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farm. He cuts an average amount of several mil-
lion feet of lumber annually, and gives employment
to sixty men. Mr. McCoy has been successful in
business, and has large tracts of valuable timber
land. In politics he is a Democrat, and takes a
part in the affairs of his party. He was select-
man of Thornton two years, and has filled the same
office in Plymouth one year, and was deputy sheriff
of Grafton county two years. He is a member of
Plymouth Lodge No. 66. Independent Order of
Odd Fellows of Plymouth. He married (first),
December i, 18^6, Alice C. Andrews, who was born
in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 1850, and died in Weare,
in 1869. One child born of this union died in in-
fancy. He married (second), December i. 1873,
at Hopkinton, Alice F. Edmunds, who was born in
Hopkinton, October 31, 1848, daughter of Horace
and Bridget (Cilley) Edmunds, of Hopkinton.
Two children have been born to them : Alice C.
was born April 24, 1875. ^"d was educated in the
common and high schools of Plymouth. She mar-
ried, December 27, 1898, Fred Wallace Brown,
druggist, of Plymouth, and died May 3, 1904.
Philip Jarvis was born March 19, 1879. For five

years past he has been engaged in the manufacture
of furnaces in San Francisco, California.

The Pendergasts have been as-
PENDERGAST sociated with the history of

Barnstead, New Hampshire,
for more than a century and a quarter, yet the name
of the ancestor of the family in America, and even
in New Hampshire, is not known beyond a question
of doubt. In Barnstead the name first appears
among the settlers of that town between the years
1767 and 1790, and at least one representative of the
surname was a soldier of the Revolution. In one
of the old burying grounds of the town is a head-
stone on which is inscribed the words "Stephen
Pendergast, born 1729, died 1797." From the same
same source it is learned that the name of this
Stephen's wife was Betty, and that she was born
in 1737 and died in 1836. In view of all the prem-
ises it is probably safe to assume that Stephen Pen-
dergast was the first of his name in Barnstead and
that all who bear that surname now in the town
and settled elsewhere in the state are his descend-

(I) Stephen Pendergast, born 1729, died 1797,

(aged sixtj'-eight) married Betty , born

^737, died 1S36, (age ninety-nine). Their children
(probably a correct list) were: Dennis, Stephen,
Deacon Solomon, Betty, Joseph and John. They
reside in Durham and removed to Barnstead about


(II) Stephen (2), son of Stephen (i) and Betty
Pendergast, was born (probably in Durham) in
1770 and died in 1827. The name of his wife and
the names and number of his children are not now
known, but he had a son Thomas.

(III) Thomas, born 1793, died 1862, married
Lucy Ayers, born 1805, died 1874. Their children
were : Mary, Jane, Sarah, Stephen, Samuel G.,
Christian, died November, 1905 ; Pamelia, Susan,
married Joseph A. Davis, and one who died in in-

(IV) Stephen, fourth child and elder son of
Thomas and Lucy (Ayers) Pendergast, was born
in Barnstead, New Hampshire, June, 1832, and died
1893. He married Abia Hill, who was born May
28, 1836, daughter of John and Betsey (Foss) Hill,
and is still living in Barnstead. Among their chil-
dren was Arthur, one of the selectmen of Barn-

(IV) Samuel G,, fifth child of Thomas and
Lucy (Ayers) Pendergast, was born in Barnstead,
July 27, 1836, on the farm on which he now lives
and which his father cleared and brought undel
cultivation three quarters of a century ago. The
land, then one hundred acres in extent, was cov-
ered with a heavy growth of pine, hemlock and
spruce, and produced three hundred thousand feet
of good lumber. The farm as now owned and car-
ried on by Samuel G. includes eighty acres and is
in an excellent condition of cultivation. Mr. Pen-
dergast never married. He is a thrifty farmer, a
strong man physically, and although full seventy
years old his stride is as firm and his power of
endurance _ as great as many men twenty years
younger than himself. He was brought up to
work and when a boy had little opportunity to at-
tend school, yet he is well informed on all general
subjects and is counted among th-e influential towns-
men of Barnstead.

This name -is derived from the occu-
MILLER pation of the person who first as-
sumed it as a surname. There may
be as manv unrelated Miller stocks as there were



persons originally assuming the surname. The
Millers are numerous and have been connected
with our national growth from the settlement of
the country.

(I) The first of this family found of record was
Robert Miller, a ship carpenter, who removed from
Salisbury, Massachusetts, and settled in Hampton,
New Hampshire, in that part of the town now
known as Hampton Falls. He was noted as a man
of remarkable strength and vigor. He was taxed in
Hampton Falls from 1750 to 1787. He was mar-
ried in 1743 to Mehitable Stanyan. No record ap-
pears of any children of this marriage, and she
probably lived only a short time. Robert Miller
subsequently had a wife Sarah, and their children,
born in Flampton Falls, were Susanna, Jonathan,
Ebenezer and Mary.

(H) Ebenezer, second son of Robert and Sarah
Miller, was born June 6, 1757, in Hampton Falls,
and settled in Chichester, New Hampshire. The
records of the earliest period in that town do not
seem to have been preserved, and nothing further
can be found concerning Ebenezer, except that he
was married in Chichester, November 21, 1793, to
Polly Mason. The family records, however, show
that he was the father of Samuel Miller, of the
next paragraph.

(IH) Samuel Miller was born in Chichester,
where his early life was spent. His later_ years
were spent in Brentwood. He was a lifelong
farmer. He married, May 27, 1816, in Pittsfield,
Annie Yeaton. of Epsom, and they were the par-
ents of six children : Hannah, Betsey, Ebenezer,
Russell A., George W., and Frances.

(IV) Ebenezer (2), third child and eldest son
of Samuel and Annie (Yeaton) Miller, was born
in Chichester, April 5, 1821, and died October 29,
1882, aged sixty-one years. When a young man
he settled upon a farm in Deerfield, where he spent
the remainder of his life in cultivating the soil.
He was an upright citizen and a good neighbor,
and much respected. He was a member of the
Free Will Baptist Church, and in political senti-
ment a Republican. He married Mehitable Dow,
who was born March 21. 1822, in Deerfield, New
Hampshire, and died in Suncook, January 13, 1897,
aged seventy-four. They were the parents of four
children: Abbie, Sarah J., George E., and Ella M.
Abbie married John Whittier, of Deerfield, and the
other two sisters died single.

(V) George E., third child and only son of Eb-
enezer E. and Mehitable L. (Dow) JMiller. was
born in Deerfield, October 30, 1850. He got his
early education in the common schools of that town.
At the age of seventeen he left home and went to
Laconia, where he was employed a short time ;
and then went to Manchester where he took a com-
mercial course in Bryant & Stratton's Business Col-
lege. From there he went to Pembroke, and en-
tered the grocery and provision business, as a clerk
for Emery Brothers, Subsequently he became a
partner in the firm of Miller, Johnson & Cyr, where
he retained his interest for seven years. In 1886
he entered into partnership with H. T. Simpson,
under the firm name of Simpson, Miller & Com-
pany. This firm, the personnel of which has
changed as years have passed, and now is incor-
porated as Simpson, Miller & Company, have a
store and trade that might be envied by many a
commercial concern in a much larger town.
In addition to its mercantile business it
owns and cultivates several farms, and has a
large trade in lumber and wood. It employs from'
twenty to twenty-five men the year around. In ad-

dition to his interests in Pembroke, Mr. Miller has
one piece of four hundred acres of valuable land
and several smaller ones in Cuba, which he pur-
chased while visiting that island in 1905-06. Mr.
JMiller is a man of native ability, a successful mer-
chant, and a gentleman of character and high so-
cial standing. He is a Republican in political senti-
ment, and although deeply interest in local affairs
has never sought a public office, and has frequently
declined nominations when offered him. In the cam-
paign of 1896 he accepted the nomination as a candi-
date for representative, and was elected for the years
1897 and 1898. In 1899 he was elected to the state
senate. He was also elected a member of the con-
stitutional convention of 1902. In all these posi-
tions Mr. Miller's course received the approval of
his constituents. He is a Mason of the thirty-sec-
ond degree, and a member of Jewell Lodge, No.
94; of Hiram Royal Arch Chapter No. 24; of
Mount' Horeb Commandery, Knights Templar; of
Edward A. Raymond Consistory, Sublime Princes
of the Royal Secret (of Nashua) and of Aleppo
Temple of the Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles
of the Mystic Shrine, of Boston. He is also a
member of Howard Lodge No. 68, Independent
Order of Odd Fellows, of Suncook.

He married, November 20, 1878, Nellie L. Simp-
son, who was born in Pembroke November 11, 1859,
and died August 15, 1894, aged thirty-five years.
(See Simpson III). She was the daughter of
Henry T. and Eudoxcia M. (Colby) Simpson, of
Pembroke. He married (second), April 17, 1901,
in Woburn, Massachusetts, Nellie Jones Hart,
of that place, daughter of Oilman F. and Sarah
(Hirsch) Jones. Two sons were born of the first
marriage, Walter and Henry, both of whom died

Watt or Watts is a name which has
WATTS attained much celebrity in English and

Scotch history. Isaac Watts, the emi-
nent divine and sacred poet, was born in South-
ampton, England, in 1674. His hymns have fur-
nished inspiration and consolation to a greater num-
ber of persons than those of any other writer of
modern times. Three others by the name of Watts
were prominent in England at the beginning of the
last century; one as a journalist, another is a
painter, and a third as chemist and translator. The
name Watt was brought into worldwide fame by
James Watt, the Scotch engineer, philosopher and
inventor, born in 1736, whose improvements in the
steam engine made it a machine of practical utility
and revolutionized the methods of producing power.

(I) James Watt, the immigrant ancestor of
this family, was of Scotch de.=cent, conrng _ to
America from Londonderry, Ireland, and having
land laid out to him by the town committee of
Londonderry, New Hampshire, in the year_ 1740.
Some of his children were born before coming to
this country as it is known that his son John was
a babe in arms when brought to this country. The
children were: Hugh, Moses, Eleanor, James and
John. Moses, John and Hugh signed the associa-
tion test in 1776. The three went to the war. Hugh
was private, George Reid, captain, at the battle of
Lexington, 1775. He was corporal in the battle
of Bennington, 1775. John was in the same battle.
Moses went as private in 1776 (Captain Nesmith).

(II) John, son of James Watt, born April 5,
1740, lived in Londonderry until 1785. when he
bought a farm in what was then called Derryfield,
now Manchester; there he lived until his death in
1819. He w-as a man of business, buying and sell-



ing land, logging on the ]\Ierrimack river, upon
whose bank his home was situated, also was part
owner of a saw mill on the Litchheld brook. John
Watt married Susanna, who died August, 1826,
aged seventy-three years. Their children were:
Susanna, married William Fling. Jennie, married
Moses Garvin. Margaret, married Jacob Garvin.
Rachel, married Isaac Darrah. John, never married.
Daniel, married (first) Polly Darrah; married (sec-
ond) Lucy B. Flanders.

(III) Daniel, son of John Watt, was born April
4, _ 17S5, probably near Goft's Falls. ^Manchester ;
this was formerly known as Derryfield. He lived
here until 1834, when he bought a farm in London-
derry. He was a man who possessed Scotch shrewd-
ness in a great measure, and like the other members
of his family, both before and after him, was a man
of business, respected and consulted by friends upon
all matters of importance. He followed for some
years his father's occupation of logging on the
jNIerrimac river, also going as far as Canada to
engage in the work. While living in Manchester
he was identified in many ways with the early
growth of the city and the founding of its institu-
tions, especially the forming of the First Congrega-
tional Church and the Manchester National Bank.
He married Polly Darrah, of Bedford, New Hamp-
shire, and they were the parents of one child,
Horace Perkins Watts. She died September 27,
1850, and he afterwards married i\Irs. Lucv Bald-
win Flanders, February 6, '1855. He died 'August
23, 1858.

(IV) Florace P., only child of Daniel and Polly
(Darrah) Watts, was born on the old Watts farm,
just below Goff's Falls, Manchester, November 12,
1819, and died in Manchester, August 14, 1890, aged
seventy years. He was given the advantages of the
schools in the vicinity, and afterward attended the
Pinkerton Academy of Derry. He spent the first
half of his life in Londonderry, where he owned
a farm which he successfully cultivated. He served
one term in the lower house of the legislature from
Londonderry, and was also a member of the board
of commissioners of Rockingham county. About the
3'ear 1865 he sold his farm and removed to Man-
chester, where he engaged in the grain business
on Elm street, with A. F. Hall, under the firm
name of Hall, Watts & Company. The firm's mill
was located on the Piscataquog water privilege.
Some years after the formation of the partnership
Mr. Hall retired, and Mr. Watts took as his partner,
W. F. Holmes. The business, as conducted by them,
was very profitable and extensive, being the largest
of its kind in the state, and at the time of the
loss of the mill by fire in 1875, it was grinding
about seventy-five thousand bushels of wlieat and
the same amount of corn each year. After the de-
struction of the mills the water privilege and land
connected therewith were sold.

During the entere period of his residence in
Manchester, Mr. Watts plainly saw the grand pos-
sibilities of the city's future, and made judicious
investments in real estate, which appreciated hand-
somely in his lifetime, and have since continued to
do so. He was elected director of the IManchester
National Bank after the death of his father, who
was a charter member and director of that insti-
tution. He was a close friend and business as-
sociate of its president, Hon. Nathan Parker. He
was for some time previous to 1880 a director of
the Nashua and Lowell railroad, now absorbed by
the Boston & Maine system, and he had large in-
vestments in the securities of that and other railroad
corporations. Soon after the destruction of the

Piscataquog mill, !Mr. Holmes, his son-in-law, went
west and ^Ir. W'atts became interested with him
there in financial enterprises. He became president
of the Security Loan and Trust Company of Castle-
ton, Dakota, and he was also one of the active
managers of the First National Bank of the same
place. He made many visits in the last twelve years
of his life to Dakota in the interests of his busi-
ness there.

Mr. Watts took a lively interest in the organiza-
tion of the board ,of trade. He was one of the
first to join, and was made a member of the finance
committee, on new enterprises, and on the con-
ference committee with the city government in re-
gard to the statistical work of the board. His
last public appearance previous to going west the
last time was at a meeting of the board in which he
made a sturdy address. He saw the value of the
shoe factory enterprises, and subscribed liberally
to its stock. He was a valuable member in the
executive work of the board, and his removal by
death was the first which the membership sus-
tained. Politically he was a Republican, but never
an aspirant for political honors. The only public
service (politically) which he rendered in Man-
chester was a membership of one year in the board
of assessors, but he was always looked upon as one
of the strong men of the community, and possessed
the confidence of the people of Manchester in
full measure. He was a man of excellent judg-
ment and thorough reliabilitiy. He was honest and
safe, unassuming, industrious and successful. His
private life was without a blemish, and he was
a good neighbor and devoted husband and father.
A truthful history of his long and active life would
contain nothing which his best friends would wish
to have omitted.

Perhaps one of the most conspicuous services
which he rendered the city of Manchester was in
connection with the building of the elegant and
commodious house of worship of the First Con-
gregational Society. When it was proposed to make
some changes in the old structure he opposed it,
and was the first person to propose the erection of
a new edifice, and contributed five thousand dollars
for that purpose. When his pastor remarked to
him with regard to the amount of his donation, that
he was very liberal, Mr. Watts replied "Why no,
that is only a matter of business. We must have
society, and we cannot have good society without
the church." He gave his personal attention as
one of the building committee to the work of erec-
tion, and had the satisfaction of seeing the project,
largely through his energy and determined will,
become a financial and architectural success. He
had long been a member of the church, and for a
decade until the year before his death he was
president of its ecclesiastical society. In the chari-
table work of Manchester, Mr. Watts was much
interested. The Elliott Hospital, the Children's
Home, the City Mission, and the Woman's Aid
Home were objects of his solicitude and liberal

^Ir. Watts married at Londonderry, March 28,
1S42, Maria Boyd, who was born August 19, 1819,
daughter of Captain William and Martha (Dickey)
Boyd, of Londonderry. She died March 28, 1895.
They were the parents of four children : ]\Tartha
B., "Daniel i\I., who died in infancy; Mary Alice,
Annie E., ]\Iartha B. married. May 31, 1864, Wil-
liam F. Holmes, who was later a partner of her
father in business. She died February 21, 1877.
Annie E. married, December 10, 1885, Rosecrans
W. Pillsbury, of Londonderry (see Pillsbury, V>.


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JNIar}' Alice received her early education in the
public schools of her native place, and the Abbott
Academy of Andover, Massachusetts. Subsquently
to leaving school she spent a year in travel in
Europe where she had exceptional opportunities
for observation and self culture, which she
thoroughly improved. From her youth she has
been fully imbued with the noble spirit that prompted
her father to do so much for his church, and for
the charitable institutions of the city, and the
Woman's Aid Home, the Elhott Hospital, the City
^fission and Children's Home have been frequent
recipients of her bounty. For nine years she has
been a trustee of the Elliott Hospital, and for
a portion of that time the principal work of the
committee was transacted by her in a manner that
manifested her experience in business matters and
her executive ability. So zealous and attentive was
she to the discharge of her duties in this position,
that her health gave way, and she was for some
time unable to give the hospital or any of her
extensive business interests any of her attention.
She is a member of the First Congregational Church,
and an unfailing helper in its manifold works of
philanthropy and charity. She is a woman of noble
character and charming personality, and resides on
the paternal homestead, where, with the society of
her many friends, the entertainment afforded by a
well selected library and the labor incident to the
care of her property and the duties entailed by
her connection with the institutions above men-
tioned, she leads a busy and a useful life.

The name jNIassey and its similar
MASSEY forms — Massie, Maas and Masse — is
thought to be one of those patro-
n3'mics taken directly from the earth's topography,
like Hill, Peake, Craig, Stone, Littlefield, and many
others. The name of Massey is better known in
England than in America. Readers will recall
Gerald Massey, the poet, also Mrs. Gertrude Massey,
painter of children and dogs to the royal family.
Massey is also the family naine of the Baron
Clarina. Among Amercans bearing the name are
Dr. George B. Massey, a noted physician of Phila-
delphia ; Chief Justice W. A. Massey, of Ne-
vada ; and Professor Wilbur Fisk Massey, pro-
fessor of horticulture and botany in North Caro-
lina. The first American ancestor of this family is
not known. Thomas Massey migrated to Pennsyl-
vania before 1687, and lived in Marple, that state.
Samuel Massey and his family came from Cork,
Ireland, to Philadelphia, in 171 1. They were mem-
bers of the Society of Friends. Owing to the
absence of printed records, it has been impossible
to trace the remote ancestry of the present line.

(I) Jonas Dennis Massey lived in Marblehead,
Massachusetts. He served in the revolution both
on land and sea. He was a private in Captain
William Harper's company from March i, 1776,
to January i, 1777. This company was in the artil-
lery service. He was seaman on the brigantine
"Massachusetts" from March 7 to August 31, 1777.
He evidently possessed the sturdy and patriotic
qualities characteristic of the men of his sea-faring
port. He died at Marblehead in the year 1818.

(H) Information about this generation is

(Ill) Stephen Decatur, grandson of Jonas Den-
nis Massey, was, born at IMarblehead, Massachusetts,
in the year 1815. He was in the drug business at
Marlborough, JNIassachusetts, about three years, and
afterwards went to Boston and engaged in the
shoe business as mamifacturcr and broker. He

continued in the shoe business about forty years,
and during the latter part of his life also dealt
quite extensively in real estate. In politics he
was originally a Whig, and afterwards became a
Democrat He married Lucretia Derby Smith,
daughter of Andrew Smith, of Salem, Massachusetts.
They had three children : Horace A., whose sketch
follows; Stephen Decatur (2), and Dudley A.
Stephen Decatur Massey died at Danvcrs, Massachu-
setts, about 1872-74.

(IV) Florace Andrew, eldest of the three sons
of Stephen Decatur and Lucretia D. (Smith)
Massey, was born in Boston, ^Massachusetts, June
17, 1840. He was educated in the common schools
of Boston and Chelsea, Massachusetts. In early
life he w^as employed as a clerk by the Union Mutual
Fire Insurance Company of Boston. At the out-
break of the civil war he enlisted in Company B,
First jNIassachusetts Infantry, and served at Wash-
ington, D. C, and at Budd's Ferry, Maryland, about
one year. He was afterwards appointed pay clerk
in the United States navy, and served on the gun-
boat "Anacosti," and later on the ship "Seminole"
and on the "Pawtuxent." About 1886 he left the
naval service at New York, and came to Ports-
mouth, New Hampshire. For a few years after
that ]\Ir. ]\Iassey was engaged in the hotel business
in the White Mountains, but he is now on the
retired list. Mr. Massey belongs to the Sons of the
Revolution, and is prominent in the Masonic fra-
ternity, being a member of Saint John's Lodge,
Washington Chapter, Davenport Council, De Witt
Clinton Commandery, and has attained the thirty-
second degree, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite.
Horace Andrew Massey married Isabelle Stearns
Jones, daughter of Nathan Jones, and niece of Frank
Jones, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. They have
three children: Charlotte L., Horace Andrew (2),
and Frank Jones.

This family has contributed pioneers
COLLINS and valuable citizens to New Hamp-
shire, and is now amiably represented
in many sections of the United States by men in
the learned professions, in business circles, and all
the various activities of modern life. Since it was
first planted in IMassachusetts many marvelous
changes have occurred in the methods of conduct-
ing business, and men's ideas and controlling in-
fluences have been greatly modified. It is easy to
conceive that, when the patriarch of the family
settled in Salisbury, Massachusetts, the luxuries en-
joyed by the people there w-ere few and their
methods of progress were extremely primitive as

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