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Port Chester, New York, two years ; Gorham. New
Hampshire, one year, and in 1888 settled in Berlin,
New Hampshire, where he has since resided. He
had charge of the plumbing and heating department
of Llodgdon & Crowell works until 1901, and then
he formed a partnership with Lyman U. Cole, un-
der the firm name of Burbank & Cole, and engaged



in the hardware business. In 1902 he bought his
partner's interest, and since then the firm name has
been the Burbank Company, with Mr. Burbank at
the head of the business. He has been a prosperous
business man, and he is a stockholder in the City
National Bank of Berlin. His place of business was
burned at the time of the Clement Opera House
fire, January 4, 1905, and he lost a large amount, but
he got to work at once and secured new quarters
and was able to hold his business. A little later he
bought out one of the older business houses, which
gave him additional trade. He never was much in-
terested in politics, but devoted much of his spare
time to secret societies, holding high offices in sev-
eral. He is a member and a past grand of Berlin
Lodge, No. 89, Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
and was for several years secretary. He served
as district deputy grand master for Coos district,
and was instrumental in forming Berlin Encamp-
ment, No. 35, Independent Order Odd Fellows, and
was the first chief patriarch and was afterward ap-
pointed district deputy grand patriarch. He mustered
Canton City of Berlin No. 19, Patriarchs Militant,
Independent Order Odd Fellows, and was elected
the first captain. He was afterward appointed ban-
nerett on staff of the department commander, ser-
ving in that capacity for six years. He assisted in
forming Maida Rebekah Lodge, No. 75, Independ-
ent Order Odd Fellows, and was voted the Decora-
tion of Chivalry by the department council for his
services in the cause of Odd-fellowship, being the
first voted to any chevalier in the state. He was
charter member of and assisted in forming many
other orders and held high offices in each. He be-
longed to the Knights of the Maccabees, Royal Ar-
canum, Red Men, Uniform Order Pilgrim Fathers,
Golden Cross, and Independent Order of Foresters,
and was a past chief ranger and deputy supreme
chief ranger for several years. He formed the New
Hampshire Brigade of Royal Foresters, and was
their first brigadier-general. He represented the
state of New Hampshire at the dedication of the
Foresters Temple at Toronto in 1896. He was the
first captain of Mt. Washington Division No. i,
Knights of the Maccabees, and for several years
was organizer for Maine and New Hampshire
of the Uniform Rank Knights of the Macca-
bees. He is a member of Industry Lodge,
No. 2. Knights of Pythias, of Lewiston,
Maine, and was a charter member of Starr King
Commandery, No. 2T, Lancaster, New Hampshire,
Uniform Rank Knights of Pythias, and got a dis-
charge to become a charter member of Androscog-
gin Commandery, No. 28, Uniform Rank Knights
of Pythias, at Berlin, and was elected second lieuten-
ant ; shortly after being elected was appointed bat-
talion adjutant of the Third Battalion, second reg-
iment of the New Hampshire Brigade. He was a
charter member of Berlin Lodge, No. 618, Benevo-
lent Protective Order of Elks, and its second exalt-
ed ruler, and was elected as delegate to the na-
tional convention at Salt Lake City. He was a
member and past master of Sabatis Lodge. No. 95,
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of Berlin, New
Hampshire, a member and past patron of Starr
King Chapter, No. 32, Order Eastern Star, a member
of North Star Royal Arcanum Chapter of Lancas-
ter. New Hampshire ; Evening Star Council, Royal
and Select Masters, of Colebrook, New Hampshire ;
Edward A. Raymond Consistory, thirty-second de-
gree. Sublime Princes of the Royal Secret, of
Nashua ; Bektash Temple, Ancient Arabic Order
Nobles of the ^lystic Shrine, Concord. He is also a
member of the Sons of the American Revolution,

gaining that privilege from Captain Eliphalet Bur-
bank, who served in the Continental army. He mar-
ried, February 13, 1880, Minnie G. Dingley, of Lew-
iston, Maine, who was born July 19, 1859, in Law-
rence, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of
George and Carrie (Black) Dingley, of Lawrence,
Massachusetts, and a distant relative of Governor
Nelson Dingley, of Maine. They have three chil-
dren : Arthur F., Eva G. and Lester H.

This name is of the class called locative
LANE surnames, that is, those showing where

the person lived, "John atte Lane,"
"William at Lane," are often found in English
records of four hundred years ago, and show that
the person named lived in a narrow street. Lane
is of English origin, but for hundreds of years has
been found in all four quarters of Great Britain.
Among the early settlers of New England there
were at least a dozen named Lane. There is a tradi-
tion that William Lane of Boston had two brothers,
cordwainers in Beverly, or Gloucester, Massachu-
setts, and in Maine., were nephews of William Lane,
of Dorchester, Massachusetts, who in 1635 came
from Norfolk county, England, whose two adult
sons, Andrew and George, settled in Hingham,
Massachusetts. The Lane family of this article
is notable for the number and local prominence
of its members in military affairs, three generations
having been captains in the revolutionary war.
Since the revolutionary period the Lanes have been
equally prominent in the pursuit of peaceful occu-

(I) William Lane, referred to above as of Hing-
ham, was probably an old man when he came to
this country with his sons, and is found at Dor-
chester as early as 1635. In 1637 he received sev-
eral grants of land there amounting in all to eight
acres. He was among the seventy-one accepted
inhabitants of the town in 1641, and on December
7 of that year he relinquishel his grant to Thomp-
son's Island for the purpose of a public school.
The first public school in America was established
at Dorchester, in 1639, and William Lane with
others relinquished their grants on Thompson's Is-
land that it might be devoted to school purposes.
He was evidently a man of means and a very good
citizen who enjoyed the esteem of his fellows. His
last years were spent in the home of his daughter
Mary, who was the widow of Joseph Long, and he
di-ed in 1658. His will was dated December 28,
1650. The inventory amounted to £82, 10 shillings
and Syy pence, and the daughter was made residuary
legatee after paying bequests of £32. His children
were Elizabeth, Mary, Annis, George, Sarah and

(II) George, elder son of William Lane, was
born in England, and was one of the early planters
of Hingham, Massachusetts. He was among the
thirty proprietors of that town, and on September
18, 1635, drew his house lot of five acres, situated
on the main street, which is now North street.
His lot is described as "No. 21, from the cove on
the north side of the road to Fort Hill." In the
next three divisions his land was increased to
twenty acres besides thirteen acres in the common
lands. He was a shoemaker by ti-ade, and was ev-
idently prominent in the community as shown by
his rating of six pounds, six shillings and eight
pence for the building of the new meeting house,
which rate was laid October 9, 1680. Upon the
assignment of seats in the new building he was as-
signed to "seate under ye pulpit" and his wife to a
"sitting in the fore seate for the women in the body



of the meeting house." He died June 11, 1688,
and was survived nearly eight years by his widow,
who passed away March 26, 1695. She was Sarah,
daughter of Walter and Mary (Frye) Harris, and
died in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Walter Harris
came to America in 1632, and was about twenty
years at Weymouth, Massachusetts, and died in
Dorchester, November 6, 1654. He was survived
by his widow less than three months. The chil-
dren of George and Sarah Lane were baptized in
Hingham, namely : Sarah, Hannah, Josiah, Sus-
anna, Elizabeth, 'John, Ebenezer, Mary and Peter.
(HI) John, second son and fifth child of George
and Sarah (Harris) Lane, was born January 20,
1648, in Hingham. He was known in that town
as "John Lane, shoemaker," to distinguish him
from John Lane, carpenter, of the same town. He
served as constable of Hingham in 1689. About 1694
he removed to Norton, Massachusetts, and settled
on the boundary between that town and Attleboro.
It is apparent that he owned land in Attleboro,
as he was taxed one pound for the town debt, there
in 1696, and was chosen grand juryman March 22,
1697. In 1710 he was rated in Norton for building
the first meeting house, and was on a committee in
171 1 to secure the incorporation of the precinct of
Norton. He died in that town November 23, 1712.
His gravestone gives his age as sixty-two years,
which would make him born about 1650. He was
married (first). June 18, 1674, to Mehitable, daughter
of Jonathan and Jane Llobart. She was born in
Hingham, July 4, 1651, and baptized when two
weeks old. She was seated January 5, 1682, "in
the fift seate next ye pew of the wife of John
Lane, shoemaker." She died February 15, 1690,
in Hingham, in her thirty-ninth year. John Lane
married (second), about 1693, Sarah Briggs, who
was admitted to the church in Norton, on profes-
sion of faith in 1718, and died November 12, 1727,
aged eighty-three years. John Lane's children are
recorded in Hingham, Rehoboth, Attleboro and
Norton : baptisms are in the Rehoboth church rec-
ords. By his first wife there were: Samuel, Pris-
cilla, ]\Iary, Asa, and a child who was drowned
September 16, 1692. By Sarah Briggs he had
Ephraim. John, Benjamin, Sarah, Meletiah and

(IV) Ephraim, sixth child of John Lane and
eldest child of his second wife, Sarah, was born
June 24, T694, in Rehoboth. He was admitted to
full communion with the church in Norton, in 1715,
and was tithingman in 1719. He was married, Jan-
uary 10, 1717, to Ruth "Shepperson," who united
with the church in Norton, in I7f8. She was a
daughter of John and Eliza Shepherdson, of At-
tleboro, Massachusetts. They have many descend-
ants in Norton and vicinity. Their children were :
Ephraim, Elkanah, Ruth (died in infancy), Ruth,
Jonathan, Abigail and Samuel.

(V) Elkanah, second son and' child of Ephraim
and Ruth (Shepherdson) Lane, was born April i,
1719, in Norton, and was baptized on the thirtieth
of the November following. He removed with his
two sons and daughter to Swanzey, New Llamp-
shire, previous to the Revolution. There he joined
the Minute Men under Captain Joseph Hammond,
April 21, 1775, and marched at sunrise, April 25,
for Concord and Lexington, Massachusetts. The
town paid him for fifteen days' service at Cam-
bridge, Massachusetts, and for five days in the
miiitia at another time, one pound, nine shillings
and three pence. He was a member of the commit-
tee of correspondence and inspection for Swanzey,
under the Continental Congress. He was selectman

of Swanzey in 1785, and as such certified on June
II that James Green was wounded at the battle of
Bunker Hill and was worthy of attention from the
general court. Mr. Lane died in Swanzey, Deccm-
l)er 6, 181 1, in his ninety-third year. He was mar-
ried June ID, 1742, by Rev. Joseph Avery, to Han-
nah Tingley, of Attleboro, Massachusetts, who died
September 15, 1772, aged fifty-two years. Their
children were born in Norton, namely: Hannah,
Elkanah, Luke, Ruth, Samuel and Abigail.

(VI) Samuel, third son and fifth child of El-
kanah and Hannah (Tingley) Lane, was born Jan-
uary 9, 1759, in Norton, Massachusetts, and re-
moved with his father to Swanzey, New Hampshire.
He was a Revolutionary soldier and marched to
Ticonderoga, October 21, 1776, and served until No-
vember 16, a period of twenty-six days. He was
then about seventeen years old. He was among
those mustered at Walpole, New Hampshire, in
May, 1777, being then eighteen years old, and en-
listed in June in Grigg's company, Alexander Scam-
mel's regiment, Continental troops, June 4, 1777.
After this service he received the town's bounty
of ten pounds, sixteen shillings and eight pence.
He was selectman of Swanzey in 1792. He was
married. June 15, 1785, to Eunice, daughter of
Elisha Scott. She was born June 15, 1766, and died
November 28, 1825. Mr. Lane lived for a time in
Winchendon, Massachusetts, and removed thence
to Northfield in that state in 1807. He died Jan-
uary 26, 1845. His children were: Samuel, Elijah,
Elisha, Ezekiel, Luther and Lucy. (Ezekiel and
children are mentioned in this article).

(VII) Elijah, second son and child of Samuel
and Eunice (Scott) Lane, was born October 2,1788,
in Swanzey, twin of Elisha. Both lived and reared
families. He was a member of the Congregational
Society of Swanzey from December 26, 1809, and
resided in that town. He died there May 16, 1851.
He was married, January 29, 1815, to Fanny Scott,
of Winchester, who died March 14, 1871. Their
children were : Maria P., Luther Scott, Elliott W.,
Fann}^ F., Ebenezer F. and Eunice F.

(VIII) Ebenezer Frink, third son and fifth child
of Elijah and Fanny (Scott) Lane, was born No-
vember 20, 1824, in Swanzey, and lived on the same
farm in that town for thirty-five years. He was
married August 14, 1850, to Hannah Porter, daugh-
ter of Chester Lyman, who was commissioned cap-
tain in the war of 1812 by James Madison, presi-
dent. She was born May 21, 1829, and died May
22. 1886. Their children were : Henry C, Edgar
W., Hattie M., Chester L. and Maria F.

(IX) Chester Lyman, third son and fourth child
of Ebenezer F. and Hannah Porter (Lyman) Lane,
was born April 9, 1857, i" the family homestead in
West Swanzey. He was educated in the public
schools of the town and early took employment in
the pail factory of George F. Lane & Son, where
he continued for ten or twelve years. He purchased
a farm on the border of E^st Swanzey village.
where he now resides, and is numbered among the
successful farmers of the town. He also engaged
in the lumber business, and in 1900 with George
Whitcomb and Levi Fuller purchased the pail and
bucket factory in East Swanzey. in which he had
been employed as a boy and young man. He has
been active in conducting the town affairs and
served for several years efficiently as road agent.
He has served as selectman and was representative
in the state legislature in 1903-04, serving on the
insurance committee. He is a member of the
Grange, of the Knights of the Golden Cross, is a
member of Monadnock Lodge, No. 8, Free and Ac-



cepted Masons : Cheshire Chapter, Royal and Se-
lect Masters ; and Hugh DePayen Commandery,
Knights Templar. He was married, September 27,
1879, to Emma Florence, daughter of Nathan and
Emily B. (Harris) Newell. She was born January
30, 1862, in Bloomington, Illinois, and is the mother
of the following children : Ralph Waldo, Flor-
ence S. (deceased), Zora Alice, Lora Agnes, Ches-
ter E., Earl N., Raymond L. and Kenneth P.

(VH) Ezekiel, fourth son and child of Samuel
and Eunice (Scott) Lane, was born September 28,
1790, in Swanzey. He was one of the most pros-
perous agriculturists of Swanzey, and his farm of
three hundred and fifty acres was located some
three miles east of Swanzey Centre. His interest in
local public affairs, as well as in all other matters
relative to the general welfare of the town, was
frequently emphasized, and his citizenship was of
a character well worthy of emulation. In politics
he was a whig. He died May 16, 1851. On Feb-
ruary 3, 1814, he married Rachel Thayer Fish, who
was born in Swanzey, July 2^, 1796, daughter of
Farnham Fish. They were the parents of Farnham
Fish, born March 15, 1816; George Farrington, Feb-
ruary 21, 1818; Alonzo Franklin. December 28,
1819; Ezekiel Francis, April 27, 1823; Elisha Fred-
erick, who will receive further mention presently;
Alpheus Ferdinand, July 3, 1828; Ezra Fish, De-
cember 14, 1830; Rachel Caroline, April i, 1833,
married (first), Alonzo Mason, and (second). J.
Woodward; Nathaniel Fayette, February 21, 1839,
was killed in the Civil war; and Sarah Josephine,
January 8, 1842, became the wife of Adoniram Jud-
son Van Armun, of Hartford, Vermont, June 8.
1862. The two first born of this family died in in-
fancy, and the mother of these children died in
Keene. May 17, 1880.

(VIII) Elisha Frederick, seyenth son and child'
of Ezekiel and Rachel Thayer (Fish) Lane, was
born in Swanzey, April 29, 1826. Having acquired
a good education, which was concluded in Hancock,
New Hampshire, he was for some time engaged
in educational pursuits, teaching schools in War-
wick. Massachusetts. Swanzey Factory and East
.Swanzey. In 1849 he became associated with his
l)rothers Alpheus F. and Ezra F. in purchasing and
operating a mill privilege in Marlboro, this state,
and for a period of seven years was engaged in the
manufacture of wooden-ware. In 1857 he was ap-
pointed deputy sheriff, and two years later estab-
lished his residence in Keene. In i86x he was
named by the secretary of the treasury, Salmon P.
Chas^, as United States assessor, retaining that
office for two years, when he was advanced to the
responsible post of deputy collector for Cheshire
county and continued as such until the war taxes
were abolished. In 1870 he was elected sheriff
of Cheshire county, in which capacity he served
with unquestionable energy and fidelity for three
years, or until the successful predominance at the
polls of the opposing political party. He then be-
came interested in railway enterprises, manufac-
turing industries and the development of real es-
tate. He was one of the promoters of the Ashuelot
railroad, after it had passed into the hands of a
trustee, retaining his shares in that corporation
long after its sale to the Connecticut River Railroad
Company, and was a director and treasurer of the
first-named company, the Connecticut River, Ver-
mont Valley and Sullivan County railways. When
the Connecticut River road was absorbed by the
Boston and Maine system he disposed of his inter-
ests in railway enterprises. He has erected two
(arge business blocks in Keene, which bear his

name, and has a third building of a similar charac-
ter in process of construction. He is president of
and principal stockholder in the Lancaster Shoe
Company (incorporated), has been a director of the
Keene National Bank for the past forty years, of
which he served as president, and in various other
ways has actively participated in forwarding the busi-
ness interests of Keene. Mr. Lane's contributions
to the substantial growth and development of Keene
have not been confined to his numerous personal
building operations. He was an especially active
factor in causing the erection of the Young Men's
Christian Association building (and the payment of
its debt) ; the museum, and indeed the best part of
the business portion of Keene was built under the
impetus of his wise judgment and knowledge.
Politically he is a Republican. He is an advanced
Mason, being a member of the Blue Lodge, Chap-
ter, Coimcil and Commandery. As a member of
the First Congregational Church he is prominently
identified with religious work, and was largely in-
strumental in organizing the local Young Men's
Christian Association. In concluding this brief out-
line of Mr. Lane's busy and successful life it is
both just and proper to add that his high personal
character, public-spirited generosity and long con-
tinued interest in behalf of the welfare and pros-
perity of Keene, have won the genuine admiration
and esteem of his fellow citizens, and although he
has reached the venerable period of an octogenarian,
it is their sincere hope that his removal from their
midst may prove to be an occurrence far remote
from the present.

On March 15, 1849, Mr. Lane married Susan
M. Fish, who died March 31, 1867, and September
15 of the following year he married for his second
wife Harriet P. Wilder, whose birth took place in
Keene, April 4, 1836. Hubert E., the only child of
his first union, was born March 19, 1854. The chil-
dren of his second marriage are : Henry W., born
April 2, 1871 : Susanna Grace, born September 15.
1876: and Harriet M., born July 6, 1879. The
family homestead, which occupies a most desirable
location on lower Main street, possesses consider-
able historic interest, as it is the original site of
the first meeting house ever 'erected in Cheshire

(Second Family.)
(I) William Lane, above referred to as
LANE of Boston, the earliest of this line of
whom we have record, was a cordw^ainer
of Boston in 1650. His first wife was Mary, who
had four children: Samuel (died young), Samuel,
John and Mar^^ His second wife was Mary
Brewer, and she had four children : Sarah, Wil-
liam, Elizabeth and Ebenezer. (William and de-
scendants are noticed in this article).

(II) Captain John, son of William and Mary
Lane, was born in Boston, February 5, 1654. In
1674 John Lane was a cordwainer in Boston. In
March, 1675, when twenty-two years old, he was a
soldier in King Philip's war, in the same company
where his brother Samuel served under Captain
Poole. There is no further trace of this John Lane,
unless he is the John Lane who lived a while in
Hampton and then became Captain John Lane, of
York county, Maine. In November, 1692, when he
married in Newbury, Massachusetts, he was Mr.
John Lane. Ten years later he is called Captain
John Lane, and so afterwards. In 1699, December
TO, John Lane of Newbury, gave a deed of land to
John Frost, of the Isle of Shoals. About 1708
"Captain Lane is mentioned among the brave men
of the garrison." He afterwards. served as captain





in the province of Maine, and in 1717 was com-
mander at Fort Mary, Winter Harbor, near Bid-
deford, at the mouth of Saco river, where he died
and was buried about 1720. John Lane married,
November, 1693, Johannah Davinson, and by her
had : Abigail, John and Mary, and probably Jabez
and other children.

(Ill) Captain John (2). son of Captain John
(i) and Joanna (Davinson) Lane, was born in
Hampton, March i, 1702. He entered the military
service early under his father, was a lieutenant, and
at the death of his father became captain. He
served in various places in Maine, and became fa-
mous in fighting the Lidians. In a report to Lieu-
tenant Governor Dummen, dated York, 21 April,
1724, Colonel Thomas Westbrook says with regret,
that "Lieutenant John Lane has been so imprudent
as to suffer his men to kill sundry creatures be-
longing to the people of the County of York. He
did not deny the fact, and made satisfaction to the
people." He lived at York, Biddeford, Broad Bay,
St. George, etc. In the French war. which com-
menced in 1744, the Indians burned his house, and
"he enlisted a company under Colonel Harmon and
met them in battle at Norridgewock." "When the
province granted bounties for scalps he was out all
the winter of 1744-45, after the St. Johns Indians."
He was captain of a company in the expedition
against Louisburg under Sir William Pepperill, and
after the surrender was mustered out in June, 1745.
He was soon after taken sick, sent to Boston, and
was unable to serve again till April, 1746, when he
was given command of a company on the eastern
frontier, but he suffered a relapse and did not re-
cover for many months, being at his home in York
with his wife and three small children, suffering
from sickness and poverty, so that in February,
1748, he received seven pounds from the general
court, and again in April, 1749, the legislature voted
five pounds for his relief, and on December 7, 1749,
four pounds. In the next war against the French
and Indians he was at Boston. in April, 1758. with
a company of Biddeford men, and served in the
expedition against Crown Point. But a return of
this company, dated October 11, 1756, reports Cap-
tain John Lane Sr. as dead, and the command as
devolving on his son, John Lane Jr. It is supposed
that he died in the service of his country, at the
age of fifty-four, and was buried not far from
Crown Point, Essex county, New York. He mar-
ried, about 1733, Mary, daughter of Peter Nowell,
of York, Maine, and had five children : John,
Henry, Joanna, Daniel, and Jabez. His three sons,
John, Daniel and Jabez, were "splendid looking
men. possessed of great physical powers and per-
sonal bravery. They inherited the military spirit
of their father, and each of them became a captain
in the revolutionary war."

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