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Charles I. Smith; Nettie May, wife of Charles Fur-
bush, of Somersworth, New Hampshire; Nina, who
married Gardner G. Lord of Acton, Maine; and

(VII) Orrin Newton, eldest child of Isaac (2)
and Harriet (Miller) Hussey, was born in Acton,
February 22, 1866. He was educated in the common
schools of Acton and North Shapleigh. After leav-
ing school he worked in the factories of Burleigh
and Usher, learned the art of shoe cutting, worked
in different factories as inspector of uppers, and
finally had charge of a cutting room in Lynn, Mass-
achusetts. In September, 1899, he bought the store
fixtures of Levi Pinkham, of Farmington, New Hamp-
shire, and put in a new stock of shoes, and has since
carried on a successful business. He is financially
sound, and is one of the trustees of the Farmington
Savings Bank. He is a staunch Republican, has
been treasurer of the precinct for some years; was
secretary of the Strafford County Republican Con-
vention in the fall of 1906, and the same year was
nominated for the legislature for Farmington, and
at the election following received the largest vote
of any candidate for office in Farmington in that
year. He served in the legislative session of 1907
and was a member of the Committee on Banks. He
is a member and junior warden of Fraternal Lodge,

No. 71, Free and Accepted Masons, of Farmington;
of Olive Branch Lodge, No. 28, Independent Order
of Odd Fellows, and also the Encampment, both
of South Berwick, Maine. He is prelate of Harmony
Lodge, No. II, Knights of Pythias, of Farmington,
and is a member and warden of the Free Baptist
Church of Farmington. He married, February 10,
1893, at Lyman, Maine, Lucy A. Goodwin, of that
place, daughter of Jacob and Rhoda (Smith) Good-

(Second Family.)

Captain Joseph Hussey, a brother of
HUSSEY Christopher, was of Hampton, which

he represented in the legislature in
1672. Robert Hussey was taxed in Dover in 1659.
Other settlers of this name were in New England
at an early date. Some of the above named were
of kin, but the records fail to show what if any
relation any of them bore to Richard Hussey, the
first known ancestor of the following line.

(I) Richard Hussey, with his wife Jane, settled
in Dover, New Hampshire, about 1690. June 20,
1696, he sells for a consideration of fifty pounds to
Leonard Weeks, of Portsmouth, his interest in thirty
acres of upland adjoining the Great Bay in Dover.
He is called in the deed "a weaver." February 25,
1710, he sells to Benjamin Weymouth for thirteen
pounds a tract of land situated at a garrison called
Sligoe (now Somersworth), containing thirty acres,,
bounded by land of said Weymouth, by land of
Joseph Roberts, and southward by the lot called
Cowell's. He had a grant of land in the Great Bay
below the present city of Dover. He died previous
to August 21, 1733, at which time his son Richard
was appointed administrator of Jane Hussey's estate.
The children of Richard and Jane Hussey were :
Richard, Job, Robert, Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth,
Eleanor, Abigail, Jane, William, Margaret and Ben-

(II) William, tenth child and fifth son of Rich-
ard and Jane Hussey, was born March 24, 1711. He
was a "Friend," and in a deed is called "a taylor,"
but in his will he describes himself as "a husband-
man." He died January 22, 1778. His will dated
"27th of 7th Month of 1777," was probated the
second Wednesday of Februar}^, 1778. He mentions
his wife, Hannah, sons Paul, William, Timothy, and
Stephen, and daughters Mercy Hussey, JNIary Fry
and Abigail Varney. He married, near 1730, Han-
nah Robinson, who was born November 21. 1707,
and died April 20, 1793, daughter of Timothy and
Mary (Roberts) Robinson. JNIary Robinson was the
daughter of John and Abigail (Nutter) Roberts, and
Abigail Nutter was the daughter of Hatevil and
Anne Nutter. (See Nutter).

(III) Paul, son of William and Hannah (Robin-
son) Hussey, was born in 1730, and died November
22, 1796. He married as early as 1760, Mary,
daughter of Joseph and Peniel (Bean) Hall. Joseph
Hall and Peniel Bean were married in Dover, De-
cember 19, 1731. He was the son of Ralph and
Mary (Chesley) Hall. Ralph Hall and Mary Ches-
ley were married in Dover, May 26, J701. Mary
(Hall) Hussey died in 1813. The children of Paul
Hussey were: Huldah, Daniel, Elijali and Micajah.

(IV) Daniel, eldest son and second child of
Paul and Mary (Hall) Hussey, was born September
22, 1750. He married Margaret Garland, of Lebanon,
Maine, who was born September 3, 1768. Their chil-
dren were : Ezekiel, Hannah, Mary, Jonathan,
David, Huldah, Olive, Elijah, Paul and Joan or
Johanna. Ezekiel, born 1787, married, December 7,
1815, !Mercy Horn, of Rochester, and they had : Jane,
Daniel and Oliver P.' Jonathan, born April 20, 1793,



married (first), November i, 1819, Polly Hayes, who
was born August 2Z, 1787, and died January 15,
1849; (second) August 29, 1849, Joan Flagg. He died
January 25, 1863. His children were: Mary,
Charles, Elijah ^Nl., Rosina and Jonathan Jackson.
Huldah, born April 25, i797, ma-rried, March 21,
1824, Benjamin E. Page, of Rgchester, and died Au-
gust 20, 1879. Olive, born November 5, 1799, mar-
ried, March 27, 183 1, Benjamin, son of William and
Alice Coleman Furber. She died at Somersworth,
October 4, 1871. Elijah, born April 28, 1801, mar-
ried a Miss Moore, and had Charles, Luther, Au-
gustina and Elvira.

(V) Paul, ninth child and fifth son of Daniel and
Margaret (Garland) Hussey, was born in Rochester,
May 2, 1803, and ^ied October 28, 1871. He 'was a
farmer and resided in Rochester. He married,
March 5, 1828, Nancy Colbath, who was born No-
vember 6, 1800, and died February 9, 1872. Their
children were: Joanna, George Dame, Hannah,
Daniel, IMartha Frances, Paul Freeman, Louis Mc-
Duffee, Walter Scott and Charles Burney. Joanna
was born December 17, 1828, and died October, 1876.
George Dame, born May 14, 1831, married, ]\larch 8,
1859, Mary Jane Foss, who was born September 6,
1839, and died September 18, 1886. They had eight
children: Clara, Laura Frances, Mabel Eldorado,
George, Charles Lincoln, Annie Mary, Albert War-
ren and Frank. Hannah, born April 30, 1832, mar-
ried, November 15, 1848, George Allison, of Grut-
land, Yorkshire, England. Daniel, born May 23,
1833 married, April 22, 1855, Mary Frances Evans,
of Rochester, born March 23, 1833. They had two
children : Edward H. and Frank Evans. ALirtha
Frances, born January 20, 1835, married, February
12, 1862, Joseph Warren Colbath, of Exeter. She
died December 10, 1906. Paul Freeman, born in
Rochester, April 6, 1836, married, January i, 1878,
Mary Elizabeth Kimball. He died December i, 1893,
leaving one child, Freeman Garfield. Louis iNIc-
Dufifee is mentioned below. Walter Scott, born
April 6, 1840, married (first), January 23, 1864,
Emily Pinkham, who died May 13, 1891 ; and (sec-
ond), November 27, 1893, Addie F. Morrill, born
April 19, 1869. They had three children : Cora
Edith, J\laud E., and Walter Lewis. Charles Burney,
born November 19, 1844, was a member of Company
H, Ninth Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer
Infantry, was wounded and taken prisoner at the
battle of Spottsylvania Court house and died in a
Confederate prison at Richmond, Virginia, May 31,

(VI) Captain Louis McDuffce, seventh child and
fourth son of Paul and Nancy (Colbath) Hussey,
was born in Rochester, November 6, 1837. He en-
listed in Company B, First Regiment, New Hamp-
shire Volunteer Infantry, at the beginning of the
Civil war, being the second soldier enlisted from the
town of Rochester. He was mustered in May 2,
1861, and served until August 9, 1861, when he was
mustered out. He re-enlisted in Company A, Fourth
Regiment, New Plampshire Volunteers, and was
made sergeant. He was mustered in September 18,
1861, re-enlisted January i, 1864, and was mustered
out August 23, 1865. Battles engaged in were : Poca-
taligo. Morris Island, Seige of Wayne, Seige of
Sumter, Bermuda Hundred, Drury's Bluff, Cold
Harbor, Hatcher's Run, Seige of Petersburg, "The
INIine," New IMarkct Heights, Fort Fisher. He was
promoted to first lieutenant of Company A, No-
vember 9, 1864, and captain of Company C. Fourth
Regiment, February 17, 1865. He was employed in
the shoe factories of Rochester from the time of his
return from the army until he retired. He was

the first marshall of Rochester after it became a city,
and served in that important office one year. He
is a member of Humane Lodge, Free and Accepted
Masons; Temple Chapter, Royal Arch Mason. He
married, October 22, 1896, Harriet E. Dame, who was
born in Rochester, 1843, and died January 4, 1902.
She was a daughter of Levi and Olive (Garland)
Dame, of Rochester.

(I) John Hussey lived and died in Lebanon,
Maine. He married Joyce Clark, by whom he had
seven children : John, Richard, Reuben, Stephen,
Eliza, Mary and Lottie.

(II) Richard, second son of John and Joyce
(Clark) Hussey, was born February 16, 1783, and
died February i, 1868, aged eighty-five years. He
was a farmer in Acton, Maine, and died in that town.
He married Alice Thompson, who was born January
30, 1792, in Shapleigh, Maine, and died January 9,
1861. Seven children were born of this union:
John, iMiles, Harriet, Joyce, Miriam, Ann M. and
Alexander T.

(III) John, eldest child of Richard and Alice
(Thompson) Hussey, was born in Acton, May 18,
1810, and died September 30, 1892. When a young
man he removed to Somersworth, New Hampshire,
learned the carpenter's trade, and was a lifelong
carpenter and builder. He married Mary Locke,
who was born August 31, 1812, and died March 31,
1901, daughter of Simon and Oliver (Chadbourne)
Locke, of Barrington, New Hampshire. Nine chil-
dren were born to them: Olive, Howard E., Mary
E., John S., Ann M., Harriet, Charles M., Freeman
F. and £tta G. Olive was born in 1836, and died at
the age of twenty-one. Floward E., resided in
Somersworth. Mary E., married Oilman C. Robin-
son, and resided in South Exeter, Maine. John
lived in Somersworth. Ann M. married Perkins F.
Mott. Harriet G., died in infancy. Charles M., of
Somersworth. Freeman is mentioned below. Etta
G., married Charles Hodgdon, and lives in Somers-

(IV) Freeman Alexander, eighth child ■ and
fourth son of John and Mary (Locke) Hussey, was
born in Somersworth, January 23, 1852. When about
nineteen years old he began to learn the baker's
trade with James A. Locke, with whom he remained
until JNlay 1879, and then bought out his employer
and carried on the business until 1902, when he
retired. This _ was one of the largest and best
equipped bakeries in Strafiford county, and employed
four or five n:en the greater part of the time. Hav-
ing a thorough practical knowledge of the business,
Mr. Hussey carried it on with success and made
money wdiich he invested in other paying enter-
prises. He has been a director in the Somersworth
National Bank, and a trustee in the Somersworth
Savings Bank for some years. His political faith is
staunchly Republican, and his party has placed
him in various offices, the duties
he has acceptably discharged. In
1888 he was a member of the
selectmen. After the incorporation of
was elected alderman and served three
member from Ward Three. In 1900 he was elected
representative to the general court, and served at
the following session. He is a member of Libanus
Lodge, No. 49, Free and Accepted Masons; Edwards
Royal Arch Chapter, No. 21; and St. Paul Com-
mandcry, Knights Templar; also of Washington
Lodge, No. 4, Independent Order of Odd Fellows,
of which he is a past grand; and of Great Falls
Encampment, No. 15. He and Mrs. Hussey are
members of the Free Baptist Church, in which' he is
a chief warden.

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He married, October 23, 1878, Celia A. E. Fall,
of Somersworth, who was born July 17, 1855, daugh-
ter of Noah L. and Amanda (James) Fall. Three
children have been born to them : Leona E., born
May 5, 1880, married, May 25, 1903, Jordan S.
Savithes, of Lowell, Massachusetts, and has one
child, Edith Dorothea, born June 17, 1904; Edith
Amanda, born July 17, 1882; Kirke Herbert, born
:\larch 28, 1884, died young.

The Husseys of the following sketch
HUSSEY are probably of the descendants of,
John Hussey, of Dorking, England,
and of his son, Christopher Hussey, deacon and
captain, who is supposed to have landed in Charles-
town, Massachusetts, July 23, 1630.

(I) Micajah Hussey was a resident of Farming-
ton in the latter part of the eighteenth century. He
married Olive Hanson.

(H) Silas Hussey, son of Micajah Hussey, was
"born in Farmington, in 1795, and died in 1869 in
Rochester, where his entire life had been spent
in tilling the soil successfully. He married Lucy
Varney, and their children were : Maria, Stephen,
George, John. Silas, Sarah E.. Daniel and James,
twins : Hannah A., James, Oliver W.

(HI) Silas (2), fifth child of Silas (i) and Lucy
(Varney) Hussey, was born in Rochester, New
Hampshire, January 24, 1828. He grew up on his
lather's farm, and was educated in the common
schools. When a young man he went to Rockport,
Massachusetts, and learned the art of cutting granite.
In 1849 he heard of Marshall's discovery of gold
in Sutton's Millrace in California, and at once de-
cided to go to the newly discovered Eldorado. So
he made his way by the Cape Horn route to the land
of gold, starting November, 1849, and reaching San
Francisco, May, 1850 after spending one hundred and
•seventy-seven days on the route. He at once went
to the mines at Middle Fork, American river, and
there until 1853 was w^orking at placer mining. In
1863 he returned to California via the Isthmus route,
and was fifteen months engaged in contracting on
the Central Pacific railroad. In these four years he
made more money than he could have made in New-
Hampshire, but saved only enough to amount to
fair wages. Soon after his return to Rochester he
engaged in mercantile business for a short time, and
then returned to the granite business and contracting
w-hich he has followed most of his life. Previous
to 1895 he had put in the foundations for the prin-
■cipal business blocks in Rochester. In 1881 he built
a twin arch bridge across the Cocheco, in the main
street of Rochester, and in 1883 erected the monu-
ment to the soldiers of the Civil war in the park of
that place. For the first of these contracts he re-
ceived $13,800, and for the other $2,500. In 1869 he
represented Rochester in the legislature, being elected
on the Republican ticket. He has also served as
police judge and deputy sheriff. For some years
Tie was chairman of the town and county Deco-
cratic committee and a member of the state Demo-
cratic committee. For forty-six years justice of the
peace, and for ten years state justice. Since 1896
lie has been independent in policies. He married
April 18', 1854, Rosanna A. Hussey. who was born
in Rochester, daughter of Jonathan and Mary
(Hayes) Hussey. Seven children were born to
them: Mary. 1856, died 1866. Lucy. 1858, died
young. Frank, mentioned below. George. • 1862,
-died young. Grace, died young. Angle. 1870. mar-
ried Edward Leighton, and died in 1891. Mabel,
1871. married A. L. Marshall, of Newport. Rhode

(IV) Frank, only living son of Silas (2) and
Rosanna A. (Hussey) Hussey, was born in Roches-
ter, in i860, and educated in the common schools
of that town. For some years he was engaged by
his father as overseer in his business. In 1894 he
entered the employ of the Swift Packing Company,
and in 1897 was made manager of that company's
business at Rochester, and still holds the place. In
politics he is an independent. During the year of
1898 and 1899 he was a member of the Rochester
police force. In 1906 he was elected to a seat in
the common council on the Republican ticket. He
is a member of Dover Lodge, Benevolent Protective
Order of Elks, and of the Ancient Order of United
Workmen, of Rochester. He married (first), Luella
Wellman ; one child was born of this union, ^Mildred,
born 1881, now the wife of Frank Gleason, of Haver-
hill, IMassachusetts. He was married (second),
October 16, 1892, Teresa Burger, who was born in
Roxbury, Massachusetts, 1864, daughter of Anton
and Elizabeth (Bowen) Burger, of Roxbury. They
had two children: Ruth, born 1895, and Silas F.,
born 1899.

(I) Burleigh Hussey was born, lived and died
in Dover, where he was a farmer. He married a
i\Iiss Watson, and they had five children : Charles
Paul, Hoag, Burleigh, John and George.

(II) Charles Paul, eldest son of Burleeigh Hus-
sey, was born in Dover, November 14, 1830, and died
hi Rochester, August 13, 1894. About 1848 he settled
in Rochester, where he was foreman in the woolen
mills for some years. He was also foreman in
a shoe factory in Haverhill for some time. In 1878
he bought a farm of Silas Hussey, of Rochester, and
lived upon it till his death. In politics he was a
Republican. He was a member of Montolina Lodge,
No. 18, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He
married, 1848, Caroline Watson, who was born Sep-
tember 16, 1828. They had five children : Burleigh,
Charles P., Carrie, jMinnie, and Jay D., whose sketch
next follows.

(III) Jay Dow, youngest child and third son of
Charles P. and Caroline (Watson) Hussey, was born
in Rochester, August 15, 1868. He graduated from
the Rochester high school in the class of 1884, and
then entered the employ of the Boston & Maine
Railroad Company as a telegraph operator at Roches-
ter. After a year service in that capacity he was
sent to Portsmouth, where he was cashier in the
freight department of the road for eight j^ars.
From that time till the present he has been ticket
agent of the -union depot of this road at Rochester.
In politics he is a Republican. In 1897-98-99, he
was a member of the city council of Rochester. He
has been active in this part}-, and has been a delegate
to three state conventions and chairman of his ward
committee for a number of 3-ears. He was the first
chief telegrapher of the Order of Railway Telegra-
phers in Council No. 65, and a member of the
Boston & Maine Agents Association, Council No. 8
of the Boston & I\Iaine Relief Association, the
Order of United American jNIechanics of Ports-
mouth, and Lodge No. 184, Benevolent Protective
Order of Elks, of Dover. He married, January 4,
1887, Maud Cushman, who was born September 15,
1872, daughter of Zebediah and Augusta L. (Her-
rick) Cushman, of Kennebunk, Maine. They have
two children : Maud Frances and Minnie Caroline.

In the tide of immigration that set

WASON into the colon}' of New Hampshire

from Ireland about two centuries ago,

came the ancestor of the Wasons. Like the great

majority of settlers from that island, the immigrant



Wason came to the wilderness of a new country to
bear the hardships and privations and enjoy the free-
dom and advantages of a land in a state of almost .
primitive nature. He proved his good qualities as a
pioneer, was an enterprising and respected citizen,
and became the ancestor of men who today are
among the leading citizens of the state.

(I) James Wason, a native of the parish of
Ballymena, county Antrim, Ireland, was born in 171 1.
When a young man he removed to Portsmouth, New
Hampshire, and subsequently to Nottingham, now
Hudson, where he lived until his death, August 22,
I799> aged eighty-eight. He married at Portsmouth,
New Hampshire, November 30, 1736, Hannah Cald-
well, also a native of Ballymena. She died April 6,
1786, at the age of eighty years.

(H) Lieutenant Thomas, son of James and
Hannah (Caldwell) Wason, born in Hudson, De-
cember 26, 1748, died November 18, 1832. He mar-
ried at Londonderry, December i, 1772. Mary Boyd,
born May 27, 1749, died October 20, 1832, daughter
of Robert Boyd, of Londonderry. She was a grand-
daughter of Robert Boyd, Sr., who with his wife,
whose maiden name was Morrison, emigrated from
Ireland to New England about the year 1720 and set-
tled in Londonderry.

(Ill) Robert, son of Lieutenant Thomas and
Mary (Boyd) Wason, was born in Nottingham W^est,
now Hudson, June 14, 1781. He went to New Bos-
ton, April, 1803, to live with Robert Boyd, his uncle,
who settled on lot No. 30, near Joe English hill,
''being advanced in years." Robert Wason inherited
his uncle's farm and resided upon it for the re-
mainder of his life. He took an active part in
public affairs and served in various offices; He united
with the Presbyterian Church in 1815, and a few
years afterwards was elected elder, which office he
held until his death. Deacon Wason was a man of
great energy, and entered with zeal upon every
enterprise adopted to benefit the church or the
community, so that he was a "doer of the word" as
well as a hearer, and his death, August 7, 1844, aged
sixty-three, was greatly lamented and the loss of
his influence seriously felt. He was married, De-
cember 2, 1808, by Rev. Mr. Bruce, to Nancy, daugh-
ter of John Batchelder, of Mount Vernon. She was
born October 13, 1789, died July 28, 1863, aged sev-
enty-four, having survived her husband nineteen
years. She was a faithful mother, and a woman of
many christian virtues. Children of Robert and
Nancy Wason were: i. Elbridge, see forward. 2.
Louisa. 3. Hiram W., born December 18, 1814, grad-
uated at Amherst, 1838, and later from Andover
Theological Seminary, and then settled at Vevay, In-
diana. 4. Nancy. 5. Mary. 6. Robert Boyd, see for-
ward. 7. Adeline. 8. Caroline. 9. George Austin,
see forward

(IV) Elbridge. eldest son of Deacon Robert and
Nancy (Batchelder) Wason, was born in New
Boston, September 26, 1809, reared in that village
and educated in New Boston and at Pinkerton
Academy, Derry, New Hampshire. He came to Bos-
ton, Massachusetts, March 5, 1832, and entered the
employ of Pierce & Qardner, where he remained
in the position of clerk until September i, 1837, when
he formed a partnership with Henry Pierce, which
continued uninterruptedly until his death, August
19, 1887, a period of fifty years. He was one of
the oldest and best known business men of Boston,
upright and honorable in all his dealings, respected
by all who knew him. He was a member of the
Masons, in which organization he held office at dif-
ferent times. He married (first), April 24, 1851,
Mary Stickney, born June 30, 1809, died August 15,

1863. jMarried (second), May 17, 1865, Mary Isa-
bella Chase, born March 30, 1835, daughter of the
Hon. Leonard Chase, of Milford, New Hampshire.
Two children were born of this marriage : ISIary
Isabella, born January 11, 1867, married, June 4,
1890, Jesse S. Wiley, of Brookline, Massachusetts.
Leonard Chase, born August 5, 1868, married, Oc-
tober 8, 1896, Harriet C. Willis, of Boston.

(IV) Robert Boyd, sixth child and third son of
Robert and Nancy (Batchelder) Wason, was born
in New Boston, New Hampshire, July 13, 1820. He
was educated in the common schools and fitted for
college in the New Ipswich and Pembroke acade-
mies, and taught school two winter terms, 1840 and
1841, in Amherst and Merrimack, New Hampshire.
In June, 1841, he went to Boston and entered the
employ of Wason, Pierce & Company, wholesale
grocers and West India importers, a firm of which
his ' brother, Elbridge Wason, one of the partners,
had organized in September, 1837. After a term of
service of about seven years as an employe, Robert
B. Wason was admitted as a member of the firm,
which on the death of Mr. Pierce became Wason &
Company. The business has been prosperous, and
now Mr. Wason, at the age of eighty-seven, after
sixty-six years of mercantile life, fifty-nine of which
he has been an active member of the firm, finds
himself senior member of the concern, and in the
enjoyment of good health, vigorous and vivacious
for one of his age, and still able to look after busi-
ness affairs with an alertness not possessed by many
of his juniors by a quarter of a century. He is a
Republican, and a member of the General Theologi-
cal Library for many years.

(IV) George Austin Wason, youngest of the
nine children of Deacon Robert and Nancy (Batch-
elder) Wason, was born in New Boston, Septem-
ber 17, 183 1. His education was obtained in the
common schools. He inherited the ancestral es-
tate which now contains four hundred and seventy-
fiye acres, and devoted his life to the pursuit of
agriculture. He was engaged in general farming,
but made a specialty of raising thoroughbred De-
von cattle, in which he attained gratifying success.

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