives in New London. Lucy Nelson
married Wilfred E. Burpee, and lives in Manches-
ter. New Hampshire. She is a graduate of Colby
Academy, New London, and of the Emerson School
of Oratory in Boston. She was a successful teacher
previous to her marriage. Frank Sylvester married
Stella Hersey and lives in New London. Mary
Ellen was graduated from Colby Academy in 1891,
and from Smith College in 1897. On September
21, 1897, she married Reverend Clarence E. Clough,
of Wilmot Flat, New Hampshire. He was a Colby
Academy classmate of his wife's and also a grad-
uate of Yale LTniversity. 1895. After completing his
course at the Divinity School of Chicago University
he was called to the pastorate of the First Baptist
Church of Bloomington, Indiana, where they now
live. ]Mark Nelson, the fifth child, studied at Colby
Academy, and is his father's valued assistant at
home. Emma Trayne graduated from Colby Acad-
emy in 1897, and lives with her parents.

(V) Charles Everett, eldest son and child of
James Eli and Lucia (Nelson) Shepard, was born
in New London, New Hampshire, November 10,
1864. He inherits to a marked degree the business
aptitude that has characterized the Shepard family
for so many generations. He was educated at
Colby Academy. His first occupation was that of
a butcher, and he worked over a large section of
country. About 1890 he became associated with
Amos H. Whipple in the management of the Potter
Place stage line and attended livery stables. In
1900 he bought a half interest in the stage and liv-
ery business of A. J. Gould, of which in November,
1905, he became sole proprietor. Mr. Shepard now
owns seventy horses, and the stable is the largest



in that section. In summer time he also runs a
stable at Lake Sunapee. He has become a well
known contractor, and deals in -hay, grain, wood
and carriages. He employs thirty men, and is ex-
tensively engaged in lumbering. He has just com-
pleted two sets of buildings for Hon. E. W. Con-
verse, of Newton, Massachusetts; also buildings for
B. H. Campbell, of Elizabeth, New Jersey, and for
W. H. Halsey of Jersey City and and for Abraham
Lisner of Washington, District of Columbia. His
best piece of work is William Van's house at
George's Mills on Lake Sunapee. He has just com-
pleted a new drug store at New London. In pol-
itics he is a Democrat and has held minor town
offices. He is an Odd Fellow, belonging to Heidel-
berg Lodge, No. 92, and has been through all the
chairs. He attends the Baptist Church. On Jan-
uary 3, 1889, he married Maude Hersey, daughter
of Andrew Mellen and Amanda (Jewett) Hersey
of Ashland, New Hampshire. She was born Oc-
tober 22, 1868. They have five children : Robert
Hersey. born April 29, 1890; James Eli, born Jan-
uary 2, 1893 ; Marion, born September 23, 1S96 ;
and twin sons, Mailand C. and Morris Everett,
born April 29, 1894. Mrs. Shepard is active in
church work and has been secretary and president
of the Ladies' Aid Society. Her vivacious disposi-
tion makes her a social favorite and draws many
people to the hospitable Shepard home.

This name is of Scotch origin.
McCRILLIS Between the years of 1719 and

1742 four immigrants of the name
of !McCrillis, William, Daniel, John and Henry,
probably brothers, came to New England from the
north of Ireland. William located first in Oilman-
ton, New Hampshire, but subsequently went to
Coleraine, Massachusetts, accompanied by John.
Daniel settled in Lebanon. ]\Iaine, and Henry es-
tablished himself in Nottingham, New Hampshire.
They were descended from Scotch Covenanters
and were therefore zealous Presbyterians. It is
claimed that they were the first to cultivate pota-
toes in the Granite state, and they also applied
themselves diligently to the use of the spinning
wheel. The branch of the family now being con-
sidered is the posterity of Henry.

(I) Henry McCrillis, whom it is believed came
to this country in 1742, settled in Nottingham and
became an industrious farmer. The name of his
wife does not appear in the record at hand, and
the names of his children, with the single exception
of his son John, are also wanting.

(II) John, son of Henry McCrillis, married
Margaret Harvey, and was the father of William,
John, David, James and Henry.

(HI) William, eldest son of John and Margaret
(Harvey) McCrillis, resided in Deerfield, New
Hampshire. His children were : John, Reuben,
Andrew, Moses, William, Hannah, Mary, Marga-
ret and James.

_(IV) John, eldest son and child of William ]Mc-
Crillis, resided in Salisbury, Massachusetts. He
reared three children, namely: Nathaniel D., John
B. and Andrew.

(V_) John Belcher, son of John McCrillis, was
born in Salisbury. Massachusetts, September 18,
1815, and died in Manchester. New Hampshire, No-
vember 27, 1885. He married, February 18, 1841,
Mary Shorer Kilgore, who was born in Mercer,
Maine, August 15, 181 7, and died September 8,
1884. Three children Avere born to them : John
Almon. ]Mary Lizzie and Gertrude. John A. is

mentioned below; Mary Lizzie is the wife of John
Foster. (See Foster, VIII). Gertrude died an in-
fant, October 15, 1857. In 1848 Mr. McCrillis es-
tablished the carriage manufacturing and lumber
business, which he continued till his death. He em-
ployed many skilled workers, -and the products of
the concern of which he . was the directing head
were noted the country over for thoroughness of
construction and beauty of finish. No higher trib-
ute to his memory can be paid than the following
extract from the Manchester Mirror and American,
of the date of November 30, 1885 :

"Said a leading citizen and prominent business
man, in the presence of a group of friends, Friday
night, (the night of his death) 'John B. McCrillis
was the most honorable man that I ever had busi-
ness dealings with, he was honest in every sense of
the word.'"

He was prominent in many ways among his
fellowmen, untiring in application to the details of
his business. He loved truth and honor and hated
sham and deception. He was a Universalist. He
was conspiciTOus for his uprightness and morality,
his devotion to his family, his church and his
friends, and in all the goings and comings of his
long and busy 'life he was faithful, brave and true.
He was unpretending and unassuming, but out-
spoken in his loyal adherence to his convictions, a
sterling representative of a generation that has now

Gone but still we hear their footsteps.

Their virtues yet remain ;

And sometime in the great beyond.

They may come to us again.
(VI) John Almon, eldest child of John B. and
I\Iary Shorer (Kilgore) McCrillis, was born in
Haverhill, Massachusetts, September 11, 1845, and
was brought to Manchester, New Hampshire, when
a child of three years. He was educated in the
public schools, and graduated from the Manchester
high school. He then learned carriage making with
his father, and after the death of the latter suc-
cessfully continued the business. He is a Repub-
lican in politics, has taken a prominent part in local
affairs, and has filled the office of alderman two
years, and that of common councilman four years,
and was president of the latter body. He is a mem-
ber of Washington Lodge. No. 61, Free and Ac-
cepted ]\Iasons, and of W^ildey Lodge, No. 45,
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Man-
chester. He married, in Newton. Massachushetts,
October 9, 1872, Mary Pierson, who was born in
St. Albans, Vermont, daughter of Ambrose and
Mary (White) Pierson. They have two children:
Belle, born March 12, 1877, married Edgar E.
Farmer, and has one daughter, Alice, born August
t6. 1905. John Donald was born December 11,

This name is variously spelled McKay,
McCOY McKey, McKie. McKee, by different
families, but all are descended from
Scotch forebears and are of the same stock.

(I) Nathan McCoy was born in Goffstown, and
died in Thornton, April 10, 1863. He lived in Ply-
mouth from 185 1 to 1855, and removed to Thornton,
where he owned a considerable amount of real es-
tate, including timber lands. He was a surveyor,
and ran many lines in that region and had charge
of the construction of a highway over a rough and
mountainous country from Thornton to Water-
ville. He married, September 3, 181 1, Batheba
Sargent, died April 2, 1880. Their children were :



Nathan, Jr., Laurio, Robert, Harriet, James, Mon-
roe and Madison (twins), Loamie, Louisa and

(II) Nathan (2), son of Nathan (i) and Bath-
sheba (Sargent) McCoy, was born in Goffstown,
March 30, 1S13, and died in Weare, December i,
1S86. He went to Thornton, where he was engaged
fifteen years in farming. From there he went to
Plymouth, where he was engaged in trade four
years ; then to Concord, where he was in the cloth-
ing business four years. He removed to Littleton,
and there carried on business from 18^6 to 18.66.
From there he removed to Weare, and later engaged
in the sale of real estate and patent rights, having
an ofhce in Manchester, but residing in Weare.
This he continued until his death, a period of about
eight years. He married (first), November 3,
1835, Olive Gilman, who died in 1846. daughter of
Jeremiah Gilman, of Thornton. He married (sec-
ond). May 15, 1847, Mary Ann Cilley, who was
born January 31, 1817, daughter of Seth Noble and
Sarah (Cavis) Cilley, of Weare. She died in
Weare, July 9, 1S87. His children were: Sarah
L., Emily A., Anna H., these three by his first wife.
James N., whose sketch follows, is an only child
of the second marriage.

(III) James Noble McCoa', only child of Nathan
and Mary Ann (Cilley) Noble, was born in Thorn-
ton, December 11, 1848. He was educated in the
public schools of Plymouth, Concord, and Little-
ton, and at Newbury Academy, Newbury, Vermont.
In 1866 he entered the employ of F. J. Upton &
Company, dealers in agricultural implements. Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, and remained there two years. From
there he went to DeWitt, Iowa, where he was en-
gaged in the same business for himself for four
years, and then returned to Weare. Later he es-
tablished a roofing business in Manchester, which he
conducted two years, and then went to New York
City and formed a partnership with Charles H.
Williams and A. H. Palmer, under the firm name
of the New York Soap Stone Roofing Company, and
carried on the roofing business there. At the end of
four years he sold his interest and during the six
succeeding years carried on a similar business for
himself at Waterbury, Connecticut. In the late eight-
ies he went to Thornton, New Hampshire, where he
operated a saw mill and then removed to Ply-
mouth, where he has since been engaged in the
same industry, still retaining the mill at Thornton,
and also deals in wood and coal, and carries on a

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